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Legal experts weigh in on Supreme Court bakery ruling Narrowness of decision makes predicting implications difficult The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case was decided in favor of Lakewood baker Jack Phillips by a larger margin than many people expected. There’s a reason for that, explains Barbara Koehler, lecturer at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Criminal Justice and Criminology department. She has a Juris Doctor and was in private practice for 30 years. “This is such a complex case on so many levels, but the court’s decision is actually pretty narrow,” she said. “The judges focused in on the actions of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and didn’t really address whether there was discrimination on the baker’s part.” In its 7-2 decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, the Supreme Court decided that the commission’s actions violated the Free Exercise Clause. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the two dissenting voices in the ruling issued on June 4. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion for the court. In July 2012 Phillips declined to make a custom wedding cake for same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins, citing his religious beliefs. After his refusal to bake the wedding cake, the couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission stating that Phillips
On a table in south Lakewood’s Masterpiece Cakeshop there’s a guest book filled with signatures supporting and praising owner and baker Jack Phillips for standing up for his religious convictions. “The response has been really positive from the community here,” Phillips, who has run Masterpiece since 1993, said on June 8. “I’m really pleased with the ruling that protected my religious freedom. When I opened the bakery, wedding cakes were one of the main things I wanted to do. I look forward to getting back to it.” When the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling in Phillips’ favor on June 4 by a 7-2 vote, the first the thing he did is call his wife. The rest of the week has been a swirl of travel and interviews on shows like “Today” and “Fox and Friends.” But on the morning of June 8, anyone stopping by the shop who hasn’t been keeping up on the debate would think it was just another quiet morning at a bakery. Customers came in asking for cupcakes, trying a free sample of a brownie and filling up on free coffee. For the couple who was denied the cake, the ruling was frustrating, but not the end of their efforts to ensure
equality for the LGBTQ community. A long road The debate went back to July 2012, when he declined to make a custom wedding cake for same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins, citing his religious beliefs. He describes himself as a follower of Jesus Christ and believer in a Biblical-based worldview. Over the years, he says he also declined to make custom cakes celebrating divorce, Halloween, and anything that disparages people. “I serve everybody who comes into my shop, and offered these two gentlemen brownies, birthday cakes, anything they wanted,” he said. “For me, it’s about the message the cake promotes. In this case, the message the cake promotes goes against the core teachings of my faith.” After Phillips refused to bake the wedding cake, the couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission stating that Phillips violated the state’s public accommodations law that specifically prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The commission ruled against Phillips in May 2014 and the appeals court upheld the decision in May 2015. In September, the Department of Justice filed a brief on behalf of Phillips, agreeing with his argument that his cakes are a form of artistic expression and he can’t be forced to make something that would be contrary to his beliefs. SEE DEBATE, P25
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violated the state’s public accommodations law that specifically prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The commission ruled against Phillips in May 2014 and the appeals court upheld the decision in May 2015. To understand the legal side of the issue, Colorado Community Media spoke to Koehler; Norman Provizer, another Metro State professor and director of the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership and director of Leadership Studies; and Craig Konnoth, an associate professor at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Law department, who wrote an amicus brief for the case for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The following are key points that came up in CCM’s discussions with Koehler, Provizer and Konnoth: • The court’s decision came down to the belief that Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission did not consider Phillips’ case free of religious bias. As Kennedy wrote: “The delicate question of when the free exercise of his religion must yield to an otherwise valid exercise of state power needed to be determined in an adjudication in which religious hostility on the part of the State itself would not be a factor in the balance the State sought to reach.” • The decision was made in part because of a comment made by former Civil Rights Commission member Diann Rice after the ruling against Phillips had been made in 2014. “Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust, whether it be — I mean, we — we can list hundreds of
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Imagine the heartbreak. You’ve been waiting for a home in a particular neighborhood that backs to open space. There are very few of them. Your agent has set up an MLS alert so you’ll be notified the minute such a home goes on the market. One day you get an MLS alert — your dream house was just listed! Two minutes later, before you can even call your agent to schedule a showing, you get a second alert that it’s under contract. Then, two minutes later, a third alert that it’s sold. What happened? It’s simple. Listings can only be entered on the MLS as “Active” and then changed to “Under Contract” and “Sold.” Apparently a buyer’s agent had convinced the homeowner to sell their home for $925,000. The seller agreed. After all, the county assessor’s most recent valuation was $924,138, and the seller purchased the home in 1997 for $343,400. A tidy capital gain indeed! But it’s not that simple. That assessor’s valuation was as of June 2016 — two years
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ago! Valuation software shows the home is worth up to $150,000 more today. Heck, even Zillow shows it as being worth $10,000 more. Given the opportunity to be shown the home and submit a competing offer, might you have paid closer to its current actual value? So it was a lose-lose — or should we say win-lose-lose? That buyer won, getting the home for less than it’s worth, but the seller and the would-be buyer both lost. And, oh yes, the buyer’s agent was rewarded with a big commission for convincing the seller to part with their home for what the county assessor said it was worth two years ago! Don’t let this happen to you. A savvy seller would treat an unsolicited offer to buy their home as the “opening bid.” Professional agents, like the ones at Golden Real Estate, will analyze the market and help you to determine your initial asking price. Our approach is to list homes at a price that attracts the greatest number of qualified prospective buyers. Using this medium and others, we expose our listings to the widest possible market. In short, we’ll do exactly what buyer’s agents hope you won’t do – work diligently to give sellers the best opportunity to benefit from market forces. The above scenario has contributed to the limited inventory of active listings. As I wrote in my March 22nd column (which you can download at www.JimSmithColumns.com) homes that are on the MLS between one and four days sell for much more than those at zero days. Experience has shown me that four days
Gilpin County Cabin Just Listed by Carrie Lovingier Located a couple miles off the scenic Peak to Peak Highway, this charming 2-bed 1-bath mountain cabin at 39 Midway Drive is very private and has lots of natural light, a wood burning fireplace, washer/dryer hookups, and has well water and septic so it can be lived in year round or perfect for a getaway cabin. It sits on almost 2 $275,000 acres and includes 2 adjoining lots for a total of nearly 4 acres of gently sloping usable land. It has a metal roof. There is plenty of room to build a garage or add on to the existing 550-sq.-ft. cabin. There’s a newer 10’x12’ Tuff Shed. The taxes are only $590/year, and the road is county maintained. Enjoy hiking, fishing, 4-wheeling, camping, or visit the nearby casinos for great food and entertainment. There’s good cell service, which is a rare bonus. Take a narrated video tour at www.GilpinCountyHome.info, then call Carrie at 303-907-1278 for a showing.
on market is the “sweet spot,” where, with a solid pricing strategy and effective marketing (like that offered by Golden Real Estate), potential buyers are given the best opportunity to find, view and make an offer on your home. This 2018 year-to-date sales chart (source: REcolorado) shows the ratio of sold price to list price for listings: 1 Day on Market = 102.0% 2 Days on Market = 102.2% 3 Days on Market = 102.2%
4 Days on Market = 102.3% 5 Days on Market = 102.2% 6 Days on Market = 101.5% 7 Days on Market = 100.5% 8 Days on Market = 100.0% 9 Days or longer = Under 100%. Of course, there can be legitimate reasons for a property to be sold without being put on the market, such as selling to a relative or friend, but any arm’s length transaction really should be put on the market.
Price Reduced on Solar-Powered Arvada Ranch Not visible from the street is this home’s solar $797,000 system, which meets most of this home’s electrical needs for only $137/month year-round. It is located in the Candlelight Valley subdivision adjacent to the Van Bibber open space park. A trailhead is just two blocks away. It’s a super quiet location, as you can tell by watching (and listening to) the narrated video tour at www.CandlelightValleyHome.info. This 5674 Fig Way, Arvada home has a finished walk-out basement and has one of the larger lots — over 1/3 acre. Everything about this home is top shelf, including the gourmet kitchen with marble floor, granite countertops and GE Monogram refrigerator. The walk-out basement is a mother-in-law apartment with its own kitchen. The expansive deck and covered patio provide additional entertainment possibilities. Open Sun. 1-3 pm.
Lakewood Tudor Just Listed by Chuck Brown This brick Tudor at 6585 W. 2nd Ave. will win the heart of any fan of great architecture. Built in 1945, it has its own well for both irrigation and household use — a great savings over public water. The entire second floor is a fabulous master suite. The basement is a mother-in-law suite with its own entrance and kitchen. The roof is new (2017) and the home is updated with brand new (2018) electrical service, central air $430,000 conditioning, furnace, water heater and well pump. It has a detached 2-car garage. The location is great, too — on a quiet street close to Belmar and 6th Avenue expressway, and 1/2 block from O’Kane Park. For a narrated video tour of this great home, inside and out, visit its website at www.LakewoodHome.info. Then call Chuck at 303-885-7855 for a private showing. Open this Saturday, 11 am to 2 pm.
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Democratic candidates for governor Q&A with Mike Johnston
City or town of residence: Denver, for 15 years. Related elected-office or public-service experience: Eight years as a public-school teacher and principal, seven years as a state senator for District 33. Why are you seeking this office? minds of voters is education. And so, as governor, I would I’ve spent my career solving the toughest problems in the toughest quickly work to repeal the worst parts of TABOR (Taxpayer’s places, from teaching in rural Mississippi to taking on the National Bill of Rights) so we can fund our schools, pay our teachRifle Association after the Aurora theater shooting. As governor, I will ers more and set every kid in Colorado up for success in the continue to solve our state’s toughest problems — education funding, future. The second-most important issue I would tackle as affordable healthcare, crumbling Johnston governor is gun safety. It’s past roads and bridges — by building time we got military-style weapons off coalitions broad enough to get things the streets of Colorado and out of the done. hands of those who are a danger to themselves and others. I would protect What makes you the most qualified the first two portions of my #4nomore person for the position? plan — magazine capacity limits and During my seven years in the state Senate, I passed more than 120 bills — universal background checks — while also working to pass the second two: 100 of which had bipartisan support. red-flag laws and a bump-stock ban. I have a proven track record of bringing people together to get big things What else should voters know about done. So whether it’s adequately and you? equitably funding our education sysI’m the only candidate who grew up tem or ensuring our schools and comon the Western Slope of Colorado, so munities are safe from gun violence, I have a unique perspective on what it I know I can make progress in the would mean to serve all of Colorado future because I’ve done it before. as governor. I’m fluent in Spanish. I would be the first teacher-principal What would your top two priorities be if to lead our state at the highest level. elected? And I brake for doughnuts. The most important issue on the
Q&A with Cary Kennedy
City or town of residence: Denver, more than 40 years Profession: Former state treasurer, former chief financial officer and deputy mayor of Denver, mom Related elected-office or public-service experience: I served as state treasurer from 2007-11. I served as the chief financial officer and deputy mayor of Denver from 2011-16. priority and protecting the Colorado we love in the face of growth. I want all of our kids, regardless of where they grow up or how much their family makes, to be able to compete for great jobs our state is creating. That is why education will be Kennedy my No. 1 priority as governor. We also need to do a better job What makes you the most qualified addressing growth. We haven’t adperson for the position? equately prepared for the growth we I have helped lead Colorado as state have today. We must make forwardtreasurer and Denver’s deputy mayor looking investments in transportaand CFO. I managed taxpayers’ money tion, housing, water conservation, throughout the Great Recession. We renewable energy and broadband so kept Colorado on strong financial footwe can keep Colorado the place we ing, and I protected state investments love. from losses. I’ve led the successful efforts to protect funding for public educaWhat else should the voters know about tion and as governor will lead a biparyou? tisan coalition to permanently reform our TABOR (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights) I grew up with three foster brothers amendment so we can invest in educaand sisters. Before joining our family, tion and infrastructure and continue to my siblings didn’t have the same opsupport communities across our state. portunities I had. I understand that for many kids, the only opportuniWhat would your top two priorities be if ties they get are through their public elected? school, which is why I will make Making education Colorado’s top education Colorado’s No. 1 priority. Why are you seeking this office? We are all proud of Colorado and what our state has become, but our progress is not reaching everyone in our state. I am running for governor to build on our progress, to make sure it reaches everyone and to keep Colorado the place we love.
