Colorado raising taxes on oil, gas drillers by $4.8M

Colorado oil and gas regulators are raising taxes on energy developers to help pay for the environmental impacts of drilling.

Colorado oil and gas regulators are raising taxes on energy developers to help pay for the environmental impacts of drilling.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved a plan on Monday to raise $4.8 million more in taxes by charging 0.11 cents on every dollar of oil and gas produced.


Sen. Gardner continues to block Justice Department appointments after sudden departure of top official

Gardner promised to prevent the confirmation of all Justice Department nominees after Sessions lifted Obama-era protections for states that have legalized marijuana.

Senator Cory Gardner speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) western conservative summit; wcs; protest; cory gardner; healthcare; adapt; medicaid; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; corygardner;
Senator Cory Gardner speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The sudden departure of the Justice Department’s No. 3 official is adding to the turmoil at an agency that already lacks permanent, politically appointed leaders for many of its most important divisions.

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand’s resignation builds on an unusual problem that has contributed to instability in the department, current and former officials say, and has prevented the Trump administration from fully implementing its agenda more than a year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions took office.

Sessions lamented situation Monday, blaming a single Republican senator for holding up the confirmations of key figures, including the heads of the department’s national security, criminal and civil rights divisions. While not mentioning him by name, Sessions left no doubt he was referring to Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who promised to prevent the confirmation of all Justice Department nominees after Sessions lifted Obama-era protections for states that have legalized marijuana.


Proposal for Denver’s first cannabis club takes early steps

The space is already open but is only selling coffee and pre-packaged snacks for now.

The Coffee Joint owner Rita Tsalyuk (center) sits in the middle of her shop next to I-25 in Lincoln Park, Feb. 6, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lincoln park; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; social consumption; marijuana; coffee shop;
The Coffee Joint owner Rita Tsalyuk (center) sits in the middle of her shop next to I-25 in Lincoln Park, Feb. 6, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Owners of a Colorado business seeking to be among the nation’s first legal marijuana clubs made an initial public pitch to city officials on Friday, laying out their plans to prevent underage and otherwise illegal use at the site.


Colorado Rep. Susan Lontine publicly accuses Sen. Larry Crowder of harassment

She decided to go public Thursday because she says Crowder didn’t accept responsibility for his actions during a meeting this week.

A Colorado Democratic state lawmaker says she was sexually harassed by Republican state Sen. Larry Crowder.

Rep. Susan Lontine said she filed a confidential complaint against Crowder in November.

She said an investigation found her allegations to be credible. She decided to go public Thursday because she says Crowder didn’t accept responsibility for his actions during a meeting this week.


Governors say Interior Department shift didn’t include them

A bipartisan group of 19 Western governors have asked Zinke to delay implementing the proposal until he speaks with them.

By Dan Elliott, Associated Press

A bipartisan group of 19 Western governors said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did not consult with them about major plans for reorganizing the agency, and have asked him to delay implementing the proposal until he speaks with them.

The Feb. 1 letter from the Western Governors Association said the group had asked Zinke in April 2017 to be consulted on any reshuffling of the department, which wields considerable authority over public lands in the West.

They said last week that Zinke has still not sought the views of its members, who represent every state in the western half of the nation, from Texas to Hawaii.