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Colorado state news and state government coverage from our correspondents on the Front Range. 

Calling them ‘groundbreaking,’ Governor John Hickenlooper proposed new statewide air quality rules for oil and gas drilling Monday. The rules aim to reduce air pollution from methane emissions.

Colorado voters gave a mixed reaction Tuesday on a pair of statewide tax increases. Voters didn’t want to tax themselves to pay for education, but were overwhelmingly willing to tax recreational marijuana to help rebuild schools.

About ten percent of Colorado’s registered voters have already cast ballots for the Nov. 5 election. So far Republicans have turned out in higher numbers.

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of William Hood to the bench Friday afternoon. Hood is filling the place of retiring chief justice John Bender.

A bipartisan committee of 12 Colorado lawmakers will soon meet to examine the state’s response to September’s devastating Front Range floods.

Colorado is preparing for the state’s first recreational marijuana stores to open this January. In the meantime, voters still have the final say on how the new product will be taxed through Proposition AA.

A ballot question to raise Colorado income taxes to help improve public schools has survived a legal challenge. A Denver District Court Judge has ruled that the proposal can go before voters.

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Ballots for the November election are being mailed to voters across the state on Tuesday. Some county clerks say this election will be more convenient for voters than past elections, thanks to a new state law. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

With just over three weeks until the election, the campaign asking Colorado voters to approve a $1 billion tax increase to pay for improvements to public schools are planning what they call a robust door-to-door operation.

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A set of new reports show Amendment 66 will be a drag on Colorado’s economy unless there’s substantial improvement in students’ performance.

Piles of wooden debris laced with flip flops, prescription pill bottles and Styrofoam cluttered Highway 34 near the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon. The scene is hidden behind Army National Guard barricades, and was shown to the media for the first time Tuesday night.

As the remaining flood survivors continue to be airlifted out of towns cut off by flooding, the focus is beginning to shift to recovery. Specifically on the very reason they have to be airlifted: roads.

After rain pummeled flooded communities over the weekend, long awaited sunshine poked through the clouds Monday. Towns are just starting to dry out from days of heavy rain and flooding.

The flooding that has roared through communities and canyons across Colorado's Front Range in recent days is now being blamed for:

-- as many as eight deaths

-- damaging or destroying 19,000 homes

-- causing up to $500 million worth of damage to roads and highways.

State and federal officials say it’s still too early to determine the scope of damages in the wake of Colorado’s devastating floods.

Information Resources on Front Range Floods

Sep 16, 2013
Bruce Finley - The Denver Post

In an effort to deliver up-to-the-minute information resources on how the recovery effort is progressing along the Front Range, how to help and how to find people affected by the flooding, we have created a list of live update links for you.

Aspen Public Radio will be updating this list of links as more resources come on-line. If you find something that we have missed, feel free to list it in the comments section below and we'll add it to the list.

Colorado remains under the spell of water. Steady rains Sunday hampered evacuation and rescue efforts and brought renewed warnings to a flood weary Front Range.

As flooding moves east across Colorado and rains are once again in the forecast, the recovery efforts continue.

For a second day flood waters, goaded by heavy rains, impacted large swaths of the Front Range. When skies finally broke, many were stranded, hundreds were in need of rescue and four lives were lost statewide.

As heavy rains brought wide ranging flood conditions across the state Thursday, the Front Range is bracing for more Friday.

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