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Board transparency bill moves forward Passes House following lengthy debate By Vic Vela A contentious House floor debate preceded the Feb. 13 passage of a bill that aims to shine more light on school board members’ private discussions. House Bill 1110 would expand current law that already requires the recording of all conversations that take place during

school board executive sessions to include those involving attorney-client discussions. Most Democrats supported the measure, saying that it holds elected officials accountable for what happens behind closed doors and bolsters the public’s right to know. But all House Republicans joined three Democrats in voting against the bill. Several spoke out against the bill, calling it an affront to attorney-client privilege. They also argued that the bill unfairly targets a handful of school boards that

have been the subject of controversy over executive session matters, including boards in Douglas and Jefferson counties. “This is targeted and punitive to a few school districts to this state,” Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch said. “We should not use the power of legislation to punish.” McNulty’s comments came during a Feb. 12 House floor debate. The House passed the bill the next day on a 34-31 vote. Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. Cherylin Peniston, D-Westminster, recordings of attorney-client discussions during exec-

utive sessions would be stored and would be made available only through a successful petition through the courts. If a filer believes that what was being handled during executive session doesn’t warrant a behind-closed-doors discussion, a judge would listen to the recording to determine whether that information should be made public. If the judge believes that to be the case, the recordings would be released. Bill continues on Page 11

Getting school ready Lakewood’s head start program recognized By Clarke Reader


Sewing group celebrates 30 years By Clarke Reader The Clements Center Sewing group is celebrating 30 years of giving this year by doing what the organization has always done — provided hand-made items for the needy in Lakewood and the surrounding areas. The group, which was started by the Senior Resource Center, began as a small gathering for people who wanted to make something for others, and has steadily grown since then to around 30 members. “We have around 15 members who come to the Clements Center once a week to work and we have around 15 others who do all their sewing at home,” said Arlene Mayer, leader of the sewing group. All the items that the group produces — from quilts to

Stacks of hand made items created by Clements Sewing Group members for donation to people in need. Photos by Clarke Reader hats and bags to sweaters — all get donated to 19 different nonprofit agencies. The group gives to The Action Center, Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC), Family Tree and Total Long Term Care, among others. Last year more than 5,000 items were made by hand and machine sewing, crochet and

knitting. “We put in more than 13,000 volunteer hours last year,” four-year member Julie Lusch said. “I spend about 20 hours a week at home working on items to donate. All that we give wouldn’t be possible without our members who work here and at home.” The materials used by the

group are donated from various groups and they also have partnerships with a few local businesses, who keep the sewers stocked with essentials like needles and thread. The group is always accepting donations of materials so they can keep working. Knitting and crocheting have been hobbies for Lusch since she was five years old, and when she retired and wanted to find something to do, she heard about the sewing group and got involved. “I wanted to give back, and we do a lot of good here,” she said. “I’m not sure that many people are aware of all the work we do here.” Mayer said the group’s future is a little tenuous, because of funding issues. The group is looking for sponsors so they can continue with their projects. “We all love what we do here,” Lusch said. “We all enjoy crafts and using that to help people.”

Providing preschool students with a head start in Lakewood earned the city’s program recognition from the federal government. During a recent federal review of the Lakewood Head Start, the teachers’ ratings on a standardized nationwide assessment tool far exceeded other programs that were evaluated in the region. On two of three specific ratings, the teachers’ compiled scores were double the nationwide requirements. Lakewood’s program was in the top 10 percent nationally. “This is pretty exciting for us,” Sharon Keith-Zamora, family services manager said. “A lot of the time our teachers don’t get the recognition for the high quality preschool programs we offer.” According to Sherry Peterson, Lakewood’s Head Start administrator, the city started offering the program in 1997 and has no-fee preschool to 3- and 4-year-old Lakewood children who are from low-income families, homeless or child with identified special needs. Currently the program is serving around 119 children with around 20 staff, from teachers and co-teachers to bilingual assistants. “Our program is very community based, and we try to set it up in a way to prepare kids and get them school-ready,” Peterson said. “We work with the whole family and cover topics like nutrition, health care and family support.” Both Peterson and Keith-Zamora attribute the high ranking the program received due to coaches head start is providing to students. “We received a grant to hire these mentor coaches, who are able to provide real targeted goals for students,” Keith-Zamora said. Staff from the program may be asked to help train new staff in other areas due to the high scores they received, she added. Federal representatives do these reviews School continues on Page 11

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Measuring success one inch at a time One of my favorite things about writing this column is the interaction and communication with the community. I appreciate you all for the feedback, recommendations, and support you have provided over the years. Last week I received one of those communications I love so much via email. One of our local readers wanted to know why I haven’t been more diligent about following up on the pursuit of our goals and New Year’s Resolutions as I have in years past, especially right at the beginning of the year. I am glad that some of you look forward to the challenges and prodding from yours truly when it comes to the pursuit of your goals and dreams. And the fact that you reach out and share those dreams means even more to me than you can imagine. Well, let me ask you now that we are just a little more than a month into the New Year, how are you doing with your resolutions, goals and plans? Are you right where you thought you would be? Are you

ahead of schedule? Or maybe you aren’t quite where you wanted to be or where you thought you might be by now. The good news is that we have only completed one-twelfth of the year. Imagine the year as if you were looking at a 12-inch ruler with the month of January sitting on the one-inch mark. It’s easy to see or imagine that there is still so much more time ahead of us than there is behind us. So even if we haven’t gotten off to a super strong start yet, or we have realized that we still have more work to do, the balance of the year works in our favor. Now, continue to use your imagination.

Think of each inch as the next month in the year and the space between each as a 30-day window. Get the visual in your head, maybe even transfer the image to paper or an electronic document. What are the things that need to happen in each month, each 30-day window that will help you with the achievement of your goals and dreams? You see we can’t measure success if we do not know what it is we are measuring. What does success look like in February? What will it look like in March? And what does success mean along our individual ruler or path to success? There is more good news. Success can come in all shapes and sizes and can be accomplished along any time line. There are immediate wins, near-term successes, mid-range accomplishments, and the successful achievement of long-term goals. And there is even more good news. Success begets success. That’s right, the more we succeed, the more likely it is that success will follow us wherever we go.

How about you? Where are you in the pursuit of your goals and dreams? I am sure there are many of you who don’t need me to be your weekly reminder or coach when it comes to being driven to succeed. And I am sure there are many of you who have someone or something that inspires and motivates you as you seek success. My hope is that this week you will realize that there is still so much time left this year to set our goals and resolutions and just as much time to pursue and achieve our modest and even wildest dreams. I would love to hear all about where you see yourself on the ruler and how you plan on pursuing personal success at Remember, when we identify what we want and plan for our own success, it will be a better than good week. Michael Norton is a resident of Highlands Ranch, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corp. and the CEO/founder of www.

legislative news in a hurry Bar closing bill moving forward

Flood legislation heads to governor’s desk

Legislation that would allow bars to stay open past 2 a.m. continues to move forward. The House on Feb. 14 gave initial approval to House Bill 1132 and was expected to send the measure to the Senate following a final vote this week. Current state law prohibits bars from operating between 2 and 7 a.m. The bill would allow bars to stay open as late as 4:30 a.m., with local government approval. The bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, was drafted in response to problems in downtown Denver, where police have had to respond to several violent situations as bar patrons exit drinking establishments at closing time. Supporters say by allowing bars to stay open later, there would be fewer people leaving bars at the same time. However, opponents believe the bill just puts more drunks on the streets later into the morning.

County governments would be allowed to use general fund dollars for flood-related repairs, under a bill that’s now headed to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 7 allows county governments to tap into their general funds for bridge and road repairs that become necessary as a result of a natural disaster occurring, such as flooding. The bill has cleared both legislative chambers, most recently going through the House on Feb. 10. Right now, counties are prohibited from using funds for that purpose. The bill would give more leeway to local governments, so long as the governor declares a disaster emergency within that county.

Fallen deputy honored

Lawmakers last week paid tribute to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy who was killed in the line of duty. A 27-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, Sgt. David

Baldwin died on Jan. 26 in a head-on collision on Highway 93. Lawmakers held a memorial tribute to Baldwin on Feb. 11, with Rep. Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge, lauding Baldwin’s “highly-decorated” career. “We honor him for his dedication and service,” Schafer said. The tribute included a Colorado flag that was presented to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office members.

College Affordability Act clears committee A bill that would cap college tuition rate hikes and pump more money into financial aid cleared its first legislative hurdle on Feb. 12 as the Senate Education Committee passed Senate Bill 1, the College Affordability Act, following a 6-1 bipartisan vote. Hurry continues on Page 4

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Virtual city hall: Request Lakewood City launches new web feature to help connect to residents By Clarke Reader creader@colorado Residents looking for a way to make contact with the city government have a new tool in the city’s new online system, Request Lakewood. Available at, the system offers residents a collection of frequently asked questions and ways to make requests, ask questions or point out issues they are having. “The questions will be changing all the time since the issues our citizens are facing

changes all the time,” Angela Cline, citizen outreach specialist with the city said. “This is a great way for residents to get answers to their questions, especially after hours.” Questions that residents send in go directly to the proper staff member, and residents also receive a personal tracking number for each request, so they can stay up to date on what they submitted. Residents can also take Request Lakewood on the go, as there is a free mobile application for Android, iPhone or iPads. Not only does the app allow residents to reach out to the government on issues they see out in the community, but they can also take photos and send it in to the city. “Things like potholes and graffiti are issues we hear about a lot,” Cline said. “With the app residents can turn on the GPS so it will show us the exact spot where they see

something wrong.” The web page will feature the most requested questions, and that list will change every 24 hours as things change in the city. During the winter top issues might include snow and ice removal, while in the summer it could switch to fire bans or drought issues. Jay Hutchison, director of public works, said his department has already started to receive comments from residents using Request Lakewood.

