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Week Of Special Interest 12/27/17
Photo courtesy: B. Rivera/La Voz Photo

By La Voz Staff

Environmental review of Hanging Lake area plan released

The U.S. Forest Service has released its environmental assessment of the Hanging Lake Colorado management plan area in Glenwood springs, that calls for limiting daily visitors due to increasing crowds at the popular spot. The plan would benefit the fragile ecology of the area by limiting soil compaction, improving soil health, plant viability, stream health and wildlife habit. majority of people are supportive of the proposed management plan, which proposes a permit-only, 615-visitor-per-day cap year round. It also establishes a fee-based, reservation shuttle service to be implemented during the peak time of year from May through October.The environmental assessment kicks off a 30-day public comment period before the plan is implemented next May 2018.

Health study planned after tainted Colorado water

Researchers have studied contamination levels in the blood of about 200 Colorado residents whose drinking water was tainted by firefighting foam from an Air Force base. The chemicals found are called perfluorinated compounds or PFCs. They have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other illnesses. The Air Force determined the chemicals came from firefighting foam used at nearby Peterson Air Force Base. “There’s keen interest in that,” said Adgate, who heads the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health, part of the University of Colorado. Although the study is planned for just two years, with sufficient funding it could be turned into longer-term project, he said.

Denver women’s shelter seeking help

With temperatures below freezing, a Denver women’s shelter is seeking additional supplies for the record number of women showing up looking for help. “We are running low on items needed to keep women safe and warm this Christmas,” said Catholic Charities of Denver President and CEO Larry Smith. “Any way the community can help and give donations for the homeless facing the hardship and unbearable temperatures would be greatly appreciated. I invite the community to share compassion and mercy to those most in need. “Anyone interested in helping the shelter can purchase items or make cash donations by visiting

Our Government

White House

President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm from September 28 to September 30, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm in the North Slope Borough. For further information call
(202) 646-3272 or e-mail

Colorado Governor

The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) approved Gov. John Hickenlooper’s request for emergency funding to continue Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program through Feb. 28, 2018. “We appreciate today’s bipartisan action by the JBC as it gives CHP+ families peace of mind through the holidays. Still, this funding is only temporary,” said Governor Hickenlooper. “Congress needs to stop playing politics and renew funding for the program.”

Denver Mayor

Most City and County of Denver offices will be closed Monday, January 1 in observance of the New Year Holidays. As a result of the holidays, the Mayor’s Office, City Council offices, Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Auditor’s Office and most city agencies will be closed. Partner entities such as Denver Health will remain open Monday, January 1, as will agencies that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, such as Denver International Airport. Sworn members of the Denver Sheriff, Police and Fire Departments and other emergency responders will report for duty on Monday, January 1 as well. 





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