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A Colorado Community Media Publication

Arapahoe County, Colorado • Volume 92, Issue 47

Charter school backers not giving up Elected officials gave thumbs-down to first application By Tom Munds The Englewood Academy founding board of directors is not giving up its effort to establish a charter school in the community. “Our board decided we won’t appeal the Englewood School Board’s Dec. 11 decision not to approve our application to establish the community’s first charter school,” said Mary Zachariah, founding board president. “But we still want to establish a charter

school in Englewood, so we are continuing the process. We listened to the school board’s comments and we have already started work on refining the applications that should address many of the school board’s concerns.” She said, for example, plans are to address the school board’s concern that at least 50 percent of the planned eventual enrollment of 400 children should live in Englewood. She also said there are plans to refine the entire application, including more clearly defining the charter’s goals. “We plan to spend several months working on the license application,” Zachariah said. “Our goal is to resubmit the application in August and, if it is approved, we plan to open the school in August 2014.” The Englewood Academy proponents submitted their application on Oct. 1 to the Englewood School Board, requesting the

board approve the application and grant the group a license to open a charter school in Englewood in August 2013. “Our school district followed the staterequired process when considering a charter school application,” said Brian Ewert, school superintendent. “We had the application reviewed by the district advisory community, held two community meetings and had three pro charter school consultants review the document.” The school board met Dec. 11 to consider the application. Members first went into closed-door session with their attorney so the attorney could inform them of their legal obligations as they considered the license application. The result was that the board unanimously voted to deny the application and listed 10 reasons for the decision. Reasons included statements that the

school was not tailored to the district community, the lack of transportation and food services for the students, concerns about the budget and not having a building identified for the school. Zachariah said some of the concerns can’t be answered until the license request is granted. “The school board said they were concerned we don’t have a building,” she said. “We have looked at several buildings but we can’t execute a lease on a building until we know we will be permitted to establish the charter school.” The school board also listed a lack of transportation as a reason for not approving the license application. “We don’t see this as an issue,” she said. “I checked with numerous charter schools and none of them provide student transportation. Generally, that is handled by parents and by car pools.”

Knife-carrying suspect robs postal carrier


Man got away with small amount of mail By Tom Munds

In one of our Images of the Year, kindergartner Jazmyn Blair pushes her mother Jennifer Kearn’s hair back as the girl waits with Bishop Elementary School classmates for the first day of school to begin in August. For more photo highlights from 2012, turn to Page 4. File photo by Tom Munds

Rep. Kagan anticipates busy legislative session Amendment 64, guns seen as big issues By Tom Munds State Rep. Daniel Kagan says a full slate of major issues means the Legislature faces a very busy schedule in 2013. “We have our work cut out for us this year,” said the Cherry Hills Village Democrat, who represents District 3. “While we must continue to focus on promoting job growth, economic development and issues including school funding and health care, we also must pass legislation dealing with implementation of Amendment 64 that legalizes sale of marijuana. We also will deal

with the governor’s call for gun control.” Voters passed Amendment 64 in November, legalizing the possession and eventual retail sales of marijuana. Kagan said a governor’s task force is scheduled to send recommendations for legislation Kagan to the Colorado General Assembly by February. “Once we get the recommendation, I imagine we will begin work on the issue almost immediately,” the state representative said. “Early action is needed to give the state department of revenue time to make specific rules and regulations based on the legislation we pass.”


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Kagan’s district includes the cities of Sheridan, Englewood, Greenwood Village and Cherry Hills Village as well as parts of Littleton and unincorporated Arapahoe County. He said the legislature must deal with how to manage the escalating costs of Medicare and Medicaid. “The continued rising costs of Medicare and, for the state, Medicaid, mean the programs cannot be sustained using the current revenue sources,” he said. “The legislature must begin serious discussions of how to deal with the challenge of being able to pay to provide the services people expect.” Other areas he said need to be addressed includes improving the child welfare system, returning full funding for public schools and for higher education, civil unions, and measures to protect people and the environment while allowing energy companies to engage in “fracking.” He said he is preparing a bill to help victims of rape get the medical care they need when they need it. “I also plan to sponsor a bill to make sure legal counsel is available for those who can’t afford a lawyer as they deal with a plea bargain in misdemeanor cases,” he said. “I also have the concepts for a couple more bills, but those are still on the drawing board and I am not ready to talk about them at this time.”

U.S. postal inspectors have developed a composite sketch of the man who used a knife to rob a postal carrier in Englewood. “The postal carrier was delivering mail about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 near the corner of West Dartmouth Avenue and South Delaware Street when he was robbed by a man with a knife,” Postal Inspector Pam Durkee said. “The postal carrier was standing by his vehicle when a man came up, brandished a knife, grabbed a small amount of mail and fled east on Delaware toward the alley.” The suspect was described as a Hispanic male with a noticeable Spanish accent. He was 35 to 40 years old, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a thin build. He had slightly receding Sketch of suspect hair, sideburns, was unshaven and had a tattoo on the left side of his neck. He was wearing a dark-colored zipper-front sweatshirt and blue jeans. She added that the Postal Inspection Service, the section of the Postal Service that investigates mail theft, is taking the case very seriously. “We are treating the robbery with the utmost priority within our agency,” Durkee said. “This is a violent crime and we want to track down the suspect.” She said the Postal Service determined the area where the stolen mail was to be delivered and have notified the residents of that area that their mail may have been stolen. The postal inspector added that this case is unrelated to the knifepoint robbery of a postal carrier that happened Dec. 17 in Denver. There is a $50,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in either robbery. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 (Select Option 2).


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New King Soopers taking shape Lots paved, walls up for store on Federal By Tom Munds Progress is evident as crews continue to construct a new, modern King Soopers store at Belleview Avenue and Federal Boulevard. Most of the parking area is paved, all four walls of the new store are about finished, and work is nearing completion on the roof. Tentative plans are for the store to be in operation by the third quarter of 2013. The King Soopers at Belleview and Federal was one of the first stores in the Denver metro area and was built in the 1960s. It was remodeled, but the size restriction kept the store small and limited how many items it could carry. Those were among the reasons that, in 2012, King Soopers announced the plan to demolish the existing store and construct a new 78,000-square-foot facility that will include a pharmacy drive-thru and a service

station at a cost of about $17 million. The room for expansion of the new store required negotiations to lease and demolish the small stores in the shopping center surrounding the King Soopers. Lease negotiations were successful, the stores like Subway and the liquor store in the center moved to nearby locations and demolition began in late spring. As part of the proposal, King Soopers requested and received Englewood’s financial participation of $510,500 to cover the cost of public improvements being made during the project. The City Council-approved plan will rebate 50 percent of the use tax on furniture, fixtures and equipment and then annually rebate 50 percent of the sales tax revenues collected by the store until the target is reached or for the first four years the store is open, whichever comes first. Betty Harrison said she is glad to see the project progressing as she snapped a couple pictures of the construction crews at work. “This has been the store where I have shopped for about 10 years. It was small and the store didn’t carry a lot of the items I like, but it was so convenient I kept coming back,” the Englewood resident said. “I

Crews continue work on the walls and roof of the new King Soopers at Belleview Avenue and Federal Boulevard. The new store is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2013. Photo by Tom Munds am so glad they are building us a nice new store so I am taking a few pictures every

now and then just to watch the new store being built.”

City offers sites for Christmas tree recycling THINGS TO DO JAN. 11

By Tom Munds Santa has returned to the North Pole, and as Englewood residents remove decorations and take down their trees, the city has set up drop-off points for free recycling of live Christmas trees free. Throughout January, the city’s parks division will grind the trees into mulch, which will be trucked and stored at the Englewood ServiCenter, 2800 S. Platte River Drive, so it can be used as needed in Englewood’s parks and greenbelt areas. Starting on Jan. 1, residents can take the trees to the drop-off points. Residents are asked to make sure all ornaments, tinsel, nails and stands are removed and to place the trees on the pile at the site. City crews will check the locations and, when enough trees are piled up, they fire up the grinder and turn the trees into mulch. The drop-off locations are: • The northwest corner of the south parking lot at Belleview Park, 5001 S.

CALL FOR entries. Letters About Literature is a national writing competition for students in grades 4-10. Students are asked to write a personal letter to an author, poet or playwright, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how their ways of thinking about the world or themselves have changed as a result of reading the author’s work. Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book coordinates the adjudication at the state level. All winning entries receive prizes and are published in the Student Literary Award anthology. Deadline for entry is Jan. 11. JAN. 19 MUSIC WORKSHOP. Organists, choir

Last January, a city employee puts a Christmas tree into the machine that turns the tree into mulch to be used on gardens and the greenbelt area. The city is recycling trees again this year. File photo Inca Drive. • Along the ballfield fence adjacent to the Miller Field parking lot at 3601 S. Elati St.

• The south parking lot at Centennial Park, 4630 S. Decatur St. • The south parking lot at Bates/Logan Park, 2938 S. Logan St.

directors and church music aficionados are invited to a music workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Englewood. Take

advantage of an opportunity sponsored by the Denver Chapter of the American Guild of Organists to learn more about voice care and vocal techniques for singers, teachers and conductors (Barry Roberts); choral conducting 101 (Brian du Fresne); stepping stones to improvisation at the console (Denise Lanning), and easy Sunday morning repertory for the organ (Tamara Schmiege). Cost is $25 for guild members and $30 for non members; $5 discount offered for registration before Jan. 10. For information and registration, visit http://www. or call 720-226-3214 or 303-984-9381.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. Send event information to, attn: Englewood Herald. No attachments. Listings are free and run on a space-available basis.

SO MUCH INSIDE THE HERALD THIS WEEK Difficult challenge. North Littleton Promise is trying to make a difference in a troubled neighborhood where two young men were shot recently. Page 5

Winter Cultural Series “Culture in the Ranch. It’s All Right Here.” No need to drive downtown! These performances bring the best in cultural talent to Highlands Ranch.

Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Cherry Hills Community Church

Making a change. A nonprofit helps provide new beginnings to women who were caught up in sex trafficking. Page 8

Academic honors. English professor Josie Mills, who designed Arapahoe Community College’s contemporary journalism program, has been honored as the school’s faculty of the year. Page 7 Coming soon. Denver’s Kirkland Museum is about to open two exhibits, “Colorado Art Survey VIII” and “New Explorations in International Design.” Page 16

January 10 - Cleo Parker Robinson Dance January 17 - Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra February 7 - Cherry Creek Chorale February 14 - Central City Opera Tickets: $7 • $5 Children 2-12 (under 2 free) • $10 day of event (if not sold out) Info: or 303-791-2500. Ticket purchases call 303-471-8859. Tickets non-refundable, all sales final.

Giddy-up. The National Western Stock Show will start soon, continuing a tradition of more than a century. Page 14 Dominant athlete. Christian McCaffrey of Valor Christian is Colorado Community Media’s 2012 Offensive Player of the Year. Page 18


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MEMORABLE MOMENTS FILE PHOTOS BY COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA STAFF American photographer Edward Steichen once said: “Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face. It is a major force in explaining man to man.” Newspapers often rely on imagery to better illustrate a story

and the nature of the human condition. Looking back, 2012 was a memorable year for Englewood. The Herald presents some of those memorable images, from stories we’ve covered throughout the year.

Graduating senior Jamal Crocker smiles as he walks between rows of teachers blowing bubbles on his way to his seat at Englewood High School commencement ceremonies in May. Teachers blowing bubbles is an EHS graduation tradition.


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Damasjae Currington looks out to see who dropped him into the water from his seat on Englewood High School football team’s dunk tank. The dunk tank was among the multitude of activities and events at Englewood’s Funfest, held in August at Belleview Park.

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Asher Hay, 5, gets tips on hitting the ball from his dad, Joe, on the driving range at the Broken Tee at Englewood Golf Course in April. Joe said his son has been hitting the golf ball since he was about 3, Staff and now he has his own golf bag En and club. He said he and his son make regular trips to the course to for w the d work on their game.


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A Fiesta Colorado Dance Company dancer performs at the CityCenter Englewood Amphitheater in September.

An operator dumps another bucket of debris into a truck in July as demolition continues on the Englewood High School campus to begin the project that will create a modern seventh- through 12th-grade campus on the site. Crews from Engineered Demolition removed the Lowell Building, the technical arts building and the swimming pool so Saunders Construction could begin work to build the first phase of the project. The project, funded by voter-approved bonds, is forecast to take about two years.


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North Littleton Promise serves neighborhoods like this one, where two teens were shot, one fatally, in October. Photo by Jennifer Smith

Group fights for tough neighborhood North Littleton Promise works to help children By Jennifer Smith In the heart of a neighborhood struggling with stability, North Littleton Promise is working to give children a place to feel safe and included. “We love them,” said Maureen Shannon, executive director. “They come in and they bring smiles and they make our day.” NLP provides after-school activities for about 40 elementary-school kids and 20 middle-schoolers in space donated by Church of God Holiness on Delaware Street. In colorful rooms piled high with books, volunteers help with homework, serve up snacks, teach hymns and much more. Some of those same children might have been awakened by gunfire on Oct. 19, when a house party ended with 18-year-old Da Von Flores shot to

ng the e at il. ng ut 3, Staff report bag Englewood police stopped a car on se to for weaving and, during a search of

death and a 17-year-old wounded. As a large group of young kids watched police gather evidence on Fox Street the next day, they talked about how their moms ran to their bedrooms to check on them when the shots rang out. “Bad things aren’t the norm,” said Shannon. “It’s disconcerting when it happens, and it gets so much publicity, but it’s not the norm.” Founded by members of Centennial Covenant Church in search of a struggling neighborhood to serve, NLP works to prevent things like gang involvement, truancy and teen pregnancy. Its goal is to show kids there’s another way of life, through mentoring, exposure to new activities, academic support, play, worship and cultural understanding. “We talk about choices and help them look toward the future,” said Shannon. Today, about a dozen churches are involved in the mission, supplying about a third of the program’s funding and dozens of volunteers. “It’s pretty rewarding,” said volunteer Dave Baresel. “It’s something I

never expected to do, because I didn’t think I was very good with kids. But I think the Lord made me do it. I’m kind of a coward when it comes to kids. … But they’re so cute. Some of them are a little roughhouse, but that’s OK, because they’re kids. It’s nice to be able to help them.” Parents like Yaneli Velasquez are definitely appreciative, even more so because they only pay either $5 or $10 a semester. The 25-year-old mother of four sends her son, 7-year-old Reyli, allowing her a bit more time with his three younger sisters. “It means a lot,” said Velasquez. “My kid is happy he’s learning about Jesus.” When the weather’s nice, the kids are encouraged to join one of NLP’s three soccer teams — not just for the exercise, but to be part of something positive. “With freedom comes a lot of temptation to get in trouble,” said Shannon. “They want to be busy so they don’t seek out those options. … It’s a way to fit in and have an identity.” For more information, visit www. or call 303548-0445.

Traffic stop results in heroin arrest the driver, found he was carrying six syringes and a bag of a powdery substance that tested positive for heroin, according to a report. Police stopped the Subaru just

after midnight Dec. 23 near the intersection of Broadway and Chenango. According to the police report, when Englewood Police Officer Dan McCubbin talked to the driver, the 26-year-old appeared to be very nervous and frequently reached toward his pocket.

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Much to accomplish for legislators this session Coloradans are less than a week from the first regular session of the 69th General Assembly. When our state lawmakers convene Jan. 9 in Denver, they will go to work in a Capitol with some new faces in new places and a balance of power that has shifted to the left. After the November election, Democrats gained control of both chambers of the state Legislature, to go with a Democratic governor in John Hickenlooper. Both the House and Senate have new leadership. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, replaces Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, as House speaker. John Morse, D-El Paso County, takes over for term-limited Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, as Senate president. With the Democrats’ new power comes

OUR VIEW a great responsibility. Namely, to think of their constituents first, even those who may not have voted for them. It is important to note that of Colorado’s active voters, Republicans slightly outnumber Democrats — 924,076 to 891,004, as of Dec. 1. The ranks of active unaffiliated voters only slightly trails the Dems’ numbers. Given that, it would be wise for lawmakers to vigorously work toward bipartisan solutions that the people of this state will embrace.

But will that happen? At a recent gathering with reporters and editors from many of the state’s media outlets, Morse said the voters’ decision to empower his party means the “middle class is coming back.” House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-El Paso County, quickly took exception to what he apparently felt was a jab at the GOP. “We do care about the middle class and bipartisan solutions,” Waller said. While that’s a fairly typical exchange across party lines, let’s hope it wasn’t a sign of bickering to come. Instead, let’s hope they are both right, that both parties will show commitment to the middle class and a focus on bipartisan problem-solving. With a passel of weighty issues await-

ing them, lawmakers will be best served by proceeding with a spirit of cooperation. In the coming months, state legislators could be faced with decisions on: • Setting standards for marijuana use and driving. • Deciding whether to repeal the death penalty. • Stricter gun-control measures. • Civil unions, an issue that appeared headed for passage in 2012 before lastminute maneuvering prevented a vote. • Increased school safety measures. These are among issues important to Coloradans, and we hope legislators will devote the effort and thought needed to come up with common-sense solutions. Voters have put their faith in our lawmakers, and they need to take that responsibility seriously.

I’ll have a little bit more Careful, attitudes are transparent of that song about hope The votes for song of the year are in. Actually there was only one vote and it was mine. Let’s see if you can figure out what I voted for. In a year of Sandy and Sandy Hook, with a big problem in an Aurora movie theater, the acrimony of an election year, the fiscal cliff, unemployment, and you name it, one of the few things we have had to antidote all of it was a tall girl who swam for us, and smiled all the way, safe to shore. If Missy Franklin was Hope, so was my song. The green light at the end of the dock. With hope comes optimism. Sometimes we hope that things will happen that don’t or can’t. It might be best to have little hopes, instead of big ones. But who hasn’t had the big hopes? Unconditional love, wealth, success, and Porsches are big ones. Making it home safely on a snowy day is a little hope. Then along comes life and there’s an old voice in my head that’s holding me back. We’re torn apart and the smiles go away. My smiles come and go just about every day, except when my lap dog is on my lap. If you are considering a dog, I recommend them. Back to my song. The group is from Iceland, if that helps. The five members of the band have unpronounceable and unspellable names. So you’ll never hear someone in the audience yell out “Marry me, Nanna Bryndis Hilmasdottir!” There, that’s a big clue. Nanna is one of the two lead singers. She usually wears a hat on the back of her head. One late night I caught the video for the song. It’s brilliant. It was directed by Mihai Wilson and Marcella Moser. “The video follows five sky-sailors played by the male members of the band, venturing across a fantasy land with a lost mythical female creature, all the while continuously running into nightmarish creatures. With the aid of the mystical creature played by Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, they survive it all and return her to her people.” The first time I saw it I thought I wasn’t awake. The creatures are very chimerical and very memorable.

