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McDonald, Dominguez set agenda for mayoral terms Mayors of bordering Tri-Lakes towns looking to the future By Danny Summers

dsummers@ Monument and Palmer Lake are bordering towns. But there are different issues facing each of the Tri-Lakes municipalities. Palmer Lake mayor Nikki McDonald won reelection in a relatively close vote on April 1. She has served as mayor or on the Town Council for more than 20 years. New Monument mayor Rafael Domin-



guez easily outdistanced his opponent for the vacant position. He spent the previous five-plus years as a member of the town’s

Board of Trustees. McDonald and her constituents are facing a number of critical economic and social issues. Among them is fire mitigation, funding (or lack of ) for a new firehouse, and the hot-topic marijuana issue. The recreational marijuana issue was voted down, 538 to 481. “I knew the retail marijuana issue would be very close, and I understand people’s feelings,” McDonald said. “They are the reason that I always wanted this to go to a vote.” If passed, the tax revenue from the sales of legalized pot were estimated to be anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000 per day. That floating figure has been lobbied by

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Dino Salvatori, owner of the Palmer Lake Wellness Center, which is a stone’s throw from the Monument border. “The revenue would have certainly been beneficial,” McDonald said. “We will have to see what happens next and where we go from here.” Salvatori and local pot proponents like him have vowed to keep up the fight. They have publically blamed Christian groups, last-minute negative propaganda, misinformation and ignorance as some of the reasons why the vote to legalize the sales of pot in Palmer Lake came up short. Terms continues on Page 3

Voters say ‘no’ to pot in Palmer Lake Dominguez elected mayor of Monument; McDonald reelected mayor in Palmer Lake By Danny Summers


Bewildered wildlife wandered in search of bare patches as the snow accumulations greened grassy areas with much needed moisture. Nearly 10 inches of snow fell in areas of the Tri-Lakes last week as evidenced by this spring scene near Dirty Woman Creek and Park. Photos by Rob Carrigan

Rafael Dominguez has been elected the new mayor of Monument, while Nikki McDonald won reelection as mayor in Palmer Lake. But the big news of election night (April 1) was that voters of Palmer Lake said `No” to allowing the sales of recreational marijuana within the city limits. The measure lost 538 to 481. “If the council goes against the popular vote there would be a recall election for sure,” said town councilman Michael Maddox, who did not win his election bid.” Maddox was the most outspoken council member against the legalized sales of recreational marijuana. But oddly, Palmer Lake voters went with six council members who were pro legalized sales of pot in the town. According to Maddox, the council could still vote on its own to implement the legalized sales of pot. “They would be foolish if they did that and went against the popular vote,” Maddox said. “Hopefully Nikki McDonald will sit on the council and make sure everybody abides by the vote.” Interestingly, 952 people voted for one of the three mayoral candidates, while 1019 voted on the pot issue. In the last Palmer Lake election, fewer than 200 people voted. Manitou Springs stands as the only municipality in El Paso County to allow the sales of recreational marijuana. Its City Council voted 6-1 on Jan. 21. McDonald received 461 votes, while Randy Fritz got 384 and Meredith Bromfield wound up with 107. Pot continues on Page 3



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High school teacher headed to Vatican to sing for popes Aaron Miller, a Spanish teacher, will sing at the Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII By Danny Summers

dsummers@colorado Aaron Miller is headed to Vatican to sing for the current and former Pope. And maybe even shake their hands. Miller, 25, is a Spanish teacher at Lewis-Palmer High School. He also is a pretty good vocalist. In fact, he has been honored to sing with a group from Denver for the upcoming CanMiller onization of John Paul II and John XXIII. The event takes place April 27 at Vatican City. The two late Popes will become saints in the Catholic faith. Between 5 and 8 million people are expected to attend the rare event. “I may never have this opportunity again so I definitely want to do it,” Miller said “This is once-ina-lifetime opportunity.” Miller will be singing with the esteemed Musicians of St. Clare. The Denver-based group was selected by representatives from the Vatican. Miller, and the rest of the group, is hoping for the personal opportunity to meet current Pope (Francis) and the recently retired Pope (Benedict XVI). “That would be pretty nice,” Miller said. “I know we will have a very busy schedule so I hope it works out.” Miller and the group will leave for Rome on April 24. They will have a layover in London before flying onto Rome.

Lewis-Palmer Spanish teacher Aaron Miller will be spending a lot of time at the Vatican when he travels there later this month to be part of the Canonization ceremonies. Photo by Danny Summers The choir’s busy schedule will allow for a day of sight-seeing, which will include the Coliseum and other cool places of interest. Miller is responsible for air fare, hotel and some food. His total bill is $3,000, “I don’t necessarily have the money, but I was able to come up with it,” said Miller, an alumnus of Widefield High School and graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Miller attends St. Dominic in Security. Last October he was told by his niece with Musicians of St. Clare about an opportunity to tryout with the choir. Miller and four other people from his church went to Denver for tryouts. Miller, who is married, rehearses with the Denver choir every Tuesday night. The Musicians of St. Clare began from humble origins. They began as the John Paul II Youth

Choral in 1993 to provide choral music for the 1993 World Youth Day, which Pope John Paul II held in Denver. Carma Romano-LaMorte formed the ensemble and still leads it today. Pope John Paul II invited the choir to the Vatican several times in subsequent years. The choir has performed the Mozart Requiem in Rome with the St. Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic Orchestra. Most re-

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cently, the choir performed in the Sistine Chapel as well as in larger venues in Rome and Assisi. Pope Francis announced last September that the Catholic Church would canonize two of the 20th century’s most influential popes together, approving a miracle attributed to John Paul’s intercession and bending Vatican rules by deciding that John XXIII didn’t need one.


