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Interview on Initiative 300 with Elizabeth Peetz, VP of Government Affairs

Elizabeth Peetz shares information on Initiative 300 in a radio interview with Ross Kaminsky from 630 KHOW.   Kaminsky begins by asking Peetz what will happen if Initiative 300 passes.   "Initiative 300 would provide any and all accessible public outdoor space under the jurisdiction of the city and county of Denver, whether that's owned or leased, to be made available for people to...

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6 Trends to Know about Fire Season in the Western U.S.

Lately, it feels like we’re hearing about wildfires erupting in the western United States more often. But how have wildfire occurrences changed over the decades?   Researchers with the NASA-funded Rehabilitation Capability Convergence for Ecosystem Recovery (RECOVER) have analyzed more than 40,000 fires from Colorado to California between 1950 to 2017 to learn how wildfire frequency, size, location, and a few other traits have...

Ballot Initiative 97

Initiative 97/REMI Study

Colorado’s oil and gas industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state across nearly all sectors of the economy. In addition, the industry operates within some of the nation’s strictest regulations regarding safety, water monitoring and air quality.   Proposed Ballot Initiative 97 would increase the distance between oil and gas operations and vulnerable areas or occupied structures. Setbacks have...

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Wildfires in Colorado: The Overwhelming Effects and Costs and How REALTORS® Aim to Help

Across the country, wildfires have caused devastation and distress for years. In addition to the destruction they bring upon communities, fires can cost millions in restoration over the course of many years.   Headwaters Economics recently published a report that analyzed the cost of several fires across the country. The report looked at 8 major wildfires in four states through 2016, including...

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Breaking News: Flood Insurance Extension Passes Overwhelmingly

In a big win for REALTORS®, the National Flood Insurance Program will continue renewing or issuing new insurance for four more months under legislation overwhelmingly by the U.S. Senate today. The bill, which cleared the House last week, is expected to be signed into law before midnight tonight, when the program expires.   "We applaud lawmakers for taking this needed action to...

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Many Owners Lack Sufficient Insurance to Cover Disasters

Many homeowners have limits on their home insurance policies that are too low to cover the full cost of repairing or rebuilding in case of a natural disaster—and the problem is particularly alarming in areas at risk of hurricanes and flooding, The Wall Street Journal reports.   Catastrophic damage left in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria last year revealed a widespread...

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Colorado Project Wildfire – Success Stories

In the face of long-term, ongoing wildfire risks, the Colorado Association of REALTORS® (CAR) launched Project Wildfire, an education program designed to help reduce and/or prevent the destruction of land and property, injuries, and loss of life by raising awareness of and access to wildfire mitigation resources.  With 25,000-plus REALTOR® members spread across the state, CAR and its members are...

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Durango Wildfire Program & VBR REALFire Program

Durango Wildfire Assistance   Those affected by the 416 Fire near Durango are in need of monetary donations, food and household items, and animal-related donations. The Durango Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) is working in partnership with area relief organizations, and recently collected nearly 325 lbs of food for the Durango Food Bank as well as monetary donations to assist evacuees.   As of June 19,...

Wildfire in Colorado

416 Fire in Durango: How to Help, Update from DAAR, How to Receive Assistance

Hello from smokey Durango, and thank you so much for your kind words, support, outreach, and concern for our precious community. We truly appreciate all the outreach.   I wanted to take a moment to update you all on how Durango is holding up through this crisis and what DAAR is doing to help.   It was an active week for the fire, with...

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Two Huge Wins for Colorado’s Conservation Future

By KEN SALAZAR and TOM GOUGEON   We live in a state where three in four residents consider themselves conservationists, and 87% understand that Colorado’s open lands and outdoor lifestyle give the state an economic advantage.   That’s why we hope every Coloradan will take a moment to recognize two huge legislative wins achieved this month for conservation in our state – and what together these wins...