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Voters favor DCSD bond, mill levy in early returns The yes votes hold slight edge for both measures as of early morning Nov. 7 BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Dozens of Douglas County School District staff, educators and parents at an Election Night watch party at a Lone Tree restaurant were on pins and needles watching the results of two tax measures that would provide additional funding for the school district. As of 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, a $40 million mill levy override had 52.35 percent of the vote, with 137,376 ballots counted. A $250 million bond had 51.04 percent of the vote, with 137,308 ballots in. “Right now, we are feeling good,” said David Ray, school board president. “I wish it were a little more solid, but we knew it was going to squeak by.”

Old ways of looking at mental health often prevent seniors and men from pursuing help. In this installment of Time to Talk, experts and area residents look at ways in which obstacles, including stigma, are being overcome in Douglas County. Pages 7-11 Your newspaper is made possible by advertisers like this one, who support our efforts to keep you connected to your community!


MORE COVERAGE OF ELECTION 2018 Inside: Roundup of races for state Legislature and county offices; results for the state ballot measures. Page 2 Online: Find results for statewide offices and Congress at

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Voters reject 73, 112, transportation measures STAFF REPORT

Voters have said “nay” on many of the state’s most contentious ballot issues. Amendment 73 was failing with about 44.2 percent of voters (775,144 votes) favoring the measure that would raise income tax on a graduate scale for people making more than $150,000. The amendment would also raise the corporate income tax to 6 percent. The tide running against it was at 55.8 percent (977,438 votes). Both Proposition 109 and 110 have around 60 percent of the voters saying no. The propositions were looking to raise funds for road

projects. Proposition 109 would do so by allowing the state to borrow up to $3.5 billion with a total repayment of up to $5.2 million. Proposition 110 would raise the funds through a sales tax increase, which would bring the state sales tax up to 3.52 percent for the next 20 years. Perhaps the state’s most contested issue, Proposition 112, has nearly 57 percent of voters (1,020,058) saying no to the measure that would bar oil and gas developments within 2,500 feet of a private residence or highoccupancy structure. Here are the early results for state ballot issues as of


By about 1 a.m., the latest results showed the yes votes for the mill levy measure had increased to 52.9 percent and to 51.5 percent for the bond, with nearly 148,000 votes counted in both questions. The results are still not final and are unofficial, though it’s likely they represent the vast majority of ballots cast. Should both tax increases pass, a homeowner with a home valued at $470,00 would pay an additional $208 a year, or $17.33 a month. Ballot Issue 5A, the mill levy override, would go toward teacher pay and school programs. Ballot Issue 5B, the bond, would go toward urgent building needs, new construction, transportation, career technical education and security. Early results of the election point to a new era in a school district that hadn’t seen a tax measure pass in 12 years. Ballot measures on school funding were brought before Douglas County voters in 2008 and 2011, but voters rejected them. “The future of our schools depends

10:17 p.m. on Election Night. Amendment 73 Yes: 44 percent (780,400) No: 56 percent (982,288) Transportation: Proposition 109 and 110 Proposition 109 Yes: 39 percent (678,770) No: 61 percent (1,072,339) Proposition 110 Yes: 40 percent (709,829) No: 60 percent (1,050,023) Proposition 112 Yes: 43 percent (769,241) No: 57 percent (1,020,158) The following are unofficial, preliminary results for the other statewide ballot issues: Amendment A Yes: 65 percent (1,130,711) No: 35 percent (608,668) Amendment V

on these passing,” district parent Amy McDowell said. “I feel hopeful that the community values education and sees the worth of these measures.” The last time Douglas County passed a local bond or mill levy override was in 2006. Jefferson County Public Schools passed a measure in 2012 and Cherry Creek School District passed a measure in 2016. Littleton Public Schools passed a mill levy override in 2010 and a bond measure in 2013. The difference in funding has caused inequities in teacher pay across county lines. The average teacher salary for the 2017-18 school year at Jefferson County Public Schools was $57,154, according to the Colorado Department of Education. Cherry Creek’s was $71,711 and Littleton’s was $66,399. Douglas County’s was $53,080. Of the mill levy override funds, $9 million would go toward school-level funding, including special education, gifted and talented programs and career- or trade-focused programming; $8 million would go toward charter schools; $6 million toward allocating a counselor to all elementary schools and lowering the rate at middle and high schools from one counselor per




Yes: 35 percent (619,928) No: 65 percent (1,161,341) Amendment W Yes: 53 percent (909,026) No: 47 percent (798,460) Amendment X Yes: 61 percent (1,034,999) No: 39 percent (669,413) Amendment Y Yes: 71 percent (1,244,663) No: 29 percent (502,080) Amendment Z Yes: 71 percent (1,138,038) No: 29 percent (504,397) Amendment 74 Yes: 46 percent (826,888) No: 54 percent (952,207) Amendment 75 Yes: 34 percent (588,509) No: 66 percent (1,149,211) Proposition 111 Yes: 77 percent (1,344,014) No: 23 percent (408,646)

350 students to one counselor per 250 students; and $17 million would go toward pay gaps. Over the next five years, the school district needs between $152 million and $200 million to address all Tier 1 items, according to an executive summary of the 2018-19 Master Capital Plan. Tier 1 items are building components that compromise school safety and risk school closure, such as a roof, fire alarm system, heating and cooling system, or generator. Within the $250 million bond, $150 million would go toward Tier 1 and additional high-priority Tier 2 needs, which are critical building items that affect school programming, such as an athletic field. If the bond passes when final votes are tallied, 15 percent to 20 percent of the funds would go toward critical repairs at Douglas County High School, the district’s oldest high school, as well as a 25,000-square-foot addition to Castle View High School, which is over capacity by 364 students. “For the kids in Castle Rock,” said Douglas County High Principal Tony Kappas, also at the watch party, “it’s (like) Christmas.” Capital reinvestments would account for $61 million of the bond. Of that amount, an estimated $3 million to $9 million would go toward charter school safety and Tier 1 needs. And $39 million would go toward career and technical education and new construction. In the next five years, the district forecasts the need for two new bus terminals, a high school in Lone Tree and an elementary school in Parker. As the results of the election trickled in, Douglas County Superintendent Thomas Tucker, wearing a campaign T-shirt supporting 5A and 5B, mingled with parents and board members. He remained “cautiously optimistic.” “I am extremely honored to serve in a community that is putting education for our young people first,” Tucker said.

Election results for state Legislature and county offices The following are unofficial, preliminary results from the Nov. 6 election in races for the state Legislature and county offices posted shortly before 1 a.m. Nov. 7: State Senate District 30 Chris Holbert (Republican): 53.3 percent Julia Varnell-Sarjeant (Democrat): 41.4 percent Steve Peterson (Independent): 5.4 percent State House District 39 Mark Baisley (Republican): 61.6 percent Kamala Vanderkolk (Democrat): 36.0 percent Tony Gross (Libertarian): 2.4 percent State House District 43 Kevin Van Winkle (Republican): 53.7 percent Barrett Rothe (Democrat): 44.4 percent Scott Wagner (Unity): 1.9 percent State House District 44 Kim Ransom (Republican): 58.3 percent Simone Aiken (Democrat): 41.7 percent State House District 45 Patrick Neville (Republican): 62.3 percent Danielle Kombo (Democrat): 37.7 percent County commissioner, District 1 Abe Laydon (Republican): 60.6 percent Mary Lynch (Democrat): 39.4 percent County clerk and recorder Merlin Klotz (Republican): 60.3 percent Carol Johnson (Democrat): 39.7 percent County treasurer Dave Gill (Republican): 60.45 percent Angie Hicks (Democrat): 39.55 percent County assessor Lisa Frizell (Republican): 63.6 percent Shenika Carter (Democrat): 36.4 percent County coroner Jill Romann (Republican): 63.6 percent Sydney Ludwick (Democrat): 36.4 percent Sheriff Tony Spurlock (Republican, unopposed): 100 percent Surveyor Robert Snodgrass (Republican, unopposed): 100 percent

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Amazon 4-Star store opens at Park Meadows Location features products rated four stars or higher, trending products in the area BY NICK PUCKETT NPUCKETT@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Shoppers can go from browsing the latest technology to state-of-the-art cookware to the top-selling books in one brief stroll around the Amazon 4-star outlet store, the newest attraction at Park Meadows mall in Lone Tree. Amazon 4-star opened Nov. 1 and is an assortment of products found on rated at four stars or better. Real customer reviews and average online ratings, up to five stars, accompany product price tags. Some displays are advertised as “Trending in Denver,” marking the placement of products with high online popularity from Denver-area shoppers. Other displays are labeled “Frequently Bought Together” and “Most Wished-For,” popular categories when shopping on Amazon. “It’s all about product discovery at a place like this,” said Cameron Janes, vice president of Amazon 4-star. “These products are on Amazon. com, but you’re not often exposed to them because you’re searching for your specific thing. Here, we make it really easy to discover something for yourself or for gifts, and because ev-

erything makes that curation bar, you don’t have to worry about if it’s a good product. They’re all good products.” Danny Kim and his family, who live in Littleton, are frequent shoppers on His wife and his son, Maximus, walked around the new store on its opening day impressed with the variety of products they loved online. The Kims stopped to let Maximus try out some of the hottest toys. “It’s a chance for us to get our hands on the stuff,” Danny Kim said. “It’s more convenient than getting something, then having to wait for it and return it if we don’t like it. If you really like something you can get it.” Amazon 4-star is just the second of its kind in the United States. The first Amazon 4-star opened in New York in September. The space at Park Meadows was initially reserved for an Amazon Books store, another brickand-mortar Amazon shop, of which there are 17 in the country, focusing mostly on books and tablets. According to Amazon officials, the company changed its mind and brought a 4-star instead. Evelyn Scott, a local librarian and Park Meadows shopper, was surprised to see an Amazon 4-star, but said she thinks the store will be useful when

The Amazon 4-Star store is made up of products with at least four-star ratings. Some products are curated specifically to products that trend well online in the area. NICK PUCKET trying to find gifts for her granddaughter. Scott said she is an Amazon Prime member and will still likely shop online primarily. Scott said she thinks the store would be helpful to test out newer products. “I think it’s interesting that we’re heading so much toward technology and things online, but then we come right back to people still want to touch and see it,” Scott said. The store also features Amazon’s flagship products like the Kindle e-book reader, Kindle Fire tablet and Ring, an easy-to-use front door security camera. Amazon Prime members are offered a discount price, which

matches the product’s online price. Products in the store are constantly changing, Janes said, reflecting changes in local trends or seasonal products. Janes added that a product is immediately pulled off the shelves if it fails to meet at least four stars online. The curation process is done by Amazon employees. “They’re looking at those products that are selling well and are highly rated and using some human judgment as well. There’s some art and science involved as well,” Janes said. “We’re constantly curating the store and making sure it lives up to the name on the front.”