“For us we’re hearing a lot about traffic operations and other operational areas,” he said. “We’ve been able to get back to people pretty quick with this system.” The goal is for Request to be a kind of virtual city hall for residents. “People are seeing how easy it is to contact the city, and we want to make this a kind of one stop shop,” Cline said. “It’s also beneficial to the city because we have eyes and ears out in the city letting us know where problems are.”

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Traditional and modern join forces Cultural Center hosts Carmon Slater restrospective

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creader@coloradocommunitymedia. com Carmon Slater has traveled the world with his fascinating take on fiber art, and is bringing a retrospective of his work to the Lakewood Cultural Center. The free exhibit is on display in the North and Mezzanine galleries at the cultural center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, through March 29. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“The retrospective spans 50 years of Carmon’s work,” said Lorene Joos, arts curator with the city. “I’m blown away by the depth of his work and the depth it shows of the travels of being an artist.”

Slater’s artistic interests aren’t confined only to fiber arts — he has also worked in interior and landscape design, clay, wood and jewelry. His talents have taken him to places to New Zealand, where he was elected to the country’s academy of fine arts. Slater was also a governor appointed member of from 1988 to 1993. He is a trustee emeritus of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He has been in Colorado for the past 16 years, and said that he is happy to be living and working here. “The breadth of work I’ve done encompasses both traditional and new styles,” he said. “It’s quite an honor to be selected for a retrospective.” For more information visit

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Database allows law enforcement and residents to search for sex offenders By Clarke Reader

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Slater’s fiber arts spans traditional quilting, designed fabrics and political statements, all of which run the gamut from beautifully decorative to challenging. The pieces on display are both two- and threedimensional. “I wanted to pick pieces that represented the depth of my work,” Slater said. “You don’t get opportunities like this often, so I wanted to show all the different kinds of work I’ve done.” In his artist statement, Slater wrote that he is concerned about the interrelationships of all organisms in their environment and the importance of each within the context of that environment, and tries to represent the relationship between macroscopic and microscopic world.


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partner Michelle Archuleta, only adult offenders with a felony conviction will appear on the SOTAR site, but a list of all offenders registered in Lakewood can be requested at the Records Section of the police department. One of the major benefits of the system is that it allows for easy communications between agencies, Archuleta said. “If someone moves to a different area, this makes it really easy for their previous district to let us know,” she said. “That way we can make sure the offender gets registered in the proper time.” To search offenders or create an account, go to



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It’s all about matters of the heart Doctors recommend healthy lifestyle for strong hearts By Crystal Anderson canderson@ Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson designated February as American Heart Month in hopes to decrease and eliminate deaths associated with all forms of Heart Disease. Today, due to advances in technology and medical research, heart disease is less than 32 percent of deaths and decreasing

every year. “Heart health is important because you can’t live without the heart, and when it’s damaged, it limits (physically and mentally) the activities you live to do,” Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director, Dr. Mark Johnson said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death nationwide with around 600,000 deaths a year. In Colorado, around 6,400 people die a year from cardiovascular disease, but with regular checkups, a proper diet and routinely moderate exercise, you can cut down your risk for a heart attack or heart disease drastically.

New Purple Heart Chapter opens Organization to aid vets across the Front Range By Crystal Anderson

canderson@ Decades after returning home from serving in Vietnam, veterans and Purple Heart recipients, Frank Griggs and Jeff Birdwell, decided they wanted to give back to the veteran community of Colorado. And in January, they started a chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Chapter 1041, named after Griggs’s boot camp unit in the Marine Corps, is located in Arvada, specifically at the Elks Lodge at 5700 Yukon St., and will serve veterans across the Front Range, west of I-25, south near Highlands Ranch to north in Broomfield. “We try to stay in our community and have that presence and by cooperating with other organizations in our area — it helps everybody,” Griggs said. The organization will be working on several projects in the community, including the Star Spangled Banner program with the Arvada Harvest Festival; organizing a color guard; obtaining a tolling bell and placing a Purple Heart Memorial in the Westminster’s Armed Forces Tribute Garden. By working in conjunction with local associations such as the Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the American Legion, Chapter 1041 members are working to establish a valuable community presence while ensuring help to all veterans, not just Purple Heart recipients. “The Purple Heart organization is more than a group of guys with Purple Hearts meeting, chapters provide funds for Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospitals, nursing homes, and veterans,” Griggs said. Serving other veterans through the support and honor of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in other areas, led Griggs to want to start his own chapter in an underserved area of Colorado, helping veterans connect with other veterans and receive as-

A new chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart recently opened in Arvada, serving Purple Heart recipients and veterans across the Front Range. Photo by Crystal Anderson sistance. “I want to help people and show our veterans the respect due them,” Griggs said. “I don’t want the recognition, I want to see the organization grow and help our veterans by providing things other people can’t provide.” Since its inception in late January, the chapter has gained 24 members, and is hoping to add more to the roster, specifically women veterans and younger Iraq and Afghan War veterans. “We want people to be proud of their Purple Heart, it’s the oldest military honor, and very prestigious,” Birdwell said. “We want our members to feel a part of an elite organization.” Chapter 1041’s next meeting will be 10 am. Saturday, March 8, at the Elks Lodge 2278, 5700 Yukon St. For more information about the Military Order of the Purple Heart or to join, contact Frank Griggs, 303-946-3321.

“One of the most important things to do is see your physician regularly and get a risk assessment,” said Dr. Michael Kaplan, the national medical director of NextCare Urgent Care “It’s important to know, because your risk can be higher and you can be put at risk — get checked.” The heart is one of the most vital of human organs, a muscle that pumps blood to the rest of the body. When inflicted with heart disease, a slow buildup of blood vessels prevents blood from being pumped. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), individuals should assess possible risks and warning signs, and work to prevent heart disease. “So much of heart disease is due to life-

style, it’s why we put so much emphasis on it,” Johnson said. The AHA suggests assessing personal risk, controlling weight and cholesterol and having an active lifestyle. Both Kaplan and Johnson agree, and recommend avoiding smoking or using tobacco products; eating a diet low in fats and cholesterol; and high in fruits and vegetables and exercising 40 minutes a day, three to four days a week to maintain a healthy heart. “In order to have a healthy body, one must have a healthy heart,” Johnson said. For more information on American Heart Month or to learn more on heart disease, visit

lakewood news in a hurry Police investigating attempted assault

Police continue to investigate 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 160 to 180 pounds. 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 Detective Turnbull at 303-987-7217.

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.

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February 13, 2014

Local firefighter safety bill passes Senate Grant program set to receive $3.25 million for five years By Amy Woodward

awoodward@ Senate Bill 46 sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Nicholson D-Blackhawk has the potential to create a $16.25 million grant program for local fire departments in need of much more than a new fire truck. After clearing the senate, the bill heads to the house while Sen. Nicholson stopped by Golden’s Fire Station No. 1 on Saturday, Feb. 15. Chiefs and firefighters met with Nicholson to discuss the benefits of the bill which is aimed at providing better equipment which could include protective health measures such as annual physical exams and stress tests specifically tailored to the occupation. Research has shown that firefighters are at a greater risk for developing a variety of cancers, up to 100 percent in some cases,

FireFighting in CoLorado 45 local career fire departments 105 local career and volunteer combined fire departments 245 all-volunteer fire departments

according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Among these cancers include skin, testicular and brain cancers including Muslim and lymphoma including other type of cancers. These diseases are due to the exposure of carcinogens that easily penetrate not only exposed skin but also clothing. Although the National Fire Protection Association dictates that gear be changed out every 10 years, smaller districts face funding constraints resulting in poorly fitted hand-me-downs and the absence of extractors or specialized commercial washers and dryers to clean the chemically saturated gear. Contributors to the

bill including Paul Cooke, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, price the cost for gear at $2,500 for standard helmet and uniform, extractors at $15,000 with an additional $5,000 for installation and masks at $500. “This is a very positive move in the state because a lot of the grants that we’ve always had to deal with are on the federal level,” Chief Bales of the Golden Fire Department said. “Having a state program that deals with people who understand the fire service problem in Colorado is just huge.” Chris Jennings, fire chief for the Timberline Fire Protection District stated that although funding for gear and equipment is essential, the biggest defense against occupational related diseases is adequate physical exams designed for fire fighters. “Those 1582 evaluations are critical and that is one of things that is very, very, hard especially in rural setting with limited budgets to actually go and petition for and get funding for,” he said. Should it pass, the bill will create a lo-

cal firefighter safety fund that will be given $3.25 million a year from the state treasurer for five years from the Federal Mineral Lease Funds that are set to expire. This proposed funding has drawn opposition from the Colorado Municipal League said Nicholson but a mix funding from both the mineral lease and the general fund is also on the table. “It’s mostly the local governments who don’t want the funds to be taken off the top of the money that they will get from the mineral severance tax,” Nicholson said. “The Colorado Municipal League loves the bill except for the funding source.” Kevin Bommer, deputy director for the Colorado Municipal League stated, “While CML continues to support the bill, the program should rightfully be funded from the state’s general fund, especially since firefighter safety was declared a matter of statewide concern in legislation that passed in 2013. CML will continue to work on this issue with the members of the Joint Budget Committee as the legislation progresses.”

jeFFCo newS in a hurry Jeffco5 petitions at libraries

Petitions to sign will be available at Arvada and Conifer Libraries 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and at the Wheat Ridge Library 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. HOA’s are encouraged to inquire about the Jeffco5 initiative and volunteers are needed to gather signatures. For more information contact Bernie at or Karen at karenoxman@

Space Available to be a 4-H Mentor

There is still time to apply to be a mentor for Jefferson County CSU Extension 4-H after school programs. Mentors are needed at Pleasant View Elementary in Golden; Molholm Elementary in Lakewood; and Parr Elementary in the Arvada/ Westminster area. Twenty students will be participating from each school and pairing one mentor to each child is desired. Mentors are expected to commit one hour a week to meet with youth ages 8 to 13. Training will be provided for the projects the youth are interested in. Mentor candidates must be at least 19 years of age and pass a background check. Learn more at For additional information, contact Barbie Garnett or Claire Dixon at Jefferson County’s CSU Extension office, 303-271-6620.

shortly thereafter. The Working Group will meet monthly or more as needed in order to report findings to the Board of County Commissioners by July 15.

