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Medical claims expedited for Flats By Amy Woodward Former workers at Rocky Flats may be able to bypass the complex federal claims process and move to the head of the line to receive medical compensations for illnesses stemming from radiation exposure at the plutonium trigger manufacturing plant. Rocky Flats workers were made part of a Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) in early January which allows for this alternative route. In order to qualify for the SEC class, employees must have worked at least 250 days at the plant between April 1, 1952 and Dec. 31, 1983 and they must have been diagnosed with one of 22 specified cancers including bone and renal cancers. Other cancers including breast, colon and brain, among others, must have an onset at least five years after first exposure. “It’s a lot shorter path to getting paid,” said Jeff Schultz, founder of Rocky Flats Nuclear Workers, a nonprofit advocacy

group for former Rocky Flats workers. Schultz and his wife worked at Rocky Flats for 16 years from 1983. Around nine years ago, his wife was diagnosed with kidney cancer and was told her claim would be processed but Schultz and his wife are still trying to prove she got cancer from working at the plant. “It’s good news for a lot of people, there are a lot of claims out there that were denied that are now going to be revisited,” he said. “It didn’t help my wife any but we have high hopes of pushing those years out.” During the town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Denver, Stuart Hinnefeld, director for the division of compensation analysis and support for NIOSH answered questions as to why the SEC class did not include later years at the plant. “After 1983 it’s not so clear to us that we don’t have sufficient records, it may be reasonable to do it but we haven’t reached a final decision on that yet,” Hinnefeld Flats continues on Page 14

Jerry Harden, left, and Jeff Schultz, right, stand quietly during a town hall meeting in Denver on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Representatives and directors from the Department of Energy, Department of Labor and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) held a two-day informative town hall meeting for Rocky Flats workers on how to qualify and apply for medical compensations. Photo by Amy Woodward

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Top, Ann Tuffin, left and Jory Black, right, sit in as sub bowlers for a weekly league at the Golden Bowl during the “Farewell Golden Bowl” party on Thursday, Feb. 20, above, Fronk Holowitz works to break his record of eight stacked bowling balls on Thursday, Feb. 20. He was able to place one more ball on top before they came crashing down. Above, a mixed stack of bowling and street shoes as family and friends came together for a night of bowling. Photos by Amy Woodward



For longtime Golden bowlers, they are not just losing a place to bowl — they are losing a second home. “We literally grew up here,” said Jessie Howell Holowitz, 33, of Golden. Her grandmother, an avid bowler, made the game a tradition in the family, teaching her daughter how to play and teaching her granddaughter to keep score. “Back then there were no automatic scores, my grandma made us learn how to score ourselves.” Howell Holowitz spent her childhood at the Golden Bowl with her closest friend Lacy Corbin, 29, whose family was also active in the game of bowling. “This was home away from home,” Corbin said. In honor of the Golden Bowl’s closing, the mother and son duo Mike and Cindy Keily had a “Farewell Golden Bowl” party blowout on Thursday, Feb. 20. Cindy Keily, co-owner of Golden Bowl, spent the night the way she normally does by doing what she does best; making sure players have a lane, fulfilling requests by customers and making her announcements over the PA system. “My son and I have run this place for the last 10 years — it’s our home,” Keily said. “I have loved it, I love all the people that live in Golden and have come here over the years and I’m going to miss them terribly, they have no idea. It’s been like my second family, all of them.” Cindy Keily will move on to manage Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood on W. Alameda Ave. “I hate for this to go away but I think it’s time for a change,” Tom Yang, property owner for the building said. “I think the grocery store will be beautiful for this corner.” A year since the announcement that the 62-year-old bowling alley would be torn down — along with neighboring tenants like Golden Music and Pedal Pushers Cyclery — to make room for a Natural Grocers, Golden Bowl’s faithful patrons are still unhappy with the decision to sell a city landmark in exchange for a corporate business. “If they want to trade places with me, I would be happy to trade places with them,” Yang said. “I invested a lot of money, I spent a lot of money; I didn’t sell this for a huge amount of money — that’s the truth.” Plans for deconstruction and then reconstruction of the property is still pending with Equity Ventures, as dates continue to be pushed said Yang. “It’s like bowling with neighbors here,” said Mike Daniels of Golden. “It’s too bad it’s closing, but we’ll find another place,” he said. “But we had a good time here.”

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Political challenges face three freshman lawmakers As the legislative session chugs along, three freshman lawmakers are trying to balance voting their personal ideology with that of the constituents who reside in their complicated districts. And if that isn’t hard enough, a couple of them are still trying to figure out where the stairwells and exits and other important places are located inside the Capitol. “The hardest thing for me was finding the bathroom,” Sen. Bernie Herpin, R-Colorado Springs said. “At my age, that’s important.” Herpin and senate colleagues George Rivera, R-Pueblo, and Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, may not always agree on politics. But they share a common bond that is best summed up by the Grateful Dead’s “St. Stephen” — “One man gathers what another man spills.” The three gained their seats as a result of recall efforts that sent their predecessors packing. Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo lost to Herpin and Rivera in September recall elections that were spurred by the Democrats’ votes on gun legislation that became law last year. Zenzinger took over the seat that was held by fellow Democrat Evie Hudak, who resigned in November in the face of a recall effort. The three didn’t think they’d have their own nameplates inside the Senate’s chambers, at least so soon. But, here they are. And now that they’re here, they say they are trying to strike the right legislative balance while also trying to keep up with the sometimes complex and often maddening scene inside the Capitol. I asked Rivera — a former cop who had never held elected office prior to winning his seat — if he has found the legislative process to be overwhelming. “I’d be lying if I said no,” Rivera said. “Because there were instances where I said, ‘Wow, what did I get myself into?’ ”

Getting around the building and figuring out how the legislative process works is one thing. Going back to their brutallydrawn districts to convince voters to send them back to the Capitol for a full term will be a whole other ball of wax. Rivera is surrounded by Democrats in Pueblo’s District 3. Heck, even his wife is a Democrat. Last September, Rivera became the first Republican to represent the Democratic stronghold since the 1930s. “People were really fed up and upset with a lot of the laws that were passed in Denver,” he said, referring specifically to gun bills and rural electric mandates. “The bottom line is this: It just doesn’t seem like they understand that although they’re Democrat down there in Pueblo, doggone it, they take them for granted at their peril.” Then there’s Herpin’s Senate District 11, which includes parts of Colorado Springs. Now, when folks think of the Springs, they assume that it’s about as safe for a Republican lawmaker as Duke University is for Mike Krzyzewski. But Herpin’s district is a tough one, and it includes Manitou Springs, where Democrats dig the vibe. Morse barely lost the September recall election to Herpin, by a razor thin margin of 51 percent to 49 percent. Prior to becoming a state senator, Herpin’s political experience was limited to municipal government, having served on the city council there. But Herpin recently learned the hard way that things said in-

side council chambers get nothing like the attention they receive inside the Capitol. A couple of weeks ago, Herpin made headlines during a committee hearing where he was presenting a bill that sought to repeal last year’s law that banned ammunition magazines from carrying more than 15 rounds. The bill was a reaction to recent mass shootings where the killers carried magazines that contained large numbers of ammunition rounds. Herpin was trying to make the point that high-capacity magazines are unreliable and that perhaps it was “a good thing” that Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes had a 100-round magazine because it jammed. The senator’s comments were received with outrage by family members who lost loved ones in the Aurora theater shooting. Herpin said his comments were taken out of context, but that he understands the reaction. “I still think what I was trying to get across was correct, I just think I could have done it better,” he said. “It was my fault for not phrasing my remarks and taking into consideration the sensitivities of the subject.” Herpin said “it’s not pleasant” when asked what it was like to be on the receiving end of bad press, rather than reading about someone else’s. Herpin then quipped that at least he didn’t go as far as did former Colorado Springs lawmaker Doug Bruce during his infamous antics on the first day of the 2008 legislative session. “I’ve not yet kicked the reporter or the photographer, so I’m not the worst yet,” Herpin said. Zenzinger hasn’t kicked a photographer yet either — and somehow, I just don’t see that happening. Unlike Herpin, Zenzinger has no problem finding bathrooms in the Capitol, seeing as how she was once an aide to Democratic Sen. Mary Hodge of Adams

County. The margin for error in Herpin’s district is pretty thin, but the one in Zenzinger’s District 19 is New York deli pastrami-like thin — and that’s thin! Hudak won the seat with 51 percent of the vote in 2008, which was a virtual landslide compared to 2012, when she won by a margin of 584 votes, or by less than 1 percent of the vote. Zenzinger doesn’t need a math lesson to figure out just how difficult her district is — after all, she ran Hudak’s successful 2012 campaign. She said she tries to convey to her divided constituency that what happens at the Capitol isn’t as divisive as they might think. “Ninety to 95 percent of the bills passed at the Capitol are actually bipartisan,” she said. “And people go, ‘No they’re not.’ Yes, they actually are. It’s just those 5 percent that are really divisive. And that’s challenging because 50 percent of my district will agree and 50 percent wont agree.” Zenzinger knows that she’s going to face a stiff challenge this November, regardless of who the Republican nominee turns out to be. She hopes that people will see she’s the same person who served on the Arvada City Council, but she knows full well that conservatives — especially gun enthusiasts — will try to paint her as the second coming of Evie Hudak. “I’m sure they’re going to try to say that,” Zenzinger said. “So what I’m hoping to demonstrate is that I was OK when I was on city council in representing you and I haven’t changed. Who Rachel Zenzinger is hasn’t changed. So I’m trying to do a good job in showing I am my own person.” Vic Vela is the legislative reporter for Colorado Community Media. He can be reached at Follow Vic on Twitter, @VicVela1.

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Colorado Community Media wins 132 awards Five major awards brought home by newspapers Staff Report Colorado Community Media brought home 132 awards in the annual Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Included in the tally were five special honors. The Tri-Lakes Tribune (Class 1), the Golden Transcript (Class 4) and the Highlands Ranch Herald (Class 5) each won the Advertising Sweepstakes Award. The Tribune also won the Sweepstakes Award in the photo and design category and garnered the coveted General Excellence Award. The awards were announced at a ceremony Feb. 21 in downtown Denver as part of the press association’s annual convention.

For CCM — a 2-year-old media company comprising 22 newspapers and 23 websites covering the north, west and south suburbs of Denver, and El Paso and Teller counties — this y e a r ’s honors were a continuation of an upward trend. A year ago, CCM was recognized with 95 awards, a major spike from the previous year’s 28 earned among the papers.

CCM’s south metro publications, based in Highlands Ranch, received 58 awards, including 19 first-place honors and the Advertising Sweepstakes Award. In the advertising category, companywide production manager Scott Andrews won 28 awards, 14 of which were first place. The news staff of the Westminster Window and Golden Transcript combined for eight first place awards. Columnists Ann Macari Healey and Andrea Doray, reporters Tammy Kranz, Vic Vela and Glenn Wal-

lace, as well as editor Mikkel Kelly each earned a first-place award. Page designer Kate Ferraro was recognized three times, including a first-place honor. The Golden Transcript was specifically entered for the contest, and featured many of the award-winning stories and writers mentioned above. Eligible contest entries were published in print or online between Sept. 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2013.

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While capturing the top prize in advertising — the Sweepstakes Award — in its circulation class, the Golden Transcript garnered five first-place awards including Best Health Care Ad by Sandi Austin, Best Newspaper House Ad Promotion and Best Advertising Campaign by Scott Andrews, Best Advertising Slogan by Tina Meltzer, and Best Real Estate Ad by The Golden Transcript advertising staff. Three second-place awards included Best Advertising Layout and Design, Best Restaurant and Dining Ad by Nick Elias, Best Classified Section by Andy Rickard. Third-place advertising department awards included Best Advertising Special Section by staffers Cinnamon Lowe, Erin Franks, Andrews, Meltzer and Elias, as well as two awards Best Cover Design and Best Use of Color in an Ad to Andrews. In the Layout and Design category, the Transcript won a first place and a third place for in the Best Informational Graphic category by Lindsay Lovato, second place in Best News Page Design by Stephanie Ogren, second place in Best Sports Photography by Andrew

Carpenean and third place in Best Editorial Layout and Design by the Golden Transcript Staff.

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In the Editorial category, Glenn Wallace and Andrew Carpenean won first place in Best Deadline Reporting for coverage of the re-election of Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Vic Vela won first place in Best Sustained Coverage for state gun legislation coverage, and Mikkel Kelly won first place in Best Editorial Writing for editorials covering legalizing marijuana, forgiveness in tragedy and the nature of laws. Wallace also won first place for Best Health Feature story for a story headlined “Lifesavers quick in action,” and four second-place stories for Best Series of the bike culture in Golden, Best Headline Writing, Best Business News Story, and Best Investigative Story Package for a look at fracking. Rob Pudim won second place for Best Editorial Cartoon and Vic Vela won third place for Best Serious Column writing. Danny Williams won third place for Best Sports Event Story.

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History repeats itself

Living history performers from all over the western region gather for the 34th annual “Original Buffalo Bill Birthday Bash” at the Buffalo Rose on Saturday, Feb. 22. The event is organized by Golden’s own historical performers: Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley aka Ralph and Barb Melfi. The event was sponsored by White Fox Productions. Judges listened as performers took the stage as famous historical figures like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Photo by Amy Woodward

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National bicentennial educates students Star Spangled Scholars celebrates nation’s anthem and history By Crystal Anderson

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Star-spangled Scholars is educating Jefferson County students a deep, tangible, hands-on knowledge of the founding of the United States. ”This (Star-spangled Scholars program) offers experiential, hands-on learning for kiddos, they can touch it, feel it, smell it, wear it,” organizer and founder, Linda Olson Ferguson said.

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The program, founded in the fall of 2013, began incidentally after Ferguson heard about the bicentennial of the national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. Ferguson immediately began to research this fact, and decided to put together a program that would help educate students across the Denver-Metro area about the fundamentals the nation was founded upon. ”The purpose is to teach lessons from real-life experiences from the founding of our nation to the settling of the West, with the hook being the bicentennial of the Star-spangled Banner,” Ferguson said. Throughout 2014, Ferguson, along with two Hands on History Colorado historians, Irish Lace and Smoketalker, and representative Steve DeBoer from the Sons of the American

Revolution, will speak at area schools and youth programs educating students about the early history of the U.S. “We want to make that period of time, our history, our ancestry, make this time period feel real and fun for kids,” DeBoer said. Star-Spangled Scholars works in conjunction with the Arvada Harvest Festival and the Arvada Junior Chamber Foundation to help students learn about the struggles of survival in early Colonial America and the West; the Constitution’s purpose; and the inspiration behind the StarSpangled Banner. Through the program, students and youth will have the opportunity to see, wear, use, and play with historically correct artifacts such as lanterns, uniforms, tools from Colonial America.

“This is voluntary, and is a supplement to the schools’ and educators’ efforts to make sure kids know how important that aspect of our history was and the aspects our country was founded on,” DeBoer said. On Mar. 8, organizers of the program are hosting a free Open House for the community to experience aspects of the program and garner interest in the bicentennial celebration. The event will be held 12-5 p.m., at the Arvada Jaycees Hall, 5640 Yukon St., Arvada. For more information on the program, contact Linda Olson Ferguson, 303-5232971. “It’s really important for the younger generation to understand what our country was formed to be and understand those roots,” Ferguson said.

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awoodward@] Gerald Hurley, a convicted sex offender whose release from prison prompted a community meeting notification after his decision to live in Golden, will face trial after being arrested on two felony counts for failing to register as a sex offender. If convicted, Hurley could face up to 18 months in prison. Detective Stacy Galbraith of the Golden Police Department was the state’s sole witness during Hurley’s preliminary hearing on Friday, Feb. 21. Galbraith testified to the investigation leading to Hurley’s arrest warrant dated Oct. 3, 2013 in which

Hurley failed to register as a sex offender with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department after obtaining a fixed address in unincorporated Jeffco with a Golden mailing address, according to an affidavit. Galbraith was able to confirm Hurley’s alleged established residence after discovering he renewed his driver’s license with the Golden mailing address on Aug. 15, 2013. Hurley was released from prison on July 25, 2013 and registered as a sex offender with the Golden Police Department on July 30 and reported he lacked a fixed address. According to Galbraith’s testimony, he was unable to provide a landmark or intersection that would help officers locate him. He also informed Det. Galbraith Hurley continues on Page 14

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Hickenlooper unveils pot plans Retail marijuana revenue exceeds expectations By Vic Vela Marijuana tax revenues that exceeded original expectations will go toward youth pot-use deterrence programs, substance abuse treatment and other services, under a proposal released by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Feb. 19. The state expects to rake in $184 million in total marijuana revenue by the end of June 2015, with about $153 million of that coming from retail pot sales that began on January 1, according to projections by the governor’s office. The remainder of the projected pot revenue will come from medical marijuana sales. Retail pot sales are projected to reach $610 million next fiscal year. That’s a significant increase from Legislative Council projections tied to last year’s retail pot tax structure bill, which set a gross retail pot sales forecast of $395 million. The revenue comes as a result of last year’s voter-backed Proposition AA, which imposed a 15 percent excise tax and a 10

Gov. John Hickenlooper motions to his cabinet, seated in the House chambers in the Colorado State Capitol, during the State of the State speech in Denver on Jan. 8. The governor said in a proposal that marijuana tax revenues will go toward youth pot-use deterrence programs, substance abuse treatment and other services. Photo by Hannah Garcia percent retail tax on all retail marijuana transactions that became legal through 2012’s Amendment 64.

