U.S. Department of the Interior

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    November 29, 2013

    Public lands: secret energy deals, lack of access in Obama's BLM

    Back in the drill-baby-drill heyday of the George W. Bush administration, the Department of the Interior was plagued by nasty oil royalty scandals and cockeyed public lands policies that brazenly favored energy interests over environmental concerns. But now that the Bushies are long gone, is the si ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013
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    January 15, 2013

    Catch up on Colorado's past at the History Colorado Center

    A little-known chapter of indigenous Colorado history will unfold tonight when the History Colorado Center's ongoing monthly lecture series presents "And Many Wore Moccasins: The Ute, Navajo and Blackfoot Nations and World War I," with Dr. Timothy Winegard of Colorado Mesa University. See also: - ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Rocky Flats land swap goes through: Pardon our dust!

    When the dust finally settled on December 31, a complicated $10 million land swap involving the Colorado State Land Board, Boulder and Boulder County, Jefferson County and the Department of the Interior -- which now owns Rocky Flats, the former nuclear weapons plant -- had gone through. And that pav ... More >>

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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 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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    July 24, 2012

    Video: Cory Gardner bugged by beetles, fuming over fires

    Cory Gardner is on fire. More than two hundred homes and thousands of acres of forests went up in flames in his district in the past few weeks, and the freshman congressman from Colorado knows exactly who and what to blame. Not drought, not climate change, not even the bark-beetle epidemic that's ki ... More >>

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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 26, 2012
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    January 23, 2012

    Shell settles one royalty dispute with feds for $25 million

    This week's cover story, "Drilled, Baby, Drilled," reports on the efforts of a group of federal auditors to hold energy companies accountable for underpaid royalties on oil and gas leases. On the eve of its publication, the U.S. Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced a $25 million sett ... 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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    July 11, 2011

    Preble's meadow jumping mouse conquers Wyoming -- again

    ​That gnashing of teeth and muttered cursing you hear is coming from energy companies and developers north of the state border. Last week, U.S. District Judge John L. Kane ruled that an obscure jumping mouse should be considered a threatened species not only in Colorado but in Wyoming, too -- ... 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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    April 28, 2011

    Five great Colorado whistleblowers

    Philip Van Cise​This 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 >>

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    April 20, 2011

    4/20: A day that will really live in infamy

    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 >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Martin Luther King Jr. a sexual degenerate and Communist, says Greeley school board member

    Martin Luther King Jr.​Check out these three Colorado-centric blog posts. 5280's Michael de Yoanna shares his take on Greeley school board member Brett Reese's radio attacks on Martin Luther King Jr. Will he take down Mother Teresa next? Colorado Pols: The mercurial Tom Strickland is leaving ... 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 28, 2010

    Preble's mighty meadow jumping mouse is back! Eeeek!

    ​Nothing moves swiftly in the upper echelons of government decision-making -- especially when the decisions have to do with a tiny rodent that can stall development projects. Today marks the public-comment deadline on the proposal for critical habitat designation of the Preble's meadow jumpi ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Ken Salazar and other Barack Obama cabinet picks messier than the BP oil spill

    ​Today, President Barack Obama gets to enjoy the ultimate, inevitable result of tapping Janet Napolitano -- Janet Napolitano, as though the governor of Arizona was the ideal person for the job! -- to head the Homeland Security department: He'll meet with Republican governor Jan "Jannie Get Her ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Ken Salazar fumes, hair booms nixed: Gulf spill update

    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 >>

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    May 13, 2010
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    May 13, 2010
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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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    November 6, 2009

    Fast-track this: Five untapped Colorado energy sources

    Thar she blows: The Penry-Huttner Geothermal Project.​The Department of the Interior just designated six renewable energy projects, including a 400-megawatt solar tower, as "fast-track" developments deserving of the highest priority. All six of the projects happen to be in California. Hard t ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    Running the government? There's an app for that...

    ​Government 2.0 is just around the corner. This week, the White House announced the launch of the government's very own app store, a place for various arms of the fedeal government to get their assorted IT needs met. It's an effort to streamline and lower the cost of said IT needs via a method ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Barack Obama's Michael Bennet shout-out

    Barack Obama, cast in a golden glow, with Michael Bennet.​With ex-speaker of the Colorado House Andrew Romanoff's entry into the U.S. Senate race merely a formality at this point, Michael Bennet, appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to fill the slot opened up by the departure (to the Department o ... 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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    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 9, 2009
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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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    April 2, 2009
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    January 15, 2009

    Salazar hearing a lovefest among chums

    You might expect a confirmation hearing for a new Secretary of the Interior to be tough going, given the multiple scandals and vast challenges facing the agency after years of Bush administration bumbling and plundering. After all, the Department of the Interior manages a fifth of the land in t ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: The waiting game

    A few loose ends from last year are now neatly tied up. New Secretary of State, check: Bernie Buescher will be sworn in at 3 p.m. Wednesday (so long as the Colorado Senate confirms the appointment). New Senator, check. Governor Bill Ritter is currently touring the state with Michael Bennet, his choi ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Countdown to a Senate nomination

    At gatherings on New Year's Day, the talk was all about when Governor Bill Ritter will announce a new senator -- and, of course, just who his pick will be to replace Ken Salazar, Barack Obama's choice to head the Department of the Interior. Technically, there's no hurry; Salazar's confirmation hear ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    December 17, 2008

    Environmental group rips Obama's choice of Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary

    Local coverage of Barack Obama's selection of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as the next Secretary of the Interior has mostly been rah-rah, sis-boom-bah. Take the Denver Post editorial "Salazar a Wise Choice for West, Nation." But as noted in a National Public Radio story, assorted environmental gro ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Sex, blow and government secrecy

    Shortly before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Department of Interior announced it was carving up several turkeys caught in the sex, drugs and graft scandal at the Minerals Management Service office in Lakewood. After months of costly investigation and blistering official reports on brazen conflicts of inter ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    Crossing Over

    How government watchdogs became the energy industry's party animals

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    May 22, 2008

    Going, Going, Gone

    Will the first new American bird discovered in a hundred years be the next to go extinct?

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    August 22, 2007

    Politicking on the Plateau

    The debate over gas drilling on the Roan Plateau has become one of the most intriguing and critical environmental battles in the West since the days of Two Forks. The recent acceleration of political maneuvering over the issue deserves close scrutiny, since the outcome will tell us a great deal abou ... More >>

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    January 16, 2007
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    September 14, 2006

    Beneath the Rough Exterior, a Rotten Interior

    "Short of a crime, anything goes at the highest levels of the Department of the Interior." That's Earl Devaney, the DOI's inspector general, telling a House of Representatives subcommittee yesterday about the ethical black hole among the bureaucrats who manage one-fifth of all the land in the Unite ... More >>

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    April 21, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of April 21, 2005

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    April 7, 2005

    Grazin' Hell

    Bush put former industry lobbyists in charge of public lands. Now a deal with a Wyoming rancher has the stewards running for cover.

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    April 17, 2003

    Off Limits

    Naked ambition

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    March 20, 2003

    A Gopher in Your Pocket?

    Douglas County's very own gopher is the latest endangered-species hopeful.

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    August 7, 1997

    Lode Warriors

    A Denver mining company is looking for copper. All it's found so far is a rich vein of environmentalists.

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    May 8, 1997

    Dark Days on Black Mesa

    The Hopi want one of the largest coal mines in North America to stop using their groundwater. If springs and wells dry up, their ancient culture may disappear.

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    July 19, 1995
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