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March 31, 2022

Rep. Neguse, Sen. Bennet underscore need to combat climate change

by Amy Golden

With crews still responding to the NCAR fire that forced thousands of people to evacuate over the weekend, a panel on Wednesday stressed that these types of events are part of the growing cost of climate change in Colorado. While the NCAR fire has been mostly contained with no damage to structures or lives lost, the early spring fire combined with the recent destruction of the Marshall fire has made the impacts of Colorado's changing climate all the more visible to legislators and their … Continue Reading

March 30, 2022

Neguse works to gain more traction on wildfire bills in Congress

by Gabrielle Franklin

WASHINGTON (KDVR) - The NCAR fire is just the latest reason one lawmaker is trying to get Congress to allocate more money to wildfire prevention. Congressman Joe Neguse has been working on legislation to address wildfires since the end of last year. The bills have not had much movement in Congress, but he is hoping the latest wildfire outbreak will get his colleagues to work a little faster. "We have had, just in the last 18 months, four of the most destructive fires in the history of … Continue Reading

March 18, 2022

President’s signature makes it official: Colorado’s Amache site now part of National Park Service

by Kevin Simpson

The decades-long effort to ensure lasting recognition of Colorado's Granada War Relocation Center - also known as Camp Amache - finally reached the finish line Friday as President Joe Biden signed legislation making it a national historic site. In a White House ceremony, the president's signature gave final approval to the bill that will place the nearly 1-square-mile parcel near the town of Granada in southeast Colorado under the management of the National Park Service. That designation … Continue Reading

March 17, 2022

Just 62% of Colorado college students complete degree. Neguse bill could help.

by Sara Wilson

Rep. Joe Neguse said he plans to introduce legislation Thursday to promote college completion by funding programs to reduce the needs that can lead a student to drop out early. The College Completion Fund Act would authorize $62 billion over the next 10 years to fund items such as child care, food and housing assistance, mental health services and career training. "The chance to complete a college degree must be an opportunity provided to all students, no matter their background or … Continue Reading

March 13, 2022

Neguse, Bennet and Hickenlooper urge Biden to expand at-home COVID-19 testing program

by Libby Stanford

Three Colorado legislators are urging President Joe Biden to expand his free at-home COVID-19 testing kit program. Rep. Joe Neguse and Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper sent a letter to Biden on Thursday, March 10, urging him to extend the program to include Americans who receive mail from a commercial mail agency. The agencies are privately-owned businesses that accept U.S. Postal Service mail on behalf of third-party individuals, such as local UPS stores, according to a news … Continue Reading

March 07, 2022

RTD to receive more than $53 million from American Rescue Plan

by Sydney Isenberg

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Colorado's Regional Transportation District (RTD) will receive more than $53 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan, Congressmen Joe Neguse and Jason Crow announced Monday. The $53,240,645 will be used to support day-to-day operations, cleaning and sanitization and staffing level maintenance, according to Neguse. "COVID has forced us to reimagine commuting in the Denver area. This funding will help reduce congestion and improve quality of life for Coloradans. Not … Continue Reading

February 28, 2022

U.S. Rep. Neguse invites Superior mayor as State of the Union guest

by Ella Cobb

Superior Mayor Clint Folsom will be heading to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday - virtually, that is. Folsom was selected to be Congressman Joe Neguse's guest at President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address, according to a press release Monday. "Folks like Mayor Clint Folsom represent our country's resilience and recovery. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating Marshall Fire, he has shown great leadership helping communities come together, rebuild and recover," said … Continue Reading

February 20, 2022

On 80th anniversary, Camp Amache families remembered and honored by Sect. of Interior Deb Haaland

by Shanna Lewis

All that's left from the original camp are wind-blown prairie grass and old building foundations. "It's a part of American history that for many years, people wanted to sweep under the carpet," said Derek Okubo of Denver, whose father, Henry, was incarcerated on these grounds 80 years ago. It was February 19, 1942, shortly after the American entrance into World War II, when more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent were confined to so-called relocation camps on a directive from the … Continue Reading

February 18, 2022

Congressman Neguse visits Northern Colorado electric bus facility

by Will Costello

U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse, a Democrat who represents Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, visited an electric bus facility in south Fort Collins on Friday, discussing the new technology with officials from Fort Collins and Larimer County as well as taking a test ride on a fully electric bus. The congressional district, which Neguse has represented since 2019, encompasses the much of the area northwest of Interstate 76, and a large portion of the Front Range west of Interstate 25. … Continue Reading

February 15, 2022

Here's how Fort Collins plans to use historic federal funding to recover from the pandemic

by Jacy Marmaduke

When they were putting together the Fort Collins Recovery Plan, city staff heard a common message from the community. "'We're not even ready to talk about recovery. We're in the middle of the pandemic,' " Fort Collins Recovery Manager SeonAh Kendall said, describing the sentiment. "We heard people saying, 'I have to make a choice between my basic needs. Work, being home with my children and my own safety.'" That message helped shape city leaders' approach to the Recovery Plan, which will … Continue Reading

