Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Friday, April 22, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Fifth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission.

The Fifth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission select nominees for district and county judgeships in the fifth judicial district, which is comprised of Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.

For a term expiring December 31, 2021:

Michael H. Stewart, P.E., C.P.G. of Evergreen, to serve as a non-attorney and as an Unaffiliated from Clear Creek County, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces appointment to Judicial Nomination Commission

DENVER — Wednesday, April 20, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today an appointment to the First Judicial Nominating Commission.

The First Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission selects nominees for district and county judgeships in the first judicial district, which is comprised of Jefferson and Gilpin counties.

For a term expiring December 31, 2021:

Lynn Hirshman of Black Hawk, to serve as a non-attorney and as a Democrat from Gilpin County, appointed.

Colorado awarded first Pay for Success grant for early intervention services for at-risk youth

DENVER — Tuesday, April 19, 2016 — The Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) learned today that the State of Colorado has been selected as a Social Innovation Fund - Pay for Success (PFS) subgrantee by the University of Utah Sorenson Impact Center. This is the first PFS grant for the state.

Pay for Success is an innovative funding model that drives government resources toward social programs that deliver positive outcomes for the people who need them most. As a subgrantee, the state will receive an award valued at $285,000 in cash and technical assistance from the Sorenson Impact Center.

Gov. Hickenlooper, Commission release report on the Study of American Indian Representations in Public Schools

DENVER — Monday, April 18, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Governor’s Commission to Study American Indian Representation in Public Schools today released their final report on the use of mascots and imagery in Colorado public schools. The group was joined by William (Bill) Mendoza, the executive director of White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education.

“This Commission has charted a path forward for Colorado with a willingness to work together through conversation and collaboration,” said Hickenlooper. “We are grateful to everyone who participated in this process. Their hard work gives us all a better understanding of each other and the complexities of this issue.”

One Book 4 Colorado celebrates its 5th year, 300,000th book

DENVER - Monday, April 18, 2016 — In celebration of its fifth year and distribution of 300,000 books, One Book 4 Colorado recognized the special milestone with a “Golden Ticket” prize. The prize was placed inside a copy of this year’s selection, Giraffes Can’t Dance, which was discovered by 4-year-old Shawn Forristall during a reading in Limon, Colorado.

To celebrate literacy and the notion that reading is a “ticket” to adventure, the prize includes children's books donated by Walmart and two round​-trip tickets provided by Southwest Airlines.

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia read the 2016 One Book 4 Colorado selection, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae at the Limon Child Development Center in Limon earlier last week. Joined by Limon Mayor Julie Coonts and Assistant Commissioner at the Colorado Department of Education Gene Hainer, Garcia read to more than 100 preschoolers from across Lincoln County.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces appointments to the 2nd Judicial District

DENVER — Thursday, April 14, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today his appointments of Jay Grant and Jennifer Torrington to serve as district court judges in the 2nd Judicial District (Denver).  Grant and Torrington will fill vacancies created by the retirement of the Honorable R. Michael Mullins and the resignation of the Honorable Ann B. Frick.

Gov. Hickenlooper endorses water project that brings benefits to northern Front Range, Western Slope

DENVER — Wednesday, April 13, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today formally endorsed the Windy Gap Firming Project, a water project that will serve cities and farmers on the northern Front Range as well as provide environmental benefits on the Western Slope.

The project expands the existing Windy Gap system built in the 1980s and includes the planned Chimney Hollow Reservoir southwest of Loveland to ensure more reliable supplies for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and other project participants. It also includes several protective measures for fish and waterways on the Western Slope.