Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Pro-climate transportation planning rule that could mean major change nears vote

By: - December 13, 2021

Environmental advocates are feeling hopeful as Colorado’s 11-member Transportation Commission nears a vote this week on a proposal to make state transportation planning processes more climate-friendly — but the rule’s supporters say the key will be in how the program is implemented in the months and years to come. More than a year in the […]


‘Dark money’ group behind conservative ballot measures ordered to pay fine, disclose donors

By: - December 9, 2021

The Colorado secretary of state’s office has ordered a conservative nonprofit that bankrolled several recent statewide ballot measures to pay a $40,000 fine and disclose the sources of its contributions. The order, issued on Dec. 8 by the secretary of state’s Elections Division, found that the conservative group Unite for Colorado violated state campaign finance […]

‘Stretch that rope’: Colorado conservative leader suggests Gov. Polis should be hanged

By: - December 3, 2021

A prominent right-wing activist with ties to many Colorado Republicans on Friday called for the mass executions of politicians he said were “traitors” to the country, including Gov. Jared Polis and many U.S. senators. Joe Oltmann, founder and president of the activist group FEC United and host of the “Conservative Daily” podcast, made a series […]

Natural gas company cancels pipeline project championed by Colorado drillers, politicians

By: - December 1, 2021

A proposal to build a major new natural gas pipeline and export terminal in southern Oregon has been officially dropped, its backers told federal regulators on Wednesday, finalizing the defeat of a project that had long attracted support from Colorado’s oil and gas industry and politicians on both sides of the aisle. The Jordan Cove […]

‘I see a war coming,’ says militia leader with Colorado GOP ties

By: - December 1, 2021

A prominent Colorado Republican activist on Tuesday urged fellow conservatives to reject political violence and extremism, even as he claimed that the country is under threat from communist tyranny and on a path towards “civil war.” John Tiegen, a Marine veteran from Colorado Springs and founder of the United American Defense Force, made the comments […]

Former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker tapped to led Denver EPA office

By: - November 18, 2021

Former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker has been named to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional headquarters in Denver, the White House announced on Thursday. Becker, a Boulder Democrat who served four terms in the state House of Representatives and led the chamber as speaker for two years before being term-limited out of office in […]

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State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer enters GOP race for 8th District seat

By: - November 15, 2021

Republican State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer on Monday became the latest Republican candidate to launch a bid for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District, announcing her candidacy in an interview on conservative talk-radio station 710 KNUS. A longtime former Weld County commissioner and state official under former GOP Gov. Bill Owens’ administration, Kirkmeyer was elected in 2020 […]

Back from COP26, Rep. Neguse urges ‘transformational’ climate spending in Biden budget bill

By: - November 13, 2021

Returning this week from the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse said his second trip to a U.N. Climate Change Conference went a lot better than his first, to COP25 in Madrid, Spain, two years ago. “Boy, what a change two years can make,” Neguse told reporters in a virtual press conference […]

Weakened bonding rules for oil and gas companies knocked by environmental groups

By: - November 11, 2021

Environmental and community groups are urging Colorado oil and gas regulators to go back to the drawing board on a new set of financial-assurance rules that they say are too favorable to industry. The five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission heard testimony on pending regulations relating to financial assurance, also known as bonding, in […]

Here’s what you should know about climate policy in Colorado

By: - November 9, 2021

Every hour of every day, Colorado is adding huge amounts of carbon dioxide and other planet-warming greenhouse gases to the Earth’s atmosphere — 126 million tons of them in 2019 alone, according to state estimates. That’s a modest improvement since Colorado’s emissions peaked at 150 million tons around 2010, but it’s nowhere near enough. The […]

Republican Lori Saine files to run for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District seat

By: - November 3, 2021

Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine on Tuesday became the first well-known Republican to announce her candidacy for Colorado’s newly drawn 8th Congressional District, adding a hard-line conservative voice to what is expected to be a highly competitive race for the new district along the northern Front Range. Saine filed her statement of candidacy with the […]

Denver voters split on bond package, block measures backed by GOP and developers

By: - November 2, 2021

Denver voters on Tuesday appeared to deal decisively with a long list of 2021 ballot measures, overwhelmingly approving $260 million in infrastructure investments while soundly rejecting a pricey upgrade to the National Western Center and several measures backed by local Republicans, preliminary results showed. In addition to statewide measures and local school board races, Denverites […]