Gov. Hickenlooper commends investment for Permanent Supportive Housing

DENVER — Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today commended state agencies and partners for their second year of significant investment in providing permanent supportive housing for homeless and special needs populations across Colorado.

The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) will award 134 housing choice vouchers, and $7.1 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) will be awarded from Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) in 2016 to support the creation of 246 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or with severe special needs in Boulder, Cañon City, Colorado Springs, Denver, Eagle County, Longmont and Towaoc on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel

DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the memory of former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, Sep. 23, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Chemical Demilitarization Citizens Advisory Commission, Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board, Board of Mortgage Loan Originators and the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board.

The Chemical Demilitarization Citizens Advisory Commission provides citizen input and expresses state concerns regarding the U.S. Army program for the disposal of chemical warfare agents and munitions at the Pueblo Army Depot.

Lt. Gov. Lynne to tour state for Colorado Literacy Week

DENVER — Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 — Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne will lead a week-long tour across Colorado to build excitement about reading and to spread the message that early literacy efforts are crucial in the classroom and at home.

Colorado Literacy week is a joint effort between SERVE Colorado, Colorado State Libraries, Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Department of Human Services - Early Childhood Leadership Commission, Colorado Department of Agriculture, One Book 4 Colorado and a variety of corporate and community partners.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces project to expand high-speed internet in Colorado schools

Kids Link Colorado to bring broadband to all schools

DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today a new initiative to bring high-speed internet to schools across Colorado. Kids Link Colorado is a partnership between the Office of the Governor, the Governor’s Office of Information Technology and EducationSuperHighway, the nation’s leading nonprofit focused on upgrading internet access in every public school classroom in America.

“A student in Crested Butte should have access to the same online resources as a student in downtown Denver,” said Hickenlooper. “We are grateful to all of our partners including EducationSuperHighway who is donating services. This is a win for students, their families, our educators, and our state.”

State revenue forecast shows solid performance

DENVER — Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic forecast. State General Fund revenue is projected to increase 4.5 percent in FY 2016-17; the forecast is lower relative to June’s projections by $160.6 million, or 1.5 percent.

“Economic expansion is expected to continue for Colorado at a moderate pace,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Colorado’s favorable economic attributes have made the economy resilient to the many headwinds it has faced the past several years.”

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints judge to 7th Judicial District

DENVER — Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Ashley Burgemeister to serve as a county court judge in the 7th Judicial District (Gunnison county). Burgemeister will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Ben F. Eden.

Burgemeister currently serves as the 7th Judicial District’s Family Court Facilitator. In this capacity, she is involved in dissolution of marriage/civil union matters, legal separations, and allocation of parental responsibility cases. Burgemeister also serves as the 7th Judicial District’s liaison between self-represented parties and attorneys, judicial officers, the clerk’s office and outside agencies. Prior to her current position, Burgemeister served as a law clerk in the 7th Judicial District and as a court judicial assistant for the Gunnison County Combined Courts. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and her J.D. from the University of Colorado.  

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, Sep. 16, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Commission on the Aging and the Colorado State Child Fatality Prevention Review Team.

The Colorado Commission on the Aging conducts studies and encourages other organizations to conduct studies of the problems of the state’s elder people. The Commission works to promote and aid in the establishment of local programs and services for the aging and aged.

For a term expiring July 1, 2020:

Connie Mae Ring of Springfield, to serve as an Unaffiliated from the Fourth Congressional District, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints judge to 20th Judicial District

DENVER — Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Jonathon Martin to serve as a county court judge in the 20th Judicial District (Boulder county). Martin will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable John F. Stavely.

Martin is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the 20th Judicial District, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to that, he was an associate at Snell and Wilmer, LLP, in Denver, and at Holland and Hart, LLP, also in Denver. Prior to law school, Martin was a pilot. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and his J.D. from the University of Colorado.  

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints judge to 4th Judicial District

DENVER — Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Eric Bentley to serve as a district court judge in the 4th Judicial District (El Paso & Teller counties). Bentley will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Edward Colt.

Bentley is currently a partner with Flynn, Wright & Bentley, LLC. His practice focuses on civil litigation and dispute resolution in the areas of land use, real estate, business contracts and torts, banking, employment, and probate. Prior to this position, Bentley was a partner with Holme, Roberts & Owen, LLP; an Assistant U.S. Attorney; a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime & Racketeering Section; a Law Clerk to the Honorable James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and a Law Clerk to the Honorable Leonard Sand of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

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