Gov. Bill Ritter issued the following statement today regarding the announcement that Hank Brown will step down as president of the University of Colorado in February 2008:
"For more than 40 years, Hank Brown has served his country and his state with grace and distinction. He is truly one of Colorado's treasured jewels, and I salute all that he has accomplished. "Colorado owes him a debt of gratitude for providing strong leadership at a very challenging time for the University of Colorado. Under his dedicated guidance, the university has made important gains, and he has paved the way for ongoing progress. "I look forward to continuing our close working relationship over the next year, and beyond, as we address the crucial higher-education issues of affordability, access and quality."
Gov. Bill Ritter has invited county commissioners from storm-ravaged southeast Colorado to meet with him and other state officials in La Junta on Saturday to discuss ongoing efforts to provide disaster relief.
Commissioners from Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero and Prowers are expected to attend the meeting, scheduled for 9 to 10 a.m. at the Otero County Courthouse in La Junta. The courthouse is located at Third and Colorado, and the meeting will be held in room 107. In addition to Gov. Ritter, Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp and representatives from the Department of Local Affairs will be on hand. "I'm eager to discuss what steps the state has taken to secure federal disaster aid and listen to any suggestions about what else we can do to help," Ritter said. Southeast Colorado was buried under 3 to 4 feet of snow by recent winter blizzards, with drifts of 10 to 18 feet deep in some areas. An estimated 10,000 cattle died in the storm, and the numbers will climb higher as the snow melts and carcasses are discovered. The area is home to 345,000 head of cattle and calves, 23,500 head of producing sows and 112,000 head of sheep and lambs, all with an estimated value of $500 million. Ritter's trip to southeast Colorado comes amid a three-day statewide tour that begins Friday. The complete schedule: Location: Northeastern Junior College Tennant Art Gallery in the Hays Student Center Location: Kit Carson County Carousel Kit Carson County Fairgrounds Location: Historic Aultman Hall Location: Otero County Courthouse Third and Colorado, La Junta Meeting with county commissioners from Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero and Prowers counties to discuss disaster relief. Location: Adams State College First Street Banquet Room of the Student Union Building Location: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, 479 Main Ave. Location: Tarmac at Garfield County Regional Airport Location: Pipe Trades Education Center, Copper Room, 3168 Pipe Court Time: 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Fiesta's Café and Cantina 57 Edwards Access Road, Edwards Plaza Location: Steamboat Springs Yacht Club