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Oil-gas study measure dies Bill would have required probe of health impacts By Vic Vela A bill that would have created a study of the health impacts of oil and gas drilling on Front Range residents died in a state Senate committee on April 29. The bill — which increased in cost over time — was killed in the Senate Appropriations Committee, following a 5-2 vote. Democratic Sens. Pat Steadman of Denver and Mary Hodge of Brighton joined all Republican committee members in voting against the measure. A dejected bill sponsor expressed disappointment after her effort failed. “I think the people’s voices have been

silenced,” said Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins. House Bill 1297 would have required the state to conduct a three-year health impact study on residents living in the Front Range counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Report Broomfield, Larimer and Weld. The study would have included the surveying of residents living in those areas and the possible review of medical records. The effort was a response to concerns over the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — the practice of mixing of water, sand and chemicals and blasting the mixture deep into the ground to crack


City Council honors efforts to preserve history By Lou Ellen Bromley Brighton City Council members recognized May as Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month at the May 6 council meeting. Several members of Brighton’s Historic Preservation Committee were present, and chairperson Joseph Burt, Patricia Reither, Allison Lockwood and Sheryl Johnson were recognized for their work in preserving some of Brighton’s great historic buildings. Burt said “...that Brighton had over 100 buildings over 50 years old. By saving our historic buildings we are saving our history, culture and pride for the city, for ourselves and future generations.” During the meeting, council reviewed the ordinance for the approval of the original City Hall building on 575 Bush St to become a local historic landmark. The building was originally built in 1919 as the first City Hall building to house Brighton city government and utilities for the city. The Brighton Historic Preservation Commission has been working toward getting this one-time Brighton City Library and Brighton Senior Center designated a local historic landmark to be able to move forward toward state and national recognition. City Manager Manuel Esquibe said the ordinance was only to recognize the building as a historic landmark and nothing else at this time. “This is just one step in the process, this building is worthy of being a historic landmark,” Mr. Esquibel said. But because of concerns about the cost to restore and maintain the building, council decided to postpone final ap-

proval. Council was split on the decision to support the building as a historical landmark by a 3-to-4 vote, council members, J.W. Edwards, Lynn Baca Joan Kniss and Rex Bell voted to support the postponement. Council members Mark Humbert, Kirby Wallin and Cynthia Martinez voted against supporting the postponement, stating the historic value of the building and the need to move forward toward getting it secured as a local historic landmark is important to the city. Also recognized by council were the four seniors graduating from The Brighton Youth Commission this year. These high school seniors are Kyla Miller, Brandi Chaparro, Mauricio Macias and Loni Farina. They have been active in the Brighton Youth Commission for several years. Youth Commission Leader Tawnya Russel congratulated each student present and allowed them each an opportunity to speak to council about their plans for the future. Among other items presented in the council meeting were National Kids to Parks Day to be held May 17 at Brighton Park, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presented to city council by Jeffry Hulett, this event is free and open to the public for kids of all ages. The collection of fees for credit card and e-check users for utility bills was approved by council. The city in past years has absorbed the cost of service fees charged by credit card companies and e-check processers at a loss of over $60,000. Persons wanting to use electronic bill paying will be charged $2.95 for credit cards and 95 cents for e-checks. To avoid these charges the costumer can send in payments by regular mail service, drop off payments at city hall’s drop box or walk into city hall and pay in person.


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porous rock and free up oil and gas. The study would have focused on counties that include communities that have sought to either ban or limit the practice of fracking over the last few years. Ginal and other bill supporters said a study would provide both a health and educational benefit for Coloradans who want to know more about the impacts of the controversial oil and gas industry moneymaker and job creator. However, the bill received only a single Republican vote in the House. Some legislators and oil and gas industry leaders opposed the effort for reasons that included concerns that the study would be slanted toward the viewpoint of fracking opponents. Money was also an issue. Originally, the bill sought only to include Adams, Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties as part of

the study. But a House committee added Arapahoe County and the City and County of Broomfield to that list. The additions increased the study’s cost to about $700,000 — something that concerned Ginal before it even got to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, said she did not know if cost or other factors led to the bill’s defeat. Carroll did say that she supported the bill and that “it’s a basic responsibility (of the state)” to look out for the health of its residents. “I think sooner or later it behooves all of us to get a credible and independent study,” Carroll said. “And, from the oil and gas perspective, if (fracking) is as safe as they say, then they should have credible independent studies that confirm that.” Ginal said she intends to revive the effort next year.


