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The very model of a modern urban farm Everitt Farms looks to be hub of sustainable food By Clarke Reader

The property of Derek and Kamise Mullen, who are working to bring Everitt Farms to life. The goal is to create a sustainable food hub in the area. Photo by Derek and Kamise Mullen

For Derek and Kamise Mullen, organic isn’t enough. The pair share long-standing historical ties to Lakewood and from that history has come a deep desire to provide good, healthy food not only for their family, but to create a model for any neighborhood who wants to eat right. To that end Derek and Kamise have launched Everitt Farms, a 7.6-acre farm that is the last remaining piece of an 1876 homestead located at Alameda Avenue and Garrison Street. “The property is part of what was originally 1,288 acres (two square mile) homestead that John

Everitt got from the railroad,” Derek explained. “Eventually much of the property was sold as part of the Denver Ordinance Plan.” John Everitt is Kamise’s great-grandfather, and the property has stayed in her family, though it has steadily shrunk over the years, due to pressure to develop the property, particularly for residential areas. According to the Mullens, a 1987 zoning for the property severely limited the options for the family to do any kind of improvements, but the recent zoning update changed that old zoning to Mixed Use, Neighborhood and Urban (MNU). Since both have a passion for green living and healthy foods, the zoning change provided a pretty special opportunity. “We want to be able to provide local, sustainable food at a reasonable cost,” Kamise said. “We’ll

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Council passes zoning ordinance update Items include tweaks to language, clarifications By Clarke Reader


Board member Julie Williams speaks to Jeffco Schools superintendent Cindy Stevenson, who announced her resignation Saturday rather than retire later this year. Photo by Crystal Anderson

Lack of trust by new board majority cited Superintendent Cindy Stevenson resigned from Jeffco Schools Saturday amid expressions of dissatisfaction with the direction of the school board. Following the general election in November, Stevenson announced her retirement and had agreed to serve through June — allowing the district time to recruit a new superintendent — before Saturday’s resignation.

“I can’t lead and manage, because I am not trusted or respected by this board of education,” Stevenson said at the start of the meeting. “Consequently, I did approach the board, and said this isn’t working.” Stevenson’s decision came after three months of work with a board that contains three newly elected board members: John Newkirk, Julie

Williams, and Ken Witt, who are credited with sharing conservative perspectives. According to a press release, sent out by the board’s attorney, Stevenson approached the board seeking early termination of her contract. Stevenson said the three do not respect

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Lakewood City Council passed an ordinance Feb. 10 making some tweaks and clarifications to the zoning ordinance update that was passed Dec. 2012. The vote was 9-2, with Johnson and Wiechman voting against. Ward 1 councilwoman Karen Kellen was absent. “This is part of the six-month checkin council asked for when we passed the zoning update,” Evelyn Baker, planning development assistance manager, told the council. “This is an effort to address minor clean-up items, not make substantive changes to the code.” The approved tweaks to the zoning code are in the areas of administration, procedure, the signs code and parking maximums. There is also clarifications in the areas of standards and some definitions in the ordinance. The group homes issue that became such an important issue for residents was mostly dealt with during the Jan. 13 meeting, but there was a some more clarifications made in an effort to discourage homes of nine or more residents from being built in residential neighborhoods. Residents turned out to comment on the changes, in the hopes of finding a way to halt some of the group homes that are already coming in at locations along S. Newland St. and Flower St. “We don’t want to make it okay for group homes for groups that are not protected by Council continues on Page 13


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This one is for the dogs As someone who covers the state Legislature, it’s common for me to write about lawmakers who fight like cats and dogs. Yeah, yeah, I get it. Legislators will tell you that more than 90 percent of bills are passed with bipartisan support. No argument there. But do they really expect the press to write about a unanimous resolution to designate the month of July as Go Fly a Kite Month? Not sure if that’s something that’s actually happened, but you get my point. On the heavy-duty bills having to do with gun control and oil and gas regulations, lawmakers sure do know how to throw down, steel cage-style. They fight and scratch and claw and bite, and covering that messy business can get old after a while. So imagine my delight when I found out that a group of lawmakers, who at times fight like cats and dogs, get together periodically to talk about taking care of cats and dogs — and other cute critters, large and small. The Colorado Legislative Animal Caucus, or CLAW, is made up of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who deal with any kind of legislation having to do with animals. “We discuss all kinds of animal issues,” said state Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial, a caucus co-chairman. “Large animals like horses and cows and very small animals like reptiles and birds. We discuss everything.” The caucus gets together to discuss potential legislation. The consensus on issues is non-binding, but it serves a starting point for animal bills that end up being introduced at the Capitol. As a reporter who can lose political romance due to the often-ugly sausage-making process at the Capitol, it’s kind of nice being able to recognize lawmakers who take time to craft legislation aimed at protecting our “Snausage” eating four-legged friends.

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When folks think about the role of state legislators, they think of budget committees and floor votes. Few would guess that lawmakers convene as a special body to talk about animal welfare issues. “I think some folks might be surprised,” said Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, a CLAW caucus member. “But, to be honest with you, 60 percent of the households in Colorado have either a dog or cat. They might be surprised if we didn’t have a caucus. “People love animals. Their little dogs and cats are like their children and grandchildren. I think a lot of people would be really proud to see their lawmakers looking out for the welfare of animals in the state.” Caucus member Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, said it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the legislature has its own caucus that deals with issues pertaining to animals. “We have caucuses to talk about the disabled, veterans and rural Colorado,” she said. “Our constituents across the state have a gazillion of particular interests. And there is a huge population in this state who is concerned about animal welfare.” While lawmakers who participate in the CLAW caucus do so out of a love for animals, not everything that the body deals with is touchy-feely legislation. They actually take up quite a few controversial issues. For example, last year the Legislature passed a bill that designates shelter dogs and cats as being the official state pet, something that spurred opposition from breeders and pet shop businesses. And Lebsock introduced a bill that would limit the practice of tail docking, where a dairy cow’s tail is partially amputated. That bill, which received opposition from dairy groups, didn’t make it out of the Capitol last year, but Lebsock is pleased that the issue could end up on the ballot this fall. So, just like any other issue, all politics is local when it comes to animal matters. “I think legislators are reticent to vote against a bill that’s helping dogs and cats,” Balmer said. “But when it comes to the large animal issues, you can almost predict how a legislator is going to come down on it based on how their district looks.” If you know Balmer, his participation in the CLAW caucus should come as no surprise. He is known at the Capitol as the “dog legislator.” Last year, Balmer sponsored legislation that created law enforcement training practices whenever cops encounter dogs at crime scenes. The legislation was spurred by incidents where dogs were shot and killed

by officers who were responding to house calls. And this year, Balmer’s bill to allow emergency medical personnel to provide medical care to domestic dogs and cats is expected to become law. Balmer owns three dogs — two vizlas (a type of Hungarian hunting dog) and a German Long-haired pointer. Balmer boasts his love of dogs through his email tag, which reads: Be as good as your dog. The Centennial senator is a dog lover — and who can blame a guy for that? “Dogs are inherently good,” he said. “They are always trying to celebrate your homecoming. When you go to the grocery store and come back home, it’s a big deal for them. Any time you’re having a sad day, your dog will sense it and comfort you. They are a greater creature of love than we are.” Tell me about it. Bennie, my 11-year-old mystery mutt, has been a vital part of my life since he was a puppy. If I could point to the day when I fell in love with him, it was when I was watching a Cubs game on TV. Livid at the Cubs performance — which, as a Cubs fan, I often am — I threw my Cubs cap at the TV set in disgust. Bennie, who was on the couch with me, looked up at me for a second, hopped off the couch, fetched my baseball cap and brought it back to me. Oh, the goosebumps I still get from that. Most recently, I came home from a Super Bowl party, depressed and dejected from the Broncos’ performance. I wanted nothing to do with anyone or anything. I flopped on the couch and stared at the wall, deflated and miserable. Bennie hopped on the couch, shook his tail and licked my face. Suddenly, life was so much better. The solace in having your heart broken is coming home to a dog who licks your wounds. Balmer’s love for dogs knows no bounds. He was a major in the Army reserves who served a tour in Afghanistan in 2002. The streets were full of stray Dogs of War who lacked food and veterinary care. “They stayed with us and slept in the shade of our vehicles,” he said. “We weren’t supposed to let them get in any of our vehicles, but a lot of our soldiers did. I always looked the other way. We sort of adopted the dogs as our own.” Court is touched whenever she comes across military veterans with service dogs, who provide companionship for soldiers in need of loyalty and love. “Their pets are lifesavers for them,” she said. “They are incredibly important members of their families. Whenever Balmer leaves office, if he is remembered as being nothing other than a dog champion, he’s totally OK with that. “I couldn’t be more proud of that label,” he said. “I have spent nine years at the Capitol developing a reputation as a conservative Republican, which I’m also proud of. But I am immensely proud to be known as the dog legislator. People are calling me that now and I couldn’t be happier to have that moniker and wear it with pride.” Vic Vela is the legislative reporter for Colorado Community Media. He can be reached at Follow Vic on Twitter, @VicVela1.

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Homegrown Italian Olive Garden opens in Denver West By Clarke Reader

creader@ Italian cuisine lovers have a new hotspot to check out in the Denver West area, where an Olive Garden has opened its doors. The restaurant opened on Feb. 3 at 14175 W. Colfax Ave., and has enjoyed success in its first week. “Things have been going excellent so far,” said Gregg Young, general manager of the location. “There has been a lot of excitement and the response has been overwhelming.” Young has been with Olive Garden for 10 years and has assisted in opening two restaurants before. The 7,660-square-foot restaurant is designed both inside and out to recall the homes that populate the Tuscany region of Italy and features Olive Garden’s famous breadsticks, as well as Italian classics like Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna Classico. Recently the restaurant has added a new “Tastes of Italy” Small Plates menu section, as well as additional Lighter Italian Fare dishes under 575 calories and a new Italiano Burger at lunch.

