Ken Salazar

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    December 26, 2012

    Five guys Ken Salazar should offer to punch out

    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 >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Fracking the North Fork: Protests pour in over BLM lease plan

    When Colorado native son Ken Salazar became Barack Obama's Secretary of the Interior four years ago, it was widely expected that he would steer a more "balanced" course through the energy wars across the West, pulling back on the drill-baby-drill mantra of the Bush years. It hasn't worked out that w ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Ken Salazar approves final fix on Martin Luther King Memorial -- "if" only

    The situation was stupid enough that Ken Salazar probably wanted to punch someone. When the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was unveiled in 2011, eagle-eyed wordsmiths quickly pointed out that one of the quotes etched into the granite monument had taken King's words out of context, making him seem l ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Fracking-regulations battle on federal lands heats up

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is on record as saying that hydraulic fracturing methods to extract oil and gas "can be done safely," but he's not overly impressed with varying state rules overseeing the drilling process. He's been pushing in recent months for his department to tighten its req ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Ken Salazar says feds confident in solar despite Colorado setbacks

    Abound Solar has officially gone bankrupt and General Electric PrimeStar is putting on hold a much-anticipated solar panel plant it had planned for Aurora. Both cases are disappointing developments for renewable energy in Colorado -- but Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says these are just mino ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Ken Salazar wants more drilling, but industry won't oblige?

    See, it's like this. Far from being the obstructionist tree-hugger his critics accuse him of being, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar really, really wants to drill, baby, drill, for oil and gas on federal lands and offshore. He wants to drill the hell out of the place. But the energy companies a ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Ken Salazar gets lots of gas for rising gas prices

    There must be days when Ken Salazar wished he'd stayed in the U.S. Senate, rather than joining the Obama administration as Secretary of the Interior. There must be entire months like that. March, for example, when Mitt Romney called for Salazar to be fired.

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    February 20, 2012

    Ken Salazar's "squeeze" budget still subsidizes grazing on public lands

    In these lean times, last week Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar proposed slashing costs and hiking a range of user fees -- everything from the cost of a federal stamp for duck hunting to oil and gas drilling permits -- to make ends meet at his agency. But one bit of government welfare is consid ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Ken Salazar's plans for tourism in San Luis Valley generates protests

    Ken Salazar.​Two weeks ago, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar surfaced in Alamosa, surrounded by state leaders, to present the results of a federal study aimed at promoting tourism and conservation in the San Luis Valley. The National Park Service's study pushes for conservation easements, ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Ken Salazar: How green is his San Luis Valley?

    On Wednesday, Alamosa-born Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will return to his roots -- again -- as part of a long-simmering effort to promote tourism and conservation in Colorado's much-praised, much-neglected San Luis Valley. Accompanied by Governor John Hickenlooper and Senators Michael Benn ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Ken Salazar hawking solar "sweet spots" for an energy boost

    Ken Salazar.​Yesterday, after three years, more than 80,000 public comments, and countless hours reviewing ponderous economic and environmental issues -- in other words, pretty speedy for government work -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar unveiled the Obama administration's slimmed-down ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Ken Salazar: BLM decision on Vermillion Basin a classic bit of Kenmanship

    Ken Salazar.​The long-awaited, much-debated Bureau of Land Management plan for oil-and-gas drilling on public lands in northwest Colorado has something in it to annoy everybody. In other words, it's the kind of classic, middle-of-the-road, concessions-to-all-sides-and-favoritism-toward-none c ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Ken Salazar's move to restrict drilling rejected by federal judge

    Ken Salazar.​Since his appointment as Secretary of the Interior in 2009, Ken Salazar has been the point man for the Obama administration's efforts to put the brakes on the drill-baby-drill energy policy of the Bush years, often facing stiff opposition from congressional leaders and the oil and ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Michael Hancock's former headquarters is available -- lease a winner!

    ​Want to run for political office? Have we got a deal for you! The luckiest address in Denver, 1100 Bannock Street, has a "for lease" sign on the door, and this golden spot in the Golden Triangle doesn't rent to losers.

