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Tri-Lakes Region, Monument, Gleneagle, Black Forest and Northern El Paso County • Volume 10, Issue 1
Residents part of wildfire solution Fire season year round in Tri-Lakes area By Norma Engelberg
firstname.lastname@example.org Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District Fire Marshal John Vincent said wildfire season is a year-round problem for Tri-Lakes residents. To help local property owners become part of the wildfire solution instead of part of the problem, Vincent has created “Ready, Set, Go: Your Personal Wildfire Action Plan,” a pamphlet that will be available at the district office and on the website, www.trilakesfire.com. The new pamphlet starts out with the reason for its existence. It states: “During a major wildfire, there simply will not be enough fire engines or firefighters to defend every home, so residents must become part
of the solution.” It explains that people whose homes are within a mile of a natural area live in what firefighters call the Wildland Urban Interface and “The Ember Zone” where winddriven embers from a wildfire can ignite their homes. “The recent Waldo Canyon Fire resulted in entire neighborhoods destroyed by fires started by embers, not by the wildfire itself,” the pamphlet states. It also says that people often build homes without understanding how their vulnerability to wildfires is affected by their choices of construction and landscaping materials. “It’s not a question of if, but when the next wildfire will occur in the Tri-Lakes area,” the pamphlet states. “That’s why the most important person protecting your life and property is you. With advance planning and preparation, you can dramatically increase your safety and the survivability of your property.” After the introduction, the pamphlet ex-
plains concepts such as creating “defensible space” and a “hardened home,” a home that could survive a wildfire. The most vulnerable part of the construction is the roof, especially roof valleys, rain gutters and the open ends of barrel tiles. Open eaves and vents, windows and doors and balconies and decks are also places where embers can start fires. Suggestions for mitigating these dangers are included El Paso County building codes do not require residential fire sprinkler systems but installing such systems during construction is something Vincent has been advocating for more than a year. Such a system could extinguish or contain an ember-caused fire and keep residents safer from fires that ignite inside the home from other causes, he states in the pamphlet. Another thing he is seriously advocating is making sure house numbers are clearly visible from the street. As he has said previously, finding a
house on fire is relatively easy; just follow the smoke, but finding a home where the homeowner is having a heart attack isn’t so easy. About 80 percent of calls to fire departments are medical rather than fire related. The final part of the pamphlet covers evacuations, complete with checklists, on when to go, where to go and what to take along. It’s always best to be ready to go before it becomes necessary. “By leaving early, you give your family the best chance of surviving a wildfire,” the pamphlet states. “You also help firefighters by keeping roads clear of congestion, enabling them to move freely and do their job.” The pamphlet also points out that wildfire mitigation work can sometimes result in tax credits. For information on all kinds of tax credits, visit www.taxcolorado.com. For more information on wildfire mitigation, call the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District headquarters at 719484-0911.
Sales up for local merchants Retailers nationwide didn’t get the increase in sales they were expecting By Lisa Collacott
Frost and some snow collected in the Tri-Lakes area over the Holiday, though much of it was melted by Thursday, Dec. 27. Photo by Rob Carrigan
Tri-Lakes region saw snow on Christmas day Some dreamt of a white Christmas and woke up to one By Lisa Collacott
lcollacott@ourcoloradonews. com Weather predictions were right and some parts of the Pikes Peak region saw a white Christmas. A winter storm carrying pacific moisture hit the mountains and the Front Range and brought anywhere from two to four inches to the Tri-Lakes area. Monument received about 2.8 inches of snow while east of Monument saw 3.4 inches. The Colorado Department of Transportation and El Paso County were ready for the storm with CDOT having 3035 snow plows working roads beginning at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve in El Paso and Teller counties and in some sections of Douglas County.
Frost and snow combined for fuzzy trees on Chistmas day, and the following morning, in most of Northern El Paso County. El Paso County had 35 trucks out. Snow began falling Christmas Eve and a majority of the snow fell overnight. According to Rachel Plath, meteorologist with KRDO News 13, a lot of people have different definitions of a white Christmas but the National Weather Service defines a white Christmas as having
at least one inch of the snow on the ground by midnight Christmas Eve and there has to be another half-inch falling from midnight to midnight on Dec. 25. “That would constitute it as a white Christmas. And even though some places woke up to a dusting of snow that’s not technically a white Christmas.
But Monument is one of those areas that did qualify for the scientific definition of having a white Christmas,” Plath said. Colorado Springs and much of the Pikes Peak region have not seen a white Christmas since 1987. There are no records for the Tri-Lakes area. Plath said the same storm that hit Colorado was responsible for the severe weather that occurred from Louisiana to Georgia. According to the Weather Channel at least 34 tornadoes hit the Southern states and at least nine inches of snow fell in Little Rock. The Midwest saw blizzard conditions and up to a foot was expected in parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The storm is known as Winter Storm Euclid as winter storms are now being named as hurricanes are. The Tri-Lakes region woke up to fog and frozen trees the day after Christmas.
