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Elbert Co 10-17-2013

Elbert County

October 17, 2013

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Elbert County, Colorado • Volume 118, Issue 38

Elections officials gear up for vote Newly appointed manager, clerk prepare for balloting By George Lurie On the job less than two months, both the county’s new elections manager and clerk and recorder say they are prepared for this year’s vote, which begins in earnest this week when ballots are mailed out. “It’s been a challenge,” said Dallas Schroeder, who was appointed Elbert County’s new clerk and recorder in early September. “I’m learning something new every day. But it’s making more and more sense and I feel ready for this election.” Sherry McNeil, the county’s new elections manager, who started just a week before Schroeder on Sept. 1, echoed the clerk’s confidence. “We are absolutely where we need to

be” in terms of preparing for the election, McNeil said. “Jumping in right before major deadlines” has been the biggest challenge, she added, “but we’ve managed to get through it so far.” Ballots will be mailed Oct. 18 to the county’s 18,000 registered voters. In 2012, nearly 80 percent of eligible voters in the county cast a ballot. Officials believe this year’s turnout will likely not be as high because it is not a presidential election. Two of the most controversial issues on the ballot this year are: • Ballot Issue 1C, a proposed mill levy increase of up to four mills, put forth by commissioners to stabilize the county’s depleted coffers; • Ballot Issue 1B, a proposed repeal of a machine and tool tax exemption for energy producers operating in the county, a measure also envisioned to boost county revenues. Election continues on Page 12

Sherry McNeil, Elbert County’s new elections manager, works at her desk recently. Photo by George Lurie

Schools seeking debt hike Move would pay for equipment, repairs in Elizabeth district By George Lurie

Two men in protective gear do remediation work on Oct. 9 at the West Elbert County Landfill. Photo by George Lurie

Repair work underway at landfill Compactor to remain closed indefinitely By George Lurie

glurie@ourcoloradonews. com At the West Elbert County Landfill, once home to a secretive Cold War-era missile site, work is finally underway to repair damage done by an “unauthorized excavation” that took place nearly two years ago. Ed Ehmann, the county’s director of public works, confirmed last week that “restora-

tion work” began at the landfill site in early October. “The process is taking longer than we expected but should be done by the end of the month,” Ehmann told commissioners at their Oct. 9 regular meeting. Under the terms of a “site restoration contract” approved by the Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 25, the unauthorized excavator, Commerce City-based Backhoe Services, has agreed to make a “good faith effort” to repair damage that occurred in 2011 when the company began moving dirt on about five acres

of the old landfill. At the time, Backhoe Services, which specializes in salvaging old missile sites, had been given permission by the BOCC to take soil samples in preparation for dismantling — at no cost to the county — the Cold War-era silos. But in 2011, after Backhoe Services began working at the site, asbestos was found in debris samples and the landfill site was deemed a health hazard to nearby residents and closed. “The asbestos was unearthed by the contractor,” said Commissioner Kurt Schle-


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gel, “who started trying to reclaim rebar before they had a final contract.” Two years later, Schlegel said the county “finally got all of the agreements done” and “they (Backhoe Services) are covering up the holes they created.” The landfill itself, which had not been used since the early 1970s, has had an unusual history. During a brief period in the 1960s, it served as a U.S. Department of Defense Titan missile complex, housing three Cold War-era armed missiles in silos buried beneath the landfill, which is four miles south of Elizabeth on Road 124 — once called `Missile Road’ by local residents. According to Schlegel, a former Marine, the missile installation was decommissioned less than a year after it was made active and the landfill was converted into a trash transfer station and recycling Landfill continues on Page 12

Elizabeth School District officials are hoping voters support Ballot Issue 3B, a proposal to increase the district’s debt in order to acquire needed equipment and repair school facilities. 3B asks voters to OK a district debt increase of $2.7 million — with a repayment cost, including interest, totaling $3.8 million. In order to increase the district’s debt, the bond measure proposes increasing district taxes up to $375,000 annually in order to qualify for matching funds from the state under the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant program. If the ballot initiative is successful, school district officials anticipate receiving a BEST grant totaling $915,404. Funds generated from the proposed tax increase and state grant are earmarked for: • Purchasing and installing new emergency communication systems; • Replacing roofs at Singing Hills Elementary and Elizabeth High School; • Building upgrades at various school facilities related to health and safety needs; • Resurfacing the high school track and modifying the pole vault area; • Buying new school buses and an additional fuel storage tank. “Elizabeth School District C-1 has conducted a long and broad process to identify critical needs within the district,” states a supporting comment from the district at the end of the ballot measure. “3B will address the highest priority needs with smart, long-term solutions.” A summary of written comments opposing the bond measure is also included at the end of the ballot question. Those comments question the $1.1 million in anticipated interest payments Schools continues on Page 12


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October 17, 2013

Dances with Burrs

Janice Koestner of Kiowa combs the burrs from the mane of Cisco, her 8-year-old registered quarter horse she named after the animal Kevin Costner rode in “Dances with Wolves.” Photo by George Lurie

SO MUCH INSIDE THE ELBERT COUNTY NEWS THIS WEEK Good Samaritan. One day after being re-certified in CPR, an area man used his skills to save the life of another. Page 4

Neighbors puzzled. White crosses mark a former prairie dog colony that was the site of a mysterious extermination. Page 6

Calm After the Storm

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4 Elbert County News

October 17, 2013

CPR-certified one day earlier, man saves life Good Samaritan sees divine intervention By Chris Michlewicz A Good Samaritan credited with saving a jogger who went into cardiac arrest says it took a “miracle of circumstances” for him to be in the right place at the right time. Sept. 22 started out as a normal Sunday for both Larry Black and Jeff Eshbaugh. The latter, an athletic, married father of one, went for a run. The former had just left church and called his wife while driving to work. Black’s plans to stop by his house changed when his wife mentioned she had already let the dogs out. He took a different route, and that’s what led him to Eshbaugh, who was lying motionless in the street. Compelled to offer any help he could, he stopped and quickly learned that two bystanders didn’t know cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It turned out that Black had been re-certified in CPR the day before, a day that also happened to be Eshbaugh’s 48th birthday. “Who would have thought, 24 hours later, I’d be standing over Jeff?” Black said during an Oct. 3 press conference, as Eshbaugh, seated next to him, smiled from ear

Meeting for the first time, Jeff Eshbaugh, right, shakes hands with Larry Black, the Good Samaritan who saved his life after he collapsed while jogging Sept. 22. Photo by Chris Michlewicz to ear. “They say God works in mysterious ways, but sometimes I don’t think it’s so mysterious.” Dr. George Pachello, a cardiologist at Parker Adventist Hospital, where Eshbaugh was treated, said Black’s intervention likely saved Eshbaugh’s life. It generally takes five

to 10 minutes for a brain without blood flow to incur irreversible damage or quit functioning. Black’s application of chest compressions while waiting for paramedics made the difference, Pachello said. “If this happens to him home alone, he dies,” he said. “There’s no spontaneous re-

covery from this.” Eshbaugh was shocked with an automated external defibrillator three times by EMTs, then went into cardiac arrest again after arriving at the hospital. It took a team effort to ensure his survival, and Black says he was glad to have been a part of it. His wife deserves credit, too, as she was the one who suggested six months earlier that they get certified in CPR, a maneuver they last learned 25 years earlier. Adding another twist to the story, the team of nurses who first treated Eshbaugh as he arrived at Parker Adventist recognized him as the Jeff who regularly delivers oxygen tanks to the respiratory department. They assured Eshbaugh’s distraught wife, Joan, that they would make sure he received the best care. Joan Eshbaugh became emotional at the press conference when she told the story of learning about the accident at work, then hearing what happened through accounts from witnesses. She heard that Black saw the ring on Eshbaugh’s finger and was further motivated to save a man who had a family. During the press conference, she couldn’t contain her gratitude for the person responsible for making sure her husband is around for their 25th anniversary next month. “You have no idea how much thanks I have for you,” Joan Eshbaugh said, turning toward Black.

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October 17, 2013

e Planning commission sets session for Simla

autoes by again team saysStaff report . His e one In an effort to reach out more theywidely to the community, the Oct. 24 y lastElbert County Planning Commission meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the , theLiberty Plains Baptist Church in Simla, aughaccording to Kyle Fenner, the county’s nizeddirector of community and developoxy-ment services. ment. The change of venue, Fenner stated wife,in a press release, was spurred by the eivedfact that the planning commission’s normal meeting place, the county t thecommissioners’ meeting room in Kiory ofwa, was unavailable that night. then “It seemed like the perfect opporuntstunity to bring the meeting to a part of sawthe county that rarely gets this oppors fur-tunity,” Fenner said. ad a The topic for discussion at this sheplanning commission work session per-will be the progress on drafting oil and hus-gas regulation for Elbert County.

In August 2013, Fenner noted that county staff was directed to draft an administrative process using a memorandum of understanding for only minor oil and gas facilities. “All major facilities would be subject to a full Special Use by Review (SUR) application process and would require community meetings and public hearings,” Fenner said. “Being considered are additional requirements to the SUR for oil and gas operations. All of this and more will be discussed.” Fenner said Elbert County currently has one new active state permit for a well. “The applicant is being required to adhere to the Use by Special Review process that is currently in place in the County,” she said. “The proposed well location is roughly a dozen miles from Simla, again making it an ideal location for this work session.”

Details for the application can be found at: under “permits.” “Elbert County is proposing a repeal of the `Oil and Gas Exemption’ to the sales and use tax on the November ballot in hopes that oil and gas exploration might generate some much needed revenue for county roads,” Fenner stated, encouraging residents to “please attend this and other planning commission meetings.” Pointing out that Elbert County is “a large geographic area,” Fenner added: “Often outlying community members are unable to commute to the county seat in Kiowa. Taking the meeting to the people is Elbert County’s effort to meet the needs of her citizens.” For more information, please contact Elbert County Community and Development Services at 303-6213136 or email kyle.fenner@elbert


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At last week’s meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, it was announced that Kyle Fenner, the county’s community and development services director, had been appointed to the Arkansas Basin Roundtable water board. “Water is an extremely important issue and it’s important for our county to be represented on these various water boards,” said board chair Robert Rowland, who, together with fellow commissioner Larry Ross, also serves on regional roundtable water boards. Ross is on the Platte Basin Roundtable. Rowland sits on the Metro Basin Roundtable. “We have a vested interest and a need to be fully engaged in these discussions about water,” said Rowland. Fenner did not attend last week’s BOCC meeting because she was en route to Pueblo to attend her first meeting of the Arkansas Basin roundtable.

Chamber seeks nominations

The Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from its membership for the “Member of the Year” award. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding service performed by an individual or business to better the Elizabeth area community during the current year. This award is given to the chamber business or individual member that displays extraordinary service, leadership and contribution not only to the Elizabeth Chamber of

Commerce, but also to the community. Any current member of the Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce may nominate one or more persons to receive this award. Such nomination must be in writing and must state the reasons for the nomination. The nomination must reflect specific endeavors and/or accomplishments performed by the nominee that are truly above and beyond ordinary service. Written nominations must be submitted to the chamber office by Oct. 31. The Chamber Nominating Committee will review each nomination to determine if it complies with the provisions and intent of this award. The board may disqualify nominations that do not meet this intent or do not meet the criteria of this award. Qualified nominations will be distributed to all members of the chamber. During the month of November, all of the chamber members will be able to vote by secret ballot. The chamber’s executive director will be in charge of reviewing and counting the ballots.

County hosts budget talks

Elbert County commissioners will host two more public meetings “to discuss the county revenue shortfalls and its increasing impact on county services.” On Oct. 22, a public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Legacy Academy, 1975 Legacy Loop, in Elizabeth. Another public meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa. That meeting will also start at 7 p.m.

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Suzanne Greene, right, executive director of the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, 1638 Park St., explains the agency’s food bank during an Oct. 10 open house and tour meant to acquaint about 50 community leaders with the task force’s services. Photo by Virginia Grantier

school construction funds not prioritized Audit says neediest aren’t first in line By Ivan Moreno Associated Press

More than $1 billion spent on Colorado school construction projects has failed to always reach the neediest places because a board overseeing the spending hasn’t prioritized the funds, state auditors said Oct. 8. The report released to lawmakers concluded that only a quarter of 70 schools identified as being in the worst condition have received grant funding since 2009. Auditors said the problem stems from the fact that the board in charge of the grants has not developed a methodology to identify critical projects or a prioritized list. Without such a tool, the board “cannot demonstrate the rationale for approving or denying each grant application,” the report said. Lawmakers created the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Program in 2008 to help the infrastructure needs of school districts

and other public education organizations. So far, the program’s board has distributed $1.1 billion for 211 construction projects. The state has funded $759 million of that, while districts have spent about $330 million in matching funds. Auditors said they found instances in which the board denied funding for some projects that were considered critical but funded others that were not. “Each dollar spent on one project is a dollar that is not available to help another school to provide a safe, healthy, uncrowded environment for the students, teachers, and members of the public who use those facilities,” the audit said. Democratic Rep. Angela Williams, chair of the state’s Legislative Audit Committee, said she was concerned about a lack of transparency. “To not have any documentation and just haphazardly decide, `Well, this school is going to get this, and this one is not.’ That’s not a fair way in which we do business in the state of Colorado,” she said. “We’ve gotta have some clarity on how those decisions are being made and get some docu-

mentation and processes in place.” Auditors issued seven recommendations to improve the grant program, including prioritizing school construction projects and developing a standardized system to evaluate grant applications. Education officials who work on the program agreed with all of the audit’s recommendations. “The audit really highlighted the need for improved documentation of existing processes,” said Leanne Emm, associate commissioner for the Education Department’s Public School Finance Unit, which oversees the grant program and its board. Emm said the board “welcomes the opportunity to receive feedback from the audit in order to look at how to improve the program.” The nine-member board includes a public school board member, a superintendent, an architect and a school finance expert. The Colorado State Board of Education appoints them. Lawmakers will meet with the board again in a few months to check on its progress implementing the recommendations, Williams said.

