Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 1, 20165min344

Leaders from the faith community in Colorado and across the Southwest have sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, thanking them for adopting new rules to limit methane waste on public and tribal lands. A Public News Service story said the letter described the policy as in sync with church efforts to counter wasteful attitudes and behaviors that Pope Francis has called a "throwaway culture."


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 29, 20165min362

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved final passage of legislation, authored by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), on Monday, Nov. 28, to require the federal government to measure the impact of the outdoor recreation on the economy. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature. The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2015, introduced by Gardner and Shaheen in October 2015, is bipartisan legislation that will help inform policymakers and business leaders on the jobs created - and consumer spending driven by - the outdoor recreation economy.


Kevin FrekingKevin FrekingAugust 15, 201611min352

The race is on to win President Barack Obama's attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy. Conservation groups, American Indian tribes and federal lawmakers are urging his administration to preserve millions of acres as national monuments. Such a designation often prevents new drilling and mining on public lands, or the construction of new roads and utility lines.

Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 19, 201634min510

Now your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline: Colorado Senate Democrats and House Republicans, how about this for an idea? ... from your Oregon brothers and sisters — "It's the procedural stuff that keeps us from beating each other up, literally." — Oregon Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli. This in a report from the Oregon's Statesman Journal on some of the procedural shenanigans that have been playing out in the Oregon State Legislature the past couple of weeks. Republican lawmakers in the minority have been trying to run out the clock on the short, 35-day annual session by requiring all bills to be read aloud, a constitutional requirement in the state that is usually waived by two thirds of the lawmakers. Republicans are blaming the Democrats for trying to ram through a high octane agenda in the short, just over month-long session, including bills on the minimum wage, affordable housing, climate change and firearms. Issues sound familiar? The Democrat majority is now threatening to use their secret weapon, "The Chipmunk Voice," a high-speed computer to read all bills at length.