First Lady Michelle Obama delivered her final remarks as First Lady at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 11. School Counselor of the Year is an annual White House tradition started in 2015 by Mrs. Obama.
Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Michael Grattan III to the Mesa County Court in the 21st Judicial District. He will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Gretchen Larson to the district court in the 21st Judicial District.
Mayor Hancock released a statement on the new Office of Hope saying, “Serving those who are struggling to afford a home or those without any home at all is some of the hardest work we do. We know we can do better. One organization or entity cannot help solve for the housing needs our people have alone. We must do it together.”
Ruby Hill Rail Yard open
Marking the start of its eleventh year, the Ruby Hill Rail Yard is now officially open for 2017. The rail yard is available to both snowboarders and skiers and is free. The Ruby Hill Rail Yard features eight to ten rails and boxes of varying configurations and skill level. Weather permitting; the rail yard will stay open until the end of February.
City seeks feedback on draft
The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department is seeking community feedback on a draft management plan to help ensure sustainable and thriving agricultural operations on city open space.
U.S. Labor Department sues Colorado company
The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court of Colorado against Central Security Communications Inc., CEO Robert Millikin and fiduciary Howard Klinger to restore more than $82,000 owed to the Greeley, Colorado-based company’s retirement and health plans, as well as additional lost income. The department’s lawsuit asserts that the security and alarm monitoring company, Millikin and Klinger violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 by not making employee retirement contributions and health insurance premiums to the employee retirement and health plans. The lawsuit also alleges the defendants did not collect delinquent outstanding loan repayments owed to the retirement plan.
Colorado student enrollment grows
The Colorado Department of Education announced the statewide preschool through 12th-grade pupil count for the 2016-17 school year increased by 5,907 over the previous year, bringing the total enrollment to 905,019 public school students. This number represents the total number of students served.
Commerce City seeks members
Commerce City is seeking individuals to serve as members on the Cultural Council, Capital Improvement Projects Citizen Advisory Committee, Derby Review Board, Planning Commission and Quality Community Foundation.
Record number of marriage licenses
Denver is growing and so is the number of marriages in the City. A record-breaking 8,024 couples tied the knot in 2016.
Adams County to appeal retail marijuana tax
Adams County Commissioners have directed County Attorney Heidi Miller to appeal a December 15, 2016 Colorado Court of Appeals opinion to the Colorado Supreme Court. Reversing a Sept. 23, 2016 Adams County District Court decision, the Court of Appeals issued an opinion in favor of three municipalities ruling that, despite voter approval in all cities, the county does not have the authority to impose a special sales tax on retail marijuana.
Adams County awarded funding
Adams County has been awarded $54,080 from the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) through its Charge Ahead Colorado program for the purchase and deployment of new electric vehicles and charging stations. One new charging station will be added to the Adams County Government Center public parking lot (4430 S. Adams County Pkwy. in Brighton). Two charging stations will be added to the new Westminster Human Services Center public parking lot and one charging station will be added to the employee parking lot. One new charging station will be added to the Sheriff’s Office (public parking lot in addition to one charging station and two new electric vehicles (non-patrol fleet) being added to the employee parking lot.
Dumb Friends League to open a new clinic
On Jan. 17 the Dumb Friends League will open a new spay and neuter clinic for cats as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the number of cats on the streets and in shelters. The Dumb Friends League Solutions- Cat Spay/neuter Clinic will offer a no cost surgery for all Colorado cats, including feral cats, community cats and owned cats. Anyone can bring a cat to the clinic regardless of income. For more information, visit www.ddfl.org/catclinic.