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  • CDOT's "Push Poll" On I-70 Expansion Draws Pushback

    05/21/2017 7:13:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 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.
  • The wine industry’s battle with climate change

    05/01/2017 9:30:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    High Country News ^ | May 1, 2017 | by Emily Benson
    Winery owner Brent Helleckson’s hands flew among his budding grapevines, pruning off bits of cane as a spring breeze ruffled the plastic tape keeping the vines trellised to wires. On the other side of Western Colorado’s North Fork Valley, snow lingered on mountain peaks, a reminder of the wintery weather that circumscribes the vineyard’s operations. “In theory we’re done with frost now,” Helleckson said. “But I wouldn’t bet on it.” In a warming West, areas where wine grapes are growing at the limit of their cold tolerance may see a respite from frigid, plant-damaging winters. Warmer areas, meanwhile, including parts...
  • Blow Up the Wells? Denver Post Ignores Violence-Favoring Opponent of Fracking

    05/01/2017 6:50:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 5/1/2017 | Tom Blumer
    Let's imagine that an activist for a conservative cause supported committing physical violence up to and including murder against people doing things he or she sees as "immoral" in a letter to the editor at a local newspaper, and that this same person was behind a state ballot initiative designed to limit the activities of those "immoral" people. No one would reasonably expect that the leading newspaper in the state involved would for all practical purposes ignore this person's activities. But from all appearances, the Denver Post has virtually ignored the violence-advocating Andrew O'Connor, as well as his co-sponsorship of...
  • Letter endorsing anti-fracking violence penned by author of ballot issue to hike oil-and-gas tax

    04/29/2017 2:56:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | Apr. 25, 2017 | Dan Njegomir
    Boulder - Remember that unsuccessful attempt in the legislature to toughen penalties for vandalizing oil and gas equipment? Child’s play. It turns out the author of a letter to the editor in Boulder’s Daily Camera that got a national media mention last week — for appearing to endorse outright violence against fracking operations — is the author of a pending statewide ballot issue to hike Colorado’s severance tax on oil and gas production. Reached by phone today, Andrew O’Connor, of Lafayette, unapologetically reiterated his hardline stance ... “I wouldn’t have a problem with a sniper shooting one of the workers”...
  • Latest Forecast: Denver Is Under A Winter Storm Warning

    04/29/2017 7:57:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 66 replies
    denver.cbslocal.com ^ | 4/28/2017 | Unknown
    As only CBS4 told you last night, Denver would see a beautiful start to Friday – and we were greeted to a cloudless blue sky as temperatures warmed to a high of 54 degrees. Then the weather began to change as a storm system tracking across the Four Corners region and then over New Mexico began producing a strong upslope flow along the Front Range changing rain over to snow. As a result, the Denver and Boulder areas are under a Winter Storm Warning from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday for 4-12 inches of slushy snow. The higher...
  • Mitt Romney's Nephew Running for Governor in Colorado

    04/25/2017 10:03:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/25 | Kyle Feldscher
    Mitt Romney's nephew is following his uncle into politics. Doug Robinson, an investment banker, announced his intention to run for governor in Colorado in 2018 in a letter to Republican activists, the Denver Post reported Tuesday. Robinson has also purchased online campaign ads. "The reason I'm running and the reason I'm the best candidate for the job is simple — I know how to get things done," Robinson wrote in the letter. "I don't mean finding new ways to spend taxpayer dollars. I mean finding real solutions to the problems that face our state, not because it's my job but...
  • Aurora Police Investigate bullying After viral video

    04/25/2017 2:48:30 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 33 replies
    AURORA, Colo. -- Reports of bullying at an Aurora high school have reached a breaking point for a 15-year-old girl and her family. Police are investigating as video of a recent encounter went viral on social media. The alleged victim, known as Laniey, said the past four months have been full of threats, taunts and four-letter words used to torment her. It’s all been too much for the Gateway High School freshman, who said she no longer feels safe at school.
  • Greater sage grouse kills Oregon wind-energy project

    04/20/2017 2:11:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    After years of creating headaches for the oil-and-gas industry, the greater sage grouse is now standing in the way of renewable energy. The U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday killed a major wind-energy project slated for southeast Oregon over concerns about its impact on a local sage grouse population in a victory for environmental groups, which had fought the proposal for years. The 104-megawatt project, which would have spread up to 70 wind turbines and a transmission line across 10,500 acres in rural Harney County, was decried by environmentalists as an “industrial scale wind development” that would have disrupted...
  • Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver

    04/20/2017 6:09:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    NYT ^ | 4-20-17 | JACEY FORTIN
    For the International Church of Cannabis in Denver, there were three reasons to celebrate on Thursday. First, it was opening day. The church, a more than century-old building recently adorned with brightly colored paintings by the artists Kenny Scharf and Okuda San Miguel, welcomed the public early in the afternoon, at which time no cannabis consumption was allowed inside. “It seemed to be a nice steady flow of people,” said Lee Molloy, a founder of the church and a member, who estimated that a couple of hundred people had come by.
  • (Colorado) House gives initial OK to Colorado roads funding bill

    04/17/2017 8:09:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Clay Center Dispatch ^ | March 30, 2017 | Associated Press
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's legislative leaders knew they faced a hard sell when they unveiled a bipartisan measure to ask voters for a sales tax hike and a bond issue to generate billions of dollars for transportation. That hard sell was on full display before the Democrat-led House initially approved the bill on party lines Thursday. Even after that approval, Republicans kept trying to change the bill.
  • ICE ‘most wanted fugitive’ captured in Colorado following local news report

    04/14/2017 5:36:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) ^ | 4/14/2017 | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Denver Fugitive Operations team officers arrested one of ERO’s most wanted fugitives Friday morning in Aurora, Colorado, making a second arrest in the process.  Jose Victor Bonilla-Melendez, aka Anthony Garcia-Melendez, 48, a citizen of Honduras, was located after ERO received a tip about his whereabouts from someone who saw a social media post by the local Denver ABC affiliate regarding his inclusion among ICE’s most wanted fugitives. Bonilla–Melendez was wanted by ICE for removal from the U.S. as convicted sex offender, last seen in Aurora.Bonilla-Melendez has a...
  • Colorado Dem to oppose Gorsuch filibuster

    04/03/2017 9:33:38 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 15 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | April 3, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said on Monday that he will buck party leadership and oppose a Democratic effort to block Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination. “I will oppose efforts to filibuster the nomination, and strongly encourage my colleagues not to use the nuclear option,” he said in a statement.
  • City officials: ‘Aurora has never been a sanctuary city’

    03/31/2017 9:06:29 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 9 replies
    KDVR ^ | 03/30/2017 | Anica Padilla
    AURORA, Colo. — City officials don’t want Aurora labeled as a “sanctuary city” but say the police department’s role in immigration enforcement is limited. “Some people, and media, have incorrectly called Aurora a sanctuary city,” officials said in a statement released Thursday. “The City of Aurora has never been a sanctuary city and has a long history of cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “Our police officers and detention officials support the federal government’s efforts to quickly contact and detain undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes. However, we do not investigate or detain individuals based solely on...