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Chase Woodruff


Denver, CO, United States

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Past articles by Chase:

John Eastman, Jenna Ellis Subpoened for Georgia Election Investigation This Week

"Rhgw Witness possesses unique knowledge concerning communications between himself, the Trump Campaign," says the subpoena for Eastman, a former visiting professor at the University of Colorado. → Read More

As coal burning goes away in Colorado, money for coal workers goes up

Colorado lawmakers are poised to pass another round of funding for the state's efforts to ensure a "just transition" for coal workers. → Read More

Sen. Bennet, Colorado Democrats celebrate rollout of expanded child tax credit

Half a million Colorado families will begin receiving monthly payments as part of a historic expansion of a federal anti-poverty program. → Read More

New Oil and Gas Rules Given Final Approval by Colorado Regulators

The five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission finalized a package of new regulations known as the “Mission Change” rules, overhauling everything from siting and permitting procedures to emissions controls and cleanup. The rulemaking was named for a key provision in Senate Bill 19-181, signed into law... → Read More

Colorado Extends State Park Camping Ban "Until Further Notice"

Campgrounds, picnic areas and other facilities at Colorado's state parks and wildlife areas have been closed since March 26, and will stay that way for the foreseeable future. → Read More

Denver Health Workers to Form Union Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Health-care workers at one of Denver's largest hospitals have formed a union to fight for more equitable pay, better safety protections and more public investment as they continue to work on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Colorado Democrats Abandon Public Option as Ranks of Uninsured Grow

Even as hundreds of thousands of Coloradans lose their jobs and employer-sponsored health coverage, Democratic lawmakers are giving up on an effort to pass a state-regulated public option designed to lower costs for people purchasing plans on the individual insurance market. → Read More

Walmart Reopens After Essential Worker, Security Guard Die of COVID-19

Deaths connected to outbreaks at workplaces like an Aurora Walmart and the JBS meat-processing plant in Greeley highlight the risks faced by the working class as more Colorado businesses are set to reopen. → Read More

Colorado Lawmakers Back Paid-Leave Initiative After Legislative Effort Stalls

Colorado Democrats' years-long struggle to pass a universal paid-leave program has taken another turn thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and a multi-billion-dollar hole in the budget, with top lawmakers now backing a progressive push to approve the measure at the ballot box. → Read More

Colorado's "Excess" Deaths Outpace Confirmed COVID-19 Count

New mortality data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control suggests that the state's true COVID-19 death toll may be significantly higher than the figures confirmed by Colorado officials. → Read More

Environmentalists Question Dismissal of University of Colorado Air-Quality Scientist

A fired university scientist, a disappeared newspaper story and a gaggle of gleeful oil and gas groups are at the center of a controversy unfolding on the front lines of Colorado’s Front Range fracking wars. → Read More

"I Feel Like a Hostage": Workers on the Risks They Face as Colorado Reopens

"I feel like a hostage," says one worker contemplating going back to work as Colorado's "stay-at-home" order moves to "safer-at-home" on April 27. → Read More

RTD Sued Over Beating; Activists Pressure Agency to Drop Union Station Rule Changes

More than fifty activists and community leaders, including Denver City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, want RTD to reconsider proposed rule changes that would make it easier for security officers to kick people out of Union Station and other transit facilities. → Read More

Earth Day at Fifty: Five Decades, Ten Big Environmental Stories

Looking back at fifty years of clashes over environmental issue, from the 1976 Winter Olympics to the Front Range fracking wars, as the world prepares to celebrate a major Earth Day anniversary in lockdown. → Read More

Environmental Activists Plan for Earth Day in a Changed World

Colorado activists are figuring out how to navigate the disruptions caused by coronavirus pandemic and continue organizing around climate and environmental issues, even as the crisis rapidly changes the world they're fighting to protect. → Read More

American Lung Association Flunks Denver on Air Quality — Again

Denver may be experiencing some of its best air quality in years right now, but don’t let the temporarily clear skies fool you into thinking we’re not still struggling with a long-term air-pollution problem. → Read More

With More Cutbacks Announced, Colorado’s Oil Industry Is in Free Fall

The coronavirus pandemic has brought daily routines and economic activity to a screeching halt — and what had already figured to be a challenging year for the state's oil and gas industry has quickly turned into a bloodbath. → Read More

Activists Call for Pause in I-70 Construction During Stay-at-Home Order

Environmental and community groups are calling on state officials to temporarily halt construction on the $1.2 billion Central 70 project in north Denver while nearby residents comply with the stay-at-home order. → Read More

Denver Environmental Advocates Hosting Online Earth Week Summit

With plans for a global wave of demonstrations around the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic, Colorado activists are turning to virtual events like the second annual Online Earth Week Summit. starting April 10. → Read More

Why Air-Quality Researchers See Opportunity in COVID-19 Shutdowns

With car traffic and other sources of air pollution grinding to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic, air-quality researchers have an unprecedented chance to study the impacts of pollutants on public health and the environment. → Read More