Thanksgiving DUI Enforcement stops 518 impaired drivers
It was a busy holiday on Colorado roads, as residents and tourists traveled for Thanksgiving celebrations with friends and family. To increase safety for all drivers, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and law enforcement agencies statewide increased impaired driving enforcement as part of The Heat Is On campaign. From Nov. 18 to Nov. 28, 97 agencies across the state arrested 518 drivers, a significant increase from the 283 drivers arrested during the same enforcement event last year. The additional arrests are attributed to the longer enforcement period this year, which was twice as long.
Educator preparation programs declines
The latest numbers from the 2016 Legislative Educator Preparation Report, to be presented at the Colorado Commission on Higher Education meeting, shows the number of individuals completing traditional educator preparation programs at Colorado colleges and universities during the 2015-16 academic year declined by 2.2 percent to 2,472. This is the sixth straight year the number of people joining the workforce as teachers and administrators has dropped a 24.4 percent since 2010. According to the report, 3,268 educators completed programs through either a traditional or alternative educator preparation program licensure route, such as an online program. Completers through alternative licensure routes remains consistent over the last reporting cycles and represents approximately one-quarter (25 percent) of the total completers in the state (796).
City seeks public input
The City of Boulder announced that it is seeking community feedback as it prepares to recruit its new planning director. The recruitment follows the resignation of David Driskell, effective Dec. 9, to become Portland’s new sustainable development strategist. The Novak Consulting Group will conduct the public input portion of the recruitment. Members of the public wishing to provide input may complete a brief survey at www.bouldersnextplanningdirector.org. The survey is available until Dec. 12. It includes questions to help inform the hiring committee about community priorities as well as the education, experience and character traits that should be considered in the recruitment process.
CDA announces Colorado’s inaugural hemp “Certified Seed”
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) announced that three industrial hemp seed varieties have passed the statewide THC validation and observation trial and are now eligible to be grown by the Colorado Seed Growers Association for production of “CDA Approved Certified Seed.”
Colorado Assistant Principal of the Year
Suzanne Acheson, Assistant Principal of W.C. Hinkley High School in Aurora Public Schools, has been named the 2017 Colorado Assistant Principal of the Year for secondary schools by the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) and the Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals (CASSP). She will represent Colorado in the National Assistant Principal of the Year program.
Benavidez to serve on various committees
Rep.-elect Adrienne Benavidez was selected yesterday by Speaker-designate to serve on the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs, Finance and Judiciary Committees for the 71st General Assembly, which starts Jan. 11. Rep.-elect Benavidez was elected on November 8 to represent House District 32, which covers Commerce City and parts of unincorporated Adams County.
Obituary - Sheila Bugdanowitz
Sheila Bugdanowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rose Community Foundation, died unexpectedly at the age of 72. Bugdanowitz was a Denver native and graduated from the Univeristy of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1998 she stewarded the Rose Community Foundation and continued its legacy until her passing. She was an advocate for the Latino Community Foundation of Colroado (LCFC) and Latino communities throughout Colorado. Bugdanowitz made sure the the LCFC had all the necessary resources to succeed.
She had also previously chaired the Colorado Association of Funders and served on the boards of the Colorado Health Institute, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she was also board chair.
Bugdanowitz received the Woman of Distinction award from Girl Scouts – Mile High Council in 1998. In 2005, she also was a recipient of the “Shrine of the Sun” Award from El Pomar Foundation for her “profound and lasting impact on the nonprofit community.”
She will always be remembered and her spirit will live within the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado forever.