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Week of 5/31/17 Of Special Interest
 
Photo courtesy: Brandon Rivera
 

By Brandon Rivera
Privera@lavozcolorado.com
 
05/31/2017

Colorado State University to drop policies

CSU to drop unconstitutional policies that enabled university officials to deny a student organization’s funding request strictly because of the group’s pro-life views. As part of the settlement ending a lawsuit that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed on behalf of the campus chapter of Students for Life, the university has agreed to overhaul its policies to ensure that all student groups will have equal access to mandatory student activity fees charged to all students.

2017 Anythink LIVE! teen music contest announced

Anythink’s music contest for teens, returns for the third year in a row. A celebration of musical creativity, Anythink LIVE! is an opportunity for teens to express themselves and compete for a chance to perform live at Anythink’s Backyard Concert Series. From May 29-June 9, area students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit a demo of their original music. A panel of judges will narrow the selection, and the top acts will be put to a popular vote from July 2-7. Voting will take place online, with prompts on Anythink’s Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as on Anythink’s website. The winner of Anythink LIVE! will perform as opening act for Hazel Miller Band at the Anythink Backyard Concert Series on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Winners will be announced at the July 14 show with Gora Gora Orkestar. Winner to perform at Anythink Backyard Concert Series

University of Colorado Boulder

Provost Russell L. Moore today announced the appointment of Sharon F. Matusik as the dean of the Leeds School of Business. Matusik has been serving as the interim dean since January 2017. She assumes the permanent role Thursday

The Comcast Foundation awards $76,000 in scholarships

Comcast will award $76,000 to 58 Colorado High School seniors through the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program funded by the Comcast Foundation. Forty-three percent of the awarded students are of Hispanic descent. Each student will receive a scholarship of $1000, while two students will receive an additional $9000 each at Cable Center at the University of Denver, 2000 Buchtel Blvd. South on Wednesday, May 31 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Popular Colorado trail to close

Hanging Lake Trail and Hanging Lake exit 125 off of Interstate 70 will be closed at midnight on June 4 until midnight on June 9. This is a temporary closure for trail work. The trail will be closed for public safety reasons while the work takes place.Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crews will work with Forest Service personnel to remove hazard trees along the trail, build additional rock steps up to the Spouting Rock waterfall and construct barriers to protect the historic resources mid-way up the trail.

White House

President Donald J. Trump embarked on his first trip overseas as President last Friday, May 19th. The President will made five stops in four countries during the eight-day trip. The President will seek to reaffirm America’s global leadership, continue building key relationships with world leaders, and deliver a message of unity to America’s friends and allies. He will be making stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium and will be attending both the NATO and G7 summits. First Lady Melania Trump is traveling with the President on the trip abroad.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB17-254 “2017-18 Long Appropriations Bill” into law. SB17-254 establishes an operating budget of $28.7 billion from all fund sources in FY 2017-18, with $10.6 billion from the General Fund. This represents a 5.8 percent increase over FY 2016-17 total funds appropriations, and a 5.7 percent General Fund increase. “This bill, and the passage of the hospital provider fee enterprise, allowed us to avoid draconian decisions to important parts of the budget and protected funding for health care and schools,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I applaud the commitment and collaboration of all of the participants in this process as they once again showed a spirit of bipartisanship that effectively serves the the people of Colorado.”

Denver Mayor

With a unanimous vote by Denver City Council , the City and County of Denver passed comprehensive sentencing reform, ensuring that penalties are proportional to the crimes committed and that violent criminals are held accountable. The ordinance also creates Denver’s first-ever hate crime sentence for bias-motivated offenses committed. The city can now prosecute crimes of hate, like defacement of private property. Mayor Hancock says “Over the past four months, the White House has issued a series of executive orders that have exacerbated our broken immigration system and have had a real impact on our community,” Mayor Hancock said. “I have heard from many who are rightfully concerned. Denver is committed to taking actions that will protect our people’s rights and keep our city safe, welcoming and open. This is not about shielding violent people and I will not play political games with the safety of our community. This is about protecting the rights and livelihoods of residents in Denver. I will make every effort to take well-thought actions to protect all our people and their families – that will always include immigrants and refugees here in Denver.”

 

 

 

 

 
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