Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

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‘This is our Flint’: Colorado environmental activists call for investigation following whistleblower complaint

By: - April 2, 2021

A coalition of environmental and community groups who have spent years pressuring Colorado’s health department to crack down on air pollution say that the allegations contained in a federal whistleblower complaint this week painted a picture of the agency that’s even worse than they feared. “This is a huge, huge deal,” said Jeremy Nichols, climate […]

30% U.S. land conservation by 2030 is the goal. Colorado is only a third of the way there.

By: - April 1, 2021

Just two years ago, the goal of conserving 30% of the world’s lands and oceans by 2030 was an obscure idea circulating among scientists and a handful of advocacy groups. Now, a commitment to the “30 by 30” campaign is an official — albeit loosely defined — policy of the U.S. federal government. President Joe […]

Showdown over climate policy between Polis, environmental groups likely with new bill

By: - March 30, 2021

The latest battle in a long-running dispute between Gov. Jared Polis and top Democrats in the legislature over state greenhouse gas regulations is shaping up at the Capitol. Senate Bill 21-200, introduced on Monday night by State Sen. Faith Winter and other Democratic lawmakers, would direct state air-quality regulators to carry out what many environmental […]

Boulder shooting suspect makes first appearance in court, charged on 10 counts of murder

By: - March 25, 2021

The man suspected of gunning down 10 people in Monday’s mass shooting in Boulder made a brief first appearance in District Court on Thursday morning, beginning what prosecutors say will likely be a lengthy criminal trial process. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, the 21-year-old Arvada resident taken into custody after the massacre at a south Boulder […]

Boulder suspect bought assault weapon six days before shooting

By: - March 23, 2021

The suspect charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder following Monday’s mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers had purchased an assault-style weapon just six days earlier, police said in an arrest affidavit Tuesday. “Using law enforcement databases, investigators determined that (the suspect) had purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16, 2021,” states the […]

Victims, suspect identified in Boulder mass shooting

By: - March 23, 2021

Law enforcement officials on Tuesday morning released the identities of the 10 people killed in Monday’s mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers, along with the name of the suspect, as state and local leaders sought to comfort the community after Colorado’s latest high-profile incident of deadly gun violence. “It has been a devastating 24 […]

At least 10 killed in mass shooting at Boulder King Soopers; suspect in custody

By: - March 22, 2021

At least 10 people, including a police officer, are dead after a gunman opened fire at a Boulder grocery store on Monday, officials said in a press conference shortly before 8:30 p.m. Police have a suspect in custody and say that there is no ongoing threat to the public. “Our hearts in this community go […]

Over half of Coloradans now eligible for COVID vaccine but appointments hard to come by

By: - March 19, 2021

With little fanfare, Colorado on Friday began a new phase of its vaccine rollout plan that expanded eligibility to over half of its population — but with vaccine demand still greatly exceeding supply, it could be weeks before many newly eligible Coloradans are able to secure an appointment. Phase 1B.4, the final group to be […]

Buck, Boebert vote against House resolution condemning Myanmar coup

By: - March 19, 2021

Colorado Reps. Ken Buck and Lauren Boebert were among a small group of Republican members of the House of Representatives who on Friday voted to oppose a nonbinding resolution condemning the military coup in Myanmar. The House passed H. Res. 134, which condemned the violent military takeover of the Southeast Asian country that began on […]

‘Exceptional’ drought persists on Western Slope despite heavy Front Range snow

By: - March 18, 2021

Last weekend’s historic Front Range blizzard brought plenty of moisture to northeast Colorado, but persistent drought conditions in the western and southern portions of the state were virtually unchanged, new data from the U.S. Drought Monitor confirmed Thursday. The Drought Monitor’s weekly update showed improved conditions on Colorado’s eastern plains following the storm, which dumped more […]

Charting COVID-19’s unequal impact on Colorado workers, one year later

By: - March 17, 2021

It’s been one year since Gov. Jared Polis’ public health order shuttering bars, restaurants and entertainment venues went into effect across Colorado, beginning the state’s longest and most restrictive period of economic shutdowns, caused by the coronavirus. It would still be weeks before Congress passed key relief measures like supplemental unemployment benefits and the Paycheck […]

Colorado health officials troubled by ‘high plateau’ of COVID cases, hospitalizations

By: - March 16, 2021

Colorado public health officials said in a press conference on Tuesday that they’re concerned by a leveling-off of key COVID-19 metrics and warned that a deadly fourth wave of infections is still possible before the full impact of vaccinations takes hold. The number of Coloradans currently hospitalized with COVID-19 has spiked to 341 from 283 […]