While retail sales weren’t as high as expected nationwide merchants in downtown Monument saw an increase in sales during the holidays. “Sales we’re great for us. We were over than last year,” Donna Townsend, employee at The Village Merchants, said. Kathi Schuler, owner of The Love Shop, said she saw an increase in sales over last year as well. “Ours was really good. It was better than last year. We were super busy every day,” Schuler said. While holiday sales may have seen a boost locally analysts reported that nationwide retail sales didn’t increase as much as expected and sales were their weakest since 2008 when the nation was in a deep recession. According to the MasterCard Advisors Spending Report which was released Dec. 25, the sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods increased by only 0.7 percent from Oct. 28 to Dec. 24, compared to a two percent increase last year. Sales were expected to increase by three or four percent. The report looked at all payment methods. Analysts blamed bad weather, such as Super Storm Sandy, and the threat of an impending tax hike for the weak sales. Even the presidential election was blamed for weak sales in early November. However Schuler, who has been in business for 25 years, said despite the presidential election many people locally decided to forge ahead and spend money. Covered Treasures Bookstore also saw an increase in sales this holiday season. “We had a really good season,” Paula Primavera, employee at Covered Treasures, said. Online sales grew 8.4 percent and saw a slight increase after the Midwest was hit by a recent snowstorm but online sales only make-up 10 percent of all holiday sales.
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TLWC grant applications available in January Special to The Tribune Continuing its 36 year tradition the Tri-Lakes Women’s Club will once again be considering grant requests for special programs and projects from 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations, public service organizations and public schools which significantly serve the Tri-Lakes area defined by Lewis-Palmer School District 38. Applications and instructions for the 2013 grant awards will be available on the TLWC at website www.TLWC.net from Jan. 15-March 15.
Completed applications, which must include certain required documentation, must be postmarked no later than March 15. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Awards will be announced to grant recipients in late May. Please mail completed applications to: Tri-Lakes Women’s Club Grant Committee P.O. Box 669 Monument, CO 80132 For questions email Sandi Liston, grant committee chair, at email@example.com. TLWC is proud and excited to continue its support of this great community.
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County treecycle program available Special to The Tribune El Paso County will be offering seasonal recycling services to all county citizens for disposal of natural/grown Christmas trees at seven convenient `Treecycle’ drop-off locations countywide on two consecutive weekends with an extended location continuing to accept trees through January. Designated Treecycle sites, listed below will operate on two consecutive weekends from 9 a.m.-5
p.m. Dec. 29 and 30 and Jan. 5 and 6. Locations: •Baptist Road TrailheadBaptist Road & Old Denver Highway •Falcon TrailheadSouthwest of Woodmen Road and McLaughlin Road •Cottonwood Creek Park- Dublin Boulevard and Montarbor Drive •Sky Sox StadiumBarnes Road and Tutt Boulevard •Rock Ledge RanchGateway Road (to Garden of the Gods) and 30th Street
•Memorial Park- Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard •Rocky Top Resources*1755 East Las Vegas Street *Rocky Top Resources will operate as an extended Treecycle site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday -Saturday Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-31. They are closed Sundays. A tax-deductible, minimum donation of $5 per tree will be used to support Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc. and the El Pomar Youth Sports Park for sports programs through-
out El Paso County. El Paso County Treecycle sponsors and partners include: Asplundh, City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc., Dick’s Sporting Goods, El Paso County government agencies, Rocky Top Resources, and SB Porta Bowl. For more information on the Treecycle program, access www.TreecycleCOS. org, www.elpasoco.com or contact El Paso County Environmental Services at 719-520-7878.
Robbery occurs at home in Palmer Lake Three males suspects, armed and wearing sweatshirts 26.
By Lisa Collacott
l c o l l a c o t t @ o u rc o l o ra donews.com The Palmer Lake Police Department is investigating an armed robbery which occurred at a home in the early morning hours of Dec.
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Three armed suspects entered a home through a window on Gillia Street. A male resident woke up to find the suspects armed with handguns. The resident confronted the suspects and was injured during a struggle.
