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March 6, 2014 Douglas County, Colorado | Volume 13, Issue 7 A publication of

CU plans to offer classes in area

A wild time

Expansion to change higher learning in Douglas County By Chris Michlewicz


From left, Mason Manula, 7, and Caleb Manula, 9, of Castle Rock, get their picture taken with Ghost and Waya, two wolves brought to The Wildlife Experience March 1 by Colorado Wolf Adventures. Photo by Chris Michlewicz

Rock Canyon again shatters Wish Week record Money raised will make nine childhood dreams come true By Jane Reuter Rock Canyon High School set another Make-A-Wish Foundation record Feb. 28, raising more than $72,500 in a week of fundraisers both on and off campus. The money will make real the dreams of nine children. It’s the fourth year in a row RCHS has set a state, and likely a national, record for the foundation. In 2013, the school raised about $60,500. Isaac Lucero, the Lakewood eighth grader featured during Wish Week 2014, was ill and unable to attend Friday’s check unveiling and final rally in the RCHS gymnasium. But he was there for the week’s other events, and already is planning a summer trip to New York City — the wish RCHS students ensured he’ll realize. “There are always the stereotypes about high school students, that they have a bad attitude about everything and are self-centered,” Isaac’s mother Desiree said. “But these students do an incredible thing. “It was more than Isaac could ever have dreamed of, so much more than I had ever imagined. He’d get home at night and couldn’t sleep because he was so amped up from the events. He was on cloud nine all last week.” Isaac, diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 10, has suffered through years of seizures and the effects of chemotherapy. His long-term prognosis is

good, but his mother said, “He had to grow up very fast. He didn’t get to be a kid.” In Isaac’s absence, some students held sticks on which large photos of his smiling face were mounted, waving them throughout the closing event. Delighted as students, staff and Make-A-Wish representatives were by the new record, the ceremony grew somber as they listened to a letter from the parents of the late Taylor Easterberg. The 2010 RCHS Make-A-Wish recipient died in March 2013 at the age of 11. Taylor realized his wish of visiting Australia before his death, a trip his parents said was “the break we all so desperately needed” and a gift that was “beyond amazing.” Student council advisor Kate Hartline urged students to carry the spirit of the week forward, and strive to be “kinder than necessary.” Make-A-Wish Colorado CEO Joan Mazak had high praise for RCHS. “This school, and the attitude of the kids, just gets more awesome every year,” she said. “I think it’s started a competition among the schools.” The week of fundraising included head shaving, sporting events, dinners at restaurants that donated to the cause and a Miracle Minute during which students raised just shy of $13,000 during 60 seconds of dumping change into buckets. In its first year of fundraising in 2010, Rock Canyon raised $15,300 — an amount more than twice its initial goal. Make-A-Wish said then that the school had set a new record. It has easily eclipsed that record every year since. In four years, RCHS has raised more than $161,000 and

The University of Colorado has announced an expansion plan that will transform The Wildlife Experience and higher education in Douglas County. More than 7,400 square feet of exhibit space on the second floor of The Wildlife Experience, an education-and-conservation-focused museum on Lincoln Avenue east of Interstate 25, will be turned into classroom space. Nearly 4,000 square feet in the basement will house a simulation lab for nursing students. The university, with assistance from its Denver and Anschutz campuses, is planning to offer a broad range of programs in business, addiction counseling, computer forensics, nursing and engineering. Classes are set to begin this fall and, at least in the beginning, will be aimed at professional audiences. There will be a balance of undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Don Elliman, chancellor of CU-Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus, said museum officials proposed the idea of expansion to the university more than a year Classes continues on Page 10

Rock Canyon High School seniors, with Wish Week 2013’s featured child Mara Dawkins (in pink), wipe their eyes after hearing about a former Wish Week beneficiary who has since died. Photos by Jane Reuter

Citizen’s academy spots open Eight-week course offers realistic glimpse into officers’ worlds By Jane Reuter

jreuter@ For some, the most memorable experience is clearing rooms and firing fake rounds in the shoot house. For others, it’s driving a police car or learning handcuffing techniques. Every participant in Lone Tree’s Citizen’s Police Academy leaves with a favorite memory from the multi-week event. And some, including four of 14 participants from last year’s event, don’t leave at all. Those four all became police volunteers. Lone Tree Police is seeking a few curious, adventurous people to explore their professional world during the free spring 2014 Citizen’s Police Academy. The eight-

From left, students Riley Hayes, Tori Pavillard, Caroline Skibness and Morgan Harrison display Rock Canyon High School’s record-setting Wish Week 2014 check. granted 21 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. “More than the money, what amazes me is how our kids

come together for a common cause,” RCHS principal Andy Abner said. “There’s no freshman, there’s no senior — that’s the greatest.”

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Dreams over time, one at a time He has always dreamed. Of what could be. When he was 8, picking strawberries in the fields of his Mexican town. When, at 12, he left home for the big city to sell popsicles and snow cones to help his parents provide for their family. When, at 17, he walked from Tijuana over the mountain range into California, wanting the American dream. “Era muy triste — la pobreza,” he says. The poverty — it was very sad. “And it made me very sad. My dreams were different.” What he saw was a life of possibility — and music. Singing. Performing. Applause. And although it may not be exactly the original dream, what Ruben Escalera has now, at 54, is close enough to make him happy. By most days, Ruben is a school custodian who takes pride in keeping his Douglas County high school neat, clean, ready for the students who fill its halls. Other days, he trades his working polo shirt for a crisp button-down, his white baseball cap for a black cowboy hat, and steps onto a stage to croon norteño music in a deep, resonant voice before crowd-packed venues in several Mexican states. He is a wiry, compact man, a divorced father of three with brushes of gray in his sideburns and a closely trimmed beard and mustache. He walks with a measured step, and speaks with quiet assurance born of devout faith that seeks good in what comes his way. “Gracias a Dios, nunca me di por ven-

cido,” he says. Thanks be to God, I never gave up. “Luché, luché, luché, luché.” He fought, always. And there was much to fight. He lived in Corona, a rural town in Michoacán, a state just west of Mexico City. He was one of 13 children of a homemaker mother and a father who did everything from plumbing to bricklaying and construction. Some of his brothers cut sugar cane; Ruben did, too. Mostly he picked strawberries with two of his sisters. He’d arrive at the field at 7 in the morning and pick for an hour, then head to school. At noon, he’d leave school and return to the fields for another two hours, before finishing out the afternoon with play and homework — “the typical life of a boy of 8 years old.” Because he had to leave school to help his father, he repeated first grade four times. He never made it to second grade. “Es una tristeza,” he says softly. “It is a sadness.” That reality derailed an early dream to be a priest, to study in a seminary. Instead, at 12, he left home for Mexico City to sell popsicles and snow cones. He lived with

seven others who rented a house together. “I believed that was the best way I could help my parents,” he says. But another dream — the one in which he was a singer — stayed quietly alive. It was born in his home, among the instruments dispersed in corners — the guitar, the violin, the guitarrón of the mariachi tradition. His father played them all. His mother sang with “a precious voice.” And his brothers and he joined in also. “Nos traían esa herencia,” he says. They gave us that heritage. And much happiness. At 9, he had won his first singing competition at the local theater, the first of many such performances in those young years. But at 17, searching for a better life, he crossed the border illegally to join his brother in Los Angeles. He washed dishes and cars, worked in metal and carpet factories. He also learned to play the bass guitar and joined a mariachi group that performed in Mexican neighborhood nightclubs. It became a second, welcome source of income. His voice, smooth and sonorous, brought him work in variety shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas on long weekends. When he married at 25, he turned to norteño music, most comparable to American country music, Ruben says. And for seven years he performed with a band. During that time, in 1986, Ronald Reagan’s immigration policy, which provided amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants, opened the door for Ruben to become a legal resident. But then came the “sickness in his throat.” Cancer. He stopped performing for two years to treat it, then joined another band, the most successful one, with which

he toured throughout the U.S. and Mexico for four years. In 1999, the cancer returned. And “with all the pain in my soul, I had to leave the band.” For much of two years, he communicated only by writing, praying that God would let him keep his voice. Eventually, his throat healed. That twist in the road, however, brought him to Colorado and to the job he now holds and which, he says, he loves. Six years ago, working hard to improve his English, he became a U.S. citizen. Five years ago, he began to sing again. The first time he performed, he cried. “It was a very big emotion, very big, very big. … The people, they liked my work, accepted my style. … I was happy.” He calls himself “El Vale de Michoacán,” after the nickname his late father called him as a child — val-ay, buddy. Two to three times a year he heads to Mexico to perform. Life is good. He is content. But he harbors one more dream, to one day dedicate himself only to his music. Dreams are important, he says. “When you know you can be someone, but you don’t have the means, well, it is dreams that one uses to fight.” Like Ruben did. Un sueño, one dream, at a time. To listen to Ruben Escalera sing, go to watch?v=ZWysVfyFmog.

