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April 25, 2013

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Elbert County, Colorado • Volume 118, Issue 13

Sheriff gains online notoriety with video Heap’s message on guns is response to president By Rhonda Moore

rmoore@ourcoloradonews.com A video message from Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap in response to a Colorado visit from President Barack Obama has gone viral. Heap’s online posting, “A Colorado Sheriff Responds to President Obama,” went up on April 3, the day of the president’s visit to support Colorado’s gun-control legislation. In it, Heap calls Obama’s visit “political showmanship.” Within days of posting his video message, the clip had more than 454,000 hits on YouTube and 65,000 “shares” on Facebook, making the video an online hit. The response at the sheriff’s office has been overwhelming, Heap said. Since the

video’s launch, Heap has received thousands of emails, three job offers and two marriage proposals, and has spoken to people from nearly 40 states. “This is a very real and successful form of communicating our message,” Heap said. Heap’s message is critical of lawmakers’ reaction to gun violence with what he calls restrictive gun legislation. Colorado’s Legislature this session passed gun-control measures that Heap said affect gun commerce but have no effect on criminals who commit violent crimes. The legislation was driven by urban lawmakers with an agenda that reflects urban crime trends, Heap said. “The president flew in (April 3) from Washington, D.C., which has the highest per capita murder rate in the nation, and he wants to tell Colorado what to do,” Heap says in his video. “We are frustrated with Video continues on Page 5

Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap, center, is flanked by the sheriffs from Weld and Fremont counties during an April 3 sheriffs’ protest of a visit by President Barack Obama, who praised Colorado’s gun-control efforts. Courtesy photo

Local students shine on stage By Rhonda Moore

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Visitors to the 2013 Empty Bowl peruse the pieces from Elizabeth potter Steve Buck, a longtime contributor to the event that raises money for the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center. Photo by Rhonda Moore

Event delivers on potters’ promise Hundreds attend fundraiser that assists crisis center By Rhonda Moore

rmoore@ourcoloradonews.com Visitors to the Empty Bowl saw a few new features at this year’s event, which made changes to make the fundraiser a more family-friendly event. The 2013 Empty Bowl was April 20 at the Douglas County Event Center in Castle Rock, with more than 500 advance tickets sold to raise money for the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center. Now in its 13th year, the event features the work of area potters who donated about 2,000 original, hand-thrown bowls, which serve as a thank-you gift for attendees.

Visitors also get a pass to sample the soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants. In years past, the event was on a Friday, with sales of the bowls reserved for the last hour of the event. This year, the Empty Bowl moved to Saturday and placed the bowls available for sale when the doors opened. The event also featured special display tables to recognize potters who donated 80 or more bowls, a kids’ play area for young children and a raffle in lieu of a silent auction. The Empty Bowl raises money for the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center, which supports victims of domestic violence in Douglas and Elbert counties with a shelter, free counseling, legal advocacy and a 24-hour crisis line, among other things. The Empty Bowl symbolizes the empty

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bowl left at the family table when a victim of domestic violence flees, said Jennifer Walker, executive director. “We thought we could do something new and wanted to create a more children’s friendly event,” Walker said. “We wanted it to be more of an open house atmosphere.” The center is recovering from one of its toughest years, with the loss of about $200,000 in federal grant money, Walker said. With more than 80 percent of its clients remaining violence-free for more than six months after receiving services, the center remained committed to finding ways to keep services running, she said. “We’ve done well without compromising the services we provide to our clients,” she said. “This is an amazing community. That fact that we made it through is thanks to the community.” The community this year included ceramic students from Rock Canyon High School who, under the tutelage of art teacher Daniel Gonzalez, donated hundreds of bowls to the event. Gonzalez has been guiding students through the Empty Bowl for about five years. “This is all on top of their Advanced Placement curriculum,” Gonzalez said. “I think it really opens their eyes to how art can be an integral part of the community. It’s been a great experience.”

Three Elizabeth High School students were selected to perform on the Colorado All-State Band. The students are Andrew Chase, who plays the trombone; Casey Gerczynski, saxophone; and Myles McMahan, euphonium. The three are first-chair musicians on the school’s band and were selected from among 900 students who auditioned for a spot in the all-state band. They joined about 185 students selected to participate in the all-state band’s two performing groups, and they played April 6 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. “I was thrilled,” McMahan said. “I tried to get in last year and didn’t. Seeing that I actually got it was pretty overwhelming. It was a lot of fun, because in high school a lot of people are in bands because it’s an easy A; but at all-state you see people who are really devoted to their music.” McMahan is a junior and intends to try out for the all-state band in his senior year. Chase and Gerczynski are seniors and have tried out in previous years. The senior-year honor was a meaningful experience. “When I found out, I almost cried,” Gerczynski said. “I tried out last year and I didn’t make it. This year … it’s my senior year and it’s at the college I want to go to. All my free time goes to my saxophone.” Gerczynski plans to study music education in college, while Chase intends to keep playing trombone on a recreational level. “I really like playing jazz. Maybe I’ll get a little jazz demo and play once in a while,” Chase said. “The all-state performance was a really good experience with that many kids and that many people.”

Casey Gerczynski was among three Elizabeth High School students in the Colorado All-State Band. Courtesy photo


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ELBERT COUNTY NEWS IN A HURRY First Friday Night set

The Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the First Friday Night on Main Street from 5-8 p.m. May 3 on Main Street in Elizabeth. Barbecue is the theme for a night to visit the merchants on Elizabeth’s Main Street. The shops will remain open until 8 p.m. Shoppers can visit all the

businesses and have a “passport” filled out to be entered into a drawing for a basket of goodies.

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Women’s Club breakfast slated

The Elbert Women’s Club breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at the Russell Gates Mercantile Community Hall, 24223 Eccles St. in Elbert. The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes eggs, ham, sausage, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, orange

a weather spotting class from 9 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Elbert School, 24489 Main St. in Elbert. The class is free and teaches how to correctly spot the weather patterns that can cause problems for your area. RSVP by email to cory.stark@ elbertcounty-co.gov to ensure the county meets the minimum participants to host the class.

drink, coffee and tea. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10. Proceeds support the Elbert Women’s Club community projects, including renovation and maintenance of the hall.

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The Elbert County Office of Emergency Management hosts

Democracy makes for a long, tiring slog This year’s legislative session may be winding down, but the days go on forever. It’s been controversial bill after controversial bill this session. And debate over each one of them seems to go on and on and on .... And when one bill is finally put to bed after several hours of debate, there’s another one to take its place. As a reporter who covers the Colorado General Assembly every day, I guess I do take some solace in knowing that my exhaustion is not unique. Lawmakers are feeling the pain, too. And they’re doing their best to get through the long days. “I’m still trying to figure out if I came just in time or at a horribly wrong time,” quipped freshman Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City. “The jury is still out on that one.” Moreno said he barely has time to check in with his loved ones anymore. “I get phone calls from my family saying, `Hey, we haven’t seen you in a couple of weeks. Just wondering if everything is OK,’” he said. “That’s funny because I live a block away from my parents.” Seasoned lawmakers like Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, a former House majority leader, said the key to getting through this session is working out whenever she can, gobbling antioxidants, and avoiding unnecessary nights out on the town. The daily grind affects people

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differently. For instance, freshman Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton said he “feels good” right now, but admits to having gained about 15 pounds since the start of the session. Meanwhile, Rep. Brittany Pettersen, a freshman Democrat from Lakewood, made it sound like the long days are no big deal. “I’m surprised to hear that it’s not usually like this,” she said, adding that, compared to her previous jobs in politics, “this is the most time off I’ve ever had in my life.” Another thing I’ve noticed during my conversations with lawmakers about the jammed calendar is that Democrats’ moods seems to be a heck of a lot better than Republicans. The Dems are in charge, and their brutal bill schedule of controversial gun-control, education and elections legislation is leaving Republicans tired and frustrated. “This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” said Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, of Democrats’ efforts of non-

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stop legislative action. “There’s so many important bills being crammed through a single session. I just don’t get the point. I mean, it’s not very smart. It ends up (that) we’re not passing very good laws. It’s all about a particular party’s agenda, rather than the people’s work.” Stephens shares in Murray’s angst. “I have never seen such an overreach,” she said. “We’re talking wholesale changes. Not just one or two, we’re talking bill after bill (of 50 to 100 page legislation). It’s no wonder we’re exhausted.” Hand it to Stephens, though. Because she was honest when I asked her if her party would do the same thing, if the roles were reversed. “You bet,” she said. “If we had all three chambers, I’d be undoing all this (stuff). He who wins gets to decide the rules. Having been the majority leader, I get it.” So, do Democrats believe that their work will be rewarded in 2014? “You may not agree with everything we’re doing, but you can’t say we’re not doing anything,” Moreno said. “These are the types of policies and laws that the people of Colorado have been waiting for, for a long time.” Vic Vela is the legislative reporter for Colorado Community Media. He can be reached at vvela@ourcoloradonews.com.

