FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR: Area professionals share their skills abroad P14
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Green Mountain fire contained P5
NASA ON THE LINE: Students take phone call from space P5
CELEBRATE: Local soldier enjoys a century of life with friends P4
VOLUNTEERS TO THE RESCUE: Jeffco Action Center distributes meals to those in need P6
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“We were at the heart of nuclear weapons production during the Cold War. Rocky Flats has left a devastating legacy that we cannot forget.” Kristen Iversen, Author | P20 INSIDE
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support and offering safety information as well as incident updates, and for the city where I use my public relations skills to increase awareness, consensus and involvement in city projects and special events. The people who work for the city are warm, welcoming and patient as I learn all I can about the City of Wheat Ridge. Everyone has been very appreciative of my small contribution to the team during the short period of time I’ve been here.
City of Wheat Ridge’s new public information officer About me I was born at West Point, New York. You can’t get more Army brat than that. Growing up, our family traveled all around the country, and to Germany. I attended Boulder High for two years and then we moved to Rhode Island for my senior year. Who would turn down a year at the beach? I returned to Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University and came back again in 1990 — to Golden this time. I am an avid hiker, skier, mountain and road cyclist, and scuba dive whenever I can. After many years skiing ice on the east coast, I am loving my annual pass for Copper Mountain and Winter Park, with an occasional day at Loveland. My career Public relations became my passion
Sara Spaulding, the new Wheat Ridge public information officer, worked for Swedish Medical Center during the 1990s. COURTESY PHOTO in the early 1990s when I landed my dream job at Swedish Medical Center. I responded on behalf of the hospital for the crash of an AirLife medical helicopter and when students were shot at Columbine High School. It was then I realized the kind of contribution I could make as a public information officer. My career progressed to include positions with Denver Health and Hospitals, the Mile High Red Cross, the American Humane Association
and a long, fulfilling tenure as the vice president of marketing/communications with the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Within Jefferson County, of 428,257 registered voters, 338,638 cast ballots this year. The article included an error in the number of cast ballots.
In the Hometown Holidays Nov. 24 insert, the Arvada event “Santa visits the Apex Center” listed an incorrect address. The Dec. 10 Santa visit will take place at the Apex Center — 13150
Coming to Wheat Ridge I have often driven to Wheat Ridge to shop or through it on my way to downtown Denver. It’s been fun to see the improvements and changes over time. I was excited at the opportunity to work as the PIO for the police department, building community
A special community I love the sense of community here and how deeply residents and business owners care about their city. There are fun restaurants, some funky shops and great community events that bring people together to celebrate living in Wheat Ridge. Coming to work in Wheat Ridge every day I feel energized, excited and focused on making a significant contribution for those who work and live in the community. If you have suggestions for My Name Is ..., contact Clarke Reader at creader@ coloradocommunitymedia.com
The Nov. 17 edition of the paper included a front-page article about the outcome of local races in the 2016 election, with the headline “People may have stuck with what they knew.”
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SNEAK PEEK AT ROSE STEIN — A SCHOOL REBORN Parents and children got their first glimpse at the newly renovated Rose Stein International Elementary during an open house on Nov. 17. The school was formerly known as Stein, and was closed in 2014 due to overcrowding. In the spring of 2014, the school district approved a $1.1 million plan to combine Alameda’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program with O’Connell’s IB Middle Years program, creating a 7-12 school at Alameda, moving Stein students to O’Connell and emptying Stein. The inside has been fully renovated, and is slated to start accepting students for the fall. There was little in the way of furniture in the building, but it gave visitors a sense of what the school will be like. “I’m a Jeffco teacher and live nearby,” said Sarah McMahon, who was there with her daughters. “It looks beautiful, and I’m curious about the IB program starting here.” CLARKE READER ADVERTISEMENT
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Colorado Gives Day (Dec. 6th this year) The website makes it easy to give online has become a popular annual tradition, when and only charges participating organizations it comes to supporting Colorado’s non-profit 2% of each donation to cover credit card and community. The day is sponother fees and to keep the websored by a year-round website, REAL ESTATE site sustainable. www.ColoradoGives.org, which Golden Real Estate wants to TODAY was created in 2007 by the Comjoin you in supporting these or munity First Foundation, with any other organization listed on www.ColoradoGives.org. Here’s support from Colorado-based how we propose to do that. FirstBank. Over 2,000 Colorado If you agree to use Golden charities with 501(c)(3) status Real Estate in the sale or pur(making donations to them taxchase of real estate anytime in deductible) have registered with the next 12 months — not just the organization and are listed now — we will donate 10% of our on that website. Looking through earned commission to the charity the site, these are some of the organizations that speak to me By JIM SMITH, you name. The only requirement is that you contact me before and/or my broker associates at Realtor® Dec. 31, 2016, and that you menGolden Real Estate. Maybe they speak to you too, and you’ll consider donat- tion this offer and indicate which charity ing to them on Dec. 6 — or anytime, since you’d like to receive our donation. The donathe website is a year-round mechanism for tion will be made in your honor. As an immediate thank you for registering charitable giving. Housing & Homelessness Related: for this program, I’ll make a $25 cash donaHabitat for Humanity tion to the charity you have named, explainDenver Rescue Mission ing that a bigger donation may be coming. Colorado Realtor Foundation Registering for this offer does not obligate Warren Village you to actually buy or sell any real estate. It Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. simply assures us that you will use Golden Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Real Estate when and if you buy or sell Family Promise of Greater Denver Clean Energy & Sustainability: Energy Resource Center Last week, an editorial in the Denver Energy Outreach Colorado Post supported CDOT’s study of a Vehicle Colorado Renewable Energy Society Miles Traveled (VMT) tax. As the owner of Clean Energy Action two electric vehicles (EV’s), I have enjoyed Other: being a “freeloader” when it comes to the El Porvenir construction and maintenance of the roads Autism Society of Colorado and highways I use. At the same time, I Goodwill Industries of Denver realize that more and more EV’s and highAlzheimer’s Association efficiency gasoline-powered cars mean that Christian Action Guild, Inc. our already shrinking tax revenue for road The Action Center construction and maintenance will completeGolden Backpack Program ly dry up in 10 to 20 years. Safehouse Denver, Inc. It’s only right that all vehicles using our Urban Peak Denver roads should pay their fair share of taxes to Senior Support Services build and maintain those roads. While I’m The Gathering Place fine with being a freeloader for now, at some Family Tree, Inc. point the freeloaders will outnumber those Golden Civic Foundation who are paying our road taxes, and we and Denver Dumb Friends League our vehicles will all suffer the consequences. Foothills Animal Shelter There will always be gasoline- or dieselGolden Schools Foundation
anything under the agreement, and it assures you that we will give 10% of our commission to your charity. Our commitment to do so will be spelled out in writing under “Additional Provisions” in the agency agreement which you sign. The agreement will have an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2017. Giving 10% of my commission to a charity is not new for me. For my first four years as a Realtor, I pledged 10% of all my earned commissions to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, which generated about $100,000
for that great organization. I still support Habitat for Humanity, although not at that level. However, they’re included in this offer, so I will do so again if Habitat is the charity you specify. (Applies to any affiliate of Habitat.) What’s different now is that I’m opening this offer to any of the 2,000+ non-profits that are listed on www.ColoradoGives.org. The 10% commission donation offer can be initiated by the non-profit itself. For example, Family Promise of Greater Denver and the Golden View Classical Academy have informed their supporters that if they hire Golden Real Estate and mention them when they call me, that we will donate 10% of the commission on any resulting transaction. I encourage other non-profits to contact me about creating such an agreement.
Giving back to the community is important to us at Golden Real Estate. Three of us are graduates of Leadership Golden (which, by the way, is also participating in Colorado Gives Day) and several of us volunteer for various organizations. Rita and I are both Rotarians, and Rita is taking on several commitments with our Rotary Club. I’m also a Golden Lion and a member of the board of directors of the Golden Chamber of Commerce. I’m an honorary member of the Golden Optimists for hosting their Bicycle Recycle Program in our parking lot. Broker Associate Kristi Brunel actively volunteers at the Christian Action Guild, where she is also a board member. I know other broker associates are socially active and charitable. Speaking of that organization, our office at 17695 S. Golden Road is once again a drop-off site for unwrapped toys. Help us fill our toy box by Dec. 16th. All toys go to the Christian Action Guild for their Dec. 17th “Santa Shop.”
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I’ve written about this great program that Rita and I took in January-February. There’s a free informational session about it Dec. 7, 6:30pm, at Body in Balance Wellness Center, 755 Heritage Rd.
The Gas/Diesel Tax Should Be Replaced With a Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax powered vehicles — for example big-rig trucks and earth-moving equipment — but within a very few years 80% or more of Americans will realize that EV’s economically meet their automotive needs. I predict that revenue from fuel taxes will decline by 5% to 10% per year for the next decade. That means that within two to three years, the funding crisis will become apparent enough for all legislative bodies that they’ll begin studying alternatives to the gas/diesel tax.
A VMT tax is not hard to implement, but it should be implemented on the federal level first, because we can’t switch to a VMT tax while there is still a gas tax. The VMT tax will be easy to collect via our tax returns. Tax payers would enter how many miles they traveled along with the make and model of their vehicle. They could understate their miles traveled, but will not understate it so much that they trigger an audit. The tax will still generate the revenue that is needed.
