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West Chamber changes name to West Metro Chamber STAFF REPORT

After more than 70 years of supporting businesses in Jefferson County and the West Metro area, the West Chamber is becoming the West Metro Chamber of Commerce to more accurately reflect its demographics as the regional chamber in the metro west. “While our base is still rooted in representing the Lakewood and Jefferson County businesses and communities, our membership has been broadening over the last decade with members coming from other areas including west Denver, the DTC and Littleton,” said Pam Bales, West Metro Chamber president and CEO. A board of director’s branding committee spent most of 2017 talking with various members to see how they would feel about a name change. The majority (more than 85 percent) saw the rebranding as positive and a good impetus for overall growth.

“We also want to stay relevant with the changing face of business,” Bales said. “Our Young Professionals are asking for non-traditional ways to connect. We’re working to attract new millennials and entrepreneurs while providing the best programming for all of our members. We program for all of our members from YPs to SPs (seasoned professionals).” The new logo was “unveiled” at the Feb. 4 Chairman’s Gala and will roll out over the next few months. The West Metro Chamber’s mission is to build a strong business community through collaboration, leadership development, education and advocacy. The vision is to be an organization of choice for businesses who value building a diverse, sustainable and prosperous community through collaborative business leadership. For more information about the West Metro Chamber, go to or call 303-233-5555.

Alameda Gateway Community Association receives grant STAFF REPORT

A $1,000 Jefferson County Public Health 2018 Quick Win grant will help the Alameda Gateway Community Association purchase and install bike racks and/or lockers along west Alameda Avenue. Funding for this program comes from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment CCPD Grants Program and is used to support the implementation of projects designed to reduce barriers to active living and increase access to healthy food in Jefferson County. The Alameda project is expected to increase cycling by youth and adults.

“Active living is key to good health for all ages,” said Tom Quinn, Alameda Gateway Community Association executive director. “Increasing access to bike racks and bike lockers will encourage cycling for recreation and commuting on the Alameda corridor. We are grateful to Jeffco Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for giving us this opportunity.” For more information on this project, contact the executive director of the community association, Tom Quinn, at For questions regarding the Quick Win Grant program, contact Ashley Moore, public information officer, at

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Executive director of Villa Manor Care Center About me I’m from Missouri. My degree is psychology and I have a master’s in business. I started out as a social worker in a long-term care facility in Missouri in 1995. My husband graduated from college — we have two kids — and we decided to flip a coin and pick somewhere to live and we ended up here. We moved here with $50 in our pocket. I’ve been married going on 25 years. We’ve lived in Highlands Ranch since 2003. I’m a big runner — I spend a lot of time at the rec centers. I’ve written several articles on culture change in long-term care in a national magazine. I’m on several boards. I’m on the licensing board for the Department of Regulatory Affairs for the Colorado Board of Nursing Home Administrators. I’m also on the Colorado Health Care Association Board. I’m the chairman of the board for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and medical assistance courses for Warren Tech. I also teach Sunday school at Mountain View Christian Church. My role at Lakewood’s Villa Manor Care Center It’s interesting because a lot of people don’t realize that long-term care is the most highly regulated entity in the United States. It’s really pretty intense every day because you have all these regulations that you are trying to comply with. The health department does annual surveys and surveys when there are complaints. The government watches us very closely. My biggest hope is that people come here to live. I work where they live, they don’t live where I work. This is history — we have so much to learn from the people we serve every day. It’s about being able to give them a quality of life even up until the end. Every day in my role is different. It depends on what the residents

Sara Dent and her family moved to Highlands Ranch in 2003. As the executive director of a nursing home in Lakewood, Dent is dedicated to serving seniors. COURTESY PHOTO and staff need. I oversee the entire building, do the budgeting and oversee any concerns or complaints. I have a lot of contact with the government. Why I picked long-term care I had intended on being a probation officer. I took a job temporarily in long-term care when my husband went back to college and I couldn’t leave. I have so much love for the seniors and that population. Once it was time to move on to what I decided would be my career, I couldn’t leave long-term care. Fun fact I’m 46 years old and I still have my grandparents. My grandma is like my best friend. If you have suggestions for My Name Is..., contact Alex DeWind at

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Lakewood boards, commissions seek volunteers STAFF REPORT

A number of Lakewood boards and commissions have openings for volunteers. The deadline to apply for the openings is 5 p.m. Feb. 16, unless otherwise noted. Full descriptions of the qualifications for each position and applications are available online at Advisory Commission for an Inclusive Community: The commission has several openings. Members research specific issues or topics of interest to Lakewood residents and

make recommendations to City Council for potential action. Applicants must attend both a full commission meeting and a committee meeting before applying, and the application process will remain open until positions are filled. For information about the commission, visit ACIC. Board of Appeals: There are two openings for three-year terms that will begin April 1. This board decides appeals of any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the codes administrator. Applicants

must be qualified by experience and training in building construction. Historic Preservation Commission: This opening is for a four-year term that will begin April 1, and applicants must demonstrate interest in or competence with historic preservation. The commission conducts public hearings on landmark designations and makes recommendations to city council. The commission also reviews alteration certificates and applications for relocating designated structures. Planning Commission: There is one opening for a Ward 2 resident and

one opening for a Ward 3 resident for four-year terms that will begin April 1. The commission conducts public hearings on rezoning and subdivision applications, approves certain special use permits and reviews site plans. It also serves as the Board of Adjustment. Victim Assistance Compensation Board: The board needs two residents to serve terms that run through Sept. 30, 2020. The board reviews applications for compensation to victims of crime through the Victim Assistance Fund.


Don’t Miss the 12th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival Next Weekend

Once again, Golden Real Estate is pleased to co-sponsor the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF), held at the American Mountaineering Center in downtown Golden. Held Feb. 22-24, this year’s festival g features a record 56 O films from 10 countries as well as from local filmmakers You can see the schedule and buy tickets online at Opening night (Thursday, Feb. 22nd) is a free “community night,” including a reception with drinks and light appetizers, opportunities to interact with local businesses (including us), a silent auction benefiting CEFF programs, and the screening of Chasing Coral. This documentary, which was recently short-listed for an Academy Award, looks at coral reefs around the world, which are vanishing at an alarming rate. Zach Rago, one of the stars of the film, will attend the screening and partici-

pate in a Q&A session following the screening. CEFF will also announce its five selected 2018 award winning films at the close of the evening. Reserve your free ticket for Thursday on the festival’s website. Themes for this year’s films range from rivers, transportation, and climate change to endangered species, food/farming, and more. Countries submitting films include the United States, Australia, India, China, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Slovakia, Indonesia and Brazil. Scene from “Chasing Coral”

Also Next Week: Behind the Scenes Tour of Golden Real Estate

You may recall my Jan. 4th column in which I described the latest steps taken at Golden Real Estate to take our building beyond “net zero energy.” It involved replacing our gas forced air furnace with a “mini-split” system using only electricity for heating and cooling. Because we have 20 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic capacity, we not only have eliminated all use of fossil fuels, but we generate more electricity than we consume to power and heat our office, as well as to charge our electric cars and those of visitors!

Next Thursday, just prior to the opening of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, we’re hosting a behind-the-scenes tour at Golden Real Estate to explain all the many elements contributing to the sustainability of our location. In addition to the mini-split system, you will see how we use sun tunnels to daylight our office, and see how we superinsulated our building. It’s Feb. 22nd, 3:30 to 5:30. Refreshments will be served. Our office is at 17695 S. Golden Road. Bring your white Styrofoam for recycling!

Meet Broker Associate Carol Milan

After growing up in Evergreen and attending the University of Denver, Carol and her husband Kevin settled in Golden to raise their 3 kids. Carol is committed to actively volunteering in the community through her work with PTAs and serving on the boards of the Christian Action Guild and Canyon Point HOA. With many years experience as a RN and a business developer, Carol brings her knowledge and passion to providing highly personalized service to her clients, and enjoys helping families market their home or find their dream home! She and Kevin have bought and managed investment properties for 15 years. Contact Carol at 720-982-4941 or

Two other features of the festival are a photographic exhibit and an eco-expo. The Environmental Photography Exhibition and Reception have become a much-anticipated part of this annual film festival. The free reception for the photography exhibition happens on Friday night with a keynote address entitled “Pretty Pictures Are Just Not Enough” by Kerry Koepping, Director of Arctic Arts Project. Complimentary drinks and appetizers are served. The exhibition remains on display at the American Mountaineering Center through April 27, 2018 The Eco-Expo Call2Action is open to the public without a ticket and answers the question, “What can I personally do to affect this issue?” The Eco-Expo features solutionsbased organizations focused on environmental issues. Film-goers come out of the two theaters galvanized to take action on a multitude of environmental concerns presented in the films. The expo hours are noon to 7:30 on Friday and 10am to 7pm on Saturday. Descriptions of all films and their length is at That web page is great, providing filters allowing you to quickly find which films match your environmental area of interest. You can specify short films vs. feature films, Colorado vs. foreign, documentary vs. drama (or comedy, adventure, animation, etc.) as well as 21 different issues (e.g., climate change, GMOs, rivers, mining, etc.). What a well-designed web site! Half of the 56 films this year are “shorts,” ranging from 4 minutes to 28 minutes. There are 16 feature length films ranging from 40 to 93 minutes in length. There are 12 films in the “Youth” category. One of them is a 17minute film called “Melting Away” by Colorado high school student Liam Watson, whose passion for skiing drove him to explore how climate change may impact his favorite sport.

