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Week Of Special Interest 05/29/19
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By La Voz Staff

A Message from Cafe Cultura:

Hello Cafe Cultura Community We are changing our name.

Because of the growth and changes of the organization, as well as input from the community, we know that it is now time for a change.

We need your help to figure out what to rename ourselves. The Board of Directors has a few ideas, but we want this decision to have community input.

If you are interested in being a part of this process, please join us on Tuesday, June 4th at 5:30 p.m. at our office at 3800 Morrison Road to help our organization move forward.

You can RSVP to this event by going to our facebook event page

CDOT announces Front Range Passenger Rail study

The Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission (Passenger Rail Commission) and the Colorado Department of Transportation are requesting proposals to study the feasibility of a passenger rail system and other multimodal options linking Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins to Denver. The RFP will study how a passenger rail system for this 173-mile corridor, which contains 85 percent of Colorado’s population, could support the state’s future growth and economy and benefit all Coloradans with sustainable, reliable travel choices.

“The Commission is excited to explore how passenger rail can bring sustainable and real congestion relief along our Front Range,” said Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Chair Jill Gaebler. “As our population grows, the I-25 corridor will continue to be a vital link to our economy, moving people and goods while improving connectivity and allowing Colorado to flourish.”

Forty-two arrested in Black Market marijuana operations

Forty-two people were arrested over the last three days in one of the largest black market marijuana enforcement actions in Colorado history, announced U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn, DEA Denver Division Special Agent in Charge William T. McDermott, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler and 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young. During the last two years more than 250 locations have been searched.

This week law enforcement conducted additional searches and began making arrests on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Of those arrested as of Friday morning, 26 were state defendants and 16 were federal defendants. The federal defendants charged with offenses involving 100 or more marijuana plants face a minimum mandatory sentence of five years imprisonment and a maximum of 40 years imprisonment. The federal defendants charged with offenses involving 1,000 or more marijuana plants face a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum of life in prison.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Oklahoma and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from flooding beginning on May 7, 2019, and continuing.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Jared Polis signed HB19-1262, State Funding for Full-day Kindergarten into law, marking one of the largest investments in early childhood education in Colorado’s history. Funds set aside by the Joint Budget Committee in March will fund full-day kindergarten in addition to freeing up more than 5,000 preschool slots. In addition, Governor Polis signed HB19-1055, which provides $25 million to help school districts with kindergarten and preschool implementation costs such as furniture and equipment this year. With today’s signing, districts across the state are empowered to start offering free full-day kindergarten this fall.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock released the following statement honoring the men and women of the United States armed services who have lost their lives defending our country, our people and our freedoms at home and abroad:

“Memorial Day is a sacred time for our country, a time where we honor those who paid the ultimate price so that all of us today can enjoy the peace and society earned through their sacrifice. The men and women who have given the last full measure of devotion defending all that we hold dear as Americans are true heroes whose memory and service will never be forgotten, because we have an obligation to live up to their example.





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