Monthly Archives: July 2008

GOV. RITTER APPOINTS 1st MEMBERS TO CHILD WELFARE ACTION COMMITTEE

Gov. Bill Ritter announced the appointments today of 23 Coloradans to a new Child Welfare Action Committee, which will recommend improvements to Colorado’s child-protection system following 13 child deaths at the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008.

 

Gov. Ritter established the action committee by executive order in April and through follow-up legislation – House Bill 1404, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Stafford and Sen. Moe Keller – in May. The committee will deliver interim recommendations to Gov. Ritter by Oct. 31 and a final report by Dec. 31, 2009.

 

The action committee’s first meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Doubletree Denver North, 
8773 Yates Drive,Westminster

. All meetings will be held at this location, and all meetings will end with a public comment period.

 

“I am pleased to announce these appointments today so this committee can get to work,” Gov. Ritter said. “When it comes to protecting our most vulnerable children – those in foster care, those who have suffered abuse or neglect – the status quo is no longer acceptable.”

 

“When Gov. Ritter spoke in April about a new day for taking a hard look at Colorado’s child protection system, the community, state Department of Human Services, professionals, counties, providers and families embraced the idea of a need for improvement and change,” said Karen Beye, executive director of the Department of Human Services and chair of the new action committee.

 

“The Child Welfare Action Committee will lead this change process and I am enthusiastic about the strengths and variety of experience the appointees bring to the table,” Beye said. “I look forward to beginning our work this week as we commit to a joint effort of improving the child welfare system in Colorado.”

 

The other appointees are:

 

State Rep. Debbie Stafford

Lincoln County Commissioner Steve Burgess

Larimer County Commissioner Kathay Rennels

17th Judicial District Court Judge Katherine Delgado

Cyril “Skip” Barber of Denver

Phyllis J. Bigpond of Aurora

Shirley Chapman of Denver

Kenneth Crichlow of Denver

Barbara Drake of Colorado Springs

Linda Fairbairn of Lamar

John Faught of Denver

Megan Ferland of Evergreen

Mary W. Lewis of Aurora

Jose Mondragon of Pueblo

Adrienne Pederson of Arvada

Patricia Schene of Littleton

Barbara Shaklee of Denver

Shari Shink of Denver

Theresa Spahn of Denver

Deborah Valentine of Fort Collins

Dr. Kathryn Wells of Denver

 

The executive directors of the Department of Public Health and Environment and Department of Health Care Policy and Financing also will serve on the action committee.

 

The committee will:

 

·         Analyze Colorado‘s current state-supervised/county-administered child-welfare system to determine whether this system is most effective in protecting children.

 

·         Examine the quality and quantity of training that child-protection caseworkers should receive.

 

·         Recommend ways to make the system more responsive to people reporting child maltreatment.

 

·         Explore the role that independent oversight committees can play in ensuring that human service agencies are held accountable, and recommend how these bodies can be incorporated into Colorado‘s child-welfare system.

 

·         Develop recommendations as to how public/private partnerships can improve the services and care provided to children who reside within the welfare system.

 

GOV. RITTER SEEKS DROUGHT RELIEF FOR 22 COUNTIES


Gov. Bill Ritter is seeking federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers who are experiencing financial distress in 22 counties hit by drought and late-spring freezes.

 

Gov. Ritter’s letter was sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday:

 

Honorable Ed Schafer

Secretary

U.S. Department of Agriculture

14th and 
Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20250

 

Dear Secretary Schafer:

 

I write to request Secretarial Disaster Designation for 22 Colorado counties where farmers and ranchers are in economic distress due to ongoing drought and late spring freezes.

 

Production of native pasture in the counties listed below has been dramatically reduced due to drought. Losses to forage production reach as high as 100 percent in Bent County, Colorado. I hereby request drought disaster designation for the following counties:

 

 

Adams

Crowley

Kit Carson

Park

Arapahoe

Douglas

Kiowa

Prowers

Baca

Elbert

Las Animas

Pueblo

Bent

EI Paso

Logan

Teller

Cheyenne

Huerfano

Otero

Washington

 

I further request Secretarial Disaster Designation due to freezes destroying fruit and vegetable crops in the following counties:

 

Delta: April 25 through May 8, 2008

Fremont: April 29 through May 4, 2008

Pueblo: May 2 through May 5, 2008

 

Farmers and ranchers in these counties have a great deal of money invested in crops that will not yield profitable levels. I request your prompt consideration of these requests.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Bill Ritter, Jr.

