May 29, 2014 Elbert County, Colorado | Volume 119, Issue 17 A publication of
Castlewood Canyon turns 50
ELIZABETH STAMPEDE What: Three-time PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year When: June 6-8 Where: Casey Jones Park, 4189 Highway 86, Elizabeth Ticket cost: $8-$35 depending on age, time or family ticket Purchase in advance by: Calling 303-646-0308, visiting www.elizabethstampede.com or stopping by Affordable Upholstery, 114 Tabor St., downtown Elizabeth Event schedule and parade route: www.elizabethstampede.com
ElizaBash, Stampede on horizon Family fun to take over Main Street June 7 after parade By Ryan Boldrey
The waterfall in Castlewood Canyon State Park is a popular spot for hikers and amateur photographers. Photos by Chris Michlewicz
Volunteer group wants to buy land as birthday gift By Chris Michlewicz
cmichlewicz @coloradocommunitymedia.com Finding the perfect gift for a dear friend who’s turning 50 can prove difficult, but that’s not the case for one group. The kind-hearted caretakers known as the Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park knew just how to mark the milestone: expansion. The volunteer group has its eye on a 15-acre parcel of land Ron Claussen, president of the Friends of Castlewood Canyon, points out the crumbling remnants of the dam, which adjacent to the park upon which sits the broke in 1933, flooding Denver and all points in between. Kleinert homestead, a ranch built in 1887 along the banks of the lake that burst through the canyon’s dam nearly five de- month of the fundraising campaign. It acquisitions. The park is located south of Franktown needs another $19,000 for the Kleinert cades later. on State Highway 83 in Douglas County. The Friends of Castlewood Canyon property. Claussen enthusiastically talks about While Castlewood Canyon officially have committed to raising $25,000 toward the unique topography, varied flora and became a state park in 1964, its history the purchase and are busy organizing a number of events to raise money for the began three years earlier when a man story-telling geological formations that “birthday gift,” said Ron Claussen, presi- purported to be the grandson of “The Un- define Castlewood Canyon, sprinkling in dent of the group. The events include a sinkable” Molly Brown donated 87 acres the occasional legend (it is said that big10K trail run in September and a “yoga in to the state. From there, the park has foot has been spotted in those parts). grown piece by piece to just over 2,200 the park” series that starts in June. The Friends raised $6,000 in the first acres through donations and discounted Canyon continues on Page 15
With one of the biggest and best small rodeos in the country each year comes the Town of Elizabeth’s biggest annual street fest. ElizaBash, which seems to get bigger by the year, according to Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce director Peg Kelley, will take over Main Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7, offering family-friendly fun just a few short blocks from the Stampede. The Stampede Parade will head down the main drag from 10 to 11 a.m. kicking off the second day of the three-day rodeo (June 6-8) as fire trucks, classic cars, clowns, politicians, and rodeo queens on horseback make their festive appearances. And as the parade winds down, ElizaBash — which is sponsored by the chamber — will wind right up. Kelley said she expects north of 100 vendors, selling everything from food to sunglasses, T-shirts, hats and more. There will be a bouncy house and other games geared for the younger crowd, and what street fest is complete without face painting. There will be no shortage of fun for adults either with live music and a couple dozen classic cars to check out, in addition to plenty of shopping. No alcohol will be served at the event. And for the out-of-town crowd? “This is going to give them a taste of what Elizabeth and Elbert County are all about,” Kelley said. For more information, visit www.elizabethchamber.org.
Tree lovers gather for Arbor Day Elizabeth holds event at site of future garden By Robert Hamilton Special to Colorado Community Media What began as a cool, cloudy day warmed up nicely in time for the 10 a.m. start of Elizabeth’s Arbor Day celebration POSTAL ADDRESS
to clear an area for a community garden. Eventually, community members will have the ability to lease a 10-by-20-foot or a 20-by-20-foot plot of ground in the garden area to till, toil, work and plant as they wish. Once the Tree Board’s vision becomes reality, neighbors will be able to meet and mingle, garden, grow and foster community spirit. More details may be obtained by contacting the Elizabeth tree board. At noon, Mayor Clay Hurst read the proclamation declaring Elizabeth as a “Tree City USA” town for the 15th year, a recognition given to cities and towns who Printed on recycled newsprint. meet guidelines established by the Arbor Please recycle this copy. Day Foundation. Full details may be found at www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/. Afterward, winners of the “In Leafing
on May 17 at the Elizabeth Tree Farm, located just south of Safeway at County Road 136 and Pine Ridge Street. Eventually, the area will contain a community garden, dog park/arboretum and labyrinth. Laurie Duke of Elizabeth’s Tree Board was on hand to answer questions, provide information, and to help oversee a group of volunteers who moved, trimmed, or otherwise removed trees
Mayor Clay Hurst reads the Arbor Day proclomation declaring Elizabeth a Tree City USA. Photo by Robert Hamilton Color” art contest were announced. Winning entries will be on display at various locations and events, including Elizabash and the Elizabeth Stampede.
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Food is foundation of bridge to future As a family approaches the stand, Monse Hines smiles and offers: “Do you want a sample?” “No,” Greg Elliott says. “We know it’s good.” He looks at his wife. “Two zucchini, two hots?” He glances at the small container on the table. “And a thing of this stuff.” “OK,” Monse says. “Thirteen dollars.” “Oh,” Greg says. “Give us one more of each.” The “each” is a pupusa, a traditional El Salvadoran food the size of a small tortilla made of corn masa filled with various ingredients — in this case, beans or zucchini, corn chile poblano and mozzarella or the “hot” mirasol roasted peppers. The “stuff” is curtido, a pickled cabbage slaw, also from El Salvador. “We tried them last summer,” Greg says, “and we really got hooked on them.” And, adds his wife, Danielle, there’s Monse (pronounced Mohn-seh). “She’s very sweet.” Monse Hines is sweet. She is small with earnest brown eyes and long, brown hair casually pulled into a ponytail. She wears faded jeans with a blush pink blouse and a silver necklace with a medallion of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. Her nails are bluntly cut, no polish. Her smile is friendly and easy, like the conversation with her customers, many of them regulars at this farmers’ market. But don’t be fooled. Monse Hines, 34, is bold and brave, too — so much so that she made her entrepre-
neurial dream come true, one small, risky step at a time. And she did it despite being a newcomer to this country, this language, this culture. In a few short years, she has built a business that could be her family’s future. In the process, she has firmly cemented the roots of her El Salvadoran home into the foundation of her new one — adding yet another cultural ingredient to the meltingpot land we live in. “I think we all have the ability to come out ahead,” she says, intently, in Spanish. “Solo se necesita un sueño.” All you need is a dream. Flavored with heaps of determination. “No existe la suerte,” she says. “Cada quien se hace la suerte.” Luck doesn’t exist. Each person makes his own luck. Monse should know. She was born in a Salvadoran town so small it doesn’t have a stoplight and there are few cars, anyway. Her parents taught in a high school in a nearby city, about half the size of Colorado Springs, where she
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lives now with her Army husband and two daughters. She met her husband in Germany, where she had traveled for a yearlong exchange program while in college. She wanted to learn German, so she sold her car and just about everything she owned to finance the trip. Friends took her to an Oktoberfest, and while she was dancing, Timothy Hines, stationed at a nearby Army base, began talking to her in English. “I asked him why he was talking to me in English — we are in Germany,” Monse remembers, with a smile. Three months later, they flew home to his family in Texas and married on Thanksgiving Day. They celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. It was in 2011 — Tim was deployed for a year in Afghanistan — that Monse’s dream emerged. Her sister took her to a Whole Foods. She recalls the wonder. “Everything was so pretty,” she says. “There, my vision started — a healthy product in this supermarket.” After deciding that her pupusas and curtido would be gluten-free and use only organic and non-genetically modified ingredients, she began researching on the Internet: How to get a license to sell a food product. How to make a label. How to package according to health department regulations. Who had the best prices. Everything had to be bought in small quantities because there was little money to invest — she and Tim had decided they would not take out loans. Each month, Monse would decide how much she could afford to spend. Maybe $100 one month. She needed a Web page? Maybe $10 more another month for that. Neighbors and family helped her navigate the English language and fill out paperwork. Her mother-in-law designed her label. “We all have these angels who help us,” Monse says. Then she won an audience at a Whole Foods in Colorado Springs. And, in June 2012, her curtido, under the name Monse’s Taste of El Salvador, first appeared on the
store’s shelves. The pupusas followed two months later. “No sé como explicarlo,” she says. I don’t know how to explain it. “To know that a company so big wants your products — it’s like being in a dreamland.” Tim got home in time to make the first delivery. He was thrilled. “She decided `I’m going to do this’ and she did,” he says. “I was proud to come home and share this thing that was hers.” He describes how, for Monse, food from her country was a way to introduce herself to families in the places they lived. “She would make something from El Salvador and nobody else would have it and it was something she could share.” As a business, it does the same, opening a door between cultures. The niche “is hers and she can claim it — `This is how my mom and my grandma made it and I’ll use your ingredients to make something from my home,’” Tim says. “I think it’s really cool.” These days, Monse has one employee to help her make about 7,000 pupusas a week. They work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. out of a commercial kitchen space that is shared with five other entrepreneurs. “We divide the cost so we can all survive,” Monse says. And she buys her produce from Pueblo and Colorado Springs farmers, so that the circle of local enterprise is complete. Her products can be found in Whole Foods in Colorado Springs, Highlands Ranch, Southglenn and Belmar, and soon in a Natural Grocers in Colorado Springs. The University of Colorado in Boulder buys about 4,000 pupusas a week to sell in its cafeterias. “I can’t believe that this has happened to me,” Monse says. “I am grateful to God and to the support from this country. As a woman, too, I feel as if I’ve been able to better myself, that there are no barriers.” The Army has relocated Tim to Oklahoma for three years, starting in mid-July. But Macari-Healey continues on Page 5
