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Arsonist Averette arrested again Former volunteer firefighter set 600-acre blaze in 2012 By George Lurie

glurie@coloradocommunitymedia.com Deputies from the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office have once again arrested convicted arsonist Alex J. Averette. Averette, 21, was taken into custody by ECSO investigators on Feb. 12 and was booked into the Elbert County jail. He is charged with two counts of violation of a protection order and two counts of violation of bail bond conditions.

In June 2013, Averette pleaded guilty to starting a wildfire that scorched 600 acres along County Road 102 and forced the evacuation of the entire town of Elbert in 2012. At the time, he was a volunteer firefighter for the town of Elbert. On Jan. 17, 2014, Averette was sentenced to 240 hours of public service and 10 years of probation. He Averette spent 41 days in the Elbert County jail and also was ordered by Judge Jeffrey Holmes to pay $2,000 in restitution and court costs.

His defense attorneys argued for a minimum sentence based on Averette having only one prior petty offense on his record. But Sheriff Shayne Heap said his investigators have since discovered that Averette pleaded guilty on July 26, 2013 for a theft committed in May 2013. “This new offense was a violation of Averette’s protection order and bail bond conditions,” being a Class 1 misdemeanor and Class 6 felony, respectively, Heap said. ECSO investigators also discovered Averette was arrested on Oct. 17, 2013 in El Paso County and subsequently pleaded guilty to

a domestic violence/harassment charge. “This offense was also a violation of Averette’s protection order,” said Heap. A warrant was issued for Averette’s arrest on Feb. 8. “With the help of the Monument P.D., my guys tried to locate him and he wasn’t where he was supposed to be,” Heap said. “So we got with his probation officer and found out when his next probation meeting was and when he showed up for that, we took him into custody.” Averette is currently being held in the Elbert County jail on $100,000 bond. He was scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 13.

Fracking fight focus of forum Battle expected over possible November ballot measure By Vic Vela

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A standing-room-only crowd at the Feb. 12 BOCC meeting looked on as Commissioners Kurt Schlegel and Robert Rowland, by a 2-0 vote, approved new oil and gas regulations. Commissioner Larry Ross was ill and did not attend the meeting. Photos by George Lurie

New oil, gas regulations approved Commissioners clear path for new energy development activity By George Lurie

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At the Feb. 12 BOCC meeting, Community and Development Services Director Kyle Fenner went item by item through a list of 17 suggested modifications to the new oil and gas regulations that were passed on by the Elbert County planning commission.

After nearly three years of debate and controversy, the Board of County Commissioners finally approved on Feb. 12 a revised set of zoning regulations to guide future oil and gas development activity in the county. After commissioners voted 2-0 in favor of the changes at their regular meeting, many in the standing-room-only audience applauded. Commissioner Larry Ross did not attend the meeting, which lasted nearly three hours. County attorney Alex Beltz reported that Ross had called the morning of the meeting and said he was ill and on his way to the hospital. At the meeting, Community and Development Services Director Kyle Fenner presented 17 recommendations from the planning commission for minor revisions to the final document, which the BOCC adopted as amendments to Section 27 of Elbert County’s zoning regulations. “Staff has worked very hard on this,”

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Fenner told commissioners. The revised regulations will dramatically shorten the approval process for issuing oil and gas permits, which, Fenner said, is currently taking “six months to almost a year.” Fenner said the revised regulations prohibit open pits at development sites and so-called “produced” water (which has already been used once by the development companies) from being sprayed on county roads. “Most importantly,” she added, the new regulations “protect the county’s water.” Air-quality issues were not addressed in the new regulations, Fenner said, because revised state-mandated air-quality guidelines will soon be adopted by the state and those guidelines will apply to all future oil and gas development activity across Colorado. During the meeting, the BOCC also approved a related Memorandum of Understanding — or MOU — that will serve as an additional tool for the county to hold oil and gas developers to specific standards — and, in some cases, to expedite the approvals process. Commissioner Robert Rowland called the MOU “a stand-alone contractual document and not a zoning regulation.” During the public comment portion of the meeting, more than a dozen people spoke, most in support of the new regulations. A number of people in the audience wore fluorescent green stickers reading: “I support responsible energy development.” Mark Smith, a 20-year county resident who operates a small dairy farm, said, “Our land and water are extremely important to us. But technology for oil and gas development is amazing and has proven to be very Approved continues on Page 17

With a ballot measure looming that could determine the future of hydraulic fracking in Colorado, oil and gas industry leaders are preparing for a battle unlike any they’ve fought before. “We’ve got a serious fight on our hands in 2014,” said Tim Wrigley, president of the Western Energy Alliance. Wrigley’s comments came during a Jan. 31 fracking forum in downtown Denver, where leaders from the oil and gas industry and other business groups converged. The hour-long discussion focused on developing pro-industry voter outreach strategies in anticipation of a potential November ballot initiative that is being driven by anti-fracking advocates. Fracking is the mixing of water, sand and chemicals that are blasted deep into the surface to crack porous rock to free up blocked oil and gas. So far, five Colorado cities and more than 100 municipalities across the nation have either placed bans or other limits on the practice. The group behind the ballot proposal, the Colorado Community Rights Network, is the same organization that spearheaded last year’s successful ballot measure in Lafayette that banned any new oil and gas drilling there. If it makes it on to the ballot, the proposal — which was filed as a potential state constitutional amendment last month — would allow cities to block oil and gas development, as well as any other kind of business practice that could have harmful impacts on residents’ well-being. Organizers have until August to collect 86,105 valid signatures for the proposal to make it on the November ballot. Cliff Wilmeng of the Colorado Community Rights Network says the ballot proposal goes beyond allowing cities to ban fracking. “Oil and gas isn’t even mentioned in the amendment,” he said. “The motivation is to ensure communities are able to exercise fundamental democratic rights and self determination.” But the oil and gas industry knows exactly what the ballot proposal is all about — it’s a statewide effort that could have serious repercussions for the fracking business, something that they believe is a critically important industry practice. “The ground has shifted forever under our feet,” said Wrigley. “All eyes of the country are on our state now.” Fracking continues on Page 17


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This one’s for the dogs, and the cats too As someone who covers the state Legislature, it’s common for me to write about lawmakers who fight like cats and dogs. Yeah, yeah, I get it. Legislators will tell you that more than 90 percent of bills are passed with bipartisan support. No argument there. But do they really expect the press to write about a unanimous resolution to designate the month of July as Go Fly a Kite Month? Not sure if that’s something that’s actually happened, but you get my point. On the heavy-duty bills having to do with gun control and oil and gas regulations, lawmakers sure do know how to throw down, steel cage-style. They fight and scratch and claw and bite, and covering that messy business can get old after a while. So imagine my delight when I found out that a group of lawmakers, who at times fight like cats and dogs, get together periodically to talk about taking care of cats and dogs — and other cute critters, large and small. The Colorado Legislative Animal Caucus, or CLAW, is made up of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who deal with any kind of legislation having to do with animals. “We discuss all kinds of animal issues,” said state Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial, a caucus co-chairman. “Large animals like horses and cows and very small animals like reptiles and birds. We discuss everything.” The caucus gets together to discuss potential legislation. The consensus on issues is non-binding, but it serves a starting point for animal bills that end up being introduced at the Capitol. As a reporter who can lose political romance due to the often-ugly sausage-making process at the Capitol, I gotta tell you that it’s kind of nice being able to recognize lawmakers who take time to craft legislation aimed at protecting our “Snausage” eating four-legged friends. When folks think about the role of state legislators, they think of budget committees and floor votes. Few would guess that lawmakers convene as a special body to talk

about animal welfare issues. “I think some folks might be surprised,” said Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, a CLAW caucus member. “But, to be honest with you, 60 percent of the households in Colorado have either a dog or cat. They might be surprised if we didn’t have a caucus. “People love animals. Their little dogs and cats are like their children and grandchildren. I think a lot of people would be really proud to see their lawmakers looking out for the welfare of animals in the state.” Caucus member Rep. Lois Court, DDenver, said it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the legislature has its own caucus that deals with issues pertaining to animals. “We have caucuses to talk about the disabled, veterans and rural Colorado,” she said. “Our constituents across the state have a gazillion of particular interests. And there is a huge population in this state who is concerned about animal welfare.” While lawmakers who participate in the CLAW caucus do so out of a love for animals, not everything that the body deals with is touchy-feely legislation. They actually take up quite a few controversial issues. For example, last year the Legislature passed a bill that designates shelter dogs and cats as being the official state pet, something that spurred opposition from breeders and pet shop businesses. And Lebsock introduced a bill that would limit the practice of tail docking, where a dairy cow’s tail is partially amputated. That bill, which received opposition from dairy

groups, didn’t make it out of the Capitol last year, but Lebsock is pleased that the issue could end up on the ballot this fall. So, just like any other issue, all politics is local when it comes to animal matters. “I think legislators are reticent to vote against a bill that’s helping dogs and cats,” Balmer said. “But when it comes to the large animal issues, you can almost predict how a legislator is going to come down on it based on how their district looks.” If you know Balmer, his participation in the CLAW caucus should come as no surprise. He is known at the Capitol as the “dog legislator.” Last year, Balmer sponsored legislation that created law enforcement training practices whenever cops encounter dogs at crime scenes. The legislation was spurred by incidents where dogs were shot and killed by officers who were responding to house calls. And this year, Balmer’s bill to allow emergency medical personnel to provide medical care to domestic dogs and cats is expected to become law. Balmer owns three dogs — two vizlas (a type of Hungarian hunting dog) and a German Long-haired pointer. Balmer boasts his love of dogs through his email tag, which reads: Be as good as your dog. The Centennial senator is a dog lover — and who can blame a guy for that? “Dogs are inherently good,” he said. “They are always trying to celebrate your homecoming. When you go to the grocery store and come back home, it’s a big deal for them. Any time you’re having a sad day, your dog will sense it and comfort you. They are a greater creature of love than we are.” Tell me about it. Bennie, my 11-year-old mystery mutt, has been a vital part of my life since he was a puppy. If I could point to the day when I fell in love with him, it was when I was watching a Cubs game on TV. Livid at the Cubs performance — which, as a Cubs fan, I often am — I threw my Cubs cap at the TV set in disgust. Bennie, who was on the couch with me,

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glurie@coloradocommunitymedia.com A judge has dismissed a multimillion dollar civil lawsuit filed by a county resident seeking damages after being labeled a potential terrorist by the Board of County Commissioners. Don Pippin, 56, a disabled military veteran who lives in Elizabeth, had accused commissioners of violating his First Amendment rights and filed the lawsuit in 2012. But U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel ruled on Feb. 7 that the BOCC’s actions with regard to Pippen were well within the law. “After carefully considering the pleadings and admissible evidence, I find that the (BOCC’s) motion for summary judgment should be granted and the case dismissed in its entirety,” Daniel stated in his ruling. The judge also ordered Pippin to reimburse the county for its legal costs in fighting the lawsuit, which was filed against commissioners Del Schwab, John Shipper and Kurt Schlegel, who comprised the BOCC in 2012. “I was confident the court would do the right thing, make the right choice,” said Schlegel after learning of the judge’s decision. “The reason I asked for the protective order in the first place was because with all of the crazy things going on in the world since 9/11, staff felt very uncomfortable with Mr. Pippin’s actions,” Schlegel added. “I felt it was better to be safe than sorry.” Attempts to reach Pippin for comment following the judge’s ruling were unsuccessful. The trouble between Pippin and the BOCC began in January 2012. Saying he’d heard some county employees may have been overpaid, Pippin began filing open-records requests at the county courthouse, many for specific credit card

spending records for certain county employees. Then, on Feb. 29, 2012, Pippin submitted an affidavit to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office describing what he characterized as “financial irregularities within Elbert County government.” In April 2012, Pippin was spotted by a county employee photographing security cameras outside the Elbert County courthouse. When informed of the incident, Schlegel suggested Pippin could have been “casing” the building for a possible terror attack. “It makes the hair on my arms stand up,” the District 2 commissioner said at the time, adding: “I was told by staff that they are feeling more and more uncomfortable with Mr. Pippin. … His agitation level was increasing each and every time” he interacted with county employees. Sheriff Shane Heap advised commissioners to seek a civil protection order against Pippin. Schlegel filed for one on April 12, 2012 — winning a temporary order barring Pippin from entering the courthouse in Kiowa. Then, on Sept. 9, 2012, Pippin filed the multimillion dollar civil lawsuit against the BOCC, naming Schlegel, fellow commissioners Schwab and Shipper, and 10 unnamed individuals “acting on behalf or at the behest” of the county. Pippin’s 10-page lawsuit sought compensation for damages, “both economic and non-economic,” claiming the BOCC had violated his Constitutional rights “by retaliating against him for his allegations of illegal activity … and engaging in a campaign to portray him as a threatening individual.” When interviewed in 2012 by the Elbert County News, Pippin readily admitted he took photos of security cameras on the county building, explaining they were for open-records requests he planned to file. “They were close-up shots of the camera itself, and not so much of its location, so it (the controversy) doesn’t make a lot of sense to me,” he said.

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For marijuana dispensaries around the country, the days of doing business in cash — driving around with bill-stuffed envelopes to pay the rent, or showing up at a state revenue office with $20,000 in paper bags for the tax man — can’t end soon enough. It’s not clear that the Obama administration’s new guidance on pot-related banking is going to end them. The Justice and Treasury Departments last week issued banks a road map for doing business with marijuana firms. The security-wary pot industry, including recreational shops in Colorado and medical marijuana operators elsewhere, welcomed the longawaited news, but banking industry groups made clear that the administration’s tone didn’t make them feel much easier about taking pot money. The banks were hoping the announcement would relieve them of the threat of prosecution should they open accounts for marijuana businesses, Don Childears, president of the Colorado Bankers Association, said in a written statement. It doesn’t. “After a series of red lights, we expected this guidance to be a yellow one,” Childears said. “At best, this amounts to ‘serve these customers at your own risk’ and it emphasizes all of the risks. This light is red.” Some dispensaries have managed to open accounts, sometimes by being less than forthcoming about their business, but for the most part banking has long been a headache for the cannabis industry. Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, banks haven’t been able to accept

pot business without risking prosecution for money laundering or racketeering. But 20 states now have medical marijuana laws on the books; two, Washington and Colorado, have legalized marijuana sales to adults; and Alaska voters this summer will consider a similar recreational pot law. With the industry emerging from the underground, states want to track marijuana sales and collect taxes. It’s a lot easier to do that when the businesses have bank accounts. Under the guidance, banks must review state license applications for marijuana customers, request information about the business, develop an understanding of the types of products to be sold and monitor publicly available sources for any negative information about the business. The guidance provided the banks with more than 20 “red flags” that may indicate a violation of state law. Among them: if a business receives substantially more revenue than its local competitors, deposits more cash than is in line with the amount of marijuana-related revenue it is reporting for federal and state tax purposes, or experiences a surge in activity by third parties offering goods or services such as equipment suppliers or shipping services. If a marijuana-related business is seen engaging in international or interstate activity, such as the receipt of cash deposits from locations outside the state, that’s problematic, too. The banks need to file “suspicious activity reports” on their pot customers — designated either “marijuana limited,” for those believed to be complying with the federal government’s law-enforcement priorities, such as keeping pot away from children; “marijuana priority,” for those the banks have questions about; or “marijuana termination,” for those believed to be engaging in criminal activity.


