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Tri-Lakes Region, Monument, Gleneagle, Black Forest and Northern El Paso County • Volume 9, Issue 46

Dominguez appointed Monument trustee

Previously was a member of the board

By Lisa Collacott

Rafael Dominguez has been appointed to the empty seat recently vacated by Monument board of trustee Rick Squires. The Monument board of trustees appointed Dominguez to the board during a special meeting Nov. 9. Dominguez previously served on the board of trustees but did not seek re-

election in April due to his work schedule. “The timing of the election came up and it was best for me to step aside and give somebody else an opportunity,” Dominguez said, adding that his work load has since been reduced. “I enjoyed my time on the board. I felt like we got a lot of things done. I feel like I contributed a lot when I was on the board,” Dominguez added. “I look forward to serving on the board again

‘I felt like we got a lot of things done. I feel like I contributed a lot when I was on the board.’ Rafael Dominguez if I’m chosen.” Dominguez said his top three passions he has for the town are parks, continuing to improve aesthetics and installing sidewalks in the downtown area.

Dominguez is retired from the United States Marine Corps and has been serving on the Economic Development Committee. He will fill the trustee seat until April 2013 when Squires’ term was up.

Fire district gets its funding


Voters support Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District By Norma Engelberg

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Voters gave a big show of support to the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District when they approved ballot question 5C, which raises the fire district’s mill levy from 8.5 mills to 11.5 mills. The final unofficial tally was 9,478 yes votes to 5,180 no votes. Riding a wave of approval after the Waldo Canyon Fire, three other fire protection districts in El Paso County also asked for more funding. Security and Southwestern Highway 115 fire protection districts won their tax increases but the City of Fountain Fire Department lost. Northeast Teller County Fire Protection District in Woodland Park also won its mill levy increase by a wide margin.

Fire district thankful for support By Norma Engelberg Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District Capt. Tom Mace has a pilot’s license and owns his own airplane. On Nov. 6 he put the license, the plane and his off duty time to good use flying over the Tri-Lakes area pulling a banner that reminded people to vote for the district’s mill levy increase, ballot question 5C. Neither the plane, nor the banner and none of the 300 signs and the 11 4x8 foot banners that went up all over the area TriLakes area before the election were paid for with district funds. Members of Monument Professional Firefighters Local 4319 funded these items and 5,000 flyers out of their own pockets and used their own time and resources to educate the public on the needs of a modern fire department and ambulance service. “In our spare time we talked to homeowners groups, Monument merchants, senior citizens and a lot of other people,” said training officer Mike Keough, who

serves on the firefighter local’s election committee. “Most of what we did was education. A lot of people thought the district was funded through sales tax revenues and once we showed them that our funding comes from property taxes, it (the ballot question) made more sense to them.” That dedication paid off at the polls when ballot question 5C was approved overwhelmingly by district voters with a vote of 9,478-5,180. As was explained at a previous district board meeting, the money raised by the mill levy increase will allow the district to finish maintenance projects that were delayed by lack of funds, to upgrade necessary equipment, provide more training and keep Fire Station 2 open for business. The district can also begin its search for a new chief and leverage the funds so that it can accept a federal grant that would pay salaries for six new firefighters for two years. District board President Bill Ingram was jubilant about the win. “We are extra appreciative for the community’s support,” he said. “We also appreciate all the hard work by local firefighters and we’re

This is one of 11 4-foot by 8-foot banners that Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District firefighters bought and placed in the district asking voters for their support of ballot question 5C. Since the election, grateful firefighters have been using the banners to say thank you. Photo by Norma Engelberg looking forward to continuing to provide the best support of our communities.” Keough added that firefighters have put thank you banners up around the community and would have done so even if the ballot question hadn’t passed. “We are a public entity and we will always need the public’s support,” he said. “We want the public to be involved in everything we do. I especially encourage people to come to our board meetings.”

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Public safety tax a victory for sheriff ’s department Deputies, jail, other needs to be funded By Lisa Collacott A sales tax increase that would help fund critical needs of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has passed with voters. Voters passed 1A, the public safety tax, with 64 percent of the vote. The passing of 1A is expected to generate at least $17 million and will fund putting additional deputies on patrol and in the jail, replace obsolete equipment, cover jail maintenance costs and help with in-


creasing food, fuel and mandatory medical costs. Citizens will pay twenty-three hundredths ($0.0023) of one cent per dollar, which will go into effect Jan. 1. Sheriff Terry Maketa said he was shocked by the response of citizens and said that history has shown that if it passed it would be by a narrow margin. “To see it first flash at 64 percent, that was pleasantly shocking. Very pleasantly shocking,” Maketa said. “It really sent a message that we put together a program that the tax payers understood and that they believed in.” Maketa approached the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners during a special meeting in August about the need

for a tax increase and commissioners approved the ballot measure to go to voters during the Sept. 6 BOCC meeting giving the sheriff only two months to try to convince citizens of the urgent need. Maketa said one of the criticisms that came up was that there was not enough time to get the message out and there was no public process. “My argument was (that) I’ve been giving this same message for four years. It’s been four years of process and I think the voters demonstrated that. They have been listening, they have been paying attention and also I’ve responded to the feedback that I’ve gotten in the past couple attempts and framed this to meet their expectations,” Maketa added.

Maketa said the sheriff’s office plans to start hiring new deputies in January and civilian positions immediately. The plan is to have two or three law enforcement academies and one lateral move academy. The academies are 22 weeks long so Maketa said they might phase the academies in or possibly overlap them. “I anticipate a lot of positions in the process of being filled or being filled by the end of January. We are going to be really aggressive. Our existing workforce really needs the support,” Maketa said. The sheriff’s office wants to be a transparent department and wants to be able to show online what the citizen’s tax dollars are being spent on.

Majority in county voted for Republican

vote for Gov. Mitt Romney. Unofficial results show that Romney received 59 percent or 163,819 votes in El Paso County while Obama trailed behind with 38 percent or 104,989 votes. Romney was the favorite among Teller County voters as well. Romney received 7,909 votes or 65 percent of the vote to Obama’s 3,894 votes or 32 percent. It was a close race in Colorado, considered a swing state, but in the end Obama

ended up with 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 46 percent. It was the first time in 76 years that the state has voted for a second term for a presidential candidate, according to the Denver Post. Obama won in many critical swing states and received 303 electoral votes while Romney received 206 electoral votes. Results by precinct in El Paso County were not immediately available.

Obama wins state, nation; Romney favored in El Paso By Lisa Collacott President Barack Obama has won reelection and was the clear winner in Colorado; however, election results show that a majority of El Paso County voters cast their `Sense and Sensibility: the Musical’ comes to Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. Page 8 Christmas Lights: The newly planted trees on Second Street will receive Christmas lights this holiday season. Page 7

Water: The town of Palmer Lake is seeking a water rate increase. Page 11 Sports: Palmer Ridge finishes season with 17-2-1 record. Page 13

PPRTA tax extension passes, bridge and road improvements paid for 10 years Will fund future transportation projects in county By Lisa Collacott Voters in El Paso County gave their approval to extend a tax for 10 more years that helps pay for bridges and roads. Seventy-two percent of voters were in fa-

vor of extending the sales and use tax that funds the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority capital program, which will begin in 2015 and sunset in 2024. The current tax was approved by voters in 2004 and will sunset on Dec. 31, 2014. With the extension, citizens will continue to pay 0.55 percent (fifty-five one hundredths of one penny per dollar) and the county will be able to fund major transportation projects. Some of those projects are considered Priority A projects and are located in un-

incorporated El Paso County located in the Tri-Lakes area. Beacon Lite Road between County Line Road and Colo. 105, Monument Hill Road between County Line Road and Woodmoor Drive, Colo. 105 between Interstate 25 and Colo. 83 and Base Camp and Deer Creek Road and Emigrant Trail located near Monument Hill Road. PPRTA includes El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs and Ramah. Monument and Palmer Lake are not members of PPRTA.

