Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new Eagle County Court judge

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Rachel Olguin-Fresquez to the Eagle County Court in the Fifth Judicial District. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Katherine T. Sullivan.

Olguin-Fresquez currently serves as a County Court judge in Clear Creek County, a position she has held since 2006. In this capacity, she handles both criminal and civil matters. Previously, Olguin-Fresquez was a Deputy District Attorney in the 5th Judicial District from 1999-2006. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1991 and her JD from Tulane University School of Law in 1998.

Olguin-Fresquez’ appointment is effective immediately.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the eHealth Commission and Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board.

The eHealth Commission supports the implementation of the state's Health IT strategy and interoperability objectives by setting goals for Health IT programs. The Commission also creates a process for developing common policies and technical solutions.

For terms expiring Feb. 1, 2021:

Morgan Gray Honea of Colorado Springs, to serve as a member with expertise in operability and data exchange, reappointed;
Marc Lassaux of Clifton, to serve as a representative of non-profit, health IT-related community organizations, reappointed;
Dana Eugene Moore of Greenwood Village, to service as a representative of health care facilities, reappointed;
Wesley Morgan Williams, PhD of Denver, to serve as a representative of behavioral health, appointed;
Justin Daniel Wheeler, MD of Lafayette, to serve as a representative of primary health care providers, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines and State Board of Stock Inspection Commission.

The Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines makes policy for the school and oversees its operation.

For terms expiring Dec. 31, 2021:

Thomas Eugene Jorden of Cherry Hills Village, an Unaffiliated graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, reappointed;
Lucinda McWilliams Sanders of Boulder, a Democrat who is not a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, appointed

The State Board of Stock Inspection Commission makes rules regarding brand inspection and livestock laws and regulates fees for stock inspections. The commission also sets service charges and procedures, administers the Estray Fund, licenses public livestock markets, and secures bond and surety on butchers and slaughters.

For a term expiring May 1, 2021:

Daniel Patrick McCarty of Rifle, to serve as a representative of the non-confinement cattle industry, reappointed.

Colorado to partner in GirlsGoCyberStart, an innovative cybersecurity program for high school girls

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 — Gov. Hickenlooper and the State’s Chief Information Security Officer Deborah Blyth have joined with the SANS Institute to help educate and inspire the next generation of female cybersecurity professionals. Through the GirlsGoCyberStart program, Colorado’s high school girls in grades 9 through 12, or a homeschool equivalent, are invited to discover their talents in cybersecurity and learn about the field through a no-cost, online game of fun technical challenges.

In 2017, the SANS Institute piloted CyberStart, a program designed to inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals while identifying talented youth. The summer 2017 State CyberStart program enabled nearly 3,500 students in seven states to discover and demonstrate their aptitude for cybersecurity. Only five percent of the participating students were young women. Undeterred, SANS has launched GirlsGoCyberStart, a new program designed specifically to attract high school girls.

Gov. Hickenlooper delivers final State of the State speech

DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today delivered his eighth and final State of the State speech before Colorado’s General Assembly. As he begins his final year in office, the Governor stressed that he is not letting up on the state’s top priorities and encouraged the legislature to collaborate on tackling infrastructure, bolstering education and building budget reserves.

New Senior Advisor on Aging selected for Colorado

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced that Wade Buchanan is Colorado’s new Senior Advisor on Aging. This position will play a key role helping leaders focus on key aging-related concerns like mobility, health care, housing and more.
The State Demography Office estimates Colorado will have more than 1.2 million residents aged 65 and over by 2030.

“Wade brings a wealth of experience on the issues that affect older Coloradans to our team,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “With Wade at the helm, we will be able to better understand and plan effectively for the unique issues that come with a significantly larger senior population.”

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of Deputy Zackari Parrish

DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, from sunrise until sunset to honor Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish as he is laid to rest.

Parrish, 29, died in the line of duty on Dec. 31, 2017, of injuries sustained while responding to an incident in Highlands Ranch. He has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for seven months. Before joining the Sheriff’s Office, he worked for the Castle Rock Police Department.

Parrish is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council.

The State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council assists the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing in the preparation and implementation of a comprehensive medical plan for low-income families.

For terms expiring Nov. 12, 2021:

Theresa G. Buxton, RN, PhD of Centennial, to serve as a professional nurse, reappointed;

Sean Raymond Whalen, DDS, of Denver, a dentist licensed in this state, appointed.

Governor submits plan for new revenue with focus on transportation and education

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today submitted budget amendments for both the current year and next year’s budgets. The State is expecting new revenue above the September 2017 projections, from both improving economic conditions and investor income, but also the newly adopted federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The new federal law will increase the amount of taxable income, which is the basis of Colorado’s income tax.

“It’s not often we find ourselves in a position where resources are available to actually go beyond our initial budget request,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Education and transportation are grossly underfunded. This new revenue should go to these priorities. We also must acknowledge that we have a long way to go with each for long-term solutions.”

FY 2017-18 Supplemental Budget Request

In addition to the plan for new revenue, the request includes supplemental budget requests for the current year for important priorities in the Departments of Corrections, Education, Health Care Policy and Financing, Human Services, and others. The request reflects a total funds increase from the original appropriation of $221.0 million (0.8 percent), including $18.5 million (0.2 percent) from the General Fund, $5.1 million (0.3 percent) from reappropriated funds, a reduction of $81.4 million (-1.0 percent) from cash funds, and $278.8 million (3.2 percent) from federal funds.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Kim Bimestefer as executive director of Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 02, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Kim Bimestefer will be the next executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing.  Health Care Policy & Financing administers Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) and the Child Health Plan Plus as well as a variety of other programs serving more than 1.3 million Coloradans.     

“Kim is an experienced health care leader and innovator,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “We are fortunate to have someone with Kim’s tenure of leading health care organizations join our team.”

Bimestefer most recently ran her own consulting company, helping organizations navigate the many changes facing the health care industry.  She was president and general manager of Cigna Mountain States and chair of Cigna Healthcare of Colorado from 2012-2016. Bimestefer also founded and then spent 10 years as president and general manager for Cigna’s Taft-Hartley & Federal Business Segment. She began her health care career at a nonprofit insurance company in 1988, rising to a board-appointed officer overseeing about half the company’s membership and revenue.

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