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February 20, 2014

Bill would expand free-lunch program Students would be eligible through high school

free and reduced lunches when he was a child — has paid close attention to school nutrition issues since he first came into office last year. During the 2013 legislative session, Moreno passed a bill that would require schools with high poverty rates to serve breakfast at the start of the school day. Moreno’s new effort passed the House Education Committee following a partyline vote of 7-6. Republicans balked primarily because the bill would send more money to the program that handles school meals in Colorado, which has been the recent target of an audit for mismanagement of state funds. The bill would mean that parents like Tamara Frawley of Thornton would no longer be required to pay any sort of reduced fee for their kids’ meals. In Frawley’s case, that amounts to about 40 cents a day, per child. “Forty cents doesn’t sound like a lot, but

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vvela@coloradocommunitymedia.com More Colorado school children would be eligible for free lunch at school, under a bill that passed a House committee on Feb. 10. Right now, kids who qualify for the state’s reduced lunch program can have their meal “co-pays” waived through the second grade. House Bill 1156 would make free lunches available to children through high school, if they qualify. “The reality is, when these families are hurting, they are hurting,” said Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, the bill’s sponsor. “And that doesn’t stop at the third grade.” Moreno — who once was a recipient of

when you’re on a limited budget, it’s an insurmountable amount” she said. Frawley, who has two children who are enrolled at Mapleton Public Schools in Adams County, said she has struggled to pay bills ever since her husband was diagnosed with cancer six years ago. “I hold down a 40-hour a week job and two temp jobs, but it still isn’t enough,” Frawley told committee members. Because many more children would be eligible for free lunches, the bill would require an additional $2.4 million in annual state funds to go to a state-run school meal program. However, those costs would be offset — and then some — through federal reimbursement through the National School Lunch Act. Federal reimbursement is expected to be substantially higher than what the state will be paying for the additions to the free lunch program. Mapleton Schools, through a pi-

lot program, currently covers the reduced lunch costs of their students, a district where more than 70 percent of children qualify for the program. “We serve a community that is heavily impacted by the effects of poverty,” said Virgina Styles, assistant director of Mapleton Schools, who was reading a letter in support of the bill from Superintendent Charlotte Ciancio. But committee Republicans wondered whether it was a good idea to send more funds to a state program that is not doing a good job of handling money right now. Auditors recently determined that the state’s School Lunch and Breakfast Programs forfeited more than $2 million in federal grants and reimbursement dollars, going back to 2009. The bill now heads to the House Appropriations Committee before it receives a vote from the full House.

School board transparency bill advances Passes House following a lengthy debate By Vic Vela

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A contentious House floor debate preceded the Feb. 13 passage of a bill that aims to shine more light on school board members’ private discussions. House Bill 1110 would expand current law that already requires the recording of all conversations that take place during school board executive sessions to include those involving attorney-client discussions. Most Democrats supported the measure, saying that it holds elected officials accountable for what happens behind closed doors and bolsters the public’s right to know. But all House Republicans joined three Democrats in voting against the bill. Several spoke out against the bill, calling it an affront to attorney-client privilege. They also argued that the bill unfairly targets a handful of school boards that have been the subject of controversy over executive session matters, including boards in Douglas and Jefferson counties. ution “This is targeted and punitive to a few school districts to this state,” Rep. ijua-Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch n andsaid. “We should not use the power of es tolegislation to punish.” r will McNulty’s comments came during a Feb. 12 House floor debate. The e un-House passed the bill the next day on uanaa 34-31 vote. o do Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. k ac-Cherylin Peniston, D-Westminster, recordings of attorney-client discusviewsions during executive sessions would uanabe stored and would be made availt theable only through a successful petition f thethrough the courts. nitor If a filer believes that what was beativeing handled during executive session doesn’t warrant a behind-closedwith icate

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February 20, 2014

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Inspiration, hope for generations to come A high school student kills a classmate. Another sets himself on fire. Still another murders his mother. Those things happened in Denver’s suburbs in a recent six-week span. Across the country, media reports tell far and wide of teenagers doing something horribly wrong. But there are inspirational stories, too, stories of teen achievement, of overcoming obstacles. Typically, though, they don’t generate much media buzz outside of the immediate community. Recently, one did. Bailey Roby is an 18-year-old varsity basketball player for Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch. In late January, he found himself at the center of controversy because he runs the court on two

our view prosthetic legs. The Colorado High School Activities Association made a mid-season ruling that Roby’s appearances in games compromised his and other players’ safety. For several days, it looked like the fan favorite’s playing career was over. Still, he was poised to be there for his teammates. “Now, I just gotta sit on the bench and support (the team),” Roby said after the Jan. 24 game that, at the time, looked to be his last. “The most important thing is being

a part of the team.” We were the first media outlet to report on Roby’s plight, but far from the last. The story was covered by most of Denver’s print and digital media but also was picked up by, among many others, “Good Morning America” and the British newspaper the Daily Mail. Facebook and Twitter were abuzz as social media campaigns ignited by Mountain Vista students and community members pushed to get Roby back in the game. And that’s what happened. Upon further review, CHSAA decided Roby could play as long as both teams agreed to it. The idea that Roby represented a safety risk confounded many. “I don’t think Bailey is a hazard to anyone on the floor and certainly not to him-

self,” said Roby’s father, Scott. “He’s been in hundreds of practices and he played junior varsity last year. If he falls down, he gets back up.” Roby’s statistics certainly won’t draw all-state attention — he averages 1.4 points per game, with a season-high of 3, generally seeing action when the powerhouse Golden Eagles have a victory wrapped up. The state playoffs tip off in a couple of weeks and it’s likely Roby’s on-court role will become even smaller. But he’ll be there if the team needs him. Just like his classmates and the community were there when he needed them. Teamwork. Overcoming obstacles. Getting up when you get knocked down. Teenagers learning life lessons. There’s plenty of good news out there.

The newness factor Don’t you just love the feeling of receiving something new or experiencing something new? I sure do. And I am a traditionalist by nature, some may even say very set in my ways and in my thinking. And yet I still enjoy that feeling or sense of “newness.” Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint on or in the house, new hardwood floors or carpeting, the smell of a new car, the feeling of new furniture or a new mattress, or maybe a new home or place to live, there is just something fresh, clean, and exciting about “new.” They even sell stuff that we can spray that fills our cars with that “new car” scent. Maybe it’s a new job or a new position. Maybe it’s a new city or location. And maybe, just maybe, it’s the sense of adventure that something or anything new creates in our hearts and minds. The “newness” factor is cool for sure, but I also believe there is a lot to be said for just viewing some of what we already do, some of what we already have, and a little of who we are through a “new” lens. You see “new” doesn’t always have to be brand new, “new” can be perspective too. Our car with a fresh coat of clean and wax, windows cleaned and maybe even a little of that new car air freshener could bring back a little of that same excitement as when we first purchased the car. If our jobs have become mundane or boring, you know the same-old, same-old, day in and day out, maybe it’s because we stopped looking at the work we do with fresh eyes or inspired meaning. Sometimes the best “new” job is the job we already have, we just have to adjust our scope and look for the good, even look for opportunities to do something new that will make

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A look at long-term investing Investors are not likely to be successful if they view their portfolio as something that needs to perform every day. This age of instant gratification and constant information has trained us to focus on the wrong calendar. Instead of worrying about this month, quarter or year, we should be looking at different phases of the life cycle and invest based on our own time clock. One of my favorite authors, Dr. Ken Dychtwald states that our life span used to be linear. We went to school, got a job for life, lived in the same house for at least 30 years, retired with a pension and died of old age. Now we have different phases of life. We may go to back to school several times, change jobs and houses on average five times or more, and … there will be no pension. We may also have phases of high expenses such as college or relocation, elder care or raising more than one generation. Our life currently moves in cycles rather than a straight path. Our investments should reflect this. It is contrary that the longer we live and the more dynamic our life patterns are, the shorter-term our investments become. Ideally, it makes more sense to invest one pool of money — such as an IRA or 401k — for 30 or 40 years. Therefore, it does not matter what the account balance is today or tomorrow, in fact you might consider choosing investments more for an inflation hedge, than current return. Otherwise you could find yourself halfway through retirement with no cost of living clause in your income. Based on Ned Davis Research, the average holding period of stocks has decreased from 20 years from 1939 through 1970 down to just 1.67 years in 2012. This can be based in part on the fact that until the 1970s, the typical investor was a wealthy family passing down holdings from one generation to the next. Today, the largest share of investment activity is driven by retail investors. Historically, the focus was on fundamentals and long-term growth. Today, the focus is on today’s news or economic report. The media is partly to blame as they are paid to get your attention. This works best through hype and making insignifi-

cant information sound exciting. The average investor does not know what commentary is relevant and what is general noise since the announcers do such a good job of reporting with enthusiasm. Better use of technology also has a role in the short-term focus. A vast amount of timely information is available in every medium at no cost. You don’t have to listen to Granddad explain about the Great Depression and what price he bought the blue chip stock you now own, you can find anything you need on your phone in an instant. This constant stream of data causes us to think we could bypass losses by understanding the latest economic reports. In reality, markets work in very long cycles, rarely impacted by one quarter’s earnings or jobs report. Returns compound over time, which gives the investor the best riskadjusted returns. Making short-term changes rarely enhances your long-term performance. It is important to have a strategy and time frame for each goal. Enlist the help of an advisor or mentor to diversify your investments and rebalance your portfolio to keep profits working for you. We don’t have to go back two generations to learn how to invest. We should take advantage of all the tools and technology we have today, but filter out the noise that causes us to focus on the day or month instead of our life goals. Patricia Kummer has been an independent Certified Financial Planner for 27 years and is president of Kummer Financial Strategies Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor in Highlands Ranch. She welcomes your questions at www.kummerfinancial. com or call the economic hotline at 303683-5800.Any material discussed is meant for informational purposes only and not a substitute for individual advice.


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February 20, 2014

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w oints By Vic Vela ervvela@coloradocommunitymedia.com se up. A Republican-sponsored effort to delay implementation of controversial new stanle dardized school testing mandates failed in a legislative committee on Feb. 13. him. The federal Common Core State Stanunity dards Initiative sets guidelines for what every K-12 student should know about math Getand language arts at each grade level, in hopes that the kids will be better prepared for college. re. During a Feb. 13 Senate Education Committee hearing, supporters of the initiative — which the state adopted into the Colorado Academic Standards in 2010 — lauded the assessment as an optimum way to set minimum standards that give kids the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in life. But opponents insisted that the standards are expensive, burdensome on districts to implement, and also argued that students are drowning in assessment tests already. That polarization was the motivation behind Senate Bill 136, which would have delayed all new, statewide assessments for a year. It also would have set up a task force designed to look into the adoption and implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards in an effort to determine whether the state’s participation in the Common Core initiative is worth it. “All it’s asking for is nothing special; no changes, just a timeout,” said Sen. Vicky Marble, R-Fort Collins, the bill’s sponsor. Marble told the committee that implementation costs associated with the standardized tests are “enormous” and that the

‘(Common Core) is a sticky jar of molasses that was voted on by a State Board of Education that didn’t know what it was doing.’ Sandra Stotsky, opponent of Commons Core standards state would benefit from the delay. But the majority of committee members didn’t agree. The Democrat-led committee rejected Marble’s bill on a 4-3 party-line vote, following a lengthy and often emotional hearing that even resulted in a couple of lawmakers trying to hold back tears. Although he heard testimony that “will give him a lot of things to think about going home,” Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, said he is supportive of the standards. “I am still a believer that we can build a set of rigorous standards,” he said. “I don’t think the answer is to pause on this.” States can voluntarily adopt Common Core standards and 45 states and the District of Columbia have done so. Colorado’s State Board of Education decided to adopt the standards after a study determined that the federal math and English standards were closely aligned with those that the state was already using. Colorado schools adopted the standards through its participation of the PARCC multi-state consortia — Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Through PARCC, Common Core testing is set to begin next year. Testimony on Marble’s bill lasted several hours inside the Old Supreme Court Chambers, the Capitol’s largest committee hearing room. Supporters of the bill cited several reasons as to why committee members should put the standards on hold.

Sandra Stotsky, a longtime educator and national opponent of Common Core standards, began her testimony by telling the committee that New York lawmakers had voted the day before to delay its Common Core implementation for three years. She said that New York has it right because Common Core’s math standards don’t prepare them for the next instructional levels and that the ability of local school boards to dictate their own curriculum “was wiped out overnight” by the 2010 State Board of Education decision. “(Common Core) is a sticky jar of molasses that was voted on by a State Board of Education that didn’t know what it was doing,” she said. Others were critical of the demands that assessments place on school districts’ technology. Stephanie Pico of the Cherry Creek School District said that lack of human and technological resources cause stress “and a sense of helplessness” among teachers who are already overwhelmed by technology issues. Others testified that the federal standards dictate curriculum, which undermines local control of how schools should operate. Monument Academy Principal Lis Richard told the committee that the connection between assessment standards and curriculum is “inseparable.” “I believe the intentions have been good, but ill advised,” she said. “Adopting a na-

tional form of standards has never been proven to reform education. Our footprint for the instructional time we’re going to miss (leaves us) very concerned.” Others said that students are buried under assessment tests to begin with. George Sader, a former educator, testified that assessment standards like Common Core force a child who is slow to develop in school “to run faster than he can run.” “We’re reaching the point where we test more than we teach,” Sader said. But Common Core supporters said the standards help students develop critical thinking across all instructional areas and that it helps develop equity in the learning system. Elizabeth Miner, a physical education teacher who was named the 2014 Colorado Teacher of the Year, said the uniform standards provide students “a consistent and clear understanding of what students are required to learn.” And Jessica Keigan, a teacher at Thornton’s Horizon High School, said the standards “help kids grasp complex ideas.” Kerrie Dallman, president of the Colorado Education Association, said her organization strongly supports Colorado Academic Standards, which she said affords equal footing for students without placing a ceiling on what they can learn. Dallman said the problem isn’t with assessment testing, but with teachers’ lack of resources in the classroom. “A lack of resources negatively impact implementation of those standards,” she said. “It’s the perfect storm of implementation and lack of resources.” The hearing, which lasted more than six hours, became emotional toward the end with one witness offering tearful testimony in support of the bill. And Marble and Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, each had to compose themselves prior to the committee wrapping up the hearing.

LEGISLATURE BRIEFS Logo vote bill rejected

It looks like Colorado’s new state logo is here to stay, after Democrats on a House committee rejected a bill that would allow the new symbol to go to the voters. The logo — which was initiated by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office — features a green, snow-capped mountain with the letters “CO.” Businesses looking to tout their Colorado roots through marketing efforts will be able to use the new logo without having to pay state royalties. The committee rejected Rankin’s effort, following a party-line vote of 6-5.

