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Recreational marijuana industry banned Change in ballot wording delays final action on ordinance By Tom Munds The Englewood City Council approved an ordinance on second reading prohibiting all aspects of the recreational marijuana industry in the city. However, they elected to amend the wording of a proposed advisory ballot issue

on the subject, which means final approval will be delayed at least two weeks. The vote on the ordinance establishing the ban was 5-2, with Mayor Pro Tem Jim Woodward and Councilmember Joe Jefferson voting against it. During the discussion of the issue, Jefferson said he would vote no because he feels the action ignores the fact that Englewood residents overwhelmingly voted to approve Amendment 64, legalizing the recreational marijuana industry. Woodward said he also voted no for the same reason. Councilmember Rick Gillit said he would vote yes on the ordinance because, while it prevents the industry from coming

into Englewood, it in no way restricts individuals from growing or using recreational marijuana. The newly passed ordinance first defines recreational marijuana cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities and retail stores, and then prohibited establishing any of these facilities or stores in Englewood. In a separate action, the city council considered an ordinance placing an advisory question on the November ballot regarding the ban of all recreational marijuana facilities and stores. Councilmember Jill Wilson said she felt the way the proposed ballot question was

written didn’t clearly state that the ban places no restriction on the personal use or residents’ ability to grow their own recreational marijuana as allowed by Amendment 64. Following a lengthy discussion, the council agreed to amend the ballot issue wording, to point out the proposal would not have an impact on personal rights regarding use and growing recreational marijuana, existing medical marijuana businesses, personal caregivers or patients. Because the proposed ordinance was significantly amended, it will have to be considered for a final reading. That action is tentatively scheduled to take place at the May 20 council meeting.

Election overhaul advances


Republicans incensed over proposed changes By By Vic Vela A major Democrat-sponsored overhaul to how elections are conducted in Colorado passed the Senate on May 2, much to the chagrin of incensed Republicans who uniformly object to the effort. House Bill 1303 — the “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act” — would make substantial changes to the state’s voting and registration process, primarily by allowing residents the Report ability to register to vote all the way up through Election Day. Also, every registered voter would receive a ballot in the mail. That includes socalled “inactive voters” — those who currently do not receive mail ballots because they did not vote in the previous election. The bill essentially does away with polling precincts as we know them, and instead sets up “polling centers” where any eligible voter can show up to cast a ballot. Democrats believe the bill modernizes elections and allows for greater involvement in the voting process. “At the end of the day, all we will find is that more people who are registered to vote will do so,” said Senate Majority Leader Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora. Democrats are touting this as a bipartisan piece of legislation, because the vast majority of county clerks in the state support the measure, including those who are Republican. But Republicans senators were apoplectic over the bill, which they dubbed the “Voter Fraud Act.” They argue that allowing


Ashley Corente, a student at Cherrelyn Elementary School in Englewood, poses with a pair of lizards at the annual school carnival May 4. Along with carnival games, cotton candy and a dunk tank, kids and parents were treated to a reptile petting zoo hosted by Canyon Critters, a reptile rescue based in Golden. Photo by Deborah Grigsby

Names added to law enforcement memorial Recognition given to five who died on duty in 2012 By Glenn Wallace

gwallace@ourcoloradonews. com Five names were added to the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial on the morning of May 3. The ceremony was attended by nearly 300 family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers of the five officers who all died in the line of duty in 2012. Those honored included Englewood Police Detective

Jeremy Bitner, Denver Police Officer Celina Hollis, Colorado Springs Police Officer Matthew Tyner, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Captain Leide William DeFusco, and Lakewood Police Agent James Jeffery Davies. Family members of the fallen officers were given seats at the front of the ceremony. Several could be seen placing flowers at the base of the memorial, after the ceremony. An additional 10 names were added, based on historic research. The historic inclusions had death dates ranging from 1873 to 1966. In total, 250 names are now written on the memorial. James H. Davis, Executive


Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety conducted the ceremony, held by the memorial, located Bitner in front of the Colorado State Patrol headquarters in Golden. Davis said that it was hard for him to speak about the sacrifices made by those who died in the line of duty, defending the citizens of Colorado. “But this memorial is our duty, to serve and protect their memory,” Davis said.Davis added that the sacrifices of the surviving family members should also be remembered. The captains of the Denver, Colorado Springs, Lakewood and Englewood Police Departments, as well as Pueblo’s Sheriff all placed wreaths at the base of the memorial, in honor of the officers who died under their command. The ceremony included the singing of the national anthem, Lakewood Police Department

Honor Guard provided a 21-gun salute, and at the end a flock of white doves was released. Bitner died May 28, 2012, when he got out of his vehicle during a traffic stop and was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Bitner, a Centennial resident, left behind a wife and two young children. Conner Donohue, 21, has pleaded guilty to four felony charges and a misdemeanor charge in connection with the incident that cost Bitner his life and injured the motorist that Bitner had pulled over. Donohue pleaded guilty on Feb. 22 to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, and driving under the influence. He is scheduled for sentencing May 31. The collision that killed Bitner took place on Broadway, just north of the Littleton border. Donohue allegedly sped away from the scene but was stopped about three miles south by Littleton police.

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Concert series lineup announced Classic rock kicks off Sounds of Summer By Tom Munds Music will once again fill the city amphitheater with Englewood’s announcement of the lineup for the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. A group called Boomers kicks off the series June 13, playing classic rock from the 1960s through the 1990s. Free concerts are held Thursday evenings, and the series wraps up Aug. 8 with a group called Off the Record playing a variety of dance music. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. in the amphitheater, located at the base of the bridge leading to the Englewood Light Rail Station. There is no charge for admission and, while chairs are set up on the grassy area in front of the stage, concert-goers are invited to bring their own. In case of threatening weather, call 303-762-2598 for information on whether or not the concert will go on as planned. Beatrice Willows smiled as she looked over the concert schedule. “My friends and I love the concert series.

Oh, we like some groups better than others but we usually come to at least listen to a sample of the music. If we like it, we stay. If not, we leave,� she said. “Four of my girlfriends meet at my house and we walk to the amphitheater. We are all retired and a free night of entertainment is welcome, so we are glad to see Englewood is continuing the concerts.� This year’s schedule is: s *UNE  ˆ "OOMERS PLAYING CLASSIC rock from the 1960s through the 1990s s*UNEˆ4UMBLING$ICE PLAYINGOLD and new country hits s *UNE  ˆ 3OLAR PLAYING ALTERNATIVE pop and rock s*ULYˆ7ILLIEANDTHE0O"OYS PLAY ing rock, Motown, funk and blues s *ULY  ˆ "LUZINATORS PLAYING JUMP blues, big band swing and traditional blues s *ULY  ˆ "ETTER THE "ISCUITS PLAYING original fun and contemporary folk music s !UG  ˆ #OLORADO 3WING PLAYING BIG band and swing tunes s!UGˆ/FFTHE2ECORDPLAYINGAVARI ety of dance band music Englewood began the summer concert series in 1994 thanks to grant funding from THE!RAPAHOE#OUNTY#ULTURAL$ISTRICT The grant funding ended after the 1999 concert season, but because of the popular-

SCHOOL CALENDAR Bishop Elementary School 3100 S. Elati St., 303-761-1496 s-AY Incoming kindergartners are invited to Cub Club at 9:30 a.m. Clayton Elementary School 4600 S. Fox St., 303-781-7831 s-AY Family Literacy night will be at 5 p.m. Cherrelyn Elementary School 4500 S. Lincoln St., 303-761-2102 s-AY The school’s annual fun run will be held with kindergartners through third-graders starting at 9 a.m. and fourth- through sixth-

graders starting at 9:45 a.m. Charles Hay World School 3195 S. Lafayette St., 303-761-8156 s-AY Kindergarten game night at 5:30 p.m. Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School 2323 W. Baker Ave., 303-934-5786 s-AY The CFAHS prom will be held from 7 to PMATTHE$ENVER0RESS#LUB Englewood High School 3800 S. Logan St., 303-806-2266 s-AY Seniors’ farewell assembly and luau.

People bring lawn chairs and blankets to the CityCenter Amphitheater for a Sounds of Summer concert last year. This year’s concerts begin June 13. File photo ity of the free concerts, the Englewood City Council approved funding to continue the program. Originally, the concerts were held AT THE 0LAZA AT ,ITTLE $RY #REEK 7ITH THE

construction of the amphitheater as part of the City Center Englewood development, the decision was made in 2003 to move the concert series to the new venue.