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bond election which was passed last November. “Since 1905 the citizens of Littleton have approved every bond election asked for by the school district. The community agrees with me that there is nothing more important than the education of our children.” LPS Chief Operations Officer Diane Doney, and Director of Operations and Maintenance Terry Davis gave a brief overview of the physical plant renovations which will be taking place over the next few years. Most improvements will be internal mechanical and building updates “... in order to create a better learning environment while trying not to affect the current learning environment,” according to Davis. In closing, Chamber COO and Director of Economic Development Jeff Holwell asked the business leaders to get involved in the South Metro Denver Economic Development Group’s Business Retention and Expansion initiative. Through making direct, in-person contact with local primary employers, the group’s goal is “ ensure the wealth creating companies in Littleton are communicated with, thanked, and appropriately engaged as important businesses within the city,” according to Holwell. For more information on the Littleton Business Coalition or other Chamber groups, visit our web site at www. or call 303-795-0142 x112.

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(l to r)Norman Stucker of PADT and Chair of the Littleton Business Coalition (LBC), Littleton Mayor Phil Cernanec, Littleton Public School Superintendent Scott Murphy, Jason Dunkel of Littleton Adventist Hospital, and Norgren VP and General Manager Brian Crowe exchange greetings before the LBC Meeting.

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Board Unplugged meeting sparks debate Audience members criticize DCSD’s financing proposal, meeting format By Jane Reuter

jreuter@colorado Criticism of the school board was the theme at the Douglas County School District’s “Board Unplugged” meeting March 3. The evening focused on CFO Bonnie Betz’s presentation about a funding measure the district is seeking. Small-group discussions followed, and group after group then chose representatives who said they didn’t trust the school board and would never vote for more funding until the board regained their trust. While the agenda included a second topic for discussion, it never was entertained. The firstof-its-kind meeting — billed as a way to start bringing people in the divided school community together — instead ended. “That was great feedback,” Board President Kevin Larsen said to the approximately 60 people in attendance. “Rather than get feedback on another issue, we can do that at another meeting.” The November 2014 or 2015 voter proposal Betz outlined calls for issuing certificates of participation that would help address the $265 million in capital needs anticipated over the next five years. While Betz called the idea a “win-win” that would keep tax rates level, audience members repeatedly said it won’t get their

vote. “I’m that parent and most of us are that would (in the past) have voted and have voted `yes’ for the bond every year of our lives,” Laura Alfano said, but noted money spent to bring in a pro-district speaker before the November board elections, update the website and other financial decisions raised concerns. “If we need new phones and the roofs are falling down, why do we need a PR firm? Please help us trust you and we will help you build and fix everything.” “Teacher trust is huge; I feel we have no trust right now,” teacher Kevin DiPasquale said. “We have a presentation, a dog-and-pony show telling us about the needs of our district. How about a parent survey? A teacher survey?” Julie Keim, a former board candidate who filed a lawsuit against the district for violations of the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act, noted the district found a way to fund its widely criticized payfor-performance program despite voter denial of a 2011 ballot measure to finance it. “The district took our money … and did it anyway,” she said. “Unless we feel we can trust this school board and they honor our true needs, we will as a public be unwilling to support a bond. You need to as a school board address our issues before we address yours.” Shaylee Holland, a board member with American Academy charter school and candidate for the open board seat vacated by Justin Williams, said she feels there is some misunderstanding about the board’s reform effort

Teacher Kevin DiPasquale confronts school board president Kevin Larsen about the lack of teacher trust in the district and other concerns during the March 3 Board Unplugged meeting at Cimarron Middle School. Photo by Jane Reuter and school financing. “I do want to share how the reform effort has saved everybody money and put money back in the classrooms,” she said. “We have 1,600 students in our two buildings that the district doesn’t have to pay for. If those two schools were shut down, that’d be 1,600 extra students vying for the finite dollars. People just need to educate themselves.” Several also criticized a briefly discussed plan to build a K-8 special education facility similar to Plum Creek Academy, which serves middle- and high-school-

aged special needs students. Goals of the new facility would include quickly mainstreaming those students back into the general DCSD school population, school leaders said. But several audience members said building the new school would constitute segregation. Larsen said after the meeting the board will continue to work on the format for the Board Unplugged events. “We’re seeking and trying different formats right now we think will lead to productive exchange of information,” he said. “Last night was one element of trying some-

thing. We may find different ways to do the April and May meetings.” Larsen said he heard “loud and clear” the comments from audience members about trust and other issues, but said he wants to be sure the district is hearing from a broad cross-section of the community. “I don’t think the message we got last night was necessarily (from) a cross section of our entire population,” he said. The next Board Unplugged meeting is planned for April 1. Location and time have not been announced.

Panel to focus on school security Sandy Hook parents, security experts featured at March 13 event in Parker By Jane Reuter A 7-year-old Parker boy was the first student on whom Sandy Hook Elementary shooter Adam Lanza pointed his gun at Dec. 14, 2012. Lanza did not pull the trigger, instead turning to shoot the boy’s teacher, Victoria Soto the child’s best friend and several others. When Lanza paused to re-load his gun, the boy ran. Eight other students followed him out of the classroom and to safety. The next day, acting on alreadymade plans prompted by Dave Posey’s Denver job relocation, the now 8-year-old Frontier Valley Elementary School student and his family moved to Parker. In Douglas County, they feel safe. And that’s a message the boy’s parents — who asked their son’s name be kept confidential — want to share with others in the community. “I can honestly say I’m not scared for my kids at school here,” said Dave Posey, who also has children in Cimarron Middle School. “We’ve traveled all over the country, and visited

all kinds of school districts. It is by far the safest, most forward-thinking and most responsive to security issues of any in the country I’ve talked to.” Dave and Carly Posey will join several others in a Douglas County School District security panel event set for 6:30 p.m. March 13 at Parker’s Cimarron Middle School, 12130 Canterberry Parkway. The event is free and open to the public. The Poseys have joined some Columbine High School parents to create the Sandy Hook Columbine Cooperative, designed to help communities prepare, respond, and recover from a traumatic event. Other panelists include John Michael Keyes, Founder of i love u guys Foundation, whose daughter Emily was fatally shot at Platte Canyon High School in September 2006. The foundation is credited as the driving force behind the standard response protocols now used by school districts nationwide. Also on hand will be SAFE2TELL creator Susan Payne, a former hostage negotiator and crime prevention officer whose anonymous hotline allows anyone to report threatening behavior. Douglas County school marshal Tyler Herman will discuss the school’s marshal program which started in fall 2013 and sends armed, local law enforcement officers to visit elemen-


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Senate-race shockwaves come with territory When U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner changed course last week from re-election mode to pursuit of the Senate, it was a reminder of just how critical Colorado is in the national political landscape. Gardner was well on his way to being voted back to Washington in the 4th Congressional District, a Republican stronghold made up of farming-based eastern plains counties and conservative Denver suburbs. The congressman’s decision was a personal gamble — if he loses, he’s out of a job — but not so much for the GOP, which seeks to regain control of the upper house. For the Republicans, it was simply putting their best foot forward. The 39-yearold Gardner, labeled a “rising star” in the party in virtually every media report, gives the GOP a chance against Democratic incumbent Mark Udall. That’s something that couldn’t be said with any confidence

our view about the previous field of candidates, which included Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck. Meanwhile, Buck has shifted his sights to Gardner’s House seat, which, unless a high-profile Republican primary challenger emerges, he should be able to garner. The maneuvering strikes us as shrewd, but with Colorado’s primary elections still nearly four months away and the general election eight months off, it’s enough to give some the purple-state blues. Indeed, until the first Tuesday in November, it’s going to be all politics, all the time in this battleground state. If you’re

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Four suicides in 11 days is a truly horrifying statistic. Coroner Lora Thomas reports that although there is no connection between the cases, in her experience there is almost always an underlying mental illness. Suicide and mental illness are not subjects that are comfortable for people to discuss. Parents of children with mental illness live with chaos, fear and feelings of isolation as they attempt to maneuver the fragmented mental health care system in search for help. EMPOWER Colorado is a group, founded in 2000, that hosts two monthly parent support meetings in the south metro area, meeting on the first and third Thursday of every month, from 6-8p.m. at Arapahoe/ Douglas Mental Health, 155 Inverness Drive West. We collaborate with other

organizations, such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arapahoe/Douglas, NAMI Colorado, Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, and the Colorado Department of Education. We don’t know that we can prevent suicides, but the more information families have, the more we can help educate them and offer other resources. We can offer them hope; something many families don’t have. Knowing that there are other families who are struggling with the same issues is very empowering. For more information, please contact 866-213-4631 or Carol Villa, Highlands Ranch Debi Kinder, Highlands Ranch EMPOWER board members and family support advocates

