Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Sen. Bennet’s reelection campaign drawing big money, few challengers

By: - August 25, 2021

Just two years after a pivotal contest between a Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger made Colorado’s U.S. Senate race one of the most closely watched in the country, its 2022 sequel isn’t shaping up to be much of a contest at all. Sen. Michael Bennet’s bid for a third full term in the Senate […]

Sen. Bennet, local officials pitch $60 billion proposal to restore Western forests, watersheds

By: - August 24, 2021

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet visited Denver’s Confluence Park on Tuesday to launch a multi-stop tour in support of legislation that would funnel billions toward federal, state and local efforts to mitigate wildfire risk and protect vulnerable watersheds throughout the West. Bennet’s Outdoor Restoration Partnership Act would allocate $40 billion to be used by the U.S. […]

Colorado air commission formally drops rule aimed at reducing car commutes

By: - August 20, 2021

A month after state officials pulled their support for a proposed rule aimed at reducing commuter car travel, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission on Thursday made the proposal’s defeat official. In an 8-1 vote, commissioners approved a motion to dismiss a rulemaking proceeding for the Employee Traffic Reduction Program, which had been a key recommendation […]

Colorado proposes rule to curb greenhouse gas pollution from transportation projects

By: - August 18, 2021

Colorado transportation officials have unveiled a proposal that they say will help reduce air pollution from cars and trucks and bring state and local infrastructure projects in line with the state’s greenhouse gas emissions goals. In a formal notice issued Monday, the state’s Transportation Commission announced that it plans to move forward with a proposed […]

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Long-delayed Census data released, setting up Colorado redistricting sprint

By: - August 13, 2021

Colorado’s population grew more racially diverse and rose nearly 15% between 2010 and 2020 to an estimated 5,773,714 residents, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. The latest population and demographic data released by the agency are the most detailed results to date from the 2020 Census, following a series delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Partial reopening of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon set for Saturday afternoon

By: - August 11, 2021

A 17-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon that has been closed for nearly two weeks due to mudslide damage could reopen to traffic as soon as Saturday afternoon, state officials announced. Gov. Jared Polis made the announcement while touring the damaged portion of I-70 with Colorado Department of Transportation Director Shoshana Lew on […]

Poll: 61% of Coloradans support key provisions in Democrats’ budget bill

By: - August 11, 2021

As the U.S. Senate gave final approval on Tuesday to a bipartisan package of $550 billion in new infrastructure spending, Colorado progressives touted new polling showing strong support for the next item on President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats’ agenda: a $3.5 trillion budget bill that would raise taxes on wealthy earners and corporations while […]

Colorado requests $116 million in federal emergency aid for I-70 Glenwood Canyon mudslides

By: - August 9, 2021

Colorado has asked the federal government for $116 million in emergency funding to deal with the impacts of the historic mudslides that have forced a lengthy portion of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon to close for 10 days and counting. “The ongoing closure of I-70 continues to strain people and communities throughout the region and […]

Disaster declarations for I-70 Glenwood Canyon mudslides signed by Gov. Polis

By: - August 6, 2021

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has issued two formal disaster declarations in response to the unprecedented mudslides that have damaged and closed a lengthy section of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon. The 30-day disaster declarations signed by Polis on Friday authorize the deployment of the Colorado National Guard to assist with traffic control and debris removal, […]

Report finds little impact on Western states from federal oil and gas leasing pause

By: - August 5, 2021

Even if the federal government’s pause on new oil and gas leases on public lands became permanent, companies have already stockpiled enough leases to keep drilling on federally owned lands in Colorado for the next 35 years, a new analysis finds. The estimate of “future years of drilling opportunities” was calculated in a study of […]

$5 billion in Colorado transportation funding outlined in bipartisan infrastructure package

By: - August 5, 2021

Colorado can expect to receive roughly $5 billion in direct transportation funding from the infrastructure package agreed on by a bipartisan group of senators last week, with billions more likely to flow into the state through other programs, according to new estimates. State-specific fact sheets released by the White House on Wednesday call the Infrastructure […]

Conservation groups celebrate one-year anniversary of Great American Outdoors Act

By: - August 4, 2021

Environmental groups on Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of a landmark conservation law that’s providing millions of dollars in new federal funding for the acquisition and maintenance of public lands and recreation facilities in Colorado. The Great American Outdoors Act, which was passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress in 2020, allocated $9.5 billion to address […]