Thursday, June 28, 2007


Gov. Bill Ritter launches a summer and fall statewide outreach tour on Saturday, visiting two health care facilities and two renewable energy events along the Front Range.
"With the 2007 legislative session now complete, it's important that we spend as much time as possible with the people ofColorado," Gov. Ritter said. "I want to hear their struggles, gather their ideas and work together to craft solutions to those struggles."
The Governor will be visiting Boulder Community Hospital, Clinica Campesina Family Health Services in Lafayette, Eagle Place Town Homes in Lafayette, and the Green Rocks ETown concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Additional 2007 tour stops are still being scheduled, but tentative plans call for:
·         Colorado Springs/Pueblo area in early August
·         Northwest Colorado in mid-August
·         Western Colorado in early September
·         Southwest Colorado and the San Luis Valley in September
·         Eastern Plains in mid-October.
The outreach tour will continue around the state in future years as well.
Here are details for Saturday's events. (Note: All events are open to the press, but please note privacy considerations atBoulder Community Hospital.)
11:15 a.m. to              Boulder Community Hospital. Gov. Ritter will tour the Emergency
12:30 p.m.                  Room and meet with hospital leaders, providers and public health officials to discuss health care challenges and their ideas for reform.
                                    Location: 1100 Balsam (North Broadway & Balsam), Boulder.
                                    Note: Because of federal privacy laws, media will be required to obtain signed waiver before interviewing or photographing patients.
2 to 3:30 p.m.             Clinica Campesina Family Health Services. Gov. Ritter will tour this community clinic and then meet with clinic and other leaders to discuss issues specific to providers that serve uninsured, underinsured and other vulnerable populations.
                                    Location: 2000 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette.
4 to 5:30 p.m.             Eagle Place Town Homes grand opening. Gov. Ritter will participate in the grand opening ceremony and then help install a solar panel atop one of the 60 apartments in this affordable housing project. This unique development is considered "ultra energy efficient" thanks to 418 solar panels, green-building construction practices and energy efficient appliances.
                                    Location: 1364 Cimarron Drive, Lafayette.
7:45 p.m.                    Green Rocks ETown concert. Gov. Ritter will address the crowd between the first and second musical acts at what's being billed as the most energy-efficient, enviro-friendly and eco-conscious concert in Red Rocks history.
                                    Location: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison.