Museo de Las Americas new Executive Director
The Board of Trustees of the Museo de las Americas selected Claudia Moran-Pichardo as its new Executive Director. She assumes the position vacated by Maruca Salazar who will retire after serving Museo de las Americas and the Denver community for the past eight years. Moran-Pichardo has an M.S. in Museums & Field Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has led the museum in various management roles since 2006.
La Niña is coming back
La Nina, which occurs when surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean drop to below-than normal levels, is coming back for the 2017-2018 winter season, according to First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson. But what exactly does that mean for Colorado? Light-to-moderate snowstorms, for starters, according to Nelson. He said Coloradans can expect three-to-six inches snowstorms this winter, as opposed to storms that could bring two feet of snow in one single punch. What about Denver? The Denver metro area could expect to see about 60 inches of snow for the winter season, which will come as periodic, light-to-moderate snowstorms, Nelson said. We’ll also what Nelson called “strong wind events” in January. You can expect to find yourself waking up to four of five mornings to temperatures below zero during late December to January.
Colorado WWII veterans awarded France’s highest honor
The French government presented five World War II veterans from northern Colorado with the country’s highest honor for their efforts in liberating France from Nazi control in 1944. The Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald reports that the Honorary Consul for France Jeffrey Richards pinned the medal on each of the men to bestow them with the rank of chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor on last Wednesday. The veterans Le Moyne Anderson, Oliver Lee Bashor, Joe Hoberman, Samuel Lesser and Richard Mann were celebrated at the ceremony held in a gym at the Colorado National Guard’s Windsor Readiness Center. Hoberman says he accepted the honor on behalf of his friends still in France and “for the many more that just didn’t live long enough to receive this honor.”
Proposal to ban smoking on 16th Street Mall
The Denver City Council will likely hear a proposal to ban smoking along a stretch of the 16th Street Mall later this month after a council committee voted unanimously to pass the long-discussed, and somewhat controversial, measure onto the full council. The ban, called the “Breathe Easy” campaign, would implement a ban on smoking cigarettes, cigars and electronic smoking devices within 50 feet of 16th Street between Broadway and Chestnut Street. The committee meeting, Councilman Albus Brooks continued his push for the proposal’s approval, saying that Denver lags behind other big cities in its rules for public smoking. He said that Golden and Boulder also have rules that Denver could model theirs after.
President Trump Proclaims October 2017 as National Energy Awareness Month. The United States is blessed with extraordinary energy abundance, and we must encourage policies that allow innovative Americans to unleash our Nation’s energy potential and drive robust job growth and expansion in every sector of our economy. During National Energy Awareness Month, we are mindful of our energy use and determined to safeguard our energy security. We must remember that some countries do not share our belief in universal access to clean and affordable energy, President Trump said.
Gov. Hickenlooper issued the following statement on the President’s move to end cost sharing reduction payments to insurance companies. “Cutting the cost sharing reduction payments is cruel and irresponsible. Beyond the 45,000 Coloradans who rely on this program to make insurance more affordable, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans will see their premiums increase even more. It threatens coverage for Coloradans with chronic diseases or disabilities, potentially putting health care out of reach for those who need it the most. “Governors are willing to work with Congress to stabilize our health insurance markets, but to undermine the individual market is cruelty without benefit.”
Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced a suite of new tools to help residents stay in their homes and weather financial setbacks. “We want our residents to be able to stay in their homes, build their lives and build their futures, and their city is coming together to help people in their time of need to do just that,” Mayor Hancock said. “These new tools will work in tandem with other affordability programs in the city to help residents remain in their homes, and keep Denver the vibrant, inclusive city we all cherish.”