None of that would matter if the song was a stinker, but it’s not. If you are still in the dark, ask one of your kids. Group from Iceland, fantastic video, and band member names you can’t spell. Gee whiz: Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson, who needs a haircut bad. The hope in the song comes in the chorus, which audiences have learned and sing along with at the group’s behest. “Though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore.” Watch the live version of the song on YouTube. The group is most commonly compared to Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire, and they are referred to as an “indie folk, indie pop” band. I dare you to download the song on a bad day and not feel better. I also know that my song of the year might be your least favorite song of the year. If you don’t like it, you don’t like it. But at least you have heard me out this far, and maybe I have helped you form an opinion about a favorite song of yours. Music can reach several different organs all at once — or none at all. “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men made my days better in 2012, and on those days when “I feel like I’m wrong when I am right,” I will remember the night when I was in rush hour, on the way to my art opening, grumbling and it took my grumble away. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@comcast. net

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Secularism does not equal immorality

I’m well aware of the need to fix the societal problems that lead to tragedies like that in Newtown, Conn., where my family lived for 11 years. But foolish talk equating secularism with evil, and blaming it for such events, won’t help. Religious believers tend to credit their religion for their own moral standards, and falsely assume that nonbelievers have none. As an experimental psychologist, I have followed with interest the developing body of scientific research on this topic. Nonbelievers actually tend to do slightly better

than believers on tests of ethical decisionmaking. And interestingly, Nate Silver (of FiveThirtyEight) just released a study showing that nonbelievers have a substantially lower rate of gun ownership than believers. Equating secularism with amorality is a simple and baseless prejudice, which costs our society dearly, not least by limiting our choice of political candidates. Cast out the mote, please — for the good of the country. H. Rudy Ramsey, Ph.D. Parker

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The other day I was speaking with my friend Otto up in Beaver Creek, and since it was the night before my first skiing of the year, Otto was sharing his experiences as he had already been on the hill a few times. Now Otto is one of those guys who is always smiling and in a good mood; he makes my day every time I just run into him. As he was telling me about how the mountain changed with the recently fallen snow and how much the ski conditions had improved, his eyes became brighter and his smile even bigger. In a ski town snow changes everything, including and maybe even especially attitudes. Jimmy Buffett sings about it right, “It’s these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same. With all of our running and all of our cunning, if we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” So what changes your attitude for the better? Is it the snow? Is it your latitude or location? Is it another person? The funny thing about attitudes is that they are so transparent. People think they can do a good job of hiding their feelings or try and put on their very best poker face, but the reality is that our attitudes are seen in our faces, noticed in our body language, and heard in the tone of our voice. And I think what I enjoy most about this is when someone approaches me and says, “You look like you are having a good day.” Has that ever happened to you? I am sure it has and I am sure you beamed even brighter and continued with a positive attitude and great day. Now there are those things that change our attitude for the worse. And the problem with this is that it is not only our good attitudes that are transparent; when we are wearing an angry, upset, envious, or selfish attitude, others will see that immediately too. And when this happens, the whole dynamic of a room, conversation, or a relationship can change.

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So what does this all mean? Obviously we are all influenced at some level by outside forces like snow and vacations or locations that bring out our positive side. And we are also hurt or disappointed by things outside of our control that bring out the negative attitude. So we have to find that inner strength, that inner solace and peace, and a positive attitude that we can rely on in any circumstance or during any change. I am fairly certain that if I met Otto anywhere, in the market, at a coffee shop, on the mountain, in the gym, or while he was working I would always see him smiling. He has a superb inner positive attitude. In a ski town snow changes everything, even for people who already have an optimistic outlook and positive attitude. We first need to recognize the important role that attitudes play in our own health and well-being as well as the impact that our attitude will have on others. Then we must identify what gives us our unflappable inner strength and resolve to maintain the right frame of mind and positive outlook. And lastly, we should allow ourselves to find and embrace those things in life that take our attitudes to an even higher level. I would love to hear how you manage your inner attitudes and all of the things that change your attitude for the better at Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of

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Journalism adviser is ‘Faculty of Year’ Mills teaches English, writes blog on fashion By Jennifer Smith As a poet who designed a journalism degree program and a fashion blogger with a doctorate in philosophy in English, Josie Mills personifies one of her favorite pastimes: finding things in unexpected places. Take the fashion tips featured on her website,, for example: “Look at the lining of your jacket, skirt or pants to find a new print or color combination to match with an old top.” “Be open-minded and try everything on. You’d be surprised what you might find in the teens’, maternity and boys’ departments and from stores or catalogs you never thought you’d shop from.” Mills recently got one big surprise herself when she found out she’d been named Arapahoe Community College’s Faculty of

the Year. “I’m honored,” she said. “I want to return the graciousness that so many have shown to me on campus.” She teared up describing a note written to her by a student, telling her what an impact she’d had on her writing and her life. “There’s been a lot of warmth from many,” she said. Mills has taught English at ACC since 2004. When she became the adviser to the now-defunct college paper, she saw a need for a journalism program at the school. So the ever-industrious Mills designed one. The contemporary journalism program has three areas of emphasis: advertising and marketing, writing and reporting, and multimedia and graphic design. Students can pursue either a certificate or a degree, and it transfers easily to four-year colleges, said Mills. Not having any journalism experience, she recruited local experts to an advisory board and dived head-first into getting some practical experience with her website. “I’m proud of myself for fully immersing myself in the current technology and be-

coming fluent in current ways of communicating,” she said. “I know I’m an amateur, and I need to take some of the classes in my own program.” With the industry in a state of flux, Mills feels having educated journalists reporting real news is imperative. “Many people feel the media’s role is to serve as a watchdog,” she said. “I prefer the idea that journalism is a mirror of our society, how we behave, what we care about, where we’re heading.” Closest to her heart, though, is teaching technical writing — an uncommon passion among English teachers. She teaches students to be concise, clear and correct so they present themselves professionally — skills also valuable for reporters. “I really like helping those students feel more confident and, even more importantly, to learn the skills to be successful not only at ACC, but in their careers.”

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Feldman set to replace Littleton judge Longtime county jurist accepts council’s offer By Jennifer Smith Ethan Feldman will replace James Anderson as Littleton’s presiding judge as of Feb. 1, assuming Littleton City Council approves the contract on Jan. 15. Feldman has accepted the offer made by council. If the contract is approved, Feldman will be officially sworn in at that Feldman same meeting. “Judge Feldman is a highly regarded jurist with an exemplary career,” said Mayor Debbie Brinkman. “He is a longtime resident of Littleton, and as such, his community roots are deep. City council couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him as presiding judge, and we look forward to working with him.” Feldman was considered for the same position in 2010 when Anderson was appointed. The longtime Arapa-

hoe County judge left the bench last year for an unsuccessful bid for district attorney in the 18th Judicial District. He graduated from Northwestern University in Illinois in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver in 1974, then served as deputy district attorney and later as chief deputy district attorney for major crimes in the 18th Judicial District from 1974 to 1980. From 1980 to 1991, he was in private practice in Littleton and Greenwood Village while also serving as a part-time municipal judge in Glendale. He was appointed to the Arapahoe County Judiciary in 1991 and served for 20 years. The judgeship is a contract position. Anderson’s two-year contract was to expire on Dec. 21, but council voted Dec. 4 to extend it until Jan. 31. Feldman was chosen over six other finalists, including Anderson, Littleton Associate Judge Julie Anderson, Littleton City Prosecutor Tricia McCarthy, Centennial Presiding Judge Ford Wheatley, attorneys Tomee Crespin and Corrine Magid. Anderson was a central figure in the firing of former City Attorney Suzanne

Staiert last September, just hours after she filed a sexual-harassment complaint against him with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The city ultimately settled with Staiert, paying her $143,000 while denying any wrongdoing. Staiert withdrew the complaint and went on to become the deputy secretary of state. After leaving the city, Staiert asked the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Council to investigate Anderson’s behavior. “(Anderson’s) actions were inappropriate and unprofessional,” wrote John Gleason, regulation counsel, in a letter dated Nov. 7. “After a review of the evidence and interviews with various witnesses, however, we conclude there is not clear and convincing evidence of a violation of the disciplinary rules.” Anderson has never publicly commented on the situation. But during a recorded meeting with Staiert and human-relations director Erich WonSavage, he never denies any of the behavior Staiert alleged, including giving her gifts and showing up at meetings just to see her. He simply says it was not his intent to make her uncomfortable.

Bills would put troops in schools Legislation would also create task force on safety By Deborah Grigsby As the nation grieves over the mass slaying at a Newtown, Conn. grade school, legislation is afoot that would put military personnel in schools. Two bills proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Dec. 19 hope to free up money for governors to use National Guard troops in schools. According to a press statement, Boxer’s first bill, the School Safety Enhancements Act, would increase the existing Secure Our Schools au-

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thorization from $30 million to $50 million. It would also create a joint task force between the Justice Department and the Department of Education to develop new school safety guidelines. But her second bill, dubbed the Save Our Students (SOS) Act, would allow governors to be reimbursed by the federal government for the cost of deploying National Guard troops for duty at schools. Boxer’s statement said the legislation is modeled after a National Guard program that’s been in place since 1989 that lets states use the Guard to assist law enforcement efforts. Under the new program, Guard troops would help support local law enforcement agencies to ensure schools are safe. While the proposed legislation

makes its way through Washington, D.C., local soldiers and airmen wait for instruction. “The Colorado Guard stands ready to support the direction of our civilian leadership,” said Col. Peter Byrne, director of the Colorado National Guard’s Joint Staff based in Centennial. “The Colorado Guard has supported civil authority for nearly 152 years and our forces have never been more ready to serve.” Boxer’s statement said her legislation should be considered as part of a comprehensive response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, “which would include enacting sensible gun laws — including banning assault weapons and high-capacity clips — and ensuring that the mentally ill are not able to purchase guns.”


