Latest Jared Polis News

New state law brings hope to Colorado mobile home residents

Sep. 16, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

On a late-August Sunday afternoon, state Rep. Meg Froelich readied the meeting room at the Sheridan Library for a town hall with constituents. There was one item on the agenda: a recently enacted law designed to give mobile-home owners more protections and a way to handle disputes with the managers and park...

Colorado plans to make Fisher's Peak a new state park

Sep. 12, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis says Fisher's Peak and the former ranch land surrounding it will become Colorado's newest state park. Polis' office said in a statement The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land plan to transfer the 30-square-mile (77.7-sqaure-kilometer) property near...

Colorado Editorial Roundup

Sep. 12, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

The Colorado Springs Gazette, Sept. 9, on solving the student loan debt problem: Today's Perspective feature, in The Gazette's recently expanded Sunday editorial section, grapples with the nationwide dilemma of student loan debt as people begin their fall semesters. Our articles, which originated in our sister...

2 more recall campaigns against Colorado Democrats fail

Sep. 11, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An effort to recall two state senators has ended after backers informed the Colorado Secretary of State's office that they will not be turning in the signatures they collected to force special elections to remove the pair. The recall effort involved Democratic Sens. Pete Lee, of Colorado...

Democrats step on shaky political ground with fracking bans

Sep. 11, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Several Democratic presidential candidates are running on a promise to ban fracking — and stepping on unstable political ground as they do so. An all-out prohibition on the controversial natural gas extraction process — backed by Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth...

In a twist, Colorado asks EPA to lower state's air rating

Sep. 6, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado took the unusual step of inviting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to downgrade the air quality rating of the state's biggest population center, and not everyone thinks that was a good idea. The EPA held a hearing Friday on whether to lower the ozone status of Denver and...

Recall effort against Colorado governor falls short

Sep. 6, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A long shot effort to ask Colorado voters to recall Gov. Jared Polis in his first year of office has failed. Recall backers announced Friday at the state Capitol that they had collected more than 300,000 signatures to force a special election, about half the number that they needed. Dismiss...

Adams County OKs tougher oil and gas rules; industry objects

Sep. 3, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A county in the Denver suburbs enacted its own rules for oil and gas drilling Tuesday, taking advantage of a new law that lets local governments impose tougher regulations than the state. The Adams County commissioners unanimously approved a requirement that new wells be at least 1,000 feet...

Oil and gas defenders, critics test Colorado's new law

Aug. 28, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The petroleum industry's defenders and critics are testing the limits of a new Colorado law that flips the state's priorities from producing energy to protecting the public. Officials in energy-friendly Weld County say the law gives the county complete control over the location of new wells...

The Latest: Governor offers little comfort to oil-gas execs

Aug. 28, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on tougher oil and gas regulations in Colorado (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Colorado's Democratic governor is offering little sympathy to oil and gas executives worried about tighter state restrictions on drilling. Jared Polis told an industry meeting Wednesday that international...