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Firefighter labor bill on way to governor Amendments may not be enough to avoid veto By Vic Vela

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A bill that seeks to expand labor rights for firefighters has passed the General Assembly. But, the ultimate question will be whether amendments to the original version of the legislation will be enough to please Gov. John Hickenlooper, who threatened to veto the bill earlier this session. med Senate Bill 25 passed the House on April n’t 19, following a party-line vote of 35-28. Democratic Rep. Claire Levy of Boulder joined all Republicans in opposing the bill, out a which had previously passed the Senate han and now heads to the governor’s desk. The current version of the bill - which ngst. was amended after Hickenlooper expressed r- concerns about the bill in February - would hole-

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allow firefighters across the state to be able to have discussions on job safety issues, regardless of whether municipalities prohibit collective bargaining. That’s a change from the original bill that passed the Senate earlier Report this legislative session, which would have guaranteed bargaining rights on compensatory matters, such as salary. The bill also requires any county or municipality to put labor rights issues on the ballot, so long as an employee group receives approval from 75 percent of its workers to form a union that seeks collective bargaining rights on matters such as salary. The bill’s sponsors argue that the legislation does not mandate collective bargaining. They say the bill prohibits strikes and

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provides a ballot process for local control. Republicans argue that the bill usurps the authority of local governments to make bargaining rights decisions on their own. “It’s an overreach of power,” said Rep. Kathleen Conti, R-Littleton. “If you’re a city out there and you have a moratorium against collective bargaining, guess what? You won’t after this bill passes.” Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, said the bill is “designed to promote unions.” “This is not a public safety bill. This is a union bill. Plain and simple,” Scott said. But Democrats say the bill does not take away local control, and that voters in those areas simply will have a chance to determine what is best for their communities. And they argue that firefighters should be able to negotiate matters pertaining to their own safety. “What are we afraid of here?” said Rep. Cherylin Peniston, D-Westminster. “Are we afraid of the professionals we hire to come and have a chance to say what it is they

think will make their jobs better?” The bill also allows firefighters to participate more openly in the political process, which are either limited or prohibited by some municipalities. “Off duty and out of uniform, they are denied the right to participate in the political process,” said Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City. “You can’t even put a yard sign in your front yard for your favorite candidate. That’s not fair.” Democratic Sen. Lois Tochtrop of Thornton, the bill’s Senate sponsor, told Colorado Community Media that she doesn’t know whether Hickenlooper will sign her bill. But she believes that the current version is a good piece of legislation. “There’s been a lot of negotiations going on and we think this is one that will suit many people’s needs,” she said. “This bill concerns safety and this is going to go a long way to helping firefighters, so that they have a place at the table when it comes to safety issues.”

Measure would widen discrimination law Republicans oppose plan as possible job-killer

‘It’s not like courts are going to be handing out meal tickets on every single case. This isn’t an anti-job bill.

By Vic Vela

It’s a preservation of jobs bill.’

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A bill that would broaden damage their awards available to Colorado employees who sue over discrimination in the workplace is making its way through the state ay Legislature. o But while Democrats are hailing House ies Bill 1136 as a victory for employee protecado tion, Republicans are blasting the legislame.” tion as a job-killing bill that creates a boon for trial lawyers. r The bill passed the House on April 19 on . He a 35-28 vote, following debate that lasted ora- several hours over two voting days. All Republicans voted against the legislation, with Democratic Rep. Mike McLauchlan of Durango joining them in opposition. The “Job Protection and Civil Rights Employment Act of 2013” particularly would affect small businesses that have workforces of 14 or fewer people. Under the bill, employees at companies of all sizes could

Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton collect punitive and compensatory damages in state court, as well as recoup legal fees in civil rights cases. Right now, employees at small-sized businesses are only afforded remedies that allow them to be “made whole” following successful discrimination lawsuits, such as earning back pay, or getting their jobs back. Republicans mocked the bill’s intent, even at one time offering an amendment to re-title the bill the “Trial Lawyer Employment Act of 2013,” arguing that the bill will end up filling the pockets of lawyers who take these kind of cases to court. Republicans also called the legislation an “anti-jobs bill” that could lead to devastating effects on small businesses that are forced to pay out thousands of dollars in

punitive damages. “It’s the difference between being in business and being out of business,” said House Minority Leader Mark Waller, RColorado Springs, during an April 17 House floor debate. Republicans also said that the bill is unnecessary, arguing that Colorado discrimination lawsuits are rare and that the legislation just begs for more frivolous lawsuits to end up in court.

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Elbert Creekside 4-H will fund fair award By Katie Listul

Elbert Creekside 4-H Club reporter The Elbert Creekside 4-H Club voted at its April 7 meeting to fund the Junior Shooting Sports Shotgun Champion Award at this year’s Elbert County Fair. Attendees at the meeting were reminded that there will be a Cloverbud cake decorating at 6 p.m. April 25 in the ag building of the Elbert County Fairgrounds. In other fairgrounds news, the Exhibit Building was the site of an April 13 gala, where Elbert County 4-H held a dinner and auction. Announcements at the meeting included dates for specialty contest days: Speech Arts, 3 p.m. April 21 at the Exhibit Hall; Creative Cooks, 5 p.m. April 21 at the Exhibit Hall; Live Cake Decorating, May 17, at the

“Punitive damages are just a way to pile on a situation where there are other remedies in place,” said Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Littleton. But bill co-sponsor Rep. Joe Salazar, DThornton, said courts always have discretion in these matters and that employees need greater protection. “It’s not like courts are going to be handing out meal tickets on every single case,” he said. “This isn’t an anti-jobs bill. It’s a preservation of jobs bill.” Democrats amended the bill to cap damages at $25,000 per case for small businesses that have between five and 14 employees, and $10,000 for companies with fewer than five workers. Republican efforts to amend the bill to prevent the legislation from affecting companies with 10 or fewer employees were unsuccessful. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Exhibit Hall (time to be announced). The annual trash walk and barbecue will be at 1 p.m. June 2. Presentations at the meeting included Hayden Stout on the history of 4-H; Jacob Stout on the history of archery; Kaylea Carothers on symptoms of and facts about concussions; Ashlea Carothers on how to make a brownie-cookie-chocolate treat; Bailea Carothers on how to make cinnamon croissants; and Marlene Snell on how to take care of baby goats. Snell shared pictures of her baby goats, Chocolate Chunk and Hot Fudge Sundae. Birthdays were celebrated for Evan Turner, Ashlea Carothers, and Kasey Heap. The next meeting of the Elbert Creekside 4-H Club will be at 3 p.m. May 5 at the Elbert Christian Church. All are welcome to join.

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Library services evolve over time Last week was National Library Week. The theme this year focused on “Communities Matter.” Service to the community has always been the focus of the library. While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community. As part of our celebration here at the Elbert County Library District, along with giving out dozens of cookies, we asked our members to share what they believe the library contributes to our community. Mentioned prominently were access to computers and wi-fi. Our libraries have public computers available and laptops that can be checked out for use in the library. Are you curious about iPads? You can try one out at the library and see if it might be just the thing for you! We also got comments about having access to books, DVDs and music. As I write this, another storm is predicted and DVDs and books are flying off the shelf as people prepare to snuggle in at home. A couple of members loved the knitting groups

that we have in Elizabeth, Kiowa and Simla. People mentioned the library as a place to do research — both online and using resources that are available in the library. No longer have a set of encyclopedias at home? The library has an up-to-date set. Are you interested in local history but not sure where to find information? All of our branches have resources that can provide lots of insight about our past. And did you know that we have a service where you can use your computer at home to chat with a librarian and find answers to your questions? On our website, just click on the Ask Colorado icon on the left side of the page — available 24/7! Several people appreciated the library for being a place in the community where different activities can happen and people

can come together — some of the comments are “a place for learning,” “a place to stay connected,” “an escape to far away places,” and “a great place for kids!” The library is valued as a place to find “friendship and company.” One person summed it all up by saying “The library is a happy place.” Finally, people really appreciate the friendly staff at the library. We have people who can help you find just the book that you’ve been wanting, figure out how to print a tax form, help you download a book onto your Kindle or just give you a pleasant greeting when you walk in the door. Although each of our libraries is different, they all serve our Elbert County community and are a place for all of us to gather, a place to enrich our lives and a place whose sole purpose is to serve the community. Stop in and see us any time — it’s a place for everybody and everyone is welcome! Jan Gabehart is the manager of the Elizabeth Library and the Singing Hills Service Outlet.

