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Colorado Continues The March Forward To A Clean Energy Future

DENVER - Legislation to expand and strengthen Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard (RES), passed on 2nd reading late Friday night in the Colorado House by a voice vote. The measure's sponsors include House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver), and Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs), Senator Gail Schwartz (D- Snowmass).
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Public input sought for the future of parks and recreation

COMMUNITY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND MEETINGS, SHARE FEEDBACK COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Community members are invited to provide input on city recreation facilities and parks that will be built in the near future. Five public input meetings, April 23-27, will discuss new parks, recreation center locations, and amenities in the north as well as enhancements to the existing recreation center. The Quality Community Initiative (QCI), a stakeholder group established in 2011 to identify long-term needs of the city, presented its final recommendations to city council in January, outlining the expansion of new park and recreation facilities as one of the top priorities. These public input meetings aim to gather more specific information about what is needed and where these facilities should go. MEETINGS SCHEDULE:...
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Four Law Enforcement Agencies Converge for Applebees Fundraiser

Saturday, 04/20/13, Brighton Applebees. Four law enforcement agencies, led by Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Dreilling, converged on the local Applebees for a "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser. Brighton PD, Adams County Sheriff's Office, The Colorado State Patrol, and the Greater Brighton Fire Department helped bring in funds to benefit the Colorado Special Olympics. The men in blue waited tables, cleared dishes, and introduced local citizens to the Special Olympics cause in Colorado. (For photo gallery see below)...
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Dumb Friends League halts dog adoptions due to pet illness --- Denver Post Article

The Dumb Friends League on Quebec Street stopped taking in dogs from the public Saturday because of an illness affecting the shelter. The temporary suspension was set in place following 12 cases of dogs with pneumonia since April 12. Dogs at the shelter will not be up for adoption for at least 30 days to ensure containment of the illness. (For complete article see below) ...
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Nebraska prepares to oppose XL Pipeline --- Denver Post Article

GRAND ISLAND, Neb.—Opponents of a massive Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline converged on a snowy Nebraska town Thursday for a critical hearing on the project, but they already were preparing for acts of civil disobedience should President Barack Obama approve it. Despite a spring storm that brought sleet and snow to Nebraska, the U.S. State Department hearing in Grand Island drew more than 1,000 supporters and opponents from around the state, as well as activists from outside the region who consider Nebraska a key battleground over the Keystone XL pipeline. (FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK BELOW) ...
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United Power Board Winners are Morgan, Grant, and Martin

Brighton, April 17, 2013. At the United Power Annual Meeting, the winning board members were announced: Bob Grant, Ursula Morgan, and Beth Martin (unopposed). The votes came in as follows: 1. West District: Ursula Morgan / Lewis Foster: 3028 / 2955; 2. South District: Bob Grant: 2671, Ken Kreutzer: 2397, Monty Seeger: 1098. Other highlights included the following announcements:...
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Northglenn Hosting Art Contest for Skatepark

Northglenn, CO – From April 17 through May 31, youth in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to enter an art contest for Don Anema Memorial Skatepark in Northglenn. Participants will be given a metal skateboard-shaped “canvas” to create a design with the theme of “My Ideal Community.”...
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27J Calendar of Events -- Week of April 15

Science Day/Night at Northeast Northeast Elementary, 1605 Longs Peak St., Brighton, will celebrate science the afternoon and evening of Thursday, April 18, with a variety of activities. Littleton-based Science Matters will hold a pair of assemblies during the afternoon where students will get the opportunity to take part in interactive science demonstrations. Assemblies will be at 1:30 p.m. for kindergarten through third-grade students and 2:30 p.m. for fourth through sixth-grade students. Northeast will host its Science Night from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday evening. Student science projects will fill the school’s hallways. Award winners will be announced and Science Matters will be on hand for more hands-on demonstrations. It will be a lot of fun....
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Adco Commissioners repeal jail cap --DENVER POST ARTICLE

BRIGHTON — A cap on the number of municipal inmates at the Adams County jail was repealed Monday by a county commission resolution. The resolution, approved by all three commissioners without discussion, removes the limit on the number of municipal inmates towns and cities in Adams County can send to the jail, and the fees charged when the cap was exceeded. "The most important thing about today's decision is that the commissioners affirmed the importance of housing municipal inmates at the jail," said Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates. "The cities have maintained all along that this is a core service." (SEE LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE)...
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Renewable Energy Bill Approved in Colorado Senate

