Monthly Archives: November 2007

$5.8 million in grants announced for crime victims programs in Colorado

A projected 54,000 Coloradans who will be victims of violent crime and
abuse during 2008 will be assisted by programs set to receive $5.8
million
in federal crime victim compensation and assistance funds awarded by the
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, DCJ Director Jeanne Smith
announced
today.

A total of 138 victim assistance projects in non profit organizations,
law
enforcement agencies, district attorneys’ offices and probation
departments
share in the federal grant funds. In addition to the $5,810,075
awarded by
the Division of Criminal justice, another $10 million is collected
throughout the state by local courts in Colorado for victims programs
and
deposited into a fund that is administered by each judicial district for
local victims service programs. All of the victim service funding comes
from assessments made by courts against defendants who plead or are
found
guilty. None of the funding comes from tax revenue.

Victims of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, drunk
driving,
homicide, assault, robbery and elder abuse are eligible for programs
funded
through the DCJ program.

Awards are determined through a competitive process that takes into
account
money collected by local courts. Funding in support of programs in
some of
Colorado’s less-populated areas reflects the fact that local collections
may not provide basic services that are needed by crime victims.

A governor-appointed board determines which projects are recommended for
funding, and Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., approves the recommendations
of the
Governor’s Victims’ Compensation and Assistance Coordinating Committee.

Here is a breakdown, by the state’s judicial district number, of award
amounts:

First Judicial District: $359,581
Second: $1,005,280
Third: $106,642
Fourth: $267,722
Fifth: $152,392
Sixth: $152,626
Seventh: $243,204
Eighth: $334,919
Ninth: $204,101
Tenth: $215,080
Eleventh: $182,108
Twelfth: $200,146
Thirteenth: $321,770
Fourteenth: $104,463
Fifteenth: $66.393
Sixteenth: $142,553
Seventeenth: $177,136
Eighteenth: $282,501
Nineteenth: $201,782
Twentieth: $268,810
Twenty-first: $151,274
Twenty-second: $217,093

Statewide organizations: $452,499

Awards correspond to the calendar year beginning January 1, 2008.

Ritter to deliver national radio address

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will deliver the national Democratic radio
address at 9 a.m. Mountain/11 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, Dec. 1,
addressing the positive, problem-solving vision for the country
offered by moderate Western Democrats. Gov. Ritter also will discuss
Colorado’s New Energy Economy and the need for a new direction to move
the nation forward.

“I was asked to speak in my capacity as a new governor with new ideas,
and as the host governor for the 2008 Democratic National Convention,”
Gov. Ritter said. “It’s a great honor to give a national address, and
I think the can-do spirit we embody here in Colorado speaks to what
people around the country want from their leaders and from the next
President of the United States.”

The address will be available nationwide on major radio networks,
including AP, ABC, NPR, CBS Radio, CNN Radio, C-SPAN, Armed Forces
Radio Network, American Urban Radio Network, Voice of America Radio
Network, BBC Radio, CBC Radio and the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation.

GOV. RITTER NAMES NEW MEMBERS TO COLORADO TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

Gov. Bill Ritter today announced the appointments and re-appointments
of six Coloradans to the Colorado Transportation Commission, which
establishes policies and priorities for the Department of
Transportation.

For terms expiring July 1, 2011, the nominees are:
• Jeanne J. Erickson of Evergreen to represent the 2nd Transportation
District
• Heather Barry of Westminster to represent the 4th Transportation
District
• Bill Kaufman of Windsor to represent the 5th Transportation
District (re-appointment)
• George Krawzoff of Steamboat Springs to represent the 6th
Transportation District
• Leslie W. Gruen of Colorado Springs to represent the 9th
Transportation District
• Kimbra Killin of Holyoke to represent the 11th Transportation
District (re-appointment)

“As we continue to build a safe, modern and efficient transportation
system, the people of Colorado will be extremely well-served by these
new and returning transportation commissioners,” Gov. Ritter said.
“They will provide the leadership we need to meet the 21st century
road, highway, transit, air and other transportation challenges facing
Colorado today and in the years to come.”