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State firefighting fleet cleared for takeoff By Vic Vela One way or another, the state will soon free up money to get an unfunded aerial firefighting fleet off the ground. The governor’s office and legislative leaders are on board with a spending plan that would set aside $21 million to purchase or contract planes and helicopters that are equipped to fight fires. The money was approved through an amendment to the annual state budget that was debated in the Senate on April 3. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office and lawmakers will have to get creative to find where in the budget the fleet funding will be secured. But all sides agree that this will happen this year — much to excitement of the legislator who has been instrumental in driving the creation of the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps. “Quite frankly, this is the most important legislation of my life,” said Sen. Steve King, RGrand Junction. The funding behind King’s effort comes on the heels of a much-anticipated state fire report that was released last week. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control found that the state lacks resources in key firefighting areas, including a lack of aerial firefighting capabilities. “Colorado does not have the ability to

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Salvatori even refers to himself as a resident, even though he lives in Golden. With no revenue coming in from legalized pot sales. McDonald and the Town Council will look for other ways to generate income. “What we will face as a board is how we are going to get things done with our diminishing revenue,” McDonald said. “We need to figure out how to properly fund our volunteer fire department, and police (department), as well as our deteriorating roads. We will need to brainstorm with citizens to figure the best way to handle these issues.” Four of the six council people are new. They were all supported by Salvatori. McDonald said that among the town’s top priorities is finding a way to get water back into the dried-up lake. “The lake is another issue, but there is the `Awake the Lake Committee’ that is actively working on that,” she said. “Water is a huge issue, as all of Colorado knows. “I believe we have an awesome Council. I also think that we will work well together trying to move forward with all that we have to work on. I will try as mayor to keep focusing on what lies ahead and how we prepare for the future.” Dominguez kept a close eye on the Palmer Lake pot vote. He is also watching to see which way Larkspur votes on its legalized pot sales issue. Voters in Larkspur

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Four of the six council members are new. They are Cindy Allen (611 votes), Trish Flake (552), Jennifer Martin (524) and Paul Banta (509). Retaining their seats are Richard Kuehster (568) and John Russell (463). Those not receiving enough votes for election were Kathy Aldworth (420), Maddox (395) and Shana Ball (315). “I was so sure I would not be elected that the only campaigning I did was an email sent on the final weekend before the ballot deadline,” Maddox said. “My time is done. I served long enough to spearhead the council vote to opt out (of the sales of legalized recreational marijuana), which launched the petition by the pot activists the ballot measure.” Dino Salvatori, who owns the medical marijuana store in Palmer Lake, spearheaded the charge to get McDonald and the six elected council members in office. As has been reported in the Tribune, Sal-

deliver appropriate aviation resources in a timely fashion to support local suppression response to small fires while they are still small,” states the report, which was authored by CDFPC Director Paul Cooke. The report was mandated through last year’s passage of a bill — sponsored by King and Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge — that created the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps, a state-owned firefighting fleet. The “idea” of the fleet became law, but the legislation went unfunded, at least until the state could learn more about the feasibility of having its own fire fleet. Prior to the release of the fire report, Hickenlooper had been non-committal on the idea of undertaking the potentially enormous costs that come with operating a state-owned aerial fleet. However, Hickenlooper had been open to exploring ways of sharing those costs through a multi-state effort. For months, it was uncertain whether the fleet would ever become a reality. That all changed after Cooke released his 103-page fire report on March 28. Cooke presented the report’s finding to a special legislative committee on April 3. He told lawmakers that Colorado competes with other states for federal resources to fight fires, and that the state doesn’t have the proper amount of tools needed to combat early or late-season wildfires. Cooke also said that the state currently has

go to the polls on April 8. “We will continue to monitor things and see if there is an upward trend in crime,” Dominguez said. “I think the entire state is already affected by (the pot issue). We’ll see how Larkspur plays out. “If it passed in Palmer Lake we had concerns about the type of element that could be attracted to the region. And that same element could come this way if it passes in Larkspur.” Dominguez was on Monument’s Board of Trustees last year when it opted out of the legalized sales of recreational marijuana. “We restricted it so much with ordinances there are very few locations where it could be sold,” Dominguez said. “There’s no reason to even put on a ballot. It won’t pass here.” Among Dominguez’s top goals is continuing to attract new businesses to Monument. “We have great things going on here and we have a long list of goals of things we want to achieve,” he said. “We’ve started in a certain direction and I want to continue to go in that direction. “We have a great board. We have a good solid team looking to move forward.” Dominguez, 48, is relatively new to politics after a long and distinguished military career. He is thrilled to be mayor of Monument, but hinted that the position of county commissioner could be a longterm goal. “I’ve considered Darryl Glenn’s position someday,” Dominguez said. “But right now we have a lot we want to accomplish in Monument.”

vatori is not a resident of the town. He lives in Golden. In an odd twist, nearby Larkspur could approve the legalized sales of recreational marijuana. Just 122 people in the area of town that is unincorporated will have the chance to go to the polls on April 8. The per-capita income in Larkspur is the lowest in Douglas County, according to pot activist James McVaney, who is pushing for the legalized sales of recreational marijuana in Larkspur. The special excess tax has the potential to put thousands of dollars into the pockets of residents. Oddly, McVaney was originally for the legalized sales of pot in Palmer Lake, but backed off his position in February at a town council meeting. Monument was much less dramatic of an election. Dominguez received 597 votes to 209 for Mary Russelavage. Three trustees (council people) received enough votes for election: Kelly Elliott (555), Jeffrey Kaiser (550) and Stanley Gingrich (542). Not receiving enough votes were Melinda Hall (232), Ron Farley (169) and Deana Demeter (130).

mation within the statewide fire communications system. The rest of the $21 million will be spent of airport fees, equipment and other related expenses. The Senate set aside the fleet money for this year’s budget in a placeholder funding area, until it is moved to another area within the budget. Henry Sobanet, the state’s budget director, said that the funding is expected to come from the state’s Tax Payer Bill of Rights reserves and through the delaying of paying back certain cash funds. “I think we’ll get the funding from the exact places where we want to see it come from,” Sobanet said. Alan Salazar, Hickenlooper’s chief strategist, said the governor’s office believes this is a large investment worth undertaking. “We don’t throw $20 million around lightly,” Salazar said. “But in the context of the potential costs of the fire and getting ahead of it, the consensus... is that this is a wise new position for the state to take.”

