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Passport to a summer of nature City encourages families to get outside By Clarke Reader creader@colorado communitymedia.com Lakewood has more than 70 parks for residents to wander through and enjoy, and no time is better for a stroll through a park than summer. To encourage residents to sample the earthly delights available to them the city is hosting its sixth annual Passport to the Parks program. The program is running through August and costs $5 per person or $10 per family
IF YOU GO WHAT: Passport to the Parks WHERE: All 70 of Lakewood’s parks WHEN: Through August COST: $5 per person, $10 per family INFORMATION: www.Lakewood.org/PassportParks
to register. Included in the cost is: a passport booklet with park highlights and histories; park mileage guides and maps; discounts for Lakewood events; draw-string backpack; and free recreation center and Surfside Spray Park pass. Residents can register at any Lakewood recreation center.
“We’re really trying to make this event as inclusive as possible,” said Brent Berniger, coordinator of the event. “We want to make it more of a collaborative effort, so we’re working with groups like Kaiser Permanente to get more involved.” According to Kim Palmer, a member of the city’s marketing department, while participants are encouraged to visit as many parks as possible, there are 10 parks that are being highlighted in the passport with special information and activities. At these 10 parks are stations where participants can get their passport stamped. “For the kids we have things like word searches and little scavenger hunts,” Palmer said. “For adults we have history and family hikes.”
On Saturday, July 26, the city will be throwing a celebration event at Addenbrooke Park, 600 S. Kipling Pkwy, which will feature zumba, K-9 police unit demonstrations and prizes for people who have visited the most parks. “We want to offer the kinds of things families in the community want,” Palmer said. Berniger said that last year around 250 people participated in the program, and the city is hoping to meet or beat that goal. “The program is going to be ever-evolving as it moves forward,” he said. “Next year we may host some scheduled events to get more people out in our parks.” For more information, visit www.Lakewood.org/PassportParks.
Nicolais, Sanchez vie for SD 22 Federal Center starts fifth season of farmers market By Clarke Reader
creader@colorado communitymedia.com The Federal Center can sound like an intimidating place, but venture inside on Thursdays through the end of August and shoppers looking for fresh foods or a delicious lunch will find the perfect market. WHAT: Federal The fifth season Center farmers of Lakewood’s only market weekday market WHERE: will be at BicenBicentennial Park tennial Park in the in Federal Center, Federal Center, W. 6th Ave. W. 6th Ave. and and Kipling St., Kipling St., 11 a.m. Lakewood to 1 p.m. through WHEN: Thursdays Aug. 28. through Aug. 28 “After last year’s 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. markets we had COST: Free employees paradmission ticipate in surveys INFORMATION: about what they www.gsa.gov/ would like to see dfcfarmersmarket at the market and started planning around that,” said Lauren Trenc, market manager. “The market has been a great success, and it’s great that we’re getting more people who don’t work here but want to come see what we have to offer.” The farmers market features local vendors who bring their fresh produce, jams and jellies, breads
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creader@colorado communitymedia.com In the coming Republican primary for Senate district 22, the decision about who will face Democrat Andy Kerr in November comes down to Mario Nicolais and Tony Sanchez.
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Vendors and food trucks at the Federal Center farmers markets, which are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays this summer. Photos by Clarke Reader
Nicolais, a lifelong Jeffco resident, attended all Lakewood-area schools — Devinny Elementary, Dunstan Middle School, and Green Mountain High School — and said his knowledge of the community is his key asset. “When residents want someone to represent the area, they want people who know that area,” he said. Nicolais has a history of working on Republican and conservative issues and races. He was a law partner with current Secretary of State Scott Gessler and was appointed to the State Reapportionment commission by former Senate Majority Leader Mike Kopp in 2011. “I have actual experience in running campaigns — particularly Jeffco campaigns — and have a deep connection this community,” he said. Nicolais said that Kerr’s extreme liberalism compared to what the voters in the area want are what encouraged him to throw his hat in the ring. “I have the most experience in the area SD continues on Page 2
Vendors and food trucks at the Federal Center farmers markets, which are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays this summer.
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Stormy weather isn’t limited to outdoors Now that I am officially starting my 19th year in Colorado, I think I am finally appreciating the finicky and unpredictable weather that blesses us every season of every year. Maybe it’s my short or foggy memory, but I cannot seem to remember a season with more weather fluctuation since I have moved here. I have traveled professionally and frequently since relocating here from New Jersey, so maybe 2014 is just another typical and ever-changing year here in colorful Colorado, and I’m just not used to all the seasonal changes and storms. But, it’s really not the weather that I want to talk about today, as crazy and volatile as it may be. Instead, I want to focus on another topic that could be considered just as wild and sometimes as unpredictable … our children. As another Father’s Day has come and gone, I am reminded of the roller-coaster ride of parenting my own children over these past 25 years. My youngest will hit
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and coffees. Shoppers can peruse the wares of Char’s Gourmet Jalapeno Jelly, Wildtree, Church of Cupcakes and New Rise Sourdough Bakery, among nearly a dozen others. “We use word of mouth and relation-
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and I will listen to the voters,” he said. “I will work hard for them every single day.”
20 in September, so I will officially be out of the teenage era. You know — the one where we move from being seen as smart, brave, funny, and even from time to time goofy mom or dad … to that place where children become embarrassed to be seen with us, deny our existence, and find our sense of humor less funny with each passing corny joke or request for them to pull their pants up above the waist. But I digress. If you are a parent, a friend of parent, an outsider looking in on a parenting
situation, then you know exactly what that crazy and unpredictable forecast looks like during those teenage years — don’t you? “Mostly sunny today with a chance of drama,” or “Clear skies in the morning with a lack of respect and appreciation showing up around 3 p.m.” And then there is always this one: “The wind will pick up in the early evening, bringing with it a storm front of entitlement and selfishness.” I find a certain beauty and wonder when experiencing the changes in attitudes and behaviors of my children. It is exasperating at times, almost to the point where I’d consider quitting the job of being a dad. But it is also an incredible blessing that keeps me on my toes, astounds me with both their exciting events and little achievements, and it fills me with pride to be a dad even in the midst of their drama, life challenges and experiences, and just every time I am blessed enough to lay my eyes upon them. So let’s remember that crazy, wild,
volatile, and unpredictable storms of life will happen. Not may happen, but will happen. And when we embrace the chaos and challenges that our children bring us, love them unconditionally anyway, our umbrella of love will get us through any storm that comes our way. What’s your forecast looking like? I would love to hear all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org. And as we see our storms as blessings, it really will be a better than good week.
ships we’ve built to pull these different vendors,” Trenc said. “We like it so much here because it gets people out of their offices for a little while and gives them some vitamin D.” In accordance with the results of the survey, there are a variety of food trucks on hand that are the perfect places to go for an outdoors lunch. Diners can sample the tastes of the Saffron Grill, Lauer Krauts and the Cilantro Truck, among others.
The Federal Center has free parking, shade landscaping and open-air pavilions for shoppers and diners. Trenc said the Federal Center market is a great market for people who get overwhelmed at some of the larger markets around town, and that applies not only to shoppers, but the vendors as well. “I started researching markets and this seemed like a good place to get a start,” said Liz Kushner, the founder and baker behind New Rise Sourdough Bak-
ery. She sells bread and cinnamon rolls at the market. “It took three solid days of baking to get ready and we’ve nearly sold out, so I will have to go bigger next time.” Kushner said she got her start baking for friends and families, and decided to give baking for markets a go. “It’s been a great experience here so far,” she said. For more information visit gsa.gov/dfcfarmersmarket.
Sanchez is a relative newcomer to Jeffco, having moved to Colorado from California three years ago. Sanchez said his unique background working in management of nonprofits gives him a unique perspective that would come to bear when serving in the senate. “The government should serve the people, not the other way around,” he said. “I
am not about talking — I am about getting things done.” Sanchez has been involved with the Colorado Hispanic Republicans and has worked on Republican races before. “It’s been an exciting process running the campaign so far, and I want to get people involved,” he said. “I really believe in getting people involved and voting.”
The impetus for Sanchez entering the public sphere was what Sanchez describes as gross government overreach, particularly in the last legislative session. He described Kerr as out of touch with residents. “We need less government and more liberty,” he said. “I am about boldness in action.”
Michael Norton is a resident of Highlands Ranch, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation and the CEO/founder of www.candogo.com.
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GoP analyst: ‘highly unlikely’ governor loses Republican gubernatorial primary a tough one to predict By Vic Vela
email@example.com A longtime Republican political analyst said he doesn’t know which of the four GOP contenders for governor will come out of next week’s primary — but it’s doubtful that any of them can beat Gov. John Hickenlooper in the fall. However, the four Republicans who are vying to unseat Hickenlooper take issue with that assessment. Bob Loevy, a retired Colorado College political science professor who has analyzed Colorado politics for decades, believes that Hickenlooper “remains the strong favorite” to win re-election in November, regardless of which candidate Republican voters select to face him in the June 24 primary. “Yes, this is an exciting primary, but what I take away from it is, at the moment, it’s highly unlikely any of these candidates can beat Hickenlooper,” said Loevy, a registered Republican. Voters ballots will have their ballots tallied next week for four Republican candidates next week: former Congressmen Bob Beauprez and Tom Tancredo; Secretary of State Scott Gessler; and former state Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp. Loevy said that it’s “almost impossible to say who is going to win.” “There is little basis on which to think which of these candidates stands out from the other,” he said. “The vote is going to be split. None are total non-entities... you can give a reason why each one of them might win and why each one might lose.” Regardless, Loevy believes that “none of these candidates have the asset of looking like a winner in November.” “The main criticism of (Hickenlooper) is he’s too moderate,” he said. “In that case you’re criticizing him for what wins elections.” But in recent interviews with Colorado Community Media that occurred prior to Loevy’s analysis, the GOP hopefuls pointed out plenty of areas where they see weaknesses in the governor’s record. Beauprez blasted Hickenlooper’s “failure of leadership” on several policy fronts. Tancredo said the governor “kicked the ball down the field” when he granted a temporary reprieve for death row inmate
Nathan Dunlap, who killed four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1996. Kopp said that Hickenlooper hasn’t provided leadership on the hot issue of local community control of hydraulic fracking. “He should stand up against the radical interests in his own party who want to shut down the oil and gas industry in the state,” Kopp said. And the candidates believe that Hickenlooper is anything but a moderate, having signed into law bills on gun control, election overhaul and civil unions, to name a few. “Look at Hickenlooper,” Gessler said. “He says he’s a moderate, that’s what he claims. And yet he signs the most liberal agenda in the history of Colorado.” But Loevy feels that the candidates from his own party have their own set of obstacles to overcome. Loevy said that Tancredo benefits from a split field because of a “set block of highly conservative Republican voters supporting him.” At the same time, Loevy wonders if voters might see Tancredo as unelectable, given his unabashed views on issues like immigration that could turn off moderate voters in the fall. Loevy said that Gessler has done an effective job in soliciting Republican voters through email, which has helped him in fundraising efforts. “But then Gessler, as we all know, has gotten bad press,” Loevy said, referring to a state ethics commission’s finding that he violated ethics rules for using state money to attend an out-of-state Republican event. Loevy said that Beauprez could very well win the nomination, but wonders if his double digit loss in a 2006 gubernatorial race to Bill Ritter still lingers in the minds of general election voters. And Kopp might be over his head, according to Loevy. “He just does not have, in my view, enough of a statewide reputation,” he said. “I think the office is way larger than a person with his qualifications can hope to win.” Hickenlooper could be vulnerable if we see a Republican wave sweep across the country in the fall, Loevy said. “Maybe in a giant Republican sweep someone might be able to win a close race against Hickenlooper,” he said. “Unless that happens, this is a race of theoretical interest.”
