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BREWING UP A GOOD TIME Great American Beer Festival to feature more than 800 breweries at three-day event P14



SURFIN’ INTO THE ’60S Arvada Harvest Fest’s 93rd rendition was a lot of fun in the sun P4


Study looking to ID where rattlers live on South Table Mountain P6 Your newspaper is made possible by advertisers like this one, who support our efforts to keep you connected to your community!


Sen. Zenzinger takes look at area healthcare P16



Arvada’s new resident welcome service revitalized P5

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When you listen to the styles he plays… he can play blues, he can play rock, he can play country seamlessly. He’s one of these naturally gifted people. Our drummer is also naturally gifted, Roman Palomino. He’s phenomenal.

Arvada resident, songwriter, former teacher My band Our band is called Conversion. We’ve been together about 10 years. We are what I call a virtual band or a studio band. We don’t go out on tour or play nightclubs, we just record music in the studio. We’re a Christian rock band and we make music for all faiths and all cultures. Our message is Christian, but our music is rock, it’s reggae, it’s blues, it’s country. I come from a bluegrass, southeastern music background. I’m originally from South Carolina. When I was 15 I began playing in rock bands and bluegrass bands. I’m a very average musician. My contribution is writing. I wrote every song on our album. I know it sounds corny, but the more I started writing, I wanted it as a way to give back to God for all the gifts I’ve been given over the years. And it’s a humble not much of a gift but it’s my way of giving back. But the

Our album We released our first album on July 4 and we call it “American Psongs.” There was kind of a bigger meaning there. We want to encourage all Americans young and old to find their own American song. Everyone is uniquely gifted and collectively we can go about bringing world peace with our gifts. There’s so many ways to give back to God. We want to encourage people. We thought of the Pslams of the Bible as an inspiration.

Frank Harritt is a member of a band called Conversion. members of our band are really what makes this music shine. We’re all full-time employees but this is a great project for us. The band members Jack Moss is a dentist — that’s his day job. Jack is a


phenomenal musician. He’s the star of our band. He can play any instrument and his voice is — it reminds me of Bob Dylan, but a Bob Dylan who can sing on tune. JD Hash, our lead guitarist, is originally from Louisiana. He’s a phenomenal guitarist.

Giving back We give away 50 percent of all our album sales to charity. To our churches, to organizations that support the poor like the Arvada Food Bank, The Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency — they support the elderly pool, people who can’t pay medical bills. This is our way of giving back, doing something mostly for the poor and poor children in

schools. We serve the high poverty schools. We wan to help provide money for books, for backpacks. These disadvantaged school don’t have the resources other schools have. This is our way to help them with food over the weekend and also classroom supplies. My day job My day job is with Renewal by Anderson. I’m a team trainer there. The past five years I was a teacher in low-income, high-poverty schools in Denver Public Schools. I’m still a registered guest teacher for the state of Colorado. So I can substitute teach K-12, English, science, history in any school in Colorado. However, I’ve been working part time the past few years at Renewal because as a teacher you make OK money, but not great. So I took a part time job and last summer they offered me a full-time job. So I said goodbye to teaching. I loved it. But now is a new era, new opportunity for me. If you have a suggestion for My Name Is, contact Shanna Fortier at sfortier@ coloradocommunitymedia. com.

Learn about early pioneer settlers during Arvada cemetery tour STAFF REPORT

Hear stories of some early Arvada pioneer settlers while touring three local cemeteries, all of which were established to bury infants of the early settlers. The self-guided tour is Sept. 22 and is for hearty souls and history buffs, with

Arvada Historical Society members present to answer questions. A presentation at the main Arvada Cemetery at 57th and Independence begins at noon. Presenters will tell about the lives of Benjamin Wadsworth, George Swadley and Enoch West, with a graveside pre-

sentation for each pioneer. Two graveside presentations will begin at 2 p.m. at the Ralston Cemetery at 6137 Holman St. in west Arvada. Re-enactors will tell about the Brinkerhuff and Osborn families and will share the little-known history of the early Ralston Crossing Cemetery. The final leg of the tour is

scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at the Belgin family cemetery, a truly hidden treasure. The last tour requires walking a distance to a secluded site on the south side of the Croke Canal. Participants can purchase bracelets for $8. Children 6 and younger may attend for free. No advanced sales. A

booklet with a tour map and explanation of each cemetery and pioneer is included in cost. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes. In addition, check the website to confirm that the third cemetery will be accessible for the tour.

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Jeffco BOE votes on official ballot language Measures will be listed as 5A and 5B STAFF REPORT

The Jefferson County Board of Education voted unanimously Sept. 6 on the ballot language for the bond and mill levy override voters will weigh in on during the November elected. Last month the board voted to place a $567 million bond and a mill levy override of $33 million a year on the November ballot. Superintendent

Jason Glass announced the following day that the measures would be listed on ballots as 5A for the mill levy, and 5B for the bond. The bond money would be used for facilities, building some new schools, making repairs, building additions and updating infrastructure. The mill levy would be used to fund ongoing costs, primarily used to make teacher pay more competitive but also for classroom supplies, school safety measures and expanding the district’s full-day kindergarten program. The last mill levy override and

bond issue supported by Jefferson County voters occurred in 2012. More information about the bond

and mill levy are available on the district’s website


Here Are Some Common Mistakes I’ve Seen Sellers Make When Selling Their Home

Selling your home is no small matter, and small mistakes can cost big dollars. So who can you trust to do right by you or to give you sound advice? That’s the question that prompted me to start writing this column over a decade ago and why I archive all my YourHub columns at A couple of weeks ago I wrote about an agent who has been very successful getting listing appointments by claiming to have a buyer and offering to cut his commission in half if he sells it himself — but who admitted to me that he refers all buyers to an agent who’s not even in his own brokerage and hasn’t “double-ended” one of his own listings since March 2017. A few years ago I instructed readers on how to verify agents’ claims of success by going to and clicking on Find Agent > View My Listings > Properties I’ve Sold. The URL was created by me to take you directly to the agent search page on Performing that search on the above-mentioned agent would have revealed that he had virtually no closings where he represented the buyer. So, not verifying claims about having a buyer is the #1 mistake that I see sellers make. My suggested response to that pitch is, “Bring me that buyer and I’ll consider the of-

fer. If I accept that offer I’ll pay you 2.8% coop, but I won’t list with you just because you claim to have a buyer.” That brings me to the second mistake I see sellers make: accepting the first good offer you get. You should treat any unsolicited offer as the opening bid on your home. Anyone who offers to buy your house for cash without putting it on the market is doing so with the intent of flipping it and making a 5figure or greater profit. Yes, he may save you something on commission, but you’ll expose your home to the larger universe of potential buyers (and thereby get the highest price) only by putting it on the MLS. That’s the third mistake — not having an agent on your side. You don’t want to be the only party to a transaction who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Sellers without an agent typically still pay 2.8% to a buyer’s agent, and for a couple percent more will likely net much more by exposing their home to other buyers and their agents. Once you’ve decided to have an agent on your side, we encounter mistake #4: not asking the right questions when interviewing listing agents. You can find my suggestions in previous columns at Another mistake I see again and again is

Broker Associate Andrew Lesko Launches New Website Devoted to Duplexes, Triplexes & Multi-Family Listings Andrew Lesko is the broker associate at Golden Real Estate who specializes in townhomes and condos through his website which gives readers in-depth information about the townhome and condo communities in Golden, including the latest active listings displayed on each individual community page. Now Andrew has created another website focusing on duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. Whether buying or selling, you will find information appropriate to your particular situation and need by visiting If you are interested in purchasing a small, multi-family property you can view the latest available opportunities. You can also request to receive alerts on just listed duplex, triplex or fourplex properties based on your requested property style and area of interest. If you are considering selling your multi-family property, this

website has an abundance of information about pricing strategies, selling tips, deferring capital gains tax and more. Properties can, of course, be listed on the MLS for sale, with full outstanding sales and marketing services or, you may prefer — for privacy purposes — to take a “quiet” approach whereby tenants don’t have to know that the property they inhabit is being offered for sale. More information about this marketing strategy can be found on the Duplex Alerts website. Andrew can also discuss 1031 Exchanges and other tax-favored options for selling your current multi-family property and reinvesting your proceeds — with capital gains tax deferred — into other real estate or non-real estate investments that better suit your lifestyle. For more information, you can reach Andrew Lesko at 720-710-1000, or you can email him at

overpricing the home. Even in a wild and crazy seller’s market, it is easy to overprice a home. So how do you know what the right price is? I’ve written about this before, too, but the short answer is to price your home based on previous sales, not on future expectations. It’s difficult to underprice a home, as a lower initial price is likely to attract more buyers and create more interest. It stands to reason that a higher number of motivated buyers will lead to a higher selling price. Asking buyers to submit their “highest and best” is the easy but usually not

the most effective strategy for maximizing sales price. I advocate telling buyers’ agents exactly what the current highest price is and going back to other bidders and asking them if they want to resubmit. This takes more work and a degree of patience, but it will not only get you the highest price for your home, it’s also the fairest way to sell a home in a seller’s market, something most agents seem to appreciate. Take the time to scroll down through the headlines of previous columns on that website I mentioned above. You could learn a lot.

Thanks to Those Who Attended Drive Electric Week

We had a great turnout of EVs and people interested in buying an EV at our event last Saturday. A special treat was the participation of four owners who brought their new Tesla Model 3s, three of which are shown in this picture. The one on the left had only 26 miles on the odometer, because the owner drove it straight from taking delivery of it that morning! During the event we received notification that lifetime free supercharging with a referral code for certain Tesla models is being discontinued after Sept. 16th — next Sunday! If you want to take advantage of that offer, you can use my own referral code, by going to this website URL:

Price Reduced on Amazing 7-Bedroom Home in Arvada This home at 7587 Union Court is in the Arvada subdivision known as the Ridge at Harvest Lane. It served as a group home for 10 years. Whether continuing with assisted living, a group home, multifamily/multi-generational living, or something else, this versatile home features 4,203 total square feet, a main-floor master, a loft, living spaces on both the $775,000 main floor and walkout basement, and plenty of outdoor space. Because this home was licensed for a group home, it has exceptional safety features, including fire sprinklers and alarm system, which could reduce your homeowner’s insurance if you make it a private home. The home is also handicapped accessible. A narrated video tour, including drone footage, can be viewed at A large collection of furniture and medical equipment comes with the home but will be removed prior to closing if any or all of it is not wanted by the buyer. Listing agent Kristi Brunel is related to the seller. Call her at 303-525-2520 with any questions or to arrange a private showing.

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he 2018 Arvada Harvest Festival Parade grooved its way around Olde Town Sept. 8 to kick of the Saturday festivities. The theme this year was the ‘60s. The parade, which boasted close to 100 entries is the second longest continuing parade in the state of Colorado generating an audience attendance in excess of 35,000 to 40,000 spectators, with over 7,000 participants.

This parade float was “Surfin’ USA” as it rolled down Olde Wadsworth in Olde Town Arvada.

Gayle Novak, Ms. Colorado Senior America, was crowned May 26. Sambos Illimani Colorado brought culture to the parade with Bolivian dance.

ReMax Alliance was movin’ and groovin’ their way down the parade route. Apex cheerleaders kept the spirit high as they walked the 2018 Harvest Festival Parade.

Paul Brekus and a group of pennyfarthers brought parade goers back to the 1880s with their bicycles.

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Arvada welcome bag program gets a revamp Goal of 250 welcome bags to new neighbors through February

The revamped welcome bag includes useful items from local businesses as a relocation guide.


When Tera McNellis and her family moved to Arvada three years ago, there was snow on the ground and the family would pile into the car and drive around town on the weekends to see what Arvada had to offer. “With it still being winter, we hadn’t met any neighbors yet and it was hard to get recommendations and referrals,” McNellis said. That’s when she got the idea for a welcome bag program. When she asked around she found out that the city already had a welcome bag program, but that it wasn’t reaching all new residents. “The Visitors Center had been running this program for the past four years but it needed some new life,” said Jean Gordon, director of the Arvada Visitors Center. “We saw the value in partnering with Tera to take it to the next level and make sure these residents are being talked to and welcomed.” McNellis and her company Blue Door Welcoming Service are now partnering with the Arvada Visitors Center to enhance the welcome bag


Months overdue: 23 Current step: According to the Regional Transportation District, the simulated schedule testing on the G Line commuter rail alignment between downtown Denver




Wheat Ridge has progressed well enough to allow testing hours to be reduced. Since Aug. 31, trains have been run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., a notable decrease from the previous 3 a.m. to 1 a.m. testing. This also means that residents program — which includes an inperson delivery. The bag itself, an insulated reusable bag, is filled with items from local businesses including candy from Endstrom, pens, sticky notes, a mini ice pack, and a Frisbee among other things. The bag also includes a relocation guide with coupons and special offers. “I hand-selected businesses within Arvada that do a good job and are friendly,” McNellis said of the first guide. “We wanted it to be places that we use and I trust putting my personal recommendation out there.”

