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Elbert County

April 11, 2013

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A Colorado Community Media Publication

Elbert County, Colorado • Volume 118, Issue 11

Seminar will offer disaster training One-day gathering highlights safety kits, animal evacuations By Rhonda Moore

Eileen Enterline, right, helps 85-year-old Be Dent across the parking lot at the Hilltop School, the last building standing from an old town that was built along a now-abandoned railline that followed Hilltop Road. Photos by Chris Michlewicz

Club carries on legacy of Hilltop Group maintains school building, history of town By Chris Michlewicz A new art festival will showcase not only the work of potters and painters, it will bring attention to the last standing building in a long-abandoned town. Hilltop, an unincorporated town established in 1888 around a railroad depot between Parker and Elizabeth, has been forgotten by all but a few loyal ladies who comprise the Hilltop Social Club. The 15-member group is in charge of maintaining the only remaining structure, the Hilltop School, which is still owned by the Douglas County School District. The school is used mostly as a gathering spot for the social club’s business meetings, but on April 27 it will host the first Hilltop Art Fair, which is being organized by the women’s fellowship at Hilltop United Church of Christ across the street. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., artists of all kinds will display and demonstrate their crafts, and the proceeds from sales will benefit both the Hilltop School and the church. For more information about the art fair, call 303-841-2808. The idea behind placing booths at the historic school is to familiarize the public with its heritage and advertise it as a place for special events like weddings. Situated on three pristine acres at Flintwood and Democrat roads, near the Douglas-Elbert county line, the school is in remarkably good condition. It was built in 1898 after the original one-room schoolhouse burned down. POSTAL ADDRESS

Eileen Enterline and Be Dent, right, share a smile at the Hilltop School, which was built in 1898 and now is used as a gathering spot for a long-running social club, of which Dent is a member. The school is hosting an art fair April 27.

The Hilltop Social Club has not missed a monthly meeting since its inception in 1921, and the women began leasing the building when K-8 classes were moved to Parker in 1954. Some longtime members of the club, like Susy Cushman, who joined in 1965, and Be Dent, who joined in 1979 and has lived in the area for 74 years, recall friendships with a few teachers, whose pictures now hang on the wall. “We’re trying to keep the memories alive,” said Dent, 85. The Hilltop School has been turned into a museum of sorts. Its walls are lined with memories: a photo of a class standing out front in 1930; lists of teachers and students. The school is a clearinghouse for all things

Hilltop. Books contain photos of the town’s old haunts, like the train depot, general store, post office and the Hilltop Trucking Company. “It was pretty bustling,” said Louise West, one of the social club’s newest members. “It had a big population, but most of them have died.” The foundations of the other buildings, now on private property east of the school, have crumbled. Hilltop was crippled when the railroad closed in 1935 and the trucking company was, by most accounts, the last one to leave. The group continues to search for artifacts from the town’s heyday. “We just keep digging,” Cushman says. “Some of that stuff is still kicking around.” Upkeep is not always easy at the school, and the social club has small fundraisers to pay for maintenance. The roof, furnace and gutters were replaced recently, with some financial assistance from the school Printed on recycled newsprint. Please district, but there are plenty of repairs that recycle this copy. need to be made. The Hilltop Art Fair, complete with food and live music, is being viewed as a potential annual fundraiser to help with the costs, and the church across the street sees it as an opportunity to have a community event for families. Hilltop continues on Page 7

There is one thing Elbert County’s emergency managers have learned: There is no such thing as being too prepared. And in Elbert County, preparedness does not stop at your front door. It extends to the four-legged members of the family who can’t fend for themselves. The county’s emergency management department offers resources for residents and their animals in the event of a disaster. The county will host a one-day seminar April 20 on disaster managedisaster management ment, including information seminar about personal What: Personal preparedness emergency preand disaster preparedness for paredness and a the equine industry series for horse When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20 owners who Where: Elbert County Faircould face an grounds, 95 Ute Ave., Kiowa evacuation For more information: 303situation. The 621-6131 county is workOnline resources: ing with the • Ready Colorado — Douglas-Elbert County Horse • Firewise — Council, Doug• Colorado Voluntary Organizalas and Elbert tions Active in Disaster— Community imal Response • Douglas-Elbert County Horse Teams, the ElCouncil — bert County Volunteer Corps and other emergency agencies. “Emergency preparedness is a personal responsibility,” said Cory Stark, head of the Elbert County emergency management division. “We all have a responsibility to ensure some level of personal preparedness in our lives.” Stark provides disaster management among 14 emergency response agencies in Elbert County. He was at the helm of disaster management during the 2012 tornado that touched down in Elbert County as well as that year’s Elbert fire. The emergency preparedness seminar will provide tips for residents to be prepared for up to 72 hours without services, transportation or communication, whether because of wildfire, mass storms or power outages. Seminar continues on Page 7

The Elbert County office of emergency management will host an emergency preparedness seminary April 20 at the Elbert County fairgrounds. The department provided a sample of items recommended for a personal preparedness kit. Courtesy photo


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The Elbert County Spring Fling 4-H Gala will be held from 5-8 p.m. April 13 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 95 Ute Ave. in Kiowa. All funds raised benefit the Elbert County 4-H program. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and younger, and include a silent auction and welcome reception, Rocky Mountain oysters appetizers and a buffet roast-beef dinner from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are available that evening for purchase at the door. For more information, call Ben Duke, president of the Elbert County 4-H leaders’ council, at 303-912-2067.

Blood drive scheduled

The Bonfils Blood Center is hosting a blood drive from 2-6 p.m. April 17 at the Walmart in Elizabeth. Donating blood typically takes about an hour and donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to make the best use of donor and staff time and donation equipment and resources. Wait times could be longer for walk-in donors because Bonfils accommodates donors who have scheduled appointments first. To find out whether you are eligible to

donate blood and for more information, visit Schedule an appointment online or call Bonfils’ appointment center at 303-363-2300 or 800-3650006, option 2.

Firehouse hosts kids’ festival

The fifth Children’s Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20 at the Elizabeth Fire Station, 155 W. Kiowa Ave. in Elizabeth. The event includes activities for children and families, connections to resources and early childhood information. Vendors include Cavity Free at Three, Baby Bear Hugs, the Elbert County Early Childhood Council, Child Care Connections, the Elizabeth Library, Elizabeth early childhood programs, Elbert County Nurse Family Partnership, Centennial Mental Health and the Elbert preschool program. For more information, contact Sharon Nicholas, health integration coordinator for the Elbert County Early Childhood Council, at or at 720323-6970.

Welcome planned for disabled vet

Homes for Our Troops will host a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome a disabled veteran, Army Sgt. Matthew

Parker, and his family to Elbert County. The public is invited to join the ceremony at the start of the process to give him a new home. The ceremony is from 10-11 a.m. April 20 at 32795 Legacy Ridge in the Wild Pointe subdivision. For more information, call Leigh Parker at 508-823-3300, ext. 234, or email

Input sought on wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a public meeting where Elbert County landowners can discuss issues about wildlife management on private land. Wildlife officials will answer questions on topics such as managing the number of deer on your land, information about pronghorn and how to get vouchers to hunt on your private property. The open-house community forum is a chance for residents to get updates about recent changes to Colorado hunting and fishing regulations and how those changes might affect property owners. Wildlife officers are seeking input from ranchers and landowners about their concerns. The meeting is from 2-4 p.m., April 26 at the Limon Community Center, 477 D Ave. in Limon.

