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Clinic founder: Lowering barriers to health care

Advocacy Denver

Jim García founded Clinica Tepeyac 23 years ago. A community-based health center, it provides primary and behavioral health care, and health education to Metro Denver’s medically underserved, predominantly Latino population. Many patients are undocumented. The clinic’s capacity has grown to handle 20,000 patient visits annually. In an interview with Catherine Strode, García discussed how he separates the issue of health care disparities with politics.

Catherine Strode: What levels of immigration status make patients eligible for treatment?

Transportation

Officials rip stopgap road bills at launch of U.S. 36 milestone

The Colorado Statesman

An Obama transportation department official urged Congress to pass a long-term highway funding bill during a visit to Broomfield this week.

Deputy Transportation Secretary Victor Mendez was in town on Monday to take part in a ceremony marking a milestone in the massive, ongoing U.S. 36 construction project.

Speaking outside Broomfield's First Bank Center, Mendez said the politics in Washington, D.C., “are very difficult right now” when it comes to funding the country’s roads and bridges.

Courts

U.S. Supreme Court set to report whether it will hear TABOR case

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado court watchers are waiting with bated breath for the nation’s highest court to say whether it will consider a case challenging the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t considering the merits of a 2011 lawsuit, brought by a group of current and former elected officials, including state Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, and House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder. Instead, the court is expected to announce whether justices are granting certiorari and will hear the case or whether they’re sending it back to a lower court.

Denver’s growing ‘peace industry’ hails release of international index

The Colorado Statesman

Denver is rapidly becoming a hub of international violence prevention — a growth industry, according to an influential peace index released at the governor’s mansion on Tuesday.

“There is a Denver discourse around peace and security, and I think people are starting to take notice of that, including IEP [Institute for Economics and Peace],” said Conor Seyle, deputy director of the Broomfield-based One Earth Future Foundation.

Guest Columnist

Alonzo: Colorado well positioned to respond to papal encyclical on global warming

Guest Contributor

Last week the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO) hosted a luncheon for faith leaders to discuss the moral implications of the Pope’s climate change encyclical and what Colorado’s faithful can do to support efforts such as the Clean Power Plan to alleviate the carbon pollution that is fueling global warming.

Guest Columnist

Zarlengo: Relax, conservatives, Pope Francis didn’t call for progressive fix to climate change

Guest Contributor

Conservatives can breathe easy. Pope Francis’ recently released encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, was expected by many to be a progressive environmentalist manifesto where Francis would reveal himself to be a true man of the left, injecting a new progressive force into the halls of the Vatican. Unfortunately for leftist progressives, who routinely cherry-pick and mistranslate his statements to serve their political agenda, Pope Francis once again demonstrated himself to be, well, a Catholic after all.

Colorado conundrum: Growing economy could mean looming state budget shortfall

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado's economy is performing so well, the state's upcoming budget is expected to suffer.

Wait, what?

That's according to budget forecasters who told state lawmakers last week that Colorado could end up with a $180 million budget shortfall at the end of 2016 fiscal year, in spite of the state experiencing its seventh consecutive year of economic expansion.

Columnist

Hudson: Local governments grapple with boosting broadband

The Colorado Statesman

The 268 cities and towns that belong to the Colorado Municipal League returned to Breckenridge last week for the organization’s annual summer meeting. More than a thousand elected officials and municipal officers were registered for a weeklong schedule of training sessions, and issue forums. (Several years ago, one of Denver’s investigative TV reporters ambushed delegates around the swimming pool, asking why they weren’t attending the scheduled educational seminars.

Stulp says state water plan will require ‘cultural change’

The Colorado Statesman

With Colorado almost out of the drought, state water officials are planning for the day when the state’s water supply will have to provide for twice as many residents.

State water czar John Stulp told the Colorado Municipal League last week that land use and water planning will be more closely tied under the state’s first-ever water plan, which is nearing completion.

Energy

Bentley encouraging more women to consider oil and gas industry

The Colorado Statesman

The oil and gas industry isn’t exactly known as a bastion of equality between the sexes. According to an industry study the workforce in 2010 was 81 percent male nationwide. Tracee Bentley, the new executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council, is leading the group’s effort to bring more women into the industry with the Women in Power program.

“This is so exciting if you are a woman in Colorado, I believe,” Bentley said. “The oil and natural gas industry in Colorado is a great place for women to thrive, regardless of their career paths.”