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Residents queue up to ask questions of Colorado Coalition for the Homeless staff during a packed open house at Alameda High School on Feb. 8.


Residents loudly oppose homeless coalition’s proposal Colorado Coalition for the Homeless wants to build facility on Federal Center land BY CLARKE READER CREADER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

The first large-scale open meeting hosted by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless about its possible ownership of 59 undeveloped acres near the Federal Center in Lakewood on Feb. 8 at Alameda High School didn’t offer much in the way of new information for concerned residents. What it did offer, and what many of the more than 100 people in attendance took advantage of, was an opportunity to vent their frustration and anger about the proposed project to the coalition, the federal government and city council. “You’re going to bring in mentally ill people, drug addicts and who knows what else, all of whom have been chased out of Denver,” said resident Jerry Wilson. “When is enough enough?” The coalition held the meeting as part of the application process to take ownership of the property. “With housing prices going through the roof in the Denver area, we’re seeing more and more people becoming homeless, especially families. For many, this is their first time experiencing it,” ohn Parvensky, the coalition’s president and CEO, said at the beginning

of the meeting. “According to Jeffco schools, there are as many 2,700 homeless students in the school district, and we want to help all these people find a stable place to stay.” Most of the speakers who opposed the proposal — many vehemently so — were less concerned about families than about homeless from other counties and cities gathering in one place in the middle of Lakewood. One speaker called it building a ghetto in the city.

Despite Parvensky’s assurances that a priority would be given to homeless who already stay in Jeffco, residents said they were frustrated there would be no way to guarantee a person lives in the county. Other concerns included fear of increased crime — especially car break-ins and retail theft at businesses in the area, which would take the time and resources of an already busy Lakewood Police Department — traffic woes

and the addition of more children to neighborhood schools. In response to several of these comments, Parvensky said most of the people and students are already in the area, and providing this needed housing, as well as mental health and vocational services, would help them get off the street and onto a better life. But although most speakers commended the coalition for its goals and work, they came back to a universal concern —

the proposed project’s size. The final plans are still in the works, but the coalition is looking at two phases: The first would be temporary housing options for about 250 homeless people on the site, and could include trailers, geodesic domes and large tents, as well as solar panels to help power the campus. Down the road, the organization would like to build 500 to SEE HOMELESS, P22

TIMELINE OF 59-ACRE SALE • October 2015: The 59 acres are put forth as a joint project between Lakewood and the General Services Administration, which owns the land. In exchange for the land, the city would build a new laboratory at the Federal Center. • January 2016: Due to concern from residents and some city council members about a lack of information and time to do the necessary groundwork, negotiations end. • May 10, 2017: The property is put on sale in an online auction. Bidders must make a deposit of $95,000 to show they are serious about taking ownership of the land. • July 25, 2017: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless files an injunction against the GSA, asking to halt the sale until the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a chance to determine if the land could be used for homeless services. • July 27, 2017: The original auction had been scheduled to close on

this date, but the government extends the auction until Sept. 8 while it reviews the coalition’s injunction. • Sept. 25, 2017: HUD releases a letter stating the land could be used for homeless services, and orders the GSA to cancel its online auction. • Oct. 6, 2017: HUD formally pronounces the land suitable for homeless housing, giving the coalition time to submit an application to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding its interest in the property. • Dec. 26, 2017: The coalition submits initial application to Department of Health and Human Services to take ownership of the property. • Jan. 23, 2018: HHS approves the plan submitted by the coalition, which moves the organization on to the next step: supplying detailed financing and operational plans for the $120 million project by March 9, again to the HHS.

John Parvensky, president and CEO of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, answers questions from residents at an open house on Feb. 8 about the 59 acres of undeveloped federal property in Lakewood.

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veryone who is a member of Elks Lodge No. 1777, otherwise known as Lakewood’s Elks Lodge, has their own reason for being a member. Current exalted ruler — the term for the head of a lodge — Carrie Mesch, 58, joined just four years ago after helping the lodge with some real estate issues, and found herself drawn to the organization’s potential. Clement Hackethal, 80, joined because his father was a member in his hometown of Idaho Springs, and because that lodge played a vital role in the life of the community. George Von Trump, 81, joined the lodge in 1988 because he was interested in finding a charitable way to work with children and veterans. Sally Reed, director of development at the Action Center, joined two years ago for a similar reason—she was in search of a new way to give back to her community. For Mayor Adam Paul, it was the same. “Being an Elk means, to me, being a part of an organization that cares deeply about taking care of the community,” he said. But even though members may have different reasons for joining, they all agree they stay in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for the camaraderie. “Being a member of the Elks is a wonderful opportunity to find and build relationships instead of remaining home alone,” Mesch said. “Many members are so proud of being an Elk because, through the work we do, we’re a real asset to the community.” On Feb. 16, the nationwide Elks organization celebrates 150 years. The Lakewood lodge, 1455 Newland St., is celebrating the occasion with a rare community open house, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature food, drinks, music and a historic program. The Lakewood lodge’s history goes back to its founding in 1949. The organization broke ground on its current lodge location in 1954. The lodge has been located at this spot ever since, even though there have been significant remodels throughout the years. In late February, the lodge is preparing for another remodel, with new carpet, furniture and other updates. In a way, this new update to the lodge facility mirrors an organization in flux. Fraternal organizations like the Elks have been on the downswing in recent years. And Mesch understands why. “There’s a misconception that the Elks are just old, white and male, and that we’re slow to change,” she said. “It might have been like that once, but it’s very different now. We’re working on bringing our lodge up to date with changes in the world.” According to Mesch, the youngest member of the 1,150-person lodge is about 22 years old, and the oldest is 96. The Elks started allowing women to join in 1995, which has given Elks like herself and Reed a chance to take on more of a leadership role, and more African and Hispanic Americans have

Lakewood Elks members Betty Moore, left, and Delores Barela donate to Molholm Elementary’s food pantry.



The Lakewood Elks lodge is all decked out for one of the many events it hosts.

To be eligible for membership in the Elks, you must be a citizen of the United States over the age of 21 who believes in God (not strictly the Judeo-Christian God). You must be sponsored by a member of the Elks Lodge and live in the jurisdiction of the lodge you wish to join. You also need two other Elks to be co-sponsors. After your sponsor fills in the required portion, you will be given the membership application. Return the completed application to the Lodge secretary with the prescribed fees, which are about $97.50 a year. The application will be read at a regular Lodge meeting. It will then be forwarded to the Investigating Committee, who will call you to set up a time to interview you and your sponsor. Email for more information.

IF YOU GO WHAT: The Lakewood Elks Lodge’s 150th anniversary celebration WHERE: Lodge No. 1777 1455 Newland St., Lakewood WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. INFORMATION: joined as well. “Members of my family have been Elks before, and once they started allowing women, I thought it’d be a fun way to help serve the community,” Reed said. “We do play bingo and get together for food and drinks, but the service aspect of it is a key part of the organization’s mission.”

Bingo is indeed a part of life at the lodge, but it’s just one of the many social aspects. There are dances every Thursday evening, themed dinners every second Saturday of the month, and a pancake breakfast — which is also open to the community — every third Saturday of the month. There are also special gatherings for holidays and events like the Super Bowl. But it’s the normal day at the lodge, with its full bar and kitchen, and space for darts, poker and conversation, that keeps members stopping by multiple times a week. “I’m usually here about three or four times a week, whether it’s for bingo of drinks with friends,” said Joe Darr, 84, who has been a member of the Elks for about 50 years. “The lodge is such a friendly place, and it’s a great place to be social.” Most people’s familiarity with the Elks comes from their chartable efforts, and that remains as crucial to members and the organizations they support, which range from veterans’ organizations to The Action Center and the Jeffco Boys and Girls Club. “It was a great fit for us to work the Elks, and it’s been really helpful to have them supporting us,” said Dave Young, a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club. “Support from groups like the Elks means so much to us, and really helps us in our work with the

kids.” The Elks organization is also one of the largest providers of college scholarships in the country, and Mesch and others have been working to get more information out to local schools about this resource. As recently as October, the lodge gathered to help 25 homeless veterans who were moving in to the newly opened 40 West Residences. Volunteers purchased a wide range of items, from silverware, cookware and pizza pans to shampoo, bedding and shower curtains. The lodge is reimbursed by the Elk’s national branch for the purchases, which were given to the veterans for free. “As long as there are veterans, we’ll never forget or stop helping,” said Jim Vincent, co-chair of Colorado Elk’s Association Veteran’s service committee. “There’s a peace of mind that comes with having what you need to start your life, and we want to help provide that.” Even as the world changes, this commitment to service is what makes reaffirms the Elks’ place as a vital part of the community. “The purpose of an Elks lodge is to be of service to the community,” said Hackethal, who at age 27 was the youngest person in the lodge’s history to be exalted ruler back in 1965. “And Lakewood’s lodge certainly does that.”

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Metro area schools look to later start times Two of the largest districts consider making schedule shifts

start times for middle and high school students.” “It was courageous because it does create hardships,” Ewert said of the Littleton board’s decision. “But I absolutely believe it was the right decision to make and I applaud the board for putting into perspective why we’re doing this.”