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Free the Girls helps survivors of trafficking Local group assists women in Mozambique By Ryan Boldrey

rboldrey@ourcolorado A Highlands Ranchbased nonprofit is changing the world, one woman at a time. Free the Girls, founded by Dave Terpstra and Kimba Langas in 2010, is helping women who were previously caught up in sex trafficking to new beginnings. “I like to do more than just shout at whoever will listen,” Terpstra said. “I like to dig in and get my hands dirty. When I looked around the landscape of anti-trafficking organizations in the U.S.A. a couple of years ago, there weren’t a lot of opportunities for the average person to engage in the fight beyond using their voice. I wanted to change that.” A visit to Mozambique changed everything for Terpstra, who moved there from Highlands Ranch in 2010. Looking for ideas to help curb human trafficking, he became overwhelmed by the amount of secondhand clothes being sold in the country, and one day came across a man with an um-

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH FREE THE GIRLS “We’re constantly looking for partners to donate boxes, help with shipping, host fundraisers or bra drives,” said Kaci Nice, volunteer coordinator with Free the Girls and former Parker resident. “Do you have one bra in your closet you could give up? Does your sister? Well, guess what, you just made a day’s wages for one person.” Nice said the organization is not seeking new bras, but wants donated, gently used bras and would appreciate any help with shipping costs possible, suggesting a dollar per donated bra. “We need volunteers to think in creative ways,” she said. “We need administrative help. It doesn’t matter how much time you have, even if it is just two days out of the year, we can find something for you to do. We never turn anyone away.” If interested, contact Nice at

brella that had bras dangling off the ends. The image stuck with him, and as Terpstra began to research the value of bras on the secondhand market, he learned that selling two bras could pay for a day’s wages. “I figured we might be able to engage trafficking survivors in gainful employment, and connect the average person in the U.S.A. to the cause,” he said. “That’s how Free the Girls was born. “In many ways the problem of trafficking in the States is much bigger than here. The U.S.A. is the largest trafficking destination in the world. However, what grips me about the trafficking situation here is that most of it is internal.” By internal, Terpstra said that Mozambican children are often sold off to pimps

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by their own families, because there isn’t enough for food or the families don’t want to be responsible for them. AIDS is extremely prevalent in the country, and typically girls begin their lives as prostitutes between the ages of 8 and 12.

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Terpstra partnered with a safe house in Mozambique and launched a pilot program in the spring of 2011, putting three former prostitutes to work selling bras that Langas and FTG volunteers had collected and shipped overseas. What started as a Facebook page went viral, Langas said, adding that more than 70,000 bras have been shipped to Mozambique since 2010 to help the women get on their feet. As part of the program, each girl gets 100 bras given to them to sell, and from there they have to buy back inventory from FTG, teaching valuable business skills that they can use later on. “We provide an opportunity for job training and an income source,” Langas said. “A lot of times the women may not any longer be under the control of a trafficker or a pimp, but they need some convincing to come off the streets because that’s the only life that they’ve known. Even when we can offer them something a little different or better, sometimes the unknown is a lot scarier than the known, no matter how horrific the known has been.”

Kimba Langas, co-founder and executive director of Free the Girls, stands surrounded by bras in the garage of her Highlands Ranch home. Free the Girls is a newer nonprofit organization that helps African women with a background in trafficking get off the streets. Courtesy photo by John S. Miller Photography There are currently 10 women in the program, and each woman sells between 100 and 500 bras a month, Langas said, which allows the women a chance to live comfortably. “We want to get as many girls in the program as possible,” Langas added. “One of the girls in the program right now supports herself, her boyfriend, her sister and


ployed.” Terpstra and Langas are in conversations right now with three more safe houses in Africa as well as one in Central America, and plan to begin pilot programs in all four locations in 2013. For more information on Free the Girls or volunteer opportunities in the organization, visit

Creek school bonds snapped up District sells $125 million in general debt Staff report The Cherry Creek School District has successfully sold all the bonds authorized by district voters in the November 2012 election. According to a district announcement, $125 million in district general obligation debt, with a true interest cost of 2.6 percent, were sold competitively, with bids received electronically


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her sister’s three kids just by selling bras. She still has enough left over to build a house.” “When Kimba and I started the project we really thought it was going to be a small operation,” Terpstra said. “It’s exciting to see our vision become a reality. We see a future where every former victim of human trafficking is gainfully em-

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on Dec. 12 via the Internet. Bank of America Merrill Lynch submitted the winning bid. The cover, or second best bid, was submitted by Wells Fargo Bank. Four additional bidders included Citigroup Global Markets; William Blair & Co.; Stifel Nicolaus & Co.; and Robert W. Baird & Co. Guy Bellville, Cherry Creek School District chief financial officer, said the district was able to take advantage of a very strong bond market and sell the bonds at historically low interest rates. Because of the low rates, the interest cost of the bonds will be less than half of the interest cap authorized by voters in the November election, said School notes, such as honor roll and dean’s list schoolnotes@ourcoloradonews. com Military briefs General press releases

Bellville. Thus, district taxpayers will pay less interest on this debt as a result of these lower interest rates. According to the district’s financial advisers, the bids received were a reflection of investor appetite for tax-exempt investments. Cherry Creek is an extremely strong credit, as evidenced by the Aa1/AA ratings assigned by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, respectively. The proceeds will be used to enlarge some existing schools to accommodate growth, renovate and upgrade other district schools, and to provide safety and security and technology enhancements across the district.

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rom the early 1990s to the beginning of this century, “bigger is better” certainly was the mantra of the homebuilding industry. All across North America buyers could browse among home developments boasting homes of 3,000 square feet or larger and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. But according to new data, home buyers are seeking less space today but more in green amenities. Research by the Canadian

Home Builders’ Association has found that many people now desire smaller homes with multipurpose rooms and energy saving features. They’re not ready to trade in their two- and three-car garages just yet, though. Plus, a survey of International Furnishings and Design Association members forecasts that McMansions will become a thing of the past and more emphasis will be placed on smaller, more eco-friendly homes. Family rooms will grow larger, as

will kitchens. Other rooms in the home will disappear, including the living room. Many homeowners and potential home buyers realize that with girth comes a cost. In today’s fragile economy, the ability to cash in on the dream of homeownership may come at the compromise of a smaller, betterplanned home. According to Tim Bailey, the manager of Avid Canada, a research and consulting firm for the building industry, “While many con-

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of home buyers, expect to see more one-level homes, or at least homes where there is a master suite and the majority of the living space on the first level. Part of what is driving this trend is the cost of homes in relation to space and the increased interest in environmental conservation. Smaller, more efficient homes require less in terms of heating and cooling energy. They need less furniture, and new materials made from sustainable products help further fuel green initiatives in the building industry. Energy efficient homes are a main priority for buyers. Although the homes may be smaller, they will not be miniscule. And home buyers can expect a host of amenities that will make the smaller size of homes barely perceptible. ■

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The Westernaires Big Red team presents the flags at one of the rodeos at last year’s National Western Stock Show. Several teams from the youth riding club, based in Jefferson County, will take part in this year’s National Western, which runs Jan. 12-27. Courtesy photos

National Western gets ready to roll Livestock judging, rodeos, entertainment on tap By Tom Munds Cowboy boots and hats will be in abundance Jan. 12-27 for the 107th edition of the National Western Stock Show. Each day’s schedule can include activities such as livestock judging and sales, rodeos, displays and entertainment, drawing hundreds of thousands of patrons through the turnstiles. While special events draw a lot of attention, the National Western is billed as the Super Bowl of livestock shows and sales. There are judging competitions for horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, bison, yaks, poultry and rabbits. Other livestock-related events include a sheep-shearing contest and the catch-acalf competition, where young livestock enthusiasts try to catch a calf to keep and then are judged the next year on their ability to raise and care for the animal. There also are numerous livestock sales where millions of dollars change hands as thousands of animals are sold to new owners. The National Western Stock Show is Colorado’s largest trade show. The 2010 show drew about 637,000 people. The show events are spread among a number of facilities. Stock show activities are centered at the National Western Stock Show Arena and Hall of Education near 46th Avenue and Humbolt Street, the Events Center at 1515 E. 47th Ave. and the Denver Coliseum. A general admission ticket is required to get into the National Western Stock Show. The ticket entitles the holder to visit the trade show, displays, stock shows and auctions. Ticket prices vary from $12 to $17 for an adult, with high-priced tickets required on the weekend. Tickets for children 3 to 11 are $2 to $3, depending on the day. Children under 3 get in free. The general admission ticket also is good for visits to the Children’s Ranchland and petting farm, open daily on the third floor of the Expo Hall. In addition, there are a variety of activities at the new Ames Activity Pavilion including stick horse rodeos, kids’ pedal-tractor pulls, horseshoe pitching and dummy roping contests. The pavilion is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the daily activity lists are post-

This cowboy’s goal is to stay on for eight seconds and get a good score in bull riding at one of last year’s National Western rodeos. There are 23 rodeos scheduled for this year’s National Western. ed on the website. There are a total of 42 entertainment events requiring admission tickets that range in price from $8 to $100 each. The entertainment schedule includes: two Mexican Rodeo Extravaganzas, three Professional Bull Riders events, two Wild West shows, the Grand Prix horse jumping show, two SuperDogs shows, two performances of An Evening of Dancing Horses and the Martin Luther King Jr. AfricanAmerican Heritage Rodeo. There are also 23 rodeo performances during the first stop of the year for members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys As-

sociation. At the other end of the National Western complex, the Events Center will be equally busy as the site of shows and competitions as well as activities that include the Grand Prix jumping event, an evening of dancing horses and a daily schedule of riding and performance competitions. The Equestrian Center is also the site of the Wild West Show, an event fashioned after the turn-of-the-century performances produced by Buffalo Bill Cody. For information on the full schedule of events, ticket prices and directions to the facilities, visit

