Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Xcel Energy broadens net-zero climate pledge to include natural gas

By: - November 1, 2021

Colorado’s largest electric utility announced on Monday that it plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from its natural gas business by 2050, broadening its previous commitment to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity by the same date. Xcel Energy, which operates in eight states and serves about 1.6 million customers in Colorado, said in a press […]

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Colorado’s Rep. Jackson to talk environmental justice at UN climate summit

By: - November 1, 2021

Government leaders from around the world have convened in Glasgow for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, and a state lawmaker who has helped lead environmental justice efforts in Colorado is among them. Rep. Dominique Jackson, a Democrat from Aurora, is attending COP26 as part of a delegation organized by […]

Republican Pam Anderson to challenge Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold

By: - October 25, 2021

Former Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson has announced her candidacy for Colorado secretary of state, becoming the first well-known Republican to launch a bid to unseat Democrat Jena Griswold as the state’s top elections official. In an announcement made during a live interview on conservative talk-radio station 710 KNUS on Oct. 23, Anderson […]

Environmentalists want stronger transportation-planning rule as officials tweak proposal

By: - October 22, 2021

Colorado transportation officials have released an updated proposal for a rule that aims to make state and regional infrastructure planning more climate-friendly, but environmental advocates say the rule still comes up short. The Colorado Department of Transportation formally unveiled a proposal for a state greenhouse-gas pollution standard in August and held eight public hearings on […]

Bremer, Aadland take early fundraising lead in crowded GOP Senate field

By: - October 18, 2021

Two first-time political candidates have jumped out to an early fundraising lead in Colorado’s increasingly crowded 2022 Republican U.S. Senate primary, campaign finance disclosures show. Eli Bremer, a former Olympic pentathlete and Air Force Reserves officer from Colorado Springs, led the field with $253,837 raised in the third quarter of 2021, according to reports filed […]

Redistricting panel sends state House, Senate maps to Supreme Court for review

By: - October 13, 2021

Colorado’s first-ever Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission voted this week to send final plans for new General Assembly districts to the state Supreme Court for review. The commission voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve a new district map for the Colorado Senate, one day after approving a plan for the state House of Representatives on […]

Head of embattled state air quality agency steps down

By: - October 12, 2021

The head of Colorado’s embattled Air Pollution Control Division has stepped down, the agency confirmed on Tuesday. Garry Kaufman, who has served as the director of the APCD since 2017, has accepted a new role as the division’s deputy director for regulatory affairs, according to a statement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and […]

Greenhouse gas transportation standards meet opposition from some local officials

By: - October 8, 2021

With a pair of sparsely attended hearings in rural Colorado this week, officials wrapped up a busy month of public hearings held across the state to solicit feedback on a proposal to apply new environmental standards to regional transportation planning processes. The proposed rule, which the 11 appointed members of the state’s Transportation Commission could […]

Latest state legislative maps released as redistricting commission nears deadline

By: - October 6, 2021

One week ahead of a deadline to submit its plan for new statehouse districts to the Colorado Supreme Court for review, the state’s Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission on Tuesday received details of a third and final plan proposed by nonpartisan state staff. The maps released ahead of the commission’s Tuesday night meeting draw new boundaries […]


2021 election guide: Coloradans to vote on three statewide fiscal measures

By: - September 27, 2021

While off-year elections typically center on local races and ballot issues, Colorado’s 2021 Coordinated Election on Nov. 2 will put three questions to voters statewide. Mail ballots will be sent to all registered Colorado voters beginning Oct. 8, and can be returned through the mail or via ballot drop boxes. To ensure your ballot is […]

Colorado air agency’s policies ‘inadequate,’ but no evidence of falsified data, report says

By: - September 24, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on Friday released the results of an independent investigation into allegations of illegal air-quality permitting procedures made earlier this year by three whistleblowers in the state’s Air Pollution Control Division. The public report on the findings of the investigation, conducted by attorneys from the law firm Troutman Pepper, says that […]

Redistricting commission staff releases third — and possibly final — congressional map

By: - September 23, 2021

Colorado’s Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission on Thursday released the latest — and possibly final — version of a plan to redraw the state’s congressional boundaries as the deadline for the once-a-decade redistricting process nears. The new plan is the third map to be drawn by the commission’s nonpartisan state staff, based on feedback from its […]