Greenwood Village, Colo., June 27, 2018 – John Ostermiller, the former Littleton Mayor with over 45 years of experience in operations and finance, is the newest board member to be appointed to the Dominion Water & Sanitation District (DWSD) Board of Directors. He will be filling the vacancy left by Jim Taylor’s retirement.
“I will work with the board and Dominion staff to continue building a renewable, robust, and reliable integrated water supply system that provides wholesale water and wastewater service to residents in the northwestern part of Douglas County,” said Ostermiller.
“John’s experience as a leader in the south metro area coupled with his extensive experience in public entities and finance will be invaluable to Dominion as we roll out a system that adds additional reliability, flexibility, and increased efficiencies as our services grow,” said Mary Kay Provaznik, general manager of the Dominion Water & Sanitation District. Ms. Provaznik added, “John’s leadership on the board will allow us to maintain our momentum towards completing critical infrastructure projects that will deliver clean water to our customers and provide reliable wastewater service to our region.”
Ostermiller was elected to the Littleton City Council after serving for 20 years on the City of Littleton Planning Commission. He was elected Mayor in 2003 and completed his term on the council in 2009. Most recently John served eight years, six as Chairman, on the Board of Directors of the South Suburban Park and Recreation District. John was the Vice President and Director of Finance and Business Operations for Dart International for over 10 years, and was the Chief Financial Officer at Deane Communications in Littleton, Co. until his retirement in 2006. Throughout his career, he’s held roles managing the financial, administrative, operational, and business development aspects of various companies.
“I am honored and excited to work with Dominion as they continue to build the infrastructure to support their robust and dependable supply and provide reliable water and wastewater services,” Ostermiller said. He further stated, “I look forward to supporting Dominion’s continued collaboration and partnership with leaders across the region.”
Ostermiller joins current board members:
Dominion is a wholesale provider of water, wastewater and stormwater services to Northwest Douglas County. Established as a special district in 2004, Dominion is a significant and sizable entity, with a service area that covers 33,000 acres and millions of dollars in water and wastewater infrastructure and assets. Dominion participates in a shared agreement for water and infrastructure between Denver, Aurora and South Metro WISE Authority, and pays for 20% of the WISE infrastructure that is bringing in renewable water to Douglas county.
About Dominion Water & Sanitation District (DWSD)
Dominion is a special district that was formed in 2004 as part of the County’s vision to bring renewable water and access to more centralized water and wastewater services to northwest Douglas County. Dominion Water & Sanitation District’s approach leverages location, infrastructure and partnerships to create a regionally integrated system. By having an integrated system, Dominion fully and efficiently utilizes its resources and therefore provides a reliable and cost competitive service. Dominion’s service is built on innovation, partnerships, and thoughtful stewardship.
For more information, visit: www.DominionWSD.org
Earlier this year, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 18-200 (SB 200), which makes numerous changes to the PERA plan design. These include higher employee and employer contribution rates, a lower annual increase for retirees, along with higher retirement ages and other benefit reductions for current and future members. Governor Hickenlooper signed SB 200 into law on June 4.
As a result of these changes and 2017 investment returns, the time-frame for reaching full funding for each division trust returned to 30 years or less based upon actuarial projections, and unfunded liabilities were reduced by $3.4 billion.
PERA reported an 18.1 percent investment return for the calendar year of 2017. The 2017 investment return was more than 200 basis points above the policy benchmark of 16.0 percent.
See the PERA 2017 Financial Snapshot.
These results reflect the status of races as of 11pm on Tuesday, June 26th. An automatic recount will occur if the difference between the number of votes cast between the leading candidate and the candidate with the second highest votes is less than one half of one percent of the highest vote count. The Democrat primary for the Attorney General has not been officially called and the Republican primary for the state Treasurer has not been officially called yet. The results below for these races are unofficial.