Research says that a later school start time positively impacts alertness, mental health, wellness and behavior in high school and middle school students, which means students are better prepared to learn. Some area school districts have already implemented later start times. Others, including the Jefferson County and Douglas County districts, are exploring the possibility of making the move. The most recent district to commit to the switch is Littleton Public Schools, whose board of education voted Dec. 14 for later school start times for middle and high school students beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The decision to change school start times followed months of research analysis, parent presentations and extensive opportunities for parent, student and staff input through public forums, open houses and surveys. “If we truly rely on what we believe is compelling scientific research, the question is: Why wouldn’t we do it?” said Brian Ewert, superintendent of

Transportation schedules are one challenge that school districts must consider when weighing possible changes in start times. SHANNA FORTIER Littleton Public Schools. “The research is pretty clear about how much sleep adolescents should get, and more important is when they sleep.” According to Dr. Lisa Meltzer, National Jewish Health adolescent sleep expert, melatonin is a hormone released by the brain that controls the internal clock and prepares the body for sleeping. But during puberty, the timing of the melatonin release is delayed by up to two hours. This makes it nearly impossible for teens to fall asleep early.

This shift is also seen in the morning hours, showing that when a teen wakes at 6 a.m. that is equivalent of an adult waking at 4 a.m. An adolescent’s brain is biologically asleep at that time. A 2014 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools delay start of classes to 8:30 a.m. or later. “Doing so will align school schedules to the biological sleep rhythms of adolescents, whose sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty,” the report reads. A National Sleep Foundation poll found 59 percent of sixth- through eighth-graders and 87 percent of high school students in the U.S. were getting less sleep than the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep on a school night. “Chronic sleep loss in children and adolescents is one of the most common — and easily flexible — public health issues in the U.S. today,” wrote pediatrician Judith Owens, in a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. A 2013 study by the Hanover Research Institute also found that “school districts could increase student safety and boost adolescent academic success by instituting later

‘A game-changer’ While Ewert said the shift will create some challenges, such as additional childcare needed for some elementary students, changes to the athletics schedule and reorganization of the transportation schedule, he thinks these obstacles should not get in the way of “doing the right thing for our adolescents.” “This one absolutely is in the best interest of our kids,” Ewert said. “It wasn’t about adults, it was about kids.” Ewert was involved in shifting the school start times when he was the superintendent of Englewood Public Schools. Although the shift in Englewood five years ago was less about the research and more about being able to share staff between schools when the new Englewood High campus was built, i Ewert said after the first year they M saw a positive impact on behavior, an t increase in attendance and a decrease M in tardiness. t “I just think kids are more awake and ready to engage in learning,” said t Wendy Rubin, superintendent of En- l glewood Public Schools. “I think that m the research is irrefutable — teenagers need more rest … it impacts brain l development, social and emotional y health and academics.” b Cherry Creek School District q implemented later start times for their middle and high school students this f d school year. While Deputy Superine tendent Scott Siegfried said half a year is too early to track performance, the district is participating in a study b with National Jewish Health to track c changes in their students. Siegfried said his district has seen s better first-hour attendance and fewer s behavioral problems. “This is truly a o SEE SCHOOLS, P28

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February 15, 2018 Pickleball is played daily at the Apex Center. PHOTOS BY SHANNA FORTIER



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than $70,000. Last year, it raised $170,000. The 2018 event to benefit Operation TBI Freedom is scheduled for Sept. 1-3. Operation TBI Freedom is a privately-funded organization and is sponsored by Craig Hospital and services more than 350 veterans and their families annually. But members of the Front Range Pickleball Club want to do more to help veterans and also want to honor Marquardt for all he’s done as an ambassador in the community. That’s why the group will be hosting the Pickleball Ken Changing Lives Award Dinner on Feb. 22. The dinner will recognize Ken and Sharon Marquardt for their commitment to the sport and the Pickleball community and also serve as a fundraiser for Operation TBI Freedom. “Ken always says we’re changing lives,” Carney said. “If Ken is changing lives, he’s changing all of our lives. So that’s what we want to thank him for.”



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The pickleball community in Arvada is strong and growing more each day. Many of those involved in the sport say they’re there because of one man, Ken Marquardt — known affectionately by the community as Pickleball Ken. In 2011 Marquardt brought pickleball to the Arvada area and a few years later started using the sport to raise money for veterans with brain injuries. Pat Welch, 80, started playing pickleball at Apex when she retired four years ago. She remembered the sport because of a story she read about Marquardt in the newspaper. “I love it,” she said. “I love the friendliness and the friendships we’ve developed. And it’s fantastic exercise, especially for older people.” Cheryl Mee, 71, said playing pickleball keeps her moving and helps her control her multiple sclerosis. “I haven’t had any episodes since I started playing three years ago,” Mee said. Marquardt also hooked Tom Carney on the sport. “After retirement, I went to a Silver Sneakers breakfast,” Carney explained. “They told us about the things for seniors and then Pickleball Ken stood up. It sounded like the dumbest thing.” But Carney gave it a shot anyway and he, too, got hooked. Now, 11 years later he is teaching others to play. He credits it all to Pickleball Ken. “He’s gotten my mindset to help others,” Carney said of Marquardt. “I volunteer five days a week, teach two days a week. I feel healthier, happier and I love the aspect of helping veterans.” The pickleball group started fundraising for veterans in 2015, with the event Pickleball for Heroes, a fundraiser with Craig Hospital that helps veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The inaugural event drew a little over 200 players and raised $43,000. In 2016, the group numbered more than 300 players and raised more

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Jeffco library foundation receives more than $68,000 STAFF REPORT

Grants and donations to the Jefferson County Library Foundation totaling $68,510 will support Jefferson County Public Library programs and services. “We are grateful to our municipal, corporate and foundation partners for their generous support of library amenities, early childhood literacy, summer reading, STEM Girls and other library programs,” said Tami Bandimere, president of the library foundation. “Their generous contributions help JCPL support shared community outcomes in kindergarten reading readiness, grade-level proficiencies in reading, writing and math, and business and entrepreneurial success.” The 2017 grants and donations include: • Buell Foundation: $16,600 — $4,100 to support 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and $12,500 to support the installa-

tion of a Crawl and Explore Discovery Center in the children’s area of the Columbine Library. • City of Golden: $1,510 — to support the Golden Library’s Library for All program. The library district’s Library for All programs offer activities, library exploration and more to adults with disabilities and their caregivers, providing a low-stress, entertaining and whimsical chance to just have fun and enjoy life. • City of Lakewood: $12,000 — to support audio-visual presentation equipment in community meeting rooms at the district’s Belmar and Lakewood libraries. • City of Wheat Ridge: $1,300 — to buy supplies for the Wheat Ridge Library. • FirstBank: $1,500 — to support the library’s Summer Reading program. Summer Reading is designed to keep kids reading over the summer so that they maintain or improve grade-level

proficiencies in reading. • Golden Civic Foundation: $2,500 — to support the DIY/Makerspace at the Golden Library. • Jefferson County Public Schools: $1,000 — to support the district’s Summer Reading Buddies program in Edgewater at Citizens Park. Older teens volunteered to be buddies and read along with younger children on Saturday afternoons in the park. The grant was used to purchase a variety of books in English and Spanish to give away to program participants. • Kinder Morgan Foundation: $3,000 — to support Summer Reading. • LeadersCove: $5,000 — to support a naming opportunity at the Columbine Library. • On Tap/Coors Credit Union: $4,000 — to support the library’s signature Stories & Stout, Ales & Tales program. This adult-themed program highlighted local craft breweries through a six-

week passport program focused on visiting partner breweries. • Rose Community Foundation: $8,100 — to support two early childhood literacy programs, Raise a Reader and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Raise a Reader programs were offered in the fall of 2017 at all district locations to connect parents and caregivers with the resources they need to help their children gain important pre-reading skills. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is offered at all locations to encourage parents and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books to their babies and toddlers to help them be ready for school. • Solera Bank: $1,500— - to support the library’s 2017 Raise a Reader programs. • Verizon Foundation: $10,000 — to support the STEM Girls program and competition at the Golden Library. • Voelbel Family Fund: $1,000 — to support diversity and inclusion services.

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Jeffco schools investigates bomb threat BY STAFF REPORT

The night of Feb. 5, Jefferson County Public Schools received an anonymous threat against schools in the Arvada and Golden areas; specific schools were not named, only the areas. The district’s security team and local law enforcement agencies worked through the night to conduct a search of all buildings in the affected areas to eensure our schools were safe to open this morning. Through this search, no evidence was found to validate the threat and schools continued as scheduled on Feb. 6. As of Feb. 6, the investigation was ongoing.

“This continues to be an evolving issue with decisions being made in real-time,” Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass wrote in a letter to parents. “My team takes this threat seriously, while not wishing to create unnecessary panic or concern. Unfortunately, Jeffco Public Schools has a long history of responding to these kinds of incidents — and each one brings unique challenges and opportunities to improve our procedures.” An initial letter went out to parents the morning of Feb. 6 informing them of the threat, but some parents said they were not happy in how/when they received communication from the district.

