Colorado

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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5:30am

Wed June 25, 2014
Oil and Gas

COGCC's Lepore: No 'Causative Determination' Yet On Second Greeley Quake

One of the seismometers placed by a team from the University of Colorado following a quake at the end of May. The network detected a 2.6 magnitude event June 23, prompting regulators to halt activity at a nearby injection well.
Jim Hill KUNC

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has ordered a 20 day halt to wastewater injection at a well near the Greeley/Weld County airport. The order follows a second earthquake in the Greeley area, a 2.6 magnitude event June 23.

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9:40pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Politics

Beauprez Gets GOP Nod, Will Face Hickenlooper In Governors Race

Bob Beauprez has won the GOP Primary for the Governors Race and will face off against the incumbent, John Hickenlooper in November.
Beauprez-U.S. House / Hickenlooper-State of Colorado

The race to be Colorado’s next Governor is officially underway. Former Congressman Bob Beauprez will challenge Governor John Hickenlooper in November after winning a four way GOP primary race. Beauprez captured a four-point lead over his closest challenger, Tom Tancredo.

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9:10pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Politics

Ken Buck Easily Wins 4th Congressional District Primary

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck
Weld County

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck emerged as the winner in Tuesday’s four-way primary election to become the Republican candidate in the 4th Congressional District.

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8:13am

Tue June 24, 2014
Oil and Gas

Latest Oil Spill In Poudre Raises Questions About Sites Near Rivers

As seen from the Poudre Trail, the tanks at the well site, and site of the spill, at the end of Weld County Road 23, June 24, 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

After a Noble Energy storage tank that spilled 178 barrels -- about 7,500 gallons -- of oil into the Poudre River was discovered June 20, questions arose about how vulnerable some oil and gas facilities are to flood damage.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has estimated [.pdf] that "more than 5,900 oil and gas wells lie within 500 feet of a Colorado waterway that is substantial enough to be named."

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