The location is the first Olive Garden in the Denver area to have To-Go ordering. Customers can call in advance or go into a side area and order their food for takeout. According to Young, the keys to a successful restaurant are a great location — which he said Olive Garden has in Denver West — and fantastic employees. The restaurant has around 160 employees. Another important tool for success is community outreach, and that is something the restaurant has been doing since before it opened. As part of the its pre-opening training period, the restaurant hosted Friends and Family night events with proceeds benefiting The Action Center. Once the Olive Garden opened, it will begin donating food to The Action Center on a weekly basis. “Company wide we do programs like Pasta for Pennies and community grants on a yearly basis,” Young said. “The great thing about the community grant program is our employees get to have say in what groups they’d like money to go to. We’ve worked with groups like the Boys and Girls club before.” At the end of the day, Young said everyone in involved is excited about the new opportunities the location will bring. “We’re just glad to be here,” he said. “We’re always looking for great locations and we found one here.” For more information, visit www.

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Voluntary Associations Are Being Created in Subdivisions Without HOAs

By JIM SMITH, Realtor ®

Buyers will often tell me they want to find a home with no homeowners association (“HOA”). If the home is in a pre-1990 subdivision, that is quite possible. HOA-averse buyers may have an RV or a boat which they want to park on their property. Most HOAs have rules against that. Or such buyers might have had a bad experience with an HOA enforcing rules or covenants they deemed unreasonable, and it left a bad taste in their mouths. HOAs serve a valid purpose — to protect the property values of all member homeowners by not allowing individual homeowners to neglect their property or, yes, to store RVs, boats or large commercial vehicles where they can be seen from the street or by neighbors. Back in the 1970s and 1980s subdivisions were created with developer-created covenants serving similar purposes, but it wasn’t until later that they included the creation of HOAs for the purpose of maintaining common property and amen-

ities and enforcing those covenants. When you buy a home in such a subdivision, you must agree to accept the covenants and pay dues to the HOA. If you don’t pay those dues, they can become a lien on your property, and an HOA can even foreclose on your property if HOA dues go unpaid for six months. In smaller subdivisions, these HOAs might be self-managed, but larger subdivisions typically hire an HOA management company to handle the day-to-day business of collecting dues, maintaining and paying property taxes on common areas, etc.. The HOA itself has a board of directors consisting of homeowners elected at an annual meeting. This board hires (and can fire) the management company. Seeing the need for rules governing both HOAs and their management companies, Colorado’s legislature created the HOA Information Office within the Division of Real Estate and gave it powers which I outlined in my Jan. 16th column, which is archived at www.JimSmith

We’re beginning to see neighborWalk to Old Town Arvada From This Bungalow hood associations being created in those older subdivisions without From the street, your first HOAs. They can call themselves impression of this home at “HOAs” but they have no enforcement powers and are not overseen 5420 Garrison Street is a or regulated by the HOA Information small bungalow with a 1-car garage, but peek behind Office. Heritage Dells is one such and you notice an oversized neighborhood. They hold social events and they raised money for a 2-car detached garage (see photo) of matching brick “Heritage Dells” sign on Kimball construction. This home is $250,000 Avenue. In last week’s column I mistakenly being sold by the same man who bought it in 1965. Returning from combat duty said that Lakehurst West has “no HOA and no covenants” — a com- in Vietnam, he had the basement dug out, creating a 9-foot ceiling, walk-out stairs to the backyard, concrete floor and stonemon misperception of these older faced wood-burning fireplace, and he installed a French drain and built that areas. Readers in that neighborhood quickly informed me that there garage, which is fitted with 220-volt outlets inside and out! The house itself is a vibrant “HOA” which publishes a has two bedrooms and two baths, hardwood floors, a high-efficiency gas furnace and includes all kitchen appliances plus washer & dryer. There’s a newsletter distributed by 20 block captains and maintains an excellent large covered concrete patio behind the house, plus a grassy backyard website — enclosed by a new 6-foot privacy fence. Open this Saturday, 1-4pm. They can’t enforce those old coveJim Smith nants, but they serve the comBroker/Owner munity in many ways. From now on, I’ll be Golden Real Estate, Inc. more careful about deDIRECT: 303-525-1851 scribing a listing as havEMAIL: ing “no HOA and no 17695 South Golden Road, Golden 80401 covenants.” Serving the West Metro Area COMMENT AT:

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Advocacy groups push to protect sites, signs By Amy Woodward

awoodward@ Preservation awareness seems to be growing steadily after Gov. John Hickenlooper made a proclamation on Feb. 6 as Colorado Preservation Day. “We’re really excited about the proclamation for historic preservation day, I think it’s a great step in moving preservation forward throughout Colorado,” said Rachel Parris, program manager for the Endangered Places Program under Colorado Preservation,Inc. This year marks the preservation’s 30th anniversary after its founding in 1984. An annual national conference was held that coincided with its celebration at the Colorado Conservation Center on Feb. 6 where the 2014 Endangered Places list was released. “We will focus on not only those sites that are listed, but as well as the other sites that need to be saved on the list,” Parris said. “We react pretty nimbly to

The Big Bunny Motel’s neon sign in Lakewood is part of the “Save the Sign” campaign by Neon Signs of Colfax Avenue, an organization working to preserve the avenue’s historical glowing signs. Other sites that are part of the campaign are located on west Colfax in Golden, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge and include The Lakewood Lodge, Aristocrat Motel, Davies Chuck Wagon Diner and Eddie Bohn’s Pig ‘N’ Whistle restaurant and Motel. Courtesy photo preservation threats that happen throughout the state for properties that are endangered.” The list, which is managed by the Endangered Places Program, nominated 30 sites this

year but picked five sites to focus on throughout the state. Today, a total of 101 sites are on the program’s radar, with 33 sites classified as “Saved!” with the remaining 62 sites undergoing progress.

In 30 years, the preservation has lost a total of six sites to demolition. But for this year’s list, a different kind of preservation effort is unfolding that is tinted with a neon glow and flashing lights - Colfax’s “Save the Signs” campaign by Neon Signs of Colfax Avenue. The campaign aims to protect the corridor’s iconic neon signs that face endangerment as continued re-urbanization unfolds along US 40. “Colfax is the mecca for neon signs, it was a thriving commercial corridor mid-century and is the longest commercial corridor in the United States,” said Corky Scholl, founder of Neon Signs of Colfax Avenue. Colorado US 40 runs for 26.5 miles from Aurora to Golden and along the route, there are 12 neon signs listed on the 2014 Endangered Places list with three located on properties that are for sale, Scholl said. Among those three is the Scatterday’s Lumber Yard sign in Lakewood.

“The big thing is to raise awareness,” Scholl said. “To let these sign owners know that what they have is of value. It’s just not an old rusting metal sign that they can get scrap metal money for; it’s something with history and something that great artistry went into for producing and it would be a shame to throw that away.” Jefferson County has not been immune to threats of historical losses, but to date the preservation has worked to save the Bradford Perley House in Ken-Caryl Ranch, with other sites still in progress like the Ralston Cemetery in Arvada, and the Foxton Post Office located in the North Folk National Historic District in unincorporated Jeffco. To view the complete list provided by the Colorado Preservation, Inc., visit Information about “Save the Signs” can found on the advocacy groups Facebook page at

Fair helps students look to future At-risk youth receive information on education options By Clarke Reader

creader@ At-risk youth and youth offenders often have a rough go of it when trying to find a

job or continue their education, and Lakewood’s Municipal Court and Red Rocks Community College are trying to help. The two organizations and community volunteers hosted the second Future Fair Feb. 8 at RRCC for youth ages 15 to 25 to learn about employment and education opportunities. “We wanted to have the event at the Red Rocks campus so the youth in attendance would have the chance to see what a college campus is like,” said Scott Hefty, chief probation officer with Lakewood. “We

think this will be a big benefit for our program members.” The city and Red Rocks created the fair through the school’s Gateway program. Gateway helps at-risk youths transition to college and hopefully from there into the job market. “This started with Red Rocks reaching out to Lakewood’s municipal courts to see if they wanted to speak to our students about college,” said Ernie Navarette, high school and community relations representative at Red Rocks. “We kept brain storming and eventually came up with the idea for a resource fair.” Navarette said the fair is very much a community event, and featured vendors and workshops on employment interviewing, educational options and what to disclose on applications. “We’ve put the word out to a lot of different areas, not just in Lakewood, so we have people from all over Jeffco coming,”

Navarette said. “Kids in particular systems will be receiving community service hours for attending.” Hefty said organizations like Jefferson County Mental Health and various other student services will be on hand to give the at-risk students a bigger umbrella to cover them. “Most of these kids have trouble attaching positively to typical education, but we want to show them what it means to complete their high school degrees and further,” he said. “We want students who visit to look at the full continuum of options — not just traditional colleges but other programs.” In the end, the aim is to get students thinking about what they can do to improve their situation in life. “The ultimate goal is to get these students to think about other things than what they’re doing currently,” Navarette said.

