Category Archives: Gov’t Affairs

Transpogeddon Averted

Highway and mass transit programs funded by the highway trust fund gas tax received a last-minute reprieve after the Senate passed a GOP House-crafted $11 billion 10-month extension of the tax they had overwhelmingly rejected two days ago. But as … Continue reading

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Hickenlooper Announces Oil and Gas Compromise

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a last-minute compromise that will keep initiatives 88 and 89, pushed by Congressman Jared Polis, off the November ballot. Initiative 88 would have required 2,000-foot buffers between oil and gas wells and buildings, while Initiative 89 … Continue reading

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Polis Approval Rating 37 Percent?

The 2nd Congressional District is considered a Democratic stronghold and Jared Polis has coasted to victory since winning a three-way Democratic primary in 2008. But according to the Denver Post, Polis’ bankrolling of ballot measures dealing with fracking and drilling may have … Continue reading

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MPO Creates Congestion Survey

The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization has placed an online survey about congestion issues on its website, http://www.nfrmpo.org. The 12-question survey asks participants to define traffic congestion and its causes. The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization, a federally … Continue reading

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Erie: Town Tries to Stop Rumors

In an effort to address widespread rumors, the Town of Erie announced it has established a “Rumor Mill” on its new website (www.erieco.gov). The first topic addressed, not surprisingly, was oil & gas activity. To view the Rumor Mill go to … Continue reading

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Larimer County Puts Two Measures on Ballot

On July 29th the County Commissioners unanimously voted to put two questions on the November 4th ballot. One resolution extended and amended the Help Preserve Open Spaces (HPOS) sales tax Initiative If approved by voters in November, the Help Preserve … Continue reading

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Longmont: What does Hickenlooper’s Compromise mean to Longmont?

Longmont Mayor Pro Tem Brian Bagley’s presence at the Governor’s announcement concerning the compromise deal that removes two potentially devastating oil and gas ballot measures was not coincidental (see more, below). Assuming the deal moves forward, as it now appears … Continue reading

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Boulder: Council Approves Building Permit Moratorium for the Hill

The City Council held an emergency meeting to adopt a moratorium on new development on University Hill. The moratorium is in effect through 8 a.m. Aug. 20. The City Council plans to discuss a longer moratorium at its Aug. 19 … Continue reading

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Boulder County Loses Lawsuit

A District Court Judge ruled that Boulder County exceeded its legal authority last year when it formed a Subdivision Paving Local Improvement District (LID) and assessed properties within that district to pay most of the costs of repaving those roads. … Continue reading

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Houses Passes Short-term Extension of Highway Trust Fund

The House easily passed a ten-month Highway Trust Fund patch yesterday on a lopsided vote, and with just over two weeks until DOT has to cut payments to states, the fate of fund now lies with the Senate. Across the … Continue reading

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