Government

Counties with variances from COVID-19 guidelines could lose privileges

BY: - July 22, 2020

Colorado counties with increasing COVID-19 case numbers that have been granted exceptions from state-level restrictions were told July 19 to submit a mitigation plan to reverse the trend within two weeks — or revert back to Colorado’s “safer at home” guidelines. “The spread of the disease is increasing in Colorado, and the rate of increase […]

Great American Outdoors Act, other Colorado public-lands bills passed by House

BY: - July 22, 2020

Public-lands advocates in Colorado and beyond are celebrating the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill that will boost funding for a critical federal conservation program and provide $9.5 billion to help clear a backlog of maintenance projects in the U.S. National Parks System. Passage of the bill, which […]

Vaccine makers deny political pressure in race for safe, effective shot

BY: - July 22, 2020

Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them.  The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they […]

10 p.m. last call for alcohol ordered to slow COVID-19 spread among young people

BY: - July 21, 2020

As Colorado’s COVID-19 case counts continue to rebound, especially among young people, Gov. Jared Polis has ordered alcohol sales at bars and restaurants across the state to end by 10 p.m. for at least the next 30 days. “Your best (intentions) around social distancing just fall by the wayside if you’re in a group of […]

‘Cold day in hell’ before he’d tolerate ‘uninvited’ federal agents, former DHS boss Ridge says

BY: - July 21, 2020

HARRISBURG, Penn. — The nation’s first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security had sharp words for his former agency Tuesday, condemning the Trump administration’s decision to send federal officers into the streets of Portland, Ore., to quell protests, saying it was “counterproductive,” and that it was not the agency’s mission to act as domestic […]

COMMENTARY

The questions Sen. Cory Gardner has yet to address

BY: - July 21, 2020

By Katie Farnan With little over 100 days until the presidential election, and with COVID-19 keeping people distant, elected officials understandably are not hosting many public forums. Sen. Cory Gardner is no exception. But, prior to COVID-19, Gardner had been maintaining such distance from his constituents that political groups organized a statewide bus tour to […]

‘Green stimulus’ could mean thousands of jobs plugging oil and gas wells, says report

BY: - July 20, 2020

As environmental activists in Colorado continue to worry about a potential spike in the number of abandoned oil and gas wells due to the industry’s financial struggles, a new report suggests that a “green stimulus” program by the federal government could solve both problems at once — employing laid-off oil and gas workers to plug […]

Protesters marching

ICE transfers, immigrant detention protested at Aurora facility

BY: - July 19, 2020

Following Saturday activities that included an art market, live music and sign-making, several dozen protesters made their way to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, immigration detention center in Aurora. “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!” they chanted as they marched. Outside an exterior gate blocking entrance to the facility, which is run […]

Civil Rights hero John Lewis changed America making ‘good trouble’

BY: - July 18, 2020

ATLANTA — Civil Rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who advocated for change through nonviolence, died late Friday night at the age of 80. The Atlanta Democrat was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in late December. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed his death, saying the country had lost “one of the greatest […]

Court orders Trump administration to accept new DACA applications

BY: - July 18, 2020

Almost one month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Donald Trump’s administration didn’t properly end a program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children, the Department of Homeland Security still had not reopened the program to new applicants. The Trump administration has long tried to end the Barack […]

Colorado’s greenhouse gas rules are still a year or more away

BY: - July 17, 2020

Clean-energy experts, environmentalists, community advocates and state officials have a long list of ideas about how Colorado can ramp up its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change — but it will likely be a while before regulators implement any of them. Members of Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission held a special […]

Gross Reservoir expansion receives final federal approval

BY: - July 17, 2020

Denver Water — which provides water to around a quarter of Colorado’s population — received final approval Friday from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to move forward with the expansion of Gross Reservoir in Boulder County. The expansion of the reservoir will raise the facility’s dam 131 feet and will increase the capacity of the […]