Governor

 

Cc: John Stulp, Commissioner

GOV. RITTER DIRECTS REVIEW OF D.A. NEWSOME ALLEGATIONS


 

Gov. Bill Ritter today designated Attorney General John W. Suthers as a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that John Newsome, district attorney for the 4th Judicial District, misspent taxpayer funds. Suthers has, in turn, appointed two former district attorneys from outside his office to oversee the investigation.

 

Newsome traveled to Chicago last October to interview a witness in a Colorado Springs homicide case. While there, he drove to SouthBend., Ind., to watch a Notre Dame vs. University of Southern California football game. He initially received reimbursement from his office for those travel expenses, about $700. But after a media inquiry in April, he paid that money back.

 

The case was initially referred to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation by the Colorado Springs Police Department.

 

Because Mr. Newsome and his opponent in the current 4th Judicial District Republican primary, Dan May, were employees of Mr. Suthers when he served as district attorney in Colorado Springs, and to avoid any appearance of possible bias in the investigation, Suthers has elected to appoint Special Assistant Attorneys General from outside his office to conduct the investigation and possible prosecution.

 

Former 8th Judicial District Attorney Stuart A. VanMeveren and former 19th JD Attorney Al Dominguez have agreed to accept the appointment. They will also oversee the investigation by CBI and conduct any prosecution arising from their investigation.

 

This is only the second time Gov. Ritter has designated Attorney General Suthers as a special prosecutor. The first was in January, when Gov. Ritter named the Attorney General to review the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick after Timothy Masters was freed from prison. That appointment came at the request of Larimer County District Attorney Larry Abrahamson.

 

Here is the executive order Gov. Ritter issued today in the Newsome matter:

 

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EXECUTIVE ORDER

 

Designating State’s Prosecutor to Investigate Conduct of District Attorney John Newsome

 

 

Pursuant to the authority vested in the Office of the Governor of the State of Colorado, and in particular Colorado Revised Statute § 24-31-101(1)(a), I, Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor of the State of Colorado, hereby issue this Executive Order designating John W. Suthers, Attorney General for the State of Colorado, as the State’s prosecutor, to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute criminal matters related to possible criminal conduct by John Newsome, District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District.

 

I.                   Background and Purpose

 

On October 20, 2007, Fourth Judicial District Attorney John Newsome traveled at state expense to Chicago, Illinois to interview a witness in a Colorado Springs homicide case.  Mr. Newsome did not return to Colorado until Sunday, October 22.  In the intervening days, he traveled from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana to attend a University of Notre Dame football game.  The travel costs associated with this trip – car rental, gas, per diem, and hotel expenses, totaled $699.  Mr. Newsome requested and received reimbursement for these costs.  In April 2008, after a media inquiry, Mr. Newsome reimbursed the county for the majority of these expenses.  

 

Mr. Newsome is a sitting district attorney and, thus, not subject to investigation by his own office.  Because the allegations against Mr. Newsom concern official misconduct, it is not appropriate to request a sitting district attorney in another judicial district to investigate this matter.  I am, therefore, designating the Attorney General to appear for the State of Colorado to investigate, and if appropriate, to prosecute any potential criminal wrongdoing related to Mr. Newsome’s conduct.

 

II.                Directive

 

Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute § 24-31-101(1)(a), I hereby appoint John W. Suthers, Attorney General for the State of Colorado, to be the State’s prosecutor and authorize him to take all necessary actions to investigate and, if he deems it appropriate and if supported by the evidence, prosecute, on behalf of the State of Colorado, misuse of state funds or abuse of the public trust by John Newsome, including conduct related to his October 2007 trip.

 

III.             Duration

 

Unless modified or rescinded by future Executive Order of the Governor, this appointment and the directive in this Executive Order shall expire upon completion of the Attorney General’s investigation and, if deemed appropriate and supported by the evidence, the prosecution of Mr. Newsome.