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WWII veteran celebrates his centennial milestone BY CHRISTY STEADMAN CSTEADMAN@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Outside VFW Post 4171 in Golden, the season’s first snow was falling. But inside, hearts were filled with warmth. About 20 people were celebrating John Sekulich, a Lakewood resident and World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Sekulich turned 100 years old on Nov. 17. “It’s quite an accomplishment,” said Clyde Triplett, 63, of Golden, who organized the birthday party. “How often do you get to meet someone turning 100?” During the war, Sekulich was a tech sergeant with the 114th Signal Radio Intelligence. “We took care of all the communication in our company,” Sekulich said. The unit laid wires and cables, doing most of the work in the middle of the night to hide from German attackers. Sekulich recalls enduring deep snow and freezing temperatures. “That bulge was no fun,” he said. The Battle of the Bulge was a German counteroffensive
John Sekulich, a Lakewood resident and WWII veteran, stands with his wife Charlotte in front of a banner that Charlotte made highlighting some important dates in her husband’s life. CHRISTY STEADMAN attack, Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan. 25, 1945 in the Ardennes Forest — a 75-mile stretch of dense woods and few roads in Belgium, France and Luxembourg. The U.S. Army Center of Military History reports that Americans suffered some 75,000 casualties in the Battle of the Bulge, but the Germans lost 80,000 to 100,000. “German strength had been irredeemably impaired … and the defeat of Germany was clearly only a matter of time.” The U.S. Army Center of Military History quotes British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill as saying, “`This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of
the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory.’” Birthday party attendees shared stories over a late lunch of beef brisket, pork, baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, potato salad and dinner rolls. There’s always lots of sharing at these events, said Clyde Triplett’s nephew, Michael, a 35-year-old Navy veteran. “You get to hear all the cool stories,” he said, pointing out he especially enjoys learning about the way things were done “back then.” Sekulich showed some of his guests a letter he received from President Barack Obama that wished him a
happy birthday, while other guests flipped through a book containing all the morning reports from Sekulich’s time serving in the Army. “A friend put it together for him,” Sekulich’s wife Charlotte said. She told how her husband was able to track down an old Army buddy of his through the efforts of that book. Sekulich was born and raised on a farm in Penrose, which is near Cañon City in Fremont County. He grew up with eight sisters. Drafted when he was about 21, he was granted a permanent leave of absence to care for his sick father. But as his father got better, the war drew closer, and Sekulich volunteered to return to the military. He stayed overseas for six months after Germany surrendered, Sekulich said, and trained to go to Japan. But then the Japanese surrendered. “It’s really astronomical that somebody can make it through all of that and live to be 100,” said Pixie Ullrich, a Golden resident who was meeting Sekulich for the first time. Sekulich lost his first wife
in 2005. He met Charlotte, 69, a widow, while she was working at a prison and living in Cañon City. “We were neighbors across the street,” she said. “I’m so happy to be a part of his life. He is a gentleman of all gentlemen.” The two married on Nov. 10, 2007, and traveled to Alaska F r the following summer for a their honeymoon. They enjoyed fishing and visiting the m national parks out there, and m even saw grizzly bears. 2 Sekulich did not raise any children, but became a 1 grandfather when he was 97 N through one of Charlotte’s t two children. On Nov. 5, 104 of Sekulich’s M friends and family members traveled from Wisconsin, Cali- w fornia and Colorado to attend a an early birthday party at the g Golden Corral in Sheridan. o “I really love our veterans,” e Clyde Triplett said. Ullrich, 76, a lifetime mem- t ber of VFW Post 4171, agreed. c “We all need to believe that c veterans put their lives on the line every day,” she said. “I was brought up to believe that anybody in the military should be respected, honored and valued for their commitment to make America free.”
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Brush fire and high winds sets Green Mountain ablaze Fast-growing fire forced evacuations, cause still under investigation STAFF REPORT
The City of Lakewood’s William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain remained closed on Nov. 29, the day after a fire burned 100 acres on the mountain. West Metro had firefighters on the mountain putting out hot spots on the 29th, with the hope of getting the fire 100 percent contained. Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, West Metro Fire responded to reports of a brush fire on Green Mountain. Fueled by dry conditions and strong winds, the fire was initially reported at 5 to 7 acres according to West Metro, giving the mountain’s ridgeline an orange glow, despite the 33-degree Fahrenheit weather. At 6:33 p.m., the fire estimate climbed to 300 acres, burning east. It was discovered on Nov. 29 the actual size was closer to 100 acres. The darkness and
The Nov. 28 Green Mountain Firespread from 5 acres, to more than 100 in just half an hour.. fluidity of the situation contributed to the higher estimate, explained West Metro Fire Spokesperson Ronda Scholting. West Metro Fire announced evacuations of the homes along the eastern foot of the mountain, including those along Bayaud, Ellsworth Place, South Deframe Way, West Exposition Dr. and South Devinney Way. Residents were asked to head to Creighton Middle School, where the Red Cross set up an emergency shelter. Green Mountain High School was dis-
cussed as the initial Red Cross location, but there was a concern it was too close to the fire, so Creighton was selected instead, said Diana Wilson, Jeffco School’s chief communications officer. At about 7:14 p.m. firefighters gained control of the fire and were able to protect all houses. Evacuations were lifted at about 10 p.m. as the fire was brought to 90 percent contained. “We had about 75 people come to Creighton,” Wilson said. “When the evacuations were lifted, everyone was
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able to go home around 10 p.m.” In an interview with media Monday evening, Scholting said the fire agency’s fire investigator has been on the scene to investigate the cause of the fire, which is still unknown at this time. On the 29th, investigators were speaking to witnesses who may have seen the fire in its early stages. Learn about progress and the park’s status by following the City of Lakewood’s Bear Creek Lake Park Facebook Page at Facebook.com/BearCreekLakePark.
Wheat Ridge students talk to NASA astronaut in space Shane Kimbrough calls from International Space Station BY CLARKE READER CREADER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Instead of calling Houston to check in with Earth, Comdr. Shane Kimbrough, a NASA astronaut on the International Space Station, called Wheat Ridge High School. For 20 minutes on Nov. 18, about 400 students, parents and community members sat in the school auditorium and listened as Kimbrough answered student questions in zero gravity, more than 200 miles above
earth. “It’s a pleasure to be here with you,” Kimbrough told the students. He launched to the station on Oct. 19 and will return home in February. The call was part of the NASA Office of Education’s efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in school. “This is one of the most exciting educational opportunities to be a part of,” Principal Griff Wirth said. “We try to provide different things to our students than most schools do.” Wheat Ridge, which has been developing its STEM program over the past three years, has a Shades of Blue program that provides information on careers in the STEM field. When Wirth heard about the opportunity to
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connect students with an astronaut, he thought it would be a perfect fit. Teachers at the school have been preparing students by incorporating space into lessons in each of their core classes. Students in the school’s STEM classes were invited to watch and submit a question for selection. “I heard about the opportunity to ask a question, and thought it was one of the coolest things,” junior Casey Kramer said. “It was really exciting to be able to step up and ask Cmdr. Kimbrough a question.” About 19 students asked questions during the call, and the subjects were wide ranging. Kramer asked Kimbrough which potential dangers of space travel scared him the most. Freshman Max Harris asked about
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Action Center brings Turkey Day to those in need More than 1,500 families receive holiday ingredients BY CLARKE READER CREADER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
More than 400 volunteers helped 1,500 Action Center clients receive more than 2,000 boxes of food as part of the center’s annual food distribution event. COURTESY PHOTOS
For another year, The Action Center helped thousands of Jefferson County families have a delicious Thanksgiving with its food distribution event. The Nov. 20 food distribution at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood provided 1,500 families with about 2,000 boxes of Thanksgiving food. About 400 volunteers, including employees from Physician Health Partners and COBiz Foundation (both of which provided financial support to buy the food), loaded up those in need with the ingredients for a great holiday: potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, gravy, pie and a voucher for a turkey or ham at Safeway. Clients drove their cars up through the stadium parking lot, where volunteers handed out the food and health care information. “This year we were able to get clients through the process in less than 12 minutes,” said Barbara Penning, director of Volunteer Programs at
the Action Center. “After so many years, we have it down to a science.” Here is what some of the people who helped put on the event had to say: Point 1: Mag Strittmatter, executive director of the Action Center — “This year was fabulous. We had a great group from Physician Health helping us, and had nine distribution lanes to serve the clients. It’s so fun to see all the volunteers, and it’s such a joyful day.” Point 2: Abby Brookover, director of communications with Physician Health Partners — “We were able to come up with the funds to pay for the food through donations and employee fundraising. We raised $20,000 that way. The center does so much great work, and for us, being able to provide for so many people is really important.” Point 3: Barbara Penning, director of Volunteer Programs at the Action Center — “Our volunteers are able to have direct interaction with clients, and the joy these volunteers give to clients is huge. I love it when we have volunteers who dress up like turkeys, and really make it special. How can you not laugh and smile when you see that?”
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CRIME NEWS IN A HURRY When officers arrived on scene they located a vehicle in a ditch. The driver of that vehicle, Peny, had sustained apparent gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on scene. None of the three parties lived in the area and Lakewood detectives believe the encounter was drug related, according the police’s information. The investigation is ongoing and detectives are following-up on leads. They are asking anyone who believes they have information that would assist them in their investigation to please call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.
Lakewood police investigating homicide Lakewood police are investigating a homicide that occurred on the evening of Nov. 19. Police arrested Toussaint Lamar Hampton, 22, and Kiantrenay Sharminey Bell, 24, both of Aurora, at a location in Denver on Nov. 22. The pair were arrested on supicison of first degree murder, aggravated robbery, and possession of controlled substances, for the shooting death of Phillip Todd Peny, 44. According to information provided by police, dispatch received multiple calls of shots fired in the area of West 9th Avenue and Allison Street at about 7 p.m. on Nov. 19.
“Scream Mask Bandits” convicted
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the bank staff. The men escaped with over $50,000 and left the victims in the vault. According to witness statements, as they continued their getaway, they crashed the getaway car. The trio then walked into a neighborhood on West Eldorado Place, where they kicked in the door at the home of a 65-year-old man. They ordered the man to get his car keys and phone, telling him that he was going with them. The trio forced him to the garage, with a grip on his arm and guns drawn.
Once in the garage, the man attempted to escape his attackers. As he ran down his driveway, he was shot once in the leg. He fell to the ground and was then shot three more times. Despite life-threatening injuries, he was able to make his way to a neighbor’s house where he collapsed on their porch. The trio stole his minivan and took off. A pursuit became a high speed chase, but the trio eluded police. They crashed the mini-van in the area of Sheridan High School and the Sheridan Recreation Center and took off on foot. They attempted to car jack a vehicle from the rec center parking lot and the 30-yearold woman who owned the car was assaulted and shot. Her 53-year-old
mother, who was there with her, attempted to help her daughter and was also beaten. She suffered broken bones in her face. The trio was unable to get that car to start and took off on foot. Sanders became separated from Mason and Richardson. He ran towards the bus depot for the high school, and approached a bus driver, armed with two guns and held one to her head ordering her to get in her bus and drive. She refused and was
able to escape. Police arrived shortly thereafter and Sanders was found hiding under the bus. Richardson was arrested six days later. As the search for Mason intensified, he was designated by the FBI as one the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and he was located and arrested on Jan. 15. Sentencing for Miguel Sanders has been set for Dec. 13. A status conference was set for Richardson and Mason on Dec. 13 as well.