just two, single-engine air tankers available to deal with the entire state’s firefighting needs. “The state, in terms of being able to help to bring overwhelming force to a wildfire, that’s not the case...” he said. Cooke’s report recommended that the state acquire $33 million worth of firefighting aircraft and other technology. But Cooke later told the governor’s office that it should hold off on acquiring two large, fixed-wing air tankers — as his report recommended — because precipitation from this winter’s weather makes it difficult to determine when those large tankers would even be needed this year. That cuts price tag by $12 million. So the state plans to move forward with the purchase of two multi-mission fixedwing planes and will contract for the use of four Type III rotor wing planes and four single-engine air tankers. The state will also spend $100,000 to set up a wildfire information management system, which will provide real-time fire infor-

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Death around every turn in the mine tunnels “Life comes to the miners out of their deaths, and death out of their lives.” __ Mary Harris “Mother” Jones It was mining, of course, the brought the big rush to Colorado in the first place. Gold, and then silver miners, flooded into the state from the east in 1859. But the dangerous business, violent surroundings, and unhealthy lifestyle also sent many packing for the pearly gates. And mines beget more mines. With the influx of people and the need for power and heat, development of massive coalfields in several areas of the state occurred. With coal mining came more death. “Early coal mining in Colorado was extremely dangerous, and the state had one of the highest death rates in the nation,” according to “During the three decades from 1884 to 1914, more than 1700 men died in Colorado’s coal mines.” As in many other states, there was no organized reporting of mine fatalities initially, but in 1884 the death of 59 miners at the Crested Butte coal mine in Gunnison County, brought about legislation in the state requiring mining companies to

report their accidents. But just because the mine companies had to report them, it didn’t mean the deaths and mining accidents stopped occurring – quite the contrary. Of particular note was the string of bad luck experienced in Las Animas County in 1910. “On the last day of January, 1910, 35 of the 110 men in Primero mine had already walked out of the mine and another four were in the portal mouth when an explosion shot out of the portal. Three of these four were killed when they were hurled against a set of moving coal cars. One man inside was found alive. The last of the bodies was found three and a half months

later for a total of 75 dead,” according to (Your Daily Dose of the Mountains.) “Then, at ten o’clock on the night of October 8 that same year, 56 were killed by a dust explosion in the Starkville mine. Only a month later at Victor-American’s number three mine at Delagua, 79 more were killed, three of these killed by flying rocks and timbers outside the portal. After a four month lull, Cokedale blew; and then Hastings on June 18, 1912. Twelve men were killed by an explosion caused by a defective safety lamp carried by the fire boss. Hastings was to have yet a worse day before the end of the decade.” On April 27, 1917, a fire at the Victor American Hastings Coal Mine in Hastings left 121 miners dead. But it wasn’t just mining that could get you killed. Organizing and unionizing proved to be deadly for some miners and their family as well. In the notable examples of Ludlow in April of 1914, and the Columbine Mine massacre in 1927, the Colorado National Guard or the Mine Owner’s machine guns could take you out. In Ludlow, deaths occurred during a

night attack by the Colorado National Guard after a day-long fight between strikers and the Guard. The massacre resulted in the violent deaths of between 19 and 25 people; sources vary, but all sources include two women and eleven children who were asphyxiated and burned to death under a single tent. In the case of Columbine Mine, A fight broke out between Colorado state police and a group of striking coalminers. Machine guns were used by the police, or by guards working for the mine (it is not clear which), against the unarmed miners and six strikers were killed. Many more were injured. Add all that to together with the threat from silicosis if you were a hardrock miner, or black lung disease for coalminers, and general dynamite and equipment accidents – an earlyday Colorado miner didn’t stand much of a chance for a rocking chair passing. The morticians and the coffin builders did booming business in the camps around the state.

Region has a long, storied baseball history I attended the Colorado Springs Sky Sox “Meet the Players Luncheon” on April 1. It was a festive event with past and present club dignitaries on hand, as well as hundreds of loyal fans from the Pikes Peak region. The place was also packed with members of the media, each looking to get a scoop. Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill was the most sought after figure of the day. Hill, who is in his 10th season with the Colorado Rockies organization and second as skipper of the Sky Sox, didn’t make any bold predictions. “We are going to block and tackle and show up every day and take advantage of the small opportunities to win,” Hill said with a smile. “When I say block and tackle that means playing good defense and manufacturing runs and pitching well. “The expectations are high for our players to do those things. This year there will be some excitement going on between the lines.”

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Jackson Palmer founded the city. By the turn of the 20th century Colorado Springs had its first minor league team. The Colorado Springs Millionaires played in the Western League from 1901 to 1905. The team actually moved to Pueblo July 15 of 1905 to finish out that season. In 1912, the Millionaires popped up again with a team in the Rocky Mountain League. But the Millionaires moved to Dawson on June 15. The league disbanded on July 5. In 1916, the Wichita Wolves of the Western League moved to Colorado Springs on Sept. 10 to finish out the season as the Millionaires. The team was back in Wichita for the 1917 season and played under the names Witches. Colorado Springs was without professional baseball until 1950 when the original Sky Sox joined the Western League. The team played at Memorial Park and drew 107,264 fans that first season. The name Sky Sox was chosen through a contest. The winning name was present-

ed by Melvin Barhite, who is 92 years old today and resides in Calhan. The Sky Sox had a cult-like following in Colorado Springs. An affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Sky Sox’s greatest player of the 1950s was catcher Sam Hairston. Other colorful characters were Pat Seerey, Connie Johnson, Ken Landenberger, Joe Kirrene, Ron Cooper, Gene Sheets, Bill Hicks, Stan Johnson, Jim McAnany and Clyde Perry. The Sky Sox made the playoffs in 1952, 1953 and 1955. In 1958, they had the best record in the Western League but there were no playoffs that season. The 1958 season also proved to be the final season for the Sky Sox. The Western League ceased to exist. For the next 30 years the only way fans of our region could watch professional baseball in person was to go to Denver, where the Denver Bears played in old Mile Summers continues on Page 5