Public Recreational Shooting Range Options

Butterfly Counters Needed

The Board of County Commissioners is requesting the formation of a Working Group for a Public Recreational Shooting Range that will work to explore possibilities for a public shooting range in Jeffco. Around four properties have been considered for the shooting range. The working group will be formed from representatives from County Planning & Zoning, Jeffco Sheriff, Jeffco Open Space staff, Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee, Denver Mountain Parks, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, PLAN Jeffco and three interested citizens representing the north, central and south sections of the county. Citizens interested in participating in the working group should submit a letter of interest to by end of business, Monday, Feb. 24. Working team members will be selected by March 1 and notified of the meeting to be held

Jeffco Open Space announced a new partnership with Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion to monitor and track butterfly populations. Openings are now available for volunteers to assist in a new project monitoring Colorado butterfly populations in parks and open spaces. Volunteers will be able to choose an open space and trail to monitor from a list of parks where butterflies are typically found. They will observe and record butterflies at least six times between May 15 and Sept 30. Each monitoring shift may take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours and requires a commitment of at least one field season (May to September). Volunteers will be required to attend a full day of training on April 27 or May 7 at Butterfly Pavilion, in order to learn native butterflies and the methods of collecting and entering data. For more information contact Lisa

Kluesner ( or Sean Kluesner ( at Jeffco Open Space.

Jefferson County Public Library to Hold Community Meetings

Jeffco Public Library (JCPL) has scheduled community meetings throughout the county. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update on library services, receive input from library patrons and other Jefferson County residents and respond to community concerns. Meetings are currently scheduled for the following dates and times. Monday, March 3, 1-2 p.m. - Arvada Library, 7525 West 57th Ave., Arvada Thursday, March 6, 4-5 p.m. - Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada Tuesday, March 18, 2-3 p.m. - Golden Library, 1019 10th St., Golden Friday, March 28, 4-5 p.m. - Belmar Library, 555 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood Tuesday, April 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Ye Olde Firehouse, Depew St. and West 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge

eduCation newS in a hurry Elementary schools acknowledged for achievement

Edgewater and Stein Elementary schools are being honored for outstanding success in serving a high number of low-income families among metro schools. Each school will receive grants from the Foundations for Great Schools to

support and continue their achievement. Edgewater Elementary received $20,000 and Stein Elementary received $45,000. The foundation awarded $500,000 to two dozen Denver-metro public schools. The recipient schools were judged on a variety of factors, including, academic performance, growth, leadership, culture, instructional effectiveness and percent-

age of qualifying free and reduced lunch students.

Committee seeks members

The Jeffco Board of Education is seeking volunteers for the 1338 Committee. The committee meets monthly and will focus on educator evaluations and is open for Jeffco parents, community

members, and administrators. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume with relevant experience to this work. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 24. For more information or to apply, contact Jeffco’s executive director of educational research and design, Todd Engels,

Debates on 38th continue Amidst mixed reviews funding to continue for avenue project By Hugh Johnson

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City council approved an amendment to the Capital Investment Program budget to allow a supplemental $41,870 for the 38th Avenue Corridor plan. However, the amendment provoked a lengthy discussion about the various issues concerning 38th. The money will go to Entelechy Design in Denver for a design contract extension. Entelechy completed the initial phase of the 38th Avenue project. Part of that initial phase was the implementation of the 2012 road diet or restriping the road down to three lanes from five. The road diet serves as a precursor to a permanent narrowing of the road to support 38th being more of a desti-

nation and less of a thoroughfare. The diet has had some unforeseen consequences. For one, an increase in congestion, because there are fewer lanes, has caused some motorists to speed on adjacent residential streets. People have said that 38th is also more dangerous as a result. That danger has prompted some to reconsider whether 38th truly can be a town center. “I won’t drive 38th avenue anymore ... It’s a hazard to drive up and down that street,” said former Councilwoman Wanda Sang. “I may go back about 60 years and tell you that 38th Avenue was never a commercial area ... I don’t think that you’ll ever make it that way.” The discussion came as a result of a memorandum created by District 1 Councilmember Jerry DiTullio. In the memo, DiTullio referenced section 5.20 of the city charter. The section outlines the process for street width designation disputes,

specifically how the dispute can eventually be settled by a vote of the people in the district if enough property owners protest and petition a particular change. DiTullio said that before council allocates another $41,000, they need to fully investigate the possibility of a legal protest. If it comes down to that, DiTullio believes that it would be best for council to mitigate certain minor but divisive issues surrounding 38th, including backin parking and the inclusion of bike lanes. “Bud” Starker, councilmember district 1, Tim Fitzgerald of district 3 believe it’s best to remain focused on the future. Fitzgerald said that Wheat Ridge is a drive through town and the way to change that is to build some that will entice people to stop. “We’re not living 60 year ago. We’re living today and our vision of today should look forward into the future,” Starker said.

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February 13, 2014

Arrests made in child trafficking ring Operation based out of Lakewood apartments By Clarke Reader

creader@ Six people have been arrested in a child trafficking ring in Jefferson County, based out of a Lakewood apartment complex. First Judicial District Attorney Peter Weir announced on Feb. 13 that five men and one woman have been arrested as part of a child human trafficking ring operating in Jefferson County. Alleged ringleader Daniel Byron Onodera, 42, has been charged with Trafficking of a Child (F2); Pimping of a Child (F3); Sex Assault of a Child (F3); Solicitation of a Child for Prostitution (F3); Pandering (F3); Keeping a place of Child Prostitution (F3); Child Prostitution — Inducement (F3), Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (F4); and two violent crime counts. Five others have been arrested and they have been charged according to their alleged participation: Marshall Deron Ashton, 31, Nickolas Alan Silk, 23, Kevin J. Snuggs, 26, Pamela Jean Lewis, 57, and Zelian Ashbury Shaw, 20. A seventh member of the alleged child trafficking ring has been identified as Mark Wayne Turturice, 54. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. “These charges are the culmination of a lengthy investigation that was started by an extraordinarily brave 16-year-old girl,” Weir said. “She reached out to authorities about sexual assault, which lead to a much more pervasive group of criminal activity.” According to information provided by Weir’s office, the investigation started in November 2012, when one of the victims reported to a counselor that she had been sexually assaulted by a man named Daniel, who was later identified as Onodera, the alleged ringleader of the child prostitution ring. The arrests of these individuals are the result of a joint operation of the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force, Lakewood Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office. The criminal activity is alleged to have been based out of the Timberleaf Apartments at 1388 Garrison, in Lakewood, between December 2011 and November 2012. According to information provided by Weir’s office, one or more of the defendants leased, or lived in, apartments at the complex where the victims were invited, or taken, and

given drugs. Two of the victims are alleged to have been sexually assaulted by members of the organization and were also forced to have sex with strangers while Onodera or other Ashton Lewis member of the prostitution ring received money or drugs in payment. “The defendants appeared to have identified girls who were runaways as potential targets and ensnared them Onodera Shaw and compelled them to perform these acts,” Weir said. “That force came in the form of feeding methamphetamine habits or physical abuse.” There were three female victims identified in this operation, Silk Snuggs one was 13 and two were 16 years old at the time. The girls did not know each other but had similarities. They had each run away from home, were truant from school and each had been lured into the prostitution net by drugs, according to Weir’s office. Katie Kurtz, assistant Jeffco District Attorney and lead prosecuter in the case against the defendants said that the next steps will be a filing of charges, followed by preliminary hearings, and then the cases will go to district court. Onodera, Lewis, and Ashton were in court on Feb. 19 to be advised of the charges filedB:10.25” against them. Snuggs will be in court on February 28. Silk and Shaw were arrested in Denver T:10.25” on the Jeffco warrants and will be transported to the Jefferson

County Detention Center. “We want to bring a broader awareness about human trafficking in the community,” Kurtz said. “There are groups that work to identify juveniles who could be at a high risk for being victims and prevent this, as well as help those who may already have been victimized.” Weir said that it is important to make Jeffco residents aware that this is not an isolated case, and things like this are continuing to happen not just in Jeffco, but all over the Denver metro area. Through collaborations with schools, mental health center and other organizations, law enforcement is working to provide all the services possibly to help. “These kinds of things are happening in the community, and when we make these kinds of arrests, we will prosecute as aggressively as we can,” he said. Anyone with information about Turturice or about the ring should contact the Lakewood Police Department at 303-9877111.

