Gov. Hickenlooper statement on nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for Supreme Court Justice

DENVER — Wednesday, March 16, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper issued the following statement following the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland for Supreme Court Justice:

“Today, President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Judge Garland has had a distinguished career as a judge and prosecutor, and has more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history. He earned strong bipartisan support for his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and throughout his career. He deserves to be considered, and I hope the Senate will honor its constitutional responsibilities. The United States Supreme Court has serious legal challenges before it. A fully functioning Supreme Court is of vital importance to this country.”

Gov. Hickenlooper launches new program to assist rural economies

DENVER — Tuesday, March 15, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the next phase for the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 - Blueprint Initiatives - which invites the state’s rural communities and regions to apply for specialized resources to help make their economies more robust.

“These initiatives are all outcomes of the informative roundtables we held in communities throughout the state last year,” said Hickenlooper. “We will be deploying the most requested resources across the state through Blueprint Initiatives.”

From March 15 - June 1, 2016, rural Colorado communities and regions can apply for specialized resources from the Colorado Office of Economic Development, other state agencies, and external partners to help address their own unique economic development issues. Regions and communities must apply through their local economic developer to ensure there is broad support in the community for the initiative. Selected communities will be announced in July for site visits accompanying the resources, with additional communities being selected for visits in 2017.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered for Park County sheriff Nate Carrigan

DENVER — Friday, March 11, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on Monday, March 14, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Park County sheriff Corporal Nate Carrigan. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Flags were ordered to be lowered on March 7 in honor of Nancy Reagan and can be raised to full staff tonight at sunset.

Carrigan, 35, was killed serving a high-risk eviction notice at a home in Bailey on February 24, 2016.

Carrigan served with the Park County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. He is survived by his fiance, stepchildren and several family members. Carrigan’s family has a long history in law enforcement including service by his grandfather and two brothers.

Known as “Coach Carrigan” in the community, he dedicated much of his time coaching football, baseball and wrestling.

Services for Carrigan will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Bible Chapel, 6210 Ward Road, Arvada.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, March 11, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Private Occupational School Board and Colorado Lottery Commission.

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission investigates complaints and conducts hearings concerning alleged discrimination in employment, apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training, and vocational schools. The Commission also investigates the existence of discriminatory or unfair employment practices by a person, employment agency, labor organization, or vocational school.  It is also charged with the promotion of good will and cooperation among various racial, religious, and ethnic groups in the state.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Peter Monson to Clear Creek County Board of Commissioners

DENVER — Thursday, March 10, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Peter Monson to the Creak Creek County Board of Commissioners. Monson will fill the vacancy created by the passing of Commissioner Tom Hayden, and will serve through the end of Commissioner Hayden’s term.

For more than thirty years, Monson worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. While at USDOJ, he served concurrently as a Managing Attorney for the Denver Field Office, an Assistant Chief for the Indian Resources Section, and a Senior Trial Attorney. Monson also served as the Board President (2009-12) and Officer of the Clear Creek County School Board from 2005 to 2015 where he oversaw the operations of the district and helped develop strategies to increase education funding for the District.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered for Las Animas sheriff Travis Russell

DENVER — Wednesday, March 9, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags remain lowered to half-staff on Thursday, March 10, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Las Animal County Deputy Sheriff Travis Russell. Flags were ordered to be lowered on March 7 in honor of Nancy Reagan. They should remain at half-staff in honor of Deputy Russell.

Russell, 44, was killed in a vehicle crash in Trinidad while on patrol March 1, 2016. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Faith Christian Fellowship, 2608 Santa Fe Trail, Trinidad.

Lt. Governor Garcia and Serve Colorado celebrate AmeriCorps Week

DENVER — Monday, March 7, 2016 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Serve Colorado-The Governor’s Commission on Community Service are celebrating AmeriCorps Week, March 7-12, to highlight the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps members are making in communities across Colorado and nationally.

Since 1994, more than 30,000 Colorado residents have served in an AmeriCorps program. These members have served more than 27 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $65,340,000. These education scholarships can be used for student loans and education costs at eligible post-secondary institutions.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Nancy Reagan

DENVER —  Monday, March 7, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings statewide beginning immediately until sunset on the day of interment in honor of Nancy Reagan, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama.

The full text of the president’s proclamation:

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 7, 2016