Denver Zoo welcomes birth of zebra
The Denver Zoo welcomed the birth of a Grevy’s (GREH-veez) zebra in the early morning hours on Saturday, December 3. The male foal, named Cody, was born to mother Farasi (fair-AH-see), and father Punda (PUHN-dah). Zookeepers say Cody is thriving and runs very well for a zebra that is less than a week old. Guests can see the newborn with the rest of his herd in their yard now, weather permitting.
America stands up for DREAMers
As Inauguration Day nears, Americans across the country are voicing their support for the 750,000 DREAMers who have been able to live and work without fear because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as the broader immigrant community that is at risk of deportation under the new President-elect.
Lafayette awarded $2.8 million
The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded a $2.8 million grant to the Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza Lafayette (NKJN) program for the group’s work to connect low-income and Latino youth living in Lafayette to nature and the outdoors. The grant is part of GOCO’s Inspire Initiative, which invests in places, programs, and career pathways to get kids outside in communities across the state.
Denver approves new Housing Advisory Committee
Denver City Council on Monday approved the initial slate of appointments to Denver’s new Housing Advisory Committee. The advisory group, which will convene monthly beginning in January 2017, was established as part of Denver’s first Dedicated Housing Fund Ordinance that was approved in September.
USDA announces new conservation opportunities
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer farmers and ranchers more opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The announcement includes new CRP practices to protect water quality and adds an additional 1.1 million acres targeted to benefit wildlife, pollinators and wetlands.
New Free SBDC Program provides HR assistance
Colorado small business owners can now receive assistance with human resource (HR) needs through a new free program offered by the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network in partnership with Courtside® Consulting. The new SBDC HR Small Business program is designed for busy small business owners who need assistance understanding and implementing HR regulations, creating programs and HR manuals for employees and managing employee performance challenges.
Grape Phylloxera detected in Colorado’s Grand Valley
In November, an insect capable of damaging Colorado’s wine grape crop was confirmed in Mesa County. U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service entomologists positively identified grapevine phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae) on Vitis vinifera grapevines in the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), which is a federally designated grape production area in western Colorado. Phylloxera is an aphid-like insect that feeds aggressively on grape roots.
Parks and Recreation completes additional park designations
Denver Parks and Recreation recently completed its eighth round of park designations for previously undesignated park and open space. With these latest efforts, more than 4400 acres of parks, parkways, open spaces and natural areas are now designated, representing approximately 81 percent of all Denver-owned open space within the city limits.
Free Dental Care
Comfort Dental will be hosting the 33th annual Care Day Saturday, December 24th, offering free dental care to those in need. All Comfort Dental general dentistry offices throughout 10 states are participating including offices in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and Washington. Offices will be open on Dec. 24th from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The general public should contact their local Comfort Dental office for more information. For office locations see www.ComfortDental.com. Last year on Care Day, Comfort Dental offices saw 4,000 patients nationally, and gave away $1.4 million in free dental services. Since Care Day’s beginnings in 1984, Comfort Dental has given away over $21.4 million in dental services.