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ell, I survived Black Friday. What is the meme? Black Friday: the day that Americans pummel each other to obtain more stuff, just 24 hours after spending an entire day being thankful for everything they already have. I’m glad my excursions on Black Friday were limited to delivering money to somebody else to make a purchase. I, myself, did no real shopping on that day. And, I’m glad — there were no reports of actual violence around Denver, but that wasn’t the case everywhere. There were even protests in one city designed to disrupt shoppers and prevent them from getting to stores. Frankly, I’ve had enough contention for one year. And, now, we’re
starting to hear cries for Hillary to contest the results of the election in three of the swing states. I don’t need that kind of negativity heading into the holiest season. So, rather than be a part of all that, I’m trying to think of ways that would start to heal the rifts in this country. And, I think, ideologically, I’m in a decent position to do that, as I didn’t get everything I wanted this election: Trump wins, but Hillary won Jeffco; Ed Perlmutter and Michael Bennett won reelection easily, but the school mill and bond went down. In Jeffco, I don’t think anybody got everything that they wanted! That’s all democracy — you win some, you lose some. But, the psyche of the country is not
quite in that place; we’re not exactly feeling Washington’s “bonds of fraternal affection.” But, the thing is, healing happens slowly, and on a microscopic level. A laceration begins to heal on a subcutaneous level, out of sight, before it starts to close the wound and grow the scar tissue. All the mature statements in the world by Trump and Hillary can’t heal this wound; all the wise, beautiful proclamations by President Obama and President-elect Trump, don’t disguise the fact that one of the most popular internet topics last week (it was “trending”) was “how to avoid politics at your Thanksgiving dinner.” SEE ALCORN, P11
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Get in the spirit of the season Is it too early to develop your Christmas spirit? We’d say, It’s not too early at all!” especially since we’ve all been through a uniquely stressful political campaign season with very divisive results. If you’re eager to spend an enjoyable few hours, make your reservations to see the premier play, “I’ll be home for Christmas” at the Arvada Center. Be ready to hear a full set of old and ‘new songs with an idealistic “Ozzie and Harriet” type radio family scheme, albeit with its own generational problems with set of other people who all make for a wonderful full Christmas story. We saw a preview of the play and found it most enjoyable. Ron and Betty Vander Kooi, Arvada
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n the aftermath of the recent elections, journalism has emerged pretty much worse for the wear. From broadcasters who softballed their interview – and debate – questions, to press outlets that rushed patently fake news to print, the media, by even its own reckoning, has a lot to answer for. Journalism, even literary journalism (perhaps especially literary journalism), has taken some big hits recently, and has, in some instances, helped create the
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problem. Articles such as the now-debunked sexual assault allegations in Rolling Stone magazine haven’t helped the cause of literary journalism, the very definition of which includes the words “nonfiction” and “facts.” I penned a piece about literary journalism last week for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver’s literary center – where I both attend workshops and teach in their Young Writers Program – for SEE DORAY, P11
Why the surprise? I am surprised that the Jefferson County School Board does not understand why the voters rejected the school issues on this year’s ballot. Firstly — Jeffco has experienced a large increase in property values. Last year and more than likely this year, homeowners will be hit with huge tax increases and property insurance rate increases. The majority of the tax dollars on a property go to the schools. Asking for another huge increase on top of last year’s and next year’s property value increase would put many people in dire straits to afford their house payment. Homeowners have to tighten their belts because of this, and without a better understanding of the increase we will already have, many of us voted “no” so as to not increase
property taxes we see as a double wammy. Secondly — There are huge homes being built in Arvada at Leyden Rock and Candala’s. Obviously this is one of the areas we need “new schools.” Those homeowner’s tax dollars need to be used to pay for the additional schools needed in buying a home in this new area of Arvada. Many of these homes have not sold yet, or are still being built. That is more tax revenue for the schools that has yet to be realized in the coming years. So, the answer is simple. Don’t come to the taxpayers when their property values and thus property taxes are already increasing at a huge rate. Property taxes in my area went up over $300 a year last year, and probably will jump again this year. Had these measures passed, it would be another large increase on top of what we are already paying. No thanks... Deb Ross, Arvada Loss for clean air Are we on the cusp of returning to the “good old days” of the 1980’s when we couldn’t see the tops of downtown building from the brown cloud? The possible loss of the Renewable Energy Labs in Golden would just be the first step of respiratory illness. The election of Mr. Donald Trump, is nothing but trouble for those of us with asthma. Kevin Sampson, Denver
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DORAY: Friends and family can help be reminders of how to be thankful FROM PAGE 10
a series called Lit Counts, in which writers and readers express why supporting and elevating the literary arts are so important to us. The literary art of journalism is particularly near and dear to me … so much so that I recently conducted a “Writing About What Matters” opinion writing workshop for gradeschool-age students in the Lighthouse Young Writers Program. It’s probably no surprise that students of this age have opinions, nor that the topics they choose – family, friends, country, women’s rights, female empowerment – reflect the world in which we as adults also operate. Literary journalism in the form of opinion writing in one way these students can express
their views. Literary journalists (some of my favorites are Roxanne Gay, Joan Didion and Walt Whitman) challenge us with their opinions … sharply crafted, sizzling with controversy, stinging with censure. And – if you follow online comments, which I do – rank with bias because overzealous readers react to these pieces as hard news, rather than as the opinions of the respective authors. But here’s the thing: Bias is preference, and preferences are judgments, and judgments are opinions. Hence the term opinion writing. And through this role of judge, literary journalists are making literature that matters. That’s why, in my recent student workshop, we examined the differ-
ALCORN: Trump’s ‘wise, beautiful’ statements can’t heal country alone FROM PAGE 10
We are a political people, it’s in our DNA — if we have to avoid talking about it, then it has gotten a little over the top. However, statements and proclamations are events that happen on a “macro” level. If healing happens on a “micro” level, then we can’t look to our “leaders” and the people at the top of the food chain to make that happen. We have to do that ourselves. We have to do that by trying harder this year than is usually necessary, to be the people we’d always hoped we would be. How? • Hold the door to the shopping center open for somebody you don’t know • Help somebody carry their bags to their car • Keep a supply of $5 gift cards to Starbuck’s or 5340 Coffee handy, and when you see a first responder working to keep you and your family safe, share • Go ahead and drop your pocket change into the red kettle; drop some
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Oblivious to taxpayer concerns As I read your Jeffco newsletter note lamenting the loss of the proposed tax increase and $800 million bond proposal, it was not without a certain sense of fascination that the teachers union-installed board could be so oblivious to the concerns of taxpayers and a large segment of parents. Perhaps the surrounding school districts where voters supported tax and bond measures are not so intolerant to charter school choices, and charter schools were not excluded from the benefits of the successful measures. Perhaps other districts do not
more; and don’t feel guilty if you’re empty — they’re everywhere • Congratulate a neighbor on how nice their Christmas lights look • If you are able, (and if this EVER becomes an issue this year), help out a neighbor shoveling snow • Make a conscious effort to compliment one co-worker every day This is, of course, by no means an exhaustive list. And, in so far as I stole most of those ideas from other people, feel free to contribute your own ideas — I’d love to hear some other ideas! The point is, we are a part of a community. We don’t have to agree on everything to still be conscious of being in that community. It’s just that sometimes, that community takes a little outreach to stitch together. Be that person this season. Be better than our politics, and a little more like what drew us together in the first place. Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His novels are available at MichaelJAlcorn.com
have 15,000 open seats and flat to declining enrollment. Perhaps other districts did not structure their bond measures with interest only payments for many years which massively increase total interest costs over the life of the bonds. Using questionable Certificates of Participation to skirt the need to ask voters for capital funds does not court the goodwill of taxpayers. Perhaps other districts have more transparent boards that do not make decisions behind closed doors and hold the regard for student achievement below the interests and agenda of the teachers union. Unfortunately it will not be until Jeffco parents can form a union of their own and match the outside SEE LETTERS, P12
ences between fact and opinion. We investigated weighted words. We explored others’ perspectives, and practiced advancing our own. We wrote to inform, to persuade, to ask for action. We wrote with purpose. Our wrap-up discussion, however, enlightened me the most. These young students are writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. They enjoy history and fantasy. They read whatever they can get their hands on. So I asked them, what about opinion writing is different from other literature you enjoy, different from your own current writing? One young fiction writer, who creates imaginary people and happenings, said her work would not typically be challenged for its truth. Another student was
intrigued to use both fact and her own ideas in her nonfiction essays, saying, “I never believed I could do that before.” And the students agreed that, because some people will always disagree, opinion writing is both purpose and risk, a description I find particularly apt. We all have our judgments, our preferences, our biases. Writing to express these views effectively – as my second-, third-, fourth- and fifthgraders did so well – makes for good journalism, and good journalism, after all, is good literature. Andrea Doray is a writer who has had her share of people who disagree with her opinions. Contact her at a.doray@ andreadoray.com.
