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A SHOWDOWN FOR SHERIFF Who will replace Shayne Heap in Elbert County?

Q&A with Don Charobee, Democratic candidate for Elbert County sheriff

Q&A with Tim Norton, Republican candidate for Elbert County sheriff

EDITOR’S NOTE: After eight years of serving as Elbert County’s sheriff, Shayne Heap is term-limited. In the November election, voters will choose his replacement. This week, we bring you Q&As with the two men vying to become the next sheriff.



Tell us a little about yourself. I moved to Elbert County in 2016 with my wife and son, after retiring from more than 30 years in law enforcement. We bought a ranch in the eastern portion of Elbert County, and enjoy spending time with our four wonderful horses we rescued after moving to Colorado. I have a degree in criminal justice and police technology, and joined the Phoenix Norton police department after college, where I retired after 30 years with full honors.

Tell us a little about yourself. I first moved to Colorado in 1987 with my wife of 38 years, Julie. I was promoted to a supervisory position in Atlanta, and returned to Colorado in 2006. We purchased our home in Spring Valley Ranch 11 years ago. I graduated from Cleveland State University, with a degree in political science. I began my career in law enforcement 38 years ago, as an inspector with the U.S. Charobee Customs Service. I was a street agent for 20 years, and was promoted several times within federal law enfocement. Since my retirement in 2014, I have worked in the private sector, specializing in anti-money laundering and white-collar crimes.

What makes you the best choice for sheriff? I have spent more than 30 years on the front lines, working with citizens on the worst day of their lives,



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Parker teen to compete in World Equestrian Games Haley Smith, a Legend graduate, will take part in pairs vaulting

Haley Smith, 18, of Parker is lifted during a vaulting training session with her partner Daniel Janes. Smith will be competing in the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Mill Spring, North Carolina, beginning Sept. 10. COURTESY PHOTO


When Haley Smith is finally done competing for the year, she’s going to eat some Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. It’s a fitting reward for months of intense weight training, scrupulously toning each muscle in form: Gymnastics classes twice a week to strengthen her core and sides; long, uphill runs for leg strength; dance classes in between everything else. And with all that, she still had to find time — about six hours a day — to sync up with her competition partner, Diva, the 15-year-old Oldenburg horse. Smith is a competitive vaulter, the equestrian event that is essentially a combination of dance and gymnastics components on horseback. Competitors, sometimes three at a time, commit a series of choreographed moves on

the moving horse for a score determined by judges. The circus-like performance requires an incredible amount of strength and attention to detail. Smith, an 18-year-old graduate of Legend High School, competes at an elite level in the sport. She will compete in front of thousands, along with her pairs partner Daniel Janes, at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Equestrian Games, beginning Sept. 11. “She got here from hard work,” said Smith’s coach, Carolyn Bland. “She goes and gets the job done no matter what, even if it’s a small

mistake she finds a way to continue on her program.” In 2016 she competed in her first world senior competition in Le Mans, France. A junior at Legend, Smith traveled to California on the weekends to train with Pacific Coast Vaulters, one of the top vaulting clubs in the nation. Sharing time between school and competition became difficult. With the help of her teachers at Legend, she was able to miss significant school time while keeping her grades up. In the 2016 Le Mans seniordivision games, her first international competition, she finished 11th.

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Smith eventually made the full move out west in the middle of her senior year at Legend and completed online classes to get her diploma. “I’d say the biggest struggle with that was leaving my friends behind,” Smith said. “My high school friends and football games and homecoming — all that stuff. But I never regretted moving.” But even then, no amount of hard work guarantees success. Smith missed the qualifying cut for the 2017 junior world competition in Austria. After her disappointing run in 2017, Smith, as the saying goes, got right back on the horse — a new horse, Diva. “I knew that I was going to have to step up my game because this year a lot of vaulters are eager to go to the equestrian games, so I knew I had to build my strength training,” Smith said. “Just my overall I knew I had to be a lot better.” Now, Smith finds herself at the pinnacle of the sport. The FEI World Championships is the highest level of international competition for the sport. Leaders in the sport are pushing to get vaulting into the Olympics; however,

for now, vaulting will have to remain on the fringes of obscurity. Smith is one of those leaders — albeit, a young one. Her dedication to the sport is transmitted to everyone she encounters, whether in competition or in training. She helps train younger riders and give back to the sport she gave everything too. “Every sport needs to have those super motivated, passionate youth that are willing to do all that extra stuff beyond competing or themselves to help their sport grow,” said Emma Seely, of Pacific Coast Vaulting. “She’s really embraced the whole thing.” For Smith, the competition will be the toughest of her career. As the event draws closer, her nerves grew. The World Equestrian Games only comes around once every four years. When she’s finished she can relax with a bag of spicy Cheetos. Until then, like the tireless months of training — missing prom, homecoming and everything in between her senior year — Smith is making every second count. “Every day,” she said, “we’re preparing as much as we possibly can.”

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The Fundamentals of Improv Comedy: Sept. 13 to Nov. 15 at The PACE Center, 20000 Mainstreet, Parker. An 8-week course in the basics of improv comedy, helping students grow in self-confidence and creativity while having a ton of fun. Tickets:

Senior Law and Safety Summit: Sept. 15 at the Charles Schwab Conference Center in Lone Tree. Attendees will attend educational workshops on scams, investment fraud and ID theft prevention; how to reduce senior exploitation; home and community safety; navigating probate, advance directives and other legal documents; end-of-life

Hilltop Schoolhouse “Back to School” Open House: 10 a.m to 3 p.m, Sept. 22 at Hilltop Schoolhouse, 5748 Flintwood Road, Parker. The 1898 Hilltop Schoolhouse opens each September to the surrounding communities to learn about Hilltop, the once thriving railroad stop halfway between Parker and Elizabeth. Free event. Parker Fine Arts & Music Festival: Sept. 22-23, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker. Parker Fine Arts & Music Festival is presented by Parker Lifestyle, Parker’s premier magazine. The show is at picturesque O’Brien Park in Parker Old Town, in the Downtown Walking District with boutiques, fine dining and fun pubs. Bring the family to this show and view stunning artworks by national artists, select your own art treasure, and enjoy performances by popular Colorado music acts performing on the Festival Stage.

Muck Fest MS: Site opens at 7:30 a.m.; first wave of runners start at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Salisbury North, 9200 Motsenbocker Road, Parker. MuckFest MS is the fun mud and obstacle 5K for everyone. No special training is required; designed for every level of athleticism - beginner to star athlete. Runners laugh their way through a 5K obstacle course as they slither through the Belly Crawl, jump into the Crash Landing stunt pad, and scale Mount Muck-imanjaro. Registration is now open at

decision-making; and reverse mortgages, among other topics. Registration is $10 and includes continental breakfast, a box lunch and a copy of the 2018 Colorado Senior Law Handbook. Older adults, families providing care to elders and pre-retirees are urged to attend. Registration forms are available at Questions? Email Consumer Fraud Protection Director Barbara Martin-Worley at bmw@da18. or call her at 720 874-8547. The summit is presented by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Tale of Molly Brown and La Vivandiere: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Schoolhouse Theatre at Mainstreet, 19650 E Mainstreet, Parker. Ballet Ariel opens its 20th anniversary season of performances with the original ballet, Tale of Molly Brown. Ballet Ariel will also be performing La Vivandiere, a one-act ballet choreographed by the great dance duo Arthur Saint-Léon and Fanny Cerrito with music by prolific Italian composer, Cesare Pugni. Adults $25, Students/Seniors $20, Children $15. Visit Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 225 West Kiowa Ave., Elizabeth. A variety of crafts from jewelry to salsa, and beyond will be available. We need more crafters. Call Faye Asmus at 303-284-9849 or 720-266-8194 or mail registration form to her at 33814 Bluebird Lane, Elizabeth, CO 80107. Forms available at church office on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or email Mary at 303-877-8895.