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Lamborn retains seat for fourth term Says Republicans ready to work with Obama while keeping principles By Lisa Collacott U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has secured a fourth term in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. Lamborn, who faced no Democratic opponent, got 65 percent or

191,198 votes. Independent candidate Dave Anderson trailed behind with 17 percent of the vote while Liberterian Jim Pirtle had 7 percent and Misha Luzov of the Green Party had 6 percent of the vote. Lamborn American Constitution Party Candidate Kenneth Harvell had four percent of the vote. Democrat Bob Evans of Palmer Lake, an

adjunct history professor from Pikes Peak Community College, was to run against Lamborn but suspended his campaign in January. Lamborn was elected to office in 2006 and represents El Paso, Teller, Park, Lake, Fremont and Chaffee counties. He received 65 percent of the vote in El Paso County and 70 percent of the vote in Teller County. Lamborn was pleased with his victory and reacted to President Barack Obama’s re-election.

“I wish President Obama well with our troubled economy. I sincerely hope he will make an effort to work with Republicans during his second term. My Republican colleagues and I stand ready to work with him on reducing the deficit and getting spending under control,” Lamborn said. “I believe those two things are absolutely essential to boosting our stagnant economy and creating jobs. Republicans are looking for solutions but not at the expense of compromising our bedrock principles on which we have been elected.”

Stephens declares victory by a landslide House District 19 includes the Tri-Lakes area By Lisa Collacott

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House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument, declared a victory in House District 19. Unofficial results show Stephens with a clear lead with 82 percent of the vote. Stephens received 32,694 votes. Liberterian Alan Bassett received 12 percent or 4,571 votes and American Constitution Party Candidate Timothy Biolch had 6 percent or 2,425 votes. No Democrats ran for the House District 19 seat. “It was a great win. I was delighted and really happy and I am happy to serve this district,” Stephens said. “The people in this district are amazing and they really did turn out to vote. I was so proud of that. People came to the polls to vote.”

‘The people in this district are amazing and they really did turn out to vote.’ Amy Stephens Part of Stephen’s district is new. Monument, Woodmoor, Gleneagle and Black Forest were initially part of House District 20, which Stephens was elected to in 2006. When the new reapportionment maps where drawn up last December part of her district was drawn into House District 19. That pitted Stephens against House Representative Marsha Looper R-Calhan. Stephens beat Looper in the Republican primary in June.

In addition to parts of the TriLakes area, House District 19 also includes Peyton, Calhan, Falcon, Elbert, Yoder and extends to the tip of Fountain. She has represented 75 percent of the district for the past five years. Palmer Lake is not in House District 19. Stephens said even though Republicans lost the House she said she is really proud of the way the candidates ran their races. “We’ll continue to fight for jobs and the economy. We’re going to be continuing to stand for those things that matter in my district and many districts in El Paso County,” Stephens said. Stephens is encouraged by the business growth in her district and she would like to see businesses grow in Colorado. “I know for my district it’s what’s important. That is what I want front and center and it’s what I continue to support,” she added.

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First African-American academy graduate dies

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- The first African-American to gradutate from the Air Force Academy has died. sCharles Vernon Bush, Class of 1963, died at -his home in Lolo, Mont., on Nov. 5 after bat-tling colon cancer. He was 72.

Bush reported as a cadet in June 1959. He distinguished himself as a squadron commander, a member of the academy’s debate team and a member of the Cadet Wing champion rugby team. After graduating in 1963 Bush received his Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Georgetown University in June 1964 and was inducted into the Georgetown chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. He attended Air Intelligence Officers tSchool and served at Westover Air Force Base where he taught undergraduate political science courses at American International College. Bush became fluent in the Vietnamese dlanguage at Sanz Language School. He was assigned to Vietnam in 1967 as an intelligence officer. In Vietnam he was responsible for the deployment and operations of six intelligence teams operating from a snumber of sites including Saigon, Bien Hoa, Nha Trang, Pleiku, Da Nang and Can Tho. The teams were involved with significant intelligence operations, particularly involving the attack on Tan Son Nhut Air Base during the Tet Offensive of 1968 and the desfense of the Marines and South Vietnamese at the Battle of Khe Sanh. After he returned Bush was assigned to tHeadquarters Air Force Special Projects Production Facility at Westover AFB. He resumed teaching political science courses at American International College. In 1970 Bush resigned his commission and attended Harvard Business School majoring in finance. He spent the rest of his professional career in numerous business enterprises serving as manager and senior corporate executive. Included among his many distinguished business and academic activities Bush was

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Charles Vernon Bush an Academy Falcon Foundation Trustee and a guest lecturer at the academy’s department of management. He was a diversity consultant for both the Air Force and Air Force Academy. Bush received many accolades in both his military and civilian careers. While in the Air Force he received the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. “The United States Air Force Academy is saddened to learn of the passing of one our most notable graduates, Chuck Bush,” academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould said. “Our hearts go out to Tina, Chip, Kyra, Bettina and all of the Bush family.” “A member of the Class of 1963 and the first African-American graduate, Mr. Bush’s courage and commitment to enhancing diversity in the United States military will pay itself forward for many generations,” Gould added. “The academy family is truly proud to call Mr. Chuck Bush one of our own.”

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157 Infantry, 45th Thunderbirds In 1941, thousands of Coloradans joined the fray in WWII when the 45th Infantry Division became one of the first National Guard units federalized from state control into the regular army force. Intense fighting followed in the invasion of Sicily, the attack on Salermo, and brutal battles at Anzio and Monte Cassino. And those were just warm ups for landings in France, during operation Dragoon, and final drive into Nazi Germany and physical liberation of the Dachau death camp. My Uncle “Stub” was a medic attached to 157 Infantry of 45th Thunderbirds, and an old friend of mine, from my hometown in Dolores, was in the same unit. “A few lines to let you know where I am and answer your letter,” wrote my uncle, to my father (who was still in High school at the time, in Meeker, CO) on Nov. 12, 1942 from New York, NY, as they prepared to depart for Europe after training there, Fort Sill, OK, and other places. “I don’t know much that would interest you, but will try to let you know how things are with me. It snowed last night and today so have had a little fun. We are having snow-ball fights, for this is the most snow I have seen since I was home last winter, and tonight there is about two inches.” The uncertainty of what was to come, was touched on in my uncle’s letter. “I still don’t know for sure whether I will get to come home not, so don’t look for me till you see me in person, and then you won’t be disappointed,” he wrote. The letter broke off a few lines later, but resumed, with a different ink. “I started to write this letter but the lights went out for about an hour, so it stopped me from finishing my scandal. Well, I guess there is no more to say, so till

