• Colorado lawmakers gear up for battle over fracking

    By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado Republicans are proposing to compensate mineral owners when a local government bans or restricts fracking. The GOP's approach has bothered Democrats who argue lawmakers should wait for recommendations from a task force studying how to resolve land-use disputes among...

  • Colorado Springs improves flood insurance score

    By MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    The city of Colorado Springs improved its score in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, which results in a reduction in flood insurance premiums for residents by 20 percent, NFIP officials said Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognized the...

  • Residents come together in plea to fill Palmer Lake

    By RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The towns of Palmer Lake and Monument are in a gridlock over 21.8 million gallons of water, a bitter debate that could pit the towns against each other in court. Palmer Lake residents, desperate to use the water to save their dry lake, thronged Monument's Tuesday evening board of...

  • USGS: Earthquake near Fountain 'wasn't real'

NEWS SERVICES jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-3.0 earthquake reported early Monday near Fountain didn't actually happen. "It turns out that wasn't real," said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden. He said the earthquake report was...

  • Regulator: Colorado short on oil, gas well inspectors

    By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    GREELEY — Colorado has nearly 2,000 active oil and gas wells for every inspector and would need to add one inspector a year to keep up with recent trends, the state's top energy industry regulator said Thursday. Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore provided the...

  • Stray satellite signals help measure snowfall in arid West

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    DENVER — Climate scientists are gleaning valuable information about snowfall and droughts from errant satellite signals once considered a nuisance. The data comes from GPS receivers, mostly ones used by earthquake researchers to detect motion in the Earth's surface. The receivers...

  • Pesky beetle could wreak havoc on Colorado Springs trees

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Thousands of ash trees in Colorado Springs could be fighting for their lives in coming months or years if an emerald green bug less than half an inch long makes its way into the city. The emerald ash borer, an exotic insect from Asia, ravaged ash trees in Detroit when it emerged in...