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A Colorado Community Media Publication

Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 9, Issue 27

Hudak in a crunch Lawmaker weighing options in recall effort By Vic Vela

Action Center executive director Mag Strittmatter talks with supporters after a meeting Nov. 19. The Action Center is moving forward on a capital campaign to expand its effectiveness and reach. Photos by Clarke Reader

Action Center targets funds Funding sought to purchase office By Clarke Reader The Action Center’s capital campaign to expand its services and space is more than halfway through its first phase. During a meeting on Nov. 19, Joe Haines, Action Center director of development announced phase one of the center’s capital campaign raised $2,414,456 — 57.5 percent of its $4.2 million goal. The $4.2 million will go to the purchase of the Cottonwood office complex, which is next to the center’s current location, and renovation of the new space. “The planning for the capital campaign began in 2007, and we’ve been discussing how to help people more effectively and help them on the way to selfsufficiency,” Shermita West, a member of the capital campaign committee said. “In July of 2011 we purchased the Cottonwood property, and that’s when the campaign really began.” Phase one, which West said aims to provide more effective services for clients, involves the costs of renovating the new space and paying back the loans necessary to purchase the property. The aim is to get the final design work done for the new space in the new several months, and start construction in late winter-early spring of 2014. “We want to have it built and ready for the next peak season, which is October through December,” Roger Mattson, a past Action Center board president said. Jefferson County commissioner Don Rosier was on hand at the meeting, and spoke about how many people in the community the Action Center benefits. “We have seen the needs for this increase in Jeffco, and I want to thank you very much for the work you do,” he said. “It’s heartening to see so many people working on this.” Ward 4 councilman Adam Paul spoke about how excited he and the city of Lakewood was that this project is going to help residents not only of Lakewood, but all over the county. “The people who are benefitting from this working two, three, four jobs, and they’re the kids in our schools,” he said. “It’s wonderful that the Action Center can provide this service to people, and do it with dignity.” Mag Strittmatter, the center’s executive director, closed out the evening speaking about how excited she was that the eight year process was moving forward. “We had to be brave and we had to be bold to get this going,” she said. “This process is not about the

Lakewood Ward 4 councilman Adam Paul speaks to supporters about the status of the Action Center’s capital campaign.

Action Center executive director Mag Strittmatter outlines progress the center is making on its capital campaign.

State Sen. Evie Hudak could be in a lose-lose situation, and she knows it. The Westminster Democrat acknowledges that if organizers behind a recall effort collect enough signatures to force a special election, there is only one sure-fire way that she will remain a senator. “The way I win is if they don’t get enough signatures,” she said during a recent interview with Colorado Community Media. “Other than that, I think you’re right, that I’m in a lose-lose situation if they get enough signatures. People will be angry if I were to resign. People would be angry if I were to be recalled.” Hudak refused to answer affirmatively if she will run in a recall election, if things go that far. “Obviously, people like you have forced me to contemplate,” she said. “The reason I can’t make a decision is because I don’t know if they’re going to have enough signatures. There are a lot of things in play. “Right now, I want to remain a senator. I think I’ve done a good job.” Hudak was asked whether it would send a bad message if a lawmaker steps aside from office, through the mere threat of a recall — without even fighting back in an election to keep his or her seat. “You’re expressing why it’s so difficult, and why I can’t give you an answer right now,” she said. Organizers have until Dec. 3 to submit 18,962 valid signatures of District 19 voters to the secretary of state’s office. Hudak’s district includes Westminster and Arvada. Hudak has run in tough elections before. She initially won her Senate seat in 2008 with 51 percent of the vote. Last year, Hudak was re-elected by a slim margin of 342 votes over her Republican opponent, and one where a Libertarian candidate received 6.5 percent support. Hudak is the third Democratic lawmaker to be targeted for recall. The other two, former Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, lost their races. The group that is behind the recall effort, which calls itself Recall Hudak Too, has a laundry list of reasons why she should be recalled. Clearly, though, Hudak is being targeted over her support of gun legislation that was signed into law this year, and because she is a vulnerable Democrat whose loss in a special election could flip control in the General Assembly’s upper chamber to the Republicans. That’s why there has been chatter among state politicos that Hudak could end up resigning from office, a move that would allow another Democrat to hold that important seat. “At this time, I have no intention of resigning,” she said. “I hope I won’t have to make that decision.” Mike McAlpine, who is organizing the recall effort, did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this story. Learning from recent recall efforts Hudak and her campaign manager Chris Kennedy say they learned from what happened in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. “I don’t think we knew how serious it was and how capable these guys were,” Kennedy said. He said because of that, the Hudak campaign has sent volunteers door-todoor, as well as positioning volunteers in areas where petition gatherers are attempting to collect signatures. The actions of volunteers on both sides of the recall attempt have been the story within the recall story, as efforts on the part of some groups have stirred controversy. Hudak continues on Page 8

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Jeffco open space working to fix Apex Park Close to $605,000 in damage reported to FEMA By Amy Woodward Open space staff — along with 160 volunteers — have worked continuously at 12 of Jeffco’s park since the September floods that produced record setting rainfall and left behind significant damage. A public information meeting held by Jeffco Open Space on Nov. 19 at the American Mountaineering Center revealed unprecedented trail damage at 12 out of 28 parks in Jeffco, which left behind sink holes around 5 feet deep and almost twice that across, as well as erosion, and rock and boulder debris that block the paths along the trail. Damage to the parks has been reported to be around $605,000, according to Jeffco Open Space. Most of Jeffco’s parks have re-opened with the exception of a few trails at North Table Mountain and West Wild Iris Loop at Alderfer Three Sisters Park. Apex Park, which received the most damage is still closed, and is anticipated to remain closed throughout 2014. “It’s nasty,” Kim Frederick, trail services supervisor at Jeffco’s open space said on the damage at Apex. “The way the damaged showed up is really what compromised our ability to keep it open.” Sink holes and washed out paths replaced with rock and boulder debris are some of the major road blocks to Apex’s quick recovery. “We’re actually going to try and focus on opening the east and north end of the park but the Apex trail itself will remain closed, that’s the area that has the most damage in particular the lower portion of the Apex trail, that’s the bottom of the drainage,” director at Jeffco Open Space, Tom Hoby said. “If the weather holds up, we’ll keep working at this all winter and maybe we’ll get it open early next year, we just don’t

A lone cyclist begins his trek up the steep mountain trail known as the North Table Mountain Loop at North Table Mountain Park on Nov. 19. The Rim Rock trail has remained closed since the September floods, but will re-open in a few weeks with Mesa Top at Waterfall trail still closed without an anticipated opening date. Photo by Amy Woodward

know.” Over 750 volunteers have registered at the Jeffco’s Open Space website, and registration is still open. “That’s really an incredible testament to how much people love Jeffco open space and how willing they are to be involved and volunteer,” Hoby said. He added that the most important factor for rebuilding Apex is ensuring the park, like other parks that have been repaired, is built to withstand future floods. “We want to rebuild these trails in a sustainable way, if we just do a `throw it down and build’ type situation we’re going to be back there and frustrated as time goes on,” he said.