The first post office The early days in El Paso County were pretty quiet before they discovered gold on Cherry Creek in 1859. The earliest settlers south of “the Divide” were very isolated. One of these was the McShane family. The first post office was at McShane’s Ranch and the mail arrived on horseback from Denver. The area was interesting in that there were well-forested areas, but also signs of some really serious forest fires. In the mountains to the west, signs of an old fire ran south toward Pikes Peak and around it south toward the Arkansas River. It was said this fire burned about 10 years before the Denver gold rush. Other fires had burned down Mount Herman toward the plains. In 1870 the road from Denver to Colorado City passed about where 105 winds through Lark Spur, but the town was not there yet, along the creek to where Greenland stands, and on up to Palmer Lake, which was not there yet either, and on down to McShane’s Ranch. Henry Limbauch built a tavern on the side of the road. When the Denver and Rio Grande railroad was built it generally followed the same route. Construction crews built a tent camp not far away in the summer of 1871. The railroad built a passing siding on the relatively gentle hill side. It was called Henry’s Station and Limbauch moved his building closer to the tracks. The post office was moved from McShane’s into a building on the road not far from Limbauch’s. The settlement got the name Monument from a big rock outcropping

generally called “the monument.” The settlement soon had a school house, which also doubled as a church and town meeting house. The construction camp moved on, as the railroad built south to Colorado Springs, where it paused for the winter. The next spring saw the building on to Fountain and Pueblo. The railroad, and building Colorado Springs brought increased timber cutting in the area popularly known as “the Pinery” or Black Forest. West of town other sawmill camps brought timbers to Divide, which was the early name for Palmer Lake, and Monument. in 1870 a forest fire burned down Mount Herman toward Monument, but fortunately the winds shifted and saved the town, but at least one sawmill was lost. Curiously, Mount Herman seems to have an interesting naming story. One tale credits Father Dyer, a traveling missionary from the gold rush days. He had a friend named Harmon who traveled with him. The mountain was named in his honor, but it was mispronounced as Herman. Monument survived the progress that saw many of the early settlements vanish.


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High Stadium. Professional baseball came back to the Pikes Peak region in 1988, thanks to the vision of two men - Fred Whitacre and Dave Elmore. At the time, Whitacre was general manager of the Hawaii Islanders. Elmore was the team’s owner and looking to relocate the club state side. Elmore asked Whitacre to scout locations. “By the time I came here I had visited four other cities, but I just knew this would be perfect,” said Whitacre, 76, who was among those at the Sky Sox luncheon. “This club means a lot to the whole community. When you’re drawing nearly 400,000 people a year like they are now, it shows that people care a lot about this team.” The new Sky Sox began play in the spring of 1988. Sky Sox Stadium (now called Security Service Field) was not completed in time for the start of that

season, so the club played its home games at Spurgeon Field (Memorial Park) in downtown Colorado Springs. Games were high scoring and more than a few players complained about the conditions. The most memorable of all the wild games at Spurgeon occurred on May 7, 1988. The Sky Sox defeated the Phoenix Firebirds 33-12 in an afternoon affair as the wind was blowing out. The teams combined for 13 home runs. Phoenix pitcher Ed Lynch, a former major leaguer, was attempting a comeback. He gave up 14 hits and 15 runs in 3 2/3 innings. As the legend goes, Lynch walked to the clubhouse after he was relieved, hung his jersey on his locker, changed his clothes, walked out the door and retired from baseball. Among the people who played in that game for the Sky Sox was Terry Francona, who later managed the Boston Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004 and 2007. It appears that the current version of the Sky Sox is here to stay for a while. If you get a chance, perhaps you might like to take in a game. See you at the ball park.

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John Thomas Connolly, Jr. Aug. 8, 1949-Mar. 24, 2014

John Thomas Connolly, Jr. was born August 8th, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee and died March 24, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family in Monument, Colorado. John was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. During his service he patrolled the Mississippi and was part of the Boating Safety Detachment on Kentucky Lake. He was a Diesel Mechanic having worked for Cummings Diesel and Federal Express. He also worked for Joy Manufacturing in Denver. John retired from Federal Express in 2006 and Jones

bought a Snap On Franchise in 2006 that he operated until retiring due to illness in 2011. John was an avid tournament fisherman and loved to duck and goose hunt. He was a guide with Reelfoot Guide Service on Isom Game Reserve in Kentucky. John is survived by; his wife Connie; his daughters Meghann (Chris) Miller and Jessica (Shawn) Haddock; grandchildren, Tara Lee Haddock and Lane

Haddock; mother, Josephine Connolly; sisters, Maria Mayfield, Keiren Alvarez, Elizabeth Newman, Alma Smock, Kathleen Eskew and a brother, Thomas Connolly. Memorial Contributions in John’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Services were held on April 1, 2014 at Church for All Nations with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. Arrangements by The Springs Funeral Services,

Ethel Ann Jones

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Right you are, Jared. Always call 811 toll-free at least two full business days before you dig. A technician will come out and mark buried utility lines, which could potentially help you avoid disaster. It’s free, it’s safe, and it’s the law!

