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Week of 6/14/17 Of Special Interest
Photo courtesy: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Facebook

By La Voz Staff

Housing affordability in Colorado

Compared to other states, Colorado has the 12th highest housing wage (the amount of money a person needs to make in order to be able to afford rent) according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. A new report paints a dim picture of the state of and around the country.With a statewide fair-market price of $1,143 per month for a 2-bedroom apartment, a person would need to make $21.97 per hour, working 40 hours each week, in order to avoid spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent, according to the report.

The ACEC Colorado Scholarship Committee

This committee awarded $37,500 in scholarships to students in engineering programs for the 2017-18 academic year. The following CSU-Pueblo students will earn $11,000 in scholarships. Engineering students from Colorado State University-Pueblo have earned two of the top scholarships offered by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado. The awards were presented at a scholarship reception Thursday, March 30 at the Lakewood Country Club, where students had the opportunity to meet and network with ACEC Colorado-member firm principals and employees, as well as to learn more about consulting engineering.

Mount Evans officially opens to the peak

Mount Evans Highway is officially back open to travelers. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the opening of Mount Evans Highway (Colorado Highway 5) up to the summit of Mount Evans early last Thursday morning. Mount Goliath Natural Area and Nature Center, Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site and Summit Lake Park are located along the corridor for drivers to visit.

Westbound I-70 and northbound I-25 overnight closures

Starting at 11 p.m. Sunday, June 18, crews will close westbound I-70 at Federal Boulevard (exit 272) as they remove an overhead sign structure. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, June 19, in time for the morning commute.

Farmers Market all summer long

The many farmers’ markets spread throughout The Mile High City aren’t just about locally grown, farm-fresh produce, delicious baked goods and yummy prepared foods — though you’ll find more than enough of those things. Each Denver farmers’ market is a festive, weekly street fair, with live entertainment, family-friendly activities and a vibrant crowd of locals.

Great Sand Dunes experiencing ‘globally rare natural phenomenon’

This is the best time of the year to experience a globally rare natural phenomenon at the Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley, according to a Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve spokesperson. Medano Creek is now approaching what’s called “surge flow,” a phenomenon where creek water flows in waves across the sand. The combination of a sufficiently steep channel, a sandy creek bottom and plenty of flowing water only exists in a few places on Earth, according to the spokesperson and Medano Creek is considered the best place in the world to travel and experience the “surge flow!”

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt and the two presidents agreed on the importance of all countries implementing the agreements reached in Riyadh to fight terrorism, counter extremism, and stop the funding of terrorist groups. President Trump also emphasized the importance of maintaining unity among Arab countries.

Governor of Colorado

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Behavioral Health Transformation Council, Advisory Committee on Licensing of Child Care Facilities and State Interagency Coordinating Council. The Behavioral Health Transformation Council works to reduce the economic and social costs of untreated behavioral health disorders through the systemic transformation of the behavioral health system from one that is fragmented and siloed into one that is streamlined, efficient and effective for Colorado citizens. For a term expiring Aug. 30, 2019: Tonya D. Wheeler of Arvada, to serve as a representative of Advocates for Recovery, and occasioned by the resignation of Suquana Charley of Denver, appointed. The Advisory Committee on Licensing of Child Care Facilities counsels the Department of Human Services on the licensing of child care facilities and includes day care centers, family care homes, residential child care facilities and camps.

Denver Mayor

will be hosting the U.S. Travel Association’s Annual IPW event in 2018. It will be a great honor to welcome a vast number of representatives from the international travel industry to our great city.





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