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

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    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...

  • El Paso County included in Colorado request for presidential disaster declaration

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The state of Colorado has submitted a list of flood damage assessments to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in the hopes of securing a presidential disaster declaration, and millions of dollars of recovery funding. FEMA will review the assessments of damages for 11 counties,...

  • Interior Department won't fight ruling on Colorado coal mine

    The Associated Press
    Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    CRAIG — The U.S. Department of Interior won't fight a court ruling threatening the future of a northwestern Colorado coal mine. The department will not appeal a May ruling from a federal judge ordering a do-over of an environmental review of the Colowyo mine, spokeswoman Jessica...

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