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School EAGLES SOAR district TO TITLE GAME explores tax measure Bond, mill levy could end up on November 2017 ballot BY MIKE DIFERDINANDO MDIFERDINANDO@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Cherry Creek’s Dimitri Stanley leaps to avoid the tackle of Valor Christian’s Noah Kuzma. Valor won 10-7 on Nov. 26 in a Class 5A state semifinal. The Eagles now face Pomona for the state title — which would be Valor’s seventh in eight years —on Dec. 3. Find more coverage on page 31. PAUL DISALVO

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The Douglas County Board of Education will gauge interest in a possible tax measure aimed at generating more money to address capital needs across the district. At the Nov. 15 board meeting, the board directed the District Accountability Committee, Fiscal Oversight Committee, Long Range Planning Committee and Student Advisory Committee to raise awareness about the district’s ongoing capital needs and fiscal challenges, and to explore potential solutions, including potential mill and bond issues. “If and when the board decides to make a request to the taxpayers for a tax increase, it needs to be done with support from across the entire community and with a clear understanding of what the needs are and what the impacts of any measure passing or failing might be on our students and staff,” school board vice president Judith Reynolds said. “Support for any action must rise from the community and not be driven by the board.” Before making a decision, Reynolds said she would weigh several factors, including the state of the economy, the amount of state funding and feedback and recommendations from the subcommittee. SEE BOND, P7


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NEWS IN A HURRY Mansion hosts holiday fun Join the Highlands Ranch Metro District for a holiday celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Drive. Activities include self-guided tours of the mansion, a Candyland-themed scavenger hunt and more. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Santa will arrive on a fire engine at 10:15 a.m. Storytelling with Douglas County Libraries will be at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Free event parking is available at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd in Highlands Ranch. Shuttle buses will take guests from the church to the mansion beginning at 9:45 a.m. No event parking is available at the mansion.


Owner of BTO Self Serve Frozen Yogurt, 9567 S. University Blvd., Unit D-1 My background I was born in Ohio and I grew up in Connecticut. I came to Colorado in 1976. I spent 20 years in department store retail and did about 20 years of direct sale. My last venture was managing custom home products for developers — I was in the real estate business. I’ve always been in retail or direct sales, so BTO wasn’t that far from my background. The story behind BTO BTO stands for “by the ounce.” Since we’ve won so many awards lately, I say it stands for “better than others.” My wife and I own the business. It will be six years old in February. The story goes … I was sitting at dinner with friends who have a place in Arizona and they were talking about a self-serve frozen yogurt shop in a strip mall. They hadn’t seen it before and thought it was a good idea. At the time, the real estate market was tanking. It was time for me to do something else. I went to Arizona with my buddy and we spent three days looking at

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House decorating contest It’s time to bring out the festive décor for the annual Highlands Ranch Community Association House Decorating Contest. Awards include $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Participants must complete an online entry with a digital photo at by 5 p.m. on Dec. 12. The address and submitted photo of each entry will be posted on a website map. The community will choose the winners by voting online Dec. 14-18. The HRCA asks that all lights are on from 5:30-8 p.m. Winners will be announced by Dec. 21. Decorations may be placed 30 days prior to the holiday and must be removed 30 days after. SEE BRIEFS, P22

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For the second time in a little more than a year, a Colorado State Patrol trooper was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while investigating a separate accident on Interstate 25 in Douglas County. Trooper Cody Donahue, 34, was killed while investigating a propertydamage accident near Castle Rock the afternoon of Nov. 25, according to the state patrol. Authorities say a Denver man struck Donahue with his vehicle. Noe Gamez-Ruiz, 41, was arrested and faces charges of careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor, and failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle, a traffic infraction, the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office stated in a news release. Gamez-Ruiz posted $500 bond early the morning of Nov. 26 and was released from the Douglas County Detention Facility. Donahue, an 11-year patrol veteran, husband and father of two, was asDonahue signed to the Castle Rock state patrol office. “He certainly will be missed as a trooper and an individual, to say the least,” Trooper Josh Lewis with the state patrol said. “Today was a sad day Gamez-Ruiz for the Colorado State Patrol,” a state patrol news release said. “The Colorado State Patrol is asking for thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” At approximately 1:50 p.m. Nov. 25, Donahue, who lived in Parker, was working near I-25 and Tomah Road when he was struck by a commercial vehicle, Lewis said. Donahue was investigating a non-injury accident on northbound I-25 south of Castle Rock, according to the state patrol. The passing vehicle — identified by the sheriff ’s office as a box truck belonging to U.S. Foods — struck him while he was out of his vehicle. Donahue had been working the scene of the crash with another state trooper, Matthew Normandin, and both troopers were on the side of the roadway in marked cars with their patrol lights on, according to an arrest affidavit. Normandin, who was sitting in his vehicle, told investigators he saw Donahue “standing at about the middle of the wrecked vehicle.” He then saw a truck “cross the solid white fog line” and hit Donahue, the affidavit says. Normandin said he immediately knew

HOW TO HELP A memorial fund has been set up on to assist the family of Trooper Cody Donahue. “It is an unimaginable tragedy for our whole family, but especially for his wife and two young daughters,” the page says. “Please consider donating money to help his family through this difficult time. Our hearts are broken.” More than $50,000 had been raised as of the morning of Nov. 28. To donate, go to

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS SET A funeral for Trooper Cody Donahue is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 2. at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 East Hampden Ave. in Cherry Hills Village. Donahue, 34, of Parker, is remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend to many more, according to an obituary posted to the website of funeral home Ellis Family Services. A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Donahue was studying engineering at the University of North Dakota when he met his wife, Velma Dusper. The couple moved to Denver and had two daughters, ages 10 and 7. There, Donahue began an 11-year career with the Colorado State Patrol.

“Cody was extremely hard working, honorable and genuinely kind. He was so honest he even gave his own wife a ticket,” the obituary states. “Cody is our angel and his death has left a hole that cannot be filled.” In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Flying Wheels Foundation, 15055 South Golden Road, Golden. The organization provides temporary financial assistance for officers and their families who have been injured or killed in the line of duty. For more information, go to www. Donahue was dead. Gamez-Ruiz pulled over and remained on scene until emergency personnel arrived, according to the sheriff ’s office. Authorities reviewed video from Gamez-Ruiz’s truck and from Donahue’s patrol car and determined Gamez-Ruiz was about 100 feet ahead of the vehicle in the next lane over but did not change lanes, the affidavit says. The suspect took a voluntary blood test, but neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected as being a factor in the crash, a sheriff ’s office spokesman said. Donahue was the third state patrol trooper killed in the past 18 months. SEE TROOPER, P22

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Task force needed for Highlands Ranch light rail extension Stakeholders will meet quarterly to keep momentum going BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITY

Various stakeholders are discussing establishing a task force that would work to extend light rail into Highlands Ranch from the Mineral Station on Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. The 2 1/2-mile long Southwest Extension, estimated to cost about $145 million, would end at a stop south of C-470, northwest of Children’s Hospital Colorado South Campus and west of Lucent Boulevard near the Solana multi-family housing project under construction. “It is really incumbent for those affected by the project to demonstrate cohesive support,” said Doug Tisdale, director-elect of Regional Transportation District H, who will replace term-limited Kent Bagley this January. District H encompasses Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley and portions of western Centennial and Greenwood Village.

The task force would meet quarterly “to keep momentum going and demonstrate that we are going forward,” said Tisdale, also executive vice president for economic development of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and former mayor of Cherry Hills Village. At a Nov. 16 public meeting at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, Bagley told a room of about 20 stakeholders — including Douglas County, Denver South Transportation Management Association, the Highlands Ranch Metro District, the City of Littleton, the City of Englewood, the Englewood Foundation, Sterling Ranch and the South Metro Denver Chamber — that the project needs a task force team, which he later called the 20/20 Foresight Group. According to Bagley, RTD has invested $25 million into the Southwest Line extension, which includes property acquisition at the future Lucent Station north of Children’s Hospital, preliminary planning and engineering for the entire corridor, acquisition of all track right-of-way and purchase of light rail vehicles. But for the Southwest Extension to progress, stakeholders and other third parties need to match a minimum of 2.5 percent — roughly $4 million — as

the minimum requirement for all rail corridor projects. The project would also require vote approval from 10 of 15 RTD directors. Terry Nolan, general manager of the Highlands Ranch Metro District, said he would like to see the Southwest Light Rail extended to Highlands Ranch sooner rather than later, highlighting the benefit to commuters in the area and the positive influence on economic development. “The value of property in the vicinity of the station would increase,” Nolan said in an email correspondence. “Employees and customers of Highlands Ranch businesses would be able to use light rail as an alternative to driving.” The downsides Nolan sees are traffic coming into Highlands Ranch to access the station and cost, if the Metro District is expected to contribute to the extension. The Southwest Extension is part of the 2004 voter-approved FasTracks Plan, which includes 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, 21,000 parking spaces at rail and bus stations, redirected bus service for bus and rail connections and the redevelopment of Denver Union Station. The Southwest Extension would

have about 700 parking spaces to start, which would alleviate rush hour traffic at Mineral Station, Bagley said. “It will provide parking for those in Highlands Ranch and other parts of Douglas County,” he said, “so people wouldn’t have to use Mineral Station, which is the only other station in the area.” The extension is projected to take about three years from start to finish, but there is no timeline for when construction will begin. “We don’t have any information relative to timing,” Bagley said. The extension is one of four unfunded FasTracks-approved rail extensions across metro Denver. It is among the least expensive — an extension of commuter rail from 70th and Pecos to Longmont is projected to cost $1.5 billion. Tisdale will continue to host semiannual meetings with stakeholders so that when funding becomes available, the project is shovel-ready. Bagley said he will continue to help with the Southwest Extension when his term expires. “All of the users along the Southwest Extension want it completed,” he said. “The sub-regional stakeholders want to see this completed as proposed in the 2004 vote.”


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Danny Carney, 23, of Littleton, finished first out of all age groups at 15 minutes, 45 seconds. Paxton Smith, 18, of Boulder, finished second at 16:17. Highlands Ranch resident Zachary Bright, 17, came in third at 17:51. Proceeds from the race benefit the Colorado National Guard Foundation. “We are proud to partner with the Colorado National Guard Foundation to help raise money and awareness for their organization, which helps our soldiers and airmen in times of need,” LaRew said. “We appreciate everyone’s support of the event. We couldn’t do it without our sponsors and volunteers, and the thousands of people who look forward to it each year.”

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County program aims to prevent domestic homicides

Local law enforcement implements new program to reduce deaths in domestic violence cases BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

In 2015, law enforcement agencies in Douglas County responded to nearly 800 domestic-related calls. “If that seems startling,” Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley said at a Nov. 16 news conference, “please keep in mind that it is believed that domestic violence is underreported by about 70 percent.” So Castle Rock police — in partnership with departments in Parker, Lone Tree, the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office and The Crisis Center, a shelter and resource center in Douglas County — have implemented a new program to prevent domestic homicides. The Lethality Assessment Program was developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence using research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. It evaluates shared characteristics among victims of homicide or attempted homicide and trains officers to spot those while on duty. Thirty states have implemented the program, but this is the first in Colorado. The departments have already trained 400 officers, and the sessions are now part of routine training before an officer is sworn in for duty. And early data shows the program is effective, Cauley said. Since Aug. 1, approximately 128 lethality assessments were conducted in Douglas County. More than half of those identified people at high risk of being killed by their partner. “What we are learning is it becomes very impactful for a police officer to sit with a victim of domestic violence and tell them that you are in high danger of being killed by your domestic partner,” Cauley said. “That’s a very powerful statement to hear from law enforcement.” In the year before a homicide, more than 44 percent of abusers were arrested and approximately 33 percent of victims contacted police, according to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. In contrast, only 4 percent of abused homicide victims used a hotline or shelter in the year before their death. Although the program’s goal is to prevent homicides, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said the training also could prevent other crimes associated with domestic violence. Those might include sexual assault or child abuse. “It’s not every day that law enforcement gets together with these great partnerships and rolls out a tool that doesn’t exist to help prosecution,” Brauchler said. “It doesn’t exist to increase penalties against anyone. It exists, in essence, to cut down on the number of cases that my office prosecutes.”

WHAT LEADERS ARE SAYING “The Parker Police Department is committed to being an active partner in the Lethality Assessment Program initiative in our area. Policing at its root is based on protecting and serving crime victims. This program is the embodiment of those principles for victims of domestic violence. The Parker Police Department, along with our criminal justice partners in Douglas County, are dedicated to this important, evidence-based and progressive program.” — Parker Police Chief David King Parker police responded to 105 domesticrelated calls in 2014 and 114 calls in 2015. Parker police file a case report for every domestic-violence call they respond to. • • • “The LAP program gives the opportunity for officers responding to intimate-partner crimes to better understand some of the dynamics associated within the relationship. The questions asked can (help) the officer determine the threat level and once understood, the officer can begin empowering the victim through providing honest feedback and offering immediate resources to help the victim.” — Lone Tree Police Department Interim Chief Ron Pinson In 2015, Brauchler’s office received 636 misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases from law enforcement agencies. Not all were prosecuted.