Lakewood named as top places to live Movoto Real Estate recognizes city’s low unemployment rate By Clarke Reader

creader@coloradocommunitymedia. com Lakewood has claimed a top spot in Movoto Real Estate’s top 10 places to live in Colorado, clocking in at fourth place behind Superior, Loveland and Cherry Hills Village. Movoto cited Lakewood’s high overall quality of life and the price of housing in its ranking of the city. “This honor is based on a combonation of factors and the things they highlighted are some of the things we’re most proud of,” said Mayor Bob Murphy. According to information provided by Movoto, seven categories were examined when ranking cities: quality of life (cost of living, median home prime, median rent, median household income and studentteacher ratio); total amenities; total crimes; tax rates (sales tax and income tax); unemployment; commute time; and weather (temperature and air quality). Once the criteria was selected, Movoto’s researchers examined the U.S. Census data for 74 cities in the state with populations

above 5,000. Each place was ranked from one to 74 in the individual criteria, with one being the best possible score. These individual rankings were then averaged into an overall “Big Deal Score,” with the lowest score being the winner. Movoto describes Lakewood as “easily the largest on our list, and one of the best ranked in terms of overall quality of life. At a closer look, this is mostly because of Lakewood’s low student to teacher ratio— just 15:1 (compared to some other places of 30:1 or higher!), and its median household income and rent prices. The median household income in Lakewood is $67,560 and the median rent is $1,066, which indicates a strong desire to live in the area. All of these combined rank Lakewood as No. 26 in terms of overall quality of life — beating out 48 of its competitors.” The description also mentions the low unemployment rate of 5.9 percent, and an average summer temperature of 74 degrees. “These are all things we talk about when we’re trying to attract employers and residents,” Murphy said. Movoto Real Estate’s has already done similar projects in Missouri, Tennessee, and Montana. Read Movoto’s full description at www.

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Supply is in high demand for Real Estate market Home purchases and mortgage rates to rise in 2014 according to experts By Amy Woodward

awoodward@ Housing market experts seem to be in agreement that real estate is booming and healthy in Colorado. For Jeffco, single family homes averaged 48 days on the market which is a 32 percent decrease from 2012 where single family homes averaged 71 days, according to a market report from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

“It’s showing a healthy market, it’s leaning a little bit to the buyer’s side and that’s just a lack of inventory,” Mike Welk, metrolist director of DMAR said. “That lack of inventory is going to be one of the obstacles consumers will face as demand surpasses supply. New listings are down 35 percent which is drastically under where the county is normally at,” Welk said. “When we have an increase in price and a decrease on days on market we’re just getting a competitive situation where supply is not there but the demand is very high which is driving the price up and lowering the days on the market,” he said. “We just need more inventory on the market for it to be more of a balanced market.” Still, buyers are purchasing homes over the asking price and cities like Golden are

seeing homes being gobbled up by eager homebuyers. Today, the city of Golden has only six active listings and homes that hit the market can disappear in five days or less but no more than 26 days, according to Golden Real Estate. In the past there were 20 to 30 listings, said Jim Smith, broker and owner of Golden Real Estate. “If you’re thinking of selling your home and thinking that buying season is in the spring, forget about it,” Smith said. “That’s what people need to know is there is no season for buying.” Smith reported that low interest rates on mortgages have contributed to the buying frenzy and why “it’s been such a hot winter for real estate.” But Smith, along with Welk both predict

that mortgage rates will increase as winter turns to spring and the state begins to warm up. “Mortgage rates will probably continue to increase this year, into the five (percent) maybe,” Welk said. He projects that demand from buyers will increase and for homeowners who were considered a distressed property, they may see a comeback this year. “With the median home price going up, if you were underwater the last year or so, you’ll probably come back to being even or having a little equity in your property,” Welk said. “Now is a good time whether you’re a buyer or a seller to get out there and use a realtor and just ask questions.”

Mapping the future of development City provides interactive map for residents By Clarke Reader creader@ Lakewood is shining a light on a feature of their website, which gives residents the chance to stay current on development proposals in their area. The map, which can be found at www., shows

development proposals for any location in the city that are in planning review. “We’ve always had on our site a list of current cases,” Evelyn Baker, planning development assistance manager said . “We’ve found that the list was not as good as residents actually getting a chance to see where this is happening.” According to information provided by the city, the map provides a quick visual overview of where development is proposed and gives a description of each project, its current status and the contact information for the project manager. The map was launched as part of the

website’s redesign and has received positive feedback from residents. “Residents are always interested in knowing what projects are going to be built in their community. It’s one of the items residents care about the most because it’s where their lives intersect with city government. As the old saying goes, ‘It’s where the rubber meets the road,’” Stacie Oulton, the city’s public information officer said. On Jan. 31 the city sent out its weekly electronic newsletter, the Friday Report, with a link the planning map. According to Oulton, the link has been one of the

most popular items ever in the Friday Report. “Of the readers who clicked on an website link in the newsletter, 54 percent clicked on the link to the planning map when I put a story about it in the Friday Report. I believe that is a record for the Friday Report,” Oulton said. The city has been working on outreach about the map, not only to residents, but also to realtor groups. “This is a great resource for people and is very helpful,” Baker said. “It provides important information in a very self-serve format.”

LAKEWOOD NEWS IN A HURRY Attempted theft leads to ‘puffer’ caution

Lakewood police are investigating an attempted motor vehicle theft which happened on Feb. 7 at around 6:30 p.m. The theft occurred at the 6800 block of W. 5th Avenue and the stolen vehicle is a Ford pickup truck. The Ford pickup had been parked in the driveway of the residence and the vehicle owner had turned the truck on and gone back inside his home while it warmed up. A green full-size Dodge pickup stopped in front of the house and a white or Hispanic male with a bald head and black jacket got into the Ford and started to drive it away. The Ford truck owner saw his vehicle being stolen, ran outside and jumped into the bed as it was leaving his driveway. The truck owner called 911 and provided Lakewood Police updates as to the location of him and his truck. As Lakewood Police Agents flooded the area, looking for the stolen truck it crashed in the area of W. 1st Ave. and Lowell St. in Denver. The suspect fled from the stolen vehicle and got back into the green full size Dodge pickup truck driven by an unknown person. The stolen vehicle’s owner was not injured during this incident. Lakewood Police would like to remind everyone they

should not leave their vehicles unattended while turned on with the keys in the ignition. If you have any information about this crime please contact the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.

Police investigating attempted assault

Police are investigating an attempted assault at McDonnell Park. The attack happened at around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the park, in the area of 1001 Simms St. A female was walking through McDonnell Park when she was grabbed from behind and forced to the ground. The female was successful in getting away from the male suspect and ran to a residence. The victim believed that the suspect ran eastbound from the area. She described the suspect as a white male approximately 25-35 years of age, 5-feet 8-inches to 5-feet 10 inches tall, and 160180 lbs. He had dark hair and had no facial hair or glasses. The victim further described him as “well-kept and smelling clean.” The suspect was wearing a gray hoody with the hood up and white shoes. Police are asking anyone who feels they may have information that could assist detectives in identifying the suspect to call

EDUcAtION NEWS IN A HURRY Jeffco superintendent takes position at CASE

Jeffco Schools superintendent Cindy Stevenson will head a new leadership initiative with the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) following her resignation in June. In her new position, Stevenson will help CASE members improve teaching and help implement education legislation across the state. CASE is an organization made up of Colorado K-12 education administrators that helps promote educational and professional development.

Superintendent search firm interviews

The Jeffco Board of Education will host interviews for the superintendent search firm, Tuesday, Feb. 18. The board selected Ray and Associates and PROACT Search at a special meeting, Feb. 5, as the two finalists for a superintendent search firm. The board received

three proposals from organizations across the nation seeking to find the district’s next superintendent. The two candidates will be interviewed for an hour each, with 30 minutes for a presentation regarding the interviewee’s work and goals for the search, followed by 30 minutes for questions from the board about their previous work and the proposal for the Jeffco superintendent search. PROACT Search is a national education search firm that works to find the strongest leaders for school districts nationwide. Learn more about them here: www. Ray and Associates is an executive search division specializing finding education executives for K-12 public and private schools and higher education institutions nationwide. Learn more about them here:

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Fransua pleads guilty to hit and run

Derrick Lawrence Fransua, 22, of Littleton, was in Jefferson County District Court Feb. 10 where he pled guilty in the hit and run death of Gerard Julien. On July 20, 2013, the Colorado State Patrol was called to the area of S. Kipling and W. Asbury in Lakewood to investigate a hit and run crash involving a teenager. The teenager, 15-year-old Gerard Julien, died from his injuries. Fransua was observed participating in what appeared to be a speed contest when he hit the teen and then drove away. Fransua raced through the red light on S. Kipling at W. Asbury and hit and killed Gerard Julien, who was crossing in the crosswalk. Fransua pled guilty to Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death . Sentencing has been set for March 24. He could face up to 24 years in prison.

Lakewood Symphony hosts upcoming concerts

The Lakewood Symphony presents two upcoming concerts. “Seasons of Dreams” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Lakewood Cultural Center includes Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Stirling Trent,

violin, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams. At 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7, John Adams and his John Denver Tribute Band will play at Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave. Adams, a friend of John Denver, performs Denver’s well-known songs and plays on one of Denver’s guitars. Matthew Switzer will conduct both concerts. Further details and tickets are available at or 303 987-7845.

Hamler named executive director at Western Hills Troy Hamler was recently appointed executive director at Western Hills Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Lakewood. Hamler most recently worked at Ensign Group, a nursing facility in Denver, as administrator for a year and a half. He began his career working in mortgage banking for 12 years before realizing he wanted to touch the lives of people in a more interactive manner. A native of the Denver, Colo. area, Hamler has an undergraduate degree in agronomy and earned a master’s degree in marketing. He currently resides in Denver with his wife and 3-year-old son.

