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Republican candidates for Douglas County District 1 commissioner Q&A with Diane Holbert

Q&A with Abe Laydon

City or town of residence: Parker, 15 years Profession: Current Douglas County commissioner Related elected-office or public-service experience: Douglas County commissioner, Douglas County treasurer, precinct leader and Republican volunteer of 15 years.

City or town of residence: Lone Tree, five years; Douglas County, 14 years Profession: A 15-year land-use and business attorney, he is a senior partner at Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC. Related elected-office or public-service experience: Second term as a Douglas County planning commissioner; former Douglas County Republican Party treasurer and first vice-chairman; as a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, he has also served as an officer and board member of multiple local nonprofits.

Why are you seeking this office? On April 9, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee selected me to fill the position of commissioner vacated by David Weaver, who was nominated by President Trump to be U.S. MarHolbert shal for Colorado. Fellow Republicans know I am a trusted conservative running to serve the people of Douglas County. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? A seven-year track record as county treasurer during which I saved taxpayers approximately $2.8 million, eliminated a tax and worked with the board of county commissioners to reduce the overall tax burden on businesses. I am accountable and transparent to constituents and championed an award-winning website that makes every dollar visible to taxpayers. Working with our partners in the community, both municipal and private, requires a commissioner who is professional and trusted. I have developed those crucial relationships throughout my career. My background in economics, treasury and cash flow management uniquely qualifies me to watch

the bottom line. What would your top two priorities be if elected? Governance. Every decision made from zoning and land-use to senior services needs to be made incorporating the all-encompassing question: Is this is the role of government? If government is not the answer, then I will keep it out of your business. Responsible growth. Growth brings vibrancy and opportunity to our community along with challenges to infrastructure and roads. I will continue the work already started with my fellow commissioners to ensure that our citizens can rely on safe and navigable roads by developing a comprehensive transportation master plan and continuing to provide mobile tools such as traffic alerts using Waze.

Why are you seeking this office? I have a huge heart to serve and want to leave Douglas County a better place for my children. In the same vein as my core belief from John 15:13, I see this role as a perfect way to offer up my life to my community and truly make a difference.

Laydon What makes you the most qualified person for the position? My combination of public service and private-sector experience makes me the most qualified and experienced candidate. In fact, I’m the only candidate in the race with land-use experience, when most of the county residents’ number one concern is growth and overdevelopment. During my tenure on the planning commission I have heard many challenging cases including Franktown Village, Sterling Ranch, Rueter-Hess Reservoir and much more. These cases contained detailed testimony on water, utility, transportation, metro district financing, land-use and property-rights issues. Through all of this, I have been an advocate and voice for the citizens of the county.

What else should the voters know about you? A vote for Diane Holbert is a vote for an independent thinker who will listen to constituents and not shy away from tough decisions. My decisions will be based on principles of limited government and upholding our constitution. I will represent you and I respectfully ask for your vote.

What would your top two priorities be if elected? My top two priorities are in response

to Douglas County residents’ concerns: growth and traffic. As a planning commissioner, I have consistently voted to support our citizens and communities against irresponsible growth and development. I will make sure that we always have amazing communities that are beautifully built, where citizens are included in the process. I am committed to protecting the true character of all of our neighborhoods. That means no development without water and adequate roads, no development that changes the fundamental character of our communities and no development that harms the quality of life in Douglas County. What else should the voters know about you? I’m a fifth-generation Coloradan from humble beginnings. I’m a watchdog, not a rubber stamp for special interests. I don’t have any conflicts of interest, taxpayers come first. I have no relatives employed by the county or in elected office already governing you. I also won’t take a single cent from developers or the marijuana lobby. As a non-politician with practical, real world experience, I am the people’s choice, not the politician’s choice.

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Republican candidates for Douglas County clerk and recorder Q&A with Bob Kennedy

Q&A with Merlin Klotz

City or town of residence: Parker, 24 years Profession: Learning and development Related elected-office or public-service experience: State chairman for a Republican presidential candidate in 2016. Started out 14 years ago as a GOP assembly delegate, became a precinct leader, then a district captain. As district captain, served on and chaired several Douglas County Republican committees. Have been highly active in a number of candidate campaigns at the county and state level.

City or town of residence: Parker, since 2007 Profession: I passed the CPA exam in 1977 and spent my career in more than a dozen startup and rapid-growth situations ranging from construction to oil and gas production. I retired from the Denver Post, where I had been controller for the production plants, in 2008. Related elected-office or public-service experience: I was part of the initial effort to form Centennial in the 1980s and have been active in Parker Water and Sanitation District since 2008, becoming a board member in 2012. I was elected to serve as Douglas County clerk and recorder in 2014.

What would your top two priorities be if elected? My first priority will be to improve the quality of service of our motor vehicle registration department. Based on last year’s citizen survey, only 44 percent of citizens said they were very satisfied with that department’s performance. That has to change. My second priority will be technology upgrades. Technologically, Douglas County’s Clerk and Recorder’s office is 7-10 years behind other counties, such as Arapahoe and El Paso counties. Instead of constantly trying to catch up, we need to get ahead of changes in technology. Block chain voting is one of several examples that are coming faster than most residents and county employees realize.

Why are you seeking this office? I have always had a high degree of respect and admiration for previous Douglas County clerk and recorders. I want to restore the high level of service, professionalism and leadership to the office that Douglas County residents have become accustomed to in the past. Kennedy What makes you the most qualified person for the position? How county residents interact with government is evolving. Residents want government services that make their lives easier, that are more efficient, and that utilize the advances in technology they’re used to in other areas of their life. Partnered with good people skills, I have the leadership and advanced technology acumen to bring next generation solutions to local government. Some areas include using a phone app to easily renew license plates, making county records fully accessible through a cloud-based database, and exploring the feasibility and security of electronic block-chain voting. I bring high-level innovation to the office that my opponent doesn’t have.


What else should the voters know about you? I am a fiscal conservative. Since 2013, Douglas County’s population has grown 8.5 percent while the clerk and recorder’s office budget and size has unbelievably increased by 30 percent. As a budget hawk, I believe we need to bring the annual spending and size of the clerk’s office back to sensible levels.

Why are you seeking this office? I’m seeking re-election to continue the culture of customer service, innovation, technology and internal controls we have built during my first term. What makes you the most qualified Klotz person for the position? When I took office in 2015 Douglas population was 308,000. Today it is 346,000 and by the end of my second term at this growth rate it will be 420,000, a 32 percent growth. My experience in finding efficiencies and adjusting operations commensurate with growth, as I did during my first term, becomes even more important the next four years as the easy solutions have already been accomplished. The underlying challenge is that all base technology is controlled by the Department of Revenue, Secretary of State of U.S. State Department, so relationships and legislation are often required to effect change.

What would your top two priorities be if elected? My first objective is to address issues of space constraints and parking that today impact the clerk office’s ability to serve customers promptly. This will require a joint effort of facilities, the commissioners and the clerk. My second objective is to improve service to seniors and our handicapped population. Access to the Wilcox building is marginally ADA compliant. And, legislation may be required to allow mobile ID services in the Driver License division. What else should the voters know about you? My MO has always been conceptualizing, planning and executing large and difficult projects. This requires an understanding of finance, budgets, business plans, law, construction, etc. But more than that it requires relationships and the willingness, fortitude and perseverance to change law, or take legal action to achieve the end.


Abe Laydon for Republican Commissioner. Ballots due on Tuesday, June 26.

What Sets Abe Apart?

MOST QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED 15-year business and land use attorney Two-term Douglas County Planning Commissioner Former Republican Party Treasurer and Vice Chairman

NO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST TAXPAYERS COME FIRST No relatives employed by the county or in elected office Not a politician who will use dirty campaign tricks to get ahead Won't take money from developers or the marijuana industry

THE RIGHT PRIORITIES Traffic solutions now, not empty promises Responsible growth and development, not a rubber stamp for developers Fiscal accountability, protecting your hardearned tax dollars

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Republican candidates for Douglas County treasurer Q&A with Dave Gill

Q&A with Bob Muni

City or town of residence: The outskirts of Sedalia, 33 years. Profession: Commercial mortgage banker, residential mortgage lender, auditor, photographer. Related elected-office or public-service experience: Former Chairman of the Douglas County Planning Commission, Republican District captain and precinct committeeman.

City or town of residence: Highlands Ranch, five years and nine months Profession: Senior Loan Officer, Mortgage Lender Related elected-office or public-service experience: Appointed by three Republican governors as chairman of the board of trustees for statewide school district overseeing a government budget of over $120 million. Member of Denver Senior Coalition, Financial Services Professionals, National Association of Realtors, Colorado Association of Realtors, South Metro Denver Realtor Association. Board member for nonprofits working with Head Start graduates and at-risk youth. Board member, Hope Online Learning Academy.

Why are you seeking this office? I’ve been active in our county for 30 years and desire to continue to contribute to keeping it the best county in Colorado to live. I’ve been able to contribute to help shape its quality of life and desire to continue serving the citizens of Douglas County. Gill What makes you the most qualified person for the position? My many years of experience in the financial industry, including successfully running my own company, gave me a familiarity with bonds, the primary investment that statute allows. I was recruited and trained as an auditor by a $20 billion thrift and also audited at the RTC, where I was entrusted with auditing the largest contracts and sensitive special assignments. This experience is critical to safeguarding the tax money entrusted to the treasurer. I have experience managing a staff roughly four times the size of the treasurer’s office and being responsible for a budget equal to the treasurer’s.

What would your top two priorities be if elected? My top priority would be to safeguard the assets entrusted to the treasurer’s office with experience, diligence, and integrity while maintaining liquidity and achieving the best yield consistent with statute, county investment policy and safety. My second priority is to maintain a lean and efficient office that provides high quality service to the citizens of Douglas County. I’ve managed staffs of up to 36 and have learned how to manage to achieve this goal. What else should the voters know about you? I’m a conservative with a 30-year track record in our county that demonstrates that I can and will work diligently and to provide high-quality service while maintaining a tight budget. I’ve been married to my wife, Anne, for 46 years and attend the Rock Church in Castle Rock.

Why are you seeking this office? I have a heart to serve, the skillset to lead and the drive to accomplish what needs to be done in this capacity. I am experienced and want to use my expertise to maintain the integrity of this office while protecting your assets. Good stewardship is my top priority.

Muni What makes you the most qualified person for the position? My experience is perfectly suited to the duties of treasurer. I am familiar with large government budgets. As a pastor, missionary and serving on nonprofit boards, I have honed the skills to stretch dollars, find savings and achieve a high level of stewardship protecting other people’s money. I successfully managed the mortgage department of a community bank, increasing my knowledge of banking and finance. I have spent the last 26 years managing money and people as a lender and realtor. I have managed staffs up to 32, overseen corporate and government audits and financial reporting for non-profit organizations.

What would your top two priorities be if elected? My top two priorities as treasurer are to serve the best interests of the citizens by ensuring tax dollars are invested wisely and remaining vigilant in fighting waste, fraud and abuse. I will strive to maximize efficiencies to save and stretch tax dollars. The Douglas County treasurer’s office will be transparent and accountable to all the citizens in Douglas County. What else should the voters know about you? I have been married for 41 years, have five grown married children and seven grandchildren. We attend Cherry Hills Community Church, serving on the Alpha Team. We homeschooled all our children and led the efforts to change the laws thereby legalizing home education. Our family spent five years as missionaries in New Zealand planting a church. I have strived to benefit others in whatever I have done, from vocational ministry, to serving on many boards, to helping people in the largest financial transaction of their lives as a realtor and lender.

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Sterling Ranch landscape design protects water, saves residents money When it comes to the soil and everything that grows and blooms in the Sterling Ranch master-planned community, great thought and care went into protecting water resources and saving its future residents money. In 2011, five years before construction started, Sterling Ranch visionaries began studying the soil, native plants and water conversation best practices across the landscape industry. These studies came through a partnership with the native land experts at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Larry Vickerman, director of Chatfield Farms for Denver Botanic Gardens, said the partnership has far exceeded his expectations, as the dedication from Sterling Ranch developers to not only protect, but add value to the land is truly a “template” for other Colorado housing developers to follow. “When it comes to saying they want to protect water, Sterling Ranch not only talks the talk, but they walk the walk,” he said. “That’s what has impressed me the most as we’ve continued working with them.” Harold Smethills, founder of the growing community in Douglas County south of Littleton, said Sterling Ranch made a serious commitment to water sustainability from the very beginning. “We are doing good, we are saving water and we are saving residents on water costs,” he said. “More and more communities are integrating water sustainability into land-use plans, and we hope to continue to inspire others.” It all began with studying the soil of the land, Smethills explained. Choosing an expert from Chatfield Farms was the logical choice because they are located near the development and have the most knowledge of what is sustainable in the particular

Five years before construction started at Sterling Ranch, developers teamed up with the Denver Botanic Gardens to create a test garden for the studying of plant life on the building site. This effort ultimately rendered a list of 150 different plant varieties that are approved for use in the community as a result of their fit with the site’s climate and soil conditions. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

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our residents in implementing with the help of instructional classes and inspecitions aimed at ensuring landscape success for the benefit of the whole community.” Taking into consideration quality of life issues, Smethills said they also focused on plants and concepts that would be bird friendly. Eventually, the study rendered a list of more than 150 plant variations that are not only planted in the common areas and roundabouts surrounding the development, but also are set as established guidelines for Sterling Ranch residents to use in designing their own yard landscapes. “To have these principles Sterling Ranch developed in a test garden, and have them carried into individual lots is incredible,” Vickerman said. “This approach is truly a selling point for home buyers. Today’s homeowners want to protect water supplies, they want native plants, and they are more environmentally aware.”

As Sterling Ranch continues to grow over the next 20 years, it is estimated that the development’s homes will use a third less water than Douglas County historically has required used. Spring’s Showers Make Way for Summer’s Flowers The Sterling Ranch community is aiming even higher, as it is also currently undergoing a rainwater harvesting pilot project. This project, the first of its kind in Colorado at a community scale, is slated to even further supply the water needed to grow the site’s landscape vision, ultimately providing 40 percent of the public landscape’s irrigation supply. The Sterling Ranch Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There you can learn more about the community’s amenities and find a map to help you and your family visit the 21 model homes currently on the site.

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Democratic candidates for governor Q&A with Mike Johnston

City or town of residence: Denver, for 15 years. Related elected-office or public-service experience: Eight years as a public-school teacher and principal, seven years as a state senator for District 33. Why are you seeking this office? minds of voters is education. And so, as governor, I would I’ve spent my career solving the toughest problems in the toughest quickly work to repeal the worst parts of TABOR (Taxpayer’s places, from teaching in rural Mississippi to taking on the National Bill of Rights) so we can fund our schools, pay our teachRifle Association after the Aurora theater shooting. As governor, I will ers more and set every kid in Colorado up for success in the continue to solve our state’s toughest problems — education funding, future. The second-most important issue I would tackle as affordable healthcare, crumbling Johnston governor is gun safety. It’s past roads and bridges — by building time we got military-style weapons off coalitions broad enough to get things the streets of Colorado and out of the done. hands of those who are a danger to themselves and others. I would protect What makes you the most qualified the first two portions of my #4nomore person for the position? plan — magazine capacity limits and During my seven years in the state Senate, I passed more than 120 bills — universal background checks — while also working to pass the second two: 100 of which had bipartisan support. red-flag laws and a bump-stock ban. I have a proven track record of bringing people together to get big things What else should voters know about done. So whether it’s adequately and you? equitably funding our education sysI’m the only candidate who grew up tem or ensuring our schools and comon the Western Slope of Colorado, so munities are safe from gun violence, I have a unique perspective on what it I know I can make progress in the would mean to serve all of Colorado future because I’ve done it before. as governor. I’m fluent in Spanish. I would be the first teacher-principal What would your top two priorities be if to lead our state at the highest level. elected? And I brake for doughnuts. The most important issue on the

Q&A with Cary Kennedy

City or town of residence: Denver, more than 40 years Profession: Former state treasurer, former chief financial officer and deputy mayor of Denver, mom Related elected-office or public-service experience: I served as state treasurer from 2007-11. I served as the chief financial officer and deputy mayor of Denver from 2011-16. priority and protecting the Colorado we love in the face of growth. I want all of our kids, regardless of where they grow up or how much their family makes, to be able to compete for great jobs our state is creating. That is why education will be Kennedy my No. 1 priority as governor. We also need to do a better job What makes you the most qualified addressing growth. We haven’t adperson for the position? equately prepared for the growth we I have helped lead Colorado as state have today. We must make forwardtreasurer and Denver’s deputy mayor looking investments in transportaand CFO. I managed taxpayers’ money tion, housing, water conservation, throughout the Great Recession. We renewable energy and broadband so kept Colorado on strong financial footwe can keep Colorado the place we ing, and I protected state investments love. from losses. I’ve led the successful efforts to protect funding for public educaWhat else should the voters know about tion and as governor will lead a biparyou? tisan coalition to permanently reform our TABOR (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights) I grew up with three foster brothers amendment so we can invest in educaand sisters. Before joining our family, tion and infrastructure and continue to my siblings didn’t have the same opsupport communities across our state. portunities I had. I understand that for many kids, the only opportuniWhat would your top two priorities be if ties they get are through their public elected? school, which is why I will make Making education Colorado’s top education Colorado’s No. 1 priority. Why are you seeking this office? We are all proud of Colorado and what our state has become, but our progress is not reaching everyone in our state. I am running for governor to build on our progress, to make sure it reaches everyone and to keep Colorado the place we love.

