Tri-Lakes Region, Monument, Gleneagle, Black Forest and Northern El Paso County • Volume 9, Issue 47
November 21, 2012
A Colorado Community Media Publication
Voters warm to taxes Tri-Lakes Monument Fire accepts federal grant for new hires By Norma Engelberg
It’s tradition that the Palmer Lake Star is lit after the annual chili supper. The Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department hosts the chili supper at town hall to raise funds for the star and through a raffle someone will be chosen to flip the switch on the star, which will remain lit through the holiday season. Courtesy photo
Star will be lit, chili will be served Festivities kick off holiday season By Lisa Collacott
email@example.com Some small towns are known for their traditions and the town of Palmer Lake is one of them. Every year, a couple of days after the turkey and pumpkin pie have been eaten; the annual chili supper and star lighting takes place to usher in the Christmas season. At
the end of the chili supper one lucky resident gets the honor of then switching the historic Palmer Lake Star which can be seen for miles. The star has been a tradition in Palmer Lake since 1935 with the Palmer Lake Fire Department maintaining it since 1937. The annual chili supper raises funds for the star and has been a tradition for more than 50 years. This year’s chili supper will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 24. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Raffle tickets can be purchased and there will be a drawing to see who will light the star. The star will be lit at 8:15 p.m.
There will be other fun activities that take place during the chili supper. Hay rides with Santa Claus are available to take people for a ride around town. The hay ride will start at Bella Panini and free hot chocolate and marshmallows will be available at the wagon stops. People will be able to warm themselves up around the barrel fires. In addition, this holiday season there will be a Christmas home decorating contest for Palmer Lake residents. The first place winner will receive $100, second place will get $50 and the third place winner gets $25. For more information about the contest contact one of the Palmer Lake restaurants.
Palmer Lake eliminates police chief position Budget cuts cited as reason
‘I appreciate the time he put in.’
By Lisa Collacott
firstname.lastname@example.org Palmer Lake will no longer have a police chief as of Dec. 6. Budget cuts have forced the town to eliminate the position. The town has opted not to renew Police Chief Kieth Moreland’s contract. He has been police chief for three years. Budget cuts over the past year have forced positions within the police department to be eliminated. A year ago the police department had five full-time positions but all have been eliminated. “I get it. I absolutely get it. There’s absolutely no bitterness on my part,” Moreland said. He said there is not enough in the budget to pay his salary and benefits. Eliminating his position will save the town approximately $50,000. That leaves nine part-time positions with the department but Moreland said it’s possible that the officers will have to reapply after the first of the year. Bob Grado, police department trustee, said that the tough economy forced the police department to begin the year with a reduced budget. “Numerous adjustments were made throughout the fiscal year such as a reduction of full-time staff, the implementation of part-time contracted police officers and a reduced hourly wage. There was a requirement for Chief Moreland to perform
Palmer Lake Police Chief Kieth Moreland will no longer be police chief as of Dec. 6. The town does not have money in their budget to keep the position therefore his contract will not be renewed. File photo by Lisa Collacott increased patrol hours,” Grado said. “Even with these adjustments the police department continued to operate substantially over budget and needed to be supplemented with general funds from other departments.” Grado said in order to stabilize the police department’s 2013 budget the board of trustees had to make some difficult reorganization decisions. A motion was made to allow Moreland’s contract to expire and reinvest a portion of vacancy savings into police officer wages, training and equipment. They will also reevaluate the current staff of police officer’s training, capabilities and availability, cancel current police contracts and rehire selected police officers. There are plans to close the police department front office and redirect visitors
to the town office for assistance. A police officer will most likely be appointed as an acting full-time police administrator and the department will have to perform a monthly staffing and budget audit with the town clerk. The town is also considering appointing a civilian public safety manager to oversee the police and fire departments. The board will reconvene after 90 days to discuss the best option. In addition to not having a police chief, Palmer Lake no longer has a fire chief. Mike Keough recently submitted his resignation to the board because he did not have the time to commit to the position. Keough was hired as fire chief this summer. “I appreciate the time he put in,” Rich Kuehster, fire trustee, said. Kuehster said the fire department is doing well as far as the budget goes. “So far the fire department is staying within their budget because we’re mostly a volunteer department (but) Palmer Lake’s budget has been tight these last couple of years because of lower property taxes,” Kuehster added. Moreland said despite the cuts in the police department there will be a police presence in town. “We’re still going to fill every shift and make sure there’s police coverage 24 hours a day 7 days a week,” Moreland said.
There was a big difference between the 2013 budget that would have been and the one that will be for Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District now that the mill levy increase was approved by voters on Nov. 6. For that approval the fire district board issued a hearty thanks to all those involved in supporting the increase. Battalion Chief Bryan Jack presented the Jack draft budget to the board at a Nov, 14 meeting. Governed by Resolution 12-004, a five-year district restoration plan passed by the board when it decided to seek the increase, the proposed budget restores funding almost to previous levels in some 2013 line items, especially in areas pertaining to equipment repair and maintenance and training programs. According to the resolution, at the end of the five years, when the needs of the district have been restored, the board could consider lowering the mill levy. Boardmember Jake Shirk asked that the district’s Tactical Emergency Medical Support program be reinstated. The program allows certain specially trained medical responders to support law enforcement agencies. “These tactical responders are vital to the health and safety of SWAT teams and others,” Shirk said. “They are expensive to outfit. They need ballistic helmets and vests and fire arms. They train with the same weapons police officers use so that, if necessary, they can defend themselves and their patients during an incident.” Jack said the district still has three personnel members with the training and the equipment and that reinstating the program would not be that difficult. Also, because of the mill levy increase, the district was able to accept a federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant that will pay wages, insurance and pensions for six new firefighters for the next two years. Resolution 12-004 also sets aside money to continue their employment beyond the grant period. Medical response personnel will also be hired to fill two long-term vacancies. The budget will be up for final approval at a district meeting on Dec. 5. The December meeting is always early in December because the state requires all county, municipalities, school districts, special districts and other governmental entities to approve and submit their budgets to the state Division of Local Government by Dec. 15. TLM continues on Page 5
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November 21, 2012
Commissioners approve resolution Special to The Tribune The Board of El Paso County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution, presented by Board Chair Commissioner Amy Lathen, calling on the president and congress to “set aside partisan politics” and end the imminent threat of across the board federal budget cuts scheduled to begin January 1, 2013 through the sequestration process. The resolution approved by the board notes sequestration would, “apply automatic across-the-board reductions evenly divided between security and nonsecurity functions which would be deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions.” It further points out that sequestration would, “likely result in the loss of more than 18,000 primary jobs in Colorado with most of those coming from the ranks of private contractors in El Paso County who provide the services and technologies needed to properly equip our fighting forces for modern warfare.” Joe Raso, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance thanked the commissioners for their participation in a town hall style meeting focused on sequestration issue which was hosted by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the Regional Business Alliance in October. “Our region is projected to have a 2.5 percent growth in economic activity next year, except if sequestration were to go through. It
would change that projected 2.5 percent growth into a .7 percent loss. We want to make sure that the community knows about this and that they get on the phone to talk to their representatives and to people they know about this,” Raso said. “As you know the president commented during the last debate that he wanted make sure that sequestration doesn’t go into effect and we want to remind him of that.” Commissioner Darryl Glenn also urged citizens to action. “This is a reality,” he said. “People need to understand this is scheduled to go into effect at the beginning of the year. People need to call their congressmen. The stakes are too high.” Commissioner Peggy Littleton pointed out that sequestration cuts in defense spending would be deeply destructive to our national security resulting in an “empty” military that would be sent into battle without the equipment, supplies and technology needed to be effective. Board Chair Commissioner Amy Lathen, noted “Defense of our nation is the number one priority. If we don’t have a military equipped to defend our country then none of these other issues matter.” Video highlights of the sequestration town hall meeting with United States Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte can be viewed on the El Paso County You Tube Channel through the following link: http://www. youtube.com/user/ElPasoCountyCo then select “Sequestration Town Hall.”
HAVE A STORY IDEA? Email your ideas to TriLakes Community Editor Lisa Collacott at lcollacott@ ourcoloradonews.com or call her at 719-687-3006.