INSIDE THE HERALD THIS WEEK Focus on area. Photographer Andy Marquez, who has opened a Littleton gallery, is staging an exhibit of local images. Page 17

Plans for depot. The city has chosen members of a committee that will evaluate proposals to buy the historic Englewood depot. Page 5

Going strong. Englewood’s girls soccer team wound up its regular season with a threegame win streak. Page 22

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Englewood graduation set for May 18 Class of 2013 includes 167 candidates for diplomas By Tom Munds

The Englewood High School Class of 2013 is unique. art of It members are the final EHS class to finment,ish their education in the high school facile theity as it is today. The students completed their senior year attending classes accompanied by the growl of heavy equipment that filled the halls, underlining the fact that work is underway to change the face of their alma mater forever. They watched the pool be demolished and other parts of the school be torn down to make way for construction of a sevenththrough 12th-grade campus on the EHS site. As part of that project, while school is closed this year for Christmas break, all high school classrooms and operations will be moved into the newly finished wing that will eventually house Englewood Middle School. Members of the Class of 2013 who leave Englewood and return after December 2014 will find a new, modern campus, and will

CLASS OF 2013 INFORMATION Commencement: 9 a.m., May 18 in the Englewood High School Stadium School enrollment: 614 Graduation candidates: 167 School mascot: Pirate Senior class officers: President, Jeff Donahoo; vice president/secretary Maddie Avjean Class song: “Young Blood� by 3oh!3 Class motto: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.� — Albert Einstein Class flower: Snapdragon Honor teachers: Mark Fornnarino; Beth Hankle; Rachel Hankle; Belinda Hayes; Samuel Irving

find the only structures that avoided the wrecking ball were the auditorium and the field house. Currently, there are 167 candidates to make the traditional march from the field house down to the stadium and onto the football field for their commencement ceremonies on May 18. This will be the only class to make the march to their seats while seeing all the work underway on the north end of their school that is undergoing a complete makeover.

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Stoned-driving limit gets OK in Legislature


Governor expected to sign measure into law By Vic Vela

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Customers check out the new layout during the April 27 reopening of the Englewood Country Buffet. The restaurant closed for six days to complete a makeover of the inside. Photo by Tom Munds

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It’s been a long and winding road, but the Colorado General Assembly has finally passed a driving-stoned standard for motorists. The measure — which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper — establishes a marijuana blood standard by which it is illegal to get behind the wheel. “Smoke and walk. Smoke and take the bus. Smoke and grab a cab. Smoke and call a friend. Smoke and ride a horse. Smoke and take the light rail,” said Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, a bill sponsor, during a recent Senate debate. “Just don’t smoke and drive. Your life and every other citizen’s life on the highway is at risk. The bill passed the Senate May 7 on a 23-12 vote, after it had previously cleared the House by an even wider margin. The bill limits drivers to five nanograms per milliliter of blood for active THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. But that limit would be known as a “permissible inference” standard by which a person is considered to be under the influence of the drug. However, a defendant can rebut in court whether he or she was actually impaired. That’s different from a strict “per se” standard, such as the 0.08 percent blood-alcohol concentration used to prosecute drunken drivers. Opposition to the bill knew no party lines. Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver,

voted no on the legislation, arguing that there are laws already on the books that make it illegal for people to drive while impaired. “What’s the problem we’re trying to solve here?” Steadman said. And Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, cautioned that a driving-stoned limit could lead to “too many false positives,” due to residual amounts of the drug being in the bloodstream of a person who regularly smokes the drug, but may not have been stoned behind the wheel at the time of arrest. “We should not be convicting people who are not guilty of driving while impaired,” Lundberg said. Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, had voted no on setting stoned-driving limits in the past, but voted yes on this “reasonable” piece of legislation, this time around. “With all of the lines we have to draw here at the Capitol … I think we have to draw a line at some point (on driving stoned),” Kerr said. Members of the Capitol press corps dubbed the effort the “zombie bill” because it continued to surface at the legislature, in spite of having suffered multiple deaths. The bill had failed four times in previous years — and it even suffered two separate deaths before it finally passed this session. The original bill passed the House, but failed in a Senate committee. A driving-stoned standard was then tacked on in the form of an amendment to an Amendment 64 regulation bill, before it was stripped from that legislation by a separate committee. The bill’s House sponsors were House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, and Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora.


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Society handles increased dog drop-offs Denver shelter emergency drives up numbers at South Platte By Tom Munds Thanks to volunteers who stepped up to help, the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley dealt with a major increase in dogs brought to the shelter the last week of April. The Denver Dumb Friends League’s Quebec Animal Shelter had an outbreak of pneumonia and, as of April 20, was no longer accepting or arranging adoptions of dogs,” said Leslie Marsonneuve, South Platte director. “The result was an increase in dogs brought to our shelter. We had taken in 17 dogs dropped off the first three weeks of April and we had 25 dogs brought in during the week of April 20-28.” The suspension in Denver is expected to last 30 days. Marsonneuve said the large increase in dog numbers strained society resources to maintain the shelter and care for the animals, and it also triggered a request to society supporters and volunteers for help.

“The response was outstanding. We had folks volunteer to provide foster care for some of our dogs, plus we had people step up to help exercise our dogs and clean the shelter,” Marsonneuve said. “Also, we did a remote adoption project and had 20 dogs adopted. We are now in pretty good shape to deal with any increased dog drop-offs that might happen until the Quebec shelter reopens toward the end of May.” The director noted the humane society is making efforts to broaden its service to the community by hiring a trainer who is planning to start dog training classes for the public in early June. “We also have made changes in order to improve the services provided by our spayneuter clinic,” she said. “Right now, we offer spay and neuter services twice a week. The cost is $45 for cats and $85 for dogs, which is less than the vast majority of low-cost clinics in the metro area.” The clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays and accepts about 15 animals a day. The animal is dropped off by 7:30 a.m. and it can be picked up between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Marsonneuve said efforts are underway to add a clinic on Wednesday. The Humane Society of the South Platte

The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley weathered the unexpected influx of dogs that were left at the shelter in late April. Volunteers helped the society deal with the challenge. Photo by Tom Munds Valley is located at 2129 W. Chenango Ave. in Littleton. The society operates the animal shelter for individual pet owners as well as stray

animals brought in by animal control officers from several jurisdictions. For information on the shelter and its services, call 303-703-3938.

Two named to Englewood depot committee Residents part of group that will review development proposals By Tom Munds The Englewood City Council voted May 6 to name Harvey Pratt and Donald Roll as the resident members on the committee that will evaluate two proposals submitted to purchase, restore and use the Englewood depot. The council reviewed five applicants and then selected the two men to serve on the committee. The committee is the next step in the process that began when Englewood put the train depot up for sale earlier this year, and a trio of offers to buy the building was received in response to the city’s request for proposal. Council members decided to establish a committee made up of two residents and three professionals with expertise related to historic preservation and financing of historic structure restoration. Initially, there were three proposals submitted by the Englewood Historic Preservation Society, the Englewood Urban Farm

Two residents are on the committee scheduled to meet May 23 to evaluate two proposals to buy the Englewood depot. They will make a recommendation but the council makes the final decision. Photo by Tom Munds and Tom and Patti Parson. The historic preservation society wants to turn the depot into a community history museum, the Parsons want to create a living museum of letterpress printing, and the urban farm sought to establish an urban farm community center.

The field narrowed to just the society and the Parsons when the farm withdrew its proposal. Mike Flaherty, deputy city manager, told the city council at the May 6 study session that the tentative plan calls for the ad hoc committee to review and evaluate the pro-

County presents 24 youth awards Arapahoe honors teens who overcame challenges By Tom Munds Arapahoe County commissioners honored 24 men and women between the ages of 13 and 19 who live or attend school in Arapahoe County and who have overcome personal obstacles to serve their family, school and community. This year’s event was held April 29 at in the Mayo Aviation hangar at Centennial Airport. Carol Dosmann, coordinator for the event, said communities throughout Arapahoe County present awards to winners in their community and nominate award winners as candidates for the county award. “This year, there were 24 nominees, all met the county’s criteria and

the decision was to honor them all,” Dosmann said. “Each winner received a certificate, a blue marble star and a pen and pencil set.” She said traditionally, the county awards one $500 scholarship from the Colorado Community College System that can be used at any of the state’s community colleges. This year, commissioner Nancy Jackson spearheaded an effort to provide scholarships. The result was presentation of five additional scholarships, each with a value of $1,000. The $500 scholarship is to be used for the fall 2013 semester and was awarded to Omar Soto Arvizo, who attends Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora. The Arapahoe County Foundation provided five $1,000 scholarships that can be used at the college of choice for the 2013-2014 year. The scholarships were presented

to: s!URORA#ENTRAL(IGH3CHOOLSENIOR Vadessa Camack; s#HEROKEE4RAIL(IGH3CHOOLSENIOR Caitlyn Hildebrand; s(ERITAGE(IGH3CHOOLSENIOR4ANner Hines-Hatcher; s /PTIONS 0ATHWAY !LTERNATIVE SEnior Cindy Lugo of Littleton; s#OLORADOS&INEST!LTERNATIVE(IGH School senior Maja Sehic. The program began in 1986. For several years, the YMCA organized and took the lead for the program and the awards. In 1999, nine counties joined together to establish the Metro Mayors Commissioners Youth Association as an independent organization. The final association awards event was in 2010. Since then, Arapahoe and several other counties have continued programs to honor the achievements of special young men and women.

