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EMPTY STREETS AND EMPTY STORES Efforts afoot to help keep Arvada businesses afloat during COVID-19 shutdown P4


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“We cannot ask people to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus if they aren’t able to keep their home, whether they’re renting or they have mortgage payments.” Gov. Jared Polis on urging leniency on bills amid COVID-19 shutdowns | P2 INSIDE




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Colorado delays taxes, urges wait on evictions State urges flexibility on bills amid COVID-19, won’t say whether Coloradans may be ordered to stay home BY ELLIS ARNOLD EARNOLD@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

After a rural southwest Colorado county became the first in the state to implement a shelter in-place order requiring people to stay home, Gov. Jared Polis stopped short of saying whether he would impose a similar order statewide to stem the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the state urged landlords, utility companies, banks and other authorities to give Coloradans breathing room on bills — including pressing to delay evictions. “We cannot ask people to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus if they aren’t able to keep their home, whether they’re renting or they have mortgage payments,” Polis said at a March 20 news conference. As the tally of Coloradans confirmed to have COVID-19, the disease caused by a widespread coronavirus, continued to grow, Polis announced several measures to help cushion the economic blow the virus has dealt across the state. He applauded that the federal government suspended foreclosures for 60 days for people with mortgages with federal insurance — and he announced Colorado will work with financial institutions under the state’s oversight, encouraging banks and other institutions to halt foreclosures and evictions due to income reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor also asked financial institutions to consider a 90-day extension on payments for mortgages, refinances, auto loans, student loans and small-business loans. “We also request that landlords refrain from removing tenants” or those who live in mobile homes as a result of late rent payment through April 30, Polis said.



Colorado families who have encountered economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for assistance. Families can apply for the Colorado Works County Emergency Disaster Program through Colorado PEAK, an online service that allows qualified Coloradans to screen and apply for medical, food, cash and early childhood assistance. Go to coloradopeak.secure.force.com for more information or to apply. Among the requirements are that a family’s annual combined gross income must be below $75,000 and the household must contain at least one child 18 or younger.

Let us know how the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on you, the challenges you have encountered or acts of kindness you have experienced. To share your story, email us at: newsdesk@coloradocommunitymedia.com

The governor urged police chiefs and sheriffs not to enforce evictions in most cases and ensured that no state law enforcement would be used for such enforcement. By executive order, Polis instructed the state to provide short-term rental and mortgage assistance to low-income households — those below 50% of area median income — that face financial hardship due to economic disruption associated with COVID-19. Polis also asked utility companies not to shut off Coloradans’ service due to late payments related to impacts of the pandemic. Xcel Energy has already taken that step, but the state wants to ensure other companies do too, Polis said. “I’m pleased to announce that I’m extending the income tax deadline for 90 days until July 15” for all individuals and businesses, Polis said. A similar order at the federal level also delayed tax payment amid the pandemic. Polis encouraged cities and counties to defer property, use and sales taxes, pledging the state would be “more than a willing partner” for that action. Weathering economic storm After Colorado implemented a shutdown of dine-in restaurant and bar service through the end of April — also ordering horse track and off-track betting facilities, hair and nail salons, spas, and tattoo and massage parlors to close during that time — the governor extended a small ray of hope, announcing

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March 20 that the state would allow restaurants and bars to sell alcohol if customers also purchase food. That new rule lasts until April 18. Take-out, delivery and drive-thru service were still allowed under the order. Polis announced the creation of an emergency task force to help steer the economy back on track, headed by Federico Peña, a former Denver mayor who has served in the Cabinet of President Bill Clinton and has experience in the investment industry. For now, Polis announced an executive order to allow the state to expedite unemployment claims amid overwhelming demand for unemployment insurance. He also directed people to Safeway, King Soopers, Amazon, UPS and similar businesses who are hiring amid the pandemic. ChooseColorado.com is the state’s website for employment resources. Some additional relief is available already: The federal government declared Colorado a disaster area amid the pandemic, and small businesses may be eligible for loans that can ease the pain. Contact the Colorado office of the U.S Small Business Administration at 303-8442607 for more information. Colorado also offers a layoffprevention program that could help businesses impacted by the state’s ordered closures — or businesses that have been economically impacted by the pandemic in general. It’s called the Colorado Work-Share, and more information is on the state’s website.

Shelter in place? San Miguel County announced March 18 a shelter-in-place order — meaning residents must stay at home unless it’s essential they leave — that lasts through at least April 3. Under the order, people can only leave home to perform “essential activities,” including needs such as obtaining medication, going to the doctor, getting groceries, caring for a family member or pet. People are allowed to leave for work only at certain types of businesses. It makes an exception for activities such as walking, hiking or running, as long as participants keep their distance from others. Bay Area counties in California announced a shelter-in-place order for all residents from March 17 until at least April 7. People were advised to leave their homes only to take care of essential errands. Polis didn’t directly answer questions about whether the state itself is considering implementing a shelter-in-place order. When asked about how such an order would affect food distributed by schools, Polis said: “We’re never going to do anything to prevent kids from getting the food they need” and that students will still be ready to graduate and move on to the next year of school. He pointed to additional measures the state took in recent days, including discouraging people gathering in groups larger than 10. “The more we can contain the spread of the virus in Colorado, the less likely it is that additional steps would be taken,” Polis said.

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Mines employee tests positive for COVID-19 Employee and others who were around individual to quarantine BY PAUL ALBANI-BURGIO PALBANIBURGIO@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

A research associate at Colorado School of Mines has tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced on March 18. According to a statement posted

to the school’s website, the research associate is currently at home in self-isolation following an order from the county, The individual, who works in Berthoud Hall, was last on campus Tuesday, March 17. The laboratory where the research associate works and all common areas of Berthoud Hall are being cleaned and disinfected per public heath guidelines. Those on campus that had close contact with the researcher have been notified and are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days.

continue to monitor their health. The message went on to say: “Please remember: The entire world is grappling with this outbreak. The members of our community who are ill deserve our sympathy and best wishes, but also our thanks for sharing news of their diagnosis with us.” The case of COVID-19 at Colorado School of Mines is the first confirmed case in Golden. There are more than 40 confirmed cases in Jefferson County, but health officials have not been listing the cities where those confirmed patients reside.

The message posted to the Mines website also attempted to reassure students about the situation. It read: “While the news of our first confirmed COVID-19 case on campus may be alarming, we want to assure you that Mines has been planning and preparing for this possibility for weeks. We are working closely with local health officials and will continue to take all precautions necessary to keep our community safe.” Mines is asking students to not panic, practice social distancing and


Covid-19 Will Obviously Impact the Real Estate Market, but When & How Much?

We Realtors are keenly aware that the Covid-19 outbreak will have an effect on the real estate market, but we’re all waiting to see that happen in a more measurable way. Sure, we’ve seen some reduction in showing activity, but homes are still being listed and keep going under contract, especially in the higher price brackets. I dropped in on an open house Sunday and spoke with the agent on duty. This was a million-dollar listing on Easley Road, north of Golden. I showed up two hours into the open house, and he said that he had already had about 10 sets of visitors. Indeed one visitor was in the house when I arrived. Two Saturdays ago, I had my busiest open house ever at a $580,000 listing in Golden proper, and 18 agent showings had been set for that same day, which was the first day of showings. Two days later, the home was under contract for $620,000. Other than exchanging elbow bumps instead of handshakes, it was pretty much business as usual — if not more so! I’m under no illusion that the market won’t slow down as more potential home buyers are unable to get mortgages because they have been laid off. Cash buyers may be less willing to sell their depreciated stocks to buy a new home. But that’s not happening a lot yet. A local news program — I think it was CBS4 — had a segment

Saturday evening in which a local real estate agent gave the same account of a busier-than-ever real estate market. My broker associates have seen some impact. One of our broker associates told me that a buyer had terminated a million-dollar home purchase because they were concerned that they wouldn’t be able to sell their current home. As a result, two otherwise solid transactions evaporated for our agent. Another broker associate reported that his buyers are moving forward with their contract on a home, but they have stable jobs — one a physician and the other a public defender. A third broker associate has a vacant land listing that has failed to sell for three years but suddenly has multiple buyers considering offers for it. Another broker associate has a buyer from Connecticut who is retiring and wants to move to Colorado but had to cancel her flight because of Covid-19. Her state is one of the ones with a stay-at-home order in effect. Meanwhile, she told our agent that she’s now thinking more about looking outside the metro area where there’s “more space.” Maybe she’d like that Cedaredge listing below! The same broker associate said that a buyer from Chicago had been planning to make a non-contingent offer on a home but now wants to make it contingent on the sale of his current home because of con-

Do You Want to Get Out of Dodge? Try Cedaredge! This Western Slope home just listed by our for$540,000 mer broker associate, Kim Taylor, is a newly remodeled home at 1235 NW Cedar Ave. It overlooks five private acres with incredible views of the San Juan Mountain range and the Grand Mesa, just a half mile from downtown Cedaredge, where Kim is now a happy local Realtor. The 3,464square-foot ranch-style home was completely remodeled in 2013, including natural gas service, a new heating system, new paint, carpeting, and more. Two bedrooms were converted to a large master suite. An office and gas fireplace were added to the main floor. One garage/shop is 44’x50’ with a 12-foot door that can store your RV and all your toys, and has a shop with 240V power. A second outbuilding is an 800-SF shop with garage door and attached tractor barn. The property enjoys public water and sewer and is adjacent to open fields and an orchard, just a 10-minute walk to downtown Cedaredge. The top of the Mesa is just 20 minutes to the north and offers world class snowmobile trails, X-country skiing, hiking, biking and fishing. The Gunnison River is 15 minutes to the south for water sports and fishing. Visit www.CedaredgeHome.info for a video walk-through of this home, including aerial footage of the property and surrounding area. Call me at 303525-1851 or Kim Taylor at 303-304-6678 for more info or to set a showing.

