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ELBERT 2.7.13

Elbert County

February 7, 2013

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A Colorado Community Media Publication

Elbert County, Colorado • Volume 118, Issue 2

Flu bug closes school, library Classes suspended, building disinfected By Deborah Grigsby

The horse industry in Douglas and Elbert counties is estimated to be worth between $100 million and $135 million annually, according to a study commissioned by the Colorado Horse Park. Photo by Deborah Grigsby

Horse industry pays off for area Study shows equestrian community a strong economic driver By Chris Michlewicz The horse industry in Douglas and Elbert counties is estimated to be worth between $100 million and $135 million annually, according to a study commissioned by the Colorado Horse Park. Research by Summit Economics, LLC, an independent firm hired by the international equestrian event venue just south of Parker, confirmed a widely held belief: that horses are a major economic driver in the two counties. Analysts spent months conducting

HORSE INDUSTRY STUDY, BY THE NUMBERS • Douglas/Elbert horse industry spending: $100 million to $135 million • Colorado Horse Park generates $15 million annually in spending • Industry supports 1,400-1,950 direct and indirect jobs in Douglas and Elbert counties • Douglas County’s horse population ranks 40th in the nation • 66 percent of survey respondents make more than $250K per year surveys and looking at overall consumer spending on horses in the neighboring counties, including riding lessons, feed, tack, trailers, veterinary bills and boarding. As much as $135 million is spent each year, and Colorado Horse Park founder Helen Krieble says that number would likely be

higher in a stable economy. The horse park itself generates more than $15 million in spending by spectators, staff and competitors, many of whom stay in area hotels and eat at local restaurants. Total spending by competitors on lodging, food and other personal shopping was $917,000 spread over an average of 22 days. Additionally, the facility’s maintenance crew spent roughly $100,000 last year at Home Depot. The study found that the equestrian industry in Douglas and Elbert counties supports between 1,400 and 1,950 direct and indirect jobs, of which more than 300 come from the horse park. Krieble pointed out that horse park officials were careful to hire an outside firm rather than launching an in-house study that could possibly produce skewed numHorse continues on Page 9

An outbreak of flu closed the Elbert School, sending teachers and students home for nearly a week. Approximately 80 of the school’s 200 students who attend the single-building school did not report for class Jan. 29, complaining of flu-like symptoms. By noon, more showed similar symptoms. According to a statement by Elbert County spokesman Cory Stark, Elbert School District Superintendent Kelli Loflin made the call to temporarily close the school. Students and staff were sent home to prevent further infection and to allow the district an opportunity to properly disinfect classrooms. The Elbert Branch Library was an additional victim. “The library is co-located inside the school building,” said Kari May, director of the Elbert County Library District. “It serves not only students pre-school through grade 12, but also local residents, so we didn’t want to take any risks.” Jerri Spear, director of Elbert County Health and Human Services said although one student was confirmed to have whooping cough, there’s no need for panic. “There are a lot of different germs and viruses floating around out there, but there is no epidemic of any kind, that we are aware of,” she said.” Sounds to me like the school is just taking a very proactive measure to give teachers and students some time to rest up and get healthy.” Michele McCarron, spokesperson for Elizabeth Schools, said schools in the C-1 district have not seen a spike in absenteeism, reporting a district-wide attendance rate of 93 percent, down from 94 percent for the previous two-week period. The school district continues to encourage staff and students to continue frequent hand washing, following up with family physicians, and to remain home as recommended by a physician to prevent the further spread of illness. Classes were scheduled to resume Feb. 5.

Free gun classes focus on safety By Deborah Grigsby In spite of all the political statements flying across the aisle in Washington, as well as Colorado, one county sheriff is taking steps to ensure those who do choose to carry a weapon, do so safely. Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap is offering concealed weapons classes for local residents in an effort to enhance gun safety. “In regards to the recent firearms debate, I can tell you that for years my staff and I have worked diligently not only to address school safety issues, but also to ensure that Elbert County is a safe place to live, work and raise a family,” said Heap in a written statement. “Additionally, I recently began offering concealed carry classes taught by ECSO deputies in an effort to enhance gun safety and provide individuals with high-

level training for their constitutional right to carry a firearm.” More than a dozen students attended a class Feb. 3 at the Quail Run Gun Club in Kiowa. The 10-hour course began with classroom instruction and concluded on the range with live fire drills. “One of the biggest reasons I’m taking this class is for home gun safety,” said gun owner Shannon Ehlers of Kiowa. Ehlers, one of four women in the class, said an important thing she learned was the legal ramifications of using her weapon. “We learned about use of deadly force, when it’s appropriate and when it’s not,” she explained. Heap feels that the national gun conversation has been sidetracked and the debate should not center around removing guns from law-abiding citizens.


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Many women are now opting for weapons training, citing reasons that include patriotism, general home gun safety and self-defense. Photo by Deborah Grigsby “We all know that if you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns,” he said. “I am not interested in making exceptions to any constitutional right.” Heap joins other law enforcement professionals in concern for those suffering from mental illness, who continue to populate jails and other state institutions. “This issue has long been overlooked and I believe would address the source of the problem and not the law-abiding, Godfearing people that simply choose to embrace their rights as American citizens.” The classes are offered on weekends and

are currently full through the end of March. The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office hopes to make the program ongoing. Those interested in being added to a wait list should email a name and phone number to shayne. Heap said that as sheriff, he does not determine which laws are constitutional. “However, know that I will utilize any and all legal means available to stop the federal government from encroaching on any of our constitutional rights as Americans,” he said. “Our right to keep and bear arms is absolute.”


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We, the people, are in this together As President Obama’s words rang out from Capitol Hill into my family room, as the camera panned over the thousands bearing witness to his second inaugural address, I found myself moved. By the significance of the tradition, its symbolism and shout to the world that regardless of who was elected, this transition from one presidential term to another would be a peaceful one. By words that spoke of equality for all. And by faces that seemed at once jubilant and expectant. “We, the people …,” President Obama repeated throughout. “We, the people …” But as I watched and listened, enveloped in the moment’s oneness, a question slipped in: Do we all feel as if we are the people? Those three words have become a mantra of what America represents, taken from the document this country was built on: “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” It is a lofty ideal that at times has been shoved into the shadows by such abuses as slavery and inequality of rights because of gender, race and religion. That we have amended some of those wrongs is an inspiring tribute to our foundation. But we are, most definitely, a work still in progress. “‘We, the people’ is our vision for America,” says Amy Montague, a social studies teacher for 15 years whose passion for history lights her eyes and fills her voice. “‘We, the people’ is what we are always aspiring to be.” Empowered toward unity. Even when it is difficult to achieve. Stephanie Noll is a social worker for Mi Casa Resource Center, which serves the underemployed and unemployed in the Denver area. She works daily with women and men struggling to overcome financial, educational and other challenges in their pursuit of stability. “When people don’t have access to be

able to meet their basic needs,” she says, “they don’t feel included as the ‘we’ who are taken care of in society.” Something as simple as language can exclude people from the circle, says Alejandra Harguth, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Mexico who works with immigrants in Littleton. “Just because you were born somewhere else doesn’t mean you are different from the person next to you” in terms of human value. Moe Keller, a Democrat who championed mental health, child care and developmentally disabled issues during her years in the Colorado House and Senate, believes that, overall, the country’s “general welfare” isn’t being promoted as the Constitution asks. “We need to invest and believe in ourselves. I don’t think we do that right now,” says Keller, who taught special education for 25 years and remains active in the mental health arena. “Even at the federal level, we don’t,” referring to the legislative fight over Hurricane Sandy disaster relief and other political challenges to civic and social programs. “I believe in economic patriotism,” she says. “We have an obligation and a duty to pay taxes because democracy is not free. Taxes are not evil. They are what keeps us going as a country.” To Bob Beauprez, a buffalo rancher and former Republican congressman who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006, President Obama’s “we, the people” means “we, the government.” John F. Kennedy had it right, Beauprez says, when he proclaimed in his inaugural address, “‘Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.’ It’s bigger than us. The cause is

ELBERT COUNTY NEWS IN A HURRY Spaghetti dinner planned

Frontier High School’s annual spaghetti dinner will be held Feb. 21 in the school cafeteria from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available from any Frontier student or at the door. Adult tickets are $7; children under 5 are $3. All proceeds support student activities. For more information, contact the school directly at 303-646-1798.