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posals on May 23, in order to make a recommendation for the preferred proposal to the city council. Harvey Pratt has lived in Englewood for 45 years. He is a pharmacist. He and his father owned Drug Fair in Englewood for 10 years and also worked in the pharmacy in King Soopers. Pratt served as president and vice president of the Englewood Education Foundation and said he wanted to serve on the committee because he believes the depot is an important part of history. Donald Roll has lived in Englewood for eight years. He is retired from a career as a real estate appraiser, property owner and manager of the operation of apartment properties. He is a member of the Malley Senior Center Advisory Board and serves on the steering committee for the Englewood Community Gardens. Two of the professionals, Jane Daniels, director of Colorado Preservation; and Patrick Eidman, preservation planner for the Colorado Office of Historic Preservation; have confirmed they will attend the meeting. Flaherty said the final committee member, an individual with expertise in development and financing historic properties, hasn’t yet made the commitment to be at the meeting.

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Bill requires reporting of elder abuse Measure on way to becoming law By Vic Vela A bill that would mandate elder abuse reporting in Colorado is finally on its way to becoming law. Senate Bill 111 requires individuals in certain professional fields to report known or suspected cases of abuse involving people age 70 or older. The bill passed the House May 1 on a 56-8 vote, after it had previously breezed

through the Senate. Rep. Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge, a House sponsor of the bill, said the legislation is “over 20 years” in the making. “It’s failed several times, but we’ve finally got it right,” Schafer said during a recent House debate. “This demographic is as important to protect as it is with child abuse.” Schafer said the issue is of particular importance to Jefferson County, which has the highest numbers of seniors in the state. Fellow Jefferson County lawmaker, Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, carried the bill in the Senate. Those deemed as “mandatory reporters” include professionals in health care, finance, social work and law enforcement.

State closer to taxing Web sales Measure portrayed as move toward fairness By Vic Vela Colorado is a step closer to being able to collect Internet sales taxes, following a vote in the state Senate on May 6. House Bill 1295 readies the state for the federal Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to tax Internet sales, providing Congress passes the legislation. Internet retailers like would pay taxes to a central collection point. Retailers would pay the taxes directly to the state, which would then funnel revenues to local governments, under the state bill. Representatives for local businesses testified at legislative committee hearings that it’s unfair that online retailers are not required to collect sales taxes. “This is about fairness to our tax sys-

tem, making sure that the brick and mortar stores don’t have a disadvantage to the online remote sellers,” said House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, a bill sponsor. Ferrandino noted that mega-retailers like and Walmart support the legislation. The bill expects to pump more than $73 million into the state’s general fund in its first year of implementation, providing Congress acts. Congress needs to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act in order for states like Colorado to collect taxes from out-of-state retailers. That’s because the Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot force retailers to pay taxes if they do not have an actual physical presence in the state, unless Congress gives the OK. Out-of-state retailers with fewer than $1 million in annual sales would be exempt from the federal act. The state bill passed the Senate on a 2114 vote, after having previously passed the House on a 37-23 vote.

Those who fail to properly report cases of physical, mental, financial or sexual abuse within 24 hours could face a misdemeanor penalty. Investigations of elder abuse cases in Colorado have increased by an average of 2 percent every year. During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, about 11,000 elder abuse cases were filed in the state, with more than 4,700 of them requiring a law enforcement investigation, according to information from the General Assembly’s Legislative Council. Several previous attempts at passing similar legislation had failed, primarily because the money needed to support the effort wasn’t there. That’s not the case this

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same-day voter registration opens the door to more cheats casting ballots. “I have not talked to one clerk and recorder, except for maybe two, who think that same-day voter registration is a good thing, and that we should be allowing this huge open door for voter fraud to come to the state,” said Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch. Harvey also blamed Democrats for “cramming” through such a major bill, with just a handful of days left in the legislative session. At one point during an April 30 debate, Harvey requested that the entire 120-page-plus bill be read aloud in its entirety, which took about two and a half hours to get through. Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said that the bill would allow anyone to register to vote the day of an election, “with virtually no identification.” Colorado law does not require a photo ID or social security number to register to

year, with $5 million in funding for the measure having been appropriated into next year’s budget. Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, also a bill sponsor, reminded her colleagues that Colorado is one of only three states that doesn’t have a mandatory elder abuse reporting law. “That’s pretty pathetic and the time is now,” Stephens said during a recent House debate. “Financial abuse of seniors has become a huge issue. This is really, really critical.” Gov. John Hickenlooper is scheduled to sign the bill at the Seniors’ Resource Center in Wheat Ridge on May 16, according to Schafer.

vote, and voters can use a utility bill to show proof of residency. Lundberg said that using a utility bill to register to vote on the day of an election is “a cruel joke” that sets itself up for the possibility of fraud. “You’re already winning the elections,” said Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs. “Do you need to steal them, too?” Democrats point to safeguards in the bill that they say would help protect against fraud, such as the use of a real-time voter file access system that would determine who is eligible to vote and those who have already cast a ballot. Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City, said that Senate Republicans are using “bogeyman” politics to argue against the bill. “We are not doing something out of the norm,” Ulibarri said. “We are updating our standards for the 21st century.” The bill passed the Senate on a 20-15 party-line vote. The bill had previously passed the House, also without any Republican votes. It was re-passed by the House for concurrence of minor Senate amendments on May 3, and now heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk for his signature.

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Pot debate finally lives up to billing

For much of the legislative session, there was one thought that would enter mea-into my mind, perhaps more than any nextother: This marijuana stuff is pretty boring. Seriously. For a drug that’s capable of also amaking everyday experiences pretty interthatesting for a whole lot of people out there that— and can make those old Allman Brothers e re-vinyls sound even sweeter — for the most part, covering the Legislature’s attempts me isto regulate the newly legalized retail pot ouseindustry had been quite the snooze fest. s be- So, thank goodness for the last few criti-weeks of the legislative session, which produced a slew of pot activity — including ed tosome profound philosophical debates over Cen-the regulation of the drug — that managed ng toto put the “Wee!” back in “weed.” But things surrounding the implementation of Amendment 64 — the voter-approved measure that legalizes recreational marijuana use — sure did start out slow this legislative session. There were committees after committees after committees, many of which started at 7:30 in the morning. Ugh! And from those hearings emerged super-exciting terms like “vertical integration”; “excise tax”; “egress”; “ingress.” But, I digress. Thankfully, the last couple of weeks of legislative pot talk made up for all of the months of boring regulatory language, trite marijuana puns and over-used Cheetos references. Thoroughly entertaining debates over how to tax the drug and where people should be allowed to congregate to smoke it emerged at sessions’ end. And the political lines over those issues became about as blurred as highway lines

might appear to a stoner on his way home from a String Cheese Incident show at Red Rocks. “It’s been all over the place,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, in a recent interview. Singer was the sponsor of House Bill 1318, which puts in place an Amendment 64 taxation model. Singer said it was “refreshing” to see that debates over marijuana knew no political boundaries. “Ninety percent of the folks here have this really open mind about it, like, `So, what do you think?’,” Singer said. “And my answer is, `I don’t know, what do you think?’ And were figuring it out together.” Breaking news: Republicans don’t like taxes. And they, like many people, don’t like drugs. So what was fascinating to observe over the last couple of weeks of the session was members of the Grand Old Party arguing in favor of lowering tax rates on retail marijuana sales. Their argument was sound — they didn’t want the drug taxed too high, out of fear that the black market would benefit. But the irony is that the end result of lowering taxes on marijuana makes it cheaper for people to buy drugs! That irony was not lost on Singer.

“The traditional conservative argument for less taxes kind of steps in the way for the traditional conservative argument for less drugs. So, how do we balance that?” Singer said. “Same thing on the progressive side. There’s people on that side worried about social factors of drug addiction and the social factors of incarcerating people because of drugs. “It’s a little off kilter.” You can say that again. Case in point was a fascinating debate in the Senate over whether the state should allow the existence of marijuana clubs, where people could have a common place to enjoy the drug, like “Cheers” for pot smokers. Wouldn’t you like to get away? This issue sure made for some strange political bedfellows. Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, joined forces with Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, to propose an amendment to one of the marijuana regulation bills, that would have treated marijuana clubs like cigar bars — only they wouldn’t be allowed to actually buy the drugs there, just smoke them. Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, argued in favor of Steadman’s amendment — which, now that I think about it, could very well be the first time that a Colorado legislative reporter has ever written that sentence. Awesome! “The last thing you want them to do is to hang out in a back alley and smoke it,” Marble said on the Senate floor recently. Democratic Sens. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge and Gail Schwartz of Snowmass opposed the pot club amendment, along with Sen. Larry Crower, a Republican from Alamosa. “Kool-Aid is legal, but do we need a

place to drink Kool-Aid?” Crowder quipped during a recent Senate debate. “If you want to go to a party that has it, then go ahead and smoke it.” See what I mean? Pretty cool, eh? “The political lines are blurred, in some sense, in the Republican caucus (on this issue),” said Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, in a recent interview. “This topic cuts across party lines and philosophic lines that are really complex.” By the time this column hits Colorado Community Media’s papers, the General Assembly should have already wrapped up work on the implementation of Amendment 64 regulations. Jahn said she’s learned a lot about marijuana over the course of the session. “I know more about this than I thought I ever wanted to know,” Jahn told me. “Who would’ve thought? However, if you really look back at over the last five or 10 years, you could really see it’s been moving this way and the attitudes in Colorado and through the country have really changed.” That may be true. But legislators like Gardner — who opposed Amendment 64 — would just as soon be talking about something else. “I’ve heard more marijuana testimony than I have on any other subject in the General Assembly,” Gardner said. “That is astounding to me. I never thought it was something that was a good use of our time, but we have no choice.” Vic Vela is the legislative reporter for Colorado Community Media. Email Vic at: Also, follow Vic’s legislative updates on Twitter: @VicVela1