 

Given under my hand and the Executive Seal of the State of Colorado, this twenty-eighth day of July, 2008.

 

 

Bill Ritter, Jr.

Governor

 

Lt. Governor to announce multi-million dollar grant to help keep Coloradans heart healthy

July 28, 2008

 

Colorado Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien will join Denver Health Cardiologist Mori Krantz, Tuesday, July 29, 1:15 p.m., at the Wellington E. Webb Center for Primary Care, 301 W. 6th Ave., to launch Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions.

 

Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions, under the direction of Denver Health and the Colorado Prevention Center and funded through a three-year, $6.7 million grant from the state of Colorado’s Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease Program , will provide statewide screening, risk assessment, navigation and treatment of heart disease in 49 communities across the state.

 

Gov. Ritter nominates Vail chef to represent Colorado in national seafood cook-off


 

Gov. Ritter nominates Vail chef to represent Colorado in national seafood cook-off

Chef Paul Anders will showcase state’s aquaculture and produce

 

Gov. Bill Ritter today extended wishes of good luck to Colorado‘s team as it readies to compete in the 5th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off inNew Orleans. Gov. Ritter has nominated Paul Anders, executive chef of Sweet Basil in Vail, to represent the state in the prestigious event.

 

“This Colorado team represents so much of what the state has to offer,” said Gov. Ritter.  “Whether we’re talking about the top notch culinary talent and distinctive cuisine, or our spirit of competition and entrepreneurship, it’s all evident in our large number of family and privately owned businesses; and Chef Anders, who will be cooking with fish farmed in the San Luis Valley, is such a fine example of just that.”

 

Chef Anders has been executive chef for Sweet Basil since 2006 and has decorated many a plate in Colorado. He also has worked as chef at the five-star, five-diamond Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs and at Denver‘s Brown Palace Hotel.

 

“I’m honored and excited to be representing Colorado,” Anders says. “Our culinary landscape is diverse and sophisticated. Just because we’re in the mountains of Colorado doesn’t mean we can’t prepare seafood well.”

 

Anders will be using a hybrid striped bass farmed in Alamosa by family-owned Colorado Catch. Co-owner Tyler Faucette says the company produces 350,000 pounds of the bass each year and nearly half of that stays “local,” being consumed within the state.

 

“The bass is super consistent to work with,” says Anders. “It has great texture, is moist, flaky and has a mild flavor. I love working with it.”

 

Anders is keen to highlight regional produce as well. His recipe uses Olathe sweet corn and locally grown onions.

 

The idea to highlight the state’s own product came from Derek Figueroa, chief financial officer of Seattle Fish Company. The family-owned, third-generation business is the largest wholesaler of fresh and frozen seafood in the Rocky Mountain region and is marking its 90th year in business. 

 

“It’s exciting to have a purely Colorado team at this competition and showcase the exceptional culinary scene in Colorado to the rest of the nation.” Figueroa says. Seattle Fish Company is supplying the fish and sponsoring the team’s trip to New Orleans.

 

Anders will be one of the country’s top twenty chefs competing with their best seafood recipes in the Aug. 1st and 2nd competitions and the winner will be crowned King or Queen of Seafood.

 

Anders’ wife, Theresa, is a formally trained chef and will accompany him as his assistant.

 

COLORADO EARNS $20.8M IN HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS


Gov. Bill Ritter announced today that Colorado will receive $20.8 million in federal homeland security grants for Fiscal Year 2008, up about 4.5 percent from FY 2007’s $19.9 million.

 

“This is great news for Colorado,” Gov. Ritter said. “These federal funds are vital to our overall homeland security mission. They will allow the state to continue building strong partnerships with local agencies so that we can improve our ability to prevent, deter, respond to and recover from many types of incidents.”

 

Gov. Ritter made the announcement as more than 100 local, state and federal officials – including U.S. Reps. Mark Udall and Ed Perlmutter – gathered at the state Capitol for a Homeland Security Summit.

 

“These funds will help us to keep investing in and improving our capabilities, allowing us to better respond to and recover from any natural or manmade disaster,” said retired National Guard Maj. Gen. Mason Whitney, director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.