Foundation grants STARS awards Staff report The Elizabeth Education Foundation has granted STARS awards — Students Taking Accountability and Responsibility Seriously — to 48 students from grades five through 12 in the Elizabeth C-1 District. The students were honored at an

awards banquet April 6 in the Elizabeth High School cafetorium. The STARS award recognizes students who model responsible behavior; are involved in clubs, organizations, community, performing arts and/or athletics; are committed to learning and motived to do well in school; demonstrate a high value of

caring by helping others; and make good choices. Students are nominated by their teachers or administrators to be STARS and those honored received medals and a certificate. Visit us online at www.ourcoloradonews.com/elbert/ for a complete list of the award recipients.

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Sheriffs plan lawsuit over gun-control laws Columbine victim’s father sees ‘sour grapes’ in complaints By Rhonda Moore

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The list of sheriffs who plan to challenge the state’s new gun-control legislation has grown to include more than 40 of Colorado’s 62 sheriffs. Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap and Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver are among the group seeking to overturn the recently passed state laws, which set limits on ammunition magazines and expand background checks for firearms transfers. Independence Institute attorney David Kopel, who is directing the planned lawsuit, says the laws run counter to the Second Amendment and “violate the highest law in the country, the Constitution of the United States of America.” Heap and Weaver both claim the new laws will make it harder for lawabiding people to defend themselves. Kopel claims the background-check law could criminalize the actions of innocent people. Their words ring hollow to Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was killed at Columbine High School and who makeserves as spokesman for gun-control group Colorado Ceasefire. their “It’s all nonsense,” said Mauser, o bewho characterized the sheriffs’ claims eivedas “sour grapes.” The sheriffs simply “don’t like that lora-those two bills passed” and “they have pletebecome a voice for the NRA and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners,” Mauser said. Kopel’s courtroom experience on Second Amendment issues includes a 2008 Supreme Court case, The District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the court ruled that the District of Columbia could not ban handguns or selfdefense with a handgun in a person’s home. “They’ve outlawed an accessory

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this kind of political hypocrisy. Mr. Obama has fought vehemently for the right to use drone strikes in foreign countries without cumbersome bureaucratic oversight …. However, his domestic policy has been to legislatively carpet-bomb law-abiding citizens with excessive restrictions.” Heap was among 15 sheriffs from across Colorado who convened at a park a short distance from the Denver Police Department academy — where

‘Most Americans would say assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are dangerous weapons, and Colorado acted on it.’ Tom Mauser, gun-control activist that is essential to the use of a firearm,” Kopel said of Colorado’s limit on magazines. “We are challenging the background-check bill for temporary and innocent transfers. With the new law, if your friend from out of town comes to visit and you loan him your gun to hunt, you’re a criminal. That is overreaching and unreasonable.” The local sheriffs agree with Kopel, whose institute will represent the sheriffs free of charge. Weaver made his position on the issue clear in an April 5 letter released by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “I don’t think the laws will make people safer,” Weaver wrote. “Tighter gun laws will not prevent criminals from getting guns. The laws will only make it harder for citizens to defend themselves.” Heap echoed Weaver’s sentiments, calling the laws “unenforceable.” Heap posted an online message criticizing the legislation in a video that garnered close to 500,000 hits. “Extreme Democratic legislators have unilaterally decided that making it harder for you to defend yourself will somehow make you safer, or at least make them feel better,” Heap said. “Extreme Democratic legislators continue to disregard the will of the people in search of their own personal and political agendas.” Mauser finds the arguments by the sheriffs and their lawyer empty. “They think (the gun-control laws) are difficult to enforce, as if there are no other laws that are difficult to enforce,” he said. The Supreme Court ruled that the

Second Amendment grants an individual right to gun ownership, but that restrictions are allowable, Mauser said. “You can’t pass a law as restrictive as Washington, D.C., but this isn’t anything like Washington, D.C.,” he said. He said the Colorado laws provide “reasonable restrictions to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people” and said the background-check law provides “exceptions for temporary transfers or transfers within families.” Mauser said the sheriffs are “good at dreaming up other kinds of circumstances” to criticize the laws. “You can’t account for every possible situation someone will dream up,” he said. “They just don’t like the basic concept of background checks.” “As for the magazines, the Supreme Court said you could have restrictions on what they call dangerous weapons,” Mauser said. “Most Americans would say assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are dangerous weapons, and Colorado acted on it.” The most common form of self-defense with a gun involves handguns, he said, adding: “Handguns aren’t outlawed.” “If there’s anyone overreaching, it’s them,” Mauser said of the group opposing gun-control laws. “It’s all nonsense.” Kopel declined to identify the court where the lawsuit will be filed, but said he expects to file the suit around the second week of May. Assistant editor Scott Gilbert contributed to this report.

Obama was speaking — in a show of protest against Obama’s visit. Obama supporter and Elizabeth resident Connie Lehman lauded the effort to move toward stricter gun control. With new restrictions on gun magazines and tightened regulations for background checks, Colorado’s lawmakers made decisions that “make sense,” Lehman said. “Guns are to kill people with and one bullet is enough,” Lehman said. “(Gun violence) just makes me sick. In Colorado we’ve had (Columbine), now the (Aurora) theater. Nothing is ever going to happen because of the gun lobby. What’s it going to take?”

Heap included Colorado legislators in his critique, calling their policies part of a social agenda with no commitment to reducing crime, he said. Heap’s video generated reactions from people from across the country, and Heap said about 80 percent of people who emailed him supported his viewpoint. His YouTube account, at ecso2027, reflected on April 17 nearly 2,000 comments, most lauding his message. Included among the comments was a post from a man named Larry Jones, who said, “Sheriff Heap, please come to my county so I can vote for you!!”

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April 25, 2013

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Even a growth industry must have borders The work of both a task force and a committee is done, and now the business of drawing up rules to implement Amendment 64 is in the hands of the Colorado General Assembly. With less than a month left in the 2013 session, the Legislature will need to hustle on the matter of recreational marijuana. As lawmakers debate the merits of the recommendations they’ve been handed, one issue that will come up is how to deal with pot tourism. Already, a company promising cannabis-related vacations has sprouted in Denver, with April 20 — also known endearingly by many marijuanasmokers as “4/20” — being its first big push. It seems unlikely the Legislature would

OUR VIEW altogether ban out-of-state folks from purchasing pot. Doing so would be against the advice of the Amendment 64 Task Force and would cost the state a potentially large source of revenue. But there could be limits imposed, perhaps below the threshold of those facing residents, on how much marijuana visitors could legally procure. And, certainly, the law would require them to smoke or otherwise partake here in the Centennial State.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What are you looking forward to this summer? With Memorial Day only a month away, we asked people at a Highlands Ranch coffee

shop what they are looking forward to the most this summer.

“Selling houses, helping people meet their fitness goals, warmer weather. This (cold weather) is ridiculous.” — Leslie Rogers Peckham, Highlands Ranch

“Having cookouts at the park. And the warmer weather.” — Becky Nazzaro, Lone Tree

“Getting outside to do a lot of my workouts. I run the steps at Red Rocks a lot and I love it. I’m also looking forward to opening my pool.” — Brian Peters, Highlands Ranch

“Swimming in Brian Peters’ pool. And outdoor volleyball. I love everything about summer. I travel a lot, so whenever I come back to Colorado I just feel the air and say ‘aaahhh.’“ — Brian Richter, Highlands Ranch

Hospitals are grounds for hope Over the past 17-plus years I have either been treated personally at local hospitals or have had family members and friends end up in the clinic, emergency room or hospital. And, over these past 17 years, I have talked to members of our community and many of you about our experiences at the different hospitals. Many of you have even sent me an email over the past few years sharing your experiences. Based on my own firsthand experiences with family and friends and all of the unsolicited feedback I have received, I am happy to report that the teams at our local hospitals are doing an incredible job in caring for patients. With some bad press surrounding hospitals and doctors and the recognized brokenness with some of the elements of the health-care system, we have been truly blessed with some of the most talented, caring, and compassionate doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff in health care. And as a resident, their performance gives me hope for health care. Even the volunteers at our hospitals seem to go out of their way to make sure patients and family are taken care of. And that is awesome and speaks to the culture of the hospitals and vision of the leadership teams. Having had to deal with a very significant health-care issue in my life recently, unfortunately I have found myself spending more and more time in hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics as the primary caregiver for my wife. I am reminded each day and during each visit just how hard our health-care professionals work and how their amazing gifts of caring and compassion are tested multiple times per day. Sometimes they deal with simple illnesses, broken bones or sprains, and sometimes trauma and much more serious situations, including life-threatening conditions or injuries. And as I watch everyone from the EMTs bringing patients in, or the staff caring for the patient, I am simply in awe of the level of sincerity, love and technical ability of those I observe. Conversely, just as in any service-ori-

ented business, I see the patients or family members of the patients become disruptive, abusive, belligerent and impatient as they bark out demands and treat their potential caregivers with complete disregard for the genuine effort of care being given. These same patients and family members do not understand how others observe their behavior and how damaging it is for the health and well-being of the patients who are there to get better. Not to mention how it impacts the morale of the clinic, the staff, or the other patients and families. If we are to have hope for health care, I would ask that instead of pointing the finger of blame at how “broken” health care is regarding insurance, access to information, and patient care, that we begin by building a winning and positive relationship with the people who are immediately in front of us, our nurses, doctors, technicians and support staff. Together we can focus on the patient, focus on the care needed, and work towards the best outcome possible. Kudos to these hospitals for being such a great place for all of those who find themselves needing care. They are wonderful institutions with amazing patients and families from our community and incredible staff and leadership, working together and providing hope for healthcare. I know some will have their stories of success and others will share their challenges, I would love to hear both at gotonorton@gmail.com, and when we work collectively with our health-care providers it is always a better than good week. Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of www.candogo.com.

