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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsJanuary 25, 20188min454
Not since December of 2014, when Republicans controlled both chambers but not the White House, has a federal wilderness bill in Colorado been approved by Congress. The climate would seem even more unfavorable these days, with the GOP now firmly in charge of Congress and the executive branch and President Donald Trump using his power […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchJuly 9, 20176min268

From outer space to Darryl Glenn, there were plenty of fireworks in Colorado Politics last week.

Our staff sized reservoirs, renewable energy and a variety of political maneuvers while others took the week off.

From a crowded field of contenders, these are the stories we think you’ll be talking about for weeks to come.

 

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Dr. Kjell Lindgren, second from the right, was the commander of a 10-day research mission at the floor of the ocean aboard the Aquarius Laboratory in June. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

5. This is ground control to major economic impact

Kjell Lindgren proves Colorado’s roots run deep in space. The Air Force Academy graduate who also holds degrees from the University of Colorado and Colorado State spoke with Colorado Politics in a phone call from the ocean floor, where the astronaut was doing research much like he did on the International Space Station. Colorado is one of the top states for public and private endeavors in space, and Colorado politicians want to keep it up there.

Read the full story here.

 

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4. NREL in peril

With the Trump administration slashing budgets to pay for tax cuts, and with a dim view of climate change science in general, folks at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden can only wait to see what that means for jobs and programs. Jefferson County, the state and technology innovators everywhere are waiting nervously, as well.

Read the full story here.

 

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3. Gross gets a green light in Boulder County

After nearly a decade and a half in the regulatory meat grinder, Denver Water said Friday night that it has approval from federal regulators to raise the dam on a reservoir that will store more Western Slope water. The massive water utility made massive concessions west of the Continental Divide to do the deal.

Read the full story here.

 

State and Denver officials join organizers of the lucrative Outdoor Retailer show on Thursday to announce that the show is leaving Utah and moving to Colorado. Some of the move was based on politics in Utah over public lands. (Peter Marcus/ColoradoPolitics.com)

2. Welcome to Colorado, where the public lands run free

The Outdoor Retailer show, with its lucrative economic impact and Cliff Bar cache, is moving to Denver from Salt Lake City because of some Utah Republicans’ stance on putting federal public lands into state and local communities’ hands, which could lead to more development and drilling. The issue came to head over President Obama’s Bears Ears Monument in December in southeast Utah, not too far from the Four Corners.

Read the full story here.

 

Senate primary candidate Darryl Glenn speaks during a rally at Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport, June 20, 2016. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

1. Glenn is in, Hill’s not thrilled

El Paso County Commission Darryl Glenn, who came up short in a U.S. Senate run last year, says he will enter the Republican primary against incumbent U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn and state Sen. Owen Hill in the 5th Congressional District. In a separate story by Ernest Luning, Hill welcomed Glenn to the race and called him “short on accomplishments.”

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 17, 20174min168
The fight over a Salt Lake City outdoor retail equipment trade show that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper inadvertently picked hit a new threshold Thursday evening. The parent company of the Outdoor Retailer show said it’s leaving Utah over some politicians’ determination to make more federal public lands open to energy development, grazing and local management. […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 15, 20174min292
We told you last week that Utah is shaking in its hiking boots that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is trying to lure away the twice annual Outdoor Retailer trade show from Utah. Now Conservation Colorado has his back. It seems some of the industry titans who produce outdoor gear aren’t crazy about the way some […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 7, 20176min225
The ┬áposition some Utah leaders have taken on public lands has created an opportunity for Colorado to snag┬áthe Outdoor Retailer Show. The four-day show in Salt Lake City is the equivalent of New York Fashion Week for the energy bar crowd, and Gov. John Hickenlooper is prowling, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The Outdoor Retailer […]

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