Seeking significance in a signature I have worked very hard on my signature. Have you? It’s imperative to have a snappy signature, if you are an artist. I understood this pretension at a very young age, so once a year, I signed the blank pages in the front of my dictionary. If I had amounted to anything big as an artist, those pages would be worth some good money now. The signatures perceptively changed little by little every year. The signatures I use now have been in use for about 35 years. I have two signatures, no, three. When I sign one of those credit card screens, I just draw a horizontal line. I have seen people try to spell out their name diligently, as if the screen can tell if you are a forger. I sign “cm smith” on checks, letters, and forms. I sign “cms” on all of my artwork. I took a calligraphy workshop at the Denver Art Museum. A very petite Asian woman was the instructor. The class was full, and I had a good time because I appreciate calligraphy. I try to include flowing line work in all of my paintings, and that includes my signature. I watch “Pawn Stars.” Periodically someone comes in with a celebrity’s autograph. One guy had Chuck Berry’s signature on a cheap guitar and wanted thousands of dollars. If I inherited autographs, fine. Otherwise I would never ask for anyone’s autograph, or be an autograph collector. I have said so before. I just don’t get it. Why would I want the autograph of someone who doesn’t even know me? People have asked me to sign my book for them. I sign “cms.” I don’t add anything else, like, “Bon voyage, Omar and Flo.” Picasso had a great signature. He signed “Picasso” on everything he did, and he did a lot. His birth name on a canvas was out of the question. Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Artist Oscar Kokoschka signed his paintings “O. K.” Georgia O’Keeffe didn’t sign her paintings on the front. “Would you sign your face?” she said. Signatures have become an afterthought, because cursive has become an afterthought. About the only time that

some of us handwrite anything, is when we sign our names. Everything else is done on a computer. A signature can give you a heads up about someone. In “L. A. Story,” Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Sandy, signs her name like this: “SanDee*.” I would excuse myself and leave by the lavatory window. Freshmen in my drawing classes had the largest signatures, and they liked to sign their names, not discreetly on a corner, but right up there next to the image. Advanced drawing students knew better, and kept it simple, in a corner. What are the world’s most valuable autographs? If you have Neil Armstrong’s you have a very good investment. Babe Ruth’s went for $150,000 in 2005. There are only six existing signatures belonging to William Shakespeare. You’re looking at $3,000,000 or more, if you own one. Shakespeare’s signature is the most valuable one in the world. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s signature is highly prized as well, partly because he couldn’t write. It always amuses me when I see a celebrity or an athlete sign something. It is often done without looking. I think Stephen Wright signs his name with invisible ink. You can make invisible ink right at home. Squeeze a lemon into a bowl and add a few drops of water. Write something on a piece of white paper with a cotton swab that was dipped into the lemon juice. Let it dry. When the piece of paper is held up to a light, you will be able to read the message. Mae West had another thought about all of this. “A man’s kiss is his signature.” Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@

squeamish, you might want to look away as: • Republican Congressman Mike Coffman wages a fight for his political life against Democrat Andrew Romanoff, Colorado’s former speaker of the House. The race is for the 6th Congressional District seat, a post that represents residents of Aurora, Centennial, Highlands Ranch and Littleton, among other areas. Like the Senate battle, it is one that looms large on both major parties’ national radar, and campaigning is already at a fever pitch. • Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper works to fend off a Republican challenger chosen from among a slew of contenders. The field already includes former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. It may soon include former Congressman Bob Beauprez, who, as of this writing, hadn’t announced a run

but reportedly was very close to doing so. His entry would certainly enliven the race and perhaps give the GOP a better shot at unseating Hickenlooper, which if achieved, would be a coup celebrated by Republicans across the country. • Republican lawmakers, fueled by the frustration of taking a pounding in consecutive sessions, pull no punches in their attempt to take back the state Legislature. Many issues will be discussed, but make no mistake, the centerpiece is the Second Amendment. The GOP will try to turn gun control legislation passed by the state’s Democratic lawmakers in 2013 against them, and national party leaders on both sides will be watching. This could get nasty. There’s an old phrase, one we embrace, that says, “All politics is local.” To that, given the current political climate, we add, “…unless you’re in Colorado.”

Losing the little things, finding the big things It seems as over the past 12 months I have lost or misplaced a half-dozen cellphone chargers. Whether it is the wall charger or the car charger, they just seem to disappear from the wall, my car, my backpack, or my mind. Regardless of where they went, the result is that I find myself right back in the store purchasing another one. Maybe it’s just my memory getting slower and I just can’t remember where I placed them. Perhaps I have left my energy source in any number of power outlets in hotels or airports along the way. All I do know is that they were considered lost and then out of necessity, replaced. Well wouldn’t you know it? At least half of them were found in a recent reorganization of my home and office. So for now I am flush with chargers and ready for technological mobility once again. And there was much rejoicing. Now phone chargers and other small miscellaneous items that get lost are one thing, and if not found they can usually be replaced. We may experience some minor heartburn and headaches, however we usually get past those in a very brief period of time. It becomes a little harder when we think about other things we have lost along the way like relationships, friendships, faith, hope and love. If we only put as much time and effort into finding those lost relationships, mending friendship fences, and restoring hope and faith as we did in finding our cellphone chargers and other small and less meaningful items, I truly believe there would be even more rejoicing. Now a teenager may argue that their

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cellphone charger is right up there with the five food groups, oxygen, and money on the scale of importance. I mean have you ever been on a long car ride with a teenager when their cell phone ran out of power? They go from happily texting to misery in about 10 seconds. I was fortunate to have found some of my “little” things like my chargers as my home and office were reorganized. Now it has left me thinking about taking the time, putting in the extra effort to reach out to lost relationships and friends who I have been out of touch with for far too long. It has re-energized my belief system as I reorganize and recollect my passion for hope, encouragement, faith and love. These relationships were not necessarily lost, I would say more misplaced for a period of time. And at the moment, knowing things can be lost, but that they can also be found, the strategy now has to become focused on keeping and maintaining them so they do not get lost again. The keys are intention, focus, desire, communication and commitment. This means we are purposeful, these are priorities, we want the outcomes to improve, we

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Sky Ridge debuts wound care center Treatment includes hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy By Jane Reuter

Sky Ridge Medical Center’s newest addition will help speed up recovery for people suffering from painful, otherwise slow-toheal wounds. The Lone Tree hospital opened its Advanced Wound Care Center Feb. 19, which includes a suite with two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. The chambers are a new addition to Sky Ridge. Blanketed patients lie in the clear, cy. lindrical chamber for 1.5 to 2 hours per treatment, breathing 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized space. The combination enriches the blood’s oxygen concentration 10 to 15 times its normal level, stimulating the growth of new blood cells. The “high-oxygen environment really speeds the healing process,” said Adam George, director of wound care services at Sky Ridge. Depending on the reason for treatment, patients will undergo 20 to 60 daily visits as part of an overall treatment plan. “This is added therapy to help the patient in their healing process,” said techni-

cian Phil Treadway, who oversees the sessions. Wounds also are cleaned and debrided — a process of removing dead tissue from a wound — to further accelerate healing. The suite is equipped with a television for each chamber, so patients can watch TV or movies, or sleep during the procedures. They also can speak with the technician from inside the chamber. Between the two chambers, which cost about $150,000 each, Sky Ridge can treat about eight patients daily. Growing community need for the therapy prompted the expansion of the wound care center, Sky Ridge officials said. Englewood’s Swedish Medical Center, Medical Center of Aurora, Denver’s Presbyterian St. Luke’s and Parker Adventist Hospital all offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy as well. Initially used to treat divers suffering from decompression sickness, technicians of hyperbaric oxygen therapy noticed those divers who also had cuts healed more rapidly than those who hadn’t undergone the therapy. Hospitals now use the therapy to treat problematic wounds, counteracting the effects of radiation, skin grafts and diabetic ulcers. Skin disorders stemming from poor circulation, common among the elderly, also are prime candidates for the treatment.

