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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandOctober 5, 201711min1064
A dispute between mine owner in Ouray hoping to restart a silver mine and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is now being reviewed by a legislative water committee. Ouray Silver Mines wants to reopen a mine that produces silver, gold, lead and copper and would bring 152 jobs to Ouray County, […]

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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandSeptember 9, 201711min424
If you think paying for the state’s transportation wishlist at an estimated $9 billion is expensive, you haven’t seen anything yet. Meet water. When it was released in 2015, the state water plan estimated the cost to implement its recommendations — just to handle an expected population surge of 3 to 5 million people by 2050 […]

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Jared WrightJared WrightApril 26, 20178min2036

The vaccine wars opened up again in Colorado April 13, 2017, with the hearing of Senate Bill 17-250 in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Since 2011, there has been an annual attempt to “strengthen” vaccine exemption policy in Colorado, an expression for making it more difficult for parents to exercise their lawful rights to exempt their child from any or all vaccines recommended for school registration.



Peter MarcusApril 11, 20174min323
A group of 17 lawmakers have sent a letter to state health officials taking issue with a report that found the risk of harmful health effects is low for Coloradans living near oil and gas operations. The letter – spearheaded by Sen. Matt Jones, D-Louisville – references a February Colorado Department of Public Health and […]

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Rebecca LaneRebecca LaneMarch 23, 20175min595

Recently, several Colorado newspapers have published articles regarding Colorado childhood immunization rates and fears surrounding the de-funding of the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). CIIS is a $3.3 million per year, tax payer funded, inaccurate, opt-out only tracking system that contains private medical information accessible to health care providers, governmental agencies, and school personnel across the state.



Peter MarcusPeter MarcusMarch 1, 20175min176
Environmental groups are pushing back against a state health department report that found that the risk of harmful health effects is low for Coloradans living near oil and gas operations. The Department of Public Health and Environment released the report after a review stemming from recommendations made by a task force two years ago that examined […]

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Jared WrightJared WrightJanuary 31, 20176min1058

On January 24, 2017, Gov. John Hickenlooper recognized the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with a Governor’s Elevation Award for enhancing a database that tracks the public’s private medical information without their knowledge with a long list of undisclosed entities. Specifically, CDPHE was honored for enhancing data sharing of immunization records within a state registry known as the Colorado Immunizations Information Systems (CIIS). Here are seven reasons the public should be appalled at this award.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsOctober 3, 20167min607

For seven years, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) has abused power and it is overdue for a Senate Oversight Committee to put it in check and balance. Recently, I was talking to a Colorado lawmaker about my concerns with CDPHE’s unresolved 2016 state audit which found serious conflicts of interests within CDPHE awarding years of contracts to a vendor that had several CDPHE employees on its board. ...