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EPA Accused of Conducting Experiments on Kids

EPA-300The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exposed children as young as 10 years old to dangerous levels of diesel exhaust in medical experiments. That’s according to documents obtained by the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute, through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The documents are being jointly Continue reading

Lawmakers Vote to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

KEYSTONEThe Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has voted to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline would be paid for by the private sector, create thousands of jobs in the United States, and increase domestic energy security. It has been more than six years since the pipeline Continue reading

Tipton Will Focus on Job Growth and Creation

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton stressed that local economic growth and job creation remain at the center of his focus as he was sworn into the 114th Congress yesterday. Tipton, who ran a small business for over 30 years, is beginning his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 113th Congress he passed five pieces of legislation through the House, all with bipartisan support, two of which were signed into law. He Continue reading

Gardner Joins Barrasso in Introducing Natural Gas Legislation

gardnerShortly after being sworn in yesterday, Senator Cory Gardner joined Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming and introduced the bipartisan “LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act” to expedite the approval of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications. The legislation builds on previous efforts to expedite LNG export applications, including Senator Gardner’s House Continue reading

Fish and Wildlife Needs Better Science for Sage Grouse Decision

sage_grouse-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking Indian tribes, government agencies and others to submit information about conservation efforts for the greater sage grouse. The service said Monday it needs the best data possible to make a decision on whether the bird warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Congress has Continue reading

Spending Bill May Not Protect Western States against Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300Federal officials say Congress acted too late if it wanted to block protections for a bird found in Colorado and Utah. A spending bill approved by Congress last week blocks any money for a final rule to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. But the final rule was issued before the bill passed. An estimated 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse remain, Continue reading

Oklahoma, Nebraska Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

MARIJUANA-300Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a declaration that Colorado’s legalization of marijuana violates the United States Constitution. The two don’t say exactly how the law violates the constitution, but Bruning says Continue reading

PILT Program Funded

piltThe Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILT, program, which last year provided Colorado counties with $34.5 million to carry out vital services like fire and police protection, school construction, and road maintenance, received $372 million in the government funding bill, which passed Congress this weekend. The bill provides funding for a Continue reading

Forest Service Accepting Natural Resource Project Proposals

forest-service-signProposals seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Medicine Bow-Routt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) are due January 23rd. Funding is provided for counties through Title II funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act, which is currently being considered for reauthorization by Congress. If Continue reading

House Passes Spending Bill

REPUBLICANYesterday, the House passed legislation to fund the federal government through September 30th, while still allowing Congress to take action on the President’s executive orders on immigration by funding the Department of Homeland Security through a continuing resolution that expires February 27th. The measure cuts funding to the Continue reading

Spending Bill Would Delay Protections on Grouse

sage_grouse-300A legislative rider in Congress’ $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that’s been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The Obama administration faced a September 2015 deadline to propose protections for greater sage grouse. But the spending package agreed to late Continue reading

Lawmakers Vote to Condemn President’s Actions on Immigration

immigration reformColorado’s next Senator wants to repeal President Obama’s recent executive action to allow more than 4 million people in the country illegally to remain here. Republican Continue reading