Uneasy hangs the cowboy-hatted head of the man in charge of one-fifth of the land mass in the United States. The strain of running the Department of the Interior seems to be catching up with Ken Salazar, who offered to "punch out" a reporter last month in response to a question about Interior's scan ... More >>
It's official: 2011 was a record-busting year in the oil industry, with the five largest companies -- BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Royal Dutch Shell -- reporting all-time-high profits of $137 billion. That's a 75 percent jump from the year before, even though the giants produc ... More >>
Tom Strickland.The news that "lobbyist lawyer" Tom Strickland, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's chief of staff for a hectic two years, is now taking a job with British Petroleum's law firm in its battles with his former boss over the Deepwater Horizon mess made a big splash in the Denver Post ... More >>
Ken Salazar.During last night's sophomore edition of Countdown on Current TV, Keith Olbermann featured an extended segment about Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filing an ethics complaint against Louisiana Senator David Vitter. But the man in the middle of the cont ... More >>
Ken Salazar.A year after being chastised for being too hasty in opening up offshore oil leases for exploration, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was fielding questions from former colleagues in the Senate about why the administration isn't issuing more drilling permits to boost domestic ... More >>
Philip Van CiseThis week's cover story, "A Dam Shame," looks into the controversy generated by a state dam inspector named John Redding, who raised concerns about ethical violations inside the Colorado Department of Natural Resources--and ended up paying a high price for his concern. People w ... More >>
Deepwater Horizon.Does any other day carry as heavy a load as April 20? The day's fate was sealed in 1889, when Adolf Hitler was born in a small village in Austria. In the early '70s, April 20 also became an underground stoner holiday, now so aboveground that it's celebrated across the countr ... More >>
New MMS head Michael Bromwich.The naming of a former prosecutor to head the scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service, coupled with President Barack Obama's lackluster but occasionally pugnacious speech about making British Petroleum "pay" for the oil-slick disaster in the Gulf, suggests th ... More >>
Photo by Kenny BeClassic gas station graphics will keep residents pumped in good times and bad.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is currently called a "disaster," but that will change with time. Because Americans love petroleum more than life itself, they will no do ... More >>
Renee Herlocker set a high standard.Today's Denver blog highlights.
On Mile High Report, the Dude's mail sack includes a note from a woman who didn't quite make the Broncos' cheerleading squad but thinks those who did will cause Tim Tebow to "rethink his promise ring." Yowsah!
The Colorado ... More >>
The Deepwater Horizon disaster keeps spilling into my inbox, more than 1,300 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, where there's "oil for miles and miles," Attorney General Eric Holder lamented yesterday in New Orleans.
Denver is more than 1,300 miles from the Big Easy, but the disaster has spilled ... More >>
"Bring me the head of Tony Heyward." Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is still getting roundly pummeled in the press over the Obama administration's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
But there's increasing evidence that the administration is trying to shift the falte ... More >>
All systems go, but which way? Out the door?It was fairly predictable that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar would emerge as the whipping-boy of conservative pundits over the Deepwater Horizon spill.
What better symbol of the alleged impotence of the Obama administration than a cowboy-ha ... More >>
Department of the InteriorSituation hairy: The Deepwater Horizon rig, before it sank. As oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster begins to stain shorelines along the Gulf Coast, beauticians across the nation are learning that one of the more feel-good (and dubious) solutions proposed in recen ... More >>
There's a new sheriff -- and a lot of new acronyms -- in town.In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil slick disaster, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is barreling ahead in his efforts to reform the embattled Minerals Management Service, the once-obscure agency responsible for overseein ... More >>
Photo by Alan PrendergastWhite-tailed deer cross a road at the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge.Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has been spending a lot of time on the Gulf Coast lately, dealing with the noxious plumes (environmental and political) spewing from the Deepwater Horiz ... More >>
The New RepublicDrill, baby, drill: Just what does additional offshore drilling add to the mix?In the wake of the worst American offshore oil disaster in decades, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is scrambling on several fronts to address the perception that his administration has been m ... More >>
"All together now: BLM, FWS, MMS... and now YAGA!"In the wake of the offshore rig explosion and massive oil spill threatening the Gulf Coast, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced a major shakeup of the Minerals Management Service, the agency responsible for overseeing drilling ... More >>
Department of the InteriorThe explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig still hasn't been explained.The finger-pointing over the massive oil slick threatening the Gulf Coast is spreading almost as fast as the spill itself.
While critics on the right chortle over Department of the Interior c ... More >>
Department of the InteriorThe fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon.It's too soon to start putting a figure on the damage -- to marine life, tourism, fishing industries and more -- from the 600-square-mile oil slick oozing onto the Gulf Coast today. And it's too early in the investigation to know ... More >>