Posted on December 23, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Map of proposed Browns Canyon National Monument.
Letter to President Obama cites strong local support
FRISCO — Just a few weeks after Colorado residents resoundingly sounded off in favor of protection the Arkansas River’s Browns Canyon at a public meeting in Salida, Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper asked President Barack Obama to designate the canyon as a national monument. Continue reading
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Posted on June 6, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Snake River melt-off.
Gov. Hickenlooper vetoes measure that could have benefited all Colorado water users, including the environment
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Colorado’s old-school water buffaloes are more than willing to pay lip service to conservation, but when they actually have a chance to walk the walk … well, it’s business as usual.
Bowing to pressure from agricultural users, Gov. John Hickenlooper this week vetoed a bill that would have encouraged voluntary conservation measures and given incentives for private investment in conservation. Continue reading
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Posted on October 6, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The cost of property damage caused by wildfires has spiked in recent years.
More disastrous fires ahead with sustained effort to address threat
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Increased development in fire-prone forest lands in Colorado “ensures that the pattern of damaging wildfire will continue,” according to a state task force report released last week.
The report was delivered to Gov. John Hickenlooper and legislative after two consecutive years of deadly and destructive fires along the Front Range.
The report calls for rating the wildfire risks on individual properties, and facilitating mitigation and prevention measures at the local level. Property owners in the red zone should be primarily responsible for adressing wildfire dangers, to the point of paying special fees to help fund mitigation efforts. Continue reading
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Posted on May 22, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Executive order cites concerns about Colorado’s capital punishment system
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Convicted murderer Nathan J. Dunlap got a temporary reprieve from the death penalty, as Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper exercised his authority to make a final review of the death sentence.
Dunlap, then 19, killed five people at a Chuck E Cheese restaurant in Aurora in 1993.
Hickenlooper cited concerns about possible flaws in the administration of Colorado’s death penalty, as well as a national and international trend toward abolishing the death penalty, as reasons for his decision. Continue reading
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Posted on May 16, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Water pours down the Blue River in the high runoff of July 2011. Bob Berwyn photo.
Governor says state must figure out a way to address impending shortages
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Colorado water experts will try to figure out how to manage the state’s most precious resource in an era when all signs points to increasing shortages and the potential for growing conflicts within the state and the region over its allocation.
Under an executive order issued this week by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Colorado Water Conservation Board will lead the effort to address the growing gap between supply and demand. Especially worrisome is the gap in the South Platte Basin, the state’s most populous and at the same time, the most productive agricultural basin.
Hickenlooper acknowledged that the recurring drought could hasten the impacts of the gap between supply and demand, noting that the past two decades have been Colorado’s warmest on record, dating back to the 1890s. Read the order here. Continue reading
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Posted on May 10, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Federal biologists use a drone in the San Luis Valley as part of an effort to monitor sandhill cranes. USGS photo.
Political leaders pitch Colorado in a letter to the FAA
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado could be in the mix as the Federal Aviation Administration prepares to select six sites around the country to test drone technology, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems, as they are formally known.
Federal and state wildlife biologists are already testing drones to monitor birds in Colorado. NASA is also using drones to study tropospheric climate drivers, as well as hurricanes.
Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and five of Colorado’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently sent a letter to the Federal Aviation FAA, urging the agency to choose Colorado. The bipartisan letter notes Colorado’s “unique mix of qualifications” for one of the test sites, including its thriving aerospace industry presence and the state’s world-class institutions of higher education. Continue reading
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Posted on May 9, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado may update its enforcement policies for oil and gas drilling operations.
More fracking debates ahead …
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — After the Colorado General Assembly stumbled in its efforts to get a better regulatory handle on oil and gas drilling, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will get another bite at the apple.
Gov. John Hickenlooper this week ordered the commission to review its enforcement program, penalty structure and imposition of fines. The review was ordered state lawmakers failed to reach a compromise on a bill that would have revised Colorado’s outdated enforcement system.
Under a COGCC rule-making process, the public would also be able to participate in a revision. Continue reading
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