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funding of JCEA causes, that the interests of students will truly be given the consideration they deserve. Rather than blaming shortsighted parents, perhaps this board should swallow its pride, study the example of fiscal prudence of the previous board and embrace diversity of viewpoints. Perhaps this is a time for reflection and change on the part of this board. Perhaps pigs will fly someday too. Dave Bagenski, Evergreen
CDOT working on west Jeffco plans Last week over 80 Jeffco citizens attended the information session presented in Golden on the status and future of the WestConnect project. The Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) contractors provided the information via numerous graphics, answered questions, and accepted written comments. Notable is the change to the purpose of the Study from completing the “Western Beltway” from C-470 in Golden to the NW Parkway via the proposed Jefferson Parkway (JP) toll highway and the Interlocken Loop in Broomfield. The Study area now omits the JP and Interlocken Loop segments and includes improvements to and an extension of SH-93 north of
Golden to the Boulder city limits. The need for widening and making interchange improvements to dangerous and congested SH-93 is long standing and will do much more to improve transportation in north Jeffco than the JP could. Proposed improvements to SH-93 will also be less costly because they involve adding new lanes to the existing free highway vs. building four new JP toll lanes that would be little used. The measure of little use was shown as traffic projections “with and without” the JP connecting to SH-93. That part of the PEL Study projected about 12,000 vehicles per day on the JP when/if all segments are completed (2040), compared with
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NEWS IN A HURRY Mackenzie Forrest’s parents help Gold Crown The parents of Mackenzie Forrest, a Lakewood High School senior who died in a car accident, gathered at Gold Crown in Lakewood on Nov. 19 and 20 to sell the new Hustle + Heart Remember Bands in conjunction with the Fall Tip-Off Tournament. The bands are designed to remind people to be kind and give their best, in honor of Forrest. Proceeds from these bands, plus all donations sent to the Forrest family or Gold Crown in Mac’s honor, and from the tournament all benefit the Gold Crown Enrichment program. The Gold Crown’s Enrichment program provides interest-based instruction and mentoring for hundreds of kids ages 10-18 through daytime art and technology classes, and the after-school clubhouse. These opportunities are completely underwritten by
Gold Crown so there is no cost to the students. After Forrest died, her family decided to give the many donations they’d been receiving to Gold Crown. Now, in addition to the Mac Forrest Legacy Fund, Gold Crown has established a new player award to be presented during the tournament and during the Dec. 15, Nuggets game versus the Portland Trailblazers. The Mac Forrest Hustle + Heart Award will go to one girl and one boy participating in the Tip-Off Tournament. Coaches will nominate players, and a group will observe those players throughout the tournament to identify examples of how they exhibit hustle and heart on the court. Lakewood recognized for Let’s Move! program The National League of Cities recognized the City of Lakewood for achieving gold medals in all five Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties goals at NLC’s City Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Let’s Move! Is a major component of First Lady
Michelle Obama’s initiative to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. More than 500 cities, towns and counties are participating, and 81 million Americans are now living in Lets Move! communities. This year, Lakewood joins a group of 92 cities and counties that have earned gold medals in each of the five goal areas. ‘Mrs. Claus’ comes to RRCC Red Rocks Community College’s Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents the children’s musical “Mrs. Claus: A Holiday Musical” by Paige Coffman and Jesus Perez, presented by special arrangement with the Chicago Kids Company, and under the direction of Kelly Jo Eldredge, with choreography by Marilynn de Vries. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10, and 17 at the college’s theater (west end, lower level) 13300 6th Ave. Admission is $5.
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Stan Brown, right, and Mustafa, a Kazakhstani fruit farmer, show off some of the apples they have grown. Brown, who lives in Castle Rock, manages a program teaching orchard management techniques to farmers in the Central Asian country. COURTESY PHOTO
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ince the late 1990s, Stan Brown and his wife, Tami, have been teaching Kazakhstani farmers to grow apples and other fruit trees. The Browns live in Castle Rock now, but they lived full-time in Kazakhstan until 2010. Stan returns to the Central Asian country several times a year as the project manager for the orchard management training program they founded there with the help of IDEAS, a Littleton-based nonprofit group for which Tami is director of international operations. They also run a for-profit tree nursery there. “It’s training poor farmers how to improve their lives,” Stan said. Kazakhstan is not the only country where IDEAS operates — and agriculture is far from the only field it has professionals in. IDEAS has more than 100 people doing long-term assignments in 14 countries, including Thailand, Jordan, India and Egypt, while another 20 to 40 per year go on short-term trips. Their projects range from nursing to dentistry to teaching and information technology. “Our mission is to demonstrate love in tangible ways,” says Sarah Rymer, director of communications and recruiting for IDEAS. “Our specific niche is professional skillsets.” By IRS standards, IDEAS is not a faith-based charity, Rymer said, but most of the group’s work is in partnership with local entities that are. Vol-
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SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERING The Council for International Development calls skills-based volunteering “experteering.” “In increasing numbers, professionals are turning to travel and international service as a way to diversify their experience and help them start careers in the global development sector,” the New Zealandbased organization’s website says. The group urges would-be volunteers to find projects
that match their professional skills. For IDEAS, a Littleton-based nonprofit organization, those skills run the gamut from lab technicians to doctors and dentists in the health care field, to agriculture with mechanics, irrigation technicians, agricultural cost accountants and agricultural engineers. According to Sarah Rymer, director of communications and recruiting for
unteers sign a statement of faith and are mostly Christian. However, Rymer said, IDEAS does not evangelize. “We are not traditional missionaries,” she said. Birthplace of apples Kazakhstan has a rich history of fruit tree cultivation — in fact, the first apples were cultivated there. When the Browns moved there, however, the country’s orchards were in disrepair and its farmers had fallen behind on modern techniques. “The agriculture had fallen into a very sad state because of the economic collapse of the Soviet Union,” Stan said. After taking a survey trip to the country, the orchard project was born. “We had observed that the geography was very similar to eastern Washington,” Stan said. Washington is the leading appleproducing state in the U.S., growing
IDEAS, teachers are the most in-demand career for the group and Jordan is the country with the most demand. Though IDEAS volunteers are mainly Christian, Rymer said that they don’t go overseas to spread their faith. “It’s truly being an accountant or a teacher or a nurse,” she said. IDEAS can be found online at www.ideasworld.org.
10 to 12 billion a year, mostly in the rural central and eastern portions of the state, according to the Washington Apple Commission. “It’s been very encouraging to see the fruit industry there take on modern elements and be productive,” Stan said of Kazakhstan. Children of missionaries, the Browns were both raised abroad, Stan in Pakistan and Tammy in Kenya. They met at Wheaton College in Illinois and have paired their professional skills with religious beliefs to work in developing countries for decades, with Stan working in business development and Tammy in public health. Before Kazakhstan, they lived in Turkey. The biggest obstacle to getting westerners to work in Kazakhstan is a perception that it might be a dangerous or undesirable place to live, Stan said. “Because it has ‘stan’ in its name, people think ‘Pakistan, Afghanistan, war,’” he said.
However, he said the country is modern and has a lot to offer. “It’s a beautiful country with beautiful mountains,” he said. “When people over there ask us what Colorado is like, we say ‘it’s a lot like here.’ ” A family affair Stan and Tami’s daughter and sonin-law, Lauren and Shledon Nest, also work for IDEAS, as health care professionals in Thailand. Lauren, a nurse by training, grew up mainly in Kazakhstan, while her parents worked there. Now, she and Sheldon, a son of Colombian immigrants who was raised in New Jersey, administer a program that trains people from the Karen ethnic group in rural parts of Thailand to be health care professionals. “I never would have imagined myself working with Karen people,” Sheldon said via email. “But when I learned of this opportunity I jumped at the chance to be a part of something that has lasting impact.” Lauren and Sheldon met at Liberty University, a Christian school in Virginia, where Lauren received a nursing degree and Sheldon earned a degree in health promotion. Sheldon went on to get a master’s degree in public health from Colorado School of Public Health while Lauren worked as an emergency room nurse in Fort Collins. The Nests have been in the city of Chiang Mai, in the northern part of Thailand, for more than a year now, and their daughter was born there eight months ago. They believe they were meant to help there, Lauren said in an email: “We believe that God has called us to use our professional skills to work with individuals and communities that are marginalized and have very little access to quality health care.”
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Works of fine art for sale at Arvada Center BY CLARKE READER CREADER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift this year? The Arvada Center’s 30th annual Fine Art Market, which includes the 9th annual ACES show, has that covered with ceramics, jewelry, ornaments, cards and other gifts created by Colorado artists at a range of price points. “There’s a lot of great stuff for all kinds of people,” said exhibition coordinator Kristin Bueb. “There’s a lot of diversity in styles for sale, and we make sure we have items shoppers want.” The shows run from Dec. 1 through 18 at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. The Fine Arts Market is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday, and noon to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. The ACES show is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Fine Arts Market is in the main gallery, and features about 95 Colorado artists invited to participate because of the quality of their work. “This show has a high-quality work for sale every year,” said monotype printmaker Chuck McCoy. “Buying art right from artists is something you can feel good about.” McCoy has been making prints for years, because he’s drawn to the unpredictability and depth that is created through print. Some of the most popular items every year are jewelry, Bueb said, as well as prints and handmade notebooks. Quantities of all these items are limited, so the earlier the better, she added.
IF YOU GO WHAT: 30th annual Fine Art Market and 9th Annual ACES Show and Sale WHERE: Arvada Center 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada WHEN: Dec. 1 - 18 Fine Art Market: Friday and Saturday - 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday - 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday - Noon - 7:30 p.m. ACES Show and Sale hours Monday - Saturday - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday - 1 - 5 p.m. INFORMATION: 720-898-7200 or www.arvadacenter.org The ACES show is in the Upper Gallery, and features the ceramic work of more than 50 instructors and students from the center’s studios. “We have more people participating than ever before,” said Bebe Alexander, ceramics program manager. “It completes the work when it’s bought by someone and used in their daily life.” Deb Dillon, a longtime studio student, has been participating in ACES show for years. She makes functional pieces like bowls because she likes creating work that is used by someone every day. “I love answering people’s questions and just getting to interact with them,” Dillon said. “It’s fun to watch and see what people pick up. Sometimes they form a real bond with something.”
The Arvada Center is hosting the 30th annual Fine Art Market 9th annual ACES show from Dec. 1 through 18. The shows offer hand-made work by Colorado artists. COURTESY PHOTO
Play is new, humorous take on familiar ‘Christmas Carol’ BY CLARKE READER CREADER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Almost everyone is familiar with Charles Dickens’ classic holiday morality tale, “A Christmas Carol.” But British playwright Patrick Barlow decided to mess with the formula in 2012, adapting it in a new humorous way — with only five actors playing all the characters. And now his version of the show is making its regional premiere in Golden. “Not only do the actors play all the characters, but they
play a host of inanimate objects,” said Meredith Grundei, who is codirecting the show with Len Matheo. “Barlow tells the story from a comedic angle, but with the same heart.” Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., hosts “A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 25 through Dec. 23. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Actor Jim Hunt takes on the role of Scrooge, and Lisa DeCaro, Josh Hartwell, Jason Maxwell and Meredith Young play the rest of the well-loved characters, from Tiny Tim to
Bob Cratchit, and the three ghosts who visit Scrooge one Christmas Eve. “What makes this concept possible is that people already know and love this story,” Hunt said. “There are some really beautiful moments that get highlighted by the comedy of show.” The show brings the audience into this unique approach by anachronistic language and breaking the fourth wall, Hunt added. Both Grundei and Hunt said Miners Alley’s intimate space is the perfect home for a show
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of this size and scope. “I’ve had a lot of fun working on solving problems and working with the actors,” Grundei said. “There has been a lot of great give-and-take codirecting with Len.” This version brings the laughs, but audiences shouldn’t be surprised by some social commentary slipped in to deepen the viewing experience, Hunt said. “This is ‘A Christmas Carol’ like you’ve never seen it,” he said. “Audiences will get all the fun moments and characters, but in an all-new format.”
