Government

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 update at 3:15 p.m., Aug. 4

BY: and - August 4, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 3:15 p.m., Aug. 4, on Colorado’s response to COVID-19. The news briefing will be conducted at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Watch below for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook. As of Aug. 3, Colorado had 47,968 cases of […]

Higher fees on Colorado oil and gas production approved amid falling revenues

BY: - August 4, 2020

Facing a revenue shortfall amid plummeting prices and production levels, Colorado regulators have approved a plan to increase the fees paid by oil and gas operators — and, after scaling back their proposed rate hike, did so with the reluctant support of fossil-fuel industry groups. Members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted […]

COMMENTARY

Sen. Gardner must stand for Coloradans over politics by supporting the HEROES Act

BY: - August 4, 2020

By Rachel Wall I thought things couldn’t get worse when Colorado suddenly shut down on March 24 with little directive from the government on how to proceed. Now, when our government has the opportunity to help its citizens, our senator, Cory Gardner, continues to let us down by not pushing for the next COVID relief […]

Sales tax hike to fund climate change efforts now up to Denver voters

BY: - August 4, 2020

Denver voters will decide in November whether to approve a 0.25% sales tax hike to better fund the city’s efforts to combat climate change. In an 11-1 vote, Denver City Council members gave final approval on Aug. 3 to a bill referring the tax measure to the November ballot, potentially giving the city a new […]

Sierra Club endorses Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate

BY: - August 4, 2020

Climate advocates consider former Gov. John Hickenlooper to have a less-than-perfect record on the environment. That didn’t stop the Colorado Chapter of the Sierra Club from endorsing the Democrat for U.S. Senate over incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. “Colorado deserves a Senator who will prioritize public lands and conservation from day one, not just when […]

Census taker at door

Census Bureau to cut short door-knocking period

BY: - August 3, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to cut short the door-knocking period it told Congress would be necessary to gather responses from hard-to-reach Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. “We will end field data collection by September 30, 2020,” the Bureau announced in a statement posted Aug. 3. “Self-response options will also close on that date to […]

Once-in-a-decade effort to redraw Colorado’s political maps is underway

BY: - August 3, 2020

Every 10 years, states across the country have the opportunity to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts based on updated census data. The resulting maps have an enormous effect on how local and national politics play out. In 2018, Coloradans voted to implement two amendments focused on reforming the way the […]

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 […]

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El Paso County limits indoor capacity following COVID-19 talks with state officials

BY: - August 2, 2020

Due to high coronavirus transmission and a test positivity rate close to 8%, El Paso County announced it will tighten restrictions on indoor capacity and event size. The county submitted a mitigation plan dated July 13 that explained to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment how it would lower the test positivity rate, […]

COMMENTARY

First the pandemic, next the climate: The Republican threat to science

BY: - July 31, 2020

More than ever, our lives depend on medical science to provide reliable testing, diagnosing and mitigation of a deadly virus. Scientists in the United States and around the world are studying the coronavirus, working day and night to uncover the secrets of this disease and develop a safe, accessible vaccine. This breakneck research is taking […]

‘14,000 attempts.’ Balky technology, expiring benefits worry workers, state leaders.

BY: - July 31, 2020

Congress is continuing to squabble over whether to extend a federal supplement to unemployment insurance and if they do, by how much. But as they argue over whether to continue the supplement at $600 a week or some fraction of that, out-of-work Americans are left to worry whether they can survive on state benefits that […]

Gov. Jared Polis calls recent clearing of a large homeless encampment around the Capitol ‘a relief’

BY: - July 30, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday called the recent removal of a large homeless encampment near the state Capitol “a relief.” “I was deeply troubled by the dangerous health situation in that area,” Polis said during a news conference, noting a recent shooting within the encampment, and the presence of loose needles at the park. “… I […]