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Week Of Special Interest 12/19/18
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By La Voz Staff

DPS students hear from Michelle Obama

More than 150 Denver Public Schools (DPS) high school students and family members were awarded tickets to the sold-out speaking event “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama” Thursday, Dec. 13. The opportunity was made possible thanks to many partnerships and donors, including the former First Lady’s UpNext Campaign.

UpNext is a platform that helps historically underrepresented students matriculate and persist through college during critical stages: applications, financial aid, enrollment and transition semesters. Parents and students who opt-in to the UpNext texting platform receive text messages from licensed college and career counselors who guide and support them with helpful college information and detailed recommendations.

“With a lot of hard work and education, anything is possible,” said Mrs. Obama.

Colorado State Patrol investigates three car triple fatal crash

Troopers with the Colorado State Patrol are investigating a three car fatal crash on Highway 12, just East of Valdez, Colorado involving 3 Las Animas deputies and two civilians.

On December 12, at approximately 8:01 p.m., Las Animas County deputies were responding to a possible domestic disturbance in progress. While enroute, the two patrol cars were involved in a traffic crash with a civilian car which was headed in the opposite direction.

There were two parties in the civilian car. The driver died on scene. A child that was also in the vehicle later died after being transported to the hospital.

The deputies were transported to the hospital where one passed away due to injuries sustained in the crash. The other two deputies have minor to moderate injuries.

The highway was shut down for 7 hours for the crash investigation and reopened at 3 a.m. Friday morning. The names of the deceased and injured are being withheld at this time.

The Colorado State Patrol is the main contact for crash information. The crash is still under investigation as to the cause and no charges have been filed.

Major infrastructure grants for Colorado announced

Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced this week that the North Front Range Transportation & Air Quality Council has been awarded a $20 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for its North I-25 Segment 6 improvement project.

Additionally, the Senators announced that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be receiving a $20 million BUILD grant for its vehicle-to-everything (V2X) project, which seeks to bolster the connectivity of transportation infrastructure through the deployment of fiber across highways in Colorado, and the City of Glenwood Springs will be receiving a $7 million BUILD grant for its project to modernize infrastructure along the City’s South Midland Avenue, including a new waterline and broadband infrastructure.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump proclaimed December 17, 2018, as Wright Brothers Day. The Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 17, 1963, as amended (77 Stat. 402; 36 U.S.C. 143), has designated December 17 of each year as “Wright Brothers Day” and has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation inviting the people of the United States to observe that day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper has granted pardons for 46 individuals who have served their sentences and are currently contributing members of their communities. He also commuted the sentences of six individuals who have sentences of life without parole. Five individuals will remain in prison, but were given parole eligibility dates ranging from four to ten years in the future. One individual will be released from prison in 2019.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Executive Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs announced the creation of the Public Integrity Division (PID), a civilian arm of the Department of Public Safety (DOS) that will be responsible for investigating complaints of misconduct for the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) and reviewing investigations for potential rule violations.





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