Gun permit measure fails

A Republican effort to roll back permit requirements for those who carry concealed weapons died in a House committee on Feb. 4. House Bill 1041, sponsored by Reps. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, and Jared Wright, R-Fruita, would have done away with Colorado statute that prohibits the carrying of a concealed weapon without a permit. The bill suffered an expected party-line defeat in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill was another failed attempt by Republican lawmakers to roll back a Democratic gun law platform that Democrats believe better protects the public from harm. Republicans disagree and claim that those efforts are burdensome to law-abiding citizens.

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Ankle-monitoring tampering bill advances

The House Appropriations Committee on Feb. 6 unanimously voted in support of a measure that would send parolees to jail if they remove or tamper with their electronic monitoring devices. Those who tamper with their devices are subject to an immediate warrant-less arrest. Motivation behind the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Tim Dore, R-Elizabeth, stems from last year’s murder of Tom Clements, the Colorado prisons chief who was shot to death by a man on parole who had cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet. The bill now heads to a vote on the floor of the House.

Synthetic pot liability bill moves forward

Retailers who sell synthetic drugs will face fines and civil liability, under a bill that passed a House committee last week. The so-called designer-drugs, such as synthetic marijuana, have resulted in hospital visits or death among some who have smoked them. House Bill 1037, sponsored by Rep. Lois Landgraf, R-Fountain, would slap vendors who sell the drugs with penalties up to $500,000. That money would be diverted to the state’s general fund. The bill unanimously passed the House Judiciary Committee and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

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February 20, 2014

‘Christian Brothers’ set to open Area couple opens auto repair shop based on Christian values By Virginia Grantier

vgrantier@coloradocommunitymedia. com It won’t be possible down the road to get a car repaired on Saturday and Sunday at the new Christian Brothers Automotive shop in Castle Rock, say the owners, Steve and Andrea Peterson of Castle Rock. For a couple of months, the new store at 5271 New Abbey Lane, which opens at 7 a.m. Feb. 24, will be open on Saturdays while they develop a customer base, but after that it will be closed all weekend long, Saturdays and Sundays, so employees can have that time off. “Everyone has the right to a family life,” Andrea Peterson said in a recent interview. And that’s only one of several operational requirements for this faith-based store that’s the 125th store in the Christian Brothers chain, started in Houston by two bornagain Christian friends who were frustrated about not being able to find a trust-worthy mechanic. Franchise owners such as the Petersons must be born-again Christians, but it’s not a “hard-and fast-rule” that employees are, the Petersons said. What is hard and fast is that the shop operates with Christian values in mind. On the back bumper of Andersons’ courtesy

Andrea and Steve Peterson of Castle Rock are opening the town’s first Christian Brothers Automotive, 5721 New Abbey Lane, at 7 a.m. Feb. 24. It will be the 125th shop in a chain based on Christian values, the Petersons said. Photo by Virginia Grantier vehicle that will take customers to the nearby outlet mall, or grocery store, or other location, are the words, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” from the New Testament, Matthew 22:39. Every quarter the Petersons, as well as the shop’s manager and two technicians, will participate in a community service day project — and twice a year they will provide free oil changes for low-income people.

If the mechanics find something else that would make the car unsafe, they’ll repair that, too. The Petersons said they’ll enlist churches’ help to find people in need. This company is about “relationships, not transactions,” he said. Steve Peterson, who most recently was CEO of a company that owned and operated hospitals, said before they owned this

franchise, he had been a long-time customer at Christian Brothers Automotive in Texas where they formerly lived. And he always had their two daughters, college students, take their cars to a local Christian Brothers shop. “We know they won’t take advantage of them,” Andrea Peterson said. When Steve and Andrea Peterson, who had always loved Colorado for skiing vacations, decided on a new chapter, being empty nesters now with both daughters in college, they decided on Colorado — and on owning Christian Brothers franchise, in part because of the chain’s reputation for honesty and integrity. And they were greatly impressed during a meeting with the Christian Brothers’ founder and general counsel that they were asked to join them in prayer, to ask God to reveal if this was the right opportunity for the Petersons and for the company. Things fell into place, and the couple moved to Castle Rock more than a year ago to get established in a church and in the community. Steve Peterson is on the town’s Public Works Commission, among other efforts. Andrea teaches tourism and hospitality classes at Metro State University. “It was a God thing,” Andrea said, that led them to getting this location for the shop, which is close to The Meadows, a community full of young families with newer cars. And it’s a Peterson thing to make sure it’s worthy.

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A worker places a slab of plywood over a gaping hole in the front of Parker’s DMV office in Cottonwood, where a 10-year-old put her mother’s car into gear and drove into the waiting room. She is facing charges. Photo by Chris Michlewicz

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A 10-year-old girl is facing a careless driving charge after allegedly crashing her mother’s car into a Department of Motor Vehicles office. The girl, who was not identified because of her age, was left in the vehicle with her 12-year-old sister while their mother went inside to conduct business. The 10-year-old apparently started the ignition and put the GMC Envoy into gear before it slowly rolled through a large window at the front of the DMV office near Cottonwood Drive and South Parker Road. A “few dozen” people were inside when the car entered around 1:20 p.m. Feb. 10, but there were no injuries, said Sgt. Andy Coleman, public information officer for the Parker Police Department. “The way the car entered, it was going pretty slow and it went over the curb and sidewalk first,” he said. “Where it went, the seats were off to one side and it went down a big path.” The mother told investigators that she

turned the vehicle off before going inside, therefore police were unable to charge her with leaving a running vehicle unattended. It’s unclear whether the girl had to press on the brake pedal before putting the car into drive. Police believe the incident was not intentional. “The mom was able to see her vehicle enter the building and started yelling at the daughter and reached inside,” Coleman said. “The daughter put her foot on the brake and the mom took the keys.” There was no structural damage to the building and a construction team placed a slab of plywood over the gaping hole. The DMV opened for business the following day. A cost estimate for the damage was not available. The 10-year-old, who was “pretty upset” at the scene, faces one count of careless driving, Coleman said, adding it will be a “learning lesson.” The age of 10 is the youngest in which a person can be charged with a crime in Colorado. The police department can only recommend charges. Depending on what the town attorney and district attorney’s office decides, the girl could be processed through a municipal court system designed for children, Coleman said.


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February 20, 2014

KNOWLEDGE IS THE ULTIMATE

PREVENTATIVE

MEDICINE. University of Colorado Hospital is excited to bring you a helpful and informative seminar series at the Lone Tree Health Center. Get your questions answered and learn more about your health from the University of Colorado School of Medicine physicians, right here in your neighborhood. UPCOMING SEMINAR:

FOR YOUR VALENTINE, LEARN ABOUT YOUR HEART HEALTH Presented by: Mark Keller, MD – Assistant Professor, Cardiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine Raphael Sung, MD – Assistant Professor, Cardiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:00 – 7:30pm

Mark Keller, MD

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Over the last year you’ve heard conflicting reports about cholesterol numbers and changes, who’s right? Learn from the experts on heart health at the Lone Tree Health Center. Find out what the right numbers are and how they are now being treated. Also understand the changes and updates for Atrial Fibrillation treatment, what can be done and how one in four of us may get this condition in our lifetime. Cost: Free CLASSES OFFERED AT: Lone Tree Health Center 9548 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, CO 80124 TO REGISTER GO TO: WWW.UCH.EDU/LONETREE Or call Amy Hurley at 720-553-1127 or 720-848-2200


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A jade mosaic mask is included in the new exhibit “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, open in the new Morgridge Family Exploration Center at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, through Aug. 24. Courtesy photo

Denver Museum of Nature and Science travels back 13 centuries By Sonya Ellingboe

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This engraved stone stele is included in the new exhibit “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” now open in the new Morgridge Family Exploration Center at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science through Aug. 24. Courtesy photo

Excitement is high as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science opens a new educational wing and a major exhibit on the ancient — and living — Maya: “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.” The exhibit, organized through collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota; Museum of Science, Boston and San Diego Natural History Museum, is the largest exhibition about the Maya civilization ever to be displayed in the United States, according to the DMNS. It will run until Aug. 24. It combines artifacts that have not been exhibited before with hands-on activities and immersive environments such as an underworld cave, a recreation of a night sky and a mural room, enabling the visitor to explore once elegant cities as well as today’s Maya people. As they enter the exhibit, families will be introduced to the giant ceiba tree, which connected cities and villages with Heaven and the underworld, through its deep root system. Themes of death and rebirth are repeated in Maya narratives, found on monuments, in writings, in burial sites. The exhibit looks at royalty as well as the common people — laborers and servants. Replicas of ancient stone structures carry stories of royal dynasties. As these structures are rediscovered, the understanding of an ancient world remains a study in progress. Families will learn how archaeologists decipher the glyphs they discover —and

if you go “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” will be at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science through August 24. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Hours are generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some special additions. There will be ongoing related programs for adults and children. See www.dmns.org or call 303-370-6000 for information about programs, tickets and more. kids can learn to make their own glyph, one of many interactive opportunities. A timeline explores the history and translation of the glyphs. The Maya were sophisticated astronomers and a new show in the Gates Planetarium will elaborate on Mayan skies, in addition to materials in the Anschutz Gallery exhibit. Budding engineers will be interested in learning about construction techniques of cities, roadways, pyramids, while historians will be interested in ideas about the underworld as well as an introduction to an early ball game. Learn about life and death, diet and lifestyle through artifacts, a recreated tomb and excavation. A recreation of three small mural-covered rooms discovered in Chiapas offer scenes of life at court, celebrations, war and more dated in the late 8th century. Visitors are encouraged to look for artifacts pictured in the murals. One more exhibit looks at Mayan households, where goods were produced — and still are today. One can touch a backstrap loom and learn about food production. And then, there’s the history of chocolate…

Art community urged to ‘make contact’ Center for Visual Art brings artists together By Sonya Ellingboe

sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia. com The Metropolitan State University art faculty has developed “Making Contact,” a new exhibit running Feb. 21 to April 5 at its Center for Visual Art, through various kinds of interaction with individual communities: artists, students, alumni, etc. Related events are still developing, according to Creative Director Cecily Cullen. Recently, Cullen writes, there has been increased emphasis in the nonprofit, cultural field on collaboration, with a view to engaging audiences and breaking down barriers between groups of people. The CVA’s mission is to serve as a bridge between the university and the public and “… to provide diverse, high quality art experiences that advance the global urban dialogue.” Art lovers are invited to enter in the dia-

if you go The Metro State University Center for Visual Art is at 965 Santa Fe Dr. in Denver’s Arts District. Admission is free. Call 303-294-5207 or visit www.MetroStateCVA. org.

logue. Artwork by faculty members will connect with their communities in some way, depending on the individual artist’s inclinations and skills. Ceramic artist Teshai Johnson’s interactive installation, “Fluids,” relates to a prior survey of friends and colleagues about relationships with things they drink. She has made 300 cups and glasses with screenprinted responses — which will be pulled off display to serve guests at the opening reception. Painting faculty Carlos Fresquez, Gigi Lambert, Ryan Gilmartin and Dawn McFadden have also worked together on a large-scale painting. Matt Jenkins will create “Fracking Field

Trips” through travel with various groups to hydraulic fracking sites along the Front Range and it, like some other projects, will change as the exhibit progresses. Related events will be added to the schedule, but readers might note: • Feb. 21: Opening reception from 6-8 p.m. • March 13: “Making Contact in Conversation” with Peter Bergman, Jenkins and Johnson at 7 p.m. • April 4: “Making Contact: a Dance Experiment” with young Colorado Ballet dancers, inspired by works in “Making Contact” at 7 p.m., 7:30 and 8. Assistant professor Kelly Monico will work with dancers to create costumes that integrate video into the performance. Marlene Strang, Colorado Ballet Director of Curriculum, will choreograph. (As a side note, Colorado Ballet will be moving to the Arts District, near CVA, when its recently-purchased building is ready.) • “Imprints: MSU Student Printmaking” will be exhibited in the Emerging Artists Gallery, juried by Kimiko Miyoshi of Cal State, Long Beach.

Artists’ works shown at hospital The Arapahoe Community College Art Department is collaborating with Littleton Adventist Hospital’s Healing Arts Program by mounting works by two faculty members, Marsha Wooley and Olga Vogler, in an area where all can enjoy them. The paintings will be in place March 1 through May 3 in the long hall that connects the hospital’s main lobby with the outpatient department. Wooley is a semi-retired art professor and practicing artist who grew up at many different locations, including Colorado where she developed her love for nature and western landscape. Vogler, who teaches at ACC, studied art at the Russian Academy in the Ural Mountains for five years. She came to Colorado to experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The exhibit is open to the public.

Eye of the Camera

Littleton’s Fine Arts Board holds its 48th annual “Eye of the Camera” exhibition from Feb. 21 to March 30 at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Open during Museum hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 12 to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. 303-795-3950.

Young singers

The Denver Lyric Opera Guild, which includes many south area members, will hold its 30th annual competition for Colorado singers. Preliminaries will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village. Finals will be 1 to 5 p.m. March 15, also at Bethany Lutheran. Opera lovers can attend free to hear tomorrow’s stars. The DLOG welcomes new members and holds a monthly opera-oriented luncheon. See: www.DenverLyricOperaGuild.org for information.

Lone Tree Symphony

“Images of Nature and Light” is the theme for the 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 concert by the Lone Tree Symphony at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Lone Tree resident Jacinda Bouton leads the orchestra in its 14th season. The program includes: “Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)” by Ludwig Van Beethoven; “Rainbow Body,” a modern work by Christopher Theofanidis, “Over the Waves” by Juvento Rosas and “A Salute to Cole Porter.” At 7 p.m., before the Symphony performance, members of the Colorado Youth Symphony will entertain arriving guests with works by Bartok, Brahms and Bach. Tickets cost $12/$6 and are available at the box office or at www.lonetreeartscenter. org. There is an additional $3 handling fee. 720-509-1000.

Lions and Zebras and Leopards, oh my!

Local photographer Fan Cheung has an exhibit, “African Safari,” at Lone Tree Library, 8827 Lone Tree Parkway through Feb. 28. Images are also on her website, www. FanCheungPhotography.com.

Molly Brown ballet

“Avoca: A Tale of Molly Brown” and “A Sleeping Beauty Tale” will be presented by Ariel Ballet at the Parker Mainstreet Center, 19650 E. Mainstreet, Parker, at 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2. Tickets: $22/$20/$16, www.PACEcenteronline.org.


