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Week Of Special Interest 07/18/18
Photo courtesy: Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Facebook

By La Voz Staff

North Metro water contaminated

North metro Denver drinking water has been tested for contamination. Tests came back detecting perfluorinated chemicals contamination. It is more than 30 times higher than federal health limits. Utility officials are working to decontaminate the water before it reaches the 50,000 residents in South Adams County. The Tri-County Health Department officials have issued a warning.

Senate Finance Subcommittee holding Social Security hearing

The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy, held a hearing on Wednesday, July 11 to consider a proposal put forward by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) that would provide paid leave limited to parents of new children, and would pay for it by weakening Social Security benefits. Experts on Social Security point out that this would mean a cut in future benefits for those who use this program, it offers too little money for those most in need, and it would especially harm women and workers of color who disproportionately rely on Social Security for retirement.​​

Colorado farmers taking hit from trade war

A trade war is taking a heavy toll on Colorado farmers who export more than $2 billion in products each year. The Trump Administration increased tariffs on billions of dollars of goods from China, Canada and Mexico causing those countries to retaliate with tariffs of their own. This has caused farmers a very large fine when they choose to distribute out of the country.

DPS’ Tom Boasberg stepping down

Denver Public Schools’ Superintendent Tom Boasberg announced today he is stepping down as head of the state’s largest school district after nearly a decade as superintendent. Boasberg will continue as superintendent for another three months, while Denver Board of Education members complete the search for his successor. “Serving as DPS’ leader has been the honor of a lifetime for me,” Boasberg wrote in a letter to DPS staff and community. Boasberg was serving as chief operating officer for DPS when he was unanimously appointed to the superintendent’s role in January 2009, following the departure of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado.

Our Government

White House

The Spring 2019 White House Internship Program application is now open. The application portal will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 24. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The Spring 2019 White House Internship Program term runs from Wednesday, January 16 to Friday, April 12, 2019. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the internship program start date, and must be able to commit to the full internship term to be eligible. Visit for more details.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Hickenlooper announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Colorado Banking Board. The Colorado Banking Board is the policy-making and rule-making authority for the Division of Banking, and has the authority to make final decisions with respect to the taking of possession, liquidation, or reorganization of banks. For a term expiring July 1, 2019: Sarah J. Auchterlonie of Denver, to serve as a representative of the public and occasioned by the resignation of Diane Salling Barrett of Denver, reappointed.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Hancock: Denver has a long history of trailblazing when it comes to climate change. When the city released its 2015 Climate Action Plan, we set a bold new climate goal in line with the recommendations of the scientific community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from a 2005 baseline. The 80x50 Climate Action Plan is the result of almost two years of technical analysis, stakeholder engagement and community outreach. Visit for the complete plan.





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