The Colorado Transportation Commission began as a three-member Highway
Commission in 1909 to approve highway work and distribute funds.
Today, as an 11-member commission, it allocates funding and sets goals
and policy for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

“I welcome the new and returning commissioners and thank those
departing commissioners for their years of service and their
commitment to improving transportation in Colorado,” said CDOT
Executive Director Russell George. “Serving on the commission requires
hard work and long hours. We are fortunate to have citizens who care
enough about transportation to volunteer their time and expertise for
the betterment of Colorado.”

The appointments require Senate confirmation.

New Report Card Provides Statewide Healthcare Data to Consumers

 Data to Consumers
Website allows Coloradans to compare local hospitals
on their performance in multiple categories

 

DENVER—Governor Bill Ritter today launched a new website that provides statewide hospital data and clinical outcomes to the public.  The website, known as the Colorado Hospital Report Card, was unveiled at a press conference held at Denver Health Medical Center.

 

“By providing information in a clear, accessible and usable format, the Colorado Hospital Report Card will improve the information available to Colorado citizens about hospital quality.  This will help them make informed decisions about where they choose to receive care,” said Governor Ritter.

 

“We are proud to be on the cutting edge of information reporting and healthcare transparency,” said Steven Summer, president and CEO of the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA). “Uniform, accurate, comparable data will allow consumers to evaluate hospitals as they make decisions regarding their medical care needs.”

 

Dr. Ned Calonge, chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), explained that the Colorado Hospital Report Card was created as a result of House Bill 06-1278 (sponsored by Representative Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville and Senator Maryanne Keller, D-Wheat Ridge). The bill required general hospitals in Colorado to report on clinical measures that allow consumers to compare healthcare services of these facilities. This data is to be made available on a website that enables consumers to conduct an interactive search to compare information from specific hospitals. The CDPHE selected CHA to create and maintain the Colorado Hospital Report Card.

 

“This easily accessible information is a significant benefit for Colorado patients,” said Dede de Percin, executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

 

CHA’s Hospital Report Card Implementation Committee – a group of hospitals, public health officials, insurers, buyers and business leaders –  is primarily responsible for identifying and recommending the necessary elements of the Colorado Hospital Report Card. The committee meets monthly to evaluate the effectiveness of the report card and to assess and recommend new measures to be included.

 

Colorado hospitals are committed to continuously improving quality and safety for the Colorado patients they serve, through public reporting, information systems and process improvements,” said CHA’s Summer. “This report card allows hospitals to understand areas in which they can improve in terms of care and patient safety.”

 

To view the Colorado Hospital Report Card, visit www.cohospitalquality.org.

 

GOV. RITTER HEALTH CARE FORUMS IN PUEBLO, COLORADO SPRINGS TODAY

Gov. Bill Ritter’s health care outreach forums, called the
“Governor’s Dialogue on Health Care Vision and Values,” resume this
week, with sessions scheduled for today in Pueblo and Colorado
Springs. The meetings are part of a two-month, statewide outreach
program to solicit input from business, civic and health care leaders
regarding health care reform.

The Pueblo forum is scheduled for 7 to 9:30 a.m. today (Nov. 28) at
the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Main St.

The Colorado Springs forum is scheduled for 4 to 6:30 p.m. today at
the Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave.

Ritter Administration officials attending the meetings will include
Joan Henneberry, executive director of the Colorado Department of
Health Care Policy and Financing, and Jim Martin, executive director
of the Department of Public Health and Environment.

The “Governor’s Dialogue on Health Care Visions and Values” involves
11 meetings around Colorado in November and December. About 60
community leaders are invited to participate in the structured
meetings to address questions such as: Who should pay for people who
can’t afford health coverage? What form of coverage should they get?
What is the role of government? What is the role of employers? What is
the role of individuals?

The public is invited to attend each meeting and provide verbal and
written comments.

