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QUID HAS HEARD that the homeless are coming, the homeless are coming. To be more accurate, more homeless are coming. As per previous city administrations, Aurora has no homeless “residents.” There were many a meeting at City Hall where the notion of a homeless problem was poohpoohed, even though the good folks running city shelters, soup kitchens and clinics have long been inundated with homeless people from other cities that, apparently, just happened to be in Aurora. Lawmakers in Denver are now considering making it illegal to be a homeless person in a sleeping bag in that town. Word is the denizens of the Platte River and Sand Creek will set wagons ho to camp on the fabulous banks of the Highline Canal or head west to relish the luxurious environs of Ralston and Clear creeks. That’s sure to make suburban types nervous, who prefer their homeless neighbors to remain docile accouterments to interstate exit ramps. Not to worry. One look at the pathetic public park bathroom situation here, the burnt grasslands of parks like BiCentennial and the lack of convenient places to pan-handle, and the placard platoon will soon be home in LoDo to roost again. AND QUID HAS HEARD that APS is vexy and they know it. Seems the school district that loves to suffer in silence is really suffering after Sable Elementary School first grader D’Avonte Meadows went public with his suspension for singing “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” in the lunch line last week. Of course there’s always more to the story, and school officials can’t tell because of privacy concerns, even though Meadows’ mom blew privacy right out the lunch-room door when she went public with the issue on TV. There were se-

rious hints, however, that school officials don’t suspend students for singing just about anything. That leaves Quid — and you know you, too — to imagine just what it was about Meadows’ delivery that prompted school officials to claim the tot was sexually harassing people. Quid suggests students find out just how much Aurora Public Schools will tolerate and break out into song at lunch lines across the city. Quid wants to hear some Justin Bieber, Grand Funk and Marilyn Manson to see how tolerant teachers might really be. Kids can all sing about the beautiful people. AND QUID HAS HEARD that Aurora’s best in blue may be tops in keeping the streets safe, but they should leave the work of pumping propaganda to city flacks. Seems law enforcer types flooded Denver media outlets with a shocking video and story of a wretched motorcycle rider who was hit by a car whose driver ran a red light about 8 long seconds after it turned crimson. The shocking footage of the man being launched off his bike and landing on his head was captured by the infamous redlight camera system that police love and grimacing yellow-light scofflaws love to hate. Ranking top cops pointed to the shocking footage as to how the nefarious camera system is effectively making the city streets safer. Huh. Didn’t work for the poor guy on the motorcycle who got whacked by a woman who likely wouldn’t have stopped if there were no cameras. And given the increasing revenue these camera systems produce for the city, it’s hard to see where they’ve done anything to keep people from doing anything but flipping the bird as the cameras click and writing big checks. AND THAT’S ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS.

h no you don’t, Frank McNulty. Dave Perry It’s a sad commentary Editor on our Colorado community that most of you have no idea who he is. McNulty is a Republican state representative hailing from Douglas County and the speaker of the Colorado House. He holds that title because of the continued stranglehold that right-wing, fanatical activists still have on the Colorado Republican Party, and because Republicans have a majority of only one seat in that chamber. To be blunt, McNulty and his creepy righty tighties represent a dwindling number of Coloradans, but they maintain power because too many of you have no idea who he is or what he and his clan of extremists do down at the Capitol. Everybody’s just too busy to care. Because of that chronic apathy, McNulty and a minority of state lawmakers were able to hold the state Legislature hostage this week in order to prevent a Colorado civil unions measure from becoming law. If you ask these lawmakers why they oppose such a thing, which would have granted at least some rights to people in homosexual relationships, they’ll tell you some crap about biblical leanings or leaving the door open for people to marry their hamsters. The truth is, McNulty and his shrill band of extremists are bullies and bigots. Even though a majority of Coloradans want to see state lawmakers grant civil-union rights to gays and lesbians, and even though a majority of state lawmakers this year wanted the same thing, and even though some of those lawmakers were Republicans, these bullies played a last-minute political canard to get their way. It’s the political equivalent of “because I said so.” Their flagrant bigotry and hatred has gone far enough. We have treated Colorado gays and lesbians as second-class citizens for too long, taking the Booker T. Washington approach to bringing the masses to their senses. Gays have a right to equality that even the U.S. military has acknowledged. If the biggest, most conservative bureaucratic monster on Earth understands that homosexual citizens must be extended the same rights as all others, these Colorado despots sure as hell can, too. I don’t know about you, but I’m done with the lame excuses these people give for their shameless bigotry. Picking and choosing which biblical weirdness to use as a touchstone is as lame-brained as anyone can get. I don’t see McNulty demanding that adulterers be put to death, as the Bible clearly demands. Killing is big in parts of the Good Book. Death is clearly recommended for liars, whores and people who let their cattle mingle with the wrong types. Nobody’s buying their dreamed-up religious twaddle any more. That voodoo went out with segregation when Southern extremists tried to use Bible boasts to keep blacks under their thumbs. While the tide has turned against homophobes and gay-haters in this country, too many of you are too apathetic to rid the state of this embarrassment by simply taking the time to ensure candidates represent what you believe. This isn’t a partisan issue. There are plenty, probably a majority, of Colorado Republicans that want a frugal state government that stays out of people’s personal lives, whether they’re gay or straight. And I don’t know of any Democrat and few independents who like the idea of marginalizing Colorado’s gay and lesbian citizens. Instead, it’s a party problem. It’s one that’s easily solved, however. Either state House Republicans need to signal that they’re done with electing a nasty bigot like McNulty as their leader, or Republicans need to be ousted and relegated to nuisance status until that party starts representing the people who belong to it. These jingoists can’t stop homosexuals from attaining equality any more than past bigots were able to sustain slavery and segregation in this country. Rights and freedoms are like an unstoppable fire that have burned away worse tyrants in China, Russia, The South and even the Middle East. Once the fire is set, there’s no stopping it. McNulty and his supporters have abused their power to cheat a group of Coloradans that have been abused for too long. Time’s up, Mr. Speaker. Time for voters to force these bullies to pack up their shameful show of hate and start some kind of no-gays-allowed club that will no longer hurt or embarrass the real Colorado these people don’t come close to representing. Reach editor Dave Perry at 303-750-755 5 or

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n a last-ditch attempt to sway members of the Colorado Economic Development Commission to award tourism incentives to the Gaylord hotel project officials from Aurora and Gaylord Entertainment took questions at a meeting on May 3. The $800 million Westernthemed hotel and conference center project is contingent on $85 million in state tourism incentives, while the city of Aurora has already approved $300 million worth of sales tax rebates for the construction of the project. The commission is slated to make a final decision on May 18 about which of the six tourism projects will get Regional Tourism Act funds. Commission members asked why the hotel project needed millions of dollars worth of incentives to get built. Bennett Westbrook, senior vice president of development for Gaylord Entertainment, said the economic downturn significantly increased construction costs, especially in 2005, 2006 and 2007. “The difference is the world has changed,” he said. The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland required about $150 million in public subsidies to be constructed, and it’s similar to the scope of the proposed Gaylord Rockies. At the meeting, Westbrook

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Determination and passion keeps Jeremy Palmer on the run BY ADAM GOLDSTEIN Staff Writer


eremy Palmer has plenty of excuses to stay away from a 5K. The board member, actor and marketing contributor for the PHAMALY theater company underwent open-heart surgery in 2010, and has spent the past two years recovering and adjusting to the demands of his valve replacement. That didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop Palmer, who is married to fellow PHAMALY troupe member Lyndsay Giraldi-Palmer, from taking part in the 5K portion of Kaiser Permanenteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colfax Marathon last year, just as it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop him from signing up for the event again this week. We caught up with Palmer to talk about his history with the PHAMALY company, his motivation behind taking part in the run and his experiences on the Aurora Fox stage. How did you first connect with the PHAMALY troupe? I was doing childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theater when I was 12, 13 and 14, Denver Center stuff, things around town. It was David and Julie Payne who told me about PHAMALY because they knew that I had my heart and

lung conditions. They happened to be doing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mame,â&#x20AC;? and I began my tradition of competing with Daniel Traylor for roles that year (laughs). Can you talk a little about your medical condition? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multiple congenital heart defects that required various surgeries. There was valve repair when I was 5; valve replacement when I was 9. My left lung was removed when I was 9. I had two more open-heart surgeries in 2010, one of which gave me a new, mechanical aortic valve. It requires more medication, upkeep. The other surgery was kind of an emergency procedure. Somewhere in there, the procedure paralyzed the left half of my diaphragm. It took almost a year to figure out why I was not breathing as I had been before. It causes some additional complications as far as respiration goes. With those recent medical challenges in mind, what made you want to take part in the Kaiser Permanente 5K run in Denver? This is my second year. Last year was PHAMALYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year as a charity partner. I wanted to step it up â&#x20AC;Ś I wanted to do it for the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake. One of the

groomsmen at my wedding was an Iron Man triathlete. I work out regularly at my doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request to keep general cardiac health, and my wife did that with me. I thought it was something active that I can do that we can do together. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another way to draw attention to the shows. Was it more or less challenging than you anticipated? I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go into it looking for some big physical challenge. I prefer my challenges in other venues. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t saying Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to run this whole thing; my wife would just kill me if I even tried that. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d walk for about 10 to 15 minutes, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run for a couple of minutes. We were determined not to be the last people who finished, (but) itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less about proving anything to myself and more about raising the money and the awareness. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve raised double what I raised last year; so far, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve raised $605. PHAMALY has consistently performed its winter shows at the Aurora Fox. What do you like about that stage, compared to some of the other venues you travel to through the year? I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty versatile. Having done â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barefoot in the Parkâ&#x20AC;?

Jeremy Palmer, a member of the Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League (PHAMALY), underwent open-heart surgery in 2010 and recently took part in the 5K portion of Kaiser Permanenteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colfax Marathon last year. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) there, which is as traditional a comedy as you can imagine, that worked well for that space. It takes on a whole different feeling when you get a show like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elephant Man.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a space, particularly the main stage, that can really adapt to whatever is needed. I imagine this may be tough to put into words, but what has the PHAMALY troupe meant for you personally since you joined? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become â&#x20AC;Ś Ever since my wife and I moved back to Denver, going on four years, PHAMALY has completely lived up to its name for us. Those are our best friends. Those are the people we spend our

birthdays with and holidays with, in addition to our actual family. When I talk about other challenges â&#x20AC;&#x201C; being on the board of directors, the marketing committee â&#x20AC;&#x201C; those have been a huge challenge. Being allowed to codirect a premiere production, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the types of challenge I prefer in lieu of endurance tests and triathlons. For more information about PHAMALY and the upcoming run, log on to Reach reporter Adam Goldstein at or 720-449-9707








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Darrel DeLeon, Colorado Springs resident, fishes for rainbow trout in the South Platte river. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

New angle on trout troubles Aurora and Denver water departments create ‘loan’ program to ensure South Platte stream flows and a resurgence of native rainbow trout



Staff Writer

ust below the Eleven Mile Reservoir dam, the spawning rainbow trout pointed their noses upstream, intently focused on finding the perfect spot in the rocky river bed. “They’re not interested in feeding, they’re not too spooked by us,” Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist Jeff Spohn said as a handful of trout spawned in the shallow water below. “They’ve got one thing on their mind.” That one thing certainly wasn’t the goings-on 100 miles away at the Aurora Municipal Center or at Denver Water’s headquarters. But because of an agreement between the two water departments, state wildlife officials say

the future of the rainbow trout population in that stretch of the South Platte — one of only two natural rainbow fisheries on the river — is much brighter than it was a few years ago. Under the agreement between Parks and Wildlife, Aurora Water and Denver Water, the three agencies are working together to make sure stream flows in the Platte remain constant during the critical spring spawning season. Regulating the flows in the canyon required Aurora’s and Denver’s help because flows there are largely determined by the water departments’ decisions upstream. Denver Water owns Eleven Mile Reservoir, which flows into the Platte, and Aurora owns Spinney Mountain Reservoir, which feeds Eleven Mile. Because it is a designated “drought reser-

voir,” the output from Eleven Mile into the Platte is based on what Aurora dumps from Spinney. If Aurora dumps too much, the Platte moves too fast and the young trout are rushed downstream just as they emerge from the egg. If the water level drops too quickly, fertilized eggs could be exposed and dry up on the banks. Spohn has been working on the canyon’s fishery for nine years, and in 2011 he noticed a troubling trend. After the fry numbers peaked at 1,088 in 2004, they fell steadily for the next several years, first to 421 in 2005 before bottoming out at just 23 in 2008. For years, wildlife biologists thought the fishery had rebounded from a rough few years in the 1990s because of a catch-and-

