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Week Of Special Interest 01/09/19
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By La Voz Staff

DMNS offers free admission to furloughed Federal employees

Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers free admission to furloughed Federal employees through January 31. Through the end of January, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering free general admission to all Federal employees impacted by the furlough when they show their government ID in person at the museum.

National Radon Action Month

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is offering free radon test kits this month in an effort to protect Coloradans from a leading cause of lung cancer.

Approximately half of Colorado homes have radon gas levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level. In Colorado, radon is estimated to cause 500 lung cancer deaths each year.

Radon gas has no odor or taste, is not visible and occurs naturally in the soil. Radon enters homes and buildings through small openings. The U.S. Surgeon General lists radon exposure as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The State Board of Health has declared January as Radon Action Month, and state environmental officials hope residents will take the time to test their homes.

“Testing your home for radon is simple and should be done when all your doors and windows are closed,” said Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “That’s why January is a great time to test, during National Radon Action Month.”

The best way to protect yourself against radon is to test your home. For a free test kit, visit where you can order a kit in English or Spanish.

Homeowners with mitigation systems also can take advantage of this free test kit offer to ensure the system is working properly.

For more information about radon, visit If you need assistance ordering the radon test kit please contact

New CLLARO Executive Director

Mike Cortés, Ph.d. Cortés joins the CLLARO organization kicking off his new position by partnering with ShareLingo.

ShareLingo is a program that helps English speakers learn the language and the cultures of native Spanish speakers, while helping native Spanish speakers learn and practice English while learning more about our nation’s institutions and the richness of our multicultural ways.

Best yet, ShareLingo is partnering with CLLARO to offer a new, on-line video version of the program enabling groups of native English and Spanish speakers to teach one another about our languages and cultures.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump sent a letter to all Members of Congress on the need to secure our borders. He attached a presentation that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was planning to deliver during a meeting with Congressional leadership in the White House Situation Room earlier this week. Visit for the complete letter.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order creating the Women’s Vote Centennial Commission, which will commemorate 100 years since the passage of the 19th amendment and recognize women’s suffrage in Colorado. The amendment, ratified on August 26, 1920, granted women the right to vote across the country. Previously in 1893, Colorado was the first state in the country to grant women the right to vote via state referendum.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilman Kevin Flynn, city staff and community members began work on the first new sidewalks funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program. The new bond-funded sidewalk will run along W. Dartmouth Ave. from Webster St. to Newland St. in the Bear Valley neighborhood. It will provide access to walking trails in Bear Valley Park, neighborhood transit stops, sports fields, the playground and tennis courts.





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