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October 23, 2020

Opinion: Colorado wildfire season reinforces the need for mitigation and resiliency

by John Huff and Steve Ellis

Over 2,000 Colorado firefighters have been battling wildfires that have charred more than 430,000 acres since the beginning of the year. The Cameron Peak Fire overtook this summer's Pine Gulch Fire as the largest in the state's history, having burned over 200,000 acres of land thus far. Unfortunately, wildfires of this magnitude are increasingly common. According to the Colorado State Forest Service, the top 10 largest fires in the state's history have occurred since 2002. And with almost … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

Rep. Neguse to host virtual job fair

by Taylor Sienkiewicz

Rep. Joe Neguse will host a virtual job fair in an effort to address unemployment and assist Coloradans undergoing the job search process. The job fair is designed specifically for mountain communities in the 2nd Congressional District, including Summit County, which Neguse represents. It will be held from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 12. Those interested can register at … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

Federal Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act promotes offshore wind development

by Dave Kovaleski

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, a bill that addresses the ocean impacts of climate change, reform federal ocean management, and promotes offshore wind energy. A key part of the bill is that it seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with ocean sectors by calling for an increase in ocean-based renewable energy. Among its goals, the bill looks to promote offshore wind energy and other marine energy research, protect and restore … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

US Rep. Neguse offers his help on East Troublesome Fire

by Sky-High News

The following statement was issued Thursday morning by US Rep. Joe Neguse, who represents Colorado's 2nd Congressional District. "Our thoughts and our prayers are with the firefighters, first responders and law enforcement personnel whose brave efforts helped safely evacuate many residents yesterday as the East Troublesome Fire grew at an unprecedented rate. Our office continues to work with both local and state officials to address these challenges, and we'll continue to monitor conditions … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Breaking down ‘defund the police’ and what that means locally

by Natalie Welland

In recent months, the phrase "defund the police" has become a rallying cry for protesters in the wake of George Floyd's death. The phrase appears anywhere from masks and T-shirts to protests in the street, but what does it actually look like? And what would it mean in Fort Collins? At its core, the movement to defund the police advocates for the reallocation of some funds from police departments to community resources, such as mental health services, aimed at preventing crime from happening … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Grijalva, Castor Introduce the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

by Matthew Mercure

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., has unveiled his Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act along with his co-lead, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor, D-Fla., original cosponsors and a range of bill endorsers. The landmark legislation was introduced by more than a dozen members of the House of Representatives to address the ocean impacts of climate change and reform federal ocean management to better account for climate … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Ag opposition to pesticide legislative changes growing

by Jacqui Fatka

New legislation introduced earlier this year in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate would make comprehensive updates to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the 1996 law governing pesticide use in the U.S. While unlikely to get serious consideration in Congress this year, many in agricultural circles are raising concerns about what's included in the bill. The Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act of 2020 (PACTPA) -- introduced on Aug. 4 by … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Reps. Mike Levin, Joe Neguse, and Senator Jeff Merkley Introduce Legislation to Transition America to 100% Zero-Emission Vehicles

by Foreign Affairs co nz

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020 with Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR). The bill would position the United States to lead the world in vehicle innovation, combat the climate crisis, and reduce premature deaths caused by the pollution that gasoline engines produce. Pollution created by gasoline engines is widely understood by the medical community to cause premature deaths and asthma attacks, and may also … Continue Reading

October 20, 2020

Colorado Congressional election: Q&A with U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse

by Jacy Marmaduke

U.S. House Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat, is running for a second term representing Colorado's 2nd Congressional district. The district covers Fort Collins and Larimer County as well as Boulder, Broomfield and other areas. Neguse is running against Republican Charlie Winn of Boulder. Name: Joe Neguse Age: 36 Occupation: Representative for Colorado's 2nd Congressional district Family: Wife, Andrea; 2-year-old daughter, Natalie Education: Bachelor's in political science and economics, … Continue Reading

October 20, 2020

Letter to the editor: The Sierra Club’s endorsements for 2020 elected office

by Nancy Hassinger

The Sierra Club grassroots endorsement process began by examining each candidate's record and distributing questionnaires. State volunteers held an initial vote. The national political team held a second vote to confirm the endorsements, selecting genuine environmental champions. Sierra Club President Ramon Cruz announced the selection of the Biden/Harris ticket: "This partnership will prioritize climate and climate justice while restoring the United States as a global leader in tackling this … Continue Reading

October 18, 2020

CMC nets $2.125 million federal grant

by Colorado Mountain News Staff

A $2.125 million five-year federal grant will help strengthen nursing and other programs at multiple Colorado Mountain College campuses. The U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program grant is "intended to expand colleges' capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability," a CMC news release states. Programs that will benefit include police officer training, nursing labs and … Continue Reading