Q&A with Donna Lynne
City or town of residence: Denver, previously Evergreen (Colorado since 2005) Profession: Lieutenant governor and chief operating officer of Colorado. Related elected-office or public-service experience: I have worked in both the public and private sector for the past 42 years. I worked for the City of New York in many senior-level positions, including senior vice president for the safety net hospital in New York and was also the director of operations in New York City. Why are you seeking this office? This state needs a governor who understands how to manage billiondollar budgets and who is willing to do the hard work to get things done. I have been to all 64 counties and visited with working families who are struggling to afford health care and housing. I have the experience Lynne to tackle these tough issues. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I have spent the last 42 years working in both the private and public sectors. I earned a doctorate in public health and spent 11 years as the executive vice president of Kaiser Permanente managing 16,000 employees and a $9 billion budget. I fought back against Washington last year to protect access to health care for 76,000 children from working families. I worked very hard to increase our state’s investment in education, transportation and broadband this past session. We need a strong governor to stand up for our public lands and who will protect our water and wild spaces. I will fight for Colorado. What would your top two priorities be if elected? My top two priorities will be reduc-
ing the cost of health care and affordable housing. I support universal health care but feel we must address the outsized profits the health care and pharmaceutical industries are making on the backs of working families. We must reduce those profits if we want to significantly reduce health-care costs and expand access. The lack of affordable housing is impacting families across Colorado. I will treat that lack of access like the crisis it is. I will immediately create a Cabinet-level position to begin working with cities and counties across the state to address this issue. The governor can and should be a leader to ensure everyone has access to affordable housing. What else should the voters know about you? My parents both served in the Navy during World War II — so I have appreciation for our veterans and their value to our communities. I paid my own way through college, and I raised three kids as a single mom. I know what families are going through because I have lived it. Throughout my career, I have been a consensus-builder and problem-solver. That’s what I will do as your governor.
Q&A with Jared Polis
City or town of residence: Boulder native; lived there most of my life. Profession: Entrepreneur, florist and public servant. Founder of ProFlowers.com, TechStars, Patriot Boot Camp, American Information Systems, Bluemountain.com. Related elected-office or public-service experience: U.S. congressman, former chair of the Colorado State Board of Education, founder of the New America School and the Academy of Urban Learning. Why are you seeking this office? With the federal government moving in the wrong direction, it’s up to the states to lead. Right here in Colorado, we can move forward with a bold vision to build a great public education system, unleash our state’s renewable energy potential and build an economy that works for everyone. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I’ve successfully worked across the aisle to solve problems for Colorado and accomplish progressive goals during my time in Congress. That’s the type of leadership Coloradans can expect from me as their governor. I led the way in rewriting No Child Left Behind to better serve our schools and our children and got results in building affordable workforce housing for my constituents. And I was Polis proud to work alongside President Barack Obama toward passage of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. What would your top two priorities be if elected? I’m running on a bold vision of bringing free full-day universal preschool and kindergarten to every Colorado child, making Colorado 100 percent powered by renewable energy and providing universal, affordable health care to every Coloradan. What else should the voters know about you? I’m the dad of two amazing kids, I started schools for new immigrants and homeless youth, and I’m the only former florist currently serving in Congress!
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Republican candidates for governor Q&A with Greg Lopez
City or town of residence: Elizabeth, for 21 years. Profession: Small-business owner, restaurant and consulting. Related elected-office or public-service experience: Mayor of Parker, 1992-96; President of board of directors for Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2004-05; Colorado director of U.S. Small Business Administration, 2008-14. Why are you seeking this office? As governor, I will protect, preserve and promote the various economies and the different ways of life that make Colorado the great state that it is. I truly understand that there are 64 counties in the state and that it’s about all of Lopez us — not just some of us. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I sat on the board of E-470 and the Denver Regional Council of Governments, so I know transportation, water, air quality, economic and regional issues. I am the former Colorado director of the U.S. Small Business Administration. I understand that small business is the heart and soul of every community. I served in numerous education committees and economic-development councils. I know how to address growth and the elements that impact the quality of life in any community. What would your top two priorities be if elected? Water and education. Colorado
is a state where “life” is written in water. The future of our state lies in the balance as we look for ways to manage our water resources to accommodate the growth in state population, agricultural uses and recreational uses. We need to bring back vocational and technical training back into the high schools because not everyone can afford to or wants to go to college. High-school graduates need to be job-ready on day one, not college-ready. You can achieve the “American dream” without having to go to college. What else should the voters know about you? I come from humble beginnings: My parents were migrant workers and worked long hours in the fields. I am a disabled veteran (hearing loss), the only veteran running for governor. I know what a public servant truly is, and I will go as far as the Lord wants to take me.
Q&A with Doug Robinson
City or town of residence: Englewood, 22 years Profession: Entrepreneur, co-founder of leading corporate-finance adviser sold to KPMG Related elected-office or public-service experience: Founder of (nonprofits) SMART Colorado and KidsTek. What would your top two prioriWhy are you seeking this office? ties be if elected? I’m running to get things First, we need to fix our done. Colorado has been transportation infrastrucdrifting — we have leaders ture. We’ve been neglectwho are more concerned ing our roads for the last with their political careers 12 years, and we need to than the people of Colorado. act quickly. It’s more than I want to make Colorado the a cosmetic issue — it’s an best place to live, work and Robinson issue of safety and an issue raise a family. of commerce. Second, we need to improve our education sysWhat makes you the most qualified tem. If we’re going to continue person for the position? to grow Colorado’s economy, I’m the only candidate in the we need to ensure our kids are race who’s never held elected trained for the jobs of the future. office, but I’ve accomplished I would incentivize our districts more from outside the system to move money from administhan any of my opponents have tration to the classroom where accomplished from within. I’m it makes a bigger difference in a pragmatic conservative who kids’ lives. can get things done. I’ve done it throughout my career, whether What else should the voters know that’s my work with SMART about you? Colorado, where I successfully I’m the tallest guy in the race worked to pass over 15 pieces and the best skier of all the of legislation, or with KidsTek, candidates. Seriously, I am where we have taught more than 15,000 kids technology skills. I’ve the father of five children and have been married to the same retired — I’m not looking for a woman for 30 years. We love political stepping stone. I want Colorado and are concerned for to get in and get things done. its future.
Q&A with Victor Mitchell
City or town of residence: Castle Rock, since 2005 Profession: Entrepreneur, CEO of Lead Funding, a specialty real-estate lender Related elected-office or public-service experience: Served one two-year term in the state Legislature a decade ago. Have been an adjunct business faculty member at Colorado State University. Why are you seeking this office? out of the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) insuranceToo many things in Colorado are headed in the wrong direction. I exchange system. In its place, I would seek block grants to could simply complain along with others, but I have decided to try replace Obamacare, focusing on establishment of a system of and make a difference instead. In particular, I want to make health skilled nurse-practitioner clincare more affordable, businesses ics that can provide basic health easier to start and operate, and care more affordably, without Mitchell government spending restrained. insurance. My second priority would be to roll back regulations What makes you the most qualified person that hurt small, family and indepenfor the position? dent businesses. I would also focus In my business career, I have seen the on stimulating business start-ups in value of diversity in the workforce and smaller towns and rural areas, and employee backgrounds. My own career reducing unnecessarily costly and reflects such diversity. I have built six lengthy apprenticeship requirements thriving companies in a variety of for our young workers wanting to enindustries from tech to finance. Outter trades in construction and other side business, I served two years in the technical vocations. Legislature, led a successful statewide campaign against higher taxes and What else should the voters know about taught at two state universities. I have you? also been an active philanthropist for a I am a devoted family man. Amy and wide range of charities. So my unique I have three wonderful kids. One is a qualification is in diversity of preparacomputer whiz, another is a West Point tion for the job. cadet and the youngest just finished the eighth grade. We do everything What would your top two priorities be if together, from watching TV, to attendelected? ing church, to skiing and loving our two I would start by getting Colorado retrievers.
Q&A with Walker Stapleton
City or town of residence: Greenwood Village Profession: Chief executive officer of a publicly traded real-estate company on the NASDAQ Related elected-office or public-service experience: State treasurer (last seven years)
priorities would include transWhy are you seeking this office? I am running for three main reaportation and affordable housing. sons: my children, Craig, Coco and Colorado’s economy is booming, Olivia. I want them, and all of our but this growth has not come children, to have the same kind of without consequences. It has opportunities to succeed. We need been a strain on our infrastruca leader who will defend Colorado ture and affordable-housing supas a place of abundant economic ply. Roads and bridges must be opportunity and growth for our Stapleton a priority. We have the money to children. address our infrastructure needs without raising taxes, but we need to What makes you the most qualified person demand more accountability and refor the position? duce administrative costs across state I am uniquely qualified because I government. For affordable housing, have significant experience in both exploiting construction-defect laws has the public and private sectors. I was become a cottage industry for lawyers, the CEO of a publicly traded company, restricting new construction. We need so I understand the challenges busito reign in these laws and make it ness leaders face making payroll and easier for developers to build new afbalancing budgets. I am the longestfordable housing. serving statewide official running for governor, which makes me uniquely What else should the voters know about positioned to lead our state. I know you? what it takes to enact change in This is a watershed election for government and work with different Colorado. Voters will have a choice departments and private enterprise to between a market-driven state of get things done. opportunity or massive increases in taxes and spending. I think the choice What would your top two priorities be if is clear, and I hope voters will supelected? port me in creating a brighter future There are many, so its hard to narfor the next generation of Colorarow it to two, but two of my many dans.
