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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


Sen. Cory Gardner: 'I know we can do better' on mental health

For those skeptical that the federal government affects their daily lives, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner's conversation with some metro area high school students may offer some hope. In Colorado, "we are losing a person every seven hours to suicide, and I know we can do better," Gardner, a Yuma Republican, said at a Feb. 19 roundtable on mental health at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus in the Centennial area. The senator listened to students' experiences with programs at the career-technical educa… Continue Reading


U.S. senator Cory Gardner, Windsor mayor Kristie Melendez celebrate USPS plans for Windsor

Kristie Melendez was determined to get the job done, and U.S. senator Cory Gardner became a big part of the path to success. The Windsor mayor, Melendez was frustrated with her lack of control over an issue that was plaguing her town - the local United States Postal Service office. Medication was getting lost, packages weren't getting delivered, and critical documents were arriving far too late. The USPS wasn't taking care of business, and Melendez couldn't change that directly. The Post Offic… Continue Reading


DISH to carry Denver PBS in La Plata, Montezuma counties

Rocky Mountain PBS, the Denver affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service, has been picked up by the satellite television provider DISH Network in Montezuma and La Plata counties. DISH executives announced Tuesday that KRMA-TV will be carried on DISH channel 8. Jeff Blum, DISH senior vice president of public policy and government affairs, said efforts by Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez; and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser to ra… Continue Reading


Gardner provisions included in new law supporting veteran workforce development

President Donald Trump signed into law on Feb. 11 the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, S. 153, drawing praise from bill cosponsor U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO). The bipartisan legislation includes Sen. Gardner's language directing the U.S. Government Accountability Office to study the barriers student veterans face when pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. "I'm a strong advocate for promoting STEM opportunities, and this important bipartisan legislation w… Continue Reading


T-Mobile-Sprint merger wins approval from U.S. judge

T-Mobile US Inc's edged closer to a takeover of Sprint Corp after a federal judge on Tuesday approved the deal, rejecting a claim by a group of states that said the proposed transaction would violate antitrust laws and raise prices. During a two-week trial in December, T-Mobile and Sprint argued the merger will better equip the new company to compete with top players Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc as the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, creating a more efficient company with lo… Continue Reading


Our View: Quenching a decades-old thirst

When President John F. Kennedy vowed in a 1962 speech that people would one day walk on the moon, it took the United States space program less than seven years to make good on his promise. Getting clean drinking water to the residents of Southeastern Colorado has taken a bit longer than that. Also in 1962, Congress authorized the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, which included a pipeline to provide drinking water to rural communities along the Arkansas River Valley. Kennedy visited Pueblo that year … Continue Reading


More Students Who Went To The Art Institute Of Colorado Will Get Their Loans Forgiven

The federal Department of Education has agreed to expand student loan forgiveness for those who attended now-defunct Art Institute schools in Colorado and Illinois. And that's on top of what they've already done. Last November, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the department would cancel about $11 million in federal loan student debt for loans taken out between Jan. 20, 2018 and when the Art Institute campuses closed in December of that year. The schools lost their accreditation on Jan. 20,… Continue Reading


Sen. Cory Gardner announces $28 million funding to begin clean drinking water project in the Lower Arkansas Valley

It's the best good news that southeastern Colorado has gotten in a long time. The news that Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner had secured $28 million to begin construction of the long-awaited Arkansas Valley Conduit is drawing happy reactions in the Lower Arkansas Valley. Gardner announced Tuesday that the Bureau of Reclamation had authorized funding that would begin work on the 130-mile pipeline project that will go from Pueblo to Lamar and which will serve 50,000 residents. The project's tot… Continue Reading


Senate committee advances Gardner bill on VA hiring practices

On Jan. 29, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs advanced U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner's proposal to require reporting of medical employee shortages from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. "In order to reduce wait times and provide timely care to our veterans, we must address the root of the problem at many VA facilities in Colorado and across the country: staffing shortages," said Gardner in a statement. The American Legion pointed out in 2018 that wait times for receiving primary, specia… Continue Reading


The outdoor recreation industry has gone from spunky upstart to economic heavyweight

Outdoor business leaders in Denver for the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show say the industry's clout has grown as recognition of its large contributions to the U.S. economy has increased. Certainly the industry's appeal is evident from a walk through the Colorado Convention Center, where more than 1,000 different brands are on display through Friday. More than 10,000 buyers, 1,300 designers and 800 members of the media registered for the show, the largest outdoor industry trade even in North America.… Continue Reading


Trade deal with Mexico, Canada restores some certainty for Colorado farmers

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada into law Wednesday, solidifying a deal that restores some trade certainty to farmers in Colorado. The treaty, called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), maintains trade practices in Southwest Colorado from the original North American Free Trade Agreement, but it also gives American dairy and poultry exports greater market access, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez. The USMCA also adds new climate s… Continue Reading


Colorado unemployment rate reaches historic low

Colorado's unemployment rate has reached its lowest point since the current tracking method began in 1976. There were 1,400 nonfarm payroll jobs added in the state from November to December, with a monthly unemployment rate of 2.5%. That is a full percentage point lower than the national rate of 3.5%. "This decline is due to gains in total employment outpacing the labor force," said senior economist Ryan Gedney. "Individuals are getting absorbed into employment very quickly, so they are experi… Continue Reading


Gardner-backed “Internet of Things” bill passes Senate

A bill cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner passed the Senate on Wednesday, which would assemble a working group to report to Congress on how to better coordinate policies to enable the "internet of things." "This bill will improve coordination between the federal government and the technology industry and create opportunities for further deployment of secure IoT devices," said Gardner in a statement. The Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things, or DIGIT, Act predicts that ap… Continue Reading


Colorado Springs-area unemployment rate falls near historic low

The Colorado Springs-area job market continued to improve in November as the unemployment rate fell to a 2½-year low of 3.1%. That figure is down from 4.4% in November 2018 and is just 0.1% above the lowest rate recorded since early 2001. The rate has dropped every month but October since peaking at 4.5% in January 2019, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "For all intents and purposes, we are near a historic low level of unemployment, and that matches the na… Continue Reading


Robocall legislation could curb phone scams

A new law has been enacted that will hopefully reduce robocalls by requiring phone companies to implement authentication systems for callers. "Robocalls are not only a nuisance, but they also pose significant harm to consumers, oftentimes with the intent to defraud or steal personal information," Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said in a press release. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement Deterrence (TRACED) Act is meant to crack down on scam callers who disguise their number in an at… Continue Reading

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