Amid myriad gray areas, at least one thing is black and white: What’s smoked in Colorado must stay in Colorado. We’re not endorsing use of marijuana in any way, but if you choose to use, remember that you are breaking the law if you take it outside state lines. Kansas, for one, has been a nervous neighbor since Amendment 64’s passage in November. Last month, Kansas’ appeals court ruled it is illegal to possess pot even if it was legally purchased in another state. (For that matter, possession is still in violation of federal law, but that’s a larger matter for another day.) Earlier this month, a Colorado woman was arrested in Salina, Kan., on charges of marijuana possession. She had nearly 4

pounds of pot, police say. While that amount would have been against the law even in Colorado — where residents may legally possess up to 1 ounce for recreational purposes or up to 2 ounces for medicinal reasons — it does shine a light on a problem. A commander with a Kansas drug task force told reporters Colorado pot is increasingly becoming a concern in his state. Like it or not, Colorado may be well on its way to becoming known as a destination spot for pot enthusiasts. But developing a reputation among neighboring states as a source of contraband is unacceptable. Our state’s legislators, law enforcement agencies and residents should work to nip this problem in the bud.

Wanting to watch a train wreck If Madame Defarge were living in the southwest United States today, where would she be and what would she be doing? Be specific. I want the name of the city and the building, and exactly what she was doing with her hands. Here is a big hint: The last time we saw Madame Defarge she was a tricoteuse. That practically gives it away. Think it over. Some of us like to polka. Some of us like to bowl, shop for shoes, or breed cockatiels. And some of us like to knit. Madame Defarge liked to knit. There’s the giveaway. Madame Defarge would be knitting in the Maricopa County Superior Court Building in Phoenix, and attending the death penalty trial in the case of Arizona vs. Jodi Arias. Defarge was considered the main villain of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” As a tricoteuse, or knitting woman, she secretly encoded the names of people to be killed during the French Revolution. I thought of Defarge when I heard that a woman drove six hours just to see the trial. Why? To see a melodrama in person? To be on television? Or maybe to see someone sentenced to death? I can understand why someone might have a peripheral interest in a case like this one, or the Trials of the Century that have preceded it. Leopold and Loeb. Bruno Hauptmann. The Rosenbergs. O.J. And more recently, Casey Anthony. I catch up on these cases, but not hour after hour. There’s a channel that is covering the Arias trial all day long. One Arias juror was dismissed, and she came back to sit in the courtroom. The Hauptmann trial was a pip. A circus, really. Hauptmann was accused, convicted, and executed for kidnapping and murdering Charles Lindbergh’s 20-monthold son. People mobbed the courtroom. Some climbed in through windows. Maybe none of us wants to be in a train wreck, but apparently a lot of us want to see one. I don’t get it. And if I had to

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listen to the prosecuting attorney in the Arias case for more than a minute or two at a time, I think I might want to get into Thelma and Louise’s back seat just before they went to the worm restaurant. The closing defense argument in the case of Leopold and Loeb might have been worth hearing in person. Clarence Darrow said, about Loeb, “This terrible crime was inherent in his organism, and it came from some ancestor. Is any blame attached because somebody took Nietzsche’s philosophy seriously and fashioned his life upon it? It is hardly fair to hang a 19-year-old boy for the philosophy that was taught him at the university.” I am sure that Darrow had a rough idea beforehand what he was going to say, but I doubt that he read that from a script. To be able to speak with such clarity on the spot would have made a big impression upon me. It worked on the judge too. He spared the lives of Leopold and Loeb. The case from start to finish makes the Arias trial look like an afternoon soap. Sooner or later we all get called to jury duty. I was. There was a very well-made video we had to watch first, that tried to soften the major life interruption we were about to experience. I am guessing that some people would pay to sit on a death penalty case jury. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@comcast. net

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BUSINESS WORKSHOP. Join the Small Business Development Center for a free small business workshop from 7-9 p.m. April 25 in the meeting room at the Elizabeth Library, 651 W. Beverly St. The workshop will provide professional and n expert advice and valuable information on topics including ere business management, marketing, networking and financial unce strategies. Also, learn more about on-the-job training through nces the Workforce Investment Act program. Presenters are Craig a Curl, business counselor, Small Business Development Center; and Cynthia Rears, employment specialist, Elizabeth Workforce Center. RSVP by calling the Elizabeth Workforce Center at a 303-646-2783.

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RIBBON CUTTING. A ribbon cutting at the relocated Edward 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. APRIL 27 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. APRIL 30

LEGAL CLINIC. A free clinic for parties who have no attorney 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. JUNE 7-9 ELIZABETH STAMPEDE Rodeo is June 7-9 at Casey Jones Park in Elizabeth. Come see the voted Best Small Rodeo in the Nation. Visit www.elizabethstampede.com 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 Elizabeth for music, entertainment, food, vendors, games, and more. All free to the public. Visit www.elizabethchamber.org. COMMUNITY YARD sale. Homes and businesses in and around Elbert will have their annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 at the Russell Gates Mercantile Building. The Elbert Woman’s Club is dedicated to the Elbert community and the Mercantile, built in 1906. For information, call Doris, 303-648-3121. THROUGH JUNE 21; JULY 19-20

POETRY READING. April is National Poetry Month and to

help celebrate, the Elizabeth Library hosts a poetry reading at 7 p.m. April 30 with Alison Auger, from Elizabeth High School, and Menzi Spiller, a student at Elbert High School. Alison and Menzi recently competed in Poetry Out Loud/Colorado, and the two will share poetry selections they recited at the recent Poetry Outloud event held in Lakewood. Refreshments will be served. Call the Elizabeth Library at 303-646-3416 with questions.

e wo MAY 4 to ore 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 e been cory.stark@elbertcounty-co.gov if you’d like to participate. row MAY 9 was rom BUSINESS AFTER hours. The Elizabeth Area Chamber of be- Commerce hosts business after hours from 5-7 p.m. May 9 at oso- the Elizabeth Town Hall, 151 S. Banner St. Come show off your on business/organization to the area. There will be tables set up d boy for you to put a display. Just bring a snack to share. Learn about m at businesses/organizations in our area. Network with others. Everyone is welcome. dea THROUGH MAY 14 but I o be STAMPEDE TICKETS. Discounted tickets are available now pot through May 14 for the Elizabeth Stampede, named the No. 1 on small rodeo in the country by the PRCA in 2011 and 2012. Buy tickets online at www.elizabethstampede.com or call 303-646ed 0308. The 2013 rodeo is June 7-9. e al

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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 www.firehousequilts.org; click on the Quilt Show link at the top.

had two children, Danny and David. Throughout his life Bryce took an active interest in his community. He served on the school board for Elbert School District #200 for 14 years and he was a member of the Soil Conservation District for 25 years. Bryce served on the board for the CO-OP in Calhan for 12 years and the FSA board in Simla for 16. He was also a County Commissioner for Elbert County for 4 years and did title work for gas companies. He was a member of the American Legion and a past commander. Bryce and Carleen were honored as “Outstanding Republicans” by the Republican party of Elbert County. Bryce Gresham participated in numerous other activities to support and sustain the community of Elbert, the County of Elbert and the State of Colorado. On July 18, 2009 Bryce married Rita Ames in Greeley, Colorado where they enjoyed the last 4 years of their life together. Bryce Wesley Gresham is survived by his wife Rita Gresham, her 3 daughters

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:// www.elbertcountysheriff.com/ for details and information.

