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Mitsch Bush appointed as chairwoman of House Transportation and Energy Committee 13.12.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Diane Mitsch Bush is getting a more prominent spot on one of the state Legislature’s most impactful committees. Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, has been appointed vice-chairwoman of the House Transportation and Energy Committee. “Colorado’s transportation system has long been underfunded, with demands on it dramatically increasing,” Mitsch Bush was quoted as saying in a news release announcing her appointment to the committee. “Having a robust, multimodal transportation system is critical to continuing our economic recovery.”  The committee considers matters concerning motor vehicle law, traffic regulation, transportation funding, public infrastructure, and other items involving the state transportation system, according to the Colorado Legislative Council’s website. The committee also has legislative oversight responsibility for the Department of Transportation, the Public Utilities Commission and the Colorado Energy Office. Mitsch Bush also will serve on the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ...
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Audit of Colorado Energy Office reveals no "fraud, abuse or waste" 11.12.2014 Denver Post: All Political News
An "extensive" outside audit of the state energy office from 2008 through 2010 detected no evidence of "fraud, abuse or waste"— a finding that didn't surprise the former Democratic
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Steamboat Springs school bargaining team tackles personal and sick days policy 3.12.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Inside the bargaining room at the Steamboat Springs School District, employees and district representatives use a specific series of practices to reach complicated policy decisions. During the second half of Tuesday's negotiations, Collaborative Bargaining Team members discussed creating a parenting leave policy for new parents. With the passing of Proposition 104, Collaborative Bargaining Team negotiations in Colorado school districts will be open to the public beginning in January. With supporters citing transparency of public funds as a primary reason for the proposition, Coloradans overwhelmingly voted 70 percent in favor of the proposition. In anticipation of the statewide vote, the Steamboat Springs School Board voted in October to make its meetings public immediately. As a result of that vote, a CBT planning and training meeting on Oct. 28 and the first bargaining session Tuesday were noticed and open to the public. During the October meeting, CBT members established norms for public bargaining, ...
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Grand Canyon gets surprise visitor — a gray wolf 24.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Maui v. Monsanto: Hawaii County Voters Defy Agriculture Giant's Spending to OK Landmark Ban on GMO Crops 10.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Ballot initiatives to require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, failed to pass Tuesday in Colorado and Oregon, after agribusiness giants Monsanto, PepsiCo and Kraft spent millions to help defeat the measures. But in a victory for food safety advocates, Hawaii’s Maui County passed one of the strongest anti-GMO measures ever, despite the opposition outspending supporters by a ratio of 87 to 1. The Maui GMO moratorium calls for a complete suspension of the cultivation of GMO crops until studies conclusively prove they are safe. Maui is often called "GMO Ground Zero" and the moratorium that passed Tuesday could have national implications because multinational seed producers, such as Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, use the county to research and develop new seed varieties. Under the new measure, farmers who knowingly cultivate GMOs could be penalized with a $50,000-per-day fine. On Wednesday, Monsanto released a statement saying it plans to ask the Maui court to declare the ...
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Feds to flood Grand Canyon to distribute sediment 9.11.2014 Durango Herald
PAGE, Ariz. – Campsites along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon will be in shorter supply as federal officials flood the waterway.The high-flow release from Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona is scheduled to start Monday and end Friday. It’s the third under an innovative science-based experimental plan approved...
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Maui v. Monsanto: Hawaii County Voters Defy Agri-Giant's Spending to OK Landmark Ban on GMO Crops 6.11.2014 Democracy Now!
Ballot initiatives to require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, failed to pass Tuesday in Colorado and Oregon, after agribusiness giants Monsanto, PepsiCo and Kraft spent millions to help defeat the measures. But in a victory for food safety advocates, Hawaii's Maui County passed one of the strongest anti-GMO measures ever, despite the opposition outspending supporters by a ratio of 87 to 1. The Maui GMO moratorium calls for a complete suspension of the cultivation of GMO crops until studies conclusively prove they are safe. Maui is often called "GMO Ground Zero" and the moratorium that passed Tuesday could have national implications because multinational seed producers, such as Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, use the county to research and develop new seed varieties. Under the new measure, farmers who knowingly cultivate GMOs could be penalized with a $50,000-per-day fine. On Wednesday, Monsanto released a statement saying it plans to ask the Maui court to declare the ...
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Hawaiians Win Community GMO Victory Over Monsanto 5.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Is OCA's "Traitor" Boycott Working? 31.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
It's boycott time again. With less than two weeks to go before voters in Oregon and Colorado decide on ballot initiatives to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Junk Food Giants are at it again. According to the latest numbers provided by the pro-labeling campaigns (as of October 22, 2014), the opposition in Oregon has raised $16.5 million to defeat Measure 92, while opponents of Colorado's Proposition 105 have raised $14.3 million. Monsanto is the largest donor to both campaigns, with combined donations totaling approximately $8.8 million. While Dow has spent only $668,000 in both states, DuPont Pioneer has dumped a combined whopping $7.46 million into the opposition's war chests in Colorado and Oregon. But apart from Monsanto, and now DuPont Pioneer, the most prolific donors to the campaigns intent on defeating the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling initiatives have been large, multinational food corporations. Many of these corporations own organic ...
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All Out for November 4th: Frankenfoods Fight at the Crossroads 30.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Factbox: GMO crops have history of controversy 29.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
(Reuters) - Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Colorado will weigh in on proposed laws that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops and sold in those states to be labeled as genetically engineered. Here are some facts about genetically modified crops, also called GMOs. * U.S. ...
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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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