The Lueck sisters, Mavin (6) and Tori (4), with help from their nanny Melissa Billiard, feed the variety of ducks and geese behind the Woodmoor Center during a recent warm afternoon. Photo by Rob Carrigan
D-38 named to AP Honor Roll District top in nation for college level courses By Lisa Collacott
email@example.com For the third consecutive year Lewis-Palmer School District 38 has been named to the College Board Advance Placement Honor Roll. The honor places the district in the top three percent in the nation. Only four other school districts in the state received the honor and D-38 is the only district in Southern Colorado to be placed on the list.
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D-38 is also the only school district in the state to be named to the list three years in a row. “I am very proud of that honor. To do that three years in a row says a lot about our students and staff,” D-38 Superintendent John Borman said. The award is given to school districts across the United States and Canada for increasing Advanced Placement classes while maintaining or improving the percentage of students who receive a three or higher in those classes. Over the past four years D-38 has increased the number of students who take AP classes by 22 percent. In 2012 74 percent of students tested in AP classes scored high enough to earn college credit. During the 2011-2012 school year the district had 598 AP
DRIVER SAFETY. AARP is offering a free drivers safety classroom course from Nov. 1-30 to veterans. The class is open to all veterans regardless of age who serve or have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves or Coast Guard. Their spouses, widows/widowers and children may also take the free class. The AARP driver safety course is the nation’s first and largest course for drivers ages 50 and older. Classes are available all over Colorado. To register, call 303-764-5995 or go online at www.aarp.org/drive. THROUGH DEC. 17 MATH TUTORING. AfterMath, free math tutoring for all ages and all levels is offered from 4-8 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 17 at the Monument Library. No appointments are needed; just drop by for help with math. NOV. 24 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.
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-Helwig has written the “I Love You” series of gorgeously illustrated books for young children. She will read from her books from until 10 and then will sign books until noon. Barb Tyner, a favorite of our store, has written her fifth title in the Badger the Dog series, “Badger Grows Up.” Tyner will sign
her new book along with previous titles in the series from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 719-481-2665
DEC. 8 HANDBELL CONCERT. The 11th 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. FESTIVAL OF Lights. The fourth annual 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.
enrollments. Some students were enrolled in multiple classes. There were 895 AP exams taken with scores on 660 them high enough for college credit. Borman said the district has offered 16 AP classes over the past two years between the two high schools. He said the district is always looking to grow the program but won’t add classes just to add them. “We’ve added because there’s an interest,” he said. “The classes hold students at a higher level.” Other school districts in the state that were named to the College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll were Boulder Valley School District, Estes Park School District R-3, Poudre School District and Weld RE-4 School District.
INSIDE THE TRIBUNE THIS WEEK Changing History. State high school social studies curriculum to change. Page 4
Shoppers Bewear. Tips for safe holiday shopping. Page 9 Building A Dam. Drought hasn’t impacted bearvers in the area. Page 11
DEC. 24 DENTAL CARE. Comfort Dental offers free dental care from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 24. For locations, see www.ComfortDental.com. NOV. 24 HISTORY TOURS. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, offers a free tour series at noon every Saturday, highlighting some of our favorite museum stories and artifacts. Call 719-385-5990 or go online at www.cspm.org to reserve your space. GOLD ASSAY Process. Gold does not come out of the ground ready to wear. Join us at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 24 to discover how ore is processed to extract gold. Hands-on learners of all ages will crush and classify ore as they learn the basics of gold ore assaying, determining the value of gold in the rock.
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November 21, 2012
HAP receives donation from Monument Check will help fund senior programs By Lisa Collacott
firstname.lastname@example.org The Tri-Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership has received a generous donation from the town of Monument. During the Nov. 5 board meeting Mayor Travis Easton and the Monument board of trustees presented HAP Vice-President Dave Betzler and Secretary Linda Dameron with a check for $1,600. The donation will be used to help support the Senior Citizen Center located on the campus of Lewis-Palmer High School and Betzler also said the donation helps with weekly nutritious meals for the seniors. HAP provides seniors with a luncheon every Wednesday at the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 administration building and activities such as Zumba and bingo are available at the senior center. There are also day trips available for the seniors. Betzler and Dameron thanked Easton and the board of trustees for the donation. “It makes a big difference,” HAP volunteer Allen Alchian, who did not attend the meeting, said. HAP was established in 1996 to improve
HAP- The Tri-Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership received a donation of $1,600 from the town of Monument at the Nov. 5 meeting. Pictured from left: Trustees John Howe, Jeff Kaiser, Mayor Travis Easton, Hap secretary Linda Dameron, HAP Vice-President Dave Betzler and Trustees Becki Tooley and Jeff Bornstein. Photo by Lisa Collacott the health and well-being of Tri-Lakes residents and seniors through community based services and support. Their two major programs are senior services and community health and wellness. The nonprofit
Tri-Lakes fire investigates smoke at post office Cause of smoke unidentified By Lisa Collacott
email@example.com The Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District responded to a report of smoke at the Monument Post Office. The fire protection district received a call
after 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 that a smoke alarm had been activated. John Vincent, fire marshal for the district, said when crews arrived there was light smoke in the building and they could smell smoke. He said the crew remained on the scene for two hours investigating where the smoke originated from but could not find anything.
The Black Forest AARP recently had two reasons to celebrate. They just received the award for best AARP in Colorado and they also celebrated veterans. Veterans and widows of the Black Forest AARP Chapter 1100 posed for a picture. Courtesy photo
Black Forest AARP named best in state Special to The Tribune
firstname.lastname@example.org The Black Forest AARP Chapter 1100 received the honor of being the best AARP Chapter in Colorado. David Just, Colorado State AARP president presented the award. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Black Forest Chapter has received this award which is based on service to the community. The chapter has remain dedicated to collecting food for the needy, offers an annual free shredding event, provides assistance at a local school and senior living facility and several ongoing projects to assist those in the community. The award included a $250 check to help offset chapter expenses. Veteran’s livelihood and the recognition of their contribution to America was the theme at the November chapter meet-
ing. Each veteran and veteran’s widow was presented with a red carnation. Mr. Jim Thackett from the El Paso Veterans Affairs office reviewed the many programs available to veterans and their spouses and fielded questions and comments from the audience. A catered Thanksgiving meal was provided followed by a short business meeting. Included was the mention that the chapter had donated 100 cans of soup to a needy Native American organization and the collection of holiday stockings items for the Salvation Army to give to needy children and teens. A $200 cash award was also presented to the Black Forest Cares food bank. If interested in participating in this community service organization contact Chuck at 719-749-9227. Membership is open to all ages.
organization serves Monument, Palmer Lake, Woodmoor, Gleneagle and unincorporated areas of northern El Paso County. HAP programs are funded primarily by grants and donations. To inquire about do-
nating call 719-464-6873 or send an email to admin@TriLakesHAP.org. A check can also be sent to Tri-Lakes HAP at P.O. Box 2931 Monument, CO. 80132. For more information on HAP visit www.trilakeshap.org.
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November 21, 2012
Social studies curriculum to change New state standards for high school level By Lisa Collacott
email@example.com High school students across the state will see some changes to the social studies curriculum beginning in the fall of 2013. Dr. Lori Benton, director of assessment, gifted and talented education and technology for Lewis-Palmer School District 38, told the board of education at the Nov. 15 meeting that Colorado has new standards and that there are going to be some revisions to the curriculum. The Colorado standards now include economics, civics, geography and history. Benton said the only classes that were previously required for students to take was a civics course
‘These social studies standards are very rigorous.’ Dr. Lori Benton during their freshman year and American history or the advanced placement equivalent as juniors. Students could fulfill their other social studies requirement with any type of social studies course. Student’s social studies content knowledge wasn’t measured on the CSAP or TCAP and Benton said they allowed students to take a variety of social studies courses through electives. A state-
wide assessment of social studies will start next year. Benton said the district would like to replace the existing civics course with a civics and economic course. The course would also be offered as an honors class. Sophomore students would be required to take a semester of world history and a semester of world geography. Advanced geography would be available as well in order for students who take AP Euro-history to be able to meet college entrance requirements. John Mann, treasurer of the school board, said in the past the state standards have not always been the best thing for the students but these new standards appear to be a good program. “These social studies standards are very rigorous,” Benton said. The D-38 board of education will vote on the new courses at the December meeting.