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October 17, 2013

Crosses put on empty prairie dog colony Residents, lot owner wonder what happened By Chris Michlewicz

cmichlewicz@ourcolorado The extermination of a prairie dog colony and sudden appearance of white crosses on their empty burrows has Parker residents — and even one of the property owners — wondering what happened. Parkerites driving or walking by the northeast corner of Mainstreet and Twenty Mile Road have observed hundreds of crosses, which are made out of tonguedepressors and have messages of “RIP Prairie Dog” written on them. Resident have also noticed the conspicuous absence of the prairie dog families that scurried around the vacant land as recently as August. Megan Foster, a Parker resident for five years, called town officials after seeing that the prairie dog colony had been “wiped out.” She drives past the site nearly every day while taking her teenage son to Railbender Park up the street.

“We’re wondering as a community what happened to that little prairie dog village,” said Foster, who first saw the crosses two weeks ago. “We sit and watch them when we’re at the light. They had babies out there in the spring.” Elise Penington, spokeswoman for the Town of Parker, said the community development department does not regulate the elimination of prairie dogs on private property, and that no violations were committed because the species is not protected. A Brunswick Zone bowling alley was proposed for land nearby in 2007, but those plans were put on indefinite hold the following year when the economy bottomed out. There are no pending requests or imminent plans for development on the corner, Penington said. Even one of the lot owners, Parker-based McCabe Holdings LLC, is unsure why the prairie dogs vanished. Jerry Sturgess, one of the principals of the holding company, said no one asked their permission to exterminate, and he is unsure who placed the crosses on the land.

Hundreds of small white crosses mark the filled-in prairie dog burrows on the northeast corner of Mainstreet and Twenty Mile Road. Photo by Chris Michlewicz “We weren’t involved with it and I don’t know why the prairie dogs are gone, but I’m interested in finding out,” he said.

Sturgess, who said the crosses will “probably” be removed, confirmed that there are no immediate plans to develop the land, but

SBDC Executive Director Puts on New Hat (or wig) Our own Marcia McGilley, Executive Director for the South Metro Denver Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Aurora satellite SBDC office , will be moonlighting over the next month as the mysterious spirit medium Madam Asta in The Edge Theater Company production of Spirits of Suspicion. When not helping small businesses thrive, McGilley has performed as a professional actor for over 24 years appearing in TV and radio commercials, film, stage and improv comedy. A comic tribute to the THIN MAN

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said there has been talk about possibly putting a few lots up for sale. The company has regular meetings with adjacent property owners to discuss proposals and possible sales. “I would have expected if it was one of them, they would have talked to us,” Sturgess said.” Phone numbers for the owners of lots 33, 36 and 37 — identified in public property records as Jacksonville, Fla.-based The Main and 20 Center and Brunswick Zone XL Colorado Springs LLC — were not listed. Foster pointed out that there also are no signs of prairie dogs on the large lot immediately south of the AMC Twenty Mile 10 movie theater. “Why were they killed if they haven’t even sold the property?” she said. McCabe Holdings LLC did not learn about the extermination or the crosses until Town of Parker representatives called them last week. Sturgess stopped by to take photos and make sure there were no “baits” or traps. He’s hoping someone can tell him why activities have taken place on the land without consent.

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For a complete calendar of South Metro Denver Chamber events and for more information, visit our web site at or call 303-795-0142. Thursday, October 17th: Cultural Business Alliance: National Disability Employment Awareness Month The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial E.L.I.T.E. Board of Advisors The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial

mystery. The show runs from October 18th through November 9th at The Briarwood Inn, 1630 8th Street in Golden, Colorado. More information can be found at

Nonprofit & Business Partnership: "Jazz & Junk" Special Event Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden Rugby in Glendale! Infinity Park, 4599 E. Tennessee Ave., Glendale Friday, October 18th: Social Marketing for Business: Creating & Maintaining a Content Generation Plan The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial Energy & Sustainable Infrastructure Council: The WISE Project The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial Grand Opening Celebration for ACWWA Flow Project & Chamber Reservoir Chambers Reservoir, E-470 and Chambers Road, Douglas County

The entire Gravina family celebrated 40 years in business with a celebration and party last week. Gravina’s Window Center, 79 W. Littleton Blvd., has been providing the highest quality window products in Littleton since 1973 and with the family’s passion for their products and customers, we expect the business to continue at least another 40. Congratulations to a great local small business!

Littleton Community Retreat 2013: Building a Healthy Community Snow Mountain Ranch, Winter Park, CO Grease Monkey Centennial Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Celebration 5574 S. Gibraltar Way, Centennial Monday, October 21st: BizCard Xpress Littleton Ribbon Cutting Celebration 8996 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton Save Lives & Sort Medical Supplies with the Chamber & Project CURE 10337 East Geddes Ave., Centennial Tuesday, October 22nd: Meet Centennial City Council Candidate Mark Gotto The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial Business Bible Study The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial

Gregg and Cheryl Chaisson celebrated the opening of their second BizCard Xpress location at 6882 S. University Blvd. this week. The company can handle everything from business cards through signage and more with a book of over 800,000 promotional items available for business marketing. A beautiful array of food provided by Sava Catering and flowing beverages made the event all the more special. Our congratulations on this growing small business!

Wednesday, October 23rd: Centennial Business Coalition: South Metro Denver Fire The Chamber Center, 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial Colorado Dental Association Ribbon Cutting Celebration 8301 E. Prentice Ave., #400, Greenwood Village Thursday, October 24th: South Metro Denver Business EXPO: Launch to Prosperity! Denver Marriott DTC, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver 92nd Annual Leadership Luncheon Denver Marriott DTC, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver Sunday, October 27th: Littleton Public Schools Foundation 2013 STRIDE Fun Run Littleton Historic Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton


Elbert County News 7

October 17, 2013

y Field of opportunity rich but rocky

bout Emily Jacomet and Connor Buckborp for ough stood at the top of the escalator, gular their red “Ask Me” T-shirts loudly property claiming their belief in the seemingly inand finite possibilities lined up table-by-table in the cavernous room just beyond them. if it Emily: “It’s more than just an educahave tion. It’s an experience. You’ll remember these experiences and these friends for wners the rest of your life.” ified Connor: “It’s the world’s best netJackwork.” and Emily: “I’ve met my lifelong friends.” ne XL Connor, nodding: “They’ll be in my e not wedding, for sure.” Student ambassadors from University here of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Emily dogs and Connor spent a recent afternoon outh welcoming an expected 4,000 high school movie students to the second annual national Denver College Fair at the Colorado Conthey vention Center. rty?” “It’s overwhelming,” Emily said of the vast choice behind the doors. “It’s crazy. d not But once you find the school for you, on or you’ll just feel it.” arker Like a special relationship. last Finding it, though, can feel almost imtake possible as you walk into the hall where were seemingly endless rows of tables in blue ping and white draping stretch from one end ctivito the other. land “It’s stressful,” Greenwood Village junior Jessica Diamond said, as she wandered down an aisle. The more than 300 universities offered something for everyone. There was Saint Michael’s College, a picturesque Catholic Vermont campus of 2,000 students. There was the spirited 24,000-student-strong University of Oregon. And there was Arizona State University with its mega-Tem-

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pe campus of more than 60,000 students. But even their stripped-down presence of tablecloths and pamphlets stirred a sense of excitement, of potential and promise and the glimpse of futures just waiting to be grasped. Students and parents strolled the aisles, looking, questioning, listening, waiting for that spark of connection that this could be a school to consider. “It’s kind of like in high school, you’re preparing for college,” said junior Elizabeth Lipshutz, a friend who accompanied Diamond. “In college, you’re preparing for the rest of your life.” Rafael Barron, a junior from Aurora, wants to be a doctor someday. He was looking for possibilities. “There’s so much to think about,” he said. “It makes me excited, not so much scared but nervous … about what would be the best choice for me.” His parents, Yadira and Gavino Barron, resolutely believe in the power of college as a launching pad to success, one worth sacrifice in time and money. “It’s so important to have that college degree,” Yadira said, “because no one can take that away from you.” She and Gavino have four children — Rafael will be the second to attend

college. And Yadira will tell you she and her daughter, in her first year at Regis University, easily fall into dreaming about what lies ahead. Gavino is more pragmatic: “You’ve got dreams and goals, I’ve always said. A dream is just a dream — a goal is when you have a plan … This,” he said, glancing at the row of tables, “is part of the plan. This is a step from Point A to Point B. This is why we’re here.” But getting to Point B isn’t always easy these days. A report by the U.S. Department of Education finds that if the cost of attending public four-year institutions continues to increase, the price of a public education in 2016 will be more than twice what it was in 2001. “The rising cost of college,” the report continues, “may make it increasingly difficult for students to access and complete their postsecondary education.” About two-thirds of bachelor’s degrees recipients borrow money to pay for their education, research shows, and the average college senior graduates with $25,000 in student loan debt. That financial concern has refocused how colleges and universities reach out to prospective students, admissions directors say. “Four years at college is such a transformational time — you really figure out who you are,” said Anne Fattig, assistant director of admissions of small-town Simpson College in Iowa. “The right college kind of makes or breaks that to an extent.” But it’s not enough anymore to highlight only the experience. “It’s such an incredible investment,”

Jeremy Brown of Saint Michael’s College said. Students need to “find that institution where not only they feel safe to explore who they are and who are going to become, but also a place where they have opportunities upon graduating.” So, outcomes — a college’s job placement and loan default rates, for instance — become key ingredients to the quest. Three years ago, Brown couldn’t have rattled off the college’s default rate without researching it first. Now, it’s at his fingertips. Students and parents, he said, want to know they’ll “be getting jobs when they graduate and can pay off their loans.” Connor Buckborough, the ambassador from UNC, is counting on being able to do just that. A sophomore studying communications and brewing technology, “I’m pretty far in the hole,” he said about his loan debt. But he has no doubt about his choices. “It’s going to be worth it, as long as you excel,” he said. “There’s always a way.” Emily Jacomet is certain, too. “One hundred percent. I’ll never regret going to college.” Education. Experience. Friendship. Self-discovery. Work. Amazing how a cavernous room of tables and pamphlets can scatter seeds of infinite possibilities.

Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at ahealey@ourcoloradonews. com or 303-566-4110.

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Abiding Word Lutheran Church

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First Presbyterian Church of Littleton

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Hilltop United Church Of Christ 10926 E. Democrat Rd. Parker, CO 10am Worship Service 303-841-2808

Lone Tree Lone Tree

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8 Elbert County News

October 17, 2013

opinions / yours and ours

Join effort to combat domestic violence October is a supercharged month. The media is frantically covering election issues on top of other breaking news. Families are busy, busy. Students are buckling down in their studies and diving into extracurricular activities. School boards and other decision-making groups are in full swing. Sports — pro and local — are pulsing everywhere. People are striving toward their goals and working hard. Everything that was in neutral in August is in high gear. This is why it’s important to wave our arms in the air once in a while to suggest a timeout to be aware of ways to help others. We don’t highlight every awareness month — especially given that many months have upward of a dozen important causes — but we want to take a min-

our view ute to point out that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This one has been with us more than two decades, has grown in many ways and continues to be so urgently important. We urge readers to take time to learn more about domestic violence and consider a few statistics available from • Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten. • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

• Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually. We know the road to recovery for someone suffering domestic violence is long, challenging and costly. Often a woman leaves an abusive spouse numerous times before securing a safe, independent setting. For many women, the hope is that the situation will get better, so they keep trying to work it out. The journey typically involves advocacy services, emergency shelters, transitional housing, support groups and legal advice. Most domestic violence victims are short on resources, and in a situation where a lot of assistance is needed — which is why funding is so important. Further, we know from surveys that domestic violence spikes during sluggish economies. For now, the arc of the

economy seems to be on a good line — far improved from the stock market crash of September 2008 — but so many people are not clear of tough years. As surely as domestic violence is portrayed on so many TV crime shows, the problem continues in our neighborhoods. So please take a few moments to learn more about the problem. Think about how to be a source for people who need help — all kinds of help — and how to help others sort out options and move forward. We urge readers to visit (Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence) to identify local connections. Most organizations need contributions for programs and most need volunteers in a variety of human service programs. Take a few moments, see how you can help.

Start now to plan for success

New washing machine leads to wild agitation I have a new washing machine. I don’t understand it. It is a High Efficiency washing machine, which means it takes five minutes to figure out the composition and scale of the load before a single drop of water enters the tub. It makes noises. It clicks and hums and pauses, and then it pulses and chortles. It wheezes. It sounds like Raymond Burr after a full meal. I had to buy a new machine because my old one decided to have a stroke. I came home one day and found water all over my wood floor. Right now the floorboards are cupping. When the boards crown, the floor will be tested for moisture content, and when it is low enough, it will be sanded and refinished. That will take two days. When my builder’s-grade dishwasher exploded, I had to leave the house for three days. A lot has happened in the wood floor refinishing industry since then. The key word now is “dustless.” When the floor was sanded after the dishwasher’s death, they put up plastic sheeting everywhere, but it didn’t matter. The dust found its way into the living room, upstairs, into closets, everywhere. Being a homeowner is a constant adventure. One thing is repaired or replaced and another needs to be. There are major projects and minor ones. I need a new fence. We all do around here. I live near Cresthill Lane. Some fencing has been

replaced and some fencing needs to be, so it is really Eyesore Lane. I moved here in 1993. Some homes in the subdivision are even older. There are a lot of rentals, and there has been a big turnover. What was verboten by the HOA in 1993 is now commonplace. Those basketball stands, for example. Indoors, I think we have all had to update and replace. I bought my last Maytag in 1993, and it lasted until late summer. If I had the smarts to replace it in mid-summer, I’d still have a wood floor that wasn’t cupping. But it’s kind of like leaving a pitcher in the game one batter too many. And that could be a metaphor for a lot of things, even marriages. You keep hoping it will improve. Instead it gets worse, and acrimonious. I loved my washing machine, if that is possible. I wrote that it was a friend, Marshall continues on Page 9

From the editor a note on letters of endorsement Many of you have written us letters endorsing a candidate or taking a stance on a ballot issue as the Nov. 5 election approaches. We appreciate these letters to the editor and many of them have run on our opinion pages over the past few weeks. It is important to note that while Nov.

