Posted inClimate, Coloradans, Economy, Environment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

Land grab or precious-resource preservation? The battle over where the truth  ̶  and where Westerners’ hearts  ̶  lie on that matter is rumbling through Colorado counties as a federal government initiative nicknamed 30×30 gains momentum, and opposition. Colorado has become the beachhead in a Texas-based group’s efforts to use local governments to thwart the Biden […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Energy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Colorado gave local governments more power to regulate oil and gas. And some are using it.

Empowered by a new state law and regulations, towns, cities and counties across the Front Range are flexing their muscle and moving to regulate oil and gas operations that come to town. Two years ago this month, sweeping legislation was signed into law reorienting Colorado’s approach to regulating oil and gas development. That in turn […]

Posted inColoradans, News, Politics and Government

Lauren Boebert vowed to shake things up in Congress. She has delivered in her first week.

As she barnstormed across the 3rd Congressional District last year with a pistol on her hip and a steady stream of Democrat-aimed insults rolling off her tongue, Lauren Boebert promised to make a big, loud splash in the nation’s capital if voters sent her to Congress. Colorado’s newest U.S. representative has delivered on that – […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, COVID, Environment, Outdoors, Water, Wildfire

“Too many uncontrollables”: From coronavirus to wildfires, Colorado’s hunting season brings a slew of uncertainties

Earl Oesterling first noticed the smoke plumes of the Cameron Peak fire near his business, Ivory & Antler Outfitters, in mid-August. He knew that signaled trouble for hunting even beyond the crowds and the drought that already beset the area.  The Jackson County outfitter, located about 20 miles west of what became a massive wildfire […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Crime and Courts, Health, News

Mask rules in jails vary from county to county as pandemic worsens in Colorado

By Allison Sherry, CPR News Nine months into the coronavirus pandemic and amid the state’s largest surge in critical cases, how much protection jail inmates get from the virus depends a lot on where they’re incarcerated. CPR News has found that jails across the state have varying policies on both supplying masks and requiring inmates […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, Health, News, Politics and Government

Oil and gas does about-face as six-week overhaul of Colorado drilling regulations begins

The battle lines are drawn and the forces – from high-priced lawyers to homeowners cheek and jowl with drilling rigs – arrayed for marathon hearings, starting Monday, aimed at reorienting Colorado’s oil and gas commission from promoting development to protecting public health and the environment. Through a set of proposed rules, the operation of the […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, Health, News, Politics and Government

2nd lawsuit challenging Colorado’s tough new oil and gas air pollution rules is tossed

A lawsuit challenging new air quality rules governing emissions from oil and gas operations was dismissed Tuesday by a Denver District Court judge who found Garfield County lacked standing to sue the state. Garfield County is one of nine counties in the Western and Rural Local Government Coalition to sue after the state Air Quality […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, Health, News, Politics and Government

Garfield County is spending big to challenge Colorado’s new oil and gas regulations

Garfield County has emerged as a leading voice in challenging elements of new and proposed state oil and gas regulations and is putting its money — $1.5 million — where its mouth is. The county has organized the Western and Rural Local Government Coalition, which represents 23 counties and municipalities on the West Slope and […]

Posted inCOVID, News

Coronavirus has struck construction sites across Colorado, including a school and off-campus housing project

Coronavirus outbreaks have hit staff working in the close quarters of Colorado nursing homes, prisons and jails, food-manufacturing plants and restaurants. Add construction workers to that list, as the number of job sites with outbreaks continues to rise. A construction crew building a school in Kit Carson fell ill with the virus, sickening 26 workers […]