Across Colorado, oil and gas companies pay for a lot more than just jobs and equipment. They also pay taxes that fund countless public services. So, what does it mean for a local government if oil and gas revenues become more uncertain? KOTO’s Matt Hoisch reports.

Maeve Conran / KGNU

New rules around oil and gas development in Colorado go into effect this January. This comes after months of debate at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state’s regulatory agency, which was tasked with overhauling rules after legislation was passed in 2019. One central part of SB 181 was giving local communities more authority to regulate the industry. But, as Maeve Conran from KGNU in Boulder reports, two Front Range counties have radically different ideas of what local control means.

Gail Binkly

Gail Binkly

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An incident Saturday, Jan. 2, in downtown Cortez has highlighted the ongoing tensions between protesters supporting differing causes.

About 20 members of a group calling themselves the patriots confronted five people in a “justice and peace flash mob” on the sidewalk along Main Street. The five were holding signs with messages such as Black Lives Matter and This Is Stolen Land.