5 is officially “Election Day,” this is an allmail-in election. As such, we will not be running letters of endorsement after the Oct. 24 or 25 (depending on the publication you receive) edition. The impact of such letters would be minimal with most voters already having cast their ballots. As always, thank you for reading. — Chris Rotar, editor

This is the time of year where I am having conversations and planning sessions with corporate clients and individuals as we set expectations, set budgets, and plan for the success in the coming year. It seems like this year I am finding myself in more of these types of conversations than I have had in previous years. So I started to really think about it and questioned myself regarding my own plans for my personal success. I mean if companies can complete their plans and budgets months in advance of the next year, and I have certain individual clients I coach who do the same, why aren’t I better at following my own advice when it comes to planning for success? Like many people I speak with, the planning for our individual success starts to take shape around December, with many people waiting until the end of December, like maybe even New Year’s Eve. How would next year be different if we took out our notebook or computer and started sketching out our plans, goals, desires, and dreams for next year right now, today? Would this give us time to think through them in more detail, understand what is truly feasible versus what is desirable? I think the answer is yes. My experience in working with companies and individuals has also proven that as we take the time to carefully work through the planning phase, each element of the plan takes on a life of its own and the thoughts and ideas become inspired and fueled with creative energy. Even though we set plans in place, agree on budgets, and action items, it is still very much an iterative process. This happens as new ideas are formed or changes that may be

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occurring in the workplace, at home, with the economy or even around the world impact how we see our future and our future successes or achievements. What will 2014 look like for you? What is it that you want to be, do, or have? What will it take to get you there? Who can help you achieve your goals? What obstacles are in your way? How much are you willing to invest in yourself and in others to meet and exceed your expectations? How much time are you willing to commit? What other resources do you need? I know that sounds like a lot of questions, but taken one at a time and over a period of time it becomes so much easier. That is why successful companies and people take planning for success very seriously and start well in advance of the coming year. How are you doing with planning your own success for 2014? Are you planning and preparing to win? I would love to hear all about it at and as you plan your own success it will be 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

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Elbert County News 9

October 17, 2013

Everyone can know their life matters

Everybody can know their life matters. But a lot of people don’t. It is especially tragic when young people take their own lives. Teen suicide et any has been a problem in our county for a long time, but the pact that a group of girls s yed made recently should sound the alarm that blem we need to let everyone know that each person is of immeasurable worth and their earn life matters. A lot of times, living the life that God gave us is not easy. Everybody goes r through difficult, painful and disappointut ing episodes. Failure, loss and rejection are ead- common experiences. For some people, tion their very existence is defined by suffering and hardship. Depression, abuse and lonefy liness can push a person over the edge. s That becomes dangerous for people who define their life by their circumhustances, accomplishments and possescan sions. Others define their life by who they are — their identity and individuality. They find strength in their understanding of who they are so they can face their circumstances, sometimes enduring them and waiting until they pass and other times facing the challenges and beating them. The most important declaration that

your life matters is broadcast throughout the Holy Scriptures and is taught by most of the churches in our town. Before the world was created, God knew your name. When you were being knit together in your mother’s womb it was by a divine design, which we call DNA. God breathed the breath of life into you when you took your first breath so that you would be alive at this time in history. He wanted you to be alive now so He could invite you into His plan of redemption of this world. Before you were even interested in Him, he died for you for all the wrong you have ever done or will do, then filled you with supernatural abilities by His Spirit so you could make a difference in your world, in

your way like nobody else could. When you are finished He promised to come back for you but in the meantime, He is preparing a place for you in Heaven where all the wrongs will be made right, where tears will be wiped away and bad guys won’t even be present. So from before creation and after all is done, God knows your name and loves you personally. It is everyone’s choice to live life from that point of view, get a fresh dose of God’s acceptance and gain an advantage over their circumstances. The way we do that is to avoid the incorrect patterns and listen to the truth, over and over again. Comparing ourselves to others is the most common mistake that sets us in a bad pattern. There is always somebody with more money, or a loftier status, or better looking or has the most friends and the best opportunities. Some people seem to have all of those things and that can really make us mad because living by comparison always causes us to doubt our worth. Looking for approval of others is another bad pattern because it makes us vulnerable to what other people think of us. Some days that goes pretty good, but we

cannot count on somebody else to tell us our lives matter. Some folks don’t feel good about themselves and gain their worth by pulling everyone else down. Needing to always get it right will drive us crazy if we fall into that pattern. It is good to want to be correct, perform with excellence and never cause anyone pain, but the fact is, we are human and are going to make mistakes. Sometimes it is small and other times it is catastrophic, but either way, it is not the determining factor of whether or not your life matters. My wife found this quote on K-LOVE’s page and reposted it on Facebook. “God, take any doubts I have today and replace them with faith. Any despair, replace with hope. Any darkness, replace with Your light. Any time my thoughts don’t line up with Yours, Lord, show me Truth.” And the truth that we need to hear often, according to God’s revelation in the Scriptures, is “Your life matters.” Dan Hettinger is the founder of The Jakin Group, a ministry of encouragement. You can email him at

Stay focused on goal despite Washington There is a lot of news to fill up the 24-7 media slots this month. Therefore investors fear there is a lot to worry about. It is always a bit unsettling to hear your government went into shutdown mode. What is surprising is that most of the financial markets remain relatively calm so far. The debt ceiling, The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Fed tapering are just a few items on the table in Washington right now. The debt ceiling may escalate to a default on U.S. government bonds and the bulk of ACA may need to be postponed. The Fed tapering now will be carried out perhaps by the new Fed chairperson, Janet Yellen. Yes there are a lot of changes going on. Let’s see how they are affecting your investments. Whether you hold assets in a retirement plan or an after-tax brokerage account, you have likely noticed that your fixed income investments, namely bonds, are down in value this year. This decline was triggered in May where there was first rumored talk about when the Federal Reserve Board will start to taper off their massive monthly bond purchases. This is surprising to many Wall Street analysts, since the Fed clearly stated over a year ago that they would be transparent in their decision-making process. They would make gradual changes as we approached lower unemployment and higher inflation. There has been no action at the Fed, since neither of these mandates have been met. The sympathetic decline in bond prices, in anticipation of when the Fed does taper, occurred quickly and has not let up much in the last six months. This leaves many bond investors in a quandary as what if anything they should do. The good news is the alter-ego of the bond is the yield, and those are gradually rising. Therefore if you don’t need to liquidate a bond right now and are enjoying the higher yield then perhaps you can sit tight if your bond positions are high quality and in the right

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actually, dependable, and always ready to help out. I needed to take it behind the barn and shoot it. By the way, there is a brand of dog food called Old Yeller. What an awful name. Someone in branding must be a cat lover, or simply have a macabre sense of things. I can’t watch that movie. There are a lot of movies that I can’t watch. No action films allowed here. Nothing with too many special effects. That eliminates half. Nothing that glamorizes alcohol or drugs. Lots of swearing loses me too. I would rather watch “This Old House” than 90 percent of the movies that are released these days. Those guys know exactly

amount for your overall diversification. Eventually, all of this turmoil in Washington will affect economic growth and hence stock prices as well. What is interesting though is that the stock market historically experiences a 10 percent or greater correction about once every 12 months. As of this writing we were only down about 4 percent from record highs showing a fairly calm reaction to Capitol Hill so far. However, since we are overdue for a pullback, the debt ceiling may be a good excuse to trigger one. The equities markets usually move in cycles regardless of the catalyst. This is why sometimes it can be very confusing to investors who hear good economic data and watch stocks decline or hear bad news and the markets rise. It feels like there is no rhyme or reason, which is definitely true in the day-to-day fluctuations. However, over longer-term trends, we do see investors being rewarded for taking measured risk. Volatility comes into the market when there is uncertainty, hence our current state of affairs. Statistics show that even after the worst of the Great Recession, it still paid for investors to remain calm and fully invested in a well-diversified portfolio. Fidelity Investments conducted a survey that compared balances of 401(k) plan participants nearly three years after the Lehman crisis. Plan participants who dropped their equity allocation to zero

what to do with balky problems in the home. I no longer try to repair things myself. I wind up compounding the problem. I have to buy special detergent for the new washer. There is no agitator in the tub, so it looks kind of odd in there, actually like a dryer. I loaded the new washer exactly as I did the deceased one, and that’s not the way to do it, I found out. If you don’t load evenly with like-clothes (jeans with jeans, towels with towels), the load will be unbalanced in spin, and the sounds it makes are horrendous, and will — and did — scare the dog. It sounded like Raymond Burr pounding on the front door. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@comcast. net

between Oct. 1, 2008, and March 31, 2009, and kept it there experienced an average 2 percent increase in their 401(k) account balances through the second quarter of 2011. Investors who maintained their allocation to stocks during the above period show average account balance increases of 50 percent. The same survey shows that 401(k) participants who continued contributing during the downturn experienced average account increases of 64 percent, compared to average account increases of 26 percent for investors who stopped contributing completely. The message is that is pays to have a strategy that helps keep you focused on the

ultimate goal. Don’t let Washington rob you of future potential in your portfolio. Patricia Kummer has been an independent Certified Financial Planner for 27 years and is President of Kummer Financial Strategies Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor in Highlands Ranch. Check for workshops and commentary or call the economic hotline at 303683-5800.Any material discussed is meant for informational purposes only and not a substitute for individual advice. Investing is subject to risks including loss of principal invested.


Ralph Eugene Doud,

June 21, 1926 - October 5, 2013

Ralph Eugene Doud, 87, of McKinney, TX, passed away while surrounded by his family on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The funeral service was scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Olinger Hampden Mortuary, 8600 E. Hampden Avenue in Denver. Bishop Tommy L. Drumm of Melissa, Texas, officiated. Ralph Eugene Doud was born on June 21, 1926 in Midland, South Dakota, the son of Ralph & Grace (Whistler) Doud. On April 20, 1946 he married Doris Eileen Doud of Hermosa, South Dakota. Ralph served in World War II, from 1944 – 1946, with an honorable discharge. Ralph was an Elizabeth Colorado resident for 36 years where he and Doris built and ran Happy Haven children’s home. The home’s work continues today as a place for young women in need, under the ministry umbrella of Unbridled Acts. He was a carpenter by trade until age forced him into retirement. His life was consumed with the love of Christ. He was a caring and compassionate man who always put others needs before his own. He loved unconditionally

and served wholeheartedly. Ralph is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Doris Eileen Doud, daughter Dorthy Eileen Dowty, and son, Stephen Eugene Doud. He is survived by nine children, daughter Rebecca Doud of Texas, son Thomas (Alethea) Doud of Texas, son Tim (Sherri) Doud of Colorado, son David (Wendy) Doud of Indiana, son James Doud of Colorado, daughter Ruth Doud of Washington, son Bill (Lisa) Doud of Colorado, son Robert Doud of Texas, son Jonathan Doud of New Mexico, 25 grandchildren and 24 great grand-children. Ralph was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. Ralph’s greatest wish was to have his wife, Doris, who passed away December 19, 2002, laid to rest with him. Today his hearts desire will come true and their love will be solidified for a lifetime. Ralph and Doris were laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado; together, forever. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ralph’s name to his home church, The Sanctuary, PO Box 637, Melissa TX 75454.

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Shutdown puts lives in limbo Politicians point fingers as workers face uncertainty By Vic Vela When Ann Humphrey received news recently that she was being furloughed as part of the federal government shutdown, she immediately drove to Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s Jefferson County office and sought answers, while wiping away tears. “I was very upset,” the Lakewood woman said. “I just wanted to vent and let them know how upset I was. I didn’t know if I was going to be getting paid or how long this would last. It was really scary.” Humphrey has been a government employee for the last 25 years, most recently as a management assistant with the Department of Treasury. She’ll probably end up getting back pay, but in the meantime she has no income and plenty of bills to deal with. “I called Wells Fargo to see if they would defer my house payment and they wouldn’t do it for me,” she said. “It’s really stressful. It really is the fear of the unknown.” Humphrey wasn’t the only one facing uncertainty amid the shutdown. Mickey Devitt of Denver is an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. Her position was furloughed and she, like Humphrey, has been faced with uncertainty about what the immediate future will bring. “I have two young kids and I’m the breadwinner for my family,” she said. “I have half a paycheck to last me until (Oct. 10) and I don’t what’s going to happen after

that.” While Humphrey and Devitt triage their bills and forgo unnecessary expenses, politicians point fingers. “We’ve done everything we can to keep this government funded and we are doing everything we can now, knowing that we don’t have a Senate or a president who wants to have a conversation with us,” said Republican Congressman Cory Gardner. “We now have a shutdown of the government, there’s now this overarching threat of the United States defaulting on its full faith and credit and not paying the bills,” said Congressman Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat. “And these guys (Republicans) have been holding the economy and working people hostage. “It really is unforgivable.”