Go fish! Luca, 4, of Arvada went fishing with her mother, Molly, at the 14th annual Fishing Derby in Waterton Canyon on June 7. The event brought nearly 400 participants from around Colorado, including: Arvada, Aurora, Centennial, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lakewood, Windsor and even as far as Scottsbluff, Neb. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Denver West Trout Unlimited, West Metro Fire Dept., Jeffco Sheriff’s Dept., Lakewood Police, Colorado State Patrol and many others helped organize and run the event. Courtesy photo
EDUCATioN NEWs McMinimee starts Jeffco’s new superintendent, Daniel McMinimee, will officially be on the job July 1. McMinimee replaces Cindy Stevenson, who had been the district superintendent for the past 12 years. McMinimee comes to Jeffco from Douglas County, where he worked as a principal, director of schools and the assistant superintendent of secondary schools for a total of 12 years.
Collaborating to increase prospects
The Jefferson County Business Education Alliance and Jefferson County teachers are working together to help students gain workforce-ready skill sets. Through several outlets; classroom visits, internships, workshops; career fairs and job shadowing, students are developing key skills needed in today’s workforce. These outlets prepare students for experiences they’re likely to incur after high school or college. For more information on the organization visit www.jcbea.org.
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Colorado Real Estate Commission Takes a Stand on “Coming Soon” Listings er” and, further, “promote the interI’ve written before about the ests of the seller or landlord with increasingly common practice in this seller’s market of listing agents the utmost good faith, loyalty, and fidelity.” A licensee promoting their listings REAL ESTATE serving the client as a long before they are put TODAY transaction broker on the MLS. This month instead of as an agent the Colorado Real Esstill has the obligation tate Commission took to “exercise reasonaon this issue from a ble skill and care,” and consumer’s perspective CP-44 states that fail(which is their duty) and ure to inform the seller issued a position stateof the “material risks or ment (CP-44) that adbenefits of a transacdresses the matter well By JIM SMITH, tion which are actually — and quite concisely. Realtor® known by the broker” The document recognizes that there can be valid reasons would violate that requirement to for promoting a listing as “coming exercise reasonable skill and care. The position statement states soon,” but if the listing agent’s that “a broker who places the immotive is to earn more money by portance of his commission above finding an unrepresented buyer his duties, responsibilities or obliand thereby not sharing his commission with another licensee, then gations to the consumer who has engaged him is practicing business that violates license law by not in a manner that endangers the serving the client well. The position statement cites the interest of the public.” The dilemma faced by the… requirement of licensees, when acting as agents, to “exercise rea(Continued online at sonable skill and care for the sellwww.JimSmithColumns.com.)
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Summer sustainability Belmar brings alternative transportation, healthy foods By Clarke Reader
creader@colorado communitymedia.com The Belmar area is welcoming summer with new forms of sustainability and simplicity for residents and shoppers in two new ways.
When Belmar was first founded one of the key goals of its design was sustainability, and that has been a driving force for the past 10 years. Belmar was one of the first neighborhoods to participate in Lakewood’s Sustainable Neighborhoods program and according to resident Doug Wells, residents are always on the lookout for alternative transportation options. Now residents and locals alike have the chance to participate in the Car2go program, which set up shop in the district on June 6. Car2g0 is a program that allows people to rent a car that is located near them, use it and leave it when they are done using it to be used by someone else. There are no fixed pick up or drop off stations, which allows for complete freedom of use. Reservations can be made online or using the company’s app. Belmar has dedicated spaces for Car2g0 in the Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target parking lots. “This is a fantastic car sharing program, that costs 38 cents per minute, which includes gas and parking charges,” Wells said. “People in Belmar have long been looking for simplicity in all areas and we’re thrilled about this.” For more information, visit https:// www.car2go.com/en/denver/.
Belmar Fresh Market
Belmar’s Fresh Market event has started up with new management, new vendors,
IF YOU GO WHAT: Belmar Fresh Market WHERE: Nordstrom Rack and Best Buy parking lot, 393 S. Vance, Lakewood WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27 INFORMATION: www.coloradofreshmarkets.com or www.belmarcolorado.com
new day and location. For the first time, the Belmar market will be organized by Colorado Fresh Markets, the organizers of the Cherry Creek Fresh Market. The market will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 27 in the Nordstrom Rack and Best Buy parking lot, 393 S. Vance. “We bring really high quality vendors with a lot of fresh produce,” said Michele Burke, who runs Colorado Fresh Markets with her husband, Chris. “We’re working really hard to refresh and revitalize the Belmar market and bring it to its full potential.” Michele said that the organization is still getting to know the Belmar area and they are looking for feedback from neighbors and shoppers to shape the market. Though only two weeks in, residents seem to be enjoying the changes. “I rarely miss the markets and walked through the new one twice,” Belmar resident Judy Davis said. “It’s obviously a whole different concept and a whole different market.” Davis said she particularly likes the new location, which is easier to find and will encourage people to use some of the parking garages instead of the street. “I like to do my shopping in the area and now we have choices,” she said. “And choices are what a farmers market is supposed to be.” For more information visit www.coloradofreshmarkets.com or www.belmarcolorado.com.
Belmar has rebooted its Belmar Fresh Market with a little help from Colorado Fresh Markets. Courtesy photo
A summer crime project By Clarke Reader
creader@colorado communitymedia.com Lakewood Police Department is tapping into modern technology in
a new way to fight crime and reduce traffic accidents with its Crime Reduction Project. The project makes use of the most up-to-date crime and traffic statistics to locate and identify “hot
spots,” identifying where and when criminal incidents and traffic accidents happen most often. During the next six months of this pilot project, the department will spend time at a hot spot with
highly visible patrols at a specific time to address crime and traffic issues in north Lakewood. Project continues on Page 5
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Everett, Bauman vie for HD 22 Incumbent battles newcomer By Clarke Reader
creader@colorado communitymedia.com In the coming Republican primary for House district 22, voters face the decision between incumbent Justin Everett and Loren Bauman.
Everett, was elected in 2012 and began serving in 2013. Everett moved to Jefferson County in 1978 and is the first person in his family to
graduate from college. He eventually received his law degree from the University of Denver Law School, with an emphasis in
business planning. Business development has been a key aspect of interest to Everett, and he runs a small business in south Jefferson County. He has served in several positions within the Republican Party, including working for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Washington, D.C. in 1994. He served on the Board of the Parents Alliance for Choice in Education (PACE) and is a long-standing member of the National Taxpayer’s Union (NTU) and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT).
Loren Bauman Bauman is a longtime Jeffco resident
LAKEWOOD NEWS IN A HURRY Taste of the West results
In the 2014 Taste of the West, the results for the top three restaurants were Chad’s Grill, 275 Union Blvd. in Lakewood, in first place, Grappa Italian Bistro, 450 S. Teller in Lakewood, in second place and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 5760 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada, in third.
Police seek assistance in murder case
Police are asking for help in their investigation of a shooting on Saturday, June 14. Shortly after 7 p.m. Lakewood Police received reports of shots being fired at the Crossland Economy Suites at 715 Kipling St. Agents arrived on scene minutes later and found a deceased male inside room No. 314. The male had sustained an apparent gunshot wound. The victim’s identity is not being released pending the notification of relatives and a positive identification by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Detectives have spoken with numerous witnesses who were in the area but have not located anyone believed to be the shooter. The Lakewood Police Department is asking anyone who feels they may have any information that would assist detectives in their investigation and search for the suspect(s) to please call 303-987-7111. Residents may also call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
Police investigate death on Benton Street
Lakewood Police are investigating a death in the neighborhood of Benton Street. At about 6:30 a.m. on June 12, Lakewood police responded to a residence in the 1500 block of S. Benton St. after neighbors indicated they had not seen the resident of the property in quite some time. Additionally numerous delivered items had accumulated outside the property, which appeared to be in need of upkeep and maintenance. After further investigation, police forced entry to the house where they found a deceased female. The female’s body had apparently been there for a lengthy period of time. The interior of the house contained a very large amount of trash, garbage and debris. Due to the conditions in the residence,
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“Our crime reduction project has the ultimate goal of impacting and reducing criminal activity in particular areas,” said Steve Davis, public information officer with the department. “The benefits are it will create a safer and more secure environment for our citizens and those who come into our city.” Since cars are frequently used to commit crimes and since criminals typically drive to and from their crimes, putting a lot of patrols on the street during the designated times should increase the possibility of making arrests. According to commander Pat Heffner, who is overseeing the project, Lakewood police heard about the project through Denver police, which have just recently
detectives will be processing the scene for several hours if not days. They will be using numerous types of equipment as well as protective clothing. Although detectives feel they have a preliminary identification of the female they will rely on the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office to make a positive identification and determination of cause, manner and time of death. Currently there is no evidence to suggest any criminal activity had occurred. They will however continue their investigation in an attempt to make a final determination. Anyone who feels that they may have information that would assist detectives is asked to call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.
