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Janet Nunn is a watercolor artist who lives on Lookout Mountain. Nunn has been teaching at the Foothills Art Center for about 15 years. Last year, she won Best of Colorado at the Golden Fine Arts Festival and will return to the festival again this year. COURTESY PHOTO
Watercolor artist and teacher About me I’ve lived on Lookout Mountain for 11 years, and before that, I lived in Lakewood for 20 years. My father was in the Air Force, so I was a military brat. We traveled all over. But I ended up at UNC for college and never left Colorado. I have been married to my husband Tip for 37 years. We raised one son, Austin, who now travels the world for his work. I enjoy golfing and gardening. I have a good sized garden that is perfect for me. I grow everything — lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, squash. I’ve been a golfer for a long time. I golf with a ladies group at Fossil Trace and another one at Fox Hollow. Painting whatever is in front of me I am a watercolorist. My inspiration comes from all over — sometimes it’s my family or a trip I take. I have paintings of my cats and the scenery outside my home studio. I’m just about to start a painting of Clear Creek. Whatever is in front of me gets painted. I paint with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. Watercolors are so spontaneous and these particular ones are bright and fun to use. And they are made here in Golden, so it’s a Golden product I get to show all over. I’ve been doing the Golden Fine Arts Festival for five or six years. Last year I won Best of Colorado, so I’ll be back again this year. I sell notecards at Baby Doe’s and other gift shops all over Denvermetro. I also have an online presence at www. janetnunnwatercolors.com. It runs in the family My grandmother was an art teacher. We were
always doing art in my family — crafts, drawing, sketching. After I graduated college, I started taking art classes all over and I loved it. Then I started teaching — showing people how to paint. I’ve been teaching at the Foothills Art Center for about 15 years. But I also teach all over — the Arvada Center and a number of other venues in Colorado. I just came back from teaching in California, and I’m about to go to Arizona to teach to a class. You get a wide variety of people that come to classes. It’s fun to meet so many people. Every time I have a class, it’s a great energy of people learning how to paint. Artwork is a release, a journal. It helps you cope with the things that go on in the world or in your life. Everybody has a different way of sharing themselves with the world, and mine is through my artwork. If you have suggestions for My Name Is..., contact Christy Steadman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-7th District, is inviting all Vietnam-era veterans to be honored at a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony on March 24. All Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are encouraged to participate. The commemoration does not distinguish between veterans who served in-country, in-theater or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. The deadline to fill out the required application for participation in the event is March 1. All Vietnam-era veterans in Colorado are eligible to receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin, which can be awarded posthumously. For more information or to fill out the application electronically, visit www.perlmutter.house. gov. A direct link to the application is also available: https://form.jotform.com/70095317447155. Additional questions can be answered by calling 303-274-7944. The Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony coincides with Vietnam Veterans Day, which is celebrated annually on March 29.
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What’s happening at the Stenger Sports Complex STAFF REPORT
Normally a city irrigation project doesn’t merit much attention, but when that irrigation project is taking place in one of the most utilized and visible soccer complexes along the Front Range, it’s sure to generate questions. The 70-acre Stenger Sports Complex, located at 12000 W. 58th Ave. in Arvada, is undergoing a significant renovation to its irrigation system. This $1.2
million project includes the construction of a new pump station including a building enclosure, drainage improvements, and the replacement of the irrigation system which is over 30 years old. The Stenger Sports Complex is a regional sports facility with 32 athletic fields in play. It attracts more than a million visitors a year and serves as an integral part of a major sports facility that also includes the adjacent Lutz Sports Complex and the re-
cently constructed Apex Park and Recreation District Field House. The scope of this irrigation project will create some scheduling changes and possibly negatively affect playing conditions. The City of Arvada is working closely with the contractor, CTM Inc., Apex Park and Recreation, Edge Soccer, and other stakeholders to minimize impacts to the public as much as possible. Construction is anticipated to be completed by mid summer 2017.
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Peck and Swanon will stay open for now
Jeffco board debated long into the night on fate of five schools BY SHANNA FORTIER SFORTIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Jeffco Board of Education will move forward with closing Pleasant View Elementary School in Golden next school year. Other schools that had been considered for closure — Peck Elementary in Arvada, Pennington Elementary in Wheat Ridge, Stober Elementary in Lakewood, and Swanson Elementary in Arvada — will stay open. “The most difficult decision any school district makes is a school closure,” said board member Ali Lasell. “I’m not looking forward to any closures.” The five elementary schools in Jefferson County were placed on a possible closure list following the Jan. 26 Board of Education budget cut discussion. The board made decisions on how to move forward at the Feb. 9 meeting, which drew 150 public speakers. The closure recommendations come after the the board named teacher compensation as its number one priority following the failure of ballot measures 3A/3B on November’s
Peck Elementary parents gather outside the Jeffco Schools building before the Feb. 9 board meeting. The Jeffco Board of Education voted around 11 p.m. to keep the school open. SHANNA FORTIER ballot. The proposed closures were part of an effort to save between $20 million and $25 million, with the goal of spending that amount on attracting and retraining high-quality educators. Jeffco teacher salaries average about $10,000 less than their peers in surrounding districts. Closing all five elementary schools would have given the school district an ongoing savings of $3.5 million. Just closing Pleasant View — a school named on the closure list last year also — will save the district $662,742 each year. The board decision not to move the shift of sixth-graders to middle school next year ahead of schedule, opens up money in the budget to allow some
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schools to stay open, board member Amanda Stevens said. Pleasant View The school board voted unanimously to move forward with the closure of Pleasant View Elementary in Golden. Students from Pleasant View will be reallocated to Shelton and Welchester Elementary Schools for the 2017-18 school year. The board approved of spending one-time dollars to place mental health support staff at each absorbing school to help students adjust during the transition year. The Pleasant View school building on W. 10th Ave. is 67 years old, the oldest of all schools on this year’s closure
list. It has a facility condition index rating of 29 percent — a fair rating. This was the third time in six years the school was named for possible closure. Previously, repeated outcry from the community had kept the school open. “They were loud and clear last year that they didn’t want their school closed,” Lasell said. “I regret to say that their enrollment continues to drop. Just being on a closure list that will happen. So I’m concerned about that.” Low enrollment and aging building conditions were cited as the main reasons this school specifically was targeted for closure. Enrollment at Pleasant View suffered going into the 2016-17 school year — a total of 222 students enrolled at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, the lowest number since 2000. Because Pleasant View serves such a large percentage of low-income students, it receives federal monies as a Title 1 school, a designation that means many of its students come from low-income households and need additional resources to ensure academic success. For 2015-16, 67.2 percent of Pleasant View students were on a free lunch program and 10.5 percent were on a reduced lunch program. Only 55 of the 294 students were not eligible for free SEE CLOSURE, P5
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Sixth-grade shift does not move ahead of schedule School board affirmed original plan to move to6-8 model in fall 2018 BY SHANNA FORTIER SFORTIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Sixth graders in Arvada and Wheat Ridge articulation areas will stay at elementary school in the fall — following Jeffco Board of Education’s original plan. At the Feb. 9 board of education meeting, Superintendent Dan McMinimee recommended that the board not accelerate the shift of sixth graders in Arvada and Wheat Ridge. This was an amendment to the staff ’s original recommendation given on Jan. 26 that those areas be shifted in the fall. “We have had strong push back on
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or reduced lunch assistance. There was concern from the board about ensuring that these students still receive the extra programming and funding to make them successful when the filter into new schools. The Golden community provides support in several ways to the school. Pleasant View recently launched a Fresh Food Pantry through a partnership with The Action Center of Jefferson County and the Golden Backpack Program — a program that provides a weekend’s worth of food for any child in need that opts in. Through the 21st Century Community Learning Grant, Pleasant View is able to offer free before and after school enrichment clubs. In addition, Golden Tutoring & Enrichment’s MATHrive, an extracurricular academic workshop meant to boost and enrich students’ math skills, is available for free at Pleasant View thanks to a grant from the Golden Schools Foundation. The next step in the closure process is to freeze enrollment, hold teacher and staff meetings and begin parent meetings. In March, the district will
the proposal to speed up moving sixth graders to middle schools,” Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee said inja prepared statement Feb. 9. “Parents, staff and principals have told us our original plan to move in the fall of 2018 is the plan that they prefer. Board President Mitchell pointed out that speeding up moving sixth graders might create an integrity issue. That is the last thing we want to do as we continue to rebuild trust in our community.” The Chatfield articulation area, including the gifted and talented center program for Ken Caryl Middle School, will shift to the 6-8 model in the 2017-18 school year as planned. “I’m fully in favor of not accel the timeline,” said board member Ali Lasell. “I am in favor of the middle school philosophy, but I want every middle school to be a viable option for our feeders.”
