Wed April 13, 2011
State Legislature

Colorado Democrats Push to Restore Medicaid, Education Funding

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.

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Tue April 12, 2011

Budget Bill Rescinds Salazar Wilderness Policy

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. 

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Tue April 12, 2011

Senate Leader Delays Wildlife, Parks Merger Bill

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.

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Tue April 12, 2011

Wildlife Commissioners Review Reservoir Plans

Denver Water has proposed enlarging Gross Reservoir to store about 114,000 acre-feet of water as part of its Moffat Collection System Project.
Jackie Shumaker, courtesy of Denver Water

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.

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Tue April 12, 2011

Boulder Officials Focusing on Increased Flood Risk

Boulder Creek
Creative Commons

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.

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