Pueblo County Board of Health appoints Public Health Director
The Pueblo County Board of Health appointed Randy Evetts as the Pueblo Public Health Director. Evetts replaces former director Sylvia Proud who retired from the position at the beginning of February after 20 years of service. “The Board of Health found Randy to have the background and qualifications to take a stable and accomplished department to the next level,” stated board of health president Eileen Dennis.
“The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment is an organization committed to excellence. They’re renown as a leader in public health due to the credit of the staff members, the Board of Health, and my predecessors. My goal is to continue on this path of excellence by mobilizing partnerships, building workforce capacity, strengthening our processes, and implementing evidence-based approaches to address the most difficult public health challenges. It is a tall order but with the incredible staff and amazing community partners, the sky is the limit for what we can do,” explained Evetts.
Senate hearing on Animal Cruelty Bill
Rep. Alex Valdez’ animal cruelty bill, which allows judges to prohibit convicted animal abusers from owning another animal for a specified time period, as well as order animal abusers to enroll in a mental health or anger management treatment program, is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, April 8th.
Witnesses are free to testify in support of the bill, keeping in mind testimony will probably be limited to three minutes. If anyone would like help with preparing their testimony, please let us know. If you would like to testify but are unable to attend due to distance, we may be able to read your testimony for you, but you will have to submit it to us by this Thursday (April 4th).
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow us to notify you if there have been any last-minute changes, such as a scheduling delay or room change.
Colorado counties designated for disaster
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 13 Colorado counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Chaffee, Crowley, Custer, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Lake, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Park and Pueblo counties who suffered losses caused by recent drought, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. Producers in the contiguous Colorado counties of Alamosa, Arapahoe, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Costilla, Douglas, Eagle, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Pitkin, Saguache, Summit, Teller and Washington are also eligible.
President Trump’s message for Winning on Reducting Food Waste Month: “We have made great strides in recent years to reduce food loss and waste, but food remains the single largest type of waste thrown away by communities across America. That is why my Administration launched the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative—a collaborative effort by the Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and Food and Drug Administration. This Initiative aligns efforts across our Federal Government to educate consumers, engage key stakeholders, and develop and evaluate solutions to reduce food loss and waste.”
Governor Jared Polis signed HB19-1001 into law, a landmark, bipartisan transparency bill that requires Colorado hospitals to make more of their financial information available to the public.
Coloradans -- especially in rural communities outside the Front Range -- pay some of the highest health care costs in the country, and hospitals account for 39 percent of all health care costs in the state.
Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver Public Works Executive Director Eulois Cleckley and Alice Jackson, President of Xcel Energy—Colorado, announced last week that 44,000 streetlights across Denver will be converted to Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs - considered one of today’s most energy-efficient and durable lighting technologies. The announcement was made today at the intersection of South Federal Blvd. and Exposition Ave., where Xcel Energy crews marked the occasion by changing out a traditional bulb to a LED.