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Anime Nights: Watch and discuss anime, snacks provided. 1st & 3rd Mondays 7-9 p.m. at the Kiowa Library; 2nd & 4th Mondays 7-9 pm at the Elizabeth Library. Book Clubs: Sci-Fi/Fantasy book club 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month 5:30-6:30 pm at the Elizabeth Library; Kiowa book club 4th Monday of the month 7-8 pm at the Kiowa Library. Elizabeth book club: Third Tuesday of the month 7-8 pm at the Elizabeth Library; Brown Bag book club 4th Thursday of the month 11 am-1 pm at the Elizabeth Library; Elbert book club last Thursday of the month at the Elbert Library, Diverse & Rowdy book club 2nd Saturday of the month 9:30-10:30 am at the Simla Library. Garden Clubs: Seedy Ladies 4th Monday of the month 1-3 pm at the Elbert Library; Gardeners/Homesteaders 3rd Saturday of the month 11 am-12 pm at the Simla Library.

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GED Preparation & Career Online High School: Get started with GED preparation and coaching throughout the process. COHS allows students 19+ to earn a certified high school diploma. Call 303-646-3416 for more details. Knitting & Crocheting Groups: Simla Witty Knitters Tuesdays 3:30-5 pm at the Simla Library; Close Knit Crochet Group Wednesdays 2-3 pm at the Kiowa Library; Hats for the Homeless Thursdays 11 am-1 pm at the Elizabeth Library. Lawyers at the Library: 6 to 8 p.m. 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Elizabeth Library. Free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process and procedure for the areas of family law, civil litigation, criminal defense, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law and civil protection orders. Walk-ins welcome. Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis. Playing Cards: Go fish, slap jack, black jack you name it. Mondays 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Elbert Library; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth Library. STEAM Activities: Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math fun for kids. Mondays 1:30 to 3 p.m., Wednesdays 4:14 to 5:45 p.m. and Fridays 4 to 5:15 p.m. at the Simla Library; Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. at the Kiowa Library. Story Time: Help your little one build literacy skills by interacting with engaging stories, followed by a craft. Kids and adults alike make new friends. Mondays at 2 pm at the Elbert Library; Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the Elizabeth Library; Wednesdays at 1:30 pm at the Simla Library; Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Kiowa Library. Teen Game Night: Enjoy table top and video games. Mondays 5 to 6 p.m. at the Simla Library; Thursdays 6-9 pm at the Kiowa Library; Fridays 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Elizabeth Library. Want pure competitive gaming? Teen Tournament League every Tuesday 6-9 pm at the Kiowa Library. 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 he Elizabeth Library. All donations from book sales benefit the Elizabeth Library. Outback Express: public transit service provided by the East Central Council of Local Governments; 24-hour notice appreciated. Call Kay Campbell, 719- 541-4275, or 800825-0208 for reservations. Go to www. for reservations, information and each month’s schedule. Editor’s note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. To place a calendar item, go to

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Promenade inches toward completion Development announces Castle Rock’s first Whole Foods BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

On a recent September afternoon, Shirley Beyer walked toward her truck parked in the lot for T.J. Maxx and Home Goods in Castle Rock. She loaded up her shopping bags and put her cart in the bay. Next up, she needed to stop at Lowe’s. The Kiowa woman makes a day of running errands when she’s in town, she said, and these stores are always on her list. “It used to be all about the outlet malls,” she said of the northern part of Castle Rock, where the 166-acre Promenade development is still underway. But an outlet mall doesn’t have stores she visits on a regular basis. “These,” Beyer said looking toward the T.J. Maxx, the Home Goods, the Ulta and the Petco, “are all stores I do go to.” As the Promenade at Castle Rock moves toward completion, local residents are weighing its convenience versus necessity, town officials are watching its revenue generation and job creation, and developers are steaming ahead with construction.

Among the coming developments at the Promenade are a 7-Eleven and a Del Taco. Alberta Development Partners broke ground on the project in 2014, with zoning to build up to 900,000 square feet of commercial space and more than 300 multifamily units. Based on the amount of square footage either built or committed (684,000), compared to the amount the 166 acres are zoned for, the Promenade is roughly 80 percent complete. Project leaders in recent weeks have announced the next round of

In the first six months of 2018, the businesses slated to open. Among Promenade accounted for approxithem, said Peter Cudlip, principal mately 14 percent of the town’s total for Alberta, is a Sierra Trading Post, sales tax revenue, said Pete Mangers, coming in October, and a Del Taco, revenue manager for the Town of 7-Eleven and Chick-fil-A, which will Castle Rock. open in the near future. Fuzzy’s Taco In 2017, he said, the town saw sales Shop opens in mid-November. tax growth in the double digits, The Promenade will also bring approximately 11 percent. That’s Castle Rock its first Whole Foods. when several The companew stores at ny has signed the Promenade a 20-year lease opened, said the and should town’s finance open the first director, Trish quarter of Muller. 2020. The Sales tax building will revenue helps feature a pay salaries grand hearth, for police and one design elefire personnel, ment that had funds commubeen promised nity centers and within the supports the scope of the Peter Cudlip, general fund project, Cudlip and transportasaid. principal for Alerta tion needs, like Construction Development Partners maintenance. has yet to start Muller and on a credit Mangers said union and to date the later this year Promenade has work will be brought new types of retail and job begin on the Mexican restaurant, La opportunities to town. Loma. Cudlip said there’s discussion “The town is very sales tax cenwith a hotel that may locate near the tric and as such, we rely on those Sam’s Club. sales tax dollars,” Muller said. “The Other areas of the development tradeoff here is that our community, have yet to begin construction or find Castle Rock, has a very, very low businesses interested in taking the property tax.” space, which can influence what type of buildings are built. Facing obstacles The project hasn’t been without Land of opportunity setbacks. Before construction began, In total, roughly 60 businesses have opened at the site. The number to prairie dog activists tried to block the come could vary. Cudlip said the endevelopment to preserve prairie dog tire development could be completed habitat located on the project site. in 2021. And over the summer, heavy rains “I think it provides an ability for drenched the town, causing flooding the Town of Castle Rock residents at the Promenade. to not have to leave the community. Its large retaining walls located There are a lot of tenants that were on the west side of the development, not in the market. It provided a lot of near apartment buildings and a convenient restaurants,” he said. “It school, became a waterfall. provided a big increase in sales tax revenue.” SEE PROMENADE, P8

