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Caveat that education spending must not be hurt is difficult part BY JAMES ANDERSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

Denver South’s Roberto Lopez, left, works to escape the grip of Donaven Palacio of Northglenn during the consolation bracket semifinal match at the Class 5A Region 2 Wrestling Tournament held Feb. 10 and 11 at Legacy High School. Lopez lost in the championship semifinals but came back in the consolation bracket to win two matches, so he finished fourth and qualified to compete in the state wrestling tournament Feb. 16-18 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. TOM MUNDS

Cate Roberts swims the backstroke portion of the medley relay for Denver East on Feb. 9 at the Class 5A State Swimming Championships at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton. The East team finished with a time of 1:56.42 to finish 20th out of 31 teams in the prelims, missing the finals. IAN WARREN

Colorado’s Democratic House leadership said any effort to create a permanent funding source to improve the state’s congested road network must not sacrifice education spending. On Feb. 8, a month into Colorado’s four-month legislative session, House Speaker Crisanta Duran told reporters she’s “optimistically cautious” that talks with leaders in the Republican-led Senate will produce a possible ballot measure on paying for roads to Duran be referred to voters. Transportation funding was declared a top priority in 2017 by lawmakers of both parties. But a detailed proposal has yet to be introduced by anyone, and Senate Republican President Kevin Grantham suggested this week that talks have been difficult. Colorado roads projects face a $9 billion backlog — plus a $1 billion maintenance bill each year. Other government priorities, including making up for chronically underfunded SEE LEGISLATURE, P5


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Bill on gun training for school employees passes state Senate A separate bill on concealed carry in schools is killed in the House BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITY

A bill that would allow teachers and other public school employees who have the proper permit to carry a handgun on campus after completing safety training has passed the state Senate. Meanwhile, a measure that would have allowed anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry a handgun on public school grounds was defeated in the House. Both bills were introduced and supported by Republicans, who control the Senate, but opposed by Democrats, who hold a majority in the House. Senate Bill 17-005 is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert, R-Parker, and House Minority

Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock. It would allow a county sheriff to provide a safetytraining course to any employee of any public elementary, middle, junior high or high school who has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, a summary of the bill says. Once that training is completed, Holbert the employee would be permitted to carry the handgun on campus. It was approved 18-17, a party-line vote, on Feb. 6. It will now face an uphill battle in the House. Holbert said his bill encourages a greater Neville level of training for all people who are armed in public schools, including law enforcement and staff who are hired as private security guards. As part of the bill, a county sheriff would consult with the school

district in the sheriff ’s county to establish a curriculum for the safetytraining course. Individual school districts would need to approve the program set up by the sheriff and would be able to cap the number of employees who are permitted to carry a gun at each school. House Bill 17-1036, which would have changed the law to allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to bring a handgun on campus, was voted down on a 6-3 party-line vote in a House committee on Feb. 8. Its sponsors were Patrick Neville and state Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Acres Green, and state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Jefferson County. “I believe teachers should focus on teaching and nurturing our children, not act as armed security,” state Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, told the committee, according to a news release. Chris Gdowski, superintendent for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, said arming his employees is not something he’s interested in doing. His district has plenty of safety proto-

cols in place. “Due to our existing safety policies, the presence of our school resource officers in school buildings, and other safety and security staff throughout our district, state legislation on weapon use in schools is not an avenue we are interested in pursuing at this time,” Gdowski said. Also on Feb. 8, two additional gun-related bills were killed in a House committee on party-line votes. HB 17-1037 would have added businesses to the locations that may be lawfully defended with lethal force if an owner or employee felt sufficiently threatened. HB 17-1097 would have repealed the prohibition on the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines. “Once again, Democrats showed their opposition to the Second Amendment and dismissed calls from millions of Coloradans to help improve school, workplace and individual safety,” Patrick Neville said in a news release.

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Taking long view past stress makes our brief time on earth a richer experience


o the other day I was reading a news article about finding a “Lost Continent” under the Indian Ocean. The scientists believe the continent was buried under the WINNING sea more than 80 million years ago, WORDS although rocks that have been found on the island can only be dated back as far as 9 million years ago. However, there are certain crystals on those rocks that can be dated back billions of years. Michael Norton We are talking millions and billions of years old. The discovery of the buried continent may be new news to most of us, but certainly the idea of the earth being formed billions of years ago is not. And whether you are a creationist or evolutionist, or you haven’t really formed your opinion or belief just yet, there is a saying that Zig Ziglar used to use all the time that we can