McNellis started delivering bags from the revamped program in July. The goal is to deliver 250 welcome bags to new residents through February. Next year that will double with an updated relocation guide and new items in the bag. “What a great way to help new residents feel welcome,” said Paul Trujillo, a new Arvada resident who recently received a welcome bag. “The in-person delivery by Tera McNellis was a great touch — it felt very personal.”

along the line will no longer hear train horns during the late night and early morning hours. Estimated opening day: Not yet determined Officials say: “Significant testing and regulatory approvals still remain to be completed,” said Dave Genova, RTD General Manager and CEO. “We appreciate the community’s patience as we work toward revenue service on the G Line.”


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Rattlesnake project looks closer at South Table Mountain BY KEVIN M. SMITH SPECIAL TO COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA

Ryan Borgmann looked at the ground confused, listening to the loud beeps on his radio. “It should be right here,” he said, pointing the antenna toward a small patch of tall grass. Then he saw it. Then the other researchers saw it. The rattlesnake they were looking for was perfectly still less than two feet from Borgmann. As of Aug. 16, a research team had captured, implanted a radio transmitter in and released 17 rattlesnakes on South Table Mountain Golden. It’s a new phase of research after a similar project on North Table Mountain last year. Jeffco Open Space contracted with Adaptation Environmental Services to conduct the study last year and continued that contract with a similar study on South Table this year. Purpose The study was spurred by the concept to make the park more accessible and user friendly. South Table is an unincorporated 844-acre park in Jefferson County, but Jeffco open spaces wants to make that mountain more accessible. Currently, one of the entry points is a gravel lot not large enough for a dozen vehicles in a residential neighborhood along Golden Hills Road. Jeffco is consider-

TIPS TO AVOID A SNAKEBITE • Always be aware of your surroundings. In general, rattlesnakes won’t attack without reason, like being surprised or startled. • Rattlesnakes tend to like high grass or heavy underbrush, so keep yourself, and your dog on the trail. • Keep your eyes open and earbuds out when in snake country to avoid stumbling into one. • If you do encounter a rattlesnake, remember the 30-30 rule — take

30 steps back, then wait 30 seconds for it go away. If it does not, try stomping your feet hard on the trail. The vibrations will often annoy the snake and encourage it to move. • If you get bit, first move away from the snake and call 911 and wait for help to come to you. Remain calm and sit a safe distance away from the snake. Try to keep the bite area at heart level or lower.

ing a building a larger, paved parking lot with restrooms there. However, for visitor safety the county wants to avoid building near a snake den or snake habitat. “With the population of the Denver metropolitan area continuing to increase every year, it is imperative to provide healthy, nature-based experiences ‘close to home’ at parks such as South Table Mountain Park,” stated the Jeffco Open Space master plan updated this past spring. “This is ac-


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A prairie rattlesnake hides in grass on South Table Mountain. It is one of 17 being tracked by Jeffco Open Space and Adaptation Environmental Services for research of habits. KEVIN M. SMITH complished, in part, by balancing the recreation demands of visitors with the protection of natural and cultural resources on the property.” Andrew DuBois, citizen science coordinator for Jeffco Open Space, said that also includes formalizing the trail system and eliminating the “social trails that crisscross.” If Jeffco can reduce the likelihood of a trail going over or next to a rattlesnake den, it can lower the rate of human-snake interaction. The study Each rattlesnake collected goes to a lab where they make an incision to insert a thumb-sized radio transmitter, each operating on a different frequency.

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NORTH TABLE MOUNTAIN STUDY RESULTS Last year’s rattlesnake study on North Table Mountain collected 20 rattlesnakes who had transmitters implanted in them and released where they were found. “One thing we discovered is that rattlesnakes do not den up in one spot, they pretty much den up around the mountain,” said Bryon Shipley, research, training and outreach specialist for Adaptation Environmental Services. He said there were three main dens, but they were scattered across the mountain.


“As long as we’re within a couple hundred yards, we should be able to hear it,” explained Borgmann, rattlesnake specialist with Adaptation Environmental Services. “It just puts off a little beep and you can triangulate the direction in which the snake is and as you get closer you can adjust some of the settings to get it narrowed down to exactly where they are. Usually we can get to within a foot of them pretty easy.” Borgmann tunes to the frequency of the snake he wants to find, points an antenna almost half is body height and rotates it, listening for a beep. A beep indicates the correct direction, the louder the beep the closer he is.

“One of which was close to the trail,” Shipley said. He said that in late fall there were up to a dozen snakes

were using the den near Cottonwood Canyon Trail on the east side of the mountain. While the snakes tend to use various parts of the mountain to den, when they choose one they usually stay near it. “Snakes don’t travel very far in terms of home range because, I think, the ecology of the area is so rich and supportive that the resources there are concentrated, so there’s no reason to migrate long distances to obtain food, water, mates, etc.,” Shipley explained. “Most of them stay put in a general small area the whole season.” Part of the study was on humans, though, as Jeffco Open Space and Adapta-

tion Environmental Services surveyed park visitors and made notes of every visitor interaction while in the field. They talked to 393 park users in the field plus had 269 visitor surveys turned in. “We tended to find that park visitors at North Table … they tended to espouse the belief that rattlesnakes have ecological value and that was surprising, in some ways to us, and encouraging,” said Andrew DuBois, citizen science coordinator for Jeffco Open Space. “What we were somewhat alarmed by was a general lack of knowledge of what to do in the event of encountering a snake or in the event of a snake bite … those were the areas where our visitors’ confidence was pretty low.”

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“We play Marco Polo with the radio,” Borgmann said. He would step, pause, rotate right, rotate left, step forward, pause, rotate, step, step, pause, rotate, step forward. This process would continue until the beeps were loud enough indicating the snake was nearby. “This one is notorious for hiding, but he’s one of my favorite snakes,” Borgmann said as he tracked another snake with the radio. “His colors are extremely contrasty, so everything is very vibrant.” Yet, when the research team came upon him, the snake was difficult to see. “He’s really good,” Borgmann said as he realized where his favorite snake was hiding. “He’s right behind this piece of grass.” Researchers would like to capture a few more snakes to track, but in specific area. Currently, they have just one in the valley where the parking lot is proposed. “We want to know, basically, are they going to den up nearby? What kind of movements are snakes mak-

Ryan Borgmann of Adaptation Environmental Services uses an antenna and radio to track snakes on South Table Mountain in Golden on Thursday, Aug. 16. He is part of a research team capturing, implanting a radio transmitter and releasing snakes back on the mountain. The snakes are released at the exact place where they’re found. KEVIN M. SMITH ing through that low valley?” said Bryon Shipley, research, training and outreach specialist for Adaptation Environmental Services. He said they won’t know about their denning habits until November.

Currently, many snakes recently gave birth, which may make them a little “jumpier” than usual, DuBois said. The snakes Despite its bright green colors, another snake blends

well on the gray rocks speckled with lichen. Some curl up next to a patch of tall grass. Others hide under rocks. “Rock outcrops are the rule of thumb here, that’s what they like,” DuBois said.

Even as researchers stand just a few feet away, the rattlesnakes are placid. Many, on a recent evening, were perfectly still in an “ambush” coil. DuBois said they’re waiting for a rodent or other prey to wander by to strike. Contrary to some opinion, an upright posture while shaking its rattle is not the primary reaction to humans. “This is a snake relying on his first and best defense: camouflage,” DuBois said. The rattlesnake hopes humans don’t see it and if they do, that they won’t be a threat. “This is the part you don’t see most of the time,” DuBois said. Because they blend so well to their surroundings, many people might walk by a rattlesnake and never know it. So the snake freezes. If someone gets too close, the snake may flick its tongue — first quickly to capture a scent then more slowly and deliberate to assess the situation. It’s when it then deems a person a threat that the rattle gives off a warning before adjusting its posture. DuBois noted, however, that steps in that process may be skipped depending on the snake’s personality or its assessment of the situation.


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Man sentenced to prison for failure to provide aid as friend overdosed STAFF REPORT

William Nathan Hale, 37, was sentenced to four years in prison for leaving his friend, 25-year-old Natasha Rowley, as she died of a methamphetamine overdose on drugs which he brought with him to her house. On June 2, 2017 Hale had driven five hours from his home in NebrasHale ka, to his friend’s home in Arvada, to help her move. He brought 14 grams of methamphetamine with him. Hale and Rowley used methamphetamine together for several hours that night. Evidence showed that in the early morning hours Rowley began to exhibit dangerous symptoms as a result of her methamphetamine consumption. According to the District Attorney’s office, there was a three-hour

time lapse during which she is clearly in medical distress and Hale does nothing. At 7:30 a.m. she was in the throes of a fatal overdose, moaning and gasping for air when Hale gathered his things and left the house. He made no attempt to render aid or call for assistance. Hale told police that “he panicked and left.” He admitted to police that she was “in bad shape” and said that was why he left. Hale was arrested in Nebraska in December 2017. “This was a heartless act,” said DA Pete Weir. “It is not as if Mr. Hale wasn’t aware of what was happening. She was clearly dying of a drug overdose. If he had contacted emergency responders, Natasha might be alive today.” Hale pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter and distribution of a schedule II controlled substance on May 14. He was sentenced on Aug. 30.



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Suicide prevention — ‘None of us can do this alone’ Mental health organizations in Colorado work to combat rising suicide rates BY CAITLIN DANBORN SPECIAL TO COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA

Juan Escobedo prods his students for an answer. It is still early in the morning, and the students, ranging in age from college-age to seniors, clutch steaming cups of coffee as they rack their brains for a response. Escobedo has asked the class to come up with a word for every letter of the alphabet that describes depression and anxiety — a stereotype, a symptom, whatever comes to mind. As he writes the responses on a flip sheet of paper and jokes about the legibility of his handwriting, the room has all the signs of a typical class. Except it isn’t. Escobedo is teaching Mental Health First Aid, a class designed to teach people how to interact with people with mental health disorders, whether they be a friend or family member, co-worker, or a patient or client that someone might encounter in their profession. The Mental Health First Aid class is one of the many resources that the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Jefferson County’s leading mental health advocacy group, offers. Amid rising suicide rates both

nationwide and in Colorado, mental health The Colorado suicide organizations prevention line is are continuing 1-844-493-8225. to work hard to The nationwide crisis prevention line offer resources for Coloradans is 1-800-273-8255. to prevent suicide and cope To register for a Menwith mental tal Health First Aid illness. Their efcourse, visit www. forts range from introducing legislation to To access the online resources offered by partnering with the Jefferson Center, public health organizations to visit ensure quality mental health care is available to everyone. Whatever work these organizations are doing, they are doing so with the purpose of saving and improving the lives of all Coloradans. Statistics recently released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state the suicide rate in Colorado increased 34.1 percent from 1999 to 2016. Colorado has the ninth highest suicide rate in the nation. In Jefferson County the suicide rate is 17.1 suicide deaths




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per 100,000 deaths, compared with the statewide rate of 19.1 suicides per To register for 100,000 deaths. a free Mental Escobedo and his Health First Aid teaching partner, class, visit Katey Parsons, will later lead the group mhfa/ in a discussion dissecting many of the stereotypes that the group comes up with. They encourage participants to reflect on where a certain stereotype might stem from and what they can do challenge it. Escobedo, a Mental Health First Aid instructor and bilingual behavioral health commissioner at the Jefferson Center, believes that deconstructing stereotypes is something the class does “like no other.” “We go through myths, we go through facts, we go through data,” he said. Escobedo pushes his students to realize that there is no “cookie cutter approach” that will work on everyone when it comes to dealing with a mental illness. He encourages them to consider a person’s background when offering advice or support, recognizing that someone’s ethnicity or religion can shape how they view mental health.