Ethel Ann (Gonda) Jones, 93, passed away peacefully in Colorado Springs, on March 30, 2014, surrounded, in the hours before her passing, by her husband of 69 years, William T. Jones, and her loving family. Ethel was born in Youngstown, Ohio to John and Elizabeth (Phillips) Gonda. Ethel was the third daughter in a family of ten girls. After graduating from the Youngstown Hospital School of Nursing in 1942, where she was president of her class, Ethel immediately joined the Army Nursing Corps. She went on to serve as a Combat Nurse during World War II in a station hospital in Kermatola, Bengal Province, India (now Bangladesh.) Prior to her overseas deployment, Lt. Gonda was stationed at Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky where some of her patients were German POWs. During basic training in California, she crawled beneath live machine gun fire and scaled a ship on a rope ladder. From California, she embarked on a troop ship as one of ten nurses among 4,000 troops. Changing course to avoid naval battles, Ethel’s ship crossing took 52 days, stopping in Hobart and Perth, Australia before disembarking in Bombay, India. Ethel traveled by train across the subcontinent arriving in Kermatola on the east coast of India in January of 1943. It was there that she met her future husband, Lt. William T. Jones, of Brooklyn, New York, an Army Air

Corps pilot. After dating for four months they became engaged, but had to wait two years for permission to marry from the China, Burma, India Theater Commander General “Vinegar” Joe Stillwater. Their request was twice denied, as the Army was in desperate need of nurses. Not until Stillwater was replaced did permission to marry come through. However, it came with the proviso that one of them must leave the theater of war within 30 days. Bill had flown over 100 missions without respite, more than three times the norm, in order to stay near Ethel. They were married May 1, 1945 in a Carmelite convent chapel in Calcutta, India, and spent their honeymoon on a houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir. Bill departed India on June 1. What was expected to be a four-year separation, as each would continue in the war effort, was shortened to only four months when the war in the Pacific came to an unexpected end. Ethel was a devoted wife and companion as she moved 18 times in the 30 years of her husband’s military career. Together they raised six children who survive: William T. Jones Jr. (wife Meg); Judith Crusius (husband James); Peter Jones (deceased); John Jones (wife Anne);

Michael Jones; Cynthia Landsberg (husband Bill); Mary Beth Wilson (husband Thomas) all of Monument and Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by six sisters: Theresa Vukovich of Phoenix, AZ, Mary Haggerty of Westminster, MD, Betty Terpak of Youngstown, OH; Kay Strok of Covina, CA; Madge Kincaid of Roswell, NM; and Patty Antram of Alamogordo, NM; as well as thirteen grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Ethel moved to the Woodmoor community in 1971 where she lived for 43 years. She was co-chairman of St. Peter Women’s Guild and served on the Parish Council. She was also active in golf, bridge, and was a member of the Tri Lakes Women’s Club. Ethel was a remarkable member of the “Greatest Generation,” an extraordinary woman who lived an adventurous life. She performed her duties at home and abroad with dignity and grace and was devoted to her Catholic faith and to her family. A Rosary began at 9:30 a.m. with a Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 55 Jefferson Street, Monument, CO 80132. A reception followed the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Online Condolences: ShrineOfRemembrance. com.

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Music, artwork, embroidery celebrated this month Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts will have a busy April By Danny Summers dsummers@ coloradocommunitymedia. com The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts offers a little bit of something for just about everybody this month. Two impressive music acts are coming to the Palmer Lake venue - Epiphany Project and Kim Hill. World Traveling Musicians Bet Williams And John Hodian of Epiphany Project returns to the United States for their “Family Circus Tour” and will be at the TLCA on April 25. Williams and Hodian have been creating and performing music together for over 20 years. Originally from New York, they settled in Berlin five years ago where they have built a strong following throughout Europe. Epiphany Project has been described by the Washington Post as, “a unique hybrid of world music, art song, Americana and avant-garde folk; utterly uncategorizable but always transcendently beautiful.” The music is a blend of ancient and modern cultures and musical styles, but the earthy, trancelike rhythms and chant melodies

Jean Lamborn, the wife of Congressman Doug Lamborn, will have her art on display this month at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts.

Musician and singer Kim Hill will be performing at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts on April 13. Courtesy photos make it seem strangely familiar. Kim Hill, a contemporary Christian music artist who has toured with Amy Grant and has also sung on projects by the late Rich Mullins and many others, will be performing on April 13. Hill is known for her husky, blues-hued voice, her dynamite song lyrics, and her skilled musi-

cianship. She is a three-time Dove Award winner, and has a Grammy Award nomination. Jean Lamborn, the wife of United States Congressman Doug Lamborn, presents “the Good Word Project.” Her unique art work will be on display all this month. Jean Lamborn started the

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Good Word Project with the goal of creating beautiful unique letter art prints using inspirational verses from the Bible to communicate encouragement. Lamborn said that each piece is carefully thought out and each letter is carefully placed. The shapes created by the positive space of each letter shape and the

background shapes created by the non-letter space are equal in importance. Also on display this month is the Embroiderers’ Guild of America 20th National Exhibit “Through the Needles Eye.” The Embroiders Guild of America celebrates the value of needlework in art and history. Its national juried exhibit, Through the Needle’s Eye, is defined by EGA as representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works, embracing both traditional and contemporary needlework while expanding the perception of embroidery as an art form. The EGA is composed of thirteen regions. The Rocky Mountain Region includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Texas.


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CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) Although things are pretty hectic through much of the week, some quiet time with loved ones helps restore balance. An unexpected visitor brings welcome news about a mutual friend. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) Getting used to change isn’t always easy for the Big Cat. But make the adjustments gradually, and soon you’ll hardly remember when things were any different from how they are now. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) Continue to stay the course you’ve chosen, and avoid distractions that could throw you off track. Some knowledgeable folks are happy to provide guidance if you need it. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Although you earned plaudits from most co-workers for your recent stand on a workplace situation, you also raised the envy quotient among others. Tread carefully for now. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) You feel more positive about that delayed project, and you’re ready to pick it up on a moment’s notice. However, you might need to re-motivate those who have since lost interest. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) Some welcome news should be coming your way. in the meantime, use that Sagittarius charm to persuade some stillreluctant colleagues that your ideas have merit. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) Don’t wait for a misunderstanding to work itself out. instead, ask for a chance to explain the circumstances before those bruised feelings lead to an irreversible break. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) A physical problem should be checked out in order to avoid it going from just being a nuisance to something more serious. Your social life takes an unexpected but not unwelcome turn. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) Yours might be the wisest sign in the Zodiac. But you still could benefit from the wisdom of a close friend who has suggestions on how to handle a perplexing personal problem. BORN THIS WEEK: Your passion for doing the right thing inspires others to follow your well-trodden path toward justice. © 2014 King Features Synd., inc.


