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Cynthia Coffman’s private-meeting invitation irks SW Colorado public officials

Susan Greene (Colorado Independent) –

At the peak of the Animas River crisis, Cynthia Coffman reached out to the Durango City Council and La Plata County Commission and invited each member to dinner. But several of her would-be guests didn’t appreciate what the state Attorney General planned to serve up.

Some are blasting Coffman for ignoring Colorado’s open meetings law. As the state’s top law enforcement official, they say, she should have known better than to try to gather them together in a closed meeting.

Click here to read the full story in the Colorado Independent.

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Coal-fired debate over federal coal program

Nat Stein (Colorado Independent) – Coal industry members, environmentalists and state and local officials all gathered in a Marriott hotel conference room in Golden on Tuesday to weigh in on how the Bureau of Land Management should modify the federal coal program — if at all.

It was the fourth of five stops on the BLM’s national listening tour, designed to solicit input on how to best ensure that taxpayers get a fair return on the coal extracted from public lands. The tour comes on the heels of Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s call to “modernize the federal coal program.”

Click here to read the full story in The Colorado Independent.

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Rally Ahead of Obama Administration’s Coal Listening Session Calling for Fair Share Return

Staff (Cherry Creek News) – Dozens of Coloradans, representing a diverse coalition of ranchers, sportsmen, environmentalists and taxpayers, will hold a rally outside of the Obama Administration’s coal listening session on Tuesday, calling for a fair share return from coal mining on national public lands in Colorado. Coal leasing and development on public lands is rife with loopholes and handouts that benefit a few companies at the expense of Coloradans.

Click here to read the full story in the Cherry Creek News.

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