Megan Wittrig, Justin Woodcock and Joey DeMers, foreground left to right, finish planting a tree with Jordan Albano and Melanie Whatley, background left to right, along the Brighton Memorial Trail on Friday during the third annual Brighton High School ditch day. About 250 seniors participated in the day that changed an informal tradition of skipping a Friday of classes in May to instead planting trees and shrubs and otherwise beautifying Brighton parks, with authorization from school officials. Photos by Michelle Boyer


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Lawmakers: Moderates needed to further debate Every couple of years, the Legislature loses familiar faces, for better or for worse. Some have to leave because of term limits. But others decide on their own that government and politics just aren’t for them any more — giving us hope that politicians aren’t entirely crazy. It’s common for lawmakers who are leaving the Capitol to reflect on the past and look toward the future. But during recent conversations with three outgoing female lawmakers, I found it interesting how concerned they were over one thing in particular — the loss of moderate representation at the Capitol. “I think it’s very sad that three moderate women are opting out of a fourth term,” said Rep. Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge. Schafer referenced herself and Republican Reps. Carole Murray of Castle Rock and Cheri Gerou of Evergreen as three lawmakers whose exits will leave a void at the General Assembly. The three women — who have served in the House for a combined 18 years — have been known to cast votes that blur party lines. For example, Schafer sometimes bucks her party on small business issues. “I don’t always vote with my caucus,” she said. “Sometimes we have bad bills

and so do the others across the aisle.” Murray was a co-sponsor of the Student Success Act, a major bipartisan education bill. And she shed tears and raised eyebrows when she voted for last year’s bill that created civil unions in Colorado — joining only a few Republicans to do so. Gerou also voted for the civil unions bill and has often crossed the aisle on legislation, which sometimes ruffles the feathers of those on the more conservative wing of the Republican Party. Both Gerou and Murray said they are concerned that their party is losing touch with moderate voters. That’s been a struggle for a party that has not fared well at the state or national level in recent years. Gerou did not hesitate when I asked whether she was concerned about the state of her party. “Oh, absolutely,” she said. “It’ll guarantee that we’re in the minority for a really

long time. I talked to Sue Schafer and she’s concerned there’s no moderation, and it’s on both sides. But I think it’s your own party that bugs you the most because you expect certain things from the other party, but it disappoints you when your party does things you don’t like.” Gerou said it is social issues — such as gay marriage, debates over abortion and immigration reform — that is hurting the GOP brand. “I hope they stop focusing on social issues and get back to doing what Republicans have always done well, and that’s represent business,” Gerou said. “I wish the social issues would go away. “I look back at someone like Barry Goldwater, when they asked him his thoughts on gays in the military. And he said, `I don’t care. If they want to serve our country, let them serve our country.’ That’s the type of Republican I like to be around.” Murray agrees that social issues have hurt the party and have turned off many voters, including many Republicans. “It’s particularly difficult to the old-line, establishment Republicans who have not been accustomed to the social issues being brought into the conservation,” Murray said. “And the new Republicans, too. All of the young interns and aides at the

Capitol have a hard time relating to the hard stance that we take on certain issues. “I’ve had many friends who feel like they don’t recognize the party and that gives me pause. Because, as a party, we can’t be pushing people away. We need to find out a way to bring people in.” Murray said that Republicans should do more to reach out to Hispanics, who are growing in population and in political strength. “If we don’t bring them in — and soon — we may never win again,” Murray said. Gerou feels the same way and hopes that the party gets back on track by focusing on economic issues and not social ones. But don’t expect Gerou to change parties any time soon. “I’m not going to become a Democrat; I just can’t,” Gerou said while laughing. “I couldn’t do that to my grandparents. It’s like when I was younger, I couldn’t live with a guy because if my grandmother ever found out, I couldn’t face it. “I’m 58 years old and my grandmother still controls my life.” Vic Vela covers the Legislature for Colorado Community Media. He can be reached at Or, follow him on Twitter: @VicVela1.

Charges filed against man who stole deputy’s car Staff Report Bernard Jesse Martinez, 31, is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery (F3), aggravated motor vehicle theft (F3), two counts of second-degree assault against a peace officer (F4) for physical

confrontations with two deputies at the Adams County jail, vehicular eluding resulting in bodily injury F4), and third-degree assault against a peace officer (M1). Martinez took off in a deputy’s vehicle after deputies were called to a disturbance at West 67th Avenue and Knox Court in

unincorporated Adams County Monday morning. Martinez was arrested after an unmarked Colorado State Patrol car Tboned him in the intersection of 72nd Avenue and Pecos Street. He was in court for advisement of charges on Friday in Division 6 of Adams