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Sept. 29 Household Chemical Roundup in Castle Rock Drop off hazardous household chemicals between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Town of Castle Rock Water Department, 175 Kellog Court in Castle Rock. The cost is $25 per vehicle, and participants will be asked for proof of county residency. For more information, including a map and a list of acceptable items, visit

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helping them pick up the pieces and sharing their joy on the good days. I have worked in many areas within law enforcement, including lead trainer of the K-9 department, where I was in charge of 18 handlers and their K-9s. I have also served on many boards, including the oral boards and disciplinary review boards. In addition, I have held several titles including president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Phoenix. In my career, I have never sat behind a desk, I have always been on the streets interacting with the public. How has population growth affected crime in the county? The biggest issue facing the county is uncontrolled growth, which include traffic, water issues, and the related costs of schools, streets, etc. We can’t stop growth but we can prepare for it one day at a time, by having enough manpower and implementing measures to be ready to deal with the growth and keep the crime to a minimum. We will prepare the department one day at a time. Elbert County is a safe place to live with low crime and I will make sure we are ready going into the future so it stays that way. How can law enforcement be improved in Elbert County, and how would you approach doing that? Customer service is very important. My job is to keep the community safe. There are several things that will ensure success for our county, including continuing good working relationships with all the citizens and businesses, having enough deputies to handle the needs of Elbert County, and productive and positive relationships with the surrounding law-en-


Site engineers inspected the area and ensured there were no structural issues, Cudlip said. Cosmetic damages to walls were fixed, dirt work was redone and storm drains added to prevent the flooding from happening again. And there are residents who say the Promenade isn’t delivering what was promised. Jonathan Schimkaitis has lived in Castle Rock since 2008. He feels “the town is accepting mediocracy from the developers.” “I understand that basically to survive you need to grow. You can’t stay stagnant,” he said. “Trust me, I know it’s been great for the town, but what’s going to happen when there’s a downturn and we have too many eggs in one basket?” Schimkaitis said he knows early drafts of development plans can change but he believes Alberta promised a more high-end shopping experience. “I’m not against the development,”

forcement agencies. I look forward to expanding the posse and the Explorer programs, and I consider school safety of the utmost importance. I have been working on programs we can add to help keep our kids safe. b Life Spot, Prepare, Protect, Defend is o a new program beginning in October m c at Elbert School, and I’m looking forward to getting this app program W implemented in all Elbert County s schools.

Should it be easier to take guns out of the s hands of people with mental illness who s have been deemed a threat to themselves t o or others? t Mental health is a huge issue for law enforcement. Law enforcement t has to react and take care of people t who should be seen by medical m personnel. There needs to be a full toolbox of options for our officers to m utilize. There are laws preventing the a sale and possession of guns by those l D who suffer mental illness. We need t to find new ways to identify those l people who are armed and temporarily disarm them or transfer the firearms to other family members or H caretakers. This needs a legal process c with constitutional safeguards and a remedy to get them back after medi- g s cal clearance. a What will be your top priority if elected? w Being able to handle the growth in t Elbert County. I will initiate indepen- c dent audits of all property, evidence, f n jail, assets and personnel. I will continue building positive re- s lationships with citizens, businesses and all surrounding law enforcement a agencies. Having enough deputies to w handle the needs of Elbert County is i a priority, as well as having positive interactions and relationships with H our youth. I will also implement new i p programs in schools, as well as a neighborhood enforcement team that will investigate all calls of suspicious s c drug activities.

he said. “It’s just I think the town, they see dollar signs in their eyes with this project, and as long as the money is coming in they’re not going to give the developers too much grief.”

‘Gap in the marketplace’ Muller and Mangers said to residents worried about the project that it has brought opportunity to the town and its residents. “I look at Sam’s, and I think it’s provided opportunities that residents, retail or grocery… didn’t have before,” Muller said. “And job opportunities,” Mangers said. Cudlip said which businesses the Promenade brings in is largely based on which businesses have interest. “We’ve had a lot of people ask why we don’t have more sit-down restaurants,” he said. “There’s just not a lot of people doing sit-down.” There’s also more work to be done, he said. In the final leg of the project they hope to bring more eateries like La Loma. “Residents can have an expectation,” Cudlip said, “but what you see and what we’ve developed out there is what was a gap in the marketplace.”

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I enjoy cycling, reading, Rockies baseball and fly fishing. I am a gun owner and enjoy traveling in my mid-life crisis vehicle, a red Camaro convertible. What makes you the best choice for sheriff? I have extensive experience in supervisory positions. I have been responsible for managing large budgets, the purchase of assets and oversight of personnel issues including hiring, training, promotions, discipline and terminations. I know how to build a team and motivate people. My headquarters assignment taught me how to effectively plan for and manage large-scale law-enforcement agencies. Additionally, my seven years leading internal-affairs cases for DHS/ICE has given me a perspective that is applicable to managing any law-enforcement agency. How has population growth affected crime in the county? As the county becomes more congested, problems in infrastructure and services mount. More people means additional traffic and accidents. There will be more issues involving domestic violence and assaults, property crimes, injuries and deaths. Increased frequency of calls for services will necessitate increased staffing for the sheriff ’s office. The commissioners have not managed growth and our first responders will have to shoulder the responsibility for keeping our communities safe. How can law enforcement be improved in Elbert County, and how would you approach doing that? The biggest challenge facing the sheriff ’s office is the attrition rate. We continuously lose experienced depu-

ties to other metro/suburban departments. This results in longer response times and less coverage in some areas of the county. We can improve this by recruiting experienced personnel. We can also change the way we schedule patrols and areas of coverage through districting and sharing office space with police and fire services in outlying areas. This will reduce travel time and maintain a presence in outlying areas. Should it be easier to take guns out of the hands of people with mental illness who have been deemed a threat to themselves or others? It would be easier to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental incapacities than to take their guns later. The ideas behind the recent “red flag law” are commendable, however implementation of that law is complicated by the fact that gun ownership and possession is difficult to determine. Enforcement of the law is nearly impossible without additional resources. Something must be done and the Legislature should address the issue.



What will your top priority be if elected? Upon election I will initiate an audit of the department assets, expenses and finances. I will review policies/ procedures to look for ways to better manage expenses and identify gaps, like those that resulted in the loss of two military-grade weapons. I will keep what works and eliminate waste and weaknesses. I also hope to equip each patrol car with automated external defibrilators, EpiPens and Narcan. A sheriff with experience is needed to manage 50 deputies and support staff, encourage and expand the posses, and revitalize our reserve deputy and Explorers programs. Proper oversight of a budget of almost $4 million requires strong management experience and understanding of the field to best address law-enforcement challenges.


