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Toxic algae are filling Colorado lakes with slimy pea-green soup. Are hotter summers making it worse?

WINDSOR — It’s already baking hot on a smoky August morning when Sarah Erickson leans off the side of the dock and dips her tube-shaped monitoring device into the lake.  The water quality specialist for the state health department, who is wearing Chaco sandals and shorts, is sweating under her face mask. The greenish-brownish water […]

Posted inEducation, Politics and Government

Despite costs, complications — and meltdowns — Colorado school districts power through full-day kindergarten

Jennifer and John Jones gave a sales pitch to Jazmyn, their youngest daughter, a few weeks before her world would change.  Yes, full-day kindergarten at University Schools in Greeley would be an adjustment. But Jordyn, a second-grader, would be there, too, and she would even have Ms. Nolke, the same teacher Jordyn had.  They would […]

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

Colorado is quickly becoming a patchwork of oil and gas rules after a major law change

When county commissioners met this summer to ponder local control of oil and gas operations in Boulder County, residents came with signs proclaiming “I am over O&G’s $ influence.” In Weld County there were “Recall Jared Polis” T-shirts — a sartorial critique of the governor who signed the new oil and gas legislation. The audience […]