next time, goodbye for now.” My dad says he didn’t hear much from Uncle Stub again, until my other Uncle, Bill, who served in the navy, searched for his unit, and tracked him in France one day. “Been busy,” Uncle Stub told my Uncle Bill at the time. Perhaps an understatement, when you review the history. From another account, this one from Paul Butler (I knew Butler, later, while growing up in Dolores, Colo.), who was a corporal in the same 157th regiment of the 45th Thunderbirds: “We were under machine gun fire all night long, laying on the ground. Machine gun fire killed my Sergeant. The Italians weren’t very good fighters but the Germans were, they were always blowing up railroad tracks and bridges. I saw a U.S.O. show with Bob Hope,” Butler told a nephew who compiled his story for the 157th regiment’s page for WWII Recreation Association page. “We traveled on foot a lot under General (George) Patton’s command. He gave a speech to about 2,000 of us and we were told we’d hit the mainland of Italy. I remember him saying, `If those SOBs don’t back up, take your bayonets and make them.’ Patton had to return to the states over the incident where he slapped the soldier with battle fatigue, so we went on

without him,” according to Paul’s account to his nephew. “In Sicily I was transferred back into an Anti-tank company and I hauled 60mm Mortar rounds. On Sept. 8, 1943 we hit Salerno Beach. There, I drove a White half-track pulling a 37mm gun. I drove the half-track onto the beach head. On the way into Italy, the Italians surrendered, but the Germans fought furiously. That winter we were foot soldiers in the mountains of Italy. A lot of G.I.s got trench foot, frozen feet and lost toes. Then, on January 29, 1944 we hit Anzio Beach Head. The Germans had all the high ground and we were pinned down on the beach every day for 4 to 5 months. Every day was like a D-day,” he said. “I built a cellar that kept shell fragments out. It was a foxhole with a timber and sandbag roof. We had a gas stove and played cards sometimes with a candle, when the candle went out you knew you had to get out to get oxygen. The Germans had this big gun we called Anzio Angie and when the big shells were fired, it sounded light a freight train coming. The gun was placed back in a tunnel on a railway car. They had a 6 barrel mortar that sounded like a screechin’ tomcat, but the toughest were those German 88’s. Us half-track drivers had to drive back up this road one time so we could hide and camouflage our vehicles. Most of my 37mm gun crew was killed then. They gave me the Bronze Star for delivering ammunition while under fire. I was just one of the lucky ones who didn’t get hit. A lot of men were captured, then escaped and rejoined us. One unit lost all but two of its men.” `Operation Shingle’ and the allied landing at Anzio was significant because the American 5th Army was surrounded by Ger-

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it was a contributing factor in at least 160,000 deaths. It definitely was a contributing factor in my dad’s death in 2009. It was liver disease that ultimately took my dad but he was having serious complications from diabetes. In fact a majority of his siblings had complications from the disease. I had one aunt who was going blind and had her leg amputated twice. She died a week after she stopped having kidney dialysis,

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which she was on for years. The American Diabetes Association wants to bring awareness to diabetes in hopes of getting more people to prevent it and to raise more money for research. They state on their website that by 2050 1-in-3 adults will have diabetes. This month they have two major events going on. People can go to Diabetes Association to upload photos that represent A Day in the Life of Diabetes. For each photo CVS Pharmacy will donate $1, up to $25,000, to the diabetes association. The photos that are uploaded will then be projected on the interior of Union Station in Washington D.C. on Nov. 13 and 14. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 which is also known as juvenile diabetes and Type 2 which is commonly called adult on-set diabetes. There is also gestational diabetes. This form of diabetes occurs in pregnant women who have high blood sugar levels. Women that have gestational diabetes have approximately a 35-60 percent chance of developing diabetes within 10-20 years after first being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Symptoms for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss and extreme fatigue and irritability. Type 2 can also include frequent infections, blurred vision, have cuts and bruises that heal slowly and tingling and numbness of hands and feet. Diabetes can cause heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease and amputations. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people can reduce their risk of getting diabetes by changing their diet, exercise and maintaining their weight.

mans in the caves of Pozzolli in February of 1944. It sustained heavy casualties. “One day when we had a break in the shelling and I was horsing around with some other fellas and one threw a dirt clod and gave me a black eye. They sent me to the hospital. They wanted to give me a Purple Heart, but I told the truth and said I’d rather have some aspirin. During the second night, the Germans shelled the hospital and I crawled under my cot. I told them it was safer where I had been, and I asked to be sent back to the front. “The last part of May, we broke out of the beachhead and headed for Rome. On June 6, 1944, D-Day, we were headed into Rome after 5 months of fierce fighting on Anzio. Because the Pope was in Rome, we were sent back to the beachhead for more training until Aug. 1. On the 15th of August we hit the Southern France beachhead near the French Riviera. It was an easy landing with very little resistance. We spent the winter in the Vosges Mountains. It was really cold. I remember the sap freezing in the trees and they’d blow up just like shells. In November of `44 we went into Alsace, an area along the German-French border. There was heavy fighting from town to town. I was a Transportation Corporal at the time and I drove a Dodge 6x6 pulling a 57mm Gun behind it. We were under blackout operations most of the time. We crossed the Rhine River on an Army built bridge and into Aschaffenburg about 2 weeks after General Patton entered the city. We were in and out of buildings and German Snipers were firing at us all the time. Our commander told us that the end of the war was getting close and he didn’t want Carrigan continues on Page 11

Storm brings imperfect results Like Katrina and several other strong hurricanes before it, Hurricane Sandy will have a lasting impact on the nation even for those of us living where there haven’t been any hurricanes since the Western Interior Seaway disappeared at end of the Cretaceous Period. Almost a week before the Eastern Seaboard was in Sandy’s crosshairs; meteorologists were already calling it a superstorm. Sandy wasn’t that strong, only a category 1, but she made up for that in size. At 1,100 miles in diameter, Sandy was the largest hurricane ever recorded. Sandy started out on Oct. 22 as tropical depression No. 18. On Oct. 29 she joined two other weather systems before inundating eastern North America from Miami to Quebec City, Canada. Meteorologists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research said the storm was enhanced by global warming. There were warmer than usual ocean temperatures and a 1-foot rise in sea level in New York harbor since 1900. Add in the effects of high tides and you have recipe for disaster. Scientists are saying that Sandy was only a warning. Using a variety of sources, the Discovery Channel show “Curiosity” listed the top 10 worst effects of global warming. Rising sea levels: Since most of the world’s population lives on coasts, even a rise of 2-3 inches will affect billions. Shrinking glaciers: According to the New York Times, the 150 glaciers that gave Montana’s Glacier National Park have shrunk to just 35 and The Washington Post reports that Himalayan glaciers, which provide drinking water for more than 500 million people, are shrinking by 1,200 feet per year. Heat waves: A heat wave in 2003 killed more than 35,ooo people across

Europe and scientists are saying that heat waves are 3-4 times more likely now than they were 50-100 years ago. Storms and floods: Think about more storms like Katrina and Sandy. Drought: A years-long drought in the heart of America’s hay and bread baskets has increased food prices for both man and beast and our drought isn’t an isolated incident. Disease: Tropical diseases such as mosquito-borne West Nile Virus have infected thousands of people in the United States and Canada and The Washington Post says that more than 150,000 people die each year from climate-change related illnesses. Economic consequences: Tufts University suggests that global warming will cost the worlds’ economies $20 trillion by the year 2100. Conflicts and war: How are countries are going to react to a loss of drinking water and arable land? Many of them will react with war. Loss of biodiversity: Scientific American estimates that 35 percent of the species alive today will be extinct by 2050. Destruction of ecosystems: Coral reefs are bleaching, rainforests are shrinking, deserts are expanding and plants and animals are moving northward with their habitats. The news isn’t all dire. There are still things we can do now to turn back the destruction but we need to have the political and individual will to do them.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Trees along Second Street to be lit for holiday board of trustees during a meeting in September about having lights put on the trees but at a bid of close to $15,000 Mayor Travis Easton and the board of trustees were hesitant saying it was too much money and asked Green if she could find a lower bid. Green came back with a bid of close to $6,500 a few weeks later but after some more discussion the mayor and trustees decided it was still too much money and that it might be something that could be done next year if it is budgeted.

