Colorado Fire Prevention report released, stresses early detection, effective initial attack

DENVER — Friday, March 28, 2014 — Today, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control released its report of fire aviation as per last year’s legislation directing such study (SB 13-245) . The report provides an extensive overview of wildfire resources and needs, and outlines improvements that could help address future threats. Recommendations include:

Gov. Hickenlooper travels to Grand Junction, attends Club 20 events, tours Halliburton facility

DENVER — Thursday, March 27, 2014 — Governor John Hickenlooper will recognize the 500th Buy Colorado business to “co-brand” at the Club 20 luncheon in Grand Junction on Friday, March 28, 2014. He will then address the Club 20 Board of Directors regarding the Colorado Water Plan. Time with the media has been scheduled following these two events.  

Gov. Hickenlooper urges support for expanding broadband to rural communities

DENVER — Monday, March 24, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper released this statement today in advance of several telecommunications bills that will be considered by the Colorado General Assembly:

“Simply put, we have a technological divide in Colorado; we cannot afford to have a technological divide in Colorado; and these bills go a long way toward fixing that.

Craft Beer Week kicks off at Governor’s Mansion, which is now home to new draft beer system

DENVER — Friday, March 21, 2014 — The Colorado Craft Brewers Guild (CBG) today at the Governor’s Mansion will kick off Craft Beer Week to celebrate the economic impact this growing industry has in Colorado.

The Colorado craft brew industry ranks top among states with $826 million in economic benefits recorded last year. The CBG anticipates the number of brewers to increase by 20 percent in 2014, providing more jobs to the already estimated 5,000 currently employed in the business.

Governor’s 2012 trade mission to Mexico leads to new rule, expanding opportunity for Colorado potato farmers

DENVER — Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Agriculture announced today Mexico has published new rules that permit expanded access to the Mexican market for U.S. fresh potatoes. This will allow producers in Colorado, particularly those in the San Luis Valley, to increase potato exports to Mexico.

“Agricultural exports have become increasingly important to our state’s economy,” Hickenlooper said.  “We have a strong partnership with Mexico and we are excited about the continued growth of these export markets.”

State to announce new collaboration efforts with tribes surrounding commemoration of Sand Creek Massacre

DENVER — Monday, March 17, 2014 —  Two major efforts will be announced today regarding the Sand Creek Massacre 150 years after the events of Nov. 29, 1864.

WHO: Gov. John W. Hickenlooper; Willard Gould, Councilman, Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming; Otto Braided Hair, Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana; Max Bear, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; and Edward Nichols, History Colorado

WHAT: Announcement of Sand Creek Massacre Commemorative Commission and Signing of Sand Creek Memorandum of Agreement