County Court. The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual committed a crime under Colorado laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Volunteers repair homes By Lou Ellen Bromley Brighton’s annual Help for Homes took place Saturday May 3, with volunteers from several organizations in town pitching in to scrap, paint, and pull weeds, dig up gardens and do repair work to 17 local homes. Help for Homes started in Brighton eight years ago when past council member Leias Huerta along with City Manager Manuel Esquibel started looking for a way to help Brighton residents who are disabled or seniors and who are no longer able to clean and improve their homes and yards on their own. Jeff Martinez, president of Brothers Redevelopment Inc. a nonprofit organization and Jason McCullough, also with Brothers Redevelopment, provide the expertise and supplies for the improvements to be made, while Eagle View Adult Center finds and organize the teams of volunteers to do the work. This event is funded by Brighton’s Legacy Foundation and Starbucks, with the Senior Advisory Board providing lunch for all volunteers. This year’s teams were Knights of Columbus, Redeemer Bible Church, Brighton Police Explorers, 5th Ave MC’s, Henderson Church, Greater Brighton Fire and Brighton Professional Fire Fighters, Brighton City Employees, Great Brighton Neighborhood Volunteers, Starbucks, Brighton United Methodist Church, The Orchard, 1st Presbyterian Church, Brighton City Council and Remax Momentum. “Some of the teams have been involved

Taylor and Madison Noel working with the city employees team. from the very beginning such as The Police Explorers and Brighton United Methodist Church, and for some this is their first year, but all the teams are highly valued and appreciated,” said Sue Corbett, director of Eagle View Adult Center. To qualify for Help for Homes a person must own a home in Brighton and be living in the home, be a senior or disabled and in need of help for home repair and lawn care. Applications for Help for Homes for next year become available March 1 and are accepted until March 30. If you are interested in receiving an application please call Eagle View Adult Center at 303-6552075 and ask that an application be mailed to you next year.

City to host Special Olympics meet By Michelle Boyer Come out and support Special Olympics this Saturday, May 10 at the Brighton High School Track, 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The cost to attend the event is free. “The more fans in the stands the better,” said DeeDee Nuss, a parent of an Olympian. Brighton has hosted the regional track meet for at least the last 10 years. Nuss said this year’s event has over 200 youth and adults participating with close to 100 volunteers. Participants are ranging from 8 years to 68 year olds. Groups from places such as Fort Collins, Boulder, Evergreen and Brighton will participate. Many track events will happen like the 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter walk and run, relays and pentathlon. Field events such as tennis ball throw; softball throw, long jump and shot put will also take place. “Special Olympics benefit the community in so many ways,” Nuss said. “When people in the community see our athletes

competing and showing good sportsmanship it’s a wonderful thing. It puts our kids out there doing things typical kids are doing and helps people understand that our kids aren’t all that different.” Nuss said there are kids from both Brighton and Prairie View High Schools who volunteer their time to help at practices. “These kids get to see our Special Olympic kids in a setting outside of school, and really get to interact with them on a personal level,” she said. “That is good for the high school kids and the athletes both. “For the athletes, the benefits are far reaching. They get exercise in a fun group setting, they make lifelong friends with other kids who they might not otherwise meet, they learn about teamwork, taking turns and about losing gracefully … all important things for athletes of all abilities.” Nuss extended a special thank-you to the Japanese American Society for their gracious donation for this event, and to the Finish Line Foundation for their participation with the Healthy Athletes Program.

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No go best signal for red-light bill A bill to ban red-light cameras and photo-radar systems inspired healthy debate in the Statehouse but ultimately did not get the green light, and we’re fine with the call. Further we agree with one of our local legislators, Rep. Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, who opposed a late amendment to the respective bill to fund a study on red-light camera effectiveness. Funds that would go toward a study, could perhaps go to another CDOT bridge, Tyler noted. No pressing need for more research. Both sides have sources — on one hand that the technology improves public safety and on the other hand the use of the technology actually has the reverse effect, and further that the practices function more as a cash cow than a tool targeting public safety.

our view It’s worth noting that this proposed and oft-discussed ban on red-light cameras and photo radar got a strong push at the Legislature this year with bipartisan support. Rep. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, were among those who gave arguments that the cash-producing systems do not improve safety. But with every urging to do away with the cameras, plenty of legislators and others stepped forward to say the technology comes to the aid of public safety in their neck of the woods. We value these local

voices, and support local control of the technology. Technology and the automation of tasks that would otherwise be carried out by people increases efficiency and can often in practice be much more consistent and comprehensive. To that aim, earlier in the session, we reported Jessie Ulibarri of Commerce City saying technology is especially vital in areas where “human management is impossible.” But that’s the trick and where some controversy lies. We recognize a healthy mistrust of the mounted cameras keeping tabs on drivers. People wonder if existing regulations governing the use of the cameras is enough. Further, are yellow lights shortened to bring in more revenue or does common sense balanced with guidelines and regu-

lations prevail? And are camera practices going to instant-replay pro sports heights with each line drawn hard and fast and little left in the way discretion? For now, we are glad the practices remain in local control. The debate has been eye-opening for many and should encourage cities to make sure red-light cameras and photo radar systems are being used in a way that is truly focused on public safety and efficiency. With each advance in technology comes many questions about ethics and appropriate use. We are in the thick of the increasing prevalence of lenses that watch everything everywhere. In this case, better to refine it — the where, when and how of it all — rather than switch it off.

