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Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Environmental groups urge Colorado to take ‘once-in-a-generation’ shot at clean energy spending

By: - September 30, 2022

Nine major Colorado environmental groups on Thursday called on state and local officials across Colorado to maximize the benefits of the “once-in-a-generation” opportunity presented by congressional Democrats’ passage of $369 billion in new spending to combat climate change. In a letter sent to hundreds of elected officials, organizations including Conservation Colorado, the Colorado Sierra Club […]

With a fortune built on government contracts, O’Dea crusades against ‘reckless’ spending

By: - September 28, 2022

When Colorado’s U.S. Senate candidates hit the campaign trail on the Western Slope last month, their paths briefly crossed atop a dam on the Colorado River in the high country east of Granby. Incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Joe O’Dea, his Republican challenger, both attended the groundbreaking for the Colorado River Connectivity Project, […]

Colorado’s nation-leading e-bike rebate programs celebrated

By: - September 21, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis declared Wednesday “Colorado E-Bike Day” as state and local officials came together to tout the climate and clean-air benefits of subsidy programs that one analysis found are the most generous in the country. The Colorado Public Interest Research Group says a $12 million state rebate program funded by legislation passed earlier this […]

Ag Secretary Vilsack promotes ‘climate smart’ practices in Denver visit

By: - September 19, 2022

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Denver on Monday to promote billions in new federal funding to help farmers and ranchers reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Following the announcement of its Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program earlier this year, the Department of Agriculture received applications for more than 450 […]

O’Dea says DeSantis ‘right’ to strand migrants on Martha’s Vineyard

By: - September 18, 2022

Colorado Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea said Sunday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was “right” to transport about 50 Venezuelan asylum seekers to the island of Martha’s Vineyard this week. O’Dea, a first-time candidate and CEO of a Denver construction company, faces an uphill battle to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in November. […]

Colorado’s racial voter-turnout gap persists, census data shows

By: - September 15, 2022

This story is part of a project called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms across the country are shining a light on threats to democracy. In just over a month, Colorado’s 3.7 million active registered voters will begin receiving their ballots in the mail, ahead of a crucial 2022 midterm election that will decide control of the […]

FBI seizes MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s phone in connection with Tina Peters investigation

By: - September 14, 2022

MyPillow CEO and far-right activist Mike Lindell said Tuesday that agents from the FBI’s Denver field office had seized his cell phone in connection with a case involving indicted Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters and other prominent Colorado election deniers. Lindell described being served with an FBI search warrant in southern Minnesota on […]

Democratic lawmakers back ‘bill of rights’ for Colorado’s home care workers

By: - September 13, 2022

The organizers of a group representing home health care workers in Colorado said Tuesday that more than 50 lawmakers and legislative candidates have signed on to support increased protections and benefits for workers in an industry that advocates say has been stretched far too thin. The Home Care Workers Bill of Rights includes higher wages […]

Rep. Boebert tells churchgoers to ‘rise up’ at far-right Christian conference

By: - September 10, 2022

In a raucous speech at a Christian conference in Woodland Park on Friday, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert called for conservative churchgoers to put “God back at the center of our country” and defeat “the enemy” that she said is destroying it from within. “God is on our side. The blood has been applied,” Boebert told […]

Colorado’s new rules to prevent ‘orphaned’ oil wells could fail to cover cleanup costs, report says

By: - September 9, 2022

The bonds required by Colorado’s new financial assurance rules for oil and gas drillers may cover 25% or less of the total cost to clean up the state’s 50,000 wells, a new report estimates. That’s a major increase over the state’s previous bonding requirements, which had long been a target for environmentalists before the Colorado […]

Denver closes schools amid record September heat in Colorado

By: - September 7, 2022

Dozens of schools in Denver will close early again on Thursday, and several will remain closed all day, as a record-breaking fall heat wave continues to scorch much of Colorado and the western U.S. Temperatures in the Denver metro area reached a record high of 99 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday and are forecast to rise […]

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Measure to boost affordable-housing programs, reduce TABOR refunds on 2022 ballot

By: - September 7, 2022

Colorado voters will decide this November whether to boost state spending on affordable-housing initiatives by tapping into funds that could otherwise be returned under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Initiative 108, which officially qualified for the 2022 ballot last month, would dedicate an additional $300 million annually to the state’s affordable housing efforts. It would […]