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February 20, 2014

More talking to babies helps their brains Research targets ways to overcome the ‘word gap’

fore they start kindergarten, children from middle-class or affluent families have heard millions more words than youngsters from low-income families, leaving the poorer children with smaller vocabularies and less ready to succeed academically. Fernald said by some measures, 5-year-olds from lowincome families can lag two years behind their peers in tests of language development. Brain scans support the link, said Dr. Kimberly Noble of Columbia University Medical Center. Early experiences shape the connections that children’s brains form, and kids from higher socio-economic backgrounds devote more “neural real estate” to brain regions involved in language development, she found. How early does the word gap appear? Around age 18 months, Stanford’s Fernald discovered when she compared how children mentally process the language they hear. Lower-income kids in her study achieved at age 2 the level of proficiency that more affluent kids had reached six months earlier. To understand why language processing is so important, consider this sentence: “The kitty’s on the bench.” If the youngster knows the word “kitty,” and his brain recognizes it quickly enough, then he can figure out what “bench” means by the context. But if he’s slow to recognize “kitty,” then “bench” flies by before he has a chance to learn it. Next, Fernald tucked recorders into Tshirts of low-income toddlers in Spanishspeaking households to determine what they heard all day — and found remarkable differences in what’s called child-directed speech. That’s when children are spoken to directly, in contrast to television or conversations they overhear. One child heard more than 12,000 words of child-directed speech in a day, while another heard a mere 670 words, she found. The youngsters who received more childdirected speech processed language more efficiently and learned words more quickly, she reported. But it’s not just quantity of speech that matters — it’s quality, Hoff cautioned. She studied bilingual families and found that whatever the language, children fare better when they learn it from a native speaker. In other words, if Mom and Dad speak Spanish but aren’t fluent in English, it’s better for the child to have a solid grounding in Spanish at home and then learn English later in school.

By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press

Using videos that claim to teach toddlers, or flash cards for tots, may not be the best idea. Simply talking to babies is key to building crucial language and vocabulary skills — but sooner is better, and long sentences are good. So says research that aims to explain, and help solve, the troubling “word gap”: Children from more affluent, professional families hear millions more words before they start school than poor kids, leaving the lower-income students at an academic disadvantage that’s difficult to overcome. That gap starts to appear at a younger age than scientists once thought, around 18 months, said Stanford University psychology professor Anne Fernald. And research presented last week at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science suggests that it’s not just hearing lists of words that matters as much as rich, varied language with good grammar that trains babies’ brains to learn through context. Instead of just saying, “Here’s an orange,” it would be better to say: “Let’s put the orange in this bowl with the banana and the apple and the grapes.” “It’s making nets of meaning that then will help the child learn new words,” Fernald explained. “The advice I give mothers is to have conversations with your babies,” added Erika Hoff, a psychology professor at Florida Atlantic University. “Children can hear lots of talk that goes over their head in terms of the meaning, and they still benefit from it.” The research comes amid a growing push for universal preschool, to help disadvantaged youngsters catch up. But it also raises the question of whether children from lowincome, less educated families need earlier intervention, such as preschool that starts at age 3 instead of 4, or higher quality day care or even some sort of “Let’s talk” campaign aimed at new parents to stress talking, singing and reading with tots even before they can respond. That can be difficult for parents working multiple jobs, or who may not read well or who simply don’t know why it’s important. Scientists have long known that be-

THINGS TO DO EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. Send listings to calendar@coloradocommunitymedia.com. No attachments, please. Listings are free and run on a space-available basis. FEB. 23 MONTHLY BREAKFAST The Elbert Woman’s Club plans its monthly breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Russell Gates Mercantile Community Hall. Biscuits, gravy, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, coffee/tea and juice are served for $6/adults and $3/children younger than 12. The hall is located in Elbert on Elbert Road between Highways 86 and 24, 11 miles south of Kiowa. Proceeds support the maintenance and renovation of the Hall, built in 1906. APRIL 9, April 10 WRITING CONTEST Creative Communication is accepting submissions for its essay contest, with divisions for grades 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, through Feb. 18; and its poetry contest, with divisions for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, through April 10. Top 10 winners will be named in each division. Essays must be between 100 and 250 words on any non-fiction topic. Poetry must be 21 lines or less in English. Entries can made online at www.poeticpower.com or mail entries, labeled Poetry Contest or Essay Contest, to 159 N. Main, Smithfield UT 84335. Include author’s name, address, city, state and ZIP, current grade, school name, school address and teacher’s name. Home school students are welcome to enter. Selected entries of merit will be invited to be published in an anthology. An art contest for grades K-12 also is coming up. To enter, take a photo of your original artwork and enter it at www.celebratingart.com; deadline is April 9. Full contest information is available online, or call 435-713-4411. 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 http://outbackexpress.tripod.com. 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 morgan@hayday.org. 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.

DOUGLAS-ELBERT COUNTY Music Teachers’ Association meets at 9 a.m. every first Thursday at Parker Bible Church, between Jordan and Chambers on Main Street. All area music teachers are welcome. Call Lucie Washburn, 303-814-3479. 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 http://www.elbertcountysheriff.com/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. 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. LAWYERS AT the Library, a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be offered from 6-9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Elizabeth Library, 651 W. Beverly St. 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. MYSTERY BOOK Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Simla Public Library. The group enjoys talking about a variety of mystery authors and titles. We also periodically host a Colorado author during our meetings. Everyone may join us, and registration is not required. Visit the Simla Branch of the Elbert County Library District at 504 Washington Avenue, call 719-541-2573, or email farabe@ elbertcountylibrary.org.

Saturday, March 1 10:00 am - 3:00 pm The Wildlife Experience is going to the dogs! Watch the start of the race on our 53-foot Extreme Screen, meet live dogs & wolves, see Balto on the big screen and more!

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We offer FREE pick-up!

”Reasonable Prices” We are a single mom ministry. Our program goal is to educate, empower individuals so they can become employable and attain self-sufficiency. Second Chances Furniture Thrift Store 209 W. Littleton Blvd., #A Littleton, CO 80120

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Featuring 19 varieties of live turtles, crocodilians, lizards and snakes from around the world displayed in natural habitats.

Wild Outdoor Workshops Ice Fishing, Archery and More. Visit our website for a complete listing:

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February 20, 2014

Chinese photographer’s work at RedLine Artist’s works appear in U.S. for first time

IF YOU GO

By Sonya Ellingboe

sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia. com RedLine’s exhibit, “A New Attitude: CHEN Man’s Provocative Interpretations of Contemporary Chinese Women,” has been curated by Julie Seagraves, executive director of the Asian Coordinating Council in Denver. The Chinese artist’s first exhibit in the U.S. will include 32 images and will run March 1 to April 27 at RedLine. It is the second part of a yearlong series focusing on female artists called “She Crossed the Line.” “CHEN Man’s work has evolved since her first “Vision Magazine” cover in 2003. But the interaction of the real and imaginary, everyday and ideal, commercial art and Avant-garde art all continue to impact her

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“A New Attitude: CHEN Man’s Provocative Interpretations of Contemporary Chinese Women” runs from March 1 to April 27 at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe St., Denver. Admission is free. For schedule, see www.redlineart. org or call 303-296-4448. Subsequent shows in the “She Crossed the Line” series will be: “Senga Nengudi: The Performing Body” from June 6-July 20; “Harmony Hammond: Becoming/Unbecoming Monochrome” from Aug. 2 to Sept. 28; and “Surveying Judy Chicago” from Oct. 17 to Dec. 28. photographs,” said Seagraves. CHEN Man was born in Beijing in 1980 and was drawing at a very early age. Her mother enrolled her in art classes and in a special arts high school, followed by graphics study at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. While still a student, she produced covers for “Vision Magazine,” described as a progressive Chinese art and fashion magazine, using post-production digi-

tal techniques that were new to China at the time. She also contributes regularly to Chinese editions of “Vogue,” “Elle,” “Harper’s Bazaar,” “Cosmopolitan” and “Esquire” and had a large exhibition of her work exhibited at the Chinese Culture Center in Manchester, UK in 2012. She writes of her interpretation of Chinese culture, adapted by western techniques … a mix of Oriental and Western, “tacky and elegant…” and said she is influenced by Beijing street culture. Photoshop is an important tool and her computerized 3-D techniques are distinctive. She is currently married and has two young children. RedLine is a contemporary art center, located in Denver’s Historic Five Points, which also offers residency space to a rotating number of artists and encourages community participation in the arts. Readers interested in contemporary art will want to visit if they are not familiar with its influence in the local scene.

A photograph by CHEN Man for the cover of “Vision” magazine is included in the exhibit: “A New Attitude: CHEN Man’s Provocative Interpretations of Contemporary Chinese Women” at RedLine Gallery from March 1 to April 27. Courtesy photo

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Trinity Lutheran Church & School

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:45 a.m. Trinity Lutheran School & ELC (Ages 3-5, Grades K-8)

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Where people are excited about God’s Word.

Plans Gone Astray? To whom will you go when you’re out of ideas? There are times when we simply need a gracious God to guide us. Come and join us at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings at Lone Tree Civic Center, 8527 Lone Tree Parkway. For directions and any questions about our ministry, contact Pastor Craig: (303) 883–7774 Immanuel Lutheran Mission is a member congregation of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ

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Methodist Church 

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Parker

1200 South Street Castle Rock, CO 80104 303.688.3047 www.fumccr.org

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Sunday 8am, 9:30am, 11am Sunday School 9:15am

Little Blessings Day Care www.littleblessingspdo.com

Chabad

Jewish Center

Douglas County’s only Synagogue, Hebrew School and Preschool No membership required www.DenverJewishCenter.com

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Lone Tree

Sunday Worship: 10:45AM & 6PM Bible Study: 9:30AM Children, Young People & Adults 4391 E Mainstreet, Parker, Colorado 80134 Church Office – (303) 841-3836

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Highlands Ranch

GRACE PRESBYTERIAN

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Currently meeting at: 9220 Kimmer Drive, Suite 200 Lone Tree 80124 303-688-9506 www.LoneTreeCoC.com

Littleton

Greenwood Village

Connect – Grow – Serve

Sunday Worship

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February 20, 2014

‘The Lyons,’ growls and claws included Play makes its regional premiere at Vintage Theatre By Sonya Ellingboe

sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia. com Lights go up on a very ordinary hospital room. Rita (Debra Persoff ) sits near Ben’s bed, leafing through a shelter magazine, planning to redo the 40-year-old living room, where “every stain is a reminder of some disastrous day.” Ben (Joey Wishnia), dying of cancer, utters yet another string of profanity and protests that he likes the living room as it is. No sentimental goodbyes hover in this air. “I realize you’re not actually going to be

there to enjoy it … just try to be positive,” she tells him, reinforcing the sense that this marriage has meant 40 years of unhappy days for her. Daughter Lisa (Haley Johnson) arrives and we learn that she solves her issues through alcohol and is looking for a new AA sponsor. Son Curtis (Preston Lee Britton), a short story writer, appears with a huge — and, given the circumstances, entirely inappropriate — plant and further unpleasantness ensues. Ben can’t accept Curtis’ sexual orientation. Curtis’ encounter with realtor/actor Brian (Nathan Bock) in Act II adds tarnish. Active playwright Nicky Silver has created an unrelentingly dysfunctional Jewish

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February 20, 2014

Siblings shine in Puppy Bowl Franktown family fostered Loren and Laney By Chris Michlewicz

cmichlewicz@coloradocommunitymedia.com At least one team from Colorado had a good showing on Super Bowl Sunday. Loren and Laney, brother and sister Brittany Spaniel mixes that were fostered in Franktown, got starring roles Feb. 2 in Puppy Bowl X, the canine alternative to the big game aired annually by the Animal Planet. The program features pups from around the country that need a home, and Loren and Laney made the most of their moment in the spotlight by each adorably scoring a touchdown. Lisa Petri, president and volunteer at the Colorado Animal Welfare League in Castle Rock, said she was flooded with phone calls after the Puppy Bowl. Compassionate viewers reached out in the hopes that one of the siblings was still available, but, alas, the

segment was filmed in October, shortly before Loren and Laney were adopted by families in Golden and Wellington, respectively. “People were very interested in them,” said Petri, who attended a Puppy Bowl party at the Watering Bowl in Denver and discovered the messages the next day. Petri, a Franktown resident, raised Loren and Laney during their first three months. She received a chance phone call from the Animal Planet in August asking for entries for the 10th installment of the popular Puppy Bowl. More than a month after sending in audition tapes, both Brittany Spaniels received an invitation to New York. With help from Petri and her husband, Kyle, the puppies packed their beds, food, bowls, toys, chewies, leashes and vet records and headed off to the airport. “Growing up in Franktown, Colorado, the puppies had never seen anything like New York City,” reads a travel log entry on the welfare league’s website. “Neither one of them had ever walked on a leash, been to a dog park or (been)

driven in a taxi.” When it came time to perform, the duo delivered. They posed valiantly for “hero shots” that soon went viral online, and the Petris’ voices were taped while they described the siblings. The green room where the stars were staged was littered with more than 60 frolicking puppies and their foster parents. “Laney was in the first group and was quickly whisked off to perform. What a star!” Petri wrote in the travel log entry. “Kyle and I could watch on the television in the green room and we could see how well she was doing. She played with all the puppies and even splashed in the water bowl.” The hopefuls who wanted to adopt the puppies were disappointed, but Loren and Laney did their job by highlighting the importance of giving dogs without families a forever home. For more information about fostering or adopting from the Colorado Animal Welfare League, visit www.coloradoanimalwelfare. org.

Lisa Petri, president of the Colorado Animal Welfare League, holds Loren and Laney, sibling Brittany Spaniel mixes from Franktown, during a trip to New York City for Puppy Bowl X, which aired on Animal Planet Feb. 2. Both dogs have found forever homes. Courtesy photo

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Elbert County News 15 February 20, 2014

Houston leads six Cardinals to state 120-pound regional champion makes fourth appearance at tournament By Scott Stocker

Special to Colorado Community Media “I can’t wait to eat.” That was one of the comments from Elizabeth wrestler Gavril Houston after the Cardinal’s 120-pounder finished up at the Class 4A, Region 1, state-qualifying tournament in Broomfield. Houston, a senior, defeated, LewisPalmer’s Trevor Wilch, 3-1, in overtime to win his weight class with 29 seconds left in the first overtime period on Feb. 15. While holding down the No. 1 seed, he had received a first-round bye, and from there, he pinned Air Academy’s Dillon Cea (1:55) in the quarterfinals then defeated Mullen’s Donald Sisneros, 7-2, in the semifinals, before the matchup with Wilch. Now, it’s on to state, which will be held Feb. 20-22 at Denver’s Pepsi Center. Houston helped pace the Cardinals to a thirdplace finish at the regional among the 17 teams. In all, the Cardinals qualified six wrestlers. Broomfield, with three-time state champion D.J. Zissimos, leading the way, won the team championship with 261 points, and was followed by Lewis-Palmer (182) and Elizabeth (169), rounding out the top three. The Eagles qualified 11 wrestlers while winning the regional title before an enthusiastic home crowd. “It certainly was good overall, but as a team, not quite what we had hoped for,”

said Houston, who will carry a 39-4 record into state. “I just wish a few more of the guys would have qualified. We still have good guys headed downtown and we’re all going to give it the best we have. … Here’s hoping for the best.” Houston, who started the season at 126 pounds, is making his fourth appearance at the state tournament. The individual seeding for the regional seemed to be just about perfect as only two of the No. 1 seeds did not win titles. Unfortunately, this included Elizabeth’s 106-pounder, Tyler Erzen. Erzen was pinned by Lewis-Palmer’s No. 2 seed, Alec Oberndorfer in 1:34, and as a result, will take a 37-5 record into state. “I had him on his back and I just didn’t finish, it’s that plain and simple,” Erzen said. “He caught me and threw me. Let this be something to learn from. I’m excited about state and I just want to get on the podium. That has been my year-end goal. Now, I need to go out and accomplish it. Our team was ready, but I just certainly wish a few more could have made it.” Erzen opened the tournament by pinning Broomfield’s Ty McAninch in 2:09, defeated Ryan Joyner of Palmer Ridge, 4-0, then pinned Air Academy’s Ben Markworth in 3:24, before the championship loss. “We were really doing well on Friday during the first round and we felt good going into the quarters and semifinals,” Elizabeth coach Gary Martin said after the regional concluded. “But we just had some disappointing matches today. The boys came back proud. I hated to see Tyler lose in his final and it kind of felt like a Dan Gable moment. He has the ability to bounce back this week, for sure.