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Would you rather be this or that — or that or this?

ould you rather be QUIET Would you rather be Jerry rich or famous? Lewis or Jerry Lee Lewis? DESPERATION Ulysses S. Grant or Cary Questions like this are fun but Grant? As this adventure (life) of fruitless. Let’s have some fruitmine is winding down, I have less. (Disregard that some of very few regrets. I wish I were your options are deceased.) more musical. Actually, I am Would you rather be one of not musical at all. I can “Name the Beatles or one of the RollThat Tune” with the best of ing Stones? them, but I can’t play music on Thomas Edison or Nikola anything except the radio. Tesla? Bruce Jenner or CaitBut if I had to choose belyn Jenner? Craig Marshall tween music and writing or Would you rather be Sarah Smith music and art or music and Huckabee Sanders or Colonel humor, I couldn’t do it. I am Sanders? happy with what I have. Would you rather be allergic to I wouldn’t mind trying rich and facountry music or allergic to rap? (I’m mous for a month or two. But famous both.) for what? Would you rather be a cat or a Would you rather be a jewel thief or dog? Cat Stevens or Dog the Bounty Rickey Henderson, the all-time leader Hunter? in stolen bases? Would you rather own a Mustang Would you rather be Godzilla or dealership of the Mustang Ranch?

King Kong? Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? Steve Lawrence or Eydie Gormé? Seals or Crofts? Ben or Jerry? Would you rather have a walk-on part in a war, or a lead role in a cage? Would you rather be Pink or Pink Floyd? UCLA or ACLU? George Will or Will Rogers? Mr. Rogers or Captain Kangaroo? Would you rather be a contestant on “The Price is Right” or have a measureable IQ? Would you rather have a ton of friends or 2,000 friends? Would you rather be Hoda or Yoda? Sarah Palin or Michael Palin? Katharine Hepburn or Audrey Hepburn? Synonym or antonym? Protagonist or antagonist? Would you rather be a metaphor or a cliché? (Be careful what you wish for.) Wide receiver or tight end? Would you rather watch an Adam Sandler movie or hit yourself over the

head with a croquet mallet? “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a short story written by James Thurber. Mitty is an uneventful man who daydreams about being someone he is not: a magnificent surgeon, a deadly assassin, and a Royal Air Force pilot, among others (the film versions are somewhat different). It’s natural to imagine yourself leading the team down the field in the fourth quarter, or hitting the walkoff to put your team in the play-offs. Those are not unrealistic. Becoming a millionaire overnight supports the concept of the lottery. I see a one-legged man in a wheelchair scratching a lottery ticket at least once a week, and I always hope I will hear him say, “Hallelujah.” Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at

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don’t know about you, but WINNING family, colleagues, coaches, I certainly prefer making and consultants. Sometimes easy decisions as opposed WORDS the information is consistent, to wrestling with really and yet other times, the guidance and recommendations difficult decisions. My guess could not be any farther apart. is that you agree with me. I It is decision-making mean, give us the easy butatrophy. We are so caught up ton, right? However, I have in making the “right” decimet people who actually do sion based on the input and like to be placed in the posifeedback from others, and tion of making really difpossibly even to be politically ficult decisions. And I say to them, “God bless you.” Michael Norton correct, that we have stopped thinking for ourselves. It is so The other day I was talking much easier to let social media be the with a client who has also become a judge, or to allow Google to make an close friend. Our discussion was ceninformed decision for us. tered on a big decision that he needed Why should we be taxed with makto make. It was a decision that would ing such hard decisions when artifihave an impact on him and his family, cial intelligence can do it? Now, ask him personally, and certainly on him yourself, “Is he talking about artificial professionally. intelligence like the internet and What had happened to him is what technology?” happens all too often to many of us, Well, I could be. But I am not. we become decidedly undecided, and I am talking about the artificial and then what happens is that we become made up intelligence of our sources of decisively undecisive. We get so information and the input we receive caught up in being undecided that we from others, and especially from othcannot make a decision. Stuck, frozen ers who change their mind and basis in time, and unable to focus on anyof information on the very last thing thing else. We seek information, we that they were told or that they read. search the internet, we talk to friends, JERRY HEALEY President

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And that it is exactly why we need to start exercising our own decisionmaking muscles again. When we want to build up our physical strength and endurance we do not send our neighbor to the gym. When we need to go to the doctor’s office we do not send our cousin to have the X-ray taken for us or have our brother go for the blood test. The answer is no. There are certain things that we have to do, that we are required to do, and that we get rewarded for doing. Decision making is one of those things. Not just the easy ones that we prefer to make, but the difficult decisions that we agonize over as well. What I have learned when it comes to decision making is that a “less is more” approach is the best approach. Seeking wise counsel, having strong advisers, and receiving rock-solid data to support a difficult decision is absolutely encouraged. It is when we seek too much information, when we try and justify the easy way out because we know someone will give us an opinion that will let us off the hook, and when we spend countless hours and days searching the internet just to make sure we

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didn’t miss that opinion piece from 2005 that will help us make the “right” decision, that is when we become decisively undecisive. Look, if you are like me and really prefer the easy decisions, but from time to time have to make a really tough call, do yourself a favor and limit the sources of information and people that will influence that decision. You will save time, energy, stress, and relationships, and in the end, I am sure most times you will make the right decision, and probably the decision that you were going to make even before you did your research and talked to your family and friends. So how about you? How are your decision-making muscles these days? Are you relying more on others and becoming increasingly undecided? I would love to hear your strategy for making up your mind at gotonorton@ and when we can avoid being decisively undecisive, it really will be a better than good week. Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the president of the Zig Ziglar Corporate Training Solutions Team, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.

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Drilling setbacks are headed to ballot amid controversy Signatures run far above minimum needed; energy industry fights proposal BY DAN ELLIOTT ASSOCIATED PRESS

A contentious proposal to tightly restrict the location of new oil and gas wells in Colorado attracted more than enough petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot, according to election officials. The measure, known as Initiative 97, is certain to ignite an expensive and high-stakes battle over how much control state and local governments can exert over one of the state’s most powerful industries. Backers submitted an estimated 123,000 valid signatures, well over the -98,492 required, Secretary of State

Wayne Williams said. The measure would require that new oil and gas wells be at least 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and “vulnerable areas” such as parks, creeks and irrigation canals. It would allow local governments to require greater setbacks. Current requirements are 500 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from schools. Supporters said bigger setbacks would better protect people and the environment, especially from fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. “We’re just absolutely thrilled that safer setbacks from fracking will be on the ballot this November,” said Micah Parkin, a board member with Colorado Rising, the initiative’s primary backer. Opponents warned of dire consequences if it passes. “This measure will devastate the state of Colorado by destroying nearly 150,000 jobs over the next decade, eliminate billions in state revenues, and

negatively impact essential services such as health care, education, transportation, fire and safety,” said Chip Rimer, chairman of Protect Colorado, an industry-backed group. A state analysis said the measure would place 85 percent of non-federal land in Colorado off-limits to drilling. An oil and gas advocacy group warned in June that taxpayers could face billions of dollars in compensation claims because energy companies would not be able to extract and sell privately owned reserves. Both the Democratic candidate for governor, Jared Polis, and his Republican opponent, Walker Stapleton, have said they oppose the measure. Setbacks are the subject of fierce debate in Colorado, where drilling rigs and storage tanks intermingle with schools, homes and hospitals, especially in the urban Front Range corridor north of Denver. Colorado ranks fifth in the nation in

natural gas production and seventh in oil. The secretary of state’s office estimated the number of valid signatures by examining a 5 percent sample of the nearly 173,000 submitted. That is standard practice for this type of ballot measure, said Julia Sunny, a spokeswoman for the office. Opponents have not ruled out a challenge to the signatures, said Karen Crummy, a spokeswoman for Protect Colorado. In late August, the secretary of state’s office said a separate measure backed by the oil and gas industry had drawn enough signatures to get on the November ballot. Initiative 108 would make it easier for property owners to seek compensation from the government for actions that diminish their property’s value. Supporters say it could be used if expanded setbacks prevent drilling for oil and gas.