Split House approves state budget By Ivan Moreno Associated Press

After bitter finger-pointing, the Colorado House on April 5 passed a $20.5 billion state budget for next year, sending more money to public schools, paying down some pension debt, and earmarking money to wildfire victims. The spending plan cleared the House in a 45-18 vote, with only nine Republicans voting yes — underscoring a big contrast from last year when the budget had near unanimous support in the Colorado Legislature. The budget for the upcoming fiscal year begins July 1 and will increase spending per pupil at public schools, but the exact figure will be determined later. State employees

will also get a pay increase of 2 percent — the first in four years. And lawmakers agreed to use $2.8 million to pay victims of last year’s Lower North Fork Fire in the foothills southwest of Denver, which was started by a state prescribed burn. Lawmakers voted on the budget after lashing out at each other, with Republicans in the minority accusing Democrats of playing games with GOP amendments. At issue was one Republican proposal for 5 percent across-the-board spending cuts. Democrats easily defeated it. But knowing they had enough votes to kill it, they brought it up again later, this time to try to get Republicans on the record voting for it. “That is decidedly partisan, to say ‘We killed your amendment, but we’re go-

ing bring it up again to put it in your face and spike it a second time,’ is not bipartisan,” said Republican Rep. Mark Waller, the House GOP leader. Speaker Mark Ferrandino countered by telling Republicans that they’re not blameless. “Partisan politics gets played down here. We all know that. We all do it,” he said. Both chambers have passed the budget, but they still must rectify differences in the spending plan. General fund expenditures, which lawmakers control, were expected to be about $8.2 billion next year, compared with $7.6 billion in the current budget year. The state’s total budget, which includes federal money and cash funds, would be about $20.5 billion.

For more information, call Warren Cummings at 719-775-2025.

Local libraries join celebration

Elbert County Library District will join libraries in communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week April 14-20, a time to highlight the value of libraries. Through the week, the libraries in Elizabeth, Kiowa and Simla will offer snacks and will encourage patrons to share how libraries support the community. For anyone who’s never visited one of the libraries, it’s a great time to stop in and see what they have to offer. The Elbert County Library District serves residents of Elbert County by providing books, DVDs, audio books, book clubs, GED assistance, story times and after -chool programs and meeting space for community events. “Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Kari May, library director. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their communities.” For more information, go online to to find the location and hours of a branch near you.

CORRECTION The river known as the Purgatoire or Picketwire was incorrectly described in a column in the April 4 and April 5 editions of Colorado Community Media newspapers. The river runs east from Trinidad.

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Obama promotes gun control in Denver visit President praises state legislators for new laws By Vic Vela President Barack Obama talked about gun violence during a speech in Denver on April 3, while lauding recent gun-control measures that have been signed into state law, and touting Colorado as being “a model of what’s possible” at the national level. The president’s remarks at the Denver Police Academy highlighted gun laws that soon will go into effect in the state, including those that institute universal background checks on gun sales and place limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Citing recent massacres like last year’s shootings in Aurora and Connecticut, Obama said it’s now time for Congress to take up similar gun measures for implementation at the national level. “Every day that we wait to do something about it, even more of our fellow citizens are stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun,” Obama said.

In Colorado, gun-control bills have dominated headlines this legislative session. So far, Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed three bills that have passed the Democratic-controlled General Assembly. Republicans scoff that the gun measures are nothing but “feelgood” efforts that only hinder law-abiding citizens’ ability to obtain guns, while doing nothing to get the weapons out of the hands of criminals. Obama’s visit was met with some protests outside the police academy. And, earlier in the day, several Colorado sheriffs held a press event, denouncing further guncontrol efforts. But Obama sees value in passing gun measures. He said Congress needs to address the loopholes in the current national background-check system for gun purchases, as Colorado legislators have done with recent legislation here. Obama said that if a person wants to buy a gun, “you should at least have to go through a background check to show that you’re not a criminal, or someone legally prohibited from buying one.” The president cited statistics that indicate background checks often do keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

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President Barack Obama addresses police officers and other audience members during a speech at the Denver Police Academy on April 3. During his remarks, the president touted recent gun-control measures that have been passed by the Colorado General Assembly. Photo by Vic Vela “So, this does work,” he said. “And, by the way, if you’re selling a gun, wouldn’t you want to know who you’re selling it to? Wouldn’t you want in your conscience to know that the person you’re selling to isn’t going to commit a crime?” Obama also said high-capacity ammunition magazines have no place in our communities.

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I was excited to learn that last month, said local author Laurie Marr Wasmund would nderattend the Kiowa Book Club meeting and comparticipate in our discussion of her first published novel, “My Heart Lies Here.” I be a had met Ms. Wasmund earlier at a book our signing when her book first came out last SecSeptember, and we do enjoy supporting the our local authors. Discussion was lively and went back nded and forth between discussion about the oper book and about the writing process. “My Eric Heart Lies Here” is historical fiction about the events of the Ludlow Massacre in 1914 undin southern Colorado. Ms. Wasmund spent ssues several years researching the book, visiting o the the Trinidad area and learning more about aking the people who lived and worked in the olice mines. She created fictional characters to lives bring the story to life, and interwove them viowith historic figures from the time. also Rep.


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Will the Rockies be improved this season? several south metro-area locations if they thought the changes would help the Rockies play better baseball this year.

Weiss will bring more energy to the team and I think they have made moves that have strengthened the pitching staff.” —Trevor Johnson, Denver

“I guess I think the Rockies will be better this season because I am always optimistic at the start of the season. I really like the attitude Walt Weiss has brought to the team. … I think they will win more than half their games this season.” — Brian Ewert, Centennial

“I do think they will be improved. Several top players are back from injuries and they have some new people on the roster. Also, Walt Weiss as the new manager will teach them to improve on the little things they have to do to win games.” —Tom O’Connor, Englewood

“I think the Rockies will do all right .... Pitching has improved and I believe Manager Walt Weiss will have the players working on fundamentals and he will show them how not to do those little things they do when they beat themselves.” —Doug Severinson, Elizabeth

April, don’t be cruel I like April. I think April is a month of optimism, which is saying something, because I humbug just about everything. “If anything can go wrong, it will.” If I dropped 100 slices of Wonder Bread coated with peanut butter, 98 of them would land peanut butter down. I know it. I’ve known two girls named April. Both of them were beautiful. Maybe that has something to do with it, why I like April. One of them was named April May. I think she was a June bride, and took the name of her husband, which messed up one of the greatest names ever. I guess April May sounds like it could be the name of an adult film star too. T. S. Eliot wasn’t as thrilled with April as I am. He wrote “The Waste Land” in 1922, and it starts this way: April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain At the time Eliot was writing “The Waste Land” his marriage was failing, and he was suffering from a nervous disorder. Of course he’s not going to write “April is the coolest month” if he is miserable. He could have been referring to Tax Day-month too. Income tax became permanent in 1913 with the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and income tax day typically falls on April 15. I always enjoy seeing stories about people who file at the last minute, driving to the post office, and saying, “Whew!” I finish my tax returns in February. I have an accountant, a great accountant. “Why don’t you just use TurboTax?” I was asked. “Because I have a great accountant,” is always my answer. My accountant and his daughter have been doing my taxes for over 20 years. I would miss them. I am right-brained, so tax codes and forms are a foreign language. My accoun-

portrayal of an immigrant culture was compelling. We don’t always have the author at our book club meetings, but we do always have lively discussions. New participants are always welcome, so please check our calendar online, grab a book, and join the discussion. The Elizabeth Book Club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The Kiowa Book Club meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. And the Simla Book Club meets the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. Call your local branch for more information. Kari May lives in Elizabeth and is the director of the Elbert County Library District. She can be contacted through the library at Visit the library at