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cerns that it may not sell as easily. Yet another agent has a client who was ready to list their current home and buy another but is a physician concerned about getting infected herself, so she is holding off on those plans. Meanwhile, I got my $1.25-million listing in the foothills under contract for more than its listing price due to competing offers, and the seller is now under contract for their replacement home. The MLS statistics above show that life goes on across our industry. Homes are still being listed, going under contract and selling. The 26 listings “Back on Market” are likely homes where the contract fell. Like any business, Golden Real Estate is adjusting to the situation with new practices and procedures. We carry disinfectant

wipes and rubber gloves in our cars and we have buyers meet us at listings instead of carpooling. At our office, we have disinfectant wipes handy for wiping down hard surfaces after we or visitors touch them. When it’s warm outside, we keep our front door open so that visitors (and we ourselves) don’t have to touch the handles at all. Golden Real Estate is known for doing narrated video tours of all our listings. Visit www.GRElistings.com for examples of these video tours which simulate an actual showing and virtually eliminate the need for open houses. Perhaps other brokerages will follow our example now. Title companies are adapting, too. I attended a couple closings recently at which the closer handed out only new pens and wore blue gloves herself, and the rest of us were spaced out more than before around the closing table. I heard of one title company doing “drive-through” closings, in which the documents were passed through the car window for signing! The real estate industry will survive and people will still buy and sell homes, but we expect the volume of sales to decline. How much we can’t be sure. Whatever happens, I will be writing about it here.

Just Listed: Lakewood Ranch with Finished Basement This 4-bedroom, 3½-bath brick ranch at 1957 S. Taft Street in Lakewood’s Green Mountain Village offers a solid home with main-floor living in a quiet neighborhood just north of Bear Creek Golf Club and Hutchinson Park. Green Mountain’s network of bike and hiking trails is also close by. One trail is just 100 yards away at the bottom of the street! With its finished garden -level basement, there’s 2,498 sq. ft. of living $475,000 space. The backyard is special, with its eight lichen-covered boulders, brick flower beds, included hot tub, wood deck (outside the master bedroom) with pergola, and two storage sheds! The 2-car garage is extra long, accommodating the included work bench and wall cabinets. With our narrated video tour at www.LakewoodHome.info — just like a showing with the listing agent — you only need to set a showing if you know you’re interested in it. Call me for a showing.

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Arvada businesses work to stay afloat through COVID-19 Community coming together to help others during outbreak BY CASEY VAN DIVIER CVANDIVIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

As Ray and Deanell Sandoval went for a walk through Olde Town the afternoon of March 17, the downtown area’s empty streets and locked businesses didn’t look like the Olde Town they’ve gotten used to. Instead, in the midst of the COVID-19 spread, the streets reminded them of a past Olde Town. “When we first moved here, it looked like this,” said Ray, who moved to Arvada more than 20 years ago, prior to the revitalization efforts that have made the area a retail and restaurant hotspot in the city. Along Grandview and Olde Wadsworth, by Tuesday afternoon — a day after the state ordered restaurants and bars to temporarily suspend sit-down service — the majority of businesses had turned out the lights and posted notices on their doors, directing customers to call for takeout or return at a later date. For businesses that were still open, customers were few and far between; at Lovely Boutique, for instance, the first three hours of the workday saw zero customers, said owner Robin Burkley. “There’s no one walking around. A



See the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s handy list of city takeout opportunities at www.arvadachamber.org/takeouttakeover/ lot of customers were brought down here by the restaurants,” she said. “Everyone is being cautious. It’s not something we can’t rebound from, but it’s going to hurt.” Even with these significant setbacks, business-owners and residents say there have been opportunities for people and businesses to support one another. When Kline’s Beer Hall found itself with extra food due to lost business, it made a donation to nonprofit Community Table, said Sandy Martin, the organization’s executive director. The help has come at a time when the nonprofit is in need of donations, particularly non-perishable food items, as families struggle with the financial impacts of COVID-19. Multiple residents have also called in to make monetary donations, Martin said — “It’s such an incredible community,” she said. “We’re thankful.” Elsewhere in Arvada, at Olde Town’s vegan restaurant So Radish, employees have stepped up to help one another as the store has shifted to take-out services only, said general manager Audrey Potter. With the store reducing hours for employees, “we have a couple people on

Olde Wadsworth Boulevard and the other streets of Olde Town were empty at lunchtime on St. Patrick’s Day, after the state ordered restaurants and bars to suspend sit-down service. CASEY VAN DIVIER staff that have second jobs or spouses who are working and have said, `don’t worry about us — give other people the hours,’’’ Potter said. “That was pretty cool.” So Radish has been brainstorming ways to assist the broader community through potential menu changes, such as adding weekend specials or convenience to-go items for those who cannot get to a grocery store, Potter said. SEE BUSINESS, P5

Community business groups have worked together to help businesses combat the impacts of COVID-19. Any business can access the following resources: The Business Toolkit on the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s site links to health information, remote working tips, financial guides and more. The Takeout Takeover list on the Chamber’s site allows any food service business to post delivery, takeout, curbside or other options. The Chamber is also taking online questions from businesses to learn how else it can provide assistance. The Arvada App Voucher Program at thearvadapp. com offers an alternative to businesses that do not sell their own gift-cards. The Community First Foundation at facebook. com/CommunityFirstFoundation has encouraged nonprofits to create a ColoradoGives page to help nonprofits gain extra support and donations.

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Arvada cancellations, closures and reschedulings Organizations announce changes in response to COVID-19 BY CASEY VAN DIVIER CVANDIVIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

With multiple government restrictions and recommendations in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — including a statewide suspension of sit-down services in restaurants and bars and a recommendation to cancel events of 50 people or more — many Arvada events, classes, programs and services will no longer run as scheduled:


Many other Arvada businesses are also changing things up in response to the outbreak. Business like Rheinlander Bakery and the Bluegrass Coffee and Bourbon Lounge are offering new curbside

City of Arvada Declaring a State of Emergency, the city announced it plans to cancel all nonessential events with crowds of more than 250 people and many non-essential events with crowds of fewer than 250 people, through May 4. The Arvada Kite Festival on April 5 has been canceled. The city has suspended passport services, neighborhood meetings at city facilities and approval of permits for special events to take place before April 30. Government meetings, such as city council and planning commission meetings, will not continue in their usual capacity. The March 16 city council meeting and March 17

planning commission meeting were canceled, with the city stating that the meetings’ agenda items will be rescheduled for a later date. March 23, a city council workshop and short meeting to consider consent agenda items will be held and broadcast to the public, but will be limited to city staff and councilmembers. The city plans to create an online forum for upcoming council meetings, said city communications manager Ben Irwin. “We’re trying to do the maximum to use technology to give people different ways to access the conversation and provide public comment,” he said. “We’re looking at early April

to pilot a solution.”

Arvada Community Table The Community Table is still open to distribute food at the

drive up/walk up station in its parking lot, 8555 W. 57th Ave. The following Community Table have been suspended until further notice: the client choice food pantry; GED tutoring; health clinic; mobile dental; tax preparation services; Living Well Showers; Severe Weather Shelter Network; and Feeding the Future. Assistance through Bridges to Opportunity is not available by walk-in but residents can reach out by phone at (720) 437 - 6388. The nonprofit is still accepting donations, including monetary donations and non-perishable food items. For more information, contact the Community Table at (303) 424 - 6685.

pickup options. Denver Beer Co, Carly’s Boutique, the Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center and others have launched sales on some items to incentivize shopping. Efforts to assist these local businesses have been led by a number of Arvada groups, including the city, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Arvada Visitors’ Center, Arvada Economic Development Asso-

ciation, Olde Town Business Improvement District and the Community First Foundation. One strategy has been the chamber’s Business Toolkit, which links businesses to financial resources and other guidance. Another has been the Takeout Takeover page on the Chamber’s site, which lists all Arvada restaurants offering takeout, delivery or other services.

While for the most part, the transformed restaurants and still-open retail stores haven’t seen as much business as usual, many of them are clinging to hope that when COVID infection numbers begin to decline, business will build. “When this is all over, I’m sure there’s going to be a big celebration,” Burkley said. “We will survive this.”

Meanwhile, residents like the Sandovals said they’re also ready to do their part, whether that means ordering takeout, continuing regular visits to the community or simply keeping a positive outlook. “It’s okay. It’s an opportunity to get things done,” Deanell Sandoval said. “Personally, we’re healthy and can get out. We feel grateful.”

Apex Park and Recreation District Through April 5, all Apex facilities, including outdoor fields, the Indian Tree Golf Club, pools and pickleball courts are closed. Apex programs and classes are all canceled. Arvada Chamber of Commerce With plans to reschedule or provide digital alternatives, the Arvada Chamber has canceled all March and April events. Visit arvadachamber. org for information on specific events.

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Here’s what remote learning looks like in Jeffco Each school taking its own approach to online-only plan BY CASEY VAN DIVIER CVANDIVIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

March 12, Jeffco Public Schools announced it would be closing all school buildings the following week, leaving district and school employees a matter of days to ensure that, by March 17, tens of thousands of students were equipped with take-home devices, apps and internet access. “At first, it seemed very overwhelming moving everything online,” said Dale Munholland, social studies teacher at Arvada’s Pomona High School. “I had to very quickly learn to make videos and post them. There’s a huge learning curve for everyone.” The decision to close school buildings was driven by safety concerns as COVID-19 has continued to spread throughout the state. On March 13, Gov. Jared Polis had encouraged the cancellation of large public gatherings, prompting Jeffco’s decision to engage in online learning March 16 through 20. After a follow-up government announcement ordering schools to suspend in-person learning until at least April 17, Jeffco has extended the online system through that time,

Lakewood High sophomore Morgan Fritzler completes classwork from her Arvada home. “It’s an adjustment to the way I’ve been learning for so long,” she said. CASEY VAN DIVIER with a hiatus for Jeffco’s previously scheduled Spring Break March 23-27. Mondays will also be no-student days to allow teachers time to plan, according to a March 19 district announcement. Early Elementary Each school has been given some flexibility on its remote learning approach to best meet students’ needs.