Janis Marie Jarrell

Janis Marie Jarrell passed away August 11, 2018 in Denver CO Jarrell was born May 2, 1951 in Hays, KS to Ralph Allen Riedel and Charlotte Lavon Linenberger and grew up on their farm in WaKeeney, KS with sister Linda. She graduated from Trego Community High School in 1969 and Attended Hays University receiving a BS in Education. After traveling the US and the world she settled in Colorado where her parents and sister now resided. Janis started working for Northwest-

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Heather Morris, riding Charlie Tango, takes her victory lap after being crowned the first-place winner of the intermediate division at the American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park Sept. 2. PHOTOS BY NICK PUCKETT through sixth place at the at the Colorado Horse Park. This was the first year the Colorado Horse Park hosted the AEC’s, the nation’s highest level of competition for the sport of eventing. More than 150 riders from around the country, from novice to advanced, competed in dressage, cross-country and show-jumping for the chance to be



The American Eventing Championships, hosted by the United States Eventing Association, finished Sept. 2 after four days of equestrian competition at the Colorado Horse Park at the Pinery, south of Parker. Dark clouds and scattered lightning postponed the third day of competition, when the advanced division was set to start its final round in show-jumping. That night a torrential downpour soaked the park. To the riders, the rain was a blessing. On the final day, two divisions were set to finish final rounds. The sun shone and with hardly a cloud in the sky, the weather made for nearperfect riding conditions following the rain. The rain softened the dirt in the ring, making for an easier landing and better footing for the horses. “My hat goes off to the course designers,” rider Tamra Smith said. “I actually told the crew that I would give them a cut of my prize money if I won because they worked really hard. The footing felt phenomenal.” More than $100,000 in prize money was given away to all levels from first

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crowned a winner at the AEC. Smith, with her 12-year-old horse Mai Baum, finished with a score of 28.0, 8.5 points ahead of the next-best finisher in the advanced division. She walked away with $20,000 in prize money and praise for her horse. “I thought it may monsoon,” Smith said. “But it didn’t and she held it together and she is very obedient. We just schooled in there and kept it conservative.” Jordan Linstedt came in second place behind Smith with a score of 39.5. “I didn’t go out of the start box with the plan to be super competitive,” Linstedt said. “I just went out there to let him run and I never kicked him once around the course. He flowed with it.”

Alexa Ehlers of Kentucky, riding Amistoso, smiles as she finishes her final round of show jumping at the American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park Sept. 2. The event was hosted by the United States Eventing Association and is the highest level of competition for the sport of eventing in the country.

Hailey Weber of California, riding Master Jockey, clears an oxer during her final run in the show-jumping leg of the American Eventing Championships junior novice division. Weber finished seventh with a score of 34.3. Kim Liddell of Montana rides Eye of the Storm in her final run of the showjumping leg of the American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park Sept. 2. Liddell finished sixth with a score of 40.6 in the advanced division.

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Young Cardinals volleyball team seeks a win Elizabeth athletes play well but fall short of achieving victory BY TOM MUNDS TMUNDS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Elizabeth made numerous diving digs, killer spikes and long volleys but D’Evelyn won the Sept 4 nonleague volleyball game 3-0. “We are playing well at times but we have played some very good teams and haven’t put all the elements together to get our first match victory,” Cardinals Coach Shawn Novak said. “We are improving each match we play. We have played tough teams and we are working out what we need to do to get a win every time we play a match. The players are hustling and working hard and at times playing very good offense and defense. But so far we just haven’t put everything together for three sets to get that match win that is long overdue.” The first-year coach said the defense is the strength of the team. “We are making the good defensive plays at times and we have four or five good hitters,” the coach said. “Right now we just haven’t consistently made the passes needed to give the hitters the ball where it needs to be so they can drive it to the floor in the other team’s court. Those elements are coming and you can see it in the way we play at times. We just have to make those solid offensive and defensive plays more consistently so we can win some matches. ” The Cardinals are 0-5 so far this season and in four of the five matches they lost at least one set by two points as they did in the third set against D’Evelyn. The Jaguars came into the match looking for their first win of the season. The 0-4 record coming into the Elizabeth match included a pair of 3-2 set losses to previously unbeaten teams.

Junior Allison Borgsmiller said the crowd support is a big plus for the team. “The team is working well together. We are bonding well and working well together,” she said. “Not winning is hard and our energy drops when we don’t win. But I feel the strong vocal support from our student section helps us to get fired up and battle back. It also helps that we have players like Haley Hall and Heather Drake who do things like pat players on the back for a good effort and other things to get us fired up and playing harder.” Borgsmiller said she tried other sports. She said she tried track and it hurt her feet and she isn’t a good basketball player, so she plays volleyball for the Cardinals during the high school season and with her club team the rest of the year. The junior is a hitter, and she said when she goes up to drive the ball over the net she looks for holes in Cardinal teammates Ashley Gerczynski, 11, and Allison Borgsmiller, 4, join forces to blocks and for areas of the court that block a D’Evelyn effort to drive the ball over the net during the Sept. 4 non-league aren’t being covered. volleyball game. The successful block helped earn Elizabeth a point but the Jaguars went on to win the match, 3-0. TOM MUNDS “Volleyball is a lot of fun,” she said. “We still are looking to win a match tie the score at 24-24. However the The energy was high as the Cardibut we are working together and I feel Jaguars scored the next two points toB:4.73”we’ll get that first match win and win nals took the court against D’Evelyn, win the set 26-24, which gave them theT:4.73”some more matches before the season as was the vocal support from a siz3-0 match win. able group of students who came to is over.” S:4.73” the match to cheer on the Elizabeth team. A high school volleyball match can go as long as five sets. The first team to win three sets wins the match the art of community and a set win must be by at least two points. D’Evelyn hit their stride early with serving aces and winning points by the Jaguar hitters driving the ball to the floor, so there was no return as they won the first set 25-7 and the second set 25-5. However, Elizabeth came back strong in the third set. The play was intense and Elizabeth played excellent volleyball and the Cardinal student section responded with loud vocal support. The Cardinals trailed by seven points in the third set but rallied to