If Steve Cominsky’s hunch is right, there’s a “very good chance” that movie and music star Justin Timberlake could show up for the opening of Colorado’s first Southern Hospitality Restaurant & Bar at 1433 17th St. Timberlake, who along with two partners created the New York-based barbecue and Southern food eatery, no longer has a financial stake in the restaurant but “still aligns himself with the brand,” said Cominsky, chief operating officer of Southern Hospitality Franchisee Holding Corp., which owns the exclusive franchise rights to expand the brand. “He’s a big supporter.” One rising music star who will definitely be around for the late January opening is Colorado Springs native Ryan Tedder, lead singer of the band OneRepublic, who Ka remains an investor. “Ryan lives in town and has a studio in play Denver,” Cominsky said. “He’ll be around ern s 7:30 the restaurant for the first couple of Hall, weeks.” Cominsky and his team have the fran- ries c Th chise rights to open 30 Southern Hospitalyoun ity restaurants throughout the country. The Denver restaurant will open for dinner and i den H only to start, with plans to add lunch by G early February. her r The menu includes Memphis-style Hall barbecue, dry-rubbed spare ribs, sweet Engle and saucy baby-back ribs, crispy fried Ti pickles and creamy cheddar grits. The bar list includes a selection of micro-brews on glew tap, an extensive list of bottled beers and a Learn variety of bourbon. “G For more information, go to www.shder Th to th Jan. 9 Game of Giving day i With the Broncos clinching the AFC West title and the team’s sound drubbing Learn of the Cleveland Browns, there’s a chance diffe Th Denver’s team will be New Orleans-bound the l in February. Since we can’t all make it to NOLA for Build the festivities, you can celebrate in town cess during the second annual Game of Giving side. come fundraiser at Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St., on Feb. 3. The annual Super Bowl watching party Gene Th benefits Metro Volunteers, Families First and Florence Crittenton Services of Colo- toric ings: rado Parent & Child Foundation. Story Tickets are $25 for admission, a food buffet (from Elway’s, Jason’s Deli, Y.Lo Ca- win, tering and Garbanzo’s), free beer and one alogy prize drawing ticket to win items includ- Dave ing restaurant gift cards, signed sporting bile p Th goods, event tickets and more. of ea Tickets: cemb Spiri Panzano adds space Gene Panzano restaurant inside The Hotel third Monaco at 909 17th St. has added 415 square feet of private dining space adja- are w 303-3 cent to the bar. The room, dubbed Toscana, features an expansive view of Champa Street through Tenor Ly a large glass window wall opposite a wine wall that holds 450 bottles from the restau- form rant’s award-winning wine list. “We’re excited to expand our offerings and create this unique space for our guests,” said Panzano General Manager Josh Mayo. “The street view from this new room makes it a great addition to our pri-


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Stock show exhibit is Western treasure ‘RETHINKING WESTERN’

Art sale begins with reception

Gallery 1261 at 1261 Delaware St. hosts a related exhibit, “Rethinking Western,” from Jan. 11 to Feb. 23. The gallery features contemporary realist artists, including Jill Soukup, Coors Western’s featured artist. She once studied architecture and transfers her interest in textures of animals to paintings of buildings. Other artists include Gordon Brown, Mark Daily, Floyd Dewitt, Ulrich Gleiter, Quang Ho, Michael Lynch (who in years past had a Main Street Littleton gallery), Mike Malm, Jim Morgan, Grant Redden, Matt Smith and Michael Workman. These artists provide a relief from overdone romanticism in art about the West. Opening reception: 5-8 p.m. Jan. 11. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 303-571-1261.

By Sonya Ellingboe

Beginning in 1993, with support from Coors Brewing Co., in particular the late Swede Johnson, the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale has become a feature at Denver’s 107-year-old National Western Stock Show. It celebrates Western heritage in new ways each year. Mary Belle Grant, who lived on Littleton’s Grant Ranch before it was a subdivision, was also instrumental in creating this strong show. A Mary Belle Grant Award has been given in her name each year to a person who embodies the Western way of life and symbolizes the passion for the West through art. Prominent artists from across the nation submit entries and a number are chosen for the exhibit, which opens with a Red Carpet e Reception ($200, by reservation) on Jan. 8. d Collectors will purchase many of the first works on that night, then the sale will open at to the public during stock show hours Jan. 12 through 27, exhibiting today’s visions of rt- the West. eWorks tend to exhibit the most skilled er techniques in painting, drawing and sculpture and are primarily, though not entirely, ” representational. of Painter Jill Soukup, who recently was ng the juror for Lone Tree’s annual art show, is hise sup-



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honored as the 2013 featured artist of the Coors Western show. Her painting, “Hold Steady,” is reproduced on a poster available for sale at the show, and the original will become part of the permanent collection. It shows a close-up of a horse and rider at attention. The horse’s neck is arched and

Fiddler coming to Englewood

Katie Glassman of Denver will sing and o in play her fiddle in styles ranging from Westnd ern swing to vintage jazz and bluegrass at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Englewood’s Hampden Hall, part of a new Friday night concert sen- ries called “Starlight Rhythms.” The series hopes to draw a somewhat talyounger audience for folk, blues and jazz nner and is presented in a cabaret style in Hampden Hall. y Glassman’s original music is recorded on her recent release, “Snapshot.” Hampden Hall is at 1000 Englewood Parkway in the t Englewood Civic Center. Tickets: at the door or 303-860-8196. Enbar s on nd a

Learn about herbs

“Growing Herbs” will be master gardener Therese Revitte’s topic when she speaks to the Littleton Garden Club at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 9. (Note that this is the second Wednesday instead of the usual first Wednesday.) ng Learn about growing culinary herbs and nce different ways to preserve them. The longtime Littleton club meets at und the lunchroom at the Educational Services or Building, 5776 S. Crocker St., Littleton. (Acn cess is from Ida Street, parking on the south ing side.) Guests and new members are welcome. Social time is at 6 p.m.


arty Genealogy get-togethers The Columbine Genealogical and Hisst lo- torical Society announced January meetings: 1 p.m. Jan. 8 — “Blogging: Telling the Story Behind Your Research” with Jen Baldd Ca- win, owner of Ancestral Journeys and genene alogy blogger. 1 p.m. Jan. 15 —Program by d- Dave Hensley, owner of Scangaroo, a mong bile photo scanning company. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, except summer and December, at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Genealogy workshop programs are on the l third Tuesday. Guests and new members a- are welcome. For information: C. J. Backus, 303-355-0731. s an ugh Tenor time Lyric tenor Jonathan Hodel will perne tau- form the Franz Schubert masterwork “Der

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“Hold Steady” by Jill Soukup is the 2013 featured artwork of the Coors Western Art Exhibit. Courtesy photo the cowboy’s body, shown from the waist down, is tense and in command. Soukup, who exhibits her work locally and nationally, moved to Colorado as a child and soon developed an affinity for horses, creating drawings first, then paintings. She graduated from Colorado State Uni-

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vate dining spaces.” The new space will seat 20 guests for a seated dinner at counter-high tables and chairs. Executive Chef Elise Wiggins will be available for events in this new venue. When Toscana is not reserved for private events, Panzano’s happy hour will expand into the new room. More information at Winterreise” at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 9770 Foothills Canyon Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Also on the free program: arias of J.S. Bach. 303-683-1300.

Classics at Lone Tree

“Giants of Classicism” will be featured in a program at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s well-known “Symphony No. 40” as well as works by Haydn and Bach. Tickets: 720-509-1010, lonetreeartscenter. org.

versity with a bachelor’s of fine arts and worked in graphic design for 11 years before becoming a full-time painter. Denver’s popular stock show will attract over half a million visitors in its 16-day run, featuring rodeos, a trade show with 900 vendors, exhibits of about 15,000 animals ranging from pampered rabbits and chickens shown by proud 4-H owners to huge championship bulls, and more. It will honor a Citizen of the West and award 74 scholarships to CSU, University of Wyoming and many other schools to young participants. In addition to agricultural professionals, young doctors and nurses who will go into rural practices are supported. For information: coors-western-art.

Oxford Hotel is ‘golden’

Denver’s historic Oxford Hotel, on 17th and Wazee, is featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013 as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay.” The January issue of the magazine — on newsstands now — features more than 500 properties worldwide. The Oxford was the only Denver hotel to be honored. In celebration of the Conde Nast pick, The Oxford has launched a gold package, starting at $500 per night. It includes: • Deluxe or parlor room accommodations for two. • A 50-minute couples massage at the

Oxford Club. • In-room amenity of Godiva Chocolates and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. • Valet parking. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-228-5838 or go to

Seeking artists

The 40 West Healing Arts Exhibition & Showcase in northeast Lakewood is looking for artists. The deadline to submit artwork to be considered for the exhibit is Jan. 17. Submission is free for 40 West Arts members. The exhibit is a convergence of artwork, practitioners and products that invigorate and revitalize the mind, body and spirit, and it will kick off Feb. 9. To submit artwork, visit Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

Visit Pompeii

Extended hours are announced for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s exhibit, “A Day in Pompeii,” which runs until Jan. 13. The exhibit will be open until 7 p.m. each day except Jan. 10, with the last timed ticket issued at 5:30 p.m. The DMNS is at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Information:

At the SSPR galleries

Sue Shehan’s exhibit, “The Journey,” includes paintings in pastels. They are at the Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial, through Jan. 30. Daffy and Al Knoblock’s underwater photography, “Below the H2O,” and glass exhibit are at the Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle, Lone Tree, through Jan. 30. The Paint Box Guild is displaying “Artists of Littleton” at the Douglas H. Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton through Jan. 30. Subjects: Flowers, landscapes, people.

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Kirkland looks at design, Colorado art Reception introduces two new exhibits

IF YOU GO The Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art is located at 1311 Pearl St., Denver. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission: $7. There is a small parking lot across the street to the south plus available street parking. Because of the fragile nature of the collection, children under 13 are not admitted. 303-832-8576.

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Kirkland Museum’s Modern room vignette features designer furniture from the collection and paintings by Colorado artists. Courtesy photo The Kirkland Museum, which is a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, began when Henry Read built it at 1311 Pearl St. in 1910. Read, who had a teaching studio there, was one of the originators of the Denver Art Museum. The building was built in Arts and Crafts style and served as a meeting place

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for museum organizers until 1922. In 1929, artist Vance Kirkland founded the Chappell School of Art at the University of Denver, housed at Chappell House, 1300 Logan (razed in 1970), which was also used by the start-up Denver Art Museum. In 1932, Kirkland leased Read’s Pearl Street property, which he later purchased. He parted company with the University

of Denver, because it wasn’t granting full credit to his students, and opened the Kirkland School of Art. It was also his working studio until he died in 1981. (He returned to DU in 1946, with many students in tow, directing an oncampus School of Art.) Before Kirkland died, he willed his property to current director Hugh Grant, who started a nonprofit foundation and added nearly 11,000 square feet of space in a compatible design to house Kirkland’s already extensive collection of decorative art, Kirkland’s paintings and a start on the works of Colorado artists — a collection Grant increases today. The collection does not illustrate any particular style, but is sought out based on artists who were born here, who worked here and whose style ranges from representational to abstract. The cumulative result is a colorful, richly furnished museum, unlike any other in the area. It also retains Kirkland’s original studio with tools, table and the unique sling he devised to suspend himself above his large canvases while at work. It’s a “don’t miss” for art lovers.

