Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Where Colorado candidates stand on climate change

By: - July 27, 2022

Thousands of people died as a result of an unprecedented heat wave that settled over Europe last week, becoming some of the latest casualties in the accelerating global climate crisis. In Colorado, a Southwestern megadrought driven largely by rising temperatures has broken all records to become the region’s worst dry spell in at least 1,200 […]

Big donors, corporate interests back O’Dea’s bid to close fundraising gap with Bennet

By: - July 21, 2022

When all is said and done, Colorado’s 2022 U.S. Senate race will almost certainly attract tens of millions of dollars in campaign spending by both Democrats and Republicans — but, bucking a recent trend, it’s unlikely to be the most expensive ever. Through June 30, incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and his Republican rival, Denver […]

Colorado Democrats boast campaign cash advantages as general election stage begins

By: - July 19, 2022

A lack of competitive primary races helped Democrats in several of Colorado’s key congressional contests maintain strong fundraising advantages ahead of the November general election, Federal Election Commission disclosures show. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet led all candidates with more than $3.3 million raised from April 1 to June 30 — a larger second-quarter haul than […]

EPA faults Colorado air quality regulators over whistleblower claims

By: - July 15, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday faulted Colorado air quality regulators for failing to comply with requirements under the federal Clean Air Act, further corroborating the substance of allegations made by a group of whistleblowers in a 2021 complaint. The three whistleblowers, who were current or former employees of the modeling unit at the Colorado […]

Colorado home care workers warn lawmakers of ‘crisis level’ shortages caused by low pay

By: - July 13, 2022

In more than 15 years as a home care worker, Marilyn Rowe has dealt with a lot. There are few easy days on the front lines of providing at-home health care services to her elderly or disabled patients, some of whom Rowe has seen for a decade. But lately, she says, working conditions in the […]

Coloradans are concerned about air quality, support clean-trucks rule, poll finds

By: - July 11, 2022

As Colorado’s summer ozone season intensifies, a new poll shows large majorities of residents are concerned about the impacts of air pollution and want bolder action from government to reduce it. Nearly three-quarters of Coloradans agree that state officials “should do more to reduce emissions from gas and diesel vehicles,” according to the poll released […]

Plan for up to 10 oil trains a day through Colorado on track for administration’s approval

By: - July 8, 2022

The Biden administration is set to approve another key permit for a new railroad in Utah that is expected to drastically increase the amount of crude oil hauled through Colorado by rail, dismissing objections from environmental groups and Colorado communities along the impacted route. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday rejected a challenge […]

Eastman, Ellis subpoenaed in connection with Trump’s election interference in Georgia

By: - July 6, 2022

Two attorneys with Colorado ties have been subpoenaed by a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, in connection with its investigation into whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies engaged in “criminal disruptions” of the state’s 2020 election. John Eastman, a former visiting scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Jenna Ellis, a Colorado […]

Aadland wins 7th District GOP nomination as incumbents hold off primary challengers

By: - June 28, 2022

Unofficial results released Tuesday night showed few surprises in some of Colorado’s lower-profile congressional primaries. Erik Aadland, an Army veteran and former oil and gas executive, is projected to win the Republican nomination for the 7th District, defeating economist Tim Reichert and far-right candidate Laurel Imer. With nearly 75,000 votes counted Tuesday night, Aadland was […]

Barb Kirkmeyer

State Sen. Kirkmeyer wins Republican nod for new 8th Congressional District seat

By: - June 28, 2022

With the help of heavy spending from a billionaire-funded super PAC, state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer of Weld County emerged victorious from a four-way primary battle for the Republican nomination in Colorado’s brand-new — and highly competitive — 8th Congressional District. Unofficial results posted Tuesday night showed Kirkmeyer winning with over 40% of the vote, well […]

Joe O’Dea defeats Ron Hanks in Republican Senate primary

By: - June 28, 2022

Denver construction CEO Joe O’Dea is poised to be the Colorado Republican Party’s nominee for U.S. Senate in November after prevailing in a head-to-head primary contest with far-right state Rep. Ron Hanks. With nearly 500,000 ballots counted, O’Dea led Hanks by a 10-point margin Tuesday night, according to unofficial results. The Associated Press called the […]

Super PACs drop more last-minute campaign cash on GOP primaries in Colorado

By: - June 28, 2022

The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Colorado attracted millions of dollars more in outside super PAC spending in the final week before today’s primary election, campaign finance disclosures show. The final days of the primary race have been defined by a controversial effort by a newly registered group, Democratic Colorado, to […]