Jeff Spohn, an aquatic biologist for Colorado Division of Parks and WIldlife, points out spawning rainbow trout at Eleven Mile Reservoir dam. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

release mandate instituted there in 2000. But Spohn said after studying a mountain of statistics about stream flows, water temperatures and other factors, he realized the regulation helped, but it wasn’t the biggest issue on the river. “We really thought the special regulation was driving this fishery,” he said. “It’s not, it’s the stream-flow management.” With a pile of numbers in hand, Spohn approached Aurora and Denver and asked them to maintain a steady flow during some crucial times. If the river could stay at about 75 cubic feet per second, it would be ideal for spawning, he said. But job No. 1 for Aurora Water and Denver Water is making sure when someone turns on their tap or their sprinkler, a steady

stream comes pouring out — regardless of what that means for trout in the canyon. Sometimes that means more than 75 CFS, often as much as 200 CFS. “We can’t operate to the detriment of the citizens of Aurora,” said Brian Fitzpatrick, water resources manager for Aurora Water. And while Spohn’s focus is on improving the trout fishery in Eleven Mile Canyon, he knows that’s not Aurora’s chief concern. “Wildlife understands that Aurora’s job is to provide water to their customers in the city,” he said. That’s where Denver Water comes in. When Aurora slows the flow

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Spawning Success 1. Water from Spinney Mountain Reservoir, which is owned by Aurora Water, flows into Dream Stream, typically at rates varying from less than 75 cubic feet per second, to well over 200 feet per second. Last year, at the request of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, Aurora kept those flows steady at about 75 feet per second during the critical spawning season.

Aurora: 116 miles

2. Because Eleven Mile is a designated “drought reservoir,” Denver Water keeps its level steady unless a drought necessitates tapping the reservoir’s reserves. That means flows out of Eleven Mile into the South Platte river are based solely on what Aurora releases from Spinney.

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South Platte River

Spinney Mountain Reservoir

3. Fluctuating flows from Spinney in the past made spawning difficult for rainbow trout in the Platte — heavy flows washed eggs down stream, weak flows left eggs to dry on the banks. Constant flows from Spinney last year lead to a 300 percent spike in young trout after several years of decline.

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Eleven Mile Reservoir

A fly rod sits along South Platte river just below the Eleven Mile Reservoir dam. (Marla R. Keown/ Aurora Sentinel)

›› From the previous page from Spinney — often to levels well below what the city needs — Denver Water steps in and loans Aurora some water from Strontia Springs Reservoir. As soon as flows can be bumped up again, Aurora pays back Denver with water from other storage. So far, the agreement is helping the trout and providing ample water to the Front Range cities. “We’re working together to try to do both,” Spohn said. “And it’s working.” Last year, wildlife officials counted 299 “young of the year” rainbows in the upper canyon, up from just 70 in 2010 and the fourth-best year on record. Dave Bennett, water resource project manager for Denver Water, said the agreement is working out well for all three agencies, and the fish, too. “It’s really turning into a very special trout fishery,” he said. Lisa Darling, Aurora Water’s program manager for the South Platte River Basin, said she was thrilled to see the plan working well and expected it to continue. “I can’t see any reason why we can’t do programs like this in the future,” she said. “It’s a win-win for everyone, even the fish.” Spohn said the trout population in Eleven Mile Canyon is particularly important because it is a natural rainbow fishery. Almost all of the rainbow trout pulled from the South Platte in other areas were put there by Parks and Wildlife’s stocking program.

Only this stretch below Eleven Mile and another stretch below Cheesman Reservoir are natural. When Whirling Disease hit the Platte in the late 1990s, it decimated much of the rainbow population, killing off young fish throughout the river. The disease hit in Eleven Mile

It’s a rare fishery for the Platte and the rainbow trout population is in decline. That’s the whole reason why we’re doing this” JEFF SPOHN

Aquatic Biologist

Canyon, too, but Spohn said it didn’t have the devastating effects that it did elsewhere. “It’s low enough that these fish can survive,” he said. Having a natural trout population means Parks and Wildlife doesn’t have to undergo expensive stocking operations in the canyon the way they do elsewhere, he said. “It’s a rare fishery for the Platte and the rainbow trout population is in decline. That’s the whole reason why we’re doing this,” he said. The fishermen who make regular trips to Eleven Mile Canyon have a different reason for liking

the natural trout population there. “It’s a bigger challenge,” Bob Furman, 65, said as he cast a flashback pheasant tail fly into river. “I don’t want to catch stocked fish, I want to fool the smart ones. And they are smart here, believe me.” Furman, of Tribes Hill, New York, said he averages about 25 fish per day when he visits the canyon. By mid-day on an overcast Thursday last month, he said he’d already hooked 16. Hearing that the trout population had a bright future was welcome news to the fishermen who waded the frigid Platte that day. Joe Garcia, 32, said he makes the drive from his home in Denver down to the canyon west of Colorado Springs once every few months. It’s good to hear future years should have a sizeable trout population, he said. It’s also nice to hear government officials working together. “Especially in this era, I think it’s great,” he said as he and his father cast their flies. “You don’t hear of that too often.” For Spohn, getting the agreement in place wasn’t much of a challenge once Aurora and Denver officials understood how important the cities’ decisions were for the fish. “It was never a pointing finger type of deal, we just never had the knowledge,” he said. “Now we have the knowledge.” Reach reporter Brandon Johansson at 720-449-9040 or bjohansson@

Eleven Mile Canyon


The South Platte river below the Eleven Mile Reservoir dam is one of only two natural trout fisheries on the river. Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, Aurora Water and Denver Water are working together to make sure stream flows in the Platte remain constant during the critical spring spawning season. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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An unoccupied urban campground sits underneath a bridge near Sand Creek Trailhead and Park P May 8 in Aurora. Some in Aurora say they are worried a plan to crack down on â&#x201E;˘ urban campingâ&#x2C6;Ť in Denver will lead more homeless people to Aurora. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Plight of the homeless â&#x2013; â&#x2013; â&#x2013;  Denver urban camping ban could push homeless into Aurora, other metro communities, homeless officials say BY Y BRANDON JOHANSSON Staff Writer


ith Denver officials set to vote next week on a plan to ban ĂŹ urban camping,ĂŽ Aurora City Council is looking at how DenverĂ­ s plan could affect homelessness in Aurora. City CouncilĂ­ s Public Safety Committee is scheduled to disâ&#x2030; cuss the issue, but not for about a month. Although Aurora doesnĂ­ t have a general antiâ&#x2030;  camping ordinance that applies cityâ&#x2030;  wide, it does have policies that prohibit staying overâ&#x2030;  night in city parks and prohibit loiâ&#x2030;  tering overnight in the Colfax Corâ&#x2030;  ridor, according to City Attorney Charlie Richardson. Councilwoman Molly Markert said she doesnĂ­ t think homeless people from Denver will cross the border into Aurora if Denver City Council passes the ordinance. ĂŹ ThereĂ­ s nothing here for them,ĂŽ she said. She said she doesnĂ­ t think there are enough services to help AuroraĂ­ s homeless, there needs to be more of an emphasis on servicâ&#x2030;  es that help homeless people, both in Denver and Aurora. Local homeless advocates and some who live on the cityĂ­ s streets disagree with Markert and say they expect an influx of homeless people crossing Yosemite Street if Denver enacts the ban. And they worry that an inâ&#x2030;  crease in the cityĂ­ s homeless popuâ&#x2030;  lation could put a squeeze on local groups that serve the homeless. At Aurora Warms the Night, which gives hotel vouchers to homeless people on the coldest nights, executive director Mary Hupp said she expects a Denver ban to push some homeless east

across Yosemite, which divides the two cities. ĂŹ If we have different rules on one side of Yosemite, it may enâ&#x2030; courage a flow of people back and forth,ĂŽ she said. The topic points to the need for regional planning around issues like homelessness, Hupp said, so there arenĂ­ t different rules on dif difâ&#x2030;  ferent sides of the street. Hupp also said she is worried about the effect a camping ban could have on the newly homeless who donĂ­ t have many places to turn other than sleeping outside. Last year, 245 of the 333 adults Aurora Warms the Night helped were new clients Ăł that means people who had never been homeâ&#x2030;  less and sought the groupĂ­ s servicâ&#x2030;  es before. ĂŹ If there are laws outlawing livâ&#x2030;  ing on the streets, it may inflict on a person newly homeless not onâ&#x2030;  ly the trauma of having no place to be, but also an arrest record that will make their recovery even more difficult,ĂŽ she said. Some who live on AuroraĂ­ s streets say they expect a ban in Denver will mean a parade of homeless coming to Aurora. A 46â&#x2030;  yearâ&#x2030;  old man who asked that his name not be used said a Denver ban may mean fewer homeless in Downtown Denver, but more in other cities. ĂŹ ItĂ­ s just going to drive everyâ&#x2030;  body to the suburbs, its going to mess things up for everybody. There are plenty of us out here alâ&#x2030;  ready,ĂŽ said the man, who has been homeless eight years and spent the past two years in Aurora. Services for the homeless in Aurora are already limited to the hotelâ&#x2030;  voucher program, Comitis Crisis Center and Friends of St.

Andrew, he said. Adding to the homeless population will only make that worse. ĂŹ They are already strained and we can barely get services,ĂŽ he said. The man said he hopes if the homeless are pushed out of Denver, they pick a city besides Aurora. ĂŹ I hope they go to Lakewood or Englewood or Westminster,ĂŽ he said. ĂŹ But Colfax is the main drag, and people hang out where they know.ĂŽ

ÂŞ If there are laws outlawing living on the streets, it may infl ict on a person newly homeless not only the trauma of having no place to be, but also an arrest record that will make their recovery even more difficult.Âş MARY HUPP

Executive Director, Aurora Warms the Night

For several months, the city has been working on a program called ĂŹ Aurora @ HomeĂŽ that draws orâ&#x2030; ganizations together to address AuroraĂ­ s homeless problem. Orâ&#x2030;  ganizations included are the Auâ&#x2030;  rora Housing Authority, Aurora Mental Health Center, Arapahoe House and the Metro Community Provider Network. Aurora Sentinel reporter Sara Castellanos contributed to this report. Reach reporter Brandon Johansson at 720-449-9040 or bjohansson@


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Home on the Grange

Your weekly guide to the top events, concerts, games and activities taking place in the metro area. MUSIC Aurora Public Schools Vocal Music Festival, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 10, South Middle School auditorium, 12310 East Parkview Drive. Information: Details: The Vocal Music Festival includes a range of group and individual performances by Aurora Public Schools students.