Payne completes U.S. Navy basic training
Navy Seaman Recruit Isaac Payne, son of Leslie J. and Cornelia I. Payne of Lakewood and brother of Luke A. Payne of Loveland, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Payne completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.
Ward 1 hosts human trafficking meeting
City council members Ramey Johnson and Karen Kellen are hosting their Ward 1 meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday June 28, in the old City Council chambers in the Police Administration building, 445 S. Allison Parkway. Lynne Johnson-Director of Human services will be speaking on Human Trafficking. Residents of all wards are invited to attend the discussion.
started a similar project. “This will give us a geographic area of where and when these crimes are happening,” Heffner said. “It gives us a little more focus on where to direct our efforts.” According to information provided by Davis, areas where this kind of project have been launched have seen as much as a 35 percent decrease in crimes such as auto theft, illegal narcotics and prostitution as well as traffic violations such as running red lights, aggressive driving and hit-and-run accidents. “The highly visible patrols we will be doing will hopefully serve as a deterrent and we’re very optimistic about the results we’ll see,” Heffner said. “We know that this may move some of these kinds of crimes and we’ll be keeping an eye out for spikes in other areas to make sure it doesn’t just relocate.” For more information visit www.Lakewood.org/LCRP.
who graduated from Chatfield High School and eventually took over the 35-year-old family business, Jared’s Nursery, Gift & Garden. “I’ve always enjoyed politics and Justin and I were in a primary together two years ago,” Bauman said. “Based on how he has been voting we need a representative who is going to be accountable to the voters.” Bauman said he had not been thinking about running again so soon, but felt he had to based on what he was seeing. “Voters need to know that I understand how to hire and let go people and I know how every little increase affects the market,” he said. “I have a broad knowledge of business that I bring to the table.”
11 High Cost Inspection Traps and How to Avoid Them Before Putting Your Lakewood Home Up for Sale Lakewood – According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common of these problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That’s why it’s critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience costly delays in the close of your home sale or, worse, turn
prospective buyers away altogether. In most cases, you can make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself if you know what you’re looking for, and knowing what you’re looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help homesellers deal with this issue before their homes are listed, a free report entitled “11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection” has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report, call toll-free 1-800-508-7293 and enter 1003. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn’t cost you the sale of your home.
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West Metrolife Ritchie ready to exit stage
‘The Graduate’ tackles decade of change with humor By Clarke Reader
creader@colorado communitymedia.com The 1960s were a time a tremendous upheaval in the culture of the country and that change was reflected not only in obvious ways, but in smaller and more subtle ways that show themselves in art. “The Graduate” taps into the undercurrents of unease and turns it into something hilarious, bracing and subversive. “The Graduate,” adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry and directed by Rick Yaconis, will be playing at The Edge Theatre, 1560 Teller St., through June 29. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Due to some sexual situations and partial nudity, the show is for mature audiences only and no one younger than 17 is admitted to the performance. “I think the story fits the time really well but the film version was a little more focused on that,” said Patty Ionoff, who plays Mrs. Robinson. “I think the play is much funnier than the film is.” The story of “The Graduate” centers on Benjamin Braddock (Chandler Darby), a recent college graduate who returns home to his parents bored and disillusioned.
IF YOU GO WHAT: “The Graduate” For Mature Audiences Only due to sexual situations and partial nudity. No one under 17 admitted. WHERE: The Edge Theatre, 1560 Teller St., Suite 200, Lakewood WHEN: Through June 29 Friday and Saturday - 8 p.m. Sunday - 6 p.m. Thursday - 8 p.m. COST: $24. INFORMATION: 303-232-0363 or www. theedgetheater.com.
Rudderless he finds himself attracted to his father’s business partner, Mrs. Robinson, and starts an affair with the older woman. However, when he meets and falls for Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, Elaine (Adrian Egolf), Benjamin has to make some kind of decision about his future for the first time. For Darby, in his first performance at The Edge, he said it was important that he connected to Benjamin, and since he just graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, that was easy to do. “It’s kind of ironic that I was chosen for this part since I am a graduate, and I think the language of the play is very appropriate,” he said. “There is a lot of pressure, especially once you graduate college, and so that’s something I relate to.” Anne Bancroft’s portrayal of Mrs. Robinson is rightly iconic, and some fantastic actresses have played the character on Broadway, so Ionoff said for her it
was important to go her own way on the character. “I looked at the relationship she has with her husband, which is something you get hints about in the play,” she said. “In a way my performance is inspired by some of my mother’s friends who even if they went to college were supposed to get married and stay at home.” Ionoff said that for many women of the 1960s, so much was going on in their country and world and they were mainly relegated to the sidelines. “It must have been so frustrating because they saw all this change, and they weren’t able to participate,” she said. “They were stuck.” For Darby, the show has been a great way to make people laugh while at the same time getting them to think about topics like sex and disillusionment in a different way than normal. “It’s a great cast and people can just dive in and have a great time,” Ionoff said. “It takes everyone back to the sixties and all those changes.” For more information, call 303232-0363 or visit www.theedgetheater. com.
Daniel L. Ritchie, the “godfather” of Denver theater, has announced his retirement as chief executive officer of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Ritchie will continue to serve as chairman of the board of trustees following his retirement as CEO. Ritchie revealed his decision at the June 10 regularly scheduled meeting of the trustees and then to a meeting of DCPA employees. He also is sending a letter to the customers and donors whose support of the DCPA has been the foundation of its success. “This is the right moment for me to step aside and for a new CEO to guide the DCPA into its bright future,” Ritchie said. “The DCPA is poised to move to a new level of creativity with an even warmer embrace of our audience. My full energy will now be focused on board matters, including the campaign to reauthorize the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District in 2016.” Ritchie joined the DCPA in 2007 as CEO and chairman of the board. Upon his appointment, the board and Ritchie concluded that the two positions should ultimately be separated. Today’s announcement completes that plan. Ritchie, who was known as “Dapper Dan” for his sharp attire, led the DCPA through a period of dynamic creative growth and to financial success. Under his leadership, the DCPA expanded its new-play development program, launched three national Broadway touring premieres, conducted two successful matching-gift fundraising campaigns, and served more than 400,000 students through its extensive theatre education programs. He also has been instrumental in diversifying the DCPA’s programming with the development of Off-Center @ The Jones, an experimental theater designed to make theater less formal, more fun, decidedly innovative and appealing to new audiences. Ritchie has made generous personal financial donations to the DCPA and has served without pay as CEO during his entire tenure. But I will remember him most for his “performances” to raise money for DCPA endeavors. One year for Saturday Night Alive, the DCPA’s granddaddy fundraiser, Ritchie embraced his inner rock star with over-the-top enthusiasm. He appeared in a full costume as former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. A search will begin immediately for Ritchie’s successor. He will remain as CEO until his successor has joined the organization and he will work with the new CEO during a period of transition.
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Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing natural food retailers in the country, opened its first store in Englewood (5001 S. Broadway) on June 11. This is the 17th Sprouts in the Denver area. Sprouts is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods. The grocery chain offers fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked Parker continues on Page 7
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WildfireS For those who live in areas subject to fire, few things can be more frightening. Join Active Minds 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, as we as we address the issue of wildfires from a variety of perspectives. We will take a look at how fires are fought once they are burning and the role of forest policy, weather, and newer challenges such as huge swaths of dead trees in many areas due to the pine beetle infestation. We’ll also look at the role of fire in nature and how areas have recovered from devastating burns. Program takes place at Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S. Pierce St., Lakewood. RSVP at 303-742-4800. ThurSday/June 19
BlOOd drive City of Lakewood blood drive, 8-10:10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in the ER training room, 480 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Contact Dee Ann Pfifer at 303-987-7660 or visit bonfils.org. friday/June 20 to Sunday/June 29 TheaTer ShOW Performance Now Theatre Company presents “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sunday, June 29, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Call 303-987-7845 or go to www.performancenow. org for information and tickets.
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Shakespeare down south
The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts announced that “Shakespeare in the Sangres,” the 2014 summer outdoor live theater production executive produced by Rancher’s Roost Cafe, will take place June 19 through July 5 in the Feedstore Amphitheater Park behind the Historic Jones Theater in Westcliffe, in the Wet Mountain Valley west of Pueblo. Two comedy productions will be offered: “The Comedy of Errors,” a dramatic comedy by William Shakespeare, shows at 6:30 p.m. June 19 and 21; 6: 30 p.m. June 27 and July 4; and 2 p.m. June 29 and July 6. “The Imaginary Invalid,” a classic comedy by Moliere, shows at 6:30 p.m. June 20; 2 p.m. June 22; 6:30 p.m. June 26 and July 3; and at 6:30 p.m. June 28 and July 5. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring blankets and/or chairs to sit on. The park opens one hour before showtime. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for teens and can be purchased at www.jonestheater.com. In addition to the two “Shakespeare in the Sangres” productions, “A Taste of Shakespeare” will be held to kick off the season at 6:30 p.m. June 17 in Studio 2 of the Jones Theater.
