League of Women Voters Of Adams County Colorado
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January 2018                               

Meeting Location: Community Reach Center

11285 High Line Dr, Northglenn

 

Meetings are held from September thru May.  

On the second Monday of each month we have evening meetings in Room 201(Bob's Place) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  Arrive at 6:15 for coffee.

On the fourth Monday of each month we have morning meetings in the Hawaii Room from 11:30am to 12:30pm. 

Board Meetings: The dates are noted on the calendar. Members are invited to attend.

Please be aware of possible changes in meeting times or places and special events. Changes will appear on this calendar and/or on the website. An attempt will be made to contact all members.

 

For information, directions or a ride:

Please call one of the Members of the Board of Directors

(See sidebar)

 

League Calendar

January 8th @ 6:30 pm:

 

2018 PROGRAM planning & NOMINATING COMMITTEE meeting

Judy Nicholaisen & Laura Harris will host a member-led planning & nominating session where all members will discuss and volunteer for activities that we want League to do in 2018 as well as nominate members for board positions.

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND.

 

January 15th: Open Board Meeting

Board meetings are open to all members.

Please contact any board member for the monthly board meeting location and time.

 

 

January 22nd: 

 

NO MEETING.  PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH.

 

Please be alert to possible changes in meeting times or places and to special events.  Changes will appear on this calendar and/or on the website.  An attempt also will be made to contact all members.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Legislative Conference 2018 Scottish Rite Masonic Center

Monday, January 29th

8:00 am – 2:30 pm

By Shirley Mrochek

 

You will receive more information on this meeting at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in the State’s Voter. Speakers have been invited to discuss National Popular Vote, Campaign Finance and Renewables.

 

If you plan to attend, please let me know. We pay the registration fee and you pay $15.00 for lunch.  We generally take the bus as a group since parking in the downtown area is hard to find. I will let everyone know who is going that day so you can arrange the proper transportation.

 

Please RSVP by January 12th to Shirley Mrochek at email address  kmro1@msn.com.

 

Join an Adams County Board or Commission

 

 

Adams County residents, be a part of your county government.  We are currently seeking applicants to serve on a variety of boards, including the Liquor and Marijuana Licensing Authority, Building Code Board of Appeals, Cultural Council, Front Range Airport Advisory Board, and more.  Apply now.    http://www.adcogov.org/citizen-advisory-boards-and-commissions

Dues                                           sHIRLEY mROCHEK

If you haven’t already paid your dues, this is a reminder. This is the beginning of our fiscal year and we usually collect dues at this time.  See instructions at the end of the voter. Thanks!

 

 

Growth Suggests New District, Political Fight

Denver Post, December 22, 2017

 

Colorado’s lightning-fast growth is lining up the state for a political battle in two years.  Census figures released Wednesday (December 20, 2017) show the state has the eighth-fastest growth rate in the nation, with a burgeoning population of more than 5.6 million.  That’s enough babies and newcomers to net the state an eighth congressional district in 2020, prompting a fight over where the lines will be drawn for the new district.  Since 2010, Colorado has added about 600,000 people.  With the average congressional district representing about 700,000 people, Colorado is all but a lock to add a seat in the House.

 

Adams County Commissioners Unanimously Adopt $468 Million Budget for 2018

 

“This budget aligns with the strategic goals of the county commissioners to push Adams County forward on the right path,” said Eva J. Henry, Board of Commissioners Chair.

 

Http://www.adcogov.org/news/adams-county-commissioners-unanimously-adopt-468-million-budget-2018

 

Critical Dates re:

2018 Mid-Term Elections

 

There is some confusion around caucuses/primaries since Props 107 and 108 passed last year. Yes, you may now vote in the primary if you are an unaffiliated voter. HOWEVER, it is during the caucus that we choose WHO appears on that primary ballot. If you wish to have a say on who our choices in candidates are, PLEASE AFFILIATE BY JANUARY 8TH.

 

Monday, January 8th: Last day to affiliate as a Democrat or Republican in order to participate in the party caucus.

 

Monday, February 5th: Last day to update voter registration address to participate in the correct precinct caucus.

 

Tuesday, March 6th: Caucus Day.

 

Tuesday, May 29th: Last day to change affiliation or become unaffiliated to receive your desired primary ballot.

 

Monday, June 4th: Earliest day your primary ballot might be mailed to you.

 

Monday, June 18th: Last day to register to vote and still receive a primary ballot in the mail.

 

Tuesday, June 26th: Primary Election.

 

Monday, October 15th: Earliest day your general election ballot might be mailed to you.

 

Monday, October 29th: Last day to register to vote and still receive a general election ballot in the mail.

 

Tuesday, November 6th: General Election Day!