Hyperbaric technician Phil Treadway talks to his wife, Debbie, who posed as a patient during a demonstration of Sky Ridge Medical Center’s expanded wound care center. Photo by Jane Reuter Some sports teams use the chambers to hasten an injured player’s return to the game. Most famously, late pop music star

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ThunderRidge High School senior Katie Kimmey cuts into a Chef Doug’s pork carnita burrito in the school cafeteria. Photo by Jane Reuter

Michael Jackson slept in a hyperbaric chamber, reportedly because he thought it would slow aging and sharpen his cognitive ability.

you found it? Is it now in safe keeping? I would love to hear all about it at and when we find and keep what once was lost it really will be a better than good week. Michael Norton is a resident of Highlands Ranch, the former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation and the CEO/ Founder of

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Chef Doug’s burritos debut at ThunderRidge 7 to ‘super delish’ review By Jane Reuter Move over, Qdoba and Chipotle. Another Colorado-born burrito maker is gaining a fast following. Chef Doug’s burritos debuted at ThunderRidge High School in early February. And the spicy lunch option, a product of Douglas County School District’s Nutrition Services, is coming soon to Rock Canyon and Mountain Vista high schools. At some point, it likely will be added to the menu at all nine high schools. “Super delish,” freshman Jenna Isakson said of his pork carnitas burrito. “I would eat them every day but I need all the different items in the food pyramid.” “It’s like having a small Chipotle here,” said senior Mercedes Coon, as she waited in a long line of burrito fans at the ThunderRidge cafeteria. Chef Jason Morse can’t get enough of comparisons like that. “I hear them say all the time, `This is so much better than school lunch,’” he said, smiling. “They don’t associate it with school lunch, but it is. This is all `lower sodium, controlled fat, full of flavor. Whether they know it or not, we’re giving them a healthy, hardy, nutritious lunch. “The difference is they get to create their

meal experience, and that’s the beauty of it.” Students can choose from chicken, pork, turkey or beans, brown rice, green and red chilies, and a variety of vegetables and toppings; beef soon will be added to the meat options. The burritos are $5, or $5.50 with a drink. Students in ThunderRidge’s ProStart cooking program helped Morse research the right price point. Morse was challenged by Nutrition Services director Brent Craig to create a fun, restaurant-quality offering so appealing that it would keep students on campus. Douglas County high schools have an open-campus policy, which allows upperclassmen to leave during the lunch break. Chef Doug’s burritos appear to have met Craig’s criteria. “We’ve got some (students) that come so often, we just make it for them,” said Linda Tokle, who works in the ThunderRidge cafeteria. “We’re competing with Qdoba. The burritos are nice and big, and they’re cheaper.” Morse points to a cafeteria packed with students and roaring with conversation. “We’re building community,” he said. “I’d rather feed our students here where I know they’re safe, and where I know everything is perfect.” Morse and Craig never are content to tread water. Successful as the burritos may be, they’re not the last food item Morse intends to introduce under the “Chef Doug’s” label. “I want a burger concept,” Morse said. “For us to keep being cool, we need something Smashburger’ish.”

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Sheriff’s candidate fined for fundraising report Tony Spurlock says ‘clerical errors’ behind mistakes By Virginia Grantier

vgrantier@ Douglas County Undersheriff Tony Spurlock, one of four candidates for sheriff, was fined last month by an administrative law judge for violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act. He has since settled up. Judge Robert N. Spencer, of the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts in Denver, ruled Feb. 11 that Spurlock “failed to report all required information for several contributions of $100 or more and failed to report all required information for several expenditures in violation of the FCPA.”

“No one was hurt (and) it wasn’t that we were trying to trick anyone,” Spurlock said, adding that he wasn’t trying to hide information. It was simply “clerical errors” that resulted in inaccurate and incomplete information in his contributions and expenditures report filed on Nov. 1, 2013. Matt Arnold of Campaign Integrity Watchdog first discovered the problems, after which he filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s office in January. Spencer agreed that there was missing information and ordered Spurlock to file an amended report, which according to Spurlock, he did on Feb. 25. Spurlock was fined by Spencer $4,050, but only required to pay $1,000 as he paid up within 30 days. The Republican undersheriff said that despite the fact he has already paid, he is considering appealing the fine.

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Spurlock got in trouble because, in the contributions portion of the report, two donors had occupations listed as “unknown,” including one who works for the sheriff’s office. Spurlock said he was not trying to hide where the donors worked and that he has other contributors who work for the sheriff’s office and that he correctly listed their occupations. Additionally, the occupations of several retired Spurlock contributors were also listed as “unknown” when they should have been described as “retired.” Spurlock said the person responsible for creating the report didn’t know the contributors, but when he, who does know the donors, looked over the report he didn’t look at it “line by line.” He said that he would in the future, however. In the expenditures section of the report, payees of three expenditures totaling $252 were also listed as “unknown.” The type of expense was listed as “miscellaneous” for one of the expenditures and “office supplies” for the other two. The candidate said all three were actually expenses for Douglas County Republican groups and events and should have been described as such. He also said some of the problems with the expenditures report were caused because PayPal doesn’t provide sufficient payee information. Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas, also a Republican candidate for sheriff,

said she took three classes to learn how to do the requisite report, and reviewed it with an assistant before filing it. Thomas said the Secretary of State’s Office “was very helpful,” in helping her learn how to do the report and that hers is “perfect.” “It’s not as difficult as handling a $48 million budget,” she said, referring to the sheriff’s office’s budget, which the successful candidate will have to manage. Castle Rock Police Cmdr. John Anderson, the third Republican candidate, said his report is also complete, without any problems. He said anyone could make a mistake but that for sensitive materials like this, one should take additional precautions. “I feel bad for him. I really do,” Anderson said. “I don’t like to see someone get hurt or embarrassed.” In addition to the aforementioned problems, Spurlock was also supposed to attend a Feb. 7 hearing on Arnold’s complaint. The undersheriff said he didn’t show up because he hadn’t been informed it was taking place. He said he didn’t show because the notice about the hearing, mailed by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, didn’t reach him and was returned to sender. That, he said, is because his campaign headquarters’ suite number wasn’t listed on the documents he filed with the state. Highlands Ranch Libertarian Brock McCoy Sr. became the fourth candidate to file for the office when he submitted his paperwork Feb. 25.

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Rep. Cory Gardner, who represents the 4th Congressional District, speaks to Cimarron Middle School sixth-graders in Parker about safe online practices during a Google-sponsored event Feb. 24. Gardner announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate later in the week. Courtesy photo

By Vic Vela A head-spinning development in Colorado politics from a game of musical chairs on Feb. 26 resulted in a consensus frontrunner emerging in the Republican field of U.S. Senate candidates. U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner dropped his reelection bid and now has his sights set on unseating Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Gardner, who represents the state’s 4th Congressional District, takes the place of Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck in the Republican field. Buck — who lost a tight race to Sen. Michael Bennet in 2010 — dropped his Senate bid to run for Gardner’s House seat. “We need to replace Mark Udall in the Senate, and I believe Congressman Cory Gardner is in the strongest position to make that happen,” Buck said in a Feb. 26 news release. Gardner, who officially announced his candidacy at a press conference in Denver on March 1, was elected to the House in 2010 after defeating incumbent Rep. Betsy Markey. Before that, Gardner served in the state House. The Yuma resident is known as a rising star in the GOP and has been an outspoken critic of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. With Buck out and Gardner in, the Republicans stand a better shot at taking Udall’s seat, according to one longtime Colorado political scientist. “I would say Cory Gardner is the strongest (Republican) candidate in the race at the moment,” said Bob Loevy, a retired Colorado College political science professor. “Having a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the race, that’s a big improvement for the Republicans.” Loevy, a Republican who is well-respected among politicos for his impartial analysis, said the party is better off not having Buck involved in another Senate race. Buck made national headlines in 2010 for comments he made about women, which cost him in his race against Bennet. “It’s a plus that Buck is out of the race,” Lovey said. “He already ran for the Senate and lost, so he already has a loser image which is hard to overcome in politics. I think he is much better off and has a much better chance of getting elected to House.” Buck already has company in the House race. State Sen. Scott Renfroe, of Greeley, announced his candidacy the day after the news broke. Other names have also emerged as potential candidates, including state lawmakers Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling and Tim Dore of Elizabeth. The 4th Congressional District includes many counties in the eastern plains region of Colorado, but also encompasses some territory close to the Denver metro area, including Parker, Lone Tree, Castle Rock and Elbert County. The fallout from the Gardner-Buck moves was substantial in the Senate race. State Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, announced through a news release the following day that she was dropping her Senate bid as well to back Gardner, whom she called “an outstanding public servant who will unite our party and communicate our conservative principles.” Stephens thanked her supporters and said she would continue doing her work as