This primary election was the first in which unaffiliated voters had the option to vote in either the Republican or Democrat primary elections. With unaffiliated voters being the largest voting bloc in the state, the effect of this change was unknown and only speculated. Governor Hickenlooper is term limited so there were open competitive primaries for both Democrats and Republicans in the Governor’s race. On the Democrat side candidates included Cary Kennedy, former State Treasurer; Jared Polis, Congressman from Boulder; Mike Johnston, former state Senator; and Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne. The Republican candidates for Governor were Walker Stapleton, State Treasurer; Victor Mitchell, businessman; Greg Lopez, former Mayor of Parker; and Doug Robinson, the nephew of Mitt Romney. Within an hour after the polls closed, both Republican Walker Stapleton (https://www.stapletonforcolorado.com/) and Democrat Jared Polis (https://polisforcolorado.com/) were declared winners of their respective primary races.
There was a Democrat primary for the Attorney General race between State Representative Joe Salazar and Phil Weiser. The Republican candidate George Brauchler, who initially was going to run for Governor, ran unopposed in the Republican primary for Attorney General. Phil Weiser won the Democrat primary for Attorney General over Representative Salazar despite Salazar’s support from Bernie Sanders. There were also contested primaries for Democrats and Republicans in the race for State Treasurer. The establishment candidate, State Representative Dave Young won the Democrat race. The Republican race was close three way race between Brian Watson, Justin Everett, and Polly Lawrence. Brian Watson, a real estate businessman and CEO, won the Republican spot on the general election ballot with 38.2% of the vote to Representative Everret’s 36.2%, and Representative Lawrence’s 25.1%.
There were a number of Congressional races for the U.S. House of Representatives with incumbents who were expected to win. Congresswoman Diana DeGette won the Democrat Primary and because the Denver District is a strong Democrat district she will likely go on to win the general election. Joe Neguse, attorney and CU Board of Regents member, won the Democrat primary for the 2nd Congressional District which was vacated by Congressman Polis. Former State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush will face the incumbent Scott Tipton in the general election for the 3rd Congressional District. Karen McCormick is the Democrat candidate and will run against the Republican incumbent U.S. Representative Ken Buck in the 4th Congressional District. In the most crowded Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representative, incumbent Doug Lamborn won the Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District handedly with a nearly 33 percentage point lead over the second highest candidate, Darryl Glenn who received only 20.1% of the vote and Senator Owen Hill who received 17.7% of the vote. Jason Crow will be the Democrat candidate to face Incumbent Republican Mike Coffman for the 6th Congressional District in November.
As votes started to come in for state races, some numbers were coming in not in favor of several incumbents. Representative Phil Covarrubias and Representative Reyher, both first time legislators, lost their primaries to fellow Republicans. However, incumbent Representative Lois Landgraf did win her race for HD 21 in El Paso County with 65.53% of the vote. Incumbent Senator Ray Scott was able to hold off a competitive primary against State Representative Dan Thurlow for SD 7, receiving 63.9% of the vote.
The final winners of the State House and State Senate Primary include (updated % throughout the evening can be found at https://elections.denverpost.com/):
The final winners of the State House and State Senate open and contested primaries include:
SD 2 – Dennis Hisey (R)
SD 7 – Sen. Ray Scott (R)
SD 9 – Rep. Paul Lundeen (R)
SD 11 – Rep. Pete Lee (D)
SD 15 – Rob Woodward (R)
SD 32 – Robert Rodriguez (D)
SD 34 – Julie Gonzales (D)
HD 4 – Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
HD 5 – Alex Valdez (D)
HD 9 – Emily Sirota (D)
HD 12 – Sonya Lewis (D)
HD 14 – Rep. Shane Sandridge (R)
HD 19 – Tim Geitner (R)
HD 21 – Rep. Lois Landgraf (R)
HD 22 – Colin Larson (R) – Still too close to call. Frank Francone (R) is within the recount margin.
HD 24 – Monica Duran (D)
HD 28 – Kerry Tipper (D)
HD 31 – Yadira Caraveo (D)
HD 34 – Rep. Skinny Winkler (R)
HD 34 – Kyle Mullica (D)
HD 35 – Shannon Bird (D)
HD 39 – Mark Baisley (R)
HD 47 – Don Bendell (R) – Defeated incumbent Rep. Judy Reyher
HD 50 – Rochelle Galindo (D)
HD 54 – Matt Soper (R)
HD 55 – Janice Rich (R)
HD 56 – Rod Bockenfeld (R) – Defeated incumbent Rep. Phil Covarubbias (R).