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On Oct. 10 and 11, some movement was made toward a shutdown resolution, as House Republicans — stinging from national poll numbers that show they are receiving the lion’s share of the blame for the shutdown — began submitting short-term proposals to raise the federal debt ceiling and reopen the government. But ending the shutdown is only one step in the process. Congress still must deal with long-term budget and debt-ceiling issues, something it hasn’t been very good at in recent years. “I hope my Republican colleagues come to their senses, because this is not the way to run anything — a government, a family, a business, anything,” Perlmutter said of Congress’ knack for creating self-imposed crises. “It’s drama, after drama, after drama.” Perlmutter also blasted House Republicans for their reasons behind shutting down the government in the first place, what he sees as an obsession with either crippling

Ann Humphrey ponders the affects of being furloughed from her government job, as she stands outside her Lakewood residence on Oct. 8. Photo by Vic Vela or dismantling the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Obamacare is up and running, in spite of Republican efforts to halt it. “These guys continue to want to do something about that, but they’ve lost every time,” he said. But Gardner insists that Republican efforts to derail President Obama’s biggest legislative achievement have to do with ending “unfair” individual mandates on health insurance coverage and getting rid of burdensome taxes placed on medical devices. “Just because a law is the law doesn’t mean the American public should be burdened with it, if it has components in that are bad,” Gardner said. Gardner also said he pays no attention to polls that show the public has grown tired Congress as a whole, but has soured on Republicans, in particular. “I don’t think anybody ever tried to think that Congress was a popularity contest,”

Gardner said. “Whether or not Congress is seen in a good light or a bad light (has to do with) whether we’re doing the right thing for our nation.” While the political back-and-forth continues, lives continue to be affected. “Here I am, trying to do my job and the government lays me off,” Humphrey said. “I don’t want to sound political, but it’s really getting old. I just want to go back to work and do my job.” Devitt had to put an important dental procedure on hold because she didn’t know if she was going to have the money to pay for it. But money is only part of her frustration; there’s also her belief that the public doesn’t fully appreciate the “value” of government employees. But while Devitt believes that “federal servants are often treated like a piñata,” she has no intention of leaving her position for a private-sector job. “What I do is important, whether people see it or not,” she said.

Antibiotic misuse remains high in spite of warnings Two analyses look at prescribing practices By Lindsey Tanner Associated Press

Repeated warnings that antibiotics don’t work for most sore throats and bronchitis have failed to stop overuse: Doctors prescribed these drugs for most adults seeking treatment at a rate that remained high over more than a decade, researchers found. The results are in two analyses of national health surveys from the late 1990s to 2010, representing more than 2 million an-

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said part of the problem is old prescribing habits that didn’t change when evidence emerged showing most sore throats and bronchitis are caused by viruses; antibiotics only treat infections caused by bacteria, not colds, flu and other illness from viruses. Illnesses antibiotics can treat include bacterial pneumonia, most urinary infections, some types of eye and ear infections, and some types of food poisoning. Patients’ demands and doctors’ time pressures also play a role: It’s often easier to prescribe an antibiotic than to take time to explain why they don’t work for some illnesses, Blackwelder said. “We’ve all done it,” he said. Dr. Ed Septimus, a professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Houston, said development of more rapid testing to identify germs that cause sore throats or bronchitis could help curb the practice. The research was presented Oct. 3 at an infectious diseases meeting in San Francisco.

One analysis found that antibiotics were prescribed at 60 percent of primary-care and emergency room visits for sore throats in 2010, a rate that didn’t budge over 10 years but was down from about 70 percent in the 1990s. That study was also published online Oct. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine. In an editorial, Dr. Rita Redberg, the journal’s editor, noted that only about 10 percent of sore throats are caused by strep bacteria — which antibiotics can treat. The second analysis found antibiotics were prescribed at 73 percent of all visits for bronchitis in 2010, a rate that didn’t change from 1996. Only rare cases of bronchitis are caused by bacteria. Bronchitis “just needs to take its time to run its course, which can be frustratingly long,” sometimes three weeks or more, Linder said. Some over-the-counter cough medicines can help bronchitis; gargling with salt water can help sore throats, and rest and fluids can help both, he said.

House votes to start final discussions on farm bill Associated Press The House has voted to hold formal negotiations with the Senate on a wide-ranging farm bill that sets policy for farm subsidies and food stamps. Farm-state lawmakers have pushed the five-year, roughly $500 billion legislation for two years as it has been mired in debates over spending. They are hoping to finish the bill by January, when some dairy supports expire and milk prices could rise. The Senate passed its farm bill in June, and the House passed two bills that will be combined in the negotiations. One House

bill sets policy for farm programs and the other would cut around $4 billion a year from food stamps. “As combines roll through the corn belt I was pleased the House of Representatives voted to begin negotiations with the Senate over the farm bill,” said U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, whose District 4 includes Elbert County. “Few seem to have noticed that when the continuing resolution expired nearly two weeks ago, one of the most important bills to rural Colorado also expired as well – the farm bill.” Food stamps are expected to be a contentious issue in the negotiations. The Senate bill would cut just $400 million a year.


Industrial hemp harvested in Colorado Growing plant remains illegal under federal law By Kristen Wyatt Associated Press

Southeast Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin tried an illegal crop this year. He didn’t hide it from neighbors, and he never feared law enforcement would come asking about it. Loflin is among about two dozen Colorado farmers who raised industrial hemp, marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin that can’t be grown under federal drug law, and bringing in the nation’s first acknowledged crop in more than five decades. Emboldened by voters in Colorado and Washington last year giving the green light to both marijuana and industrial hemp production, Loflin planted 55 acres of sevwood eral varieties of hemp alongside his typical alfalfa and wheat crops. The hemp came in sparse and scraggly this month, but Loflin said but he’s still turning away buyers. ess is “Phone’s been ringing off the hook,” said as to Loflin, who plans to press the seeds into oil hing and sell the fibrous remainder to buyers who’ll use it in building materials, fabric con- and rope. “People want to buy more than I can grow.” d the But hemp’s economic prospects are far id. “I from certain. Finished hemp is legal in the eally U.S., but growing it remains off-limits unwork der federal law. The Congressional Research Service recently noted wildly differing proental know o pay straublic gov-

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jections about hemp’s economic potential. However, America is one of hemp’s fastest-growing markets, with imports largely coming from China and Canada. In 2011, the U.S. imported $11.5 million worth of hemp products, up from $1.4 million in 2000. Most of that is hemp seed and hemp oil, which finds its way into granola bars, soaps, lotions and even cooking oil. Whole Foods Market now sells hemp milk, hemp tortilla chips and hemp seeds coated in dark chocolate. Colorado won’t start granting hemp-cultivation licenses until 2014, but Loflin didn’t wait. His confidence got a boost in August when the U.S. Department of Justice said the federal government would generally defer to state marijuana laws as long as states keep marijuana away from children and drug cartels. The memo didn’t even mention hemp as an enforcement priority for the Drug Enforcement Administration. “I figured they have more important things to worry about than, you know, rope,” a smiling Loflin said as he hand-harvested 4-foot-tall plants on his Baca County land. Colorado’s hemp experiment may not be unique for long. Ten states now have industrial hemp laws that conflict with federal drug policy, including one signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown last month. And it’s not just the typical marijuana-friendly suspects: Kentucky, North Dakota and West Virginia have industrial hemp laws on the books.

Small farmers protest new rules for produce FDA proposes regulations intended for food safety By M.L. Johnson Associated Press

Small and organic vegetable farmers who say proposed federal food safety rules were could harm their businesses have orga-care nized dozens of events nationwide to inroats form people about the regulations and ener 10 courage them to write to the Food and Drug rcent Administration. shed The FDA proposed the rules in response e. to the 2011 Food Safety Modernization the Act, a major update aimed at preventing ut 10 foodborne illness instead of reacting to it. strep Among other measures, the rules would require farmers to take precautions against otics contamination, including ensuring that ts for workers’ hands are washed, irrigation water ange is clean and animals stay out of fields. s are While small farmers agree with the law’s goal of creating a safer food supply, they me to say the rules show a lack of understandingly ing of agricultural practices and could be more, costly enough to force some out of business. The National Sustainable Agriculture mediCoaliton, National Young Farmers Coalition h salt and other groups have started a campaign and to encourage the public to write to the FDA before the comment period ends Nov. 15. It’s unclear whether the government shutdown will affect that timeline. “I think the main thing is that it’s really important for farmers and consumers both to make comments to the FDA because these rules will have a huge effect on local farms and their ability to provide,” said Lindsey Shute, spokeswoman for the National Young Farmers Coalition. Shute and her husband have a community-supported agriculture, or CSA, farm in Clermont, N.Y., where they use manure from their chickens and a neighboring farm as fertilizer to grow a variety of vegetables. The chickens are rotated from field to field in an accepted organic method. Shute said national organic standards allow them to harvest about four months after the animals leave a field. The new rules would stretch that to nine months, which is far longer than the grow-

ing season. Shute said she’s also concerned her farm would have to test water from its irrigation ponds every week, costing an estimated $5,000 to $10,000 per year and requiring regular hour-long, one-way drives to the nearest lab. She and her husband are planning a letter that might say, “FDA, if you require me to test my water every week, I will go out of business.” In Wisconsin, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has organized three letterwriting sessions — Oct. 21 in Madison, Oct. 23 in Milwaukee and Nov. 4 in Middleton. Margaret Krome, the nonprofit institute’s public policy director, said there’s a lot of confusion about the rules. The law includes exemptions for farmers whose sales are under a certain amount, but food activists are concerned those waivers won’t always apply. For example, a farmer who buys produce from another farmer and delivers it in a CSA box could be classified as “facility” and subject to regulations aimed at big food businesses, said Brian Snyder, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. In Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and elsewhere, it’s not uncommon for CSA farmers to buy from others in times of drought or heavy rain to satisfy customers who have paid in advance for weekly deliveries. Synder said that’s why it’s also important for consumers to learn about the law and write to the FDA. “They need to know that the exemptions that they might have heard about in the law are problematic and that the way they’re applied is going to matter a lot to the local food vendors they are used to going to,” he said. Krome also said the risk with small farms is less than with big vegetable growers simply because they serve fewer people. “Everybody wants food safety,” she said. “The only thing people want is that it is proportionate to the risk and that it not be designed such that it puts their businesses at risk.”

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Hemp production was never banned outright, but it dropped to zero in the late 1950s because of competition from synthetic fibers and increasing anti-drug sentiment. Hemp and marijuana are the same species, Cannabis sativa, just cultivated differently to enhance or reduce marijuana’s psychoactive chemical, THC. The 1970 Controlled Substances Act required hemp growers to get a permit from the DEA, the last of which was issued in 1999 for a quarter-acre experimental plot in Hawaii. That permit expired in 2003. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last recorded an industrial hemp crop in the late 1950s, down from a 1943 peak of more than 150 million pounds on 146,200 harvested acres. But Loflin and other legalization advocates say hemp is back in style and that federal obstacles need to go. Loflin didn’t even have to hire help to bring in his crop, instead posting on Facebook that he needed volunteer harvesters. More than two dozen people showed up — from as far as Texas and Idaho. Volunteers pulled the plants up from the root and piled them whole on two flatbed trucks. The mood was celebratory, people whooping at the sight of it and joking they thought they’d never see the day. But there are reasons to doubt hemp’s viability. Even if law enforcement doesn’t interfere, the market might. “It is not possible,” Congressional Research Service researchers wrote in a July

report, “to predict the potential market and employment effects of relaxing current restrictions on U.S. hemp production.” The most recent federal study came 13 years ago, when the USDA concluded the nation’s hemp markets “are, and will likely remain, small” and “thin.” And a 2004 study by the University of Wisconsin warned hemp “is not likely to generate sizeable profits” and highlighted “uncertainty about long-run demand for hemp products.” Still, there are seeds of hope. Global hemp production has increased from 250 million pounds in 1999 to more than 380 million pounds in 2011, according to United Nations agricultural surveys, which attributed the boost to increased demand for hemp seeds and hemp oil. Congress is paying attention to the country’s increasing acceptance of hemp. The House version of the stalled farm bill includes an amendment, sponsored by lawmakers in Colorado, Oregon and Kentucky, allowing industrial hemp cultivation nationwide. The amendment’s prospects, like the farm bill’s timely passage, are far from certain. Ron Carleton, a Colorado deputy agricultural commissioner who is heading up the state’s looming hemp licensure, said he has no idea what hemp’s commercial potential is. He’s not even sure how many farmers will sign up for Colorado’s licensure program next year, though he’s fielded a “fair number of inquiries.” “What’s going to happen, we’ll just have to see,” Carleton said.

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Both Schroeder and McNeil spent the better part of last week in El Paso County being trained by election officials there. McNeil has had previous experience with managing elections. Before being hired by the county, she worked for a number of years in the Elections Division of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office in Denver. Recent passage by the Colorado Legislature of House Bill 13-1303 made changes to the way local elections are conducted around the state. The biggest changes, said McNeil, involve conducting most elections through mail-in ballots and setting up a specific number of Voter Service and Polling Centers — known as VSPCs — in each county depending on its population. “Because of our relatively small number of residents, Elbert County only needs to have one VSPC,” said McNeil. “That will be located here in Kiowa in the courthouse.” McNeil said HB 13-1303 also allows voters to register to vote right up through Election Day. “We have a computer system

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October 17, 2013 set up to check to make sure those who register at the last minute are eligible to vote,” said Schroeder. “In the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of time and effort into getting trained.” Early voting starts Oct. 21 this year and McNeil plans to do nightly preliminary tallies right through Election Day. In order to be counted, ballots must be received by the election office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 5, she said. Voters can mail in their ballots or drop them off at the courthouse in Kiowa. There will be a second drop-off location for ballots set up at the public library in Elizabeth. And for those who still prefer to vote the old-fashioned way, Schroeder said a touch-screen voting machine will be available at the county courthouse. “Voters can come in and surrender their mail-in ballots and vote using the touch-screen machine,” he said. Schroeder added that provisions will also be made at the courthouse “to accommodate hearing- and sight-impaired voters who wish to cast their ballots in person.” McNeil said that she expects to be able to announce preliminary election results later in the evening on Nov. 5. Certified results must be reported to the Secretary of State’s Office by Nov. 25.

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center utilizing a compactor. Ehmann said the Colorado Department of Health has been out to inspect the landfill site recently. “They pulled 100 samples and all came back negative” for PCBs, asbestos and other environmental contaminants, he said. During the public comment period of the Oct. 9 BOCC meeting, county resident Rich Kozlowski asked commissioners when the transfer station and compactor might reopen. “The issue is not reopening the transfer station, which could be put anywhere in the county, but getting the 54 acres of land put back together to the satisfaction of the (state) regulators,” Commissioner Robert Rowland responded.