On June 16, 2016 as part of the finalizing of the Facilities Master Plan, the Board approved that Jefferson County Public Schools would move toward a K-5 and 6-8 elementary and middle school configuration generally, with exceptions. One of those exceptions is Chatfield. At the Feb. 9 board meeting, the board voted to reaffirm that original June decision with no accelerations to the plan and to seek more community engagement. Five of Jefferson County School’s 17 middle schools already include sixth-graders on campus: Bell Middle in Golden, Deer Creek in Littleton, Evergreen Middle, Falcon Bluffs in Chatfield, and West Jefferson in Conifer. The district also has three K-8 schools, which will remain as they are, according to the district’s plans. Metro area districts that already have a K-5 model include Adams
12 Five Star, Boulder Valley Public Schools, Cherry Creek Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, Douglas County Public Schools and Littleton Public Schools. The reconfiguration of middle schools in Jefferson County to include sixth grade is a key initiative in what school district officials describe as a way to better utilize existing facilities, alleviate overcrowding at the elementary school level and give students more educational and recreational opportunities. Jeffco officials said positives from the shift include more time for students to build middle school relationships, more programming options and student support for sixth graders and increased capacity at elementary schools. Negatives of the shift sited by Jeffco include teacher credential and license implications, and variation in student achievement.
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Swanson was first named to the closure list at a study session on Jan. 26, not allowing school staff or parents much time to prepare for the possible closure. “We learned of the proposal less than an house before the study session,” Kendra Geise, a Swanson Elementary teacher of 20 years, told the board. There was a consensus by the board that two weeks is not enough time to ready a community to close and the the process must be revisited.
Once again, performance and process were the main reasons the board voted unanimously to keep Peck open next year. “Peck is a high-performing school and I can’t reconcile in my mind closing a high performing school,” Rupert said. “It’s so difficult to achieve a high level of performance. It takes a mixture of leadership, staff, community — and all those things have to work together for the school to be successful. I don’t think we can be cavalier about duplicating that success.” Rupert continued saying, “I don’t want to put at risk successful schools or successful programs on the backs of compensation decisions for educators.” Peck has some enrollment and facilities challenges, Stevens said, but for her, they weren’t significant enough to vote for the school to close. “There was a process issue wth Peck because it wasn’t part of the facility master plan,” Stevens said. Mitchell agreed adding, “The simple fact is this is not enough time for us to make this kind of decision to close Peck Elementary. I think we need to look at our process. We need to do some things that can improve the conversation and make it more meaningful.”
Swanson The board voted unanimously to keep Swanson Elementary in Arvada open. “Swanson is a place that my whole family calls home,” Brenna WascherRea told the Jeffco board of education through tears at the Feb. 9 meeting. “A place that welcomes families with open arms — something I didn’t experience in another district.” The sentiments were the same from 31 public speaker representing the 53 year old school in North East Arvada school. “If Swanson closes not only will you be breaking up a school and community, you will be breaking up a family,” Samantha Arnold, Swanson alumnae and parent told the board. The decision to keep Swanson open rested on two things: high performance and the process in which they were named to the closure list. “I believe it is hard to be a high performing school and I consider growth to be an indicator of high performing and these guys do it,” Lasell said, adding that moving an entire community elsewhere would not offer the same environment.
Peck The Peck community showed an overwhelming amount of support for its school at the Feb. 9 meeting, with 22 speakers and even more in attendance. Each one pleaded with the board to look at Peck as more than a building, — but as a family. “Please treat our kids as more than just bodies that can be shifted from school to school,” Jessica Kenne asked the board. “Please treat our school as the community they are.” Peck has been serving students in North Arvada for 51 years. It takes $5.32 per square foot to maintain — the cheapest per square foot of all five schools on the closure list.
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Jeffco sets salary for new superintendent search An online tool will gather community feedback BY SHANNA FORTIER SFORTIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
The Jefferson County Board of Education set the advertised base salary for its new superintendent at $300,000. “Three hundred does seem like a lot, but I absolutely want the best,” said board member Ali Lasell. The salary advertisement came from a recommendation from Gary Ray, president of Ray & Associates — the consulting firm hired by the district to aid in the search. “I know that takes peoples breath away,” Ray said of the $300,000 proposed salary. “If you keep the salary low, then you might be the training ground for superintendents.” Ray presented the board with data from similar sized districts throughout the country that placed the average Superintendent salary for 2017-18 at $326,120.
TO COMMENT Jefferson County Public Schools has aksed thecommunity to offer input on the upcoming selection of a new superintendent. The survey can be found at www. jeffcopublicschools.org/.
Current Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s contract with Jeffco Schools lists his base salary as $220,000 with up to an additional $40,000 of performance pay bonuses. His contract expires June 30, and the Board voted Jan. McMinimee 12 not to renew that contract, but instead move forward with a national superintendent search. Board members voted Jan. 12, to engage in a search for a new superintendent and not renew McMinimee, whose contact expires in July. McMinimee became superintendent of Jeffco Schools in July 2014, replacing longtime
Superintendent Cindy Stevenson. An original district timeline on hiring a new Jeffco Schools Superintendent had a finalist being selected in May. However, the Jeffco Board of Education felt that was too far away. Board President Ron Mitchell requested that the final selection be moved up to April. “I would be in favor of that,” Lasell said. “I would like to have the largest candidate pool that we can.” The next step in the search process is to get the community involved. An online survey seeking community input on the qualities desired in a superintended launched Feb. 9. The school board will also be asked to take the same survey, said Amy Weber, chief human resources officer for Jeffco Schools. “I believe our board is absolutely committed to an open transparent process in hiring a new superintendent,” said board president Ron Mitchell. “Our goal here is to select the strongest leader we can find moving Jeffco forward.”
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Outreach Program’s Academies for Young Minds summer camps is now open. Academies for Young Minds is designed for students entering the second through eighth grades in the 2017-18 school year. The camps encourage children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving skills by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities. Thirteen different camps are offered this year. Dates vary for each camp, but the season begins in June and lasts through the first week of August. Duration of the camps is half days for four days. Students may choose to attend a morning or afternoon session or two different camps on the same day. All camps take place on the Colorado School of Mines campus, 1500 Illinois St., in Golden. To learn more about the Academies for Young Minds camps or Mines’ K-12 Student Outreach Program, visit http://students. csmspace.com.
