Health

Oil and gas regulators signal support for 2,000-foot setbacks

BY: - September 10, 2020

A majority of the commission overseeing oil and gas drilling in Colorado on Wednesday voiced support for a significant increase in the state’s mandatory “setback” distances between new wells and occupied buildings. “I think we’re tasked with making a setback, and a regulatory regime, that is protective,” Jeff Robbins, chair of the Colorado Oil and […]

State regulators near decision on oil and gas setback distances

BY: - September 8, 2020

Within weeks of suffering defeat at the ballot box in 2018, anti-fracking group Colorado Rising announced its plans to fight on, hiring former Democratic State Rep. Joe Salazar to lead its continued efforts to hold what it called “bad government actors and abusive oil and gas companies” accountable. Now, nearly two years after voters soundly […]

Cities and states look to crack down on ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police

BY: - September 4, 2020

By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, and Kevin McCoy and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY Following nationwide protests against police brutality in which law enforcement officers wounded or blinded protesters, state and local lawmakers and an international police association are taking steps to restrict the use of “less-lethal” weapons that caused the injuries. At least seven […]

Oil companies rely on controversial firm to rebut Colorado health study

BY: - September 4, 2020

One day after Colorado health officials briefed a state rulemaking panel on the potential health risks posed by oil and gas drilling, industry groups brought in an expert of their own to downplay the state’s findings — and her comments were blunt. “My expert conclusion is that there’s no credible, causal evidence that current setback […]

COGCC officials to be briefed on oil and gas health study ahead of setbacks decision

BY: - September 3, 2020

Colorado oil and gas commissioners will be briefed by state officials on the potential health risks of drilling ahead of a critical rulemaking decision, after all. Kristy Richardson, Colorado’s state toxicologist, is scheduled to deliver a presentation on a landmark public-health study to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Thursday afternoon, as commissioners prepare […]

Advocates push state to resume early prison releases due to coronavirus

BY: - August 28, 2020

The family of Ronald Johnson — a 62-year-old Black grandfather who’s served 22 years in prison for nonviolent drug offenses — worries that his prison sentence might be a death sentence.  “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance,” his daughter Amber said in a statement. “My deep fear is that my […]

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Gov. Polis signs order aimed at advancing equity in state government

BY: - August 27, 2020

An executive order advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in Colorado government — originally scheduled for March but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — was issued Aug. 27 by Gov. Jared Polis. The order directs the Department of Personnel and Administration, or DPA, to develop policy promoting equity in state hiring and compensation practices; implement […]

COMMENTARY

Abortion denial is harmful

BY: - August 26, 2020

As many states continue to restrict access to abortion, this November, Colorado voters will get a chance to stop an abortion ban. Proposition 115 would ban abortion at 22 weeks of pregnancy. As a nurse practitioner who has provided care for young families for over a decade and as a researcher who has documented the experiences of young […]

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Paid family and medical leave qualifies for Colorado ballot

BY: - August 25, 2020

Proponents of a ballot initiative establishing a new paid family and medical leave program in Colorado submitted enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, the secretary of state’s office announced Aug. 25. Initiative 283 would provide 12 weeks of paid family or medical leave. Businesses with 10 or more employees would pay a premium […]

COVID-19 hospitalization data shows racial, ethnic disparities

BY: - August 21, 2020

Besides having disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths, people of color have also been hospitalized more frequently than their white counterparts, new data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows. While comprising 4.6% of Colorado’s population in 2019, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Black people made up 10% of […]

Oil and gas groups block briefing for officials on health impacts of drilling

BY: - August 19, 2020

Colorado’s five new oil and gas commissioners were set to hear a presentation from state officials on the health impacts of drilling this week — but oil and gas interest groups objected, and the commission agreed to cancel the briefing. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission chair Jeff Robbins noted the decision at the beginning […]

Colorado’s COVID-19 test positivity rate falls below 3%

BY: - August 18, 2020

Just 2.32% of COVID-19 tests in Colorado were positive Aug. 16, the lowest rate since the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment began tracking tests and cases in early March. For the week ending Aug. 15, 2.99% of tests were positive. Gov. Jared Polis praised the development during a news briefing Aug. 18. He […]