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PAYING THE PRICE: A bill in the state Senate would ramp up the penalties for texting and driving P2

Todd and Victoria Thalimer of the group SOD Elbert-Stop Over Development have created T-shirts to display their opposition. JODI HORNER

Plan for development sparks concern Proposed Independence community would be located near Douglas border BY JODI HORNER SPECIAL TO COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA

A proposed 1,100-acre community in northwestern Elbert County called Independence would contain 920 homes constructed over a seven- to 15-year period. Lot sizes are planned in the range of one-third of an acre to a full acre. Opponents of the project say it would be detrimental to the area — that the development would require an irresponsible use of water, land, roadways and county resources.

HOME, SWEET HOME: Man gives small shelters to birds, bats, community P4

MORE INFORMATION Tim Craft said his company has an open-door policy and invited anyone with questions or concerns to contact them at or call 303-601-5188.

SONYA’S SAMPLER A look at events in the arts community P13

But the developer says it will be an asset for the community. “This (community) is a result of our team working for two-and-a-half years with a fleet of attorneys and water consultants to create what is truly a beautiful community — one that will help Elbert county, not hurt Elbert county,” said Tim Craft, community developer for the Colorado-based Craft Companies. “We truly believe we are building a best-inclass community,” he said. SEE INDEPENDENCE, P18


‘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, state representative | Page 7 INSIDE



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Texting and driving bill advances in Legislature BY STAFF REPORT

A bill to increase penalties for drivers convicted of distracted driving related to cellphone use passed the state Senate’s State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on Feb. 8 by a 4-1 vote. The committee amended some of the bill’s language and changed penalties assessed to drivers in an effort to gain more bipartisan support. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Lois Court, D-Denver, originally included a fine of $500 and five points on the driver’s license for a first offense and a $750 fine and six points for a second or subsequent offense. Current law requires a $50 fine and one point for a first offense and a $100 fine and one point for subsequent offenses. After it was rewritten, the bill calls for a penalty of a $300 fine and four points on the driver’s license per occurrence. State Rep. Jovan Melton, D- Aurora, is sponsoring the bill in the House. The next step for the bill is a vote by the Senate Finance Committee, scheduled for Feb. 16. Court is confident the bill will advance to the full Senate thereafter and move to the House by the end of the month.

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THINGS TO DO Elizabeth Library Book Sale: gently used books for children and adults for sale in the book sale room at the Elizabeth Library. Stocked by Friends of the Elizabeth Library. All donations from book sales benefit the Elizabeth Library.

Castle Rock. Laurie will guide participants through yoga poses with a focus on the breath while teaching them to concentration on the present. Event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Call 303482-5552 for information or to RSVP.

Looking for Love Online After 50: 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. First part of two-part series explores the highlights and pitfalls of online dating for those 50-plus. Second part of series is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Features writing workshop for creating an online dating profile. Ages 50-plus. Registration required; call 303-791-7323 or go to

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Caturday Morning and Dog Day Afternoon: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Parker Library, 20105 E. Mainstreet. Pet extravaganza includes activities, crafts, pet adoptions, homemade pet treats and more. No registration required; call 303791-7323 or go to More than a March: 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Castle Rock Unitarian Universalist Community, meeting at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock. The Rev. Julia McKay is the guest speaker. Contact Cath Wyngarden at cath@cruuc. org to RSVP. Potluck and social hour follows the exploration. Bring food or drink to share. Casual attire welcome. Yoga with Laurie: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at Valley House, 255 S. Valley Drive,

Governments, provides travel to Elbert County residents. Call Kay Campbell, Kiowa, at 719- 541-4275 for reservations; 24-hour notice requested. Go to http:// February schedule: Simla and Matheson to Limon, Thursday, Feb. 23; Kiowa, Elizabeth and Elbert to Parker or Colorado Springs, Tuesday, Feb. 21. Ponderosa Montessori Academy Parent Information Meetings: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock; and 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 6 at the Parker Library, 20105 E. Mainstreet. Learn about Montessori education and the public Montessori Farm School. Contact 303-928-9534 or go to ponderosamontessoriacademy.weebly. com to RSVP. Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus Blood Drive: 9-10:40 a.m. and noon to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at 2350 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock. Contact 303-363-2300 or visit Live Show and Stuffed Animal Sleepover: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

Bring a stuffed animal to see “The Berenstain Bears LIVE!” at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center. After the show, drop your animal off at the Parker Library, 20105 E. Mainstreet, for a sleepover. Pick up animals at 10 a.m. or 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and see photos of their overnight adventures, enjoy storytime, and create a craft. Sleepover activity is free, but registration is required. Call 303-791-7323 or go to Must have ticket for 6:30 p.m. show to participate. Philip S. Miller Library Blood Drive: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at 100 S. Wilcox, Castle Rock. Contact 303-363-2300 or visit Root Beer Float Social: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Victorian House, 19600 Victorian Drive, Parker. Root Beer Social is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Call 303-482-5552 for information or to RSVP. Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Shows: 9:30-10:15 a.m. and 10:45-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at CU Denver South, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker. For ages 6 and younger, and their families. Children surround the 30-plus piece orchestra and interact with the conductor and musicians. Register at or by calling 303-355-7855. Editor’s note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. Send listings to No attachments, please. Listings are free and run on a space-available basis.

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The Bird Man helps create happy spaces New career takes wing for escapee from corporate life BY JODI HORNER SPECIAL TO COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA

He’s officially registered with the national trademark office as The Bird Man, but Pat Brodbent’s business is for more than just the birds. According to his website, it is a “backyard bird shop, installing bat habitats, and growing vegetables at home.” His “shop,” attached to his home in Franktown on the border of Elbert and Douglas counties, is the size of a two-car garage. It is filled with his hand-crafted bird boxes (houses), bird feeders, organic bird seed, hand-made bat habitats and specialty barriers to protect vegetable plants from animals and damaging weather. Growing up in HighBrodbent land, Michigan, Brodbent learned about animals and nature through hands-on experience. Brodbent’s first career was in support sales for Hewlett Packard. That lasted for 20 years. “I knew the last three years I needed something different,” he said. “My wife was worried I was going to have a heart attack.” When he finally made the break, “I needed to find something that wasn’t going to give me a heart attack,” he said. He saw a niche in bird seed. “What they sell at most retail stores is full of oils and fortified with vitamins — that is not good for the birds,” Brodbent said. “They put it in there to keep bugs from hatching out of the seed and flying around the store.” He progressed from selling seed to include his hand-made bird boxes and feeders, which have been perfected through trial and error. “One year I would try a certain style of bird box and notice that the birds would gravitate to it more than the previous year, or vice versa. I’d keep the houses that seemed to attract more birds,” Brodbent explained. Since birds and bats eat bugs, Brodbent promotes the advantages of

Pat Brodbent of Franktown helps people attract birds and bats to their homes and grow organically in their gardens. COURTESY PHOTO

attracting birds and bats in order to control insects such as mosquitoes. He called bats “the king of the insect eaters.” “My neighbors love watching the bats fly out of my bat houses at dusk,” he said. One of the main aspects of his business is personal consulting. He goes to peoples’ homes and creates a “property plan” which lays out the ideal sites for bird boxes, feeders, and baths as well as bat homes, if possible. “I can only tell people so much over the phone,” he said. “If I can see their property then I know what they’re working with.” Brodbent is also passionate about growing organic vegetables and teaching others to do the same. “When it comes to how to design a garden, planning is everything. The last thing you want to do is build a garden and then realize you really need to move it,” he says on his website. Although he provides full-service gardening assistance to help people avoid novice-gardening mistakes, his website is filled with information about growing, canning, and recipes for beginner gardeners. Contact The Bird Man online at or 303-517-3102.