At Wheat Ridge’s Peak Expeditionary School at Pennington, for instance, while remote learning does rely on some online tools, younger students have also been equipped with grocery bags full of dozens of worksheets, which teachers sent home with parents, mom Sarah Goudie said. Those worksheets are a large part of the day for Goudie’s first-grader, Cora. In a typical day, Cora may complete four literacy worksheets and a math worksheet, with Sarah photographing the finished papers to message to Cora’s teacher. Next, she’ll complete a specials class, like art, by following a video tutorial on YouTube. To finish the day, she writes an answer to the class’s `Question of the Day’ and reads it out loud, with Sarah also messaging this recording to Cora’s teacher. In total, Goudie estimated that the 6-year-old has been spending about an hour-and-a-half to two hours on school each day. Both Goudie’s daughters — Cora and 4-year-old Hannah, a preschooler at Peak Expeditionary — also see a speech therapist through the school and have been able to continue those meetings remotely. “The schools had a really big task that was thrust upon them, and they’re really trying and staying super accessible,” Goudie said. While Goudie and fellow parents agree that the district’s quick response has been admirable, for students, the adjustment has taken some getting used to. “Our first official day ended up in tears with me and my 6-year-old, twice. I said I’ll make it as much like school as I possibly can, but within an hour it hit her that this is not going to be like school,” Goudie said. “It’s just going to be a tough transition, but I think it can work.” She added that, to help students with social and instructional challenges, the school is considering adding video chat through an online platform like Zoom, allowing teachers a way to communicate with the students face-to-face. Zoom is already being used by other schools, such as Vanderhoof Elemen-

tary in Arvada, where first-grader Ville Hulme logs on every day at 9 a.m. for a class-wide video chat. What follows throughout the day is a series of online activities: “They’ve been using Google Classroom to post all assignments and instructions, Prodigy (a learning platform) for math games, a wide variety of online reading resources,” just to name a few, said Ville’s mother, Castine. “The teachers have done an excellent job with the lessons, but at this young age, it requires a lot of parent involvement,” she said. However, despite the pressure this adds on the family — both Castine and her husband work full-time — “I’m really enjoying seeing him get involved with his lessons and work,” she said of her son. Upper elementary Elsewhere in Jeffco, 10-year-old Evan Winner has found himself spending about two hours on schoolwork each day since the transition to remote learning, he said. The fourth-grader, who attends Mitchell Elementary School in Golden, receives all of his daily assignments from his teacher each morning and is expected to submit them online, in any order, by 3 p.m., he said. Like Hulme, the day for Winner’s class begins with a class video chat so students have a chance to socialize, whether that means chatting about staying at home or showing their pets to one another, Winner said. He added that when he’s had trouble understanding instructions or content, he and his mother have been able to access a group chat in which students can ask questions. His teacher has also been available to message one-on-one. “It’s really creative that they found a way to do this,” Winner said. While he doesn’t enjoy “having to stay inside all day,” he said, “I’m excited because I get to not wake up at seven, and I can spend more time with my family.” SEE SCHOOLS, P23

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Community garden has ‘room to grow’ Northwest Arvada’s Rose Roots garden seeking registrations for this season

HOW TO REGISTER Registration for northwest Arvada’s Rose Roots Community Garden costs $75 for a 15-by-15 plot or $35 for an ADA-accessible raised plot. Membership is open to any community member and includes access to water, tools, fertilizer and composting equipment. To register, contact membership@roserootsgarden.org.


Although the Rose Roots Community Garden has been open to gardeners since 2011, every year, almost a quarter of the garden — about 20 of its 89 plots — stays vacant, said gardener Laura Bennett, who leads orientations for the garden’s new members. Located in northwest Arvada at 12920 W. 84th Ave., surrounded by nearby neighborhoods and small community farms, the organic garden has limited opportunities to post signage that can be seen from Arvada’s main roads. But as this year’s growing season approaches, gardeners like Bennett and Rose Roots communications leader Erin Newton are determined to get the word out and bring new faces to the semi-secret garden. “Every year, we need people,” Bennett said. “We have 89 plots and we can expand as needed. We have room to grow.” Registration is open June 1 but many gardeners have already gotten started planting crops, with the primary planting season to take place in April and May, Bennett and New-

As this year’s gardening season gets underway, Erin Newton, left, Grayson Inman and Laura Bennett put together a plot at the Rose Roots Community Garden, 12920 W. 84th Ave. CASEY VAN DIVIER ton said. The garden holds a planting party around Mother’s Day each year, as well as cooking demonstrations, concerts and other events throughout the season. Gardeners can plant a wide variety of crops, from sage to lavender to pumpkins, Bennett said. She and

Newton added that the garden is open to any community member with any level of experience. “I didn’t know anything about gardening when I started, but you can always start with the tried and true zucchini,” Newton said. “We have master gardeners and they love giving

people unending amounts of information. You learn something new every year.” The two also highlighted the garden’s strong partnership with the community, with local Boy Scout troops, churches, schools, service organizations and the Arvada Fire Protection District all involved in building and maintaining the space. In turn, gardeners typically donate thousands of pounds of produce each year to local nonprofit Community Table, which distributes the produce to families in need. Each year, the haul to the food bank grows steadily, Bennett said — last year, she recalls bringing 286 pounds of produce to the nonprofit in just one day, she said. Newton added that the garden has been the ideal place to take her son, Grayson, during the summer season, as well as a place to go in the midst of the current COVID outbreak. “You can go to the garden and you’re still social distancing,” she said. “Gardening is the new getting out.”

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ith the coronavirus pandemic hitting the US, keeping ourselves healthy is our top priority. For seniors, another priority is our retirement portfolio and what’s going to happen to it due to our current economic uncertainty. At times of severe market volatility, if you are a homeowner who is 62 or over and rely on your portfolio for monthly expenses, you may compound your problems by continuing to withdraw from those retirement funds which have already shrunk. As happened in 2007 – 2009, these loses may not be recovered quickly. With a Reverse Mortgage Line of Credit, you can access funds by tapping into your housing wealth rather than drawing on other assets, thereby creating a hedge against the market downturn and beyond. Then in the future, as market volatility decreases and stock market-based assets return to stable levels, you have the option of allowing those accounts to recover rather than sustaining large market losses now.

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Jeffco residents and organizations are offering help to those in need Action Center and Jeffco Eats adapting to COVID-19 situation BY JOSEPH RIOS JRIOS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Lakewood resident Bradley Cook has been busy running errands for his loved ones since the COVID-19 pandemic started. His mother, who lives in Arvada, is sick with a cold, and Cook has been going grocery shopping and carrying out other deeds for her and his father. His friend needed someone to pick up medication, and Cook rose to that task too. Cook says he is healthy, and his job as a Realtor has put him in a good financial situation — but he recognizes there are some who aren’t in his position — and he wants to help out. “I thought since I am buying groceries and delivering them to my parents in Arvada, I might as well extend that out. If you need anything, if you are self-quarantined, or if you are under orders to stay away from people, just let me know what you need, and I’ll bring it to you,” said Cook. He said he is willing to deliver groceries in Lakewood, Arvada, Denver and Wheat Ridge. “A lot of people are panicking right now, and I don’t want people to panic. I think this will be over, but in the

Residents donate food to the Action Center at its food drive on March 14. In a four-hour period, the organization raised 16 pallets of food donations. The best way the Action Center can be supported is by donating food, financial resources and volunteering. COURTESY OF TAWNEY EISENBRAUN

meantime, I think the people who can help each other out need to do so, and the people who need to stay away from anybody and not go out into public need to do that, so yeah — let’s just help each other out,” Cook added. The common words that some residents may have heard to describe the COVID-19 pandemic are “unprecedented times.” But amid the fear and uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused, there are organizations and people like Cook who are willing to help the community. Here are a few Lakewood entities and people who are working to ensure the community gets through these


eachers, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Schools everywhere are putting in consistent time and effort to make sure America remains invested in its future. Here at the Early College of Arvada, ECA, we feel truly blessed to have such devoted staff and teachers. We are so proud of all the hard work our students and staff are putting in during this time of uncertainty. Time and again, our staff have shown what it means to be courageous, dedicated, and flexible. Our students are receiving a solid education with daily communication from teachers. Our students have shown they have what it takes to be an ECA Griffin, and we are incredibly proud of our students for continuing their hard work and maintaining a diligent work schedule. ECA is a community of caring students, parents, staff, administration, and the Board. We are serving students and families today while we plan for next year. Our charter provides two years of college for high school students delivered by PHDs on our campus. We are thankful for our small school environment that allows students to feel supported, heard, and respected. Also, ECA is positioned to help the neediest families with food, gasoline, or other essentials. Our students are Arvada’s future.” ECA is a public charter school serving grades 6-12 from Arvada, Westminster, and Denver. Our students get two years of tuition-free college while in high school. Everyone is welcome, accepted, and successful at ECA. Early College of Arvada, 4905 West 60th avenue, Arvada, Colorado 80003

unprecedented times. Action Center still active While the Action Center humanservices organization has had to modify its work by offering drive-thru services for food and mail, it is doing everything it can to stay open, according to Action Center Executive Director Pam Brier. As Colorado has extended its shutdown of dine-in restaurants to April 30 to combat the spread of COVID-19, many restaurant employees are left searching for work. “We know there is an increased demand, so we are doing everything we can to stretch our resources to make sure food is coming in and the volunteers and staff are staying healthy to stay on hand. We’ve seen new families and individuals who have been coming to the Action Center before,” said Brier. She added that it is hard to know how many new residents the organization is serving, but at the end of the month, she’ll be able to look at data and have a better sense. The Action Center’s volunteers and employees are working outside and keeping a safe distance from each other, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While residents can still get food and mail, another demographic is still being served by the organization — college students. In February, the Action Center reopened its family shelter, renamed The Launch Pad, to serve homeless Red Rocks Community College students. Brier said the shelter is still housing 12 students who are learning

