Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Denver proposes stronger recycling rules to combat climate change, reduce waste

By: - April 19, 2022

Denver officials on Tuesday laid out plans to nearly double the city’s rate of recycling and composting over the next five years, boosting local efforts that have long lagged behind the national average as part of a broader program to fight climate change. The city’s Sustainable Resource Management Plan is the first comprehensive update to […]

EPA downgrade of Denver to ‘severe’ air quality violator would trigger new emissions rules

By: - April 13, 2022

Big changes to air pollution rules in the Denver metro area could be on their way after the federal government once again flunked the region for its unhealthy ozone levels. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday formally proposed to reclassify a nine-county region in and around Denver as a “severe” violator of federal air quality […]

Far-right conspiracy theorists triumphant at Republican state assembly

By: - April 10, 2022

Joe Oltmann, a far-right conspiracy theorist who in December called for Democratic Gov. Jared Polis to be hanged, was briefly nominated for governor by delegates at the Colorado Republican Party’s state assembly on Saturday. The motion from the floor was seconded by state Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, a former House minority leader, Colorado […]

Colorado primary candidates advance after Republicans, Democrats hold state party assemblies

By: and - April 10, 2022

Colorado Republican candidates who have promoted baseless claims of election fraud, including one who was recently indicted on felony counts, dominated at the party’s state assembly Saturday. Democrats on Saturday also held their state party assembly, though it was a largely uneventful, since incumbents went mostly unchallenged. The assemblies were the culmination of the grassroots […]

‘Don’t say gay’? LGBTQ references stripped from Colorado academic standards update

By: - April 8, 2022

A committee tasked with revising Colorado’s K-12 social studies standards to be more inclusive of minority groups will tell the State Board of Education next week that it’s dropped language referring to LGBTQ people from its recommendations for kindergarten to third grade. That’s among the changes made by the 35-member Social Studies Standards Review Committee […]

Extremist election deniers, GOP lawmakers rally outside Colorado Capitol

By: - April 5, 2022

Local and national leaders of a right-wing movement that seeks to violently overturn the results of the 2020 election rallied outside the Colorado Capitol on Tuesday, rehashing an array of baseless conspiracy theories and telling a crowd of hundreds of supporters that they’re fighting a “spiritual battle” against evil. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a close […]

E-bikes, electric school buses eyed in air-quality proposals ahead of 2022 ozone season

By: - March 31, 2022

One year after Colorado’s long-running battle with air pollution took another turn for the worse, Gov. Jared Polis joined Democratic lawmakers at the Capitol on Thursday to tout a package of new funding aimed at averting another smog-filled summer in 2022 and beyond. “(This) is a package of bills that is a major step forward,” […]

South Platte River restoration project awarded $350 million in infrastructure bill funds

By: - March 30, 2022

A long-planned project to restore healthy ecosystems along the South Platte River and two other waterways in central Denver got a major boost from the federal government this week, in the form of $350 million in funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The funding for the South Platte River Project, spearheaded by Denver […]

Climate misinformation still reigns in GOP Senate primary amid Colorado drought, fires

By: - March 30, 2022

Residents in Big Thompson Canyon east of Estes Park became the latest Coloradans to flee their homes in fear of a nearby wildfire on Monday, just hours after the NCAR Fire forced evacuations and closures 30 miles to the south in Boulder. It’s been three months since the Marshall Fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes […]

Conspiracy theories, homophobia fuel backlash to academic standards update

By: - March 24, 2022

Late last year, after the Colorado State Board of Education rolled out its first draft of an update to K-12 academic standards aimed at being more inclusive of minority groups, one of the first comments the panel received in public feedback contained praise for the proposed changes — as well as a prediction. “As a […]

55% of Coloradans fear state won’t have enough water in 100 years, poll shows

By: - March 22, 2022

A majority of Coloradans believe the state will face significant water shortages within the next century, a poll released Monday found. Conducted earlier this month by Morning Consult on behalf of the Walton Family Foundation, the poll surveyed about 300 registered voters in Colorado, among 2,000 respondents nationally. It found that Coloradans are more concerned […]

Petition to reverse delay of clean-trucks rule filed with Colorado air commission

By: - March 18, 2022

A coalition of environmental groups and local governments has filed a formal petition with Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission requesting the adoption of an Advanced Clean Trucks rule by the end of this year, aiming to reverse a decision by Gov. Jared Polis’ administration last month to push back the key climate rulemaking until at […]