DOUGLAS COUNTY CRISIS CENTER For a 24-hour crisis hotline, call 303-6888484 or 888-247-7472 (toll-free).

For more information about domesticviolence services — such as emergency How the program shelter, legal advocacy works and therapy — call The Lethality 303-688-1094, or visit Assessment Pro- www.thecrisiscenter. gram provides org. a two-hour training process that teaches local law enforcement officers to better assess when the life of a domestic violence victim is at high risk — whether the relationship could become homicidal. The intervention is important, Castle Rock Police Cmdr. Jason Lyons said, because a victim is not always aware she or he is in a deadly situation. In approximately 30 percent of homicide or attempted homicide cases, it was the first act of violence experienced by the victim, according to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. Under the program, officers who re-

Lone Tree police responded to 65 domestic violence calls in 2014 and 53 in 2015. This is only the number of calls, and not reflective of the number of cases for Lone Tree. • • • “The Lethality Assessment Program is another tool that all law enforcement officers in Douglas County have to try and make a determination during a difficult time for victims of domestic violence who are faced with difficult circumstances and give them resources so their dangerous situation will hopefully not become worse.” — Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock Unincorporated Douglas County saw 448 domestic violence cases in 2015 and 353 in 2014. Cases do not reflect the number of domestic-related calls that officers received. The sheriff’s office only keeps statistics for the number of cases filed. • • • In Castle Rock, police responded to 113 domestic-violence cases in 2014 and 165 domestic-violence cases in 2015.

DOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE U.S. • In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse cases annually. • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner. • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls. • Only 34 percent of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries. • Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18 and 24. • Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten. Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence spond to domestic calls would screen a suspected victim of domestic violence by asking 11 questions that relate to behavior, threats against life and use of weapons.


Domestic violence can take many forms. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that abusers use tactics such as isolation, degradation, manipulation, stalking, physical abuse, threats and punishment. But it doesn’t always happen at the onset of a relationship. In the early stages, an abuser may be charming, successful, well-liked and supportive. Over time, behavior becomes controlling. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says victims’ prolonged exposure to cycles of loving behavior followed by periods of abuse can leave them feeling trapped or even believing they are to blame for the situation. “Domestic violence is some of the most complicated, confounding crime that law enforcement encounters — not just the men and women on the street but even in the courtrooms,” 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said. “The dynamics that are involved touch people in their hearts. They’re emotional. They make people make decisions that seem contrary to common sense sometimes.” Some reasons victims stay in abusive relationships include: • The victim fears the abuser’s violent behavior will escalate if they try to leave. • The abuser has threatened to kill the victim, their loved ones, pets or themselves. • The victim loves their abuser and believes they will change. • The abuser has threatened to take the victim’s children if they leave. • The victim is financially dependent on the abuser. • The victim’s religious or cultural beliefs prohibit them from leaving the abuser. • The victim has low self-esteem and believes they are to blame for the abuse. • The victim has nowhere to go if they leave. Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence


THE LETHALITY ASSESSMENT: While still on the scene of a domestic-related call, Douglas County law enforcement officers are trained through the Lethality Assessment Prorgram to ask the following 11 questions. This helps determine if a victim is at high risk of being killed by his or her partner.

Why do people stay in abusive relationships?

1. Has he/she ever used a weapon against you or threatened you with a weapon? 2. Has he/she threatened to kill you or your children? 3. Do you think he/she might try to kill you?

4. Does he/she have a gun or can he/she get one easily? 5. Has he/she ever tried to choke you?

being married? 8. Is he/she unemployed? 9. Has he/she ever tried to kill himself/herself?

6. Is he/she violently or constantly jealous or does he/she control most of your daily activities?

10. Do you have a child that he/she knows is not his/hers?

7. Have you left him/her or separated after living together or

11. Does he/she follow or spy on you or leave threatening messages?

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BOND: Douglas County School Board will gauge interest in tax measure FROM PAGE 1

Board member Wendy Vogel agreed that gathering widespread support would be critical to any new tax measure. “I would support whatever our community thinks is appropriate,” Vogel said. “ In my view, this isn’t a matter of what I would support, rather what the majority would support. After all, knowing my bias, I would most likely personally support a much larger tax increase than the majority of Douglas County voters, so my decisions need to be based on their wishes.” The board encouraged the groups to include community members not currently associated with the committees to expand the reach of their efforts into the larger Douglas County community. It asked for an update in May to assess feedback and consider community support for pursuing a mill or bond issue as early as the November 2017 election. Bonds defeated in past The community voted down a $200 million bond in 2011 that would have gone toward building three new schools in Castle Rock and Parker and a $29 million mill levy override that would have provided funding for instructional expenses and pay for performance for teachers. In 2008, Douglas County rejected a $395 million bond and a $17 million mill levy override to support building new schools, improving student achievement, recruiting and retaining the workforce and improving the district’s technological advances in the face of expanded enrollment. “Unfortunately, the board has not been able to agree on a tax measure that would allow the community to decide if it is time to support well over $320 million in funding to meet maintenance and growth needs,” board member Anne-Marie Lemieux said. “We also have a significant deficit in teacher pay with average salaries of over $10,000 less than surrounding districts while we are suffering from a statewide teacher shortage.” By not passing a tax measure to help provide more funding, Lemieux said the district has put itself at a disadvantage in recent years. “Since Douglas County voters have not passed a bond or MLO (mill levy overrride) to support public education since 2006,” she said, “it has become increasingly difficult to compete with other districts as well as provide well-maintained schools that offer a variety of programming our students need.”

Importance of support Jason Virdin of Douglas County Parents said that while u the group would support a tax

HOW SCHOOL TAX MEASURES ON 2016 BALLOT FARED: BONDS Adams 12 Five Star $350 million, passed

MILL LEVY OVERRIDES Cherry Creek $23.9 million, passed

Cherry Creek $250 million, passed

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Thompson School District $288 million, failed measure, members also have concerns about how a divided board could come to an agreement. “DCSD is currently facing an unprecedented level of capital needs with no source of funding. If we believed there was a good chance of a bond measure passing, we would support the question being placed on the ballot,” Virdin said. “However, we do not believe the community will support a bond question with the current division on the board of education and the lack of trust in the majority board directors. We would prefer the board table any discussion of a bond until these underlying issues are resolved.” The group Taxpayers For Public Education said it would support a carefully constructed measure that would be specifically directed to take care of two very pressing issues within the district: capital needs and teacher compensation. However, it would not support an initiative without a statement of transparency and accountability from the district and the school board. “We need to take care of these dire capital needs and make sure we help stem the tide of highly effective teachers leaving the district with a much-needed compensation increase,” Taxpayers for Public Education said in an email. “But, to make sure taxpayer dollars are used wisely, we need the board to pledge to be transparent in how dollars are spent, and not re-direct that money, as they have in the past, to programs that offer little value to students, teachers and the community.” During the recent election, the Jefferson County School District failed to pass a $33 million mill levy override that would have gone toward attracting and retaining teachers and hiring more mental health staff and a $535 million bond proposal that would have funneled money into building new schools and improving and repairing aging ones. The outcome in Jefferson County raises questions about the feasibility of a tax measure passing in Douglas County. “The outcome of the election in Jefferson County this fall

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‘The community at large has to have confidence that any tax increase is needed and will be used wisely.’ Judith Reynolds, school board vice president

reiterates to me how important widespread community support is for any measure,” Reynolds said. “The community at large has to have confidence that any tax increase is needed and will be used wisely.” Vogel agreed that the failure to pass a measure in Jefferson County could be repeated in Douglas. “It is concerning to me that both the Jeffco and Thompson (Loveland) school districts failed to pass their tax increases,” Vogel said, “as both have been hit hard with reforms like Douglas County.” Board member David Ray said only once action has been taken to ensure that every available dollar is being spent at the student level, is it appropriate to ask taxpayers for assistance. “I don’t know all the circumstances in Jeffco with regards to why voters did not pass their recent ballot initiatives,” Ray said. “However, they are in a similar position as Douglas County, where trust in the school board is in the process of being rebuilt. Hopefully, our community will continue to see our actions where spending is focused on learners, as opposed to district-level initiatives.”

Capital needs are ongoing issue for the district STAFF REPORT

A bond measure to pay for capital needs in Douglas County schools was first proposed by the district’s Long Range Planning Committee in 2015, after an intensive community survey and report that determined the need was critical. The Long Range Planning Committee — a group of community members and parents charged by the district with studying its capital needs — put the price tag at $275.1 million for current and future projects over five years. The committee identified major areas of need as facility reinvestment at $133.6 million, technology at $53 million and new construction to accommodate growth at $38.8 million. Among the committee’s findings: • By 2040, the number of students projected to be enrolled is estimated to reach 128,000 — nearly double the current enrollment, according to the Long Range Planning Committee’s Master Capital Plan. • Twenty-seven schools in the district were built before 1996 and have had some capital reinvestment, including replacement of worn-out systems, but are again in need of improvements. • Of the $53 million in capital needs for technology identified by the committee, about $18 million would go toward replacing aging hardware like computers in classrooms. Data from 2014 showed capital needs were growing at the rate of $25 million to $35 million annually. To help pay for these needs, the planning committee proposed a $200 million bond measure. In 2014, the board voted not to put the measure on the ballot, saying Douglas County residents — already overburdened and paying a disproportionate share of taxes — were unlikely to approve a local funding question. Board members again passed on putting tax measures on the ballot in 2015 and 2016, saying it feared lack of broad community support. In 2015, then-Board of Education President Kevin Larsen said the board did have its eye on growth and was planning for it, saying the district had been diligent in addressing maintenance needs of its buildings as issues arose. Larsen also said charter schools had helped absorb some of the district’s growth. But the planning committee has strongly encourged a tax measure, saying the fixas-needed approach is not sustainable long term. The committee’s projections also take into account the county’s growing population and possible need for more classrooms and schools. Previously, the board had been made up of seven members who were in agreement about not wanting to introduce a new tax measure. However, the election in 2015 of David Ray, Anne-Marie Lemieux and Wendy Vogel opened the door to the idea. All three have voiced support for some form of new tax measure to help address the district’s capital needs.

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“Speechless” star Minnie Driver stands with TJ Zecchino, who lives with his family in Highlands Ranch. Zecchino was featured on a Nov. 16 episode of the ABC sitcom. COURTESY OF JULIE ZECCHINO

Local teenager featured on ABC sitcom ‘Speechless’ Resident’s acting endeavor has taught patience, resiliency BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITY

TJ Zecchino was 9 years old when he knew he wanted to become an actor. He was into karate at the time — he attended the 2011 world championship in Spain — and he dreamed of being a stunt person. One broken foot later, he shifted gears and decided to pursue acting. “At 10 years old, I was auditioning in front of Disney executives,” said Zecchino, who lives with his family in Highlands Ranch. After years of auditioning and playing roles in independent films and commercials, Zecchino, now 14, landed a gig on an ABC sitcom, “Speechless.” The episode aired Nov. 16. The TV comedy depicts the life of a family with a special needs child. Zecchino stars as the family’s cousin, a young boy with noticeably large teeth, thanks to his dentist father, and who overuses catchphrases. Zecchino, a friendly and talkative teenager, spent the past three months in Los Angeles. Auditions, improv classes and lessons from his acting coaches filled his days. He also memorized lines and did online school. He spent about a week filming the “Speechless” episode at Fox Studios. The set was filled with laughter and jokes, he said. “Everyone is constantly talking,” Zecchino said. “It was fun — I became friends with the cast.” “Speechless” is the first mainstream TV series Zecchino has been featured in. He also starred in “Two Secrets,” an award-winning independent film about the life of triathlete Ali Dolan. And he has acted in many commercials for well-known brands such as Nike, Dodge, Marie Callendar and

WHERE TO WATCH SPEECHLESS To watch all episodes, visit shows/speechless. To watch TJ Zecchino’s episode, visit abc. season-1/07-t-h-a-thanksgiving. more. Zecchino has auditioned for countless roles on different networks. “If you see a 12- or 13-year-old boy on a TV show,” said his mother, Julie Zecchino, “he’s probably auditioned for it.” It’s not an easy business to get into, she added, and it takes a long time to build a resume. Roles in TV shows, commercials and films are constantly changing. Zecchino has nailed an audition but not looked the part. He has been featured on a pilot that was put on hold. And each role entails about six auditions that can span over a month. “It’s so much harder than people think,” Julie said. “There are thousands and thousands of kids out there trying to do the same thing.” The business, Zecchino said, has taught him resilience. “It’s given me confidence and taught me not to take things so personally,” he said. “It’s put me in an adult world.” His mother agrees. “Just watching him grow,” she said. “He can walk into a room and have the confidence to feel good when he walks out.” Zecchino recently returned from L.A. and will attend Mountain Vista High School as a freshman this spring. He is looking forward to playing lacrosse, making friends and exchanging online classes for in-person learning. He describes acting as a journey and he’s not sure where it will lead him in the future. Said Zecchino: “I’m taking things day by day.”