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Have a great day in any language I’ve been thinking a lot about language lately, specifically foreign languages. And — appropriately enough, with the recent focus on the world’s athletes at the Winter Olympics — I’m fascinated with speakers of foreign languages. I have a friend here in Colorado who is fluent in six languages, although he says it’s only five because he doesn’t really think in Hebrew. Of course, it helps that he has lived — for several years at a time — in The Netherlands, France, Argentina, Italy, Israel, and Cleveland. Have you heard this old saw? “What do you call someone who speaks more than one language?” Multilingual. “What do you call someone one speaks only one language?” American. Hmm… Seriously, though, how many of us are truly fluent in a language other than English? If we are very lucky, we might have relatives who speak the language of their parents. My sister and I have incorporated select Romanian words and phrases from

our mother’s parents into our family lingo, but we don’t actually know the language. And Mom herself got rusty during her 50some years away from everyday use. I do love the English language, and I’m in awe that English is the international language, which is always inspiring during global events such as the Olympics. With rare exceptions, these athletes are articulate, if not downright fluent, in English. And having briefly trained to teach English as a Foreign Language with the Peace Corps a few years ago, I know firsthand how difficult it is to learn and employ Eng-

lish when it’s not your native tongue. However, not only did my elementary school students in Turkmenistan speak Turkmen, of course, but they were fluent in Russian too. And many of them, at just six years old, could also understand English so well that I was startled more than once when the kids knew what I was saying to other teachers, such as that we needed more chairs. One little girl who was listening to us promptly took me across the hall where I could get the chairs. But do I have any Turkmen left in me? Not a peep. I think part of my own monolingual pain is due to a misguided skill for avoiding language education. That’s not entirely my fault, though — I had absolutely no foreign language requirements to get my bachelor’s degree in college. However, I did spend my one semester of Conversational Spanish in high school mostly conversing with the kid across the row from me … in English. I regret that, a lot. So I’m pleased to see

that school kids now have a greater variety of language offerings, even requirements. Personally, I want to learn French — no, more than that, I want to become fluent in French, with perfect pronunciation for even the sounds that my English-speaking tongue can’t produce right now. That’s why I recently purchased a French-language CD set. But wait …I also went in with my sister on both the Italian and Spanish language sets too. So if you see me apparently talking to myself in the car, you’ll be right, because I’ll be practicing my bon jour, my buenas tardes, and my bella noche. In other words, have a great day, afternoon, and evening … in any language. Andrea Doray is a writer who does learn enough language when traveling to ask for the check, order the right food, or talk about the Broncos with a true fan … in Thailand. Contact her at

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On our watch Do you ever worry that we don’t really have any idea at all what we’re doing? I do. Caleb (not his real name) is a funny, outgoing young man who recently has, all of the sudden, not wanted to go school. It’s not that he has a hard time at school — he gets good grades and enjoys learning. The problem is that two weeks ago another student deliberately pushed Caleb off of a piece of playground equipment, causing him to land hard and be hurt, though not injured. A couple days later, that same student kicked Caleb in the guts. You would think that might have spurred the school to take action, to punish the offending student and act to make Caleb feel safe. And, I suppose, that sort of happened: an administrator had a stern conversation with the offender and offered Caleb ideas about how to modify his own behavior to help avoid the bullying situations. Ideas like stay close to an adult at recess and keep space between him and the other boy in the classroom. In other words: cower. Completely unsurprisingly, this didn’t make Caleb feel very safe. At one point, he even made a mean face at the other boy. Which got him summoned to the administrator’s office. That’s right: making a mean face is worthy of the same punishment as physical assault. Because, in the insanity that has become our efforts to socially engineer our children in the schools, there are no degrees of bad, there is simply bad. Making an online threat is roughly the same as bringing a plastic butter knife to school in your lunch; intimida-

tion and violence are roughly the same as 6-year olds pretending to shoot at each other while playing war games on the playground. Is it any wonder that teenagers brought up in this system are confused as hell, desperate, and all-too-frequently self-destructive? We send a message of non-violence, we preach getting along and not bullying, and the good kids comply—but those who don’t believe the rules apply to them take advantage. They prey on our docility, and the system does so little to protect victims that the victims don’t feel like they have any recourse. Or, at least, any recourse that is sane. In the last two weeks, four high school students in Douglas County have committed suicide. This is not just sad for their families and their school communities — this is a tragic waste of human potential. For the last few weeks at our church we have included in our community prayers the Arvada Fire Department, because in the last few months they’ve seen a dramatic uptick in the number of suicides they’ve had to respond to. It’s taking its toll on them. And then there’s the ... I don’t even Alcorn continues on Page 9

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New shop honors old traditions Roosters barbershop opens in Denver West By Clarke Reader

creader@coloradocommunitymedia. com When it comes to haircuts at Roosters Men’s Grooming Center, the goal is to create a traditional barbershop environment for its customers. The grooming center has opened a new location in Lakewood’s Denver West area, 14710 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 140, and is giving men and boys in need of a trim a relaxing, personal experience. “We want to create a space for the male client that is like a true men’s spa,” Ruth Garcia, owner of the shop and a Lakewood resident said. “We want to get to know our customers, and for us a big focus is the relationship between barber and client.” This is Garcia’s third Roosters and second in Lakewood. “I always wanted to own a business, something that I could help to grow,” she said. “I also wanted to work with people who are willing to learn and grow.” The barbershop’s master hair care specialists provide a variety of custom services including precision haircuts and shaves with hot steam towels, deep cleansing facial massages and moisturizing lotions. Employees go through a week of training in customer service before they begin working at Roosters, according to Garcia.

Roosters aims to create a traditional barbershop feeling, complete with classic wood booth interior. Courtesy photo They must already know how to cut hair before they are hired. “Our training is focused on who this person is,” she said. “We don’t offer a lot of services, just the haircuts and shaves, but we focus on those and do them really well.”

The shave at Roosters take about half an hour, and are a seven-step process, all of which are designed to help customers relax and take care of their skin. Garcia said customers often fall asleep during the shave, which is a sign of how relaxed they are.

While the store is already open, it will be having an official grand opening with the West Chamber at 5:30 p.m., March 18. Happy hour and free express facials will be available 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 303-2788686 or visit

when you speak that I will give you a respectful and attentive hearing. Furthermore, if I say I love you, you have the right to assume that I will treat you kindly and benevolently, and that I will be an emotional support system for you in times of

need or distress. I am not promising to always agree with you, but I am promising to be on your side, to give you empathy and compassion, and to treat your feelings and needs as important to me.

Intimacy skills: What a relationship requires Editor’s note: This is the second of a twopart series. In honor of Valentine’s week, here is a continuation of some of the basic intimacy skills a healthy relationship requires of us: Make your relationship a top priority. Don’t spend your “prime time” consistently preoccupied with other things, and don’t permit yourself to be too tired when you’re around your partner. Consistently show up both emotionally and physically. Take an active interest in the other person and his/her feelings, hopes, hurts, angers and fears, and offer your emotional presence. You offer emotional presence by trying to deepen your understanding of your partner, and inviting him or her to talk about his/her struggles, aspirations and dreams. What does s/he worry about? Which activities, events or people bring him/her the most satisfaction in life? The most joy? The most pain? What is s/he most looking forward to? What are his/her goals and dreams over the next five years? Express warmth and be physically affectionate on a consistent basis. Being “sweet,” using endearments, being romantic, affectionate touch, cards, gifts, flowers, compliments, date nights — don’t underestimate the power of these behaviors if they’re done consistently. Address problems in a civil and constructive way. Many people respond to a disagreement or hurt feelings with anger, rage, name-calling, sarcasm, harsh judgments, criticisms, threats, disrespectful behaviors or words, or defensiveness — which poisons the whole environment

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know the word. Horrific? Terrifying? Case of the student at Standley Lake High School who walked into the school cafeteria, doused himself in fuel, and set himself on fire. Think about that. A kid so disconnected that he could drink a bottle of bleach, then walk from the parking lot all the way into the building carrying a jug of fuel, go 40 feet through the main entryway, down a flight of stairs, and on another 50 feet to enter the cafeteria — without anybody noticing that something was terribly

between the two of you, and discourages open and honest communication. Make this mistake and your relationship will not be close, friendly or intimate. You cannot be disrespectful to another person and then expect closeness and affection. Listen for the longing behind your partner’s complaints. Some examples: “If we can’t control our spending, we’ll go bankrupt.” “We’re not having sex often enough.” “Life has too many chores and not enough fun.” In those examples, what would you guess that person is longing for? Yes, s/he might be asking for less spending, more sex and more fun, but s/he may also be longing for more of a financial partnership, more warmth, affection and romance, for a more equal division of chores and for more activities that you can enjoy together. If you address the longing rather than just the complaint, you are far more likely to fix the problem. Act loving: don’t just say the words: Nathaniel Branden, in his book Taking Responsibility (Fireside), reminds us that if we are in a serious relationship, and I say “I Love You,” you have the right to expect that I will be interested in your thoughts and feelings, and that

wrong. This was not a cry for help — this was a shout from the mountain tops, a scream from the depths of this boy’s — this generation’s — personal hell. I pray that God took mercy on this boy’s soul, and that he found some peace in the days he was hospitalized before dying. But for the rest of us, we can not afford to ignore the message of his shout: we are wrong, and we need to do something different. 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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Vessels of beauty FAC presents annual ceramics exhibition By Clarke Reader

creader@ A lot of art forms that have a tactile element to them, but none perhaps is as connected to human history as ceramics. Foothills Arts Center also has a long history of celebrating the clay creations of Colorado artists, and will honor their works once again with its latest exhibition. The show will be on display at the gallery, 809 Fifteenth St., through March 16. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on WHAT: Colorado Sunday. Clay exhibition “This is one of our longest standing WHERE: Foothills shows,” said the FAC’s coordinator of juried Arts Center exhibi809 Fifteenth St., tions, Golden Becky WHEN: Through Guy. “It March 16 really 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. shows Tuesday-Saturday what noon to 5 p.m. people Sunday can do COST: $5 for with adults, $3 for clay.” seniors, free for The members, students first with ID and youth juried (7-17) ceramics INFORMATION: exhibi303-279-3922 or tion was FoothillsArtCenter. held in org 1974,


and since then the FAC has presented more than 30 exhibitions that have studied the medium, according to information provided by Marianne Lorenz, curator at the center. According to Guy, what makes this year’s exhibit different from previous years is that this year the works will be juried instead of the artists. “In the past we would jury in the artists and then those who were selected could bring in whatever work they want to,” Guy explained. “This year we invited five artists we are familiar with to submit work and all the other submitted works will be juried in.” Invited artists include Bebe Alexander, Heather Mae Erickson, Sara Ransford, Martha Russo and Maynard Tischler. Juried artists include Julie Anderson and Gregory Grasso, Jerry Rhodes, Maura Rieman, Denise Whittaker-Hoar and Steven Wood.