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November 21, 2012
County launches online forum for parks masterplan Special to The Tribune Local parks are better when residents have a voice in their planning and development. This is why El Paso County is proud to announce the launch of PlanUpdate-ElPasoCountyParks.com, an online forum allowing residents the ability to influence the El Paso County Parks Master Plan. PlanUpdate-ElPasoCountyParks is being used by El Paso County Parks staff and a master plan committee of citizens along with GreenPlay, LLC., a parks and recreation management consulting firm, to comprehensively address the needs of parks, trails, open space and recreation services to update and revitalize the county parks master plan. The parks master plan is a guiding document that works with other county plans to maximize outdoor recreation opportunities such as parks and trails, to ensure the long-term protection of open space and to allocate resources to facilities and services
“Feedback is vital to this process. Elaine Kleckner that citizens value. “We’re using the site to gather input from a larger more diverse cross-section of people who may not otherwise attend public meetings,” Elaine Kleckner, community services department planning manager, said. “Feedback is vital to this process. If the planning team and community leaders don’t have a clear understanding of what residents want from their parks it’s unlikely that the park system will evolve to meet the vision of the people.” The site gives participants the opportunity to suggest ideas for parks, share perspectives and provide recommendations on topics relevant to the plan from any computer. All posted comments and ideas
will be reviewed by the planning team to develop an understanding of the public perception of existing services and create a future vision for El Paso County parks. Some of the topics currently being posed to citizens on the site include: • What are the most utilized and favorite programs and park activities? • What should the county’s priorities be for parks, trails and open space for the next 5-10 years? The website utilizes Google Translate to allow for multi-lingual participation. The site also measures and tracks participation identifying the most interested, active participants, as well as the most compelling topics. The tools should help the planning team to communicate back with participants, ask follow-up questions and deliver measurable results and valuable insights for community leaders. Visit http://www.planupdate-elpasocountyparks.com to share your ideas about the park master plan and stay up to date with the different phases of the project.
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CLUBS IN YOUR COMMUNITY EDITOR’S NOTE: To add or update your club listing, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, attn: Tribune. PROFESSIONAL FRONT RANGE Business Group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at Bella Panini in Palmer Lake. 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 719-4810600 or e-mail email@example.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. RECREATION AMATEUR RADIO Operators, W0TLM (Tri-Lakes Monument 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.
THE VAILE Museum, 66 Lower Glenway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays year-round and from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays from June through August. Groups by appointment are accepted. Call 719-559-0837.
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.
BINGO BY the Tri-Lakes American Legion Post 9-11 is conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday at the Post home, Depot Restaurant in Palmer lake. Proceeds are dedicated to Scholarship and community support activities of the Post. At least 70 percent of the game sales are awarded in prizes, and free food drawings are conducted. Doors open at 6 p.m. and all are invited for the fun, food, and prizes. See www.americanlegiontrilakespost911.com/bingo.htm for more information. BIG RED Saturday Market. Fresh vegetables and fruit, bakery items, local honey, crafts, jewelry, pet stuff and more are for sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the Big Red Saturday market at Second and Jefferson streets in Monument. The money benefits Lewis-Palmer community schools.
FRIENDS OF Monument Preserve is a nonprofit organization that works to keep trails rideable and hikeable in the Monument Preserve Area. Meetings are at 7 p.m. every third Wednesday at the Monument Fire Center. Trail work is done at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday in the summer months. Contact email@example.com or Chris at 719-488-9850. GLENEAGLE GOLF Club has implemented a Community Advisory Committee. Their mission is to help establish a stronger relationship between the club and the community. They are looking for representatives from all home owners associations. The committee meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30PM at Gleneagle Golf Club. If you can join, give Rick Ebelo a call at the club at 488-0900.
TLM: Fire department hiring criteria outlined TLM continued from Page 1
Also at the Dec. 5 meeting, the board will discuss the hiring criteria that will be used to seek and hire a new fire chief. The plan is to post the position for 30-45 days and then allow a hiring board to review applicants and decide on at least three finalists. These will be interviewed by the full board before a decision is made. The boardmembers hope to have a new chief hired by the end of February at the latest.
Boardmember Roger Lance submitted a twopage document that takes a stab at creating hiring criteria but the district’s three battalion chiefs will refine the search criteria before the next meeting. They will email their draft to board members who can respond individually with questions and suggestions. No general email discussion will be allowed between board members as required by the state open meetings/open records laws. All board meetings are open to the public.
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FREE GENTLY used clothing is available the second Saturday of every month from 1-3 p.m. at Tri-Lakes Church of Christ, the intersection of County Line Road and Beacon Lite, 20450 Beacon Lite, in Monument. For more information, call 719-495-4137. Look for the sign on the corner.
SHARE COLORADO, a nonprofit organization, is a monthly food distributor that offers grocery packages at half the retail price to everyone. Call 800-375-4452.
SOCIAL THE BLACK Forest AARP Chapter meets for a luncheon the second Wednesday of each month at the Black Forest Lutheran Church. Call 719-596-6787 or 719-4952443.
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THE CENTURIAN Daylight Lodge No 195 A.F and A.M meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. Eastern Star meets 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. Both groups meet at 18275 Furrow Road. Call 719-488-9329.
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Was the original cowboy hat locally produced? “Local legend makers would like us to believe that the original cowboy hat was created while John B. Stetson was camped along Monument Creek near the present day location of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association building. That cannot be substantiated,” writes Loren R. Whittemore in “An Illustrated History of Ranching in the Pikes Peak Region. The story is that John Stetson and companions, seeking benefits of a drier climate hunted in the area in the early 1860s. According to the legend, he tried to impress his hunting buddies by showing them how he could make clothe out of fur without weaving. He created an unusually large-brimmed hat with a high crown that he wore the rest of the trip and grew quite fond of. The hats benefits included an insulat-
ing pocket of air, the ability to carry water if needed, and extra protection for western weather. Later, when he returned to Philadelphia, he began making and selling the hats and the rest, I guess, is history. “In 1865, with $100, John B. Stetson rented a small room, bought tools he needed, bought $10 worth of fur and the
Being senior: as much mind as body
Senior is one of those words that can be used for all kinds of things. In general it means elder, older, superior or major. The word connotes experience and wisdom. I may be gaining experience but I’m not so certain about wisdom. Being senior doesn’t have much to do with age except that seniors are usually older than juniors or, at least have been there longer. For example, a senior partner in a firm can be younger than a junior partner if he or she has been there longer or if nepotism is involved. High school seniors have more experience than juniors or sophomores but when they go to college they lose that lofty status and start over as freshmen or even Plebes, depending on what kind of college it is. At what age are we considered seniors? That depends. As TV columnist Andy Rooney said: “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone” and actor Bill Cosby said: “Old is always 15 years from now.” To the U.S. Department of Agriculture, senior or “older adult” starts at age 51. That determination is based on nutritional needs rather than experience. Older adults need more of some nutrients and less of others, more calcium and less iron for example, than younger adults. There are gender differences involved, as well. Older men usually have higher daily requirements for most nutrients and vitamins than women, who are paragons of efficiency most of their lives. Other organizations set the senior designation and age-related perks at different ages.
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For AARP, which starts sending joinus letters to potential customers when they hit 48 or 49, life begins at 50. Most restaurants and re-sale shops start senior rates at 55. At age 62, a lot of benefits cut lose for seniors: you can take early retirement from Social Security, buy a lifetime card for free or reduced entry into National Parks and other federal lands and get half-price Amtrak train tickets. At 65 or later, depending on your birth year, you can take full retirement but if you want more money, the government is encouraging people to wait until age 70. Of course, whether or not you feel like a senior also depends. Does your body hurt as much when you stay in bed as when you get up? Then, at least for that day, you’re a senior. If your comfort food is pizza, you’re probably still young at heart, if it’s oatmeal maybe you belong on “Sesame Street.” How strong do you like your coffee? My grandmother used to say, “My taste buds are 80 years old so I need my coffee strong.” Of course, she also used to say “you’re never too old for pizza.” One of the perks of getting older is that as we age we go from “crazy” to “eccentric.” That’s one perk I expect to take full advantage of.