By Lisa Collacott The trees that were recently planted to beautify Second Street will soon get an added touch, Christmas lights. Residents and visitors making their way into downtown Monument will see all 43 pine trees decorated this holiday season. But it almost didn’t happen. Town Manager Cathy Green approached the Monument

During the Nov. 5 board meeting John Dominowski, owner of the Front Street Square, requested a grant from the business license fund to be used to install the Christmas lights. The community development fund comes from business license fees the town collects. According to Pam Smith, town treasurer, there was nearly $34,000 in the 2012 budget. Half of the money goes towards salaries and taxes and the other half goes to supplies and projects. There is a line item budgeted for town beautification under the community development fund. Green told

the trustees that there is sufficient money in the budget to pay for the cost of the lights. “I think it would be a great use of the money if you have it in there,” Easton said. Dominowski said many business owners, himself included, had been looking forward to the trees being planted and thought they would be a huge asset to the town and would get people to turn down Second Street and go into to town to shop. He brought with him to the meeting signatures from the town merchants are were in favor of having lights put on the trees. Many of them showed up at the meeting. Each 12-15 foot tall tree will have approximately 50 lights.

District 20 building purchase means expanded programs This fall has been full of celebrations for students and staff members. Our athletic teams and our high-school marching bands have had successful seasons. Air Academy High School won the Colorado State Marching Band Championship for Class 4A competition, and Liberty High School placed second in that category. Rampart High School placed fifth in the Class 5A competition. The drum line captain from Rampart, senior Jake Lauer, was honored at an assembly in late October. He was the only Colorado student selected to the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He will perform with 124 other high school students from across the country at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, in January 2013. Congratulations to all of our fall athletes and fall activities participants for your hard work and dedication and for acts of sportsmanship and leadership in your schools.

to purchase a building and property at 1470 Chapel Hills Drive. The building was formerly a preschool. It is located directly south of Aspen Valley High School. Our plans for this location are to move our Summit Middle School Program to the new location in August. The Summit Middle School Program is an alternative education program for 30 seventh- and 30 eighth-graders in our district. The program is currently located in the Education and Administration Center. Moving the Summit Middle School Program to the location adjacent to Aspen Valley High School creates a seventh through 12th grade campus for alternative education.

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The staff members at Aspen Valley and Summit are already planning for the shared curriculum and educational opportunities this move will create to benefit all of the students. Another program move will also take place in August. The Home School Academy that partners with our community’s home-schooling families will move to the Education and Administration Center, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive. This program is currently housed at Chinook Trail Elementary. Chinook Trail was always a temporary location for the Home School Academy and, now, after five years, Chinook Trail needs to occupy its entire building to keep serving the Cordera neighborhood. The Home School Academy’s new location will also allow for continued growth to serve even more families. The purchase of the building at 1470 Chapel Hills Driver for $569,000 was possible using district capital project funds. Any funds needed for remodeling the building will also come from that account. After the due diligence period for this purchase and inspections of the building,

we plan to take ownership of the building next month.

Looking ahead

I hope you and your family have a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. Our schools will be closed Nov. 19-23. Our staff and students are grateful for the support we receive each day from our community and volunteers. Thank you for all you do for the children in our schools. In just a few weeks, we will open our Choice Enrollment Window. You will see more information about this process beginning in December. The Choice Enrollment Window dates for enrolling for the 2013-14 school year are Jan. 4-Feb. 22. Remember, the process is not firstcome, first-served, and we encourage you to explore all of the education opportunities available in our district. Dr. Mark Hatchell is the superintendent of Academy District 20. His column is published each month during the school year in the Tri-Lakes Tribune. You can follow him on Twitter @markhatchell.

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Tri-LakesLIFE Left, Adam takes his turn on the horse. It’s all part of the equine therapy program that D-38 utilizes in adapted P.E. Dena Sikole, adapted P.E. teacher walks along side on the left. Above, Stacey Biggs walks along the side of Jake as her son Tyler goes for a ride. Biggs said that the equine therapy program has helped her son become more outgoing. Photos by Lisa Collacott

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here are a lot of different forms of therapy available to special needs children but perhaps the one that is gaining popularity because of its results is equine therapy. Equine therapy uses horses for physical and psychological therapy for children who have autism, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and children that have behavioral, cognitive, emotional and social development disorders. Lewis-Palmer School District 38 special needs students have been taking advantage of equine therapy as part of their adapted physical education program for nearly 12 years. Dena Sikole, adapted P.E. teacher for the district, said equine therapy helps the students with core balance, self-confidence, leadership, socialization and helps the students in forming relationships. “Physically and emotionally, we hit all areas,” Sikole said. “When they form relationships with horses it helps build relationships with their peers.” The students participate in a six to eight week program. Once a week, for one hour a day, they head to the Gypsy Wind Ranch outside of Monument. The students first learn how to approach the horse, learn about grooming and learn about the different parts of the horse and then eventually

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Garrett leads Ellie around on the scavenger hunt while Jake, pictured in the gray shirt, looks at the items he has collected during the hunt. The equine therapy program for D-38 students has been successful and students create a bond with their horses which helps them in relationships with their peers.

start riding them with the assistance from members of the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club who volunteer with the program. Nana Candelaria said the program has really helped her grandson Garrett open up. “He loves to talk about Ellie. Ellie and him connected from day one,” Candelaria said about her grandson’s connection with the horse he worked with. “It is his thing. It’s

what he looks forward to each week. Candelaria said Garrett is very shy but he loves to share with his peers stories about Ellie. He is getting ready to do a presentation in his class about Ellie. She hopes to continue with the equine therapy. As soon as the students arrive at the ranch they are eager to pet with the horses and the horses seem to love the attention.

“It’s amazing the bond he’s made with the horses,” Stacey Biggs said about her son Tyler. “He’s more outgoing now.” On the last day of the program students led their horses around in a scavenger hunt with help from their Kiwanis volunteers. Then they had a small party with snacks and had the opportunity to ride their horses one last time. Sikole said without grants and volunteers they would not be able to continue the program. They just recently received $720 from the Tri-Lakes Women’s Club for the program. “Each one of these kids has a great time,” Candelaria said.

Bringing ‘Sense’ to Art Center stage Edward and Elinor are back By Norma Engelberg In honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s first novel, “Sense and Sensibility,” Monument playwright and owner of Tin Roof Productions Karen Burnett Hamer adapted the book into “Sense and Sensibility: The Musical” for the stage and directed. Her daughter Jessamine G. Hamer wrote the music and performed. The musical was first performed last December to critical acclaim, so much acclaim, in fact, that the Hamers and the production crew decided to take the musical to the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England. After much fundraising and months of hard work, the crew made the flight and performed the musical at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Bath’s Mission Theatre. Bath is

also the home of the Jane Austen Centre. The musical has all the characters Austen readers have come to know and love: Edward Ferrars, Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood and Col. Brandon, and the characters readers love to hate: the dashing but fickle John Willoughby, the saucy Lucy Steele and the snobbish Fanny Dashwood. It also has a surprise character, Austen herself interacting with the people she’s writing about. For those who missed the musical last December and who didn’t get to fly to England for the festival in September, “Sense and Sensibility: The Musical” will be coming to the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts stage in Palmer Lake for a two-day run: 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 4 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets are adults $16, seniors $14 and students $12. Tickets are available at The website also offers a music video based on Jessamine Hamer’s music.

