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Elbert County


December 13, 2012

A Colorado Community Media Publication

Elbert County, Colorado • Volume 117, Issue 46

Woman hears, thanks to help Group home, audiologist garner funds for devices By Deborah Grigsby

Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Beverly Durant rings in the holiday season as she rounds up locals to participate in the town’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, which was held on Dec. 1. Photo by Deborah Grigsby

Tree lighting signals holiday arrival Parade, shopping make for full day By Deborah Grigsby It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Elbert County, as Elizabeth Mayor Clay Hurst threw the switch lighting the town’s 30-foot tree in the police station parking lot. Close to 300 people gathered around a bejeweled Colorado blue spruce on Dec. 1, following a brief holiday parade down Main Street, for the annual tree-lighting ceremony. Bursting with more Girl Scouts than floats, the parade swelled in size as it collected onlookers along the way.

Radar, an 8-month-old bloodhound with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, is recovering from surgery. Radar is in training to become a K-9 deputy and will one day replace Red, when the older dog retires. Courtesy photo

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“We had a great turnout this year,” said Hurst. “It’s been our goal to have community activities like this to build a sense of identity, and annual events like the tree-lighting ceremony help us do that.” Sponsored by the Elizabeth Downtown Advisory Committee and the Elizabeth Tree Board, the lighting ceremony preceded First Friday Night Live, the monthly extended shopping event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Susette Frausto, Tree Board chairwoman, who had the task along with her husband of stringing the lights on the threestory tree, said the job took several hours with an extended pole to prepare the tree for the evening’s event. “But this year’s tree is very special,” she said. “This tree was the first to be donated by the Tree Board back in 1999, so it’s very

special for us, since this is the first year the board has sponsored the tree-lighting event.” Uniformed Girl Scouts and the Western Plains Fife and Drum Corps helped make the evening merry with sugar cookies, hot chocolate and traditional Christmas tunes. Local merchants kept things bright, with an endless sea of miniature lights, face painting, discounted merchandise and music. Santa and Mrs. Claus lingered, posing with local children for formal portraits. While chilly temperatures made for cold fingers and noses, warm hearts caroled their their way back down Main Street, disappearing into the night. Hurst added, “Really, anytime we can get people downtown, for a community event, is good; you can’t enough of them.”

Four-legged lawman gets a tune-up Surgery aims to divert trouble for Elbert K-9 By Deborah Grigsby A four-legged deputy is recovering from surgery and anxious to get his nose back on duty. Elbert County Sheriff’s Deputy “Radar,” an 8-month-old bloodhound, recently underwent gastropexy surgery to prevent a condition called torsion bloat, sometimes called twisted stomach. “This was simply preventative surgery,” said Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap. “It’s just a condition that is inherent with Radar’s breed, particularly when they get older, so we thought we’d take care of it before anything happens.” Oh, and while Radar was under sedaPOSTAL ADDRESS

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tion, he was also neutered. Most often performed on large breed dogs, canine gastropexy is a surgical procedure that prevents the animal’s stomach from flipping over, cutting off circulation to both the stomach and spleen. Radar’s stomach was surgically tacked to the side of his abdominal wall so as he grows, it won’t twist or shift. The neutering part, while not so lifethreatening, was necessary for Radar, who will serve the county as its future tracking and decomposition dog. “It’s important the dog’s not distracted by other things while on the job,” said Heap. “These dogs have such a keen sense of smell, Radar could probably pick up the scent of a female dog a mile away, and we don’t need that when he’s tracking.” Radar currently works with his handler, Deputy Frank Hurst, and is being trained to replace K9 Deputy “Red,” an 8-year-old bloodhound who retires next year. According to the sheriff’s office, Dr. David Swieckowski, a veterinarian at the Franktown Animal Clinic, started a charity to help cover Radar’s $1,900 bill. Swieckowski collaborated with Dr. Chad Devitt at Englewood-based Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, and the two worked an agreement to perform Radar’s surgery free of charge. “We can’t adequately express our gratitude to Dr. Swieckowski and Dr. Devitt Hound continues on Page 10

A 68-year-old Elbert County woman was given the gift of hearing, thanks to the tenacity of an assisted living administrator and a Parker audiologist. Juanita Hosmer, a resident at A Country Home in Parker, has had hearing problems since she was about 19. Most likely hereditary, Hosmer’s troubles came to light shortly after she moved to the rural group home from New Mexico. “I noticed Juanita was frustrated and often secluded herself in her room, away from the other residents,” said Linda Melbardis, owner and administrator. “And it was because she couldn’t hear people talk or even the television.” Determined to find a solution, Melbardis contacted a caseworker on Hosmer’s behalf. “The sad thing is, the caseworker told me that most agencies were more likely to fund younger people for hearing aids than the elderly,” Melbardis said. “But I was determined to make it happen.” Having no real income of her own, Hosmer would need significant financial help to purchase the $2,600 hearing aids she needed so badly. A by-chance visit to a local ear, nose and throat specialist put Hosmer and Melbardis in contact with Parker audiologist Sarah Bretz. Melbardis had already spent countless hours advocating for Hosmer’s case, writing letters, making phone calls and humanizing Hosmer in ways that helped her case stand out among others, often to no avail. Bretz referred them to Friends of Man and the A.V. Hunter Trust, two of the three charitable organizations that eventually funded a significant portion of Hosmer’s new digital behind-the-ear hearing aids. Help continues on Page 7

Elbert County resident Juanita Hosmer has a special reason to smile this holiday season. She recently received new digital hearing aids. Photo by Deborah Grigsby

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Some crimes do harm to us all Kimber Schneider, 42, mother of two, can close her eyes and still see his face, the brown hair, the jean jacket. Gene Martin. Last seen in August 1984 while delivering newspapers in Des Moines. Five days shy of his 14th birthday, he disappeared, never to be found. He rode the same school bus as Schneider, then in middle school. “It has shaped how far I let my kids go out of my bubble,” she said. “And I didn’t think it would.” But how could it not. One moment, a child is here, walking to school, playing in the park, carefree, believer of good. The next instant: Vanished. Innocence lost. Trust — in the world — broken. For the family and friends left behind, the horror never ends. And in today’s world, it implants terror in the hearts and minds of parents everywhere. As parents, where do we draw the line between fear and faith, protectiveness and independence? Where do we go when a child, like little Jessica Ridgeway, is abducted on her way to school, then killed in a most terrible way? We do what parents have always done. We grieve, because we can almost imagine what that loss would feel like. We worry, because what if it happened to our child? We reassess parenting methods and teach vigilance better than before. And, we try to remind ourselves that good is more abundant than evil. Fear cannot win. The black-and-white clarity of statistical data also helps balance the tilting anxiety between possibility and probability. Consider that the probability of a child being abducted by a stranger is about one in 650,000, slightly less than the odds of dying

by fireworks discharge, said Dr. Kim Gorgens, a clinical psychologist at the University of Denver who teaches the psychology of criminal behavior. The numbers come from federal justice and health studies. “Statistically speaking, kids are fairly safe, all things considered,” said Gorgens, who has an 11-year-old son. “The difference is the availability of media and information overload about safety risks.” Google news alerts on the Internet. Radio. TV. Text-message updates on phones. Facebook posts. The constant stream of news is inescapable when something bad happens today. The immediacy, in cases such as Jessica’s, overwhelmingly creates a sense that evil lurks in the corners and, even, wide-open spaces of communities we suddenly no longer consider safe. Bad things have always happened. My neighbor remembers the sexual assault of a classmate during his high school years in California more than 20 years ago. Schneider talks of another child kidnapping that happened in her husband’s home state of Minnesota in the 1980s. But instantaneous cross-country knowledge didn’t exist then to cast its fearful net over us. My mother, who is 79, remembers only one child abduction incident being talked about during her youth — of famous avia-

tor Charles Lindbergh’s baby in 1932, which actually occurred the year before she was born. “Bad things happened,” she said. “Before, we didn’t know of them.” She does, however, add a caveat: The world today is a less friendly place, a more suspicious one in which scarier incidents occur more frequently than the world in which she grew up, or the world in which she raised her three kids. Back then, the culture was different, less brutal violence in movies and video games. Boundaries were narrower and more respected; people paid attention to each other more, relied on each other more. My mother could call the telephone operator to find out where I had wandered as I played with friends. “She’s over at the Lopez’s house,” the operator would tell her. The grapevine constantly chattered and watched. Now we have Neighborhood Watches, which are highly successful crime prevention programs, according to Gorgens. They require an investment by neighbors to look out for one another, to care beyond their fences, to believe that what happens to someone else is their business, too. If we operated in such a fashion all the time, could we keep our children safer? A positive outcome, if it can be called that, of Jessica’s tragedy was a re-examination of family safety policies. “It’s like a call to arms for parents,” Gorgens said. “Every parent evaluates their own procedures.” The collateral damage, as Gorgens described it — a bruised perception of safety, the traumatic anguish — was more difficult to manage. For many, a new reality exists. Kimber Schneider still sees Gene Mar-

tin’s face. When her kids complain they can’t walk somewhere alone, she is unyielding: “You have to be with someone. There are bad people in the world who do bad things and that’s why mommy is really careful about where you are. … People will take you. People take kids all the time and don’t think that just because you live where you live that it’s not going to happen, because it can happen anywhere.” They take her warning in stride, she said. Just a matter-of-fact part of life. Like our parents before us, we tell our children not to talk to strangers. We teach them how to cross a street. But we have added to the precautionary list: Always walk with a buddy, even to a restaurant bathroom. Call as soon as you get to your destination, even if it’s just around the corner. Park in well-lit areas, even if the area is crowded. Learn self-defense, even if you think you’ll never need it. We do our best to prepare them to know how to be safe. Because, as my mother said, one day, “like all good parents, you have to let go.” Gorgens offers this to think about: “When you have a quiet moment and your fear starts to unravel you, consider what’s the likelihood I’m going to face that problem? Have I done everything possible to protect myself?” That’s all, really, that we can do. That, and continue to believe in goodness — and make it our business to look out for one another. Especially the children.

Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at or 303566-4110.

Analysts pick apart election results at forum Focus on social issues hurt Republicans, experts believe By Jennifer Smith No matter the topic, the theme came back to shifting tides during the League of Women Voters election dissection on Nov. 29. “It’s hard to ignore the shifts that are going on … and the party that ignores them will tend to not do as well,” said Seth Masket, chair of the political science department at the University of Denver. Masket was one of three local political analysts LWV invited to Koelbel Library to

offer their takes on all things Election 2012. Joining him were Fred Brown, former Denver Post state Capitol bureau chief and an adjunct professor of media ethics at the University of Denver, and Clarissa Arellano, political analyst and government-affairs director at the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors. Everyone acknowledged the Democrats did well this year, both nationally and locally. In Colorado, voters gave them control of the state Capitol for just the 15th time; Republicans have claimed it 38 times. The consensus was that Republicans have turned too far away from their fiscalconservative roots and too much toward divisive social issues. “Social issues can’t continue making people warm and fuzzy,” said Arellano. Brown thinks the Tea Party movement jolted Democrats into action in both 2010


and 2012. “Hopefully Republicans will realize you can’t go too far to the right lest you run off the road entirely,” he said. Arellano thinks the Tea Party will continue to influence dialogue on fiscal issues — the horse they rode in on — but will have to present viable candidates. “While some portray them as a whole bunch of lunatics, the left has its fringe elements too,” she said. Masket noted that the longer a party is out of power, the more moderate its candidates become. “But that doesn’t mean the Republicans need to completely go back to the drawing board,” he said. The stats show Republican Mitt Romney lost the presidential race despite the support of the majority of whites, married people, people older than 45, those living

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DeMint defection demonstrates division Republican Party sees schism between purity, compromise By Charles Babington Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — The surprise job change by the Senate’s most prominent tea partyer will complicate Republican moderates’ bid to nudge their party toward the center after another stinging campaign loss. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina is giving up his high profile in the Senate, where he annoyed establishment Republicans and delighted conservative purists. But he may play an even broader role in the nation’s political debate in his new post as president of the Heritage Foundation, Washington’s best-known conservative think tank. “There was already going to be a vigorous debate over the future of the Republican Party,” said Dan Schnur, a former top GOP aide who now teaches political science at the University of Southern California. “This is just going to make that debate more vigorous.”

Not softening stance

DeMint, a founder of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, takes hard-line stands on issues that many mainstream Republicans say need a lighter touch from a party whose white conservative base is shrinking. Take immigration. Republicans are los-

ing the fast-growing Hispanic vote. That’s partly because their stands on illegal immigration strike many people as overly harsh and dismissive of all Latinos, including U.S. citizens. During George W. Bush’s presidency, DeMint helped lead the fight against GOPcrafted efforts to create paths to legal status for illegal immigrants. Tax and spending policies? DeMint last week attacked Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s compromise deficit-reduction bid to generate $800 billion in new tax revenues over 10 years. That’s half the amount President Barack Obama seeks. Many Republicans see Boehner’s plan as the best possible outcome, given Obama’s re-election last month. DeMint says it would “destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more.”

Frustrating to some

That’s the sort of uncompromising stand that has made DeMint a tea party hero and one of the few senators who might be widely recognized outside his home state. It also makes him a deeply frustrating figure to Washington officials who say compromise is essential in an evenly divided nation with a Democratic-led Senate and Republicancontrolled House. “There’s obviously a fight going on for the soul of the Republican Party,” said Jim Manley, a former long-time Senate Democratic aide. GOP strategists, he noted, are poring over data showing that Mitt Romney lost badly among female and Hispanic voters and that his stand against tax hikes on the rich did him little good.

Little lull in political ads ‘Fiscal cliff ’ picks up where election left off By Henry C. Jackson Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Debate over the “fiscal cliff” has money pouring into television, print, radio and online ads, picking up where the wall-to-wall election campaign left off. As Republicans and the White House joust over a way around big year-end tax increases and spending cuts, outside groups on both sides are weighing in with major ad campaigns aimed at politicians and voters alike. The latest is Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-backed conservative group last seen dropping more than $80 million on ads assailing President Obama in his re-election campaign. Its new $500,000 buy, announced last week, has attributes familiar to viewers acquainted with the political attack-ad genre. It features dreary, dread-inducing music, foreboding narration and grainy footage. All that’s changed is its aim. Instead of denying Obama re-election, the intent is to defeat his policy. “So far, a huge tax increase is his solution,” a narrator says, before imploring viewers to personally call the president. If anything, Crossroads is slow to enter the fiscal cliff fray.

Groups don’t dawdle

Within days of Obama’s Nov. 6 victory over Republican Mitt Romney, outside groups were keying up ad campaigns designed to shape the fiscal debate. The range of participants — from business interests opposing higher tax rates on the wealthy to unions that want to raise them and advocates for the elderly opposed to cutting benefits — reflects the messy tangle of issues that Congress and the White House are dealing with. In general, the ads are less sharp-edged than the most caustic 2012 election spots. In many cases, the intent is to bring pressure to bear on the whole of Congress, not just a particular member or group of members. But combined, the ads reflect the high

stakes involved and intense competition to shape the outcome. AARP, the 37-million-member group that lobbies for the elderly, is running ads nationally that home in on two key aspects of the debate: potential changes to Medicare and Social Security. They lambaste Washington politicians as a whole for even talking about Medicare and Social Security changes “behind closed doors.” In one of the TV ads, a narrator speaks as images of seniors hugging grandchildren, mulling drug choices at a pharmacy and looking forlornly at the camera flash across the screen. “We’ll all pay the price” if hasty cuts are included in a year-end deal, the narrator says.

Unions band together

Labor unions that traditionally support Democrats are producing more explicitly political advertising. Three of them — The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union and the National Education Association — joined to buy TV and radio ads targeting specific lawmakers in both parties in Colorado, Missouri, Virginia, Alaska and Pennsylvania. The ads ask voters to call their senators and congressman and push for a deal that protects the “middle class.” “We shouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class,” the narrator says in one radio ad. “But if Congress fails to act soon, that’s exactly what will happen.” Other ads hammer home the stakes of the debate, something all of the groups that have invested money in “cliff” ads seem to agree on. An online ad from The Business Roundtable features a gloomy narrator making that case that Congress will be to blame for an economic slowdown and sharply higher taxes if no deal is made. It includes foggy images of two key players in the debate, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “If Congress does not act, growth will stall, jobs will be lost and our nation’s credit will be harmed. If Congress does not act, America’s entire economy will be put at risk,” the narrator says over images of Reid, Boehner and the Capitol dome.

“There’s a wing of the party that is prepared to leave all that aside and double down on the failed policies of the past,” Manley said. “Nobody epitomizes that more than Senator DeMint.” DeMint may be best known for backing tea party activists for Senate seats, often infuriating the Republican establishment. His 2010 support for Marco Rubio in Florida, Rand Paul in Kentucky and Mike Lee in Utah had happy results. But detractors say DeMint hurt the party by backing eventual losers such as Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, Ken Buck in Colorado and Sharron Angle in Nevada. DeMint was unbowed, saying he would rather have “30 Republicans in the Senate who believe in principles of freedom than 60 who don’t believe in anything.”

Uncertainty in air

The Heritage Foundation’s choice of DeMint comes at a moment of uncertainty and unrest for conservative activists. Facing the looming “fiscal cliff” of big tax increases and spending cuts, a growing number of GOP lawmakers say they are willing to break a pledge never to vote for tax increases. That’s a setback for prominent anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, took an $8 million payout to leave the tea party group FreedomWorks after a dispute over its future direction. Now DeMint is leaving the Senate for a much better-paying job with a foundation that’s highly regarded in conservative circles. “This platform is a much bigger megaphone than he has as the junior senator

from South Carolina,” said John Ullyot, a former Senate Republican aide. The Heritage Foundation was never seen as centrist, Ullyot said, “and this could signal an even farther turn to the right by Heritage.” “That is not necessarily where many Republicans think the party should be going,” said Ullyot, who worked for moderate GOP senators John Warner of Virginia and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

Digging in heels

Unless DeMint softens his views, he’s poised to be a powerful opponent of those trying to move the Republican Party toward the middle. In a 2010 Wall Street Journal opinion piece, DeMint told newly elected senators with tea party ties they “must now overcome determined party insiders if this nation is going to be spared from fiscal disaster.” “People will try to convince you to moderate conservative positions and break campaign promises, all in the name of winning the next race,” DeMint wrote. “Resist the temptation to do so.” He added: “The word `Senator’ before your name carries plenty of clout. All senators have the power to object to bad legislation, speak on the floor and offer amendments.” Following a disappointing election in which Republicans lost the presidential race and failed to retake the Senate, DeMint is giving up that power. In exchange, he’s getting a big platform and megaphone that can help him resist efforts to move his party in a direction that many campaign strategists believe it needs to go.

