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Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 147, Issue 33

Corrections coming to Colfax County to move facility west of New York Building By Glenn Wallace

“It’s great we’re to the point where Golden can support five bike shops,” Boe said. Golden also boasts Pedal Pushers Cyclery, Big Ring Cycles, Peak Cycles and Rise Above Cycles, all supported by the week-

A tentative deal is proceeding at the county level to build a new facility for Jeffco’s Community Corrections program. The proposed building site, 12300 West Colfax Ave., is near the intersection at Wide Acres Road and across Colfax from First Bank headquarters, It is about 4 acres, and could be home to a proposed 58,000-square-foot, community-corrections building. A new community-corrections facility was planned to be built next to the existing county jail, but rising budget estimates led the county to consider other options. “We’ve looked at 20, 30 locations, and this is the best we’ve found,” County Administrator Ralph Schell told the county commissioners during a July 9 staff briefing. The building would house convicted adults, diverted from incarceration in jail or prison, and help transition them back into society. “It would be very much patterned on apartment buildings,” Schell said. He said that if the community-corrections program ever moved or closed down, the facility would be designed for easy conversion to basic apartments. Commissioner Donald Rosier said that community outreach would be important for the project. He said that while the community-corrections program seemed to enjoy wide support from other elected officials, a “not in my backyard” mentality still exists. Jeffco’s community-corrections program is currently administered by the private, nonprofit company Intervention Community Corrections Services, located in the New York Building, 1651 Kendall St. That building, built in 1922, served as a tuberculosis sanitarium and later as a cancer research facility. The facility has rising maintenance costs due to its age and has been identified as a

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Spot Brand Bicycles President Andrew Lumpkin is pictured outside of his company’s Golden, Colorado headquarters with one of his mountain bikes. The company van behind him includes a logo proclaiming “Braincrafted in Golden, Colorado.” Photo by Glenn Wallace



CYCLE Bicycles equal commerce in the city

By Glenn Wallace This is part two of a three-part series exploring bicycling and its role in the Golden community. Part three, describing the many ways to get out and go on two wheels, will appear next week.

It is quite possible for a bicycle to be designed, built, purchased, tuned up, torn apart, rebuilt and finally donated to the needy all within Golden city limits. Bicycling is a way of life for many in the city, but it can also be a living. Among those for whom bicycling is a business career is Adam “Bo” Boe, manager of the Golden Bike Shop.

It’s a done deal in Golden

CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt, left, participated in a signing ceremony on July 11 with Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan, right, to finalize the agreement between the agency and the city, regarding a longnegotiated agreement on the future development of the State Highway 93, and U.S. 6 corridor. Photo by Glenn Wallace

City and CDOT sign highway agreement By Glenn Wallace With a few pen strokes, years of failed negotiations and legal sparing were put to an end July 11, as officials with the city of Golden and the Colorado Department of Transportation signed an agreement regarding the future design of the U.S. Highway 6 and State Highway 93 corridor. POSTAL ADDRESS

CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt and Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan participated in the formal signing ceremony, which was attended by several elected officials, including two Jefferson County commissioners, and Arvada Mayor Marc Williams. Golden city leaders had long opposed regional transportation plans to complete the 470 beltway system, saying that invasive freeway modifications to U.S. 6 and Highway 93 would damage the Golden commu-

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Bill aims to allow marijuana businesses to bank By Vic Vela A lot of green will come and go from storefronts when retail marijuana businesses open in Colorado next year. Nevermind the drug, it’s the color of money. Stores that are legally able to sell pot typically operate on a cash-only basis because federal laws prohibit banks from doing business with them. But Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter is seeking a change with a bill that would allow legitimate pot shops the ability to access banking services. “We gotta do it,” Perlmutter, the Golden Democrat, told Colorado Community Media in a recent interview. “We have got to get

away from having them only deal with cash, which creates a lot of problems.” Perlmutter, along with Rep. Denny Heck, D-Washington, have introduced the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act in Congress. The bill would shield banks and credit unions from prosecution for doing business with places that sell pot. “Right now we have a sitPerlmutter uation where a banker tells someone, ‘Wait a second, I’d love to do business with you, but I have law enforcement agencies watching me,’” Perlmutter said. “We have to move away from that.” Perlmutter said that operating on a cash-

only basis invites crime, such as robbery and tax evasion. But, right now, federal law does not allow exceptions to banking rules for states like Colorado, where either retail or medical marijuana businesses are legal. Retail pot shops will begin to open next year, under last year’s voter-approved Amendment 64. The Colorado Legislature recently put in place regulations on the new industry, but marijuana use and sales are still illegal under federal law. Perlmutter’s bill is receiving support from Colorado’s congressional delegation, with Reps. Jared Polis and Diana DeGette, both Democrats, and Mike Coffman, a Republican, on board. The bill is being cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 16 lawmakers.

But getting the bill through the rest of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives may be another story. “This will be a tough climb,” Perlmutter acknowledged. “I don’t want to kid you on that.” Perlmutter said that there will be hesitation from members of Congress who are not from states that allow marijuana sales. “A lot of folks are fearful of marijuana and its use, and they’re resistant,” Perlmutter said. “So, we’ve got some work to do.” The bill has been assigned to the House Financial Services Committee. Perlmutter said that he has asked the committee chairperson to hold a hearing on the bill, but said that it’s still “very early in the process.” “It’s not going to be easy, but I think we can do it,” Perlmutter said.

SO MUCH INSIDE THE GOLDEN TRANSCRIPT THIS WEEK LAW: Agreement clarifies limits on gun ammunition magazines. Page 4

SPORTS: Competition revs up at Bandimere Speedway.

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LIFE: Production of ‘Nimroddes’ provides laughter in a study of men. Page 17

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JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Fire ban lifted

Following the recent rainfall and the reduced threat of wildfire, the fire ban in unincorporated Jeffco has been lifted. All areas of unincorporated Jefferson County remain under the Stage 1 Fire Restriction by order of the Jefferson County Sheriff. These fire restrictions will remain in place until further notice: Campfires not within a permanent fire grate in a designated campground, private residence, or park area; smoking outdoors in any area not cleared of all combustible materials; or the use of illegal fireworks. Currently allowed: Liquid, or gas-fueled appliances; approved wood-pellet grills; charcoal grills more than 30 feet from undeveloped areas; and recreational tiki torches, chimineas at least 30 feet from undeveloped areas.

Cold Case Confession

First Judicial District Attorney Peter Weir announced last week that a 31-yearold man has been arrested on a warrant in a “cold case” homicide investigation. Francisco Rojas Carbajal was arrested in Wyoming and extradited to Jefferson County for identity theft and fraud. According to Jefferson County investigators, he also confessed to the murder of 41-year-old

Julia Abarca, who was found dead in her Edgewater home in January 2011. After Abarca’s death, investigators believe Carbajal, her live-in boyfriend, used her debit cards to extract $1,570 in funds from her bank accounts. Rojas is currently being held at the Jefferson County Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder.

New Judge

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently appointed Jeffrey Pilkington to serve as the district court judge in the 1st Judicial District, which consists of Gilpin and Jefferson counties. Pilkington will fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Jane A. Tidball. Pilkington currently works in private practice for the law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs L.L.P. where he has practiced civil litigation for 24 years, focusing on products liability, commercial and business litigation, and toxic tort environmental litigation. Prior to his time in private practice, Pilkington clerked for Judge Thomas P. Griesa of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Pilkington earned a bachelor’s degree from Drake University and a law degree from Columbia University. The appointment is effective July 31.

New schools foundation leader announced Staff Report The Golden Schools Foundation has announced the election of a new chair, Kimberly Brock. The appointment was announced following a June 4 meeting of the foundation’s board of directors. Kimberly Brock is a Golden resident and the owner of Brock Consulting. She serves as vice president of the Shelton Elementary PTSA and as Golden-Green Mountain Area Articulation Vice President for Jeffco PTA. Additionally, she was an active member of the Golden Economic Development Commission, Golden Articulation chair for Citizens for Jeffco Schools (3A/3B), and served on the board of the Leadership Golden Alumni Association. She is married and has three children in Golden-area schools. “It is a noble organization with noble goals. Under Kim’s leadership, it is my sin-

cere hope that the Golden Schools Foundation grows in influence, accomplishments and capability,” said Greg Poulos, former foundation chair. “Golden Schools Foundation has done remarkable work, and it is my privilege to build upon that. I am very humbled by my new role as we continue to support and promote all of our schools in Golden. Taking on an active role within Brock the foundation will allow me to continue building and strengthening relationships within the city and the district, and with parents and students to further enhance our schools,” Brock said in a statement. The Golden Schools Foundation seeks to support and improve Golden-area schools so that they become the schools of choice for community students and families.

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Deal reached on two gun issues WHAT WILL YOU DO IN ARVADA TODAY?

Lawsuit still going forward to challenge new statutes By Vic Vela

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It’s pretty rare when both sides of a guncontrol debate — much less a lawsuit — walk away happy. But that’s what happened recently, after parties who are tangled in a lawsuit over recently instituted Colorado gun laws came to an agreement on a couple of areas of contention. The agreeReport ment was limited to clarifying language having to do with limits on gun ammunition magazines and whether gun owners could allow anyone besides themselves to handle those magazines. The agreement had nothing to do with the meat that’s left in the lawsuit, which deals with whether the gun laws — which were passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper earlier this year — violate the Second Amendment. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Hickenlooper — which are made up of gun-rights groups that include 55 county sheriffs — were set to ask a federal judge on July 10 to block parts of the gun laws, specifically one that limits large-capacity ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. But, the night before the hearing, the two sides came to an agreement that clarifies which magazines are banned under the law, and clears up confusion over issues pertaining to the temporary possession of gun magazines by someone besides the owner. “We were ready for what we thought would be a big battle,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Dave Kopel. “As it turned out, 24 hours from the hearing, we had everything we were asking for.” Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican, had


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drafted memos outlining how the gun laws should be enforced. But the plaintiffs argued that the memos regarding the magazine limit law needed clarification. The plaintiffs were concerned the law banned magazines with removable baseplates, which are “designed to be readily converted” to hold more than 15 rounds. This, they were set to argue, could have ended up banning nearly all ammunition magazines. The plaintiffs also were concerned that language in the law that requires gun owners to be in “continuous possession” of their magazines would essentially bar anyone else besides the gun owners from handling them. The state’s attorneys agreed to make technical language adjustments in the memos, clarifying that the laws do not affect magazines with baseplates and that “continuous possession” only means continuous gun ownership. Because the two sides came to agreement on the fixes, a federal judge refused to grant an injunction that had been requested by the plaintiffs. “That’s all we tried to solve and they were solved,” Kopel said. “We fixed a tremendous amount of real-life problems for citizens and law enforcement.” Solicitor General Dan Domenico said the state had no problem addressing the technical fixes. “In general, we’re very pleased with how things turned out,” he said. “We came to an agreement with the plaintiffs to clarify a few things that they’ve been concerned about, that are consistent with our interpretation of these statutes since before the governor signed them.” Hickenlooper told reporters later that day that the lawyers “were trying to use common sense to figure out how, going forward, this would not a huge burden (on gun owners), but at the same time reasonable.” “This is what was intended all the way along, to make sure there’s no misunder-Bal standing,” the governor said. “We’re not tryscho ing to ban all these magazines ....” What’s left of the lawsuit deals with Second Amendment issues. Kopel said the caseBy V is “likely going to trial,” which is expected tovvela happen later this year. G on Ju to fu his “e think Th lowe ence told initia that purs Th have ers — ture appr abou “I ence tax p grou you


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House GOP leadership changes hands Loveland business owner picked to lead minority party By Vic Vela A Loveland lawmaker has gone from delivering pizzas to Colorado houses to being the Republican leader of the Colorado House. Rep. Brian DelGrosso on July 11 was elected House minority leader by members of his party. DelGrosso, who delivered pizzas for Domino’s before buying three franchises of his own, was praised by fellow Republicans during a brief election at the Capitol. “I’ve seen Brian fight relentlessly for our values, and for our caucus, and for what’s dear to our heart,” said Rep. Libby Szabo, RArvada. “And I appreciate that. And I believe those are key traits to being a leader. “And he makes a hell of a pizza.” DelGrosso has served in the House since 2009 and has been a member of the House Finance and Appropriations committees. A Wyoming native, DelGrosso moved to Colorado after serving in the Air Force and the Wyoming National Guard, before he delivered pizzas for a local Domino’s franchise. DelGrosso now owns Domino’s franchises in Loveland and Windsor. “It’s definitely very humbling for me to be here today, to be in this position,” DelGrosso said. DelGrosso replaces Rep. Mark Waller, R-

Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, (right), gets a hug from House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver on July 11, after Rep. Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, was elected House minority leader. Waller stepped down as minority leader to focus on his campaign for attorney general. Photo by Vic Vela Colorado Springs as minority leader. Waller stepped down from his leadership role on July 11, so he can focus on his campaign for attorney general. Waller said he felt “a little bit melancholy” to be stepping down as minority leader, but said “it’s the right thing to do.” Waller said he was proud of how he led his party during the recent legislative ses-

sion — one where Republicans faced an uphill battle on just about every issue in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly. “While we lost a lot of votes because we simply did not have the numbers, we certainly won a lot of debates,” Waller said. DelGrosso praised Waller’s leadership before blasting the agenda that Democrats pursued this year. DelGrosso opposed

many of the efforts that Democrats touted, such as school finance reform, civil unions and gun control. DelGrosso said he will work to “repeal and correct the onerous bills that were passed this previous session.” He also said that Coloradans “took notice” of the Democrats’ issues platform. “Today isn’t about me, it’s about our election,” he said. “And we all know that elections have consequences.” House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, DDenver, shook hands with DelGrosso after the election and took the high road in a press statement that was issued afterward. “We don’t always agree, but we do always manage to have a productive dialogue,” Ferrandino said. “I congratulate him and hope he will lead his caucus toward bipartisan solutions on the issues most important to the people of Colorado.” Republican Rep. Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch, a former House speaker, said DelGrosso will face challenges that McNulty never faced when he led the House GOP. “It is a different dynamic, leading a House caucus when you’re in the minority, because you have to react to what the majority Democrats are doing,” McNulty said afterward. “And that’s going to be a challenge for him.” McNulty believes that DelGrosso’s business background will be an asset to the party’s leadership. “He is the American dream,” McNulty said. “He’s an American success story, and now he’s leading our House Republican caucus.”

