John Hickenlooper might not like wearing a tie, but he has a thing about hats these days. He donned a giant cowboy hat for his speech at the Citizens of the West dinner Monday night (scary photo at right and below); he modeled a Denver Broncos cap during his State of the State speech yesterday. But ... More >>
Big pic below.Martin Lobatos must be a really good driver, because he passed his test with no sweat when he was supposedly on the verge of catatonia. That was par for the course in one of the weirdest-ever workman's comp cases -- a years-long scam for which Lobatos and his wife, Belen, have ... More >>
House Democratic Leader Sal Pace's proposal to restrict travel at Pinnacol Assurance passed an initial reading yesterday, and could move on to a final House vote as early as today. And Pinnacol, is unlikely to fight this move.
Pinnacol face-off.Pinnacol Assurance, the quasi-public workers' compensation insurance fund, dodged a bullet last year when the legislature backed off on a proposed $500 million raid of its reserves to help fill budget gaps. But now Governor John Hickenlooper has nominated a critic to the Pin ... More >>
Pebble Beach"Pebble Beach Resorts is a legendary place. Combine a dramatic coastline and mystical forest with a rich history of world-class accommodations, warm hospitality, expert service and grand recreation." That's how www.pebblebeach.com describes the world-renowned California resort.
Graeme McDowell may have won the U.S. Open, but in a far more inexplicable Pebble Beach victory, Ken Ross, the CEO of Pinnacol Assurance, was named Business Person of the Year by the Colorado chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The award cited his "communication skills." And ... More >>
Senator Morgan Carroll.Senator Morgan Carroll, an Aurora Democrat who heads the interim committee looking into the 800-pound gorilla known as Pinnacol Assurance, knows plenty about the enterprise, which the Denver Business Journal describes as a "state political subdivision that operates as a ... More >>
Pinnacol Assurance gets a glowing endorsement in today's Denver Post from former Governor Bill Owens, who notes that "in 2002, I signed a law requiring Pinnacol Assurance to operate like a business, meaning its liabilities would not be the state's responsibility, while its assets were specifically p ... More >>
From the week of October 30, 2003
Pinnacol Assurance, the state's largest workers' compensation provider, today boasts healthy profits -- and workers have paid the price.
When the workers' compensation appeals system bogged down, judges felt the pain, too.