Nora Olabi covers general and breaking news for Westword with an emphasis on politics and local government. She is a news junkie who is constantly looking for the next scoop. Prior to making her way to the Front Range and joining Westword in 2017, she worked at major Houston newspapers. She's written about a suspected ISIS-inspired terrorist and a Syrian refugee who trekked the Darien Gap. She's a proud Houstonian who's acclimating to snow and mountain living.
10 hours ago | News
Colorado is consistently ranked as one of the most productive state legislatures in the country,
2 days ago | Activism
What do a CSU journalism student, a documentary filmmaker and a lawyer all have in common? They've been sued by Denver-based Extraction Oil and Gas over an anti-fracking protest in Greeley next door to Bella Romero Academy, a school that serves a ...
3 days ago | Longform
In the wake of #MeToo and Time's Up, statehouses around the country are grappling with how to hold legislators accountable for sexual harassment in an environment where there isn't a traditional boss. The most severe form of punishment is expulsio...
9 days ago | Activism
With oil and gas-related explosions, fires and spills happening across the state, environmental activists are working hard to gather signatures that could halt new oil and gas development in the state and insulate communities from encroaching deve...
10 days ago | Environment
The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission ruled on Monday that Senator Vicki Marble violated state law when she allowed Extraction Oil and Gas to pick up the tab on a constituent town hall that was purporting "the facts" on oil and gas developmen...
14 days ago | Activism
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was sued almost four years ago by a group of teenagers to force the organization to put health and safety first. That case made it all the way to the state's highest court. Now, the state is arguing...