Larimer County: County Convenes Workforce Housing Task Force

On August 31 Larimer County held the first meeting of its workforce housing task force. The group included Congressman Jared Polis (briefly), State Senator John Kefalas, County Commissioners Tom Donnelly and Lew Gaiter, the mayor of Johnstown, Loveland City Council member Leah Johnson, a staff representative from Timnath, representatives from FCBR and LBAR, and anContinue reading “Larimer County: County Convenes Workforce Housing Task Force”

Colorado: Oil and Gas Fight Generating Big Money

Groups opposing or supporting oil and gas development have put a lot of effort into several different ballot initiatives this year. While we won’t know until after August 8 which questions have gathered enough signatures to make it on the ballot, significant amounts of money have already been spent on both sides. August 1 wasContinue reading “Colorado: Oil and Gas Fight Generating Big Money”

Colorado Legislators Fight For Transportation Projects

Congressman Jared Polis tried to amend the long-term transportation bill recently passed by the House of Representatives to give I-25 “high priority corridor” status. This would have given the highway preference in consideration for funding under the newly created Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program. Unfortunately, he was not successful in his effort. PolisContinue reading “Colorado Legislators Fight For Transportation Projects”

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 it will, the City can stop spending time and money (rumored to be over $500,000)Continue reading “Longmont: What does Hickenlooper’s Compromise mean to Longmont?”

Local Control Initiative Won’t Make Ballot

Supporters have halted efforts to put Initiative No. 75 on the fall ballot this year. Two initiatives supported by Congressman Jared Polis may still make the ballot. Number 88 would require  2,000 foot setbacks. Number 89 contains an environmental bill of rights. Initiative No. 75, backed by the Colorado Community Rights Network, would have allowedContinue reading “Local Control Initiative Won’t Make Ballot”

Weld County: Does Fracking Hurt Home Prices?

Congressman Jared Polis, who represents Larimer and Boulder Counties, has been in the news because of his role in pushing constitutional initiatives that would further restrict gas and oil development in Colorado. On He has said many times that he wants to protect property values. For example, on July 16 he said “My one goal isContinue reading “Weld County: Does Fracking Hurt Home Prices?”