Gov. Hickenlooper announces 2017 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal Recipients

DENVER — Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced the recipients of the 2017 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals. Inaugurated by Executive Order and supported by all living Colorado Governors, the Medal is one of the highest honors bestowed upon citizens and organizations of Colorado for their meritorious contributions to the strength and vitality of the state. Gov. Hickenlooper and Quarterly Forum (QF) will present the Medals at the Governor’s Leadership Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the History Colorado Center.

“The Governor’s Citizenship Medal is a tribute to the idea that each of us, no matter our path, has the opportunity to make a significant impact on our state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These individuals and companies have helped push Colorado forward, inspiring others along the way.”

The 2017 Medal categories and recipients are:

1. Emerging Community Leader Taylor Phinney, American Cyclist, Boulder - This award recognizes a young community leader who has demonstrated professional excellence and positive impact on the community and serves as an example for future generations. Taylor Phinney is renowned for his laid back persona, tenacity on the bike and leadership among his international teammates.

The Colorado native is the son of two Olympians. His father Davis Phinney was the first American to win a road stage at the Tour de France. His mother Connie Carpenter won the first Olympic women's road race in 1984. Phinney followed in his family footsteps early in his career, making his Olympic debut at the age of 18 in Beijing. Four years later, Phinney won the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia, Italy's biggest race, and wore the coveted maglia rosa donned by the Giro's race leader. He's raced in the stars and stripes of the US national time trial champion. He's won bike races in Poland, Holland and UAE, Colorado, California and Utah.

A crash at 60 miles an hour during the U.S. National Road Championships left Phinney with a potentially career-ending fractured leg. Phinney was told by doctors he might never ride again. He rode. And he raced.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new county court judge in El Paso County

DENVER — Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Jessica Curtis to the El Paso County Court in the 4th Judicial District. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Daniel Wilson.

Curtis currently serves as a magistrate judge for the 4th Judicial District, a position she has held since 2011. In this capacity, Curtis has presided over civil and juvenile dockets. Prior to her current employment, she worked as a partner at Hoffecker & Curtis, L.L.P. (2010-2011); in the Office of the Guardian Ad Litem (2005-2010); and as a State Public Defender in Colorado Springs (2003-2005). Curtis earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2000, and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2003.

Curtis’ appointment is effective immediately.

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Gov. Hickenlooper joins bipartisan group of 10 governors calling for action on new agreement to stabilize private health insurance markets

DENVER — Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 — Today, Gov. Hickenlooper joined a bipartisan group of 10 governors, urging Congress to move quickly and pass legislation to stabilize private health insurance markets and make quality health insurance more available and affordable. Senators Alexander and Murray have negotiated and developed a bipartisan agreement that will help achieve these goals. In the letter, the governors say the legislation deserves a vote by the House and Senate.

View the full letter here.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces a Boards and Commissions appointment

DENVER — Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a Boards and Commissions appointment to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission.

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission preserves and develops the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad for the education, enlightenment and enjoyment of future generations.

Effective Nov. 1, 2017 for a term expiring July 1, 2019:
Mark Eugene Graybill of Golden, and occasioned by the resignation of Ute “Lucy” Kay of Silverthorne, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new county court judge in 7th Judicial District

DENVER — Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Zachary Martin to the Ouray County Court in the 7th Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Cory Jackson to the District Court.

Martin currently serves as a Senior Deputy Public Defender in the Montrose Office of the Colorado State Public Defender (2013 – present). His practice consists of representing adults and juveniles charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes in Montrose County Court and District Court. Martin also has practiced in the Gunnison, Hinsdale, and Ouray County Courts. Martin earned his undergraduate degree from Goucher College in 2010 and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2013.

Martin’s appointment is effective immediately.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

ENVER — Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado State Child Fatality Review Team.

The Colorado State Child Fatality Review Team reviews the individual case findings of the local and regional review teams and creates reports based on those findings to make specific recommendations regarding systemic trends across the state that may help prevent future child fatalities. It also helps Coloradans understand the incidence and causes of child fatalities; encourages public action to prevent further child fatalities; identifies services provided by public, private and nonprofit agencies to children and their families to prevent child fatalities.

Governors Hickenlooper and Kasich issue statement on President Trump’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments

DENVER — Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Gov. John Kasich issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments.

“The President’s decision to eliminate cost-sharing subsidies is going to result in confusion and higher health insurance costs for many Americans. Insurers will be forced to protect themselves from the uncertainty this creates and American families will pay more as a result and have less access to health care coverage.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s move to end the cost sharing reduction payments, a key element of the Affordable Care Act

DENVER — Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper issued the following statement on the President’s move to end cost sharing reduction payments to insurance companies.

"Cutting the cost sharing reduction payments is cruel and irresponsible. Beyond the 45,000 Coloradans who rely on this program to make insurance more affordable, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans will see their premiums increase even more. It threatens coverage for Coloradans with chronic diseases or disabilities, potentially putting health care out of reach for those who need it the most.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Electrical Board, State Board of Equalization, Colorado Board of Veterans' Affairs and Division of Youth Services Community Boards.

The State Electrical Board examines and licenses electricians. The board also adopts and revises rules and regulations concerning the installation, repair and alteration of wiring apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat and power.

For terms expiring July 1, 2018:
Carol Pafford of Highlands Ranch, to serve as a building official from a political subdivision of the state performing electrical inspections, reappointed;
Scott R. Pandy of Fort Collins, to serve as a general contractor actively engaged in the building industry, reappointed;

For terms expiring July 1, 2020:
Joseph Badaracco of Lakewood, to serve as a journeyman electrician who is not an electrical contractor, reappointed;
Erik Clarke of Denver, to serve as a representative of the public at large, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s executive order on health insurance markets

DENVER — Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper issued the following statement on the President’s executive order addressing health insurance markets.

“The White House's action today threatens to make health insurance more expensive and less stable. It sabotages the protections many Coloradans rely upon and makes it easier for insurance companies to deny Coloradans the care they need. This order will destabilize health insurance for small businesses, ultimately resulting in higher premiums. We urge the Administration and Congress to end partisan efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and work across the aisle, and with Governors, to find real solutions so that families and small businesses have access to affordable quality health care.”

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