The resident was held against his will in a bedroom and a female resident and teenager were locked in a bathroom. A call to 9-1-1 was placed at about 3:15 a.m. The suspects were gone before police arrived but managed to get away with
electronics and live marijuana plants. They are described as three males wearing black or gray hooded or nonhooded sweatshirts and dark bandanas. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the Palmer Lake Police Department at 719-481-2934.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. The Alzheimer’s Association seeks two volunteers to facilitate the monthly Saturday morning caregiver support group in Monument. Knowledge of dementia is needed, but facilitator training and support is provided on an ongoing basis. Please email Barbara Caudle at firstname.lastname@example.org. JAN. 10 TAPPING INTO Theology. Do you have questions about faith? Do you think faith is wishful thinking? Join Father Larry Brennan for his inaugural presentation, “The Act of Faith,” from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 10 in the newly remodeled Barrel Room of the Pikes Peak Brewing Co., 1756 Woodmoor Drive. This monthly series of challenging talks is open to the public. (Snow date is Jan. 17.) Contact Stephanie Kemp at 719-481-4355. JAN. 30 FREE TAX advice. The Pikes Peak Library District, in partnership with H&R Block tax
experts, presents a free tax talk on family issues affecting taxpayers, including education, childcare credit and tax planning, at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Monument Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument. For information on this, or the other 10 sessions offered through the district, call Linda Famula, 719-369-8326.
JAN. 8 SURVIVAL SPEAKER. Peter Kummerfeldt will speak on wilderness and outdoor safety, including both the psychological and the physiological aspects of surviving a wilderness emergency, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Colorado Division of Wildlife training classroom, 4255 Sinton Road, Colorado Springs (in the back of the building). This training includes fire building, emergency shelters, food and water procurement and preparation, emergency signaling techniques and rescue and recovery procedures. Survival stresses that often lead to panic, and sometimes to death are identified. Sponsored by Pikes Peak Chapter 247 of Pheasants Forever, the training is open to
the public. Visit www.pikespeakpheasantsforever.org.
JAN. 12 ROCK’N GOOD Stories. Rocks tell wonderful stories of earthquakes and volcanoes; forests and beaches; crystals and jewels; and amazing creatures that roamed a former world. Come to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 and start to learn how to read the stories found in rocks. Distinguished regional geologist and educator Steven Veatch will present. All of this is included with paid admission. Visit www.wmmi.org or call 719-488-0880. The museum is just east of I-25 at the North Gate Exit 156A. EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. Send information to email@example.com, attn: Tribune. No attachments, please. Listings are free and run on a space-available basis.
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Can’t get any more stranded than that “I don’t know what they have to say. It makes no difference anyway. Whatever it is, I’m against it.” __ Groucho Marx, from Horse Feathers. Groucho actually began his career as a female impersonator, according to the March, 1974 issue of Playboy, playing a singer in a smalltime vaudeville troupe, The LeRoy Trio, in 1905. “With the onset of puberty, and subsequent change of his voice, he was left stranded by the troupe in Cripple Creek, Colorado, and you can’t get any more stranded that,” said the magazine article. Groucho told the tale in his book, “Groucho and Me,” which was first released in 1959. He went looking for the leader of the act, Gene LeRoy, only to find out he had been abandoned. “I returned to our boardinghouse to question Larong (LeRoy) about our future
plans, only to discover that the master showman had had hastily packed his blue kimono, his evening gown and his mascara and had taken it on the lam, never to be seen or heard from again,” according to Groucho. After the LeRoy Trio fell apart, he tried work driving a grocery wagon between Cripple Creek and Victor. “Though he had never seen a horse, he wrangled a job as a wagon driver until Miene or `Minnie’ (his mother) could send
What are you going to do this year? Obviously the Mayans got it wrong because we’re all still here. So if you overindulged a little too much this year thinking the world was going to end than it’s time to re-think. Once again the holidays are behind us and many of us had a little too much eggnog, cookies and fudge. What typically happens from about Thanksgiving until Christmas is that we sample everything in sight. It’s not enough that we cook and bake at home but coworkers bring in what they’ve made and because it’s so busy this time of year we tend to eat out more often. So now that is all behind us it’s time to get back to our normal eating habits and lose those few extra pounds and just overall better ourselves. According to www.usa.gov doing things to better ourselves made the list of top New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, getting fit, eating healthier, drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking were on the list. They always are. But also on the list was getting a better job, getting an education, managing stress, managing debt and reduce, reuse and recycle also made the list. The first five have been resolutions as long as people have been making them and they tend to start the year off good but eventually go back to their old habits. The others are more realistic I believe. There’s many people out there that want to finish that bachelor’s degree, get that long awaited master’s or doctorate and some just want to go to college for the first time after years of putting it off. It’s easy to say one is going to lose a few pounds but more thought goes into going back to school.