October 18, 2020

At least 20 homes lost as Cal-Wood fire still at 8,788 acres, 15% containment

by Brooklyn Dance, Amy Bounds, and Mitchell Byers

Editor's note: Further reporting has revealed the preliminary list of impacted addresses included 27 locations, 20 of which were destroyed homes. Two addresses were listed as damaged/intact, two were vacant, undeveloped land and three were historic cabins or barns at Heil Valley Ranch Open Space. The story below has been updated. At least 20 homes have been destroyed and parts of northwest Boulder County remain evacuated, but firefighters were able to limit growth on the Cal-Wood Fire on … Continue Reading

October 18, 2020

Letter: Joe Neguse supports Coloradans

by Roseann Casey

I write to share an example of the exceptional care and leadership that Joe Neguse showed during his first term in Congress. I was one of the hundreds of Coloradans caught out of the country when COVID-19 unexpectedly shut down borders and halted international travel. I was stuck in the mountains of Peru. The U.S. Embassy provided minimal support and insufficient information. I joined the chaos of Facebook and WhatsApp groups of thousands of frustrated travelers trying in vain to find … Continue Reading

October 17, 2020

Jamestown, parts of northwest Boulder County evacuated as Cal-Wood Fire grows to 7,000 acres

by Mitchell Byars and Kelsey Hammon

Jamestown and other parts of northwest Boulder County were evacuated Saturday as the Cal-Wood Fire grew to more than 7,000 acres and is still at 0% containment Saturday night. The fire was first reported at noon near the Cal-Wood Education Center at 2282 County Road 87 Saturday afternoon, and a cause and point of origin have not yet been determined. Boulder County sheriff's Division Chief Mike Wagner did say Saturday night that there were no lightning strikes in the area, so the fire was … Continue Reading

October 16, 2020

African Diaspora Looks to Flex Political Muscle in US Elections

by Salem Solomon

The African diaspora in the United States is mobilizing voter drives, as organizers believe 2020 is a time for these voters to flex their political muscle as never before. "Our goal is to empower people into learning that they have a voice," said Nneka Achapu, founder of the African Public Affairs Committee, a nonpartisan political organization that advocates policies for the empowerment of the African diaspora. "They have a say in the policies, in the laws that are actually brought forth … Continue Reading

October 15, 2020

Conservation Colorado, Western Resource Advocates release plan to protect three times the public lands, water

by Joey Bunch

Two of the state's leading environmental organizations dropped a plan Thursday to set aside 30% of Colorado's land and water by 2030. You can read by the report"Colorado Pathways to 30x30" by clicking here. Conservation Colorado and Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates, the authors of the report, said currently only about 10% is protected. They urge passage of the Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature introduced last year by Democratic U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Tom … Continue Reading

October 15, 2020

House Democrats set leadership elections for Nov. 18-19

by Lindsey McPherson

House Democrats will hold their caucus leadership elections Nov. 18 and 19 and contested committee chairmanship elections the week of Nov. 30, Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries announced in a "Dear Colleague" letter Thursday. The caucus leadership elections will occur just a few days after members return to Washington Nov. 16 for the first time after Election Day, leaving just a few days for any last-minute, in-person pleas for votes. House Democrats' leadership races reflect coming … Continue Reading

October 15, 2020

Bernie Sanders, Paul Rudd, Stacey Abrams, Jeff Tweedy, Margo Price Set for ‘Fridays for Unity’ Series to Drive Voter Turnout

by Rolling Stone

Selena Gomez, Jeff Tweedy, Stacey Abrams, Bernie Sanders and more will participate in Rolling Stone's new get-out-the-vote music and conversation series, "Fridays for Unity." The two-part virtual event will take place October 16th and 30th and feature a mix of unique conversations, musical performances and special guest appearances. Each event will air on the Rolling Stone YouTube page at 8 p.m. ET. The crux of Fridays for Unity will be conversations between an array of entertainers and … Continue Reading

October 15, 2020

A bold plan to protect 30% of Colorado lands and waters by 2030

by Jason Blevins

Conservationists in Colorado are dreaming big. In a time of political turmoil and legislative impotence, a consortium of Colorado conservation groups is floating an audacious plan to conserve 30% of the land in the state - roughly 20 million acres - by 2030. Since statehood, the state has protected only 6 million acres. The state is losing open land more quickly than it is protecting it. Since 2001, about a half-million acres in Colorado has been lost to development. That is reflective of … Continue Reading

October 14, 2020

Opinion: When we work together, there is much we can accomplish

by Rep. Joe Neguse

As your representative in Congress, my duty is to be a voice for Fort Collins, Larimer County and communities across the 2nd Congressional District that I am so honored to serve. That means leading locally, listening to you, and fighting for our shared priorities in Washington, D.C. It's why in my first term, I've held 40 town halls - more than any member of Colorado's congressional delegation - including nationally recognized "Service Town Halls" that turn down the temperature in our … Continue Reading

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