Q&A with Donna Lynne

City or town of residence: Denver, previously Evergreen (Colorado since 2005) Profession: Lieutenant governor and chief operating officer of Colorado. Related elected-office or public-service experience: I have worked in both the public and private sector for the past 42 years. I worked for the City of New York in many senior-level positions, including senior vice president for the safety net hospital in New York and was also the director of operations in New York City. Why are you seeking this office? This state needs a governor who understands how to manage billiondollar budgets and who is willing to do the hard work to get things done. I have been to all 64 counties and visited with working families who are struggling to afford health care and housing. I have the experience Lynne to tackle these tough issues. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I have spent the last 42 years working in both the private and public sectors. I earned a doctorate in public health and spent 11 years as the executive vice president of Kaiser Permanente managing 16,000 employees and a $9 billion budget. I fought back against Washington last year to protect access to health care for 76,000 children from working families. I worked very hard to increase our state’s investment in education, transportation and broadband this past session. We need a strong governor to stand up for our public lands and who will protect our water and wild spaces. I will fight for Colorado. What would your top two priorities be if elected? My top two priorities will be reduc-

ing the cost of health care and affordable housing. I support universal health care but feel we must address the outsized profits the health care and pharmaceutical industries are making on the backs of working families. We must reduce those profits if we want to significantly reduce health-care costs and expand access. The lack of affordable housing is impacting families across Colorado. I will treat that lack of access like the crisis it is. I will immediately create a Cabinet-level position to begin working with cities and counties across the state to address this issue. The governor can and should be a leader to ensure everyone has access to affordable housing. What else should the voters know about you? My parents both served in the Navy during World War II — so I have appreciation for our veterans and their value to our communities. I paid my own way through college, and I raised three kids as a single mom. I know what families are going through because I have lived it. Throughout my career, I have been a consensus-builder and problem-solver. That’s what I will do as your governor.

Q&A with Jared Polis

City or town of residence: Boulder native; lived there most of my life. Profession: Entrepreneur, florist and public servant. Founder of, TechStars, Patriot Boot Camp, American Information Systems, Related elected-office or public-service experience: U.S. congressman, former chair of the Colorado State Board of Education, founder of the New America School and the Academy of Urban Learning. Why are you seeking this office? With the federal government moving in the wrong direction, it’s up to the states to lead. Right here in Colorado, we can move forward with a bold vision to build a great public education system, unleash our state’s renewable energy potential and build an economy that works for everyone. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I’ve successfully worked across the aisle to solve problems for Colorado and accomplish progressive goals during my time in Congress. That’s the type of leadership Coloradans can expect from me as their governor. I led the way in rewriting No Child Left Behind to better serve our schools and our children and got results in building affordable workforce housing for my constituents. And I was Polis proud to work alongside President Barack Obama toward passage of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. What would your top two priorities be if elected? I’m running on a bold vision of bringing free full-day universal preschool and kindergarten to every Colorado child, making Colorado 100 percent powered by renewable energy and providing universal, affordable health care to every Coloradan. What else should the voters know about you? I’m the dad of two amazing kids, I started schools for new immigrants and homeless youth, and I’m the only former florist currently serving in Congress!

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Republican candidates for governor Q&A with Greg Lopez

City or town of residence: Elizabeth, for 21 years. Profession: Small-business owner, restaurant and consulting. Related elected-office or public-service experience: Mayor of Parker, 1992-96; President of board of directors for Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2004-05; Colorado director of U.S. Small Business Administration, 2008-14. Why are you seeking this office? As governor, I will protect, preserve and promote the various economies and the different ways of life that make Colorado the great state that it is. I truly understand that there are 64 counties in the state and that it’s about all of Lopez us — not just some of us. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I sat on the board of E-470 and the Denver Regional Council of Governments, so I know transportation, water, air quality, economic and regional issues. I am the former Colorado director of the U.S. Small Business Administration. I understand that small business is the heart and soul of every community. I served in numerous education committees and economic-development councils. I know how to address growth and the elements that impact the quality of life in any community. What would your top two priorities be if elected? Water and education. Colorado

is a state where “life” is written in water. The future of our state lies in the balance as we look for ways to manage our water resources to accommodate the growth in state population, agricultural uses and recreational uses. We need to bring back vocational and technical training back into the high schools because not everyone can afford to or wants to go to college. High-school graduates need to be job-ready on day one, not college-ready. You can achieve the “American dream” without having to go to college. What else should the voters know about you? I come from humble beginnings: My parents were migrant workers and worked long hours in the fields. I am a disabled veteran (hearing loss), the only veteran running for governor. I know what a public servant truly is, and I will go as far as the Lord wants to take me.

Q&A with Doug Robinson

City or town of residence: Englewood, 22 years Profession: Entrepreneur, co-founder of leading corporate-finance adviser sold to KPMG Related elected-office or public-service experience: Founder of (nonprofits) SMART Colorado and KidsTek. What would your top two prioriWhy are you seeking this office? ties be if elected? I’m running to get things First, we need to fix our done. Colorado has been transportation infrastrucdrifting — we have leaders ture. We’ve been neglectwho are more concerned ing our roads for the last with their political careers 12 years, and we need to than the people of Colorado. act quickly. It’s more than I want to make Colorado the a cosmetic issue — it’s an best place to live, work and Robinson issue of safety and an issue raise a family. of commerce. Second, we need to improve our education sysWhat makes you the most qualified tem. If we’re going to continue person for the position? to grow Colorado’s economy, I’m the only candidate in the we need to ensure our kids are race who’s never held elected trained for the jobs of the future. office, but I’ve accomplished I would incentivize our districts more from outside the system to move money from administhan any of my opponents have tration to the classroom where accomplished from within. I’m it makes a bigger difference in a pragmatic conservative who kids’ lives. can get things done. I’ve done it throughout my career, whether What else should the voters know that’s my work with SMART about you? Colorado, where I successfully I’m the tallest guy in the race worked to pass over 15 pieces and the best skier of all the of legislation, or with KidsTek, candidates. Seriously, I am where we have taught more than 15,000 kids technology skills. I’ve the father of five children and have been married to the same retired — I’m not looking for a woman for 30 years. We love political stepping stone. I want Colorado and are concerned for to get in and get things done. its future.

Q&A with Victor Mitchell

City or town of residence: Castle Rock, since 2005 Profession: Entrepreneur, CEO of Lead Funding, a specialty real-estate lender Related elected-office or public-service experience: Served one two-year term in the state Legislature a decade ago. Have been an adjunct business faculty member at Colorado State University. Why are you seeking this office? out of the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) insuranceToo many things in Colorado are headed in the wrong direction. I exchange system. In its place, I would seek block grants to could simply complain along with others, but I have decided to try replace Obamacare, focusing on establishment of a system of and make a difference instead. In particular, I want to make health skilled nurse-practitioner clincare more affordable, businesses ics that can provide basic health easier to start and operate, and care more affordably, without Mitchell government spending restrained. insurance. My second priority would be to roll back regulations What makes you the most qualified person that hurt small, family and indepenfor the position? dent businesses. I would also focus In my business career, I have seen the on stimulating business start-ups in value of diversity in the workforce and smaller towns and rural areas, and employee backgrounds. My own career reducing unnecessarily costly and reflects such diversity. I have built six lengthy apprenticeship requirements thriving companies in a variety of for our young workers wanting to enindustries from tech to finance. Outter trades in construction and other side business, I served two years in the technical vocations. Legislature, led a successful statewide campaign against higher taxes and What else should the voters know about taught at two state universities. I have you? also been an active philanthropist for a I am a devoted family man. Amy and wide range of charities. So my unique I have three wonderful kids. One is a qualification is in diversity of preparacomputer whiz, another is a West Point tion for the job. cadet and the youngest just finished the eighth grade. We do everything What would your top two priorities be if together, from watching TV, to attendelected? ing church, to skiing and loving our two I would start by getting Colorado retrievers.

Q&A with Walker Stapleton

City or town of residence: Greenwood Village Profession: Chief executive officer of a publicly traded real-estate company on the NASDAQ Related elected-office or public-service experience: State treasurer (last seven years)

priorities would include transWhy are you seeking this office? I am running for three main reaportation and affordable housing. sons: my children, Craig, Coco and Colorado’s economy is booming, Olivia. I want them, and all of our but this growth has not come children, to have the same kind of without consequences. It has opportunities to succeed. We need been a strain on our infrastruca leader who will defend Colorado ture and affordable-housing supas a place of abundant economic ply. Roads and bridges must be opportunity and growth for our Stapleton a priority. We have the money to children. address our infrastructure needs without raising taxes, but we need to What makes you the most qualified person demand more accountability and refor the position? duce administrative costs across state I am uniquely qualified because I government. For affordable housing, have significant experience in both exploiting construction-defect laws has the public and private sectors. I was become a cottage industry for lawyers, the CEO of a publicly traded company, restricting new construction. We need so I understand the challenges busito reign in these laws and make it ness leaders face making payroll and easier for developers to build new afbalancing budgets. I am the longestfordable housing. serving statewide official running for governor, which makes me uniquely What else should the voters know about positioned to lead our state. I know you? what it takes to enact change in This is a watershed election for government and work with different Colorado. Voters will have a choice departments and private enterprise to between a market-driven state of get things done. opportunity or massive increases in taxes and spending. I think the choice What would your top two priorities be if is clear, and I hope voters will supelected? port me in creating a brighter future There are many, so its hard to narfor the next generation of Colorarow it to two, but two of my many dans.

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School board approves new pay-raise system ‘Our messed-up way of compensating over the last few years has created disparity’




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The Douglas County School Board is prioritizing compensating employees for what its members call the “inequity and unfairness” caused by reforms enacted by previous board members. At a June 5 meeting, six board members — Kevin Leung was absent — unanimously voted to enact one of five options for pay raises provided by district staff. In the 2019-20 school year, licensed employees, including teachers and administrators, will receive a 2 percent raise for each year of a pay freeze they experienced. In addition to the 2 percent raise, licensed employees and administrators on the district’s performance evaluation systems will receive a 3.2 percent flat raise. All other employee groups will receive evaluation-based raises. “I think what we want to do as a board is symbolically say we recognize that we have some employees that are hurting,” school board President David Ray said at the meeting in Castle Rock. “Our messed-up way of compensating over the last few years has created disparity, has hurt morale.” District salaries were frozen from 2009-12 because of budget shortages. In 2009, county residents elected school board members who would vote for numerous reform policies over the next several years. The school board hired Elizabeth Fagen as superintendent in 2010, and two years later, the district introduced a market-based pay system, which determined teacher pay by education, experience and skill, as well as by the supply and demand of the position. In addition, raises were offered yearly based on effectiveness ratings ranging from highly effective to ineffective rather than on tenure and level of education. Many community members said the evaluation and salary systems spurred an exodus of quality educators. Last September, the school board voted to suspend the differentiated pay structure for licensed teachers and administrators, replacing it for one year with uniform pay raises while it reassessed the pay-structure systems. After eight years of an often-controversial majority of reform-minded board members, voters elected four new members to the Douglas County School Board last November. The new school board made a commitment to address teacher retention and teacher pay. “One of the reasons I asked to do this volunteer job is because the district hasn’t valued teachers,” said board member Krista Holtzmann.

“Compensation hasn’t been sufficient.” The pay-raise option approved by board members addresses the concern that licensed employees hired after the pay freeze are making more money than licensed employees who started before or during the pay freeze. About 3,122 employees experienced part of the pay freeze, according to Steve Collela, chief human resources officer at the district. Of those, 1,531 were licensed employees. Providing a 2 percent pay raise to licensed employees would cost the district approximately $4.8 million, according to Colella’s presentation at the board meeting. The new pay system grants evaluation-based raises to all other employee groups, including classified positions, like food service workers, bus drivers and secretaries. Individuals rated “highly effective” will get a 3.2 percent raise; those rated “effective” will get a 2.8 percent raise; and those rated “partially effective” will get a 0.75 percent raise. “The other thing I like about option 5 is that certainly there is a piece that recognizes who is highly effective and performing well,” said board member Anthony Graziano. “Ideally, this shows the kind of direction we would like to head as a group, as a board.” Classified employee Les Lilly, who has worked for the district as a bus driver for 36 years, was disappointed with the board’s decision. He thinks granting licensed employees who experienced the pay freeze a 2 percent raise is unfair. He suggests the board give all employees who experienced the pay freeze a 1 percent raise, and another 1 percent raise if a tax measure is put on the ballot and approved this fall. “It’s cohesiveness, it’s working together as a team,” Lilly said. “So treat us as a team.” District staff recommended the board choose option 1, which outlines a 4.6 percent flat raise for licensed employees and administrators who are rated using evaluation tools. All other employee groups would receive evaluation-based raises. Interim Superintendent Erin Kane pointed out that the recommendation would only be applicable for the upcoming school year. “This is not a restructure of how pay works in Douglas County schools,” said Kane. “This is only next year’s pay raise. The restructuring will be at the hands of the board and the new superintendent.” The new superintendent will be Thomas Tucker, the current superintendent of Princeton City Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. His five-year term will begin on July 1. Ray argued that option 1 did not consider the employees who endured the pay freeze. The school board is “looking at the people who have been hit the hardest,” he said.

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Douglas County School District offers free summer lunch program Meals for those 18 and younger are served Monday through Friday BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

For the fourth summer in a row, the Nutrition Services team at the Douglas County School District is offering free lunch for kids and teens, Monday through Friday, at various times and locations across the county. “It’s a pretty amazing program,” said Jennifer Peifer, manager of operations for the school district’s Nutrition Services team. “The rules allow us to provide free lunch to any kid age 18 and under, regardless or their status, where they are from or what district they are in. There are not a lot of resources like that in a relatively affluent district like this.” Federally funded, the Summer Food Service Program is a stateadministered program that reimburses school districts that serve free meals to adolescents and children in low-income areas, according to the Department of Agriculture. Douglas County enacted the program to address a need: 12 percent of students in the district qualify for free or reduced lunches, according to the district. That breaks down to 8,144 students in grades pre-K through 12. “For those of use who work in nutritional program, our whole goal is to be a consistent source of healthy meals for kids, to guarantee they are going to have a healthy meal every day, regardless of what they have at home,” Peifer said. “This really fills that gap in the summertime for a lot of those kids.” Wearing shirts with DCSD’s logo, members of the nutrition team set up tables at designated sites around lunchtime to serve meals. No identification is required. Menu options vary and include hot meals, such as pizza or chicken nuggets, and cold options, like sandwiches. Each meal

WHERE TO FIND DCSD’S FREE SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM Douglas County School District is offering free meals Monday through Friday, from May 29 to Aug. 3. See the locations below. Castle Rock • Centennial Park, 22 Gilbert St., from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. • The Pines at Castle Rock Apartments, 6221 Castlegate Drive, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. • Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway, from noon to 1 p.m. • Castle View High School, 5254 N. Meadows Drive, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Highlands Ranch • Copper Canyon Apartments, 3380 E. County Line Road, from noon to 12:30 p.m. • Traditions Apartments, 3290 E. County Line Road, from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. • Palomino Park Green River Clubhouse, 6602 Green River Drive, from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. comes with an entrée, a side of fresh fruit and vegetables, and milk. “Any kid in the area can come up to our table,” said Peifer. “It’s a really nice way for them to get a full meal.” The program has expanded this year to three locations in northern Highlands Ranch. On average, 12 percent of students in Highlands Ranch schools qualify for free and reduced lunches, Peifer said. But in some areas, like neighborhoods near County Line Road, that number jumps to 20 percent to 25 percent, she said. “We wanted to test out that region and see if the need is there,” Peifer said. Other sites are at parks, apartment complexes and schools in Castle Rock and unincorporated Douglas County. The goal is to reduce the stigma of needing free lunch by hosting the sites at popular parks where children of all statuses can benefit. “Those that really need it can come get food without worrying about being identified or standing out in a crowd,” said Peifer. “A lot of parents find it to be a very convenient — it’s a handy program to offer.”

Two Douglas County students named National Merit scholars STAFF REPORT

Two Douglas County School District students are among winners in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The third group of winners was announced recently, as officials of each sponsor college selected their winners from among National Merit finalists who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four

years of undergraduate student at the institution financing the scholarship. • Daniel Horn, from Mountain Vista High School, plans to study law. • Matthew Long, from Douglas County High School, plans to study business. More than 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 competition. Recipients of the final round of National Merit collegesponsored awards will be announced July 16.