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The group was fascinated to learn more about the writing and publishing process. Ms. Wasmund decided to self-publish her book using the Amazon platform, and she said it was quite easy. Her book is available through Amazon both as a physical book and as an eBook you can download to your Kindle. She was supported by her husband and by a circle of writing friends who encouraged her to publish, and some who

provided valuable editing skills. One of the things I enjoyed most about the book is the main character — and narrator — Christian, a young immigrant from Scotland, who arrived in Colorado with her father and brother. Her father gets a job in John D. Rockefeller’s mines, a job that he was promised would bring him riches but only brought misery to him and his family. He dies from the mine environment, and son Alex takes his place. He and Christian struggle to make their way. Christian is a strong, independent young lady, forced to grow up when she is not even a teen. She falls in love with a Greek man; the Greeks are not respected in the mining town. Alex falls in love with Pearl, an orphan girl who literally blows onto their doorstep one night when she is running away from her past. The intricate

tant approaches taxes very differently than I ever could. He works with numbers the way I work with colors. I have decided that I will paint for another 10 years, and then quit. And then there will be no more deductions for paintbrushes and stretcher bars. I might be able to do my own taxes again, like I did when I was in college. Clip a W-2 to a one-page form, and be done in five or ten minutes. I’m giving April the benefit of the doubt, and I doubt everything. I think there are crueler months, for one thing. July and August? You can have them. If I had to live in St. Louis in July and August, my poem would start out, “July and August are the cruellest months, and the Cardinals are 16 games back.” April is OK with me. It’s impossible to be a total grouch when things are blossoming. The derivation of the name is uncertain, but the belief is it comes from the Latin aperire, “to open,” which makes sense, because it’s the season when trees and flowers begin “to open.” Ironically, April is “National Poetry Month.” Somewhere a poet will recite “The Waste Land” to an audience, that might not agree with her, because right outside the lilacs are lilacking away. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@comcast. net

What is an acceptable level of tolerance? I guess the answer is really situational, as in some instances we can be or become extremely tolerant and in other cases find our patience tried and maybe even fried. Thresholds vary based on our personality and are shaped by our life experiences. For example, someone who has been living with chronic pain or frequent injuries may have built up a tolerance to pain. Treatments and therapies that used to be exceedingly painful have become more tolerable. Aches and pains that were so severe that they sidelined us from life’s activities have given way to our desire to do more. I know many people in this very situation. They are suffering from bad backs, hips, knees, cancer, diabetes and other debilitating diseases. I have seen these same people rise to the occasion and get themselves to an acceptable level of tolerance associated with their pain. The pain or hurt doesn’t go away, it’s just that over time they have conditioned themselves to accept as much as they possibly can. What about at work? Where do we draw the line and hold people accountable for performance and productivity? What is our acceptable level of tolerance when either our staff or our managers are not working at the expected level of performance? We can choose to ignore it and hope it will get better, which never works, or we can have a calm and productive discussion and re-set expectations for everyone. I know for me personally, as a leader or manager and even as an employee, I always felt like others were not keeping up with my pace. In this case it was not a matter of having a discussion with others and re-setting expectations, it was about me realizing that I needed to adjust my acceptable level of tolerance. Once I made that adjustment and got to that point of acceptance, I became less resentful and much more productive.

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How much are we tolerating in our relationships? Do our partners, spouses, children, parents, and friends support us and do everything they can to make us feel appreciated, respected and loved? And if not, do we accept that, sweep it under the rug, and again hope that it gets better? It never works. We need to share with everyone what we are willing to accept and tolerate and what we are not. And as difficult as that may sound, once the conversations have happened in most cases things will begin to get much better. And as a consumer, as a customer, what is our acceptable level of tolerance? We can choose to continue to shop or eat or drink at places where we don’t feel appreciated and receive poor service, or we can decide that there are probably better options. The point is this: We are in control. We get to determine what we will accept and what we will not. We set the thresholds of tolerance, not anyone else. It is a freeing and liberating feeling when we finally get to that point and our opportunities to enjoy life increase proportionally. What are you willing to tolerate? I would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@, and my hope is that this will be a better than good week for you. Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of

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Task force gets Easter treat Mall donates to local food bank By Rhonda Moore The Outlets at Castle Rock made its annual Easter pancake breakfast a double-duty event, raising nearly 500 pounds of food for a local food bank. The Outlets hosted its traditional holiday event with a visit from the Easter Bunny and a pancake breakfast that usually costs $5 per person. In lieu of the ticket price, organizers this year invited people to bring a can of food to donate to the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. The Castle Rock-based task force provides aid and food to residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Outlets’ outreach to the local nonprofit coincided with record attendance at the mall’s annual Easter breakfast. “(The) event was our biggest Easter breakfast ever,” said Lisa Zetah, director of marketing for the Outlets at Castle Rock. “We had over 300 families in attendance, who provided over 465 pounds of food for the Douglas/ Elbert Task Force.” Event organizers were overwhelmed by the number of people who attended the breakfast, with several armed with bags of food, rather than a can or two, Zetah said. While the mall has hosted charitable events in years past, this is the first year it hosted the Easter breakfast with a dual purpose. The outreach was a “lovely surprise” for the task force, said Suzanne Greene, task force execu-


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tive director. The donation was the equivalent of $775 worth of food, she said. “We didn’t have any idea this was happening,” Greene said. “Part of the value of doing something like this is the fact we get our message out. This is a very nice thing to do and we’re very grateful.” The food bank at the task force typically experiences a dearth of donations in February and March, Greene said. Donations held steady this year and the task force is looking forward to the gardening season, when local community gardens dedicate part of their harvest to the food bank. The task force has two commercial freezers for fresh produce, which typically goes quickly, she said. “The Rock Real Community Garden has already started pre-

The Outlets at Castle Rock hosted Easter events that welcomed more than 300 families and collected 465 pounds of food for the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. Courtesy photo. paring space dedicated to the food bank,” Greene said. “We’d love to have backyard gardeners think about the food bank when they’re planting. Or if they get a bumper crop of tomatoes or zucchinis, we

could use those zucchinis.” The Douglas/Elbert Task Force is at 1638 Park St. in Castle Rock. For more information and for donation hours, visit

Empty Bowl makes move to weekend Organizers aim for family-friendly event By Rhonda Moore Visitors to this year’s Empty Bowl can skip the Friday rush hour to make it to one of Castle Rock’s more popular fundraisers. The Empty Bowl, which raises money for victims of domestic violence, moved to a Saturday for the first time in its 13-year history. It is a move organizers hope makes it easier for people to make the trip to Castle Rock. “We’re trying to help those people who can’t make it to Castle Rock after work on a Friday,” said Heather Orr, event and grant coordinator. “If you don’t live in Castle Rock, it’s kind of hard to get to the event. We wanted to do it on a Saturday afternoon and make it a little more family-friendly.” The Empty Bowl ranks among the crisis center’s largest fundraisers. At its peak, it sold out at about 1,000 tick-

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ets, with a goal to raise $80,000 for the center that provides shelter, legal advocacy and crisis support for victims of domestic violence in Douglas and Elbert counties. In recent years, attendance has hovered between 700 and 800 tickets, prompting organizers to opt for a weekend event in hopes of restoring attendance to its former level. The center also noticed that those who attended the event had something else in mind — many made the event a family outing, Orr said. “We noticed more and more people are bringing their kids,” she said. “This year we’ll have activities for the kids.” The shift resulted in a few other changes at the event, Orr said. Gone is the silent auction of years past. It is replaced by a raffle to be distributed at the event. Kids’ activities include edible art, a fishing game for prizes, a balloon artist and face painting. “(Kids) can be entertained while mom and dad are looking for their bowls,” Orr said. The bowls remain the benchmark

of the event, and this year’s gathering will include as many as 2,000 handthrown bowls donated by potters from around the Front Range. Among this year’s artists is a group of high school students from the class of Rock Canyon High School art teacher Daniel Gonzalez, Orr said. Gonzalez’s students helped bump the bowl count, with three of his students dedicating 100 bowls each to the event, Orr said. Attendees at the event take home a bowl of their choice and get an allyou-can-eat pass to the event’s soup, bread and dessert buffet, courtesy of area restaurants. The Empty Bowl symbolizes the empty bowl left at the table when a victim of domestic violence flees an unsafe situation. All proceeds support the crisis center. Advance tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children ages 12 and younger and $500 for a reserved table for 10. Tickets at the door are $45 for adults and $25 for children. For more information, call 303-688-1094 or visit

