Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

Photos: Stock show celebrates Black cowboy heritage with MLK rodeo

By: - January 18, 2022

Some of the top Black rodeo athletes from around the country gathered in Denver on Monday night to compete in the National Western Stock Show’s annual MLK Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo of Champions. The event, which featured Black cowboys and cowgirls competing in bull riding, steer roping, barrel racing and other events, is put on […]

‘State of the Climate’ rally demands bolder action from Gov. Polis, lawmakers

By: - January 14, 2022

As Gov. Jared Polis stood in the Colorado House of Representatives to deliver his State of the State address on Thursday, dozens of Colorado environmental activists stood just yards away on the steps of the Capitol, once again demanding a more aggressive approach to the climate crisis from state government. Just weeks after the Marshall […]

Thousands of Colorado King Soopers workers go on strike for better pay, protections

By: - January 12, 2022

More than 8,000 grocery workers at King Soopers stores in Colorado walked off the job Wednesday morning, striking over what they say are unfair terms being offered by the company in ongoing contract negotiations. The strike by members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 officially began at 5 a.m., impacting more than 75 […]

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen launches campaign for Perlmutter’s congressional seat

By: - January 11, 2022

One day after longtime Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s surprise retirement announcement, the first high-profile Democratic candidate has jumped into the race for the 7th District seat as the jockeying to replace the eight-term congressman begins. State Sen. Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood formally declared her candidacy with a filing early Tuesday morning, according to the Federal Election […]

Rep. Perlmutter won’t seek reelection in Colorado’s 7th District

By: - January 10, 2022

Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter has announced that he will not seek reelection to Congress later this year, a surprise reversal that sets up a potentially competitive race in the recently redrawn 7th District. Perlmutter has represented the 7th District, centered on the western suburbs of Denver, since 2006. He previously announced in November that he […]

Colorado King Soopers workers formally announce intent to strike

By: - January 6, 2022

The union representing 17,000 workers at King Soopers and Kroger grocery stores in Colorado and Wyoming on Thursday formally announced its intent to strike as talks with the company over a new labor agreement remain stalled. The announcement by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 followed a near-unanimous Jan. 2 vote by the union’s […]

Griswold asks judge to dismiss ‘baseless’ GOP election-denier lawsuit

By: - December 21, 2021

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold has asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by six Republican elected officials seeking to launch a third-party “audit” of the 2020 election, part of a broader effort to spread baseless conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud and seize control of state elections. Griswold’s response, submitted on […]

‘QAnon Shaman’ appears on Colorado GOP figure Joe Oltmann’s podcast

By: - December 17, 2021

The man who gained international notoriety as the “QAnon Shaman” during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol appeared Friday on the podcast of Colorado conservative activist Joe Oltmann, whose FEC United group has ties to many Republican figures and organizations throughout the state. Jake Angeli, a 34-year-old Arizona man who was born Jacob […]

Transportation Commission approves planning rule aimed at greenhouse gas cuts

By: - December 16, 2021

Colorado officials have approved a major overhaul to state transportation planning rules that advocates hope will shift billions in funding towards public transit improvements and other multimodal projects — and curb a decades-old pattern of prioritizing highway and road expansions linked with climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. On a 10-1 vote, the state’s Transportation Commission on […]

Sen. Bennet supports eliminating filibuster, spokesperson confirms

By: - December 15, 2021

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet supports eliminating the Senate filibuster, his office confirmed Wednesday. Bennet, a Democrat and Colorado’s senior senator, had repeatedly criticized Republican “abuse” of the filibuster and signaled an openness to reforming it in recent months, but his remarks had not been widely interpreted as explicitly calling for the filibuster’s elimination. As of […]

Sen. Hickenlooper says ‘time to change the filibuster’ to protect voting rights

By: - December 15, 2021

Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado on Wednesday announced his support for “changes” to the filibuster, as Senate Democrats move to take up voting rights legislation in the final weeks of the year. “We’ve been here almost a year, and we’ve seen enough: It’s time to change the filibuster to protect voting rights,” Hickenlooper said in […]

Colorado oil and gas regulators release updated bonding proposal ahead of January hearing

By: - December 15, 2021

Colorado regulators have released their latest proposal for a new set of rules governing the financial assurance payments that oil and gas companies must provide to cover potential cleanup costs, with hearings on the proposed rules scheduled to begin in January. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state agency that oversees drilling, was […]