• Ozone alert for Front Range Friday, Saturday

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    An Ozone Action Day Alert kicks in at 4 p.m. Friday, from El Paso County up to Larimer and Weld counties, as sunshine and calm winds return ozone concentrations to moderate to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups. The alert will remain in effect until at least 4 p.m. Saturday, as...

  • Fluoride debate hits Colorado's largest water utility

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride — if any — to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced new standards in April. The discussion at Denver Water, which serves about one out of...

  • AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of...

  • Judge: Oil field work caused Weld County man's death

    The Associated Press
    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    LOVELAND — A judge's decision that the death of a Weld County oil and gas worker was caused by exposure to hydrocarbons could have major implications for the industry. Federal health officials are taking a closer look at the dangers of "tank gauging," the practice of measuring oil...

  • Colorado Springs Utilities working on plans for future of Drake power plant

    BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Whether you want the Martin Drake Power Plant closed or prefer continued coal burning, Colorado Springs Utilities has a plan for you. The staff has produced nine possible portfolios for its Electric Integrated Resource Plan, winnowed from 87 scenarios first envisioned. Each option...

  • Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice. The team responsible for the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week released new pictures Friday of the previously unexplored world. Scientists say layers of haze stretch...

  • Lawsuit against El Paso County wind farm project to continue

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A lawsuit seeking to dismantle a wind farm project in eastern El Paso County will proceed despite objections from both El Paso County and the wind farm's owner, NextEra Energy Resources. But while the county will have to defend its February approval of the wind farm, attorneys will...

  • Colorado virtually drought-free after several thirsty years, report shows

    By Jesse Paul, The Denver Post
    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    A federal drought report released Thursday shows Colorado is nearly free of the thirst that has affected the state — particularly the Western Slope and southeastern counties — for years. Only about 2 percent of the state, limited to the extreme northwest and southwest corners, is...

  • Ballot fight over fracking could be shaping up in Colorado

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    DENVER — Environmentalists and the energy industry have fought decisive battles over fracking in New York, Oklahoma and Texas, but the outcome is unclear in Colorado, where the issue could go to a ballot fight in the 2016 election. A task force convened by Colorado Gov. John...

  • BLM launches new research into wild horse population control

    The Associated Press
    Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The federal government is preparing to launch a new round of studies into ways to prevent wild horses and burros from overpopulating Western rangelands, including making contraceptive drugs last longer. Right now, the longest-lasting contraceptives the U.S. Bureau of...

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