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    July 14, 2011

    Ken Salazar pushes renewable energy "on steroids"

    Ken Salazar.​Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced federal approval of four large renewable energy projects in the West today, touting the new jobs and clean power that those projects and others in the pipeline will bring -- and described his department's approach to renewables as so ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Ken Salazar's salary at center of David Vitter ethics complaint, CREW tells Keith Olbermann

    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 >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Ken Salazar wants us to take a hike, from Rocky Mountain National Park to... Rocky Flats?

    Ken Salazar.​Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was back in his home state yesterday, cutting a ribbon at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge's new visitor center and unveiling several big-as-all-outdoors conservation projects for Colorado. The most ambitious project of all, which he ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Ken Salazar to drill-baby-drill crowd: Stop whining and get cracking

    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 >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Ken Salazar's "wild lands" push riles the Club 20 crowd

    Ken Salazar​It's been less than two months since Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was in Denver unveiling his "Wild Lands" program, a sharp poke in the eye to Bush-era wilderness policy, and the reception since has been passionate -- and divided. Among environmentalists, the reviews amou ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    BP oil-spill report identifies a failure of management -- and regulators

    ​A chronic whine from oil and gas interests has to do with the glacial, foot-dragging pace of government. But a presidential commission report on the British Petroleum offshore well explosion that killed eleven people blasts the now-extinct Minerals Management Service for moving too quickly to ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Ken Salazar: Why his "wild lands" policy has the GOP going wild

    ​Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar clearly wanted to make a splash when he unveiled his new "wild lands" policy last week--two days before Christmas (slow news week), at a press conference outside the REI flagship store, just a few steps from his old Denver office when he was a U.S. Senato ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Ken Salazar gets roasted by Michelle Malkin as a political turkey

    Ken Salazar, loathsome cowboy?​When Michelle Malkin moved to Colorado, Ken Salazar still represented this state in the U.S. Senate. But then Salazar left what would have been a safe seat (judging from Michael Bennet's victory over Ken Buck) to become Barack Obama's Secretary of the Interior -- ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Ken Salazar: Democrats holding Senate might've been easier if he hadn't taken Obama's job offer

    Ken Salazar.​Tired of the endless Ken Buck/Michael Bennet attack ads that have made it unsafe to turn on your television for the past month? Blame Barack Obama, who pulled Ken Salazar from his spot in the U.S. Senate and put him in the cabinet as the Secretary of the Interior. How's that worki ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Ken Salazar gets a vote of confidence (sort of) from Barack Obama despite remaining messes

    Ken Salazar​In an interview in the October 15 issue of Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama defends his administration's overhaul of the Department of the Interior amid agency scandals and outrage over the Gulf oil spill -- and insists Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will keep his job, calling ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Ken Salazar getting tough with BP: Too little too late?

    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 >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Ken Salazar gets boiled in oil by Rolling Stone over BP disaster

    "You're canceling my subscription?!"​The Obama administration's ever-shifting damage figures and containment strategies for the mess in the Gulf -- not to mention the ever-spewing oil -- have disenchanted many former admirers of the President. Now a scathing dive into the disaster in the lates ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Ken Salazar still in hot seat -- but with lots of company

    "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 >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Ken Salazar under fire: Can he survive the spill?

    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 >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Ken Salazar's shakeup at Interior: Where will it all end?

    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 >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Ken Salazar: Lessons on the Gulf spill from Denver's own "toxic horror"

    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 >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Ken Salazar taps "recovery czar" Chris Henderson to fix MMS

    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 >>

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    May 13, 2010
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    May 11, 2010

    Ken Salazar: Oil spill debacle sparks creation of Yet Another Government Agency

    "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 >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Ken Salazar's role in BP disaster: More spin than reform?