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In a race that wasn’t decided until 10 days after the polls closed, a Centennial Democrat has unseated a Parker Republican on the Colorado State Board of Education. Rebecca McClellan, a former member of the Centennial City Council, has emerged as the winner in one of the state’s closest races, the contest for the state board of education in the 6th Congressional District.

McClellan defeated incumbent Debora Scheffel, who narrowly led after Election Night, Nov. 8, but fell behind after further ballot counting in the ensuing days. McClellan took a 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent advantage by the time the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office released updated numbers on Nov. 18. That put McClellan more than 1,200 votes ahead, good enough to seal her election. McClellan — whose election gives the Democrats a 4-3 advantage on the board — said she will be the only

member of the body with a child in public school. “As a public school parent, I will put our children’s education first,” said McClellan, who served on the Centennial council from 2006-14. “I’m proud that my campaign reflected a broad coalition of Coloradans who came together to support positive change.” Scheffel is the dean of education at Colorado Christian University and has served on the state board of education since 2011. “While I am disappointed, I

know the people of the state of Colorado will continue to expect the very best from our public education system,” she said. “They will continue to want students at the center of each decision and for teachers and staffs to have the flexibility they need to meet the needs of all students. “I encourage everyone to remain diligent and to volunteer in classrooms and read to children. It is imperative that we provide great education opportunities for every child in the state of

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Lawyers for shooting suspect unsure about plea BY KYLE HARDING KHARDING@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Judge Carlos Samour Jr. expressed frustration at the slow pace of the case of a Centennial man facing murder and attempted murder charges in an April shooting. Attorneys for Kevin Lyons, who is suspected of killing a well-known Centennial doctor, said at a Nov. 21 hearing they are not yet ready to inLyons form the court what type of plea he will enter. The prosecution also isn’t ready to say

whether the death penalty will be sought. Lyons is accused of killing his neighbor, Kenneth Atkinson, and shooting his wife, Elizabeth Lyons, and neighbor Laurie Juergens — and of shooting at two other neighbors and two Arapahoe County Sheriff ’s deputies. Elizabeth Lyons told police her husband had been acting erratically in the days leading up to the shooting and that he shot her after she suggested he seek mental health treatment at a hospital. Police and prosecutors allege Kevin Lyons then shot Atkinson and Juergens outside while they were trying to help his

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Motivating thoughts can be the perfect spark for a successful comeback WINNING WORDS

Michael Norton


ave you ever found yourself way behind on a project? I mean really much further away from where you needed to be in order to get something completed by a certain day or time? The pressure mounts as the deadline draws closer, and with every minute or day that passes we almost feel like we are too far behind to close the gap and get it done. And then something happens, and that something is the comeback. We stand up, stretch our legs and arms, shake out the dazed and confused cloud in our heads, pour a cup of coffee and get busy, making up ground as we move closer to our goal or target. And with a big “whew” and sigh of

relief, maybe even catching our breath for a minute or two, we can enjoy our comeback and take satisfaction in our accomplishment. We see this play out every week in sports don’t we? Whether it is a team or an individual that has to rally and come from behind to win, it’s an incredible event to watch. And I don’t know about you, but the bigger the gap or larger the lead, the more I start rooting for the comeback to happen, even if I find myself rooting against my own team or player. I just love a comeback. And here we are approaching the end of the year. Although we have watched comebacks happen all around us and in many sports, many of us still face challenges and are up

against tight deadlines, quotas, and still have a need to finish the year in order to meet and exceed our expectations. Now I want you to think with me for just a moment. Think about the words that might be used in a locker room or in a board room, or at a sales meeting to inspire the team or group to come from behind and claim victory. We might hear words like: dig deep; get fired up; tough it out; drive; passion; purpose; resolve; commitment; luck; momentum or a shift in momentum; teamwork; get your head in the game; there is still time on the clock; we can do this. SEE NORTON, P13

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ith the holidays upon us, one of the greatest gifts for grandparents is the gift of travel. Whether you are planning to visit grandchildren or taking a family excursion abroad, it is important to plan ahead to accommodate your needs. According to, Denver International Airport will be the nation’s sixth-busiest airport over the Christmas holiday travel season (travel between December 22-28). Here are eight tips to help you travel with ease, regardless of whether you are traveling with a companion

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orry. You will be unable to join me on my spiritual path. A professional asked me, “Where are you going on your journey? I said, “After I leave here I am headed to the groQUIET store. DESPERATION cery Mangoes, if they’re ripe.” She said that wasn’t what she meant. It was then that I realized that I am, more Craig Marshall or less, a paSmith perweight. An acrylic one, with a real scorpion inside. You won’t be able to sit cross-legged in front of me, and obtain any useful knowledge, unless it’s about blackand-white films or doo-wop. You will never be able to meet me in some remote location, sit in a tent with no air flow, and hear profound

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thoughts about life. On. This. Mortal. Coil. A friend of mind, who went through Naropa University (“Transform yourself. Transform the world.”) in Boulder, moved to Hawaii so that she could massage feet. I have never had a foot massage. I have never had a back massage. I have never had a massage-massage. I told the professional that perhaps I am on a spiritual journey and don’t even know it. Maybe we all are. Sure, I have inhaled at sunset beneath a cloudless sky, and contemplated things, but that’s as far as it’s gone. I read about a woman who teaches yoga. Specifically, something called Kundalini yoga. I thought all yoga was alike. Namely, you get some cool pants and a cool mat, and then you turn into a pretzel. A cool barefooted guy walks among his group, making gestures with his hands, just like SEE SMITH, P13

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SMITH: A simple wish: the ability to cross the street without being run over FROM PAGE 12

those women on “The Price is Right,” only slower and more poetically. Kundalini yoga isn’t like that. “It derives its name through a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of meditation, pranayama, chanting mantra and yoga asana” (Wikipedia). Oh. Then I had to look up “pranayama.” It has something to do with breath control. The dog and I pant in the summer,

but I don’t think that counts. What all of this amounts to is that there is another entire population that does not include me. The closest I get to belonging to any group, is rooting for my alma mater. That’s it. I am not inclined to discovering The Spirit, or finding the Principles of Life. I simply want to walk across the street to the mailbox without being run over. “The modern man should take it from the navel upwards to the middle of the eyebrows. This is called Sakti-Chala.”

I rarely quote the Bible, but this is a good one, from Proverbs. “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.” That’s me. I am the fool on the hill. My life is very, very limited. This, writing, is 25 percent of it. Painting is another 25 percent. The other two-thirds are none of your business. Kundalini yoga “aims to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on compassion and consciousness

needed to serve and heal others.” That’s very impressive. Yoga is an old discipline from India. Unfortunately, the news that often comes out of India is completely contrary to everything else that yoga sits for. I will stick with walking the dog, and humming “Blue Moon.” They get me through. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@

NORTON: There is still time to catch up on projects and goals that matter FROM PAGE 12

So if you are finding yourself behind in the game or if you have fallen behind on projects, timelines, sales goals, or anything else, just remember that there is still time on the clock, and you can do this. One of the phrases listed above always resonates with me a little more than the others, “Get your head in the game.” I love this because for me whenever I feel like I am behind or pressured to perform, I start to get too distracted as I think about ways to catch up or come from behind to win. I generate too many ideas and experience too many feelings and just don’t have enough focus. As soon as I

remind myself to find that focus, seek clarity, I can begin executing and getting done what needs to get done. And in that focus and clarity, I create space for those other words like passion, purpose and momentum to take root in my subconscious, and then I am off to the races and definitely on my way to a comeback. How about you? Where are you as the end of the year approaches? Are you far ahead of your plan and able to coast to victory or are you in need of a come-from-behind win before the end of the year? Either way I would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@gmail. com. And when we remember that there is still time on the clock, and that

we can find our focus and clarity in order to execute our comeback, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.

AGING: Protect belongings with a travel wallet that can be concealed under clothing FROM PAGE 12

el is the easiest and most efficient. Try to find routes that are more direct and require less travel time. For example, you may want to avoid layovers, but if the trip you are planning does require a layover to get to the final destination, be sure to allow ample time to reach the connecting flight. 3. Request assistance in advance. If you or your spouse has physical limitations, or other medical needs that require minor assistance, call the airline in advance to request disabled seating, assistive devices, or to get help carrying your luggage. You can also request pre-boarding, if needed, when checking in for your flight. 4. Ensure the destination is prepared. Call the hotels and tourist destinations you plan on visiting to ensure they can accommodate your needs. If you are traveling to visit family or friends, call to ensure that they understand your needs and are prepared to accommodate them. Giving them time to prepare will ensure you are comfortable and safe during your visit. 5. Print documents and make copies. Prepare a travel folder and include a full itinerary, along with copies of airplane or bus tickets, hotel reservations, and photocopies of important documents such as a passport or physician’s note. If you are traveling alone,

bring a duplicate folder in case one is misplaced. 6. Identify emergency contacts. Designate two or three people as emergency contacts and inform them of your travel plans. Send them ticket information and a full itinerary in advance so they are prepared if they are needed. If you are traveling to meet family and friends, send them a travel itinerary so that they know when to expect you. 7. Pack the important things. It is a good idea to pack light and ensure that you pack the essentials, including any medication or medical devices that you will need on your trip. Create a document outlining what time medications should be taken, and ask staff or family to remind you when it is time to take them. Traveling takes you out of your routine and it is important that you not miss any of your medications. 8. Protect belongings. In crowded places, such as airports and train stations, it’s easy to become the target of a thief. Decrease your chances of being robbed by switching out your purse for a money belt that can be worn under a shirt or by using a travel wallet on a neck cord that can be concealed under your coat. David Peck is the president of Home Care Assistance of Douglas County. He can be reached by email at

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part: Now that the joint is lubricated and can move with less or no pain  VSHFLÂżFH[HUFLVHVFDQEHDWUHPHQdous help. That’s why the doctors (when patients qualify) treat knee arthritis patients with hyaluronic acid injections FIRST and then prescribe a very VSHFLÂżF UHKDELOLWDWLRQ DQG H[HUFLVH program specially developed to help knee arthritis pain. This comprehensive knee arthritis pain program is called, “P.A.C.E.â€? and has been getting wonderful results. So what is the HUGE mistake? If you suffer with knee arthritis and are exercising and the pain is either not getting better - or getting worse - you may be making a mistake. You may actually be making things worse. And that’s the last thing you want to do. What are the two “smart moves?â€? If you have knee arthritis pain, look into viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid. In many cases treatment with hyaluronic acid followed E\DVSHFLÂżFUHKDELOLWDWLRQRUH[HUFLVH program can get results when everything else has failed. In fact, it is not uncommon to get pain relief just from the hyaluronic acid treatments alone - without doing any rehabilitation or

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After thousands already helped knee pain sufferers face 48 hour cut off to get risk free screening for incredibly popular treatment (ORI) - The clock is ticking. There is only 48 hours to go. If you suffer with knee arthritis pain and would like to get a risk free knee pain screening to see if the experts at Osteo Relief Institute in Greenwood Village, CO can help you with their extremely popular knee pain relief program - read this right now. Here is why: For the past several years, the experts at Osteo Relief Institute have been literally swarmed with knee arthritis sufferers looking for relief. Nearly all these knee pain sufferers chose Osteo Relief for one reason - their top-notch knee pain relief program featuring viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid and specially designed rehabilitation program. The Secret To Success? The experts at Osteo Relief Institute believe one of the biggest reasons for their success is the fact that they have some of the best technology money can buy. Laser Guided Digital Imaging The clinic uses extremely advanced imaging equipment that allows them to see directly into the knee joint that they are treating. This advanced imaging is called, “Laser Guided Digital Imaging� and many experts believe is the difference between success and failure with this knee pain treatment. And probably the best thing about this technology is that it has allowed the experts at Osteo Relief Institute to get results with knee pain when so many others have failed. What Is This Treatment? This treatment is viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid (HA). Those are big medical terms that ba-

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Successful Treatment - Hyalgan being precisely injected directly into the knee joint using Hologic digital imaging. Advanced imaging allows treatments to be as precise as possible. Hyalgan can lubricate the joint and decrease pain.

