STERLING | A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents in the Globe Meadows area on the north side of Sterling after the North Sterling Reservoir inlet ditch spilled over its banks. The Northeast Public Affairs Collaborative issued a statement early Sunday saying people were going door-to-door and emergency notification calls were placed to homes in […]

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DENVER | Law enforcement officers across Colorado are out in force this weekend looking for people who are driving while impaired. The stepped-up patrols will continue through Tuesday, citing and arresting drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The launch of the Memorial Day enforcement coincides with the start of Checkpoint Colorado, which continues through […]

FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. Federal regulators are moving ahead with a court-ordered environmental review of a Colorado coal mine's permit that, if extended, could save the jobs of about 220 miners. It's not clear if regulators will challenge the court's order to consider the impacts of coal mining on climate change - an order that could set a precedent that might endanger other mining projects. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

“The federal government must vigorously defend the legality of its permitting actions, and leave policy debates over the role of coal to the legislative and rulemaking proceedings where those debates belong,” Gardner and Tipton wrote in a letter Thursday.

The $1 billion cost overrun at the Denver veterans hospital is the VA’s worst construction problem, but the department also had difficulties at health care facilities in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida. A look at those projects:

Most corn crops were planted last weekend, before the weather turned. Joe Mauro farms on the Bessemer Ditch in Pueblo County, and said the corn and chiles he planted should hold up under the rain. He’s planning to put in beans and pumpkins by June.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says about 20 cars were lined up waiting to take the scenic shortcut between Twin Lakes and Aspen when the pass opened at noon on Thursday. Crews were plowing and finishing other work up right up until the gates opened.

About four 4 feet of snow has fallen in May, canceling out previous clearing work that began on April 28. CDOT officials say they also have yet to complete work stabilizing eroding parts of the highway above Lincoln Lake.