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dgrigsby@ourcolorado For Scott Strong and T.J. Sullivan, their relationship is already very real. And while some samesex couples rushed to usher in Colorado’s Civil Union Act with midnight ceremonies, the self-described “40-somethings” went quietly about their lives in suburban Aurora. “First of all, that kind of stuff is just way past our bedtime,” joked Sullivan. “And while we don’t want to take away from civil unions’ awesomeness, it’s just not something for us.” Although the new state law treats civil union partners, in nearly all respects, like married people, parties to a civil union are still denied many rights afforded by those in heterosexual marriages. For that reason, Strong and Sullivan have taken a firm stance to wait for full marriage equality at the federal level. “For example, simple things like filing a joint income tax return or receiving certain Social Security benefits are still denied,” Strong said. “And then, there’s

Colorado’s Civil Union Act took effect May 1, making same-sex unions legal. But while Scott Strong, left, and his partner T.J. Sullivan say the new law is a step in the right direction, they prefer to wait for total marriage equality, not just at the state level, but at the federal level, as well. Photo by Deborah Grigsby

other things, like portability — a civil union here in our state doesn’t necessarily mean anything in another.” Sullivan went on to say that while civil unions are a step in the right direction, they are “not exactly the golden ring” that many same-sex couples seek. Civil unions are more a political compromise, according to Strong, pacifying those who were not ready for same-sex couples to marry. “It’s kind of a whole messy situation,” Sullivan

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added. “Civil unions, unlike marriages, still have to be explained.” He said federal laws still codify him and Strong as second-class, and that until those laws are repealed, civil unions do nothing to change it. Sullivan was referring 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law being weighed by the nation’s Supreme Court. DOMA, as it is known, restricts federal marriage benefits and interstate marriage recognition to those in opposite-sex marriages.

“For us, if DOMA falls, that is the greater prize,” said Sullivan, who says it will be nice when the government catches up “with our real lives.” So until then, Strong and Sullivan will wait. “In some ways I have to applaud the state, but it doesn’t feel right to celebrate just yet,” Sullivan said. “It’s like celebrating a victory when we’re only twothirds of the way through the race. “We’ve still got a third of the way to go.”

A bill that will pump nearly $20 million into the creation of a statewide mental health crisis response system is on its way to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Senate Bill 266, which was a major funding priority for Hickenlooper this legislative session, passed the House on May 6, following a bipartisan vote of 44-21. It had already cleared the Senate. Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, called the bill “historic legislation.” “When it comes to mental health funding in Colorado, we have never funded it appropriately,” Newell said during a recent Senate debate. “I honestly believe this bill will save lives.” The bill creates a 24hour mental health hotline system and sets up five walk-in crisis service centers around the state. Mobile and residential crisis services also would be available under the bill. The legislation also creates a public information campaign to raise awareness of mental health services and needs. The bill directs the Department of Human Services to set up a request-for-proposal pro-

cess that will lead to a coordinated mental health crisis system. The bill was the result of a call by Hickenlooper in December to revamp the state’s mental health system, an effort by the governor that was sparked by last year’s Aurora theater shootings. Bill sponsors say the legislation finally allows the state to pump money back into an underfunded mental health system, which took a big hit during the 2002 recession, said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, a bill sponsor. “We have never been able to bring funding back up to the 2002 level,” KraftTharp said. “That’s why making mental health a priority to redesign and strengthen our system is the right thing to do.” Although the bill received bipartisan support in both legislative chambers, many Republicans opposed the effort. Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said the bill sets up a “statewide control system” of mental health resources, which he believes is better dealt with at the local level. “I believe it is setting up a new path for mental health management, and that is: We’re gonna do it at the state level,” Lundberg said.


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W Rail opening shines green light for region By about 5 p.m. April 27, the line of people at the Jefferson County Government Center light-rail station in Golden no longer extended over the hillside toward the foothills. The moment seemed to round out a monumental weekend for RTD that featured two days of free rides on the newly opened W Rail light-rail line. We witnessed an enthusiastic launch for a project that came in eight months ahead of schedule, and we later reported that RTD estimated 35,000 riders rode the rail on that Saturday. We went for a ride as well and were impressed with the 35-minute trip from Golden to Union Station. The train mostly travels a track line that has existed for a century — so as expected, homes, buildings and business properties are nestled by the track.

OUR VIEW And interspersed with the old is new development. Yes, times have changed. Interestingly, it has been more than one economic downturn since “smart growth� and “infill� development were common terms in these parts. But we remember the concepts and are pleased to consider the impact of the W Rail in offering another mass transit option and infill redevelopment. Increased mass transit is welcome in many ways, not just for redevelopment but for quality of life — consider Jefferson


How much do you care about light rail expansion? Depending on light-rail funding, plans are for a second east line station in Lone Tree to be done by 2015 and a Highlands Ranch stop, once said to be completed by 2016, to be finished at some point prior to

2042. On the heels of RTD’s west line opening, CCM stopped by the Mineral Station in Littleton and the Lincoln Station in Lone Tree to ask riders if southern expansion was important to them.

“I’m sure I’d find a reason to use it, but I guess I wouldn’t know the difference until it came. I don’t see any use for it at this point.�

“It’s pretty important. I think the light rail should go all the way to Castle Rock. There are a lot of people that live out this way and this is the end spot.� — Robert Johnson, Highlands Ranch

“Not too much for me. I live in Parker, so coming into Lincoln is really not that big of a deal. It takes five minutes for me to get here.� — Nicole Laurie, Parker

“I think it’d be a good thing. It’d get more traffic off the highway, people would use less gas, and nerves would be less frayed from sitting in traffic.� — Joe Breyer, Kiowa

Better yet, knock ’em alive I am sure that most of you, if not all of you, are all familiar with the statement, “Knock ‘em dead.� It is usually given as a well-wish or send-off for someone about to give a performance or a speech. Many years ago a good friend of mine, Bryan Flanagan, changed it a little so that it was more encouraging, and he enthusiastically says it this way, “Knock ‘em alive!� The cool thing is that it has become more than just a well-wish or inspirational encouraging send-off, Bryan uses it many times as we say our goodbyes. Many of you who know me personally or through this column are aware that I have stolen Bryan’s line on more than one occasion. OK, maybe not stolen, but certainly borrowed. I just love the thought about leaving a person or an audience more inspired and motivated than they were before we spent our time together. I want to knock ‘em alive! There have been many times in my life where I was either dragging bottom or feeling low. Or maybe I was stuck or stalled, hitting a plateau and needed someone to come along and knock me alives. Have you ever thought about it? Have you thought about what a person or group might feel like when you leave their presence? Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could have that kind of impact on a person, group, or situation? I mean it’s truly wonderful, especially when someone, anyone, brightens our day or leaves a positive impact that changes our moment, our hour, our day or even our week or month just by

County, which sports one of the oldest populations in the state, with about 13.1 percent over 65 years of age, while the state average is 11.3 percent. The corridor’s 11 new W Rail stations — including the Federal Center and Red Rocks Community College — are important stops, sure to be energized day in and day out. The idea to schedule “parties� — in other words activities and booths — at each stop along the 12.1-mile route was a good way to introduce the personalities of the stops and their adjacent neighborhoods to the region. And the new line extends east to existing light-rail stops at Auraria West for Metropolitan State University, the Pepsi Center, Sports Authority Field and finally Union Station. We heartily welcome this line that extends straight west, a little different from

Benefits of fracking require regulation Over the past few years, “fracking� has gone from a term used largely within the oil and gas industry to one used and understood by soccer moms, farmers and citizens across our nation. It is a word that often invokes either hopes for economic boom and long-term energy security or fear of inevitable contamination and environmental disaster. As with most important issues in our public dialogue, the truth lies somewhere in between. Fracking — short for “hydraulic fracturing� — is a process used in oil and gas extraction. In fracking, millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected at high pressure into underground formations to blast them open and increase the flow of fossil fuels. The injected fluids can include a variety of chemicals, including known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. As this process is used more extensively, concern has grown in communities around Colorado and across the country, and a significant debate has developed over its use. In any thorough discussion of fracking, we must acknowledge the reality that natural gas is a significant economic driver — particularly in Colorado. It creates jobs and economic growth while providing us cleaner-burning fuel. It is also an abundant domestic resource, which we can use as a bridge fuel while incorporating renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydro into a comprehensive energy policy for the United States.

