Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Boulder route ‘recommended’ by commissioners as Front Range rail momentum builds

By: - April 24, 2021

A passenger rail line along the Front Range is closer to becoming reality than ever before — and one of the three routes studied most closely by state officials has emerged as the clear favorite. Members of the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission voted on Friday to formally recommend an alignment that […]

Boulder shooting suspect faces 43 additional charges, including for large-capacity magazines

By: - April 22, 2021

In a press conference marking one month since 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Boulder grocery store, law enforcement officials acknowledged Thursday that it’s only the beginning of a “long and difficult journey” for victims’ families and the community at large. “It’s because of the victims and their families that we’re […]

Senate committee advances climate bill opposed by Gov. Polis

By: - April 21, 2021

Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday night advanced a major piece of climate-change legislation after a lengthy committee hearing that put on full display a long-simmering conflict between Gov. Jared Polis and top Democrats in the state Legislature. “We feel like the legislation we have passed has not been implemented,” state Sen. Faith Winter told Will Toor, […]

Small-dollar donations drive record-shattering fundraising in 3rd Congressional District

By: - April 17, 2021

The battle for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat is widely expected to be one of the most closely contested races on the state’s 2022 ballot — and it’s already on pace to shatter spending records. Incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert’s campaign raised $846,156 in the first three months of 2021, according to campaign-finance disclosures filed this […]

Reps. Boebert, Taylor Greene oppose National Marrow Donor Program reauthorization in 415-2 vote

By: - April 16, 2021

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert was one of only two members of the House of Representatives to vote against legislation reauthorizing the National Marrow Donor Program, which operates a registry that helps facilitate bone marrow and cord blood transplants to patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases. The House on Thursday passed H.R. 941, known as […]

Polis and vaccine

Colorado ends statewide COVID-19 ‘dial’ mandate, returning control to local governments

By: - April 16, 2021

Colorado’s COVID-19 dial system of restrictions has undergone constant evolutions since it was first introduced by state officials last September, but today marks its biggest change yet — from now on, the dial is merely advisory, with the final say on most public health restrictions left up to local governments. “With more and more people […]

Colorado climate advocates push lawmakers to prioritize all-electric buildings

By: - April 15, 2021

One of the most effective ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated by Colorado’s 2.2 million households isn’t some far-off piece of future technology — it’s one that’s installed in about a quarter of homes in the state already. “I’m confident that any new house in Colorado can be built all-electric,” Mike Henchen, a […]

Gov. Polis expects J&J vaccine pause to last ‘days, not weeks’ as Colorado’s COVID-19 positivity surges

By: - April 13, 2021

Colorado health officials on Tuesday announced that they would pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine at the advice of federal regulators, following reports of six cases of an “extremely rare” blood clotting disorder among the more 6.8 million Americans who have received the one-shot vaccine. But Gov. Jared Polis said that officials […]

‘Fourth wave’ of COVID-19 infections hitting Colorado, state health officials say

By: - April 9, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis and top state health officials acknowledged on Friday that rising COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations constitute a “fourth wave” of the deadly pandemic that is impacting Colorado and much of the rest of the country. “This is a time of great concern in Colorado,” Polis said in a press conference on the […]

East Troublesome Fire

State officials emphasize prevention ahead of 2021 wildfire season

By: - April 8, 2021

Standing beside firefighting aircraft in a hangar in Englewood on Thursday, Colorado officials said they’re entering the 2021 wildfire season with more resources at their disposal than ever before. But they stressed that the best way to prevent a repeat of last year’s historic destruction is to stop fires from igniting in the first place. […]

No, Colorado voting laws aren’t more restrictive than Georgia’s

By: - April 6, 2021

Colorado sports fans will get an unexpected treat this summer when Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game comes to Coors Field on July 13, the league officially announced on Tuesday. “This all moved very quickly,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in a press conference Tuesday. “What usually takes months or even years to happen, happened in […]

Colorado weighs new bonding rules to address ‘orphaned’ oil and gas wells

By: - April 5, 2021

Just before he departed as director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2018, Matt Lepore likened the potential threat of thousands of abandoned wells across the state to a “hurricane sitting offshore.” “You know it’s out there, and you know it’s coming ashore,” Lepore said at the time. “You just don’t know if […]