Iconic hall ties Aurora' s cultural past to the present David McCord, Colorado State Grange member and former City of Aurora Planning Department employee, poses at the Victory Grange Hall at 2025 Tower Road, May 4 in Aurora. The building has been named a Cultural Heritage Site by the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission. A formal ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. on May 12. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) BY ADAM GOLDSTEIN Staff Writer


ith its squat office buildings and distri≠ bution centers, the land surrounding the Victory Grange Hall on Tower Road in northeast Aurora has a decidedly industrial feel. Ití s no surprise. The tracts and lots south of Interstate 70 and north of East Colfax Avenue are zoned largely as industrial land. Distribu≠ tion centers for local grocery store chains and office parks crowd this stretch of South Tower Road ñ it looks a lot like the stretches of land visible from the stretch of the high≠ way that runs through Aurora. The Grange Hall stands out, with its barrel≠ roof architecture and its shaded entryway. According to David McCord, the 1950s≠ era structure and its dis≠ tinctive design speaks of another chapter of the cityí s past. Victory Grange, a local chapter of the Col≠ orado State Grange fraternal orga≠ nization, built the hall in 1951 after years of fundraising. With its spa≠ cious dance hall, the structure was designed as a gathering place for the farmers and tradesmen who lived in the rural stretches of what was then unincorporated Arapahoe County and eastern Aurora. ì One of our early members from the 1950s was a chicken egg producer on East Colfax. Another gentleman was a carpenter,î said McCord, a retired employee of the cityí s Planning Department and a current Grange member. ì Dances and chicken dinners hosted by the Grange were sources of funding

that was used to pay for the build≠ ing. Some of the members were car car≠ penters ñ they built it and paid for the materials.î Tower Road looked very dif dif≠ ferent in those years, McCord explained on a recent Friday af af≠ ternoon. In addition to isolated farmhouses and homes, the large≠ ly rural area included the KOA ra≠ dio complex, Sky Ranch Airport and Emil≠ leneí s Steakhouse. The KOA radio tower gave the street its name; Emil≠ leneí s is still serv≠ ing steaks and spaghetti. When McCord moved to Colorado from Oregon, the Victory Grange Hall located at 2025 Tower Road was still on the fringes of the city. ì My parents came to visit here. My mother was a pianist and she played for one of the ceremonies here,î said McCord, who first visited the Aurora hall after he moved from Oregon in 1971. ì There are a lot of folks who came here who passed away ... a lot of ghosts,î he added as he walked through the buildingí s dance hall. The building has been restored over the years, but the floor still bears the scuff marks of generations of square dances, and the walls bear dozens of black≠ and≠ white photos from events through the decades. More than 60 years after a group of farmers, craftsmen and other Grange members came together to build a place for meetings, danc≠ es and social events, the Victory Grange Hall is set to become one of the cityí s Cultural Heritage Sites. In a ceremony planned for 10 a.m. on May 12, members of the Auro≠ ra Historic Preservation Commis≠

sion will unveil the first plaque of its kind of the buildingí s north wall. The award is a tribute to the Victory Grange Hallí s continued role in the community, as well as its status as one of Auroraí s rare architectural monuments. The recognition comes as the local Grange chapter struggles to remain relevant and attract new members. The organization is still largely geared toward the agricul≠ tural community, and McCord said the local chapter stresses commu≠ nity involvement, economic de≠ velopment and education. While the organizationí s numbers have dwindled locally since the Victory Grange Hall went up in 1951, the building remains an active site in northeast Aurora. ì The square dancers come once or twice a month. We rent to a num≠ ber of users, some of whom bring a whole orchestra or a DJ,î McCord said, adding that a Samoan Chris≠ tian congregation holds ceremonies in the main hall. ì We have birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries.î The hall stands along with the former Fitzsimons Army base and the Aurora Fox theater as one of the cityí s oldest landmarks, a physical relic of Auroraí s rural past. Unlike those sites, however, the Grange hall hasní t been rebuilt or rede≠ veloped. Apart from basic renova≠ tions, the structure has remained frozen in time, a snapshot of an era when Tower Road was a much dif dif≠ ferent place. Reach reporter Adam Goldstein at or 720-449-9707

Groove, 9 p.m., May 11, Zephyr Lounge, 11940 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. Information: 303-364-8981 or Details: Groove, the R&B duo featuring Wes Makey and Adele Price-Klein, will tackle a wide range of classic and contemporary artists from the genre, including Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Faith Hill, Lou Rawls and Usher. Catfish Cray Blues Band, 8 p.m., May 12, G’Ducks Bar and Grill, 15420 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora. Information: 303-693-7805. Details: The critically acclaimed ensemble led by Edd Kray brings its guitar-driven, edgy brand of blues to Aurora for a one-night-only show. Musicians Michele Steele, Ed Breazeale and Rich Sallee round out Catfish Cray’s sound.

Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, 7 p.m., May 13, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Lowry. Information: 303-830-9214 or tavernhg. com/soiled_dove. Details: Grammy nominated guitarist and vocalist Bill Kirchen can switch seamlessly between playing like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and a host of other legendary artists. That extensive skill set is clear in Kirchen’s live sets, with a mix of country, rock, Western swing, rockabilly and blues.

Deer Tick, 8 p.m., May 13, Bluebird Theatre, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Information: Details: Deer Tick brings their mix of blues, folk, Americana roots and distortiondrenched rock to the Bluebird in sup-


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COMING ATTRACTIONS Aurora' s youngest artists will explore the power and possibility of experimentation in the new exhibition at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, 1405 Florence St. The exhibition ™ Experiment∫ kicks off from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 11, and features work in a range of mediums by the gallery' s grade school students. The show also includes pieces by guest artists Rosane Volchan O' Conor and Gary Parkins. The exhibit runs until July 13. Information: or 303 367 5886.

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In pursuit of finer things, men finding fashion BY SAMANTHA CRITCHELL


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onĂ­ t be fooled by the old ĂŹ my girlfriend bought me thisĂŽ line. Fashion insiders say men are taking a keen interest in how they dress Ăł and that means develâ&#x2030; oping their own shopping habâ&#x2030;  its. The biggest difference in how they shop for clothes? Probably research Ăł and purpose. A Saturday at the shopping mall is not a highlight on most menĂ­ s calendars, says Tyler Thoreson, head of Gilt GroupeĂ­ s menswear editorial and creative divisions. Even when theyĂ­ re shopping onâ&#x2030;  line, theyĂ­ re not surfing many webâ&#x2030;  sites or coming back to them day after day, he says, but when they find something they like, they are passionate and potentially more loyal than women. Call shopping ĂŹ entertainmentĂŽ and theyĂ­ re not buying it, but deâ&#x2030;  scribing it as a ĂŹ hobbyĂŽ is someâ&#x2030;  thing else, he says. Men can ĂŹ geek outĂŽ when it comes to construction and even minutiae of a garment. ĂŹ IĂ­ m not just talking about a ĂŤ fashion guy.Ă­ For many men, your wardrobe is part of your program of discernâ&#x2030;  ment. TheyĂ­ ll learn about it like a car or a wine or a watch,ĂŽ Thoreâ&#x2030;  son says. ĂŹ Guys can be busting each otherĂ­ s chops in one breath and talking about soft construcâ&#x2030;  tion on the shoulder of a suit in the next. They love construction, specs. ItĂ­ s about whatĂ­ s under the hood.ĂŽ You now see men dressing for the life they want to lead and imâ&#x2030;  age they want to project, agrees Eric Jennings, vice president and fashion director of menswear for Saks Fifth Avenue. Shopping and, even worse, trying things on are necessary evils to get there. They go to stores on a mission and like to get it accomplished,


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A model is shown wearing a suit. Fashion insiders say men are taking a keen interest in how they dress â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that means developing their own shopping habits. (AP Photo/ he says. TheyĂ­ ll come in knowing exactly what they want and will buy in multiples. But, he adds, the modern customer is buying a broader range of products and sees a value in having knowledge about them. Paul Grangaard, CEO of shoe brand Allen Edmonds, says when it comes to fashion, men are huntâ&#x2030; ers and women are gatherers. Dif Difâ&#x2030;  ferent methods, different mentaliâ&#x2030;  ties, but both can end up with full closets, he says. ĂŹ Shopping is not a manĂ­ s faâ&#x2030;  vorite when itĂ­ s about waiting for women. ItĂ­ s not a leisure activity. Shopping for their own clothing isnĂ­ t their favorite place, either, but there is a renaissance Ăł itĂ­ s small but steady Ăł as men are inâ&#x2030;  terested in an upgrade,ĂŽ Jennings says. ĂŹ Coming out of the recesâ&#x2030;  sion, they know they have to take appearance more seriously. It can be that thing for a new job or a promotion.ĂŽ And, he adds, if theyĂ­ re dressâ&#x2030;  ing well during the week, itĂ­ s likely to become a habit on weekends.


ĂŹ Men travel in herds, and when itĂ­ s OK in your friendship group to care about how you look on the weekends, it spreads pretty quickly,ĂŽ observes Grangaard. ĂŹ Since the recession of 2008, youĂ­ re always networking. Men dress better for midweek coffees and lunches and on weekends beâ&#x2030; cause you never know who youĂ­ ll run into where. You always want to look secure, stable and reliâ&#x2030;  able.ĂŽ ItĂ­ s hard to do that in beatâ&#x2030;  up jeans and running shoes. Thoreson says he looks around midtown Manhattan and quite literally sees the change. You see men Ăł creative types and hipâ&#x2030;  sters, not just bankers, he stressâ&#x2030;  es Ăł voluntarily wearing ties. On GiltĂ­ s upscale Park & Bond webâ&#x2030;  site, for example, neckwear sales increased 33 percent in 2011 over the previous year. ĂŹ TheyĂ­ re wearâ&#x2030;  ing ties because they want to, not because they have to.ĂŽ Other booming items are pocket squares, Converse sneakâ&#x2030;  ers, tie bars and rope bracelets.

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heyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re young and old, doctors and churchgoers, gay and straight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and those are just the MEN who have devoured ohso-naughty â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shades of Grey,â&#x20AC;? an erotic trilogy that has earned millions of women fans in a matter of weeks. Reading on iPads and Kindles or hurriedly picking up the books in stores, some didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about the romance part, thinking the surprise best-sellers by newcomer E L James would be more â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Psychoâ&#x20AC;? than steamy Harlequin. Others knew exactly what they were getting into, buying into the buzz since Vintage Books bought the rights, shoring up a story that began as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? fan fiction and putting it out in handy trade paperback on April 3. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flogging and bondage and sex toys. And a steely control freak of a gazillionaire Christian Grey, a damaged sexual â&#x20AC;&#x153;dominantâ&#x20AC;? who enlists the virginal (not for long) college coed Anastasia Steele for rough-but-consensual role play. Jeremiah Wirth, a grad student and Iraqi war vet in Maine, said the opening book was nothing short of a life-changer. He read it on a business trip to â&#x20AC;&#x153;magicalâ&#x20AC;? Hawaii, returning home to Bangor a better man.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was away from my girlfriend. I was lonely and I was reading this book in this beautiful place and I thought it would be something fun and easy,â&#x20AC;? said the 26-year-old Kurt Vonnegut and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Warsâ&#x20AC;? fan, just a year younger than the fictional Grey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People hear about flogging and stuff like that in this book, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it. I became emotionally invested in the love story, especially from the femaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective. That was important to me, to put myself in Anaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoes. It was overwhelming, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget it,â&#x20AC;? Wirth said. He was moved to send James an email, â&#x20AC;&#x153;apologizing for assuming that your book was anything less than it is: wonderful.â&#x20AC;? And she responded, his deep interest surprising even her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;given that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit the demographic of the readership (women 17-100) but I am delighted that you enjoyed it.â&#x20AC;? T h e b o o k d i d n â&#x20AC;&#x2122; t s h a t te r 66-year-old David Shobin in Smithtown, N.Y. The semi-retired gynecologist and newbie romance reader who writes medical thrillers on the side picked up the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shadesâ&#x20AC;? to see for himself â&#x20AC;&#x153;what all the hullabaloo was about.â&#x20AC;? He liked it well enough and received hundreds of responses to a funny review he wrote on Amazon.