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some gesture, kind word, or smile. They knock us alive. The sentence is so obvious for a speaker or performer, no one really wants to knock their audience out, do they? No, we want them alive, responsive, cheering, and laughing or crying, or maybe even laughing so hard they are crying. In every situation we are looking for that spark, that reaction. And I think that is why I believe the way Bryan Flanagan changed the phrase is such a fitting and powerful way to say goodbye and not just to be used before someone goes on stage. Just imagine how much better each and every goodbye would be if we left one another with, “Knock ‘em alive� after every encounter. I would love to hear all about how you plan to knock ‘em alive at gotonorton@, and as we all make that effort it will certainly 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

the more north-and-south-oriented existing Denver metro rail corridors. Locally, some business development folks said the project has put Jefferson County on a more even playing field. The business community is primed to tap opportunities to develop the corridor and attract workers — after all, the corridor was on the drawing board before FasTracks was approved. And from a more regional point of view, we know the impact of the entire plan will increase as each additional corridor is completed and the FasTracks plan — which is admired internationally — comes to fruition. Sure, FasTracks has had its cost issues and completion issues — particularly with the North Metro Rail Line — but for now we can enjoy the freshly energized corridor between Golden and downtown Denver.


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In promoting the benefits of this cleaner domestic fuel, however, we must not gloss over the real environmental issues that exist. Any policy developed to support fracking must ensure the health and safety of our citizens. While Colorado begins to reap the rewards of natural gas, we’ve also heard anecdotal evidence of water contaminated by fracking fluid and in one instance, reports of an emergency room nurse who nearly died after treating a worker splashed with the fluid. Reports have emerged around the country of residents, homeowners and workers becoming ill after fracking operations began in their communities. While these are still anecdotal, government officials, medical professionals and citizens need to know with certainty what chemicals are being used at which well — both to evaluate risk ahead of time and to treat any contamination after the fact. RequirDeGette continues on Page 9

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ing public disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking is a reasonable step towards protecting communities and ist- ensuring oil and gas extraction is conducted safely and responsibly. y, Eighteen states, including Colothe more rado, have recently put in place statelevel regulations requiring voluntary to disclosure of fracking chemicals. Of dor these states, 11 rely on FracFocus, ridora website designed for voluntary acks disclosure by oil and gas companies. FracFocus was created to provide iew, valuable information, on a voluntary basis, to landowners and concerned citizens about the chemicals used in or specific wells. But the limits of apply— mes ing a voluntary disclosure framework to a diverse set of state regulations es and requirements raise questions with about the effectiveness of FracFow cus. Just last week, the Harvard Law ridor School Environmental Law Program’s er. Policy Initiative released a report raising significant questions about states’ reliance on FracFocus. The Harvard study concluded that “relying on FracFocus as a de facto regulatory practice is premature and does not serve the interests of the public.” In addition to calling the website “impenetrable” for users to navigate, the report found that the FracFocus program was not effective for three

primary reasons. It has not been shown to provide timely notifications when companies disclose, so states are unable to determine reporting compliance; its one-size-fits-all format creates obstacles that prevent effective compliance by oil and gas companies; and it enables companies to claim “trade secret” status for certain chemicals on an inconsistent and unsubstantiated basis. The report also concluded that because of myriad ways FracFocus is ineffective, it sends a strong signal to industry that compliance and accurate reporting are simply not important. Whether it’s the mom concerned about the impact of fracking near her family’s home, the regulator trying to ensure community compliance, or the emergency room doctor trying to determine how to treat an injured worker, the study makes clear that FracFocus is failing to provide the disclosure its users need. In fact, Colorado was actually one of only two states to demand requirements of FracFocus, and those conditions have not been met. I’m concerned about the direction chemical disclosure is heading because I’ve been working on these issues since 2005, after a whistleblower from the EPA in the Colorado office came forward with concerns that potential threats to public health had been ignored in an important report on fracking. After researching the issue and working with several experts in the field, I first introduced

my FRAC Act (the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act) to establish common-sense safeguards that ensure the benefits of natural gas do not come at the expense of our health and safety. I plan to reintroduce this bill in the coming weeks. One of the key components of the FRAC Act is to create a federal regulatory framework for disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking. Doing so would remove the patchwork of different state regulations that the industry currently has to try and comply with, and would set up a consistent and effective system of mandatory disclosure, rather than depend upon a tool — FracFocus — that is not designed for the task. As a member of the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus I believe this legislation would enhance our efforts to promote the responsible development of natural gas. Natural gas is an important economic driver for our nation and for our state in particular. As we witness America’s natural gas boom, the Harvard study underscores that a reasonable, commonsense framework of regulations at the federal level can help us safeguard our health and our environment, without standing in the way of the economic and energy benefits fracking can provide us all. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette serves Colorado’s 1st District, which includes Denver, Englewood, Columbine Valley and Bow Mar.


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Manning mangles music “Not What It Seems,” shot in Trailmark, is by Andy Marquez, who has returned to Littleton from Denver’s Arts District and has opened a gallery on Main Street.

Photographer focuses nearby By Sonya Ellingboe

sellingboe@ourcolorado Chatfield State Park, Red Rocks, Trailmark, Roxborough State Park, Deer Creek Canyon and Frisco — most near to photographer Andy Marquez’s home in Roxborough — offered beautiful subjects for him. That’s especially true early in the morning, as the light begins to come up, highlighting natural forms, and the sky glows pink. In that special light, a clump of grass or small shrub is lovely to look at. Artists and photographers may get a new perspective on looking at the world just outside the front door. Former Littleton businessman Marquez has returned to downtown Littleton after a stay in Denver’s Museum Dis-

“Having a Meltdown” by Andy Marquez was shot in Frisco. trict and has opened a gallery in Suite 206 at 2329 W. Main Street in the Littletown Building

(the historic I.W. Hunt Building, which was once an auto showroom, when Main Street was

auto transportation-focused, with numerous sales and repair businesses). A new exhibit of these local images, “Winter’s Farewell Serenade,” will be open May 17 (5-8 p.m.); May 18 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Marquez said someone will be in the lobby of the building to ensure admittance at those times. He is holding workshops for photographers, which include a field trip plus a one-on-one two-hour session on composition, light, shadow and reflection. His experience in world travel photography, as well as in capturing wildlife and natural images locally, will influence his presentation. On May 13, the field trip location is Roxborough Park, and in June it’s Downtown Denver. For information, call 303-7976040 or see

Indian Market and Powwow returns Fort restaurant hosts annual event By Sonya Ellingboe When the Tesoro Cultural Center’s 13th Annual Indian Market and Powwow opens on May 18 and 19 at The Fort, local potter Padponee of Elizabeth, who is of Kickapoo/ Potawatomi heritage, will be among the exhibiting American Indian artists. The colorful event places the Indian artists inside the spacious Fort restaurant and fills the grounds with dancers from many tribes, who compete in the Powwow for cash prizes and honors, as well as performing traditional dances. In recognition of Armed Forces Day, an American Indian veteran is honored each year. In 2013, honors will go to six young

IF YOU GO The historic Fort restaurant is located at 19192 Highway 8, Morrison. Hours for the Market: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Indian Market and Powwow is $5, adults/$3 students with ID/Seniors and children free. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For information, call 303-839-1671 or visit

female veterans. The Sister Nations Color Guard is composed of young women from various tribal nations, brought together in friendship, according to Carolyn Doran, the Fort’s program director. Artists participating include: Virginia Yazzie Ballenger, Gallup N.M., Navajo, who designs traditional clothing; Al Chandler Good Strike, Hays, Mont., Gros Ventre, who will bring hides, parfleches and drums; Joe and La Jenne Chavez, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santo Domingo and Santo Domingo/Seminole, who create jewelry and beadwork; and Linda Lucero Frequa, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez, who makes pottery storyteller figures. Others will bring quillwork, paintings, sculptures and more, and will demonstrate their techniques and sell their art to local collectors. More than 50 intertribal dancers and drum groups in traditional clothing and regalia will fill the grounds. They will share their heritage, beginning with a Gourd Dance each day at 10 a.m. and a Grand Entry at noon both days, when all the dancers parade in to a drumbeat. On May 18, the Sister Nations Color Guards and all veterans will be honored and on May 19, Indian graduates will be recognized. Dance competitions will range from men’s and women’s Golden Age, through

We can only hope he keeps his day job, but Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning diverted from the playbook and took the stage with country-western singer Luke Bryan during the April 27 Celebration of Caring Gala in Indianapolis, which benefits that city’s Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Manning, who played 14 seasons as the Indianapolis Colts quarterback, attended the event to show support for the hospital that bears his name. And although Manning looked far less comfortable on the stage than he does on the gridiron, he was a good sport by joining Bryan, this year’s Academy of Country Awards entertainer of the year, in a “rendition” of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Waylon Jennings’ “Luckenbach, Texas.” Check out the melodically challenged Manning’s duet at: watch?v=NSG7FeGxRwY.

Judicial notice

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dined at Benny’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar (nice choice!) in Capitol Hill on May 1. Sotomayor was in town to attend the opening ceremony of the new Ralph L. Carr Justice Center downtown on May 2.

