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Week of 7/05/17 Of Special Interest
Photo courtesy: RTD

By La Voz Staff

Lakewood shelter needs help furnishing

A homeless shelter that helps women and children has a new name and a new location but they need some help filling the building with furniture. Marisol Homes, formerly known as the Father Ed Judy House, is a long-term shelter run by Catholic Charities of Denver. The Lakewood shelter has 16 rooms for single mothers, 86 percent of whom are survivors of domestic violence. The shelter recently launched a 30-day “move-in challenge” seeking donations to furnish all.

La Alma Playground Opening

Denver City Council Paul D. López and Alegra “Happy” Haynes, Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation, along with residents of La Alma will open a new playground at La Alma Lincoln Park. The community designed playground features age-separated play areas for 2-5-year old’s and 5-12-year old’s. The traditional play structures include a slide, standard and larger basket swings, while the custom features include a butterfly climber and bouncing flower net. With several high schools near the park, the playground area also includes a skate feature complete with concrete bank, sloped curb wall and ramp.

Commerce City-72nd Station update

Over the course of this year, RTD has provided updates on how North Metro Rail Line station construction is developing. Station sites are beginning to take shape (top right: Commerce City-72nd Station progress last June, bottom right: Commerce City-72nd Station this June) and community members will be able to see progression at each station as walls, platforms, and parking lots are being built. Station construction is one of the most exciting parts of building a rail line because it gives you an opportunity to imagine what future transportation options will look like.

CDOT Agreement with Greyhound

“This is an important milestone in our multi-modal mission,” said Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Director of Transit of Rail Mark Imhoff. “Securing this interline partnership has been a priority since Bustang’s inception. The ability to link our local service with the national transportation network provides Coloradans with flexibility, convenience and choice when it comes to traveling throughout the state and the country.”

Our Government

White House

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the 2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs, to the White House. Before bringing the team in to the Oval Office, President Trump made some remarks in the Roosevelt Room, where he congratulated them on their historic World Series victory last fall. The team gifted President Trump with a customized championship “45” jersey, as well as a “45” scoreboard panel.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper has given a verbal declaration of disaster emergency to help efforts to fight the Lightner Creek Fire near Durango. La Plata County officials have given the state control of the firefighting effort. The fire is burning north of Highway 160 in La Plata County. Currently 170 homes have been evacuated. The fire began when a home caught fire. The state’s multi-mission aircraft has been deployed to help assess the fire’s size which has grown to more than 250 acres. The declaration includes authorization for the Colorado National Guard to provide support if requested.

Denver Mayor

Denver City Council unanimously approved the city’s plan to save the non-profit community between $11-14 million per year through a simple fix to the tax code. The change will closely align the definition of charitable corporation with how the federal and Colorado state governments treat 501(c)3 organizations so that local nonprofits are no longer subject to Denver’s sales, use, lodger’s and employer occupational privilege tax. “In a time when too many Denver families are struggling to make ends meet, there is no more critical partner than our charitable sector.





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