The Tin Roof Productions traveling crew stand in Bath, England, where they performed Karen Burnette Hamer’s “Sense and Sensibility: The Musical” during the 2012 Jane Austen Festival. Courtesy photo

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EPA regulations cause sanitation rate increases Monument Sanitation customers looking at $5/month increase By Norma Engelberg

Students talk with the veterans they have been paired up with during the Veteran’s Day breakfast Nov. 9 at LewisPalmer Middle School. Photo by Lisa Collacott

D-38 students honor veterans By Lisa Collacott Veteran’s Day celebrations took place all over the region and it wasn’t any different for Lewis-Palmer School District 38 schools. D-38 schools chose to observe Veteran’s Day on Nov. 9 with assemblies, receptions and musical tributes. Lewis-Palmer Middle School honored veterans with a breakfast and students read patriotic essays. “Make sure you thank the veterans for their service,” LPMS Principal Seann O’Connor told students during a Veteran’s Day assembly. Students at LPMS also have a very unique way to honor veterans, a way in which they will be honored for a lifetime. Through the Veteran’s History Project, a nationwide project, the oral histories of the veterans will be preserved. Once completed the videos will be sent to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. where they will be cata-

loged. “We capture their stories on video. That’s really important at our school,” Lewis-Palmer T.V. teacher Mary Diane Deysher said. LPTV students sat with veterans during the breakfast and got to know them and learned a little bit about their military background. Students scheduled a time to meet with the veterans to video them while they tell their stories. One of those veterans is Forest A. Daugherty. Daugherty served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He got out of the service in 1955. “I think it’s very important for students to honor veterans,” Daughtery said. Sal Aswad, who served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps and later in the Air Force, agrees with Daugherty. “These young people have someone that is connected to the military whether it’s a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent. The more they are exposed to military life the more they learn,” Aswad said.

New sanitation regulations passed down from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through Colorado government are causing headaches for sanitation districts and rate increases for their customers. “I don’t know of any sanitation district in the state that isn’t dealing with this right now,” said Mike Wicklund, Monument Sanitation District manager. He explained that state Regulation 85 goes into effect in 2017 and will require sanitation districts to treat wastewater for phosphorus, bringing allowable limits down to less than 1 mg/liter. Currently, Monument sanitation brings phosphorus down to 4-5 mg/liter. Regulation 31 covers nitrogen levels and will go into effect in 2022. “Bringing phosphorus down to that level is going to be incredibly expensive,” Wicklund said.

“Just the study for long-range planning will cost about $50,000 and the chemicals we’ll need to treat phosphorus will cost about $200,000 a year.” He said that to pay for the increased costs, customers will have to pay an additional $5 a month. “Customers are currently paying $25 a month,” he said. “The sanitation district board has a choice of implementing the increase in small increments or all at once but they’re going to have to raise the rates in 2013 to get the new technology implemented by 2017.” He added that no one knows how Regulation 31’s nitrogen levels will be met because the only technology that exists right now are reverse osmosis systems that are extremely expensive and create a toxic brine-like byproduct. Monument sanitation has teamed with other sanitation departments located along Monument and Fountain creeks down to the John Martin Reservoir to collect the “vast amounts of data” needed so they can seek a site-specific variance from the state that would allow the districts to meet a slightly higher limit for phosphorus.

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The Black Forest Animal Sanctuary may have to close their doors in the very near future if donations for food don’t start coming in. The sanctuary has many animals and the cost of feeding them exceeds the amount of money coming in. File photo by Lisa Collacott

Animal sanctuary may close doors Not receiving enough donations By Lisa Collacott The Black Forest Animal Sanctuary has been a refuge for unwanted and neglected animals for many years, but that might soon come to an end. The animal sanctuary only has enough feed for the horses to last until the end of December and unless they start bringing in donations or adopt the animals out Tracey Van Pelt, owner of the sanctuary will have to close it down. “We want to stay open,” Dan Andrews, manager of the sanctuary, said. “The cost of operating is far exceeding

the cost of what’s coming in.” Andrews said it costs approximately $4,500 a month to feed the animals and they are averaging about $300 in donations a month. And that cost doesn’t include the vet care. The sanctuary is home to horses, cows, chickens, alpacas, llamas, dogs and other animals. Many of the animals have been abandoned or the owners simply could not afford to care for them any longer because of lost unemployment. During the Waldo Canyon Fire the animal sanctuary took in many horses that were displaced by the fire. Andrews and Van Pelt are both unemployed themselves and when they

were working they found themselves covering much of the cost of the food and care with their own money. Many people aren’t adopting animals because of their economic situations. “Even if people could foster two horses that helps bring down the feed bill,” Andrews said. If interested in helping with monthly donations or adopting contact the animal sanctuary visit www. In addition Texas Roadhouse is hosting a fundraiser to help with expenses. Between 4 and 10 p.m. Nov. 23 Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of a customer’s total food purchase. Flyer must be presented at time of order. Flyers can be obtained by sending an email to BFASFarm@

Community heroes awarded for great service Special to The Tribune The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau held its annual Tourism Industry Awards Celebration on Nov. 7 at the Colorado Springs Crowne Plaza. This year’s theme was A Community of Heroes. Industry awards were presented by bureau Board Chair Alicia McConnell, who is also the director of training sites and community partnerships at the U.S. Olympic Committee, and bureau President/CEO Doug Price. The evening, led by special guest and KRDO news anchor Jon Karroll, recognized regional first responders and those tasked with rebuilding the devastated neighborhoods after the Waldo Canyon Fire. Guests were treated to a performance by the Flying W Wranglers. Award presenters included Colorado Springs Councilmember Scott Hente and El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark, who both served heroically during and after the fire.

Representatives from Security Fire Station 2, Palmer Lake Fire Department and Jerri Marr on behalf of the Pueblo Interagency Dispatch Center accept First Responder Award from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau on Nov. 7. Courtesy photo Those first responders recognized included the Pueblo Interagency Dispatch Center with Jerri Marr accepting the award and the Palmer Lake Fire Department.

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NOV. 15 EARLY WEAPONS. The Palmer Lake Historical Society presents “Early Weapons in the Colorado Territory” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake. Jerry Wlodarek and Johnny Mulligan talk about the weapons that opened the early West, the men who built them and the men who used them. This event is free and refreshments will be served after the presentation. Visit www.

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MUSICAL. LEWIS-PALMER High School presents “Legally Blonde the Musical” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at 1300 Higby Road, Monument. Tickets are on sale at www.ShowTix4U. com beginning Nov. 5. Cost is $10 adults, $6 students and senior citizens. Contact Karen Kennedy at 719-488-4720.

BOOK SIGNINGS. The Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St. in downtown Monument, welcomes local authors John Dwaine McKenna and Bert Entwistle, who will sign their locally centered books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 24. McKenna has written “The Whim-Wham Man” and Entwistle has written “The Drift.” Stop by the to meet these authors. Any questions, call 719-481-2665.