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Bryce Wesley Gresham was born to Beulah D. Dermo Gresham and Harvey E. Gresham on June 18, 1927, on the family farm. He passed away on April 17, 2013 in Greeley, Colorado after battling multiple myeloma. Bryce grew up on the family farm, harnessing horses, milking cows, feeding chickens, raising wheat, pulling calves, and generally working the land. He attended school from first grade to eighth grade at the Lincoln School house west of the town of Elbert. He attended and graduated from Elbert High School in May of 1945. Bryce enlisted in the United States Merchant Marines prior to graduation and left the Monday after graduation for basic training. He was discharged from the Merchant Marines in February of 1947. Upon returning home from the service he soon took over the operation of the family farm when his parents moved to Missouri for Harvey’s health. Bryce married Margaret Carleen Ward in July of 1950. They

and their families. He is survived by his son Danny, and his family. He is also survived by his sister Marjorie Gresham Cole, and numerous nieces, and nephews. Bryce is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Beulah Gresham, his son David and his first wife Carleen. Memorial Service, Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 6400 W. 20th Street, Greeley, Colorado. Visitation in Elbert, Colorado, Monday, April 22, 2013 9:00 a.m., Elbert Christian Church, 23894 Broadway Street, Elbert, Colorado Funeral Services in Elbert, Colorado, Monday, April 22, 2013 10:00 a.m., Elbert Christian Church, 23894 Broadway Street, Elbert, Colorado. Interment, Elbert Cemetery, Elbert, Colorado Reception to follow at the Elbert Mercantile, Elbert, Colorado. Memorial gifts may be given to: Hospice of Northern Colorado, 1801 16th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80631.

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Renew, renovate for perfect lawn By Melinda Myers

Special to Colorado Community Media The extreme heat and drought of 2012 was hard on lawns and gardens. “Many gardeners are facing a blank slate of bare soil, masses of dead patches that were once lawn or a bit of grass interspersed in a sea of weeds,” says gardening expert Melinda Myers. Myers recommends following these steps to improve lawns this season. Start this spring to renovate or improve your weather-worn lawn. Remember that water is critical to get newly seeded and sodded lawns to survive. So be prepared to help nature along with the recovery effort. Evaluate the damage. Then use the checklist below to find the best course of action to aid the ailing lawn. If the lawn is more than 60 percent weeds or bare soil, it’s probably time to start over. Use this opportunity to create a great foundation for growing a healthy lawn. Kill off the existing vegetation, add several inches of organic matter such as compost or peat moss and a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer into the top six

to eight inches of soil, and rake smooth. Select more drought tolerant grasses like rhizomatous (turftype) tall fescues, buffalo grass, and Habiturf native lawn mix. Make sure the grass is suited to the climate and plant according to the label. Then sow the seeds, lightly rake and mulch or lay sod. Water often enough to keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout or the sod roots into the soil below. Then water thoroughly when the top few inches of soil are crumbly, but slightly moist to encourage deep roots. Fertilize new, existing and stressed lawns with a low-nitrogen slow-release fertilizer like Milorganite. It won’t harm stressed lawns, young seedlings or newly laid sod. It will encourage slow steady growth. Southern lawns can be fertilized in April and again in early June. In the north fertilize around Memorial Day. And if 2013 turns into another hot dry summer, it won’t burn the lawn. Mow high to encourage deeply rooted grass that is more drought-tolerant and pest-resistant. And mow often, removing only a third of the total height. Be sure to leave these short clip-

pings on the lawn. They return moisture, nutrients, and organic matter to the soil. Repair small dead and bare patches as needed. Use a lawn patch kit, grass seed and mulch. For small spots, loosen the soil surface, sprinkle grass seed and lightly rake. Or mix a handful of grass seed in a bucket of topsoil. Sprinkle the mix over the soil surface. Do a bit more soil preparation when renovating larger dead areas in the lawn. Remove or kill any weeds that have filled in these areas. Till two inches of compost, peat moss or other organic matter into the top six inches of soil. Sow seed, rake and mulch or lay sod. Overseed thin and sparse lawns. First, core aerate the lawn to improve soil conditions and increase seed-to-soil contact. Spread grass seed over the aerated lawn and water as needed. Or rent a slit seeder or hire a professional with this type of equipment. These machines slice through the soil and drop the grass seed in place, increasing the seed-to-soil contact that is needed for good germination. Core aerate lawns that have more than a half-inch of thatch,

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Ponderosa grad lands big-screen role ‘Home Run,’ coming out April 19, stars Scott Elrod

What ‘Home Run’ is about

By Chris Michlewicz

cmichlewicz@ourcoloradonews.com When Scott Elrod has a plan, he sees it through — and then some. A lifelong interest in the military led him to a job as an air-traffic controller at Buckley Air Force Base in his early 20s. Then, he made use of his computer wizardry and spent several lucrative years as an information technology specialist. When that didn’t satisfy his appetite, Elrod became an entrepreneur and started a company that provides storage for high-end vehicles owned by wealthy clients in Los Angeles. But it’s his latest endeavor that has brought the most attention. Elrod, who graduated from Ponderosa High School in 1993, is starring in the new motion picture “Home Run,” coming out April 19. At the age of 30, Elrod decided on a whim to pursue an interest in acting. Despite having never participated in theater, he took an acting class in his spare time and, one year later, hired an agent. “It got to the point of `been there, done that,’” he says. “It was a `now or never’ sort of thing.” He landed a role in an American telenovela called “Desires,” and since then, Elrod has appeared on TV shows like “CSI: NY” and “Men in Trees.” Most recently, he appeared in the critically acclaimed Ben Affleck film “Argo.” His turn as Cory Brand, a professional baseball player forced to face his off-thefield demons, promises to be his biggest break yet. Nabbing the lead role in a feature film backed by a major studio, Samuel Goldwyn Films, might seem like a near-impossibility in an industry rife with competition and unapologetic backstabbing, but

Former Parker resident Scott Elrod landed the lead role as baseball player Cory Brand in the feature film, “Home Run,” which comes out in theaters April 19. Courtesy photo to Elrod, it’s the latest successful chapter in his life. And this is one he plans on sticking with. “I want to continue finding projects that give me a chance to do something I haven’t done before and leave a mark on the people who watch it,” he says. Elrod, 38, is particularly enthused about “Home Run,” which he says is about “believing in yourself” and discovering ways to change from within. Elrod’s mother, Victoria Buckingham, who now lives east of Parker, is probably his biggest fan. Still referring to her son as “Scotty,” she marvels at his go-get-’em determination and ability to establish a foot-

hold in every industry he chooses. The fact that her boy is now a movie star is hard to fathom, but it gets “a little more real” every time she sees his face on the silver screen. “This is my little guy all grown up. He shows so many different emotions in this movie,” said Buckingham, who attended the “Home Run” premiere two weeks ago. “I didn’t have a Kleenex with me and I needed one. I was pinching myself thinking, `this is just incredible, awesome, it’s so surreal.’” Elrod’s future was shaped by his upbringing. He was inspired by the 1980s Tom Cruise fighter-pilot flick, “Top Gun.” He also played baseball for Ponderosa, although he brushed up on his technique before shoot-

Baseball all-star Cory Brand, played by Scott Elrod, knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control. Hoping to save her client’s career after a team suspension, Brand’s agent, played by Vivica A. Fox, sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team and spend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Brand can’t wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible. As his young players help him experience the joy of the game, Brand discovers his need to find freedom from his past and hope for his future. “Home Run” will be showing in select theaters, including the Arapahoe Crossing 16 Mann Chinese Theatre at Arapahoe and South Parker roads, beginning April 19. Elrod’s next movie is “Lone Survivor,” which stars Mark Wahlberg and tells the story of a heroic standoff in Afghanistan involving U.S. troops, including Littleton resident Danny Dietz, who died in the fight. ing “Home Run” in Oklahoma. Mostly, he left school early each day as part of a work program that enabled him to help lay the runways at Denver International Airport. He also remembers being chased by the cops as he tore around on his dirt bike in the not-yet-developed areas of the Pinery. Despite a hectic schedule, Elrod still comes back to Parker every few months. His big focus, however, is on the bright lights of Hollywood, and he hopes to follow in the footsteps of industry heavyweights like Paul Newman and George Clooney.

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‘Undroppable’ creator coming to ACC Young songwriters compete

When Arapahoe Community College Foundation hosts its annual Scholarship Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 1, the keynote speaker will be Jason Pollock, creator, director and producer of “Undroppable.” It is a feature-length documentary in the making and social media campaign focused on inspirational students who push through great odds to graduate. The annual luncheon, held in the ACC Dining Hall, raises money for ACC scholarships. For tickets and information: 303-797-5881, foundation@arapahoe.edu.

`Songs of Childhood’ set

Young Voices of Colorado children’s choirs will hold a spring concert called “Songs of Childhood” at 4 p.m. May 5 at the Newman Center for Performing Arts, University of Denver, University Boulevard at Iliff Avenue, Denver. Tickets are available at the Newman box office, 303-871-7720, where hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday, newmantix. com, or at the door.

Travel journalist to speak

“Meet Andrew McCarthy,” actor, travel journalist and editor-at-large for “National Geographic Traveler” from 5-6 p.m. April 28 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver. Presented by the Arapahoe Library District, he will talk about his recent book, a New York Times best-seller, “The Longest Way Home.”

