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  • Regulators expand their authority, play politics with carbon at ratepayer expense [ Colorado]

    06/20/2017 6:48:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | June 19, 2017 | Amy Cooke
    In a decision that evokes former President Obama’s environmental agenda, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on March 23, 2017, expanded its authority in a way that’s likely to drive up electricity rates. Every four years, Xcel Energy undergoes a resource planning process that outlines their ability to meet ratepayers’ electricity demand. They present portfolios containing cost analyses regarding the utility’s generation, and the Commission selects the “lowest cost resources available to provide the company with enough capacity and energy to in turn be able to provide customers with reliable electricity.” However, in the 2016 Energy Resource Plan, the Public...
  • Free College Too Expensive

    06/16/2017 9:29:27 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | une 16, 2017, | Malcolm A. Kline
    If you are in a hole, don’t ask Bernie Sanders or Andrew Cuomo for help. They'll keep digging. "College tuition alone has shot up by more than 500 percent since 1985—more than health care, gasoline, and food prices," Jimmy Sengenberger, president and CEO of the Millennnial Policy Center in Denver, wrote in The Weekly Standard last month. "Student loan debt now totals more than $1.4 trillion and surpasses all other forms of consumer debt." "The College Board reports that tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 school year averaged $9,650 for in-state residents and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public four-year...
  • Did the City of Pueblo shorten lights at red light camera intersections to generate revenue?

    06/16/2017 7:15:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    KOAA - News 5 ^ | Jun 15, 2017 | Eric Ross
    New questions are being raised over whether red light cameras in Pueblo are more about revenue and less about safety... the city is giving drivers less time to get through those intersections which potentially increases your chance of getting a ticket. ... Almost from the start, installing red light cameras has been a controversial topic, and now the focus has shifted to how they are timed. ... According to the National Motorists Association Foundation, the yellow light at that intersection should last a minimum of 5.5 seconds. News 5 Investigates discovered the yellow light is set to last a second...
  • Active Shooter Ft. Carson Colorado

    06/15/2017 3:21:58 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 61 replies
    email ^ | 15 June 2017 | Self
    Active Shooter, no other info available at this time.
  • Caught on tape: Suspects involved in Springs synagogue hate crime [Colorado Springs]

    06/13/2017 9:57:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Colorado Springs Police are calling an act of anti semitic vandalism at a Springs synagogue a hate crime. The crime occurred around 1:30 A.M. Saturday morning at the Chabad-Lubavich Center in Colorado Springs. “Obviously you can imagine it’s a very appalling thing. In this day and age, this definitely cannot be taken lightly,” said Rabbi Moshe Liberow, who founded Chabad-Lubavich Center in 2001. Liberow was one of the first to notice two stickers on the Synagogue’s front door Saturday morning which read “Fight terror, Nuke Israel.” …
  • Congressman Jared Polis says he's joining 2018 race for Colorado governor

    06/12/2017 4:57:29 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 7 replies
    Thedenverchannel.com ^ | Jun 11, 2017 | By: Oscar Contreras
    DENVER – Congressman Jared Polis will formally announce Monday he’s joining an already packed race for the Colorado governorship. Polis, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, made the announcement and laid out his vision for Colorado’s future in a video posted to Facebook Sunday morning. "Tomorrow, I'm stepping up to formally announce my run for Governor of Colorado," Polis wrote on Facebook. "I have big ideas for our future, and I'm ready to put them into action." The video touts Polis as a job creator, a fighter for education and a champion for Colorado workers. “I’m running for...
  • Top Denver Sheriff Commanders Demoted For Preferential Treatment

    06/11/2017 6:26:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    CBS 4 ^ | June 9, 2017 | Brian Maass
    DENVER – CBS4 has learned that former Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson has been demoted to the rank of Captain, and his sister, Phazaria Koonce, has been demoted from Captain to the rank of Sergeant after the Safety Department determined the two provided preferential treatment to the granddaughter of former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. In blistering disciplinary letters obtained by CBS4, Wilson’s behavior was called “borderline reckless” and his sister was called out for demonstrating “very poor judgment.” The harsh disciplines- handed down Thursday- follow an incident last September at the downtown Denver detention facility. Jamie Webb, the granddaughter of former...
  • Coal mine expansion in the works [Colorado]

