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  • The road to Mars includes a detour through Lakewood
    Posted in In the News on March 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    In Robert Zubrin’s Lakewood office hangs a photo he took in 2009 of a space shuttle taking off to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, a mission he strongly advocated for, despite pushback from former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe. Zubrin, an aerospace engineer, sees two versions of the future for humanity. The first is where new worlds are being explored, and even if things can go wrong, there’s an optimistic future of infinite possibilities. The other future is bleak in which the world is crow... Read more

  • Pot Banking Bill Heads to Markup as Sponsors Eye House Floor
    Posted in In the News on March 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A bill to get cannabis industry cash off the streets and into bank accounts will get its first markup on March 26 in the House Financial Services Committee as the measure continues to pick up Republican support. The SAFE Banking Act (H.R. 1595) has 138 bipartisan co-sponsors as of March 19, with more expected to join later this week, according to a spokeswoman for Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), one of the original co-sponsors along with Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.). The pair reintroduced the bill on... Read more

  • Diana DeGette moves to regulate Suncor Energy pollutants over north Denver
    Posted in In the News on March 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    With the smokestacks of a large Suncor Energy oil refinery behind her, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette announced Tuesday that she will soon introduce legislation requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to set strict emissions standards for hydrogen cyanide, a pollutant that is pumped out of the refinery and into the air above Denver daily. “One of our government’s most important responsibilities is protecting the health and welfare of our communities. In this case, the federal government and the s... Read more

  • Applewood's Carl F. Eiberger II dies at age 88
    Posted in In the News on March 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    Education, open space and helping others. Those are three of Carl Eiberger's passions that he will be remembered for. “Carl was a great friend and an outstanding lawyer,” said U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a former neighbor and family friend of Eiberger's, “as well as a good citizen who helped keep Applewood and Golden a great place to live.” Carl F. Eiberger II, 88, died from illness on March 6 in his home in Applewood. Growing up during the Great Depression in extreme poverty, Eiberger was born in ... Read more

  • Colorado School of Mines engineers turn their talents from the terrestrial to the celestial
    Posted in In the News on March 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Enter the huge building that houses the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, walk past the massive tunnel-boring machine, rotary and percussive drills, and you’ll get a glimpse of the new frontier of development — space resources. What looks like a big sandbox with a Tonka-truck-size rover is part of the work underway in Mines’ Space Resources Program. The “sand” in the large, shallow box is finely ground basalt, meant to simulate the moon’s surfa... Read more

  • Hospitals, Insurers Set to Resist Price Transparency Proposal
    Posted in In the News on March 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Hospitals and insurers are gearing up to battle a Trump administration plan that could require the public disclosure of negotiated prices for medical services, part of an effort to lower U.S. health-care costs. Patient advocates have largely cheered the idea, saying consumers should be able to price shop before they pick a doctor or undergo treatment. But industry groups are attacking the administration’s legal authority to mandate price disclosure, which could upend hospitals’ negotiations with... Read more

  • Marijuana industry would no longer be cash-only if this bill passes. And this time, it has a better chance
    Posted in In the News on March 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter has again introduced legislation allowing marijuana businesses to use banks, removing a hindrance that has plagued Colorado businesses in the five years since marijuana legalization. “The fears that we had, that this was a public safety matter, have come to pass,” Perlmutter said. The bill has nine Republican co-sponsors. Some say their support is not an endorsement of marijuana but a realization that banking creates paper trails, improves public safety and maintains “the... Read more

  • House Members Introduce Bill to Allow Cannabis Banking
    Posted in In the News on March 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A bipartisan group on House members on Thursday introduced legislation that would provide credit unions and other financial institutions with a safe harbor from sanctions for doing business with marijuana-related businesses. Democrats Ed Perlmutter of Colorado and Denny Heck of Washington introduced H.R. 1595, which has 99 Democratic cosponsors and nine Republican cosponsors. “Only Congress can provide the certainty financial institutions need to start banking legitimate marijuana businesses – j... Read more

  • Marijuana banking bill finds broad, bipartisan support
    Posted in In the News on March 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    More than 100 members of Congress have co-sponsored a bill resolving banking issues caused by conflicting federal and state marijuana laws. Offered by Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Colorado Democrat, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act has amassed the support of 108 co-sponsors, including nine Republicans, since being filed Thursday on Capitol Hill. Most states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, but financial institutions are often reluctant to work ... Read more

  • Perlmutter, Heck introduce pot banking bill
    Posted in In the News on March 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    House Democrats on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation designed to shield lenders from federal penalties when they serve cannabis businesses in states where marijuana has been legalized. The House is expected to take up the bill by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Denny Heck (D-Wash.) in the coming months, in what would be a landmark move to ease federal marijuana restrictions as a growing number of states permit the sale of the drug. "The majority of American voters have spoken," Perlmu... Read more

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