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Republican candidates for county assessor Q&A with Brian Cassidy
Q&A with Ron Sandstrom
Residence: Unincorporated Jefferson County (Littleton) I have lived in Jefferson County for nearly 30 years. Profession: Real Estate Appraiser and REALTOR© Related experience: I have been in the real estate industry for 24 years, with a wide background of experience, starting with development projects to property management, to leasing and sales. As a real estate appraiser, I hold a Colorado Certified General Appraiser license, and I have 12 years property valuation experience, and have provided my expertise in Colorado and many other states.
Residence: Arvada, CO since 1976 Profession: Thirty five years private practice as a tax representative representing taxpayers with valuation issues. Related experience: I am the current Jefferson County Assessor.
My first priority will be to proWhy are you seeking this office? vide accuracy in property values. Jefferson County has seen property In the past several years property values skyrocket in the recent few values have seen increases of years, with some business property more than 300 percent. An inacvalues up by more than 300%. I am curate property value can place a running for Assessor because Jeffergreat deal of stress on a property son County needs someone who will owner, especially a business propapply property values both accurateCassidy erty owner, because their taxes ly and equally. must be paid in two halves or all What makes you the most qualified at once. My second priority will be to person for the position? actively and genuinely listen to propI am the only candidate in this race with a real estate appraiser’s license. I also have erty owners when they file an appeal of their valuation. Mass appraisal models 24 years in the real estate industry. It is are by no means perfect. As the Assesfrom this wide-ranging experience that I sor, if we see that a mistake is made, we will draw upon on a daily basis when I am will correct it. the Jefferson County Assessor. Half of my What else should the voters know about you? 24 years in real estate has been invested I have been married to a wonderful in property appraisal. In addition, I have worked in the Jefferson County Assessor’s woman for 26 years. We have a daughter entering high school this fall. We Office as a Commercial Appraiser, and I am currently employed with the Arapahoe are blessed to call Jefferson County “home.” I served in US Navy submaCounty Assessor’s Office as a Commercial rines for 10 years, and I served with Appraiser. honor. I will serve my county in the What would your top two priorities same manner. be if elected?
I intend to continue mainWhy are you seeking this office? I am seeking re-election to taining the current staff of truly dedicated people. I will the office of County Assessor to continue representing continue to do our due diligence and effectively comJefferson County property owners to provide the valumunicate with the residents of Jefferson County. ation of their property in a fair and equitable manner. What else should the voters What makes you the most Sandstrom know about you? I have also served as qualified person for the position? the taxation council chairman I have 26 years in management for the Colorado Association and staff positions with three of Commerce and Industry. fortune five hundred companies Board member of the Northwest where I was supervising and Metro Chamber of Commerce directing staffs of from five to 23 (Arvada), Licensed Appraiser in professionals. From 1989 to 2014 Colorado having passed the certiI owned my own company F & fied general appraisal exam. S Tax Consultants representing property owners and taxpayers Prior to my election as Jefferson throughout Colorado who have County Assessor I made several had valuation issues with county promises to the people of Jefassessors across the state. Since ferson County and I have kept all January 2015 I have been reprethese promises. Much of this was senting all of the property taxpay- due to my frustration with the ers in Jefferson County with a failures of the office to represent staff of 57 tax professionals. I the people of Jefferson County am the current elected Jefferson properly. I am making these County Assessor. changes and will continue to imWhat would your top two priorities prove the office to better serve the be if elected? people of Jefferson County.
Democratic candidates for county coroner Q&A with Annette Cannon
Residence: Westminster, 38 years Profession: Registered Nurse and Professor of Nursing, Faculty at School of Nursing Related elected-office or public-service experience: Registered Nurse, Forensic Nurse, PhD, Medical Records Director, Crisis Management, Psychiatric Nurse. Why are you seeking this office? I have lived in Jeffco for over 38 years and want to serve the county, community and the individuals who call it their home too. I understand the importance of this job and am mindful of the needs to those it serves. I can offer experience, education, com- Cannon passion and professionalism. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I am an RN, for over 35 years. I have a wide range of experience from Forensic and Psychiatric nursing to Medical/Surgical Nursing and a Nurse Educator. I have also been a Medical Records Director. My education ranks up to a Doctorate degree. I have worked at the County Jail and had connections with Law Enforcement through my DOC patients also. I bring many years of leadership and have a high level of ethics, accountability and responsibility, along with the skills needed to manage an office and the knowledge to investigate, critically think and problem solve in many situations. What would your top two priorities be if elected?
Top priorities: Suicide Prevention and Public Safety. In general, these issues are directly related to reducing the number of deaths and should be brought to the forefront, and addressed as a priority within our families, community and county. Suicide prevention also includes intervention and postvention. I believe in working upstream to tackle this issue. This means providing health care that works, addressing social issues, and assisting those in rural areas too. Public safety is a huge net that covers accidents, crime, juveniles, services provided and violence rates. It also includes gun safety. Our sustainability requires that we address these issues. What else should the voters know about you? I am a dedicated, ethical and compassionate person in whatever I do. In addition, I do volunteer work in my community, whether with the Jefferson County Nurses, PEO, Sigma Theta Tau, the homeless or with children. I am certified in Critical Stress Incident Management and can handle various crisis situations.
Q&A with Dana Hutcheson
Residence: Lakewood, 7 years Profession: Medical professional currently tracking and trending the opioid epidemic Related experience: N/A Information Transparency: Why are you seeking this office? I will ensure detailed inforI am running because the mation is made available to Coroner’s office could better the community regarding serve the people of Jefferson deaths in Jefferson County. County. The Coroner must In addition to reporting and make better information availanalyzing data surrounding able so that public health priall deaths in the area, I will orities can be determined and preventable deaths avoided. Hutcheson specifically monitor trends in The Coroner must also endeaths caused by gun violence sure all decedents are treated with and opioid overdose to help shine the dignity they deserve. a light on how prevalent these danWhat makes you the most qualified gers are. person for the position? Also Dignity in Recognition of My professional background in is- Gender Diversity: I will create a sues related to death and dying have policy that specifically recognizes prepared me to deal with the day to transgendered members of our day realities of performing the job community as their gender identity and have made me distinctly aware in death. All those that must go of what the full scope of the Corothrough the Coroner’s Office will ner’s Office is. I feel that I am the be shown the compassion that they only candidate who has a flushed deserve. out vision of how to make changes What else should the voters to the way the Coroner’s office operknow about you? ates to truly serve the community. I I am truly passionate about the believe that it is imperative for the Coroner role and its importance to Coroner’s office to strike greater the community. For me, running for balance between serving its law this office is not a vanity project or enforcement function and serving a phase in my career advancement its public health function. – I sincerely believe that Jefferson What would your top two priorities County needs someone in that office be if elected? that sees the potential that I see.
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Democratic candidates for House District 24 Q&A with Monica Duran
Residence: Wheat Ridge, 25 years Profession: Dental Management Related experience: Wheat Ridge City Council; Wheat Ridge Fire Protection Board; Director, Wheat Ridge Planning Commission; Jefferson Center for Mental Health Board Member; Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival, Board Member
Why are you seeking this office? I believe in a Colorado that works for everyone. Colorado’s economy is growing — but many are being left behind. Whether it’s seniors trying to afford their property taxes or single moms trying to put food on the Duran table, I want to make sure no one slips through the cracks. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? With my experience on the Wheat Ridge City Council and on my local fire protection board, I nhave learned how to bring people together to solve problems — and how to lead the way on tough issues. Having lived here for twenty five years — sending my sons through Jeffco public schools — I have watched our area grow and change. I’ve built a record of making sure that change brings real benefit to our neighborhoods and never rolling over for powerful out-of-state corporations.
What would your top two priorities be if elected? My kids grew up going to Jeffco public schools. Those schools created opportunities for my sons — protecting Jeffco’s neighborhood public schools is my first priority. I will work to level the playing field so that more hardworking families are able to share in Colorado’s prosperity, so that lifelong residents aren’t priced out of their own homes and an economy that works for everyone by passing the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. What else should the voters know about you? It has been an honor to serve Wheat Ridge citizens on the city council. I have a track record of bringing my community together. I will take that same service-oriented leadership to the Capitol. The challenges I’ve faced have made me stronger and given me a passion to help others.
Q&A with Kris Teegardin
Residence: Edgewater; 9 years Profession: Mental Health Vocational and Resource Coordinator Related elected-office or public-service experience: Edgewater City Council, full term; Edgewater Mayor, full term; 1st Judicial Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, Vice-Chair; Metro Mayors Caucus, Member; Metro Mayors Caucus Homelessness and Hunger Committee, Chair; Jefferson County Child and Youth Leadership Commission, Member; Mental Health First Aid Jeffco Collaborative, Member; Jefferson Success Pathway, Leadership Council I would like to expand access to Why are you seeking this office? healthcare and mental health serI am seeking office to protect and provices. I support universal healthcare, mote the common good. It is vital that and I fully believe access to preveneach individual, neighborhood, and tative and proactive services is the community is well represented at the Capitol. We are at a crossroads in this right thing to do as well as the fiscally country, and I prefer to bring people responsible thing to do. I will work to together rather than divide us further. help integrate resources and services Teegardin What makes you the most qualified that promote the quality of life for all person for the position? members of our community. Colorado is facing significant issues, and Growth must be handled in a responsiI have actively collaborated with others ble and sustainable manner. We must conin addressing many of those issues facing tinue to implement strong environmental our communities. I show up, listen, particleadership in the planning of transportaipate, and collaborate. We have worked on tion initiatives, economic development, issues surrounding growth, the rising cost recreating, water management, and the of housing, mental health, homelessness, solid push for renewable energy options substance use, public education, sustainacross the board. ability and environmental issues, public What else should the voters know about you? health initiatives, employment opportuniLeadership is only as productive as the ties, infrastructure and transportation. I people you empower. I want to empower am the most qualified candidate because others to make the change they wish to of my track record of working together see. I’ve been lucky to have great mentors and getting things done. We will continue — people like Ed Perlmutter and Lesley to move Colorado forward. Dahlkemper. It is my duty to help mentor What would your top two priorities be if and empower the next generation of leadelected? ers and community members.
Democratic candidates for House District 28 Q&A with Shakti
Residence: Lakewood for nine years Profession: Law and Public Policy Related experience: Served on Lakewood City council from 2013 to 2017; Appointed by the governor to serve on the Regional Air Quality Council 2015 to 2017; staff in various capacities at Colorado State House 2012 – 2014; staff for US Senate 2006 to 2007. Why are you seeking this office? I will increase the use of locally made renewable energy so that we have clean air. I will prioritize public education so that kids without money can achieve their dreams and I will help seniors stay in their homes so they can Shakti age with dignity. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I have worked in the U.S. Senate, the Colorado State House, and I served for the last four years on Lakewood City Council. I know what it means to work together to make a difference in people’s lives. I also served on the board of directors of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Area Agency on Aging, and the Regional Air Quality Council. In addition, I volunteered with Jefferson County Mediation Services, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, the Court Appointed Special Advocates, Earthjustice, the Denver Women’s Prison and the Boys and Girls Club. What would your top two priorities be if
elected? I was raised by a young mother who had dropped out of high school. Even though we didn’t have a lot of money, I got a great education. I ended up going to graduate school and law school. I want to know that people still have those same chances. What’s more, even as a kid without money I got to explore wilderness areas and national parks. That is why I think it is so important that we continue the national legacy of environmental stewardship, so that every child in Colorado has breathable air, swimmable rivers, and access to beautiful places. What else should the voters know about you? I am running for the State House because I believe that together we can make laws that make a difference in people’s lives and improve the system of lawmaking in the process. As part of that, I am committed to showing everyone respect, listening, speaking clearly, and building trust.