Process for helping Mental Health First Aid, a nationwide program, uses the ALGEE acronym to walk people through intervening with someone with a mental health disorder: Assess for risk of suicide and self harm, Listen non-judgmentally, Give reassurance and information, Encourage appropriate professional help, and Encourage self-help and other support strategies. The class teaches attendees to apply the acronym to various mental illnesses, ranging from a neighbor having a psychotic episode to a significant other struggling with depression. “The biggest thing that I hope people get out of this class is that they are not afraid to help somebody,” said Parsons, a licensed professional counselor at Red Rocks Community College. Parsons is contracted by the Jefferson Center. Along with offering the Mental Health First Aid class — free and open to the public — the Jefferson Center also partners with public schools in Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties to provide professional mental health support personnel in schools. The organization also leads and facilitates the Suicide Prevention Coalition in those three counties. The coalition is comprised of community members from law enforcement to school district personnel and works to engage their community to prevent suicide. “The other piece is making sure that we are all connecting in the community so that we can utilize each other as resources as well,” said Heather Trish, NCC, LPC, manager of trauma and suicide prevention services at the Jefferson Center.


Mental Health Colorado works on the front lines of state legislative efforts to prevent suicide. One such effort passed during the 2018 legislative session in the form of Senate Bill 272. The bill will provide grant funding for schools across the state to train and educate on suicide. Schools will be able to use the money to train school personnel on recognizing the warning signs of suicide in students and connecting students with the appropriate mental health support systems. Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, is hopeful that the bill will provide much-needed funding for such education and training. “Obviously it doesn’t do much good to tell a school--or anybody else-- `here’s all the things you ought to do, now good luck figuring out a way to fund it,’” he said. Another suicide prevention bill commonly referred to as a red flag bill was defeated in the state Senate earlier this year. The bill would have made it “possible for courts to order the removal of guns from the home of someone who’s a danger to himself or herself or others,” according to Romanoff. “Most gun deaths are suicides. The red flag bill--which we supported--would have made a dent in [those deaths]. We know that there are different means of dying by suicide, but a gunshot is the most lethal,” said Romanoff. According to the Colorado Health Institute, firearm suicides are more common in Colorado than they are nationwide. Firearms were involved in more than half of all suicide deaths in 2016, the state’s peak year in suicide deaths. Numbers tell story According to data released by Mental Health Colorado, a statewide mental health advocacy group, 8.3 percent of Jeffco residents say they did not receive mental health care when it was needed. Of those residents, a majority say it was due to either cost or medical insurance, followed by difficulty getting an appointment. Mental Health Colorado is working to change that by integrating mental health care and primary care. “The idea is that instead of forcing people to go one place to fix their body and another place to fix their head, we ought to be delivering those mental health and primary care services in the same location,” said president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado Andrew Romanoff. Romanoff says this can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Like almost every other professional working in the mental health field, he also recognizes that stigma can be another barrier for people seeking mental health care. Cheryl Storey, manager of assessment and referral team/outpatient psychiatric services at West Pines SEE SUICIDE, P11

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Risas serves 500 patients with free dental work on Labor Day This is the fifth year staff donated their time BY SHANNA FORTIER SFORTIER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Dan Spitale, 32, had never been to the dentist until recently. That’s when he found out he .needed to have the tooth extracted. But he couldn’t afford it, so he went home. A week later he found himself in the dental chair at Risas Dental and Braces in Wheat Ridge. Spitale, a Lakewood resident, was one of 100 patients seen Sept. 3 during the companies Labor of Love event which offered free dental cleanings, filling and extractions to community members. “I’m supper appreciative of these guys,” he said Spitale, adding that he would not be able to get the extraction for a while if the Labor of Love was not happening. This was the fifth year doctors and staff from Risas Dental and Braces donated their time at its annual Labor of Love event. The dental group treated nearly 500 patients across its four partici-

pating locations, blanketing the areas from South Denver to Wheat Ridge and at two locations in North and South Aurora. Jamon Jensen, orthodontist at Risas Wheat Ridge and Aurora South, said the majority of patients seen during the Labor of Love event — held annually on Labor Day — say dental work is too expensive. The event tried to break down those financial barriers for the community. “With nearly 60-percent of Americans concerned about the cost of going to the dentist, we want to dispel the myth that oral care isn’t affordable,” said Risas Managing Director Jeff Adams. “Our goal has always been — and will continue to be as we expand in Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas — to make oral care accessible and affordable for all, regardless of their insurance status or financial situation.” For the doctors, it also feels good to give back to the community. “The team sees how good it feels to give back and do things for people who can’t afford it or who have neglected it,” Jensen said. “It’s really rewarding in that sense and it’s a great way to say thanks to the community.”

Dentist Chris Morris prepares to perform an extraction at the Risas Dental and Braces Labor of Love event in Wheat Ridge. PHOTOS BY SHANNA FORTIER

Orthodontist Jamon Jensen gives a consult for braces at the Risas Dental and Braces Labor of Love event at the Wheat Ridge branch.


Behavioral Health in Wheat Ridge, believes that people stepping forward and sharing their stories about mental illness is key to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. “I think the more we’re open, the more willing to talk about it, the more it does become normalized,” Storey said. She hopes that more people can “step forward and help us all realize that people with mental illnesses are our neighbors and our family members and our teachers and our police officers.”

For Romanoff, this crisis is not simply statistical. When he lost his closest relative to suicide three and a half years ago, it became profoundly personal. He joined Mental Health Colorado because while he recognizes that he cannot bring back his cousin, he can work to prevent suicide. “I want to spare other families from the anguish that we’ve suffered,” said Romanoff. “None of us can do this alone,” said Trish of people struggling with mental illness. “So reach out, connect with people who can help support.” “There’s always someone out there who cares. There’s always a tomorrow,” said Storey.

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Get a kick out of this football observation

t’s football season! I’m a fan … and this past weekend did not disappoint, with a thrilling win from the Broncos (I’m always a believer), and such a heroic performance from Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers that the booth announcers could hardly contain themselves. For anyone who missed it,

(who, by the way, won back-toback Division II Championships in the mid-1990s). At the game, I noticed that one of the Rocky Mountain Showdown teams employed signs on the sidelines to alert players to the action on the field, such as

Inspiring, to say the least. This particularly struck me because it was such a contrast to something I witnessed at the recent Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado State University and the University of Colorado. I didn’t really have any skin in the game, because my Colorado team is the UNC Bears

34-year-old Rodgers had to leave the game with a serious knee injury right before the half, when his team was down 17-0 to the Chicago Bears in another episode of their historic rivalry. Rodgers came back in the second half, clearly hurt, hopped around mostly on one leg, and led the team to a 24-23 win.


Without position players all we’re left with is grandstanding

I LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Fellman for school funding measures As a retired math teacher and administrator, former school board member, parent of two successful Jeffco graduates, and a grandmother, I’ve dreamed of the day we’d have an opportunity to increase education funding statewide. In Jefferson County, despite years of insufficient funding and difficult budget choices, our students are still blessed to have access to learning opportunities that don’t always exist in other parts of Colorado. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that all students across our state have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential! While serving on the school board and reviewing the budget during four years of continuous, detrimental cuts, I learned firsthand that Colorado’s education funding has not recovered since the recession. In the 2017-2018 school year alone, schools across the state were underfunded by nearly $830 million, plac-

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ing us (depending upon the metric used) about 39th nationally. That is unacceptable! Every student deserves the chance to succeed regardless of zip code. As a result of our woefully inadequate funding, school administrators are constrained to make educational programming decisions based on available funds – not on what is best for students. Amendment 73 addresses current funding challenges by increasing the base funding for all students. It also ensures that local control prevails – each school district (with input from their community) makes the important decision on how to spend the increased funds. My grandchildren and all Colorado children deserve the educational funding that will allow them to compete in our 21st century economy. Jill Fellman, Arvada SEE LETTERS, P13

this way, you may ask? Because somewhere, in a closet in the basement of the Oakland A’s clubhouse, some genius mathematician-nerd with a computer has a formula and a power point that says this approach to the game will produce more wins. It is called analytics; it is drilling a statistics to the point that we can n stare at the minutest minutia and a draw enormous conclusions from o next to nothing, and my friend, the s baseball guru, says that it has ruined w the position player because everyw body is trying to be Sammy Sosa. w Now, think about that for a second: studying minute informa- u tion to simplify a process so we no I t longer need to have well-rounded skills and still win. Does that sound w r at all like another arena? Do the words “silly season” mean a d anything to you? About 20 years ago Governor Bill s Owens became a national sensation because of the incredible success of m the get out the vote campaign that m he designed. And one of the main features of this successful campaign i was — wait for it — voter analytics. b Minute data. His game was, predict- p ably, stolen by Democrats and then d modified, then re-stolen by Repubt licans, and so on and so on, to the point now that both sides already know who will vote for them, who will never vote for them, and the one or two issues that people on the fence may use to make their decision. SEE ALCORN, P13


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may have mentioned before that, as Robert DeNiro once said, baseball is one of my “enthusiasms.” So, of course, the last several weeks have been wonderfully entertaining for me, as our Colorado HITTING Rockies have climbed to the top HOME of their division. Still, even with that, this has been a difficult season for me to watch. The game that I learned to play, that was still America’s Favorite Pastime in the era Michael Alcorn of Davey Lopes, Joe Morgan, and Ricky Henderson, is a very different game than the game that you will see if you make your way to Coors Field any time soon. This year’s brand of baseball is, well, boring. And a little bit fascist. The 2018 baseball season featured the first April EVER in which there were more strikeouts than base hits. Now, to the non-baseball fan, that may not sound like such a big deal, but consider that “ever” in baseball encompasses about 118 years, and secondly, that means that the average baseball game these days looks a lot more like a game of catch than it does an actual contest. Well, catch, interrupted occasionally by really long hits that the fielders don’t even bother to chase. And why has the game evolved


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Next steps to stopping overdose deaths Thanks for your attention to Overdose Awareness Day, which is recognized internationally on Aug. 31. In recent years, Colorado has made strides in enacting policies to curtail overdose deaths. State law allows anyone to carry the lifesaving medication, naloxone (Narcan), which safely and easily reverses respiratory depression in opioid overdose emergencies. The website lists pharmacies where naloxone is available without a prescription. In addition to naloxone, witnesses to an overdose can call for help under our Good Samaritan law without fearing arrest or prosecution for drug possession. But we can do more! Along with these vital measures, Colorado urgently needs supervised consumption services (SCS).


“KOR” for kickoff return, presumably to make sure the right personnel were ready to enter the field. An assistant would hold these signs high over his head and waggle them around so everyone could see them. What really caught my attention was the “PUNT” sign, not because of what it said, but because of when it was used: as the offense was lining up for a third-down play. Although I’m sure this occurrence is so routine that it probably doesn’t even register with the team on the field, it was jarring to me to assemble the players, in advance, for defeat – a punt on fourth down – instead of success – conversion to a first down. Unusual, to say the least. Other people around me were commenting on the “PUNT” sign, and my companions at the game found it humorous. Again, I know it must be integral to their training, their practice, their coaching, but I found it deflating (no pun intended). There are plenty of “signs” out there in life, if one is looking for them.


If you were, like I was, a bit disgusted by the spectacle of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings last week, consider it in terms of advanced data. Were the Republicans trying to make a case for Judge Kavanaugh? No, they already have the votes in the Senate, and they know their voters already approve of him. Were the Democrats trying to derail his nomination? No, they know they don’t have the votes to stop him, and they know the only way to keep their base happy was by turning it into a circus. Did either side do anything to convince anybody in the middle? No. Because people in the middle are

These are legally sanctioned facilities designed to reduce the health and public order issues with public injection. Those who use drugs – and potentially overdose – in places like parks, alleyways and restrooms can instead do so in a controlled, hygienic setting where medical supervision, sterile equipment and responsible disposal practices protect the program participants as well as the broader community. SCS deliver cost-effective, evidencebased harm reduction services onthe-spot along with referrals to drug treatment, health care and social services. More than 100 such facilities are operating worldwide and they are empirically shown to save money while improving public health. What’s more, not a single overdose death has ever been reported at an SCS site. SCS are part of a comprehensive, fiscally responsible public health approach to overdose and other negative consequences of problematic drug use.