Battle of the bands is back

The High Plains Battle of the Bands is Feb. 16 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. The winning band will perform at the 2013 Elizabeth Community Music and Art Festival. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event runs 7-10 p.m. The Fairgrounds are located at 95 Ute Avenue, in Kiowa, just north of CO-86 on KiowaBennett Road. For tickets and information, visit http://

Castlewood Canyon seeks volunteers

Residents interested in volunteering at Castlewood Canyon State Park can find out more at 9 a.m., Feb. 23 at a two-hour volunteer orientation at the park’s visitor center in Franktown.

Volunteers are eligible for a free annual parks pass and opportunities include trail maintenance, raptor monitoring and assisting park visitors. To RSVP, contact James Masek at or 303-688-5242. For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to http://

State patrol seeks youth for 2013 academy

The Colorado State Patrol is seeking 40 applicants for its 2013 Youth Academy, June 9-15 in Golden. The deadline for application is March 8. The Youth Academy stresses team exercises, team building and leadership. Training includes a defensive driving course, introduction to law enforcement ethics, law enforcement driving, firearm safety and familiarization, crime scene investigation, self-defense, police communications and the history and philosophy of the CSP. The Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy is limited to 40 participants that are selected throughout the state. To view qualification requirements and to apply, visit the CSP website at www.csp.state., select “Our Academy” on the bottom of the home page and click on the Youth Academy Banner.

SO MUCH INSIDE THE NEWS THIS WEEK Gun measure derailed. A bill that could have cleared the way for employees to carry guns on school grounds was struck down in a state Senate committee. Page 4

Tough going. “Heroes Behind the Badge,” a movie looking at dangers faced by police officers, swept through Colorado recently. Page 10

Old and new. “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” is about to open at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with life-size models and fossil tusks and skulls. Page 11

bigger than us.” But the elemental essence of “we, the people” as an instrument of cohesion and change gives us the tools — despite differing philosophical views on government — to work toward that dream of unity. The teacher, the social worker, the politician and the community activist see evidence of it every day. Steve Burkholder, a former mayor of Lakewood, talks about the sales tax increase of 2005 that led to the building of a new mall and increased revenue during tough financial times. The city asked its residents, “What type of city do you want?” Burkholder remembers. “We can give you this type of city at 2 percent sales tax or we can give you this type of city at 3 percent sales tax. This is your choice. We had this dialogue about it and we talked about it and we tore down their favorite mall …. The citizens were a part of it. That was ‘we, the people.’ ” He talks about the importance of establishing inclusivity across all areas, from ethnicity to gender to income level, and excitedly mentions an early intervention educational program that will soon begin in the city. “We have this opportunity to make a major difference.” That kind of empowerment of others, he says, is “we, the people.” Keller highlights community service organizations such as Optimist, Rotary and Kiwanis, which regularly provide scholarships to young people for higher education. One, in particular, recognizes students who have stayed in school despite great adversity. “They want these people to be successful,” Keller says. “This is ‘we, the people.’ ”

Beauprez, although saying he doesn’t agree with all its tenets, points to the Tea Party movement. “The people were saying loud and clear, ‘Something’s really screwed up here … and we have to get off our couches and do something about it,” he says. “That kind of citizen action … it’s an extremely healthy `we, the people’ kind of statement.” Noll, the social worker, isn’t sure those who are marginalized ever fully feel included in society as a whole. But the success of her program’s participants — representing such a broad diversity — gives her hope. “There is a sense of empowerment in that process,” she acknowledges. “People do regain a sense of belonging.” Amy Montague, the teacher, looks to history for reaffirmation. If it’s read just right, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation can still move her to tears. The power of the words and the foresight and courage it took to write and deliver them take her back to the nation’s roots and remind her of its strength. The people. “People have to remember where we came from and that we can get through whatever is happening,” she says. “We can, as a people, make it.” Our founding fathers believed we could. I do, too. We just can’t ever forget the “we.” 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.



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Firearms on school grounds bill struck down Measure would have allowed employees to carry concealed guns By Vic Vela A bill that would have given school boards the ability to determine whether employees could carry firearms on school properties has become the first guns-related legislation to be struck down this session. The bill was voted down Jan. 28 by a 3-2 vote by the Democraticcontrolled Senate Judiciary Committee, following about three and a half hours of public testimony — much of which came from supporters of the controversial legislation. The proposed law would have opened the door for school employees to carry concealed handguns on campus, provided they had a valid permit to do so, and so long as their local school boards gave them permission to do so. Recent gun-related mass shootings in Colorado and across

Republican state Sens. Scott Renfroe, left, and Ted Harvey listen to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on their bill that would have allowed school boards to determine whether employees could carry concealed handguns to schools. Also at the table was Karen Wick of the Colorado Education Association, who opposed the legislation. Photo by Vic Vela the country were invoked during testimony from both supporters and opponents of the bill. “It’s a tragedy that keeps happening over and over,” said Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, one of the sponsors of the bill. “And frankly, it’s clear that gun-free

zones don’t work.” Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, also a bill sponsor, said that his wife, who is a teacher, and children “are sitting ducks” at their schools because they have no way to defend themselves if a school shooting breaks out.

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“Gun-free zones only work for the law-abiding citizens,” he said. “The criminals, the bad guys, don’t care.” Bethany Christiansen, a teacher from Greeley, spoke in support of the bill. Christiansen said that she loves her students and that she would “take a bullet for them.” She said she would like the opportunity to carry a concealed weapon with her to schools, so that she could better protect her students. “If I was able to save one life, it’ll be worth it,” Christiansen said. Republican Senators Steve King and Kevin Lundberg voted to advance the bill. But the bill isn’t going anywhere. Three Democratic senators — Lucia Guzman, Irene Aguilar, and Jessie Ulibarri — voted against moving the bill forward. Ulibarri said he had “grave concern” for this type of legislation because of the “unintentional consequences” that could come from more guns being brought into schools. Ulibarri said he worries that his own children would get caught in the crossfire between a shooter and untrained school personnel toting guns. “They may be a crack shot, a crack pot,” Ulibarri said of school

‘Drinking With Dad’ bill falls short in committee Measure sought to allow those 18 and older to imbibe with parents By Vic Vela

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employees having guns. “I don’t know. Earlier in the day, supporters of gun legislation held a rally on the west steps of the Capitol. One of the speakers, Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, a strong supporter of gun control, told a cheering crowd, “Enough is enough,” when it comes to gun violence. “I don’t want to see another mother have to bury their children because of gun violence,” Fields said.“I am sick and tired of the bloodshed.” Also before the hearing, Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, said the bill “isn’t a solution” to the issue of gun violence in our communities. “It’s not great policy,” Morse said. “Adding guns adds shootings and I’m for fewer shootings.” Morse, a former cop with the Colorado Springs Police Department, said the bill would have created “a culture of violence and we need to create a culture of nonviolence.” Morse said that he doesn’t “see a magical solution” to dealing with guns issues, but said that Senate Democrats are working on putting together a package to address those issues. Sorry, kids. But it’s still against the law to drink with dad or have margaritas with mom at Colorado bars and restaurants. A bill that would have allowed parents to buy alcohol for persons as young as 18 — dubbed the “Drinking With Dad” bill — failed to survive, following a state legislative committee hearing Jan. 30. State Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, who sponsored the legislation, said his bill would have allowed Report parents to “show their kids how to enjoy an adult beverage in public (responsibly).” Brophy argued that data from 11 other states that have similar laws to the one he proposed showed a decrease in the number of drunken driving incidents committed by young persons, as well as resulted in fewer underage drinkers overall. Underage people currently are allowed to drink with their parents at home. But this was a bridge too far for the majority of leg-


islators on the Senate’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, said that simply trying to prove that the underage person is the parent’s child would put the restaurant industry — and parents — in a tough spot. “I have to bring my daughter’s birth certificate and my own to prove that I’m her legal mother?” Hudak said. Hudak also said that, “If I wanted my daughter to have margaritas with me, I would invite her to my place and have them at home.” Sen. Matt Jones, D-Boulder, said he once worked as a waiter and recalled that “it was hard enough carding for (the legal drinking age of 21) at the time.” Jones said that restaurant workers’ tips could be affected in cases where they refused to sell booze to the young person. Mike Violette of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police said the bill would have “unintended consequences.” “Not all parents are as responsible in Colorado, unfortunately, as Mr. Brophy and his wife,” Violette said. The committee voted against moving the bill forward by a 4-1 vote. The lone supporter was Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, who said that in three years, his son will become a young man who is 18. “He can go to fight in Afghanistan, he can vote, he can defend our country,” Harvey said. “But … if I wanted to take him out for a beer in Colorado, I couldn’t do that.”

Elbert among drought-hit counties USDA announces disaster designations for 43 Colorado counties Staff report The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 43 of Colorado’s 64 counties as disaster areas due to ongoing severe drought conditions. The designations, announced Jan. 9, mean farmers and ranchers in these counties are eligible for additional Farm Service Agency assistance. The FSA administers farm commodity, crop insurance, credit, environmental, conservation, and emergency assistance programs for farmers and ranchers. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) welcomed the announcement.