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April 9, 2014

Tai Chi in Palmer Lake with Dr. Lam By Danny Summers

dsummers@ Dr. Paul Lam, a Sydney, Australia, family physician and leader in the field of tai chi for health improvement, was in Palmer

Lake for two workshops in late March. He has participated in many research studies on the subject of tai chi’s health benefits and has had over 20 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals. Lam is wearing a light blue shirt in the photos.

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Dr. Paul Lam, a Sydney, Australia, family physician and leader in the field of tai chi for health improvement, was in Palmer Lake for two workshops in late March. He has participated in many research studies on the subject of tai chi’s health benefits and has had over 20 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Lam is wearing a light blue shirt in the photos. Courtesy photos

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Good Friday Art Experience Friday April 18 Woodmoor Campus 1750 Deer Creek Rd. Open from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. sunday worship services northgate campus 9:30 a.m. 975 Stout Rd. Colorado Springs, CO woodmoor campus 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 1750 Deer Creek Rd. Monument, CO for more information visit or call (719) 481-3600

neighborhood easter egg hunts Saturday april 19 Woodmoor, Kings Deer & Black Forest 1:00 p.m. - Kings Deer Soccer Fields Royal Troon & Six Penny Ln.

Palmer Lake & West of I-25 9:00 a.m. - Palmer Lake Town Hall 28 Valley Crescent Jackson Creek & Fox Run 10:30 a.m. - Bear Creek Elementary 1330 Creekside Dr. Gleneagle & Struthers Corridor 11:00 a.m. - Antelope Trails Elementary 15280 Jessie Dr. Northgate & Flying Horse 11:00 a.m. - Da Vinci Academy 1335 Bridle Oaks Dr.

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Kenzie Hunt, with pink head band, and Taryn Heinz, far right with white head band, enjoy a fun moment with a few of the Nicaraguan children they work with as part of Corner of Love. Hunt is a 2013 Lewis-Palmer graduate. Heinz is a senior at Lewis-Palmer. Courtesy photo

Corner of Love headed back to Nicaragua Organization is having a garage sale to raise funds April 12 at The Hub By Danny Summers

dsummers@coloradocommunitymedia. com In mid-June, about 50 people from the Tri-Lakes area will head to a series of remote villages in Nicaragua to help those in serious need of medical and dental supplies, clothing and shoes. They will spend about eight days in the developing country focusing on improving their healthcare and their overall standard of living. “We try to get to them every six months,” said Steve Smiley, co-leader of the Monument chapter of Corner of Love. Corner of Love is a non-profit international mission based in Maple Valley, Washington. The organization serves more than 60 villages surrounding San Ramón, Nicaragua. The Corner of Love’s Monument team has been conducting missions to Nicaragua for four years. This year’s trip will include 12 students from Lewis-Palmer High School, two from Palmer Ridge and two from The Classical Academy. In addition, Monument Trinity Lutheran Church pastor Tyg Taylor and his wife, Shellie, are making the trip, as well as the Monument’s Forest Ridge Community Church youth pastor Mason Bragg. Volunteers can be doctors, nurses, dentists and general laborers and ages can range from 5-80. Spanish is a plus but not necessary. In 2000, Tanya and Nelson Amador be-

gan providing medical, dental, and vision care to people in great need in impoverished communities around San Ramón. The mission provides care for children, elderly, disabled, and poor in spirit. Corner of Love sells tickets in advance to enter the clinic for the equivalent of 50 cents. That way the native people have a vested interest in attending. At the end of the clinic Corner of Love doubles what it receives from the villagers and provides it to either the local pastor or village leader. The organization requires that they use the donated money to improve their village with such things as expanding a church or school, or improving the drinking water. “Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the entire Western Hemisphere,” Smiley said. “In northern Nicaragua the people reside in small rural villages living on less than one dollar a day.” Shockingly, less than 50 percent of village children finish elementary school for lack of basic needs like clothing and shoes, as well as nominal tuition fees. In the area where Corner of Love works in Nicaragua, only one in 53 homes has potable water. Six out of every 10 children are barefoot. “We are committed to bringing an end to unnecessary water-borne illness in the villages where we serve by coupling healthcare with clean water,” Smiley said. The Monument Chapter of Corner of Love is having a fundraiser garage sale on Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anna Dickey, Physician Assistant in blue, treats a Nicaraguan patient in a rural clinic during a Corner of Love mission trip. Courtesy photo The event will take place at The Hub, 1435 Cipriani Loop. Among the items for sale will be furniture, clothing, books, skis and ski boots. The Monument chapter raised $5,200 at a fundraiser in March when they prepared authentic Nicaraguan cuisine that was passed out at Trinity Lutheran Church. All proceeds from the fundraisers go to

buying medical and dental supplies and shoes and clothing for their upcoming trip to Nicaragua. If you would like to donate, please visit: You can also read more about Corner of Love by going to their web site:

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April 9, 2014

Air Force Academy puts telescope in Chile Staff report The Air Force Academy cut the ribbon on its first telescope in the southern hemisphere on April 2. It is part of a project to ring the globe with a network of automated eyes to scan the skies. The Falcon Telescope Network, underwritten by the Defense Department, will eventually have 12 telescopes worldwide. The new site is at Chile’s Mamalluca Observatory and will be operated in concert with La Serena University in Vicuna, Chile. Colleges that join the telescope network will have access to images they can use to teach astronomy. The Air Force will gain a tool to observe satellites in orbit through the Academy’s Center for Space Situational Awareness.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. Send listings to No attachments, please. Listings are free and run on a space-available basis. APRIL 10 HOMETOWN HISTORY Castle Rock Historical Society presents Jim Sawatzki’s “Landmark for All” at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle rock. Hear about how this hometown history was made, aired on PBS, and how Jim spent his career documenting local communities. See more at Refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. APRIL 10 AUTHOR SIGNING Ron Scott will sign his book “The 2012

Political Contest in America: Conversations with Gadfly,” and Erin Healy will sign “Stranger Things” from 5:30-7 p.m. April 10 at Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument. Call 719-481-2665.