    06/10/2017 9:04:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    GS Sentinel ^ | Thursday, June 8, 2017 | Gary Harmon
    The Trump administration took a step toward expansion of the West Elk Coal Mine in Somerset on Thursday as the U.S. Forest Service began accepting comments on a plan that was welcomed by the coal industry and scorched by environmental organizations. The Forest Service is seeking comment on whether it should approve a lease of some 17 million tons of coal beneath a roadless area of the Gunnison National Forest. The lease has been hotly contested with environmental organizations saying the lease would undermine the Sunset roadless area of the forest and contribute to climate change. Industry officials, however, said...
  • Crossing Gate Issues Plague RTD, Denver Transit Partners Want Out

    06/09/2017 8:29:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    CBS4 ^ | June 8, 2017
    DENVER - The future of RTD commuter rail lines may be in question after its private business partner claims there is no solution to a lingering problem. In a letter to RTD, Denver Transit Partners said the crossing gate timing issue won’t be fixed by the deadline. Denver Transit Partners is made up of the group of contractors who built and maintain the A Line, B Line and the future G Line. At issue, the crossing gates that must be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because of a computer glitch. ... The crossing gate technology does...
  • 1 arrested, several detained at Boulder rally by 'western chauvinist' group (Proud Boys)

    06/05/2017 2:29:21 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 44 replies
    Daily Camera ^ | 06/032017
    About 25 people associated with a "western chauvinist" group calling themselves Proud Boys stood behind two police barricades on the Pearl Street Mall on Saturday afternoon to hold a "free speech" demonstration and trade verbal barbs with several hundred counterprotesters, some dressed all in black and wearing masks. "These people need to learn not to (expletive) with the Boulder Republic," said counterprotester Rob Anderson. "These people need to know they have no place in Boulder." About two dozen police from several agencies, some in riot gear, stood behind the barricade but occasionally ventured out into the crowd to talk with...
  • Pennsylvania Republican Pushing Ban on Private Gun Sales

    05/29/2017 7:32:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 28 May 2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Pennsylvania State Rep. Jamie Santora (R-163) is pushing a ban on private gun sales nearly identical to the ones Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action pushed in Washington state, Maine, and Nevada. Santora’s bill would bar the private sales that Americans have enjoyed since the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 and would require that every sale be processed in front of an agent of the government via a background check. This means that law-abiding Pennsylvanians selling a gun to a fellow hunter, lifelong co-worker, or childhood friend would have to seek out a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder and the...
  • Denver Decriminalizes Public Defecation to Protect Illegal Aliens

    05/28/2017 8:40:15 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 80 replies
    Downtrend.com ^ | May 24, 2017 | Brian Anderson
    <p>Denver Colorado is about to smell worse than piss-soaked shit-stained San Francisco. The city voted to essentially decriminalize public urination and defecation and the reason is as liberal as it gets. The city is now becoming a giant toilet to help protect illegal aliens from deportation. Denver is not only a sanctuary city for criminal immigrant scumbags but also now a sanctuary for human waste.</p>
  • CDOT's "Push Poll" On I-70 Expansion Draws Pushback

    05/21/2017 7:13:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Westword ^ | April 24, 2017 | Alan Prendergast
    A telephone survey seeking opinions about the expansion of I-70 through east Denver is generating irate protests from some respondents, who say the survey seems designed to elicit positive responses about the purported benefits of the $1.8 billion project."It was one of the most one-sided push polls I ever listened to," Larry Patchett, a production technician for public television, wrote in a complaint to CDOT. "The entire thing was just a series of opportunities to validate your suppositions and PR spin on the I-70 Ditch project." The project, which would replace a crumbling six-lane viaduct with a below-grade, partially covered...
  • Republicans in Colorado Senate willing to negotiate at critical junctures