Q&A with Kerry Tipper
Residence: My husband and I grew up in Lakewood (we met in high school). After spending time in Massachusetts for my legal career, we came back to Lakewood in 2015 and bought our first house. We have been here ever since. Profession: Attorney Related elected-office or public-service experience: I have worked in state government as an attorney at the Colorado Attorney General’s office and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. Why are you seeking this office? This is an opportunity to serve my community, bring people together, and strive daily to improve lives. I grew up in Lakewood and am committed to connecting with residents on a personal level. Too often, politicians are disconnected from the people they represent. That’s not me; Tipper it never will be. What makes you the most qualified person for the position? I offer a new perspective and energy to this position. Like many Coloradans, I grew up in a bicultural home. My mother is a Costa Rican immigrant (my first language is Spanish) and my father was a combat veteran and a Jeffco public school teacher. Inspired by their commitment to service, I became an attorney. Over the last eight years, I’ve protected consumers, worked with survivors of domestic violence, advocated for criminal justice reform, prosecuted discrimination and civil rights cases, and advised state agencies here in Colorado that keep the public safe. What would your top two priorities be if elected?
Healthcare: Navigating the healthcare system the last yearand-a-half of my father’s life was financially, physically, and emotionally overwhelming. It shouldn’t be like this. I am personally committed to lowering healthcare costs and prescription drug prices, increasing transparency, and improving overall health outcomes for all Coloradans. Education: I graduated from an excellent Jeffco public school almost 20 years ago and believe that today’s kids deserve the same opportunities I had. I’m committed to prioritizing education funding, fighting privatization of our public schools, and ensuring that every student has an excellent public education, no matter what ability or need they have. What else should the voters know about you? As we have seen over the last year or so, elections have consequences. Don’t sit this one out! Your voice matters. If you have any questions about a particular issue, please email me through my website, www.kerrytipper.com, or call my cell phone at 303-949-1411.
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Six nonprofits battled it out Tuesday, June 5 at the Innovators Society Community Pitch Showdown in which following a “Shark Tank”-style pitch, audience members voted in real time to give away $500,000 in grant money. The Innovators Society, a program of Community First Foundation, invests in promising, but not yet proven, nonprofit innovations to increase awareness and change perceptions of mental health. “It is important that as a community we come together around this stigma of mental health,” said Noah Atencio, vice president of community impact at Community First Foundation. Earlier this year Community First Foundation identified six nonprofits with promising approaches to mental wellness and has been working with them for the past six months to prepare them for the pitch competition. “What Community First did was incredible,” said Sandy Austin, one of six giving a pitch. “What they invested into us with the coaching, they really helped us to hone our message and
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help us think through what are the most important things we are doing. It was incredible. What an amazing program this has been.” Austin, a school counselor at Pomona High School in Arvada and previously at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, presented for her nonprofit B.I.O.N.I.C. The group, which stands for Believe it or Not, I Care, was launched 14 years ago after multiple student suicides at Green Mountain High School. The team empowers young people to reach out to students facing challenging times so they know they are not alone. SEE CONTEST, P9
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By activating compassion in kids, the group aims to save lives and create more caring communities. “During the suicides at Green Mountain what was amazing was how the community came together,” Austin said. Out of the six nonprofits, B.I.O.N.I.C. drew the most financial support with the audience pledging $110,050 to help increase the scale of the program. The nonprofit currently is run at Green Mountain and Pomona high schools, but hopes to expand to all of Jefferson County’s middle and high schools, and beyond. “The audience saw the most potential in B.I.O.N.I.C. today and I think that’s really exciting,” Atencio said. Other nonprofits that competed are Apprentice of Peace, which engages youth to normalize mental health stigmas through leadership, arts, wellness and skilled trades; My Quiet Cave, which creates spaces to bridge the gap between faith and mental health; Open Labs,
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Charges filed in vehicular assault of police officer STAFF REPORT
Assault charges have been filed against a man who hit a police officer as he attempted to elude law enforcement in a stolen car, according to a news release from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Enrique Arellano, 24, faces eight counts including first degree assault, vehicular eluding, leaving the scene, vehicular assault and aggravated motor vehicle theft. A woman in the car with him, Arlita Flores, was charged with being an accessory. Both are in custody at the Jefferson County jail; they had until June 8 to schedule a preliminary hearing. According to the news release, Lakewood police found a stolen Subaru in the parking lot at Crossland Economy Suites around 2 a.m. May 25. They saw Arellano and Flores walk toward the car. The arrest affidavit says that police warned Arellano to get
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out of the car, which he ignored, the release says. He then accelerated out of the parking space and began to drive at a high rate of speed, the release says. An officer in the parking lot was attempting to put his K9 partner on a leash when he was hit by the Subaru, Arellano the release says. The agent was throw over the car and suffered a significant head injury. Arellano continued around the parking lot until he crashed into a parked car. Arellano and Flores Flores then fled on foot. Flores was captured a short time later. Following an extensive search, Arellano was found about six hours later, hiding in a residential trash can, according to Lakewood police.
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June 14, 2018 This maroon over gray SUV is suspected to be involved in a homicide. The SUV has distinctive damage to the front grill and bumper, missing trim on the front, right wheel and missing a spare tire from the back. The car is likely a Suzuki Grand Vitara, late 1990s to early 2000s model. Lakewood Police are asking for the public’s help with any information that would be helpful regarding this case. A tip line has been set up at 303763-6800 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). COURTESY PHOTO
Lakewood police seek information about homicide of the two men shot Ocampo-Plascencia. The suspects then left in the car northbound on Jay Street. The suspect vehicle is maroon over gray SUV, likely a Suzuki Grand Vitara, late 1990s to early 2000s model. The vehicle has distinctive damage to the front grill and bumper, missing trim on the front, right wheel and missing a spare tire from the back. Lakewood Police are asking for the public’s help with any information that would be helpful regarding this case. A tip line has been set up at 303-763-6800 or Crime Stoppers at 720913-STOP (7867).
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Lakewood Police detectives continue to investigate a homicide that happened May 30 at approximately 5 p.m. in the 100 block of South Jay Street in Lakewood. The victim, 26-year-old Ivan Ocampo-Plascencia, was walking along the street when he was approached by two men in a car. An argument started between the two men and Ocampo-Plascencia. It is believed that neither the victim nor suspects have any association with anybody living on that block. The argument escalated, and one
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VOICES A celebration of one of the fathers in my life
t is a challenge to write a Father’s Day column because of the pitfall of making a father a saint, which is not a realistic portrait. This column is to honor my husband, Dick, a father in many ways. He’s an exceptionally fine man, but he’s no saint. Before I tout his great qualities, I must tell you that he sings too loud in church. His pipes are so powerful his voice drowns out my voice and the voices of the people around us. Nevertheless, his singing has resonance and depth many would envy. My husband is a former Catholic priest. Parishioners called him “Father.” His strength was how he cared for the people in his parish, even visiting their homes. This caring quality has extended beyond the days when he was a priest. When he left the priest-
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remain on the table for us going forward. The Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education and Free Horizon Montessori Board viewed this opportunity as a win-win. We are excited to start this new partnership. Offering a new opportunity to more students, a new partner to learn from, and offering more support to a Jeffco school is what we feel our county expects from a school district. Diana Wilson, Jefferson County Public Schools Does the school board think we are gullible? During the budget conversation, the Jeffco school board heard that the enrollment decline across the district is likely to be fifty percent higher than originally anticipated. Last year this board said they desperately needed to build two new schools. Do you remember that the bond package which would have cost taxpayers over a billion dollars to pay back included debt to build two new schools? Now the enrollment decline is so high that nearly two average elementary schools would be empty if all those students were in the SEE LETTERS, P13
Mary Stobie is thankful for fathers., including her own. Contact Mary at email@example.com. Her book You Fall Off, You Get Back On is available at www.marystobie.com.
healthily so, and I don’t think I’ve ever couple years back, I coached my son’s soccer team at the been so happy to walk away with a tie in YMCA. It was a bit of a rag-tag my life! bunch, thrown together for I believe that’s how religious conservajust that season, with, if I remember tives should feel about this week’s Suright, only four kids who had ever preme Court ruling in the Masterpiece played together before. And they Cakeshop case. were absolutely great kids! I’ve read the entire ruling, and, HITTING The whole team worked hard, to be honest, I don’t think MasHOME played hard, tried to do everyterpiece Cakeshop “won.” I also thing I asked of them — it was don’t think the LGBT commugreat fun! nity “won” or “lost.” I know who But, there was this one team lost: the Colorado Commission (isn’t there always that “one on Civil Rights got fairly well team”?) in this league that had spanked for their anti-religious everything going for them — bias. And, of course, the lawyers they had been together for a won, because this particular few years, they were a talented, fight will go on. And on… competitive bunch, and they The ruling did not assert Free had some really good coaching. Michael Alcorn Exercise over Equal Protection; The first time we played them, rather, it said that the Comthey beat us 6 - nil (soccer term). mission could not be casually That was nothing — they beat one team dismissive of Religious Liberty argu12 – nil! They were good. ments (which, of course, begs the quesSo, in preparation for our second tion: if the Commission had come to the match against them, I implemented a same ruling, just without the dismissive new strategy, a philosophy based on language, would the case have gone never extending ourselves and never differently? Like, it’s okay to *be* antileaving any holes in our defensive zone. religious, just don’t show anybody that It was a 100 percent defensive philosoyou’re anti-religious). Nor did the ruling phy, and, frankly, I had absolutely no leave an opening for discrimination idea if it would work. But it did — the against LGBT people; all four opinions kids made it work by being smart and were clear on that point. patient and hard-working. And the end But, considering how bad it could have result? A nil-nil tie. Let me tell you something: I’m a very competitive person, sometimes unSEE ALCORN, P13
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I believe his occasional loudness, both in speech and in singing, may come from not being heard growing up on the farm. As the 11th child out of 12, who would have time to listen to him? And as a priest he had to listen to everyone’s problems, and rarely talk about himself. In his first marriage he raised an adopted son. They still regularly stay in touch. Also my grandchildren call him “Grandpa Dick.” For Dick and fathers who read this column, may you be appreciated for your great qualities. Happy Father’s Day.
