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Week of 4/7/17 Of Special Interest
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By La Voz Staff

Bats tested positive for rabies

The Pueblo City-County Health Department confirmed two bats tested positive for rabies in the City and County of Pueblo. Public health officials warn individuals to not touch bats, stay away from bats and all wild animals, and to keep screens on windows and doors in good condition to prevent wild animals from entering your home.“It is important to know bats are in all areas of Pueblo County, from city neighborhoods to the mountains,” stated Vicki Carlton, program manager in the Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness division of the Pueblo City-County Health Department. Carlton added, “Wild animals, including bats, are to be left alone and not touched. If you encounter a bat, do not touch it.” Rabies is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected animal. Bat teeth are very small and sharp; a wound from a bat bite may not be visible. Rabies also can be transmitted if the animal’s saliva gets into a cut or break in the skin.

Cllaro New Logo

CLLARO, one of the oldest Latino-serving nonprofit organizations in the nation, revealed a new logo that reflects the legacy of CLLARO’s founders while adopting a modernized lens on their approach to the work of improving the lives of Latinos in Colorado. “Following the completion of CLLARO’s recent strategic planning, we knew it would be important to also re-imagine CLLARO’s brand identity to both honor our rich history and to communicate where we are headed as an organization,” said CLLARO’s Executive Director, Alexandra Alonso.

Colorado Convention Center expansion plans

City officials announced plans Thursday detailing the proposed $233 million expansion of the Colorado Convention Center. The proposed expansion will include multi-function meeting spaces and a 50,000 sq. ft. outdoor terrace., where convention goers will have an unobstructed view of the Rocky Mountains. The project also includes plans to modify several lobbies.

Gardening gives school families produce access

A local school is providing families with access to produce in a food desert area of Denver with few grocery stores nearby. Clayton Early Learning partnered with Colorado businesses to plant new fruit, vegetables and herb plants in garden beds on the school property on Thursday. The gardens will serve two purposes in the coming months by providing hands-on science learning labs for children and giving fresh produce to their families. Clayton operates two schools, directly serving more than 800 students coming from primarily low-income backgrounds. Clayton places a particular emphasis on health and nutrition as part of its ongoing curriculum.

Don’t text and drive!

From January 2014 to January 2017, more than 930 drivers were convicted for texting and driving, many after being involved in accidents. Governor John Hickenlooper hopes Senate Bill 17-27 will lower that number. The bill he signed Thursday will septuple the fine from the current $50 and 1 point against your license to $300 and 4 points against your license. Wisconsin visitor Vicki Capper questions whether the fine is stiff enough.

White House

During the address in the Rose Garden at the White House, President Trump vowed that the U.S. would maintain its position as a world leader in clean energy, while protecting the economy and strengthening the work force. The Paris Climate Accord cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion in reduced output, over 6 million industrial jobs, and over 3 million manufacturing jobs. President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and begin negotiations to either re-enter or negotiate an entirely new agreement with more favorable terms for the United States.

Governor of Colorado

Young adults interested in employment can go to any of the Workforce Center offices located throughout the State. These offices are a place where young people can meet with an employment specialist, who will assist them with job search activities and referrals young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 through March and August are eligible to participate in the Summer Job Hunt. Economic circumstances are not a consideration for program registrants. Proof of age and citizenship are required. This is a free referral service to young adults and employers. Other employment and educational opportunities may be available for qualified youth.

Denver Mayor

Gender Equity Summit supports policies to accelerate progress for women and girls. “Leaders from across the region came together to work on one of the most vital issues of our time: equity and inclusion in the workplace,” Mayor Hancock said. “The recommendations that came out of that day-long conversation provide a broad diversity of employers with some concrete suggestions that could be implemented to accelerate progress for women and girls, which of course translates into progress for us all.”





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