Colorado

2:09pm

Fri June 6, 2014
Oil and Gas

Crude Oil Rail Routes Won't Be Made Public

Tankers in a railroad yard in Wisconsin, pictured June 2013.
Randen Pederson Flickr - Creative Commons

The railroad industry is taking steps to avoid public disclosure of crude oil shipment routes, reports The Associated Press. The companies were ordered in May by the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin notifying rail yards and emergency responders when large shipments of Bakken crude were rolling through their communities.

Those disclosures are due to begin June 7. The companies have to reveal route details and the amount of oil carried in shipments of 35 or more tank cars.

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6:02am

Thu June 5, 2014
Health

Colorado Looks To Health And Wellness Tourism

Over just two years since it was built, the $34 million University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has created a high-tech space for research and programs.
Grace Hood KUNC

America’s obsession with weight loss has given birth to reality shows like The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss. The latter aired the second installment of its new season with part of the episode shot on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The popular culture influence is reinvigorating Colorado’s image as a health and wellness destination — but with a medical twist.

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2:08pm

Wed June 4, 2014
NPR News Investigations

Life After 'Life': Aging Inmates Struggle For Redemption

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 3:29 pm

John Huckleberry sits in the back seat of a friend's car on the way back from visiting inmates at Sterling Correctional Facility. After 30 years in prison, Huckleberry — who was released in 2012 — helps aging inmates prepare for life outside prison.
John W. Poole NPR

Out in the empty plains of northeast Colorado two years ago, nine inmates line up against a wall inside the Sterling Correctional Facility. It's a line of green jumpsuits and gray hair.

The men, hobbling on canes, wait for the others to pull plastic chairs into a circle so class can begin. Today's instruction is about what life is like on the outside: how to use an ATM, how to find a job, what the Internet is.

These men have been in prison for two, three or four decades. These are things none of them know.

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5:50am

Tue June 3, 2014
Environment

Was The Greeley Quake A 'Frack Quake'?

A screencap from the Colorado Geological Survey's online earthquake and fault and fold map. Dark blue cirlces denote 1.60 to 2.59 magnitude quakes, bright red denotes 5.59 to 6.59.
Colorado Geological Survey

After a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit Saturday evening near the northeastern Colorado town of Greeley, questions about its connection to oil and gas development started popping up on social media and in the blogosphere, with anti-fracking activists trying to make a link between the two.

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7:30am

Fri May 30, 2014
Coal Energy

Coal Power Wary As New Greenhouse Gas Regs Loom

The Naughton Power Plant near Kemmerer, Wyoming, Sept., 2011.
born1945 Flickr - Creative Commons

The predicted effects of continuing to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at current rates range from dramatic sea level rise to extreme weather to famine and drought. Power plants are among the largest carbon dioxide emitters, and June 2, the Obama administration is scheduled to release new rules regulating those emissions.

Utilities and trade groups are already warning those rules will have some dire consequences of their own.

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