Osteo Relief Institute is a state of the art medical facility offering only the best technology. And that’s not all - Osteo Relief Institute has a complete knee relief program called “P.A.C.E.� to make sure you get the most pain relief and the best possible results from treatment. “Every case is individual. Some patients get quite a bit of relief right away - others take a little more time. But most have been extremely happy and the results usually last for at least 6 months. Patients who were suffering for years with bad knee pain are getting their lives back... going for walks again and exercising. It’s amazing to see. They tell all their friends - that’s why we are swarmed. I can’t tell you how many patients have cancelled their total knee replacement surgeries.� added one of the doctors.

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Failed Treatment - the injection (and Hyalgan) misses the joint space. Research shows this occurs up to 30% of the time without the use of Hologic Digital Imaging to guide the injection. This is why Hyalgan may not have worked for you.

How To Get It If you have knee pain, the doctors and staff would like to invite you for a risk free screening to see if you are a candidate for Hyalgan treatments and the P.A.C.E program. All you have to do is call 720-500-104 right now and when the scheduling specialist answers the phone tell her you would like your free “Knee Pain Screening.� Your screening will only take about 25-30minutes... you will get all your ques-tions answered and leave knowing if you have possibly found the solutionto your knee pain. But You Must Do This RIGHT NOW The specialists at Osteo Relief Institute can only accept a limited amount of new patients each month for this screening. And because of the demand, we can only guarantee you a spot if you call within the next

exercising at all. And the results can be dramatic. If you are thinking about giving hyaluronic acid treatments a try this is VERY IMPORTANT: In our opinion the doctor you choose should use advanced imaging technology VXFK DV ÀXRURVFRS\WRJXLGHWKHLQjections and make sure the hyaluronic acid goes where it is supposed to. Laser guided digital imaging is one of the best technologies to guide injections. Research shows that without ÀXRURVFRS\ GRFWRUV PLVV WKH MRLQW space up to 30% of the time. Obviously, if the joint space is missed - the treatment cannot work. If you have already had viscosupplementation without this advanced imaging technology and it did not work - you may want to give it another try with a doctor who uses this cutting edge technique to get the best results possible. So, if you suffer with knee arthritis pain, talk to a specialist about viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid especially if exercise is not working or making things worse. And make sure the doctor you choose works in a state-of-the-art medical facility and uses advanced ÀXRURVFRSLFLPDJLQJ /LNH ODVHU guided digital imaging) to guide the injections to make sure the treatments have the best chance to work. For more information on viscosupplementation for knee arthritis or to get a free screening to see if this treatment is right for you, one of the specialists at Osteo Relief Institute can be reached at 720-500-104. 48 hours. If you are suffering in pain - make the call right now so you can make your appointment today. Why not take 20 minutes for your risk free screening to discover how you may be able to end your knee arthritis pain? So call 720-500-104 right now DQG ¿QGRXW LI WKH H[SHUWV DW 2VWHR Relief Institute can help you like they have already helped thousands of others in your community. And here’s something really important - Hyaluronic acid treatments and the P.A.C.E program are covered by most insurance and Medicare. To schedule your risk free screening, call 720-500-104.

If You Can Answer Yes - You Are Eligible For A Knee Arthritis Screening With The Experts At Osteo Relief Institute Do you have pain and osteoarthritis (arthritis) of the knee? Have you tried other treatments such as NSAIDS and other antiLQĂ€DPPDWRU\PHGLFDtions without success? Have you already tried viscosupplementation (Hyalgan, Supartz, Synvisc) without satisfactory results? If you answered yes to any of these questions- call Osteo Relief Institute and schedule your risk free knee pain screening 720-500-104

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Stan Brown, right, and Mustafa, a Kazakhstani fruit farmer, show off some of the apples they have grown. Brown, who lives in Castle Rock, manages a program teaching orchard management techniques to farmers in the Central Asian country. COURTESY PHOTOS

Putting From agriculture to health care, professionals use their skills to assist others BY KYLE HARDING KHARDING@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM


ince the late 1990s, Stan Brown and his wife, Tami, have been teaching Kazakhstani farmers to grow apples and other fruit trees. The Browns live in Castle Rock now, but they lived full-time in Kazakhstan until 2010. Stan returns to the Central Asian country several times a year as the project manager for the orchard management training program they founded there with the help of IDEAS, a Littletonbased nonprofit group for which Tami is director of international operations. They also run a for-profit tree nursery there. “It’s training poor farmers how to improve their lives,” Stan said. Kazakhstan is not the only country where IDEAS operates — and agriculture is far from the only field it has professionals in. IDEAS has more than 100 people doing longterm assignments in 14 countries, including Thailand, Jordan, India and Egypt, while another 20 to 40 per year go on short-term trips. Their projects range from nursing to dentistry to teaching and information technology. “Our mission is to demonstrate love in tangible ways,” says Sarah Rymer, director of communications and recruiting for IDEAS. “Our specific niche is professional skillsets.”

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By IRS standards, IDEAS is not a faith-based charity, Rymer said, but most of the group’s work is in partnership with local entities that are. Volunteers sign a statement of faith and are mostly Christian. However, Rymer said, IDEAS does not evangelize. “We are not traditional missionaries,” she said.

Birthplace of apples Kazakhstan has a rich history of fruit tree cultivation — in fact, the first apples were cultivated there. When the Browns moved there, however, the country’s orchards were in disrepair and its farmers had fallen behind on modern techniques. “The agriculture had fallen into a very sad state because of the economic collapse of the Soviet Union,” Stan said. After taking a survey trip to the country, the orchard project was born. “We had observed that the geography was very similar to eastern Washington,” Stan said. Washington is the leading appleproducing state in the U.S., growing 10 to 12 billion a year, mostly in the rural central and eastern portions of the state, according to the Washington Apple Commission. “It’s been very encouraging to see the fruit industry there take on modern elements and be productive,” Stan said of Kazakhstan. Children of missionaries, the Browns were both raised abroad, Stan in Pakistan and Tammy in Kenya. They met at Wheaton College in Illinois and have paired their SEE FAITH, P17

Members of the Karen ethnic group in Thailand study to become medics. The education program is administered by volunteers from IDEAS, a Littleton charity.

SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERING The Council for International Development calls skills-based volunteering “experteering.” “In increasing numbers, professionals are turning to travel and international service as a way to diversify their experience and help them start careers in the global development sector,” the New Zealandbased organization’s website says. The group urges would-be volunteers to find projects

that match their professional skills. For IDEAS, a Littleton-based nonprofit organization, those skills run the gamut from lab technicians to doctors and dentists in the health care field, to agriculture with mechanics, irrigation technicians, agricultural cost accountants and agricultural engineers. According to Sarah Rymer, director of communications and recruiting for

IDEAS, teachers are the most in-demand career for the group and Jordan is the country with the most demand. Though IDEAS volunteers are mainly Christian, Rymer said that they don’t go overseas to spread their faith. “It’s truly being an accountant or a teacher or a nurse,” she said. IDEAS can be found online at

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Venue brings beautiful lights to holiday nights Hudson Gardens, at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton, is transformed into a magical spot to visit through New Year’s Eve, with thousands of lights that twinkle and invite a visitor to walk along curving paths, through a lighted tunnel Sonya Ellingboe and beside the reflective pond. Meet Santa and enjoy hot cocoa — and music — as you wander. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 through 24, 26 through 31. Tickets: $9 adult/$7 member/$7 military/$6 child ages 4-12/free 3 and under. (Altitude Tickets or at the door.) Free parking.


‘Free for Kids’ program The Denver Art Museum has added two-year support from Bellco for its Free For Kids (18 and under) general admission to the museum. Since trustee Scott Reiman initiated the program in March 2015, school visits have increased more than 50 percent. A related mural by local artists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios is also funded by Bellco at 1515 Market St. (1515 Restaurant) in Denver. Information: (Special

exhibits such as the current ‘Star Wars’ one cost extra.) ‘Nutcracker’ ballet The Littleton Youth Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” will be presented at Colorado Heights University Theatre, 3001 S. Federal Blvd. Performances: 7 p.m. Dec. 2; 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and Noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets: 303-7946694, ACC Music Dept. Three free concerts are the Arapahoe Community Music Department’s gift to the community. All are in the Waring Theatre, Littleton campus: • Dec. 6, 7 p.m. — ACC Choir, directed by Ron Kientz • Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. — ACC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Cecil Lewis • Dec. 12, 7 p.m. — ACC String Orchestra, directed by Rene Knetsch Denver Potters Association The Denver Potters Association Winter Show and Sale will be Dec. 1-4 at Sixth Avenue United Church, 3250 E. Sixth Ave., Denver. Potter Anita Garfein of Littleton will exhibit her work. Hours: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Holiday jazz performances The Colorado Jazz Repertory

Orchestra will perform its Christmas show twice, with vocalist Heidi Schmidt: Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at Rialto Theatre in Loveland, 228 E. Fourth St. (970-962-2120) or Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Tickets: $20/$25/$30, 303-987-7845, Lakewood. org/Tickets. Ballet Ariel Ballet Ariel will present seven performances of “The Nutcracker” at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood: 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets: $35/$30/$25 (children),, 303-987-7845. Gift books Specially selected gift books are available at two local libraries: The Better Book Bonanza on Dec. 3 and 4 at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, and Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum’s Holiday Sale, which runs daily during library hours through Christmas Eve at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Arvada Fine Art Market The Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, holds its 30th annual Fine Art Market through Dec. 18 with original items in every medium, in the Main and Upper Galleries. In addition, The ACES

sale and show features works by instructors and students in the center’s studio art classes in the Upper Gallery. Nature photographs Photographers are invited by the Audubon Nature Center to participate in the fifth annual “Share the View” International Nature Photography Competition. See (Proceeds benefit the education program.) Winning images will be displayed by the Mile High Wildlife Photography Club in January at University of Colorado South Campus (formerly the Wildlife Experience.) Silly stuff The Ultimate Christmas Show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at PACE Center, by “the fruitcakes of the Reduced Shakespeare Company,” who will give us an irreverent but heartwarming trip through the holidays. Arapahoe Philharmonic “Miracles of the Season” is the holiday-themed concert by the Arapahoe Philharmonic, to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Haydn’s “Miracle Symphony” will be featured. Tickets: or 303-781-1892.

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professional skills with religious beliefs to work in developing countries for decades, with Stan working in business development and Tammy in public health. Before Kazakhstan, they lived in Turkey. The biggest obstacle to getting westerners to work in Kazakhstan is a perception that it might be a dangerous or undesirable place to live, Stan said. “Because it has ‘stan’ in its name, people think ‘Pakistan, Afghanistan, war,’” he said.


However, he said the country is modern and has a lot to offer. “It’s a beautiful country with beautiful mountains,” he said. “When people over there ask us what Colorado is like, we say ‘it’s a lot like here.’ ” A family affair Stan and Tami’s daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Shledon Nest, also work for IDEAS, as health care professionals in Thailand. Lauren, a nurse by training, grew up mainly in Kazakhstan, while her parents worked there. Now, she and Sheldon, a son of Colombian im-

migrants who was raised in New Jersey, administer a program that trains people from the Karen ethnic group in rural parts of Thailand to be health care professionals. “I never would have imagined myself working with Karen people,” Sheldon said via email. “But when I learned of this opportunity I jumped at the chance to be a part of something that has lasting impact.” Lauren and Sheldon met at Liberty University, a Christian school in Virginia, where Lauren received a nursing degree and Sheldon earned a degree in health promotion.

Sheldon went on to get a master’s degree in public health from Colorado School of Public Health while Lauren worked as an emergency room nurse in Fort Collins. The Nests have been in the city of Chiang Mai, in the northern part of Thailand, for more than a year now, and their daughter was born there eight months ago. They believe they were meant to help there, Lauren said in an email: “We believe that God has called us to use our professional skills to work with individuals and communities that are marginalized and have very little access to quality health care.”

