Sam Brasch

Position: Colorado Public Radio

East Troublesome Fire may signal new era of big blowups

DENVER (AP) – Grand Lake Fire Marshal Dan Mayer never thought the East Troublesome Fire would make it to town. On the morning of Oct. 21, the fire was about 20 miles away from the vacation spot on...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado adopts new oil and gas rules with focus on regulating, not promoting

More than 18 months after Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation to overhaul the state’s oil and gas industry, regulators have finalized the specifics. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Initiative to reintroduce wolves makes ballot

For more than 25 years, Rob Edward, president of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund, has dreamed of returning wolves to Colorado. His vision is now much closer to reality. On Monday, the Colorado...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Is fight against chronic wasting disease an argument for wolf reintroduction?

Last year, Eric Washburn shot and killed a mule buck in Northern Colorado. Its thick coat and massive rack of antlers convinced him of the animal’s health, so he had the meat processed and chucked...

DATE: July 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado could be next state to let its employees collectively bargain

For years, Colorado state workers have sought the right to collectively bargain. It looks like Democratic lawmakers could make that happen this legislative session – if Gov. Jared Polis goes along...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado restaurateurs want one straw law to rule them all, not many local ones.

There’s something missing at Centro Mexican Kitchen in Boulder. Once you take a seat, a waiter brings a glass of water, but no straw. Ask for one and you’ll get a paper straw. The traditional...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado could join effort to sideline the Electoral College

A new bill has been submitted in Colorado’s young legislative session that could make an end run around the Electoral College. Democratic lawmakers introduced the legislation on day one. If it...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Want to see climate change in Colorado? Keep an eye on the pikas

It didn’t take long for 11-year-old Brooke Pollock to spot a pika on Loveland Pass last July. One of the hamster-like critters darted between boulders, its cheeks stuffed with grass and leaves....

DATE: Dec. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado Republicans’ plan to regain power? Wait for Democrats to overreach

Colorado Republicans are preparing for life in the political wilderness. After election night’s midterm blue wave receded, the party was left without a foothold in the state government. Democrats...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

In GOP-dominated Mesa County, the immigration debate strikes a chord

Deborah Erbisch, the secretary for the Mesa County Republican Party, was helping to decorate the party’s float ahead of Grand Junction’s Fourth of July parade when she took time to explain her...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado Senate Democrats call for resignation of GOP lawmaker accused of harassment

Colorado Senate Democrats are calling for the resignation of Republican Sen. Randy Baumgardner. KUNC reports a former legislative aide says Baumgardner, who represents Hot Sulfur Springs, slapped...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Can deer pass chronic wasting disease to humans?

DENVER (AP) – Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there’s a slight possibility, it doesn’t bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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