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The positives of the Free Horizon proposal A recent letter to the editor stated Jeffco Public Schools is taking on debt by working with Free Horizon Montessori School in transitioning from a public charter school to a district innovation school. Though that is technically true, the writer omitted that Free Horizon Montessori also brings $7.5 million in total assets, which obviously offsets the $5.7 million debt. The writer also failed to mention the significant positive outcomes associated with this change, which provide more opportunities for children in our community. Free Horizon Montessori has operated a successful school for over 15 years and this change puts those students in a far better and adequate educational facility. Also, the community surrounding the Pleasant View site expressed they would like to see the building continue to be used for educational purposes, so that community gets to re-open a closed school site with a thriving enrollment. Finally, there were a number of community and school uses that were put forth for the former Pleasant View site. As Jeffco Public Schools is acquiring an asset in the existing Free Horizon building, all of these options
series of exercises every day. Even at 80-years-old, he still pitches two games in a row for his team. He often bats the ball out of the park. I think taking care of our property reminds him of the farm. He mows our extensive lawn on a ride mower which must echo memories of a tractor.The minute something needs fixing, he fixes it. He built our dining room table and kitchen table. Dick was raised outside Sterling the 11th of 12 children. His parents were Volga German farmers from Russia His grandparents were robbed and killed as they attempted to come to America. “I never knew any of my grandparents,” he says wistfully. He meditates and does spiritual reading every morning. He has inspired me to have more discipline in that area.
hood in 1970, his seven older sisters all said, “You gave enough years to the church.” His fatherly behavior is shown as he coaches and WIT AND GRIT manages the softball team called “Wit and Grit” for players over 70-years-old. “I like getting these old guys out to exercise,” he says. “You need to run and do sprints,” he told one guy who was slow making it to Mary McFerren first base. The man Stobie must have listened to Dick, because this year he is running much faster. A natural athlete, Dick does a
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same neighborhood. Add to that the 5,000 sixth graders that are being forced out of elementary schools and there are over 18,000 empty seats in Jeffco school buildings. Remember when the board said it was inefficient to operate schools with under 300 students? With the enrollment declines and moving sixth graders out of elementary school there will be over 35 elementary schools with under 300 students. Is the board going to reduce the number of administrators? Not according to the proposed budget which has overhead increasing by double digits. And the board is once again starting to talk about coming to the voters in November and asking for up to a billion dollars in new debt payments. How can this board possible think taxpayers are so gullible? Would you vote for a billion dollars in debt that your children will have to pay off when this board has been so irresponsible with the funds they already receive? Craig J. Bakken, Golden Kudos for health skepticism Kudos to Doctor Mark Johnson, Executive Director of the Jeffco Health Department for doing his job to protect the public and speaking out that it may be unwise to open the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge
to the public. I am sure Dr. Johnson reviewed a great number of the cleanup and water/soil sampling documents since closure in 2006, in order to come to his conclusion that there is a need for independent expert analysis of the refuge and its remaining contaminants. It is the remaining plutonium in the soil that has the public concerned. Seven school boards have restricted their students from visiting the Refuge. Fish & Wildlife staff claim the refuge is safe but their expertise is in bugs and bunnies not radionuclides. It is pretty apparent that there is a lack of public trust in the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and its oversite at Rocky Flats. It is time to call in the National Academy of Science. Lets get it done right! Mickey Harlow, Arvada Six figure teacher salary no longer a joke The Denver teachers union calls for a base salary of $100,000 for teachers with high seniority. Do we see the Jefferson County Education Association (teachers union) listening with approval? Aren’t there taxpayers out there who remember a decade ago, when a certain geek made a “modest proposal” in a Tabor summary naming this same amount regarding a 4.4 mill rate increase bond measure in Jeffco? That bond was rejected by a big “no” vote, but 10 years later life is imitating art. Tom Graham, Arvada
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been for religious conservatives — a sweeping ruling saying that personal religious beliefs have no business in the public sphere, so even churches must perform gay weddings — you can understand how there are some who are celebrating this week. They got a tie, when they might have lost in a massive rout. What gets lost in all of this is the continued Balkanization of our society and our communities. When everybody reflexively retreats to the “tribes,” there are only two options: win or lose. Justice Kennedy tried, I think, on several occasions in his majority opinion to remind us of how we should approach each other. He cited the expectation that the Cakeshop’s argument was supposed to be treated “neutrally and respectfully” by the CCCR. Wouldn’t that be a wiser approach to living in this day and age? Neutrally
and respectfully? Could the Cakeshop owner have served the gay couple “neutrally and respectfully” and still adhered to his faith? Are there no baking artisans who gladly and enthusiastically serve the LGBT community that this couple could have gone to? There were opportunities to avoid this battle. But our country is increasingly becoming about enforcing orthodoxy— Orwell had many terms for it—on everyone and every thing around us. That’s great, if all we want are endless litigation and heterogenous communities run by Newsspeak and Ingsoc. But if we want the America we used to read about, the one our Founders envisioned, we would do well to act with more neutrality and respect. Maybe we can play for a few more ties. Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His novels are available at MichaelJAlcorn.com. His opinions are not necessarily those of Colorado Community Media.
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Survey says Jeffco community and employees support this direction
little over a month ago, we launched a survey to gauge the opinion of the community on the direction of Jeffco Public Schools and to get feedback on possible fall election questions. To date, we’ve had over 2,000 people respond to the survey and, based on the results, respondents show strong support for the direction Jeffco Public Schools is headed and support for possible election questions in the fall. Before we launch into an analysis of the data, an important caveat is in order. While this survey was open to the entire community, most of the respondents were people with some connection to Jeffco Public Schools – parents, teachers, and/or staff. While the support of these groups is critically important, we should exercise some caution before generaliz-
ing these results to the larger Jeffco community.
Support for Jeffco Public Schools Strong So what did respondents say? We first asked about the direction Jeffco Public Schools was headed. 59.6 percent of respondents said Jeffco is headed in the “Right Direction,” Jason Glass compared to just 9.6 percent who said Jeffco was on the “Wrong Track.” Just over 30 percent of respondents were in the middle, answering “Unsure.” The key takeaway here is respondents who were supportive of the direction Jeffco Public Schools is headed
outnumbered detractors by about a 6:1 margin. Respondents also strongly believed Jeffco Public Schools needed additional funding. When asked “Do you believe Jeffco Public Schools needs additional funding?” respondents overwhelmingly agreed with almost 90 percent agreeing. Safety & Security Tops Priorities for Construction Needs We next asked questions about construction and facilities’ needs. These needs are typically funded through an election question called a “bond,” where the district asks the voters for permission to sell bonds on the bond market and then use a property tax to repay those bonds (with interest) over a period of (usually) 20 years. Safety and security leads the pack
in this group, with 80.1 percent. Given the rash of school violence we’ve seen across the country this past year, this result perhaps not surprising – people seem to want a greater investment in schools safety and security. Close behind this was an interest in addressing basic building needs such as roofing, HVAC, paint, and flooring. Coming in a close third was improved building technology access and additional career/technical education options, especially those focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Still polling strong, but not as robust as other results, was support for improved building efficiency and modernized classroom-learning spaces.
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Recruit & Retain Quality Teachers & Staff a Major Priority Next came a series of questions for support of ongoing operational needs, which are used for the ongoing costs associated with funding schools. Funds for these needs are typically increased through a ballot question called a “mill levy override,” which adds to school funding provided from the state through a property tax increase and all funds from a mill levy override stay local. There is another possibility for funding these needs that may appear on the ballot being put forth by a group called “Great Schools, Thriving Communities,” or Initiative 93. More on that in a minute. So, what were respondents’ priorities when it comes to ongoing needs? Here, a clear priority emerged around
“attracting and retaining talented teachers and staff ” with 95 percent identifying this as “extremely” or “very” important. Coming in second, was support for adding more counseling and mental health supports. The next set of priorities clustered together with lower class size, replacing outdated textbooks and learning materials, and adding career/technical education programs. Close behind, support for arts, music, and theater programs, student technology, early childhood education, physical and outdoor education. A far distant priority was eliminating some student fees. Support for Jeffco Ballot Questions Strong Next, we asked respondents directly if they would support a ballot question for construction projects (a bond) and/or a ballot question for ongoing funding needs (a mill levy override). Support for both was positive, with 68% expressing “a great deal or “a lot” of support for a bond and 72 per-
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cent supporting a mill levy override. Success for school elections requires a simple majority approval (50 percent plus one vote) to pass. Based on these results among those with connections to Jeffco Public Schools, there seems to be strong support should these questions appear on the ballot. Strong Support for Great Schools, Thriving Communities It is also possible that a state-level Constitutional amendment would appear on the ballot that would substantially increase school funding in Colorado (and in Jeffco) through an income tax on filers making over $150,000. The measure would actually make some reductions in residential and commercial property taxes. The big takeaway here is that familiarity with the Great Schools, Thriving Communities proposal is decidedly mixed. However, once people understand it, there is fairly strong support. This issue would amend the
Colorado Constitution, and requires a higher bar to even get on the ballot for the fall. We will continue to monitor the progress of this measure to see if it makes the ballot so we can inform our community of the potential pros and cons accordingly. Next Steps for Jeffco Public Schools Looking ahead, we’ll be conducting community meetings all across Jeffco through the summer and into the fall, gathering more information. The Board of Education has the final say in how and if Jeffco Public Schools decides to put ballot questions on for the November 2018 election, and they must do so in late August. I encourage you to discuss this data and your thoughts on possible election questions with your neighbors and community members. Thanks to everyone for providing your input and have a great summer! Jason Glass is the superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools.
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Bringing the concert experience home
House shows are simple, low-impact concerts that are hosted in spaces — either indoor or outdoor — where musicians can perform. That can even be a kitchen area. PHOTOS COURTESY OF LYMLIGHT
House shows are growing in popularity for fans, musicians BY CLARKE READER CREADER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
ometimes, the best experience a person can have with music is when it’s performed live. But going to concerts can be a pricey endeavor, plus there’s the cost of getting a drink or two, dealing with the crowd, and fighting for a good spot. Those in search of a way to experience a different kind of live music should consider a growing trend — one closer to home. “Even at small clubs, there’s still a kind of invisible force field between you and the audience, because you’re on stage and they’re not,” said Kyle Hauser, a Berklee School of Music graduate and former touring musician. “But playing a house show allows you to make a genuine connection with people in a way you
House shows are an increasingly popular way for musicians to spare themselves many of the costs that come with playing venues and connect with audiences. can’t otherwise.” House shows are exactly what they sound like — people open up their homes to anywhere from 10 to 30 people for a special performance in their living room, backyard, or any other large space they have.