Independence Day Douglas County offices will be closed Wed., July 4. Many county services are available online at

Voter Service and Polling Centers open on June 18 If you live in Douglas County, plan to vote in the Primary Election and need assistance, several Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. beginning June 18 and each weekday until Election Day, June 26. VSPCs will also be open on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit for more information.

Planning to vote on June 27 yet have no ballot? If you are registered to vote in Douglas County and have not obtained a ballot by June 18, an in-person transaction with Elections staff at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) is required to help you vote in the June 26 Primary Election. Visit for a VSPC near you.

Bike to work on June 27 Commuters are invited to leave their cars at home and pedal their way to and from the office on Bike to Work Day. Those who ride through Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock or Parker can enjoy a free breakfast and bike tuneup from 6:30 and 9 a.m. Bike Home stations will be available throughout the County from 3:30-6 p.m. For more information visit www.biketoworkday

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Democratic candidates for Congressional District 6 Q&A with Jason Crow

City or town of residence: I’ve lived in Stapleton (Denver neighborhood) since 2008 and in Aurora since 2017. Profession: I’m an attorney whose work focuses on legal compliance and regulatory issues for businesses of all sizes. Related elected-office or public-service experience: I’m a former Army Ranger who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, where I earned a Bronze Star. I served on the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs for five years. Why are you seeking this office? I’ve always gone where the fight is. That mentality brought me to Iraq and Afghanistan to defend our country, and it’s what I want to bring to Washington as our rights and freedoms are under attack. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman has had a decade to fight for our district, and Crow he has come up short. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I’ve never run for public office before, but I do know something about serving others. My roots in this community, my military experience and the hundreds of hours I’ve spent mentoring veterans and helping them adjust to civilian life have given me the perspective I need to put Coloradans first. I also played a meaningful role in bringing the new VA hospital to Aurora. A generation of politicians has gone to Washington to fight for themselves, and that self-interested spirit gets in the way of bold thinking. This campaign is about ideas, not political experience, and I’m excited to share mine with the district.

What would your top two priorities be if elected? Reforming our nation’s campaign-finance system and leveling the playing field for working families. I’ve pledged to not take a dime from corporate PACs (political-action committees). I believe big money has corrupted our politicians and stripped power away from where it belongs: with Americans who want a government that works for them. Ensuring working families get a fair shake in this economy is more important than ever — especially after the Republican tax plan gave huge handouts to special interests and big-money political donors. Wages and benefits haven’t kept up with cost of living ... We need a fighter for equal pay (and) higher wages. What else should the voters know about you? I’m the first parent to run against Mike Coffman. I know what it’s like to take care of a sick kid, budget for college and worry about guns in our schools and on our streets. I’m in this campaign because all our kids deserve to inherit a safe, more equitable society.

Q&A with Levi Tillemann

City or town of residence: I live in Aurora and grew up in northwest Denver. Profession: Clean-energy entrepreneur. Related elected-office or public-service experience: I served as President Obama’s special adviser for policy and international affairs at the Department of Energy. What would your top two priorities Why are you seeking this office? be if elected? Washington is broken. Big money and partisanship has corI personally knocked thousands rupted our political system and of doors across the district. My are polarizing our nation. I’ve priorities are the priorities of the spent my life fighting for positive people of this district — not pollchange. As a clean-energy ensters and Washington insiders. trepreneur, alum of the Obama Coloradans want Medicare for administration and native Colo- Tillemann all, 100 percent renewable energy radan, I’m committed to getting by 2035 and tuition-free educaAmerica back on track. tion for middle-class families at public universities. I’m the only candidate What makes you the most qualified who supports any of these policies. person for the position? They want common-sense gun-safety I will fight for students, workers and laws and someone who will battle families. That’s because I grew up in corruption in Washington. I am the a working-class Latino community only candidate who has a proven track with 10 siblings. I’m a champion for record of standing up to Washington education and was fortunate to study insiders — and I am the only candidate at Regis College, Yale University and rejecting money from special-interest Johns Hopkins University. I’m also an PACs (political-action committees). entrepreneur — I founded two technology companies and understand the What else should the voters know about real economy. As an adviser to the you? Obama Energy Department, I estabI will fight fearlessly for my constitulished myself as an expert on innovaents, be straightforward and honest tion. I have authored and co-authored with constituents, listen to constituents multiple books including “The Great and admit when I’m wrong, and reach Race: The Global Quest for the Car of across the aisle and work with Repubthe Future.” I speak Spanish, Chinese, licans on the basis of shared American Japanese and Portuguese. values — not corporate interests.



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Legal experts weigh in on Supreme Court bakery ruling Narrowness of decision makes predicting implications difficult

many levels, but the court’s decision is actually pretty narrow,” she said. “The judges focused in on the actions of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and didn’t really address whether there was discrimination on the baker’s part.” In its 7-2 decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, the Supreme Court decided that the commission’s actions violated the Free Exercise Clause. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the two dissenting voices in the ruling issued on June 4. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion for the court. In July 2012 Phillips declined to make a custom wedding cake for same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins, citing his religious beliefs. After his refusal to bake the wedding cake, the couple filed a


The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case was decided in favor of Lakewood baker Jack Phillips by a larger margin than many people expected. There’s a reason for that, explains Barbara Koehler, lecturer at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Criminal Justice and Criminology department. She has a Juris Doctor and was in private practice for 30 years. “This is such a complex case on so

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complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission stating that Phillips violated the state’s public accommodations law that specifically prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The commission ruled against Phillips in May 2014 and the appeals court upheld the decision in May 2015. To understand the legal side of the issue, Colorado Community Media spoke to Koehler; Norman Provizer, another Metro State professor and director of the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership and director of Leadership Studies; and Craig Konnoth, an associate professor at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Law department, who wrote an amicus brief for the case for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The following are key points that came up in CCM’s discussions with

Koehler, Provizer and Konnoth: • The court’s decision came down to the belief that Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission did not consider Phillips’ case free of religious bias. As Kennedy wrote: “The delicate question of when the free exercise of his religion must yield to an otherwise valid exercise of state power needed to be determined in an adjudication in which religious hostility on the part of the State itself would not be a factor in the balance the State sought to reach.” • The decision was made in part because of a comment made by former Civil Rights Commission member Diann Rice after the ruling against Phillips had been made in 2014.

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KidFest draws a crowd STAFF REPORT

More than 1,500 residents gathered at Civic Green Park on June 9 for KidFest. The Highlands Ranch Metro District hosts the annual event. The family-friendly morning featured free activities, live entertainment, food and a variety of vendors. Special guests included the Colorado Hawking Club, a membership organization dedicated to falconry. Members gave live presentations with birds of prey. Mounted patrol from the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office also made an appearance. Kids kept busy with a bounce house, climbing wall, Nerf Dart zone, obstacle course and more.

Alyosha Anisimov, 7, runs through a Train OC obstacle course during KidFest June 9 at Civic Green Park. The course included walls, low crawls, cargo nets and balance elements. It was one of the free activities at the Highlands Ranch Metro District event. PHOTOS COURTESY COURTNEY KUHLEN/HIGHLANDS RANCH METRO DISTRICT

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More funding secured for I-25 Gap widening project $65 million grant awarded to El Paso County BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

El Paso County will receive the highly-competitive Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant for the Gap widening project, in which the Colorado Department of Transportation plans to widen Interstate 25 with an express lane in each direction. The 18-mile stretch of I-25 between Castle Rock and Monument, which is in northern El Paso County, is often called the Gap. It has long created traffic delays and public safety issues where the roadway shrinks to two lanes in each direction, creating a bottleneck. CDOT in April confirmed the department plans to widen the highway by adding one toll lane in each direction. In total, the project is set to cost $350 million. The bulk of the funding will come from CDOT and local partners, but a $65 million chunk of the Gap’s funding strategy remained uncertain until June 5 as officials waited to learn if the project would be awarded the federal money. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet jointly announced both the $65 million INFRA grant for the Gap and an additional $25 million in INFRA funds to improve Interstate 70 in Clear Creek County. “I’m thrilled to announce Colorado will receive $90 million dollars for critical infrastructure projects in our state,” Gardner said in a news release. “Coloradans who commute on South I-25 every day or utilize I-70 to travel to the Western Slope and experience the beautiful public lands Colorado has to offer are all too familiar with the unbearable traffic on Colorado highways. These projects will help alleviate congestion on South I-25 and I-70 and help improve the lives of every Coloradan who travels our roads.” Bennet, in the same news release,

said the state’s infrastructure requires “significant investment” to keep pace with growth in population and tourism. “These grants will help make improvements to the critical links Coloradans use every day to reach the high country and southern Colorado,” he said. Congressman Ken Buck — whose 4th Congressional District includes much of Douglas County — also praised the news. “Our transportation infrastructure must meet the needs of Colorado’s growing population and bustling economy,” Buck said in a statement. “I’ve worked closely, alongside my colleagues in the delegation, to emphasize to the Department of Transportation the importance of the I-25 Gap project for the people who rely on this section of the interstate as a key thoroughfare. These grant dollars will make Colorado better connected, benefiting our economy and our communities.” All three men penned letters encouraging the grant be awarded to the Gap project. Mike Lewis, the executive director of CDOT, said in a news release the senators and the whole congressional delegation “stepped up to ensure that Colorado received awards for two critical transportation projects.” The projects will help save lives and improve travel, he said. “The administration clearly sees the commitment of Coloradans to their transportation system,” he said, “and the innovative methods by which we are delivering critical projects.” Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge reacted to the news by commending El Paso County for “being the lead” on applying for the grant and said having so many state and local partners was key in the application’s success, noting less than 20 percent of the Gap project’s funding will be INFRA dollars. “We always thought we had a competitive project,” he said. “This just proves that it was an excellent project.”

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We’re blessed with the freedom to choose from many terrible options QUIET DESPERATION

Craig Marshall Smith


ennifer said, “Sip?” “What is it?” “Iced tea.” She handed me a plastic cup. I like iced tea. I was about to take a sip when I noticed a label on the cup with some suspicious looking words: “Three pumps, no water.” “What’s this?” I said. “Uh.” Iced tea used to be iced tea. But not anymore. Years ago, I wrote coffee’s obituary. Now it looks like I have to write one for iced tea. I drink black coffee. I make minor allowances for cream and sugar for others. And that is it. Your orders take forever, and sound like pidgin English. Half-this and half-that, with room for this and room for that. It comes with or without foam, with or without a spice, a sprinkle, a twig, a chant, a prayer, a poem, a

moment of silence, a glance at the sky. I asked about the label again. Jennifer said, “I think I should go outside and mow the lawn.” “I just mowed the lawn.” “Vacuum?” “I vacuumed.” She said, “Maybe you should sit down before try to I explain it.” I sat. “I ask for three pumps of sugar.” Oh, brother. The worst was yet to come. I said, “How can you have `no water’ in iced tea?” “It means no more water.” “Why would anyone want to order more water?” “Dilution index.” I leaned back, closed my eyes, and screamed

O LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Vote Holbert for commissioner Diane Holbert has the experience, professionalism and depth of character to represent Douglas County with excellence as commissioner. Diane clearly understands that we need to preserve our quality of life in Douglas County and she has a heart for protecting our open space and historic communities. As an expert in finance, Diane has proven her skill in the complicated world of government finance and has cut budgets without cutting services. She is a steadfast and trusted steward of your hard-earned tax dollars.

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Diane might well be the only elected official to lead and achieve the elimination of a tax that you know — certainly in Douglas County this is correct. She also understands that placing debt obligations on our children and grandchildren is not good governance. We can provide traffic solutions without burdening future generations. Holbert has never let us down, we know that we can trust her to keep her word and we know that she will SEE LETTERS, P15

as if I just woke up after a dream about Ethel Merman. The dog went out through the dog door. A painting fell off the wall. I held my head in my hands and said, “You too?” “Yes.” We ruin everything. At least that’s the way I look at it. Oreos used to be Oreos. I thought I came home with Oreos, but somewhere between the grocery store and my kitchen counter they turned into Swedish Fish Oreos with Double-Stuf. The complete list of Oreos now on the market sounds like I made up half of it: Mystery Oreos, Cherry Cola Oreos, and you can even get No-Oreos Oreos. No-Oreos Oreos are just the “Stuf.”

Being a father is opportunity to show unconditional love

ne of the greatest tributes to a as we approach Father’s Day, I often find father can be found in the Dan myself thinking about this song and Fogelberg song “Leader of the hope that my own children would think Band.” The last part of the song of me in a similar light, because as I has always meant somehave always tried to live up to my thing special to me … own expectations of being a father WINNING “I thank you for the while still being their dad. WORDS music and your stories of There are so many other songs the road that pop into my head especially I thank you for the freearound Father’s Day, like “Butterfly dom when it came my time Kisses” by Bob Carlisle, or “Walk to go Like a Man” by Bruce Springsteen. I thank you for the kindAnd whether they are listened to ness and the times when around Father’s Day or at any other you got tough time of the year, they remind me of And papa, I don’t think I just how much I loved my grandfasaid I love you near enough ther and how much I love my chilThe leader of the band Michael Norton dren, each one, all of them, in their is tired and his eyes are very own way. growing old Our children are a gift, a blessing, and But his blood runs through my instrua joy. They also come with challenges, ment and his song is in my soul drama, and parenting opportunities My life has been a poor attempt to throughout their lives. They truly bring imitate the man us joy with their silliness and they can I’m just a living legacy to the leader of bring us incredible pain with mistakes the band and choices they make. I am a living legacy to the leader of And whether it is joyful silliness or the band” drama and sadness, the one thing I do This certainly speaks to the love and know about being a father is the feeling admiration of his father and was sung of unconditional love. If we are lucky in such a way that it usually brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it. And SEE NORTON, P15


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serve all of Douglas County with a servant’s heart. Cynthia Shipp Lone Tree Holbert is the right choice I am writing to declare my unequivocal support of Diane Holbert for Douglas County commissioner. I have known Ms. Holbert for five years. She and I serve together in a Christian organization. All of those in leadership in this organization commit a great deal of time serving others and receive no pay for their efforts. My support is based on two issues that I see sorely missing from politics today: integrity and selfless service. Sadly, the virtue of integrity has become optional in our political system. We see the fruition of this today with problems not only with our elected officials, but also with those in the judicial and law enforcement areas.


enough to receive unconditional love from them, that is wonderful and amazing. But the unconditional love I am referring to and that is such an awesome feeling is the unconditional love for them as their father. Regardless of the mistakes and poor choices they may have made, and despite the anger we may have felt or angst that they put us through, as a father there is just no greater feeling than loving your children and loving them unconditionally. As I look back on my own poor choices, mistakes and errors in judgment over my entire life, I have even greater love and appreciation for my children and for their drama and mistakes, as most times they were nothing in comparison to my own. I’ll bet you can appreciate that too. There are many among us who have lost a child, and I cannot even imagine what that must feel like. Some were lost to accidents, some to illnesses, and


Chocolate used to be chocolate. Pizza used to be pizza. Potato chips used to be potato chips. When it comes to hot dogs, I hate to tell you. A hot dog is mustard and onions. Pink’s in Los Angeles has 39 combinations. That’s 38 too many. Three guesses where Jennifer bought the iced tea. They sell a lot of coffee. I can’t go in there. The torture of listening to coffee orders and iced tea orders might turn into one of my Ethel Merman screams. Years ago, I went into one and asked for a small cup of coffee, black. (Of course, they don’t sell small, medium and large; instead, there are

When you work closely with someone for five years, you know whether or not they have integrity. I know that Ms. Holbert does. The next virtue that I see in Ms. Holbert is that of a selfless servant. Her life is incredibly full: a mother of children still at home; previous treasurer of Douglas County; devoted wife to a husband who serves in the Colorado Senate. Yet, in spite of all of these demands, she still finds the time to lead a group of women in the Christian organization in which we both participate. Our political system works best when it is composed of servant leaders. Again, I know that Diane Holbert has the heart of a servant. Integrity and selfless service. What else could one ask for in a county commissioner? Richard Rogers Castle Pines Weiser deserves your vote As a life-long Coloradan, I believe that we need an attorney general who brings legal expertise, proven leadership and the courage to stand up for our environment, businesses and values.

some to other circumstances such as drugs or alcohol or depression. My heart breaks for those of you who have had to experience that as it truly must be so difficult on days such as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. And here is where that unconditional love comes in again. Pain and grieving are very real, yet so is unconditional love and finding a way to focus on a memory, a beautiful memory, a smile, a laugh, or just all the good and happy times. A father’s love finds its way to forgiveness and finds its way to unconditional love. Father’s Day is a special day to be honored and remembered as a father and as a dad, but it is also a day to honor and remember the people who call us father, dad, pop, or papa. As always, I would love to hear your story at, and when we can experience that feeling of unconditional love for our children, it really will be a better than good week. Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the president of the Zig Ziglar Corporate Training Solutions Team, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach. embarrassing code names.) The girl said, “We’re out of coffee.” I looked around: the place was packed with people drinking something, and employees were handing cups of something though the drive-up window. “What’s all of that?” “Flavored coffees. Foamed coffees. Sprinkled, dusted, and twigged coffees. We’re brewing a pot of black coffee for freaks like you. Ready in a minute.” (Minor exaggeration, to make a point.) As a writer, I rely upon modifiers. But some things — coffee, iced tea, and hot dogs — don’t need them. If absolutely necessary, hold the onions. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@

Among worthy candidates, all having demonstrated a commitment to public service, Phil Weiser offers the best experience and policies to serve as Colorado attorney general. Phil has unmatched expertise, having clerked for Supreme Court justices, taught law, established the Colorado legal center that helped define net neutrality, and advised President Barack Obama. Phil has executed in challenging positions of responsibility, having managed the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and led the University of Colorado Law School as dean. Phil has distinguished himself as a candidate committed to defending Colorado laws as written, building partnerships to strengthen our communities, and advocating for all Coloradoans. Choosing to vote is always wise. For Colorado Attorney General, I’m choosing Phil Weiser. Matt Dority Highlands Ranch Phil Weiser for attorney general I have been carefully listening to Mr.