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‘A Merry Christmas Feeling’ at the Arvada Center
for Christmas decorations in the center, there was an unmistakable and infectious holiday spirt going around. Particularly since attending the center’s holiday production is a tradition for many. “We have season tickets, so we’ve been coming to their holiday shows for many years,” said Arvada resident Barbara Gordon. “I think the show is great, and I am loving the costumes.” Crafting new Christmas songs can be a tricky proposition, especially because the genre is so dominated by the classics. But highlights like “The Bright Family Theme,” “It’s Only Christmas With You” and “A Merry Christmas Feeling” charmingly confirm Nehls knows a good tune when he hears it. And the cheers and standing ovation that followed the end of the musical were proof the center has something special on its hands.
Arvada Center exeuctive director Philip Sneed introducing the brand new play, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” at it’s premiere on Nov. 18. In the center’s 40 years, this is its first world premiere. CLARKE READER
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Opening night for a new theater piece at the Arvada Center is always exciting, but extra electricity permeated the air on Nov. 18 when the center hosted the world premiere of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” “I don’t usually make speeches before curtain,” said Philip Sneed, the center’s executive director, taking the stage before the show began. “But in 40 years, we’ve never done a world premiere.” The show was written by Arvada Center musical director David Nehls and writer Kenn McLaughlin especially for the occasion, and directed by frequent center director Gavin Mayer. It takes audiences back to 1969 and goes behind the scenes with the Bright family — a family of performers filming their annual Christmas special. “I’ve directed world premiere’s before, but not at this level,” Mayer said during intermission. “It’s been great bringing it out into the world, and finally getting it in front of people.” “I’m finally able to relax,” McLaughlin added with a laugh. Although it was just a bit too early
WHAT: World premiere of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” WHERE: Arvada Center 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada WHEN: Through Dec. 23 Tuesday - Saturday - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday - 2 p.m. COST: $53 - $77 INFORMATION: 720-898-7200 or www. arvadacenter.org
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What a great way to spend a World War II spy-thriller evening I recently had the pleasure of attending a presentation AROUND by former French spy, Marthe HoffTOWN nung Cohn. Marte is now 96 years old and she spoke for over an hour. The lecture was at the Westminster Recreation Center at 104th and Sheridan. A similar event was held at the Arvada Center. Her visit was sponsored by Chabad of NW Metro Denver. Rabbi Benjy Brackman and his wife, Leah Brackman, are co-directors. Marte was seated by her husband, Dr. L. Cohn, an anesthesiologist whom she met in 1956. But let me back up ... Marte was born April 13, 1920. She was one of
seven children in an Orthodox Jewish family who lived in Metz, France. Hitler was rising to power, just across the border in Germany. After the liberation of Paris in 1944, Marte, now a nurse, enlisted in the French Army where she became a member of the Intelligence Service. Since she was blond and spoke perfect German, she was the perfect candidate to be a spy. After many failed attempts to get into Germany via Alccase, she was finally able to cross into Germany from Switzerland. Having accomplished her first goal, she proceeded to gain the trust of German co-workers, who believed that she was a German nurse who was looking for her (fictional) missing fiancee. After gathering information, she would crawl
back across the Swiss border to report her findings. Two important pieces of information she shared were: that northwest of Freiburg, the Siegried Line had been evacuated, and the location of where the German Army laid in ambush in the Black Forest. At the end of the war, Marte returned to France and resumed her nursing career. In 1956, while studying in Geneva, she met an American medical student. They were married within three years and living in the United States. They are now both retired and spend much of their time together as they go around the country where Marte gives lectures. They sit together on stage. From time to time, she turns to her husband and asks for help with a word or phrase.
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Bread in a bag Here is an easy bread recipe: 2 cups white flour (a little extra for kneading), 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup hot water, 1 package rapid rise yeast, 3 tablespoons sugar, 3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk, 1tablespoon salt, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 gallon-size resealable heavy plastic storage bag, 1 bowl, spoon, small greased loaf pan, plastic wrap. Mix 1 cup white flour, packet of yeast, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 cup hot water in the plastic bag. Let most of the air out of the bag, close it, and press
down on the bag to mix ingredients. After about 10 minutes, the mixture will start to bubble as the yeast makes carbon dioxide for a bread with fluffy texture. The bag will also expand slightly. Let the mixture bubble. In a separate bowl, mix 3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk, 1 cup whole wheat, 1 tablespoon salt (or less), and 3 tablespoons oil. Open the bag and add these ingredients. Release most of the air out of the bag, seal it closed and press the bag again to mix everything until smooth. Open the bag and add the other cup of white flour. Reseal the bag and smoosh the bag with your hand until dough is smooth, about two minutes. Take the dough out of the bag, put some flour on your hands, and knead it for another minute on a floured surface. Kneading makes the dough stretchy and creates a nice chewy texture. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. When the dough looks smooth, stretchy and doesn’t stick to your hands, put it into a greased loaf pan and cover it loosely with plastic wrap. Let it rise for about 30 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for about 35 minutes until golden brown and allow to cool before cutting. Esther Macalady is a former teacher, who lives in Golden, and participates in the Grandparents Teach Too writing group. For more learning tips, see grandparentsteachtoo.blogspot.com the wnmufm.org/ podcasts and the website grandparentsteachtoo.org.
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Marte has received many honors, among them are: Croix de Guerre, 1945; Medaille of Reconnassance de la Nation, 2006; and The Cross of the Order of Merit, Germany’s Highest Honor. Marte Cohn is a remarkable woman and the tiny woman has the stamina of people half her age. At one point during the lecture, she asked the audience if she should stop at that point, or continue with her spell-binding story. Of course, the crowd roared its approval for her to go on. Her story is one for the ages and I consider it an honor to have heard her. She is much more than a Holocaust survivor. She is a true Hero. Columnist Harriet Hunter Ford may be reached at email@example.com.
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Family visits a chance to see how parents are doing The holidays bring together families who may only see each other once a year. It’s often a time to just trudge through, but can also be a wonderful time of cheer and merriment. For those with aging parents, it’s also an important time to Kent Mulkey observe and take stock of how well or how poorly parents are doing. A lot can change in a year’s time, and many adult children are surprised to see a difference in their parents’ health and well-being. Sadly, some adult children don’t see the real picture because they may be holding on to images of their parents from decades ago. If you haven’t seen Mom or Dad in a while, consider putting to use the guidelines below to help assess how they’re doing. Acknowledging the decline of a loved one’s health is never easy, but it’s the first step in keeping them safe and providing the resources they need to continue living at their maximum level of health and vitality for as long as possible. Here are six areas to consider when taking a closer look at your parents’ situation:
Physical appearance When you lean in for that hug, do your parents feel thinner or more frail since you saw them last? Or, does Dad feel a little more like Santa? Changes in physical appearance could signal depression, illness, medication side-effects or difficulty shopping for and eating healthy food. Years ago, a friend was visiting her parents over the holidays and found nothing but Snickers bars in the refrigerator. Mobility and balance Pay attention to how they navigate around the house. How much of the house do they actually use? Many older adults limit their living space to one floor and perhaps just a few hundred square feet. But the terrifying part is they are still trying to navigate the stairs to the basement where the washer and dryer reside. Changes in mobility and balance may indicate a fear of falling that often results from a previous fall, one they likely have not told you about. Listen closely How do they interact with others? Can they hear well and participate in conversation? Are they repeating themselves? Cognitive difficulties
may indicate a more serious health condition. One in three people over age 85 have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Remember to ask about their health (they will likely tell you they are fine, to mind your own business and there is nothing to worry about) or upcoming/past doctors’ appointments.
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Look around Is the home tidy or do you notice dust, dirty dishes that have been sitting awhile in the sink, or spills not wiped clean? Is the laundry piled up? Is the bathroom cluttered or dirty? Are the plants alive (which would be a miracle at my house)? Keeping a house clean requires physical vitality, keen eyesight and freedom from the gloom of depression. Sift through the mail Do you see unopened bills or personal letters piling up? Are there letters from banks, creditors or charities thanking them for donations? Older adults are also prime targets for financial fraud, so letters from creditors or charities could be a red flag that something is amiss. Enjoy your trip home and celebrate the holidays with your family. But if you feel there’s been a change in your loved ones’ health or their ability to safely care for themselves, it may be time to have a conversation about their situation. The holiday may not seem like an ideal time to broach the subject, but it may be the only time you can sit down with them in person. Start the conversation by asking your parents a few questions to get them thinking about their situation, such as: • How do you think your life would be different if you didn’t have to deal with your health issues by yourself ? • Why do you think we (family) are concerned about your current situation? • What do you suppose might happen if you stay and don’t make changes? Get your parents talking. The needed changes ahead will originate with them, which will create solid and lasting change. Another year may be too long to wait. Kent Mulkey is executive director at Covenant Village of Colorado, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Westminster and administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, the nation’s fifth largest not-for-profit senior living provider. For more information, visit www.covenantcolorado.org or call 877-341-0295.
