Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Democrats rally at Capitol to support public workers labor rights bill opposed by Gov. Polis

By: - February 10, 2022

Two top-ranking Democrats in the Colorado General Assembly joined dozens of demonstrators on the steps of the Capitol Thursday to call for legislation that would boost public-sector unions across the state — in the face of opposition from Gov. Jared Polis, who wants major changes to the forthcoming bill. House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar and […]

Colorado school transparency bill linked to national groups battling ‘critical race theory’

By: - February 9, 2022

The words “critical race theory” don’t appear anywhere in the six pages of House Bill 22-1066, legislation introduced in the Colorado General Assembly last month by Republican state Rep. Tim Geitner of El Paso County. But a network of local and national groups backing the bill say that’s precisely what it’s about. Lawmakers in at […]

Teachers, students protest new Douglas County school board’s alleged plot to oust superintendent

By: - February 4, 2022

More than a thousand teachers, parents and students rallied outside Douglas County School District headquarters on Thursday, days after the district was rocked by allegations that its school board’s new conservative majority had illegally moved to force out Superintendent Corey Wise amid tensions over COVID and equity policies. “I hope they hear us inside,” said […]

Oil and gas regulators float tiered financial-assurance system, ‘amnesty’ for risky wells

By: - January 28, 2022

Six years ago, officials in one of Colorado’s fastest-growing school districts set out to build a much-needed third high school to serve several north Denver suburbs. The site they selected, on unincorporated land eventually annexed by the city of Thornton, became Riverdale Ridge High School and the adjacent Rodger Quist Middle School — but not […]

GOP Senate hopefuls slam Bennet, Biden in primary debate

By: - January 26, 2022

Developer and former Fort Collins City Councilman Gino Campana took first place with 29% support in a straw poll following a Republican Senate primary debate in Lakewood on Tuesday, the state GOP said. Campana won 55 votes out of a total of 191 votes cast, according to a tally released by the Colorado Republican Party […]

New financial rules could bring major reform to Colorado oil and gas industry

By: - January 24, 2022

State regulators will begin deliberations this week on a rule change that could fundamentally rewrite the financial bargain that Colorado strikes with oil and gas companies that seek to drill within its borders, potentially altering the course of the industry’s economic future amid rising uncertainty and concern about fossil-fuel-driven climate change. The latest phase of […]

Union, King Soopers reach tentative labor agreement, ending 10-day strike

By: - January 21, 2022

More than 8,000 striking King Soopers employees will return to work as soon as today following a tentative agreement reached by the grocery chain and members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, ending a 10-day walkout in protest of unfair labor practices. UFCW Local 7 and King Soopers announced the three-year agreement early […]

Judge orders limits on picket lines as King Soopers strike enters second week

By: - January 19, 2022

A Colorado judge on Monday bowed to requests by King Soopers grocery stores to place significant restrictions on the picket lines maintained by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 members, as the union’s strike over pay and working conditions enters its second week. A temporary restraining order issued by Denver District Court Judge Marie […]

Photos: Stock show celebrates Black cowboy heritage with MLK rodeo

By: - January 18, 2022

Some of the top Black rodeo athletes from around the country gathered in Denver on Monday night to compete in the National Western Stock Show’s annual MLK Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo of Champions. The event, which featured Black cowboys and cowgirls competing in bull riding, steer roping, barrel racing and other events, is put on […]

‘State of the Climate’ rally demands bolder action from Gov. Polis, lawmakers

By: - January 14, 2022

As Gov. Jared Polis stood in the Colorado House of Representatives to deliver his State of the State address on Thursday, dozens of Colorado environmental activists stood just yards away on the steps of the Capitol, once again demanding a more aggressive approach to the climate crisis from state government. Just weeks after the Marshall […]

Thousands of Colorado King Soopers workers go on strike for better pay, protections

By: - January 12, 2022

More than 8,000 grocery workers at King Soopers stores in Colorado walked off the job Wednesday morning, striking over what they say are unfair terms being offered by the company in ongoing contract negotiations. The strike by members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 officially began at 5 a.m., impacting more than 75 […]

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen launches campaign for Perlmutter’s congressional seat

By: - January 11, 2022

One day after longtime Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s surprise retirement announcement, the first high-profile Democratic candidate has jumped into the race for the 7th District seat as the jockeying to replace the eight-term congressman begins. State Sen. Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood formally declared her candidacy with a filing early Tuesday morning, according to the Federal Election […]