GARDNER’S STATEMENT Congressman Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) officially announced his bid for the U.S. Senate on March 1. The following excerpts are from a news release announcing his candidacy: “Today, we begin a nine-month fight for the future of our country. And don’t let anyone say otherwise — this fight is about the future, for our families, children and grandchildren. This past year the nation has watched Colorado push back against overreach and indecisive leadership. Today, we join the nation and bring Colorado into focus as we push back against Harry Reid and President Obama. “The United States that we know is fading. Amidst big government boondoggles and unaccountable bureaucracies, the people of this country find themselves working harder and harder each and every day only to see the promise of opportunity slip further and further from their reach. “It doesn’t have to be this way. Today, while surrounded by a loving family and everyday Coloradans who know we can do better, I announced my intention to run for the United States Senate and to begin the hard work of rebuilding our great nation.” a state representative, but did not offer any reason behind her decision to drop out of the race. But it was clear that Stephens had a tough road, especially because of her sponsorship of last year’s legislation that set up Colorado’s health insurance exchanges, which came as a result of “Obamacare.” “I think she may have found that while many people may have admired her for `Amy Care,’ I think she may have discovered in a GOP primary that would be a tremendous burden,” Loevy said. Stephens was not at the Capitol the day of her announcement and she did not return a phone call seeking comment. While Stephens is now out of the race, state Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, vows to continue his candidacy in spite of a party establishment move that he thinks left Republican voters “hoodwinked.” “This has been in the works for a while,” Hill said of Gardner’s late entry into the field. “This has all been coordinated. This is exactly what’s been losing it for Republicans in Colorado for a while — these insider, backroom deals that give people the sense that, `I’m sorry, you’re part of the party, but you have no say in who your candidates are going to be.’ “That makes it feel like it’s a coronation and not an election.” Lovey said he doesn’t know what was behind the Gardner-Buck switch, but he said that Hill may be on to something when he says that the party establishment played a big role. “I don’t know what the Republican establishment is doing, but I will say this is the kind of move that party big wigs try to engineer so that the party goes into the election in the strongest strategic position as possible,” he said. The field also includes state Sen. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulfur Springs, and three others who do not hold public office: Mark Aspiri, Tom Janich, and Floyd Trujillo. Loevy said that Udall would be the favorite regardless of who emerges from the GOP field. The Udall name has been “a magical name for more than a generation in American politics.” But if Gardner becomes the Republican nominee, things could get interesting, he said. “I think it’s a tougher race,” he said. “Now I’d say we have a candidate who has a real chance at defeating Udall.”

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School staffers honored at Apple Awards Staff report The 2014 Apple Awards were presented March 1

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Robin Schumacher • Secondary Teacher Award: Mountain Vista High School journalism, media and public speaking teacher Mark Newton • Early Childhood Educator of the Year: Stone Mountain Elementary preschool teacher Sue Wozniak • School Employee of the Year: Mountain Ridge Mid-

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schedules “fit perfectly,” Elliman said. Several department heads expressed tremendous interest when the plan was announced. The type of programming offered is designed to mirror the industries represented by the local population: health care, engineering and business. But CU’s education department also saw the expansion as an opportunity to unfurl its addiction-counseling programs. The university is talking about increasing the number of options in the future, most likely during the 201516 school year. Programs from CU’s Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses will be implemented. The university will have access to The Wildlife Experience’s theater and

ballroom for ceremonies and other events. In a statement, Dave Liniger, museum founder and co-founder of RE/ MAX International Inc., said the collaboration will enable The Wildlife Experience to enhance its service to the community. “Our long-term vision for The Wildlife Experience is to continue to serve south metro Denver by expanding our educational outreach and use of our facility to include programs aimed toward adult education,” he said. The renovation project will follow an aggressive five-month construction schedule.

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Youth tan ban bill advances Four Dems join GOP in casting no votes By Vic Vela Legislation that would prohibit minors from using tanning beds passed the House on Feb. 27. But the bill is hardly guaranteed to pass the Senate, as four House Democrats joined all Republicans in voting against the bill. The bill passed following a 33-31 vote. Rep. Cherylin Peniston, D-Westminster, said her bill “literally saves lives” and cited rising melanoma rates among children as motivation behind the effort. But Republicans said the bill was akin to a “nanny state” government that takes away decision making from parents. Peniston has tried unsuccessfully in previous legislative sessions to get a youth tanning ban passed at the Capitol. This year’s effort is the toughest bill yet because it calls for a complete artificial tanning device prohibition for youths under 18, without exception. A provision that would have allowed for kids to tan with permission from a doctor has been stripped from the bill. Business owners would face fines of up to $2,000 if they allow persons under 18 to use their tanning devices. More than 30 states have some sort of limitations on youth tanning in place. Colorado currently has no youth tanning restrictions. “Can we please save lives of our young adults who don’t have the knowledge to decide if this is a good idea?” Peniston said during a House floor debate that preceded the bill’s passage. Republicans called Peniston’s bill an example of government overreach. Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, said there are other kinds of hazards that pose threats to children, but the state doesn’t ban them all. “It just seems to me that, while this is well-intentioned, it is an overreach for what is an incremental risk each and every time,” Gardner said, using the words “nanny state” as he spoke against the bill. Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, slammed it as being an intrusive effort of a heavy-handed government. Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, meanwhile, tried to amend the bill to allow children who are 16 and 17 to use tanning beds, so long as they get permission from their parents. “There’s going to a backlash of parents,” Gerou said. “The backlash is going to be, `I’m a parent. I love my child. I think I know what’s best for my child.” Gerou — who is sponsoring her own bill that would prohibit the sale of cigarettes to persons under 21 — urged for support of her amendment, but the effort failed. “Like we do with cigarettes, with marijuana, we recognize that these things are not good for young people,” Peniston said. House Speaker Mark Ferrandino of Denver and Reps. Jovan Melton of Aurora, Ed Vigil of Fort Garland and Jonathan Singer of Longmont were the four Democrats who voted against the bill. Singer called the bill “unenforceable.” The bill now heads to the Senate.

LEGISLATIVE nEwS Cyberbullying bill advances

A bill that would make cyberbullying a crime passed a House committee with unanimous support on Feb. 25. House Bill 1131 would make it a misdemeanor when “a child or a teenager is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using digital technology,” according to Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, the bill’s sponsor. The legislation comes as a result of increased cases where youths are bullied through social media outlets and text messaging. The bill passed the House Education committee following a 12-0 vote. The legislation heads to another committee before it gets a vote on the House floor.

Execution reprieve limits bill fails

A Republican bill that would have put tighter restrictions on the governor’s ability to provide reprieves for death row inmates failed in a House committee on Feb. 24. Through House Bill 1197, Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Arvada, sought to limit governors to just 90 days to seek a death penalty reprieve, and only for the purposes of “administrative difficulties in carrying out the execution,” the bill’s fiscal note states. The bill was a response to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision to grant a reprieve to convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap, who killed four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1993. The bill died in the Democrat majority House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee following a 6-3 vote.

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March 6, 2014

Fourth candidate joins sheriff’s race By Virginia Grantier

the fourth candidate in the sheriff’s race. McCoy, running as a Libertarian, filed his candidate affidavit Feb. 25 with the Secretary of State’s office. Brock McCoy, who retired from the Douglas County McCoy said as sheriff he would have better control on Sheriff’s Office after more than 25 years of service, is now the budget, “not spend money recklessly on just anything.” JobHe Number: said he’d00064382 better manage personnel and assignments. And a bigger focus onGUN community policing is important to Customer: TANNER him. SHOW Inc. McCoy said he used to park his squad car and walk Phone: (303)550-8822 blocks to get to know people outside, out working on their yards, in Highlands Ranch and other areas. “You get lot of mileage out of things like that,” he said. McCoy said he is running as a Libertarian in part because he doesn’t want to be involved in the dirty-laundry kind of politics happening in the race among the other three candidates, all Republicans: John Anderson, a Castle Rock police commander; Tony Spurlock, Douglas County undersheriff; and Lora Thomas, Douglas County coroner. The candidates are vying to replace term-limited Dave Weaver. McCoy thinks he’s the best candidate because he has spent years working the streets, has been in management, understands people and the needs of the citizens.

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And he said he’s running for the right reasons, to help the community, that it’s not a “self-serving” effort. McCoy, who has lived in Highlands Ranch for 22 years, said he retired from the sheriff’s office because it wasn’t fun anymore. He said he was a captain with the department until Weaver came into office. He said Weaver — who railed in his campaign about the department being top-heavy — came in and demoted three captains to lieutenant including McCoy and reduced their pay. But McCoy said eight months later Weaver promoted three lieutenants to captain, “his (Weaver’s) guys,” not McCoy or the other two who had been demoted. When asked if Weaver wanted to respond to what McCoy related, Sgt. Ron Hanavan, sheriff’s office spokesman, issued an email statement that read: “Brock McCoy was employed at the Douglas County Sheriff’s office from 1982 to 2009. The highest rank Brock McCoy achieved was Captain and upon his departure in 2009, he was at the rank of Lieutenant. Because this is a personnel matter we are not at liberty to speak about any specifics. … No further statement will be made.”

