Lakewood issues fire ban
The city has instituted a fire ban in its open space parks, which means no campfires of any kind are allowed. All campfires including those in designated fire rings or permanent charcoal grills are currently not allowed in Bear Creek Lake Park and Greenbelt, Thunder Valley Park and William Hayden Park. Charcoal barbecue fires in designated permanent grills are only allowed in neighborhood parks within Lakewood. No smoking in open space parks unless you are either in an enclosed structure or vehicle or you are standing in an area 6 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.
Hike for HomeAid aims to reduce homelessness
HomeAid Colorado proudly announces the kickoff of Hike for HomeAid, a summer long fundraiser that aims to reduce homelessness in Colorado. From now through September 4, Coloradans across the state will hike to raise funds for HomeAid Colorado’s homeless housing development program which provides safe and dignified housing for families in need. Now in its third year, Hike for HomeAid directly supports individuals and families who have experienced a life-changing event such as a veteran returning from war, job loss, death of a spouse or family member or medical crisis that has left them temporarily homeless. This year, prizes will be awarded to participants for most miles hiked, funds raised and most social media shares. Winners will be recognized at HomeAid Colorado’s annual Growlers & Grapes Tasting Event on August 30th in Denver.
Amazon is hiring
One thousand full-time positions are available at their new fulfillment center in Aurora. The online retailer is spending $130 million to build the center on Smith Road near Picadilly. The center will be the company’s first in Colorado when it opens late summer. The one-million square foot center will handle larger-sized items, such as sports equipment, musical instruments and furniture. The Aurora Economic Development Council said most of the jobs at the fulfillment center will offer annual salaries in the low $30,000 range. A few managerial and human resource positions are also available.
The 5-year anniversary of the Aurora Theater shooting is memorialized via a Community Candlelight Vigil and First Responder Procession. The vigil is being held at The Garden located east of the Municipal Building, on the corner of Alameda and Chambers to honor the memory of those lost on July 20, 2012.
This week, President Trump kicked off “Made in America Week.” At the Department of the Interior, we are taking this opportunity to promote and strengthen America’s tradition of outdoor recreation on public lands. The idea of visionaries like President Theodore Roosevelt, and has been carried on by the federal government and Congress for years. It could not have been possible without help from philanthropic foundations, American businesses, and thousands of public-private partnerships across our public lands.
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Kevin Rein’s appointment as the new State Engineer and Director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources. Rein replaces Dick Wolfe, who retired at the end of June after 10 years in the position. “The importance of water administration has never been more clear as we implement Colorado’s Water Plan,” said Governor Hickenlooper. “Kevin’s experience and leadership will be crucial to our state’s long-term success in protecting this vital resource.”
Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City Council President Albus Brooks and President Pro Tem Jolon Clark today released a revised general obligation bond project list. Council members begin their deliberations this month and are expected to refer the full package of essential infrastructure improvements to the November ballot in August. The package includes 460 projects valued at $937 million, with the biggest portion dedicated to one of the city’s biggest challenges: transportation and mobility. “Working together with Council leadership, we built on the excellent ideas of the community and stakeholder committees, and adjusted them to provide maximum benefit to people and neighborhoods in all areas of the city,” Mayor Hancock said.