Get happy

USA Today has come up with its top 10 list of happy hours at high-end restaurant chains across the country. Many of the top 10-ers have outposts in the metro area, with McCormick & Schmick’s at No. 1. Check out the entire list at www.

Think pink

Adam Vance, Elway’s Cherry Creek sommelier, needs your help choosing pink wines to put on the summer menu. Join Adam on the Elway’s patio to taste and evaluate more than 30 rose wines from France, Spain, Austria, California, Italy and Greece that are under consideration for a summer rose flight on the Elway’s wine list. The event, from 6 to 8 p.m. May 29, costs $35 per person including tax and tip. Chef Tyler Wiard also will prepare light hors d’oeuvres to enjoy during the sip soiree. For reservations, call Lara at 303399-7616.

Train drives gala’s engine

Sister Nations Color Guard will be honored at the 2013 Tesoro Indian Market Courtesy photo Northern and Southern Traditional, Boy’s and Girl’s Fancy Dance and Tiny Tots (6 and under). Native storytelling, educational exhibits, face painting, Hawkquest and other activities will fill the two days.

A group that deserves the limelight on stage, Train, headlined NightShine, a benefit for Denver Health Foundation on April 27 at the National Western Events Center. After the presentations and recognitions were over — including the 2013 Denver Health Stars award-winners James Q. Crowe (Level 3 CEO) and Pamela Crowe — Train lead singer Pat Monahan engineered the popular band through hits such as “Calling All Angels,” “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and fan favorite “Drive By.” But this was no ordinary, roped-off, don’t-block-the-aisles affair; rather Monahan encouraged a stampede of gowned gals who didn’t hesitate to swarm the stage. No doubt the best concert at a gala that I’ve ever seen. Parker continues on Page 18


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Macro photographer will speak to club

tour: 865 S. Gilpin; 911 S. Williams; 924 S. Race; 1024 S. Race; 1076 S. Vine.

Trees spark imagination

Artist Gina Barry Harris, whose joyous paintings are exhibited at Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Parkway, has incorporated wood as the background for her colorful paintings of trees. Open during library hours.

Plant sale returns

Terry Meiger will present a program on macro photography for the May 14 meeting of the Englewood Camera Club. The club meets at the Greenwood Village Town Center, 6060 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village, at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) He will also be judge for the monthly photo contest held after the program. His presentation will include technical ideas, types of equipment, set up and processing techniques. Guests are always welcome.

Serengeti is talk topic

“Serengeti: the Eternal Beginning” is photographer Boyd Norton’s title for his talk at Bemis Library at 7 p.m. May 14. He is the author of over 16 books about this ecosystem, and copies will be available for sale and signing. Bemis is at 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Admission is free. 303-795-3961.

Author showcase set

Ten local authors will appear to present their new books from 2 to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Parker Library, 18051 Crossroads Drive. Thirteen-year-old Shewli Ghosh of Highlands Ranch, who swam the San Francisco Bay three times, wrote a book: “Under the Shimmering Light,” about her open

The 2013 Spring Plant Sale will offer increased inventories from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 10 and 11 at the York Street Gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Bring a wagon to carry plants away. Admission to the sale is free and proceeds benefit the Gardens.

Viennese music

Macro shot of a flicker feather by Terry Mieger, who will speak to the Englewood Camera Club in Greenwood Village on May 14. Courtesy photo sea swim. Others, with an assortment of titles for children and adults: Lee Croissant, Thomas R. Wilson, Becky Clark, Stephanie Blake, Lee Mosel, David L. McElwain, Jordyn Redwood, Lee McQueen, Shannon Baker.

Singing of America

“A Celebration of American Song” is the theme or the Parker Chorale’s May 11 concert at 7:30 p.m. at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Songs from “The Great American Songbook” are promised. 303-805-6800.

Tour distinctive homes

The Annual Wash Park Home Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11. Five homes on the east side of Washington Park will be featured, varying from historic renovation to contemporary new builds. Proceeds help homeless students at Steele Elementary School. Tickets ($20) can be purchased in advance at:, from Steele Elementary students or on the day of the tour ($25) at Steele Elementary, 320 S. Marion Parkway, or at the Home Tour Street Fair in the 900 block of South Williams Street, at any house on the

“A Night in Old Vienna” is the Littleton Symphony’s theme for its May 17 concert at 7:30 p.m. at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Selections from Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” will be performed by Emily Sinclair, Kristem Kamna, Anna Englander and Christian Sanders. Tickets: $15/$12, free under 21. Available at:; Gorsett Violin Shop, 8100 S. Quebec St., B206, Centennial; at the door. Information: 303-933-6824.

Genealogists gather

“Recollections of a Genealogist’s Daughter” and “What the Arapahoe Library District Has to Offer Genealogists” will be librarian Pamela Bagby’s topics at 1 p.m. May 14 for the Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society meeting at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Guests welcome.

Bird day is for the moms Audubon Nature Center stages event on May 12 By Sonya Ellingboe “Give the gift of seeing songbirds up-close as they migrate through the South Platte River corridor” says the invitation from the Audubon Nature Center. Drop in between 9 and 11 a.m. May 12. (Reservations required.) Local moms who are interested in nature can enjoy “a light continental breakfast and a leisurely spring hike to our bird-banding station,” it continues. Birds have tiny bands placed on their legs so they can be tracked, contributing to a national count of each species as ornithologists try to

Parker Continued from Page 17

I spotted music man Chuck Morris in the well-heeled crowd. I’m thinking he

IF YOU GO The Audubon Nature Center is at 9308 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Littleton. Travel south of C-470 on Wadsworth, past the entrance to Chatfield State Park, turn left on Waterton Road and left into the Audubon parking lot. To register for the Mother’s Day event, call 303-9739530. Mothers are free and others pay $15 adult, $8 child. Bring binoculars if available. understand which ones are diminishing in numbers and which are holding steady as their habitats change. The beautifully located center at the south end of Chatfield State Park is dedicated, as is the national Audubon Society, to protecting birds and habitat and educating adults and children. It has trails, a garden of native plants, classrooms and devoted volunteers.

The center offers programs; classes, including Little Fledglings; a preschool nature hour; and organized hikes and outings, traveling near and far. Tours include the Highlands Ranch Backcountry, Castlewood Canyon, Yellowstone, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and others. Upcoming is the Audubon Society of Greater Denver Birdathon, a major fundraiser for the organization: Teams are formed and members get pledges from supporters for a given amount per bird spotted in a particular 24hour period in May at a favorite birding spot. (Pledges are tax-deductible.) Children and families are encouraged to participate. For information about these and other programs, including summer camps, visit denveraudubon. org or call 303-973-9530.

“steered” Train into making tracks to the Denver event.

Baby steps

Bob Bonner, the Denver-based director of operations for Richard Sandoval Restaurants, and his wife, Marj, welcomed their

Western bluebirds perch atop a street sign near the Audubon Nature Center. Courtesy photo by Dick Vogel

first child, Oliver, into the world at 6:49 p.m. April 28 at St. Joseph Hospital. Baby “Ollie” weighed in at 8.3 pounds and measured 19.5 inches long. Congrats to the new family! Also on the baby boom, Elway’s executive chef Tyler Wiard and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting their second child on July 18. They knew ahead of time that their first — who’s now 2 years old — would be a girl, but the couple opted to have the second child’s gender kept as a surprise. Congrats ahead of time to them!

Broncos’ Decker visits school

Swanson Elementary School in Arvada got a special visitor — Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker — as a reward for the school’s wellness program. Decker visited the school on April 19 as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, founded by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council. Fuel Up to Play 60 is geared to help kids and schools support health and wellness. Swanson fourth-grade teacher Valerie Cordova sponsored the after-school wellness club, which is in its third year. Decker’s visit was a reward for the program’s success. Principal Carla Endsley says student behavior also has improved because of the wellness program. Endsley says the club is run by students and they set a variety of healthy initia-

tives for students throughout the year and provide announcements about eating healthy and exercising each day. Cordova was chosen as FUTP60’s Teacher Advisor of the Year.