Governor tips hand in support of tax-hike ballot proposal Ballot question would fund school finance overhaul By Vic Vela Gov. John Hickenlooper acknowledged on July 10 that the tax hike being proposed to fund a new school finance formula is not his “exact preference,” but it is one that he thinks is “winnable” and will support. The governor’s comments, which followed an unrelated Capitol press conference, mark the first time Hickenlooper has told reporters he supports the specific tax initiative tied to a school funding overhaul that advocates have recently decided to pursue. The two-tiered tax hike — which will have a greater impact on higher wage earners — would fund Senate Bill 213, the “Future School Finance Act,” so long as voters approve a ballot initiative that will create about $950 million in new taxes. “I’m not sure it was my exact preference,” said Hickenlooper, referring to the tax proposal that was chosen by education groups last month. “But the bottom line is, you gotta have something on (the ballot)

that’s winnable.” The Democratic governor added that “it’s just not worth all the trouble and work if you’re going to go to the ballot and lose.” “So, within … that array of ballot language that conceivably can win, I think this is the best.” Hickenlooper has been pressed to confirm his support for the tax hike since he signed Senate Bill 213 into law in May. He told reporters after the signing that he had his preferences on what the tax would look like, but he would not share them. The governor did say at the time that he “certainly” would campaign for the ballot effort, whatever it ended up looking like. Hickenlooper said on July 10 that he’s spent the last month having conversations with business leaders about the tax initiative “It’s a complex issue, and in the majority of the cases, once we get the facts out there, they’re pretty supportive,” the governor said. If funded, the new school finance act would create full-day kindergarten, provide preschool for at-risk children, and would put more money into needs-based programs for special education students and children who are learning English.

House budget cuts energy funding By Glenn Wallace The 2014 Energy and Water spending bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives cuts sustainable energy funding by half. The $30.4 billion bill combines the offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) with the office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (EDER). The two offices, independent sections of the Department of Energy, would become the Renewable Energy, Energy Reliability, and Efficiency office, or REERE for short. For fiscal year 2013, the EERE received $1.82 billion. The EDER received $140 million. The Republican-led House spending bill proposes a cut of exactly 50 percent for the combined REERE office for 2014, $980 million. President Barack Obama had requested $2.77 billion for the EERE and $170 million for EDER. U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, representing Colorado Congressional District 6, introduced a late amendment to the 2014

spending bill to restore the energy funding, which his office says “helps maintain critical investments and jobs at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Jefferson County.” The amendment failed — 178 yeas to 237 nays — though it did earn a handful of Republican votes. In a statement supporting his amendment, Perlmutter noted, “This is not the kind of ‘two for one’ deal you want to jump on. Their over arching funding scheme for EERE undermines our strategic energy investments and removes critical investments at our premier research laboratories like National Renewable Energy Lab.” Perlmutter said investment in research will help secure energy independence, helps job creation and is good for our national security. House Republicans were quoted in various media, saying the cuts were a budgetary necessity, and that private-sector research and development could fill the void. The energy budget that is making its way through the Senate increases funding, part of a more-than $90 billion gap between the two houses’ budget plans.

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With golf event, area’s cup runneth over One of the biggest sporting events you’ve probably never heard of will take place in the Denver metro area next month. The Solheim Cup will bring two dozen of the best players in women’s professional golf to Parker. We know: August in Colorado means the Broncos are back — and we’re excited about that, too. But the NFL’s regular season will still be weeks away during the Aug. 13-18 Solheim Cup. Take a timeout from the preseason and turn your attention to the Colorado Golf Club. That might mean ordering tickets for the event. Or it might mean just watching on TV. Either way, the event is worthy of acknowledging, for a number of reasons: • The top international team competi-

our view tion in women’s golf, the Solheim Cup will feature 12 players from the United States playing against 12 from Europe. (Think Ryder Cup, for those of you familiar with men’s pro golf.) Even if you normally don’t follow the women’s game, or golf in general, we think you will be impressed by the quality of play. Sure, you’ll see some precision pitches and putts, but also, with Colorado’s elevation, you might be treated to some 300-yard drives.

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What is your favorite summer memory? As the summer weather warms up, we asked some park-goers enjoying a warm, sunny day at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn to share their favorite summertime memories.

Boating, water skiing and camping. It was relaxing being with family. Marilyn Lynch

Going to the beach. I enjoyed swimming and other activities around the beach. Wes Wessberg

They are all always good summers for me. Everything is in bloom and beautiful — especially around the lakes. Jane Robb

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• The event puts a spotlight on women’s athletics. If you have a young daughter interested in sports, these talented women could serve as an inspiration for what can be achieved. At the same time, it highlights good sportsmanship — we’re fairly certain you won’t see any violent temper tantrums or hear talk of performance-enhancing drugs. • The Solheim Cup will help elevate the Denver area’s status on the global stage. Nothing wrong with letting people across the world know there is more to Colorado than skiing, beer and the Broncos. • The event is expected to provide a boost for the area’s economy. The 2009 Solheim Cup, hosted by a course in a Chicago suburb, reportedly generated a $19.4 mil-

lion economic impact for the area. Officials here were told to expect a similar benefit. Hotels and restaurants in Denver, Douglas and Arapahoe counties should get a major boost. But we suspect that many visitors, who may be making their first trip to the Centennial State, will also venture west and take in the scenery — and patronize the businesses — of communities within a chip shot of the mountains. The Solheim Cup also offers something else, something you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a golf tournament: a fun atmosphere. Spectators will be singing and chanting, some dressed up in costumes, as they cheer for the Americans or Europeans. Sounds like a good way for Broncos fans to get warmed up.

Undervalued virtues: kindness Imagine being a 17-year old girl. Okay, okay — sorry. I can hear the collective shudder from here. Try again: Imagine being a 17-year old girl, and it’s 5:30 in the morning. You’ve been awake for an hour already, and you’re sitting in your very fashionable hospital gown in a small examination room in the surgery ward at Children’s Hospital. For some reason this body, which, as a dancer, you’ve staked your existence on, has started to betray you. For no apparent reason, your arm goes numb or cold, or you have a persistent dull ache for days at a time. It turns out you have a small skeletal abnormality which, if uncorrected, may rob you of the function of one of your arms. And the means to correct the problem is for a doctor to make a small incision in your neck, reach in to your shoulder and, for lack of a better term, saw off the offending bone structure. In other words, this is a scary moment. Even the knowledge that your surgeon, Dr. David Partrick, is one of the best in the country can’t stave off all the butterflies. And then the first person to talk with you is Dr. Fernandez, who announces that she’s your anesthesiologist, which means she’s the person with all the good drugs. She’s pleasant, and personable, she makes jokes, and talks to you as if you’re actually in the room, and gets you to laugh and be at ease before giving you the “good stuff”. When you wake up, the first person you see greets you with a smile, and a query about your pain. She reassures you that, should you need any “help” with the pain, she’s there for you. Then you’re wheeled up to you room, where your nurse, Corrie, meets you. She tells you that she has doctor orders to follow, but that she listens to what you and your parents tell her, and she will make sure that you are as comfortable as you can be. For the first two hours, she is in the room almost constantly, checking your vital signs and reading the displays, but mostly just talking to you and seeing how

you’re doing. It’s hard to know, in times like that, what sort of things are meaningful. I would have assumed that I, personally, would appreciate competence and science. But, in times like that, what a patient — what a parent — values more than you would have ever thought possible is the little kindnesses that each caretaker extended all along the way. From actually listening to you, to the periodic, surreptitious look in while she’s sleeping, to breaking into a slight jog to go get you a box of apple juice when she asks for it, or even the speedy callback and reassurance from Nurse Stephanie that she would take care of the insurance — these little touches matter a great deal. They make a difference. I know, in this day and age, we’re all supposed to be about the metrics and the bottom line. But what I was starkly reminded of by my daughter’s experience at Children’s Hospital was that there is no metric that means as much as a simple act of kindness. We constantly underestimate the value of the little human touches, to our diminishment. So, to Dr. Partrick, Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Fernandez, and especially to our nurses, Corrie and Stephanie: a simple, but very heartfelt, thank you. She’s doing just fine, thanks to you.

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Customer service goes for the gold

Really, I have to share with you my most recent shopping experiences. You see it wasn’t the “terrible” or even “horrific” cialsevent that caught my attention, but rather fit. a series of employee and consumer interglas actions that were so over-the-top “better ajor than good” that I felt compelled to recogrs, nize the full-time and part-time employees he in our local stores and shops. t As a coach and trainer to the sales ze profession I thought I may have been havin a ing an “out of body experience” during my most recent day of shopping. I had many hing stores to frequent that day as I prepared for my daughter’s birthday, a vacation and a n business trip. and My checklist was ready, the stores s, as identified, and “in-and-out” of each store eans.was my mantra. I expected the worst and fans received the best. And then it happened. “What may I help you shop for today?” That was the greeting I received by a bright-eyed and enthusiastic 17- or 18-year-old girl who prior to my entry was straightening up the shelves in the store. Her genuine smile and eager interest caught my attention. However, I knew what I needed and proceeded to grab those items and headed straight for the

checkout line. Although the service was awesome, I didn’t pay particular attention to the experience as I hurried to the next store on my list. And once again I was greeted with an energetic smile and welcome when I entered the shop. Please keep in mind that I teach people how to sell, how to manage and how to provide exceptional customer service. These were not my clients and I was feeling like all of a sudden every store that I entered, the staff was going out of their way to make sure that my shopping needs were taken care of. Was someone setting me up? Or did the retail world undergo a radical change? Did teenagers and young adults become aware

of how important their role is to the success of the store that they represent and to the shopper’s experience? These were the thoughts that went racing through my mind after each and every store I visited that day. Each store visit was better than the previous one. So I applaud the extraordinary customer service efforts of our local store owners and employees. I congratulate the teams and individuals that made my day of shopping “better than good.” I am grateful for the management teams that have trained and shared their experiences with the newest of sales associates so they are better equipped and ready to provide an incredible shopping experience. I am not sure about you, but whenever I receive a level of service that is above and beyond my expectation, I want to recognize and appreciate the people responsible. So after the first two stores where I thought it may have been an anomaly, it was a refreshing and unexpected surprise to receive the same treatment in every store I shopped in that day. These are our friends and family mem-

bers who work in these stores and put forth this effort. These are people we know and love and hang out with each and every day but maybe fail to recognize or appreciate them for what they do. Please join me in saying “thank you” whenever we can. Dealing with the public is not always easy, as people can be extremely demanding sometimes. However my most recent observations and actual experiences have proved to me that we are surrounded by fantastic sales associates who care about us as a consumer. If you are a store owner, manager, sales associate or member of the customer care team I just want to say how much I appreciate you and all that you do, thank you. Have you had an exceptional shopping or customer service experience? I would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@ and I hope that you will have a better than good week.

nothing as human bodies broke down in the tragedy of the camps. This, however, is where the human brain — and, ultimately, the human spirit — triumphs. Through carefully crafted preparations, Szpilman was secreted in Warsaw and cared for by people who tended to him, often at great risk to themselves, because he was a human being. Examples of the magnitude of maintaining our brains also abound in chillingly prescient portrayals of the future in literature such as “1984.” In “The Stand,” Stephen King’s tale of human life after a biological warfare proj-

ect goes horribly wrong, King’s people are smart and compassionate, and they take care of each other in the course of eventually defeating evil. The way I see it, true survival has always relied — and will continue to rely — not only on the strong-bodied, but also the strong-minded. And it’s the strong-hearted who will ultimately save us all.

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Brains as important as brawn for survival

I’ve seen a lot of the apocalypse lately … or the end of civilization, the end of the world, or the end of the universe, much of it in strident promotions for summer blockbusters such as “Pacific Rim.” And at the theater last night, I saw trailers for others I hadn’t even heard of yet. On the small screen, I’m also inundated with ads for survival scenarios, fictional and otherwise. The “real” ones, of course, are the product of hugely popular (and what appropriately named) reality TV. In addihave tion to the genre-generating “Survivor,” eci- there’s “American Ninja Warrior,” and “Get mes Out Alive,” among others. And speaking of nt popular, “Walking Dead” has captured the ver imagination of millions of people. s And in spite of — or because of — its the violence, “Hunger Games” has a similar fan the base, as does “Game of Thrones.” e’s I’ve actually watched some of “Revoo lution,” a series about the loss of power he around the word. and The electrical kind of power, that is; t she there’s still a lot of power-mongering going ese on amongst the human factions. It seems that brawn is too often portrayed as all we humans will need to survive. Sure, there’s usually a high-IQ type in these depictions to pore over maps in nce candlelight or puzzle through secret journo nals. The sexy leading roles, though, go to e act those who lead the fiercest charge to save ate humanity. o And weapons … no shortage there for

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the inevitable battle to control the firepower, in whatever forms are left behind and whatever might be invented for that particular future. But what about can openers? The kind we turn with our thumbs, of course, because the power would be out. I’ve personally always considered the can opener as essential for existence in a pre-packaged post-civilization world. I recently watched “The Pianist” for the first time, a depiction of Wladyslaw Szpilman’s desperate struggles in Holocaust-era Warsaw. In the film, a simple can opener plays a pivotal role in his survival as Szpilman is discovered in his frantic search for food by a Nazi officer, who becomes an unlikely caretaker until the officer himself is forced to flee. Physical prowess counted for little then as hundreds of thousands of people like Szpilman attempted to survive while in hiding. And, of course, brawn meant next to

Classes aplenty to gain appreciation for the outdoors

fitYou want to get outdoors and just don’t h his rom know where to start? This summer’s agenda is full of a wide ty of assortment of outdoor fun. Let’s take a look at some of the activities offered by local organizations and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Few outdoor pursuits match the attraction of fly fishing for new anglers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers fly fishing how-to coupled with where-to-go opportunities in a short 60-minute drive from Metro Denver. One of two classes on July 25 is still open; call 303-291-7804 to register. Being eager to fish and knowing where to go can be conflicting challenges. Parks and Wildlife has launched new tools to help anglers find a good fishing hole. The Colorado Fishing Atlas is a major help in finding waters where specific species are found. Plus, the atlas gives information on regulations, locales for both simple bobber-ponds fishing to fly fishing, and even winter ice fishing. The state’s prime Gold Medal waters are listed, along with photos and maps. The Colorado Fishing Atlas can be found online

through the fishing page on Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, . Facebook users can access the atlas on You prefer Twitter? Try @COParksWildlife or @ CPWFish. Waterfowlers and decoy historians will want to mark Aug. 24 on their calendars for the 5th annual Rocky Mountain Decoy Show at the new Cabelas in Lone Tree, southwest of Lincoln and I-25. Local Northglenn decoy sculptor Bill Waters, 303255-6996, has the details. As the outdoors summer attractions

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Charles S. Morris

November 17, 1926 - July 5, 2013

David DeGiacomo David DeGiacomo, beloved brother and friend, passed away after a lengthy illness. He was born in Ft. Knox, KY to Colonel Frank DeGiacomo and Laura Maio-DeGiacomo. David graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 1968 and was recruited by Coach Jack Hancock to wrestle for the Colorado School of Mines. After receiving his degree in Metallurgical Engineering, he was commissioned in the army. David returned to the School of Mines and earned his Masters in Mineral Economics. In addition, David organized and established the Colorado Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, was a wrestling official, and was a virtual textbook on Colorado wrestling. David was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dianne DeGiacomo. He is survived by his brother, Frank DeGiacomo, his Godson, Zane Lambert, and his cherished friends. Services will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church in Golden, CO at 11:00AM on July 19th. Following the service, interment with honors will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church, School of Mines Wrestling Foundation, or the Colorado Chapter of the NWHOF.