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Danielle Nordeen, right, plays a board game with her 7-year-old son at their Grand Junction home on Monday afternoon, April 14. In January, Nordeen’s son was sent to psychiatric ward hundreds of miles from their home, after he lashed out at school and later threatened to kill himself and staff at a crisis-stabilization center. A shortage of treatment options for people with mental illnesses means waiting months to see a psychiatrist, or driving across the state for a psychiatric bed. Photo by Joe Mahoney/Rocky Mountain PBS I-News
Untreated: How ignoring mental illness costs us all (Part 3 of 3) By Kristin Jones
Rocky Mountain PBS I-News Danielle Nordeen drives a 16-yearold Toyota Camry that doesn’t handle well on snowy mountain passes. In January, Nordeen had to make the drive from her home in Grand Junction to Pueblo often enough that she developed a strategy: Find a semi with its hazard lights on and follow it closely, prompting the other drivers to direct their wrath toward the trucker rather than her. A 300-mile solo drive across the state in winter can be stressful under the best circumstances, but Nordeen’s reason for making the drive twice a week for three weeks was devastating: She was visiting her son in a psychiatric ward, after he lashed out at school and later threatened to kill himself and staff at a crisis-stabilization center. Her son is 7. Across the state, the same story plays out. A shortage of treatment options for people with mental illnesses means waiting months to see a psychiatrist, or driving hundreds of miles for a psychiatric bed. Police and emergency rooms bear the brunt of a splintered system that juggles crises, but falls short on treatment. The questions that swirled after the brutal massacre at an Aurora movie theater in 2012 are the same ones that followed Jared Loughner’s attack on Gabrielle Giffords and her staff in 2011. They came even louder after the Newtown Elementary School killings in Connecticut. They circulate privately after suicides. The signs of mental illness and the threats were apparent: Why didn’t anyone intervene? Medical professionals and advocates cite a combination of barriers: Adults have the right to refuse intervention. Parents are often reluctant to call 911, when it can mean that their children are cuffed by police. Schools, employers and hospitals are too quick to say it’s not their problem. Acquain-
tances and friends feel ill-equipped to act. “We regularly hear people say things like, `I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what to do,’” says Carl Clark, who heads the Mental Health Center of Denver, which counsels workplaces after suicides. In response to the mass shooting in Aurora, the state recently passed a law that expands the duty of therapists to warn of threats against an institution like a school or theater, not just against a person. A plan for new crisis centers in Colorado — while stalled — is intended to relieve the burden on first responders. Legal improvements, better education and increased capacity “don’t guarantee that bad things won’t happen,” says Clark. “But we’re going to decrease the likelihood it’s going to happen.” Routine care can also be hard to come by, particularly in rural areas where psychiatrist shortages are acute. “There are people saying there’s something going wrong and I have to get treatment,” says Clark. When treatment isn’t immediately available, “they throw up their hands and give up.” For some people who live with mental illnesses and their families, efforts to make intervention easier can miss the point. They want help, they say. What they need is more support for treatment and recovery in the communities where they live. Jennifer Hill, who manages a mental-health advocacy organization called the Colorado Mental Wellness Network and has personal experience with recovering from illness, says that recovery is stymied by a system that can seem to offer being locked up or nothing. “You’re in or you’re out,” Hill says. Better treatment requires more than an infusion of resources and improved access, says Hill. People won’t sign up for treatment that isn’t therapeutic. “It’s treating people with dignity and respect,” says Hill, “and not treating them like they’re dangerous and horrible people.”
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The other second-graders have watched the police take Danielle Nor-
deen’s son away in handcuffs before. The latest crisis was set off when one of the other children reminded him of that very fact. The 7-yearold tore posters from the wall, kicked and hit the teachers, flooded the toilets. The Grand Junction elementary school went on lockdown. Nordeen showed up to find her boy rolling around in dirty water in the bathroom. When a local crisis center placed him on an emergency psychiatric hold for his threats, only Parkview Hospital in Pueblo had a bed available. Nordeen works a low-wage job in Grand Junction, and had to return to work after leaving him there, or risk losing her apartment. “I literally just felt like I was dropping him off and walking away,” says Nordeen, holding back tears, “which as a mom, that’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” The number of people placed into involuntary mental-health treatment has jumped in recent years. Court filings show a 35 percent jump in 72hour holds, short- and long-term certifications, and other court-ordered treatment between fiscal years 2009 and 2013. Mental health providers reported 31,317 emergency mentalhealth holds in fiscal year 2013, according to state officials, a 21 percent increase from just a year earlier. But the growing demand for beds hasn’t been met by an increase in availability. Instead, the options for low-income Coloradans in particular have shrunk as beds at the two state psychiatric hospitals have closed. In 2014, the state mental health institutes at Fort Logan and Pueblo have 553 beds, down from 734 in 2000. All told, there are only 1,093 inpatient psychiatric beds in all hospitals around the state, according to the state Department of Human Services, around 20 percent fewer than five years ago. That’s about 21 beds for every 100,000 Coloradans, among the lowest rates in the U.S. The state is in the process of evaluating what services might be lacking across its various regions. In part, says Dr. Patrick Fox, an official with the state Office of Behavioral Health, the
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Who comes between you and your doctor? How many times have you heard politicians say that no bureaucrat should come between you and your doctor? You and your physician should decide when you need to go to the hospital or when you might want to wait out that cold before taking an antibiotic. At least that’s been the American ideal of the doctor-patient relationship. The reality is something very different. We are reaching a crossroads in this country in terms of physician autonomy, says Dr. Luis Collar, who writes on the blog KevinMD.com. In an essay a couple of weeks ago he wrote: “Despite the foul smog of competing interests that permeate this new delivery paradigm, one thing is clear—physicians are no longer calling the shots.” Collar is talking mainly about insurance companies and hospital administrators that are dictating what physicians can and cannot do. Increasingly, we are waking up to that realization. For me it’s been happening at the pharmacy where a kind of rationing is taking place in how much medicine people can get at one time. A woman comes into my local pharmacy and asks why she can’t get a 90-day supply of a medicine the doctor ordered. The pharmacist tells her the insurance company won’t pay for 90
days, only 30 days. Why? The pharmacist gives a couple of reasons. Insurers, he says, want to push people into mail order pharmacies or pharmacy benefit managers, which might be able to supply the drug cheaper. If patients become annoyed, more of them might agree to get their prescriptions through the mail. He also said they aren’t sure whether a doctor won’t change your medication so they don’t want to waste money on something policyholders might not need or use. In other words, the insurance company is making the call about what you will need and when you can have it. What about getting enough for a long vacation? The pharmacist gives a date when the prescription can be refilled but it’s after your departure date. There’s always the option of paying out of pocket for the drug. That might be OK if the price
is $11 or $50, but when the retail price is $400 or $600, what’s a patient to do? The Great Cost Shift that’s taking place in American medicine -- from insurers and employers who pay the bills -- has come to your local pharmacy. Here’s more evidence of the change in doctor/patient relationship. Recently I received a letter from my insurance carrier that suggested I needed a health coach “to get started on a healthier lifestyle.” The letter said that a nurse I could talk to once a month as part of a disease management program could help me reach my best health by suggesting ways I could lower my cholesterol, or lose weight, or by helping me with serious conditions like diabetes. “Because of your health history, we think you might benefit from joining our program,” the letter advised. What history? I don’t have diabetes. I don’t have a weight problem, and my cholesterol is normal. What did the insurance company have in mind for me? Were my eye medicines getting too costly for the company? Was the insurer trying to switch me to a cheaper medication? Did the insurer want to switch me to a different med? Eye medications are my biggest healthcare expense. Some are expensive. I was annoyed by this intrusion and
called the number listed on the letter. A customer service rep told me I received “an outreach letter” to advertise the program. After I told her no, she said she had one more question. “On our calls we have to screen everyone for depression,” she said, and asked if I had been down or depressed in the last two weeks. This was over the top. If I were, which I wasn’t, why would I tell a customer service rep pushing a service on the phone. You’d be surprised how many people say yes to that question, the rep told me. Does the insurer then send them to therapy or suggest anti-psychotic meds? This tale reinforces my point. Medicine is no longer a matter between patient and doctor. As patients, do we still want such relationships, or are we willing to sacrifice them as insurers and other big stakeholders in the healthcare game push to change that in the name of cost containment? Trudy Lieberman is immediate past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists. The Rural Health News Service is funded by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund and distributed through the Colorado Press Association, the Nebraska Press Association Foundation and the South Dakota Newspaper Association.