    05/15/2017 1:13:10 AM PDT · by 198ml · 6 replies
    Colorado Gazette ^ | 5/14/17 | Peter Marcus
    Prior to the start of the legislative session in January, Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham said restructuring a hospital fee to raise money for state services was off the table. Republicans prior to the session also pushed a familiar narrative of using existing tax revenue and fighting against any tax increases. But then came bills backed by prominent high-profile Republicans aimed at a tax increase for roads and a restructuring of the Hospital Provider Fee. While the $3.5 billion transportation proposal never gained enough GOP support to send the issue to voters, historic progress was made on the Hospital Provider...
  • 8,000 Colorado Inmates Given Computer Tablets with Games, Books, Music

    05/11/2017 6:10:33 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/10/17 | Charlie Nash
    8,000 prison inmates in Colorado have been given computer tablets with the ability to call loved ones from the inside, play games, read books, and listen to music. “Until February, Andrew Stiern could only speak with his girlfriend on a phone in a prison day hall while 10 other inmates listened in and waited impatiently in line behind him,” reported The Denver Post . “Now the 29-year-old inmate can kick back in the limited privacy of his cell at Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City and call his girl on a new computer tablet anytime between 6 a.m. and...
  • Threat shuts down Roosevelt High School in wake of Donald Trump piñata flap

    05/09/2017 6:20:03 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 24 replies
    Greeley Tribune ^ | 8 May 17 | James Redmond
    <p>If the Roosevelt High School Spanish teacher accused of allowing students to hit a piñata bearing a picture of President Donald Trump gets fired, Lesley Hollywood said she'll fear for her life and the safety of her family.</p> <p>On Friday night, Hollywood posted photos of the piñata incident on Facebook, generating hundreds of comments and media frenzy. Over the weekend Johnstown-Milliken Re-5J School District officials placed the teacher, Jay Moser, on paid administrative leave pending a school district investigation.</p>
  • EPA creates illegal Superfund site to hide liability in Gold King Mine spill

    05/08/2017 6:22:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Free Range Report ... Mountain States Legal Foundation ^ | &#62215;May 4, 2017 | William Perry Pendley
    Shortly after the EPA triggered the release, to obscure and limit its own liability, the EPA created the Bonita Peak Mining District—around the Gold King Mine—and made the Superfund designation. Past EPA studies found the area did not merit inclusion on the National Priorities List. ... EPA’s Attempt to Bury its Colorado Gold Mine Disaster is Illegal. ... Mountain States Legal Foundation for its clients ... advised the three-judge panel that the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund statute), designated what it erroneously called the Bonita Peak...
  • Senate confirms Trump’s pick for Air Force secretary

    05/08/2017 3:28:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2017 | RICHARD LARDNER
    The Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. Senators approved Wilson’s nomination 76-22, making her President Donald Trump’s first service secretary nominee to be approved by the GOP-led chamber. ... Wilson is a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico. She had faced scrutiny from several Democrats for defense industry consulting work she did after leaving Congress in 2009. She is the first graduate of the Air Force Academy to hold the service’s top civilian post.
  • Weld County teacher accused of letting students smash pinata with Trump’s picture

    05/08/2017 5:30:42 AM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    Fox 31 ^ | May 6, 2017 | Ann Lauricello
    The name of the teacher involved in the incident has not been released, however the teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the school district that will commence on Monday, May 8. Superintendent Dr. Martin Foster said “This was an incredibly disrespectful act that does not reflect the values of Roosevelt High Schoolor the school district.”
  • North Korea hurls insults at Cory Gardner after he calls the country’s dictator a ’whack job’

    05/07/2017 10:19:59 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 55 replies
    The Colorado Statesman ^ | May 6, 2017 | Ernest Luning
    North Korea’s government hauled out some unusual insults Friday to denounce U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner after the Colorado Republican called Kim Jong Un, the country’s young dictator, a “whack job” and a “crazed maniac” amid heightening nuclear tensions. Calling Gardner “a man mixed in with human dirt … who has lost basic judgment and body hair,” a spokesman for Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said the senator had “perpetrated wicked blasphemy against our supreme dignity,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.