“Today’s announcement from USDA is welcome news for many producers in Colorado who continue to struggle from the worst drought in decades,” Bennet said. “But it’s also a reminder that Congress should move quickly to pass a full five-year Farm Bill that makes critical reforms to agricultural and conservation policies and will help producers manage these drought conditions.” Producers in counties designated as primary or contiguous disaster areas are eligible to be considered for FSA emergency loans. Among the many other Colorado counties eligible for assistance are Arapahoe, El Paso and Douglas. Elbert County producers seeking assistance should contact the Elbert County Farm Service Agency at 504 Washington St., Simla, CO 80835, or call 719-541-2358.


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Man facing trial raises claim of excessive force By Rhonda Moore

rmoore@ourcolorado Two Douglas County sheriff’s deputies left the department amid an internal affairs investigation into claims of excessive force. The claims were raised by Reese Slade, an Elizabeth man convicted as a habitual offender for a 2010 case that involved officer gunfire. Slade was shot in the head on Feb. 5, 2010, while he was using his vehicle to advance on an officer who was trying to arrest him. Slade, who was treated for his injuries and eventually faced trial, was found guilty Jan. 28 of assault, attempted assault and menacing charges for his actions dur-

ing the incident. In the days before his trial began, the sheriff’s office received notice that Slade claimed a backup officer used excessive force during the arrest. The sheriff’s office immediately launched an internal affairs investigation into the allegations, leading to the departure of two of the office’s long-term deputies, said Undersheriff Tony Spurlock. Detective Beth Ondrak reportedly lied to investigators and resigned on Dec. 5, 2012, before the conclusion of the internal investigation, Spurlock said. Ondrak had been with the sheriff’s office since 2006. Deputy Gerritt Kaufman refused to cooperate with the investigation and on Dec. 17, 2012, was terminated from his position, Spurlock said. Kaufman was a K-9 officer who had


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report from Colorado State University, McGrath said. A necropsy is equivalent to an autopsy on an animal. The preliminary necropsy report showed no sign of gunshot wounds. “It wasn’t a shooting, it was an animal that attacked these dogs,” McGrath said. “We don’t know what type of wild animal; we would say a coyote or a fox. It is still under investigation.” Around 10:45 p.m. the night of the attack, Diana Lubliner let three of the family’s four pets out in the backyard and checked on them about 45 minutes later, she said. The yard is adjacent to a walking trail and enclosed by a split rail fence. She found two of her pets dead when the family Pekingese came to the back door alone, Diana Lubliner said. In the minutes before the discovery, she and her husband heard no barking or alarm to indicate the presence of a wild animal. “If you see the wounds it appears it’s something other than an animal attack,” Diana Lubliner said. “They

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‘We will not tolerate employees that lie or do not cooperate with an investigation.’ Undersheriff Tony Spurlock been with the sheriff’s office since 2002. “The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t tolerate untruthfulness,” Spurlock said. “You are required to cooperate with an internal investigation. (Kaufman) chose not to do so and was terminated.” Slade claimed an officer kicked him during the 2010 arrest. The internal affairs investigation disclosed Kaufman used his foot to gain control and hold Slade to the ground, Spurlock said.

The failure to report the incident at the time of the arrest was a violation of a Colorado law that requires report of excessive force within 10 days of the event, Spurlock said. “We will not tolerate employees that lie or do not cooperate with an investigation,” he said. “We’re disappointed in our officers, they discredited the entire department. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible officers and service to the community and these two officers didn’t do that.”

Family pets victims of attack, not gunfire

A Castle Rock family convinced their dogs were victims of foul play received word the animals likely died in a wildlife attack. Warren and Diana Lubliner discovered their fallen pets in their backyard days before the couple was due in court to face animal nuiUSDAsance charges. rs in The two live in the Red fromHawk subdivision and nnetwere certain that toy poogressdle Quincy, 5, and Maltese -yearBaxter, 12, died of gunshot o ag-wounds. The ensuing police andinvestigation indicated othughterwise. Castle Rock police confi rmed Jan. 29 that the pets s prisuffered crushing, biting e eliencyand shaking wounds consistent with an animal atoun-tack, said Karen McGrath, oe, Elpolice spokeswoman. As of Jan. 31, police were as-awaiting the full necropsy

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“I am very thankful to the jury and to the 18th Judicial District for all their efforts to bring a very dangerous man to justice,” said Sheriff Dave Weaver. “I hope Slade’s conviction brings some peace to those officers whose lives were put on the line that fateful evening.” The case against Slade was investigated by Castle Rock Police, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Bureau of Investigations and the 18th Judicial District critical response team. The day after Slade’s conviction, Douglas County District Court Judge Richard Caschette found Slade was a habitual offender, after prosecutors proved four prior felony convictions beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result of his habitual offender status, Slade faces a minimum of 64 years in prison, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. His sentencing commences March 22 in Douglas County District Court.

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The conviction stemmed from a Feb. 5, 2010, incident when Slade was pulled over on Caprice Drive following a traffic report of a DUI. When Slade was ordered to exit his vehicle, Slade refused and eventually drove off with the first deputy hanging out of his car. After crashing his vehicle into a fence, Slade drove forward toward a second deputy, who used his handgun to fire at Slade. Slade suffered a glancing gunshot wound to the head, said Undersheriff Tony Spurlock. At the time, Slade and the injured deputy were treated and released for their injuries. In a subsequent search of Slade’s vehicle, officers recovered a loaded handgun, a quarter pound of methamphetamine and some oxycodone. At the time of his arrest, Slade had several prior convictions including a 2006 conviction for felony possession with intent to distribute a schedule I controlled substance and a 1995 conviction for felony theft from the elderly.

both had one entry wound and both were right around their heart area. I’ve seen animals attacked by coyotes and these (dogs) were not attacked by coyotes. They were intact, there was no fur everywhere, no tears. “I’m just sick about this and I just don’t think this was something that wasn’t human inflicted,” she said. The Lubliners have twice been cited by Castle Rock police as a result of complaints by neighbors for excessive barking. Court records show Diana Lubliner pleaded guilty in October 2012 to a charge of animal nuisance and paid a $96 fine. When police issued a second citation in Dec. 2012, the couple opted to fight the charges. A neighbor told Warren Lubliner that a complaint would go to police anytime the dogs were barking, he said. “At that point I wasn’t going to continue to write out check to the Town of Castle Rock anytime someone alleged my dogs to be barking,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of stress and anxiety and

it’s been rather an emotional experience. Not having completely grieved the loss of these guys now I have to defend them and their actions in court. How much one family is supposed to go through I’m not quite sure.” The Lubliners were due Feb. 6 to appear in Castle Rock municipal court. Castle Rock police intended to refer the wildlife attack to the town’s animal control officer, whose next step was to alert neighbors, McGrath said.


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Let’s pass on another round of drinking bill The “drinking with Dad” bill that was killed in committee last week made for lively conversation around water coolers and dinner tables. We don’t mind that it failed — we are gripped by so many other matters at the Statehouse — but we stop short of calling the bill ridiculous. The failed notion — sponsored by state Sen. Greg Brophy — would have allowed parents to share alcoholic drinks with their 18-to-20-year-old children at restaurants or bars, ideally preparing them for the responsibilities of becoming 21. While it was pointed out several other states allow the practice, the committee gave little ground and defeated the measure 4-1. We agree with an oft-mentioned counterpoint that restaurant servers would face the onus of verifying parents and children

before serving the 18-to-20-year-olds. The extra duty could put the servers in a tough spot as noted by state Sen. Evie Hudak, DWestminster. Maybe it would be a big pain or maybe not, but for now we agree with keeping a clean line of law in the public arena concerning the drinking age of 21. And we side with those who say it’s enough that parents have the legal opportunity to serve and teach their children about alcohol at home. Home is an excellent place to cover alcohol and responsible drinking. Further, it’s a fine place to learn how to prepare for the public arena with good skills in assigning designated drivers, as well as being aware one drink — depending on factors such as beverage and weight of the person — can put someone on the


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? We visited two sweet shops to ask folks what they had planned for their sweeties on Valentine’s Day. In Littleton, Donut Hut Café on Low-

ell Boulevard and My Favorite Muffin on Platte Canyon Road are both great places to find a special goodie for that special someone.

