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Local fracking bans struck down by Colorado high court

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to hydraulic fracturing critics, striking down efforts to curb the controversial practice in local communities. The ruling paves the way...

DATE: May 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Kinder Morgan-Montezuma County tax battle goes to Colorado Supreme Court

A 9-year-old tax dispute between Montezuma County and Kinder Morgan has landed in the lap of the Colorado Supreme Court. The convoluted case revolves around assessed values of the company’s carbon...

DATE: March 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Oil and gas leases in HD Mountains could create headaches, county leaders say

A lack of consideration for socioeconomic impacts and private landowner interests have La Plata County officials concerned about the Bureau of Land Management’s proposal to lease 6,137 acres in the...

DATE: March 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Coal phased out

PORTLAND, Ore. – With the stroke of Gov. Kate Brown’s signature Friday, Oregon became the first state to eradicate coal from its power supply through legislation and now boasts some of the most...

DATE: March 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Parcels in HD Mountains available for oil, gas leases

Four parcels totaling 6,137 acres in the HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield are proposed to be leased for oil and gas development. The lease sale by the Bureau of Land Management is scheduled for...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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$2M awarded for Cortez hospital project

In addition to a voter-approved sales tax, proceeds from energy and mineral production will also help fund a $14.2 million capital improvement project at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez....

DATE: Dec. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Four Corners School of Outdoor Education shows off new discovery center

MONTICELLO, Utah – Sitting at the crossroads of the vast Colorado Plateau, this quaint town of 2,000 is surrounded by national parks, mountains, rivers and red rock canyons that define the region....

DATE: Dec. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission grapples with local-control issues

DENVER – State oil and gas regulators have stripped operational time limits from proposed oil and gas rules, as they prepare a revised draft for consideration. After three days of hearings held by...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Colorado drillers step up to stop methane waste

DENVER – Companies in the business of capturing lost methane, the primary component of natural gas, are taking their show on the road this week to present to local officials on Colorado’s Western...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Guv’s office explains attorney general spat

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office on Tuesday defended actions this week that put the Democratic governor at odds with the state’s Republican attorney general over federal standards for...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Solar puts county in good place

DENVER – A La Plata County energy official says the county is well-positioned to meet new carbon-pollution standards, thanks in part to renewable energy like solar. Michael Rendon, president of the...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Building-code changes will encourage efficiency

New homes in Durango and La Plata County will be built to be more energy-efficient next year when local governments adopt new codes, but some say the updates don't go far enough. Both city and...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business