Charles S. Morris, of Lookout Mountain, passed away on July 5th. He was born on November 17th, 1926, in Gibsonia, PA, to Mr. C. E. W. Morris, and Mrs. Martha Morris. He served in the Army Air Forces from 1945-46. He earned a B.A. in English at Washington & Jefferson College in 1951. He then married Ann later that year. Before moving to Colorado, he worked as Publicity Director at Washington & Jefferson College, 1951-53. In 1953, the couple moved to Golden, Colorado, where he worked as an information editor at the Colorado School of Mines, 1953-35; Account Executive at WM. Kostka & Associates in Denver, 1957; Vice President, Public Relations inc, Denver, 1947-59; Regional Public Affairs Manager, Allstate Insurance co, 1959-69; Public Relations Director, Colorado School of Mines, 1969-84; PR Consultant, The National Colorado Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, 1984-2011. Survivors include son Patrick of Arvada; daughter Martha of Arvada; and two grandchildren, Lennon Thompson, of Arvada, and Duane Thompson, of Arvada. A memorial service will be held at 10 am, Saturday, August 3rd, at Bergin Park Church: 1318 Country road 65, Evergreen. A reception will follow at a site to be determined. He donated his body to science.

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Deaf school secures a new location Fehringer Ranch subdivided to give 10 acres to school By Clarke Reader Rocky Mountain Deaf School has found a place to call home after years of being in limbo. The RMDS new location will be built on 10 acres at Fehringer Ranch, at the southwest corner of S. Kipling Parkway and W. Nassau Ave. in south Jefferson County. “Jeffco started talking to us about selling us some land at Fehringer Ranch. They weren’t planning to sell it to anyone, but they decided to open it up to us,” said Derek Sevier, co-chair of the school’s building team. He is also deaf and is the father of two deaf children. “The land is 108 acres, but it’s being subdivided so we’re able to just use 10 acres for our school.” The school was originally slated to be built at 2090 Wright St. in Lakewood, but due to neighborhood outcry against rezoning the land for the school, and legal issues, RMDS had to look somewhere else. Time was a factor for RMDS. The school received a $13 million BEST grant from the Colorado Department of Education so it could move from their current location in a strip mall in the Applewood neighborhood to a building designed especially for

The Rocky Mountain Deaf School’s current location at a strip mall in Golden. Photo by Clarke Reader

deaf students, but the grant was in danger of expiring. Jeffco agreeing to sell part of the land at Fehringer to RMDS came just in time, and will allow the school to use the grant. The school has already reached out to nearby D’Evelyn High School, and it

has been extremely welcoming to its new neighbors. According to Amy Novotny, principal of the school, the building was designed around the rectangular shape of the 10 acres, in a way that makes use of the open space for outdoor activities and mountain

views. Sevier said that they found some problems with the soil, but can use some of the BEST grant reserve funds to remove it without losing any money needed to build the school. The school aims to provide education for between 100 and 120 students. In its current location it serves around 40 students from 13 different school districts, according to Novotny. Current students are getting a chance to have input on the school’s design. “Our architects have had several workshops for students to take a look at the design elements, and they’re very actively involved,” Sevier said. “Our contractors said they wanted the students to come see the work as it progresses, and plan on giving updates to the students,” Novotny added. “We may align our curriculum in some ways to complement the building process.” The design for the new school is still being worked on, and Novotny said the aim is to have the design finished by August, so they can get stared on pouring the foundation and construction. She would like to see the school ready to accept students in August of 2014. “The whole process has taken so much longer than we expected,” she said. “With everything that came up, we realized that we found the property we were meant to be at.”

golden city council on the record Golden City Council voted on the following legislation during its July 11 meeting. Council members in attendance were Mayor Marjorie Sloan, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Behm, District 1 Councilwoman Saoirse Charis-Graves, District 2 Councilwoman Marcie Miller, Ward 1 Councilwoman Marcia Claxton, Ward 3 Councilman Bob Vermeulen, and Ward 4 Councilman Bill Fisher.

Growth Ordinance modified

The council voted 6-1 to modify the city’s long-standing 1 percent residentialgrowth-limit ordinance. Behm cast the no vote, saying he did not agree with the need to modify the ordinance Community and Economic Development Director Steve Glueck called the ordinance “an important part of our community fabric,” but said the current modi-

fications to how the city would administer it would help make its enforcement closer to the spirit of the original law. The modification includes a removal of all residential-unit exclusions, but adds a new allocation incentive to larger projects that may be planned within 2,500 feet of the new RTD light rail station in south Golden. Glueck said the city will hold new residential development to a new limit of 0.9 percent.

Audit report accepted

The Golden Council accepted a report from CPA firm CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, analyzing the accuracy and methods of the city’s financial department. Firm representative Paul Niedermuller outlined components of the city’s financial position, detailed in the 2012 financial report. The report confirmed the finance department’s

numbers; that the city continued to show economic growth, helping to keep the city in the black for cash flow; and that it reduced its debt load again in 2012. Niedermuller said his firm did identify some city financial practices that could be improved for transparency and accuracy. “But we are happy to report that they didn’t have anything that fell into that bucket of material weaknesses,” meaning all those issues were relatively minor. Finance Director Jeff Hansen said a main source of those problems stemmed from his department switching to a new software program. The overall report anticipates that Golden will again receive a certificate of excellence for their audit process.

DDA going to the ballot

By unanimous votes, the council

approved the formation of the Golden Downtown Development Association, and conducting a special election November on a taxing structure to fund it. The intent of forming the association is to take over downtown services and development activities that have been handled and funded by the soon-to-be-unfunded Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA). “The time for outreach is between now and October,” GURA Executive Director Mark Heller said at the meeting. The city’s DDA task force will shift its efforts to campaigning for the ballot measure, seeking to convince property owners, business owners and residents in the downtown area of the potential benefits of forming the new association. The next council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at City Hall, 911 10th St. — Compiled by Glenn Wallace

school notes Council to host public hearing on Arvada Plaza on July 15

City Council will host a public hearing regarding the Arvada Plaza redevelopment Monday, July 15, in council chambers at City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and doors open at 5:15 p.m. Residents who wish to attend will be asked to sign in and indicate whether or not they wish to speak or make a statement on the record without speaking. Residents

will be given three minutes to speak. All previously-submitted written comments will be made part of the public record without the need to read them during the public hearing. Attendees will be seated in council chambers until the room meets capacity of 110 people. Two additional overflow areas will be set up inside the building; the overflow rooms will be equipped with television monitors for watching the live proceedings. An estimated 260 total public

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seats will be available at City Hall for the meeting, and all residents in attendance will have the opportunity to speak. Residents are not allowed to bring into council chambers any signs, T-shirts used as billboards, noisemakers or placards. Any person who brings in a prohibited item that can be seen will be told to remove or cover it. Residents can park in the upper parking lot at the blue City Annex building along Ralston Road and Ammons Street or one of the lower lots located near the Police Department entrance and across 59th Street adjacent to Memorial Park. The west side of the upper parking area near the courts entrance is reserved for disabled parking. Individuals will be required to display their disabled permit or placard.

Arvada in running for ”Best of the Road” crown with Rand McNally

Rand McNally is looking for the best towns in America, and Arvada could be on that list. The annual ”Best of the Road” competition is looking for the best small towns with a population of fewer than 150,000. Residents can vote for Arvada in all six categories: Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, Friendliest, Best Food and Best for Geocaching. Voting will end Tuesday, Sept. 3, and winners will be announced in mid-October. Residents can vote once per day. To vote, go online to

Arvada Center auditioning actors for ‘A Christmas Carol’ musical

The Arvada Center will hold auditions for the musical ”A Christmas Carol, the Musical” at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Aug. 5-6 and in New York City Aug. 19-21. The Arvada Center’s production of the Christmas classic will be directed by Gavin Mayer with musical direction by David Nehls and choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck. The artistic producer is Rod A. Lansberry. Colorado chorus and principal auditions are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5-6. The women’s chorus dance call is 2-3 p.m. Aug. 9, and the men’s chorus dance call is 3-4 p.m. Aug. 9. All dance calls are by appointment only, and dancers may be asked to sing. Actors must be 18 years or older to audition. Children’s roles will be auditioned 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in Denver. Actors should prepare 16 to 32 bars from a song appropriate to the style of the show and bring sheet music to the audition for a provided accompanist to play. A current headshot and resume are also required. Rehearsals will begin Nov. 5; the show runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 22 with performances Tuesday through Saturday evenings, and matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week. For more information or to schedule an audition, call 720-898-7200.