“It was a very competitive process — we had about 296 entries and selected only 44 pieces for the show,” Guy said. This year’s juror is Doug Casebeer, chair of the Artists Residency Program and Artistic Director of Ceramics, Sculpture, Furniture Design & Woodworking at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass. Casebeer received his master’s degree in fine arts in ceramics from Alfred University and his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Wichita State University. He has served as pottery consultant to the United Nations and the German government. In 2009, Casebeer was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also a featured artist at the Chinese Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Awards were given out on Jan. 24 and include: best of show — Claire McArdle for “Equipean 2 & 8”; most innovative use of material — Lauren Mayer for “Other Moments of an Interior”; best fulfillment of concept — Jenny Gawronski for “Teapot”; and Marsha Levy Memorial Award, donated by Pete & Meryl Sabeff — Carla Kappa for “One Thousand Butterflies.” In addition to the show, the center has turned its gift gallery into a showcase for participating artists to sell their lowerpriced works, $250 and less. “The main thing is to create an interesting show for everybody, but if we can find a way to help out the artists as well, that’s great too,” Guy said. According to Guy, one of the best things about this year’s show is the diversity of pieces. She said there is everything from functional to fine art and sculpture to installation pieces. “This is a really strong show, with a really nice range,” Guy said. For more information and special events, call 303-279-3922 or visit

From Broadway to Denver The Denver Center Attractions 2014-15 season features Tony Award-winning hits and family favorites straight from Broadway including the national tour launch of “Pippin,” “Kinky Boots,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” “Motown the Musical,” “Annie,” and “Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking!” “Pippin” is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago, and has now won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival! Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Kinky Boots” follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Denver Center Attractions 2014-15 subscription packages start at eight payments of $21.38. Restrictions apply. To purchase a subscription, please call Denver Center Ticket Services: 303-8934100 or 800-641-1222, or visit the ticket office located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at Speer & Arapahoe. Subscription packages may be purchased online at

Sonodas LoDo location closes

Kenny Sonoda, founding father of the Sonodas chain of sushi restaurants, has opted to call it quits on his LoDo eatery at 1620 Market St. after nearly 19 years. Sonoda, 65, is trying to retire, but his original spot at 3108 S. Parker Road in Aurora, a place he opened in 1995, will remain open. Here’s what Sonoda posted on www. “With over 26 years in the business now behind me the time has come for me to hand up the knives and announce my retirement. And yet it is with more than a bit of sadness that I announce the closure of my Downtown Restaurant on Market Street on Feb. 15. “In 1973 I first came to Denver, Colorado, to help build and open the Gasho of Japan, a Japanese Hibachi style steak house in downtown Denver (1627 Curtis St.). In 1976, I returned to Denver to build a freestanding building of Gasho of Japan Restaurant. This time I build a replica of a 400-year-old Gasho farmhouse, found in Takayama City of Japan, the sister city to Denver, Colorado. This Gasho of Japan restaurant was located in DTC on Belleview and Interstate 25 where Shanahan’s is currently standing.”

Chipotle a social media winner

The Foothills Arts Center has been hosting ceramic exhibits since 1974, and is highlighting local artists with its Colorado Clay Exhibit. Courtesy photos

According to the National Restaurant Association e-letter, Denver-based Chipotle’s position as lifestyle brand won the top spot on DigitalCoCo’s Restaurant Social Media Index, followed by McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Subway and Buffalo Wild Wings (all ick!) in the top five. Firehouse Subs and Hard Rock Cafe hit the top 10, both edging out Sonic and Jimmy John’s. The index measures influence, sentiment and engagement among more than 56 million social restaurant Parker continues on Page 11

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Cherry Creek mall finally fills Saks spot

Fans of luxury home goods and lifestyle purveyor Restoration Hardware — now rebranded as RH — are in store for an unprecedented shopping experience at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Next year, RH will open a four-story, full-line design gallery in the space formerly occupied by Saks Fifth Avenue. “The intent of this larger footprint,

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The bill also requires that school boards post the topics that are discussed in executive session, the same way they do through the posting of board meeting minutes. The topics would require enough of a summary of what was being discussed during the session, but wouldn’t have to go into detail of the privileged conversations. “The value of this bill is for the community who wants to know whether our elected officials are using their privileges correctly,” Peniston said prior to the House vote. “It’s a transparency issue.” Peniston insisted that the bill is not directed at any particular school district. But Republicans believe otherwise. The Douglas County School Board has been the subject of criticism over its use of executive sessions. The conservative board has pushed for controversial reforms, including those that would limit the influence of teachers’ unions. New conservative members of the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education have also received criticism. In December the three new members approved a lawyer’s contract without disclosing the terms during a public meeting. Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, blasted the “terrible” bill, not only for what he feels is the unfair targeting of certain school boards, but for also being a veiled reaction to last year’s school board elections across the state. Last November, reform candidates were swept into school board posts at Douglas and Jefferson Counties. “I can’t believe how obvious of a target this bill is of certain school boards in this state, because of the fact that elections were won by reform groups in this state,” Priola said. Republicans also took aim at what they believe is a violation of attorney-client privilege. Rep. Bob Gardner, a Colorado Springs Republican who is also a lawyer, took to the well often to offer sharp criticism of the legislation.

full line design gallery is to showcase the depth of our growing product assortment,” said Gary Friedman, RH chairman and CEO. “Cherry Creek has been a successful location for our existing store and will be the first Rocky Mountain venue for this new broader expression of our brand.” At 53,000 square feet — more than four times the size of the existing Cherry Creek store — the new, four-level, full-line design gallery will feature a multi-story atrium, outdoor garden and rooftop park. The existing Restoration Hardware will remain open during construction of the new flagship store.

months, and Holston will be doing major renovations to the space before opening a new restaurant in late spring. Corrado is moving on to other business ventures, including PastaVino, where he’s part owner. To celebrate, Bácaro is offering 15 percent off all restaurant and bar purchases through March 5, (not including happy hour and other special discounts). The month-long farewell celebration will culminate with a Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday party on March 4.

DSA fashionistas win Goodwill event

On Feb. 7, Goodwill of Denver held its fourth annual Good Exchange Fashion Show & Clothing Swap. “Project Runway” star Mondo Guerra and international fashion guru Tim Gunn announced the winning outfit by designer Kellehanna E’Shawn and model Sade Preston, both Denver School of the Arts

Boulder’s Bacaro closes

After 15 years in business in downtown Boulder, Bácaro Venetian Taverna is closing its doors on March 5. Chris Holston purchased Bacaro from Corrado Fasano within the past few

Gardner said the bill would make it difficult for attorneys to have candid conversations with their clients and it would soak up judge’s use of time. “This bill, more than any that has come before us, in my view is such an assault on public policy that it deserves the debate,” he said. But Rep. Mike McLachlan, D-Durango, said the “hysteria” over that aspect of the bill is unwarranted and that the bill would lift the “mask of secrecy” from the goingson at school board meetings. “The public does not like secrecy,” he said. “The public does not support secrecy in any governmental body.” That sentiment was expressed by a few witnesses who testified during a Feb. 3 House committee hearing. Shawna Fritzler, the mother of a Jefferson County student, said the school board there ought to be more transparent and that its members are losing the public’s confidence. “On one level it’s ironic for every board that keeps the public in the dark and out of board meetings, they’re also asking for more involvement,” she said. “It’s scaring teachers, parents and community members. And that impacts the children in our schools.” The bill had its share of critics at the same committee hearing. Debbie Lammers, a St. Vrain Valley School District board member, said it’s unfair that the bill only targets school boards, but not other governing bodies. Last year’s version of the bill included city councils and other bodies into the mix, but it did not have the support inside the Capitol. The three House Democrats who voted against this year’s effort were Reps. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village; Rep. Diane Mitsh Bush, D-Steamboat Springs; and Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver. Pabon, a lawyer, seemingly argued in favor of the bill the day before the final vote, but he said that his no vote was ultimately based on his belief that the bill would create a slippery slope that would do harm to attorney-client privacy. The bill now heads to the Senate.

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students. Yay! On The Town Junior, although not a fashion student, graduated from DSA.

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YOUR WEEK & MORE THURSDAY/FEB. 20 MEET THE ARTIST Meet artist Melinda Stewart 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Kataluma Chai, 7300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Melinda’s exploration of the human heart form in her sculpture gives one a renewed appreciation of this organ as the system necessary for life and as the spirituality connecting us to one another. The event, presented by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission, is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Milly Nadler at THURSDAY/FEB. 20 CHILI COOK-OFF Golden High School’s PTA plans its chili cook-off and silent auction 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the school cafeteria. Make a great chili? Awards will be given to the top chili in each of four categories: green, red, white and vegetarian. Cooks attend for free; tasters must buy tickets. Then find deals at the silent auction. This is the school’s major fundraiser of the year. Last year, money raised paid for $500 scholarships and more than $1,700 in classroom grants for equipment and supplies. Register to bring your chili or buy tickets online at There also is a link on the high school website; look for chili cook-off and silent auction. THURSDAY/FEB. 20 MEET ARTIST Sculptor Melinda Stewart’s exploration of the

human heart form closes out the season for the Wheat Ridge Meet the Artist series. The event is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Kataluma Chai, 7300 W. 38th Ave. Light refreshments will be served. The Meet the Artist series is organized by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission as a way to introduce artists and businesses to the community in a casual setting that promotes the arts in Wheat Ridge. Contact Milly Nadler at millynadler@

THURSDAY/FEB. 20 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT As the longest-serving first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was both outspoken and, at times, quite controversial. Join Active Minds 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, as we examine her life and the impact it had on important causes such as human rights and the successful launch of the United Nations. Event is free and takes place at the Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S. Pierce St., Lakewood. RSVP to 303-742-4800. THURSDAY/FEB. 20 PARENTS OF prodigals Many parents struggle with children

who have departed from the family and from the church. To speak to the pain of these parents and to answer some basic questions from a biblical point of view, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church is again offering Parents of Prodigals, a 4-week course led by

Pastor Hellmers based on a booklet produced by The Lutheran Hour Ministries. The course is 7-8 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 20 to March 23 at the church, 13119 W. 20th Ave., Golden. There is no cost to attend. Call the church at 303-233-5658, or e-mail

FRIDAY/FEB. 21 SILENT AUCTION The Apex PRD Foundation Sweetheart

silent auction is from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Indian Tree Clubhouse, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd. Tickets include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. For information or to purchase tickets call Barb McEahern at 720-320-0822 or visit foundation.