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SaTurday/June 21 film Screening Pollination Planet will screen the film “More than Honey” at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Louisville Middle School. A honeybee observation hive will be on hand and more information about how you can help protect bees and other pollinators. Screening is free. SaTurday/June 21 ScOuT Sale Scout Troop 166 plans its Drop and Shop Yard Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 20th and Miller Street, Lakewood. Drive up and drop off your clean, reusable items, then park and shop at the sale. Mattresses, televisions and building materials cannot be accepted. Items not sold will go to ARC. Proceeds from the sale will pay for equipment and camping costs for Troop 166. SaTurday/June 21 cOmmuniTy deBuT Enjoy a feather-masked stilt jumper, a Hula-hooper, face painting and cupcakes at the debut of Leyden Ranch in Arvada. Celebration is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at 16249 W. 84th Drive. SaTurday and Sunday/June 22-22, aug. 2-3 Teaching WOrkShOp Colorado-based Teaching Heart Institute is offering workshops on how to teach Social and Emotional Learning skills in the classroom for teachers, school counselors, and principals K-8. During the two-day workshop, teachers will explore a variety of simple and easy-to-do classroom strategies for developing students’ social and emotional intelligence. Each participant will receive the book “In Focus: Developing Social and Emotional Intelligence, One Day at a Time,” which uses a brain-based approach to teach social emotional learning to students in grades K-8. Classes are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, and Aug. 2-3, at Wilderness Early Learning Center, 2845 Wilderness Place, Boulder. Contact Tom McSheehy at 720-369-3000 or email Tom@teachingheartinstitute.com. To register, go to http:// teachingheartinstitute.com/teacher-workshops/ Sunday/June 22 flOOd hiSTOry The Lyons Historical Society will have its final flood gathering event from 2-4 p.m. Sunday June 22 at the Walt Self Center, 335 Railroad Ave., Lyons. Go to lyonsfloodhistory.org for details. Sunday TO ThurSday/June 22-26 BiBle SchOOl St. Paul’s Episcopal Church presents its vacation Bible school “Caretakers of God’s Creation” from Sunday, June 22, to Thursday, June 26. Times are 5-8 p.m. Sundays, and 5:30-8 p.m. all other days. Ages 3 and older are welcome. The church is at 10th and Garrison in Lakewood. Provided by Holy Your Week continues on Page 9
That will be determined when gobs of local chefs compete in Top Taco Denver, presented by US Foods, a taco and margarita tasting event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 26 in the Sculpture Park on Speer Boulevard between Arapahoe and Champa streets. VIP ticket holders will be admitted at 5:30 p.m. Top Taco trophies will be awarded by judges and for people’s choice for the Top Creative, Top Traditional Taco and Best Margarita. Tickets are $65 for general admission; $125 for VIP hosted by Patron Private Lounge with bar and specialty menu, private tasting by chef Mark Ferguson, a complimentary three-month Dining Out card, a specialty rare and premium Patron tequila tasting and VIP restrooms. The event benefits The Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation ProStart Scholarship Program. Tickets and more information: www.toptacodenver. com.
Eavesdropping on a Summit County couple discussing the crazy weather we’ve been having while riding in a Parking Spot van from DIA: “I just wish someone would come shovel all that `global warming’ off my driveway!” Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.blacktie-colorado.com/ pennyparker. She can be reached at penny@ blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.
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Celebrating Juneteenth “All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom” by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2014, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $17.99 / $19.99 Canada 40 pages Tomorrow morning, when you wake up, everything will be changed. Oh, sure, you’ll still be in the same bed with the same sheets and jammies. Your room will be the same room you went to sleep in. Your mom will still be your mom and your dad will still be your dad – but it’ll be a whole new day with new possibilities. As you’ll see in the new book “All Different Now” by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, one day can really mean a lot. Every morning, the breeze from the gulf woke everyone up, telling them it was time to start the day in the fields beneath the hot Texas sun. Just like every other day, it was time to work and work some more – but there was one day when everything was different, though nobody knew it at first. And then someone told someone else on the edge of the gulf. And that someone took the word to town, and told friends. The friends were so happy that they spread the message around the country.
The news was like a wave in the ocean and pretty soon, everyone in the fields knew – and they were happy. They knew that “a Union general had read from a balcony” that everyone was free – not just now, but “forever.” From that minute forward, nothing would be like it was the day before. Everything would “be all different now.” People sang their happiness with faces raised. Others – those who didn’t think they’d ever see it – cried tears of joy. Some could hardly believe that day had come and they “whispered things” to one another. Since nobody was being forced to work in the fields that day, they all went to the beach for a picnic by the water. Even the sand was changed. Dancing felt new. Food tasted different for those who were free
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Shepherd Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. MONDAY/JUNE 23 GOLF TOURNAMENT A charity golf tournament to benefit
AFA Wounded Airman Program and the local Air Force family is planned for Monday, June 23, at Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Course, 23155 E. Heritage Parkway, Aurora. The tournament is a scramble format and begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Sponsorships are available and donations for a silent auction are welcome. Registration for players and sponsors can be found at www.defensetournament.golfreg.com.
TUESDAY/JUNE 24 ART LEAGUE The Wheat Ridge Art League will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave., Wheat Ridge. After the business meeting, well-known artist Anita Winter will present a watercolor painting demonstration. Anyone who lives in the Denver metro area is welcome to attend. The league is celebrating its 40-year anniversary with a reception/show 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Teller Street Gallery/Studios, 7190 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or 303-2788247 or 303-421-1356. TUESDAY/JUNE 24 DIVIDED FAMILIES How families experiencing conflict and
division can heal will be discussed at Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at 5675 Field St., Arvada. “A Family Divided: Finding Peace by Letting Go” features the filmed story of a family that struggled with an unwanted teenage pregnancy. Lifetree participants will consider lessons the family learned as they worked through their response to the pregnancy. Admission is free. Contact Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY/JUNE 25 JAZZ SHOW Join Marti Henry on trombone and his swinging
friends from Jazz Over Easy from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Café Del Sol, 608 Garrison St., Lakewood. Call 303-238-7999 for reservations and more information.
THURSDAY/JUNE 26 FIGHT CANCER LUMC Optimist Club and White Fence Farm
have teamed up to help fight childhood cancer. From 4:30-8
p.m. Thursday, June 26, White Fence Farm will donate 15 percent of meal tickets marked “CCC” (ask your wait staff to mark your bill). White Fence Farm is at 6263 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood.
FRIDAY/JUNE 27 BLOOD DRIVE Evergreen Library blood drive, 10:30 a.m. to 3
p.m. Friday, June 27, inside the Bloodmobile at 5000 Highway 73, Evergreen. Contact Bonfils Appointment Center at 303363-2300 or visit bonfils.org.
for the first time. Even stories sounded sweeter. And at the end of the day, it was especially nice to walk next to cotton fields that didn’t demand work. It was nice to go to bed, knowing that the next morning and every one after that, the sun would wake everyone up and nothing would ever be the same… In her notes, author Angela Johnson says that a photo of her great-grandparents led her to wonder how they celebrated when they learned of their freedom which, because they were slaves in Texas, came more than two years after the sign-
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TUESDAY/JUNE 28 ART LEAGUE The Wheat Ridge Art League will have a show and reception 6-9 p.m. June 28 at the Teller Street Gallery and Studio, 7190 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. The art league is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Call 303-278-8247 or 303-421-1356 or email email@example.com or t.f.douglass@ comcast.net. SATURDAY/JUNE 28 ADVANCING YOGA Experienced, intermediate and advanced students and teachers who can kick to handstand at the wall and perform upward bow (Urdhva Dhanurasana) are invited to advancing yoga from 1-3 p.m. Saturdays from June 28 to July 12 at PranaTonic, 807 14th St., Golden. Register at www. PranaTonic.com. SATURDAY/JUNE 28 GARDEN TOUR Wander through six beautiful Arvada residential gardens 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Arvada Historical Society’s fourth annual garden tour. Tours of the Delva Community Garden at the Wellhouse also are included. Tickets available at the Arvada Flour Mill, 5590 Olde Wadsworth, starting at 8:30 a.m. the day of the tour. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Strollers and pets are not allowed in the gardens. Call Mary Jo at 303-421-2032. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY/JUNE 28-29 BEACH PARTY Sand in the City, featuring sand sculptures built by residents and businesses, live music, craft breweries, local retail and food vendors, a Kid Zone and VIP beach party area, is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29 at Ralston Park, Arvada. Contact Ashley Garst, Arvada Chamber of Commerce, firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to http://visitarvada.org/events/sand-in-the-city/festival/
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Welcoming a familiar face to a new place It is a pleasure to welcome Drew Litton to our opinion pages beginning this week. Drew was a staple with the Rocky Mountain News for 26 years until it ceased publication in 2009. Many of us kept up with him through the web, seeing his postings on Facebook and his website. A few months back, I learned Drew was moving back to the Denver area, and I reached out to him. Drew jumped at the opportunity to be printed in our 20 weekly community newspapers with 180,000 plus circulation and on our 19 websites. Drew agrees with me that the community newspaper business is the place to be due to our unique content and close connection with the communities we serve. Place continues on Page 11
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Visit the past or the future? We asked guests at Splash water park in Golden, would you rather be able to visit 100 years into the past or 100 years into the future?