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Inspiration, hope for generations to come A high school student kills a classmate. Another sets himself on fire. Still another murders his mother. Those things happened in Denver’s suburbs in a recent six-week span. Across the country, media reports tell far and wide of teenagers doing something horribly wrong. But there are inspirational stories, too, stories of teen achievement, of overcoming obstacles. Typically, though, they don’t generate much media buzz outside of the immediate community. Recently, one did. Bailey Roby is an 18-year-old varsity basketball player for Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch. In late January, he found himself at the center of controversy because he runs the court on

our view two prosthetic legs. The Colorado High School Activities Association made a mid-season ruling that Roby’s appearances in games compromised his and other players’ safety. For several days, it looked like the fan favorite’s playing career was over. Still, he was poised to be there for his teammates. “Now, I just gotta sit on the bench and support (the team),” Roby said after the Jan. 24 game that, at the time, looked to be his last. “The most important thing is

being a part of the team.” We were the first media outlet to report on Roby’s plight, but far from the last. The story was covered by most of Denver’s print and digital media but also was picked up by, among many others, “Good Morning America” and the British newspaper the Daily Mail. Facebook and Twitter were abuzz as social media campaigns ignited by Mountain Vista students and community members pushed to get Roby back in the game. And that’s what happened. Upon further review, CHSAA decided Roby could play as long as both teams agreed to it. The idea that Roby represented a safety risk confounded many. “I don’t think Bailey is a hazard to anyone on the floor and certainly not to him-

self,” said Roby’s father, Scott. “He’s been in hundreds of practices and he played junior varsity last year. If he falls down, he gets back up.” Roby’s statistics certainly won’t draw all-state attention — he averages 1.4 points per game, with a season-high of 3, generally seeing action when the powerhouse Golden Eagles have a victory wrapped up. The state playoffs tip off in a couple of weeks and it’s likely Roby’s oncourt role will become even smaller. But he’ll be there if the team needs him. Just like his classmates and the community were there when he needed them. Teamwork. Overcoming obstacles. Getting up when you get knocked down. Teenagers learning life lessons. There’s plenty of good news out there.

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Don’t force-choke one that disagrees About a year and a half ago, I wrote a column in which I advised that the power of a message is, at least partially, dependent on the credibility of the messenger. I said, contrary to my natural tendencies, that style matters, especially if your style causes people to completely look away from the substance of your message. In fact, one of my lines was “You want to talk education reform? Maybe you can start by NOT belittling the hard work of people who have dedicated their lives to working with children.” Oddly enough, I was kinda slapped upside the head by that line Saturday morning. Let’s start by acknowledging a couple of realities. The three majority members of the Jefferson County Board of Education were elected on a clear, conservative “reform” platform. They were also elected by very clear majorities in all three races. The people of Jefferson County spoke. But, there are other realities. In politics, perception is reality. One perception — fair or not — is that conservatives approach education in the same way that Darth Vader approached the news that the Millennium Falcon had escaped. I, for one, do not think that is the truth. I, as a conservative, love public education and believe very deeply in the value of the mission and the professionals who strive to carry it out. I also believe that the liberal monopoly on education policy and leadership for many years created a vacuum of accountability and competitiveness, which ultimately led to high-stakes testing and charter schools and the whole reform movement. In other words, I think conservative voices have a valuable place in education policy-making, and I am glad that they have gotten in the game in the last 20 years. But there’s a good way to do things, and a bad way to do things. Cindy Stevenson announced her retirement from Jeffco shortly after this conservative board was elected, so we’ve all known for some time that she was leaving. After more than 30 years of service to the district, regardless of your opinion of her, it would seem good form dictates that leadership honor that service and, at least publicly, show respect for someone who has been at the helm

through some tumultuous times. Instead, it is widely known that the board leaned on her and made it difficult to do her job. So when the board announced at the end of the regular Thursday meeting that they would be holding an unusual Saturday meeting to discuss personnel matters regarding the superintendent, many people, including me, assumed that meant the board was going to dismiss Stevenson early. Whatever the truth of that assumption, she rendered the point moot by announcing at the beginning of the meeting that she would be leaving by the end of February. The news headlines have been harsh: Superintendent forced out, announces resignation. And it’s that “forced” part that I have a hard time with. You can say this was what you were elected to do, and you can say that change is going to happen sooner rather than later. But I cannot grasp any substantive good that can come out of forcing this decision early; I don’t see how it makes the district stronger, or the students smarter, by leaving the district without a leader while searching for her replacement. At the very least, I fail to see how disrespecting and dismissing a person who has spent more than 30 years of her life dedicated to serving the students of this district makes the district better, or enhances the credibility of the new Board of Education. It lacked style, and that will get in the way of substance going forward. If you’re trying to convince people that you are, in fact, NOT Darth Vader, you probably shouldn’t Force-choke to death the first person who disagrees with you. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Your life: Fantasy, do not attempt Are you done talking the Super Bowl? I am too, except to say that I love ya, Broncos. But I do want to talk about Super Bowl ads, although the crop this year was less remarkable than previous years. Think of the Apple Macintosh “1984” as with its sheer shock value, the same year that Wendy’s introduced us to Clara Peller and the iconic phrase “Where’s the beef?” Coca-Cola winners have included Mean Joe Green and a desire teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. This year’s goose-bump-raising stunner celebrates the beauty of diversity with Americans of various ethnicities reciting “America the Beautiful.” Clydesdales and their heartwarming connections are always champs and when we add puppies … well, let’s just say that 35 million online viewers — before the spot even aired during the game — can’t be wrong. Celebrity endorsements for cars attempted to bring a human connection to a category that usually spins, literally, out

of control. And it’s this very spinning, careening, jumping, and dust-spewing that caught my attention … although in a very different way than intended. Legal machinations have long forced auto makers to include disclaimers in ads to protect us from emulating cool stunts performed by “professional drivers on closed courses.” These warnings now also steer us away from believing that cars can fly, and they remind us that cars are not skateboards. When you’re spending $4 million a pop to reach the unsuspecting public, you better make sure that we stay safe in case we

should get a wild notion to, say, piggy back on a commuter train. This is assuming of course that we have trouble evaluating the situation for ourselves, according to the FTC that regulates such things. I understand the legal necessity of cover-your-butt verbiage, but it’s so condescending. That’s why it’s refreshing to see a move to the fantasy side, as in the new Nissan Rogue commercial where, during its more extravagant scenes, the disclaimer tells us: “Fantasy. Cars can’t jump on trains.” Nissan is taking a lot of heat for the reasons I expressed above about the patronizing nature of disclaimers, but I love this fantasy approach. It so clearly says that “You know and we know that cars can’t jump on trains, and even if you don’t know it, this fine print isn’t going stop you anyway.” Disclaimers may be nonnegotiable, but why not make them funny and noticeable, which is exactly the intent in the first place? On the other hand, Jeep aired an sup-

posed-to-be-thoughtful ad that encourages us to step out of complacency but it’s ruined by excessive warnings against actually trying it. We’re told the lone skateboarder is on a closed road and not to attempt a jump into the ocean. But whyare we warned against simple play? Can only a “Professional Child in Closed Field” run through the grass or cavort on a beach? I enjoy the new disclaimers that poke fun at themselves while fulfilling the legal obligation to protect us, but I’m also alarmed that such ads will soon begin to caution us against stepping out of the house. I won’t even be surprised when the inevitable verbiage pops us to warn us that our very lives are fantasy — do not attempt.

ed of killing Hamlet’s father. As the prince of Denmark tried to avenge his father’s death things begin to unravel. “Hamlet” runs through Feb. 23 and is, in a word, superb. For tix and info, call 303-893-4100 or go to

Southern Belle devises schemes to find a husband for her disabled daughter Laura (Jenna Bainbridge). Her son Tom (Daniel Traylor) is the story’s narrator. Complicating matters is a gentleman caller (Eric Richerson). If you haven’t yet had the privilege of seeing a Phamaly production, please avail yourself of this opportunity. These are highly talented actors who can hold their own on any stage. The company also produces a full-scale musical every year. For tickets and information call 720-898-7200 or

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Absent fathers and ladies of a feather ‘Parallel Lives’ at Miners Alley Playhouse

Lisa DeCaro and Gail Montgomery star in the fast-paced comedy “Parallel Lives” at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden running through Mar. 9. They also starred in the 2011 Evergreen Players’ production of “Parallel Lives” that took top honors at a Regional Theater Festival; went on to the National Festival in New York; and then played for the US Armed Forces in Heidelberg, Germany. Throughout the course of the play, the two women portray 36 different characters ... very different characters beginning with two heavenly beings complete with robes and wings. Characters range from teenagers to a man and woman at a country bar (my personal favorite – listen for “you’re lookin’ varrry, varrry prettyyy). Though some of the vignettes could have benefitted from a little trimming, it was a most enjoyable evening. It’s clear that DeCaro and Montgomery have been to this rodeo before and won the blue ribbon. For tickets and info, call 303-935-3044 or visit

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William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” never before have I had such a visceral connection to this splendid play. The Denver Center Theatre Company production under the direction of Kent Thompson brought suspense, laughter, and even tears. The actors’ diction was pure and clear and allowed me to have a new appreciation for The Bard’s brilliant use of the English language. I was mesmerized by the nuances the players brought to the awe-inspiring dialogue. Though first performed in 1600-02, this interpretation is set right before the start of World War I. Corruption runs rampant in the court since the murder of Hamlet’s father. Soon after his father’s death, his mother marries his uncle who is suspect-

