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SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Survey: Coloradans Opt for No Road at All in Forests

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008   

Denver, CO - Coloradans would rather skip both the high road and the low road when it comes to the state's roadless back country, according to a new study from RBI Strategies. The survey found almost two-thirds of likely voters favor protecting Colorado's national forests over developing energy resources in them.

Rick Ridder with RBI Strategies says the report shows that a majority oppose any removal of protections for those forests, a possibility if a proposed change in Colorado's so-called "roadless rule" goes forward.

He says voters surveyed cited the number of oil and gas leases sitting idle as a reason for opposing more energy development.

"More than two-thirds of the voters are saying 'waste not, want not,' that there are thousands of acres that are currently under lease by oil and gas companies that are not being used, and they see that as a convincing reason to oppose the Colorado petition to change the rule."

The survey also finds that voters would like the next administration to make the decision on Colorado's roadless areas.

Pete Kolbenschlag with the Pew Environment Group says the previous roadless rule from 2001 did a far better job of living up to its name.

"We think they need to take the time to make sure that what it is fundamentally about is protecting Colorado's roadless areas."

A federal advisory committee is discussing the roadless petition this week at a meeting in Salt Lake City.

The RBI Strategies survey included 700 likely Colorado voters. It is available online at
ridder-braden.com.


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