Denver Food Vision
Following a series of 22 public outreach events earlier this year, the City and County of Denver has completed its initial draft of the Denver Food Vision, a policy document intended to guide the development of the city’s food system. The document is open for public review and comment from now through January 31, 2017. The Denver Food Vision sets forth an ambitious, comprehensive approach to further develop Denver’s food system. The first document of its kind for Denver—and one of only about a dozen nationwide—the vision includes priorities, strategies and winnable goals to provide direction related to land use, public investment and public-private partnerships. The vision focuses on the multiple ways food makes Denver more inclusive, healthy, vibrant and resilient.
Colorado corn contest winners
Improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques and innovative growing practices helped corn growers achieve ever-higher yields in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) 2016 National Corn Yield Contest. The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 52nd year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. Participation in the contest remained strong in 2016, with 7,972 entries received. Current and former board members for the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) were among those who placed high in the state’s rankings of the yield contest, which included current CCAC board member Gary Melcher, as well as Jim Lenz, who is a past CCGA president.
CDOT lane closure
The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed and left and center lane of westbound C-470 over Acres Green Drive, just west of Yosemite Street, for emergency expansion joint repairs. Traffic will be reduced to one lane, creating traffic backups and slowdowns on westbound C-470 and E-470, and southbound I-25 near County Line Road. Currently, there is no time estimate for the repairs to be completed. Drivers should consider using alternate routes
AARP provides tax help
AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation TaxAide program. AARP Foundation TaxAide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. For more information, call 1-888-AARPNOW
(1-888-227-7669) or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, go to aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/
New principal at Henderson Elementary
School District 27J has selected a new principal to lead Henderson Elementary School. School administrative veteran, Natalie Rooney, has been hired as the school’s principal. Rooney has served as interim principal of Tollgate Expeditionary Learning School in Aurora Public Schools since moving to Colorado this past summer. Prior to her move, she was principal of Marion Elementary School in Marion, Ark., for three years. She was also an assistant principal at Marion Junior High School for four years.
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced a new grant competition to support districts and their communities in preparing to implement innovative, comprehensive, collaborative, and locally-driven strategies to increase diversity in schools. King also announced the 2017 Magnet Schools Assistance Program competition, which will provide districts with funds to help create integrated public schools and support high-quality, theme-based educational programming.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Amendment 70, a measure relating to the state minimum wage, and Proposition 106 (Right to Die), a measure relating to access to medical aid-dying medication
Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced a cold-weather adjustment to enforcement of the city’s unauthorized camping ordinance. “As a city, we have a responsibility and moral obligation to protect the lives of our residents. Urban camping-- especially during cold, wet weather -- is dangerous and we don’t want to see any lives lost on the streets when there are safe, warm places available for people to sleep at night. Every night, we have beds open for people to sleep and every day we have safe places and resources to help people experiencing homelessness,” Mayor Hancock said.