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What will you remember about high school? We asked a few soon-to-be graduates from Mapleton Public Schools what they will remember most about their time in high school?

Everything MESA provided for me. I don’t think I would be who I am if I didn’t go here. Amelia Atencio Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (MESA)

The thing I’ll remember most is the bond I made with my classmates and the teachers. Brian Ortiz Global Leadership Academy

Everybody was so accepting and compassionate toward the students. I love MESA, they made strangers into a family. DeShawn Howard Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (MESA)

I was so close to everybody. We’re a small school here and we got to know each other pretty well. Alicia Juarez Academy High School

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Remembering mothers It’s that time again! Time to honor our mothers who are with us and remember those who are seated close to God so blessings can be showered upon life’s treasures – our own mother. Some years ago, when author-comedian, Erma Bombeck, was still with us she gave us this treasure about mothers. It’s priceless and I want to share it with you.

“When God Created Mothers” When the good Lord was creating mothers He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; Have 180 moveable parts ... all replaceable; Run on black coffee and leftovers; Have a lap that disappears when she stands up; a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair; And six pairs of hands. The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands … no way.” “It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.” “That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. The Lord nodded. “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, “what are you kids doing in there?” when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say, “I understand, and I love you” without so much as uttering a word. “Lord,” said the angel, touching His sleeve gently, “Come to bed. Tomorrow…” “I can’t,” said the Lord, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself.

Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick … can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger … and can get a 9-year-old to stand under a shower.” The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed. “But tough!” said the Lord excitedly. “You cannot imagine what this mother can do or endure.” “Can it think?” “Not only think but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator. Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the check. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you, you were trying to put too much into this model.” “It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “it’s a tear.” “What’s it for?” “It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride.” “You are a genius,” said the angel. The Lord looked somber, “I didn’t put it there.”

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Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.

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School tax and bond plan discussed By Lou Ellen Bromley School district 27J is looking into placing a $7.5 million mill levy override and a $150 million bond package for the fall of 2014 general election. If the plan is approved by the board of education and placed on the ballot, the funds from both would be used to build new schools and for maintenance on existing schools in the district. Operations Department Manager Terry Lucero presented the Quality Schools Initiative to the combined city council meeting last Tuesday night to both Brighton and Commerce City council members. Lucero expects the school district will see approximately 17,000 new students enrolled in the school district by the fall of 2014. With the continued growth in both the north and

east sections of the district, future needs for more schools is a real concern. “Most of the new housing developments are in these areas, bringing in several new homeowners with school-age children.” said Lucero. The combined bond package and mill levy override would provide something for all of the schools in the district that will ultimately support the needs of the students. While staying within the proposed dollar amounts requested, the school district is looking at building two new elementary schools. One located in the north area of the district and one in the south, each to house 735 students. Also funds are needed to complete Brantner Elementary school in the west area of the district, providing space for 435 students. Renovations and upgrades for existing schools are planned,

such as, three portable units with two classrooms in each for Stuart Middle School, adding 150 seats for students. Brighton High School would receive upgrades to include seating for 150 additional students, also Brighton Heritage Academy and Eagle Ridge Academy would receive two additional classrooms each. 27J Superintendent Chris Fielder stated that “this is not a school staff issue but a community issue and if there is no community involvement in passing the bond and mill levy proposals there will be a real problem.” Fielder agrees that “trust” in the school administration is a big issue for the election but he believes they can gain the trust of the of the community by clearly illustrating the needs of the school district and by thoroughly sharing the bond and mill

levy plans with the community. A recent poll done by the school district showed 57 percent of the community would vote yes on the mill levy override, 38 percent would vote no with 5 percent undecided. The bond package showed 57 percent of the community would vote yes, with 40 percent voting no and 3 percent undecided. The focal point of the summer will be to gain the trust of the voters before any official decision by the board of education is made as to whether to have an election this year. The public is invited to attend the Parents and Community for 27J meeting being held Wednesday, May 7, at Overland Trail Middle School, 455 North 19 Ave. in Brighton at 6:30 p.m. for the school districts presentation of the ideas for the proposed mill levy override and bond issue to voters.

