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  • Lafayette Firefighter Sent To ICU During Anniversary Trip To Mexico
    Posted in In the News on October 15, 2018 | Preview rr

    A vacation to Mexico has turned into a nightmare for a firefighter and his family in Lafayette. Lt. Jason Oliver was celebrating his 16th wedding anniversary with his wife when he had to be rushed by ambulance to a hospital in Cancun. Jason, also a paramedic and Army veteran, is used to helping others on a daily basis. Now he is the one who needs the help. “This is a nightmare,” said his wife Maigan Oliver. Maigan said her husband suddenly came down with a pounding headache and had to be taken t... Read more

  • Bill Prompted By Deadly Helicopter Crash Passes
    Posted in In the News on October 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    DENVER (CBS4) – A deadly Flight for Life helicopter crash in Frisco prompts a new law aimed at saving lives in the future. Pilot Patrick Mahaney died in the crash, and flight nurse David Repsher was badly burned when the fuel tank on their helicopter ruptured. A fiery explosion followed. The new law requires all civilian helicopters be retrofitted with crash-resistant fuel systems, which the military has required for decades. Congressman (D-Arvada) Ed Perlmutter says his bill wouldn’t have passe... Read more

  • FAA to require crash-resistant fuel tanks after Frisco Flight For Life pilot tragedy
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Flight For Life pilot Patrick Mahany's sacrifice was not in vain. On Wednesday, Congress passed a five-year funding extension of the Federal Aviation Administration. Aside from enacting new regulatory measures for everything from airline seats to drones, the reauthorization also requires helicopter manufacturers to install crash-resistant fuel tanks on new emergency helos. Had those tanks been installed on Mahany's helicopter when it crashed in Frisco in 2015, he might still be with us today. Co... Read more

  • FAA to start requiring crash-resistant fuel systems on helicopters
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    More than three years after a fiery Flight for Life helicopter crash in Frisco, the Federal Aviation Administration will start requiring crash-resistant fuel systems onboard every newly built helicopter. The change comes after a series of 9Wants to Know investigative reports detailed a loophole in federal law that had allowed, for decades, manufacturers to continue building helicopters with antiquated fuel systems. Those fuel systems were prone to rupturing after otherwise survivable helicopter... Read more

  • Bill seeking to make helicopters safer after deadly 2015 Flight for Life crash in Colorado passes Congress, heads to president’s desk
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Legislation aiming to close a loophole to make helicopters safer after a deadly Flight for Life crash in Colorado has passed Congress and is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk. U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, of Arvada, and Jared Polis, of Boulder, teamed up on the effort, which would require the Federal Aviation Administration to mandate that within 18 months all new helicopters be built with safer, crash-resistant fuel systems. Federal air crash investigators found that the wreck of the helicop... Read more

  • Senate panel advances revival of conservation fund
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Now that the Sept. 30 deadline has come and gone for renewal of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the Senate is taking another shot at finding a way to get the program back on track. On Tuesday the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources amended a bill that would fully fund and permanently reauthorize the program. The bill, S. 569, is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state and has 47 co-sponsors, including both of Colorado’s senators, Democrat... Read more

  • House Dems punt action on rule change for Speaker nominee
    Posted in In the News on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    House Democrats on Wednesday punted on consideration of an internal rule change that would have made it tougher for Speaker hopefuls to secure the party’s nomination, marking a victory for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who wants to reclaim the gavel next year. Leaving a weekly meeting of the Democratic Caucus in the Capitol basement, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said, “there was a parliamentary discussion and the motion was withdrawn and we’ll consider it after the election.” In ... Read more

  • House Democrats Briefly Consider Upping Speakership Vote Threshold, Drop Proposal for Now
    Posted in In the News on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    House Democrats on Wednesday briefly discussed a proposal to require their candidate for speaker — in case they win the chamber in November — to secure 218 votes in the caucus vote instead of a simple majority. The proposal was dropped, for now. A shift from a simple majority to a 218-vote threshold would align the caucus rules with House rules that require a speaker to be elected by a majority of the full House. Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter presented the proposed amendment to Democratic Caucus r... Read more

  • Withdrawn for now: House Democratic proposal to raise threshold for speakership vote
    Posted in In the News on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    House Democrats are facing an internal dispute over how to elect their nominee for speaker if they win the majority this fall, as a new proposal to dramatically change the rules has ignited a debate within the caucus. Democrats had their first discussion Wednesday over an idea to change caucus rules in a way that would make it significantly harder for anyone, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to win the nomination on their secret ballot this fall. Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, who... Read more

  • Pelosi bid to regain House speaker role facing new threat from rebel Democrats
    Posted in In the News on September 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    A rebel group of Democrats in the U.S. House is pushing a petition to change party rules for electing their speaker -- in what is viewed as a bid to stop current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from regaining her former role. At least 10 anti-Pelosi Democrats have signed a letter addressed to Caucus Chair Joe Crowley that seeks to change the rules on how the Democratic candidate for the speaker of the House is elected, the Atlantic magazine reported. Currently, a nominee needs to receive just... Read more

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