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Art show inspires students to keep creating ‘Art for the Young at Heart’ is on display until March 15 BY SHANNA FORTIER SFORTIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
The work of 120 student artists from 12 North Jefferson County elementary schools is on display alongside work from artists age 50 and up in a collaborative show at the Community Recreation Center. “Art for the Young at Heart” opened to the public Feb. 6, and will be on display until March 15. “I’m really excited that I got to be here,” said Arianna Roberts Garcia, fourth grade student at Swanson Elementary in Arvada. Her copper art piece was one of 10 pieces chosen from her school to be displayed. The collaborative show has been happening for over 30 years and is sponsored by the Scientific Cultural Facilities District. “The art teachers really back the program and make an effort to showcase their student artwork,” said Laura Schwenker, recreation coordinator at the center. Schwenker added that the show is also about recogniz-
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS Jefferson Academy Little Elementary Lukas Elementary Meiklejohn Elementary Parr Elementary Peck Elementary Secrest Elementary Semper Elementary Sierra Elementary Sott Elementary Swanson Elementary Weber Elementary ing students who enjoy art and showing that can continue through your entire life. “It’s really neat for the elementary students to see that art continues as an adult,” said Shannon Sage, art teacher at Weber Elementary in Arvada. “That’s why I like to participate in this show every year, because it mixes the student artwork with the adult artwork. The students can be inspired to see the adults.” The works of adult Apex artists in the show were judged. The winners are: Best in Show, Maryann Cooper; first place, Donna Frazzini; second Place, Ilona Heibert; third place, Bette Needham; and honorable mentions, Ginger Hein and Jenise Rains.
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VOICES Important to remember, love can make you lose your head
wo days ago, we all celebrated, in typically gaudy secular fashion, the Feast of St. Valentine. Well, I suppose, most of us, or, many of us celebrated — I’m sure there are some out there who did not so much celebrate as use the occasion to heap scorn and anger on the opposite sex. But, that’s okay — there’s room in this celebration for, um, all manner of expressions. But, seriously, when I was younger, Valentine’s Day was little more than the fifth of six “Great Food Holidays”. Starting with Halloween, and going up through Easter, it seems like every month or so there’s a holiday
among whose chief characteristics is food … or candy … or, of course, in the case of New Year’s, beverage. As I grew older, Valentine’s Day was marked by the hope of, and, later, the celebration of, romance and relationships. And, of course, for the last 22 years, Valentine’s Day has been another opportunity to remind my lovely wife of how important she is to me, and how great the life is that we’ve built together. But, it turns out, Valentine’s Day is, in the vernacular of the Roman Catholic Church, the feast of St. Valentin of Rome. Valentin was a priest and, probably, a bishop in the region
Here are the things that I know for sure ALCHEMY
here’s a line in “Brilliant Disguise,” a song by Bruce Springsteen, that goes: “God have mercy on the man who doubts what he’s sure of.” This poignant verse has always rung true for me, and in the current world of gaslighting and alternative facts, I have Andrea Doray found myself pondering more and more often what it is that I am truly sure of. And here is what I know for sure: The brightest lights in any city are in the hospital emergency room. Whether you are there seeking help (as I have been numerous times after mountain biking accidents), or are there with others who need help, the light is unrelenting. The glare from metal doors and instruments bounces off fluorescent bulbs, white walls and white floors. Night and day are one and they both have hard, well-lit edges, softened only by the voices and faces and hands of those who ultimately provide that help. Dogs leave us way too soon. Timber, Roget. Winston, Trouble, Cousteau. Cedar. Hickory and Casey. Daisy. Quinn. Some good-byes are harder than others. If you are a dog person (and perhaps even if you aren’t), you will understand this sentiment: If dogs don’t go to heaven, I want to go where the dogs go. My parents left me with too many questions. I was so lucky to have my parents for as long as I did, into my late 40s and early 50s. The world was a better place for their having been here. But … I wish I had asked more. About their military
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experiences – both served in the Army in World War II, my dad in Europe and North Africa, and my mom in the Philippines and New Guinea. About the details of their young lives, his in Louisville, Kentucky, and hers in Chicago. I wish I had learned more about their parents, and their parents. I wish I had asked more, and then listened more. Everybody needs a GoPro. I’m convinced that each of us rides a different path and that it would be extraordinarily instructive if we could actually experience one another’s. I’d like a GoPro camera on my mountain biking helmet and on my rockclimbing helmet so I could take you with me, so you would understand the hows and the whys of each decision I make on a challenging trail or a slippery slope. And perhaps more importantly, you could share your journeys with me, and I could begin to understand your hows and your whys. Human rights are … the rights of all humans. All humans, equally, without regard to class or social status, no matter our gender or race, or who we worship or who we love. And I know this to be true: There is grave danger in abridging these rights. Too many people have fought too hard for too long, both here and abroad, for the rest of us to simply stand by and watch. Now is the time for vision, voice, and vigilance. For asking and listening. For appreciating what we have while we have it. For looking through someone else’s lens and for sharing our own. Now is the time. This is what I know for sure. Andrea Doray is a writer who is prepared to share her journey if you will share yours. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
of Terni, Narnia (no, not THAT Narnia), and Amelia in Italy in the 3rd Century, A.D. His feast was instituted some time close to 500, A.D., and archeologists have unearthed structures and artifacts that were dedicated to him dating some time around 500. Much of his life is shrouded in doubt, because, apparently, CNN and the New York Times hadn’t gotten around to opening up their Roman bureaus at that time yet. But, there are some things historians believe they know about the man. For one thing, they agree that he was executed SEE ALCORN, P11
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The challenge to Medicare It is hard to believe that our nation celebrated Medicare’s 50th anniversary just over a year ago, yet there is now a movement in Congress to drastically change this successful program. Don’t be fooled. The push for a Medicare voucher system, sometimes called premium support, is an effort to shift costs onto 785,398 Coloradans enrolled in Medicare; a number that is quickly rising. In other words, our seniors will be paying more to receive needed medical care – if you can even afford it under a voucher system and if access is granted (no guarantee). More people will be forced to choose between health care and other necessities. Currently the average Colorado senior with an annual income of $25,000 spends about one of every three dollars on health care. Getting sick will become riskier than ever. When he was running for president, Donald Trump pledged to protect Medicare and recognized its importance to older Americans who depend on it. We are now depending on Congress to stand by President Trump’s promise to protect Medicare. Rising healthcare costs are a problem for Americans of all ages and political views. A solution needs to be responsibly addressed. Our nation has been well served by a strong Medicare program that keeps care affordable for seniors. A proposed voucher system would dramatically increase costs for older Americans at a time in life when they least can afford it. Please consider engaging in this conversation by voicing your views to our Representatives and Senators. It is important to our seniors and the younger generations. Shirley J Leow, Lakewood Pure posturing Representative Perlmutter, as a member of the U.S. House, is simply posturing when he states his opposition to the Gorsuch nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Federal judicial nominations are only subject to the “advise and consent” of the Senate only not the House. U.S. Constitution Article II, Section II. Sean McCarthy, Arvada SEE LETTERS, P11
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by the Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus some time between 269 and 280 A.D. Generally speaking, they agree that his martyrdom was because he refused to renounce his faith, whether by some grand press release, or by simply sacrificing to pagan gods. Some histories hold that he was imprisoned, and, while in prison, became friends with the emperor. At some point along the way, he attempted to convert the emperor, at which point Claudius flew into a rage and had him beaten and beheaded. I’ve had friends like that. But, the reason we celebrate his life and death in the manner we do is that one of the reasons that Valentin was imprisoned was because he secretly married Christians. This was, well, in ancient Rome, a bad thing— remember, Christians of that