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Harvest- Members of the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club unload boxes of food at Tri-Lakes Cares on Nov. 9. Kiwanis members picked up nonperishable donations that were collected at Lewis-Palmer School District 38 schools during the Harvest of Love food drive. Approximately 14,866 pounds of food was collected, 3,400 more pounds than last year. Photo by Lisa Collacott

DEC. 1 BOOK SIGNINGS. Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St. in Monument, will host two children’s authors from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1. Kris Abel-

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Gleneagle Festival of Lights and Hayride is from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8. Bring the family for a hayride through the golf course to view the lights displays while singing carols with friends and neighbors. Hayride is $2 per person; ages 4 and younger ride for free. Free cookies donated by the Gleneagle Women’s Club. Hot beverages will be available. Call Rick Evelo at Gleneagle Golf Club at 303-488-0900.

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annual Tri-Lakes community Christmas handbell concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Monument Community Presbyterian Church, 238 3rd St., Monument. Features Tri-Lakes Community and MCPC Handbell Choirs with organ/piano, flute and community artists. No admission charge. Call Betty Jenik at 719-488-3853.

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Palmer Lake may raise water rates Increase expected to be added to capital improvements By Lisa Collacott Like many neighboring water entities the town of Palmer Lake is considering changing their water rate structure. The town is proposing a 3 percent rate increase to residence’s water bill.

The monthly base rate and capital improvements fee are expected to see an increase of $1.19. The monthly base rate is currently $35.92 but would be increased by $1.08. The fee for capital improvements is currently $3.59 but would increase by 11 cents. If a resident uses 0-15,000 gallons they

are charged $3.43 per thousand gallons used. In the proposed rate that would increase by 10 cents. If 15,001 gallons and up are used there is a charge of $5.60 per thousand gallons. In the new rate structure there will be an additional charge of 17 cents. However it will only be up to 20,000 gallons. If more than 20,000 gallons are used there will be an increase of $1.40 bring-

EL PASO COUNTY ARRESTS The following list of arrests is provided by area law enforcement agencies. An arrest is not an indication of guilt or innocence and there might be several people with the same name living in the county.

Monument Police Department Nov. 1 Officers responded to the Monument Police Department to a report of a fight that occured at Leather Chaps and Creekside Drives on Oct. 31.

Nov. 2 An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Front Street in response to a report of sexual assault. An officer responded to a theft which occured in the 600 block of West Colo. 105. An individua was arrested.

Nov. 3 An officer responded to a report of criminal trespass of an automobile in the 16000 block of Old Forrest Point. There were no suspects.

Nov. 5 An officer responded to the 600 block of Mitchell Avenue on the report of vandalism. An officer responded to the 15800 block of Jackson Creek Parkway on the report of a theftin progress. A suspect was taken into custody and was issued

a summons. An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Misty Creek Drive on a report of a cold residential burglary. A burglary of a residence was attempted in the 200 block of Mitchell Avenue. An officer responded to the police department to take a report of phone harassment.

Nov. 6 An officer responded to the 15900 block of Dawson Creek Drive on the report of a small child in the middle of the street. A referral was made to the Department of Human Services. An officer was dispatched to the 16800 block of Buffalo Valley Path in reference to a possible sex assault on a child. Officers were dispatched to the 16000 block of Jackson Creek Parkway in regards to a criminal trespass of an automobile.

Nov. 8 An officer took a report of a lost wallet from the 16200 block of Jackson Creek Parkway.

Nov. 9 Officers conducted a citizen contact at the 1100 block of Baptist Road with a suspicious vehicle. One person was on charges of an outstanding warrant and transported to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

Palmer Lake Police Department Oct. 28 A burglary was reported in the 900 block of Forest View Road. The rsidents are out of town and caretakers discovered the home was burglarized. It is unknown when the crime took place since the homeowners have been out of town for awhile. Two other burglaries on the El Paso County Side of Forest View Estates were reported around the same time.

Oct. 30 A Palmer Lake police officer assisted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in the 1600 block of Old Antlers Way with two burglar suspects. Two suspects were detained. The Palmer Lake officer located the suspects car and found ski mask and rifle on the passenger side of the car. An idectification card from a burglary victim from the Oct. 28 burglary was also found. The suspects were arrested on burglary charges. A search warrant was issued and items taken from home from other burglaries, including on Oct. 28, were recovered. Nine traffic summonses fo a variety of offense and 18 written warnings were issued by Palmer Lake police officers for the month of October. One DUI arrest was made which led to the discovery of illegally possessed prescription drugs.

ing up the cost to $7 per thousand gallons used. By raising the water rates the town expects it will generate an extra $186,000 for some much needed capital improvements to repair water lines. “The main purpose behind this whole thing is to bring in some capital to replace the lines,” Tara Berreth, town clerk, said. Town council is expected to make a decision at their next meeting.


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BY THE NUMBERS Number of regular season goals allowed Pa l m e r Ridge goalkeeper John Kochanski. He had 12 shutouts this season, helping the Bears reach the 4A state title game.




rushing per game this season for the Discovery Canyon football team. Junior fullback Adrian Mack paced the attack with 709.


Palmer Ridge’s Gustav Seifert, No. 11, battles for a ball against a Battle Mountain player during Saturday’s Class 4A state title game. The Bears lost 1-0 on penalty kicks (4-2) at Dick’s Sporting Good Park. Photo by Kathryn Patrick

Palmer Ridge loses state title in snowy shootout

Battle Mountain wins game 4-2 on penalty kicks


By Jonathan Maness


Senior Zach Hilton knocks the ball away from Battle Mountain’s Heivan Garcia in the first half of the Class 4A state title game. Photo by Jonathan Maness on board in the eight-minute mark but Espinova stopped Seifert’s attempt. Jake Zec also had a chance in the second half but was called offside. The Bears also found themselves a man down in the second overtime after getting a red card. The loss ended a miraculous run for the Bears, who won 12 consecutive games to advance to the state title.

They rolled through the first three rounds, beating Wheat Ridge (5-1), Widefield (1-0), Cheyenne Mountain (1-0) and Mullen (5-0) in the state playoffs. Last season, Palmer Ridge lost to Cheyenne Mountain in the second round of the playoffs. Battle Mountain finished the season with a perfect 20-0 record, while Palmer Ridge finished 17-2-1.

QUICK HITS WHITING JOINS BEARS Steve Whiting is the new Palmer Ridge baseball coach, replacing Rob McCoy. “When I saw the opportunity to go to Palmer Ridge that was exciting,” Whiting said. “I live in Monument and it’s an opportunity to be closer to home. Whiting coached Mesa Ridge in 2012, leading the Grizzlies to an 8-11 record. Prior to that he was the head coach at The Classical Academy. McCoy stepped down at the end of last season. He coached Palmer Ridge for three


Rushing yards for The Classical Academy junior tailback Andrew Register to lead all area runners. He also caught 25 passes for 159 yards. COMMERCE CITY - The Palmer Ridge soccer team had to worry about more than the undefeated Battle Mountain Huskies on Saturday in the state title match. The top-seeded Bears struggled with the winter-like conditions which kept Palmer Ridge’s high-powered offense scoreless for 110 minutes and helped the No. 6 Huskies get the victory 1-0 on penalty kicks (4-2) at Dick’s Sporting Good Park. “Both teams played their hearts out,” Palmer Ridge’s coach Nick Odil said. In the shootout, the two squads each converted on their first two kicks but Battle Mountain’s goalkeeper senior Christian Espinova proved why he was one of the best in the state. He stopped shots by Jacob Kochanski and Gustav Seifert to open the door for the Huskies. Battle Mountain took advantage of the opportunity, converting kicks from Joe LyBarger and Heivan Garcia. “I just thought our boys did really well,” Battle Mountain’s coach David Cope said. “Even in these conditions our boys tried to knock it around. In the end, it wasn’t happening.” Palmer Ridge did have its chances throughout the game - the Bears nearly got

State-leading number of kills – for all classifications – by LewisPalmer sophomore Alexa Smith. The outside hitter led the state in the same category in 2011.

seasons, leading the Bears to the 4A state semifinals in 2011.

