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D27J considers two ballot measures Construction bond, mill levy override to help operational needs, build new schools By Tammy Kranz


Gov. John Hicklenlooper prepares to sign into law three new bills that will help Colorado prepare for an “unpredictable” wildfire season, as Sen. Gail Schwartz looks on. The governor, along with several state and federal fire agency representatives gathered Monday, May 12, at Centennial Airport to sign the legislation which will authorize nearly $20 million to expand the state’s firefighting fleet. Photo by Deborah Grigsby Smith

School District 27J Board of Education will consider whether to place two measures on the November ballot. The first measure would be a $150 million construction bond and the second would be a $7.5 million mill levy override for district operational needs. The $150 million bond would cost about $65 per year for every $100,000 of home value, according to Kevin Denke, the district’s public information officer. He said the $7.5 million mill levy override would be about $70 per $100,000 of home value. “While numbers are preliminary, we estimate that the combined cost of the bond and mill levy would raise property taxes by about $11.25 per month or about $135 per year for every $100,000 in home value,” Denke said. “The average home price in our district is about $217,000.” Jason McEldowney, who is part of the executive team on the Parents and Community for 27J, said that voter sentiment is that districts have enough money and should spend wiser but this was not the Ballot continues on Page 5

Law enforcement raising funds for Special Olympics By Lou Ellen Bromley Local Law enforcement agencies are helping to raise money for Colorado Special Olympics by participating in a nine mile Torch Run Friday, May 9, starting at the Brighton Police Department at 11 a.m. Adams County Sheriff Detective Joe Dreilling said law enforcement agencies from Brighton, Thornton, Northglenn and Adams County will have personnel walking, running or riding bikes along a predetermined route from Brighton Police Department on Bromley Lane down Brighton Road to the fairgrounds on 124th into Thornton and then into Northglenn. Brighton police will start the run by carrying the torch from the Brighton Police station to the Wagon Wheel Skating Rink where it will be passed to Adams County deputies who will carry it south, down Brighton Road to the Adams County Fair-

grounds there it will be passed to Thornton Police Officers. They will carry the torch west into Thornton to 136th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and then Northglenn police officers will take it for the conclusion of the event in Northglenn. Adams County Sheriff Departments has been a sponsor of this event for 10 years. “It is our largest fundraiser for Special Olympics every year,” Dreilling said. Detective Dreilling noted that this event is likely to create traffic delays along the route that may last as long as 30 minutes and suggests alternate routes. For more information Detective Dreilling can be contacted at 303-655-3209. To make donations to support this event and Special Olympics please send donation to: Special Olympics of Colorado, C/O Detective Joe Dreilling, 332 North 19th Ave., Brighton Colorado 80601.


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Sheriff ’s deputies and Brighton police officers running in the Colorado Special Olympic Torch Run. Photos by Lou Ellen Bromley


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Lawmakers working together? Let’s see if it lasts If last year’s legislative session was an exercise in surrealism, than this year’s version was like a Bob Ross painting. Sure, there were moments of contention this year. But, for the most part, the olive branches that lawmakers extended to one another all turned into “happy little trees,” as the late Ross would say. This year’s session didn’t have the same venomous bite to it as last year’s. And, for the most part, everyone was on his or her best behavior and legislators actually ... umm ... worked together on a lot of things? To the rolled eyes and groans among the jaded members of the press, lawmakers have been touting this session as one where about 96 percent of the bills that passed came with bipartisan support. House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, DDenver, points out that the 2013 session was pretty bipartisan as well, but that the “noise” that came about from a handful of bills — such as one that created civil unions and others that tightened gun laws — made it difficult for others to notice that lawmakers often were working together. “There was a lot more heat in the building last year,” Ferrandino said. “One of the differences is we had a biblical flood in our state between the two sessions and I think a lot of people said, `Let’s (set aside) the gamesmanship, the feigned indignation and fighting that we do for theater sometimes and actually just get the work done.’”

Even claims that the session was a bipartisan success came with bipartisan support. “Overall it was not quite as contentious this year as it was last year,” said House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland. DelGrosso acknowledged that there were fights on some issues, but not many. “I think that was kind of good for everybody ... to have a little more civility,” he said. Some of the key pieces of legislation that passed the Legislature this year came with overwhelming bipartisan support. They included the Student Success Act, a major K-12 school-funding bill, and an effort to fund a state-operated aerial firefighting fleet. And some of the high-profile bills that died were bipartisan efforts, such as a bill that would have banned photo radar technology like red light cameras and another bill that would have prohibited the sale of cigarettes to persons under 21. There was a sharp difference in tone at the Capitol this year and there wasn’t

nearly the kind of tension that resulted in marathon debates on issues like gun control, like we saw last year. Now, this year started out looking like it was going to be an extension of 2013, when Senate Republicans — just days into the session — blasted Democrats by accusing them of bending the rules to prevent repeal efforts on gun bills from being heard. Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, even suggested that Senate President Morgan Carroll, DAurora, be recalled over the whole thing — which, by the way, turned out to be a non-story because the controversy was born out of a misunderstanding. Still, when Cadman threw down, I was like, “Oh, snap. Here we go. Where’s the popcorn?” Seriously, I settled in for what I expected to be 2013 redux. Instead, nothing. This year’s session was hardly a heavyweight fight. At best, it was like watching a 12-round fight between a couple of aging boxers who can’t lift their arms to throw punches any more. But, don’t kid yourselves. These guys are politicians and they know when it’s appropriate to sit around the campfire and sing songs together and when it’s time to throw down. For example, House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Gunbarrel, recently took issue when a reporter asked her if the quiet session was a result of Democrats getting the message that they

may have overreached on some issues last year. “I think one reason why this one was less contentious was that (Republicans) got the message,” she said. “We’re here to do the work of the people and that’s how we do it. We do the work that we think is of core importance to the people of Colorado and a lot of that was bipartisan. “We don’t pick fights to pick fights and maybe they’ve begun to understand that.” But Republicans believe that voters will have long memories when they go to the polls in November. And Cadman will be eligible to become Senate President if just one seat flips in that chamber. “I think what we offer is opportunity and what these guys offer is oppression,” said Cadman. “I mean, these guys virtually want to control everything...” So, in spite of all the feel-good bills that came out of the Capitol this year, there is going to be a real messaging battle that’s going to be played out on television and through yard signs and bumper stickers this fall. And who knows what that’s going to mean for next year’s Legislature, which could end up looking a whole lot different than this year’s. So, I wouldn’t get too accustomed to all this do-goody bipartisanship just yet. Because all it takes is one scorching issue to burn all those happy little trees to the ground.

trict was caused by the state of Colorado’s Negative Factor, where five years ago the state gave all the schools in Colorado money for education, than ask it be returned, causing a loss to schools of $66 million, creating a huge gap in needed funds. Student Council member Janell Collins, from Prairie View High School explained problems already in the high school. “Because of overcrowding students are not able to be in classrooms all day and have “off hours.” During that time there is nothing for them to do and nowhere for them to go so they “hang out” in the hallways and the parking lot until they can go to a scheduled class. The lack of class space, supplies and the cost of fees for several classes prevent the students from having a positive high school experience,” Collins said. The same issue is experienced in the Brighton High school as well, but the Brighton High school students have the ability to either return home or find somewhere to eat during the “off hours,” where Prairie View students have nowhere to go. If the Quality Schools Initiative Committee recommends the bond and mill levy measures be put on the November ballot and it is passed, the money from the bond would be used to build a third high school, a new middle school and two additional elementary schools and make improvements, repairs and upgrades to all existing schools in 27J school district. The construction of Brantner Elemen-

tary school would be completed and several new modular classrooms would be purchased, providing extra classroom space at Stuart and Prairie View Middle schools. The mill levy override would provide money to hire new teachers and support staff and purchase supplies and equipment for the schools. Chief Operations Officer Terry Lucero said, “Every school in the district would receive upgrades, new construction, repairs, improvements or whatever is needed if the bond measure and mill levy override pass.” He stated he and his staff will be working toward putting together detailed plans that will show exactly where and how the money will be spent. “We are going to be very open and transparent with the funds received from the proposed bond measure and mill levy override if it is put on the ballot and passes,“ Lucero said. The increase in property taxes to homeowners in the school district are estimated to be $270.00 per year for a $200,000 home, if both the bond measure and mill levy override pass. Fielder said information on the bond and mill levy measures and the time and location of the next meeting with the Quality Schools Initiative Committee will be mailed to all 27J residents. To find more information the public is encouraged to go to; the official website of parents and community for 27J at Iam27J. org.

Parents discuss school issues By Lou Ellen Bromley Brighton school district 27J‘s Quality Schools Initiative Committee held its first Parents and Community for 27J public meeting at Overland Trail Middle school in Brighton last Thursday night. Several members from school administration as well as parents and students were there to talk about the current problems experienced in the schools and the needs that will arise in the immediate future. Councilmen Jason McEldowney, from Commerce City welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending the meeting. McEldowney explained in his greeting that Commerce City, Thornton and Brighton all have students within the 27J school district and all these cities are experiencing continued growth that will bring more students into the existing schools, which are already at or above capacity. ”This is not a school administration problem but a community problem and everyone in the 27J school district’s community must work together to provide classroom space to improve our children’s education,” McEldowney said. Superintendent Chris Fielder said he was thrilled by the large turnout and hopes it reflects support of our schools. He explained that the Quality School Initiative Committee was created to look into what

is needed for the school district, and make recommendations to the school board. The committee recently conducted a poll of 27J residents and found that 57 percent of residents would support a bond measure of $150 million, and 54 percent would support a mill levy override of $7.5 million to build new schools, hire new teachers and staff and purchase needed supplies for the schools. Fielder explained that in the 1999 school year 5,142 students were enrolled in the 27J school district with nine schools open in the district, and that in 2014 there are 16,190 students enrolled, tripling the number of students with only nine more schools being built to house them. He also said. “That the projected growth will double the number of students in the district by the year 2030 to 32,400 students. Without the ability to build more schools and hire more teachers and staff, there will not be enough seats for students in classrooms. The school board will then have to consider other ways to deal with the student population, such as split schedules, year-round schooling or busing students to other schools within the district that have the classroom space available. The district is already having to close open enrollment in Prairie View High school, Brighton High school and Prairie View Middle school because of overcrowding.” Part of the problem for the school dis-


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Eagle Ridge graduate aiming high Hampton to attend School of Mines By Michelle Boyer The past four years have been amazing for Eagle Ridge Academy senior class salutatorian Eric Hampton. “I’ve met many great people, and have learned a lot,” he said. “I’m happy with my decision to attend a college prep high school, and feel well prepared for college because of it.” He’s participated in many activities and clubs like; Science Olympiad, the Front Range Regional Math Contest and robotics clubs which resulted in robotics competitions for him. “As I leave ERA, I’ll take all the knowledge and relationships I’ve made with me to help me in the future,” he said. “I’ll leave behind the small memory of what was four years of my life, as I have many more to look forward to in the future, which excites me greatly.” With a 4.04 grade point average, Hampton plans to attend Colorado School of Mines to study mechanical engineering with a minor in business/economics. He wants to pursue a career as a mechanical

engineer and would also like to pursue real estate and technical writing on the side. If he were president of the United States, Hampton said he would put a lot of emphasis on fixing the national debt; as well as fixing the major issues the country has like pollution, alternative energy and illegal immigration. “America has many internal problems that get overlooked, because we’re too busy with foreign affairs,” he said. “While foreign affairs and national security are important, focusing on our internal problems will put our country on a path to success and less dependence Hampton on other countries so we can take our spot at the top again as the strongest and smartest nation.” Hampton said his graduation speech will focus on success and dedication. “Many people in today’s society lack confidence, self-discipline and the art to get things done and push until the end,” he said. “One thing I’ve learned is that you have to be dedicated and focused to achieve your goals.” He said he plans to discuss this in his speech to hopefully give some insight to his classmates on how to achieve their goals as they enter adulthood.

