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Lawsuit faults company paying detainees $1 a day at Aurora detention center 23.10.2014 Denver Post: Local
A federal lawsuit says an Aurora prison company pays $1 a day to immigrants in this country illegally while they are held awaiting deportation and it punishes those who refuse to ...
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Front Range slopes slid in record numbers during 2013 floods 23.10.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
When record-breaking rains turned parts of the Front Range into a flooded disaster area last fall, an overlooked, major geological phenomenon was also causing damage in three foothills ...
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Chatfield Reservoir water supply project OK'd by feds, faces lawsuit 10.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Federal water engineers on Thursday launched the long-planned and controversial Chatfield Reservoir water supply project, signing off on a deal with Colorado sponsors.
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New regional boundaries affect Colorado health insurance premiums 4.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
A newly redrawn state health insurance map will alter 2015 premium amounts for Coloradans, with premiums slightly up across the state, but down overall in Western Colorado. While the Colorado Division of Insurance boasts that premium rates will fall 7.44 percent across the state-defined western region in 2015, the number is misleading, as the West area now has absorbed the resort-town counties of Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle and Summit, which had the highest premium rates in the country in 2014. An initial analysis of the rate differences between 2014 and 2015 was released in late September by the Colorado Division of Insurance, though it doesn't reveal averages by county. A three-month open enrollment period begins Nov. 15 in Colorado, and the redrawn map, along with increased competition among providers and insurance companies, means consumers should carefully study options when they select a plan, according to Erin Gleason, community health insurance coordinator for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse ...
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Experts agree that water, not fracking, caused deadly Collbran slide 11.9.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
COLLBRAN — Government, industry and scientific experts who recently toured the West Salt Creek rock avalanche area agree that fracking is not to blame for setting off the deadly ...
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Gardner ad touts green initiatives 5.9.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner, framed by sunflowers and wind turbines, tells voters in a campaign ad this week that he co-wrote a law to launch Colorado’s green-energy economy. He leaves out that the law was repealed five years later, deemed useless for not enabling a single project.“Gardner’s...
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Officials bear down on trash solution, enforcement 5.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
City officials and trash service providers are working together to take a big bite out of the bear problem in Steamboat Springs. It shall be unlawful for any person to store refuse that is attractive to or edible by wildlife out of doors other than in a wildlife proof refuse container approved by the Colorado Division of Wildlife or the City of Steamboat Springs. This includes commercial dumpsters whether or not they are in a dumpster enclosure. Persons with curbside refuse pickup service shall not place refuse containers, other than wildlife proof refuse containers, containing refuse that is attractive to or edible by wildlife at the curb for pickup until after 6:00 a.m. on the morning of their scheduled collection day. After pickup, all refuse containers, other than wildlife proof containers, must be returned to a building, house, garage, or dumpster enclosure by 8:00 p.m. Fines: • First offense: $100, which can be reduced or suspended if the resident purchases a trash container that complies with the ...
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Cory Gardner Brags About A Measure That Failed In New Campaign Ad 5.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) — GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner, framed by sunflowers and wind turbines, tells voters in a campaign ad this week that he co-wrote a law to launch Colorado's green-energy economy. He leaves out that the law was repealed five years later, deemed useless for not enabling a single project. "Gardner's claiming credit for launching Colorado's clean-energy economy and he did not. Coloradans did that and Coloradans deserve the credit," said Chris Harris, spokesman for incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Udall's camp has been deriding Gardner's wind-turbine ad and the Republicans' touting of the 2007 law. The Clean Energy Development Authority, which was set up by the law, was intended to assist in the financing of clean-energy projects such as improvements to electricity transmission lines. It came three years after voters made Colorado the first state to create a renewable portfolio standard. At the time the law was passed Gardner was a member of the Colorado House. He was elected to the U.S. ...
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Amid oil and gas boom, Colorado continues role as earthquake lab 31.8.2014 Denver Post: Local
From the living room chair where he sat reading around half past 9 on a May evening, Ron Baker heard the boom and felt his century-old Greeley farmhouse shudder, sending a menagerie of plastic horses toppling from a bedroom ...
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Illinois Issues Long-Awaited Fracking Rules For Oil And Gas Companies 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited plan Friday to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois but environmentalists fear may be too lenient. The lengthy report follows months of delays and complaints over the process to draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Illinois. Industry officials say southern Illinois has rich deposits of natural gas, but a final draft of the rules — initially touted as a national model of both sides working together — has taken months for the agency to produce as industry groups warned the state was losing business. A 150-page report was given to the 12-member Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which has 45 days to act, or the rules can take effect. Environmental groups, industry experts and lawmakers also got their first look at the report Friday, and some said they expect to spend hours, possibly days, combing through the ...
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Man suspected of bow hunting deer at Colorado Springs car dealership 15.8.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
A man was cited Thursday for multiple wildlife violations for allegedly hunting a deer at a Colorado Springs car ...
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DNR offers yurts for new camping experience at state parks 15.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Minnesota officials are planning to offer yurts as new shelters for campers looking for a different state park experience.
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Minnesota offers yurts for new camping experience 15.8.2014 Twincities.com: Local

Minnesota officials are planning to offer yurts as new shelters for campers looking for a different state park experience.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to offer yurts to campers at state parks 15.8.2014 Star Tribune: Local
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There's No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat Trout 14.8.2014 NPR News
After learning that they'd spent decades restocking Colorado's lakes and streams with the wrong fish, biologists are now ready to release the right one.
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Strib Biz Live: Target in Canada; Macy's, Deere results; Latest markets 13.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Latest in business news from Minnesota and beyond.
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Strib Biz Live: Minnesota companies at InvestMNt; Latest markets 6.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Latest in business news from Minnesota and beyond.
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Sheep grazing study suspended 2.8.2014 Durango Herald
Proposed regulations to guide sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness are so weighty and controversial that the level of environmental examination of the issues is being ramped up a notch.The original Environmental Assessment (EA) of the plan – for which an unusual second public comment period was opened – has been...
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Northern California Wildfire Claims 13 Homes As Crews Work To Contain Flames 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires burning near Northern California vineyards and in the Yosemite National Park area were threatening hundreds of homes even as crews worked to contain them. The Sand Fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento was 50 percent surrounded as of late Sunday, after burning 13 homes and 38 outbuildings. It has scorched roughly 6 square miles of rugged grassland and timber near wine-growing regions in Amador and El Dorado counties. While crews significantly enlarged the area they had corralled Sunday, "the steep, dry terrain continues to be a challenge" and about 515 homes remain threatened and under evacuation orders, according to a statement the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire started Friday when a vehicle drove over vegetation that is tinder-dry from years of drought. About 1,900 firefighters, aided by aircraft including a DC-10 air tanker, were working to control the blaze. The fire destroyed homes, cabins and a collection of 13 ...
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Judge Strikes Down Longmont, Colorado's Fracking Ban 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A state district judge struck down Longmont's voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing Thursday but stayed her decision while the city considers an appeal. Judge D.D. Mallard ruled the ban conflicts with state regulations and Colorado's interest in efficiently developing oil and gas deposits. "While the Court appreciates the Longmont citizens' sincerely-held beliefs about risks to their health and safety, the Court does not find this is sufficient to completely devalue the State's interest," Mallard wrote. Longmont voters passed an amendment to the city charter in November 2012 that banned hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, which involves blasting underground rock formations with water, sand and chemicals so oil and natural gas can escape. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association, along with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, sued to overturn the ban. Mallard noted that the state's interest in developing oil and gas, and Longmont's interest in banning ...
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