Jason Pollock will be keynote speaker at the ACC Scholarship Luncheon. Courtesy image The program is free, but reservations are necessary: arapahoelibraries.org/ programs-and-classes, go to Classes link, or 303-LIBRARY. A VIP reception from 4-4:45 p.m. with the author costs $20 — see registration above. To reserve a copy of the book or audio book, visit the website and see: Andrew McCarthy.

Cline sings some more

“Always … Patsy Cline,” with awardwinning Megan Van De Hay in the lead role, is so well received that it is extended for two more performances at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Directed by John Moore with Carla Kaiser Kotrc in the role of cline’s friend Louise Seger. Additional performances: 7:30 p.m. April 26, 27. Tickets start at $18, 303-805-6800, PACEcenteronline.org.

Magic moments on tap

Dan Sperry, “the Anti-Conjuror,” performs his unique style of illusion at 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27 at Theatre of Dreams Art and Event Center, 735 Park St., Castle Rock. Reservations: $22.50, 303-660-6799.

Swallow Hill Music will present 12 middle- and high-school musicians, winners of the Fifth Annual Young Songwriters Competition, who will compete before judges at 7 p.m. April 26 at Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver. Prizes include a three-song set on KGNU 88.5 FM’s Hwy 322 program, a recording studio scholarship and a spot in the line-up at the Old Gaylord Street Festival. Judges are Esme Patterson of Paper Bird, Chris “Citrus” Sauthoff and Jen Lapinski, musicians and faculty members at Swallow Hill. Tickets: $5.

`Bella Gaia’ is combination

Director and classically-trained violinist Kenji Williams returns to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Planetarium for the world premiere of “Bella Gaia,” a new show combining music, art and science. A simulated space flight takes you around planet Earth. Williams will perform live at 8 p.m. May 3 and 6 and 8 p.m. May 4. Dmns. org. Also note that Sunday, May 12, is an SCFD Community Free Day at the DMNS.

Auditions slated

Combined auditions for “Metamorphosis” by Mary Zimmerman (directed by Geoffrey Kent) and Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” adapted by Christopher Cook (directed by Charles Packard) at the Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. By appointment only from 6-9:30 p.m. May 6 and 7. 303-739-1970. Actors of all ethnicities invited. Equity members considered. Scripts available for oneday loan. Performance dates: “Metamorphosis,” Aug. 16 to Sept. 22; Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Oct. 4 to Nov. 3.


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The Arapahoe Philharmonic will perform its 7:30 p.m. May 10 concert at Mission Hills Church, 620 Southpark Drive, Littleton. Tickets: www.arapahoephil.org, 303-781-1892 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays to Fridays).

As the Arapahoe Philharmonic orchestra wraps up its 59th season, the musicians have completed a search for a new conductor to follow in the footsteps of the late Vincent LaGuardia Jr. On May 10, Devin Patrick Hughes will take his place in front of the orchestra for a concert at Mission Hills Church, called “The Magnificent Orchestra,” which includes Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 (Titan),” Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture” and Gershwin’s “Lullaby for Strings.” Musician Gail Sindelar, who has been involved in the selection process, writes: “The Arapahoe Philharmonic

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Cardinals rock at track meet Invitational held at Aurora Central By Scott Stocker

‘It was a lot of fun and we all worked hard. Coming in second was such a nice accomplishment for us.’ Kimmy Peterson

Special to Colorado Community Media The Elizabeth boys and girls track teams had a double delicious day April 20 at the Robert Caviness Invitational track meet at Aurora Central High School. Both the Elizabeth boys and girls, coached by Lori McCoin, placed second in the team results behind Hinkley. The Hinkley boys scored 125 points, Elizabeth 105, while the Hinkley girls tallied 160, Elizabeth 110. Elizabeth’s Kimmy Peterson won the long jump with a 16-foot, ½-inch effort and the pole vault with a 10-foot-6 mark. Danae Goldsberry took top honors in the triple jump (31-feet, 1 inch) and also placed second in the pole vault (8-0) and fourth in the long jump (15-5½.). “It definitely was a good day as we only had nine girls at the meet,” Peterson said. “I got a (personal record) in the 100 and long jump, but didn’t have the best of days in the pole vault. I’ve been able to stay focused and be confident. I did the best in the long jump as my PR was over four inches. “It was a lot of fun and we all worked hard. Coming in second was such a nice accomplishment for us.” Goldsberry was more than pleased with the overall results, considering the number of girls present for Elizabeth. “I think we really did a good job as we

had a split team today,” said Goldsberry. “I was more confident in my triple jump, but it wasn’t the greatest day in the pole vault. I changed to a bigger pole and didn’t get the results I wanted, a PR. Our handoffs in the relays were not as good as usual, but we all did a pretty good job.” The Elizabeth boys only came away with one victory on the day. That was in the 3,200-relay team with a winning time of 8 minutes, 44.98 seconds to second-place Lutheran, 9:06.57. The Cardinals’ quartet was composed of Zach Rodriquez, Willis Scott, Augustus Terry and Jake Thompson. “It was a nice day and I don’t think there was a lot of stress on my part,” said Terry, who also placed fourth in the 1,600. “Luke Yeager, the Faith Christian kid, was really good and pushed hard. Right now I want to run strong under the pressure. It’s been tough not having all the meets we would like to have because of the weather, but Saturday was nice.” There was a wealth of outstanding performances on both ends of the spectrum for Elizabeth, despite not having more winners. In all, the boys also accounted for five second-place finishes, two thirds and three fourths. The girls came away with seven

seconds, a third and four fourth-place ribbons. Individually, the Elizabeth boys finished second in a pair of events. Brody Oliver ran 23.22 seconds in the 200, finishing second to Hinkley’s Mateo Waddles’ winning 23.03. The Cardinals’ Augustus Terry placed second in the 3,200 with a time of 10:32.09 behind Faith Christian’s Luke Yeager’s 10:17.5. Terry would also place fourth in the 1,600 (4:47.77), an event also won by Yeager in 4:31.8. Pole vaulter Gavril Houston placed third with a 12-foot, 6-inch effort in an event won by Harley Korte of Cherokee Trail with a vault of 13-6. The other third-place finish by the Cardinals boys was by Austin Tingler in the discus with a heave of 115-0. He was followed by teammate Dallas Reins in fourth with a heave of 114-5. The Elizabeth boys relay teams had to settle for second in all their relay events with the exception of the 3,200. Hinkley won the 400 relay in :44.45, Elizabeth :44.87, and the Thunderbirds won the 800 relay in 1:33.14 to the Cardinals’ 1:33.6. Lutheran took top honors in the 1,600 relay, 3:41.13, while the Cardinals ran 3:44.6. Elizabeth’s Jamie States was able to

come away with a pair of red ribbons in the 100 and 300-hurdles. She ran :18:56 in the 100 losing to Platte Canyon’s Bibiana Bauer, who crossed the finish in :18.10. Shelby Raper of Lutheran took top honors in the 300s with a :52.7 to :53.63 for States. Lutheran’s Kendall Horan was the only athlete of the day to score a triple, winning the sprints in the girl’s competition. The Lights ace won the 100 in :12.42, the 200 in :25.07 and the 400 in :59.28. It was in the 400 that she edged Elizabeth’s Clare Nicolas, who ran 1:01.11. Nicolas also finished fourth in the 200 (:27.10) while the Cardinals’ Tegan Alexander picked up a fourth in the 100 (:12.98). Hayden Stout placed second for Elizabeth in the high jump with a 4-foot-8 effort. There were four girls who cleared the height, but Stout was declared second due to the least number of misses in the group. The event was won by Hinkley’s Yanoudji Diarra with a 5-0 effort. The Elizabeth girls were second in the 400 relay with a time of :52.57 behind Montbello’s winning :51.89 and second in the 1,600. Platte Canyon was the winner in the 1,600 with a time of 4:32.35 while the Cardinals ran 4:41.79. The Cardinals had to settle for third in the 800 relay (1:55.93) behind Montbello’s winning 1:49.64, and fourth in the Sprint Medley with a time of 2:03.32 to Hinkley’s blue ribbon effort of 1:59.62. Both of the weight events were won by Faith Christian’s Grayson Brudick, 46-8 in the shot and 132-11 in the discus.