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John B. Stetson Hat Company was born. A year later the “Hat of the West” or the now famous “Boss of the Plains” hat was born and the name Stetson was on its way to becoming the mark of quality, durability, innovation and beauty,” according to the company’s web site. An alternate version of the story holds that hat of that style was already being produced at Christy’s Hats from Frampton Cotrerell in Bristol, England. “The main business was trading with the West Indies, making large brimmed felt hats for slaves harvesting sugar cane in the rainy season,” according to Wikipedia. Christy’s, which owned the patent and Stetson, took the battle to the courts. Christy’s won that battle but apparently lost the war. By 1886 Stetson’s hat company was the largest in the world.
The authentic Stetson hat still enjoys widespread popularity in a great number of local and international venues and traditions. A flat-brimmed Stetson is included in the official uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Red Serge. The hat replaced pith helmets that were worn until that time. Locally, the receipt of a “Senior Stetson” at Colorado School of Mines has marked the beginning of the last year for engineers since 1905. The tradition originated for freshly graduated engineers to avoid having a clean hat that marked them as “greenhorns” in the mining industry. Stetson Hat Company continues to make hats in their factory in Garland, Texas and the hats are among the most well known in the world.
Veteran’s deserve to be honored everyday On Nov. 11 people all over the country honored veterans that have served in all branches of the military and in all wars. Celebrations, parades and memorial services occurred as we reflected on the sacrifices our veterans made. However when Veteran’s Day first began it was meant to honor those who served in World War I. World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles but in fact the fighting actually ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or a temporary cessation of hostilities between the allied nations and Germany went into effect during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month according to www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp. World War I was known as the `Great War’ and Nov. 11, 1918 is known as the end of `the war to end all wars.’ A year later, on Nov. 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson recognized the first anniversary of Armistice Day, as it was referred to back then. It wasn’t approved as a legal federal holiday until May 13, 1938 when congress passed an act. But then came World War II and the Korean War. At the urging of veterans service organizations congress amended the act on June 1, 1954 by replacing the word armistice with veteran. Veteran’s Day became a day to honor all veterans. During Veteran’s Day weekend our family went to the Veteran’s Day parade in downtown Colorado Springs. Veteran’s from all branches of the military and all wars participated in the parade. There were even a few prisoners of war. Civil War re-enactors also marched in the parade. It was great to see all the high school Junior ROTC students take part in the parade. Some of these same students will
be our future military leaders. My son marched in the parade with his Colorado Springs Young Marine unit. On Veteran’s Day he participated in the color guard during a memorial service. It was nice to see Facebook friends honoring veterans by posting pictures of fathers, brothers, grandfathers, sisters and other loved ones who served. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a connection to the military. My own father served in the United States Marine Corps and was sent to Vietnam for 18 months. My grandfather on my mom’s side was in the Army during World War II and was sent to Europe right after the war ended where he helped with clean-up at Auschwitz. His brother was killed during the war when he was taken prisoner of war in Italy. I couldn’t imagine being in their shoes and seeing the things that they saw. One of my closest cousins served in the Air Force where she flew in C-130s every weekend. It was a dream come true for her. Her dream was cut short when she was killed in a car accident at age 22. Two years later the crew she flew with perished in a plane crash. Many other family members served in the military, my husband’s family included. We will honor veterans again on Memorial Day but really we should honor them every day. They make incredible sacrifices so you and I can enjoy our freedom.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Exploring a Monument Business Improvement District A group of business owners have been exploring the possibility of creating a business improvement district in downtown Monument. A business improvement district is a private sector initiative to manage and improve the environment of a business district with services financed by a selfimposed and self-governed assessment. A business improvement district can provide downtown enhancements that go far beyond what local government provides. Improvements and activities, such as maintenance or marketing that improve the overall viability of downtown, resulting in higher property values and sales. Why is a business improvement district being explored? Improvement districts have worked successfully in more than 1,200 communities nationwide. Improvement districts keep costs low because all owners share the costs of
improving, cleaning, marketing, communications and promotions. Improvement districts are planned and run by business people. Who is proposing the business improvement district? Businesses, property owners, nonprofit organizations and our local government are partnering in this plan. Two free public meetings were planned for property and business owners to learn more about business improvement districts. The first meeting was on Nov. 15. The second meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District administration office, 166 Second St., in Monument. There will be a slide presentation and time for questions and information sharing. If you have any questions or won’t be able to attend the meeting and need more information, please call 719-4604179. Vickie Mynhier Downtown Director, Town of Monument
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Colorado rocks are underfoot Years ago I talked with a University of Colorado, Colorado Springs geology professor about what is under this area. I have talked about the gold in this area recently. There is something east of here that is interesting. The rocks at the bottom of Ute Pass are a mix of different kinds of rock. Limestone and Sandstone levels hide lots of interesting things. The red sandstones are quite visible as they meet the mountains west of us. Those rocks go north into Wyoming as well as south to New Mexico. The limestone is soft and washes away creating interesting features even underground, like Cave of the Winds. It also is how Manitou water gets flavored. Fifty years ago I commuted to college in Pueblo.
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Out of boredom I drove roads other than I-25, like Old Pueblo Road, which then was dirt most of the way. I noticed a formation I thought was unusual. I learned over the years, these formations can be found east of the mountains way up into Montana. You may have looked over that way from the interstate near Pikes Peak International Raceway, actually they look like giant ant
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hills. One set of them is called Tepee Buttes, since they sort of look like tepees from a distance. The mounds include limestone that is more solid than the ground around them. All along the interstate you will see mesas and buttes which formed the same way, depending on how much of a limestone crown protected them, and how much they were eroded. Up near Greenland and Larkspur the limestone is quite visible. The area we know as the Palmer Divide has some pretty substantial layers of sandstone. One is called Elephant Rock west of Monument. To the south this formation can be seen, plus something else. One of natures’ curiosities in called “The Orphan” down near Walsenburg.
It is a formation sticking up out of the hills 10 miles north of town, east of I-25, which give the county its name. Huerfano is Spanish for orphan. This formation is what is called a volcanic neck, which resulted when the mountains started being formed. There is a famous one up in Wyoming called Devils Tower, in the northern Black Hills. You may have seen the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” where it was an important feature. I get asked about the geology of this area all the time on Pikes Peak, but it usually is about the mountain, Cripple Creek or Cheyenne Mountain. 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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Tri-Lakes residents featured on reality T.V. Premier showing raises money for Wounded Warriors By Lisa Collacott
firstname.lastname@example.org Reality television is all the buzz lately. From cooking, pawn shops, housewives and pageant toddlers to battling it out for a million dollars on some remote island to life on the Jersey Shore. Whatever it is there is a reality show for it. Two Tri-Lakes found themselves fans of a reality show where humans become the hunted and after some nudging from their wives they decided to try to get on the show. John Huckstep and Andy Rowland soon found themselves in Alberta, Canada taking part in “Manhunter”, a popular Canadian reality show. In “Manhunter” two contestants become prey as they hunted by a mantracker. For 36 hours they travel 25 miles on foot through Crowsnest Pass equipped with a map and a compass. The one who is hunting them travels by horseback. The goal of the prey is to make it to the finish line without getting caught. “I’ve been a fan of the show for quite a while,” Huckstep, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force who teaches biology at the United States Air Force Academy, said. Huckstep said he introduced the show to his friend Rowland who also happens to the person he goes hunting and fishing with. Rowland is also a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force reserves and is former active duty. He is currently a satellite engineer at Schreiver Air Force Base. “We had tons of fun. We worked with the local Rocky Mountain trackers before
Tri-Lakes residents John Huckstep and Andy Rowland competed in the Canadian reality show “Mantracker.” Huckstep, right, is pictured here with the tracker after filming of the show. Huckstep and Rowland recently hosted a premier showing where they raised $1,500 for the Wounded Warriors Project. Courtesy photo filming the show,” Huckstep said. “We wanted to learn how to be more evasive.” Huckstep and Rowland filmed season seven of the reality show, which can be seen on the science channel, in July of 2011. Huckstep said season six aired in the spring and he’s not sure when season seven will air. Past episodes and the trailer for sea-
son seven can be seen at www.mantracker.ca. Huckstep won’t reveal whether or not he and Rowland made it to the finish line or if they were captured. He said people will just have to wait until the episode airs. About 150 people were lucky enough to watch the episode. Huckstep and Rowland were given permission to hold a
premier party. They hosted three soldout showings on Nov. 9 in Monument. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefitted the Wounded Warriors Project, a nonprofit that Huckstep and Rowland are both passionate about. Approximately $1,500 was raised. “We’re both military. It’s such a great charity. We’re glad to help any way we can,” Huckstep said.