“Tradition is I give my wife flowers, and then we go have a nice dinner and get a babysitter for the kiddos, and they make us cards.” — Steve Neuman, Littleton

“Nothing. I’m available. I’m uninteresting and shy. But if I had a date, I’d take her to The Melting Pot.” — John Seibert, Littleton

“I think I’m going to bake my husband of 48 years a heart-shaped cake, because I have a heart-shaped pan. I bought it two years ago, and I still haven’t used it.” — Mary Travis, Highlands Ranch

“I’m probably going to go see the movie `Beautiful Creatures’ with my roommate, because we are both sad and lonely and beautiful creatures.” — Abbi Fitches, south Denver

Bright idea: Start hoarding 60s It is time to start hoarding 60-watt light bulbs just like Twinkies. After Jan. 1, 2014, it will be illegal to sell them. But presumably you will still be able to buy an assault rifle. Say what? Incandescent light bulbs are being phased out. We’ve already said goodbye to 100-watt and 75-watt bulbs. Did you know that? It’s illegal to manufacture or import them, but they can still be sold until they are all gone. And don’t worry, the Light Bulb Constables are not going to break down your door. I don’t think the disappearance of incandescent bulbs will affect people the way the disappearance of Twinkies did. It’s hard to get too sentimental about light bulbs. I didn’t suffer for very long when they stopped making cassettes either. The newer helical, integrated, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) is niftier looking, even though it does have more surfaces for dust. I’ve never been very good at dusting my light bulbs. Now I will be even worse at it. I need someone to shed some light on this: “CFLs radiate a spectral power distribution that is different from that of incandescent lamps. Improved phosphor formulations have improved the perceived colour of the light emitted by CFLs, such that some sources rate the best ‘soft white’ CFLs as subjectively similar in colour to standard incandescent lamps.” Right. I guess we can’t go back again. But we can go back to vinyl. You can still buy record players and you can still buy vinyl records. Some people swear by the quality of vinyl over CDs. I gave all of mine to my friend Greg. He treats them with a lot of respect. Records used to come in big paper sleeves. Paper is a wood-based product, and paper can be abrasive. Vinyl collectors often swap out the paper sleeves for something more archival. Are we going to have light bulb pirates? Music is pretty easy to pirate, but it might be quite a chore to pirate 60-watt light bulbs. Where are you going to do it? I think once they’re all gone, they’re all gone.

Are there songs about light bulbs? Or poems? Yes. I found both. But none of them is very memorable. Have you ever turned on a light and had it light for an instant and then burn out? Right then it’s kind of poetic. A final flare. We have the same thing prolonged in another way every autumn, when a green leaf turns yellow and orange, and then falls brown. I am having a hard time getting too nostalgic about this. Most of my incandescent bulbs aren’t bare, so I don’t see them, just their benefits. I didn’t get very nostalgic about Twinkies either. They are nasty things to begin with. Vulgar little sponges filled with who-knowswhat? Just don’t touch my Red Vines. After Jan. 1, 2014, those born will some day have to be told about light bulbs just like my parents had to tell me about tin toys and candlestick telephones. Technology moves things in and moves things out very fast these days. The humble light bulb had a good, long lifetime. Edison filed for the patent in 1879, and it was granted on Jan. 27, 1880. I invented something last summer and pitched it to an outfit that takes an idea and develops it on behalf of the inventor. For an arm and a leg. I had neither. They promised not to manufacture it. But I have a hunch I will see my bright idea at Home Depot some day. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@comcast. net

wrong side of the mark in a Breathalyzer test. As for the other side of the argument, we certainly accept the valid view of state Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch. As the only vote for the bill, he said when his son turns 18, he will be able to fight in Afghanistan but will not be able to have a drink with his parents at a restaurant. That is a tough shot. Harvey’s comment echoed a debate that has decidedly diminished since the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This strong-arm bill passed by the Congress subjects states with a minimum age for drinking that is below 21 to a 10 percent decrease in annual federal highway funds. It was a brilliant way for proponents to keep the age at 21 because most states, like

Colorado, so need transportation dollars for highways and aging bridges. But it’s simply not right. The drinking age, at its core an issue of individual liberty, should not be held hostage to the pocketbook issue of transportation dollars. Interestingly, incongruent laws that put voting and military service at 18 and drinking alcohol at 21 crudely reflect the true nature of coming of age where attaining maturity doesn’t happen on a certain birthday or day for each individual. But just maybe someday these laws will better align to clearly and legally mark adulthood while surrounding responsibilities and efforts — such as reducing drunk driving — are just as vigilant as ever in striving to balance our safety with our liberties.

Navigating the moguls of life Have you ever watched a really accomplished skier as he or she skied the moguls? They make it look easy as they seem to gracefully maneuver the bumps, have no wasted motions, all muscle groups are working in harmony, and they just look technically perfect and simply incredible. Then, have you ever observed an intermediate skier tackling that same terrain? They move slower, seem to try and go around each mogul, stop frequently, and in some cases find themselves sliding down the mountain, out of their gear after trying a little harder or getting a little more aggressive. And then they get up, usually with a little assistance, and continue to work their way down the mountain. In either case, whether we are extremely proficient or working on getting there, when we have spent some time in the bumps, and move on to find one of those intermediate groomed blue cruisers, we feel better about ourselves and our ability, we may even feel awesome as our confidence soars. I am not sure about you, but for me I have experienced this same feeling in other areas of my life as well. No one is an expert at anything before they learn a skill, develop a talent, and take the time to practice. It is in the practice where we make the most strides and advancements of our skills and talents. As a young salesman responsible for developing a territory and cold calling I had to learn the communication skills necessary to open doors and opportunities. It was only after many cold calls and knocking on doors that I developed the skills and confidence to become truly effective. But opening doors was only the first part, I then had to learn how to speak to senior level executives and present in big intimidating boardrooms. The first few times I can tell you felt

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like I was a beginner who found himself on a double black diamond ski run loaded with moguls. I was coming unglued and definitely wasting motions, wasting time, and losing more than I was winning. Each prospect was different and when I found myself having to present to smaller groups or someone in a less intimidating role, I found myself gaining confidence. The more I failed in those larger meetings, the more I learned. The more I practiced with smaller customers the better I became at selling to larger clients and in complex selling situations. There is an old saying that goes something like, “The fruit we enjoy at the mountain top was grown in the valley.” And it is so true in all areas of our lives. So whether it is getting into the moguls or bumps on the mountain or just stretching yourself a little more, remember that our growth does happen in the valley. I would love to hear all about your times in the valley and on the mountaintop. Together let’s make it a better than good week. Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Zigar organization and CEO and founder of He can be reached at

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Elizabeth Library: Looking back, moving forward The first library in Elizabeth was established in the late 1800s by a women’s club known as the Geode Crystal Library Club. The library was initially kept in private homes but by 1924 the club was successful enough that they bought the old stone church in Elizabeth. The library was started with 500 donated books and run by volunteers from the club until the 1950s, when use dwindled and the library closed. For the next 20 years the town was served by bookmobile service from the library located in Kiowa. In the 1970s, the community organized to once again have a public library in Elizabeth. The library was initially housed in a donated garage and was then located in various locations around the town until it found a permanent home in the old mercantile building on Main Street. The building was remodeled and served as a wonderful library for 20 years. In 2011 the library moved to its present location on the west side of

town near Safeway. The library is currently open six days a week and has a staff of nine people, most of whom are part time. The Elizabeth Library has about 20,000 items in the collection and circulates over 5,000 items each month. Our most popular collections are DVDs and adult fiction, with the children’s collection being more popular through the summer. We have a wide variety of programs for children and adults ranging from book clubs to craft clubs, computer instruction, GED tutoring, Lawyers at the Library, and weekly story times. The library is also a meeting place for various community groups from

homeowners associations to civic groups to home school classes. One of the most popular features at the Elizabeth Library is our open wireless network. Anyone can bring their laptop or tablet and have free Internet access with no charge or even the need to ask for a password. In addition to offering Wi-Fi we also have computers and laptops in the library

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The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful, a change that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Feb. 1, school vending machines would start selling water, lowercalorie sports drinks, diet sodas and baked chips instead. Lunchrooms that now sell fatty “a la carte” items like mozzarella sticks and nachos would have to switch to healthier pizzas, low-fat hamburgers, fruit cups and yogurt. The rules, required under a child nutrition law passed by Congress in 2010, are part of the government’s effort to combat childhood obesity. While many schools already have made improvements in their lunch menus and vending machine choices, others still are selling high-fat, high-calorie foods. Under the proposal, the Agriculture De-

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the library for many years. Recently the Friends have contributed money to start our Lucky Day DVD collection, purchased our children’s computer, assisted with the remodeling of our current space and donated money to the Elbert County Libraries Foundation to help with the future expansion of our library. Their annual fundraiser is a used-book sale that, in addition to raising funds for the library, also finds new homes for thousands of books each year. The library is very easy to access by going south of Safeway and turning on Beverly Street. There is ample parking and the building is handicapped accessible. Everyone is welcome and our goal is to serve all of the citizens in the Elizabeth area. Stop in and see us! For more information call 303-646-3792.

partment would set fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits on almost all foods sold in schools. Current standards already regulate the nutritional content of school breakfasts and lunches that are subsidized by the federal government, but most lunch rooms also have “a la carte” lines that sell other foods. And food sold through vending machines and in other ways outside the lunchroom has not been federally regulated. “Parents and teachers work hard to instill healthy eating habits in our kids, and these efforts should be supported when kids walk through the schoolhouse door,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Most snacks sold in school would have to have less than 200 calories. Elementary and middle schools could sell only water, low-fat milk or 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice. High schools could sell some sports drinks, diet sodas and iced teas, but the calories would be limited. Drinks would be limited to 12-ounce portions in middle schools, and 8-ounce portions in elementary schools.


