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Week Of Special Interest 10/09/19
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By La Voz Staff

Reminder: Oct. 15 deadline approaching (taxpayers extension)

Taxpayers who requested the six-month filing extension should complete their tax returns and file on or before the Oct. 15 deadline. Convenient electronic filing options, including IRS Free File, are still available.

Filing electronically is easy, safe and the most accurate way to file taxes. There are a variety of electronic filing options. Those options include having tax returns prepared at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Counseling for the Elderly site, purchasing commercial software or choosing a reputable tax professional who is also an authorized e-file provider.

About 15 million taxpayers filed for an extension this year. Although Oct. 15 is the last day for most people to file, some may have more time. They include:

Members of the military and others serving in a combat zone. They typically have 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file returns and pay any taxes due.

Taxpayers in federally-declared disaster areas who already had valid extensions. For details, see the disaster relief page on

Extension filers can file when they are ready and don’t have to wait until Oct. 15 to file. Taxpayers who did not request an extension and have yet to file a 2018 tax return can generally avoid additional penalties and interest by filing the return as soon as possible and paying any taxes owed.

RTD Light Rail celebrates a quarter century

Monday marked 25th anniversary of Central Rail Line opening in 1994

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is celebrating a quarter century of light rail service in the metro Denver region today. The agency’s first rail line, the 5.3-mile Central Rail Line, opened 25 years ago, offering a vital connection between the Five Points neighborhood and downtown Denver.

To thank the public for its help in making RTD light rail a success, the transit agency will host customer appreciation events at the two original endpoint stations for the Central Rail Line, now known as the D Line. RTD staff will be providing riders with special commemorative buttons.

What: Rider appreciation events, 25th anniversary of light rail

When: 6:30-8:30 a.m. today

Where: 30th & Downing and I-25 & Broadway stations

As the first light rail line in RTD’s system, the Central Rail Line served as the catalyst for a new mode of transportation across the metro area, proving so popular that RTD had to order more light rail cars to accommodate the volume of people who wanted to ride.

Our Government

White House

This week, President Donald J. Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Edwin Meese III. This prestigious award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Edwin Meese III has long been a thought leader and strong conservative voice on matters of law and policy.

Colorado Governor

During an event co-hosted by the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C., Results for America released the 2019 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence, which highlights how a growing number of state governments from across the political spectrum are using evidence and data to improve results for their residents. “In Colorado we want to ensure we’re delivering the best services we can for our constituents as efficiently as possible,” said Governor Jared Polis.

Denver Mayor

The Denver Planning Board is seeking a candidate with a background or interest in community planning, zoning, and implementation of the Denver Comprehensive Plan 2040.

The Denver Planning Board advises the mayor and Denver City Council on land use matters including planning and zoning. The 11-member board reviews and makes recommendations on rezoning requests, plans, certain district design standards and guidelines, view planes and other land use rules and regulations. Interested applicants should submit their application online. If you have questions, please contact Romaine Pacheco at or
(720) 865-9085.





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