“I’d travel in the future. I guess to see how the economy gets and just what the world is going to look like.” Josh Manzaneres, Denver
“The future. The past has already been logged so we know what we’ve gone through. The future is all unknown so I think it would be pretty fascinating.” Brian Jackson, Littleton
“The future. So I could see what my kids were going to experience and my grand kids.” Emily Borrenpophl, Littleton
“I’d go 100 years in the future. Technology could advance so we could be more lazy.” Alysia Chavez, Denver
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Breaking out the elements of learning “I do think there’s a good framework for thinking. It is physics. You know, the sort of first principles reasoning … boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there”—Elon Musk. What is the first principle, the fundamental truth of public education? When it all started, way back with John Dewey, the fundamental truth was that public education was to create a workforce that could manage an emerging industrial economy. That’s why schools look a little bit too much like factories for most peoples’ tastes. That philosophy, that cooker-cutter approach, has driven public education ever since. In between then and now, we’ve had other emphases, but, with the brief and unfortunate exception of the “self-esteem” movement of the early 90s, we have always worked on the premise that schools can and should churn out students that have an identical core set of skills and competencies. But that century-long habit denies the very real, fundamental truth that every student who walks through our doors is different than the one next to them. This really hasn’t been that big of a deal, for the most part. The culture accepted children’s different skill levels, and assimilated them in where they could fit best, be that college, or a trade, or service. That which a student did not get in school was either not necessary or could be imparted later. But in the past 15 or twenty years, the culture seems to have shifted. It is almost ridiculous to assume that a school can adequately prepare students for the world they are finding themselves in. The sum total of everything we know doubles now every five years; a sign at Denver International Airport announces that 9 of the top 10 jobs in 2020 don’t exist right now, and that seems about right; and once a school gets the okay to purchase new technology, by the time it’s actually in the school in use, it’s two generations behind what most students have in their pockets already, in the form of their smart phones. We can’t keep up, and it’s a fool’s errand to try. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do. Let me come at it this way: as a personal trainer, one thing I am conscious of is that people who seek help to prepare
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for a specific event tend to be people who get injured most often. That’s because they want to do specific work that is related to the event, without doing the more mundane tasks associated with becoming generally strong. So they take a weakened body and fabulous intentions, put it through a grueling workout that sometimes specifically targets a single muscle group or motion, and then wonder why they get tendonitis or pulled muscles. You have to become functionally fit before you narrow your training down to a specific event. Our job in public education, it would seem to me, needs to start catering more to “functional brain fitness.” It would be great, in my opinion, if our first principle was “make every child’s brain as strong as it can be.” Focus our efforts, not on facts, data and testing, but on facility, processes and breadth. That’s why I chose to highlight, in last week’s column, the fact that students in Finland have more recess time than Americans: it’s good for the development of the brain. Our arguments, the great dramas of the education world, of which Jefferson County now seems to be ground zero, frequently strike me as duels to the death about the location of the deck chairs on the Titanic. If we’re going to have such personal, vitriolic and nasty arguments, can we please do it about first principles? That might give us a chance to “reason up,” which, in turn, might give us a chance to both build a better school, and look like adults while we’re doing it. 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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Some snapshots from a broad May 31: The attractive Hungarian guide named Kristina meets my cousin, Janet, and I at the International Airport in Munich, Germany to begin our tour of Eastern Europe. At a Munich hotel, we meet 34 fellow travelers from Australia, England, Canada and the U.S. The next day our group, all of whom have signed up for Bohemian Rhapsody through Cosmos Tours, head toward Prague, Czech Republic in a “coach.” Janet and I are excited to see Eastern European cities with fascinating medieval history of kings and queens, ancient cathedrals, and narrow cobblestone streets. “Make sure you have coins for the toilets,” Kristina warns us. She is not kidding, and the experience of water closets and toilettes on the road through Bohemia is unique. A totally enclosed water closet, may be a good place to relieve yourself, but is not a happy place if you have claustrophobia. Our first stop is Nuremburg, Germany, where we have time for lunch. I carry a small cross body purse that holds my United States passport, and local money, a
comb, and my iPhone. Janet, whose focus is architecture, heads into St. Sebaldus Cathedral off the central square. I follow her into the medieval church, which was completed in 1275. In awe of the Romanesque majesty of the interior, I am also struck by the singing of a choir of girls at choir practice. They sing like angels, led by an enthusiastic choir director. Transported by the organist and choir to a melding of history and magical present moment, I pluck out my iPhone and record a video with sound of the choir and the interior of the church. (The video becomes a treasure from the trip to play for friends back home. When I play it one friend says, “That gives
me goose bumps.”) Texting photos to my husband and children back in the U.S. becomes an instant connection to the people I love. They text back, and we are in touch. In Prague and Budapest, besides the majestic cathedrals, town squares and delicious goulash and homemade pasta, I am interested in how the people have survived the Soviet occupation after World War II, which I only witnessed through the news. The local guide in Prague says, “We have no religion.” My feeling is the people have a terrific history but unclear vision of the future. On a television in a Prague hotel room, a BBC report says “The KGB has infiltrated the Prague government and the people have not adapted to freedom.” In Budapest, Hungary, the government, concerned about the falling birth rate is encouraging women to have babies. Our guide, Kristina is single as are many women of childbearing age in Eastern Europe. After Budapest, on our way back toward Munich, we have a free day in Vienna, Austria. I choose to spend the hot morning
in the air conditioned Vienna Art Museum, home of the Habsburg’s amazing collection. A solid ivory horse with a rider who represents the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire receiving a crown astounds me because of the luminescence of the material, and the of a time it represents. On my iPhone, I text a photo of a brilliantly colored painting of Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene to my husband, Dick. He texts back, “Love it.” So what you have here are a few notes from an intrepid traveler. I have been home only three days now and am still waking up, my internal clock messed up — when my eyes flutter open I gaze at the ceiling of the bedroom and wonder what European hotel room I’m in, then after a few moments recognize something in the bedroom and realize I’m home. Mary Stobie is finishing her memoir of the last forty years of her best newspaper columns, and early stories about rodeo, Hollywood, family. Contact her with your comments about your travels or any other subjects at email@example.com
A phone/text relationship is not a real relationship Dear Neil: I have been talking with and texting a guy for a year, but he is always too busy to meet. He says he loves me, but we haven’t met face to face yet. Can you help me? Waiting and Waiting Dear Waiting: Learn this lesson now, so you won’t ever make this mistake again — a phone/text correspondence is not a real relationship. It can feel like a close connection, but it is not an intimate relationship. The man you describe doesn’t love you because he doesn’t know you. In order to love someone, you absolutely have to know them. What you know about him — and what he knows about you — is your respective social presentations to each other. You know how each of you have presented yourselves to be, but you don’t know who he truly is. In order to know how someone truly is, you need to be in his presence, by spending lots of time together and by seeing him in a variety of situations, circumstances and interactions with people, animals, children, family, strangers and friends. This used to be called “pen pals.” Corresponding and talking with someone can give you the illusion of closeness and connection, but is not the same as a good, old-fashioned relationship. Find someone you can actually be with and that you can have and hold. That is the time-tested measure for creating an intimate relationship. Dear Neil:Why do some children get picked on, incessantly criticized, blamed and scapegoated by their parents? What drives this chronic hostility from a parent to a child?
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Wanting to Understand in Wellington, New Zealand Dear Wanting to Understand: It is not widespread, but also not entirely uncommon for an unhealthy parent — especially a narcissistic parent — to choose one child to be the “Golden Child” who can do no wrong, and a Scapegoat child who is put in the position of not being able to do anything right. Although it can be either parent, it is more commonly the mother, who frequently exerts more influence on the children. Essentially, the scapegoat will be blamed for anything that goes wrong in the family. If one child is doing poorly in school, it is because too much time was spent with the scapegoated child. If dad loses his job, it is because of all the stress and aggravation that the scapegoated child has caused. If one child steals items from a store, it is because of the influence of the scapegoated child—who just might be punished for the act instead of the child that was caught stealing. All of this abuse is done so the narcissistic parent can keep her favorite child (or children) perfect in her eyes. The Golden Child doesn’t have to admit that s/he has made any mistakes or has been wrong in any way — and neither does mom. It’s not
often trigger our brains to reflect and think about Drew’s position on a topic. Some will connect, others not. But the goal of any good cartoonist like Drew is for readers to think, smile, learn and yes, even ponder. Bringing Drew onto our opinion pages will do just that. Welcome to our newspapers and websites, Drew. Count me in as someone looking forward to seeing your work here in Colorado again on a more regular basis. — Jerry Healey, publisher
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my fault that I have a child doing poorly in school, or who got caught stealing, or who is doing drugs, or cheating on tests — it’s because my “problem child” has caused so much disruption in the household. I’m a good mother. I have just been dealt a bad hand. Of course, you can guess what all of this does to the scapegoat. S/he is likely to have low self-esteem and never feel as if s/he measures up or is good enough. The scapegoated child is likely to grow up feeling like a misfit and doubting of his/ her abilities. What can be done about all of this? You
are not going to change a narcissist, so your only hope is to help the scapegoated child to look at what is good, attractive, healthy, likable, capable, skilled and talented about him or her — over and over and over again. A good therapist would no doubt be very helpful. Neil Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westminster and Boulder, Colorado. His column is in it’s 23rd year of publication, and is syndicated around the world. You can reach him at (303)758-8777, or email him through his website: www.heartrelationships.com. He is
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Growth with an eye to the grey St. Anthony expands emergency department By Clarke Reader
creader@colorado communitymedia.com A trip to the emergency room is never going to be an entirely painless process, but St. Anthony Hospital has expanded its emergency department to provide as much safety and comfort as possible to patients. The expansion has been
opened for less than a month and features private rooms, noise reduction, soft lighting, skid-resistant flooring and extra thick mattresses. There are also assistive devices to make communication easier and advanced visual and hearing technologies are available for those in need. According to Dr. Winston Tripp, Medical Director of the hospital’s Emergency Department, a crucial part of the expansion was to offer the best possible care to the senior population. With the coming “silver tsunami” more and more seniors are
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The new TransMotion stretcher-chairs are at St. Anthony Hospital, which can change from a stretcher and transport device into a chair. Photo by Justin LeVett Photography requiring emergency care, he added. “We have the new TransMotion stretcher-chairs here at St. Anthony Hospital, which can change from a stretcher and transport device into a chair,” Tripp said. “It’s far more comfortable and allows for ease in transportation.” Beth Dunn, a registered nurse and Director of Emergency Services, there has been a steady rise in senior patients at St. Anthony and
that has lead the hospital to examine the ways they can give these patients the best experience. “We pride ourselves on organizing our resources here to provide a very positive and professional experience,” she said. “Our patient satisfaction score is above 92 percent in the last 20 months and that’s something we’re very proud of.” Dunn added that the hospital is one of the few recipients of the Lantern Award for
Excellence. While it is too early to get statistical feedback about how the expanded emergency services have been received, the anecdotal has been extremely positive and the hospital is looking to build on that level of care. Tripp said that with the hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, there is a lot to offer for patients in need. St. Anthony also is a Certified Cardiac and Heart Attack Center and
has a 24-hour behavioral health team for patients with anxiety, depression and other mental health needs. “These can be the absolute hardest time of their lives and so we’re thrilled we have this expansion to help them,” Dunn said. “It’s so important that all patients are treated as an individual and with respect and dignity.” For more information visit stanthonyhosp.org.
