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House passes version of Gardner-sponsored 'Internet of Things' bill

A bill to require all federal government devices belonging to the "Internet of Things" to meet minimum security requirements passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is the co-sponsor of the companion bill in the Senate, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act. In a statement, Gardner said that "[m]ost experts expect tens of billions of devices operating on our networks within the next several years as the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape continu… Continue Reading


Cory Gardner co-founds Space Force Caucus

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is among a bipartisan group of four western lawmakers that has established a U.S. Senate Space Force Caucus to raise awareness of the operations of the newest branch of the military, established last year. "The Caucus will strive to host discussions and events for Members and staff with the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Space Operations, Vice Chief of Space Operations, and other senior service leaders throughout the year with the goal of educating Members and staff… Continue Reading


Bennet, Gardner, Tipton advocate for wildfire funding for Grizzly Creek fire

Colorado's Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez, have asked the federal government to approve a cost-share arrangement that will help the city of Glenwood Springs with the Grizzly Creek fire. The September 2 letter went to the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue and the Department of Agriculture's National Resources Conservation Service. The city, the letter said, has asked for assistance under the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The Grizzly Cr… Continue Reading


GJT Receives Largest Federal Grant Ever, Funds Needed Maintenance

The Grand Junction Regional airport now has an additional $12.9 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to fund much needed maintenance. The grant was announced Tuesday as part of $1.2 billion in new grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation going to airports across the country. The grant will go towards multiple projects. The first, replacing the west apron of the airport. The west apron is where commercial passenger flights load and unload passengers. "We'll actually be rep… Continue Reading


U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner tours Greeley’s Genesis Plastics

United States Senator Cory Gardner was in Greeley Thursday for a quick tour of a local manufacturing facility, Genesis Plastics Technology, where the relatively small, family-owned local thermaformer had recently turned on a dime to meet a need created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Genesis, which typically produces plastics goods that include products like food packaging and light fixtures, found itself pushing out as many as 200,000 pieces of a medical-grade plastic face shield in a two-week perio… Continue Reading


Gardner visit focuses on wildfire resources

As officials gave a Thursday briefing on the Williams Fork Fire, one person asking many of the questions was U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. Gardner visited Grand County to get an in-person update on the response to the wildfire. He focused on resource availability as he spoke with responders to the fire, including members of the U.S. Forest Service, Incident Management Team and the Grand County Sheriff's Office. "It's great to be in Grand County to see the incredible cooperation of the communities," … Continue Reading


Colorado has received $110.2 million in HUD funds from the CARES Act so far

Colorado has received more than $110.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for state and local COVID-19 housing-related aid. State and local housing authorities have received eight total rounds of funding so far through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. The latest round of grants, announced Tuesday by Gardner's office, totals $2.8 million for public housing as… Continue Reading


Gardner signs on to letter requesting continued school nutrition flexibility

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is among the 20 Republican senators asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend pandemic-related waivers granted to states for school nutrition programs serving low-income families. "We appreciate USDA's use of child nutrition program waiver authority, flexibility provided, and work with state agencies, schools and non-school sponsoring organizations to provide meals through various child nutrition programs when schools were unexpectedly closed in the spring. We a… Continue Reading


Ute Mountain, Southern Ute tribes receive $300,000 in COVID-19 aid

The two tribes in Colorado, Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute, will each receive $150,000 in federal grants to help with COVID-19 recovery efforts. The COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project grants will help each tribe's response to the pandemic, including supporting redevelopment and revitalization efforts in the local economy. The grants are part of a $4 million funding effort by the U.S. Department of Commerce to support Native American organizations. "The Trump administration is eager to… Continue Reading


Colorado to extend state benefits to the unemployed for 13 more weeks

Nearly 22 weeks after Gov. Jared Polis ordered ski resorts to close and triggered the first pandemic job cuts, the state is revving up another financial relief program for out-of-work Coloradans. Called the state extended benefits, or SEB, it extends unemployment benefits for 13 weeks and kicks in after regular benefits and federal emergency benefits are exhausted. People who qualify won't need to make another claim and will be contacted by unemployment officials. "Based upon the economic co… Continue Reading


Durango, Archuleta County receive $2.3 million in federal grants for transportation