The first $40 million of annual excise tax revenue goes toward school construction and the rest goes into the Marijuana Cash Fund, which pays for industry regulations that are overseen by the Department of Revenue. With the additional projected revenue, Hickenlooper will seek $99 million next fiscal year to fund programs aimed at providing “responsible regulation for adultuse marijuana and the effective allocation of resources to protect public safety, and health and to prevent underage use,” the governor said through a budget proposal letter submitted to the Joint Budget Committee. “Indeed, we view our top priority as creating an environment where negative impacts on children from marijuana legalization are avoided completely,” Hickenlooper’s letter reads. “Underage use of marijuana can have long-lasting effects on individuals and communities.” Hickenlooper proposes that the state spend $45.5 million over the next two fiscal years for youth marijuana use prevention and deterrence. Priorities include the transferring of $5 million from the Marijuana Cash Fund, which Hickenlooper wants to go toward grants for school health professionals who will educate students about marijuana use.

Other youth-targeted spending will go toward a youth marijuana education campaign that aims to curb pot use among kids. Another $40 million of Hickenlooper’s marijuana spending proposal will go toward substance abuse treatment programs. That includes $7 million that will pay for 105 residential drug treatment beds and another $4 million for services that help those leaving residential treatment centers continue their drug treatment in their communities. The governor’s budget request also includes money for law enforcement and public safety and public health programs related to marijuana awareness. Hickenlooper acknowledged in his letter to the Joint Budget Committee that these numbers are merely projections and that his proposal leaves room for “forecast fluctuations and unknown needs that could arise during the year.” “Given the many uncertainties surrounding Marijuana Cash Fund projections and the potential need for additional funding for the Department of Revenue’s marijuana-related enforcement activities, this package represents a strong first step toward ensuring a safe and responsible regulatory environment,” Hickenlooper said.

Lawsuit against state over gay marriage Suit says ban denies couples ‘equal protection’ By Vic Vela Blasting Colorado’s gay marriage ban as a law that creates “two classes of citizens,” a group of nine gay couples have filed a lawsuit against the state that could pave the way toward same-sex marriage here. The lawsuit was filed in Denver District Court on Feb. 19, and it alleges that a 2006 voter-backed referendum banning gay marriage denies same-sex couples “equal protection, due process and basic fairness,” which violates the U.S. Constitution. “Colorado’s exclusion of same-sex couples from the institution of marriage has adversely impacted the plaintiffs and other Colorado same-sex couples in real and significant ways,” the lawsuit reads. Nine couples who reside in different parts of the state are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They include a former Arvada police officer who lives with her partner of more than three years and their 5-yearold son; a Littleton couple who were the first couple to be issued a civil union in Arapahoe County last year; and a Lone Tree couple of 12 years who recently married in Washington state because they could not

do so here. “The situations faced by these couples are similar to those faced by many other same-sex couples in Colorado who are denied the basic rights, privileges and protections of marriage for themselves and their children,” the lawsuit states. Eight years ago, Colorado voters through Amendment 43 changed the state’s Constitution to define marriage between a man and a woman. But a lot has happened since that time. As of this month, 17 states have legalized same-sex marriage. And just last year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied gay couples federal benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy. Most recently, challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma have been brought before the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Last year, the Legislature created civil unions in Colorado. But the lawsuit states that the new protections don’t go far enough. “Like many other couples with a lifelong commitment, the unmarried plaintiffs are spouses in every sense, except that Colorado law will not allow them to marry, instead only offering them the second-class and unequal options of civil unions,” the lawsuit states. Gay lawmakers agreed.

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“We made progress with civil unions last year, but obviously that’s not enough,” said Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, who is gay. “That still denies a lot of couples some critical federal benefits they could be getting if they were married.” House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, Colorado’s first openly gay House speaker, said the lawsuit was “inevitable” and that public opinion on gay marriage has shifted dramatically since the Colorado ban was put in place

“People have a fear of the unknown in some sense,” Ferrandino said. “So, once people start seeing same-sex couples in relationships, and they have friends and relatives who are in committed relationships, it’s like, ‘Well, this really hasn’t impacted me. And they’re happier, so why would I be against this?’” “The speed at which this is changing both from the public perspective and the legal perspective is faster than almost anything I’ve ever seen.”

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No happy hour for bar-closing bill By Vic Vela Sorry bar flies, but a bill that would have allowed watering holes to stay open past 2 a.m. was rejected in the House on Feb. 17. House Bill 1132 would have let cities and towns decide whether bars can stay open until 4:30 in the morning. But the effort died after an amendment that was tacked on to the bill caused it to lose the support of a key stakeholder. The bill received initial approval in the House the previous week. But the day of the final vote, an exasperated bill sponsor decided to pull the plug on the effort. “Let’s go back to the drawing board,” Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver said. “Go ahead and put me out my misery and kill this bill.”

Colorado law prohibits bars from staying open between the hours of 2 and 7 in the morning. The bill was being promoted as a Capitol way to curb violence and chaos that has Report caused problems outside downtown Denver’s night spots. Supporters argued that the mass exodus of rowdy patrons at 2 a.m. puts a strain on police resources and that by allowing bars to stay open later, there would be fewer drunks spilling out into the streets at the same time. Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, said his wife was a victim of that chaos. Melton said that a stray bullet struck his wife as she was driving through downtown Denver as patrons were

exiting bars at 2 a.m. “That might not have happened had we had staggered times or had later hours where everyone wasn’t out in the street at once,” Melton said. The bill provided for interesting debate, one that was not the usual party-line fight. For example, Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, urged support of the bill, saying that it allowed for local governments to make their own decisions about what’s best for their communities. But Rep. K.C. Becker, D-Boulder, said the bill could have “unintended consequences,” such as more drunken-driving fatalities. Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, said he couldn’t understand how the bill improves public safety. “I’ve never understood how letting a bar stay open until three is going to improve the

behavior of those who are inebriated when they hit the streets,” he said. The bill was peppered with amendments during a second-reading House vote on Feb. 14, including one that would spell its doom. The House supported an amendment that would have allowed the extended hours, but would have also allowed local governments the ability to shorten bar hours, meaning that the bar-closing range would have been between 1 and 4:30 in the morning. That amendment caused the Colorado Restaurant Association to withdraw support for the bill, causing Duran to ask members to kill her own bill in hopes of giving it another shot next year. “I think all the amending going on around this bill shows that this bill doesn’t do what it needs to do,” Gardner said.



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Fashion show lets little ones shine Business owner organizes event for special needs children By Amy Woodward

awoodward@ Autumn Shea knows a thing or two about children with special needs. She has one grandchild and one nephew who require extra attention: Riley Restivo aged 3 1/2 has Down syndrome and Aidan Paradis, 7 who has a rare chromosome abnormality and who is also Autistic. As owner of Bumps & Bundles in Golden, a consignment store dedicated to all things babies, children and mothers-tobe, Shea has a penchant for the caring and nurturing of young ones especially for kiddos that have different needs. So she took inspiration from her granddaughter Riley and decided to plan an event that would celebrate children with special challenges through the “Proud to Be Beautiful Me Fashion Show” that resulted in smiles and joyful tears. “This is one of their moments,” Shea said. “This is for them and their families.” Families came from all around the Denver area to watch their children grace the stage dressed in fancy suits and dresses. Shea has been amazed by the generous support of the community. “The response from the community has been overwhelming — it makes me want

to cry sometimes,” she said. ARC Thrift helped raise $1,000 for the event, a goal that Shea met in just 20 days. Denver Tux Formalwear provided dashing suits and professional hair stylists volunteered their services. But there were many more businesses that pitched in to provide photography, arts and crafts, gift certificates for food and Golden High School hosted the event. Proceeds from tickets went to charities per the choosing of the parent or ticket purchaser. Before the show, parents mingled while children played with volunteers from the Golden Leadership Class at GHS. At least 18 students assisted with wheelchairs and provide supervision so parents could enjoy watching their child shine. “Their life is so structured,” Lillie Baird of Aurora said. Baird, who has nine adoptive kids, fostered Tanner, 3, at six days old. A year ago, she officially adopted him from Jeffco foster care into her family. Tanner was born drug addicted to cocaine and has development delays along with sensory sensitivity. Baird decided to have Tanner participate in the fashion show in support of a friend who also has a child with special needs. “This is going to be a fun time, I think for the parents too it’s nice to see their child not as a special needs child but as a beautiful child being up on the stage and doing what all kids do,” Baird said. Liv Johansen, 5, of Denver went through many outfits before deciding on a gray and orange stripped dress with ruffles complete with a blooming flower, black tights

Lillie Baird steals a kiss from her son, Tanner, backstage at the “Proud to Be Beautiful Me Fashion Show” at Golden High School on Sunday, Feb. 23. Photo by Amy Woodward and boots. “She’s super excited about it, we’ve been practicing her walk all week long,” Becka Johansen said. “She’s totally into getting dressed up and putting make up on and being super girly so this is kind of a fun thing for her, to give her something special for herself.” Children were escorted on stage by their assigned volunteers while the MC announced their names and gave a brief bio about the participant. Shea’s grand-

daughter, Riley Restivo, 3 1/2 , was all smiles when she took the stage, waving at the audience. Restivo is not vocal but had a message for the audience that she communicated through sign language, “We are all smart, we are all kind, we are all beautiful,” she said. “It’s all from the place of good and love and joy that’s driving me to do this,” Shea said. Next year, she said she plans to make the show even better.

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creader@coloradocommunitymedia. com The West Chamber celebrated Jeffco businesses and strength in numbers during its 67th annual Chairman’s Inaugural Celebration on Feb. 21. “We are all stronger together, and we’re here because of all of you,” Brian Willms, president and CEO of the chamber told the crowd gathered at the Terrace Gardens at Ken Caryl Event Center. Kyle Clark, 9News reporter and co-anchor emceed the event, which honored not only businesses that had a difference in Jeffco in 2013, but also individuals who have done great work over their careers. “This event is all about recognizing leadership, and we want to take a moment to recognize the efforts of these individuals,” Clark said. The ceremony kicked off by recognizing the 25-year members of the chamber: 240 Union, Bandimere Speedway, Chase Bank NA - Lakeside, Colorado Community Media, Colorado State University - Jefferson County, Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery & Mortuary, Planet Honda, Shiloh Home Inc., Unique Litho, Wells Fargo - Applewood and Wells Fargo - Golden. For the end of year awards, the chamber honored EcoGraphics as Small Business of the Year, St. Anthony Hospital as Large Business of the Year and the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center as Nonprofit of the Year. Bj Hambleton of Steps & Wings Healing Arts was named Ambassador of the Year, Shane Robert of Green Vine Marketing was named Young Professional of the Year and Kay Ehalt of Dream Baskets by Kay was named as the Unsung Hero.

What really made the celebration special was the beginning of two new award categories — the Jefferson County Hall of Fame, recognizing business, government and philanthropy and the Steve Burkholder Diamond Legacy Award. Inductees into the hall of fame represent those in business, government and philanthropy in Jefferson County who have provided direction, energy and support for the development and betterment of Jefferson County, according to information provided by the Chamber. The very first honorees are: Gary Wink, President and CEO of the Golden Chamber of Commerce for 19 years; Jack Newkirk, inventor of Shunts for Hydrocephalous and Electrosurgical cutting tools; Charlie Church McKay, a key figure in the development of Westminster around 104th Avenue and U.S. Highway 36, and the current Arvada Candelas Development; and Cindy Stevenson, superintendent of Jefferson County Schools. “I want to thank my staff, the chamber board and visitors board, but most importantly all the volunteers,” Wink said. “Together we can all do a lot stuff — together we can be very strong.” Fittingly, the first winner of the Steve Burkholder Diamond Legacy Award was Burkholder himself. “The chamber did change my life, and I learned a lot from the chamber,” he said. “The key to success for all of us is mutual respect and the listening and sharing of ideas.” The 2014 chamber chair, Joni Iman, closed out the event by trumpeting the changes and advancements in information and access chamber members can look forward to in the coming year. “2014 will be a fabulous year,” she said.


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Support ‘right to know’ in challenging times The latest developments in digital communications were discussed at length at the Colorado Press Association annual convention Feb. 21 in Denver. While expanding modes of obtaining news continue in an extended renaissance period, it appears while more and more information is literally at hand, the information so important to the public’s right to know is not flowing so freely. One discussion led by experts in media law focused on current challenges to obtain public records from government entities. Journalists’ heads nodded to comments that the cost of obtaining documents often remains a barrier. Heads nodded that information is sometimes be-

our view ing held back based on how the provider thinks the media may present it —such as putting it online — while the public’s right to know should not be limited by who wants it and how it may be used. And heads nodded when media experts said the state appellate courts are no longer on “our” side — meaning specifically the media — thwarting our role to obtain information and be a watchdog on government.

The whys of the present climate can be contemplated, but we agree with the general notion that the impact of 9/11 turned tides to tightening of information to media and compromising privacy of the public. We profess media is not so beloved by the masses, but when we write informative stories, we know our work is valued. For this reason, we agree with the notion that the work of maintaining strong open records laws and the public’s right to know may soon involve more effort from the public itself, perhaps even in the form of a public initiative on the ballot someday. We have editorialized often about the importance of the First Amendment

and the public’s right to know, so today we share a pitch for you to take a look at a relatively new nonprofit group in Colorado called the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. The organization wants to serve the media and, in addition, emphasized it wants to serve those in the general public facing challenges obtaining information. Please visit the FOIC website, which has been online less than a year. Yes, full participation involves a modest membership fee, but we strongly commend the work the coalition is doing at this early stage. Take a moment to think about the work we do and the information you need while viewing the content at

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Picking (on) teams Boy, the run up to the Super Bowl sure was exciting this year, wasn’t it? Of course, the game was, um, shall we say ... disappointing (read: a fiasco, an embarrassment). But that doesn’t change what happened in the days running up to it. The whole city was in the spirit: orange shirts, downtown buildings lit up in blue and orange, special programs on radio and television. The Broncos’ success created a sense of community around here. We were all “on the team.” But sometimes, “team” gets out of hand. Sometimes, we stop looking at what’s actually going on around us and dig in our heels to be “with our team.” As much as I value loyalty, life is not a game; important things happen in the real world, and the consequences are a lot more serious than having to exchange strange gifts with the mayor of the “other team.” The new Jefferson County school board has shown a penchant for sending people off to their team corners. A couple weeks ago I wrote a column that was critical of the board, though, normally, we might be on the same team. Or, at least, in the same farm system. And, boy, did I hear about it from “my” teammates. Even though my criticisms were more about politics than policy, I was still taken to task for what, in older days, would be called “heresy.” Luckily for me, it’s been mostly respectful, so, while I had lengthy conversations about the subject, it never got personal Not so, the new school board. People from “the other team,” the ones that were so ill-behaved at the Saturday morning board meeting, immediately took to the Internet to spread innuendo and deception. “Follow the money,” is how they couch their attempts to delegitimize the board’s election. Which is, of course, silly — every prior board got elected by being well-funded, too (usually by the teachers union, whose buck normally lets them pick who sits across from them at the negotiating table). But the attacks on this team go beyond that. A prominent member of the PTA has recently made jokes on a public account

about gun violence toward this board. One of those internet sites I was talking about responded to a commenter with an ominous “Your turn is coming.” Now, do I expect to see a bunch of PTA moms marching on the school board meeting with guns a-blazin’? Of course not. Pitchforks and torches is more the tone of this debate. But you do know, don’t you, that if it had been the other team doing that, people would be tearing down the Administration Building by the rafters. What all of this faux drama does, unfortunately, is take the focus far from where it should be: legitimate debates about the best, most cost-efficient way to maximize students’ potential. Yeah, the two sides have very different views on that. But, there may be common ground between the two sides, or better: a creative new way to attack the differences that lets everybody have their turn at bat. But that won’t be found in an “our team/their team” argument. And, unfortunately, when everybody plays this as if it were just a game, then the people who really lose are the students and the taxpayers. If only we could all take our cues from the Broncos on this one, too. Did you notice, how after the “us” vs. “them” part was over, a bunch of us’es and them’s gathered at midfield for a prayer? There are more important things than the games we play. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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And the powerful play goes on Not surprisingly, I am in love with the written word. I love the power of the pen on the page to move, amuse, anger, or delight. The power to take us places we’ve never been before. The power to take us back to times and places we have come from. Lately, though, I’ve also become enamored of the spoken word. I’ve done my share of readings from my own writing and I have to say that I do like the way it sounds. And it appears that a lot more of us are enjoying literature out loud. Look at the popularity of slam poetry (which I have yet to try myself ) and the unending supply of stunning performances on YouTube. Poetry has found its way further into the mainstream, too, and now into the commercial realm as well. In an ad for the iPad Air, we hear Robin William’s voice in his portrayal of John Keating, the beloved English teacher in the film Dead Poets Society. In the sound track, replicated in the ad, Williams/Keating quotes the poet Walt

Whitman but it’s far more than a quote, more than just a reading of words on the page. When Williams recites from “O, Me! O, Life!”, it is a performance that is as much a celebration of Whitman’s poetry as of the life about which Whitman writes. And for those of us who need a reminder of the power and beauty of Walt Whitman’s words, Williams gives it to us with this tantalizing invitation: “…the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” Even if we don’t know it’s him or that the scene is from Dead Poets Society, (which I just found out myself last week), it is the way Robin Williams’ delivers these

lines that makes the poetry of Walt Whitman so accessible to us, that makes us part of the celebration, part of the powerful play. I’m fortunate to be part of another celebration of the spoken word as Colorado’s coordinator of Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide contest for high school students that helps young people master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about our literary heritage. Students memorize and recite great poetry in school-wide competitions, and school winners advance to the state finals being held this year on March 11 at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Our Colorado state winner will then represent us at the National Finals in Washington, DC, in April. As I’ve visited high schools around the state, I’ve heard students recite, interpret, and perform great poetry, and I am personally inviting you to join us for the Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 11 at the Lakewood Cultural Center. You’ll be inspired, delighted, and awed by these students as they bring the power of words

on the page to life with their performances. To quote from Walt Whitman: “Answer: / That you are here—that life exists and identity, / That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” To quote John Keating from Dead Poets Society: “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.” And that is indeed something to celebrate.

education seminar, a parks and recreation hike, joining a chess club or signing up for a dance class, as examples. You are trying to increase your exposure and your visibility so you can meet as many people as you can — increasing your chances of meeting someone you hit it off with. And perhaps the time has arrived for you to be a bit more bold and daring, and not wait for a man to ask for your number. On the train, for example, you could tell the man that he interests you. Is he available to explore a possible relationship? Taking that same attitude into chance encounters with new people may also help. Many men assume that a woman is taken, and they are therefore reluctant to try — assuming they’re going to be rejected.