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Preliminary results of a survey to determine whether people who lived downwind from the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant are at risk for unusual illnesses showed reasons for concern and further study. “Everyone is asking, is there a correlation?” said Carol Jensen, the principal investigator for the survey and a professor of integrative health care at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “At this point, I don’t know. The more people we hear from, the more valid the data.” To date, the survey, which is still ongoing, produced the following results: Of the 1,745 people who participated, 848 had been diagnosed with cancer and of them, 414 cases are rare cancers. “The identified patterns warrant further investigation,” Jensen said. There is “not enough data for it to be quantifiable.” More than 40 people gathered at the Standley Lake Library in Arvada on Nov. 18 to hear the results of the survey, which became available online May 16. It targeted residents who lived in the area between 1952 and 1992 within the boundaries of Highway 128/120th Avenue on the north, I-25 on the east, I-70 on the south and Highway 93 on the west. Most of that area lies within Arvada and Westminster, but also includes Leyden, Federal Heights and a small area of Golden near North Table Mountain Park. The Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant operated from 1952 to 1989. It manufactured trigger mechanisms for nuclear weapons from various radioactive and hazardous materials, such as beryllium and plutonium among others. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that “manufacturing activities, accidental industrial fires and spills, support activities and waste management practices” at the facility “contaminated soil, sediment, groundwater and surface water with hazardous chemicals and radioactive constituents.” The Rocky Flats area consists of 6,240 acres, 5,000 of which has been turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage as a wildlife refuge. The Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge was established in 2007, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to open the refuge to visitors in spring 2018, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s website. Decommissioning of the plant began in 1992, and cleanup of the site — which was funded by the federal government and cost about $7 billion
TO TAKE THE SURVEY The Rocky Flats Downwinders Health Survey will continue to be available for the purpose of gathering more data, which will help to validate conclusions for the study.
The purpose of the study is to determine whether or not a link exists between residents living with unusual illnesses and exposure to the Rocky Flats area, a former nuclear weapons plant that the federal government said contaminated nearby areas with hazardous chemicals and radioactive elements, such as plutonium. Anybody who resided in, or frequented, the Rocky Flats area between 1952 and 1992 is encouraged to participate. Visit www.rockyflatsdownwinders.com to learn more or to take the survey. — was completed in 2005. The site was divided into two separate areas known as operable units for the cleanup. The central operable unit, where the weapons were manufactured, consists of 1,308 acres and includes 384 acres that would have been the center of the facility and reportedly deemed to be the greatest risk area for contamination and hazards. The peripheral operable unit, which surrounds the central area, consists of 4,883 acres and is considered a buffer zone to neighboring residential areas. In 2006, the United States Environmental Protection Agency determined no further cleanup was necessary in the peripheral operable unit. However, some argue that the site is still unsafe for human and animal visitors. Arvada resident Bonnie GrahamReed, a member of the citizens’ Rocky Flats Right to Know group who attended the meeting, worries about children visiting the future refuge on school trips. She mentioned not enough people are aware of the site’s potential dangers and health risks. “We all wish it had never existed,” Graham-Reed said, referring to the nuclear weapons operations. “But it did, and people have a right to know.” So far, $3,000 has been spent on the health survey project — much of it self-funded, Jensen said. Next steps for the study are to further verify existing data, test soil for contaminants and continue to offer the survey and record oral histories, Jensen said. However, additional funding is needed to help implement the next steps, she added. It is important for everyone to be aware of the Rocky Flats history, said Kristen Iversen, author of “Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats” and a former Arvada resident. “I think people in Colorado don’t fully understand the historical significance of the Rocky Flats story,” said Iversen, who presented her book at the meeting. “We were at the heart of nuclear weapons production during the Cold War. Rocky Flats has left a devastating legacy that we cannot forget.”
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Knee Arthritis Pain: One HUGE Mistake And Two â€œSmart Movesâ€? Doctorâ€™s Simple Advice Gets Rave Reviews By Patients Lucky Enough To Give It A Try
By Matt Edgar Americaâ€™s Health Writer
Denver- Have you been told that exercise will help your knee arthritis pain? Well... has it helped? If it hasnâ€™t, one local doctor has a very good reason why. Not only that - he says if you are trying to exercise with knee arthritis - you might be making a HUGE mistake. Sounds crazy? Yes it does. In fact, I thought it was a ridiculous thing to say. That is until I talked to some of his patients who gave him rave reviews. Many said he completely changed their life. :KHQWKH\ÂżUVWFDPHWRWKHRIÂżFH WKHLU NQHH DUWKULWLV SDLQ ZDV VR bad they could barely walk and were scheduled for total knee replacement surgery. In a relatively short period of time, they cancelled surgery and are enjoying their lives again. Why is exercising a HUGE mistake and what does this doctor recommend that is helping so many knee arthritis sufferers who come to see them from all over the state? Double Edged Sword The doctor says that exercising with knee arthritis is a double edged sword. It is true, your knee joints need motion to be healthy. And lack of motion can be very detrimental.
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part: Now that the joint is lubricated and can move with less or no pain VSHFLÂżFH[HUFLVHVFDQEHDWUHPHQdous help. Thatâ€™s why the doctors (when patients qualify) treat knee arthritis patients with hyaluronic acid injections FIRST and then prescribe a very VSHFLÂżF UHKDELOLWDWLRQ DQG H[HUFLVH program specially developed to help knee arthritis pain. This comprehensive knee arthritis pain program is called, â€œP.A.C.E.â€? and has been getting wonderful results. So what is the HUGE mistake? If you suffer with knee arthritis and are exercising and the pain is either not getting better - or getting worse - you may be making a mistake. You may actually be making things worse. And thatâ€™s the last thing you want to do. What are the two â€œsmart moves?â€? If you have knee arthritis pain, look into viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid. In many cases treatment with hyaluronic acid followed E\DVSHFLÂżFUHKDELOLWDWLRQRUH[HUFLVH program can get results when everything else has failed. In fact, it is not uncommon to get pain relief just from the hyaluronic acid treatments alone - without doing any rehabilitation or
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After thousands already helped knee pain sufferers face 48 hour cut off to get risk free screening for incredibly popular treatment (ORI) - The clock is ticking. There is only 48 hours to go. If you suffer with knee arthritis pain and would like to get a risk free knee pain screening to see if the experts at Osteo Relief Institute in Greenwood Village, CO can help you with their extremely popular knee pain relief program - read this right now. Here is why: For the past several years, the experts at Osteo Relief Institute have been literally swarmed with knee arthritis sufferers looking for relief. Nearly all these knee pain sufferers chose Osteo Relief for one reason - their top-notch knee pain relief program featuring viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid and specially designed rehabilitation program. The Secret To Success? The experts at Osteo Relief Institute believe one of the biggest reasons for their success is the fact that they have some of the best technology money can buy. Laser Guided Digital Imaging The clinic uses extremely advanced imaging equipment that allows them to see directly into the knee joint that they are treating. This advanced imaging is called, â€œLaser Guided Digital Imagingâ€? and many experts believe is the difference between success and failure with this knee pain treatment. And probably the best thing about this technology is that it has allowed the experts at Osteo Relief Institute to get results with knee pain when so many others have failed. What Is This Treatment? This treatment is viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid (HA). Those are big medical terms that ba-
sically means this... When you have knee arthritis WKH OXEULFDWLQJ Ă€XLG V\QRYLDO Ă€XLG in your knee joint dries up. This means instead of gliding smoothly - your bones start to rub and grind against each other. This causes a little pain in the beginning - but over time the pain steadily gets worse until it is excruciating. Hyaluronic acid works so well because it is like â€œjoint oil.â€? It is a natural substance and is one of the natural EXLOGLQJEORFNVRIWKHV\QRYLDOĂ€XLG that lubricates your knee. Scientists and researchers discovered this natural building block to V\QRYLDO Ă€XLG LQ WKH URRVWHUÂśV FRPE - that big red thing on top of the roosters head. It is extracted from WKHURRVWHUVFRPESXULÂżHGDQGFRQcentrated. When it is injected directly into your knee joint, it is like squirting oil on a rusty door hinge. Hyaluronic acid allows your joints to glide more smoothly eliminating a lot of the rubbing, grinding and pain. Why You Should Try This Even If Youâ€™ve Already Had Similar Treatments Without results... â€œWe have been able to help so many knee pain sufferers - even many who have already tried other injections like Synvisc, Supartz, Orthovisc and even Hyalgan. We use special and very advanced low-dose videoĂ€XRURVFRS\LPDJLQJFDOOHGÂł+RORJLF Digital Imagingâ€? so we can see right into the joint. This allows us to put the Hyalgan exactly where it needs to be. Studies show doctors doing joint LQMHFWLRQV ZLWKRXW Ă€XRURVFRS\ PLVV the joint up to 30% of the time.â€? said the director of Arthritis Treatment at Osteo Relief Institute.
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Successful Treatment - Hyalgan being precisely injected directly into the knee joint using Hologic digital imaging. Advanced imaging allows treatments to be as precise as possible. Hyalgan can lubricate the joint and decrease pain.
Osteo Relief Institute is a state of the art medical facility offering only the best technology. And thatâ€™s not all - Osteo Relief Institute has a complete knee relief program called â€œP.A.C.E.â€? to make sure you get the most pain relief and the best possible results from treatment. â€œEvery case is individual. Some patients get quite a bit of relief right away - others take a little more time. But most have been extremely happy and the results usually last for at least 6 months. Patients who were suffering for years with bad knee pain are getting their lives back... going for walks again and exercising. Itâ€™s amazing to see. They tell all their friends - thatâ€™s why we are swarmed. I canâ€™t tell you how many patients have cancelled their total knee replacement surgeries.â€? added one of the doctors.
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Failed Treatment - the injection (and Hyalgan) misses the joint space. Research shows this occurs up to 30% of the time without the use of Hologic Digital Imaging to guide the injection. This is why Hyalgan may not have worked for you.
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THINGS to DO
A Taste of Flamenco: 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Canyon Theater at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Learn about the history, culture and rhythms of the flamenco tradition. Contact email@example.com or go to http:// flamencotaste.bpt.me/
The Nutcracker Ballet: 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at The Oriental Theater, 7373 E. Fremont Drive, Centennial. Presented by Golden Dance Arts. Go to http://www.goldendancearts. com
[PHOTO] Ballet Ariel `The Nutcracker’: 2 p.m. Dec. 10-11, Dec. 17-18, Dec. 22-23, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets available at www.Lakewood.org/ Tickets, by calling 303-987-7845 or at the box office.
