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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


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


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


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


Colorado congressional delegation calls on Trump to extend support for National Guard

Colorado's entire congressional delegation, Republicans and Democrats, are asking President Trump to extend funding to the National Guard to help combat the coronavirus pandemic in the state. In a letter led by Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, the Coloradans said it was a matter of balance. Funding is set to expire Aug. 21, but the letter ask for extension to the end of the year. In May Trump extended funding across the country that was set to expire in June fo… Continue Reading


Ivanka Trump Visits Day Care In Greenwood Village To Promote Affordable Child Care

Ivanka Trump, first daughter and adviser to Pres. Donald Trump, continued her visit to Colorado on Friday. Ivanka Trump visited the Bright Beginnings Learning Center in Greenwood Village. She was joined by Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner. After touring the facility, Ivanka Trump held a discussion on the importance of having safe and affordable childcare options for families. This was the second day of her visit to Colorado. On Thursday, Ivanka Trump visited Rocky Mountain National Par… Continue Reading


Sen. Cory Gardner Visits Rocky Mountain Arsenal To Promote Great American Outdoors Act

Sen. Cory Gardner stopped by the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Friday. His visit was intended to explain how the Great American Outdoors Act will help the National Wildlife Refuge. The act will start to fix deferred maintenance backlogs. The park has a backlog of more than $6 million on roads alone. The environmental education facility will also get some funding. It was built in 1974 by the U.S. Army and needs repairs. The facility needs to support thousands of metro Denver school kids every year… Continue Reading


CSU receives $1 million for energy research

Colorado State University will receive $1 million through a federal program that funds research into carbon capture projects. Under the FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage initiative, CSU will design a thermal energy storage system with carbon capture. The project will aim to decrease the cost of electricity from natural gas-fired combined cycle plants and mitigate 95% of the carbon emissions. "As we develop new renewable energy methods, it's critical that we invest in and develop new energy s… Continue Reading


Gardner: Bolster U.S. cybersecurity to protect against foreign threats

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to immediately pursue additional efforts to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity infrastructure against threats from Russia and China during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Recently the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a report outlining Russian interference in COVID-19 vaccine development," including ongoing efforts to steal intellectual… Continue Reading

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