Saturday, October 5th, 2019


Bennet Applauds House Passage of SAFE Banking Act

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019. Authored by U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO-7), the SAFE Banking bill would solve a key logistical and public safety problem in states that have legalized medicinal or recreational cannabis. Bennet is cosponsor of the Senate version of the SAFE Banking Act. “The lack of access to banking services for marijuana businesses is a public safety issue in Colorado and across the country.Read More

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Gardner-Backed SAFE Banking Act

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) SAFE Banking Act today 321–103, in a historic vote on federal cannabis policy. Gardner has led the charge in the Senate with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to ensure legal cannabis businesses can access banking services. “Today Congress began to take its head out of the sand and recognize that states are moving forward with their own cannabis policies and the federal government is holding them back,” said Senator Gardner. “The conflicting federal and state marijuana laws make it difficult for legitimate businesses to use basic financialRead More

Human noise culprit of masking iconic national park sounds

U.S. national parks are full of natural sounds. In Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors might hear the bugle of elks. At Yellowstone National Park, wolves howl in the distance. Iconic sounds like these are often associated with specific parks, creating unique soundscapes and enriching visitor experiences. However, when you add human-made noise, these natural sounds are at risk. “Anthropogenic” noise – sound caused by human activity – has the unintended impact of masking natural sounds important to both visitors and wildlife. Noise is increasingly prevalent in natural spaces. Not onlyRead More

USDA and the City and County of Denver Partner to Publish a Soil Survey of Denver County

DENVER, CO — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is conducting a field inventory of soil resources within Denver County. NRCS’s Fort Morgan Major Land Resource Area (MLRA) Soil Survey Office in conjunction with the City and County of Denver will lead three soil survey teams collecting field data in Denver County for approximately one year beginning October 2019. “This is an exciting time in soil data collection,” said Andy Steinert, MLRA Soil Survey Leader. “In the past, urban areas were low priority as conservation efforts were focused on croplandRead More