“What a great way to see live music house shows are,” said Daniel Prewitt, a Morrison resident who has hosted several such events in recent years. “There’s no more intimate way to experience music than with just a few other people in an environment like a home.” As these concerts are so small, there’s not a lot in the way of promotional materials — it mostly comes down to word of mouth and friends of friends. Hauser said there’s a kind of informal list of people who host house shows shared between musicians, but Andrea McKee, founder of Lymlight, aims to make the process easier for both musicians and hosts alike. “Lymlight is an online platform that connects performers with people who want to host shows,” McKee explained. “As a singersongwriter myself, I had a hard time finding gigs where I could play my own material and where I wouldn’t feel like background music. But when I heard about house shows, I loved the energy they provide.” SEE CONCERT, P19
PrideFest returning for its 44th year
lthough it has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, Denver’s PrideFest can trace its roots all the way back to 1975. And this year’s event is going to be the biggest yet. “We’re going to have more than 200 exhibitors and three stages-worth of entertainment,” said Rex Fuller, vice president of communiCOMING cations and corporate ATTRACTIONS giving with The GLBT Community Center of Colorado, which has been organizing the festival for 28 years. “At this free festival we have a lot going on, including areas for families, youth and seniors.” Denver PrideFest, the region’s largest celebraClarke Reader tion of LGBT Pride, returns to Civic Center, 101 W. 14th Ave., on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17. Events on the 16th begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 11 p.m.; on the 17th, they start at 9 a.m. and finish at 6 p.m. The event expects more than 350,000 people stopping by to participate in a range of activities, including the Coors Light PrideFest Parade, which is the centerpiece of PrideFest. This year’s parade will include more than 200 entries that celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community and its supporters. “We wanted to focus on cross-cultural programming, and we’re bringing all kinds of entertainment to our stages,” Fuller said. “It allows us to showcase that the LGBTQ community includes people from all walks of life.” Other activities going on during the festival include dance music legend Crystal Waters performing, Kameron Michaels from “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” DJ Barry Harris, an installation by Lonnie Hanzon, the Pride 5K and Denver Pride Rally for Equality. “This year’s theme is ‘Say It Loud, Say It Proud,’” Fuller added. “We want everyone in our community to remain visible and speaking about their rights.” Proceeds from Denver PrideFest support the GLBT Community Center of Colorado. Visit www.denverpride.org. A new story of everyone’s favorite neighbor Fred Rogers, better known as Mr. Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” played a critical role in the upbringing of generations of children during his time on PBS. Now one of the most anticipated films of the year is “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” a documentary all about the ever-popular children’s show host. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at Sloan’s Lake, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., and Littleton, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, are hosting benefit screenings of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Sloan’s Lake’s screening is on June 15 and Littleton is on June 22. A $1 donation from every ticket sold goes to the local PBS station. Visit www. drafthouse.com/denver for tickets. SEE READER, P19
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Fun for all at this year’s criterium C
yclists from across the state will competed on June 10 at the Ridge at 38 Criterium and Brewfest in downtown Wheat Ridge. But while the cyclists took their turns racing around the 1.5 mile circuit, children were enjoying fun activities in the nearby Kids’ Zone, and adults were checking out the many beers available at the brewfest, and music fans were enjoying the live music entertainment. The race course began and ended at Wheat Ridge Cyclery, with the top male and female categoriy winners both earning $500. More information about Ridge at 38 and other upcoming special events is available at ridgeat38. com. PHOTOS BY JASON ROGERS
Riders in the 2018 Ridge at 38 Criterium cross 38th Avenue as they begin another circuit of the race course.
The winner of one of the men’s 40+ elite races raises his hand in triumph as he crosses the line on the final lap.
Face painting was just one of the activities the youngest of the spectators at this year’s criterium could enjoy in the Kids’ Zone
A lot of riders taking lots of corners with a lot of speed — the hallmark of the Ridge at 38 Criterium.
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Doggon good to have unconditional comfort and love Stink Bug dogs become best friends to children who are sick
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The Conley sisters, M’kaela, 9; Alyza, 7; and Elliana, 3; will sometimes play pirates in the backyard of their Fort Collins home. Their dog Nyqo will play the role of the guardian of the ship — the one who keeps the sharks away. Nyqo, an 8-year-old Australian shepherd, came to the Conley family as a companion dog through the Stink Bug Project for Alyza, who is a brain cancer survivor. The Stink Bug Project is a program of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation. It matches obedient companion dogs to families with a child diagnosed with a serious medical condition. A group of Stink Bug dog recipients gathered June 7 for a “PAWS To Celebrate” at the KONG Company headquarters in Golden. The event commemorated Stink Bug Project founder Allison Winn’s high school graduation and the 100th dog adopted through the program. “We have seen how isolated and lonely the children can get when they’re sick,” said Lee Shaughnessy, the director of programs for Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation. “A dog provides unconditional comfort and love.”
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watching, she said. “Coco was the only one to notice that I wasn’t playing with the other kids and dogs,” Winn said. “She came over and sat on my lap, and that’s how we knew we wanted her.” Winn used the term stink bug for her cancer and chemo, she said, and Coco became her best friend — she was always there to comfort Winn after chemo treatments and radiation. Because of this, “I wanted to help other kids get dogs,” Winn said. So, she and her sister Emily, 16, sold lemonade and homemade dog biscuits to raise enough money to help another child with an illness get a dog, and the project kept growing. “No matter how young you are, never be afraid to change the world,” Winn said, a recent high school graduate who will be going off to study theater arts this fall at the University of Northern Colorado because of its dog-friendly campus. The Prison-Trained K-9 Companion Program is at seven facilities across Colorado and has saved about 43,000 dogs since 2009 when the Stink Bug program began, said Darlene Mc-
Innes, the instructor for the program. The dogs come from shelters, rescues, F puppy mills and private surrender, she added. But it’s also a benefit for the inmates, McInnes said. The dogs give them something to love and care for, she said. “There are women in those prisons who, without having a dog to be with and train, wouldn’t be alive today,” McInnes said. The Stink Bug program is a win all around — for the families and children, the dogs and the trainers, said Kelly Hansen of Denver whose daughter Mora, 10, has expressive speech disorders, known as childhood apraxia. The Hansen family’s companion dog, Rafael C., affectionately called Rafa, has helped Mora become more social, both with her peers and adults, including people familiar to her and strangers, Hansen said. “The trained dogs help with confidence for the children’s emotional well-being and physical comfort,” Hansen said. “And that extends to the rest of the family.”
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By using Lymlight — which is free for everyone — musicians can connect with people interested in hosting a show at their place, and vice versa. Most of the musicians who are interested in playing house shows are moving into markets or areas they’ve never been before, McKee said. “By making the house show process easier and more accessible we’re looking to change the landscape of what the live experience can be,” she added. “They’re a great option for indie artists.” The site also has a range of resources available for those new to hosting. Arvada resident Melissa Rozeski had never attended a house show before she met McKee but fell in love with them after a performance she hosted for her birthday. “We had people bring food and drinks. It was almost like a potluck,” she said. “The best part was the musician would chat with the guests before
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Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Quiet Slang at Globe Hall James Alex is a rare kind of person in 2018 — a true believer in the cathartic, healing and transcendent power of rock. His band, Beach Slang, brings all the raucous fun and shout-along worthy choruses that made early rock and punk so much fun in the first place. But now James is turning the volume down a little with Quiet Slang, the acoustic version of Beach Slang. It’s a testament to the depth of James’ tunes that they take on a whole other level when played acoustically. Quiet Slang will be making a stop at the Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. in Denver, at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 18. For tickets, visit www.globehall.com. Butterfly Pavilion marks Pollinator Week It seems like every day or month of the year is in honor of something — everything from National Cheese Day to National Old Maids Day (both real). For fans of the animals that keep
Lymlight is a new website working to connect musicians with hosts of house shows. These low-impact events mainly require a place for people to sit and a love of music. COURTESY OF LYMLIGHT
and after. It gave all of us a chance to support musicians we enjoy.” Ensuring house shows arranged through Lymlight are ethical was of vital importance to McKee — which means making it possible for musicians to make a living. Guests to
events made on the platform must buy a ticket to the show through the platform for tax purposes. This ensures both musician and host are aware of how many seats are getting filled based on the number of tickets sold for each event. When tickets to a show
the world green and growing, Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion is marking June 18 through 24 as its annual Pollinator Week. This pollinator celebration is included with general admission and features animal and plant encounters, a milkweed seed giveaway, guided garden explorations, crafts, games, beeswax candle-making and a new sommelier-led honey tasking and food paring for those 21 and older. In addition, there will be free honey tastings of Local Hive by Rice’s Honey from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in all 19 Colorado Sam’s Club locations, with the Thornton location as the main hub of activity. Visitor information can be found at www.butterflies.org.
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School Notes Lakewood Brian Duong, of Lakewood, was awarded the president’s scholar-
ship to attend Luther College for the 2018-19 academic year. Maria Ellen Hardenberger, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Hannah Heaton, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Kansas. She is a 2017 graduate of Green Mountain High School. Lindsey Hendon, of Lakewood, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health from Iowa State University. Erik Horwitz, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Tory Fisher, of Lakewood, graduated with a master’s degree in medical science from Saint Francis University. Jordan Ashley Green, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 president’s list at the University of Alabama.
Jolene Janus, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Iowa. Clark Aaron Kelly, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Alexandra Marie Krosley, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Krista L. Laford, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Wichita State University. Travis James Larkin, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Matthew Lindgren, of Lakewood, graduated in December from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Lindsay Logan, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Colorado School of Mines. Eric Lucky, of Lakewood, graduated in February with a bachelor’s degree in information technology, software emphasis, from Western Governors University. Ellis Andrew Murray, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Coghan J. Spery, of Lakewood,
was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Kelly Torres, of Lakewood, graduated with a master’s degree in medical science from Saint Francis University. Stephen Trujillo, of Lakewood, graduated in February with a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Western Governors University. Mikayla Wilson, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Austin T. Yarrington, of Lakewood, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Wheat Ridge Ellen Bradford, of Wheat Ridge, was name to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Purchase College. Bradford is studying theater design/technology. Andrew Evan Miller, of Wheat Ridge, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Kelly Louise Richards, of Wheat Ridge, was named to the fall 2017 president’s honor roll at Washington State University. Zoe Sares, of Wheat Ridge, was named to the spring 2018 dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University.
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In the Military U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class William C. Wagner IV graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Wagner earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Bill C. Wagner, of Lakewood, and a 2016 graduate of Green Mountain High School, Lakewood.
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Nominations open for Mayor’s Inspiration Award STAFF REPORT
There are remarkable people and organizations in the community, and it is time to recognize their inspiring work and commitment with the Lakewood Mayor’s Inspiration Award. The award acknowledges those who have made a significant impact in the community by recognizing contributions in community engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, diversity,
innovation and community impact. Multiple awards could be given in the categories of youth, individual, organization and special shout-out. Nominations can be submitted online through July 13 at Lakewood.org/MayorsAwards. Winners will be selected in August, and an awards ceremony will take place Sept. 10 during Colorado Cities & Towns Week. A panel of evaluators made up of
city staff and volunteers will review nominations and make recommendations, and Mayor Adam Paul will make the final selection on the winners. The Mayor’s Inspiration Award’s inaugural year was 2017. Lakewood’s Advisory Commission for an Inclusive Community, which consists of residents who advise city council on issues important to Lakewood, recommended the creation of the
award to acknowledge those having a significant impact in the community. The award program is also carrying forward the values of the All-America City Award that Lakewood won in 2016 and 2011 by recognizing contributions in community engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, diversity, innovation and community impact. For award criteria and nomination instructions, visit Lakewood.org/MayorsAwards.