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BUSINESS AFTER hours. Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce’s business after hours event is from 5-7 p.m. April 11 at HeadsUp Colorado, a nonprofit corporation providing mentoring in Elbert County. Through one-on-one mentoring and community supported workshops, participants are supported in their academic careers and their relationships, and acquire skills and strategies required for healthy decision making. The event will feature food, door prizes and a silent auction, and takes place at 146 N. Elbert St. in Elizabeth. If you cannot attend, visit http://

RIBBON CUTTING. Help celebrate the dedication of Fawn Valley Park in Kiowa at 10 a.m. April 20. Kiowa town staff and board will serve treats and refreshments, while the Kiowa Lions Club grills up hotdogs. Play at the park and meet your neighbors for a morning of fun in the park. Because the egg hunt was cancelled in March, eggs will be hidden at the park for a additional fun. No pets at this event. This park was made possible through grants provided by the ElPomar Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation.

WEATHER SPOTTER. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service are offering weather spotter classes from 9 a.m. to noon May 4 at Elbert School. Classes are free. Email if you’d like to participate.

APRIL 14-20 LIBRARY WEEK. Elbert County Library District celebrates

National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, with snacks at the main branch libraries (Elizabeth, Kiowa and Simla) and encouraging patrons to share how libraries support the community. The Elbert County Library District provides books, DVDs, audio books, book clubs, GED assistance, story times, after school programs and meeting space for community Force events. Visit to find the location Rock. and hours of a branch near you. r dotask-APRIL 17


BLOOD DRIVE. Walmart community blood drive is from 2-6

p.m. April 17 inside Bonfils’ mobile bus at 2100 Legacy Circle, Elizabeth. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit

APRIL 18 CHAMBER LUNCHEON. Join the Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce for its luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 18 at Elizabeth Town Hall, 151 S. Banner St. The Small Business Development Center will give a presentation on social media. The public is welcome. After the lunch, you can go to the Elizabeth Library for hands-on one-on-one assistance with social media. RSVPs are required. Call Beverly at 303-646-4287 or email at director@

PREPAREDNESS EVENT. Emergency management volunteers are planning a preparedness day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 with the Douglas and Elbert County Horse Council, Douglas and Elbert Community Animal Response Teams, The Elbert County Volunteer Corps, Elbert County Sheriff ’s Posse, Red Cross, COVOAD and more who will share preparedness tips, ideas, and work to ensure community members have the information and tools to make informed decisions on personal preparedness. The afternoon will include booths and information for everyone in the family from readiness kits to family communication plans. The location is the Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Ave., Kiowa.

ELIZABETH STAMPEDE Rodeo is June 7-9 at Casey Jones Park in Elizabeth. Come see the voted Best Small Rodeo in the Nation. Visit for all the details. JUNE 8 ELIZABASH. THE Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce presents ElizaBash from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 on Main Street in Elizabeth. Enjoy a family fun filled day starting with the Stampede Parade at 10 a.m. and then stay in downtown

JUNE 22 SAFETY FAIR. Join the Elbert County Sheriff ’s Office and many of the wonderful response agencies in the community for their annual safety fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 in the Walmart parking lot in Elizabeth. The whole family can gain valuable knowledge on everything from bike safety, cyber safety, to lessons on the consequence of drinking and driving. Check http:// for details and information.

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Jones office of Rob Reiman is from 5-7 p.m. April 25 at 117 S. Elizabeth St., Suite D. Celebrate with Rob and Sandy as they show off their new office. Meet them and enjoy refreshments and networking with other area business people.

LEGAL CLINIC. A free clinic for parties who have no attorney

ROYALTY INFORMATION. Attention all Elbert County 4H

girls who would like to learn more about royalty. There will be a royalty clinic April 27 at Peace in Christ Church, 236 Tabor St., Elizabeth. The clinic starts at 9 a.m. and you will learn about hair styling, makeup, clothing and the commitment for being fair royalty. You can contact Mary Jacobson, coordinator, at 720-289-0104 with questions.

Seminar: Horse owners encouraged to have emergency kit in advance “We feel strongly we have an obligation to deliver all of the available tools for community members to apply to their lives,” Stark said. “In an effort to continue providing those tools and sharing that information with the community, we think it’s important for those interested to be able to access those resources.” The seminar will provide guidance on what to pack in an evacuation kit and an emergency kit, from food, water, medications and first-aid supplies to copies of insurance forms, personal identification and cash. Attendees will also get information about how to prepare their animals for evacuation. Animal preparedness comes courtesy of the Douglas-Elbert County Horse Council, which did the heavy lifting in 2012 when Douglas County residents were temporarily displaced in a pre-evacuation during the Waldo Canyon fire. Horse owners are encouraged to keep an emergency kit for their animals that includes an up-to-date brand inspection, ensure their horses are routinely handled and can be loaded in and out of a trailer, and keep their trailers hooked up to a vehicle, ready to go during disaster season, said Paula Koch, spokeswoman for the horse council. “They’re expecting another high fire season this year,” Koch said. “The safest way to handle your animals is to not have to evacuate, so if you can mitigate your property and avoid having to evacuate your animals, that’s most desirable. The next most desir-

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QUILT ENTRIES. Firehouse Quilts is looking for quilt entries for its eighth annual quilt show to support its mission of helping children in crisis in Colorado. Early bird entries submitted by May 17 are taken at a discounted entry fee ($15). Otherwise, the fee is $18 per item, and the final deadline is June 21. This year’s show has a special theme, Patriotic, along with 13 other categories. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19-20 at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock. All forms and instructions are available at; click on the Quilt Show link at the top.



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STAMPEDE TICKETS. Discounted tickets are available now through May 14 for the Elizabeth Stampede, named the No. 1 small rodeo in the country by the PRCA in 2011 and 2012. Buy tickets online at or call 303-6460308. The 2013 rodeo is June 7-9.


CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL. Elbert County Early Childhood Council presents its fifth annual Children’s Festival. This is a yearly fun filled event for families of young children. Different organizations get together to present child focused activities geared toward young children through age 8. These organizations usually also have parent information and provide a free give away item for the child/family to take home. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at the Fire Station in Elizabeth. It is free. Visit

APRIL 19, MAY 17 and who are going through divorce, legal separation, custody, post-decree cases or protection order cases 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. All walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be assisted on a first-come, firstserved basis. Upcoming dates are March 15; April 19; May 17; June 21; July 19; Aug. 16; Sept. 20; Oct. 18; Nov. 15; Dec. 20.


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EMERGENCY TIPS Top three tips for personal disaster preparedness: • Assemble a 72-hour emergency kit for your home that includes water, medications non-perishable food and a battery-operated radio. The kit should have enough to sustain the number of people who live in your house. • Select a meeting space or a relative for all family members to contact in case you are separated from your family. • Pack an evacuation kit and keep it in the trunk of your car. At a minimum, stock it with copies of your insurance policy, personal identification and cash. Top three tips for animal preparedness in a disaster: • Have a ready-to-go bag packed with tack, a copy of your brand inspection and food for your animal. • Keep your trailer hooked up to your vehicle and keep your animal trailer-ready. • Arrange a location to take your animals in the event of an evacuation. able option is to have a personal evacuation plan near your house but within a radius outside of a fire zone.” With the help of the county’s animal response teams, the horse council will conduct a three-hour seminar the morning of the emergency preparedness event. The afternoon will provide an open-house forum for residents interested in visiting with emergency support organizations that include the Red Cross, the Elbert County Sheriff’s Posse and Colorado volunteer organizations active in disaster. The emergency preparedness seminar is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds agricultural building, 95 Ute Ave. in Kiowa. For more information call the county office of emergency management at 303-621-6131.