Strong second half can’t quite salvage match Elizabeth girls lose to Skyview in soccer By Scott Stocker

Special to Colorado Community Media The wind and cold were not about to deter the Skyview girls soccer team from their objective in last Thursday’s game against home-standing Elizabeth. Jazmyne Escobar scored the only goal in the game with 11 minutes, 11 seconds left in the first half to help lead Skyview to its ninth win of the season with its 1-0 victory against Elizabeth. Yet, it was a game that Elizabeth, coached by Graig Machendrie, might have been able to pull out. It virtually was a game of two halves. Skyview dominated the offensive punch in the first half, allowing Elizabeth only two shots on goal while compiling five of their own. The Cardinals had much of the offensive punch in the second half even though they came up scoreless. Skyview has scored 68 goals this season, allowing only one — that’s right, only one. The Cardinals dropped to 5-5 with the loss. Tegan Alexander and Lea Smith were

among those pushing the hardest for Elizabeth, each coming up with three shots apiece. Unfortunately, they just couldn’t find their marks. “We played hard and better than our last game against them,” said Alexander, a solid freshman. “This is just a disaster of a loss. It was cold, yes, but I think we were playing at the top of our game despite the conditions. “It definitely was very cold out there and we could have been able to take the game to a different level,” Smith said. “They beat us before, but I think we had the confidence when we came in today that we could win. We proved to be a much better team in the second half. “We were able to make some changes after the first half,” Smith said. “We needed more shots, but they had a good defensive effort, too. It was just a back-and-forth game for both of us.” As for those in goal, Elizabeth’s Courtney Blanchard and Skyview’s Brandie Woodson, their play was commendable. When one looks back, it is certainly not surprising that Escobar would come through with the game winner. After all, it’s

‘We are down a couple of starters, but overall, we still played well today. It was cold, just freezing.’ Jazmyne Escobar been a splendid season, as she has scored a state-leading 19 goals while also compiling 16 assists helping lead the Wolverines to their 9-0 record. “I was just open and was able to take the opportunity,” Escobar said. “We were able to play pretty hard in the first half, but the second half, we didn’t have as much. We are down a couple of starters, but overall, we still played well today. It was cold, just freezing.” Skyview’s Mariah Ramirez and Samantha Garcia were also strong up front for the Wolverines while Jakayla Maher and Lizzie Slade also had a fine game for Elizabeth. Alexander and Smith have been on top of their games for Elizabeth this season. For a freshman, Alexander is having a

great year, scoring a team-leading 17 goals and four assists, while Smith has accounted for six goals and four assists. The Cardinals have scored 32 goals this season, allowing 25. Cassidy Moore (four goals) and Jakayla Maher (two goals) are the only other Cardinals to have scored more than a single goal. The Elizabeth victories have come against Alameda (8-1), Widefield (2-1), Fort Lupton (5-0), Gateway (4-1) and Englewood (8-6). Beside the pair of losses to unbeaten Skyview, the Cardinals have lost to Thomas Jefferson (4-3), Machebeuf (4-1) and Arvada (2-0). Blanchard and Megan Reyher have been the mainstays in goal for Elizabeth. Blanchard has recorded 23 saves while Reyher has 19 to her credit.

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SANCTUARY HIKES 9 a.m. — Entire course — 7 miles, self-guided only 10 a.m. — 9 holes only — 3.5 miles, guided and selfguided hikes 11 a.m. — 4-hole loop — 2 miles, guided and selfguided hikes

By Chris Michlewicz

cmichlewicz@ourcoloradonews.com The public is invited to explore one of the most pristine expanses of land in Douglas County. The Sanctuary golf course, an exclusive 18-hole course abutting Daniels Park northwest of Castle Rock, is hosting its second public hiking day April 27. Two hundred lucky residents will have the chance to take both guided and self-guided hikes along the undulating trails that weave through the Sanctuary, which is consistently ranked among the top 100 private golf courses in the nation by Golf Digest. The hike is being put on by The Wildlife Experience, a conservation-focused museum founded by Dave Liniger, who built the Sanctuary. He also started real estate giant RE/MAX with his wife, Gail. The Linigers are the only members of the course and play is through invitation only. The Wildlife Experience tweaked its mission two years ago by adding an outdoor education component. “We’ve started to expand on the mission to include outdoor adventures like fishing, hiking, GPS scavenger hunts,” said Dan Zimmerer, education manager at the museum. “The thought is, if we’re encouraging people to get outside and hike and camp

A group heads out during last year’s hike at the exclusive Sanctuary golf course outside of Castle Rock. The second annual event is scheduled for April 27. Courtesy photo and do archery and fishing, they will want to protect the wildlife and their habitat.” Zimmerer described the hike as a unique opportunity to explore a scenic property that is normally closed to the public. The 100 people who participated in the inaugural hike last October were greeted by cloudy skies and cold temperatures, so organizers are hoping for better weather this time around. Those walking or jogging the entire

course are warned to prepare for the 7-mile distance and steep hills, as the highest point reaches more than 7,000 feet in elevation. Shorter hikes are available, and participants can choose to walk the paths on their own. However, Zimmerer recommends having a knowledgeable guide to describe the abundant flora, including lush flower gardens and native vegetation, and fauna, including elk and bear.

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When creating the course, the Linigers went to great lengths to ensure as little disruption to the ecosystem as possible, Zimmerer said. Wildlife migration corridors were left intact and the Douglas County open space division has a conservation easement. “They wanted to create something that enhances the natural environment,” he said. Slots are expected to fill up quickly and participants must pre-register for the hike. The cost is only $5 for museum members and $7 for non-members. Another hiking event is tentatively planned for October. The Sanctuary hosts an average of 30 events each summer for nonprofit agencies to have fundraising tournaments. As of last fall, use of the course helped generate more than $68 million for charity since opening in 1997. To reserve a spot, call 720-488-3344 or visit www.TheWildlifeExperience.org and click on the “education” tab, then select the “adult and family programs” option.

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The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce will honor local business leaders and entrepreneurs at its 28th Annual Small Business Leadership Awards event, set for May 1. This year saw 125 nominees, a record year, according to chamber President and CEO John Brackney, who said that number was whittled down to 36, and then down to nine finalists. “There’s childbirth, there’s marriage, there’s graduation,” mused Brackney. “And all of these are important things, but so is small business because you put yourself out there and you deal with the complexity of starting and succeeding in business. This is an opportunity to celebrate that, too.” The annual sold-out event returns to the Comedy Works-South at 5345 S. Landmark Place in Greenwood Village, and will feature Animal Planet veterinarian and stand-up comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald as emcee. Finalists for the Small Business of the Year category include Footers Catering, Greystone Technology Group Inc. and Strategic Programs Inc. This category recognizes the accomplishments of a company with five to 250 employees and in business five or more years. Those vying for Emerging Business of the Year — a company with five or more employees and in business one to four years — are Abby Senior Care Inc., Cas-

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Group charts new course on guns By Nicholas Riccardi Associated Press

Gaspar Perricone got a child-size .22-caliber rifle for his first birthday. In high school, he went duck hunting before class and stowed his shotgun in his pickup. Then igershe went to work for a Democratic U.S. senae dis-tor and formed a group to promote hunting Zim-and fishing issues. Now he has landed in the idorswide-open space between the two poles in untythe national gun debate. ation The group Perricone co-founded with another former aide to Sen. Mark Udall of thatColorado, The Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alli” heance, took the unusual step this month of releasing a poll that showed wide support andamong hunters for universal background hike.checks. mbers Most public polls have shown about 90 percent of all voters support such a meaivelysure. Perricone followed up with a piece in the Washington-based publication Politico of 30arguing for such a plan. And he met with nciesPresident Barack Obama during the Demof lastcrat’s trip to Denver this month to promote moreColorado’s state-level gun-control initianingtives. “We are pro-gun, there’s no two ways about that,” Perricone, 29, said recently in 44 or andan interview, stressing that his group opt theposes bans on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines. “But we’re also mothers and fathers. ... We don’t want to see another Newtown.” As is often the case in politics, the loudest voices in the gun-control debate that resurfaced after the massacre in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have come from the opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. The National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups have strongly objected to the White House’s gun-control package, and pressure from them led to the defeat of a series of Senate measures this week. Gun-control groups have countered with the body counts from Sandy Hook, the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed after the gunman killed his own mother, and the Century 16 theater shootings in Aurora, where 12 people were killed in July. In the middle are groups like Bull Moose, which says its membership includes about

5,000 hunters and anglers across the country. Before Sandy Hook, the group’s main foray into Second Amendment issues was to support federal legislation that made it easier for the government to help fund shooting ranges. Dave Workman, editor of The GunMag, has worked for hunting and gun-rights publications for decades, and he distinguishes between hunters and strong gunrights activists. “A lot of hunters are not really political animals,” Workman said. “They just want to go out and kill a deer, shoot a duck or whatever.” But Workman said increasing numbers of hunters are alarmed at new gun-control proposals and are becoming more active in the fight for firearms rights. “You have a crossover bunch, and it’s growing,” he said. Jonathan Cooper, a former director of South Dakota’s Department of Game, Fish and Parks, said that most hunters he knows worry about gun violence and favor regulations that are frowned upon by groups like the NRA. The issue came up at a recent dinner of a duck-hunting group in Pierre, S.D. “Those guys said, `If there’s a chance that we can do something to stop another Sandy Hook from happening, it is our responsibility as sportsmen,’” said Cooper, a gun collector and former firearms dealer. “That’s where we start to get out from underneath the porch, in the mind of some of those NRA people, and they think you’re a dirty, rotten communist.” As the White House has pushed to expand gun restrictions after Sandy Hook, it has reached out to gun enthusiasts like Cooper and Perricone, both of whom met with Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on gun violence. “As responsible gun owners, we just thought it was important for us to be part of that conversation,” said Tim Mauck, Bull Moose’s other co-director and a county commissioner in Colorado’s rural Clear Creek County. Individual sporting groups historically have stayed relatively quiet on firearms issues, deferring to shooting organizations like the NRA. One vivid example of why came in January, when a Pennsylvania gun show announced it would not sell assault rifles in the wake of the Newtown shooting. The NRA helped organize a boycott that led to organizers canceling the show.