This combo made of book cover images provided by Vintage Books shows the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shades of Greyâ&#x20AC;? trilogy by best-selling author E L James. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re young and old, doctors and churchgoers, gay and straight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and those are just the MEN who have devoured oh-so-naughty â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shades of Grey,â&#x20AC;? a violent, erotic trilogy that has earned millions of women fans in a matter of weeks. (AP Photo/Vintage Books) â&#x20AC;&#x153;At my age, my arthritis flared up just reading about Anaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sexual gymnastics,â&#x20AC;? Shobin wrote, adding that her â&#x20AC;&#x153;pyrotechnic climaxes resembled repetitively watching porn: after a while, it leaves me bored and yawning.â&#x20AC;? He conceded a â&#x20AC;&#x153;definite infectiousness to the plotâ&#x20AC;? but found it hard to believe Ana had absolutely no sexual experience before literally stumbling into Greyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to interview him for her college newspaper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had an intellectual curiosity,â&#x20AC;? Shobin said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite know what to make of this sort of sexual activity but as a love story, it did succeed.â&#x20AC;? Will his wife be reading? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably not,â&#x20AC;? Shobin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told her a little bit about the bondage part and she showed very little interest in that, so it was a short conversation. She mainly reads memoirs.â&#x20AC;? John Puckett , who is gay, spared no superlative from San Dimas, Calif., where he works as a theatrical manager about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Usually preferring autobiography and true crime stories, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now reading all three â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shadesâ&#x20AC;? books for a second time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was pretty much hooked from the beginning,â&#x20AC;? said Puckett, 45. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It grabs ahold of you and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let go.â&#x20AC;? Most appealing, he said, is Greyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slowly unpeeled vulnerability, that â&#x20AC;&#x153;lost, hurt little boy who craves nothing more than to be deserving of unconditional love.â&#x20AC;? The books are flying off the shelves at the Books & Books stores in south Florida. James opens her first U.S. tour in Miami on Sunday. Movie rights have already been sold and the guessing game is on over who will play the lusty lead characters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I first found out about the books back in December, from men who wanted to buy them for their wives,â&#x20AC;? said Mitchell Kaplan, who owns the Florida stores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You really got the sense that these books are helping relationships in some way.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Mehmet Oz sees that potential, dedicating a recent show to exploring the books with an audience of women and, yes, men who have read them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This woman has gotten people talking about sex in a way that no one else could get them to talk

about it,â&#x20AC;? he said Tuesday night from the red carpet of a gala honoring Time magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 most influential people in the world â&#x20AC;&#x201D; James included with the likes of President Barack Obama and Rihanna. Are sex lives changing, marriages evolving? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not tying up their women. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about sadism,â&#x20AC;? Oz said of men drawn to the books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What it is about is people having an honest conversation about what sex should be like, what makes it feel better, what are the timing issues, how do we make it an important issue in our life rather than an afterthought. When the guys get into it I know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got something going.â&#x20AC;? James, a Londoner and former TV producer with two teen sons, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attend the event but has called the books her â&#x20AC;&#x153;mid-life crisis.â&#x20AC;? She replaced her original Twinames as her story jumped from free downloads promoted on fan sites to not-free e-books and hard copy from an Australian publisher, then finally Vintage, the paperback home to Toni Morrison and Albert Camus. Bob James, an ex-Marine and dad of four grown children, has heard of those two, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a regular romance reader and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twilightâ&#x20AC;? fan. He first read â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shadesâ&#x20AC;? when it was still fan fiction, coming across it on Facebook and a site for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twi-moms.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people who criticize it havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read it,â&#x20AC;? said the 50-yearold James, who is not related to the author. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They take things out of context and just pick the sex scenes out. I liked the romance. Ana is drawing him away from all the bondage stuff.â&#x20AC;? His wife, a regular volunteer at their church, rolled her eyes when he read her excerpts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but not the sex parts,â&#x20AC;? he said. Has he picked up any marital pointers from the attentive yet troubled Grey? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned that I do need to show more of a protective nature toward her in public,â&#x20AC;? said James, in Manassas, Va. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawing women to read it and it would behoove a man to know what that is.â&#x20AC;? Associated Press Writer Nicole Evatt in New York contributed to this report. Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at



Anything but simple, Arvada Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Twelfth Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is an easy crowd pleaser BY ADAM GOLDSTEIN Staff Writer


he struggle between revelry and reason can leave some pretty ugly casualties. For a comedy, William Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelfth Nightâ&#x20AC;? poses a number of fairly serious questions about excess, just as it leaves a few unsettling issues by the close of its final scene. Penned sometime in the late 16th or early 17th century, the piece stands apart from more straightforward comedies like â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dreamâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Comedy of Errors.â&#x20AC;? While many of the standard Elizabethan comedic structures come into play (a pair of separated twins, a long list of romantic confusions, the complex fallout from disguises and mistaken identity), the piece offers somber undertones and deeper questions about indulgence and virtue. That basic tension finds a central place in the production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelfth Night or What You Willâ&#x20AC;? currently running at the Arvada Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Box theater, a firstof-its-kind co-production with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Director Philip Sneed and a stellar cast find dynamic and compelling ways to neatly balance the deeper, philosophic issues of the piece with its more whimsical and romantic elements. Even as the characters fall in love, don disguises and reunite with long-lost family members, they also present weighty questions about excess and temperance, celebration and refrain.

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â&#x2DC;&#x2026; â&#x2DC;&#x2026; â&#x2DC;&#x2026; While physical pratfalls and Shakespearean wordplay form a big part of the humor, this productionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notable impact comes in its subtle touches. Sneed gives the action a contemporary feel and a sometimes bawdy flavor, all while remaining faithful to the multi-faceted brilliance of the text. A female character is disguised as a man and is secretly in love with a Duke; a countess falls for the twin brother of the woman disguised as a man. Such roundabout plot twists offer chances to explore the deeper romantic and sexual meaning of the text. Following an old dramatic tradition, this production switches the order of the first two scenes of the comedy, starting on the windswept shores of Illyria (presentday Albania) and a shipwreck. Viola (Kate Berry) has survived the wreck and, believing her twin brother Antonio (Josh Robinson) to be dead, she heads to the nearby court of the duke Orsino (Geoffrey

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37 YEARS Left: Scott Franke and his wife, Andy K Kyle, holding their adopted pet dog, Snarf in New Albany, Ind. Above: ASPCA CA animal behaviorists C testing a dog for food aggression by using a fake hand to assess the dog' s response in Joplin, Mo. (AP Photo/Scott Franke)

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narf was underweight with a heart murmur and a possible ulcer when he was rescued from a Kentucky puppy mill. He had hookworm, fleas and ticks, infections in his eyes and ears, red skin and patchy hair. The 10≠ year≠ old Japanese Chin wasní t house trained and didní t know how to play with people. He hardly seemed like anyoneí s idea of a pet. But thanks to several months of rehab, he is. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals set up a rehab center for Snarf and the other 117 dogs rescued in Octo≠ ber from a Kentucky puppy mill. The ASPCA is the only national animal welfare organization with a behavior team dedicated solely to rehabilitating cruelty and disaster victims. Last year, the anti≠ cruelty behavior team coordinated rehab for more than 1,200 cats and dogs.

These dogs have never had love or a forever home, so this is the fi rst time around for them.º ANDREA EA BLAIR

Director of communications for the Kentucky Humane Society

Many pets who end up in rehab are victims of abusive owners who have been arrested for dogfight≠ ing, hoarding or puppy mill viola≠ tions. Other animals survive natu≠ ral disasters. Snarf had been crated, isolated and used for breeding all his life be≠ fore he spent six months in rehab. His medical conditions were treated and he was taught how to socialize and play with humans and animals, how to walk on a leash and to urinate outside of his crate. Hoarded or mill dogs have been trapped in small spaces and denied human contact so they lack social skills and are often afraid of sights, sounds and experiences, said Pa≠ mela Reid, an animal behaviorist and vice president of the ASPCAí s anti≠ cruelty behavior team. Another rehab graduate is Tim≠ my, a 5≠ month≠ old dachshund born with a growth defect after the dogs were seized. The radius and ulna in both front legs are deformed, said Andrea Blair, director of communi≠ cations for the Kentucky Humane

Society, so Timmy appears to be running on his elbows. He also had surgery to repair a hernia. In foster care, heí s gained strength and muscle tone and now has a potential owner and an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. Can rehab save every animal? ì Saving depends on your defini≠ tion. We certainly save them from cruel and inhumane situations,î Reid said. ì There are medical cas≠ es where ití s more fair to the ani≠ mal to euthanize than to attempt treatment or treatment is not pos≠ sible and the quality of life they are suffering is too great.î In February, 692 cats were seized from Caboodle Ranch, an overwhelmed Florida sanctuary. At a temporary shelter in Jack≠ sonville, 13 cats were euthanized for severe medical problems, and treatments started for others. All of the cats got regular meals and visits from volunteers. Dogfighting and disasters can be more challenging. Fighting dogs might show aggression to≠ ward other animals, but appear sweet and friendly with people. Disasters each bring their own kind of fear. Reidí s behavior team watches how each dog reacts to pleasant greetings and unpleasant greet≠ ings. They watch as workers clip its nails, pull a burr from its fur, give it a toy and food and take them away. They expose the dog to a toddler≠ size doll and a life≠ size dog mannequin, scold it and watch it interact with other dogs. Behaviorists look for eye con≠ tact, posture, the dogí s tail and ears and what it does when it sees a person it knows. A dog has to do well with the doll before behaviorists will rec≠ ommend it for a home with chil≠ dren, Reid said. With puppy≠ mill, hoarding and disaster dogs, the emphasis is on new or frightening experiences. The behaviorist might put food down and then open an umbrella nearby. They watch the dog to see how long it takes it to recover and get back to the food or leave the food and go to the umbrella. ì Either is OK,î Reid said. ì Those that go into a corner and shut down are the ones we are con≠ cerned about.î Whatever their problems, you just have to keep working with animals, Reid said. Sometimes they will partner a troubled ani≠ mal with a friendly animal. ì Dogs

Snarf, the 10-year-old Japanese Chin in New Albany, Indiana. When the ASPCA CA took over his care, he C had severe dental problems. The ASPCA CA veterinarian removed all C his teeth except his lower left canine. (AP Photo/Scott Franke) are very good at picking up on the emotional state of their compan≠ ions,î Reid said. Many of the ASPCAí s shel≠ ter partners, including Kentucky, have full≠ time behaviorists who take over for Reid and her team. Every dog that arrives at the shel≠ ter, which places 6,000 animals a year, is evaluated for adoptability, Blair said. Puppy mill dogs are fairly easy to place, Blair said. They come with a lot of publicity and they arení t really second≠ chance pets, like most shelter animals. ì These dogs have never had love or a for≠ ever home, so this is the first time around for them.î Cats have more trouble adjust≠ ing, Reid said. They are more like≠ ly to hide than show aggression, so you have to spend more time with them. As for Snarf? In March, 65 of the rescued dogs, including Snarf, were sent to the Kentucky shelter. Almost all have been placed, Blair said. Scott Franke and his wife Andy Kyle, from New Albany, Ind., saw Snarfí s picture on the shelterí s website. ì When we went and saw him, it was love at first sight and we had to have him,î Franke said. In his new home for about a month, Snarf loves to curl up on the floor close to the couple. If they mention his (ASPCA≠ given) name, he raises his head and wags his tail. ì We hope to give him the happiest rest of his life we can,î Franke said.