CLOSED TRAILS North Table Mountain Park: Rim Rock Trail; Mesa Top at Waterfall White Ranch Park: Mustang, Wranglers Run and section of Rawhide Trail. Alderfer/Three Sisters Park: Wild Iris Loop from Buffalo Creek Road to juncture with Evergreen Mountain West. Lair o’ the Bear Park: Dipper Bridge closed. Precipitation record for the Denver Metro Area

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City program sprucing up Trees Across Arvada beautifies Arvada neighborhoods, streets By Crystal Anderson A decade ago, Jean and Jim Scharfenberg, lifelong Arvada residents, began volunteering with environmental programs in the Denver-Metro area, and after a chance phone call, they decided to build a program designed to help bloom and beautify the city of Arvada. “We used to volunteer with Denver Digs, and it made sense to do it in our own community,” said Jim, describing the early days of now established program, Trees Across Arvada. Trees Across Arvada, a program stemming from the Colorado Tree

Coalition, offers residents throughout Arvada and the neighboring communities a chance to purchase droughtresistant shade trees at a reduced price. Every fall, the Scharfenbergs create a list of 12 trees, six small and six large trees ranging from $25 to $85, which have a variety of desired aspects including vibrant colors, flowering trees, and popular favorites to sell that year, in hopes of beautifying the city. “We wanted to get more trees in the community,” Jean said, “It’s making Arvada prettier and better and makes such a difference in the environment.” Trees on the list this year include: bur oak, Chanticleer Pear, China Snow Tree Lilac, Fastigate European Hornbeam, Hot Wings Tatarian Maple, Kentucky Coffeetree, London Planetree, Pacific Sunset Maple, red-

bud, Skyline Honeylocust and the Spring Snow Crabapple. All ash trees were removed due to the Emerald Ash Borer threat. Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Scharfenbergs have sold nearly 3,000 trees, and said they are hoping to sell around 200 more this season. Tree pickup will be in mid-April at the Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St. Free planting instructions by master gardeners and extra mulch will be available upon pickup. “When the trees come off the truck we just stand there and say ‘look at those trees!’ — it’s just beautiful,” Jean said. To order a tree, call 303-421-3206 or email for information on the available trees. Orders are due by Dec. 20 and must include the full payment.

NEWS IN A HURRY Identity thief suspect sought Metro area police agencies are seeking known fugitive, Nicole Bracken-Martinez, for identity theft crimes. According to an Arvada Police Department news release, Bracken-

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Readers Express Both Concern and Curiosity Regarding Home-Buying by China I have received numerous reader by REITs — Real Estate Investment Trusts — in the same article, responses to last week’s column one reader thought I was talking about the purchase of American about an invasion of foreign nareal estate by Chinese nationals. Since there are probably REAL ESTATE tionals buying Jeffco real estate. That is other readers with the TODAY an entirely separate same questions, I thought matter, and most of I’d take yet another week those REITs are to write about this topic. American investors My good friend Steve looking to own single Stevens suggested that family rental properpoor air quality in China’s ties, not foreign nabig cities might be driving tionals buying homes the wealthy to migrate “by the hundreds” to away — mostly to rural By JIM SMITH, live in. China, but many to forRealtor® How will Chinese eign countries with clean air and blue skies. Steve shared a buyers finance their U.S. real estate purchases? They will all pay New York Times article on this cash, because one of their motives growing trend in China. is to move their liquid assets out of Another reader asked whether we have to worry about these im- China for fear of future actions by their government. migrants, in sufficient numbers, Will they push up the values of controlling our government. The our real estate? Yes, but no more short answer is that they can pay than immigrants from California, taxes but they can’t vote unless New York and other sections of they become American citizens. our country who see our housing Since I mentioned large-scale prices as low by comparison. purchase of single family homes

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Nonprofit group lauds AP students Colorado Legacy Foundation honors 76 Arvada students By Crystal Anderson Going to college isn’t something every kid dreams of, but with the help of the Colorado Legacy Foundation, more than 70 Arvada High School students are beginning to dream big. “I decided I would need the extra help for college,” Herman Musimbi, a junior at Arvada High said. “In AP English we really talk about social and ethical problems in the world, and it shows me that I don’t have to follow mainstream thought.” The Colorado Legacy Foundation, an Arvada nonprofit, and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), the Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent, Cindy Stevenson and Colorado Commissioner of Education, Robert Hammond, honored Arvada High School and 76 AP students for academic achievement at an all-school assembly, Nov. 19. “There are 13 schools being honored today, but no school had greater than success than Arvada High School,” Stevenson said. Arvada High is one of 13 schools involved in an incentives program with the Colorado Legacy Foundation. This program encourages students to take more rigorous coursework to prepare them for college and rewards those earning a top score at the end of the year with $100. The students were honored for achieving a qualifying score of a 3, 4, or 5 on one or more AP exams. In the last year, 171 Arvada High students enrolled in the program and through extensive teacher training, new

equipment, extra study time and Saturday study sessions, the percentage of students who earned a qualifying score increased by 95 percent — more than 10 times the state and national average. According to the director of initiatives for the Colorado Legacy Foundation, Greg Hessee, this incentives program, a replication of the Comprehensive AP Program by the NMSI, gives students the extra push to ready themselves for college. “The idea is that students do not challenge themselves in high school,” Hessee said. “We recruit students to engage in more rigorous coursework and use the AP math, science, and English classes as a vehicle for it.” Arvada High initiated the program in 2012, with 120 students in AP classes. According to the school’s records, the number of students enrolled in AP classes has doubled in less than two years, a sign that Arvada High students, such as third-year student Desmas Aruchuleta, are searching for a challenge, and succeeding. “I saw AP as a challenge and an opportunity to apply my knowledge,” Archuleta said. “There’s a need for more students in AP classes and this is an opportunity to do that.” The NMSI Comprehensive AP Program was founded in 1995 and expanded to other states in 2006. Brought to Colorado in 2012, the Colorado Legacy Foundation launched a similar program in Arvada High School and 12 other schools across the state, but according to the Foundation and Jeffco Superintendent Stevenson, no other school’s success came close to Arvada High — an achievement both the students and the teachers, such as AP Science teacher, Grant Euler, are proud of.

