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Week Of Special Interest 02/07/18
Photo courtesy: Adams County Sheriffs Deptartment

By La Voz Staff

In Memory Of Deputy Heath Gumm

Heath McDonald Gumm, 31, passed away in Denver, Colorado on January 24, 2018. Heath was born March 23, 1986 in Denver, Colorado to James and Rebecca (McDonald) Gumm.

He graduated from Mullen High School in 2004 and earned his POST certification from Arapahoe Community College in 2011. He worked for Cripple Creek Police Department and Adams County Sheriff’s Department. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Adams County Sheriff’s Department in 2017.

Heath loved traveling, being outdoors, spending time with friends and family and playing hockey. He was loved by everyone who met him. His kindness, easy going nature and wonderful sense of humor will be missed. He will be remembered as an amazing husband, son, grandson, brother, cousin, nephew and friend.

He is survived by his parents Jim and Beckie Gumm, wife Natasha Boettcher, grandmother Leona McDonald, sister Lorelei Gumm-Martinez, and brother-in-law Nicholas (JR) Martinez.

Change of Command at USACE Recovery Field Office

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recovery Field Office, held a change of command on Jan 31, 2018. Lt. Col. Roberto Solorzano assumed command of the RFO from Lt. Col. Andrew Yoder. Lt. Col. Solorzano currently serves as the USACE Mobile District Central America Office in Charge. Lt. Col. Solorzano was in Puerto Rico assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts when Hurricane Maria make landfall on the island. He stayed and led the initial emergency response efforts for the Corps of Engineers. His ability to speak the island’s native language helped the advance party be successful in the days just after the storm. Lt. Col. Yoder returns to his assignment as deputy commander of the USACE Mobile District. The RFO manages the four missions assigned to USACE by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Debris, Temporary Roofing, Temporary Emergency Power, and Critical Public Facilities.

Denver’s housing shortages

The main problem facing Denver right now, according to the report, is a huge gap between demand and supply. The metro area’s population is simply growing faster than developers are building new homes. Even with record levels of building activity going forward, the report forecasts that the metro area will continue to see housing deficits through 2025, with overall vacancy rates around 1.5 percent during that time (5 percent is generally considered a “healthy” vacancy rate). Any potential solutions, whether they’re focused on boosting employment or lowering development costs or creating public-private partnerships, should have the ultimate goal of increasing the amount of housing, the report states. To read the full report, log on

Our Government

White House

President Trump has proposed an immigration framework that would eliminate the visa lottery. The visas currently allocated at random by the visa lottery would be reallocated to reduce waitlists in nuclear family-based and high-skilled employment immigration. The United States awards up to 50,000 visas to foreign nationals each year through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the visa lottery. The visas generally are awarded to applicants from countries that have had low rates of immigration to the United States over the previous five years.

Colorado Governor

The State of Colorado and Compact of Colorado Communities are proud to recognized leading community initiatives across the state of Colorado for their leadership in clean energy. The award winners went to: Jefferson County for their Performance Contracting Efforts, Denver’s 80x50 Climate Goal Stakeholder and Community Input Initiative, Durango’s Way to Go! Club and Way to Go! Together Program, The Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fleet administered by Gunnison County & Gunnison Valley Regional Transportation Authority. These programs are role models for other Colorado communities.

Denver Mayor

“The President’s address was simply disappointing. At a time when our country can be and is united behind common sense solutions to immigration reform, finally improving our aging infrastructure and more, this President offered nothing but empty words and self-congratulatory pats on the back for an economic recovery he had no part in.” Mayor Michael Hancock said.





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