ON STAGE â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Joy Luck Club,â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m., May 11 and 12; 2:30 p.m., May 12 and 13, Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Information: 303-856-7830 or vintagetheatre. com. Details: The Vintage Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut production at its new home in Aurora is the tale of several generations of Chinese American characters. Stories of daughters, mothers and grandmothers are the heart of the drama based on the novel by Amy Tan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amateur Night at the Big Heart,â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m., May 11 and May 12; 2 p.m. May 13, Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Information: 303-739-1970 or Details: Local playwright Terry Doddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy about a weekend in one Pueblo bar enters its final weekend of performances. Dodd, a Colorado native, based the work on his own experiences growing up in southern Colorado. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forever Plaid,â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m., May 11 and 12; 6:30 p.m. May 13, John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver. Information: 303-562-3232 or Details: The debut collaboration between the Firehouse and Spotlight theater companies runs for its final weekend at the John Hand Theatre in Lowry. The show features a fictional vocal group from the 1950s and a harmony-rich soundtrack of tunes from the era. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,â&#x20AC;? Information: 7 p.m., May 10, 11 and 12; 2 p.m., May 12, PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Information: 303805-6800 or Details: Christian Youth Theatre Denver adapts the tale of Millie Dillmount, a young woman who moves to New York in the Jazz Age. The production draws material from the film version of the same name, as well as the Broadway show. Dance to the Music performance, 6:30 p.m., May 16, PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Information: 303-805-6800 or Details: The On Pointe School of Dance presents dance routines by its top students in a show that spotlights favorites from Broadway shows.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day,â&#x20AC;? inspired by the 1980 Troma slasher flick of the same name, is notable for a chilling lead performance from Rebecca De Mornay and not much else. The home-invasion thriller from director Darren Lynn Bousman (who made the second, third and fourth â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sawâ&#x20AC;? movies as well as one of the worst films Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen in my life, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Repo! The Genetic Operaâ&#x20AC;?) takes us through all the obligatory steps of the genre: Bad guys enter, assert their dominance and pick people off one by one. The hostages make futile attempts to attack or escape but their actions arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as important as the structure itself, which is meant to serve as a crucible of human nature. That would be all well and good if the characters here were vaguely intriguing, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not even clichĂŠd types â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just sort of bland, and eventually theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re

ON DISPLAY Second Friday at the Aurora Arts District, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 11, Fletcher Plaza, 9898 E. Colfax Ave. Information: Details: The month showcase at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six-block stretch of galleries, theaters and restaurants along East Colfax Avenue in Original Aurora will have a musical theme for May. In addition to performances at Fletcher Plaza, this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art walk will include openings at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts gallery and the House of Flowers shop. FAMILY FUN

Crossing the Plains: Tales of Determination, 1 p.m., May 12, Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Ave. Information: 303-693-3621 or Details: Staff and historical re-enactors from the Plains Conservation Center detail the everyday lives of black homesteaders who made their homes on the plains in the 1800s. The event includes lectures and displays by The Dearfield Re-enactors, a group working to restore and preserve Deerfield, Colorado, an African American community established northeast of Denver in the 1800s. Registration is required. Poohâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Picks Cooking Class, 1 p.m., May 12, Expo Recreation Center, 10955 E. Exposition Ave. Information: 303-326-8630 or Details: This cooking course designed for kids ages 3 to 6 focuses on a menu pulled from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winnie the Poohâ&#x20AC;? books by A.A. Milne. The menu for the class includes honey cakes and parfait pots. The class runs $29 for Aurora residents.

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Once their cancer goes into reâ&#x2030; mission, about 25 percent of breast cancer patients see the disease come back within a few years. A new treatment being tested at the Anschutz Medical Campus aims to change that. Galena Biopharma is testing NeuVax, a breast cancer recurrence prevention therapy, at 100 hospiâ&#x2030;  tals across the country, including University of Colorado Hospital. Mark Ahn, CEO of Galena, said the drug attacks the tumorâ&#x2030;  proâ&#x2030;  ducing cells that are sometimes left over in a cancer patientĂ­ s body after the disease goes into remisâ&#x2030;  sion. In many cases, those cells are the same cells that caused the initial illness, but they are sequesâ&#x2030;  tered or occult, making them hard for doctors to see. Ahn said in many cases, the cells cause a second round of canâ&#x2030;  cer, sometimes in a different part of the womanĂ­ s body. Ahn said the treatment is imâ&#x2030;  portant because after doctors use the best science available to sucâ&#x2030;  cessfully treat the disease, they and the patient are left waiting for a possible recurrence. ĂŹ Instead of waiting around for you to have a recurrence of that same breast cancer in the breast or in other places in the body, letĂ­ s keep her in full remission by wipâ&#x2030;  ing out any of these individual cells that might be occult or sequestered in the body,ĂŽ he said. NeuVax targets cancer in womâ&#x2030;  en, particularly breast cancer. The treatment works by essenâ&#x2030;  tially training the bodyĂ­ s immune system to attack those occult cells, killing them before they can cause cancer again. ĂŹ Instead of just looking around for general things that are bad in the body, they are looking for one thing, that is a tumor cell,ĂŽ he said in an interview last week from the companyĂ­ s Oregon headquarters.

The treatment is relatively easy on the patients, too, Ahn said, with a vaccination in the thigh under the skin, followed by a booster once a month for six months and once evâ&#x2030; ery six months after that. ĂŹ ItĂ­ s a very simple, very well tolâ&#x2030;  erated vaccine,ĂŽ he said. Diane Altenburg, 64, of Springâ&#x2030;  field, Va. took the vaccine as part of a trial after a second bout with breast cancer a few years ago. Other than some drowsiness af afâ&#x2030;  ter the initial injection, Altenburg said there were no side effects. Altenburg said she encourages other cancer patients to participate in the trial. ĂŹ Think about how you are helpâ&#x2030;  ing the next person. ItĂ­ s a way of paying back of getting rid of the disease,ĂŽ she said. Ahn said that in a recent trial, Galena tested the drug on 187 peoâ&#x2030;  ple. Over 36 months, none of the patients using NeuVax had a recurâ&#x2030;  rence. Among the patients in the placebo group that wasnĂ­ t treated with NeuVax, 23 percent had a reâ&#x2030;  currence, he said. In the current trial, which is in its enrollment phase, Galena is testing the drug on 700 patients at 36 hospitals in the United States and 100 worldwide. Ahn said that if everything goes well, Galena could apply to the FDA for final approval within 12 to 18 months. Dr. Virginia F. Borges, direcâ&#x2030;  tor of the Young WomenĂ­ s Breast Cancer Translational Program at University of Colorado is leading the trial at the University of Coloâ&#x2030;  rado Cancer Center. Borges said that while she is foâ&#x2030;  cused on young cancer patients, the trial is open to a broad range of patients. Doctors hope to enroll as many women as possible in the trial, she said. Reach reporter Brandon Johansson at 720-449-9040 or

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Federal drug regulators afâ&#x2030; firmed landmark study results showing that a popular HIVâ&#x2030;  fighting pill can also help healthy people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS in the first place. While the pill appears safe and ef efâ&#x2030;  fective for prevention, scientists stressed that it only works when taken on a daily basis. The Food and Drug Adminisâ&#x2030;  tration will hold a meeting Thursâ&#x2030;  day to discuss whether Truvada should be approved for people who are at risk of contracting HIV through sexual intercourse. FDA reviewers conclude that taking Truvada preâ&#x2030;  emptively could spare patients ĂŹ infection with a serious and lifeâ&#x2030;  threatenâ&#x2030; 

ing illness that requires lifelong treatment.ĂŽ Despite the positive results, reviewers said that patients must be diligent about taking the pill every day. Adherence to the medâ&#x2030; ication was less than perfect in clinical trials, and reviewers said that patients in the real world may forget to take their medicaâ&#x2030;  tion even more than those in clinâ&#x2030;  ical studies. First announced in 2010, Truâ&#x2030;  vadaĂ­ s preventive ability was hailed as a breakthrough in the 30â&#x2030;  year campaign against the AIDS epidemic. A threeâ&#x2030;  year study found that daily doses cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men by 44 percent, when accompanied by condoms and counseling.


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ical for them,ĂŽ he said. He said the Anschutz Medical Campus emâ&#x2030; ploys such a large number of peoâ&#x2030;  ple that itĂ­ s important for residents of other cities who work there to have easy access to the campus. But the struggle will be conâ&#x2030;  vincing voters who donĂ­ t use public transportation that buildâ&#x2030;  ing out the rest of the project is important. ĂŹ Younger people tend to see the connection more than the older generation,ĂŽ he said. When itĂ­ s complete, the Iâ&#x2030;  225 Corridor will be a 10.5â&#x2030;  mile light rail transit line that will travel mainly through Aurora. ItĂ­ ll conâ&#x2030;  nect the existing Southeast Light RailĂ­ s Nine Mile Station with the planned East CorridorĂ­ s Peoria/ Smith Station and will include eight stations. Infrastructure and roadway imâ&#x2030;  provements are set to begin in Auâ&#x2030;  rora starting May 11. The Coloraâ&#x2030;  do Department of Transportation approved a $42.8 million contract in April, awarded to Centennialâ&#x2030;  based SEMA Construction that includes the widening of Interâ&#x2030; 

state 225 between East Mississipâ&#x2030; pi Avenue and South Parker Road. The construction project will also replace the Yale Street bridge, which will eventually accommoâ&#x2030;  date FasTracks light rail improveâ&#x2030;  ments like a light rail station at East Iliff Avenue and Blackhawk Street, where 600 surface parking spaces are currently planned. The rest of AuroraĂ­ s Iâ&#x2030;  225 light rail project could be completed sooner than anticipated if RTD accepts a proposal by a contracâ&#x2030;  tor. Last month, Kiewit Infraâ&#x2030;  structure Company submitted an unsolicited proposal to build out the rest of the Iâ&#x2030;  225 Rail Line. A Request For Proposals was reâ&#x2030;  leased earlier this week, and RTD Spokeswoman Pauletta Tonilas said other companies are slated to submit proposals as well. ĂŹ There have been a lot of folks who have been following our project that touch base with us on a regular basis and are eager to have opportunities on Fasâ&#x2030;  Tracks,ĂŽ she said. Reach reporter Sara Castellanos at 720-449-9036 or

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Aurora resident and retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jay Corbett was instrumental in the passage of House Bill 1162 which created the Operation Desert Storm license plate for veterans of the war like Corbett. The license plate will be available for veterans to purchase in a couple of years. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) helped boost the economy. The Legislature this year was mostly focused on removing cumâ&#x2030; bersome barriers for the private sector and boosting job creation, said state Rep. Cindy Acree, Râ&#x2030;  Aurora. ĂŹ It was about how we identify and act on the things that get in the way of businesses being able to be productive and grow so we can hire employees,ĂŽ she said. ĂŹ That was by far the biggest challenge this year.ĂŽ State Sen. Morgan Carroll, Dâ&#x2030;  Auâ&#x2030;  rora, agreed that the focus of the session was job creation. But she said there were some instances where partisan politics prevented bills from getting passed. ĂŹ ThereĂ­ s no doubt that everyâ&#x2030;  body came to the session talking about trying to kickâ&#x2030;  start our local economy and get people back to work, but the followâ&#x2030;  through on that was a bit disappointing,ĂŽ Carâ&#x2030;  roll said. Acree said she was glad that there were no new cuts to educaâ&#x2030;  tion in the budget this year. ĂŹ ThatĂ­ s huge,ĂŽ she said. AcreeĂ­ s proudest accomplishâ&#x2030;  ment this year was passing what she calls ĂŹ the biggest regulatory reform bill in decades,ĂŽ House Bill 1008. The bill requires executive branch agencies to notify members of the Legislature of any rules that result in increases in fees or fines. It also gives people the opportuniâ&#x2030;  ty to attend a public hearing to give comment on the proposed rules. These range from rules governing stateâ&#x2030;  based organizations like the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Energy. ĂŹ They have to show that they involved stakeholders in the proâ&#x2030;  cess of developing those rules,ĂŽ she said. She also passed House Bill 1326 that would encourage the state board to raise the monthly standard assistance for the old age pension from $699 to $725. It also funds a program for dental care for those who are eligible under old age pension, and expands the proâ&#x2030;  gram to cover people 60 years of age or older with a family income that doesnĂ­ t exceed 135 percent of the federal poverty level. A couple of bills that Carroll claimed would stimulate economâ&#x2030;  ic development failed this year.