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Help for mentally ill can be hard to find Patients, families find that resources are spread thin By Kristin Jones
Rocky Mountain PBS INews Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series. Danielle Nordeen drives a 16-year-old Toyota Camry that doesn’t handle well on snowy mountain passes. In January, Nordeen had to make the drive from her home in Grand Junction to Pueblo often enough that she developed a strategy: Find a semi with its hazard lights on and follow it closely, prompting the other drivers to direct their wrath toward the trucker rather than her. A 300-mile solo drive across the state in winter can be stressful under the best circumstances, but Nordeen’s reason for making the drive twice a week for three weeks was devastating: She was visiting her son in a psychiatric ward, after he lashed out at school and later threatened to kill himself and staff at a crisis-stabilization center. Her son is 7. Across the state, the same story plays out. A shortage of treatment options for people with mental illnesses means waiting months to see a psychiatrist, or driving hundreds of miles for a psychiatric bed. Police and emergency rooms bear the brunt of a splintered system that juggles crises, but falls short on treatment. The questions that swirled after the brutal massacre at an Aurora movie theater in 2012 are the same ones that followed Jared Loughner’s attack on Gabrielle Giffords and her staff in 2011. They came even louder after
the Newtown Elementary School killings in Connecticut. They circulate privately after suicides. The signs of mental illness and the threats were apparent: Why didn’t anyone intervene? Medical professionals and advocates cite a combination of barriers: Adults have the right to refuse intervention. Parents are often reluctant to call 911, when it can mean that their children are cuffed by police. Schools, employers and hospitals are too quick to say it’s not their problem. Acquaintances and friends feel ill-equipped to act. “We regularly hear people say things like, ‘I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what to do,’” says Carl Clark, who heads the Mental Health Center of Denver, which counsels workplaces after suicides. In response to the mass shooting in Aurora, the state recently passed a law that expands the duty of therapists to warn of threats against an institution like a school or theater, not just against a person. A plan for new crisis centers in Colorado — while stalled — is intended to relieve the burden on first responders. Legal improvements, better education and increased capacity “don’t guarantee that bad things won’t happen,” says Clark. “But we’re going to decrease the likelihood it’s going to happen.” Routine care can also be hard to come by, particularly in rural areas where psychiatrist shortages are acute. “There are people saying there’s something going wrong and I have to get treatment,” says Clark. When treatment isn’t immediately available, “they throw up their hands and give up.” For some people who
live with mental illnesses and their families, efforts to make intervention easier can miss the point. They want help, they say. What they need is more support for treatment and recovery in the communities where they live. Jennifer Hill, who manages a mental-health advocacy organization called the Colorado Mental Wellness Network and has personal experience with recovering from illness, says that recovery is stymied by a system that can seem to offer being locked up or nothing. “You’re in or you’re out,” Hill says. Better treatment requires more than an infusion of resources and improved access, says Hill. People won’t sign up for treatment that isn’t therapeutic. “It’s treating people with dignity and respect,” says Hill, “and not treating them like they’re dangerous and horrible people.”
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The other second-graders have watched the police take Danielle Nordeen’s son away in handcuffs before. The latest crisis was set off when one of the other children reminded him of that very fact. The 7-yearold tore posters from the wall, kicked and hit the teachers, flooded the toilets. The Grand Junction elementary school went on lockdown. Nordeen showed up to find her boy rolling around in dirty water in the bathroom. When a local crisis center placed him on an emergency psychiatric hold for his threats, only Parkview Hospital in Pueblo had a bed available. Nordeen works a low-wage job in Grand Junction, and had to
Danielle Nordeen, right, plays a board game with her 7-year-old son at their Grand Junction home on Monday afternoon, April 14. In January, Nordeen’s son was sent to a psychiatric ward hundreds of miles from their home, after he lashed out at school and later threatened to kill himself and staff at a crisis-stabilization center. A shortage of treatment options for people with mental illnesses means waiting months to see a psychiatrist, or driving across the state for a psychiatric bed. Photo by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News return to work after leaving him there, or risk losing her apartment. “I literally just felt like I was dropping him off and walking away,” says Nordeen, holding back tears, “which as a mom, that’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” The number of people placed into involuntary mental-health treatment has jumped in recent years. Court filings show a 35 percent jump in 72-hour holds, short- and long-term certifications, and other courtordered treatment between fiscal years 2009 and 2013. Mental health providers reported 31,317 emergency mental-health holds in fiscal year 2013, according to state officials, a 21 percent increase from just a year earlier. But the growing demand for beds hasn’t been met by an increase in availability. Instead, the options for low-income Coloradans in particular have shrunk
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as beds at the two state psychiatric hospitals have closed. In 2014, the state mental health institutes at Fort Logan and Pueblo have 553 beds, down from 734 in 2000. All told, there are only 1,093 inpatient psychiatric beds in all hospitals around the state, according to the state Department of Human Services, around 20 percent fewer than five years ago. That’s about 21
beds for every 100,000 Coloradans, among the lowest rates in the U.S. The state is in the process of evaluating what services might be lacking across its various regions. In part, says Dr. Patrick Fox, an official with the state Office of Behavioral Health, the hope is that private-sector psychiatric Help continues on Page 14
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hospitals will meet some of the need. He gave the example of Clear View Behavioral Health, which broke ground in April on a 92bed hospital east of Loveland expected to open in 2015. For now, hospital administrators and family members describe large geographic swaths of scarcity. In Grand Junction, West Springs Hospital is the only psychiatric hospital be-
tween Salt Lake City and Denver. The hospital, which has 32 beds, opened in 2005, at the same time as neighboring St. Mary’s Hospital closed its inpatient psychiatric beds. Like other private-sector hospitals across the state, St. Mary’s found that providing psychiatric services on top of other medical services was too costly. Even after closing its psychiatric department, the hospital absorbs about $300,000 in unreimbursed expenses each year related to providing mental-health services, says Dan Prinster, the hospital’s vice president for business development. Now, West Springs finds that it’s often filled to capacity, and has to turn people away. Kim
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The vast majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent, but those who are receive more than their fair share of headlines and news broadcasts. The rate of violence among people with severe mental illnesses ranges from 8 percent for those receiving outpatient treatment to 37 percent among patients in the throes of their first episode of psychosis, according to a research review by Jeffrey Swanson, a Duke University psychiatry professor whose work on the issue is widely cited. Suicide has a much closer tie with mental illness. More than 90 percent of those who take their own lives have depression or another mental disorder, or a substance abuse issue, according to one epidemiological study cited by the National Institute of Mental Health. Much of the demand for psychiatric beds comes from people who pose a danger to themselves. The scarcity can make an already precarious situation even more traumatizing. Grand Junction resident Rebecca Edwards has had a long history of mental illness, including depression, and has been through the whole gamut of available care. After she was administered electro-convulsive therapy a few years ago at Porter Hospital, she didn’t recognize the symptoms of a stroke that permanently affected her speech. She thought she was experiencing the side effects of shock therapy. Edwards says she’s grateful for the mental health treatment that has allowed her to live in the community, supported by her peers. But when the stress of moving to an assisted-living situation last July sent her into a deep depression, she needed more intensive treatment. What she got instead was a disorienting ride across the mountains with strangers in the middle of the night. Placed in an involuntary mental-health hold because she was suicidal, Edwards was handcuffed. She landed at a hospital in Colorado Springs. “I felt very afraid, very alone,” says Edwards. “When you get taken away from that support, it’s hard to deal with. It made me feel a lot more hopeless, like I was alone in my struggle with depression.”
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If people at the receiving end of flawed mental-health services feel frustrated, it’s a feeling often shared by those at the giving end. Matt Skwiot is an emergency room doctor at Grand River Hospital in Rifle, an oil and gas town between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction with a population of less than 10,000. He sees workers injured by explosions, car accident victims, elderly people with broken hips And like other ERs, this one has become a holding pen for people in a psychiatric crisis. About once a week at Grand River Hospital, there’s just no psychiatric facility available to take a patient. So a room in the ER is cleared of equipment with cords and other tools that could be used in a suicide attempt. Security is called, and a camera is monitored. For as long as three days, the patients are kept alone in the room. None of them see a psychiatrist, says Skwiot. And then, once they’re stable, they’re sent home. “You’re trying to provide a safe place, you’re trying to provide the best care that you can,” says Skwiot. But ER doctors don’t have the training or skills to give people the therapy and other support they need. “If it was me locked up in this room for 72 hours, with minimal interaction, minimal
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On a sunny Monday in April two months after her son came back from the hospital in Pueblo, Nordeen was playing with him at a park behind their home. The gap-toothed kid was affectionate and energetic, alternately asking for and receiving hugs from his mom, and shouting captain’s orders in a game of pirates. Things were calm and happy. But Nordeen felt like the family was in a holding pattern. Her son was out of school, with a psychiatrist’s note saying that school’s stresses would be too much for him. Nordeen was apprehensive about sending him back, and worried about the future. “What’s scary,” says Nordeen, “is that who’s to say he’s not going to be one of those kids that follows through on his threats?” Echoing complaints of people in similar situations, she says she can’t find the support she needs. “I almost feel like I’ve exhausted every option in Grand Junction,” says Nordeen. “Because there’s not a lot of options available.” Community-based mental health treatment and support is chronically underfunded, mental health advocates say. An analysis by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News found that overall funding for mental health in the state hasn’t kept up with inflation since the 1980s. A well-intentioned push to remove people from institutionalized care led to the closing of state psychiatric hospital beds, but equal attention was never given to creating a replacement. As a result, community mental health services continue to defer to first responders and emergency services when the threat of violence looms. In Colorado Springs, the mother of Anthony Martinez says she has struggled for years to help her son get adequate treatment for schizophrenia. When he’s stable, Martinez, 34, is good-natured and loving. When he’s not, he can be violent. He’s been in and out of the state hospital in Pueblo, and sometimes jail, for years. In August, Martinez was released from the state psychiatric hospital to live with his mother, along with his sister, her husband and their two young children. The family was told that no other place — including group homes — would take him. The state hospital said they couldn’t discuss a patient’s case, said Dan Drayer, spokesman for the state Department of Human Services. He said that Martinez was not available for an interview. In November, the family called 911 after Martinez threatened a family friend. When he returned home, they consulted with a community mental health center, expressing fears about their safety. They were told to call the police again if they felt unsafe. By January, Martinez was holding a large kitchen knife up to his mother’s face, threatening to kill her. With coaxing, Martinez laid down his knife, and was taken back to the state hospital. The experience left Martinez’s mother, Patty Blakney, shaken and angry that her son had been discharged from the hospital while he was still unstable. “I’m scared to have him living with me,” she says. “I’m not saying cage him. But what would help us would be a place where he’s going to live, where he’s not going to hurt someone, where they’re making sure he’s on his medication.”
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jeffco news in a hurry More trail mileage opens at Apex Park
Jeffco Open Space reopened the lower Apex Trail triangle that includes Argos Trail to Pick ‘N Sledge Trail to Apex Trail and out to the trailhead for recreation. To date, 8.8 of 9.5 trail miles have been reopened. A section of lower Apex Trail in Phase 3 of the flood recovery plan is all that remains closed that includes the section between Pick ‘N Sledge Trail and Sluicebox Trail which suffered the worst trail damage. Repair plans includes the construction of three bridges and a sizable culvert making the trail better able to withstand flooding.