era were known to die in the Colisseum in the jaws of lions. The exact reason he would marry them is not known, whether it was simply to confer the sacrament upon followers, or because, by marrying them, the men would not be required to go to war. Whatever the case, the act of marrying them got Valentin imprisoned, and then executed. Quite a thing, that. To believe so strongly in the power of love that he was willing to go to his death for it. So, whether Tuesday brought you candy and flowers and celebrations, or frustration, now you know that, at one point in history, love brought one man a beating and a beheading … and eternal glory. Love is, indeed, a many splendored thing! Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His novels are available at MichaelJAlcorn. com
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Delay remains unfair Thanks for RTD’s Lorraine Anderson’s response to my recent Arvada Press letter. Despite her long explanations (which might have lost many readers) we still don’t have a date for the train to Union Station and downtown (or even the old, dedicated Arvada van to DIA. Meanwhile we all are waiting for a true deadline date for the Gold Line to open. There may be legalistic reasons for the great delay, but why are we in Arvada and Wheat Ridge the ones being denied service? The suburbs south of Denver have had service for over a decade! Is that a distinct prejudice or what? My wife and I, and probably thousands of others, hoped to take the train to the Rockies and other games by late last summer. Now we don’t know if we’ll have a train even next summer! Moreover, parking has gotten so bad in LoDo that catching
a train to Union Station, let alone a plane at DIA should be a given ... especially for those of us who worked hard at getting it. It may be too simple, but as a very longterm student of the railroads, the problem of gates being down too long term is the poorest excuse (too short would be a problem!) Gate technology has been around for perhaps a hundred years. Let the computer gurus work on problem, but Arvada officials, and business leaders ought to see that we get this train by spring! It seems incumbent on our city officials, including Ms Anderson, to put pressure on higher governmental officials to find the obvious, temporary solutions to the crossings. That is our politicians job, rather than scarring us with the potential of a train disaster, especially since these trains are 20 times statistically safer than the drive to Union Station and DOA in one’s own vehicle. Ron Vander Kooi, Arvada
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Frederick Olin Ruud, age 91, of Arvada, Colorado, died at his home of acute heart failure on December 7th, 2016. He was born in Waterville, Washington, in 1925, to Oliver Karl Ruud and Eloise McKay. Fred lost his beloved wife of 55 years, Sylvan Rae, in 2003. He is survived by daughter Kathryn, her husband Tom, sons Sylvan Oliver Lee and Eric, and Eric’s spouse, Laura, and four beloved grandchildren: Harper Keenan, John Keenan, Alexander Ruud and Erica Ruud. Fred was a generous, gentle and kind man. He often stopped to aid people and animals. He loved to travel across the United States and visit our national parks and he thrilled to the majesty and beauty of these environments and the scenery. Fred had a powerful sense of adventure. With his family and a 16-foot trailer in tow, he drove the Al-Can gravel road to Alaska and back to the U.S., twice, once in 1967 and again in 1972. He was a farmer, a cowboy, a skier, an engineer and an awesome father and grandfather.
At the end of WWII, Fred did a tour of duty with the U.S. Army for two years. In 1950, he graduated from Washington State College, where he had majored in Mechanical Engineering. In his sophomore year, he was an engineer trainee at the Grand Coulee dam. He later worked at the Bureau of Reclamation in Denver and he enjoyed a productive career of 34 years. Prior to his retirement, he was the Head of the Technical Engineering Analysis Section, and had become a recognized authority on structural design and stress analysis of dam and wind turbines and water project pumps. Fred also had a subsequent career as an international engineering consultant and he worked for international organizations such as the World Bank. He was recognized for his ingenuity in develop-
ing solutions to obscure problems and did engineering consultation in Canada, Leningrad, Beijing, Tokyo, Romania, Turkey and Egypt. He was a gifted technical writer, with many professional reports to his credit. He was also an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In his Oral History Interview for the Bureau, Fred said, that post-WWII, he realized “it was so much more difficult to build things than destroy things, which is why [he] got into the business of building things.” He also liked to say there are three kinds of people in the world, “those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what the heck happened.” Other photos and messages are shared here: http://www.allstatescremation.com/obituaries/ frederick-olin-ruud/ There will be no funeral service. Donations can be sent to the ASME Foundation, 150 Clove Road, Little Falls, New Jersey, 07424-2100.
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Trend helps create connections while boosting love of reading BY STEPHANIE MASON SMASON@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
fter the bus drops her off from school, London Branch, 5, runs to her Little Free Library box to look for a new
book. “It is almost like a treasure box, you never know what you are going to discover,” said Fernando Branch, London’s father. Rewind to spring break 2016. Fernando, a principal at Noel Community Art School, decided to spend his weeklong break to complete a project with his daughters that would benefit the community. Despite the cold weather and 1-yearold daughter Lauren’s persistence in stealing the wood glue, Fernando and his family built their Little Free Library and put it up in front of their home on South Madison Circle in Centennial in mid-January. Building the box is a memory he will always have with his daughters, Fernando said. London adores keeping track of what is new. For both of his daughters, their favorite book found in their library, so far, has been “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. “She runs over there to see if some-
NOT JUST FOR YOUNG FAMILIES Young families are not the only Little Free Library lovers. Josh Beers, 17, from Golden employed his Boy Scout troup to build some for the community. Each year, Boy Scouts plan, fund and complete service projects to earn their Eagle Scout badges. Josh’s mom told him about a Little Free Library she came across on her walk and, after some research, Josh decided to make a few for his service project.
MAKE YOUR OWN ganized members from Troop 130 in Golden to construct three little libraries. “I organized everything and taught everyone what to do,” Josh said. “It was really easy.”
On littlefreelibrary.org, a variety of alreadybuilt library hutches are available for purchase. For those interested in building a Little Free Library, the website offers resources, support and inspiration.
After planting the libraries in front of a church, an apartment complex and within a community, Josh found that each library is sustaining itself.
In addition, you can find the Little Free Library nearest to you by going to the same website and clicking on “map.”
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“Now I can say that I found that they are being taken care of,” Josh said. “Sometimes they get a little empty, but there is always that person who will come and put a ton of books in.”
one has put something in there that she wants,” Fernando said. “I love to see that it started an enthusiasm for reading in her.” Fernando also is excited about the response from his neighbors. “While I was out there with the girls measuring, people would stop and ask what we were doing,” Fernando said. “It started so many conversations.” Conversations at the box go beyond a friendly “hello.” He finds the Little Free Library to be a way for people to learn about the diversities found in his own neighborhood. He believes it brings people together with similarities. “When we engage in these projects with our families, it encourages the American values that we share,” Fernando said. “The core of reading is
education. As a society, we are really quick to point out the differences of us all. But if we focus on the love of the things we share in common, like the love to read and educate ourselves — that is a unifier.” The Little Free Library is, at its core, a small-scale neighborhood book exchange. A structure sheltering between 20 to 60 books is built or purchased by a community member and planted in the community. Whoever comes across a Little Free Library is welcome to either take a book or leave a book. Margret Aldrich, media and programming director at the Little Free Library nonprofit organization, based in Hudson, Wisconsin, said the library becomes self-sustaining. All family-friendly reading materials
“I liked the idea of a self-sufficient library,” Josh said. “It was like an experiment.”