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Newest is not always the greatest option With so much content and so many authors and experts who write about the trends in the field of personal and professional development, sales training, leadership and customer service, I am often asked by customers for the latest and greatest material in these areas. They are looking for that something new or a silver bullet, some magic dust or cure-all pill to fix their problems, their people, or in some cases, themselves. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge advocate of growth and I am all for continuing education whether that comes in the form of reading, listening, watching, participating in seminars, or cloud learning through socialization of ideas, or any other medium, for that matter, that takes us and/or our teams to a higher level. Any attempt at upping our game in anything we do or endeavor to do is to be applauded. And when I am asked for specific advice or recommendation for a good book or program to attend, I love to share thoughts and ideas as well as happily recommend something provocative that I have recently read or participated in. But my favorite thing to do is remind people that it is not necessarily “what’s new” that works … it’s really all about “what works” that works. Sometimes the latest and greatest writings or advice is adopted quickly as a trend or fad, but soon meld into some remnant of a concept or philosophy that was written and practiced long ago. I still enjoy these programs and materials because
Badges? We ain’t got no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges.” Name it and claim it. Alfonso Badoya. He was “Gold Hat” in a great film. Answer at the end. I make frequent references to films in my columns. I was almost a theater arts major, and if I had been I would have been on track to be a director. My school’s theater arts program has graduated some well-known directors and actors and actresses and others associated with the industry. Ultimately, I wanted to make individual pictures, not reels of them. There was another roadblock: people. Have you ever watched the credits? It takes 10 minutes. Hundreds of people are involved. I am not good with or around people. I no longer go to theaters. I watch films here at home. Very few of them are recent. I don’t like gun work. The f-word is used as if it is a throwaway. A gimme. Five hundred and six times in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Come on. Aren’t there other words? For anger, anxiety, disapproval, description? It’s funny how we seem to seek the action, and give it a bad connotation. I watch documentaries. I watch films that aren’t blockbusters. Blockbusters are for someone else. I love cinema too much
ELBERT COUNTY NEWS 9137 Ridgeline Blvd., Suite 210, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 maybe they put a new spin or twist on an old theory and I get to experience it in a new and different way. Many of the books I have read are dogeared and highlighted in different colors and tabbed with different color sticky notes as I have gone back to the same books many times over. It’s like watching your favorite movie for the 10th time and hearing a line or seeing a scene that you previously missed. When Hall of Fame baseball player Ted William finished the 1941 baseball season with a .400 batting average, was he using today’s technology to achieve his results? When golfing greats Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer or Byron Nelson recorded golf scores in the low 60s they surely weren’t using the clubs, grips, balls, and swing technology we use now. As a matter of fact, I would bet that any of today’s baseball players such as Troy Tulowitzki or Derek Jeter, and golfers such as Bubba Watson or Tiger Woods, would have been equally as good if they played with
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to watch a blockbuster. Action films are not welcome. I read the newspaper, I don’t need to pay to see the kind of crap that people do to people. Give me a Benjamin, free tickets to a Quentin Tarantino? No thanks. I didn’t see a single film that was nominated for an Academy Award. A good pal is married to a Disney executive, and he has home access to all of the nominated films every year. She said, “You missed out on some good movies last year.” I am sure I did. I just don’t want to watch people killing each other. But you do. “Captain America Marshall continues on Page 5
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School funding measures signed into law Hundreds of millions of dollars to fund programs, construction By Vic Vela
email@example.com In front of a group of school children who are just starting to grasp basic arithmetic, Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 21 signed into law a pair of complex, multimillion dollar school finance measures. The new laws will allow a state school finance system that was significantly strained by recession-era budget cuts to grow by nearly $500 million. The cash infusion will fund several areas of K-12 resources, including school construction and preschool, kindergarten and English language learner programs. “We’re trying to make sure that each one of you guys gets every single advantage, every single chance, because your success is the future of this state,” Hickenlooper said during a bill signing that was held inside Aurora’s Ponderosa Elementary School. A major K-12 funding piece comes from the Student Success Act. The legislation provides $20 million for programs that target children who are struggling to read and $53 million for school construction in rural areas — the latter funding coming from Amendment 64-backed retail marijuana
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they have decided Monse and the girls will remain here. They will travel back and forth to see each other. The business, they
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Something” is No. 1 right now. I guess some people go to movies to disconnect from the real world. But this garbage is the real world. How can someone read about Claire Davis and still go to Tarantino? Cry all you want and light all of the candles you want to light. Subscribe to “Memorial Stuffed Animals.” And then pay to see someone be killed. We escape in the film. From what? The things we escape from are right there in the movies you pay to see. Something is wrong (with you). If you don’t want to be scolded, read someone else. Tarantino is a complete idiot. Tarantino is a complete genius, because he knows his audience is Jerry-Jerry-Jerry morons. I get angry. Don’t I? Why would any-
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the same equipment and competed in the same era as the above-mentioned greats. I say this with confidence because it really isn’t about the equipment, it’s about the player, the talent, the work ethic, and the practice. With a focused approach on effort, practice, and the fundamentals we can all excel in anything we strive for in our personal life, our business, or in our recreational activities. So even with all the technology and gadgetry available to
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revenue. An additional $3 million will go toward financial transparency efforts that are aimed at allowing taxpayers to see how the new money is being reported and spent. The funding includes a $110 million buy down of the so-called “negative factor” — recession-era funding cuts that slashed about $1 billion from the state’s K-12 budget. The governor also signed into law the annual school finance act, which includes $27 million for English language learner programs and funds an additional 5,000 seats in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. “This bill that the governor is about to sign will authorize 5,000 more kids next year going to publicly-funded, quality preschool programs than what was possible the year before,” said Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, a bill sponsor. Additionally, per-pupil funding for next school year will jump to $7,021, a 5 percent increase. “That’s almost $400 for every one of you students,” Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, told the children in the audience. “So imagine if you came through the doors this morning and we handed $400 to each one of you. It would be pretty good stuff.” The funding efforts that the Legislature passed this year were a response to last year’s failed Amendment 66 ballot measure, which sought to bolster school funding through tax increases.
hope, will be their work after Tim retires. “We have to make the sacrifice,” Monse says. “Si Dios quiere” — if God wills it, “the business can give us a better future for our daughters.” A customer approaches Monse’s stand at a recent farmers’ market in Highlands Ranch. “Can I try one?” the woman asks. “Which one is this?”
Gov. John Hickenlooper is joined by lawmakers and students from Aurora’s Ponderosa Elementary School for the bill signing ceremony of two school funding measures on May 21. Photo by Vic Vela No Republican lawmakers were present for the signing ceremony. However, the Student Success Act was co-sponsored by Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, and both bills received bipartisan support at the Capitol. Republicans who expressed concerns about the funding measures during the legislative process argued that the efforts do not go far enough in replacing “negative factor” dollars. GOP lawmakers also wanted school districts to have more con-
trol over how the money is spent, without state strings attached. But Democratic lawmakers who attended the bill signing told students that they’re going to be in a better position to succeed because of the new funding. “People worked really hard to cause us to fund education at a higher level; to be able to restore some of the money that was missing; to be able to cause you to have a better opportunity to be successful,” said Rep. John Buckner, D-Aurora.
“Black bean,” Monse says, as she slices the pupusa that has been heating on the pan and tops it with a spoonful of curtido. “Excellent,” the woman says, after a bite. “You’re here every week?” One more sale. One more convert. One more step toward a future built on a taste of the past.
Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. Her column earned first place in the 2013 Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper contest. She can be reached at ahealey@ coloradocommunitymedia.com or 303566-4110.
one go to see “The Dark Knight Rises” in the first place? At midnight. With your children. You are what you eat, and if you eat the kind of movies that you are fed, you must not cry. It’s called duplicity. Do you care about the Nigerian schoolgirls? Women on buses in India? Have you done your reading about Chicago lately? And then you and the girl go to see “Captain America.” I am probably alienating some of my audience. Good. It’s not dachshunds and Jennifer every week. Try. Try watching something good. “Amelie.” Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast.” “Bully.” “Five Easy Pieces.” I know it’s hopeless. You look forward to the Super Bowl halftime, and think it’s worthwhile. It is the opposite. “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@ comcast.net.
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May 29, 2014
E-recycling helps task force, disabled workers More than 2,000 pounds of old electronics collected to benefit food bank By Mike DiFerdinando
mdiferdinando @coloradocommunitymedia.com People lined up early on May 17 at Meadows Middle School in Castle Rock to drop off their old TVs, computers and cell phones at an electronics-recycling event hosted by the Douglas/Elbert Task Force and Blue Star Recyclers of Colorado Springs. Proceeds raised from gross materials recycled in excess of 2,000 pounds will benefit the Douglas/Elbert Task Force Food Bank. Computer monitors fetched $10 each. TVs were measured diagonally — and brought in $1 per inch. It was $5 to have a hard drive destroyed and each battery netted $1 per pound. All other electronics recycling was free. The Douglas/Elbert Task Force also accepted non-perishable food items for its food bank as well as monetary donations. “We see some really generous folks coming out. It helps them clean out there basements and garages, keeps things recycled, but then, we also get people who
love the task force and want to donate for us,” Douglas/Elbert Task Force Director of Philanthropy Joe Roos said. Roos said there were 16 volunteers at the event and that cars began queuing up to drop off items at 9 a.m. for the event that lasted from 10 am until 2 p.m. Blue Star has partnered with the Task Force for similar events in the past and said there may be another recycling event in Castle Rock in the fall. “We’re a nonprofit that recycles while creating jobs for people with disabilities.” Blue Star’s Director of Sales Arnie Navarro said. “Since we started about three or four years ago we’ve created 42 jobs for people with disabilities here in Colorado.” In addition from working to collect the recycled materials at the pickup events, Blue Star employs disabled individuals — such as those who fall on the autism spectrum — at their headquarters in Colorado Springs to break down the electronics. “The big difference between Blue Star and other organizations that create jobs for people with disabilities is that we pay our employees above minimum wage. We do not believe in 22 cents per hour. Every single employee of ours makes more than that,” Navarro said. By paying a full wage to their disabled workers, Blue Star representative Chris Finant said they are actually saving the state of Colorado money.
The Douglas/Elbert Task Force collected more than 2,000 pounds of used electronics with the help of Blue Star Recyclers May 17 at Meadows Middle School. Photo by Mike DiFerdinando “Every dollar that we pay our employees would otherwise be paid by the state in support. People who are disabled get state support to their family and when we are paying them a wage, it basically gets subtracted off of what the state has to pay their family,” Finant said. “They’re earning their way instead of having the money given to them from the state.” Another benefit of the Blue Star elec-
tronics recycling program is that it is able to be implemented all over the state, including in rural communities where jobs for the disabled are hard to come by. “In those smaller communities there’s nothing. A lot of the time they’re 100 percent unemployed. So when we go out to them and we give three people jobs, we just gave half the people in that town with disabilities jobs,” Finant said.
Project C.U.R.E. Brings Mission and Vision to Calendar of Events Chamber’s May Business After Hours For a complete calendar of South Metro Denver Chamber events and for more information,
visit our web site at www.bestchamber.com or call 303-795-0142.
Thursday, May 29: “Serving up Strategy: Learn Supply Chain through the Beer Game.” WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO
On May 13, almost 100 businesspeople attended a Business After Hours at the Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) headquarters in Centennial, CO. This event featured three guided tours of the facility by the organization’s CEO and directors of government affairs and operations. The tours gave participants insight into the overall vision of the organization, while providing a closer look into the facility’s operations. “I enjoyed attending the networking event hosted by Project C.U.R.E. and the South Metro Chamber. It’s an incredible feeling to be inside a warehouse full of items we would typically throw in the garbage, but instead, these items are saving lives and healing people. They may not be in our community, but kindness knows no boundaries, thanks to Project C.U.R.E.,” said attendee Angel Tuccy, co-host of the Experience Pros Radio Show on AM 560 KLZ.