Just an old-fashioned love story End-of-the-world proposal leads to new beginning By Jennifer Smith

jsmith@ourcoloradonews. com Sometimes you need a happy Christmas love story, and the tale of Michelle Pirzadeh and Raudel “Raudy” Madera just so happens to fit the bill. They call theirs a modern take on an old-time love story; he’s a soldier, she’s a nurse. They met online three years ago, while Madera, 27, was stationed in Iraq. The dating site narrowed his choices down to three women; he says Pirzadeh was the first one he called. “Then he called me every day at 7 p.m. for two months,” said 25-year-old Pirzadeh, adding that she’s normally quite shy. “I could tell he was genuine. … I felt comfortable with him, and I

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With an opening reception on Jan. 10, the Kirkland Museum introduces a pair of new exhibits: “New Explorations in International Design” and “Colorado Art Survey VIII.” Both will contain new pieces that haven’t been exhibited before, plus items from the museum’s deep collection. This small gem of a museum has an extraordinary collection, started by Vance Kirkland, of international decorative art from the last quarter of the 19th century through the 20th century. Thousands of treasures are exhibited in a salon style — vignettes of related furniture, accessories and art pieces, rotated with some regularity. Major new acquisitions from 1875 to 2000 will be exhibited in those salon settings, representing eight (out of eleven) decorative art movements: Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstatte, De Stijl, Art Deco, Modern and PostModern. The “Colorado Art Survey VIII” continues to showcase a selection of works by Colorado’s important artists dating from 1875 to 1980 — drawn from the collection of 4,870 works by 505 artists — a collection director Hugh Grant continues to build.

Michelle Pirzadeh and Raudel “Raudy” Madera met online two months before this picture was taken, just seconds after they met in person for the first time. Courtesy photo felt like I could share stories with him.” By the time they met in person, the very day he was back on American soil, they say it was like they’d always known each other. “When I first saw her, I hugged her twice because I didn’t know what else to do,” he said.

Flash forward to Dec. 21, 2012 — the last day of the Mayan calendar. “We both said to each other that today might be the end of the world, but it’s the beginning of ours,” said Madera. By the time he suggested a Christmas-y outing to the Trail of Lights at Denver

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Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, he had already asked Pirzadeh’s parents for their blessing. “That’s always how I had imagined it,” she said. He led her to a quiet bench amid the twinkling lights. Then he took a small box out of his pocket, and she had an inkling what might be about to happen. She opened the box to find a diamond … necklace. “I was totally bummed,” she laughed. Then he took another small box from his other pocket, and got down on his knee in the frozen snow. “I’d never seen a girl cry so much,” he said. “I had so many tears in my eyes that I couldn’t see the ring,” she said. “I remember him asking me, but I was so overwhelmed that I don’t remember if I said yes. I hope I did.” “She did,” said Madera. At this point in the telling of the story, strangers in Starbucks were stopping to listen. “I’m totally eavesdropping,” admitted Eddy Kovacevich. He said when his longtime girlfriend asked why they weren’t engaged yet, he just pulled into Southwest Plaza and bought her a ring, no fanfare about it. Pirzadeh read recently that December, the end of the year, is the most common month to get engaged. “It’s like you chose this person to have a new beginning with,” she said. For others taking the plunge this holiday season, Madera has some advice. “Just don’t stop showing her that you love her and you want her to be there for every step of the way,” he said.


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Student sets stage for theater life HRHS senior takes top score at state thespian conference

‘I was crying, and smiling, and eating pie at the same time.’

By Ryan Boldrey

Julia Bye Barb Dignan has had theater students accomplish some pretty special things. Add Highlands Ranch High School senior Julia Bye to that list. Earlier this month, Bye received the top score out of 1,600 students competing in individual monologue at the 2012 Colorado State Thespian Conference in Denver, making the senior the third actor from the school under Dignan’s guidance in six years to advance to the National Individual Events Showcase. Bye, who received perfect scores for her two 60-second monologues, will participate at the showcase event this June at the University of Nebraska. “With God as my witness, you are going to see this girl in film,” said Dignan, who has two other former students she had a “hunch” about who are already making their ways in Los Angeles and on Broadway. “There are a lot of things I’m not good at,” Dignan added. “I can’t do more on the computer than get on and read my mail. I am not technical at all. But in another life I would’ve been a casting director. … Sometimes I see it early in a student. With Julia, I saw it the day we met her freshman year.” The judges at Colorado’s top high school thespian competition no doubt shared Dignan’s latest hunch, as Bye wowed them with a pair of contrasting monologues. Bye pulled off excerpts from Lindsay Price’s comedic “Skid Marks: A Play About Driving” and from August Wilson’s emotionally challenging “Fences,” where Bye acted out the part of a character who just found out her husband of 18 years was leaving her for a woman he had been having an

affair with and impregnated. The victory, which could be compared to a state championship in athletics, has instilled a huge boost of confidence in Bye, who plans to spend her last semester of high school reading auditions for different collegiate theater programs. “This kind of reaffirmed for me that I am going in the right direction,” she said. “I’ve always liked performing, and went to acting camps when I was a little kid, but I didn’t start acting in shows until my freshman year when I was in August Wilson’s ‘Gem of the Ocean.’” Since then she has acted in many plays at the school, but it was during a Broadway trip with the rest of her theater company to see “Godspell” last summer that she realized she couldn’t see herself ever doing anything else. “I was literally crying for two hours after the show,” she said. “I was crying, and smiling, and eating pie at the same time. None of my friends knew what was wrong with me, but I just realized this is all I could do forever.”

Other noteworthy perfomances

Bye was not the only HRHS student to leave lasting impressions at this year’s state conference. Five other seniors received callbacks from attending universities, including Brandon Nives, who tallied 19 callbacks and was accepted to the University of Northern Colorado’s esteemed theater program on the spot. Melanie Schultz also received 19 callbacks for scholarship and admissions auditions; Andrew Shopes received 12; Nico Kuklin, four; and Lauren Ammer, two.

Highlands Ranch High School senior Julia Bye became the third student in school history to qualify for the National Showcase event for theater students after placing first out of 1,600 actors in solo monologue at the Colorado Thespian Conference at the Denver Performing Arts Center. Courtesy photo


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12 Colorado Community Media All-Star Teams All-Stars

McCaffrey amazed all year Valor Christian junior was dominant presence By Daniel P. Johnson Statistics don’t always tell the complete story. Take Valor Christian’s Christian McCaffrey as a prime example of that. The junior running back gained 1,390 rushing yards in the 2012 season. Great numbers, for sure, but there were other running backs in the state that accumulated more. Now, when you begin to factor in the fact that McCaffrey, in addition to his rushing prowess, led his team in receptions (55), receiving yards (675), punt return yards (261) and scored a total of 43 touchdowns, the picture of McCaffrey’s dominance on the gridiron becomes clearer. The junior was recently named Colorado Community Media’s 2012 Offensive Player of the Year for his performance in the 2012 season. “On defense, we just had no answer for No. 5,” Arapahoe coach Mike Campbell said of McCaffrey after his 295 rushing yards, 108 receiving yards and six-touchdown performance against the Warriors in a 48-31 state quarterfinal victory. “That guy is awesome.” McCaffrey did some of his best work in the postseason, highlighted by a two-week stretch over the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, where he would score a total of 11 touchdowns. In the first-ever Valor Christian-ThunderRidge contest, which was played in the 5A semifinals at a raucous Shea Stadium, McCaffrey scored five touchdowns as the Eagles rolled the Grizzlies, 49-3. “He’s really special. I wish I could say it’s all coaching,” Valor Christian coach Brent

Vieselmeyer said. “You just look at the things he does; he scored on a punt return, he runs back kickoffs, plays defense and throws passes. You name it, he can really do it. That’s what makes him really special. He’s an outstanding receiver when he needs to be. “From a defensive perspective, you’re asking ... what are they going to do with him now? I’m just really proud of him, and he’s the kind of kid to be honest with you, we have to slow him down because that’s how he practices and does everything in his life, and that’s why he’s such a great kid.” McCaffrey, while he didn’t have his best statistical game in the Class 5A state title contest against Cherokee Trail (he still gained over 100 yards rushing), was able to affect the game’s outcome simply by being on the field. With Cherokee Trail refusing to punt the ball in his direction, McCaffrey’s presence helped give the Eagles prime field position early in the fourth quarter of what was a scoreless game at the time. McCaffrey finished off what turned out to be the game-winning drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, as the Eagles won their first-ever 5A state championship, and fourth-straight overall, 9-3 over the Cougars. “We knew Cherokee Trail was an amazing football team and that they were going to make some plays,” said McCaffrey, who made up for his two lost fumbles with the touchdown run. He finished the game with 114 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards. “We played extremely sloppy, especially on my part, so I apologize to the team for that. But, a win’s a win and we’re going to take it and soak it in and really enjoy this one.” McCaffrey’s wide array of talent is best summed up by teammate and quarterback, Luke Del Rio, who recently announced he would be walking on at the University of Alabama. “Christian is amazing,” said Del Rio, who

Christian McCaffrey runs the ball Dec. 1. McCaffrey scored Valor’s lone touchdown in the state final game. Photo by Paul DiSalvo | completed 70 percent of his passes and threw for 2,275 yards with 28 touchdowns

and four interceptions. “Every time he touches the ball he has the ability to score.”

