At the state capitol, house lawmakers are expected to debate Colorado's $18 billion budget into the evening with Democrats planning to offer amendments on everything from Medicaid to education funding.
The current budget resolution that avoided a government shutdown includes a provision that would put on hold a controversial order by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that puts millions of new acres of federal land in the West on the table for protection.
The senate president has delayed a bill that would merge two of the biggest divisions in the Department of Natural Resources, wildlife and parks. The move Tuesday comes amid mounting criticism of a plan by Governor John Hickenlooper who has said consolidating the two agencies would save money and keep state parks open in the face of budget cuts.
The clock is ticking for Colorado wildlife commissioners as they review plans that aim to preserve stream conditions from the impact of two proposed reservoir projects.
Denver Water has proposed enlarging Gross Reservoir in Boulder County. Meanwhile Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District wants to build a reservoir southwest of Loveland. Both projects would use water they currently own, but the process requires that they apply for a permit to use it.
This week is Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week, in which officials remind residents about the dangers of severe weather risks such as tornadoes and flooding. Officials with the City of Boulder are focusing on flash flood risk.