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VOICES A world tour of troubling events

e’re going to approach this column as a perusal of the latest ‘Annals of HITTING Insanity.’ Normally, HOME this is the sort of survey that covers a period of weeks, or even months; sadly, this particular one covers a period of about three days. I was debating the organizational structure of these ideas, but then, the “high point” happened Michael Alcorn right in our back yard, so … Working our way inward, geographically.

question was right in his ideological wheelhouse — to correct her use of the word “mankind”, advising her to use “peoplekind” instead. More stateside, there is Washington, D.C. There is always Washington, D.C.! This particular incident features the case of the dueling memos: We now have one memo alleging that courtapproved spying on a U.S. citizen was based, in part, on a fake political dossier, which was not spelled out in the court application. Sometime in the near future, we will then have a second memo — a counter-memo — probably alleging “nuh-uhh.” Which will, no doubt be followed by a countercounter memo alleging “yeah, huh!” And, in the meantime, the former Speaker of the House, now Minor-

We start in Rome, where, a day after the Pope accepts the state-appointed bishopric of an excommunicated priest in China, a different Vatican official says that “Those who best realize the social doctrine of the Church at this time are the Chinese….” Yes, the same Chinese that currently imprison hundreds of Christians for simply being Christian, and, according to CNN, have a growing industry in organ transplantation ... from executed prisoners. Look, I have the highest respect for the Faith of my mother and father, and the Church that I grew up in, but this … this … is just inexplicable. Our survey comes then to North America, where the Prime Minister of Canada interrupted a woman’s question in a town hall — a woman whose

ity Leader, took to the floor for 8-plus hours this week to defend a certain class of illegal immigrants, hoping, I suppose, that nobody would notice that when she was the Speaker, she never brought an immigration reform proposal to the floor. We shoot a little bit up the East Coast to New York, where a high school in Ithaca has been forced by protesters to cancel their production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” after the role of Esmerelda is awarded to a white girl. Yeah, I know — in the original story by Victor Hugo, Esmerelda was a gypsy of part Italian and part French descent, but, you know ... whatever. SEE ALCORN, P13

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budget each year. This board is spending $1.2 million on a new superintendent, built a new school for 800 students that opened with only 300 students, is spending over $30 million to move sixth graders to middle school, creating an additional 4,000 empty classroom seats when there are over 15,000 empty seats already

e all know memorable people. There’s something about them that makes you take notice and want to spend more time with them. While they don’t wear a sign or a special shirt, you know these people when you encounter them. You feel different when you’re around them — safe. They speak their truth, act impeccably, BUSINESS and know that happiAIKIDO ness is an inside job. They manage their energy throughout the day and don’t waste it on negative thoughts or remarks. They spend their time doing what is pleasing to them and minimize energy draining activities. Glenn Bott Here are 7 ingredients they all possess: 1. They are Authentic 24/7 — They don’t really care what other people think about them or what they do. They’re authentic all day long because they know their personal power comes from being themselves. Those that know them feel comfortable and safe




Prioritize third grade reading and math At the Feb.1 school board meeting, the Superintendent proposed “Academic Indicators” for Jeffco students. His goal for third graders is 60 percent of our students be proficient in reading and math. Say there is a classroom of 30 third graders, select 18 students. Those 18 will not be proficient at reading or math. How can anyone be OK with a bar set so low

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that it fails so many kids in Jeffco? The targets do not address achievement for diverse groups of students. For our minority students in Jeffco (over 30 percent of our students), currently over 75 percent do not meet reading or math standards (2 out of every 3 kids). Will the board require the Superintendent to set more meaningful goals? Jeffco has nearly a billion-dollar

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while around them because they don’t pretend to be what they aren’t. 2. They are Impeccable — They walk their talk in all they do. They know that we all watch behaviors and listen to what others say. We measure others talk against their actions and if they don’t match we label that person a phony. Memorable people use this often neglected trait to their advantage to stand out. They know it takes far less energy to be impeccable than to tell different people different stories and try to remember who you told what. 3. They Value Relationships Above All Else — People are an endless source of mystery and intrigue (and some amusement) to memorable folks. They treat everyone with respect and are interested in how everyone has created their lives. They don’t judge, but rather see patterns and if asked may offer insights on ways to improve. They will never say “do this ....:” as they have total respect for everyone’s journey. They’re far more interested in learning about others and how they live their lives. By keeping an open mind they allow for the opportunity to learn something new and beneficial. 4. They Smile — They love life and all it offers. They enjoy the process and their heart is singing. What’s not to smile about? They are happy with themselves, what they do for a living, and all aspects of their lives. They share their inner feeling of joy with everyone they meet. The only way to


Since we’re in New York already, let’s consider the tale of a middle school which, if I understand the chronology, first cancelled, then postponed, and then renamed their Father-Daughter dance until it could be guaranteed to conform better to the Board of Education’s gender inclusiveness guidelines. And, by the way, in the era of “#MeToo,” who thought it would be a good idea to release the third in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series of movies at this moment in time? Closer to home, we have joyful occasion of somebody calling in a bomb hoax on Monday, and then extending the fun on Tuesday by generalizing the bomb threat against “a” school in the Arvada/Golden area. Of course, it was a hoax, but I was missing somewhere around 15 percent of my classes

remove their smile is by surgery. 5. Honoring Others — Memorable people allow others to be themselves. They don’t have hidden agendas or think they know what is best for others. They may offer advice when asked, but the will never tell you what to do. Their life is about honoring and respecting others. 6. Effortless to be With — These people are great to be with because they don’t spend their time trying to impress you with their stories and accomplishments. They’re more interested in learning about you and those special things you do that make you a standout. 7. They Love Life — They’re positive and only do what they love. They understand that Life is a grand adventure and they approach it with an attitude of inclusion rather than exclusion. They want you to join in on the fun! They know that nothing is permanent and that tomorrow will be a new day filled with new opportunities. They always expect things to go their way.

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Closing the Loop Memorable people have trained themselves to pay attention to others, be impeccable, and spend their time positively living their passion. These skills are available to all, but few take the time to make them a habit. Glenn Bott of Arvada speaks and coaches on empowerment and resiliency. He shares the proven techniques he used to successfully reinvent himself after recovering from a severe and lifethreatening brain injury.

on Tuesday. Anybody else think it was probably just a kid wanting to avoid a test? Speaking of our schools, that brings me to the coup de grace: this week has featured a 23-year old assistant instructor in Cherry Creek schools being arrested for having a relationship with a 16-year old, another school suspending more than a dozen kids for LSD-related drug issues, and another school having two boys arrested — one for sexual assault, one for videotaping it on his phone. You want insanity? Try having a conversation with your 16-year old about the politics of sex in today’s world. Seriously, folks, I think if I were growing up in this day and age, I might be tempted to snack on Tide Pods, too. Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His novels are available at

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and yet only has a goal of 6 out of 10 kids reading and counting proficiently. Stop this reckless spending and prioritize learning. Peggy Ralph, Lakewood Jeffco Schools to get an additional $30 million State budgets have just been released and Jeffco is slated to receive an additional $30 million next year. This is on top of the multi-million dollar increase from last year. In actuality, per pupil funding has steadily increased over the last four years. What is alarming – will any of this increase in funds go to improving student achievement or higher wages for teachers? PERA is currently underfunded by billions and tax payers will be asked to fill in the gaps. Yet Jeffco’s budget conversation has no specific dollar amount for what might be allocated to filling the PERA hole. Yet, the school board and Superintendent are recklessly spending over $30 million to move sixth graders to middle school without community acceptance. Per the 2016-17 Facilities Condition Assessment, Jeffco has 18,089 empty classroom seats. Yet it is slated to add 5,000 new classroom seats in middle schools to accommodate sixth graders.This leaves thousands of empty elementary classroom seats, which still have to be maintained and

February 15, 2018F paid for in schools across Jeffco. It is time for Jeffco to have the hard discussions on wasteful spending and the huge deficiency in PERA. Irresponsible spending today, will only lead to less resources for students or more requests for tax increases in the future. Amy Cooper, Golden Superintendent Evaluation Over 50 percent of our property taxes go to Jeffco schools. Therefore, as a taxpayer, I want to understand the return on my investment in education in Jeffco. That is why I find it hard to comprehend why the Superintendent, who was awarded a 3-year contract worth $1.2 million dollars, was given his evaluation in a closed-door executive session vs. public session. The current board justified his huge salary saying his job equates to a CEO of a large corporation. Well, most large corporations and CEO’s are accountable to shareholders and I consider myself a shareholder. I think we should all know how the board feels this superintendent is doing and what he should be working on. Now granted, the challenge is that he has been given zero goals or objectives or any type of accountability measurements, which I find odd given his huge salary. So, I am curious what his evaluations encompass? What are his measurements or targets? What are his assigned goals and objectives? As taxpayers, we should understand his performance measurements and understand how he is doing against

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those measurements. I do not think it is a lot to ask for some accountability associated with a contract worth $1.2 million. Deb Eigenbrod Littleton A moral necessity It was with interested I read the “Cannot legislate morality” letter to the editor of Feb. 1. It would appear the author is proffering a societal legislation of morality revolving around the position that there are certain lives not worth living. Here is the logic: If no one wants and unborn baby, rather than allowing the baby to be born into an unwelcoming society, compassion dictates the baby’s existence be terminated. A drain on society and an unhappy life would be “nipped in the bud”, as it were. This logic presumes the unborn baby is unwanted. Overall, that position represents pretty cold compassion. There is no difference between that and someone deciding a certain group of people are sub-human and a drain on society, thus, that group of people should be eliminated. When society grants itself the right to decide which innocent people live and which innocent people die, that society is doomed to disintegration. We must never forget that. Jim Morgan, Lakewood Support Inclusive Care for Seniors Many seniors on Medicare are facing expensive out-of-pocket cost for treatments they need to remain independent. Strokes, surgeries, and other debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, post-polio syndrome and trauma from falls or other injuries sometimes result in patients needing prolonged care by physical, occupational or speech therapists. Congress recently failed to act to repeal a harsh limit on these necessary, therapeutic treatments which enable patients to remain in the comfort of their homes, and thus creating uncertainty for providers, patients and their families. This Congressional inaction poses a very real financial and medical threat to seniors already struggling in rehabilitation care. Should Congress not act to remove hard caps, the result is tough choices for a population which spends up to half their retirement income on fixed costs such as