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Living the La La land lifestyle

Art objects included in the Cherry Creek Art Festival’s Moving Art Gallery, MAG, exhibited at Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch appear via a grant from the Alliance Project, funded through select Scientific and Cultural Facilities District organizations. Courtesy photo

Ranch View students enjoy visiting art Grant allows moving art galleries to roam school halls By Sonya Ellingboe

sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia. com For a second time, students at Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch have won a grant from The Alliance Project allowing for a variety of art to be delivered to the school and implemented into their curriculum. The program was developed because it’s become more and more difficult for schools to afford the cost of field trips. Each year, one middle school in each of the seven counties served by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District is a recipient of this special service, paid for by about 30 of the largest “culturals” from Tiers I and II included in the district, who contribute to a fund. Usually, the program continues for a second year, according to coordinator Charlotte D’Armond Talbert, who works with cross-cultural teams to include science, art,

social science in the mix. Teachers can ask for specific theme-based programs, for example: “I wish our kids had a better understanding of how to perform slam poetry”— or, “how does the coloration on a butterfly change?” Talbert will then ask SCFD organizations for a program to meet the request. At Ranch View, there were two moveable art exhibits. One, a group of brightlypainted, rolling “Culture Cases” from the Mizel Museum, which focused on Asian, Mexican, Jewish, African, Native American ceremonial objects, such as masks, jewelry, toys, musical instruments and other cultural symbols. They were spaced around the wide second-floor hallway. The other Moving Art Gallery (MAG) was located inside the library, circulated by the Cherry Creek Art Festival, and funded by Janus Fund. Items come from an auction held each year at the festival plus some chosen by students who visit the festival in July. There are paintings, sculptures, art glass, ceramics and wood objects, displayed on panels and pedestals. Students serve as docents and conduct small groups throughout the show, explain-

ing the art. Art teacher Amy Beth Mears trained the student docents who had to learn a bit about each piece. Printed material comes with the exhibit, bearing a statement and explanation from the artists. These are available for visitors to pick up if they wish. John Petry’s fanciful “Vegas Baby” sculpture, with a flared skirt of playing cards, attracted attention, as did Ann Hall’s “Cow,” a three-panel version of the “eat mor chiken” bovines seen on local billboards, advertising Chik-fil-A. It’s customary to invite students from another school and on Feb. 24, sixth graders from El Dorado Elementary School did just that. (The program not only brings in art, but also pays for transportation for such a visit and for field trips if requested.) Earlier in the school year, artists from the Central City Opera came for a program, which was held in next-door ThunderRidge High School’s theater, since Ranch View doesn’t have such a venue. The MAGs are constantly on the move and are available for libraries and other institutions, as well as schools, Talbert said.

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By Sonya Ellingboe “Yguazu (Big Water),” a misty, mystical, magical color photograph by Fernando Bozo was awarded “Best of Show, Color” by juror Jeffrey Rupp in the 48th Annual Eye of the Camera Exhibition. “It stood out from the beginning,” said Rupp of the photo taken at dusk on the multiple falls on the Yguazu River, a Unesco Heritage Site that touches Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. When the photo was shot, it had been raining, the river was about 10 times its average volume, and it started to rain again hard just after he got his exposure —which gives him a reason to return, he figures. One can see the numerous smaller falls and the path of the river dividing Argentina and Brazil. He and his wife said at the exhibits reception at the Little-

Yguazu (Big Water)” by Fernando Boza, was named “Best of Show” by juror Jeffrey Rupp in the 2014 Eye of the Camera Exhibit, presented by the Littleton Fine Arts Board. The exhibit is running at the Littleton Museum through March 30. Courtesy photo

ton Museum that family members they were visiting were so apologetic about the rain, but they figure it was good, after all, with this award. The Boulder resident, who works in Lone Tree, says he is an amateur who has photographed nature and wildlife in Africa, Australia, South America, etc. He “generally finds inspiration in and around Colo-

rado — whether it is the Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Evans, Yellowstone — or at the Boulder Reservoir. There were 113 photographers who entered 328 images for this always-popular show. Of those, Rupp selected 76 photos by 60 photographers for a lively, inviting exhibit. In addition to jurying the show at the Littleton Museum, Rupp owns

the Denver School of Photography, with locations in the Santa Fe Arts District and Park Hill, where he teaches at all levels and has a gallery. Other awards were: Best of Show Black and White: “Kanarra Creek” by Robert Lace; Best of Show Darkroom (vs. digital): “The Lionfish” by Conor Culver. (Lace, Culver and Bozo will hold a three-man show next year as a reward.) First Place Color: “Indian Child Dancer;” by Charles Lehman; First Place Black and White: “Wind Storm” by Carol Walker; Second Place Color: “Rialto Gondolier” by Sam Dichter; Second Place Black and White: “Las Trancas Cowboy” by Ron Cooper. The exhibit, put on by the Littleton Fine Arts Board runs through March 30.

Mikael Padilla, local hair stylist and owner of Mikael Padilla Salon at 300 Fillmore St. in Cherry Creek, was in La La land last weekend for a trip to the Oscars. Padilla attended the March 2 Academy Awards with friend and client, Taryn Rose, an orthopedic surgeon-turned shoe designer. You can see her designs at www. Rose is a Vietnamese refuge and became a doctor like her father before creating a successful shoe business, designed out of frustration with shoes that left women with aching feet. Padilla also had an appointment to color Camila Alves’ hair on March 1. Who is that you ask? Only the wife of Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey, nominated for his work in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Fallon takes `pot’ shot at Colorado

Spanking new “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon took a pot shot at our own Gov. John Hickenlooper Feb. 25 by making jest of Colorado’s legal retail marijuana laws. “Colorado expects to make $100 million from taxing legalized marijuana,” the comedian said. “Governor John Hickenlooper (big audience laugh at the name) says he will use a lot of that money to build new schools. Suggested names? “U. Holden Academy, Hot Pocket Prep and St. Mary Jane’s.”

Seth Meyers coming to Denver

Speaking of NBC late-night hosts: Seth Meyers, the new host of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” will perform live at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Sept. 13. Meyers replaced Fallon as host of “Late Night” on Feb. 24. Tickets for the show are $49.50 to $59.50 and went on sale Feb. 28. Proceeds will benefit The Zarlengo Foundation, a Colorado-based 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization whose guiding principle is to support families of learning disabled children. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to schools and programs in the community that provide specialized education for children with learning disabilities, including but not limited to language-based, attention and nonverbal disabilities such as dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.

The seen and heard

Media personality, author and motivational speaker Marc McIntosh posted on Facebook: “CU’s only Heisman Trophy winner, Rashaan Salaam, making a waiter’s night at The Cherry Cricket on Tuesday, Feb. 25. First time this dude had ever served a Heisman winner.” Sign of the times: A sign seen on South Broadway in Denver: “I’ve wanted to run away from home a lot more as a grownup than I did when I was a kid.” Eavesdropping on a man in his late 50s at a local bar who was carded by the bartender: “What, am I too old?”

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 You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

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Nine members of Rock Canyon High School’s Thespians will go to the National Thespian Conference in June. They are: Francesca Wearsch, Sam Molitoriss, Chris Woodley, Sam Hulsizer, Zach Rickert, Nathan Nelson, Meredith Ham, Kallie Sorbo, Lauren Yehle. Cindy Baker (not pictured) is their drama teacher. Courtesy photo

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Rock Canyon thespians qualify for nationals By Sonya Ellingboe

sellingboe@ After their stars were born at the annual Colorado Thespian Conference December 2013 in Denver, nine Rock Canyon thespians are headed for the National Thespian Conference at the University of NebraskaLincoln this June. They group hopes to raise funds to help with their travels, and potential donors are asked to contact their director, Cindy Baker, at Colorado sends just one one-act play from the many that compete at the state conference and Rock Canyon’s entry, “Jack and Jill,” by Jane Martin was chosen. Senior Nathan Nelson directed and acted in it, with junior Meredith Ham. In this play about a couple, two crew members interacted with the cast members throughout, due to frequent costume and set changes.

Sophomore Sam Hulsizer and junior Francesca Wearsch filled those roles. Other students qualified as superior in various local competitions. Junior Sam Molitoriss received 100 percent on his Lighting Design competition. And sophomore Chris Woodley, senior Zach Rickert, and juniors Kalle Sorbo and Lauren Yehle will also be making the trip. They will perform, compete, attend workshops and the juniors will audition for college scholarships, according to Baker. The director said that the department at Nebraska has state-of-the-art facilities, thanks to an endowment from the estate of alumnus Johnny Carson. Five from this group are also involved in the school production of “Sweeney Todd (school version),” playing this weekend at Rock Canyon. More than 2800 students from across the country and their teachers converge on the University of Nebraska campus each year for the weeklong Thespian Festival.


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Down the rabbit hole they go Littleton Youth Ballet’s annual Storybook Ballet will be “Alice in Wonderland” with performances at 6 p.m. March 22 and at noon and 5 p.m. March 23 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets range from $16 to $23, plus a $3 surcharge. Call 720-509-1000 or visit Dancers Alyssa Palazzo and Jenna Armstrong will alternate in the role of Alice. A Mad Hatters Tea Party will kick off the season of Alice at 3 p.m. March 9 at Littleton Dance Academy, 5239 Rio Grande St. in Littleton. Guests will enjoy treats, a performance and tea with Alice, the Mad Hatter and others. Tickets for tea cost $10 and can be obtained by calling 303-794-6649.