 Tour of the Adams County

Election Department

By Marge Innes,

Voter Service Director

 

There were four of us who toured the Election Department on Friday, November 3:  Karen Connor, Beth Vierra, Marge and Steve Innes.  Although I had been through the Department before, there were many new additions: the ballot sorting machine which kicks out ballots with possible signature problems, signature verification overhead screens which enables someone in the middle of the room to see what each worker is checking, a machine which opens the ballot envelopes thus doing a previously very time-consuming job for election workers.  Although this election was a very light one, it was easy to see that the election crew was well-trained – each one doing a specific job as quickly and efficiently as possible.  The ballots are counted and weighed often during the whole process to make sure that none are lost.   The staff pointed out all of the precautions they have undertaken to prevent fraud in these all-mail-in elections.  The voting machines are being used now very little, only used in the voting centers for voters who lost their ballots or for newly registered voters. So worries about the possibilities of hacking these machines have all but disappeared. 

 

Stan Martin and his staff couldn't have been more cordial and anxious to answer any questions.  Since our group was small, other county employees were invited to join us, and they were interested to see all of the new mechanization.  All in all, it was good, informative tour.

 

 

Christmas Dinner Recap

By Pat Lewis, Membership Director

 

Our Christmas Dinner was celebrated Monday, December 11th at The Villas at Sunny Acres.  We had 30 people attend and everyone had a good time. The evening began with wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner of prime rib or airline chicken.  Chef Michael and his staff outdid themselves with delicious food and great service.  The fun evening concluded with members picking a door prize.  Thanks again to everyone for bringing gifts for the Community Reach Center.  We collected four boxes of donations and they were delivered to Evan Narotsky at The Reach Center and he was so thankful for all the donations.  For those who were unable to make the dinner we missed you.

Happy New Year!!

 

North Suburban Medical Center Development Meeting

By Cathy O’Grady-Melvin

 

Chad Howell from the City of Thornton economic development office spoke about Thornton’s role in the health care development project involving North Suburban Medical Center.  The project may include an assisted living residence and affordable housing.  Access to public transit (bus stops or FasTracks stations) plays a critical role for those who are served by 'affordable housing".  The city desires that new "affordable housing"  construction be located within a quarter of a mile of public transit and in close proximity to basic services such as schools, child care facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies and medical services.  Thornton encourages the use of energy efficiency measures or improvements in all "affordable housing" project. 

 

In order to facilitate the development of housing that serves people at or below 40 percent Area Median Income, the city may consider providing financial support on a case by case basis.  The city may set conditions on financial support and require the property developer to maintain a specific level of affordability for a set period of time or construct a certain number of units that serve families of lower income levels. 

Thornton seeks to achieve a balance of housing types for people of different income levels throughout the city.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation, with more people dying by suicide in this state than in car crashes or homicides. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10-34.

 

In August 2017, a 13-year-old girl in Thornton took her life after she was repeatedly criticized on an anonymous messaging app.

 

Colorado’s Safe2Tell program, an app for youth to report concerns about themselves or others anonymously, has experienced a dramatic uptick in reports about suicide in the last three years. Safe2Tell, which is run by the attorney general’s office, received 673 reports about suicide in the 2014-2015 school year and 1,742 such tips last school year.

 

Resources: 1-844-493-TALK (8255) to talk to a trained counselor. Find out more about Safe2Tell at safe2tell.org and Sources of Strength at sourcesofstrength.org.

 

Second Wind Fund: thesecondwindfund.org. Links students to mental health professionals and pays for up to 12 counseling sessions.

 

 

Oil & Gas Development in Adams County – What’s Happening and What You Can Do

By Laura Harris

 

In November, Adams County Communities for Drilling Community Now (ACCDAN) presented an update about oil & gas activity taking place in Adams County and provide guidance on how citizens can make their voices heard in the permitting process.

 

ACCDAN is a local bi-partisan, non-profit organization with more than 500 supporters from throughout Adams County.  Its mission is to provide community education, public information and increased awareness regarding the potential impact of large scale oil and gas development on neighborhoods in Adams County.

 

Oil & Gas Development Activity in Adams County

 

Currently there are more than 300 new oil & gas wells in one 6 x 4-mile area that have been approved or are pending approval in Adams County. 

 

Looking at Adams County as a whole (see map at end of article), there are 967 active wells and 2,700 inactive wells. Thirty-four sites (542 wells) are in some stage of permitting or development, 29 of which are large sites (8 or more wells on a pad). The average is 17 wells per pad. The largest pad has 36 wells.

 

The majority of the development activity is concentrated in areas north of 136th Avenue, between Washington and Interstate 76.

