Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Colorado leaders hail drought ‘consensus’ among 6 of 7 Colorado River Basin states

By: - January 31, 2023

Representatives from six of the seven states that make up the Colorado River Basin on Monday announced their agreement on an “alternative framework” that they say should form the basis of federal planning for the drought-imperiled water source for 40 million people across the U.S. Southwest. Colorado joined five other states in agreeing to the […]

Brough, Herod ahead early in fundraising for Denver mayor’s race

By: - January 31, 2023

As the race for Denver mayor begins to heat up ahead of the city’s April 4 municipal elections, the early campaign launches and fundraising strength of two high-profile candidates have given them a head start over a crowded field of hopefuls. Kelly Brough, the former head of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Democratic […]

Colorado lawmakers propose expanding state-level earned income, child tax credits

By: - January 27, 2023

A bill introduced this week by Colorado Democrats proposes to further expand state income tax relief for lower-earning workers and families with children. House Bill 23-1112, sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Shannon Bird of Northglenn and Sens. Chris Hansen of Denver and Chris Kolker of Centennial, would raise the percentages at which Colorado matches the […]

Polis administration opposes new climate targets in Democratic-backed bill

By: - January 26, 2023

For the third legislative session in a row, an effort by Democratic lawmakers to beef up Colorado’s approach to combating climate change is getting a cool reception from Gov. Jared Polis’ administration and industry groups. Senate Bill 22-16, introduced this month by Democratic Sen. Chris Hansen of Denver, received its first hearing in the Senate […]

Vote on Park Hill Golf Course redevelopment heads to Denver’s April ballot

By: - January 24, 2023

Voters in Denver’s municipal elections in April will decide the fate of a controversial, years-long effort to redevelop the site of the former Park Hill Golf Course, creating a dense new residential and commercial district on the city’s northeast side while preserving most of the land as a new park. In a series of votes […]

Colorado records highest traffic death toll in over 40 years

By: - January 24, 2023

At least 745 people died in traffic accidents on Colorado roads in 2022, the highest figure in more than 40 years, as a decade-long trend of rising roadway fatalities shows no signs of slowing down. Last year’s death toll represents a 66% increase since 2011, when statewide traffic deaths reached a modern-day low of 447, […]

Colorado oil and gas panel to study ‘cumulative impacts’ after environmentalist petition

By: - January 20, 2023

Responding to a petition from environmental groups, the agency overseeing oil and gas drilling in Colorado said on Friday that it will hold a series of meetings to receive input on the cumulative risks posed by the tens of thousands of active wells operated by drillers around the state. Beginning Jan. 27, the Colorado Oil […]

Former House candidate Aadland launches bid for Colorado GOP chair

By: - January 17, 2023

Another prominent election conspiracy theorist has joined the race to be the next leader of the Colorado Republican Party. Erik Aadland, a former congressional candidate who falsely claimed the 2020 election was “absolutely rigged,” announced his candidacy for state GOP chair on Monday. “With the door unexpectedly closing on my congressional bid, another door opens, […]

The long list of 2023 Denver mayor candidates

By: - January 17, 2023

Editor’s note: This post was last updated at 7:06 a.m., Jan. 30, 2023, following the deadline for candidates to submit qualifying petition signatures. An official list of qualified candidates will be released by the clerk’s office on Feb. 3. Denver’s municipal elections are less than three months away, offering voters the chance to weigh in […]

New climate bill targets net-zero emissions in Colorado by 2050

By: - January 12, 2023

A wide-ranging package of new proposals to tackle climate change from Democratic state lawmakers would step up existing statutory goals to target full decarbonization of Colorado’s economy by 2050. Senate Bill 23-16, introduced this week by Sen. Chris Hansen of Denver and Reps. Karen McCormick of Boulder and Emily Sirota of Denver, all Democrats, includes […]

Tribal leaders stress education, water issues in first-of-its-kind address to Colorado lawmakers

By: - January 11, 2023

Leaders of the two federally-recognized Native American tribes within Colorado’s borders used part of their first annual address to the state’s General Assembly to brief lawmakers on the long history of their relations with other governments — beginning with a treaty with the Spanish more than a century before the United States existed. “The Ute […]

New report downplays economic impact of Colorado’s oil and gas industry

By: - January 9, 2023

Monthly oil production in Colorado rebounded to over 80% of pre-pandemic levels in 2022, putting it on track to produce more oil than all but four other states. But with employment and wages in the industry still down from 2019 highs, a new report seeks to challenge what has long been an article of faith […]