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Kriska flies high at Eagle Ridge Student to make first stop at Metro for core courses By Michelle Boyer Amanda Kriska, the valedictorian of Eagle Ridge Academy will focus her graduation speech on how significant her smaller senior class, with approximately 26 students, will make a difference in the world even if it’s a small difference. With a 4.1 grade point average, Kriska said she’s keeping things simple by attending Metropolitan State University to get her basic classes out of the way. Her major will be undeclared or business. One of her fondest memories of high school has been when her family hosted a foreign exchange student her junior year. “This amazing experience gave me a lifelong friendship with someone and special memories that will never be forgotten,” she said. While attending ERA, Kriska played volleyball, but spent most of her time volunteering and mentoring at her church — Harvest Fellowship.

“Something I’ll take away from the past four years at Eagle Ridge is the education experiences of teachers, helping both in school as well as outside the school,” she said. “I also was fortunate to take college courses for free that I could already get out of the way.” When it comes to leaving something behind, Kriska said it would be the community and friends she’s Kriska used to. “It’s a small knit community that I’ll always be thankful for,” she said. If she were president, Kriska’s focus would be on helping the economy. “I would do this by first linking towards our way to help other economies,” she said. “We’re in an immense amount of debt as a country and should focus on decreasing that amount. Once that has happened, we’re able to support others. “When it comes to our education, government spending should put forth a little more effort into these funds. As future generations are taking over, for our country to progressively grow, we need all to be prepared with reform.”


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Singh keeps focused on her goals Student garnered A’s but didn’t expect to be named salutatorian By Michelle Boyer Navdeep Singh always kept her focus on getting straight A’s throughout her four years of high school at Prairie View, but never dreamed that she’d be this year’s class salutatorian. “I never saw it as my goal to be the salutatorian, I never even understood what Top 15 was either,” she said. “All I wanted to do through high school was get straight A’s. Then this year, I found out I was salutatorian. It’s a really big responsibility and a huge opportunity which I’m grateful for.” With a 4.38 grade point average, she’ll attend Colorado University to attain her bachelors of arts and masters of science in

integrative physiology in a combined fiveyear program. She will then attend medical school, also at CU. Since she loves children so much, it’s her desire to become a pediatrician and work within the Brighton Community someday. “I chose CU because of the dual program, and I knew it would open more opportunities for me,” she said. “It’ll give me a lot of research opportunities when I get ready to apply for medical school also. I love working with kids, and enjoy the medical field, since it’s always growing and bottom line I love helpSingh ing people and giving back to the community.” Singh said her best memories at PVHS have been the impact of her two Spanish teachers, RocAnn Smith and Todd Legge. “They both have inspired me to go af-

ter my goals, and pushed me to never stop looking towards my dreams,” she said. “They really instilled that perspective that I needed to take control of my own life.” Singh has been involved in groups such as; Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Honors Society(NHS) and Believe It Or Not I Care (BIONICS). Her favorite club has been Bionics because she feels it’s helped her grow the most from not always being that shy person that never spoke up. “Now, I’m able to speak more publicly,” she said. “It’s also a huge family and we always get to do a lot of things.” Throughout high school, Singh also spent her time tutoring students at Stuart Middle School math. If president, Singh would help the immigrants attain more rights. “I would give them more rights, since they’ve stayed here and worked the jobs most Americans don’t

want to work,” she said. “I feel they should have the right to vote also. Although, they aren’t true citizens yet, they aren’t lazy and taking advantage like some Americans do for what is given to them. I also believe everyone should have a good education. It shouldn’t be so costly, and there should be more money put towards education. There are so many homeless kids who can’t afford education and need the special treatment to help get that education. Some American kids just don’t care.” Singh is of Indian ethnicity and wants to focus her graduation speech upon the aspects of the minority population of Prairie View High School. “I want my class and others to realize you never need to stop going after your dreams,” she said. “Never be discouraged in who you are. I want the minorities and underclass to know they too can reach their goals and potential.”

and Spanish. “I want to do some sort of program between college and high school student to get them better prepared for the engineering program,” he said. “Kind of like paying it forward, because many students just see the high school diploma as a ticket out. I see it as a way to a better means of connecting engineers with those students in the engineering program.” Lozano said his current aerospace class has been pretty cool. “One of my favorite classes has been principles of engineering,” Lozano he said. In his major and minor studies at School of Mines, he said he sees both engineering and business to be very beneficial. “I just love engineering and enjoy business,” he said. “I want to place emphasis on Spanish too because I’m so ahead of it too.” He said he’s wanted to be an engineer based on his experiences at school and outside experiences in the real world.

“I believe it just happens, like school helps you find the courses you really like or don’t like,” he said. “School has really helped me see that I like math and engineering.” While attending PVHS, Lozano said he’s had too many favorite experiences. His most influential teachers have been his science teacher, Jessie Mauracher and his Spanish teacher, Todd Legge. “They’ve both been my greatest motivators and mentors,” he said. “I didn’t know I was good at school my freshman and sophomore years, and Mr. Legge was the one who helped me see I could be good at what I was doing and that’s why I’m where I’m at today,” he said. “He helped me not just be a statistic, and helped me set my goals. “Both teachers really just paid attention to me and saw my potential. I never knew what a valedictorian was my freshman year. As leader of my class, I’m not very smart. I’m a ‘common sense’ kind of guy. I see the amount of hard work a person does, they are likely to get awarded for it. I don’t see myself as anyone special. I just want to show people it could be anyone who is named valedictorian; you just have

to work hard for it.” He was on the soccer team his freshman and senior years. “I love the sport and coordination,” he said. “However, I couldn’t do much more than soccer, and still concentrate on my academics. It’s a lot of work.” If he were president, Lozano sees a great need for support towards education. “In future years, there’ll be a huge deficit of engineers, doctors and a lot of professional jobs,” he said. “Not many individuals will go into these areas of careers because we hardly have any money for education to support these fields. More funding goes towards the military and towards weapon, while education funding is lacking where it trickles down to the student. “Literally, funding per student at PVHS this year is around $50 per student, which is horrible. More funding in our schools is more of an investment for the government. Better education means better jobs and, in turn, more tax money.” Lozano sees graduation, and his walk as class valedictorian as excitement. “Who wouldn’t be excited,” he said. “The way I see it is we’re getting finished with the easiest part of our lives.”

Lozano keyed on hard work Valedictorian headed to School of Mines By Michelle Boyer Celebrating academics, encouraging competition and a little glimpse into reality will be what Prairie View High School valedictorian Martin Lozano’s graduation speech will be about. “There’s always a bit of cliché stuff, but I’ll leave to the school a little message of what I would like to see changed,” he said. “A lot should change, and this is likely where my younger brother will attend school and possibly one day my own children.” Lozano has a 4.51 grade point average and believes most people look at him oddly because he’s the valedictorian. “I want to show people how doable it is to be valedictorian,” he said. “With a little hard work it’ll get you where you want to be, whether it’s sports or academics.” He will attend Colorado School of Mines to major in petroleum engineering and possibly have a double minor in finances

governor says fracking special session ‘50-50’ By Vic Vela

vvela@colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week that the odds are 5050 that he would call lawmakers back to the Capitol over the

summer for a special legislative session that deals with hydraulic fracking. The purpose of the session would be for the Legislature to reach a compromise in terms of the amount of control that local communities have when

it comes to regulating oil and gas operations, especially the polarizing business of fracking. The governor said he is hopeful that the oil and gas industry, environmental groups and other interested parties can come to a compromise on

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Eagle Ridge Academy: May 21, 7 p.m. Brighton Armory, 300 Strong St. Prairie View High School: May 23, 7 p.m. 12909 E. 120th Ave. Brighton High School: May 24, 9 a.m. 270 S. 8th Ave.

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TCAP scores down statewide Preliminary results show slight decline in third-grade reading By Tammy Kranz Third-grade readings scores saw a slight decline statewide, according to the TCAP preliminary results released last week by the Colorado Department of Education. Scores in Adams 12 Five Star Schools and District 27J also declined slightly, but 27J is above the state level. Mapleton Public Schools saw a slight improvement. In 2013, according to the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) re-

sults, 73.3 percent of third graders scored proficient or advanced. This year, that number declined to 71.5 percent. D27J also saw a decline from 73.6 percent in 2013 to 72 percent this year, but it is still slightly higher than the state’s average. “We are pleased that today’s release of preliminary TCAP third-grade reading scores shows that our students continue to be at the state average in the number of students reading at a proficient or advanced level and that we continue to be a leader among metro-area Adams County school districts,” said D27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler. He added that this is just one piece of testing data and the full release of the

TCAP results in August will provide a wider picture on how students did. The slight change in the percentage for Adams 12 mirrors the change at state level. In 2013, third-graders scored 66.7 percent advanced or proficient. This year that number was 65.7 percent. Adams 12 staff plans to focus on literacy for the 2014-2015 school year — one of the goals is to increase the amount of non-fiction reading and writing in response students do. “By focusing on literacy, we’re confident we can improve learning in all subject areas. I believe collectively we’re moving in the right direction,” said Adams 12 Chief Academic Officer Tracy Dorland.