Residents invited to help select details for playground STAFF REPORT
Lakewood residents are invited to review proposed plans for the Ute Trail Park playground renovation,
then offer their feedback and help select the final details. Proposed improvements for the 2,500-square-foot neighborhood play
area include new playground equipment and seating. Residents are invited to a public meeting at 6 p.m. June 20 at the park, 13600 W. Jewell Ave.
For more information about Lakewood’s parks and playgrounds, visit Lakewood.org/Parks, or for Ute Trail Park, call 303-987-7800.
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City honors sustainability leaders Neighborhoods, busineses and more recognized
SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOODS Neighborhoods participating in this unique certification program work with guidance from Lakewood staff to organize workshops, projects and events that enhance the livability of their neighborhoods. Participating neighborhoods earn program credits for their efforts and depending on the number of credits earned in each year, they can receive city designation as a “Participating Sustainable Neighborhood” or an “Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood.”
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Lakewood is heading into the summer months celebrating the very thing so many people are taking advantage of during their time off — the outdoors and the environment. The city announced its annual sustainability award winners and recognized the city’s sustainable neighborhoods for their efforts to protect the environment and teach residents about the power of community activism. “There is so much expertise in out there in the community that people may not be aware of,” said Lynn Coppedge, senior sustainability planner with the city. “There’s a passion and drive in Lakewood residents to make a positive impact on their community.” Both these programs recognize the work that goes unseen by many but is vital in protecting the city’s natural resources and beauty. Lakewood residents are creative when it SEE CITY, P23
For more information, visit SustainableNeighborhoodNetwork. org. Newly certified neighborhoods: Applewood Green Mountain Morse Park Recertified neighborhoods: Belmar Eiber Lake Lochwood Village Lakewood recognized those in the community who are making their community a better place with its sustainability awards and sustainable neighborhoods programs. COURTESY PHOTO
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comes to finding solutions for some of the biggest problems facing the environment. “There’s so much great work going on in the community, and we like to showcase what our residents are doing so others can be inspired,” said Alyssa Vogan, sustainability planner with the city. “There’s a lot of ways to get involved in the city, your workplace or your neighborhood. And we hope some of these projects can serve as models for others.”
SUSTAINABLE AWARDS WINNERS The city recognizes people, organizations and businesses who come up with ways to improve the sustainability of their community. Winners show creativity, passion and determination to build healthier communities, keep waste out of the landfill, spread environmental awareness and bring neighbors together. Community Sustainability Awards -Eaton Senior Communities and Lakewood Bicycle Advisory Team launched Cycling Without Age. -Zero Waste Services hosted a clothing swap, distributed reusable bags and organized other creative events to promote waste diversion in Lakewood.
-The Lakewood Heritage Center Volunteer Gardeners exemplified sustainable gardening by avoiding synthetic fertilizers, donating produce and composting all of the garden waste. -The Action Center used creativity to improve its ReClothe Program, which connects 230,000 pieces of clothing to neighbors in need. Defender of the Planet -The Green Mountain Area Homeschoolers taught their community how to safely coexist with wildlife through educational displays, presentations and youth activities.
-The Dunstan Middle School Student Council created a schoolwide energy saving challenge that led to a $10,000 award for additional energy upgrades. Eco-Employee -Teachers and staff at Lakewood’s 11th Avenue and Patterson Head Start facilities successfully designed compost collection in their classrooms and became zero waste champions for their students and co-workers. -Lakewood Recreation Programmer Renee Jones implemented a zero waste approach at older adult recreation events, reaching more than 1,200 individuals each year.
Some of the winners at this year’s annual Lakewood sustainability awards. COURTESY PHOTO
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THINGS to DO
The Secret Garden: Performance Now show runs from June 15 to July 1 at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Tony Award-winning musical is a tale of forgiveness and renewal. Get tickets at https://lakewood. showare.com/ Evergreen Music Festival: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen. Festival includes 14 groups, including FACE Vocal Band and soul band The Burroughs. Go to http://go.evvnt. com/211984-0?pid=4951 Pretty Lights Shows: 7 p.m. Aug. 10-11 at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison. All ages. Go to http:// prettylightsmusic.com
New, Vintage Navajo Weavings: Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15 at Spirits in the Wind Gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., Golden. Info: www.spiritsinthewindgallery.com. Meet Silversmith/ Goldsmith Ray Van Cleve: Friday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 12 at Spirits in the Wind Gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., Golden. Info: www.spiritsinthewindgallery. com. Oil Artist Jordyn Payne Show: Friday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 19 at Spirits in the Wind Gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., Golden. Info: www.spiritsinthewindgallery.com. Hand-blown Glass Pumpkins: Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 23 at Spirits in the Wind Gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., Golden. Info: www.spiritsinthewindgallery.com.
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this week’s TOP FIVE Evening Celebrating Dad: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Spirits in the Wind Gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., Golden. Info: www.spiritsinthewindgallery.com. Summer Fest and Child Safety Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Healing Waters Ministries, 6475 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Activities include a bike safety rodeo, a look at the Flight for Life helicopter, face painting, caricatures and more. Horses and Naay-ture: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday, June 15 at the Arvada Indoor Equestrian Center, 7650 Indiana St., Arvada. Camp is for ages 5-8. Call 720-394-0191 to register.
Wildlife Artist Sonia Reid Show: Friday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 30 at Spirits in the Wind Gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., Golden. Info: www.spiritsinthewindgallery. com. Heartfelt: New Painting by Colleen Tully: on display from June 6-24 at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St., Lakewood. Go to www.valkariefineart.com.
Open All Breed Horse Shows: July 8, Aug. 19 and Sept. 9. At Indiana Equestrian Center, 7500 Indiana St., Arvada. Registration at 7:30 a.m.; classes at 8:30 a.m. Call or text 720-935-2026 or 720-5603646 or email email@example.com. Go to www. coloradostockhorse.com for entry forms and information. Senior Christian Retreat: 1-2 p.m. select Fridays through June 15 at
Sand in the City Beach Party: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 at Ralston Park, 64th and Simms, Arvada. Sand sculptures, buried treasures, games, crafts and more. Go to www.sandinthecityarvada.org. District Merchants: on stage through June 24 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. Aaron Posner takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. Contact 303-935-3044 or www.minersalley.com.
Squire Plaza Living Cross Chapel, 8545 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Call 720-592-1129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Automezzi Exotic Italian Car Show: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22 at Jeffco Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden. Nearly 150 vehicles featuring marques such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Vespa will be on display. There will also be an Italian bicycle display, children’s activities, a gourmet Brunch Italiano. Visit www.automezzicolorado.com Firecracker 5K: 8 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at Clement Park, Littleton. Free hot dogs, apple pie and frozen yogurt at the finish line. Kick off the holiday weekend while supporting Bonfils Blood Center. Prizes, refreshments and free stuff in the partner village; face painting and balloons for the kids. Go to RunningGuru.com and search “Firecracker 5K” to sign up.
Open All Breed Horse Shows: July 8, Aug. 19 and Sept. 9. At Indiana Equestrian Center, 7500 Indiana St., Arvada. Registration at 7:30 a.m.; classes at 8:30 a.m. Call or text 720-935-2026 or 720-5603646 or email email@example.com. Go to www. coloradostockhorse.com for entry forms and information.
Heritage Day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, Baugh House 44th and Robb Street, Wheat Ridge. Info: 303-421-9111 or www. wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org. Oktoberfest: Friday, Aug. 24 to Sunday, Aug. 26 at T.E.V. Edelweiss Club, 17832 Highway 8, Morrison. Info: www.tevedelweiss.org.
Apple Cider Day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Historic Park, 4610 Robb St., Wheat Ridge. Info: 303-421-9111 or www.wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org. Bring your own apples and containers to hold cider. Holiday Celebration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Baugh House, 44th and Robb Street, Wheat Ridge. White elephant gift exchange, tours and music. Info: 303-421-9111 or www. wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org.
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. WRITING/READING Nuts and Bolts Summer Writing Book Camp: 8 a.m. to noon July 23-27 at Lakewood High School. Participation limited to incoming ninth grade English honors students who will attend any high school in 2018. Contact TigerBoots4749@gmail.com for details and registration by June 8.
Free Legal Clinic: Get Help With Visitation Plans: 1-2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Jefferson County Department of Human Services, 3500 Illinois St., Suite 1300, Golden. Volunteer attorneys meet via computer link to answer questions, help fill out forms and provide assistance in establishing a visitation plan. Call 303271-4329. Dates in 2018 are June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Editor’s note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. To place a calendar item, go to eventlink. coloradocommunitymedia.com.
HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is noon Wednesday a week before publication. Event Red, White and You Need: July 3 (event day) and July 4 (the day after) - help with set up, parking lot crew, fireworks safety line (best seat in the house for fireworks viewing) and clean up after the event. Contact: Lora Knowlton, 303-97301209 or go to www.ifoothills.org/events/redwhite-and-you/#volunteer. Ongoing
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Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter: Provides care and support to 67,000-plus families dealing with all kinds of dementing illnesses. Need: Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee members.
Arthritis Foundation, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter: Helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to care, advancements in sciences and community connections. Need: Walk to Cure Arthritis committee
Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Rescues homeless dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters. Need: Foster-care families for death-row shelter dogs and cats Contact: www.animalrescueoftherockies. org
members and general office volunteer support. Contact: Amy Boulas, aboulas@arthritis. org, 720-409-3143. AYUSA: International Youth Exchange Program: Promotes quality exchange programs for high school students from around the world. Need: Host families for international high school students ages 15-18 studying in the Denver area. Requirements: To provide students with a safe home, meals and transportation for 5-10 months. All family types are considered. Must fill out onlilne application and pass background check.
