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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter in the States Newsroom Washington bureau. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues as well as climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

New Mexico’s Rep. Debra Haaland in contention to head Interior Department

By: - December 16, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden is considering U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, a choice that would put the nation’s first Native American Cabinet secretary in charge of the department that oversees most federal-tribal relations. An individual close to Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat first elected to the House in 2018, said Wednesday […]

Colorado makes the finalist list for Space Command HQ

By: - November 19, 2020

The Air Force on Thursday named sites in Colorado, Florida and four other states finalists to permanently house the U.S. Space Command headquarters — a prize that would mean billions in federal defense spending for the state with the winning bid. Congress created both the Space Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in space, and […]

Rewards and risks loom for Colorado if BLM decisions are overturned

By: - October 16, 2020

A controversial federal plan to allow energy development on 95% of public lands in the Uncompahgre region of southwest Colorado could be reviewed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management if a federal judge’s ruling against the agency’s leadership stands. Conservationists and legal observers say it’s too early to predict how that sweeping ruling will […]

Pendley’s BLM decisions in Colorado targeted for rollback

By: - October 6, 2020

A federal judge’s ruling that the acting head of the Bureau of Land Management was serving unlawfully in that position could have implications for dozens of decisions the agency made across the West during the past 15 months — including in Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. After the judge’s Sept. 25 ruling that William Perry Pendley […]

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears

By: and - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results.  Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in […]

Sweeping federal protections inch closer for 400,000 acres of western Colorado public lands

By: - September 16, 2020

Four long-standing efforts to protect tracts of public lands in western Colorado are closer to becoming law after Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation bundled them and attached the package to a must-pass defense authorization bill. The public lands measure, called the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy, or CORE, Act, extends varying levels of federal […]

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

By: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

Pendley nomination may be scrapped, but he’s still in charge at BLM

By: - August 20, 2020

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management will continue leading the agency even after his nomination is withdrawn, leading the diverse conservation groups that opposed him to call for his removal from office. The Trump administration said last weekend it would pull the nomination of William Perry Pendley when the Senate […]

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Colorado congressman Neguse launches overhaul of federal pesticide rules

By: - August 13, 2020

Boulder’s U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse is leading the first attempt in decades to overhaul national pesticide regulations. The Colorado Democrat is sponsoring a bill in the House that would ban three common chemicals, revamp the process for approving new products and allow cities like Boulder to adopt stricter standards. While it’s unlikely that the Neguse […]

Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live.

By: - August 10, 2020

Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted. State leaders from both political parties remained unsure how much they’d have to […]

Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down

By: and - August 8, 2020

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in federal unemployment assistance with another $100 […]

Ariz. conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau

By: - August 3, 2020

President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management has supported mining near the Grand Canyon, livestock grazing in federally protected areas, resource extraction at national monuments and generally opposed federal management of Western lands — all positions conservationists in Arizona say would hurt the state’s public lands. William Perry Pendley’s long record […]