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Loveland, Berthoud businesses say relief funds flowing through federal PPP

Loveland and Berthoud small businesses say the federal Paycheck Protection Program is following through on its promise of funding, even as the conditions for PPP loan forgiveness remain nebulous. The Colorado district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration reported last week that 28,469 loans had been approved for in-state businesses struggling with the coronavirus, amounting to more than $5.8 billion in aid. The program's initial budget of $349 billion was exhausted within a few wee… Continue Reading


Farmers, ranchers now eligible for disaster assistance loans from SBA

Workers in the agricultural industry are now able to apply for disaster assistance loans under the Small Business Administration, creating another safety net for farmers and ranchers in Southwest Colorado as prices for cattle and milk plummet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also disbursed $19 billion to a program that will specifically assist farmers and ranchers through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The USDA will use $3 billion o… Continue Reading


Sen. Cory Gardner Pushing For $80M For Suicide Prevention During Coronavirus Pandemic

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is part of a bipartisan effort to get an extra $80 million dollars in federal funding for critical suicide prevention programs during the coronavirus pandemic. The 14 lawmakers say the crisis poses serious test to Americans' emotional and mental resiliency. The lawmakers sent the request to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just as Congress starts discussing the next coronavirus relief legislation. "The global pandemic has drast… Continue Reading


Gardner proposed increased penalties for deceptive marketing during pandemic

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has authored legislation to impose harsher penalties on false advertising for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. "Unfortunately, there are bad actors who want to prey on the fear and uncertainty caused by this pandemic to rip off the most vulnerable among us," Gardner said. "My legislation, the CEASE Act, makes clear that we will not tolerate and we will heavily punish people who use this crisis to take advantage of others." The proposal prescribes a f… Continue Reading


Local banks help businesses secure millions in payroll protection loans

HopeWest won't have to lay off any of its workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a special business loan program approved by Congress late last month. That is possible, at least for now, thanks to the newly created Paycheck Protection Program that was part of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that Congress approved late last month. In it was a new $349 billion emergency loan program under the federal Small Business Administration. As a result, the… Continue Reading


Higher ed leaders praise congressional delegation for support

Colorado higher education leaders are expressing gratitude to the state's congressional in a letter this week. They said the $2.2 trillion bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed by President Trump would be "essential" to colleges and universities struggle in the national emergency that has effectively shuttered in-person learning on their campuses. "Higher education is uniquely positioned to play a critical role in the statewide aid e… Continue Reading


Smaller Cities Cry Foul on Coronavirus Aid

Mayors of small cities facing big budget shortfalls say they were unfairly cut out of the $2.2 trillion stimulus law, and they are drawing support in Congress to make them eligible for direct aid in future rounds of coronavirus legislation. Localities are seeing increased strain on first responders and police departments, in addition to bearing the cost of purchasing personal protective equipment. Meanwhile, revenue streams from sales taxes and income taxes have slowed and unemployment claims a… Continue Reading


Gardner seeks fast federal approval of PPE developed at university labs

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and members of the Colorado congressional delegation this week requested expedited federal review of personal protective equipment (PPE) under development at universities in their home state and around the nation. "In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, and other research universities in our state and across our country are heeding the call to help with assessment of PPE when products are purchased outside of the co… Continue Reading


Taiwan is donating 100,000 medical masks to Colorado, Sen. Cory Gardner says

Taiwan has pledged to donate 100,000 masks to Colorado as part of a larger donation of medical equipment to the United States, a Colorado senator says. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, announced Wednesday that the Asian ally will donate 2 million masks to the United States, half of which will go to the federal government and the other half to individual states. Colorado will receive 10% of the 1 million masks being sent directly to states. The masks are expected to arrive in Colorado next… Continue Reading


Colorado senators praise passage of CARES Act to stimulate economy

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, praised a deal reached by the Senate and House toward a $2 trillion economic stimulus package, known as the CARES Act, during a call late Wednesday afternoon with Eastern Colorado media outlets. Gardner met with a constituent March 11 and learned he had possibly been infected with the COVID-19 virus during that meeting on March 17. He was released earlier Wednesday from self-quarantine. "I met with a Coloradan experiencing [COVID-19] symptoms," Gardner said. "I … Continue Reading


