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Week of 9/20/17 Of Special Interest
 
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By La Voz Staff
News@lavozcolorado.com
 
09/20/2017

Employment Fair for electricians

The Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) will host a Career Fair on Wednesday, September 27th from 3 p.m. to 6p.m. at its state-of-the-art training facility in Fort Collins. At the Fair, participants will meet prospective employers and will be able to take advantage of the occasion to talk with them about job opportunities, needs, training, IECRM’s apprentice programs and financial benefits. Onsite interviews will be available for a variety of jobs from apprentices and journeymen to project managers and sales & marketing. For more information, call 303-853-4886. Or register at www.iecrm.org/careerfair.

Boulder County debates new oil and gas operations

Oil and gas operations increasingly closer to housing are something communities across the Front Range are taking a new look at in the wake of the tragedy in Firestone last April. 8 North LLC has started the application process through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and notified the county, which is worried about the impacts drilling could have on residents and open space lands. In a statement, a spokesperson for 8 North LLC says it is “focused on engineering developments that protect our environment while safely producing the energy resources we all use each day.”

September, fifth warmest month in Denver history

Colorado has been in the midst of a heatwave to start September, making the month as it stands now the fifth warmest in the history of Denver, and the fourth warmest in the history of Fort Collins. With that warm weather comes dryness in parts of the state, and as soon as various weather fronts collide, lightning could spark some wildfires. This past Thursday, some storms on the western slope are expected to generate lightning, leading to possible grass fires in the Durango area.

U.S. wildfires record $2.3 billion loss

The U.S. government says it has already spent a record $2.3 billion fighting wildfires this year, and 64 major fires are still burning in 10 states.The Forest Service, the nation’s primary firefighting agency, said Thursday it has spent more than $2 billion, and the Interior Department says it has spent $345 million. The previous record for combined federal firefighting costs was $2.1 billion in 2015. Hot, dry weather across the Western U.S. has led to one of the worst fire seasons in a decade, and some climate scientists say global warming is partly to blame. So far this year, U.S. fires have blackened more than 13,000 square miles (34,000 square kilometers).

Our Government

White House


President Trump Proclaims September 15, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. As Commander in Chief, it is my solemn duty to keep all Americans safe. I will never forget our heroes held prisoner or who have gone missing in action while serving their country. We recognize not just the tremendous sacrifices of our service members, but also those of their families who still seek answers. We are steadfastly committed to bringing solace to those who wait for the fullest possible accounting of their loved ones.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order calling for a special session of the General Assembly. The special session will address an unintended consequence from the passage of Senate Bill 17-267, and will clarify special districts’ authority to levy sales tax on the sale of retail marijuana. “Since this issue was discovered, we worked with department staff, stakeholders, sponsors, and members of the General Assembly on options to correct this unintended consequence. After hearing about the potential impact on citizens around the state, it is clear that this problem is best solved as soon as possible. Said Hickenlooper.”

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced several changes to continue improving services for people experiencing homelessness and to better connect law enforcement with Denver’s diverse communities. Bennie Milliner, who has served as director of Denver’s Road Home since 2012, is joining the Denver Sheriff Department as Director of Community Engagement. He will be responsible for improving communication, transparency, outreach and anti-recidivism efforts.

 

 

 

 

 
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