The Box from Back East: 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Clear Creek History Park, 1020 11th St., Golden. Learn about the day-to-day challenges of 1880s homesteaders. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Meet at Guy Hill Schoolhouse. Go to http://www. goldenhistory.org/event/boxbackeast/?instance_id=128
‘A Christmas Carol’: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Adaption using five actors and dash of puppetry. Call 303-935-3044 or go to www.minersalley.com.
‘The Story of the Nutcracker’: 1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 23 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Weekday performance availability from Dec. 19-23. Call 303-935-3044 or go to minersalley. com. For ages 12 and under.
‘A View From the Bridge’: through Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Edge Theatre, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Focuses on the strengths and imperfections of the domestic world of middleclass individuals. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays, with shows at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 22. Call 303-232-0363 or go to www.theedgetheater. com.
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Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Colorado School of Mines Green Center, 924 16th St., Golden. Enjoy traditional holiday music. Tickets available at www. jeffsymphony.org or by calling 303-278-4237.
‘Claus: A Holiday Musical’: 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays from Dec. 3 to Dec. 17 at Red Rocks Community College Theater, 13300 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood. Go to http:// www.rrcc.edu/theatre-artsdance/main-stage-productions. Get tickets at www.tinyurl.com/ RRCCTickets.
‘Colorado Then & Now’: 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Barnes & Noble, 14347 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Author Grant Collier will sign and discuss his sequel to ‘Colorado Yesterday & Today.’
Alpine Chorale Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge. Tickets available at http://www. alpinechorale.org or at the door. Rebecca Folsom and Sally Barris Concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor, 7515 Grandview Ave., Arvada. Go to http://www.picknparlor.com/ events/. Colorado Mills Holiday Entertainment: 10-10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Kyffin Elementary School choir; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Westminster High School orchestra; 3-4 p.m. Dec. 18, Vivian Elementary School “Signs of the Season” American Sign Language performance. Amahl and the Night Visitors & Holiday Classics: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., Denver, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Rockland Community Church, 17 S. Mt. Vernon Country Club Road, Golden. Presented by Evergreen Chorale and Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. Tickets and information, at www.EvergreenChorale. org or 303-674-4002.
Cat Care Society Santa Paws Festival: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Lakewood cage-free cat shelter, 5787 W. 6th Ave. Baked goods, hand-crafted items, cat toys and more. Spin the wheel for cat prizes, plus photos with Santa Claus. Call 303-239-9680 or go to http://www.catcaresociety. org/
Golden Eagle Concert Band Holiday Concert: 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Apex Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Musical sleigh ride to the holidays with musical adventure. Go to http:// www.goldeneagleconcertband. org. For tickets, go to http:// www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/2718240.
Jeffco Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Jefferson County Fairgounds, West 6th Avenue and Indiana Street, Golden. Parking is free. Event sponsored by the Jefferson County Fair. Contact Iris McIntosh at 303-934-3171. Golden High School Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Golden High School, 701 24th St., Golden. Parking and admission free. Support school’s PTA department. Lagniappe Craft Fair: 5-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Local artists will sell items; event coincides with Olde Town Arvada’s Lagniappe celebration. String duo Silver Strings to perform. Craft for children, and Santa will be in the story time room to hear their holiday wishes. Call 303-235-5275 or go to www. jeffcolibrary.org. Eco Holiday Crafts: 4:15-5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Ages 6 years and up. Register at https:// campscui.active.com/orgs/Majest
icViewNatureCenter?season=1611 803&session=21060801. Holiday Watercolor and Tea: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Use watercolor techniques to depict nature as it fades into the winter months. Program is for adults. Register at https://campscui. active.com/orgs/MajesticViewNat ureCenter?season=1611803&sessi on=21103503. ‘One Night Stand’ Pop-up Fine Art Boutique: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Golden Hotel, 800 Eleventh St., Golden. All artists are from Colorado, most from the Front Range area. Contact Tricia at www.triciabass. com. Holiday Show and Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 to Sunday, Dec. 11, at Arvada Ceramic Arts Guild, 5870 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Go to http:// www. arvadaceramicarts.org. Opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
Colorado Mills Giving Tree: Shoppers can give gifts at various times from Dec. 2-4, and Dec. 9-11, at the giving tree near the Santa area at Colorado Mills Mall.
Star Light, Star Bright, Star Gazing: 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Led by Lookout Mountain Nature Center naturalists. Register at https://campscui. active.com/orgs/MajesticViewNat ureCenter?season=1611803&sessi on=21050902. Lakewood Lights: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. Tree lighting is at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 2. Go to http://www.Lakewood.org/ HolidayLights Avian Arvada Bird Walk: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3 at Lowell Ponds State Wildlife Area. Bring binoculars, dress for the weather, bring water and a snack. Meet at the west parking lot at Lowell and West 55th Place. Register at https:// campscui.active.com/orgs/Majestic ViewNatureCenter?season=1611803 &session=20822403. Alternative Gift Market: 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 4, at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., Arvada. Projects available through nonprofit Alternative Gifts International. Contact Kathy Crisler at 303-421-7113 or kcrisler@privatei. com. Lagniappe in Olde Town Arvada: 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Olde Town Square, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Event free; carriage rides offered. Contact samanthageerdes@ gmail.com or go to http://oldetownarvada.org/2016/09/lagniappe/ ‘Overcoming Worry: Practical Help, Simple Solutions’: noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. Explore coping mechanisms that help fight anxiety. Contact Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cattail Angels: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Weave, form, and craft an angel out of cattails. All ages. Register at https://campscui. active.com/orgs/MajesticViewNat ureCenter?season=1611803&sessi on=21103903.
Beginner Yoga in Spanish: 4:45-5:45 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 15 at PranaTonic, 805/807 14th St., Golden. No class on Thanksgiving. Go to http://www. pranatonic.com/classes/yoga-enespanol-para-principantes/ Editor’s note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Thursday for publication the following week. Send listings to email@example.com. No attachments, please. Listings are free and run on a space-available basis.
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What’s inside the food you eat? Ask the military You are hungry. It’s been a long time since you’ve eaten and you’re ready to recruit the family, march to the oven, draft a couple recipes, BOOKWORM and attack your plate. And whatever it is you’ll chow on, you can bet the U.S. military had a hand in it, as you’ll learn in “CombatReady Kitchen” by Anastacia Marx de Salcedo. What’s inside the food you eat? Terri As a “passionSchlichenmeyer ate home cook” who devoured cookbooks “like novels,” Anastacia Marx de Salcedo wondered. With two school-age children, she naturally wanted to feed them the most nutritious breakfasts and pack for them the healthiest lunches possible – but while doing some research, she was handed “an unpleasant surprise.” It should come as no big news that the U.S. military has a lot of mouths to feed. In order to do that, an entire department has been toiling for decades to create meals that are nutritious but efficient. What de Salcedo learned was that the government’s methods for making those meals have affected what goes on your table. Thanks to the military, for instance, we consume granola bars (meant to give soldiers an easilytoted energy boost) by the ton. We know what foods remain tasty, packed in (and stored for years in) tin cans. We enjoy freeze-dried produce at breakfast, but not on our sandwiches; researchers tried to freeze-dry meat but soldiers hated it. Because the military saw that microwaves worked well to heat food, those appliances are ubiquitous in our kitchens. Uncle Sam finessed methods for moving meat to farflung eaters, which affects the way we buy our pork chops and steaks. Our bread, chips, snacks, “practically every bag, box, can, bottle, jar, and carton we buy” has been tinkered with by the U.S. military because it needs commercial food producers to be ready and able to ramp up production quickly in times of war. In other words, says de Salcedo, you and your children are “chowing down like special ops,” just in case. And that, she believes, isn’t the healthiest idea we’ve ever deployed.
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Certainly, you love to eat. You might even enjoy making said meal, but will that which you read in “Combat-Ready Kitchen” put you at ease? Possibly not, because some of what author Anastacia Marx de Salcedo shares is rather disturbing but surprisingly… not surprising. Using that conundrum, de Salcedo takes readers back to ancient times, helpfully explaining how the feeding of Roman troops has evolved into the grab-and-go we enlist at home. In describing somewhat of a historical timeline mixed with an untangling of modern technology, de Salcedo eventually leads us to her conclusion of why military messing isn’t good for civilians – even though it’s almost necessary – and then she peeks into the future. Be aware that this book is filled with everything you forgot from high school science class, and it’s a mess of acronyms. My advice, therefore – and especially if you love to eat and like to know where your food comes from – is to try “Combat-Ready Kitchen,” but take it in small bites.