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Best part of military service is ‘people we get to serve’

Multi-generational panel of veterans shares stories with STEM students BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITY

Hundreds of students sat before a five-person panel at a special assembly in the gymnasium of STEM School and Academy on Nov. 18. Each presenter went down the line and told his or her story. Art Lang, 93, spoke of life following the Great Depression and his experience in Navy aviation. Maj. Gen. Mike Edwards recalled his deployments across seas in Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and other foreign places. Doug Lyons spoke of his service in Vietnam. Joseph Ahearn, a retired Air Force engineer, focused on the importance of education. Rebecca Hathaway, a logistics officer,

relayed the benefits of military service. The assembly was in honor of Veterans Day. Students listened to the panelists and then participated in a Q&A session. “We teach about war and the impacts of war,” said Amy Nieves, a STEM history teacher who organized the event. “I wanted a multigenerational experience for the students.” Lang recalled the moment he found out about the Pearl Harbor attack. It was Dec. 7, 1941 — his 18th birthday. He told students about the time he quit school and started working for a newspaper to make some money. And he went into his his endeavors in Navy aviation. “I learned the lesson of how important small things are,” Lang said to the silent gymnasium. “If you want something, you have to work to get it.” Edwards, who is the adjutant general for Colorado and oversees the command administration of more than 5,000 Colorado Army and Air National Guard

General Mike Edwards asks STEM students to raise their hands if they know someone who has served in the military or is currently serving at a Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 18. “The thing we love most about our military service,” Edwards said, “is the people we get to serve.” ALEX DEWIND members, knew he wanted to serve in the military when he was in sixth grade. He described his experiences as unbelievable and challenging.

He left students with a message: “The thing we love most about our military service is the people we get to serve.”

CURTAIN TIME Four short plays “4 X’Mas” by George Cameron Grant is presented by the new Lost and Found Productions Dec. 9-17 at the Bug Theatre, 3674 Navajo St., Denver Highlands. Four female directors bring four short holiday plays to the stage: Deb Flomberg, Allison Learned, Katie Mangett and Elizabeth Neuhauser. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Dec. 21, 22; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18; $15 advance/$20 at the door, Santa at Avenue Theater “Santa’s Big Red Sack” is presented for the eighth year, through Dec. 24, at the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver Uptown. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and Dec. 21; 4 p.m. Sundays and Christmas Eve. Tickets cost $27.50, 303-321-5925, Suzan Lori-Parks “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” a version with spoken dialogue, written by Pulitzer winner Suzan Lori Parks, plays at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, through

Jan. 1. Directed by donnie l. betts. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $24-$37, 303-739-1970, Musical version “A Christmas Story: The Musical” plays through Dec. 30 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., downtown Littleton. Directed and choreographed by Nick Sugar, with additional choreography by Kelly Kates and musical direction by Donna Debreceni. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays, Dec. 12 and 28; 2 p.m. Sundays; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 11. Tickets: $25 to $44, 303-794-2787, ext. 5, townhall Arthur Miller “A View From the Bridge” plays Dec. 2 through Dec. 31 at the Edge Theater, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Directed by John Ashton. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Monday Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 22 (no performance Dec. 24). Tickets, $28, 303-2320363,

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HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Send volunteer opportunities to hharden@ 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Program Provides information and support to crime victims Need: Victim Adocates interact with and support victims of domestic violence. They also provide resource referrals and explain processes to victims. Requirements: 20 hours of training required; volunteers must commit to one morning a week at the Justice Center in Castle Rock. Contact: Mel Secrease, 720-733-4552 or AARP Foundation TaxAide Helps Colorado taxpayers who need assistance prepare and file their tax returns Need: Volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Requirements: Free training provided; volunteers do not have to be AARP members or retirees. Contact: aarp_taxaide/ or 888-OUR-AARP. Deadline: Apply by Dec. 15 Angel Heart Project Delivers meals to men, women and children with life-threatening illnesses Need: Volunteers willing to deliver meals to clients in the South Denver area. Requirements: Attend an orientation and submit to a background check before volunteering. 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. ASSE International Student Exchange Program Organizes student exchange programs Need: Local host families to provide homes for boys and girls age 15-18 from a variety of coutries. Contact: Cathy Hintz, 406-488-8325 or 800-733-2773 Castle Rock Senior Activity Center Provides services to local seniors Need: Volunteer drivers to take seniors to appointments, the grocery store, pharmacies and more. Contact: Steph Schroeder, 303-688-9498 Colorado Humane Society Handles animal abuse and neglect cases Need: Volunteers to care for pregnant cats, dogs and their litters, as well as homes for cats and dogs that require socializing or that are recovering from surgery or injuries. Contact: Teresa Broaddus, 303-961-3925 Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language Program Teaches English to recently arrived refugees, who have fled war or persecution in their home country. In Colorado, refugees are from Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan, Somalia, Iraq, Eritrea and D.R. Congo, among others. Need: Volunteers to teach English. Tutoring takes place in the student’s home. Refugees live throughout Denver, but the largest concentrations are in Thornton, near 88th Avenue and Washington Street, and in east Denver/Aurora, near Colfax Avenue and Yosemite Street.

Other details: Tutors do not need to speak the student’s language. Most participants are homebound women and small children, adults who are disabled, and senior citizens. Many are not literate in their first language, and remain isolated from American culture. Requirements: Volunteers must attend training at Emily Griffith Technical College in downtown Denver. Sessions take place every 6-8 weeks. Go to for information and volunteer application. Next training session is Saturday, July 30. Contact: Sharon McCreary, 720-423-4843 or

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Court Appointed Special Advocates Works with abused and neglected children in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties Need: Advocates for children, to get to know, speak up for and ensure their best interests in court Contact: 303-695-1882 or Denver Asset Building Coalition Provides low-income families with free tax preparation Need: Volunteers to join the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program Requirements: Volunteers are needed from Jan. 21 to April 17. No accounting background necessary; DABC trains all volunteers through an IRS-approved certification. Volunteers can choose their schedule and time commitment. Contact: Marissa Stanger, volunteer coordinator, at 303-388-7030 or go to www. Douglas/Elbert Task Force Provides assistance to people in Douglas and Elbert counties who are in serious economic need, at risk of homelessness or in similar crisis. Need: Volunteers to assist in the food bank, client services and the thrift store Treasures on Park Street. Contact: Marion Dahlem, 303-688-1114, ext. 32 Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center Cares for homeless horses and other equines. Need: Volunteers to work with horses and other opportunities. Requirements: Must be 16 years old, pass a background check, and be able to commit to at least three hours a week for three months. Contact: 303-751-5772. Other information: A volunteer open house is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the center in Franktown. During the two-hour orientation, prospective volunteers will get an overview of the services provided, learn about the volunteer opportunities, take a tour of the center, and talk with staff and volunteers. In addition, the $25 volunteer application fee will be waived for anyone who applies to be a volunteer during the open house. Volunteers must be 16 years old, pass a background check and be able to commit to at least three hours a week for three months. RSVP at Front Range BEST Hosts free robotics competitions for middle and high school students Need: Volunteer judges for competions. Contact: Tami Kirkland, 720-323-6827 or

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World premiere graces stage at Arvada Center IF YOU GO


As it celebrates 40 years as an arts center, Arvada Center presents its first world premiere: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” originated at the Arvada theater with music and lyrics by Arvada’s music director David Nehls and book by Kenn McLaughlin of Houston. The two have written musicals together before, but none has been performed in Nehls’ home theater. (Readers may have seen his “Trailer Park Musical” elsewhere in Denver a few years ago.) An interesting piece on creating a musical is included in the program: “Creating a new work for musical theater is

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“I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” runs through Dec. 23 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Tickets, $53-$77, 720-898-7200, one of the most thrilling journeys in the arts,” Nehls said in a program story about the show. Both writers grew up watching the ‘60s variety shows with their families—and both were aware of turmoil in the ‘60s as well, including strong responses to the war in Vietnam, where Simon has been. SEE CHRISTMAS, P21

The Bright Family of entertainers gathers for the start of their annual 1960s Christmas TV Variety show, in “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” a new musical playing at the Arvada Center: Dana (Noah Racey), Louise (Megan Van De Hay) front; Simon (Jake Mendes) and Maggie (Kim Mc Clay) back. COURTESY PHOTO

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Santa Claus in the Ranch Santa Claus will visit Highlands Ranch on Dec. 10. He will be sitting in a little red house at the corner of Broadway and Plaza Drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., awaiting visits from families and children. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. Guests are advised to park in the Highlands Ranch Metro District parking lot at 62 Plaza Drive and walk around the building to see Santa. For the safety of those attending and cars driving by, the Metro District asks guests not to park on Plaza Drive. For more information, call the Highlands Ranch Metro District at 303-791-0430. Detentions division honored In November, the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office Detentions Division earned its second reaccreditation by

the largest correctional association in the world, American Correctional Association. Maintaining accreditation through the association helps to ensure best practices. An audit includes assessments of administration and management, facility safety and offender programs. The association also assesses issues and concerns that may affect the quality of life in the facility such as staff training, programs and overall strengths and weaknesses of the agency. “It is important that we continue to evaluate our policy and procedures to ensure that we are managing our detentions division in the most practical way possible while also ensuring the safety and security of our inmates and staff,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. “The reaccreditation process enforces that evaluation and guides us in areas that need improvement.” The next audit for the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office will be in 2019.

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Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter Serves victims of family violence in Aurora and Arapahoe County Need: Volunteers help with crisis-line management, children’s services, legal advocacy, community education and other shelter services. Donations: Also accepts used cell phones (younger than 4 years) to give to victims. Mail to Gateway at P.O. Box 914, Aurora, CO 80040, or drop them off at Neighborly Thrift Store, 3360 S. Broadway, Englewood Requirements: Must attend a 26-hour training session; bilingual skills welcome Contact: Jeneen Klippel-Worden, 303-3431856 or Girl Scouts of Colorado Youth organization for girls Need: Troop leaders, office support, administrative help and more Age requirement: Men and women, 18 and older Contact:, or 1-877-404-5708 Global Orphan Relief Develops and supports programs bringing light, comfort and security to orphans around the world Need: Super stars with website development, users of the abundant resources of social media. Those with great connection ability are needed to help with the development of the donor pool. Contact: Those interested serving this faith-based Colorado nonprofit can contact Deitra Dupray, 303-895-7536 or dadupray@ GraceFull Community Cafe Provides a place in Littleton where people of all backgrounds can gather, eat well and be inspired to give back. Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. A partner of the GraceFull Foundation. Need: Opportunities for food preparation, guest service, cleaning and dishwashing. Location: 5610 Curtice St., Littleton Contact: Sign up for volunteer opportunities at Habitat ReStore Nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers Need: Volunteers for Wheat Ridge, Denver or Littleton Habitat ReStores, helping with the cash register, dock and warehouse floor Contact: 303-996-5468, email Alice Goble at

Highlands Ranch Community Association Works with Therapeutic Recreation Program and Special Olympics Need: Volunteers to help teach classes, coach Special Olympics, provide athletes support during Special Olympics practices, assist with special events, and help participats succeed in the therapeutic recreation program. Contact: Summer Aden, 303-471-7043 or The Children’s Hospital of Denver, Highlands Ranch chapter Contact: 303-861-6887 Hospice at Home Need: Volunteers help patients and their families with respite care, videotaping, massage and other tasks. Home study training is available. Contact 303-698-6404 Hospice of Covenant Care Nonprofit, faith-based hospice Need: Volunteers to support patients and families Contact: 303-731-8039 Lutheran Family Services: Cultural Mentoring Program We welcome refugee families and help them adjust to their new home Need: People who can commit to working with refugees on skills for self-sufficiency and helping them learn about their new home. Requirements: Must be 18 or older (although children of volunteers are welcome to participate). One-hour training and orientation required. Contact: David Cornish, 303-225-0199 or; go to www.lfsrm. org. Meals on Wheels Delivers meals to residents in Englewood, southern Jefferson County and western Arapahoe County Need: Drivers to deliver meals; volunteers to help prepare, box and label meals Requirements: Must dedicate one to two hours a week Contact: Phil or Mary at 303-798-7642 (from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays) Neighbor Network Nonprofit that helps older adults stay independent. Serves all of Douglas County Need: Volunteers who can provide transportation, light housekeeping, handyman and companion services to seniors. Requirements: Must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance. Contact: 303-814-4300

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66 in Longmont. Christopher Gebers was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the crash. Thyfault was a cadet at the time of his death, but was posthumously promoted to trooper. In its news release, the sheriff ’s office reminded drivers “that if you see an officer on the side of the road, please slow down and move at least one lane away from the officer, if possible. This is Colorado state law.”

