Colorado Legislature

3:10pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Wildfires

Colorado’s State-Owned Firefighting Fleet Ready For Takeoff

A Bell 212 Type 2 Helicopter. The state has contracts ready to go for one Type 2 and two Type 3 helicopters for Colorado's own fleet.
TheBrockenInaGlory Wikimedia Commons

Colorado’s own aerial firefighting fleet will soon be much bigger. Following Governor Hickenlooper’s May 12 signature on the bill authorizing a state-owned fleet, Colorado’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control has been busy contracting helicopters, single engine air tankers and early detection remote sensing aircraft.

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8:56am

Fri June 20, 2014
Politics

Will The 'War On Rural Colorado' Play At The Ballot Box?

A farm on the rolling plains of Yuma County, June, 2014.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

There’s often a divide between Colorado’s rural lawmakers and those representing larger communities along the urban Front Range. That dynamic was apparent during the 2014 legislative session with Republicans routinely blaming Democrats for waging what they said is a "war on rural Colorado."

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8:06am

Fri June 20, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Oil And Gas Team Additions Means More Wells Get Inspected

A drilling operation near Frederick, Colo., August, 2013.
Jim Hill KUNC

In 2012, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is responsible for keeping track of and inspecting the tens of thousands of oil wells in the state, had just 17 inspectors to examine over 47,000 active wells.

Now, the state has added 11 more inspectors, upping their capacity to where in 2013 they were able to inspect about half of the 53,000 active wells across the state.

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9:09am

Fri June 13, 2014
Politics

Hickenlooper Trying To Rally Support For Oil And Gas Compromise, Special Session

Governor Hickenlooper speaking in December, 2013.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Governor John Hickenlooper’s office said he’s still in discussions about whether to call lawmakers back to the state capitol for a special session on oil and gas issues. The goal would be to pass a compromise bill and avoid a fight at the ballot box.

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7:12am

Tue June 10, 2014

In Colorado, 'The Politics Of Fracking Have Yet To Be Tested'

Lead in text: 
Governor Hickenlooper's office has announced a compromise bill has been reached to head off a local control fight over fracking at the ballot. No special session as been called for it yet and there remain doubts it will come to fruition. The New York Times looks at the debate fracking has taken on in the state.
Source: Nytimes · Via: Grace Hood on Twitter
An impassioned national debate over the oil-production technique known as fracking is edging toward the ballot box in Colorado, opening an election-year rift between moderate, energy-friendly Democrats and environmentalists who want to rein in drilling or give local communities the power to outlaw it altogether.

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