Tuition bill sponsor blasts colleague after defeat Salazar rips fellow Adams County Democrat over her vote on bill By Vic Vela A sponsor of a bill to ease tuition costs for American Indian college students accused a fellow Adams County Democrat of being “politically motivated” in her deciding vote to kill the legislation. Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, blasted Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton, for voting against the bill during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on April 29. Hodge’s vote caused the bill to fail by a single vote, preventing it from being voted on by the full Senate. “I’m extremely disappointed in my senator, Sen. Hodge, who overlaps my district, because she was the deciding vote on killing it,” Salazar told Colorado Community Media. “And I think the commu-

nity demands answers and the community should get answers.” But Hodge said her vote on the bill was nothing personal and that it had everything to do with the cost to the state. “We have a Report lot of priorities, and we have to make tough choices sometimes,” Hodge said. Salazar’s bill would have allowed out-ofstate American Indian students to attend Colorado state colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates. House Bill 1124 would have applied to any student, regardless of where they reside in the country, so long as they are a member of one of the 48 federally-recognized Indian tribes with historical ties to Colorado. The bill had passed the House with Republican support. Salazar said he was particularly upset


because he found out about the bill’s demise as he was speaking to an American Indian group that was visiting the Capitol. After informing the group that the bill had died, Salazar said the audience reacted with “astonishment.” “This was the feel-good bill of the year … and I think there needs to be answers as to why this bill was killed,” Salazar said. “I want to hear why Mary Hodge killed this bill.” Salazar said Hodge’s opposition to the bill stems from his “staunch opposition” to a bill of Hodge’s that died in the House earlier in the month. Hodge was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 93, which clarified that oil pipeline companies could acquire rights-of-way by eminent domain. But Hodge said that “accusation is just silly” because she wasn’t a primary sponsor of that legislation. Hodge did co-sponsor the bill, but did not carry it through the committee process. Hodge said Salazar’s bill cost too much.

The bill would have increased state expenditures by at least $668,000 annually. But the biggest hit would have been to colleges and universities, which would have seen their revenues decrease by $5.3 million annually, had the bill passed. “The bill would have taken $5 million from very strapped colleges and universities,” she said. Salazar considered the cost earlier and had once thought of scaling back the legislation to apply only to incoming students. But Salazar said he didn’t end up doing that because it was his understanding that the bill was going to be funded in its original form. Salazar said he will bring the bill back next year. The bill’s Senate sponsor shared Salazar’s disappointment over the bill’s defeat, but she hopes that Salazar learns not to take legislative losses so personally. “One of the things you need to learn is you carry them, you don’t marry them,” said Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton.

Portion of Platte River Trail to be completed Adams County contracts work for trail between 108th and 120th By Tammy Kranz Work on a two-mile stretch of the South Platte River Trail between 120th and 108th avenues could be completed as soon as June 2015. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a contract with Drexel, Barrell & Company during its April 28 regular meeting. The $143,120 contract covers the cost of engineering and design work of the trail. There is $1.4 million set aside in the capital budget for this project, which covers the costs of construction, according to a county document. “This project will construct approximately 9,000 linear feet of 10-foot wide concrete trail and two pedestrian bridges and complete the South Platte River Trail through the Regional Park all the way north to E-470,” project manager Marc Pedrucci said. The bridges that will be constructed will go across the South Platte River Trail near 120th and across Bull Seep near 108th. Design and permitting work is being


done during the next six months. Construction should begin in January 2015 and hopefully be completed by June 2015, he added. “The South Platte River trail currently ends at approximately 108th Avenue, and from that point to 120th Avenue (south edge of the AC Regional Park) the trail does not exist,” Pedrucci said. “Once this segment is completed the South Platte River Trail will run continuously for almost 40 miles all the way to Chatfield Reservoir.” This is the last segment the county will build. The remaining sections within Adams County will be built by the city of Brighton, according to county staff. The county, in partnership with the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, has already constructed more than 12 miles of the trail since the 1980s. The South Platte Trail spans 14 miles through Adams County and is part of the Colorado Front Range Trail. According to, the 28.5-mile Platte River Trail has two disconnected sections: the northern portion runs from east 120th Parkway north for roughly three miles in Henderson and the southern section officially runs from the Elaine T. Valente Open Space in Thornton south to West Dartmouth Avenue, just west of US Highway 85 in Englewood. The trail intersects with three other trails: Sand Creek, Bear Creek and Clear Creek.