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Scouting to the top Special needs Life Scout obtains top ranking through Two Ponds service project By Crystal Anderson In the beginning of 2013, Zeb Smetak, a 19-year-old Life Scout with Down syndrome, decided to become an Eagle Scout, something fewer than 5 percent of Boy Scouts accomplish. And this fall, he did. Zeb, a happy, young man has been involved with the Boy Scouts for nearly 11 years. Steadily he worked his way through the ranks, but with his disabilities, and visual communication style, he and his family never imagined being an Eagle Scout would be a rank he could obtain. “When we first put him in Cub Scouts we didn’t know what an Eagle Scout was, and as we went along a few adults encouraged me to help him get his Eagle,” said Cindy Smetak, Zeb’s mother. To become an Eagle Scout, a Life Scout must initiate, manage and complete a committee-approved service project within the community. For Zeb, choosing his project was an easy task. “When it came time to pick an Eagle Project, I thought it would be a good idea for him to have some ‘ownership’ in his project,” said Smetak. “I put together all the places we enjoy hiking and of the list he picked Two Ponds.” After finalizing the project in April, Zeb began working. For more than 130 hours he photographed and measured the area at Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, 9210 West 80th Ave.; researched tools and materials needed for the project; and built a picture book of how the project needed to be done. Throughout the process he met with area sponsors, Eagle Scout committees, his troupe leader, Ken Kinnard, and with the Two Ponds Refuge Manager, Seth Beres, to craft a project that would fit Zeb and the Eagle Scout requirements. “This project provides community service while giving scouts a chance to par-

Zeb Smetak, 19, proudly stands on the trail at Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge where he initiated and led an Eagle Scout Service Project. ticipate and help out with the community’s needs,” Kinnard said. “Leadership and Management is what the Eagle Scout program is about for these boys.” The project was set for two days in midSeptember, and despite the record-breaking rains, Zeb led and oversaw 30 volunteers stain trail ties and clean up and clear trails around Marshall Pond at the Two Ponds refuge, to complete his Eagle Scout project. “These projects help us accomplish tasks we can’t often accomplish on our own,” Beres said. “With this help, we are able to improve our wildlife habitat and the trail infrastructure.” Zeb is currently working toward earning his last two merit badges and finalizing his project report. Once completed, he will go before a committee to discuss his project and become an official Eagle Scout. “Seeing Zeb excel with his disabilities and leading the project was wonderful,” Kinnard said.

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CITY COUNCIL ON THE RECORD Arvada City Council discussed the following topics during a regular business meeting on Nov. 18. Council members in attendance were Mayor Marc Williams, Mayor Pro Tem Mark McGoff, District 1 Councilor Rachel Zenzinger, District 3 Councilor John Marriott, District 4 Councilor Bob Dyer, and Councilmen-At-Large Don Allard and Bob Fifer.

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Information is not the public’s enemy This week’s release of a report summarizing the investigation into the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary offers a glimpse into the horror of what happened on Dec. 14, 2012. It, however, is not a complete accounting of what happened. The state police’s full report was not included and it is not known when that will be released. At the same time, media outlets are fighting for the release of 911 tapes — which generally are considered public record. Indeed, nearly a year later, the Newtown, Conn., tragedy is still marked by a measure of secrecy. We’re not going to argue what should and shouldn’t be released in the Sandy Hook investigation. Records in this case, in which a gunman killed 28 people, including 20 children, should be handled delicately. The victims’ families deserve that.

our view What we will point out, though, is that the slow release of information — and the outright withholding of some records — is not limited to high-profile, horrific cases like Sandy Hook. It happens every day in Colorado, most likely throughout the nation. “Ongoing criminal investigation.” That’s the phrase routinely used to deny reporters and the public information about a case. The Colorado Open Records Act allows for this. Law enforcement agencies may deny the release of records when doing so would “be contrary to the public interest.” Generally, the “ongoing criminal investiga-

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tion” phrase is invoked. Further explanation will sometimes yield that releasing the information could jeopardize the case against a suspect. Maybe it could put witnesses in danger. What often happens is that the local law enforcement agency gives out some initial nuggets of information — which may or may not include an arrest report or other official documents. After the agency finishes its investigation, the case moves on to the district attorney. Then, for a period of weeks, or months, or sometimes more than a year, no further details are released. Generally, you have to wait for trial to get anything near the full story. This process leaves more than just reporters unsatisfied. The American Civil Liberties Union joined with a local couple last week to sue the Town of Castle Rock, its town clerk and the police chief for

refusal to release records related to an incident in February. The couple’s car was hit with a bullet, they say, after a police officer fired his gun at a burglary suspect. They say they want more answers about what happened before and during the shooting. Thing is, it’s an ongoing investigation. We won’t argue what should and shouldn’t be released in this case either. We don’t have enough information to do that. Surely there are some cases in which a successful prosecution and people’s safety depend on keeping things under wraps. But “ongoing investigation” has become a stock answer, and as such, we’ll say the spirit of the open records law is being violated on a regular basis in Colorado. All too often what’s contrary to the public interest is being left out in the dark.