BUSINESS AFTER hours. The Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to a business after hours from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the new Elizabeth Town Hall, 151 S. Banner St. Come see the wonderful new offices of the town and meet the staff. Enjoy visiting a local business and meeting other area business people. Great networking tool. Refreshments provided by the local business. FRONTIER FUNDRAISING. Frontier High School plan a spaghetti dinner, sponsored by students and staff, on Feb. 14. Call the school at 303-646-1798 or email its director, Rob McMullen, at Frontier High School is at 589 S. Banner St., Elizabeth. FEB. 20 BLOOD DRIVE. Walmart community blood drive is from 2-6 p.m. Feb. 20 inside Bonfils’ mobile bus located at 2100 Legacy Circle, Elizabeth. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit 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 FEBRUARY TRIP DATES: FEB. 4, Feb. 18: Simla and Matheson to Colorado Springs FEB. 28: Simla and Matheson to Limon FEB. 5, Feb. 19: Kiowa, Elizabeth and Elbert to Parker or Colorado Springs FEB. 12: Elizabeth to Colorado Springs or Parker

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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. THE ELBERT County Sheriffs Posse is a nonprofit 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 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. 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 720-3633531.


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d Denver recruiting teachers from corporate world Program uses model based on medical residencies

have our puruter, ng of nated y Li-By Catherine Tsai withAssociated Press ur lir is a Margarita Rodriguez-Corriere spent on tomonths looking for work after losing her alsomarketing job in 2009. ds of Then a friend told her about a Denver Public Schools teaching residency that o ac-trains newbies by using a model based on ewaymedical residencies. reet. The MBA graduate and married mother d theof a 12- and 18-year-old spent a year obessi-serving and working with a second-grade d ourteacher at Archuleta Elementary School zenswhile earning a master’s degree in educaandtion from the University of Denver. Today, n callshe is a fifth-grade teacher at Archuleta who says she likes her job so much that she doesn’t watch the clock. time “There were moments when I thought, theholy cow, am I going to make it through beththis?” Rodriguez-Corriere said of the resi-


dency. “It’s taxing as a mom and a wife. It’s taxing physically, but there was never any doubt that I shouldn’t have done this.” The Denver Teacher Residency, which asks participants for a five-year commitment, is helping one of the state’s fastest growing school districts recruit and retain new teachers in math and science, special education, and general elementary school education in English or Spanish at schools with large percentages of lower-income students, which are typically among the hardest positions to fill. Since the first residents went through the program in 2009-10, the more than 130 recruits have included a retired Air Force pilot, a former lawyer and an accountant. Just as medical residents train and practice under the supervision of fully licensed doctors, the teacher residents tackle the real-world classroom alongside a mentor teacher as they work toward a professional license. Of those who survive their residency year of classroom observation, talking with a mentor teacher, handling a full class of students on their own, developing lesson plans, and juggling administrative tasks while also taking classes for a master’s

Hagerman was a principal at Montclair School of Academics & Enrichment when she grew frustrated with student teachers who didn’t seem invested in her students. “The residency model is designed to allow a candidate to be recruited and specifically selected to work with students from our district. They become as invested in our students as the rest of us. They become part of our faculty. That was very, very appealing to me,” she said. What surprised Rodriguez-Corriere the most was the work load. “When they say it’s modeled after a medical residency, they’re not kidding,” she said. By the end, she had experience creating learning plans, meeting with parents, and of course, teaching alone. “It’s like doing a PowerPoint presentation all day,” she said. Her annual pay of roughly $60,000 — which includes several bonuses for skills and accomplishments like being bilingual — is less than her former marketing salary. But she does have a pension, which she didn’t before, and intangible rewards. “You may not be making millions, but when you retire, you’ve changed a lot of lives,” she said.

degree, about 90 percent are still teaching, program executive director Shannon Hagerman said. The program offers monthly stipends, tuition reimbursement, and priority status for a teaching job in the district for successful graduates. DU also discounts tuition by half, or about $27,000. Career switchers and others without a teacher’s license have until Feb. 15 to apply to be part of the latest group of recruits. Unlike some student-teaching programs that require only a few months in the classroom, the residency program puts prospective teachers in a classroom for a full school year with a mentor before their first year on their own. “In my dream world everyone would have a full year in the classroom,” said Linda Barker, director of teaching and learning at the Colorado Education Association union, which “loves” the program. “The negative is, it’s costly. The cost benefit is you have a much stronger candidate who really understands what your district is about.” The Janus Education Alliance and grant money have helped support Denver Teaching Residency and the included stipends and tuition discounts.

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bers. Several key players funded the $15,000 study, including the two andcounties and various horse advocacy ld ingroups. ulate “These are very real numbers,” fastsshe said, adding that her long-standfed-ing assumptions about the industry oomsare now quantified with solid figures. other Krieble hopes the financial imma-pact study results will get the attennch-tion of elected officials and business leaders who might be interested in o in-the mutual benefits of a strong partandnership. when oor,”

Unlike publicly subsidized venues like the Douglas County Fairgrounds, the Colorado Horse Park is a privately funded 501(c)(3) that relies, in part, on sponsorships from local companies like Parker Adventist Hospital. Private funding enables the horse park to maintain its autonomy. “That’s really what makes a place like this work,” Krieble said. The equestrian industry is being “threatened on every front” by what Krieble calls “hostile regulations” that make it increasingly difficult for smaller operations to stay open.

Commercial taxes, mandatory inspections and egregious rules result in smaller profit margins. Krieble says she would be heartbroken if the Colorado Horse Park ever caved to pressure to become a commercial development. “We’re stubborn,” she says with a laugh. “We’ve been here for 20 years and we will fight to keep it going and keep it healthy.” The horse park hopes to further expand its financial impact by possibly building an indoor arena that can accommodate events year-round.

The horse industry in Douglas and Elbert counties is a major economic factor, a study commissioned by the Colorado Horse Park found. Horse park founder Helen Krieble said the industry is being “threatened on every front” by what she terms “hostile regulations.” File photo

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February 7, 2013

‘Heroes’ honors fallen officers Documentary delivers daily reality in life of cops By Ryan Boldrey

rboldrey@ourcolorado Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner was one of six police officers who died in the line of duty in Colorado in 2012, the most in a single year since 1975. “From small towns to big cities, it’s happening everywhere,” said Bill Erfurth, president of Modern City

Entertainment and a retired police lieutenant who spent 26 years working with the Miami-Dade Police Department, mostly doing undercover work. “We haven’t had less than 100 police deaths in this country since 1945.” Erfurth, who has had his share of friends die while serving, has made it his mission to change the general public’s attitude and perception of law enforcement. Teaming up with Craig Floyd, chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C., as well as a slew of well-known folks in the film industry, he set out to create a film, “Heroes Behind the Badge,” to do

just that. The movie, which just swept through Colorado this past week, including a stop at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, takes a long, hard look at the real dangers that officers face on a daily basis and delivers such facts as “an officer dies in the line of duty every 54 hours in the United States.” “Heroes” begins with raw footage from an Ohio trailer park on Jan. 1, 2011, taking viewers behind the scenes at the first officer shooting of the year. From start to finish, it doesn’t stop delivering, giving viewers an inside look of what officers and family members endure when their loved ones put it all on the line and don’t return home. “We didn’t sugarcoat this, we didn’t make it for Hollywood,” Erfurth said. “We made it real and raw and powerful with the intent to change attitudes.”