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Joh that Publica m involv“there n Hicken tion ing are no loo bes gun t easy per ack s, som to dea l wit but saidsolution now eth The ing “ou h firearm a deb s” to ledged the Dem r dem ate issues -rel on State Genera ocratic ocracy ated how vio fere of the l Assem govern demand lence d is trol his opi State spebly dur or, add s.” ing ech pas that is nion his ressing sion Jan. on cer ann one take ately tain 10, also ual up to be area By Ryan Boldrey deb pro of ate “Le this said t me legislat d topicsone of gun con f50 cents prim ive law the mo che . “Why ses e the cks sion maker not tion st After months of public outreach, town hav pump,” . s will Tha for all e uni nity Media Publica halls and community surveys, the C-470 tention t sug gun sale versalHicken ges A Colorado Commu s?” aisl Corridor Coalition expects to decide by of law tion bac looper e. kgroun makercertain March or April how to pursue expanding “It d s on ly cau House is just the busy freeway corridor from Interstate ght bot Col h side the 25 to Kipling Street. oradoMinorit comple s of atcall “I think overall people are saying there Spr y Lea tely une the ing der involvfor all nfo is something that needs to be fixed when sale s, rce be con ing per s of said of Mark it comes to the congestion,” said Jack Hil HilWallerable,” ting son-to-guns — Hicken , But bert, a Douglas County commissioner who ent inc per loo Ron nor ’s stanDemocr backgr son tranluding per’s serves as chair of the coalition’s policy com comFrom left, state Rep. Chris Holbert, state Rep.-elect Polly Lawrence and outgoing state House Speaker Frank McNulty address the Douglas County Business Alliance on Jan. 3 during tho ats ce. “He 68, Issue 12 mittee. app ound chesaction se Volume • Tracy ma a legislative kickoff session. Photo by Jane Reuter lau de som cks s — According to the coalition, eastbound ded County, Colorado Kra afra the . and Jefferson id to ft-Thar e risk travelers Kipling to I-25 face delays of Countyfrom gov y poi Adams p, Gun jump ermore than 11 minutes during the morning legi into D-Arva nts,” ger Phil slat control tha said da. rush hour, and westbound travelers are de deors nex ts Rep “He are , one t.” t General mana layed as much as 18 minutes in the evening. one five mo exp was . outlines projec ectedof many n’t Sen. Growth along the corridor is expected to nom area tha nths Washington Evie Hud ic ma t Hic of the to tak issues increase by more than 30 percent over the e up ak, righ ken that tter om moriki tol for the new legislative session. aren’t going to be the ones grabbing the next 20 years. s, civi loopersession over reg t, hugs By Darin oloradonews.c l uni Sen. Lind add , was the tou ulating Democrats have regained control of the headlines, so it means you really do have Beginning with a series of telephone ress ons dmoriki@ourc the che General a New ed. just d on ma District and Colorado House, and maintain their ma- to pay attention,” outgoing House Speaker town halls in July, the coalition has been Eco ell Jan. , of high exdur rijuana Transportation - Com cou jority in the state Senate, and Republican Frank McNulty said. “They’re the ones that busy presenting three options to citizens ing 9 in the Regional Washington declared ind transrse, his mon Senate Phil 40-minustry es several Denmembers of the Douglas County legislative are going to have the highest impact on the and area business leaders: tolling any addi By Jane Reuter addiozen Tak ground Manager as RTD continu wer cham ing ute e toward the ns delegation said that could impact business economy.” sou also s of bers tional lanes and keeping the existing lanes on rem pectatio targeted on the the ght ho w su projects arks. owners. Four of them were on hand for a McNulty urged business owners to free; tolling all the lanes, old and new; and top issu open portation northern region. projects staina mes be e of ing day trol agenda State leaders urged Douglas County Douglas County Business Alliance-spon- “show up at the state Capitol,” testify and raising property or sales taxes to pay for ad ted several by adgun ver metro’s led of the st hosted ble de ing bu gton highligh Gen item for hee violen sored legislative kickoff session held Jan. 3 bring supporters when issues of concern business owners to stay aware and get inin breakfa ra va legis ditional new lanes. ve Washin ting ls eral lative ce is velop ilt in this and of Jan. 4 legislati fit 36 Commu are on the table. volved in issues that could impact them as at Lone Tree’s Sky Ridge Medical Center. “The one thing that has come across session. ve@ n Cleve Dem during a a Ele the last yeaAssem nonpro Resort. ment our “The bills you need to be cautious about Photo lawmakers take their seats at the state Capi Capiclear,” Hilbert said, “is that there is just no mentaDecem r’s Aurbly, esp ocratic Legislators continues on Page 19 the Interlocken colora Louisville-based by Cour will be ecia -co s at the Omni ry Sch ber ma ora don way in the world you could go back and toll tney Kuhl lly on nSolution om metro region gton said. “I the ssa es ool talk existing roadways. No matter what is decid decid“The Denveren in Concre at ater kill the West,” Washinthat it can be ing ars — and m city in the politic abo — are I believe nec Sandy ings ed, existing (lanes) will remain free.” mu greatest a. ticu that, and rtation investments Hook al issuut gun star ch mo edg believe t. Hilbert said the coalition is leaning toto s ed. ting really But transpo es are re in the e, as has alw just to pop ward a decision to toll any new or addiaddi “So this region.” to accomthe done through the ays om part of me making in bee up gov me point tional lanes to pay for construction and that we’re r, he said RTD’s journey n in ern s at rcial the Can an easy one. or acka dicey to gun not been maintenance. He said this will be discussed Howeve Ind develo delas board has s, oth projects now ber RTD just iana Stre pment resi restructure some recent cuts to the DepartDepart heavily at the coalition’s January and Feb Feblplish these 2012, the 15-mem percent sales mike Coffman’s views ers Stat he pro north et and . to a ment of Defense. a 0.4 e con In May ruary meetings, when they go over results ballot to violen tinu Can gen posed of Coa against placing election finanOn fiscal resolution: “I like the tax piece, the fact that “I think we need to go forward with these from a recent telephone survey conducted es on erally general t decided l Jeff the on Pag The if current erso Creek most of the Bush tax cuts remain permanent for the vast cuts,” he said, “but I think they could be by Hill Research Consultants. e 18 tax increase ks. This means are, the North n Par resi southe The den dev majority of American people I thought was a win. On the done in a way that doesn’t compromise our “If we go that route, construction could fund FasTracons remain as they not be comfew elo com tial ast of kwill yea ing per ped by portion the negative side, it wasn’t at all balanced with cuts, and we national security. There was no attention to start in early 2014, if not sooner,” he said. by Andy Carpenean cial projectiNorthwest lines ties dev Ter Can rs is 43 years. Photo are, in fact, going to spend even more money now. We’ve detail paid to these cuts. I think that they “If we pick a financing option that requires d offe Group. ra Cau of retired after mercia delas,anothe eloBy these pmRyan Boldrey Metro and 2042. ent Mastriona has convinced prosa got to be serious about the deficit and the debt and this bill thought it would never happen, so the nono Veldhurs som acres. l and includr a vote (raising taxes), that obviously pushes ove pleted until gton said he is the w, at Water World. ething The new ope to a gondola ing Veldhu r the certainly wasn’t serious about it at all.” tion was `let’s just do an across-the-board it out further. But I don’t think those two But Washin be done way beforethe transCau izen, n spa nex , stands next The resi izen veteran will Cand for Park a noted sa t of the U.S. armed On proposed high-capacity magazine ban: “Personcut to the Department of Defense.’ 20-year will ce willA den options are what I am hearing citizens say. dev Parks and Recreation o far, Capitalmanag way in elas neig two projects tion dates and nt strides tial, said. Hyland Hills ally, I feel that there ought to be a limit. I think this notion west “It just isn’t rational. We’re cutting propro hom feature elopm hbor forces, Mike gincCongressman I’m hearing citizens say `yeah, fix director it, butofwe made significa jected comple mm we hav . able lude comArvada. hood executive Hills district has In that time, Washin uni e , former and es, 1,00 1,500 ent, onc that there shouldn’t be any regulations at all is wrong. That grams that are essential and giving the want someone Coffman (R-Aurora) plans 1,50 else to pay the taxes.’” ction Hyland held commu portation Photo is taking d at ty, are five of years. Greg Mastriona by the com severa 0 or mosingle toefocus by Andy shape diff nt Don in the past two either begun constru of its said, the question about high-capacity magazines should same weight to programs that are essential nity of0his efforts offe Raising taxes was a popular option in the that us to missed l mil fam commuch me re r“Th erent Carpenea with hous tho ,” Vel obligaBoard presidethe highpleted visi RTD has out for 77 percent be decided by state legislatures, because there will inherto our national security to programs that early town hall surveys, but according to the new congressional pric “It’s rcial spa lion squ higherin ily, ton said includes in Sus on.” se stan dhuizen hite ey all n million general build family. said he has e ted work vad -de detach , affairs. projects, perforare session ently be varying standards for different parts of the counthe low tain probably should have gone by the wayside Hill’s survey only 9 percent of people were ctu 1, a $2.7 issue passed to dards hav the Ciancio a,” kind of ce. ed said feet nsityon veteran his overall to the or contracFasTrack network Bus Rapid Transit ability ne.” ral flai e com for Vel and $300 bond and a city uni . try. I feel that 100 rounds is too much but that is an issue ofThe a long time ago or have little value.” larU.S. tion ment in favor of increased property tax and 42 est regard Lines. ,000s planned retarecently com dhuizen rs. ts re-elected pow munity can we “They West Rail, ry mendo did a just two mance and commit wit il and te 225 Rail off High pleme that must be debated and decided by the Colorado General sha Coffman said he fancies himself differdiffer pan for Colo Coloered the park. Com , Vel be see percent favored increasing sales taxes. De Deing the Gold, and Intersta es, but said hin representative ture Mastriona began with red els way 72 plan. us dhu arti stre The park but grew the fol- district. He said the district and (BRT), East Rail our challeng sustain on Assembly and not in Washington, D.C.” ent from many members in his own party spite the higher numbers, 42-41, in favor of city 6th District said that am nt eac . “Th arado’s the ng muniizen n thro et ity truCandel and Cand the we’ve had h oth ey’l for systemBetwee oun n of all about of Hyslides, job r not d Am in the ugh as said ability roo lights course tho the additio it’s l t in that a lot of Republicans don’t support Ar- to focus on is st, intends iswater the “Of for sales taxes over tolling one new lane, the re resuperio elas ugh fs of , from out and with the s, we’ n par of ope er. Theheinte spa a pillar to say that “It’s he saidhas tho slides. grate down beinggton he $50erican, ce. any cuts to defense spending. Some of the port suggested that there was not sufficient from transi transilowing year re’s ranging ugh Col the will remain nity and a valued I always like — the knock “Th , is its feature homes. tiles to and four soThe ll hav ks, ope n spa sues ope Washin orado, a tre-the citizen work is its firs . cility,” e rec recrea e wave pool down re’s Cove and n commu n con 0,000 that would force the Department of Veter- things on the table in Coffman’s eyes inin get up,” tion worksupport to secure passage in an election as we’re Coffman reation tion of the The bigsolar a signnearly space ce sustain den space ” he t of its in into who re- the came Surfer’s followed land e for the district. firm Eac na knock es — but the challenges, but Veldhu bec Pam, the ts 200 h com said and ans Affairs to hire qualified veterans before clude: troop levels in Europe; whether U.S. cen th hom ed force to how the country pay Mastrio with Next ges and ific 1984, kind g required by TABOR. aus resourc bui abilreationcan enj t s . mu izen center ter. had these we’re getting forward, r Bay in e the challeng It’s buildinant comacres cantrai to travelin years ago. in the nity fore a fee of lder wh hiring from the outside. ls take care of vet allies should be more involved in cost-sharcost-shar d Ryl es Going better vetgoi we’ oy of ope with him said. “We’ve the canvas, and served Thunde Country in 1986.put Wa, may ng to re com said. “It’sis a $3 Its al aspect the view g are mitme tired eight stat ” he will take and experi- getting up off qua buildin $3,000 o buy is well-de “Only about a third of the people that ing; whether we should retain some of our Possibility of four lanes now erans nsuffering from post-traumatic stress by River 0s. and pro y really mit mo reach be e of ies it said lifie tha million g. If Bot rs per s lots The break dedication to not xim of the s and a where nt to pretty quickly. work on the nearly ted unt LEE as “River Countr map because work (in the VA) have actually served in the permanent overseas bases; are there funcfunc disorder. , ity ain of ple D silv to sus t expens famany memor over the years, them done oofs h ron LEED, LEED com sola d renewa they lot into in Can Hilbert said is areime possibilityonews. out also said Ashley resi on the est Rail Line to Bythere “wo s after years Hills District colorad that or and r pan tain at that time ences he’s madeber the great orive ter World Washington t of the Northw is about 33 point, rk, and oth Bouldemunity door rec“I-think the real concern is in looking at military,” Coffman said, “and I just think tions being handled by active-duty military C-470 could expand sooner ble build the the tru delas Hyland t bee of bui menta Leadergold.” er certifie rather than lat latabi rides and els, areimers@our ene only the er .” the other station nity. r, Vel dine is body slides,” and will remem and board he 6.5-mile segmen par- that there’s a culture there that’s not re- that could be handled by the reserve at a had tube d, andlity. diff n U.S lding l Design ship majori techno geothe rgy sys homes st beSo far, dhuizenand plalocatio Golden the unemployment rates for veterans, par C-470 continues on Page 19 Westminster segment, which d com erslides were built the first but the commuhip and vision ion, staff for those who . Gre meets , cer in Ene the future ns osponsive to the veterans. … In my experiwit cheaper cost; and are there weapons sys sysstru rail ticularly those coming out of Iraq and AfAf all rma tem it the If ty log ganizat y” , to This then itted y-funde o, is ano where the His leaders in many facilihom the bui of the y, the l hea s, suc h and ction about said. at a Laundr The en Bui green tificatio rgy and with. But er of the forcomplete. said. “We Raging Colorad of ghanistan, and how it is significantly higher ence, people who have served in uniform tems that are being developed that aren’t RTD’s federall fee. y get coo recrea ldin t ther peo able h stan re Golf he It all startedGreg Mastriona have resulted to worked n Env through occ and nin 30 hom remind in percent sits es wit lder cho is also part ride, led sell than a rebpumps g Adventu the general population,” Coffman are much more likely to understand the critical. h was in tion g Cou dards means i1969. for people was need a little , just take a look na family being funded Eagle P3 Project, Arvada and and by Cha upied. e hom es are ing own the tru sustain oses mat in allowed ate the set college and job, ties includinthe Greg Mastrio rlie will a geo center ncil. That pan billion ed director through by challenges of those who are in the military “I’m looking at being very specific in which said. er es ride. not of und mer y, the by $1.03 Line desk. st Hills, Mc on abl graduat the ies, to old are tain oGold and on the had Racewa the Kay roo feature rma will be velo d to be opened drawer the at Hyland alre er con top of his abl use to planned coming up with cuts that I think will realize One way Coffman hopes to defeat this and are getting out of the military.” is avae qua to bui for a recreati ed to & use ftop ons. wit l hea is expecte pm 15 Prome- interact Courses ady hea has the always had a candy from, the happen d, lookingPrinted on recycled r mercia ent comme h Chu Moree improv retrofit ilab lities, ld the Ridge that current RTD projectifor the built is by working from the inside out. Near the It’s Coffman’s military background that the same dollar amount but will not com“I com wife Pam the execu- Golf Ice Centre at the with the pretty cool.” ture as wel to offs kilowat t pum ted and the park le to the dra could grab it full,” Wheat g to newsprint. Please hopes et mo t sola p sys when his s, Vel l par hasn’t rcial dev rch Ran l as has than ement their win wife of fee Since then,attractions built that anyone close of the last session he introduced a bill also has him in the midst of a movement to promise our security,” he said. the Hills the — a collaborationthe MAC hom the star 2016, accordin said he has highof Transportaand left recycle this copy. st r tem The dhuizenmany run into to 48 and been intet of the ted eloper ch Com nade g rides “On g residen just s, Veldhu e wit homenster, of the Hyland . I made sure oth of the panels mo Washington o Department e thin site er sus elec com yet for , said of Westmi Center) and of grown67 acres, featurin of the and st sign said District rest ts out sustain on transit) proj-. izen h sus som grocer tive director s . detric over from munity she city Recreation (bus rapid tain e oth y sto said the Adult 18-mile Colorad a 360 and the g is the to Can able ificant to the Center , and he said. Park and wife that able ity . (Mature U.S. 36 BRTwn Denver and Boulder con , but com“We’ve er pot res to World. favorite ly like Voyage told my to be can -degre view,” natura delas living would tion-led feana’s ven 36 sustain Water d “She bui we’ the U.S. ential downto on ld the ience there - course,said he’s also extreme s Earth, Mastrio her husban addition, In the Know tow see Sta e view he said l bea though is Mc ll con been ability ect between bus rapid transit the country, so program He was sure interview,” Mastrioto ndl from n re, as stores . “Re uty at it clients most recent . Kay tinue “We want BRT systems in Ran Denver ey Lak te an fea. any side of the of the manyrs for chil- the wel gton said. Flyer. give me was very fortuna ge. 1994, For said. to work for ma l as nts and e, the hom of the best sponso of the The DiD you know? Mile High was built in that,” Washin gton said right proud “I one to District hav mo visi the ny on said. e ted ng at district Pik na nat Fla site e t ww re info it for yea mo hour-lo “Voyage ” the Park and Recreation right place we are commit this goal, Washin new serst defi ural beaes Pea t Irons, . They a was the many rs and in the district. of the job is Hyland Hills still have be in the where is all started. k on vefo rmation in 1955, and in Colodow part said. “It’s and we 43- dren To achieve to offer BRT ridersa cashlessnin yea rwa was established g chauty of the the n“The best time. That’sna started his Mastriona rs,” of the kids,” fast and abo rd.c recreation district service and recentlyas a racteri site Front RTD is striving the smiles ut Can om. Mastrio the pro- waits,” nute ride, that’sstill right first park and serves nearly 110,000 its as free WiFi Hills career - seeing “Knowing that is stic It’s five-mi vices, such n option through delas, rado. The district s of one s are berobotics. it is getting mile area year Hyland assistant superin he said. it.” a 24-square the facilitie the features fare collectio Card system. project, which ng the though residents in golf course Adams County Smart grams and and enjoyed by from the BRT on top, even before becomi launched said the 36 Express located in southwestof Westminster and used You can’t competition tendent, in 1972. areas in in- ing that’s pretty neat. a little director Washington the 17-mile U.S. and including in Adams County, parts Boulevard executive years he had an ed with kids, High Flyer.” the field is dovetail the disin Boul’s work in ederal tween Federal ver the at.” ada located ese fa- Mile

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Job hunting for the over 50 T hough the job market has improved in recent years, many men and women are still out of work. Perhaps most troubling, many of those people are age 55 and older who are fearful of an uncertain future where they are seemingly overlooked. According to a 2012 study from the Government Accountability Office, the number of long-term unemployed people age 55 and older has more than doubled since the onset of the recession. For many unemployed over the age of 50, the harsh reality of a job market that does not value their experience or skill set is deeply disconcerting. But as difficult as the job market can be for older men and women, it’s not impossible to find a job, though it might take some ingenuity and perseverance. Don’t limit yourself. Those who were victimized by layoffs should expand their job searches to more than just their previous fields. While it’s definitely a good idea to maintain contacts in your old field and routinely look for openings in that field, it’s also a good idea to examine your skill set and experience and find a new field where these things apply. Chances are your years of experience are transferable to many fields, and redirecting your job hunting efforts to a new line of work might yield opportunities you are not even aware existed. Embrace the 21st century. Many companies or organizations mistakenly assume that the digital age has passed older workers by. Workers in their 50s might be unfairly categorized as dinosaurs with no grasp of mobile technology or the latest software programs. But those applicants who can demonstrate their proficien-

cy in the latest technologies, including mobile technologies like smartphones, tablets and social media, can put themselves above fellow applicants. Start working. If you are mired in long-term unemployment and spend every day at home, get out and start working. Volunteering is a great way to lift your spirits, network with other professionals and maybe even learn of employment opportunities you won’t hear about on the couch at home. And volunteering, be it with a charity or a professional organization, is a great way to revive your resume and continue to add accomplishments despite your unemployment. Emphasize your age. Many unemployed men and women over 50 tend to look at their age as a hindrance that is preventing them from finding gainful employment. But your age can be an advantage, as many organizations find older applicants are more reliable and need less time to adapt than younger applicants with less experience. When emphasizing your age as a positive, don’t focus on job titles, which many other unemployed men and women your age likely highlight on their resumes. Instead, focus on specific achievements and accomplishments and reduce the emphasis you place on job tasks. Achievements tend to stand out above titles, and men and women over 50 likely have achieved more than younger, less experienced applicants. Think small. Smaller companies wherein employees tend to wear many hats are more likely to value experience than a larger company. By the age of 50, many professionals have vast experi-


ence in a host of different positions, and that versatility is likely to appeal to a small company looking for employees who can multitask. Finding a job after the age of 50 isn’t easy. But taking a broad approach and emphasizing as opposed to downplaying your experience might help you stand out among a crowded pool of applicants. ■ Metro Creative Services


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NOW HIRING POLICE OFFICERS The City of Black Hawk is now hiring 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 for application documents and more information on the Black Hawk Police Department. Requirements: High School Diploma or GED, valid Colorado driver’s license with a safe driving record and at least 21 years of age. Must be Colorado POST certified by September 1, 2013. Candidates who submitted applications within the past 6 months will not be considered for this position vacancy. To be considered for this limited opportunity, a completed City application, Police Background Questionnaire and copies of certifications must be received by the closing date, Monday, July 29, 2013 at 4:00 P.M., MDST, Attention: Employee Services, City of Black Hawk, P.O. Box 68, Black Hawk, CO 80422, or by fax to 303-582-0848. Application documents may be obtained from Please note that we are unable to accept e-mailed applications at this time. EOE.