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ brings holiday feeling to Lone Tree 1940s-style radio play offers sweet look back BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

“It’s an iconic and important story,” said actor Jamie Horton as he looked forward to “a season inhabiting the character of George Bailey. I care a lot about it and am very fond of the piece — it’s really special as a live radio play …” Horton, currently an associate professor of drama at Dartmouth Horton College in Hanover, New

“The idea of having a chance to see how much one’s life means has special meaning to me.” Jamie Horton, actor Hampshire, performed with the Denver Center Theatre Company for its first 23 years and was a muchloved figure in the Denver theater community. He has returned regularly over the holidays to perform with Stories on Stage and in an annual Christmas reading at the Tattered Cover Book Store (Dec. 12


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this year.) This season, he will perform as George Bailey in Lone Tree Arts Center’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” which runs Dec. 8-18. The play, adapted by Joe Landry from the 1946 movie that starred Jimmy Stewart as Bailey, will be directed by Randal Mylar, who also worked at DCTC in earlier years and helmed last year’s “Explorer’s Club” at Lone Tree, as well as other productions. It will be presented as a live, 1940s-era radio broadcast, complete with an applause sign, commercial jingles and on-stage sound effects. A cast that includes Randy Moore, Stephanie Cozart, Mark Rubald, Michael Santo, Randy S. Pierre, Lisbeth Splawn and others will take on multiple roles as a few dozen characters. Bailey’s story unfolds one Christ-

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mas Eve as he reflects on his life and considers suicide. His guardian angel appears to show him good scenes from his past life and how it might have been had he not lived … “It’s a lovely story,” Horton said. “The idea of having a chance to see how much one’s life means has special meaning to me.” He has not played this role before — although it seems like a natural for him. We spoke with Horton in New Hampshire, which is near where he and his wife, Nancy, met in high school, he said. In a sense, he has two homes: New England and Colorado … He spoke fondly of “flying into Denver and seeing the mountains again.” And he’ll be spending time with old friends, on and off stage. Rehearsals started Nov. 22.

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Volunteers hand out Thanksgiving food boxes About 500 receive holiday dinners from Integrated Family Community Services BY TOM MUNDS TMUNDS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Integrated Family Community Services enlisted the help of a small army of volunteers Nov. 19 to distribute boxes containing all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner to about 500 needy families and seniors. “This event has been held for at least 19 years,” said Sandra Blythe-Perry, IFCS executive director. “Each box contains all the items needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal plus other things like macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce and other items for meals for a few days after the holiday. We also provide a certificate so the family can pick up a turkey or ham at the supermarket. The typical box is made up to supply the needed items for a family of four.” She said it takes a lot of help for the organization to gather all the items needed to fill the food boxes and to distribute them. The IFCS director explained there are a lot of organizations that put on drives to collect food for the project, and there are numerous organizations and individuals who donated cash to buy additional food items as well as the

Katie Johnson carries a food box to the staging area in preparation for the Nov. 19 Integrated Family Community Services Thanksgiving food distribution event. Johnson is one of the members of the Mountain Vista Interact Club, a youth community service organization, which helped load and distribute boxes. PHOTOS BY TOM MUNDS supermarket gift certificates so each family can have a turkey or a ham. Once all the items are assembles at IFCS headquarters in Englewood, volunteers pitch in to pack the boxes donated by Cowboy Moving and Storage. On distribution day, hundreds of vehicles are lined up as families come and pick up the boxes and about 50 boxes are delivered to seniors. This was Jason Whyte’s first year as IFCS Thanksgiving food distribution volunteer. “I have volunteered to deliver Thanksgiving food baskets for the

Englewood Lions Club the past 10 years, but this year Mike Flaherty and I signed up with the club to volunteer for this event,” the president of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce said. “It is great to see so many volunteers from the Mountain Vista High School youth service club here today. It is great for them to help. They are a good example of volunteering for my children who are here with me today.” Ryan Lane, a Mountain Vista senior, said this is his fourth year volunteering at the IFCS event and it is one of his favorite volunteer activities.

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Littleton Youth Ballet ‘Nutcracker’: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Colorado Heights University, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver. Contact Littleton Youth Ballet at 303-794-6694 or go to http://www.littletonyouthballet. org/the-nutcracker. The Nutcracker Ballet: 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at The Oriental Theater, 7373 E. Fremont Drive, Centennial. Presented by Golden Dance Arts. Go to http:// Youth Theater Auditions: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Spotlight Performing Arts Center, 6328 E. County Line Road, Highlands Ranch. Ages 6-18; show is “Alice in Wonderland, The Full-Length Musical.” Class meets from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays; performance is in April. Go to or call 720-44-DANCE for information and tuition rates. A Christmas Story, The Musical: through Friday, Dec. 30 at Town Hall Arts Center. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, with a 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Nov. 26 and 7:30 p.m. shows Wednesday, Dec. 12 ad Dec. 28. Tickets available at the Town Hall box office, online at or by calling 303794-2787 ext. 213.


Colorado Wind Ensemble Outdoor Exposure: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Featuring photographer John Fielder Go to http://www. outdoor-exposurewith-photographer-john-fielder/ Live! With the Colorado Celtic Harp Society: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way. No registration required; call 303791-7323 or go to Smithtonians Handbell Choir: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Hear seasonal favorites. Call 303-795-3961. Advent Recitals: noon Wednesdays at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9201 S. University Blvd.,

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this week’s TOP FIVE Holiday Celebration at the Mansion: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Road. Horse drawn hay rides, Santa visits, music, vendors and reindeer games. Self-guided tours and a Candyland-themed scavenger hunt. Free event parking at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Shuttle buses begin at 9:45 a.m. No event parking at the mansion. Call 303-791-0430. Go to Community Fundraiser/ Women’s Self-Defense Class: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Deep Space Event Center, 11020 S. Pikes Peak Drive, Parker. Dragon Hearts Martial Arts teaches self-defense, and all proceeds go to the Open the Doors fund for Parker’s new community center. Go to

Highlands Ranch. Enjoy light soup lunch; $4 donation requested. Contact Mark Zwilling at 303 794-2683 or Recital schedule: St. Andrew Sisters, Dec. 7; Jubilee Handbell Choir, Dec. 14; Kay Coryell, Dec. 21. Reunited at Christmas Dinner Concert: 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9201 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Dinner served at 6 p.m. Tickets for sale at www. Contact Mark Zwilling at 303 794-2683 or Arapahoe Philharmonic ‘Miracle of the Season’: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes will give a brief talk at 6:45 p.m. Tickets available at www. or by calling 303-7811892. Christmas with the Young Voices of Colorado: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Presented by the Littleton Symphony Orchestra, along with Young Voices of Colorado. Tickets available at the Gorsett Violin Shop, 8100 S. Quebec St., and at Call 303-933-6824.

‘A Figgy Pudding Party’: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock. An evening of holiday music and desserts. Tickets required; contact 303-688-4259 or Call 303-660-0057 or go to for information. History of Denver’s Union Station: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Presented by author Rhonda Beck. Refreshments served at 6:45 p.m. Contact 303-814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety. org or Admission is free. Winter Wonderland Holiday Open House: 3-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties, 6538 S. Racine Circle, Centennial. Dinner, music, games. Networking opportunity for service providers, teachers, parents. Meet new board members.

Cherry Creek Chorale ‘Gloria!’: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village. Go to http://www.cherrycreekchorale. org. Tidings from Bethlehem Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 E. Belleview Ave., Englewood. Go to Santa Visit: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in his little red house at the corner of Broadway and Plaza Drive. Santa visits are free and open to all. Park at the Highlands Ranch Metro District parking lot at 62 Plaza Drive, and walk around the building to see Santa. For the safety of those attending and cars driving by, please do not park on Plaza Drive. Call 303-791-0430. Lone Tree Arts Center Guild Holiday Party: a celebration and thank you to guild members on Saturday, Dec. 10. To join the guild, or for information on the holiday party, contact Tonya at 303-489-5533 or Snowball Dinner Dance Showcase, Am Jam: 4-8 pm. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Adventures in Dance, 1500 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton. Enjoy professional show and dance ballroom, Latin, salsa, swing and tango to your favorite DJ tunes. Call 720-276-0562 or go to https:// event/dancing-with-the-monstars-dinner-dance-showcase/.


SoSu Artist Collective Pop Up Gallery and Market: opening celebration from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; pop-ups open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4 at 6905 S. Broadway. Loose and Fun Pastel Painting Workshop: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at First Presbyterian Church, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton. Led by Fort Collings artist Diane Edwards. Go to http:// Contact Mary Kay Jacobus, mkstudio@comcast. net or 303-594-4667.


Light Up the Holidays Christmas party: 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Valley Country Club, 14601 Country Club Drive, Centennial. Plated dinner, entertainment and more. The Founding Chapter of the Denver Metro Breakfast Club event. Call Bernadette Julich, 303862-7912 to RSVP and for information. Tree Lighting and Holiday Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Hot chocolate bar, hot cider and cookies. Event takes place before center’s production of “The Nutcracker Suite.” Go to www.

An Evening of Help and Hope: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Cielo at Castle Pines, 485 W. Happy Canyon Road. Benefit for the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. Silent, live auctions, wine wall, games, food and drinks. Tickets and information at www.detaskforce. org or call Carolyn at 303-6881114 ext. 14. Festival of Trees: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Cimarron Middle School, 12130 Canterberry Parkway, Parker. More than 40 themed trees available to win. Go to George C. Evans American Legion Post 103: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. General meeting will address the upcoming oratorical contest and other 2017 activities. HRCA Holiday House Decorating Contest: submit photos with online form by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Map showing location of each site will be posted; residents visit and vote for their favorites from Dec. 10-14. Winners announced Dec. 17. Go to http://HRCAonline. org/contest for submission form and more information. A Hudson Christmas: 5-8 p.m. select days through Saturday, Dec. 31 at Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Go to Tickets available at


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AAA says: ‘If you really don’t have to go out, don’t’ BY ALEX DEWIND | ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITY


inter weather made its debut in recent weeks — better late than never — temporarily causing slick roads and blurred visibility. As the season enters full swing, travel experts advise motorists to drive with caution and adjust their vehicles for upcoming weather. “The Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office takes our roadway safety serious,” said Douglas County Traffic Sgt. Chris Washburn. “Your safety and the safety of your loved ones depends on your full attention to your driving.” Below are five tips from traffic experts to ensure safe travels this winter. Slow down Maneuvering on ice and snow requires slower speeds. In an email correspondence, Washburn advised: “Increase your following distance and decrease your speed to allow more stopping room.” The American Automobile Association agrees. “The normal dry-pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to 10 seconds,” AAA’s Winter Driving

Tip webpage says. “This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.” AAA also tells motorists to accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying gas gradually is the “best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids.” Everything — including accelerating, stopping and turning — takes longer on snow-covered roads than on dry pavement, AAA says.

Check the dashboard Dashboard warning lights and measurements go hand in hand with safe driving. A few quick tips from Washburn include: keep the windshield washer full, keep the gas tank above half, and use your wind-

shield wipers and headlights when needed. AAA adds that motorists should make sure their tires are inflated, avoid using the parking brake in rainy or snowy weather, and refrain from using cruise control on any slippery surface.

Pay attention In 2013, 3,154 nationally people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver — which includes activities such as texting or eating — and 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washburn asks drivers to “put the

cell phone down and please concentrate on safe driving habits.” Colorado law bans the use of cell phones while driving for motorists under 18 and texting for all motorists. AAA recommends that motorists avoid driving while fatigued. “Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter-weather tasks reduces driving risks,” the webpage says.

Make a winter safety kit A motorist traveling in winter conditions should make a winter safety kit and keep it in his or her car, Washburn recommends. The kit should include, at minimum, blankets, non-perishable

food, water and a flashlight. For long-distance winter trips, AAA says motorists should also include a cellular phone with AAA’s number, blankets, gloves, hats and any needed medication.

In case of emergency In Colorado, many escape to the mountains for the weekend to ski or snowboard. Motorists should be prepared if weather conditions escalate while driving. “If you are stranded or stuck on a winter road, only run your car periodically to keep warm,” Washburn said. “Stay with your vehicle and don’t attempt to walk through a major storm. Help will arrive to you if you stay with

your vehicle.” Motorists also should keep windows cracked while the motor is running to avoid carbon monoxide buildup in the vehicle, he said. Finally, when it comes to winter driving, AAA says: “Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.”

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One-stop health care shop opens in northern Douglas County Facility combines ER, urgent care and primary care in one place BY TOM SKELLEY TSKELLEY@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Symptomatic south metro residents unsure about whether they should visit an emergency room or an urgent care clinic now have another option that combines the benefits of both: Centura Health Emergency and Urgent Care recently opened at 9949 S. Oswego Street just east of I-25, complementing the primary care offices in the building. Located in northern Douglas County, the building is a joint venture between Centura Health and the Larkin Group, a Texas company known for its chain of successful free-standing ER clinics. “We treat everything here,” the center’s nurse manager, Dean Feller, said. “When a patient comes in, we take them to an examination room and the nurse and physician will know what’s wrong… We prefer to downgrade rather than escalate.” Another advantage to the facility is, should a patient come in with a life-threatening injury, he or she can be stabilized, sent to Sky Ridge or Parker Adventist hospitals and admitted directly without going through a separate registration process. Check-in times at the ER and urgent care are shorter than at most area

hospitals. According to Muntz, the facility tracks the time patients spend at the clinic, and times between when patients arrive and get a room was four minutes in October, with a “doorto-doctor” time of eight minutes. Another advantage to the facility is the “one-stop shop” convenience of having urgent care and emergency care under one roof, Muntz said. If patients comes into the emergency room and their injuries are found to be less serious than first thought, they can be de-escalated to urgent care rooms rather than sent to another facility. Likewise, patients in a primary care, pediatric or women’s care visit in the south wing of the building don’t need to go somewhere else for X-rays or MRIs. The atmosphere at Meridian is different from a typical ER, a point of pride for Sarah Muntz, marketing manager for Larkin. Wall art from Colorado artists compliments the softlycolored accent walls and comfortable furniture in exam and waiting rooms. “The overall feel of the building contributes to a good feeling for the patient,” Muntz said. “We wanted to make it feel welcoming, not sterile. The flooring’s not all linoleum squares.” Patient volumes have exceeded expectations, said Debra Carpenter, south Denver group director for Centura Health, noting that the building is located to serve people within a seven-minute drive, “We did a lot of assessment into the community to make sure there was a need for this,” Carpenter said. “We were right.”