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Bridal shop helps fetch better future for dogs


n Sept. 15, the Bridal Collection, 4151 E. County Line Road, Centennial, combines resources with Brighter Days Dog Rescue at the store, which sells wedding dresses, accessories, moms’ dresses, pageant gowns SONYA’S and prom SAMPLER dresses. A few dozen rescue dogs will be available at the site and there will be a wedding ceremony for pugs Phoebe (Phoebe Consuela Banana Hammock) and Sonya Ellingboe Chuy (Jesus Rodriguez), accompanied by gourmet dog treats, photo ops, giveaways and activities through the day. Perhaps you’ll find that special pup — or a dreamy dress — or both! Or support Brighter Days, which rescues dogs from dire circumstances across the country. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See ‘The Broken Bone Bathtub’ Well-known metro area artist Lonnie Hanzon and the Enchantment Society present immersive theater performances of “The Broken Bone Bathtub” with Brooklyn-based

performance artist Siobhan O’ Loughlin through Sept. 23 at varied locations in the Glens neighborhood of Lakewood. O’Loughlin’s 400th performance will happen while in Denver — she has traveled through the U.S., the UK, Japan and the Philippines with the production, including fringe festivals. Tickets cost $36 and are available at The performance about a broken hand due to a bike accident — and attendant difficulties — takes place in a bathtub at a private residence for a small audience which becomes the performer’s friends. One will be informed of the address a day or so before they attend. Arapahoe Philharmonic The Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 65th anniversary season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village. Music by Ravel, Ives and Robert Schuman will be included. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., with a talk by conductor Devon Patrick Hughes at 6:45 and a Classic Children’s Corner at 7:10. Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2” and Schuman’s “Rhenish Symphony” are on the program, Tickets: Patricia Aaron Painter Patricia Aaron of Green-




Curtis Center for the Arts “Chasing 360” opened Sept. 8 at Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, through Oct. 27. Artists Kristen Abbott, Dierdre Adams, Molly Berger, Jessica Magee and Julia Rymer will speak at 1 p.m. Sept. 29. Admission free. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 303-7971779. See www.greenwoodvillage. com/1247/Curtis-Center-for-theArts. Rembrandt exhibit “Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker” opens Sept. 16 through Jan. 6 at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. (Open seven days a week.) This exhibit will include about 100 of the painter’s prints, spanning his career from about 1625 to 1665. 720-865-5000, Lone Tree Art Expo The 17th Annual Lone Tree Art Expo opens with a reception on Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.. Juried by Doug Kacena, the exhibit will be open through Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and two hours before performances. Israeli playwright Theatre Or presents Anat Gov’s “Oh My God!” Sept. 14 to Oct. 14 in Denver (Pluss Theatre, Jewish community center, 350 S. Dahlia, Newman Center for the Arts, and Boulder Jewish Community Center).






wood Village will have a collection of her work exhibited in “Connected By Color” in the Upstairs Gallery at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, through Nov. 11. She, Jennifer Ivanovic, Sue Oehna and Jodi Stuart each approach the use of color differently. Aaron leaves to paint in Iceland and Ireland soon. See








Boulder Rabbi Marc Soloway plays God, who is in need of psychotherapy, in some performances, while actor Chris Bleau will perform in others. Director Richard Pegg of Highlands Ranch said “Oh my God!” when Diane Gilboa, Theatre Or’s producer, approached him about the play. “Exactly!” she said. Sept. 14-30: Mizel Arts and Culture Center Pluss Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. (Tickets On Oct. 6, Rabbi Sloway performs at Hamilton Hall, the Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., at 8 p.m. (Bleau at 2 p.m.) (Tickets:, 303-871-7720.) On Oct. 13-14, Rabbi Soloway performs at the Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder. (Tickets:, 720-749-2530.) History camp History Camp Colorado 2018 is planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Arapahoe Community College, Littleton campus. Speakers are still registering, but there will be a wide choice of45-minute sessions: “An 1830s Fur Trader Converses about Plains Indian Trade”; “The Live and Times of Nikola Tesla”; “A Vice for All: The Seedy Side of Denver”; and more. Historic Littleton Inc. will conduct a historic walk at the end of the day, leading folks to Main Street, where they will perhaps want a beer or a coffee. See Costs start at $40 plus fees with lunch; more with T-shirt (order by Sept. 20). Registration ends Oct. 6. Colorado Humanities “Still Coming Home: Denver Veterans Writing” is available in paperback at bookstores. Resulted from a workshop led by volunteer veterans. $12.95. Organized by Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book.

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HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to Hospice of Covenant Care: Nonprofit, faithbased hospice Need: Volunteers to support patients and families Contact: 303-731-8039 Meals on Wheels: Delivers meals to residents in Englewood, southern Jefferson County and western Arapahoe County Need: Drivers to deliver meals; volunteers to help prepare, box and label meals Requirements: Must dedicate one to two hours a week Contact: Phil or Mary at 303-798-7642 (from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays) Neighbor Network: Nonprofit that helps older adults stay independent. Serves all of Douglas County Need: Volunteers who can provide transportation, light housekeeping, handyman and companion services to seniors. Requirements: Must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance. Contact: 303-814-4300, neighbornetwork@ or

Red Cross: Supports the elderly, international causes and social services Need: Volunteers to provide support Contact: 303-607-4768 or 303-266-7855 Sunset Hospice: Provides end-of-life support Need: Volunteer training is from 6-10 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesdays; they also meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every first and third Saturday Contact: Jami Martin at 303-693-2105 The Right Step Inc.: Therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities. Based in Littleton. Need: Volunteers to help with horses before, during and after lessons, as well as to walk alongside clients as they ride to help keep them securely on their horses. Volunteers also needed to help with administrative tasks and fundraising. Requirements: Volunteers who help with lessons must be at least 14 years old and attend a three-hour training session. Contact: or go to

Parker Senior Center: Provides services to local seniors. Need: Volunteer drivers to take seniors to the center for a hot meal, to appointments, to the grocery store, and more. Contact: Louise West at 303-841-5370.

Volunteers of America, Foster Grandparent Program: Foster grandparents volunteer in early childhood centers and public schools focusing on literacy and numeracy for at-risk children and youth. Need: Seniors on a low, fixed income who enjoy working with children. Volunteers work 15-40 hours a week. Contact: 303-297-0408 or

PeopleFirst Hospice: Denver hospice Need: Volunteers to provide companionship to hospice patients and their families. Contact: Rachel Wang at 303-546-7921

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Need: Volunteers to to help older, lowerincome taxpayers prepare their tax returns. Requirement: All levels of experience are welcome; training and support provided. Contact: 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) or 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 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: Arthritis Foundation, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter: Helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to care, advancements in sciences and community connections. Need: Walk to Cure Arthritis committee members and general office volunteer support. Requirements: Individuals who love to help plan and execute Walk to Cure Arthritis. Contact: Amy Boulas,, 720-409-3143.

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n 1993, after geologists Charlie and Janine Sturdavant lost their jobs, they purchased a Victorian-style home in Golden’s historic district. They filled a machine shop behind the house with old dairy tanks. They transformed the sunroom into a tasting room. The back yard became an intimate beer garden, with picnic tables and bulb lights draped overhead. More than 30 years later, Golden City Brewery is the city’s second largest brewery.

IF YOU GO The Great American Beer Festival is coming to downtown Denver. Evening sessions: 5:30-10 p.m., Sept. 20-22 Afternoon session: noon to 4 p.m., Sept. 22. This session is restricted to American Homebrewers Association (AHA)

and Brewers Association members. Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver Cost: $160 for a Paired + GABF ticket, which gets you a private craft beer and food pairing session and access to the festival floor.