HD 61 – Julie McCluskie (D)
HD 65 – Rod Pelton (R)
Children’s Hospital Colorado Named to U.S. News & World Report 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll
Aurora, Colo. – June 26, 2018 − U.S. News & World Report has named Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) to its 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to the top 10 best children’s hospitals nationwide. Based on clinical data, outcomes and peer reputation, Children’s Colorado ranked with high marks in all 10 ranked subspecialties, including five in the top 10:
• Neonatology (No. 4)
• Diabetes & Endocrinology (No. 7)
• Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (No. 7)
• Pulmonology (No. 7)
• Cancer (No. 8)
“Our dedication to kids is constant and tireless — and it shows,” says Jena Hausmann, president and CEO of Children’s Colorado. “We take pride in delivering the best possible care to every single child who walks through our doors. Ranking in the top 10 is a testament to our talented and compassionate pediatric specialists who this past year cared for kids from all 50 states and more than 35 countries.”
“The 10 pediatric centers on this year’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll deliver exceptional care across a range of specialties and deserve to be highlighted,” said Ben Harder, chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News. “Day after day, these hospitals provide state-of-the-art medical expertise to children with complex conditions. Their U.S. News rankings reflect their commitment to providing high-quality care.”
The annual rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Hospitals received points for being ranked in a specialty, and higher-ranking hospitals receive more points. The Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll recognizes the 10 hospitals that received the most points overall.
The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and an annual reputation surveyof pediatric specialists. The rankings are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals. Methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.
This year’s rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2019” guidebook, available late September.
For more information, visit Best Children’s Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.
Children’s Hospital Colorado Media Contact:
Elizabeth Whitehead, 720-777-6388, Elizabeth.Whitehead@childrenscolorado.org
About Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado is a leading pediatric network 100 percent dedicated to the health and well-being of children, adolescents and young adults. Consistently acknowledged as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado is recognized nationally and internationally for its medical, research, education and advocacy programs. It is at the forefront of research in childhood disease and pioneering treatments that are shaping the future of pediatrics, as well as offering everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Scheduled to open in early 2019, the new Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs will be the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Those of us who are lucky enough to call the Mile High City home appreciate what our great city has to offer – stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, abundant outdoor activities, a thriving cultural scene and diverse neighborhoods, to name just a few.
Whether you were fortunate enough to be born here or you were smart enough to make the decision to call Denver home, the odds are that you appreciate the city for what it is. And if you are like me, you probably also are fiercely protective of our wonderful community.
That is why I get frustrated when I see out-of-state signature collectors asking voters to sign impossible-to-understand petitions that would permanently change our state Constitution. This month, dozens of these itinerant professionals will criss-cross the state to collect as many signatures as they can for any special interest group that is willing to pay them.
It can be hard to attend a local festival, an evening outdoor concert or just about any other Denver event without being asked to “take just a moment” to sign a petition. These signature collectors are the real-life equivalent of telephone solicitors who constantly interrupt you during dinner.
And if it feels like they are rushing you to sign, it is because they are. To these hired guns, the details of the petition are meaningless – they only care about collecting as many signatures as they can because they get paid for each one.
While they may not care much about the cause, you should. The petitions they are asking you to sign could have huge and devastating impacts for those of us who live in Boulder. They might eliminate hundreds of local jobs, cost the Denver Public School District millions of dollars in funding or result in significant tax increases to residents.
So what can Denver residents do to fight back? First and foremost, we should be wary of anyone soliciting signatures for a ballot initiative. Before signing anything, read it carefully, including the fine print. Don't rely on the word of paid signature gatherers. Read it for yourself, and make an informed decision about what the result of the initiative would be.
Colorado is the 5th most educated state in the country, according to a recent analysis. When it comes to potentially deceptive ballot initiatives, let’s prove that we can’t be fooled into signing a petition that could have lasting impacts on our community. Together, we can help protect communities across Colorado.
The Denver Business Journal revealed which companies were metro Denver’s Best Places to Work for 2018. Many members of South Metro Denver Chamber were celebrated at the event. Companies were awarded based on 10 key engagement categories focusing on team effectiveness, trust of senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation and benefits.