from a distance and staying inside. Red Rocks is closed and doing online classes for the remainder of the semester. The COVID-19 outbreak has delayed the Action Center’s efforts to recruit more students to its shelter, but Brier says the organization is still eager to meet and provide more housing for Red Rocks Community College. On March 14, the Action Center hosted a food drive where cars were lined up to provide for those in need. In a four-hour period, the organization raised 16 pallets of food donations. Brier said the best way the community can support the Action Center is by donating food, financial resources and volunteering. “We think of ourselves as one of the key resources, so our commitment to staying open is really critical. For people to know the Action Center is here, we’re committed to staying open as long as we can — I hope that brings an added sense of security to the community to know that we’ll be here for them,” said Brier. The Action Center has been talking with the Jeffco Schools Foundation, an organization focused on bringing resources to the school district, to discuss ways it can help support food hubs for students as schools are closed until at least April 17. Community effort Other organizations are stepping up efforts to provide food to Jeffco kids, like Jeffco Eats. Jeffco Public Schools has set up food hubs all over the county for children 18 years and younger to pick up breakfast and lunch, and Jeffco Eats, operated by Lakewood resident Barb Moore, is providing support. Jeffco Eats, a nonprofit organization that provides free food to children in Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and Arvada, has been delivering food at Jefferson County Head Start in Arvada, Lasley, Westgate and Foothills elementary schools in Lakewood, and some apartments in Lakewood, including Maplewood Apartments, Belmar Groves Apartments and Cedar Garden Apartments. Moore said the organization wants to stay in its lane and is trying to adapt the best it can. Jeffco Eats relies on a core team of volunteers that are over the age of 65, but many of them SEE HELP, P9

Colorado Mills temporarily closes The mall is scheduled to reopen again on March 30 STAFF REPORT

Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood has joined thousands of other businesses in temporarily shutting down, according to a release from Simon Property Group, the mall’s owner.

“The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees is of paramount importance, and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” David Simon, chairman, CEO and president of Simon, said in the release. Simon said it made the decision after having conversations with federal, state and local officials. The mall shutdown started on March 18 and is scheduled to end on March 29.

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Sherriff’s office releasing inmates, prohibiting jail visits in response to COVID-19 County offices closed



County officials have continued to respond to the COVID-19 crisis this week by announcing several operational changes aimed at helping to contain the spread of the disease. The Jefferson County Commissioners meeting on March 24 was canceled. The March 31 has also been canceled. As of March 19, there were 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office On March 19, the Sheriff ’s Office announced that it would begin releasing eligible inmates early if they have completed at least 50 percent of their sentence and meet all other early release program requirements. Those releases will continue until “the risk of COVID-19 spread is mitigated.” In-


are self-isolating. The organization will need volunteers at some point, Moore said. Around 3,000 kids a week are being

renewal of concealed carry permits is also suspended during the period. Jail bonds are still being accepted in the jail lobby, which will remain open.

a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

mates do not qualify for early release if they are subject to a minimum sentence under state law or if their sentence includes directions from a judge to prevent early release. According to the sheriff ’s office,as of March 19 no inmates or Jefferson County Sheriff ’s Office employees have tested positive for COVID-19. On March 16, the Sheriff ’s Office also announced that it would be immediately closing its three public lobby locations and suspending certain public services, including all on-site visitation at the county jail, for the remainder of the week. During the suspension, public records requests can no longer be submitted in person (they can still be submitted online at records@jeffco.us). The issuing and

Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder’s Office On March 17, Jefferson County Clerk George Stern announced that the clerk and recorder’s office would be closed through at least the end of the week. The closure extends to all divisions, including Motor Vehicle offices, Recording, Clerk to the Board, and Elections. Jeffco drivers will not be assessed late fees during the closure period for expired registrations. However, customers can still renew their vehicle, request a duplicate title, apply for a disability placard and change their address. However, some services—such as obtaining a marriage license — cannot be conducted online during the closure. The department will continue to respond to phone and email messages from 8

Jefferson County Public Health On March 18, JCPH issued an order closing all dine-in service at bars and restaurants as well as theaters, gyms and county buildings in Jefferson County. The local order reiterates everything covered by the state public health order. “JCPH issued this order to protect the health of our community. By bringing this to a local level, JCPH can also extend our services to the affected local businesses by streamlining processes and ensuring that during a time when everything is changing rapidly, there is continuity, transparency and support,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director at JCPH. “For example, the JCPH Environmental Health team has been working tirelessly to conduct outreach to retail food establishments in our county to make sure they’re taken care of and supported during this time.”

fed through Jeffco Eats, according to Moore, and she said some food pantries in the Jeffco Food Policy Council are talking about bringing food hubs into neighborhoods. Moore, who is a member of the council, said she believes accessing food hubs at schools can be a travel burden for some Jeffco Public Schools students.

“(Jeffco Eats believes) we have to get into the neighborhoods with the food where the kids are. We know (kids) are inside their house, and we know their shelves are pretty bare,” said Moore. Jeffco Eats is in need of cases of food and a vehicle, Moore said. Until then, she said Jeffco Eats is going to work to see how it can collaborate

with other organizations to bring more food to children, families, and now seniors with the COVID-19 pandemic. “I believe people in our community are generous, and I am really believing that people are going to provide in ways we can’t even think of or imagine,” said Moore.

More information about the county’s COVID-19 measures, as well as the latest about available services and resources are available at www.jeffco.us/coronavirus

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Practice kindness, connect with others, journal How to manage stress and fear during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you or someone you know needs additional mental health support during the COVID-19 crisis, here are some resources based in the Denver metro area.


With a global pandemic closing schools, businesses, entire communities and threatening people’s livelihoods in addition to their health, it can be difficult to stifle the anxiety, stress and fear coming with the crisis. “I think the public is very scared and I think that there’s a lot of fear and anxiety because there’s so much uncertainty,” said Cynthia Grant, chief clinical officer for AllHealth Network, a behavioral health nonprofit offering services throughout the Denver metro area. Vincent Atchity, president and CEO of the statewide nonprofit Mental Health Colorado, believes a tipping point came when organizations started canceling events and closing offices in mid-March as COVID-19 Atchity concerns mounted. “Once the school districts started going, that creates this dramatic ripple effect,” he said. Still, there are ways to cope, manage the mental health challenges, and yes,

AllHealth Network A mental health nonprofit with crisis services, a walk-in center, acute treatment, counseling and substanceuse services. Locations in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Parker, the Denver Tech Center and more. For information or to schedule an appointment,

call 303-730-8858 or go to allhealthnetwork.org. Community Reach Center A mental health community center also offering substance-use disorder assistance. The center is based in Westminster and has locations in Thornton, Northglenn, Broomfield, Brighton and Commerce City. For more information, go to communityreachcenter. org. Colorado Crisis Services Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential

find joy in the days and weeks ahead. Abigail Tucker, chief clinical officer at the Westminster-based Community Reach Center, said it’s important that people focus on their mental well-being in addition to their physical health while responding to the pandemic. “People are sometimes still forgetting that health includes your mental health,” Tucker said. What’s normal, what’s not? Additional stress and anxiety at a time like this is a common and collective experience, Atchity, Grant and Tucker said. Just how much is normal


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will vary for each person, but clear signs emerge when someone is struggling with his or her mental health. “Everybody reacts differently to stressful situations so normal is definitely a very wide range,” Grant said. Being isolated and quarantined can add to the challenge. “It can make people feel really helpless, that there’s really nothing they can do,” Grant said, “and I think that all of that is normal.” For people with existing mental health conditions, times of crises can be exceptionally tough. Grant said some of their clients with mental illness were stable before the pandemic but not any longer. People with trauma histories can experience more flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety in the stressful environment. Tucker’s center had more calls on March 16 than it had all year, she said, although the number of calls was not immediately available. Callers had a mix of needs. Some were new clients in search of service, others were rescheduling appointments and more wanted information about Telehealth appointments. Both AllHealth and Community Reach Center are seeing increased demand for services along with Telehealth, which allows people to access treatment remotely. The pandemic “can also have a peculiar effect if somebody is used to living with bipolar disorder or depression,” Atchity said. “In collective unsettlement, they can suddenly find they are the calm ones and are more unflappable, like, `OK, now you understand my world.’ ” When in doubt, the three said, reach out to a local provider with questions about mental health. Tucker said a good way to gauge whether your reaction is healthy is to reach out to a trusted loved one and ask how he or she has perceived your response. Are they worried about you? How to cope, offer support Atchity urged the community to find ways to quell panic even in the midst of crisis “so that we’re not defeated by our anxiety.” There are many ways to keep spirits up and fears at bay during the pandemic, Tucker, Grant and Atchity said. Stay busy. Cross that home improvement project off the to-do list. Bake cookies. Go outside. Appreciate the world’s natural beauty. Play with the kids. Clean

There are many ways to make the best of social distancing, self-isolation or selfquarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only can these tips fend off boredom and restlessness, but they can also help manage stress, anxiety and other mental health challenges, local experts say. Mental Health Colorado President and CEO Vincent Atchity suggests staying busy to keep the mind off stressors and limiting the flow of information on social media and the news. Stay informed and educated, but don’t obsess over updates. He also encouraged people to get outside and appreciate the natural beauty around them. Cynthia Grant, chief clinical officer for AllHealth Network, and Abigail Tucker, chief clinical officer for the Community Reach Center, offered several other suggestions. Take up a home-improvement project. Bake cookies. Clean the house. Play with the kids. Take the dog for a walk. Go on your favorite hike. Most importantly, keep connected with loved ones using technology like Facetime, phone calls and social media. the house. Walk the dog. Journal. Eat a healthy diet and exercise — both can affect one’s mood and stress level. Stay up to date and keep informed, and change practices as recommended, but don’t obsess over checking the news or information floating around online. “Control your flow of information,” Atchity said. And go ahead, watch those popular plague movies or find one of the COVID-19 playlists trending on Spotify. “That’s great. That’s funny,” Atchity said. “That’s the beautiful, funny thing about humans.” Socializing while social distancing Atchity, Grant and Tucker stressed the need for people to stay connected with one another, ground themselves in their humanity and practice kindness throughout the pandemic. “The idea of connecting with other people is something that we are very much advocating,” Grant said. “Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t connect with people.” Use all the technology available to stay in touch with loved ones. Text, phone calls, social media, Facetime, and so on. If someone isn’t familiar with the high-tech tools, use the extra time at home to learn. “Social distancing does not need to be emotional distancing,” Tucker said. Most people depend on social interaction, which contributes to someone’s sense of being supported, feeling safe and staying mentally and emotionally healthy, Atchity said. “There are so few of us who are true hermits and thrive in total isolation,” Atchity said. Don’t be afraid to check on people if there’s reason to worry about them, he said. Tucker also cautioned friends and family looking to support someone struggling with their mental health should be prepared to help them find resources. “The way we really turn this disruption to our advantage as a community is to take some of this down time and really put it toward one another with human connection,” Atchity said.