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Holiday shopping traffic nightmares in rearview mirror, officials hope Traffic improvements to County Line completed BY NICK PUCKETT NPUCKETT@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

On County Line Road during the holidays, traffic more than doubles. More than 100,000 cars frequent the road to access the state’s largest indoor mall, Park Meadows, according to Lone Tree officials. The mall area can turn hectic during November and December. Park Meadows, along with myriad restaurants and retail shops scattered throughout the immediate area, relies heavily on interstate access through County Line from the east. That traffic nightmare might soon be in the rearview mirror, City of Lone Tree officials hope. The city announced the completion of major improvements to County Line on Nov. 1. The project, dubbed Phase 2A, was a partnership with Douglas County, the City of Centennial, the Denver South Transportation Management Association, Park Meadows Metropolitan District and the City of Lone Tree. The Phase 2A project added additional turn lanes into the mall and to the interstate from County Line Road. The project improvements will be immediately put to the test as the rush of holiday shopping traffic looms. “This phase of the project was critical to improve traffic in and out of Park Meadows Retail Resort and surrounding businesses along County Line and Park Meadows Center Drive corridors,” said Lisa Albers, the city’s public works project manager. “Since the area was notorious for backups well past the Red Robin entrance, two additional approaches were added from Park Meadows Center Drive at County Line Road.” The Phase 2A project began in August. The two main areas of focus

for the project included plans to add an additional left-turn lane from County Line to Park Meadows Center Drive, the mall’s main service road, and an additional on-ramp lane for an easier escape onto both the north and southbound lanes of I-25. The addition of a right turn lane onto County Line from the southbound I-25 off-ramp was the project’s final touch. “When you exist at the corner of I-25 and C-470, you can’t help but spend a lot of time and energy looking at traffic and transportation, so it’s exciting to be here to celebrate another transportation project,” Mayor Jackie Millet said in a news release. County Line services about 57,600 vehicles on an average day, Lone Tree officials estimate. That number reaches more than 100,000 on an average day in November and December. Per peak hour on a Saturday, Park Meadows Center Drive serviced about 735 in one northbound lane. “Now we have spread it out into three separate lanes,” Albers said. “That’s three times as many folks that can make it through a green light at that intersection.” The city doesn’t plan to stop at County Line. City officials are currently drafting the city’s first-ever transportation master plan to guide improvements through the year 2040. Many of those improvements include easing traffic on another busy Lone Tree road, Yosemite Street, which also garners heavy mall traffic during the holidays. The improvements to County Line, officials hope, are more than just an investment in easing traffic flow, but to the economy of the city at large. “What we see at the county is no doubt the impact to the mall, one of the main economic drivers in the state,” Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge said in a news release. “But we also see the impact to both Arapahoe and Douglas County.”

Light rail testing underway at new Lone Tree stops E, F and R lines will be powered down Nov. 11 STAFF REPORT

The Regional Transportation District is beginning to test the three new stations constructed in Lone Tree, according to a release sent by RTD Nov. 1. RTD estimates the three new stations, at the Lone Tree City Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center and Ridge Gate, will be functional in 2019. “Before we open the new extension for service, we test all the elements to verify that the construction produced safe and reliable operating rail line,”

said Andy Mutz, RTD project manager. The testing follows the completed construction of the bridges and other structures on the 2.5-mile stretch, which is part of the Southeast Rail Extension. Lines will begin being tested in the second week of November. The E, F and R lines will be powered down from 4 a.m. Nov. 11 to 4 a.m. Nov. 12 due to high voltage and proximity to construction crews. Bus shuttles will serve passengers in place of rail service at Lincoln and County Line stations. Bus shuttles will be leaving every 15 minutes from Lincoln Station Gate E, County Line Gate C and Dry Creek SEE LIGHT RAIL, P30

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For seniors and men, barriers remain to confronting mental health issues

Stigma leads many men to suffer in silence Social expectations, a reluctance to talk often inhibit men from seeking help BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Marilyn McQueary has lived in Castle Rock for approximately 14 months. She moved in with her son and daughter-inlaw after the passing of her husband, leaving behind her Florida home of three decades. She found the adjustment difficult, but was determined not to let herself become depressed. Joining the Castle Rock Senior Center, she said, “was the best thing I have ever done.” JESSICA GIBBS

‘Mental health was not talked about’ Isolation, depression key issues as seniors go through life changes BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM


oward the front of a crowded conference room at Legacy Village senior community in Castle Pines, 82-year-old Marilyn McQueary sat quietly through a presentation on finding purpose in life after retirement. Then the speaker asked the gathered seniors a question: What were their needs? McQueary wanted to share. She knew from personal experience that connection to resources and social interaction can be key to healthy aging. She has lived in Castle Rock with her son and daughter-inlaw for about 14 months, moving from Florida after the death of her husband. The transition to her new hometown was difficult. She believed she was on the road to depression had she not pushed

herself to make friends, find new activities and become involved in the community. “I became very lonely,” McQueary said, to nods and sympathetic looks from those listening. “I just knew I couldn’t go on the way I was going.” A growing demographic Most seniors feel they are faring well — they are satisfied, or very satisfied, with their lives, local and national studies say. Nearly 95 percent of adults 50 and older reported feeling that way, and nearly 90 percent said they receive adequate amounts of support, according to The State of Mental Health and Aging in America report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2008. But for the small percentage that isn’t OK, finding and asking for help is difficult, and the consequence means increasing isolation and a higher risk for mental illness such as depression and anxiety, say professionals from local aging resource organizations. SEE SENIORS, P8

About this series In this week’s issue, Colorado Community Media explores why men and seniors are frequently reluctant to ask for help, the cultural expectations that make doing so difficult and other reasons for the growing need for mental health resources and support for these sometimes overlooked populations — who are our grandparents, parents, husbands, fathers, sons. This is the seventh installment in Colorado Community Media’s yearlong Time to Talk series about the state of mental health in Douglas County, which started last December. Our final segment, scheduled for the Nov. 15 issue, takes a look at how businesses are handling mental health challenges in the workplace. The first through sixth parts of the series — which reported on mental health challenges among law enforcement, youth, mothers and those also fighting substanceuse disorders — can be found at timetotalk/


rett Zachman vividly remembers his first panic attack. He was driving at 10 a.m. on a Thursday morning, not long after the woman he’d been seeing for three months ended their relationship. That Monday, he’d also signed divorce papers, the final step in an 18-month process ending his 10-year marriage with his wife, whom he’d been separated from for several months. The latest breakup, Zachman said, became a catalyst unleashing all the emotions he suppressed during his marriage, separation and divorce. “It felt like the hand of death reached up underneath my rib cage and squeezed my chest,” said Zachman, who lives in Parker. “I thought I was having a heart attack.” His muscles tensed. His body slowed down. He felt an emotion that was almost painful. He began crying uncontrollably. Zachman pulled into a gas station parking lot and flipped through his phone, searching for someone to call. Finally, he dialed his sister. “I couldn’t even hardly speak,” he said. “I think I finally kind of broke down and said, ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with me.’ ” SEE MEN, P10

Monday through Thursday, Brett Zachman works as a financial adviser in Littleton. On Fridays, however, the Parker man devotes himself to working on a nonprofit he started to help men, called BeMen. JESSICA GIBBS

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The reasons, they say, are varied: With advancing age comes more illnesses that may limit physical mobility, curtail independence and lead to isolation. Friends and family members die, leading to loneliness and loss of purpose. Cultural and social norms, particularly among those in their 80s or older who grew up with the Great Depression toughit-out mentality, make it difficult to ask for help. And many still believe a stigma exists to admitting to a mental illness. But just as mental health is a public health issue for Americans nationwide — one in five adults live with a mental illness — so it is for older adults, who are at an increased risk of depression, the CDC reports. And, the agency’s website points out, their depression is often misdiagnosed or under-treated because symptoms can be mistaken “as just a natural reaction to illness or the life changes that may occur as we age.” An estimated 20 percent of people 55 or older experience some type of mental health concern, the CDC says. The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment and mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder. And older men, 85 and older, have the highest suicide rate of any age group, according to the nonprofit Mental Health America. If demographic projections hold true — that by 2030, largely because of aging baby boomers and longer lifespans, seniors will account for 20 percent of the U.S. population, the CDC reports — then the need for and access to mental health resources will become even more crucial for healthy aging, said Linda Efird, director of behavioral and mental health for InnovAge Colorado. InnovAge is a medical company that provides a range of health care services to older adults to help them remain in their homes and live independently. Those resources are already lacking because of a shortage of health care professionals, including those working in geriatrics, and too few psychiatric beds in general and specifically for geriatric patients, Efird said. “We are already feeling the effects of the older population and the need for mental health intervention,” she said. “I think we have to make an effort — more of an effort — to educate our younger students about the aging process, about what they can expect to see, and make sure that our health-care professionals, the programs, have a focus on aging, in geriatrics, in what the needs are.” ‘We want to feel connected’ Douglas County data reflects the national aging trend, with estimates that one in four residents will be 60 years or older by 2030, according to the Colorado State Demography Office. The proportion of Douglas County residents who are age 60 or older

Among popular activities at the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center are card games. The center also offers meals, classes and more programs for seniors to get involved in. JESSICA GIBBS

THE STATE OF AGING About six in 10 older residents say availability of mental health care is “good” or “excellent” in Douglas County, according to the Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults from the Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging. About nine in 10 rated their overall mental and emotional health the same. The most commonly cited mental health concern was being bored. On a national level, nearly 90 percent of adults ages 50 or older said they are receiving adequate amounts of support. Nearly 95 percent reported feeling “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their lives. That’s according to The State of Mental Health and Aging in America report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2008. That doesn’t mean all seniors are faring well. An estimated 20 percent of people 55 and older experience mental health concerns, most commonly anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, depression and bipolar disorder. And the rate of older adults with depressive symptoms increases with age. Depression, however, is not a normal part of aging, the CDC says. It is treatable, the CDC says, and in fact, is one of the most successfully treated conditions. grew by more than 4 percentage points from 2010 to 2016, according to annual population estimates from the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census. Colleen Morton, wellness coordinator at the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center, works with many of the more than 1,000 seniors who come to the center at 2323 Woodlands Blvd. where they can share meals, play games and take classes. She sees firsthand how life’s changes can alter people’s mental condition. “Often, they’re states away from where they were living and their emotional support system,” Morton said. “Their friends that they’ve known their entire lives, the community that they grew up in — they’re no longer there.” Karie Erickson, executive director of Neighbor Network, an aging resource center that serves Douglas County residents, identifies isolation as a key issue for residents — which can lead to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. “When you’re socially isolated,” she said, “that really can lead to a multitude of issues.” Neighbor Network offers numer-

ous services, but one of its most requested is a companionship program, Erickson said, which as the name suggests connects volunteers with seniors to provide them company. They will visit seniors in their homes, on social visits or make phone calls to help prevent isolation. “I’m constantly surprised by how many people will say, ‘I want somebody to come visit me,’ ” Erickson said. “They get that renewed sense of friendship and that makes a huge difference.” Gretchen Lopez is vice-chair of the Seniors’ Council of Douglas County, a volunteer advocacy group for people 60 and older, which hosted the presentation McQueary attended at Legacy Village. “Sometimes,” Lopez said, “as we age, our world gets much smaller.” Early in life people find purpose in their career, or their family, but after retirement, things can change. Children have become adults, spouses may have passed, and it can be difficult to find new activities that provide fulfillment. SEE SENIORS, P9