Conservation Colorado, Executive Director Pete Maysmith, released the following statement after the Colorado Senate approved SB 252 which expands access to renewable energy to all of Colorado:...
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Adams County Seeks Public Comment on New Commissioner Districts

Following a mandate by voters in November 2012 to expand its Board of Commissioners, Adams County is in the process of redefining its commissioner districts. The county will host two public hearings and four neighborhood meetings in the coming weeks to gather public comments regarding three redistricting options for the 2014 election. After considering the public’s input, the final map of the five new commissioner districts will be selected by the Board of Commissioners on June 26, 2013....
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Education Week leader award to honor CEA President, JeffCo Superintendent

DENVER – Education Week will honor Colorado Education Association President Kerrie Dallman and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Stevenson as “Leaders to Learn From” during a recognition ceremony, Thursday, April 18, in Washington D.C. at 8:30 a.m. (6:30 a.m. in Colorado)....
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Thornton High School invites the community to their First International Multicultural Festival

If you enjoy diversity and feel curious about other country’s cultures, food, habits and lives, then you have a date this Saturday April 27th, 2013 at Thornton High School (THS). The first International Multicultural Festival will take place as an initiative from students and parents, in a culturally rich and diverse school. Participants from a wide array of backgrounds and disciplines will be showing their talents, food, dress, and skills. You can learn how henna tattoos are applied, as you can also see dances from Asia, Native American, Hip Hop and Irish dance. Not to mention delicious food samples from different parts of the world. That is the beauty of diversity!...
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Free Landscaping and Gardening Workshops

Learn gardening and landscaping techiques that fit into the adverse Colorado weather conditions. These workshops are free and open to everyone. Dryland Gardening and Plant Select Class - FREEÂ This is a must attend class for all gardening enthusiasts held April 6 at 1 p.m. at Thornton Fire Station #5, Community Room, 14051 Colorado Blvd. Mike Bone, Curator of Steppe Collection at the Denver Botanic Gardens and Plant Explorer will teach about plants that thrive in our climate and are indispensable when creating an enduring, environmentally responsible landscape. Mike will draw upon his professional expertise in Rocky Mountain native and steppe climate plants. Weather permitting, there will be an outdoor demonstration in the Plant Select Water-Wise Garden onsite. ...
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Oil and Gas Conflicts of Interest Bill Preliminarily Approved in Colorado House

Conservation Colorado, Executive Director Pete Maysmith released the following statement after the Colorado House preliminary approved HB 1269 which addresses conflict of interest issues on the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission:...
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Englewood High School received a $1,000 grant for its boys and girls swim teams from the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant initiative.

Garrett Gatlin, California Casualty’s field marketing manager for southern Colorado, presented the check to the school and its swim team coach, Elizabeth Sedalnick, April 4. Sedalnick, a math teacher and member of the Englewood Educators Association, said she applied after seeing an athletic grant advertisement in the Colorado Education Association’s Journal magazine....
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ADVISORY: Senator Jessie Ulibarri and Senator Mary Hodge to co-host Thornton town hall meeting on fracking

Thornton – Senator Jessie Ulibarri will co-host his town hall meeting with Senator Mary Hodge and Representative Joe Salazar, this Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Anthony's II Pizza (3901 E. 112th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80233). Senator Ulibarri, with Senator Hodge and Representative Salazar, will focus this town hall on fracking. Senator Ulibarri hosts weekly town hall meetings around his district, from Commerce City to Westminster. All of his town hall meetings are free, nonpartisan, and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share input....
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New Economic Development Coordinator Joins Northglenn

Northglenn, CO – The city of Northglenn is proud to welcome Jordan Brown as its new Economic Development Coordinator. Brown will work closely in business retention and expansion programs, urban renewal projects and assisting in driving Northglenn’s economic growth. “It’s very exciting to be a part of the expansion of the city’s Office of Economic Development. I could tell right away that the city is committed to the success of Northglenn businesses, and I wanted to be a part of that,” said Brown. “I am really looking forward to working with city business owners, developers and entrepreneurs.” ...
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