I tend to believe in the ones I like, such as finding that a cookbook I didn’t even know I needed was on sale so of course I have to buy it, and to disregard those I don’t like, such as missing out on concert tickets as the first caller with the right answer because my phone didn’t connect soon enough. But I honestly don’t know how I would handle it if life threw me a “PUNT” sign every time I was ready to make some sort of breakthrough, every time a little effort, determination and inspiration could produce reward instead of defeat. Sometimes it’s so much easier – and perhaps safer – to prepare for the punt than to push through for a potentially successful outcome. About to drive off for a workout? Punt … or jump in the car. Gearing up for a crucial conversation? Punt … or approach with care. Ready to submit a business proposal? Punt … or push send. Thrilling, to say the least. Andrea Doray is a writer who had season tickets for years at the Air Force Academy and considers their games one of the greatest pageants in all of football. Contact Andrea at a.doray@ so sick of the circus, and so busy having their own lives, that they weren’t paying attention. 160 years ago, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas travelled around Illinois together for weeks trying to convince voters of the wisdom of their policy positions. Over the next two months, I’d be shocked if you ever heard opposing candidates ever address the substance of each others’ positions, much less do so in a dignified and amicable way. It is the politics of swing big and miss big. With we, the people, almost guaranteed to strike out. Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His novels are available at His opinions are not necessarily those of Colorado Community Media.

It’s time for Colorado to take the next step by establishing SCS. Amanda Bent, Drug Policy Alliance School funding is community funding A letter writer last week objected to the cost of the Jeffco Schools District’s funding request. His objection is that it “takes money out of the local economy.” Where on earth does he think local school taxes go? Not to the Washington swamp but right back into the local economy to pay for teachers, new and upgraded buildings, supplies and more, things that, besides helping our students, put money in the pockets of local citizens and businesses. Melinda Reed, Wheat Ridge Per the recycling OpEd last week Thank you for bringing this issue to the attention of the city again. I wish you every success in getting city council to pay attention. I have worked on the issue of the trash haulers from the

perspective of clean air since 2010 and have spoken at Arvada City Council meetings three times. I don’t get eye rolls, but almost. I also volunteered on the sustainability committee for a brief time and found that clean air is not a priority-development and business interests are. I lived in Boulder in the 1970’s and the city used Western Disposal. They still do. One company picks up all trash in Boulder and I assume picks up recycles, although I don’t know that. I take my recyclables to the center on 54th street, but as you wrote, some people are not able to do that. Because the city closed the facility on 64th and Old Wadsworth, there is no convenient place to recycle leaves and stems and I have to dump at least 30 bags of leaves every fall in the trash. I tried to register for the speakuparvada site you mentioned and it did not recognize 80004 as a valid Arvada zip code! Kathleen Flynn, Arvada

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Great American Beer Festival is set to BREW UP good times


More than 800 breweries from across nation will take part in Denver event BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM


n 1993, after geologists Charlie and Janine Sturdavant lost their jobs, they purchased a Victorianstyle home in Golden’s historic district. They filled a machine shop behind the house with old dairy tanks. They transformed the sunroom into a tasting room. The back yard became an intimate beer garden, with picnic tables and bulb lights draped overhead. More than 30 years later, Golden City Brewery is the city’s second largest brewery. “Nothing was planned out — it happened organically,” said Derek Sturdavant, the son of the original owners. After he graduated from college, he took on the role of head brewer, or as his bio says, “mad scientist.” Golden City Brewery, 920 12th St., is one of more than 800 breweries from across the U.S. that will be participating in this year’s Great American Beer Festival in downtown Denver. Sturdavant will be pouring favorites like the Cherry Bomber, which takes a half-pound of cherries per pint, and the Clear Creek Gold Pale Ale, a German-style beer. The three-day beer extravaganza is from Sept. 20-22 at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. in

Thousands of people gather at the Colorado Convention Center for the annual Great American Beer Festival. This year the festivities take place Sept. 20-22. PHOTO BY BREWERS ASSOCIATION

downtown Denver. As of press time, tickets were still available for the Sept. 20 opening-day session, from 5:30-10 p.m. An $85 ticket gets you a festival program, commemorative tasting cup and unlimited one-ounce samples of beer. Ticket purchase can be done online at The beer fest dates back to 1982. Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), an organization of more than 46,000 members based in Boulder, started the festival. SEE BEER, P15

BY THE NUMBERS: GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL IN 2017 4 hours and 15 minutes — How long it took the festival to sell out that year

3,900 — Beers served in the festival hall 60,000 — People attended 800 — Breweries from across the country participated

$29.3 million — Economic impact on Denver


A culinary exploration of Denver’s history


ot everyone can say they achieved a dream they had while in high school. But local wine expert and blogger Simone FM Spinner did just that with the publication of her first book — “Denver Food: A Culinary Evolution.” “Becoming a published book author has been a goal since I was fifteen years old and I finally did it,” she said. “I love food, cooking, and dining out. Working in the wine industry, I have always been lucky to dine out frequently as a part of my work; often in the latest, hottest, most interesting restaurants in the city.” In her book, Simone explores how German, Japanese, Chinese and Italian immigrants made their way to Colorado as part of COMING the gold rush. Soon ATTRACTIONS they were opening up saloons, which later turned into a booming restaurant industry. However, all the recent growth in metro area is causing some of the city’s most unique and historic locaClarke Reader tions to shut down. Which partly inspired Simone to start writing. “My book is essentially a love letter to the city that I fell in love with, which doesn’t really exist anymore,” she explained. “Yet, it is also a glimpse of the future and of the amazing things that are happening right now in Denver.” There’s a lot to know about the culinary scene in Denver, and Simone hopes readers come away understanding there’s a lot of collaboration and community between chefs. She also wants readers to know the Denver culinary community is actively doing their part to stave off waste, food insecurity and hunger, in their restaurants and in their communities. Most importantly, Simone wants readers to understand how many great tastes and flavors there are to explore right at their fingertips. “Denver has long been ignored by food writers, influencers, and critics. People assume that Denver is just about steaks, Mexican food, and novelty dishes. Denver’s culinary scene is a bit of a sleeper,” she said. “There is so much truly great food in this city and people should get out and explore a little bit. I really appreciate the immense culinary diversity in Denver.” SEE READER, P15

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The AHA is a division of the Brewers Association, a national nonprofit dedicated to craft brewers. The largest of its kind in the country, the Great American Beer Festival is an opportunity for beer lovers to rejoice in all things beer, from tastings to food pairings to educational sessions with master brewers. This year, more than 8,000 styles of beer will be served. More than 62,000 attendees are expected over the three - days. “It’s like a big ol’ music fest but everyone is a craft beer fan,” Sturdavant said. Brewers get creative and showcase new recipes to beer drinkers and to each other. “I always love the fest because there is so much great beer from all over the country,” said Jeff Tyler, head brewer at Spice Trade Brewery, formerly Yak & Yeti Brewpub, in Olde Town Arvada. “You really get to explore and try some things that you wouldn’t be able to try unless you were hopping on an airplane every weekend and going to different places around the country.” n Tyler, a New York native with a degree in mechanical engineering, has been the head brewer since 2016. He brews his eclectic beers in a seven-barrel brewhouse located inside the Yak & Yeti Restaurant, 7803 Ralston Road. The Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan food restaurant is in a 153-year-old historic home. “A lot of the beer we do has an interesting culinary influence to it,” said Tyler. Some of his styles are a jalapeno-infused beer, chai milk


For more information on the book and to order a copy, visit

Welcome autumn in Parker There are many ways people welcome autumn when it appears every year and one of the most popular events is Oktoberfest. Parker will be celebrating German heritage and traditions with its 12th annual fundraising cultural event Parker Oktoberfest. The event is held from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. The festival is held at . O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive in Parker. Visitors will enjoy live German music, a Biergarten featuring presenting partner, Paulaner, delicious German food, and even a late-night German Techno dance party. There will also be beer-relay races, lawn games, a children’s area and even a dachshund race and Oktoberfest pageant. For more information, visit www.

IF YOU GO The Great American Beer Festival is coming to downtown Denver. Evening sessions: 5:30-10 p.m., Sept. 20, 21 and 22 Afternoon session: noon to 4 p.m., Sept. 22. This session is restricted to American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and Brewers Association members. Where: Colorado Convention Center,

700 14th St., Denver Cost: $160 for a Paired + GABF ticket, which gets you a private craft beer and food pairing session and access to the festival floor. Individual session tickets are $85, which gets you a festival program, commemorative tasting cup and unlimited one-ounce samples of more than 4,000 beers. How: purchase tickets online at

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‘It’s like a big ol’ music fest but everyone is a craft beer fan.’

Take a bath in a ‘Broken Bone’ tub If anyone says there’s no mystery left in the theater, they’ve never heard of Siobhan O’Loughlin’s “Broken Bone Bathtub.” But that’s about to change. Lonnie Hanzon and The Enchantment Society is presenting O’Loughlin’s solo theatrical show to the Lakewood Glens through Sept. 23. Shows are 7 and 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The specific show location is given upon reservation. If the secret location isn’t enough to whet your appetite, here’s some more information - the immersive, one-person play takes place inside a bathtub - in an actual private residence. After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help and shares her story, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity and connection. For tickets and more information, visit Clarke’s Concert of the Week - Grandoozy at Overland Park Denver has taken a stab at big music festivals several times over the years, with pretty mixed results. But Grandoozy, a new three-day, multi-for-

mat festival from Superfly (the team behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands) is looking to break the slump. Held on Sept. 14, 15 and 16 at Overland Park, south of Downtown Denver and west of Denver University, Grandoozy is bringing more than 50 musicians to four stages. Headliners are Kendrick Lamar on Friday, Florence + The Machine on Saturday and Steive Wonder on Sunday. Other performers you won’t want to miss during the weekend include The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson, De La Soul, and Mavis Staples. In addition to the main stages, the festival will also host the Escape to The Break Room, where DJs and electronic artists will be performing; the 80’s Ski Lodge for engaging and educational conversations with panelists; arts programs and live mural paintings; and The Backyard - a place for shopping and morning yoga sessions. Single day and full weekend passes are still available at www.grandoozy. com. And I’ll be at Grandoozy, so look for a full report in next week’s column. Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail. com.

Kegs of craft beer fill the Colorado Convention Center prior to the Great American Beer Festival. This year’s three-day event is expected to have more than 62,000 people. PHOTO BY BREWERS ASSOCIATION

THIRD PARTY COMMENT Red Rocks Community College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will host a visit November 12–14, 2018, from a team of peer reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. Red Rocks Community College has been accredited by the commission since 1975. Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Submit online comments to HLC at comment or mail comments to the address below. All comments must be received by October 7, 2018. Third-Party Comment on Red Rocks Community College Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411

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During the break between legislative sessions each year Senator Rachel Zenzinger, (D-Arvada), conducts a series of tours in the district to hear firsthand from constituents, businesses, schools and other organizations about any concerns or priorities they may have. This year she and her team Zenzinger decided to mix it up a bit and do a health care tour. The Arvada Press sat down with Zenzinger following the tour to see what she learned and how it what to expect in healthcare legislature in the near future. What did you focus on healthcare? It’s not my area, but I’m trying really hard to dig in and learn about it and figure out how we can draft good policy solutions. It’s tough because healthcare as been politicized, which makes it really hard to tackle problems without everyone running to their camps. For a long time in Arvada, we were a healthcare desert. I’ve been thinking about healthcare for a long time recognizing we were somewhat deficient. When we got our first stand-alone emergency room there were all of these questions about if it was good or bad; if it was regulated or not; and how we should we interpret their emergence in this area. Fast forward and now they are everywhere and a good majority are now affiliated with hospitals and they operate off of their hospitals license or within a network. But there is still consumer confusion over what is an emergency room and what is urgent care. Because of this customer confusion and the difference in billing, it started to

become an issue. So we took that up over the last session and tried to design some guidelines and transparency measures for these stand-alone emergency rooms. Given that our district does not have a hospital, but we do have a large number of stand alone emergency rooms and urgent cares, it seemed to be something to investigate. Where did you tour and what did you learn? One of the places that we toured was the Centura Health Emergency Center at Church Ranch. This is a brand new facility attached to the existing Church Ranch Neighborhood Health Center and open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for treatment of emergent and urgent medical conditions. They are under the Centura umbrella but they are also an affiliate of Avista Adventist Hospital and operate under the hospital license. A couple take aways from that visit was they were already implementing the changes mandated by legislature well in advance of the deadline. It was really impressive to see their transparency measures. The second takeaway was that there was so much more there than the E.R. They had a whole host of other services: primary care doctors, pediatrics, obstetrics, occupational therapy… They also had Health Images, a stand-alone company that does MRI, Xray and other scans. That was incredible and I had no idea. So the benefit for that was that it was really integrated care. It was similar to when we visited Kaiser. It was that integrated health approach. That was really incredible and eye-opening. We also toured the Kaiser facility and integrated care has been their model since the beginning. It was exciting to see our district now has more options.