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RESOURCES FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY SENIORS Neighbor Network A nonprofit serving Douglas County that provides transportation, companionship and handyman services to seniors. 303-814-4300


That’s why the council held the “finding purpose” event, Lopez said, and why she says McQueary’s determination to change her situation is so important. “The very nature of human beings is seldom to be alone,” Lopez said. “We want to feel connected to other people.” Determined to make a change For McQueary, isolation came after leaving her Florida home. “I always knew I would come to Colorado, but I thought it would be from the hospital to the plane to the nursing home,” she said. “I just never expected to live with my children.” She had deep roots in her Florida church, volunteer work she loved and a home she had shared with her husband for more than three decades. McQueary chose to leave at the invitation of her son, she said. They were building a house and had room for her to live in the lower level. Knowing he wanted her there was an immense comfort, but it didn’t make the transition easy. The move itself exhausted McQueary. She had three garage sales before selling her home. When she began unpacking in Castle Rock, she faced what felt like endless decisionmaking, something she used to share with her husband. As weeks passed, McQueary worried about asking too much time of her son and daughter-in-law. She avoided calling friends so she wouldn’t drive up the phone bill. She found a new church but didn’t go as often as she wished. And, although she still drove, she and her son agreed she wouldn’t do so in inclement weather. In June 2017, McQueary traveled to Wisconsin for a family reunion and while there decided to rebuild her life in Castle Rock. “I was determined — ‘When I come back, I’m going to make a change’ — because I really don’t like this,” she said. “I don’t like this isolation.” Looking for help For some seniors, stigma around mental health can be a particular barrier to seeking treatment. “I think there is some obvious hesitation to get help or support, just because we didn’t talk about these things in previous times like we do now,” said Jason Hopcus, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Arapahoe/Douglas Counties. The reluctance to talk about mental health can be more common among seniors 70, 80 and older, Morton and Lopez said. “Mental health was not talked about,” Morton said of World War II veterans and people born during the Great Depression in the 1930s. “It’s still an uphill battle with the older senior group.” Those eras produced a culture in which mental health and mental illness were highly stigmatized,

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Janet Robinson said she comes to the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center two to three times a week to play cards. “We have lots of fun,” she said. “We laugh. We’re all friends.” JESSICA GIBBS

potential gaps in mental health serEfird said, explaining that people vices for seniors living in the county faced discrimination, could be seen through its Mental Health Initiaas “less than perfect” and, in many tive, a partnership of more than 30 cases, mental illness was equated private, public and community-based with intellectual disability. organizations formed four years ago Institutions treated mental illness to streamline the county’s mental inhumanely, she said, and early varihealth system. ations of antipsychotic drugs had The gaps, Deputy County Manserious and sometimes lifelong side ager Barbara Drake said, center on effects. For that reason, some older three general areas: geriatric mental seniors still fear taking medication health services, for mental health services for conditions, Efird people living said, and avoid with dementia considering that and better or as a treatment more accessible plan. services within But seniors Human Services’ in younger age Adult Protection brackets may program for athelp reduce the risk adults and stigma, Morton the elderly. said. Many text The county is from their smartworking with phones, still work consultants to and are more help develop a attuned to current health delivery social issues — system that such as the greatbetter addresses er willingness to geriatric mental speak about menhealth, Drake tal health than in said. It is also decades past. Jason Hopcus, building new That change in attitude, along president of the National case managepractices, with the growing Alliance on Mental Illness for ment or an improved senior populaArapahoe/Douglas Counties network of care, tion, makes the to better adexistence of more dress at-risk and resources even elderly adults. more important, Morton said. That ‘The best thing that I have ever done’ could mean making seniors aware After McQueary’s husband died, of what resources are specifically she turned to her church and a grief available for mental health. Seniors program it offered. tend to rely on primary care provid“I really didn’t expect him to die,” ers for their health, Hopcus said, and will seek mental health support from she said. “I really did not.” After 51 years of marriage, she them as well. made herself a mantra for life “So,” he said, “it’s limited to whatever resources they give them, which without him: Each day, she would get up, get dressed, make her bed — and is often an antidepressant.” stay off of ladders. Efird said primary care providers She was determined to maintain a “don’t often have a lot of experience happy lifestyle — she had seen many or education around mental illness,” other people her age suffer once and that mental health professionals they lost their spouse. She saw that are best-suited to suggest treatment especially among couples who did and prescription options because everything together, from shopping psychiatry is its own specialty. for groceries to church. Douglas County has identified

‘I think there is some obvious hesitation to get help or support, just because we didn’t talk about these things in previous times like we do now.’

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Douglas County Seniors’ Council An advocacy group for seniors staffed by volunteers. Meeting locations and times can be found at Castle Rock Senior Activity Center A senior center that offers meals, classes, athletics and other activities. 2323 Woodlands Blvd., Castle Rock 303-688-9498 Highlands Ranch Senior Club A social club for seniors offering meals, game nights, music and social outings or field trips. Parker Senior Center A senior center that offers game nights, fitness classes, dancing classes, home-cooked meals, group trips and more. 10675 Longs Way, Parker 303-841-5370 Living and Aging Well in Lone Tree At this resource page on the city’s website, find information on speaker luncheons, group activities and a monthly happy hour. “You just give up. You don’t want to get out of bed. You don’t want to get dressed. You don’t want to do anything,” she said. “There are so many people out there that just lose it. I couldn’t do that.” McQueary went through her church’s grief course four times, each time in a different stage of grief. Her faith, she said, was largely what helped her through the loss and in adjusting to life in Castle Rock. She found a transforming lifeline in the senior center. It didn’t just give her something to do, she said. It connected her with real people and real friends. “It was the best thing that I have ever done,” she said. At the center, she enjoys a Tuesday and Thursday “Sit and Fit” exercise class, $2.50 lunches, presentations, art classes and simply sitting with friends to talk. “I just absolutely feel it’s opened up my life,” she said. “I’m just thrilled.”

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Fear of judgment keeps men from talking about mental illness


Letting go of ‘abusive thinking’ What was wrong with Zachman was depression, a mental health condition affecting more than 6 million men in the U.S. each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Anxiety and bipolar disorder, along with psychosis, schizophrenia and eating disorders are among other common illnesses affecting men, the national advocacy organization Mental Health America says. But unlike women, who studies show are more likely to receive treatment for mental illness, men often are hesitant to ask for help because of social norms, a reluctance to talk and a tendency to downplay symptoms, according to mental health experts and organizations. Those factors, taken together with a rising rate of suicide among men — it is the seventh-leading cause of death among males, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — have spurred many researchers to describe the state of mental health among men as “a silent crisis,” stated Rob Whitley, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, in the publication Psychology Today in February 2017. “A lot of men are out there suffering in high proportions and it’s silent because it’s rarely talked about,” Whitley said to Colorado Community Media. The crisis, he said, is a global one: Between 70 percent and 80 percent of suicide deaths in most countries throughout the world are men, and men account for about 75 percent of substance abuse disorders. The stigma associated with mental illness, along with barriers of cost and accessiblity to resources, impede the majority of people living with a mental illness from getting the care they need, medical professionals and research shows. Among men, the greatest barrier may be stigma, say several men interviewed for this story and mental health professionals. The fear of being considered weak, of not measuring up to traditional expectations of masculinity, contribute to staying silent about any mental health challenges. “Strength, weakness are basic concepts coded into every guy’s inner language,” said Hal Knight, a father in Centennial diagnosed with bipolar disorder, who has attended support group meetings in Highlands Ranch. “If something beats you, then you’re weak. If you’re depressed and can’t get out of bed, your male brain will tell you that you’re weak, you’re lazy, that you’re not strong enough to be a good father or husband.” It took him years, Knight said, to “let go of that abusive thinking.” In Douglas County, where the median household income is $109,292 and the population is generally highly educated, Hopcus high expectations about being successful and providing for your family put additional pressure on men, said Jason Hopcus, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

IF YOU NEED HELP BeMen A Parker-based nonprofit that provides a place for men to gather and talk about issues relevant to them. Man Therapy A public health campaign and website sponsored by the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, among other private partners. Find information about depression, anxiety, sleep and local resources. @DrRichMahogany Hanging on Brett Zachman’s desk at the financial firm where he works in Littleton are BeMen flyers for the organization he founded to offer a place for men to gather and discuss issues important to them. JESSICA GIBBS for Douglas/Arapahoe Counties. “Not all of Douglas County,” Hopcus said. “But there are some segments of it that are a little like `keeping up with the Joneses,’ and there’s a lot of pressure with that.” The negative cultural effects arising from that stress can exacerbate or lead to depression, anxiety, substance use and abuse, and a lack of connection within a person’s family, personal or professional life, Hopcus said. “I think the effects are kind of endless,” he said. Whitley said in his studies men also reported feeling unheard or dismissed when they did ask for help, which relates back to the issues surrounding stigma, that in society and in families men are expected to be strong, be breadwinners and provide. Depression manifests itself differently in men than women, who most often express it through sadness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In men, symptoms may include rage, irritability and aggressiveness. They may also seem very tired or lose interest in family, work or hobbies. Dr. Carl Nassar, president of HeartCentered Counseling, a Littleton-based counseling and therapy center, said men are often taught or believe they need to repress their emotions. But emotions still emerge. “Repressed feelings really come out primarily in three ways,” Nassar said.