Weiser for a while now at forums and other gatherings. He and his Democratic opponent vary little on the issues that confront Coloradans — so little, in fact, that it is quite a challenge to support one over the other. Both have diverse and qualifying backgrounds. However, there is a difference that I have discerned: Mr. Weiser is wholly consistent with his declaration to run a clean campaign. This and perhaps this alone distinguishes him from his opponent. He is courteous and respectful with a firm hand on the issues. He shows himself to be extremely knowledgeable while leaving room for dissenting opinions to be expressed. This characteristic will lend itself to working with and garnering cooperation of all manner of legislators, constituents, those under his leadership, the executive branch, and others in the profession and interested parties in all things legal. I believe him when he states his duty is to uphold the law and advocate for all within the scope of the office of attorney general in our great state of Colorado. Katharine Thomas Highlands Ranch

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Southwest Plaza evolves with ‘experiential’ attractions Aquarium is latest addition to mall’s day-out offerings BY DAVID GILBERT DGILBERT@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

The indoor malls of yesteryear that once played host to department stores and shoe stores, with food courts and dark corridors, are largely gone. In their place have arisen mixed-use outdoor lifestyle hubs like Streets at SouthGlenn in Centennial, which replaced the longstruggling Southglenn Mall. Southwest Plaza, in southern Jefferson County at West Bowles Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard, however, is banking on a new strategy for an old-school indoor mall: creating a place worthy of a full day out, with attractions like the newly-opened SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium.

Southwest Plaza Mall general manager Greg Sims stands on one of the mall’s revamped walkways. Southwest Plaza is emerging as a home of family attractions and dining in the years following a major renovation. DAVID GILBERT “We’ve got to be more open-minded about malls and what goes into them, and anything is fair game,” said Greg Sims, Southwest Plaza’s general

manager. “Indoor malls were dying because owners thought ‘if you build it, they will come,’ and you don’t have to do anything else. But you have to keep evolving. You need ownership that’s willing to adjust and be flexible. Those that are stuck are stuck. Those willing to break out of the box are going to be here.” Southwest Plaza underwent a massive $70 million renovation that wrapped up in 2015, which sought to reinvent the stuffy indoor mall design left over from the hair band era. Aside from significant infrastructure upgrades, the renovation pushed the mall’s storefronts farther back, creating more airy walkways and better lines of sight. But the more fundamental change is coming to fulfillment, with the mall now boasting a slew of attractions beyond chewy pretzels and Orange Julius. Besides the aquarium, Southwest

Plaza now hosts Round 1, a bowling alley and arcade; Yoga Pod, a fitness and yoga studio; fast-casual eats like Mod Market; and sit-down dining like a gleaming Cheesecake Factory. The mall, with 1.2 million square feet of floor space and 94 storefronts, is proving to be resilient and versatile, even in the face of a retail landscape shifting increasingly online. “We’ll work with retail while it’s trying to figure itself out,” Sims said. “But we’ve got other options now too.” The gambit seems to be paying off, Sims said, with vacancy rates below 10 percent, down from a high of nearly 30 percent in the waning years of the recession. Southwest Plaza is well-positioned to be a vital community hub, said Bob Golden, the CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.




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Muster will be last for Littleton Fire Rescue As absorption by South Metro approaches, event is victory lap for historic department BY DAVID GILBERT DGILBERT@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

When Littleton’s annual Fire Truck Parade & Muster rolls down Main Street at 9 a.m. on June 16, it will be the last parade where trucks that say “Littleton” on the side won’t be antiques. The parade features trucks big, small, high-tech and vintage, from fire departments around the Denver metro area. The parade winds up at Arapahoe Community College for a day of live demonstrations and a chance to check out some of the area’s coolest firefighting gear.

The procession will “muster” at ACC at 10 a.m., where Littleton Fire Rescue will demonstrate a mock car wreck rescue, ripping open a car with the Jaws of Life. Kids can participate in bucket brigade races, try on firefighters’ bunker gear, and aim highpressure hoses. South Metro Fire Rescue, a large regional district slated to take over firefighting duties for Littleton in 2019, will have a bigger presence than in years prior to show its investment in the community, said South Metro Chief Bob Baker. “This will be Littleton Fire’s last muster as an organization, but the 170 or so employees that make up Littleton Fire will be part of our family, so they’ll still be actively participating in the muster in years to come,” Baker said. Being part of Littleton Fire’s final muster is bittersweet considering Littleton’s legendary firefighting

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IF YOU GO At Littleton’s annual Fire Truck Parade & Muster, the parade will start at 9 a.m. on June 16 at South Bannock Street and Littleton Boulevard, and proceed west toward downtown Littleton. The parade will turn south on Curtice Street, and wind up in the large parking lot on the north end of the Arapahoe Community College campus at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive. Contact: Paula Wiens, or 720-219-8327. legacy, Baker said. “I’ve got pretty mixed emotions,” Baker said. “Littleton Fire was formed in 1890 so it’s a loss. But at the same time it’s a new chapter, and our hope is to continue the traditions that made LFR a premier organization in Colorado.”

Littleton Fire’s history includes a number of firsts, said Mark Gorman, who retired from LFR in 2015 after 36 years with the department. “Littleton was the first in Colorado to staff paramedics,” Gorman said. “We were the first to onboard five-inch hose for supply lines, up from the old two and a half inchers, which really improved our capabilities. Swedish Hospital selected us to train their paramedics.” Gorman spearheaded the restoration of Littleton’s 1914-vintage truck, which will lead the parade. The parade’s antique trucks are pretty special, Gorman said, because of the difficulty and expense of keeping vehicles that old and rare running. The parade and muster are a great way to connect with the community, Gorman said.

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Free yoga offered for teens, children Weekly outdoor classes held at Northridge Park BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

When Wendy Crichton’s two sons were young, she used yoga poses and breathing techniques to help calm their never-ending energy and restlessness. But when she tried taking her sons to a yoga studio, she found that none in the Highlands Ranch area accepted children. So she went through trainings, received a few certifications and became a yoga teacher. For the past six years, Crichton has taught free, hour-long yoga sessions to kids and teens on Friday mornings through the month of June. The classes are held at Northridge Park, which sits behind Northridge Recreation Center, 8801 S. Broadway. “The idea is, kids can have fun with it and remember how great it is so later in life, when they really need it, they can come back to it,” said Crichton. The play-based class called Young Yogis, for ages 6 to 11, takes place from 10-11 a.m. Teen Yoga, for ages 12 to 17, is from 11 a.m. to noon. The free classes are in collaboration with the Highlands Ranch Metro District, which owns the park. “Yoga can be a perfect comple-

Parents and tykes practice a downward dog yoga pose at a June 8 Young Yogis class at Northridge Park in Highlands Ranch. The free class for ages 6-11 is held Fridays in June from 10-11 a.m. PHOTOS BY ALEX DEWIND ment to any athletic endeavor or an opportunity for teens to plug-in to themselves for just a few minutes,” the metro district said in a media release.


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Kids and teens get a taste of the physical benefits of yoga — increased flexibility, strength and muscle tone. But, more importantly, the classes allow participants to disconnect from the world around them for an hour, Crichton said. For teens, that includes the nonstop buzz of social media. “I want them to take a break from that part of life and know that they are pretty awesome just as they are,” Crichton said. “This is about being yourself.” Cathy Widmier, a Highlands Ranch resident, attended a June 8 class for the first time with her daughters, who are 6 and 8. She thought it would be a good way to spend time together while trying a new activity. “I want to expose them to lots of different ways to be physically active,” said Widmier, sitting on a yoga mat in between her children. Amy Reedy, who was at the class with her 10-year-old and 7-year-old, enjoyed the teacher’s energy. Crichton scales down the complexity of yoga by comparing poses to different animals. She uses an expanding colorful sphere to demonstrate how to breathe. “We love it,” said Reedy. “It wasn’t just about being outdoors and doing an activity — this is helping them in other ways.” Crichton’s goal is for yoga to have a positive impact on all areas of a young person’s life. Her tagline: “Their uniqueness is their superpower.” Wendy Crichton uses a colorful sphere to demonstrate breathing in and out at a Young Yogis class on June 8 at Northridge Park, 8800 S. Broadway. The class for ages 6-11 is held Fridays in June from 10-11 a.m.

Accompanied by their parents, young boys and girls are led through a series of simple yoga poses at a Young Yogis class on June 8 at Northridge Park, 8800 S. Broadway. The class for ages 6-11 is held Fridays in June from 10-11 a.m.

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“The southwest side of the Denver metro area has seen so much activity, spending and growth,” Golden said. “Southwest Plaza Mall represents and reflects that.” Golden is optimistic about Southwest Plaza’s prospects. “When we were there to cut the ribbon on that aquarium, there were a hundred people in line,” Golden said. “Experience is what people are looking for. If it’s blizzarding or really hot out, it’s a nice place to go. There’s plenty of parking, and it’s in the neighborhood. Those people are going to shop, too, and they can go to Southwest Plaza instead of Park Meadows or Cherry Creek.” It’s too soon to know whether the experiential strategy will work long-term, Golden said. “It’s business,” Golden said. “Sometimes you hit it and sometimes you don’t. Even at Southglenn and Park Meadows there’s turnover. People still want that mall experience.” The experiential trend is a natural next step for indoor malls, said Josh Goldstein, an architectural designer and mall historian, who is currently working on a project to digitally re-create Englewood’s long-gone Cinderella City mall. “Experience-oriented tenants might find a more interesting or


“Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust, whether it be — I mean, we — we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to — to use their religion to hurt others,” she said in the July 25, 2014 hearing. “If nothing else, this case is a reminder to people that words matter,” Provizer said. “Especially when you have the weight of the state behind you.” • The focus on the actions of the Civil Rights Commission and its members make it difficult to use the case as legal precedent for either side of the debate. “People on both sides will quote language in the decision, but this is a very limited ruling,” Konnoth

creative use for a huge amount of space than a traditional merchandise-oriented tenant might,” Goldstein said by email. “I do think this new focus will work, at least for a while. Some of the experiences they’re targeting really can’t be had at home, so they are offering unique incentives to get customers through the door, at which point they might actually buy some merchandise too.” Goldstein, whose work often focuses on creative reuses for old buildings, said Southwest Plaza’s renovation could have gone further by incorporating a blend of indoor and outdoor areas which could offer more insulation against future market fluctuations. “I think a lot of the indoor centers have to fight harder to avoid the ‘dead mall’ feeling than outdoor centers,” Goldstein said. “Imagine a few retailers leave in an enclosed corridor, and you’ve got the makings of a dead mall.” The new experiential strategy seemed to be paying off on a recent weekday morning, when a line to enter SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium snaked far back along a corridor, with eager toddlers on tiptoe, trying to sneak a peek at the animals ahead. “Southwest Plaza is just a great place to bring the kids,” said Mattie Lord, who was in line with several relatives. “It’s safe, there’s a lot to do, and we live just down the street. Plus, it’s not Park Meadows. I can afford to shop here.”

explained. “There’s not a lot to take away from this, except that the justices weren’t ready to make their mind up.” • Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, which forbids businesses from discriminating against customers based on sexual orientation, is still in place. Kennedy also wrote, “And any decision in favor of the baker would have to be sufficiently constrained, lest all purveyors of goods and services who object to gay marriages for moral and religious reasons in effect be allowed to put up signs saying ‘no goods or services will be sold if they will be used for gay marriages,’ something that would impose a serious stigma on gay persons.” • Similar cases will undoubtedly arise until some kind of clear decision is given by the court about where religious freedom and discrimination meet, all three experts agreed. “The issue isn’t even close to being settled yet,” Koehler said. “I saw some saying this was just one battle in a larger war, but it wasn’t even that. This was just a fist fight.”

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Bringing the concert experience home

House shows are simple, low-impact concerts that are hosted in spaces — either indoor or outdoor — where musicians can perform. That can even be a kitchen area. PHOTOS COURTESY OF LYMLIGHT

House shows are growing in popularity for fans, musicians BY CLARKE READER CREADER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM


ometimes, the best experience a person can have with music is when it’s performed live. But going to concerts can be a pricey endeavor, plus there’s the cost of getting a drink or two, dealing with the crowd, and fighting for a good spot. Those in search of a way to experience a different kind of live music should consider a growing trend — one closer to home. “Even at small clubs, there’s still a kind of invisible force field between you and the audience, because you’re on stage and they’re not,” said Kyle Hauser, a Berklee School of Music graduate and former touring musician. “But playing a house show allows you to make a genuine connection with people in a way you

House shows are an increasingly popular way for musicians to spare themselves many of the costs that come with playing venues and connect with audiences. can’t otherwise.” House shows are exactly what they sound like — people open up their homes to anywhere from 10 to 30 people for a special performance in their living room, backyard, or any other large space they have.

“What a great way to see live music house shows are,” said Daniel Prewitt, a Morrison resident who has hosted several such events in recent years. “There’s no more intimate way to experience music than with just a few other people in an environment like a home.” As these concerts are so small, there’s not a lot in the way of promotional materials — it mostly comes down to word of mouth and friends of friends. Hauser said there’s a kind of informal list of people who host house shows shared between musicians, but Andrea McKee, founder of Lymlight, aims to make the process easier for both musicians and hosts alike. “Lymlight is an online platform that connects performers with people who want to host shows,” McKee explained. “As a singersongwriter myself, I had a hard time finding gigs where I could play my own material and where I wouldn’t feel like background music. But when I heard about house shows, I loved the energy they provide.” SEE CONCERT, P23

PrideFest returning for 44th year


lthough it has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, Denver’s PrideFest can trace its roots all the way back to 1975. And this year’s event is going to be the biggest yet. “We’re going to have more than 200 exhibitors and three stagesworth of entertainment,” said COMING Fuller, vice ATTRACTIONS Rex president of communications and corporate giving with The GLBT Community Center of Colorado, which has been organizing the festival for 28 years. “At this free festival we Clarke Reader have a lot going on, including areas for families, youth and seniors.” Denver PrideFest, the region’s largest celebration of LGBT Pride, returns to Civic Center, 101 W. 14th Ave., on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17. Events on the 16th begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 11 p.m.; on the 17th, they start at 9 a.m. and finish at 6 p.m. The event expects more than 350,000 people stopping by to participate in a range of activities, including the Coors Light PrideFest Parade, which is the centerpiece of PrideFest. This year’s parade will include more than 200 entries that celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community and its supporters. “We wanted to focus on crosscultural programming, and we’re bringing all kinds of entertainment to our stages,” Fuller said. “It allows us to showcase that the LGBTQ community includes people from all walks of life.” Other activities going on during the festival include dance music legend Crystal Waters performing, Kameron Michaels from “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” DJ Barry Harris, an installation by Lonnie Hanzon, the Pride 5K and Denver Pride Rally for Equality. “This year’s theme is ‘Say It Loud, Say It Proud,’” Fuller added. “We want everyone in our community to remain visible and speaking about their rights.” Proceeds from Denver PrideFest support the GLBT Community Center of Colorado. Visit www. SEE READER, P23

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Artists share colorful paintings of outdoors in library exhibit


atercolorist Patricia Nash and oil painter Judy S. Purcell exhibit colorful paintings of flowers, Colorado landscapes, birds and other outdoor subjects through July 31 at the James H. Larue Library in Highlands Ranch. ArtSONYA’S works are displayed SAMPLER on the first and second floors. Gardener and oil painter Purcell paints the flowers she grows in her Highlands Ranch garden, while Nash says she “is drawn to our national, state, regional and historic parks, where landscapes, Sonya Ellingboe plants, animals and cultural artifacts are preserved for our enjoyment.” Open during library hours. The library is at 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., adjacent to Civic Green Park. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Outdoor concerts The Denver metro area’s outdoor concert season has started. Included are: • Lone Tree Arts Center’s “Tunes on the Terrace” has started and tickets are available at 720-509-1000. See programs: • Summer concerts on the lawn at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, will be on Wednesdays through July. Music at 7 p.m., food trucks at 5:30 p.m. Concerts are free. On June 20, the Michael Friedman Band will perform R&B, contemporary jazz vocals. 303-795-3950.