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What is the new legislation? It really had to do with feedback with consumers over that confusion of if you’re at an urgent care or an E.R. It’s about increasing transparency or consumer information so it’s not a surprise after the fact. In 2017 there was a bill — SB17-064 — which had to do with that licensing for free-standing emergency rooms. It is important to know there are standards and accountability. This year the bill that we focused on was HB18-1212. That’s where they starts to spell out if someone offers urgent care or emergency room services and if you are owned or operated by a hospital or if it is independent, legislature is adopting some rules around the standard of care patients will be receiving and an increase in transparency. What was the biggest conversation had? We still had a lot of conversation around the cost of care. One of our takeaways is that by integrating the service — having a one-stop shop is not only preferred from a patient perspective of convenience, but it also more cost effective. It actually has an impact on the bottom line. One of the cost drives is that you don’t get the scan or do the post surgery care because it’s inconvenient. But often times you need more intervention later, which costs more. That’s where Kaiser has always been a leader. And that’s why Kaiser is the largest HMO in Colorado and they are able to keep those costs down. There was also conversation and concern over Medicaid reimbursement and providers not getting the full reimbursement of what it costs to deliver care. That causes some concern on the part of the providers because they still have an obligation to deliver good quality care, but they know it will cost them to take on Medicaid patients. Another topic that came up was access — really trying to make sure that we increase access in our community. What concerns you about healthcare in the district? I’m still really concerned about

the cost, coverage and access. That is still such a giant problem. Even though I felt that were part of the team what was trying to help, they are more reacting to the problem and they are waiting for us and legislature to drive the solutions. We don’t know what will happen with the Affordable Care Act or with our system in Colorado. Will the new administration come in and change that? There’s still some uncertainty. But I am happy to know that there are more options now. Now I think it comes down to striking the right balance and making sure that we have that transparency and consumer protections and if we do, then I think we really benefit from having more options. What legislation around healthcare do you think will come up in the next session? We discussed with United Healthcare about the guarantee fund, an insurance for insurance companies. The policy question that might come up is that policy has not been updated — how that fund is administered, who pays into it and what it covers — in about 20 years. That was prior to the ACA and standalone ERs. Healthcare has changed so much. The way that it is right now, life and long term care insurance pays 15 percent into the fund and healthcare pays 85 percent into the fund. There are no HMOs that pay into it at all. United thinks the split is not equitable because the recent companies that have gone out of business is life and long term. Then an issue I heard from constituents is about prior authorization for prescription medications. Some people will go in for a prescription that they are told to get by their doctor and then are turned away at the pharmacy because they had to get prior authorization from the insurance. Related to that is the drug pricing. There were some bills that came through this last session that was unsuccessful. But I hear a lot that that’s a problem they want to see addressed.

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Phillip Bernal, of Littleton, works on his sidewalk chalk art during Ridge Fest on Saturday, Sept. 8. Stella Zayhowski, 7, makes “slime” (a mixture of mostly shaving cream and water) at the children’s craft table during Ridge Fest.



arm weather and fun events punctuated this year’s Ridgefest. Hed at the Green on the Ridge at 38 (7101 W. 38th Ave.) this year’s event featured live music from bluegrass bands, a classic car show, a cottage foods contest, food trucks, a chalk art festival, local beer and wine and a lot of kids’ activities.

Music by Stephen Flaherty Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Book by Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty Co-conceived by Lynn Aherns, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle Based on the works of Dr. Seuss



720-898-7200 A car show was among the activities during Ridge Fest on the Ridge at 38 space.

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HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to Deadline is noon Wednesday a week before publication. Ongoing Global Orphan Relief: Develops and supports programs bringing light, comfort and security to orphans around the world. Need: Super stars with website development, users of the abundant resources of social media. Those with great connection ability are needed to help with the development of the donor pool. Contact: Those interested serving this faith-based Colorado nonprofit can contact Deitra Dupray, 303-895-7536 or Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle: Group helps repair or recycle bicycles in the community. Need: All ages, knowledge levels to work on bicycles Contact: Golden Visitors Center: Provides information about Golden and surrounding areas. Need: Volunteers to man front desk and greet visitors, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; two 4-hour shifts offered Requirement: Must be 18 and older, training provided Contact: Mary Gomez, 303-279-2282 or Habitat ReStore: Nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers. Need: Volunteers for Wheat Ridge, Denver or Littleton Habitat ReStores, helping with the cash register, dock and warehouse floor Contact: 303-996-5468, email Alice Goble at Hospice of Covenant Care: Nonprofit, faith-based hospice. Need: Volunteers to support patients and families Contact: 303-731-8039 Legacy Grace Community Development Corp.: Starts social enterprises, provides low-cost transitional housing and job training/placement for all people in the Denver area. Need: Volunteers to help with resumes, 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Also need help in the art gallery (from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday); training provided. Contact: or Rick Roberts, 303-815-4914

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Lutheran Family Services: Cultural Mentoring Program: We welcome refugee families and help them adjust to their new home. Need: People who can commit to working with refugees on skills for self-sufficiency and helping them learn about their new home. Requirements: Must be 18 or older (although children of volunteers are welcome to participate). One-hour training and orientation required. Contact: David Cornish, 303-225-0199 or; go to www.lfsrm. org. Lutheran Hospice Need: Volunteers to assist in a couple of areas: 1. Be a friendly visitor by providing companionship or emotional support to patients and families in their own homes or visit patients in nursing facilities. Visits may include providing respite for caregivers. 2. Work at the Collier Hospice Center reception desk, welcoming family members and visitors, and assisting with administrative projects. Contact: Patty Anderson, or 303-403-7274. Jefferson County Library Foundation: Supports Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy. Need: Volunteers to help book sales and sorting book donations at the warehouse year-round Age requirements: Ages 12 and older are welcome Contact: 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge; call 303-403-5075 Nature’s Educators: Volunteer driven educational wildlife program that cares for non-releasable raptors, along with reptiles and amphibians for educational programming. Need: Tasks include cleaning enclosures, feeding and leading programs. Requirements: Must commit to 10 hours per month for at least a year. Must be 18-plus, have reliable transportation and be able to check email regularly. Fee applies that covers the volunteer equipment needed to do programs. Contact organization for details. Training: All training done on site; however, animal experience is a must. Contact: or PeopleFirst Hospice: Denver hospice Need: Volunteers to provide companionship

to hospice patients and their families. Contact: Rachel Wang at 303-546-7921 Seniors’ Resource Center: Nonprofit onestop shop of community-based services and care designed to keep seniors independent and at home for as long as possible. Need: Drivers to help transport seniors to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, the hair salon and more. You choose the areas, days and times that work for you. Seniors live in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson counties. Mileage reimbursement and excess auto insurance provided. Drivers may use their own car or one provided by the center. Requirements: Must be able to pass a background check (paid for by the center) and have a good driving record. Contact: Pat Pierson, 303-332-3840 or Go to Victim Outreach, Jefferson County: Offers support and access to resources during critical stage of trauma. Need: Volunteer victim advocates to respond on scene, to ensure victims’ rights are upheld Requirements: Must be 21-plus, pass background check and attend 40-hour training; training provided Contact: Jennifer at 303-202-2196, or www. Warm Hearts Warm Bodies: Group makes live easier for Colorado’s tiniest residents. Items made are donated to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters and individuals in Colorado. Need: Volunteers to sew, knit, crochet and quilt for prmature infants and babies. Meetings: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10001 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Requirements: Bring machines, scissors, crochet hooks, knitting equipment, etc., to help make accessories such as bibs, burp cloths, blankets, and more. Also bring a potluck dish. Contact: Glenda at 303-975-6394 or Jean Jones at 303-239-6473; Whiz Kids Tutoring: Help at-risk elementary and middle school kids improve their lives through academic tutoring, positive mentoring relationships and spiritual nurture. Need: Tutors to work one-on-one with elementary students at tutoring sites in Littleton and throughout the metro area.

October to April. Once a week, afternoon or evening sites, Monday through Thursday. One hour of tutoring followed by a 30-minute club where kids get to learn about Jesus. Requirements: You just need to be able to read, love a child and pass the background check. Info: Contact: Ashley Weldon Victim Outreach Incorporated: offers opportunities to work directly with crime victims, offering support and access to resources during a critical stage or trauma. Need: Victim advocates. Requirements: Must be 21, and a background check will be conducted. Volunteers must complete a 40-hour training session this fall. Also, must live within 20 minutes of Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Golden police departments. Contact: Meghan at 303-202-2196 or AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Need: Help older, lower-income taxpayers prepare their tax returns. Requirement: All levels of experience are welcome; training and support provided. Contact: 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) or Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter: Provides care and support to 67,000-plus families dealing with all kinds of dementing illnesses. Need: Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee members. Contact: Deb Wells, 303-813-1669 or Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Rescues homeless dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters. Need: Foster-care families for death-row shelter dogs and cats Contact:

Arthritis Foundation, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter: Helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to care, advancements in sciences and community connections. Need: Walk to Cure Arthritis committee members and general office volunteer support. Contact: Amy Boulas, aboulas@arthritis. org, 720-409-3143.

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Hundreds pitch in to help their neighbors stay warm, dry and safe About 80 projects completed during annual Be A Tool Day of Service across metro area BY CHRISTY STEADMAN CSTEADMAN@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

From tree trimming to roof replacements, hundreds of people across the metro area worked together to help keep their neighbors warm, dry and safe during the Neighborhood Rehab Project’s Be A Tool annual Day of Service on Sept. 8. The volunteers put in a combined thousands of hours working on projects in Golden, Arvada, Englewood and Idaho Springs. The annual event started in Golden and has spread to nearby communities in the past few years. Here is what the volunteers accomplished, from the first year of participation to the present year in each community. Golden — 8th annual 2018: 467 — Volunteers

3,736 — Volunteer hours 46 — Projects 201: 70 — Volunteers 560 — Volunteer hours 22 — Projects Arvada — 3rd annual 2018: 205 — Volunteers 1,640 — Volunteer hours 12 — Projects 2016: 173 — Volunteers 1,384 — Volunteer hours 9 — Projects Englewood — 3rd annual 2018: 225 — Volunteers 1,800 — Volunteer hours 15 — Projects 2016: 125 — Volunteers 1,000 — Volunteer hours 8 — Projects Idaho Springs — 2nd annual 2018: 40 — Volunteers 320 — Volunteer hours 8 — Projects 2017: 7 — Volunteers 56 — Volunteer hours 2 — Projects

A couple of volunteers do yard work in Arvada during the annual Neighborhood Rehab Project’s Be A Tool Day of Service on Sept. 8. This is the third year the event has taken place in Arvada and this year’s 205 volunteers completed 12 projects. COURTESY OF NEIGHBORHOOD REHAB PROJECT

Jeffco library event kicks of six-week beer tour STAFF REPORT

Jefferson County Library Foundation’s second annual Stouts and Stories/Ales and Tales on Sept. 27 will feature tastings from 12 Jefferson County brewpubs, brew talks by local experts, live music, food trucks, games and prizes. The kickoff event, from 5-9 p.m. at the Lamar Street Center, 5889 Lamar St., Arvada, launches the six-week, self-guided craft beer tour throughout the county, which runs from Sept. 28 to Nov. 11. “This event was hosted by Jefferson County Public Library in 2017, and it received a tremendous response from the community,” Jo Schantz, executive director of the library district, said in a news release. “The foundation decided to turn this into a fundraiser and partner with local businesses to help raise money for library programs.” Money generated by the kick-off event will help support the library’s STEM/STEAM initiatives, early childhood literacy and the hugely popular summer reading program. General admission tickets for the kickoff event are $15 each, and VIP tickets cost $25 each, enabling guests to view the Cool Car Collection of rare and exotic vehicles in the Steel Affairs showroom. Games include giant beer pong, corn hole and super Jenga, and gameplaying participants can earn tickets for a series of prize drawings held that

evening. Local brewers will be featured speakers during the kick-off event, and live music will be provided by the band Half Pint and the Growlers. Free beer tour “passports” for the self-guided tour can be picked up at the kickoff party at any Jefferson County Public Library or at any of four Jefferson County-based Westerra Credit Union locations. Patrons visit the breweries listed in the passport and receive a stamp for enjoying the breweries’ special offers. Stamped passports can then be redeemed for prizes at the four Westerra Credit Union branch locations. Participating breweries include Brewery Rickoli, Colorado Plus Brew Pub, El Rancho Brewing, Evergreen Tap House, Golden City Brewery, Grand Lake Brewing Tavern, Ironworks Brewery & Pub, Joyride Brewing, Landlocked Ales, New Image Brewing Company, Someplace Else Brewery and Westfax Brewing Company. Sponsors of the kickoff event and craft beer tour include Westerra Credit Union, High Point Financial Group, LLC, Cat Care Society, Picocyl, AMI Mechanical, Guaranty Bank, Sally Reed, Nocturnal Tattoo, the Taurus Fund, and Design. KOOL 105 and Colorado Community Media are event media sponsors. Tickets for the kickoff event can be purchased at jeffcolibraryfoundation. org through Sept. 26, or call 303-4035079.

