Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Former Rep. Perlmutter of Colorado joins lobbying firm Holland & Knight

By: - January 5, 2023

Two days after ending his 16-year tenure representing Denver’s western suburbs in Congress, former Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter has joined one of the nation’s top corporate lobbying firms as a partner. Holland & Knight, a Florida-based law and lobbying giant, announced Thursday that Perlmutter had joined the firm as a general practitioner and a […]

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39 killed by law enforcement in Colorado in 2022, data shows

By: - January 5, 2023

Colorado continued a years-long trend of higher-than-average rates of police killings in 2022, with at least 39 people killed in confrontations with law enforcement officers between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, according to data from a group that tracks police violence. People in Colorado were killed by police at a rate of 6.75 per one […]

How Colorado plans to reintroduce wolves on Western Slope by 2023 deadline

By: - January 2, 2023

Colorado could be less than a year away from the state’s first relocation of gray wolves to parts of the Western Slope, as required by a ballot initiative passed by voters in 2020. A draft plan released by Colorado Parks and Wildlife last month calls for the reintroduction of 10 to 15 wolves per year […]


Voter approval of 8 Colorado ballot measures formally declared by Gov. Polis

By: - December 27, 2022

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday issued proclamations formally recognizing voters’ approval of eight statewide ballot measures in the 2022 election, enacting a host of changes ranging from a lower income tax rate to authorized sales of wine in grocery stores. The Colorado Constitution requires the governor to declare the vote for approved ballot measures […]

Colorado air quality regulators approve ozone plan they know will fail

By: - December 19, 2022

Colorado air quality regulators last week took another series of halting steps towards addressing the state’s long-running ozone problem, rejecting proposals from environmental advocates aimed at shaking up a complex, slow-moving process that they say has repeatedly failed to produce results. State officials acknowledge their latest set of plans won’t bring Colorado’s Front Range into […]

Judge rules Polis administration illegally delaying decision on coal mine permit

By: - December 15, 2022

A Colorado judge this week ruled that Gov. Jared Polis’ administration has violated state law by delaying a decision on a Western Slope coal mine that has been operating without a federally required clean-air permit. Environmental groups sued the Air Pollution Control Division, a branch of Colorado’s health department, in August, alleging that it had […]

El Paso DA, sheriff defend actions relating to Club Q suspect’s 2021 bomb-threat arrest

By: - December 8, 2022

In a lengthy and combative press conference Thursday, the lead prosecutor in the case against the alleged Club Q shooter defended his office’s handling of a prior incident in which the suspect vowed to stockpile guns and explosives and become “the next mass killer.” Michael Allen, the 4th Judicial District attorney, accused “the media and […]

Arrest affidavit unsealed in Club Q shooting case

By: - December 8, 2022

Anderson Lee Aldrich, the 22-year-old suspect in last month’s mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, entered the popular LGBTQ nightclub clad in body armor and wielding an AR-15 rifle and “opened fire indiscriminately” on club patrons, investigators alleged in newly unsealed documents. Aldrich was formally charged Tuesday on more than 300 counts including […]

Club Q shooting suspect formally charged with murder, hate crimes

By: - December 6, 2022

The suspect in last month’s deadly mass shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub was formally charged Tuesday on more than 300 counts including first-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and “bias-motivated crimes.” Investigators allege that Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, entered Club Q just before midnight on Nov. 19 and began firing at patrons with a […]

Colorado’s automatic recount law triggered in Boebert-Frisch U.S. House race

By: - December 1, 2022

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Wednesday formally ordered a mandatory recount of the results for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District race, pursuant to the state’s automatic recount law. In the final tabulation of unofficial results, Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert led her opponent, Democrat Adam Frisch, by a 550-vote margin out of more than […]

Police release updated count of victims injured in Club Q shooting

By: - November 29, 2022

The Colorado Springs Police Department on Monday released an updated count of the victims injured in last week’s deadly attack at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs. Five people died in the Nov. 19 shooting at Club Q, and a total of 22 additional victims have been identified as suffering injuries during the attack. The […]

Club Q shooting suspect makes first court appearance

By: - November 23, 2022

The suspect accused of killing five people and injuring 18 others in Saturday’s mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs appeared in court for the first time Wednesday. Anderson Lee Aldrich, who was hospitalized following the incident after being confronted and beaten by club patrons, was released from the hospital Tuesday and transferred […]