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If someone is serious about it they will take the steps to register for classes, apply for financial aid and rearrange their work schedules or hire a babysitter in order to attend classes. And if they are aiming for a better job or have lost one because of the bad economy, than going to school is a definite priority. With the push to recycle and save the earth for generations to come, more and more people are recycling. Many have added recycle containers to their trash pick-up and people are eliminating those plastic water bottles and replacing them with one they can reuse. Still others reuse plastic bags, detergent bottles, Ziploc bags and more. People are also teaching their children about recycling and being mindful of waste. With the nation getting hit hard as far as the economy goes people have become more mindful of their spending and doing what they can to get out of debt. After losing homes and jobs and seeing how much our nation is in debt people are taking a good look at their financial situations and trying to better it. Some New Year’s resolutions can have a greater impact than others that may only last for a short time.
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him his train fare home,” according to the Playboy article. His next engagement ended almost as abruptly in Waco, Texas, when the Englishwoman who had hired him, ran off with a lion tamer who shared the bill. “He then found a job cleaning actor’s wigs, which he describes as a `hair-raising experience.’” His mother decide to take matters into her own hands and organized an act called the `Three Nightingales,’ which featured him, his brother Harpo -- who couldn’t sing at all, and a girl who sang off-key. They became the `Four Nightingales’ when brother Chico, who had lost his job as a lifeguard (he had to be saved from drowning by another guard). His brother Gummo, eventually replaced the musically-challenged girl, and they became the `Four Marx Brothers. Gummo was later replaced by Zeppo, a younger brother.
The Four Marx Brothers knocked around vaudeville for years, finally hitting it big on Broadway in the two -year run of “I’ll Say She Is.” Other successes followed with “Cocoanuts,” and “Animal Crackers.” Translated from Broadway to film, these and other monster smashes secured the Four Marx Brothers commercial success. Groucho created his own solo success in radio programs like “You Bet Your Life,” which lasted until 1963, and with his brother Chico, playing the comic lawyers of `Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel.’ “You can just imagine those naughty eyebrows waggling as he warbles, “She has eyes that men adore so / And a torso / Even more so,’ followed more double entendres than you can shake a stick at, if that’s your idea of a good time,” notes Ron Weskind, in his book “Groucho.” Julius Henry (Groucho) Marx died Aug. 19, 1977, in Los Angeles, of pneumonia, at the age of 86.
Change seats for a new view There is a scene in nearly every version of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days,” including the book, where Phileas Fogg walks into the Reform Club, sits down at his usual table and orders the dishes he always orders. Fogg, of course, is a caricature but he also illustrates something almost all humans share; we are creatures of habit and more than a bit territorial. You can test yourself on this. When you enter a favorite bar or restaurant, do you always try to sit in the same place? If they save you a seat and shout your name when you enter, you’ve probably been there a few too many times. However, the point is that you probably not only want to sit in the same place but you also get upset if someone “steals your seat.” The same is true of attending religious services, sitting in classrooms, parking your car and many of the other things we do regularly. When I was in college, about a month after classes started, the sociology professor asked the class how many of us were sitting in the same seats we sat in the first day of class. About 80 percent of us raised our hands. Think back to high school. Were you one of those kids who always sat in the front row? As you might have already guessed, I was. I still sit in the front row at most of the meetings I cover. Of course, I do have the excuse of needing to be able to hear and see the meeting well. In high school I can think of four good reasons why I sat in the front row. I was almost always the shortest kid in
the class; sitting in the front row made sense from a visual perspective. In many of my classes, the front row was the best place to sit when you want teachers to see how smart you are (I’m afraid I was one of THOSE kids.) In other classes, the front row was the best place to be ignored by teachers who needed to focus on the cutups, rowdies and class clowns who sat in the back. I got a lot of extraneous reading, drawing and generally not listening done that way but I might didn’t make many friends. The front row made for a quick get-away when the passing bell rang. Of course, religious services are an entirely different matter. For the most part, no one wants to sit in the front. Most of us don’t want to be like the Pharisees, condemned by Jesus for always taking the prominent places in the Synagogue. While we tend to be creatures of habit, there is something to be said about getting out of the same-seat rut. When Fogg changed his habits he saw the world, won the bet and got the girl. The lessons here are move your feet, change your seat and get a new perspective.