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Traffic cameras not going away Measure hits brick wall upon reaching House By Vic Vela After a bill cruised through the Senate, the House last week put the brakes on the measure, which sought to ban red-light cameras and photo radar systems in Colorado. The legislation officially met its demise during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on April 30, but the bill’s sponsor, House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, had pretty much accepted its defeat before it even got there. Senate Bill 14 would have prohibited local governments from using photoradar technology to capture drivers who

speed or run red lights. It was gutted by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which passed a stripped-down version of the bill on April 28. The gutted version only Report would have allowed for a state study of the technology’s public-safety effectiveness, something that Ferrandino didn’t think was necessary. “I think we have enough studies to show that it’s not effective,” Ferrandino told the Appropriations Committee. Ferrandino and other bill supporters argued that photo-radar technology is a cash cow used by local governments to rack up revenue, courtesy of lead-foot drivers. The


House speaker also said the technology does little to prevent accidents. “They give a sense of public safety, but don’t actually increase public safety,” Ferrandino said. But several law-enforcement representatives testified otherwise during the committee process. Supporters of the technology asserted that the devices serve as a blessing for understaffed police agencies and that the presence of the cameras curbs bad habits on the part of drivers. “If you just look at the money side and ignore the public-safety side, to me the public-safety side triumphs,” said Rep. Jeanne Labuda, D-Denver. The bill’s gutted version called for an effectiveness study that would have been undertaken by the Colorado Department of Transportation. But House Appropriations Committee member Max Tyler, DLakewood, wasn’t willing to fund the leg-

islation at the possible expense of other CDOT projects. “I’m wondering what bridge is not going to be built, what road is not going to be protected,” Tyler said. “Where are they going to get the money for this, Mr. Speaker?” The bill’s last chance for survival would have allowed it to go to a vote in the full House, where it could have been amended to its original form. But the committee rejected that motion. Ferrandino knew there wasn’t much hope for the bill, acknowledging as much to reporters the day before the hearing. Having accepted defeat during the hearing, the House speaker — who is not accustomed to being on the losing end of a piece of legislation — drew laughter when he joked about his colleagues’ lack of support. “When did I become part of the minority?” quipped Ferrandino.

Brighton Relay for Life preview event this Monday PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS BRIGHTON LODGING TAX

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12, atADVISORY 6 p.m.,COMMITTEE at Carmichael Public Notice isSouthern hereby given in Park, 650 St.that This accordance with Section 31-25-106, thefirst City of Brighton through its is the year that BrighThe Brighton communi- C.R.S., Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, is in the accepting for ton’s ofRelay For proposals Life event ty is invited to a “Relay For process the use of Lodging Tax funds for the of Brighton organizations will be held– based at Carmichael Life Rally” on Monday, May City directly involved in promoting the community to visitors and businesses. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is intended to provide an opportunity for interested organization involved in economic development, marketing and tourism, and cultural arts to demonstrate their interest and capability to leverage available resources in a manner which effectively advances the goals stated in the RFP.

Park, and organizers are giving the public a preview of this year’s venue, and sharing information about team campsites and fund-

raising strategies. Brighton’s 16th Annual Relay For Life Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be Friday, June

PUBLIC NOTICES Government Legals PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS BRIGHTON LODGING TAX ADVISORY COMMITTEE Public Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 31-25-106, C.R.S., the City of Brighton through its Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, is in the process of accepting proposals for the use of Lodging Tax funds for the City of Brighton – based organizations directly involved in promoting the community to visitors and businesses. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is intended to provide an opportunity for interested organization involved in economic development, marketing and tourism, and cultural arts to demonstrate their interest and capability to leverage available resources in a manner which effectively advances the goals stated in the RFP.

All pertinent information is available from and proposals shall be submitted to Ms. Linda Bertráne-Gonzales, City of Brighton, 500 South 4th Avenue, Brighton, Colorado 80601 or telephone (303) 6552066. Responsive proposals submitted on or before 4 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on July 1, 2014 will be considered by the Advisory Committee. The RFP is also available on the City’s website at Published in the Brighton Banner First publication: May 1, 2014 Last publication: May 8, 2014 00069757

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20, and it is not too late to form fundraising teams, or to join a team that’s already raising funds and making plans for a night of fun. Relay participants are asked to register for the event in advance and to try to raise at least $100, but if that’s just not in your schedule for this year, any one of our 135 registered

participants would be thrilled to receive even a $5 donation towards their personal fundraising goal. To learn more about opportunities to be part of this community event call Michele Lussier, Event Coordinator, at 720-641-7733 or by visit

Have a legislative question? Email Colorado Community Media Legislative Reporter Vic Vela at vvela@coloradocommunitymedia. com or call 303-566-4132.