“If you repress a lot of sadness, it will build up into depression. If you repress a lot of anxiety, then you are much more likely to become anxious about a lot of things in life. If you repress a lot of anger, you’re more likely to have Nassar outbursts.” Nearly 49 percent of women compared to 34 percent of men received care in 2016 for their mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. But that doesn’t necessarily mean women are struggling at higher rates. “Women have much higher rates of depression but it’s because they go to the doctor and get diagnosed,” said Jarrod Hindman, deputy chief of the Violence and Injury Prevention Mental Health Promotion Branch of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Men just suffer in silence.” A call to action The rising rates of suicide, considered a national public health crisis, paint a troubling picture of how many men struggle with mental health: Men represent 78 percent of all U.S. suicides, according to the CDC. And men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women. State health officials also note that

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Arapahoe/Douglas Counties Provides local support groups and mental health resources. 303-991-7688 Let’s Talk Colorado A statewide campaign led by Tri-County Health Department, Douglas County government and other partners to initiate and destigmatize conversation about mental health. It provides tips on how to talk about the issue. Colorado Crisis Services A statewide hotline and resource for calls about depression, bullying, stress, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, family crises and more. 1-844-493-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call if you or someone you know is considering suicide. 1-800-273-8255 suicide was the seventh-leading cause of death in Colorado in 2016, according to the CDC. A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation named Colorado as ninth on a list ranking states by highest suicide rates for that same year. That’s important when considerSEE MEN, P11

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‘You’re supposed to be the hero’ South metro man discusses stigmas, gender roles amid mental health challenges BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

As a husband and father, Hal Knight believed he needed to take care of everyone. To your children, “you’re supposed to be the hero,” he said. To your spouse, “you’re supposed to be the guy taking care of everybody.” Knight, 43, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his 20s, has felt


ing working-age men account for the highest number of suicide deaths in the state annually, according to a 2016-17 annual report from the Office of Suicide Prevention. Those men are also the least likely to receive support, according to Man Therapy, a statewide public health campaign that started in 2012 with a goal of getting men mental health resources. Douglas County reflects the state and national pictures. Data provided by the Douglas County Coroner’s Office shows of the 44 suicide deaths in the county last year, 35, or more than 79 percent, were men. In 2016, 39 of the 57 suicide deaths, or 68 percent, were men. And in 2015, 49 of the 58 suicide deaths were men. That was nearly 85 percent. “The 10 states with the highest suicide rates are almost always the Rocky Mountain West,” said Hindman, explaining that numerous factors, including high gun ownership rates and the general culture, contribute to that reality. “We really embrace that rugged indivudal mentality Hindman in the West.” The concerns around depression and suicide among men have galvanized local and state organizations and health departments. A State Innovation Model grant workgroup recently evaluated gaps in Colorado’s behavioral health and this year issued a call to action asking Colorado to focus more on the male population’s health. The State Innovation Model is a governor’s office initiative aimed at better coordinating primary and behavioral health in primary care settings. “That pretty much called out that we as a state are not really paying enough attention to the needs of men and boys,” said Monica Younger, a behavioral health coordinator with Tri-County Health Department, which serves Douglas, Adams and Arapahoe counties. The Let’s Talk Colorado campaign, a statewide effort led by a partnership including the Tri-County Health De-

societal pressure as a father and, formerly, as a husband to be a provider — and to be successful. Those expectations also made it difficult for him to talk about his experiences with mental illness. Knight The roles he felt he needed to play also influenced some of his decision-making in life. A lawyer, Knight worked five years for Colorado’s judicial department before leaving to join a private firm. But the new workload was immense, Knight said. And he realized the job was not a good fit: “There was no way I could maintain that and be

DID YOU KNOW? More than 6 million American men struggle with depression each year. But the National Institute of Mental Health also says men are less likely to recognize, acknowledge and seek treatment for depression. When it comes to mental health, more women received care in 2016 compared to men. Nearly 49 percent of women with any mental illness got treatment compared to 34 percent of men. Colorado suicide rates mirror national trends — men are more likely to die by suicide than women. In 2017, 76 percent of all suicides in Colorado were men, according to the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System. The Colorado Center for Health & Environmental Data breaks those numbers down into various demographics, including by age and gender. Last year, most suicide deaths in the state occured among people ages 25 to 64. Of those 805 deaths, nearly 76 percent were men. For people 75 or older, 88 percent were men. Boys and men led each age bracket in terms of suicide rates, including among children, teens and young adults. partment and Douglas County government to destigmatize mental illness, is responding to the recent push by focusing its next campaigns on men, said Patty Boyd, Tri-County’s strategic partnerships manager. The department will work with Man Therapy next year for that campaign. “We just wanted to draw more attention to men and their unique challenges to opening up about their mental health,” Boyd said. “We’re all in this together. We want everyone to understand that we all have to look out for each other. And men need to hear that message, too: We hear you, we see you, your ability to enjoy life matters.” One of Man Therapy’s main goals is to reach men who might fit the “man’sman” stereotype, but long before they enter crisis. The message: Taking care of one’s mental health is a sign of strength, not weakness. It’s about being the best man he can be. Since Man Therapy’s start six years ago, Hindman said, the mission has been to change social norms and how men think of mental health, to empower them to address their mental health and to reduce the suicide rates. Through a website, bilboards and

healthy.” Knight has periodically struggled with depression as a result of his bipolar condition, he said. His earliest recollection of bipolar symptoms date back to 1995, a few years before his diagnosis, when he experienced severe depression and hypomania, a condition marked by symptoms of impulsivity and a heightened mood. His family helped him get to the hospital in the late 1990s after a period of self-medicating through drugs and alcohol, Knight said, where he was finally diagnosed. Today he routinely works at maintaining his mental health and is in a stable place — although that took time.

He lives in Centennial and has attended a support group in Highlands Ranch. He still attends another support group through the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Arapahoe/Douglas Counties. Those make a difference, he said. He’s open with his family, including his 5-year-old son, about his mental health. Taking care of his health and learning to navigate stigmas is not just about him, Knight said. It’s part of being a good father, now and in the future, and not something he views as weakness. “When he gets older, if he has mental health issues,” Knight said of his son, “I want to be ready for that.”

advertising, the organization has used humor and a Ron Burgundy-esque character — modeled after actor Will Ferrell’s role in the movie “Anchorman” — to try to ease the stigma around mental health and grab men’s attention. A CDC-funded study is underway to gauge how the website affects men, with results possibly available in 2019, Hindman said. Getting help and taking care of mental health can look different for each man, Whitley, Hopcus, Younger and Hindman said. There are apps that can be downloaded — numerous options exist for helping people manage anxiety, sleep and more. Maybe it’s better diet or strategies to manage stress. Perhaps it’s finding connection with others through social groups or exercising. Or seeing a therapist and attending support groups. Whatever the means, mental health officials are shining a spotlight on men to help those who are struggling avoid becoming a statistic and spiral toward crisis, like suicide. “If you can catch it before it even gets there,” Nassar said, “that’s ideal.”

Today, Zachman, 47, works in finance. But he spends every Friday working on BeMen, a Parker-based nonprofit he started eight years ago because of his own experience. The organization’s mission is to help men navigate their mental and emotional health along with their overall well-being, and to help them find a community of other men. “Men need a place to come and talk,” he said. The organization began as a divorced men’s group meeting at Zachman’s home. Today it has a website, a Facebook page and offers meetings and events for men of all backgrounds, divorced or not, to come together. One recent event invited five panelists to talk about a range of men’s health topics — from mental toughness to financial freedom and physical fitness. “If we help men become stronger,” Zachman said, “it creates an amazing ripple effect in society.”

‘It makes you stop and think’ Before his panic attack, Zachman had moved out of the home he shared with his wife and two young sons and started his own promotional merchandising business. For the first time in his life, he lived and worked alone. He dealt with his emotions in what he described as the machismo way: “I took the route I think a lot of men take. I don’t need anybody’s help. I don’t need help.” He began withdrawing from friends and family, isolating himself. He threw himself into work. Internally, he felt like a failure. He hadn’t shared with loved ones how his marriage was struggling, and the divorce came as a surprise to them, he said. Zachman was not suicidal. Still, he questioned where he’d be today had he not sought help following his panic attack, which he ultimately did through a group therapy program in Boulder. He also began individual therapy twice a month. “It helped because it makes you stop and think about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it,” he said, “and brings an objective viewpoint.”

Jessica Gibbs, 26, has been reporting on Castle Rock and Douglas County since joining Colorado Community Media in August 2016. But she has spent much of her time over the past several months exploring the effects of mental illness on various segments of the county’s population.


In this week’s issue, her reports on the challenges faced by seniors and men in seeking help for mental illness provide personal looks at the complicated picture of mental health in Douglas County. “Through every phase of life, people deserve support.” said Gibbs, who grew up in the small Nebraska town of DeWitt and graduated from the University of NebraskaLincoln.

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Lone Tree Brewing Co. director of brewing operations CALM AFTER THE STORM

About me I’m one of the four owners of the Lone Tree Brewing Co. I’m a brewer here and the director of brewing operations. I was born and raised in Westminster, Colorado, not too far from here. I went to the University of Colorado in Boulder. I spent a little time in the investment banking world, and some time after that decided to get into brewing, specifically craft brewing. It was a big influence in my life, growing up around the craft beer scene, along with (co-owner) John Winter, whom I’ve known very well for the past 16 years.


How I got into brewing It started from days of home brewing back in the garages and in the backyard, and kind of grew from there. John opened up Lone Tree Brewing in 2011, and I came on board in 2014, and we’ve been growing a lot since then. Ever since I was old enough to go to the Great American Beer Festival, it really opened my eyes to the world of craft beer. I said, “Wow, this is incredible. These people look extremely happy. Wouldn’t it be cool to one day be in a situation where you could influence a company and be a part of a community?” This is a great community. It’s very supportive. Probably for the last 13, 14 years, I thought this is something I want to do, but at that point I said “Wouldn’t it be cool to do something like this?” What the Lone Tree community means to me At the time we opened, Lone Tree and south Denver didn’t really have a lot of options for locally made craft beer.


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Racing for Paws, a Denver-based nonprofit, is accepting donations for its pet drive that will benefit three animal rescue organizations in the area — Freedom Service Dogs, Nikeno’s Second Chances Rescue and Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue. The drive runs through Nov. 17, and all donations can be dropped off at Montessori Peaks Academy, 9904 W. Capri Ave., Littleton. While all donations of food items, supplies and money are accepted, some specific items the drive is seeking are blankets, rope toys, bowls, dingo dog leashes, medium and large harnesses, nylon dog leashes, medium and large dog beds, squeaky plush toys and grain-free dog food. Freedom Service Dogs trains shelter

dogs to become assitance dogs for children, veterans, active-duty military personnel and other adults. Learn more at https://freedomservicedogs. org. Nikeno’s Second Chance Rescue gives dogs structured training before, during and after home placement, which increases the chances of a successful adoption. Learn more at Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue rescues, fosters and rehabilitates homeless cocker spaniels. Learn more at http://rockymountaincockerrescue. org. Racing for Paws was founded by Mark and Jamie Klenin. Racing for Paws comes in when shelters and rescues are low on funds and supplies. Learn more at www.racingforpaws. net.

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Art’s reward is the gift of other people

att and I won a prize. You still have a chance to see our prize winner at the Lone Tree Arts Center. We collaborated on an art project for a juried exhibition that will be up until Nov. 26. Because of the prize, we will be included in the exhibition that follows as well.

I have been winding down my art career for the past two years by collaborating with other artists, two of my (deceased) mentors, and former students. The career began at a kitchen table in Pennsylvania a hundred years ago, and got me as far as UCLA, and three teaching positions.