housing, utilities, food and medicine. Maybe care could be rationed and less frequent but some may simply not be able to afford continued therapy or even engage in therapeutic treatment if another injury occurs. This year the annual limits are $2,010 for both physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined; there is a separate $2,010 for occupational therapy. In the face of constantly increasing healthcare costs, this is too little. Please ask your Senators and Representatives to fix this harmful policy so seniors can live with dignity and independence as long as possible and get the care they need without rations. Shirley Leow, Lakewood No on Senate Bill 1 I am an Arvada resident and work as a public school teacher in Adams County. I love my job as a teacher, although every year becomes tougher as resources disappear and class sizes increase. My class sizes have risen up to 38 students in the past couple years and with this increase, it becomes extremely challenging to meet the diverse needs of my students. This frustration continues as the state government tells schools they owe us money and never deliver on this promise. At this point, we have had $828 million cut and there are no indications that this will change any time soon, especially with the introduction of Senate Bill 1. Although Senate Bill 1 sounds good, (it’s about funding road projects) the amount of money that goes into the bill continues to take away money from schools. I would like to see our state representatives and senators work toward a solution that both funds our roads and our education system. I strongly oppose Senate Bill 1. Kathryn Zaleski, Arvada We need to work on abortion All laws aim at modifying behavior, intentionally reflecting society’s agreed-upon moral tenants. The writer’s false premise then implies a false dichotomy that there are little or no other options for addressing escalated abortion rates in a diverse society. There are usually more options. SEE LETTERS, P15

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Program helps preserve Roxborough State Park



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oxborough State Park is a National Natural Landmark, a Colorado Natural Area and a National Archaeological District that has been established to protect the scenic beauty and resource diversity of the park and surrounding area. Because Roxborough State Park is considered by many as one of the “crown jewels” of the Colorado state park system, many visitors come to enjoy the park’s beauty, unique geology and rock formations, abundant and diverse flora and fauna, and the oneness they gain with nature during their hikes. To minimize the adverse impacts being seen at the park as a result of increased visita-


Remember the original “Choice” argument included educating and empowering our young people to respect their minds and bodies (via Planned Parenthood, etc.), thereby reducing unwanted pregnancies?

tion and some of those visitors not recreating in a responsible way, Roxborough State Park has created a partnership with the national program Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Through funding from nonprofit organizations, including the Colorado Parks Foundation and the Friends of Roxborough State Park, and additional support from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the park’s staff and a volunteer naturalist team are implementing a comprehensive program to help all visitors learn about minimal impact hiking and recreation as part of the overall Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics initiative of “Leave No Trace in Every Park.” The park staff and its 110

The before/after abortion spike (60 million over 45 years) screams out that this promise has failed — by any rubric. Time to regroup and re-evaluate underlying problems and create policies that actually strengthen our young people while serving a diverse population. We have yet to accept the science that would define the life we value in the constitution. Regardless, we can still evolve away from Daddy Govern-

volunteer naturalists are deeply committed to protecting and preserving the beauty of the park by educating the public through the Leave No Trace program. This program includes educating Roxborough visitors on the seven principles of Leave No Trace to help ensure they recreate in an environmentally responsible way. These principles are: (1) Know Before You Go, (2) Stick To Trails, (3) Trash Your Trash, (4) Leave It As You Find It, (5) Be Careful With Fire, (6) Keep Wildlife Wild and (7) Share Your Trails. The park is focusing on programs for the public, local schools, Junior Naturalists, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and all park visitors. To find out more about

ment as “fixer” to preventative laws that deter unwanted pregnancies, i.e., eliminate taxpayer funded abortions (just as we don’t fund actual constitutional rights, like handguns, speaking tours, etc.), eliminate late term abortions. Choice could go to states and localities while re-engaging families, vast community networks, and self-responsibility like days past. Today, many of these resources are already much

the Leave No Trace program at Roxborough State Park and its 2018 scheduled activities and events, you can visit the park’s website at or by directly contacting the park at (303) 973-3959 or at roxborough. To learn more about Leave No Trace, visit www. To learn more about the Colorado Parks Foundation, visit Information on the Friends of RoxboroughState Park can be found on the park webpage shown above. John Liberatore is a volunteer naturalist at Roxborough State Park.

improved and certainly stigmas are removed. We’re poised as never before to reduce abortion rates. No solution will be perfect. But to think we’ve evolved this issue as far as it can go is ridiculous. To rest our laurels on beta policies that have overwhelmingly failed is just another failure, moral or otherwise. Michelle Montgomery Arvada


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The Legacy Show captures spirit of voices past


Danny Ledonne’s “Growing VEGI” takes a look at the San Luis Valley’s Valley Educational Gardens Initiative. VEGI works with schools and community programs to address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity by cultivating a relationship with nourishing foods from the soil up. The film will be shown at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival during the 4 to 6 p.m. session on Feb. 23. COURTESY PHOTOS

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here’s no accounting for the twists and turns that bring creative people together, but the first meeting of filmmakers Haley Thompson and Tomas Zuccareno was all too fitting, in light of the work they would end up doing together — they meet at The Local Food Convergence in Aspen back in early 2016. “We both wanted to make a movie about the next generation of farming, and sustainable and healthy food,” Zuccareno remembers. “We both recognized there was a problem in the farming communities we came from — that young people weren’t getting the support they needed to do this important work.” Now, after two years of filming and editing, the pair are ready for the world premiere of their first film, “How We Grow,” which will take place at the 12th annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

IF YOU GO WHAT: Colorado Environmental Film Festival WHERE: American Mountaineering Center 710 10th St., Golden WHEN: Feb. 22 through 24 COST: Tickets range in price from $8 per person for a single film screening session to $50 per person for access to all film screening sessions all three days of the festival. TICKETS: The festival runs from Feb. 22 through 24 at Golden’s American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St. About 56 films will be shown, some shorts and others closer to feature length, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of interconnected ecological, social and economic themes. International and local filmmakers will be represented. “Colorado is such a great place to host a festival like this, not only because of how active residents are, but because so many people are invested in protecting the environment,” said Nicole Bickford, festival director. “We want to show films that bring light to environmental issues, but also offer solutions and hope for the future.” The free opening night event, SEE FILM, P17

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival is returning to Golden for its 12th year. This year, there will be 56 movies screened, all of which tackle important environmental issues.

he Denver home of violinist and jazz musician George Morrison was always filled with music, as his granddaughter Trudi Morrison remembers it. That music was not only from the students who received lessons at the house, but from the jazz luminaries who stopped in — figures like Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Jelly Roll Morton. “Denver was strictly segregated at the time, so touring musicians weren’t able to stay at the hotels. Instead, they stayed with us at Big Daddy and Big COMING house,” ATTRACTIONS Mommy’s Morrison said. “Everyone knew who he was, and they still remember him. He was like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, all rolled into one.” Morrison (1891-1974) made his first violin from a corn stalk, a piece of wood, and Clarke Reader some string, and first played publicly with his brother in mining camps in the mountains west of Boulder. He married in 1911 and started “George Morrison and his Jazz Orchestra,” one of Denver’s first jazz orchestras. In 1920, he played a command performance in London for King George and Queen Mary. To celebrate Morrison and other visionaries of African-American musical and cultural history, the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., is hosting The Legacy Show at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. The multimedia musical experience is anchored by music of AfricanAmerican composers performed by violinist Tami Lee Hughes and pianist Byron Burford-Phearse. The program features classical music infused with a variety of styles, including spirituals, blues, gospel, hip-hop, and jazz. Portraying cultural themes of the Antebellum Period, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Era, and Modern Times, the program includes poetry and visual media projected onto a large screen, providing images of people and places thematically related to the music. “As a classically trained violinist, I love traditional repertoire, but the music featured in the show is a fusion of all of the styles I heard growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, including classical, jazz, gospel, spirituals, and blues,” said Hughes, whose artistic direction of the show is an extension of her debut solo recording. “As I researched music of African-American composers, I found a treasure trove of pieces rarely heard on the concert stage. Through The Legacy Show, I hope to share some of these works and celebrate the SEE READER, P18

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February 15, 2018

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra moves to new venue in Wheat Ridge BY CHRISTY STEADMAN CSTEADMAN@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

David Kummer, a husband and father of three, has an important role in his family — to be the audience. “We often joke about that,” Kummer said, adding he is the only one in his immediate family that does not play a musical instrument. “Seeing a musical piece performed live is much more meaningful than listening to even a very good recording of that same piece.” Kummer’s wife Linda plays violin with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. And the couple is looking forward to the orchestra’s first performance on Feb. 25 at its new venue — the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church. The JSO “always has an interesting program,” David Kummer said, “and the music is always very well done.” Now in its 65th season, the orchestra has performed on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden for the past 46 years. However, a renovation project in the campus’ Green Center, where the orchestra is hosted, forced the move. The orchestra’s new home is at the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave. A few things concert-goers can look forward to with the move are the acoustics in the church, plenty of parking and a more intimate venue, said Karen Pring, one of the orchestra’s board members and violinists.


beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, will include a reception featuring light appetizers, drinks, opportunities to interact with local businesses and a special silent auction benefiting CEFF programs. Afterward, there will be a screening of the film “Chasing Coral” and awards ceremony, hosted by local activist and filmmaker (and former mayor of Golden) Jacob Smith. Over the following days, films on a variety of subjects — ranging from deforestation and ocean health to wolves and, in the case of Jane Zelikova’s film, “End of Snow,” the effects of climate change on snowpack in the Western United States — will be shown. It premieres during the 7 to 9 p.m. session on Feb. 24. “The film follows me, a climate change scientist, as I go on a journey to learn how snowpack is changing in the West and what changes we can expect in the future,” Zelikova explained. “The idea came from my own research on the impacts of dust on snowpack in the Snowy Range mountains in Wyoming.” Many filmmakers, like Thompson and Zuccareno, will be on hand for their screenings, and available for discussions and meetings afterwards. In “How We Grow,” which premieres at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, Thompson and Zuccareno take a look at ambitious young farmers building community


The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra has moved from its former location on the Colorado School of Mines to the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church. The orchestra’s first performance at its new venue will take place at 4 p.m. on Feb. 25. PHOTO COURTESY OF TED TRAINOR However, it is about half the size, Pring said. According to Mines’ website, Bunker Auditorium in the Green Center seats 1,100, and the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church seats 450. Wanda Beck, the orchestra’s principal violist, and her husband Larry, the orchestra’s principal oboe player, joined the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra in 1968. They believe concerts at the church will be much more satisfying for both the musicians and the concert-goers. This is simply because the Green Center was not built as a concert hall, Wanda Beck said. It was built as a lecture hall, she added Concerts at the church will provide the audience with a “warmer feeling,” Wanda Beck said. The church is well-known among local performance groups for its

around locally grown food in the Roaring Fork Valley of Western Colorado. It examines the characters and systems of farming through the themes of education, legislation, community, food access and micro-finance — in order to tell the story of how these farmers are able to create resilient food systems. “There’s a lot stacked against these farmers and their communities,” Thompson said. “We hope the response to the film is that people are inspired to get their hands in the dirt and start working.” For Zelikova, film is a way to bring the global challenge of climate change to people in a realistic, moving way. Stories help people connect to ideas and inspire them to tackle challenges, she added. “As much as it feels overwhelming, there are solutions we can implement today, solutions that don’t require a breakthrough invention or new technology,” she said. “These solutions come from people who want to be good stewards of their land and manage in a sustainable way, in the process helping fight climate change.” It would be easy for the films shown in the festival to be all doom and gloom, but Bickford said that’s why CEFF focuses on films that inspire, as well as inform. “We’ve found that a festival atmosphere like this is great, because people really love to gather and talk about solutions after they see these kinds of movies,” she said. “We want people to walk away empowered and know that they want to get involved.”

acoustics, said Steve Mallinson, the orchestra’s associate conductor and tuba player who is Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church’s music director. “The orchestra sounds wonderful in there,” he said. “Concert-goers will enjoy the sound.” Music is important to our culture, Mallinson said, and it’s a great benefit to have such a fine-performing orchestra so easily available to everyone. Pring agrees, and added that the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra consists of high-quality musicians, despite it being a volunteer group. “We’re lucky to attract such good musicians,” she said. And one thing that’s unique about the group is how long members stay, Pring said. “People usually stick with us once they join,” Pring said. “It’s a

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Concert takes place at 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave. in Wheat Ridge. The program includes works by Claude Debussy, Marjan Mozetich, Maurice Ravel and Peter Tchaikovsky. Guest artists are harpists Don Hilsberg and Janet Harriman. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students and $5 for children, and are available online. Thanks to a grant from the City of Golden, a free, roundtrip shuttle from the Golden Visitors Center, 1010 Washington Ave. in Golden, to the concert is available for seniors. Call the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra’s office at 303-278-4237 or send an email to info@ to reserve a spot. Tickets and concert information can be found at great group of people that enjoys making music.” The Becks attribute one reason the orchestra is so good to Dr. William Morse, the orchestra’s music director and principal conductor. “He’s well-versed,” Wanda Beck said, and added that “he’s a pleasant person to work with. He smiles a lot.” But everyone works hard to make the orchestra a success, Larry Beck added. “We’re one big family working together to accomplish one common goal,” he said. And that is “to perform high-quality music.”

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composers who have left a rich legacy through music we can all enjoy.” In addition to Morrison, the performance will feature music from Duke Ellington, David Baker, Daniel Roumain, Kerwin Young, and more. But for this Denver-based crowd, Morrison’s work will be the most personal to hear. Which is something his granddaughter understands perfectly. “We have a family history of breaking racial barriers, and we all stand of the shoulders of those who came before us,” she said. “Big Daddy’s story is one of striving and thriving in a time of deep-rooted segregation.” Hughes did plenty of research when putting The Legacy Show, and she hopes concert-goers learn about the different voices and styles of music from different generations and backgrounds. “The show is for everyone, but I especially like to see young people in the audience. There is distance between them and a lot of the history in the show, so the performance gives them context for understanding complex issues we are dealing with today,” she said. “I hope The Legacy Show inspires great conversations, including talks between people of different generations.” For tickets and more information, visit

February 15, 2018F Sunday, Feb. 18. “The Space Between” is easily one of the year’s sexiest albums, but it explores all aspects of romantic relationships, including moving on from old loves to the fickleness of contemporary relationships. “One I Want” is one of the best singles of the year, and “Gave Your Love Away” shows the pair’s vocal range. While Majid Jordan is obviously heavily influenced by modern soul artists like Frank Ocean and Miguel, they add flourishes of electronic music that are all their own. Seeing and hearing how they translate all of this to the stage makes the show this week’s can’tmiss concert. To get tickets, visit

swing, viewers may well be inspired to try out a new sport after seeing some of the world’s best athlete’s competing. For those who see the broom-and-iceand-stone sport of curling and want to give it a try, the Denver Curling Club will be hosting an open house and drop-in learning classes on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 17, and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, at the club’s headquarters, 14100 W. Seventh Ave. in Golden. Visitors can learn about throwers and how they practice their deliveries (also called pitches or throws), and sweepers, who use brooms to sweep the ice. Visitors are encouraged to hang out, enjoy the Olympics on television, see curlers in action, and talk to members about our adult leagues and junior programs — all children must bring a helmet of any kind to wear. For the drop-in classes, they last 30 minutes on the ice with instruction and a free nonalcoholic drink for $20. For more information, email, call 303-321-1107, or visit

Life is a cabaret with the Denver Chorale The Denver Chorale is preparing to bring the laughs to audiences for its annual spring cabaret performance at the “Make ‘Em Laugh” Cabaret at Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. in Denver, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18. The cabaret will feature a special guest performance by Third Kind Improv, which is the resident improv troupe for the Human, Kind Theater Project. From musicals to pop, every song choice will be performed by a talented member (or group) of the Denver Chorale, and is designed to have the audience rolling in the aisles. The chorale is a group of singers from throughout the metro area, and is led by founder and artistic director Valerie Montaño, a veteran music teacher. The group advocates the virtues of music, especially

Clarke’s Concert of the Week - Majid Jordan at the Gothic Canadian R&B duo Majid Jordan, made up of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, have provided plenty of backing vocals for more well-known artists like Drake, but they took their skills to a whole new level on their sophomore album, “The Space Between.” Now Majid Jordan will be taking Learn curling as the Olympics take over your the stage1at2/9/18 Englewood’s screens MtnVista Ad LunchAndLearn 9.625x6 Feb2018.qxp_Layout 10:27 AM Gothic Page 1 Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, at 9 p.m. on With the Winter Olympics now in full

its healing power and guiding contribution to social movements. There will also be a silent auction with the opportunity to bid on meals, theater tickets, original artwork, handcrafted items, overflowing themed gift baskets and more. To learn more, visit denverchorale. org. Turn up for Buffalo Bill’s birthday Many people in Golden and beyond are aware of the big Buffalo Bill Days festival the city throws every summer. That’s some ways away, but those looking for a taste of the Old West can get their fix at the man’s birthday party. The free Buffalo Bill Birthday Party will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at The Rock Rest, 16005 Mount Vernon Road in Golden. There will be hundreds of reenactors from all around the region celebrating William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s birthday. Visitors can take a shot in one of the free outfits contests for a chance of winning cash and/or prizes from top artists and photographers. National best-selling author Reid Lance Rosenthal will be there selling and signing his books along with local authors Leslee Breene and Sam Pisciotta. Local favorites Timothy P. and Friends will perform, and there will also be free birthday cake and door prizes. For more information on the party, visit Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached

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Vintage Theatre does “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”


enver’s First Lady, Mary Louise Lee aka Ms. Michael Hancock, stars in this delightful evening of music. “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill plays through Feb. 18th at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton AROUND St., in Aurora. For ticket information, TOWN visit, or call Harriet Ford 303-856-7830. From there, the show goes on the road and will move to the Garner Galleria Theater in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts where it plays Mondays at 7:30 p.m. from March 5 through April 23. For ticket information for the DCPA, visit www.denvercenter. org. The show is set in 1959 at Emerson’s Bar and Grill in Philadelphia.