South Metro Denver Chamber member’s include:
WhippleWood CPAs is ranked No. 8 in the Denver Business Journal’s 2018 Best Places to Work awards in the “small” category. The accounting and tax firm offers “Half Day Fridays,” free massages during tax season, firm happy hour, a tax season stress relief event and walking meetings.
Colorado Farm Bureau ranked No. 6 in the “small” category. The agriculture-focused nonprofit covers health costs for all its employees and has open work areas with standing desks.
MassMutual Colorado is ranked No. 2 in the “large” category. The life insurance company sponsors food and clothing drives and takes its employees on outings like go-kart racing and golf.
Liberty Oilfield Services ranked No. 4 in the “x-large” category. The hydraulic fracturing services company offers a flexible paid-time-off plan, regular company outings and a culture club.
Savills Studley is ranked No. 5 in the “small” category. The commercial real estate services firm says it has a “no jerks allowed” culture.
Read the complete article, Revealed: DBJ ranks the 2018 Best Places to Work in metro Denver
Enjoy a picnic in the park Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the amphitheater of Centennial Center Park. Experience live music and performances by dance troop, Mile-High Stars Athletics, the School of Rock and live music by the Margarita Brothers. Bring your own picnic or grab lunch from one of the food trucks that will be onsite. Enjoy family games and a free bounce house throughout the event.
Discounted animal licensing is also available at this event! By attending this event, residents may receive a 3-year animal license for the price of a 1-year license.
Schedule of Events:
11 – 11:20 a.m. Mile-High Stars Athletics
11:25 a.m. – Noon School of Rock
12:30 – 2 p.m. Margarita Brothers
Centennial Center Park is located at 13050 E. Peakview Avenue.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Gold Sponsor Arapahoe County; Silver Sponsors Jacobs and Terracare Associates; Bronze Sponsor Renewal by Andersen; Community Partner Centennial Medical Plaza and Media Partner Colorado Community Media.
On June 7, 2018, a Champions of Wellness celebration was held, recognizing chamber members who are involved in the Workplace Wellness Exchange, for their dedication to improving the health of our community, one workplace at a time. GREAT news alert!: The grant through the state health department has been renewed for another three-year cycle, which means that The Chamber and Tri-County Health Department will continue with the Workplace Wellness Exchange; providing healthy workplace assessments, informational meetings and advising, camaraderie with other coalition members, funding opportunities, and FUN.
This free, Chamber ‘healthy’ benefit program is available for all Chamber member organizations/companies. Contact Anne Marie Boger firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Interested in learning more about your City?
Applications for Centennial 101, a free program to discover how our City works, are available until June 29. In just seven weeks participants will understand how Centennial is unique, learn about how our tax dollars are used, experience a mock budget session, and find opportunities to get more involved in the community. Space is limited. Only 30 participants will be accepted for this class of Centennial 101. Attendance each Thursday is required.
Classes are Thursdays from 5:30 to 9 p.m., beginning August 30 ending October 15. Most of the classes will take place at the City’s Eagle Street Facility located at 7272 S. Eagle Street.
You may be interested in Centennial 101 if:
• You have an interest in your City and community and want to learn more.
• You have been involved in the community, or are just curious how the City works.
• You are new to Centennial – or have lived here since before it was a city.
• You pay taxes and want to know how that money is being spent.
• You love local politics – or hate local politics.
• You like to meet new, interesting people.
• You want to peek behind the scenes.
Visit www.centennialco.gov/Centennial101 for more information and to view photos of previous Centennial 101 classes.
Tri-County Health Department is pleased to share our draft 2018 Community Health Assessment (CHA) with you. In February, many stakeholders gave initial input into determining health problems in Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties. That input was used to develop the framework for the 2018 CHA.
The CHA will help inform our 2018 Public Health Improvement Plan later this year. The draft CHA is available on our website at this link: http://www.tchd.org/. After you have read through the report, we hope you will spend a few minutes completing a survey that will help us further refine priorities for our Public Health Improvement Plan. The link to the survey is here: http://bit.ly/2018CHASurvey and it is also easily accessible on our website where you will find the CHA.
Thanks for your interest in helping us optimize the health of the residents of our counties. If you have any additional input or questions, please send us an email at CommunityInput@tchd.org.