Colorado communities to subsidize federally funded Amtrak repair

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Colorado, transportation, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
A consortium headed by Garden City, Kan., that includes several communities in Colorado has received a federal Department of Transportation TIGER grant to replace roughly 50 miles of track along Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.
However, an additional 100 miles of track will need to be replaced over the next 10 years to ensure that Amtrak’s [...]

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Ride-sharing site uses federal dollars to shame drivers

By   /  September 23, 2014  /  Colorado, transportation, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
If you use the ride-sharing site created for the Denver Regional Council of Governments, you might think your carbon footprint is the most important part of your commute.
The site, mywaytogo.org, is part of DRCOG’s Way To Go program, designed to encourage ride sharing, and provide information about walking, biking, and transit alternatives for commuting, showing basic [...]

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Representatives late to claim mantle of ‘Jessica’s Law’

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Colorado, Issues, Politics & Elections, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
Colorado state Reps. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, and Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, are touting their sponsorship of tougher child molestation laws in their re-election bids.
The problem: Their sponsorship of this bill was after-the-fact, came at the expense of a stricter measure also under consideration, and was on a bill that was passed only reluctantly and after a [...]

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State out $675K grant but still plans to give out millions more in tax money

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, Good Government, Government Waste, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Four years ago, Kirk Swallow received state money to set up a compressed natural gas filling facility at the Rifle Shell station he co-owns.

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EPA gets earful over new carbon regulations

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Colorado, Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Local News, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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An EPA community “listening” meeting in Craig on September 10th on proposed carbon regulations left many in attendance frustrated and feeling unheard.

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Denver teacher pay referendum money directed outside the classroom

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Colorado, Education, Good Government, Local Government, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The 2005 ballot language to increase Denver property taxes by $25 million a year specifically said the money would go for teacher pay, but millions of dollars is heading to non-teaching staff that may have limited contact with students.

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