The Federal Transit Administration will award Archuleta County more than $1.8 million and Durango Transit $479,444 to create a new bus facility and replace aging infrastructure, according to grant documents released Friday. The grant money will go toward a new multimodal center in Pagosa Springs, said Matt Archuleta, operations manager for Archuleta County Public Works Division. The facility is planned for a parcel on Harman Park Drive next to the Wells Fargo, Archuleta said, and will be conne… Continue Reading


After a hard-fought competition, ULA and SpaceX to remain military’s rocket launch providers

United Launch Alliance and SpaceX have won the Space Force's next-generation rocket contract, locking the two companies in as the Defense Department's launch providers of choice for the foreseeable future. ULA - a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing - was awarded $337 million, while SpaceX will be getting $316 million for phase two of the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program, the Pentagon announced Aug. 7. They beat out Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman. Phase 2 of the … Continue Reading


Michael Phelps, Apolo Anton Ohno open up about suicide, depression in new doc, “The Weight of Gold”

Athletes Stephen Scherer, Jeret Peterson and Kelly Catlin have two things in common: They all reached their dream of becoming Olympians, and they all died by suicide. Olympians are known for pushing their bodies to the extreme but much less understood are the mental and emotional rigors paving their road to greatness. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, says he had suicidal thoughts even at the peak of his remarkable swimming career and calls depression and suicide among Oly… Continue Reading


Olympic reform legislation meant to address sexual abuse culture passes U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed Olympic reform legislation that will demand greater accountability from the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and is meant to transform a culture that has allowed sexual abuse of athletes like that perpetrated by Dr. Larry Nassar to proliferate. Both U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican of Yuma, and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Denver, trumpeted their work on the legislation, which included a provision they pus… Continue Reading


Evraz gives green light to build new steel mill in Pueblo, bringing 1,000 jobs

It's good news for the Steel City - Pueblo got the OK to begin construction on a new steel mill that will bring a slew of new jobs. We reported in 2018 when Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel was looking into building a new rail mill, and Pueblo was in contention for the location. Thursday, the city of Pueblo announced that Evraz' board of directors voted to proceed with moving the Pueblo long rail mill project into construction phase, according to Jeffrey Shaw with the Pueblo Economic Development Cor… Continue Reading


Gardner leads bipartisan request for HHS to fund rural physician training programs

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) recently led several colleagues in urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support physician training programs in rural communities. "As you continue to address the provision of healthcare during the COVID-19 public health emergency, we ask that the HHS resolve COVID-related rural physician training issues," wrote Sen. Gardner and a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers in a July 29 letter sent to Secretary Azar. To address th… Continue Reading


‘Democrat & Republic Success’: Sen. Cory Gardner Celebrates Great American Outdoors Act Becoming Law

Colorado's national parks, forests and public lands will receive hundreds of millions of dollars for repairs and restoration after President Donald Trump signed The Great American Outdoors Act into law. It is the most significant conservation law in 50 years. Trump is an unlikely ally of conservationists, having lifted protections for millions of acres of public land, but the new law doesn't just help the environment, it helps the economy, and it helps Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who wrote t… Continue Reading


What the Great American Outdoors Act Means for Colorado's Parks

Congress has passed the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill that would address numerous maintenance issues within our national parks, and provide for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This bill, which names Senator Cory Gardner as its lead sponsor, is something that many conservationists have been fighting for, including Restore America's Parks, a project within The Pew Charitable Trusts non-profit. "[Restore America's Parks] is focused on protecting the national parks system, cultural res… Continue Reading


Pueblo gets pipeline testing project

In a move applauded by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration this week announced an initial investment of $10 million for the conceptual study, design and development of what will be a new pipeline research, development and testing center in Pueblo. The facility will be located at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo. "The TTC site and its proven business model offers the real potential to impro… Continue Reading


Colorado aerospace companies contribute technology, expertise to NASA’s Mars 2020 mission

Colorado companies have a big stake in NASA's Mars 2020 mission, set for launch early Thursday, in the ongoing quest to learn more about the planet and try out new technology. The mission includes a test flight of a small robotic helicopter in the first-ever attempt at controlled flight on another planet. Lockheed Martin Space Systems designed and built the aeroshell, a two-part structure that will encapsulate the rover, named Perseverance, during its seven-month journey to Mars. A heat shield … Continue Reading

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