Project C.U.R.E.’s mission is to identify, solicit, collect, sort, and distribute medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world. Volcano Asian Cuisine, a sushi and hibachi restaurant in Centennial, provided delicious appetizers for the group. “We were honored to be chosen to host the Chamber’s Business After Hours and share the mission and vision of Project C.U.R.E. with business leaders of South Metro,” said Jan Mazotti, director of communications, marketing and PR. Dr. Douglas Jackson, the organization’s president/CEO, spoke to the group, outlining the great impact the organization has around the world. Each week they deliver approximately three semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, they have delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries.
Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Project C.U.R.E., bringing together our business leaders with a national leader in philanthropy,” said Marcia McGilley, interim CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber. A team of South Metro Denver Chamber members continues to volunteer monthly at Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouse, sorting medical supplies for export. For more information about the South Metro Denver Chamber’s Business After Hours events, please visit www.bestchamber.com. For more information about Project C.U.R.E., please visit www.projectcure.org or contact Jan Mazotti 720-490-4021.
The 2014 Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year is …Peter T. Moore The 29th Annual Small Business Leadership Awards winners were announced Wednesday, May 7th at Comedy Works South. Peter T. Moore, a senior partner at Polsinelli PC, was chosen as that 2014 Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year. This award recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to both the business and Chamber communities. Those eligible include owners or employees of a business, non-profit or government agency.
Moore has contributed to economic development in Colorado by serving as general outside counsel for a number of Colorado businesses and assisting start-up companies. He considers it a privilege to help good business people make their businesses more successful. He donates over 500 hours of his legal expertise annually to local nonprofits and other organizations. His is the founder and Chairman of Vital for Colorado, a grass-roots 501(c)(4) advocacy group for energy production in Colorado. He serves as general counsel for National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado; Geneva Glen Camp. He serves on the Colorado Cooperation Conference and previously served on the Colorado Lawyer’s Committee, LawLine 9, and is a founding member of the Mile High
Chapter of the American Red Cross. In terms of economic development, Moore has been instrumental to growth in Colorado. He served as the lead counsel for the development of the Riverwalk project in Glendale, Colorado; Securisyn Medical, a local medical device company; ZAP Engineering and Construction Company; and DHS Drilling Company. Since 2009, Moore has been a member of the Chamber Board of Directors. He also serves as the Chamber’s Legal Counsel. In his spare time, he enjoys working on vintage cars and organized the Rocky Mountain DeLoreans. To echo his recommenders, Moore is a tremendous asset to his firm, the community and the Chamber.
Friday, May 30: Business Plan in a Day WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO Cost: $99 ($49 for Chamber members) Register www.smallbusinessdenver.com
Tuesday, June 3: Business Bible Study The Chamber Library 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO Energy Symposium Breakfast: Expand into Energy! WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO
Thursday, June 5: FastTracks - New Investor Orientation WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO
Saturday, June 7: Colorado National Guard CALFEX - Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise Fort Carson HWY 115, Colorado Springs, CO
Tuesday, June 10: Business After Hours Hosted by Automated Business Products 11999 E Caley Ave, Suite A, Centennial, CO
Wednesday, June 11: Exporting & Importing 101 WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO Cost: $25 Register www.smallbusinessdenver.com Webinar: SBA Loan Guaranty Financing Options for Small Businesses Overview Online Register www.smallbusinessdenver.com
Elbert County News 7
May 29, 2014
NEWS IN A HURRY Library foundation seeks board members
The Elbert County Libraries Foundation is seeking new board members. The mission of the ECLF is to raise funds to support the capital and programming needs of the Elbert County Library District. The district is looking for individuals with a marketing or fundraising background, as well as people to connect the library to different people and organizations in Elbert County. If you are interested, contact library director Kari May at 303-646-3792, ext. 10, or by email at director@elbertcountylibrary. org. The ECLF website is www.eclf.info.
Free fishing weekend slated
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding the public that Colorado’s Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for June 7 and 8. Anglers of all ages can fish without a license anywhere in the state that weekend. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that although a license is not required that weekend, all other rules and regulations will apply. Anglers should consult the 2014 Colorado Fishing Brochure for specific regulations and restrictions for the waters they’ll be fishing. From reservoirs, lakes and ponds to rivers and high-altitude streams, Colorado is a highly regarded fishing destination. The state features nearly 9,000 miles of trout streams, 321 miles of which are designated Gold Medal waters and managed for high-quality fishing. Fishing licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or from one of the more than 600 license agents across the state. Licenses can also be purchased online. Anglers may also purchase a fishing license over the phone by calling 800-2445613. To purchase a license or for more information about fishing, go to www.cpw. state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Fishing. aspx
Archery, ‘fun shoot’ on tap
Archery competition and a “fun shoot” will be hosted by Oakland OKs 4-H Club with the Colorado Bowhunters Association and the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation. The event is open to the public and will be held at CALF at Lowell Ranch on June 1. Adults and children are welcome. Equipment will be provided for novices.CALF is at 2330 S. East I-25 Frontage Road, three miles south of Plum Creek Parkway. Admission is $30 for adults; $20 for children: 11-17; and $10 for children under 10: $10. Register online for $5 discounts at www.thecalf.org.
Brewery hosts golf tournament
The Rockyard Brewery is hosting a four-person scramble/best ball charitable golf tournament May 30 to benefit the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. The event is at Arrowhead Golf Club, 10850 West Sundown Trail, Roxborough. The cost is $150 per golfer and $600 per foursome. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Flea market coming up
A community flea market is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14 at the Elizabeth High School parking lot. Tables are available for vendors. This fundraising event is hosted by the Elizabeth Schools’ Citizen Impact Committee and is open to the public.
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Realtor association to hold soiree
The Douglas Elbert Realtor Association will be hosting the 2nd Annual Summer Soiree from 5 to 8 p.m. June 24 at The Pinery Country Club, 6900 E. Pinery Parkway, Parker. Proceeds from the event will benefit Southeast Community Outreach. Wine tasting is provided by Parker Payless Liquors. Admission is $25 and it is open to the public. For more information, visit www.derarealtors.com or call 303-688-0941.
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May 29, 2014
Studies: Wildfires worse due to global warming More and earlier blazes the result, scientists say By Seth Borenstein Associated Press
The devastating wildfires scorching Southern California offer a glimpse of a warmer and more fiery
future, according to scientists and federal and international reports. In the past three months, at least three different studies and reports have warned that wildfires are getting bigger, that manmade climate change is to blame, and it’s only going to get worse with more fires starting earlier in the year. While scientists are re-
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luctant to blame global warming for any specific fire, they have been warning for years about how it will lead to more fires and earlier fire seasons. “The fires in California and here in Arizona are a clear example of what happens as the Earth warms, particularly as the West warms, and the warming caused by humans is making fire season longer and longer with each decade,” said University of Arizona geoscientist Jonathan Overpeck. “It’s certainly an example of what we’ll see more of in the future.” Since 1984, the area burned by the West’s largest wildfires — those of more than 1,000 acres — have increased by about 87,700 acres a year, according to an April study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. And the areas where fire has been increasing the most are areas where drought has been worsening and “that certainly points to climate being a major contributor,” study main author Philip Dennison of the University of Utah said May 16. The top five years with the most acres burned have all happened in the last decade, according to federal records. From 2010-13, about 6.4 million acres a year burned on average; in the 1980s it was 2.9 million acres a year. “We are going to see increased fire activity all across the West as the climate warms,” Dennison said. That was one of a dozen “key messages” in the 841page National Climate Assessment released by the federal government earlier this month. It mentioned wildfires 200 times.
Sen. George A. Rivera and Gov. John Hickenlooper shake hands after new legislation was signed that will authorize the state to expand the state’s firefighting fleet. SB14-164, one of three bills signed into law May 12 at Centennial Airport, will allow the state to buy two fire-spotting planes and contract for four helicopters and four single-engine tankers. Photo by Deborah Grigsby Smith
“Increased warming, drought and insect outbreaks, all caused by or linked to climate change have increased wildfires and impacts to people and ecosystems in the Southwest,” the federal report said. “Fire models project more wildfire and increased risks to communities across extensive areas.” Likewise, the Nobel prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change noted in March that wildfires are on the rise in the western U.S., have killed 103 Americans in 30 years, and will likely get worse. The immediate cause of the fires can be anything from lightning to arson; the first of the San Diego area fires, which destroyed at least eight houses, an 18unit condominium complex and two businesses, seemed to start from sparks from faulty construction
equipment working on a graded field, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff. But the California fires are fueled by three major ingredients: drought, heat and winds. California and Arizona have had their hottest first four months of the year on record, according to National Weather Service records. Parts of Southern California broke records May 15, racing past 100 degrees. For the past two weeks the entire state of California has been in a severe or worse drought, up from 46 percent a year ago, according to the U.S. drought monitor. “With the drought this year, we’re certainly going to see increased frequency of this type of event,” Dennison said. “Because of the drought the fuels (dry
plants and trees) are very susceptible to burning.” Another study last month in Geophysical Research Letters linked the ongoing drought to manmade climate change. Other scientists say that is not yet proven. Scientists will have to do a lot of time-consuming computer simulations before they can officially link the drought to climate change. But Overpeck said what is clear is that it’s not just a drought, but “a hot drought,” which is more connected to man-made warming. The other factor is the unusual early season Santa Ana winds, whose strength is a key factor in whipping the flames. So far, scientists haven’t connected early Santa Ana to climate change, Dennison said.
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GOLF TOURNAMENTS The Douglas/
Elbert Task Force will benefit from the Rockyard American Brewery’s second annual golf tournament, and the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce’s third annual A Day on the Greens tournament. Rockyard’s tournament is Friday, May 30, at Arrowhead Golf Club, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The Castle Pines tournament is Monday, July 14, with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Go to www. detaskforce.org/events or call 720-648-5558.