Pikes Peak sees early attempts at flight Back in 1897 there were many attempts to fly, here and all over the world. With our high hills and breezes it was bound to happen; a fellow came to this area to try his wings. He had a set of wings, tail and fins to wear. Now this was not an early airplane, it was a “Flying Costume.” In August the weather is fine; maybe some wind. He took his gear to the top of Pikes Peak, I assume on the train. Looking around he attracted a bit of a crowd. I can imagine so! He jumped from the roof of the summit house! He was surprised when he crashed to the ground, only 10 or so feet below. He was not done. He set out in search of a “better” place. The next day he was seen all over Manitou looking for just the right spot. There were reports of him up in Ute Pass, Garden of the Gods and Colorado City. The man’s name was Felts and he was getting to be well-known for his idea. He was even willing to make bets on how far he could fly. A few days later the remains of his gear was found in Engleman Canyon but there was no sign of him. Within a week, he still hadn’t been seen but his gear was still being tried! Some hardy lads at the cog railway had recovered his gear from the canyon and started making repairs. A few changes were made as ideas about improvements were suggested. One of the crew took the gear to the hill off Ruxton Avenue below the cog station near the Midland trestle and jumped. He landed in a pile, severely jolted. He stated that doing it with an umbrella would have gone as well. Another of the crew went up and readjusted the gear. He
went higher up the hill, thinking this would provide more time to get a cushion of air built up. Indeed, it too was a disaster. Instead of giving it a cushion, it flipped over, tumbling him down the hillside. When he finally stopped, the gear was now destroyed and the man was badly bruised and battered. It was fortunate that none of his bones were as badly bashed as the wings! After that, they gave up on the whole idea. Little bits of the rig were to be found but there were no attempts to repair it and try again. The man Felts was not seen in the area after that. It was said that stories of the two cog boys’ attempts were told in the shops and brought laughs for many years. I must agree. I have seen attempts to hang glide off the summit but with the extreme down-drafts up there, you would be lucky to just land hard. Mel McFarland, artist, author, retired teacher and railroader, is a Colorado Springs native who has a strong interest in the events of this area’s past.
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Novel set in Husted tells a hard story By Norma Engelberg
Western Museum of Mining & Industry Programs Manager Brad Poulson shows budding young miners how to pan for gold. Gold mining in the West typically starts out with panning in creeks and streams before moving into the hardrock mines. Photos by Norma Engelberg
Left, Western Museum of Mining & Industry Programs Manager Brad Poulson shows children how steam engines were used to power mining tools during the late 1800s. This is a 10 horse power engine that would have powered a small mining operation. Right, Western Museum of Mining & Industry Programs Manager Brad Poulson sells mines, also known as chocolate chip cookies, and tools, the paperclips and toothpicks the children will use to mine the chips out of the cookies. Cookie Mining is often used by museum staff to teach visitors, especially children, the basics of the mining business.
Making a business of mining cookies By Norma Engelberg
firstname.lastname@example.org Western Museum of Mining & Industry teaches more than 6,000 children each year the basics of mining in the Western United States. One way the museum does that is through mining the chocolate chips out of cookies. On Dec. 27, Brad Poulson, the museum’s program coordinator, led children and the adults in their lives on a tour of the museum to give them a feel for the business of mining. Then he showed them how to create their own mining business. Each mining team created a name for their mine, selected a president, an accountant; miners, mostly children who remove chips with toothpicks or paperclips; and a reclamation specialist, who puts the cookie back together after the chips have been removed. The mine (cookie) and the tools were bought with a limited number of “Mining Dollars” and chips were bought back from the mine. The object of the exercise is to make good mining investments up front and earn a profit in the end.
The Mauch family from Nebraska and the cousins the Neppl family from Colorado Springs learn about the business of mining using cookies at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry Cookie Mining event on Dec. 27. The museum uses cookie mining and other programs to teach more than 6,000 children the basics of mining each year.
John Dwaine McKenna’s newest novel starts out with understatement. In the words of 15-year-old Jamey McGoran, “The WhimWham man’s story ain’t easy to tell.” It wasn’t easy to write, either. As the author says on the book’s back cover, “There’s no sanitary way to write about murder.” “Sometimes I only wrote a paragraph a day,” he said. “It took me weeks to write the murder scene.” In fact, in its short 136 pages the book packs a lot of punched both literally and figuratively. This coming-of-age/murder mystery is a fast read but the reading is almost as hard as the telling. Set in 1940 in the small town of Husted on what is now on the U.S. Air Force Academy, “The Whim-Wham Man” starts out with a glimpse at life toward the end of the Great Depression when times were still tough but the economy was starting to mend. It wasn’t mending fast enough for young McGoran, his sister Catherine, his proud and independent mother and his father, a man who thinks with his fists because his brain is usually pickled with drink. The book is written from Jamey McGoran’s point of view and he does “impending doom” really well. The reader can feel something coming from that very first sentence but, when disaster finally hits, it’s still a surprise. McKenna, who lives in Colorado Springs, gives the reader a feel for that bygone age and when McGoran drives the family’s old Model T from Husted to the Springs, he describes places readers can still see on South Tejon, Nevada Avenue and Sierra Madre Street. The book is well researched and seeing the area through McGoran’s eyes brings it back to life. This is not a book for everyone but mystery lovers will appreciate the spare and concise narrative; there’re no wasted words and every scene leads directly to the conclusion. The book is written as the first in a detective series as the lead character grows up to become a Colorado Springs detective with a mission. McKenna based his idea for the story on a short paragraph he read in a newspaper in 2011 about then Gov. Ritter pardoning Joe Arridy, a simple-minded man who was falsely executed for murder in 1939. Arridy is the basis for the “Whim-Wham Man” character but the similarities between the book and the history end there. “The Whim-Wham Man” is published by Rhyolite Press and can be purchased online at www.rhyolitepress.com. McKenna’s first book, “The Neversink Chronicles,” is a Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY award winner.