Mapleton had a slight increase in thirdgraders reading proficient or advanced from 54.5 percent in 2013 to 54.7 this year. “We are heading in the right direction,” said Karla Allenbach, the district’s executive director of learning services. “Mapleton Public Schools can attribute these steady results to targeted and specific research-based interventions. We know we must stay the course and continue to implement curriculum and interventions with fidelity in order to meet the needs of our students.” The official third-grade reading results will be released with the other remaining scores for TCAP sometime in early August, according to the state department.

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Buses line up outside Brantner Elementary School in Thornton to drop off students. The district is considering whether to place a $150 million construction bond and a $7.5 million mill levy override on the ballot in November. The construction bond, if passed, would fund completing the construction at Brantner. Photo by Tammy Kranz

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case for 27J. “It’s very clear this is not a matter of dollars being wasted and (the ballot issues are) a fix for that — it’s a matter of the community coming together and doing what’s right for our kids,” he said. McEldowney was one of the 40 members of the Quality Schools Initiative (QSI) committee that was tasked with studying the potential ballot issues. He said the committee came to the conclusion that “it was painfully obvious that the need is valid.” The district is on track to becoming one of the largest districts in the state, he said, “It’s physically impossible to fit the students coming through here in our current facilities.” The district has 16,734 pre-K to 12th grade students enrolled in its schools, and the population is projected to reach 18,615 by 2019, according to Joy Gerdom, 27J’s planning manager. Of the current population, 2,055 students are from the Thornton area, and by 2018 that area will bring about 3,118 students to D27J, an increase of 1,063, Gerdom said. “There are two primary factors that are driving enrollment increases,” she said. “New housing development, which brings enrollment; and, the current larger upper elementary and secondary grade levels generated from housing growth which brought increased elementary enrollment in the mid-2000s.”

The proposed $150 million bond would fund a new high school (the third in the district), two new elementary schools, complete the build-out of Brantner Elementary, expand Overland Trail Middle School and renovate Vikan Middle School. Money would also be available to finish learning space inside the district charter school Eagle Ridge Academy. The new high school location will be at 136th Avenue and Yosemite Street in Thornton and would alleviate overcrowding at Prairie View and Brighton High Schools. The $7.5 million mill levy override increase would create a recurring source of revenue that the district could use to increase academic achievement. This includes adding instructional coaches, adding support for students at risk of academic failure, increasing access to mobile learning materials and the attraction and retention of teachers. McEldowney said this money also would help with overhead funding to open the new schools if the construction bond passes. “There is a level of funding that will come with the students — state dollars — but there are additional costs involved with opening new schools,” he said. Parents and Community for 27J kicked off its campaign efforts to get the ballot issues approved May 7 with a community meeting and launched a website, www. Superintendent Chris Fiedler is expected to make necessary changes to the QSI recommendation before making his own recommendation to the 27J Board of Education in August. The board then will vote whether to place those issues on the ballot.

Kids to Park Day on Saturday By Michelle Boyer Children, families and parks are all gearing up for this year’s “Kids to Park Day” on Saturday, May 17. “Kids to Park Day” is a nationwide day of outdoor play opportunity. In recognition of National Kids to Parks Day, The Brighton Recreation Center will sponsor a day full of activities for children of all ages at Brighton Park, 555 N 11th Ave., Brighton, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents are encouraged to come out and participate in this day of free activities.

Events 9:30 a.m.: Raptor Rendezvous, all ages

The Raptor Rendezvous will introduce the audience to four categories of local raptors to include and eagle, owl, falcon and a hawk. 11 a.m.: Zumba in the Park, all ages Zumbatomic classes are rocking, highenergy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines. 1 p.m.: Brighton wRECfest, ages 13 and up Brighton wRECfest features a full afternoon of live music from 10 of the best pop/ punk and metal bands in Northern Colorado. Director of the Brighton Recreation Manager Jeffrey Hulett encourages all of the family to come out to this event. This is the event’s third year happening in Brighton.

Volunteers helped improve the homes of 17 seniors during this year’s annual Brighton Help for Homes event. Facilitated by Brothers Redevelopment, and fueled by volunteers, including several from the Brighton Fire Rescue District, many seniors are living a little bit more comfortable now. “We have the best firemen in the world here. It’s mind boggling, everything that’s being done and all the groups that are helping,” said Virginia “Ginger” Stevenson, one of the seniors to have her home receive some much-needed TLC. The Stevensons are both in their 70s. A veteran, Fred Stevenson is a double amputee (legs). The couple moved into the Brighton home a few years ago to downsize, to have easier access to the VA Hospital and to generally make life easier. “When I told the Stevensons’ story, the Brighton Fire Rescue team leader immediately claimed them for his group,” said Jason McCullough, Brothers Redevelopment program manager. McCullough spent a recent evening describing 17 projects to

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But Hickenlooper also acknowledged that he is not holding his breath on an agreement, just yet. “We’re not close enough yet,” Hickenlooper told reporters on May 8, the day after the legislative session ended. “We’ve made tremendous progress, enough progress that it’s worth continuing to talk and try to work through that split.” However, the governor added that “there’s no point in calling a special session unless you get to that point (of agreement).” The debate over fracking — the mixing of water, sand and chemicals that are blasted into the surface to free up blocked oil and gas — is expected to reach a higher and more expensive level if the Legislature does not take action this summer. One or more initiatives to give local communities more power in determining how oil and gas companies operate could end up on the November ballot, which would result in a pricey advertising campaign that is expected to garner national attention. The governor acknowledged that there is a sense of urgency to find a compromise on these issues and that it would behoove all sides to come together, rather than face “draconian” ballot questions, where all bets are off. “Ballot initiatives are thumbs up or thumbs down...,” Hickenlooper said.

the leaders of 18 volunteer teams so each leader could choose a project perfect for the size and talents of his/her team. The work McCullough assigned with the Stevenson home includes painting, fence repair, fascia repair, gutter repair, tree trimming and yard work. As with all Brothers Redevelopment Home Maintenance & Repair program projects, the goal is to help individuals who are elderly or disabled age in place in the comfort of their own homes for a long as safely possible. The team has a list of accessibility repairs and improvements they want to perform in the home to further enhance the couple’s safety. One element of the work the Fire Rescue team will complete is to make the home more emergency-service ready so emergency personnel are able to enter the home when needed, McCullough said. “The tremendous partnership between Brothers, the Eagle View Adult Center, Legacy Foundation and volunteer teams – such as the Brighton Fire Rescue team – makes a big difference for homeowners and for the community,” Brothers President Jeff Martinez said.

“They’re often pretty crude ways to deal with complex issues.” Legislative leaders had hoped to bring a local control bill this year and they held out hope as late as the last few weeks of the session that a consensus could be reached. However, it never materialized. “Anytime you have an issue that is as polarized as this issue has been in Colorado, you’re going to have a lot of interest on both ends of the spectrum — and a fairly large interest in the middle of that — and the goal is to bring all those people together,” said House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Gunbarrel. “Sometimes it takes some time to get there and I know there is some frustration.” The issue is a complex one for lawmakers to deal with. On the one hand, there are the undeniable economic benefits that fracking provides, including high-paying job creation. Yet at the same time, more and more communities are expressing concern over possible health impacts that come with fracking. So far, five Colorado cities have put in place fracking bans or moratoriums. The special session, if it materializes, would create for some interesting debate among lawmakers who have very different opinions on the issue. “I think the bottom line is, if there is a way that we can protect an industry that is feeding our families and providing our tax base and providing energy security — not only for the state but for the rest of the country — then we ought to be looking at what it’s going to take to protect that,” said Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, RColorado Springs.

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Innovators keep state economy expanding Colorado is known worldwide for our endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, our 300-plus days of sunshine a year, and even our diversity of craft brewers. We have also developed a solid reputation as a hub for invention and innovation. Colorado companies have an entrepreneurial spirit that is driving new ideas, spurring economic growth, and creating jobs. Recently, we saw some of this firsthand, touring companies across the state that are thriving because of their innovative products and solutions. From Grand Junction to Fort Collins, Colorado companies are focused on inventing the future. In Boulder, we met with the owners of Newton Running. Their advanced sole technology is propelling both runners — and the Newton business — faster and farther. In Grand Junction, we visited Tim and Christy Fry, who moved here from Ohio to invest in Colorado-developed technology because of our great quality of life and business-friendly climate. Their company, Mountain Racing Products, makes top-of-the-line biking components that are shipped all over the world, and

they employ nearly two dozen Coloradans. We also stopped by Western Slope Industries, the only U.S.-based manufacturer of large, industrial machines that fold and seal packages for food products. They employ more than 60 people in their 45,000-square-foot facility. In Fort Collins and Loveland, we toured the VanDyne SuperTurbo Headquarters and the engines lab where the company tests its equipment. VanDyne’s patented SuperTurbo engine combines a turbocharger and a transmission into one device, improving fuel efficiency and horsepower while reducing emissions. The SuperTurbo can power the likes of city

buses, Caterpillar bulldozers, and John Deere tractors. Finally, in Park Hill, we saw Never Summer Industries turn blocks of locally sourced wood into high-quality skis and snowboards. Never Summer is one of only a handful of companies still manufacturing snowboards in the United States, producing more than 240 snowboards a day. All of these companies are building success through innovation. And one thing almost all of them have in common is patented technology. You may not know it, but that convex and concave design on your Never Summer snowboard is original, patented technology. And that distinctive pop sensation you feel on the balls of your feet when you’re running in a Newton shoe? That’s patented too. So is Western Slope Industries’ machine process that makes the cardboard packaging that holds your morning orange juice. The patent process is an important part of our state’s economy, helping inventors and entrepreneurs build successful businesses, generate revenue, and create new jobs. That’s one of the reasons we coordi-

nated a statewide effort to bring a satellite patent office right here to Colorado. The opening of the United States Patent and Trademark Satellite Office this summer in Denver — one of only four cities nationwide selected to house a satellite office — benefits firms like these by providing an improved and more accessible patent process. That means reduced review times for patent applications, reduced costs for patent filers, and more access to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office resources throughout the process. Plus, it will create hundreds of direct and indirect jobs and add roughly $440 million in economic activity to our state. Colorado’s deeply embedded culture of innovation has established our state as a destination for inventors, innovators, and new ideas. The opening of the USPTO satellite facility solidifies this reputation. From energy-efficient engines to hightech running shoes, companies throughout our state are creating a bright future and propelling our state forward. Democrat Michael Bennet has represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate since 2009.