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“A Simpler Time,” a watercolor painted by Patricia Nash, is included in an exhibit at the James H. Larue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch. There is a two-person show on the first and second floors by Nash and Judy S. Purcell. Open during library hours. COURTESY PHOTO • Englewood’s Sounds of Summer Series presents music at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays (except July 5). Food trucks. Englewood Amphitheatre, 1000 Englewood Parkway (behind the Englewood Civic Center, at the base of the stairs from the light rail platform). Tonight, June 14: Chris Daniels and the Kings with blues, funk and jam. June 21: Boogie Machine, 70s disco. Concerts free. • Summer at the Center Series at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Bring a picnic. July 6: “Mozart Under Moonlight” (Colorado Symphony). Tickets (lawn and seated under cover): Through Aug. 25. Bob Gray exhibit Painter/teacher Bob Gray of Highlands Ranch has an exhibit, “Brush Strokes,” through June 23 at the TriLakes Center for the Arts in Palmer

Reminder to artists Entries for the 2018 “Kaleidoscope Juried Exhibition” will be accepted (actual artwork) on June 30 from 9-11 a.m. at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Jurying will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same day. Unaccepted work pickup 1-3 p.m. same day. Fee $10 per entry — no limit on number of entries. Exact cash only. Volunteers: If you volunteer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30, you may submit four works free. Ceramics, drawing, jewelry, glass, metals, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking. Juror is ACC Art Department chair Angela Faris Belt. Closing reception August 3, 5-7 p.m. Exhibit July 2 to Aug. 3. Phamaly musical “Into the Woods” by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim is Phamaly Theatre Company’s Summer 2018 performance from July 12 to Aug. 5 at the Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Champa streets. Christy Montour Larson is director. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $29, except July 14, Big Night. 303-893-4100. For July 14 tickets, contact 10 and over. Benchmark Theatre “The Arsonists,” by Jacqueline Goldfinger will open June 22, running through July 21 at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. (No performance July 6.) Tickets: $30/$20. Benchmark Theatre, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. (For-

merly The Edge Theater)., info@benchmarktheatre. com. A play with music. Audubon Nature Center Families, and especially fathers, are invited to the Audubon Nature Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on June 16, where HawkQuest will present live eagle and hawk demonstrations. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic beforehand, and baked pretzels will be provided. Ticket sales will support the Audubon Center (members free, non-member fathers $5, other adults and teens $16, additional children $8). Limited seating — reserve in advance ( fathers-day-eagle-fest). The center is at 11280 S. Waterton Road,, 303-973-9530. Performance Now “The Secret Garden,” based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, will be performed by Highlands Ranchbased Performance Now Theatre Company from June 15 to July 1, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Tickets: $20-$36: 303-987-7845, Art at college The Arapahoe Community College Workforce and Community Programs’ Annual Student and Instructor Art Exhibition, “Spectrum,” runs through June 21 at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at ACC, Littleton Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Closing reception: June 21, 5-7 p.m. Music by Scherzando Strings. Light refreshments.

Audubon Society’s Falcon Fest returns for fourth year STAFF REPORT

When asked about their introduction to the world of birds, Audubon Society of Greater Denver members often share stories about grandfathers showing a delicate bird nest out the back window, or a pair of old binoculars being handed off on a family

camping trip. That’s why, in 2015, the society decided to create an event to help ensure the creation of birding memories that last a lifetime. With the success of its ever-popular bird-banding Mother’s Day breakfast, which sells out year after year, a Father’s Day event seemed like the perfect addition.


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Two new Colorado titles for a reader’s bookshelf Leadville, highest peaks are in spotlight as books are listed on Amazon BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

South-area readers follow many interests related to Colorado through print — on paper and online. Some of us build a small — or sizable — collection over the years. Among the new titles are a pair available through Amazon: • The first book, “Two Miles High and Six Feet Under,” is a mystery based in historic Leadville circa 1895, when it was a large, busy, often violent mining town needing a boost in revenue. Centennial author Gary “G. Eldon” Smith, who incorporates humor and fact into a realistic account of adventures of his fictional young attorney/ detective-type, Andrew Coyle, Esq. It seems that inventive residents, in the light of a silver crash, have decided to build a huge Ice Palace and attract folks from Denver and elsewhere to pay to visit it. And, hopefully, stay for lunch or dinner and some shopping! This project had to be organized like a business to handle design, construction methods and the management of finances as they

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cash drawer? Coyle is offered a temporary job, auditing/ investigating the matter, which probably involves an inside job. Many local notables had invested in this project and did not trust each other. Smith’s colorful descriptions of the scene in this wild and woolly city are based on the extensive information available via newspapers, journals, records and many photographs. When Coyle arrives in Leadville, he spots a huge block of ice that contains a recognizable corpse — of one Burton Poindexter — who supposedly got drunk and fell in a pond where he froze. Some jokers cut out a large cube and installed it in the Crystal Palace when no one was looking. A murder? “Certainly in cold blood!” The body was sent to the coroner and Coyne next was taken to the Vendome Hotel and introduced to Doc James who provided him with office space. Readers with some familiarity with Leadville’s colorful history will enjoy the details Smith has collected. After the elaborate Ice Palace opened, townspeople were urged to form a crowd to meet the trains from Denver, which brought many paying customers, and parade them to the towering structure to marvel, and hopefully, to spend a bunch of money! Some competition appears between the sheriff and the chief of police as to who’s in charge. The newspaper reporter follows the situation, another murder occurs — and then another … All along, Smith fills in great details of clothing, food, housing, businesses, types of individuals one might find in such a location. Creative story-

telling, backed by accurate historical research. And a lively story to go well with a tall, cold drink and a shady tree or umbrella outside … • The second book is “Surviving the Colorado 14ers: A Family’s Journey from Quandary to Capitol” by David, Mark and Dennis Witte. Some competition may arise as an increasing number of avid hikers “collect 14ers” and compare notes about those beautiful peaks that appear as one flies into Denver — or drives in across the plains — or perhaps they appear from a highenough west-facing window, beckoning to some lucky residents. “Surviving the Colorado 14ers” contains detailed thoughts on gear, food, LOTS of water, planning and timing — and most especially, how to stay safe as one gains in skills. Route-finding, analyzing weather, learning wilderness first aid techniques and efficient planning and packing are discussed in detail. The Witte family — a father and two sons — first developed an interest 27 years ago and have “accomplished together what avid climbers aspire to: climbing all of Colorado’s 54 14ers,” a concept first developed in 1920 by Carl Blaulock and William Ervin, after they sat atop Mount Eolus in the San Juans and spun stories about their personal adventures … They completed what they knew and a list of those who had completed all 54 “trickled in over the next 67 years and by 1990, approximately 500 had finished,” according to Jacobs and Ormes in “A Guide to the Colorado Mountains,” now published by the Colorado Mountain Club — and one of the basics for that projected shelf… The Wittes: Midwesterners, father Dennis and sons Mark and David, have joyfully planned new Colorado mountain excursions through the years, starting with training by professional mountaineers, they write. In recent years, young grandsons have joined the men and thoughtful notes on pintsized hikers are excellent. (“Dad, My Legs Are Tired …”) They have carefully recorded climbs as they conquered another and another peak — and given a lot of thought to how to not only enjoy, but climb safely as they have progressed to the most difficult Class 3 and 4 climbs — and introduced a third generation of younger Wittes to these adventures when they were ready, one as young as 4. (And consistently got off that peak by noon …) An ongoing resource cited is, which they consult for description of peak, conditions, trailheads, routes, etc. The website is updated by climbers and available to all. This very complete compilation of experiences concludes with a section on “14ers in Winter.” (But first — master those easy ones in summer!)

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Lymlight is a new website working to connect musicians with hosts of house shows. These low-impact events mainly require a place for people to sit and a love of music.


Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Quiet Slang at Globe Hall James Alex is a rare kind of person in 2018 — a true believer in the cathartic, healing and transcendent power of rock. His band, Beach Slang, brings all the raucous fun and shout-along worthy choruses that made early rock and punk so much fun in the first place. But now James is turning the volume down a little with Quiet Slang, the acoustic version of Beach Slang. It’s a testament to the depth of James’ tunes that they take on a whole other level when played acoustically. Quiet Slang will be making a stop at the Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. in Denver, at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 18. For tickets, visit

Butterfly Pavilion marks Pollinator Week It seems like every day or month of the year is in honor of something — everything from National Cheese Day to National Old Maids Day (both real). For fans of the animals that keep the world green and growing, Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion is marking June 18 through 24 as its annual Pollinator Week. This pollinator celebration is included with general admission and features animal and plant encounters, a milkweed seed giveaway, guided garden explorations, crafts, games, beeswax candle-making and a new sommelier-led honey tasking and food paring for those 21 and older. In addition, there will be free honey tastings of Local Hive by Rice’s Honey from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in all 19 Colorado Sam’s Club locations, with the Thornton location as the main hub of activity. Visitor information can be found at

Digging in the dirt with DMNS Growing up I always wanted to be a paleontologist and try my hand at finding dinosaur bones. I wasn’t the only child who held similar hopes and, sadly, most of us didn’t go on to realize those dreams. But the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has quite the opportunity for us who still have an interest in getting our hands dirty. The public is invited to be a part of an excavation project at the Magic Mountain archaeological site, located near Apex Park just outside of Golden. Free public tours and excavation opportunities with professional archaeologists will be offered June 20 through 27 and July 5 through 13. The research team is working to better understand mobility patterns, seasonal use and site activities during the Early Ceramic Period (200-1000 CE). Reservations for the free tours and excavation opportunities at Magic Mountain are available first come, first served at

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By using Lymlight — which is free for everyone — musicians can connect with people interested in hosting a show at their place, and vice versa. Most of the musicians who are interested in playing house shows are moving into markets or areas they’ve never been before, McKee said. “By making the house show process easier and more accessible we’re looking to change the landscape of what the live experience can be,” she added. “They’re a great option for indie artists.” The site also has a range of resources available for those new to hosting. Arvada resident Melissa Rozeski had never attended a house show before she met McKee but fell in love with them after a performance she hosted for her birthday. “We had people bring food and drinks. It was almost like a potluck,” she said. “The best part was the musician would chat with the guests before and after. It gave all of us a chance to support musicians we enjoy.” Ensuring house shows arranged through Lymlight are ethical was of vital importance to McKee — which means making it possible for musicians to make a living. Guests to events made on the platform must buy a ticket to the show through the platform for tax purposes. This ensures both musician and host are aware of how many seats are getting filled based on the number of tickets sold for each

event. When tickets to a show are sold, upon completion of the show, the ticket sales will automatically be deposited into the musician’s bank account.

“I think house shows are the logical next step in the music economic system,” Hauser said. “You just know you’re going to have a good experience at these shows.”

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ay one of the annual Parker Days Festival capped off with country music star Trace Adkins rocking the main stage June 7 in downtown Parker. Adkins played for 90 minutes in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 to kick off the four-day annual event. He dedicated the show to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that helps wounded veterans and active duty service members reclaim their lives. Adkins was the biggest name to perform during the weekend and the biggest country music artist to play in the festival’s 30-year history. The crowd roared at his deep baritone voice and country twang.

He sang songs from throughout his 22-year career, from crowd-favorite party anthems like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” to sweet, nostalgic hits like “You’re Gonna Miss This.” The Kory Brunson Band opened for Adkins on the main stage. The country band is known for its Colorado country sound and has played across the state. The Parker Days Festival continued through Sunday and featured more than 30 local musicians. Several thousand people turned out to kick off one of the largest area events of the summer. The Parker Chamber of Commerce hosted the festival, which ropes off Mainstreet of downtown Parker every year for vendors, games and carnival rides.

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Music, arts festival returns for two days of good times Highlands Ranch park is site for variety of performances BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

In 2006, the active Highlands Ranch Concert Band decided to share its members’ joy in music with a wider community and launched a free Summer Music and Arts Festival, with a few other local bands on site to play for family audiences. In 2018, the 13th Annual Free Summer Music and Arts Festival takes place in Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, on June 23 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and 24 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

This year’s version will include 15 musical groups, scheduled for a 45-minute set each, starting every hour. This is a free, two-day family event. Music will range from pops to jazz to swing and classical and patriotic tunes — probably all by the same group in some cases! Also on hand will be a number of vendors with food, services and products at the Festival Marketplace. Inviting Civic Green Park has a nice stage in an amphitheater. Visitors need to bring blankets or folding chairs if they want to sit and enjoy a concert or more. Picnics are encouraged — or buy a snack from the festival’s vendors — pizza is mentioned on the band’s website …

The bandshell in Civic Green Park, on Ridgeline Boulevard in Highlands Ranch, will be the focus at the Summer Music and Arts Festival, with 15 musical groups performing June 23-24 at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch. It is organized by the Highlands Ranch Concert Band.


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CLUBS On the Rox Sports Bar, 11957 Lioness Way, Parker. Topics include items of general libertarian interest and organization for local activism to make a difference in our political landscape. All welcomed.

Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to Deadline is noon Wednesday a week before publication. Political Douglas County Democrats executive committee meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at various sites. Contact Mike Jones at 720-509-9048 or email Socialdiscussion meetings take place in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree and Roxborough. Visit and click on calendar for more information. Douglas County Republican Women meets at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday each month at the Lone Tree Golf and Hotel for dialogue about current issues presented by informative speakers. Call Barbara Piper at 303-768-8370 or go to or Highlands Ranch, Roxborough, and Lone Tree Democrats meet at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month for topical speakers and lively discussion at the James H. LaRue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Visit for more information. Highlands Republican Club meets at 7 a.m. every last Friday of the month at Salsa Brava, 52 W. Springer Drive, Highlands Ranch. Speakers of local, state and national political office address the group. Contact Jeff Wasden, 303-683-5549 or Libertarian Party of Douglas County: 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at

Parker Democrats meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month for discussion of timely topics, led by knowledgeable speakers, at the South Metro Fire Station 45, 16801 Northgate Drive, Parker. Visit www. for information. Professional AAUW, American Association of University Women, Littleton-South Metro Branch, invites graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from an accredited institution to participate in activities that advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For details on upcoming events and membership information contact BNI Connections (www.thebniconnections. com) invites business owners to attend its meeting held each Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle. There is no charge to attend a meeting as a guest. Please visit or contact Jack Rafferty, 303-414-2363 or jrafferty@ Business Leads Group meets at 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays at LePeep at Quebec Street and County Line Road. Call Rita Coltrane at 303-792-3587. CERTUS Professional Network meets for its Highlands Ranch networking event from 2-3:30 p.m. the second Wednesday

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of the month at Corner Bakery Café, 1601 Mayberry Drive, Highlands Ranch. Build your network, grow your business, network less. Our events are structured to connect professionals with the resources, power partners and leaders to expand their business and the business of others. Open to all industries, includes 30 minutes of open networking and organized introductions to the group. Cost: $12 non-CERTUS members at the door. First participants pay half price. RSVP not required. More info about CERTUS™ Professional Network at http:// Highlands Ranch Business Leads Inc., call Dale Weese at 303-978-0992. Highlands Ranch Chamber Leads Group meets at 11:45 a.m. Mondays at The Egg and I in Town Center at Dorchester and Highlands Ranch Parkway. Call Jim Wolfe at 303-703-4102. Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, call 303-791-3500. Highlands Ranch Leads Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at Le Peep on South Quebec Street. Call Kathy at 303-692-8183. Highlands Ranch Leads Club meets at 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at The Egg and I in Town Center at Dorchester and Highlands Ranch Parkway. Call Del Van Essen at 303-3023139. League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties encourages community members to participate in one of our three monthly meetings. Help us create a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. Feel free to call or email Jo Ann Feder at 904-608-3932 or jolvs10s@gmail. com for details. Recreation Camping Singles is a group of Colorado single adults who enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, biking, sightseeing, photography, the camaraderie of others, and starry nights around the camp fire. We usually camp in designated forest service or state park campgrounds within 2 to 5 hours of Denver. We welcome all single adults. Our membership ranges from the 40s to 60-plus. We usually meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. For specific meeting information, contact campingsingles@ Chess Club meets from 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays at the James H. LaRue Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Drop in to play a serious social game; no fees or charges. Clocks and ratings rarely used. Sets and boards provided. An informal ladder helps to pair you against your equals; all ages welcome. Contact Frank Atwood, 720-260-1493 or Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited: 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Cresthill Middle School, 9195 Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch. Go to www.