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Presidents Day Douglas County offices will be closed Monday, February 20 for Presidents Day. Many county services are available online at

Neighbors helping Neighbors If your new year’s resolution involves finding ways to serve others, Neighbor Network has some recommendations that may be just what you’re looking for – and close to home. To volunteer please fill out an application at or call 303-814-4300.

Cinderella story “Sabrina Fair” by Samuel Taylor runs Feb. 17 to March 18 at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver (in Lowry). Presented by Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre and directed by Rachel Bouchard. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, Feb. 27; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $13$23, 720-880-8727, Classic Christie “And Then There Were None” by Dame Agatha Christie plays Feb. 24 to March 11, presented by Coal Creek Theater of Louisville at the Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. Performances, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, March 6. Tickets: $10-$18, with all tickets $10 on Monday, March 6:, 303-665-0955. Swashbuckler “Robin Hood,” adapted by Scott Koop, plays through March 4 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington

Need help with heating costs? Eligible low income households in Douglas County may apply for energy assistance through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). For more information or to download the application please visit www.douglas. and search for LEAP or email

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Ave., Golden. Performances every Saturday at 1 p.m. and 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 and March 4:, 303935-3044. Political satire “The Zeus Problem” is the latest creation by Buntport Theater members, with the addition of veteran Denver actor Jim Hunt. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19:, $18, advance, $20 at the door. Craving for excitement “Bonnie and Clyde,” with music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black and book by Ivan Menchell, plays Feb. 17 to March 19 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St. in downtown Littleton. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays and March 4. Nick Sugar directs and choreographs; Donna Debreceni is music director. Tickets: $20-$42, 303-794-2787, ext. 5 or


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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 safety-training 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, the employee would Holbert 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 level of training for all people who are armed in public Neville 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 safety-training 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 protocols 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 gunrelated 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 largecapacity 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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VOICES Let others into your heart to put your problems in perspective



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his week I would like to share a quick story with you about a boy and his journey and understanding of the bigger picture while finding purpose along the way to becoming a man. His story starts out very sadly as his father dies in a car accident when the boy was only 5 years old. He had a brother and two sisters, so his father’s death left his mom alone to raise four children on her own. Friends and neighbors helped out as much as they could and were around often enough in the beginning, but as time went on, they had to tend to their own lives and families. Extended family played a huge part of helping to raise the young boy and his siblings; in particular, his grandpar-

ents were extremely loving and supportive. A few years went by and the young boy’s mother did remarry. However, it was an unhealthy marriage and there was plenty of trouble and hardships for the family. After enduring the marriage for 10 years his mother and stepfather divorced. Although difficult to get by and divorce is never easy, it was healthier for everyone. And within another two years, his mother remarried once again. This was also unfortunately a short-lived marriage as the boy, who by now was a teenager, watched as his mother’s newest husband and the family’s newest stepfather passed away unexpectedly one day while hanging the Christmas lights on the outside of the house.

Washington affects economic growth, with changes coming thick and fast

The new administration is well underway and there are changes in policy almost daily. Congress is facing a packed legislative calendar during the first 100 days. It may be hard for the average person to keep up. Let’s review what we know so far and how it might affect the economy and investments. The first pledge was to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Republicans have promised swift action on this priority although they have not formulated a specific plan as of this writing. They are working on the details of a replacement plan that would allow individuals to keep coverage during the implementation of the new reforms. Once a strategy is approved, it could still take several years to eliminate the current version of the ACA. The next top priority is regulatory reform. There have already been announcements about regulations ranging from FDA approval, corporate acquisitions, building codes, banking and even the Department of Labor client services rule that have been targeted. The theory is that less regulation will allow for higher growth. The question is, will there be a negative outcome for the consumer? Most of these regulations were designed for consumer protection, whether it be keeping corporations from becoming so large there is no price competition or protecting investors’ wealth through rules created out of the 2008 financial crisis. Many financial analysts agree that while deregulation can spur growth in the short term, it could add inflation and reduce consumer protection in the long run. Tax reform was a major campaign promise that now has settled on the back burner. This is

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upsetting many major corporate CEOs who were welcomed to the White House in the first weeks only to find that tax cuts have been pushed into late 2017 at the earliest. At first glance, the RepubliFINANCIAL can outline shows the current STRATEGIES seven tax brackets being consolidated into three and some deductions going away. There is also talk of repealing the current estate tax but adding some capital gains for assets over a certain size. Again, this could spur some shortterm growth but the question remains if this is sustainable Patricia Kummer given our deficit. Stricter immigration policy could slow growth and increase inflation as we have fewer workers willing to work menial jobs for low pay. This along with a push for more infrastructure spending could stretch the employment picture, forcing wages and benefits higher to attract more American workers to these jobs. This in turn could fuel higher costs of goods and services as businesses ranging from retail to construction have higher overhead. Trade agreements among a myriad of other agenda items remain uncertain. Historically both fiscal stimulus (tax cuts) and protectionist policies have tended to boost inflation. Stimulus in the form of infrastructure spending typically provided the greatest benefit at the beginning of an economic cycle when unemployment is high and the economy has significant upside potential. The SEE KUMMER, P9


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Throughout this young man’s life, his grandparents had raised him in the church. However, as his life seemed to be filled with more struggles and misery than he felt he could handle, he was often conflicted with how he felt about the church and God. It seemed as though his friends and neighbors and cousins and other families had “normal” lives compared to his own life and he wondered for years why this was happening to him and his family. His patience eventually gave in to anger and resentment and he found himself shaking his fist at the sky and cursing and yelling at God. As time went on, he eventually found his way SEE NORTON, P9

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live on a street named after a sobbing tree. The street is a shortcut to a nearby high school. The posted speed limit is 25 mph. But you wouldn’t know it, mornings, when the teenagers are on their way. Maybe they’re just late for school. I wonder if they would rather be late for school, or headed to court, to appear in front of a judge on reckless driving and manslaughter QUIET DESPERATION charges? My street is lined with children — little children. Now and then, they get away from a parent. My street is lined with dog owners, who like to walk their dogs without the fear of turning into a couple of asphalt scabs. There’s one old guy who walks his incontinent dachshund off and on all day long. He’s the neighborhood Grinch, but he Craig Marshall loves his dog. Smith The two of them are a familiar sight on my street. They don’t walk very far on each trip. The dog is old and has very short legs. In the morning this is what they hear: Whoosh. Whoosh. Whoosh. Whoosh. Teenagers, your first driver’s license, loud music, and obliviousness to the law all go together. And that’s fine. Take it out somewhere else. Just not up and down subdivision streets that are lined with children and dogs. John Kay is 72. He was born Joachim Fritz SEE SMITH, P9

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back to church again, and he actually volunteered as one of the youth directors of the church. Every Friday night he would help the youth pastor lead the group. The youth group was open to everyone, not just members of that particular church. One Friday night a young girl showed up to attend youth group. She kept to herself most nights and was very quiet. And then one night, an opportunity came up that allowed the young man and the new girl attending the youth group meetings to talk. And as she shared her story, in that instant, the young man knew immediately that everything that had happened to him as he was growing up did not happen to punish him, but rather to prepare him for something bigger in his life. He was being prepared for this very moment with the young girl, and as he would find out later in life, he was also being prepared for many other opportunities just like it. You see, the young girl shared with him that she was feeling bad, she was feeling hurt, and she was feeling sad and angry all at the same time. She had lost her mom, her father remarried, he later divorced, and then remarried again, and then unfortunately divorced again. She felt it was somehow her fault. She shared that her friends all seemed to live “normal” lives and seemed so much more stable. She was tired of the way people looked at her and her family. She felt like she didn’t belong.