Golf fair set for girls

Parents and girls, ages 5-17, are invited O’Nei to the Golf Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on “T Saturday, May 11 at CommonGround Golf (1922 Course in Aurora. Peter “King of Clubs” Longo will be fea- latio tured in a trick-shot exhibition from 12:15- ect a 1 p.m. The free event also will include fam- Lawr ily golf instruction, education on the rules Sarin of golf and etiquette, lunch and nutrition ets: $ information, fitness activities, a photo with ets@ the Solheim Cup, crafts and games. Regio The Solheim Cup, a competition be“D tween the best American and European female golfers, will be played August 13-18 plays at Colorado Golf Club in Parker. For more ter, 6 ed b information and tickets to the Solheim p.m. Cup, visit Wedn Ticke Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people Guen throughout the metro area. Parker also “C writes for You can throu subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Pacifi Wednesday and Friday) at www.pennyp- mon She can be p.m. reached at or at May 303-619-5209. 995-7


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anchBy Clarke Reader r her ng li- Family dynamics, entitlement and changing times. These are just a few of the themes tackled in Horton Foote’s darkly comic “Dividing the Estate,” which makes its regional premiere at the Arvada Center’s, 6901 Wadsworth er in-Blvd., Black Box Theater. p.m. The play runs through May 26, with performances at dens7:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. on Wednesk St.,day and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. away. “The key is to find the balance between the comic and eedsthe human,” said director A. Lee Massaro. rg. “I’m calling it a dramedy because it takes a look at death and how it affects people, and the greed that comes from trying to get what you need.” eton The story takes place in Texas in 1987 and focuses on ncertthe Gordons - a family that used to have considerable odistwealth, but not finds themselves facing a finanical crisis. elec-The families matriach Stella is committed to not dividing ill beup the only real asset the family has left - the 100-year-old Kam-family estate. ders. Her three children - Mary Jo, Lucille and Lewis - have le at:other ideas, and try to convince their mother to change hop,her mind. All manner of sibling rivalries and old resentt thements arise as each family member vies for their own piece. “The children aren’t necessarily being greedy in the sense that they want as much as they can have,” Massaro ugh-said. “They’re really trying to get enough so they can get Dis-what they need, and maintain their lifestyles.” be li- The family is also dealing with the changing world Mayaround them, including a wave of commercialization and His-spread of strip malls and retail shops. urch Blvd.,

Massaro said a lot of the joy in directing this show comes from Foote’s WHAT: “DIVIDING the Estate” writing style, and his familiarity with the region. WHERE: ARVADA Center “He has a great ear for 6901 WADSWORTH Blvd., Arvada the part of Texas he’s writing about, and it’s based WHEN: THROUGH May 26 on stories he’d heard,” she 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday through said. “You get a sense that Saturday the people are real.” In the first production 1 P.M. on Wednesday of the play in 1989 Foote’s 2 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday daughter Hallie played Mary Jo, and in that spirit COST: $48-$38 Massaro’s 16-year-old INFORMATION: 720-898-7200 or daughter Ella Tieze is playing Lewis’ girlfriend Irene Ratliff in this production. “She (Irene) is kind of a harbinger of the new world the family is dealing with,” Tieze said. “She’s from the new generation and a different class, and king of goes against the family’s principals.” Tieze said working on the character - who is quite important, despite her limited stage time - has been a great challenge for her, and a way to learn about what makes a compelling character. Working with her daughter has been an interesting experience, Massaro said, because it allows both to see each other in a different light. “As a parent I’m not sure that children always get to really see their parents do what they do, but she’s getting the chance to see me work here,” Massaro said. Tieze said that she finds her mother inspiring, and has a lot of respect for her, both as an artists and a strong woman, after seeing all the work she does. “It’s been really interesting to come from school straight here, because it’s a different environment, but I learn just


From left, daughters Mary Jo (Sharon Kay White) and Lucille (Rachel Fowler) try to convince family matriarch Stella Gordon (Anne Oberbroeckling) to sell their property in “Dividing the Estate,” running through May 26 at the Arvada Center. Photo courtesy of Arvada Center

as much here, so it’s just as valuable,” Tieze said. The family element that goes on behind the scenes mirrors what’s happening on stage. “There are so many generations in the show, that there’s really something for every age here,” Massaro said. Tieze added that part of the play’s draw lies in its relatability. “This is a show about something that everyone can or will one day relate to,” she said. “It’s a family that can be nasty and dysfuncitonal, but the audience is going to recognize each character within their own family.” For tickets and more information, call 720-898-7200 or visit

Play eyes altercation amid sophistication ‘God of Carnage’ on stage at Curious By Sonya Ellingboe The set onstage at Curious Theatre for “God of Carnage” speaks to the entering audience of sophisticated refinement in the Novak home. A bouquet of precisely arranged white tulips stands out behind the white mid-century modern couch and chairs, and a glass coffee table holds a stack of art books. Tall brick wall panels alternate with dark spaces. What will transpire in this sleek, tidy setting? Two sets of parents meet to discuss a playground disagreement between their 11-year-old sons: Why did it happen and what are the possible consequences? It seems that Benjamin Raleigh hit Henry Novack in the mouth with a stick, breaking a couple of teeth, when Henry refused to let him join his gang. In the course of 90 minutes, these four civilized New Yorkers melt down in highly

IF YOU GO “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza plays through June 8 at Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma St., Denver. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $18 to $44, 303-623-0524, Talkbacks with the cast follow all performances. individualized and hilarious ways. Veronica Novack (Dee Covington) is an art lover, writer and activist, while mildmannered businessman Michael Novack (Erik Sandvold) sells household goods. Alan Rahleigh (Timothy McCracken) is an aggressive corporate lawyer who continually interrupts the conversation to answer his phone and bark instructions regarding a questionable pharmaceutical product. His wife, chic Annette (Karen Slack) is a wealth manager — with a supremely watchable face! What on earth is she thinking? The boys actually seem to be of secondary interest to this quartet as they interact through a few hours, shifting alliances, playing off each other, making and defending outrageous statements.

CURTAIN TIME O’Neill goes ape

“The Hairy Ape,” by Eugene O’Neill (1922) is presented in a new bilingual translation and interpretation by the LIDA Project at work | space at The Laundry, 2701 Lawrence St., Denver. Featuring Lorenzo Sarinana, directed by Brian Freeland. Tickets: $15,, 720-221-3821, email:


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“Hair” plays May 17 through June 16 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. Directed by Nick Sugar. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: 303-7942787 ext. 5.

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“Dividing the Estate” by Horton Foote plays through May 26 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Directed by A. Lee Massaro. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 p.m. Wednesdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets:, 720-898-7200.

“Camelot” by Lerner and Lowe plays through May 25 at Colorado Actors Theatre, Pacific Event Center, 1330 Main St., Longmont (new address). Performances: 7:30 p.m. May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 6 p.m. May 12. Tickets: $15. 303-775-4343, 303995-7109

“Memory of Water” by Shelagh Stevenson plays through May 26 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington, Golden. Directed by John Arp. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays and 2 p.m. only on May 26. Tickets: $19 to $29.50, 303-935-3044,

“Life X 3” by Yasmina Reza plays through May 19 at The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15, 720-333499. (Cash or check only.)

Yet, each one seems very much alone, ultimately. Yasmina Reza’s satiric slant shines in this wonderfully written script, translated from the French by British playwright Christo-

pher Hampton. Director Chip Walton has cast the play perfectly and provided a really organized ongoing mess to delight his audience, as words — and an occasional object — fly.


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Students get a feel for the wheel Activity shows that driving isn’t just visual experience By Deborah Grigsby For most American teenagers, driving a car has become a rite of passage, but for Andre Jackson that passage almost didn’t happen — because he is legally blind. But thanks to a partnership with MasterDrive in Englewood, Jackson and 30 of his classmates at the Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton got a chance to test their driving skills on May 2 in a customized driving class. Before getting behind the wheel, students were required to attend an hour-long class, familiarizing them with the functions of the car, the course and general safety. “What we do is, essentially, give these kids an experience they may otherwise never get,� said Spencer Pace, a driving instructor with the nationally franchised driving school. “And that’s the chance to drive a real car.� Under the careful eye of trained driving instructors, the low-vision and blind students were verbally coached through a series of driving obstacles, including a slalom course and skid recovery. “Oh man, this is great,� Jackson said with a big toothy grin. “Now I can go pick up my date.�

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Students from the Colorado Center for the Blind made their way through a series of driving obstacles, including a skid recovery course, during a May 2 class at the Centennial facility of MasterDrive, a nationally franchised driving school.

Although 12-year-old Andre Jackson is blind, driving instructor Tina Giberti, right, ensures his first experience driving a car is a memorable one. Giberti verbally guided Jackson through a series of driving obstacles, including a skid recovery course, at MasterDrive in Centennial. The annual event is a partnership between the Colorado Center for the Blind and MasterDrive, which teaches driving skills. Photos by Deborah Grigsby Pace explained that while the students were unable to see, they were very much able to feel subtle changes in the car’s movement. “For example, they pick up on things like

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how the car’s weight shifts from side to side during the slalom course,� he said. “So we build their confidence with a series of basic skills before taking them out to the skid pad.�


The vehicles, facility and coaching were provided by MasterDrive at no cost to CCB. “At the Colorado Center for the Blind, our students participate in a wide variety of activities,� said Brent Batron, director of youth programs. “We push our students so they’ll believe they can work and live full lives.� “Driving is something that most of us in our society take for granted,� said Mark Stolberg, MasterDrive’s senior vice president of training. “Driving is not only a visual experience, as the blind drivers will discover.�



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Chamber lauds small business leaders Awards honor service, innovation of entrepreneurs By Deborah Grigsby Three of south metro Denver’s most innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders were honored at the 28th annual Small Business Leadership Awards ceremony, hosted by the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. More than 300 local business and civic leaders gathered at The Comedy Works in Greenwood Village to congratulate this year’s award recipients: Footers Catering, Abby Senior Care and Jeff Wasden, owner of PROformance Apparel. Comedian and Animal Planet emergency veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald served as emcee for the snowy May 1 event. According to chamber President and CEO John Brackney, the program, which recognizes excellence in business, innovation and leadership, attracted a record 125 nominations this year, across three categories, compared with 70 in 2012. Nominees were evaluated on achievements to include leadership and management ability, innovation, financial performance, prospects for sustained business, and community involvement. “Small business is alive and well here in the south metro area,” said Marcia McGilley, executive director of the chamber’s Small Business Development Center.