Giving thanks for even the rough stuff There is a doctrine in my Faith that is embodied in the lyrics of a song: Blessed be Your Name, when the world’s all as it should be, When the sun’s shining down on me, Blessed be Your Name. Blessed be Your Name, On the road marked with suffering, When there’s pain in the offering, Blessed be Your Name. The is idea is that Thankfulness is not something that should be reserved for times and places when life is good, but that Gratitude is a quality that shows even better when times are tough. I tend to think that Gratefulness, therefore, is not an expression of character and an acknowledgment of events, but, rather, a shaper of character and an influencer of events. So this Thanksgiving, I’m choosing to give thanks for some of the things from my past that are, well, not exactly my best moments. This year, I am thankful for the stupid events at a retreat in high school that ended up in me being suspended for five days. Yeah, really. But it’s okay, because, up until that point, I’d been skating through school without a lot of ambition; that embarrassment was the kick in the behind that I needed to get on track, and I do look back on that as one of the seminal moments of my life. I am also thankful for a few of the really dumb things I did in college which, blessedly, did not end up in the hospital or the police station, though they easily could have. Let’s just say there were few times that I “leaped before looking.” Going through those taught me the difference between calculated risks and just being dumb, and that’s a pretty important lesson to learn. I am thankful, also, for the women in my life, and, oddly, for some of the bad, mean, stupid, shameful things I said and did when I was younger. Though thinking back on those still causes me pangs of embarrassment, it’s that little pain that

informs me better ways to deal with the women in my life today. And, sure, I’m still frequently listed in the Annals of Stupid Husbands, but we’ve been married for almost 19 years now, so I think something must be working. And, for the record, ladies, if the statute of limitations hasn’t run out yet, I am sorry. I am thankful for weird turns in my career. Believe me, I am not, right now, where I always pictured I would be. But those weird turns have opened up a lot of other opportunities to me, and have allowed me to explore other interests, one of which you are sharing with me right now. It has to be said that, in each of these instances, I did not escape greater trouble by my own wit or talent. In some cases, better people than me kept things in check; in others, blind luck played a role. But, in most cases, I am here today because somebody else took into account the nature of my screw-ups, and showed me a little Grace and Mercy. Without that, the police station, or worse, was a very real possibility. So, this Thanksgiving, remember to Give Thanks for some of the things in your life that, shall we say, leave you a little rough around the edges and don’t make you very proud. Those rough edges are exactly tools that you need to sculpt you into who you are. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Changing newspaper business: From a Rodeo photographer’s perspective Rodeo photography was my profession. Not only did I sell black and white photos to the cowboys, but also to the Rodeo Sports News. In August of 1971 at the Colorado State fair in Pueblo, I was poised to catch a photo of the next rider out of the bucking chutes. My boots were planted deep in the dust of the rodeo arena and I looked through the viewfinder of my Pentax. “No women allowed in the arena—get out!” stock contractor Harry Knight hollered and rode up next to me. Startled, I lowered my camera and whirled around to look up at the loud mouthed kingpin. While he distracted me from my job, a loose bucking horse galloped over me over from behind. Damn! I could have been killed, and it would have been Knight’s fault. He messed up my day. And I climbed out of the arena dirty from being run over by the horse. My camera was covered with dust. What Knight didn’t know, or care about was that I’d photographed rodeos all over the state of Colorado. When I stood in the

arena near the chutes at rodeos, the best spot for a photographer, no other stock contractor had ever commented. A writer from the Pueblo Chieftain must have seen and heard Knight eject me from the arena. She interviewed me, photographed me and wrote an article titled “Liberation Day a dud for Golden girl at fair.” (She referred to women’s liberation which commanded much attention in the news at that time.) This reporter was sharp to write this timely story about my experience at the Colorado State Fair and connect it to liberation. I didn’t think of my work as “liberated”, I just thought I was using a skill I had. But Knight may have seen me as a threat.

A cowboy told me later, “Harry Knight is from the old school. He thinks if a woman is seen in the around the bucking chutes, it makes the event look less dangerous.” Whatever his reasons for kicking me out of the arena, Knight didn’t stop me from working. I continued to photograph rodeos for several years. That was then, the early l970’s. Fast forward to 2003 or 2004. Lyn Alweis an old friend and excellent WOMAN photographer for the Denver Post , recently met me at a Starbucks in East Denver. For many years she had photographed news events in the Denver area. Lyn was a few years younger than me. She was working, and had her laptop on the table as we drank coffee and chatted. “What’s it like working at the newspaper now?“ I asked. “It’s completely changed with Internet and e-mail,” she said. “I don’t even go into the paper anymore, I just email in my photos.” “No darkroom at the paper anymore?” “All gone.”

I wondered how Lyn would interact with the staff. And how would photographers and journalists compare notes and give each other ideas if they emailed in their work? “That sounds isolating,” I said. She nodded as she typed. I remembered my darkroom where I developed my rolls and made prints. It was hard to believe newspapers didn’t need darkrooms anymore. A few years after Lyn and I met at Starbucks, she retired and moved to another state. Even though I enjoy memories of taking action photos of bullriders and bronco riders, I don’t want to get stuck in the past. Now I take shots of my grandkids with my iPhone. While it feels good to savor memories, I believe it’s also important to make new ones. And that’s exactly what I’m doing. Happy Thanksgiving

face with his idol in the office of Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey who singlehandedly changes the face of sports forever. During his brief stay in the year 1947, Joey ends up staying with the Jackie, his wife, and infant son. Joey, who is very often in trouble because of his explosive temper, is given the opportunity to watch his hero, Jackie, rein in his own outbursts by channeling the negative energy into his outstanding performance on the field. The outstanding cast brings the story to life under the superb direction of Ste-

phen Weitz. Though this is a sometimes heartbreaking story, the overreaching message is of hope. Though the topic is serious, the tone is uplifting. I left the theater smiling. “Jackie and Me” plays through Dec. 22. For tickets and information, call 303-8934100 or visit the website What a great gift for the entire family.

Mary McFerren Stobie is a freelance writer who is syndicated by Senior Wire News Service. Contact her at mry_jeanne@yahoo. com

It is the season for holiday entertainment ‘Tis the season for great holiday entertainment and thus far, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing two heartwarming plays.

Miners Alley Playhouse “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” runs through Dec. 22, at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden. Doing the classic story of George Bailey and his guardian angel Clarence as a radio show, allows for a story within a story and we get to see the everyday interactions of the cast merged with the storyline of the live broadcast. The talented cast includes David Blumenstock, Christian Mast, Haley Johnson, Jason Maxwell, Samara Bridwell and Bryanna Scott. Several of the actors play multiple roles and, since this is a radio program, no costume changes are necessary. Director Rob Kramer manages to tread the fine line between comedy and slapstick without going over the brink. MAP is located on the second floor (south side entrance) at 1224 Washington Ave. The intimate venue works very well for this endearing tale of despair and redemption. For tickets and information, call 303-935-3044 or visit the website at

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entertainment, I highly recommend “Jackie and Me” a story revolving around the famed baseball player, Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in baseball. This could easily have been a preachy tale but it isn’t. Instead we are gently but firmly led through a sad and troubling period of our nation’s history. The vehicle for the storyline is a young time-traveling Little League baseball player who has the ability to transport himself back in time. Joey Stoshack is given an assignment by the teacher of his Black History class. He chooses to do his paper about Jackie Robinson. After transporting himself back to 1947, he finds that life was very different then. And, it wasn’t just the technology. For starters, Joey is white when he leaves the present; however, when he arrives in 1947, he discovers he is now black and must live with the unbelievable prejudice of the day. The young man finds himself face-to-