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As the young man listened, with his own heart breaking as he was hearing his own life story played back to him, he was able to look her in the eye and not say, “I think I know how you feel.” Instead he was able to say, “I know exactly how you feel.” He shared his own story and there was immediate trust amongst them. The young girl continued attending youth group, made many friends, and her own family life stabilized as she grew and matured as a person and in her faith. And again, in that one instant, in that very moment, a boy, turned teenager, turned young man, realized that there really is a bigger picture, there really is a purpose, he was not here by accident, and that his own life story, even as tragic as it may have seemed, was leading him and preparing him for something far greater in life. And sometimes it takes years, maybe even many years for us to get past the anger, frustration, and pain before we can see and understand it all. We just have to be open to seeing it, or we may end up missing the opportunity to see the bigger picture and finding our own purpose. How about you? Is something happening right now that is confusing, frustrating, and making it hard for you to see the bigger picture? I really would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@ And when we can look through and even past the tragedies and triumphs of life so that we can see the bigger picture, it really will be a better than good week. 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.

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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. 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, 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. 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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Little library, lots of

community Todd Walsh, his wife, Kristi, and their two daughters, Maya and Nora, created two Little Free Libraries for their Lakewood community. Todd gets requests to build Little Free Libraries from neighbors and the school he works at frequently. COURTESY PHOTO

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fter the bus drops her off from school, London Branch, 5, runs to her Little Free Library box to look for a new

book. “It is almost like a treasure box, you never know what you are going to discover,” said Fernando Branch, London’s father. Rewind to spring break 2016. Fernando, a principal at Noel Community Art School, decided to spend his weeklong break to complete a project with his daughters that would benefit the community. Despite the cold weather and 1-yearold daughter Lauren’s persistence in stealing the wood glue, Fernando and his family built their Little Free Library and put it up in front of their home on South Madison Circle in Centennial in mid-January. Building the box is a memory he will always have with his daughters, Fernando said. London adores keeping track of what is new. For both of his daughters, their favorite book found in their library, so far, has been “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

NOT JUST FOR YOUNG FAMILIES Young families are not the only Little Free Library lovers. Josh Beers, 17, from Golden employed his Boy Scout troup to build some for the community. Each year, Boy Scouts plan, fund and complete service projects to earn their Eagle Scout badges. Josh’s mom told him about a Little Free Library she came across on her walk and, after some research, Josh decided to make a few for his service project.

MAKE YOUR OWN ganized members from Troop 130 in Golden to construct three little libraries. “I organized everything and taught everyone what to do,” Josh said. “It was really easy.”

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After planting the libraries in front of a church, an apartment complex and within a community, Josh found that each library is sustaining itself.

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“Now I can say that I found that they are being taken care of,” Josh said. “Sometimes they get a little empty, but there is always that person who will come and put a ton of books in.”

“She runs over there to see if someone has put something in there that she wants,” Fernando said. “I love to see that it started an enthusiasm for reading in her.” Fernando also is excited about the response from his neighbors. “While I was out there with the girls measuring, people would stop and ask what we were doing,” Fernando said. “It started so many conversations.” Conversations at the box go beyond a friendly “hello.” He finds the Little Free Library to be a way for people to learn about the diversities found in his own neighborhood. He believes it brings people together with similarities. “When we engage in these projects

with our families, it encourages the American values that we share,” Fernando said. “The core of reading is education. As a society, we are really quick to point out the differences of us all. But if we focus on the love of the things we share in common, like the love to read and educate ourselves — that is a unifier.” The Little Free Library is, at its core, a small-scale neighborhood book exchange. A structure sheltering between 20 to 60 books is built or purchased by a community member and planted in the community. Whoever comes across a Little Free Library is welcome to either take a book or leave a book. Margret Aldrich, media and programming director

“I liked the idea of a self-sufficient library,” Josh said. “It was like an experiment.”

In late January, the Little Free Library started the Action Book Club. This club encourages participants to engage with their community by reading books on timely topics, engaging in lively conversations and committing to community service projects. Different book clubs can communicate online. To sign up an Action Book Club of your own, visit at the Little Free Library nonprofit organization, based in Hudson, Wisconsin, said the library becomes self-sustaining. All family-friendly reading materials are welcome in the exchange. Self-help, Westerns, science fiction, picture books and many more genres are encouraged to circulate through the libraries. SEE LIBRARY, P11

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The trend also helps the homeless, who may not have access to books at conventional libraries because they have no address, Aldrich said.


Love at first sight Five years ago, Todd Walsh, his wife and their two daughters spent a vacation visiting friends. During a walk, they discovered a Little Free Library. The family instantly fell in love with the idea. Three summers later, Walsh was hammering the nails into his own Little Free Library for his home on West Applewood Knolls Drive in Lakewood. “Where we live in Lakewood, our house is right on the corner and it is a popular route to a park,” Walsh said. “We have a lot of foot traffic.” The Slater Elementary School teacher only had time to work on the project while his daughters Maya, 6, and Nora, 4, were napping. While working on the project, Walsh’s neighbor walked across the street to see what was going on. The two discussed the Little Free Library and decided that their neighborhood needed not one, but two of the book hubs. Walsh completed both projects after a month of work. One is dedicated solely to housing children’s books while the other, directly across the street, holds books for teen and adult readers. “It has been amazing and we have loved it,” Walsh said. “It has been a great way for us to meet people. It is a great conversation starter. We watch from the windows and love seeing families on bike rides stop and take books.” Walsh did not stop building at two little libraries. The Slater Elementary sixth-graders, as a tradition, leave a contribution to their school before advancing to middle school. They commissioned Walsh in 2016 to make a Little Free Library for the school. To this day, passersby knock on Walsh’s door and ask him about the little library outside his home. Many people ask him to make a little library for their neighborhoods miles away.

The first Little Free Library was built in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009 by Tod Bol in tribute to his bookloving mother. The Little Free Library became a nonprofit in 2012. The little library trend has grown to 50,000 set-ups in 50 states and in 70 countries. Colorado is home to more than 600 Little Free Libraries. According to Aldrich, the libraries become community hubs. There is no style guide dictating the appearance of a Little Free Library. Though the usual structure resembles a birdhouse or a dollhouse, people are encouraged to be creative. There are Little Free Libraries that are brightly painted or shaped like robots, police-call boxes, whales, log cabins and rowboats. A $40 registration fee puts the library on the website’s official community map and database. The company sends an official “Little Free Library” sign and an information and resource packet.


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London and Lauren Branch helped their father, Fernando, build a Little Free Library for the Centennial neighborhood they live in. London runs to the book house after the school bus drops her off to see if any new books were added that day. COURTESY PHOTO “It really is a conversation starter,” Walsh said. “Normally someone might say ‘hello,’ but now we have gotten to know so many of our neighbors because we have something to talk about.”