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Grocery store employees adjust to a changed reality Residents have rushed to stores during the COVID-19 pandemic



Richard Schemmel calmly stocked apples at the King Soopers at 7984 W. Alameda Ave. in Lakewood on March 20. Schemmel, produce manager for the store, smiled — and from the look on his face, you wouldn’t know he had already worked 60 hours during the week of March 16. “The last two weeks have been pretty hectic. We’re selling a lot of product, and a lot of people are scared that we’re running out of food — but we’re not,” said Schemmel. “Our trucks are running a little late, so there are times when we might be out of a product. But once that truck gets here, we are good.” Schemmel and other grocery store employees throughout the state have had to adapt to more work and an increased demand for products amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And unlike workers in many other jobs, they have not had the luxury of working from home. Many grocery stores, like King Soopers, have adjusted their hours. King Soopers shortened its daily hours of operation to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to clean and restock stores as well as

Mark Meek, a King Soopers checker, checks out chocolate milk mix. King Soopers has recently modified its hours to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused grocery stores to be consistently busy in many parts of the state. JOSEPH RIOS to keep its employees healthy. Walmart also reduced its hours of operation, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in order to sanitize, clean and restock shelves in its stores while Safeway gave similar reasons for changing its hours to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Target is now open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Multiple grocery stores also are reserving certain hours to allow seniors,

The following is a sampling of some major grocers that are open only to seniors and/or at-risk populations during certain times. Costco: 8 to 9 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday Dollar General: First hour every day (opening hours may vary by store) King Soopers: 7 to 8 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday Safeway: 7 to 9 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday Target: First hour of each Wednesday (opening hours may vary by store) Trader Joe’s: 9 to 10 a.m. daily (open to everyone at this time but there is a special line for seniors) Walmart: One hour before store opens every Tuesday (opening hours may vary by store) Whole Foods: One hour before opening every day (opening hours may vary by store)

a vulnerable population to COVID-19, to gain early access to stores. For example, King Soopers is open to only seniors from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Many stores also are adapting to the high demand for groceries by allowing residents to only purchase a certain amount of meats, toilet paper and other items.

Caitlyn Grathwohl, who has worked at the King Soopers at 750 N. Ridge Road in Castle Rock as a bakery manager for the past year and a half, said overtime hours have risen for many of the store’s employees. “It is almost like Thanksgiving, but none of us are prepared for it. During Thanksgiving, you know you have a projected forecast for sales,” said Grathwohl. “There is not an idea how long this will last.” “Now, we kind of know people want canned food, people want bread, but before, everything was getting wiped out.” Richard Wobbekind, a senior economist at the University of Colorado Boulder, said there is nothing that indicates the food supply chain is in any danger. “Food production is in very good shape. I’m frankly much more worried about the people who don’t have access to technology and the people who are getting laid off more so than the fact there’s not going to be enough toilet paper on the shelf,” said Wobbekind. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Schemmel has one message to the community: Grocery store employees are doing the best they can. “We have a really good team, and my employees are offering to stay late and work long hours,” Schemmel said. “As long as we keep a happy, positive environment, it has been working out really well.”

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The new language of laying low

o our valued customers ….” You’ve probably received emails or letters in the past couple of weeks that start with this language. Most of them follow with assurances such as: “Your health is our top priority. As a team, we have built a culture that prioritizes safety for our patients and staff ” (EyeCare Specialties). Or, “We want to offer reassurance that we are taking proactive measures in following and implementing CDC guidelines” (Safelite Auto Glass). Or, “As we navigate these unprecedented times, I want to ensure that we are keeping you, our valued customers, informed … providing you with a safe, healthy and enjoyable travel experience” (Frontier Airlines). Many of these messages continue with language such as: “Small businesses are the soul of every

community across the globe. Many of you own or work in a small business … and even more of you support your local community’s small businesses each day” (Vistaprint). And, “We know no words will do justice to everyone’s individual experience over the last couple weeks. All of us feel the weight of our responsibility to the community, particularly right now” (Lyft). And, “With all that is going on in the world today we wanted to send you a little thank you for all the support you have given us throughout the years” (Murray’s Shoes). Some businesses also help customers understand how to patronize them … by purchasing merchandise online, ordering restaurant pickup or carry-out, and buying gift certificates for future services from salons. All of this makes sense … providing information, offering comfort, and exploring alternatives for this crazy time in which we

A spreading message about COVID-19


ere’s how this works: Rudy Gobert is a professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz. Moments before the Jazz game two weeks ago in Oklahoma City, he was diagnosed HITTING with the Wuhan coronaHOME virus, COVID-19. Immediately, both the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball teams were placed in quarantine. In the two weeks prior to Rudy Gobert’s diagnosis, the Utah Jazz played at the Toronto Raptors, at the Detroit Pistons, at the Boston Celtics, at the New York Knicks, at the Cleveland Cavaliers, at the Washington Wizards, and one more against Boston, this time, in Utah. If, for the sake of argument, you assume he only came into contact with other basketball players during those two weeks, that’s at least 60 other players that he ran into in the last two weeks. And, given Rudy Gobert’s style of play, using the term “ran into” is accurate. And, while we don’t know the exact transmission rate of the virus yet, it’s possible that anywhere from three to twenty of those players contracted the virus. Of course, that doesn’t guarantee that any of them are going to get sick, but, perhaps, they are now carriers. How many other teams did those 3-20 players play against in the last two weeks? How many other players? That is how exponen-

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tial growth works. So, let’s say that one of those players who “ran into” Gobert went home after the game, kissed his kids good night, and then went to sleep. The next morning, he woke up, sat with his kids at breakfast and kissed them goodbye on their way to school. His 10-year old daughter goes to school — on the last day before the shutdown — and sits for a while with the paraprofessional working on advanced math (because she’s brilliant). The paraprofessional, who is a retired city worker, goes home at the end of the day and kisses his wife, who is a 76-year old retired teacher with diabetes (from 35 years of eating all the cookies her students brought to her at school). Five days later, that 76-year old retired teacher is hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, which she contracted thanks to a basketball player that she’s never heard of. Now, multiply that scenario by all the nonbasketball players that Gobert inevitably ran into during his travels. I’m not painting this picture to terrify you, though some of you younger folks apparently need to understand how this gets to grandma (here’s a hint: social distancing is NOT for *your* protection). And I’m certainly not writing this to blame Rudy Gobert for anything. Apparently, he had no idea he had contracted the virus, and — his careless, borderline stupid behavior at the nowinfamous press conference notwithstanding — he should not be held responsible for, ya SEE ALCORN, P23

find ourselves, and, in many ways, aren’t that dissimilar to messages we’ve received before, say, during a three-day blizzard or an extended power outage. But, they are different. These messages tell us that business hours are changed, that staffing is reduced, or that doors are shuttered altogether for an undetermined amount of time. And the language used by health agencies, hospitals and doctors, and governments to provide information and guidance has brought a new lexicon to such laying low. “An abundance of caution,” “self-quarantine,” “shelter in place,” and, of course, the ubiquitous “social distancing” are on pretty much everyone’s lips, as well as “non-essential,” “delayed,” “postponed,” “canceled,” and, god help us, “global recession.”

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Yesterday’s garbage Dear Honorable Mayor and Council of Arvada, wasn’t Arvada giving “single-hauler for trash” suggestions a rest? We find that they aren’t. Don’t most residents remember the meeting a few years ago at a church that drew hundreds in opposition? Arvada police estimated attendance at 600. Half of the crowd was relocated outside, because of fire department regulations. Loud speakers were set up so people outside could follow the arguments. Maybe two spoke in behalf of the proposal, while almost everyone else... Tom Graham, Arvada Hidden heroes We worry about the folks who have had their jobs removed by the COVID-19 pandemic while our nation “shelters in place.” The doctors and nurses on the front line are in the spotlight and in our prayers. But let us take a moment to appreciate the unexpected heroes of the day. We still need to eat. The cooks and pizza and sandwich makers have stepped into the breach. While restaurants are closed, many have opened their back doors to take-out orders so people can still eat. Delivery


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people like Postmate, Doordash and Uber Eats drivers have become supply line superstars as they convey food that last 200 feet to your door. Remember the truck drivers and stockers who are working long hours to replenish our store shelves after the panic buying of the last week. These invisible people are suddenly indispensible. Our thanks to you all. Dan Bidstrup, Lakewood Seasonal situation? Now that the precedent has been set by panic-driven autocrats, to indefinitely shut down our state, nation, and the entire world for what may be a nasty seasonal respiratory illness, why should we not expect to see similar shutdowns in subsequent winters? Given that the misnamed ‘Spanish Flu’ peaked in three successive winters, can our nation’s workers or economy survive 3 annual prolonged lockdowns, followed by everincreasing purported bailouts? Further, can the savings or well-being of our fellow citizens survive the $1-2 Trillion so-called ‘stimulus’ packages for the favored few, now working their ways through Congress, as they must be financed entirely with SEE LETTERS, P23 Arvada press A legal newspaper of general circulation in Jefferson County, Colorado, the Arvada Press is published weekly on Thursday by Colorado Community Media, 14143 Denver West Pkwy., Suite 100, Golden 80401. POSTMASTER: Send address change to: Arvada Press, 750 W. Hampden Ave., Suite 225, Englewood, CO 80110

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There are also countless pieces of advice (including my own recent column on working at home) for following CDC guidelines, observing new state and local policies, and managing lives we never thought we would be living. Unfortunately, there’s also been a surge in hateful speech and violence, especially directed at our Asian and d Asian-American neighbors, for no other reason than racist bigotry. Yet, high school choirs post individual-but-combined performances of “Over the Rainbow” on social media.