APRIL 24 AUTHOR SIGNING Sherry Janes will sign her two titles in the Spirit Songs series, and Kevin Paul Tracy will sign his two titles “Rogue Agenda” and “Blood Flow” from 5:30-7 p.m. April 24 at

Academy professor Francis Chun, director of the center, headed to Chile to unveil the new telescope and was flanked by American embassy and local officials. “Satellites aren’t close enough to get a really good photo of them,” Chun said in a statement. “So you have to gather information about the sunlight reflected by them to try to figure out what they’re made of, what they’re doing in space. This network will allow us to gather the data and make those calculations more accurately.” The telescopes work together to build composite images of satellites using reflected sunlight in various stages of orbit. The first telescope in the network opened this year at Otero Junior College in La Junta.

Air Force history professor on C-SPAN Staff report An Air Force Academy history professor lectured on cable TV’s CSPAN-3 as part of the channel’s “Lecture on History” series on April 5. Lt. Col. Grant Weller was on the air 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to talk about World War II. “Professor Weller and his class discuss American and Japanese military strategies


Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument. Call 719-481-2665.

APRIL 24 LUNCHEON THE Pikes Peak Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals plans its annual Administrative Professionals Week seminar and luncheon April 24 at the Double Tree by Hilton, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Colorado Springs. Go to APRIL 26

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ART HOP signing Art Hop begins for another season from 5-8 p.m. May 15. Covered Treasures presents an outdoor evening with Julie Raber of Pocket Pal Map Guides; Susan Davies, director of Trails and Open Space; and Tom Mowle representative of Rampart Range Wildlands project of the Colorado Mountain Club, who will discuss trail volunteer opportunities and answers to many questions regarding trails in the El Paso County area. Refreshments will be served. Covered Treasures Bookstore is at 105 Second St., Monument. Call 719-481-2665.

or less by May 1 to the Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest. For complete rules and entry form, go http://www.pikespeakpenwomen. com/flash-fiction-contest.html.

sign their title, “Slow Parenting Teens: How to Create a Positive, Respectful and Fun Relationship with your Teenager” from noon to 2 p.m. April 26 at Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument. The parenting book teens want their parents to read. Call 719-481-2665.

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HOME AND garden show The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club will have its 38th annual Pine Forest Antiques, Home Décor & Garden Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument. Admission is $6, and proceeds benefit qualified nonprofit and public service organizations and public schools in

SPRING SALE The Black Forest Arts & Crafts Guild presents its 50th anniversary Spring Show & Sale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 1-3 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Black Forest Community Center. More than 90 artisan and culinary members will sell their work. Included will be quilts and afghans, baby items, paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, stained glass,

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BOOK FAIR Born Again Used Books, 1529 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, will have its 20th home school book fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Do you have questions concerning homeschooling: laws, sports, music, social activities, curriculum, college and more? Many people will be available answer questions. If you have educational services that you would like to share with home schoolers, plan to attend the fair. Call 719-528-8622. Register at http://www.bornagainusedbooks. com/?page=shop/disp&pid=page_HomeSchoolSignU

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AUTHOR SIGNINGS Covered Treasures welcomes three authors from 5:30-7 p.m. May 1. Margaret Brettschneider will sign her various titles including her latest “Truth Lies Six Foot Under”; Walt Larimore will sign his titles including his latest, “The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book”; and Joelle Mueller will sign her title, “Unfolding the Sun.” Covered Treasurers Bookstore is at 105 Second St., Monument. Call 719-481-2665.

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in the months leading up to the attacks at Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” CSPAN said on its website. “The class also covers Japanese social and political attitudes, American motivation for dropping the bomb and the considerations involved in choosing target cities.” The full show is available at: http://, according to the Air Force Academy.

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French racing star Romain Dumas will return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year. Courtesy photos ​

Exciting lineup on their mark for Pikes Peak Hill Climb The Broadmoor is the newly named sponsor of prestigious race By Danny Summers

dsummers@ French race car driver Romain Dumas will return to the newly-named Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which takes place June 29 on “America’s Mountain.” Dumas, winner of the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans classic, was named the Pikes Peak Rookie of the Year in 2012 when he captured the Pikes Peak Open Division with a blazing speed of 9 minutes, 46.181 seconds. He drove his Porsche GT3R in his debut in the first edition of the race on a fully-paved course. His 2012 time ranks sixth on the alltime list of winners on the Peak, which began in 1916. Japan’s Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima will return to return to the Hill Climb for the 22nd year. He was the first driver to crack the elusive 10-minute mark when he won the Unlimited Division for the sixth straight time with the record 9:51.278 in 2011. Tajima’s amazing feat occurred the last year part of the course was on gravel. Tajima was denied another triumph in 2012 when he dropped out of the race because of a mechanical failure. He came back last year and cracked the 10-minute barrier in an electric car. Sebastien Loeb of France set the alltime record in 2013 when he raced up the mountain in 8:13.878. Dumas will be behind the wheel of a Norma M20 with Honda Power in the

loaded Unlimited Division. The development of the auto prototype began this year with the goal of a new record, just as Loeb’s team did last year in the production of the 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak model that powered Loeb. The Frenchman negotiated the 12.42 miles and 156 corners of the mountain at an average speed of 87.47 mph. Loeb will not be back to make another attempt when a field of 152 automobiles and motorcycles tackle Pikes Peak, but there are plenty of well-known competitors signed up to date for the 92nd time. Coming back for an amazing 40th time to race is the veteran Randy Schranz of Colorado Springs, who won the Pikes Peak Open Division last summer with a time of 11:21.410. He entered the event for the first time in 1972 and is entered this year in the Pikes Peak Challenge Division (Pikes Peak Open) along with his son, Layne, another veteran of the race. Other Hill Climb veterans and champions registered for this year’s edition include Woodland Park’s Clint Vahsholtz, Paul Dallenbach (Basalt) and Spencer Steele (Denver). The motorcycle field includes Woodland Park’s Codie Vahsholtz (Clint’s son), 15-year-old Brandon Tubbs (Farmington, New Mexico), Jeff Clark (Los Angeles) and Jeff Grace (Colorado Springs). Speedweek kicks off with the fabulous Pikes Peak International Auto Show June 20-22 at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center. The annual Race Tech Inspection, which is open to the public, takes place on June 23 at the World Arena. There is no admission and it is free of charge. Practices and qualifying begins the next morning and will be open to the public. Practice dates are June 24-27. Race Day tickets will not allow fans to view practice sessions with specific re-