But after the Oct. 9 meeting, Schlegel said restarting the compactor at the landfill site might still make sense. “I’ve suggested that we look at raising fees to use the compactor as a way to reopen the facility,” Schlegel said. “But, at least up to now, that suggestion has pretty much fallen on deaf ears.” Schlegel said the compactor, which has now been idle for two years, was actually a significant drain on the county’s already anemic finances. “We’d been running it for years at a loss as a county service,” he said. “It was costing us $50,000 to $60,000 a year” to operate. To restart the compactor, Schlegel said the county would have to hire someone to be at the landfill full time, “which would cost about $50,000 a year in salary and benefits.” Schlegel would support restarting it, he said, “only if the compactor can be set up as a self-sustaining operation.”

Once the remediation work is completed, Schlegel said “one of things we’ll look at is whether it’s in the scope of county government to provide compactor services. It’s a budget issue,” the commissioner said, adding that trash removal is currently “not a problem for county residents. There are five active trash services in the county that come right to people’s houses.” Landfill services closest to Elbert County include the Sedalia Landfill at 5970 N. U.S. Highway 85; Denver-Arapahoe Disposal at Gun Club Road and East Hampden Avenue; and the Colorado Springs Landfill on Highway 94, six miles east of Colorado Springs. As far as the old missile complex is concerned, Schlegel said the county planned to leave it buried in the ground. “There are no plans to move forward with any further reclamation efforts,” he said.

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The tractor hayride had people lined up to go on a tour around the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Photos by Danny Summers

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Western Museum of Mining and Industry was site of annual event By Danny Summers El Paso County’s Western Museum of Mining and Industry hosted the annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival on Oct.11 and 12. It celebrated the pioneer farming and ranching spirit that led so many to come to Colorado, and helped shape the towns of Husted and Colorado Springs.

The weekend’s festivities included a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pioneer games, live music, food and drinks, a farmer’s market, animals, hands-on activities and crafts for the kids, operating outdoor and indoor steam powered machinery, “Spooky Histories” in the museum’s exhibit building, limited daylight tours of the Haunted Mines and early Christmas shopping. Historic tractor displays were also on display.

The Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival featured donkeys that guests could pet and feed.


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‘Merrily’ at the movies “Merrily We Roll Along” by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth will be shown in a CinemaLive production at the Highlands Ranch 24, 103 Centennial Blvd., Highlands Ranch and Greenwood Plaza 12 theater, 8141 E. Arapahoe Road, at 7 p.m. Oct 23. Originally written in 1981 and not wellreceived, revived Off Broadway in 1994, this London West End revival production, directed by Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman, was a major hit in 2012, earning five stars from British critics. It was filmed at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London. The story starts in 1980 and travels backwards in time through the lives of three friends. The film includes 20 minutes of backstage interviews with cast, crew and guests.

Zombies come in all shapes and sizes, as seen in this horde on Main Street Oct. 5 during downtown Littleton’s annual Zombie Crawl. Photos by Jennifer Smith

The Depot Art Gallery will host a Framing Symposium at Littleton’s Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 21. When one listens to jurors talk about exhibits, they often mention the “presentation of a piece:” i.e. framing — and they are often critical. The Littleton Fine Arts Guild has enlisted local artists and framers to talk about how to frame two-dimensional art — from basic techniques for beginners to new ideas for experienced artists. Discussion will look at photographs, oil paintings, and other framed media. Free and open to the public.

Ghouls just want

to have FUN

Fielder photos

The Highlands Ranch Historical Society will enjoy a multimedia show by photographer John Fielder at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 MacArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch. (Note that this is not on the usual Monday night.) Fielder will present his newest book about “Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream” and “Explore the Africa that No Group Tour Visits.” Admission is free for members and a $1 donation is appreciated from non-members.

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owntown Littleton kicked off the Halloween season — which, yes, is a season in Littleton — with the fifth annual Downtown Littleton Zombie Crawl on Oct. 5. Either the event is catching on or the zombie apocalypse has claimed many more victims, as it draws a bigger crowd each year. Instinctively, hundreds of zombies of all ages gather at Woodlawn Shopping Center at 11 a.m., then stagger down Main Street in a quest to quench their undying need for brains. But instead of feasting on hapless Littleton citizens, Reinke Brothers Halloween and Costume Store lures them in with roasted pig — apparently close enough for zombie sensibilities. The next thing you’ll notice are the pumpkin poles on Main

Lugo at Deep Space Zombie Rudi Monterroso tries to resist dining on his adorable daughter, 3-monthold Anjeli. Street, which you’ll just have to see to understand. They herald the return of the Pumpkin Follies and Goat Show, Oct. 11 in Reinke’s parking lot. Visit for a talent show, spoof of Littleton events and one-ofa-kind acts. Admission is $5; drinks and food will be available for purchase.

‘Mestizo’ opens at Su Teatro center Concert/play based on album from 1973 By Sonya Ellingboe In Denver, we were well aware of the Chicano civil rights movement, so the concert/play inspired by singer/songwriter Daniel Valdez’s album “Mestizo” should be of interest to many local theater lovers. A nationally recognized artist, Valdez is artist in residence at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center in the Santa Fe Arts District through a grant. He will sing songs from the album,

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If you go “Mestizo” plays through Oct. 27 at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District. Nearby parking is available. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Tickets: $20/$17,, 303-296-0219.

and the play created around it is written by longtime Su Teatro director and playwright Anthony J. Garcia. “Mestizo,” which runs through Oct. 27, pictures the movement as seen through the eyes of five young activists during the intense period of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Valdez’s solo album is the first (and only) Chicano album to be issued by a major label, A & M records, in 1973, when a Daniel Valdez concert, “America de los Indios,” caught the ear of famed trumpet player Herb Alpert, the “A” in A & M. “In many ways, `Mestizo’ is the soundtrack of the Chicano movement generation,” playwright Garcia said. “Daniel was writing about both political and personal themes, consequently, we all saw ourselves in his music. His music represents a transition from our Mejicano roots to expressing a Chicano identity.” The album is being remastered and will be issued on a CD. (One finds a fundraising campaign online for it.)

Artist Theresa Lugo of Parker will exhibit her abstract paintings at Parker’s new Deep Space Workplace and Event Center, 11020 S. Pikes Peak Drive. Deep Space is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Her opening will coincide with the venue’s official opening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 19. Registration will be necessary for admission on that date:

Open Studio benefit

Ray Tomasso will host an Open Studio event from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 to benefit the new Englewood Depot Living Museum of Letterpress Printing. The event will be at 2905 S. Elati St., Englewood. It will celebrate design, typography, art, poetry and “all related pursuits.” Funds raised will help to rehabilitate and provide disabled access to the historic depot. Subscriptions will be available for an inaugural portfolio of letterpress prints. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to:

Wind ensemble

The Colorado Wind Ensemble will perform “Blockbusters On and Off Screen” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5895 S. Datura St., Littleton. The program includes music by Gershwin Sonya continues on Page 16


16 Elbert County News

October 17, 2013

Wine event to have something for everyone More than 200 beverages can be sampled By Danny Summers

dsummers@ourcoloradonews. com The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club is getting ready for its annual Wine and Roses & More event, which will take place Oct. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Marriott (3580 Tech Center Drive, Interstate 25, exit 148). As always, the 11th annual event will benefit the Tri-Lakes community. The busy evening is one that the local community and Colorado Springs area looks forward to every year. It is one of the two big fundraisers that the TLWC organizes annually. Attendees can look forward to sampling more than 200 fine wines, beer and spirits provided by the Wine Seller (based in Monument) and served by local celebrities. The wine venders are organized by Dirk Stamp. There will also be a chance to sample food made by on-site chefs from local restaurants such as Bella Panini from Palmer Lake, MoZaic from Palmer Lake, as well as the Monument Texas Roadhouse. For a nightcap, Serranos

Wine and Roses & More will feature over 200 fine wines, beers and spirits. Courtesy photo

Coffee will provide a coffee bar. There will also be a raffle, amazing live auction, and a huge silent auction. “We chose the Marriott because it’s a little more centrally located to Colorado Springs,” said Charlie Ann Hayes, one of the event organizers from the TLWC. Joining Hayes in planning the event are Debbie Kessler and Sally

Stephenson. The list of celebrity pourers is quite impressive. It includes Heather Skold, Brittany Bailey, Jon Karroll and Rachael Path from KRDO-TV, Monument mayor Travis Easton, Palmer Lake mayor Nikki McDonald, Lewis-Palmer School District 38 superentendent John Borman, Air Force Academy head men’s basketball coach Dave

Filipovich, AFA men’s assistant basketball coach Steve Snell, and George Preston from KCMA radio. Hayes said there are at least 70 items in the silent auction, including themed gift baskets, gift certificates and original artwork. The live auction will include trips and watches. “It will have something for everybody,” Hayes said.

Curtain time

World premiere at Su Teatro

“Mestizo,” is described as “a concert and play” by Su Teatro. Inspired by Daniel Valdez’s recording, it will run through Oct. 27 at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver.

It is based on the Chicano civil rights movement, as seen through the eyes of five young activists. Valdez will perform songs from the album. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Valdez is artist-inresidence at Su Teatro for the next year.

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“No Dogs Allowed” by Sonia Manzano, Stephen Lawrence and Billy Aronson is back at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, through Dec. 21. Edith Weiss is director. Performances are at 10 a.m. and noon most Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on select Saturdays. Ticket prices: $8 weekdays and $10 Saturdays. Call for information and to purchase tickets: 720-898-7200 or visit Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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“Oklahoma!” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II plays Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at DU’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, presented by Lamont School of Music. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11$30,, 303-871-7720.

An actor chooses a character and selects text from the play to explore that person. Performances at 5 p.m. Oct. 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 26; 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at Skylite Station, 910 Arts, 910 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. There is a Young Conservatory on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and an Oct. 19 Master Class by Gary Logan, formerly of the National Conservatory. Tickets: $10 includes one drink; food from Nova Catering will be available for purchase. Tickets: 720-226-4455.

Tickets: $20/$17, 303-296-0219, suteatro. org.

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Two big raffle items are certain to grab the attention of a lot of folks. Purple Mountain Jewelry, based in Monument, is making a sterling silver pendent and Brazilian quartz necklace. The other item is a mini refrigerated wine cellar complete with 12 bottles of wine. The main fundraiser for TLWC for many years was the Pine Forest Antiques & Garden Show and Sale. In 2003 they had received $30,000 in grant requests. Figuring the antique show would net approximately $20,000 the TLWC needed at least $10,000 more. TLWC member Jan Vaughn suggested hosting a wine tasting to bring in more money. The first Wine and Roses & More fundraiser took place a week before the antique show and brought in $7,000. Another one took place a few months later and have been held in October ever since. The antique show takes place every spring. All proceeds from the Wine and Roses & More event will go to many of the local nonprofit and educational organizations in the Tri-Lakes area who would otherwise do without essential programs, services and materials. Tickets are $50 per guest and may be purchased on line at www. and at the door. The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club is 501 c3 nonprofit organization, which has given back more than $750,000 to the Tri-Lakes community.

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(“Rhapsody in Blue”) with soloist Agnes Jacquier); Grainger; John Williams (film soundtracks); and new music by composer Laurent Jacquier. Tickets: $10/$12/$5, 303-394-4552.

Call for artists

“Own an Original,” Littleton’s 48th annual juried art show/sale, invites entries at Deadline: Oct. 25. Presented by the Littleton Fine Arts Board at the Littleton Museum. 303-795-3950.

Final Friday reception

Art on the Edge, Greater Castle Rock Arts Guild’s gallery at 314 Wilcox St., Castle Rock, will feature “Intuitive Abstract and Contemporary Art” by Toni Brock from Oct. 22 through Nov. 24, with a reception from 5

Evergreen Players will present Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” Oct. 18 through Nov. 10 at Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen. Len Matheo is director. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20/$16, 303674-4934,

Dame Agatha Christie

“Witness for the Prosecution” by Agatha Christie is presented by Spotlight Theatre Company through Nov. 9 at the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, Denver. Linda Suttle of Littleton is director. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20/$18, thisisspotlight. com, 720-880-8727.

to 9 p.m. Oct. 25. Also new: “In Small Packages” and “Three By Three on the Tree,” small pieces in all mediums, for gift giving (through Dec. 22.) 303-814-3300, gcrag. com.

Littleton’s Thespians

Arapahoe and Heritage high schools present theater productions: • AHS: “Romeo and Juliet” at 7 p.m. Oct. 24-26, 2201 E. Dry Creek Road, Centennial. • HHS: “I Remember Mama” at 7 p.m. Oct. 24-26 plus 2 p.m. Oct. 26. 1401 W. Geddes Ave., Littleton.

Science fiction convention

Mile Hi Con 45 takes place Oct. 18 to 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 7800 W. Tufts Ave., Denver. With writer’s workshops, costume contests, seminars, panels, robotic competition, Japanese anime and more. Registration: 2 p.m. Oct. 18 ($18); 9 a.m. Oct. 19 and 20 ($22). Weekend memberships in advance at http://milehicon45.