FRIDAY/FEB. 21 FILM FESTIVAL The Colorado Environmental Film Festival will have a Best of the Fests screening Friday, Feb. 21, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. The festival will feature a curated selection of films from the festival’s first eight years. A party at Mountain Toad Brewing will follow the final film, at about 9 p.m. A donation will be collected at the door. For details, visit The festival is at 15240 S. Golden Road, Golden. Call 303-279-9070.  FRIDAY/FEB. 21 BAND DEADLINE Jam Out Hunger is seeking area high school bands for its first battle of the bands. Deadline for entries is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21; judges will select six high school bands to compete on Friday, May 16, at the Arvada Center. Visit www. FRIDAY/FEB. 21 through March 8 THEATER SHOW Coal Creek Theater of Louisville will open

its 25th season Friday, Feb. 21, with Deborah Brevoort’s “The Women of Lockerbie,” directed by Larisa Netterlund. The show runs weekends through March 8 at the Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. Visit for information and tickets. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets available at www.cctlouisville. org or by calling 303-665-0955.

get 100 percent of donations. Those who cannot make it are encouraged to make a direct donation. Pick-ups are at 3 p.m. at King Soopers at 80th and Sheridan in Arvada; and at 3:30 p.m. at the Denver West parking lot at 1746 Cole Blvd., Building 21, Lakewood. The return bus will leave the Reserve Casino at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, or for more information, email LittlePTSA@ or sign up and pay at go/5080D48AFAF23A57-funraiser2.

SATURDAY/FEB. 22 QUARTET CONCERT The Lakewood Cultural Center presents the Brubeck Brothers Quartet performing a Tribute to Dave Brubeck at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22. Tickets on sale at www., by calling 303-987-7845 or at the box office, 470 S. Allison Parkway. SATURDAY/FEB. 22 LEGISLATIVE FORUM The Audubon/Sierra Club annual legislative forum is 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at First Plymouth Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. The forum is a chance to meet legislators and learn about the hot environmental topics that the General Assembly is working on. Continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by comments from Audubon and Sierra Club lobbyists. Panel on water issues at 10:15 a.m., lunch at noon, and discussion with invited legislators at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Register and pay online at, or call 303-973-9530. You also can send payment to: ASGD, 9308 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton, CO 80128. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY/FEB. 22-23 QUILT AUCTION Family in Christ presents a quilt auction 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and from 9-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at 11355 N. Sheridan Blvd., Westminster. Proceeds go to the quilt ministry group, which creates about 50 quilts a year to donate to local agencies for people in crisis, such as Family Tree, The Gathering Place, Maple Star Colorado. Call 303-466-7770. SATURDAY/FEB. 22, FEB. 28 DOCUMENTARY SHOWING Contemplative Outreach of

FOREVER PLAID Evergreen Chorale presents “Forever Plaid” from Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, March 9, at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen. Purchase tickets online at www. or call 303-674-4002. Suitable for all ages.

Colorado will show the newly released documentary, “Thomas Keating, A Rising Tide of Silence,” a moving portrait of one of the most influential living spiritual leaders of our times, from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Center for Contemplative Living, 3650 Yates St., Denver. Donations accepted. Refreshments will be served.



CASINO TRIP Little Elementary PTSA plans a casino bus trip to Central City on Saturday, Feb. 22, to help raise money for a new school playground. The bus will go to the Reserve Casino, and if more than 35 people sign up, the playground fund will

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

FRIDAY/FEB. 21 to March 9

SUNDAY/FEB. 23 FARMERS’ MARKET The Arvada Farmers Market presents the indoor winter market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 23. The Indoor Market will feature more than 20 vendors with jams, breads, meat, honey, produce, eggs, and homemade items. The market is at DiCicco’s Schoolhouse, 5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. SUNDAY/FEB. 23 BRIDAL FAIR The Applewood Bridal Fair is from noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23, in the ballroom at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. The fair is free. Vendors specializing in music and entertainment, floral design, gowns and dresses, photography, party rentals, financial planning, tuxedo rentals and more will be on hand. Prize drawings will also be held. Brides can register at All brides who register will be entered into a prize drawing that will be held the day of the event. The fair is sponsored by A to Z Rental Center and the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. For information, call 303-231-1300 or visit


Friends. Artist Natasha McConnachie, of Golden, will display illustrations from her book “Kitty Cat Finds a Home.” Local artist Robin Lacey will have handmade cards with 100 percent of her profits going to DFL. The opening party is Sunday, Feb. 23, but you can drop by, see the art and put in bid anytime. Closing bid party will be March 23.

SUNDAY/FEB. 23; MARCH 2, MARCH 9 SWIM CLINIC Join the Golden Marlins for its spring swim program starting Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Golden Recreation Center. For more than 50 years, the Golden Marlins swim team has been available to all Golden area children. You need not be part of our swim team; our clinics are about improving your stroke, having fun and exercise! Ages 9 and younger will practice 6-7 p.m.; ages 10 and older will practice 7-8 p.m. We will also offer a post ski season 4-week session beginning Sunday, April 6. Registration forms and information are available at MONDAY/FEB. 24, FEB. 26 MBA PROGRAM Those interested in the University of Colorado Executive MBA program can attend one of several information sessions; at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Vista at Applewood Golf Course, Golden; and at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Registration can be accessed at TUESDAY/FEB. 25 ART LEAGUE The Wheat Ridge Art League will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave., Wheat Ridge. After the business meeting, Dorothy DePaulo will present a demonstration using colored pencil on mylar. Anyone in the Denver area is welcome to come and learn new art ideas and meet other artists. Further information? Contact 303-2788247 or 303-421-1356, or or t.f.douglass@ TUESDAY/FEB. 25 LIFETREE CAFÉ God and homosexuality will be explored at Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, “God and Gays: An Hour of Civil Conversation” features the filmed stories of Jeff Chu, author of “Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America,” and Christopher Yuan, author of “Out of a Far Country.” Participants in the Lifetree program will have the opportunity to discuss issues relating to homosexuality and faith in a safe, caring environment. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@ WEDNESDAY/FEB. 26 BAOBOA FESTIVAL Regis University hosts the BaoBoa Festival 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Claver Recital Hall on the Lowell Campus, 3333 Lowell Blvd., Denver. The festival features performances inspired by West African tradition and culture. Performers from across Colorado and around the world are featured in song, drumming and theatrical dancing. To purchase tickets or for more information go to WEDNESDAY/FEB. 26, MARCH 13, MARCH 25, APRIL 10, APRIL 30 HEALTH CLASSES Bridges Integrative Health and Wellness at Lutheran Medical Center is offering community health and wellness services and classes in February at 8300 W. 38th Ave. Free parking is available. Space is limited. Go to or call 303-425-2262 to register or for information and costs. Upcoming classes are: AROMATHERAPY, 6-7:30 p.m. last Wednesday, Aromatherapy II: Power of Plants for Emotional Balance, Feb. 26); Aromatherapy III: Sacred Scents & Essential Oils (March 26); Aromatherapy IV: Herbal Infused Honey (April 30). BASIC FOAM Rolling, for flexibility and injury prevention, 5:307 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. STRESS RELIEF monthly workshop series, 6-8 p.m. every second Thursday: Being a Perfectionist isn’t Perfect (March 13); Mind-Body Connection (April 10). WEDNESDAY/FEB. 26 JAZZ EVENT Café Del Sol presents Jazz Over Easy, featuring Marti Henry on trombone and his swinging friends, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 608 Garrison St., Lakewood. Reserve a table now; call 303-238-7999 for reservations and information.



BOOK LAUNCH Author Paula Burger will launch her new Holocaust memoir, “Paula’s Window: Papa, the Bielski Partisans and A Life Unexpected,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Denver Public Library, downtown branch. Burger’s book chronicles her personal childhood journey through the Holocaust and her triumph over trauma through art and the love of her family. The launch is presented by the Mizel Museum and Denver Public Library, and it is free and open to the public. Andrea Jacobs, senior writer at the Intermountain Jewish News, co-write the memoir. At 2 p.m., Fresh City Life will host “Laughter and Tears: A Klezmer Concert” to coincide with the book launch. Clarinetist Joe Lukasik will perform. Event information is available at www.mizelmuseum. org, or by calling Deanne Kapnik, director of special events and projects, at 303-749-5019 or email

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

SUNDAY/FEB. 23, MARCH 23 ART AUCTION Wildcat Coffee, on the northwest corner of Simms and 64th, plans a silent art auction and show to benefit the Dumb Friends League. The theme of the show is Furry