 

Here is a breakdown of the FY08 grant allocations, compared with FY07 allocations:

 

Grant Type                                                    FY08                           FY07

 

State Homeland Security Program                 $11.9M                        $6.4M

Urban Areas Security Initiative                      $7.6M                          $7.9M

Metropolitan Medical Response System        $964,000                     $774,000

Citizen Corps Program                                    $249,000                     $245,000

Nonprofit Security Grant Program                 $55,000                       $0

Law Enf. Terrorism Prevention Prgm.*          NA                              $4.6M

Total:                                                              $20.8M                       $19.9M

 

Local agencies, grouped into nine all-hazard geographical regions across the state, will now have an opportunity to submit grant applications to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security seeking access to these federal funds. A review committee will spend the summer soliciting applications, with grant recipients expected to be announced in the fall.

 

Last year, local agencies submitted applications for more than 100 different projects, seeking $53 million in funds.

 

GOV. RITTER AND LT. GOV. O’BRIEN SCHEDULES FOR TODAY


 

Monday, July 28, 2008

 

9 to 11:30 a.m.           Gov. Ritter will deliver opening remarks at a Colorado Homeland Security Summit along with Congressmen Mark Udall and Ed Perlmutter. Federal, state and local officials also will take part in the Summit. Among those making presentations will be Colorado Homeland Security Director Maj. Gen. Mason Whitney.

 

                                    Location: Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd floor, State Capitol.

 

Noon                           Lt. Gov. O’Brien will address teachers at a workshop dedicated to launching a new curriculum called Orion’s Path, named after Lockheed Martin’s Orion project, designed to replace the U.S. space shuttle fleet for manned space travel.

 

                                    Location:
1360 Lawrence St., Lawrence

Street Center, Hotel Teatro Terrace Room, 2nd floor.

 

 

REMINDER: RITTER, UDALL & PERLMUTTER TO HOST HOMELAND SECURITY SUMMIT ON MONDAY


 

Gov. Bill Ritter and Congressmen Mark Udall and Ed Perlmutter will host a homeland security summit on Monday to address the effectiveness of how local, state and federal agencies communicate and interact.

 

The summit will be structured similar to a legislative or congressional committee hearing, with presentations being made by Gov. Ritter; Colorado Homeland Security Director and retired National Guard Maj. Gen. Mason Whitney; Rep. Udall, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee; and Rep. Perlmutter, who serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security.

 

Presentations and testimony also will be made by officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Administration and state and local agencies.

 

Following the presentations, a comment and Q&A period will be open to the audience. First-responders from around Colorado have been invited to attend and participate.

 

WHO:       Gov. Ritter, Homeland Security Director Whitney, Rep. Perlmutter and Rep. Udall.

 

WHAT:    Homeland Security Summit.

 

WHEN:    9 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2008.

 

WHERE: Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor, Colorado State Capitol.

 

COLORADO RURAL HEALTH CARE GRANT COUNCIL AWARDS OVER $1.9 MILLION

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Gov. Bill Ritter announced today that the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council has awarded just over $1.9 million in its inaugural round of grants to strengthen health care delivery in Colorado‘s rural communities.

 

“As we continue toward our goal of providing access to high quality, affordable health care to all Coloradans, it is critical that we support our rural communities,” said Gov. Ritter. “I am thrilled to announce this first round of grants, which will make an immediate and significant impact in improving access to and quality of care from Alamosa to Yuma.”

 

The Council awarded 52 grants ranging from $1,600 to $50,000 to physical, mental and oral health care providers in 34 Colorado counties for infrastructure projects.

 

Grantees include Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural hospitals, public health departments, public and private health clinics, and school-based health centers. The grants will support construction and remodeling projects, equipment and supplies, staff training, transportation and health information technology. See attached list of grantees for complete details. 

 

“UnitedHealthcare is committed to investing in a healthier Colorado and expanding quality health care services to rural communities throughout the state,” said Beth Soberg CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado.  “We do this by offering products and services that address access to affordable health care for all Coloradans, and also through grants to diverse community health organizations statewide that will help improve the health care delivery system for everyone, including underserved populations.”