all probably agree is true: “The fact is we will all be dead a whole lot longer than we are going to be alive.” Mr. Ziglar used this statement to encourage people to think about how they live their lives and where they will be spending their eternity. This is not meant to shock you or make you sad; instead, it is a simple reminder to think about how long the earth has been spinning and how much longer it will continue to spin, remember, millions and billions of years. And when we think about our fleeting time here on earth, even if we were to live to be 100 years old, it is nothing compared to the existence of time. This column is also not meant to be a discussion about eternity or religious belief systems. It is more of a plea and some encouragement to really think about the stressors in our lives and to put them into perspective. Was that small argument last week with a friend really worth ending a friendship? Is working 7080 hours per week what we should be doing if our health suffers from

the stress? One million years from now, will anyone look back on history and remember the person who cut us off on the highway? Of course the answer to all of these questions and more is “no.” But yet we stress and stress some more. We stress over our families, our children, our neighbors, our jobs, and over money. We stress over war and injustice, and we stress over hunger and disease. We stress over people we have lost in our lives and so many other situations. We stress so much that our doctors prescribe anti-anxiety medicine with increasing frequency. I saw a bottle of anti-anxiety medication that directed the patient to, “Take one pill per day 30 minutes prior to the stressor occurring.” So this means we know the stress or anxiety is coming, we have built it into our subconscious thinking, and so of course we will stress 30 minutes from now. This is also not a suggestion or recommendation in any way to stop taking any prescribed medications. I am certainly not a doctor and all

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subdivision streets that are lined with children and dogs. John Kay is 72. He was born Joachim Fritz Krauledat in East Prussia, Germany (now a part of Russia). He and his family made their way to Canada, and then to the United States. He wears sunglasses, indoors and outdoors, all day long. Kay is legally blind. The punch line is that Kay and his band Steppenwolf recorded a song that you could be listening to right now, as background for this column. “Born to Be Wild” is everywhere. Maybe you first heard it when you watched “Easy Rider” in 1969. Maybe you heard it again during the Coen brothers’ 2017 Super Bowl commercial.


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It was a teenager’s anthem when I was a teenager, and it still is. I was not, however, born to be wild. At the age of 15, I turned 35. I didn’t want it, it just happened. There was something about a murder. I was a witness. I had to sit up straight and talk like an adult for the first time. In 2001, I was shown a transcript of my testimony in 1963. It surprised me. I sounded good: complete sentences, with no fillers. Like “like.” I was unwild in college. The song has never suited me, and Steppenwolf was never one of my favorite bands. However, I took to “Steppenwolf ” the novel, because it was about me,

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LEGISLATURE K-12 spending, must not be further harmed by any roads deal, Duran said. Republicans have insisted that roads funding — especially issuing bonds — be paid for from the general fund. Democrats say there’s no money to back bonds. Complicating the task: General fund revenues will drop by at least $135 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1 because of a constitutional amendment that requires a reduction in residential property tax collections. Already, per-pupil spending is set to decline by $122 under Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed 2017-18 fiscal year budget. Public education has been shortchanged for years under a budgeting gimmick that’s allowed the state to rack up an $876 million debt in that sector. “We want to invest in transportation, but not at the expense of our

kids,” Duran said. “It is imperative that we don’t continue to put a BandAid on our fiscal situation.” State Rep. Cole Wist, R-Centennial, was not impressed with what he heard from Duran. “Speaker Duran’s call for more taxpayer revenue without any offsetting tax reductions is a complete departure from constructive conversations with Republicans and shows she and the Democrats have given up on a fiscally responsible solution to transportation funding,” Wist said in a news release. Duran revived an idea rejected this year and last by Republican leaders: Using income from a state hospital fund to create breathing room for more spending. That proposal, which could have added $750 million to the state budget last year, went nowhere in the 2016 legislative session. The GOP considers the fund, paid by hospitals to get matching funds from the federal government, a tax that counts toward annual state revenue limits under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.


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it seemed, and it became the theme of my master’s thesis. The middle-aged man, Harry Haller, in “Steppenwolf ” was not born to be wild either. He would never have driven my street like a bat out of hell, or a teenager late for school.

Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.

Some people seek out preachers, and even hand over their Visa cards. Not me. I’m not preaching. Just asking. Slow down? You don’t want a 4-year-old stuck to your windshield. Or my incontinent dachshund. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at


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‘The Zeus Problem’ came to stage via winding path Buntport started with one plan before switching to another

IF YOU GO “The Zeus Problem: A Dark Comedy About a God and the Mess He Made” plays through Feb. 25 at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Tickets: $18, advance, $20 at the door. ($3 discount for students and seniors.) buntport. com.


