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Week Of Special Interest 01/01/20
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By La Voz Staff

Student winners of statewide radon poster contest announced

Students from Windsor and Montrose took top honors in this year’s radon awareness poster contest.

Hunter from Windsor Middle School won first place out of more than 300 entries. He earned $300 for his submission, and his poster will be entered in the National Radon Poster Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Also, his poster will be displayed on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) radon website for 2020.

Asher, also from Windsor Middle School, earned second place and $200. Addison, from Columbine Middle School in Montrose, received third place and $100.

“This contest is a fun way to educate children and encourage residents to test their homes for radon,” said Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Radon testing is easy to do, and it’s the only sure way to tell whether or not your home is affected by radon, which occurs naturally in the soil.”

The teachers of the top three students received $100 gift cards as well.

Long-term exposure to radon — a colorless and odorless radioactive gas — is the most frequent cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. Exposure to radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year.

In Colorado alone, all 64 counties are at high risk for radon gas, and more than 50 percent of homes have radon levels that exceed federal standards.

For more information about radon, visit

Our Government

White House

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Adjustments of certain rates of pay: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Statutory Pay Systems. The rates of basic pay or salaries of the statutory pay systems (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 5302(1)), as adjusted under 5 U.S.C. 5303 and section 748 of division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020.

Colorado Governor

Governor Jared Polis announced commutations for three individuals and pardons for five individuals.

“Clemencies are a tremendous responsibility given to a governor that can change a person’s life,” said Governor Jared Polis. “These decisions were not taken lightly and were made after careful consideration of each individual case. These are people looking for a second chance and the opportunity to move beyond the mistakes from their past. They have taken important steps to turn their lives around and shown remorse for their actions.” Commutations were granted to Erik Jensen, William Hoover Jr., and Abron Arrington. Pardons were granted to Eric Edelstein, John Furniss, Brandon Burke, Jamie Matthews, and Ingrid Encalada LaTorre.

Denver Mayor

Alternate Board Member position open for the Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals. The Board of Adjustment is an independent agency whose purpose is to hear and decide cases regarding appeals from the Denver Zoning Code. The Board hears cases for zoning variance requests, requests for delays of enforcement for un-permitted and non-compliant existing conditions, and Zoning Permit with Special Exception Reviews (ZPSE, ). The Board also serves as an impartial oversight for actions and decisions of the Zoning Administrator related to the Denver Zoning Code.





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