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Week Of Special Interest 04/25/18
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By La Voz Staff

School District 27J celebrates Earth Day with announcement

School District 27J is committed to environmental conservation. In an effort to better serve its community while saving trees, 27J switched to digital flyer delivery with Peachjar in 2017. Since its inception, 27J has saved 799,917 sheets of paper and 96 trees. “We decided to move to Peachjar last year as part of our efforts to be more environmentally friendly and embrace innovative technology,” says Tracy Rudnick, 27J public information officer. “Using Peachjar, we are able to get important information out to our families without putting extra stress on our schools or using paper unnecessarily.” By sending school and community information home digitally, 27J has eliminated the need to copy and distribute thousands of sheets of paper annually. This initiative has further strengthened the district’s initiative to embrace sustainable practices and technology.

Current Colorado employment

Employers in Colorado added 5,400 nonfarm payroll jobs from February to March for a total of 2,707,800 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,300 and government increased 1,100. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from February to March at 3.0 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 7,400 over the month to 3,049,300 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 9,200 to 2,958,700, causing the number of unemployed to decrease 1,900. However, due to rounding, the unemployment rate was unchanged from February at 3.0 percent.

Jared Polis gets Colorado Sierra Club endorsement

Gubernatorial Candidate Jared Polis received the endorsement of the Colorado Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the state with more than 100,000 members. “Jared Polis has proven that he will reject the ploys of big polluters and fight to protect our environment and the health of American families,” said Sierra Club President Loren Blackford.“The Sierra Club will proudly mobilize our members to elect Jared as Colorado’s next governor.”

“The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Jared Polis to be Colorado’s next governor,” said Will Walters, Chair of Sierra Club Colorado. In an interview with La Voz, Congressman Jared Polis conveyed his appreciation for the Colorado Sierra Club endorsement and said, “I am dedicated to making Colorado 100 percent dependent on renewable energy by 2040.”

Our Goverment

White House

President Donald J. Trump made additional disaster assistance available to the Resighini Rancheria by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken as a result of flooding during the period of February 8-11, 2017. Under the President’s major disaster declaration issued for the Resighini Rancheria on May 2, 2017, Federal funding was made available for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation at 75 percent Federal funding of the total eligible costs. Under the President’s new order, the Federal share for Public Assistance has been increased to 90 percent of the total eligible costs.

Colorado Governor

Governor John Hickenlooper announced that Executive Director Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D., is leaving the Colorado Department of Higher Education (DHE). Reed will stay on as executive director through mid-June. She is returning to her home state of Louisiana to be the Commissioner of Higher Education. “Kim’s hire was one where no matter how long she was on the team, we knew she was going to make us stronger,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Kim has accomplished much in her 15 months with us and strengthened the department through first-class leadership. Her energy and passion for education is known throughout the state.”

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock today launched the North Denver Resource Center at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library. The Resource Center, a partnership between several city agencies and the Denver Public Library, will provide residents and business owners in Globeville, Elyria and Swansea easy, direct access to the city’s most vital economic mobility services, including housing support, financial coaching, resources for citizenship and small business assistance.





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