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Week of 2/08/17 Of Special Interest
Photo courtesy: Americans Against Fracking Facebook

By La Voz Staff

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump proclaimed February as American Heart Month. During American Heart Month, we remember those who have lost their lives to heart disease and resolve to improve its prevention, detection, and treatment. It is a time for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to improving cardiovascular health for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Kim Hunter Reed as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.He said “We are grateful for Diane’s work in serving as the interim director of DHE,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “It’s obvious she cares deeply about education in Colorado, and we appreciate her stepping in and ensuring operations continued to run smooth. We look forward to her continuing as the department’s chief operating officer.”

Mayor of Denver

Denver’s Mayor Michael B. Hancock response to the executive actions taken on immigration, “We have a history of being a city of opportunity for everyone, and we have every intention to maintain our character. This is about what is best for the residents of Denver, and I will remain steadfast in doing everything I can to protect our people – immigrants or not – and protect their rights.”

Daniels Fund 2016 distribution

The Daniels Fund announced that it distributed $58.8 million in grants and scholarships in 2016 bringing the total to approximately $700 million in grants and scholarships since the Daniels Fund’s inception in 2000. Approximately $41.4 million went to highly effective nonprofit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, and to other national organizations. Colorado communities are benefiting from $25.3 million in grants to outstanding nonprofits throughout the state. A total of $17.4 million in scholarships was distributed within the four-state region through two distinct programs — the Daniels Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving high school seniors, and the Boundless Opportunity Scholarship (BOS) program, which provides funding to participating colleges to offer scholarships to non-traditional students. Colorado students received $12.7 million in scholarships. 

HB-17-1068 Bill expanding wage protection

Bill (HB-17-1068) expanding wage protections for workers on state highway projects passed the House Transportation & Energy Committee this week sponsored by Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County, The bill specifies that the Colorado Department of Transportation may consider bids, including those for public-private partnerships like the recent US 36 project, only if the bid calculates labor costs using locally prevailing wages and benefits. The idea is to prevent lowball bids from companies that don’t pay their employees fair wages. 

Von Lanken Memorial Fund

A memorial fund for the family of slain transit security officer Scott Von Lanken has been set up. Regional Transportation District (RTD) Transit Police have worked with Allied Universal, Officer Von Lanken’s employer, to set up the memorial fund to help support his wife and two children through the Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Credit Union under Scott Von Lanken’s name. Visit or call (303) 458-6660 for more information.

Oprah Winfrey to join CBS’ 60 Minutes

Oprah Winfrey will join 60 Minutes as a special contributor starting the fall of 2017. Winfrey had this to say, “I’ve been a big admirer of 60 Minutes since my days as a young reporter. I’m so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling. At a time when people are so divided, my intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”

No fracking

On Monday, Feb. 20, Earth Guardians and Our Children’s Trust will be holding a march to show solidarity with the six youth who brought the fracking and climate lawsuit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The young people are arguing that the Commission has a constitutional obligation to prioritize the protection of the environment and public health over oil and gas development.

Finalist named in search of MSU president

Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees Chair, Michelle Lucero, today announced that Janine Davidson, Ph.D., is the finalist for president of MSU Denver. Davidson has extensive experience as an academic and leader of complex organizations. Most recently, as the 32nd undersecretary of the United States Navy, she managed all Departments of the Navy affairs including Navy and Marine Corps integration, acquisition, finance, personnel, legislative affairs, research and development. In this role, she was responsible for the health and well-being of nearly 900,000 sailors, marines, civilians and their families.

Risas offers free exams and X-Rays for children

In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Risas Dental and Braces will offer free exams and x-rays for all children ages 17 and under between Feb. 1 – Feb. 28. Parents can make an appointment for the free exam and x-rays at any of Risas’ Denver-area bilingual offices, by calling (720)-536-0401 or they can book online at Locations provided below.

Aurora South - 3575 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora

Aurora North - 11479 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora

Denver South - 2731 W. Evans Ave., Denver

Federal Heights - 8383 Pecos St., Denver

Wheat Ridge - 3815 N. Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge





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