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in the large glass cases just inside the entrance to see what’s available, then look at the notebook (with the FOL/M volunteer or at the Main Desk) to see description, photos and existing bids to date. The first set will be displayed through Feb. 26, when a second set goes on display until March 12. Some more valuable items will be shown all four weeks. Ask if you want to see the book more closely. Included: “No Future Without Forgiveness,” Desmond Tutu’s memoir, autographed; “Seven Godivas” written for adults in 1937 by Dr. Seuss; and more. Revisit to see if your bid is still top! Dorothy Tanner “Lumonics” artist Dorothy Tanner will appear at Museum of Outdoor Arts Indoor Gallery and Hampden Hall, in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, for the screening of a short film about Mel and Dorothy Tanner and a brief discussion with MOA Executive Director Cynthia Madden Leitner about

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sional judges will choose winners who will compete again in the finals on March 25. (Top prize is $6,000.) It takes place at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills. Admission is free and you can enter and leave at any time. Contact DLOG to order a boxed lunch: Barbara at 720934-2867 or Art workshop “Adding Surface Treatments” is Jo Ann Nelson’s topic for a March 4 workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., presented by Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County at First Presbyterian Church, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton. Registrants should bring acrylic paints, three 16X20 canvases or boards, glue, wet plaster and texture media (see HFAG website for complete list, Cost is $30/members; $50 non-members. Memberships cost $35 and sign up forms are at membership. Hail to the chiefs Highlands Ranch Historical Society presents “U.S. Presidents That Made the Greatest Impact on Colorado — and Colorado Governors,” on Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Highlands Ranch Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, upstairs auditorium. Open to guests — $2 donation requested. Info or to register: 641-715-3900 ext. 147406# or email

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each month at Southeast Christian Church, 9650 Jordan Road, Parker. Meet in the community room. Check in from 8-8:30 a.m.; workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Register online at Advance registration costs $35; at the door, cost goes to $40 (cash/checks only). Attendees will get help taking the next step by getting unbiased information and resources. Learn the options available and next steps to take positive action steps. Discover community resources, and talk with other women experiencing similar life changes. Volunteer presenters include an attorney, mediator, therapist and wealth manager. Discussion items include co-parenting, child support,

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Sheriff ’s Office, all law enforcement in our county, and the community at large. For more information or a membership application, go to, or contact Dave Peontek at 303-646-5456. Elbert Game Night: 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Elbert Library. Board and card games for all ages. Call 303-648-3533 or go to Elizabeth American Legion Post 82, a veterans association supporting veterans, their families, their survivors and the community, meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Legion Post Hall at South Banner Street and Elm Street in Elizabeth. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and the regular business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. All veterans are invited to attend these meetings to learn of their eligibility for membership in the National American Legion Organization. Elizabeth Food Bank, 381 S. Banner in Elizabeth (next door to Elizabeth Presbyterian Church) needs to let the public know that we are available to help anyone who needs food. Hours are Friday 12:30-3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-11:30 a.m. Other times by appointment. Game Night: 4 p.m. Mondays at the Kiowa Library; call 303-621-2111. 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Elbert Library; call 303-6483533. Enjoy board, card, and video games for all ages. Kiowa Creek Food Pantry is a distribution site for the State of Colorado TEFAP food program. Food is distributed monthly to low income individuals/families that qualify. We also distribute low income senior food boxes for the state; those 60 and older may qualify for a monthly supplement. If you are in need of food assistance or know someone who is, we may be able to qualify you for one of these programs. Call the food pantry for more information at 303-621-2376, or come by from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays; we are located in the Fellowship Hall at 231 Cheyenne Street, Kiowa. Knitting Group: 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Kiowa Library. Knit and chat. All skill levels welcome. Call 303-621-2111 or go to


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LEGO Master Brickster: 3:45 p.m. Thursdays at the Kiowa Library. Build LEGO stuff together. Call 303-621-2111 or go to Mystery Book Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Simla Public Library. The group enjoys talking about a variety of mystery authors and titles. We also periodically host a Colorado author during our meetings. Everyone may join us, and registration is not required. Visit the Simla Branch of the Elbert County Library District at 504 Washington Avenue, call 719-541-2573, or email

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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. 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



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The homes in the 12-phase development that is eight miles from downtown Elizabeth and less than a mile from the border with Douglas County would range from the low $300,000s up to the $900,000s. It would have design guidelines “in keeping with the character of Elbert County,” Craft said, “along the lines of a rustic barn look as opposed to brick or stucco.” Craft said that the “five or six barn-like structures” on the land would be preserved and restored in the process of building the community. “They are not designated as historic sites but we plan to treat them that way,” he said. All requisite applications were initially submitted Dec. 20 by Craft Companies to the Elbert County Planning Commission. The applications were then distributed to third-party agencies for review and recommendations. A public hearing will be held when the review process is complete. The process for final approval is far more objective than subjective, said Elbert County Planning Commission Chair Dan Rosales. “We are like a judge,” he said. “We take the evidence presented and make a recommendation to the county commissioners based upon the facts.” The county commissioners rely heavily upon the legwork by the planning committee, he said, but ultimately the vote will be up to the commissioners. “We hope to break ground in six months, but that could change,” Craft said. Defining sustainable growth Although parties on both sides of the argument say they want “sustainable growth,” the

definition remains disputed. “There are ways to integrate growth and resource management while maintaining the rich history F of ranching in Elbert County,” said Tony Hartsook, who lives in the Sky Rim community in northwestern Elbert County. Victoria Thalimer and her husband, Todd, are members of the Facebook group called “SOD ElbertStop Over Development,” which has 225 members. The Thalimers, who live in Elizabeth, believe that although development is expected within the county, the Independence project does not meet the criteria for sustainable growth. “A high-density development of this magnitude has no place in Elbert County,” Victoria Thalimer said. “If the house sites were larger, say a minimum of five acres like Coyote Hills … with 200 homes, I would feel more comfortable with the development,” she said. Craft said that five-acre lot sizes constitute sprawl. “That is not something we could do in good conscience. Sprawl does not pay its own way,” he said. “It also causes negative traffic impacts, and it consumes considerable county land to house the same number of residents.” Concerns over water supply The Independence development will construct and be serviced by its own water resource and recovery facility. It will deliver treatment at a category 3 level — the highest level of water treatment in the state. SOD group member and Elbert County Democrat Party Chairman Jill Duvall believes there will be unused water associated with Independence. “All of the water that is available to this developer, per the water rights that go with the property, SEE INDEPENDENCE, P19




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number and contact information public. I find that if people are willing to meet with us, we can generally assuage their concerns.”

is not going to be used for the development,” DuVall said. “The development only proposes to use about two-thirds of the available water at build-out. Since the location of Independence is right on the Douglas County border, it would be easy to pipeline water out of Elbert County, if such a pipeline were approved.” Craft responded that anything to do with a water pipeline would come from the county, not the developer, and stated: “For the record, we have no plans to import or export water.” Others are worried their wells are in jeopardy of running dry. “I did a little research and … I found that my well, which services three households, (is) drilled into the Denver aquifer,” Victoria Thalimer said. “If my well goes dry, me and my neighbors would have to re-drill a whole new well … That is a burden of $27,000 per household.” Craft also disputed this point. “We have a water study from a leading hydrologist (Jehn Water Consultants Inc.) stating that if we run all four of our wells for 100 years at maximum capacity, the Denver aquifer will be reduced by less than one-third of 1 percent,” he said. “We are only using our water rights, which have gone through the courts. We’ve made our phone