In late January, the Little Free Library started the Action Book Club. This club encourages participants to engage with their community by reading books on timely topics, engaging in lively conversations and committing to community service projects. Different book clubs can communicate online. To sign up an Action Book Club of your own, visit littlefreelibrary.org/actionbookclub.
are welcome in the exchange. Self-help, Westerns, science fiction, picture books and many more genres are encouraged to circulate through the libraries. The first Little Free Library was built in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009 by Tod Bol in tribute to his book-loving mother. The Little Free Library became a nonprofit in 2012. The little library trend has grown to 50,000 set-ups in 50 states and in 70 SEE LIBRARY, P13
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Swallow Hill gives new songwriters a chance to shine ne of the trickiest things about being a musician is getting your music out there where people can actually
hear it. And while there’s a slew of online platforms to host music for free, that doesn’t mean people will hear it. That’s where Swallow Hill Music comes in. For the ninth year, the organization is hosting its annual Young Writers Competition for performers in middle and high school. “Submissions have to be original lyrics that can be performed live,” said Cheri Gonzales, director of Swallow Hill’s school operations. “The biggest prize for our winners is the opportunity to perform at our venues, and to have some time in a professional recording studio.” But for Thomas Koenigs, who won the contest in 2015, there was a greater prize. “Winning wasn’t the most important thing, although it was very gratifying,” he remembered. “For me, the best part was meeting all these people, and making some crazy important connections.” Swallow Hill is accepting submis-
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countries. Colorado is home to more than 600 Little Free Libraries. According to Aldrich, the libraries become community hubs. There is no style guide dictating the appearance of a Little Free Library. Though the usual structure resembles a birdhouse or a dollhouse, people are encouraged to be creative. There are Little Free Libraries y that are brightly painted or shaped like robots, police-call boxes, whales, log cabins and rowboats. A $40 registration fee puts the library on the website’s official community map and database. The company sends an
sions until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. Gonzales said the nonprofit usually receives about 20 to 30 submissions, and from there 10 contestants are selected to perform live on April 1, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Denver. Clarke Reader There are no genre limitations for entry, and over the years participants have included a cappella, solo singer-songwriters, duos and groups. “It’s really whatever the performer feels is the best way to express themselves,” she said. “We’ve had people who take the Bob Dylan, solo acoustic guitar route, to multi-instrumentalists who are able to pull off really dynamic performances.” For Koenigs, music was a way to channel his interest in writing and appreciation for artists like Dylan and Creedence Clearwater Revival. “I’d taken some rock classes, but had only written some basic chord progressions,” he said. “It was nerve-
official “Little Free Library” sign and an information and resource packet. The trend also helps the homeless, who may not have access to books at conventional libraries because they have no address, Aldrich said. Love at first sight Five years ago, Todd Walsh, his wife and their two daughters spent a vacation visiting friends. During a walk, they discovered a Little Free Library. The family instantly fell in love with the idea. Three summers later, Walsh was hammering the nails into his own Little Free Library for his home on West Applewood Knolls Drive in Lakewood. “Where we live in Lakewood, our house is right on the corner and it is a popular route to a park,” Walsh said.
CLARKE’S ALBUM OF THE WEEK Selection: Ryan Adams’ “Prisoner” released on Pax Am/Blue Note records. Review: Adams’ first album of new material since 2014, “Prisoner” is a moving and heartfelt exploration of loves ending and beginning, at least partly inspired by his divorce from Mandy Moore in 2015. The album showcases some of Adams’ best and most devastating songwriting, and anyone wracking to get up and perform something I had written, but everyone was so friendly, and helped me get better.” The professional performance and recording opportunities are a great boon to its winners, Gonzales said, but any occasion to play music live is a plus. “For a lot of contestants, they’re just getting started in the professional music process,” she said. “Giving them a chance to put their work out there is very important, and we make sure everyone is very encouraging throughout the process.” Currently, Koenigs is studying English literature, but the people he met in the competition are still a part of his life.
“We have a lot of foot traffic.” The Slater Elementary School teacher only had time to work on the project while his daughters Maya, 6, and Nora, 4, were napping. While working on the project, Walsh’s neighbor walked across the street to see what was going on. The two discussed the Little Free Library and decided that their neighborhood needed not one, but two of the book hubs. Walsh completed both projects after a month of work. One is dedicated solely to housing children’s books while the other, directly across the street, holds books for teen and adult readers. “It has been amazing and we have loved it,” Walsh said. “It has been a great way for us to meet people. It is a great conversation starter. We watch
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from the windows and love seeing families on bike rides stop and take books.” Walsh did not stop building at two little libraries. The Slater Elementary sixthgraders, as a tradition, leave a contribution to their school before advancing to middle school. They commissioned Walsh in 2016 to make a Little Free Library for the school. To this day, passersby knock on Walsh’s door and ask him about the little library outside his home. Many people ask him to make a little library for their neighborhoods miles away. “It really is a conversation starter,” Walsh said. “Normally someone might say ‘hello,’ but now we have gotten to know so many of our neighbors because we have something to talk about.”
London and Lauren Branch helped their father, Fernando, build a Little Free Library for the Centennial neighborhood they live in. COURTESY PHOTO
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A year in the life of two amphibious friends Classic stories come to life at Arvada Center BY CLARKE READER CREADER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
The story of “A Year With Frog and Toad” is a simple one — a glimpse at four seasons with two best friends. There are some laughs along the way, a few adventures to be had, and good times for all. And those good times applies to the characters and audiences alike. Based on the classic Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., is hosting the children’s production through May 20. Performances are at 10 a.m. and noon, Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. “The audiences are literally watching some of their favorite stories come to life,” said Matt LaFontaine, who plays Toad. “These books are so well known that usually by a few lines in, the kids know what’s coming.” In addition to Frog and Toad, audiences also get to meet other woodland creatures like Lizard, Snail, Turtle, and some wise birds during the course of a year. This gives children an opportunity to learn a little about each species and the seasons, while grooving along to some wonderfully catchy song and dance number, courtesy
IF YOU GO WHAT: “A Year With Frog and Toad” WHERE: Arvada Center 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada WHEN: Through May 20 Tuesday - Friday - 10 a.m. and noon Saturdays - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. COST: $9 - $13 INFORMATION: 720-898-7200 or www. arvadacenter.org of musical director Keith Ewer, and choreographer Piper Arpan. “We’ve been studying the seasons in class, so this is a perfect tie in,” said Polly Davis, a second grade teacher at Westridge Elementary in Littleton, who saw the play with students on Feb. 10. “Part of our reading curriculum is focused on character development, so they’re able to see how that works in the show.” Many of the performances include an interactive tech-talk, where the actors give students a window into what life on the stage is like, including set and costume design. And according to LaFontaine, and Brandon Bill, who plays Frog, just exposing children to theater can change their lives. “Being an educator, I know how meaningful the first experience at the theater can be,” Bill said. “Seeing the theater can bring a new passion, and once they see how it works, they realize it’s something they could do.” One of the best things about the “A
Year With Frog and Toad” is that it never condescends to its audience, nor does it get heavy-handed with any kind of message. Instead, it focuses on the power of friendship to help build a family. “It’s all about friendship and appreciating that,” LaFontaine said. “No matter what, your friends are going to be there, unconditionally,” Bill added. For more information, call 720-898-7200 or visit www. arvadacenter.org.
Frog (Brandon Bil), left, and Toad (Matt LaFontaine), right, go through a year in the life in “A Year With Frog and Toad,” the children’s production at the Arvada Center.
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[PHOTO: Christine and the Phantom of the Opera perform through Feb. 18 at the Colorado ACTS Theatre.] ‘Phantom of the Opera’: 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18 and 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Colorado ACTS, 11455 W. Interstate 70 Frontage Road North, Wheat Ridge. Nonmusical version. For tickets and information, call 303-456-6772 or go to coloradoacts.org.
[PHOTO] ‘Billy Elliot The Musical’: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, from Feb. 24 to March 12 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, with an additional performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the Colorado Ballet Black Box Theater, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Tickets available at www.evergreenchorale.org or call 303-674-4002. Rated PG-13 for mature situations and language.
Children’s Theatre Production of ‘Robin Hood’: 1 p.m. Saturdays through March 4 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Call for weekday performance availability. Call 303-9353044 or go to minersalley.com. For ages 12 and under, and the people who love them.
Regional Premiere of ‘HIR’: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 5 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Shows also planned at 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. Call 303-935-3044 or go to www. minersalley.com.
