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C’mon down to the Colorado State Fair — where a great event has gotten even better

Published at:  https://coloradopolitics.com/cmon-colorado-state-fair-great-event-gotten-even-better/

by  on August 16, 2017

The Colorado State Fair is rapidly approaching, and I wanted to provide an open invitation to anyone and everyone who wants a truly fantastic fair experience.  The Colorado State Fair is one of the things I look forward to each and every year, and this year, with new leadership at the helm it is surely not to disappoint.  There is always a time for new ideas and innovation, and I anticipate that this year will be one of change and invigoration.

The State of Colorado, specifically the Fair staff, led by the Colorado State Fair Director Sarah Cummings, has been busy elevating the customer experience with “MORE FREE TO SEE.”  They have been working on upgrading the physical appeal and providing some “freshness” that fair-goers have been seeking.  They have taken the psychology of event flow, yes that’s event terminology, to an all new level, and they’ve done so on limited resources and time.  I for one am excited to see the changes and attempts at making the Fair an even better event than it already is.

It’s not every day that you get to experience racing pigs, sea lions, or zip lining all in one location in Colorado, but it’s the 4-H and FFA kids that steal my heart every year.  The Fair administration and staff have tried diligently to ensure that there is something to see and do for everyone.  While I’m a stalwart for keeping the fair in Pueblo, I also know that we have to have an event that appeals to everyone across this great state, and this year should not disappoint.

Then there are all the things you don’t necessarily pay attention to like better parking, new animal wash areas, an improved sewer project, new asphalt in some areas, and strategically placing some attractions in an attempt to better drive the flow and traffic to underutilized areas.  Events like this don’t just happen, and there has been serious thought into each and every aspect of this year’s fair.

Finally, there is the Junior Livestock Sale where the 4-H and FFA children sell the animals they have raised.  This sale generates about $500,000.00 annually for our youth exhibitors, and if you have not been to the sale, you should come and experience it.  There are plenty of ways to support the fair, and sale day is not only one of emotion, but it is a lot of fun too.  A great deal of that money generated comes from people right here in Southern Colorado who recognize the benefits of supporting the youth across our great state.  From the decorative embroidered shirts of the Denver Rustlers Buyers group to the Fair Ladies Buyers group, thousands of kids from across Colorado have paid their way through college from the investment that all of the buyer groups have invested over the years, and there are many buyer groups that anyone could become involved with.

The Colorado State Fair provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year, and $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual Colorado State Fair event.  As you can tell, I’m very proud of the Colorado State Fair, and I’m very proud of Pueblo and all of Southern Colorado for making it an event the entire state can be proud of.  So come on out to the Fair, and enjoy a piece of Pueblo and Southern Colorado history and the future.

New Domestic Violence, Stalking Law Takes Effect Next Week

Posted on:  http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/08/03/colorado-domestic-violence-law/

By Shaun Boyd

DENVER (CBS4) – A new law aimed at protecting victims of stalking and domestic violence takes effect next week.

Reports of domestic violence – including stalking – have been increasing in Colorado for the last decade.

Last year alone, there were more than 18,000 reports of domestic violence. But, it was a case involving a Colorado Springs woman that prompted the new law.

Police say Janice Nam’s ex-boyfriend shot her in the head last year, seven months after he was convicted of felony stalking but before he was sentenced.

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Glen Galloway, police say, was awaiting sentencing when he cut his ankle monitor, killed a man to steal his truck, and broke into Nam’s house and shot her in the head.

“Right now, there’s a gap of six to eight weeks before sentencing after conviction, and unfortunately that was the gap and time period that Janice Nam lost her life,” said Representative Clarice Navarro (R) Pueblo, the sponsor of the bill.

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Clarice Navarro (credit: CBS)

Navarro closed the gap by passing a law that denies bail to anyone convicted of felony stalking or habitual domestic violence.

Instead, they will stay behind bars during the time between their conviction and sentencing.

“The convicted person has all this rage and anger,” says Navarro, “and that’s the perfect time for them to act out and retaliate.”

She says she brought the bill because of Janice Nam, but admits the terror associated with domestic violence is also personal.

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(credit: CBS)

“I felt very compelled to speak out about domestic violence and stalking. As a young child, I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence and, at that time, we didn’t have any safety. We were always living in fear.”

Navarro hopes the new law will spare others that fear and potentially spare lives.

“Now our victims can go home after they’ve gone through a very stressful court case and have that conviction and know that they can go home and be safe and get their life back together and move on.”

The El Paso County District Attorney’s office is seeking the death penalty against Galloway. It’s the first time in a decade they have asked for death in a case.

Shaun Boyd is CBS4’s political specialist. She’s a veteran reporter with more than 25 years of experience. Follow her on Twitter @cbs4shaun.

