As oil and gas drilling continues its march into more populated areas, there’s growing pressure on Colorado lawmakers to wade into a thorny battle escalating between the state and many local governments. Several bills that would give cities and counties more authority to regulate the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing are likely to be debated this session, even though it’s long been viewed as the state’s regulatory jurisdiction. KUNC’s Kirk Siegler reports on a series of tangled court rulings that got us to this point.
President Barack Obama recently made his third trip to Colorado in the last four months. Colorado is expected to be a key swing state in the general election. As part of our capitol conversation series, KUNC’s State Capitol Reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with fellow state house reporters to talk about Colorado’s role in the 2012 presidential race.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has posted an Avalanche Warning for a large portion of the state’s mountain areas through Saturday afternoon. While the avalanche warning may expire Saturday, dangerous avalanche conditions are going to persist through the weekend.
Student enrollment across Colorado continues to grow according to new numbers released by the Colorado Department of Education. Enrollment at the state’s schools increased by 1.3 percent this year—with some of the largest gains in Denver Public Schools, the state’s charter schools and full-time online learning programs.