Groove N’ Motion Performance: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Forney Museum of Transportation, 4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver. Full access to the museum, light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and a performance of classics from Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, and Tower of Power, as well as current well-known hits. Tickets are available at: https://events.r20. constantcontact.com/register/ev entReg?oeidk=a07edi7d91yd778 0534&oseq=&c=&ch=. Contact Scott at 303-521-8206 or scott@ groovenmotion.com for information.
this week’s TOP FIVE Nonfiction Book Club Looks at the Hillbilly Culture: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Lakewood Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood. Read “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” by J.D. Vance, then join the Jeffco League of Women Voters nonfiction book club for the discussion. Natural Hacks to Support Healthy Mood: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Natural Grocers at Vitamin Cottage, Northwest Store, 7745 N. Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Gain a new understanding of the complexities that play a role in supporting a healthy mood or hindering it. Nutritional, supplemental, environmental, lifestyle and other key factors will be discussed. Contact Kate Sheets at 303-423-0990.
Month. Tickets available at www.JeffSymphony. org, by calling 303-278-4237 or at the door. Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club: 7-9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner, 10151 W. 26th Ave., Lakewood. Speaker is Dan McMinimee, “What is the `how did, what is and how should’ of a major school district’s finding a superintendent?” Students, youth and women invited and welcome. Contact Fred Holden, president, at 303-421-7619. Go to http:// jeffcorepublicanmensclub.org.
Jazz Trumpeter Rob Miles Joins JSO: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Colorado School of Mines Green Center, 924 16th St., Golden. Jefferson Symphony Orchestra celebrates Black History
Watercolor and Tea: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Wednesday, March 1, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Express the beauty of nature through different watercolor techniques. Experiment with dry brushes, salt, rubber cement, and enjoy tea as we create scenes from nature. Instructor is David Sullivan. Go to Arvada.org/publicclasses to register. Explore Mythical Creatures Through Art: 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 15 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Ages 3-6 years. Ages 6-14 years. Register at Arvada.org/public-classes. ‘Damage’ Art Exhibit: open through February 2018 at Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, in the mezzanine near the library. Denver artist Sharon Brown’s exhibit features psychologically charged paintings created mostly from photographs. Go to www.rrcc.edu. EVENTS Unearthing Colorado: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn techniques and clues to have a successful rock hunt around Colorado and Wyoming. Sign up by Feb. 16. Visit Arvada.org/public-classes to register. Legislative Town Meeting: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18 at Covenant Village, 9153 Yarrow St., Westminster. Reps.
Tracy Kraft-Tharp and Lang Sias, and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger will discuss senior’s issues. Contact RepTracy29@gmail.com or 303866-2950. Spiritual, Not Religious: noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. William Paul Young, author of “The Shack,” will discuss via filmed interview the difference between being spiritual and being religious. Nearly 30 percent of Americans identify themselves as spiritual but not religious, and the trend is growing. Young’s bestseller has prompted a national discussion of the difference between spirituality and religion. Contact Polly Wegner at 303-4244454 or pwegner@ peacelutheran.net. Winter Survival: Night with a Naturalist: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Join Naturalist Angela Borland to explore the world of winter and leave with suggestions of how and where you can enjoy the Colorado Front Range this winter. Visit Arvada.org/ public-classes to register. Girls in S.T.E.M. Contest: Open to girls in grades 5-8. Final presentations are Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Golden Library. Winners will be honored at the International Women’s Day Luncheon on Wednesday, March 8. Individuals or groups of up to 4 may enter. Contact Stephanie Douglas at 303-235-5275 for details.
20 Steps to Selling Your Own Home: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at America’s Wellness Clinic Meeting Room, 441 Wadsworth Blvd., Ste. 101, Lakewood. Bring a dessert or appetizer to share. Workshop is free. Led by a licensed Realtor. Register at www. re-workshops.com or call 303489-9217.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Ralston Central Park, 5850 Garrison St. Meet at the pavilion. Adults and children will enjoy this walk along Ralston Creek Trail. Space is limited. Go to Arvada. org/public-classes to register. Buffalo Bill Birthday Party: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at The Rock Rest, 16005 S. Golden Road, Golden. Get on your Old West and celebrate with 100s of re-enactors. Live music. Free cake. Door prizes and more. Contact David or Lee at monarchproductions@ earthlink.net.com.
Jeffco Spellbinders: beginning Feb. 27, trainings consist of four half-day sessions. Jeffco Spellbinders are volunteers who are keeping the art of oral storytelling alive with monthly visits to schools. Visitors welcome at the meetings, which are from 1-3 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Go to www.spellbinders. org or call LaRene at 303-4317906. Jeffco International Women’s Day Luncheon: Wednesday, March 8 at Denver West Marriott, 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden. Keynote speaker is Dr. Tracy
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Arvada Community Blood Drive: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10001 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Contact 303-363-2300 or visit bonfils.org. St. Anthony Hospital Blood Drive: 8-9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at 11600 West 2nd Place, Lakewood. Contact 303-363-2300 or visit bonfils.org. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Lakewood Blood Drive: 2-6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at 6465 W. Jewell, Lakewood. Contact 303-363-2300 or visit bonfils.org. Bone Builders, Bone Breakers: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Natural Grocers at Vitamin Cottage, Northwest Store, 7745 N. Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Bones are living tissue that respond to bone building care throughout life. Support lifelong bone health knowing how to get all the nutrients your bones need. Contact Kate Sheets at 303-423-0990. Love Your Pet: Spay and Neuter: discounted fees for spay/neuter surgeries offered through February at Foothills Animal Shelter, 580 McIntyre St., Golden. Go to www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org/ Spay. Contact 720-407-5215 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Editor’s note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Thursday for publication the following week. Send listings to email@example.com. No attachments, please. Listings are free and run on a space-available basis.
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ENSEMBLE FEATURES MUSICIANS FROM JEFFCO SCHOOLS The Jeffco School’s West Valley Strings ensemble performed a concert on Feb. 7. The group included musicians from Arvada West, Ralston Valley, Oberon Middle, Drake Middle, Coal Creek K-8, Allendale, Campbell, Fairmont, Freemont, Meiklejohn, Sierra, Van Arsdale, Vanderhoof and West Woods. The conductor and soloist for the night was Patti Nelson, who helped start he West Valley program 24 years ago, and is retiring this year. COURTESY PHOTO
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Ralston Valley senior Chloe Gillach (14) runs into some traffic in the form of Cherry Creek’s Delaney Bernard (3) and Jaela Richardson (32) during a drive to the hoop Feb. 11 at Ralston Valley High School. The Mustangs grabbed a 70-60 victory in the non-league game. DENNIS PLEUSS/JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Ralston Valley gets win over Cherry Creek Mustangs may clinch league title this week BY DENNIS PLEUSS JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ARVADA — Twenty games and counting. That’s the current winning streak for Ralston Valley’s girls basketball program after a 70-60 win over Cherry Creek on Feb. 11. It’s the longest winning streak in Class 5A and the most prolonged string of victories for longtime coach Jeff Gomer, who has pushed his coaching career win total to 344.