Local mystery writers delve into history Will sign books at Covered Treasures in Monument By Norma Engelberg
email@example.com Authors John Dwaine McKenna and Bert Entwistle both write mysteries that include history and both have a writing background but that’s pretty much where their similarities end. McKenna’s mysteries feature hard-boiled crime while Entwistle’s first published mystery features what he calls soft-boiled crime, “Kind of a PG-rated Clive Custler,” he said. Both writers will be signing their books from 11 a.m.1 p.m. on Nov. 24 at the Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St. in Monument. McKenna’s latest mystery, “The Whim-Wham Man,” is set in 1940’s Husted, a small town that was located 12 miles north of Colorado Springs but that has since disappeared. The book is inspired by actual events and is billed as a combination of a coming of age story and a murder mystery. McKenna’s first mystery, “The Neversink Chronicles,” is 17 short stories linked by a common theme. The book is set in New York and chronicles New York City’s 150 year history of acquiring water from its smaller neighbor: David vs. Goliath stories where David seldom wins. The book won the 2012 Colorado Independent Publishers Association award for fiction. McKenna has had a varied career since growing up in upstate New York and moving to the Pikes Peak region in 1968 to attend Colorado College. He married his wife, June, in 1971. He worked as a stock broker for more than a decade and has owned several businesses. A fall in 2000 changed everything: the resulting paralysis left him using a wheelchair but also led him back to writing. “I moped around for about three years,” he said. “A psychologist friend suggested I read a book called `The Beethoven Factor.’ Beethoven went deaf but continued to write wonderful music. You take what you have and make
‘I decided that I didn’t have that much time to waste so I started my own publishing company, Rhyolite Press.’ John McKenna something out of it.” He had previously written for the stock market and a few Colorado magazines. He rediscovered writing and started writing book reviews for an up-state New York newspaper and decided to write mysteries. He submitted his first book to an agent and it took 9 months for the rejection form letter to arrive “I decided that I didn’t have that much time to waste so I started my own publishing company, Rhyolite Press,” McKenna said. “Since then I’ve worked through my children’s inheritance.” He was his publishing company’s first author; Entwistle was the second. “We’re seeking other writers, too,” McKenna said. Entwistle was born and raised in Rochell, Ill., about 70 miles west of Chicago. He and his wife Nancy moved to Colorado in 1974. He has written more than 1,000 magazine articles and is also a free-lance photographer. “A few years ago I started to feel burned out on magazine writing and photography,” he said. “I’d had this idea rattling around among the clutter in my head since touring the Mollie Kathleen Mine in Cripple Creek back in the 1980s. I thought `what if these old mine shafts were used to hide things?’” His first book, “The Drift: An Environmental Thriller,” is set in both modern Cripple Creek and the city as it was in 1896.
Local authors John McKenna, left, and Bert Entwistle, each holding their mystery novels will be signing their books on Nov. 24 at Covered Treasures Bookstore in Monument. Photo by Norma Engelberg
Both “The Whim-Wham Man” and “The Drift” are written as the first in a series of books. All three books will be available for signing at the bookstore. For more information about the signing, call 719-481-2665. Visit www.rhyolitepress.com or call 719-203-5265 for more information about publishing company.
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Shopping Safety- Holiday shoppers should follow safety precautions when out shopping for gifts. Thieves will be out searching for cars to break-in to or opportunities to steal purses and wallets. File photo
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‘If you are bumped check your purse or wallet to make sure you have not become the target of a thief.’ Jon Hudson
you have not become the target of a thief,” Hudson added. Hudson said shoppers should not leave their purse unattended in a shopping cart and this goes for purchased items as well. Additionally when someone is making a purchase purses and wallets become open invitations for theft. Shoppers should also keep their eye on their debit or credit cards at all times. While making a purchase cards can be skimmed. Skimming is when a card has been swiped through another machine that saves the card information. The information can be transferred to a magnetic strip on a different card and used by someone else. “If you don’t personally swipe your card watch the clerk. If they
need to take your card to a different register go with them,” Hudson said. Many holiday shoppers go shopping at night. That is often the case when shoppers are out trying to get those bargains on Black Friday when many stores open at midnight or earlier. Hudson said if shopping at night, park in a well-lit area or highly visible parking space. If a light isanthrope out notify the store owner or manager. He warns people to stay away from stairwells, elevators, dumpsters or other dark confined areas. While walking to one’s car he said shoppers should have their hands free of packages and have keys out to unlock car doors quickly. Whether its day or night packages should be locked in the trunk and kept out of view so thieves don’t try to break in. a brand communications agency
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GLENEAGLE SERTOMA Club luncheon meeting is every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m., at Liberty Heights, 12105 Ambassador Drive, Colorado Springs, 80921. Call Sherry Edwards at 488-1044 or Bill Nance at 488-2312 or visit www.sertoma.org.
HISTORY BUFFS meets at Monument Library from 1-3 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month.
KIWANIS CLUB of Monument Hill, a service club dedicated to providing assistance to those less fortunate in e the Tri-Lakes community, meets 8 a.m. Saturdays at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 Colo. 105. Join us for breakfast, great fellowship and informative programs, and come be a part of the
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LEGACY SERTOMA dinner meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays monthly at Monument Country Club. New members and visitors welcome. Call Ed Kinney, 481-2750.
MOMS IN Touch prayer groups meet, by school, throughout the school district for one hour each week to support the children, their teachers, the schools and administration through prayer. Call Judy Ehrlich at 719-481-1668.
THE MONUMENT Homemakers Club meets the first Thursday of every month at the Tri-Lakes Fire Department Administrative Building, 166 Second Street, Monument. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. to prepare for a noon potluck, program, and business meeting, which ends around 1:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Call Irene Walters, Co-President, at 719-4811188 for Jean Sanger, Co-President, at 719-592-9311 for reservations. MOUNT HERMAN 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Grace Best Elementary. There are no meetings in June, July and August. Anyone interested in pursuing
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The vacant Illumination Point building on Colo. 105 is a proposed location for the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. A group of students from Regis University put together a proposal for the TLCA board of directors as a class project for their marketing class. Photo by Lisa Collacott
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firstname.lastname@example.org Imagine more space to exhibit paintings and sculptures from local and world-renown artists or having a larger venue for musical and theatrical performances. That’s just what would happen if the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts moved from their current location to the vacant Illumination Point building on Colo. 105. The TLCA has no plans to move in the near future but the idea has been presented to them. Recently students from Regis University put together a proposed plan that would move them into the much bigger building and presented it to the TLCA board of directors. “We created a strategic marketing plan if they owned the building,”
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Mark Clements, adjunct faculty member with Regis, said. Clements teaches undergraduate business and marketing classes at Regis in Colorado Springs. The proposal was all part of a class project. “We’re providing a community service and we’re providing a learning experience,” Clements said. “It teaches the students as they go while doing something for the community. Dr. Michael Maddox, executive director of TLCA, said the board is looking down the road and has a five-year plan for the nonprofit organization. He sat in on one of their classes and shared it with the students which prompted them to come up with the plan to utilize the building if purchased. “The students had a very creative aspect,” Clements said. If the TLCA were to have the funds to purchase the building it would give them the space to bring in two
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to three times more visual artists and would double the amount of people that attend concerts. The building sits on three acres and would afford them the luxury of having outdoor music festivals. Maddox said the current location has no room for an outdoor festival unless they host them across the street at Centennial Park. However the number of trains that travel past the park and the train horn blaring would drown out the sound of a music festival. The Illumination Point building would also allow the TLCA to have a gift shop with its own private entrance. Maddox said the TLCA does not have the funds at this time to purchase the building and it is a very remote chance that they will be moving. “The students did a great job,” Dr. Michael Maddox, executive director, of TLCA, said. “It’s wishful thinking at this point.”