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“The women’s fellowship though it was good time to add to the culture out here,” said Eileen Enterline, who is organizing the fair and partnered with the social club. “It’s interesting. I have lived here so long, but learned so much about the area from this project.”

Members of the social club will be on hand acting as docents. They will share stories — like the one about an engine used to push the train disconnecting and rolling clear down the hill to Denver — and speak about the school dances and elections and town meetings that once echoed through the school.


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Common kitchen remodeling mistakes to avoid By Kitchen Tune-Up

Everyone’s heard the horror stories of the remodel that went wrong, very wrong; the contractor skips town with the deposit, the product doesn’t arrive and you wait months for a workable kitchen, bathroom, etc., the kitchen is left so dirty and in such disarray that it takes days to clean it up and feel like you can cook in it again. It doesn’t have to be that way! There are honest, hard-working contractors out there who are good at what they do and will make your kitchen, bath, or wood floor look spectacular for a reasonable price. So, what should you look out for when entrusting your beloved home to someone you don’t know? Here are five common mistakes you can avoid if you know about them in advance. We’ll also give you some tips on things you can do to ensure your remodeling experience is the best it can be. • Don’t expect your project to run perfectly. Problems do occur. If you get upset about a few days’ slippage, you will drive yourself insane. Remember, you will have this kitchen for a good number of years, so a few days here or there are insignificant to the overall result. The important thing is that your contractor is reacting to it, getting it handled and gets everything back on track as soon as possible. For example, your contractor pulls the old cabinets off and fi nds out there has been a leak that

has rotted the flooring and joists under the floor, so everything stops until another company can come in and fi x it … if everyone is busy, it could be a week or more. You need to be prepared for the possibility that this type of problem can happen. • Don’t expect a working kitchen until the project’s done, so make arrangements for that. Cabinet refacing does not shut down your kitchen, but new countertops in addition to refacing will. You will probably be without running water and a sink for a few days. New kitchens are shut down on day one, as soon as the old cabinets are torn out. Depending on the countertop chosen, you’re typically looking at two to four weeks before you have a fully functional kitchen again. • Don’t start your remodel before you’ve chosen your appliances. Make sure you have the specs in the contractors’ hands prior to cabinets being ordered. This will result in a better fit for the appliance into the cabinets … especially wall ovens, built-in microwaves, cook tops, and large fridges. • Don’t pay for the entire project until the entire project is completed. Most projects will require you to make a significant down payment. This is normal, because the contractor has to place orders for products designed specifically for your kitchen. If you decided to withdraw from the project, he’d be stuck holding the bag. However, it is good policy to always leave a portion outstanding until the kitchen is finished. Ten percent is pretty typical. If you

have a problem giving your contractor a down payment, then you don’t trust him, and you should not be using him. • Don’t fall for the “big discount if you sign now” routine. Some remodeling companies offer huge discounts if you sign with them on the spot. If they offer an extremely large discount, it just means their price is too high to begin with. Remember, though, it is more cost-effective for the company to be able to wrap things up on the fi rst call, so a modest discount to save a second trip is reasonable, just use common sense. High-quality companies won’t use high-pressure tactics to get you to sign. Their product, service and references speak for themselves. Make sure you check out your contractor thoroughly in advance. Call their references, check from time to time, there are such things as “difficult” or “unreasonable” clients. If a contractor has a bad comment or complaint, consider it against the length of time they’ve been in business and ask them to explain any issues you found. It is expected that on occasion, good contractors may have bad customers. If you see a pattern of complaints, however, you know you shouldn’t use that contractor. You should be comfortable with and “click” with the contractor you’ve chosen for your remodel. Make sure they have a good amount of experience, positive references and valid liability insurance if something does go wrong.

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April 11, 2013

Tips to avoid injury while spring cleaning By StatePoint

Cleaning your home from top to bottom this spring? Do so with care. From falls off ladders to muscle pain, heavy-duty chores can be hazardous to your health and wellness if you’re not careful. – in- So before you roll up ona-your sleeves and get into the thick of it, take a mogbirdment to review some essential safety precautions:


n vaAvoid outdoor mishaps W hen mow ing the lawn, wear sturdy, closedtoe shoes. Clear your lawn of stones, toys and other potentially hazardous eren-debris before you begin, to prevent flying objects. addi-Keep children away from midyour yard while you’re Foli-mowing. ch as Reduce the risk of a ladTheyder fall by always using a keepstable ladder. Be sure to l be-use the correct height ladder for the job and follow all weight restrictions. Onreen-ly set ladders on level surfaces. Pay close attention to what you’re doing and climb up and down the ladder slowly and deliberately. Treat muscles right From lawn work to scrubbing floors, unusual repetitious motions can really take a toll, resulting in muscle pain or bruising. Treat your spring clean like a workout and stretch your

Photo courtesy of StatePoint major muscle groups before you get started. When lifting those boxes in your basement and any other objects with heft, bend at the knees to avoid throwing your back out. If a chore is causing you pain, stop what you’re doing. “Start out slowly to avoid placing a sudden demand on your muscles that are not use to this activity,” says Anne Meyer, MD who focuses on sports rehabilitation medicine. If you feel stiff or sore after a long day of reaching, bending and lifting, Dr. Meyer recommends minimizing physical activity, elevating an injured arm or leg, and treating the first sign of muscle pain by applying a quick absorbing topical muscle pain reliever like Arnicare Gel. Remember to take fre-

quent breaks. And end your long day with a relaxing bath. Clean safely Cleaning products can be extremely stringent, causing irritation to your eyes, nose and throat. If opting for natural alternatives, such as vinegar or lemons is not an option, use the harsher stuff with care. Open all windows when using harsh cleaning products, especially ammonia. Wear gloves and consider protecting your nose and mouth with a surgical mask. Place products out of reach when you’re not using them if you have pets or small children. By following a few safety measures, you can make your spring clean a rejuvenating experience.

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Study finds high cost of dementia Toll for Alzheimer’s tops cancer, heart disease By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press

Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer’s is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail. The biggest cost of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia isn’t drugs or other medical treatments, but the care that’s needed just to get mentally impaired people through daily life, the nonprofit RAND Corp.’s study found.