Those included a bill that would limit the use of credit scoring in hiring and employment decisions, and the bill that would create a loâ&#x2030; cal database and smart phone apâ&#x2030;  plication through the Office of Economic Development that culls locally owned businesses that offer goods and services. That bill would have made it easier for customers to search for and purchase from loâ&#x2030;  cally owned businesses. Carroll did pass a few bills in the civil justice arena, including Senate Bill 56 that will ensure that courtâ&#x2030;  appointees in cases involving childrenĂ­ s best interests are independent, neutral and do not have conflicts of interâ&#x2030;  est or existing relationships with any of the parties. Carroll was a coâ&#x2030;  sponsor of a second civil justice bill, House Bill 1233, that was recently signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. It extends the option of parties completing a legal separation without the need for a court appearance if no chilâ&#x2030;  dren are involved. That will save about 1,000 hearings per year, as well as time and money for the parâ&#x2030;  ties involved, she said. A bill sponsored by Carroll that would make stricter regulations on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas drilling was pending as of May 9 and will most likely be postponed indefinitely. State Rep. Su Ryden also tried to pass a bill that would have inâ&#x2030;  creased the distance allowed from oil and gas wells to schools and homes. That bill failed, but Ryden said the outcome wasnĂ­ t all that bad. ĂŹ We got the ball rolling and got the attention of the stateĂ­ s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission,ĂŽ Ryden said. ĂŹ They are now holding hearings on the issues and hopeâ&#x2030;  fully theyĂ­ ll come up with better alternatives.ĂŽ Ryden helped pass House Bill 1270 this year that will affect about 8,000 small businesses in the state. The bill allows business owners to purchase $2,000 worth of alcoholic beverages from a reâ&#x2030;  tailer rather than a licensed alcoâ&#x2030;  hol beverage wholesaler, instead of the current $1,000 cap. Another license plate bill simiâ&#x2030;  lar to ToddĂ­ s that was passed out of

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Police continued to investigate this week a May 3 stabbing on an RTD bus that left one man dead and another injured. Aaron Bishop, 38, was stabbed to death when he and another man got into a dispute with a third man on a bus near Smoky Hill Road and South Chambers Road. Police have not released the name of the man who stabbed Bishop and no arrests have been made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The investigation remains very active and there have been no arrests made or charges filed at this time,â&#x20AC;? police said in a statement. According to police, the incident happened around 4:40 p.m. May 3. The dispute continued from the back of the bus to the front, where Bishop and the man he was with fought with the third man, shoving him against the bus windshield and causing it to break out. Police say the third man stabbed Bishop and the other man during the altercation. Bishop died at an area hospital, police said the other injured man is expected to survive. The man who stabbed Bishop remained at the scene and was later taken to police headquarters for questioning, police said. A police spokeswoman said Wednesday that detectives continued to interview witnesses but no decision on possible charges had been made. According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records, Bishop had never been arrested before in Colorado.

Cops kill man wielding shotgun Police officers shot and killed a shotgun-wielding man last week after they say he fired the gun at a garage and refused orders to drop it. The man, Zbigniew Sapun, was shot around 11 p.m. Friday near East 28th Avenue and Atchison Street, police said. According to a statement from Aurora police, officers responded to the area on a report of shots fired. Officers in the area on another call heard the shots and also responded. When they arrived, police found Sapun in a detached garage in the 2700 block of Atchison. A service door at the garage had what appeared to be two shotgun blasts in

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş (STATE CAPITOL), from 26 the Capitol this year was one sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Aurora. House Bill 1295 will allow people to purchase a Colorado Rockies license plate, with the proceeds going toward the two charities the baseball team supports. The bill was signed in early April, on the Rockiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opening day at Co-

That kind of punishment is like using an atom bomb to try to address the killing of a fruit fly,â&#x20AC;? she said in March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a little bit too extreme.â&#x20AC;? REP. RHONDA FIELDS, D-AURORA On House Bill 1213

ors Field. Priola also helped pass a bill this year that strengthens laws on roofing contractors who often solicit business from homeowners whose roofs have been damaged by storms. Senate Bill 038 requires a roofing contractor to sign a written contract with the customer with details including: the cost of services, the scope of roofing services and materials to be provided, the date of service, and the rooferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy regarding cancellation of services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This helps reign in storm chasing roofers that rip off consumers and drive up insurance rates,â&#x20AC;? Priola said. Another proposal that Priola was proud of passing was House

Joint Resolution 1017, that will rename a portion of Highway 36 as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buffalo Highway.â&#x20AC;? There were a few bills that Priola sponsored that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it out of both chambers, including a bill that would have allowed all-terrain vehicles on dirt roads and one that would give financial incentives in the form of property tax breaks to companies who promise to bring significant, increased economic activity. Priola said lawmakers this year focused on how they were spending money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We looked to be good stewards of the Colorado taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where we could, we streamlined regulation and created a better environment for job creation.â&#x20AC;? State legislators this year spent less money on corrections because crime statistics are decreasing steadily, Priola said. State Sen. Nancy Spence, RCentennial, said this year, lawmakers worked on a bipartisan level on boosting the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The theme, as it was last year and since the recession hit Colorado, has been about jobs and creating jobs in a positive climate for new companies to locate in Colorado,â&#x20AC;? she said. Spence, who is term-limited in both the House and Senate, spent much of her time at the Capitol pushing education bills. She said the most significant one that passed was House Bill 1238, the Colorado Early Literacy Act. It states that when a student with a significant reading deficiency is identified in kindergarten or first through third grade, teachers

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houses or community corrections facilities. The bill, House Bill 1213, is a measure to reform sentencing, Fields said. Currently, if someone escapes from a jail, halfway house or community corrections center and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third felony offense within the last 10 years, the judge is required to give the person three times the sentence. Therefore, if a prisoner tries to escape, his or her sentence could amount to up to 36 years, Fields said. For those inmates who may have committed drug-related crimes instead of more serious, violent crimes, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fair, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That kind of punishment is like using an atom bomb to try to address the killing of a fruit fly,â&#x20AC;? she said in March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a little bit too extreme.â&#x20AC;? She said she was frustrated and disappointed this year with the amount of time spent at the Legislature debating bills related to guns. Two pro-gun bills were introduced early this year that were backed by the National Rifle Association, both of which were postponed indefinitely. State Rep. David Balmer, RCentennial, passed House Bill 1117 that allows a local government to permit the collection of charitable donations from motorists on a certain number of days per calendar year. He also passed House Resolution 1003 that calls a convention for proposing an amendment to repeal the federal â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.â&#x20AC;? Another bill, House Bill 1332, would prohibit people from being an anesthesiologist assistant without a license issued by the Colorado medical board. The bill was still

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Walter Cornell graduated from the Community College of Aurora, May 5. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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alter Correll only needs to look as far as the slips of paper stuck on the door of his fridge for a daily dose of inspiration. ThereĂ­ s a quote from Mickey Rooney at the age of 89: ĂŹ If you say you can, you can.ĂŽ One slip bears words meant to inspire acâ&#x2030; ademic success and physical fitâ&#x2030;  ness: ĂŹ Totally disciplined, totalâ&#x2030;  ly dedicated, totally committed.ĂŽ Another reads: ĂŹ Never look to the ground for your step. Greatness belongs to those who look to the horizon.ĂŽ Correll, age 83, takes every one of these words seriously. In fact, he credits their daily repetition as a key in his graduation this week from the Community College of Aurora. ĂŹ IĂ­ ve got these on my refrigeraâ&#x2030;  tor door, and I look at these every day, every week ... My philosophy is that if a person puts their mind to it, you can always improve yourself,ĂŽ Correll said the day beâ&#x2030;  fore he walked across the stage at the Arapahoe Fairgrounds to reâ&#x2030;  ceive his certificate in computers and office administration. ĂŹ Older people should go back to college ... I remember all the hard work I did last year, all of the perseverance it took. IĂ­ m proud of myself.ĂŽ ItĂ­ s not the first challenge Corâ&#x2030;  rell has successfully faced in his 83 years. HeĂ­ s a veteran of the Koâ&#x2030;  rean War, the father of two grown children and the grandfather of

two high school students living in California. HeĂ­ s a former profesâ&#x2030; sional photographer, sales repreâ&#x2030;  sentative and security guard. Still, he sees his time at CCA, his spotless academic record and his hardâ&#x2030;  won certification as a new high point on his resuâ&#x2030;  mĂ&#x2C6; . The achievement came with plenty of work Ăą Correll attended classes every week, haunted the schoolĂ­ s computer lab on his off days and worked oneâ&#x2030;  onâ&#x2030;  one with his instructors. ĂŹ When I started my computer classes, I started with the top levâ&#x2030;  el. I jumped into the comprehenâ&#x2030;  sive classes,ĂŽ Correll said, adding that he completed computer keyâ&#x2030;  boarding, Windows 7, Excel, Powâ&#x2030;  er Point, Word and other classes. ĂŹ They were hard ... They went into real close detail. But I just wanted to better myself.ĂŽ

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That same philosophy drives Correll to work out in the gym on a weekly basis; itĂ­ s been the driver in getting him to establish plans for his life after school. ĂŹ This is up there. IĂ­ d say being a father would be number one, college would be number two and my time in military on the U.S.S. Boxer aircraft carrier is number three,ĂŽ Correll said. ĂŹ Now, I would love to try to get a job with CCA,ĂŽ he added, explaining that a post in the schoolĂ­ s administrative of ofâ&#x2030; fices would be ideal. Reach reporter Adam Goldstein at or 720-449-9707

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irstâ&#x2030; year medical stuâ&#x2030;  dent Alexander Connelly walked into his anatomy class a few months ago feeling intimidated and a little frightâ&#x2030;  ened by the human body that lay in front of him. Connelly and three of his peers mulled over who should be the first to lift the sheet off the cadaver, which was placed on a stainless steel table. ĂŹ I was hesitant to approach or touch him,ĂŽ Connelly told a crowd of more than 200 peoâ&#x2030;  ple on May 4 at the University of Colorado HospitalĂ­ s annual Donor Memorial Ceremony. ĂŹ I felt as if he would sit up and scold me for trying to approach him with a scalpel.ĂŽ Over time, Connelly said the nervousness subsided, and the group of lab students began to feel a deep, personal connecâ&#x2030;  tion to the anonymous body. ĂŹ I began wondering what his life would have been, and as I wondered more and more, he progressed in my mind from an educational instrument to becoming one of my greatest teachers,ĂŽ Connelly said. Family members of those who donated their bodies to science listened intently to ConnellyĂ­ s words at the emoâ&#x2030;  tional Donor Memorial Service, as their tears, and the tears of students, flowed freely. Students and family memâ&#x2030;  bers spoke of the significance of donors to the medical comâ&#x2030;  munity. ĂŹ The power of (the donorĂ­ s) decision is far greater than many of us initially realize,ĂŽ Connelly said. About 130 to 150 bodies are donated for instruction at the University of Colorado Hospiâ&#x2030;  tal annually. Between four and eight students are assigned to each body. Thirteen bodies are used for firstâ&#x2030;  year dental students, 22 for medical stuâ&#x2030;  dents, and 28 for the firstâ&#x2030;  and secondâ&#x2030;  year physical therapy programs. Many details of the donor bodyĂ­ s life are withheld from the students, including their names. N o r m a l l y, s t u d e n t s o n â&#x2030;  ly know the donorĂ­ s age and cause of death. ItĂ­ s not unusual for students to develop strong bonds with the donor body. Three other medical stuâ&#x2030;  dents took the stage at the Donor Memorial Service and shared their poignant encounâ&#x2030;  ters with bodies in their anatoâ&#x2030;  my courses. Luke Swank, a secondâ&#x2030;  year