It has also provided me with homes, cars, turtlenecks and toothbrushes. Everything, really. It led me to Matt Hendrick. I might have read the article about him even if I weren’t an artist, but when I found out that he paints with a brush in his mouth, I knew I wanted to communicate


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eople who love to eat are always the best people.” Julia Child wrote that in a letter to her friend, Avis DeVoto, in early 1953. Julia is known around the world for her love of food — especially butter — and many people use her quotes about not liking diets, cakes or quotes on how she found cooking to show their own love of food. But this particular quote is my favorite because it also combines Julia’s great love for people.

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with him, to meet him, and to make him an offer. We communicated, we met, and we collaborated. Even though it was created apart in our own studios, it became a harmonic duet. We worked separately on small, wood panels.

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I have been so lucky in my own friendships. In my last few years of college at MSU Denver I met my boyfriend, Will, and eventually several of his friends. In 2013, Will and I joined in on our friends’ family dinner tradition. One of us would host and everyone would bring a dish. On Sunday nights we’d catch up on life over plates of homemade noodles, tikka masala, guacamole, whatever the theme was for that day.


He went first, and an assistant delivered his panels to me. I added mine, in some degree of similarity, glued them side by side, and gave them a title. “Never Known” is on a back wall at the center, with a first-prize ribbon beneath it the size of an apron. The center’s events director, Allissa Dailey, arranged a wonderful reception for the exhibit. Jennifer and I arrived before Matt did, and we kept the news of the prize to ourselves until he had a chance to see the ribbon for himself. Matt’s not crazy about crowds, and there was a possibility he wouldn’t attend, but the front doors opened, and I watched a friend of his push his wheelchair inside. I introduced him to Jennifer, and then we led him back to our painting, which I had completed in my studio — and he had not seen. I watched his face. He looked happy and pleased and proud. I looked at Jennifer and we both might have teared up a little. During Parent Weekend in 1991 at the Rochester Institute of Technology


They would rather continue to tweet and post messages or videos from the past and from someone who happen to be championing a different point of view at the time. It has become a feeding frenzy. Trust will never be found again or earned again by anyone if our extremism and fanaticism remain where it is today. The point-of-no-return politics has already ruined and corrupted our country, are we really going to let it drive a wedge so far between us as a people that we will continue to erode our trust in one another to the point of no return? And if so, who can we ever stand up as a leader and who can withstand the scrutiny of opinion and judgment driven by bias without knowledge, by opinion without fact? If we can’t trust our politicians at the very highest levels, and we can’t trust the systems that drive our politics,

Food tastes better when it’s shared with friends. To me, cheesy as it sounds, cooking is the currency of love. Over the years, friends have moved away, new friends have joined and, although we don’t get together to cook every week any more, we still make sure to meet up every once in a while over a homemade meal. My love of cooking for people goes back to childhood family holidays. We’d pack up the car and head to my grandparents’ house in Westminster. Food would sit on the kitchen counters, buffet style, as my pile of cousins, siblings, aunts and uncles filed through with plates of turkey and mashed potatoes. where he was pursuing photography, Matt was airlifted by helicopter from the crashed car his mother had been driving. He returned to Colorado (he graduated from Rangeview High School in 1989), paralyzed from the neck down. He spent six months at Swedish Medical Center and Craig Hospital. At first he tried to reconnect with photography, but maybe that was too easy. You can click a camera with almost anything. Why not try to mix oil paint with a palette stick in your mouth? Why not try to create distinctive portraits with a paintbrush in your mouth? And that’s what he has been doing. Perhaps the most well-known artist with limited mobility, Chuck Close, also paints portraits. Close had a “catastrophic spinal artery collapse” that left him partially paralyzed, but he is able to work with his hands, and continues to paint large-scale portraits that are placed in museums and private collections worldwide. This ride Matt and I are on is one more immeasurable gift that art has given to me. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at who can we trust? At a minimum, we have to be able to trust one another. We have to be able to come to the center, or at least close enough to it where we can talk rationally about how to fix the brokenness. Trust lost is not easily found, as we read in the parable above. But it’s not impossible to be found and earned again. There is a Proverb that reads, “A gentle response turns away wrath.” Perhaps as we consider building trust with one another again, we begin with listening first, seeking first to understand, and responding with gentleness instead of wrath. So how about you? How is your trust level these days? Can we get back to trusting one another? I really would love to hear your story of trust at, and when we can learn to come back to center and restore trust, it really will be a better than good world. Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the president of the Zig Ziglar Corporate Training Solutions Team, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.

The holidays were when my family would get together and laugh over our meal, enjoy each other’s company and, depending on the day, cheer on the Broncos or the Avalanche. As an adult, I now bring my own dish to the table at family meals. I love planning for my family’s various events — a raspberry pie for the whole family because it’s my grandpa’s favorite, potatoes at my dad’s because he doesn’t like vegetables, adventurous international foods with my mom, and so on. But like Julia, my favorite person to cook for is my partner in crime. For the past seven years, Will and I have spent time huddled in kitchens across the state, sampling soups and sauces. Will’s specialty is guacamole or hot wings, mine is Alfredo or carbonara with homemade noodles. We are our own worst critics, and Will nearly always finds something wrong with the dishes he makes. But despite Will’s pickiness about his cooking, there are few people with whom I would rather share a kitchen.

Sharing a meal brings warmth to friendships. For me, it starts with a good cookbook: What should I make? What will people like best? Over the years I have collected cookbooks with cuisine from around the world, including “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia, with her co-authors and friends, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck. My favorite pages are usually earmarked or stained with flour and oil. The recipes don’t have to be complicated. The presentation doesn’t need to be on par with the finest restaurants in the world. Julia spent the later years of her life making cooking accessible to everyone, assuring viewers of “The French Chef ” that it was OK to break a few eggs in the kitchen. It will all turn out fine in the end. Bon appetit. Kailyn Lamb is the editor of Colorado Community Media’s two monthly Denver newspapers. She can be reached at

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Eating vegan for the season

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Options for dining out — or in — during the holidays BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM


ason Miller grew up in a small mountain town on the Western Slope of Colorado and in an agricultural community in Montana. He often hunted with his father, a taxidermist. They ate venison nearly every day. When he was 19, Miller started to question his lifestyle. “Most of that meat I saw killed and even participated in the hunt,” Miller, now a Littleton resident, said. “At a certain point, it started to add up on me.” That year, Miller, now 47, became a vegetarian. A year later, for the welfare of all animals, he switched to a vegan diet. The diet is referred to by many health organizations as the strictest form of vegetarianism. Vegans abstain from all animal-based products — meat, eggs and dairy. Some reject wool and leather products. Around the corner is the holiday season. The time of year typically involves celebrating with friends and family, indulging in rich roasts and decadent, dairy-filled deserts — items that are not on a vegan’s list of things to eat. SEE VEGAN, P26


VEGAN RECIPES TO TRY Gravy Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients: 1/4 cup canola oil, 1/3 cup allpurpose flour, 1/4 cup vegetable broth, 3 tablespoons tamari sauce, 2 cups soy milk, 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, ground black pepper to taste. Directions: Heat the canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk flour, vegetable broth and tamari into the hot oil. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until there are no lumps and the mixture becomes paste-like. Pour the soy milk into the skillet. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Add yeast and black pepper, stir. Mashed potatoes Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients: 2 pounds russet potatoes, 8 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed, 1 sprig fresh rosemary, 1 sprig fresh thyme, 1/4 cup olive oil, a pinch of salt and ground black pepper to taste. Directions: Place potatoes, garlic, rosemary, and thyme in a large pot, cover with salted water and bring to a boil. Cook covered for about 30 minutes, until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife. Drain, but keep 1 cup

of cooking water. Transfer the potatoes and garlic to a bowl, and dispose rosemary and thyme. Add olive oil, salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher and add cooking water to reach desired consistency. Meringues Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 25 Ingredients: 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar, 3/4 cup of white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional). Directions: Preheat oven to 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment paper. Drain chickpeas and save 1/2 cup of liquid from the can. Pour chickpea liquid into a bowl and add the cream of tartar. Beat mixture using an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, as you continually beat until glossy peaks form, about 20 minutes; beat in vanilla extract until well incorporated. Spoon mixture into a piping bag and pipe into small circles, about 1 inch in diameter, onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 90 minutes, until the meringues are firm and come away easily from the parchment paper. Remove from the oven and allow at least 15 minutes to cool. Source:

or the entire second half of the 20th century and beyond, most Americans were presented with one perspective on the island nation of Cuba. Thanks to governmental changes in both nations, many are gaining a better understanding of the nation than ever before. That all important cultural and environmental exploration can begin at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s, 2001 Colorado Blvd., new exhibition, “¡CUBA!” This family-friendly exhibition — presented in English and Spanish — is free with general admission entry. “The exhibits covers many aspects of Cuba, both as a natural ecosystem and as a culture,” said Hugo Valdez, muCOMING seum programs ATTRACTIONS specialist at the museum. “It is important we provided new perspectives on the island. We want people to know how vibrant the culture is there.” The island nation is actually Clarke Reader an archipelago of more than 4,000 islands and keys, and home to 11 million people. Cuba is also one of the region’s most ecologically diverse countries, with the Caribbean’s healthiest coral reefs, most significant wetlands and largest rainforest. The main feature of the exhibition is a replica plaza, which gives attendees the chance to learn more about day-to-day life in a Cuban town. By wandering through the plaza, visitors can learn about everything from dominoes, foods and coffee and music that can be heard on a local radio station. There’s also information on the nation’s 16 baseball teams and the vintage cars that make Cuban streets such a colorful and nostalgic means of travel. On the more natural side, visitors can explore re-creations of the island’s habitats, with lifelike models representing its distinctive wildlife, both modern and extinct, and live lizards. About 50 percent of Cuba’s plants and 32 percent of its vertebrate animals are endemic, found only on the island. As is the case with every exhibit, the museum has integrated the SEE READER, P25

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Timely tome tells travel tales Memoir takes readers on tour across decades, continents BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Patricia Ann Paul’s recently published memoir title: “Curse of Interesting Times: A Vietnam Era Memoir,” is based on a reputed Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” which has no proven source. But, it was certainly appropriate during what she calls “the Vietnam quagmire” — and unfortunately, strikes home today. The book opens March 31, 1968, as she and her fiance, John, watch President Lyndon Johnson’s announcement that he would not run for another term — due to the Vietnam War. Wedding plans were made for mid-June, soon after graduation from the University of Iowa for both — and John was enrolled in graduate school, while Patricia planned to start teaching nearby. His draft status was 1A and the hope of deferment for graduate school involved holding out through the summer without being drafted. Paul mentions Ken Burns’ statement, connected to his recent documentary about the Vietnam War, which had escalated since 1964, resulting in death for young Americans, that “it is central to understanding who we are now …” That is a thread that runs through the book, with its historic notes heading many chapters. (I found this really engaging.) That year (1968) was the Age of Aquarius. “Hair” opened on Broadway; 16,889 American soldiers died in Vietnam; Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy


“Curse of Interesting Times” book cover by Patricia Paul of Castle Rock. COURTESY PHOTO were assassinated; antiVietnam War riots roiled the Democratic National Convention; Americans elected Richard Nixon, the only president to resign … Apartment rental was impossible due to John’s draft status — life focused on the mailbox. John managed to get one semester completed, but had to report Feb. 18 of the next year — after Richard Nixon had become president. After basic training, with the threat of Vietnam assignment constantly hanging over his head, John was assigned to Mannheim, Germany — somewhat familiar

territory to Patricia, who had traveled in Germany. At least for a time, the couple could be together, although the possibility of reassignment hung in the air. They found a small apartment on the third floor of Frau Schaffer’s house. Despite peeling wallpaper and inadequate heating, they settled into a routine — John became an MP and Patricia found some teaching jobs — necessary because money was short. When there was time off, they were able to explore in Germany, including during a visit from her parents, which included

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some humorous incidents, lovingly recounted … Bits of recent history are smoothly stitched in. With her parents, they set off on a trip “down the Romantic Road” to Rothenburg ob der Tauber — an outstanding historically rich spot with a medieval castle, begun in the 10th century. During World War II, six Americans were sent to offer the Germans a three-hour window to surrender — or the city would be heavily bombed. The German commander gave up the town, saving it for posterity, Paul writes. “Thank goodness!” Legends about the 17th century’s disastrous Thirty Years War were reenacted around the marvelous mechanical clock in the square. More easy-to-absorb historic tidbits … Next came a visit to Mad King Ludwig’s Bavarian realm, including the white fairy-tale castle, made more famous by its Disneyland copy … Later the couple visited Berlin, still “trapped behind the Iron Curtain” — an experience Patricia felt that John should have before they headed for home and law school … Heavy, heavy fog greeted them and stayed with them through a scary flight to still war-damaged Berlin, now a popular travel destination with shiny shops and hotels. Eventually, Vietnam became part of our history and in “Epilogue I,” the more mature Pauls returned to Germany in 1991 with their two sons, Ryan and Evan, freshmen in college and high school. Pieces of the fallen Berlin Wall were appearing for sale. The family flew on Christmas Day, armed with new guidebooks. Landing in Frankfurt, they head for Berlin and search for a Hotel Pension Goethe with no exterior signage evident.

More adventures ensue traveling with teens — food is an issue, but there is a nearby McDonald’s. And imaginations kick in as the boys start to consider a possible past for these buildings and even Checkpoint Charlie — “or what remains of it.” They saw Wartburg Castle, “where Martin Luther hid from Pope Leo XI in 1521 after refusing to deny his beliefs at the Diet of Worms” — and of course to Mannhein to show the boys 102 Arndtstrasse, Mannheim-Feudenheim — where the couple had started out. (It had a facelift and Frau Schaeffer’s rose jungle no longer drapes over the sidewalk …) Paul, now retired, wraps up with a bit about teaching “Literature of Conflict: Glorify versus Horrify,” including a talk by a Vietnam Green Beret veteran with spellbinding stories. Kids consider war in a way they had not before. In 2013, the Pauls visited Vietnam … overwhelmed at the tunnels the Viet Cong inhabited and again so grateful that John didn’t have to go there. Finally, there is an account of travel to Belgium to search for possible relatives-smoothly bringing in another bit of history … and a thorough list of the many citations included. Almost 70 percent of American draftees indeed served elsewhere — not Vietnam — at that time. Where were they??? Paul provides one kind of answer here. The author lives in Castle Rock — and Keystone — and is active in adult education, with Ollie-Osher Life-Long Learning Institute. The book is available at Tattered Cover and through Amazon. Paul is available for meetings with groups in the area, the author says.


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Egyptologist to share expertise in Lone Tree


r. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology at UCLA, will be the featured National Geographic Live speaker at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. SONYA’S on Nov. 9 at Lone SAMPLER Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Cleopatra, Neferusobek, Nefertiti — Cooney offers her thoughts on how these women ruled and what we can learn from them. There will also be a luncheon ($50/indiSonya Ellingboe vidual; $500/table). Tickets:, 720-509-1000. Englewood Camera Club David Tejada, a nationally known corporate photographer and lighting instructor, will speak to the Englewood Camera Club at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 about location lighting, using Speedlights — a short course on how to achieve studio quality lighting on location. The club meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Guests are welcome.

Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney “at work.” She will speak for National Geographic Live at Lone Tree Arts Center. COURTESY PHOTO

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Arapahoe Philharmonic The Arapahoe Philharmonic will perform its annual Children’s Discovery concert for elementary and middle school students at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village. The program will include Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” including the composer’s narration, and SaintSaens’ “Carnival of the Animals” with Ogden Nash’s verses. Both will be performed by Brian Patrick Leatherman. Tickets cost $5. 303-781-1892, An instrument demonstration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Dance in Denver Pianist Joyce Yang will perform with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. The program includes “Half/Cut/ Split” choreographed by Jordan Elo, with music by Schuman and commissioned works to music by Chopin, Satie and Glass. Tickets from $29, Newman Center Box Office, 303-871-7720. Auditions set Auditions for “Trav’lin — The 1930s Harlem Musical” will be held Nov. 27 ( adult principals) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Prepare 16-32 bars of music with an emphasis on vocal styles of the 1930s. Performances will run from April 9 to April 28. Rehearsals begin March 19. See arvadacenter. org for descriptions of characters, vocal range. By appointment. World of Christian Dior “Dior — From Paris to the World” runs Nov. 19 to March 3 at the Den-

ver Art Museum, with timed entry tickets now available at 720-913-0130. 200 couture dresses, runway videos, photographs, costume jewelry and artworks. Art of Christian Dior and subsequent artistic directors who carried his vision into the 21st century. Holiday art Castle Rock painter Cindy Welch will have prints of her newest watercolor, “Hometown Holidays,” depicting the historic Barn Antiques in Castle Rock, lighted for the holidays, at the annual Starlighting event on Nov. 17. She will also have notecards and ornaments with the new image and will be at Castle Rock Florist, 318 4th Ave., from 2 to 6 p.m. For other prints in her collection (nice gift idea), see Genealogy programs Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society has announced its November programs. Nov. 13, 1-3 p.m. — “Revolutionary Ancestors: Right Service ... Right Ancestor,” presented by James Jeffrey, special collections librarian, Western History and Genealogy, Denver Public Library. Nov. 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m. — “Using Directories and Sandborn Maps to Learn about Our Ancestors,” presented by Ed Storey, Pikes Peak GenealogicaL Society. Nov. 20, 1-3 p.m. — “World War I Resources and Research,” by Sandy Ronayne, CGHS member. Meetings at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Guests and new members welcome. Free. Children’s concert The Littleton Symphony performs its annual Free Children’s Concert at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Littleton united Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Included: “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens, “Baby Elephant Walk” and “Pink Panther” by Henry Mancini.

Author to speak Littleton science journalist Michael Carroll will discuss and sign his latest book: “Lords of the Ice Moons: A Scientific Novel,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Englewood Arts “Forgotten Songs” from the repertoire for harp and vocalist will be presented by harpist Emily Levin and soprano Sharon Harms at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at Hampden Hall, Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Tickets: $15/$20, at the door one hour prior to performance. Free under 18. John Fielder The Castle Pines Arts and Cultural Foundation presents a multimedia program with photographer John Fielder, who will present more than 200 photographs from his new book “Colorado: Black on White.” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Castle Pines Community Center, 7404 Yorkshire Drive, Castle Pines. Hors d’ouevres. Doors open at 6 p.m. Pre-registration necessary, $10.

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Arts center looks to the future Town Hall’s executive director planning to step down soon and return to East BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

In summer 2017, Town Hall Arts Center’s board of directors consulted with Paul Bryant and Callan Meek of local architecture firm Bryant Flink and developed a design Charrette, Vision 2025, as a guideline for future planning decisions for the downtown Littleton venue. Prior to that time, there was a search for additional space, which the City of Littleton would acquire, so education activities, offices and tech and storage could move and expand, an idea encouraged by former City Manager Michael Penny, who was fired by the City Council’s 4-2 vote in June 2016. Public Works Director Mark Relph was appointed acting city manager first, then hired for the top position in May 2017. He then needed time to get up to speed, of course. The architects suggested a vision for the Town Hall lobby that would make it a more publicly used space — “Main Street’s Living Room,” it was called. Here small meetings might occur, people could use it as a place to connect with others, to perhaps sit and

Town Hall’s busy Box Office is central to the local theater’s success. work on a personal or professional project … perhaps food service could be arranged. Perhaps some redesign of exterior lighting and interaction with Main Street is in order?

We had lunch with Town Hall Executive Director Cheryl McNab to catch up on planning as it looks now. She says she plans to retire soon — probably in December — and move back to “Maryland, family and beaches” with her husband, so a successor will pick up on the future planning. The board of directors expects to find an interim manager while a search goes on for a permanent replacement. McNab thinks an interim manager could/ would assist with the search. Town Hall is in really good shape financially, she said, with some shows selling out and others selling well. Musicals and concerts are what the Town Hall audience says it wants, so the planning committee books accordingly and successfully. In addition, the education program, run by Seth Maisel, is bursting at the seams and could definitely expand if there were more space, she says. Rehearsals are often held elsewhere and storage for props and costumes is rented offsite — at a considerable cost. Ongoing art exhibits are held in the Stanton Gallery, which is also used for events. In recent months, the city personnel and council have been focused on a ballot question over the fire district. Perhaps after Election Day, Town Hall’s future can again grab attention, McNab hopes. A couple possible expansion locations are being explored, with some assistance from Catamount Construction on estimating costs and design. Firm numbers are needed by the board in order to speak with city council members, McNab says. Town Hall needs another 1,200 to 1,400 square feet (1,400 would allow for a small black box theater to accommodate children’s performances, so they don’t have to be crammed in between musicals—or at odd times on musical sets!).


