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Week of 2/22/17 Of Special Interest
Photo courtesy: Denver Public Schools

By La Voz Staff

White House

The U.S. Senate confirmed on Tuesday President Donald Trump’s nomination of Linda E. McMahon as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Governor of Colorado

John Hickenlooper appointed Roberto Ramirez as district court judge for the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties). He will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Craig Welling’s appointment to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Mayor of Denver

Mayor Hancock is advocating for the certification of Ms. Vizguerra’s pending U visa application by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The City and County of Denver supported her application by signing an I-918 supplemental form in August of 2015.

CSU-Pueblo hosts science competition

Colorado State University-Pueblo will host more than 900 students from across Colorado and approximately 150 students, faculty, staff, and community professionals at 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo on March 4th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a science competition featuring 35 separate categories from forensics and robotics to flight.

Boulder offers rebates to low-income residents

Each year, the City of Boulder provides rebates to help compensate residents with lower incomes for the city sales tax they pay on food. Those seeking a rebate must fill out an application documenting their eligibility. The application period begins March 1, 2017. Application forms must be received by or postmarked by June 30, 2017. Applicants from 2016 will automatically receive an application in the mail.

New campus for bilingual adult literacy program

Building on the success of its first bilingual adult-literacy program, Denver Public Schools (DPS), in partnership with Denver’s Mexican Consulate, will host a grand opening of the district’s second “Plaza Comunitaria” (Community Plaza). This program offers a variety of courses located on the Lake International School Campus at 1820 Lowell Blvd., and the new location mirrors the programs offered at the first “Plaza Comunitaria” at Abraham Lincoln High School, which opened in March of 2015 in Southwest Denver.

RTD R-line opening

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) will kick off the R Line celebrations with a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony at the Iliff Station (Cross streets: E. Iliff Ave & S. Blackhawk St.) on Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Free rides on the R Line are available from 11 a.m.–9 p.m., only on trains designated with R signage.

City of Thornton 30th Annual Business Appreciation Event

The City of Thornton has announced the 30th Annual Business Appreciation Event and Mayoral State-of-the-City Address at Wedgewood at the Brittany Hill, 9350 Grant St. on April 20 from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Fruita teacher awarded Milken Award

Fruita teacher Felicia Casto won the $25,000 Milken Award in a ceremony at Rim Rock Elementary that was attended by Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken and Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes.

Audit finds DIA lost nearly $1.5 million

Denver International Airport lost nearly $1.5 million in rental car concession revenues from two companies over a two-year period, Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, found in a recent audit. A rental car company did not comply with its concession agreement in regards to its satellite offices. The concession agreement between the rental car companies and DIA requires the rental car companies to collect and remit a concession fee and a customer facility charge (CFC) from all airport customers. The audit found that one rental car company owed DIA approximately $1.46 million in concessions fees, CFC fees, and interest. In addition, DIA’s procedures to update the rental rates for the rental car companies’ onsite facilities are faulty.

Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez to be awarded

U.S. Olympic gymnastics Gold and Silver medalist and Dancing with the Stars champion Laurie Hernandez, the 16-year-old dynamo who blazed into America’s heart during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, will be awarded the 2017 Latinovator Award at the eighth annual Hispanicize 2017 Week, April 3-6.





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