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situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to — to use their religion to hurt others,” she said in the July 25, 2014 hearing. “If nothing else, this case is a re-
DEBATE FROM PAGE 2
The favorable ruling for Phillips came down to his treatment by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion did not consider Phillips’ case free of religious bias. “All of this is going to affect the rest of his life,” said Denver resident John Chopski, who made a point to come to Masterpiece because he wanted to support Phillips. “I feel for him, because he’s been penalized just for doing what is right.” As Masterpiece’s guest book shows, Phillips has become a symbol for many who fear their religious freedoms are being ignored or actively taken away. That’s not a role he wanted, but he said all the trials and loss of revenue — he had to shrink his staff from 10 people
minder to people that words matter,” Provizer said. “Especially when you have the weight of the state behind you.” • The focus on the actions of the Civil Rights Commission and its members make it difficult to use the case as legal precedent for either side of the debate. “People on both sides will quote language in the decision, but this is a very limited ruling,” Konnoth explained. “There’s not a lot to take away from this, except that the justices weren’t
ready to make their mind up.” • Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, which forbids businesses from discriminating against customers based on sexual orientation, is still in place. Kennedy also wrote, “And any decision in favor of the baker would have to be sufficiently constrained, lest all purveyors of goods and services who object to gay marriages for moral and religious reasons in effect be allowed to put up signs saying ‘no goods or services will be sold if they will be
used for gay marriages,’ something that would impose a serious stigma on gay persons.” • Similar cases will undoubtedly arise until some kind of clear decision is given by the court about where religious freedom and discrimination meet, all three experts agreed. “The issue isn’t even close to being settled yet,” Koehler said. “I saw some saying this was just one battle in a larger war, but it wasn’t even that. This was just a fist fight.”
to four — was worth it. “This was the right fight, and it got the right outcome,” he said. But legal experts and LGBTQ advocates both describe the decision as narrow in its focus. By zeroing in on the actions of Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission, the court sidestepped the larger issues of free speech and religious freedom inherent in the debate. “The decision means the fight will continue,” Mullins said. “I’ve always believed in an America where you are not turned away from a business because of who you are. No one should have to face the shame and embarrassment by being told we do not serve your kind here.”
ity advocates and organizations. Following the ruling’s announcement, they joined others at a rally at the state Capitol, including Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, who represents Colorado’s 1st Congressional District, which includes Denver and Englewood, among other areas. The pair are scheduled to be the grand marshals at the Coors Light PrideFest Parade on June 17. “While we’re disappointed in the ruling, we feel like the state we call home has had our back every step of the way,” Mullins said. The pair and their supporters also take hope from the fact that the justices didn’t comment on Colorado’s antidiscrimination law, which forbids businesses from discriminating against customers based on sexual orientation. “We hope that people can understand this is not a wide-ranging ruling — this doesn’t mean that our anti-discrimi-
nation act is invalidated in any way,” Mullins said. “We will continue fighting until no one has to experience what we did.” Mullins, an office manager, and Craig, an interior designer, had planned to get married in Provincetown, Massachusetts, since gay marriage wasn’t legal in Colorado at the time. The cake they hoped to buy was for a reception held back in their home state. Members of the LGBTQ community and friends who are concerned about what the ruling could lead to are working to help each other and bring people together. “I have friends in the LGBT community, and it is important to support everyone whose rights are threatened,” said Jeanette Vizgoerta, a Denver resident at the rally. “This presidential administration has created so much hate and division that we need to create unity.”
The couple denied This issue has hung over the heads of Denver residents Mullins and Craig for their almost six-year marriage, but they’ve also found themselves at the center of a wave of support from equal-
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Two half-day singing camps (M-F, 9am-Noon), June 18-22 (“Lions and Mermaids”) and July 23-27 (Kids Broadway Heroes) for ages 8-12. Also, several vocal workshops for Teens and Adults beginning April 28th. Contact Singer and Vocal Coach, Cindy Williams, at 303-250-5902 for more info. And to register, contact Liane @ Rockley Music, 303-233-4444.
Misc. Notices To All Douglas County Residents: On Monday, June 18 from approximately 12:30pm to approximately 5pm a film shoot for Square Planet Media will be taking place on Tomah Road. Traffic will be intermittently controlled by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in short 3-5 minute intervals. The production company has taken out the required permits from Douglas County for their filming, including a Special Event Use Permit and for traffic control. If you have any further questions regarding the shoot, please call our Location Manager, Stephen Pherigo, at 303-478-5449. We thank you in advance for your kind understanding of this activity and we hope to achieve our work in as unobtrusive and efficient manner as possible. Want To Purchase minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: P.O. Box 13557 Denver, CO 80201
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MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE! SAT. JUNE 16TH 3366 Red Tree Place in Castle Rock So many items! All priced to sell. Kids toys; kid, adult and teen clothing, appliances, furniture, keepsakes and unique items. One day only and everything must go!
June 15th & 16th 8am-2pm 3 Glass Doors, mirror back with glass shelves, dining room hutch each are 34" wide and 82" high white washed oak Set of 3 display cabinets, glass door with glass shelves, medium stained ash 31" wide x 75" high Brown table with benches 36" round x 36" high Lots of Christmas Decorations, Tools and Collectibles Small Freezer, folding tables, lots of small items Furniture loading will be done by the buyer 21032 Hawthorne Lane, Parker 80138
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HUGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE (Up to 86 garages) at St. Andrews at plum Creek community, located in Castle Rock, CO. Sale will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 14, 15 and 16 June 2018 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm each day. Follow your GPS to 3123 Newport Circle, Castle Rock, CO for the center of the community. The homes are located on Mount Royal Drive, Newport Circle and Compass Circle. From Exit 181 (Plum Creek Parkway) off of I-25 follow the signs to Mount Royal Drive. A full range of items will be on sale from appliances to baby clothes.
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$600 11 pieces walnut made by Hooker Table, 2 Extensions, China Cabinet and 6 Cane Back Chairs Very Good Condition 719-439-4673 Dining Set Oak Table with Southwest chairs seats 10 $600 Large lighted entertainment center $250 Lazy Boy full size sofa bed $150 303-814-2419
Lawn and Garden Mantis Gasoline Garden Tiller/Cultivator With Lawn Aerater head and kickstand Also include owners manual and instructional dealer dvd Gerald Patterson 720-308-4642 8-4pm
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Public library summer reading program offers opportunity for teen volunteers Teens learn job skills, help thousands of patrons
BY CAITLIN DANBORN SPECIAL TO COLORADO COMMUNITY MEDIA
When school gets out, there are students who relish the feeling of never having to pick up a book again until August. But that is not the case for the hundreds of teen volunteers at the many locations of Jefferson County Public Library. JCPL’s summer reading program, which has been part of the library for nearly 50 years, relies heavily on its teen volunteers to make it happen. “Teen volunteers are a pretty integral part of our program,” says Arvada Library Public Services Manager Cindy Jaye. “It is a huge customer service project, and we rely on teens.” Jaye oversees the summer reading program as a whole and interacts with teens at the Arvada library. Teen volunteers fill out an application, are interviewed, and participate in mandatory training, where they are instructed how to interact with library patrons, as well as how to represent the library in a professional manner and promote various other JCPL programs. In 2017, nearly 300 teens volunteered for the summer reading program, signing up patrons of all ages for the program and handing out prizes. “It’s very much like a real life job experience,” said Jaye. The teen volunteer program is designed for teens to gain experience in a professional
Sally Boyd of Lakewood holds up her prize — a year’s membership to several Colorado attractions — for logging reading minutes during Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading program last year. Boyd was one of more than 12,000 adults who participated in Summer Reading in 2017. COURTESY PHOTO environment and build their college applications and resumes. “I love to see the teen volunteers’ growth over the summer,” Jaye said. The summer reading program had over 43,000 participants in 2017 and the goal for 2018 is to have 48,000 participants. But for Jaye, the program is not just about the numbers — it is about community engagement with reading. Patrons that were not enthusiastic readers before the summer are transformed into avid readers over the course of the summer. “I love to see how excited our customers get. Every year we get heartwarming stories … I love knowing that this has an impact on our patrons.” This year’s theme for the program is Rock the Books, and patrons can log minutes online and pick up prizes when they register, meet the halfway point, and reach the predetermined goals.
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Jeffco Athletics HOF inducts 5 new members BY DENNIS PLEUSS JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ARVADA — Laura Probst never won a state championship. The 2002 graduate of Arvada West High School finished runner-up 11 times in state cross-country and track individual races. However, 16 years after leaving Jeffco and after a stellar soccer career at Texas A&M University, Probst was inducted into the Jeffco Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday afternoon at the Arvada Center — along with Chris Peterson, Liz Armbrustmacher, Kevin Williams and Kent Waryan. “It’s incredibly special. Part of the reason it was so unexpected,” said Probst, who is now a primary care doctor at a Veterans Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. “Athletes in Colorado and Jefferson County was such an important time in my life, but it seem so far in the past.” Despite all the second-place finishes, Probst’s attitude was always positive. “I think you have to remember why you are doing it and what it is all about,” said Probst, who won the coveted Freddie Joe Steinmark
g j Award in 2002. “For me I was compet- c ing against myself. As long as I knew i I gave my best and left it all out on the I track I was satisfied.” i S Chris Peterson The Jefferson High School graduate i might have been a little ahead of his time. The sharp-shooting guard led t the state in scoring his senior year in s guiding the Saints to an appearance t l in the Final 4 of the state tournac ment. t Peterson’s youngest son —Lakee wood High School graduate Kolton Peterson — broke the all-time Class 5A 3-point record just a few years ago. K All the scoring Chris Peterson did in his time in the mid-1970s came with- c out the 3-point line in existence. “I thought it was going to be a roast at first,” Peterson said during his speech. “My boys were all sitting around last tonight and said I would probably be the first basketball player to go into the (Jeffco) Hall of Fame who never made a 3-point shot.” Peterson went on to coach softball at Green Mountain, along with boys basketball at Arvada West. SEE ATHLETICS, P29
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Liz Armbrustmacher This Evergreen High School graduate was a part of the volleyball juggernaut the Cougars build under coach Lo Hunter in the 1980s, which included a 182-match winning streak. Armbrustmacher went on to play Indiana University before returning to Jeffco. She led Lakewood High School to a remarkable run starting in the late 1990s. “All of us in this room understand the impact of sports and activities,” said Armbrustmacher, who is still a teacher at Lakewood. “The lessons learned and taught on the field, the court, the pitch, the diamond and the track that those lessons learned expand far more than the game.” Kevin Williams Williams was a seven-time state champion in cross-country and track
Sports: Tracey Boychuk, Athletes of the Year Jeffco 5A Male: Ryan Marquez, Pomona Pomona Jeffco 4A Coach of Male Sports: Brian Kula, Valor Jeffco 5A Female: Camilla Christian Emsbo, Lakewood Jeffco 4A Male: Adam Thistle- Jeffco 4A Coach of Female Sports: Amy Bahl, Evergreen wood, Golden Jeffco 4A Female: Kristina Assistant Coaches of the Schreiber, Evergreen Year Jeffco 5A Asst. of Male Sports: Coaches of the Year Shane Fugita, Dakota Ridge Jeffco 5A Coach of Male Jeffco 5A Asst. of Female Sports: Jay Madden, Sports: Steve Hadley, Pomona Lakwood Jeffco 5A Coach of Female
at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School. He still holds the Class 4A state record in the 3,200-meter run that he set his senior year in 2008 with a time of 9:06.27. “Looking back at my athlete career a feel very lucky to have attended Jefferson County and D’Evelyn,”
Jeffco 4A Asst. of Male Sports: Brian Zehnder, Standley Lake Jeffco 4A Asst. of Female Sports: Ali Meyers, Evergreen Fred Steinmark Team Award Jeffco 5A: Ralston Valley Jeffco 4A: D’Evelyn Paul Davis Sportsmanship Award Jeffco 5A: Bear Creek Jeffco 4A: Golden
Williams wrote in a statement read by his high school track coach Micah Porter. “When I arrived at D’Evelyn in 7th-grade and I no idea I would become a distance runner and how big of a role that would play in my life.” Williams went on to run at the University of Oklahoma from 2008-13
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