The Centura Health Emergency and Urgent Care Meridian, located at 9949 S. Oswego St. in unincorporated Douglas County, welcomes patients on Nov. 15. The building combines primary care, pediatrics, medical imaging and an emergency and urgent care department all in one facility. TOM SKELLEY

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provided them a Thanksgiving food box. “IFCS is wonderful,” the former Denver resident said. “Our family was homeless and I went to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. My case manager, Sandy Horner, hooked us up with the right resources and the right people to help us. We are now in transition housing. My husband is working and


I am on maternity leave and will soon be going back to work, so we are on the way to getting back on our feet.” She said all the IFCS help has truly been a blessing for the family that includes Jones, her husband, their 13-year-old son and their new baby. “All the help from IFCS, including the Thanksgiving food box, means so much,” she said. “There wouldn’t have been much of a Thanksgiving dinner but now we will have a traditional

Thanksgiving dinner and we will sit down to a family meal in a nice home instead of being homeless or in a shelter.” While volunteers distributed food boxes, more items for Thanksgiving food boxes arrived. “We are bringing 100 boxes of Thanksgiving food items donated by members of the congregation of the Abiding Hope Lutheran Church,” John Reha said. “This program was started

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Freshman kicker Brian Brogan made sure Valor Christian took care of business in the Class 5A semifinals. Brogan kicked a 28-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift Valor to a 10-7 victory over Cherry Creek on Nov. 26 at the Stutler Bowl, propelling the Eagles to their eighth straight state championship game. Brogan had missed a 35-yard attempt in the second quarter but was clutch when it counted most. “I could feel my heart kind of dropping and this was kind of a must-do kind of kick,” Brogan said. “I just went on the field, put my head down and drove through it.” Defending champion Valor Christian (10-3) will be seeking its seventh title in three different classifications when the Eagles challenge another familiar foe in Pomona (12-1) in the championship game, which will be at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Pomona, runner-up to the Eagles in the state title game last season, defeated Regis Jesuit, 24-7, in the other semifinal game. Valor used a fumble recovery to set up a late drive to come from behind to edge the Panthers 29-26 in the 2015 state title game after the Panthers had won an early season contest last season. Pomona once again downed the Eagles 23-16 in a regular-season encounter earlier this season. “They’ll probably talk about revenge about how we won the state championship game last year,” Valor Christian coach Rod Sherman said. “We’re not going to talk about revenge from our earlier game. We want to come out and play as hard as we can. God gave us one more week with

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Valor Christian’s Luke McCaffrey (2) leaps to pull in the interception away from Cherry Creek’s Nick Williams (10). The Eagles prevailed over Cherry Creek by the score of 10-7 on Nov. 26 at the Stutler Bowl in the 5A state semifinal. PAUL DISALVO our team and we want to enjoy that. “Hopefully we will be battle tested after the Creek game and be ready.” Sherman was quick to emphasize to his team, which got off to a slow start this season, that this is different than the seven other state title game appearances. “This feels as good going into the championship game as I can ever remember because of how we battled through some tough times this year,” Sherman said. “At 1-3, you remind the kids to stay on course and that

allowed us to teach them the lessons using the analogy that in marriages these days it seems like when the going gets tough society says ‘go find a new wife.’ What scripture tells us is to dig deep, stay the course and continue to grow. “Who knows what will happen next week. I hope our kids will be able to look back and say there was joy in the process and there was success in the journey.” SEE FOOTBALL, P33

KEEPING SCORE WITH... JP MARINARO What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy because I enjoy an action/ thriller that keeps me on the edge of my seat every time. What is your favorite pre-competition meal? Over-easy eggs on toast because I just like eggs. Why do you participate in sports? I participate in sports for the challenge to win and beat the other opponent and also because I love competition.

What is your favorite type of music and who is your favorite artist? My favorite favorite types of music are rap and classic rock. My favorite band is Led Zeppelin. What is your favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in school is biology because I love learning more about the world we live in. Do you have any pre-competition superstitions or rituals? I do. My pre-game ritual is when I get into the car, I put on my music and look out the window until I get to the rink, then we go out for team warmups once we are all at the rink.

KEEPING SCORE WITH... is a Q&A with high school athletes in the south metro area. Email sports writer Jim Benton at if you or some you know would llike to participate.

ittleton High School will honor the memory of former standout basketball player Brooks Thompson at its home-opening game between the Lions and Kennedy at 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Thompson, who helped Littleton win OVERTIME the 1987 and 1989 4A state championships, died June 9 at the age of 45 from multiple organ failure. Thompson’s wife, Michelle, mother Sue, brother Chip and aunt Jan will be at the game for the Jim Benton halftime tribute that will have a commemorative Littleton jersey unveiled. Ron Vlasin, Thompson’s coach, will take part in the halftime ceremony. Thompson averaged 28.5 points and nine assists a game as a senior and was the 1989 Colorado High School player of the year. Thompson played college basketball at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. He played for four National Basketball Association teams, including the Denver Nuggets, and was head coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2006 until March of 2016. “It’s a privilege for our team, our school and our whole community to have a chance to honor Brooks Thompson and his family,” said current Lions boys basketball coach Ryan Fletcher. “His contributions as an athlete and person are an inspiration to our current players and the entire Littleton family.”

Running strong Mountain Vista’s girls cross country team finished second to Broomfield in the Class 5A state cross country meet in October. However, the Vista girls haven’t stopped running. Competing under the moniker of the Vista Nation Cross Country Club, the girls captured the Nike Cross National Southwest Regional team title Nov. 19 at Grande Sports Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona, and qualified to race in the Nike Cross Nationals Dec. 3 in Portland, Oregon. Vista Nation beat favored Desert Vista by 12 points in the regionals while Broomfield finished third. Six of the seven Vista girls who took part in the state meet ran in Arizona, with freshman Sarah O’Sullivan leading the charge. She was 15th overall with a time of 18:17, but was fourth among the runners competing for the team title. Freshman Jenna Fitzsimmons was seventh and Caroline Eck, recovering from a lower-leg injury, was ninth among the athletes in the team competition. “Hard to say what our chances are SEE BENTON, P32

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All-league volleyball selections announced

BENTON: Area athletes are selected by group to join all-state teams for volleyball, gymnastics FROM PAGE 31

at the nationals with so many great teams,” coach Jonathan Dalby said. “A top-10 finish in the U.S. is certainly a goal. We are super excited for the kids and eager to see how they will do against the nation’s best. “It would have been easy for them to give in after being second at state, but these are resilient kids.” All-State volleyball, gymnastics released its all-state teams for volleyball and gymnastics, which included several area athletes. Melissa Evans from Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon’s Skylar Lane, Alyssa Oswald of Mountain Vista and Jasmine Schmidt of Chaparral were named to the Class 5A first team. Evans was tabbed player of the year. Ali Travis and Sam Weber of Holy Family were first-team 4A selections. Brooke Weins of Pomona was the Class 5A gymnast of the year and the Panthers’ Tracey Boychuk was coach of the year. Joining Weins on the first team were Kay-

lie Berens of Pomona, Lakewood’s Amber Bell and Kesley Boychuk of Pomona. Rachel Cody of Standley Lake, Camille Dipaola of Green Mountain and Emily Graham of Green Mountain were Class 4A first-team picks. Cody was the 4A gymnast of the year and Green Mountain’s Sandi Peterson the coach of the year. DU soccer team advances Three starters on the University of Denver’s men’s soccer team — which edged Washington 2-1 Nov. 26 during a secondround NCAA tournament playoff game — graduated from south metro high schools. Junior midfielder Graham Smith is from Highlands Ranch, redshirt sophomore defender Scott Devoss is from Arapahoe and junior defender AJ Fuller went to Heritage. Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at or at 303-566-4083.


Seven members of league volleyball champion Rock Canyon have been named all-Continental League and the Jaguars’ Angela Nylund-Hanson has been named league coach of the year. First team all-league selections were: Setter: Skylar Lane, Sr., Rock Canyon; Lauren Lowry, Jr., Castle View; Ava Larkin, Sr., Chaparral Outside hitter: Keeley Davis, Jr., Rock Canyon; Melissa Evans, Sr., Highlands Ranch; Kelsie Milkowski, Jr., Highlands Ranch; Katie Turner, Sr., Legend; Kate Menz, Jr., Castle View; Makenna Davis, Sr., Chaparral; Alyssa Oswald, Sr.,

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TALE OF THE TAPE The following is a breakdown of how Valor Christian and Pomona compare. The teams will clash at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 for the Class 5A state championship at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.







Playoff Seeding



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FOOTBALL: Defending champs seeking seventh title in three different classifications FROM PAGE 31

Senior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey remembers last season’s finale against the Panthers. “It was a great game last year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a rematch. We played them earlier this season, they are a great team and they got us. It should be a great fight. We’re a completely different team and I know they have gotten a lot better as well.” Senior defensive lineman Ben Kozan will join his older brother Alex, who is now playing at Auburn, as a repeat state championship participant and said the Eagles take nothing for granted in getting to title games. “I feel like people think we keep going every year, but it’s a different team every year,” he said. The Eagles, who beat Creek earlier in the season and in last season’s state semifinals, couldn’t put away the Bruins until the final play of the game in which neither offense could gain momentum. Creek finished with a 288-258 edge in total yardage. “They probably deserved to win the game as much as we did but we were able to make one more play,” Sherman said. The Eagles made two key plays with the game tied 7-7 in the fourth quarter. Christian Elliss blocked a potential go-ahead 25-yard field goal by Mac Willis with 8:45 remaining in the game. “This is our legacy and this is what we leave behind,” Elliss said. “Being able to play Pomona is going to be really fun.” Valor got its chance to play Pomona after taking possession at the Creek 45yard line with two minutes remaining

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Prizes! Visit to enter! Valor Christian’s Christian Elliss rolls out to try to pick up yardage. The Eagles prevailed over Cherry Creek by the score of 10-7 on Nov. 26 at the Stutler Bowl in a 5A state semifinal. PAUL DISALVO in regulation. The Eagles, helped by a 14-yard scramble by Dylan McCaffrey and a 16-yard run by sophomore Luke McCaffrey, set up Brogan for the gamewinning field goal. Dylan McCaffrey completed 17-of-25 passes for 104 yards and rushed for 27 yards. His brother Luke caught seven passes for 36 yards, rushed twice for 17 yards and intercepted two passes.

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CLUBS Editor’s note: To add or update a club listing, e-mail 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 Social-discussion meetings take place in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree and Roxborough. Visit and click on calendar for more information. Douglas County Libertarian Development Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Rio Grande Restaurant, 9535 Park Meadows Drive. Go to The group also has a very active Facebook page. In addition, we are also recognized by the State Libertarian party. Contact Wayne Harlos at 303-229-3435. Douglas County Republican Women meets at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday each month at the Lone Tree Golf and Hotel.

Call Marsha Haeflein at 303-841-4318 or visit or Highlands Ranch, Roxborough, and Lone Tree Democrats meet at 7 p.m. the 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. Call Rick Murray at 303-933-3292, or e-mail 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 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 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.

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Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: WELLS FARGO BANK, NA Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 9/10/2010 Recording Date of DOT: 9/17/2010 Reception No. of DOT: 2010059484 DOT Recorded in Douglas County. Original Principal Amount of Evidence of Debt: $226,943.00 Outstanding Principal Amount as of the date hereof: $224,614.50

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TRAINING: Castle Rock police receive domestic-related calls each week FROM PAGE 6

If a victim answers yes to some of the questions, the person is immediately referred to support services while officers are still on-scene. The on-scene calls from Douglas County go to The Crisis Center, which offers a 24-hour crisis hotline and free

shelter space, counseling and case management, support groups and children’s programming. Castle Rock police receive domestic-related calls every week, Lyons said. The new screening process, he said, can hopefully help victims look at their relationship differently. He put it like this: An expe-

rienced officer’s assessment

Pursuant to C.R.S. §38-38-101 (4)in (i), danyou are that their lives may be hereby notified that the covenants of the deed of ger could the as push victims trust have beenbe violated follows: Borrower's failure to make timely payments as required unneed to seekof help. der the Evidence Debt and Deed of Trust.