Colorado Community Media, publishers of 23 weekly newspapers and websites is seeking to fill the following positions: Sales Coordinator

Position is responsible for assisting in all sales related activities working directly with the Advertising Director and the entire sales team being accountable for helping the team in meeting the metrics, revenue and sales goals of the company.

Part-time Obituary Clerk

Position is responsible for answering inbound calls, emails and walk-ins from private parties and funeral homes. Accurate input of Obituaries ensuring that ads run error-free and ensuring courteous and efficient customer service. Off-site meetings with funeral homes may be required.

If you are interested in one of theses sales positions, email your interest with position title in the subject line to

Graphic Designer

Position is responsible for creating display advertisements for local businesses in each of our 23 community newspapers, websites and special sections. Some marketing materials will be needed along with preparing weekly newspapers for press. Bachelor degree or four years working experience in a design environment required. Graphic design skills, proficiency in InDesign, attentive to details a must. Illustrator, Photoshop and printing experience preferred. Ability to work in a demanding deadline environment and great communication skills necessary. E-mail your resume along with 3 samples of your work to

Colorado Community Media offers competitive pay and benefits package. No phone calls please. *Not all positions eligible for benefits.

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ourcolorado TO ADVERTISE YOUR JOBS, CALL 303-566-4100 Help Wanted

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Employment Opportunity ____________________________ PAID IN ADVANCE! MAKE $1000 A WEEK mailing brochures from home! Helping Home-Workers since 2001. Genuine Opportunity! No experience required. Start Immediately! _____________________________

Caregivers to provide in-home care to senior citizens who need assistance with activities of daily living. Call Today 303-736-6688 /employment DOWNTOWN DENVER AMBASSADORS Apply now! FT w/benefits. Must have valid Driver’s License! Must pass Drug and Background Check. Apply online at: Click Careers – Search Denver, CO

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LNG Regional runs. Excellent pay, paid product training, orientation, uniforms, PTO & holidays. BC/BS.Bonus programs + 401k! CDL A w/ hazmat/tanker, 2 yrs. OTR exp., min. 25 yoa Melissa@ 855-315-9278. M/F/D/V. EOE.

East Central BOCES seeking

Part-Time Itinerant Teacher/Consultant of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing for the 2013-2014 school year. Masters Level, Colorado certification w/endorsement in Hearing Impaired. Salary competitive. Excellent benefits. Certified Application on website Contact Tracy at (719) 775-2342, ext. 101 or EOE

Floral Sales Part-time Floral Customer Service/Telephone Sales. Must have good telephone etiquette; be friendly, patient, professional and confident when speaking to customers over the phone. Have good computer skills and excellent spelling/grammar. Floral experience helpful. Must be available weekends. Send resume to McAfee, Inc. in Englewood, CO has opportunity for Software Development Engineer (Job Code I877380). Design and develop new technologies utilizing graduate-level research and analysis skills. Must be available to work on projects at various, unanticipated sites throughout the United States. Less than 50% travel required.

Full-time, benefited Sales Tax Auditor $55,240 - $69050/year, closes: 8/5/13 Planner II $55,240 to $69,050 per year, closes: 8/5/13 Utilities Technician – Water/Wastewater Plants $44,554 to $57,033 per year, closes: 7/29/13 Hourly, non-benefited Retail Shop Clerk $8.39 - $9.65/hour, closes: 7/29/13 Tot Activities Instructor $9.72 - $11.17 per hour, closes: 7/29/13 Submit City of Westminster online applications thru 8:30 a.m. on close date EOE


Earn extra money for Christmas Castle Pines Golf Club is hiring Full time/Part time and Weekend positions. Call 303-520-7365 for an interview appointment.


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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

Kennel Tech:

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


Law firm and title company

has a F/T receptionist/clerical position open. Previous phone experience preferred. Must be professional & accurate for hi-volume, fast-paced work. Office located at I-25 and Lincoln Email letter, resume & salary requirements to: with “Receptionist/Clerk - your name” in subject line

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


SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, in Greenwood Village, CO. Lead efforts to architect, build & support company electronic health record apps. Contribute technical leadership to shape software development strategy for the company. Implement industry standard best practices for software development and deployment. Travel to various unanticipated locations throughout the US as req. Send res to: CHC Companies, Inc., Attn: HR, 6200 S. Syracuse Way, Suite 440, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, EOE CHC is a drug free workplace

COSCAN NOW HIRING MANAGERS Castle Rock location Paid training, Competitive Salary, health, dental and vision Send resume to: or fax to 719-622-3070

ServiceMaster Clean has a full time Bilingual Janitorial supervisor position and part-time janitorial openings with immediate placement throughout Denver-Englewood-Louisville Please call 303-761-0122

Western Summit

Constructors, Inc. is seeking Formwork Carpenters & Laborers, Concrete Finishers, Pipefitters, and Millwrights (process equipment installations) NCCCO Tower Crane Operator for large wastewater project located in Denver area. Applications will be taken at 9780 Pyramid Ct, Suite 100, Englewood, CO 80112, from 8-5 M-F. Send resumes to or call (303)325-0325. WSCI is an EEO Employer.

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Clever Kids needs preschool assistant. Must have 6 credits in Early Childhood. Schedule is M-F, 8 - 5. benefits include vacation, health insurance, IRA. 303-236-9400 The Arvada Cemetery is accepting applications for

Grounds Maintenance worker Application and position details are available at the Cemetery office located at 5581 Independence St

To place a 25-word COSCAN network ad in 82 Colorado newspapers for only $250, contact your local newspaper or call SYNC2 Media at 303-571-5117.



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HIRING Local, OTR & O/O DRIVERS Local Drivers live within 50/mi of Pierce, CO. Class-A-CDL Plus 2 yr s Exp.REQ. Pay $53-65K/yr, Perdiem, Benefits, No Touch, Paid/Home weekly, 877-273-3582

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TO SELL YOUR GENTLY USED ITEMS, CALL 303-566-4100 Farm Products & Produce Grain Finished Buffalo

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Fresh Farm Produce 3225 E 124th Ave - Thornton Veggies • Peaches • Preserves Roasted Green Chili & More Pumpkin Patch 303.451.5637

Locally raised, grass fed and grain finished Beef & Pork. Quarters, halves, wholes available. Can deliver 720-434-1322

Wanted Semi retired HVAC sheet metal shop worker seeking part time employment in Golden area, experienced in hand layout, plasma cutting, roto-die, Stormy 970-520-7899 Wanted to rent; quiet space w/hookups for 36' RV. We're quiet, have references and no pets. Prefer within 20 miles of Castle Rock area but will consider others 928-528-8028


Garage Sales Castle Rock July 12th, 13th & 14th 19th, 20th & 21st 8am-5pm A Spectacular Garage Sale Items for everyone even college kids. Kitchen, Small Appliances, Christmas, Sports Gear, odds n ends, lots of new stuff 219 Crosshaven, Plum Creek Highlands Ranch Garage Sale Sat July 20th 8am-4pm 2044 W Mountain Maple gas grill, exercise bike, furniture, books, dishes, etc MOVING SALE - Everything must go! 16770 West 63rd Place, Golden Fri., Sat. & Sun. July19th - 21st, 8:30am-6pm Furniture, Refrigerator, Bedroom Set, Twin Beds, China Hut, Wardrobe Closet, Tools, 3 Payne Windows, Sprinkler System Items, Hide a Bed and much more! Highlands Ranch Moving Sale July 19th & 20th 8am-3pm 3630 W Bucknell Dr We have anitques, western collectables, furniture, household goods, saddle, Everything you can imagine!


Garage Sales Arvada Sat & Sun July 20th & 21st 8-4 7256 Rogers St Newlyweds downsizing! lots of new & slightly used items, name brand mens/womens clothing, lots of tools, electronics, dvd's, bathroom acces., frames, jewelry, bedding sets, pottery, much more!! Arvada

Garage Sale Fri & Sat July 19th & 20th 8-3 8168 W 72nd Ave Household items, kids items, and much more


HUGE Multi-Family Sale Inside Gym 6250 Wright St, Arvada, July 17-19: 8am-6pm July 20: 8am-noon

Arvada Fri & Sat July 19th & 20th 76th- Quaker Grandma moved, antiques, collectable, kitchen, dishes, sewing machines, mason blue jars, horse collars, cigar boxes, oil heater and much more Arvada

Heritage Apartments

10400 W. 62nd Place Behind the Tea Garden Restaurant. Thursday & Friday July 18th & 19th 8:00am-4:00pm.

Appliances Washer/Dryer Maytag Front loader, 4 yrs old. w/12" risers w/drawers Good Condition $850 (303)9096789

Bicycles Schwinn Womens 7 speed, like new $100.00 303-420-4350

Furniture Beautiful formal Dining Room Set, Table + 6 chairs and glass front China cabinet (mirrored back) chairs are white upholstered. $750 OBO 303-646-1971 leave msg Q Oak Bed, beautiful w/4 drawers under, Woodleys $550 complet. Glass top din table 42" rnd 4 chairs, $125. 2 bar stools, swivel w/backs $20 ea 720-733-0853 Sofa 92" dark green excellent condition, durable, spotless fabric. email- for photos. $200 303-681-3906

Lawn and Garden Weber double grill Brand new, never used!! Beautiful Stainless steel 2 propane tanks included $350 Firm 720-315-2036 Weed Wacker (trimmer) Craftsman, heavy duty, electric, with extra string $35 Worx GT battery operated, 2 batteries included and extra string $25 303-420-4350

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Miscellaneous 16th Annual Winter Park Craft Fair Aug. 10th & 11th. Sat 9-6 Sun 9-5 Winter Park Colorado. Lions Club Breakfast Applications now available or call 970-531-3170

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Silver Bangle Kittens

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Autos for Sale Majestic Towing & Recovery, LLC 999 Vallejo Street, Denver, CO 80204 720-775-2702 Please be advised the following vehicle is for sale: 01. 1993 Green Acura Sedan Vin# 013198 02. 1998 Silver Honda Civic Vin# 000729 03. 1996 Green Chevy Blazer Vin# 222102 04. 2001 Blue Ford Explorer Vin# A80117 05. 2000 Green Oldsmobile Silhouette Vin# 229439 06. 1999 Gold Daewoo Leganza Vin# 207624 07. 2000 Gold Chevy Silverado Vin# 162651 08. 2004 Blue Kia Rio Vin# 309784 09. Black Single Axel Trailer Vin# 233161 10. 1983 Gray Mercedes Sedan Vin# 037413 11. 2004 Red Mercury Mountaineer Vin# J13865 12. 2002 Blue Ford Escort Vin# 187088

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Friday June 28th @ approx 4:30 PM 6 car accident on Drycreek & Willow in Centennial If you witnessed this accident happen please call 970-749-0586



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For all your classified advertising needs, Call 303-566-4100!

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West Metrolife LaRonna DeBraak, left, and Lorry Pearson play the high school versions of their characters, Ronnie and Lorry, in the new musical ): “Nimroddes (Men l An Educationa Musical Comedy for Men” that premiered at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., July 12. Photo by Sara Van Cleve

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‘Nimroddes’ provides laughter through music, gender By Sara Van Cleve


he differences between men and women have long been known, but it’s not very often those differences are set to music. “Nimroddes (Men): An Educational Musical Comedy for Women” does just that. The musical is based on the book “Nimroddes (Men): A Field Guide for Women,” written and illustrated by Arvada residents LaRonna DeBraak and Lorry Pearson. DeBraak wrote the play script and lyrics as well. “The play is about a couple of women who decide in high school that their major in college is going to be the study of the human male species,” DeBraak said. “They decide, even though it will take them 30 years to finish a PhD and actually learn about the male species, that they’re going to go for it.” DeBraak and Pearson play the two women — Ronnie and Lorry — from their time in high school through years of research to become a serious research scientist and a mad scientist co-conducting seminars together about the purpose of the male species, as they call them, the Nimroddes. In the play, the characters discover and discuss 10 of the 36 types of men mentioned in the book — the chickity, the dimwit, the fudknuckle, the wackadoodle, the gadget, the lumuc, the straight-lace, the master-lie, the gigolo and flamfidant. “I went through the history of different men I dated and people I know that Lorry dated and has been married to and decided, ‘My goodness, there’s a lot of material,’ so I just started categorizing them all out like a field guide,” DeBraak said. The idea for the play came to DeBraak in the middle of the night, she said, as a way to help Pearson, her friend of more than 30 years, heal after a tragedy. Six years ago, Pearson’s daughter died following a drug overdose and Pearson became depressed. “I had always been an artist,” Pearson said. “I didn’t pick up a brush, I couldn’t pick up a pencil. I didn’t do anything. That’s why (LaRonna) asked that night what we can do for something together and that’s when I

started painting again.” Working together on the book, and now the play, helped Pearson heal, and it also helped both women reflect on their own lives and relationships. “Writing it was good therapy because you start realizing the relationships you’ve been in, good or bad, you learn something from every single of them that helps you grow and develop as a person,” DeBraak said. DeBraak and Pearson said they hope the play will help others as well. “I think by seeing it and realizing relationships are all about growth, once you look at it that way, it’s empowering, it really is,” DeBraak said. “You realize how resilient you are, how strong you are and it helps you become a better person when you actually evaluate your own life.” The evaluation of the male species, though, doesn’t come without some humor and laughter as Ronnie and Lorry spend their lives trying to figure out and classify the - quite possibly infinite - number of Nimroddes. “Normally when you see things that are comedies, they’re not that funny,” Pearson said. “But when we say this is a comedy, it’s really, really funny. You can’t make the audience laugh, but you can allow them the privilege of laughing, and that’s what we’re doing here. We’re letting them go hysterically mad with laughter.” Between laughs, the audience will hear 15 songs that will make them want to sing and dance, DeBraak said. Though “Nimroddes” is an educational comedy musical for women, men can enjoy it too. “A lot of men have read the play and they’ve all recognized their friends in it, and some actually said they noticed part of themselves in it,” DeBraak said. “I can’t see men not thinking it’s funny because they’ll see themselves and others in it.” “Nimroddes” premiered at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., July 12. “Nimroddes (Men): An Educational Musical Comedy for Women” is showing at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19 and 26 and Saturday, July 20 and 27 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21 and 28. Tickets are $18 for Friday and Saturday shows and $15 for Sunday matinees. Tickets are available online at or at the Festival Playhouse.