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Notice To Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Linda May Mages, aka Linda Mages, and Linda M. Mages, Deceased Case Number: 2013 PR 12 All persons having claims against the above-named estate are required to present them to the Personal Representatives or to the District Court of Elbert County, Colorado on or before August 26, 2013 or the claims may be forever barred. Addam S. McMullin and Rachel McMullin Co-Personal Representatives 27235 Private Road 139 P.O. Box 464 Simla, Colorado 80835 719-541-4452 Legal Notice No: 927937 First Publication: April 25, 2013 Last Publication: May 9, 2013 Publisher: The Elbert County News

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Legal Notice No.: 927927 First Publication: April 11, 2013 Last Publication: May 2, 2013 Publisher: The Elbert County News Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Rezoning from A-1 to AR Notice is hereby given that on the 23rd of May, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, a Planning Commission Hearing will be conducted and on the 26th of June, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, a Board of County Commissioners hearing will be conducted. Hearing will be conducted in the Hearing Room of the Elbert County Commissioners at Kiowa, Colorado, or at such other time and place as there hearings may be adjourned. Public hearings will be heard upon the application on file with the Elbert County Community and Development Services, 215 Comanche (Courthouse Annex), Kiowa, Colorado, 303-621-3136, by Mason Trust, for a change in zoning pursuant to the current Elbert County Zoning Regulations. The affected property is located approximately 150' NW of Stagecoach & Stillwater in Ponderosa Park Subdivision. Reason: Rezone and Subdivision Project Name and Number: Mason Minor RZ 12-0004 & MD 12-0004 Legal Description of Property: W 1/2 W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 27 T7S R66 Date of Application: December 1, 2012 Legal Notice No.: 927936 First Publication: April 25, 2013 Last Publication: April 25, 2013 Publisher: The Elbert County News Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Special Use Review for Front Range Pipeline LLC sixteen inch (16”) natural

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Special Use Review for Front Range Pipeline LLC sixteen inch (16”) natural gas liquids pipeline. Notice is hereby given that on the 23rd day of May, 2013 at 7:00 P.M., or as soon as possible thereafter, a Planning Commission hearing will be conducted and on the 12th day of June, 2013 at 9:00 A.M., or as soon as possible thereafter, a Board of County Commissioners hearing will be conducted. Hearings will be conducted in the Hearing Room of the Elbert County Commissioners at Kiowa, Colorado, or at such other time and place as these hearings may be adjourned. Public hearings will be heard upon the application on file with Elbert County Community and Development Services, Courthouse Annex, 221 Comanche Street, Kiowa, Colorado, 80117, (303) 621-3136, by Front Range Pipeline LLC, for a Special Use Review pursuant to the current Elbert County Zoning Regulations. There are approximately 84 parcels affected by the project which enters Elbert County, CO at a location approximately 120’ west of County Road 29 as it crosses County Road 194. The pipeline extends in a southerly and southeasterly direction for approximately 36 miles where it exits Elbert County being approximately 5 miles west of Ramah. Reason: Front Range Pipeline LLC construction, operation and maintenance of a 16” natural gas liquids pipeline Project Name and Number: Front Range Pipeline Project SUR 13-0001 Legal Description of Property: Easements of the 84 tracts have been filed in the real estate records for Elbert County, CO Date of Application: March 7, 2013 Legal Notice No.: 927935 First Publication: April 25, 2013 Last Publication: April 25, 2013 Publisher: The Elbert County News

Government Legals Public Notice Notice of Hearing upon the Petition for Organization of the Proposed Maia Irrigation District. On Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 11:00am the Elbert County Board of County Commissioners will hold a hearing upon the Petition for Organization of the Proposed Maia Irrigation District. The hearing will take place at the Elbert County Courthouse located at 215 Comanche Street, Kiowa, CO 80117. Legal Notice No.: 927928 First Publication: April 11, 2013 Last Publication: May 2, 2013 Publisher: The Elbert County News Public Notice INVITATION TO BID Elbert County Public Works Department, State of Colorado, is hereby accepting sealed bids for the purchase of one 2013 Model 950K, 644K, or equivalent; five (5) year, 5,000 hour guaranteed buy back with 5,000 hour bumper to bumper warranty. All items listed on the specification sheet need to be included on the bid. Bids will be accepted until 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013. Three (3) copies of said bid shall be submitted. Bids will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any bids received will be returned unopened. Faxed bids will not be accepted. Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, Monday, May 13, 2013, in the Commissioner Meeting Room, Elbert County Courthouse, 215 Comanche Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. The bid opening is open to the public. Please mail bids to: Elbert County Public Works Department, Attn: Lynne Eschbach, P.O. Box 116, Kiowa, Co 80117 or deliver to: Elbert County Public Works Department, 218 Cheyenne Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. Please mark outside of envelope “ONE LOADER BID FIVE (5) YEAR GUARAN-

Bids will be accepted until 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013. Three (3) copies of said bid shall be submitted. Bids will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any bids received will be returned unopened. Faxed bids will not be accepted. Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, Monday, May 13, 2013, in the Commissioner Meeting Room, Elbert County Courthouse, 215 Comanche Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. The bid opening is open to the public. Please mail bids to: Elbert County Public Works Department, Attn: Lynne Eschbach, P.O. Box 116, Kiowa, Co 80117 or deliver to: Elbert County Public Works Department, 218 Cheyenne Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. Please mark outside of envelope “ONE LOADER BID FIVE (5) YEAR GUARANTEED BUY BACK”

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Elbert County Government reserves the right, as its interest may require, to reject any and all bids, to waive formalities and informalities contained in-said bid and furthermore to award a contract for items herein, either in whole or in part, if it is deemed to be in the best interest of Elbert County to do so. Additionally, Elbert County reserves the right to negotiate optional items and or services with the successful bidder. Please contact Lynne Eschbach for a complete set of specifications or any questions regarding this bid at 303-6213157, Elbert County Public Works Department, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. ELBERT COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Ed Ehmann, Director Legal Notice No.: 927933 First Publication: April 25, 2013 Last Publication: April 25, 2013 Publisher: The Elbert County News Public Notice INVITATION TO BID Elbert County Public Works Department, State of Colorado, is herby accepting sealed bids for the purchase of one new 2013 Model 140M, 12M, 772GP , 772G G946 or equivalent; five (5) year, 7,500 hour guaranteed buy back with 7,500 hour bumper to bumper warranty. Bids will be accepted until 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013. Three (3) copies of said bid shall be submitted. Bids will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any bids received will be returned unopened. Faxed bids will

Public Notice INVITATION TO BID Elbert County Public Works Department, State of Colorado, is herby accepting sealed bids for the purchase of one new 2013 Model 140M, 12M, 772GP , 772G G946 or equivalent; five (5) year, 7,500 hour guaranteed buy back with 7,500 hour bumper to bumper warranty.

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Bids will be accepted until 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013. Three (3) copies of said bid shall be submitted. Bids will not be considered which are received after the time stated and any bids received will be returned unopened. Faxed bids will not be accepted. Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, Monday, May 13, 2013, in the Commissioner Meeting Room, Elbert County Courthouse, 215 Comanche Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. The bid opening is open to the public. Please mail bids to: Elbert County Public Works Department, Attn: Lynne Eschbach, P.O. Box 116, Kiowa, Co 80117 or deliver to: Elbert County Public Works Department, 218 Cheyenne Street, Kiowa, Colorado 80117. Please mark outside of envelope “ONE MOTOR GRADER BID FIVE (5) YEAR GUARANTEED BUY BACK” Elbert County Government reserves the right, as its interest may require, to reject any and all bids, to waive formalities and informalities contained in-said bid and furthermore to award a contract for items herein, either in whole or in part, if it is deemed to be in the best interest of Elbert County to do so. Additionally, Elbert County reserves the right to negotiate optional items and or services with the successful bidder. Please contact Lynne Eschbach for a complete set of specifications or any questions regarding this bid at 303-6213157, Elbert County Public Works Department, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. ELBERT COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Ed Ehmann, Director Legal Notice No.: 927934 First Publication: April 25, 2013 Last Publication: April 25, 2013 Publisher: The Elbert County News


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