February 14, 2022

Amache Historic Site will join the National Park System after bill passes final significant hurdle in Congress

by Megan Verlee

A small patch of grassland and crumbling buildings in eastern Colorado will be preserved to help future generations remember an ignoble moment in American history. The Senate voted unanimously Monday night to pass the Amache National Historic Site Act, which is sponsored by both of Colorado's Senators, as well as Reps. Ken Buck and Joe Neguse. "I'm thrilled the Senate passed our bill to establish Amache as a part of the National Park System," said Sen. Michael Bennet in a statement after the … Continue Reading

February 09, 2022

House Dems, green groups demand national biodiversity strategy from Biden

by Sharon Udasin

Fifty House Democrats - with the support of more than 100 environmental groups and academics - demanded the creation of a national biodiversity strategy in a letter to President Biden on Tuesday. "The loss of biodiversity presents a direct threat to our security, health, and well-being," said the letter, sent by Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.). "As species decline and habitats degrade, we lose critical ecosystem services that provide us with clean water, fertile soils, food, and the very air we … Continue Reading

February 02, 2022

Ophthalmologist advocates for LGBTQ+ members to be able to donate cornea tissue

by Sydney McDonald

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced it will revise its cornea tissue donation policy which prevents people in the LGBTQ+ community from donating. The previous policy, which had not been updated since 1994, recommended disqualifying men who have had sex with men in the preceding five years from becoming tissue donors. Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Dr. Michael Puente originally began researching the topic in 2019 when he … Continue Reading

January 31, 2022

Rep. Joe Neguse offers congressional commendations to Marshall Fire first responders

by Deborah Swearingen

It's hard for Mike Chard to believe it's been a month since the Marshall Fire ignited, burning through eastern Boulder County and quickly becoming the most destructive fire in state history. "The response is one aspect of it, but then comes that whole second wave," he said. Chard is the director of Boulder's Office of Emergency Management, the entity tasked with preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters and other large-scale emergencies. On Monday, he was one of … Continue Reading

January 24, 2022

Feds Waive Fees For Lost Passports In Marshall Fire After Requests By Hickenlooper, Bennet, Neguse

by Jack Lowenstein

(CBS4) - The office of Colorado U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper announced he, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and State Rep. Joe Neguse confirmed the U.S. Department of State will waive fees for replacement passports destroyed or damaged in the Marshall Fire. All three lawmakers sent a letter to DOS requesting these fees be waived for survivors of the fire in Boulder County, and it was approved by the federal government the same day of their … Continue Reading

January 24, 2022

Peak to Peak students win 1st, 2nd place in congressional app contest

by Amy Bounds

Aditya Nandyal first learned about the idea of an ecological footprint in his Advanced Placement Human Geography class, but he wanted to know more about how to step more lightly on the Earth. A sophomore at Lafayette's Peak to Peak Charter School, he used his interest to develop an interactive app called "Objective Green" and enter it into a contest. "I wanted to help bring awareness to ecological footprints, what it means and what to do with it," he said. Aditya recently took first place … Continue Reading

January 23, 2022

Several Vail-area bridges could receive upgrade from $45M infrastructure infusion

by John LaConte

As funds begin to pour into Colorado from the U.S. Department of Transportation's newly launched Bridge Formula Program, aging Eagle County bridges could soon see an upgrade. The Department of Transportation launched the Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program - known as the Bridge Formula Program - on Jan. 14. On Thursday, Rep. Joe Neguse confirmed Colorado is among the states receiving $45 million in 2022 from the program, and several Eagle … Continue Reading

January 21, 2022

Lawmakers roll out bipartisan public land bike bill

by Emma Dumain

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers will soon introduce legislation to promote long-distance biking on federal lands. The bill - named the "Biking On Long-Distance Trails (BOLT) Act" - is just the latest legislative proposal in the 117th Congress aimed at creating new opportunities to engage in outdoor recreation while also invigorating the outdoor recreation economy. "Colorado's outdoor recreation economy drives our mountain Main Streets, bringing travelers from across the globe to … Continue Reading

January 21, 2022

Senator Bennet, Representative Neguse welcome funding for Southern Front Range Watershed Project

DENVER - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado U.S. Representative Joe Neguse welcomed $720,890 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership for the Southern Front Range Watershed Project in Colorado. The Joint Chiefs' program supports efforts across the West to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems. Bennet worked to pass an amendment through the Infrastructure Investment and … Continue Reading

January 20, 2022

Bipartisan Effort Launched To Make Dearfield Part Of The National Park System

by Raetta Holdman

DEARFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) - A bipartisan effort is underway in Colorado to make a ghost town in Weld County part of the National Park System. The historic town of Dearfield is located about 30 miles east of Greeley on U.S. 34 and was the largest Black homesteading settlement in the state. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat who represents Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, and Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican who represents Colorado's 4th Congressional District, have introduced legislation in the U.S. … Continue Reading

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