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Emails shed light on shooting reaction Campus comments leave many questions By Nicholas Riccardi Associated Press

DENVER — It didn’t take long for suspicions to surface at the University of Colorado-Denver that the man who just hours earlier shot up a midnight movie was a student who recently resigned from a school program. The name of James Holmes began to circulate in news reports a few hours after the early-morning shooting July 20 at an Aurora movie theater that killed 12 people and wounded 58. At 6:47 a.m., Angie Ri- Holmes bera, director of the neuroscience program, noted that the shooter could be the 24-year-old of the same name who had just withdrawn from her department. “Do you think we should meet with students in his class?” she asked colleagues. “If they had been close to him, this would definitely be something that I think we should do. But as they were not, I do not know.”

Mysteries remain

The new insight into the school’s reac-

tion came last week with the release of thousands of emails, but they shed little light on the year that suspected theater shooter Holmes spent as a graduate student there. The University of Colorado-Denver released the material in response to public records requests from media organizations, including the Associated Press. But it withheld more than 2,000 documents on Holmes, citing federal privacy laws on student medical and academic issues. What remained revealed more about the school’s reaction to the July 20 shooting than about Holmes. Holmes had withdrawn from a competitive neuroscience graduate program in June after failing a key exam. Denver’s KMGH-TV reported last week reported that a university psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, reached out to campus police in June partly because Holmes talked about killing “a lot of people.” It said she opted not to place him under a psychiatric hold because he was leaving the school. A university spokeswoman said she could not comment on the report. Holmes’ attorneys have said he suffers from mental illness.

Gag order plays role

Despite the avalanche of material last week, the school has not been able to answer key questions about Holmes and whether there were any signs he might do something violent. That’s because, admin-

istrators say, a gag order in the case and the federal privacy laws prohibit them from disclosing much information. As it became clear that James Holmes was the former student, faculty at the school passed on more tidbits of information they knew about him. While the neuroscience program is very intimate — there are only six students admitted annually — Holmes had no apparent friends in the department, Ribera wrote in an email. She said he had “1-2 friends” elsewhere. Another professor, responding to a friend’s inquiry a few hours later, said Holmes had a “brief romantic relationship” with a graduate student in his computational bioscience program. “She, fortunately, it turns out is in India right now,” professor Larry Hunter emailed. “She knows, and is pretty freaked out.”

Media swept in

A regular theme is the school’s difficulty in dealing with the media swarm that descended after the shooting. At 8:02 a.m. on July 20, the neuroscience program administrator broke the news to the program’s students and urged them to avoid mentioning anything on Twitter or Facebook. School officials wrote that they needed to protect students and staff from reporters and urged all calls to be routed through a single spokeswoman. As reporters pursued the few people connected with Holmes,

Giving is the Spirit of the Season by Terry McElhaney As the Spirit of the Holiday season begins its yearly conversion of things ordinary and trivial into things festive and reflective, The South Metro Chamber encourages all to consider those who spend the whole year in the service of others in need. The following non-profit groups are but a small sampling of organizations, both large and small who are always in need of support whether it be monetary, goods, services, or simply time. Take a moment and give thought as to how you might share a bit of yourself for the benefit of others not only this time of year, but throughout the year. Project C.U.R.E. is a humanitarian relief organization that collects medical supplies and equipment and donates it to developing countries. Since 1987, Denver-based Project C.U.R.E. has delivered donated medical supplies and equipment to the most desperately ill and impoverished people living in more than 108 countries around the world. Last fiscal year, Project C.U.R.E. delivered 83 cargo containers valued at more than $26 million worth of medical relief to developing countries. PROJECT C.U.R.E. is currently the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment. TLC Meals on Wheels is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of our neighbors. A healthy, hot meal is delivered by caring volunteers to our clients’ door at lunch time Monday through Friday, for only $3 per day. Often one hot meal a day can make the

difference between a senior living independently and having to be institutionalized. In addition to the nutritional value of the meals, the social interaction with the volunteers delivering the meal and assuring that the senior is well encourages independence. Inter-Faith Community Services provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income people using community resources. Inter-Faith fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. Serving the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County, Inter-Faith is the largest non-governmental agency helping individuals, families and seniors who are struggling in the South Metro Denver area. Their goal this year is to “adopt” 550 families and 100 seniors for the holidays.

During the year, the Denver Rescue Mission provides shelter, food, clothing, education, Christian teaching, and work discipline to meet individuals at their physical and spiritual points of need. Operating five different facilities, each with a specific mission and clientele, the Denver Rescue Mission is the oldest full-service charity serving the needy in the Rocky Mountain Area.

in the lives of the more than 19,000 people served each year. Goodwill promotes sustainable change throughout the community and supports a growing economy through a model that provides education, training and opportunities to help the working poor, people moving from welfare to work, and disabled adults attain true self-sufficiency. Alternatives Pregnancy Center exists to care for Denver-area women and men in pregnancyrelated crises and offer them a meaningful alternative to abortion. The center seeks to meet emotional, physical and spiritual needs, enabling and encouraging women every day. Alternatives provides a “Baby Shower in a Bag” to new mothers. We are in need of new baby items including: pacifiers, baby wipes, sleepers and outfits (size 0-3 months), hooded bath towels and washcloths, bottles, baby toiletries, and grocery gift cards. Alternatives’ services are free and confidential with six metro area offices and a 24-Hour Helpline at 303.295.2288.

Goodwill Industries believes in the power of work as a means to self-sufficiency and a transformational element

Calendar of Events For a complete calendar of South Metro Denver Chamber events or more information, visit our web site at or call 303-795-0142. Thursday, December 13th 7:30 am: Technology Advocates Group Monthly Discussion The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial 11:30 am: HYPE Business Empowerment Group The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial 3:30 pm: Women in Leadership Philanthropic Networking Holiday Event The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial 5:30 pm: 2013 Legislative Reception The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial Friday, December 14th 7:00 am: 26th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast - SOLD OUT. Hyatt Regency DTC, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver

The Centennial Rotary Club works on many community service projects throughout the year both locally, nationally and internationally. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. Developmental Pathways is a Colorado non-profit agency created to serve persons with developmental disabilities and their families. It was established in 1964 as a community-based alternative to institutional care. Since that time, Pathways has developed a broad array of services based on the principle that full inclusion and participation in community life is attainable for every individual with a developmental disability. www.

professors asked the administration to take down their university web pages so journalists would have no more clues. The school did so. Four days after the attack, the campus police chief, Doug Abraham, told a press conference that school police had no information about Holmes. Then Judge William B. Sylvester implemented his gag order, and administrators said they could say no more. Sylvester, at the request of the prosecutor, also barred the school from releasing documents under Colorado’s public record law, ruling it could jeopardize Holmes’ right to a fair trial. He did not lift that order until last month following objections from a consortium of media organizations. Attorneys in court have presented a rough chronology of Holmes’ final two weeks in the program. He failed his oral exam in early June and withdrew from the program after making unspecified threats to a professor, court records and attorneys say. He last saw Fenton on June 11, just after filing his withdrawal paperwork. Six weeks later, he surrendered to police in the multiplex’s parking lot after the attack. Holmes is charged with multiple firstdegree murder and attempted murder counts. He has not entered a plea and won’t do so until after a weeklong preliminary hearing in which prosecutors will present evidence supporting the charges. That hearing is scheduled to begin Jan. 7.

Saturday, December 15th 11:00 am: Bellco Sloan’s Lake Branch Ribbon Cutting Celebration 1931 Sheridan Blvd., Unit G1, Edgewater, CO Monday, December 17th 7:00 pm: Save Lives & Sort Medical Supplies with Project CURE 10337 E. Geddes Ave., Centennial Tuesday, December 18th 7:30 am: HYPE Business University: How to Build a Personal Brand. The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial TLC Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals and companionship to home-bound individuals.

The Denver Rescue Mission is Denver’s oldest full-service charity providing the necessities of life to those in need.

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December 13, 2012

Political money plentiful; transparency runs short Attorney says he’s not obligated to disclose origin of large sums By Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A lawyer in Tennessee who is mysteriously linked to millions of dollars in campaign contributions steered to congressional candidates doubled his investments in the weeks before Election Day and quietly funneled $6.8 million more to a prominent tea party group, according to new financial statements filed with the government. William Rose of Knoxville previously told The Associated Press that his business was a “family secret” and he was not obligated to disclose the origin of what now amounts to more than $12 million that he routed through two companies he recently created. Rose did not immediately return phone calls from the AP at the end of last week. He previously complained that phone calls and emails from reporters were irritating. The money went to the tea party’s most prominent “super” political committee, FreedomWorks for America, which spent it on high-profile congressional races. The $12 million accounted for most of the $20 million the group raised this year. FreedomWorks did not respond to requests from the AP for an explanation, although CEO Matt Kibbe told Mother Jones magazine at the end of last week, “I don’t know about these (donations). It’s the first time I’ve heard.” When AP asked FreedomWorks weeks ago to explain the source of Rose’s earlier contributions, a spokesman for the group declined to discuss the money and said his group adheres to the law in disclosing information about donors.

