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New West Daily Roundup for Apr. 22, 2016

Today in New West news: DIA train up and running, Mary Lynne Billy-Old Coyote, Eastwind Networks debuts new services, and testing begins for Boulder weather satellite.

We previously reported that the Regional Transportation District’s commuter rail train connecting downtown to Denver International Airport, including the associate excitement surrounding its function as a “global connector.” Now, according to the Denver Business Journal, the train is up and running! You can see video here.

Indeed, the DBJ further reports, the train’s biggest fan (Denver Mayor Michael Hancock) is already hyping the experience, ahead of the anticipated crowds who will start using the train regularly:

“You feel like you’re floating on air,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who joined members of the media before dawn Friday for the first 23-mile train ride between downtown and DIA.

The ride takes 37 minutes, has eight stops — including the two end points — and costs $9, the same cost as the Regional Transportation District’s all-inclusive “day pass.”

A train connection between downtown and the airport has been sought for decades.

Friday morning, big smiles of amazement were common among those who made the first day’s run from downtown to DIA. Journalists were joined by Hancock; DIA CEO Kim Day; Aaron Epstein, the CEO of Denver Transit Partners, which built the line; RTD board member Larry Hoy and others.

Leaving Denver Union Station before dawn, the lights of the city glowed outside the windows of the lighted train. As the train approached the big curve to make the run up Pena Boulevard, a thin line of pink signaled sunrise was coming.

It’s along Pena Boulevard that the train hits its top speed, 79 miles per hour. But — as Hancock said — it feels like you’re floating along, watching the lights outside the window and the iconic tents at DIA loom through the widening pink line on the horizon.

Up in Montana, earlier this month, Mary Lynne Billy-Old Coyote became the first director of the state’s Office of American Indian Health, authorized by Governor Steve Bullock earlier this year. According to the Billings Gazette, which sat down to interview Billy-Old Coyote earlier this week, the initiative arose out of dire necessity—namely, that Native Americans in Montana die, on average, 20 years before white residents:

[Jayme] Fraser: What are some of the challenges to improving health outcomes in Indian Country?

Billy-Old Coyote: Access to health care — for example, transportation.
Let me share a personal story. My dad had to be transported in an ambulance not too many months ago. I was in the ambulance with him, and through that experience I could see we had an ambulance that was extremely dated, the care that these truly caring professionals were trying to administer was dated because the access to the tools, and equipment wasn’t what you’d expect to see in a mainstream population. This is 35 miles, part of it down a dirt road, going 85 mph at 8 o’clock on a Friday night when there’s a lot of traffic.

It’s real. Health care is real. Not only to me personally, but to every American Indian.

Billy-Old Coyote added her first concerns, as director, will be in collaborating with tribal health directors to fill in gaps in coverage in Indian Country, and to bring said concerns before the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Over in Utah, Salt Lake City-based Eastwind Networks (who specialize in data security) have debuted two new products: the Managed Service Provider (MSP) and the Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) programs. According to Utah Business, both programs aim to help service providers determine what coverage they need, when it comes to breach detection and data protection:

“In today’s competitive security industry, MSPs are looking for value-added, easy to deploy and managed solutions that help ensure their customer’s success,” said Paul Kraus, president and CEO of Eastwind Networks. “With our new MSP program, we are able to offer our partners services that provide an additional level of security expertise, a strong security platform offering and complete visibility to threats, security gaps, application usage, and overall network awareness.”

[…]

“We are continuously evaluating new security technologies to offer our customers the best network security and visibility in the industry,” said Eric Montague, Owner of Executech, a full-service outsourced IT provider. “Participating in the Eastwind Networks MSP Program will provide us access to leading-edge security technology and experts that will allow us to better stop network vulnerabilities and threats for our customers.”

According to Forrester Research, “Security information and event management (SIEM) technology has become outdated. Vendors can no longer rely on traditional SIEM solutions to detect and stop cyber breaches. New security analytics and threat intelligence will make the difference going forward for MSSPs and their customers in defending against cyber breaches.”

Finally, over in Boulder, according to the Denver Business Journal, Ball Aerospace has started testing a new weather satellite—the U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System—to see whether it can withstand conditions in outer space. Currently, the satellite is projected to into orbit early next year.

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