Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Developmental Disabilities Council and Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission.

The Developmental Disabilities Council is responsible for coordinating services and advocating for persons with developmental disabilities.

For a term expiring July 1, 2017:

Margaret G. Spaulding of Lakewood, to serve as a representative of a state agency that administers funds provided under the “Older Americans Act of 1965,” and occasioned by the resignation of Audrey A. Krebs of Lakewood, appointed.
The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission works with state agencies, the U.S. Forest Services, Bureau of Land Management, local byways organizations, and public and private resources to assist in the development of byways management plans, including interpretation, promotion and protection of distinctive byways characteristics. They also help coordinate the budgeting process and allocation of federal, state and private funds for the purpose of byway improvement.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces retirement of Colorado’s Adjutant General, Major General H. Michael Edwards

DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 26,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Major General H. Michael Edwards, Colorado’s Adjutant General, will retire effective March 31, 2017, upon reaching his mandatory retirement date.

“For the last 43 years, our entire nation has benefitted from the distinguished and noble service of Major General H. Michael Edwards,” said Hickenlooper. “Coloradans will long remember him as one of the most accomplished adjutants general in our state’s history. Veterans across our state will long benefit from his tireless efforts to serve those who have served. General Edwards represents the best of the National Guard and our military, and we are forever grateful for his service to Colorado and our country.”

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on EPA freeze

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement:

“We received notice today that the team from the new administration asked the EPA to temporarily suspend grant and contract awards. The communication was ambiguous and did not explain the duration or scope of the freeze. This freeze could potentially impact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s ability to carry out its federally mandated commitment to protect clean air, clean water and safe drinking water. We have sought clarification from the EPA and have asked for assistance from Senators Gardner and Bennet.”


Gov. Hickenlooper announces inaugural Elevation Award winners

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the winners of the inaugural Governor’s Elevation Award at a luncheon held in their honor at the Governor’s Mansion. This prestigious award recognizes impressive results by state employees. The Awards were judged by a panel of private sector judges from across the state--including representatives from large and small companies in a variety of industries--for employee contributions to customer service and performance improvements.

Awards were given in two different categories: Superior Customer Service and High Impact Performance. Awardees were selected by a diverse panel of business leaders from around the state, providing an opportunity for private sector and industry to evaluate and assess state government processes. The judges were: Nick Adinolfe, operations manager at Global Harvest Foods in Akron; Ethan Gannett, senior director of engineering-mission critical solutions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Ft. Collins; Carla Scanniello, private wealth advisor at Morgan Stanley in Denver; and Page Tucker, CEO & president of Prostar Geocorp in Grand Junction.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Colorado Student Leaders Institute Executive Board.

The Colorado Student Leaders Institute Executive Board oversees the Colorado Student Leaders Institute. The Institute operates a competitive residential summer academic pilot program through the summer of 2019 for students who are entering tenth or eleventh grade in the coming fall semester. Students attend four weeks of college level classes, lectures and seminars, as well as enrichment activities, including concerts and theatrical productions.

For a term expiring July 7, 2017:

Rebecca Holmes of Denver, to serve as a person from the community who has interest or experience in education, and occasioned by the resignation of Rosann B. Ward of Aurora, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Twenty-Second Judicial District Nominating Commission.

There is a judicial district nominating commission for each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts that selects nominees for district and county judicial vacancies. Each district nominating commission is chaired by a justice of the Supreme Court, who is a non-voting member of the commission.

Each judicial district nominating commission consists of seven citizens residing in that judicial district. No more than four members can be from the same political party, and there must be at least one voting member from each county in the district. In all districts with populations of more than 35,000, the voting members consist of three people admitted to practice law in Colorado and four people not admitted to practice law in Colorado. In judicial districts with populations under 35,000, at least four voting members are people not admitted to practice law in Colorado. It is determined by majority vote of the governor, attorney general and chief justice how many, if any, of the remaining three members will be persons admitted to practice law in Colorado.

Gov. Hickenlooper submits budget amendments to Legislature, calls for reductions in Senior Homestead Exemption & higher retail marijuana sales taxes to backfill school funding reductions

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 17,  2017 — The Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today submitted budget amendments to the Joint Budget Committee that apply to the FY 2017-18 budget request.

Within the request, the OSPB outlined Gov. Hickenlooper's plan to address a $135.1 million reduction in property taxes triggered by the "Gallagher" amendment in the Colorado Constitution. The amendment requires that the total property tax burden in the State be shared more by non-residential owners than by residential owners. Because residential values have grown faster than non-residential values and the relative burdens are out of compliance with the Constitution, the mechanism to adjust the burden is to lower the residential assessment rate.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Kathleen Staks as executive director of the Colorado Energy Office

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 17,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Kathleen Staks has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, effective Jan. 20, 2017. She will replace Jeff Ackermann, who was recently appointed to the Public Utilities Commission.

“Kathleen will be pivotal in helping us work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to ensure that Colorado is a strong supporter of both traditional and renewable energy resources” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Colorado’s energy practices touch every person in Colorado daily.  Kathleen will continue to ensure that our State’s energy portfolio benefits Colorado businesses, workers and families.”

Staks currently serves as the assistant director for energy and minerals at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where she is responsible for developing and implementing policy regarding energy development across the state. Staks has extensive experience working with Colorado energy and mining companies, as well as renewable industry businesses. Prior to joining DNR, Staks worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as the program director for open space and parks and wildlife. In that position she oversaw land conservation grant programs and managed the relationship between GOCO and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on EPA & DOJ decision that EPA will not pay individual claims for damage caused by Gold King Mine spill

DENVER — Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision against reimbursing private businesses and individuals for claims of damages from the Gold King Mine spill:

“We are disappointed in the EPA’s decision. We expected the EPA to make good on its promise to reimburse any Colorado resident or business that suffered a legitimate loss as a result of the spill. The Attorney General has agreed to help us find ways we can make sure our residents receive just compensation.”

National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils to gift three 100,000 fitness centers to Colorado schools

DENVER — Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that fitness icon and chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) Jake Steinfeld has selected Colorado to kick-off its 2017 DON’T QUIT! fitness campaign. The NFGFC will deliver $100,000 fitness centers to three Colorado schools that demonstrate leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.

“We are thrilled that Jake Steinfeld and his organization have chosen to help Colorado’s children get fit,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Keeping our kids active is one of the keys to helping them lead healthy lives in adulthood. We encourage every elementary and middle school in Colorado to nominate their school to be in the running for a brand new fitness center.”