A sure-to-be-popular musical version of “A Christmas Carol” will be onstage for families and an art show of miniatures will be held in Stanton Gallery, ensuring lots of happy traffic through the old building. Built in 1920, the Town Hall building was originally designed by Jules Jacques Benoit Benedict, a well-recognized Denver area architect, who had also designed the Carnegie Library (now The Melting Pot), First Presbyterian Church and his own home, now the Carmelite Monastery in Littleton, as well as a number of stylish Denver homes and commercial and educational buildings. It was used as Littleton’s increasingly crowded civic building until the Littleton Center on Berry Avenue opened in 1977. In 1980, a fundraising campaign raised enough to remodel the interior and change it into a theater for local stage events, opening in March 1983. Cheryl McNab doesn’t think either she or her husband will truly retire — “There are a number of colleges in the area and we both teach …” Born in Denver, McNab lived in a number of locations with her family, as her dad was a federal engineer. When in the Washington, D.C./ Fairfax, Virginia area, “We discovered Ocean City” in Maryland and beaches generally. She had been a social worker/housing counselor and teacher. She came to Littleton from an arts center in Grand Junction and before that, she had lived elsewhere in the U.S. and taught in England and in Africa (Zambia for eight years). Although McNab’s upcoming resignation is a loss for Town Hall and Littleton’s Main Street, we will be interested to see where her enthusiastic approach to communities takes her next — and will hope to report to her many fans …

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Providers of help say they need help South metro nonprofit has big mission as donations decline BY ELLIS ARNOLD EARNOLD@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

A staple of low-income assistance for families in the south metro area says if things don’t change soon, it may have to make large cuts to its operation. Amid funding cuts and challenging attitudes toward donating to Integrated Family Community Services — which serves Englewood, Centennial, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County — the organization that serves thousands of families and individuals is looking to bridge the gap. “The reality is, in the future, if the climate doesn’t change, we’re going to be too poor to help the poor,” said Todd McPherson, a leader of Integrated Family, which is located in the southwest Denver metro area. “The next year will really show what direction we need to go.” The nonprofit, once known as Inter-Faith Community Services, doesn’t plan to close its doors, but it’s in dire straits as it takes in less money from local governments and continues an uphill battle to make

its mission clear to the south metro area. Integrated Family provides food, rent assistance, clothes and even help with bus tickets, gas gift cards and medical prescriptions. Its services also include support for crime victims and transitional housing for the homeless. But because the list is so long, it’s a challenge to build a recognizable brand — although it served more than 16,000 individuals during the 12 months ending Aug. 31, Integrated Family still needs to get the word out, McPherson said. Its troubles come amid an increasingly prominent homelessness issue in the Englewood area in recent years and sky-high housing costs throughout the metro area. “If you think of Goodwill, Arc, Salvation Army or the Denver Rescue Mission, people have a basic idea” of what they do, said McPherson, the nonprofit’s development director. “But for us, it gets complex because you have to tell this big story.” What’s more, the change from “Inter-Faith” to “Integrated Family” has made establishing connections even harder — and even alienated some partners who pitched in because of the perceived religious ties, McPherson said. “People believed all along that we were something we weren’t,” said McPherson, noting the nonprofit has connected with atheists, Jews, Muslims and Christians.

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HOW INTEGRATED FAMILY HELPS Of Integrated Family Community Service’s clients, 76 percent are single mothers, and many others are seniors taking care of grandchildren. From September 2017 through August 2018, Integrated Family gave out 117,873 meals, provided services to 16,337 low-income individuals and worked with 1,908 volunteers, according to a fact sheet. Services include: • Food pantry • Donated clothing bank • Rent/mortgage or utility assistance • Medical prescription assistance • Transportation assistance • Crime victims assistance

• School supplies • Local recreation center passes • Thanksgiving meals for families and seniors • Adopt-a-family/adopt-a-senior programs: Families and seniors can receive food for the December holidays • Holiday gift giveaway • Mother’s Day meal and gift program Individuals, service groups, churches, school clubs, businesses and other organizations can offer to sponsor those in need. For information on income qualifications and how to register for any assistance programs, visit or call 303-789-0501. Integrated Family is located at 3370 S. Irving St. in the Sheridan-southwest Denver area.

Integrated Family doesn’t want to push away, for example, gay people or those of other religions who might have pause in interacting with the organization had it kept “faith” in its name, McPherson added. It’s gotten some backlash from the religious community for the change, which happened in January 2016, but it made the switch partly to address the issue that “interfaith” is difficult to translate into other languages. “It’s a Catch-22,” McPherson said. “If we were called something different in the ‘60s, who knows.” Integrated Family grew out of an effort by community leaders in a garage, McPherson said, and it has come a long way since its establishment in 1964 — it spent more than $1.1 million in the 12 months ending Aug. 31 distributing meals, handing out backpacks and school supplies, and helping families in need in several other ways, including its holiday programs. For Thanksgiving, it provides more than 650 baskets, each with more than 30 food items like stuffing, yams and a “turkey gift card,” and for December holidays, those in need receive food and gifts. One family who signed up for the holiday programs this year was Kim May, Jeremy Dupree and their 7-year-old son, Chad Kolak, who sat in the nonprofit’s waiting area Oct. 30. Dupree, 44, has a seasonal job operating heavy equipment, and May, 43, cleans houses. They have two other boys, too, and live in Centennial.

“When we signed up, we thought it was just for the holiday package,” May said. “We didn’t know they had all this.” May grew up in Arvada, and as a native here, she feels like she might have to move out of the area, May said. Asked what her family needs most, she simply said: “Food.” Other metro-area organizations that help families like May’s are feeling the financial squeeze, too, McPherson said, either closing or cutting parts of their programs to survive. Denver Urban Matters and the Fresh Harvest Food Bank in Lone Tree are two examples, he said. Charitable giving increased nationally in recent years, McPherson said, but for Integrated Family, it has declined. Political and demographic changes could be factors, but it’s difficult to know what drives the trends, he added. People can contact the nonprofit and ask about ways to help, McPherson said, but the best way in this season may be to give cash donations. “People with good intentions want to give stuff,” such as physical items like clothes, but Integrated Family needs more funding to stay stable, McPherson said. That’s partly because 90 cents of every dollar donated to it goes to programs and services. It’s all to keep people from falling through the cracks, McPherson said. “We’re here to stand in the gap,” he said.

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Local land trust wraps up 31st year STAFF REPORT

Douglas Land Conservancy has spent more than three decades protecting open space, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat and scenic views in the area. The Castle Rock-based land trust will celebrate its legacy at the annual Oak Leaf Awards event Nov. 9. The conservancy also will honor Ninia Ritchie, conservationist and owner of JA Ranch, which has hosted one of the land conservancy’s fundraising events for 10 years. The 2018 Natural Douglas County photo contest winners also will be recognized. Douglas Land Conservancy was started in November 1987 by residents concerned about the loss of open space as the Front Range began to boom, according to a news release. The land trust has quietly and consistently worked since then, creating a legacy

that includes public parks in Castle Rock and Parker, public open spaces in Douglas County, a community meadow in Perry Park, working ranches in two counties, protected wildlife habitat and countless scenic views, the release said. The land conservancy protects 11,398 acres of private lands and 11,102 acres of public lands with conservation easements that require regular monitoring visits. In addition, it is working on several projects that could protect an additional 3,000 acres, including a historic ranch, critical wildlife habitats, wetlands and more public open space. The conservancy’s long-range plan is to continue to steward its protected lands and to protect more open spaces in the region. “DLC has worked hard over the past 30 years to accomplish two ‘forever’

goals — to protect additional pristine open lands and to maintain the viability and integrity of the wildlife habitat, agriculture, scenic quality, outdoor recreation and peaceful enjoyment of the open lands currently protected with our willing and engaged property owners,” land conservancy board president and founding board member Jane Boand said in a news release. The land conservancy also has greatly increased its educational programs, launching a weekly Wildlife Wednesday photo contest, offering regular guided education hikes on public open space and sponsoring a speakers’ educational bureau. “Raising public awareness about the importance of having a local land trust that provides for the protection of natural resources and open spaces is the key to providing these beautiful protected lands for future generations

to enjoy,” DLC Executive Director Patti Hostetler said in the release. The land trust also works closely with Castle Rock, Parker and Douglas County to promote appreciation of open space, wildlife and scenic landscapes. “We think our effort in public education will increase the community’s interest in protecting the exceptional landscapes, wildlife and scenery of our county,” Hostetler said. “It also helps DLC publicize our mission and our dedication to preserving the quality of life we all enjoy.” As it begins its next 30 years, DLC looks forward to carrying on its mission. “I believe we have demonstrated that DLC is here for the long run, and we promise to continue as good stewards of the lands entrusted to our protection,” Boand said in the release.

LEAP launches online application for assistance program STAFF REPORT

Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program will kick off the 2018-19 season with a new online application process for individuals and families needing heating assistance. Enrollment for the 2018-19 program started Nov. 1 and continues through April 30. “With the new online application process, individuals can apply from any device, or they can still visit one of our county locations,” Theresa Kullen, LEAP manager, said in a news release. “We believe everyone who needs assistance is going to find this is easier, takes less time and overall the whole process is more efficient.” Applications can be accessed through LEAP’s website at cdhs/LEAP, which links to the state’s CO PEAK system for online application, which consolidates resources in one easy-to-use location. For program eligibility, candidates must pay home heating costs directly to a utility company or landlord as part of their rent, be a permanent

legal resident of the United States and Colorado or have a legal U.S. citizen in the household. A family household income cannot surpass 165 percent of the federal poverty index. If approved, LEAP payments are usually made directly to the primary heating vendor and a notice is sent to individuals regarding the benefit amount. Last year, approximately 65,000 applications were approved with assistance averaging $337 to $674 across the state. Other benefits provided by the program include repair or replacement of a home’s primary heating system. To determine the monthly income eligibility according to the household size, visit program-eligibility. LEAP is a federally-funded program that helps Coloradans pay a portion of home heating costs during the winter. “For those not comfortable with online processes, applications can still be faxed, mailed or delivered to the appropriate county/contractor LEAP office,” Kullen said. Call Heat Help at 1-866-432-8435.

