Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

100% of Colorado is under official drought classification

By: - August 6, 2020

For the first time since 2013, the entire state of Colorado is experiencing drought conditions, according to the weekly update of the U.S. Drought Monitor — and state climatologists don’t expect those conditions to improve any time soon. Despite some relief in the form of monsoon rains in southwest Colorado, more than a quarter of […]

‘Hit the reset button’: Colorado group calls for return to stay-at-home order

By: - August 5, 2020

“Shut it down, start over, do it right.” That’s the message from a national coalition of health professionals and advocacy groups who say that it’s time for state and local governments — including in Colorado — to return to strict social-distancing measures like stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions to combat worrying trends in COVID-19 case […]

Higher fees on Colorado oil and gas production approved amid falling revenues

By: - August 4, 2020

Facing a revenue shortfall amid plummeting prices and production levels, Colorado regulators have approved a plan to increase the fees paid by oil and gas operators — and, after scaling back their proposed rate hike, did so with the reluctant support of fossil-fuel industry groups. Members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted […]

Sales tax hike to fund climate change efforts now up to Denver voters

By: - August 4, 2020

Denver voters will decide in November whether to approve a 0.25% sales tax hike to better fund the city’s efforts to combat climate change. In an 11-1 vote, Denver City Council members gave final approval on Aug. 3 to a bill referring the tax measure to the November ballot, potentially giving the city a new […]

Medicaid funding increase sought by Colorado advocates as enrollment surges

By: - July 31, 2020

Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, it was hard enough for Joaquín Garcia, a student and father of two who lives in Alamosa, to find steady work to fit around his class schedule. With the economy suffering and his children home from school, it’s become harder than ever. “I basically have to stay (home), and […]

More than 1 in 3 Coloradans struggling to afford food amid COVID-19 crisis, poll finds

By: - July 30, 2020

A bipartisan group of advocates and state lawmakers is calling on Colorado’s congressional delegation to support an expansion of federal food-stamp programs, as a new poll shows an unprecedented number of Coloradans struggling with food insecurity. Roughly a third of Coloradans report struggling to provide enough food in their household within the last three months, […]

‘Woefully inadequate’: Bennet, Colorado groups bash new GOP relief proposal

By: - July 28, 2020

Top Colorado Democrats and liberal groups are denouncing the latest coronavirus relief legislation proposed by Republicans in the U.S. Senate, as negotiations over the next phase of the federal government’s crisis response begin in earnest. On July 27, Senate Republicans unveiled the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, their proposal for the […]

Campaign finance violations alleged against Gardner by Colorado lawmaker

By: - July 27, 2020

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is facing new accusations of campaign-finance violations over his attendance earlier this year at a Palm Beach soirée hosted by Republican megadonors and a luxury champagne brand. State Rep. Tom Sullivan, a Democrat from Aurora, told Newsline in an interview that he filed a formal complaint against Gardner with the Federal […]

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‘Matter of life and death’ when federal unemployment benefits lapse, Denver marchers say

By: - July 24, 2020

Outside the headquarters of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment in Denver on July 24, unemployed restaurant workers and labor groups held a mock funeral to protest the expiration of the $600-per-week federal unemployment benefit authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March. They held cardboard coffins and gravestones […]

Colorado’s buildings are a 6 billion square-foot climate change problem

By: - July 24, 2020

Ask your average eco-conscious Coloradan to imagine a world without fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, and you’ll likely hear a lot about wind farms, solar panels and streets full of electric cars and buses — and not so much about the air circulating through their home, or the water coming out of their faucets. […]

Fracking ban in Boulder County sought by environmental groups for 2020 ballot

By: - July 23, 2020

A coalition of environmental and community groups is calling on the Boulder County Board of Commissioners to refer a measure to the 2020 ballot asking voters to approve a ban on oil and gas development — along with a small sales tax hike to defray the costs of a likely legal challenge. A draft ballot […]

Great American Outdoors Act, other Colorado public-lands bills passed by House

By: - July 22, 2020

Public-lands advocates in Colorado and beyond are celebrating the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill that will boost funding for a critical federal conservation program and provide $9.5 billion to help clear a backlog of maintenance projects in the U.S. National Parks System. Passage of the bill, which […]