It also gives what experts say is the most reliable estimate for how many Americans have dementia — around 4.1 million. That’s less than the widely cited 5.2 million estimate from the Alzheimer’s Association, which comes from a study that included people with less severe impairment. “The bottom line here is the same: Dementia is among the most costly diseases to society, and we need to address this if we’re going to come to terms with the cost to the Medicare and Medicaid system,” said Matthew Baumgart, senior director of public policy at the Alzheimer’s Association. Dementia’s direct costs, from medicines to nursing homes, are $109 billion a year in 2010 dollars, the new RAND report found. That compares to $102 billion for heart disease and $77 billion for cancer. In-

‘The best hope to change this apparent future is to find a way to intervene.’ Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the Institute on Aging formal care by family members and others pushes dementia’s total even higher, depending on how that care and lost wages are valued. “The informal care costs are substantially higher for dementia than for cancer or heart conditions,” said Michael Hurd, a RAND economist who led the study. It was sponsored by the government’s National Institute on Aging and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Alzheimer’s is the most

common form of dementia and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Dementia also can result from a stroke or other diseases. It is rapidly growing in prevalence as the population ages. Current treatments only temporarily ease symptoms and don’t slow the disease. Patients live four to eight years on average after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, but some live 20 years. By age 80, about 75 percent of people with Alzheimer’s will

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be in a nursing home compared with only 4 percent of the general population, the Alzheimer’s group says. “Most people have understood the enormous toll in terms of human suffering and cost,” but the new comparisons to heart disease and cancer may surprise some, said Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the Institute on Aging. “Alzheimer’s disease has a burden that exceeds many of these other illnesses,” especially because of how long people live with it and need care, he said. For the new study, researchers started with about 11,000 people in a long-running government health survey of a nationally representative sample of the population. They gave 856 of these people extensive tests to determine how many had dementia, and projected that to the larger group to determine a prevalence rate — nearly 15 percent of people over age 70. Using Medicare and other records, they tallied the cost of purchased care — nursing homes, medicines, other treatments — including out-of-pocket expenses for dementia in 2010. Next, they subtracted spending for other health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or depression so they could isolate the true cost of dementia alone. “This is an important difference” from other studies that could not determine how much health care

cost was attributable just to dementia, said Dr. Kenneth Langa, a University of Michigan researcher who helped lead the work. Even with that adjustment, dementia topped heart disease and cancer in cost, according to data on spending for those conditions from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Finally, researchers factored in unpaid care using two different ways to estimate its value — foregone wages for caregivers and what the care would have cost if bought from a provider such as a home health aide. That gave a total annual cost of $41,000 to $56,000 per year for each dementia case, depending on which valuation method was used. “They did a very careful job,” and the new estimate that dementia affects about 4.1 million Americans seems more solidly based than any before, Hodes said. The government doesn’t have an official estimate but more recently has been saying “up to 5 million” cases, he said. The most worrisome part of the report is the trend it portends, with an aging population and fewer younger people “able to take on the informal caregiving role,” Hodes said. “The best hope to change this apparent future is to find a way to intervene” and prevent Alzheimer’s or change its course once it develops, he said.

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some the Jackie Carioscia of Castle Rock is a semi-finalist in the 2013 Pillsbury Bake-Off with her original recipe, marmalade crab crusted salmon. Photo by Rhonda Moore h an fewle to cared. to uture forward to the finalists’ trip to Las Vegas. canned crab, onions and spices, the dish ene” Carioscia has entered the Pillsbury Bake- turned out “divine,” Carioscia said. r’s or Off each year for the last decade. Her husband, Mike Carioscia, didn’t ce it Each time, she enters dishes in a variety complain once about the handful of ver-

Cook reaches bake-off finals Carioscia turns hobby into lifelong passion By Rhonda Moore Castle Rock’s Jackie Carioscia was not a fan of cooking until about the time she got married. Her first experiments in the kitchen began when she was 22 years old, living in Chicago and on her way to a career as a chemical engineer. In the 10 years that have passed since then, Carioscia has entered countless contests, created a host of original dishes and become the go-to cook among her circle of friends. Her efforts earned her a coveted spot on the 2013 Pillsbury Bake-Off list of finalists, who aim for a chance at Pillsbury’s $1 million grand prize. She and her husband aren’t spending the grand prize money yet, but they are looking

of categories. This year she entered a dish in the Amazing Doable Dinners category, a marmalade crab crusted salmon recipe that was among the semi-final entries posted on Pillsbury’s website. Visitors to the site reviewed and tested the dishes, casting their votes for the finalists. “This is the furthest I’ve made it,” Carioscia said. “I think I have a good chance. I only have to make the top 55 percent of that category.” Carioscia’s winning dish was among four she submitted, abiding by instructions to limit the dish to seven ingredients, prep time to 30 minutes and include two of Pillsbury’s listed ingredient categories. Her ingredients were Pillsbury’s best all-purpose flour and Smucker’s sweet orange marmalade. Combined with salmon,

sions that came out of the kitchen as she perfected the recipe. “I love that she’s always trying to come up all kinds of different recipes and 99 percent of the time they come up excellent,” Mike Carioscia said. “When it comes to cooking, she’ll send stuff out to friends and friends’ wives and they’re excited to get anything she cooks. When they come over, it’s always unique cooking.” Recipes and contest information are available on the Pillsbury Bake-Off website at To view Carioscia’s recipe, follow the link from the home page to “And the Winners Are …” Carioscia is among four finalists from Colorado, including Karen Harris from Castle Pines, who won with her recipe, bacon corncakes with warm maple cream.

Street art inspires abstract works ‘Whitewash’ on display in Santa Fe district

if you go Space Gallery is at 765 Santa Fe Drive, in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. 303-623-3448.

By Sonya Ellingboe “Whitewash,” is Patricia Aaron’s title for a group of six new ink and encaustic paintings to be exhibited in a group show at Space Gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District, where she is a new member. The exhibit runs from April 19 to June 1. She will be present at an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. April 19. She writes that the new works were inspired by a recent trip to Key West, where she explored behind the tourist facades to find exuberant street art, graffiti, filling walls along alleys, underpasses and schoolyards. Whitewash is the community’s method to eradicate the art. For more than 20 years, Aaron, of Greenwood Village, has

“Riptide” is included in Patricia Aaron’s new exhibit, “Whitewash,” at Space Gallery, 30” x 30”, ink and encaustic. Courtesy photo been researching rogue art as historical record. She finds references pre-dating the ancient

Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations. Her chosen medium for

interpreting her responses to graffiti is a combination of ink and encaustic — beeswax with pigment — layered precisely to present rich, sometimes translucent effects. Her works are abstract, with suggestions of words and other markings buried in them. This technique of making art dates to ancient times and retains shape and color. The painter melts beeswax, adds pigment to small batches and brushes it on a panel in thin layers. When a layer is completed, it is carefully heated with a torch to seal the color. The end result is a complex, inviting painting with a rich, smooth, almost glassy surface through which one can see previously applied layers of color and texture.

“Historic Railroads and Colorado Hotels” will be Dr. Tom Noel’s subject when he speaks to the Highlands Ranch Historical Society from 7-8:30 p.m. April 15 at the Southbridge Rec Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Noel will bring stories and photos of surviving passenger railroads, such as the Cumbres and Toltec and Durango and Silverton narrow gauge railroads, as well as grand hotel stops and saloons along the way. The event is free for members and a $1 suggested donation is asked of non-members. Guests are welcome.

Jefferson comes to life

“Thomas Jefferson and His Literary Children” will be Jack Van Els’ topic as he portrays Jefferson at 7 p.m. April 16 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Jefferson accumulated a library with more than 7,000 books and went into debt to obtain them. He called them his “children” and eventually donated them to the Library of Congress. Van Els will talk about the handcrafted Jefferson Bible on display at the History Colorado Center.

Baby Doe remembered

“Mining for the Real Baby Doe” will be a presentation by author Joyce Lohse of Centennial for the Palmer Lake Historical Society at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Palmer Lake City Hall, 28 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake. Free, refreshments served.

Western History explored

The Order of the Indian Wars presents the fifth Denver Indian Wars Symposium from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 20 at the Colorado National Guard Headquarters Auditorium, 6868 S. Revere Parkway, Centennial. Speakers will be John Monnett, Daniel Martinez, Douglas McChristian and Michael O’Keefe. Other authors will have books for sale as well. Cost: $35. Send check to OIW, P.O. Box 1650, Johnstown, CO 80534. Information: Layton Hooper, 970-229-5991.

Get a break on Earth Day

April 21, Earth Day, offers free admission to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, where “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” is the featured exhibit.

