Colorado

3:51pm

Wed May 25, 2011
Business

Colorado Governor Urges Passage of Free Trade Deals

Exports of Colorado meat and dairy have risen steadily in recent years.
KUNC file photo

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has joined a bi-partisan group of governors calling on Congress to ratify three long-pending free trade agreements with Panama, Columbia and South Korea.

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6:36pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Environment

Colorado Roadless Hearings Begin Amid Controversy

US Forest Service regional forester Rick Cables addresses an audience at the agency's Colorado Roadless rule hearing in Golden Tuesday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

The US Forest Service is launching a slate of public meetings around the region on Colorado’s proposed Roadless Rule. It’s a sweeping plan that would ban most development on over four million acres of remote National Forest lands in the state.  It's sparked controversy from industry groups, as well as conservationists who want a national management rule.  But Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Rick Cables tells KUNC’s Kirk Siegler that much has changed since the original 2001 national Roadless Rule came about.

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5:41pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Politics

Colorado Legislative Redistricting Begins Amid Bi-Partisan Promises

The state legislature may have failed to redraw Colorado's U.S. Congressional districts. But a separate commission now taking its shot at redrawing state legislative house and senate districts says its ground rules are different and thus partisan fights could be minimized. 

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3:06pm

Wed March 2, 2011
Business

Xcel Gets Earful from Solar Companies at Capitol Hearing

Before a panel of state lawmakers Wednesday, Xcel Energy defended its plan to dramatically cut subsidies that have made it easier for the utility’s customers to install solar panels on their roofs.  Colorado solar companies say the move has effectively frozen the market and they've filed a motion asking state utility regulators to reinstate the rebates.

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3:03pm

Wed February 2, 2011
Local

Weld County to Appeal Operation Number Games Ruling

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The Weld County District Attorney’s office is appealing a December ruling that put an end to Operation Number Games, a crackdown on illegal immigration and identity theft based off tax records.

A lawyer filed a notice of appeal on behalf of Weld County DA Ken Buck and Sheriff John Cooke on January 31. At issue is a civil court case initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on behalf of Amalia Cerillo, a Greeley tax preparer.

A judge issued a temporary injunction that put a stop to efforts last April, and in December that ruling became permanent.

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