Environmental politics

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Hemp pioneer fields questions at Ag Expo

An attentive audience of more than 50 local farmers and citizens quizzed America’s first modern-day industrial hemp farmer at the Four States Ag Expo. As the three-day event came to a close on...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Colorado bill aims to protect drilling sites from vandals

DENVER – A measure that would augment penalties on vandals of oil- and gas-production equipment cleared a Senate committee 6-5 with Republicans in support. The bill comes as a response to increased...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Demonstrators demand Sen. Cory Gardner support methane emission rules

More than 150 people gathered outside U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s Durango offices Tuesday, demanding the Republican senator oppose the rollback of methane waste regulations. “We’re here to support the...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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BLM finalizes rule to reduce methane waste

The U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday finalized a Bureau of Land Management rule designed to drastically reduce methane waste on tribal and federal lands, saving taxpayer dollars and...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Gold King spill reimbursement legislation gets hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Thursday called for a hearing on a bill that would expedite reimbursements to communities impacted by last year’s Gold...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Comments show overwhelming support for Superfund

The public comment period for the proposed Superfund designation north of Silverton closed June 13, and while it has taken a few weeks for responses to filter in, one thing is abundantly clear:...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Tipton criticizes EPA over reimbursements for mine spill

DENVER – Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Thursday expressed frustration with the Environmental Protection Agency after La Plata County officials learned the county may not be...

DATE: April 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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County commissioner supports methane rule in D.C.

WASHINGTON – La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt voiced support for the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed natural gas waste rule on Wednesday during a congressional hearing. “In my...

DATE: April 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Environmental Protection Agency proposes Superfund for San Juan County

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency has formally proposed a Superfund listing in San Juan County. The recommendation will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, which sets off a...

DATE: April 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Tipton urges need to get America back on track

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton said Wednesday that he wants to see Congress get back into the rule-making business. The Republican from Colorado District 3 spoke to 30 spectators at a 6 p.m. town hall...

DATE: March 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

The growing clout of the Hispanic vote

In the midst of the raucous and polarized presidential election, a quieter story has been at play as well: the growing political clout of Latino voters. Nationwide, about 12 percent of the...

DATE: March 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Gov. Hickenlooper seeks action on mine cleanups

DENVER – Over a recent breakfast, Gov. John Hickenlooper, fellow Western governors and chiefs of key federal agencies put their heads together on the problem of leaking inactive mines. It has...

DATE: March 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news