Families around the globe use streaming services to comfort one another. Friends who hardly found time to get together before share virtual happy hours now. And then there are people like writer Gretchen Rubin who, in her recent newsletter, said, “Let’s keep our eyes on the things that matter most. We’ll get through this difficult time, together. Let’s reach out with love.” This is a language I can embrace … sending virtual hugs to you all. Andrea Doray is a writer who knows there are so many, so many people who are in dire circumstances … let’s reach out with love. Contact her at a.doray@ andreadoray.com.


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Loretta Faye McGinley, long time Arvada resident, passed away March 16, 2020 at the age of 87. She was one of ten children born to the late Henry and Mary Hartung of Ft. Collins and was the beloved wife of Lawrence McGinley for over 50 years. For many years, Loretta worked as a bookkeeper for Arvada Rent-Alls. She loved to play golf and enjoyed bowling and spending time in her garden. She was also a loyal Denver Broncos fan.


Loretta is survived by her son, Brad (Debra) McGinley; daughter, Kelly McGinley (Loyd); grandchildren, Travis (Sara) Huyler; Maxwell McGinley and Callie McGinley. She is also survived by her brothers, Don Hartung, Bob (Jackie) Hartung and Mel Hartung; as well as sisters Alberta Solomon and Norma Stavran. Loretta will be remembered by numerous loving nieces and nephews as well. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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February 14, 1946 - March 8, 2020

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Denis Anthony Ackerman March 4, 1939 - March 20, 2020

Brian Gene Hoffmeier, 74, Arvada, Colorado passed away on March 8, 2020. Brian was born February 14, 1946 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Herold and Gertrude (Stolte) Hoffmeier. He graduated from Lowden High School in 1963 and attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 1967 with a degree in mathematics. He first taught math at Aurora High School, Aurora, Illinois and then served in the U.S. Army from February, 1970 to August, 1971. He moved to Colorado in 1971 and taught at Shaw Heights Junior High, Scott Carpenter Junior High and Westminster High School. During his years at Shaw Heights he met his future wife, Patricia (Patti) Nies. They were married on March 20, 1981. Brian’s life was complete when his son, Ryan, was born. After 33 years of teaching, Brian retired from Westminster High School. Brian believed in giving back to his community. He privately tutored many students in math and volunteered as a math tutor at two middle schools. He served as co-chair of the Ralston Valley

Accountability Committee for several years. He was on the church council and was treasurer of the Endowment Committee at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Arvada. He also donated 47 gallons of blood to Bonfil’s Blood Bank. Brian was a life-long Iowa Hawkeye fan and would go anywhere in Denver that was broadcasting a Hawkeye game. In later years, he became a CU Buffalo fan and enjoyed going to all of their football and basketball games. March Madness was his favorite time of year. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his son, Ryan (Julia), two brothers, Bruce (Karen), Newton, Iowa and Barry (Julie), Lowden, Iowa, one sister, Jo (Carolyn), Elk Grove, California, two sisters-in-law, Roberta (Bobbi) Viedt, Winner, South Dakota and Cynthia (Cindy) Bennett (Gene), Sioux City, Iowa, and 9 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Helen Nies and his brother-in-law, Daniel Viedt. A service will be held at a later date.

Denis Anthony Ackerman of Arvada, Colorado, passed away March 20th at the age of 81, surrounded by his family. Denis was born March 4, 1939 in Spearville, Kansas to Anthony and Magdalen Ackerman. He was raised on the family farm, attended Saint Mary’s of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas and upon graduation moved to Colorado. Denis met Judy Nosler while working at Dow Chemical and, after several failed attempts, she finally agreed to go out on a date with him. The rest is history. They were happily married for 56 years and he managed to “stay out of trouble” for most of it. His children Anne Kochevar (Russ), Andrew Ackerman (Penny) and Arlene Gregersen (Jason) will forever remember their father for his subtle humor, unique

nicknames and unconditional love. Denis was the proud “Papa” of Jackson, Harrison and Alyssa Kochevar, Tess and Mitchell Ackerman, and Isabel, Lincoln and Josephine Gregersen. Denis served in the National Guard, spent 20 years on the Arvada Volunteer Fire Department and retired from Ball Corporation where he worked for 38 years as a corporate accountant. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert and Victor Ackerman and his sisters, Sister Karen Ackerman and Elvira Dick. He is survived by his brother, Stephen Ackerman (Kerry) and sister Doris Waldron (Dave). A private burial will be held with a Memorial Mass and reception to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Collier Hospice Center, 3210 N. Lutheran Pkwy, Wheat Ridge, Colorado or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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LOOK OUTDOORS for boredom cure

Bikers zip by under the East Arapahoe Road bridge last summer at the Cherry Creek Trail, along the Centennial city border. FILE PHOTO

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aven’t left the house in several days? Looking to get out, hopefully, sans crowds? As communities throughout the nation ban gatherings of 10 or more and urge people to practice social distancing because of COVID-19, Colorado’s great outdoors await. The following are just some of the many options that don’t require you to leave the metro area. North Table Mountain Looming over downtown Golden, this mesa — it isn’t technically a mountain, despite the name — offers great views of both central Golden below and the downtown Denver skyline to the east. To take in the views, park at the Golden Cliffs parking lot and take the 1.8-mile round-trip trail up the mesa. This relatively short trail is rated intermediate but it has some steep and rocky sections that can be challenging. Once at the top, continue your exploration of the mesa by taking the longer

STAY SAFE As more people look to get outside, the number of visitors to area parks and trails has been on the rise. The following are some tips from Jefferson County Open Space to help keep yourself and others safe: • If you are sick, do not visit parks • All park visitors are expected to and/or hand-washing supplies; many parks and restrooms lack adhere to public health guideand public areas. Stay home, running water. lines and not gather in groups except to seek medical care. larger than 10 until further • High-risk visitors should use dis• Practice social distancing, even notice. cretion for park visits and public in parks, trailheads, trails and restroom use. • Bring your own hand sanitizer climbing crags. North Table Mountain loop or just take in the rewarding views before heading back down. Roxborough State Park The nearly 4,000-acre park southwest of Littleton is home to stunning red rock formations and abounds with natural beauty. The park’s eight trails total 14 miles and range in difficulty. Take a walk, run, cross-country ski or go on a snowshoe adventure. The park does not allow pets, drones, camping, mountain bikes, horses, rock climbing, fires or marijuana, to preserve the natural features. Note, amid coronavirus concerns, all planned programs and events are canceled for the month of March, although the park and visitor center will remain open for normal hours, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. All trails start at the visitor center. Parking is

limited. Hours vary but are generally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during winter. Castlewood Canyon State Park Just a jaunt from Franktown, Castlewood Canyon State Park is home to a piece of Colorado history and mild to moderate trails. From half a mile to 4-mile stretches, trails take users along Cherry Creek, to a natural amphitheater and the skeleton of the legendary Castlewood Dam, which burst and caused the great flood of 1933. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset. Gates close one hour before park closure. Leashed pets are allowed on most trails, except for the East Canyon Preservation Area trail. Farmers’ High Line Canal Who knew that the very lifelines Colorado’s farmers and ranchers depended upon would provide so much recreation and carfree commuting? It’s true for large parts of Front

Range communities but nowhere as much as along the Farmers’ High Line Canal, which offers athletic paths from Golden through Arvada, Westminster, Northglenn, Thornton and beyond. The original irrigation ditch system dates to the late 1800s and connected Arvada’s Van Bibber Creek to Clear Creek, with more segments added later on. Cities began adding athletic paths for walking, running and bicycling later on. In Westminster, a trailhead can be found at the southeast portion of Standley Lake — about 90th and Independence. From there, the trail runs through Westminster for 10 miles, connecting to the Northglenn’s Northwest Open Space and on to E.B. Raines Park before continuing on to the northeast through Thornton and on to Erie. But the best part of the trail is the dizzying number of connections you

can make using the Farmers’ High Line Canal as the spine. Near 86th and Kipling, it connects to the Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail that winds up at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge in Commerce City if you go east and the Rocky Flats Refuge if you go west. It also connects to the U.S. 36 Bikeway and trips to Denver or Boulder as well as numerous neighborhood side trails, parks and open space areas. Running, cycling in east suburbs Something the east side of the Denver suburbs have going for them is their endless walkability. Look up a map of the metro area, and you’ll notice something: There are nearly no state highways crisscrossing Aurora and east Centennial. The whole region is a refreshing place to go for a walk, run or bike ride, or find a park you didn’t know about with your children. For the dedicated cyclist, a trip down the West Toll Gate Creek Trail and the Cherry Creek Trail — including some nearby trails — can take you the full north-south length of Arapahoe County, from Colfax Avenue to the south county line. Lots of trails SEE OUTDOORS, P15

