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  • Cannabis banking still unpredictable: Q&A with Colorado Bank Commissioner Chris Myklebust
    Posted in In the News on April 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado State Bank Commissioner Chris Myklebust flew to Washington DC in March to meet with a group of state bank regulators. He also met with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and a staffer for U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat. He brought up cannabis banking, and was encouraged. Marijuana Business Daily spoke with Myklebust after he returned to Colorado to see what he learned from his trip. Myklebust estimated that only about five or six financial institutions in Color... Read more

  • Ms. Garcia goes to Washington
    Posted in In the News on April 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: K-12 Education

    Living with epilepsy hasn’t been easy for Grace Garcia, but it hasn’t slowed her down. Now 17, Garcia was diagnosed with epilepsy at 18 months, setting the stage for years of strict diets, changing medications and obstacles to keeping up with her schooling. But she doesn’t complain. “Without the ups and downs it wouldn’t be life,” Garcia says. “You have to have some struggles in there to make it to the end of the road.” With diet, medication and a lot of trial and error, her seizures are mostly ... Read more

  • Westminster resident, student veteran proposes a reform in the VA
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Karthik Venkatraj, a 30-year-old Westminster resident, has spent the last decade seeking ways to serve his country, including serving six months in Iraq in 2015 and earning the title of captain in the Colorado Army National Guard. After returning from the Middle East, with American soil back under his feet and a deployment under his belt, Venkatraj was inspired to tackle his patriotic ambitions from a new angle — a reform in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently studying law at the ... Read more

  • Lao-Hmong veterans among those honored for service during Vietnam War
    Posted in In the News on April 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Four Lao-Hmong veterans and the surviving son of a fifth were among 76 Vietnam-era veterans honored at a ceremony hosted by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter on Friday at Red Rocks Community College. One after another, an officer read off their names, their branch of the military and the years they wore the uniform, and then Perlmutter handed them a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and a certificate to honor their service. Some saluted, some just nodded, but they all stood for a moment with the pride that eluded... Read more

  • Second in series of Vietnam era veteran ceremonies held
    Posted in In the News on April 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-7th District, has partnered with the governor’s office to honor men and women who served during the Vietnam era from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, the beginning and end of U.S. involvement in the war. The commemoration ceremony is part of an ongoing series of events across the country leading up to the 50th anniversary in 2025 of American withdrawal from the conflict. Response to Perlmutter’s event, first announced in February, has been so overwhelming that his office ... Read more

  • Back to the moon in Orion in 2 years: Space industry is energized by the possibility
    Posted in In the News on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Colorado Springs — The U.S. space industry is suddenly hustling to launch NASA astronauts around the moon in an Colorado-developed Orion capsule in 2019 or even sooner, making the country’s next lunar mission earlier by at least two years and hastening preparations to reach Mars by 2033. The timeline for NASA sending astronauts on ambitious missions has been transformed by President Donald Trump taking office, Congress showing bipartisan support for funding deep-space exploration, and the maturi... Read more

  • How Colorado reps voted on whether internet service providers can track and sell your personal information
    Posted in In the News on March 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines to repeal Federal Communications Commission rules that would prevent internet service providers from selling your personal information. There were 15 Republicans who joined Democrats in voting no, and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman from Aurora was one of them. Here’s his statement: “I believe the privacy of my constituents, and other internet users, is an issue where the government needs to tread very carefully. I do not believ... Read more

  • NTSB says several factors, including helicopter design, caused fatal Frisco Flight For Life crash
    Posted in In the News on March 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON D.C. –The widow of a Flight for Life pilot who died in a fiery chopper crash in Frisco is reacting to National Transportation Safety Board findings that helicopter design flaws contributed to her husband’s death. 9Wants to Know reporter Chris Vanderveen was the only Denver reporter at Tuesday’s hearing and interviewed Karen Mahany following the 3-hour long hearing. Days after the death of her husband, Pat, Karen Mahany pledged to protect the legacy of a man who had logged more than 1... Read more

  • ‘The welcome home that Vietnam veterans have been waiting for’
    Posted in In the News on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    For Vietnam veteran Abe Alonzo, the March 24 ceremony honoring him and 53 others for their service in an unpopular and devastating war was long overdue. “We weren’t accepted or received after our tour in Vietnam,” said the 68-year-old Lakewood resident, who served in the Marines from 1968 to 1970. “We were never appreciated for the sacrifices we made. It was a tough time.” U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-7th Dist rict, has partnered with the governor’s office to honor men and women who served during ... Read more

  • Trump's order undoing anti-climate change efforts draws ire of Colo. Dems, applause from GOP
    Posted in In the News on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER – President Donald Trump’s executive order Tuesday aimed at ending Obama-era climate change rules and curbing climate regulation enforcement sent ripples across Colorado’s political spectrum. Colorado Democrats hammered Trump and his order to review and possibly rewrite the Clean Power Plan as a major threat to the environment and peoples’ health, but the order was lauded by state Republicans, who said that the order would free up the energy sector to expand the nation’s economy. Trump hi... Read more

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