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  • Older Helicopters Present Fire Hazards Despite Industry Pledges of Remedies
    Posted in In the News on August 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    After a rash of helicopter accidents several years ago ending in fatal fires, industry executives and regulators reached a high-profile compromise: Businesses could avoid rules mandating safety upgrades and retrofits but would be expected to make the changes on their own. “You got our attention and we’re going to participate,” said Matthew Zuccaro, president of Helicopter Association International, the leading trade association, at the time. But three years later, critics and even some industry ... Read more

  • Hallelujah, our veterans are done waiting
    Posted in In the News on August 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! The Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center is finally open. The new facility, part of the VA Rocky Mountain Network (VISN-19), will serve about 400,000 Veterans in Colorado and approximately 600,000 Veterans from Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma and portions of Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada and North Dakota. For more than two decades and through four presidential administrations and eleven VA Secretaries, Rocky Mountain Veterans have waited for a new faci... Read more

  • HOLE-N-1 – Victory for Colorado veterans
    Posted in In the News on August 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    For over 20 years, the veterans of Colorado have been fighting for a new state-of-the-art VA Medical Center. Veterans’ organizations, supported by the leadership of the United Veterans Committee, the Colorado congressional delegation and the late Steve Hogan, Mayor of Aurora have worked hard to achieve that difficult goal. On July 21, at the new VA Medical Center, the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Colorado Congressional delegation cut the red ribbon that officially opened the new VA ... Read more

  • House committee approves space weather bill
    Posted in In the News on July 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — The House Science Committee approved July 24 a modified version of a space weather forecasting bill that the Senate passed last year amid criticism of the committee’s approach to the legislation. The committee approved on a voice vote an amended version of S.141, the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act. That bill was introduced in the Senate in January 2017 and passed by unanimous consent in May 2017. The original version of the bill codified many elements of a space weather ... Read more

  • A Generation of House Democrats Fears Being Passed Over
    Posted in In the News on July 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    At a recent dinner with Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ed Perlmutter, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said the three discussed at length the future of the House Democratic Caucus. Nobody, however, proposed themselves as that future, he said. “We sat at the table for a couple hours. Nobody was saying, ‘It’s my time!’” he said. “Most of us realize that we are going to play supportive roles for the duration because the next crop of leaders are very likely going to be there for a long time.” As talk abound... Read more

  • At Mines, Angel Abbud-Madrid Is Leading the New Space Race
    Posted in In the News on July 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    “The year is 2062,” Angel Abbud-Madrid declares. “One of the children of your children is about to go up on a mission to a space rock — an asteroid, one of hundreds passing close to Earth every year.” The Colorado School of Mines professor pauses to make sure the audience is following along. From his position at the forefront of the emerging field of space resources, Abbud-Madrid recognizes that, at least for now, most people need some help understanding exactly what this field covers. He has a ... Read more

  • House Dems press Trump on bump stocks ban
    Posted in In the News on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence Prevention

    Dozens of House Democrats on Monday urged President Trump to back a legislative ban on bump stocks, the devices that accelerate the shooting power of semi-automatic firearms. The president expressed an openness to outlaw such products last year, after a gunman used them in the killing of 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas — the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Since then, administration officials in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have proposed a rul... Read more

  • PATIENTLY WAITING — The new overdue, over-budget, over-the-top VA center in Aurora is about to open
    Posted in In the News on July 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    More than eight years after breaking ground and going well over budget by $1 billion, a sea of controversy is parting and revealing a new VA hospital in Aurora. Don’t expect the controversy to end with the construction, local veterans and congressional officials say. Bernie Rogoff has been visiting the soon-to-open Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center hospital in Aurora every few weeks for meetings. He’s sat through myriad meetings as he’s helped steer the project since the early planning s... Read more

  • Among Coloradans In Congress, No Defense Of Trump’s Words At Summit With Putin
    Posted in In the News on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    President Donald Trump stood at a podium beside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Monday and was asked by a reporter whether he believed Putin, or the conclusions of U.S. intelligence experts, on whether the Russians had interfered in the 2016 general election — which he won. “In so many words, Trump gave the answer: Putin,” summarized NPR’s Ron Elving. “My people came to me. Dan Coats came to me, and some others,” Trump said in part, referencing his national security director. “They ... Read more

  • Longtime community leader “Len” Perlmutter dies
    Posted in In the News on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    Leonard Perlmutter, a successful businessman, one-time state economic-development chief, longtime ambassador for National Jewish Health and father of rep. Ed Perlmutter, passed away on July 8. “He was an innovator, business man, educator, civic leader, dog lover, Broncos fan, Democrat from the top of his head to the tips of toes, and a wonderful father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather,” Ed Perlmutter, a six-term Democrat representing Colorado’s 7th congressional district, said in a pu... Read more

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