Watercolors in Lone Tree

The Colorado Watercolor Society’s annual state exhibition is taking place through March 30 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. The exhibition includes work by 88 Colorado water-media painters and was juried by Carl Dalio. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 7. Gallery hours:


10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and prior to performances. 720-509-1000. Admission is free.

`Ragtime and Beyond’

“Ragtime and Beyond” is Scott Kirby’s concert title when he performs for the Ragtime Society of Colorado at 2 p.m. March 16 at Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., Denver. Tickets: $20/$15 can be purchased at the door or by mailing a check to Coleen Vander Hoek, 8360 Zephyr St., Littleton CO, 80128.

Learning the lens

The Englewood Camera Club will present Terry Mieger’s program on “Adobe

Lightroom 5, Essential for the Serious Photographer” at 7 p.m. March 11 (doors open at 6:30) at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Guests always welcome. Contact club president Steve Johnson, stevej46@comcast. net, for more information. As a follow up: the Colorado Council of Camera Clubs presents an all-day workshop on Digital Workflow, which will have more information on editing with Adobe Lightroom 5 and Photoshop 6 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 15, at Epiphany Lutheran Church Basement, 790 Corona St., Denver. Cost: $15 members, $25 non-members.

Englewood Arts Presents

Violinist Allegra Wermuth and pianist Hsing-ay Hsu will present a duo recital at 2 p.m. March 15 at Hampden Hall at Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. They will perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Kreisler, Dallapicola, Gershwin in the Chamber Music of the Masters Series. Tickets: $15/$12 at or at the door.

Mercy Killers in Colorado

Actor Michael Milligan brings his one man play, “Mercy Killers” to Colorado. A man’s wife is diagnosed with cancer and the insurance company refuses to pay. Sponsored by the Health Care for All Colorado at 7 p.m. each night: March 6: Mercury Café; March 7: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre; March 8: CU Denver; March 9: Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. More information:

The art of Alix Evendorff

Abstract painter Alix Evendorff will have an exhibit with Jessica Loving, through March 23 at Core New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. Call 303-297-8428.

Black Forest fire tales

The Palmer Lake Historical Society hosts a public meeting at 7 p.m. March 11 to hear Terry Stokka present a documentary of the 2013 Black Forest Fire. He is chairman of the Black Forest History Committee. Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake.

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United Church Of Christ Parker Hilltop

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Joyful Mission Preschool 303-841-3770 7051 East Parker Hills Ct. • Parker, CO 303-841-3739 Parker

Community Church of Religious Science Sunday 10:00 a.m. at the historic Ruth Memorial Chapel on Mainstreet


Highlands Church of God The Bahá’í Faith

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Abiding Word Lutheran Church

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Jaguars march on to Sweet 16 in girls hoops Rock Canyon beats Arapahoe to set up date with Creek By Jim Benton


Rock Canyon’s Kendall Koslosky, right, looks to pass the ball to a teammate during the Jaguars’ 60-44 win over Arapahoe Feb. 28 in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Koslosky is guarded by Mikaela Moore of Arapahoe. Photo by Paul DiSalvo

Rock Canyon accomplished its goal of a fast start in its Feb. 28 Class 5A secondround girls state playoff game against Arapahoe. Kendall Koslosky took a pass from Erin McClarie and scored four seconds into the game and the Jaguars never looked back in notching a 60-44 win. “We talked about getting a quick start and not ever having to play from behind,” said Rock Canyon coach Becky Mudd. “We wanted to get out early. That was a key for us.” Rock Canyon grabbed a 10-0 lead, before the cold-shooting Warriors finally scored when Mikaela Moore made the second of two free throws with 1:22 to play in the first quarter. Arapahoe missed on its first 11 shots. Jennah Knafelc finally hit a 3-point shot with 17 seconds remaining in the opening quarter for the visitors’ first field goal of the game. “That’s how we need to start games, by dominating in the beginning,” advocated Rock Canyon senior Morgan Roos. “We went and set a tone from the beginning that `you are in our house.’” Arapahoe, which downed Liberty 50-31 in the first round, played better in the second half, but Rock Canyon pushed its lead to 21 points at a couple points during the half. The Warriors, who finished the game shooting 34 percent from the floor, could pull no closer than 13 points with 4:23 left in the game. “We just didn’t shoot well in the first half,” said Arapahoe coach Jerry Knafelc.

“We played reasonably good defense most of the time. We played them even in the second half. … We spotted them too much. They are a very good team, very talented. Hats off to them, they did what they needed to do to win.’’ Rock Canyon (17-7) got contributions from a variety of players. Senior Lexy Thorderson scored from inside and outside. She paced the Jaguars with 16 points that included four 3-pointers. “That’s great,” explained Mudd. “Inside, outside when you have both of those working it’s tough to stop.” Roos scored 14 points and was credited with 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. “She did well,” said Mudd. “She kept good composure. They were physical and they were banging with her but she kept her head, kept working in there and got a lot of good put backs.” Koslosky finished with 11 points, Delaney Sullivan had seven, Kendall Smith six and McClarie six points, eight rebounds and eight assists. “We got threes from Erin McClarie, some good shots from Delaney Sullivan and then Kendall Koslosky a few times just drove to the basket and made some layups,” said Mudd. “It was nice to spread it around.” Rock Canyon traveled to Cherry Creek to face the Bruins (21-3) in a Sweet 16 game on March 4 that took place after Colorado Community Media’s deadline. Knafelc and Moore each scored 12 points for Arapahoe in the Warriors’ finale. The Warriors, which had to deal with the Dec. 13 shooting at the school, concluded their season with a 15-10 record. “I have so much respect for our players and their ability to try to put that behind them and focus on basketball,” said Jerry Knafelc. “They did a great job and I admire them for their work ethic and focus.”

ThunderRidge junior named swimmer of year Annie Ochitwa’s two state titles leads to CCM honor By Jim Benton

jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia. com Determination is one of Annie Ochitwa’s biggest assets. The ThunderRidge junior recorded the state’s quickest times early in the season in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle swims. Throughout the 12-week high school campaign no one in the state matched them. Ochitwa then achieved her goal of winning the state championship in both events during the Feb. 14-15 state swimming and diving championships at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center and most recently, she has been named the Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Swimmer of the Year. “She was very consistent all season,” said ThunderRidge coach Jennie Odiorne. “I think she felt the pressure. She felt confident but knew a race could go either way. With the sprint races she has to be pretty darn perfect. “Her focus this year was relentless. That’s what kept her pretty consistent. She was so determined. And she did a really good job of keeping all her emotions in check and just focusing on the swimming and enjoying herself.” Most of Ochitwa’s determination can be traced to the fact she was second in the state as a freshman and sophomore in the 50-yard freestyle. She also finished in second and third place, respectively, in the 100 the past two years. “It’s a long season,” said Ochitwa. “Three months (from the start of practice) of taking it all in and thinking about it ev-

Picking the athletes of the year Choosing Colorado Community Media’s South Metro Athletes of the Year was a combined effort. Area coaches were asked for their thoughts, and their input was weighed heavily when CCM’s sports staff made the final selection for each sport. Eligible athletes come from all the high schools in Douglas County, the high schools in the Littleton Public Schools District and from Cherry Creek High School.

ery single day in practice can get exhausting. Your body is tired and your brain is fried but you find a way to think about the end goal. “My goal, as simple as it sounds, was to win the two state championships. As much as I would have liked to have gone faster, that was my goal and I accomplished it. I couldn’t have been happier.” Ochitwa won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.11 seconds and set a personal best by touching up in 49.92 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle. “I just went out and swam,” said Ochitwa. “I did everything I could to prepare. I knew I didn’t leave anything in the pool leading up to the state meet. I was ready. I don’t think it was difficult to be consistent during the season. I just got in a groove and did what I expected out of myself.” Ochitwa took one day off after the state meet but then started swimming for her Denver Swim Academy club team. “I took Sunday off but Monday was back to my club team,” she said. “I’m used to it. I’ve got a routine and swimming every day is just part of my life right now.”

