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Week of Special Interest 7/26/17
 
 

By La Voz Staff
News@lavozcolorado.com
 
07/27/2017


Anythink Internship Initiative

Program

Offers teens early career training in library industry. Anythink has been selected to take part in the Inclusive Internship Initiative (III), a program offered by the Public Library Association (PLA), designed to introduce students from diverse background to careers in librarianship. As part of this initiative, Lisette Zamora-Galarza, 18, and Samantha Martinez, 16, both of Commerce City, have been selected to work with Anythink Commerce City staff on community projects through the end of this summer. Through these learning projects, Zamora-Galarza and Martinez will engage with a broad perspective of library services to help deepen their understanding of the field.


Colorado marijuana revenue surpasses $500 million

Colorado has received more than half a billion dollars in marijuana-related revenue since legal adult sales began in 2014, according to an analysis of state data released Wednesday by Denver-based VS Strategies. The report — available now at http://bit.ly/CO500M — details the sources of the revenue and provides a snapshot of how it is being distributed. State Rep. Jonathan Singer and Adoption Exchange Executive Director Lauren Arnold will join Colorado cannabis community leaders for a news conference to discuss the report at the VS Strategies office in Denver (455 Sherman St., Suite 390). Singer, who has a background in youth counseling, has played a leading role in marijuana tax discussions at the capitol and advocated for revenue to be used for counseling services.

Two people work to make change

Two people on two bicycles are making a statement to get people to help clean up trash in the mountains. Seth Orme and Abby Taylor are traveling across the country. They made a stop in Boulder. The duo will work with an outdoor company called Exxel Outdoors and plan on picking up trash in Gordon Gulch with the company. “There is a lot of trash out there in places you would think are extremely pristine, often a lot of trash build up,” Orme said. Orme is the founder of “Packing It Out.” It’s an effort to get people to help clean up trash in the mountains. He and Abby started their long journey in Georgia. They left in April.

Broomfield to oversee oil & gas regulations

The industry, and unveiled their draft plan at an open house Thursday night. “The City Council of Broomfield charged us with finding a way of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of residents when oil and gas comes in to the communities,” committee member Susan Speece said. The draft proposal included a variety of topics including: rules for drilling site applications, regulations for air, noise, & light pollution, inspection plans, policies to minimize loss of property value One of the biggest issues that this draft proposal tried to tackle is setback requirements for any new wells in relation to homes.

OUR GOVERNMENT

White House

President Trump hosted Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House. The two leaders discussed issues of mutual concern, including the fight against terrorism, the economy, and refugees. This meeting served as an important opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relationship and to encourage other international and regional partners to support Lebanon as it faces a wide range of challenges.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Hickenlooper offered the following statement in response to Sec. of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s announcement that Canyons of the Ancients is no longer under review and no modifications will be made to the national monument: “It’s great to hear that no changes will come to our popular Canyons of the Ancients,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We’ve had great conversations with Sec. Zinke and we’re grateful that he respected the overwhelming consensus in Colorado on our national monument.”

Denver Mayor

The City and County of Denver, led by Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Office of Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), is partnering with Kavod Senior Life to teach seniors on fixed incomes about financial safety and stability. The new program, Financially Savvy Seniors, will assist seniors in defining their own financial strategy and identifying ways to live within their means, while focusing on their future and setting themselves and their families up for long-term success.


 

 

 

 

 
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