Elbert County News 17

October 17, 2013

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show 0,000 While Centennial writer Nancy 0,000Peterson says “Not to Be Forgivughnen” is not really her personal stostingry, she did grow up in Scottsbluff, Neb. (a first grader when Pearl es &Harbor was attacked), and wantce aed to create a picture of a small w andtown and its response to the war. “I wanted readers to know how fewpeople sacrificed and worked toheldgether,” she said. “I wanted to reciquereate that time — the small town, with soldiers on the street.” . Wine Although she had moved away, go toshe and her husband, also a naandtive, moved back to Scottsbluff n thewhen their three sons were teens oth-and “got to talking.” Gradually the pro-idea formed for this book. She said she saw the title . andphrase for her book “out in the” on a fence and it stayed with her. Club After majoring in English and tion,journalism at the University of thanNebraska, as a young mother mmu-she began freelancing. “I wanted something to do at home,” she recalls. Her first published piece was a

short story in a church magazine in 1968. The family lived near Arapahoe Road and she wrote for the Englewood Herald and Aurora Sentinel, the Empire magazine and other regional and national magazines. “I did a lot of traveling on the Great Plains.” Her previous historic book titles include “Walking in Two Worlds,” “People of the Moonshell” (a history of the South Platte River and people who lived near it), “People of the Troubled Water” and “People of the Old Missury.” The novel centers on a family. A young girl, Sis, is the narrator, and the story unfolds through her eyes. Her father is editor of the local newspaper, always trying to stay on top of developing local stories in a time before cell phones and computers. Peterson talked with editors of the Englewood Herald and Littleton Independent about how they produced the news in the period. Sis’ adored older brother enlists and writes from the war front, recalling the horrors he witnesses. Her mother adds reporting duties to her role as a home-

maker. Peterson said some details are from her childhood, such as growing a Victory Garden, joining a community effort to harvest the potato crop, recycling cans, 25cent savings stamps. She spoke of prejudice against a Japanese-American family who ran a café and a German family’s grocery, where a window was broken. And there was a German prisoner of war camp at Scottsbluff, which also plays a part in her story. The narrative is well crafted and details incidents such as the blackout drill, held in many locations across the U.S., in preparation for possible bombing attacks, dilemmas over rationing — could the family get enough gas to drive to Denver for a reunion with the brother before he shipped out? How could Sis make her wornout shoes last until she had a ration coupon for another pair? In conclusion, the book sends out a strong message about what happens when people learn to hate. “It’s real,” Peterson said. Her book is available at her website, and through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, she said. Libraries are

Book cover for ”Not to Be Forgiven,” a historical novel set during World War II. It was written by Nancy Peterson of Centennial, previously of Englewood. Courtesy image ordering it. On Nov. 10, she and author Barbara Wright will speak at the

Denver Women’s Press Club, 1325 S. Logan, about writing historical novels.


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ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) A bid for you to step in and take over an incomplete project could prove to be an excellent learning experience that you can take with you when a new opportunity opens up. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) It’s a good time for socializing, both with family and with friends. Your aspects also favor developing new relationships, any or all of which might become especially meaningful. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your success in handling a recent difficult situation prompts a request to handle another workplace problem. But this is one you should accept only if you get all of the relevant facts.

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CANCER (Jun 21 to July 22) New information about a past decision raises some unsettling questions from an old friend. Be prepared to explain your actions fully and, if necessary, to make adjustments. LEO (July 23 to Aug 22) This is not a good time to share personal secrets, even with someone you’ve known for a long while. What you don’t reveal now won’t come back to haunt you later. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) Pushing yourself to meet a project deadline is admirable. But be careful not to leave out important details in your rush to complete your work and send it off. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Watch that you don’t take on more than you can handle when offering to help someone with a personal problem. There might be hidden factors you weren’t told about. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) That major move you’ve been considering could come sooner than you expected. Make sure you’ll be ready with the facts you need when decision time arrives. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) Languishing relationships can benefit from a break in routine. Get out of the rut and do something new and maybe more than a little unpredictable this weekend. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) Although you don’t think of yourself as a role model, your ability to make a tough decision at this time sets an example for others, who admire your courage. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) You need to move any remaining obstacles out of your way before you can take on a new challenge. Seek advice from close, trusted friends and associates. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) A career change appears increasingly likely to happen during the next several weeks. It’s a good idea to start now to prepare, so you can be ready to make the move when the time comes. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a strong sense of obligation to justice, which inspires others to follow your example and do the right thing. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


18 Elbert County News

October 17, 2013

Pink promotions show true colors You can paint the town pink this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with several pink promotions going on that will encourage you to buy pink, think pink, eat pink or drink pink. Here are some local spots that are thinkin’ pink: Sage Restaurant Group’s Denver-area eateries are having various deals to take a bite out of breast cancer. Throughout the month of October each restaurant will offer pink doughnuts where a portion of proceeds from each doughnut sold will benefit the Denver affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. • Second Home Kitchen + Bar, 150 Clayton Lane: doughnut holes with pomegranate glaze. • Kachina Southwestern Grill, 10600 Westminster Blvd.: Pink Chocolate Beignets with White Chocolate Crème Anglaise. Kachina also features the Prickly Pixie with $1 from each drink sold this month going to Susan G. Komen for The Cure. • The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar, 1401 Curtis St.: Pink Velvet Icing Doughnuts.

Drink pink

Chef Richard Sandoval’s restaurants, Zengo, La Sandia and Tamayo, are honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in

2990 S. Havana St. in Aurora) will donate $50 from every clear “bra” (the kind cars wear) purchased in October and November to Sense of Security. Visit

‘Steaking’ out breast cancer

partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation by donating $1 from the featured drink, Pink Ribbon Agua Fresca, which will be offered through Oct. 31 for $4. Made with fresh watermelon, this traditional Mexican non-alcoholic drink is refreshing and filled with antioxidants. This beverage is one of Sandoval’s favorites since it was a beverage that was served at his grandmother’s dining room table. It’s a drink that not only honors one of the most important women in his life but it also pays homage to his Mexican roots.

Bras for the cause

Infiniti of Denver (ironically located at

Sullivan’s Steakhouse at 1745 Wazee St. is giving a percentage of sales from its “The Sure Thing,” the new $39 prix fixe menu, to breast cancer research this month. Plus, you can choose an eight-ounce premium filet as one of your entrée choices. Complete menu and reservations: www.

Smooth move

Tropical Smoothie Café comes to Colorado with the opening of its first store in the Denver Tech Center, 5332 DTC Blvd. #200, Greenwood Village. Owners Michelle and Kriss Shriver opened their first store in 2010 and currently own three in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nev. The first store celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky on Oct. 14. One lucky text entrant won 52 smoothies for the next year at the Denver Tech location. The franchise was founded in 1997 in Destin, Fla. There are now more than 300

locations in operation.

The seen

Famed Chicago chef Graham Elliot, a featured celebrity chef at the Shamrock Food Show on Oct. 9, told the audience that he had dinner Oct. 8 at Beast + Bottle, followed by an evening of karaoke. Elliot not only owns three eateries in Chicago, he has appeared in “Iron Chef” and twice competed in “Top Chef Masters.” He currently co-stars with Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich on the Fox series “MasterChef.”


Eavesdropping on a man: “You know you are in for a lot of work when our almost 21-month-old daughter is already eye-rolling me.” Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

Artists meet ‘spirit’ challenge By Sonya Ellingboe

“Weathered,” an oil painting by Littleton Fine Arts Guild member Fred Bickle, won second place in the new show, “Artistic Spirit” at the Depot Arts Gallery. Courtesy image

Artist members of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild, who operate and exhibit at the historic Depot Arts Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, entered a new show that challenged them to “express your artistic spirit.” The intent of the challenge was to encourage long-practicing artists to try new techniques in their specialized fields — in materials, style, technique, etc. …

If you go The Depot Art Gallery is at 2069 W. Powers Ave., north of the old courthouse and Buck Recreation Center in Littleton. It is operated by volunteer members of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

The resulting exhibit, “Artistic Spirit,” which runs through Nov. 10, was juried by Denver artist and teacher Patricia Barr Clark, a plein air watercolorist who has painted around the world. She belongs to the Colorado

Watercolor Society and the Plein Air Artists of Colorado. Clark awarded “Best of Show” to Lynette Wilson for her oil painting “Next in Line” and First Place to Pat Dall for her ink-resist watercolor “Ink Resist Pots.” Fred Bickle won second place for his brushwork-intense acrylic painting “Weathered” and third place went to Sally Van Der Kamp for her stained-glass creation “Rocky Mountain Spirit.” Honorable mentions were awarded to Renee Zaccardi, Jennifer Riefenberg and Lynne Furrer.

Square-dance group in its 75th year By Sonya Ellingboe Founded in the summer of 1939, the Kilowatt Eights are the oldest active square dance club in the country and still do-si-doing with regular dances at the Malley Senior Center in Englewood, where the group just held its 74th anniversary dance on Oct. 4. It started as an activity of Public Service Company employees, who danced in the PSC garage, then the lunchroom. (Eventually, PSC ceased to support the club, but it continued

If you go Square dance classes, offered by the Kilowatt Eights, take place on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grandview Grange, 2280 E. Noble Place, Centennial, across from the South Suburban Ice Arena. Call for details and to register: 303-8087387 or 303-759-4862. on its own.) And, for those who need some help with the steps and rhythms, there are weekly classes in team and group dancing, led by longtime callers/instructors Bob Riggs and Mike Darrah, at the Grandview Grange, across from

Poe’s literary legacy portrayed By Sonya Ellingboe

sellingboe@ourcoloradonews. com The Victorian Byers-Evans House Museum’s library offers a suitably spooky atmosphere for its resident theater company to offer a Halloween-appropriate production each year. For 2013, the company’s choice is “Evermore” by Gary Wright in a regional premiere Oct. 18 to Nov. 16. Directed by Ed Berry, it is set in October 1849. Edgar Allan Poe has died recently and his literary executor is compiling Poe’s works for posthumous publication. Dr. Griswold and Poe’s motherin-law Maria Clemm remember the writer’s final years, filled with love, hate, loss and literature. The script includes Poe’s bestknown tales and poems woven in with the dialogue.

If you go Byers-Evans House Museum is located at 1310 Bannock St., Denver, just west of the Denver Art Museum. “Evermore” runs through Nov. 16. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. (No performance Saturday, Nov. 2.) Tickets: $18, 303-620-4933,

Included in the cast is Town Hall Arts Center’s education director Seth Maisel as Poe.

Nancy Flanagan, Michael Gurshstein, Seth Maisel and Kristen Mair will perform in “Evermore” at the Byers-Evans House Museum Theater Oct. 18-Nov. 16. Maisel, who plays Edgar Allan Poe, is education director at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton. Courtesy photo by Meghan Ralph, Soular Radiant Photography

the South Suburban Ice Rink at 2280 E. Noble Place, Centennial. Classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, starting on Oct. 21 — and we are advised by club presidents Karen and Ron Dreher that it’s all right to start a couple weeks late. The Kilowatt Eights flier announcing the classes claims that “an evening of dancing is equal to five miles of walking exercise,” and in a party atmosphere besides. (They are already planning the big 75th on Oct. 3, 2014.) Classes are open to all: single, married, young or old. (No dance skills needed.)


Elbert County News 19

October 17, 2013

42-acre ‘urban center’ planned near I-25 Centennial approves The Jones District By George Lurie

City council has given the green light to a proposed 1.8-million-square-foot, mixed-use project that will be the city’s single largest commercial development. Following its first public hearing on Oct. 7, the city council unanimously approved rezoning and development agreements for The Jones District, a 42-acre “urban center” development that cable and onlineuniversity entrepreneur Glenn Jones plans to build on a large parcel he owns near East Mineral Avenue and Interstate 25. Plans were submitted this past March for the ambitious project, which could cost more than $200 million to build out over a period of 20 to 25 years and will include commercial, retail and residential components in buildings up to 15 stories tall. The proposed development had a favorable hearing before the city’s planning and zoning commission on Aug. 28. Following the OK from council, Mayor Cathy Noon said: “This project is a large, well-thought-out, cohesive development with magnificent potential” and will be a boon for future city tax revenues. Being designed by Barber Architecture Corp. of Denver, The Jones District will be built around a “central green” public space and will feature wide sidewalks and a planned connection to the Dry Creek light rail station. Architect Michael Barber told city councilors Oct. 7 that his firm has been working with Jones on the project for the past 19 months. The proposed development site, which is adjacent to Jones International University’s headquarters and just north of IKEA along I-25, is the city’s largest undeveloped parcel of land under single ownership. Mary Bliss, Jones’ vice president for real estate and facilities, said: “This is the highest and best use for the land and a Class A project we will all be proud of.” Explaining that the development’s pedestrian-friendly street grid and numerous public spaces will emphasize “walkability,” Bliss added: “We’re looking to create a lively nighttime community, one that doesn’t go dark at 5 o’clock.” 2280 The project will be Centennial’s largest asses days, e adand art a

Jones International University in Centennial is near the site that will become a 42-acre “urban center.” Photo by George Lurie private commercial venture to date, dwarfing The Streets of SouthGlenn, which is just over 1 million square feet. Made up mostly of office buildings “compatible in scale with the surrounding buildings to the west,” Barber said the development would also contain “ground floor retail” and possibly a hotel adjacent to I-25. The entire development, Barber added, would feature a “thematic architectural design” with ground floor “arcades to provide for public uses and protection from the elements.” Although the architect has designed up to 20 percent of the project to include residential development, at the public hearing both he and Bliss said that the housing component of their plan “was not a top

priority.” “We left residential in the plan but that is not the emphasis of what we are doing,” said Bliss. The Jones District is the first large-scale development to be proposed using the city’s new “form-based” zoning standards, adopted in 2011. The new Land Development Codes were enacted, according to city officials, to make the zoning process less time-consuming and more predictable and business-friendly, especially for large-scale developments. Jones and his team have yet to announce when they hope to break ground. “The next step, now that we have approval,” said Bliss, “is to move forward with the marketing plan.”

The next step for the project, according to Centennial spokesperson Allison Wittern, is for The Jones District “to bring site plans for specific buildings and parcels to city council. The timing of this,” she added, “depends on what market opportunities present themselves.” Chairman and CEO of Jones International Ltd., Glenn Jones built his Colorado business empire over the past four decades, working first in cable television and, in more recent years, by capitalizing on the growing field of online education. He was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 2013. Following the unanimous council approval for the project on Oct. 7, Noon said, “Congratulations and welcome Jones District! We are very excited.”