“Nothing was planned out — it happened organically,” said Derek Sturdavant, the son of the original owners. After he graduated from college, he took on the role of head brewer, or as his bio says, “mad scientist.” Golden City Brewery, 920 12th St., is one of more than 800 breweries from

Individual session tickets are $85, which gets you a festival program, commemorative tasting cup and unlimited one-ounce samples of more than 4,000 beers. How: purchase tickets online at

across the U.S. that will be participating in this year’s Great American Beer Festival in downtown Denver. Sturdavant will be pouring favorites like the Cherry Bomber, which takes a half-pound of cherries per pint, and the Clear Creek Gold Pale Ale, a German-style beer.

The three-day beer extravaganza is from Sept. 20-22 at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. in downtown Denver. As of press time, tickets were still available for the Sept. 20 opening-day session, from 5:30-10 p.m. An $85 ticket gets you a festival program, commemorative tasting cup and unlimited one-ounce samples of beer. Ticket purchase can be done online at greatamericanbeerfestival. com/tickets/public-tickets. The beer fest dates back to 1982. Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), an organization of more than 46,000 members based in Boulder, started the festival. The AHA is a division of the Brewers Association, a national nonprofit dedicated to craft brewers. SEE BEER, 19

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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, 406-488-8325 or 800-733-2773 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 ages 15-18 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, 720-467-6430 or Go to Castle Rock Senior Activity Center: Provides services to local seniors Need: Volunteer drivers to take seniors to appointments, the grocery store, pharmacies and more. Contact: Steph Schroeder, 303-688-9498 Colorado Humane Society: Handles animal abuse and neglect cases Need: Volunteers to care for pregnant cats, dogs and their litters, as well as homes for cats and dogs that require socializing or that are recovering from surgery or injuries. Contact: Teresa Broaddus, 303-961-3925 Court Appointed Special Advocates: Works with abused and neglected children in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties Need: Advocates for children, to get to know, speak up for and ensure their best interests in court Contact: 303-695-1882 or Douglas/Elbert Task Force: Provides assistance to people in Douglas and Elbert counties who are in serious economic need, at risk of homelessness or in similar crisis. Need: Volunteers to assist in the food bank,

client services and the thrift store Treasures on Park Street. Contact: Marion Dahlem, 303-688-1114, x32 Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center: Cares for homeless horses and other equines. Need: Volunteers to work with horses and other opportunities. Requirements: Must be 16 years old, pass a background check, and be able to commit to at least three hours a week for three months. Other Information: Two-hour orientation provides an overview of the services provided, learn about the volunteer opportunities, take a tour of the center, and talk with staff and volunteers. Contact: 303-751-5772 or go to Elbert County Sheriff’s Posse: Supports the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management with detentions support, patrol, administrative duties, event security, emergency services support, and call-outs as need arises. Need: With proper training and clearances, volunteers help with patrol, fingerprinting, records keeping, community event security services, disaster response and management (wildfire, tornado, blizzard, flood, disaster relief, etc.). Requirements: Must be 21 years of age or older; retired individuals are great. Must complete a employment application, pass a background check, and complete interviews. After being sworn in, in the first three months of membership, complete a minimum of 45 hours of orientation and training curriculum. After this 90-day probationary period, members must log a minimum of 10 hours of month and attend monthly training meetings. Persons ages 15-20, may join the Elbert County Sheriffs Explorer POST that is associated with the Posse. Contact: David Peontek at or 303-646-5456. Go to; print out and complete an employment application and turn it into the Elbert County Sheriff ’s Office in Kiowa, “Attn: David Peontek.” Girl Scouts of Colorado Need: Troop leaders, office support, administrative help and more Age requirement: 18 and older Contact:, or 1-877-404-5708


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Thousands of people gather at the Colorado Convention Center for the annual Great American Beer Festival. This year the festivities take place Sept. 20-22.



The largest of its kind in the country, the Great American Beer Festival is an opportunity for beer lovers to rejoice in all things beer, from tastings to food pairings to educational sessions with master brewers. This year, more than 8,000 styles of beer will be served. More than 62,000 attendees are expected over the three days. “It’s like a big ol’ music fest but everyone is a craft beer fan,” Sturdavant said. Brewers get creative and showcase new recipes to beer drinkers and to each other. “I always love the fest because there is so much great beer from all over the country,” said Jeff Tyler, head brewer at Spice Trade Brewery, formerly Yak & Yeti Brewpub, in Olde Town Arvada. “You really get to explore and try some things that you wouldn’t be able to try unless you were hopping on an airplane every weekend and going to different places around the country.” Tyler, a New York native with a degree in mechanical engineering, has been the head brewer since 2016. He brews his eclectic beers in a seven-barrel brewhouse located inside the Yak

4 hours and 15 minutes — How long it took the festival to sell out that year

3,900 — Beers served in the festival hall 60,000 — People attended 800 — Breweries from across the country participated


$29.3 million — Economic impact on Denver

Brewing Company in Highlands Ranch, 9150 Commerce Center Circle, said there’s a strong camaraderie among brewers at the festival. This year, she will be pouring a Berliner & Yeti Restaurant, 7803 Ralston Road. Weisse sour-style beer, Mexican-spiced The Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan fruit ale and sake collaboration food restaurant is in a 153-year-old Public Notice “It’s very fun,” said Koloskie, who is historic home. NOTICE OF PROPERTY originally from Las Vegas. She discov“A lot of the beer we do has an OF PURCHASE AT TAX LIEN SALE AND OF APPLICATION ered her love interesting culinary influence to it,” FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER'S DEED for craft beer when she moved to Denver. “I’m looking forward said Tyler. Some of his styles are a To Every Person in Actual Possession or to meeting some other brewers and jalapeno-infused beer, chai milk stout Occupancy of the hereinafter Described Land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose other breweries to do some potential and lemon cello suasion. Name the same was Taxed or Specially Assessed, to all Persons having Interest of moving forward, and collaborations He describes his favorite, theand JalapeTitle of Record in or to the said Premises and To our to: name out there.” no Lena, as a crisp, clean,Whom effervescent, It May Concern, andgetting more especially New this year, the beer fest will have slightly bitter German-style Pilsner. Sandra Denise Christensen He will be pouring it, along withLiving fourTrust an additional 100,000 square feet of Revocable 27784 Forest Ridge Dr, Kiowa, CO 80117 space — making the entire hall almost other styles, at the festival. You and of you are hereby notified thatfi on six football elds large, said Ann Megan Koloskie, manager of each Grist


the 18th day of November 2014, the then County Treasurer of Elbert County, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax lien sale to HGT Enterprises the following described property situate in the County of Elbert, State of Colorado, to-wit:

Obenchain, marketing director at the Brewers Association. “We expanded the Meet the Brewers section,” Obenchain said. “That’s where all the beer lovers can go meet the people behind the beer.” There will also be a barrel-aged beer garden sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey and a Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar with 12 giant TVs playing college and professional football games. Most brewers will enter their beers in the contest, which has 102 categories of beer. Winners receive a medal and, more importantly, widespread recognition, Derek Sturdavant said. “You get a lot of beer nerds coming to your brewery,” he said. “And they will drain your tanks.”

