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Cherry Creek State Park’s natural swim area reopened

AURORA, Colo. — Cherry Creek State Park’s designated natural swim area reopened on Sunday, July 14. The water in the swim area was tested on Saturday and the results Sunday showed that E. coli bacteria levels were once again well within the allowable standards. According to Cherry Creek Park Manager Jason Trujillo, “These closures are not a common occurrence, but can be caused by fecal waste from wildlife, run-off from urban areas, or excessive run-off from rain which we have had a lot of lately.” Park staff closed the areaRead More

CPW reintroduces endangered toad to wetland after experimental ‘Purple Rain’ treatment

NATHROP, Colo. — As temperatures climbed under a blistering sun, about 35 Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologists, staff and volunteers headed up a steep mountain trail last week, each loaded with large bags of water filled with 200 or so squirming, black Boreal toad tadpoles. In all, the hikers hauled 4,600 tadpoles up to an alpine wetland on Brown’s Creek at 9,780 feet, beneath the snow-tipped reaches of Mount White. The grueling six-mile roundtrip by the team was part of an effort by CPW, led by Paul Foutz, CPWRead More

New Creature Embodies the Joy and Wonder of the Great Outdoors

DENVER – Friday, July 12, 2019 – Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is launching a new phase of its Generation Wild marketing campaign with the help of an extraordinary creature, “Wilder,” who will spark imaginations while connecting people of all ages to the wonder of being outside according to Rosemary Dempsey, communications director at GOCO. “As Generation Wild enters its third year, we wanted to bring to life something remarkable to help us continue to deliver our message around how kids grow better outside,” Dempsey added. “Wilder does just that. HeRead More

PUC to solicit input on rules to implement railroad fining authority

DENVER — The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) said today it would seek input from stakeholders about how to implement fining authority for railroad crossing safety matters granted by the passage of Senate Bill 19-236. The bill, which reauthorized the PUC for seven years, added a provision allowing the Commission to impose a civil penalty of up to $2,000 per offense on railroad companies that fail to comply with a PUC order or rule on railroad crossing safety. The PUC is requesting written comment by Aug. 15 about what shouldRead More

Gardner, Gillibrand Commend House Passage of Bipartisan 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Bill

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statements today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, legislation they are lead cosponsors of in the U.S. Senate. “After today’s strong bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is one step closer to being signed into law,” said Senator Gardner. “After everythingRead More

Colorado Natural Resources Director Promotes Doug Vilsack as Parks, Wildlife and Lands Assistant Director

Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Dan Gibbs announced today the addition of a new member to his leadership team, Doug Vilsack, as the new Assistant Director for Parks, Wildlife and Lands.  “Doug is an important addition to the leadership team we are building at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources,” said Dan Gibbs, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources. “Doug has played an integral role within the Department over the years serving as Legislative Liaison, helping to usher in key legislation such as the SB 181,Read More

Senate ENR Committee Advances Gardner Energy Bills

Washington, D.C. — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee approved multiple bills this week authored by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO). The Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act encourages the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESCs) in federal buildings. ESPCs and UESCs are innovative public-private partnerships in which private companies use their own money and resources to make energy efficiency upgrades to federal buildings at no cost to the taxpayer. The private companies receive a portion of money saved as aRead More

Senators Gardner, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Save Newborn Babies’ Lives

Washington, D.C. — Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill to help save lives and improve the health of newborn babies by providing federal funding for comprehensive and standardized newborn screening tests for conditions such as critical congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, and hearing loss. The tests can identify treatable conditions that, if caught early, can prevent serious illness, lifetime disabilities, and even death. “As a parent, I know how important early screening is. Identifying genetic disordersRead More

Western Museum of Mining & Industry Announces Dates for 1st Annual Antique Artisans & Machinery Faire

(Colorado Springs, CO) — The Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI) recently announced the dates of its 1st Annual Antique Artisans & Machinery Faire at 225 North Gate Boulevard for both residents and tourists to enjoy. The Faire will feature outdoor machinery exhibits in live, working action including: a 1920s Osgood Steam Shovel, Trammer, and 10-Stamp Mill.  The event is designed to build awareness and educate the community about the importance of these such machines (and others) during the early mining days and how they played a role inRead More

Bipartisan Energy Bill Includes Bennet’s SAVE Act

Washington, D.C. — A bipartisan energy bill reintroduced in the U.S. Senate today includes a bill authored by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet designed to promote energy efficiency in homes. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act, reintroduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and co-sponsored by Bennet, includes the Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act, legislation Bennet first introduced in 2013. “The SAVE Act is a commonsense approach to reduce energy usage, cut consumer costs, and address climate change,” said Bennet. “Home builders areRead More