EDGE restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel Denver is partnering with Double Cross Vodka to present an intimate dinner on Aug. 7 featuring professional golfer Cristie Kerr, who plays on the U.S. Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. When not on the course, Kerr swaps her clubs for Cabernet from her own Curvature Wines collection. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in EDGE bar with passed hors d’oeuvres, Double Cross Vodka and Curvature wines. The three-course dinner begins at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $75 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations: 303-3893050. Kerr will be competing for the American team in the Solheim Cup Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker. There also will be three pre-tournament practice rounds and other events on Aug. 13-15 at the Colorado course.

Broening, Thompson rejoin forces

Chef John Broening, who gained fame for his two revered Denver restaurants, Denver Brasserie Rouge in The Ice House and at Duo in the Highland neighborhood, is returning to kitchen at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar at 1512 Curtis St. See the full story at blogs/2013/07/08/breaking-john-broening-heads-le-grand-oyster-bar-bistro. “We’re putting the Brasserie Rouge band back together,” restaurant owner Robert Thompson told Westword. Broening will join Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar as executive chef and also as culinary director of Seasoned Development, Thompson’s restaurant company. Thompson owns Le Grand, Punch Bowl Social and the Argyll Gastro Pub concept. He co-opened Brasserie Rouge with Leigh Jones in 2003. Broening, now chef and co-owner of Spuntino and formerly the executive chef of Duo and the late Olivéa, headed up the kitchen originally at Brasserie Rouge. Broening’s French cooking skills were not enough to prevent the restaurant closing a year later, though. Expect lighter fare at Le Grand, Broening says. He notes that Le Grand’s offerings will be more seasonal.

Retirement community goes Hollywood

When Elly and Jim Andersen moved to the Wind Crest retirement community five years ago, they didn’t move far from their former house in Cherry Hills, because they didn’t want to move away from family. The couple is proud of their family legacy — all their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren contribute so much to their lives. But one grandchild in particular is making a splash in the celebrity spotlight. And her work in Hollywood is attracting a new generation Parker continues on Page 18

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Buffalo Bill Days riding into town again When you are a resident of Golden, there are a few things about the town you can’t miss. One is a huge brewery making beer all day and night, another is a terrific engineering college that has its campus right in the middle of town and a huge “M“ on the mountainside. The third is that the most famous Wild West hero of all time is buried on the same mountain. Of course, the character I am talking about is the one and only Buffalo Bill Cody. I grew up here, and one thing I always looked forward to was our annual Buffalo Bill Days celebration. Sure, every town has its own special festivals, but ours is unique in that it brings

forth a lot of our western history and has a true legend as its focal point. This year promises to bring another terrific weekend of fun to our community, packed with a lot of extra special events.

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of fans and the Highlands Ranch community where she often visits. AnnaSophia Robb, the 19-year-old actress who has starred in major motion pictures like” Soul Surfer,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Bridge to Terabithia” and “Because of Winn-Dixie” now stars in “The Carrie Diaries.” The weekly television show on The CW is based on the popular HBO series “Sex and the City.” In it, Robb plays teenager Carrie Bradshaw in high school in 1984. The Andersens love seeing Robb work — they’ve been on set with her as far away as London — but they love it the most when their granddaughter visits them on the Highlands Ranch campus and spends quality time. As for Robb, well, she’s a huge fan of Wind Crest. Robb grew up in Colorado not far from where her grandparents lived and was in high school when her grandparents moved to Wind Crest. “My grandpa would pick me up from school two times a week, and I’d hang out with them before I went to kickboxing,” she says. She appreciates the pool, the hot tub, going to dinners and brunches on campus, and she wishes they sold the cookies in the marketplace store 24/7. She laughs, “I’d get home from school and miss them,” referring to both the cookies and her grandparents. But the thing Robb says she appreciates most about Wind Crest is how both her grandparents thrive on campus. ”It’s just really convenient. They can go to the gym, join clubs, and my grandpa can work on his trains. They have everything they need and want at their fingertips,” Robb says. The model railroad club is one of the most appealing things about Wind Crest to Jim; his outdoor train set is a memory that warms his granddaughter’s heart, and she’s glad he can continue to do what he is so passionate about. Passionate living runs in the family. While raising her family and helping with her grandchildren, Elly’s lifework has been to give of herself and her time to those she loves. She’s even kept a treasure chest of all the clippings she can find about Robb for the last 10 years, since she began acting in Because of Winn-Dixie. Elly recalls a fond memory from the set. Cicely Tyson had

To begin with , the 2013 Buffalo Bill Days will take place Wednesday, July 24, through Sunday, July 28. It begins with a Shotgun Golf Tournament on Wednesday at the Applewood Golf Course, followed by an awards banquet. Thursday brings us the Golden Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the Buffalo Rose from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. But Friday is when things really kick off for the weekend. The total events of the weekend are too numerous to list in this column, but here are a few of the highlights: Friday through Sunday will feature an arts-and-crafts fair, along with other merchandise for sale, food, beer and bull

forgotten a line, and Robb whispered to the actress, “It’s OK, my grandma forgets things, too.” Elly laughs at what she calls a “sort of backhanded compliment.” “It’s neat to look back and see how little she was,” Elly says of her granddaughter. The whole family knew she would be an actress when she was just 2 years old. She was, according to the Andersens, born for the spotlight and with “the prettiest little face.” Even though their granddaughter lives in New York while working on the show, the Andersens know it won’t be long before they see her again.

The Blue Bonnet moves into middle age

The Blue Bonnet Cafe & Lounge on South Broadway is celebrating its 45th year of the Mobell family ownership this month with steals of deals for diners. It’s been 45 years since Arlene and Phil Mobell purchased the long-standing restaurant at 475 S. Broadway, and the popular Mexican eatery has evolved under current owners, the brother and sister team of Gary and Marci Mobell. Many of the Blue Bonnet’s staff have logged three decades with the restaurant. “My sister Marci and I visit with the tables each and every lunch and dinner that we are here, seven days a week,” Gary said. “We love the interaction with the customers and (value) their opinions. My mom was known for this and we carry on her tradition as she calls daily to check in.” To celebrate the 45th anniversary, the Mobells are offering customers 45-cent bottomless chips and salsa, two happy hour tacos, two happy hour lettuce wraps or Blue Bonnet signature bottled hot sauce for $4.50 each. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit

New sports sheriff on CBS4

Tom Helmer, former sports broadcaster on Root Sports, is moving over to join the CBS4 news team replacing the departing Gary Miller on Friday and Saturday nights, plus filling in elsewhere as needed. Miller is taking on play-by-play radio duties in the fall as the voice of the Colorado State University Rams. For Root Sports, Helmer co-hosted television broadcasts of Colorado Rockies games and covered the University of Denver, University of Colorado and the Colorado High School Activities Association. He’s been recognized for sportscasting with an Associated Press award and two regional Emmys for host of the Rockies postgame report, and host of a franchise segment called “Tom on the Town.” Helmer also previously served as sports anchor for KXTV in Sacramento, Fox 6 in San Diego and as sports director at WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information, go to

10th Castle Rock WineFest returns

Douglas County wine aficionados and anyone in the Castle Rock area on July 20 may want to attend the 10th annual Castle Rock WineFest. The Grand Tasting of Colorado is from 2 to 8 p.m. at The Grange in the Meadows at 3692 Meadows Blvd. More than two dozen wineries and more than 180 varieties of Colorado wine will be a part of the Castle Rock WineFest. The event includes tastings, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, fabulous food trucks, and Denver-based band Waitin’ On Ray will perform. The first 2,000 WineFest attendees will receive a free wine bottle tote and wine glass. For tickets and more information, visit or call the Castle Rock Chamber at 303-688-

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riding in Parfet Park with children’s rides and activities on the east end of the park. Saturday and Sunday will also have free train rides on “Lil” Spike up and down the Clear Creek Trail. Friday night you can catch The Gromet, and Chris Daniels and the Kings on the main stage at the park. On Saturday, there will be a few of the annual favorites, including the pancake breakfast hosted by the Golden Fire Department at the fire station 6-10 a.m., the “Best of the West” parade through Akal continues on Page 19


Bravo for Jasinski

I told you earlier that Jennifer Jasinski, chef-owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall, would be competing in Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters 5” along with Richard Sandoval, the restaurant mogul who oversees operations in Colorado at Tamayo, Zengo, Al Lado and La Sandias as well as Maya in the Westin in Avon. Bravo just announced that viewers will be invited and encouraged to vote weekly for their favorite chef team at www. or by text message to determine which team receives a donation to its designated charity. The total amount that Bravo will donate over the course of the campaign, from July 24 through Sept. 25, will be divided into various amounts each week as designated by the television network. To vote, tune in to “Top Chef Masters” and follow the onair instructions. As chef teams are eliminated from the “Top Chef Masters” competition, they will no longer be eligible to compete in the campaign. You must be 18 or older to submit your vote. Votes must be cast by the authorized account holder of the cell phone from which the vote is made. The limit is 40 votes per person per weekly voting period regardless of the method. Jasinski has chosen Work Options for Women, a wonderful organization that teaches underprivileged women hospitality industry skills, as her designated charity. WOW is holding a premiere party from 7 to 10 p.m. on July 24 at Kuni Lexus Greenwood Village, 5150 S. Quebec. Donations are welcome. RSVP at In addition to Jasinski’s culinary competition, chef Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall also will be participating in an online battle that has already begun. To see Pierce in action, go to

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III married his fiancee, Rebecca Liddicoat (who’s from Denver), July 6 in Denver, according to The Denver Post. Griffin and Liddicoat held their rehearsal dinner at Shanahan’s Steakhouse in Denver. Thirty to 40 guests attended the dinner at Redskins coach (and former Broncos coach) Mike Shanahan’s steakhouse in the Denver Tech Center. Griffin reportedly was seen picking up his wedding tuxedo July 5 at the Men’s Wearhouse in Cherry Creek. Other members of the Redskins organization — Shanahan, his son and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, owner Daniel Snyder, General Manager Bruce Allen, starting right tackle Tyler Polumbus and backup quarterback Kirk Cousins — also were seen in Denver. Also seen around town at the Avett Brothers concert at Red Rocks on July 6: Gov. John Hickenlooper and his estranged wife, Helen Thorpe.


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end warriors, and local riders of the city. Boe said each shop has a little niche in which they excel, ensuring room in the market for all five to survive, and also ensuring a huge variety of bikes and gear for sale to residents. Bicycles are also made in Golden, including some of the most innovative on the market today. Yeti Cycles, makers of some of the fastest, most high-tech and expensive mountain bikes made today, has its headquarters in south Golden. “Any product we make has been tested, tuned and refined on the trails around Golden,” Yeti President Chris Conroy told the Transcript late last year in an interview. In fact, the Yeti office shuts down for an hour every day just so staff can go for a group ride. Just around the corner from Yeti is Spot Brand Bicycles, which proclaims that all its bicycles are “Braincrafted in Golden, Colorado.” The boutique brand specializes in belt-drive bikes, perfect for single-speed mountain bikes (though geared models are available too), as well as stylish commuter/ road models with interior gearing. “We love it here,” Spot President Andrew Lumpkin said. “We love the lifestyle that our employees get to enjoy. We test bikes on the trails and on the roads, and we have both those options right out the door.” Lumpkin, whose father founded Avid Brakes in Lakewood, said the family always wanted to move closer to the mountains for better access to trails. When the family sold Avid and bought Spot, it was a foregone conclusion that they would keep the company in Golden. On a much smaller scale is native Coloradoan Richard Gangl, who handcrafts road and race bikes in his Golden workshop. With custom-fit geometry and personalized paint jobs, Gangl’s bikes take time to build. He currently has a 10-month wait list for new bike construction, according to his website. Last year city of Golden Ward 3 Councilman Bob Vermeulen, seeing the concentration of cycling businesses and being a rider

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nity, which would be cut in half by the changes. The most recent round of negotiations between CDOT and Golden proved successful, however, and in May, the sevenmember City Council approved that agreement, 6-1. Councilor Bob Vermeulen voted against the agreement in May, saying approval of the agreement gave the appearance of approving the entire beltway plan. The July signing represented CDOT’s official acceptance of the Golden plan. Commissioner Marcie Miller said she had been an active opponent of beltway plans for years, but was happy to see the agreement become a reality. “We figured out what would work for our community. That’s what good government is, you find the way through,” Miller said. The agreement sets parameters for “a shared vision” for long-term improvements to the roadways, including setting speed

himself, organized an industry dinner. He said that every time he handed out an invite, he heard about someone else to invite. “I knew about the retailers, I knew about the manufacturers, but I didn’t know about everything else,” including charities, and even a cycling-centric law firm, Vermeulen said. The “Cyclist Law Firm,” led by Megan Hottman, opened up its Golden office in August last year. She said Golden just happened to be where she wanted to live and opening up the firm close to home made sense. “I kind of consider this a cycling mecca, which was one of the reasons we moved here,” Hottman said. Hottman, a professional racer with 10 years competitive experience, said a nice 60-mile morning ride along the classic Lariat Loop helps make her day. And most days include working on personal-injury cases involving cycling accidents, something Hottman said she has special insight into. The Hottman Law Firm does more than just work on cycling cases. The office also sponsors a racing team and offers spinning classes in the winter months. “It’s open to the public; classes are only $5. Bring a bike, and we’ll provide the (stationary riding) trainers. Other cycling-related ventures can be spotted across the city. There is Victory Circle Graphix in north Golden, which helps make the graphics and decals for competitive cycling teams. There’s Steve Stevens and his basement museum of the classic, old-fashioned “big-wheel” bicycles. There are also at least two bicycle-centric charities in town. The Golden Optimists Club helps repair and refurbish old bicycles and then ships them off to impoverished communities around the world, providing free, reliable transportation. Also in the city, and with a similar mission, is the World Bicycle Relief grassroots development office. Vermeulen said the concentration of cycling-centric businesses is a result of Golden’s geographic luck in being so close to high-quality road cycling and mountain bike opportunities. “It all helps, together with everything else Golden has to offer, to make it a desirable place,” Vermeulen said. “Looking to the future, I just see more of it.”

limits, road alignments, landscaping guidelines and sound mitigation for the highway sections through Golden’s city limits. The agreement grants CDOT a plan for long-term improvements to the busy traffic corridor, allowing the department to increase lanes (including adding toll lanes), and remove intersections. In exchange, the city was able to keep speed limits at their current levels, and have many of the new freeway sections lowered beneath grade instead of creating overpasses. Other CDOT concessions included promising to maintain all current lanes as toll-free, providing improved landscaping, soundproofing, and also promising to keep the corridor to two lanes until traffic reaches certain congestion levels. Funding for all of those upgrades remains a challenge. “There are miles to go and a lot of pennies to gather along the way,” cautioned Councilwoman Saoirse Charis-Graves. Still, she said, she was happy to see the “Golden Plan” be officially adopted by CDOT. “This is a great path forward but let’s not stop here, and continue working together,” Hunt said.