Murky contributions

The contributions are a glaring example of the murkiness surrounding who is giving money to politicians in modern elections, shaped by new federal rules allowing unlimited and anonymous donations. The law has allowed wealthy executives, corporations and other organizations to establish shell companies and mail drops to disguise the source of the money they give to political groups and politicians. But the mysterious donations linked to Rose by far eclipse any suspicious amounts paid to support the campaigns of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Rose made the latest $6.8 million in contributions even as the AP and Knoxville News Sentinel were jointly investigating $5.2 million in suspicious donations traced to one of the two companies during October. That company, Specialty Group Inc., filed incorporation papers in September less than one week before it gave FreedomWorks several contributions worth between $125,000 and $1.5 million each. Specialty Group appeared to have no website describing its products or services. It was registered to a suburban Knoxville home. Rose recently renamed the company Specialty Investments Group Inc. That firm and Kingston Pike Development Corp. — which Rose also registered and owns — were used to steer the latest $6.8 million in contributions to FreedomWorks. Among other amounts, FreedomWorks spent more than $1.8 million of the money on Connie Mack’s unsuccessful Senate campaign in Florida and a similar amount opposing Tammy Duckworth, who was elected to Congress in Illinois. Financial statements that FreedomWorks filed with the Federal Election Commission did not cite any business address for Kingston Pike, but business records indicate that Rose registered the company one day after he created Specialty Group.

Law sets boundaries

Under U.S. law, corporations can give unlimited sums of money to outside groups supporting candidates, but not if their sole purpose is to make campaign contributions. Rose said in a statement last month that he formed Specialty Group to buy, sell, develop and invest in a variety of real estate ventures and investments. He declined interview requests from the AP over three weeks and complained in his statement that reporters had contacted his ex-wife and business colleagues. He also disputed any characterization that his company was “shadowy.” “The business of Specialty Group is my family secret, a secret that will be kept — as allowed by applicable law — for at least another 50 years,” Rose said in his statement. FreedomWorks is among the most prominent organizations supporting the conservative tea party and was headed for years by former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey. Armey recently left the group in exchange for $8 million in payouts over 20 years from an outside benefactor, Richard J. Stephenson, according to a confidential agreement obtained by the AP. Stephenson is a prominent fundraiser and founder and chairman of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The source of the money linked to Rose is unclear. Rose identified himself as Specialty Group’s chief executive, president and general counsel, but there was no evidence that the company or Rose could afford to give away $12 million. County register records indicate a William S. Rose Jr. listed at one of Rose’s former addresses owes $69,881 in federal back taxes, which a county official said Friday hasn’t yet been settled. Property tax records show Rose’s current home is appraised at $634,000. Armey, in a previous interview with the AP, said he didn’t know Rose and wasn’t

aware of where Specialty Group’s donations may have originated.

Court OK’d super PACs

The Supreme Court cleared the roles of super PACs in legal cases that included its landmark Citizens United ruling, which greatly expanded the limits and sources of money in politics. But even justices who supported increased giving — which the court has equated with free speech — said that citizens deserve to know who was behind money given to politicians. “I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better,” Justice Antonin Scalia said in July. “That’s what the First Amendment is all about, so long as the people know where the speech is coming from.” Determining who is behind the money hasn’t always been easy to determine. One company dissolved in summer 2011 shortly after giving $1 million to a super PAC supporting Romney. It turned out to have been formed by Ed Conard, a Romney supporter who once worked with the former Massachusetts governor at the private equity firm Bain Capital. Months later, a $400,000 gift from a limited liability partnership was traced to a fund connected with Boston-based Hellman Jordan Management. The firm eventually acknowledged that a married couple who had raised money for Romney had received the $400,000 as part of an unspecified investment disbursement and instructed Hellman Jordan to give it the super PAC supporting Romney. “This is the huge issue,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who is well known in Congress for trying to expand campaignfinance disclosure laws. “Transparency leads to more accountability, and the voters have the right to know who is spending gobs of money to influence their vote.”

Pot vote puts work policies on the bubble Law protects employees for legal off-duty behavior

the states have laws that protect workers who smoke cigarettes off the clock. Colorado’s law extends to all legal activities, though Washington state doesn’t have a similar statute. “If you’re doing it at home and it’s not illegal and it’s not impairing your work performance, you should be protected,” said Coats’ lawyer, Michael Evans.

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DENVER — Coloradans may have voted for legal marijuana, but workers may want to check with their boss first before they grab the pipe or joint during off hours. Businesses in Washington state, where the drug is legal, and Colorado, where it will be by January, are trying to figure out how to deal with employees who use it on their own time and then fail a drug test. It is another uncertainty that has come with pot legalization as many ask how the laws will affect them. “There’s just an incredible amount of gray right now” about how marijuana legalization affects employers, said Sandra Hagen Solin of the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance, a coalition of chambers of commerce. Police departments are especially worried. Officers take oaths to protect all laws, state and federal. In this case, pot is still prohibited under federal law. The Seattle Police Department is reviewing its policies on drug use by officers or prospective officers, spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said, adding that it’s unlikely off-duty officers will be allowed to use pot. The department might ease its requirement that applicants not have used marijuana in the previous three years.

Coloradans voted last month to legalize marijuana. File photo

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Other employers, especially those with federal contracts, are concerned what the new laws mean for them. One group of Colorado businesses has pleaded for clarity in a letter to the White House, which hasn’t said if it would sue to block the law. “The uncertainly created will cause havoc for our members and hamper their efforts to maintain drug-free worksites,” wrote Mark Latimer, head of the Rocky Mountain chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. The havoc Latimer refers to is confusion over a law passed with cigarette smokers in mind. Colorado’s Lawful Off-Duty Activities law says workers can’t be dismissed for legal behavior off the clock. A case pending in a state appeals court could settle the question. The case involves Brandon Coats, a telephone operator for Dish Network. Paralyzed in a teenage car crash, he’s been a medical marijuana patient in Colorado since 2009. Coats was fired in 2010 for failing a

company drug test, though his employer never claimed he was impaired on the job. Coats sued to get his job back, but a trial court dismissed his claim in 2011. The judge agreed with Dish Network that medical marijuana use isn’t a “lawful activity” covered by the law. Coats appealed, and the state Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the case but hasn’t set a date. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, more than half


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Look local for holiday shopping As we reach the midway point in the holiday shopping season, halfway between Thansgiving and Christmas, we encourage our readers to shop local as they look for those just-right gifts. For all the hype surrounding Black Friday, it’s not the biggest shopping day of the year. It consistently ranks behind the four days that make up the two weekends preceding Christmas — in other words, the point where we are now. During the late part of the year — with all its holidays — there is information aplenty about local businesses and products in our newspapers. Stories throughout the year cover the local hard-working busi-

OUR VIEW nesses that serve so many and give back in numerous ways — supporting activities at schools and community organizations — and often contribute in the immeasurable ways that occur when local business owners and their employees live in our communities. Of course we know online shopping edges up a few percentage points each year. But even there we encourage our

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Conservation fund is vital

Like most Coloradans, I’m grateful the election is over and the ads have stopped running — but then I realized Congress has lots of work to do this December, including cutting a budget deal. As Congress considers how best to meet our nation’s many needs, I urge inclusion of full, permanent and dedicated funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Nearly 50 years ago, Congress created the LWCF to aid the protection of land and water projects, using fees from private companies conducting offshore oil and gas drilling. Yet nearly every year, Congress has siphoned money from the fund for unrelated expenditures. We know that many difficult choices must be made regarding the budget. As we measure those choices based on their chances for success and their effect on

communities and the economy, I’d make the case that the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be at the top of the list and continues to be one of the most bipartisan, widely supported conservation programs that provides common-sense solutions for landowners, recreation users and local communities to provide this country with the critical recreation infrastructure necessary for strong economic growth. That’s why I’m asking Congressman Coffman to support full and dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before the end of the 112th Congress. Senators Udall and Bennet support dedicated funding, and continue to be leaders for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and I thank them. Now more than ever, Congress needs listen to constituents. Scott Nelson Lone Tree

A Phillies ad over four strangers I was told recently to count my blessings. “Count your blessings instead of complaining about things that can’t be changed for a change.” I wondered if they were talking to me. I am Mr. Sunshine. I usually write my columns after a bowl of coffee and a few chapters of Kafka, so it’s little wonder that I have a sunny disposition about things I read in the paper, like the new gun dorm at CU (there have been zero applications), and assorted kidnappings nationally, and the frenzy among my countrymen for electronic Christmas gifts. I was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by the senior class. I didn’t quite make it. I had to turn in my plaque. John S. became president of Holiday Inns of North America. I was the head coach of a coed softball team. That’s about it. But there are blessings all over the place. I don’t have to look very far. I can start by looking at the floor. No, it’s not the carpet or hardwood flooring. It’s a heartbeat. I was across the street the other morning, when Smitty was tied up in the front yard. He was examining our rabbit. The same rabbit is here every day. I think it is the same one. I wish there were some humane way of tagging him. Maybe he could carry a pocket watch. I looked across the street at Smitty and thought that he looked exactly like a red mouse. He’s an expensive red mouse. Thousands of dollars for medical procedures and boarding and cheese cubes. Worth it. This home is a blessing. I have never been down and out, but I have lived in apartments in sad places. I lived in an apartment across the street from the Sawtelle Veterans Home in southern California. Back then it was a gritty area, with some unfortunate stories. There was a self-immolation. We don’t have many self-immolations in Highlands Ranch. Backlighted bare trees are blessings. You know about backlighting, don’t you? It turns things into silhouettes, and makes them interesting even if they’re not. Put your worst uncle in front of a setting sun and take a picture. Your worst uncle will look like Lawrence of Arabia instead of just Lawrence. Black and white are blessings: black and white films, photographs, and old television programs. Robert Motherwell’s paintings. Ink (like this) on newsprint. BOOKS.