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Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner was one of six officers killed in the line of duty in Colorado in 2012, the highest number in the state since 1975. The organization Wives Behind the Badge honored all six of them with a display Jan. 24 at the showing of “Heroes Behind the Badge” in Parker. Photo by Ryan Boldrey

In Douglas County, the last officer to be killed in the line of duty was Deputy Ron King in 1999. More recently, though, was Kurt Ford, who worked for the sheriff’s office from 200204. Ford, who was serving in Kansas at the time of his death, was killed in the line

Douglas County Sheriff ’s Deputy Ron King died in May 1999 when he was hit by a drunk driver. He was the last officer to die in the line of duty while wearing the DCSO badge. File photo of duty April 9, 2005, just months after leaving Douglas County. “It was tough for all of us,” said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan, who was sworn in alongside Ford in 2002. “He was part of our family. You feel the loss, but you also know how much the individual’s family has lost. I can’t even begin to have one-tenth of a small inkling of what they go through.” Hanavan said the de-

partment has had multiple officers shot at in recent years and others who have been severely injured in car crashes or assaulted by inmates. Members of Douglas County’s S.W.A.T. team were also present when Limon Police Officer Jay Sheridan was shot and killed in the line of duty in March 2011. “I wish more citizens would see a movie like this so that they can learn to appreciate that there are very few occupations out there

that are as dangerous as being a police officer is,” said Kelly Young, president of the Colorado Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization that reaches out to families of the fallen. Young’s husband Donnie, a former Denver Police Officer, was shot and killed in 2005 while on security detail at an off-duty job. For more information on the film, visit

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Elbert County News 11 February 7, 2013

Walk among Ice Age giants ‘Mammoths and Mastodons’ on display in Denver By Sonya Ellingboe

Colorado’s exciting “Snowmastodon Project,” which surfaced in 2010, will be represented by a selection of fossils, a video about the 2010 discovery and informafficer tion about the science developing from the site at Snowmass. Museum volunteers will clean and prepare fossils from various Colorado dig sites. The “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” exhibit runs Feb. 15 through May 27 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The exhibit, originating at IF YOU GO the Field Museum, will include life- The Denver Museum of Nasize models of Ice ture and Science is located Age animals, as well at 2001 Colorado Blvd., as fossil tusks and Denver. Hours: 9 a.m. to skulls. Visitors will 5 p.m., with certain exlearn to distinguish tended days. Check dmns. between mam- org for complete schedmoths — weighing ule. Tickets: $21/$17/$12 up to eight tons, with for a timed ticket for the tusks up to 16 feet general public. (Includes long — and mast- admission to the museum.)  odons, their shorter, Members: $7/$6/$3. Free parking. stockier cousins. A model of Lyuba, a 42,000-year-old baby mammoth discovered in 2007 by a reindeer herder and his sons, will help visitors understand the science behind Lyuba and how it aids in our understanding of modern-day elephant relatives, which are now struggling for survival. Lyuba’s eyelashes, ears and internal organs were found. Man entered the picture and was another predator of these beasts, as he is today. Spear points, cave painting and other prehistoric art illustrate the interaction between humans and mammoths and mastodons.

Tusks are displayed in “Mammoths and Mastodons” at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Photo by John Weinstein Interactive exhibits include: balancing the weight of a tusk or trunk; a look into a cave in Southwest France to see reproductions of prehistoric cave paintings and learn about them through interactive games; an “Elephant Vocal Communication” interactive and an “Excavation Station” touch cart. In October 2010, a bulldozer operator working near Snowmass uncovered bones of a young female mammoth. During the next 10 months, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science conducted the largest exca-

vation in its 112-year history, finding more than 6,000 bones of 41 kinds of animals. Included: mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, tiny rodents, camels, deer, horses, giant bison and even tiger salamanders. The high-alpine ecosystem had protected the specimens found in this most significant scientific discovery. A 40-member team from the museum, the U.S. Geological Survey and academic institutions from North America and Europe is studying samples of bones, plants,

insects, sediment and biomolecules. The study will continue until collective results are ready for publication. Lead scientists Kirk Johnson and Ian Miller have published “Digging Snowmastodon,” which is available today. A “Nova” television special, “Ice Age Death Trap” was shown on PBS. Related programs and lectures, found on the museum’s website, include an IMAX film: “Titans of the Ice Age 3 D IMAX” ongoing at $10, $8.

‘MasterWorks’ pairs orchestra, dancers Colorado Ballet also purchases building in arts district By Sonya Ellingboe

sellingboe@ourcoloradonews. com A live 65-piece Colorado Ballet Orchestra will accompany the dancers as the company presents its repertory production of “Ballet MasterWorks” Feb. 22 through March 3 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex. Opening the program will be George Balanchine’s “Theme and Variations,” performed to Tchaikovsky’s “Suite No. 3 for orchestra in G Major,” the first Balanchine piece performed since Artistic Director Gil Boggs joined the company—and the first in 10 years. Rights are granted by the Balanchine Trust, which handles the

work of the acclaimed neo-classical choreographer. It has a cast of 26 dancers. The world premiere of a new neo-classical work, “In Pieces,” choreographed by Val Caniparoli to Paul Ruder’s composition “Concerto in Pieces,” marks the first collaboration with Caniparoli, choreographer for the San Francisco Ballet. Boggs said “his body of work is rooted in classicism and influenced by all forms of movement.” “Le Sacre du Printemps,” choreographed by Glen Tetly, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s composition “The Rite of Spring. Boggs said “when it premiered in the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris in 1913, the music was so groundbreaking and the choreography so controversial that it nearly evoked a riot on opening night.” Strong percussive rhythms and dissonant harmonies combine with challenging choreography. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 23, March 1, 2; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, March 2, March 3. Tickets: 303887-8888ext. 2, ColoradoBallet.

Artists of the Colorado Ballet perform in “Faraway.” Courtesy photo by Terry Shapiro org.

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The company, established in 1961— after leasing its current building for 20 years — has purchased a building at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, in the Santa Fe Arts District. The lease at 1278 Lincoln Street expires in 2014. Boggs said

the new site will provide more rehearsal space and amenities for dancers and staff, while keeping the company in the downtown area. Performances, approximately 50 each year, will continue at the Ellie. The new building will also have more studio space for the Colorado Ballet Academy, as well as

convenient student drop-off and improved parking. (The company also runs a south area academy.) The company, which ended its fiscal year in the black with a record-breaking “Nutcracker” attendance, will soon launch a capital campaign, according to Executive Director Marie Bellew Wheatley.


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February 7, 2013

Brewery taps Littleton as new home Breckenridge to build 12-acre facility near river By Jennifer Smith

jsmith@ourcoloradonews. com Breckenridge Brewery’s announcement that it plans to relocate its Denver brewery to Littleton has city officials excited, to put it mildly. “I’m buying the first round!” City Manager Michael Penny said. Breckenridge is the fifth-largest brewer based in Colorado and growing. For the third straight year, it posted more than 20 percent growth, with 2012 results reaching 30 percent - stretching the limits of its current space at 471 Kalamath in Denver. “Once we were aware that they were interested, we spent a lot of time just talking to them about the direction the city was going, explaining about all the

An artist’s rendering of the farmhouse planned for Littleton by Breckenridge Brewery. Courtesy image work we’ve done, showing them the city council goals, talking about the comprehensive plan update and generally just conveying all the excitement and enthusiasm for the future,” Penny said. “It’s what they want to be part of. They also really liked the location.” Assuming all goes as planned, Breckenridge will break ground on a$20 million project this fall near the South Platte River. It is expected to open in the fall

of 2014 on 12 acres north of Aspen Grove and south of Hudson Gardens, adjacent to Reynolds Landing - exponentially increasing the river corridor’s cool factor, says Penny. “With the vitality of Main Street and the powerhouse of Aspen Grove, the addition of Breckenridge Brewery will shift Littleton toward a local destination driver,” he said. “Having a brewery, along with the other amenities we have, will

begin to turn Front Range heads south, and have people saying, `You know what, instead, I’d rather go to Littleton’. … it’s a status statement which helps define the future of Littleton.” The announcement came on the heels of one made by Alamo Drafthouse, Aspen Grove’s new movie theater, which firmed up its grand opening date to March 25. Steve Kurowski, marketing director for the Colorado Brewers Guild, says the brewery’s relocation will expand the beer-tourism movement that is steadily growing in Denver and Boulder. “Colorado’s Front Range craft-beer community continues to attract attention on local, national and international levels,” Kurowski said in Breckenridge’s news release announcing the project. “Craft beer in Colorado is beyond trendy, it’s a legitimate economic engine that keeps growing and creating jobs. Most impor-

tantly, it is respectful to its neighbors.” Penny said the company held neighborhood meetings to gauge public opinion before the announcement, and he isn’t aware of any opposition. Because a rezone is required, public hearings will be held before the planning board and city council. Designed to complement the rural feel of the river corridor, plans include several rustic buildings, a hops field in the foreground, farmhouse restaurant, general store and a sunny beer garden. It will boast an energy-recovery system, solar lighting and water-reclamation processes, among other green features. “We asked Breckenridge to really think about the river as they get further along in their design plans, and be the first development to really acknowledge that they have a great resource to the immediate west of them,” Penny said.