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Where will you be in 10 years? “We asked a few soon-to-be graduates from Mapleton Public Schools where they saw themselves in 10 years?”

“I see myself in a purple chair with different color walls – my office will be colorful and fun. I will have my own psychology practice with patients who love me.” Danielle Aalders Mapleton Early College

“I see myself as a police officer. I have a nice home, but no kids yet, not for a while. I want to get myself together first.” Nick Lucero North Valley School for Young Adults

“It depends on the career path I take. Maybe I’ll be a doctor. I’m still considering if I want to join the Air Force.” Navil Perez York International School

“I hope to be graduated from college. And depending what I want to do – maybe law school – still continuing with my education path.” Viviana Andazola Marquez


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Simple pleasures, small luxuries have most meaning Last Monday, I allowed myself a simple luxury: I have some leftover whipped cream and I am enjoying a generous dollop in my morning coffee. I typically don’t have whipped cream in my fridge so I consider this indulgence a small luxury. I asked my friends and family what they would consider their small luxuries, and I found that the simple pleasures can mean the most. Like me, many people chose goodies: a hot caramel sundae with hot peanuts, red wine and chocolate, a shot of butterscotch schnapps in hot cocoa with – what else? – whipped cream. Homemade dill pickles, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and stale Peeps also made the list, as well as this from a friend: “the occasional and oh-so-bad-forme-and-my-wallet Reuben sandwich at work!” Many of us also treat ourselves to creature comforts: hot showers and bubble baths, really nice shampoo, a pedicure and massage. Technology-made-convenient is also important, such as Wi-Fi and the ability to chat with friends overseas. My friends also share an appreciation for our natural world: the lovely fragrance of budding trees out the front door, a pond and waterfall, sunshine on our faces, Colorado summer nights with warm Chinook winds blowing through the trees, and a twilight bike ride around the lake when the wind has stopped and all is still. Quiet time is also a luxury — coffee in bed for 15 minutes before the kids wake up, allowing 10 minutes to sit in the sun on a busy work day, reading in bed with a finger of Scotch when everyone else is asleep and the house is quiet and dark. Ah, yes … reading. Many people answered with responses such as reading a book in bed after a long day. Sitting in the Tattered Cover or the library with piles and piles of books. And, after my own heart, living in the company of books … previously read or yet to be enjoyed.

Family and friends came up again and again, as did four-footed furries: “My dog jumping up and down to see me when I come home, even if I’ve only been gone five minutes.” “My little orange kitty, Clementine, jumping into my lap to say hello while I’m writing at my desk.” “Just losing myself on a walk in the still of the night with my dog.” And this: “The feel of a contented animal’s fur and skin.” Sleeping – high on my list – was also extolled: no alarm in the morning, sleeping in, and taking a nap in the middle of the day. Some responses were poignant: “Sitting with an elderly person as she recalls and shares her life story, watching her eyes sparkle … and dim.” Some were profound: “Finally being able to get legally married.” Amid these simple pleasures and small luxuries, too, was an awareness of what we have that others would consider luxuries, such as running water and electricity. One of my friends is appreciative of one more day on this Earth, and another said simply: “Thanks for bringing up my gratitude.” Marilyn Krysl, esteemed author and Professor Emerita at CU Boulder, has said, “Luxury is a necessity.” As I’ve listened to my friends and loved ones this week, I’ve come to believe this is true. Andrea Doray is a writer who agrees with her friend Irene, who said, “My best luxury is taking my car in to have it cleaned instead of washing it myself!” Contact Andrea with your little luxuries at

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Making life better: BHS valedictorian’s goal to help others By Michelle Boyer After losing her grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease when she was 7 years old, Kaitlin Chapman decided to pursue a degree in chemical and biological engineering. “The painful experience makes me determined to enter into an engineering career related to the medical field,” she said. “I desire to design new medicines and medical devices that will allow other people to have their loved ones in their lives longer. I’m using my painful experience as fuel to make other people’s lives better. If my work could help even one person’s life a healthier and more enjoyable life, I would be satisfied.” With a 4.5 grade point average, Brighton High School’s valedictorian will attend the University of Colorado. “I chose CU Boulder because I love their engineering honors program and I was given the most scholarships there,” Chapman said. During her time at BHS, Chapman said she has met some of the kindest, most respectable and incredible people. “My favorite class I’ve ever taken is advance

placement chemistry, and there are so many things I could mention about that class,” she said. “We were an incredibly close group of students and we had one of the best teachers of all time with Mrs. Meghan Frenzel.” Serving as the president of National Honors Society has also been a humbling and honoring experience. She had the experience of leading the best and brightest at BHS in various community service events that Chapman she said truly made a difference in the Brighton community. “The night of my senior prom was definitely one of my best high school memories,” Chapman said. “It was a great night with great friends. All of my favorite memories boil down to the people who made them with me. The people I’ve spent the last four years with have made these four of the best years of my life.” Chapman has been involved in multiple clubs and activities at BHS. She’s been actively involved in NHS and has served as the president, vice president and junior

representative. She also has been involved in the LINK program where she was able to interact with and mentor freshman. She also played the flute in the symphonic band and the marching band her freshman and sophomore years. Chapman said she only stopped playing in band because of conflicts with her schedule and the many advanced courses she was taking. She’s also been involved in the One Book One BHS book club at the high school. Leaving Brighton High School, Chapman will take all the memories she’s made and all the lessons the people there, especially teachers, have taught her. “I’ll take the idea that in the presence of resolve and passion, truly anything is possible,” she said. “I’ll leave behind the legacy that it isn’t just what you do, but rather the way you do it. I’m proud and humble to be the valedictorian, but this accomplishment wouldn’t mean anything without the memories and the relationships I’ve formed with the people at BHS. I hope that my success will inspire the younger students to dream of more, and then make it a reality. I want my legacy at BHS to be

to work hard and find success, but at the same time make every moment of the journey worth it, and to never forget to thank the people who’ve helped you get to where you’re at today.” When asked what she would do if she was president, Chapman said she would put more power and responsibility back on the American people. “I feel the government has gotten too involved in certain aspects of American life, which is diminishing the power of the American resolve,” she said. “I believe that the American people are some of the most determined, resilient people in the world, and the government needs to allow people to showcase this on their own. As president, I would inspire the American people to uphold their personal responsibilities, and in turn reveal the American resolve, by reducing the influence of government in their lives, while still supporting and assisting the American people.” When asked for a preview of her graduation speech, Chapman said it would be about following one’s dreams.

Son follows in his mother’s footsteps: Diaz named a top student By Michelle Boyer David Diaz has uniquely followed in his mother’s footsteps, all the way to the top of his senior class. His mother, Flora (Aquirre) Diaz was the valedictorian of Brighton High School’s Class of 1990. With a 4.46 grade point average, Diaz is this year’s class salutatorian. He plans to attend the Colorado School of Mines, home of the Orediggers. “I plan to major in chemical engineering and hopefully get into the field of energy and refining,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be an engineer because I enjoyed math and science. Mines has always been my preferred school because it’s close to home and it’s a beautiful campus. I also know that I’ll be receiving a good education up there as well.” Diaz also said he is fascinated by chemistry because he enjoys to cook, and said it’s fun combining things to produce an end product. Jazz band class has always been a favorite experience for Diaz while at BHS. “It’s a class that I enjoy attending and I don’t have to worry about homework or tests because it’s there that we can have fun and be creative by making amazing music,” he said. “Our teacher Mr. (Scott) Unruh is an amazing teacher/mentor who makes the class fun, and he is so insightful that we become better musicians through wise and helpful tips. He also plays a mean saxophone. We all get excited when he decides to play his saxophone with us, and his solos are so amazing. “Jazz band is a great class that I enjoy a lot; it’s going to be a sad day when we will play our last song this year as a group.” Diaz has participated in LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens). “Our group is committed to raising money to fund scholarships for graduating seniors

the LULAC scholarship which is the culmination of our hard work and dedication because we want to help our community and this is our way of helping out,” he said. Diaz has been a member of LULAC for four years and has served as treasurer for three. “I’ve been the one who determines the amount of scholarships we give out every year, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” he said. He’s also been a member of the National Honors Society since his sophomore year. “I’ve enjoyed raising money for the Dani’s Foundation. It’s an organization that works to fund research Diaz to help patients with cancer and children with pediatric sarcoma. NHS raised $2000 to help them fund research and hopefully find a cure,” he said. Diaz also has played the trumpet for three years in Jazz Band. “This year we went to Winter Park for a jazz competition and got first in the 4A division earning straight ones in everything — one is the best grade groups can earn from the judges.” Currently, Diaz is working on his Eagle rank and is hoping to finish it by June to become an Eagle Scout. He had to organize and manage a large project which in this case was building horseshoe pits for the city of Brighton by getting donations, drawing the plans and supervising the building of it. His Eagle project dedication was Saturday, May 10, at Thomas Donelson Park. If president of the United States today, Diaz would focus more on bipartisanship and find middle ground on issues because he feels partisanship is causing gridlock and is slowing the country. “With the current government there is very little action I would try and encourage

Commissioners change meeting day Staff Report Beginning June 3, the Board of County Commissioners will move their public hearings and study sessions from Mondays to Tuesdays. “Logistically moving the hearings to Tuesdays makes sense for everyone involved,” Adams County Manager Todd Leopold said. “The public will have more time to evaluate the agenda and prepare public comments while our commissioners will have an extra day to evaluate the complex issues they have to consider.” The Board of County Commissioners unanimously supports the decision to move Public Hearings to Tuesdays. “We were getting a lot of information on Fridays and

sometimes we would have trouble getting clarification until early Monday morning right before the hearing,” said Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco. “This way we will have more time to consider feedback and allow the public to have an extra day to consider the issues.” Public hearings during April and May of 2014

will continue to be held at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays. The agenda for each public hearing and study session will be posted on the Adams County website, A physical copy will also be posted outside of the Clerk & Recorder’s Office at the Adams County Government Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton.

action making compromises in order to help better the United States of America,” he said. “It was compromise that created this country therefore; as president, compromise should be what this country focuses on. Finding new ways to reduce the deficit by cutting bureaucratic programs that really don’t benefit the American people and reducing interest rates on student loans to help young people fund their education.” Diaz’s graduation speech will center around the relationship he and his peers have made during their high school career, and how those relationships have shaped them into successful individuals they are today. “Because we’re finishing high school, it doesn’t mean we’re going to lose the friends

and relationships we forged, but make new ones and strengthen old ones,” he said. “Also, I’m going to say a few words in Spanish because my family is mainly Spanish speaking, and I want them to understand that I appreciated and am grateful for their help and support.” Diaz said he’ll take his new friendships and knowledge that will prepare him for the real world when he leaves BHS. “I’ll leave behind a loving and caring family of teachers and friends who will always be in my mind because I’ll never forget where I came from and who helped me on my journey to success whether it be those who prepared me or those who supported me,” he said. “Those people are so special that it will be very difficult leaving them and continuing on with my life.”