NEWS IN A HURRY New director for COCA

Jo Schantz of Golden was selected as the new executive director of Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance or COCA. Her position will be active as of Sunday, Dec. 1. Her most recent position comes from the Mile High Youth Corps as director of development. The Jeffco board of county commissioners appointed her to the Jeffco Community Services Advisory Board earlier this year, and she is a member of the West Chamber, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Regis University Alumni Association.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by the Colorado Railroad Museum to collect letters and hear gift wishes from Colorado’s kids on Saturday, Dec. 7; Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, and Saturday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who drop off a letter to Santa in the railway post office car will receive a special keepsake. The event costs $5 for children, with free admission to children under 2 years old. Tickets for adults are $15, and seniors over 60 are $10. Admission is free for museum members. Families with two adults and up to five children can purchase tickets for $30.


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Archie A. Province 1918 - 2013

Another of the greatest generation is gone. Archie A. Province, loving husband of Irma and father of Dan and Sue, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2013 at age 95. Born on May 19, 1918 in Benton City, Washington to Uriah Samuel and Mary Etta Province, youngest of ten children. Archie graduated from Lincoln High in Lincoln, MO and attended Central Business College in Kansas City. He worked for Social Security in Baltimore and for the War Dept. in Atlanta before entering the Army in 1941. He served in London in General Eisenhower’s headquarters and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was stationed in Paris on V-J Day in 1945, attended Biarritz American University in France and later the University of Denver. He worked for the Federal government and retired from the

General Services Administration in 1977. Archie married Irma Close and moved to Arvada in 1955. They loved to dance and they traveled extensively with Ports of Call travel club. They were members of Arvada United Methodist Church. Archie loved gardening and was known for his beautiful lawn and roses. He was preceded in death by his beloved Irma in 2011. He is survived by his son Dan Province of Arvada and his daughter Sue (Rob) Kasica of Grand Junction. Archie had many life-long friends, wonderful neighbors and loving caregivers. He lived his last several months at Silverado Senior Living in Arvada. Memorial services were held at Crown Hill Tower of Memories chapel. Donations in his memory can be made to Parkinson’s research and the Humane Society.

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School chiefs share concerns at forum Funding, testing, reform among issues discussed By Vic Vela School superintendents from around the state converged on Denver Nov. 19 to address a myriad of issues facing Colorado schools — and it was clear from the discussions that there are no easy answers to many problems. Concerns over funding, student and teacher assessment testing and parental involvement were among the many issues tackled by 10 superintendents during “The State of Our Districts” forum inside the Denver Center for Performing Arts. The timing of the forum, which was put on by the Public Education & Business Coalition, was apt. It was two weeks removed from an election where a major, statewide school funding initiative was rejected by voters. Superintendents who supported Amendment 66 — which sought to overhaul public school funding by way of a tax hike — are still stinging from the defeat, as they continue to deal with budget shortfalls.

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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson talked about those same challenges and how they can result in “tension” among Jeffco teachers. Stevenson said that the district is trying to juggle multiple assessment mandates on a budget that is below 2009 funding levels. “We ask more and more of our teachers and principals, and we’re giving them fewer resources,” she said. “We tell them, ‘Here’s a reform to implement, and we’re not going to give you any more resources. By the way, you’ll have new training, as well.’” Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Scott Murphy blasted what he calls the “Washington D.C.-ing of Colorado.” Murphy said that many of the national assessment mandates simply aren’t good fits for every state. “(Those mandates) may not apply to a state that’s rich in agriculture, mining and, frankly, independence,” he said. One key national assessment mandate that will be implemented next year will be tied to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which will require that K-12 students receive instruction under more rigorous standards. Over the summer, the Douglas County school board rejected implementation of the Common Core standards, opting instead to institute its own.

“Common Core standards are not high enough for what we’re aiming for in Douglas County,” said Fagen. Boasberg said he appreciates the standards that are put in place through Common Core, but said that there’s a reality that districts face. “The standards are wonderful,” he said. “But you don’t just wave a magic wand and say to a kid who is struggling to read something in seventh grade that you should be doing this in fifth grade.” The superintendents were also asked about the challenges associated with getting parents more involved in what’s happening at their schools. Boasberg said that Denver Public Schools reaches out to Spanish-speaking parents through a daily Spanish program, and through a home visit program, where teachers ask parents about their child’s “hopes and dreams and what we can do to help.” Gdowski said that poor parents are highly involved at Adams 12 schools, but acknowledged that there are challenges in fostering greater involvement. “We haven’t quite yet figured out the tools to provide them to support their kids academically,” he said.

criminal backgrounds. “We’re trying to get the message out, why it would benefit people in the community not to sign the petition,” Cheryl Cheney, a Democracy Defense Fund volunteer said. On the other side, the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has said it will be giving away an AR-15 rifle, as part of an effort to boost petition volunteer efforts. Cheny called that effort “disgusting” because it is was the

weapon of choice in the Aurora Theater and Sandy Hook elementary school mass shootings. “We’re doing whatever we can to get the signatures for recall,” Danielle Thompson, a spokesperson for RMGO said. “It’s not a sensitive issue because the AR-15 is the most popular rifle. That’s what’s going to turn people out.” All of this will go on for a few more days.

In the meantime, Hudak said she appreciates the support she’s been receiving through all of this. “I am just very honored that so many people come to me and tell me that they support me and feel bad that I have to go through this,” she said. “They feel like this is happening to them too, because they were my supporters and they kind of put themselves in my shoes.”

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“Opportunities for kids across the state should not be determined by the property tax in their area,” said Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg. Not everyone was upset over Amendment 66’s failure. Douglas County Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen said that full-day kindergarten — one of the key selling points behind the funding measure — would have caused facility issues in Douglas County. “Frankly, for us, it was a significant issue that we would have had to deal with,” she said. Much of the discussion centered around reform initiatives, and state and national assessment mandates, and the challenges districts face surrounding their implementations — something to which each of the superintendents could relate. For example, Adams 12 Five Star Schools Superintendent Chris Gdowski said abiding by certain online assessment standards means that the district has to come up with up to $15 million to ensure that its information technology systems can adequately support the testing. “It’s a classic example of wanting wellintended outcomes,” Gdowski said. “But $10 (million) to $15 million is an enormous investment for a district that’s really struggling right now.”