“Gav had a tough one at the end, but he was able to come through. I also think that he has a fine chance to do well at state. He’s had a fine year, to be sure.” Also heading to state for Elizabeth will be third-place finishers Kyle Prario at 160 pounds and Dallas Reins at 285, as well as fourth-place finishers Rob and John Leonard, wrestling at 145 and 152 pounds, respectively. Prario pinned Valor Chritian’s John Salazar in 5:21 in his opening match then followed with another pin in 1:41 against Mullen’s Lavios Brown. However, Niwot’s Jessie Slepicka dampened Prario’s run with a 10-4 victory. Yet the Cardinal grappler bounced back pinning Alameda’s Parker Roberts in 3:35 in his consolation semi, and beat Golden’s Gavin Baker, 5-0, for his bronze medal. “I’m stoked and it is such a pleasure to be going to state. It was my ultimate goal,” said Prario (25-17). “I lost to a better kid tonight. I just wanted to give it my all and just leave it all out on the mat. I had lost to him before and I knew it was going to be a tough match, but I gave it what I could against him. “I thought we did well as a team when you get down to it. Now, we’ll all have to see how it plays out at state. I’m thinking we can all do a pretty good job.” Reins pinned four of this five opponents in the regional, but fell in his semifinal against Broomfield’s Austyn Harris, by a 5-0 count. “I’m shocked, but happy with third,” said Reins (41-7). “I was not myself in my loss. I have wrestled him before and he’s a challenge. Now, I hope to meet him in state. This has been a fine season so far and I’ve looked up to my coaches and teammates who have

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pushed me. “The last two weeks, we have been pushed and I feel good about the outcome,” said Reins. “As a senior, I’m certainly glad to be headed to state again. Now, we’ll just have to see how things come out. I certainly would like to meet Harris in a state final.” John Leonard (27-13) had to win a wrestle-back against Niwot’s Matthew Strope with an overtime effort to make it in. Rob Leonard will enter state at 33-17. “The Leonards, wow,” Martin said. “I was certainly beginning to wonder if they were going to put it together. Kyle has had to battle whooping cough, but he is certainly healthy at the right time. Dallas always puts out. The key now is for all the boys to put out their best efforts this next week at state.”

Kiowa gets one wrestler in

Kiowa found the going rough in the Class 2A, Region IV tournament. The Indians, coached by Ryan Witzel, finished 13th in the field of 16 teams and only qualified one wrestlers for state, Connor Wills. Wills, wrestling at 145, was beaten by Baca County’s Luke Loflin, 12-2, in the third-place match and then had to defeat Rocky Ford’s Carlos Magdaleno in a wrestleback match for his qualifying position. “We only took three wrestlers to the region,” Witzel said. “The other two were Andrew Bann at 152 and Cole Pennington at 138. Andrew finished fifth, but Cole, a freshman, didn’t place. It was a tough region with several very good teams.” Rocky Ford, always a perennial title contender, won the regional title with 166 points. The Meloneers were followed by Swink (157) and Baca County (148). Kiowa scored 22.5 points.

Elizabeth hoops teams both take two Cardinals keep winning on the hardwood By Scott Stocker

Special to Colorado Community Media

The Kiowa Lady Indians were undefeated this season and are fourth-grade Eastern Plains Traveling Youth basketball champions for the second year in a row. The team won the championship Feb. 9 when they defeated the squad from Limon by a score of 19-10. Pictured are coaches Josh Schneider (left) and Benji Lemon. Back row (left to right) are Briahana Hermes, Kallie Lemon, Kodie Milnes, Hanna Brogger, Brin Schneider and Marissa Morgan. Front row (left to right): Kailey Hermes, Abby Hayes, Hannah Simmons, and Evelynn Kerbs. Courtesy of Lisa Hayes

Prep sports Scoreboard ELIZABETH HIGH SCHOOL

Girls basketball

UPCOMING GAMES

Boys basketball

Elizabeth 41, Skyview 18 Elizabeth girls continued their success being still undefeated in league and beating Skyview 41-18. The Cardinals scored eight points in the first quarter and 11 in the second quarter. Elizabeth was held to just three points in the third, but took off in the fourth with a game-high 19 points. Tatum Neubert leads the team averaging 21 points per game, nine rebounds per game and four blocks per game.

Boys basketball

Elizabeth 64, Skyview 36 Junior Aaron Stone scored 13 points followed by both Ryan White and James Christiansen with 11 points. Stone had 11 rebounds and six steals and Jake Gavitt had six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Trevor Boss had three rebounds and four assists and Christiansen had three assists and three steals.

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The Elizabeth boys basketball team came away with a couple of Colorado 7 League victories this past week, topping Weld Central, 83-38, and Skyview, 64-36, to improve to 15-6 on the year under coach Mike Boss. Jake Gavitt scored 19 points to lead the way against Weld Central and was joined in doublefigures by Trevor Boss and James Christiansen, who both added 13 points. Elizabeth also came through with splendid defensive efforts in both games. The Cardinals only allowed Weld Central 13 points in the first half while jumping out to a 42-13 halftime lead. That effort continued against Skyview as they held the Wolverines to 16 first-half points in their victory while zipping to a 38-16 lead. It wasn’t a bad week for the Elizabeth girls, either, as they also came through with a pair of wins, defeating Weld Central, 5346, and Skyview, 41-18. Tatum Neubert scored 27 points against Weld Central to lead Elizabeth, now 18-2. Also reaching double-figures was Olivia Whitworth with 14 points.

Simla squads top Kiowa

The Simla boys improved to 15-2 as the Cubs defeated Evangelical Christian, 65-33, on Feb. 14 and Kiowa, 62-48, a night later. Cody Norris scored 21 points to lead the way against Kiowa, while Kade Pyatt added 12. Kyle

Hamacher had 25 against ECA while getting a helping hand from Jason George, who scored 15. Defense was solid for Simla in both games. ECA could only come through with a five-point, first quarter against the Cubs and the Cubs held Kiowa to only two points in the second quarter in their win against the Indians. The girls also pulled off an impressive defensive effort against the two schools as they improved to 14-3. The Cubs held ECA to four points in the first quarter and three in the fourth as they came away with a 47-28 triumph on Feb. 14, and then held the Indians scoreless in the first quarter on their way to a 41-27 victory a night later.

Elbert teams falter

The Elbert boys, 6-8, were able to force a double overtime game against Edison on Feb. 10, but the Bulldogs couldn’t pull the game out in the end, losing 57-53. Jacob Miller led the way for Elbert with 18 points and was joined by Bret Meredith with 14. The Elbert girls were on the winning side in their game against Edison, coming away with a 63-40 victory and improving to 5-9. Emily Pranger came up with one of her finest games of the season as she scored 24 points for the Bulldogs. However, the points didn’t fall for the girls on either side of the court Feb. 15 against Community Christian as Elbert was beaten 26-21 in overtime. Rachelle Smith scored nine points to pace the winners. No stats were submitted by Elbert in a game in which the Bulldogs were held scoreless in the overtime.


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February 20, 2014

Woman thrives with experimental cancer drug Ellen Smith, of Centennial, is a `pioneer’ in groundbreaking clinical trials By George Lurie

glurie@coloradocommunitymedia.com In March 2008, Willow Creek resident Ellen Smith developed a nasty cough. “My doctor treated it as pneumonia but it just wouldn’t go away,” Smith says. “Finally, he sent me to the emergency room, where they discovered a large mass on one of my lungs. I never was a smoker so it was a big shock.” After Smith had a lung removed in August 2008 and then spent the following year battling lung cancer, her doctor told her the disease had progressed to Stage 4 and nothing more could be done. “It was a death sentence,” says Smith, 64, a former Douglas County kindergarten teacher. “But my family and I just didn’t accept it.” So Smith sought a second opinion, making an appointment at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado Hospital’s Cancer Center. She had heard doctors there were doing clinical trials on an experimental lung cancer drug. Made by the drug company Pfizer, the experimental drug, Crizotinib, was some-

what controversial when it was introduced in 2009, in part because of its cost — nearly $10,000 for a month’s worth of treatment. In June 2009, Smith was accepted into the CU Center’s program and became one of the first people in the world to receive the experimental drug. “It was exciting, but it was also frightening,” Smith says. “There were no precedents.” Almost immediately after starting the drug regimen, Smith began to feel better. While the Crizotinib did have a number of side effects, it kept her cancer in remission for two years. Smith took full advantage of her new lease on life: She got married again, watched her daughter get married, traveled with her husband to Europe and welcomed three new grandchildren to the world. “I’ve had a fantastic support system,” she says. “There’s a reason I need to be here. There’s a lot to live for.” Smith’s remarkable story of survival is inspiring — and encompasses many “firsts in the world of lung cancer research,” said Dr. Ross Camidge, director of the lung cancer program at the University of Colorado and Smith’s oncologist. “Ellen originally came to see me for a second opinion,” Camidge explains. “When we examined her, we found she had this very specific molecular abnormality in her

cancer. Even if you look within the lung cancer, there are very specific subsets of cancer on the molecular level.” Smith’s subsets responded very favorably to Crizotinib. “It’s not a cure but it’s a great way of controlling the cancer,” Camidge said. While Camidge marvels at Smith’s tenacity, Smith is also a big fan of her doctor. “He is brilliant and yet so down to earth,” she says. “I couldn’t ask for a better doctor.” In 2011, when Crizotinib stopped working, Smith again became a medical pioneer, undergoing a new kind of “targeted chemotherapy” that Camidge says kept her cancer at bay for another 18 months. Treatments include what Camidge calls “re-challenging” the cancer with the original targeted drug after intervening with chemotherapy, which the doctor says allows the cancer to “forget” about its previous resistance to the drug. Recently, a very small spot of Smith’s cancer has returned and Camidge has begun treating her with a second-generation version of Crizotinib. Smith remains upbeat and extremely hopeful that the medical advances she is helping prove will once again save her life. “There is so much research and discovery going on right now,” Smith says. “If you have to have cancer, this is the time to have it.”

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce announces 4th Annual “B.I.G. Day” by John Brackney

South Metro Denver Chamber President and CEO

Local nonprofits with projects to complete can apply Dozens of area non-profits with thousands of volunteers working together makes for a great day. And, that’s the goal for the 2014 edition of the B.I.G. (Be Involved Give) Day set for Saturday, April 26th from 8:30 to 12:00. The fourth installment of this annual event promises to be bigger and more productive than ever. “Last year’s event surpassed all our expectations,” says John Brackney, President and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. “Over 300 volunteers spent a Saturday morning at 22 non-profit agencies. Non-profits got to showcase all they do to volunteers from the business community and relationships were created. Best of all, everyone had a great time. We expect this year to be continue the tradition of getting bigger and better each year!” B.I.G. stands for “Be Involved, Give.” Because of the huge success of last year’s event, the goal is to have over one-thousand volunteers spend Saturday

morning at even more non-profits. Laurian Horowitz, Owner/Instructor of Colorado Life Lessons is again coordinating the sign-up of local nonprofits interested in taking part in what’s become an annual event that thousands look forward to. “The B.I.G. Day is an amazing day where our community can come together to volunteer.” says Horowitz. “For a nonprofit, it is a great opportunity to showcase themselves, to a new audience perhaps, and gain long term volunteers, monetary and in kind donations, as well as join forces with service organizations to complete huge projects in a short period of time.” Last year’s B.I.G. Day volunteers did everything from planting vegetables at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, to painting and preparing for the summer season at Dinosaur Ridge, to trail clean up with the South Suburban Park Foundation, to putting together and delivering meals for TLC Meals on Wheels - the list goes on and on. Children are welcome for most activities making it a fantastic family event and one that will build a sense of community in young minds. Slots for nonprofit organizations to take part in this year’s event are beginning to fill up and Horowitz urges

those interested to contact her either by phone at 303-257-9589 or e-mail at Laurian@ColoradoLiveLessons. com. There are currently 21 nonprofit organizations signed on and nonprofits do not need to be Chamber Investors in order to get involved in this event. Sign up for individual and corporate team volunteers will begin on March 1st. Brackney adds, “Imagine all that we can accomplish with thousands of volunteers?! And all of the projects our community non-profits can get done through this great event!” For updated information about the 2014 B.I.G. Day, visit the South Metro Denver Chamber Meetup site at www.Meetup.com/bestchamber/ events/124096422 or contact Laurian Horowitz at 303-257-9589.

During a trip to Italy, Ellen Smith said she was drawn to this tree, which is missing a portion of its trunk but is otherwise healthy. As part of her cancer treatment, Smith had one of her lungs removed. Courtesy photo

Calendar of Events For a complete calendar of South Metro Denver Chamber events and for more information, visit our web site at www.bestchamber.com or call 303-795-0142.

Thursday, February 20th: Health & Wellness Initiative Advisory Board Chamber Conference Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial 2014 FirstBank Community Leaders Forum Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton Are You Prepared? Emergency Crisis in the Workplace Safety Seminar Chamber Conference Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial Centennial Gun Club Grand Opening and Ribbon Shooting 6649 Paris St., Centennial 1st Annual E.L.I.T.E. Dodgeball Tournament Littleton Family YMCA, 11 West Dry Creek Ct., Littleton

Friday, February 21st: Social Marketing for Business: Converting Leads to Sales Chamber Conference Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial Rocky Mountain Energy Council Board of Advisors Chamber Conference Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial

Sunday, February 23rd: 2014 American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb Republic Plaza, 370 17th Street, Denver

Monday, February 24th: 2013 B.I.G. Day volunteers gather at the South Metro Denver Chamber to celebrate putting in over 1500 volunteer hours in one morning.