Of course, if you do what I’m suggesting, it is you that could find yourself feeling rejected. It’s going to take patience, persistence, guile and luck, but a relationship for you is out there. Don’t let yourself get cynical or jaded — and then give up. Too many other people have taken that route. Hold yourself accountable to find the relationship you hope for.

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How does a grown woman meet a man? Dear Neil: Valentine’s Day just past by. I didn’t think it would bother me that I’m not in a relationship, but it did. I spent the day with one of my grandchildren, but it did not erase my sadness. Last summer I went to a college reunion, and had many men flirting with me, but no one asked for my number. I occasionally see a man on a train who appears to like me, but he doesn’t ask for my number either. I do explore dating sites a little. I recently heard my ex-sister-in-law has remarried. She was the world’s most cold and unlovable person. How can she be in a relationship and not me? Can you advise me? Forlorn in Denver Dear Forlorn: Part of the problem is that many people are in a committed relationship but not necessarily married, not wearing a ring and not actually available. Then there are those that will not find you attractive, or you’re not the right age for them, not the right body type or that you’re not the gender they are looking for. And a large number of mature adults have simply quit looking for a romantic relationship at all. They have, in essence, given up the quest for romance, or have erectile dysfunction (and thus consider

themselves out of contention), are preoccupied with work, children or family, or are otherwise no longer interested in pursuing an intimate relationship. But there are plenty who are, and that’s where you need to concentrate. Getting more active with online dating sites may be one avenue to explore, such as trying different sites, posting more flattering photos of yourself or making your online profile more interesting or spicy. Also, quit waiting for men to contact you. Many men are shy and fearful of rejection, and would be flattered if a woman wrote saying she noticed his profile, found him attractive and would be interested in making contact with him. Increasing your assertiveness may serve you well on dating sites. Also, frequently put yourself in situations with new people, by taking an adult

Neil Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westminster and Boulder, Colorado. His column is in it’s 22nd year of publication, and is syndicated around the world. You can reach him at (303)758-8777, or email him through his website: www. He is not able to respond individually to queries.

Knowledge of pheasants The Colorado pheasant season closed on Jan. 31. For those who enjoy the challenge of upland bird hunting it is now time to case and store the shotguns and pick up the volunteer role and participate in spring Pheasants Forever (PF) programs. PF was organized in 1982 with headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. The organization has secured 5,000,000 acres of protected habitat for pheasant and all birds and wildlife. Today PF has over 125,000 members and 800 chapters in the US and Canada. PF promotes habitat conservation (the single most important element to sustain healthy numbers of pheasants); education for landowners and hunters alike; political lobbying; local events; national conference; youth programs to get kids outdoors and to hunt and publications distributed widely among PF members and outdoors public organizations. PF has partnered with Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Division over the years to open private lands for public hunting under the State Walk-In Area Program and to foster and secure agricultural land habitat necessary for pheasants to nest and hatch, insects for food sources, and security from predators. Gary Tuttle, PF volunteer, advised that “spring is that time of year the local PF chapters hold their annual fund raising events, banquets and information and educational programs. Silent and live auctions provide needed funds for the PF

To place an Obituary for Your Loved One… chapter activities.” The February and March chapter events include the Greeley Chapter banquet Feb. 22, 5 p.m. at Island Gove Regional Park in Greeley; Northern Colorado Chapter annual banquet at the Ellis Ranch in Loveland and Metro Denver Chapter’s March 29 banquet at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. Each banquet will offer bidders and raffle ticket holder’s chances to win shot guns, gun safes, hunting clothing and gear and day hunts. According to Tuttle, “a Youth Day program is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, with food, safety training, hats and vests and a chance to learn trap shooting by experts. Youth 10-16 are welcome with parents.” Contact PF representative Gary Tuttle at 303-653-5584 for additional information. Outdoors writer Ron Hellbusch can be reached at

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Predawn pets and presidents During the night before Presidents Day, I lay awake for hours trying to decide who was my favorite president. About 2 a.m. I had an epiphany that the best president ever in my book was Theodore Roosevelt. Why did I pick him? This is my reasoning: Roosevelt began his presidency in 1901 along with more pets than the White House had ever seen. I have to love a president that had five guinea pigs named Admiral Dewey, Dr. Johnson, Bishop Doane, Fighting Bob Evans and Father O’Grady. In addition Roosevelt had a small bear named Jonathan Edwards, a lizard named Bill, Maude the pig, a badger named Josiah, Peter the rabbit, Eli Yale the macaw, Baron Spreckle the hen, and the beloved pony named Algonquin. Teddy Roosevelt’s six children playing with the pets must have kept things lightened up in the White House where life can

get oh so serious. Evidently son Quentin barged into an important meeting between his father and senators in the Oval Office. Quentin dropped four garter snakes on the table which caused quite a commotion. Many jokes must have followed. Jay Leno would have had a field day with a story like that. Thinking about Roosevelt’s animals, I

started thinking about which was my favorite pet. We had a dog named Shane, two cats named Tigger and Dynamite, chinchillas, guinea pigs, a Banty rooster and hen and chicks. But my favorite pet which will always be closest to my heart in my memory was Smoky,the little black horse. I bought him with my own money when I was growing up in Golden. Smoky had integrity. When you climbed in the saddle on him you knew you were in for a good ride, a safe ride. He didn’t go crazy on me like Poncho the pony who threw me off and then dragged me when my boot caught in the stirrup. Smoky didn’t run away with me like Creole the buckskin mare did. As I said, Smoky had integrity. He was so trustworthy I even rode him in the Stock Show. So as I lay awake thinking of President

Theodore Roosevelt, guinea pigs, integrity, and the horse of my youth, Smoky, I tried to come up with the ideal president to follow Barack Obama. In my book he or she would have a collection of beloved pets. Maybe she will have a guinea pig named Integrity. But even more important than that would be if the next president had a dog or a horse or a pony named Smoky. That would be a sign to me. It’s amazing what can happen when I’m awake at 2 a.m. contemplating who was my favorite president. You should try it sometime.

twenty-five years later, the group is known nationally for its pioneering work. Leonard initially had no intention to returning to the world of entertainment. After performing on stage for 10 years, he decided a change was in order so he did the only logical thing possible. He taught computers. A friend invited him to a PHAMALY function and when asked what his disability was he, being taken off guard, said, “multiple sclerosis.” He then sang for the group and the rest is history. He is now a full-time performer and will be playing the role of the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” PHAMALY’s annual musical which will be held in July at The Space Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Leonard’s career has definitely taken off. He has performed at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, and with the Denver Center Theatre Company, among others, as well as doing one-man shows at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. In fact he will be singing at Lannie’s this Mothers’ Day. And, of course, he performs for private functions such as our SNCW event. Knowing how talented Leonard is, SNCW decided to open the evening to former members, and other friends. Our

group is officially a “singles social club,” so married folks need not apply. We waived the rules for this special evening. We generally have 20 to 25 members and guests attend our meetings. This time we ended up with a group of 54 ... a bit of a challenge for those of us who did the cooking, decorating and organizing. What a wonderful evening it was. Our star more than lived up to his billing. He has a glorious voice and a personality to match. We listened to tunes made famous by Bocelli, Mathis, Nat King Cole, and many more. The audience was mesmerized. Leonard may be reached at SNCW Singles Social Club welcomes new members. The only requirement is that you be single when you join. Although our emphasis is on social activities and we are definitely not a “dating” club, several of our members have met and married since joining our group ... they are allowed to stay. In addition to our Sunday meetings, we have many outside activities. For information, check out our website at www. or contact me, personally.

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Entertainer wows social group SNCW Singles Social Club has been in existence since the mid 1990’s, and I have been a member for the majority of that time. On most Sunday evenings we can be found at the American Legion in Edgewater where we have a meal which is followed by a program. Programs range from ID fraud prevention, to Super Bowl parties (yes, I’m still in shock), to travelogues, to chili/soup cook-offs, to live music presentations. On a recent Sunday evening we had what may have been our best evening ever. We had the great pleasure and privilege of being entertained by singer, actor, raconteur Leonard E. Barrett, Jr. I first met Leonard a number of years ago when he was starring in an annual PHAMALY Theatre

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Golden has always been a great place to launch some kind of adventure. Back in when the town first began, it was the gateway to the gold mines and the place that you stopped to stock up on supplies before you headed into “them thar hills” with dreams of riches in your head. Then there was a time when people from Denver would venture out here for a special outing and rode the funicular railroad up the side of South Table Mountain to dine at the restaurant that used to be sitting on the castle rock we all recognize. Nowadays, Golden is a great launching point for a different kind of adventure. Outdoor adventure. It’s going to be hard to find another town that has as many ski shops, mountaineering shops, bicycle shops, kayak shops or outdoor clothing specialists as we have right here. It’s also the home of the American Mountaineering Center, which includes the Colorado Mountain Club and they have something special going on this weekend. They will be hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour 2014 and if you are any kind of outdoors enthusiast, you don’t want to miss it. It’s happening tonight, Thursday, February 27 and tomorrow night, Friday, Feb. 28 at the Paramount Theater in Denver. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. each night. It runs until about 10 p.m. The festival is a collection of this years favorites from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, they will be showing several short films both nights, and it’s a different set of films each night. These are great outdoor travel and action sport films that will take you trotting around the world to paddle the fastest white water, climb the highest peaks, ski in exotic locations, and bicycle all over the globe. You even get to experience what it’s like to step off a cliff and become airborne.

Some of the films include titles like Heaven’s Gate about wingsuit pilots launching themselves off cliffs in China, The Burn featuring skiing in a fresh forest fire burn area, Sensory Overload focusing on the adventures of a blind kayaker and The Last Great Climb featuring a trio of a different kind of rock stars. There is even a film called Keeper of the Mountains that tells the story of Elizabeth Hawley who settled alone in Katmandu back in 1960 and has been chronicling various Himalayan expeditions for the Himalayan Database. She continues to do so with dedication, even though she is now 90 years old. Tickets for either night start at $17, but keep in mind that you will be seeing about ten films each night so it’s really quite a bargain. Also, parking is included with the ticket price. You can order in advance at or call (303) 279-3080, but you can also just get them at the door, or at the Colorado Mountain Club office 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today or on Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. That’s at 700 10th Street, Suite 200 in Golden. Although this film festival is sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Club, please note that it’s being held at the Paramount Theater in Denver, not in the American Mountaineering Center. The Paramount is located at 1621 Glenarm Place, right on the 16th Street Mall.

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Spellbound with stories Jeffco storytellers bring imaginative tales to students By Glenn Wallace

gwallace@ Third-graders sit in the library of Sheldon Elementary in Golden, eyes fixed on the man that even the librarian knows only as Grandbear. “Bubble? Bubble?” Grandbear, aka Lev Ropes, says in a comically befuddled voice. Listening to Grandbear’s original tale of a mysterious bubble that appears in town, the children giggle every time he repeats the word. “I have a movie running in my head when I tell a story, and I hope they do too,” Ropes said following storytime. Ropes, and a band of storytellers like him, make up the Jeffco chapter of the national nonprofit group, Spellbinders. Founded in Colorado in 1988, the organization was initially founded as a way for retired volunteers to be-

come involved with the youth and schools. Ropes said the 70 storytellers of the Jeffco chapter told more than 3,600 tales in county schools last year. Grandbear, a family nickname used by his grandchildren, spins stories for around 260 children a month, and has been a Spellbinder for 14 years now. “I started (storytelling) when I retired,” Ropes said. A former singer, dancer, mechanic, photographer, and more, Ropes said he didn’t really find his niche until he started storytelling. He said after telling tales for everyone from first graders to senior citizens, third grade was truly the age group he found he liked to perform for the most. “And for an old guy like me, taking medications, these kids are the best prescription,” Ropes said. The 79-year-old storyteller certainly does seem to come alive as he tells his tale to the children — walking, gesturing, mimicking, and making silly words with silly voices, earning the attention and laughter of his audience.

“Bubble? People, that bubble isn’t a bubble. That bubble is some trouble. And being some trouble, I’m going to turn it into rubble!” Ropes proclaims, speaking as the misguided king of the story. As the story continues, the foolish king ends up stuck inside of the bubble and it is up to a smart little girl to rescue him and save the day. Ropes said it is hard to describe the thrill of connection he feels when storytelling, but he highly recommends it, whether by reading a story to a child in the family, or performing before a group. “It goes back to before written language — we are hardwired to story. And it’s been shown that we learn better and remember more when something is told to us in story form,” Ropes said. As for storytelling advice, Grandbear says: “Tell a story you really like and want to tell, and that will resonate with the kids.” For those interested in Spellbinders, contact Barbara B. Morrissey, Training Coordinator, at

JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Arrest made in the death of Jeffco deputy

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Kenneth Martin Hosch, 83, of Golden, was arrested on Monday, Feb. 24 on two felony counts on suspicion of Vehicular Homicide and Criminally Negligent Homicide for the death of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Sergeant Dave Baldwin in January on Highway 93, north of West 64th Parkway. On Sunday, January 26, at 10:05 a.m., Baldwin was traveling in the left northbound lane on his HarleyDavidson patrol motorcycle, entering a sweeping curve. According to police officials a 2004 Saturn Vue SUV was traveling southbound through the curve when it crossed a doubleyellow line, traveling into the northbound lanes and passing at least one vehicle. The Saturn collided head-on with the HarleyDavidson. Hosch is alleged to have failed to return to the legal southbound lane of travel and continued driving southbound on the wrong side of the road for approximately 1,500 ft., the District Attorney’s office reported. Witnesses of the crash estimate that Hosch was traveling 70 to 79 mph just before the collision with Sgt. Baldwin, according to court records. Bond has been set in the

Countywide emergency notification planned

Jeffco and Broomfield counties will be testing their emergency notification system CodeRED on March 5, at 9 a.m. The process is expected to take several hours due to the large volume of notifications to be made via landline, cell phone, text and email. The CodeRED system is used by emergency services agencies to help disseminate information regarding critical incidents. Landline will be automatically included in CodeRED notifications but residents and businesses can sign up to receive CodeRED via cell phone, text and email by going to For more information, contact local law enforcement agencies at their designated non-emergency number.

New Director of IT for Jeffco Public Libraries

Eric Roberts will be taking over as the new director of information technology on March 3. Roberts will be responsible for the planning, policy creation, direction, and operation of the Library’s IT department. He brings almost 20 years of experience in information technology and holds a BA in computer science from the University of Califor-

nia in Santa Cruz. Roberts replaces Steve Endicott, who resigned in June, 2012 to accept a position with Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Mountain Club presents Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka will be at the American Mountaineering Center, Foss Auditorium 710 10th St., Suite 200 Golden at 7 p.m. where he will discuss the gear, supplies and skills needed to make hiking more fun and less work, without compromising safety or comfort in camp. Skurka is one of the most accomplished backpackers in the world, most wellknown for his 4,700-mile, 6-month Alaska-Yukon Expedition, the 6,875-mile 7-month Great Western Loop, and the 7,775-mile 11-month Sea-to-Sea Route. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Tickets are $10.

March Madness Used Book Sale

will feature more than 40,000 books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and much more. Books will be available from 50 cents to $2.50, with hardback fiction for $1. Sunday is Bag Day, where booklovers can fill up their grocery bag full of items for $6. For more information call 303-403-5075. Proceeds benefit Jefferson County Public Library.

LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN A HURRY Smoking age upped to 21, under bill

The legal smoking age in Colorado would rise to 21, under a bill that cleared a House committee on Feb. 20. House Bill 1263 passed the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on a 6-4 party-line vote. The bill provides a grandfather clause that would allow persons who are currently between the ages of 18 and 20 to continue smoking. So, the law would apply when kids who are currently 17 turn 21. If the bill passes, the state is expected to lose more than $5 million in revenue from tobacco sales. But Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, a bill sponsor, said the goal of the legislation is to make it more difficult for kids to obtain cigarettes. The bill now heads to the House Finance Committee.

Greyhound racing ban heads to governor’s desk

A bill that would ban greyhound racing in Colorado is on its way to the governor’s desk. Revenue generated by the industry had been dwindling for several years leading up to 2008, when Colorado’s last remaining greyhound racing track ceased operations. House Bill 1146 would ban greyhound racing from starting up again in the state, but would continue to allow for simulcast wagering at off-track betting facilities. The bill, which is sponsored by Rep. K.C. Becker, DBoulder, passed the Senate on Feb. 21, following a 20-15 vote. It had previously passed the House.

Medina Alert system clears committee

A House committee on Feb. 20 gave unanimous approval to a bill that would create a statewide hit-and-run alert system. House Bill 1191 would set up a program to alert the public when a serious hit-and-run accident occurs. The bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Conti, R-Littleton, is an extension of the Medina Alert that is currently being used in Denver. The alert system is named after Jose Medina, a 21-year-old parking valet who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Denver’s Capitol Hill three years ago.