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

events include the Greeley Chapter banquet Feb. 22, 5 p.m. at Island Gove Regional Park in Greeley; Northern Colorado Chapter annual banquet at the Ellis Ranch in Loveland and Metro Denver Chapter’s March 29 banquet at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. Each banquet will offer bidders and raffle ticket holder’s chances to win shot guns, gun safes, hunting clothing and gear and day hunts. According to Tuttle, “a Youth Day program is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, with food, safety training, hats and vests and a chance to learn trap shooting by experts. Youth 10-16 are welcome with parents.” On March 15 near Greeley, ladies 18 years and older are welcome to enjoy a Ladies Outdoor Activity Day to learn or sharpen skills in archery, 22 rifle range shooting clay target trap shooting and safety skills. Contact PF representative Gary Tuttle at 303-653-5584 for additional information and details on supporting the good work of Pheasants Forever. Outdoors writer Ron Hellbusch can be reached at

Phamaly Theatre Company is bringing its production of Tennessee Williams’ classic tragedy “The Glass Menagerie” to the Arvada Center Feb. 21-23. The company is unique in that everyone in the cast has a disability whether physical, cognitive or emotional. Phamaly is in its 25th season. The story is set during the Depression. Amanda, (Ashley Kelashian) an aging

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Malcom E. (Bud) Collier Dec 10, 1937 – Feb 4, 2014

Malcom E. (Bud) Collier died peacefully on Feb. 4th at the Collier Hospice Center. He was born December 10, 1937 in Denver, the son of Malcolm E. Collier, Sr. and Kathleen Watts Collier. He was educated at Lakewood High School and Colorado College where he graduated cum laude (1960). He served his country in the Colorado National Guard. He was employed at First Federal Savings and Loan in Denver where he served a number of positions before becoming C.E.O. He served on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, KS and was an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank. Upon retirement, he became the owner of Rocky Mountain Angling Club which enhanced his love of fishing. Bud served the Jefferson County community in a number of ways, including nine years as a volunteer fire fighter with the Genesee Volunteer Fire Department. He served on the boards of Lutheran Hospital and Consolidated Mutual Water Company. He was instrumental in the establishment of a YMCA in Lakewood. He served

on the Lakewood Housing Authority and was honored as the grand marshal of Lakewood on Parade one year. He was a generous philanthropist who awarded scholarships yearly to the Physician Assistant program at Red Rocks Community College and was instrumental in the development of the Collier Hospice Center. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (McCartney) his son, Grant Collier, his daughter, Amy Stogner (Jimmy), and his grandchildren, Jacob and Claire Stogner. He is also survived by his sisters, Kathy Reul and Mary Ross. He was a member of the Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis, Golden, where a memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside services and interment, Monday, 1:00p.m., Fairview Cemetery, Burlington, CO. Memorial gifts may be made to Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis St., Golden 80401 or Collier Hospice, 3210 Lutheran Parkway, Wheat Ridge 80033. Condolences may be offered at www.

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Essential skills relationships require Editor’s Note: This is the first of a twopart series relating to Valentine’s Day. Here are the basic intimacy skills a healthy intimate relationship requires of us: That I communicate with you the very best I can. Good communication takes place when I put aside my own thoughts, feelings and needs for a while to concentrate my attention on you while you are speaking. When I listen, I give my full attention to what you are communicating, verbally and non-verbally. When I am listening, I am not thinking about what I am going to say next or how I am going to respond, and I do not interrupt (which only communicates to you that I don’t consider what you are saying important). Good listening requires that I not get defensive (I quit listening when I get defensive), and it requires that I be empathetic to what you are saying. Empathy is communicated when I “step into the puddle” with you. That

means that I have to tune into how you’re feeling and temporarily join you with my presence, my response, my touch and my heartfelt participation: “I’m sorry to hear that.” “That must feel terrible,” “That sounds exciting.” “I’m so proud of you.” “I can only imagine how I would have handled that.” Joining you with my presence and my participation is not a bottomless pit. It’s a puddle, not an ocean I’m stepping into. In order to do this, I have to temporarily put aside my resentments, dis-

appointments and grievances. But if I am willing to do this, I’ll most likely find that joining in my partners emotions will not drag me down, but instead assist the two of us in walking out of the puddle together, and it will greatly assist the two of us in feeling closer and more connected. This idea comes from Patricia Love and Steven Stosny in their book How to Improve Your Marriage without Talking About It. To be the emotional leader in your relationship. This means taking responsibility-taking the lead--for making your relationship deeper, closer and more meaningful. Know when to express anger, and when not to express anger. You cannot focus a lot of negativity on your partner and still be in a great relationship. That means you must give up put-downs, harsh judgments, criticisms, raging, sarcasm and nitpicking, and you cannot use names that are designed to hurt or offend, no matter how upset you may be.

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Assessment program’s continuation uncertain By Crystal Anderson

canderson@ Jefferson County Board of Education voted to continue the use of Teaching Strategies Gold (TS Gold) for students in the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) while simultaneously seeking a waiver to escape requirements set forth by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The 3-2 decision, with Fellman and Dahlkemper voting against, came after several groups and Superintendent Cindy Stevenson spoke on both sides of the topic and the facts surrounding the possible approval or denial of the assessment program. “Continuity in instruction is very important,” Stevenson said. According to the CDE, the district must use either TS Gold or HighScope COR as early childhood assessment programs, measuring the growth of each child. These programs measure 38 objectives in 10 categories. Through this program, students’ skills in social-emotional, language, cognitive, physical, science and technology, social studies, arts, English language acquisition, mathematics and literacy are measured through observation, data, and electronic tools. Newkirk specifically criticized the use of computer tablets for student observation as “a high-tech barrier between the teacher and student” “We’ve also heard testimony that our parents feel teachers should be spending more time teaching children and developing relationship with them and less time conducting behavioral assessments and uploading videos of their

children to a database, lawsuits ... ,” said Newkirk, who was in support of the motion. During the Feb. 6 meeting, parents spoke both in support and opposition of the program, citing the program’s highlights in assessment for students. “Thanks to conferences and conversations utilizing TS Gold, I am partnering with (my daughter’s) teachers to move her forward as both a learner and as a whole person,” said Jen Granberry, a Jeffco parent and supporter of TS Gold. “The feedback is individualized, specific, academic and developmentally age-appropriate.” But for several parents at the meeting, like Sunny Flynn, while assessing children based on these measures, the tactics used to measure the TS Gold objectives were lacking in security, and they asked the board to ensure stronger privacy protection policies. “I urge the board to recognize that Jefferson County needs foundational privacy policies in place to protect student data first before you proceed with any more data collection or data linking,” Flynn said. If the district chooses to not utilize either program, Jeffco will lose $5.4 million it receives from the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) for the 2014-15 school year, and would not be eligible to participate in the CPP. “I have to inform you that if there were no approved assessments provided to your preschool students, we would have no choice but to withhold funds in accordance with statute,” said Colorado commissioner of education Robert Hammond in an email to the superintendent. “It is a requirement of outcome reporting for CPP and Special Education.” For the board, fearing TS Gold might have greater se-

curity issues than the recently-dropped inBloom program, they opted to continue usage of the assessment in preschools while petitioning the state to use a non-recommended program with better security. “We need to have our own standard of privacy, and that agreement should be used across the board for everything we do,” Williams said. “I think a development of that type of agreement would certainly ease the minds of many parents.” The board will seek the waiver, and should they be denied, will revisit the issue of continuing usage of TS Gold or switching to the HighScope COR assessment.


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JEFFCO BOARD OF EDUCATION ON THE RECORD The Jeffco Board of Education discussed the following legislation during a regular business meeting, Feb. 6. Board members in attendance were President Ken Witt, Vice President Julie Williams, Vice President Lesley Dahlkemper, Secretary John Newkirk, Treasurer Jill Fellman and Superintendent Cindy Stevenson.

Compensation Redesign

The board heard an update from a task force made up of district leaders, school leaders, teachers and district staff regarding the proposed compensation redesign for Jeffco teachers and licensed professionals. The plan outlined a new, lateral program in which new hires and newly-hired employees have the option to be a part of either a bachelor’s

or master’s degree salary track. These tracks offer incentives for extra participation and continual professional development courses, moving individuals up the pay scale. The board accepted the task force’s presentation and gave their thoughts on the matter. They will seek to discuss the budget further and come back to the force with further recommendations.

TS Gold

The board approved in a 3-2 vote, with Fellman and Dahlkemper opposing, to keep using Teaching Solutions Gold (TS Gold) in preschool but send a waiver to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) seeking to bypass the assessment requirements.

According to the CDE, the district must use either TS Gold or HighScope COR as early childhood assessment tools. By not using either program, the district will not be eligible to participate in the Colorado Preschool Program, losing $5.4 million and 3,014 preschool students.

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The board discussed its support of several house bills regarding charter school equity, early childhood assessment readiness, and Common Core implementation currently at the state Legislature and made revisions in language to its legislative platform. — Compiled by Crystal Anderson

An early concert is scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center, 924 16th St., Golden. Ron Miles, trumpeter, will join the JSO to perform Haydn Trumpet Concerto in an entertaining and humorous tribute to Haydn concert. Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $10 for students aged 11 to 21 years old, $5 for children 10 and under. Contact Karen Pring at or 303-287-4237 for more information.

