Colorado’s utility regulators don’t follow state travel policies and don’t keep adequate track of private meetings with the industries they regulate…The Veterans Association is closer to deciding on a location for a new national cemetery in El Paso County…Larimer County sheriff’s officials say a 227-acre wildfire that has damaged two outbuildings in northern Colorado was started by lightning.

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A U.S. District judge is expected to issue a ruling soon on the ongoing lawsuit over oil and gas drilling on Colorado’s Roan Plateau. Environmental groups are trying to block the drilling, and say federal regulators failed to fully examine the risks to wildlife and air quality. Bente Birkeland has more from the state [...]

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Western lawmakers are seeking to elevate the plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle…Colorado’s Energy Office has a new mission. It will now promote traditional energy alongside renewable energy such as wind and solar.

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A U.S. Congressional field hearing on hydraulic fracturing took place in Denver today. Panelists and members of Congress debated whether the fracking process is safe, and if federal regulations would be over-reaching. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to revamp the Governor’s energy office and broaden the mission is making its way through the Democratic controlled senate. The measure passed its first hurdle on Tuesday, clearing the state veterans and military affairs committee. Last year Democrats defeated a similar proposal worrying it would take away from renewable energy. Bente Birkeland [...]

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Democrats and conservationists are working with Hickenlooper’s staff to try and save a bill that would revamp the Governor’s Energy office. Finding a way to fund the office and expand its mission to promote more traditional forms of energy is a top priority for the Governor. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to reorganize the Governor’s Energy Office and expand its mission to include promoting oil and gas is in limbo in the Democratic controlled senate. Senate Democrats killed a similar bill last year saying it would take resources away from renewable energy. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Additional legislation to deal with hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas regulations is unlikely in the final weeks of the state’s annual legislative session. A task force convened by Governor Hickenlooper to examine the issue is not recommending new laws. Bente Birkeland has more from inside the state capitol.

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The state’s budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey. It’s already cleared the Republican controlled house with near unanimous support. Now the Democratic controlled senate will debate it.

A task force has failed to settle a dispute between Colorado communities and the oil and gas industry over who has the ability to [...]

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A jobs proposal from Democrats that would give state bidding preferences to companies that hire Colorado workers has cleared the Senate, but appears headed to certain death in the Republican-controlled House…

Attorney General John Suthers says Colorado is joining a multistate lawsuit against electronic book publishers and Apple…

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A bill to reorganize the Governor’s Energy Office and expand its mission to include the promotion of oil and gas development alongside clean energy cleared its first hurdle at the capitol yesterday. Governor John Hickenlooper supports the change, but other Democrats are wary. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The goal of the Governor’s task force on oil and gas drilling is to examine the balance of power between local regulations and state rules. But during its second meeting late last week, some citizens and members of the environmental community raised questions over the process and role of the panel. Bente (BEN tuh) [...]

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When people think about earthquakes, Colorado may not exactly be the first place that comes to mind. But in the past couple decades, the Trinidad region has experienced a surprising number of seismic events. Scientists and locals alike are wondering just what is causing them. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports.

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An extension of a federal tax break for wind energy production and other alternative energy sources has failed in the Senate…and, a bill to give college credit for previous work experience initially passed the state senate today.

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture, or CDA, is managing funds set aside by the United States Department of Agriculture for partially reimbursing farmers for organic certifications…The owners of a leaking uranium mine west of Denver are rerouting Ralston Creek to avoid toxic waste…and, a new zipline is being built at the scenic Royal Gorge [...]

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State lawmakers have already defeated several bills dealing with the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing this session. But a new executive order from Governor John Hickenlooper stands to put the issue in the spotlight once again. He’s creating a task force to examine the balance of power between local oil and gas [...]

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Mother Nature affects us all, and no matter how much we want the weather to remain consistent, it’s always changing. This month, we take a look at weather, climate, and natural disasters in the region, and at least one way in which we’ve changed that which Mother Nature intended.

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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy electricity from a 67-megawatt wind project planned in northeast Colorado…The Fort Lyons medium-security prison is now closed, the Chieftain reports.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a broad executive order on hydraulic fracturing. It creates a task force to clarify whether the state or local governments have the authority to regulate oil and gas drilling. The task force is also charged with determining whether new regulations are needed. As Bente Birkeland reports from the state [...]

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Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs City Councils agreed unanimously yesterday to approve an inter-governmental agreement for managing the Manitou Incline…and, Gov. John Hickenlooper is stepping into a dispute between local governments and the oil and gas industry over drilling by forming a task force to examine the issue.

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A seemingly innocuous bill under consideration at the state house lead to a heated spat between Republican leaders and Democrat Sal Pace who is running for Congress…El Paso County could see drilling in the region by mid-March, according to the Gazette.

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Colorado Springs School District 11 is testing a propane-powered bus they’ve added into its fleet as part of an ongoing goal to focus on being greener…and, Chevron Corporation is giving up its oil shale lease in northwest Colorado to free up it’s resources for other priorities.

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The state House of Representatives has initially passed a bill that would add methane gas captured from coalmines to Colorado’s renewable energy standard…and, high winds that could create blowing dust are expected in southeast Colorado and the San Luis Valley tomorrow.

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