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Colorado counts on Gold King to spur cleanup of leaking old mines 14.2.2016 Denver Post: Local
Of the 230 inactive mines the state recognized six months ago as causing the worst damage to Colorado waterways, state officials say 148 have not been fully ...
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N.M. official blasts EPA over Gold King spill 11.2.2016 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – The head of the New Mexico Environment Department blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday during a legislative committee meeting, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill.Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn told members of the House agriculture...
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LEAP offers more than just help with home heating bills 3.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The primary mission of the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is to help Coloradans pay winter home heating costs but that program is complemented by the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program. LEAP is a program of the Colorado Department of Human Services that helps eligible Coloradans from November through April with cash assistance for their home heating bills. As of Jan. 21, LEAP had approved more than 53,078 benefits, and the average benefit was $387.  CIP operates year-round and provides assistance with the repair or replacement of the home’s primary heating system, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove. The Weatherization Assistance Program is a program from the Colorado Energy Office and is designed to improve energy efficiency in homes throughout Colorado, thereby helping to reduce heating costs permanently. For CIP, households that qualify for energy bill payment assistance through LEAP and have a non-working heating system can call 1-855-469-4328 ...
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Grant provides money for solar array to benefit low-income residents 30.1.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Yampa Valley Electric Association is partnering with a nonprofit organization to build a solar array that will lower the electric bills of qualified low-income residents. The Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives announced the partnership Wednesday, which includes four other electric associations in rural areas of Colorado. Details of how big or where each array will be located have not been determined yet. The arrays combined will produce 579 kilowatts. GRID hopes the project will provide power to 150 homes. “Colorado has always been a leader in renewable energy, and now, we take another innovative step forward as we create community solar models that are more affordable and available to Colorado rural electric cooperatives and the low-income communities they serve,” Colorado Energy Office Director Jeff Ackermann said in a news release. The Colorado Energy Office gave GRID Alternatives a $1.2 million grant to implement low-income community solar and to partner with electricity providers. “We have ...
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Limited big-game permits for Red Mountain Open Space 23.1.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
The Larimer County Department of Natural Resources says it will offer limited big-game hunting opportunities in the Red Mountain Open Space.
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Forget Star Wars; Get Ready for Water Wars 20.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-written by Stephen J. McConnell Stephen J. McConnell is a Denver-based writer who recently finished a novel that explores a catastrophic environmental collapse and its implications. A great war looms, one that will rise from the most desperate circumstance: our battle over water. Today, we war because of a chasm of values and ideologies, national and religious differences. But quietly, a new conflict is budding in the shadows, one that many of us have not taken much notice of because it isn't given the attention it's due, especially by the "shallow pool" of candidates running for president of the United States. If trends persist and a growing body of scientific evidence holds true, we may be at war, or at least find ourselves hurled into new geo-political conflicts, for something that most of us, at least in first-world countries, take for granted -- water. I say this not to be an alarmist, to spread fear for the sake of spreading it, because of an "agenda" or a desire to manufacture attention. I say ...
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New Mexico first to issue plans to sue EPA, Colorado over Gold King Mine spill 15.1.2016 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico plans to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states, officials said Thursday.The New Mexico Environment Department said it filed a notice of its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental...
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The Latest: EPA reviews New Mexico’s plans to sue over spill 15.1.2016 Seattle Times: Local

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest on New Mexico’s plans to sue the EPA over a toxic mine spill (all times local): 2:40 p.m. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it’s reviewing New Mexico’s plan to sue the federal government over a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states. The agency […]
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Free building science principles training offered 15.1.2016 Steamboat Pilot

The Colorado Energy Office is funding free access for Yampa Valley construction-related professionals to sign up for the Building Performance Institute’s Building Science Professionals class. This online class is self-paced to be completed by Feb. 15 if possible.

The Building Science Principles training demonstrates how various components of a home interact to affect the home’s overall performance. Students will learn about the relationship between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home.  