ThunderRidge’s Annie Ochitwa won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events Feb. 15 at the State High School Swimming meet in Thornton. Photo by Jim Benton

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March 6, 2014

Local teams advance in tournament Staff report Five boys basketball teams from Douglas County survived the first week of the state playoffs. Jake Pemberton scored 25 points, handed out nine assists, pulled down seven rebounds and had two steals to lead Mountain Vista (23-1) to a 70-41 Class 5A second round victory over Mountain Range on March 1. The Golden Eagles hosted Ralston Valley March 5 in a Sweet 16 game. Evan Motlong connected on six 3-point shots and had 20 points as Highlands Ranch toppled Horizon, 70-41, in a second round game March 1. Next up for the Falcons (17-7) was a Sweet 16 game at Grandview on March 5. Hayden Dalton had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds in Chaparral’s 68-60 second round triumph over Cherry Creek. The Wolverines (13-11) ad-

vanced to a March 5 game at Rangeview. Legend opened with a 50-44 win over Loveland Feb. 26 as Elijah Cherrington scored 16 points to pace the Titans. Legend (17-8) then beat Doherty 51-47 in the second round and had a date to play at unbeaten Fossil Ridge March 5. Rock Canyon opened with a 58-48 win over Lincoln but the Jaguars (13-12) watched their season end with a 58-49 second round loss to Arapahoe March 1. ThunderRidge opened with a 52-26 thumping of Poudre but the Grizzlies (1411) were eliminated after a 53-43 loss to Chatfield in a second round game March 1. In Class 4A, Valor Christian advanced to the Elite Eight which will be held March 8 at the Denver Coliseum. The Eagles, last season’s state runners-up, had five players in double figures in a 88-43 second round rout of Ponderosa Feb. 28. Garrett Baggett’s 22 points helped the Eagles down Air Acad-

emy, 71-55, in a March 1 Sweet Sixteen game. Valor (21-4) will play Pueblo East in a 9 a.m. contest March 8 at the Coliseum. In the Class 2A four-team Region 4 tournament, Lutheran (16-6) takes on Union Colony in a 5 p.m. game March 7 at Mullen High School.

Girls action

ThunderRidge, a No. 2 seed in the Class 5A tourney, was upset Feb. 28 in a second round game. Legacy beat the cold-shooting Grizzlies 40-36 in a game in which ThunderRidge (17-7) shot only 24 percent from the field. Ciera Morgan, a senior who will play next season at the University of Denver, scored 38 points to lead Highlands Ranch to a 91-53 second round victory over Cherokee Trail Feb. 28. The Falcons (20-4) traveled to Lakewood for a March 4 Sweet 16 encounter.

Chelsea Pearson scored 17 points to lead Mountain Vista to a 62-41 conquest of Fort Collins in a Feb. 28 second round encounter. The Golden Eagles (20-4) played at Rampart March 5. Castle View (18-7) notched a pair of wins in the Class 5A girls basketball tournament. The Sabercats beat Fruita Monument Feb. 25 in a first round game and edged Horizon, 56-52, Feb. 28. Castle View had a Sweet 16 date at Grandview March 5. In Class 4A action, Valor Christian advanced to the Elite Eight and will play Sand Creek in a 10:30 a.m. game March 8 at the Denver Coliseum. Kendall Bradbury’s 21 points helped the Eagles beat Falcon, 64-44 on Feb. 28 and Caroline Bryan scored 27 points in Valor’s 60-42 victory over Silver Creek March 1. Lutheran (20-1) will take on Holyoke in a Class 4A Region 4 game March 7 at Mullen High School.


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., as amended, that on March 29, 2014 final settlement will be made by the County of Douglas, State of Colorado, for and on account of a contract between Douglas County and Foothills Paving and Maintenance, Inc. for the 2013 Surface Treatment Project, Douglas County Project Number CI 2013-002 in Douglas County; and that any person, co-partnership, association or corporation that has an unpaid claim against said Foothills Paving and Maintenance, Inc. for or on account of the furnishing of labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by such contractor or any of his subcontractors in or about the performance of said work, or that supplied rental machinery, tools, or equip-

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., as amended, that on March 29, 2014 final settlement will be made by the County of Douglas, State of Colorado, for and on account of a contract between Douglas County and Foothills Paving and Maintenance, Inc. for the 2013 Surface Treatment Project, Douglas County Project Number CI 2013-002 in Douglas County; and that any person, co-partnership, association or corporation that has an unpaid claim against said Foothills Paving and Maintenance, Inc. for or on account of the furnishing of labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by such contractor or any of his subcontractors in or about the performance of said work, or that supplied rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of said work, may at any time up to and including said time of such final settlement on said March 29, 2014, file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim with the Board of County Commissioners, c/o Public Works Engineering Director, with a copy to the Project Engineer, Terry Gruber, Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104.

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Failure on the part of claimant to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve said County of Douglas from all and any liability for such claimant's claim. The Board of Douglas County Commissioners of the County of Douglas, Colorado, By: Frederick H. Koch, P.E., Public Works Engineering Director. Legal Notice No.: 925024

Failure on the part of claimant to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve said County of Douglas from all and any liability for such claimant's claim.

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The Board of Douglas County Commissioners of the County of Douglas, Colorado, By: Frederick H. Koch, P.E., Public Works Engineering Director. Legal Notice No.: 925024 First Publication: February 27, 2014 Last Publication: March 6, 2014 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press Public Notice PUBLIC INVITATION TO BID Separate sealed bids for 2014 CONCRETE PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT, DOUGLAS COUNTY PROJECT NUMBER CI 2014-005 will be received by the Owner, Douglas County Government, Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104, until Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. This project consists of concrete pavement repair, other miscellaneous work, and traffic control. The Contract Documents may be examined at the above address after 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014, and copies of the Contract Documents may be ob-


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Separate sealed bids for 2014 CONCRETE PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT, DOUGLAS COUNTY PROJECT NUMBER CI 2014-005 will be received by the Owner, Douglas County Government, Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104, until Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. This project consists of concrete pavement repair, other miscellaneous work, and traffic control.

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The Contract Documents may be examined at the above address after 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014, and copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained upon payment of $35.00 for each set. The $35.00 is non-refundable. (Additional charge if mailing is required.) A PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104. The Bid Opening will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the same address. The Project includes the following major items and approximate quantities: • Removal of Concrete Pavement – 62,220 SY • Aggregate Base Course (Class 6) – 7,504 Ton • Concrete Pavement (9 Inch) (Class P) (Without Sealant) – 35,220 SY • Concrete Pavement (9 Inch) (Class P) (With Sealant) – 21,000 SY Prior to submitting a Bid Proposal, Bidders shall have received prequalification

A PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104. The Bid Opening will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the same address.

The Project includes the following major items and approximate quantities: advertise your public notices call 303-566-4100 • Removal To of Concrete Pavement – 62,220 SY • Aggregate Base Course (Class 6) – PUBLIC NOTICE 7,504 Ton • Concrete Pavement (9 Inch) (Class P) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING (Without Sealant) – 35,220 SY • Concrete Pavement (9 Inch) (Class P) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on (With Sealant) – 21,000 SY March 11, 2014 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Prior to submitting a Bid Proposal, Bidor as soon thereafter as possible, in ders shall have received prequalification the Commissioner’s Hearing Room, status (active status) with the Colorado Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Department of Transportation to bid on inStreet, Castle Rock, Colorado, the dividual projects of the size and kind of Board of County Commissioners of the work as set forth herein. County of Douglas will conduct a public hearing concerning the proposed Any questions on the bidding process adoption of a resolution amending the may be directed to Terry Gruber, 2014 adopted budget. Any interested Project Engineer at 303.660.7490. elector of Douglas County may file an objection to the proposed amendment to the For Planholder Information, budget at any time prior to it’s final adopPlease Call 303.660.7490 (Front Desk) tion by the Board of County Commissioners. A copy of said resolution may be obLegal Notice No.: 925025 tained for inspection at the offices of the First Publication: February 27, 2014 County Commissioners at the above adLast Publication: March 6, 2014 dress in Castle Rock, Colorado, or viewed Publisher: Douglas County News-Press on-line at

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on March 11, 2014 beginning at 2:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room,

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Legal Notice No.: 925056 First Publication: March 6, 2014 Last Publication: March 6, 2014 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press

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returned for the final two football games as a junior and won the state wrestling championship after placing fifth as a freshman. “Being aggressive has always sort of been my style,” said Gabel who was 47-2 this season. “I believe the best kind of defense is a good offense. When I’m on the attack, usually that’s when good things happen. I try to keep my aggressive style no matter who I am wrestling and just try to break the will of my opponent. “Last year was a year of confidence for me. I was able to prove that I could wrestle with the best after the year off I had with my back and everything.” Gabel’s brother Austin is a former threetime Colorado state champion. Dylan might have had a chance to match his brother’s three state titles if he had wrestled as a sophomore. “I take a lot of (trash talk) from him because of that,” admitted Gabel. “There’s nothing I can do about that now.’’ Finesilver, whose twin brother Zach was the 138-pound titlist this season, compiled a 50-1 record and was one of four Finesilver brothers wrestling for Creek this season, all of whom made it to the Pepsi Center. “He had a real good year,” said Cherry Creek coach Mike Luhring. “Guys knew who he was. He had frustrating matches. They didn’t want to get beat bad. They would lock on his wrists to prevent him from getting shots off. He’s such a good wrestler he would find a way to win those frustrating matches.” Finesilver, who along with Zach will be going to Duke next season, took his piggyback state titles in stride. “Each year is different and every match is different,” he said. “Winning the championship last year didn’t help this year.”

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