ActiveRx Helps the Elderly Gain Confidence By Manny Gonzales When Julee McElhaney began having dizzy spells and falling, her family took notice. At 86 years old, Julee’s lack of balance was having a creeping, scary effect on her ability to get around and her family looked for remedies to the situation. They took her to the new ActiveRx in Englewood where physical therapists worked with McElhaney on helping her learn to walk better and helped her gain strength where her body had let muscles decondition. “I’m absolutely back to where I should be at my age,” McElhaney said recently as she and 120 business leaders from the South Metro Denver Chamber celebrated a Business After Hours event at ActiveRx. “I can walk around by myself and not worry so much anymore.” ActiveRx, located at 300 E. Hampden Ave., Suite 100, in Englewood is helping elder adults hold onto their youth by providing physical therapy combined with strength training. The company specializes in working with elder adults, 65 years and older, who are feeling and getting around slower than their age should suggest. “Our philosophy is you can gain strength at any age,” owner Kiva Patton said. “We really look to change our clients’ lives. Some clients who have had fall risks and are afraid to leave their house,” he said. “We love to help get them back on track so that they’re able to leave their house and be able to walk their dogs.” Often, the decline of an elder adult’s health can be so gradual that it’s hard to recognize something is wrong or that the potential for hazard exists, Patton said.

The facility will bring 60 to 75 jobs to Littleton, with about 25 of those being new positions, said company spokesman Todd Thibault. It will contribute sales taxes to the city coffers from restaurant sales and the general store, but it’s largely an industrial development that manufactures craft beers and sells them wholesale across the country. In 2012, it produced 52,000 barrels of beer, ranging from its popular Vanilla Porter to its seasonal Christmas Ale. The new facility will allow for production to increase to more than 120,000 barrels. “Our brewery was born and raised in Colorado,” said Todd Usry, brewmaster and director of brewing. “We have our Colorado mountain home [in Breckenridge], and soon, a Colorado country spread along the river. Our Denver brewing operations opened in 1992, so it’s tough to leave Denver, but we’ll still have our two thriving restaurants there.”

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, February 7th 7:30 am - Healthcare Policy Taskforce The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial 4:00 pm - Colorado Escrow & Title Ribbon Cutting Celebration 10375 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree

Chamber President & CEO John Brackney shares a light moment with ActiveRx owners Dana & Kiva Patton during the Business After Hours event.

“We offer free screenings and free fall prevention, so for anyone who has an elder adult in their family who they’re worried about bring them in and we’ll give a free assessment of where they stand,” Patton said. Joan Tucker, one of the physical therapists who treated Julee, said that even at the age of 98 a person should be able to stand up seven times in 30 seconds without having to use his or her hands. When Julee came to them, she had already suffered a fractured arm from a fall and would get winded on short walks. “The second she’d turn her head one way or the other, she’d lose her balance and fall down” Tucker said. “Often times, people don’t identify there’s a problem till there’s been a major fall or a stroke or a hip fracture.” McElhaney said she was grateful that her family recognized she needed help and acted fast. “I love coming here to keep my body doing what I want it to do - and its always fun!” Congressman Mike Coffman was one

Veritek and Veritek EMP held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting for over 75 clients and Chamber Investors. Veritek has developed a nanotechnology process that removes impurities from coal, precious metals ores, gases, and water and was named Top Company in the 2011 Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open. Veritek EPM is home of The Practical Inventor, providing engineering, manufacturing, and prototype services to fellow inventors.

4:00 pm - FastTracks New Investor Orientation The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial Friday, February 8th 7:00 am - Economic Development Group Investor Breakfast The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial Tuesday, February 12th 5:00 pm - Business After Hours hosted by Johnson Moving & Storage 7009 S. Jordan Road, Centennial

Congressman Mike Coffman poses with ActiveRx client Julee McElhaney during the Chamber Business After Hours

of the esteemed guests who attended the event at ActiveRx. “I think this is one of the most active chambers in the state of Colorado out of all the chambers that I’ve been to,” Coffman said. The Chamber holds a Business After Hours at a different Chamber Investor each month. To learn more about the South Metro Denver Chamber, visit and attend one of their monthly Business After Hours or Unplugged events.

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Teams keep unbeaten streaks alive Simla girls, Limon boys remain perfect By Scott Stocker

sports@ourcoloradonews. com Coaches and players on the Simla and Limon boys and girls basketball teams knew it could be a rough-and-tumble night when they faced off last Friday at Limon in key Black Forest League basketball games. And, that just what it was before the largest crowd of the season so far at Limon. The Simla girls kept their unbeaten season going as the Cubs of coach Al Snyder defeated Limon, 49-35, in a game in which the score doesn’t indicate the closeness of the competition. The Cubs improved to 12-0 with the victory while Limon fell to 10-3 on the season. The Limon boys, ranked No. 1 in 2A, also kept their record unblemished beating Simla, 6742, improving to 13-0, the Cubs falling to 8-4. Simla led 11-8 after the first quarter in the girls game, but the Cubs went into the intermission trailing, 20-19. The Cubs held Limon to only four points in the third quarter, but only scored nine of their own to lead 28-24 heading into the fourth. “Our play in the first half could have been better, but we got the job done,” said Simla’s Marilyn Alexander, who scored 10 points. “Limon pressed us from the start and they are a pretty good team, too, with their aggressive defense. We stayed together and finally got the ball inside and made it work. It’s kind of a cross town rivalry when you think about it, so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.” Jessica George and Kenzi Mitchell, who scored 13 and 12 points respectively in the game, helped spur Simla in fourth quarter. And, the Cubs also received ample help from Mikki Korinek, whose three-straight baskets midway through the final period, helped stake the Cubs to a 40-30 advantage with 2:38 left in the game. “It was a long night, but fun on how we work together,” said Korinek, a 5-11, junior. “I wouldn’t be anything without my teammates. They give me a lot of confidence and it’s that kind of confidence that helped me in the end. Limon gave us all we wanted, that’s for sure.” It was also the kind of night that Simla coach Al Snyder expected. “Both teams played hard tonight, but we needed to play better at the offensive end,” Snyder said. “It was a get out and go night. Several of the girls

and the boys know each other on the two teams and it has made for a strong rivalry.” The Simla boys led Limon 16-13 after the first quarter, yet trailed 28-26 at the half. But Limon, behind a 25-point night from junior Gavin Liggett, eventually went on a 13-7 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for the victory. Cody Norris and Cade Pyatt were way off their scoring, only putting 10 and nine-points respectively, through the nets. And, it was night that also left coach David Guy shaking his head. “I think we played well overall defensively, but on the offensive side, the shots certainly didn’t go our way,” said Norris, a 6-2 sophomore. “We were getting them, they just didn’t go in. No excuses. It was just one of those nights. It’s fun, a great rivalry, and one of these days were going to be the ones to beat them. We just need to keep going hard.” Added Pyatt, “I think we gave it 100 percent and I don’t think we left anything on the floor. The shots just didn’t go. We had great open looks, but we just couldn’t convert. It was just not what we have been able to do this season. They have a fine team, no doubts about it. Yes, it’s a fine rivalry.” Guy felt that his team might be able to muster a win, but knew it would not be easy. “It comes down to four good quarters of basketball and we only played our best in two,” Guy said. “We had the shots tonight, but they just didn’t make it in. Limon is No. 1 for a reason and they played well against us. We made some runs, but not enough to make a difference. We have to keep working at it to get things to go our way and tonight, they didn’t. We’ve only got the one senior starter and Limon is a team with seven and that overcame our youth.” The Simla girls kept their winning streak alive as they defeated Colorado Springs School 58-23 on Saturday to improve to 13-0. Mitchell scored 16 points, Alexander tallied 11 and Sam Kaatz chip in with 10. The Simla boys bounced back on Saturday as they beat the Colorado Springs School 50-24. Norris led the way with 18 points as the Cubs improved to 8-4. KIOWA A last second shot is always an exciting way to win a basketball game and that was just the thing for the Kiowa boys in last Friday’s game against Evangelical Christian. Drew Pruitt scored the game winner for Kiowa with only :01.8- seconds left in the game resulting in a 65-63 victory for the Indians. With the win the Indians of coach Walter Sutton improved to 7-4. They had