Douglas County Elks Lodge 2873 meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Calf Building at Lowell Ranch, 2330 S. East I-25 Frontage Road, Castle Rock. All “Stray Elks” are invited to attend and to be involved in the growth and

activities of this new social and community service organization. Call 303-941-0135 or e-mail Falcon Youth Sports Association baseball board meeting is at 7 p.m. every fourth Thursday at Highlands Ranch Community Association offices, 48 W. Springer Drive. Call 303-791-6244.


Falcon Youth Sports Association executive board meetings are at 7 p.m. every second Y Wednesday at the Highlands Ranch Community Association offices, 48 W. Springer Drive. Call 303-791-6244. Front Range Woodturners Club meets from 6-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the basement of the Rockler Woodworking store at 2553 S Colorado Blvd. Anyone interested in woodturning is welcome. Contact Jim Proud at cavaleon1956@gmail. com for more information.

GED Prep Class Douglas County Libraries offers GED preparation classes for those ages 17 and older. Classes offered at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Parker Library, 10851 S. Crossroads Drive; and at 6 S p.m. Tuesdays at the Philip S. Miller Library, A 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Registration is required; call 303-791-7323 or Highlands Ranch Cycling Club has weekly rides and a variety of cycling experiences for the cycling enthusiast. The club also meets regularly for club business. Visit or call Bernie Greenberg, 303-791-6792. Highlands Ranch Garden Club. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice, you will always find something of interest at the Highlands Ranch Garden Club. For information, visit

A Learn to Fly Fish: 9-11 a.m. Saturdays at Orvis Park Meadows, 8433 Park Meadows Center Drive, Unit 149, Lone Tree. The free Fly Fishing 101 course teaches the basics including fly casting, outfit rigging, and knot tying. After completing FF101, sign up H for the free FF201 class at a local stocked pond and practice hooking, playing and landing fish. For information or to sign up, call 303-768-9600 or go to www.orvis. com/s/park-meadows-colorado-orvisretail-store/620.

Monday Morning Links Ladies Golf League open to women golfers ages 21 and older. Applications and information M and available at The Links Golf Course Pro Shop. Contact Sherrie Mitchell at 303-7994583 or Running Club meets at 7:30 a.m. every Saturday in the parking lot of Southeast Christian Church. Walkers, joggers and runners are welcome. Call John at 720842-5520. Salty Dog Sailing Club If you love to sail or want to try, if you don’t have a boat, if you have a boat but don’t sail enough because you cannot find a crew, the Salty Dog Sailing Club is for you. The club meets the second Thursday of the month. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with the business meeting commencing at 7 p.m. Go to www. for meeting locations and directions. SEE CLUBS, P27


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SilverSneakers Fitness, Silver&Fit at ACC The Arapahoe Community College fitness center offers the SilverSneakers Fitness and Silver&Fit programs for seniors in the south metro Denver area. For more information about health and fitness options at ACC, call 303-797-5850 Yoga class. Health Ministries at St. Andrew United Methodist Church welcomes the community to their health class: Yoga helps improve flexibility, balance, alignment, posture, toning, strengthening, relaxation and awareness. Class is offered from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. Sessions are 10 weeks, and drop-ins are welcome. Cost is $90 per 10 weeks or $15 per session. All levels are welcome. For information, contact the leader Martha who has taught yoga for many years, Call 720-480-2164, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Call 303-794-2683 for information or visit www. Service AAUW (American Association of University Women), founded in 1881, is the oldest women’s organization in the United States. It has a mission of promoting equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Scholarships are provided to Douglas County women who are in college, and cash awards are presented to senior girls from Douglas County high schools who have an interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Meetings are in Castle Rock the third Wednesday of the month, at various times and locations. Go to Contact Beryl Jacobson at 303-688-8088 or American Legion Highlands Ranch Post 1260 meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Northridge Recreation Center, 8801 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch. Call 720-663-1260. Highlands Ranch Lions Club: 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month, except June and July, at IHOP, 9565 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world and is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Highlands Ranch club has celebrated its 20th anniversary. Contact 303-955-4353 or Mansion tours. The Highlands Ranch Metro District invites the public to visit the Highlands Ranch Mansion for free during regular open hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Visit or call 303-791-0177. Taize-style service, a meditative hour of prayer, song, scripture and the labyrinth,


the south end of Chatfield State Park. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a Hawkquest presentation that features live falcons and other birds of prey. Fathers can participate in a prize drawing from Breckenridge Brew-

Social The Breakfast Club: A great way for single people ages 50-plus to meet new friends and have fun. We are an active and social group enjoying activities ranging from card games to white-water rafting, international and domestic travel to bowling, and all things in between. Our signature breakfast, which takes place at 8:30 a.m. every third Saturday, is at The Ridge Golf Club in Castle Pines. Interested? Call our hotline at 303814-8428 or go to Castle Rock Bridge Club plays a friendly, ACBL-sanctioned duplicate game at 1 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at Plum Creek Golf Club, 331 Players Club Drive, Castle Rock. For assistance in finding a bridge partner, call Georgiana Butler at 303-810-8504. Go to “CHAI” Lands Ranch/South Denver Metro Jewish Community Company. Call 303470-6652. Duplicate Bridge ACBL sanctioned open game at noon Mondays at The Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree. Reservations are required; partners are arranged. Call Sue at 303-641-3534. Genealogy 101 is a small group of novice and advanced non-professional genealogists who meet at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month in Room 206 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch. The group is geared to assist each other in our journeys into discovering the lives of our ancestors. No fees. Great Books. Great Books Discussion Groups meet at Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock (Philip S. Miller). Great Books is a forum for thoughtful adults to read and discuss significant works of fiction, philosophy, political science, poetry and drama. Afternoon and evening times are available; groups meet once every 2-4 weeks. No registration is required. For information, call 303-791-7323 or visit High Plains Chapter, Order of DeMolay, meets at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Monday in the Parker area. With Walt Disney, Mel Blanc and Walter Cronkite counted among its alumni, you won’t find another organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21 years that offers character building, leadership training, and life skill development more than DeMolay. Contact the chapter for more information.

ery in Littleton. All ticket sales go to support the Audubon Nature Center. Fathers who are Audubon Society members are admitted free; non-member fathers are admitted for $5. Cost is $16 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12. Advance registration is suggested. Find more at www.

Fire trucks, new and old, will roll down Main Street on June 16 for the 33rd annual Fire Truck Parade & Muster. COURTESY PHOTO


“I hope people take away that these are people who really care about your safety,” Gorman said. “People are critical of government, as they should be, but a lot of time and preparation goes into keeping citizens safe. We’re proud to get a chance to demonstrate that.” Baker said he intends for South Metro and Littleton’s firefighters to keep the parade and muster going. “I want to reassure people that we’ll continue to support and expand on what they’ve enjoyed in the past,” Baker said. “The same brave men

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and women who have cared for them and their families will still be there in the future. They might just have a different T-shirt on.” Littleton Fire Rescue Chief Chris Armstrong and department spokeswoman Jackie Erwin did not respond to requests for comment. Organizers stressed that active-duty fire equipment is subject to being called out on emergencies during the event, and reminded parents to pack sunscreen, hats and a change of clothes in case kids get soaked. The event, now in its 33rd year, is hosted by Mile High Hook & Ladder — an antique fire truck club — and Schomp Automotive. Fundraising efforts at the event support Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Burn Center.


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is offered from 6:45-7:45 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3350 E. White Bay Drive, Highlands Ranch. Child care is provided for this hour. The labyrinth is also available for individual meditation and prayer from 4 p.m. until the service on fourth Thursday, and from 4-8 p.m. on the second Thursdays. Call 303-794-2683 or visit com.

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Painters’ views of Littleton being displayed at Depot Gallery reveals what 50 artists saw as they recorded cityscapes BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

On May 30 and June 1, readers may have observed assorted folks — wearing a straw or other hat — paintbrush in hand and a palette of bright paints at the ready, as they worked to capture a scene on Littleton’s Main street, at Aspen Grove, in surrounding streets, yards, parks and gardens … They were among the group of 50 who registered with the Littleton Fine Arts Guild for the fourth annual Plein Air Festival. “Plein air painting is a tradition and method of creating art, celebrated by artists over the centuries,” according to Patty Dwyer, festival chair. “Many think of Monet and

“Sitting Pretty” by Deborah McAllister was awarded Best of Show by juror Lorenzo Chavez. An exhibit of paintings produced during the festival will be at the Depot Art Gallery, Littleton. COURTESY PHOTO his work inspired at Giverny — his famous gardens. Plein air festivals are held throughout the U.S. and draw crowds and great interest.” She promised that the resulting pieces “will celebrate all that is Littleton—historic buildings,

gardens, open space, vistas and urban life.” Indeed they do! The flurry of painting resulted in a colorful, inviting exhibit of smallish artworks, hung closely together on the walls of the Depot Art Gallery,

2069 W. Powers Ave., through July 1. And, they are for sale at modest prices — perhaps a perfect wedding gift for a couple establishing a new home — or a graduate, furnishing a first apartment …

The visitor is greeted by bright splashes of sunlit color, bouncing off of flowers, leaves, architecture, water and more. (This year’s weather was excellent, versus a previous time, when it rained a lot and paintings included puddles.) The quickly framed and hung (on the afternoon on June 1) exhibit, which still bore a faint aroma of notquite-dry oil paint four days later, opened with a large crowd on First Friday, June 1, as part of monthly Littleton Art Walks — and related History Walks, offered by Historic Littleton Inc. members. (HLI was among a group of local sponsors who supported the festival — a thanks to all who did so.) The juror for the show was nationally recognized Parkerbased painter/teacher Lorenzo Chavez, who picked “Sitting Pretty” by Deborah McAllister as Best of Show. Her image is of an old red truck — with a lighter-colored, obviously SEE PAINTERS, P39

MILESTONES In the Military U.S. Air Force Airman Jared A. Chavez-Apodaca graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Chavez-Apodaca airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Chavez-Apodaca is the son of Felix Apodaca and Tiffany Chavez, of Littleton, and a 2017 graduate of ThunderRidge High School. School Notes Skyview Academy students Scott Clousing and Daniel Orbidan earned Platte River Power Authority’s senior division Energy Innovation and Efficiency award during a competition in April 2018 at the state science fair. In addition to the recognition, the students received an award of $150 to support their future work in the field of energy. Kyle Ashley, of Highlands Ranch,

was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Hannah Avner, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gabe Barnard, of Highlands Ranch, received the 2018 Montana State University presidential scholarship. Barnard is a graduate of Mountain Vista High School, and plans to major in engineering with a minor in photography. He received the Golden Citizen Award, selected by the teachers and staff at Mountain Vista. He worked as an editor-in-chief of his high school media program and was named the Colorado reporter of the year by the Colorado Student Media Association. He was a member of the National Honor and Spanish National Honor Societies. He is the son of Natalie and Ross Barnard, of Denver. Rebecca Basham, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 president’s list at the University of Alabama. Annalise Theiler Bell, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list with high honors at McDaniel College. Jessica Benson, of Highlands Ranch,

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was named to the spring 2018 dean’s list at Michigan Technological University. Benson is a graduate of Rock Canyon High School, and is majoring in biomedical engineering. Connor Berens, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Iowa. Joseph Bonnel, of Highlands Ranch, spent the fall 2017 semester in Luxembourg as part of a study abroad group. Bonnel, a marketing major at Miami University, also was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list. Anne Borelli, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Iowa. Michaela Brezin, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Brendan J. Bryan, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Adam Burgess, of Littleton, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Seide Cimbura, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Robert Eugene Cincotta, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Abigail Cousins, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Madison H. Crepeau, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Connor Croan, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin

Cities. Tabitha B. Diehl, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 honor roll at Rhodes College. Emersen Elan Dodge, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Eleanor Drummond, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Cornell College. Max Samuel Dunevitz, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 president’s honor roll at Washington State University. Kathleen Fedorowicz, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Haley Ilana Fried, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Georgia Gallagher, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Daniel J. Gardalen, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Rebecca Ashley Gillard, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Matthew Hagan, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the dean’s list at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Katelyn Renee Hekkert, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. SEE MILESTONES, P31

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HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to Deadline is noon Wednesday a week before publication. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Need: Volunteers to help older, lower-income taxpayers prepare their tax returns. Requirement: All levels of experience are welcome; training and support provided. Contact: 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) or Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter: Provides care and support to 67,000-plus families dealing with all kinds of dementing illnesses. Need: Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee members. Requirements: Individuals who love to help plan and execute Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Contact: Deb Wells, 303-813-1669 or Angel Heart Project: Delivers meals to men, women and children with life-threatening


mounted a grassroots campaign touting credentials on education that lifted her to victories in the March caucuses and the state party assembly in April. Rivals Mike Johnston, a former state senator, and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis accused Kennedy of reneging on a cleancampaign pledge after a pro-Kennedy PAC ran an ad smearing their records on K-12 schools and higher education. Kennedy garnered the support of the powerful Colorado Education Association teachers’ union and has trumpeted her role in writing a constitutional amendment that was designed to increase public schools funding yearly. Johnston, a former school principal and state senator, challenged Kennedy to disavow the ad in a recent debate. She declined to do so. With repeated mass shootings, he’s also holding citizen forums to discuss gun policy — including “red flag” laws intended to temporarily remove weapons from those deemed a threat to themselves or others. Polis is a five-term congressman, former state board of education member and self-made millionaire and philanthropist whose platform emphasizes publicly funded preschool and kindergarten, forgiveness of college debt, single-payer health care and renewable energy. He, too, attacked Kennedy for the ad and cites his own education credentials, which include founding New America Schools in Colorado and New Mexico for immigrant young adults. Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne casts herself as a nonpartisan manager and problem-solver, citing her extensive leadership experience in health care and as Hickenlooper’s “chief operating officer.” Lynne has focused on another major issue for Democrats: Protecting President Barack Obama’s health care law while seek-

illnesses. Need: Volunteers to deliver meals to clients in the south Denver area. Requirements: Attend an orientation and submit to a background check. Training provided to all new drivers. Deliveries start at 1 p.m. and last until 3 p.m. Contact: 303-830-0202 or volunteer@ Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Provides foster care for death-row shelter dogs and cats throughout Colorado. Need: Foster families for animals on lists to be euthanized Contact: www.animalrescueoftherockies. org. Arapahoe Philharmonic: Littleton-based orchestra Need: board members to join a team in the oversight and policy-making of a local cultural institution. Requirements: Must have an appreciation for classical music, a commitment to music education, and some understanding of the Denver area cultural scene, as well as professional experience in one or more of

ing ways to lower health care costs and expand coverage. Republicans State Treasurer Walker Stapleton heads a field that collectively vows to defend any Democratic attempt to tamper with Colorado’s constitutional Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which leaves it to voters to approve tax hikes. All vow to fight any Democratic move toward a single-payer health system. Despite prodigious fundraising, Stapleton stumbled his way into the primary after citing possible fraud by a contractor who gathered petitions on his behalf. He has recently aligned himself with President Donald Trump on immigration and other issues, but faces rivals’ questions over his participation in a bid by lawmakers to rescue Colorado’s state employee pension plan. Doug Robinson is a first-time candidate who casts himself as a pragmatic conservative and, like his competitors, vows to protect gun rights. He stops short of calling for radical changes to Medicaid expansion or the Obama health care law. Businessman Victor Mitchell, a former state representative, invested significantly in his own campaign and stresses his financial background. Mitchell’s ads have emphasized he’ll stop Colorado from becoming another California, stressing the state’s rapid population growth and road congestion. Greg Lopez is a former Parker mayor who served as area director of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Lopez made the primary by challenging Republicans to embrace and enroll Hispanic voters. He shares the Trump administration’s antipathy toward so-called “sanctuary cities.” Unaffiliated voters State voters in 2016 approved changes that allow Colorado’s

the following areas: leadership, strategic planning, arts education, management, law, information technology, fundraising, finance, project management, marketing, human resources or nonprofit administration. Must attend monthly board meetings, assist with projects, attend concerts and events. Info: Contact: Erin Acheson, 303-781-1892 or Arthritis Foundation, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter: Helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to care, advancements in sciences and community connections. Need: Walk to Cure Arthritis committee members and general office volunteer support. Requirements: Individuals who love to help plan and execute Walk to Cure Arthritis. We combat arthritis every day, so support from volunteers so that we can serve people is crucial. Contact: Amy Boulas,, 720-409-3143.

unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in either the Democratic or Republican primary without affiliating. The state’s 1.2 million active unaffiliated voters represent Colorado’s biggest voting bloc, and could previously vote in primaries only by registering with a party. The state’s two major parties have about 1 million active voters each. This year, most unaffiliated voters

ASSE International Student Exchange Program: Organizes student exchange programs. Need: Local host families to provide homes for boys and girls age 15-18 from a variety of countries. Contact: Cathy Hintz, 406-488-8325 or 800-733-2773 Audubon Society of Greater Denver: Provides engaging and educational birding and wildlife programs at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park and throughout the Denver metro area. Need: Volunteers lead birding field trips and assist with nature programs, office projects, fundraising and community events. Location: Chatfield State Park and offsite locations around Denver. Age Requirement: 18 years or older for yearround volunteers; 13-17 for summer camp programs. Contact: Kate Hogan at or 303-9739530. SEE VOLUNTEERS, P39

will receive two primary ballots — one for Democrats, one for Republicans. They can choose one; returning both will cancel their vote. The impact is uncertain, and Colorado’s primaries in 2014, the last non-presidential election year, didn’t feature gubernatorial contests. Primary turnout that year was nearly 22 percent of active voters.