Ralston Valley trailed Cherry Creek (15-6, 11-1 in 5A/4A Centennial) early, but went on runs of 10-0 and 13-0 in the first half to open up a 20-point lead at one point. Ralston Valley held off a secondhalf charge by Cherry Creek to grab the win. “They play with confidence,” Gomer said of his Mustangs which are No. 3 in the current CHSAANow. com 5A girls hoops poll. “Any given night if we shot well we can play with anybody.” Ralston Valley (20-1, 12-0 in 5A Jeffco) were extremely hot shooting from the 3-point range. The Mustangs buried nine 3-pointers in the first half. The sister tandem of Ashley
and Sammy Van Sickle combined for seven 3-pointers. Seniors Michaela Shaklee (13 points) and Chloe Gillach (seven points) each hit one from long range as the Mustangs took a 43-24 lead at halftime. “Sammy hasn’t been on fire for a long time and she just killed it today,” said Ashley Van Sickle, who finished with 22 points. “Everybody stepped up. Everyone played the role they needed to play. We did what we needed to do.” Sammy Van Sickle finished with 17 points before fouling out in the final minute. Sarah Bevington contributed 11 points for Ralston Valley, but the
Swim meet, Selin won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:01.153. Ashley Van Sickle, basketball, senior, Ralston Valley: She scored 22 points to help the Mustangs defeat Cherry Creek, 70-60, in a Class 5A top-10 matchup on Feb. 11. Garrett Martin, basketball, junior, Standley
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STANDOUT PERFORMERS Adam Thislewood, basketball, junior, Golden: He connected on 69 percent of his shots and scored 24 points in the Demons’ 75-25 Jefferson County non-league rout of Littleton on Feb. 8. He scored 30 points on Feb. 11 in 55-45 win over Green Mountain. Abbey Selin, swimming, junior, D’Evelyn: In the first Class 3A State Championship
STANDOUT PERFORMERS are five athletes named from south metro area high schools. Preference is given to those making their debut on the list. To nominate an athlete, contact Jim Benton at email@example.com
remember years ago, 29 to be exact, being in the Denver North gym for a memorable night of high school basketball. Manual’s Chucky Sproling set a singleOVERTIME game state record by scoring 74 points against the Vikings. Alameda’s boys basketball coach Henry Aguilar probably won’t forget the evening he spent in the North gym Feb. 6, when the Pirates outJim Benton lasted North, 95-93, in a four-overtime, non-league game. “It was like playing two games, it was a long night,” said Aguilar, who assumed the Alameda head coaching reins less than three weeks before the start of the season. “The win kind of helps bring us together. We’ve had a rough season. Four starters fouled out of the game against North and everybody was completely exhausted. We had to play the fourth overtime with four sophomores and one senior starter. That was tough.” The win helped boost Alameda’s overall record to 9-10. “The first overtime, they were up by two and our senior guard Anthony Lawson drove to the basket and hit two clutch free throws to send it to the second overtime,” Aguilar explained. “In the second overtime, we had a twopoint lead with like 20 seconds left and a younger guy took a shot when he wasn’t supposed to. The North point guard took it all the way and got a layup and sent it to the third overtime. “We hit two free throws and sent it to the last overtime. In the fourth overtime, four starters fouled out so we had four reserves. A couple of our younger players stepped up. A sophomore, Domonic Creazzi, hit a clutch three, we got fouled a couple times and made some free throws and ended up winning.” No stranger to titles Taelore Fehr knows what it takes to win a state gymnastics championship. Fehr, a 2009 Green Mountain graduate, was been hired as the new head coach for the Rams’ gymnastics program, according to Athletic Director Tommy Dodge. In 2006 and 2008, Fehr was a member of Green Mountain’s Class 5A state championship teams. The Rams were the state runner-up in 2005 and 2007. Fehr, who has been an assistant at Green Mountain for the past six years, takes control of the program that won the Class 4A state title last fall. SEE BENTON, P24
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work done on the defensive end by Bevington, Sammy Van Sickle and sophomore Shelby Nichols didn’t go unnoticed. The No. 8 Bruins are able to throw in a handful of 6-footers at teams with some impressive depth. Junior Jaela Richardson (12 points), along with seniors Lauren McMillen (10 points) and Laura Pranger (seven points) pounded it inside the paint against the Mustangs. “We wanted to try to front the post and keep it out of the post as much as possible,” Bevington said. “They are so strong and effective on the inside.” Cherry Creek made its expected run
in the second half led by freshman sensation Jana Van Gytenbeck. The guard finished with 22 points, including five 3-pointers. The Bruins cut the Mustangs’ lead to 58-54 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Ashley Van Sickle admitted she was gassed playing every minute, but she knew the core six players for the Mustangs could hang on for the big win. “We have heart. We play all the way through,” said Ashley, who was also pleased with the large student section that was treated to free pizza at halftime. “We all can count on each other and count on our coaches.” Ralston Valley made 8-of-11 free throws in the final quarter and the Bruins weren’t able to hit a 3-pointer in the final few minutes to threaten the Mustangs’ lead.
“It was great playing such a great team like that,” Bevington said. “We had to keep our composure. It was a good opportunity to get ready for playoffs.” Saturday night was a good test for the Mustangs. Ralston Valley has only had a couple of close games in the 5A Jeffco League over the past two months. No. 9 Lakewood gave the Mustangs two tight games and Ralston Valley struggled in a victory against Bear Creek. “This was amazing. This is a great win,” Ashley said. “Hopefully our RPI goes up a little bit so we can grab one of those No. 1 seeds.” The Mustangs were No. 5 in the RPI rankings heading into Saturday’s game. What could hurt Ralston Valley’s chances for one of the four No. 1 seeds is the fact that Fairview had
to forfeit eight games this week after self-reporting it played an ineligible player. Fairview’s record went from 16-4 to 10-10 because of the forfeits. Ralston Valley defeated the Knights in the championship of the Fairview Festival Tournament before winter break, so the Mustangs’ RPI dropped with Fairview’s win percentage. Ralston Valley can officially clinch the 5A Jeffco title at Columbine on Tuesday, after press deadline. The Mustangs close out their regular season at home against rival Arvada West on Thursday, Feb. 16. Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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Mustangs battle at regionals BY TOM MUNDS TMUNDS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Ralston Valley’s young wrestlers gave their best effort against the very tough competition at the Feb. 10-11 Class 5A Region 2 Wrestling Tournament held at Legacy High School. The Mustangs posted a number of wins as they earned 44 points to finish 14th, only one point behind Fairview and Eaglecrest that tied for 12th place. “I am proud of our guys and way they wrestled in this tournament because we are a very young team with two seniors and one junior on the roster,” Mustangs Coach Lucas Wathier said. “We are just getting started building from the bottom up with a group of young kids who work hard. We have made a ton of progress since the start of the season. Many of our young kids are good wrestlers and since the start of the year they have learned what it takes to go out there and win matches.” While every Ralston Valley wrestler got his hand raised in victory some for
a win on the mat and some for receiving byes in their bracket, no Mustang wrestler earned a state berth by finishing in the top four in their weight division but two came very close. Issa Grimes finished fourth at 152 pounds but lost in a wrestle-back. A wrestle-back is a match for fourth place if the fourth place finisher and the fifth place finisher have not faced off during the tournament. Teammate Cole Jesch went through the same disappointment. He lost his first match and battled his way back through the consolation bracket to finish fourth, only to lose his spot in a wrestle-back. Before his third-place match senior Issa Grimes said earning a chance to qualify for state at 152 pounds shows the progress he has made since he started wrestling as a freshman. He said a coach told him once you have been a wrestler everything else in life is easy. “Getting this far in regionals is icing on the cake for me, particularly since I am a senior,” he said.