Impact on land values and economy A benefit to the area from the Independence community could potentially be the increase in property values for nearby homes, such as those in the Coyote Hills and Tallman Gulch communities, due to the creation of open space and trails. According to, the value increase in 2010 to homes located within 1,500 feet of natural areas was $10,648 and specialty parks was $5,657. Victoria Thalimer expressed concerns about the amount of open space promised. “Tim Craft also lauds how much open space this development has. What provisions are going to be in place to keep that open space open?” she asked. Craft responded by saying that the open space is locked in as per the recorded PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning document. Yet a concern for some residents is the impact on local tax revenues. The land has been zoned for residential use only. “There is no proposed commercial development in Independence,” Duvall said. “We need more commercial development to increase tax revenues.” THK Associates, a leading economic study group, assessed the community’s future economic

impact. The report states that at build-out, Independence will bring in $978,229 gross annually through property tax revenue. In addition to the revenue from the community, Craft Companies will also be paying additional onetime fees to the county totaling more than $9 million. The report also determined that the project will add 3,974 temporary and 560 permanent jobs to the area. Road, traffic issues raised Another concern for many area residents is the construction traffic and increased population impact on the roads. “If you have been out driving on Elbert County roads you will find they are not in the best shape,” Victoria Thalimer said. “Independence is only proposing to add acceleration and deceleration lanes on County Road 158.” Craft disputed this statement. “Part of the agreement for the zoning approval requires us to build over $4.5 million in roads for the benefit of Elbert County — not just Independence,” Craft explained. “We will also be giving the county $2.3 million in traffic fees. This includes substantially more off-site infrastructure improvements.” These improvements and fees are written into the contract with the county, he said. Some of the road construction is required at the onset of the community, and most would be complete by 50 percent of build-out.


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DISTRICT COURT, ELBERT COUNTY, COLORADO 751 Ute Street / PO Box 232 Kiowa, Colorado 80117 303-621-2131


Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are notified that the following is a resume of all water right applications and certain amendments filed in the Office of the Water Clerk during the month of JANUARY 2017 for each County affected.

17CW7 JAMES E. AND JILL L. DUVALL, Box 1492, Elizabeth, CO 80107. 303-646-3202. APPLICATION FOR UNDERGROUND WATER RIGHTS IN THE DENVER BASIN AQUIFERS IN ELBERT COUNTY. Applicant seeks to adjudicate the well, permit 207237, and to adjudicate the non tributary and not nontributary Denver Basin groundwater underlying a 39.958 acre tract of land lying in the SE1/4, NE1/4, S8, T7S, R64W of the 6th PM including the Dawson, Denver, Arapahoe and Laramie-Fox Hills aquifers.


YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that any party who wishes to oppose an application, or an amended application, may file with the Water Clerk, P. O. Box 2038, Greeley, CO 80632, a verified Statement of Opposition, setting forth facts as to why the application should not be granted, or why it should be granted only in part or on certain conditions. Such Statement of Opposition must be filed by the last day of MARCH 2017 (forms available on or in the Clerk’s office), and must be filed as an Original and include $158.00 filing fee. A copy of each Statement of Opposition must also be served upon the Applicant or Applicant’s Attorney and an affidavit or certificate of such service of mailing shall be filed with the Water Clerk.


residences, irrigation of lawn, garden, trees, regarding a land use application in Elbert pasture and hay on the Subject Property, stockCounty. Please see the following information adwatering, and storage. Applicant reserves the justing the public hearing date for the Elbert right to revise these uses without having to County Board of County Commissioners. amend the application or republish the same. Sewage treatment for inhouse use will be Special Use Review for Commnet Four provided by non-evaporative septic systems and Corners, LLC Communications Tower. return flow from in house and irrigation use will Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, March be approximately 90% and 15% of that use, re7th, 2017, at 7:00(P.M.), or as soon as possible spectively. During pumping Applicant will rethereafter, a Planning Commission hearing will place actual depletions to the affected stream be conducted and on Wednesday, March 22nd, system pursuant to Section 37-90-137(9)(c.5), 2017, at 9:00(A.M.), or as soon as possible C.R.S. Applicant estimates that depletions oca Boardcall of County Commissioners cur to the Running Creek stream system. ReTo advertise yourthereafter, public notices 303-566-4100 hearing will be conducted. Hearings will be conturn flows accrue to the South Platte River ducted in the Hearing Room of the Elbert stream systems, and those return flows are sufCounty Commissioners at Kiowa, Colorado, or ficient to replace actual depletions while the subat such other time and place as these hearings ject groundwater is being pumped. Applicant will may be adjourned. Public hearings will be heard reserve an equal amount of nontributary groundupon the application on file with the Elbert water underlying the Subject Property to meet County Community and Development Services, post pumping augmentation requirements. FurCourthouse Annex, 221 Comanche Kiowa, Colther, Applicant prays that this Court grant the orado, 621-3136, by Commnet Four Corners, application and for such other relief as seems proper in the premises.(4 pages). LLC, for a Special Use Review pursuant to the current Elbert County Zoning Regulations. The THE WATER RIGHTS CLAIMED BY THESE affected property is located approximately APPLICATIONS MAY AFFECT IN PRIORITY 21869 CO Rd 37 Elbert CO 80106 within SecANY WATER RIGHTS CLAIMED OR HERETOtion 12, Township 10, Range 64W, 6th PM in the FORE ADJUDICATED WITHIN THIS DIVInorth east corner of the parcel approximately SION AND OWNERS OF AFFECTED RIGHTS 740 feet from the intersection at County Rd 94 MUST APPEAR TO OBJECT WITHIN THE and County Road 37. TIME PROVIDED BY STATUTE OR BE FOREVER BARRED. Reason: To permit the construction of a 199 ft communications tower. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that any party Project Name and Number: Commnet Four who wishes to oppose an application, or an Corners SUR (SUR-16-0023) amended application, may file with the Water Legal Description of Property: NE ¼ Section Clerk, P. O. Box 2038, Greeley, CO 80632, a 12, T10S, R64W, 6th PM. verified Statement of Opposition, setting forth Date of Application: November 2016 facts as to why the application should not be Legal Notice No: 23612 granted, or why it should be granted only in part First Publication: February 16, 2017 or on certain conditions. Such Statement of OpLast Publication: February 16, 2017 position must be filed by the last day of MARCH Publisher: Elbert County News 2017 (forms available on or in the Clerk’s office), and must be filed as an Original and include $158.00 filing fee. A copy of each Statement of Opposition must also be served upon the Applicant or Applicant’s Attorney and an affidavit or certificate of such service of mailing shall be filed with the Water Clerk. PUBLIC NOTICE

Elbert Combined Court -- Domestic Cases CONSOLIDATED NOTICE OF PUBLICATION Notice is hereby given that in the following proceedings filed in the Court during the month of February, 2017, under the Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act, the above Court has found that due diligence has been used to obtain personal service of process within the State of Colorado and that efforts to obtain same would be to no avail, C.R.S. 14-10-107(4) (a) has ordered one publication of a Consolidated Notice of said proceedings: Case No.: 16 DR 68 Names of Parties: Lizandy Navarro Versus: Antonio De Jesus Enriquez Marquea Nature of Action: Dissolution of Marriage You are further notified that a copy of the Petition and Summons may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and that default judgment may be entered against that party upon whom service is made by this notice if he or she fails to appear or file a response within thirty (30) days after the date of publication. Dated this 1st Day of February, 2017 By: /s/ Cheryl A. Layne Clerk of the Elbert Combined Court Legal Notice No: 23605 First Publication: February 16, 2017 Last Publication: February 16, 2017 Publisher: Elbert County News