DID YOU KNOW? Most of The Classical Academy football players and coaches wore wrist bands this season with the phrase “Passio Bellator” Latin for Suffering Warrior. “That was our team motto from over the summer,” TCA senior linebacker Justin Miller said. “We all play for each other.”

STUDENT BEATS TEACHER - AGAIN Lewis-Palmer defeated Coronado in the

semifinals (3-0) of the 4A state volleyball tournament on Nov. 10. It was the second time the Rangers defeated Coronado this season. They won in five sets ion Sept. 15. Lewis-Palmer coach Susan Odenbaugh was an assistant under Coronado coach Don Lash when he coached the Rangers from 1978 through 2001.

ESPN’S SPORTSNATION AT ACADEMY The ESPN show SportsNation, with hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley, was at the Air Force Academy on Nov. 8.

““I don’t think anyone expected us to be here after a 3-7 season (in 2011. The kids took on this season with some intensity, some pride and some desire and they did some great things. I’m proud of what they did.” Discovery Canyon football coach Shawn Mitchell

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Rangers fall in state title match Indians win fifth consecutive state volleyball title By Jonathan Maness DENVER - Lewis-Palmer may have been the hottest team in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, but that was no match for Cheyenne Mountain and its legendary tradition. The Indians beat the Rangers in the championship match on Saturday 27-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-17 to win their fifth consecutive state title at Denver Coliseum. “When you have that tradition it gives you that mental edge,” Lewis-Palmer coach Susan Odenbaugh said. “They’ve been here for five years and I think that carried them through.” The Rangers didn’t lose a set during their first four matches of the tournament, including a 25-18, 25-12, 25-20 victory over Coronado to advance to the finals. And Lewis-Palmer wasn’t going to go down easily in the title match, especially against a familiar foe. The two squads played earlier this season, with the Rangers winning in four sets. They also battled for the state title in 2009, when Cheyenne Mountain won in three games. “We have a lot of respect for (LewisPalmer),” Cheyenne Mountain coach David Barkley said. In the championship match, LewisPalmer held a 24-22 lead late in the first

Lewis-Palmer’s Mickey Moss (9) and Claire Felix (13) go up for a block against Cheyenne Mountain at the state tournament on Saturday at Denver Coliseum. Photo by Jonathan Maness set, but the Indians rallied to score five of the final six points. The Rangers battled back to win the second set, and they did it behind the play of seniors Claire Felix and Mickey Moss. The duo helped Lewis-Palmer close the

‘When you have that tradition it gives you that mental edge.’’ Coach Susan Odenbaugh

set on a 9-2 run. Moss evened the game up at 19 with a kill, and Felix drove in the victory with a block and a tip. Lewis-Palmer opened the third set with a 9-1 lead and a kill by Felix put the Rangers up 22-15, but like an experienced squad Cheyenne Mountain stayed composed and once again fought back to close the set on a 12-3 run. The Indians never relinquished the momentum in the fourth set to steal Lewis-Palmer’s thunder. “That third set, we had a substantial lead on them and they just fought back,” said Odenbaugh. “I don’t know another

sport where the momentum can change so fast.” Felix led Lewis-Palmer with 15 kills, while Alexa Smith added 14. Felix, who will play at UCLA next season, finished the tournament with 35 kills. “This was a special group,” Odenbaugh said. “They are a close knit group of players and we are going to miss those seniors.” The Rangers also beat Mountain View and Thompson Valley in the tournament. Lewis-Palmer finished the season with a 24-5 record and was a perfect 7-0 in the Pikes Peak League.

Bears tumble to top finish

Locals set to sign with colleges

By Danny Summers

sports@ourcoloradonews. com MONUMENT - The Palmer Ridge High School gymnastics team enjoyed its best season ever and qualified four girls for the Class 5A state meet. Senior Kiersten Clowes, junior Rachael Bryant, and freshmen Rachael Westfall and Kianah Cordova earned enough points to advance to the finals, held Nov, 2-3 at Thornton High School. Westfall was not able to compete because of family reasons. “Our team improved every meet,” said Clowes, who was an alternate in bars at the finals. “We learned new skills each meet and the team worked well together.” Clowes, a level 9 (United States of America Gymnastics), endured a tough season due to a torn ACL suffered during the summer. Her routines were scaled down, but tough enough to where she could score necessary points. “She did a modified routine at state; not her full bars set,” said Clowes’ mother, Kathy, who coached the team this season. “She still wasn’t able to do a full dismount. It was a real basic dismount.” Kiersten advanced to state as a sophomore, finishing 12th in bars. In fact, she was the only Colorado Springs area gymnast to advance past the prelims that season. Kiersten did not compete in high school gymnastics as a junior.

Palmer Ridge had three gymnasts, from left, Kianah Cordova, Kiersten Clowes and Rachael Bryant, compete at the state meet last week. Photo by Danny Summers “I knew most of the girls at state,” Kiersten said. “I compete against a lot of them in USAG. A lot of them are level 9 or 10. “It’s a different atmosphere from club. I enjoy competing in USAG better, but it’s a great experience representing your high school. It’s a lot more team oriented.” Cordova is part of new group of Bears gymnasts who are hoping to lead the club to the next level. She competed in floor and vault at state. “I had a fall in my floor routine,” said Cordova, who danced to music from Pirates of the Caribbean. “I was just like `Dang!’ I was nervous.” “There were a lot of great girls out there, but I was excited got to go.” Cordova, a level 7, said she

was impressed by the number of USAG gymnasts that also compete for their schools. “Some of those teams at state were huge,” she said. “We don’t have a very big team. Hopefully more girls come out next year and in the future.” Westfall, a level 8, is probably the most complete allaround gymnast on the team. She qualified for state in all four events (bars, beam, vault and floor). “I hyper-extended my knee before regionals and had to do a watered-down (floor) routine,” she said. “I’m sad I couldn’t go to state, but I had a lot of fun this year. I just have to keep getting higher level skills.” Broomfield won the 5A team competition. Elizabeth won the 4A team title.