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town starting at 10 a.m., and a show called “Cody’s Wild West” re-enacting some of the Wild West shows of the past. That will be at Lions Park ball field 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday’s featured bands will be The Last Flight Out, Strange Radio, JP Harris and the Tough Choices, and Brad Lee Schroeder. Sunday is another fun filled day that will begin with a community worship service,

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expand, upland bird hunters will want to take a look at what Metro Denver Pheasants Forever has planned. A hunter-safety class is set for Aug. 1011; Intro to Shotgun Shooting for the Novice will be staged Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 at Barr Lake State Park. On Oct. 5 at the Kiowa Creek Sporting Clays, members and friends will gather for the annual Fun Shoot. Call 303-915-7170 to register and finalize your plans. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge continues to offer a wide variety of nature education, with both handson and wildlife viewing opportunities. Photo contests, high-quality bass and other warm-water species fishing, working with a specialist in the Visitor Centers Discovery Room, growing a garden that attracts birds, viewing owls and other refuge

followed by the ever popular Muttin Bustin contest for kids. All day long you can see two great car shows happening up and down Washington Ave. The 13th annual Orphan Car Show as well as the 10th annual Classics and Street Rods Car Show. This is also the day the Duck Race is happening. What’s that? Buy a numbered rubber ducky and watch it race down Clear Creek for prizes. For more information about all the activities, visit the Buffalo Bill Days website at or call 303279-3342.

wildlife and a close look at the growing herd of bison are all possibilities for kids, families and seniors. Call 303-289-0930 for information and to register for one or more of these exciting programs. Colorado Trout Unlimited will stage its initial Family Fly Fishing Camp at the Pickle Gulch Campground in Gilpin County Aug. 9-11. TU will be supported by Angling University in this exciting introduction to the fastest growing angling sport. The camp focus will be on kids ages 9-13 in age who are accompanied by a responsible adult. The camp is hosted by TU and AU skilled anglers, and ensures both youth and adults a unique experience to test the fly-fishing trout waters firsthand. Equipment basics, casting, knots, fly selection, trout habitat and water ecology are all topics to be explored and discussed. To gain more information and register for this event, which has a fee, call Jake Lemon at 720-354-2646 Ron Hellbusch may be reached at

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prime location for renovation to become part of the nearby Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design campus. The county had been considering selling the New York Building since at least 2010. In 2012 the county entered into an exchange agreement with Colorado Investment and Development Company. As part of the agreement, the development company would buy the Colfax property and build the replacement facility to county specifications, and then swap the new building for the New York Building. The Board of County Commissioners gave its initial approval to proceed with the exchange agreement, with official approval scheduled to take place at the Aug. 6 public meeting, as a consent item. Schell said that barring any complications, the county’s Planning Commission could approve the new communitycorrections site plan in September. Construction would start in December, and would take 12 to 14 months. The official exchange of properties could then occur in the spring of 2015. The cost of building the new facility is estimated at $12.4 million, while the county would receive $5 million for the sale of the New York Building. The additional $7.4 million in costs is budgeted to come from county bond funds.

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Tips for summer reading progress Summer is a difficult time to have regular family routines. However, including reading every day can help children stay on track with their language and reading skills. For more ways to help children learn see and pod casts “Learning Through the Seasons.”

As your children are learning letters and beginning sounds ask them to identify some on a page occasionally. Ask children questions about the story (who, what, when, where, why and how) to check for comprehension. Read favorite books many times until children can pretend to read the book themselves. Perhaps they can retell some of it. Encourage children to dress up like the characters and act the story out.

Preschool Children

Children need three million words from adults before kindergarten. That seems like a staggering amount unless quiet and active activity times that include talking together are scheduled every day. Taking neighborhood walks or attending a city attraction is a good time to discuss what children are experiencing. Grandparents can help build that vocabulary storehouse by planning interesting visits around town that parents may not be able to arrange. Talk during the visit and print their words

on paper. Perhaps take pictures and make a storybook they can “read.” This helps children get the feel of reading and be praised for it. Library visits are critical during the summer. Bring home a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, and attend library programs. Then sit in a cozy spot, read with good expression and discuss the story. Connect relaxation and resting with reading a book.

Avoid Summer Slide

Once children are in first grade, it is very important to practice reading every day. Children can practice to avoid a summer slide backward that requires reteaching in the fall while others zoom ahead. Summer, after all, is one third as long as a school year. Ten to 20 minutes reading out loud every day makes a difference. Use the rule of five to help choose

books: If your children put a finger on five or more words they don’t know on a typical page, they probably need help reading the book. It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t choose it, just that they will need help and tire easily. Perhaps take turns reading paragraphs. Read at the same time so they mimic your good expression. If they don’t know a word, tell them after giving them time to think. Watch for correct reading of punctuation. Stop and lower pitch at periods marking the end of sentences. Raise pitch at question marks. Pause at commas and sound excited at exclamation marks. Expression helps comprehension. Look for books with reading levels and for chapter books like “ The Magic Tree House” series. Your librarians will help. Keep track of reading minutes and give rewards of special activities or privileges with you.

YOUR WEEK & MORE IN THE COMMUNITY THURSDAY/JULY 18, July 25, Friday/July 19 CONCERT SERIES Bring the whole family to McIlvoy Park, 5750 Upham St. in Olde Town Arvada, for concerts and performances that are part of the Apex Summer Concert Series. Enjoy rock-n-roll of the 60s-80s with The Boomers at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Then kids of all ages can enjoy the fun songs and stories by Beth Epley at 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 19. It is rhythm, blues and funk by Mojomama at 7 p.m., Thursday July 25. Call 303-4259583. FRIDAY AND Saturday/July 19-20 CLASS REUNION Golden High School plans its Class of 1983

30th reunion the weekend of July 19-20. Reunion information and registration can be found at Contact Rex Halbeisen at 303-619-6679 or

FRIDAY AND Saturday/July 19-20

REUNION THE Skyview Class of 1993 will have its 20th reunion July 19-20. Visit or for all the information. FRIDAY TO Sunday/July 19-21 CHURCH BAZAAR Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a national historical Catholic church, plans its 82nd annual bazaar from 5-10 p.m. July 19-21. The fun includes live music, games of chance, bingo, raffles, carnival rides for kids, a cake booth, an Italian country store featuring salami, cheeses, and import items and Italian ceramics. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is at 3549 Navajo St. in the East Highlands neighborhood of Denver. FRIDAY TO Sunday/July 19-21 DANCE FESTIVAL Global Dance Festival, three days to celebrate the fusion of electronic dance music with other genres and showcase the diverse array of talent, returns July 19-21 to Red Rocks. Tickets are on sale now at

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Jefferson Unitarian Church 14350 W. 32nd Ave.

303-279-5282 A Religious Home for the Liberal Spirit Service Times: 9:15am / 11:00am Religious education for all ages. Nursery care provided.

FRIDAY/JULY 19 to Aug. 11 THEATER SHOW The Edge Theatre Company presents “The House of Blue Leaves,” from July 19 to Aug. 11, in its new home at 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays (starting July 25), Fridays and Saturdays, and at 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are available by calling 303-232-0363 or online at SATURDAY/JULY 20 DINOSAUR EXPRESS Colorado railroads helped unearth many

fossils as railroad tracks were laid. Construction crews often exposed these unusual and fascinating bones as they were digging and laying railroad ties. Trains were then used to transport these ‘stone bones’ to museums around Colorado and throughout the United States. Ride and discover the Dinosaur Express train from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Visit or call 303-279-4591.

SATURDAY AND Sunday/July 20-21 BEER TASTING The Center for the Arts Evergreen expands the scope of Summerfest to include a beer-tasting event called Palette of Brews, which will feature 15 Colorado microbreweries. Summerfest is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, at Buchanan Park athletic fields. Visit www. No smoking or pets are allowed. Call 303-6740056 for more information. MONDAY/JULY 22, July 29 DOG TRAINING Training With Grace dog training center offers free talks from 7-8 p.m. Mondays at 9100 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood. The July 22 talk is titled “What are you chewing on?!” Learn to pick out appropriate chew toys and treats for even the most voracious chewers, and how to teach your dog to make good choices when faced with a leather shoe or a dog toy. On July 29, the talk is title “Ding Dong!” In this talk, we will focus on door manners and greetings, sitting politely for petting, management and training. TUESDAY/JULY 23 LIFETREE CAFÉ Ways that religion is sometimes harmful will

be explored at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, “Toxic Faith: When Religion Hurts,” features a filmed interview with Sam Brower, the private investigator who cracked open the case that led to the arrest of Warren Jeffs, the leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints. Admission is free; snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehousetype setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or

WEDNESDAY/JULY 24 MEETING THE Ralston Road Recreation Center meeting is at 6

p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Arvada Community Food Bank, 8555 W. 57th Ave. We will review the results of our five-week survey of local recreational needs for the neighborhoods that were previously served by the Fisher Pool and the old ice skating rink at Ralston Road and Garrison Street. City officials will join us in an informal discussion on what is likely to happen next with this proposal. The free meeting is sponsored by the City of Arvada and the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community. For information, contact John Kiljan, 303-423-9875 or jpkiljan@

COMING SOON COMING SOON/JULY 26 GOLF TOURNAMENT The fifth annual St. Joan of Arc Golf 4 Life tournament is Friday, July 26, at Hyland Hills Golf Course, 9650 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster. Call 303-279-3003. The event includes the tournament, lunch and an auction. Proceeds benefit pro-life programs in Arvada and Denver, and St. Joan of Arc capital projects. COMING SOON/JULY 26 KIDS NIGHT Evergreen Park & Recreation District will have its second kids’ night out from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 26, giving

parents an opportunity to drop off their children ages 5-12 for an evening of pizza, games and gymnastics at Wulf Recreation Center, 5300 S. Olive Road, Evergreen. Space is limited. Sign up by Monday, July 22, at The district will offer another kids’ night out on Aug. 9. Call Shana Peterson, 720880-1227 or email Visit

COMING SOON/JULY 26-28 CAMP COMFORT Dates for Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice’s two 2013 Camp Comfort sessions are June 28-30 and July 26-28. This award-winning bereavement camp, located in the Rocky Mountains just west of Denver, is a way for children ages 6-12 to explore their feelings of grief and share memories of their loved ones. Over a thousand children have attended Camp Comfort since its establishment in 1995. During this extraordinary weekend, children learn ways to cope with their grief through workshops led by licensed social workers and trained bereavement professionals. A volunteer “buddy” system (with no more than two children to one adult) ensures that children receive plenty of personal, one-on-one attention. And, while children are encouraged to share memories and express their grief, Camp Comfort offers fun, too. The daily itinerary includes plenty of opportunities for recreation including swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts, fishing, and hiking. The cost to attend Camp Comfort, including all workshops, recreation, meals, snacks, and overnight accommodations, is $150. Scholarships are available based on financial need. For more information, or to receive a brochure, visit the Camp Comfort website at or call Mt. Evans at 303-674-6400. COMING SOON/JULY 26 to Sept. 1 PLAYHOUSE SHOW Miners Alley Playhouse presents “Wonder of the World” from July 26 to Sept. 1. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday, with a 2 p.m. show on Sept. 1. Tickets are available by calling 303-935-3044 or going online to Miners Alley Playhouse is at 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. COMING SOON/JULY 27 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS People with disabilities, along with their families and support providers, are invited to an emergency preparedness training day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. Lunch will be provided. Training will include family and home preparedness, CPR, fire safety, first aid and more. Participants will leave with a basic survival kit, a family and friends CPR trainer and more. To register, contact Stephanie Hackett at or 303-6552316. COMING SOON/JULY 27 5K WALK Arvada Walks for Kids presented by Arvada Jefferson

Kiwanis is Saturday, July 27. The 5K Family Walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Lake Arbor Park/Lake, 6400 Pomona Drive. Register by July 15 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Refreshments provided. Activities at the event include a fire department display, Jungle Mobile for kids, and community booths. Visit

COMING SOON/JULY 28 SYMPHONY CONCERT Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform July 28 with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit More information about Rodrigo y Gabriela is available at COMING SOON/JULY 28 to Oct. 26 QUILT SHOW Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1213 Washington Ave., Golden, presents “Material Witnesses: New Work from the Manhattan Quilters Guild” from July 28 to Oct. 26. An opening reception is from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Call 303-277-0377.

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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 arvadarunningclub@gmail. com or

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Vanderhoof Elementary School is accepting registrations for incoming kindergarten. Students must be 5 years old by Oct. 1, 2013, in order to register for kindergarten. Vanderhoof has both a traditional half-day program and a tuition-based full day program. The school is at 5875 Routt Court, Arvada, and registration hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Go online to and follow the prompts for registration information on Jeffco Connect. If you live outside our attendance area, you will need to fill out a choice enrollment application. Choice enrollments are accepted on a space available basis. If you have any questions or would like additional information, call the Vanderhoof office at 303-982-2744.

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Speedway rooted in Colorado soil Family business in 55th year of drag racing

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By Jim Benton John Bandimere Sr. built the Safety Proving Grounds of America in 1958 after he purchased 180 acres of land for $13,500. His plan was to provide a place for young men and women to drag race and learn about automobiles. John Bandimere Sr. died in 1986, but his proving grounds, now named Bandimere Speedway are celebrating their 55th year of drag racing. The track, located along the Hogback near Morrison, will host its biggest event of the season, the Mopar Mile High Nationals, July 19-21. “I’m a Wheat Ridge kid,” said John Bandimere Jr. “I’m a Wheat Ridge Farmer. I graduated from high school in 1956. I raced on the street, and so did a lot of kids. My dad wanted a place for us to be away from all the dangers. “I first came out after Dad bought the property and was moving dirt. Rooney Road was a dirt road. Actually Alameda wasn’t totally paved. The way you came in was off Colfax.” Bandimere Jr. took an active role in track operations in the mid-1970s and tried to find a national event to host because the track was not making money. In 1977 the track, nicknamed Thunder Mountain, hosted the NHRA Sports Nationals, and the next year the NHRA Mile High Nationals was the first race with professional categories to compete at Bandimere. “In 1987 the president of the NHRA at that time, Dallas Gardner, came to me after the event and said, `You need to do something because we can’t come back here,’” recalled Bandimere. “The reason was, we were putting 100 matches in a matchbox that maybe held 50. That sort of thing. “I said to Dallas, `I have one question. If we spend the money and we bring this facility up to stature, will you give us a sabbatical where we could have a year off and then come back?’ He said, `Absolutely.’” Bandimere Speedway overcame financial difficulties and underwent a $4.2 million renovation in 1988. “Highway 470 started being built in September 1987,” said Bandimere. “So what happened, we needed to move a lot of dirt. We were on the side of a mountain and needed to flatten things out. I went to the (Jefferson) county and in those days got a permit for $15. They asked me what we were going to do, and I said we had to move a little bit of dirt. They didn’t ask me how much. They wanted their $15. “They were building the highway, and we were moving all this dirt. We moved almost 4 million yards of dirt. While we were moving all the dirt, the public thought the highway was being built.”

