The City of Lafayette paid $45,000 to regain control of its servers after a ransomware attack early the morning of July 27, 2020. Staff emails and phones were disabled, as were online payment and reservations systems and other critical functions of the Boulder County municipality. City officials remained mum until Aug. 4, after the ransom was paid. City Manager Fritz Sprague said it would take a week or more to decrypt the city's data and systems. (Doug Conarroe, The Colorado Sun)

After a small Colorado city paid cyber attackers a ransom, there’s concern about the rest of the state

Most small towns don’t have the resources to hire cybersecurity professionals. An effort to help cities like Lafayette, which just paid a ransom, are underway

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$5.6 million grant awarded to help pay for work along Southwest Chief route

The grant will help pay for upgrading 12.4 miles of rail near Lamy, New Mexico and replacing thousands of ties south of Raton Pass and along another section of track

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“Bigger than a trail”: Grand Valley’s Palisade Plunge set to open after 10 years of planning, partnerships

The work of three federal land agencies, three municipalities, landowners and mountain bikers yields not just Colorado’s most anticipated trail, but a model for how communities can bring big ideas to fruition.

Littwin: Debate leaves us with just one question: Is Donald Trump a worse person than he is a president?

The presidential debate was the worst, most chaotic, least enlightening in modern history. Next up for debate: Will there be another one and, if so, why?