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Week Of Special Interest 03/14/18
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By La Voz Staff

Duran is Hispanic Chamber’s Official of the Year

Speaker Crisanta Duran is the 2018 winner of the Public Official of the Year award given by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver. “Advancing our community has motivated me throughout my legislative career, and it’s a great honor to gain this recognition,” Speaker Duran said. She successfully sponsored the Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) bill in 2013, making the in-state tuition rate at colleges and universities in Colorado available to all students who graduated from a Colorado high school after attending for at least three years, regardless of their documentation. Since the program went into effect in April of 2013, ASSET has helped more than 2,200 of Colorado’s best and brightest students to reach their full potential and maximize their contribution to society. Speaker Duran has also consistently advocated for higher education affordability, and she has been a strong supporter of Colorado small business, workforce development and transportation funding. The award was presented Saturday evening at the Hispanic Chamber’s annual Gala.

Kaiser Permanente provides access

For Coloradans in need, gaining access to specialty care such as neurology, cardiology, or dermatology can be challenging. Today, Kaiser Permanente Colorado provided $1 million in grants to four local nonprofit organizations to encourage collaboration and increase access to specialty care for the communities they serve. Over a three-year-period, the grantees will use the funding to develop and pilot a connected system that allows organizations to coordinate with one another—exploring the possibilities of sharing patient information, using technology for easier care access, and working to provide more access to specialty care for their patients.

Adams County Fire Rescue reminder

Adams County Fire Rescue reminds the public to exercise caution at home, work and on the road when high winds hit the area. Strong winds can compound fires, therefore residents should be vigilant of fire hazards and be especially careful when using fire and equipment that can generate heat and/or sparks. This includes vehicles, grills and power tools. Those living near flammable vegetation should also remain vigilant to the possibility of wild fires. Immediately report smoke and/or flames to 9-1-1. During high winds, avoid the use of candles, lighters, fire pits and fuel-powered lanterns. If you experience a loss of electrical power, do not use devices designed for outdoor use to light, heat or cook inside your home. These pose a fire and carbon monoxide poisoning risk.

Our Government

White House

The monthly Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released, shows that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 313,000 in February. Paired with strong job growth in January, February’s numbers mean 2018 has now registered the strongest average monthly job growth since 1997. Since January 2017, 2.5 million jobs have been added to the economy.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Hickenlooper signed Boards and Commissions appointments to the 12th Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission and Board of Mortgage Loan Originators. Commissions on Judicial Performance provide voters with fair, responsible and constructive evaluations of judges and justices seeking retention. The results also provide judges with information to help improve their professional skills as judicial officers. The State Commission promulgates the Rules Governing Commissions on Judicial Performance and evaluates the Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges.

Denver Mayor

“I am saddened by the tragic loss of life in the 18th/Emerson fire. Denver hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives. Responders & city crews working around the clock for residents & businesses impacted. Go to  or call 3-1-1 for support,” said Mayor Michael B. Handcock.





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