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Using the arts to make the best of isolation

et’s be honest — no one really knows what to say right now. We’re currently living through a situation that the country hasn’t COMING faced on such a ATTRACTIONS massive scale in a century. And even though we’ve grown by massive leaps in the areas of science and technology since the great influenza outbreak of 1918, there’s still only so much the average person can Clarke Reader do. In response to criticism of the fantasy genre (what he called fairy-stories), English author J.R.R. Tolkien had the following response — “Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?” While it has rarely been so critically important that we be very aware of what’s going on in our communities and the world at large, we’re all definitely going to need the proverbial escape from prison. As such, this column can do nothing but change while we all live through this. For the foreseeable, my column will include a way to support Denver’s artistic community (financially or creatively), an outdoor activity recommendation, and music, television and films to check out while taking care of yourselves and your loved ones. I ask anyone with suggestions on how to support the creative community to please reach out to me and share. We’ve all been told this repeatedly in the last week or so, but it bears repeating—- none of us can do this on our own. New database aims to provide artists with employers With arts organizations temporar-


can take you farther east, and all the way down to the Southlands mall area. Arapahoe Road, a source of perennial frustration in traffic, can be a peaceful ride east of Parker Road. And Parker Road in itself offers a wonderful view of the Cherry Creek State Park, south of Belleview Avenue. Here’s something you might not know: On the Cherry Creek Trail, you can go straight from downtown Denver to Cherry Creek State Park and all the way down to the Castle Rock area, parallel to Parker Road. That’s nearly 40 miles of biking, for anyone determined enough to try it. And as confusing as central and west Centennial can be to navigate,

ily shutting their doors all over the city, state and country, finding ways to support the artists whose livelihoods and passions have been taken away is incredibly important. To that end, artists can market their skills - both creative and not as much - by sharing their information on the Colorado Artist Talent and Skills database. Created as a way to connect creatives with work until they’re able to perform again, artists fill out a questionnaire that includes skills they can offer to employers, ranging from babysitting and marketing to styling and IT. The database was created by the Rainbow Militia Circus, a group of circus performers, and gallery curator David Moke. The database can be found by Googling Colorado Artists Talents and Skills. Outdoor activity - finding Golden’s colorful signal boxes It is extremely easy with all that’s going on to feel trapped, so spending some time outdoors will be a crucial part of maintaining sanity, as well as mental and physical health. But going outside doesn’t have to be some kind of draining, exercise-driven activity. The City of Golden Public Art Commission and Foothills Art Center recently unveiled seven signal boxes around town that have been given an artistic twist. Signal boxes are large grey metal boxes located at many intersections in Golden, and the two organizations decided that rather than let them just fade into the background, why not turn them into works of art? Spend some time exploring Golden’s beautiful downtown and add some color to your life. Visit www.foothillsartcenter.org for information. Clarke’s Concert of the Week Ben Gibbard at your home Since going to live music is currently not an option, many musicians have taken to performing “shows” at their homes and other venues, and

two southeast-to-northwest paths — the Big Dry Creek and Little Dry Creek trails — offer a peaceful way to cut through the suburban sprawl. High Line Canal Winding 71 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon to the prairie of northeast Denver, the High Line Canal Trail is among the Denver area’s finest outdoor offerings. The trail passes through numerous distinct segments, meandering through cottonwood groves, past wetlands and verdant meadows, many hidden from the surrounding city. Numerous trailheads dot the length of the journey, making for easy access to short segments. The portion through Cherry Hills Village is often regarded as the crown jewel. The High Line Canal Conservancy recently published a trail guide and map, loaded with information about

broadcasting them for free. One of the first to do so is Ben Gibbard, singer and songwriter from Seattle’s Death Cab for Cutie. Every day from March 17 through 31, Gibbard is performing a half-hourto-hour acoustic set at 5 p.m. One of the many things that has made Gibbard’s music so powerful is its conversational intimacy and penetrating insights. Both features are highlighted in these off-the-cuff shows, which feature the man taking requests in real time, answering questions and raising money for organizations trying to do some good in the world. Visit Death Cab’s Facebook or Youtube pages to see all the previous performances and for the daily live shows. Streaming style - ‘The Magicians’ On ensemble shows, it’s often easy to pinpoint one actor who is the breakout star - someone who carries most of the load and gets all the good moments. But on Syfy’s fantasy series “The Magicians,” based on Lev Grossman’s trilogy of books, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t ooze star-quality. Billed as Harry Potter for adults, the show follows a group of students at a kind of magical college called Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, and their quests to save the world. It might sound familiar, but the show is anything but - it celebrates queer culture, is full of foul-mouthed and hilarious characters, and brings a thoroughly modern take to a genre that can be too stuffy and myth-obsessed. And it has some musical moments that are just stunning. The first four seasons are available on Netflix, and the fifth (and final season) is currently airing on Syfy, and as such, can be streamed ondemand. Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail. com.

every mile of the trip, available by mail order at highlinecanal.org. Mountain biking at Apex Park Mountain cycling can be challenging, but once you get going in full gear, there is no better feeling than cycling through the woods. Apex Park is a beautiful place to get out into open space while practicing social distancing. If you have a mountain bike, try the Enchanted Forest trail. The trail is about 3 1/2 miles long, but it can be used for things other than mountain cycling. Take your dog on a walk there or even spend the afternoon using the trail for a hike. Apex Park is at 121 County Highway 93, near Golden. — Compiled by reporters Paul Albani-Burgio, Ellis Arnold, Jessica Gibbs, Casey Van Divier, David Gilbert, Scott Taylor and Joseph Rios


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Look what she can do

From Arvada home, songstress reflects on career that began with a broken-down truck BY KATHLEEN DUNLAP SPECIAL TO COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA

Back in 1984, Kentucky singer Hazel Miller was looking for a bigger market and a new home for her talents, little realizing that she’d find that midway through her trek. Miller grew up with a passion for singing and began forming bands in high school, singing anywhere someone would give her a stage. After graduation, Miller took a job at a Louisville newspaper/television/radio station, continuing to sing on the side. While she was working there, her lead guitarist stumbled across a new song, written by a local composer. He brought it to Miller and she recorded it and sent it to the station. “The song ran after the evening news,” she said. “And it caught fire.” Suddenly, her dream of being a singer was a reality. Her version of “Look What we can Do” played every night on the radio and TV stations in Louisville, becoming the official song of the city. Miller was in awe. “It’s a strange thing, sometimes, what people like,” she said. Still, as more opportunities to sing arose for her out of the song’s popularity, Miller remained cautiously optimistic. Her mother advised her to move on: “You need to get out of here. Don’t stay too long.”

Denver-based artist Hazel Miller had her eye on success back in 1984, but didn’t imagine it’d come in the Mile High City. COURTESY PHOTO

U-Haul to home Finally realizing she needed to pursue her singing in a bigger place, Miller packed up her small family and headed west to L.A. But on her trek from her Kentucky hometown to Los Angeles in

MORE INFO For more about Hazel Mller, her band, music and upcoming performances go to www.hazelmiller.biz August of 1984, the U-Haul truck carrying all her belongings and her young sons broke down at a gas station in Denver. After multiple attempts to try and fix the truck, Miller knew fate had decided for her. She drank in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and then said simply, “We’re staying.” While she dealt with the U-Haul company, her brother-in-law called her to warn her off: Gang violence had erupted in the city, so his warning sealed the deal. Denver would be home. “Honestly, it was a Godsend,” Miller says. While their first months in the city weren’t easy — having to hole up in apartments near Mile High Stadium until permanent housing could be located — Miller never lost her persistence and joy. She located housing in Park Hill near downtown briefly but just didn’t feel at ease there. “So, we lived all over—Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, then Arvada. It’s been an adventure,” Miller says. Her boys soon found their footing in Denver, too. They are both college graduates. One of them works for the State of Colorado. Up on their feet With her family settled, her work as a musician snowballed and she began to work with other musicians in the Metro area. She has sung at Red Rocks Parks and Amphitheater more than 16 times as well as multiple other venues across the city in the past 35 years. Her band, The Collective, features other prominent performers, such as Coco Brown and The Lester Moore Band. This collaborative effort lines up with Miller’s appreciation of good time and joy of singing. “If everybody is up on their feet and singing and SEE HAZEL, P17

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dancing, you’ve done your job right,” Miller said. “If they aren’t, well, you’re screwed.” She relies on lists when she is preparing for a show, and then checks it. Twice. “I tend to forget things,” she says, laughing. Once, she arrived at a festival in the mountains without a sound system. Another time, she didn’t pack any leggings for her stage outfit. Recently, in Milwaukee, she almost left the venue without her winter coat. Her band members rally around her, like faithful, old friends, to provide constant reminders. “Hazel, do you have your phone - your keys - your car?” Miller takes everything in stride. She knows the reminders stem from love. While she continues to travel across the country, to Miller, there is no place like home. “I love my neighborhood,” she said. Miller lives in a 900 square-foot house west of Olde Town, Arvada. “I have fabulous neighbors,” she says. They watch her house when she’s gone and join her at the summertime festivals in Olde Town. “Plus, the eating choices are wonderful!” Miller said. To her, downtown Denver may be great, but Olde Town, Arvada, has captured her heart. Miller has a network of friends she regularly goes out with to scout and enjoys new bands. Or she and her girlfriends will head up to the moun-

tains for a weekend at a hot spring. Or sometimes, they’ll just come over to her place. “Somebody brings tequila, somebody cooks, and we hang,” says Miller. Despite being a well-known, wellsought out artist, she is at ease with herself. “I am good by myself. I’m self-sufficient.” New stuff Sometimes she thinks about retiring but then doesn’t know what else she would do. She wants to keep on singing, but she has also taken on a few other projects and is helping a few up-and-coming bands get started. She is mentoring fresh talent and providing feedback on emerging, fresh styles of music. Some of the new stuff seems odd to her, but she keeps an open mind. “I can’t understand it all, but I appreciate it,” she says. While new artists flood the music industry, Hazel wishes she could see more female vocalists leading their own bands. “I wish some of the ladies would just step out of the shadows,” she says. When she thinks about the unfortunate break-down of her U-Haul truck, Miller only expresses gratitude. It didn’t mean the end of her story, rather the beginning of a powerful career, a strong family, and a supportive community. “I can’t even imagine how terrible it would have been in L.A. So glad I didn’t do it. Nothing like Colorado. It’s changed me.” For more information on Hazel Miller’s upcoming shows, visit: https:// www.hazelmiller.biz/