What: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing When: July 19-21 Where: Bandimere Speedway, 3051 S. Rooney Road, Morrison (off Morrison Road and C-470) tickets and information:

John Bandimere Jr. is shown recently at Bandimere Speedway’s downhill staging area. Photo by Jim Benton The track renovation, however, was redflagged. “The day came when they were ready to dedicate the bridge on Morrison Road,” continued Bandimere. “They were all there with dignitaries, and I’ve got tractors going up and down the hill. They came over that day and red-tagged it. I said we were moving some dirt and rebuilding our facility. I thought that was probably going to be the end of the rebuilding. “The county realized this was a needed thing and went along with us, took the red flags off and we had to meet a few rules. The track is in the exact same place. What we changed was all the parking, the pit area, building of the tower and the Eliminator Club.” After the track facelift, Mopar came on as the sponsor of the Mile High Nationals. “They have been our sponsor for this event from that day until now,” Bandimere

said of the 25-year partnership with parts, service and customercare branches within Chrysler Group LLC. “It’s been among the longest-running sponsorships in racing history. They redid the contract a year ago for three more years.” In 2008, an all-concrete racing surface was installed, with a cooling system under each lane to circulate chilled water in an area 20 feet wide, extending from 40 feet behind the staging beams to 120 feet after it. The system reduces the track temperature between 15 and 20 degrees. A trans-lux scoreboard was installed in 2009, and a timing system with fiber optic lines has also been added to the track. “This is one of the only tracks that has a downhill for staging and an uphill to shutoff,” Bandimere pointed out. “That’s what my dad really, really wanted. There are a lot of tracks around the country that you have to go uphill to get to the staging. You have to

start and stop, and many times they get up there ready to make a run and their battery is dead because these cars don’t run generators. ” Bandimere, 75, admits he almost sold the track several years ago, when he considered joining a group that was pondering building a NASCAR track with a drag strip in Aurora. Several factors were involved in rejecting that project. More than 125 events, including the Mile High Nationals, are held at Bandimere Speedway each season to help keep the track profitable. Bandimere says 2008 set a standard for the track. “That particular year was the best year the facility has had,” he said. “Everything — the weather and events — worked out really good that year. We’ve never been able to hit that same standard. We always kind of look at things and say, `How does it compare to 2008?’ “There are not many facilities in the country like this that make any money. The reason they don’t in most cases is that they are not willing to pay the price. We develop relationships. God has blessed us. We are not at 2008 this year, but we’re way ahead of last year. We’re happy with that.” Bandimere has plans for the track his dad built. “I have no interest in leaving at this point,” he said. “We have a lot of things on our plate, but what we really want to do is get water and sewer onto the property. For 55 years we’ve run this facility with port-a-pots, and actually, with this type of race, even if we had water, we would use a lot of port-a-lets. The reason is because it is so spread out. “I want to make changes. I want to build some new buildings. I want to build better concessions, hopefully by next year.” Two sessions of professional preliminaries of this year’s Mile High Nationals, set for 5:15 and 7:15 p.m., will be held Friday, July 19. Two more qualifying runs will be held at 1:45 and 4:45 p.m. Saturday, July 20, with the final eliminations set to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 21. Defending Mile High pro winners are Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Drivers have bond with track family Bandimeres inspire loyalty among drag-race crowd By Jim Benton Ask most drivers competing in the Mopar Mile High Nationals about coming to Bandimere Speedway, and the comments start with changes that have to be made to the cars because of the elevation. However, most of the remarks eventually mention the Bandimere family, which has owned the track for 55 years. “For starters, we just love the Bandimere family,” said Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin, who has formed a two-car team with Allen Johnson and Mopar this season. “ First and foremost, the Bandimere family has owned and operated the facility for over 50 years, and

they have always done a fantastic job, not only for the racers but fans. “The facility is first-rate and the only facility on the tour that has a radiant cooling system integrated with the starting-line system to keep the temperatures down on the starting line at the surface. That was a big investment the Bandimeres made. When we are here in July, and it is 100 degrees and the track gets to 150 degrees, now they are able to moderate that.” Coughlin admits that Bandimere’s beauty offsets the work on changes that have to be made to the car. The track is 5,800 feet above sea level. “We have to make a lot of changes to come to Bandimere,” he said. “I can quickly tell you, we don’t change the driver or the paint on the Drivers continues on Page 23

Pro stock cars pull into the staging lanes at last year’s Mile HIgh National Drag Races at Bandimere Speedway. This year’s Mile HIgh Nationals will be held at the track in Morrison starting on July 19. File photo

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Racing isn’t only priority for Schumacher Record-setting driver frequently visits troops By Scott Stocker

Special to Colorado Community Media

There is little doubt that Tony Schumacher, a Top Fuel dragster driver, knows his way up the drag strip. Yet while drag racing is a passion for the 44-year-old, eight-time National Hot Rod Association champion, so is devotion to his main sponsor, the Army. In a way, one might say Schumacher spends more time with the visiting troops at the facilities than he does heading up the speedways. After all, he has established several records at the various tracks and currently holds the top E.T. time at 3.736 seconds. A possible eight trips of the track at the various speedways, if he goes all the way to the finals, could be accomplished somewhere in the neighborhood of 32 secet uponds. ttery OK, Schumacher does spend a lot of nera-time with his crew, making sure his dragster is ready for its quick trips. But here is a drivd theer who also has a passion for making sure deredthat the troops he visits, overseas and back ldinghome in the U.S., are well taken care of. rora. Schumacher will put his dragster on the cting

Tony Schumacher smokes the tires as he prepares to pilot his top fuel dragster down the course during a National Hot Rod Association race. Courtesy photo starting line in the Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway this weekend. The event is the first of the National Hot Rod Associations Western Swing, followed by the Sonoma Nationals in California. July 26-28, and the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals in Seattle, Aug. 2-4.

“I haven’t been over to Afghanistan or other combat areas nearly enough,” said Schumacher, who has three wins this season. “Mostly now I go to the bases here in the U.S. They are leaving and coming back, and I can see more people. When you get off to Afghanistan or Iraq — there are a lot

of countries that we’ve got a lot of troops in — you really don’t get to see that many of them.” Schumacher also knows that he, like the troops he visits, could come under fire at any moment in his overseas journeys. Yet, it doesn’t matter which service or when the men and women in the military served, his team welcomes them all to his site at the tracks or in the field. “It’s nice, they are off doing their jobs, and it’s great when the present soldiers come home,” Schumacher said. “It’s just fantastic. Our soldiers come back as heroes. It’s a big trip, overseas, something you plan for a while. You are stuck in small places. You are in some areas where it’s pretty intense and pretty unique.” In Schumacher’s last race, he carried the medals of a Vietnam veteran — his Purple Heart and Silver Star. “I got beat, but at least I got to carry his medals,” Schumacher said. “To be able to carry a medal, something that men have earned under harsh conditions, is a blessing. If there is anyone in the world that deserves to come into our pits, it’s a veteran from any war. They have served our counRacing continues on Page 24

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inarContinued from Page 22 et for , July eld atoutside of the car. Everything else we manipuh thelate. The mountain here is unbelievable. Just Sun-looking around, you do a 360 on your feet. I’d be lying to say we don’t sneak out once every e An-winter to visit Vail. We really enjoy the area.” Fun- John Force, a 15-time Funny Car chamEddiepion, has been a regular at the Mile High Nationals. “First time I came over that mountain, it was snowing,” said Force. “I knew without a race I wouldn’t have any money to pay the hotel rooms. Now that’s changed. I remember being there with my dad — he’s passed now — and John Bandimere, he was a kid like me. His and my dad sat on the hill and talked about their two crazy kids, one trying to run a

15 NHRA Funny Car championships. “I thought I could be a champion playing football,” said Force, who was born in Bell Garden, Calif., in 1949. “We lost 27 games, nine a year when I was a quarterback in my high school. I also had polio as a kid, and I was hampered a little bit. I was never going to college to be a great player, but I have always believed in myself. I’ve got a race car to do the running for me.” Force, along with three members of his family — daughters Courtney and Brittany, and son-in-law Robert Hight — will be on drag strip at Bandimere Speedway for the Mopar Mile High Nationals July 19-21. Force, who had his last Bandimere victory on the side of the mountain in 2011, has always had a warm feeling in his heart for the Bandimere family. “The first time I came over the mountain it was snowing,” said Force, who finished 23rd in points in his inaugural season. “I knew without a race I wouldn’t have any

money to pay the hotel rooms. Now, that has changed, as I have my major sponsors like Auto Club, Castrol, Ford, Brand Source and Freightliner. I’m really a fortunate guy.” Force, who reached his first final racing round in 1979, was the first drag racer to be named the Driver of the Year among all racing classifications, an honor that came in 1996. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame last year, and now reigns as the oldest champion in any of the major racing disciplines. Force, who won his first career victory at Montreal in 1987, has three finals under his belt this season, including a win at Bristol. He currently stands fifth in points in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. And he certainly has some historical memories. One, of course, would be his first victory in the U.S., when he won at Columbus in 1988. Now it’s on to the Western Swing, definitely a challenge for all drivers and their

teams. The first stop is the Mile Highs at Bandimere, followed by the Sonoma Nationals in California, July 26-28, and the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals in Seattle, Aug. 2-4. There is little doubt Force wouldn’t mind finding a way to come through with another sweep on the Swing, which he accomplished in 1994. Yet, if he doesn’t, he wouldn’t mind if any of the family members come through for victories. “I’ve been on the road for six, seven weeks,” Force said. “I’m back in Indianapolis and I can’t get home. It was my daughter Brittany’s birthday and my wife’s (Laurel) birthday. They celebrated yesterday (July 9). I sent flowers, but I have to stay and get the racing work done. “I like the races (the Western Swing) three in a row because you get in a groove mentally,” Force said. “We’re a team, a family, like all the others in the NHRA, and we do what we have to do.”

racetrack, one trying to drive a race car. Neither one of us had a clue. I would look at my daughters, playing on the side of the hill in the dirt, running around there, playing at the racetrack. “There were bad times when I crashed, there are good times when I won. I love going back. It’s a beautiful facility. The fans open their arms to us. The media is great. It’s really a tough deal on that mountain. There was one year there I ran top speed, I was faster than the dragsters. That doesn’t happen very often. For a few moments we were up there with our big brother. It was a great feeling. A lot of those dragster guys were telling me that was pretty cool. Never done it since, but we keep trying. “ Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Mopar, lauded the Chrysler Group’s relationship with Bandimere Speedway. “We are very proud of our longstanding relationship with the Bandimere family, their wonderful facility and the passionate fans that

attend the Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals every year,” said Gorlier. “Since 1989, this historic track has become our home away from home because of a common passion for this family-oriented sport, grassroots racing and commitment to sportsmen. Through thick and thin over the past 25 years, the Bandimere family, their track and this annual national NHRA event have become an integral and valued part of our Mopar racing tradition.” Gary Scelzi, nicknamed the Wild Thing, drove for 12 years on the NHRA circuit and will be this year’s grand marshal. He retired at the conclusion of the 2008 season, driving a Mopar Hemi-powered Funny Car. He earned one win at Bandimere in 2006. “I’m humbled and excited to be asked by Mopar to serve as grand marshal and be part of such an amazing event once again,” said Scelzi. “There are only a few NHRA nationals that have prestige and meaning, and where winning really means some-

thing extra special. I’d put the Mopar Mile High Nationals amongst the Gatornationals and Englishtown. It’s special not just because it has been around forever and is extremely difficult and challenging, but also because of the Bandimere family. “They go out of their way to make everyone, from the fans to the competitors, feel at home. They think of everything and make you really feel like you are part of their family and their home. My history at Bandimere was actually quite horrible. I don’t think I made it out of the first round much, but I just loved coming here regardless. It was a huge challenge on track, but it was always about family and fun, and was always an event, a party everyone looked forward to. When I did finally win with Mopar in 2006, it just had so much meaning, and to be invited back to celebrate their 25 years with the Bandimere family is really exciting.”









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The Courage Classic is an event for all ages and all abilities. Photo by Courage Classic

2,000 plus riders out for Children’s Hospital Colorado Premier cycling and fundraising event run by 400 volunteers By Daniel Williams SUMMIT COUNTY — Courage for the kids. That is what 2,000 riders and 400 volunteers are showing as they prepare for the 24th annual Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Courage Classic bike tour. The Courage Classic is one of the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s leading fundraisers for hospital needs. The Classic starts Saturday in Copper Mountain and — 155 miles later — ends Monday back in Copper Mountain after stops in Summit, Eagle and Lake counties. In addition, this year’s route includes family-friendly options, making it an event for all ages and ability levels. “A lot of people are riding this event for a lot of different reasons. It is very personal for a lot a people who participate,” Chil-

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try.” Schumacher also welcomes young people to his tents over the course of the season. On Fridays, his crew invites kids from the high schools, colleges and vocational schools to the racetrack, giving them free tickets to get in. “We give them a little speech — I’m not saying you got to join the Army,” Schumacher said. “I’m a race car driver. I do say, `Be a part of the team.’ Figure out what you want to do, find people that are similar that want to do that job and get yourself around

dren’s Hospital Colorado Foundation communications manager Monique Bronner said. Last year the event raised more than $2 million. During the event’s 24 years, more than $28 million has been raised for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Those who cannot ride may donate via until Aug. 31. Children’s Hospital Colorado, the regions only nonprofit children’s hospital, treated more than 180,000 patients in 2012. According to its press release, the Children’s Hospital Colorado once again has been ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Funds raised through the Courage Classic help Children’s Hospital Colorado achieve its mission to improve the health of children in the region through high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy. In addition, a portion of the fundraising will go to the hospital’s sports program that says it helps children with disabilities snowboard, ski, cycle and fish.

the right group of people. I drive the Army car, but every branch is necessary and incredible.” And, there is little doubt Schumacher has served the racing community well, along with his racing team. He set his first world record at Brainerd, Minn., in 2005 at 337.58 mph, and over the course of his career, he has 72 wins. He won 15 events in 2008, including seven in a row out of his 18 final rounds. Schumacher won his first title in 1999 and has won eight overall. This includes seven in a row from 2004 to 2009. He also was the first driver to go the quarter mile at more than 330 mph. While Schumacher is quick up the track, it’s nice to know he will always take time to talk with soldiers and his fans.

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