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Starting Feb. 1, Jeffco Public Library will offer free tax preparation assistance for individuals who need help filing tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand to help on a walk-in basis at the Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Lakewood and

Standley Lake Libraries, and by appointment at the Evergreen and Golden Libraries. Space is limited so patrons are encouraged to arrive early. Location, time and date information can be found at jeffcolibrary. org/research/taxes. The Library will also offer open computer times at the Belmar Library’s Computer Training Center to file taxes online. A limited selection of printed copies of State and Federal tax forms and instruction books will be available at all JCPL locations while supplies last.

Earned Income Tax Credit Eligibility

The Denver-based Piton Foundation is providing free tax filing services for eligible families, an estimated 400,000 according to Piton who may qualify for federal tax benefits such as the Earned Income Tax

Credit and Child Tax Credit. Services will be available through the Tax Help Colorado program. The maximum income to qualify for the EITC this year ranges from $14,340 for a single person with no children, to $37,870 for a single parent with one child, and $51,567 for a married couple with three or more children. The credit can be as much as $6,044 for very low-income workers with children. The EITC operates by reducing the amount of taxes owed and increasing the size of the refund. Information on EITC eligibility and a full list of free income tax assistance sites in Colorado can be found by dialing for free 2-1-1 or by visiting, or finding Tax Help Colorado on Facebook at and Twitter at @TaxHelpCO.

EDUCATION NEWS IN A HURRY Tobacco education week Jeffco students in five area high schools will educate students about the facts, dangers and side effects of tobacco use during the week of Feb. 10. Students will discuss marketing tactics and issues surrounding tobacco use as part of the Sweet, Cheap and Deadly Campaign. To learn more about the campaign, contact Christie Preston at 303-275-7565 or email cpreston@

Community engagement with the Board of Education To obtain community input about the 2014-2015 budget, the Jeffco Board of Education members will host a series of community meetings in area schools. All meetings will take place the first week of March, in the library of participating high schools. For more information and a full schedule of meetings visit,

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40 West Arts show examines fiber art By Clarke Reader

creader@ coloradocommunity The world of fiber art is one that stretches back as far as antiquity, yet is still evolving and changing. The 40 West Arts District’s latest show, “Unraveled — Fiber Re-imagined” celebrates the art form and all its history and evolution. The show will be up at the district’s gallery, 1560 Teller, until Feb. 27. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. “We’re looking to do more edgy shows in 2014 and thought what can we do with a fiber show,” said Bill Marino, executive director of the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District. “There’s a niche out here for this kind of art it is something we’ve never done before.” Like all of 40 West’s shows, the idea came about from the district’s exhibition committee, which is made up of 40 West members and artists who want to participate and help shape the direction the district explores. “We were brainstorming potential shows and the goal was to come up with at least two to three shows that are in the doing something cutting edge and fiber is something I submitted,” said Richard Eversley, who curated the show and worked with the jurors to develop the vision. “I thought this is a group of artists that are a bit

underserved and could use the space.” According to Julie Byerlein, a member of the board for the district and a volunteer with its champion group, the show features submissions from artists from all over the country, thanks to 40 West’s efforts in reaching out to a diverse range of colleges and art schools. Colorado State University has a WHAT: “Unraveled - Fiber famous fiber Re-imagined” arts show evWHERE: 40 West Arts gallery ery year that 1560 Teller St., Lakewood is currently WHEN: Through Feb. 27 on display, Tuesday through Friday - 1 to and the 4 p.m. hope is “UnSaturday - noon to 4 p.m. raveled” will COST: Free benefit from INFORMATION: the attention and artists participating in that show. “We have 26 pieces on display and are fortunate enough to have work from schools all over the country,” Byerlein said. “We want to engage everyone and to that end we have a wide range of works in the show.” To tap into the variety of works available, the show includes the use of textiles, string, yarn, wire, and a broad spectrum of recycled materials. There are also a variety of textile techniques used by artists — from woven, knitted and crocheted metal to handmade paper, beads, embroidery and quilting. The show is juried by Wendy Franzen and Sara Rockinger, both of whom are well known in the fiber arts community. “As the curator you’re kind of like a neutral person, helping the artists with questions and logistics while making the decisions on space and installation,” Eversley said. According to Eversley, there are a lot of things to be excited about in regards to the show, not the least of which is the fact


Four of Denver’s top tourism leaders have been named to the new class of inductees into the 15th Annual Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. They are: Denver catering king and philanthropist Larry DiPasquale, Denver March Powwow executive director Grace Gillette, Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort and director of the Greenway Foundation Jeff Shoemaker with a posthumous award to his father, Joe Shoemaker, the foundation’s founder. These city and state supporters will be honored during the Tourism Industry Hall of Fame dinner March 20, at the Seawell Ballroom. The Tourism Hall of Fame serves as the highest award for Denver’s travel industry, which logged its best year ever in 2012 with 13.6 million overnight visitors generating more than $3.6 billion in spending. The industry supports 50,000 jobs in the metro area. The gala is a fundraising event for the Visit Denver Foundation, which has given out more than $545,000 in scholarships to 214 Colorado students pursuing higher education in the fields of tourism and hospitality. For ticket information, contact Joni Watkins at or call 303-571-9481.

Burger nod to Sochi

In honor of the Winter Olympics, Lucky Strike, an upscale bowling alley chain, has created the Soch-eezy Burger a hand-packed, all-beef patty rubbed with thyme and roasted garlic, topped with melted Swiss cheese and a creamy mushroom stroganoff sauce served on a toasted ciabatta roll. The burger, the chain’s February Burger of the Month, was created by Lucky Strike Denver chef Francisco Quintana. The Soch-eezy Burger will be sold in all venues (except San Francisco and Polaris) through Feb. 28. Lucky Strike Lanes has two venues in Colorado: The Denver Pavilions downtown and at Belmar in Lakewood. The Burger of the Month program celebrates Lucky Strike’s 10th anniversary. At the end of the year, the top-selling specialty burger will be added to the Lucky Strike menu for 2015. For more information, visit www.bowlluckystrike. com/menu.

Troy Guard’s steakhouse delayed

Because of construction delays, Guard and Grace (1801 California), the muchanticipated steakhouse from super chef Troy Guard (TAG, TAG Raw Bar, TAG Burger Bar, Los Chingones, Sugarmill) will not open on Feb. 13 as planned. The restaurant’s opening has been pushed back to early March. Valentine’s Day diners who had reservations at Guard and Grace will be welcomed at TAG restaurant.

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your help to select a catchy, memorable name to brand themselves. The collection of unique shops, which are located on West 29th Avenue between Sheridan and Fenton, includes newcomers West 29th Restaurant & Bar, People’s Market and Twisted Smoothie, as well as mainstays Wheat Ridge Poultry and Meat. Stop by any of these merchants during the month of February and vote for a name from a field of six that the shops have selected. Or, feel free to thrown in your own suggestion. You could win a gift certificate just for participating.

‘Extreme Weight Loss’ casting call Hello, my building’s gym. Why did we ever break up?

If you, like me, are struggling with New Year’s weight-loss resolutions, ABC’s hit series “Extreme Weight Loss” is holding an open casting call between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, 12348 E. Montview Blvd., in Aurora. With the rising rates of obesity in America, the show says it is extremely important for everyone to know about this opportunity to get healthy and lose weight. “Extreme Weight Loss” documents the makeover of courageous obese people who, in 365 days, set out to safely lose half their body weight and ultimately reveal an amazing metamorphosis. Trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell guides each of the selected participants through their journey. By assuring that they have the proper nutrition and exercise, Powell helps individuals whose lives have become out of control because of the weight.

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Speaking of weight loss, “The Biggest Loser” fitness expert Jillian Michaels kicks off her Maximize Your Life tour on March 11 in Denver. You can get $4 off tickets with the code JMLIVE. For more information, visit www.jillianmichaelslive. com/.

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that this community of artists gets so few shows dedicated specifically to their work and it’s a big deal that Lakewood is hosting one. “This is a different and unique show that is excellent,” he said. “Fiber art is interesting because it can be extremely utilitarian but very artistic.” For more information, visit About the Jurors Wendy Westfall Franzen received her master of fine art at Colorado State University with a concentration in fibers. She received her Master of Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture. She

has shown her work throughout Colorado including the Ice Cube Gallery in Denver, the Museum of Art Fort Collins, and the Lincoln Center Gallery Fort Collins. Wendy’s work is informed by modern technology, invention and how they shift our perceptions of the world. Using her sewing machine as a drawing and sculptural tool has rewarded Sara Rockinger with national attention. Sara’s work has been included in several national exhibitions including the traveling fiber art exhibit Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fibers. Her work has been published in Fiber Arts Magazine and the book Freestyle Machine Embroidery. Sara received her MFA in Fiber from Colorado State University in 2008.

