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The oil and gas industry provides tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue to Colorado. It’s one of the most important industries in the state.

There has been much talk lately about its impact on the environment, and state lawmakers toughened regulations on the industry last session making public health and safety a top priority when considering new drilling permits. But what about the financial health of the industry?

Reporter Aldo Svaldi dives into the data to look at how debt is driving many of the largest producers’ decisions and how that situation could become more problematic if oil prices remain low.

— Donovan Henderson, Denver Post business editor

Drilling, dollars & debt: Colorado’s oil and gas industry is leveraged to the hilt. What does that mean for the future?


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In a Colorado bellwether, stark divides on Trump and impeachment

President Donald Trump speaks during a ...

Evan Vucci, The Associated Press

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, La, on Nov. 6.

Across the country, it is places like Jefferson County — suburban, politically purple and ideologically moderate — that Republicans and Trump’s re-election campaign are counting on to be a roadblock to liberal incursions and impeachment, a seawall against threatening blue waves.

In more than a dozen conversations with residents in Jefferson County, Colorado’s political bellwether, over the past several weeks, themes emerged. Democrats tended to see the impeachment inquiry as the natural next step in holding a lawless president accountable. In the eyes of many, impeachment has been a long time coming. Read more from Justin Wingerter.


Kelsey Berreth murder case: Mistress Krystal Lee Kenney takes stand in Patrick Frazee murder trial

Group of people are in the ...

Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

People stand in line to attend trial of Patrick Frazee on Nov. 1 in front of Teller County Courthouse where Frazee is on trial for the death of Kelsey Berreth.

In the first full week of the Patrick Frazee trial, Krystal Lee Kenney took the stand to explain a complicated and dramatic relationship that led her to clean a bloody crime scene after her lover allegedly bludgeoned to death his fiancée, Kelsey Berreth. Read more from Elise Schmelzer, reporting from Cripple Creek.

RELATED: Read more reports from the Teller County Courthouse here


Colorado Prop CC’s failure may lead to bigger TABOR fights in 2020

Representatives Tom Sullivan, middle, and Lois ...

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Colorado state Rep. Tom Sullivan, middle, and Sen. Lois Court, right, watch as the numbers come in during a watch party for Proposition CC at Improper City in Denver on Nov. 5. Proposition CC would have removed TABOR restrictions on state spending instead of refunding the money to taxpayers. Coloradans for Prosperity and other supporters of the proposition turned out for the watch party.

Activists on both sides of the issue are gearing up for an even bigger fight next year after Prop CC failed in last week’s election. Backers of CC don’t intend to stand down after the loss. Already on their menu of options is going after a full repeal of TABOR, the nuclear option in Colorado politics.

Meanwhile, supporters of TABOR who fought off CC are considering switching to offense next year, potentially by running a ballot measure that would ask voters to bolster the 1992 constitutional amendment. Read more from Jon Murray.

RELATED: 5 takeaways from Colorado’s 2019 election


Denver’s South Broadway is going through big changes. Again.

Construction site of new major apartment ...

Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

Construction site of new major apartment project called 99 South Broadway on Oct. 30.

The arrival of Voodoo Doughnut and other, more corporate food and beverage operators represent the latest phase in the evolution of a commercial strip that for decades was defined by dusty bookstores and funky, sometimes kinky boutiques.

Two major residential projects, within blocks of one another, promise to have the most lasting impact on the future of the street. Even business owners skeptical of other changes around the neighborhood see the bright side of more people calling South Broadway their home, Joe Rubino reports.

RELATED: Interested in more real estate and business news? Sign up for the weekly On the Block newsletter from Denver Post business reporter Joe Rubino.


15 years after pledge’s hazing death, relationship between CU and Boulder’s fraternities “nonexistent”

Gordie Bailey and his mother Leslie ...

Photo provided by the family of Gordie Bailey

Gordie Bailey and his mother Leslie Lanahan are pictured in this undated photograph. Bailey was 18 years old when he died in 2004 after drinking a fatal amount of alcohol as part of a fraternity pledging ritual while attending CU Boulder.

Fifteen years ago, the hazing death of University of Colorado freshman Gordie Bailey upended the school’s Greek system, forging a rift between the campus and Boulder’s fraternities and leaving diverging views on whether students are any safer, Elizabeth Hernandez reports.


Denver Adoption Day brings stability and love to teenager

Union-backed Denver school board majority could shape DPS for years to come

U.S. Education Department cancels loan debt of some Art Institute of Colorado students amid mounting criticism

David Byrne’s experimental new “Theater of the Mind” to world premiere in Denver — The Know

Emails are being purged across Colorado state government

Colorado’s college admission officers don’t have time to look at your Instagram. Here’s what they’re looking for.

Tips to Colorado’s Safe2Tell soared in 2018-19 school year

Denver agrees to pay developer $6 million settlement for the Park Hill Golf Course, but land’s future still unclear

A foreign company wants to operate E-470 — and collect billions in tolls from drivers

At least 11 priests accused of sexually abusing children in Colorado report are still alive. Where are they now?


Hyron Edwards (0) of the Colorado ...

AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Hyron Edwards (0) of the Colorado State Rams dances in the middle of teammates before tip off ahead of the first half against the Denver Pioneers on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

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