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By Clarke Reader The Lakewood Symphony Orchestra, Rocky Mountain Ringers and Lakewood Stake Choir are teaming up for a Christmas concert to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County. The “Sing, Choirs of Angels” concert will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6465 W. Jewell Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. The show is first come, first serve. “This is our second show like this. Last year we did one that benefitted the Action Center,” Anne Jefferies, public affairs representative for the Lakewood Stake said. “We’re taking donations of gifts, toys and financial aid for the Boys and Girls Club.” The evening is honoring the work

WHAT: Sing, Choirs of Angels - A Christmas Celebration WHERE: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6465 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6 6:30 p.m. reception 7:30 p.m. concert COST: Donations accepted for Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County INFORMATION: LakewoodStakePublicAffairs@

of those who made it possible for the group to set up its first Lakewood location at O’Connell Middle School. Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey, Lakewood mayor Bob Murphy, Lakewood Ward 3 councilwoman Sue King, Lakewood Police Chief Kevin Paletta and executive director of the Alameda Gateway Community George Valuck are being honored. “We wanted to highlight some of the changes that have happened in the area since the (Boys and Girls) club was founded,” Jefferies said. “We’ll also have some students from

the club singing on a few songs.” Valuck said that in the three years that the club has been at O’Connell, it has served more than 1,000 students in the community. “About 150 kids are served a day,” he said. “According to the Lakewood police department, since the club opened juvenile crime in the surrounding area has declined by 15 percent.” King said that the group is thrilled with the recognition, and the fact that some of its members will be singing during the performance. “The club is something very meaningful for the kids to have,” she said. “Gives them a lot of focus, and provides them with a sense of community.” Jefferies said that the great impact the Boys and Girls Club has had on the community was the reason it was selected to be the recipient of donations this year. “It gives students an opportunity to do good things,” Valuck said. “Kids are taught to become responsible citizens, and it helps them to avoid the effects of gangs, violence and drugs.”

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It’s time to go with the glow City streetlights, even stoplights dressed in bright red and green, and purple, and yellow, and orange will dazzle downtown Denver dwellers and visitors beginning with the Grand Illumination at 6 p.m. Nov. 29. The city’s celebration begins with opening day of the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, at 16th Street and Arapahoe, beginning at 10 a.m. daily through Feb. 16. Skating is free with skate rentals at $2 (skate rental on opening day is free). More information: Your Keys to the City, a public piano art program created by the Downtown Denver Partnership, returns along the 16th Street Mall with five winter-themed pianos painted by local artists. The pianos, which will remain along the mall until Dec. 30, are available for free public play 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. At 6 p.m. Nov. 29, Denver’s historic D&F Tower will turn on its holiday lights, and more than 550,000 energy-efficient LED lights will illuminate the 16th Street Mall, California Street between 14th and 17th streets and Curtis Street between 14th and 16th streets. Meanwhile at Union Station, LoDo District Inc. will present a holiday-themed choir, a Children’s Museum craft table, treats provided by LoDo restaurants and a visit from Dinger Claus (the Colorado Rockies mascot in costume). The City and County Building, lit entirely in LED lights, will be illuminated nightly from 5:45 to 10:45 p.m. through Jan. 26.

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Festival Playhouse production taps into Christmas spirit By Clarke Reader Everyone has certain images when they think of Christmas, from baking cookies and decorating the tree to opening presents and visiting family. The warmth and comfort of these images is what the Festival Playhouse looks for in its Christmas plays, and have tapped directly into it with Pat Cook’s “Somethin’ Special for Christmas.” “I looked back and since 1995 WHAT: “Somethin’ we’ve done 20 productions of Special for Christmas” Pat Cook works. Most everybody WHERE: Festival likes him, and the reason they Playhouse do is that it’s a show that you’re 5665 Olde Wadsworth going to watch and feel good,” Blvd., Arvada Charley Ault, the show’s director WHEN: Nov. 29 - Dec. 15 and actor said. “Everyone can Friday and Saturday just sit back and enjoy it.” 7:30 p.m. Set on a ranch in west Texas Sunday - 2 p.m. during the 1950s, the story foCOST: $15-$17 cuses in on three ranch hands: INFORMATION: Smitty (Miles Silverman) the 303-422-4090 or www. foreman, Bubba (Charley) and Eddie (Jim Hoover). The three men live a simple life on the ranch, and are devoted to its widowed owner Sara Prientess (Donna Sweet Ault) and her daughter Jordan (Abcedee Theodoratos), though times are hard for all involved. When Jason Benedict (Sean Thompson) tries to buy the ranch, Sara decides to give her daughter one last special Christmas with the ranch hands. However, when they get drafted into playing the three wise men in Opal Robinson’s (Karen Johnston) school play and they try to bring Santa to life for Jordan, things go hilariously awry for everyone. “Everything turns out all right in the end, which is what you want in a Christmas show,” Charley said. “It’s fun, whimsical stuff, that really captures the life of Christmas.” This is the first show for Theodoratos, who is 9 years old, and has been taking acting classes at the Playhouse. “I think she’s (Jordan) kind of sassy, and confident with herself. I like her attitude,” Theodoratos said. “I’ve done some school plays, but this is my first play. I just like acting.”


Above, from left to right, Bubba (Charley Ault), Smitty (Miles Silverman) and Eddie (Jim Hoover) talk about their future on the ranch. Top, Jordan (Abcedee Theodoratos) and Sara Prientess (Donna Sweet Ault) talk about the future of their ranch in “Somethin’ Special for Christmas.” Photos by Clarke Reader Silverman, Charley and Hoover, all describe the their ranch hand characters as not the brightest of men, but make up for it with the size of their hearts. “Smitty is like a favorite uncle to Jordan, and he really looks after her,” Silverman said. “He’s a real ‘salt of the earth’ type guy, but is really a romantic at heart.” Charley said that Bubba has a heart of gold, but not a lot going on upstairs, while Eddie is the type of person that people meet and immediately say “bless his heart” according to Hooper. Donna said that while Sara is constantly taking care of who she calls the “three idiots” there is a real soft spot for them in her heart. “They’ve been with her through the thinest of the thin, and she is grateful” Donna said. All involved with in the play agree that the show is perfect for families looking for something heartwarming this holiday season. “It’s a simple story, but I think it’s very moving, especially since it’d told through the eyes of a little girl,” Silverman said. “There’s a great message of hope throughout,” Hoover said.

