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 By Dan Elliott    Regional    March 24, 2019

Columbine families gather to tell stories nearly 20 years on

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Families of the Columbine High School shooting victims gathered at the school on Saturday to tell their stories 20 years after the tragedy, and they spoke of forgiveness, inclusion and healing, and the balm that sometimes...

 

'Epic' storm brings blizzards, floods, tornado to mid-US

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A window-rattling late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. "This is a very epic cyclone," said Greg...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    March 6, 2019

Plan to focus oil rules on safety creates divide in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Supporters of a plan to overhaul Colorado's oil and gas regulations told lawmakers Tuesday that the measure is a flexible, common-sense approach to dealing with frequent conflicts over health and safety. Opponents said it goes too...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    March 1, 2019

Colorado Dem leaders pledge sweeping change in oil-gas rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic-controlled state government promised dramatic and sweeping changes Thursday in the way the state regulates oil and gas drilling, saying public health and safety would become the top priorities. Gov. Jared Polis...

 

Outdoor retailers expand political fight with climate push

DENVER (AP) — Two years after jumping into a fight with the Trump administration over public lands, the U.S. outdoor industry is turning up the political pressure — though its impact is difficult to measure. Thousands of manufacturers and...

 

With Democrats in charge, Colorado now backs clean air rule

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's new attorney general said Wednesday the state will withdraw from a lawsuit challenging one of the Obama administration's biggest climate change initiatives. Democrat Phil Weiser's announcement signaled a reversal from his...

 

Colorado Supreme Court won't reconsider oil and gas decision

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court refused to reconsider its ruling that oil and gas regulators do not have to make health and environmental protection their top priority. The court offered no explanation in its announcement, dated Monday and...

 

Activists want details on inquiry into ex-nuke weapons plant

DENVER (AP) — Activists asked a U.S. judge Thursday to make documents public from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver with a history of fires, leaks and spills. The activists said the documents co...

 

Colorado expands buffer zone between schools, oil-gas wells

DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators voted Tuesday to expand the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property, a rare victory for proponents of tighter rules for the industry. The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission...

 

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

DENVER (AP) — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully...

 

Endangered Mexican wolf escapes at Colorado wildlife center

DENVER (AP) — An endangered Mexican wolf escaped from a Colorado wildlife center where it had been taken to breed with other captive wolves, authorities said Wednesday. The year-old, captive-born male got out of an enclosure at the Colorado Wolf...

 

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states. Trump signed a memora...

 

Colorado Supreme Court hears high-stakes oil and gas lawsuit

DENVER (AP) — An attorney for six young people who want the state to impose tougher safeguards on the energy industry told the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday that the law requires regulators to protect public health from the hazards of...

 

Former Colorado nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

DENVER (AP) — Cyclists and hikers explored a newly opened wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado on Saturday, while a protester in a gas mask brought signs warning about the dangers of plutonium. With no fanfare,...

 

Trump panel wants changes in royalties from public oil, gas

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A Trump administration advisory committee on Thursday recommended a change in the way energy companies calculate how much money they owe taxpayers for pumping natural gas from public lands. But the U.S. Interior Department's...

 

Colorado objects to Trump administration's public land rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday the Trump administration is not giving the public nearly enough time to comment on plans to drill for oil and gas on vast tracts of public land In a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land...

 

Colorado says it's cut methane leaks as Trump eases US rules

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working — and they have industry support. Energy companies...

 

Proposal to limit oil, gas drilling gets on Colorado ballot

DENVER (AP) — A contentious proposal to tightly restrict the location of new oil and gas wells in Colorado attracted more than enough petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot, election officials said Wednesday. The measure, known as I...

 

Colorado governor candidates outline differences on energy

DENVER (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton warned Wednesday that Democrats want to impose job-killing restrictions on oil and gas development in Colorado, while Democrat Jared Polis said the state has to try to settle...

 

Father of slain Colorado woman sobs, seethes in courtroom

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Frank Rzucek Sr. leaned forward in a Colorado courtroom, weeping with his face in his hands as his son-in-law, just feet away, was told Tuesday he could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Rzucek's daughter and two...

 

Judge won't bar public from refuge that was once a nuke site

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request to bar the public from a Colorado wildlife refuge that was once part of a nuclear weapons plant. Environmentalists and community activists had asked the judge to issue a preliminary...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    July 11, 2018

US delays decision on drilling near Great Sand Dunes park

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday delayed a decision on a contentious proposal to allow oil and gas drilling near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, saying it first wants to consult with the Navajo Nation, which owns la...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    June 8, 2018

APNewsBreak: Official blasts critic of nuclear plant cleanup

DENVER (AP) — A U.S. official harshly criticized a Colorado health officer who questioned the safety of a former nuclear weapons plant and said he did not trust the federal government's assurances that the site was thoroughly cleaned up before...

 
 By DAN ELLIOTT    Regional    May 10, 2018

Lawsuit: Energy company cut safety budget before fatal blast

DENVER (AP) — A shareholder lawsuit alleges Anadarko Petroleum was focused on keeping oil and gas flowing from older wells, not fixing potential safety problems, in the months before a fatal house explosion in Colorado linked to an Anadarko well....

 
 By DAN ELLIOTT    Regional    March 30, 2018

US plant that destroys chemical weapons beset by troubles

DENVER (AP) — A highly automated, multibillion-dollar plant in Colorado that destroys U.S. chemical weapons is over budget, behind schedule and bedeviled by troubles that could worsen the danger to workers. But when the Army said this month it...

 

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