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This specially-designed fair is jampacked with pet-related information, products, veterinary care and lots of entertainment and SHOPPING! While enjoying your day at the festival, keep your pets and others safe by having your dog on a leash. Also, cats MUST BE in a well-ventilated carrier or box. Water is available in the water stations at various locations throughout Paw Fest.

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YOUTH SPORTS AREA Here, you will find representatives from many of the community’s youth sports groups. They will have interactive activities for the children to take part in as well as to test their skills.

ARBOR DAY ACTIVITIES Thornton Forestry staff hosts this educational venue. Staff will be onhand to discuss any problems or questions you may have concerning trees, turfgrass, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and Xeriscape. Displays and handouts will be available dealing with a wide- variety of topics.

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THE MILE HI CRUISERS/AMC CLASSIC CAR SHOW The Mile Hi Cruisers and the Colorado American Motors Club, local classic car clubs, are hosting this huge display of classic cars for the public to enjoy.

LIFE SAFETY HOUSE A great opportunity for children to learn how to escape safely from a smoke-filled environment as well as practice calling 9-1-1. Fire engine tours will be conducted by actual firemen and citizens can look forward to meeting the Fire Department’s “larger- than-life” dalmatian mascot, Safety Dog.

FOOD VENDORS Thorntonfest offers over 20 different food booths providing you with hundreds of choices for your dining pleasure while you are at the festival. Whether you are looking for a quick snack or a meal for the entire family, you will definitely find something for every palate here.

TOTAL BEVERAGE PRESENTS THE BEER GARDENS 11am-5pm Adults age 21 and over are invited to the east and west beer gardens located in The Marketplace to socialize with other adults while enjoying an ice cold beverage! A photo ID will be required to enter. Three-drink limit per person.

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Bring your dogs and cats to this lowcost Pet Vaccination Clinic. The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The cost is $5 for a rabies shot and $10 for the distemper vaccination. Staff from the Huron Animal Hospital is donating their time for this event.

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Creature Features Tent

Our friends from Canyon Critters will be on site from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with exciting and interesting information about different animals that walk, creep and crawl! You never know what you might find at this exhibit, so swing by and see what you encounter!

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The Colorado Disc Dogs in conjunction with the City of Thornton, will be hosting the 2014 Skyhoundz Hyper-Flight Open Qualifier Event, a National Canine World Qualifier on Saturday, May 17.

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Landess about to mosey along 7News anchor Mike Landess has decided that 50 years in broadcasting is enough for one lifetime. Sometime in late summer, Landess will hang up his earpiece, according to a story posted on the 7News website. “We’ve been talking about it for a couple of years and hitting that 50-year mark seemed like an appropriate time to do it,” Landess said. In 1977, Landess arrived in Denver and anchored along-side Ed Sardella at KUSA for the next 16 years. Landess went on to anchor at WXIA in Atlanta during the Summer Olympics and then to WTTG in Washington, D.C., where he covered the 9/11 attacks. He returned to Denver and 7News in 2002, where he has worked as primary anchor of evening newscasts since. Landess has been honored with more than two dozen Emmy Awards — including five for Best Anchor. He has earned five Edward R. Murrow Awards and contributed to the winning of a Peabody Award in 2013 for wildfire coverage. Landess was inducted into the Heartland Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in 2008.

No mo Glo

How Jane got her groove back The Edge’s latest examines sex, loneliness By Clarke Reader

creader@colorado There are times when seeing the phrase “inspired by a true story” can be a death knell for creative story telling, but with the right story, “truth is stranger than fiction” can take on a whole new meaning. Jane Juska’s play, “A Round Heeled Woman” — which is based on her book called “A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance” — takes audiences on a true story of her adventures through sex, romance and loneliness. “A Round Heeled Woman” is playing at The Edge Theater, 1560 Teller St., Suite 200, through this weekend. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. The titular woman is Juska (Jan Cleveland), a 66-year-old divorcée who has decided she’s been without any affection in her life for too long, and puts an ad in The New York Review of Books. “Before I turn 67 — next March,” the ad reads, “I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.”

IF YOU GO WHAT: “A Round Heeled Woman” WHERE: The Edge Theater 1560 Teller Street, Suite 200, Lakewood WHEN: Through May 18 Friday and Saturday - 8 p.m. Sunday - 6 p.m. COST: $20 advance, $22 at the door INFORMATION: 303-232-0363 or Juska received 63 replies, from men between the ages of 32 and 84 and the play tells the true story of some of the encounters that follow. “It’s a really interesting show, I think. On the surface it is about an older woman who hasn’t had any kind of physical romance in a long time,” said Cleveland. “But I think it’s really about loneliness and trying to find someone to fill a void in you.” Cleveland is joined on stage by Suzanna Wellens and Deb Hultgren as The Women and Bob Byrnes, Gary Crow-Willard and Scott Shuster as The Men. Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sharon Gless toured with the show from 2009 through 2012, and The Edge’s production is the first outside of that tour.

“Round Heeled” is also Cleveland’s first time playing at The Edge. “The Edge is the place to perform in town for actors,” she said. “Rick and Patty (Yaconis) are taking both new and classic works and drawing some of the best talent around.” Cleveland said that since Jane is the main character, she is never off stage, and so she started working on the show in February. “Jane has all these shifts in the play, so it’s my job to take the audience on her journey,” she said. “She has really difficult issues with her family, and so that affects her behavior a lot.” While Cleveland describes the play as mostly a comedy, she said that the play explores all emotion, from hysterically funny to some deep sadness. Physical affection in elders is something that doesn’t get discussed much in contemporary society, but if nothing else, Cleveland said she hopes audiences leave the show with a greater understanding of the loneliness that many face. “It hit me before the show how littler older people get hugs and things like that,” she said. “Jane has a line where she wonders if she has received all the touches and caresses she’s going to receive in her life, and that is a scary thought.” For more information, call 303-2320363 or visit

Say it ain’t so, Glo! Veteran radio host extraordinaire Gloria Neal, who’s been splitting her time between the “Gloria Neal Show” on AM 760 radio from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and her gig on the 6 p.m. news team on CBS4 weekdays, posted on her Facebook page that as of Tuesday, the radio show’s plug has been pulled. Here are some excerpts from her FB post: “The Gloria Neal on AM 760 is no more. Clear Channel is completely changing the format. The official announcement has not been made as to what the format will be, but none of current hosts will be on the new station. However, you will still be able to find me on CBS4 in the evenings ... “There are no regrets, no hard feelings and no animosity. Every listener has enriched my life — whether you agreed or disagreed with me; whether I introduced you to `Mr. Click’ or gave you your first `Honey Hush’ it was all worth it.” You go, Glo!

TAG Raw Bar moving

Much-lauded chef Troy Guard (TAG, TAG Raw Bar, TAG Burger Bar, Los Chingones, Sugarmill, Guard and Grace) is moving his TAG Raw Bar concept from Larimer Square to Lowry, according to a story in Westword. In its stead, Guard plans to “re-concept” the TAG Raw Bar space on Larimer Square to a less expensive yet-to-benamed restaurant. (The rap I’ve heard against Guard’s Raw Bar is that while the food is delish, the tab is tall.) The old TAG Raw Bar will close on July 1 and reopen as its reinvented self on or

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your week & more EditOr’s nOtE: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Friday for publication the following week. Send listings to, attn: Brighton Calendar. No attachments, please. Listings are free and run on a space-available basis. saturday/May 17

MOnday/May 19 art wOrkshOP Anythink and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art lead an art-making workshop from 4-5 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Anythink Brighton, 327 E. Bridge St. Workshop is for ages 5-12. Registration is required. Call 303405-3230 or go to wEdnEsday/May 21

Parks day Brighton Recreation Center plans its National Kids to Parks Day from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Brighton Park, 555 N. 11th Ave., Brighton. Events include Raptor Rendezvous, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Zumba in the Park, 11 a.m. to noon; and wRECfest, 1-6 p.m. Event is free. Call 303-655-2200.

allErgiEs/asthMa thE Eagle View Adult Center at Platte Valley Medical Center presents a free seminar on allergies and asthma, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at 1600 Prairie Center Parkway, Brighton. Topics include symptoms, triggers, prevention and treatments. RSVP by calling 303-655-2075.

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JOB sEEking Resumes, interviews and the overall search process will be discussed 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, May 19, at Anythink Brighton, 327 E. Bridge St. Registration suggested by not required. Call 303-405-3230 or go to https://www.

CarEgivErs sEMinar Neurologist Rai Kakkar, M.D., will discuss the variety of illnesses that can affect the aging brain. Those who care for those who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s or a similar conditions are invited 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Platte Valley Medical

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around July 15. Lowry’s TAG Raw Bar is slated to open in September. Meanwhile, the prolific chef/restaurateur (emulating successful chef/restaurant owner Frank Bonanno?) is opening a second TAG Burger Bar in the former Subway Tavern space in the Sunnyside neighborhood in northwest Denver.

Brewery comes to Broomfield

Broomfield has a “nose” for beer. A new brewery, 4 Noses Brewing, opened in Broomfield on May 8. Westword reported a New Yorker is fronting the new brewery located at 8855 West 116th Circle, just off

Wadsworth Parkway. Tommy Bibliowicz and his wife Megan will head the operation. They looked at locations in Denver and Boulder before settling in Broomfield because of the scarcity of beer-makers. “Every time we found a possible place, there were two other breweries within a four-block radius, and we wanted to stand out a little bit,” Bibliowicz told Westword. “Broomfield struck us as a city that we could be a part of and not get overshadowed by other breweries.” 4 Noses will house a 20-barrel brewhouse along with a two-barrel pilot system. The brewery will start with at least five beers on tap and will add beers as the month progresses. Seventy-five to 100 people can fit in the taproom and a patio that can seat 50-plus is expected to be added in June.