Architecture celebration

Celebrate Colorado Architecture Month with local members of the AIA. Of special interest: “Doors Open Denver: the City Beautiful: Then and Now” on April 13 and 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours available and many buildings will be open to visitors:

Patsy Cline at Parker

“Always … Patsy Cline” plays at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker April 12 through 20. The musical memory play about Cline and her friend Louise Seger, filled with Cline’s best-known songs, is directed by John Moore, former Denver Post drama critic and active member of Denver’s theater community. Tickets start at $18. Call 303-805-6800 or order online,


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April 11, 2013

Arts center hitting its stride

Lone Tree facility draws arts patrons, first-timer visitors By Jane Reuter In its 18 months of life, the Lone Tree Arts Center has so far sold 67,300 tickets. That means nearly 4,000 people a month have passed through the auditorium doors. “To be able to talk about those kinds of numbers, even before the second season is over, I think is pretty remarkable,” executive director Lisa Rigsby Peterson said. “We didn’t start with a subscriber base of 5,000. We started from zero.” The long-planned $23 million center, which features a 500-seat auditorium, opened in August 2011. Peterson believes the high ticket volume to date partially reflects the quality and variety of pro-

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gramming she and her staff have booked, but said it goes deeper than that. “I think it also points to the pent-up demand there has been for some time in the south metro area,” she said. “Forty-eight percent of our ticket buyers are from Douglas County. Another 52 percent are from outside the county, primarily Arapahoe, Jefferson and Denver counties. “I think people who already love the arts will find the arts wherever they can. But what we hear over and over again, especially from people who live south of Hampden (Avenue), is the reason they’re so excited about having the arts center here is the convenience.” That’s among the long list of attributes Lone Tree resident Rita Rosen Oja cites for being a season ticket subscriber. “Proximity is a big factor for us,” she said. “I like being able to go to a show during the week that may get out a 10 o’clock (p.m.) and five minutes later, we’re home. It’s

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not the difficulty of being downtown, having to navigate getting to the car and getting home. “To be able to see the Creede Repertory Theatre — which I’d heard about for years — five minutes from my house has just been phenomenal.” Arts lovers like Oja are key to the center’s success, but what thrills Peterson most is hearing from people who aren’t regular attendees. “We have a lot of first-time arts goers who come here because it’s friendly, convenient and affordable,” she said. They, too, are vital to the center because first-timers often become regulars, bringing friends and family. Newcomers, as well as fans of niche productions, are drawn to unique productions like the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, which pulled people from as far away as Colorado Springs. That broad cross-section of patrons is on Peterson’s mind when she concocts the artistic soup that


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TriZetto opens headquarters in area Fast-growing health-care, IT company brings jobs By Ryan Boldrey

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The economic foundation of Douglas County got a little thicker as TriZetto opened the doors to its new world headquarters April 2, bringing 800 employees with them to the Meridian International Business Center. The 16-year-old health-care IT d anfirm has already added 150 local pen-jobs since it broke ground on the beenfour-story, 168,000-square-foot building just under a year ago. here’s “We’re growing fast and should mu-be close to 1,100 strong by the ” sheend of the year,” said CEO Trace r ev-Devanny. “The fact that we’ve outgrown the facility already is a good problem to have.” The company, which had just 380 employees working in Colora-

do when Devanny started in 2010, expects to lease more space in the office park to house an additional 200 employees by year’s end. Devanny said it could create as many as 400 additional local jobs over the next four years, possibly prompting the company to break ground on another building across the street from its new offices on Maroon Circle. TriZetto was formerly headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., and as it started to move some of its operations to Colorado in 2007, it opened numerous offices in Greenwood Village, all of which are consolidating under the new roof in Meridian. The company reaches more than 21,000 physician practices and has 3,600 employees with offices across the globe. The new Douglas County base is expected to bring up to $250 million of capital investment into the state over the next five years, as well as $70 million in annual worker pay, a lot of which will undoubtedly be reinvested into Colorado’s economy. Colorado competed against Missouri, New Jersey and Arizona

Gov. John Hickenlooper, center left, and TriZetto CEO Trace Devanny cut the ceremonial ribbon at the opening of the worldwide headquarters for the health-care IT firm April 2 at Meridian International Business Center in Douglas County. TriZetto Senior Vice President Linda Fenton, left, and Douglas County Commissioners Roger Partridge, second from left, and Jill Repella, far right, joined them on stage for the ceremony. Photo by Ryan Boldrey for the company, and Devanny said Colorado’s pro-business atmosphere made all the difference. “This is not just a strong addition to Douglas County and to metropolitan Denver, but it really is to Colorado,” Gov. John Hicken-

looper said at the ribbon-cutting event. “Each success leads to another. It’s companies like TriZetto that are building foundations for other companies and other growth.” Hickenlooper added that

10,800 payroll jobs were added in Colorado in February alone, helping cut the state’s unemployment rate to close to 7 percent. “Douglas County, in less than a year, has 6,300 new jobs,” County Commissioner Jill Repella said after the ribbon-cutting. “We are creating a very, very fertile business environment in Douglas County, and we’ve got more coming.” Repella attributes some of Douglas’ success to the ability of “the unrecognized heroes” of the county’s building division staff who help get businesses such as TriZetto into their locations on schedule with timely permitting and inspections. “We want businesses to be able to open their doors fast so they can get in and do business.” she said. “That’s what we do to help lay that economic foundation.” Other new businesses coming into the county soon include Visa, with 406 new jobs, and Children’s Hospital, with 300 employees, both in Highlands Ranch, and Redwood Trust, which is bringing 550 new local jobs, in Lone Tree.

Health-care opportunities are big draw Castle Rock hospital job fair attracts overflow crowd By Ryan Boldrey


From left, Randy Blaser of Littleton, Danielle Tate of Castle Rock and Josie Blaser of Littleton wait in line April 5 at the Douglas County Events Center to interview for jobs at the Castle Rock Adventist Job Fair. More than 500 applicants came through the doors between 8 a.m. and noon, with lines that stretched around the corner and took 2.5 hours to navigate. Photo by Ryan Boldrey

With an early-morning traffic jam, lines around the corner that took two and a half hours to navigate and “quite a few rock stars singled out in on-site interviews,” one could say the Centura Health job fair was a smashing success. With the 212,000-squarefoot Castle Rock Adventist

Hospital prepared to open in late summer, eager applicants from all over the metro area and some who flew in from out of state packed the Douglas County Events Center April 5, hoping to secure one of the 200 available positions — most of which are in the field of nursing. “We knew there was interest, but to have lines out the door starting at 7 a.m. is just amazing,” said Kelly Wooten, Centura HR director. According to Wooten, who said the hospital continues to add positions dai-

ly, more than 500 applicants got inside the doors in the first four hours of the eighthour fair, and lines were still wrapped around the corner outside at that time. Once inside, applicants had their medical licenses verified and went through a pre-screening process with a recruiter. If successful, they secured an on-site interview. “We’ve had just a ton of interest in creating the nursing culture here from the beginning,” said Mike Selvage, Centura Chief Nursing Officer. “There’s been no previ-

ous way here, so you have the opportunity to set the way. It’s exciting.” Selvage said plenty of likely hires were identified in the opening hours of the fair and that following a second screening, offers would be made within a matter of a few business days. For those who did not find the right fit at the Castle Rock location, specifically new graduates, Wooten said the fair was being used to help find careers for qualified individuals at some of Centura’s sister hospitals, both in and out of Colorado.