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Ain’t Misbehavin’: playing through June 17 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. Tickets on sale at the box office or online at “Matilda, A Musical Review” auditions: 4 p.m. June 20 at Spotlight Performing Arts Center. For ages 6-18. Classes take place from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 20 to mid-September. Performance in mid-September. Go to www.spotlightperformers. com or call 720-44-DANCE. Peter Pan Jr.: July 20-21 at Mountain Vista High School. Presented by Front Range Theatre Company.

this week’s TOP FIVE Free Community Dinner: First Presbyterian Church is hosting a free community dinner 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 26. The church is at 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Volunteers will prepare smoked pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, creamy coleslaw, fresh fruit and handheld desserts. All are welcome and no reservations are required. Call 303-798-1389 or go to for information.

connection increases happiness, longevity and satisfaction in life. Join us in this program as we explore the connectivity of all living things. Taking our cue from the natural world where this connection is seemingly less complicated, we will soak up the wisdom of nature’s inner connection. Nine to noon, June 28. The Hub 8827 Lone Tree Parkway Lone Tree.

Kids’ Zone: Kids ages 8-12 can drop in at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch each Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m., this summer to enjoy kidfriendly fun and learning. 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. No registration required; more information available at 303-791-7323 or

TR Summer Sports Camp: The Recreation Center at Southridge is hosting a special needs sports camp for ages 8 and up, July 10 through July 31. Learn the skills necessary to play a variety of sports. Also learn the rules of the games, focusing on good sportsmanship, and teamwork. Visit for more information.

The Gift of Connection: A Program for Older Adults: Sometimes as we age our social connection decreases for a variety of reasons. Social


“In Living Color” Art Show: on display through July 31 at the James H. LaRue Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Watercolor and oil paintings of nature by local artists Patricia Nash and Judy S. Purcell. All available for purchase. Plein Air Workshop: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St. Led by Patricia Barr Clarke, longtime Denver area plein air painter. Sign up at Lessons and Lemonade: 9:30-11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturdays at Hobby Lobby, 10901 S. Parker Road, Parker. Parker Artist Guild classes for children in grades 4-8. Upcoming classes: June 23, graphite pet portraits, with Behnaz Ahmadian; July 14, mixed media Brockisms, with Toni Brock; July 28, parent-child class, small totem poles, with Judy Pendleton; Aug. 11, alcohol ink painting, with Candace French; and Sept. 8, pastels, with Kristin Paulson. All teachers are professional artists and members of the Parker Artists Guild. Registration required; go to Contact


Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Go to http:// 50s Sock Hop Dance Party: 8-10 p.m. Friday, June 22 at Adventures in Dance Studio, 1500 W. Littleton Blvd., Ste. 207, Littleton. Dress in 50s wear, and enjoy a night of ballroom, Latin, salsa, swing and tango to DJ tunes. Go to

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Money matters: Cash Flow Fundamentals: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Learn about how money flows in and out of your business. Go to

Summer Song, Christian Music Festival: 3-11 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village. Go to http://transparentproductions. com/events/summer-song.

Festival of Wishes: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at 3951 E. Maplewood Ave., Suite 126, Greenwood Village. Go to www. Celebration to raise money to help Make-A-Wish create wishes for children.

Dancing in the Streets Summer Concert: The Rumour: 6:30-8 p.m. June 27 in Commons Park at the Streets at SouthGlenn. Admission is free. Go to for information. Other concerts in the series are Premium Diesel, July 11; That Eighties Band, July 25; Tunisia, Aug. 8; and The Long Run, Colorado’s Tribute to The Eagles, Aug. 22.

Bus Tour of Southern Douglas County: June 23. Tour begins at the Castle Rock Museum, heads southwest to Maguireville and over to Cherry Valley, Greenland and Sandstone Ranch. The museum is at 420 Elbert St., Castle Rock. Lunch provided. Purchase tickets at


Rainwater Harvesting Workshop: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16 at Douglas County Open Space Hidden Mesa, north of Franktown. Registration required by June 13. Call 303-218-2622 or email

Downtown Walking Tours: 10:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of the month from June to September. The 45-minute tour begins at The Courtyard on Perry Street, between Third and Fourth streets, and will conclude at the Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert St. Contact 303-814-3164 or museum@ Freedom Service Dogs Graduation: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Celebrate with the trainers and volunteers who helped transform shelter dogs into service and professional therapy dogs. Go to https:// event/summer-graduation-2018/ Back to Basics Crafting: Beekeeping: 9 to 11 am. Saturday June 23 at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller. 100 S. Wilcox St. 100 S. Wilcox Street. Castle Rock. Learn

the basics of beginning apiculture from seasoned, experienced beekeepers. Adults. The event is free, but registration is required at 303-791-7323 or

Faces of Freedom Sporting Clays Tournament: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 29 at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club, 46700 E. County Road 30, Bennett. Teams of four; sponsorships available. Benefits Freedom Service Dogs. Go to Firecracker 5K: 8 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at Clement Park, Littleton. Free hot dogs, apple pie and frozen yogurt at the finish line. Kick off the holiday weekend while supporting Bonfils Blood Center. Prizes, refreshments and free stuff in the partner village; face painting and balloons for the kids. Go to and search “Firecracker 5K” to sign up. HRCA July 4th Parade: 8:45-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, along Highlands Ranch Parkway. Info:


Eating For Satiety: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13

at South Denver Heart Center, 1000 SouthPark Drive, Littleton. Free nutrition lecture on how to stay fuller on fewer calories. Go to http//

Divorce Adjustment Series: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial. Seven-week summer session covers information offered in the regular 10-week series, and participants in the modified series can participate in the full series starting in mid September. First meeting free. Contact 303-6691533 or Keto Diet 101: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, 11402 S. Parker Road, Parker. Learn about the keto diet and the what, why and how to succeed. Go to http://


Cash Flow Fundamentals: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Learn about how money flows in and out of your business. Go to http://www. training. Is Your School Future-Ready? 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 15 at 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree. Seminar will address gaps between schools and society, including information literacy, new forms of learning, engagement, economic, innovation and equity. Open to all education leaders. Bring laptop or tablet computer and charging cord. Go to portfolio/world-changing-schoolfuture-ready/ Do You Have an A-Team? 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree. Professional education lunch hour presentation on the 13 traits of high-performance teams. Registration includes lunch. Space is limited. Go to http://www. edutalks-do-you-have-an-a-team. Douglas County AAUW Scholarship: Douglas County residents in need of financial support while pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree should follow instructions and fill out application online at douglascounty-co.aauw. net. Application, transcripts and letters of recommendation are due by July 15. Scholarships awarded for the 2018 academic year may be used for tuition, books or childcare while attending school. Editor’s note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. To place a calendar item, go to eventlink.

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Sally Hamby, of Highlands Ranch, graduated in February from Western Governors University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Kendall Katherine Hanak, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list with high honors at McDaniel College. Morgan Harrison, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Whitney Hovater, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Olivia Johnson, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Kaleigh Cararra Kessel, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 president’s honor roll at Washington State University. Vito Lella, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 president’s list at the University of Alabama. Nicholas R. Leonard, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 president’s honor roll at Washington State University. Scott R. Lilly, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Colin Mccullough, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 president’s list at the University of Alabama. Kirby McDonald, of Highlands Ranch, graduated in February from

Western Governors University with a bachelor’s degree in business, human resource management. Jesse Mckinzie, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Bryce Meis, of Highlands Ranch, graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Colorado School of Mines. Bryce is the son of Stephanie and Norm Meis, of Highlands Ranch. Spencer Mickus, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at Georgia Institute of Technology. Cariana Morales, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at Georgia Institute of Technology. Austin S. Mueller, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Glen A. Norblom, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Morgan Michelle O’Connor, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Anabella K. Palmer, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Courtney Pomeroy, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 president’s list at the University of Alabama. Spencer Pozder, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the spring 2018 dean’s list at Northeastern University. Pozder is majoring in computer

engineering and is a member of the University Honors Program. Jason Saadeh, of Highlands Ranch, graduated in February from Western Governors University with a bachelor’s degree in information technology, security emphasis. John M. Schaffer, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Wichita State University. Taylor Schley, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 president’s list at the University of Alabama. Jamie S. Smiertelny, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Samantha Stevens, of Highlands Ranch, graduated in May with a master of business administration degree from Ohio Christian University. Hayley Rose Stromberg, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Keaton Thames, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the spring 2018 dean’s list at Michigan Technological University. Thames is a graduate of Highlands Ranch High School, and is majoring in engineering management. Reagan Tonner, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Bruno Velloso Trindade, of Highlands Ranch, graduated May 19 from Hastings College with a degree in business administration, marketing. Evan A. Trotter, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Elizabeth Tuller, of Highlands

Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Alabama. Tyler Tullis, of Highlands Ranch, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Tullis is a 2014 graduate of Mountain Vista High School. He has been accepted into the graduate program for medical physics at the University of Wisconsin. John Vallot, of Highlands Ranch, graduated in February from Western Governors University with an MBA. Patricia Van Law, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Patrick Veihman, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 president’s list at the University of Alabama. Avery J. Walcher, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Karla Wardell, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Devon Helen Wetteland, of Highlands Ranch, graduated with high distinction May 19 from Hastings College with a degree in marketing, web communication design. Darren Woon, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Miami University. Jessica A. York, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Alyssa Young, of Highlands Ranch, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University.

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Three prep athletes honored for track prowess Evans, Sloan head for college teams; Sprout has year remaining at Valor BY JIM BENTON JBENTON@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Maya Evans and Emily Sloan will head off to college carrying a combined 14 Colorado High School Activities Association state track titles with them. And, sophomore Cole Sprout of Valor Christian will be seeking more laurels in a third classification next season. Evans and Sloan have been selected as the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro co-winners of the Girls Track Athlete of Year award. Sprout is the boys’ winner. Evans, a Class 3A standout at Lutheran High School in Parker who will be attending and competing at Texas A&M, won three more individual state championships at the May 17-19 state track championships at Jeffco Stadium. She won the 100-meter dash in Class 3A in 12:02, the 200 meters in 24.88 and the long jump with a leap of 18:03.50. That gave her eight individual state titles to go along with another as a member of a relay team. “Maya is a special talent and one of the greatest athletes to ever participate in Colorado,” said Lutheran coach Darwin Horan. Sloan, who graduated from Rock Canyon in May, will continue her schooling and athletic career at Oregon after winning the 100- and 300-meter hurdles at the state meet to give her six state titles. She won her fourth straight 100-meter hurdles state title in 13:59 at last month’s state meet and her second 300


Emily Sloan, of Rock Canyon, is the coColorado Community Media South Metro Girls Track Athlete of the Year. PHOTOS BY JIM BENTON

Cole Sprout, of Valor Christian, is the Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Track Athlete of the Year. hurdles crown in 44.42, which was special after she fell in the 2017 state meet 300 finals with a big lead and crawled to a second-place finish. In the 300 hurdles state meet preliminaries, Sloan set an all-time Colorado record with a 40.60 clocking. “This will get my ready for Oregon,” Sloan said after winning on a cold,

Maya Evans, of Lutheran, is the co-Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Track Athlete of the Year. rainy final day of the state meet. “I had a goal of winning the 100 meters from my freshman year and I did that. And winning the 300 was good.” Sprout, who transferred from Faith Christian to Valor, won the Class 4A races in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at this season’s state meet after taking the 4A cross country title last fall for Valor. He was the runner-up in both track events for 3A Faith Christian in 2017

and next season he will be competing in 5A when the Eagles move up a classification. Sprout set a Colorado all-time classification record of 9:01.53 in the 3,200 on May 4 at the Jeffco championships. “I improved a lot during the track season,” said Sprout. “I’m looking forward to next year to see what I can do. Next year I want to break the mile record (1,600) and take down my twomile record (3,200).”

CHSAA leader brings her role into public view honda Blanford-Green, the former Aurora Central and University of Nebraska track standout, took over as the Colorado High School Athletic Association’s ninth commissioner last July. In her first year, Blanford-Green reached one of her goals of having the CHSAA commissioner become more visible so athletes, coaches, fans, parents and school administrators can recognize her. And, as she said, she has put a face to a name. Blanford-Green was seen at meetings and gatherings of cooperate sponsors, legislators and educational institutions. At the recent CHSAA baseball tournament, BlanfordGreen stopped to talk and visit with

fans in the crowd. She worked for the CHSAA for 16 years, including OVERTIME time as an associate commissioner. She was the executive director of the Nebraska Schools Activities Association for three years and spent two years as an assistant executive director of Jim Benton the Louisiana High School Association before taking over at the CHSAA. When she took over last July she emphasized that she was not a change agent, but a few of the proposals that the CHSAA Executive Council approved last April drew a smile on

Blanford-Green’s face. A change that Blanford-Green mentioned that was needed was one that allows Colorado athletes to represent their schools in national events. Colorado teams and individuals are now allowed to represent their schools out of season in national competitions if they get the permission of the school principal and CHSAA office. Before, these teams and individuals took part nationally as members of a club. Blanford-Green made it to all but one of the state championships and the one she missed was because of a conflict with another CHSAA state event. So this is a good spot to review the state titles won by local teams during the 2017-18 season.

Mountain Vista won the 5A boys baseball title to go along with boys and girls cross country crowns captured last fall. Valor Christian won its third consecutive 4A state baseball title and Eagles girls won the 4A state track championship. After taking home piggyback runner-up 5A football trophies, Pomona won the top prize last fall and the Panthers girls won the gymnastics title. Legend’s softball team won the school’s first sanctioned state title and Castle View took advantage of good fortune in the final pool play match and won two five-set matches to secure the 5A girls volleyball championship. SEE BENTON, P35

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June 14, 2018J Cherry Creek’s Payton Canon is the Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Golfer of the Year. COURTESY PHOTO

Creek’s Payton Canon chosen as Girls Golfer of Year Player brought character to team, helped set tone for championship BY JIM BENTON JBENTON@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Steady, consistent, unflappable were terms that could define the play of Cherry Creek’s Payton Canon this season on the golf course. Coach Randy Smith came up with another description for his senior golfer.

“She was a rock,” said Smith. “She was the reason we were in the position we were in. Talk about a Most Valuable Player.” Canon, who won three Centennial League meets and fashioned a round of 68 at Aurora Hills, tied for third place in the individual standings at the Class 5A state meet held May 21-22 at the Boulder Country Club. She was the lone senior on the team and leader for the Bruins who captured the team championship. SEE GOLFER, P35




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six homers. In her career, Valor won three Class 4A state championships and she compiled an 87-4 record with a 0.55 ERA and 998 strikeouts in 537.3 innings pitched.


Cherry Creek won both the 5A girls tennis and golf championships this spring and Jefferson Academy won a shootout to secure the girls 3A state soccer hardware. And not to forget the spirit championships, Valor won the 4A cheer event while Wheat Ridge was declared the 4A poms champs. ThunderRidge was the winner of the 5A poms title. Castle View took the 4A/5A co-ed crown while Ponderosa was the Jazz winner.

On the track At the Great Southwest track meet in Albuquerque which was held May 31-June 2, two local seniors were dominating. Emily Sloan, a Rock Canyon graduate, won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles in times of 13.54 and 41.10 respectively. Lutheran’s Maya Evans captured the long jump with a 20-10.75 leap. Two Mountain Vista distance runners didn’t win but had impressive times at the Festival of Miles in St. Louis on June 2. Carter Dillon was fourth in the mile run with a time of 4:10.34, which converts to a 4.08 in the 1,600 meters. Caden Foster was sixth in the race with a 4:11.24 with a conversion of 4:09 to 1,600.

Softball Player of the Year Valor Christian senior Ali Kilponen has been named Colorado’s Gatorade Softball Player of the Year. The four-year Eagles standout who has signed to pitch for Louisiana State went 22-1 in her senior year with an 0.42 earned run average and 273 strikeouts in 134 innings pitched with just 12 walks. And, she hit .466 with


The all-time Colorado 1,600 meter record is 4:10.98. Take me out to the ball game There were several players with ties to local schools that were selected during the three days of the Major League baseball draft. Former D’Evelyn athlete Grant Witherspoon, a centerfielder for Tulane, was tabbed in the fourth round by Tampa Bay and former Holy Family outfielder Devlin Granberg of Dallas Baptist College was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round. Cherry Creek grad Lane Milligan, an outfielder for Oklahoma City University, was a 17th-round choice of the Boston Red Sox and Standley Lake third baseman Garrett Martin was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 22nd round. Martin graduated in May and is committed to play at McClennan Junior College. Former Legend and Southern Illinois pitcher Michael Baird was a 23rdround pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Colorado Rockies selected

them up. It was up to me to stay upbeat. We had a lot of potential. “I thought I played well this season. I had my career low round.” Canon carded rounds of 75 and 77 for a 152 36-hole total at the state tournament. Her steady second round helped the Bruins rally past first-day leader Regis Jesuit and second-place Grandview to win the state title by two shots over the Wolves.