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Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are notified that the following is a resume of all water right applications and certain amendments filed in the Office of the Water Clerk during the month of JANUARY 2017 for each County affected. 17CW3008 Anna Sampson, 4705 County Road 106, Elizabeth, CO 80107 (James J. Petrock, Petrock & Fendel, 700 17th Street, #1800, Denver, CO 80202), APPLICATION FOR UNDERGROUND WATER RIGHT S FROM NONTRIBUTARY AND NOT NONTRIBUTARY SOURCES AND FOR APPROVAL OF PLAN FOR AUGMENTATION, IN THE NONTRIBUTARY LOWER DAWSON, DENVER, ARAPAHOE AND LARAMIE-FOX HILLS AND THE NOT NONTRIBUTARY UPPER DAWSON AQUIFERS, ELBERT COUNTY. 40 acres located in the NW1/4SE1/4of Section 20, T9S, R64W of the 6th P.M., Elbert County, as shown on Attachment A hereto ("Subject Property"). Source of Water Rights: The Upper Dawson aquifer is not nontributary as described in Sections 37-90-103(10.7), C.R.S., and the Lower Dawson, Denver, Arapahoe and Laramie-Fox Hills aquifers are nontributary as described in Section 37-90-103(10.5), C.R.S. Estimated Amounts: Upper Dawson: 13 acre-feet, Lower Dawson: 7 acre-feet, Denver: 16 acre-feet, Arapahoe: 14 acre-feet, Laramie-Fox Hills: 11 acre-feet. Proposed Use: Domestic, commercial, irrigation, livestock watering, fire protection, and augmentation purposes, including storage, both on and off the Subject Property. Description of plan for augmentation: Groundwater to be augmented: All of the available Upper Dawson aquifer groundwater as requested herein. Water rights for augmentation: Return flows from the use of not nontributary and nontributary groundwater and direct discharge of nontributary ground water. Statement of plan for augmentation: The Upper Dawson aquifer water will be used for in house use in up to two single family residences, irrigation of lawn, garden, trees, pasture and hay on the Subject Property, stockwatering, and storage. Applicant reserves the right to revise these uses without having to amend the application or republish the same. Sewage treatment for inhouse use will be provided by non-evaporative septic systems and return flow from in house and irrigation use will be approximately 90% and 15% of that use, respectively. During pumping Applicant will replace actual depletions to the affected stream system pursuant to Section 37-90-137(9)(c.5), C.R.S. Applicant estimates that depletions occur to the Running Creek stream system. Return flows accrue to the South Platte River stream systems, and those return flows are sufficient to replace actual depletions while the subject groundwater is being pumped. Applicant will reserve an equal amount of nontributary groundwater underlying the Subject Property to meet post pumping augmentation requirements. Further, Applicant prays that this Court grant the application and for such other relief as seems proper in the premises.(4 pages).

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Legal Notice No.: 23604 First Publication: February 9, 2017 Last Publication: February 9, 2017 Publisher: The Elbert County News Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following notice amends a previous notice regarding a land use application in Elbert County. Please see the following information adjusting the public hearing date for the Elbert County Board of County Commissioners. Special Use Review for Commnet Four Corners, LLC Communications Tower.


Notice to all interested parties, groups, persons, and agencies that on March 8, 2017, Elbert County will release the retainage payment to Double R Excavating for the paving overlay project on CR 9-15. Elbert County will accept objections to such release of funds. Objections must be submitted in writing on or before March 6, 2017, and shall be submitted to Elbert County Public Works Department, P.O. Box 116, Kiowa, Colorado, 80117. No objection received after March 6, 2017, will be considered by Elbert County. ELBERT COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Ed Ehmann, County Manager