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Ovation West presents “Funny Girl”: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 14 to Oct. 7 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen. Musical based on the life of Ziegfeld comedian Fanny Brice. Call 303-674-4002 or go to Performance Now Presents “Annie”: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 23 at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Contact 303987-7845 or at Broken Bone Bathtub: through Sunday, Sept. 23. Siobhan O’Loughlin’s award-winning immersive piece of theater takes place inside a bathtub, in an actual home in the Lakewood Glens. The audience of 10-18 people takes on the role of Siobhan’s close friends, listening, sharing and assisting the cast clad artist at bathtime. Specific location given at registration. Shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays. Go to www.


Live Music: Samir El Yesfi: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) or visit

Music with a Mission: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in Homestead Park, 6252 Depew St., Arvada. Free concert featuring Louis Colaiannia. Donations for Arvada High School Resource Center, which benefits Arvada High School’s homeless population, will be collected.


Arvada Center Fall Exhibitions: “Virgina Maitland Retrospective” on display through Nov. 11 in the Main Gallery. Go to full-circle-virginia-maitland. “Laura Merage: Nausy Nausy” on display through Dec. 23 in the Theatre Galery. Go to https:// “Connected by Color” on display through Nov.

Care Society, 5787 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood. Attendance is limited. RSVP to Suellen Scott at 303237-9680 x19, or email sscott@catcaresociety. org to reserve your spot. For more info, go to www. Latino Film Fest: Un cuento chino/Chinese Take-Away (Argentina): 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) or visit Mountainside Art Guild Miniatures Exhibit: on display through Sept. 27 at Lakewood Arts Gallery, 6731 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Contact or 303-9800625.

Yoga with Cats: 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Cat

11 in the Upper Gallery. Go to connected-by-color. Opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 13. Exhibition discussions with Maitland from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 27 and from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 13. Messy Art: 11-11:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) or visit


Lifetree Café, “Miracles or Mere Coincidences? Does Everything Happen for a Reason?” noon Tuesday, Sept. 18 at peace Lutheran Church, 5675 Field St, Arvada. Features a filmed interview with Robin Alm, a woman who believes a miracle occurred in her life. Participants will have an opportunity to share miracles they believe have occurred in their own lives. Contact Tim Lindeman at 303-424-4454 or tlindeman@

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this week’s TOP FIVE “There’s No Place Like Tuna”: 7 p.m. Sept. 14-15, Sept. 21-22, Sept. 28-29 at Colorado ACTS, 11455 W. I-70 Frontage Road North, Wheat Ridge. Tickets available for show only, or for show plus barbecue sandwich meal. Call 303-456-6772 or go to

Make Something: Fall Book Folding Project: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge. Transform a book into a work of art. Books and rulers provided. Go to Nimbus: Art by Hallie Packard: on display through Sunday, Sept. 16 at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St., Lakewood. Opening reception from 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Go to www. “In Plein Sight” Gallery Exhibition: on display through Sept. 16 at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St., Golden. The free, week-long public exhibition features 25 professional artists who will paint from dawn to dusk at one Jeffco Open Space site. Schedule available at www.

Make Something: Disappearing Nine Patch Mug Rug: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Learn a fun and easy quilting project. Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) or visit


Food Truck Fridays: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at Lamar Street Center, 5889 Lamar St., Arvada. Bands, drinks, automotive gallery and more. Donations accepted for Jefferson County Business Education Alliance). Donation amount is up to each guest. Learn more at or call 303-424-0208. Walleye Fresh Fish Dinner: 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Sons of Norway Trollheim Lodge, 8810 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood. Cost is $27 for adults 12 and older and $10 for those younger than 12. Call 303989-4496 for reservations.


Terrariums: Gardens In Glass: 1011 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Echter’s Garden Center, 515 Garrison St., Arvada. Go to www.echters. com. Create a terrarium garden in class to take home. Materials fee applies. Space is limited. Register at 303-424-7979. American Legion Post 161 Sal Golf Tournament: Saturday, Sept. 15 at Lake Arbor Golf Course. Four-person scramble. Cash prizes, prize drawings, barbecue lunch. Go to facebook. com/SAL161golf. Teams and individual players welcome; hole sponsors and donations for raffle, silent auction and goody bags needed. Will benefit Ginnys Kids, Colorado Veterans Kids Fund and Child Welfare Foundation. Contact Robert at broncorobert@

September 13, 2018S or 720-810-4933, or Joker at or 303-519-8968. My Favorite Perennials: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Echter’s Garden Center, 515 Garrison St., Arvada. Go to www. Learn about perennials that are reliable, durable and beautiful. Included will be sun lovers, shade lovers, xeric plants and ground covers. Lego Play & Build: 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) or visit Town Meeting with Reps. Tracy Kraft-Tharp and Lang Sias and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15 at Standley Lake Library. Listen to the experts and ask questions in a pro and con discussion on the 2500 setback initiative on the ballot in November. After School Fun: Pirates Ahoy: 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303235-JCPL (5275) or visit www. First Responders Appreciation Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Elk Run Assisted Living, 31383 Frost Way, Evergreen. First reponders from Jeffcom, Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Jefferson County Sheriff ’s Office, Clear Creek County Sheriff ’s Office and Alpine Rescue invited.

Terrariums: Gardens In Glass: 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Echter’s Garden Center, 515 Garrison St., Arvada. Go to www.echters. com. Create a terrarium garden in class to take home. Materials fee applies. Space is limited. Register at 303-424-7979. Fall Color Coach Trip: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303425-9583 or go to www.apexprd. org. Enjoy the fall colors on our way to Cripple Creek where you will have time to gamble, stroll around and/or eat lunch on your own. Fee includes transportation and escort. Let’s Dance: 10-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) or visit Apex Foundation Golf Tournament: 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Indian Tree Golf Club, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Check in at 7 a.m. Fee includes coffee, breakfast and lunch, free range balls, golf shirt, goody bag, cart, on-course beverages, prizes and awards. Contact 303-463-4270 or


Nutrition Class, Cooking Demo: Saturday, Sept. 15 at Natural Grocers; 11 a.m. to noon at 7745 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; and 1-2:30 p.m. at 3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood. Learn to make tacos using organic produce, fillings and toppings. Introduction to Energy Healing: 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303235-JCPL (5275) or visit www. Women’s Wellness Experience: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Arvada Centerfor the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth, Blvd. A morning of fun, relaxation and education that explores how to live a more balanced life. Enjoy health screenings, conversationswith physicians, retail therapy, mimosas, murals and much more. Keynote speech “Someday is Not a Day in the Week” is by Sam Horn.The event is free, but registration is encouraged. Go to SEE CALENDAR, P21

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Giddy on up to Lions Park 2018 Golden Giddyup mountain bike race and expo take place Sept. 16 BY CHRISTY STEADMAN CSTEADMAN@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Although registration has closed to race in the 2018 Golden Giddyup, the community is invited to cheer on riders and celebrate trail stewardship during the event’s day-long expo on Sept. 16 at Lions Park, 1300 10th St., in Golden. The race will start in waves beginning at 8 a.m. An awards ceremony will take place 3:30-4:30 p.m. The expo kicks off at 10 a.m. and goes


till 6 p.m. It will feature vendors — including the Golden Giddyup’s sponsors with bikes, gear and information on outdoor recreation — and a Kids Zone with a kids’ bike course provided by Avid4Adventure. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the beer garden and lunch will be available. There will be food trucks, spirit tastings from LAWS Whiskey House and New Terrain Brewing Company will be serving its Giddyup Trail Ale. A bluegrass concert will take place 1-5 p.m. Live music will be performed by Rapidgrass, Banshee Tree and Chain Station. It is recommended to park in a public lot in downtown Golden and walk or bike to Lions Park. The streets adjacent to the park will only be accessible to the neighborhood’s residents and will be closed off to non-local traffic Italy: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Kipling Meadows, 7175 Kipling St, Arvada. Active Minds program. Call 303-412-5480 to RSVP.



Jefferson High School Class of 68 Reunion: Sept. 14- 15. Ice breaker from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Edgewater Inn, 5302 W. 25th Ave. Tour of Jefferson High School at 4 p.m. Sept. 14. Dinner, dancing and reminiscing from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Lamar Street Center, 5889 Lamar St., Arvada. Contact Jackie Peden, 303 550-9585, or Rick Lunnon, 720 363-6287. Registration at

Free Legal Clinic: Get Help With Visitation Plans: 1-2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Jefferson County Department of Human Services, 3500 Illinois St., Suite 1300, Golden. Volunteer attorneys meet via computer link to answer questions, help fill out forms and provide assistance in establishing a visitation plan. Call 303-271-4329. Remaining dates for 2018 are Tuesday, Sept. 18, Tuesday, Oct. 16, Tuesday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Van Rice rides a kids’ bike course at last year’s Golden Giddyup mountain bike race and expo. This year, the expo will feature vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, live music and family-friendly activities. It takes place on Sept. 16 at Lions Park, 1300 10th St., in Golden.


all day on Sept. 16. The Golden Giddyup mountain bike race and expo is a way to recognize and highlight the 80-some volunteers who

put in nearly 2,500 hours of trail work on Jeffco Open Space trails. The expo is free and family family-friendly. Learn more at

Exploring Islam & America: Muslims, Arabs and Islamist Extremism: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) or visit

Jody’s Preschool Fun with Animals: 1010:45 a.m. Wednesdays in September at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. For ages 3-6. Books, stories, crafts and games about animals. Go to

Myanmar (Burma): 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Lakewood Reserve, 555 S. Pierce St., Lakewood. Active Minds program. Call 303-742-4800 to RSVP.a Exploring the Great Ideas: The Pursuit of Truth: 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) or visit

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Evergreen volleyball nets win over Ralston Valley

Arvada West AD follows winning path to Hall of Fame


Ralston Valley’s Natasha Eberle (11) and Jamie Dorczuk (16) attempt to block the spike attempt by Evergreen junior Gabby Clark (7) during a non-league game Sept. 6 at Ralston Valley High School. The Mustangs took a first-set victory, but eventually fell to the Cougars 3-1. PHOTO BY DENNIS PLEUSS/JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY DENNIS PLEUSS JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ARVADA — Evergreen volleyball turned to its sister tandem of Claudia and Hayley Dillon to seal an impressive road victory Thursday night at Ralston Valley High School. Claudia, senior and University of Missouri commit, and junior Hayley combined for a dozen kills and a couple of key blocks in the decisive 27-25 fourth-set victory for the Cougars (3-2 record). “We didn’t say anything like get us

(Dillon sisters) the ball, but I think everyone knows if Hayley or myself, or anyone else, get on a roll to just go to them,” Claudia said after the Cougars’ 3-1 victory. “Hayley was unstoppable on the front row. Once either of us got to the front row they just fed us the ball.” Ralston Valley (2-2) actually grabbed a 25-17 first-set win to start off the non-league match against Evergreen, ranked No. 8 in last week’s Class 4A volleyball CHSAANow. com poll. The Mustangs were led by seniors Natasha Eberle, Madeline

Fitchett and junior Laurel Kelly in the opening set. First-year coach Jess Sponenberg had the Mustangs off to a great start, but Evergreen won the next three sets 25-22, 25-18 and 27-25 to get the win. “We’ve been working really hard on keeping other teams’ runs to a minimum,” Evergreen’s first-year coach Gail Andrews said. “That was really our focus in practice all week. I think that really helped us tonight.” SEE VOLLEYBALL, P23

Standout Performers Macee Thompson, Lakewood The senior third base player was 2 for 4 at the plate against Fruita Sept. 8. Her double helped ensure the Tigers won the game 9-5. She currently enjoys a lofty .596 batting average.

