• Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country's heavy reliance on fossil fuels to power its economic growth with little regard for the environment....

  • Obama's plan to make Browns Canyon a national monument gets cheers, criticism in Colorado

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Steeped in division for decades, the scenic Browns Canyon section of the Arkansas River is once again troubling political waters. The latest provocation: News that President Barack Obama will use his executive authority to designate the more than 20,000-acre area as a national...

  • Colorado mountain snow is bright spot during drought in West

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    DENVER — Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates is only a little below normal, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West. Measurement stations in western Colorado showed the snowpack on Wednesday at 90...

  • Cripple Creek mine operators probe again for gold underground

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    For the first time in more than two decades, the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company is looking for gold underground, a tentative departure from its open-pit mining operation. Mine operators are probing an area north and east of the town of Cripple Creek to see if it could...

  • Colorado rejects limit on open-space land seizures

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    DENVER — A bipartisan group of Colorado senators rejected a proposal Tuesday to limit government seizures of private land for open space. The bill would have prevented counties from using eminent-domain laws to seize private land for open space, parks, conservation or preservation of...

  • State to tighten oil, gas rules after spills in 2013 flood

    The Associated Press
    Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    DENVER — State regulators are preparing to impose new rules to keep oil and gas wells more secure after spills blamed on the catastrophic Colorado flood of 2013. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released proposed rules Thursday, including a requirement that all new...

  • Senate weighs payments to mineral owners over fracking rules

    The Associated Press
    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    DENVER — Mineral owners would get compensation from local governments that restrict fracking under a Republican bill advanced by the Colorado Senate Thursday. The question pits homeowners concerned over industrial activity in residential areas and mineral owners who want to develop...

  • Is El Paso County destined for another drought after warm winter days?

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The year has kicked off with unseasonably high temperatures in El Paso County, and area firefighters already have battled three grass fires. But those factors do not mean the region is in for a dry summer and a bad fire season. T-shirt weather in the middle of winter and three...

  • El Paso County commissioners approve wind farm changes, say views not guaranteed

    By Ryan Maye Handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Nearly 15 hours after they began, the El Paso County commissioners voted unanimously late Thursday to approve a change to a controversial wind farm project. NextEra Energy Resources, the owner of the project, plans to reroute sections of a 29-mile above-ground power line that...

  • Spruce beetle hits more Colorado forests; pine beetle slows

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    DENVER — One type of tree-killing beetle is attacking Colorado forests at a faster pace, but another is slowing down, partly because because it's running out of live trees to infest. State and federal forestry officials said Friday spruce beetles were active on nearly 760 square...

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