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Leaving it up to Beavers
No drought fever in areas because of the dam-building animals By Rob Carrigan
eavers, considered a “keystone” species for their dam building efforts may actually be helping Colorado landowners and others weather recent drought conditions. But how are the beavers faring in the dry conditions? “Drought does have an impact on beaver though we haven’t heard or seen significant impacts thus far,” says Randy Hampton, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Public Information officer. “In areas where streams dry up, beaver are known to abandon lodges and dams to find other water sources. One advantage this past year was that reservoir storage was high and most larger bodies of water in Colorado were managed to keep minimal flows,” Hampton says. “Smaller streams were impacted but in the case of beaver, they often store up enough water behind their dams to actually make it through dry periods - as long as the dry periods are short. We would expect to see larger negative impacts to beaver if drought persists into next year and beyond.” Beaver expert David M. Armstrong, of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Environmental Studies Program, University Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado-Boulder, notes that many mountain ponds, willow thickets and meadows are the works of
Beavers are active year-round. Their ponds provide navigable water even beneath the ice. Photos by Rob Carrigan beavers over time. “Beavers are active year-round. Their
ponds provide navigable water beneath the ice. No mammal other than humans has a great an influence on its surroundings. This is a `keystone species’ in riparian communities; without them the ecosystem would change dramatically,” Armstrong says in information provided by the state parks and wildlife department. And they have a historic role. “As abundant as beavers are today, it is difficult to believe that once they were on the verge of extinction, trapped for their under fur, which was used to make felt for beaver hats. In the mid-19th century, silk hats replaced beaver felt as a fashion, and that probably saved the beaver from extinction. But, before it ended, the beaver trade opened the mountains of Colorado to European exploration. The largest rodents native to North America can be greater than three feet in length, and weigh up to 55 pounds. “It takes a beaver approximately 30 minutes to fell a 5-inch diameter tree,” says Armstrong.
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This is a ‘keystone species’ in riparian communities; without beavers, the ecosystem would change dramatically.
Beavers are fairly well protected from predators by their large size and aquatic habits. Mink eat some kits, and coyotes can capture a beaver waddling on dry land. Aside from that, floods may be the largest cause of death. Beaver in Colorado are managed as furbearers.
RANGE: The beaver lives throughout Colorado in suitable habitat, although it is most abundant in the subalpine zone. HABITAT: Beavers live around ponds and streams that are surrounded by trees. DIET: Beavers feed on grasses and forbs in the summer, and bark in the winter. Beavers eat the upper, tender branches, leaves and bark of trees. They do not eat the inner wood. REPRODUCTION: The den houses a nuclear family: parents, yearlings, and four or five kits. A single litter of young is produced each year, born in the spring after about a four-month gestation period. Source: David M. Armstrong, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies Program, University Museum of Natural History University of Colorado-Boulder
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November 21, 2012
Local D38 student wins lead in Nutcracker P
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Colorado Springs Philharmonic presentation casts 150 local students By Norma Engelberg
email@example.com Fresh from his portrayal of one of three male leads in the Lewis-Palmer High School production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” sophomore Colton West gets to put his dancing shoes back on as he takes on the coveted role of the Prince in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho and Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale presentation of “The Nutcracker.” According to Philharmonic Communications Director Nathan Willers, “The Nutcracker” has a huge cast and all the children’s parts are played by more than 150 students from local dance studios and schools from Monument to Woodland Park. “It’s exciting how the local communities get involved in this,” he said. “All the musicians are local, too.” According to a Philharmonic news release, in the past the San Diego Ballet and Ballet Idaho have provided their own people for the top roles, including that of the Nutcracker Prince but this year that changed when young West captured the eye of Ballet Idaho Balletmaster Alex Ossadnik during auditions in August. After the August audition, he received a phone call expressing interest in him for the lead role. “I sent a video to Ballet Idaho and knew within three days that I had the part,” he said. “I was surprised to have the opportunity to do this. This is really an honor.” West has been dancing since 2007, af-
Lewis-Palmer High School sophomore Colton West rehearses for his professional debut as the Prince in annual presentation of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs. Photo by Courtesy photo from Colorado Spr ter moving with his family from Virginia to Monument. He has trained with the Peak Ballet Theatre and Zamuel Ballet in Colorado Springs and the National Ballet Academy in Denver.
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November 21, 2012
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One major difference between military life and civilian life is the way resources are handled. “In the Army, everything is right there,” said Ruth Burger, who was honorably discharged from the Army four years ago. “If you don’t know where something is .there’s always someone who can tell you. As a civilsian you’re on your own.” That feeling of being on their own is changing for military personnel, dependents and veterans in the Pikes Peak Region with the launch of a six-month pilot program designed by the
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments to be a onestop resource shop. Launched Nov. 13, Peak Military Care Net has as its mission: “To connect the needs of our community’s military service members, veterans and their families to the highest quality resources by providing a central source for information, navigation and integrated services.” “This site will be the place to go if you need counseling, employment or help caring for a special needs child, for example,” said Kate Hatten, military care network executive director. “One of the first steps we took to create the program was assessing needs, challenges and opportuni-
the same time as she was and also could have used the network earlier. Both Burgers are in college and have two children. One of the key features of the site is the drop box where anyone can create an account to store electronic copies of important documents. “This could be things like school transcripts for your children, medical records, military forms and other items that would be difficult to replace if they get lost,” Hatten said. “The drop box is secure and password protected. It can be accessed anywhere in the world and you don’t have to be connected to the military to use it.” Other features include pages of medical information on such things as posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and
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Model trains become man’s lifetime hobby
Lake George man has 135 model trains and counting By Norma Engelberg
Neil Naviasky started collecting model trains with his father at age 14. They had a Lionel model train and track set up in their Baltimore basement. Then one day when Naviasky came home from college, the trains were gone. “They were moving into a smaller place and just got rid of them,” he said. “My model train days were over just like that. Then when my son was 2-years-old, about 40 years ago, I started collecting trains again.” Since then, his train collection has grown to the point that his “very tolerant wife” allowed him to design their new house around it. He has 135 full trains, partial trains and trollies on 10 sections of tracks in his unfinished basement. The trains are mostly HOgauge, 1:87 scale. In a few places when he wants to give the illusion of distance, he uses N-gauge trains, which depending on the manufacturer or country, ranges from 1:148 to 1:160 scale. “Some model train people are into
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depression, for example. Kevin Walda of Veterans Upward Bound is one of the service providers listed on the network. His organization provides college preparation courses for veterans who want to attend local colleges. “We have thousands of veterans not completing their four-year degree under the GI Bill,” he said. “The Bill only covers 36 months of education and if veterans aren’t ready and have to spend part of that time in remedial classes that don’t go toward their degrees they won’t have time to finish. We offer them a year of ABCs and 123s and tutoring
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ties. We looked at what we do well for our military and what more we need to do.” Dallas Jamison, council of governments senior policy and communications advisor, said that so many of the resources needed by the military have a silo mentality. Keeping resources separated from each other often results in gaps in support and duplication of services. Burger explained it with an analogy. “It’s the difference between having to drive all over town to shop for necessary items or shopping in a store like Walmart where everything is under one roof,” she said, adding, “I wish there had been something like this when I was discharged. I know that even four years later I’m still going to find this useful.” Her husband, Tony Burger, was also discharged at
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Musical Lessons Industrial areas are a big part of Neil Naviasky’s model trains. Each section is based on real places but make believe also has its place in his models. Photos by Norma Engelberg operating the trains,” Naviasky said. “I like them to run but I’m more into the clutter group. I like to see how much stuff I can jam in per square foot. Each section is based on real places and the models I use are based on real buildings.” One of his sections is based on his hometown of Baltimore and depicts a typical Atlantic states city. It starts with a seaport and industrial center, row houses, inner city and, finally, the sub-
This model of the Everett Theater in one of the sections of Neil Naviasky’s model train set is a real part of Greeley. Of course, the Florissant Jammers advertised on the marquee are usually only found at the Florissant Grange.
