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Public Policy

Mt. Sneffels Range. Mt. Sneffels Wilderness covers 16,587 acres on the Uncompahgre National Forest near the communities of Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray in Colorado. The proposed CORE Act will preserve about 400,000 acres of public lands in Colorado, including the Mt. Sneffels range. (Photo by Jacob Torrey via Flickr: Creative Commons)

U.S. House to vote on Colorado public lands preservation

WASHINGTON —The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation next week that could shape the future of public lands in...

What Proposition CC would mean for Colorado schools

Colorado voters face a decision this November that could send millions of additional dollars to the state’s schools in good economic times — or...
Potential buyers try out guns displayed on an exhibitor's table at an expo in 2016. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Has impeachment quashed gun control prospects? House Republicans say impeachment inquiry has sidelined potential...

WASHINGTON — Gun control policy, not impeachment, was supposed to dominate the discourse on Capitol Hill this fall.  In early August — just two months...
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State Board raises standards, making it harder for Colorado schools to earn a top...

Hundreds of Colorado schools are likely to lose their top rating under changes approved by the State Board of Education Thursday, and those that...

Denver school board race: See how much money outside groups, candidates have spent

Welcome back to Chalkbeat’s campaign finance tracker. We’ll track how much each of the nine Denver school board candidates has raised and spent in the runup...

Research: What Colorado needs to do to preserve the modern public record

When state Sen. John Cooke asked for email communications of the top official for the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission last fall, the agency’s...
Machinery sits idle in May at the Van 4 mine, the subject of a July court decision ruling that it must be shut down and cleaned up. (Photo by Mark Olalde/Center for Public Integrity)

While ‘zombie’ mines idle, cleanup and workers suffer in limbo Instead of paying to...

This investigation was produced in collaboration with High Country News, The Center for Public Integrity and the Ohio Valley ReSource. The sound of metal banging against metal broke the...

As Colorado invests more in preschool, a gold-standard study shows benefits of full-day classes

A new study shows large literacy gains and other benefits for full-day preschoolers as they enter kindergarten compared with their half-day peers — timely findings...
A BLM intern works to identify idle oil wells and urge operators to either put them back in production or plug them permanently. Abandoned oil and gas wells can be pathways for methane to leak into the atmosphere. (Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management)

Colorado Congresswoman DeGette aims to force Trump’s hand on methane rules

WASHINGTON — Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) is pushing legislation that would reverse some of the Trump administration’s oil and gas policies on federal lands.  The...

Guest Post: Denver’s auditor is right about many things; proposing only CPAs hold his...

Late last month, Denver Auditor Tim O’Brien proposed that only CPAs should be allowed to run for the office in in the future. While...
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