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Aspen is for lovers Travel + Leisure has placed Aspen at No. 18 in its Top 21 list of the world’s best cities for romance. Here’s what the magazine wrote: “From its snowcapped peaks to its Victorian-era main street, this Old West mountain town lures outdoors lovers with classic Rocky Mountain ambience all year round. Lovebirds can schuss down Buttermilk Mountain in winter, hike wildflower fields in spring, or take in a bevy of festivals from music to world politics all summer long. It’s rightly famous social scene? That’s available any time of year. “Don’t Miss: Snowcatting to 10,900 feet for an Alps-inspired menu and highoctane views at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, one of America’s most romantic restaurants (December-April).” See the entire list at

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Classic period of Maya civilization brought to life at DMNS By Tammy Kranz Contrary to popular belief, Mayan people still live in Mexico and Central America — in fact, there are 7 million. “Not only from archaeology can we learn about the Maya, we can learn directly from their descendants,” said Michele Koons, lead curator for the new Maya exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” runs through Aug. 24 at the museum, 2001 Colorado Blvd., and spotlights the classic period of the civilization, which was about 250 to 900 A.D. “It’s a really exhaustive and comprehensive exhibit of the cultures,” Jennifer Moss Logan, one of the lead educators for the exhibit said. Logan was one of the DMNS staff who visited Belize to experience the culture firsthand. “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” DMNS worked with the Science Museum of Minnesota, Museum of Science in Boston and Through Aug. 24 the San Diego Natural History Museum to create the exhibit, which Logan and Koons said Denver Museum was the largest exhibit about the ancient Maya to ever be displayed in the United States. of Nature and Science The exhibit spans two gallery spaces, the Phipps Gallery and the newly opened Anschutz 2001 Colorado Blvd. Gallery, for a total of 20,000 square feet. The exhibit features more than 250 authentic artiFor more information: facts, including a jade mosaic mask, an urn, pottery vase and bowl. There are recreation of full size stone monuments and an underworld cave where the Maya confronted the gods. Visitors can interpret hieroglyphics and create their own Maya name, and decipher stone carvings from the Chiapas region of Mexico. “They had a complex writing system that is still in many ways being deciphered,” Koons said. People can conduct a virtual excavation and interpret their finds, Logan said, “You can do that without getting your fingers dirty.” There is a section of the exhibit dedicated to astronomy that describes how and why the Maya charted and predicted astronomical phenomena. Koons said despite the modern day hysteria about the Maya calendar in 2012, the calendar didn’t end but just flipped over. “They never saw it as the end of the world,” she said, adding that the exhibit does not touch on the modernday interpretation of the calendar. “We didn’t want to dilute what the great achievements were for the Maya.” The Gates Planetarium is showing “Maya Skies,” which is a nice complement to the exhibit. The exhibit will host some special Maya-themed events in March, including “A Royal Party,” an adultonly event where visitors can play the Maya ball game, create art and mingle with the experts at 7 p.m. March 6 (tickets are $38 for members, $43 for non-members). Activities include live dance performances, artists showing off their craft and various Maya-related activities, March 21 through April 4.


Tom Coohill, chef/owner of Coohills, 1400 Wewatta St. in Denver, has been invited to compete in Iceland’s Food and Fun Festival. He has accepted and will attend. The festival takes place in Reykjavik from Feb. 26 through March 2, and includes 13 guest chefs and finest restaurants. Coohill is paired with Rub 23, a restaurant that specializes in ingredients from Icelandic fishermen and farmers and serves a wide selection of sushi. The other food element of the festival is the chef competition, which takes place on the last day. The chefs compete by creating three courses from Icelandic-only ingredients. Fellow chef, Jennifer Jasinski, a “Top Chef Masters” contender and chef/owner of Rioja (1431 Larimer St.) and other restaurants, will be serving as a judge at the festival, adding another Denver connection to the event.

Zengo celebrates 10th anniversary

Zengo, the Richard Sandoval Asian fusion restaurant at 1610 Little Raven St. in Denver, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In honor of the milestone, chef Clint Wagneses and Sandoval will prepare a four-course prix fixe dinner with optional beverage pairings on March 5. The celebration dinner is $65 per person and reservations are necessary for this event. On March 6-9, Zengo will feature a Zen for $10 feature menu where items from the current menu and past menu, will be featured at dinner for $10, as an additional menu item. A photo contest also kicks off on Feb. 24 and runs through March 9 where guests can submit a photo on Zengo’s Facebook of what Zengo has meant to them and enter for a chance to win a trip to Cancun. For reservations and information, go to

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Colorado will show the newly released documentary, “Thomas Keating, A Rising Tide of Silence,” a moving portrait of one of the most influential living spiritual leaders of our times, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Center for Contemplative Living, 3650 Yates St., Denver. Donations accepted. Refreshments will be served.

ART BENEFIT Wildcat Coffee is asking for donations from artists for an art benefit show in March. Proceeds from the silent auction will be split between the artist and the Arapahoe High School Community Fund honoring Claire Davis. The theme is Horses and Happiness, inspired by Claire’s passions in life. Bring art, business cards and a 4-by-6-inch statement about your art to 11651 W. 64th Ave., Arvada, by Thursday, Feb. 27. A section for student art also will be set up. Blank canvases are available for students, who want to participate in this or any Wildcat Coffee art events. Stop by the coffee shop or call 303-421-0414 for information.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY/FEB. 28 TO MARCH 2 BOOK SALE The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends of JCPL plan their annual Mega March Madness Used Book Sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave, Golden. The sale will feature more than 40,000 books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and much more. Go to or by call 303-403-5075.


coffee Thursday, Feb. 27, 7-8 a.m. at La Dolce Vita, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Panera in Walnut Creek, 10450 Town Center Drive, Westminster. This is a time for casual conversation and for Kraft-Tharp to hear about what is important to you and your family.

FRIDAY/FEB. 28 TO MARCH 30 THEATER SHOW The Edge Theatre presents “The Beauty

Queen of Leenane,” a dark and comic tale of a plain, lonely woman and her manipulative mother. The show runs from Feb. 28 to March 30. Contact 303-232-0363 or for information and tickets. The Edge Theater is at 1560 Teller St., Suite 200, Lakewood. Parking is free.

THURSDAY TO Saturday/Feb. 27 to March 1 TOM SAWYER Come take part in the adventures and mishaps of Tom Sawyer in this lovely compilation of scenes from various versions of Tom Sawyer stories. “Scenes from Tom Sawyer” is on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, at Colorado ACTS Theater, 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-456-6772, email or go to tickets and information.

SATURDAY/MARCH 1 WEDDING EXPO The Fort will host its first Wedding Expo &

Private Dining Showcase from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1. The event features vendors that specialize in a wide range of wedding services and highlight the restaurant’s private dining spaces for meeting, ceremony and large gatherings. The Fort also will present samples of appetizers, game meats and desserts. To RSVP and for information, contact Jennefer Weeks at or 303-697-2282. Visit www.

THURSDAY/FEB. 27 to March 31 GOLF CLUB Foothills Women’s Golf Par-3 Club New members are being accepted for the 2014 season. Group plays Thursday mornings April through September at Foothills Golf Course, 3901 S. Carr Street, Denver (Littleton/Lakewood). Call Elaine Luft at 303-378-3074 for information or go to

SATURDAY/MARCH 1, APRIL 5 PHOTOGRAPH CLUB The Forney Museum welcomes photographers the first Saturday of every month for a behindthe-scenes chance to shoot your favorite vehicles in our collection. Sessions last 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, April 5, at the museum, 4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver. Registration and prepayment are required; sessions are limited to 25 participants. For a copy of the museum’s photo policy, email events@ Go to

FRIDAY/FEB. 28 ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP ARVADA Sunrise Rotary is accepting application for its fifth annual SpeakUp! scholarship through Friday, Feb. 28. Eight scholarships, ranging from $500 to $3,000, are awarded to students who deliver a 6- to 8-minute speech incorporating this year’s theme and Rotary Four-Way Test. Qualifying candidates must be seniors from Pomona, Arvada, Arvada West and Ralston Valley high schools and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Finalists will deliver their speeches April 16 at the Arvada Center. Apply online at NOMINATIONS DUE The Good News Steering Committee presents the 2014 Good News Breakfast, “Service Projects Strengthen Our Community,” at 6:59 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden. The Good News Steering Committee is inviting nominations from the community on behalf of groups or individuals who have made a positive impact in the community. Twelve honorees will be selected and honored at the 2014 Good News Breakfast. Anyone in Jefferson County can nominate a person or a group. Nomination forms are available from www. Completed nomination forms should be mailed to: Good News Celebration, c/o Lesa Moseley, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, 4851 Independence Street, Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, or email Nominations due by Friday, Feb. 28. Contact Jeanne Oliver, 303-432-5174, or

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Aurora, will be an All-Star Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Liz Murray, who will share her story “From Homeless to Harvard.” Murray has certainly had to overcome adversity and has had a journey similar to many residents of Warren Village. The breakfast fundraiser begins at 7:30 a.m. March 13 at the Marriott Denver City Center, 1701 California St. Radio super star Gloria Neal will emcee. (Love my Glo!). Sponsorships are still available for this most important fundraiser in support of Warren Village.

JUNE 1: The concert series wraps up with the world premier of “When God Lets My Body Be,” commissioned by Confluence from composer Jan Krzywicki. Mr. Krzywicki and his wife, collaborative pianist Susan Nowicki, travel from Philadelphia, to join the choir in presenting the featured piece and many others of Mr. Krzywicki’s compositions. MONDAY/MARCH 3 GOLF LEAGUE A membership meeting for the Lake Arbor

Ladies 9-Hole League is at 10 a.m. Monday, March 3 in the clubhouse at 8600 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. New members and returning golfers are invited. The club plays every Monday morning from April to October. All skill levels are welcome and handicaps are achieved through play. For information and/or questions contact Lee Kauffman, Head Pro at 720-898-7360.

TUESDAY/MARCH 4 LIFETREE CAFÉ How to heal and forgive after being wronged will be discussed at Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at 5675 Field St., Arvada. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. The program, “The Struggle to Forgive: Finding a Way Forward,” features the filmed story of Alicia Brady, who was the victim of a gang-related drive-by shooting. Brady tells about the shooting and her struggle to recover physically and emotionally. The program offers guidance for those who find it difficult to heal and forgive after being wronged. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@

COMING SOON COMING SOON/MARCH 8 W.I.S.E. PROGRAMS The Wales. Ireland. Scotland. England. (W.I.S.E.) Family History Society welcomes Allan Turner, speaking about Facebook for genealogists at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the seventh floor training room of the Denver Public Library, 14th and Broadway. The Internet has facilitated our ability to communicate ideas and perform research. It has also enhanced the world of genealogy. Allan Turner will discuss how to use social media, such as Facebook, to enhance your research. He is the webmaster for http://www.wise-fhs. org, the W.I.S.E. website. The society also presents a seminar on tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8. This day-long genealogical research seminar features Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They will present four programs valuable to those researching ancestors in any part of Ireland, as they use examples from both Northern Ireland and the Republic.Use the form at to register. The seminar will be in the lower level conference center of the Denver Public Library, 14th and Broadway. There is a fee for materials. COMING SOON/MARCH 8

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HEALTHY HOME PranaTonic, 807 14th St., Golden, presents healthy home care classes, including product samples, 4-5 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. Topics include moxibustion use (Jan. 11); topical products for aches and pains (Feb. 8); natural remedies for high blood pressure (March 8); making herbal teas (April 12); beating allergies and congestion (May 10); natural sleep support (June 14). Topics from July to December are to be determined. Call 303-274-5733 or go to

SWIM CLINIC Join the Golden Marlins for its spring swim program starting Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Golden Recreation Center. For more than 50 years, the Golden Marlins swim team has been available to all Golden area children. You need not be part of our swim team; our clinics are about improving your stroke, having fun and exercise! Ages 9 and younger will practice 6-7 p.m.; ages 10 and older will practice from 7-8 p.m. We will also offer a post ski season 4-week session beginning Sunday, April 6. Registration forms and information are available at SUNDAY/MARCH 2, MAY 2, JUNE 1 CONCERT SERIES St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Confluence a cappella choir presents its 2013-14 season of concerts. Concerts are 3 p.m. at the church, 9200 W. 10th, Lakewood. Call 303-279-2932 or visit for tickets

DOCUMENTARY SHOWING Contemplative Outreach of

MAY 2: The Parish Choir of St. Paul’s will entertain all comers with their excellent Variety Show. Every Sunday the choir leads us in worship. Come to see and hear their hidden talents.

BLOOD DRIVE Standley Lake Library community blood drive is 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, inside Bonfils’ mobile bus at 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit



MARCH 2: “Brahms Concert.” The choir will perform Nanie and parts of the German Requiem, along with the famous, light-hearted Liebeslieder, accompanied by two pianists.

Garden” from 11 a.m. to noon, “Improving Your Soil” from 11:30 a.m. to noon, “4 Steps to a Perfect Lawn” from 12:30-1 p.m., “Many Shades of Green” from 1-2 p.m., “Pretty All Summer” from 1:30-2 p.m., “This Herbs for You” from 2:30-3 p.m., “Easy Color with Summer Bulbs” from 3:30-4 p.m., “Flower Power” from 4-5 p.m., “Starting a Bonsai” from 4:30-5 p.m., and “Orchids” from 5:30-6 p.m. Saturday, March 8; and “Growing Plants from Seed” from 11 a.m. to noon, “Rock Gardens in Containers” from 12:30-1 p.m., “Beauty Beyond the Bloom” from 1-2 p.m., “Healthy Soil” from 2-2:30 p.m., “Biological Solutions for your Garden” from 3-3:30 p.m., and “Rose Pruning” from 4-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Go to or call 303-424-7979 for details.

VISION SYMPOSIUM The Denver Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness will host a Vision for the Future Symposium 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Rainer Auditorium at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. Learn about the latest preventions, treatments and clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and related retinal diseases. Contact or call 866-782-7330.

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Successfully breaking the cycle of homelessness for single parent families, Warren Village will celebrate its 40th Anniversary Sept. 13. Details to come. To become a sponsor, contact: Keisha Myco at

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drive is 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, inside Bonfils’ mobile bus at 165 S. Union Blvd., Lakewood. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit

ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST American Legion Post 161 hosts the Arvada Roundtable Breakfast at 7 a.m. March 7, at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The meeting is open to the public and allows attendees to hear what issues are being addressed by city, county, state and federal levels of government from the government representatives. FRIDAY TO SUNDAY/MARCH 7-9 GARDEN EXPO Echter Garden Center, 5150 Garrison St., Arvada, presents its Spring Echxpo from March 7-9. A number of classes will be presented, including “The Power of Plants to Change the World” from 1:30-3 p.m., “Butterfly Gardening” from 3:30-4 p.m., and “6 Easy Container Designs” from 4:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 7; “Backyard Farming” from 9-10 a.m., “Drip Irrigation” from 10:30-11 a.m., “Landscaping your Colorado Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout

COMING SOON/MARCH 11 INVENTIONS HUMAN beings often invent by learning from nature and famous inventions frequently have as much to do with chance as they do with intelligence and curiosity. Join Active Minds as we tell the fascinating stories of inventions and inventors that changed the world 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 11, at First Presbyterian Church of Lakewood, 8210 W. 10th Ave. This class will cover the invention of the abacus,

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safety glass, the paper clip, and the hypodermic syringe. COMING SOON/MARCH 11 WOMEN’S LUNCHEON Denver West Women’s Connection plans its March Spring Showers luncheon noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 13371 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. For reservations, call 303-9852458. COMING SOON/MARCH 12

HEALTH CLASSES Bridges Integrative Health and Wellness at Lutheran Medical Center is offering community health and wellness services and classes in February at 8300 W. 38th Ave. Free parking is available. Space is limited. Go to www. or call 303-425-2262 to register or for information and costs. Upcoming classes are: AROMATHERAPY, 6-7:30 p.m. last Wednesday, Aromatherapy III: Sacred Scents & Essential Oils (March 26); Aromatherapy IV: Herbal Infused Honey (April 30).

BASIC FOAM Rolling, for flexibility and injury prevention,

BLOOD DRIVE Golden Library community blood drive is 1011:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, inside Bonfils’ mobile bus at 1917 10th St., Golden. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit

STRESS RELIEF monthly workshop series, 6-8 p.m. every second Thursday: Being a Perfectionist isn’t Perfect (March 13); Mind-Body Connection (April 10).



BREWING HISTORY Foothills Genealogical Society presents

MEMBERSHIP MEETING American Legion Post 161 has its next monthly membership meeting at 7 p.m. Thursdays, March 13 at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The group gets veterans to help veterans.

“Of Mines and Beer: The History of 19th Century Brewing in Colorado and Beyond” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2034 Ellis St., Golden, CO. Program at 1 p.m. “Of Mines and Beer; the history of 19th century Brewing in Colorado and Beyond,” presented by Dave Thomas, retired from Coors Brewing Company; now Brewer Emeritus at Dostal Alley Brewpub in Central City. Book Nook open before and after meeting. For more information see

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of his sexually violent predator classification. Upon further investigation, Galbraith was able to confirm Hurley’s SVP status and

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said. “There’s still work that needs to be done to reconstruct the later years.”

5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.

GET ACTIVE Get and stay in shape. Choose from more than 30 fitness and dance classes at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., including seated or standing classes in yoga, tai chi, and Zumba, as well as stretching, weight room, and much more. Call the center at 303-425-9583 or pick up your activities guide for details.  Many classes are free or discounted for SilverSneakers. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN Choir invites you to come and sing at Concordia’s worship services during the Lent and Easter seasons.  The choir is looking to add new voices. Concordia’s choral director is Dr. Frank Eychaner of Colorado Christian University. The choir practices at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at 13371 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood. If you have question, contact Eychaner at 303-963-3137.

