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Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

First-ever ‘excessive heat warning’ issued in Colorado as record highs forecast on Western Slope

By: - June 14, 2021

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says that it has issued Colorado’s first-ever “excessive heat warning” as a heat wave descends on Colorado this week, with forecasts calling for record-high temperatures across parts of the Western Slope. The NWS warning extends across much of Utah and portions of northern Arizona and western Colorado, including […]

Ousted Space Force commander defended by Rep. Lamborn advanced white ‘genocide’ theory in book

By: - June 12, 2021

Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Space Force Base in Aurora until last month, when he was relieved of command following public criticism of what he called the growing influence of “cultural Marxism” in the U.S. military. Now, his case is being reviewed by the Air Force […]

Rare ‘extremely critical’ fire warning issued for northwest Colorado

By: - June 10, 2021

A fire weather outlook published by the National Weather Service this week highlights an area of “extremely critical” fire danger for portions of northeast Utah and northwest Colorado, as drought conditions on the Western Slope continued to worsen. The NWS alert marks the first “extremely critical” designation for the region since 2006, the agency’s Storm […]

DeGette measure to undo Trump methane rollback advanced by House committee

By: - June 10, 2021

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted on Thursday to advance a resolution sponsored by Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette to nullify a Trump administration rollback of federal environmental regulations limiting methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure. House Joint Resolution 34, introduced by DeGette in March, would invoke the Congressional Review Act to invalidate the […]

Lawmakers send climate bill to governor after GOP delay tactics, misinformation

By: - June 9, 2021

In the tense final hours of Colorado’s 2021 legislative session, the state House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed a major greenhouse-gas emissions bill after a series of delay tactics from Republicans, who cried foul over its fast-tracked process while repeatedly making false claims about climate change. House Bill 21-1266 won approval from the House […]

Major ‘tax fairness’ overhaul passed by lawmakers, sent to governor’s desk

By: - June 8, 2021

The Colorado House of Representatives gave final approval late Monday night to two bills comprising a wide-ranging overhaul of the state’s tax code, proposing a variety of new and expanded tax benefits for low-income workers and families while reducing or eliminating many tax credits for businesses and the rich. House Bills 21-1311 and 21-1312 were […]

As Biden’s BLM pick awaits confirmation, its Grand Junction headquarters sit empty

By: - June 8, 2021

On a recent blustery spring morning in Grand Junction, the parking lot outside the small office building at 760 Horizon Drive steadily filled up as the workday began. Employees filed in and headed towards office suites emblazoned with corporate logos: Shaw Construction, ProStar GeoCorp, Moody Insurance Agency, Chevron. None, however, could be seen entering the […]

Lawmakers advance heavily-amended climate bill in compromise with Gov. Polis

By: - June 7, 2021

As the Colorado General Assembly scrambles to wrap up the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers on Monday formalized a sweeping overhaul to a major piece of climate-change legislation, clearing the way for the bill to pass with support from Gov. Jared Polis, who had previously threatened to veto it. In an abbreviated hearing before the Senate […]

Health care worker wins first $1 million prize in Colorado vaccine cash drawing

By: - June 4, 2021

A health care worker from Mead was announced on Friday as the first vaccinated Coloradan to win a $1 million prize as part of a weekly cash drawing aimed at boosting the state’s flagging vaccination rate. Sally Sliger, who received her first dose of the vaccine in March, said she was notified that she’d been […]

Historic $5.3 billion transportation bill sent to governor’s desk

By: - June 3, 2021

Lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly on Wednesday gave final approval to a $5.3 billion transportation funding package, sending the historic measure to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk to be signed into law. Senate Bill 21-260, which sponsors say will provide a “future-proofed” funding source for transportation through a variety of new fees levied on consumers, […]

Supreme Court rebuffs lawmakers’ redistricting fix, says commissions can use preliminary data

By: - June 1, 2021

In a 5-2 ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an advisory opinion that warned state lawmakers that their proposed fix to a legislative redistricting process upended by U.S. Census Bureau delays would be unconstitutional — but affirmed the ability of the state’s new independent redistricting commissions to use preliminary and interim population measurements […]

Colorado unemployment rate remained at 6.4% in April as state launches back-to-work incentive

By: - May 21, 2021

For the second month in a row, Colorado’s unemployment rate stayed flat at 6.4%, down from a high of over 12% in the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the April figure was still more than double the state’s average monthly jobless rate in 2019. The number of individuals employed in Colorado climbed by […]