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Valor to join Jeffco league But prep powerhouse still does not have a football league By Daniel Williams HIGHLANDS RANCH - Like it or not, Jefferson County League athletics — minus football — is set to welcome back Valor Christian into its league starting next sea-

son. The juggernaut that is Valor athletics — a 4A-sized school — will join Jeffco’s 5A league, the Classification and League Organizing Committee (CLOC) decided last Tuesday. All of their athletic programs, beside the football team, will play in Jeffco from 2014-2016 at the minimum. Valor’s football team is still awaiting a conference. A decision on what league the team will join will be made at the end of November.

The school was formerly independent of a league during their current two-year cycle and had wished to join the Centennial League, but Centennial previously denied Valor’s request. And through a 6-4 vote, the CLOC placed Valor in the Class 5A Jeffco League. Valor previously played in 4A Jeffco from 2010-2012. “That’s our job to put them in a league. They had to be in a league,” CLOC chair Tom Arensdorf told

“Every member has the right to be in a league after they’ve done their probationary period. They were not placed in a league two years ago ... because basically their membership was in jeopardy. We felt it was best at that time not to put them in a league. No one wanted them, but the reasons for not wanting them were based on past issues that were pretty valid.” In addition, Littleton High School will leave the Continental league and join Jeffco as well.

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Former Ralston Valley Mustang Shea Scarlett was hired to lead a very good Golden team to the top tiers. Photo by Danny Williams

Scarlett hoping to be starlet for Lady Demons 26-year-old coach already has long coaching history By Daniel Williams GOLDEN — Jeffco’s oldest and most senior-laden team just hired the youngest head basketball coach in the league. Shea Scarlett has been tabbed as the new head coach of the Golden Demons girls’ basketball program. The 26-year-old is a former Ralston Valley Mustang who is very familiar with Jeffco hoops. Scarlett has previously been coaching at Emporia State University as an

assistant over the past couple seasons but he is also off the John Andersoncoaching tree, having served under the longtime boy’s varsity coach as a junior varsity coach four years ago. “I am really excited about the opportunity. I had my eye on this job for a while,” Scarlett said. His familiarity with Jeffco basketball is likely what helped land the very young coach the gig. A recommendation from an old rival in Anderson was perhaps what pushed Scarlett over the top. Anderson was also very familiar with Scarlett from coaching against him when Ralston Valley was a 4A rival of Golden’s years ago. “He was a great player, and he is go-

ing to be a great coach. Golden got a good one in Shea Scarlett,” Anderson said. But as a former men’s collegiate coach, why did Scarlett have his eye on the Lady Demons’ gig? “I coached a girl’s club basketball team one summer and it made me enjoy coaching girls. It’s a whole different deal and it is a big adjustment for not only the girls but for me as well,” Scarlett said. However, while most new coaches — no matter what the sport — take over struggling programs, Scarlett is taking over a team that has a chance to be the best in 4A Jeffco. “Most of the time when a coaching change happens you are coming into a

struggling situation. But I am coming into a great situation and I couldn’t be happier,” Scarlett said. The Demons finished 12-12 last season. But they also lost just one senior to graduation and returning is Haley Blodgett, perhaps the best players in all of Jeffco, both 4A and 5A. Golden is expected to push D’Evelyn this season for a league title and they perhaps even have the goods to make a deep playoff run. “Coach Scarlett has taught us a lot already and he has us really excited about what we can be this season,” Blodgett said. In addition, longtime Jeffco coach Tom Baker as named the girl’s junior varsity coach.

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Pomona’s Tyler Weir (98) sacks Fairview’s quarterback Anders Hill during quarterfinals action in the Class 5A State Football Championships. Pomona’s Lukas Russell tries to elude a tackle by Fairview’s Luke Miller during Nov. 15 quarterfinals action in the Class 5A State Football Championships. Photos by Jonathan Maness

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Pomona’s quarterback Justin Roberts tries to find an open wide receiver during Nov. 15 quarterfinals action in the Class 5A State Football Championships.

Here are a few more photos from the story reported last week in which the No. 8 Pomona Panthers fell to No. 1 Fairview 35-24 in the 5A state playoff quarterfinals at Recht Field. The Panthers took an early lead 21-7 before falling behind, and Chris Marquez ran the ball for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

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45TH REUNION The Arvada High School Class of 1968 will celebrate its 45th

CONCERT LAKEWOOD Chorale will perform its traditional concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Contact the Lakewood Cultural Center at 303-987-7845. Tickets for this concert may be purchased only through the Lakewood Cultural Center. Seating is reserved.

reunion Dec. 7. Classmates that are interested and have not been contacted should contact the reunion committee at or Judy GravesJessup at 303-903-1920.

COMING SOON/DEC. 7 PANCAKE BREAKFAST Community Recreation Center presents a pancake

THURSDAY/DEC. 5 INFORMATION NIGHTS The Manning School, 13200 W. 32nd Ave., Golden,

will have a parent information night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the school’s auditorium.

THURSDAY AND Friday/Dec. 5-6, Dec. 13-14 HOLIDAY HANDBELLS The Rocky Mountain Ringers perform with the Lakewood Symphony and Lakewood Mormon Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6465 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood. Visit The Ringers also perform with the Arvada Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 7755 Vance Drive, Arvada. Visit


breakfast and surfin’ with Santa at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. To go or call 303-425-9583 to register (by Dec. 4).

COMING SOON/DEC. 7 HOLIDAY TEA The Arvada West High School Foundation is sponsoring a holiday tea

1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the high school, 11595 Allendale Drive, Arvada. Seating is limited, and RSVP is required. The event will include catering, Nutcracker music, entertainment, a silent auction and art/crafts and jewelry. Silent auction winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. RSVP required no later than Dec. 2. Contact or call 303-916-9244 for information on ticket cost.



HIGH TEA Daughters of the Nile plans its holiday high tea at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7,

CRAFT FAIR The Jeffco Holiday Craft Fair is planned 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the exhibit hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden. Parking is free. The Lucky Clover 4-H Club will be managing the food booth. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Fair, a nonprofit community service organization and coordinated by Iris McIntosh who will answer questions at 303-934-3171. COMING SOON/DEC. 6; Recurring/Through Dec. 29 ART MARKET The annual holiday art market is open Nov. 16 to Dec. 29. More than

100 Colorado artists offer ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, paintings, woodworking, photography, holiday items and more. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It’s closed on Mondays. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. Kids can have their photo taken 4-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, with Santa before he leads the Golden Candlelight Walk. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. The Foothills Art Center is at 809 Fifteenth St., Golden. Visit www.foothillsartcenter. org.