HEALTH MAP Need a boost? Looking to have more fulfilling, healthful, meaningful days? Prefer to help yourself rather than seek coaching or attend psychotherapy? Lorie Gose will share free information about a daily personal “road map” to determine how you want to be, think and feel. Get ready to ascend beyond your inhibiting beliefs and self-concepts. Join Gose 8-9 a.m. Fridays at Whole Foods Market Belmar, 444 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Lakewood. Contact Gose to let her know that you’re going to be there. Go to, or contact 303-500-2340 or RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 8 THEATER SHOW Coal Creek Theater of Louisville will open its 25th season Friday, Feb. 21, with Deborah Brevoort’s “The Women of Lockerbie,” directed by Larisa Netterlund. The show runs weekends through March 8 at the Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. Visit for information and tickets. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets available at www. or by calling 303-665-0955.


ARVADA RUNNING Club is offering $1,200 in college track or cross-country scholarships to one or two graduating high school girls for the 2013-14 school year. Eligible students must live in Arvada and/or attend an Arvada-area high school and plan to participate in a formal track or cross-country program during their freshman year in college. This is the third year in a row the club has offered scholarship funds. Applications are available on Arvada high school Naviance websites. For more information, contact or

COMPUTER CLASSES Learn basic to advanced use of the computer in a small class setting at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. One-on-one personal training is also available. Call 303-425-9583 for times and fees. 

WOMEN’S NETWORKING group in Arvada has openings for women in business who can commit to a weekly Wednesday morning meeting. One member per business category. Contact or call 303-438-6783.

discover his renewed license. She made contact with Hurley on Aug. 16 informing him of new registration requirements under an SVP status. SVP requires quarterly registration and monthly check in’s with police. On Aug. 17, Hurley called Galbraith to inform her he would be leaving the state temporarily to visit his brother. Hurley was soon picked up in Chippewa Falls, Wiscon-

sin for possession of marijuana and hitchhiking. He was being held on an outstanding warrant from 1999 for contractor fraud. Galbraith returned to the address listed on Hurley license and spoke with Hurley’s roommate who determined that Hurley began staying at the home on July 30. According to an affidavit, Galbraith determined there was probable cause to believe that

Hurley was staying at an established residence from July 30 through Aug. 18 and did not register as a sex offender with the Jeffco Sheriff’s office nor did he cancel his registration with Golden PD as he did not lack a fixed address like he originally reported on his registration forms on July 30 and Aug. 16. Hurley’s arraignment is set for April 7.

Still, for workers and their surviving families that fit in the 15 year window, their claims may finally be validated. “This is about justice. For years, Rocky Flats workers risked their lives to protect this nation and helped end the Cold War, and they are entitled to receive the proper health care and benefits for this unselfish

sacrifice to our country,” Rep. Ed Perlmutter said in a statement to Colorado Community Media. “After years of delay and roadblocks, I’m pleased the Obama Administration is making sure these workers’ claims are processed in a fast and fair way to receive the health care and compensation they earned during their service work-

ing in dangerous conditions on behalf of our nation.” As of Feb. 17, 2014, Rocky Flats claimants have received $304 million, the Department of Labor reports. There has been 8,424 applications filed for claims, of those, 2,351 have received compensation. The plant closed in 1992.

RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 9 FOREVER PLAID Evergreen Chorale presents “Forever Plaid” from Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, March 9, at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen. Purchase tickets online at or call 303-674-4002. Suitable for all ages. Your Week continues on Page 15

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Jayne Byl of the Golden Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Sloan of Golden and Commissioner Faye Griffin attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Veterans’ Administration Clinic located at 1020 Johnson Road in Golden. A Color Guard Ceremony was held at the Jeffco Administration Building on Friday, Feb. 21 before the ribbon cutting which included a tour of the new facility. Courtesy photo

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FooThills WoMen’s Golf Par-3 Club plays Thursday mornings from April

Running scholaRship The Arvada Running Club is offering $1,800 in college track or cross-country scholarships to one or more senior high school girls who graduate in May 2014. Eligible students must live in Arvada and/or attend an Arvada-area high school, and plan to participate in a formal track or cross-country program during their freshman year in college. This is the fourth consecutive year the club has offered scholarships. Applications are available on Arvada high school Naviance websites. The deadline to apply is April 15. Contact, or Trisha Krapes at

through September at Foothills Golf Course, 3901 S. Carr St., Denver. New members are being accepted through March for the 2014 season. Call Elaine Luft at 303-3783074 or go to for information.

RecuRRing/JanuaRy To March classes/WoRkshops lakeWood Arts Council offers a number of classes and workshops at the Lakewood Arts Council Art Center, 85 S. Union Blvd., Lakewood. Call 303 980-0625 or visit for information or to register. oil painTing: Beginner and advanced, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays

through Feb. 26. Intermediate, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 27. Instructor for both classes is Barbara Tobiska. Watercolor: Intermediate/advanced, 1-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20; March 6, 13, 20. Instructor for all classes is Kathy Cranmer.

WaTeRcoloR: inTeRMediaTe/advanced, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, Feb. 15, 22, March 8; March 15, 22, 29. Instructor is Loraine Miller.

QuilT donaTions The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is asking for donations of new quilts to benefit flood victims. Quilts must be made of 100 percent cotton fabric, and twin, full and queen sizes are needed. Deliver donations 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1213 Washington Ave., Golden; or 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the museum office, 651 Corporate Circle, Suite 102, Golden. Donations will be taken through April 30, 2014. Call 303-277-0377.

dRess exchange Prom is just around the corner, and the Prom Dress Exchange Corp. and Tebo Store Fixtures of Denver are hosing the 2014 Prom Dress Exchage. Metro teens can shop from thousands of gently-used and new designer dresses. Entrance is free; however a valid student ID and donation are requested if the student finds a dress. Seamstresses will be onsite to repair broken zippers, straps and snaps, and adjust hems. The exchange is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Tebo

WaTeRMedia cReaTiviTy: Led by instructor Becky Enabnit Silver; from 10 a.m.

Decisions program at the Columbine and Evergreen libraries. The foreign policy discussion group is for those who are interested in learning more about current events. Each program is presented in a balanced and non-partisan way, and includes background information, current data and policy options for each issue. See jeffcolibrary. org/events for dates and topics. Meetings are open to all. Call 303-235-5275.

TheaTeR shoW Miners Alley presents “Parallel Lives” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 31 to March 9, with a 2 p.m. show on Sunday, March 9, at 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. A non-stop comedy about how women and men respond to the circumstances of their lives. Contact 303-935-3044 or online at RecuRRing/ThRough MaRch 14 aRT conTesT Entries for the cover art contest for the 2014 Colorado Farm Fresh

Directory will be accepted through March 14. The directory is a listing of farms, farmers’ markets, roadside stands and more that offer fresh produce and other farm products directly to the consumer. Amateur and professional artists are welcome to submit original artwork for the contest. Entries must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way; artwork may be created in any medium and must be submitted as digital files. The winning artist will receive $500, and the work will be featured on the cover of the directory. Contact Loretta Lopez at 303-239-4115 or go to

RecuRRing/ThRough MaRch 31 scholaRship TiMe The Financial Steward Associates LLC Scholarship Program is accepting applications through March 31. The scholarship is available to any graduating high school student who plans to attend any post-secondary educational institution. The scholarship will be limited to the first-year cost of tuition not to exceed $500. To apply, students must complete the application, write a 500-word essay relating to financial responsibility and provide a current academic record, list of community service work, extracurricular activities and/or work experience. To receive

sT. paTRick’s FesTival The Historic Olde Town Arvada Association again presents it St. Patrick’s Day Festival noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 15, featuring live music, beer, wine, food, family fun and plenty of shopping options from street vendors. For information on this event, including vendor, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Historic Olde Town Arvada website at www.historicarvada. org. Snow date will be March 22. looking ahead/MaRch 15

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ReJuvenaTe youR Drawing: Instructor is Courtney Armstrong; from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 11, March 25. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12.

spRing FundRaiseR Friends for Families First plans its spring fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at DoubleTree by Hilton in Greenwood Village. The evening includes a cocktail hour with a silent auction, a Parisian cuisine dinner, a live auction and dancing. Registration is available online at

FoReign policy Jefferson County Public Library will once again offer the Great

RecuRRing/MaRch To June aRT classes/WoRkshops Lakewood Arts Council, 85 S. Union Blvd., Unit B, presents several classes and workshops from March to June. Call 303-980-0625 or go to for complete schedule and information. Completed registration form and payment required prior to class registration. The instructor will call new students to discuss experience, share the materials needed and answer questions. Classes include oil painting (starting March 19 and March 20); beginning watercolor (April 3, May 1, June 5); creative writing-poetry (March 4, March 18); creative writing-fiction (March 14, March 28); drawing (March 11); watermedia creativity (March 12); book discussion (April 18); jewelry making (earrings, April 15; pendants, April 29 and May 6); florals in watercolor (April 15); kids drawing (June 11, 18, 25). RecuRRing/ThRough June nonpRoFiT vendoRs Applications for nonprofit participants are being accepted

for the 43th annual CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair. Nonprofit groups seeking to exhibit their services and recruit volunteers will pay a fraction of the booth fee that other vendors pay to participate in the festival. Applications are available at www. Contact the CHUN office at 303-830-1651. The People’s Fair is June 7-8.

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Curl up with this good book “The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters” by Jerry Apps 2013, Wisconsin Historical Society Press $22.95 / higher in Canada 150 pages It snowed overnight. You saw it first thing this morning, and you grumbled. You know how much extra work that stuff is: shoveling, brushing, scraping. Everything needs more time to warm up and get going — including you. Sure, snow is pretty … for about 10 minutes. Or, as you’ll see in “The Quiet Season” by Jerry Apps, it’s beautiful for a lifetime. Born to a pair of farmers in the “midst of the Great Depression,” Jerry Apps says that, save but for his time spent in the Army, he’s never missed a Wisconsin winter. For folks in snowy climes, winter reminds us that “we are not in charge,” he says. The winters of 1939-1947 were particularly memorable for Apps. Electricity hadn’t yet come to his parents’ farm — it didn’t arrive until the spring of ’47 – which meant that milking cows and fetching water was all done by hand. Dinner was made on a wood-burning stove that served both to prepare food and to heat the kitchen. Homework for the three Apps boys was done by kerosene lamp. Apps remembers how his father prepared for winter by “making wood” from dead oak trees and hauling it closer to the house. The family butchered a hog every fall because they “needed the meat if we were going to survive the long winter.” Produce from garden and field was laid in for the season. Even when there was a snowstorm, the three Apps boys had to walk to school and they tried not to miss a day. The season’s first snow was especially exciting; says Apps, he and his classmates were “running around like we were possessed by first snowfall demons.” As white stuff piled up,

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his teacher in the one-room schoolhouse tapped one of the bigger children to shovel a path to the outhouses. Apps recalls playing in the snow, and wading through waist-high drifts. He remembers hunting in it, travelling by car and on foot through it, and hoping that Santa could handle it. He recalls when neighbors took care of neighbors and dances were held in someone’s dining room. And he remembers the perfection of winter some 70 years ago, its loveliness and its magic. I’m not sure where it came from, but reading “The Quiet Season” gave me a definite sense of pulse-slowing calmness. Maybe that’s because author Jerry Apps — who often mentions his love of a good story — is himself the teller of tales that circle around community in a TV-less, packed-calendar-free, horse-drawn but hard-working world that fewer and fewer folks remember. They’re told with awe, gratitude, grace, more than a little kneeslapping — and lots of love for the way things were, the rotation of the seasons, the bounty of the land, and the perseverance of its people. This is the kind of book that elders will read and read again. It’s a book you’ll want to give to a whiner. It’s one you’ll be glad to curl up with because, though it’s mostly about winter, “The Quiet Season” will leave you warm.


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LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 15-16 PURIM WEEKEND Congregation B’nai Chaim celebrates the holiday of Purim with

a weekend of events, March 15-16. Events on Saturday, March 15, include Rocky Mountain Jewgrass concert at 6 p.m. Go to for ticket information. On Sunday, March 16, is the Fun Fest, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The festival includes a carnival, silent auction and more.

LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 15, March 16, March 22, March 23, March 29, March 30 GARDENING CLASSES Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 Garrison St., Arvada, presents Vegetable Gardening 101 from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15; Pruning Trees & Shrubs from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16; Fairy Garden workshop from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22 (registration required); Terrarium workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 (registration required); Beekeeping for Beginners from 11 a.m.

to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23 (registration required); Composting and Soil Improvement from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29; Perennial Color Through the Year from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29; Seeding a New Lawn from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30. Go to for details or call 303-424-7979 to register for those classes that require it.

LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 18 AMERICAN WEST Join Active Minds 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, for an exploration of how the West was opened and won. We’ll tell the story from a variety of perspectives--from the early explorers who ventured into the unknown to the fortune seekers who raced to the Gold Rush. We’ll also include the often brutal elements of what was known at the time as “Manifest Destiny” including conflicts with Native Americans as well as Spanish Mexico, all of which added significant territory to the United States. Program is free and takes place at Emeritus at Green Mountain, 12791 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. RSVP by calling 303-237-5700. LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 19 CAREER SPOTLIGHT Red Rocks Community College will spotlight careers in performing arts 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the community room at the college’s Lakewood campus, 13300 W. 6th Ave. Panel members who are professional musicians, composers, artistic directors, choreographers and dancers will answer questions about their careers. Go to  LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 20 SPELLING BEE Here’s a fun way to exercise your mind. Challenge other spelling whizzes in the fourth annual spelling bee for adults ages 60 and older from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd.,

Arvada. Call 303-425-9583. Free, but register early as this event can fill.

AMANDAL@DARLINGDOUBLES.ORG. LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 20 EGYPT IN Turmoil The civil unrest that began in late January 2011 with the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak continues to roil this critically important Arab country. Subsequent President Mohammad Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first freely elected leader, was ousted by the army in July 2013 after mass protests.  Join Active Minds 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, as we explore the origins and implications of Egypt’s current situation and where this story may go from here. Program is free and takes place at Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S. Pierce St., Lakewood. RSVP at 303-742-4800. LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 21 BLOOD DRIVE Belmar Library-Lakewood community blood drive is 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 in Bonfils’ mobile bus at 555 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 23 ART AUCTION Wildcat Coffee, on the northwest corner of Simms and 64th, plans a silent art auction and show to benefit the Dumb Friends League. The theme of the show is Furry Friends. Artist Natasha McConnachie, of Golden, will display illustrations from her book “Kitty Cat Finds a Home.” Local artist Robin Lacey will have handmade cards with 100 percent of her profits going to DFL. The opening party is Sunday, Feb. 23, but you can drop by, see the art and put in bid anytime. Closing bid pay will be March 23.

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How to be environmentally friendly at the grocery store By Metro Creative Connection While adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle might seem like a major commitment, many people find such an endeavor is far easier than they initially expected, as some relatively minor modifications here or there can make a substantial impact on the environment. One of the easiest ways to go green is to make more ecofriendly choices at the grocery store. Shopping for and preparing meals can be done in an eco-friendly way, and men and women will be happy to know they’re not only making changes that benefit the planet but their personal health as well. Here are some ideas for going green at the grocery store that do not require a big commitment. * Begin in the produce aisle. When shopping for produce, stock up on plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, which are now readily available at many grocery stores. Stick to organic for the “dirty dozen” foods, those which are the most likely to have high levels of residual pesticides and herbicides. Even produce that is not labeled “organic” may be organic. To determine if it is, look at the sticker codes on the fruits and vegetables. A four-digit code means it was conventionally grown, while five-digit codes starting with an eight indicate genetically modified food. A five-digit code starting with nine indicates the item is organic. While shopping, ask the produce manager if the store sells locally grown produce, and purchase only those products when they are available. * Buy only what you need. Shoppers are often tempted to go from aisle to aisle, buying items they both need and don’t need. Caving in to such temptation can be wasteful unless items purchased have long shelf lives. Before visiting the store, make a shopping list and stick with it. Not only will you save money, but you will avoid throwing out spoiled foods as well. * Purchase store-made items. If you’re looking for deli meats or bread for dinner, visit the stores’ bakeries, kitchens and delis, where employees cook foods right inside of the supermarket, a practice that cuts down on shipping of premade frozen foods produced elsewhere. Many stores carry their own homemade breads, cakes, doughnuts, dinner en-

trees, and sandwiches. * Ask questions in the meat department. Don’t be shy about asking store butchers where the beef and chicken for sale comes from. If the meat and poultry is not locally raised and all-natural, look for alternatives in the store or shop elsewhere. * Shop only the perimeter of the store. Many stores stock dietary staples along the outer edges of the store. The interior bulk of the store contains packaged, processed foods that are not as eco-friendly. * Buy in bulk whenever possible. Stock up on staples like toilet paper and other items. Bulk items are packaged together, which reduces the amount of packaging needed. Separate meat and poultry into smaller portion sizes at home before freezing. * Bring reusable tote bags. Even though many plastic shopping bags are made from recycled materials, many of these bags end up in the trash after use. Reusable cloth bags are more ecofriendly. Just be sure to wash them frequently so you clean them of any bacteria that may accumulate over time.