By Danny Summers

Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge and Discovery Canyon are hosting signing day parties today to honor student-athletes who have committed so play sports in college. Lewis-Palmer’s will honor Justin Smith (basketball) and Claire Felix (volleyball) in a 2 p.m. ceremony. Smith has committed to play basketball for Division I Idaho State, while Felix will take her skills to UCLA. A 6-foot-6 swingman, Smith scored the go-ahead basket for Lewis-Palmer in last winter’s Class 4A state championship against Sierra at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. He averaged 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds as the Rangers fashioned a 27-1 record. Felix committed to UCLA following her sophomore year when she was still attending The Classical Academy. The 6-6 middle blocker helped Lewis-Palmer to the Class 4A championship game last weekend in Denver, where the Rangers lost to Cheyenne Mountain. Palmer Ridge will recognize Derrick Larson (baseball) and Karin Roh (swimming) in a 9 a.m. ceremony in the school auditorium. Larson will attend St. Cloud State (Minnesota), while Roh will head to Colorado State. Larson batted .412 for the Bears last spring with 21 RBIs and six extra base hits. Roh was one of the top swimmers for the combined District 38 swim team that goes under the name of Lewis-Palmer. Discovery Canyon’s party is at 2:45 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Isaac Holt will play baseball at Nebraska-Omaha; Taryn Arcarese will play softball at Colorado

State; Grace Adams will play soccer at Western State; and Kelsey Oettinger will swim for Western State. Holt batted .405 last season while helping the Thunder to the finals of the Class 4A District I tournament. Arcarese batted .519 this fall and was instrumental in leading the Thunder to the state tournament. Adams, who also kicks for the school’s football team, scored four goals last season, and Oettinger excelled in 11 events last season while advancing to the state meet. The Classical Academy will not be hosting a party, but does have several athletes committed to colleges. Daniel Carlson (football, Auburn); Jessica Klingensmith (volleyball, Butler), Kellen MacDonald (baseball, Colorado School of Mines); Evan Young (soccer, Indiana Wesleyan).

LEWIS-PALMER Justin Smith, basketball, Idaho State Claire Felix, volleyball, UCLA PALMER RIDGE Derrick Larson, baseball, St. Cloud State Karin Roh, swimming, Colorado State DISCOVERY CANYON Isaac Holt, baseball, NebraskaOmaha Taryn Arcarese, softball, Colorado State Grace Adams, soccer, Western State Kelsey Oettinger, swimming, Western State THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY Daniel Carlson, football, Auburn Kellen MacDonald, baseball, Colorado School of Mines Evan Young, soccer, Indiana Wesleyan Jessica Klingensmith, volleyball, Butler

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November 14, 2012

Delta upsets TCA in first round Titans shut out by 13th-seeded Panthers By Danny Summers COLORADO SPRINGS - The hardest part of Jantzen Ryals’ football season wasn’t avoiding a heavy pass rush. Rather, it was standing on the sidelines in street clothes while his Classical Academy teammates went at it with Delta in a Class 3A firstround playoff game on Nov. 10. “It was very hard to watch,” said the junior quarterback, who broke his collarbone in the team’s regular season finale against Pueblo Central. “Just knowing I couldn’t do anything to help my team was tough. I wanted to be out there so badly.” The No. 4 seeded Titans lost 21-0 to No. 13 Delta to end their season at 9-2. Ryals’ backup - freshman Austin Bervig (the son of head coach David Bervig) - made his first career start. He rushed for a team-high 64 yards on seven carries, and completed 7 of 23 passes for 54 yards and a pair of interceptions. “I don’t think our quarterback play was the problem,” David Bervig said. “We had to scale things to fit Austin. “Delta came out and played a strong game. We were trying to figure out what was

The Classical Academy’s Andrew Register looks for running room against Delta. Photo by Jeff Weeks going to work.” TCA junior tailback Andrew Register (961 yards during the regular season) found the going tough, gaining just 20 yards on nine attempts. Senior wide out Joey Trese caught just one pass for 10 yards. Trese hauled in


41 passes and nine touchdowns during the regular season at a clip of almost 20 yards per reception. “You have to take away the good and learn from the bad,” said Ryals, who threw for almost 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns

this season. “You want to remember the feeling of losing and use that to motivate you in the offseason.” The game took a dramatic turn late in the first half. With TCA trailing 7-0 (on a Bervig interception return), the freshman marched the Titans to the Delta 10-yard line. But Alex Willis dropped a pass in the end zone, forcing TCA to attempt a 27-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining. That field goal attempt did not come from Auburn-bound Daniel Carlson, however, who was also in street clothes recuperating from a knee injury against Pueblo Central. Kyle Arnold missed the 27-yard attempt. Later, with six seconds remaining in the half, Delta scored on a 47-yard pass completion to take a 14-0 lead. “There was a lot there at the end of the first half that hurt us,” David Bervig said. “I think we should have gone into halftime 7-7.” The end of the season came rather suddenly for TCA, which was 9-0 and ranked second in the state before losing to Pueblo Central, 14-3, on Nov. 1. “I didn’t think we’d be 9-0,” Bervig said. “We start every season with the expectation of playing for the state championship. That’s going to be our goal again next year. “The kids bought into the system and played for each other this year. It’s just a shocker of how fast it ended.”

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Discovery Canyon junior quarterback Alec Wirtjes throws downfield in the Thunder’s playoff game with Pueblo Central. Photo by Brian Arnold/COLORADO SPORTS PICTURES COLORADO SPRINGS - Discovery Canyon junior tailback Stevie Turner had just finished slapping hands with Pueblo Central players on Nov. 10 when he called his teammates together. “I told the guys to keep their heads up,” Turner said. “9-2, that’s a good season. Better than we ever could have imagined.” Turner and his Thunder squad were defeated by the No. 15 seeded Wildcats, 24-14, at District 20 Stadium. It was a tough end to the season for Discovery Canyon, which earned the No. 2 overall seed in the Class 3A state playoffs. The Thunder did so by winning the South Central League to earn its first-ever postseason berth. “There’s a core of us who’ve known the whole time we could do this,” Turner said. “We tried to make everybody believe. We just came up short in a big game. “We made it to the playoffs. That’s a good year. But we still have so much more work to do.” Turner, a state champion wrestler, was a vocal, emotional and spiritual leader for the Thunder. His touchdown on a 46-yard pass and run from junior quarterback Alec Wirtjes late in the third quarter cut the Pueblo Central lead to 10 and caused a lot folks in black and blue to believe a comeback was possible. “That was awesome,” said Wirtjes, who completed 4 of 11 passes for 72 yards. “He returned the ball to the 40 right off the bat. And then to have the one play, the one score; something we couldn’t do the entire first half. We felt like we had a

chance to come back.” Thunder coach Shawn Mitchell stated earlier in the week that he thought Pueblo Central was much better than its No. 15 seed would indicate. Pueblo Central quarterback Zach Andrews agreed. “I felt that with the league (Southern) we play in it’s one of the toughest leagues in the state,” he said. “I feel we should have been ranked higher, but I like where we’re at right now.” Pueblo Central (8-3) coach Zach Odell felt his team’s strength at the line countered the Thunder’s tenacious ground game. Discovery Canyon backs rushed for a season-low 119 yards on 29 carries. Cameron Packwood led the way with 53 yards, followed by Ben Gilson’s 26 and Adrian Mack’s 24. “The physical style we play I thought we were a tough matchup for a lot of people,” Odell said. “The plan was to stop that option. Stop their fullback (Mack). If you can stop their fullback a lot of good things can happen.” Wirtjes said the success of this season will lead to better things to come. “We didn’t really know what to expect coming into the season,” Wirtjes said. “We started off 4-0. That (20-15) loss to (The Classical Academy) was kind of a wake-up call. To come back and win five in a row showed what kind of team we are.” Thunder coach Shawn Mitchell praised his club. “I don’t think anyone expected us to be here after a 3-7 season (in 2011),” he said. “The kids took on this season with some intensity, some pride and some desire and they did some great things. I’m proud of what they did.”

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