May 31; June 3-6
Elizabeth High School and Elizabeth Middle School plan several sports camps this summer. At the high school are: track and field, Saturday, May 31; youth softball, Tuesday to Friday, June 3-6; volleyball camp, Monday to Wednesday, June 9-11. At the middle school are girls basketball camp, Monday to Thursday, June 23-26, and girls volleyball camp, Monday to Thursday, July 7-10. Go to http://elizabeth. k12.co.us/ for information and registration forms.
BOOK SALE The annual Friends of the Elizabeth Library book sale is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5-7 at the Elizabeth Library. The sale includes thousands of books including fiction, nonfiction and children’s books in both hard cover
and paperback. All proceeds from the sale support the programs, collection and facilities at the Elizabeth Library. Donations of books are welcome through June 4. Call 303-646-3416.
music The Elbert County Library District welcomes musician Calvin Weatherall, who will demonstrate musical instruments and the science behind how they work. He will perform at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 9 at the Simla Library; at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Elizabeth Library; and at noon June 12 at the Kiowa Library. Call 303646-3416, 303-621-2111 or 719-541-2573 or visit www. elbertcountylibrary.org.
FLEA MARKET The citizen impact committee plans a flea market fundraiser on Saturday, June 14, at the Elizabeth High School parking lot. There is plenty of space for vendors, homemade goods, merchandise or garage sale items. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Take a road trip and pick up a treasure or two Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, with Treasure Trek, starting in Elizabeth on Colo. 86, and trekking to garage sales across Colorado’s central plains, including Simla, Elbert, Kiowa, Elizabeth and more. Contact 719-541-2288 or ranchland@bigsandytelco. com for information.
MONTHLY BREAKFAST The Elbert Woman’s
Club plans its monthly breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, June 22, at the Russell Gates Mercantile Community Hall. Biscuits, gravy, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, coffee/tea and juice are served for $6/adults and $3/ children under 12. The Hall is located in Elbert on Elbert Road between Highways 86 and 24, 11 miles south of Kiowa. Proceeds support the maintenance and renovation of the Hall, built in 1906.
District concludes its summer of programs with a bubble party. Explore the science behind bubbles. Program is at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, at the Simla Library; at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Elizabeth Library; and at noon July 24, at the Kiowa Library. Call 303646-3416, 303-621-2111 or 719-541-2573 or visit www. elbertcountylibrary.org.
GOLF TOURNAMENT A charity golf
tournament to benefit AFA Wounded Airman Program and the local Air Force family is planned for Monday, June 23, at Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Course, 23155 E. Heritage Parkway, Aurora. The tournament is a scramble format and begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Sponsorships are available and donations for a silent auction are welcome. Registration for players and sponsors can be found at www.defensetournament.golfreg.com.
STREET FAIR The sixth annual Kiowa Street Fair/Car Show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28. If you enjoy unique shopping, car shows, learning about historic communities, watching your kids have fun, live music, mouthwatering BBQ or just socializing with old and new friends; this is the place to be. The Cowboy Up Rodeo and dance is in town too. This is a weekend of fun, fun, fun! All in the amazing town of Kiowa. There is still some time to sign up to be a vendor, or to reserve your spot to show off your vehicle. For information contact Michelle or Kim at 303-621-2366.
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FESTIVAL THE Elbert Day Festival, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16, will feature a country breakfast, pancake race, art booths, craft/food vendors, live music by Barry Ward and Carlos Washington. A parade and old time games for all ages included. Antique cars, petting zoo, pony rides, roping, 5K race. Call 303-648-3611 or email elberttowncommittee@ gmail.com. THE OUTBACK
Express is a public transit service provided through the East Central Council of Local Governments is open and available to all residents of Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln counties and provides an economical and efficient means of travel for the four-county region. Call Kay Campbell, Kiowa, at 719- 541-4275. You may also call the ECCOG office at 1-800-825-0208 to make reservations for any of the trips. You may also visit http://outbackexpress. tripod.com. To ensure that a seat is available, 24-hour advance reservations are appeciated.
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Getting revved up 200 hot rods on display at the Second Annual OutRock Car Show By Mike DiFerdinando
mdiferdinando @coloradocommunitymedia.com Vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display at the Outlets at Castle Rock as the Rocky Mountain Car Club kicked off the Second Annual OutRock Car Show and Concert Series May 18. The show featured pre-1960 vehicles, muscle cars from 1960 to 1974, sports cars from 1975 to 1999 and new millennium vehicles. The money raised from the event will benefit the Morgan Adams Foundation, which is dedicated to helping kids with cancer improve their chances of survival as well as reducing the devastating side effects that treatment can cause.
Friends Denny Woolman, owner of a 1932 Ford Roadster, and Gerry Fitzpatrick, owner of a 1927 Ford Roadster, found out about the show online earlier in the week and decided to bring their hot rods and join in on the festivities. “I think the main thing is hanging out with your friends and other people who like the same things as you do,” Fitzpatrick said. The pair said they’ve been working on their cars for nearly 15 years but will likely never get to the point where they feel like they’re complete. “There’s always things to play with,” Woolman said. “That’s why they call it a hobby.” Keith Bates was excited to show off his newly rescued 1965 Mustang. “I have a friend. I kept bugging her to sell it to me for the last 10 or 15 years. To sell it to me or restore it and finally, one day, I got an email saying she would sell it to me,” Bates said. “It was actually out in a barn for all these years if you can believe that. It was her grandmother’s car.”
Keith Bates rescued his green 1965 Ford Mustang from a friend’s barn. The car was among many that were on display at the Outlets at Castle Rock May 18 to kick off the Second Annual OutRock Car Show and Concert Series. Photo by Mike DiFerdinando The OutRock Car Show and Concert Series will take place once a month throughout the summer. Over 10,000 spectators are expected to come see 200 show cars, trucks and motorcycles on display each month. The shows will feature eight classes
of cars. Vintage: pre 1960, Muscle: 19601974, Sports: 1975-1999, New Millennium: 2000-Current, Exotic, Modified, Motorcycle and Truck. The next show will be 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. June 29.
Water-garden event set for Hudson site Each spring, members of the Colorado Water Garden Society offer a diverse selection of hardy water lilies, tropical water lilies, tropical and hardy marginals, bog plants, floating plants and even some pond critters for sale. They also offer potting materials, pots, fertilizer tablets and advice and information, including photos of mature plants. In the past, this sale has been held at Denver Botanic Gardens, where the society meets, but from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 1, it will be at Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, due to scheduling conflicts. Members will hold the sale on the patio of the Hudson Residence, north of the shop where one enters Hudson Gardens. Visitors can also tour the Water Gardens and Victorian Lily Pond at Hudson Gardens, which are overseen by CWGS president Bob Hoffman. Admission to Hudson Gardens is free and there is ample free parking. For further information, contact Vicki Aber, 303-423-9216, or visit colowatergardensociety.org. (A partial list of plants will be posted.)
Kentucky author visits Author Holly Prosser of Richmond, Ky., will sign copies of her book, “Colliding With Grace,” from 2-4 p.m. May 31 at Cookies and Crema, 4284 Trail Boss Drive #100, Castle Rock. The story tells of a woman from a middle-class white American family and another from a poverty-stricken village in Ethiopia, brought together by a child.
Last week, we listed an appearance from May 29-31 by comedian Bobcat Goldthwaite at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village. It has been postponed to Oct. 23-25.
The doctor is in
Dr. Tom Noel’s Ph.D. dissertation was on saloons of Colorado, and he has been inspecting these establishments ever since. He will talk about Colorado’s drinking past at 7 p.m. June 10 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton, and will have copies of more recent books for sale. Free. 303-7953961.
Young musicians The Young Musicians Federation will host a 30th anniversary celebration concert at 2:30 p.m. June 1 at Hamilton Hall, the University of Denver’s Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, featuring young musicians from its roster of professionaltrack students. Included: violinist Emily Switzer, 18, a Kent Denver School senior; flutist Sarah Umezono, 21, of Louisville, a Lamont School of Music senior; violinist Tommy Peeples, 19, Thornton, now with the Western States Chamber Orchestra; and double bassist William Cravy, 21, Denver, on the Colorado Symphony’s substitute A list and member of the What’s New
Music Ensemble. Seating is general admission and donations will be accepted at the YMF table outside Hamilton Hall.
Getting wizardly Summer Wizard Camp will be held June 16-19 and July 7-10 at Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., Castle Rock, (August dates to be announced.) Ages 7 and up. Classes 9:30 a.m. to noon each day, with a professional stage show at noon on Thursdays. Cost: $175 includes supplies, T-shirt and tote bag for props. Mail checks payable to Dream Masterz to 3721 Starflower Road, Castle Rock, CO, 80109. (Minimum class size is 10.)
Crawford to visit Christina Crawford, daughter of actress Joan Crawford, will present her show (documentary film and talk-back) called “Surviving Mommie Dearest” on June 6-7 at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe Street. 303-293-0075, Lannies.com.
Colorado butterflies come to Chatfield New seasonal habitat open through October By Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe @coloradocommunitymedia.com Many area families have delighted in the experience of visiting the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster and having a lovely creature light on them. South-metro families can make a shorter trip this summer, as Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and the Butterfly Pavilion have collaborated on a new seasonal habitat called Butterflies at Chatfield. The habitat is open now and will continue through early October. It features, in a large tent, hundreds of native Colorado butterflies such as two-tailed swallowtail, monarch, silver-spotted skipper and painted lady. Species will vary from day to day, with 100 new chrysalides (butterfly pupae in cocoons) arriving each week. Visitors can see them emerging in a custom chrysalis chamber. More than 50 indigenous plant species will be planted in a special garden to provide a habitat for these blossoms on the
if you go Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is located at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, just a short drive south of the intersection of C-470 and South Wadsworth Boulevard. The butterfly exhibit will run until early October, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily — last entry is 4 p.m. A $5 parking fee per vehicle does not include the separate admission ticket required to enter the butterfly house, which costs $6/adult, $5 senior, $4 child, free 2 and under. Botanicgardens.org. wing. The Butterfly Pavilion describes itself as “a zoo of small wonders.” Invertebrates make up 97 percent of the animal species on our planet and they play a major role in ensuring the health of our environment. While families are visiting the 750-acre Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, they will want to see the historic farm and explore some of the many hiking paths that illustrate different ecological systems. Birds are plentiful, and there is an old one-room schoolhouse that once served students living nearby. And one finds seasonally changing native plant life of all kinds and assorted native critters. Originally called Chatfield Arboretum, this wonderful asset was set aside as floodplain by the Army Corps of Engineers after
Silver Spotted Skippers will be among the Colorado native butterflies at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Courtesy photo the 1965 flood — meaning it could not be developed. In combination with Chatfield State Park, local residents have access to
acres of natural areas close enough to pop in for a few hours’ visit and perhaps a picnic.