Local writer John Dwaine McKenna sets his new short novel in the small town of Husted, which disappeared into history several decades ago. Courtesy photo
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Home for Christmas Josh Scott enjoys the Buffalo break By By Danny Summers
email@example.com MONUMENT - Josh Scott was home for Christmas last week. The Lewis-Palmer High School alumnus visited with family and friends, and even found time to do some shopping. It was a welcome break for the 6-foot-10 University of Colorado power forward. He’s had very few down moments the last few months since joining the Buffaloes and earning a starting spot. “I love it up there,” Scott said of Boulder. “It’s been good. It’s been fun. “Basketball has been an awesome experience for me. I get to play with people I watched on TV.” Scott is wasting no time establishing himself as one of the best freshmen in the nation. He has started all 11 games for the Buffs, averaging 12.5 points per games (third on the team) and 5.5 rebounds (second). He leads the team in free throw percentage (76 percent) and is second in blocks (9 total). “One of my goals was to start,” said Scott, who was the Colorado Gatorade Player of the year in 2012 as a senior for Lewis-Palmer. “I knew I would be a contender if I did what I was supposed to do.” Scott wasn’t even a full-time student at Colorado when he accompanied the team on a goodwill trip to Europe last June. He averaged 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds during the five-game swing. He quickly learned that the college game was quite a bit different than his days as a prep star.
“Everyone is a good player,” said Scott, who averaged 28.5 points as a senior at Lewis-Palmer. “It’s been an adjustment, but not too hard of an adjustment.” Scott’s impressive start to his college career is no surprise to Buffs coach Tad Boyle. “Josh is everything we thought he would be and maybe a little bit more,” Boyle said. “He has a knack for scoring down low and he’s aggressive, which lends itself to basketball at this level. He rebounded the ball well, too. “I was encouraged with how he chased down some rebounds, and that he gets to the line because he’s a good foul shooter.” Of Scott’s 35 rebounds over the five games in Europe, 27 came on the offensive end. Scott has been a consistent force for the Buffs. He’s led the team in scoring three times, including 19 against Kansas in a blowout loss. He also had two steals that game to tie for the team lead. Colorado is 9-2. The Buffs played a non-conference game against Hartford on Dec. 29, but results were not available at press time. Colorado opens its Pac-12 schedule Jan. 3 at Arizona. The Buffs were ranked as high No. 19 in the nation for two weeks, until their losses to Wyoming and Kansas. “It’s fun being a freshman and going through the college experience,” Scott said. Scott found time to attend two Lewis-Palmer games before the Christmas break. But the Rangers lost both, ending their string of 34 consecutive victories dating to the second game of the 2011-2012 season when Scott led the team to the Class 4A state title. “I’m a little bit of a bad omen at the moment,” Scott said with a smile. Among Scott’s goals this season is to play in the NCAA tournament. “If we keep playing well, we’ll get there,” he said.
It was a welcome break for Lewis-Palmer High School alumnus Josh Scott, the 6-foot-10 University of Colorado power forward. Courtesy photo Scott’s next games in Colorado will be Jan. 10 and 12 against USC and UCLA, respectively, at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. Get your tickets now. The way Scott’s playing, he may not be playing in Boulder long.
Palmer Ridge’s Mayer bleeds blue and gold Monument coach has coached at school for five years
‘I work for a great administration and I have a great group of kids.’