 

Oil & gas development activity is increasing in the county. There were 25 new location permits issued in 2017, compared with 9 in 2016. There were 111 well drilling permits (all horizontal) in 2017, compared with 8 in 2011 and 51 in 2014. Adams County is third in the state for new location permits – right behind Weld and Garfield – and second in the state for the number of horizontal well permits, behind Weld. Eighteen complaints were filed with COGCC in 2017. Seventeen spills were reported to COGCC, with 16 requiring remediation.

 

What You Can Do to Make Your Voice Heard

 

Whether you are in favor of or opposed to oil and gas development activity, it is important to let your elected officials know where you stand. Attend and speak out at community meetings, neighborhood meetings, county public hearings, etc. Contact your elected officials and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and advocate for your position – whatever it may be. ACCDAN is just one organization that is working to protect Adams County neighborhoods from development that encroaches on public health and safety. If you agree with their positions, consider volunteering or donating to their organization.

 

Helpful Links

 

If you would like to keep apprised of oil & gas activity in Adams County, you can subscribe to ACCDAN’s newsletter by sending your name and email address to: information@accdan.org.

 

 

Oil and gas information and regulations for Adams County can be found at: http://www.adcogov.org/oil-and-gas-information. Details about projects in the permitting process can be found at http://www.adcogov.org/planning/currentcases.  

 

Chris LaMere is the Oil and Gas Liaison for Adams County. Contact him with questions or concerns about County permits and regulations via email at clamere@adcogov.org or call him at 720-523-6891.  His address is 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton, CO 80601.

 

Adams County Commissioners are involved in approving oil & gas development permits and shaping regulations. Contact them to let them know where you stand on particular projects and issues. Their contacts can be found here:  http://www.adcogov.org/bocc.

 

The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission is the state agency that approves permit locations and regulates oil & gas activity. Visit their website for important news and notices about oil & gas permitting and development activities.  http://cogcc.state.co.us.

 

Individually we are only one voice, but together we can and will be heard.

 

Arapahoe House to close in January

 

Bobbi Sheldon, KUSA 12:03 PM. MST December 15, 2017

 

 

DENVER – The State’s largest drug and alcohol provider is closing its doors after 42 years of service.

 

Arapahoe House will no longer be accepting patients.  It plans to close its seven locations for good on January 2, the organization has announced.

 

This is devastating for our community and the state as a whole,” Mike Butler, president and CEO of Arapahoe House, wrote in a news release. “We care for an extremely vulnerable population including pregnant women and women with children. Without Arapahoe House, there are precious few places for these individuals to go. Despite a widespread and growing opioid crisis in Colorado and nationwide, state and federal funding for addiction treatment remains inadequate.”

 

Earlier this year, Arapahoe House announced the closure of three of its detox centers (http://www.9news.com/news/local/arapahoe-house-to-close-detox-centers/372285654).

 

Recent and anticipated future reductions have made it impossible for treatment programs to continue, Butler said.

 

Arapahoe House’s call center will remain open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Jan. 2.

 

Kate Osmundson, spokesperson with Arapahoe House, says they’re working with the treatment community to place current patients with other providers.

 

Arapahoe House says it serves 5,000 patients annually and has approximately 200 employees.  

 

© 2017 KUSA-TV

 

Submit any questions, comments, concerns, or program ideas or requests for   February 2018 through May 2018 to Marge Innes.

 

ANY SUGGESTIONS?

 

Submit any questions, comments, concerns, program ideas or requests for February through May 2018 to Marge Innes.  This is your League.  If you have a program idea, help us to make it happen.

 

And bring fresh ideas to the member-led

2018 Program Planning & Nominating Committee Meeting on January 8th at 6:30 pm!

 

Submit any suggestions or recommendations for February 2018 through May 2018 Voter articles to the Voter Editor.

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LWV of Adams County is on Facebook!  Laura Harris is our new Facebook page manager (thank you, Laura!).  

 

Like our page and keep up with League news, events, legislative actions, and helpful resources. www.facebook.com/lwvadamscountyco/

 

Please help to keep our Facebook page as active and informative as possible.  Send Laura Harris any information that you think should be on our Facebook Page and it will be reviewed for relevance and accuracy.  Thanks for participating in keeping our Facebook page interesting.

 

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Need a ride to a meeting? Just ask!

MISSION STATEMENT

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Dues are $60 per year, pro-rated after January 1st to September 15th. This covers the cost of our local League’s pledge to the National LWVUS and its publication “The Voter” issued 4 times a year plus the state League and its publication “Colorado Voter” (published quarterly). The financial support of our local league activities, including the newsletter and other publications, registration for workshops and special projects, comes from member donations above the $60.00 level. We appreciate any donations in excess of the dues. Thank you for your consideration. Dues levels are as follows:

Friend $60.00 (basic dues)

Sustaining $75.00
Advocate $100.00
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