All pertinent information is available from and proposals shall be submitted to Ms. Linda Bertráne-Gonzales, City of Brighton, 500 South 4th Avenue, Brighton, Colorado 80601 or telephone (303) 6552066. Responsive proposals submitted on or before 4 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on July 1, 2014 will be considered by the Advisory Committee. The RFP is also available on the City’s website at Published in the Brighton Banner First publication: May 1, 2014 Last publication: May 8, 2014 00069757

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Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority Airport, is currently accepting applications for a dependable full-time general laborer to perform a variety of semiskilled & unskilled general labor duties including grounds & building maintenance, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, sprinkler repair, preventive vehicle maintenance & radio communications. A viable candidate must be fluent in both written and spoken English; able to perform strenuous activity for long periods of time in various weather conditions from extreme hot to extreme cold; have the flexibility to be on-call during inclement weather and to work alternate shifts including weekends for snow removal, mowing and other special projects that may arise. Typical work schedule: 7 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday. A valid Colorado Driver’s license and HS diploma or GED required. Experience in building or construction maintenance including heavy equipment operation a plus. Starting hourly wage is $14.81 - $15.24. Excellent benefits after 60 days. Apply in person to the Airport Authority at 7800 S. Peoria St., Englewood, CO 80112 or obtain an application at EOE

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Students honored for academics By Lou Ellen Bromley The Prairie View High School S.T.A.R.S. Award banquet was at Prairie View High School. S.T.A.R.S was founded 20 years ago through the Friends First nonprofit organization, that encourages the mentoring of students by their peers. S.T.A.R. stands for Students Teaching About Relationships and Success and is focused on students teaching other students positive skills in goal setting, healthy relationships, and by using positive role models, developing strong leadership skills. Students from their sophomore year through their senior year of high school can become a mentor to freshmen students. Currently, Prairie View High School has a highly successful S.T.A.R.S. program. Russel Dains, S.T.A.R.S. program manager, said, “This one of a kind program

allows students to influence their peers in a positive way. Each student volunteer “mentor” works in a group setting with two or three other students. This year 30 students signed up to become mentors, volunteering 120 hours to the program, and were able to work with 95 other Prairie View High School students.” Those students are trained to help their peers develop positive self-awareness and focus on future goals. Dains noted that the program has been funded by a federal grant for the last four years and that the grant money is coming to an end. He ask parents, businesses or any person interested in keeping this important program funded to please make a donation by contacting him at 720-9819193 or go to Dains also thanked Prairie View High School and school District 27J for their support of this program and their continued support.

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The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the bastion of classical taste and the guardian of musical tradition, is encouraging patrons to bring pot to the party during Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series, which marks a growing partnership between the CSO and the burgeoning cannabis industry in Colorado. Clever those symphony folks, who, for this series, seem to be swapping black tie for Rasta wear. Ganja! The High Note Series will be at The Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive, and all proceeds will benefit the Colorado Symphony. Classically Cannabis themes include Pan American Highway on May 23, Mississippi Blues Highway on July 18 and Summer Monsoon on Aug. 15. The series will culminate with a Red Rocks concert on Sept. 13; details to be announced soon. Note that the consumption of cannabis at Red Rocks is prohibited by law. “This partnership is part of an overall effort to reach out to every segment of our community,” said Jerome H. Kern, the Colorado Symphony’s CEO and, with Mary Rossick Kern, co-chair of its board

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Denver Botanic Gardens will present the Rocky Mountain region’s first outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American glass artist Dale Chihuly. His dramatic sculptures will be on view June 14 through Nov. 30 at the gardens, 1007 York St. in Denver. Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world in museums and gardens.

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Local band Aspen Hourglass is in contention to win Hard Rock Rising, the world’s largest battle of the bands. Fans can vote for Aspen Hourglass on the Hard Rock Cafe Denver Facebook page, pp_205164529573076, until May 7 to help Parker continues on Page 12

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Top dogs Bulldogs baseball are league champs By Michelle Boyer The Brighton Bulldogs baseball team clinched the East Metro League Championship last week, when they sneaked by Northglenn for a 3-1 win. Brighton finished 14-5 overall and 9-0 in league play. The team captured the EMAC title also in 2012. Northglenn took the title last season. “The win against Northglenn felt good, but we’re trying to win much more than the EMAC title,” Cole DeShazer, Bulldog’s first baseman said. “I really don’t care what seed we get. I know a lot of the guys don’t care either. The seed is just the number it doesn’t define the team one bit. The team that is most successful in the playoffs is the team that’s the most heated. We’re getting hot, and we’re only getting started.” DeShazer said playing first base is defi-

nitely his favorite position. “I’ve played first base since I was 10, so I’m definitely more comfortable in my territory out there,” he said. “I honestly can’t tell you how long I’ve been playing baseball. It’s something I’ve done for as long as I can remember and I can only hope that I’ll get to keep giving to the game for the rest of my life. It’s something I love, and it has given so much to me.” DeShazer will be a two-year varsity letterman. Last year he made all conference first team academics. Recently, the senior also signed to play baseball with Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. in the fall. “It puts me in the best situation both personally, and financially to go there,” he said. “I would be in an atmosphere where I could adapt to living on my own easily and between baseball and academics, my scholarships helped seal the deal.” DeShazer will double major in political science and psychology. State baseball seeding comes out Wednesday, May 7.