Genuine books. Library books. Bookstore books. Paperback and hardcover. Kindle? No siree. Blessings? I went back to Michigan to visit my family right before my final semester of college. Dad and I had a heart to heart about my future and then he asked me what they could get me for graduation. I just sat there and looked at him. Eventually I composed myself and said, “Get me? Dad, you and mom have already given it to me.” They put me through schools in four states. Every time we moved they made sure I would be educated. Thanks to them I was able to write this sentence. I know the difference between right and wrong, that’s a blessing. Between good and evil. And between ice cream and ice milk. I am leaving a few things out, for the sake of discretion, but read my mind and that will take care of it. Here are some odd ones: Chinese yellow Number Two pencils. Potatoes. Vespas. Hands. Tears. Opinions. Ideas. Maps. Ideas as maps. Silence. Properly inflated tires. One size does not fit all. Medical breakthroughs. Those sugar cubes we were given in grade school. My dentist. My accountant. They are not the same person. J. A. M. When I am alone with Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” in the Art Institute of Chicago I feel like everything I have seen and done and felt has made it possible for me to appreciate the “human aquarium” with a Phillies ad over four familiar strangers. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@

readers who enjoy online shopping to choose the websites featured by our local businesses. The Colorado Retail Council has forecast a 2.9 percent increase in holiday shopping projections, while the National Retail Federation predicts spending around the country will rise 4.1 percent from last year. We hope the season plays out well, and the economy edges upward. And buying local not only fuels businesses, it improves the job market. There, too, the state is gaining traction. According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 8,600 from September to

October to 2,310,100 jobs. Private sector payroll jobs increased 8,500 and government increased 100. Looking back a year, the current 7.9 unemployment rate has declined two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in October 2011. Colorado is faring well in statistics like these compared to many other states. So it is a good time to show your pride. As you make holiday purchases — as well as everyday or durable-goods purchases — we encourage you to take time and look for your consumer needs to be met by your neighbors. Supporting local businesses E makes our communities stronger.

Don’t be shy about spreading good word Who do you know? I mean who do you know that you would feel really good about recommending or providing a referral for? What if I asked it a different way? What if the question was this, who knows you and who would feel really good about giving you a referral or recommending you as a friend, or for a job, or to join a committee? You see, networking happens all the time, whether we do it consciously, unconsciously, or subconsciously, we have an opportunity to participate at many levels. I can share with you that many years ago, when I had my first big opportunity to join a company, the difference maker between why I was hired and beat out the other few finalists was because of the letters of recommendation that were sent on my behalf. They were so strong that the hiring manager almost couldn’t believe it. But after following up and speaking directly to the people who endorsed me, the hiring manager became convinced that I was the right candidate and offered me the position. Facebook and LinkedIn have helped me to reconnect with so many people. Some folks that I grew up with and went to school with, others that I served with in the military, and many people that I have worked with or had an opportunity to know professionally. Social media is awesome in that way, connecting us with people from our past as well as our present. But even without the help of such enabling technology, we still have our immediate circle of friends, family, co-workers and associates that help us and who we should be willing to help as much as we possibly can. Just think of all of the wrapping paper, Girl Scout cookies, popcorn or gift cards you have purchased from a neighbors child. If you are like me, you just can’t say “no.” If we took this same concept just one or two steps further, we should be asking ourselves things like, “If I am going to buy a car I will buy it from that guy I went to high school with who is now selling cars.” Or “If my spouse and I are going to dinner, why wouldn’t I go to that restaurant that my neighbors own and maybe where my other

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friend’s daughter is a server?” I am not sure about you, but I love referring people, connecting people or businesses, and making recommendations or referring anyone and everyone I know to people and companies that I can trust and who I know will deliver a better than good result. Many of my friends and family members work for big corporations, and I am grateful for the work that they do and all the people that they serve. But I must share with you that my heart goes out to the entrepreneur or small business owner and their staff. One day, and maybe one day soon, you will find yourself in a position to recommend someone, refer people to a business, or network with folks where you can help connect the dots between two people or businesses. And you may just even find that when you are the consumer, when you do everything you possibly can to shop where your friends and neighbors are trying so hard to build their business, that you will not only be helping them, but you will truly be enriching your own life as well. I am not sure about you, but I am going to go the extra mile in seeking out my connections and see if I can make a purchase, give them a recommendation, provide a referral, or help them network. And I would love to hear all about your thoughts at because when we all do lock arms and help one another, it really will be a better than good week.

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December 13, 2012

Suicide prevention videos released ‘Sensitive, dark, scary subject’ is topic of online productions

counselor with the network, agrees with the sheriff’s office that getting the message out is pivotal to suicide prevention. Suicide is usually not a reflection of an isolated moment in time, but a prevailing mental health issue, Becker said. Statistics show that 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a mental health issue that can be addressed along a spectrum of intervention, before despair leads to a tragedy, she said. “We really do need to stop whispering about suicide and start talking about it,” Becker said. “Suicide knows no boundaries. It crosses all socioeconomic lines, all races, all genders. It is very prevalent out there and I don’t believe the general public knows how prevalent it is. It affects us in the workplace, at school, in our families.” According to the 2010 statistics available from the American Association of Suicidology, there are 3.7 male deaths by suicide for each female death. The videos are available to view online at For more information or for help in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or the Metropolitan Crisis Services line at 888-885-1222.

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“These are just two of several agencies we have on a standard list of resources we give to patients,” she explained. Bretz said she sees a lot of cases like Hosmer’s, but has never seen anyone with such a passion to help like she saw in Melbardis. However she confessed she had doubts the entire cost would be funded. - “But when she told me Friends of Man -had already provided $1,300, I knew she’d -have no problem,” she said.

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Elbert County resident Juanita Hosmer holds the new digital hearing aids she received through the generosity of several organizations that funded the $2,600 price tag. Photo by Deborah Grigsby

Suicide is everybody’s business. That is the message from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, which worked with the county to produce a series of online suicide prevention videos in hopes of reaching those closest to despair. The most important outreach, however, begins with friends and family members who are the first to see the warning signs and in the best position to intervene, said Undersheriff Tony Spurlock, who was pivotal in the charge to launch the series. “This is a very sensitive, dark and scary subject,” Spurlock said. “(With these videos), people have the opportunity to see that and reflect in a different venue. We can use our webpage and hand out papers all the time, but having the videos lets us share that message in a different way.” The message is complex, according to the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network. Barbara Becker, division director of community programs and a licensed

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December 13, 2012

Embattled Gessler puts light on others Lawyers want to see how expenses handled

Gessler’s attorney asked the state’s Independent Ethics Commission last week for more time to file a response to the complaint so they can review the records. “We’re just trying to understand how the expense procedures are working for various state agencies and elected officials. That, we think, is important for us to understand so we can make the proper presentation in response to the complaint,” said attorney Robert Bruce, one of the lawyers representing Gessler. The ethics panel rejected the request for

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DENVER — Attorneys for Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler will scrutinize the expenses of lawmakers and other state elected officials in their defense of Gessler on an ethics complaint charging he used public money to attend political events.

an extension to Feb. 1 but gave attorneys until Dec. 21 to respond. The response was originally due Dec. 10. Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint alleging that the Republican elections chief misused public funds because he was reimbursed $1,570 to attend the Republican National Convention in Florida and a Republican election law training event. Gessler could be fined up to double that amount if he is found to have violated rules. Denver prosecutors are also investigating to see if Gessler committed a crime.

Gessler’s attorneys cited the ongoing criminal investigation to argue for a postponement in the ethics case, saying they expected the Denver DA’s office to make a charging decision before February. Dan Grossman, chairman of the ethics panel, told Gessler’s lawyers he was reluctant to delay the case because lawmakers have urged them to resolve ethics complaints more quickly. Lawmakers were expected to decide this week whether to move forward with an audit of Gessler’s expenses.

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December 13, 2012

State gets millions in education grants Federal money will support early learning By Ivan Moreno

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DENVER — Colorado is receiving nearly $30 million in federal money over four years to accelerate the state’s early learning programs, an award that makes it “a good day for Colorado kids,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week. The grant funding announced is part of “Race to the Top” money aimed at early childhood education programs. Colorado and four other states are getting the funding because they were finalists in last year’s competition. “Colorado is committed to helping ensure every child is ready for kindergarten and reading by the third grade,” Hickenlooper said. Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin are also receiving funds. Late last year, nine states won a collective $500 million for early learning programs. Thirty-five states along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico had applied. The contest is administered by the Education and Health and Human Services departments. The funding means Colorado will be able to increase the quality of early childhood education programs and hire better trained professionals, said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Garcia said one the of priorities for the state is to increase kindergarten readiness, and that to accomplish that there needs to be a focus on children from low-income families, English-language learners, and children living on

American Indian lands. “Those children need adults who are caring and who can provide the kind of learning and development opportunities for them that they need to be successful,” Garcia said. The money is the latest education-related funding Colorado received last week. Early last week, Colorado and four others states announced they’ll be participating in a pilot program to expand the school day. Four districts — Denver, Boulder, and

Adams and Jefferson counties — will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. Federal, state and district funds will cover costs, with help from the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time and Learning. Denver is also among seven school districts that will split about $25 million in grants from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to work with charter schools to improve achievement, according to an announcement midway through last week.