Elbert County News 11
May 29, 2014
Fly-fishing book gets you hooked Latest from Colorado writer could be gift By Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe @coloradocommunitymedia.com “At the desk it’s all about the luscious sense, sound and possibilities of language. On the water it’s all about the fish and the beautiful places they live. The only real difficulties you encounter are in getting from one place to the other.” — John Gierach Gierach, who lives in the Colorado town of Lyons, with good trout streams nearby, has developed a career many would envy: When he goes fishing, he’s doing his job. The above paragraph is contained in the opening chapter, “A Day at the Office,” in his latest — 17th — book, published in April: “All Fishermen are Liars.” For a reader whose outdoor excursions ran more to hiking, herding kids and identifying birds, butterflies and wildflowers, some of Gierach’s highly specialized descriptions of gear and technique seemed to
almost be written in a foreign language, but his flowing words are an absolute joy. I can only guess at how much a dedicated fisherman would love comparing experiences as he or she leafs through this smallish volume. Gierach travels across the U.S. coast to coast and north into Canada, Alaska, Labrador. He may fly into a fishing camp or drive in on white-knuckle roads. Once arrived, he spends hours in waders standing patiently and waiting for a brief encounter with trout, steelhead, salmon or occasionally other varieties of fish — but especially trout. He then goes home and recalls his adventures in lucid, descriptive prose that borders on poetry at times, with short flashes of humor that have been compared to the great Mark Twain. Encounters with assorted folks of the same ilk — most gracious and some testy — are recounted with the same spare, precise language as are accounts of days by beautiful streams, lakes and woods — or days spent in icy rain and fog. He does address the possibility that one may not really want to reveal the whereabouts of a truly splendid fishing spot, citing a quote from novelist Tom McGuane:
Author John Gierach writes about fly fishing across the country and in Canada. Courtesy photo “Whenever you feel like falling silent, do it.” The first chapter concludes: “(S)till, even on those rare days when you trudge off to a trout stream not so much because you want to, but because your livelihood depends on
it, you have a better day at the office than most.” “All Fishermen are Liars” is published by Simon and Schuster at $24. It might be a great Father’s Day gift in some families.
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Non-Denominational “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher…You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.” (C.S. Lewis)
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Sunday mornings at Immanuel Lutheran 9:30 a.m. Sundays Lone Tree Civic Center, 8527 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO
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Joyful Mission Preschool 303-841-3770 7051 East Parker Hills Ct. • Parker, CO 303-841-3739 www.joylutheran-parker.org
Abiding Word Lutheran Church UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
8391 S. Burnley Ct., Highlands Ranch
Open and Affirming
(Next to RTD lot @470 & University)
Worship Services Sundays at 9:00am
8:00 am Chapel Service 9:00 & 10:30 am Sanctuary 10:20 am St. Andrew Wildflower Sunday School 9:00 & 10:30 am
www.st-andrew-umc.com 303-794-2683 Preschool: 303-794-0510
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Pastor Paul Flannery “It’s not about us... It’s about serving others... T hen God gets the Glory!”
2121 Dad Clark Drive • 720.259.2390 • www.HFCdenver.org
First Presbyterian Church First United of Littleton Methodist Church 1200 South Street Castle Rock, CO 80104 303.688.3047 www.fumccr.org
9:00 am Sunday WorShip
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Parker evangelical Presbyterian church Connect – Grow – Serve
8:45 am & 10:30 am 9030 Miller road Parker, Co 80138 303-841-2125 www.pepc.org
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An Evangelical Presbyterian Church Sunday Worship 10:30 4825 North Crowfoot Valley Rd. Castle Rock • canyonscc.org 303-663-5751 “Loving God - Making A Difference”
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United Church Of Christ Parker Hilltop 10926 E. Democrat Rd. Parker, CO • 10am Worship www.uccparkerhilltop.org 303-841-2808
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Congregation Beth Shalom Serving the Southeast Denver area
Call or check our website for information on services and social events! www.cbsdenver.org
The Bahá’í Faith
“The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”
Weekly children’s classes, devotions and study DouglasCountyAssembly@gmail.com 303.947.7540
Community Church of Religious Science Sunday 10:00 a.m. at the historic Ruth Memorial Chapel on Mainstreet
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May 29, 2014
Event at Cherokee honors founder Gatsby-style attire suggested for party
if you go Reservations are required: Guest Level tickets: $60 and VIP tickets: $100. (The latter include a Castle tour, champagne and a toast with Tweet’s favorite Scotch.) Cherokee Castle is at 6113 N. Daniels Park Road, Sedalia. Call 303-688-4600 to RSVP. For more information, see cherokeeranch.org.
By Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe @coloradocommunitymedia.com Mildred Montague Genevieve “Tweet” Kimball (1914-1999) was Douglas County’s larger-than-life matriarch and patron for many years. A legendary hostess, international traveler and award-winning cattlewoman, she left a unique legacy for those who come after her. In 1996, she developed the Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation and donated the land surrounding the castle, protecting and preserving a unique scenic and historic area for the future. On June 14, the foundation will celebrate her memory from 6-10:30 p.m. with a Gatsby-style party at the castle, and the community is invited. There will be champagne, hors d’oeuvres, live music for dancing by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, a silent auction and performances by acrobats and aerialists. Gatsby attire is suggested. “She had friends all over the world and her home was always open to them,” said Meg Anderson in the dedication of her charming cookbook, “Castle Entertaining from Ranch Hands to Royalty,” which she
and her husband, John Lake, wrote. “She was active in many organizations and was generous in raising money for all of them. Her parties were exciting, fun, beautiful.” Anderson was caterer for Kimball for many years and Lake donned a butler’s coat when guests were expected. The book includes memories, photos and recipes, with tales of Tweet, who became a close friend — and of visitors, including Britain’s Princess Anne. Longtime Douglas County resident/author Angela Overy contributed a forward to the book with a biography, from which we draw: Kimball grew up as a Tennessee belle, the educated daughter of a wealthy family who exposed her to art, literature, travel and a sense of business. Her father nicknamed her “Tweet” and it stayed with her. She married another Southern plantation offspring, lived in Britain with him for a period, adopted two sons and eventually divorced.
Great Hall at Cherokee Castle is the scene for parties and performances. Courtesy photo Courtesy of Joe & Joyce Keum They agreed that she would live in the West and he in the East, so she returned to Colorado, where she had vacationed, and purchased her castle on a hill, eventually building a herd of prize-winning Santa Gertrudis cattle. The Scottish-style castle is sited high on 3,400 pristine acres near Sedalia, 30 minutes south of Denver. Elk and wild turkeys live on the land, as do numerous varieties of birds and other creatures. A few of the
Santa Gertrudis cattle remain for educational purposes. Through the foundation, the castle and ranch serve many roles: The venue is a museum, filled with fine art, furnishings and memorabilia from around the world. It is a cultural center with ongoing concerts, whiskey tastings, theater, lectures, mystery suppers and a series of outdoor programs. It also hosts private weddings and meetings.
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Elbert County News 13 May 29, 2014
Mustangs win lacrosse title Ponderosa bests Wheat Ridge for state 4A championship By Tom Munds
tmunds @coloradocommunitymedia.com Ponderosa players swarmed the field, lined up to accept the trophy and saluted their fans on May 17 after they won the Class 4A state boys lacrosse championship by defeating defending champion Wheat Ridge, 13-11. “We won as a team,” Mustangs coach Patrick Tierney said after the game. “Our guys knew they needed each other. They worked hard and passed the ball when they saw a teammate in a better position for a shot. No one tried to win the game by himself. It was a great win for us.” Action in the championship game, played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, started quickly as Wheat Ridge scored less than a minute into the contest. For about four minutes, the teams sparred, each team feeling out the opponent while seeking to take control of the tempo of play. The Mustangs took the lead as Blake Bruner’s goal with 14 seconds left in the first quarter put Ponderosa ahead 3-1. Wheat Ridge narrowed the gap to 3-2 on a long-range shot by John Roach early in the second period. The teams traded goals before Ponderosa scored three consecutive goals to take a 7-4 advantage into halftime. Halftime statistics were about even as Ponderosa took 17 shots on goal and the Farmers took 15 shots at the net. Both goalies were credited with four saves. Wheat Ridge scored the first goal of the third period before the Mustangs responded with four straight goals, one by Derik Mango, two by Bruner and one by Jack Griffin. The result was the Mustangs led 12-7 going into the final quarter. Mango scored early in the fourth quarter but Wheat Ridge refused to toss in the towel. With 6:29 left on the clock, the Farmers
Fans in the stands cheer as the Ponderosa players create a “dog pile” to celebrate winning the state Class 4A boys lacrosse championship. The Mustang won the May 17 game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High by edging Wheat Ridge, 13-11. Photo by Tom Munds came on strong. Four different players put the ball in the net to close the gap to 1311 with 1:04 left in the game. However, the Mustangs got possession of the ball, spread things out and kept possession until time expired. The Mustang coach said he knew his team had to respond when Wheat Ridge closed the scoring gap to a 9-6 in the third period. “We had to score goals because if Wheat Ridge gets ahead, they take the ball and eat time off the clock,” Tierney said. “When they began coming back late we stiffened. We did draw some penalties that made it tough but we got the win. All year, we had 10 good players on the year. If you take the scoring opportunities away from on player, someone else steps up to beat you.