Billie Holiday was also known by her fans as “Lady Day.” The very talented Ms. Lee is joined on stage by the equally talented Trent Hines, in the role of her pianist (Jimmy Powers.) Billie Holiday had a rough childhood and her trials continued into adulthood. Billie had great difficulty staying away from alcohol and drugs. In fact, she died from cirrhosis. Mary Louise Lee’s beautiful voice makes songs like “God Bless the Child” fill the theater with bliss. Jimmy Powers tried his best to get the singer to moderate her drinking … with no success. “Sense and Sensibility” opens Arvada Center’s Black Box Rep series Although I never did really figure out the entire plot, I thoroughly

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enjoyed the very fast-paced opening of the Arvada Centers 2018 Repertory Season. As is common for the Black Box theater, the production is presented with all of the set pieces on casters. This allows for pieces and people to almost fly across the stage. The choreography is exquisite. Gabriella Cavallero was the Dialect/ Movement Coach. Remarkable work, Coach. Rep members appearing in this production are: Zachary Andrews, Jessica Austgen, Regina Fernadez, Abner Genece, Kate Gleason, Geoffrey Kent, Emma Messenger, Emelie O’Hara, Lance Rasmussen and Jessica Robblee. The repertory season features “Sense and Sensibility” which plays through May 6; “The Electric Baby,” Feb. 9 through May 4, and “All My

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erybody is worthy of dignity, and know the coalition would not build a housing facility that would hurt homeless people,” said resident Annie Carter. “These people are here already, so let’s take care of our neighbors.” Rick Roberts, with the Legacy Grace Community Development Association, a nonprofit that works to provide affordable housing options to those in need, even chided the audience for its reaction to the project. “This is an indictment of all of us and our community, because it seems like we really don’t care,” he said. “There is no simple or easy solution, and there’s a lot of factors to consider. But if you don’t like this plan, come up with something better.” The coalition aims to hold more meetings as the project progresses, and with concerns about zoning ahead, even if it is approved, residents are gearing up for a long debate. “I feel like I was hit in the face by a baseball bat, because we have no say in what you are able to do,” said resident Laura Magee. “If you think the community is going to lay down and allow this, you are mistaken.”

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The Beverly Hillbillies: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17 at Colorado ACTS, 11455 W. I-70 Frontage Road, Wheat Ridge. The Clampetts bring their down home rural life to dignified society life in a crazy clash of values and what’s important in life. Tickets are purchased at the door. Go to or call 303-456-6772. Fun Home: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday through March 5 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. A show at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 benefits the Denver Actors Fund. Honest, original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Call 303-935-3044 or go to Adult themes; recommended for ages 14 and older. Sense and Sensibility: through May 6 at the Arada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with matinees at 1 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Audience talkbacks on Friday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Marh 14 in the Black Box Lobby. Call 720-8987200 or go to


Live Music: Michael Shainline: 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-2355275 or go to www.jeffcolibrary. org The Lost Tribe Concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at B’nai Chaim, 4716 S. Coors Lane, Morrison. Go to for ticket reservations, memory book and contacts, or call 303-697-2668. Jefferson Symphony Winter Concert: 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Go to www. or call 303-2784237.


Movie Time: ‘Lady Macbeth’: 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. For adults; please leave noise at home. Call 303-235-5275 or go to

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this week’s TOP FIVE Memory Café: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 Depew St., Wheat Ridge. Presented by the Wheat Ridge Library and the Alzheimer’s Association, Memory Café is a welcoming place for people living with memory loss and their caregivers. Go to The Primal Smoothie: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at at Natural Grocers, 12612 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. Learn how easy smoothies are to make and how to supercharge your smoothie for personalized health benefits. Call 303-986-57000 or go to

auction. An online auction will begin in mid-February. To register to bring chili or to purchase tickets, go to Arvada WinterFest: A Global Affair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at McIIvoy Park. Free, family event with games, performances, music, vendors, food, and drinks. Kids can collect passport stamps as they visit booths and play games inspired from around the world. Go to ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’: 1 p.m. Saturdays through March 3 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Shows also at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3. Call 303-935-3044 or go to

Chili Cook-Off: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Golden High School, 701 24th St, Golden. A fundraiser of the Golden High School PTA. Enjoy chili and a silent


Bob Ross Painting: noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Apex Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. Pastels and Drawing Studio: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays from Feb. 19 to March 12 at Apex Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. Art for the Young at Heart Art Show: show runs through March 14 at Apex Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Creations or artists ages 50-plus and local school children. Call 303-425-9583 or go to www. Rain Forest Discovery, Art Near the Equator: 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 21 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. For ages 6-12. Registration required. Go to and click on Majestic View Nature Center under the Explore tab.


Teen Time: Book Swap: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-5275 or go to www.

Hard Times Writing Workshop: 3-5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Weekly writing workshop is free and open to all. Writing prompts, tools, and refreshments provided. Call 303-235-5275 or go to www.


Chirp Chirp-Impromptu Bird Walks: Sometimes you just feel like you need to get out and enjoy nature. If you like bird walks and want to join fellow birders on short-notice bird walks, sign up to the Chirp Chirp list Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. A notification will be sent by email or text no later than 24 hours prior to the bird walk. Go to Lego Play and Build: 2-3 p.m. Friday, Feb 16 at Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-235-5275 or go to Hands Dirty Feet Wet, Outdoor Nature Playdates: 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 16 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Children can climb, dig, jump and dive into nature. Registration required. Go to After Dark: Library Olympics: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Demonstrate you your knowledge and skills against other would be Library Olympians. Only one can win the GOLD. Registration required. For teens and tweens. Call 303-235-5275 or go to www. Discovery Play: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Call

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303-235-5275 or go to Drop-In Discovery: 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Explore different themes using hands-on activities, books, puzzles, crafts and other items. No sign up needed. Call 720-8987405. Myths and Constellations: Night with a Naturalist: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Hear some of the myths from around the world and learn some of the facts. We will go outside to observe the constellations and listen for our neighboring wildlife. Dress for the weather. Go to Keeping It Real: Beyond “Polite” Conversation: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Rebekah Henderson, producer of the film All Mixed Up: Our Changing Racial Identities and co-host of the Off Color podcast, and Dr. Gregory Diggs, critical race theorist and skilled facilitator, lead a discussion regarding uncomfortable race in America’s conversations. Call 303-235-5275 or go to www.

Town Hall Meeting: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at WestFax Brewing Company, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Join state Rep. Chris Kennedy and Lakewood Ward 2 Councilors Jacob LaBure and Sharon Vincent to discuss issues that matter most to you. Backstage Tour DCPA: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Explore backstage of the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Following the 90-minute walking tour, lunch cost will be on your own at a local restaurant. Fee includes transportation, escort, parking and tour. Register in advance. Call 303-4259583 or go to Walk With The Dogs: 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Meet at the parking lot at 72nd, just west of Carr Street. Get outside and meet dogs from around the community while learning pet facts and the impact of bringing dogs into nature areas. Hot cocoa will be waiting at the end of the walk at the nature center (water for dogs). Dogs must be on leash. Go to


Tai Chi: 6:15-7:15 p.m. (beginners) and 5-6 p.m. (experienced) Mondays through Feb. 26 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Registration required. Go to and click on Majestic View Nature Center under the Explore tab. Food Pantry: open from 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays at New Apostolic Church, 5290 Vance St., Arvada, rear entrance (across the street from Beau Jo’s restaurant). Contact Gertrude at 303-902-6794.


After School Fun: Cookie Craziness: 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-2355275 or go to

STEM Conference for Girls: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the University of Colorado, Boulder Engineering Center. For girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Expanding Your Horizons attendees will learn about careers involving engineering, math, science and technology through a day of hands-on workshops. An adult program running at the same time focuses on strategies for supporting girls’ academic success and paying for college. Register at www.

Purpose and Divine Intervention: noon Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 5675 Field St., Arvada. Lifetree Cafe discussion group features filmed interview with Operation Baby Lift volunteer LeAnn Thieman, who helped save at-risk babies from Vietnamese orphanages

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SPORTS Bear Creek junior Grant Karger, left, attempts to block the shot of Chatfield senior Keland Rumsey during the Bears’ 6055 victory Feb. 10 at Chatfield Senior High School. The win kept the Bears in the mix for the Class 5A Jeffco League title. PHOTO BY DENNIS PLEUSS/JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Bear Creek hoops take win in bizarre 5A Jeffco tilt

Discrepancy over score generates confusion BY DENNIS PLEUSS JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The unpredictable and wild Class 5A Jeffco boys basketball conference got stranger Feb. 10. Bear Creek ended Chatfield’s 4-game winning streak on the

Chargers’ home court with a 60-55 victory. However, most of the talk after the game is what happened between the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter. The scoreboard had Chatfield with a 36-31 lead through three quarters. However, both the official scorebook run by Chatfield and Bear Creek’s scorebook had the Bears with a 34-33 lead. The score was changed on the scoreboard to

give the Bears’ a 1-point lead heading to the final quarter. “Honesty, I don’t understand it,” said Chatfield coach Stephen Schimpeler, who with his staff with the three officials that both books at the scorer’s table were incorrect and the scoreboard was actually correct. “I don’t understand how that can happen with two books. Something went wrong.” SEE JEFFCO, P27



More shots on goal for the Ralston Valley hockey team in a 4-3 loss to Columbine on Feb. 7.


Rebounds for the Arvada boys basketball team in a 69-48 win over Bruce Randolph on Feb. 5.


Straight points by the Arvada West basketball to start a comeback in a 55-50 boys basketball win over Columbine on Feb. 9.


Regional champions for the Pomona wrestling team, which captured the 5A Region 2 championship on Feb. 10.


Combined points scored by the Faith Christian and SkyView Academy girls basketball teams in the first quarter of the Eagles’ 25-13 win on Feb. 9.

Standout Performers Andreas Fuentes, Ralston Valley The senior scored two goals in a 4-3 hockey loss to Columbine on Feb. 7, giving him six goals and 12 points for the season.

Gabe Dinette, Lakewood He improved his record to 35-2 as the senior won the 160-pound championship on Feb. 10 at the 5A Region 1 wrestling tournament.