Center, 1600 Prairie Center Parkway. Seating is limited. Call 303-498-1481 or register at https://events.membersolutions. com/event_detail.asp?content_id=46952.

an individual sized serving of ice cream in a bag while hanging out in the Brighton teen area from 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at 327 E. Bridge St. Registration not required.

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Friday and saturday/May 30-31

BOOk lOvErs Anythink Brighton Book Lovers meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at 327 E. Bridge St. The group will discuss “Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson, who describes his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with humor and serious discussions of matters relating to the trail’s history. See Anythink staff for a copy of the book. Appropriate for adults. No registration needed.

BluEs Blast Enjoy a weekend of barbecue and blues at the Brighton Blues Blast, a two-day celebration featuring a variety of the blues from around the country. Blast is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, at the Armory Performing Arts Center, Brighton. Marquise Knox and the Austin Young Band are featured Friday, May 30; Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, and Deltal Sonics are featured Saturday, May 31. To order tickets, go to =3c10fbe38e00e981043d567a5f7e4175.

wEdnEsday/May 21 gaME tiME Students in kindergarten to fifth grade can play games with their friends at an after-school get-together 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Anythink Brighton, 327 E. Bridge St. Registration not required. wEdnEsday/May 21 iCE CrEaM Students in grades 6-12 will learn how to make Westminster finds developer An old haunt for Mr. On The Town, the former Westminster Mall, is getting a revamp. Former Rocky Mountain News business reporter John Rebchook reports the mall has a developer, San Diego-based OliverMcMillan. In Rebchook’s story for, the city of Westminster and the Westminster Economic Development Authority announced on May 7 an exclusive agreement for the redevelopment of the 105-acre site of the former Westminster Mall at U.S. 36 and Sheridan Boulevard. The Westminster Mall opened in 1977, but by 2009 it was half empty. In 2011, it was purchased by the city. The plan calls for a high-density, urban development with residential, commercial, retail and other uses. City council approval of the official development plan

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Friday and saturday/JunE 13 -14; JunE 20-21 thEatEr shOw The Armory, 300 Strong St., Brighton, presents “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 13; at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14; at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21; and at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Go to is expected this fall.

Overheard Eavesdropping on two men on the bus: “Look at the culinary student with the purple hair.” “Yeah, but look at the guy’s purple fingers. I’m glad I don’t have to eat the food he’s cooking tonight.” Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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Marijuana banking bill highlights flurry of pot activity Regulation of edibles to include proper markings to keep out of hands of children By Vic Vela The House last week passed an 11th hour marijuana banking bill, capping an eventful chain of events on that and other pot-related legislation during the final days of the session. With the May 7 passage of House Bill Report 1398, Colorado is on its way to becoming the first state in the country to devise a financial system for marijuana businesses. The bill creates a banking co-op system for pot shop owners, which would operate similarly to credit unions. Supporters of the bill say the legislation is needed because currently marijuana is a cash-only business that can open itself up to crime. “Marijuana entrepreneurs have been taking risks all over Colorado in building


one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the state,” said Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial, a bill sponsor. Yet the success of the co-ops will depend on whether the Federal Reserve approves the plan. If it does not, the businesses will not be able to set up checking or credit card services. That’s because marijuana is illegal under federal law and banks tend to shy away from businesses that deal with pot sales because of it. Earlier this year, the U.S. Treasury Department gave banks the go-ahead to offer their services to pot business, with certain limitations. However, that move hasn’t been enough to persuade leery financial institutions from taking on businesses that deal with a federally-outlawed drug. The bill is a reaction to non-reaction on the part of Congress to deal with the issue of marijuana banking. Congressman Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 7th congressional district, is co-sponsoring a bill in the U.S. House that would allow banks to provide services to businesses that deal with pot in states where marijuana sales are legal. However, that bill isn’t getting much traction in Congress. “If the federal government was serious

about tackling this problem, this bill would not be before you,” Balmer said. The bill was nearly derailed on the last day of the session after the Senate tacked on a key amendment to the legislation the day before. The amendment allows hemp farmers to be included in the co-op. Those who grow hemp — a type of Cannabis plant that is not used for drug consumption, but rather is refined to make products like clothing — told a Senate committee that they were also being turned away by banks. “As far as the federal government is concerned, industrial hemp is also marijuana,” said Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, who sponsored the amendment. “If we don’t add this amendment, they will be the only business in Colorado that is effectively un-banked.” The amendment caused the bill to receive opposition from the banking lobby, which did not want to include hemp growers as part of the mix. After much wrangling during a special conference committee, the House re-passed the Senate’s version of the bill, which included the hemp amendment. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper voiced his support of the bill to reporters the day after its passage. “We’re not sure it’s going to work, but

we know that doing nothing is not going to work,” the governor said. “If you really want to design a system and really want to do as much as you could to get organized crime and gangsters involved, you require all cash. That’s a breeding ground for corruption.” The banking bill wasn’t the only piece of marijuana legislation that lawmakers took up during the last days of the session. One of those was a bill that requires pot-infused edibles — such as brownies or candies — to be specially marked so that it is clear that the food contains marijuana. The motivation behind House Bill 1366 was to prevent the accidental consumption of marijuana on the part of children, who think that the food is simply a cookie or a piece of candy. “There needs to be a way to distinguish Swedish Fish that have marijuana infused with THC and Swedish Fish that doesn’t,” said Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs. The bill sets up a task force that will examine options as to what the edible markings will look like, before the Department of Revenue enforces the law. The Senate passed the bill, as well as a separate piece of legislation that limits concentrate amounts in marijuana products.

legislative news Flood relief bill gets final OK

The first bill of the legislative session turned out to be the last one passed, as an effort to provide tax relief to flood-impacted homeowners was sent to the governor’s desk on May 7. House Bill 1001 is a property tax forgiveness plan for homeowners whose homes are destroyed by natural disasters. Changes made to the bill in the Senate prior to its final passage led to some latesession drama to save the legislation. The original version of the bill required that the state pay a homeowner’s property taxes for a full year. However, the Senate changed the bill so it would only apply to the period of time that the homes were impacted by the disaster. The House ended up restoring the bill

to much of its original form before it was re-passed. It now heads to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is expected to sign the legislation.

Telecom reform signed into law

Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 9 signed into law a package of bills that address telecommunications services in rural areas. The bills modernize Colorado’s telecommunication laws and expand broadband Internet service to un-served parts of the state. One of the key components of the package reroutes money from an annual $54 million subsidy from telecom companies to a broadband fund. The subsidy was put in place decades

ago, when most homes had telephone land lines.

and an additional $6.6 million.

North Fork fire claims bill passes

A bill that provides workers with more resources to fight wage theft claims has cleared the General Assembly. Senate Bill 5 — sponsored by Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City, and Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont — would slap businesses with a minimum fine of $50 for every day that an employee is not paid his or her wages. The state could also administer other, larger-sum penalties that would be payable to the employees. The bill passed the House on a 38-27 vote, with Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, being the only Republican to support the effort.

A bill that will budget $17.6 million in liability claims for those who were impacted by the 2012 Lower North Fork Fire is on its way to the governor’s desk. The fire started as a state-prescribed burn in Jefferson County and culminated in the deaths of three people as well as the destruction of more than 20 homes and the burning of 4,000 acres. The state claims board initially said it was willing to budget $11 million in claims to the victims. However, during a recent court hearing, the victims were successful in asking a judge to advance the issue to the Legislature, which resulted in the bill

Wage theft bill moves forward

County to open family services satellite office Northglenn site to house new Kinship Support Team By Tammy Kranz The Adams County Children and Family Services will open a satellite location in Northglenn. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a five-year lease agreement for the office space during its April 28 regular meeting. The county will lease 4,992 square feet

of space at 11990 Grant St. Suite 216. According to the lease agreement, the county will pay $8,944 monthly rent for the first year; $9,152 monthly rate the second year; $9,360 monthly the third year; $9,568 the fourth year and $9,776 monthly the fifth year. The first month’s rent in June 2014 will be free. “Our new location will have easy access by car because it’s located right off I-25 and 120th and ample parking and accessible public transportation with a bus stop right in front of the building,” said Monica Sorenson, client services manager with Children and Family Services. “This satellite location of the Children and Family

news in a hUrry National Emergency Medical Services Week scheduled National Emergency Medical Services Week beginning May 18 brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” The American College of Emergency Physicians was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.” Emergency Medical Services (EMS) within the Brighton Fire Rescue District is a collaboration among multiple agencies. Overseen by the Platte Valley Medical Center’s Medical Director, medical response is a team effort between the police officers and sheriff’s deputies, Brighton Fire Rescue Firefighter/EMT’s and paramedics, and the Platte Valley Ambulance EMT’s and paramedics. A longstanding agreement between

the Platte Valley Medical Center and Fire District outlines how emergency medical responses are coordinated with the EMT’s and paramedics from both agencies. The overall goal is to have a paramedic from either agency to an incident within eight minutes in the majority of the fire district’s service area. Besides emergency medical responses, the fire district and the ambulance service also deliver safety educational training programs, including CPR and first aid. Having citizens trained can make a vital difference in those minutes before the arrival of the EMT’s and Paramedics. On May 31, the Fire District is hosting its second annual “Safety Expo” at the Prairie Center, near the Kohl’s Department Store, a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great event to have fun and learn about various safety measures, including CPR training, bike safety, fire extinguisher use, and other topics.

Center will provide families with a friendly, comfortable, supportive and neutral setting that will allow them to meet with Adams County staff and other professionals to routinely discuss their involvement with child welfare through our Family Team Meetings.” She explained that Family Team Meeting (FTM) process is one that allows parents, family members, children/youth, ACHSD staff, service providers, professionals and other community support people to gather and engage in discussion that creates goals and opportunities to strengthen and support children and their family. “We anticipate holding at least 3,000

Family Team Meetings per year at this new location,” Sorenson said. The satellite location will have five fulltime FTM facilitators, two part-time contracted facilitators and three FTM support staff during the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The satellite site will also house the newly created Kinship Support Team, which consists of three full-time caseworkers and one full-time family advocate. This team provides up front services and ongoing case management to kinship caregivers of children involved with the county, Sorenson said.