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Women in Leadership Advisory Board Chamber Conference Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial Chamber Ambassador Orientation Chamber Conference Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial

Tuesday, February 25th: Business Bible Study Chamber Conference Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial

Wednesday, February 26th: South Metro Denver Chamber Day at the Capitol State Capitol Bldg., 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver Centennial Business Coalition: BRE Interview Training Volcano Asian Cuisine, 10440 E. Arapahoe Rd., Centennial Health and Wellness Initiative Speaker Series: Colorado Health Institute Chamber Conference Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial

Thursday, February 27th: Cultural Business Alliance: Secrets of Cross Cultural Alliances... Chamber Conference Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Centennial

Friday, February 28th: The Sliding Door Company opened their first Denver showroom with a ribbon cutting celebration and party. Among the beautifully presented doors, guests enjoyed food and beverages while trying out the company’s flexible options. The company features a multitude of designs to enhance home, office, and work spaces in frosted, semitransparent, and clear tempered glass. www.slidingdoorco.com

Despite the snowfall, it was a great affair as Discover Health and Wellness celebrated the opening of their fifth location in the Denver metro area with a ribbon cutting. Family, friends, clients and fellow Chamber Investors joined in the fun as they enjoyed healthy fare and beverages while touring the facility. The office offers chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, and toxic cleansing services. www.discoverhealthandwellness.com

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Elbert County News 17

February 20, 2014

Fracking Continued from Page 1

No easy answers

Debate over fracking proves that there are no easy answers when it comes to this highly polarizing issue. Anti-fracking activists argue that it can have long-term effects on the environment and can cause drinking water contamination. Those who are adamantly opposed to fracking say that research into its effects on health has only begun to scratch the surface, as researchers continue to learn new information about the practice. For example, last week the University of Colorado released a study that indicates a higher percentage of birth defects among mothers who live near natural gas wells. But supporters of the industry insist that the practice is a safe one and one that creates jobs. They also point to statistics that show that fracking has made the U.S. less reliant upon foreign oil. “The facts are totally on our side,” said Tisha Schuller, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Schuller also told the forum that oil and gas money is so important to the state that 8 percent of Colorado’s economy would be at

risk if the ballot measure proves successful. “It would be devastating,” she said. “It would take out Colorado’s economy immediately.” But Wilmeng said that the oil and gas industry is being “short-sided” on this issue, ignoring environmental threats, while corporate CEO’s pad their wallets. “If the oil and gas industry is so confident in their longevity and popularity in the state, they should defer the decision making to the people of Colorado,” he said.

The politics of fracking

Making the issue even more difficult are the complicated politics that surround it. Yes, polls show that most fracking supporters are Republicans and most who oppose the practice are Democrats. However, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat and a geologist by trade, is a supporter of fracking. Schuller of COGA is a Democrat as well. Then there’s Fort Collins, located in Republican-leaning Larimer County, where voters last year put in place a five-year moratorium on fracking. Hickenlooper’s position on fracking has at times put him at odds with environmental advocates and members of his own party. He and his administration are co-plaintiffs in an oil and gas industry lawsuit against city of Longmont over its recent citizen-driven fracking ban. Hickenlooper’s administration’s position is that state law

in the building,” she said. “I think this is a case where there is pent-up frustration for failing to see enough movement (at the Legislature) and I think it’s totally the prerogative of people at the local level to take issues into their own hands.” In the meantime, the fight over fracking continues and both sides are in the process of mapping out their strategies. Schuller urged fracking supporters to be sympathetic to the concerns of those who have doubts about the practice. “My overwhelming message is not about necessarily getting the facts out alone, this is about an empathetic connection, building trust for decades to come,” she said after last month’s forum. “Oil and gas has been here for 100 years and we’re going to be here for decades to come. How do we let people know that this has been done safely and effectively for communities for a very long time? That’s what we’re working on.” Wilmeng hopes that voters across the state connect to same message that rallied Lafayette voters — that the “unaccountable” oil and gas industry is engaging in a dangerous environmental practice that needs to be curbed. “We look at this as a movement,” he said of allowing local “self-determination” on matters such as fracking. “What we’re considering hasn’t been done in a very, very long time. There’s no question we’re moving forward on this.”

supersedes municipalities on matters like these. “The main frustration we have with Gov. Hickenlooper is that he has no respect for the fundamental right of democracy for the people of the state,” Wilmeng said. The Legislature has also been criticized by anti-fracking advocates for not doing enough on the issue. Senate President Morgan Carroll, DAurora, said the Legislature has taken steps to address some of those concerns. She pointed to an increase in the number of well inspectors and said the state has set up infrared cameras meant to detect methane near drill sites. Carroll also mentioned a bill that is making its way through the Capitol that would require warnings on home purchase contracts, letting potential buyers know whether the land is on a split-estate property where drilling can occur. And she said that the Legislature could deal with local control issues as early as this session. At the same time, Carroll acknowledged the political realities associated with the fracking issue. “There’s other things that, for some of us personally or for our districts, would like to see done,” she said. “But like every other bill, it’s a vote counting-process. “Sometimes what’s popular or unpopular with the public isn’t the same as what’s popular or unpopular with elected officials

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safe so we are solidly behind oil and gas development. We think this is going to be very beneficial for Elbert County.” Agate resident Rick Blotter disagreed and implored the BOCC not to pass the new regulations, citing concerns over “water problems, air problems, respiratory problems, increased crime, the list goes on and on,” Blotter warned. “I understand the county needs money,” Blotter added. “And some people are going to take their royalty checks and move to Phoenix…My intentions are to protect our health, safety and property values.” But unlike previous BOCC meetings that turned contentious when the subject of oil and gas development was on the agenda, at the Feb. 12 meeting, the atmosphere was considerably less charged.

Even Grant Thayer, the former planning commission chair who resigned in July 2012 when the BOCC failed to pass a set of revised regulations he helped author, spoke in favor of the proposed new regulations. “They’re not perfect but they are certainly good enough,” Thayer told commissioners. The new regs, he added, will provide “an opportunity for the county infrastructure to improve, our children to have jobs and the county to grow.” Charlie Carnahan, who owns the oldest and largest ranch in Elbert County, also spoke in support of the revised regulations, which he called “sufficient to take care of the land and the environment.” County resident Tom Conley was even more direct in his comment to commissioners. “We need to move on and get some `Drill baby, drill’ going on in this county,” he said. Bob Davis, who operates an energy development company, told commissioners that with the new regulations in place, that he plans to file for two permits.

“We hope to bring jobs and economic development to Elbert County and will work hard to build and maintain trust,” he said. Representatives from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates oil and gas development in the state, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the industry’s lobby group, also endorsed the newly adopted regulations. “We’re at an important moment in Elbert County’s history,” said Rowland. BOCC Chair Kurt Schlegel concurred. “I’ve never made it a secret. I support energy development,” Schlegel said. “It’s not government’s job to be a burden on the citizens of this country. If somebody is lucky enough to have oil or gas on their property, they should be free to capitalize on it.” Fenner said she now expects her department will “see a number of new applications come into the office” and, in fact, immediately after the Feb. 12 meeting, representatives from several oil and gas companies lined up to speak to her.

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Applicants will own a pro-rata interest in the total amount of groundwater requested herein underlying their respective parcels. Source of Water Rights: The Upper Dawson aquifer is not nontributary as described in Sections 37-90-103(10.7), C.R.S., and the Lower Dawson, Denver, Arapahoe and Laramie-Fox Hills aquifers are nontributary as described in Section 37-90-103(10.5), C.R.S. Estimated Amounts: Upper Dawson: 8 acre-feet, includes water associated with Permit 144229, Lower Dawson: 4 acre-feet, Denver: 10 acre-feet, Arapahoe: 11 acre-feet, Laramie-Fox Hills: 8 acre-feet. Proposed Use: Domestic, including inhouse use, commercial, irrigation, livestock watering, fire protection, and augmentation purposes, including storage, both on and off the Subject Property. Description of plan for augmentation: Groundwater to be augmented: All of the available Upper Dawson aquifer groundwater requested herein over a 300 year pumping period. Water rights for augmentation: Return flows from the use of not nontributary and nontributary groundwater and direct discharge of nontributary ground water. Statement of plan for augmentation: 1.65 acre-feet per year for 300 years will be used through a new well for commercial use (0.5 acre-feet), inhouse use in one residence (0.4 acre-feet), irrigation of 12,000 square-feet of lawn, garden, and trees (0.7 acre-feet) and stockwatering of 4 large domestic animals (0.05 acre-feet), and 1 acre-foot per year for 300 years will be used through an existing well Permit No. 144229 for inhouse use in one residence (0.4 acre-feet), irrigation of approximately 8000 square-feet of lawn, garden, and trees (0.45 acre-feet) and stockwatering of 4 large domestic animals (0.05 acre-feet). Sewage treatment for inhouse and commercial use will be provided by a non-evaporative septic system and return flow from inhouse, commercial and irrigation use will be approximately 90% and 10% of that use, respectively. During pumping Applicants will replace actual depletions to the affected stream system pursuant to Section 37-90-137(9)(c.5), C.R.S. Depletions occur to the Running Creek stream system. Return flows accrue to the South Platte River stream system, and those return flows are sufficient to replace actual depletions while the subject groundwater is being pumped. Applicants will reserve an equal amount of nontributary groundwater underlying the Subject Property to meet post pumping augmentation requirements. Notice will be provided to Charles Schwab Bank and Donald and Kellie Foral pursuant to Section 37-92-302(2), C.R.S. Further, Applicants pray that this Court grant the application and for such other relief as seems proper in the premises. (6 pages).

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Misc. Private Legals PUBLIC NOTICE DISTRICT COURT, WATER DIVISION 1, COLORADO JANUARY 2014 WATER RESUME PUBLICATION TO: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN WATER APPLICATIONS IN WATER DIV. 1 Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are notified that the following is a resume of all water right applications and certain amendments filed in the Office of the Water Clerk during the month of JANUARY 2014 for each County affected.

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(303) 792-5595 THE WATER RIGHTS CLAIMED BY 18-Color THESE APPLICATIONS MAY AFFECT IN The Office of the DEO is open on the folPRIORITY ANY WATER RIGHTS lowing days: Monday - Friday from 8:00 CLAIMED OR HERETOFORE ADJUDICa.m. to 5:30 p.m. ATED WITHIN THIS DIVISION AND OWNERS OF AFFECTED RIGHTS If the DEO determines that a Self-NominaMUST APPEAR TO OBJECT WITHIN tion and Acceptance form is not sufficient, THE TIME PROVIDED BY STATUTE OR the eligible elector who submitted the form BE FOREVER BARRED. may amend the form once, at any time, prior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that any 2014. The deadline to submit a Self-Nomparty who wishes to oppose an applicaination and Acceptance is close of busition, or an amended application, may file ness on Friday, February 28, 2014 (not with the Water Clerk, P. O. Box 2038, less than 67 days before the election). Greeley, CO 80632, a verified Statement Earlier submittal is encouraged as the of Opposition, setting forth facts as to why deadline will not permit curing an insufficient form. Affidavit of Intent To Be A the application should not be granted, or Write-In-Candidate forms must be submitwhy it should be granted only in part or on ted to the office of the designated election certain conditions. Such Statement of Opofficial by the close of business on position must be filed by the last day of Monday, March 3, 2014 (the sixty-fourth MARCH 2014 (forms available on day before the election). www.courts.state.co.us or in the Clerk’s office), and must be filed as an Original NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, an applicand include $158.00 filing fee. A copy of ation for a mail-in ballot shall be filed with each Statement of Opposition must also the designated election official no later be served upon the Applicant or than the close of business on Friday, May Applicant’s Attorney and an affidavit or 2, 2014, except that, if the applicant certificate of such service of mailing shall be filed with the Water Clerk. wishes to receive the mail-in ballot by mail, the application shall be filed no later Legal Notice No.: 927896 than the close of business on Thursday, First Publication: February 20, 2014 April 29, 2014. Last Publication: February 20, 2014 Publisher: The Elbert County News CLEARWATER METROPOLITAN DISTRICT /s/ Heather Christman Designated Election Official Signature

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Legal Notice No.: 927876 First Publication: February 6, 2014 Last Publication: February 20, 2014 Publisher: The Elbert County News

P.C. 40 Inverness Drive East Englewood, CO 80112 (303) 792-5595

The Office of the DEO is open on the following days: Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

February 20, 2014

If the DEO determines that a Self-Nomination and Acceptance form is not sufficient, the eligible elector who submitted the form may amend the form once, at any time, prior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. The deadline to submit a Self-Nomination and Acceptance is close of business on Friday, February 28, 2014 (not advertise public notices call 303-566-4100 Public Notice less than 67To days before theyour election). Earlier submittal is encouraged as the CALL FOR NOMINATIONS deadline will not permit curing an insufficient form. Affidavit of Intent To Be A TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and parWrite-In-Candidate forms must be submitticularly to the electors of the Spring Valted to the office of the designated election ley Metropolitan Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 official by the close of business on (“the Districts”) of Elbert County, ColorMonday, March 3, 2014 (the sixty-fourth ado. day before the election). NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, an applicNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to ation for a mail-in ballot shall be filed with Section 32-1-804.1, C.R.S., that electhe designated election official no later tions will be held on the 6th day of May, than the close of business on Friday, May 2014, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. 2, 2014, except that, if the applicant and 7:00 p.m. At that time one (1) Dirwishes to receive the mail-in ballot by ector will be elected to serve a 2-year mail, the application shall be filed no later term* and two (2) Directors will be electhan the close of business on Thursday, ted to serve 4-year terms for District April 29, 2014. Nos. 1-3 and one (1) Director will be elected to serve a 2-year term* and three (3) NORTH PINES METROPOLITAN Directors will be elected to serve 4-year DISTRICT terms for District No. 4. /s/ Heather Christman Designated Election Official Signature Self-Nomination and Acceptance Forms are available and can be obtained from Legal Notice No.: 927877 Lisa A. Johnson, the Designated Election First Publication: February 6, 2014 Official for the Districts, 141 Union Last Publication: February 20, 2014 Boulevard, Suite 150, Lakewood, ColorPublisher: The Elbert County News ado 80228-1898, (303) 987-0835.

