Environment

FEMA assistance available for Boulder County residents; 1 of 3 missing people accounted for in Marshall Fire

BY: - January 2, 2022

Federal help is available for those who lost their homes or businesses in the Marshall Fire, the most destructive in Colorado history. To apply for cash assistance beyond what their insurance will cover, people can visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. The Marshall Fire began late Thursday morning amid high-speed […]

Marshall Fire aftermath

3 believed dead in Marshall Fire, search warrant executed

BY: - January 1, 2022

Three people are missing in the Marshall Fire and believed to be dead, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said Saturday, reversing accounts from the previous day suggesting that no human lives were lost. Pelle, speaking during an afternoon press conference, also characterized the investigation into the fire’s cause in terms that were significantly different than […]

Rock Creek neighborhood

Up to 1,000 homes burned, no lives lost in Boulder County fires

BY: - December 31, 2021

The Marshall Fire in Boulder County, propelled by winds of up to 110 mph and fueled by dry grass, tore through up to 1,000 homes but so far doesn’t appear to have claimed any human lives, according to Gov. Jared Polis and other officials who spoke at a press conference Friday morning. It’s the most […]

Hundreds of homes lost as grass fires rip through Boulder County neighborhoods

BY: - December 30, 2021

Hundreds of homes, including an entire Superior subdivision, were destroyed Thursday by a fast-moving grass fire in Boulder County. Emergency personnel responded to two main fires, the Marshall Fire, straddling U.S. 36 just southeast of Boulder, and the Middle Fork Fire, just north of Boulder around North Foothills Highway and Middle Fork Road. Both fires […]

COMMENTARY

The perplexity of a useless boat ramp at Lake Powell

BY: - December 29, 2021

A version of this story originally appeared in Big Pivots. As the sun slipped behind the canyon wall earlier this month, I lingered at the bottom of a concrete boat ramp just outside Page, Arizona. I was there to study the disappearing Lake Powell. We expect the sun to vanish. Not so the giant reservoirs […]

Local nonprofit for military families shifts its focus to ‘life skills’ training for graduates

BY: - December 27, 2021

It began as a summer camp, a way for retired Lt. Col. Steve Harrold to commemorate his friend, Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert, who was killed in Iraq. Today, it’s a 118-acre campground that serves over 100 children throughout the year.  Knights of Heroes is a Colorado-based organization that offers summer camps and retreats for boys […]

Is cutting down a tree for Christmas bad for the environment?

BY: - December 25, 2021

This story originally appeared in the New Hampshire Bulletin. Christmas is a time for celebrating the season and a time for cutting down trees — and that holiday tradition sometimes leads to discussions about what’s best for the environment: Is it greener to buy a real tree or a fake tree, or abstain altogether? University […]

Transportation Commission approves planning rule aimed at greenhouse gas cuts

BY: - December 16, 2021

Colorado officials have approved a major overhaul to state transportation planning rules that advocates hope will shift billions in funding towards public transit improvements and other multimodal projects — and curb a decades-old pattern of prioritizing highway and road expansions linked with climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. On a 10-1 vote, the state’s Transportation Commission on […]

Colorado oil and gas regulators release updated bonding proposal ahead of January hearing

BY: - December 15, 2021

Colorado regulators have released their latest proposal for a new set of rules governing the financial assurance payments that oil and gas companies must provide to cover potential cleanup costs, with hearings on the proposed rules scheduled to begin in January. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state agency that oversees drilling, was […]

Two top officials at federal public lands agency will remain in Colorado office

BY: - December 14, 2021

The Bureau of Land Management plans to keep two senior positions in western Colorado as most of the agency’s leaders move back to Washington, Director Tracy Stone-Manning told BLM staff in an email Tuesday. Eight assistant directors and deputy assistant directors will relocate to the Interior Department’s headquarters in the District of Columbia, Stone-Manning wrote.  […]

Colorado Democrats urge EPA to place new transparency, risk management rules on chemical plants

BY: - December 13, 2021

Colorado Democrats want the Environmental Protection Agency to update its safety measures at chemical plants to increase safety and transparency to people who live nearby. In a letter sent Monday to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, the six Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation urged the agency to put in new rules that would require chemical […]

Tornadoes devastate West Tennessee and Kentucky

BY: and - December 13, 2021

A version of this story first appeared in the Tennessee Lookout. At least four people in Tennessee are dead after tornadoes ripped through northwest Tennessee and Kentucky early Saturday morning. The National Weather Service confirmed seven tornadoes touched down in Tennessee but haven’t confirmed if the same tornado damaged Tennessee and Kentucky. In Weakley County, […]