Cole DeShazer excitedly runs across home plate during a team scrimmage earlier this season. Photo by Michelle Boyer

Krueger tough on defense By Michelle Boyer

Shilah Krueger dribbles the soccer ball during an afternoon kick-around session and practice on the field. Photo by Michelle Boyer

Shilah Krueger likes the pressure of being the last defender on the field as well as the leader of the girls on defense for the Prairie View Thunderhawks’ soccer team. Krueger plays as a sweeper on the team and is also one of the team captains. She said this season has been one of the best for Prairie View. “We’ve had so much depth in all positions,” she said. “We also have a good mix of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors so there’s a lot of diversity on the team.” Krueger has been playing soccer for seven years, and got started because her dad coached her brother’s soccer team. “My sister and I decided to try it, and we began to play at the same time, so soccer basically became a family sport,” she said. “My dad has also helped coach me for the past four years. I also play club soccer in the summer and fall, and indoor soccer in the winter.” Prairie View finished the regular season 9-6 overall and 7-2 in league. The team plays in the first round playoffs on Tuesday, May 5 at Highlands Ranch against

Rock Canyon. Brighton girls’ soccer will also play a first round playoff game at Pinecreek Tuesday. Brighton finished the regular season 8-7 overall and 8-1 in league. “Prairie View has never advanced beyond the first round playoffs, but I believe we have a much better chance to make it past the first round this year because we’re a better team in all areas and have grown immensely from past playoff experiences,” Krueger said. Next year, Krueger will attend either Colorado University in Denver or the University of Houston to study kinesiology and physical therapy. “My ultimate career goal is to become a physical therapist,” she said. “I’ll not be playing soccer in college because of the major injuries I’ve sustained to my right knee both last year and this year. However, there are two seniors (Veronica Walker and Danielle Glasmann) on the PVHS team this season who will be attending colleges in Nebraska to play soccer, and the team is very proud and excited for both of them.” This year Krueger will receive her fourth varsity soccer letter. She received player of the game against Range View on April 24.

Like a fish to water: PV swimmer headed to state for second time By Michelle Boyer Chase Zeilstra has only been swimming since the summer before his sophomore year in high school. The Prairie View High School junior said it all began on the Brighton Bullfrogs team, until he had the opportunity to try out for the Brighton High School swimming team his sophomore year. “My friend, Chandler Johnson said I’d be good at it, and invited me to come to a few practices,” he said. “I had been told the same things by my family too for years.” Zeilstra is on the 5A state qualifying 200 medley relay team, and will swim the butterfly leg, and

the state 400 freestyle relay team. He also swims the 100 butterfly with a current best of 57.84 second, the 100 back in 1:02.37, the 200 Individual Medley 2:15.65. “I wouldn’t consider it one of my events, but I’ve swam the 200 free as well this year in 2:00.90,” he said. Zeilstra also swam on the Cuda Club swim team during his sophomore season until the start of this season. “I feel that my season as an individual has gone really well so far as I’ve improved by over 5 seconds in my main event the 100 fly, as well as being on two state relays,” he said. “As a whole, our team is doing very well since all three of our relay teams have

qualified for state and we’ve been undefeated in our conference so far.” Although he didn’t compete at state last year, he said he hopes to drop another .5 seconds to qualify in the butterfly. His sophomore year, Zeilstra was named “Newcomer of the Year” and made first team allconference in the 100 back, and made third honorable mention in the 100 fly. The 5A state championship swimming meet is scheduled for May 16 at 4 p.m. and May 17 at 2 p.m. at the Veteran Memorial Aquatic Center, 136th and Holly in Thornton.

Chase Zeilstra swimming the 200 freestyle during the Standley Lake meet earlier in the season. Zeilstra placed first in the event swimming it in 2.09 minutes. Photo by Michelle Boyer



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the local vocals move into the top 25, and one step closer to performing in Rome. After battling it out with several of the area’s top bands at Hard Rock Cafe Denver, Aspen Hourglass is among the top winners from around the world, and is one step closer to winning the chance of a lifetime — an all-expenses paid trip to Rome, Italy, to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival this summer. Second and third prize winners will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.

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Induction into the Cable Hall of Fame is one of the industry’s highest and most exclusive honors. Two Denver dignitaries, Daniel L. Ritchie, chairman and CEO, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and David Van Valkenburg, former CEO and COO, TeleWest PLC (UK), were inducted last week into the 2014 Cable Hall of Fame during a celebration at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. The other 2014 honorees: Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN; Alex Best, (retired), executive vice president, engineering, Cox Communications Inc.; Fred Dressler, (deceased), executive vice president, programming, Time Warner Cable; and Jerald L. Kent, chairman

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