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‘He was not only one of our most talented guys but one our hardest

By Daniel Williams ARVADA - You ever know one of those guys that are just really good at anything he tries? If you don’t, there is one in Arvada who goes by the name of Spencer Svejcar. The Ralston Valley senior is currently the leader of Mustangs varsity basketball team, but his extraordinary efforts on the football field earned him Colorado Community Media’s 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Award, announced this week. “It’s awesome and a great honor but we had a great defense and I was just a part of that. It’s easy to make plays when you play with a bunch of real talented guys,” Svejcar said. Svejcar, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety/ receiver/running back/return man, was a three-way leader for Ralston Valley who fell just one win shy of a meeting with Valor Christian in the 5A state championship. Although he shined as numerous positions on the football field, he was the best safety in 5A football intercepting five balls and accumulating 108 tackles. “He’s just a great football player, a great athlete,” Ralston Valley coach Matt Loyd

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Ralston Valley senior running back Spencer Svejcar runs up field in this year’s semifinal against Cherokee Trail. Photo by Andy Carpenean said. “He was not only one of our most talented guys but one our hardest workers.” And while some teenager’s biggest choices are Taco Bell or McDonalds, or which mall they will go to, Svejcar has to decide which sport he is going to play in college.

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basketball in college but his tremendous season as a safety put him on the radar of multiple college football programs, both D-I and D-II. He also has the option to play baseball in college as a shortstop. “It’s 50-50 if I’ll play football or basketball (in college). I talked to New Mexico (recently) and I am just trying to be patient and make the right decision,” Svejcar said. Whatever decision Svejcar makes, where it’s to play safety, guard, shortstop, or Taco Bell, he is sure to get it right.

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Colorado Community Media All-Star Football Team 2012 McCaffrey, Svejcar lead selections Staff report


QB Luke Del Rio, Valor Christian, Sr. 2,275 yards passing, 28 touchdowns, 4 interceptions RB Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian, Jr. 1,390 yards rushing, 675 yards receiving, 37 touchdowns, 8.91 yards per carry RB Keynan Huguley, Thornton, Sr. 2,161 yards rushing, 30 total touchdowns, 501 yards rushing in single game FB Jake Hand, ThunderRidge, Sr. 1,002 yards rushing, 472 yards receiving, 17 touchdowns WR Connor Skelton, D’Evelyn, Sr. 1,254 yards receiving, 14 touchdowns, 572 kick return yards WR Mitch Colin, Pomona, Sr. 946 yards receiving, 8 touchdowns WR Brandon Malone, Chaparral, Jr. 724 yards receiving, 10 touchdowns TE Mitch Parsons, Chaparral, Sr. 754 yards receiving, 7 touchdowns TE Ethan Brunhofer, Arapahoe, Jr. 750 yards receiving, 9 touchdowns OL Daniel Skipper, Ralston Valley, Sr. Dominating force, headed to University of Tennessee OL Blake Nowland, Douglas County, Sr. Committed to Colorado State OL Connor Warren, Regis Jesuit, Sr. Unanimous selection to Continental all-conference team e he OL Chris Fox, Ponderosa, ore.”

Sr. Arguably top college prospect in state, committed to Michigan OL Sam Jones, ThunderRidge, Jr. First-team All-Continental League KR Trey Smith, Douglas County, Jr. 19.6 yards per kick return, 40.5 yards per punt return, 2,200 yards of total offense ATHLETE Jordan Radebaugh, Northglenn, Sr. 2,720 yards passing, 366 yards rushing, 3,106 yards total offense, 35 touchdowns


DE Austin Balbin, D’Evelyn, Sr. 82 tackles, 55 solo, 12 sacks DE John Adam, ThunderRidge, Jr. 36 tackles, 9 sacks DL Skylar McWee, Legacy, Sr. 48 tackles, 7 sacks DL Zack Anderson, Pomona, Sr. 48 tackles, 9 sacks LB Derek Landis, Lakewood, Sr. 193 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions LB Justin Falls, Valor Christian, Jr. 100 tackles, 43 solo, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions LB Carlos Aviles, Valor Christian, Sr. 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 pass defenses LB Justin Escue, Arapahoe, Sr. 64 tackles, 5 sacks DB Spencer Svejcar, Ralston Valley, Sr. 108 tackles, 79 solo, 5 interceptions DB Will Halligan, Pomona, Sr. 51 tackles, 5 interceptions DB Dustin Rivas, Horizon, Sr. 41 tackles, 6 interceptions, 7 pass defenses DB Preston DeHerrera, Mountain Range, Sr. 90 tackles, Front Range defensive player of the year K Daniel Carlson, The Classical Academy, Sr.

Pomona wide receiver Mitch Colin (3). Photo by W. Patrick Lanius 54 touchbacks, 10 field goals, 35 PATs, named to AllAmerican Bowl P Brendan McGowan, Castle View, Sr. 42 yard average, 6 inside 20 yard line Offensive Player of the Year: Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian Defensive Player of the Year: Spencer Svejcar, Ralston Valley Coach of the Year: Brent Vieselmeyer, Valor Christian


QB Jacob Knipp, Ralston Valley RB Jaden Franklin, Kent Denver RB Corry Williams, Ponderosa FB Daryl Hawkins, Valor Christian WR Taylor Vaughn, Arvada WR Hunter Burton, Cherry Creek WR Eddie Franco, Northglenn TE Joshua Clausen, Lutheran OL Tyler Andrejewski, Cherry Creek OL Daniel Kubistek, Holy Family OL Leuluai Io, Valor Christian OL Anthony Ochiato, Standley Lake OL Kevin Clark, Chaparral KR Tanner Townsend, Castle View


Mountain Range defensive back Preston DeHerrera.

DL/DE Gunnar Campbell, Horizon DL/DE Dylan Cassagnol, Cherry Creek DL/DE Brian Boatman, Kent Denver DL/DE Zayne Anderson, Pomona LB Colton Fries, Legend LB Cameron Gray, Valor Christian LB Chantz Tanner, Kent Denver LB Jake Bublitz, Legacy DB Ryan Belearde, Westminster

DB Drew Stephon, Ponderosa DB Thomas Trotman, Arapahoe DB Connor Durant, Standley Lake P Connor Orgill, Legend K Sawyer Edwards, Chaparral

Wheat Ridge; Max Kuhns, Chaparral; Damian Lockhart, Pomona; Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon; Chris Marquez, Pomona; Cody Marvel, D’Evelyn; John Martinez, Arvada; Sione Maumau, Valor Christian; Mitch McCall, Legacy; Alex McClure, Lutheran;

Justin Miller, The Classical Academy; Aaron Montoya, Legacy; Keenan Oby, LewisPalmer; Jack Palmer, Discovery Canyon; Rocco Palumbo, Mountain Vista; Phydell Paris, Legacy; Greg Pearson, Englewood; Matt Pettyjohn, Kent Denver; Connor Pierson, Pomona; Hunter Price, Ralston Valley; Steve Ray, ThunderRidge; Peyton Remy, Legend; Easton Robbins, Horizon; Ryan Rubley, Mountain Vista; Alec Ruth, Valor Christian; Jantzen Ryals, The Classical Academy; Tommy Saager, Arapahoe; Paris Salas, Golden; Jack Sale, Pomona; Mitch Schafer, Green Mountain; David Sommers, Holy Family; Austin Sonju, Littleton; Jackson Spalding, Discovery Canyon; Taven Sparks, Arapahoe; Garret Swartzendruber, Green Mountain; David Sweat, Green Mountain; Steven Sumey, Horizon; Deion Trejo, Wheat Ridge; Joey Trese, The Classical Academy; Lucas Videtich, Standley Lake; Kaleb Whiting, Arvada West; Eric Williams, Rock Canyon; Tahj Willingham, Cherry Creek; Jon Wilson, Heritage; Alec Wirtjes, Discovery Canyon; John Wood, ThunderRidge; Roman Yancey, Chaparral; Steven Yoshihara, Legacy.

Honorable mention:

Jordan Anderson, Ralston Valley; Tyler Andrejewski, Cherry Creek; Michael Babb, Arapahoe; Michael Barela, Golden; Travis Baum, Legacy; Chandler Bibo, Chaparral; Austin Beane, Rock Canyon; Luke Behrends, Legend; Jake Bennett, Bear Creek; Andrew Bergner, Legend; Michael Beiswenger, Discovery Canyon; Joe Bozeman, Regis Jesuit; Antonio Broadus, Regis Jesuit; Andrew Brown, Lewis-Palmer; Jakob Buys, Ralston Valley; Jose Cancanon, Arapahoe; Thomas Caracena, The Classical Academy; Kyle Carpenter, Ralston Valley; Elijah Cherrington, Legend; Riley Collins, Lakewood; Tom Commander, Mountain Range; Nate Conner, Lewis-Palmer; Chris Cruz, Castle View; Marcus Culhane, Arvada West; Damasjae Currington, Englewood; Jarred DeHerrera, Holy Family; Spencer Elliott, Horizon; Matthew Evans, Arvada West; Nick Evdos, Legend; Tommy Fitsimmons, D’Evelyn; Danny Flanagan, Bear Creek; Caelan Garner, Woodland Park; Bobby Glandon, Lutheran; Greg Gonzales, Horizon; Sean Grundman, LewisPalmer; Trevon Hamlet, Kent Denver; Drew Hebel, Legacy; Dan Hollar, Ralston Valley; Paul Holden, Littleton; Isaiah Holland, Valor Christian; Ryan Hommel, Rock Canyon; Mark Hopper, ThunderRidge; Trey Jarvis, Standley Lake; Devyn Johnston, Standley Lake; Jordan Jones, Wheat Ridge; Jalen Kittrell, Highhlands Ranch; Taylor Knestis, Lakewood; Sam Kozan, Valor Christian; Tyler Kubasta,

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS In the Matter of the Estate of John R. Graham, Deceased Case Number: 2012 PR 1473

Any person, co-partnership, entity, association, or corporation who has an unpaid claim against the Contractor for or on account of the furnishing of labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by such Contractor or any of his subcontractors in or about the performance of such work, may, at any time up to and including the time of such final settlement on said date, file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim with Englewood Schools (Attention: Jon Kvale) at 4101 S Bannock St, Englewood, CO 80110. Failure on the part of the claimant to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve the District from any and all liability for such claimant’s claim.