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Holiday concert goes for baroque

Classical group stages show with Christmas theme

By Sonya Ellingboe

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Englewood Arts, chaired by cellist/educator Eric Bertoluzzi, will present “Baroque Christmas,” a concert of baroque music, including a selection of traditional Christmas carols, arranged by Matthew Naughtin. The concert by the Up Close and Musical ensemble of accomplished classical musicians will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in Englewood’s Hampden Hall. (Located on the second level of the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway.) Featured soloists include Eric Bertoluzzi, cello; Frank Nowell, harpsichord; and CSO principal trumpet Justin Bartels. The ensemble will provide accompaniment in the first half of the concert and be featured in the second half. The program will include Vivaldi’s “Sonata No. 4 for Cello and Harpsichord,” Bach’s “French Suite No. 5 for Harpsichord” and Neruda’s “Concerto for Trumpet.” This is part of the Chamber Music of the Masters series, which will offer five additional Saturday afternoon concerts in the first half of 2013. (Saturday afternoon is a time when musicians from the Colorado Symphony and other orchestras are available.) In addition to practicing for this concert in his office at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, Bertoluzzi has a desk and table filled with a variety of project plans to bring the arts to Englewood residents. “It’s so important to enrich the community — there’s more to life than just the bare necessities,” he said, adding praise for cooperation by city staff.

Cellist Eric Bertoluzzi will be one of the featured soloists in Englewood Arts’“Baroque Christmas.” Photo by Courtney Kuhlen He has spent 11 years with the organization’s Strings Attached program, which loans instruments and gives lessons at a modest rate, or on scholarship, for children who might not otherwise feel the joy and sense of accomplishment that comes with mastering an instrument. He was education director for the CSO for some years, with the Up Close and Musical group, then retired from that responsibility and was offered the Englewood

Harpsichordist Frank Nowell will perform with Up Close and Musical at Hampden Hall on Dec. 15. Courtesy photo

office, where he initially worked with late mayor Olga Wolosyn to promote arts for their city. The program started with violins for third through fifth grades in Clayton and Maddox elementary schools, then expanded to Charles Hay Elementary and soon added second grade and cello. Benjamin Tompkins teaches violin and David Short cello. It has now expanded into the Sheridan schools, with Desiree CedenoSuarez teaching violin, and added keyboard instruction in Englewood. Bertoluzzi, a Colorado Symphony cellist since 1971, said he was given a chance to learn to play an instrument by his Pittsburgh school system and it has led him into a rewarding career. “It offers discipline, focus, teamwork — what a child needs to become a successful member of a community.” It also inspires him to make music possible for many children. He said he owned a cello when he joined the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, but it wasn’t suitable for a member of a major symphony. Principal Cellist Jurgen DeLemos, who “over the years has been one of the most influential persons in my life,” knew of one

Eric Bertoluzzi, cellist and educator, chairs Englewood Arts, which will present “Baroque Christmas,” at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 in Englewood’s Hampden Hall. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen

in the town in Germany where he grew up and purchased it. “I’d guess it’s about 150 years old and made by a German maker, based on an Italian model,” he said. Englewood Arts Presents has added another series of programs this fall: “Starlight Rhythms” on Friday evenings in Hampden Hall, which converts to more of a cabaret atmosphere. The idea of jazz and other contemporary concerts was suggested to Ber-

toluzzi by people who attended the chamber music events. “There are so many artists who don’t play classical music, but deserve to be heard.” They recently presented violinist Lionel Young and his Blues Trio and next will be singer/ songwriter and flamenco guitarist Andy Hackbarth in concert on Feb. 8. For information, see and enjoy its newly designed website.

Lone Tree lauds birthday boy Ludwig Beethoven’s 282nd will be celebrated at city’s arts center By Sonya Ellingboe Readers of a certain age will remember Denver’s exuberant Gene Amole, who owned classical radio station KVOD.

In the ’60s and ’70s, he staged an annual celebration of Ludwig von Beethoven’s birthday each Dec. 16. The event began with a few dozen listeners appearing for punch and cookies at the Ruby Hill Schwarm radio station. Over the years, it grew to an oversize event at the Denver Convention Center.

Longtime radio host/music professor Betsy Schwarm, who combines history with the classical music for Lone Tree Arts Center’s chamber music series, will host “Beethoven’s Birthday Party” at 3 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Schwarm, who teaches in Metropolitan State University’s music department, will share stories about Beethoven, who was born 282 years ago. She says this celebration is more in the spirit of Amole’s early parties.

IF YOU GO Lone Tree Arts Center is located at 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree., 720-509-1000. Tickets for Beethoven’s Birthday Party, at 3 p.m. Dec. 16, cost $5. Musicians from the Colorado Symphony will play a program of great music that includes lovely waltzes. (Dancing is encouraged.) Refreshments will be available, including a cash bar. Tickets cost $5.

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December 13, 2012

DAM extends Van Gogh hours

Tickets for “Becoming Van Gogh” at the Denver Art Museum are in heavy demand and the museum has been able to respond by staying open until 9 p.m. most nights (the entire Hamilton Building will be open for visitors, although the North Building will close at 5). The exhibit assembled by curator Timothy Standring, with assistance from co-curator Louis Van Tilburgh of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, consists of about 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, plus some by artists who influenced his development. Timed tickets include general admission, so visitors can roam elsewhere in the museum. (We especially recommend the works by El Anatsui on the fourth floor.) Reserve in advance to get the time slot you want. The Paint Studio is open on the first floor for demonstrations and information on tools and techniques used by artists. Overview of show: Tickets: or call 720-913-0130 ($3 service charge for phone orders). Note that DAM’s new next-door neighbor has a show called “Vincent|Clyfford,” which explores con-

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‘Yes, Virginia’

By Sonya Ellingboe

“Canal With Woman Washing,” is an 1888 Vincent Van Gogh oil on canvas. It is part of a private collection. Courtesy image from Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam nections between Van Gogh and Clyfford Still.

Rocky Mountain Christmas

“John Denver Holiday Concert” with Denver’s bandmate/friend Dan Wheetman and Broadway star Jim Newman will play through Dec. 16 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 13; 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 15; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 15, 16. Tickets: $32-$62: LoneTreeArtsCenter.

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The Highlands Ranch Historical Society will present “Memory History: Techniques to Improve Your Memory” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. The speaker will be Al Smith, who will give everyone in attendance at least one way to improve memory. Refreshments served at 6:30. Drawings for prizes. Suggested donation of $1 from non-members, who are welcome to attend.

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Front Range Players’ production of “A Christmas Carol” continues at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 15 and 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at Generations Church in Castle Rock, corner of Third and Perry, across from the fire station. Directed by Sara Crandell. Tickets: $17/$14/$12/$10.

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Orchestra members with Arapahoe Philharmonic and guest conductor Travis Juergens met in August and chose the program for a “Holiday Pops” concert scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mission Hills Church, 620 South Park Drive, Littleton. This is the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s 59th season of local concerts. Before the concert, the orchestra will hold a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m., according to publicist/musician Gail Sindelar, who is excited about this program — new for the orchestra. Included: • “Hark the Herald Trumpets Sing “ (Mendelssohn/Chip Davis, with a brass choir). • “Die Natali” (Samuel Barber, with strings, timpani.) • “Die Schlittenfahrt, Sleigh Ride” (Leopold Mozart.) *”Nutcracker Suite complete” (Tchiakovsky.) • “Christmas Overture” (Samuel ColeridgeTaylor, arr. Baynes) • “Stille Nacht” (arr. Chip Davis.) • Christmas Festival” (Leroy Anderson.) Juergens is music director and conductor of the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City and assistant conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic. He recently served as assistant conductor of the Lamont Symphony and Opera Theatre in Denver. Tickets: 303-781-1892 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays to Fridays), or online at, or at the door.

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December 13, 2012

THINGS TO DO ONGOING SERVICE PROJECTS. Frontier High School students plan community service projects. For the toy drive, bring a new, unwrapped toy for the holiday toy drive sponsored by the Elizabeth Fire Department. For the food drive, bring any non-perishable food items for distribution by the American Legion Post 82. Collection boxes will be located at the Frontier campus. Call the school at 303-646-1798 or email its director, Rob McMullen, at to make a donation. Frontier High School is at 589 S. Banner St., Elizabeth. THROUGH DEC. 15 HOLIDAY PROGRAM. Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with retailers and community organizations to make sure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program, running from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. Christmas trees will go up in Walgreens stores at 355 S. Wilcox St. and 14 E. Allen St. in Castle Rock and at 3510 Evergreen Parkway in Evergreen. Holiday shoppers are asked to pick up an ornament off special Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. The Home Instead Senior Care office will then enlist the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts. Home Instead serves Douglas and Elbert counties, and portions of Clear Creek, Summit, Jefferson and Gilpin counties. For information, visit or call 303-688-7852. DEC. 13 ANNUAL MEETING. The Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce plans its annual meeting and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at Spring Valley Golf Club. Special presentations on chamber member of the year, board of directors for 2013, and the year in review. Cost is $15 payable at the door by cash, check or credit card. Reservations are required. Call Beverly at 303-646-4287 or email at

DEC. 13, DEC. 18 MUSIC IN the Air. Elizabeth Middle School and Elizabeth High School have several upcoming musical programs. The schools’ choirs will perform a combined concert from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the high school cafetorium. Contact Melanie Kaumeyer, mkaumeyer@ or 303-646-4987. The middle school will have a band concert from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the middle school. Contact Robert Barbre, or 303646-4986. An orchestra concert is from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the middle school. Contact Melanie Kaumeyer,, 303-646-4987.

from 2-6 p.m. Dec. 19 inside Bonfils’ mobile bus located at 2100 Legacy Cir., Elizabeth. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit

DEC. 24 DENTAL CARE. Comfort Dental offers free dental care from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 24. For locations, see www. JAN. 10 BUSINESS AFTER hours. The Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Kat Eyes Optical in the Safeway shopping Center in Elizabeth. Come meet Kathy at the only eye specialist in Elbert County. Enjoy visiting a local business and meeting other area business people. Great networking tool. Refreshments provided by the local business.

volunteer organization that is part of the Elbert County Sheriffs Office. As volunteers we support the Elbert County Sheriffs Office, all law enforcement in our county, and the community at large. Membership is open to anyone without a criminal record. It meets the last Monday of the month at the Elbert County Sheriffs Office at 7 p.m. For more information or a membership application, go to posse.html, or contact Dave Peontek at 303-646-5456.