Navarro Appointment to Opioid Interim Committee

Pueblo, CO…State Representative Navarro has officially been appointed to serve on Colorado's Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee.  The Committee will consist of ten members of the General Assembly.  Representative Navarro was selected by Minority Leader Patrick Neville who stated, "Representative Navarro will be an impactful member of this Committee.  The areas of Colorado that she represents have been hard hit by the substance use disorder problem that all of Colorado faces, and I'm thankful someone of her caliber is willing to serve our state in this capacity."
State Representative Navarro stated, "I'm looking forward to working on this Committee to help address the issues Colorado, especially Southern Colorado, is facing regarding opioid and other substance abuse disorders.  I've seen firsthand what this is doing to our communities in Fremont, Otero and Pueblo Counties, and I know we can do more to ensure safe communities for our family, friends and neighbors."

The policy issues to be studied are:

  • a review of data and statistics on the scope of the substance use disorder problem in Colorado, including trends in rates of substance abuse, treatment admissions, and deaths from substance use;
  • an overview of the current prevention, intervention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery resources, including substance abuse prevention outreach and education, available to Coloradans, as well as public and private insurance coverage and other sources of support for treatment and recovery resources;
  • a review of the availability of medication-assisted treatment and whether pharmacists can prescribe those medications through the development of collaborative pharmacy practice agreements with physicians;
  • an examination of what other states and countries are doing to address substance use disorders, including evidence-based best practices and the use of evidence in determining strategies to treat substance use disorders, and best practices on the use of prescription drug monitoring programs;
  • identification of the gaps in prevention, intervention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery resources available to Coloradans and hurdles to accessing those resources; and
  • identification of possible legislative options to address gaps and hurdles to accessing prevention, intervention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery resources.

Navarro to serve on legislative panel studying drug abuse

From the Chieftain:  http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/navarro-to-serve-on-legislative-panel-studying-drug-abuse/article_1be3a8a4-34af-51d1-b653-c83b51886251.amp.html

State Rep. Clarice Navarro, R-Pueblo, will serve this summer and fall on a committee created to examine policy issues in regards to opioid and other drug use.

Navarro recently was appointed to serve on Colorado's Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee, which will consist of 10 members of the General Assembly.

The committee will meet at least six times from July through October.

"My primary goal by serving on this committee is to come out with tangibles to address the opioid and substance abuse crisis our state is facing," Navarro said.

The study committee will look at a number of issues, including reviewing data on the scope of the substance use problem in Colorado, compiling an overview of the resources available to Coloradans, reviewing the availability of medication-assisted treatment options and whether pharmacists can prescribe those medications. The panel also examine what other states and countries are doing to address substance abuse, identifying gaps in prevention, intervention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery resources and identifying possible legislative options to address any gaps.

Navarro said she is very concerned about the opioid epidemic in Southern Colorado.

"With the rise in use and abuse, we see a rise in crime and opioid-related deaths," she said. "The use and abuse can be attributed to many things, including cost, over-prescribing and, especially, mental illness.

"As with other drugs that are abused, there are all of the negatives that follow, and our communities are seeing it firsthand. Our law enforcement agencies are overwhelmed; our hospitals must cope; and we see a rise in crime rates."

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Olympic medalists catch a tax break in Colorado after governor signs bill

From ColoradoPolitics.com:  http://coloradopolitics.com/olympic-medals-catch-tax-break-colorado-governor-signs-bill/

Governor Signs Bill Allowing Olympic Medal to be Tax Exempt

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper enacted House Bill 1104, exempting most Team USA athletes from state taxes on medals and bonuses won at the Olympic and Paralympic Games the United States Olympic Committee announced today. The new state-based legislation reinforces the federal law – the United States Appreciation for Olympians and Paralympians Act – that was enacted in October 2016, and exempts federal taxes for all Games medal-related income in 2018 and beyond.

"America's athletes and their families dedicate much of their lives and make considerable financial sacrifices to represent the United States on the world stage," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "Unlike athletes in virtually all other countries, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians do not receive federal funding and must rely on the generous support of the American public and private sponsors for support. This legislation will provide much needed financial support to some of Colorado’s most dedicated amateur athletes and ensure their achievements are not devalued, but celebrated. The USOC is proud to be based in Colorado, a state that recognizes the unique sacrifices of Team USA athletes.”

In addition to medals, the bill also exempts taxes on monetary awards given to athletes for winning medals that may be granted by the USOC, or any sport-specific National Governing Body or Paralympic sport organization.

A bipartisan effort sponsored by Representative Clarice Navarro (R-Pueblo) and State Sen. Kevin Priola (R-Henderson), the state tax exemption does not apply to athletes who make an adjusted annual gross income exceeding $1 million or $500,000 if married and filing individually.

“With no federal funding, many athletes make financial sacrifices in order to represent our country at the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Mikaela Shiffrin, Colorado native and 2014 Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing. “The Colorado initiative to eliminate taxes on medal earnings will have a positive impact on the many local athletes who compete for Team USA. Thank you, Colorado!”

“Most U.S. Olympians and Paralympians endure significant financial sacrifices for the honor to represent Team USA on some of the world’s biggest sporting stages,” said Amy Purdy, 2014 Paralympic snowboarding bronze medalist, who resides in Summit County, Colorado. “This legislation provides important financial support to some of Colorado’s most dedicated amateur athletes and their families.”

Gov. Hickenlooper joined members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family for a celebratory signing of the bill today at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Among those in attendance were several U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes who reside and train in Colorado. 

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