• Democrats reintroduce 'Frack Pack' oil and gas regulations

    The Associated Press
    Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A group of bills called the "Frack Pack" announced Thursday by four Democratic congressmen would impose more stringent federal environmental regulations on a domestic petroleum industry lately suffering from its own success amid a persistent downturn in oil prices....

  • Gov. Hickenlooper media adviser suspected of DUI in Denver

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Gov. Hickenlooper media adviser suspected of DUI in Denver  DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper's top media adviser has been arrested for suspicion of driving drunk, according to Denver Police. KMGH-TV reported Thursday (http://goo.gl/UDZrPu ) that an officer's police report...

  • Colorado lawmaker pitching minimum wage hike

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    DENVER — A Colorado Democrat is introducing legislation asking voters to increase the state's minimum wage from $8.23 an hour to $12.50. The proposal needs two thirds of the Colorado Legislature to approve sending it to the ballot. Rep. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City says he knows...

  • Mandatory fines for animal fighting in Colorado becomes law

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into a law a bill that sets mandatory fines for people convicted of animal fighting in Colorado. Only two people in the state have been convicted of the crime during the past three years. But bill sponsors say the measure sends a message that...

  • Colorado lawmakers pledge to find funding for Aurora VA hospital despite $1.73 billion price tag

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Colorado lawmakers Wednesday said they will work to get a troubled VA hospital in Aurora finished despite its new $1.73 billion price tag - three times the original budgeted price and $800 million above what Congress has allocated. Veterans Affairs officials drew fire with the new...

  • Officials celebrate milestone in construction of Southern Delivery System

    BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    The last 50-foot pipe of the 50-mile-long Southern Delivery System arrived at a construction site Wednesday, marking a key milestone for the project as it nears completion next year both on time and under budget. "We put to rest a lot of doubters that we'd get this done," said Lionel...

  • Insights at Large: Council candidate Glenn Carlson

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Glenn Carlson envisions Colorado Springs as the "Silicon Mountain" of the West, a research and technology hub for people creating high-tech breakthroughs and new energy approaches. "I want to create a start-up culture; a place where people have the resources, support and courage to...

  • Rifle beats out Colorado Springs, four other Colorado communities in bid for new high-tech aerial firefighting center

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Rifle will be the home of the Center for Excellence in Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, a much sought-after state research center expected to revolutionize firefighting in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday. The decision to put the center on the Western Slope...

  • Colorado's economic growth could spark TABOR refunds but limit budget

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Colorado taxpayers can expect to get money back from the state next year in TABOR refunds, but who will get how much - and the timpact that has on the state budget - is up in the air as economists try to navigate a revenue forecast rocked by waves in the oil and gas industry. Aside...

  • Suthers still has big fundraising lead in Colorado Springs mayoral race

    By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Expect a flood of advertising before the April 7 city election: The 21 candidates have spent more than $140,000 on television, radio, billboard, direct-mail and other advertising scheduled to air or appear during the remaining three weeks before ballots are due. Most candidates...

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