THE ELIZABETH Food Bank, 381 S. Banner in Elizabeth (next door to Elizabeth Presbyterian Church) needs to let the public know that we are available to help anyone who needs food. The hours are Friday 12:30-3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-11:30 a.m. Other times by appointment.

FRONTIER FUNDRAISING. Frontier High School students will make reindeer and snowmen to sells at the EMS craft fair Nov. 17 and the local craft fair on Dec. 1. A spaghetti dinner, sponsored by students and staff, is planned for Feb. 14. Call the school at 303-646-1798 or email its director, Rob McMullen, at rmcmullen@ to make a donation. Frontier High School is at 589 S. Banner St., Elizabeth.

ELIZABETH GUITAR Group. Elizabeth guitar circle will meet on the first and second Wednesday of each month at the Elizabeth Library. Traditional protocol/ courtesy. Country, pop, bluegrass, cowboy, Beatles, 50s, 60s, 70s, blues, jazz and more. We who play for pleasure would love to meet more of same. Acoustic or power down. Come prepared to share a few songs, perform, play along, sing along with others. Enjoy new guitar friends to jam with. Gerry Vinson hosts on the first Wednesday from 6:30-9 p.m., and Laurie Smith hosts on the second Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. Uncertain? Drop by and observe. Banjo, ukelele, mandolin welcome. Call Laurie at 720-363-3531.

THE OUTBACK Express is a public transit service provided through the East Central Council of Local Governments is open and available to all residents of Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln counties and provides an economical and efficient means of travel for the four-county region. Call Kay Campbell, Kiowa, at 719- 541-4275. You may also call the ECCOG office at 1-800-825-0208 to make reservations for any of the trips. You may also visit

LAWYERS AT the Library, a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 6-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of every other month in Elizabeth. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process and procedure for the areas of family law, civil litigation, criminal defense, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome. Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

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SATURDAY GENEALOGY Fun meets at the Elbert Public Library at 1 p.m. on the seocnd Saturday of each month. Beginning to advanced genealogy enthusiasts are invited to attend. The Elbert Public Library is in the Elbert School library at 24489 Main Street in Elbert. Call 303-648-3533 for more information.

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DIVORCE AND Post-Decree Clinic. Elbert and Lincoln County Pro Se Divorce Clinic is offered from 9 a.m. to noon the third Friday of each month at the Elbert County Justice Center, 751 Ute St., in Kiowa. For information, call 303-520-6088 or email The clinic is free for parties who have no attorney and who are going through dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or post-decree cases. All walk-ins are welcome, and will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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SENIORS MEET in Elizabeth every Monday at 11 a.m. for food, fun and fellowship at Elizabeth Senior Center, 823 S. Banner St. Bring a dish for potluck on the first Monday of each month. Other Mondays, bring a sack lunch. Bingo, games and socializing. New leadership. Call Agnes at 303-883-7881 or Carol at 303-646-3425 for information

CURTAIN TIME Poignant musical

“Next to Normal” by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey will be presented Dec. 21 to Jan. 6 at The Aurora Fox Arts Center by Ignite Theatre Company. It won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for its rich score and absorbing story about a family’s battle with the mother’s mental illness. Operatic quality. Margi Lamb plays Diana Goodman. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26. Tickets: $25/$18,, 720-3622697.

Bah! Humbug!

“A Christmas Carol,” as adapted by David and Julie Payne, with original music by Martha Yordy, plays through Dec. 16 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, then moves to the PACE Center Dec. 20 to 23, 20000 Pike’s Peak Ave., Parker. Charles Packard directs. Performances: Aurora: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Parker: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 21, 22; 2 p.m. Dec. 22, 23. Tickets: Aurora, 303-739-1970. PACE, 303805-6800.

Holiday spectacular

“Home for the Holidays,” created by Starkey Produc-

tions, brings a cast of about 50 performers: musicians, singers, dancers to the Mainstage of the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, from Dec. 18 to 23. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday., 720-509-1000.

The hills are alive …

“The Sound of Music” by Rodgers and Hammerstein plays through Dec. 30 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., downtown Littleton. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays and Dec 22, 29. Reserve in advance — some performances are sold out. 303794-2787, ext. 5 or

Stories on Stage

“Making Merry,” the annual holiday performance, features Jamie Horton in a return visit to read “Two of a Kind” by Sean Faolin, plus readings by GerRee Hinshaw and Erin Rollman at 1:30 and 6:30p.m. Dec. 16 at the Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex and at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Tickets: $25, 303-4940523, www.storiesonstage. org.

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14 Elbert County News December 13, 2012

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Cardinals dominate dual tournament Hoops roundup: Freshman Nick Cubs perfect early Hawkins fabulous in varsity debut

By Scott Stocker

By Scott Stocker

The Simla boys and girls basketball teams are off to a flying start as the 2012-2013 season got underway for the Elbert County teams. The Cubs are the only one of the four schools in which neither gender has lost a game, compiling 3-0 records. Simla opened the season hosting it’s own tournament Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The boys of coach David Guy defeated the Falcon junior varsity 47-32 then followed with a 5338 victory against Genoa-Hugo. They kept their record unblemished by beating Kit Carson 57-40 last Saturday. Cody Norris is off to a solid start as has scored 18 points against Genoa-Hugo, 17 against Falcon and 16 against Kit Carson. He has been the only player in double-figures in the three games for the Cubs. Aaron Thieman is second in scoring with an early 7.7 per game average. The Simla girls, coached by Al Snyder, have played the same three opponents beating the Falcon JV, 73-6, Genoa-Hugo 76-74 and Kit Carson 58-41. Leading the way has been Kenzi Mitchell, who had a high game of 30 against Genoa-Hugo and 21 against the Falcon JV in their tournament. Both the boys and girls teams will head into the holiday break after the Cubs host Cheyenne Wells, Dec. 14, then travel to Flagler, Dec. 20. There are plenty of reasons why last Saturday will be memorable for the Elizabeth High School wrestling teams, as the Cardinals soundly whipped the field of eight teams to win their dual match invitational tournament. And it was also a day that freshman Nick Hawkins will never forget. Elizabeth defeated Mullen 6112 in the championship dual to win the tournament. Yet it wasn’t the highest team score of the day for the Cardinals of coach Garry Martin. On their way to the final on their home floor they defeated Skyline 70-12, Lutheran 66-18, Conifer 61-12 and Ridgeview Academy 60-18. Hawkins made his varsity debut in golden fashion as he pinned all of his five opponents within the first two periods. He came away with the championship at 152-pounds when he made short work of Skyline’s Evan Baker, with a 56-second pin. Baker was one of two Skyline wrestlers who were able to wrestle for Mullen to fill in for their two missing weight classes. The other Skyline wrestler to fill a void in the Mullen lineup was Brandon Popino at 182. He too, though, met defeat, being pinned by Dalton Averitt in 2:17. To note, other wrestlers from other teams were able to fill in weight classes which teams were not able to fill. It’s not a new procedure, but one in which the teams are able to use in their early season tournaments. Hawkins was more that pleased with his effort, but hopes the injured wrestler he filled in for will soon be back in the varsity lineup. “I’m actually happy with the way that I was able to wrestle today and surprised I was able to do as well as I did,” said Hawkins, who improved his overall record, counting junior varsity matches, to 11-0. “I came in hoping to win two or three of my matches. But five? Gosh, what a day. As a team, we really put up the points and I’m not surprised that we did as well as we did overall. It’s a day for me to remember.” No doubt, Martin is more than pleased with Hawkins’ effort, but he had high praise for all his wrestlers. “Winning all five of his matches on his first day on the varsity is great,” Martin said. “Yet this was a day in which all the boys excelled. “Mullen is always tough and I’m surprised that we were able to do as well against them as we did,” Martin said.

