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Week Of Special Interest 06/06/18
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By La Voz Staff

HomeAid Colorado collecting diapers for homeless families

From now through Father’s Day, HomeAid Colorado, a nonprofit that builds new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, is hosting an “Essentials For Young Lives Drive” aimed at collecting diapers, wipes and formula for families with young children. To learn more about HomeAid Colorado and our efforts to rebuild lives for Colorado’s homeless, visit our website at

‘Safety starts with all of us’

In 2017, pedestrian and bicycle deaths were at an all-time high. Of the 646 traffic deaths in 2017, 109 of those deaths involved a pedestrian or a bicyclist. Almost 17 percent of deaths on Colorado roads involved a pedestrian or a bicyclist. To bring to light the importance of safety on Colorado roads, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is launching a safety campaign on June 4th that targets bicyclist, pedestrian and driver safety. “Safety Starts With All of Us” encourages Coloradans and Colorado visitors to educate themselves on safety precautions one can take to ensure that all road users are as safe as possible. With an increase in car, bicycle and foot traffic on Colorado roads, especially in the summer months. CDOT hopes to lower traffic collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists. Every life on the road is important, and encouraging drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists to have each other’s backs is key to this campaign.

100 Percent employed with No college debt (IECRM)

On Saturday, June 9th, a record 153 electrical apprentices will graduate from the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) Four-Year Electrical Apprentice Program in a special graduation ceremony at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Most notable about this graduating class is that they are 100 percent employed and none of these graduates is saddled with college debt to deal with after graduation. In addition, these graduates are either licensed journeymen or will become licensed in the coming months. A large audience of hundreds of guests including family members, friends, spouses, instructors, and employers will attend to celebrate the graduates. IECRM is the largest IEC electrical apprenticeship training program in the country.

Trade schools like IECRM are popular vehicles for students who want to fast-track into well paying highly skilled careers. Vocational training is also perfect for adult students looking to advance in their current career or even change careers altogether.

“To me, graduating from IECRM is like climbing a mountain in Colorado: it’s a long, hard journey and sometimes you genuinely wonder if you will achieve the goal,” says Jonathon Heaner, 2018 class Valedictorian and apprentice at Weifield Electrical Contracting. “But once you reach the top, you see a whole new world of mountains beyond you - bigger, taller, more challenging. This is the fruit of many years of hard work, but it has been worth it as I see a world of opportunity open in front of me...the sky is the limit, and indeed, the sky is the goal.”

Our Government

White House

The United States has agreed on a range of measures with Argentina and Australia, including measures to reduce excess aluminum production and excess aluminum capacity, measures that will contribute to increased capacity utilization in the United States, and measures to prevent the transshipment of aluminum articles and avoid import surges.

Colorado Governor

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Carlos Armando Samour, Jr. to the Colorado Supreme Court. Samour fills a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice. “Judge Samour complements Colorado’s Supreme Court both professionally and personally. He has presided over some of Colorado’s highest profile cases in recent history and has distinguished himself, without exception, as being fair and impartial regardless of the magnitude of the case,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.

Denver Mayor

The first investments into Denver’s neighborhoods proposed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock as part of the 2017 General Obligation Bond (GO Bond) received final approval from City Council last night. From more bike lanes and improved roads and bridges to park enhancements and major construction of cultural facilities and Denver Health, the $193 million list of initial projects delivers on high priority investments that are ready to get going.





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