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Elizabeth twice dominates Englewood Cardinals 7-3 overall after lopsided games By Scott Stocker

Special to Colorado Community Media Elizabeth defeated host Englewood 16-0 on April 3, utilizing 16 hits by Cardinals batters, to grab a piece of first place in the Class 4A, Colorado 7 League. It was nearly the same picture April 5 as the Cardinals tallied their fifth straight win with a 9-1 victory over visiting Englewood. With the victories, the Cardinals of coach Doug Severinsen improved to 7-3 overall, 3-0 in the league. Englewood, which was having a solid season before its backto-back losses to the Cardinals, fell to 6-3-1, 3-2. Pitcher Cody Stienke improved to 3-0 on the mound for Elizabeth with the win in the first game, in which he and his teammates faced 17 batters. Over the course of the fiveinning game, Stienke gave up two hits while striking out eight batters. The game was basically decided at the plate in the second inning as Elizabeth scored eight runs. The Cardinals added five more in the third inning and three in the fourth to close out their scoring. “I hit my spots today, we got the hits and our defense backed me up,” said Stienke, a right-hander. “We’ve gotten off to a pretty good start this season and I think we are excited to see how the season goes.” Elizabeth sent 13 batters to the plate in the second inning, with seven picking up hits. The Cardinals also took advantage of three Englewood errors as well as stealing four bases in the frame. Six of the runs came across the plate before the Cardinals had an out. Shortstop Willie Weber singled to open the second inning, then reached second as the Cardinals second batter, Tyler Erzen, who plays center field, reached first on an error. Third baseman Shawn Herr followed with a single, loading the bases. The sec-

Elizabeth’s Jace Evans smacks the ball to right field to drive in runs to help the Cardinals post a 16-0 win in the March 3 game against Englewood. Photo by Tom Munds ond Englewood error of the inning enabled Weber to score what can be counted as the game-winning run. In the April 5 game, Englewood got off to 1-0 lead in the first inning, but that one run would be all the Pirates would get. Elizabeth pitcher David Wahlstrom was in control on the mound the rest of the way for Elizabeth, giving up a total of four hits, striking out nine and not allowing a single walk.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Wahlstrom, who did not play in the first game. “I just wanted to calm down and find the zone, and I feel I was able to do that. Ten strikeouts and only four hits was good, I think a gem. Our offense was off a bit when we started, but we found our groove when we needed it.” Elizabeth actually got all the Cardinals would need for the victory in the second inning, coming through with two runs. Jeff Stephens, who walked to open the inning,

Bulldogs fare well in Elbert Invite Boys finish third, while girls place sixth By Scott Stocker

Special to Colorado Community Media Elbert’s Logan Franek was the lone place winner for the Bulldogs in the April 6 23-team Pueblo County Invitational Girls Track Meet at Dutch Clark Stadium. Making it competitive was the fact it was a four-classification meet - 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A. Franek finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.13 seconds behind meet champion Hannah Eining of Roosevelt (16.61) and Taylor Finn of Manitou Springs (16.62). From there, the best individual finishes by the girls came from Hannah Maben, 11th in both the 100 (14.10) and long jump (14 feet, 9 inches). The Bulldogs’ 800 sprint medley team also had an 11th place finish with a time of 2:09.36.

However, the Bulldogs came through with a much better finish, boys and girls, at their own Elbert Invitational held March 30. And, the Kiowa boys also came through with a solid day. The Elbert boys finished third with 54 points in the 24-team meet while the girls placed sixth with 50 points. Kiowa placed fifth in the boys competition with 50 points, but the girls had to settle for 13th with 23. Weld Central won the boys portion of the Invitational with 71 points, Springfield in second with 61 points. Vanguard Charter was the team champion on the girls side with 92 points followed by Weld Central (85) and Limon (61). Elbert’s Caleb Brown had a solid day in the weight events winning the discus with a toss of 150 feet, 2 inches and placing third in the shot put with a heave of 44-2. It wasn’t a bad day for Elbert’s Blake Nicholas in the hurdles and jumps. He finished second in the high hurdles (17.81) and second in the high jump with a 5-foot-10-inch

effort. He went on to finish third in the triple jump (39 feet, 6 inches). Kiowa’s Bobby Handley finished second in the discus with a toss of 123-1, the top performance by an individual for the Indians. Teammates Shawn Wolcott and Thomas Mackiewicz finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 800 meters with their times of 2:20.51 and 2:25.11. Elbert’s Maben had the best day for the Elbert girls winning the long jump with a leap of 14-6 ½ and placing second in the 100 with a time of 13.52. She also came through with an eighth-place finish in the 200 (30.12). She was followed to the finish line in the 100 by teammates Franek (fourth, 14.01) and Lauren Pearson (fifth, 14.02). Franek was also came through with a solid day in the hurdles placing second in the 100 (16.99) and fourth in the 300 (52.75). The same can be said for Kiowa’s Beth Campbell, who was second in the 400 (1:03.49) and third in the 800 (2:46.49).

would eventually score on a passed ball by Englewood’s losing pitcher, Eric Almanzar. Wahlstrom then walked, and advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Willie Weber, which also moved Stephens to third base. Stephens then scored on another passed ball, while Wahlstrom would be driven home on a single by Tyler Erzen. Instead of exploding in the second inning as Elizabeth did in the first game, it Cardinals continues on Page 15

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Kiowa opened up last week’s action coming through with a 4-2 victory against Limon. Austin Smiley was credited with the win on the mound, giving up four hits, striking out five and walking four. Marshall Deering was the only player to register two hits for the Indians while Ben Appleman drove in two runs, Jordan Gabehart one. In the process, the Indians improved to 2-2. Kiowa came through with a double-header sweep April 6 beating Evangelical Christian 16-1 in the first game and 12-2 in the second. Mclain Smiley, Austin’s sophomore brother, tossed a two-hitter in the first game, striking out six and walking three. And Austin wasn’t that bad at the plate, either, with a perfect hitting game of four hits against ECA, which included a home run and a double, to account for two RBI, improving

his batting average to .400. He also scored three times. Caleb Smith brought home five runs and scored twice himself. In the process, he upped his batting average to .471. “The week before, in our first games, we struggled,” said Kiowa coach Josh Schneider. “But we certainly played a lot better this week. Our pitchers did a fine job, the defense was solid, and we were hitting the ball well.” Jordan Gabehart was 3-for3 in the second game also coming up with three rbi and scoring twice himself. Smith was had three stolen bases, was hit by a pitch, had a double and also scored three times. The second game against ECA was much like the first as Kiowa scored 12 runs over the first three innings, nine in the third. The Indians had 10 hits in the process. Ben Appleman was the winning pitcher this time around giving up five hits and striking Roundup continues on Page 15



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Elbert defeated Evangelical Christian Academy, 9-5 on April 2 then beat Deer Trail, 13-1 on April 5. The winning streak came to an end April 6 when the Bulldogs were beaten by Stratton, 15-5. Brett Meredith helped lead the way against ECA with three hits, driving in two runs and stealing two bases. He had plenty of help. Roger Carlson’s triple was good enough to clear the bases for his three RBI. He also added a stolen base. Pitcher Cody Rosburg was credited with the win against ECA, striking out eight Eagles batters while walking only two and also stealing a couple of bases. Elbert came through with 11 stolen bases over-

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all against ECA with Nolan Schafer and Jacob Miller picking up three each. A four-run fifth inning by the Bulldogs helped seal the victory. Meredith stayed on a roll against Deer Trail batting 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles. He also was the winning pitcher, striking out 10 batters and walking two. Jacob Miller contributed three RBI. Blake Nicholas stole three bases. Stratton scored five runs in the top of the third and fourth innings in the Eagles’ victory against Elbert. And, the 10-1 lead was more than the Bulldogs could overcome. Meredith was the losing pitcher in this one, but not due to his hitting. His home run in the bottom of the fifth counted for three of Elbert’s runs. Schafer was the only Bulldog to have more than one hit, two, as the Bulldogs dropped to 4-1.

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