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, March Legal Notice No.: 23606 7th, 2017, at 7:00(P.M.), or as soon as possible First Publication: February 16, 2017 thereafter, a Planning Commission hearing will Last Publication: February 23, 2017 be conducted and on Wednesday, March 22nd, DISTRICT COURT, Publisher: The Elbert County News 2017, at 9:00(A.M.), or as soon as possible WATER DIVISION 1, COLORADO thereafter, a Board of County Commissioners JANUARY 2017 WATER RESUME Legal Notice No.: 23603 hearing will be conducted. Hearings will be conPUBLICATION First Publication: February 16, 2017 ducted in the Hearing Room of the Elbert Last Publication: February 16, 2017 County Commissioners at Kiowa, Colorado, or TO: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED Publisher: The Elbert County News at such other time and place as these hearings IN WATER APPLICATIONS IN WATER DIV. 1 may be adjourned. Public hearings will be heard upon the application on file with the Elbert Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are notified County Community and Development Services, that the following is a resume of all water right applications and certain amendments filed in the Courthouse Annex, 221 Comanche Kiowa, ColOffice of the Water Clerk during the month of orado, 621-3136, by Commnet Four Corners, JANUARY 2017 for each County affected. LLC, for a Special Use Review pursuant to the Public Notice current Elbert County Zoning Regulations. The THE WATER RIGHTS CLAIMED BY THESE PAYMENTS FOR PUBLICATION JANUARY 2017 17CW3008 Anna Sampson, 4705 County affected property is located approximately APPLICATIONS MAY AFFECT IN PRIORITY Road 106, Elizabeth, CO 80107 (James J. 21869 CO 80106 within SecANY WATER RIGHTS CLAIMED OR HERETOGENERAL FUND TOTALS 010 $574,082.55 Code Consultants Contract Services $8,245.00 Fair Point Communications Utilities CO Rd 37 Elbert $322.93 Quill Corp. Office Supplies $532.92 Petrock, Petrock & Fendel, 700 17th Street, tion 12, Township 10, Range 64W, 6thRalph Burns PM in the FORE ADJUDICATED WITHIN THIS DIVIHEALTH FUND TOTALS 015 $2,050.32 Co Asphalt Pavement Dues $225.00 Fastenal Company Equipment Under $5,000 $23.98 Reimbursement $100.00 #1800, Denver, CO 80202), APPLICATION north east corner of the parcel approximately ROAD & BRIDGE FUND TOTALS 020 $399,718.59 Co Assesors Assn Training SION AND $1,092.00 Associates Grant Expense $13,379.73 Ranchland News Advertising $25.00 OWNERS OFForsegren AFFECTED RIGHTS FOR UNDERGROUND 740 feetUnit from the intersection at County Rd 94 LEAF FUND TOTALS 040 $34,150.47 Co Bar Assn WATER RIGHTS Office Supplies $186.30 Franktown Animal Clinic Canine $81.00 Rattlesnake Drain Blding Maintenance $175.00 MUST APPEAR TO OBJECT WITHIN THE FROM NONTRIBUTARY AND NOT NONTRIBand County Road 37. $686.78 HUMAN SERvICES FUND TOTALS 050 $26,504.85 Co Community Advertising TIME PROVIDED $66.00 BY GSTATUTE & K ServicesO R BE Uniforms Ridgeline Construction Operating Expense $956.47 UTARY AND FOR APPROVAL OF CONSERvATION TRUST FUND TOTALS 090 $32.17SOURCES Co Coroners Assn Dues $780.00 Geoff Combs Board Of Adjustment $49.50 Robert L Fager Equipment Rental S/T $195.00 FOREVER BARRED. PLAN FOR AUGMENTATION, IN THE Dues NONReason: of a 199 TOTAL ALL FUNDS $1,036,538.95 Cci $15,150.00 Glaser Gas Co Utilities To permit the construction $346.50 Robert Rowland Reimbursement $43.00 TRIBUTARY LOWER DAWSON, DENVER, ARftReimbursement communications tower. Co Cty Casualty & Property Grant Thayer $332.78 Rock Parts Equipment Parts $4,247.57 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that any party APAHOE LARAMIE-FOX HILLS AND THE Project Name and Number: Commnet Four vendor Name Description Amount ANDPool Insurance/Bonds $226,047.00 Great West Life & Annuity Benefits Payable $51,824.33 Dhs Client Cty Client/Prov. Payment $74.29 who wishes to oppose an application, or an NOT NONTRIBUTARY UPPER DAWSON Corners SUR (SUR-16-0023) Co Cty Clerks Assoc Dues $1,914.06 may Greenlees Auto Maintenance $1,174.62 Dhs Client Pssf Expenditure $925.00 amended application, file with the Water AQUIFERS, ELBERT COUNTY. 40 acres locLegal Description of Property: NE ¼ Section A & E Tire Signs Void -$1,835.00 Co Cty Treasurer Assoc Dues $100.00 Heather Harcourt Contract Services $1,887.50 Ron Turner Planning Commission $232.50 Clerk, P. O. Box 2038, Greeley, CO 80632, a ated in the NW1/4SE1/4of Section 20,Ccw Cbi Fee T9S, 12, T10S, R64W, 6th PM. Aarms Software Support $350.00 Co Dept. Of Public Safety $2,085.00of Opposition, Hendricks Mark Reimbursement $100.00 Rubin Brown Financial $7,000.00 verified Statement setting forth Advanced Quality Auto Operating Expense $11,969.39 Co Dept Of Hlth Hensley Battery Llc Equipment Parts $36.00 2016Runbeck Election Services Forms $187.46 R64W of the 6th P.M., Elbert County, as shown Date of Application: November facts as to why the application should not be Aflac Benefits Payable $1,241.84 & Enviroment Vital Statistics Expense High Prairie Survey Co Operating Expense $500.00 Running Creek Quick Lube Auto Maintenance $237.25 on Attachment A hereto ("Subject Property"). granted, or why$17.25 it should be granted only in part Agate Mutual Telephone Utilities $32.26 Co Dept Of Revenue Contract Services $344.00 Home Depot Credit Grounds Maintenance $32.17 Ryan Knox Reimbursement $78.05 Legal Notice No: 23612 Source of Water Rights: The Upper Dawson or on certain conditions. Such Statement of OpAirgas Intermountain Operating Expense $1,138.37 Csu Extension as described in Operating Expense Honnen Equipment Equipment Parts $3,659.87 Shop Supplies $291.45 First Publication: February 16, 2017 Safety-Kleen Corp. aquifer is not nontributary Secposition must $400.00 be filed by the last day of MARCH Al Rogers Reimbursement $100.00 Comcast Utilities $112.74 House Of Flags Blding Maintenance $25.00 See Spot Run Advertising $629.90 Last Publication: February 16, 2017 tions 37-90-103(10.7), C.R.S., and the Lower 2017 (forms available on All Access Equipment Under $5,000 Dawson, $3,400.77 Denver, Corporate Billing Equipment Parts $2,125.21 Hugh Lazor Reimbursement $86.50 Segal Consulting Professional Service $1,500.00 Publisher: Elbert County News Arapahoe and Laramie-Fox or in the Clerk’s office), and must be filed as an All Truck & Trailer Parts Equipment Parts $253.20 Healthcare Medical $11,785.89 Ic Threads Fb Royalty $40.00 Shawn Nehl Reimbursement $100.00 Hills aquifers Correctional are nontributary as described in Services Original and include $158.00 filing fee. A copy of Allen Fader Reimbursement $246.7237-90-103(10.5), Cty Health Pool C.R.S. Estimated Benefits Payable $94,941.55 Ilene Allison Operating Expense $2,528.50 Signal Graphics Office Supplies $233.68 Section each Statement of Opposition must also be Alpine Medical Physics Equipment Repairs $410.00 Cty Sheriffs Of Co Operating Expense $3,670.18 Integrated Voting Solutions Postage And Shipping $1,901.74 Spradlin Printing Advertising $37.00 Amounts: Upper Dawson: 13 acre-feet, Lower served upon the Applicant or Applicant’s AttorAmerican Fidelity Assurance Benefits Payable $8,665.36 7 acre-feet, Cty Workers Compensation Intellichoice Operating Expense $12,652.00 Sprint Operating Expense $357.60 Dawson: Denver: 16 acre-feet, Arney and an affidavit or certificate of such serAmerican Fidelity Health Pool Worker’s Compensation $140,117.00 Irea Utilities $11,684.22 Staples Advantage Office Supplies $880.86 apahoe: 14 acre-feet, Laramie-Fox Hills: 11 vice of mailing shall be Jason Kohring filed with the Water Services Benefits Payable $7,512.00 Proposed Cummins Equipment Parts $1,366.00 Reimbursement $100.00 State Of Co Operating Expense $1,006.28 acre-feet. Use: Domestic, commercial, Clerk. American Legion Post Operating Expense $200.00 livestock Curtis Stanko Reimbursement $100.00 Joe Marino Civil Process $19.00 State Wire & Terminal Equipment Parts $216.00 irrigation, watering, fire protection, and Arapahoe Heating Service Operating Expense $23,027.35 Planning Commission $123.00 John Butler Reimbursement $100.00 Stericycle Haz Waste Rem $121.09 augmentation Daniel A Michalak purposes, including storage, both Legal Notice No.: 23604 John Deere Financial Auto Chlor System Maint. Agreement $179.00 Daniel Rosales Planning Commission $184.00 Equipment Parts $412.39 Stone Oil Fuel $20,529.00 on and off the Subject Property. Description of First Publication: FebruaryJrg All Terrain 9, 2017 Auto Glass Guys Equipment Repairs $150.00 Danielle Smiley Reimbursement $180.10 Auto Maintenance $3,135.15 Sundance Printing Advertising $805.15 plan for augmentation: Groundwater to be augLast Publication: FebruaryJustice Benefits 9, 2017 Awards With More Signs $1,835.00 All of Danny Willcox Reimbursement $332.78 Grant Expense $1,285.60 Sysco Food Services Prisoner Meals $2,867.78 mented: the available Upper Dawson Publisher: The Elbert County News Bank Of The West Operating Expense $17,144.03 Dans Trash Utilities $1,513.82 Kelley Mike Board Of Adjustment $50.00 Ted Dole Reimbursement $100.00 aquifer groundwater as requested herein.Shop Supplies Water Baseline Associates Operating Expense $140.00 Deep Rock $46.06 Kelly Daniel Reimbursement $48.60 Terry Tweedy Reimbursement $100.00 rights for augmentation: Return flows from the Baseline Engineering Cds Engineering Delta Cty Treasurer Dues $400.00 Kevin W Quagliano Civil Process Void -$7.00 The Artworks Unlimited Auto Maintenance $553.00 use of not nontributary and nontributary ground Expense $20,524.29 Diamond Bolejack Reimbursement $100.00 Kiowa Water & Waste Operating Expense $2,405.15 The Master’s Touch Postage And Shipping $181.79 water and direct discharge of nontributary Bender Menders Auto Maintenance $2,458.50 Discover Goodwill Contract Services $2,495.00 Krav Maga Worldwide Training $1,120.58 Thomas Reuters West Contract Services $117.39 water. Dj Petroleum Statement of plan for augmentaBeverly A. Rampey Board Of Adjustment ground $39.00 Fuel $66,612.32 Laser Technology Equipment Repairs $55.00 Town Of Simla Utilities $83.81 tion: The Upper Dawson aquifer water will be Big O Tires Auto Maintenance $706.20 Dollamur Training $2,884.00 Legal Shield Benefits Payable $514.20 True Value Hardware Signs $639.87 used for in house use in up to two single Maint. Agreement family Bill Hendrix Reimbursement $200.00 Douglas Cty Treasurer $43,033.69 Lewan & Associates Copier Expense $451.90 U.S. Postal Service Postage And Shipping $82.00 residences, irrigation of lawn, garden, Equipment Parts trees, Billie Mills Reimbursement $49.99 Drive Train Industries Inc $935.00 Lt Environment Contract Services $1,036.52 Ultra Chem Operating Expense $172.36 pasture and hay on the Subject Property, Travel stockBlack Hills Energy Utilities $4,273.33 E470 Public Hwy $24.55 Mail Masters Of Co Operating Expense $6,000.00 United Reprographic Supply Copier Expense $1,258.00 storage. Applicant reserves the Bob Lewis Planning Commission watering, $126.00 andEcog Dues $4,500.00 Dhs Client Iv-E Waiver Expenditure $1,053.00 Usgeological Survey Grant Expense $7,250.00 to reviseEastern District Cty Clerks these uses without having Bob Ware Planning Commission right $39.00 Dues to $100.00 Mccandles International Equipment Parts $232.23 Ups Operating Expense $130.46 amend the application or republish the Autopsies same. Us Bank Copier Expense $187.96 Boral Aggregates Operating Expense $16,579.77 El Paso Cty $4,100.00 Mhc Kenworth Operating Expense $1,070.39 for inhouse use will be Verizon Wireless Operating Expense $3,886.90 Brian Harris Planning Commission Sewage $121.50 treatment Elbert Cty Hlth & Human Mike Kellison Planning Commission $120.00 provided and Visual Environments Operating Expense $1,430.00 Carolyn Burgener Blding Maintenance $675.00by non-evaporative septic systems Svcs Operating Expense Mountain View Electric Utilities $630.26 return flow from in house and irrigation use will Waxie Sanitary Supply Office Supplies $115.37 Casey Craven Reimbursement $100.00 $15,897.14 National Sheriffs Assn Dues $112.00 be approximately 90% and 15% of that use, reWeld Adolescent Resources Detention Youth Services $9,299.17 Castle Rock Funeral Elbert Cty Clerk & Recorder Operating Expense $5.67 Nextel Communications Utilities $3,203.88 Wrigley Enterprises Operating Expense $1,361.00 & Cremation Contract Services $750.00 During Elbert Cty Jail Auto Maintenance $95.55 Parker Port-A-Potty Equipment Rental S/T $241.00 spectively. pumping Applicant will reXerox Corp. Copier Expense $3,278.83 Caterpillar Financial Lease/Purchase Principal $6,300.64 Elbert Cty Road & Bridge Fuel Reimbursement $7,675.17 Paula Wilderman Planning Commission $220.00 place actual depletions to the affected stream Y Time Contract Services $271.00 Catholic Charities Professional Service system $340.00 Elbert Cty Treasurer Operating Expense $1,000.00 Phoenix Technology Operating Expense $9,100.00 pursuant to Section 37-90-137(9)(c.5), Central States Hose Safety Supplies $1,372.91 Elbert Cty Sheriff Office Operating Expense $690.75 Pitney Bowes Postage Meter Expense $1,001.58 C.R.S. Applicant estimates that depletions ocCenturylink Utilities $1,408.83 Elizabeth Chain Saw Equipment Repairs $35.00 Potestio Brothers Equipment Parts $85.37 cur to the Running Creek stream system. ReCertified Laboratories Shop Supplies $637.53 Elizabeth Fire Dept $300.00 Power Equipment Equipment Parts $146.61 turn flows accrue to the South Platte Operating Expense River Legal Notice No.: 23602 Charlie Schaben Reimbursement $99.07 Emaint Enterprises Software Support $1,270.00 Power Motive Corp Equipment Repairs $126.36 stream systems, and those return flows are sufChief Supply Corp. Concealed Handgun Equipment Rental Source Blding Maintenance $617.50 Poysti & Adams Financial $15,299.93 First Publication: February 16, 2017 ficient to replace actual depletions while the subExpend. $1,397.09 Esri Software Support $6,598.63 Public Agency Training Last Publication: February 16, 2017 ject groundwater is being pumped. Applicant will Chris Richardson Reimbursement $332.78 Ethan Mease Reimbursement $107.76 Council Training $1,050.00 reserve an equal amount of nontributary groundPublisher: Elbert County News Cliff Mcknight Reimbursement $100.00 Ez Messenger $60.00 Purewater Dynamics Shop Supplies $100.00 water underlying the Subject Property toCivil Process meet post pumping augmentation requirements. Further, Applicant prays that this Court grant the application and for such other relief as seems Public Notice