Change in class hasn’t slowed Simla girls By Scott Stocker

Elizabeth’s Ashley Stone brings the ball up the floor during a recent game. Photo by Kevan Sheppard little trouble on Saturday as they came through with a 5636 victory against Miami-Yoder to stand 8-4 heading into this weekends action. The Kiowa girls, coached by Mark Clemmons, had their problems against Evangelical Christian as they were defeated, 44-24 last Friday. However they bounced back to beat MiamiYoder, 46-24 on Saturday. And, the Indians were more than pleased to finally welcome Elbert transfer Taylor Upchurch into their lineup. “Because of the transfer she just became eligible to play for us this week,” Sutton said. “We looking for good things down the stretch. We played even with Evangelical Christian in the second half, but we were down 15-2 in the first quarter and that stymied us.” Three games are on the schedule for the Kiowa boys and girls this week as the Indians host Byers on Tuesday then travel to Peyton on Friday and the Colorado Springs School on Saturday. ELIZABETH The Elizabeth boys, coached by Mike Boss, had little trouble in beating undermanned Englewood last Friday, 92-34. It was the only game that the Cardinals played this past week. Jake Gavitt led the way for Elizabeth, now 10-7, scoring 19 points. Also scoring in double-

figures were Shane Wilson with 14, Trevor boss with 12 and Cody Steinke with 10. The Elizabeth girls split the weekend beating Englewood, 56-29, but losing to once-beaten Pueblo South, 62-33. With the split, the Cardinals of coach Jamie Schmalz are now 11-6 on the year. Sabra Ross, 13 points, and Emily Whitworth and Cheyenne Wendler, each with 10 points, led the way for the Cardinals in their win against Englewood. Scoring was more than difficult for Elizabeth against Pueblo South (16-1) as the Cardinals trailed the Colts, 15-5, after the first period. They could only come through with 12 points in the second quarter, nine in the third and seven in the fourth. Pueblo South was led by Shannon Patterson with 17 points and Mikala Gordon with 15. ELBERT A flu outbreak caused the postponement of both the boys and girls games last Friday and Saturday against the Colorado D&B School and Edison. The games will be rescheduled with the dates to be announced later this week. The Elbert boys and girls are scheduled to play a second regular scheduled game against Colorado D&B hosting the Bulldogs on Friday and then hosting Hanover on Saturday.

Al Snyder feels that he just doesn’t seem to have the right words to explain the success that the Simla girls basketball team is having this season. But, then the head coach for the Cubs probably doesn’t need them. What these girls are doing is pretty explanatory. Simla has a lucky “13-0” record heading into this week’s action in the Black Forest League. And, that record is good enough to have the Cubs ranked No. 4 in Class 2A behind Akron, Lutheran and The Vanguard School. “I just don’t seem to have all the right words,” Snyder said. “These are a wonderful set of girls that care deeply for each other. They want to stress having a good time, but of course, playing well. It has been an exciting season and our three seniors have been true leaders for us.” Definitely, the Simla seniors, Marilyn Alexander, Jessica George and Kenzi Mitchell have been the backbone for the Cubs. But this is a team that has a wealth of talent to rely on with players that also have a Class 1A state championship and a semifinal appearance. Simla reached the 1A state semifinals last season after having won the championship in 2011 with a 50-42 victory over Pawnee. However, Simla is up to 2A this season, yet there still has not been a team to really stay with the Cubs. “I’m excited about their cohesiveness and their concentration when they are out there,” Snyder said. “There isn’t a selfish girl on the team. I can coach these girls forever. They just go out and play so hard. They love practice and they always come in ready to learn and get better.” This is a team that can play outstanding defense and put the points on the board. The Cubs have held 10 opponents to under 40 points which includes seven games under 30 points and four under 20. As a team, they have averaged 64.4 points a game offensively scoring over 60 points nine times. Mitchell, at 5-11, has been the leading scorer this season averaging 19.2 points a game and balanced scoring certainly plays the role the rest of the way. “I think all five of our starters have the chemistry,” said Mitchell, who also averages 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists a game. “My key is to take care of the ball. We’ve all worked hard in practice and it has paid off.” So far, only Peyton, Flagler and Kit Carson have been able to score more than 40 points on a talented Simla defense. Alexander has been a force underneath for Simla, pulling down 6.1 rebounds and scoring 9.8 a game. Also having fine seasons for Simla has been sophomores Sam Kaatz and Hannah Lutz and juniors Mikki Korinek and Kassity Tucker. Yet several of the others have been able to step up with fine games as the season has progressed. Simla will put its unbeaten streak on the line Friday when the Cubs host undefeated and top-ranked Vanguard Christian (14-0). “Going up a class has been a challenge, but all the girls have been able to do well,” Snyder said. “We’ve still got a ways to go, but I’m certainly proud of the way they have played so far this year.”



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Public Notice of Petition for Change of Name Public notice is given on January 3, 2013 that a Petition for a Change of Name of an adult has been filed with the Elbert County Combined Courts. The petition requests that the name of Dianne Marie Bowman be changed to Dianne Marie Van Vliet. Case No.: 2013 C 1 Dated: January 17, 2013

Name Changes PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice of Petition for Change of Name Public notice is given on January 3, 2013 that a Petition for a Change of Name of an adult has been filed with the Elbert County Combined Courts. The petition requests that the name of Dianne Marie Bowman be changed to Dianne Marie Van Vliet. Case No.: 2013 C 1 Dated: January 17, 2013 Cheryl A. Layne Clerk of the Court By: Jafeen Jenkins Deputy Clerk Legal Notice No: 927876 First Publication: January 31, 2013 Last Publication: February 14, 2013

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INVITATION TO BID Elbert County Public Works Department, State of Colorado, is hereby accepting sealed bids for the purchase of two new 2013 Model 140M, 12M, 772GP, 772G G946 or equivalent; five (5) year, 5,000 hour guaranteed buy back with 5,000 hour bumper to bumper warranty. All items listed on the specification sheet need to be included on the bid and one new 2013 Model 140M, 12M, 772GP , 772G - G946 or equivalent; five (5) year, 7,500 hour guaranteed buy back with 7,500 hour bumper to bumper warranty. Bids will be accepted until 9:00 a.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013. Three (3) copies of said bid shall be submitted. Bids will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any bids received will be returned unopened. Faxed bids will not be accepted. Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, Thursday, February 28, 2013, in the Commissioner Meeting

Bids will be accepted until 9:00 a.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013. Three (3) copies of said bid shall be submitted. Bids will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any bids received will be returned unopened. Faxed bids will not be accepted. Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, Thursday, February 28, 2013, in the Commissioner Meeting Room, Elbert County Courthouse, 215 Comanche Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. The bid opening is open to the public. Please mail bids to: Elbert County Public Works Department, Attn: Lynne Eschbach, P.O. Box 116, Kiowa, Co 80117 or deliver to: Elbert County Public Works Department, 218 Cheyenne Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. Please mark outside of envelope “THREE MOTOR GRADER BIDS FIVE (5) YEAR GUARANTEED BUY BACK”

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Elbert County Government reserves the right, as its interest may require, to reject any and all bids, to waive formalities and informalities contained in-said bid and furthermore to award a contract for items herein, either in whole or in part, if it is deemed to be in the best interest of Elbert County to do so. Additionally, Elbert County reserves the right to negotiate op-

Thursday, February 28, 2013. Three (3) copies of said bid shall be submitted. Bids will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any bids received will be returned unopened. Faxed bids will not be accepted. Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, Thursday, February 28, 2013, in the Commissioner Meeting Room, Elbert County Courthouse, 215 Comanche Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. The bid opening is open to the public. Please mail bids to: Elbert County Public Works Department, Attn: Lynne Eschbach, P.O. Box 116, Kiowa, Co 80117 or deliver to: Elbert County Public Works Department, 218 Cheyenne Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. Please mark outside of envelope “THREE MOTOR GRADER BIDS FIVE (5) YEAR GUARANTEED BUY BACK” Elbert County Government reserves the right, as its interest may require, to reject any and all bids, to waive formalities and informalities contained in-said bid and furthermore to award a contract for items herein, either in whole or in part, if it is deemed to be in the best interest of Elbert County to do so. Additionally, Elbert County reserves the right to negotiate optional items and or services with the successful bidder.

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Please contact Lynne Eschbach for a complete set of specifications or any questions regarding this bid at 303-6213157, Elbert County Public Works Department, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. ELBERT COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Ed Ehmann, Director Legal Notice No.: 927881 First Publication: February 7, 2013 Last Publication: February 14, 2013 Publisher: The Elbert County News

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