For some of these guys, this has been three years in the making and it is a great feeling for all of us.” Bruner, who scored four goals for the Mustangs, said it was a good day for him and a good day for his team. “I had a good day because our team executed our game plan and pressed the attack. I scored because my teammates got the ball to me when I was open to take a good shot at the goal,” Bruner said. “When I took a shot, I just looked for a spot where I might get the ball into net. That was tough because Jensen (Makrov), their goalie, is amazing. He is going to Maryland to play lacrosse so you know he is a stud.” The senior said winning a state championship was the perfect way to end his prep lacrosse career.
“It was absolutely perfect,” he said. “There can’t be a better feeling.” Wheat Ridge Coach Chris Knott said it was a tough game against a very good lacrosse team. “Our boys were ready to play, we came out and scored that first goal but then we made a few mistakes through the game that hurt us and cost us,” he said. “They got a big lead but our boys must have looked at the clock because they shifted out play into overdrive with about seven minutes to play.” He said his team scored goals but it was too big a gap to close. “Congratulations to Ponderosa,’ he said. “I take my hats off to them. They were the better team today and the better team won.”
Elephant Rock ready to roll Riders have options in state’s largest cycling event By Mike DiFerdinando
mdiferdinando @coloradocommunitymedia.com For the 27th year, the Subaru Elephant Rock Ride will unofficially kick off the start of cycling season on the Front Range. The June 1 event in Castle Rock offers 100-, 62- and 32-mile rides, along with a 27-mile fat tire ride, and an eight-mile family fun ride. “It really is a great time to start the season,” event director Scott Harris said. “The roads are getting clear, temperatures are warming up and people are starting to get into their training.” The region’s largest cycling event will host live music, food and an expo showcasing the best of the outdoor industry. More than 60 vendors are expected to be at the expo. As the largest cycling festival in Colorado, event officials say they expect a projected 7,500 cyclists in attendance. “From the eight-mile family ride to the century course there’s something that’s right for everyone, even beginners,” Harris said. Proceeds from the Subaru Elephant Rock Ride go to assisting several nonprofit
Start timeS for elephant rock ride 100-milers - 5:30 to 7 a.m. 62-milers - 6 to 8 a.m. 32-milers - 8 to 9 a.m. 27-milers - 8 to 9 a.m. 8-milers - 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
partners in raising funds for their organizations. In 2013, around $330,000 was raised on behalf of The Colorado Neurological Institute, Team Transplant, ALZ Stars, Team Zimbabwe, The Ride School of Denver and The Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation. The cost of the event is $85 for adults riding the 100- and 62-mile courses, $6 for adults riding the 32- and 27-mile courses, $50 for children riding the 32- and 27-mile courses and $40 for the eight-mile family ride. Each rider will receive a ticket to a postride Italian lunch, a specially designed 2014 Subaru Elephant Rock T-shirt, a virtual goodie bag and a chance to win dozens of valuable prizes and a bike number and wristband. Riders must wear their event wristband at all times. The wristband will provide ac-
cess to the courses and refreshments at the aid stations and serve as a ticket to the post lunch and prize drawings at the post party. Helmets are required for all rides. For the 100- and 62-mile courses, riders must be at least 15 years of age. Ride-day registration will be held at the Event Center at The Douglas County Fairgrounds from 4-8 p.m. May 31 and 5:30-9 a.m. June 1. Camping is available at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday night for both tent camping and RV camper parking. The cost is $20 per campsite and RV spot. “Cycling is fun alone, but there’s something special about riding in a group like this,” Harris said. This year the Subaru Elephant Rock Ride is introducing a new race to the festival. Douglas County’s Greenland Ranch open space will host Colorado’s 1st annual EROCK Sunrise to Sunset Front Range Relay Mountain Bike Race. The course is a fast 8.25-mile loop with stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Rampart Range and will take place May 31. The Sunrise to Sunset race is designed to offer recreational and competitive cyclists the opportunity to experience the thrill of competing in a challenging endurance race on a less technical off-road course. The daylong race offers competitors with awards, prize packages and a postrace awards celebration.
Tom Walton of Colorado Springs cruises to the finish line of last year’s 62-mile Elephant Rock ride. The 27th annual Elephant Rock Cycling Festival will start and finish June 1 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock. File photo
14 Elbert County News
May 29, 2014
Mental Health Continued from Page 3
hope is that private-sector psychiatric hospitals will meet some of the need. He gave the example of Clear View Behavioral Health, which broke ground in April on a 92-bed hospital east of Loveland expected to open in 2015. For now, hospital administrators and family members describe large geographic swaths of scarcity. In Grand Junction, West Springs Hospital is the only psychiatric hospital between Salt Lake City and Denver. The hospital, which has 32 beds, opened in 2005, at the same time as neighboring St. Mary’s Hospital closed its inpatient area. Like other private-sector hospitals across the state, St. Mary’s found that providing psychiatric services on top of other medical services was too costly.
Most not violent
The vast majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent, but those who are receive more than their fair share of headlines and news broadcasts. The rate of violence among people with severe mental illnesses ranges from 8 percent for those receiving outpatient treatment to 37 percent among patients in the throes of their first episode of psychosis, according to a research review by Duke University psychiatry professor Jeffrey Swanson. Suicide has a much closer tie with mental illness. More than 90 percent of those who take their own lives have depression or another mental disorder, or a substance abuse issue, according to one epidemiological study cited by the National Institute of Mental Health. Much of the demand for psychiatric beds comes from people who pose a danger to themselves. The scarcity can make an already precarious situation even more traumatizing. Grand Junction resident Rebecca Edwards has had a long history of mental illness, including depression, and has been through the whole gamut of available care. After she was administered electro-convulsive therapy a few years ago at Porter Hospital, she didn’t recognize the symptoms of a stroke that permanently affected her speech. She thought she was experiencing the side effects of shock therapy. Edwards says she’s grateful for the mental health treatment that has allowed her to live in the community, supported by her peers. But when the stress of moving to an assisted-living situation last July sent her into a deep depression, she needed more intensive treatment. What she got instead was a disorienting ride across
the mountains with strangers in the middle of the night. Placed in an involuntary mental-health hold because she was suicidal, Edwards was handcuffed. She landed at a hospital in Colorado Springs. “I felt very afraid, very alone,” says Edwards. “When you get taken away from that support, it’s hard to deal with. It made me feel a lot more hopeless, like I was alone in my struggle with depression.”
Boarding in ER
If people at the receiving end of flawed mental-health services feel frustrated, it’s a feeling often shared by those at the giving end. Matt Skwiot is an emergency room doctor at Grand River Hospital in Rifle, an oil and gas town between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction with a population of less than 10,000. He sees workers injured by explosions, car accident victims, elderly people with broken hips And like other ERs, this one has become a holding pen for people in a psychiatric crisis. About once a week at Grand River, there’s just no psychiatric facility available to take a patient. So a room in the ER is cleared of equipment with cords and other tools that could be used in a suicide attempt. Security is called, and a camera is monitored. For as long as three days, the patients are kept alone in the room. None of them see a psychiatrist, says Skwiot. And then, once they’re stable, they’re sent home. “You’re trying to provide a safe place, you’re trying to provide the best care that you can,” says Skwiot. But ER doctors don’t have the training or skills to give people the therapy and other support they need. If it was me locked up in this room for 72 hours, with minimal interaction, minimal stimulation, I’m already depressed and suicidal, that seems like it … would make things worse.”
Before the violence
On a sunny Monday in April two months after her son came back from the hospital in Pueblo, Nordeen was playing with him at a park behind their home. The gap-toothed kid was affectionate and energetic, alternately asking for and receiving hugs from his mom, and shouting captain’s orders in a game of pirates. Things were calm and happy. But Nordeen felt like the family was in a holding pattern. Her son was out of school, with a psychiatrist’s note saying that school’s stresses would be too much for him. Nordeen was apprehensive about sending him back, and worried about the future. “What’s scary,” says Nordeen, “is that who’s to say he’s not going to be one of those kids that follows through on his threats? ... I almost feel like I’ve exhausted every option
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in Grand Junction,” says Nordeen. “Because there’s not a lot of options available.” Community-based mental health treatment and support is chronically underfunded, mental health advocates say. An analysis by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News found that overall funding for mental health in the state hasn’t kept up with inflation since the 1980s. A well-intentioned push to remove people from institutionalized care led to the closing of state psychiatric hospital beds, but equal attention was never given to creating a replacement. As a result, community mental health services continue to defer to first responders and emergency services when the threat of violence looms. In Colorado Springs, the mother of Anthony Martinez says she has struggled for years to help her son get adequate treatment for schizophrenia. When he’s stable, Martinez, 34, is good-natured and loving. When he’s not, he can be violent. He’s been in and out of the state hospital in Pueblo, and sometimes jail, for years. In August, Martinez was released from the state psychiatric hospital to live with his mother, along with his sister, her husband and their two young children. The family was told that no other place — including group homes — would take him. The state hospital said they couldn’t discuss a patient’s case, said Dan Drayer, spokesman for the state Department of Human Services. He said that Martinez was not available for an interview. In November, the family called 911 after Martinez threatened a family friend. When he returned home, they consulted with a community mental health center, expressing fears about their safety. They were told to call the police again if they felt unsafe. By January, Martinez was holding a large kitchen knife up to his mother’s face, threatening to kill her. With coaxing, Martinez laid down his knife, and was taken back to the state hospital. The experience left Martinez’s mother, Patty Blakney, shaken and angry that her son had been discharged from the hospital while he was still unstable. “I’m scared to have him living with me,” she says. “I’m not saying cage him. But what would help us would be a place where he’s going to live, where he’s not going to hurt someone, where they’re making sure he’s on his medication.” They haven’t found it yet.
