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  1. DBJ & 9News 9Neighborhoods: Tour Denver's Park Hill, rich in culture and history (Slideshow)
    A gem in the north of Denver, Park Hill is a longstanding neighborhood filled with pride and tradition. Its rich cultural history of African-American rights, integration and architectural development on the outskirts of the city has made it a unique place for many Denverites to call home proudly. SLIDESHOW: Click the image for a photo tour of Park Hill. Park Hill's rich cultural history Park Hill’s roots can be traced back to Baron Allois Gillaume Eugene A. von Winckler, a Prussian man…
  2. Measure to reauthorize cultural-funding agency is heading to November ballot
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made it official Friday: Legislation setting up a November vote to reauthorize the Denver area's Scientific and Cultural Facilities District was signed into law. Voters in the seven-county metro area will decide if they want to reauthorize a 27-year-old, 0.1-cent sales tax that generates about $55 million a year. The SCFD distributes that revenue to 275 arts and scientific organizations across the region. SB 16, the measure authorizing the SCFD vote, at first met…
  3. Hickenlooper appoints district judges for Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert counties
    Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Ben Leutwyler and Robert Lung as District Court judges in the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. Leutwyler and Lung will fill the vacancies created by the retirements of the Honorable Marilyn L. Antrim and the Honorable Richard Caschette. Leutwyler was appointed as a District Court Magistrate in the 18th Judicial District in 2015, and currently presides over a domestic relations docket. Prior to joining the…
  4. Xcel Energy to return $14.9 million to Colorado customers
    Xcel Energy Inc. on Friday asked state regulators to approve returning $14.9 million back to its Colorado electricity customers via a credit on their monthly bills. Under a rate plan approved by the PUC in 2012 and extended in 2015, if Xcel (NYSE: XEL) collects too much money from ratepayers and overshoots the cap on a state-authorized return on investment, then the extra money must be credited back to customers. Starting in 2015, Xcel’s authorized annual rate of return is 9.83 percent. Xcel…
  5. Engine issue grounds United Launch Alliance rockets until summer
    An engine glitch during United Launch Alliance's most recent rocket launch for NASA will keep the Centennial-based company's Atlas V rockets grounded until early summer, shuffling its launch schedule for the rest of 2016. All of the first-stage engines used in its Atlas V rockets have to be inspected, and then a launch time slot at Cape Canaveral, Florida, must be available before another ULA mission can fly, the company said Friday. The development pushes back ULA’s launch of a U.S. Navy communications…
  6. House overwhelmingly recommends Lynne to be lieutenant governor
    Kaiser Permanente executive Donna Lynne got significant bipartisan backing on Friday as the Colorado House recommended her to be the state’s next lieutenant governor. A number of Democrats lauded her background in both public affairs — 20 years working for four New York City mayors — and in private-sector health care, including her current position as vice president for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. This will allow her to advise Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper…
  7. Supreme Court to rule on suits over local fracking regulations
    The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday will issue decisions in a pair of closely watched, hard-fought legal battles over whether local governments can ban fracking within their borders. In the two cases, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) sued the cities of Fort Collins and Longmont over voter-approved efforts to halt the use of hydraulic fracturing there. Longmont also was sued by by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state agency that regulates the industry, and TOP Operating…
  8. Hickenlooper: Oil & gas legislative battles may have to continue
    The death of two bills that would increase regulations on the oil and gas industry likely is not the end of such debates — nor should it be, said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, despite his opposition to the measures. A Colorado Senate committee on Thursday killed House Bill 1310 — which would have increased liability of drilling operators in a number of instances, including earthquakes — and HB 1430, which would have required companies to share their drilling plans with local governments. HB…
  9. Hickenlooper less optimistic as hospital-provider fee bill moves to Senate
    A mix of 34 Democrats and five Republicans in the Colorado House of Representatives sent to the Senate Friday a bill that business leaders believe could increase both transportation and higher-education spending — but even Gov. John Hickenlooper, who backs the plan, admitted that he was less optimistic than he once was that the measure will make it to his desk. House Bill 1420 would pull the seven-year-old provider fee out from under the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights revenue cap and place…
  10. Construction start date set for RTD's southeast rail line to Lone Tree
    The Regional Transportation District southeast FasTracks rail project will break ground in May. The project, which will extend the line another 2.3 miles past the Lincoln station to the Ridgegate community of LoneTree, received $92 million in federal funding as part of President Barack Obama's 2016 fiscal budget. The full southeast project will cost $233.1 million, with the remainder of the cost being covered by local funds, RTD said. RTD will use the funds for the initial payment to Atlanta-based…