 

Here is a complete list of the grant recipients:

           


Facility

Project Description

City

County

Grant Award

Alamosa Family MedicalCenter

Health Information Technology

Alamosa

Alamosa

 $50,000.00

San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center

Equipment and Supplies

Alamosa

Alamosa

 $50,000.00

Sierra Blanca MedicalCenter

Health Information Technology

Alamosa

Alamosa

 $50,000.00

Mountain Medical Center ofBuena Vista P.C.

Equipment and Supplies; Health Information Technology

Buena Vista

Chaffee

 $25,543.00

Parke Health Center and the Stratton Medical Clinic

Equipment and Supplies; Physical Plant Improvements

Burlington

Kit Carson

 $50,000.00

Kit Carson County Health and Human Services

Equipment and Supplies; Training

Burlington

Kit Carson

 $12,208.00

Button Family Practice P.C.

Health Information Technology

Cañon City

Fremont

 $46,270.61

Fremont Family Medical Clinic

Health Information Technology

Cañon City

Fremont

 $20,215.00

Cesar E Chavez FamilyMedical Center

Health Information Technology

Center

Saguache

 $34,085.00

Southwest Open School

Staff Training; Physical Plant Improvements

Cortez

Montezuma

 $22,550.00

Southwest CareNet, Inc

Equipment and Supplies

Cortez

Montezuma

 $19,672.50

Northwest ColoradoCommunity Health Center

Equipment and Supplies

Craig

Moffat

 $50,000.00

Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition

Equipment and Supplies; Physical Plant Improvement

Craig

Moffat

 $36,202.00

Creede Family Practice

Health Information Technology

Creede

Mineral

 $14,200.00

Rio Grande Hospital Clinic

Health Information Technology

Del Norte

Rio Grande

 $50,000.00

Delta Pediatrics

Transportation; Equipment and Supplies

Delta

Delta

 $50,000.00

Peak Vista Community Health Ctrs

Health Information Technology; Physical Plant Improvements

Divide

Teller

 $50,000.00

Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, Inc.

Health Information Technology

Durango

La Plata

 $50,000.00

San Juan Basin Health Department – Southwest Smile Makers Dental Clinic

Equipment and Supplies; Training

Durango

La Plata

 $33,500.00

Eagle County Smiles Oral Health Coalition

Equipment and Supplies

Eagle

Eagle

 $3,750.00

Rocky Mountain Rural Health

Equipment and Supplies

Fairplay

Park

 $18,132.00

Salud Family Health Centers

Health Information Technology

Fort Lupton

Weld

 $50,000.00

Colorado West Regional Mental Health: Mountain Region

Health Information Technology

Frisco

Summit

 $50,000.00

Mesa County Health Department

Physical Plant Improvements

Fruita

Mesa

 $50,000.00

Colorado West Regional Mental Health: Corporate Office

Health Information Technology

Glenwood Springs

Garfield

 $50,000.00

Colorado West Regional Mental Health: Central Region

Health Information Technology

Glenwood Springs

Garfield

 $50,000.00

Mountain Family Health Centers

Health Information Technology

Glenwood Springs

Garfield

 $49,612.00

Haxtun Family MedicineCenter / Haxtun Hospital District

Physical Plant Improvements

Haxtun

Phillips

 $50,000.00

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Physical Plant Improvements

Idaho Springs

Clear Creek

 $49,000.00

Elbert County Public Health

Equipment and Supplies

Kiowa

Elbert

 $29,761.00

Southeast Mental Health Services

Health Information Technology

La Junta

Otero

 $50,000.00

La Junta Clinic

Health Information Technology

La Junta

Otero

 $45,440.00

High Plains CommunityHealth Center

Equipment and Supplies

Lamar

Prowers

 $50,000.00

Las Animas Clinic

Health Information Technology

Las Animas

Bent

 $9,635.00

Plains Medical Center

Physical Plant Improvement; Staff Training

Limon

Lincoln

 $50,000.00

Community Dental Clinic

Equipment and Supplies

Montrose

Montrose

 $25,000.00

The Pediatric Associates

Physical Plant Improvement

Montrose

Montrose

 $50,000.00

Basin Clinic

Physical Plant Improvement; Equipment and Supplies

Naturita

Montrose

 $50,000.00

New Castle Family Health, P.C.