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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 offsea-

son 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.”

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Send volunteer opportunities to 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Program Provides information and support to crime victims Need: Victim Adocates interact with and support victims of domestic violence. They also provide resource referrals and explain processes to victims. Requirements: 20 hours of training required; volunteers must commit to one morning a week at the Justice Center in Castle Rock. Contact: Mel Secrease, 720-7334552 or msecrease@da.18.state. AARP Foundation TaxAide Helps Colorado taxpayers who need assistance prepare and file their tax returns Need: Volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Requirements: Free training provided; volunteers do not have to be AARP members or retirees. Contact: taxes/aarp_taxaide/ or 888-OURAARP. Deadline: Apply by Dec. 15 Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter Provides care and support to 67,000-plus families dealing with all kinds of dementing illnesses. Need: Walk to End Alzheimer’s

committee members. Requirements: Individuals who love to help plan and execute. Our Walk to End Alzheimer’s attracts more than 10,000 people, so planning committee members are essential. Contact: Deb Wells, 303-813-1669 or Angel Heart Project Delivers meals to men, women and children with life-threatening illnesses Need: Volunteers willing to deliver meals to clients in the South Denver area. Requirements: Attend an orientation and submit to a background check before volunteering. Training provided to all new drivers. Deliveries start at 1 p.m. and last until 3 p.m. Contact: 303-830-0202 or Animal Rescue of the Rockies Provides foster care for death-row shelter dogs and cats throughout Colorado Need: Foster families for animals on lists to be euthanized Contact: ASSE International Student Exchange Program Organizes student exchange programs Need: Local host families to provide homes for boys and girls age 15-18

from a variety of coutries. Contact: Cathy Hintz, 406-4888325 or 800-733-2773 Audubon Society of Greater Denver Provides engaging and educational birding and wildlife programs at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park and throughout the Denver metro area. Need: Volunteers lead birding field trips and assist with nature programs, office projects, fundraising and community events. Location: Chatfield State Park and offsite locations around Denver. Age requirement: 18 years or older for year-round volunteers; 13-17 for summer camp programs. Contact: Kate Hogan at or 303-973-9530. AYUSA: International Youth Exchange Program Promotes quality exchange programs for high school students from around the world. Need: Host families for international high school students studying in the Denver area. Requirements: To provide students with a safe home, meals and transportation for 5-10 months. All family types are considered. Must fill out onlilne application and pass background check. Contact: Adrienne Bivens, 720-4676430 or Go to

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