    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 >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Ken Salazar: Oil spill gets sludge on his shiny green suit

    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 >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Ken Salazar sued by conservation group crying fowl over the Sprague's Pipit

    WildEarth Guardians says this little guy deserves to be listed as an endangered species.​A prominent wildlife conservation group is suing Secretary of the Interior (and former Colorado Senator) Ken Salazar for reportedly failing to protect a prairie song bird that many say is nearing extinctio ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Ken Salazar, and the uncertainties of his quest for certainty

    "Come on. Won't somebody please ask me about oil and gas leases?"​Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says his energy plan will bring more certainty to the way public lands get leased and drilled, but it's hard to say who's paying attention. During a teleconference yesterday to announce the ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Ken Salazar under fire from energy producers and horse lovers

    ​You just can't please some people, especially if you happen to be the Secretary of the Interior. Sure, the job has some neat perks--all those trips to national parks and press conferences at glaciers and other cool stuff. But there's no way to manage what amounts to one-fifth of the land mass ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Salazar moves forward -- and backward -- on oil shale leases

    ​For decades, energy companies and the federal government have tinkered with ways of trying to extract the vast hydrocarbon fuel reserves buried in rock in western Colorado and eastern Utah. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar still has lots of questions about the process -- whether the curr ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Ken Salazar: No more horsing around

    Famous wild stallion Cloud, star of three documentaries--and until recently targeted in a BLM roundup.​In a teleconference with reporters today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar declared that his department's wild-horse management program "is simply not working" and proposed a new way of ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009
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    August 4, 2009

    A sunny day for Secretary Solarczar, but a slog ahead?

    ​Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was back in Colorado today, August 4, touring a Longmont solar panel company as a way of pushing the Obama administration's vision of a clean energy economy. But that vision, which involves collecting abundant solar power from a procession of solar farms ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Ken Salazar pushing for "more balanced" hard rockin'

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar No law is truly written in stone. Not even those tablets Charlton Heston brought down from the top of Mount Hollywood in The Ten Commandments, which looked suspiciously like slabs of heavy cardboard. But some laws, as they age ungracefully, begin to resemble bi ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    "Sheriff" Salazar rounds up some artifact rustlers

    In his first few weeks as Secretary of the Interior, former Colorado Senator Ken Salazar was fond of sporting his cowboy hat and declaring that there's a new sheriff in town -- even though the work at hand didn't lend itself to quick draws, as explained in my feature "The Zen of Ken." But now t ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Salazar needs to stay put

    Timing is everything. Early on, as president-elect Barack Obama started filling his Cabinet, Ken Salazar's name kept surfacing -- but so did word that what the first-term senator and former Colorado Attorney General ultimately wanted was a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, and in the meantime, he wa ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    The Statue of Liberty and Ken Salazar's crowning achievement

    Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy This morning, Secretary of the Interior (and former Colorado Senator) Ken Salazar got the full-bore show-biz treatment when he joined the Today show's Matt Lauer in the crown of the Statue of Liberty, which will reopen for th ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    First 100 days? Ken Salazar gives himself an A

    Probably no other member of the Obama Cabinet has racked up as many frequent-flier miles over the past three months than former Colorado Senator Ken Salazar. As the new sheriff in town at the Department of the Interior, he's been taking his agenda on the road -- presiding over offshore lease sales i ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    Denver Blogs: Somebody buy Ken Salazar a sandwich

    Our daily blog round-up is here. Send tips this way. According to financial disclosure statements, Ken Salazar is not hiding bundles of money underneath that giant hat. (Colorado Independent) Introducing the Jay Cutler bath mat! (The Decider) The battle over Pinnacol spills into the streets outsi ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Ken Salazar's Colorado cabal at Interior

    This week's feature, "The Zen of Ken," deals with the formidable challenge facing Colorado's own Ken Salazar at the Department of the Interior. It also notes in passing the growing contingent of politicos with Colorado connections that the new Secretary is adding to his leadership team, including fo ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Denver Blogs: Is Ken Salazar hiding a drill under that giant hat?

    Be vewy, vewy quiet. We're hunting bwogs. Send tips. Chill, baby, chill: Environmentalists are freaking out over Ken Salazar's recent comments about drilling in Alaska. (Colorado Independent) The commie bastards at the state Supreme Court have upheld a controversial property-tax increase. Can yo ... More >>

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