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Ralston Valley’s girls basketball team has its sights set on advancing deep into the Class 5A state tournament again after the program’s first trip to the state semifinals last season. DENNIS PLEUSS/JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Ralston Valley girls ready for another run BY DENNIS PLEUSS JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ARVADA — Ralston Valley’s girls basketball team wants to take that next step. Last season the Mustangs racked
up a 23-4 record and advanced to the Final 4 in the Class 5A state tournament for the first time in the program’s history. While topping last year’s success might be a tall order, Ralston Valley is up to the challenge. “It was another step for us,”
Ralston Valley coach Jeff Gomer said of the Mustangs’ furthest advancement in the postseason. “Our goal is another jump.” Ralston Valley, ranked No. 2 in SEE VOLLEYBALL, P27
Pomona to punch ticket to 5A title game Panthers get championship rematch against Valor BY DENNIS PLEUSS JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ARVADA — Overcoming adversity has been the name of the game for Pomona football this season. The No. 1 seed Panthers (12-1 record) overcame another devastating injury Nov. 26 in the Class 5A state semifinal against Regis Jesuit at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada. Despite losing senior running back Cameron Gonzales to a serious lower leg injury in the first quarter, the Panthers persevered with a 24-7 victory over the Raiders. “It’s just a testament to the type of heart our kids have,” Pomona coach Jay Madden said as the home fans stormed the field at NAAC. “We lose three returning all-state guys in a season like this and end up finding our way back to the state championship game. But, we aren’t finished. We’ve
Pomona senior Uriah Vigil (33) makes a sliding catch in front of Regis junior DJ Jackson during the first half Nov. 26 at the North Area Athletic Complex. Vigil had seven catches for 65 yards in the Panthers’ 24-7 victory to advance Pomona to the Class 5A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 3, at Mile High Stadium. DENNIS PLEUSS/JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
got one last game.” Pomona junior Max Borghi suffered torn ACL and MCL in his knee last week in the state quarterfinal victory over Columbine. Borghi had racked up 824 yards rushing, 495 yards receiving and scored 21 touchdowns for Pomona, along with being Pomona’s punter and kickoff specialist. He has received Division I offers during this
junior campaign. Senior lineman Jake Moretti, one of the top recruits in the state, missed the entire season with a knee injury during the summer. Moretti announced last week he has verbally committed to the University of Colorado. SEE FOOTBALL, P25
ittleton High School will honor the memory of former standout basketball player Brooks Thompson at its home-opening game between the Lions and Kennedy at 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Thompson, who helped Littleton win OVERTIME the 1987 and 1989 4A state championships, died June 9 at the age of 45 from multiple organ failure. Thompson’s wife, Michelle, mother Sue, brother Chip and aunt Jan will be at the game for the halftime Jim Benton tribute that will have a commemorative Littleton jersey unveiled. Ron Vlasin, Thompson’s coach, will take part in the halftime ceremony. Thompson averaged 28.5 points and nine assists a game as a senior and was the 1989 Colorado High School player of the year. Thompson played college basketball at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. He played for four National Basketball Association teams, including the Denver Nuggets, and was head coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2006 until March of 2016. “It’s a privilege for our team, our school and our whole community to have a chance to honor Brooks Thompson and his family,” said current Lions boys basketball coach Ryan Fletcher. “His contributions as an athlete and person are an inspiration to our current players and the entire Littleton family.” All-State volleyball, gymnastics CHSAANow.com released its all-state teams for volleyball and gymnastics, which included several area athletes. Melissa Evans from Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon’s Skylar Lane, Alyssa Oswald of Mountain Vista and Jasmine Schmidt of Chaparral were named to the Class 5A first team. Evans was tabbed player of the year. Ali Travis and Sam Weber of Holy Family were first-team 4A selections. Brooke Weins of Pomona was the Class 5A gymnast of the year and the Panthers’ Tracey Boychuk was coach of the year. Joining Weins on the first team were Kaylie Berens of Pomona, Lakewood’s Amber Bell and Kesley Boychuk of Pomona. Rachel Cody of Standley Lake, Camille Dipaola of Green Mountain and Emily Graham of Green Mountain were Class 4A first-team picks. Cody was the 4A gymnast of the year and Green Mountain’s Sandi Peterson the coach of the year. Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-566-4083.
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FOOTBALL: Pomona and Valor Christian at state championship FROM PAGE 25
Gonzales, a Class 5A state wrestler runner-up at 170 pounds as a junior last winter, had to be carted off the field and taken by ambulance after a 1-yard carry late in the first quarter. The senior came into the game with 889 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns this season. “When I saw him (Gonzales) on the ground there was a dreading moment. It hurt to see a close friend like that. It hit me more because it was so personal. I’ve grown up with Cam,” Pomona senior Uriah Vigil said. “We are going to do this for our fallen teammates now. It’s no longer about us, it’s about them now. We had to play for them.” Pomona trailed 7-0 when Gonzales went down. The Panthers stepped up to the challenge and scored 24 unanswered points through the final three quarters to advance to next week’s state championship game against defending state champion Valor Christian. The 5A title game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Mile High Stadium. Valor kicked a last-second field goal in the other semifinal Saturday to edge Cherry Creek 10-7. “It always hurts losing a player like Cam who has devoted so much time and effort to this team. He had a hell of a career,” Pomona junior quarterback Ryan Marquez said. “We are hoping to bring home a state time for him and all the other players who have struggled with adversity.”
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Marquez had another strong playoff performance through the air going 18-for-29 passing for 234 yards. He also ran for two scores. Seniors Jeremy Gonzales (four catches, 85 yards), Vigil (seven catches, 65 yards) and sophomore Billy Pospisil (seven catches, 79 yards) caught all 18 passes. The biggest catch might have been a 40-yard catch by Jeremy Gonzales late in the second quarter on a third-down and 16 from with under two minutes to play before halftime. “It was a big play,” Marquez said of the pass to Jeremy Gonzales, who has been slowed by an early-season injury against Mullen. “We’ve got players on this team that makes plays. Jeremy just made a play. We knew he had it him in.” Two plays later, Marquez scored on a 9-yard designed quarterback run to give Pomona a 14-7 lead at halftime. Another player that was thrust into a staring role was Kenny Maes. The Pomona junior replaced Cameron Gonzales on both sides of the ball. Maes had a fumble recovery on defense and finished with 17 carries for 57 yards. He had just 14 carries for just over 100 yards on the season coming in. “At first I was kind of nervous out there, but as the game went on my nerves went away and I felt comfortable,” Maes said. Pomona’s defense held Regis scoreless on the Raiders’ final nine possessions. “Regis is a solid team, but we did a
really good job,” Pomona senior linebacker Garrett Zanon said. Regis quarterback Justin Lamb was just 8-for-25 passing for 107 yards and was sacked five times. Regis (11-2) could only muster a total of 41 yards rushing and was held under doubledigit points for only the second time this season. “For the defense to go out there and not flinch was awesome,” Madden said of the defensive response after Regis had back-to-back solid drives to start the game. “I couldn’t be prouder of a group of kids to overcome what they have. It’s been pretty incredible.” It will be the second straight state championship game appearance for Pomona. The Panthers couldn’t hang on to a fourth-quarter lead last year against Valor Christian, losing 29-26. Pomona defeated Valor on the Eagles’ home field 23-16 back in September, but there will be a lot more on the line next Saturday. “At the beginning of the season when we beat them that means absolutely nothing,” Vigil said. “It’s a completely different team, us and them. We’ll use last year as fire. We’ve got a lot of stepping up to do. It’s time to come out and switch it around from last year.” Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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the CHSAANow.com 5A girls hoops preseason poll, might very well have the horses to challenge for a state title. The Mustangs graduated only one senior in Hannah Weber. Highlands Ranch ended the season last year for Ralston Valley, taking a 20-point victory from the Mustangs in the semifinals last March at the Coors Event Center in Boulder. “Hopefully we’ll go a little further this year,” Ralston Valley senior Sarah Bevington said. “Last year we ended not the way we wanted to. We want to build off of that this year.” Bevington is one of four seniors that will lead Ralston Valley. Ashley Van Sickle, Makela Shaklee and Chloe Gillach are the other seniors Gomer will lean on. Gomer — 324 career wins during his prep coach-
ing career — is just two victories away from passing former Pomona coach Bob Hicks (325) with most career victories by a Jeffco girls basketball coach. Van Sickle has been around for a lot of those victories. The point guard who signed to continue her hoops career at Montana State University has averaged double-digit points her first three seasons at Ralston Valley. “It makes my job a lot easier,” Gomer said of having so much experience with Van Sickle. “Ashley can darn near coach the team now, she has been playing for so long. When you get in those big games it helps. You’ve been through the ups and downs.” With her recruiting process over, Van Sickle said she is more relaxed heading into her final prep season. “I’m super excited that I signed.
It’s a huge relief off my shoulders,” said Van Sickle, who averaged 15.6 points, 5 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 4.2 steals per game as a junior. “I can just look forward to senior year and help take our team as far as possible.” An unknown for the Mustangs will be if transfer Delaynie Byrne will be ruled eligible to play this season for Ralston Valley. The 6-foot-3 junior averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds for Broomfield as a sophomore. Gomer said the best case scenario for the Mustangs is that Byrne would be eligible to play half the season, but there is a chance she could be rule ineligible to play for her entire junior season. Gomer believes the final decision by the Colorado High School Activities Association won’t be made before Christmas.
With or without Byrne, the Mustangs having plenty of proven scorers returning this season. Van Sickle, Bevington, Shaklee and Gillach all averaged more than 7.5 points per game last season. “It’s super important,” Shaklee said of the Mustangs’ scoring balance. “We have the team chemistry where we are all interchangeable to an extent. We’ve played together for so many years. We know we have players who will step up in big situations.” Before those key conference games, Ralston Valley opens its season 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at preseason No. 1 Grandview. Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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JEFFCO BRIEFS Colorado Gives Day Colorado Gives Day takes place from noon to 11:59 p.m. Dec. 6. This is the seventh year for the statewide movement. The day is intended to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. More than 1,500 nonprofit organizations that are either based in or have a reach in Jefferson County are participating. Participating nonprofits can be found or researched by name, cause or location on the Colorado Gives website. To learn more, visit www.coloradogives.org. Free legal advice on elder law Jefferson County is offering free legal advice concerning elder law or probate matters from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 in Room 2040 on the second floor of the Jefferson County Administra-
tion and Court Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden. The service is offered to anybody who is not represented by a lawyer. Topics available for discussion include trusts, estates, wills including probate with and without a will, guardianships, conservatorships and powers of attorney. The event takes place on the second and fourth Fridays of every month, excluding holidays. People will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Giving Tree at Jeffco government building Gifts for Jefferson County’s giving tree must be turned in by 5 p.m. Dec. 9 to the County Commissioner’s Office, which is on the fifth floor of the Jeffco government building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden. The giving tree has holiday gift wishes, in the form of gift tags, for
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some of Jeffco’s less fortunate children. Benefiting from the giving tree this year are children with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties (CASA) and Jefferson County Head Start, which are both nonprofit organizations. To participate, stop by the Jeffco government building and select a tag or two off the tree. Then, bring the new, unwrapped gift with the wish tag, to the county commissioners’ office. The wish tags are gifts requested by the children directly. If an extra wish tag is taken, but the gift was not purchased, the tag must be returned to the tree as soon as possible so that no child is left without a gift. Questions regarding the giving tree can be directed to 303-271-8504. To learn more about CASA, visit www.casajeffcogilpin.com. To learn more about Jefferson County Head Start, visit www.jeffco.us/human-
services/family-children-youth/headstart. Golden choir performs with Denver Pops The Golden Concert Choir is performing with the Denver Pops Orchestra on Dec. 10 at Historic Grant Avenue, 216 S. Grant St., in Denver. Two performances are offered at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both concerts will feature an eclectic musicological journey through the “12 Days of Christmas,” and many seasonal favorites such as “Sleigh Ride” and “Silent Night.” Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online. A small fee applies to online ticket purchases. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit www.denverpopsorchestra.org and select the performances tab then click on JINGLE ALL THE WAY.
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