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Week Of Special Interest 02/26/20
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By La Voz Staff

City of Boulder plans prescribed burn

The City of Boulder’s Fire-Rescue and Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) departments are planning to conduct prescribed burning projects in the coming months to help sustain forest ecosystem health, reduce fire risks for the community, and improve city-managed agricultural lands and water ditches.

The city is planning to continue spring prescribed burning just south of Boulder on Shanahan Ridge open space to help reduce fire danger for community members and improve area forest ecosystem health. This planned burning, near the South Shanahan Fork, Bluestem Connector and the Big Bluestem East trails, could occur any time between Monday, March 2, and Friday, May 29.

Ignitions will begin after 10 a.m., and end before 4 p.m. Boulder Fire-Rescue wildland firefighters, along with OSMP staff and personnel from neighboring and regional fire agencies, will monitor the Shanahan prescribed burn at all times until it is safely extinguished. The City of Boulder will conduct extensive preparations in advance of the burn, such as placing fire trucks at key locations around the planned burn, thinning vegetation that can fuel the burn and placing water hoses around the entire burn area.

Colorado Lottery boosts “Play Smart” initiatives

As part of its ongoing commitment to responsible gambling and to promote national Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the Colorado Lottery is stepping up its efforts to educate players, staff and partners.

As part of its effort to earn Level 3 Responsible Gaming Certification from the World Lottery Association (WLA), the Lottery is doubling down on its player responsibilities. In addition to increasing “Play Smart, Play Responsibly” messaging on its website, social sites, and at retail locations, the organization is increasing its advertising commitment to help players understand what it means to play responsibly and to know the signs of gambling addiction. The Lottery has also developed new employee and retailer training videos to help educate employees and Lottery partners on how to talk to players about problem gambling.

Since 2004, the Colorado Lottery, in collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado (PGCC), dedicates March to helping people have the conversation about problem gambling. Approximately 2 million (1 percent) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for pathological gambling, another 4-6 million (2-3 percent) would be considered problem gamblers; yet for many, gambling remains a hidden addiction.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump made additional disaster assistance available to the State of West Virginia by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken in the State of West Virginia as a result of severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of June 22-29, 2016.

Colorado Governor

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) announced that the Colorado Senate confirmed the volunteer Commissioners appointed by Gov. Jared Polis as part of the implementation of SB 19-181. “Thank you to members of the Colorado Senate Transportation and Energy Committee and the Colorado Senate for confirming the volunteer members of the COGCC,” said Dan Gibbs, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources. “I am proud to be part of these Commissioners who have worked hard over the last year and look forward to working with them to move the remaining SB 19-181 rulemakings across the finish line later this spring.”

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Public Schools (DPS) Superintendent Susana Cordova today announced the city will be matching the district’s $100,000 commitment – for a total of $200,000 – in new microgrant funding to engage community partners in the effort to help end youth violence in Denver. The city will also be waiving event fees for funded programs that may occur in city facilities, including recreation centers and parks.





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