To sign up through the nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, submit your email and physical mailing addresses to suzie@yvsc.org or970- 871-9299 extension 104. Visit www.bpi.org/professionals_certificate.aspx for more information about the training program.

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New Mexico may sue EPA over Gold King disaster response 15.1.2016 Denver Post: Local
New Mexico on Thursday announced plans to sue the EPA and owners of inactive mines in Colorado following the EPA-triggered Gold King disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of mining wastewater into the Animas ...
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APNewsBreak: New Mexico to sue EPA over mine spill 15.1.2016 Yahoo: US National
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials said Thursday they plan to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states.
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APNewsBreak: New Mexico to sue EPA over mine spill 15.1.2016 AP National
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico officials said Thursday they plan to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states....
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APNewsBreak: New Mexico to sue EPA over mine spill 15.1.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say they plan to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states. The New Mexico Environment Department says it filed a notice Thursday of its intention to sue the U.S. […]
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Asylum Seekers Detained in Aurora 30.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo credit: Gabriela Flora/American Friends Service Committee Like most Coloradans, I've spent this holiday season enjoying time with my family, feasting on delicious food, and being grateful for the relative abundance and safety that surround me in this country. I was shaken out of my holiday bliss when I received a call from a concerned constituent about a group of seventeen aspiring Americans being detained at a for-profit prison, GEO, located in Aurora, CO, just outside of my district. They have been deprived of their families, their communities, and most importantly, their freedom. They have now given up food, initiating a hunger strike to bring light to the untenable situation they face. They fled their home countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan and India to escape political persecution, torture and probable death. Despite following the proper security and immigration procedures to seek asylum, these men have been held at the detention facility for 14 months, with no road to freedom in sight. These ...
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Longtime leader of state Department of Natural Resources ends reign 24.12.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – After nearly a decade of service within the Department of Natural Resources – serving under three governors – executive director Mike King is stepping down.King – a Western Slope native – leaves a legacy of work on oil and gas, water and wildlife issues, navigating a quickly evolving political...
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Two parcels up for oil and gas leases in Moffat and Routt counties 19.12.2015 Steamboat Pilot
On Monday, the Bureau of Land Management concluded the public comment period on the preliminary environmental assessment for two parcels of land potentially available for oil and gas leases in May 2016. One parcel in Moffat County totals 172 acres and the other totals 641 acres in Routt County. Both parcels hold federal minerals under privately owned surface. Despite the potential for two new leases, oil and gas development is still on a downward trend in Northwest Colorado. Moffat County Department of Natural Resources Director Jeff Comstock said that nationwide oil and gas companies are moving away from mining on federal lands and onto private property due to regulations. “In Moffat County we’ve seen that dramatically,” he said. Even when it does not own the surface area, the federal government can make recommendations on how that earth is treated when recovering federal minerals. Whenever a parcel is leased, the buyer pays a bonus fee to the mineral owner. BLM leases last 10 years and if a well is ...
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Colorado wildlife chief resigns 18.12.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – Colorado’s top environmental official is stepping down, months after he clashed with federal authorities over a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine near Silverton.Mike King’s resignation was announced Thursday and takes effect Dec. 31. The executive director of the Colorado...
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State official who clashed with EPA over mine spill resigns 18.12.2015 Yahoo: US National
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's top environmental official is stepping down, months after he clashed with federal authorities over a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine in southwest Colorado.
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Governor moves over Mike King to head Denver Water 18.12.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado Department of Natural Resources director Mike King is moving to Denver Water starting at the end of January to oversee ...
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Water monitoring plans may bring Four Corners together 17.12.2015 Durango Herald
Agreeing that collaboration is key, New Mexico environmental officials extended a hand in partnership to La Plata County during a Wednesday meeting about long-term water monitoring plans. Four months after an Environmental Protection Agency-caused spill at the Gold King Mine in Silverton sent 3 million gallons of acidic wastewater into...
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