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14CW3003, Rodney and Brenda Denning, 36340 County Road 13, Elizabeth, A CALL FOR NOMINATIONS CO 80107 and Cody and Michelle (NOTICE BY PUBLICATION OF) Public Notice Owen, 36250 County Road 13, Elizabeth, CO 80107 (James Petrock, PetTO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and, parA CALL FOR NOMINATIONS PUBLIC NOTICE The Self-Nomination and Acceptance rock & Fendel, 700 17th Street, #1800, ticularly, to the electors of the Clearwater (NOTICE BY PUBLICATION OF) Form or letter is to be submitted to the Denver, CO 80202), APPLICATION FOR Metropolitan District of Elbert County, ColCALL FOR NOMINATIONS Designated Election Official not later than U N D E R G R O U N D W A T E R R I G H TS orado. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and, par3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, FROM NONTRIBUTARY AND NOT NONticularly, to the electors of the North Pines TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and, 67 days prior to the regular election. A TRIBUTARY SOURCES AND FOR APNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Metropolitan District of Elbert County, Colparticularly, to the electors of the Kiowa Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form PROVAL OF PLAN FOR AUGMENTAelection will be held on the 6TH day of orado. Conservation District of Elbert County, that is not sufficient may be amended TION, IN THE NONTRIBUTARY LOWER May, 2014, between the hours of 7:00 Colorado. once at any time prior to 3:00 p.m. on FriDAWSON, DENVER, ARAPAHOE AND a.m. and 7:00 p.m. At that time, 3 dirNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an day, February 28, 2014. Affidavits of InLARAMIE-FOX HILLS AND THE NOT ectors will be elected to serve 4-year election will be held on the 6TH day of Notice is hereby given that an election tent to be a Write-In Candidate must be NONTRIBUTARY UPPER DAWSON terms and 0 directors will be elected to May, 2014, between the hours of 7:00 will be held on the 8th day of May 2014, submitted to the Designated Election OffiAQUIFERS, ELBERT COUNTY. Applicserve 2-year terms. Eligible electors of a.m. and 7:00 p.m. At that time, 2 dirbetween 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. At that cial by the close of business on Monday, ants are the owners of contiguous parts of the Clearwater Metropolitan District interectors will be elected to serve 4-year time 5 directors will be elected to serve March 3, 2014, 64 days prior to the reguLot 1, Foral Minor Development, which is ested in serving on the board of directors terms and 1 director will be elected to 4-year terms. lar election. comprised of a total of 26.85 acres and may obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptserve 2-year terms. Eligible electors of generally located in part of the SW1/4 of ance form from the District Designated the North Pines Metropolitan District interEligible electors of the Kiowa ConservaNOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN pursuant to Section 31, T7S, R64W of the 6th P.M., as Election Official (DEO): ested in serving on the board of directors tion District interested in serving on the Section 1-8-104, C.R.S., that applications described and shown on Attachment A Heather Christman may obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptboard of directors may obtain a Self-Nomfor mail-in ballots may be filed with Lisa A. hereto (Subject Property). The parcels Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, ance form from the District Designated ination and Acceptance Form from the Johnson, the Designated Election Official owned by Applicants are contiguous parP.C. Election Official (DEO): District Designated Election Official (DEO) of the Districts, 141 Union Boulevard, cels as shown on Attachment A and satis40 Inverness Drive East Heather Christman and is to be returned to the DEO by March Suite 150, Lakewood, Colorado 80228fy the requirements of Local Rule 3(b)(1). Englewood, CO 80112 Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, 2, 2012. Acceptance forms are available 1898, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and Applicants will own a pro-rata interest in (303) 792-5595 P.C. from the Kiowa Conservation District at 5:00 p.m., until the close of business on THE WATER RIGHTS CLAIMED BY the total amount of groundwater reques40 Inverness Drive East 7519 E. Hwy 86/PO Box 688 in Frankthe Friday immediately preceding the regted herein underlying their respective parTHESE APPLICATIONS MAY AFFECT IN The Office of the DEO is open on the folEnglewood, CO 80112 town, Colorado. Phone 303-621-2070 ext. ular election (Friday, May 2, 2014), excels. Source of Water Rights: The Upper PRIORITY ANY WATER RIGHTS lowing days: Monday - Friday from 8:00 (303) 792-5595 101. The office of the DEO is open on cept that if the applicant wishes to receive Dawson aquifer is not nontributary as deCLAIMED OR HERETOFORE ADJUDICa.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to the mail-in ballot by mail, the application scribed in Sections 37-90-103(10.7), ATED WITHIN THIS DIVISION AND The Office of the DEO is open on the fol4:30 p.m. shall be filed no later than the close of C.R.S., and the Lower Dawson, Denver, OWNERS OF AFFECTED RIGHTS If the DEO determines that a Self-Nominalowing days: Monday - Friday from 8:00 business on the 7th day before the elecArapahoe and Laramie-Fox Hills aquifers MUST APPEAR TO OBJECT WITHIN tion and Acceptance form is not sufficient, a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kiowa Conservation District tion (Tuesday, April 29, 2014). are nontributary as described in Section THE TIME PROVIDED BY STATUTE OR the eligible elector who submitted the form by Jane Penley, BE FOREVER BARRED. 37-90-103(10.5), C.R.S. Estimated may amend the form once, at any time, If the DEO determines that a Self-NominaDesignated Election Official SPRING VALLEY METROPOLITAN Amounts: Upper Dawson: 8 acre-feet, inprior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, tion and Acceptance form is not sufficient, DISTRICTS 1, 2, 3 AND 4 cludes water associated with Permit YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that any 2014. The deadline to submit a Self-Nomthe eligible elector who submitted the form Legal Notice No.: 927898 By: /s/ Lisa A. Johnson 144229, Lower Dawson: 4 acre-feet, Denparty who wishes to oppose an applicaination and Acceptance is close of busimay amend the form once, at any time, First Publication: February 20, 2014 Designated Election Official tion, or an amended application, may file ver: 10 acre-feet, Arapahoe: 11 acre-feet, ness on Friday, February 28, 2014 (not prior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, Last Publication: February 20, 2014 with the Water Clerk, P. O. Box 2038, Laramie-Fox Hills: 8 acre-feet. Proposed less than 67 days before the election). 2014. The deadline to submit a Self-NomPublisher: The Elbert County News *Two-year terms are used when vacancy Use: Domestic, including inhouse use, Greeley, CO 80632, a verified Statement Earlier submittal is encouraged as the ination and Acceptance is close of busihas been filled by appointment and any of Opposition, setting forth facts as to why commercial, irrigation, livestock watering, deadline will not permit curing an insuffiness on Friday, February 28, 2014 (not remaining unexpired portion of term must the application should not be granted, or fire protection, and augmentation purPublic Notice cient form. Affidavit of Intent To Be A less than 67 days before the election). be filled by election. why it should be granted only in part or on poses, including storage, both on and off Write-In-Candidate forms must be submitEarlier submittal is encouraged as the certain conditions. Such Statement of Opthe Subject Property. Description of plan CALL FOR NOMINATIONS ted to the office of the designated election deadline will not permit curing an insuffiLegal Notice No.: 927897 for augmentation: Groundwater to be augposition must be filed by the last day of official by the close of business on cient form. Affidavit of Intent To Be A First Publication: February 20, 2014 mented: All of the available Upper M AR C H 2 0 1 4 ( fo r m s a v a i l a b l e o n TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and parMonday, March 3, 2014 (the sixty-fourth Write-In-Candidate forms must be submitLast Publication: February 20, 2014 Dawson aquifer groundwater requested www.courts.state.co.us or in the Clerk’s ticularly to the electors of the Spring Valday before the election). ted to the office of the designated election Publisher: The Elbert County News herein over a 300 year pumping period. office), and must be filed as an Original ley Metropolitan Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 official by the close of business on Water rights for augmentation: Return and include $158.00 filing fee. A copy of (“the Districts”) of Elbert County, ColorNOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, an applicMonday, March 3, 2014 (the sixty-fourth flows from the use of not nontributary and each Statement of Opposition must also ado. ation for a mail-in ballot shall be filed with day before the election). nontributary groundwater and direct disbe served upon the Applicant or the designated election official no later NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, an appliccharge of nontributary ground water. Applicant’s Attorney and an affidavit or NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to than the close of business on Friday, May ation for a mail-in ballot shall be filed with Statement of plan for augmentation: 1.65 certificate of such service of mailing shall Section 32-1-804.1, C.R.S., that elec2, 2014, except that, if the applicant the designated election official no later be filed with the Water Clerk. acre-feet per year for 300 years will be tions will be held on the 6th day of May, wishes to receive the mail-in ballot by than the close of business on Friday, May used through a new well for commercial 2014, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. mail, the application shall be filed no later 2, 2014, except that, if the applicant Legal Notice No.: 927896 use (0.5 acre-feet), inhouse use in one and 7:00 p.m. At that time one (1) Dirthan the close of business on Thursday, wishes to receive the mail-in ballot by First Publication: February 20, 2014 residence (0.4 acre-feet), irrigation of ector will be elected to serve a 2-year April 29, 2014. mail, the application shall be filed no later 12,000 square-feet of lawn, garden, and Last Publication: February 20, 2014 term* and two (2) Directors will be electhan the close of business on Thursday, trees (0.7 acre-feet) and stockwatering of Publisher: The Elbert County News ted to serve 4-year terms for District CLEARWATER METROPOLITAN April 29, 2014. 4 large domestic animals (0.05 acre-feet), Nos. 1-3 and one (1) Director will be elecDISTRICT Public Notice and 1 acre-foot per year for 300 years will ted to serve a 2-year term* and three (3) /s/ Heather Christman NORTH PINES METROPOLITAN be*EmPloyEE used through an existing well Permit Directors will be elected Designated Election Official Signature DISTRICT 020 to serve r/B 4-year Blade operator $39,118.96 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe viCtim Coordinator $27,045.00 010-060 maintenanCe maintenanCe $44,928.00 Pay ColumN To INCludE BuT NoT lImITEd To: Salary No. 144229 for inhouse use in one residterms for District No.020 4. /s/ Heather Christman r/B truCk driver $8,498.88 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe undersHeriff $68,014.56 supervisor oNly aNd may INCludE VaCaTIoN PayouT aNd EarNINgS To ence (0.4 acre-feet), irrigation of approxLegal Notice No.: 927876 Designated Election Official Signature r/B truCk driver $33,999.96 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe on Call viCtim advoCate $600.00 and020 010-060 maintenanCeFirst Publication: maintenanCe $37,720.80 rEmaIN IN ComPlIaNCE FEdEral WagE aNd hour dIVISIoN imately 8000 square-feet WITh of lawn, garden, Self-Nomination Acceptance Forms February 6, 2014 020 r/B Crew leader $36,667.72 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $44,688.00 teCHniCian guIdElINES* and trees (0.45 acre-feet) and stockwaterare available and can be obtained from Last Publication: February 20, 2014 Legal Notice No.: 927877 r/BElection Blade operator $42,125.22 010-213 Coroner 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe deputy $44,688.00 ing of 4 large domestic animals (0.05 Lisa A. $20,000.04 Johnson, the020 Designated Publisher: Theinvestigator Elbert County News First Publication: February 6,CHief 2014deputy 020 r/B Union assistant meCHaniC $40,414.68 010-213 Coroner Coroner 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol deputy $44,688.00 dEPT. # Sewage dEParTmENT JoBinhouse TITlE aNNual Salary acre-feet). treatment for Official$22,100.04 for the Districts, 141 Last Publication: February 20, 2014 020 r/B assistant foreman $42,630.00 010-280 Cds Cds direCtor $6,962.16 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions sergeant $52,938.84 010-011 Commissioner Commissioner $49,700.04 and commercial use will be provided by a Boulevard, Suite 150, Lakewood, ColorPublisher: The Elbert County News 020 987-0835. r/B Blade operator $15,818.40 010-280 Cds planner $48,783.00 (303) 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol sergeant $53,499.96 010-011 Commissioner $49,700.04 non-evaporative septic systemCommissioner and return ado 80228-1898, 020 r/B administrative Clerk $34,235.82 010-280 Cds Cds direCtor $43,026.69 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe viCtim Coordinator $42,499.98 010-011 Commissioner $49,700.04 flow from inhouse, commercialCommissioner and irriga020 and Acceptance r/B Blade operator $34,632.00 010-280 Cds offiCe manager The Self-Nomination $35,019.96 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions lieutenant $61,980.24 010-011 $4,141.67 tion use willCommissioner be approximatelyCommissioner 90% and r/B to Blade $43,986.18 010-280 Cds planner ii $39,140.04 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol deputy $43,992.00 10% of thatoutgoing use, respectively. During Form or letter is to 020 be submitted the operator pumping will replaceCommissioner actual detruCk driver $37,852.98 010-280 Cds Building inspeCtor $44,257.29 Designated Election 020 Official notr/B later than 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol Corporal $46,986.12 010-011 Applicants Commissioner $4,141.67 pletions to the affected stream system 3:00 p.m. on Friday,020 Februaryr/B 28, 2014, Blade operator $37,962.96 010-510 fairgrounds Custodian $6,611.00 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe exeCutive assistant $43,500.00 outgoing pursuant to Section 37-90-137(9)(c.5), 67 days prior to the regular election. A 020 r/B sign installer $37,834.14 010-510 fairgrounds fairgrounds manager $6,814.08 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe administrative 010-012 emply relations administravtive C.R.S. Depletions occur to theCoordinator Running Self-Nomination 020Acceptance r/B Form Blade operator $32,343.00 010-510 fairgrounds fairgrounds manager $29,634.00 and assistant $43,622.16 serviCes $40,499.96 Creek stream system. Return direCtor flows acnot sufficient020may ber/B amended truCk driver $43,553.46 010-610 Csu extension 4H department that is $37,327.68 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol deputy $44,688.00 010-012 Human resourCes $10,333.32 crue to the South Platte River stream sysonce at any time prior to 3:00 p.m. on Fri020 r/B Blade operator $44,205.06 speCialist 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol Corporal $46,986.12 of administravtive serviCes; tem, and those return flows are sufficient 28, 2014. In020 Affidavits r/B ofassistant meCHaniC $24,903.84 010-610 Csu extension offiCe manager day, February $37,889.28 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $9,999.99 exeCutive direCtor, Custodian to replace actual depletions while the subtent to be a Write-In Candidate must be 020 r/B truCk driver/safety $45,335.88 010-610 Csu extension summer intern $2,645.00 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions Corporal $46,985.16 of reCords ject groundwater Apsubmitted to the Designated Election Offi035 p/t puBliC trustee $12,500.00 010-673 oem oem direCtor $16,666.68 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions Corporal $44,688.00 010-014 Clerkis tobeing Boardpumped. Clerk to tHe Board $36,393.00 plicants will reserve an equal amount of cial by $27,499.98 the close of business Monday, 040-211 on mtC patrol deputy $47,547.03 010-673 oem direCtor 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe professional $44,000.04 010-017 it it direCtor $75,000.00 nontributary groundwater underlying the March 3, 2014, 64 days prior to the regu040-211 mtC patrol deputy $44,688.00 010-701 surveyor surveyor $2,199.96 standards lieutenant 010-017Property it desktop teCH $48,185.28 Subject to meet post pumping lar election. 050 dHs offiCe manager $18,907.20 015 HealtH and envir. environmental $44,242.96 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe Cook $13,951.00 010-018 finanCe aCCounts payaBle $50,000.04 augmentation requirements. Notice will 050GIVEN pursuant dHs Caseworker $8,307.36 HealtH speCialist NOTICE IS FURTHER 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $28,708.75 speCialist be provided to Charles Schwab/payroll Bank and to $37,814.40 050 that applications dHs inCome maintenanCe teCH 015 HealtH and envir. direCtor 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $29,333.28 010-018and finanCe finanCe direCtor $57,598.38 Donald Kellie Foral pursuant to SecSection$60,372.00 1-8-104, C.R.S., 050 dHs Caseworker $1,071.81 020 r/B Blade operator $296.96 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe investigations $53,199.96 010-020 C/r Clerk & reCorder $24,850.02 tion 37-92-302(2), C.R.S. Further, Applicfor mail-in ballots may be filed with Lisa A. 050 Election dHs Official Caseworker $40,500.00 020 r/B truCk driver $34,918.02 sergeant 010-020 C/rthis Court grant the motor veHiCle Clerk $30,153.84 ants pray that applicaJohnson, the Designated 050Union Boulevard, dHs CHild support enforCement $16,482.84 020 r/B truCk driver 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe sHeriff $66,600.00 010-020 $31,086.48 tion and forC/r such other reliefreCording as seems Clerk of the $31,619.91 Districts, 141 050Colorado dHs80228Caseworker $37,625.00 020 r/B Blade operator $43,767.36 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol deputy $39,999.96 010-020 C/rpremises. (6 pages). motor veHiCle Clerk $19,731.42 proper in the Suite 150, Lakewood, 050 of 8:00 dHs ap supervisor $52,595.64 020 r/B assistant meCHaniC $34,505.91 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe investigations $40,500.00 010-020 C/r Clert & reCorder $16,566.68 1898, between the hours a.m. and 050 of business dHs inCome maintenanCe teCH $35,349.60 020 r/B Blade operator $38,680.14 THE WATER BY speCial deputy 5:00 p.m., until the close on 010-020 C/r RIGHTS CLAIMED motor veHiCle Clerk $15,076.92 THESE MAY AFFECT IN the Friday immediately 050preceding dHsthe reginCome maintenanCe teCH $37,814.40 020 r/B Blade operator $42,994.98 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol deputy $39,999.96 010-020APPLICATIONS C/r deputy Clerk $42,691.20 PR I O R I T YCty AN Y W A T E R County RIGHT S ular election (Friday, 2014), CHief ex- finanCial offiCer 050May 2, dHs $49,786.08 020 r/B lead meCHaniC $45,864.00 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions sergeant $44,949.93 010-021 attny attorney $75,000.00 CLAIMED HERETOFORE eleCtions ADJUDIC-manager cept that if the applicant to receive 050 wishesdHs Caseworker $14,300.00 020 r/B truCk driver $39,194.64 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $44,688.00 010-025 OR eleCtions $15,163.75 ATED WITHIN THIS DIVISION AND the mail-in ballot by mail, the application 050 dHs Caseworker $42,900.00 020 r/B truCk driver $34,169.94 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe viCtim advoiCate $12,833.32 010-025 eleCtions eleCtions manager $12,480.00 OWNERS OF AFFECTEDCHief RIGHTS shall be filed no later closeCaseworker of 050than the dHs $14,300.00 020 r/B Blade operator $35,265.48 assistant 010-030 treasurer deputy $48,999.96 MUST APPEAR TO OBJECT WITHIN business on the 7th 050 day before the elecdHs inCome maintenanCe teCH $40,214.40 020 r/B Blade operator $39,293.28 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $52,799.16 treasure/puBliC trustee THE TIME PROVIDED BY STATUTE OR tion (Tuesday, April 29, 2014). 050 dHs Caseworker $42,900.00 020 r/B Blade operator $43,815.84 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol deputy $49,215.00 010-030 treasurer assistant treasurer $17,500.02 BE FOREVER BARRED. 050 dHs Caseworker $42,966.48 020 r/B Blade operator $35,091.78 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $7,448.00 /deputy puBliC trustee SPRING VALLEY METROPOLITAN 050 dHs CHild welfare supervisor $49,348.80 020 r/B Blade operator $37,887.60 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe administrative $39,000.00 010-030 treasurer assistant treasurer $39,999.96 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that any DISTRICTS 1, 2, 3 AND 4 050 dHs direCtor $79,999.92 020 r/B Blade operator $38,324.88 assistant /deputy puBliC trustee party who wishes to oppose an applicaBy: /s/ Lisa A. Johnson 050 dHs Caseworker $23,625.00 020 r/B Blade operator $35,083.96 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol sergeant $53,499.96 010-030 treasurer treasurer/puBliC $49,700.04 tion, or an amended application, may file Designated Election Official 050 dHs inCome maintenanCe teCH $37,814.40 020 r/B foreman $50,930.52 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe investigations $61,980.00 with the Water Clerk, P. O. trustee Box 2038, 050 dHs offiCe manager $15,156.48 020 r/B superintendent $77,000.04 lieutenant 010-040 assessor assessor $49,700.04 Greeley, CO 80632, a verified Statement *Two-year terms are used when vacancy 020 r/B exeCutive assistant $50,750.04 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $13,333.32 assessor $41,745.60 of 010-040 Opposition, setting forth factsgis asspeCialist to why has been filled by appointment and any 020 r/B foreman $50,930.52 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $13,333.32 assessor CHief appraiser $47,736.00 the010-040 application should not be granted, or remaining unexpired portion of term must 020 r/B truCk driver $35,091.78 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $22,527.96 010-040 assessor admin. $17,500.02 why it should be granted only in part or on be filled by election. legal Notice No.: 927900 First Publication: February 20, 2014 020 r/B assistant foreman $42,799.08 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe patrol lieutenant $61,680.00 010-040 assessor appraiser $1,525.00 certain conditions. Such Statement of Op020 r/B Blade operator $37,322.82 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe on Call viCtim $1,880.00 010-040must assessor $33,752.16 position be filed by the appraiser last day of last Publication: February 20, 2014 Legal Notice No.: 927897 020 r/B Blade operator $35,265.48 February advoCate MA RCH 20 1 4 ( fo r m s a v aadmin i l a b l etitle o n Clerk 010-040 assessor $43,524.00 First Publication: 20, 2014 Publisher: Elbert County News www.courts.state.co.us Clerk’s Last Publication: 020 r/B sign installer $38,116.38 February 20, 2014 010-211 sHeriffs offiCe detentions deputy $33,333.30 010-040 assessor or in the appraiser $33,752.16 office), and must be filed as an Original Publisher: The Elbert County News and include $158.00 filing fee. A copy of each Statement of Opposition must also be served upon the Applicant or Applicant’s Attorney and an affidavit or certificate of such service of mailing shall be filed with the Water Clerk.