JEFFCO STATE QUALIFIERS 5A
John Boyer, jr., Arvada West (16-17)
106 Wyatt Yapoujian, fr., Pomona (29-9) Mitchell Romero, soph., Arvada West (19-20)
220 Michael Inouye, jr., Lakewood (26-10) Angelo Arellano, sr., Pomona (17-7)
113 Cole Brown, soph., Arvada West (16-14) Justin Pacheco, soph., Pomona (30-9)
285 Hayden Still, jr., Lakewood (29-8) Gavin McCurry, sr., Arvada West (20-9) Brandon Micale, sr., Pomona (19-2)
120 Joseph Enockson, soph., Bear Creek (39-3) Colton Yapoujian, soph., Pomona (34-4) 126 Andrew Sansburn, soph., Bear Creek (28-2 Cody Fatzinger, sr., Arvada West (31-3)
132 Dayton Marvel, jr., Arvada West (17-5) Theorius Robison, soph., Pomona (29-1)
160 Brian Macarus, sr., Arvada West (13-6)
126 Drake Troyer, jr., Golden (33-7)
138 Estevan Maldonado, sr., Arvada West (27-14)
220 Brennen Baker, sr., Golden, (29-14)
145 Bode Marvel, soph., Arvada West (14-5)
152 Gabriel Dinette, jr., Lakewood (37-1) Xavier Herrera, jr., Pomona (27-9)
132 Kyle Cisneros, sr., Jefferson, (42-4)
160 Jason Romero, sr., Pomona (33-7)
195 Fabian Estrada, sr., Alameda (30-2)
170 Nolan Krone, sr., Pomona (34-9)
220 Oscar Lopez, sr., Jefferson (31-2)
182 Jake Debruyn, sr., Lakewood (28-6) 195 Doug Mills, jr., Pomona (29-11)
138 Nick Gallegos, fr., Jefferson (34-9)
This season’s state wrestling tournament is Feb. 16-18 at the Pepsi Center.
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Ralston Valley not able to cool off hot Chatfield BY DENNIS PLEUSS JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ARVADA — Chatfield’s boys basketball team continued its domination in the Class 5A Jeffco League on Feb. 8. The Chargers (20-1, 12-0 in league) all but officially wrapped up their second straight conference championship with a 77-60 road victory over Ralston Valley. Chatfield, ranked No. 3 in the latest CHSAANow.com 5A boys hoops poll, also had the longest winning streak in 5A with 19 straight victories. “It feels good,” Chatfield senior Titus Reed said. “It’s a good achievement to put on the resume.” Chatfield officially clinched the conference title with a 40-point victory over Bear Creek on Feb. 10. The Chargers have stampeded through 5A Jeffco for the past two seasons. Chatfield is on a 28-game league winning streak. The Chargers’ last conference lost was to Arvada West nearly two years ago during the 2014-15 season. “We know it. It’s in the back of our heads,” Chatfield senior Alex Beckley said of the Chargers’ conference winning streak. “We are just looking to win each game.” Chatfield closes out conference play with home games is week against rivals Dakota Ridge and Columbine. “It would be nice to have all of our weapons in our arsenal ready to go,” Reed said referring to the Chargers playing without leading score Joe Miks for the second straight game with an injury. Reed got the Chargers off to a good
Ralston Valley senior Jerrod Parker (12) tries to maintain control of the ball while being covered by Chatfield senior Lucas St. Germain during the Class 5A Jeffco League game Feb. 8 at Ralston Valley High School. The Mustangs’ upset bid came up short with a 77-60 loss. DENNIS PLEUSS/JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS start against the Mustangs. The versatile 6-foot-4 forward poured in 14 points in the opening quarter as the Chargers jumped out to a 24-12 lead after the first eight minutes. Reed finished with a game-high 26 points. Beckley was the other Charger to reach double-digit with 11 points. Beckley missed some games early with a foot injury. The point guard said he still isn’t 100 percent, but it’s
coming along. “We haven’t been healthy the entire year,” Chatfield coach Stephen Schimpeler said. “I think this is good for our team if we can get those guys healthy at the right time. It will help our bench. There are a lot of good signs, but we still have to make it happen.” Chatfield’s full-court press led to some early turnovers that helped the Chargers get out to a comfortable lead.
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NOTICE OF HEARING UPON APPLICATION FOR A NEW HOTEL AND RESTAURANT LICENSE OF MIKA SUSHI INC D/B/A: MIKA SUSHI INC 12650 WEST 64TH AVENUE ARVADA, CO 80004 Notice is hereby given that an application has been presented to the City of Arvada Local Liquor Licensing Authority for a Hotel and Restaurant License from Mika Sushi Inc D/B/A: Mika Sushi Inc, 12650 West 64th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80004, whose controlling Officer is: Zhuowei Li, 12650 West 64th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80004. The license would allow sales of malt, vinous and spirituous liquor by the drink for consumption on the premises at 12650 West 64th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80004. Said application will be heard and considered by the City of Arvada Liquor Licensing Authority at a meeting to be held in the Arvada Municipal Complex Council Chambers, 8101 Ralston Road, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The application was submitted on January 24, 2017. For further information call Teri Colvin, Deputy City Clerk, at 720-898-7544. Dated this 16th of February, 2017. /s/ Teri Colvin, Deputy City Clerk CITY OF ARVADA, COLORADO
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Ralston Valley was also shorthanded with senior Trey Sayers sidelined with a concussion. “What really hurt us was not having Trey Sayers in. He is our rebounder who gets those loose balls around the rim,” Ralston Valley coach Mitch Conrad said. “Chatfield got double-digit offensive rebounds tonight. We don’t give up those rebounds, but tonight we did without him (Sayers) in the lineup.” The Mustangs were led by sophomore Isaac Townsend’s 10 points. Seniors Filip Rebrac, Jerrod Parker and freshman Caden Gigstad had eight points each as Ralston Valley (12-9, 7-5) saw it’s 4-game winning streak come to and end. Ralston Valley got a late-season addition of an athletic 6-foot-7 transfer. Rebraca, who is from Serbia, started taking classes second semester at Ralston Valley. His father, Zeljko Rebraca, played in the NBA from 2001-07. “He (Rebraca) really changes the game like Coach Conrad said,” Schimpeler said of Rebraca who had an impressive dunk in transition during the second half. “He is pretty athletic.” The Mustangs close out their regular season against Columbine and rival Arvada West this week. Ralston Valley could still finish in the top-3 in the league and havePublic a home Noticeplayoff game in the opening round of the 48ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids for the construction of City of team state tournament. Arvada, Project No. 17-ST-03, Project Title 2017 “We still have Crack Seal, winnable will be receivedgames at the office of the City Engineer am on Valley’s March 7, 2017 left,” Conrad saiduntil of 11:00 Ralston and then publicly opened and read aloud. scheduleThe before the postseason. we BID DOCUMENTS, consisting of“If Advertise-
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She replaces coach Sandi Patterson and her assistant coach and husband Don Patterson, who left to spend more time with family. Dodge is also seeking a new girls volleyball coach. Heritage hires Eberle Heritage has hired Hannah Eberle as its new volleyball coach. Eberle is a Ralston Valley graduate and a former Mustangs junior varsity coach. She replaces Jana Barrett, who stepped away after compiling a
Can you dig it? Over the past few weeks it has been hard to not notice posters for boys volleyball tryouts at various gyms. Boys volleyball is not a sanctioned sport by the Colorado High School Activities Association, but there are 43 schools that have club teams and compete during the spring in the Colorado Boys High School Volleyball Association. The CHSAA Equity Committee delivered a side-out last month by failing to endorse a proposal to have boys volleyball added to the list of sanctioned sports.
Adding boys volleyball would affect most school’s under Title IX, which aims to provide male and female students with varsity athletic opportunities in proportion to their school’s student body. Despite not getting a recommendation from the committee, some league could sponsor a bylaw that would seek to sanction boys volleyball at the April Legislative Council meeting.
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can pull that off and win seven of our last eight — the loss to one of the best teams in the state — we would go in with some momentum still.” The 5A state bracket will be announced Sunday, Feb. 19. First-round games will be played Wednesday, Feb. 22. Chatfield is likely in line for a top seed and grab one of the 16 first-round byes for the state tournament. “We can’t take any of the upcoming three games for granted,” Beckley said. “We are looking for a strong push toward playoffs.”
Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 303-5664083.
Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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