Coronavirus’ increased isolation can hit hard for Colorado’s vulnerable older population

The pain of staying put to slow the coronavirus hit as early as St. Patrick's Day this week when Mary Lee Peterson bolted out wearing green, stockings and all, swinging her arms on a brisk walk through Denver's Windsor Gardens complex for older adults. Life-affirming activities she's counted on for years to combat isolation had been canceled: drama club, a substance recovery group she runs, and her One World choir rehearsals for a western cabaret that includes the song "Don't Fence Me In." Pet… Continue Reading


Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15

The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15, to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Mnuchin announced the decision in a tweet Friday saying that at President Donald Trump's direction "we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties." At a White House briefing, Trump said the delay on filing and paying taxes until July 15 was done to give taxpayers m… Continue Reading


Colorado receives disaster declaration from feds, freeing up loans for small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Colorado's request for a statewide disaster declaration, a move that will free up billions in emergency loans at low interest rates for small businesses in the state. "SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Colorado small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the coronavirus … Continue Reading


In a win for public lands — and Cory Gardner — Trump vows to fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

A decades-old program that provides grants to public lands and environmental projects in Colorado and other states could be fully funded in perpetuity after Colorado's U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and others negotiated the support of President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has poured about $272 million into projects in Colorado over 50 years, would receive $900 million annually under a bill expected to soon be introduced and deba… Continue Reading


Sen. Cory Gardner applauds President Trump's support to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are praising the full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. There is currently a $12 billion maintenance backlog at national parks, according to Colorado's Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO). The permanent funding will allow that backlog to be addressed. "In Colorado alone, that's $245 million," said Gardner. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was first authorized at $900 million a year, funded from federal oil and gas revenues. But in … Continue Reading


Treasury sanctions Chinese hackers for laundering previously stolen cryptocurrency

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control on Monday sanctioned two Chinese hackers for laundering cryptocurrency valued at $91 million previously stolen by North Korean cyber criminals. The agency sanctioned Chinese nationals Tian Yinyin and Li Jiadong for providing financial and technological support for a North Korean hacking group known as Lazarus that stole $250 million from a cryptocurrency exchange in 2018. Tian and Li were sent $91 million from the funds stolen by Lazar… Continue Reading


State receives $225,000 to study extending Southwest Chief to Colorado Springs

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a $225,000 grant to fund a feasibility study for extending Amtrak's Southwest Chief route to Colorado Springs. "I'm pleased that the Department of Transportation awarded this grant to study the feasibility of extending service, which has the potential to bolster transportation connectivity and support our communities," said U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. The Southwest Chief, which runs between Chicago and Los Angeles, has three stops in Colorado: La… Continue Reading


Longmont gets $4 million federal grant for railroad crossing quiet zones

Longmont has been awarded a $4 million federal grant toward paying the expense of creating railroad crossing "quiet zones," the city and its congressional delegation announced Friday morning. U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, and city officials said the federal grant - which city staff said must be matched by $4 million in Longmont budget funding - will be spent on making the improvements required for establishing quiet zones to prevent trains from having to blare … Continue Reading


Yucca House Expansion Act passes House

A proposed expansion of Yucca House National Monument to protect ancient ruins and facilitate improved access is a step closer to reality. House Bill 1492, which would expand the monument southwest of Cortez from 33 acres to 193 acres passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday. Its companion bill, S641, will be reviewed for a vote in the Senate. In 2015, Bernard and Nancy Karwick offered to donate a 160-acre parcel along the southeastern border of the monument to help preserve ancient … Continue Reading


Gardner commends HHS for getting ahead of meth drug wave

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) praised efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow states to use opioid response grants to address the increased use of methamphetamines across the nation. HHS's work to expand flexibility within opioid grant funding will help states and communities better address the rising threat of methamphetamine and other psychostimulants like cocaine, Sen. Gardner wrote in a Feb. 19 letter sent to HHS Secretary Alex Azar. "It is critical that … Continue Reading

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