Canon has been named the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Golfer of the Year. “Before the state tournament, I just wanted to win,” said Canon. “If players were down, I wanted to pick

Centennial resident and Colorado Mesa left-handed pitcher Reagan Todd in the 32nd round. Riley Egloff, who pitched for Heritage this spring and is a Yavapai Junior College commit, was tabbed in the 36th round by the Miami Marlins, and the Rockies in the same round selected Rock Canyon shortstop Cayden Zimmerman, who intends to attend the Air Force Academy. Cornhusker commit Valor Christian senior-to-be Luke McCaffrey, who has been a quarterback, receiver, running back, defensive back and kick returner for the past three years, has committed to play football at Nebraska. He will be the fourth of the McCaffrey brothers to play major college football. Max played at Duke and Christian was a standout at Stanford. Max is currently with the NFL San Francisco 49ers and Christian plays for Carolina. Dylan McCaffrey is a redshirt freshman quarterback at Michigan.

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MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR DENVER MORTGAGE COMPANY, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 2/22/2012ground check. We provide the training. Recording Date of DOT: 2/23/2012 Contact: Kim Roth, 303-688-1026 or kim@ Reception No. of DOT: 2012012837 DOT Recorded in Douglas County. Original Principal Amount of Evidence of Debt: $152,800.00 Outstanding Principal Amount as of the date hereof: $139,375.95

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On the morning of June 1, anothLittleton NOTICE OF SALE event happened er “Quick-Paint” Public Trustee Sale No. 2018-0063 on Littleton’s historic Main street, To Whom It May Concern: On 3/16/2018 Austin’s sign FROM PAGE 28 2:39:00 with PM theCliff undersigned Public “One-Way” Trustee caused the Notice of Election and Demand relatleading into a familiar street scene ing to the Deed of Trust described below to be wonCounty. a First Place ribbon. Ausreplaced, door — parked in front ofrecordedthat in Douglas tin has a Littleton a cheerful yellow stucco house (circa Original Grantor: MATHEW A. EPP studio at WoodAND ASHLEY M. EPP lawn, where he paints and teaches. 1920s?). It is expertly rendered, with Original Beneficiary: Techniques and media vary — it’s clear colors, nice composition andMORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION INC. AS NOMINEE FORtime FIRSTto examworth taking extra popular subject — sure to be a visi-SYSTEMS, DIRECT LENDING, A LIMITED LIABILITY ine some works closely — with tors’ favorite. COMPANY, ITS SUCCESSORS ASSIGNS swooshes of wet watercolor, precise Participants’ activities includedAND Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: MORTGAGE softlyCOMPANY blended pastel lines and a “Quick-Paint” session at Aspen TOWNE and Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 12/10/2016 in line and style from Grove, with celebration/exhibit Recordinggreat Date ofvariety DOT: 1/5/2017 No. of DOT: those who2017000949 paint in oils and acrylat Rice on May 30. Lisa Hut’s “HotReception DOT Recorded in Douglas County. Principal of Evidence of Debt: OnAmount the right as one enters, are Spot,” of pink flowers in the cen- Original ics. twoPrincipal renderings ofofathe pink ter’s always-pleasing landscape, $353,733.00 Outstanding Amount as date rose at Aspen Grove — one soft pastel, won a First Place ribbon. This is hereof: $350,049.64 Spot” by Jan Hut, holds a blue the first time the shopping centerPursuant“Hot to C.R.S. §38-38-101 (4) (i), you are hereby notified that the covenants of the deed of ribbon. The other, a more has been included in the paint-out. trust have been violated as follows: Borrower's graphic make timely payments as required unis also well-presented Appropriate — it’s a prominent failure torendering der the Evidence of Debt and Deed of Trust. and appealing. part of the city’s business scene … THE LIEN Visitors FORECLOSED MAY NOT to BEallow A will want time May 31 was set aside for painters FIRST LIEN. for a close look at these modestly to roam through the city, parks and The property described herein is all of the paintings with very more — and pursue their particular propertysized encumbered by the lien of the some deed vision — with resulting glimpses of oftrust. fine detailing at times. It’s a different scale than one may be accushomes, parks, streets and even anLegal Description of Real Property: 7, ROXBOROUGH VILLAGE FILING NO. tomed to seeing in museums and apartment building or two — defi13, -LOTCOUNTY OF DOUGLAS, STATE OF COLORADO. galleries … nitely part of today’s scene. Which has the address of: 7846 Canvasback Circle, Littleton, CO 80125


Colorado Agricultural Leadership FounAYUSA: International Youth Exchange ProPursuant to C.R.S. §38-38-101 (4) (i), you are gram: Promotes quality exchange programs hereby notified that the covenants of thedation: deed of connecting People to Agriculture trustfrom have been violated through authentic educational programs for high school students around theas follows: Borrower's failure to make timely payments as required unand community projects. world. der the Evidence of Debt and Deed of Trust. Need: Regular care and feeding of CALF’s Need: Host families forTHE international high LIEN FORECLOSED MAY NOT BE A livestock. This is the perfect opportunity school students ages FIRST 15-18 studying in the LIEN. tooflearn Denver area. The property described herein is all the if your children are truly passionby the lien of the atedeed about owning and caring for an animal. Requirements: Provideproperty a safeencumbered home, meals of trust. Once per week. Morning or evening shifts and transportation for 5-10 months. All famLegal Description Real Property: available. ily types are considered. Must fill outofonline LOT 11, BLOCK 3, EXECUTIVE HOMES AT ROXBOROUGH VILLAGE FILING NO. 3, Requirements: None. We will train you. application and pass background check. COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, Contact: Brooke Fox, 303-688-1026 or Contact: Adrienne Bivens, 720-467-6430 STATE OF COLORADO.or, Go to Which has the address of: 10013 Westside Circle, Littleton, CO 80125

Castle Rock Senior Activity Center: Provides Colorado Agricultural Leadership FounNOTICE OF SALE services to local seniors. dation: connecting People to Agriculture The current holder of the Evidence of Debt Need: Volunteer drivers to take seniors to through authentic educational programs anddescribed secured by the Deed of Trust herein, filed written election and demand forappointments, sale as the grocery store, pharmacies community projects. has provided by law and in said Deed of Trust. and more. Need: Teachers or teachers at heart to lead THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that on or assist during outdoor eldpossible trips atsale CALF’s the fi first date (unless Contact: the sale is Juli Asbridge, 720-733-2292 continued*) at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, Lowell Ranch. Weekdays. Opportunities avail2018, at the Public Trustee’s office, 402 Wilcox Children’s Hospital Colorado South Camable April through October. Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, I will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder for pus, Highlands Ranch Requirements: Must be available during the cash, the said real property and all interest of said to Grantor(s), assigns 720-777-6887 Contact: week between 9:30 a.m. 2 p.m. Grantor(s)’ Back- heirs and

Public Notices NOTICE OF SALE

The current holder of the Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust described herein, has filed written election and demand for sale as provided by law and in said Deed of Trust.

Public Trustees PUBLIC NOTICE Littleton NOTICE OF SALE Public Trustee Sale No. 2018-0063 To Whom It May Concern: On 3/16/2018 2:39:00 PM the undersigned Public Trustee caused the Notice of Election and Demand relating to the Deed of Trust described below to be recorded in Douglas County.

Original Grantor: MATHEW A. EPP AND ASHLEY M. EPP Original Beneficiary: MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR FIRST DIRECT LENDING, A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: TOWNE MORTGAGE COMPANY Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 12/10/2016 Recording Date of DOT: 1/5/2017 Reception No. of DOT: 2017000949 DOT Recorded in Douglas County. Original Principal Amount of Evidence of Debt: $353,733.00 Outstanding Principal Amount as of the date hereof: $350,049.64

Pursuant to C.R.S. §38-38-101 (4) (i), you are hereby notified that the covenants of the deed of trust have been violated as follows: Borrower's failure to make timely payments as required under the Evidence of Debt and Deed of Trust. THE LIEN FORECLOSED MAY NOT BE A FIRST LIEN.

The property described herein is all of the property encumbered by the lien of the deed of trust.

Legal Description of Real Property: LOT 7, ROXBOROUGH VILLAGE FILING NO. 13, COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, STATE OF COLORADO. Which has the address of: 7846 Canvasback Circle, Littleton, CO 80125 NOTICE OF SALE

The current holder of the Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust described herein, has filed written election and demand for sale as provided by law and in said Deed of Trust.

THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that on the first possible sale date (unless the sale is continued*) at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Public Trustee’s office, 402 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, I will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, the said real property and all interest of said Grantor(s), Grantor(s)’ heirs and assigns therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedness provided in said Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys’ fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law, and will deliver to the purchaser a Certificate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the sale date is continued to a later date, the dead-

THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that on the first possible sale date (unless the sale is continued*) at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Public Trustee’s office, 402 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, I will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, the said real property and all interest of said Grantor(s), Grantor(s)’ heirs and assigns therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedness provided in said Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys’ fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law, and will deliver to the purchaser a Certificate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the sale date is continued to a later date, the deadline to file a notice of intent to cure by those parties entitled to cure may also be extended.

Public Trustees

If you believe that your lender or servicer has failed to provide a single point of contact (38-38-103.1 CRS) or they are still pursuing foreclosure even though you have submitted a completed loss mitigation application or you have been offered and have accepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 CRS), you may file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a complaint in and of itself will not stop the foreclosure process. First Publication: 5/17/2018 Last Publication: 6/14/2018 Publisher: Douglas County News Press Dated: 3/19/2018 CHRISTINE DUFFY DOUGLAS COUNTY Public Trustee The name, address and telephone numbers of the attorney(s) representing the legal holder of the indebtedness is: NICHOLAS H. SANTARELLI Colorado Registration #: 46592 9800 S. MERIDIAN BLVD. SUITE 400, ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO 80112 Phone #: (303) 706-9990 Fax #: (303) 706-9994 Attorney File #: 18-017654 *YOU MAY TRACK FORECLOSURE SALE DATES on the Public Trustee website : Legal Notice No.: 2018-0063 First Publication: 5/17/2018 Last Publication: 6/14/2018 Publisher: Douglas County News Press PUBLIC NOTICE Littleton NOTICE OF SALE Public Trustee Sale No. 2018-0079 To Whom It May Concern: On 3/27/2018 11:34:00 AM the undersigned Public Trustee caused the Notice of Election and Demand relating to the Deed of Trust described below to be recorded in Douglas County. Original Grantor: FELIPE GURULE Original Beneficiary: MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR DENVER MORTGAGE COMPANY, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 2/22/2012 Recording Date of DOT: 2/23/2012 Reception No. of DOT: 2012012837



Littleton NOTICE OF SALE Public Trustee Sale No. 2018-0079

To Whom It May Concern: On 3/27/2018 11:34:00 AM the undersigned Public Trustee caused the Notice of Election and Demand relating to the Deed of Trust described below to be recorded in Douglas County.

Original Grantor: FELIPE GURULE Original Beneficiary: MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR DENVER MORTGAGE COMPANY, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 2/22/2012 Recording Date of DOT: 2/23/2012 Reception No. of DOT: 2012012837 DOT Recorded in Douglas County. Original Principal Amount of Evidence of Debt: $152,800.00 Outstanding Principal Amount as of the date hereof: $139,375.95

Public Trustees

Pursuant to C.R.S. §38-38-101 (4) (i), you are hereby notified that the covenants of the deed of trust have been violated as follows: Borrower's failure to make timely payments as required under the Evidence of Debt and Deed of Trust. THE LIEN FORECLOSED MAY NOT BE A FIRST LIEN. The property described herein is all of the property encumbered by the lien of the deed of trust. Legal Description of Real Property: LOT 11, BLOCK 3, EXECUTIVE HOMES AT ROXBOROUGH VILLAGE FILING NO. 3, COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, STATE OF COLORADO. Which has the address of: 10013 Westside Circle, Littleton, CO 80125 NOTICE OF SALE The current holder of the Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust described herein, has filed written election and demand for sale as provided by law and in said Deed of Trust. THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that on the first possible sale date (unless the sale is continued*) at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the Public Trustee’s office, 402 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, I will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, the said real property and all interest of said Grantor(s), Grantor(s)’ heirs and assigns therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedness provided in said Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys’ fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law, and will deliver to the purchaser a Certificate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the sale date is continued to a later date, the deadline to file a notice of intent to cure by those parties entitled to cure may also be extended. If you believe that your lender or servicer has failed to provide a single point of contact (38-38-103.1 CRS) or they are still pursuing foreclosure even though you have submitted a completed loss mitigation application or you have been offered and have accepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 CRS), you may file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a complaint in and of itself will not stop the foreclosure process. First Publication: 5/24/2018 Last Publication: 6/21/2018 Publisher: Douglas County News Press

therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedness provided in said Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys’ fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law, and will deliver to the purchaser a Certificate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the sale date is continued to a later date, the deadline to file a notice of intent to cure by those parties entitled to cure may also be extended.

If you believe that your lender or servicer has failed to provide a single point of contact (38-38-103.1 CRS) or they are still pursuToyou advertise your public notices call 303-566-4100 ing foreclosure even though have submitted a completed loss mitigation application or you have been offered and have accepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 CRS), you may file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a complaint in and of itself will not stop the Public Notice foreclosure process. PUBLIC INVITATION TO BID First Publication: 5/24/2018 Last Publication: 6/21/2018 Separate sealed bids for MERIDIAN Publisher: Douglas County News Press BOULEVARD PHASE 1 PROJECT, PROJECT NUMBER CI 2018-007 will be received by the Dated: 3/28/2018 Owner, Douglas County Government, DepartCHRISTINE DUFFY ment of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. DOUGLAS COUNTY Public Trustee Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104, until Tuesday, July 10, The name, address and telephone numbers of 2018, at 2:00 p.m. This project consists of concrete pavement repair and other miscellaneous the attorney(s) representing the legal holder of work on Meridian Boulevard between Oswego the indebtedness is: Street and Belford Avenue ELIZABETH S MARCUS The Contract Documents will be available after Colorado Registration #: 16092 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 through 9800 S. MERIDIAN BLVD. SUITE 400, Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System Website ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO 80112 ( or they Phone #: (303) 706-9990 may be obtained at the above address. ElecFax #: (303) 706-9994 Attorney File #: 18-017886 tronic versions of the Plans obtained by any other means than as described above may not be *YOU MAY TRACK FORECLOSURE SALE complete or accurate, and it is the Bidder’s reDATES on the Public Trustee website : sponsibility to obtain a complete set of the Project Plans and Specifications. Douglas County will not be held responsible for misinLegal Notice No.: 2018-0079 formation received from private plan rooms. First Publication: 5/24/2018 Last Publication: 6/21/2018 A PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held at Publisher: Douglas County News Press 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104. All questions are due to Daniel Roberts, Project Engineer by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The Bid Opening will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the same address. PUBLIC NOTICE The Project includes the following major items DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD and approximate quantities: OF EQUALIZATION • 22,900 square yards of concrete pavement Pursuant to §39-8-104 C.R.S., notice is hereby • 14,000 linear feet of curb and gutter given that beginning July 2, 2018 the Douglas • 32,000 square feet of sod County Board of Equalization will meet to re• 22 inlets view the assessment roll of all taxable property • 6,110 tons Aggregate Base Course located in the County as prepared by the County Assessor, and to hear appeals from determinaPrior to submitting a Bid Proposal, Bidders shall tions of the Assessor. All such hearings will be have received prequalification status (active concluded and decisions rendered thereon by status) with the Colorado Department of Transthe Board of Equalization at a hearing held at portation to bid on individual projects of the size 9:00 AM on August 6, 2018, in the Commissionand kind of work as set forth herein. ers’ Hearing Room, located at the Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, ColorAny questions on the bidding process shall be ado. All decisions of the Board of Equalization directed to Daniel Roberts, Project Engineer will be mailed or emailed to the petitioner within at 303.660.7490. five business days of the date on which such decision is rendered. Plan holder information, can be found on the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System BY ORDER OF THE BOARD Website. OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DOUGLAS COUNTY, COLORADO Legal Notice No.: 933494 First Publication: June 14, 2018 Emily Wrenn, Clerk and Recorder Last Publication: June 21, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press Legal Notice No.: 933464 First Publication: June 14, 2018 Last Publication: June 14, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press

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