Gardner Welcomes VA Community Call Center to Improve Choice Program

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the statement below after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it set up a Community Care Call Center to help veterans address billing issues with the Choice Program. The Choice Program is responsible for incorrectly billing veterans, which has led to debt collection and affected credit scores. Veterans who are experiencing payment issues associated with the Choice Program can contact 1-877-881-7618 to reach the Community Care Call Center.

Hickenlooper Launches New Program to Assist Rural Economies

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Tueday (March 15, 2016) announced the next phase for the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 - Blueprint Initiatives - which invites the state's rural communities and regions to apply for specialized resources to help make their economies more robust.


"These initiatives are all outcomes of the informative roundtables we held in communities throughout the state last year," said Hickenlooper. "We will be deploying the most requested resources across the state through Blueprint Initiatives."

Earthquake in Costilla County

The United States Geologic Survey recorded an earthquake Sunday (March 13, 2016) near San Luis in Costilla County.

The quake, which occurred at 4:17 p.m., was initially measured at 3.1 on the Richter Scale. The epicenter was 13 miles east of San Luis, or 77 miles southwest of Pueblo, at a depth about 1.25 miles.

Reports of injuries and damages were not immediately available.

Fire Danger – Another Red Flag Warning for Monday

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UPDATE 2: Tuesday will see another Red Flag Warning from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Look for northwest winds 20-30 miles per hour with gusts to 50 mph and relative humidity as low as nine percent.

UPDATE: In addtion to the Red Flag Warning Monday, the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Tuesday (March 15, 2016) from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Expect northwest wind 20-30 miles per hour with gusts to 45, and relative humidities as low as eight percent. A fire weather watch means that critical fire conditions are possible.

Spring Break: Keeping Families Safe

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Each year, more than three million children ages 14 and under get hurt at home. Most fatal injuries at home are caused by suffocation, fire and burns, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning or from firearms that are discharged unintentionally.

Safe Kids urges parents and caregivers to check their homes for basic safety precautions, especially if you will be leaving them home alone over spring break.