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Week of 1/11/17 Of Special Interest
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By La Voz Staff

Brand assessment fees due

Livestock brands are vital to protecting Colorado’s livestock industry and are an important part of the state’s history and culture. The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Brand Inspection Division reminds brand owners that the brand assessment fee for the five-year assessment period beginning January 1, 2017 are due and must be paid by June 30, 2017.

Fort Collins horse honored

Complete Equestrian Vaulters in Fort Collins will be honoring one of the country’s most well known equestrian vaulting horses Chunky Monkey, at their upcoming ‘Heartbeats Gala Fundraiser on January 21, 2017.

VA urges partners to act now

Robert A. McDonald, Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary announced a concentrated 30-day effort by VA staff and partners to house as many homeless Veterans in their communities as possible. To accomplish this, Secretary McDonald charged VA’s network of federal, local and nongovernmental partners to target available housing and supportive services to the nation’s most vulnerable Veterans.

Free cancer screening

More than 50,000 women across Colorado are eligible for free cervical cancer screening, also known as a Pap test, under a Jan. 1 expansion by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Women’s Wellness Connection. Women’s Wellness Connection is expanding eligibility to include younger women who may not have the income or insurance coverage to pay for these important screening services. To qualify, women must earn less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level, be in the United States legally, and have no health insurance or have health insurance with high deductibles or co-pays.Women also are eligible for a number of diagnostic procedures. Women can check eligibility and clinic locations at the Women’s Wellness Connection.

Colorado clean energy

A major new report by the national, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) will show that Colorado may be one of the best states in the country in terms of keeping its clean energy economy on track and continuing strong job growth in 2017. Despite uncertainty elsewhere, employment numbers in Colorado in wind, solar power and energy efficiency suggest that major expansion is possible across the state, potentially adding billions of dollars to the economy and creating thousands of jobs.

DPS shares grant

Denver Public Schools (DPS) will share a $400,000 grant with the afterschool intermediary, the Denver Afterschool Alliance (DAA), that works to build the capacity of afterschool providers by providing them with tools, resources, and supports to improve quality and measure outcomes using a data-driven process. Together, they will devise a plan to help children in Denver develop positive social and emotional skills that are linked to success in school and career. These include abilities and traits such as teamwork, persistence, goal setting, self-control and getting along with others.

State revenue forecast shows steady performance

The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast. Overall economic activity has improved in Colorado compared with 2015 and early 2016, and the expansion is expected to continue at a moderate pace. The large drop in spending and income in the state from the downturn in the oil and gas industry is no longer weighing on growth. An increase in new business formation, the source of most net new jobs, is also contributing to Colorado’s improved economic growth. Demand for workers among Colorado businesses remains among the highest levels in the country, especially in the urban areas along the Front Range.

Claudia Moran-Pichardo named Deputy Director of Museo de las Americas

Claudia has been a dedicated museum professional at Museo de las Americas for over 10 years. In 2011, she was promoted to Director of Operations allowing her to participate in broader art administrative areas opening new opportunities to her professional career. Convinced that she was an advocate for Latino artists and communities of color, she enrolled at CU Boulder to pursue a graduate degree in Museum Administration. Given her unmatched tenure at Museo, she is an important asset to ensure the thriving future of this integral Denver.CAP’s National Radar Analysis Team helps rescuers

Civil Air Patrol’s National Radar Analysis Team

Guided searchers Saturday to a Colorado Springs couple and their downed plane in subzero temperatures in a remote area about 32 miles east of Meeker. The couple was taken to Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker for treatment of minor injuries. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center assigned the search and rescue mission to CAP’s Colorado Wing at noon after the plane, a Cirrus SR22, sent a distress call and crashed into the Flat Tops Wilderness in Garfield County.





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