The world-famous Broadmoor hotel and resort recently became the title sponsor for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. strictions. To attend practice fans must purchase an online ticket for each specific practice day. Tickets are available online for $25 per person per day or fans can purchase an individual week pass for $120. Fan Fest is June 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. in downtown Colorado Springs. This event is free and typically features a large Budweiser beer garden, a chili cook-off, motorcycle jumpers as well as other live

entertainment. More than 35,000 are expected to attend. In addition, the PPIHC mobile museum will be on-site and exclusive PPIHC merchandise will be available for purchase. Tickets for the Hill Climb are available online now at along with a wealth of information on the event itself, from the history of the race to alltime winners and records.


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April 9, 2014

Top Rockies prospect hoping to attend the Hill Climb Tyler Matzek plans on at least going to one of the time trials during race week By Danny Summers

dsummers@ Colorado Springs Sky Sox pitcher Tyler Matzek is in his first season at the Triple-A level. The left-hander is one of the promising young talents in the Colorado Rockies’ minor league system. He also is an avid racing fan. “I’m a car guy and I know they have that race up Pikes Peak,” Matzek said last week during media day at Security Service Field. “I’m going to go check that out. I heard it’s awesome.” Matzek, 23, pitched at Double-A Tulsa in 2013—his fourth professional season. He was the Rockies first-round selection (11th overall pick) in the 2009 amateur draft straight out of Capistrano Valley High School. At one time, he was the top prospect in the Rockies’ organization. Growing up in southern California, Matzek spent hours watching NASCAR on television and attending races when he could. He also studied up on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. When he was informed a few weeks ago that he was being assigned to the Sky Sox, he did some research to find out when the Hill Climb was taking place this year. “I won’t be able to go there the day of the race (June 29), but we do have an off-day on one of the time trials days so I want to

Top Colorado Rockies prospect Tyler Matzek has already made plans to attend this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Matzek is a former first-round draft pick and is beginning this season with the Sky Sox. Courtesy photo go check that out,” Matzek said. “I’m pretty excited. “You’ve got a nice mix of drivers and a nice mix of the types of cars. It’s very cool.” Matzek’s love of racing is pretty simple. “I just love fast cars,” he said. “Growing up I always paid attention to the race.

“I know it’s asphalt now, but it used to be half asphalt and half gravel and there was really nothing else like it. There still isn’t anything else like it in the world.” Matzek might be facing an interesting dilemma as the season progresses. It is any player’s dream to get the call for the major

leagues. Matzek is no different. “If that happens that would be pretty nice,” he said with a smile. “We’ll just have to wait and see.” Matzek pitched in four spring training games, posting a 1.50 ERA in six innings. Opposing batters hit just .158 against him.

Bears, Rangers on collision course Baseball teams are both undefeated in league By Danny Summers

dsummers@ Lewis-Palmer sophomore right-hander Paul Tillotson struck out 12 Air Academy batters over six innings, and went 4 for 5 at the plate with a homer, to lead the Rangers to a 10-1 victory on April 5. Ben Stinson and PJ Underwood each had two RBIs for the Rangers. Lewis-Palmer is 3-0 in the Class 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. It is tied atop the standings with rival Palmer Ridge. The Rangers host Palmer Ridge on April 19, and travel to Palmer Ridge April 22. Tillotson is batting .700 (18 for 26) with three home runs and seven doubles. He has two victories pitching. Colin Cicere leads the staff with three wins and a sparkling 1.24 ERA. Palmer Ridge is 5-2 overall. The Bears are getting strong efforts from a number of players.

Carter Thorne is batting .500 with a home run and 9 RBIs. Other offensive stars include Cole Hurford (.500), Jake Weems (.450), Billy Schulze (.429) and Cassen Minarick (.312). Kurt Larson and Jake Grubesic have two wins each on the mound. RANGERS SWIM STRONG The Lewis-Palmer boys’ swimming and diving team faced some stiff competition last weekend at the Indian Invite at Cheyenne Mountain. Air Academy, a 4A school, dominated the event, outdistancing second-place Cheyenne Mountain (also a 4A team) by 62 points. Lewis-Palmer, picked by many swimming experts to be in the mix for the 5A state title, had some strong individual performances. Senior Zach Mullins won the diving competition, while Cade Bains won the 100 backstroke. Bains, whose best event might be the 200 individual medley, had a state-qualifying time in the 100 butterfly. On the opening day of the Indian Invite, Bains

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had the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke (56.27 seconds). THUNDER GLAD TO BE HOME The Discovery Canyon baseball team won for the first time in Colorado this season when it defeated Vista Ridge, 13-1, on April 5. Thunder senior pitcher Cody Ahlgrimm threw a complete-game, striking out while allowing six hits. Ahlgrimm helped his own cause by going 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI. He was supported of-

fensively by 16 hits. Jeremy Hidalgo went 3 for 3 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Alec Heebner had three hits and an RBI. Curtis Stauffer and Andrew Hall each had two RBIs. The Thunder began this season with two losses to Air Academy, and then lost four of five games during a spring break trip to Arizona. RANGERS ROLL ON IN SOCCER The Lewis-Palmer girls’ soccer team defeated Windsor, 2-0, on April 5 to

improve to 4-0-2. Freshman Brianna Alger and sophomore Sarah Lyons scored second-half goals for the Rangers. Haley Arsenault had eight saves. Lewis-Palmer hosted rival Palmer Ridge on April 8, but results of that game were not available at press time. Palmer Ridge is 1-3 this season with all three of its losses coming against 5A schools (Fossil Ridge, Pine Creek and Liberty). The Bears defeated 5A Palmer,

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