COMING SOON/DEC. 6-7 CHRISTMAS CONCERT Augustana Arts presents the Colorado Choir Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver. Experience over 80 exceptional musically blended voices. Call 303-388-4962 or go online to COMING SOON/DEC. 6-8 HOLIDAY SHOW The Lakewood Cultural Center presents Timothy P. and the Rocky

Mountain Stocking Stuffers Dec. 6-8 at 470 S. Allison Parkway. Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers make their annual return at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Tickets on sale. Go to, call 303-987-


at the El Jebel Temple, 4625 W. 50th Ave., Denver. Cost includes a bazaar and entertainment. Reservation deadline is Friday, Nov. 29. Call April Huskins at 303-886-6854 about costs, and mail checks payable to El Mejdel Temple No. 47 to Kathrine Shaeffer 9255 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada, CO 80002.

COMING SOON/DEC. 8 HOLIDAY CONCERT Kara Guggenmos, lyric soprano, and Brian Stinar, tenor, join the Jefferson Symphony for its holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 16th and Cheyenne Streets in Golden. Season and individual concert tickets may be purchased in advance at, by calling 303-278-4237 or at the door before the concert. COMING SOON/DEC. 8, Feb. 16 CONCERT SEASON The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert featuring traditional Respighi holiday music is at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. A tribute to Haydn concert is Sunday, Feb. 16. The international young artist competition winner will perform Sunday, March 23. A concert to celebrate spring is Sunday, May 4. All concerts are at 3 p.m. at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 16th and Cheyenne streets in Golden. Tickets can be purchased at, calling 303278-4237, visiting the Jefferson Symphony office at 1204 Washington St., Golden, or at the door before the concert. COMING SOON/DEC. 10 CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Denver West Women’s Connection presents A Glamorous Christmas Luncheon, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 13371 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. For information on cost, and for reservations, call 303-985-2458. Wear your favorite fancy holiday duds for our in-house fashion show.


A quote on Page 23 in last week’s edition regarding Faith Christian football was incorrectly attributed. The quote: “You have to have some luck too at this point because all of the teams that make it this far are good teams. But we have worked really hard all season, and we think we are a pretty good team too,” should have been attributed to Gunnison coach Bob Howard instead of Faith Christian coach Blair Hubbard. We apologize for the error. To report corrections call 303-566-4127.

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Sigg sentenced to life in prison By Ashley Reimers

Government Legals Public Notice NOTICE OF PROPOSED 2014 BUDGET AND AMENDMENT OF 2013 BUDGET BOYD PONDS METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NO. 2 CITY OF ARVADA, JEFFERSON COUNTY, COLORADO NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed budget has been submitted to the Board of Directors of the Boyd Ponds Metropolitan District No. 2 (the “District”) for the ensuing year of 2014. The necessity may also arise for the amendment of the 2013 budget of the District. Copies of the proposed 2014 budget and 2013 amended budget (if appropriate) are on file in the office of the District's Accountant, Simmons & Wheeler, P.C., 8005 S. Chester Street, Suite 150, Centennial, CO 80112, where same are available for public inspection. Such proposed 2014 budget and 2013 amended budget will be considered at a special meeting to be held at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at the offices of Century Communities, 8390 E. Crescent Parkway, Suite 650, Greenwood Village, Colorado. Any interested elector within the District may, at any time prior to the final adoption of the 2014 budget or the 2013 amended budget, inspect the 2014 budget and the 2013 amended budget and file or register any objections thereto. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this notice is given and duly posted pursuant to statute. BOYD PONDS METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NO. 2 By: /s/ Mary Jo Dougherty McGeady Sisneros, P.C. Attorney for the District

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NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., December 17, 2013 to Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. for work related to Project No. 13-ST-01 – 2013-Milling and Overlay and performed under that contract dated April 4, 2013 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 subcontractors in or about the performance of the work contracted to be done by said Martin Marietta Materials, 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 statements of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim. Dated this November 20, 2013 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Chris Koch, City Clerk Legal Notice No.: 80388 First Publication: November 28, 2013 Last Publication: December 5, 2013 Publisher: Wheat Transcript and the Arvada Press

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Jefferson County District Court Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger sentenced 18-year-old Austin Sigg to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 40 years, plus an additional 86 years for the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway. Although Sigg is eligible for parole, due to the sentencing of the 14 other counts, he will live the rest of his life behind bars. “I can’t emphasize enough how this crime affected the court, the community and the families,” Munsinger said Nov. 19. “Why an intelligent young man with a good family who loves him, decided to kidnap and kill a little girl is still a mystery. But evil is real and present in our community.” The sentencing came after one and half days of testimony and comments from Jessica Ridgeway’s family. After the conclusion, District Attorney Pete Weir said he was pleased with the outcome and thought the judge’s sentence was thoughtful and appropriate. He said with Sigg behind bars, he will never have the opportunity to prey on a member of the community, and although justice has been served for Jessica Ridgeway, the damage and loss from the heinous crime remains. “We hope for some closure for the families. We know the legal process can’t solve all the pain and the loss,” Weir said. “This sentencing can restore the confidence lost in our community.”

Jessica’s disappearance on Oct. 5, 2012 prompted a massive volunteer search for the 10-year-old girl and a collaborative effort from 75 law enforcement agencies to find and later solve the crime. After her body was found days later, the search turned into a communitywide commitment to bring justice to Jessica. Mike Rankin, FBI assistant special agent, said the case was one of the most significant illustrations of collaboration among law enforcement agencies that he’s even seen. “Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk and his staff are second to none,” he said. Leading up to the judge’s decision was testimony from Anna Salter, a clinical psychologist. She’s worked with violent crime offenders for many years and has a master’s degree in child study. She did not interview Sigg personally, but did review reports and interviews between Sigg and law enforcement. After spending hours on the case, she described Sigg as a sadist with psychopathic characteristics due to the nature of the crime and his actions leading up to the murder, including viewing child pornography and videos of body dismemberment. Sarah Ridgeway chose not to address the case or the crime. She simply said, “I am not saying anything because the defendant doesn’t deserve to hear how this has affected me emotionally. I will not remember him after I walk out these doors, I’ll only remember Jessica and her legacy.”


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