27J eDUCatiOn news 27J honors 2013-14 retirees School District 27J recognized its 2013-2014 retirees during its annual retirement dinner May 6. This year’s 29 retirees share a remarkable 543 years of combined service to the district and an average of 18 years of individual service. Each retiree was recognized with a speech from a district supervisor or co-worker and presented a special gift by 27J Board of Education members The retirees are: Alfred Navarro, custodian, Vikan Middle School, 15 years; Allyn Yamamoto, teacher, Thimmig Elementary, 39 years; Ann Godfrey, student information manager, School District 27J, 20 years; Anna Vasquez, custodian, Brighton High School, 6 years; Bill Andrews, teacher, Northeast Elementary, 30 years; Caroline Wahlborg, human resources specialist, School District 27J, 10 years; Deborah Dinges, secretary to director, School District 27J, 34 years; Donna Singer, teacher, Overland Trail Middle School, 29 years; Frank E. Sandoval, custodian, Vikan Middle School, 38 years; Geraldine Knutson, teacher, Northeast Elementary, 19 years; Glenda Friedly, instructional paraprofessional, Northeast Elementary, 20 years; Hortencia Sarabia, custodian, North Elementary, 20

years; Janice Weinholdt, nurse, School District 27J, 16 years; Joy Shaughnessy, instructional paraprofessional, Southeast Elementary, 6 years; Kathleen Kelly, teacher, Pennock Elementary, 30 years; Kathleen Secrist, kitchen manager, Prairie View High School, 15 years; Keith Metz, instructional paraprofessional, Northeast Elementary, 16 years; Lisa Asmussen, teacher, Southeast Elementary, 15 years; Lorraine Baum, teacher, Stuart Middle School, 2 years; Marcia Cammack, teacher, Henderson Elementary, 11 years; Mary Stadler, instructional technology technician, Pennock Elementary, 12 years; Matthew L. Sims, Sr., bus driver, School District 27J, 9 years; Nancy McLean, teacher, Pennock Elementary, 11 years; Nathalie Pawlak, teacher, Prairie View High School, 15 years; Rachel Ramirez, teacher, North Elementary, 21 years; Roberta Taylor, special education instructional paraprofessional, Henderson Elementary, 27 years; Susan Hendrick, teacher, Overland Trail Middle School, 28 years; Sherry Shurtleff, special education paraprofessional, Prairie View High School, 9 years and Unna Trunkenbolz, teacher, South Elementary, 20 years.


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Students excel in track competition By Michelle Boyer The Brighton girls are East Metro Athletic Conference Champions for the third straight year, as they pulled off a first place finish last week. The boys’ team also pulled off its first place team finish for the EMAC Championship in nearly 10 years. The girls’ team scored 248 points and had 14 conference champions, while the boys’ team scored 148 points as a team with three conference champions. The girls also earned nine second team-all conferences, while the boys earned two. Prairie View High School girls’ team finished fourth overall with 89 points, while the boys’ team was third with 90.50 points. Destiny Chacon who was Conference Champion in the 4x800 (along with Rachael Lopez, Aby Smidt, Kaila Green) (10 minutes, 2.25 seconds) and in the 200 meter dash (27.06) as well as second team all-conference in the 400. BHS track Coach Karen Smidt said Chacon is the only one with that deep of a record. Other conference champions were Dez Lipsett, shot put (36 - 2 3/4), discus (130 - 1); Kiana Gomez,100 hurdles (15.47), triple jump (35 - 2.50; Rachael Lopez, 800 (2:15.65); Leo Solano, mile (5:46.64), 2-mile (12:44.55); Kevin Lopez, shot (49 - 2), discus (144 - 6 1/2); Erika White, long jump (16 - 6 1/2); Katelyn Ellis, high jump (5 - 2) and Isley Wilson, 110 hurdles (16.58). Brighton’s 5A state qualifiers are: Kiana Gomez (100h, triple jump); Rachael Lopez (800, 4x800); Aby Smidt (4x800); Destiny Chacon (4x800); Kaila Green (4x800); Erika White (long jump); Katelyn Ellis (high jump); Dez Lipsett (shot, discus) and Kevin Lopez (shot, discus). State 5A Championship meet is today through Saturday at Jefferson Stadium (6th and Kipling, Lakewood). Doors open at 7:30 a.m., and cost is $8, Adult $6 seniors/ students (K-12) cash only.

Carlos Juarez pole vault (10 feet 6 inches).

Above, Kiana Gomez jumps 16 feet 6 inches in the event.

Amber Ryan, she jumped a 15 feet 2 inches in the long jump for a ninth place overall. Photos by Michelle Boyer

Brighton, Prairie View baseball teams lose Teams fall short in first round By Michelle Boyer Brighton and Prairie View High School baseball teams took center stage at the State 5A playoffs during Saturday last week. Unfortunately, both teams fell short of advancing past first round games. Brighton was dominated by Grandview 2-1. “James Smith again pitched extremely well despite taking a loss,” Coach Ray Garza said. “His performance again was unbelievable, but for some reason we couldn’t

make the plays at a crucial time in the game which I take blame for.” Brian Kelley went 1-1, with a fifth inning homerun, but it just wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs. Grandview’s Thomas allowed one run over seven innings and recorded the win for the Wolves. The game was Grandview’s after the sixth as they scored two runs to Brighton’s lone run in the fifth by Kelley. “I failed to this team further into the playoffs, end of story,” Garza said. “I take full blame as I’ve done a poor job of coaching and hope to someday get the chance to redeem myself. The bottom line is that I again didn’t have the team ready to com-

pete at a playoff level.” Garza said the team’s hitting has failed all year against quality pitching, and Saturday was another example of such. “I again take blame for not making adjustments to each of the kids who’ve struggled with the bat over the course of this time,” he said. “Poor job by their so called ‘leader.’ I give kudos to Brian Kelley for pinch hitting in the fifth and in doing so, hit a homerun over the fence.” Brighton will lose 11 seniors this year: Ty Archuleta, Tanner Pepin, James Smith, TJ Egloff, Caden Pratt, Brian Kelley, Kyle Everett, Cole Davis, Cole DeShazer, Cameron Martinez and Shane Golderman.

This summer most if not all the athletes from the Brighton team will play on both the Connie Mack and the American Legion baseball teams. There will be four teams playing; the elite team for graduates, 17-and-under, 15-and-under and 14-andunder. In the District 3 playoffs, Prairie View’s lead in the four inning was stolen, when Chaparral made seven runs and kept going strong through the fifth, scoring four more runs. Prairie View tried to come back in the seventh, but two runs weren’t enough as Chaparral slid by, 11-8.

SportS quiz 1) In 2013, Detroit’s Max Scherzer became the fifth major-league pitcher to win 18 of his first 19 decisions in a season. Who else did it? 2) Six players have hit at least 200 home runs for the Dodgers. Name four of them. 3) Which quarterback has started the most NFL playoff games? 4) Who holds the NCAA Division I career record for free-throw percentage? 5) What is the record for most goals scored by one team in an NHL outdoor game?

6) Name the only drivers to win the Indy 500 more than three times. 7) Entering 2014, what was the only Grand Slam event in which tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have not faced one another? Answers 1) Rube Marquard (1912), Don Newcombe (1955), Roy Face (1959) and Roger Clemens (2001). 2) Duke Snider (389 home runs), Gil Hodges (361), Eric Karros (270), Roy Campanella (242), Ron Cey (228) and Steve Garvey (211).

3) New England’s Tom Brady, with 26 playoff games. 4) Missouri State’s Blake Ahearn, with a 94.6 free-throw percentage. 5) The New York Rangers scored seven goals against New Jersey in 2014. 6) A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears each won four times. 7) The U.S. Open. 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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From right, Austin Umland with parents, John Montoya, Josh Villa and Austin Umland sign their college letters of intent last Friday. Photos by Michelle Boyer

Public Notices Notice To Creditors District Court, Adams County, CO NOTICE TO CREDITORS BY PUBLICATION Case Number: 2014 PR 30163 In the Matter of the Estate of ROBERT K. JACKSON, Deceased All persons having claims against the above-named estate are required to present them to the Personal Representative or to District Court of Adams County, Colorado on or before September 15, 2014, or the claims may be forever barred. BOKF, N.A., d/b/a Colorado State Bank and Trust Personal Representative c/o Martha L. Fuller, Trust Officer 1600 Broadway Denver, CO 80202 Published in the Brighton Banner First publication: May 15, 2014 Last publication: May 29, 2014 00070408


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John Montoya, Josh Villa and Austin Umland sign their college letters of intent last Friday. Illinois. “We’ve known each other a long time, and the college offered us both deals,” Montoya said. “Chicago is a big city and there’s a lot out there to learn. It’ll be just another experience.” “John is one heck of a football player,” PVHS football Coach Todd Riccio said. “They’re getting a gem. He plays offensively or defensively; whatever we’ve asked him to do. He’s one of the biggest kids on our team and he’s accepted every challenge we’ve placed in front of him. He embraced and went with it in

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achieving his goals. I’m excited to see what the future holds for him.” Johnson will study pre-med and wants to be an emergency physician. Josh Villa played defensive line and middle linebacker. “He stepped it up in the Westminster game this year, and gave us everything we wanted,” Riccio said. “He came to his potential and knew from then on he was right at making plays, and we found a great middle linebacker in Josh. He embraced the role, and even with all

the switching he never complained. For Josh it was always to do what was best for the team, and that’s what senior leadership means. “He’s set the stage for the team building and foundation of the program. I’m glad he too has found a home at Trinity and can’t wait to see what good things he’ll do.” Villa will major in political science and hopes to study law at Denver University later in his college career. He wants to be a trial lawyer.

Brighton scoreBoard Thursday: PVHS/BHS track at 5A State Championship, Jefferson Stadium (Lakewood), TBD Friday: PVHS/BHS track at 5A State Championship, Jefferson Stadium (Lakewood), TBD BHS boys’ swimming 5A State Championship, VMAC (Thornton), TBD

Saturday: PVHS/BHS track at 5A State Championship, Jefferson Stadium (Lakewood), TBD BHS boys’ swimming 5A State Championship, VMAC (Thornton), TBD Monday: BHS girls’ golf at 5A State Championship, Racoon Creek Golf Course, TBD

Tuesday: BHS girls’ golf at 5A State Championship, Racoon Creek Golf Course, TBD Scores: Boys’ BaseballGrandview 2, BHS 1 Chaparral 11, PVHS 8 Girls’ Soccer- Rock Canyon 6, PVHS 0 Pine Creek 4, BHS 0

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Roundabouts and recommendations Brighton council mulls multiple issues at study session By Lou Ellen Bromley This last Tuesday night city council study session brought up the question of whether all city council members need to attend interviews for volunteers that applied for board and commission seats left vacant after members of the board or committee in question have reached their term limitations. Councilwoman Cynthia Martinez from Ward 2 stated she felt that because council has so many obligations already, that the full council should not be required to attend the interviews of prospective board and commission volunteer members, but should rely on the recommendations of the board and committee heads.