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

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February 20, 2014

magazine ammo ban repeal efforts fail GOP lawmaker takes heat for comments made about Aurora shooting By Vic Vela As expected, Republican efforts to repeal a law that limits ammunition magazine rounds failed in majority Democrat legislative committees last week. But one of the hearings produced unexpected comments from a lawmaker who would end up having to do some damage control over his remarks concerning events that took place during the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. Sen. Bernie Herpin, R-Colorado Springs, told the Senate’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Feb. 12 that it may have been a “good thing” that Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes was carrying a 100-round ammunition magazine because it jammed. “If he had instead had four, five, six 15-round magazines, no telling how much damage he could have done until a good

guy showed up,” Herpin told committee members. Herpin was trying to make the point that larger capacity magazines are unreliable and that fewer people were killed or injured because Holmes’ weapon jammed. He later apologized for coming across as being insensitive. Herpin’s comments were met with outrage by Tom Sullivan, the father of 27-yearold Alex Sullivan, who was one of 12 people who were killed in the July 2012 Aurora theater shooting. “I’ve had a lot of thoughts since July 20, 2012, and I can tell you that I never have once thought that it was better that that man walked into that theater with a 100-round drum, and opened fire on the over 200 people that were in that theater,” Sullivan said. Herpin is a freshman senator who won a recall election against John Morse last fall. Morse, who at the time was Senate president, was one of three Democratic lawmakers who were either voted out of office or resigned in the face of recall elections over their votes on gun bills last year. Herpin isn’t the only lawmaker who has raised eyebrows for comments having to

do with gun legislation. Last year, Rep. Joe Salazar and then-Sen. Evie Hudak, both Democrats, made comments regarding rape and gun violence that, like Herpin’s comments last week, made national headlines. Herpin was in front of the committee to sponsor a bill that sought to repeal a law from last year that banned ammunition magazines from carrying more than 15 rounds. The bill was one of two GOP-sponsored repeals that failed at the Legislature last week, each one falling on party-line votes in the Democrat-led General Assembly. Two days earlier, a House committee rejected a separate effort sponsored by Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, which also sought to repeal the magazine limit law. Holbert argued that limiting the number of rounds in a magazine is arbitrary and does nothing to promote public safety. “This legislation doesn’t make us safer,” Holbert said. “It doesn’t limit a criminal’s ability to do something monstrous. All it does is punish a law-abiding citizen.” But Democrats and other supporters of magazine limits say the law saves lives because the fewer rounds that a killer can get

off, the less damage they can cause. The law was drafted in response to recent mass shootings like the one in Aurora and at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School the same year. Jane Dougherty’s sister, Mary Sherlock, was a school psychologist who was killed during the Sandy Hook massacre. “Twenty-six souls were lost in fewer than 11 minutes that Friday morning,” Dougherty said. “We hear over and over again about gun owners having their rights taken away from them. … I ask you, `What about my sister’s rights?’” In a nod to the ramifications from last year’s recall efforts, Holbert tried to appeal to Democrats on the committee to seize the “political opportunity” by supporting his repeal bill. “Are you willing to risk political capital?” Holbert said. “I ask you to please keep an open mind.” But Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, took exception to Holbert’s comments. “I don’t think we should be making a decision based on what’s politically expedient or politically smart,” Foote said.

Public health looks to improve county lifestyle By Amy Woodward

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awoodward@ Jefferson County Public Health is showing dedication to the well-being of county residents through a community health improvement plan. The plan, CHIP for short, is based on a recently completed health assessment that gave public health workers a personalized look into the county’s health status. The undertaking took a little over a year but upon completion Jeffco Public Health released a 76-page county health assessment detailing the components of health and reporting the latest county health stats including triumphs and failings. “We have a lot of work to do to educate the community of what we need to be doing and work together so that we can improve our rates,” said Ana Marin Cachu, epidemiologist for Jeffco Public Health. Obesity rates for adults in Jeffco have grown 58 percent in the last 10 years, according to the assessment. “What we know is that chronic disease in the population is going up very quickly and Jefferson County is not the exception,” Cachu said. “Our obesity rates are lower than the nation but that doesn’t mean they are not going up.” Diabetes in adults has grown an alarming 89 percent as well in the last 10 years. Cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes are the top three leading causes of death for Jeffco citizens. But as Cachu pointed out, data collected revealed the county’s health problems

• In 2011, 12.2 percent of Jeffco children under the age of 18 lived in families below the federal poverty line, i.e., a family of four makes $22,000 a year or less. • A family of four can make almost $44,000 and still qualify for reduced lunches. • An estimated 31 percent of Jeffco students qualify for a free or reduced lunch. but did little to provide any solutions. That is where CHIP can help improve things with the help of many county partners including local hospitals, Jeffco Center for Mental Health, Jeffco Open Space, grocery stores and local recreation centers. “We really looked at what are the underlying risk factors for these diseases,” Erika Jerme, health planner at Jeffco Public Health said. After meeting with county partners and receiving community input, county public health was able to narrow underlying risks to three factors; lack of exercise, poor diet and psychosocial stresses. In fact the assessment revealed that 40 percent of our health is based on our social surroundings and economic opportunities. “Our health starts in the places where we live, learn, work and play,” Jerme said. “So many little decisions we make in our day over our life span shape our health.” Although it is the goal of Jeffco Public Health to implement CHIP in a way to improve everyone’s health, the assessment showed that low-income families with children ages 0 to 18 are at the greatest risk for developing diabetes, obesity, cancer or cardiovascular disease due to poor diet, lack of exercise and psychoso-

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ships with schools to discuss these issues. “Investing in the health of children will help set these children up for a lifetime of better health,” Jerme said. Jeffco Public Health hopes to have an action plan by the summer but will continue to work with partners this year to organize strategies for CHIP. For more information about CHIP and to access the county health assessment visit the Healthy People Healthy Places Jeffco website

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D’Evelyn outlasts Golden for league championship Demons lead late but title experience big late for Jaguars By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ GOLDEN — D’Evelyn did it again. Despite leading going into the fourth quarter No. 10 Golden was defeated by No. 4 D’Evelyn 52-47 Tuesday at Golden High School. The win clinched a third consecutive 4A Jeffco league title for the Jaguars, who beat the Demons for the second time in three meetings this season. Golden led 40-39 going into the fourth quarter but D’Evelyn had an unsung hero step up down the stretch when they needed it the most. Christian Denton had only five total points and didn’t make a single field goal in the game for the Jaguars. But the D’Evelyn junior got to the free throw line repeatedly, including twice in the game’s final minute. Denton sank five of his six free throw attempts and was 4-for-4 in the final 60 seconds of what was one of the tightest played games either team played all season. The Jaguars’ horses in senior Ty McGee and junior Grant Witherspoon also both had big nights to fuel their team. McGee scored 21 points and Witherspoon scored 15 points and added four rebounds, four assists and four steals. The Demons, heartbroken after the loss, felt like they let a league title slip through their fingers. They also felt like they were good enough to win the game because they already beat D’Evelyn 77-67 on Dec. 7. Moreover, Golden out-rebounded

Golden’s Jake McCormick is forced to fight off a pair of physical D’Evelyn defenders Tuesday night at Golden High School. Photo by Daniel Williams D’Evelyn 33-15. All of those extra possessions kept Golden in the game, but the Jaguars experience in big game situations benefited them Tuesday night. Golden sophomore Ryan Blodgett had a huge stat line in the loss, finishing with

25 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Jake McCormick added 11 points. Still, both teams are headed to the playoffs and both have the goods to make some noise once they get there. D’Evelyn (17-4) finished a perfect 12-0

in league play. They will wrap up their regular season Friday at Arvada at 7 p.m. Golden (17-4, 10-2 in 4A Jeffco) will wrap up their regular season schedule when they play at Wheat Ridge Friday at 7 p.m.

Evergreen beats D’Evelyn, field for state title Cougars snap Thompson Valley’s steak of four straight titles By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ coloradocommunity FORT COLLINS — Evergreen finally put all the pieces together. After being one of the best 4A teams in the state for several seasons they are now able to call themselves 4A swimming and diving state champions after dominating the field Saturday at Edora Pool Ice Center. Evergreen beat 30 other teams including D’Evelyn to capture a state title with 332.50 team points which was 88.50 points higher

than second place Thompson Valley who finished with 244 points. Cheyenne Mountain finished third as a team with 233.50 points followed by D’Evelyn who fared very well finishing in fourth with 208 points. Rounding out 4A Jeffco was Golden who finished tied for 25th place with 21 points. Green Mountain finished in 28th place with eight points and Wheat Ridge finished in 31st place with one point. But it was the Cougars, who finished second and third during the last two state championships, who overwhelmed everyone at the meet. There is no meet MVP award, but if it existed, it would go to Evergreen’s Lindsay Morrow.

Morrow won a state title in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.69 which was just .06 seconds off of her own 4A state record. Morrow was also a part of Evergreen’s champion 200-yard medley relay team (1:48.28). The victory for Evergreen took the crown away from Thompson Valley who had won the previous four state championships. D’Evelyn also represented Jeffco well, getting near winning performances for multiple swimmers. The Jaguars’ Colleen Olson finished second in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle, Jacinda Whittenburg took second in the 200yard IM and Breanna Bushey took second in the 100-yard butterfly.

D’Evelyn has several speedy swimmers but none quicker than Colleen Olson shown here slicing through the water on Saturday. Photo by Daniel Williams

A-West dominates region, pomona finished second By Daniel Williams

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Arvada West’s Darion Thomas Trujillo pictured here mere moments away from him pinning his opponent Saturday at Bear Creek High School. Photo by Daniel Williams

THORNTON - After a memorable round of 5A regional’s the Colorado high school state wrestling brackets were announced on Sunday. The state wrestling tournament will start Thursday with the finals playing out Saturday at the Pepsi Center. The reigning 5A state champs Pomona took second in 5A Region 1 with 182.5 team points which was held over the weekend at Cherokee Trail High School. Ponderosa won the region with 271 points. The Panthers qualified seven wrestlers to compete at the state tournament and had three different wrestlers win their region including Tomas Gutierrez (39-0) who won by major decision over Cherokee Trail’s Danny Constant 35-3 at 106 pounds. Lakewood took fifth out of 16 schools finishing with 105.5 team points. Arvada West dominated Region 4 which

was held at Bear Creek High School. The Wildcats are sending 11 different wrestlers to the state tourney finished with 295 team points a full 100 points ahead of second place Chaparral. Five A-West wrestlers won their weight class, starting with Jimmy Rothwell at 138 pounds and ending with Tony Silva-Bussey (33-5) who won by decision over Denver East’s Khyre Burns 16-10 at 170 pounds. Bear Creek finished sixth with 100 points and will send three to the state tournament and Ralston Valley finished 11th with 79 points. The Bears’ iconic senior P.T. Garcia (38-0) dominated his bracket once again winning by decision over Arvada West’s Bennie Pachello (32-7) 8-4 at 132 pounds. What also made regional’s tough this weekend was the many seniors who did not qualify for the state tournament and wrestled their last match in their high school careers. Complete brackets of wrestlers in every weight class can be found at www2.CHSAA. org.


