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Week Of Special Interest 08/15/18
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By La Voz Staff

KGNU featured at Arts in Society Exhibit

A listening station featuring radio productions created by youth who also participated in the KGNU Media Gardens program will be on display at Denver’s RedLine Contemporary Art Center as part of the Arts in Society Exhibit from August 10 through September 9. The exhibit’s radio productions were created by youth from Genesisters Boulder and Longmont, The Longmont Youth Center, and The Youth Opportunities Advisory Board of Boulder. KGNU’s Media Gardens is a project designed to engage bilingual youth through the exploration of media, music, and culture in the digital and analog frontiers. By offering media training and access to media tools, KGNU’s Media Gardens seeks to positively impact the lives of Colorado youth by offering training that teaches skills to produce stories and music through a young person’s unique lens. Participants learn to script, produce and record compelling stories that artistically reflect their cultures and realities, while acquiring crucial media literacy skills. The Arts in Society Exhibit is on view at the RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe Street in Denver. The free exhibit is open to the public. Hours are Tuesday - Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. More information visit

First human cases of West Nile virus reported

The first two human cases of West Nile virus in Colorado in 2018 have been reported in Weld and Delta counties. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reminds people that preventing mosquito bites is the No. 1 way to avoid getting any mosquito-borne illness. Weekly mosquito testing for West Nile virus began statewide in June. Adult mosquitoes are trapped and tested to provide an estimate of the number that are infected. The results help pinpoint the risk to humans in the area. West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been found in Adams, Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties this season. Not all counties and municipalities test mosquitoes, so it’s important for all Coloradans to take steps to protect themselves throughout the summer. “When the virus is present, people are at risk,” said Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian. “Use an effective insect repellent, wear protective clothing or stay indoors when mosquitoes are active, and mosquito-proof your home.” Most human West Nile virus cases are reported in August and September.

Denver Botanic Gardens receives award

The Denver Botanic Gardens received the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) 2018 Award for Garden Excellence. The annual award is given to a public garden that exemplifies the highest standards of horticultural practices. The Gardens is honored to have been selected from among approximately 500 APGA member institutions located in the U.S., Canada and fourteen other countries.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Wisconsin and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding from June 15 to June 19, 2018.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Ground Water Commission, Public Employees’ Retirement Benefit Association Board of Trustees, Colorado Racing Commission, Southern Ute Indian Tribe/State of Colorado Environmental Control Commission, and Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging. Glen S. Frihauf of Wiggins, as a resident agriculturist from the Upper Big Sandy Basin; Thomas Jay Barrett of Denver, as a representative with experience in investment, management, finance; Justine Scott Estes of Gypsum, a Republican from the Third Congressional District; Sandra Jeanne Bowen of Idledale, to serve as a registered elector of the state, appointed.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock proposed to double the Affordable Housing Fund – from $15 million to $30 million annually – and partner with the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) to generate an estimated $105 million funding surge for affordable housing over the next five years advanced out of the Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness (SAFEHOUSE) Committee. The proposal to double Denver’s Affordable Housing Fund would improve the alignment of the fund with the five-year housing plan, Housing an Inclusive Denver; Sandra Jeanne Bowen of Idledale, to serve as a registered elector of the state, appointed; Peter Butler of Durango, reappointed; and Gabriel E. Kaplan of Denver, reappointment.





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