Upscale resale store offers name-brand clothing Founders follow up on Plato’s Closet success

uncning es of y ateady 014.) By Jane Reuter mar- skills A resale women’s clothing store that takes off on its enormously popular sister company’s business model

Clerk Danna Waltz talks to a customer at the Clothes Mentor, a resale women’s clothing store newly opened in Lone Tree. Photo by Jane Reuter

opened in Lone Tree Oct. 3. Clothes Mentor, whose founders also launched Plato’s Closet, aims for a more mature demographic than Plato’s Closet’s teens and twenty-somethings customers. It offers high-quality resale clothing, jewelry and accessories. The new Lone Tree store is the fourth Clothes Mentor in Colorado, and is open in the spot most recently occupied by Plato’s Closet at Yosemite Street and Maximus Drive. “We focus on better women’s brands and designer women’s brands in excellent resale condition,” company spokesperson Richard Brill said. “The average price is $11. The overwhelming majority of our items are very, very reasonably priced. “Everything we sell is from local women who sold it to us. It’s got to be name brand and it’s got to be in good condition.” Commonly found brands include Talbots, Ann Taylor, Lilly Pulitzer, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek and Coach. Purses fall on the higher end of the price scale, Brill said, but also offer among the greatest values. A prominent corner of the store is reserved just for them. “The best values are on designer purses,” he said. “Things that might sell for $500 brand-new at the mall can be $100 at Clothes Mentor, or less.” The store’s interior is designed to offer a retail shopping experience at thrift store prices. “We want to create a shopping mall-type experience,” Brill said. “The store looks great. It’s a friendly, family business. It’s warm and bright and clean.” Aurora residents Todd and Marlene Thompson own the Lone Tree store. Their daughter Emily, from Centennial, manages it. The resale concept has caught on, Emily Thompson believes, for a variety of reasons. “I think everyone is just a little more savings-conscious with the economy the way it’s been,” she said. “They’re just spending money more wisely. This is a great way to get those high-end name brands at a lower cost.” Clothes Mentor buys new items continuously, she said,

“so our inventory changes every day.” “We’ve already had a lot of good feedback about the quality of our inventory.” Ohio residents Lynn and Dennis Blum founded Once Upon a Child, a children’s clothing resale chain, in 1991. They later moved up the generational scale to launch Plato’s Closet in 1998 and Clothes Mentor in 2001. About 80 Clothes Mentor stores are open nationwide with 40 more under development and a total of 500 planned, according to the company website. The Lone Tree Plato’s Closet recently moved to a larger space on Park Meadows Drive east of Quebec Street.

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Cardinals roll to homecoming win Elizabeth takes 47-6 victory over Englewood By Scott Stocker

Special to Colorado Community Media There is little doubt that the Elizabeth High School football team delighted the school’s homecoming crowd in the Oct. 11 47-6 victory against visiting Englewood. And it didn’t take long for the Cardinals to score their winning touchdown. Englewood took the opening kickoff down to the Elizabeth 19-yard line, consuming nearly seven minutes on the drive. But Pirates quarterback Isiah Mestas fumbled and the ball was recovered by the Cardinals’ Dallas Reins at the Pirates’ 23-yard line. From there, it only took the Cardinals eight plays to accomplish what would eventually be the game winning touchdown, a 3-yard run by Chase Nicholas with 3:06 left in the quarter. Nicholas took a pitch from quarterback Brady Oliver that gained 20-yards on the drive’s first play. Two other keys in the drive, a 24-yard pass from Oliver to Jordan Bucknam and a 17-yard run by Bucknam, set up the Nicholas touchdown. Coby Cline tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 lead and all the points the Cardinals would actually need.

Elizabeth improved to 5-2 overall with the victory and 2-0 in in the Colorado Seven League. Englewood dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the league. Nicholas would score three more touchdowns on runs of 8, 20 and 8 yards and finish the game with 90 yards rushing. Bucknam also made solid contributions rushing for 93 yards and scoring touchdowns on runs of 5vand 7 yards. In addition, he also caught three passes for 41 yards. “I think we played pretty good and the key was just to stay focused tonight seeing all that has been going on with homecoming,” Nicholas said. “I think it was a favorable night and should help us make the playoffs, something we are all looking forward to. Our defense was solid, such a great effort.” Indeed, the defense was solid for Elizabeth. Reins would recover his second fumble of the night with 4:59 left in the second quarter while helping to hinder the Englewood offensive effort through the game. “I had a great game tonight,” Reins said. “We all did. And, it was nice to pull off a win in homecoming. I think I could have played better, though. The two interceptions were nice, but overall, we still have a lot to work on. We were able to run the ball hard and it was good to come out with a fine win on a special night.” Oliver would score the second Elizabeth

touchdown with 49 seconds left in the first quarter on a 70-yard run that virtually went unnoticed by the Englewood defense until Oliver was wide open heading down the left side of the field. Cline’s kick made it 14-0. Oliver would finish the night completing 6-of-10 passes for 87 yards. He was intercepted twice, once by Englewood’s Jacob Wade with 8:32 left in the second quarter and by Nathan Medina with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter. Yet the Pirates were unable to take advantage of either. “Despite the score they battled against us,” said Oliver. “But we played well. I pulled off the fake to Jordan and was able to get the long run. The key has been to work hard and I just try to produce on offense the best I can. Homecoming can take a lot out of you, but we just wanted to go out and produce.” Nicholas would tack on his second touchdown with 8:24 left in the third quarter and his third on the Cardinals first play of the fourth quarter at 11:54. His final came with 7:00 left in the game. And, it was a score that got the clock running for the remainder of the game. Brandon Beshore, who plays at tight end and defensive back, also had an outstanding night for Elizabeth. And, he is looking for his team to finish strong down the stretch. “We expected a challenge from Engle-

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wood, but we came on strong,” Beshore said. “I had to do my job, as we all did. Our team has been up and down this season, but right now, we have to be more up and more physical as we go through our second half of the season.” Homecoming and all the various school activities through the week can sometimes put the home standing team on its heels. It was something that Cline had to consider as the week went on. “We were able to adjust to the distractions of homecoming,” Cline said. “The kids have great spirits, but we came in a bit fatigued. Englewood fought well against us, but I’m proud of the way our kids came through. Wade led the night for Englewood, rushing for 93 yards. “I only want to go out and do the job expected of me and leave it all on the field,” Wade said. “I’ve just got to keep it up for the rest of the season. Elizabeth had it in the groove. I’ve had a good season so far. I want to keep my head up.” Definitely the thoughts, too, for Englewood coach Jay Graves. “We’ve been banged up and we made to many mistakes,” Graves said. “Elizabeth is tough and it frustrated us. We scored on that hidden ball trick and Justin took advantage, but we just ended up turning the ball over too many times.”

Moreno gets his footing as Denver running back Player’s star seemed to be fading, but this season marks a turnaround By Arnie Stapleton Associated Press

Chaparral’s Ashley Diefenback pushes to cross the finish line at the Oct. 9 Continental League cross country meet. The course had a 100-meter hill that runners had to ascend twice. Photo by Tom Munds

Knowshon Moreno is finally living up to his billing as the first running back selected in the 2009 NFL draft. Pedestrian as a rookie. Spotty his second season. Injured in his third. Benched a year ago. Third-stringer this summer. Now, he’s a major part of Peyton Manning’s prolific offense that’s the best the NFL has ever seen through five weeks of a season, even if Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy thinks Moreno stinks. Contrary to McCoy’s assessment, there’s no denying that Moreno is among the league’s top rushers. “Well, I think he’s just matured,” Broncos coach John Fox said. Moreno helped seal unbeaten Denver’s 51-48 escape from Dallas in Week 5 when he gained just enough real estate on third-andinches but not enough to accidentally cross the goal line. That “first-down fall-down” allowed the Broncos to keep the ball out of redhot Tony Romo’s hands and trot out Matt Prater for the winning field goal as time expired. McCoy, who leads the league with 514 yards rushing for Philadelphia (2-3), might be mad that he was drafted 41 spots behind Moreno, or he could be smarting from losing to the Broncos by 32 points in Week 4. He wouldn’t say. In the AFC, only Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster have more than Moreno’s 331 yards rushing, and Denver’s fifth-year back has four touchdown runs and a career-best 5.1 yards a carry. This is all quite a change of fortune for Moreno, who was former

coach Josh McDaniels’ first draft choice, No. 12 overall in 2009, out of Georgia. And it’s quite a rebirth for a player who was basically an insurance policy this summer. Moreno had gotten hurt in the playoffs in January and while he continued his recovery, Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball battled for the No. 1 running back job in training camp. Both made enough youthful mistakes to open the door for Moreno, who has a tight grip on both the ball and the featured role now. Moreno, who ran for 93 yards and a touchdown Oct. 6, traces his inspiration to his benching last season when a case of the fumbles led to eight consecutive game-day deactivations. “Yeah, I feel like if someone does go through something like that, it is motivation,” Moreno said. “You want to get back and do the right things to get back into that No. 1 role. Everyone wants No. 1. Coach says it all the time, if something were to happen, it’s next guy up, so I always had that in the back of my mind that if I ever do get that call again to make the most of it.” His chance came when Willis McGahee blew out a knee in November. Moreno ran for 510 yards and three scores in the final six games, but got hurt early in Denver’s playoff loss to Baltimore. And the Broncos were unable to run out the clock in the fourth quarter with an undersized Hillman. Hillman bulked up in the offseason to 195 pounds and Denver drafted Ball, the 215-pound bruiser who set the NCAA record with 83 touchdowns at Wisconsin. While all eyes were on them, Moreno — the Broncos’ biggest back at 220 pounds — quietly got healthy and brought fresh legs and experience to the equation, winning the featured role in the backfield by August’s end.


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Rob Boardman’s passing shocks Larkspur residents By Virginia Grantier There was this Larkspur resident, Rob Boardman, 47, who always seemed to be there if someone needed him — even though he had fragile, elderly parents to watch over and a auto-body business to run. “He was a wonderful kid, always wanted to help everybody,” said Larkspur Mayor Gerry Been, who has known Boardman since he really was a kid. Boardman, a 1984 Douglas County High School graduate, had a lot of nicknames: “Burn” was one, maybe because he was a volunteer Larkspur firefighter for 24 years.

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He took care of a lot of people in this town of maybe 200 and he didn’t have to travel far to do it. His family’s auto-body business is in the heart of town. He could reach most of the people and places within a block or two. There was the elderly couple who didn’t have family around and counted on him. And then even after they died, he still kept up the yard on their vacant house. Post office workers knew he’d always Boardman be there if someone had a dead battery. The clerk at the Larkspur Country Store said she knew he’d always be there if she needed help carrying something or repairing something. Marvin Cardenas, a local artist, said he thinks the first time he met Rob was because Rob offered to help him clean up the trashy yard of the house Cardenas had just rented. Even a local gray squirrel had become attached to him, and became a pet, after boldly walking into Boardman’s garage one day while Boardman was eating peanuts. He always had a corny joke to tell and was always smiling, several people said. “He was a shining star for a lot of people,” Cardenas said. Now suddenly he’s gone. He didn’t smoke, didn’t drink — even when he went with his Dad regularly into the Spur, a town pub and café, it was to buy a soda pop and candy out of the machine, said Pam Ramsour, 53, waitress and bartender. But his good heart wore out, anyway. He reportedly went into a local hospital because of breathing problems, had complications, and in the middle of the night on Sept. 29 died of a heart attack. Now, a town says it’s heartbroken. “He never hurt anyone,” said Jana Medina, a clerk at the Larkspur Country Store. “Why did it have to be him?” “It was quite a shocker to the whole community,” said Larkspur Town Manager Matt Krimmer. Been encouraged anyone who wanted to, to put their flags at half-staff for Boardman that week. So Larkspur’s flag in the town park was halfway down to honor kindness, as were private flags on either end of town. “I was on many (fire) scenes with him,” said Charles Walden, division chief for the Larkspur Fire Protection District. “I’ve never heard him raise his voice … never complained.”

He remembers seeing Rob, who never married, always helping his parents. His dad used an oxygen tank and he’d help him get around. It was pretty much expected everyone would be there for Rob — on Oct. 7 at the 10 a.m. funeral service and burial and then at a reception at the fire department. “It’s going to be really big,” Been said prior to the funeral. The antique fire truck that Boardman was in the process of restoring for parades and such might not be there. But the rest of a major fire department procession planned to be there. Boardman’s gone, and he was the “right arm, left arm, both legs,” for his elderly parents, Cardenas said. But Larkspur knows where his parents live. And the elderly couple has been getting a lot of visits. “I’ve been over there four or five times today,” said one resident.