Jovan Dodig, Bear Creek The senior had a game-high 20 points in a 60-55 boys basketball victory over Chatfield on Feb. 10.

Dayton Marvel, Arvada West The senior captured the 132-pound title at the 5A Region 1 tournament and he will take a 30-2 record into the Feb. 15-17 state wrestling tournament.

Domonic Creazzo, Alameda The junior scored 28 points in the 73-52 boys basketball triumph over Weld Central on Feb. 9.

Charles Dinegar, D’Evelyn The senior had a double-double with 21 points and 18 rebounds in the 74-69 boys basketball win over Standley Lake on Feb. 9.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS are five athletes named from west metro area high schools. Preference is given to those making their debut on the list. To nominate an athlete, contact Jim Benton at

Small actions could create big things


ittle things can make a big difference in a basketball game and in life. Rock Canyon girls basketball coach Becky Mudd followed up on a good idea of creating a personal challenge for her players, and the game against Legend on Feb. 6 was designated the Small Actions-Big Changes game. Each girl selected a cause, person, family or group to play the game OVERTIME in honor of. The girls then had to commit to do a small action to support the person/ cause they selected. Sophomore Molly McEowen played for Alzheimer’s awareness, a disease that touches a lot of people, including Jim Benton her grandfather. For her action, she gave up eating lunch for a week and donated that money to Alzheimer’s research. Sophia Kozmata’s grandmother passed away from Parkinson’s disease, so Kozmata played for Parkinson’s awareness and wore colored laces. The senior forward shared what basketball meant to the family as they suffered with the disease. Saving animals from puppy mills was the selected cause for sophomore guard Dana Weiss, who is a vegetarian to support animals and is vocal about the mistreatment of animals. Several players got pledges for points, wrote cards and letters to people, did random acts of kindness, made donations, and wore special colored gear. All shared their stories with the team about their causes, such as Charity H2O, breast cancer awareness, diabetes, pediatric cancer, the American Heart Association, pancreatic cancer, Dr. Jill Pechacek 29:11 Challenge, Make-A-Wish and the Pine Ridge Reservation. Talking football Dave Logan and Ed McCaffrey worked five seasons together broadcasting Denver Broncos football games on the radio as the play-by-play announcer and the analyst, respectively. I’m sure they probably talked a little about high school football, since Logan is the coach at Cherry Creek and three of McCaffrey’s four sons played for Valor Christian against Creek during that time. McCaffrey, who gave up his analyst duties last season, is now the head football coach at Valor. So once again Logan and McCaffrey will be talking high school football. “Dave was a great inspiration to me,” said McCaffrey. “I watched somebody I respect who played at a high level and is one of SEE BENTON, P27

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The officials said that since both scorebooks were identical with Bear Creek (13-7, 8-4 in league) having a 3433 lead going to the fourth quarter that was the ruling. An official scorebook run by the home team and scorebook run by the visiting team are used as a check-and-balance if there is a scoring discrepancy. “All I know was our scorebook and their scorebook was the same,” Bear Creek coach Will Gosch said. “When you have two scorebooks the same I don’t see where there is a controversy. The scorebooks were the same so that is what they went with.” It appears the discrepancy between the scoreboard and two scorebooks happened when a 3-pointer by Chatfield junior Luke Carlson with 1:42 left in the three quarter was actually marked down in both books as a 3-pointer for Bear Creek senior Jordan Ramos, hence the 6-point swing. Despite the scoring error, Schimpeler admitted the Chargers (11-10, 7-5) didn’t take advance of having enough time to mount a comeback and extend their winning streak to five games. “Bear Creek wanted it more than we did, bottom line,” Schimpeler admitted. Bear Creek senior Manuel Perez scored nine points in the fourth quarter, including going 6-for-6 from


the best in the business at broadcasting, yet he still has the passion while coaching football. “He’s had unbelievable success in his high school coaching. It’s because he loves what he is doing. I love this sport too and love coaching it. He kind of paved the way. He showed me you could have a family, have a profession, coach high school football and do the things you want to do. When I watch him coaching, meeting with coaches or drawing up plays, he is a happy man. He showed me this can be done.”

the free-throw line in the final three minutes. “Our system is selfless,” Gosch said about the Bears’ style of play. “If everyone shares and everyone is involved it will work. As soon as one kid tries to take over it doesn’t work.” Junior Grant Karger had a pair of big 3-pointers for the Bears in the final quarter and senior Jovan Dodig scored on a trio of drives inside the lane in the fourth. “Every day we work on contact and finishing through contact,” said Dodig, who finished with a game-high 20 points. “We talk about moving the ball and the lanes would open up. If the lane is there I’m going to take it.” Chatfield seniors Liam Mann (16 points), Isaiah Reed (12 points) and Keland Rumsey (7 points) led the Chargers’ rally attempt in the fourth quarter. The win leaves Bear Creek tied with Columbine for second in the league with two conference games remaining. Arvada West (14-7, 9-3) took sole possession atop the league Feb. 9 with a big 55-50 road victory at Columbine (11-10, 8-4). The conference champion gets an automatic bid to the 48-team 5A state tournament and is guaranteed a top-32 seed that would bring at least one home playoff game. As of Feb. 11, this is where the Jeffco teams sat — A-West (RPI #24), Dakota Ridge (RPI #30), Bear Creek (RPI #31), Columbine (RPI #34) and Chatfield (#42) were all within the top 48, but no Jeffco teams would be in the top 16

seeds to get a first-round bye. Likely just two teams would get first-round home games. Lakewood (RPI #50), Pomona (RPI #55) and Ralston Valley (#59) are all on the outside looking in when it

comes to the postseason. Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist at Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go to

Skill competition in ice hockey I recall a few of the first high school hockey games I witnessed a few decades ago. It was like watching the movie “Slap Shot,” where players resorted to playing a violent style to become popular. There wasn’t much attention paid to hockey. Most of the interest for the players and spectators centered around physical play on the ice, which often carried over off the ice by fans after the games. Times have changed and the skill level of high school hockey players is better. “High school hockey is getting better and better by leaps and bounds,” said former University of Denver

coach George Gwozdecky, who is now the Valor Christian head hockey coach. “Of course you have your programs that are developing a little slower than other programs. “More and more kids are starting to move towards high school hockey for many reasons, and as a result it is getting more competitive. Rosters on the varsity teams are getting deeper. Kids are starting to realize they can get to junior hockey from playing high school, whereas in the past most of those kids had to play triple A hockey.” The regular CHSAA season is ending and 24 teams will advance to the state playoffs. The top eight teams in RPI rankings get byes into the second round.

First-round games are scheduled for Feb. 20-21. Second-round and quarterfinals are set for Feb. 23 and 24. Frozen Four games are set for 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on March 5 at the Pepsi Center with the title game on tap for March 6 at the Pepsi Center. Top eight in the RPI after games of Feb. 9 were Regis Jesuit, Valor Christian, Monarch, Fort Collins, Steamboat Springs, Cherry Creek, Chaparral and Aspen.

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Bear Creek senior Jovan Dodig (2) goes for the steal as Chatfield senior Keland Rumsey drives the lane during the first half Feb. 10 at Chatfield Senior High School. Dodig scored a game-high 20 points in the 60-55 victory. PHOTO BY DENNIS PLEUSS/JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at or at 303-566-4083.

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game-changer for kids and I would encourage anyone to pay some serious attention to it,” he said. Pondering the shift Jefferson County Public Schools, Douglas County School District and Westminster Public Schools are all in the process of exploring later school start times for secondary students for future academic years. Westminster is in the early stages with what James Duffy, chief operating officer, referred to as creating draft proposals, policy discussions, internal vetting. Jeffco is a little further along as the district will be hosting a meeting in mid-February to put a community task force together to examine the issue. While Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass said the brain science concerning sleep patterns for teenagers sparked this discussion, transportation issues offer challenges for a large

district like Jeffco. “There is a significant impact on transportation in the district,” Glass said, adding that traffic patterns and buses that run to multiple schools will need to be taken into account when working on a possible shift. “We time out to the minute how long we want buses to run,” Glass explained. “When you change something, it can have a cascading effect. It’s one of those things that we’ll have to look at.” Glass hopes the district can have a thoughtful discussion about the pros and cons of the issue. The final decision would be made by the school board. The research and changes that other districts have made also got Douglas County’s Board of Education to look at making a change. Staff is currently re-examining research and surveying stakeholders. Both the Douglas and Jeffco districts are not looking to make the possible change until the 2019-20 school year. “We want to go slowly, learn from our other districts before we jump in,” Douglas County School Board President David Ray said.

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Apex ice gets in the


Disco lights glittered from the top of the ice rink and skaters weaved in an out of cones, practicing turns, jumps and skating on one foot. The Olympic spirit was alive at the Apex Ice Rink’s skate party Feb. 10. “It’s a great way for people to come and get a taste for skating,” said Kaitlyn Hamlin, one of the figure skating instructors floating across the rink to

help young skaters improve skills. The skate party was one several events Apex has planned to celebrate both the Winter Olympics and National Skating Month. “This is an opportunity for us to get the community involved in celebrating the Olympics and growing the sports of figure skating an ice hockey,” said Katie Groke Ellis, marketing, community outreach and communications director for the Apex Park and Recreation District.

Many skaters practiced their figure skating skills during the event.

Photos by Shanna Fortier

The skate party turned red, white and blue in honor of the Winter Olympic Games.


Skaters of all skill levels attended the skate party at Apex.

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