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area clubs OngOing Activities, OngOing /Business grOups MOndAys Open Mic Living Water Unity Spiritual Community presents open mic night –

celebrate your teen self 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. This program gives teens the opportunity to express their performing art including voice and instrument, acting, poetry, stand-up comedy, mime, etc. Open to all students in sixth to 12th grades. Email

repuBlicAns Men meeting The Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club meets

7-9 a.m. Mondays at the Howard Johnson Denver West, 12100 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Call Fred Holden at 303-421-7619 for more information. All are welcome, not just Republican men from Jefferson County.

tuesdAys FederAl eMplOyees The Lakewood Chapter of Retired and Active Federal

Employees meets each second Tuesday at the Episcopal Church, 10th and Garrison. Call Ann Ornelas at 303-517-8558 with questions.

rOcky MOuntAin Team Survivor, a health, education and fitness program for women of all abilities who have experienced cancer or are currently in treatment, offers weekly free, fun, supportive activities. Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Boulder Creek Walk (meet at Boulder Public Library main entrance). Tuesday, 11-11:30 a.m., Yoga, Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Avenue. Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Training, Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Avenue (entrance on Maxwell Avenue.). Learn more at WednesdAys AMericAn legiOn Auxiliary presents Burger Nite, 5-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Post 178, 1655 Simms St., Lakewood. Members, their guests and active military invited for varied food and reasonable prices. Visit ArvAdA Biz Connection

is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings

a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Rockler’s Woodworking and Hardware Store, 2553 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver. The club also has a workshop at the Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road. We meet here at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. Go to for information.

entrepreneurs cluB The Lakewood Chapter Lutheran Entrepreneurs meets 8-9 a.m. on third Wednesdays at the Bethlehem Chapel Coffee House, located in the medical office building just south of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. The chapter coordinator is Denise Rolfsmeier. For more information, call 720-379-5889 or email

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Music teAchers Association Suburban Northwest meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meetings are open to the public and include refreshments, business meeting and program featuring music teaching professionals from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments. WOMen netWOrking Women’s Business Group Wednesday morning networking group in Arvada has openings for women who can commit to a weekly morning meeting. Limited to one business per category. Call for available openings, 303-4386783, or go online to prOFessiOnAl WOMen NW Metro Business and Professional Women meets the first Wednesday of each month from September to May. Our mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. Call Marcia at 303-827-3283 to RSVP. thursdAys Business spirituAlity Business Honoring Spirituality meets 7-9 a.m. every Thursday at the Community Center of Mile Hi Church, 9079 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. Meetings include networking, a brief meditation by a licensed practitioner, guest speaker and breakfast. For additional information, visit or call Patty Whitelock at 303-274-0933. cOMMunity cOFFee Join Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp on the fourth Thursday of each month to talk about issues that are important to you. Community Coffee will be 7-8 a.m. at La Dolce Vita, Ice Cream Room, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; and 6:307:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 10450 Town Center Drive, Westminster. investOrs’ Meetings The Rocky Mountain Inventors Association meets 6:308:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month (excluding November and December) at Vesta Technology, 13050 W. 43rd Drive, Suite 300, Golden. Presentations in marketing, manufacturing, engineering, finance, business and legal, followed by networking. Go online to for details.

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are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. A $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. For information, call Micki Carwin at 303-997-9098.



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rOcky MOuntAin Team Survivor, a health, education and fitness program for women of all abilities who have experienced cancer or are currently in treatment, offers weekly free, fun, supportive activities. Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Boulder Creek Walk (meet at Boulder Public Library main entrance). Tuesday, 11-11:30 a.m., Yoga, Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Avenue. Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Training, Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Avenue (entrance on Maxwell Avenue.). Learn more at FridAys cAlMup JOurney Prefer to help yourself rather than do the coaching or psychotherapy thing? Let me share with you free information about the CalmUp Journey, a one-page self-examination worksheet for men and women. Join me for coffee or tea 8-9 a.m. most Fridays at Whole Foods Market Belmar, 444 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Lakewood. Let me know you’re planning to be there so we’re sure to connect. Contact or 303-500-2340. sAturdAys cOlOrAdO citizens for Peace meets 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday at the intersections of West 52nd and Wadsworth Boulevard to try to bring an end to the wars. Signs will be furnished for those who do not have them. Contact Cindy Lowry at 303-431-1228 or cOnsciOus creAtiOn Explore holistic health resources at the Conscious Creation Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St. in Lakewood. Learn from holistic-health practitioners and get information about products, services and alternative/complementary therapies through learning-lab presentations. Admission fee applies; for more information, contact Cheryl Roach at 303-885-8584 or go online to www.consciouscreationfair. com. MeditAtiOn clAsses Various styles of meditation will be explored 9:30-10:30 a.m. each Saturday at PranaTonic, 807 14th St., Golden. We’ll begin with a short introduction to meditation and what to expect followed by a meditation period of 30-40 minutes and time at the end for group discussion. Call 303-274-5733. Visit

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esl clAsses — Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6100 W. 44th St. in Wheat Ridge, is sponsoring a free series of English as a Second Language classes for adults 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday nights. These classes will emphasize a conversational method of instruction. Beginner through advanced classes are offered. You may register on any Thursday night. For directions or more information, call the church at 410-442-5800 or go to our website at

OngOing /Fine Arts And entertAinMent cOncOrdiA lutherAn Church Choir meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The choir assists in Concordia’s traditional worship service three out of four Sundays per month. The church is at 13371 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood (the church nestled close to Green Mountain). If you have a desire to sing and are interested in joining, please contact Joan at or 303-989-5260. dAnce cluB — Blue Nova Dance Club meets 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays every month at the Wheat Ridge Grange, 3850 High Court in Wheat Ridge. For more information or dance lessons, contact Dave at 303-578-6588 or email Music perFOrMAnces Patrice LeBlanc performs on keyboard and vocals 6-9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at Purple Ginger Asian Fusion Restaurant, 2610 Youngfield St. Call 303-237-1133 for more information. singers needed The Troubadours Choir is looking for a director and new members. This is a volunteer choir, comprised mostly of seniors. The Troubadours meet at 9 a.m. every Friday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 45th and Wadsworth. For more information, call Gary at 303-477-1380. syMphOny AuditiOns The Lakewood Symphony is holding auditions for concertmaster (includes an honorarium), principal viola (includes an honorarium) and all section strings. Also, we are auditioning for subs in other sections. Rehearsals are 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays, September through May, at Green Mountain United Methodist Church; concerts are at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Call 303-980-0400 for requirements, appointment and further information. Weekly Music Jazz @ the Creek is every first Wednesday of the month at Living Water Unity, 59th and Vance in Olde Town Arvada. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Come listen to an hour of great jazz. For more information, call 720-935-4000 or email

OngOing /heAlthcAre BOOt cAMp Get out of the gym and get results. Front Range Boot Camp provides dynamic, unique and results-driven full-body workouts exclusively for women. All ages, sizes and fitness levels will succeed. Revamp your fitness routine by getting out of your routine. Indoor location is just behind Super Target at Kipling Street and 50th Avenue. Outdoor location is Skyline Park by Stenger soccer fields. Email Robyn@ or go online to heAlth grOup A women’s health group with the motto “Your health, your life: Take charge” meets noon-1 p.m. Fridays at 9797 W. Colfax Ave, No. 3AA, in Lakewood. Learn about natural alternatives to health concerns. No charge to be part of this group. For more information, call Linda at 303-883-5473 or email lindagoesgreen@ hOMe cAre Always Best Care Denver West provides in-home care, skilled nursing and free senior community placement. Always Best Care provides every individual and family with well-trained personal care attendants and expert nursing support. We help families make informed decisions about senior care, and guide them through comprehensive solutions designed specifically for their unique situations. To learn more, go online to or call 303-9523060.

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discussiOn grOups Covenant Village hosts Wednesdays at 2 p.m. This series of monthly events features expert speakers on a wide variety of educational and entertaining topics. Please plan to attend one, several or all of our programs, held at 9153 Yarrow St. in Westminster. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call 303-403-2205 for driving directions and to reserve your place. Come early for refreshments; fellowship lectures begin at 2 p.m. To learn more about the residency options and lifestyle at Covenant Village of Colorado, call us at 303-424-4828.

Jefferson county Fair Art contest Jefferson County Fair and the Jefferson County CSU Extension Office are hosting a poster design contest for the 2014 Jefferson County Fair poster. The contest is open to all Jeffco students in kindergarten through twelfth grades. Artwork must be turned in by March 5, with an entry form, to either the Jeffco Extension office at the Jeffco fairgrounds or mailed to Jeffco Fair Inc., P.O. Box 582, Morrison, CO 80465. Artwork needs to represent the 2014 county fair theme, “A County Fair with an Urban Flair” and will be judged by the Jeffco Fair Inc. planning committee. The contest winner will be announced March 14 and receive $100.

Jeffco Board votes leadership team interim control The Jefferson County Board of

Education voted to place the executive leadership team, chief school effectiveness officer, Marcia Anker; chief academic officer, Heather Beck; chief financial officer, Lorie Gillis, and chief operating officer, Steve Bell, in charge during the absence of an interim superintendent, during the special meeting, Feb. 18. The board came to this decision after accepting superintendent Cindy Stevenson’s early retirement proposal and crafted a transition plan. Prior to the next meeting, Feb. 27, the board will conduct interviews with each member of the leadership team to gauge their interest in being the interim superintendent. At the Feb. 27 special meeting, the board will make a final decision on an individual to act as the interim superintendent.

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The Jeffco Board of Education heard presentations from two, na-

tional search firm organizations during interviews at the board’s special meeting, Feb. 18. The interviews, held at the Jeffco School District Education Center, 1829 Denver West Drive, lasted two hours in length, each firm having a half-hour to present and a half-hour to answer questions. The board questioned the search firms, Ray and Associates and PROACT Search Firm, about their work history, skills, previously placed non-traditional and traditional candidates, community and board communication plan and timeline for the superintendent search. Following the interviews, the board held a final discussion and filled out an evaluation sheet, gauging their thoughts on a variety of categories for each candidate. Those responses will be weighted by district staff and then a future voting process will take place.

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Are you drinking toilet water? Water-connection woes can cause human illness By Kristin Jones

I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS Feel like a nice cool glass of ice water? Before you take a sip, you might want to take a quick tour of your home. How’s the fill valve in your toilet? Do you have a vacuum breaker on your outside spigots? What about your boiler? Without the right plumbing bits and pieces in place, you could be at risk of drinking toilet water, sipping lawn fertilizers or slurping hazardous chemicals. If they aren’t protected, cross connections between the drinking water in your home and non-potable water sources can mean that dirty water gets mixed with the clean. That mixing can take place with as little as a change in water pressure. And it’s not just in your home. Backflow can happen almost anywhere — from schools to restaurants to watertreatment plants. A review of state records by I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS shows that throughout Colorado, hazardous cross connections rate among the most persistent publichealth risks in water-distribution systems. I-News found that 30 percent of water providers inspected by the state since 2009 were found to be in violation for something related to cross connections or backflow — most often issues related to documenting or managing risks. And 9 percent of the water systems were found to have potentially hazardous cross connections. Among schools operating their own small water systems, inspectors found cross-connection issues to be even more prevalent. Roughly 47 percent were found to be in some kind of violation of cross-connection or backflow rules, while risky cross connections were found in 19 percent of the schools, according to a recent analysis by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. If left unchecked, these routine plumbing problems can make people sick.

Hospital had trouble Last fall, 26 people at a medical facility in Colorado Springs fell ill after drinking water that tasted and smelled odd. The building, which includes Memorial Hospital’s surgery and wound-care centers, shut down until an investigation by state public-health authorities identified the probable culprit: a faulty connection between the drinking water and the ventilation, or HVAC, system. Propylene glycol — an ingredient in antifreeze — had been leaking into the pipes for three days, officials found. Investigators said other anti-corrosive chemicals may have gotten into the water, as well. NexCore Properties, which manages the building, had no comment on the state’s findings. Paula Freund, a spokeswoman for Memorial Hospital, said she’s confident the water problem has been fixed. Fred Spengler is one of a few technicians in the state trained to find and fix cross connections in homes and businesses. In Colorado, he says, it’s often older homes that have problems, or those with special features like solar panels or heated driveways. But issues turn up in mundane places, too. “Lots of the cross connections have to do with toilets,” Spengler said.

Homes at risk A 2004 study conducted in Iowa by the University of Southern California’s Foundation for Cross Connection Control and Hydraulic Research found that nearly one in 10 homes had a direct connection to a health hazard — most often in the toilet, but also in heating and cooling systems, water softeners and outside spigots. Patrick Sylvester, the study’s project manager, said in

an interview that he was surprised how many homes had faulty sewer connections — 14 of the 188 homes included in the study. Only 4 percent of the homes were fully protected from a direct or indirect cross connection, according to the USC report. “Most of the cross connections could be abated with a few dollars and a few minutes,” the study found, “but residents were unaware of the hazards existing in their own plumbing system.” As in larger water systems, faulty cross connections at home can cause health problems if a change in water pressure or a disruption to the water line coincides with an unprotected connection. In most instances, an illness caused by backflow would be tough to trace to its cause; it might be dismissed as a 24-hour bug. In some cases, the consequences can be serious. In Commerce City last year, Nick and Roxanne Cattaneo were awarded more than $900,000 from Aquakleen Products Inc. after their family’s sewer line was mistakenly connected to their drinking water during the installation of a water softener. Commerce City officials warned at the time that Aquakleen had installed water softeners at more than 100 households without a permit. Backflow from a household has the potential to pollute public water, too. A lawyer representing Aquakleen said the company had no comment.

Thousands of illnesses From 1970 to 2001, according to the National Research Council, there were 12,000 reported illnesses from 459 instances of backflow. The number doesn’t catch unreported cases. “Because of the enormous range of contaminant sources involved, as well as the number of unprotected cross connections, backflow events collectively constitute the greatest potential health risk from distribution system contamination,” the National Research Council reported in 2006. In Colorado, state water-quality inspectors periodically inspect larger water systems — which include anything from a school or a campground with its own well and filtration system, to a town or a city. Larger water systems, like that operated by the city of Denver, are required to keep records of the highesthazard spots in their jurisdiction — places like the Denver Zoo, where the water district found in 2006 that water meant for washing down the lion’s den was mixed with employees’ drinking water. Nearly one in three water systems in the last five years has been dinged for failing to keep adequate testing records or for other backflow-related problems. Most schools aren’t routinely tested by the state — it’s left to their water providers to mitigate the risks. But schools with their own wells have a poor record of compliance.

School is example The water system that supplies Caliche School in the northeastern Colorado town of Iliff, for example, failed to install backflow preventers in the mop sink, the auto shop and the training room, state inspectors found during the most recent inspection in 2010. School officials say the backflow preventers are now in place, and the water system is being upgraded. Officials from the state public-health department downplay the risks associated with backflow, emphasizing that water pollution from a bad connection depends on a lot of things going wrong at the same time — for instance, a pressure change, an absence of protection, and the presence of a harmful contaminant. “It is a potential risk, and it is something that we evaluate,” said Ron Falco, who manages the state’s safe drinking water program. “A cross connection by itself isn’t a contamination.” The state rarely punishes water providers solely for

HOW TO CONTROL CROSS CONNECTIONS A FEW simple steps can help protect your drinking water from contamination via backflow in your home. Hiring a backflow prevention technician or a licensed plumber is the best way to make sure your plumbing is safe. FAUCETS: MAKE sure the lower end of each faucet is at least an inch above the top edge of the sink or tub. TOILETS: LIFT the top of your toilet tank and look inside. Make sure the fill valve is at least an inch above the water. The bowl refill tube should also be above the water line. BOILERS: INSTALL a backflow preventer on your boiler. Otherwise, pressure from the boiler water — which is often treated with hazardous anti-corrosion chemicals — may be pushed into the potable water line. GARDEN HOSES: Install a vacuum breaker on each outside spigot. Never leave a hose submerged in a bucket, hot tub or swimming pool. Contaminants from the yard can be sucked back into your drinking water. If you’re using a Miracle-Gro nozzle or other add-on to your hose, unscrew it when you’re done using it. Without a backflow preventer in place, fertilizer or other chemicals can contaminate your water. SPRINKLERS: INSTALL a vacuum breaker well above the ground and above the level of all sprinkler heads in your yard, to ensure that chemicals, fertilizer or pet waste aren’t pulled into your drinking water.

problems related to cross connections — even in cases of repeated problems. However, they acknowledge that the state regulations need updating, in part to offer more guidance to small, cash-strapped systems. After a salmonella outbreak in the southern Colorado city of Alamosa in 2008 that was unrelated to backflow, a team of investigators called for a series of reforms to prevent future incidents of waterborne illness, including updating state regulations related to cross connections. Four years after that report came out, however, the old rules are still in place. The outdated regulations don’t mention specific hazards to look out for, things like chemical laboratories, aircraft manufacturing facilities or mortuaries. They also don’t spell out specific backflow prevention methods or set testing standards. Falco, who was lead author of the 2009 report on Alamosa, said the current rules don’t pose any risk to the public. He said inspectors have stepped up surveillance of backflow-related risks since 2009, and expects to see improvements in water providers’ records. The new rules are expected to launch by January 2015. I-News is the public service journalism arm of Rocky Mountain PBS and works collaboratively with news media throughout Colorado. To read more, please go to Kristin Jones can be contacted at kristinjones@


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Tai chi is now taught at Lakeview Wellness and Event Center 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 2-3:30 p.m. Fridays. Call 303-9896300 or 303-730-0986 for cost information and reservations. WeighT loss — The EZ Weight-Loss Challenge 12-week

program meets10-11 a.m. Tuesdays at Arvada Church of God, 7135 W. 68th Ave. Free coaching, metabolism test and nutrition information. Cash prizes awarded to the top three biggest achievers. For information on cost or to preregister, call Chris at 720-320-2394.