Consumer alert: suspicious callers claiming to be with the IRS
First Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir is warning consumers to beware of a scam
involving telephone calls from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The caller tells the consumer there is a problem with their tax account and to call immediately to mediate the problem. The DA’s office states that consumers should not return the call. Already, many Jeffco and Gilpin county residents have made calls to the DA’s office regarding this scam. Calls from scammers may be made using robo-calls which sound realistic or from actual people who have heavy accents using names such as “Special Agent Mike Jones.”
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Jeffco Open Space is looking for volunteers to help restore flood-damaged trails and remove invasive plants at Van Bibber
Park. Citizens can sign up through www. jeffcoopenspace.eventbrite.com to be a part of this family-friendly event at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
South Ward Street reopening this fall Jefferson County along with Century Communities, the contractor working on the project, has announced that South Ward Street, west of South Simms Street, will reopen this fall by Sept. 1, 2014. The closure is near Foothills Park & Recreation District’s campus. Since early 2014, patrons of Ridge Recreation Center, Peak Community & Wellness Center, Edge Ice Arena and Meadows Golf Club have been accessing the area from the west through Coal Mine Avenue and Ward Street.
Human trafficking informational meeting The public is invited to attend an information meeting presented by Lynne Johnson, director of Jefferson County Human Services regarding human trafficking in Colorado and Jeffco. The meeting will be held on Saturday, June 28 at 9 a.m. at the Lakewood Police Administration Building in the old city council chambers at 445 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood 80226. Human Trafficking is the second largest growing crime operation and has become a $32 billion industry. Colorado is changing laws to help law enforcement crack down on this nation-wide crime ring that has a strong operation in Colorado.
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Expanding education Red Rocks Community College grows By Crystal Anderson canderson@colorado communitymedia.com Over six years ago the executive team at Red Rocks Community College saw a need to expand in the Arvada community, and began dreaming. A few weeks ago, the dream became a reality when the Colorado Legislature approved $10 million in funding, solidifying the institution’s dream of expansion. “This, today, is no longer a vision for the Arvada campus it’s a reality for the Arvada campus,” said Ron Slinger, executive director of the Red Rocks Foundation. Currently, the college has a campus in Arvada, 5420 Miller St., but with an influx in enrollment, the campus is near capacity. “This is our current campus, and I have to tell you — we have out grown that campus,” Red Rocks President Michele Haney said. “We’re hoping that this next opportunity as we triple the size of the campus, that we will be able to do a lot more, and for a longer period of time.” The new building will allow Red Rocks to triple both its enrollment and program-
ming, with a primary focus on health care and science career fields. The campus will house its current programs as well as several new sections such as; Nurse’s Aide, RN Refresher, Health Professional, Medical Assisting and Office Management, Phlebotomy Technician and Physician’s Assistant and general education courses. “What makes sense for us is to make Arvada the health campus, and I like to say we’re the ‘Anshutz of the West’,” Haney said. “I really want to have this campus known for its high quality courses and continue to be on the cutting edge of the industry.” This expansion is currently 77 percent funded, and over the next year, the Red Rocks team will focus on raising the additional 23 percent and finding the project’s lead architect who will design and construct the new 50,000 square foot, twostory building. “This is absolutely wonderful that this is all coming together,” Mayor Marc Williams said. What you’re doing is crucial and very important, and I’m sure Arvada will have a role to play,” The executive team is currently seeking a $1 million donation from the City of Arvada in the as an investment in the project. The new building is scheduled to break ground in summer 2015, and open for classes in the fall of 2016.
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VA failures rub salt in vets’ wounds Legislation hopes to improve current standards in system By Vic Vela
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Last week, Coffman joined every other member of the House in voting for a bill that aims to address some of the issues that have caused veterans like Claggett to receive substandard care from their government. The legislation is a start, say members of Congress, to restructuring a government-run entity that has been failing its soldiers for a very long time. “I am so angry and disappointed,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. “There are too many stories like that.”
Seeking better options for vets Last week, the House gave unanimous approval to the Veterans Access to Care Act. The bill requires that the VA send veterans to private health providers when the department is unable to provide care within 14 days. The legislation would also ban bonuses for VA employees and puts in place greater oversight over the department’s operations. The bill comes on the heels of a federal audit that shows that more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least three months to see a doctor, while others who asked for appointments never received one. Other findings have shown that VA employees — whose bonuses are tied to wait time reductions — falsified reports to hide information about long wait times. Reports have also shown that veterans died awaiting treatment. The scandal led to the resignation of department director Eric Shinseki. Coffman and Perlmutter believe that the legislation will go a long way in helping veterans receive better care, without having to deal with unreasonable — and sometimes life threatening — waits. “At the end of the day, it will allow the VA to have a much better system to allow vets options they don’t have now,” Coffman said. Coffman, who is the chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, added an amendment to the bill that sets aside money
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George Claggett, a Marine and Vietnam veteran, was one of many veterans whose health care needs had been impacted by systematic problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Photo courtesy of Michael O’Brie to the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization that provides services to wounded veterans. O’Brien said it wasn’t in Claggett’s nature to “advocate for himself” that he was a Vietnam veteran who deserved better treatment for serving his country. “My question is, why does a Marine have to advocate for care so he can die with a little dignity?” O’Brien said. “Why does he have to push a system to get him aid that we should be bending over backwards to give?”
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Michael O’Brien thinks about his late friend George Claggett as he sits in a booth inside a bar that Claggett often frequented, Denver’s Park Tavern and Restaurant, on June 13. On the table sits the cap that Claggett, a Vietnam veteran, often wore. Photo by Vic Vela
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June 19, 2014
Shepherding a legacy Lakewood author remembers Shep the Turnpike Dog By Clarke Reader
creader@colorado communitymedia.com Legacies are important. Some legacies are larger than others, and Lakewood author Charlotte Havey has recently published her debut children’s book, which chronicles the legacy of a beloved figure in Colorado’s history — Shep the Turnpike Dog. “This is a project I’ve been working for around three and a half years,” Havey explained. “I have a film production company with my family and Broomfield hired us to do a film for them and that’s when I came across Shep.” The book’s art is done in watercolor by artist Renee Gregory, who lives in Alaska and communicated with Havey via e-mail and Skype during the process. Shep first appeared as a stray puppy at a tollboth on the Denver-Boulder Turnpike in 1951, and he quickly befriended the tollbooth workers he came in contact with. “He was eventually adopted by the tollbooth workers and spend the next 14 years there,” Havey said. “He became a total icon for the Broomfield area and as chance has it, it will be the fiftieth anniversary of his
death in August, so it seemed like a great way to celebrate.” Shep’s remains are relocated to the Broomfield Depot Museum and has remained a part of Broomfield’s consciousness for decades. Havey describes herself as a major animal lover, and since she is a former educator who taught at places like South Lakewood Elementary, she feels she has a special feeling for children and how they relate to animals. “I went through several drafts while I was working on this story and eventually came up with the idea of making it into a poem,” she said. “That opened up a whole new genre to me and I had great feedback from workshops.” Havey said that Shep’s story not only shines a light on a specific moment in Colorado’s history that doesn’t get examined often, but also teaches children about coping with loss. “You have to be real delicate when writing about issues like this, but I think it can be a great tool for starting a dialogue about loss,” she said. “I also think the book is perfect for elementary students are studying Colorado’s history. The process of writing the book and getting it published by Sue Baer with Bear Paw Print has been a great ride, and she already has ideas for her next book. “I hope readers coming away realizing
Charlotte Havey’s “Shep the Turnpike Dog” tells the story of Shep, a homeless dog that was taken in by toll workers on the Denver-Boulder turnpike. Courtesy photo how blessed we are to have animals, and how unconditionally they love us,” she said. “It’s amazing to think that Shep’s legacy is being kept alive half a century later.”
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Legislative session wrap-up Town hall lets residents know what officials worked on By Clarke Reader
creader@colorado communitymedia.com The final Lakewood legislative town hall for the 2014 session gave elected officials a chance to highlight the successes of the session and speak about what they are hoping to accomplish in 2015.
It also gave residents a chance to ask questions about some of the topics most important to them and hear some of the legislators’ strategies. “96 percent of what we did in the legislature this year had bipartisan support,” said Sen. Cheri Jahn. “This was a much different session than last year, and we were able to bring a lot more people to the table — we all agree on what we want, it’s how to get there.” Rep. Brittany Pettersen kicked-off the discussion, talking about how this second
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Jahn also highlighted the importance of the “College Affordability Act,” which pumps $100 million into higher education funding, much of which will go toward student financial aid. The bill also caps tuition cost increases at 6 percent, lower than the current rate of 9 percent. Rep. Max Tyler talked about the work on the transportation and technology committees, including a “Buy Colorado” App, which shows people who download it nearby local businesses where they can shop. “I also looked at solar fields and gardens, and how we can make them more affordable for people who want to use that energy source,” he said. Sen. Andy Kerr finished the presentations by discussing the education bills he worked on, like the “College Affordability Act,” which he sponsored with Jahn. “This year we reinvested more than $450 million in the K-12 system, and most of that money went directly to the school districts, unencumbered,” Kerr said. “I’d still like to see some progress on investing in full-day kindergarten for all Colorado students.” Kerr also highlighted the Hospitality Career Education Grant Program, which establishes a grant program to help students pursue careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Questions from residents ranged to the effects of fracking, marijuana regulation and campaign finance. The legislators added that going to a special session seems likely, but said it is too early to tell where they stand on the issues that could be discussed.
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Jeffco honors elite athletes, coaches in 2013-2014 Ralston Valley, D’Evelyn both win Freddie Steinmark Award By Daniel Williams
dwilliams@colorado communitymedia.com LAKEWOOD – Another prep season is in the books and as usual student athletes and coaches in Jefferson County left their mark on another outstanding sports season. Last week Jeffco Schools honored its 2013-14 outstanding student athletes and coaches for their commitment to education, excellence and sportsmanship with district athletic awards. The Paul Davis Sportsmanship Award was given to Columbine (5A) and Evergreen (4A) high schools. The award symbolizes former Green Mountain High School’s Coach Paul Davis’ philosophy that athletics is an integral part of an overall educational program, recognizing traits like honesty, fair play, cooperation, competitive spirit and respect. Ralston Valley (5A) and D’Evelyn (4A) high schools were awarded the Fred Steinmark Award. Symbolizing athletic excellence, the annual award is given to the Jeffco league schools with the best male and female overall record in varsity sports. Ralston Valley has claimed the 5A award for five straight years. It’s the third consecutive honor for D’Evelyn. “I’m most proud, after all these years,
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Ralston Valley girls soccer team fans cheered their team on this year, as the Mustangs battled their way to a state runner-up finish. Photos by Daniel Williams
Bear Creek senior PT Garcia has had a prep career that few have ever matched and was honored as Jeffco’s 4A Athlete of the Year. Garcia is pictured here moments after winning his third consecutive state title on Feb. 22 at the Pepsi Center.