Johanna Landmark, Lakewood The Tigers’ senior provided 31 assists to her team in their Sept. 8 match against Grand Junction. She also added four of her own kills.

Nick VonFeldt, Wheat Ridge The junior running back led the way with 25 carries for 124 yards and three touchdowns last week. The homecoming game performance on Sept. 7 helped the Farmers to a 28-14 victory over Widefield.

Daniel Erger, Golden In a season of quite a few Golden goals on the soccer field, sophomore attacking midfielder Erger stood out last week, scoring twice on Sept. 6 against Silver Creek, and twice again on Sept. 8 against Bear Creek.

Colton Muller, Pomona The senior quarterback struggled in the air Sept. 7 against a tough Valor Christian squad, but contributed 110 yards on 14 runs in his team’s tough 14-6 loss. His longest run of the night was busting free for a 50-yard gain.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS: Colorado Community Media selects athletes from area high schools each week as “Standout Performers.” Preference is given to athletes making their debut on the list. To nominate an athlete, contact Glenn Wallace by noon on Sunday at

rvada West athletic director Casey Coons is a Hall of Famer. It is an honor that I envisaged since he was wellschooled. Coons is a fellow graduate of Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School. Coons, who graduated from high school years after I OVERTIME did, will be part of the 24th Western State Colorado University Hall of Fame class that will be inducted on Sept. 14 in Gunnison. Jim Benton He was an offensive lineman for Western State and a 1980 graduate who played on three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title teams and twice played in NAIA postseason playoff games. After coaching at Black Hills State University and Western Oregon, Coons returned to Western State in 1988 as an assistant for head coach Duke Iverson. He was promoted to assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in 1991. In three seasons starting with the 1991 campaign, the Mountaineers won three conference titles, advanced to the NAIA playoffs once and made two NCAA playoff appearances. “I think I’m the first assistant coach to go into the Hall of Fame at Western State,” said Coons, who was Arvada West’s head football coach from 2002 to 2011. “We thought we were going to get fired in 1991 unless we turned it around. It wasn’t just me. So much went into it. It’s a we thing, especially in football.” Brent Tollar was one person who sent in a nomination letter. “Coach Coons created a wellbonded defense and team mentality that focused on hard work, grit and an unbreakable ideal that we always stood together as a team,” wrote Tollar. “The only thing that mattered was the name on the front of the jersey. The very foundation that I believe Mountaineer football stands for comes from someone like Casey Coons.” SEE BENTON, P24

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Overtime thriller hands Mustangs first season loss BY ADAM HOTHERSALL SPECIAL TO COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA

All afternoon Aug. 4 at North Stadium, a win appeared unlikely for Legacy soccer (3-0) after hitting the goal post five times. However, the bad luck didn’t discourage a tough-minded group from giving in. Lightning strikes quickly, and thanks to a couple of overdue breaks, the home team escaped with a doubleovertime victory over Ralston Valley, 2-1. The Mustangs (2-1) jumped out to an early lead in the first half thanks to excellent ball movement and controlled pace. But while playing catchup, Legacy began dominating ball control and shot attempts to conclude the half. With plenty of close shots, the Lightning still couldn’t find the back of the net and trailed 1-0 at the break. Unfortunately for Legacy, most of the second half looked similar to the first. The contest finally flipped with 46 seconds remaining after junior Hunter Hance drew a foul in the penalty box. On the penalty shot, senior captain Noah Stover converted beautifully to the lower right-hand side of the net to tie things up. Next up: overtime. Ralston Valley early on performed with plenty of energy, as they attempted to seize control after a couple of shot attempts. Legacy bounced right back to close the 10-minute frame with five shots on goal; three more than the Mustangs. In the second overtime, both teams appeared extremely fatigued. Only three combined shots on goal in the first nine minutes of the period had the contest looking as if a draw was upcoming. That’s when the aggressive forward


The domination and powerful spikes by Claudia and Hayley in the final three sets really changed the momentum. However, it took a full team effort to hold off Ralston Valley from forcing

Legacy junior Colten Armstrong and Ralston Valley senior Cort Johnson fight for position Sept. 4 at North Stadium. Hance struck again, this time finishing with a goal of his own with 44 seconds left, sending the home crowd into a frenzy. “I’m super proud of my team for playing with a lot of heart, sticking to a system, and not panicking,” Head Coach Anthony Romano said. “Very proud of our effort.” In a game dominated throughout by Legacy, 28 shots resulted in just two passing Mustang senior goaltender Cooper Steputis. In Hance’s four shots, 25 percent accuracy is all he and the Lightning needed to stay unbeaten. “The boys generated a lot of attack. We have to do a better job in not allowing certain opportunities, but again hats off to Ralston Valley. I’m sure they will win a lot of games this year.” Other standouts for Legacy included junior forwards Colten Armstrong

(five shots), Blake Hansen (three shots) and junior defensemen Jordan Swinhart, who never left the field the entire contest. “Jordan’s been here at the varsity level for three years. He has a lot of versatility in his game and can play

the right side, left side, midfield, and back. Brings a lot of energy and attack wherever he is on the field.” Legacy looks for their fourth win in four tries Sept. 6 at Niwot while Ralston Valley will host Fossil Ridge on Sept. 7.

a fifth set. On the final point Evergreen senior Skylar Gale’s serve eventually found the hand of Ralston Valley junior Marisa Jergensen for a spike attempt from the outside. Evergreen junior Gillian Hoerman was able block Jergensen’s hit to end the match. “If you let those runs get to big

you are kind of out of the game. We wanted to stop those runs and get a couple of our own,” Claudia said of the final set. “It was probably tighter than I would have liked it to be, but it was fun to see everyone pushed to the edge.” “We are ready for league to start,” Claudia said before opening 4A Jeffco League play Sept. 11 against

Wheat Ridge. Ralston Valley is gearing up for its 5A Jeffco League opener Sept. 20 against rival Pomona.

Ralston Valley senior Ben Johnson kicks the ball away from Legacy junior Hunter Hance at North Stadium Sept. 4. PHOTOS BY ADAM HOTHERSALL

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Match point Granted, it wasn’t the U.S. Open tennis championships. It was the 13th annual Willow Creek Classic doubles tournament that took place Sept. 5-9 at courts in the Willow Creek neighborhood in Centennial and other nearby South Suburban courts. Tennis players from the south Denver area apparently like to wrap up the summer tennis season with competitive, tough matches that are fun and without a lot of pressure. Plus there was always food and drinks waiting at the conclusion of matches in the quaint, unsanctioned tournament in which players have to register by mail. This year there were 225 players entered to play in women’s 3.o, 3.5 and 4.0 doubles and men’s 3.5, 4.0 doubles. There was competition in 6.5, 7.0, 7.5 and 8.0 mixed doubles. The tourney concluded with a unique, eight-game pro set mixed doubles event. “The tournament does attract good tennis players who feel welcome and are not intimidated,” said tournament organizer Rick Bolin.


The personal touch is what McNellis is striving for. “It gives that small town feel,” she said of the in-person delivery. “It also helps because I can talk to people and ask if they’ve found their way and I can point them to someone. It’s gone over really well.

“What sets the tournament apart from other tournaments is that people love how social it is, how friendly it is and we as organizers go out of our way to make sure there is food and drinks available. The fridge is fully stocked. “We attract great tennis players from all over the south metro area from Highlands Ranch, Ken Caryl, Parker, the Pinery, and last year we had four women who came down from Aspen. We allowed as many people to register as we could find courts and then we had to stop.” Willow Creek resident Jamele Leyden has played in the tournament since it started. “Even if you are not playing there is someone that I know that is on the court,” she said. “It’s a great tournament to relax. It is well run. Everyone is playing to win but it’s such a relaxed environment and at some point you are going to be playing against people you know. Because it’s non-sanctioned there is no pressure. It’s fun.” Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia. com or at 303-566-4083.

People are excited to see a friendly face at the door and get coupons.” Gordon said the Visitor Center’s partnership with Blue Door just made sense. “She is becoming a resource — if you don’t know anyone in town at least you know her,” Gordon said of McNellis. “Our mission is to attract visitors, but we also want to position Arvada as a great place to work, live and play. What a better touchpoint than to have a new resident welcome bag in place.”




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Cremation Gardens. Companion sites include granite placements. 40% discount from Horan and McConaty. Your price is $4,611. County Line and Holly. 303-551-4930 PETS Cats

WILL YOU PLEASE TAKE ME? I am a 4yr Silver & white Tabby:) My mommy has to leave and cannot take me. I only want to sit on the back of a chair and look out a window. I don't need hardly any attention. Just your company. I love a string dangling from a stick. And of course I love my little toy butterfly. I can sit on the porch and backyard all day! My potty habits are dainty and clean. And I understand some words! Will you give me a chance for a new home? No cost! Call Dianne 303-349-7689

Horse & Tack

Thu-Fri, 9/20-9/21, 8a-6p Sat, 9/22, 8a-3p

We have FURNITURE GALORE!! Our ESTATE SALE includes • Eastlake Rocker • Marble-topped Coffee & Occasional Tables • Vintage French Provincial China Cabinet • Leather Office Chairs • Hand-tied wool & Karastan Rugs & Runners & much more! Our PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED ANTIQUE FURNITURE includes • a Duncan Phyfe Mahogany Table w/6 Chairs • beautiful Oak & Walnut Dressers • an Appliquéd Bed & matching Armoire set & more! Other RESTORED WOOD PIECES include • Oak Tables & Chairs • Dressers • Occasional & Coffee Tables & other beautiful items. Our GARAGE SALE includes • Clothes (all ages) Kitchen • Linens • Home Décor • Craft Supplies • Jewelry • Books • Sports • Electronics • Toys, plus HomeBaked Goods! Our BBQ LUNCH starts at 11a with 1/3-lb. Angus sirloin burger or brat plate for $5 or hot dog plate for $3.50. Shepherd of Love Fellowship 13550 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield (corner of 136th & Lowell Blvd.) Info: 303-466-5749

Miscellaneous Cemetery Lots

Colorado Statewide Classified Advertising Network To place a 25-word COSCAN Network ad in 91 Colorado newspapers for only $300, contact your local newspaper or call Colorado Press Association Network at 303-571-5117.

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MORE! Estate Sales

Misc. Notices


Autos for Sale 87 Isuzu pup 122k 1 owner $2,350. 71 Chevy truck $1,500 720-308-6696

Sell your merchandise on this page $25 for 2 weeks in 16 papers and online 303-566-4091 Wanted

Cash for all Vehicles! Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUV’s Any condition • Running or not Under $500


Cell: (303)918-2185 for texting

DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK, BOAT, RV; Running or not, to Tax deductible! 303-659-1744. 20 years of service

Community Tack Sale

Saturday September 15th 8am-3pm at Perry Pines Open Space Pavilion 3683 Woods Road Sedalia 80135 Western/English Tack

New & Used Electric Bikes & Trikes


Starting at $995 The Largest ebike Store in the Country Best Selection & Discount Prices

Cash for all Vehicles!


Any condition • Running or not Under $500

1919 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80204


Split & Delivered $300 a cord Stacking available extra $35 Call 303-647-2475 or 720-323-2173

Furniture Dining Room Set $100.00 Baldwin Fun Machine (Organ) $250.00 Dresser $50.00 Night Stand $25.00 Phone Number 303-918-5339

Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUV’s


Cell: (303)918-2185 for texting

Autos for Sale

2008 Tahoe

Very Clean, 3rd Row Seating 163,000 miles, Castle Rock $13,500 303-514-7107

2015 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

4 wheel drive, double cab SLE long bed vortec, 6.0L, V8, gas engine, silver, all options, remote start, Rhino bed liner, BW 5th wheel hitch, running boards, 26,000 miles, excellent condition, $31,000 303-841-0811

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Colorado Community Media, the Publisher of your hometown newspaper and the largest local media company in the state is looking to fill a If you strive to be a full time sales position.

