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Week Of Special Interest 10/11/17
Photo courtesy: Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

By La Voz Staff

Solar Decathlon 2017 temporarily closed due to snow

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 was temporarily closed to the public on Monday due to snow. The Solar Decathlon was planned to be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. however officials have rescheduled the free public event to Thursday October 12, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Since October 5, teams involving hundreds of students from across the nation and Europe have been testing the performance of their highly energy-efficient, innovation-packed solar houses most of which generate more power than they consume. The houses will continue to operate effectively regardless of the weather. On Saturday, October 14, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons will join collegiate competitors and event sponsors at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 at 6045 N. Richfield St. closing ceremony to reveal the winning teams.

Colorado’s first snow fall

With the Front Ranges first snow fall we remind motorists of this information from CDOT: Be sure you have good snow tires. How to know if you need new snow tires: Insert a quarter into the tire tread upside down, with Washington’s head going in first; if the top of George’s head is covered by the tread, your tires are ok. If the top of his head is visible at any point, you need new tires.

Road conditions: or call 511

Winter Driving web page:

I-70 West Mountain Corridor travel:

Snow plow locations:

Limit travel during the height of snow, and give yourself extra time for morning commutes. DO NOT pass CDOT plows and stay a safe distance behind, give them the room they need to clear and treat roads. Be aware that CDOT’s first priority is to treat and plow interstates, the most heavily traveled roads.

Our Government

White House

During Fire Prevention Week, the White House recognizes the dangers posed by fires and emphasize the importance of fire prevention and preparation. We also honor our Nation’s brave firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty and their families, and those firefighters who continue to put their lives on the line each day. As we observe Fire Prevention Week, we pray for the Federal, State, local, and tribal responders battling the wildfires in the West and around the country and for all those who have lost their homes to fires. October 8 through October 14 has been recognized as Fire Prevention Week and in accordance with this observation, flags will be flown at half-mass.

Governor of Colorado

Gov. Hickenlooper will lead a delegation of 12 Colorado business and academic leaders on a trade and investment mission to India. The tour will focus on connecting with global leaders and will help Colorado’s leaders engage in important networking opportunities aimed at enhancing visibility to Colorado’s business environment to current and future investors. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade organized the trade mission, which will continue through October 14th.

Mayor of Denver

Mayor Michael Hancock made his second visit to the Beloved Community Tiny Home Village on Friday, October 6. He toured the village, checked out the gardens, saw the Bayuad Enterprises Laundry truck in action, and engaged in dialogue with the villagers in their new community space.





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