Elizabeth freshman Nick Hawkins tries to roll an opponent on his back during a match at the Elizabeth Dual Tournament. Hawkins went 5-0 in his varsity debut. Photo by Kevan Sheppard “Ironically, we’re going to be seeing them again next Thursday in a dual. Martin likes that teams were able to borrow wrestlers from other squads to fill out their lineup. “I like the idea of being able to fill in our lineups in the tournament giving others a chance to wrestle and get in matches. The kids really stepped up today. It’s early and we still have a long way to go and we’ll probably have several lineup changes. After the Christmas break, I think we should be in pretty good shape.” Gavril Houston, a returning state qualifier for Elizabeth, kept his record unblemished at 126-pounds with a 7-1 victory against Ray Young. “It was actually surprising to me that we did so well today,” said Houston, who improved to 6-0. “We just went out individually and did what we expected to do. I think things are going to work out pretty well for us this season, but it’s still a new year. We just want to grow and live up to our potential.” Neither Rob Leonard, at 138, and Dylan Burgett, 145, had an opponent in the championship dual against Mullen. But they were successful in their other encounters coming away with victories. “We’ve been working hard and I think we just did so well today,” said Burgett, who improved his season record to 6-1. “It’s hard to believe that we were able to put up the big points in all our matches - nothing below 60, that’s incredible. Our key is to be confident and I feel that’s happening with me right now. And, I think the guys are beginning to feel the same. I just wanted to be ready when we came in and I think this performance says we certainly were ready all the way around.” Leonard improved to 5-1 over the course of the tournament. “Our team did well and I think it shows the improvement we have over last season,” Leonard said. “No score below 60? Wow. I don’t think any of us could be any more pleased by the way we wrestled today. We’ve put in the practice time and do a lot of drills and

it’s definitely showing early.” Mullen came through with its only wins in the championship match as the Mustangs recorded pins at 190- and 220-pounds. The Mustangs Rhett Hanson pinned Chase Turner in 1:37 while Luis Nelson shouldered Wes Boone in 1:12. The question for the Mustangs this week is will they be able to rebound against Elizabeth in their Thursday dual? Conifer placed third in the team competition beating Ridgeview Academy 36-29, Lutheran finished fifth with a 36-33 victory against Harrison and Skyview finished seventh beating Skyline, 3624. ELIZABETH INVITATIONAL DUAL MATCH TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP Elizabeth 61, Mullen 12 106 - Tyler Erzen, E, def. Vince Hoffman, M, 9-2. 113 - Zach Pedrick, E, pinned Andrew Atencio, M, 1:31. 120 - Josh Lee, E, def. Donald Sisneros, M, 9-2. 126 Gavril Houston, E, def. Ray Young, M, 7-1. 132 - Hunter Moore, E, def. Kevin Reynolds, 11-8. 138 Rob Leonard won by forfeit. 145 Dylan Burgett, won by forfeit. 152 - Nick Hawkins, E, pinned Evan Baker, Skyline, 1:57. 160 - Josh Leonard, E, won by forfeit. 170 Robert Wagner, E, pinned Michael Ibarra, M, :56. 182 - Dalton Averitt, E, pinned Brandon Popino, Skyline, 2:17. 190 - Rhett Hanson, M, pinned Chase Turner, E, 1:37. 220 - Lius Nelson, M, pinned Wes Boone, E, 1:12. 285 - Dallas Reins, E, pinned Zach Rios, M, 2:12. Third place: Conifer 36, Ridgeview Academy 29. Fifth place: Lutheran 36, Harrison 33. Seventh place: Skyview 36, Skyline 24. Pool matches: Elizabeth 66, Lutheran 18; Elizabeth 60, Ridgeview Academy 18; Elizabeth 70, Skyline 12; Elizabeth 61, Conifer 12; Mullen 48, Conifer 27; Mullen 42, Harrison 26; Mullen 42, Ridgeview Academy 24; Mullen 54, Skyview 18; Conifer 31, Harrison 30; Conifer 36, Skyview 24; Ridgeview Academy 42, Lutheran 24; Ridgeview Academy 34, Skyview 33 (tie breaker); Lutheran 41, Skyline 15; Lutheran 42, Skyview 18; Harrison 36, Skyline 18; Harrison 42, Skyview 24.

ELBERT The Elbert boys and girls have only played three games heading into this last week of competition before the holiday break. And, each has only been able to come away with a single victory. The boys, coached by Mac McGuire, opened the season with a 47-34 victory against Front Range Christian. However the Bulldogs faltered in their next two games, losing 56-51 to Kiowa and 4539 to Peyton. No one scored in double figures in the loss to Peyton. The best so far has been a 20-point effort by Bryce Hutchens in the narrow loss to Kiowa and 15 points from Blake Nicholas in their victory against Front Range Christian. The Elbert girls, coached by Rebecca Tomlin, have been led by Logan Franek and Lauren Pearson, who have been the only Bulldogs to reach double-figures in their games. Franek had a game high 17 against Peyton, Pearson 11, but they still fell short losing 63-40. The Bulldogs lost their season opener against Front Range Christian, 30-25, again with Franek and Pearson reaching double-figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. The only win in the early goings has been the Bulldogs 38-25

victory against Pikes Peak Christian, Dec. 1. The Bulldogs boys and girls will host Pikes Peak Christian in a rematch Dec. 11th, then play at Genoa-Hugo, Dec. 14 and Vangard Christian, Dec. 15th.

KIOWA The Kiowa boys and girls will head into the holiday break Dec. 14th after traveling to Flagler. The boys of coach Walt Sutton are currently 3-1 having defeated Pikes Peak Christian, 57-39, Elbert 56-51 and Genoa-Hugo 4944. Their lone loss is to Pikes Peak Christian, 57-39, in their season opener. The girls of coach Mark Clemmons also won their season opener against Pikes Peak Christian, 50-49, but since have dropped three straight losing to Front Range Christian, 49-25, Limon, 47-32, and Genoa-Hugo, 47-32. Jordan Gabehart has been solid for the boys with high games of 17-points against Elbert and Pikes Peak Christian while Samantha Trehal has been scoring well for the girls with her high of 16 against Pikes Peak Christian.

ELIZABETH It’s been a struggle for the Elizabeth boys under coach Mike Boss as the Cardinals have gone 2-4. They opened the season with a 74-69 victory against Niwot and won their second game, Dec. 1 against Pueblo Central, 69-53. They will head into the holiday break after hosting Evergreen, Dec. 11, then playing at Canon City, Dec. 14. Jake Gavitt has been able to reach double-figures in each game with a highs of 28 against Valor Christian (a 85-65 loss) and 20 against Pueblo Central. His low was 12 in the Cardinals 68-60 loss to Wasson. Cody Steinke, with a high game of 22 points against D’Evelyn in the Cardinals 72-61 loss, and 19 against Niwot, has been steady, as well. However both he and Steinke could have hoped for more wins. The other disappointments were losing 72-61 against Evergreen and 68-67 against Palmer Ridge. The girls, coached by Jaime Schmalz, reeled off three straight wins to open the season, but then lost their last outing to D’Evelyn, 75-43. Tatum Neubert, with a high of 21 in the Cardinals 4745 victory against Montrose, has been the top scoring effort in the early goings. However, Sabra Ross has been helping with doublefigure efforts. The Cardinals have also defeated Palmer Ridge 36-33 and Steamboat Springs, 46-20. The Elizabeth girls close for the holidays playing at Mesa Ridge, Dec. 11, then hosting Vista Ridge, Dec. 13 and Canyon City, Dec. 14th.



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SLegend of skies pays

visit to med students By Chris Michlewicz

Bob Stewart’s life path closely mirrors his ascent to the stars. It was not without a few bumps in the road — s or, rather, the sky. n His two primary forays in aviation offered both death-defying and thrilling moments. They earned him national notoriety and military decorations reserved only for war heroes. . Of course, flying more than . 1,000 hours during combat missions in Vietnam and spending 12 days in space will do that. Stewart, now 70, shared tales of white-knuckled n terror and sheer adrenaline rushes Dec. 4 with medical students at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker. The medical students, many of whom are in the military, sat enthralled as Stewart recounted his days as an experimental test pilot, a helicopter pilot s for the Army and astronaut d for Challenger and Atlantis shuttle missions with NASA. His message was simple: f “Reach far and do good things.” A dozen students lined up after the presentation to shake Stewart’s hand. He spent much of the day at Rocky Vista visiting classes, imparting his wisdom and offering encouragement. Stewart said he hopes that the commonalities between . him and the students might y influence them to go beyond the perceived possin bilities of science, much like he did when he helped design the space shuttle and h flew untested aircraft. Stewart, who lives in Woodland Park, seemingly w carries the memory of every small detail of his nearly 30year career, from the sights and sounds of stepping

was part of his effort to encourage younger generations to become involved in the sciences. Stewart, although semi-retired, remains involved in technologies as the director of advanced programs at Nichols Research Corp. in Colorado Springs.

Retired military pilot and NASA astronaut Robert Stewart speaks to students at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Dec. 4. Photo by Chris Michlewicz

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PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice of Petition for Change of Name Public notice is given on November 16, 2012 that a Petition for a Change of Name of an adult has been filed with the Elbert County Court. The Petition requests that the name of Linda Boyle be changed to Linda Chynoweth. Case No.: 2012 C 49 Cheryl A. Layne Clerk of Court By: Jafeen Jenkins Deputy Clerk Legal Notice No: 927828 First Publication: December 6, 2012 Last Publication: December 20, 2012 Publisher: Elbert County News

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into the cockpit to the eerie calm and weightlessness of space. He enthusiastically acted out every detail, from the liver-rattling launch of the Challenger space shuttle in 1984 to the physiological changes that occur in the body when in orbit. Stewart described the “bird legs” and “puffy face” astronauts get from the shifting of blood and talked about the importance of temperature and pressure control. He also surprised one student who asked about physical preparation by saying that back then, very little training was required. Stewart talked about the enlargement, then shrinking of the heart because of the conditions. Appropriately, he summed up his space travels as a “whole-body, whole-being experience.” But there were some frightening moments, like his run-in with a NASA honcho who was ready to fire him for suggesting that they scrap the original space shuttle design and start over. Earlier in his life, Stewart was shot twice in combat and later received the Purple Heart. His stop at Rocky Vista



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