S Ralston Valley ready for another title run February 20, 2014

Mustangs head into tournament a perfect 19-0 By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@colorado ARVADA — Ralston Valley’s run at another hockey state championship starts Friday as the 2013-2014 CHSAA Ice Hockey Championship bracket was announced on Sunday. The top ranked Mustangs will host Pueblo County Friday at Apex Ice Arena. The Hornets (9-8-2, 6-7 in Peak league play) will try and upset Ralston Valley behind a pair of elite scorers in Isaac Ruybal who scored 20 goals and had 13 assists in 15 games this season. In addition, Pueblo County’s Matt Peters scored 19 goals and added nine assists in 13 games this season. But even if the pair gets hot they would need additional help to beat the reigning state champions. Ralston Valley is unbeaten this season going 19-0 and a perfect 14-0 in Foothills league play.

The Mustangs have overwhelmed nearly every opponent they have faced this season scoring 110 goals — averaging almost six goals per game — and recording 154 assists. But both of Pueblo Country’s top scorers have scored more goals than Ralston Valley’s top pair of scorers. The Mustangs’ Greg Dyba scored 17 goals and had 19 assists, and Victor Lombardi scored 17 points and added 11 assists this season. In addition, Ralston Valley is deep with talent as 12 different players record double-digit point totals this season. The Mustangs also feature one of the state’s best goaltenders in Zach LaRocque. LaRocque 191 saved this season good for a 1.076 goals against per game average. LaRocque and his two backup goaltenders also recorded nine shutouts this season. While Ralston Valley is expected to roll, Pueblo County is a better team than their record indicates. The Hornets didn’t lose until the eighth game they played this season and they closed their season out winning three of their past four.

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Ralston Valley’s Greg Dyba leads the break during one of the Mustangs’ 19 wins during their 5-1 win over Steamboat Springs on Friday. Photo by Daniel Williams

Mustangs push but Regis wins 5A swim title Ralston Valley finishes tied as state’s fourth best team By Daniel Williams dwilliams@ THORNTON — Jeffco proudly represented but it was Regis Jesuit that took home the 5A state swimming and diving title Saturday at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. Regis’ point total of 254.50 was just a little bit better than runner up Fairview who finished just 6.50 points behind the Raiders with a team score of 248 points. Fossil Ridge finished in third place with 220 points, and Ralston Valley and Cherry

Creek finished tied for fourth place with both with 143 points. Rounding out Jeffco was Arvada West who finished 19th with 33 points, Pomona finished in 22nd place with 31 points and Lakewood finished in 23rd place with 24 points. But Regis shined the brightest and swam the fastest winning four events including the 200-yard medley relay, diving, 200-yard free relay and the 400-yard free relay. Arapahoe’s Ella Moynihan won the 200yard freestyle in 1:49.55, Loveland’s Brooke Hansen won the 200-yard IM in 2:01.68, and ThunderRidge’s Annie Ochitwa won both the 50-yard freestyle in 23.11 and then the 100-yard freestyle in 49.92. In addition, Fossil Ridge’s Bailey Nero won the 100-yard butterfly in 54.46, Boul-

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54.79. Also, Ralston Valley’s Madeline Myers finished second in the 200-yard IM in 2:01.76 and she earned another second place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:51.61. In addition, the Mustangs Mackenzie Atencio took fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke and Arvada West’s Morgan McCormick finished second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.46.


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der’s Amanda Richey won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:50.62, Rock Canyon’s Abigail Kochevar won the 100-yard backstroke in 54.99 and Fossil Ridge’s Bailey Kovac won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.19. But Ralston Valley was the Jeffco teams that best left a mark at the state championship meet. The Mustangs’ Erin MetzgerSeymour finished second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.72 and second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of

Amber Gary scored 22 points and Edina Krusko scored 13 points and three 3-pointers. Amy Lenneman scored six points for Bear Creek. Gary grabbed 21 rebounds and Courtney Vigil had five. Hunter Worthley had seven rebounds and four assists. Both Krusko and Kelly Lenneman had four rebounds. Amy Lenneman had five rebounds.



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FederAl eMplOyees The Lakewood Chapter of Retired and Active Federal Employees meets each second Tuesday at the Episcopal Church, 10th and Garrison. Call Ann Ornelas at 303-517-8558 with questions. WednesdAys AMericAn legiOn Auxiliary presents Burger Nite, 5-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday

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ArvAdA Biz Connection is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. A $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. For information, call Micki Carwin at 303-997-9098. entrepreneurs cluB The Lakewood Chapter Lutheran Entrepreneurs meets 8-9 a.m. on third Wednesdays at the Bethlehem Chapel Coffee House, located in the medical office building just south of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. The chapter coordinator is Denise Rolfsmeier. For more information, call 720-379-5889 or email Music teAchers Association Suburban Northwest meets 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meetings are open to the public and include refreshments, business meeting and program featuring music teaching professionals from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments. WOMen netWOrking Women’s Business Group Wednesday morning networking group in Arvada has openings for women who can commit to a weekly morning meeting. Limited to one business per category. Call for available openings, 303-4386783, or go online to prOFessiOnAl WOMen NW Metro Business and Professional Women meets the

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

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Heavy Equipment

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Horse & Tack Riding Horses Available Boarding, leasing, lessons, Birthday Parties, SUMMER CAMPS, Volunteering and Tours. Friends of Horses Rescue & Adoption 303-649-1155


Wanted Cash for all Cars and Trucks Under $1000 Running or not. Any condition



14 Ct Sapphire diamond ring princess cut, size 6 yellow gold barley worn $800 303-470-0485 no calls after 8pm

DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK, BOAT, RV; Running or not, to Tax deductible! 303-659-8086. 14 years of service

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Top Cash Paid for Junk Cars Up to $500 720-333-6832

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Old vacuum sucking up space in the closet? Odds and ends collecting dust? Kids have out-grown some of their toys? Odds are, somebody else can put your old stuff to good use. Make sure they know all about it with an ad in the Classifieds!

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NEW Brighton School Open House! Feb. 23rd, Noon - 2pm at 30 S. 20th Ave. Come, Tour and Meet the Teaching Staff 8 Saturdays ONLY! Class starts March 8th.

Misc. Notices

Split & Delivered $225 Stacking available extra $25 Some delivery charges may apply depending on location. Hauling scrap metal also available (appliances, batteries etc.) Call 303-647-2475 or 720-323-2173

Need a piece of great quality used equipment? United Rentals has hundreds of pieces of equipment to choose from. Anything from generators and scissorlifts to skid steers and forklifts. We carry it all! For information or to obtain a quote on a piece of equipment please call: Krystal Cox 303-513-6016 or KRCOX@UR.COM

Electric Bicycles & Mopeds No Gas, Drivers License, registration, or Insurance needed to use. Call to schedule a FREE test ride 303-257-0164


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Parker Location $25/half-hour $45/hour Call Stacey at 303 990-1595.

Help Wanted

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


25 DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Learn to drive for Swift Transportation at US Truck. Earn $750 per week! CDL & Job Ready in 3 weeks! 1-800-809-2141

HELP WANTED - DRIVERS PAID CDL TRAINING! No Experience Needed! Stevens Transport will sponsor the cost of your CDL training! Earn up to $40K first year - $70K third year! Excellent benefits! EOE 888-993-8043


Buy a statewide classified line ad in newspapers across Colorado for just $250 per week. Maximize results with our Frequency Deals! Contact this newspaper or call SYNC2 Media at 303-571-5117 APC Construction CO., LLC is looking for applications for the following positions: Class A&B CDL Drivers- experience required Asphalt Plant Operator Experienced Miners Heavy Equipment Operators Experienced Asphalt Equipment Operators APC Construction is an EEO employer with competitive pay, excellent benefits package and 401K. Please apply in person at

14802 W. 44th Avenue Golden, CO 80403

No Sales, no Investment, No Risk, Free training, Free website. Contact Susan at 303-646-4171 or fill out form at Medical Tech/or MLT Full time for pediatric office in Highlands Ranch and Ken Caryl area. Fax resume to Nita @ 303-791-7756


Need Flexibility?

Work with people with disabilities, assist with shopping, recreation, and socialization. Great Job! Positions in Jefferson & Denver Counties EOE 303-650-1914 Visa U.S.A. Inc., a Visa Inc. company, currently has openings in our Highlands Ranch, Colorado location for Product Managers (#140526) to define project scope and business (functional and nonfunctional) requirements, identify benefits and risks, and manage all pre- and post-release aspects (delivery, reporting, documentation, training, support, marketing, and legal and regulatory issues) of major and minor development projects related to areas of product ownership. Some travel may be required to work on projects at various, unanticipated sites throughout the United States. Apply online at & reference Job#. EOE

Valet Attendant openings in Black Hawk CO. Valet Attendant openings for local Casino’s in Black Hawk. Properties are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, year round with positions available on ALL shifts. Weekend availability is preferred and flexible schedules are available. Candidates must be 18 years of age with a valid Driver’s License and be able to pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen. Individuals should apply online at for immediate consideration.

Kennel Tech:

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


RN Weekend Supervisor - Full-time position

available. Must be a Colorado-licensed RN with geriatric nursing and supervisory experience. Apply to Restorative CNA - Full-time position available. Must be a Colorado-certified nursing assistant with restorative care experience. Apply to


2987 Bergen Peak Dr.

Can you spot a business opportunity? Because we have one for you!

The Denver Post is looking for dependable adults to deliver newspapers in the metro area. Need reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance. Early morning hours, seven days per week.

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Savio House needs foster parents to provide temporary care for troubled teens ages 12-18. Training, 24 hour support and $1900/month provided. Must complete precertification training and pass a criminal and motor vehicle background check. Call Michelle 303-225-4073 or visit Direct Mail Publication has an opening for a Sales Associate. Must have ad sales experience. Send resume to

Help Wanted Kleen-Tech Services has Janitor openings in Castle Rock Must be flexible, reliable & pass background check $9 - $10/hr 1-866-385-0672

Schmidt Construction

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


Help Wanted Drivers wanted to transport railroad crews in the Denver area. Paid training, benefits, & company vehicle provided. Starting pay $.20 per mile or $9.00 per hour while waiting. Apply online at

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