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Week Of Special Interest 12/13/17
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By La Voz Staff

Free electric shuttles in Cherry Creek

If you’ve ever driven in Cherry Creek, you know what a nightmare the traffic and parking can be, but now a new startup is offering an eco-friendly solution. It’s called Eco-Rides USA and offers free rides on six-seat electric shuttles. “We don’t take any money. There’s no fare,” said Mike Sweeny, the founder of Eco-Rides USA. All riders have to do is flag down one of its shuttles or request a ride on  “We give free rides to the public from 6th Ave. to Cherry Creek North Drive from University to Colorado Blvd., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week,” said Sweeney. “We trying to take cars off the road, to help with some of the problems with the booming economy with this city growing so fast,” he explained. This could be a solution to some of the congestion, mass amounts of traffic.

CDOT is preparing to stretch I-25 “gap”

The 18-mile stretch of roadway south of Castle Rock is known as the gap, because there have been no significant improvements since the two-lane roadway first opened.  It’s still two lanes wide. A stamp in the concrete of the Tomah Road bridge indicates that it was built in 1965. “Traffic and population have grown dramatically,” CDOT spokeswoman Tamara Rollison said, “and will continue to do so.” By 2050, Metro Denver’s population is expected to reach 4.3 million, from the current 2.9 million.  El Paso County will jump from 622,000 to about 1.07 million. Rollison told Denver7 that the road isn’t wide enough to handle current traffic, especially on summer weekends, let alone expected future increases. So, CDOT wants to widen the shoulders and add an extra “express lane” in each direction.

Nonstop flights from Denver to Panama City, Panama

Copa Airlines a subsidiary of Copa Holdings, SA, and member of the global Star Alliance network, began nonstop flights between Panama City and Denver, marking its 13th destination in the United States. The new nonstop flight connects Coloradoans to more than 55 destinations in Latin America through Copa’s Hub of the Americas in Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama, and creates great opportunities for tourism and trade for Panama and the Latin American region in general.

Our Government

White House

President Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of California and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from wildfires beginning on December 4, 2017, and continuing. The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.  This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population, and provide appropriate assistance for required emergencies.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Historic Preservation State Review Board. The Historic Preservation State Review Board approves national register nominations. The Board also reviews the State Historic Preservation Officer’s recommendations for national landmarks and provides general advice, guidance and professional recommendations to the State Historic Preservation Officer in carrying out the duties and responsibilities authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act.

Denver Mayor

More than 6,000 metro-area residents participated in Denver Talks events this fall, part of a citywide dialogue on race, social justice, and Claudia Rankine’s book, Citizen: An American Lyric. A project of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, NEA Big Read, and the City & County of Denver, Denver Talks hosted discussions, culminating in a free on-stage conversation with Rankine and Mayor Hancock at Boettcher Concert Hall. Denver Talks will become an ongoing project, and residents are invited to submit their ideas for what they’d like to see next at





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