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NOTICE OF PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET Notice is hereby given that a proposed budget has been submitted to the Board of Education of the Elizabeth C-1 School District for the ﬁscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and has been ﬁled in the ofﬁce of the Superintendent of Schools where it is available for public inspection. Such proposed budget will be considered for adoption at a regular meeting of the Board of Education of the District to be held at 634 South Elbert Street, Elizabeth, Colorado on
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Dated May 19, 2014 Christopher Richardson, Secretary, Board of Education Legal Notice No.: 927971 First Publication: May 29, 2014 Last Publication: May 29, 2014 Publisher: The Elbert County News
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Elbert County Payment List Public Notice GENERAL FUND HEALTH FUND ROAD AND BRIDGE SALES AND USE FUND PUBLIC TRUSTEE LEAF FUND HUMAN SERVICES FUND RETIREMENT FUND IMPACT FUND CONSERVATION TRUST GRAND TOTAL
$427,397.88 $8,020.11 $330,254.93 $19,557.00 $125.00 $33,605.40 $60,364.03 $34,669.51 $6,000.00 $10,064.85 $930,058.71
Vendor Name Description Amt 2Hp Construction, Llc Building Maintenance 2,600.00 A & E Tire Vehicle Maintenance 7,715.01 Aaron Shea Reimbursement 39.00 Accountability Polygraph Svcs Operating Expense 250.00 Acoma Locksmith Service Operating Expense 1,124.42 Agate Mutual Telephone Monthly Utilities 22.90 Airgas Intermountain Operating Expense 1,076.84 All Access Operating Expense 2,693.86 Arapahoe Heating Service Maintenance 204.82 Assa Abloy Entrance Systems Us Building Maintenance 264.49 Auto Glass Guys Auto Repair And Maintenance 755.00 Auto-Cholor System Of Denver Operating Expense 163.50 Baby Bear Hugs Tanf Contract 2,184.00 Ben Bradley Reimbursement 27.17 Bender Menders Equipment Repair 1,137.47 Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti General Litigation 5,236.88 Big O Tires Operating Expense 633.80 Black Hills Energy Monthly Utilities 3,310.10 Blue Star Police Supply Uniforms 273.94 Bob Ware Reimbursement 39.00 Boral Aggregates Operating Expense 16,818.22 Carolyn Burgener Contract 400.00 Caterpillar Financial Services Operating Expense 6,300.64 Catherine Lambert Reimbursement 236.84 Ccp Industries Operating Expense 389.78 Cdw Government Operating Expense 19,761.51 Central States Hose Operating Expense 142.50 Centurylink Monthly Charges 6,136.45 Certified Laboratories Purewash System 124.90 Chemtox Operating Expense 490.00 Co Dept Of Labor Fuel 140.00 Co Assessors Assoc Conference 325.00 Cbi Fingerprints 276.50 Co Community Public Notice 27.00 Co Department Of Public Safety Cbi Fees 444.50 Co Dept Of Health Operating Expense 1,649.00
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Co Dept Of Labor Operating Expense Co Division Of Fire Prev Operating Expense Co State Patrol Motor Employee Training Co State University Extension Operating Expense Comcast Monthly Charges Comfort Of Home Training Meal Community Media Of Co Monthly Publication Concealed Contraband Maintenance Contract Consolidated Comm Net Fee Continental Divide Fence Fencing Supplies Coroner Me Computer Program Corporate Billing Llc Connector Correctional Healthcare Medical For Inmates County Sheriff’s Of Co Operating Expense Credit Union Of Co Credit Card Trans Creekside Animal Hospital Operating Expense Csu Extension Employee Training Curbside Datacontrol Annual Shredding D-J Petroleum . Fuel Dales Paint Supply Co Equipment Dana Herrera Reimbursement Dana Mccracken Customer Refund Debbie Jones Reimbursement Deep Rock Shop Supplies Denver Industrial Sales Asphalt Rubber Double El Soil Operating Expense Douglas County Treasurer Operating Expense Elbert County Task Force Operating Expense Drive Train Industries Operating Expense E470 Public Hwy Operating Expense Ec Coalition For Outreach Professional Services Eide Bailly Operating Expense El Paso County Operating Expense Communications Authority Operating Expense Elbert County News Paper Subscription Elbert County R&B Operating Expense Elbert County Treasurer Operating Expense Elizabeth Fire Dept. Operating Expense Elizabeth Storage Storage Rental Emergency Vehicle Specialists Vehicle Maintenance Enertia Consulting Gr Llc Cr 29 Improvements Fair Point Communications Te Grant Fastenal Co Vehicle Maintenance Fertig-March . Operating Expense Frontier Business Product Office Supplies Frontier Communications Operating Expense Frontline Security Monthly Rental G&K Services Operating Expense George’s Repair Shop Uniforms Glaser Gas Co Operating Expense Glenn A. Ohrns Contract Wages Grainger Operating Expense
86.59 4,678.93 200.00 4,519.51 573.54 139.75 147.50 2,700.00 170.00 85.00 250.00 801.01 11,490.58 895.00 9,940.51 129.00 55.00 445.00 37,458.17 202.79 174.56 200.00 65.50 8.45 12,482.86 79.20 24,902.91 3,478.20 1,667.36 25.90 1,242.00 3,560.00 5,400.00 135.00 30.00 1,127.39 177,998.60 450.00 110.00 940.80 21,675.00 497.42 42.59 113.88 11.00 1,231.96 5,022.16 714.80 399.00 232.26 1,944.00 136.77
Great West Life & Annuity Greenlee’s Pro Auto Care Hamacher Family Partnership Harbor Freight Tools Heads Up Co Youth Home Depot Credit Service Honnen Equipment Co Id Edge Irea Interstate Battery. J&A Traffic Products J&S Contractors Supply Co Janet Maloney Jc Electric John Deere Fin K Kruse Sylvester Kimball Midwest Kiowa Creek Comm Church Kiowa Storage Krav Maga Worldwide Larry Ross Laser Technology Leah Lefever Lisa Mazzola Lyle Sign Nm 7165 Martech Mary Louise Jacobson Matt Martinich Mcafee Medved Co Mhc Kenworth Mike Graeff Mines & Associates Pc Mountain View Electric Neal D. Christensen Cpa Nextel Communications Northern Safety Co Office Of Da Parker Port-A-Potty . Paul Arnold Peace In Christ Lutheran Phil Long Ford . Phoenix Technology Pitney Bowes Potestio Brothers Poysti And Adams Pro Ag Solutions Proforce Pronghorn Country Ace Psychological Dimensions, Purewater Dynamics Quill Corporation
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88,089.76 2,735.06 6,000.00 198.83 4,750.00 1,440.03 693.70 2,669.54 7,500.78 75.68 8,055.50 1,540.10 23.03 1,600.00 76,092.67 14.00 122.53 2,805.00 410.00 1,400.00 108.52 4,020.00 73.64 1,137.50 6,582.77 269.00 50.00 90.00 727.56 206.05 268.36 200.00 552.72 1,035.31 90.00 2,674.23 196.89 120,320.25 227.00 5,970.00 75.00 245.00 21,337.50 5,000.00 117.73 12,477.05 325.41 1,692.45 111.96 350.00 50.00 1,062.68
Rainbow Collision/Auto Glass Rebecca Gale Recall Secure Dest Svc Recycled Materials Co. Richard Brown Porta Pot Rental Robert Rowland Rock Parts Co Rky Mtn Spring & Susp Ron Turner Rt Services Corp Llc Running Crk Quick Lube Sam’s Club Gecf Schmidt Construction Co School Outfitters Signal Graphics Sprint Staples Advantage State Of Co State Wire & Terminal Steel Corner Stericycle Stone Oil Co Sue Link Sysco Food Services Danny Paul Ardrey Estate Tr Thimgan . Todd Pederson Tony Baker Tony Schiefelbein Tote A Shed Town Of Kiowa Town Of Simla Transwest Trucks True Value Hardware Tyler Technologies Ultramax Ammunition United Reprographic Supply Verizon Wireless Wagner Equipment Waste Management Witt Boys-Napa Xerox Corporation Y Time Zep Sales And Service
Equipment Repair Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Monthly Rental Reimbursement Operating Expense Operating Expense Reimbursement Operating Expense Monthly Services Operating Expense Operating Expense Office Supplies Operating Expense Operating Expense Office Supplies Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Waste Removal Fuel Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense Deputy Comp Reimbursement Reimbursement Operating Expense Monthly Utilities Monthly Utilities Operating Expense Operating Expense Monthly Contract Operating Expense Operating Expense Monthly Services Operating Expense Monthly Utilities Operating Expense Monthly Expense Operating Expense Operating Expense
Legal Notice No.: 927970 First Publication: May 29, 2014 Last Publication: May 29, 2014 Publisher: Elbert County News
1,439.25 100.00 181.67 7,701.30 38.60 195.00 48.27 2,133.49 4,594.84 46.50 397.85 186.27 2,254.43 2,687.58 4,961.67 388.38 1,293.23 3,168.62 3,027.69 198.90 571.96 142.02 41,059.25 48.00 4,843.28 600.00 4,500.00 200.00 53.00 39.71 2,435.00 1,442.72 120.30 1,460.68 470.95 8,081.00 2,517.50 29.48 2,086.94 2,255.22 715.90 1,099.44 1,615.04 67.20 217.30
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He readily admits that historical gaps are often filled with educated conjecture by the 50-plus volunteers who help out at the park. For Claussen and the other helpers, there is a magnetic attraction to Castlewood Canyon. He began his stint at the park in 2001 as an interpreter for Great Outdoors Colorado, and even moved to Douglas County to be closer to the canyon. After retiring in 2011, he couldn’t stay away. “I work more now for Castlewood than when I was being paid,” he said. “Retirement’s not working out for me at all.” As incredible as it might seem, there are people who live in nearby communities who have never heard of Castlewood Canyon, let alone visited.
The volunteers are trying to change that, and the fundraising activities are expected to help boost its public profile. Those who contribute are invited to sign a massive birthday card at the visitor center and track the fundraising progress on a gauge in the form of a candle on top of a cupcake, said Liz Bade, volunteer naturalist and vice president of the Friends. Aside from the $25,000 for the Kleinert property, which will provide storage and better access for maintenance crews on the west end, the Friends are hoping to raise another $25,000 this year for park programs and improvements to the visitor center. That’s $1,000 for every year the park has been in existence. A long-term goal is focused on building an environmental education center, but that is several years out, Claussen said. To donate, send a check to P.O. Box 403, Franktown, CO, 80116. Find more information on the Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park at www.castlewoodfriends.org.
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