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Effort to repeal gun measure rejected Bill targeted law requiring background checks By Vic Vela Another gun battle took center stage at the Capitol on Feb. 3, as a Senate committee rejected a Republican effort to undo a key Democrat-backed gun measure from last year. Testimony on a bill that sought to repeal a law that requires background checks on all gun sales and transfers in the state lasted more than six hours before the Senate’s State, Veteran’s and Military Affairs Committee killed the measure. The bill failed following a 3-2 party-line vote. Democrats and other supporters of universal background checks say they are working and that the law has made it more difficult for guns to get into the wrong hands. But Sen. George Rivera, R-Pueblo, the repeal bill’s sponsor, argued that the new law would have done nothing to prevent recent mass shootings, such as the ones that occurred in 2012 inside an Auro-

ra theater and at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. “If people intend on doing something evil, they’re going to do it,” Rivera said. “That’s just a fact.” Last year, Democrats succeeded in passing bills that expanded gun background checks, and put in place a requirement that high-capacity ammunition magazines be limited to 15 rounds. Republicans are also trying to repeal the latter measure. There was fallout as a result of those efforts as three Democratic senators either lost their seats or resigned as a result of gun vote-motivated recall elections. Rivera won his Senate seat last fall in a recall election over former Democratic Sen. Angela Giron, making him a rare Republican to represent Pueblo in the Senate. “My constituents in Pueblo sent me here to give a message: They don’t like the gun laws,” Rivera said. Rivera told the committee that he was not against background checks. His bill would have required only licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks, which had already been a part of state law prior to last year’s measure being enacted.

Rivera’s bill would have done away with the new requirement that background checks be conducted for private and online sales, and it would have gotten rid of the fees that individuals are required to pay for their background checks. Several supporters of Rivera’s bill said that the new requirements are burdensome to law-abiding citizens. “As long as Democrats are in office they are going to be going after our Second Amendment Rights,” said Joe Neville of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. But supporters of the new background checks pointed to results. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says that 104 people who tried buying guns last year failed background checks because they had criminal records. That’s a testament to the background checks law expansion, supporters said. And if even one of those background checks stops just one criminal from getting their hands on a gun, the law is worth it, they said. “The value of one life is worth the inconvenience of the others,” said Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver. Dave Hoover, a longtime police officer

whose nephew, A.J. Boik, was killed in the Aurora theater shooting, was one of several people to speak in opposition of Rivera’s repeal effort. Hoover said that Coloradans should do “anything we can do to prevent gun violence” and that he doesn’t want “anybody else to get that phone call,” which informed him that his nephew had been shot. “It’s about accountability,” Hoover said. “It’s about holding gun holders responsible for what they do when they get rid of their firearms.” Though emotional at times, the hearing lacked the intensity of last year’s gun bill committee hearings. In fact, Rivera and other Republican senators thanked Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City, the committee chairman, for his handling of the hearing. Still, Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, a committee member, said that Democrats who pushed for the gun laws still aren’t paying attention to voters who didn’t appreciate their efforts last year. “You didn’t listen close enough because there are three senators who aren’t here,” Harvey said.

W Rail wins awards for project of year Public works association recognizes FasTrack’s first project By Clarke Reader

creader@ The W Rail took home two top prizes from transportation and design experts, highlighting the benefits the new line has brought to the region. The W Rail received the 2013 Project of

the Year Award and the top transportation project of the year for a large community from the Colorado chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). “We love to be recognized for all the hard work that went into the project,” said Brenda Tierney, public information manager with RTD. “We’re very excited that it’s been so successful and that people are noticing.” On hand to accept the awards were Rick Clarke, FasTracks assistant general manager of capital programs; Paul von Fay, design Rail continues on Page 13

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the Fair Housing Act,” said Anita Springsteen. “We’d also like some clarity because we don’t want to be confused by the language.” The minor changes to the language and procedural tables in regards to group homes will hopefully discourage larger homes in these areas, but council said there is no way to stop them completely and still be in compliance with the Fair Housing Act. “We’re codifying the clear intent of the council from the January meeting,” Mayor Bob Murphy said. By meeting’s end, council hoped they had made some necessary changes to a document that will continue to evolve as the city does. “This is a living document, and things will change because Lakewood will change,” Ward 5 councilwoman Karen Harrison said.

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her or allow her to make decisions or lead the district. Throughout the meeting, which lasted less than 20 minutes, audience members shouted questions about the board’s transparency, expressed adoration for Stevenson and eventually chanted to recall Witt, Williams and Newkirk. Due to the crowd at district headquarters, the meeting was quickly relocated to the large meeting room before it began. “It makes me sick to my stomach that we’re losing such a quality leader in the middle of the school year, who already, graciously resigned her position in June,” said Karstin Sutton, an English teacher at Lakewood High School. Following Stevenson’s announcement, the board attempted to resume its scheduled agenda regarding the district budget, but the audience wouldn’t quiet down. Stevenson addressed the audience, and prior to switching topics, board members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman expressed concerns about the workings of the new board. “We just found out about this information this morning,” said Dahlkemper. “This is what becomes the headline, and it’s not about the kids, it’s not about our promises as a board or our student achievement, it’s not about ensuring we have a strong, effective leader in place, it’s about backroom discussions.” Witt asked for a recess, and the three newly elected members appeared ready to walk out, but hesitated and, after conferring with legal counsel and security, Witt adjourned the meeting. He immediately left the building with Newkirk. While they packed up, the crowd shouted “Recall, recall, recall,” and “We love you, Cindy.” Williams attempted to console a tearful Stevenson prior to leaving. Witt, Newkirk and Williams were not available for comment after the meeting. “I think it’s political, and he (Witt) wants control of the district, and she (Stevenson) pushes back on it,” Fellman said. “I am a big supporter of Dr. Stevenson. She’s led our district to some great places, and we’re leading the pack, and she led us there.” Stevenson, who has had a long career in Jeffco Schools, including 12 years as superintendent, will be on administrative leave until the details of her termination are finalized. “Please remember, we have a tradition of excellence, and we need to sustain that over the next couple of weeks,” Stevenson said. “It’s not going to be easy, but together we can do it.”

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be doing the growing at our property. So far we’ve been able to provide most of our own food and have had enough to get into preserving as well.” The goal is not just to provide food for themselves, but turn Everitt Farms into something that could benefit the entire community. The Mullens want to create a outdoor market, perhaps create a small restaurant or brewpub — all with food that they grow. This community spirit has been a

crucial feature of Everitt Farms getting off the ground. The Mullens launched a Kickstarter campaign that was backed by 59 people and raised more than $10,000 to help with startup costs. “We’re looking into doing farm dinners in the summer. We really want this to grow in a cooperative fashion,” Kamise said. “We’ve done a lot of community networking and we haven’t heard from anyone who is not in support of this,” Derek added. Kamise said that it would be great if Everitt Farms could show big businesses and big agriculture that there are other, better ways to get things

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done. “We want to demonstrate that small-scale farming can still be profitable,” she said. “If we can do that, then maybe big grocery stores will cut back on huge parking areas so they can grow their own food as well.” The Mullens are fully aware they have a rare opportunity with Everitt Farms, and do not intend to waste it. “Our vision is to really create a model on how this can be done,” Derek said. “The majority of urban gardens are nonprofits because of limited space, so we have something really special here.” To follow along with project, visit

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National Letter of Intent Day hits Jeffco Students continuing athletic careers all over the country By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ coloradocommunitymedia. com National Letter of Intent Day was on Wednesday in Colorado and around the nation as prep athletes sign letters of intent to continue their athletic careers collegiately. Student athletes from all over Jeffco were honored at their schools displaying the hats and sweaters of the schools they will go on to represent. From Notre Dame to Northern Colorado, Jeffco again showed why they are one of the best leagues and districts in Colorado as literally dozens of students have been offered scholarships to pursue their athletic and academic dreams. Student athletes who played football, soccer, field hockey, track and field, cross country and men’s water polo were allowed to officially commit Wednesday. Below is a partial list of student athletes who have committed. A complete list will be printed later in the school year: ARVADA WEST: Brody Hagel-Pitt - Iowa Western CC - Baseball Justin Mulvaney - Northern Colorado - Baseball Alexzandra Vigil - Colby (Kan.) CC - Softball Savannah Wiman - Vassar College - Cross Country and Track Casey Lewis - Western State Track Morgan McCormick - San Jose State - Swimming Delaney McGinn - Regis University - Softball Lindsay Rule - Metropolitan Community College - Softball Shazz Heale - Midland University - Soccer Allen Martin - Adams State Baseball

Breanna DeVita - Colorado State - Soccer Breanna Johnson - Otero Junior College - Soccer Marcus Culhane - CSU-Pueblo Football Amy Hayes - Fort Hays State Soccer Joe Rosenstein - Siena College Baseball Nick Glenn - CSU-Pueblo - Football D’EVELYN: Eric Trevenna - Embry Riddle University - Soccer Annie Horn - Concordia University - Tennis Nate Flack - Hastings (Neb.) College - Soccer Emily Garnier - Colorado Mines Soccer Trent Walker - Western State Football Greg Pearson - Western State Football Tony Porreco - Trinidad State JC Baseball Danna Denson- Trinidad State JC - Baseball Allison Heitsman - Virginia Wesleyan College - Softball GOLDEN: Payton Miller - Notre Dame Track and Field Jordan Kingsley - Seward County (Kan.) CC - Softball Ian Cheatum - Colorado Mines Wrestling Noah Lennox - Lindenwood (Ill.) College - Wrestling LAKEWOOD: Jessica Brooks - Mercyhurst (Pa.) University - Basketball Jackie Chiastra - Colorado Mines - Soccer Mickolas DeBruyn - Colorado Mines - Wrestling Megan Gerali - Caldwell (N.J.) College - Volleyball Marie Gilcrest - Rhode Island Volleyball Mikaela Lodl - Cal Poly - Track and Field Tevin Lucas - Augustana - Football Hali Marquez - Adams State Softball Casey Nicholls - Augustana Football