She also suggested that city council members divide into smaller committee’s that can take turns being present at interviews and make recommendations to council about appointments to the board or committee needing to replace members. Mayor Dick McLean reminded council members that “they” are the committee responsible for making the final recommendations and feels the full council should be in attendance for all interviews, unless excused as is required for regular meeting. An update on the progress on the Bridge Street and Interstate 76 interchange was given to council members. Director of Streets and Fleets Joe Smith explained that single roundabouts on each side of Bridge Street at the I-76 intersection would be the most economical and would allow the city to continue to use the overpass bridge that is currently at I-76. This would move traffic through the interchange smoothly without

having to make changes to the overpass bridge and would more easily incorporate the side roads. The single roundabouts would also be large enough to make it easy for large trucks to make the required turns safely through the intersections. It will also allow signs to be less difficult to follow than in a double roundabout. This project is expected to take several years to complete and Mr. Smith promised to keep city council informed of its progress. Brighton Youth Commission reported on a plan to increase the Youth Core of Volunteers to include more members. Brandy Chaparro, Austin Bargmann and Seth Armentrout told city council members that applications for volunteers from 11 to 19 years old have been sent out to area schools and hope to start interviews for the Youth Core by June 3. Information on the broadcasting of city council study sessions, signing services for

the deaf, and board and commission management software was presented to council by members of the city staff. It was decided that due to cost concerns, that signing for the deaf would be implemented on an “as needed” bases. Persons needing this service should request it two days before a council meeting so the city staff can arrange to have a signer present. The televising of city council study sessions could be too expensive to be considered at this time. City council members felt there may not be a real need for the study sessions to be televised, as all information at study sessions are covered in city council meetings on alternate Tuesdays and city council meetings are already televised. The board and commission management software is to be considered by city council, because the cost was not high and it would be of great value as a time saving and organizing tool.

ADAMS COUNTY NewS iN A hUrrY Vaccine clinics scheduled for dogs, cats

The Adams County Animal Shelter will offer vaccine and microchip clinics through the summer months beginning June 4. The clinics are scheduled for every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month, 8 to 11 a.m. The Shelter is at 10705 Fulton St., Brighton. The Animal Shelter offers these services $10 for vaccines and $20 for microchips. Rabies, DA2PP and Bordatella are available for dogs; rabies and FVRCP are available for cats. This service will give citizens with limited resources an opportunity to get pets vaccinated and microchipped.

Saltivan named Employee of All Seasons

The Adams County Board of Commissioners named Brighton resident Raymond Saltivan as the Employee of All Seasons during the county’s annual Employee Recognition Luncheon at the Adams County Regional Park in Brighton on May 6.

Saltivan began his career with Adams County in April 2005. As a Systems Administrator I in the Information Technology Department, Saltivan troubleshoots computer workstation problems and serves employees countywide with prompt and effective technology solutions. The Employee of All Seasons is voted on by Adams County employees as well as Adams County citizens via the county website. The Employee Recognition Luncheon is an annual event to honor the accomplishments of employees who have reached service milestones (in five-year increments) and who have demonstrated exemplary service to Adams County government and the residents it serves.

Vendors sought for 2014 Fair

The 2014 Adams County Fair has commercial vendor space available. With an annual estimated attendance of 68,000 people, the fair is a great opportunity to showcase goods and services. Call Mary

Willis at 303-637-8002 or visit the fair website,, to obtain an application and more information.

Volunteers sought for 2014 Fair

Adams County is now accepting applications for volunteers at the 2014 Adams County Fair. Each volunteer will receive $12 in food coupons for each four-hour shift worked, a fair T-shirt, volunteer pin, two fair event tickets for either the truck pull, rodeo or Fiesta Day, lots of snacks and drinks and parking passes for the days they volunteer. Volunteers normally work in four-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. at information booths, guarding our 4-H and open class exhibits and generally being a helpful guide for visitors to the fair. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have strong communication and interpersonal skills, be energetic, resourceful and selfstarting, and have the ability to work with diverse groups of people.

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Dunkin’ Donuts honor police Dunkin’ Donuts will partner with the Denver Police Department and the Denver Police Law Enforcement Museum during National Police Week from May 11 to May 17. During this week, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will offer free medium hot or iced coffee to all police officers who show their badge or are in uniform. The Denver metro area’s newest Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant opens at 7615 West 88th Avenue in Westminster on Tuesday, May 13. The other participating restaurant in Adams County is at 8775 Washington St., Thornton.


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CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) TA practical view of a romanticized situation could help to clarify some of its more confusing aspects before you make a decision that could be tough to undo later on. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) Pay more attention to what a recent spate of workplace criticism might say about your performance and not what you think it implies about you personally. Some flexibility might be called for. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) With new information, and new promises of support (not to mention growing self-confidence), this could be a good time to restart a project you couldn’t quite handle before. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Before you decide to close down a problem-loaded project and make a fresh start with someone else, try once more to reach a compromise with your balky partner. He or she might surprise you. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) While you continue earning points for your sharp negotiating skills, be alert for an attempt to undercut your efforts. You’ll need to provide solid facts and figures to stay in the game. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) A minor health problem might cause you to ease up on your usually busy schedule. But you’ll soon be back in the saddle and ready to pick up the reins and charge ahead. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) The adventurous Sea Goat might be eager to take on a new challenge. But before you do, you might want to take some time to check out previously overlooked factors. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) A feeling of being overwhelmed by all that you have to do can be eased by setting priorities. Deal with the most urgent and time-sensitive situations first, and then work down the line. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) Creating a calm, peaceful place for yourself in the middle of a roiling emotional whirlpool this week starts when you, and no one else, decide how to make decisions about your life. BORN THIS WEEK: Your determination to stick with your principles wins the admiration of everyone who knows you. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.



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May 2014


The Senior Hub can help you find Senior SolutionS About a month ago Olivia (78) called The Senior Hub, exhausted, stressed and in tears needing help. Her husband, Chester (82), had just come home from the hospital for the second time in a month, fighting an infection. And even though he was starting to recover Olivia had used up the last of her income to get gas in the car to make that final trip to and from the hospital. With no food in the house and a husband who needed some TLC she called The Senior Hub for help. Olivia was transferred to Judy Gibson, the Senior Solutions Program Director who determined that Olivia and Chester needed far more help than just a visit to the

food bank, but that is where their journey of recovery would begin. Living in Thornton, Olivia advised Judy that she had enough gas to easily get over to The Senior Hub offices at 2360 W. 90th Avenue and then get back home. As Judy set up an appointment to meet with Olivia she also advised that Olivia would need 2 forms of I.D. – one would need to be a picture I.D. like a drivers license and the other could be a public service bill or a phone bill, etc. that reflected a matching address as her I.D. When Olivia came in for her appointment Judy asked if she had some extra time to chat about our services. Olivia was given information regarding Meals on Wheels

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“I just wanted to drop you a few lines to say thank you very much for helping me feed my dogs. At this point in time, both Sampson and Pico are my closest friends and family. Living on a very limited budget as I a doing, you have enabled me to provide a home to two loving friends:, who want no more than a pat on the head and a few kinds words. So from the three of us, thank you so very much.” - George R. (Homecare Client)

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requirements for additional assistance and so much more. They are the ones to call to find free medical equipment lending of wheelchairs, walkers and bath benches for up to 90 days at a time. For those minor repairs, Senior Solutions also has a list of qualified handymen who work for seniors at very low rates, who have been interviewed and screed by The Senior Hub. If you, your neighbor or your family needs help with services for older adults, please call The Senior Hub and let us help get you back on your feet like we were able to do for Olivia and Chester. Call 303-426-4408 today.


Each year close to 700 older adults access the Senior Solutions Emergency Food Bank. Demand so far this year is higher than ever before. If this trend continues we will run out of food. That is where YOU can help. Please make donations of non-perishables to The Senior Hub - Senior Solutions Food Bank today. Your support will help seniors like Olivia and Chester to remain in their homes, happy, healthy and together.

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delivered directly to the house and perhaps some extra help at home caring for Chester from our Homecare program. Olivia left The Senior Hub with a load of groceries to get her and Chester through the end of the month and a smile on her face. Later that week Olivia called Judy back to borrow a walker for Chester for a few weeks and to set up meal delivery through Meals on Wheels. Senior Solutions, does just that! It helps elders in our community find Solutions to their problems. They offer free information and referral to many other resources that can help with legal questions, housing referrals, paperwork


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Please join us in thanking the Banfield Charitable Trust for once again providing grant funding to The Senior Hub – Companion Care program. For more information on this program contact Linda at 720-859-2248.

MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW! Meals-On-Wheels provides meals to hundreds of seniors throughout Adams County. Through this program, seniors who are homebound and could not otherwise eat properly are Volunteers keep Meal on provided with Wheels rolling with warm meals and warm hearts. services that help them live a healthy and independent life. Just as important as getting meals to seniors is the companionship that can come from the relationship established with a regular delivery driver. Many seniors are lonely and often the time spent with their driver is the only daily contact with other people they have. Many delivery volunteers

take a little time with each senior to visit and provide much needed conversation. Volunteers are the lifeblood of any MealsOn-Wheels program and you don’t have to have a lot of time in order to volunteer. Many of our current volunteers are retired, work part-time, or are able to take time during their lunch breaks to drive a route. There can be a seasonal shift with our volunteers, with people being available in the summer but not in the fall and winter months. We are currently seeking permanent volunteers and thos who are willing to cover shifts for others when they are unable to deliver. Whether you have only a few hours per week, can volunteer every day, or can only be back-up driver, your assistance is needed. Please contact Amanda or Jill at 303-4264408 for more information.

Can YOU lend a hand? Please complete this form and mail along with your donation to: The Senior Hub, 2360 W. 90th Ave., Federal Heights, CO 80260 You can also donate online at

Please join us in our mission to care for those who need your helping hands and caring hearts.

YES, I want to help! Donor Name_____________________________________________________________ Address_________________________________City_____________State___Zip_______ e-mail_________________________________________________________________ I would like to donate: ___$1000___$500___$250___$100___$50___$25___Other (amount:______) Pledges for ongoing support can now be made by calling the office at 303-426-4408. Credit cards also accepted.

Please apply my donation to: __General Operations __Adult Day Services__RSVP __Meals On Wheels __ Homecare__Senior Solutions __ Other


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