By Danny Summers
Coach Nick Mayer
firstname.lastname@example.org MONUMENT-There was a time when Nick Mayer bled the orange and black of Lewis-Palmer High School. But if you cut him these days you’ll see navy blue and gold seeping from his veins. “I’m 100 percent into our program,” Mayer said. “I work for a great administration and I have a great group of kids.” Mayer is the only head boys basketball coach Palmer Ridge has ever known. He started when the school opened in 2008 and has directed the Bears to three consecutive state tournament appearances. Mayer’s Monument roots run deep. He went through 13 years of school in District 38, graduating from Lewis-Palmer in 1997. “Monument has always been home for me,” Mayer said. “I was very happy when I finally got back here.” A two-year varsity player for the Rangers, Mayer attended college at Colorado State University, where he was a walk-on for one season. He played sparingly, however mostly in garbage time. “I was a good enough shooter for that level, but athletically I wasn’t good enough to compete at that level,” Mayer said. “I knew I wanted to coach so I became an undergrad assistant.” Mayer took a somewhat complicated route back to his hometown. After four years as an assistant coach at CSU, he moved to Colorado College, where he worked as an assistant for five years under Mike McCubbin. From there, Mayer went over to Pine Creek and worked as an assistant under Dick Castle. Finally, he made his way back to Monument and Palmer Ridge in 2008. “It was good to get back here,” Mayer said. “I kept in contact with a lot of people.” Mayer is not the only Bears coach with Lewis-Palmer roots. His top two assistants, Seth Fritz and Dwight Wahlborg, grew up playing and coaching basketball in the town. Fritz is a 1998 graduate of the Lewis-Palmer and former player in the Rangers’ program. He was a teammate of May-
Palmer Ridge head basketball coach Nick Mayor speaks with sophomore forward Matt Cameron during a recent game. Mayor started coaching at Palmer Ridge High School in 2008, the year the school opened. Photo by Danny Summers er’s and joined the Palmer Ridge coaching staff two years ago. Wahlborg coached both Mayer and Fritz when they were in middle school and high school. He has been on Mayer’s staff since Day 1.
“I didn’t think twice about coming over to join Nick,” said Wahlborg, who has been a coach in District 38 for almost 40 years. “It’s a different perspective.” Wahlborg headed the district’s middle school program from 1974 through 2007. He worked at the high school some, as well. “Some of the things Nick’s doing now I see that I did then,” Wahlborg said. “Maybe he picked up some of what I was teaching.” The Bears are off to a 4-3 start, 0-1 in the Class 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. Their most successful season was 2009-2010 when they posted a 16-9 overall record, including a victory over Frederick in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. They lost to Lewis-Palmer in the second round. The Bears have never defeated Lewis-Palmer, losing four games. Lewis-Palmer head coach Russ McKinstry is in his second stint with the school. He coached the Rangers in the early 1990s, but never worked with Wahlbrog, nor did he coach Mayer or Fritz in high school. “Nick used to be in my youth camps,” McKinstry said. “He was an outstanding young player. He’s a wonderful young man and an outstanding coach.” Neither Mayer nor McKinstry will concede that they approach things any differently when the schools play each other. “I know it’s big for our players, but every game is huge for us,” Mayer said. “Lewis-Palmer is no more important than anyone else. “If anything, we probably have to find a way to get some wins against them to get that rivalry more competitive.” Added McKinstry: “Every game is an equal challenge to us. Our routine stays the same. Our preparation stays the same whether it’s D’Evelyn, Broomfield or Palmer Ridge.” The two schools next meet Jan. 11 at Lewis-Palmer. They play for a second time Feb. 1 at Palmer Ridge.
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Tips for protecting pets from coyotes Special to The Tribune
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Most people think of coyotes as woodland and prairie creatures but more and more of them are being spotted in cities where their favorite prey are pets. Courtesy photo by Leigh Gillette
Protecting Pets and Children
Keep pets in fenced areas or kennels; remember split rail fences and invisible fences will not keep your pet safe from predators. Pet kennels and runs should have a fully-enclosed roof. Provide human supervision while outdoors, even in your own backyard. Do not allow pets (or children) to run loose in areas where there is coyote activity.
Rural coyotes are wary of humans and avoid people whenever possible. Urban coyotes seem to be more comfortable around humans. Overtly aggressive behavior toward people is not normal and should be reported. Never feed or attempt to “tame” a coyote. Do not turn your back or run from a coyote. If approached or followed by a coyote, make loud noises, yell and make yourself look big. If the coyote approaches to an uncomfortably close distance, throw rocks or
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FRONT RANGE Business Group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1
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TRI-LAKES BUSINESS Networking International meets from 8-9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Mozaic Inn in Palmer Lake. Call Elizabeth Bryson at 719-481-0600 or e-mail ebryson@ farmersagent.com. TRI-LAKES CHAMBER Business After Hours meets at 5:30
p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at various locations. Free to members; $10 for non-members. Call 719 481-3282 or go to www.trilakeschamber.com.
TRI-LAKES CHAMBER Business Networking Group meets
at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday at Willow Tree Cafe, 140 2nd St., Monument. New members welcome. If District 38 is delayed or cancelled, their will be no meeting. Yearly membership dues are $20. Call 719 481-3282 or go to www. trilakeschamber.com.