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Big issues at stake in Douglas election Vouchers, pay protocol among controversial reform efforts By Jane Reuter The Douglas County School District is in the midst of what Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen recently called “the most rigorous transformation plan in American public education.” The arguments surrounding that effort are varied, some distinct to Douglas County and others similar to those surrounding education reform nationwide. That makes the Nov. 5 school board election — which could signal a shift in the school board’s direction — the focus of national attention. The race for four seats on the sevenmember board features eight candidates, four favoring the board’s reform efforts and four looking for a change in direction. Controversy has surrounded almost every step of the major educational reforms introduced by DCSD, starting with the voucher program in 2011. The many other reform pieces include a redesign of the teachers’ pay-for-performance system first introduced in 1993, and a market-based pay scale believed to be the first in the nation implemented at the K-12 level. District officials and reform supporters say Douglas County is leading the way, with programs and systems that will serve as a

model for other districts across the country as the United States attempts to restore its academic record. The plans also give parents control and choice over their individual child’s education, a role reformers see as logical and appropriate. Some community members who see DCSD as a test case for the nation question the level of research behind and validity of the changes, their implementation, lack of community input, and teacher morale they say is declining in the reforms’ wake. They also question the ultimate goal, with some speculating the current method of reform will lead to socioeconomic segregation and underfunded public schools. Bill Mathis, managing director of the Boulder-based National Education Policy Center, says evidence shows the reforms that date back as far as three decades remain unproven. “The whole set of neo-liberal reforms has not proven itself to be particularly effective,” Mathis said. “The top-down, testbased reform strategies which include privatization have just simply not paid off. The gains have been so small as to be not meaningful from a policy point of view. They certainly don’t close the achievement gap.” Stanford University professor Eric Hanushek says the reforms not only work, they are necessary to ensure the country’s economic future. Hanushek points specifically to two reforms — pay-for-performance and vouchers — he thinks have a positive, combined effect on the quality of education. “What both of these do is to set up a set

of incentives that try to lead you to better teachers,” he said. “Pay-for-performance correctly rewards those that are doing well and doesn’t reward those that aren’t doing as good. “Vouchers are such that if somebody’s in a school and doesn’t feel they’re being served well by the teachers in the school, they have the option to go somewhere else. So there’s an incentive for the schools to try to keep their students by providing betterquality education. Everybody potentially wins — except perhaps the people in the current system that don’t want to change.” Additionally, Hanushek said, “The voucher system is just giving parents more choice, which seems like a sensible idea to many of us.” In Mathis’ eyes, vouchers’ effects have a broader, more concerning effect. “It will not give you much educational improvement if they follow the national record,” he said. “But I’d look out for the segregation effects. What happens is, you get tremendous amounts of socioeconomic segregation that occurs as a result. Affluent children go to schools with other affluent children. Groups segregate by religion and other identifiers. That’s troublesome in a nation in which we have such huge economic disparities. Feeding this type of segregation is not good for democracy.” Hanushek said vouchers present, “a little tendency toward economic segregation, but there’s also great advantage in providing stronger incentives for schools to do better.” Both men acknowledged the reform

movement attracts support from conservative organizations — locally including Americans for Prosperity and the Independence Institute — but they disagree on the reason. “Part of it is ideological in terms of being anti-government,” Mathis said. “Public schools are seen as government where they would prefer a market-based orientation. Also, (reform) is seen by some as defunding education and lowering the profile of government. “If you scratch a little deeper you have to ask questions about who profits by a set of policies that segregate people.” Hanushek believes the interest stems from concern about American student performance falling behind that of other countries. “There’s a group of people and organizations that think we have to do a lot to reform our schools,” he said. Some of their concerns are similar to the views he expresses in his book “Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School.” “The basic message is the future of the country depends upon improving our schools,” he said. “Some of the outside philanthropists believe these institutes — payfor-performance and vouchers — are ways to move the whole nation forward. “All other things being equal, nations that have more pay-for-performance or more choice in schools do better than other nations,” Hanushek said. “I think that there’s a lot of international evidence that supports these reforms as ways to improve schools.”

Parker gives nod to development 52 acres rezoned for Stroh Crossing By Chris Michlewicz Parker Town Council unanimously voted to rezone 52 acres of land to allow for a new neighborhood and a strip of commercial uses along South Parker Road. Council voted 5-0 to approve an amendment to the Stroh Crossing Planned Development Guide Oct. 7 that paves the way for a maximum of 135 singlefamily homes and 8.4 acres of retail/commercial uses on the northeast corner of South Parker Road and Stroh Road. The land had previously been designated for 300,000 square feet of retail and 80,000 square feet of office uses. The property owner, Service Star Development Company LLC, requested a change to residential de-

velopment, partly because there are no longer plans for a connection from Stroh Road to Interstate 25 that would have brought more traffic to the site. Commercial “zoning is simply not feasible” at the location or in the current market, and the 75-foot grade change is not conducive to retail development, said Kurt Wolter, who is representing the broker, Trevey Land and Commercial. Two out of the roughly 20 residents who attended the Oct. 7 town council meeting spoke out against the amendment, including Bill Lundell, the HOA president and primary spokesman for Butterfield, a rural-residential neighborhood directly to the east of the Stroh Crossing property. He pleaded with council for “meaningful” concessions on housing density, transition between neighborhoods and traffic. Lundell argued against approv-


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f be-Associated Press ublic they Every passing month and unanswered tion.resume dimmed Jim Glay’s optimism more. ndingSo with no job in sight, he joined a growgov-ing number of older people and created his own. ve to In a mix of boomer individualism and et ofeconomic necessity, older Americans have fueled a wave of entrepreneurship. The retemssult is a slew of enterprises such as Crash per-Boom Bam, the vintage drum company oun-that 64-year-old Glay began running from a spare bedroom in his apartment in 2009. gani- The business hasn’t made him rich, but o re-Glay credits it with keeping him afloat when no one would hire him. o the “You would send out a stack of 50 renger-sumes and not hear anything,” said Glay, meri-who had been laid off from a sales job. “This has saved me.” f the The annual entrepreneurial activity reourport published in April by the Kansas City, phi-Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Founpay-dation found the share of new entreprewaysneurs ages 55 to 64 grew from 14.3 percent in 1996 to 23.4 percent last year. Entrepretionsneurship among 45- to 54-year-olds saw a e orslight bump, while activity among younger oth-age groups fell. that The foundation doesn’t track startups thatby those 65 and older, but Bureau of Labor proveStatistics data show that group has a higher rate of self-employment than any other age group. Part of the growth is the result of the overall aging of America. But experts say

older people are flocking to self-employment both because of a frustrating job market and the growing ease and falling cost of starting a business. “It’s become easier technologically and geographically to do this at older ages,” said Dane Stangler, the research and policy director at Kauffman. “We’ll see continued higher rates of entrepreneurship because of these demographic trends.” Paul Giannone’s later-life move to start a business was fueled not by losing a job, but by a desire for change. After nearly 35 years in information technology, he embraced his love of pizza and opened a Brooklyn, N.Y., restaurant, Paulie Gee’s, in 2010. Giannone, 60, had to take a second mortgage on his home, but he said the risk was worth it: The restaurant is thriving and a second location is in the works. “I wanted to do something that I could be proud of,” he said. “I am the only one who makes decisions and I love that. I haven’t worked in 3½ years, that’s how it feels.”

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Some opt for a more gradual transition. Al Wilson, 58, of Manassas, Va., has kept his day job as a program analyst at the National Science Foundation while he tries to attract business for Rowdock, the snug calf protector he created to ward off injuries rowers call “track bites.” Though orders come in weekly from around the world, they’re not enough yet for Wilson to quit his job. “At this stage in my life, when I’m looking at in the near future retiring, to step out and take a risk and start a business, there was some apprehension,” Wilson said. “But it’s kind of rejuvenated me.” Mary Furlong, who teaches entrepre-

neurship at Santa Clara University and holds business startup seminars for boomers, says older adults are uniquely positioned for the move because they are often natural risk-takers who are passionate about challenges and driven by creativity. There can be hurdles. Though most older entrepreneurs opt to create at-home businesses where they are the only employee, even startup costs of a couple thousand dollars can be prohibitive for some. Also, generating business in an online economy is tougher if the person has fewer technological skills. Furlong said many who start businesses later in life do so as a follow-up to a successful career from which they fear a layoff or have endured one. “The boomers are looking to entrepreneurship as a Plan B,” she said.” Antoinette Little would agree. She spent 20 years at a law firm, starting as a legal secretary and working her way up to manage the entire office. The stress of working 80 hours or 90 hours a week and always being on call started taking a toll. After being diagnosed with an enlarged heart, she said, “The doctor told me either quit or you’re going to die.” Little took a series of culinary classes and found a new passion, opening Antoinette Chocolatier in Phillipsburg, N.J. She misses her previous career and, though the store is now in the black, the profits aren’t robust. Still, she says she is having fun making chocolate, particularly when children press their noses against the glass doors to the store’s kitchen. “I’m my own boss and you get to eat your mistakes,” she said. “How bad could it be?”

THINGS TO DO OCT. 23 AUTHOR VISIT. Local author and Elbert High School teacher Ray Hornbeck-Kaiser will visit the Elbert Library in the school from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Hornbeck-Kaiser is the author of “1 to 5 Weight Loss without Dieting: Guide to the Low-Carb Regimen.” Losing weight without dieting is a key to weight loss success. With clear, easy to follow steps, menus and recipes, this delightful book demonstrates the process. Admission is free. Come join us and hear about his strategy for healthier living, and sample some low-carb snacks. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. Contact Elbert Library at 303-648-3533. OCT. 26 HARVEST FESTIVAL. The Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Harvest Festival from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 on Main Street in Elizabeth. Food, music, games and more. Spend an afternoon in Elizabeth for a safe Halloween by coming for trickor-treat street throughout the town and enjoying games, vendors, food, and more on Main Street. Visit OCT. 27, Nov. 24 WOMEN’S BREAKFAST. The Elbert Woman’s Club

anchwill have its monthly breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. cres.Sunday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Russell fieldGates Mercantile Community Hall. Biscuits, gravy, pablesausage, ham, scrambled eggs, coffee/tea and juice me isare served for $6/adults and $3/children under 12. The hall is located in Elbert on Elbert Road between pertyHighways 86 and 24, 11 miles south of Kiowa. opri-Proceeds support the maintenance and renovation of abin,the hall, built in 1906. offee NOV. 9 will untilTOY RUN. The EC Riders 10th annual toy run is nces.from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Registration is from offer8-10 a.m. at the Stagecoach in Franktown, with padbreakfast available for a small fee. An 8-mile parade elop-of vehicles, including Marines, motorcycles, old cars and the Elizabeth Fire Department, will start at 10 menta.m. in Franktown and parade through Elizabeth, ap-ending at Casey Jones Park for everyone to enjoy eforedoor prizes, a 50/50 raffle, auction, food and fun. The cost of admission is a new unwrapped toy or andcash donation for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys Jack-for Tots Campaign.  All money and toys stay in and r thesupport the children of Elbert County. Call 303-4352793 or go to

raphy, 276 E. Kiowa Ave. in Elizabeth. Meet Kimberly and see what wonderful memories she can create for you. Also hosted by 2 Chics and a Kitchen. Other hosts include Donya Lewis of Mary Kay Cosmetics and Peggy Roos of Geiger Inc. Refreshments will be served. Network with other local business people. Everyone is welcome. Call the Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce at 303-646-4287 or director@ 

THE OUTBACK Express is a public transit service

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

DIVORCE AND Post-Decree Clinic. Elbert and Lincoln County Pro Se Divorce Clinic is offered from 9 a.m. to noon the third Friday of each month at the Elbert County Justice Center, 751 Ute St., in Kiowa. For information, call 303-520-6088 or email The clinic is free for parties who have no attorney and who are going through dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or postdecree cases. All walk-ins are welcome, and will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. DOUGLAS-ELBERT COUNTY Music Teachers’ Association meets at 9 a.m. every first Thursday at Parker Bible Church, between Jordan and Chambers on Main Street. All area music teachers are welcome. Call Lucie Washburn, 303-814-3479. THE ELBERT County Sheriffs Posse is a nonprofit volunteer organization that is part of the Elbert County Sheriffs Office. As volunteers we support the Elbert County Sheriffs Office, all law enforcement in our county, and the community at large. Membership is open to anyone without a criminal record. It meets the last Monday of the month at the Elbert County Sheriffs Office at 7 p.m. For more information or a membership application, go to http://www., or contact Dave Peontek at 303-646-5456.

NOV. 14

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


ELIZABETH GUITAR Group. Elizabeth guitar circle

Chamber of Commerce presents business after hours from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Through Your Eyes Photog-

will meet on the first and second Wednesday of each month at the Elizabeth Library. Traditional protocol/

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

LAWYERS AT the Library, a free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be offered from 6-9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Elizabeth Library, 651 W. Beverly St. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process and procedure for the areas of family law, civil litigation, criminal defense, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlordtenant law and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome. Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis. MYSTERY BOOK Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Simla Public Library. The group enjoys talking about a variety of mystery authors and titles. We also periodically host a Colorado author during our meetings. Everyone may join us, and registration is not required. Visit the Simla Branch of the Elbert County Library District at 504 Washington Avenue, call 719-541-2573, or email OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets from 10-11

a.m. and from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Sedalia Room at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 2100 Meadows Parkway, Castle Rock.

SATURDAY GENEALOGY Fun meets at the Elbert Public Library at 1 p.m. on the seocnd Saturday of each month. Beginning to advanced genealogy enthusiasts are invited to attend. The Elbert Public Library is in the Elbert School library at 24489 Main Street in Elbert. Call 303-648-3533 for more information. SENIORS MEET in Elizabeth every Monday at 11

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar submissions must be

received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. Send information to calendar@, attn: Elbert County News. No attachments. Listings are free and run on a spaceavailable basis.

Newfangled approach

Most boomer businesses are not brickand-mortar establishments like those of Little and Giannone. Jeff Williams, who runs BizStarters, which has helped Glay and thousands of other boomers start businesses, says most older entrepreneurs want to make a minimal investment, typically less than $10,000, to get off the ground. He classifies about 40 percent of his clientele as “reluctant entrepreneurs” who are turning to their own business because they can’t find any other work. Williams said owning a business also gives older adults the flexibility they desire and a sense of control while remaining active. “To suddenly leave the corporate world and to be sitting around the house all day long? This is an alien concept to boomers,” he said. Glay says he needed the paycheck, but starting his business was also about keeping his mind engaged. He had worked for the same record company for 23 years when he was told to meet his boss at an airport hotel, where the bad news was delivered. Though Crash Boom Bam hasn’t come close to replacing an annual income that crept into six figures, Glay says he’s busier than ever now, between the business, regular drumming gigs, and part-time work at a bookstore and a wine-tasting event company. Sitting among shelves full of drums and their shimmering chrome, he is reflective thinking about what his business means. “The satisfaction of doing what I’m doing now is much greater, but the money is less,” he said. “Even if it’s not making me a millionaire, I know what it’s doing for my head. There’s no price you could put on that.”

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October 17, 2013

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