Following today’s forums in Pueblo and Colorado Springs, the remaining
sessions are:

Dec. 5, Denver, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway
Dec. 5, Aurora, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Aurora Community College, 16000 E.
Centre Tech Parkway
Dec. 6, Westminster, 7:30 to 10 a.m., The MAC (former Senior Center),
3295 W. 72nd Ave.
Dec. 11, Sterling, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Ramada Inn, 22140 E. Highway 6
Dec. 12, Fort Collins, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Lory Student Center, CSU, (W.
Laurel/S. Meldrum streets)

GOV. RITTER STATEMENT ON CSU’S SONNY LUBICK

GOV. RITTER STATEMENT ON CSU’S SONNY LUBICK

Gov. Bill Ritter, a 1978 graduate of Colorado State University, issued
the following statement today regarding Sonny Lubick:

“Sonny Lubick has for the past 15 years been the face, heart and soul
of Colorado State football. His impact was not only felt on the
football field in terms of wins and losses, but in the lives of the
hundreds of young men he influenced. The lessons he taught helped many
reach new heights on and off the field. Students, alumni and fans will
miss him dearly.

“Thank you, Sonny, for your unwavering dedication to the students of
CSU.”

GOVERNOR RITTER APPOINTS DICK WOLFE AS NEW COLORADO STATE ENGINEER

GOVERNOR RITTER APPOINTS DICK WOLFE AS NEW COLORADO STATE ENGINEER

Gov. Bill Ritter today announced that he has named Dick Wolfe as
Colorado State Engineer and praised him as the best person to lead the
division of water resources at this time in the state’s history.

Prior to this appointment, Wolfe has been serving as assistant state
engineer in the Colorado Division of Water Resources since 2005. He
led the South Platte Task Force in examining water issues in the
Northeast Colorado Basin and made recommendations on possible
solutions to the challenges facing the state’s water users.

“This is one of the most difficult and important positions in our
state,” said Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado
Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “While there were several
outstanding candidates for the position, we believe Dick’s 14 years of
experience in the state engineer’s office more than prepared him for
the challenges ahead.”

The vacancy was created when state engineer Hal Simpson retired in May.

Wolfe graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) where he earned
both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s Degree in
Agricultural Engineering.

After seven years as a partner in a small engineering firm that
specialized in water rights and water resources, Wolfe joined the
Colorado Division of Water Resources as an engineer.

“While it is a privilege and an honor to serve as the next state
engineer, I clearly recognize that such a privilege comes with great
responsibility as well,” said Wolfe. “I told Gov. Ritter that I’m
committed to building new relationships with our staff and the water
users and I want to work with water users and the water community to
establish an open dialogue on our mutual concerns.”

At the Colorado Division of Water Resources, Wolfe served as a
supervising engineer, a team leader, and as chief of water supply.

Wolfe received the 2005 Leader of the Year Award from the division’s
staff, and authored several articles in various publications,
including “Water Administration: State Engineer’s Office” in the
Colorado Water Law Bench Book. He also served on the Fort Lupton City
Council and was the mayor of Fort Lupton from 1995 to 1997.

Dems urge voter registration in time for Colorado caucus

Party Caucus Voter Registration Deadline is 5th

Colorado Democrats, Governor Ritter, and Democratic Delegation Urge all to register to VOTE.

The deadline to register party affiliation in order to participate it the party “caucus” process is December 5, 2007.

Pat Waak, Democratic Party Chair said, “With the Democratic National Convention coming to Colorado next August Coloradans have a heightened interest in playing a role in our nations future.  One of the first steps in the political process is party affiliation so I’m urging all those legally qualified to vote to register at there local County Clerk and Recorders office.”

In order to vote in a precinct caucus, the voter must be a resident of the precinct for thirty days, and have registered to vote no later than twenty-nine days before the caucus, and be affiliated with the political party holding the caucus for at least two months as shown on the books of the county clerk and recorder; except that any registered voter who has turned 18 years old or has become a naturalized citizen during the two months preceding the meeting may vote at caucus even though the voter has been affiliated with the political party for less than two months.
  
Colorado Democrats urge voters to register.