The Buntport company explains in the beginning of the program that members had started writing a different play, collaboratively, as they always do. “But a few months ago, we made an abrupt shift, choosing to make something that felt more tied to the times. Besides the current climate, we took inspiration from ‘Prometheus Bound,’ a story of what happens when someone defies the king of the gods.” They were joined by “the incomparable Jim Hunt” as the creative process moved forward, becoming “The Zeus Problem,” which will play through Feb. 25 at Denver’s Buntport Theater. Looking spiffy in a purple suit, Zeus (Jim Hunt) struts in front of the audience, backed by a black curtain — asking if they like his suit! He then gets fussy — “You need me, but I most definitely don’t need you … You’re like a bunch of disgusting artichokes!” He goes on to explain that he “needs new suits all the time … worship causes bloating … The rise (front seam where zipper is located) is not easily altered … I start there and build the whole suit around it …” He soon changes into baggy sweatpants. We hear dramatic, loud, stormy music and Zeus (who is given to throwing lightning

Jim Hunt storms and squabbles as Zeus, King of the Gods in “The Zeus Problem: a dark comedy about a god and the mess he made,” which plays through Feb. 25 at Buntport Theater. COURTESY PHOTO bolts around) opens the curtain, revealing the scene. The stage is dominated by a huge wooden table, where Io (Erin Rollman), Prometheus (Erik Edborg) and a noisy, fussy eagle, in an outstanding costume (Hannah Duggan), are gathered at one end. American writer Thoreau is at the far end, translating from Aeschylus’ account

of “Prometheus Bound.” Thoreau is annoyed that their words don’t rhyme! What is this, he wonders. “A dinner buffet? Liver buffet?” Zeus responds, “You didn’t receive a formal invitation? Did anybody? … Let’s play a game …” Prometheus is a god who crossed Zeus’ wishes and stole fire from the home of

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troubles. “That was not nice,” Io observes. Prometheus periodically quotes from Aeschylus’ poetic account of the story. “I’m so hungry,” Io keeps complaining — “I think I’ll just place an order!” (Io was an Argive princess whom Zeus lusted after. To hide her from the jealous goddess Hera, Zeus turned Io into a white heifer.) “People don’t deal with me — I deal with them!” Zeus declares. “I want this story to get told without casting a negative light on yours truly.” “Aeschylus’ account doesn’t include Zeus — or an eagle,” Thoreau states. More lightning here! “When you fill your bellies, you forget about the gods,” Zeus complains — and with that, he closes the curtain on the others, telling the audience, “I don’t think you’re artichokes …” This most clever crew offers their view inspired by the daily headlines, enhanced by lightning bolts and artichokes. A quick mythology refresher would add to enjoyment perhaps, but it’s not necessary.


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Broncos assistant happy to go back to calling plays McCoy says return to Denver will let him perform ‘I’ve got a burning desire to call plays, and I did not do that the last four years and that task he does best was something hard.’ BY ARNIE STAPLETON ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mike McCoy is glad he’s calling plays again, if not all the shots like he did in San Diego. He gave up game-day play-calling duties during his four seasons as head coach of the Chargers. Vance Joseph’s first call as Broncos head coach was to lure McCoy back to the job he held in Denver from 2009-12 following McCoy’s ouster last month. McCoy said returning to his old gig was “something special,” and certainly not something he sees as a demotion but as a chance to go back to doing what he does best. “I’ve got a burning desire to call plays, and I did not do that the last four years and that was something hard,” McCoy said Feb. 6. “I think that Ken Whisenhunt and Frank Reich did an outstanding job for the four years I was there in San Diego. And that’s why I was (content) being in the head coaching role and I let those two guys do it.” Although he certainly had veto power, McCoy said he missed those play-calling duties. “So, I’m excited to get back into this and call plays,” he said.

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No matter who’s calling them from the huddle, either. Trevor Siemian beat out Paxton Lynch last year but Joseph declared upon his arrival last month that it’s an open competition again. “And there’s nothing like competition,” McCoy said. “That’s what makes everyone better. And the great thing for these two young quarterbacks and our entire offense is we’re going against a great defense every day.” With John Elway in charge, there’s always speculation the Broncos will add another veteran to the mix, say a guy like Tony Romo . “I’m happy with the two guys we have,” McCoy said. “And that’s the focus right now is getting the two quarterbacks we have on our roster ready to play.” With holdovers such as running backs coach Eric Studesville and receivers coach Tyke Tolbert along

with newcomers Geep Chryst (tight ends), Jeff Davidson (O-line) and Bill Musgrave (quarterbacks), McCoy and Joseph have assembled an eclectic offensive staff with roots in both the power and zone blocking schemes. Joseph said he expects creative tension between McCoy and Musgrave, who pulled out of offensive coordinator interviews elsewhere to coach the young QBs in Denver. “I hope so. That tension is always a good tension,” Joseph said. “You want the best game plan on Sundays and obviously with Geep Chryst, Mike and Bill Musgrave, they’ve all called plays. So, that’s exciting for us. But with those personalities it won’t be an issue.” Studesville, who was promoted to assistant head coach following his dalliance with the New York Jets, is someone McCoy relied on heavily for his opinion in his first stint as Denver’s play-caller.