Five from Green Mountain make All-State Team Pair from Wheat Ridge and D’Evelyn also selected By Daniel Williams
dwilliams@colorado communitymedia.com LAKEWOOD – While 5A’s All-State Team certainly didn’t feature near enough Jeffco players, the 4A team is packed with Jeffco talent. After drama filled state tournaments in nearly every classification, the 2014 All-State Team was finally announced on Wednesday. The 4A All-State Team, both First Team and Second Team, have eight total representatives from Jeffco, including 2014 4A Player of the Year Green Mountain junior Josh Ramirez. Ramirez was not only one of the Rams’ best hitters but he was also perhaps the state’s best pitcher going 11-3 with a 3.62 ERA. Ramirez was the straw that stirred the drink and the main force behind Green Mountain’s run to their 4A state title. He and four of his teammates were selected for the team. Green Mountain sophomore Wyatt Featherston and junior’s Talon Schaller and Cole Shetterly joined Ramirez on the All-State First Team. And senior Justin Akiyama was chosen
Green Mountain senior Justin Akiyama, center, has become a Rams’ legend after his performance that helped his team win a 4A state title. Akiayama was named to the All-State Second Team last week. Photo by Dan Williams to be on the second team. Akiyama not only had a monster stat line that consisted of having a .396 batting average, 36 hits (team leader), 21 RBI and eight doubles, but also his legendary bases-loaded fullcount at bat in the bottom of the seventh inning against Durango in the state playoffs that eventually led to a walk-off game-
winning hit, which will be remembered forever. Also joining the five Green Mountain players from Jeffco is Wheat Ridge senior Nick Ricigliano. Ricigliano had one of the best statistical seasons in the state featuring a .456 batting average, 26 hits, 27 RBI, 27 runs scored and
six home runs. He also went 2-0 with a 4.20 ERA for the Farmers. D’Evelyn had one representative on the 4A All-State Team as junior Grant Witherspoon was selected for the Second Team. Witherspoon is not only one of Jeffco’s best hoopsters but he also proved himself as one of the state’s best baseball players this season, hitting seven home runs, 28 hits, 26 RBI and scoring 30 runs. 5A’s All-State Team featured just two Jeffco players, despite 5A Jeffco being considered the best league in the state this season. Columbine senior Austin Anderson and Chatfield junior Kyle Winkler were selected to make the Second Team. 5A’s Player of the Year honor went to Rocky Mountain’s Carl Stajduhar. The All-State teams honor the best players in the sport as judged by the leagues and coaches. These teams were created following a lengthy process which included nominations from leagues and coaches, and then a vote of coaches. Players of the year were also selected by a vote of the coaches. In other local sports news: Faith Christian had three different players represented on the 2014 3A All-State Team. Junior Luke Bote and senior Tristan Ortega were both selected as First Teamers and senior Josh Mihalcin was chosen to join the Second Team.
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June 19, 2014
Van Dyken-Rouen out of intensive care Olympic hero has long road to recovery but remains positive By Daniel Williams dwilliams@colorado communitymedia.com ENGLEWOOD – Her positivity after a tragic accident is something that is almost more unbelievable than her recovery. But that is probably what helped make Amy Van Dyken-Rouen the Olympic hero that she is today. Just one week after Van Dyken-Rouen severed her spine in an accident while riding an ATV, she is in good spirits and got good news as she has been moved out of
intensive care to a regular hospital room. “My first transfer to a wheelchair is complete. I was boot scooting all over the halls,” Van Dyken-Rouen said in a captioned of a photo of herself she posted on Instagram. The former world-class swimmer made her first move out of her hospital bed on Saturday and shared a picture of it on her Instagram account. Van Dyken-Rouen said she is keeping a positive attitude as she plans to do her rehabilitation at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Englewood, a hospital specializes in spinal cord injuries. The 41-year-old Van Dyken-Rouen was paralyzed after hitting a curb and being ejected off her ATV in a restaurant parking lot, falling over a drop-off between five and
seven feet. Tom Rouen, Amy’s husband and former Denver Broncos punter, immediately came to his wife’s aid, and said she was not breathing when he found her. Luckily, an off-duty paramedic found the two and his assistance helped save Van Dyken-Rouen’s life. The paramedic whose name is unknown had a chance to reunite with Van Dyken-Rouen on Friday as he paid the sixtime gold-medalist a visit in the hospital. Van Dyken-Rouen posted a picture of the pair on Instagram and this caption: “I did Crossfit with this man the day of my accident. Later that night HE saved my life as my first responder. #MyAngel.” Since the accident Van Dyken-Rouen has shared the struggles that she has gone
through on Instagram and Twitter. And one thing that she has obviously not done is feel sorry for herself. Van Dyken-Rouen has remained incredibly positive, despite the fact that she may remain paralyzed. But then again, to be a six-time gold medalist you have to be a ridiculously motivated individual. Always a competitor, she posted this message to her dad who is also in a wheelchair on Sunday: “Happy Father’s Day to the best dad ever! Now we can have wheelchair races.” Van Dyken-Rouen, a Colorado State University alum, won six goal medals, with four of those coming in the 1996 Olympics, making her the first American woman to accomplish the feat.
All-State soccer team is Ralston Valley heavy Mustangs players honored after epic run at state title By Daniel Williams
dwilliams@colorado communitymedia.com ARVADA – Ralston Valley girls’ soccer thrilled us with a remarkable run that ended in the state championship game. And now that their season is over, four different Mustangs were honored as a part of the 2014 All-State Soccer Team. Ralston Valley sophomores Alyssa Kaiser and Emma Musson were both selected as members of the 5A All-State First Team. While there were plenty of upperclassmen across the state that had great sea-
sons, none had one like Kaiser. Her 2.438 points per game is an incredible stat but her team-leading 17 assists in 16 games proved that she got her teammates involved in literally every single game she played this season. Musson recorded a very impressive 35 points this season and led the team with 14 goals. She also recorded seven assists. Kaiser and Musson were the best underclass-woman duo in the entire state and Ralston Valley should again be one of the state’s best teams for the next couple seasons. The Mustangs also had their junior goaltender Renee Romer on the All-State Second Team. Romer is regarded as one of the best goaltenders in the state winning 10 of the 11 games she appeared in — with
six of those 10 being shutouts. Ralston Valley shocked the soccer world by making it all the way to the state championship game at Dicks Sporting Goods Park as a No. 10 seed. The Mustangs beat Boulder, Cherry Creek, Rock Canyon and then Pine Creek in dramatic fashion, before falling to No. 8 Columbine 3-1 in an all-Jeffco state title game on May 22. Ralston Valley finished 16-4 (6-2 in 5A Jeffco) and moreover, they will return most of their team and should make another run at a state title over the next couple seasons. The All-State teams honor the best players in the sport as judged by the leagues and coaches. These teams were created following a lengthy process which included nominations from leagues and coaches,
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and then a vote of coaches. Players of the year were also selected by a vote of the coaches. In other local sports news: The 2014 All-State Boys and Girls Lacrosse Teams were announced Wednesday. There were no 5A boys who made the list but the 4A All-State Team featured four Wheat Ridge players. Senior goaltender Jensen Makarov and senior John Roach made the list as First Teamers, and senior Tyler Knott and freshman Zach Hall made the list as Second Teamers. Only one girl lacrosse player from Jeffco made the All-State team as Wheat Ridge senior Gianna Ossello was honored.
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dwilliams@colorado communitymedia.com LITTLETON – The “Dawgs” just landed a big fish to announce their games. The Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation announced on Thursday that the Dawg Bowl IV Survivors Game, which benefits adult hockey players facing catastrophic illness or injury, will have Peter McNab on hand to the announcing at the Dawg Bowl IV Survivors Game. The game will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton. But this isn’t just any hockey game. The Survivors Game features players and referees who have survived cancer or other illness or injury in their lifetime. The game has been described as “one of the most inspirational events” in the area and has rapidly gained popularity year after year. The tournament is one of the largest adult hockey tourneys in Colorado with 36 adult teams in 7 divisions (men and wom-
SPORTS QUIZ 1) In 2013, A.J. Pierzynski became the fourth catcher to have 13 consecutive seasons of 100 games caught. Name two of the other three. 2) Name the last team to have three 20-game winners in the same season. 3) In 2012, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o became the third college football defensive player to finish second in the Heisman Trophy voting. Who were the first two? 4) In 2012-13, Miami’s LeBron James recorded his seventh season of at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists. Who else did it six times? 5) Cam Ward is the all-time leader in games played in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes, with 461. Who is second? 6) Name the first American Alpine female skier to win medals in three Olympics?
7) Who was the last golfer before Steven Bowditch in 2014 to have a closing score of 76 or higher in the final of a PGA event he won? Answers 1) Johnny Bench, Bill Dickey and Brad Ausmus. 2) The 1973 Oakland A’s — Ken Holtzman, Catfish Hunter and Vida Blue. 3) Alex Karras of Iowa (1957) and Hugh Green of Pitt (1980). 4) Oscar Robertson. 5) Arturs Irbe, with 309. 6) Julia Mancuso (2006, ‘10, ‘14). 7) Vijay Singh won the 2004 PGA Championship despite a final-round score of 76. 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.
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24 Lakewood Sentinel
June 19, 2014
BELMAR BELMAR DOG DAYS DOG DAYS + CATS TOO + CATS TOO
Belmar Dog Days + Cats Too! Saturday, June 21, 2014 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (Belmarâ€™s Legacy Park)
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Pet Vaccinations + Licensing Free Coffee + Breakfast + Live Music Free Pet + Parent Photo Booth Plenty of Shade + Water for 4-Legged Guests
No other discounts or offers apply.
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