“With 2008 and the early caucuses rapidly approaching, it’s important for Coloradans of all political stripes to make sure they are registered to vote. The outcome of next year’s caucuses, primaries, conventions and general elections will make a difference in the lives of Coloradans for years to come. I encourage everyone to get involved, and the first step is ensuring that you are registered to vote by Dec. 5.”
–Governor Bill Ritter

“Voting is our single most important responsibility as individual citizens.  I urge every Coloradan to register as soon as possible, particularly before the December 5th deadline, so that they can have a strong voice in the future of our Nation.”
— U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar

“Exercising your vote is the ultimate form of political participation in the democratic process. I encourage Coloradoans from Denver to Grand Junction to Alamosa to register to vote and become part of real change. With the 2008 Democratic National Convention being held in our own backyard of Denver, I hope Coloradoans will join together in both nominating and electing the next President of the United States.”
–U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette

“Next Summer Colorado will have the attention of the nation and the world as we select our Democratic nominee to run for the Presidency of the United States.  This is a unique opportunity to see democracy up close by participating in our democratic process.  By registering to vote every individual has a chance to have a say in the direction of our country.  Please register to vote and then register your opinion, together we can build a stronger America.”   –U.S. Rep. Mark Udall

“Our system of Democracy depends on all of us participating, and voting is the primary responsibility we have in being a part of a Democracy. I urge all of you to be a part of changing the way our country does business by registering to vote and then voting.”
— U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter.

“Each of us has an opportunity to be a part of American history as Coloradans gets ready to host the Democratic National Convention.  In order to participate, make sure you’re registered to vote by December 5th.  Your vote is your voice; and your voice can help take America in a new direction.”
— U.S. Rep. John T. Salazar

Colorado Democrats wanting more information regarding the delegate selection process can go to www.coloradodems.org.

GOV. RITTER ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Gov. Bill Ritter today announced the appointments of numerous Coloradans to a variety of boards and commissions:

 

Board of Trustees for Adams State College

Jeanne “Gigi” Darricades of Alamosa and Bruce Oreck of Boulder, for terms expiring Dec. 31, 2011.

 

Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline

Stewart A. Bliss and David W. Kenney Jr., both of Denver, for terms expiring June 30, 2011.

 

Colorado Community and Interagency Council on Homelessness

State Sen. Betty Boyd of Lakewood, for a term expiring at the pleasure of the Governor.

 

Committee on Anticompetitive Conduct

Bobbee J. Musgrave of Denver for a term expiring Oct. 31, 2010.

 

Health Information Technology Advisory Committee

(for terms expiring Jan. 1, 2009)

 

Mitchell C. Carson of Longmont

Keith Clay of Aurora

Lynn S. Dierker of Denver

Richard L. Doucet of Fort Collins

Dennis E. Ellis of Arvada

State Sen. Bob Hagedorn of Aurora

Marji G. Harbrecht of Golden

Edward P. Havranek of Denver

James E. Hogan of Highlands Ranch

Michael Locatis of Centennial

Donna J. Marshall of Golden

State Rep. Tom Massey of Poncha Springs

Nandan S. Menon of Grand Junction

Wayne H. Persutte of Centennial

Michael P. Rodriguez of Denver

Alok Sarwal of Parker

Kathleen “Kiki” Traylor of Littleton

 

State Board of Pharmacy

(for terms expiring July 1, 2011)

 

Averil G. Strand of Fort Collins

G. Jeannine Dickerhofe of Superior

Eva K. Edelblut of Fort Collins

Leonard L. Hierath of Denver

 

For more information or to obtain an application, contact the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions at 303.866.6380, boards@state.co.us or by clicking here.

 

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ALL EXECUTIVE BRANCH DEPARTMENT BUDGETS NOW POSTED ON GOVERNOR’S WEBSITE

For the first time in Colorado state government history, all of the
executive branch budget requests are now posted on the Governor’s
Office of State Planning and Budgeting website, making the budget
process more open to the general public.

This, along with the State Taxpayer Accountability Report, released in
June with State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, ushers in a new era of
transparency and convenience for Colorado taxpayers, said Todd
Saliman, Gov. Bill Ritter’s budget director.

“We are doing everything possible to bring greater fiscal transparency
to state government,” Gov. Ritter said. “We believe taxpayers have a
right to know how we spend taxpayer dollars. My FY08-09 budget
recommendations address high-priority needs in public safety,
education, child services, health care, energy and natural resources,
and it is in the best interest of the taxpayers to see how we propose
to make those investments.”

The FY08-09 budget requests are available for viewing or download by
clicking here.

For access to additional information, visit www.colorado.gov/governor/ospb

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