All persons having claims against the above-named estate are required to present them to the Personal Representative or to the District Court of Arapahoe County, Colorado on or before May 4, 2013 or the claims may be forever barred. Eleanor Jean Graham Personal Representative 5455 Landmark Place, Unit 904 Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111 Legal Notice No: 4100 First Publication: January 4, 2012 Last Publication: January 18, 2013 Publisher: Englewood Herald _________________________________ Public Notice



By: Jon Kvale

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 38-26-107, Colorado Revised Statutes, that on January 17, 2013 a final settlement will be made by the Arapahoe County School District No. 1 (Englewood Schools) on account of a contract between the Contractor and the District for

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Rec centers help with resolutions Get fit and don’t quit with classes, programs By Tom Munds According to figures posted on, 45 percent of Americans usually make a New Year’s resolution, and losing weight and staying fit and healthy are both in the top five. South Suburban Parks and Recreation has programs at Goodson, Buck and Lone Tree recreation centers to help those who decide that 2013 is the year to drop a few pounds and improve physical fitness. “We have free fitness orientations at all three of our centers to help people learn the proper way to use our equipment if they decide to work out on their own,” said Jamie DeBartolomeis, South Suburban marketing specialist. There are classes and programs offering different types of conditioning and workout intensities, which people can join if they don’t want to work out on their own. “Some of the fitness classes offered include yoga, Zumba, aerobics, spinning, martial

For many, the new year is the perfect time to focus on making changes in physical fitness. File photo arts and aquatic fitness,” she said. “There are walk and tone classes and the boot camp that offers a high-intensity workout

program.” She said the classes and programs use punch passes and do not involve a contract

or commitment. DeBartolomeis said another option is to take instruction from a personal trainer. She said the personal trainer can help individuals set goals and help each individual devise a personalized program to achieve those goals. She said South Suburban is offering a 10 percent discount on some personal trainer packages. The three recreation centers offering programs outlined by DeBartolomeis are: Goodson at 6315 S. University Blvd, Centennial; Buck at 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton; and Lone Tree, 10249 Ridgegate Circle, Lone Tree. Englewood’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Highlands Ranch Community Association’s recreation centers also offer programs. For information on Highlands Ranch programs go to and click on recreation. For information on Englewood programs, go to Click on the “inside city hall” tab, then on that menu click on “city departments.” Another click is needed to go to the parks and recreation department and the final click will be on recreation centers.

CLUBS IN YOUR COMMUNITY EDITOR’S NOTE: To add or update your club listing, email, attn: Englewood Herald. PROFESSIONAL AMERICAN ASSOCIATION of University Women, Littleton-Englewood Branch invites baccalaureates to participate in activities that further the goals of equity for women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. Meetings usually are Mondays each month, September through May, at Koelbel Library, Orchard Road and Holly Street, Centennial. Social time is followed by business meeting and informative program on subjects ranging from public policy issues to poetry. Call Linda Shell at 303-796-7702. ENGLEWOOD CHAPTER of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) needs men and women between the ages of 21 and 40 to help re-establish the chapter. Jaycees work to help chapter members grow professionally and to help serve the community through hands-on projects. To become involved, call 303-914-0180 or visit LETIP INTERNATIONAL, local chapter, is a professional referral organization that meets at Maggiano’s at the Denver Tech Center, 7401 S. Clinton St., in Englewood. A Highlands Ranch chapter meets at LePeep’s, 7156 E. County Line Road. Call 303-789-7898 or visit www.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1089, invites all current and retired federal employees to membership meetings from 1:30-3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Malley Senior Center, 3380 S. Lincoln, Englewood. RECREATION CHERRY CREEK Anglers meets at 7 p.m. every second Thursday in the Lodge Meeting Room at Gander Mountain Sports, 14000 E. Jewell Ave. Call Dennis at 303-841-3612.

KILOWATT EIGHTS is for people interested in square dancing. Dances are the first, third and fifth Friday each month at Malley Senior Center in Englewood. Call Ron at 303-759-4862.

MOUNTAINEERS SQUARE Dance Club meets the first, third and fifth Saturdays of the month at the Valley View Church of God, 4390 S. Lowell Blvd., Englewood, to square dance. Dances start at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and watch. This is a healthy activity for all. Call 303-798-4472.

POETRY NIGHT honors the great Edgar Allan Poe by reading poetry at The Attic Bookstore, 200 W. Hampden Ave., near Hampden and Bannock in Englewood. Take originals or an old favorite to read to others. Readings will be limited to five minutes. Sign up begins at 7 p.m. Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. All styles of

poetry are welcome. Call 303-777-5352.

SERVICES HOMECOMING INC. offers caregivers of low-income seniors who are frail, disabled or unable to live alone without care in Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson and Denver counties respite care. Assistance includes personal care and homemaking. Call Pamela Dombrowski-Wilson or Trini Martinez at 303-526-2318 for an application and information. SOCIAL DAUGHTERS OF the American Revolution, Columbine Chapter meets at 1 p.m. every second Saturday at Castlewood Library, 6739 S. Unita St., Englewood. Call Michelle Brown at 303-979-7550. DAUGHTERS OF the British Empire is a national organization with a philanthropic purpose. For almost a century, DBE has been a common bond for women of British heritage living in the United States. DBE is open to women who are citizens or residents of the U.S. who are of British Commonwealth birth or ancestry or who are married to men of British Commonwealth birth or ancestry. There are six chapters in Colorado, including chapters in Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, Evergreen and Boulder County. Call Chris at 303-683-6154 or Olive at 303-347-1311, or visit www. and use the contact form available.

EMBROIDERERS GUILD of America Colorado Chapter meets at Bethany Lutheran Church at Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Englewood the fourth Tuesday each month from 9:30 a.m. to noon, excluding December and July. Meetings include needlework projects, needle art education, lectures and workshops of all levels. Guests are invited. Call Marnie Ritter at 303-7919334. THE ENGLEWOOD Lions Club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Grill at Broken Tee Golf Course, 2101 West Oxford Avenue. Previously the Lions Club met every Wednesday at noon. The change in time is being made to better accommodate working men and women in the Englewood area who are interested in serving the community. Please join the Lions for breakfast and a weekly program and learn more about Lions Club International and the activities of the Englewood Lions Club. THE ROTARY Club of Englewood meets each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Wellshire Inn, 3333 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver. For information, contact Josh Staller at 303-721-6845, or visit FRIENDSHIPS ARE Golden, a Precious Moments collectors club, meets the fourth Thursday each month at Castlewood Library in Englewood. Dinner provided by club members at 6 p.m.,

meeting from 7-9 p.m. Give back to the community by doing local charity work. Talk and share stories about Precious Moments. Call Leota Stoutenger, club president, at 303-791-9283.

GRACE CHAPEL Mothers of Preschoolers meets second and fourth Wednesdays from 9-11:30 a.m. at Grace Chapel, I-25 and County Line Road, Englewood. Call Karleen Wagner at 303-799-4900 or visit KIWANIS CLUB of Englewood believes it has an obligation to be involved in community projects. Members meet Wednesdays 7 a.m. at The Neighborhood Grille 1500 W. Littleton Blvd. Everyone is welcome to join and have breakfast on Kiwanis. Call 303-783-9523. TOASTMASTERS - Meridian Midday. Experienced professionals and beginning speakers alike can benefit from our practical, face-to-face learning program. Whether you’re speaking to the board of directors, your customers, your co-workers or your kids, Toastmasters can help you do it better. We meet every Thursday from 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. at the American Family Insurance Building, 9510 South Meridian Blvd. in Englewood. For more information, contact our current VP of Membership, Brent Hilvitz at 303-668-5789. www. NEWCOMERS AT Grace Chapel in Englewood welcomes women who are

new to the Denver area. Learn about the group’s ongoing Bible study, make new friends, and be encouraged about God’s faithfulness and what happens after the boxes are unpacked. Call Carolyn Chandler at 303-660-4042 for information on welcome teas, Bible study, field trips and get acquainted luncheons.

WIDOWED MEN and women of America, Come join us and make new friends and share in a variety of activities. Our monthly meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. at Rox Bar and Grill, 12684 W. Indore Place, in Jefferson County. For more information call Mel at 303-973-8688or Nan at 728-981-1841. WHATCHA READIN’ meets at 7 p.m. monthly at The Attic Bookstore, 200 W. Hampden Ave., near Hampden and Bannock in Englewood. If having a prescribed reading list isn’t appealing, but gushing about an amazing or horrible read is, this is the right book club. Discuss books and get recommendations from other avid readers. Call 303-777-5352. SUPPORT ADULT CHILDREN of Elderly Parents, a Denver-area group of caregivers and relatives of elderly looking for support and resources, meets twice monthly at Malley Senior Center, 3380 S. Lincoln Street, Englewood. Meetings often include speakers from medical, counseling and housing services. Call Marina at 720-272-2846. BREAST CANCER Support Group meets Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Swedish Medical Center, 501 E. Hampden Ave., Englewood, second floor Conference Center, Spruce B. Patients, survivors and caregivers are welcome to attend. Meetings are free and open to the public. RSVP to Kelly Topf, oncology patient care coordinator, at 303-319-8638.

SCHOOL CALENDAR Roscoe Davidson Administration Building , 4101 S. Bannock St., 303-761-7050 • Jan. 4 — Winter break ends for faculty. • Jan. 7 — Faculty returns to the schools for a staff development day • Jan. 8 — Students are not in class because it is a teacher work day • Jan. 9 — All schools resume their normal schedules as students return to class.

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Englewood Herald published by Colorado Community Media

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