McCoy used the word “change” half a dozen times in his comments Tuesday when Joseph introduced his coaching staff. McCoy suggested the offense is going to look drastically different as it evolves through free agency, the draft and offseason workouts. “So, there’s going to be a lot of changes. They’re going to have to leave this building in the offseason program and take their work home. And that’s not just the two quarterbacks but it’s everybody,” McCoy said. It won’t matter who starts at quarterback if he’s not protected better, however. The O-line was Denver’s weakest link last season and among the main reasons they missed the playoffs altogether a year after winning Super Bowl 50. “Our offensive line needs to play better,” McCoy said. “Our offense will go as far as our offensive line will take us.” When he was hired, Joseph said he wanted an aggressive offense and in McCoy he has a coordinator known for his aggression and creativity, which weren’t hallmarks of the Gary Kubiak-Rick Dennison offense the last two seasons. “Mike has built an offense from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning, so he has the ability to adapt his skillset to our players,” Joseph said. “We want to be aggressive. We want to score points. How he does that, that’s going to be his expertise.”

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PUBLIC NOTICE FAILURE TO FILE THIS FORM BY MARCH 1 WILL RESULT IN PENALTIES PURSUANT TO NOTICE TO CREDITORS §10-3-109(2), C.R.S.: If any annual report or statement from any enEstate of Jean Carolyn Wingquist, tity regulated by the Division of Insurance is not aka Jean Wingquist, advertise yourfiled public notices call 303-566-4100 by the date specified by law or by rules and aka Jean C. Wingquist,To Deceased regulations of the commissioner, the commisCase Number: 17 PR 30081 sioner may assess a penalty of up to one hundred dollars per day for each day after the date All persons having claims against the abovean annual statement or report is due from any named estate are required to present them to such entity. the Personal Representative or to the Denver Probate Court of the City and County of Denver, Colorado on or before June 16, 2017 or the Corporate Name: Securian Casualty claims may be forever barred. Company NAIC Number: 10054 John Wingquist Address: 400 Robert Street North Personal Representative St. Paul, MN 55101-2098 c/o Katz, Look & Onorato, PC 1120 Lincoln, Suite 1100 Assets: $275,760,796 Denver, Colorado 80203 Liabilities: $155,660,792 Capital and Surplus/Policyholder Surplus: Legal Notice No: 8011 $120,100,004 First Publication: February 16, 2017 Last Publication: March 2, 2017 DIVISION OF INSURANCE CERTIFICATE Publisher: The Denver Herald-Dispatch OF AUTHORITY

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Misc. Private Legals Public Notice Division of Insurance SYNOPSIS OF ANNUAL STATEMENT FOR PUBLICATION -- Form S Required pursuant to §10-3-109(1), C.R.S FOR YEAR 2016 FAILURE TO FILE THIS FORM BY MARCH 1 WILL RESULT IN PENALTIES PURSUANT TO §10-3-109(2), C.R.S.: If any annual report or statement from any entity regulated by the Division of Insurance is not filed by the date specified by law or by rules and regulations of the commissioner, the commissioner may assess a penalty of up to one hundred dollars per day for each day after the date an annual statement or report is due from any such entity. Corporate Name: Securian Casualty Company NAIC Number: 10054 Address: 400 Robert Street North St. Paul, MN 55101-2098

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: THIS IS TO CERTIFY that the Securian Casualty Company, organized under the laws of Minnesota, subject to its Articles of Incorporation or other fundamental organizational documents and in consideration of its compliance with the laws of Colorado, is hereby licensed to transact business as a Property and Casualty insurance company, as provided by the Insurance Laws of Colorado, as amended, so long as the insurer continues to conform to the authority granted by its Certificate and its corporate articles, or its Certificate is otherwise revoked, canceled or suspended.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of my office to be affixed at the City and County of Denver this first day of March, 2016. Marguerite Salazar Commissioner of Insurance Legal Notice No.: 8008 First Publication: February 16, 2017 Last Publication: March 9, 2017 Publisher: The Denver Herald-Dispatch

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