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Castle Rock exploring becoming skiing, zip-line hub Companies interested in developing synthetic snow, adventure services By Virginia Grantier

vgrantier@coloradocommunitymedia. com Castle Rock Town Council is considering the feasibility of a year-round ski resort destination with synthetic snow, as well as having a major zip-line adventure operation — both to be built in the town’s new 237-acre Philip S Miller Park just east of Interstate 25 and south of Plum Creek Parkway.

“… If that park wasn’t already exciting enough as planned… these two next items… really provide for some really unique opportunities for not only the citizens of Castle Rock, but regionally for Castle Rock to be known for,” said Rob Hanna, director of parks and recreation, at the Feb. 4 Castle Rock Town Council meeting. Castle Rock Town Council voted 6-0 to approve letters of intent with Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours and with Weston Solutions. The former company, owned by Franktown resident Ty Seufer, is the biggest zip line company in Canon City. The latter is a Pennsylvania engineering firm, which has a principal who was sig-

nificantly involved in building a syntheticsnow facility at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The letters of intent give both firms a certain amount of months to further evaluate feasibility of the projects, and while they do that Castle Rock agrees not to consider other vendors. Seufer, who has had 40,000 customers since 2011 at his Canon City zip-line-tour service, said he thinks this project could bring “tens of thousands of tourists” to town and put Castle Rock “on the map.” Prior to the vote, Mayor Paul Donahue called it an “awesome project” and that if it were up to him it would be starting tomorrow.

Councilmember Clark Hammelman wanted people in the audience to understand that letters of intent will just allow for more exploration of the possibility, to find out additional information such as how much traffic this would generate — it doesn’t mean the projects have council’s approval. A couple members of the public expressed concerns about the proposals, including Matt Werner, of Castle Rock, who recently announced he’s running for Hammelman’s seat. “Are we willing to sacrifice tranquility, beauty and order for benefits that aren’t clear to me at this time?” He asked the council.

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Public Notice GENERAL HEALTH ROAD & BRIDGE LEAF HUMAN SERVICES CONSERVATION TRUST FOXWOOD ESTATES MEADOWS STATION TOTALS

306,740.70 4,022.54 366,354.64 3,026.54 39,453.23 101,255.49 150.00 150.00 821,153.14

Vendor Name

Description

1 Stop Tire 2Hp Construction Aarms Advanced Quality Agate Mutual Airgas Intermountain Al Coonce All Access Inc All-Pro Anthony Corrado Arapahoe Heating Auto Glass Guys Auto-Cholor System Barry Mitchell Ben Lomond Gun Club Bender Menders Berg Hill Greenleaf Beverly Mcguire Black Hills Energy Blue Star Police Bob Lewis Bob Ware Boral Aggregates Carolyn Parkinson Carolyn Sheridan Caterpiller Catherine Lambert Cdw Government Centurylink Certified Laboratories Chem Tox Co Asphalt Pavement Co Counties Inc. Co Counties Casualty & Propty

Vehicle Maintenance Operating Expense Monthly Service Operating Expense Monthly Service Operating Expense Reimbursement Operating Expense Office Supplies Election Judge Pay Operating Expense Vehicle Maintenance Monthly Service Operating Expense Fee Vehicle Maintenance Operating Expense Reimbursement Monthly Service Operating Expense Reimbursement Reimbursement Operating Expense Reimbursement Reimbursement Monthly Service Operating Expense Operating Expense Monthly Service Operating Expense Operating Expense Dues Dues Operating Expense

AMT 1,069.44 650.00 175.00 214.89 23.05 630.11 21.97 1,557.48 1,229.75 427.50 16,089.34 170.00 356.50 175.00 1,600.00 2,236.21 2,544.24 42.50 8,071.87 392.88 42.00 156.00 29,363.29 132.43 170.00 6,300.64 93.03 2,863.25 2,510.44 124.90 630.00 225.00 14,018.50 167,315.00

Co Dept Of Health & Environ. Colorado Dept Of Revenue Csu Extension Comcast Community Media Of Co Connie Mills Corporate Billing County Sheriff’s Of Co Credit Union Of Co D-J Petroleum Inc. Dallas Schroeder Deep Rock Dell Marketing L.P. Digitcom Electronics Direct Mail Services Douglas County Elections Douglas Elbert Task Force Dunright Welding Dynamics Research Ec Coalition For Outreach Ed Watkins Eide Bailly El Paso County Elbert County R&B Elbert County Treasurer Elizabeth Fire Dept. Emergency Vehicle Specialists Fair Point Communications Fleetpride Force America Frontier Business Product Frontier Communications Frontier High School G Neil G&K Services Gall’s Inc George’s Repair Shop Glaser Gas Company Glenn A. Ohrns Grainger Greenlee’s Pro Auto Care Hallcrest Kennel Harbor Freight Tools Heads Up Colorado Youth Hendricks Mark High Plains Transmission

ELBERT COUNTY VENDOR PMT LIST JANUARY 2014

Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Monthly Service Operating Expense Election Judge Pay Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Fuel Reiimbursement Monthly Service Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Vehicle Maintenance Operating Expense Operating Expense Reimbursement Operating Expense Operating Expense Vehhicle Maintenance Operating Expense Operating Expense

560.00 516.00 3,436.25 663.85 95.00 165.00 6.18 4,394.86 7,990.85 48,259.47 48.88 8.45 683.10 141.22 4,600.00 729.01 3,411.43 170.00 2,020.00 2,917.12 75.00 48,125.00 5,400.00 3,132.77 102,415.49 300.00

Vehicle Maintenance Monthly Service Vehicle Maintenance Vehilce Maintenance Monthly Expense Monthly Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Contract Wages Building Maintenance Vehicle Maintenance Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Vehicle Maintenance

500.00 246.37 522.67 316.56 2,172.50 995.96 105.00 519.92 360.42 424.99 35.00 462.22 1,939.00 780.63 588.84 688.00 195.31 4,156.25 55.00 2,000.00

Home Depot Credit Honnen Equipment Hugh Lazor Irea Interstate Battery J&S Contractors Supply Co Jay Walp Jeb Bilmire Joe Winkel John Deere Financial Justin Lazor Kelley Mike Kelley Sheila G. Kelly Daniel Kiowa Creek Community Larry Ross Lisa Mazzola Marjorie F. White Matt Martinich Mcafee Inc Mccandles International Medved Colorado Metrolist Inc Mike Graeff Mountain View Electric Nextel Communications Parker Port-A-Potty Patrick Browning Arnold And Associates Phoenix Technology Pitney Bowes Power Motive Corp Poysti And Adams Ace Provote Solutions Psi Systems Purewater Dynamics Qwest Qwest Ralph Lewis Recall Secure Rhonda L. Braun Richard Brown Robert Belveal Robert Rowland Ron Turner Rt Services Corp Llc

Operating Expense Operating Expense Reimbursement Monthly Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Reimbursement Reimbursement Reimbursement Monthly Expense Reimbursement Reimbursement Reimbursement Reimbursement Operating Expense Reimbursement Operating Expense Election Judge Pay Reimbursement Monthly Service Operating Expense Vehicle Maintenance Fee Reimbursement Monthly Expense Fee Operating Expense Reimbursement Fee Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Monthly Expense Monthly Expense Montly Service Reimbursement Operating Expense Election Judge Pay Reimbursement Operating Expense Reimbursement Reimbursement Monthly Services

14.93 73.14 33.44 8,528.90 554.57 4,558.95 31.75 14.01 39.11 121,947.49 44.45 236.00 270.10 26.18 1,650.00 215.16 1,480.75 165.00 480.00 727.56 2,593.95 516.81 38.00 380.00 485.53 2,086.21 478.00 25.46 4,210.00 9,655.40 6,221.00 662.18 10,695.00 27.98 25,220.42 393.53 50.00 3,908.06 1,044.72 33.04 156.67 427.50 179.80 1,320.00 9.46 310.50 267.10

Russ Caldwell Ryan Coonce Safety-Kleen Corp. Sam’s Club Gecf San Miguel County Sherry Mcneil Signal Graphics Sprint Staples Advantage State Wire & Terminal Stericycle Stone Oil Co Inc Sundance Printing Sysco Food Services Danny Paul Ardrey Estate Tr Timotheos Inc Tlo Llc Tom Beshore Town Of Kiowa Town Of Simla Tracker Software True Value Tyler Technologies U.S. Postal Service Ultramax Ammunition Umb Bank Na United Reprographic Supply University Physicians Ups Us Bank Usa Mobility Wireless Verizon Wireless Viaero Wireless Wagner Equipment Co Inc Waste Management William Bertot World Data Corp Wrigley Enterprises Xerox Corporation Young Williams Child Svcs Zee Medical

Reimbursement Reimbursement Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Reimbursement Office Supplies Monthly Services Office Supplies Vehicle Maintenance Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Monthly Services Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Reimbursement Monthly Service Monthly Service Operating Expense Operating Expense Monthly Service Fee Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Fee Operating Expense Monthly Service Monthly Service Fee Operating Expense Monthly Expense Reimbursement Operating Expense Office Supplies Monthly Contract Monthly Service Operating Expense

Legal Notice No.: 927899 First Publication: February 20, 2014 Last Publication: February 20, 2014 Publisher: Elbert County News

35.70 32.82 248.75 882.65 495.00 105.00 39.00 1,010.34 1,371.53 294.21 250.29 11,200.52 1,214.69 11,913.97 600.00 1,351.48 111.25 260.00 6,328.97 117.07 2,015.00 93.09 24,243.00 58.00 5,718.42 300.00 2,208.59 2,000.00 55.18 650.00 1,589.00 388.17 119.48 908.99 1,422.50 44.00 110.00 277.00 3,017.14 6,573.40 59.35


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