TRI-LAKES NETWORKING Team meets for dinner at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Inn at Palmer Divide. TNT is business women building relationships in a social setting. Visit www.trilakesnetworkingteam.com or call Janine Robertson at 719-266-0246 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. WOODMOOR BUSINESS Group Meeting is the second
Monday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Woodmoor Barn, 1691 Woodmoor Dr. We are Woodmoor residents offering products and services to the community. New members welcome. For more information, call Bobbi Doyle at 719-331-3003 or go to www.woodmoorbusinessgroup.com.
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Fire Radio Association), meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Tri-Lakes Monutemnt Fire Protection District Station 1, 18650 Hwy 105. All Amateur Radio Operators are welcome. Call Joyce Witte at 488-0859 for more information.
ADULT RECREATIONAL and intermediate pick up volleyball is at Lewis-Palmer Middle School every Monday from 7-9 p.m. Call Claudia at 719-313-6662 for details.
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Frighten coyotes with loud noises; use unnatural odors (such as ammonia) to clean trashcans. Yell and throw things at coyotes whenever you see them near your home. Cleanup food attractants such as dog food, garbage and spilled seed beneath birdfeeders. Use yard lights with motion detectors; appearance of the sudden light may frighten coyotes away.
other objects. Report coyote problems
Discouraging coyotes near homes
Keep pets on leash or leave the area when you see a coyote. Most urban areas have leash laws requiring dogs to be under control. Coyotes and foxes are thought to be responsible for many cat disappearances in residential neighborhoods. Although rare, coyotes could potentially to injure people. Teach your family not to approach wildlife and never feed wildlife. Treat the presence of a coyote as an unfamiliar and potentially threatening dog.
people should still take precautions. Report encounters with aggressive coyotes in the Pikes Peak Region to Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 719-227-5200.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds people to take precautions to protect pets from wildlife. In the past few weeks, coyotes attacked two small dogs in the Colorado Springs area. In one case, the dog died. The other dog survived, but its owner incurred several hundred dollars in veterinarian bills. Colorado Parks and Wildlife warns that coyotes are wild predators that should be treated with caution but there are measures people can take to decrease the odds of an attack. The coyote (Canis latrans) is a member of the dog family. It resembles a small German shepherd with the exception of the long snout and bushy, black-tipped tail. Coyotes are extremely adaptable and resourceful, and can survive on whatever food is available. They prey on rabbits, mice, birds and other small animals, as well as deer and occasionally bighorn sheep. d 12 In urban areas, coyotes vents are known to attack small cats and dogs, particularly may pets allowed to roam free or left out overnight. A typical coyote weighs between 20 and 50 lbs., and can easily outmatch a smaller pet. “Coyotes are adaptable predators found in most open habitats, including city neighborhoods, open space, parks and trails,” said District Wildlife Manager, Aaron Flohrs. “They are tolerant of human activities, and adapt and adjust rapidly to changes in their environment.” He said that coyotes require more calories during cold weather and can be seen actively hunting during daylight hours at this time of year. People with pets should keep them on a leash when walking. While at home, do not allow pets to roam freely. Even pets in enclosed yards run the risk of predation. People should feed their pets inside in an effort to keep pet food from attracting coyotes and other wildlife. Remind children not to approach or feed any wildlife. While attacks on humans are extremely rare,
Misc. Private Legals Public Notice DISTRICT COURT, EL PASO COUNTY, STATE OF COLORADO Court Address: 270 South Tejon Colorado Springs, CO 80901 Court Phone: 7194487700 PLAINTIFF: HIGH FOREST RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION v. DEFENDANTS: ABERDEEN INVESTMENTS, INC.; TODD PROPERTIES, INC.; RICHARD A.M. TODD; and THOMAS S. MOWLE AS THE PUBLIC TRUSTEE OF EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO Attorney: Brianna L. Schaefer Firm: HindmanSanchez P.C. Address: 5610 Ward Road, Suite 300 Arvada, Colorado 80002-1310 Phone Number: 303.432.8999 Fax Number: 303.432.0999 E-mail: email@example.com Atty. Reg. No.: 34078 Our File No.: 3243.006 Case No.: 2012CV4023 Div: 3 SUMMONS THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: You are hereby summoned and required to appear and defend against the claims of Plaintiff, as set forth in the Complaint filed with the Court in this action, by filing with the Clerk of this Court an Answer or other response. You are required to file your Answer or other response within twenty-one (21) days after service upon you if within the State of Colorado, or within thirty-five (35) days after service upon you if outside the State of Colorado or if served by publication pursuant to C.R.C.P. 4(g). If served by publication, service shall be complete on the day of the last publication. A copy of the Complaint may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court. If you fail to file your Answer or other response to the Complaint in writing within the time required, judgment by default may be rendered against you by the Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint without further notice. This is an action affecting the real property described in the Complaint and is a proceeding in rem as well as a proceeding in personam.
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