The partnership with law THE LIEN FORECLOSED MAY NOT BE A enforcement is crucial, Crisis FIRST LIEN. Center Executive Director The property described herein is all of the property encumbered by the lien of theTheir deed of trust. Jennifer Walker said. on-scene calls connect the cenLegal Description of Real Property: LOT with 137, ACRES GREEN FILING NO. 4, ter victims who might COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, STATE OF COLORnot ADO. otherwise seek help.

And that connection is fast, she said. “I’m seeing this immediate response that historically we’ve not had.” Even though some victims declined services during the intitial call, “two weeks later they’re calling us,” she said. About half of the highrisk victims identified since

August have continued receiving services. The important part in the new program is the greater awareness of resources, Walker said, and for victims to know help is available. “Whether it’s in that moment, or even if it’s later,” Walker said, “that’s what we really want.”

Which has the address of: 172 Pegasus Dr, Littleton, CO 80124 NOTICE OF SALE


Falcon Youth Sports Association execuages welcome. Contact Frank Atwood, Recreation The current holder of the Evidence of Debt seby the Deed of Trust720-260-1493 described herein, or highlandsranchlitive board meetings are at 7 p.m. every Camping Singles is a groupcured of Colohas filed written election and demand for sale as PUBLIC NOTICE second Wednesday at the Highlands rado single adults who enjoy camping, provided by law and in said Deed of Trust. Littleton Ranch Community Association offices, 48 fishing, hiking, swimming, biking, sightFROM PAGE 38 THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that on NOTICE OF SALE W. Springer Drive. Call 303-791-6244. Douglas seeing, the camaraderie the first possible sale date (unless theCounty sale is Elks Lodge 2873 meets Public Trustee Salephotography, No. 2016-0239 continued*) at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of The League of Women Voters of Arapaof others, and starry nights4, around the 2017, at the Public Trustee's office, 402 WilTo Whom It May Concern: On 9/14/2016 Castle Rock, Colorado, will sell atat the Douglas County Fair10:25:00 AM the undersigned Public Trustee Front Range Woodturners Club meets every Imonth camp fire. We usually campcoxinStreet, designated hoe County has two meetings per month. public auction to the highest and best bidder for caused the Notice of Election and Demand relatfrom 6-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each & Events Center, Kirk Hall, 500 state parkcash, campgrounds No unit meetings are in June throughing Authe said real propertygrounds and all interest of to the Deedforest of Trustservice describedor below to be said We Grantor(s), Grantor(s)'Fairgrounds heirs and assigns recorded in Douglas County. month in the basement of the Rockler Drive, Castle Rock. The lodge within 2 to 5 hours of Denver. welgust, but the two unit meetings per month therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedWoodworking store at 2553 S Colorado is actively seeking a permanent venue in come allKIRKENDOLL single adults. Ourness membership will begin again in September on second provided in said Evidence of Debt secured Original Grantor: GERALD by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys' fees, the AND NICOLE KIRKENDOLL the Castle Rock area. All “Stray Elks” are ranges from the 40s to 60-plus. We usuMonday evenings and second Thursday Blvd. Anyone interested in woodturning is expenses of sale and other items allowed by Original Beneficiary: MORTGAGE ELECTRONand will deliver CertificIC REGISTRATION AS NOMPUBLIC NOTICE invitedato attend and to be involved in ally SYSTEMS, meet at INC. 7 p.m. the firstlaw, Tuesday of to the purchaser mornings. Call 303-798-2939. The group is welcome. Contact Jim Proud at cavaleate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the FOR PINNACLE MORTGAGE GROUP thedate, growth and activities of this newOFsothe month. For specific meeting open to residents of Douglas County.INEE for more information. sale dateinformais continued to a later the deadINC., NOTICE line to file a notice of intent to cure bycommunity those ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS CONTRACTORS SETTLEMENT cial and service organization. tion, contact parties entitled to cure may also be extended. Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: WELLS COUNTY OF DOUGLAS Call 303-941-0135 or e-mail swgilbert@ Networking for the Not-Working meets FARGO BANK, NA STATE OF COLORADO GED Prep Class Douglas County Libraries If you believe that your lender or servicer Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 9/10/2010 Chess Club meets from 7-9 p.m. the from 8:30-10 a.m. the first Tuesday of evhas failed to provide a single point of conRecording Date of DOT: 9/17/2010 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to offers GED preparation classes for those tact (38-38-103.1 Reception No. of DOT: 2010059484 on 17 and older. Classes offered at 6 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays at the CRS) or they are still pursu- Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., as amended, that ery month in the Fireside Room at Cherry ages ing foreclosure even though you have subDOT Recorded in Douglas County. December 23, 2016 final settlement will be Youth James H.ofLaRue Ridgeline Hills Community Church, 3900 GraceOriginal Blvd.,Principal and Wednesdays at the Parker mitted a completed lossFalcon mitigation applica-Sports Amount EvidenceLibrary, of Debt: 9292 madeAssociation by the County of Douglas, State of Mondays Colortion or you have been offered and have ac$226,943.00 ado, for and on account a contract between baseball board meeting is at 7 p.m. ofevery Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Drop in to play a Highlands Ranch. If you are looking for a Library, 10851 S. Crossroads Drive; and cepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 Douglas County and Lawrence Construction Outstanding Principal Amount as of the date CRS), you may file a complaint withThursday the ColCompany, Inc. forRanch the Columbine Open Space hereof: $224,614.50 fourth at Highlands serious social game; no fees or charges. safe environment in which to learn, share at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Philip S. Miller orado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the Bridge Replacement Project, Douglas County Community Association offices, 48 W. Clocks and ratings rarely used. Sets and and be encouraged, come to a meeting. Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855Project Number CI 2012-017 in Douglas County; Pursuant to C.R.S. §38-38-101 (4) (i), you are 411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a Call and303-791-6244. that any person, co-partnership, associhereby notified boards that the covenants of theAn deed of Springer Drive. provided. informal ladder Visit for more information. Registration is required; call 303-791-7323 complaint in and of itself will not stop the ation or corporation that has an unpaid claim trust have been violated as follows: Borrower's foreclosure process. to pairasyou against equals; all or against said Lawrence Construction Company, failure to make helps timely payments required un- your der the Evidence of Debt and Deed of Trust.

First Publication: 11/10/2016 Last Publication: 12/8/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press


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


Which has the address of: 172 Pegasus Dr, Littleton, CO 80124

Public Trustees PUBLIC NOTICE Littleton NOTICE OF SALE Public Trustee Sale No. 2016-0239 To Whom It May Concern: On 9/14/2016 10:25:00 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: GERALD KIRKENDOLL AND NICOLE KIRKENDOLL Original Beneficiary: MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR PINNACLE MORTGAGE GROUP INC., ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: WELLS FARGO BANK, NA Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 9/10/2010 Recording Date of DOT: 9/17/2010 Reception No. of DOT: 2010059484 DOT Recorded in Douglas County. Original Principal Amount of Evidence of Debt: $226,943.00 Outstanding Principal Amount as of the date hereof: $224,614.50

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.


Which has the address of: 172 Pegasus Dr, Littleton, CO 80124 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

NOTICE OF SALE Public Trustees

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, January 4, 2017, 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: 11/10/2016 Last Publication: 12/8/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press Dated: 9/16/2016 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 #: Attorney File #: 16-012764 *YOU MAY TRACK FORECLOSURE SALE DATES on the Public Trustee website:

Dated: 9/16/2016 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 #: Attorney File #: 16-012764

Public Trustees

*YOU MAY TRACK FORECLOSURE SALE DATES on the Public Trustee website : Legal Notice No.: 2016-0239 First Publication: 11/10/2016 Last Publication: 12/8/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press

Government Legals PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF CONTRACTORS SETTLEMENT COUNTY OF DOUGLAS STATE OF COLORADO NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., as amended, that on December 23, 2016 final settlement will be made by the County of Douglas, State of Colorado, for and on account of a contract between Douglas County and Lawrence Construction Company, Inc. for the Columbine Open Space Bridge Replacement Project, Douglas County Project Number CI 2012-017 in Douglas County; and that any person, co-partnership, association or corporation that has an unpaid claim against said Lawrence Construction Company, Inc. for or on account of the furnishing of labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by such contractor or any of his subcontractors in or about the performance of said work, or that supplied rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of said work, may at any time up to and including said time of such final settlement on said December 23, 2016, file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim with the Board of County Commissioners, c/o Public Works Engineering Director, with a copy to the Project Engineer, Neil Sarno, Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104. Failure on the part of claimant to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve said County of Douglas from all and any liability for such claimant's claim.

Inc. for or on account of the furnishing of labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by such contractor or any of his subcontractors in or about the performance of said work, or that supplied rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of said work, may at any time up to and including said time of such final settlement on said December 23, 2016, file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim with PUBLIC NOTICE the Board of County Commissioners, c/o Public To advertise your public notices callFOR 303-566-4100 Works Engineering Director, with a copy to the INVITATION BID (IFB) Project Engineer, Neil Sarno, Department of #055-16 Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller BuildPUBLICATION OF COMBINED NOTICES ing, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, OF SALE and RIGHT TO CURE CO 80104. & REDEEM FOR THE DOUGLAS COUNTY PUBLIC TRUSTEE Failure on the part of claimant to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve The Purchasing Division of Douglas County said County of Douglas from all and any liability Government, hereinafter referred to as the for such claimant's claim. County, respectfully requests bids from qualified newspapers for the publication of combined notices of sale and right to cure & redeem for The Board of Douglas County Commissioners of the Public Trustee’s Office. All publications will the County of Douglas, Colorado, By: Frederick H. Koch, P.E., Public Works Engineering Directbe on an as-needed basis, for the period of one or. (1) year, beginning approximately January 1, 2017 to and including December 31, 2017. Legal Notice No.: 930269 First Publication: November 24, 2016 The IFB documents may be reviewed and/or Last Publication: December 1, 2016 printed from the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing Publisher: Douglas County News-Press System website at IFB documents are not available for PUBLIC NOTICE purchase from Douglas County Government and can only be accessed from the above-menNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS tioned website. While the IFB documents are available electronically, Douglas County cannot A public hearing will be held on December 19, accept electronic bid responses. 2016, at 7:00 p.m. before the Douglas County Planning Commission and on January 10, 2017, Two (2) copies of your IFB response shall be at 2:30 p.m. before the Douglas County Board of submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked County Commissioners in the Commissioners’ “IFB No. 055-16, Publication of Combined NoHearing Room, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, tices of Sale and Right to Cure & Redeem for CO. The hearing is for proposed amendments the Douglas County Public Trustee”. Electronic to the Douglas County Zoning Resolution and/or faxed bid responses will not be accepted. (DCZR) regarding Variance Standards and ProBids will be received until 3:00 p.m., on Wedcedures and Appeal Standards and Procedures. nesday, December 14, 2016 by the Douglas The proposed amendments affect the following County Finance Department, Purchasing DiviDCZR Sections: sion, 100 Third Street, Suite 130, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. Bids will not be considered Section 26 – Variance Standards which are received after the time stated, and and Procedures any bids so received will be returned unopened. Section 26A – Appeal Standards and Procedures Douglas County Government reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive formalities, inFor more specific information, call Eric Pavlinek, formalities, or irregularities contained in a said Douglas County Planning, at 303-660-7460 bid and furthermore, to award a contract for regarding file #DR2016-010. items herein, either in whole or in part, if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the County Legal Notice No.: 930297 to do so. Additionally, we reserve the right to First Publication: December 1, 2016 negotiate optional items/services with the sucLast Publication: December 1, 2016 cessful bidder. Publisher: Douglas County News-Press Please direct any questions concerning this IFB to Carolyn Riggs, Purchasing Supervisor, 303PUBLIC NOTICE 660-7434,, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding INVITATION FOR BID (IFB) holidays. #055-16 PUBLICATION OF COMBINED NOTICES Legal Notice No.: 930295 OF SALE and RIGHT TO CURE First Publication: December 1, 2016 & REDEEM FOR THE Last Publication: December 1, 2016 DOUGLAS COUNTY PUBLIC TRUSTEE Publisher: Douglas County News-Press The Purchasing Division of Douglas County Government, hereinafter referred to as the County, respectfully requests bids from qualified newspapers for the publication of combined

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