PUBLIC NOTICES Section: 16 Township: 9 Range: 63Subdivision: RANCH AT FOREST RIDGE, THE FIL 1 Lot: 00621/83 INT IN TRACT A .0441 A 27784 FOREST RIDGE DR Certificate Number: 2014-01943

and said County Treasurer issued a certificate of purchase therefore to HGT Enterprises.

That said tax lien sale was made to satisfy the delinquent property (and special assessment) taxes assessed against said property for the year 2013;


Public Notice of Petition for Change of Name

Public notice is given on August 13, 2018 that a Petition for a Change of Name of an adult has been filed with the Elbert County Court.

That said property was taxed or specially Public Notices call Sheree 303.566.4088 assessed in the name(s) of Sandra Denise The Petition requests that the name of Christensen Revocable Living Trust for said year 2013;


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and particularly to the electors of the Spring Valley Metropolitan District Nos. 1-3 of Elbert County, Colorado. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 32-1-808, C.R.S., -that a vacancy currently exists on the board of directors of the Spring Valley Metropolitan District Nos. 1-3 (“Districts”). Any qualified, eligible elector of the Districts interested in filling such vacancies and serving on the board of directors should file a Letter of Interest with the board on or before the close of business on September 23, 2018.

Letters of Interest are available and can be obtained from the Spring Valley Metropolitan District Nos. 1-3, c/o Lisa A. Johnson at Special District Management Services, Inc., 141 Union Boulevard, Suite 150, Lakewood, CO 80228, (303) 987-0835. SPRING VALLEY METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NOS. 1-3 By: /s/ Lisa A. Johnson, Secretary Legal Notice No.: 24130 First Publication: September 13, 2018 Last Publication: September 13, 2018 Publisher: The Elbert County News


To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described Land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose

Public Notice Misc. Private Legals

NOTICE OF PURCHASE OF PROPERTY AT TAX LIEN SALE AND OF APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF TREASURER'S DEED To Every Person in Actual Possession or Occupancy of the hereinafter Described Land, Lot or Premises, and to the Person in Whose Name the same was Taxed or Specially Assessed, and to all Persons having Interest of Title of Record in or to the said Premises and To Whom It May Concern, and more especially to: Sandra Denise Christensen Revocable Living Trust 27784 Forest Ridge Dr, Kiowa, CO 80117 You and each of you are hereby notified that on the 18th day of November 2014, the then County Treasurer of Elbert County, in the State of Colorado, sold at public tax lien sale to HGT Enterprises the following described property situate in the County of Elbert, State of Colorado, to-wit: Section: 16 Township: 9 Range: 63Subdivision: RANCH AT FOREST RIDGE, THE FIL 1 Lot: 00621/83 INT IN TRACT A .0441 A 27784 FOREST RIDGE DR Certificate Number: 2014-01943 and said County Treasurer issued a certificate of purchase therefore to HGT Enterprises. That said tax lien sale was made to satisfy the delinquent property (and special assessment) taxes assessed against said property for the year 2013; That said property was taxed or specially assessed in the name(s) of Sandra Denise Christensen Revocable Living Trust for said year 2013; That said HGT Enterprises on the 13th day of August 2018, the present holder of said certificate (who) has made request upon the Treasurer of said County for a deed to said property; That a Treasurer's Deed will be issued for said property to HGT Enterprises on the 27th day of December 2018, unless the same has been redeemed;

That said HGT Enterprises on the 13th day of August 2018, the present holder of said certificate (who) has made request upon the Treasurer of said County for a deed to said property;

Misc. Private Legals

That a Treasurer's Deed will be issued for said property to HGT Enterprises on the 27th day of December 2018, unless the same has been redeemed; Said property may be redeemed from said sale at any time prior to the actual execution of said Treasurer's Deed. This Notice of Purchase has also been published in Colorado Community Media on September 13, 2018, September 20, 2018 and September 27, 2018. Witness my hand this 28th day of August 2018 Richard Pettitt, Treasurer of Elbert County, Colorado Legal Notice No.: 24027 First Publication: September 6, 2018 Last Publication: September 20, 2018 Publisher: The Elbert County News

Name Changes

John Kyle Jantzen be changed to Mark Kyle Crump Case No.: 2018 C 56

Name Changes

Cheryl A. Layne, Clerk of Court By: Joleen Jenkins, Deputy Clerk

Legal Notice No: 24022 First Publication: September 6, 2018 Last Publication: September 20, 2018 Publisher: Elbert County News PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice of Petition for Change of Name Public notice is given on July 19, 2018, that a Petition for a Change of Name of a minor child has been filed with the Elbert County Court. The Petition requests that the name of Kelly Simone Miels be changed to Kelly Simone Fox Case No.: 18 C 47 By: JoLenn Jenkins Clerk of Court, Deputy Clerk Legal Notice No: 24023 First Publication: September 6, 2018 Last Publication: September 20, 2018 Publisher: Elbert County News


Public Notice of Petition for Change of Name Public notice is given on July 19, 2018, that a Petition for a Change of Name of a minor child has been filed with the Elbert County Court.

The Petition requests that the name of John Kyle Jantzen be changed to Mark Kyle Crump Case No.: 2018 C 56 Cheryl A. Layne, Clerk of Court By: Joleen Jenkins, Deputy Clerk Legal Notice No: 24022 First Publication: September 6, 2018 Last Publication: September 20, 2018 Publisher: Elbert County News

PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice of Petition for Change of Name

Public notice is given on July 19, 2018, that a Petition for a Change of Name of a minor child has been filed with the Elbert County Court. The Petition requests that the name of Victoria Samantha Miels be changed to Victoria Samantha Fox Case No.: 18 C 48 By: JoLenn Jenkins Clerk of Court, Deputy Clerk Legal Notice No: 24025 First Publication: September 6, 2018 Last Publication: September 20, 2018 Publisher: Elbert County News

Notice To Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE


Public Notice of Petition for Change of Name Public notice is given on August 13, 2018 that a Petition for a Change of Name of an adult has been filed with the Elbert County Court.

Name Changes

The Petition requests that the name of Nikka Ingrid Miels be changed to Nikka Ingrid Fox Case No.: 18 C 46

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of John Derek Averitt, Deceased Case Number: 2018 PR 030034

All persons having claims against the abovenamed estate are required to present them to the Personal Representatives or to the District Court of Elbert County, Colorado on or before January 4, 2019, or the claims may be forever barred.

By: JoLenn Jenkins Clerk of Court, Deputy Clerk

Jennifer L. Wallis and Jack J. Averitt Co-Personal Representatives 42245 Kingsmill Circle Elizabeth, Colorado 80107

Legal Notice No: 24024 First Publication: September 6, 2018 Last Publication: September 20, 2018 Publisher: Elbert County News

Legal Notice No: 24019 First Publication: August 30, 2018 Last Publication: September 13, 2018 Publisher: Elbert County News

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