medical student who wants to become a physicianĂ­ s assistant, said his group named their doâ&#x2030; nor body ĂŹ Gigi.ĂŽ ĂŹ A huge sense of love grew for this wonderful lady,ĂŽ Swank said. Swank read aloud a letter he wrote to Gigi at the end of his class. ĂŹ YouĂ­ ve given a gift that will keep on giving,ĂŽ he wrote in the letter. ĂŹ My knowledge of the human body was increased infinitely due to that gift, and hopefully due to that knowlâ&#x2030;  edge, I can improve othersĂ­ lives.ĂŽ For Corbyn Wierzbinski, a secondâ&#x2030;  year medical student in the physical therapy program, working with a cadaver helped her form a deep appreciation for the human body. ĂŹ Life leaves marks upon the body, and to understand the marks, we have to appreciâ&#x2030;  ate the life,ĂŽ she said. ĂŹ It was amazing to learn so much from someone I did not know.ĂŽ Fa m i l i e s o f d o n o rs we re so touched by the studentsĂ­ speeches that they felt comâ&#x2030;  pelled to share stories as well. Russell Smith, a Denver resâ&#x2030;  ident, said his motherĂ­ s dying wish was that her body be used for medical research. Decades ago, Russell startâ&#x2030;  ed junior college as a preâ&#x2030;  med major, and took a human anatâ&#x2030;  omy class himself. ĂŹ The human body makes the space shuttle look like a Tinker Toy,ĂŽ he said. He was impressed with the studentsĂ­ respect for the bodâ&#x2030;  ies. RussellĂ­ s mother, who died of cancer, was born in 1921 and raised three sons. Russell deâ&#x2030;  scribed her as a ĂŹ vibrant redâ&#x2030;  headĂŽ who was so strikingly beautiful that she stopped traf trafâ&#x2030;  fic. ĂŹ When you find a young laâ&#x2030;  dy with two replaced knees and who had a mastectomy, picture that body with vibrant red hair, green eyes, and a smile that would dazzle you,ĂŽ he said. Aurora resident Elizabeth Meyer, whose uncle donated his body, said he was an inherâ&#x2030;  ently generous person. Sounds of laughter resounded through the room as she told the audiâ&#x2030;  ence that after she got engaged, her uncle wanted to help her look for wedding dresses. ĂŹ I pulled up to the driveway at about 8:55 and thereĂ­ s Unâ&#x2030;  cle Allen out there, dressed in a shirt and tie, ready to go wedâ&#x2030;  dingâ&#x2030;  dress shopping with me,ĂŽ she said. The man was a teacher in both life and death. ĂŹ His legacy continues on toâ&#x2030;  day,ĂŽ Meyer said. To learn how to donate your body, visit: CellDevelopmentalBiology/anatomicalboard/Pages/default.aspx Reach reporter Sara Castellanos at 720-449-9036 or

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The vegetable is a quick cure for much if not most of our health problems. BY DONALD KAUL

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f you invented a pill that offers long life, good health, and a body to be proud of, you’d make a fortune. Bottles would fly off the shelves. Suggest a change in behavior that achieved the same result, however, and what do you get? Catcalls, derisive comments, and rude emails. Such was Michelle Obama’s reward when she launched her “Let’s Move” campaign more than two years ago. All she did was recommend feeding our kids better meals — fewer sweets, more vegetables, less calories — combined with more exercise. You would have thought she’d advocated giving the little dears rat poison for lunch. Sarah Palin was characteristically obnoxious in her response, flaunting her passion for s’mores (that chocolate bar-toasted marshmallow-graham cracker horror) while she mocked the First Lady for attempting to substitute the judgment of the “Nanny State” for that of parents. Even for her, it was dumb. After all, Let’s Move addresses a real issue: the super-sizing of our children. Studies have estimated that nearly one in five of our young people are obese and more than a third of them are overweight. Apparently we’re raising a generation of young-

sters who think the basic food groups are fat, salt, and sugar, and that changing the battery in your Gameboy is exercise. This isn’t merely a recipe for being fat; it’s an invitation to diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, asthma, and even cancer. Actually, the main problem with Mrs. Obama’s efforts is that they’re too timid. If you really want to make the nation healthier, you have to declare war on American agriculture in general and meat in particular. There are mountains of persuasive research that indicate a plant-based diet is far, far healthier than the meatbased model. Studies have found that a little meat is better for you than a lot, no meat is better than a little, and a vegan diet — no meat, fish, eggs, or dairy products (in others words, 90 percent of the farm economy) — is best of all. Good luck trying to sell that one. The Bad Food lobby is one of the most powerful in Washington, up there with guns and oil. Any suggestion that our toxic agricultural industry is less than noble will bring instant political extinction. (Can you imagine a politician trying to win Iowa on a vegan platform? A gay atheist would have a better chance.) I myself am a vegan of sorts and I’m here to tell you that it’s not an easy life. You’re OK when you can cook your own food (re-

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ally), but going out is hard. Most restaurants offer very limited, unappetizing fare for people who don’t eat meat or dairy. Grocery stores, while better than they used to be, still aren’t great. And you have to get used to that sickening silence on the other end of the line when you tell the person who’s inviting you to dinner that you don’t eat meat, cheese, fish, soup made from beef stock, or anything else he or she was planning to cook. The way I handle that is…I cheat. I’ll order fish in a restaurant and eat what I’m served in someone else’s home. And when I go to a ballgame, I declare hotdogs a vegetable for the day. Mostly, though, I’m a vegan. Why not? Catholics, for example, profess a high moral standard but still sin from time to time. That doesn’t mean they’re not Catholics; it simply means they’re human. As a matter of fact, I’m thinking of starting a Church of the Holy Vegetable and offering online confession booths to vegans who fall off the wagon from time to time. They could confess, be assigned a small penance, and receive absolution. The life of a vegan is hard enough without walking around feeling guilty all of the time. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Mich. otherwords. org

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ne more time. State House leaders won’t get away with dodge-and-stalling tactics as the clock ran out on the state legislative session this week, and Gov. John Hickenlooper is right on the mark for calling them back to finish work on important issues. Republican House leaders trying to thwart a final House vote on a controversial civil unions bill, which would grant some legal rights to Coloradans in homosexual relationships, were able to pull off the stunt as the session ended. But only for now. Hickenlooper has promised to call them back in special session, spending money the state really doesn’t have, to do work that should and could have been done this week. The most controversial measure, and what prompted the sophomoric stunt, is whether to grant gays and lesbians some sort of rights enjoyed by married couples. Those in homosexual relationships have long been treated as second-class citizens under current law, unable to be assured of handling the matters of an ill or dead loved one in the same way married couples can. The measure, headed to the House floor for a final vote, was certain to win. Colorado gay rights activist Tim Gill said it best in a statement about the GOP exploit. “It is unfortunate that Republican leaders chose to ignore the many personal stories of committed, loving couples who simply want to be treated fairly under our laws,” Gill said. “Using parliamentary gimmicks to kill the civil unions bill does not represent the Colorado that we all know and love.” Now, it’s certain to win in an expensive special session that should cost House leaders their jobs for such a reprehensible hoax. Besides the gay rights bill, the stunt prevented several other important measures from final consideration, including a critical bill giving school officials more flexibility in dealing with students who run afoul of Colorado’s inane zero-tolerance weapons law. That law requires mandatory school expulsion for bringing just about any kind of weapon to school. Well-meaning kids have been punished for bringing to school sharp but benign instruments to eat their school lunches, toys and even wooden mock rifles meant for ROTC practice. School officials have long begged for a change that would continue to make it illegal to bring dangerous items to school, but allow common sense to rule the day when unintentional things happen. That measure, too, was set for final passage in the House, tripped up by GOP House leadership shenanigans. It is they who should pay the tens of thousands of dollars it will cost taxpayers to bring lawmakers back into session to complete work that was done. This ill-conceived plot should be a warning to future lawmakers since it will do nothing in the end to prevent the majority of exercising its legal will. And instead, the antics will certainly cost those involved and possibly several in the Republican Party for acting out the role of the spoilsport.

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James Treibeirt, a materials handler for the Preservation and Access Service center for Colorado Academic Libraries (PASCAL), scans government documents at Anschutz Medical Campus. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Michael Kelty keeps track of endless books, papers, films and records that area universities just can’t do without BY ADAM GOLDSTEIN Staff Writer


ook spines, vinyl jackets and film canisters whizzed by in a blur as Michael Kelty steered the lift truck through the massive warehouse’s narrow aisles. The lift’s platform rose 30 feet before Kelty applied the brakes. He stopped at the top of one of the dozens of identical racks lined with books of all shapes and sizes in one of the bays of the Preservation and Access Service Center for Colorado Academic Libraries, or PASCAL for short. Located in an unremarkable building on the eastern end of the Anschutz Medical Campus, the center holds about 1.8 million books, films and records from universities across the state. The University of Colorado School of Medicine, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Denver and the schools centered at the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver all have materials stored in the building’s two cavernous bays, where the temperature is a constant 55 degrees and the humidity is a precise 35 percent. A complex sprinkler system lines the bays’ columns and their lofty ceilings. As he navigated the massive lift truck – also known as an order picker – through the rows and rows of densely packed racks, Kel-

ty, it seemed, knew exactly where he was headed. “I like organizing things. When you get 5,000 books coming in, I kind of like the fact that I get to choose where I go,” said Kelty, manager of the PASCAL facility. “I don’t have to worry about patrons coming and messing them up.” Organizational skills are a must for a storage center that takes in an average of 200,000 new items a year and up to 2,000 items on particularly busy days. The center also receives more than a hundred demands for scans, loans and other services on any given day.


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“On a typical day I scan 300 to 8,000 (pieces),” said James Treibeirt, a materials handler at the center. He spoke as he checked in government documents from CU Boulder into the PASCAL computer system. “The most I’ve scanned

in a day was 1,300 or 1,400 ... I prefer sorting and scanning books and sending them digitally.” Even as more casual readers turn to e-readers and the Internet, academic libraries still cling to their collections of books, records and even laserdiscs, Kelty said. “Libraries are still afraid to throw stuff away,” Kelty said. “You can see, the University of Colorado, they save everything,” he added, gesturing at the towering shelves. That policy extends to bound journals, 16 millimeter film canisters, oversized art books and fragile volumes from the late 19th century. In a specific section of the center’s first bank of shelves nicknamed “SLAP” (Special Location At PASCAL), Kelty pulled out a cardboard box bearing a volume titled “Pinks and Blues” with a publication date of 1873. As he turned the pages with gloved fingers, the University of Colorado’s embossed stamp was visible on one of the front pages. “We have to be more careful when we know it’s special collections ... Everything that comes to SLAP is sent down in a special container by their own courier,” Kelty said. “Boulder sends down their own courier every day to pick up material. Patrons demand it. They don’t want to wait two days. They wanted everything to stay on campus, but there’s just no room

Michael Kelty, manager of the Preservation and Access Service center for Colorado Academic Libraries (PASCAL) roams through the 30-foot-tall bookshelves at Anschutz Medical Campus. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) up there any more.” Kelty and the other two fulltime staff members at PASCAL sort books and other articles according to size and shape, following a precise system formalized in the 1980s at the first storage site of its kind built at Harvard University. That storage center in Massachusetts became the model for copycat buildings across the state, Kelty said; at the time, it was a giant leap forward in the technology of preservation. “They’re all Harvard-style depositories,” he said, referring to the network of about 50 PASCALlike centers across the country. “The first one was built in 1986. It’s still a relatively young field, but it’s getting old fast because of technology. They’re still building them, but I don’t think it’s a good field to get into.” An increasingly digitized world isn’t the only threat to PASCAL. When the storage center went up in 2001, the former Fitzsimons Army hospital was relatively undeveloped. The University of Colorado School of Medicine, the University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado and the other institutions that would end up moving to Aurora were still on the other end of town. More than a decade later, PASCAL’s real estate has become

much more valuable. As the Anschutz Medical Campus built up around PASCAL, the center had to fight to hang onto the building and get permission to build a second bay, after the first hit capacity about three years ago. “We were here before most of these buildings were here. That’s why it was built here, because there was state-owned space,” Kelty said. “Now, we’re storing all of these books on land that’s too valuable for that purpose. We had to bring our lawyers in and show that the state had set this land aside for that purpose.” That purpose goes beyond books. The PASCAL site holds the entire collection of CU film professor Stan Brakhage. It holds the archives of former Colorado Senator and current U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The shelves devoted to vinyls hold complete symphonic collections, as well as records by pop acts like Peter, Paul and Mary. “I think everyone who works in libraries feels the nostalgia,” Kelty said. “But something is changing. I think electronic documents are eating into our circulation. It’s not that I mind, it’s less work for us.” Reach reporter Adam Goldstein at or 720-449-9707