Comedian and Animal Planet emergency veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald served as emcee for the 2013 South Metro Denver Small Business Leadership Awards. The ceremony was held May 1 at the Comedy Works in Greenwood Village. lows seniors to “age in place” on their own terms. “This really got started from our experiences with family members who are very dear,” said Hoppe, who has faced the challenges of dementia in his own family. “I just want to thank everyone for this award.” Abby Senior Care is located at 6 Inverness Court East. It has a staff of approximately 70.

Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year

Small Business of the Year

Footers Catering was honored as the chamber’s 2013 Small Business of the Year, an award that goes to companies in business for five years or more and with five to 250 employees. The company is located at 4190 Garfield St. in Denver Footers Catering was founded 1981 by Jimmy Lambatos. Now a second-generation family business, owned and operated by Lambatos’ son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and April Lambatos, Footers takes a fresh approach to its cuisine and to the way it does business. During the award evaluation process, Footers Catering was referred to by a member of the chamber’s staff as a Harvard-like business model, turning the customer service model not only on its clients, but on its employees as well. Footers Catering distinguishes itself with on-site field kitchens to allow staff to prepare food at the event, ensuring a restaurant-quality experience. A newly designed 13,000-square-foot space helps it execute

Jeff Wasden, owner of PROformance Apparel, accepts the 2013 Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year Award. Named for the 6-foot-6 former South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce president, gubernatorial cabinet member, and current CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens, the award recognizes leadership abilities, plus extraordinary contributions to the chamber and the south metro community at large. Photos by Deborah Grigsby the catering for weddings, corporate events and other large social gatherings. Each year, Footers caters 600 events and feeds more than 56,000 guests.

Emerging Business of the Year

The chamber selected Abby Senior Care Inc as its emerging business winner, an award given to companies with five or more

employees and in business one to four years. Located in unincorporated Arapahoe County, Abby Senior Care Inc. is an encore business venture started in 2008 by Bobbie Mecalo and David Hoppe. It provides nonmedical home-care services to seniors, those recovering from surgery and people with chronic illness. Options include hourly care and 24-hour live-in assistance that al-

Jeff Wasden joined six others who have received the Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year Award, named for the 6-foot-6 former chamber president, gubernatorial cabinet member, and current CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens, whose enthusiasm for small business remains a chamber staple today. Wasden’s nomination package describes him as a diverse leader, making change at every level — as a volunteer, a board member, and a person who influences public policy. He is a co-owner of PROformance Apparel, 6905 S. Broadway in Littleton. PROformance Apparel provides apparel and uniforms for schools, government and private business. Those eligible for the award include owners or employees of a business, as well as nonprofit and government agencies. Those honored with the Brian Vogt Award are selected on their leadership abilities and their extraordinary contributions to the chamber and the south metro community at large. “Thank you, this award really, really means a lot,” Wasden said. “Oh by the way, I’m going to Disneyland!”

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Pirates end season with win streak Soccer team wraps up schedule with three victories in a row By Tom Munds Pirates girls soccer fans went home happy April 30 as Englewood chalked up a 2-1 win over Fort Morgan that was the second of a season-ending three-game win streak. “It is always good to win the final home game of the season,” Englewood Coach Bill Gilmore said after the Fort Morgan game. “We have one more game. We were to play Elizabeth but a league requirement means we’ll now play Vista Peak, where we’ll be looking to close out the season with another win.” The coach was accurate in his prediction, as Englewood played Vista Peak May 2. The Pirates dominated play and won the game, 8-0. The coach said April 30 the Pirates have an outside chance to be selected for an atlarge spot in the state playoffs, but wasn’t sure it was likely. “We have a 10-3 overall record, but we didn’t have a real strong non-league schedule,” Gilmore said. “Then, we have lost three league games, and that isn’t a good statistic to have if you hope to land an at-large spot.” Again his prediction came true, as Englewood was not selected for a spot in the state playoffs. Looking ahead, about half this year’s team will graduate in June. However, returning lettermen include the team’s top three scorers through the end of April: Elijah Daughtry, who had 35 goals and three assists; Julie Kline, who had 21 goals and

Englewood’s Kadie Kavinsky battled for control of the ball with a Fort Morgan defender during the April 30 game. Kavinsky won the battle and the Pirates won the game, 2-1. Photo by Tom Munds six assists; and Kadie Kavinsky, who had 15 goals and five assists. However, the team loses assist leader senior Lucy Yacklich, who had four goals and 11 assists, to graduation. The statistics for the 8-0 win over Vista Peak

on May 2 were not available. Englewood set the tempo in the April 30 game against Fort Morgan. Particularly in the first half, the Pirates generally controlled the ball and repeatedly mounted

well-executed attacks. They would have had at least five more goals had the shots on the net not hit the crossbar. Pirates continues on Page 23

Heritage High senior’s life is whirlwind Torres balances athletics with many other activities By Tom Munds Heritage High School senior Logan Torres now focuses on her efforts as a sprinter for the Eagles track team, but she still finds time to take voice lessons, model, prepare for pageants, ride her horse and develop her competitive figure skating talents. At the April 27 Liberty Bell Invitational, Torres ran the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash and was a member of the Eagles relay teams. In addition, she sang the national anthem a cappella. “I got started running track in middle school, decided to try it in high school, and I found running track is one of those addictive things that, once you get started, you can’t quit,” she said. “As for my music, I have been taking vocal lessons since I was a little girl. Originally I was going to be a theater major at School of the Arts. I transferred to Heritage, I joined the track team and I kept my music. I like to sing, and my favorite music to sing is classical works, a lot of Broadway songs and I love to sing opera.” Competing in pageants began as a child, she said. Torres said when she was little, she watched her cousin compete in pageants

Senior Logan Torres goes through track practice at Heritage High School. Photo by Tom Munds and told her mother she wanted to do it too. “I did quite a few pageants, I did pretty well and it was fun. Finally, last year, I won the Miss Colorado High School Teen title. That is one of those amazing, surreal feeling I can’t put into words,” she said. “As state winner, I went to nationals to represent our Colorado. Nationals were amazing and a little overwhelming. The event was held in Texas and that was good because we have

family there and I had a lot of support.” She said this summer she’ll compete for the National American Miss Colorado Teen title. She said hopefully that will earn her scholarships. She said her participation in pageants opened the door for her to begin modeling for a couple agencies. Torres said there is a month before her next pageants, so she should have time to

prepare for it. However, she also has a long list of other activities to keep her busy, which will include spending a lot of time with her horse. “I have ridden and trained horses since I was little and I love it,” she said. “I own my own horse, an Arab-quarter horse cross. She is a line-back dun. She is not old or far enough in her training to compete yet. But my baby is getting older and better trained, so competition is in the near future.” She said she is thinking about cross country competition because her horse is full of energy and she is very strong. “Riding is my alternative outlet,” Torres said. “I love running, but when you ride, you have a set of legs that aren’t yours and they are so strong. My horse and I have a special bond. I have raised her since she was a foal and she is like an extension of me.” In addition to track, the talented athlete is also a competitive figure skater. “I like skating, and competitive figure skating requires a lot of the same talents as pageant competition,” she said. “Competing in figure skating and in pageants require you be athletic, present your program while maintaining your smile and your poise at all times.” As she wraps up her high school career, she said she is an A-B student and has taken a lot of advance placement tests, with plans to enroll in the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall.



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Englewood was ahead 2-0 at halftime and continued to attack. Fort Morgan got its goal midway through the second half on a well-placed shot. For Englewood, Kline and Elijah Daughtry each had a goal while Kavinsky and Dominique Daughtry each had an assist. This year, Dominique Daughtry was assigned to play defense as the middle fullback. “At first, I didn’t want to play that position. I have been playing soccer since I was 4 and I have basically never played defense,” the sophomore said. “However, now that I have learned the position, I have gotten better and I like it more now to play sweeper.” She said her speed, her knowledge of the game that helps her read plays, plus the ability to communicate well with teammates have helped her play the defensive position better.

Daughtry smiles and said spring is a fun time for her because she gets to compete in her two favorite sports, track and soccer. “I really like track because I have a speed that helps me in the sprint events I run,” she said. “Playing soccer and running track isn’t too hard. But sometimes I am a little tired after I play a soccer game one day and run in a track meet the next day.” Teammate Julie Kline said she is sad it is the final game she will play with the seniors on the team. “These girls who are seniors this year have become like family for the past two years we have played soccer together,” she said. “I wish them the best as they graduate but I will really miss them next season.” Kline said she was glad the Pirates won the final home game of the regular season. She added that Englewood should have won by a larger score. “Right now, I am starting to think about the final game of the regular season when we are on the road at Elizabeth,” she said. “They beat us earlier this season and I think I speak for the team when I say I am looking for payback.”

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