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Week Of Special Interest 09/12/18
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By La Voz Staff

Can’t pay phone bill?

Staying connected to local resources and emergency services can improve and possibly save many lives, say state regulators. Access to local emergency services and community resources is vital to our low-income and elderly residents. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) wants residents to “stay connected” and is reaching out to those who need telecommunications service but can’t afford it. During “Lifeline Awareness Week,” September 10-14, the PUC will promote the Lifeline Program, which offers discounts to help residents have access to voice or broadband services. Lifeline helps low-income consumers connect to the nation’s communications networks, find jobs, access health care services, connect with family, and call for help in an emergency. Visit for more information.

State provides $730,000 in grants to improve water quality

Eight entities across the state have been awarded $730,000 in grant funds for projects aimed to improve water quality. Government agencies, publicly owned and nonprofit water systems, watershed groups, stormwater program administrators, training providers and private landowners were eligible to apply. Funds for these projects come from penalties collected violations of the Colorado Water Quality Control Act and HB 11-1026. This list is subject to change based on contract negotiations.

National Conference highlights historic roads

The leading international conference dedicated to identifying, preserving and managing historic roads is coming to Colorado. Preserving the Historic Road (PTHR) conference is taking place at the Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins, from Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 16. It will feature a number of expert speakers, including several from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). It also includes tours along some of the state’s scenic and historic roads, special events and field sessions. More information on the conference is available here:

Mile High marriages soar

The Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office issued a record-breaking number of marriage licenses in August. An astounding 1,123 couples tied the knot—the most in the history of Denver County. The previous record was set in August 2017 with 985 couples. Couples had cold feet this winter as marriage licenses declined in the first third of the year. But there was a whole lotta love in May, June, July and August with new records each month. For 10 of the last 13 years, August has taken the cake for marriage licenses issued. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office issued 8,406 marriage licenses last year, the busiest year on record. Couples can get down the aisle faster by filling out their application and making an appointment online. Both services are available at More statistics on marriage and civil unions are available at:

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Florence beginning on September 8, 2018, and continuing.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Zachary I. Malkinson and Kristy A. Martinez as judges on the Boulder County Court in the 20th Judicial District. Malkinson earned his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1996 and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2001.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock has received the following three nominees for Denver County Court Judge from the Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission: Arnie Beckman; Richard Ott; Judith Smith. The Mayor will interview the nominees and announce his selection on or before Sept. 20, 2018. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dianne Briscoe.





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