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The Class 5A and 4A girls state tennis tournaments both run May 10-12, with the 5A group at Gates Tennis Center in Denver and 4A at Pueblo City Park. Two Aurora singles players and one doubles team compete in 5A, while all three singles players and three doubles teams qualified for Regis Jesuit in its last season in 4A. Play begins at 9 a.m. all three days, with championships and thirdplace matches on May 12. Baseball districts are scheduled for May 12, with four Aurora teams alive and seeking berths in the double-elimination Class 5A championship series. Grandview got the No. 2 seed among the 32 district qualifiers and play host to District 5. The Wolves face another Aurora team — No. 31 Rangeview — at 10 a.m., the same time third-seeded Regis Jesuit plays host to Northglenn in District 7 action. Cherokee Trail is at District 8 at Dakota Ridge. Regis Jesuit is the site of all four boys lacrosse quarterfinals on May 12, with the Raiders getting another shot against rival Kent Denver among four top contests. Times are to be decided by the CHSAA. Visit for schedule updates. Boys swimming championship meets run May 11-May 12, with the Centennial League in action at Smoky Hill High School, the EMAC set at Gateway and the Continental League at Heritage. All finals are May 12, with the EMAC going at 12:30 p.m. and the Centennial and Continental leagues at 3 p.m. The Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse team plays at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the 2nd round of the state playoffs against Durango or Ralston Valley. Girls soccer quarterfinals are May 12, with Smoky Hill, Rangeview and Grandview potentially playing if they win first-round games on May 9. Visit for schedule updates. Take 2 for the Regis Jesuit and 4A Metro West girls golf regional is May 14, with the Raiders returning to the West Woods Golf Club for a 7:30 a.m. tee time after they were washed out May 7. The Centennial League track & field championships conclude at 10 a.m. May 12 at Stutler Bowl, where Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill take shots at league titles and getting a final chance to post times or marks need to make the state meet. — Sentinel reports

Top: Regis Jesuit girls tennis coach Kollman Gearhart pumps up his No. 2 doubles team during the third-place match at the Class 4A Region 1 tournament May 4 at Colorado Academy. Above: Regis Jesuit freshman Haley Chirico returns a shot during the third set of her 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Colorado Academy’s Kate Chenney in the No. 2 singles championship match n Denver. Chirico is a part of Regis Jesuit’s state-qualifying contingent that includes all three singles players and three doubles teams. (Photos by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

INSPIRED RAIDERS SET FOR 4A STATE TOURNEY Regis Jesuit girls tennis coach introduces players to courageous student, who helps lift their play at regional tournament BY COURTNEY OAKES

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hen the Regis Jesuit girls tennis team took the courts at Colorado Academy, it didn’t seem so intimidating given what it had heard earlier in the week. Suddenly the opponents they were going to face with trips to the Class 4A state tennis tournament on the line didn’t seem so tough, especially considering Peyton Palmero’s plight. In the final weeks of the season, head coach Kollman Gearhart — a private tennis instructor — introduced the Raiders to one of his pupils, Palermo, a 7th-grader from Parker who was ready to play in her first tournament since her seventh surgery on a brain tumor at Children’s Hospital Colorado. At the age of 5, Palermo un-

derwent her first surgery on a brain tumor and for the past seven years has continued her battle with six more at Children’s Hospital Colorado. H e r co u ra ge a n d re s o l ve prompted Gearhart to share her story with his team. “We made this season and this last couple of weeks not about our team, but a about a specific individual, Peyton,” Gearhart said. Palermo was going to come to a Regis Jesuit practice the week of regionals, but rain doused that plan. Instead, Gearhart put her on speakerphone to address the Raiders ahead of their biggest tournament of the season. “It was neat to hear her advice, and I asked her ‘do you have any suggestions for these guys on how to prepare for the match’,” Gearhart said. “She talked a lot

about persevering and how even though she can be perceived as someone who has limitations, the sky is the limit. “She’s coming back from a lot of things that a lot of people said she couldn’t come back from, so why can’t we go out able-bodied and give our full effort?” What Palmero said topped any pep-talk Gearhart could have delivered and her message seemed to boost the Raiders through some trying times at regionals. Regis Jesuit overcame a variety of obstacles to qualify three singles players and three doubles teams for the May 10-12 4A state tournament at Pueblo City Park. Though they had their threeyear run of regional team championships snapped by Colorado Academy, singles players Shelby Cerkovnik (No. 1), Haley Chirico

(No. 2) and Amanda Lilly (No. 3) plus doubles teams Kerbi Brisch and Lilly Iacino (No. 1), Jordan Stemper and Rachel Williams (No. 3) and Erica Dodson and Anna Finch (No. 4) all moved on. Lilly lost in the No. 3 singles championship match and fell behind by a set in her playback, but didn’t let her first state chance slip, rallying to win the final two sets. Meanwhile, Chirico overcame an experienced senior and a daunting environment to win the No. 2 singles title. “I was really nervous because it was my first regional, but I’m just happy to be here and represent Regis,” Chirico said after her 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Colorado Academy’s Kate Chenney. Brisch won the state championship at No. 1 doubles in each of the past two seasons with graduated partner Megan Harrison, but

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Cherokee Trail sophomore Alexandria Linville has gone 7-1 this season with a black headband pinned up with two bobby-pins and she’ll try to keep the streak going in her first trip to the Class 5A girls state tennis tournament May 10-12 at the Gates Tennis Center. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) BY COURTNEY OAKES Staff Writer


lexandria Linville knows all about persistence, and she’s just a sophomore. Following the lead of her idol Maria Sharapova, the Cherokee Trail tennis standout overcame an injury of her own — a knee strain that required surgery — earlier in the year to go 7-1 in Centennial League play. Linville, 15, then toughed her way to win a 3-hour, 45-minute match in grueling conditions at the Class 5A Region 1 tournament at Cherry Creek High School, earning a spot in the 5A girls state tennis tournament May 10-12 at Gates Tennis Center. Off the tennis court, Linville has a 3.95 GPA and is involved in the school’s International Baccalaureate program.

What’s the best piece of advice ever given to you in sports or in life? The best piece of advice ever given to me in my sports is “Hang in there!” No matter how far down you are in a tennis match, you never give up. Are you a leader? If so, what do you think makes a good leader in yourself or others? I do believe that I am a leader. The qualities that make myself a good leader in myself and others is that I always have a bright outlook on things, and I am not easily frustrated. I always keep a calm composure. Do you have any quirks or superstitions when it comes to your sport or in life in general? Every tennis match that I play, I have to wear my black head-band

pinned up with two bobby-pins. I know it sounds funny, but I went 7-1 with that hair-do. Other than sports, do you have another true passion in life and if so, what is it and why? My other true passion in life is reading. I love to read a good book; I often times read a 300400 page book in one day if it’s a really good book. What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? I see myself studying to become a Pediatric Oncologist (Children’s Cancer doctor). For all of Linville’s answers, please visit

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eung Ha Choi doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like Aurora Hills Golf Course, but she sure can play it. Navigating the course where sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll try to defend her Class 5A state championship in two weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one she admittedly isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fond of â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Overland senior finished with a 1-under-par 71 during the 5A Metro East Regional, May 8, good enough for medalist honors in a loaded field that included all the Centennial League teams and a sprinkling of others. Despite a late bogey with one hole to play, Choi finished a shot Overland senior Seung Ha Choi ahead of Arapahoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Claudia Da- lines up her putt on hole No. 1 at vis and two in front of the Cherry Aurora Hills Golf Course during Creek duo of Callie Ringsby and the 5A Metro East Regional girls Shinwoo Lee. golf tournament on May 8. The The Trailblazers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t register defending 5A state champ took a team score as only two of their medalist honors with a 1-under 71 four players finished their rounds, and led three Aurora qualifiers for but both made the May 21-22 5A the May 21-22 state tournament. state tournament field, as sophomore Soleil Worthy was the last (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel) round on May 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; lost in the 2nd golfer in with an 85 to join Choi. Eaglecrest junior Jamie Grif- round for the 2nd straight season. Â&#x161;J^[=hWdZl_[mXWi[XWbbj[Wc fin struggled with the putter, but still was comfortably above the cut thumped Centennial League with an 83. Griffin qualified for her champion Cherry Creek 10-3 on May 5, pounding out 17 hits to third straight trip to state. Aurora Central, Gateway, Hin- snap the Bruinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 13-game winning streak. kley and Rangeview in Grandview (17-2, 12-2 the 5A Metro West and WEEK PAST in league) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which manRegis Jesuit in the 4A aged just one hit when Metro West had their the teams played previously â&#x20AC;&#x201D; got rounds canceled by rain on May 7. Â&#x161;J^[H[]_i@[ik_jXeoibWYheii[ an inside-the-park solo home run team snapped a three-game win- by Jackson Peitzmeier as part of a ning streak in a big way on May 8, three-hit day, a feat matched by Recruising past Cherokee Trail 17-2 ece Weber and Jordan Rousselle. Michael Tanner took care of in a 2nd round state playoff game the pitching, dealing 7 innings of at Lou Kellogg Stadium. Ryan Ball (6 goals, 1 assist) and five-hit baseball. Â&#x161;J^[Iceao>_bbXeoibWYheii[ Logan Stelzner (3 goals, 7 assists) combined for six goals alone for the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first postseason trip since sixth-seeded and defending state 2008 ended in the first round, as champion Raiders (13-5), who won the 21st-seeded Buffs were tripped for the first time since April 20 to up 15-7 by Wheat Ridge on May 5 at Trailblazer Stadium. make the May 12 quarterfinals. Vinny Cardella and Hunter Cherokee Trail, which got goals from Dylan Duresky and Sterling Gillespie each scored twice for Huff, finished with a school-record Smoky Hill (7-9). 13 wins on the season. The Cougars â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who beat Littleton 13-9 in the first â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş Continued on page 37

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will try to stay on top with Iacino. The duo has dominated most of the season, with the exception of a 6â&#x2030; 1, 6â&#x2030;  2 loss to Cheyenne Mountain in the Cherry Creek Tournament. Brisch is hoping for another shot against the Indians, but is just looking forward to her last prep tournament. ĂŹ I donĂ­ t think I have any presâ&#x2030;  sure going on right now; IĂ­ ve done so well these past two years, that I just want to have a fun senior year at state,ĂŽ Brisch said.

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Scholars Eleven students from the Class of 2012 can breathe a little easier when thinking about paying for college. These students have earned the Daniels Fund Scholarship. The Daniels Fund selects high school seniors who have demonstrated strong character and a determination to succeed in life. The scholarship covers all required tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and a variety of other miscellaneous expenses. Two of these seniors have earned a prestigious honor only few can attain. Aurora Central students Shiva Sapkota and Tsion Shiferaw earned both Daniels Fund and Gates Millennium scholarships. Shiva Sapkota

The Gates Millennium Scholarship recognizes students with outstanding academic performance. It covers unmet financial need to attend any college or university. Winning both financial awards is no easy task. Sapkota and Shiferaw plan to attend the University of Colorado Boulder, majoring in premed and mechanical engineering, respectively. In addition to Sapkota and Shiferaw, Aurora Central senior Ivonne Ramirez is also a Gates Scholar this year.

Tsion Shiferaw

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Aurora Central Mayra Lizeth Coronado Garcia Kevin Dominguez Shiva Sapkota Tsion Shiferaw Joseph Soto




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