Ralston Valley soccer players Mia Alvarado, left, and Allie Killie, right, surround their proud coach Kamee Morwood. Photo by RV High School Evan O’Dorsio - St. Olaf (Minn.) Basketball Sarah Wakumoto - Worcester Polytechnic - Soccer POMONA: Kendall Ryan - Northern Colorado - Football Tyler Weir - South Dakota State Football Zach (Stefo) Bond - Colorado State - Football Allison Thimson - Southern Utah State - Soccer Chris Benefiel - Longview (Mo.) JC - Baseball Hunter Hogoboom - Longview (Mo.) JC - Baseball Alaina Anderson - Nevada - Cross Country and Track RALSTON VALLEY: Mia Alvarado - CU-Colorado

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Jacob Knipp - Northern Colorado - Football Molly Kubesh - Lyon College Softball Jensen Makarov - Maryland - Lacrosse Brenna Martinez - Williams College - Softball Kevin Meadows - CSU-Pueblo Football/Track Erin Metzger-Seymour - Missouri - Swimming Maddie Myers - University of Denver - Swimming Mitchell Robinson - Neb.-Kearney - Baseball Keegan Sheard - California Lutheran - Golf WHEAT RIDGE: Tori Sassolino - Northeastern JC Softball

Evergreen, rV best in Jeffco league meet Swimmers from all over league compete in season end meet By Daniel Williams


Golden diver Cymry Sweet prepares for liftoff during the Jeffco League meet Saturday at Meyer’s Pool. Photo by Daniel Williams

ARVADA - Evergreen proved again they are Jeffco’s best, winning the season’s end Jeffco League meet Saturday at Meyer’s Pool. With a team score of 603 the Cougars won the meet as not only 4A Jeffco’s best team, but also better than 5A Jeffco’s Ralston Valley who finished second as a team with 429 points. D’Evelyn finished third as a team with 425 points, Chatfield finished fourth with 402 points and Lakewood finished fifth with 376 points. In addition, Golden finished in sixth place with 258 teams points and Wheat Ridge finished in ninth place with 221 points. The Mustangs stole the show winning six of 12 events including the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay.

Individually Ralston Valley had three swimmers win four events as Madeline Myers won both the 200 Individual Medley 2:03.37 and the 500 Free 5:00.23. Also, Erin Metzger-Seymour won the 200 Free in 1:51.28 and Mackenzie Atencio won the 100 Breast in 1:05.53. Arvada West’s Morgan McCormack won the 100 Back in 0:56.20 and her Wildcats’ teammates finished in 11th place with a team score of 166. Pomona’s Zarena Brown won the 100 Free in 0:52.90 and the Panthers’ finished with 155 team points good for 13th place. Brenna Bushey won the 100 Fly for D’Evelyn with a time of 0:56.37 and Lakewood’s Meghan Lahr won the 50 Free in 0:24.81. Chatfield’s Averly Hobbs was Jeffco’s best diver, winning the One-Meter with a score of 464.50. Lakewood’s Allison Murphy finished as the second best diver with a score of 430.45 and Evergreen’s Katrin Lewis finished in third with 391.55. Other notable finishers include Golden’s Sabrina Sabadeanu who finished seventh in the 100 Back with a time of 1:00.43 and 10th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:15.82.


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Scoreboard ALAMEDA HIGH SCHOOL Wrestling Alameda 15, Westminster 47 Ruben Moya, 285-pounder, pinned Jordan Chavez from Westminster to win his match. Parker Roberts, 160, won his match 12-6 and Chris Nguyen, 145, pinned Jacobo Vega. Alameda lost to Westminster 47-15.

BEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL Boys basketball Bear Creek 48, Ralston Valley 50 After an even first half and Bear Creek taking the lead at halftime 18-14, Ralston Valley scored 22 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth in route to a 50-48 win. Bear Creek scored 12 points in the third and 18 in the fourth.

Golden’s Grace Carlson looks desperately for an outlet as she is swarmed by Alameda defenders on Tuesday. Photo by Daniel Williams

Rams too tough for Golden down the stretch Green Mountain eyes league title, has big game ahead By Daniel Williams dwilliams@ LAKEWOOD - After a blowout victory Golden girls basketball got cooled off by Green Mountain in a 67-46 loss Friday at Green Mountain School. What was an exciting game for three quarters turned into an ugly loss after the Rams went on a 22-4 run to finish out the game. The Demons looked like they were on their way to a marquee victory but three different Green Mountain players had big scoring efforts to bury Golden down the

stretch. Senior Kelli Vantassel had a huge night scoring 23 points and recording 15 rebounds for the Rams. While freshman Delaney Bernard scored 22 points and sophomore Hannah Hank scored 13 points. The victory for the Rams keeps them on pace for a 4A Jeffco league title as they remain tied with D’Evelyn with a 9-1 league record. “We have had a good season and we are happy with the position that we have put ourselves in,” Green Mountain coach Rudy Martin said. “These games down the stretch are going to be very meaningful.” The loss for the Demons cools off what was their best stretch of the season, winning four of their last five games. “We have to be better at closing out games,” Golden coach Shea Scarlett said last week. “We are still learning how to do that.”

On Tuesday night the Demons got a 6115 win Tuesday at Alameda High School. In that contest Golden got off to a 20-2 start and cruised to the victory. The Demons (10-9, 6-4 in 4A Jeffco) are in fourth place in their league standing but still have a chance to finish in the top three. They will host Evergreen Thursday at 5:30. Evergreen sits just above the Demons in the league standings. Green Mountain (16-3, 9-1 in 4A Jeffco) has been one of the great surprises in Jeffco basketball this season. The Rams were expected to be a good team but they have become elite and actually have one less total loss than No. 8 D’Evelyn. Green Mountain has a very good opportunity to become a top ten team this week. They will host D’Evelyn in a game that looks as though it will be for a 4A Jeffco title Thursday at 7 p.m.

Bear Creek 44, Dakota Ridge 71 Bear Creek was held to 23 points in the first three quarters of the game against Dakota Ridge. They scored 21 points in the fourth quarter alone, but it wasn’t enough as they lost the game 71-44. Dakota Ridge scored 26 points the first half, then 16 points in the third and 29 points in the fourth quarter for the win.

UPCOMING GAMES Boys basketball FRIDAY 7 p.m. - Bear Creek @ Pomona WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. - Bear Creek @ Columbine

Wrestling FRIDAY TBA - Alameda @ Broomfield (Regional Tournament) SATURDAY TBA - Alameda @ Broomfield (Regional Tournament)

SCOREBOARD Would you like to see your team on the board? Contact sports reporter Kate Ferraro at kferraro@coloradocommunitymedia. com.

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Saints march to league win over Arvada Bulldogs’ longtime coach to step down after season By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@coloradocommunitymedia. com ARVADA - Jefferson used four pins to fuel a 48-27 league victory Thursday at Arvada High School. The Saints dominated the smaller weight classes getting a pin from Kyle Cisneros, one of Jeffco’s best, over Arvada’s Jamie Rezael at 106 pounds. Jefferson’s Brandon Onofre pinned the Bulldogs’ John Wright at 120 points, and Obed Carrasco pinned Arvada’s Dylan Jones at 138 pounds. In addition, the Saints’ Paul Shuker pinned Jaden Mortimer at 160 pounds. “Our young guys were good again tonight like they have been for the whole season,” Jefferson coach Oscar Fonseca said. “We were shorthanded but it was a good league win for us.” Cisneros is the little brother of Aaron Cisneros, the former state champion wrestler who is now wrestling for the University of Northern Colorado as a redshirt freshman. The elder Cisneros is one of the best athletes in the history of Jefferson High School but the younger Cisneros has more upside than a skyscraper. “He could even be better than is brother,” Cisneros said. “Those are big shoes to fill but he is a big time wrestler.” But once Arvada got bigger they got better, scoring three straight wins in three of the four biggest weight classes. The Bulldogs’ Alfonso Nunez won by

Jefferson’s Brandon Onofre has hold of Arvada’s John Wright during their 120-pound match up Thursday. Photo by Daniel Williams

decision over Jefferson’s Oscar Lopez 4-3 at 182 points. And Arvada’s Brock Howes won by pin over Carlos Lopez. Both teams were shorthanded for a variety of reasons leading to four forfeit wins for Jefferson and three forfeits for Arvada-

and an additional double forfeit for both teams. “We are a little bit down this year compared to the last couple years but we still have some quality guys who have worked hard all season,” Arvada coach John Howes

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CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) If you still have a problem getting that information gap closed, you might consider asking a higher authority to resolve the matter, leaving you free to move on to another project. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) A family matter needs to be dealt with at the start of the week. Once it’s resolved, the big Cat can devote more attention to that new opportunity that seems to hold so much potential. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) Pay attention to those niggling doubts. They could be warning you not to make any major decisions until you’ve checked them out -- especially where money matters might be involved. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) A business venture might need more of your attention than you are able to provide. Consider asking a trusted friend or family member to help you work through this time crunch. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) A more-positive aspect helps you get a clearer focus on how to handle your time so that you can deal with several responsibilities that are just now showing up on your schedule. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) A very close friend (you know who that is!) has advice that could help you work through a confusing situation. So put your pride aside and ask for it. You’ll be glad you did. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) A workplace situation could turn a bit tense. The best way to handle it is to confront it and deal with it openly. Doing so can help reveal the underlying reasons for the problem. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) A colleague’s remarks appear to be especially cutting. but don’t waste your time or your energy trying to deal with the situation. You have more important things to do. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) Support for your work comes as a surprise from someone you thought was critical or, at least, indifferent. Your spouse or partner has big plans for the weekend. BORN THIS WEEK: Your spiritual strength often acts as an inspiration to help others make decisions about their lives. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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