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WE’RE HIRING Store General Manager Golden CO

You’ll be a great fit if you’re:

larger part of your community by meeting with business owners big and small, helping them grow their business by marketing with digital media, community newspapers, and everything in between – then we would like to meet you.

• Friendly & outgoing • Customer serviceoriented and like to help others • At your best in a fastpaced environment • Someone who likes to have fun at work and work with a team • Reliable with regular attendance

Flexible - Like each day to be unique? Creative - Can you think “outside of the box” and build programs for your clients that fit their needs? Upbeat - Are you enthusiastic and like to have fun? Outgoing - Enjoy networking and providing outstanding customer service?

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Help Wanted Administrative Assistant Experienced person needed Part Time 1 day a week Great Working Conditions Great Pay for the right person Call (303)790-2558


No Sales, no Investment, No Risk, Free training, Free website. Contact Susan at 303-6464171 or fill out form at

To advertise your business here, call Karen

at 303-566-4091

Help Wanted

Help Wanted Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc. (Lakewood, CO) seeking President & CEO to provide strategic leadership for the company by working with the Board and other management to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. Responsible for presiding over the entire workforce, manage budgets and ensure resources are properly allocated. Will directly supervise 12 employees. Requires Master’s Degree in Business Administration or related (foreign degree equivalent accepted). 8 years of senior management or executive positions in railway industry. 50% international and domestic travel required. Send cover letter and resume to RCTI, Inc. Attn. J. Klotzer, 2815 Coliseum Centre, Ste 450, Charlotte, NC 28217.

FULL-TIME, BENEFITED Equipment Operator II Salary: $48,471 - 62,046/yearly Closes: 9/10/18 Maintenanceworker/Senior Maintenanceworker – Utilities (Distribution and Meter Shop) Salary: $36,295 - $53,691/yearly Closes: 9/17/18 Utilities Technician (FOGG Tech) Salary: $48,470 -$62,046/yearly Closes: 9/10/18 HOURLY, NON-BENEFITED Assistant Sport Coach – Swim Team (Flippers) Salary: $10.20 – $11.79/hourly Closes: 9/10/18 Instructor I – Early Childhood Program Salary: $10.20 - $12.49/hourly Closes: 10/29/18 Program Coordinator II – Pottery Studio Salary: $15.89 – $19.29/hourly Closes: 09/24/18 Sport Coach – After School Programs Salary: $12.76 - $16.20 Closes: 9/24/18 Sport Coach – Swim & Dive Team (Flippers) Salary: $12.76 - $16.20/hourly Closes: 9/10/18 Sport Supervisor Salary: $11.37 – $14.43/hourly Closes: 10/29/18 Submit City of Westminster online applications thru 8:30 a.m. on close date EOE

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Large Warehouse For Lease

Located 4900 E. Pacific Place near the I-25 & Evans Interchange, this 23,269 SF warehouse offers clean warehouse/distribution space with quick highway access. 18’ clear ceilings, four dock-hi doors and 6,000 SF of office/showroom space. Offered for lease at $7.95/SF NNN. Expenses est. at $3.32/SF. Call Jeff LaForte or Bob Pipkin. Fuller Real Estate, 5300 DTC Pkwy., #100 Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111

Cornerstone Homes Realty

Applewood Townhome

1400 + square feet 2 bedrooms, 1 & 1/2 baths, Patio, 2 car carport, Basic Cable included Swimming Pool/Playground Washer/Dryer, Air Conditioning, Fresh Updates, No Pets, No Smokers, $1545/month $1545 deposit 303-345-5749

Office Rent/Lease (303) 534-4822

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VARIOUS OFFICES 100-2,311 sq.ft. Rents from $200-$1750/month. Full service. 405-409 S Wilcox

Castle Rock

Wasson Properties 719-520-1730

RV Lot Rental 1991 Dolphin Class C RV 70K miles $11,000 in excellent condition for more information call (303)862-9420


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Proclaiming Christ from the Mountains to the Plains 12735 W 58th Ave · 80002 · 303-420-1232 Daily Masses: 8:30am, Mon-Sat Confessions: 8am Tue-Fri; 7:30am & 4:00pm Sat Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00pm Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9:00, 11:30am, 5:30pm

S ERVICES 8 &10 am Church School

9 &10 am 6750 Carr St. Arvada, CO 80004 303.421.5135 • Nursery Available


To advertise your place of worship, call Karen at 303-566-4100

Condos/Townhomes Thornton 2nd floor, extra large living room 2 bedroom, remodeled, Great view of city lights, park across the street, 2 minutes to I25, multiple shopping choices all directions pool, tennis courts, near park park car close by $1295 + deposit, small pet OK Lakewood Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, Single level townhome, washer/dryer AC, gas fireplace, RTD route, great Green Mountain location 1 year lease, non smoker, no pets $1795 a month (303)514-0235

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One-stop shop for dirty cars and dogs Camelot Car & Dog Wash now open for business in Golden BY CHRISTY STEADMAN CSTEADMAN@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

While some married couples like to do jigsaw puzzles together and others like to garden, Golden residents Lori and Eric Chester decided to take on a different kind of couples’ activity. Both already working professionals, “this is a husband-and-wife pursuit for the two of us,” Eric Chester said. “When you open a business together, you learn a lot about each other.” They have been married for 22 years, raised five children, have eight grandkids, foster and rescue shelter dogs. On Sept. 1 and 2, the Chesters celebrated the grand opening of their new business, Camelot Car & Dog Wash. The business is located at 4409 McIntyre St. in Golden. “We saw a need on this side of town,” Lori Chester said. But, also, “we’re passionate about dogs and cars.” The car wash features two laserguided touchless bays and three self-service bays equipped with 350 mph blow-dryers. The soaps and solutions are high-quality and the water is treated by triple reverse osmosis, meaning virtually all minerals and chemicals are removed. The system

Eric Chester, co-owner of Camelot Car & Dog Wash, 4409 McIntyre St. in Golden, checks the pressure on the car wash’s pumps. Chester and his wife hosted a grand opening event on Sept. 1 and 2. CHRISTY STEADMAN causes no harm to paint or shine and provides a spot-free dry. The dog wash has two 24-hour, private self-service doggy spas. The water is heated and the rooms are temperature controlled. It features gentle shampoo and conditioner. Future plans include hosting events at Camelot that promote rescue adoption, the Chesters added. Leah Shafer of Parker has used both the car and dog wash a few times already, she said. “I make the drive out there because it’s totally worth it,” she said. “I know

it’s going to be quality, five-star all the way.” Shafer owns exotic cars and is particular about keeping them in pristine condition — she won’t take them to just any car wash, she said. In addition, her daughter enjoys bathing their two dogs while Shafer takes the car through the car wash. Shafer is busy, she said. She owns a small business in Lone Tree, has a family she likes to spend time with and she sings the National Anthem for Denver Broncos football games. So, “the beauty of it,” Shafer said,

Lori Chester, co-owner of Camelot Car & Dog Wash, 4409 McIntyre St. in Golden, washes the family dog, Olivia, during the business’s grand opening event on Sept. 1. Chester and her husband Eric opened the business as a husband-andwife pursuit. COURTESY PHOTO “is that we can get everything done all at once on a weekend.” Lori Chester is a certified vet tech and works in medical sales. Eric Chester is a workforce researcher, speaker and author. The most fun about Camelot, they said, is getting to meet people and hearing about their adventures. There are nearby dog parks, in addition to all the recreational activities that Jefferson County offers. “People love to play and hike with their dogs,” Eric Chester said. “But dogs and cars get dirty.” Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF PROPOSED 2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT The US Department of Housing and Urban Development requires local jurisdictions receiving certain grant funds to prepare a Consolidated Strategy and Plan Submission for Housing and Community Development Programs (Consolidated Plan). The City of Arvada prepared a Consolidated Plan for the period of 2015 through 2019. An Annual Action Plan must be submitted for each year during that term and the City is providing for and encouraging citizen participation in the preparation of the 2019 Annual Action Plan. The proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan outlines the proposed use of an estimated $450,000 in 2019 Community Development Block Grant Funds for housing rehabilitation, public facilities, and public services. The City invites all citizens, public agencies, and other interested parties to review the proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan and use of funds, review past program performance and provide comments. The public comment period on the proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan is from September 13, 2018 through October 13, 2018. Comments can be mailed to the address below. A copy of the proposed draft 2019 Annual Action Plan is available for public review at the: Housing Preservation and Resources Division Annex Building 8001 Ralston Road Arvada, Colorado 80002 Between the hours of 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., weekdays. A Public Hearing will be held to for comment on the proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD: At 6:30 P.M., November 5, 2018, in Council Chambers, Arvada Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, Colorado. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Wendy Brazzell at 720-8987496, between 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., weekdays.

Public Notices call Sheree 303.566.4088 City and County Public Notice

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF PROPOSED 2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT The US Department of Housing and Urban Development requires local jurisdictions receiving certain grant funds to prepare a Consolidated Strategy and Plan Submission for Housing and Community Development Programs (Consolidated Plan). The City of Arvada prepared a Consolidated Plan for the period of 2015 through 2019. An Annual Action Plan must be submitted for each year during that term and the City is providing for and encouraging citizen participation in the preparation of the 2019 Annual Action Plan. The proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan outlines the proposed use of an estimated $450,000 in 2019 Community Development Block Grant Funds for housing rehabilitation, public facilities, and public services. The City invites all citizens, public agencies, and other interested parties to review the proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan and use of funds, review past program performance and provide comments. The public comment period on the proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan is from September 13, 2018 through October 13, 2018. Comments can be mailed to the address below. A copy of the proposed draft 2019 Annual Action Plan is available for public review at the: Housing Preservation and Resources Division

City and County

Legal Notice No.: 403235 First Publication: September 13, 2018 Last Publication: September 13, 2018 Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript

City and County

City and County

Public Notice

Public Notice

Public Notice

NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the Arvada Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., September 25, 2018 to Interface Communications Co. Inc. for work related to Project No. 17-TC-05 – Kipling Pkwy & W 55th Ave Traffic Signal Improvements and performed under that contract dated August 1, 2018 for the City of Arvada. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that furnished labor, material, drayage, sustenance, provisions or other supplies used or consumed by said contractor or his sub-contractors in or about the performance of the work contracted to be done by said Interface Communications Co. Inc. and its claim has not been paid, may at any time on or prior to the hour of the date above stated, file with the Finance Director of the City of Arvada at City Hall, a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim. Dated this August 27, 2018 CITY OF ARVADA /s/Kristen Rush, City Clerk

The following ordinances were adopted by the City Council of the City of Arvada on second reading following the public hearing held on September 10, 2018: Ordinance 4654: An Ordinance Authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement By and Between the City of Arvada and the City and County of Denver, Acting By and Through Its Board of Water Commissioners Ordinance 4655: An Ordinance Rezoning Certain Land Within the City of Arvada, Haskins Station, from City of Arvada PUD-I (Planned Unit Development-Industrial) to PUD-R (Planned Unit Development-Residential), 10.3 du/ac., and from PUD-R (Planned Unit DevelopmentResidential), 3.0 du/ac., to PUD-R (Planned Unit Development-Residential), 4.8 du/ac., and Amending the Official Zoning Maps of the City of Arvada, Colorado, Generally Located at the Northwest Corner of Quail Street and Ridge Road

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT at the meeting of the Arvada City Council to be held on MONDAY, October 15, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston Road, Arvada CO, City Council will hold a public hearing on the following proposed ordinances and thereafter will consider them for final passage and adoption. For the full text version in electronic form go to, click on Current Legal Notices, then click on the title of the ordinance you wish to view. The full text version is also available in printed form in the City Clerk’s office. Contact 720.898.7550 if you have questions. CB 18-038: An Ordinance Amending Various Sections of the Land Development Code, Pertaining to Self-Storage Legal Notice No.: 403233 First Publication: September 13, 2018 Last Publication: September 13, 2018 Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript

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Legal Notice No.: 403234 First Publication: September 13, 2018 Last Publication: September 13, 2018 Publisher: Wheat Ridge Transcript

Legal Notice No.: 403194 First Publication: September 6, 2018 Last Publication: September 13, 2018 Publisher: Golden Transcript and the Arvada Press

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Thank You

to Everyone who Participated, Contributed and Supported our Inaugural Swim Across America Denver Event at Chatfield Reservoir on August 26th! All funds raised by SAA Denver will benefit pediatric cancer research & clinical trials at Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders.


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