Government agencies big — the University of Colorado — and small — the town of Moffat, pop. 116 — rejoiced Tuesday night when accepting grants designed to help them put more information and services online.
CU received $3,000 to scan historic maps of the state published between 1880 and 1907 and put them online, and another $6,500 to digitize the state House and Senate journals back to the 1800s and make them available to the public.
The town of Moffat, located in Saguache County, received $1,000 to help update and maintain the town’s website.
“We are excited to use this SIPA grant to help increase communications, educate our citizens and create accessibility in our small rural community,” said Marybeth Van Horn of Moffat.
Check out staffer Julia Sunny’s video on the visit with county clerks from the eastern regional. As Kiowa County Clerk Delisa Weeks says, “We’re small, but we’re fun.” YouTube video.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams addressed the issue of voter fraud when he spoke to county clerks on the Eastern Plains Wednesday, warning them that in the coming months his office could be asking about certain constituents suspected of voting twice in the 2016 election.
“Some of you are aware there were accusations that there was rampant fraud in the elections. Some said there was no fraud,” Williams said. “The answer is somewhere in between.”
Colorado is part of a national months-long check of voter histories that flags the names of voters who appeared to have voted more than once.
“I anticipate there will be some people in Colorado who voted in multiple states. There are not tens of thousands of them. It did not change the result of the election,” Williams said.
“But there are elections that decided by a single vote. I presided over those elections as a county clerk. So we care about that issue. The message from us isn’t that vote fraud never occurs, but we make it difficult to occur and we help prosecute people when we find out about it.”
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams traveled across the state over the weekend to attend Go Code Colorado challenges in four cities, giving him a first-hand look at how entrepreneurs, software developers and innovators use public data in an attempt to come up with the next great app.
Williams visited Grand Junction Friday night, Fort Collins Saturday morning, Denver Saturday afternoon and Colorado Springs Sunday evening. The only challenge city he missed was Durango, which is where Williams in 2016 kicked off his Go Code Colorado tour. The 10 finalists teams — two from each location — were announced Monday.
“Water rights, farm-fresh food and housing development are a few of our favorite teams,” read the headline on the news release from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.
Those 10 teams will now head to an expenses-paid Mentorship Weekend April 21-23 in Boulder, on their way to compete in the May 24th Final Competition event. At stake are three $25,000 contracts.
Gazette reporter Wayne Heilman, who has covered several Go Code Colorado competitions, wrote that the two Colorado Springs finalist teams “hope to continue the success of Hively.”
That’s the 2016 local team that became the first from the Springs to win the competition with its web-based application to help match employers with potential employees.
About Go Code Colorado: Go Code Colorado is a statewide business app challenge housed in the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. The award-winning challenge is the first and only statewide effort of its kind that uses public data to solve business problems. It is overseen by staffer Andrew Cole.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams congratulated 50 immigrants from 28 countries on becoming Americans during a ceremony Monday in Centennial, telling them there are “very few limits as to what you can do.”
He told the story of Knavs family in Slovenia. Their daughter, who was born April 26, 1970, immigrated to the United States in 2001 and became a citizen five years later.
“In January she became the first lady of the United States,” Williams said. “So look to your left, look to your right. One of those people may be, in 11 years, first lady or first husband of the United States, just like Melania Trump.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen but that’s the wonder of America.”
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams wasn’t scheduled to appear at Club 20’s meeting this weekend, but he apparently crashed the executive board’s session at just the right time.
The influential Western Slope organization on Friday debated the rules to follow when it hosts next year’s September debate for governor, the 3rd Congressional District and other candidates in the region. In the past, third-party candidates have been upset at being shut out; others have been unhappy that third-partiers have been included.
Williams, who had just popped in to say “Hi,” was invited to sit down and answer some questions. He said he believes there are better factors to use for determining debate participation than voter registration, including polling results.
Williams served two terms as an El Paso County commissioner so has a county commissioner so he knows plenty of Club 20 members. One of the first ones he ran into at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction was Garfield County Commissioner John Martin, who is serving his sixth term. Club 20 in 2013 presented the prestigious Dan Noble Award to Martin for his “outstanding service to western Colorado.”