urbs. Train lines in this section include the Baltimore & Ohio, Amtrak, Chessie System, Pennsylvania Rail Road, Western Maryland, New York Central, Metro-Link, Philadelphia Transit Company and Brooklyn & Queens. Other sections include the Wharf, a heavy industry area and switching yard, vertical and horizontal mines, small Colorado towns, large European and North American cities and whatever else he deems appropriate. Trains run the gamut from the steam and coal eras to diesel to electric. Models have switches, working lights, industrial cranes, round houses and a lot of movement overhead, as well. With all these sections involved there is also room for what he calls a 14-year-old’s humor. There’s Godzilla, sharks and some unsuspecting water skiers in the ocean, King Kong hangs from a skyscraper in New York City holding a miniature Fay Wray while fighting off biplanes buzzing overhead, a shootout between cops and robbers in Baltimore (it’s a rough town, he said), the moose from the TV show “Northern Exposure” and the Florissant Jammers play in the Everett Theater on Thursday nights in Greeley. As with almost all model train sets, Naviasky’s sections will never be completed. “There’s always something else to do,” he said.
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November 21, 2012
NEW BUFFALO SECOND IN SCORING Former Lewis-Palmer center Josh Scott is starting as a true freshman for the University of Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball team. The 6-foot-10 Scott, who led the state in scoring last year, is averaging 13.5 points per game for the Buffaloes in two starts. He has made 7 of 14 field attempts and converted 13 of the 14 free throws. Scott is second on the team in scoring behind Askia Booker’s 14.5 ppg. Scott led Lewis-Palmer to the Class 4A state title last season and three Final Fours in his three years at the school. He began his prep career at Discovery Canyon. He is majoring in psychology at Colorado.
SOUTH CENTRAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE The 3A South Central All-League football team was announced last week. Several area players landed on the list. Discovery Canyon junior Jackson Spalding was named the outstanding offensive lineman. Discovery Canyon senior Jack Palmer was named the outstanding defensive lineman. Thunder coach Shawn Mitchell was named the coach of the year. First team - From Discovery Canyon: Jack Palmer, Jackson Spalding, Adrian Mack, Alec Wirtjes, Michael Beiswenger, Micah Bosseler, Tyler Oberg. From Lewis-Palmer: Nate Conner, Eric Hudson, Sean Grundman, Andrew Brown, Joe Dell, Ricky Anderson. Second team - From Discovery Canyon: Cameron Packwood, Steve Turner, Nik Duiker, Grace Adams, Quincy Campbell, Ben Gilson, Pater Call. From Lewis-Palmer: Drew Williamson, Chad Marshall, Richard Ito, Keenan Oby, Isaac Vasquez, cam Commerford. Honorable Mention: From Discovery Canyon: Sam Charlson, Keaton Regenor, Ben Christy. From LewisPalmer: Sean Miller Max Wyman, Jason Chirenza.
FACES IN THE CROWD The Oct. 22 issue of Sports Illustrated had Doherty junior Haleigh Washington listed among the “Faces in the Crowd” section. Washington and her Doherty teammates faced Lewis-Palmer twice this season, winning both matches by scores of 3-1 and 3-0, respectively. In the most recent match between the two teams on Oct. 27, Washington was held in check with just seven kills and one block. Washington is on the junior national team and has committed to Penn State.
BASEBALL CLINIC The Sports Family Club, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, is holding a high school and youth baseball clinic on Dec. 1-2 at Englewood Field house. Coaches from some of the top college baseball programs, including Cal State Fullerton, Oregon, Tennessee, Missouri, Santa Clara, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Indiana State, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Cal State San Marco, Metro State, University of Northern Colorado, Regis, Colorado Mesa, Colorado Christian, Adams State, Northwestern Community College, Trinidad Junior College, Otero Junior College and William Penn University will be attending the clinic. The clinic will be run by college coaches, with the morning sessions dedicated to youth (ages 9-13) and the afternoon sessions dedicated to high school players (ages 14-18). More details about the clinic can be found at www.thesportsfamilyclub.org. Or call René Haynes, Director of Clinic 303.761.0548
Arcarese shines on the diamond for DC Senior named PPAC MVP, Tribune POY By Danny Summers
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firstname.lastname@example.org COLORADO SPRINGS - Taryn Arcarese may have played her last softball game in a Discovery Canyon uniform, but the shortstop won’t soon be forgotten. “She’s one of the top 10 players in the state,” said Discovery Canyon coach Tanya Ramsay of her star pupil. “She’s one of the hardest workers I’ve had in my 12 years as a coach. “She puts in the time. She’s dedicated. And she’s one of the hardest workers I’ve even been around in the offseason.” High praise comes with honors. Arcarese was named the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference MVP. She also is the Tribune Softball player of the year. A four-year starter at shortstop for the Thunder, Arcarese helped the team advance to the state tournament each of the last three years. The Thunder won its firstever state playoff game last month. Arcarese led the team in batting average (.519, 42 for 81), RBIs (31) and doubles (9). She was second in home runs (5) and third in runs scored (28). She also committed just nine errors in 100 chances. It isn’t so much that Arcarese is more talented than most of her contemporaries. It has more to do with her incredible work ethic. “Every day you don’t spend practicing someone else is,” she said. “Softball isn’t going to last forever. When it’s done I don’t want to look back and have any regrets. “I’m proud of my accomplishments because I know that at the end of the day I’m the one who’s put in the hours. Put in the hard work. I’m not just in it for the ride. I’m going to ride this as long as I can.” Arcarese’s intense training schedule includes a weightlifting class at school and more weightlifting after school. She can often be found hitting off the batting tee in her garage and taking private lessons with
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ALL LEAGUE HONORS
Several Tri-Lakes players were selected
s h I for the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference post-g season teams. Discovery Canyon pitcherp Kacee Schroder was named the conferencek Pitcher of the year. B Other Tri-Lakes area players named tos the all-league teams were: First team - Shelby Hetzel (Discoverya Canyon), Kaydee Valliere (Discovery Can-n yon), Tori Earls (Lewis-Palmer), Taylor Kleea (Palmer Ridge). t Second team - McKenzie Surface (Dis-g covery Canyon), Shyloh Grover (Discovery Canyon), Destiny Lackey (Discovery Can-u yon), McKenzie Peters (Discovery Canyon),w Ciara Richardson (Palmer Ridge), Madison Kearns (Palmer Ridge), Libby Acker (Palmerb Ridge). i Honorable Mention - Jessica Hedgpathw (Lewis-Palmer), Syd Henthorn (Lewis-s Palmer), Jennifer Tarwater (Palmer Ridge). b
Braley perfect on the pitch for Bears Senior is Tribune Soccer Player of the Year By Danny Summers
email@example.com MONUMENT - Owen Braley capped his impressive soccer career at Palmer Ridge High School by leading the Bears to the finals of the Class 4A state tournament. The senior center midfielder did his part in the playoffs, scoring a goal and assisting on two others as Palmer Ridge (17-2-1) enjoyed its greatest season in the brief history of the school. For his efforts, Braley has been chosen the Tribune’s Soccer player of the year. “We can’t be unhappy with how we did,” Braley said. “It would have been nice to win. I think if we played the championship game in good weather, we would have had a much better game and we would have come out winners.” No. 1 seeded Palmer Ridge lost to No. 6 Battle Mountain, 1-0, on penalty kicks as snow made the field a slippery mess. Braley was third on the team in goals (7) and first in assists (11). He’s the programs all-time career leader in both categories. “Owen is an incredibly skilled player,” said Palmer Ridge coach Nick Odil. “He was my best player. I can’t tell you how many times he scored goals when the opponent thought he was going the other way.” Braley - and the Bears’ - most dramatic moment of the season occurred in the quarterfinals against Pikes Peak Athletic Conference rival Cheyenne Mountain. The teams were deadlocked through 80
Owen Braley is the soccer player of the year. Photo by Danny Summers minutes of regulation and 29-plus minutes of overtime. As the clock wound down to the final seconds, and with fans on the edge of their seats, Braley calmly surveyed the field and
sent three corner kicks in the direction of the Indians’ net. His final boot, with 8.9 seconds remaining, found the head of teammate Jimmy Kochanski, who drilled it home for the game-winner. “It didn’t matter what the situation was; he never got frazzled,” Odil said. “He can elevate his play based on the situation of the game. He had an assist or goal in four of our six overtime games. That’s huge. That’s when your best players step up and find a way for your team to win.” Braley is the consummate high-level high school soccer player. In the offseason he plays for the Littleton-based Colorado Rush Soccer Academy with the best players in the state. He could have chosen to stick with the Rush full time, but he wanted to finish his senior year representing the Bears. “I definitely wanted to play high school,” said Braley, who was a two-year captain. “I have so many friends on the team. I wouldn’t leave them for anything.” Braley is hoping to continue his career with a major university. Penn State is at the top of his list. “I’m going to a camp there in February,” Braley said. “I sent the coach my highlight video. I really hope it works out. The campus is great and the students are awesome.” More than all the goals and assists he’s accounted for, Braley is most proud of helping Palmer Ridge become one of the top soccer programs in the state. “We all gave Palmer Ridge a name in the soccer world,” he said. “It’s a bitter sweet thing that it’s ending. It’s sad that all our seniors are leaving. But there’s a good group coming behind us.”