Yoga for survivors Whether you’re a longtime cancer survivor, in treatment or a caregiver to a cancer survivor, Yoga for Cancer Survivors & Caregivers is a great way to live more comfortably in your own body. Benefits include decreased stress and pain, improved sleep and energy, improved lymphatic flow, reduced nausea and a greater sense of well-being. Class led by Shari Turney, a registered yoga instructor with specialized training through Yoga for Survivors. Class offered 1:30-2:45 p.m. Sundays at Duncan Family YMCA, 6350 Eldridge St., Arvada. Contact Shari Turney at 720-319-3703 or before taking your first class to ensure a safe practice.

ongoing /recreaTion, clubs and services aa meeTings There are more than 1,000 AA meetings in the Denver metro area every week. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, come see us. Call 303-322-4440 for a meeting in your area, or visit the website at buffalo ToasTmasTers meets 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays at the Federal Highway Administration building, 12300 W. Dakota Ave., Lakewood. Toastmasters is an international organization that is a fun and supportive environment to learn and practice public speaking skills. All are welcome. More information is available at www. cansurvive is a support group for those who have experi-

enced or are receiving cancer treatment. The meeting format is simple with an opening invocation followed by brief member introductions along with a check-in to see how attendees are doing. The discussion topic centers around healing and healing modalities, and may include a guest speaker or a guided-healing visualization. The free support group meets 10 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday of every month at Mile High Church, 9079 West Alameda Ave., Lakewood. For more information or support do not hesitate to contact Lawrence Connors RScP at 303-9103473 or

columbine #96 Rainbow Girls meets at 7 p.m. the first and

third Thursday of each month at the Golden Lodge, 400 Tenth St. in Golden. Youth activities for girls ages 10-19.  Contact Eve at or 303-424-0134.

dog Trainer program Misha May Foundation Dog Training

and Rescue is offering a “Become a Dog Trainer” program in Arvada and Denver. The licensed nonprofit organization rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs at risk, regardless of breed or mix, behavior or medical issue, or amount of time needed. The dog trainer program includes puppy, basic obedience and behavior solutions. Email or call 303-239-0382 for an application or more information.

federal emploYees The Lakewood Chapter of Retired and Active Federal Employees meets at 1 p.m. every second Tuesday at the Episcopal Church, 10th and Garrison. Call Ann Ornelas, 303-517-8558. fighTing fraud The District Attorney’s Office offers free Power Against Fraud seminars for groups of all sizes and people of all ages. Don’t become a victim of identity theft or other consumer fraud. Contact Cary Johnson, 303-271-6980, for more information. flaTirons vieW Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. the first

and third Wednesday of every month at The Depot at Five Parks, 13810 W. 85th Ave. in Arvada. Polish your speaking and presentation skills in a fun, instructional, nurturing environment. For more information visit

food panTrY God’s Table Food Pantry is open 9-11 a.m.

every third Saturday of each month, and 10 a.m.-noon every fourth Thursday each month for Jefferson County residents who meet certain federal guidelines. God’s Table and Food Pantry is located at 6400 W. 26th Ave. in Edgewater, behind the Vietnamese Central Baptist Church. For more information, call Beverly at 303-525-7685.

food panTrY Agape Life Church (ALC) distributes Jefferson County commodity foods 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, at ALC, 5970 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. ALC provides this service to all Jefferson County residents. If you have questions, call 303-431-6481. gem/mineral club The North Jeffco Gem and Mineral Club

meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at the Apex Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. The meetings are open to the public.

girl scouTs Snowboard. Scuba dive. Sleep over in a museum or at the zoo. Go backstage at a concert or a Broadway play. Even stage your own Project Runway. Girl Scouts turns normal days into days you’ll remember all your life. Girl Scouts offers girls of all ages and backgrounds a safe place to explore the world and discover their potential. There are now more flexible ways to be a Girl Scout than joining a troop. To explore your options, visit, email or call 1-877-404-5708.

peT vaccinaTions Low-cost pet vaccinations at SpayToday 3-4 p.m. every Sunday. Call 303-984-7729 for more information.

holisTic gaTherings The Resonance Center, 6650 W. 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge, offers Holistic Happy Hours 4-7 p.m. on the second Thursday every month with light snacks and tea for everyone. We invite the community to join this social and wellness event that offers acupuncture, massage, reflexology, psychotherapy and coaching, and energy work.

peripheral neuropaThY Support Group The Lakewood Branch of the Rocky Mountain Neuropathy Association meets 3-4:30 p.m. the fourth Saturday of every month at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 7100 W. Mississippi Ave., Lakewood.  For more information about the Lakewood Branch Support Group, call Rose at 303-279-3511 or email

Jeffco spellbinders meets the third Monday of each month at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 38th and Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge. The Spellbinders is dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout time. Grade-school children in Jefferson County benefit from the volunteer who visits their classroom monthly. Requests from schools are greater than we can currently fill. Training and placement available, contact to become involved. The kids need you.

QuilT Tops The Jeffco Hand Quilters are 18 women who gather every Monday to turn quilt tops into finished heirloom quilts. The group will do estimates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 14th and Brentwood. Money earned from the quilting is donated to the Action Center, helping feed and clothe those who need assistance. You may call Mary Wollenhaupt at 303986-1381 for more information. We also welcome quilters to join our group.

Jeffco serToma Club meets the first and third Thursdays at

ralsTon creeK Sertoma Club meets Thursdays at Panera Bread, 7739 Wadsworth, Arvada. Contact Ron Marquez at 303457-0759 or

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pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 800-431-1754 or go to Narconon also can help with addiction counseling. Call for free assessments or referrals, 800-431-1754.

running schedule Foothills Running and Cycling Club’s activity schedule includes long runs at 8 a.m. every Saturday and cycling rides every Sunday at 10 a.m. Both activities meet at Clear Creek History Park, 11th and Arapahoe. For more information and updates on times, visit

no Kill Colorado’s monthly meeting is 6:30-9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Lakewood HealthSource, 963 S. Kipling Parkway, Lakewood. Everyone interested in learning about the No Kill movement is welcome. No Kill Colorado’s purpose is to facilitate a Colorado whose shelters are open admission and saving a minimum of 90 percent of the animals.

running at Dawn Buddies We are a group of friendly runners of varying abilities and ages who enjoy running close to sunrise. We meet at 5:30 a.m. Wednesdays near Jackson Park in Lakewood, and run around the neighborhood, ending back at the starting location by 6:30 a.m. No fees, just neighborly good will and fun. For information, contact

norTh Jeffco Republican Women meets the second Tuesday of every month at the 911 Driving School, 9100 100th Ave., Suite B-4, Westminster. Check-in is at 6:45 p.m., meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Each month outstanding speakers present information vital to our community. Come join us to deepen your knowledge of election candidates, current legislation, and upcoming events. Both men and women are invited to attend. Admission is free.

scleroderma foundaTion offers support group meetings for patients and caregivers 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the Arthritis Foundation, 2280 S. Albion St., Denver. The leader is Bonnie Schweder, 303-4387124. Visit shtm for more details or other meeting locations.

overeaTers anonYmous meetings are 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursdays at First United Methodist Church, 1500 Ford St., Golden. The meetings provide 12-step help and fellowship. Individuals of all ages coming together to support recovery for compulsive overeaters, bulimics, anorexics and exercise addicts.

singles club SNCW Singles Social Club, an activities club for singles over 40, meets at 6 p.m. most Sundays at the American Legion at 1901 Harlan St. in Edgewater. Don’t stay home alone; come join the friendly group for a meal, conversation, and a speaker or entertainment. For more information, call Char at 303-942-2529 or check out


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The small but mighty 106-pound Tomas Gutierrez celebrates after winning an individual state championship for Pomona on Saturday.

Arvada West flexes muscle as 5A state champions Last year’s title team Pomona proud to finish second By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ DENVER - Arvada West wrestling coach Ron Granieri wasn’t physically there to see his team win a 5A team state wrestling championship Saturday night at the Pepsi Center. But he was definitely there in spirit. And that spirit drove his team to an incredible season that saw the Wildcats overtake Pomona not only in 5A Jeffco this season but replace the Panthers as 5A state champions. With a team score of 179 A-West beat second place Pomona who finished with 92 points and third place Ponderosa who finished with 88 points. The title was the Wildcats’ third team championship in school history as they had three different wrestlers all win state championships. Payton Tawater won at 145, Tony SilvaBussey won at 170 and Devin Rothrock won it all at 195 pounds for A-West. In addition, Arvada West very impressively had nine of their state qualifiers place in the tournament. “We used our coach not able to be here with us as motivation to come out here and perform,” Silva-Bussey said. A-West head coach Granieri and assistant Mark Schmidt were banned from coaching in the postseason and put on restriction because the team had so many transfers. CHSAA decided not to punish the team and instead punished the coaching staff, even though they were not found to have recruited any of the players. In reality, Granieri, who also has a ton of success at Standley Lake, has build something special in just four years at Arvada

Bear Creek’s PT Garcia body slams his opponent en route to his third consecutive state championship in three different weight classes. Photos by Dan Williams

West and other wrestlers wanted to be a part of it. But A-West’s resurgence also cost Pomona another team state title. The Panthers were better than everyone minus the Wildcats, even beating Ponderosa by four points after losing to them by 80 points at regionals. “We are very proud of the way our guys

performed this weekend,” Pomona coach Sam Federico said. “To beat Ponderosa after what happened at our regional was pretty special.” The Panthers had a pair of state champions that included Tomas Gutierrez completing a perfect 43-0 season at 106 pounds. In addition, Pomona’s Josh Rosales won

a state title at 120 pounds. Other notable Jeffco wrestling notes included the conclusion of one of the great Jeffco athletic careers ever. Bear Creek senior P.T. Garcia won his third straight state championship — this one at 132 pounds. Garcia won titles as 120 in 2012 and 132 last season before completing a perfect 42-0 record this season.


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Ralston Valley hockey advances to Frozen Four Mustangs hope to keep perfect season alive vs. Cherry Creek By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ ARVADA — Ralston Valley hockey’s perfect season continued with a pair of playoff victories last week. The Mustangs advanced to the Frozen Four and will now play Cherry Creek Friday at 6 p.m. at the Denver Coliseum. Ralston Valley’s (21-0) pair of playoff wins extended their perfect season, outscoring their two opponents by a combined 14-0. On Friday night the Mustangs beat Pueblo County 10-0 at Apex Ice Arena for their first round playoff win. Ralston Valley scored four goals in each of the first two periods, getting multi-goal efforts from three different players. Victor Lombardi and Connor Schaff both scored two goals apiece, and Kyle Val-

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dez scored twice and had two assists in the Mustangs win. 24 hours later Ralston Valley won their second round playoff game, beating Bishop Machebeuf 4-0 Saturday at Apex Ice Arena. In a game that was closer than the final score, the Buffaloes hung around for two quarters before the Mustangs scored twice in the third period. Austin Resseguie scored a pair of goals for Ralston Valley, including the game’s first goal six minutes into the contest. Kyle Valdez and Greg Dyba also scored for the Mustangs. Ralston Valley now has the week to prepare for Cherry Creek (17-3-1), who has won 12 of their last 13 games. The Bruins are one of the deepest teams in the state that feature a pair of studs in Cody Oakes (17 goals and nine assists) and Ryan Worley (12 goals and four assists). Cherry Creek also has three different goaltenders, led by Quinton Reynolds who has a very impressive 1.165 goals per game average.

Ralston Valley goaltender Zack LaRocque pictured here moments after making one of his 17 saves on Saturday night. Photo by Dan Williams

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Denver East’s Maya Nelson is consoled by her coach after her tough quarterfinal loss Friday night at the Pepsi Center. Photo by Dan Williams

Nelson first ever female 5A qualifying wrestler Junior from East doesn’t place but still has big Olympic dreams By Daniel Williams

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DENVER - Girl power invaded the Colorado high school state wrestling tournament over the weekend at the Pepsi Center. History was made when Denver East junior Maya Nelson became the

first female to qualify for the 5A state wrestling tournament. But this was no accident and certainly not a publicity stunt because Nelson has some serious skills. “I’ve said this many times before but she is legit,” East coach Randy Gallegos said. “She is a wrestler not a girl wrestler.” Nelson (29-12) won her first match by a 13-9 decision over Regis’ Carl Camposanto. However, after leading for most of her next match Nelson was beat in the quarterfinals by Pine Creek’s Juan Rodriguez who won a 6-4 decision by

beating Nelson in the closing seconds of the match. Nelson, who was on a mission to place, was extremely upset after the last second loss, but vowed to come back stronger next season in her senior year. Nelson has been wrestling since she was 4 years old and has been called a “workout warrior.” She is also trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and became a junior freestyle champion. Nelson said her goal is making it to the Olympics.

Seaholm had six rebounds each. McCormick had four rebounds and five assists. Farmers’ Stefan Hackethal scored a game-high 28 points followed by Jordan Jones with 16 points. Both Jones and Hackethal had three 3-pointers each. Willie Harris had six rebounds and Hackethal had five.

six 3-pointers and eight assists. Nick Capaul and Rory MacCallum had nine rebounds and Mike Seaholm had eight rebounds and nine assists. Ryan Thistlewood had seven assists.

Golden 106, Arvada 74 Golden had multiple players scoring against Arvada capturing over 100 points in the victory. Raul Sifuentes scored 18 points and Kayden Sund scored 15. Cole Greff, Cole Harris and Jake McCormick all scored 12 points each. Sifuentes had

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GOLDEN HIGH SCHOOL Boys basketball Golden 67, Wheat Ridge 63 Rory MacCallum got a double double scoring 18 points and grabbing 20 rebounds for the win against the Farmers. Cole Greff was right behind him with 17 points and Jake McCormick scored 14 points. Both McCormick and Ryan Thistlewood had three 3-pointers each. Greff and Mike

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Lakewood and D’Evelyn: Contenders But don’t forget about Green Mountain, Ralston Valley By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ LAKEWOOD - There is a girl’s basketball team in Jeffco that has the goods to win a state basketball championship but it is not the team you are thinking. While D’Evelyn certainly has the talent and reputation to make a deep run in the 4A tournament, it is 5A Lakewood that may give Jeffco their best opportunity at a state title as the 2014 CHSAA State Girls Basketball Championships kicks off this week. The Tigers rolled over 5A Jeffco this season compiling a 22-1 record (16-0 in 5A Jeffco). Led by head coach Chris Poisson Lakewood took a giant step this season and was rewarded as a No. 2 seed in the tourney that will have a first round bye and will play the winner of No. 7 Doherty and No. 10 Mountain Range.

Ralston Valley (18-5, 14-2 in 5A Jeffco) will enter the tournament as a No. 5 seed who will host No. 12 Eaglecrest. And finally in 5A Jeffco No. 9 Bear Creek (11-12, 6-10 in 5A Jeffco) will travel to No. 10 Rocky Mountain. In 4A Jeffco D’Evelyn (19-4, 13-1 in 4A Jeffco), last year’s state runner-up, earned a bye as a No. 2 seed and will play the winner of No. 7 Canon City and No. 10 Delta. The Jaguars returned nearly their entire team from last season, yet expectations for the team to go deep into the playoffs aren’t as high as they were last season. Perhaps D’Evelyn could use the lower expectations as fuel for their fire. Green Mountain (19-4, 12-2 in 4A Jeffco) also earned a first round bye as a No. 4 seed. The Rams will play the winner of No. 5 Thompson Valley and No. 12 Fort Morgan. No. 7 Golden (12-11, 8-6 in 4A Jeffco) will host No. 10 John F. Kennedy in their first round game. The Demons were led to the playoffs by first year coach Shea Scarlett, who had his team close to being an elite unit this season. All second round games will be played on Friday night.

SportS quiz 1) In 2013, Baltimore’s Chris Davis became the second player in major-league history to have at least 26 home runs and 23 doubles in the first 72 games of the season. Who was the first? 2) How many times did Roger Clemens lead the American League in wins for a season despite pitching for a team with a losing record? 3) Which college football team has won the most Fiesta Bowls? 4) Five players have won the NBA’s regular-season MVP Award at least four times. Name four of them. 5) Which four NHL teams have combined to win the past five Stanley Cups? 6) In 2013, Tim Cahill set a record for fastest goal in Major League Soccer history (eight seconds). Who held the previous mark? 7) Name five of the previous eight WBA world heavyweight boxing champions before Mike Tyson won the title in 1987.

Answers 1) Lou Gehrig, in 1927. 2) Twice — 1987 (Boston) and 1997 (Toronto). 3) Penn State, with six victories. 4) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell. 5) Chicago (twice), Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. 6) Dwayne De Rosario scored a goal in 11 seconds in 2003. 7) John Tate, Mike Weaver, Michael Dokes, Gerrie Coetzee, Greg Page, Tony Tubbs, Tim Witherspoon and James (Bonecrusher) Smith. 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

D’Evelyn, Golden earn playoff hoops byes But watch out for Green Mountain, Ralston Valley and A-West By Daniel Williams dwilliams@] ARVADA – The 2014 CHSAA State Boys Basketball Championships are set and Jeffco is firmly represented across the bracket. First round games were set to kick off Wednesday with the higher seed playing the host and the second round games are scheduled for Friday night. D’Evelyn (19-4, 13-1 in 4A Jeffco) earned a No. 1 seed after winning yet another 4A Jeffco league crown and therefore will have a bye in their opening round. The Jaguars will then face the winner of No. 8 Falcon and No. 9 Pueblo West, on Friday. In addition, after their exceptional season where they just narrowly missed out at a chance to win a Jeffco league title, Golden was given a No. 3 seed and a first round bye. The Demons (19-4, 12-2 in 4A Jeffco) will wait for the winner of No. 6 Greeley Central and No. 11 Northridge. Also in 4A Jeffco Green Mountain (13-9, 10-4 in 4A Jeffco) earned a No. 6 seed and hosted No. 11 Glenwood

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Springs on Wednesday. Lastly in 4A, Jeffco Wheat Ridge (10-13, 7-7 in 4A Jeffco) earned a playoff spot as a No. 10 seed and traveled to No. 7 Erie for their first round game Wednesday. In 5A Jeffco their aren’t as many elite teams in the bracket but Jeffco will have plenty of opportunities to make some noise in this tournament as 5A Jeffco teams can be found in each region of the bracket. Ralston Valley (16-7, 11-5 in 5A Jeffco) was tabbed as a No. 5 seed and hosted No. 12 Pine Creek Wednesday night. The Mustangs finished third in league play behind Chatfield and Dakota Ridge, yet they are still looked at as a team that can make a deep run in this tournament. In the same region Lakewood (149, 7-6 in 5A Jeffco) will play as No. 7 seed who hosted No. 10 Fountain Fort-Carson on Wednesday. Arvada West (14-9, 10-6 in 5A Jeffco) earned a No. 6 seed and hosted No. 11 Heritage on Wednesday. The Wildcats were a pleasant surprise in Jeffco this season playing at a very high level after expectations going into the season had A-West as just an average team. Finally in 5A Jeffco Bear Creek made the playoffs as a No. 11 seed and traveled to Cherry Creek for a first round matchup on Wednesday.


ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) Try to say as little as possible about the work you’re doing through the end of the month. Then you can make your announcement and accept your well-deserved plaudits. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) You face a more difficult challenge than you expected. but with that strong Taurean determination, you should be able to deal with it successfully by week’s end. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) before you act on your “feelings” about that upcoming decision, it might be wise to do a little fact-checking first. You could be very much surprised by what you don’t find.

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CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) A recent workplace success can open some doors that were previously closed to you. On a personal level, expect to receive some important news from a longtime friend and colleague. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) Put your wounded pride aside and do what you must to heal that misunderstanding before it takes a potentially irreversible turn and leaves you regretting the loss of a good friend. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) One way to kick a less-than-active social life into high gear or rebuild an outdated Rolodex file is to throw one of your wellorganized get-togethers for friends and associates. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Getting out of an obligation you didn’t really want to take on can be tricky. An honest explanation of the circumstances can help. Next time, pay more attention to your usually keen instincts. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) Use your Scorpion logic to push for a no-nonsense approach to a perplexing situation. This could help keep present and potential problems from creating more confusion. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) A friend’s problem might take more time than you want to give. but staying with it once again proves the depth of your Sagittarian friendship and loyalty. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) The Sea Goat can benefit from an extra dose of self-confidence to unsettle your detractors, giving you the advantage of putting on a strong presentation of your position. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) You might want to ask a friend or relative for advice on an ongoing personal matter. but be careful not to give away information you might later wish you had kept secret. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) Use the weekend for a creativity break to help restore your spiritual energy. Once that’s done, you’ll be back and more than ready to tackle whatever challenge you need to face. BORN THIS WEEK: You get great joy out of creating beautiful things and sharing them with others who appreciate them. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Call 303-954-CASH or 800-892-6403 anytime!

Drivers wanted to transport railroad crews in the Denver area. Paid training, benefits, & company vehicle provided. Starting pay $.20 per mile or $9.00 per hour while waiting. Apply online at Drivers: $2000.00 Sign-On Bonus! Home Nightly Flatbed Runs. CDL-A, 1yr Exp. Req. Estenson Logistics. Apply: 1-888-399-5856

FOSTER PARENTS WANTED Top of the Trail Child Placement Agency is seeking loving homes for foster children. Families and singles welcome. Monthly care allowance. Background check required. For information and application packet call(970)249-4131 or (970)209-2236.

Pre K Teacher Toddler Teacher & Infant Nursery Aide

needed Full Time, 12 minutes West of Golden on I70. Must be qualified by current state regulation. Looking for team players, some benefits provided. Please call Monday-Friday 7am-6pm 303-674-9070 and ask for Martha

Bennett’s BBQ Arvada is Hiring!

Looking for Cooks, Cashiers & Servers Apply in Person: 7490 W. 52nd Ave, 10am-2pm 3700 Peoria St, Denver 2-5pm

46091 | EOE/M/F/V/D


Maintenance Enjoy working outside Hiring starting in April Free Golf!! 303-841-2515

Help Wanted

Help Wanted


Keep Kids Together

Savio House needs foster parents to provide temporary care for troubled teens ages 12-18. Training, 24 hour support and $1900/month provided. Must complete precertification training and pass a criminal and motor vehicle background check. Call Michelle 303-225-4073 or visit

JEFFERSON CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH 2 part time positions Black Hawk/Idaho Springs OR Evergreen/Conifer DUTIES: Provides clinical services to consumers in outpatient offices. Provides individual, group, family psychotherapy, case mgmt, and emerg walk-in care. EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: LPC, LMFT, LCSW or comparable license and four plus year’s related experience and/or training is essential. HOW TO APPLY: Visit, Or contact Kim Mongrain @ 303-432-5037

Abused and neglected brothers and sisters are often separated in foster care. There just aren’t enough foster homes to keep them together. This leaves them sad, anxious and confused and they feel like it’s “all their fault.” Give the Gift of Hope-Become a Savio foster parent. Call Tracy Stuart 303/225-4152

Kennel Tech:

Indoor/outdoor kennel chores. P/T adult, students after school, weekends, holidays. Indiana & 72nd Ave. area. Call 8am-12 noon weekdays


LEGITIMATE WORK AT HOME No Sales, no Investment, No Risk, Free training, Free website. Contact Susan at 303-646-4171 or fill out form at

Need Flexibility? Parker Towing needs Part Time/Full Time Driver 303-841-9161

Work with people with disabilities, assist with shopping, recreation, and socialization. Great Job! Positions in Jefferson & Denver Counties EOE 303-650-1914

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Medical Nurse LPN, MA or RN part-time 25-30 hours per week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Hours 8:30-5:30. Some Saturdays 9-1pm. Fun/Busy Pediatric office near Park Meadows area and Castle Rock location. Please fax resume to 303-689-9628 or email

Full-time front office coordinator for one physician, ophthalmology practice. Medical experience required. Two offices in Lakewood and Thornton. Email resume, 3 professional references to

Company (Castle Rock division) is accepting applications for experienced grading crew personnel. Apply at 1101 Topeka Way, Castle Rock. Excellent benefits package. EOE.

Schmidt Construction

NOW HIRING POLICE OFFICERS The City of Black Hawk, two (2) vacancies for POLICE OFFICER I. Hiring Range: $53,959 - $62,052 DOQ/E. Unbelievable benefit package and exceptional opportunity to serve in Colorado’s premiere gaming community located 18 miles west of Golden. The City supports its employees and appreciates great service! If you are interested in serving a unique historical city and enjoy working with diverse populations visit the City’s website at for more information or to apply online for this limited opportunity. Requires High School Diploma or GED, valid Colorado driver’s license with a safe driving record, must be at least 21 years of age, and must be Colorado POST certified by date of hire. The City accepts online applications for Police Officer positions year round. Applications will remain active for one (1) year from the date of submission. EOE.

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Colorado Community Media was created to connect you to 21 community papers with boundless opportunity and rewards. We now publish: Arvada Press, Castle Rock News

Press, Centennial Citizen, Douglas County News Press, Elbert County News, Englewood Herald, Foothills Transcript, Golden Transcript, Highlands Ranch Herald, Lakewood Sentinel, Littleton Independent, Lone Tree Voice, Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel, Parker Chronicle, Pikes Peak Courier View, South Platte Independent, Teller County Extra, Tribune Extra, Tri-Lakes Tribune, Westminster Window, and Wheat Ridge Transcript.

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Semi retired but still ready to work for you! 34 years own business. Prefer any small jobs. Rossi's: 303-233-9581


INSIDE: *Bath *Kitchen's *Plumbing *Electrical, *Drywall *Paint *Tile & Windows License #4605

All types of electrical work & repairs 40 Years Experience • Free Estimates Call John Kruse, Master Electrician

303-422-6805 SPECIALIZING IN:

• High end cleans • Move in/out cleans • Construction cleans new/remodel • Residential and commercial cleans


Radiant Lighting Service **

Electrical Work All types. Honest and reliable, licensed & ins. Free estimates. Craig (303)429-3326


Fence Services

G& E Concrete • Residential &


Commercial Flatwork • Driveways • Patios • Walks • Garages • Foundations • Colored & Stamped Concrete • Tearout/Replace

25+ yrs. Experience Best Rates • References Free Estimates • 303-451-0312 or 303-915-1559

DEL SOL CONCRETE specialist on driveways, tearout/replace *patios *sidewalks *garage floors *porches *stamped/colored *exposed agregate lic.&ins. free estimates 720-218-8849

FBM Concrete LLC.


Commercial & Residential All types of cedar, chain link, iron, and vinyl fences. Install and repair. Serving all areas. Low Prices. FREE Estimates. 720-434-7822 or 303-296-0303


Quality Fencing at a DiscountPrice Wood, Chain Link, Vinyl, Orna-iron, New Install and Repairs. Owner Operated since 1989 Call Now & Compare! 303-450-6604

OUTSIDE: *Paint & Repairs *Gutters *Deck's *Fence's *Yard Work *Tree & Shrubbery trimming & clean up Affordable Hauling Call Rick 720-285-0186

Hauling Service

trash hauling

Instant Trash Hauling • Home • Business • Junk & Debris • Furniture • Appliances • Tree Limbs • Moving Trash • Carpet • Garage Clean Out

Dirt, Rock, Concrete, Sod & Asphalt

Free estimates 7 days a Week

Call Bernie 303.347.2303

the best local


$$Reasonable Rates On:$$ *Trash Cleanup*old furniture mattresses*appliances*dirt old fencing*branches*concrete *asphalt*old sod*brick*mortar* House/Garage/Yard clean outs Storm Damage Cleanup Electronics recycling avail. Mark 303.432.3503 "AFFORDABLE HAULING You Call - I Haul Basement, Garages, Houses, Construction, Debris, Small Moves Office - 303-642-3548 Cell 720-363-5983 Ron Massa BBB - Bonded - Insured

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Before you shop…

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HAULERS Free Estimates 17 Years Experience Licensed & Insured Driveways, patios, stamp & colored concrete. All kinds of flat work. Let us do good work for you! (720)217-8022


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A PATCH TO MATCH Drywall Repair Specialist

• Home Renovation and Remodel • 30 years Experience • Insured • Satisfaction Guaranteed Highly rated & screened contractor by Home Advisor & Angies list

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Acoustic scrape and re-texture Repairs to full basement finishes Water damage repairs Interior paint, door & trim installs 30+ years experience Insured Free estimates

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Electricians Affordable Electrician 25 yrs experience Remodel expert, kitchen, basements, & service panel upgrades. No job too small. Senior disc. 720-690-7645

ELECTRICAL SERVICE WORK All types, licensed & insured. Honest expert service. Free estimates.




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Silva & Sons Carpentry & Remodeling

A Home Repair & Remodeling Handyman Large and small repairs 35 yrs exp. Reasonable rates 303-425-0066

Bob’s Home Repairs

All types of repairs. Reasonable rates 30yrs Exp. 303-450-1172



Carpentry • Painting Tile • Drywall • Roof Repairs Plumbing • Electrical Kitchen • Basements Bath Remodels Property Building Maintenance Free Estimates • Reliable Licensed • Bonded Insured • Senior Discount

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House Cleaning


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Reliable, 25 years in business, personal touch, spring cleaning. Weekly, bi-weekly, once a month Call Gloria 303-456-5861 Servicing the Metro North and Metro West areas



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Lawn/Garden Services Residential



Lawn Service Spring Services: Aeration, Power raking, Fertilization, Spring Cleanup and Gutter Clean out. Other Services: Landscaping, Rock install, Sod Install, Fencing, Small Tree / Bush install and removal, Irrigation start-up, repair and install. Services offered also include Weekly Lawn Maintenance.

Now scheduling appointments for… • Spring Aeration • Power Raking • • Fertilization • Yard Clean Up • Sign up for weekly lawn service before April 1st and get your yard aerated this Spring for FREE!!!


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Call or email us today! •

Serving Most of Northern Colorado

15% Off Spring Savings Free Instant Quote Repair or Replace: Faucets, Toilets, Sinks, Disposals, Water Heaters, Gas Lines, Broken Pipes, Spigots/Hosebibs, Water Pressure Regulator, Ice Maker, Drain Cleaning, Dishwasher Instl., CALL WEST TECH (720)298-0880

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Handyman or Remodel Free Estimates

Lawn/Garden Services


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Tree Service

Rocky Mountain Contractors

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Home Remodeling Specialists, Inc. * Bath * Kitch Remodels * Bsmt Finishes * Vinyl Windows * Patio Covers * Decks 30+ yrs. exp. George (303)252-8874


Tree & Shrub Trimming, Tree Removal Stump Grinding Free Estimates Licensed and Insured

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All Types of Roofing New Roofs, Reroofs, Repairs & Roof Certifications Aluminum Seamless Gutters Family owned/operated since 1980 Call Today for a FREE Estimate • Senior Discounts

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Shingles, Flat Roofs, Roof Leak Repairs. 35 years of experience. Free estimates. Butch Metzler (303)422-8826

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We offer tree removal, brush, mulch and root chasing in addition to stump removal. We also have firewood available! Call today for your Free Estimate. Credit cards accepted


Window Services


• Exteriors • Interiors • Decks • Insured • Free Estimates Mark’s Quality Lawn Care * Sod * Rock * Landscaping * Bush Trimming* Specials all Spring long * power raking * Fertilizing * Bug Control * Mowing in selected areas only * Free Estimates * Senior Discounts 303-420-2880

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Interior/Exterior Commercial/Residential Fully Insured Free Estimates

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Bathroom/kitchen remodeling, repair work, plumbing leaks, water damage. No job too small Window replacement. Serving Jeffco since 1970 (303)237-3231

Year-round window cleaning Interiors, Exteriors, Tracks, Slides & Screens Family Owned Since 1993 Free Estimates • Insured

Now offering

Snow removal, Yard clean ups Fall aeration, Fertilization, Handyman jobs and Pooper scooper

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Office: 303.469.9893 • Cell 1: 303.995.9067 Broomfield, CO 80021 email:

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All hair services are available 1/2 off on your 5th visit




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Since 1994

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elebrating 94 Years Successfully Serving the Business Community Visitor Information: 1.800.590.3113

Phone: 303.279.3113

Fax: 303.279.0332

MEET THE NEw GOLDEN CHAMBER PREsiDENT Join us for an informal Happy Hour to see old friends, and meet new ones. We’ll meet on Thursday, March 5th from 4p – 6p at Barrels and Bottles Brewery. 600 12th Street, Golden.

wE wANT TO HEAR YOuR iDEAs! Have you attended an Olde Golden Christmas event and thought, “It would be fun to have ______ available! I would participate if _______ would happen!” We are interested in hearing your ideas and suggestions because we’ve already started planning. Send your ideas to me at or by calling me at 303.279.3113. Thanks!

iNTEREsTED iN BuiLDiNG YOuR BusiNEss OR PRivATE PRACTiCE? Attend a free workshop at the Golden Chamber on Tuesday, March 6th from 11:30a – 1p. Glen Cooper, a local business expert, will share ways to add value to your business. Please R.S.V.P. by March 3rd to



WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Colorado Concept Lighting, inc. James Bolger 13200 W. 43rd Dr., Suite 203 Golden, CO 80403 (303) 234-0460 (work) ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS New Age Real Estate Company Terrence Lennon 88 Inverness Circle East #A212 Englewood, CO 80112 720-858-8174 Fax: 866-427-1191 REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT Plains End, LLC Tommy Arnett 8950 Highway 93 Arvada, CO 80001 (303) 215-1491 Fax: (303) 215-1480 UTILITIES serv Pro of Golden Todd Spies 431 Violet St Golden, CO 80401

(303) 279-8055 Fax: (303) 279-8056 FIRE/WATER/DAMAGE RESTORATION super Clean Janitorial Linda Asmussen 18337 W 58th Drive Golden, CO 80403 303-279-2658 JANITORIAL SERVICES vAF Filtration systems Richard Rech 5270 Marshall Street Arvada, CO 80002 (303) 425-4242 Fax:(303) 425-0112 FILTERS white Fox Productions Ralph and Barbara Melfi White Fox Ranch 13000 Taza Trail Pine, CO 80470 303-816-1435 EVENT PRODUCTION

THANK YOU RENEWING MEMBERS Ace Hi Tavern American Mountaineering Museum Baseline Engineering Dove Inn Bed and Breakfast Earth Energy Solutions Golden Skillet Perkins Restaurant Wells Fargo Advisors – James W. Garner

We thank them for their ongoing commitment to the Golden Chamber! MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Confluence Companies (West 8th Apartment Homes) kerri smith 15710 W. Colfax Ave., #202. Golden, CO 80401 (303) 643-5775 | Fax: (303) 643-5776| REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT


Confluence Companies is an entrepreneurial full service real estate development, construction and investment company located in Golden, Colorado. Confluence focuses on developing and building ground up mixed-use, retail, office, educational and multifamily projects in Colorado, as well as acquiring and renovating existing single family, multifamily and commercial properties.

Spending dollars in your home community is important and truly makes a difference. Hope to see you soon!

Thanks for shopping locally! All My Best, Dawn Smith 303.279.3113

vAF Filtration systems Richard Rech

5270 Marshall Street. Arvada, CO 80002 (303) 425-4242 | Fax:(303) 425-0112 | FILTERS VAF Filtration specializes in automatic self-cleaning screen filtration products and systems filtering all suspended solids 10 micron and larger from water. Patented bi-directional screw operation simplifies self-cleaning process such that pistons, electric motors, gears, limit switches and PLC controls are not required. Self-cleaning process uses less than 1% of flow.

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