Equipment and Supplies

New Castle

Garfield

 $41,675.77

Uncompahgre MedicalCenter

Health Information Technology

Norwood

San Miguel

 $13,500.00

Rangely District Hospital

Physical Plant Improvement

Rangely

Rio Blanco

 $50,000.00

Rocky Ford Clinic

Health Information Technology

Rocky Ford

Otero

 $23,680.00

Rocky Ford Family HealthCenter, LLC

Health Information Technology

Rocky Ford

Otero

 $6,000.00

Chaffee People’s Clinic

Training; Physical Plant Improvements

Salida

Chaffee

 $16,565.00

San Luis Health Center

Health Information Technology

San Luis

Costilla

 $18,825.00

Colorado West Regional Mental Health: Frontier Region

Health Information Technology

Steamboat Springs

Routt

 $50,000.00

Centennial Mental Health Center, Inc

Equipment and Supplies

Sterling

Logan

 $18,200.00

Northeast Colorado Health Dept

Equipment and Supplies

Sterling

Logan

 $1,600.00

Telluride Medical Center – Primary Care

Physical Plant Improvements

Telluride

San Miguel

 $50,000.00

North Park Medical Clinic

Equipment and Supplies

Walden

Jackson

 $50,000.00

Spanish Peaks RegionalHealth Center

Equipment and Supplies

Walsenburg

Huerfano

 $39,450.00

Rural CommunitiesResource Center

Equipment and Supplies; Staff Training

Yuma

Yuma

 $42,865.00

 

 

 

TOTAL

$1,917,136.88

 

The Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Program was established in August 2007 and is funded with a $7.5 million gift to the State ofColorado from UnitedHealthcare, which will be distributed over six years.

 

The Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council is co-chaired by Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ned Calonge and United Healthcare’s Market Medical Director Dr. Jacqueline Stiff and includes health care consumers, rural health care providers, and representatives from the Governor’s Office, Division of Insurance at the Department of Regulatory Affairs, Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and Department of Local Affairs. The Colorado Rural Health Center, Colorado’s non-profit state office of rural health, administers the grant program.

 


FIRST LADY ANNOUNCES GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE PRESERVATION FUND


 

First Lady Jeannie Ritter today launched a new Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund as part of the centennial celebration of “Colorado‘s home.” The Fund will pay for needed repairs, restorations and enhancements to the 100-year-old Residence, and allow for an expansion of public programs and tours of the historic facility and grounds.

 

“We really want to throw open the doors to ‘Colorado‘s home,'” the First Lady said. “This is the 100th anniversary of the Residence and we want to protect it for the next 100 years so future generations of Coloradans also can enjoy it. This Fund will build on the tremendous work of my predecessor, Frances Owens, when it comes to opening up the Residence to the public.”

 

Former First Lady Owens took part in today’s announcement at the Governor’s Residence. “This is an important next step,” she said.  “This really is the people’s house and this is an important legacy for the entire state of Colorado.”

 

Built in 1908, the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion became the official residence of the First Family in 1959. The new Fund will create the first privately supported endowment for public programming and facility maintenance at the Residence.

 

The Fund will allow the Residence to expand hours for public tours, and it will support new and innovative programs to educate visitors about the history of the Residence and Colorado. Partnership programs with local educators also will help teach students about the Residence.

 

“Our goal is to make this property more inclusive and more relevant to our young people so that they have a lifelong connection toColorado‘s home,” the First Lady said.

 

The Fund’s preservation activities will focus on long-term historic protection while also supporting the greening and modernizing of the Residence.

 

The Fund’s goal is to raise $1 million in year one and $10 million over the next 10 years. Visit www.coloradoshome.org or contact Margy Moseley at 303.837.8350 or grpfund@yahoo.com for information about how to contribute.

 

The Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. First Lady Jeannie Ritter is the honorary chair. Board officers: Jean Galloway, chair; Dean Prina, vice chair; and Suzie Boyd, treasurer. Board members: John Beeble, Molly Broeren, Joy Dinsdale, Arlene Hirschfeld, Deborah Jordy, Theresa Marchetta, Tricia McConathy, Paul Mesard, Christopher Nims, Marie Patterson, Karyn Sparks, Stephanie Tryba and David Tryba.