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November 21, 2012
Local seniors sign to play college sports
TCA’s Klingensmith headed to Butler; Smith joins Idaho State
By Danny Summers
COLORADO SPRINGS - Jessica Klingensmith has known for a year and a half where she’ll be playing her college volleyball. The Classical Academy senior made it official on Nov. 14 in a ceremony at the school. “I almost started crying when I was signing my name,” said Klingensmith, who inked a scholarship offer to play volleyball for Division I Butler. “This is so exciting.” Klingensmith was a four-year starter for TCA. She played middle blocker this season, leading the team in kills (217), blocks (76) and service aces (47). A co-captain along with Alexa Chacon and Karena Mathis, Klingensmith played a key role in helping TCA come within an eyelash of a state berth. The Titans lost in five sets in its regional final match against Sterling on Nov. 3. “We came within three points,” she said. “We really gave it our all. Losing that way was the best way we could have lost. We went five. I’ve never seen us play that hard and fight that much. Even though it hurt not going to state I was ok with it.” Klingensmith, who began attending TCA as a first-grader, was recruited by several other schools, including Boise State, Northern Colorado and Loyola-Marymount. “Boise State and Butler offered me a scholarship on the same day so I had didn’t have much time to decide,” she said. “But I’m glad I chose Butler. They told me if I give it my all I have a really good chance to play my freshman year. That was one of the key factors in deciding I wanted to play for Butler. TCA coach Matt Ferger said Klingensmith was invaluable to his team. “She was always dedicated to the team and dedicated to the system we were running,” Ferger said. “She didn’t complain about anything. She was out there at practice working hard and brought it every game.” Ferger is a former Division I player and understands the adjustments that come with going to the next level. “It’s the adjustment of getting used to being away from family; getting used to being away from individuals she’s been close with,” he said. “But if she develops that same team aspect she had here at TCA she’ll be great player and do very well.” As good as TCA was this season, the Ti-
The Classical Academy senior Jessica Klingensmith signs her letter of intent to play college volleyball for Butler University. Klingensmith was also recruited by Boise State, Northern Colorado and Loyola-Marymount, among others. Photo by Danny Summers tans might have been even better if two star players hadn’t transferred to Lewis-Palmer in recent years; sophomore outside hitter Alexa Smith and senior middle blocker Claire Felix, who signed with UCLA. “Those were two big players,” Ferger said. “But looking at our upper classmen and all the other players we had, I think our team was just as good, if not a little bit better. We beat (Colorado Springs Christian School) for the first time in five or six years and played really well as a team.” Up at Lewis-Palmer, Felix was surrounded by her parents as she signed to play with the Bruins in the ultra-competitive Pac 12 Conference. Sitting next to her were fellow seniors Justin Smith and Keenan Oby. Smith inked a basketball deal with Division I Idaho State, while Oby signed to play football with NAIA
Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill. “I had my second visit last weekend and really fell in love with the campus and really enjoyed the coaches,” Oby said. Oby was a two-way starter for the Rangers at left tackle and nose guard. He also was the team’s long snapper. “They told me they definitely need me for snapping next year,” Oby said. “I might even get a chance to play some line.” Lewis-Palmer athletic director and boys basketball coach Russ McKinstry praised Smith for his hard work and dedication. “Justin isn’t a rah-rah guy, but he is unselfish and he’s driven,” McKinstry said. “He has taken our basketball program to a new level. I think he’s going to add a lot to Idaho State. They’re fortunate to have him.” Discovery Canyon honored three of its
athletes with cake, balloons and streamers; Taryn Arcarese (softball, Colorado State), Isaac Holt (baseball, Nebraska-Omaha) and Kelsey Oettinger (swimming, Western State). “Isaac is one of the few guys in America that can hit a ball off the ground into the gap,” said Discovery Canyon assistant coach Byron Embry. Oettinger has been the most consistent swimmer in the history of the Thunder program and is thrilled to have the opportunity to swim in college. She qualified for the state meet in at least two events her first three years of high school. She is strongest in the 500 and 200 yard freestyle. Palmer Ridge had a ceremony where it honored Derrick Larson (baseball, St. Cloud State) and Karin Roh (swimming, Colorado State).
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n By Danny Summers f firstname.lastname@example.org r . MONUMENT - Alexa Smith’s presence d on the volleyball court causes opposing teams to rethink their strategy. She can play l all six positions and do them all very well. n “She’s just a phenomenal athlete and one o of those athletes you probably get to coach once in a lifetime,” said Lewis-Palmer High o School coach Susan Odenbaugh. “I count my blessings every day. It’s very special to g have somebody like that in our program.” Smith is a difference maker with talent h beyond her years. She has been selected as r the Tribune’s Volleyball player of the year. e A 6-foot-1 sophomore, Smith primarily ” plays outside hitter for the Rangers. She led r the state (all classifications) in kills (489) t and helped Lewis-Palmer to a 24-5 record
Lewis-Palmer sophomore Alexa Smith is the Tribune’s Volleyball player of the year. Photo by Danny Summers and the 4A state finals; a four set loss to fivetime defending Cheyenne Mountain. “It could have gone either way,” Smith said. “We played really well. It wasn’t the way we hoped it would go. I think we might have had a few nerves get to us. “I think Cheyenne Mountain played re-
ally well. They had more experience. They played in the state championship the last five years.” Lewis-Palmer defeated Cheyenne Mountain during the regular season, ending the Indian’s 10-year run of not losing a league match. Smith, who plays club for Colorado Juniors, can commit to a college as early as next summer. But she said she’s in no rush. “I’m looking for a school with a good major and some place where I really like the players and the coach,” Smith said. Smith transferred to Lewis-Palmer from The Classical Academy prior to her freshman year. She made a huge impact right away, leading the all classifications in kills (545) and kills percentage (48.3) while leading the Rangers to the state tournament. “I really like hitting the most,” Smith said. “I think what sets me apart from others is that I pass and hit. “I need to keep practicing and go to the weight room and keep trying to get stron-
ger.” Smith is well on her way to having the best career of any player in school history. “She’s had a stellar career and done a lot of things at the national level playing for the U.S. National Team, but she just kind of lives in the moment,” Odenbaugh said. “She enjoys every point of a high school match as she does playing at a high level nationally.” With more than 1,000 kills, Smith is about 200 away from the school record set by Amy Bladow, who graduated in 2003. “She should eclipse that pretty easily,” Odenbaugh said. “Most people don’t get 1,000 kills in their four-year career.” Smith, who also is a post on the school’s basketball team, was at her brother’s signing ceremony on Nov. 14. Justin, a 6-5 swingman, committed to Division I Idaho State. “It’s so exciting; I’m so proud of him,” Alexa Smith said. “I’m so glad he got the opportunity. I hope to do that in the years to come.”
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