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counterfeit money? Will not the inevitable $3 Trillion annual deficits (inclusive of 1$ Trillion for warfare) quickly reduce the US to Banana Republic status? Before it is too late, wouldn’t it be far better for all to immediately bar our government and its irresponsible minions from manipulating both health care and financial matters, and let nature run its course? Russell W Haas, Golden Hidden heroes We worry about the folks who have had their jobs removed by the COVID-19 pandemic while our nation “shelters in place.” The doctors and nurses on the front line are in the spotlight and in our prayers. But let us take a moment to appreciate the unexpected heroes of the

day. We still need to eat. The cooks and pizza and sandwich makers have stepped into the breach. While restaurants are closed, many have opened their back doors to take-out orders so people can still eat. Delivery people like Postmate, Doordash and Uber Eats drivers have become supply line superstars as they convey food that last 200 feet to your door. Remember the truck drivers and stockers who are working long hours to replenish our store shelves after the panic buying of the last week. These invisible people are suddenly indispensible. Our thanks to you all. Dan Bidstrup, Lakewood Seasonal situation? Now that the precedent has been set by panic-driven autocrats, to indefinitely shut down our state, nation, and the entire world for what may be a nasty seasonal respiratory illness, why should we not expect to see similar shutdowns in subse-


Secondary school For sophomore Morgan Fritzler, who attends Lakewood High School, one of the most difficult parts of the change has been losing the social aspect of school, she said. However, she and her friends have worked to stay connected, including by launching a group FaceTime every day at lunch. “Classes like AP US History are

quent winters? Given that the misnamed ‘Spanish Flu’ peaked in three successive winters, can our nation’s workers or economy survive 3 annual prolonged lockdowns, followed by everincreasing purported bailouts? Further, can the savings or well-being of our fellow citizens survive the $1-2 Trillion so-called ‘stimulus’ packages for the favored few, now working their ways through Congress, as they must be financed entirely with counterfeit money? Will not the inevitable $3 Trillion annual deficits (inclusive of 1$ Trillion for warfare) quickly reduce the US to Banana Republic status? Before it is too late, wouldn’t it be far better for all to immediately bar our government and its irresponsible minions from manipulating both health care and financial matters, and let nature run its course? Russell W Haas, Golden


know, doing his job when he had no idea he was sick. I’m writing this to point out something that we’ve all forgotten since the advent of the smart phone: we are all connected. Interconnected. Cross-connected. Linked and networked in ways that we are not even aware of any more, and which have nothing to do with Verizon. As much as we joke about how welltrained we’ve become for “social isolation,” the reality is that we’re still tied together. The mystic chords of memory and affection must swell again when touched by … well … touched by a virulent disease. But our better angels are still there, just off

online by asking students to send in definitely harder online, because it’s recordings of themselves singing — easier with discussions,” she said. an assignment that was part of the “Having to do it alone, you don’t have curriculum even before school was as much faith in yourself. It’s an adonline-only, Fritzler said. justment to the way I’ve been learning At Pomona, Munholland said he for so long.” has noticed that the school’s familiarThat said, a silver lining is the indeity with online elements has helped pendence in learning, as she can send make the transition smoother. For in work throughout the day and can instance, freshmen and sophomores take a break if she finishes early, she at Pomona already have school- or said. “I like to be able to work at my district-issued devices, and many of own pace.” Public Notice their assignments have been submitMany of Fritzler’s teachers have NOTICE OF CANCELLATION AND CERTIFIED OF RESULTS ted online throughout the year, he posted interactive slideshows or vid- STATEMENT said. District eos to teach content to students. Other Kipling Ridge Metropolitan Jefferson Meanwhile, a challenge has been classes, like her choir class, have goneCounty, Colorado

stage waiting for their set. I say it’s time to introduce those angels and bring them into the spotlight. I think it’s about damn time those lines of melody and rhythm and fellowship and camaraderie do more to bring is together than the cacophony of incompetent soloists on TV and social media have done to tear us apart. This crisis will pass. It must. They always do. And when it does, we must rejoin the great chorus and learn again how to make glorious harmony. Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His new novel, “Charon’s Blade,” is available at Amazon. com, on Kindle, or through MichaelJAlcorn.com.” His opinions are not necessarily those of Colorado Community Media.

narrowing the scope of the courses he teaches, he said. At Pomona, students will only have each class twice a week for about 45 minutes, and teachers like Munholland have had to decide how to condense the remainder of this year’s material. “A lot will be cut out and we’ll just really focus on the major points and big ideas,” he said. “For high school kids, I don’t feel like what they miss would be too damaging,” he said. “Going forward, on the short-term, I think it is sustainable. For everybody, it’s just (about) being patient and understanding.”

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Kipling Ridge Metropolitan District, of Jefferson County, State of Colorado, that at the close of business on the sixty-third day before the election, there were not more candidates for the office of board of director than the offices to be filled, including candidates filing affidavits of intent to be write-in candidates. Therefore, the election to be held on May 05, 2020 is hereby canceled pursuant to section 1-13.5-513(6), C.R.S.



The following candidates are hereby declared elected to the Board of Directors of the Kipling Ridge Metropolitan District:


Name: Vacancy Elected to Serve a Term of: 2 years Until: May, 2022

Kipling Ridge Metropolitan District Jefferson County, Colorado

Name: Vacancy Elected to Serve a Term of: 3 years Until: May, 2023

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Kipling Ridge Metropolitan District, of Jefferson County, State of Colorado, that at the close of business on the sixty-third day before the election, there were not more candidates for the office of board of director than the offices to be filled, including candidates filing affidavits of intent to be write-in candidates. Therefore, the election to be held on May 05, 2020 is hereby canceled pursuant to section 1-13.5-513(6), C.R.S.

Name: Richard Schierburg Elected to Serve a Term of: 3 years Until: May, 2023

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed 2020 budget amendment has been submitted to the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the SABELL METROPOLITAN DISTRICT (the “District”). A copy of the proposed budget amendment is on file in the office of 2154 East Commons Avenue, Suite 2000, Centennial, Colorado 80122, Colorado, where the same is open for public inspection.

Such proposed budget amendment will be considered at a public hearing during a meeting

of the District to be held at 5740 Olde Name: Tim E. Roberts Elected to Serve Public Notices call Sheree 303.566.4088 legals@coloradocommunitymedia.com Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, Colorado, on a Term of: 3 years Until: May, 2023

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The following candidates are hereby declared elected to the Board of Directors of the Kipling Ridge Metropolitan District:


Name: Vacancy Elected to Serve a Term of: 2 years Until: May, 2022

Kipling Ridge Metropolitan District Jefferson County, Colorado

Name: Vacancy Elected to Serve a Term of: 3 years Until: May, 2023

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Kipling Ridge Metropolitan District, of Jefferson County, State of Colorado, that at the close of business on the sixty-third day before the election, there were not more candidates for the office of board of director than the offices to be filled, including candidates filing affidavits of intent to be write-in candidates. Therefore, the election to be held on May 05, 2020 is hereby canceled pursuant to section 1-13.5-513(6), C.R.S.

Name: Richard Schierburg Elected to Serve a Term of: 3 years Until: May, 2023

The following candidates are hereby declared elected to the Board of Directors of the Kipling Ridge Metropolitan District: Name: Vacancy Elected to Serve a Term of: 2 years Until: May, 2022 Name: Vacancy Elected to Serve a Term of:

Name: Tim E. Roberts Elected to Serve a Term of: 3 years Until: May, 2023 /s/: Michele M. Barrasso By: Designated Election Official Contact Person for the District: Denise Denslow Telephone Number of the District: (303) 779-5710 Address of the District: 8390 E. Crescent Pkwy, Suite 300, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 District Facsimile Number: (303) 779-0348 District Email:

/s/: Michele M. Barrasso By: Designated Election Official Contact Person for the District: Denise Denslow Telephone Number of the District: (303) 779-5710 Address of the District: 8390 E. Crescent Pkwy, Suite 300, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 District Facsimile Number: (303) 779-0348 District Email: Denise.denslow@claconnect.com

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Legal Notice No.: 407055 First Publication: March 26, 2020 Last Publication: March 26, 2020 Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript and the Arvada Press Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED AMENDED 2020 BUDGET NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed 2020 budget amendment has been submitted to the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the SABELL METROPOLITAN DISTRICT (the “District”). A copy of the proposed budget amendment is on file in the office of 2154 East Commons Avenue, Suite 2000, Centennial, Color-


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed 2020 budget amendment has been submitted to the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the SABELL METROPOLITAN DISTRICT (the “District”). A copy of the proposed budget amendment is on file in the office of 2154 East Commons Avenue, Suite 2000, Centennial, Colorado 80122, Colorado, where the same is open for public inspection. Such proposed budget amendment will be considered at a public hearing during a meeting of the District to be held at 5740 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, Colorado, on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. On March 10, 2020, the Governor of the State of Colorado declared a state of emergency due to the threat that COVID-19 coronavirus poses to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the State (the “Emergency”). It is possible that the District will hold this meeting via teleconference during the Emergency. Please contact the District by calling 303-858-1800 to confirm the meeting location. Any interested elector of the District may file any objections to the amended budget at any time prior to final adoption of the budgets by the governing body of the District.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. On March 10, 2020, the Governor of the State of Colorado declared a state of emergency due to the threat that COVID-19 coronavirus poses to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the State (the “Emergency”). It is possible that the District will hold this meeting via teleconference during the Emergency. Please contact the District by calling 303-858-1800 to confirm the meeting location. Any interested elector of the District may file any objections to the amended budget at any time prior to final adoption of the budgets by the governing body of the District.

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BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: SABELL METROPOLITAN DISTRICT /s/ WHITE BEAR ANKELE TANAKA & WALDRON Attorneys at Law Legal Notice No.: 407060 First Publication: March 26, 2020 Last Publication: March 26, 2020 Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript and the Arvada Press

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