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.

Gov. Hickenlooper, members of federal delegation send letter to EPA requesting additional support

DENVER — Tuesday, April 12, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and members of Colorado’s federal delegation yesterday sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking for additional support for the Bonita Peak Mining District. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and Congressman Scott Tipton joined Hickenlooper on the letter in support of the local communities including the Towns of Silverton and Durango, San Juan and La Plata Counties.

“As part of Superfund designation process, we reiterate the importance of addressing the concerns expressed by the Town of Silverton and San Juan County and that cleanup moves forward in a wa

Lt. Governor Garcia to read One Book 4 Colorado selection in Limon

DENVER — Tuesday, April 12, 2016 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will visit Limon tomorrow to read the 2016 One Book 4 Colorado selection Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae to more than 120 preschoolers from communities across Lincoln County.

WHO: Lt. Gov. Garcia, Colorado Department of Education Assistant Commissioner Gene Hainer and Limon Mayor Julie Coonts
WHEN: Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Limon Child Development Center, 1741 9th St., Limon

The Limon Memorial Library and the Limon Child Development Center are partnering together to host this event.

The 2016 selection was announced Monday, April 11 at the One Book 4 Colorado launch event held at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library. One Book 4 Colorado was launched in 2012 to encourage early childhood literacy by giving away 75,000 books to four-year-olds across Colorado. Events will take place across the state at public and military libraries, Denver Preschool Program preschools and other venues until the program ends April 25.

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Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, April 11, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the State Rehabilitation Council.

The State Rehabilitation Council advises State Rehabilitation Services on the provision of appropriate and quality services to its customers. A majority of its members must be persons with disabilities.

For a term expiring August 1, 2017:

Bobbie Rosa of Ignacio, to serve as a representative of Native Americans and Section 121, appointed.