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Hickenlooper executive order targets youth vaping Teen use in Colorado is highest in nation BY ALEX DEWIND ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

To address what state and health officials are calling an epidemic, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order outlining efforts to decrease the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products among teens. “What we are trying to do with this executive order is to beef up compliance checks for businesses,” Hickenlooper said at a Nov. 2 press conference at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “It’s also going to require the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to begin conducting research between vaping and some of the other risky behaviors we see with our kids.” The order doubles the number of compliance checks on businesses that sell vapor products and bans the use of vaping products in state buildings, Hickenlooper said. He recommends the General Assembly pass legislation on existing tobacco policy, including raising the minimum sales age for tobacco and e-cigarrette products to 21 years old. As part of the order, the Department of Public Health and Environment issued a statewide health advisory on vaping and nicotine addiction, and

Hickenlooper proclaimed the month of November as “No Vape November.” Colorado leads the nation in the number of youth who use e-cigarettes and other vaping products, according to the most recent Behavioral Risk Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 25 percent of high school students use vapor products and more than 50 percent of high school students have tried vapor products. That’s twice the national average. “Youth vaping, the percentage of kids vaping, is not a list we want to be at the top of,” Hickenlooper said. “But we are.” The use of vaping products has skyrocketed among youth nationwide, health officials say. The most popular product on the market is the Juul. The discreet device resembles a black disk drive with a pod that contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, health officials say. The pods come in flavors attractive to kids, such as cotton candy and mango. Juul Labs has faced several lawsuits, claiming the company targets youth with its marketing and falsely advertises. Juul Labs supports Hickenlooper’s call to raise the purchasing age for e-cigarettes and vaping products to 21, according to Ted Kwong, a Juul Labs spokesman. “Underage use is directly opposed to our mission of eliminating cigarettes by offering existing adult smokers











Gov. John Hickenlooper signs an executive order to curb teen vaping at a press conference Nov. 2 at Children’s Hospital Colorado. PHOTOS BY ALEX DEWIND a true alternative to combustible cigarettes,” Kwong said in an email correspondence. “While we believe flavors play an important role in helping adult smokers switch to vapor technology, we also support reasonable regulation to restrict advertising and naming of inappropriate flavors such as cotton candy and gummy bear that are directed at children.” When young people consume nicotine in any form, their health and brain development are at risk, said Dr. Tista Ghosh, interim chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Early research indicates kids who vape are more likely to later smoke cigarettes, a lethal habit,” said Ghosh, adding that vaping may be an indicator of other at-risk behaviors, such as binge drinking, marijuana use or use of prescription drugs. To not address youth vaping, Hickenlooper said, would be “irresponsible.” “I think it’s safe to say that the long

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his masterful third solo album “Daytona” with, and the title also doubles as the rapper’s ethos. While others are making flashy videos and stage shows and living outsized personal lives, Pusha has quietly built one of the most bulletproof discographies in the business. From there, he’s let rap fans come to his music based on his skills. “Daytona” is most his most concise and hard-hitting release yet, and is the rap album to beat in 2018. In support of this killer release, Pusha T will be swinging by the Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. in Denver, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. He initially gained recognition as part of the duo Clipse, and signed on at GOOD Music in 2010. He’s one of the best voices rap has right now, and you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to see him perform in small venue like Summit. For tickets, visit Going ‘Skyward’ with Brandon Sanderson Brandon Sanderson is the type of fantasy author who writes big books. Books that take place in thoughtfully and immaculately created worlds, full of characters that leap off the page into readers’ hearts. So, it’s exciting to when Sanderson decides to get a little more succinct in his young adult novels. His latest work is “Skyward,” the first book in an epic new fantasy series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a world at war. Sanderson will be coming to the Tattered Cover Colfax store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., for an evening from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. The event includes a presentation and singing, and the cost of admittance includes a copy of “Skyward,” and a place in the signing line. Get your tickets at Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail. com.


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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Vegan: a plant-based diet that excludes all animal-derived ingredients, such as meat, eggs and dairy products. Vegetarian: a meat-free diet that excludes any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish, or by-products of animal slaughter. Pescatarian: a diet that excludes meat or poultry but allows the consumption of fish. Source: menu. His restaurant, All Raddish, is expected to open in early 2019 across the street from School House Kitchen and Libations, 5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., which he also owns. “It’s really hard to go out and eat,” Spears, a vegetarian, said of eating vegan. “Strictly vegan restaurants do a great job, but there aren’t a lot of them.”



Plan ahead For people on a vegan diet, planning ahead is key, said Cynthia Dormer, a registered dietitian and assistant professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “Plan ahead what your meal is going to be,” Dormer said. “Find things that you really enjoy and that are special to you so that you can enjoy the holiday.” That’s easy for Miller, who buys meat and dairy substitutes at the loNative Foods Cafe in Glendale has a plant-based buffet special for Thanksgiving. To cal grocery store. His favorite during view the menu, visit ALEX DEWIND the holiday season is a tofu “tofura self-righteous attitude, and certainly free. key” breast with stuffing inside. For they are right in the sense that their Whole Foods offers a catering menu dessert, his freezer is stocked with approach is more environment- and with vegan-only items and recipes. vegan ice cream, which is typically animal-friendly,” Dormer said. “But The main dish is a Thanksgiving made with a coconut or almond milk if the people around them feel judged Risotto with cranberries, pumpkin, substitute. greens and fresh seasonal herbs. Sides for eating their favorite food, that can “There are so many options now,” cause some conflict.” include coconut-roasted sweet potaMiller said. “There’s always some In Miller’s experience, many people toes and creamy broccoli-cauliflower central dish that you can have.” view eating vegan as too challenging soap, among others. Whole Foods has Vegans looking to dine out have and expensive. locations across the Denver metro options. “It’s a matter of finding the right area. On Thanksgiving Day from noon replacements and I can guarantee all to 7 p.m., Native Foods Café, 680 S. of those things are out there,” Miller Don’t let food get in the way Colorado Blvd., Denver, will offer a said. “It’s so doable.” While delicious meals add to the buffet special with all-vegan options. Scott Spears hopes to make it easier magic of the holiday season, the real Menu items are a plant-based roast, for meat eaters and vegans to dine joy is in the time spent with family and shepherd’s pie, apple-cider braised together in the future. Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and friends. Dormer encourages people to He is behind Arvada’s first gravy, among other holiday favorites. B:4.73”communicate early and not let diets or vegan, plant-based eatery that will Adults pay $29.99, kids 12 and under T:4.73”restrictions ruin a celebration. also have protein add-ons on the cost $14.99 and children under 2 are S:4.73” “Vegan people can sometimes have

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Annual Free Children’s Concert: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. The Littleton Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jurgen de Lemos, announces their Annual Free Children’s Concert: `It’s About Animals.’ This annual event is for children of all ages! We will feature music about our friends in the animal kingdom. More information available at www. or by phone at 303-933-6824. Arapahoe Philharmonic Children’s Discovery Concert: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village. The Arapahoe Philharmonic’s annual Children’s Discovery Concert is open to the public this year. All tickets just $5! Order online at or 303-781-1892. Group seating can be arranged in advance. Nutcracker Highlights in Highlands Ranch: 3 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Southridge Rec Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch. Bring the family and join the Nutcracker Prince in this colorful and magical staging of a holiday classic. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day of, if not sold out all ages. Children 2 and under are free, but must sit on a parent’s lap. Please help support the dancers in the International Youth Ballet by bringing cash or check to purchase some baked goods at their bake sale. There will be a table set up at the event with plenty of delicious baked good for you to enjoy. A Christmas Carol, the Musical: Through Dec. 23 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 West Main St., Littleton. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge is forced to face his selfish ways on Christmas Eve when three ghosts visit to lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Visit townhallartscenter. org for more information.


Close Proximity: A Retrospective of Sculpture by Neil Goodman: On display through Nov. 17 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood. This exhibition will feature bronze sculpture spanning four decades of artist Neil Goodman’s work. More information at neil-goodman/.


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this week’s TOP FIVE Around the World: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Douglas County Libraries in Roxborough, 8357 N. Rampart Range Rd. #200, Littleton. Learn about the culture and celebrations of Mexico, including Day of the Dead, through craft activities and foods. Kids ages 6-12. Registration is required at 303-791-7323 or Pirate Day: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Douglas County Libraries in Roxborough, 8357 N. Rampart Range Rd. #200. Celebrate all things pirates! The fun starts with a pirate-themed Storytime and continues with a treasure hunt/pirate party for families, crafts, snacks, activities, games and music. Fun for pirate enthusiasts of all ages! All ages. The event is free, but registration is required at 303-791-7323 or Veterans Appreciation Assembly at Arma Dei Academy: 8:15 to 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at Arma Dei Academy, 345 East Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch. There will be student patriotic performances, veterans will share stories of how serving in the military enhanced their lives, and a reception will follow the assembly. Join us as we say thank you to the many who have given so much to S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. A presentation by author Cindy Brick on her book “Ghosts & Legends of Colorado’s Front Range.” Have you ever heard of ghostly sightings at such places as Hell Tree outside Fort Collins, a murderer stalking the halls of the Greeley Courthouse, and floating heads in the Capital Building? Come hear Cindy Brick talk about these tales and more gripping stories. Free to members/ suggested $2.00 donation from non-members. Call Castle Rock Museum 303-814-3164 for more information. The Fantasticks Play: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 9-11 at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock. Enjoy local theatre at New Hope, including some favorite songs such as “Try to Remember” and “Soon it’s Gonna Rain.” Visit for more information. Parker American Legion Fund Raiser: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at King Soopers, 12959 S Parker Rd., Parker. Parker American Legion Post 1864 will be holding our Veterans Day fund. Donations collected will to support our work with Parker Cub Scout Pack 363, Boys and Girls State, American Legion Oratory contestants, and service to Veterans. We will also be handing out American Flags for Veterans Day - celebrated Nov 11. Orvis Park Meadows Free Fall Fly

us. For more information, visit The Human Family Tree (film): 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Parker Genealogical Society, Parker Library, 20105 E. Main St., Conference Room B, Parker. On the most diverse street in the most diverse city in the most diverse country in the world, a team of National Geographic Scientists swab the cheeks of some 200 random New Yorkers — hoping to reveal clues about our ancestral footprints and prove we are all cousins in the “family of man.” For more information, Local Veterans Invited to Castle View High School Memorial Breakfast: 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at the Castle View High School cafeteria, 5254 N Meadows Dr., Castle Rock. Castle View High School National Honor Society will host a free breakfast for area veterans. All Veterans and their spouses are invited to enjoy a light breakfast with NHS students in the Castle View cafeteria. Please email Kaycee Tormoen at with any questions. It is appreciated if you email an RSVP if you plan on attending, but it is not necessary.

Tying Fanatics Fest: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Orvis Park Meadows, 8433 Park Meadows Center Drive, Space 149, Lone Tree. 32 great fly tiers, delicious chilis, refreshments and light snacks throughout the day. Stop by and spend an hour or three, and soak up some great fishing and tying secrets. Call (303) 768-9600 or email retail-parkmeadowsstr028@ for more information. Mountain Pine Yuletide Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Parker Fieldhouse, 18700 E. Plaza Dr., Parker. Free admission. 15th annual Bowl-a-Rama: Saturday, Nov. 10. 12:30 to 1:10 p.m. for check in and pizza. 1:30 to 3:30 bowling and awards. Event held at AMF Littleton Lanes, 2530 E. County Road., Littleton. Go to to register your team and start collecting donations to win prizes. Veterans Day Patriotic Community Service: 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11; to honor veterans and active military. Guest speaker is Brigadier General Christopher J. Petty, Retired. Takes place at 18632 Pony Express Drive, Parker (across from the Parker Post Office). Centennial Holiday Celebration: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial. Sing holiday classics with six children’s choirs, visit with Santa Claus and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate during the Centennial Holiday Celebration. Visit for more information.

Arapahoe Credit Union Free Shred-a-Thon and Electronic Recycling: 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Littleton High School, 199 E. Littleton Blvd., Littleton. Arapahoe CU will be providing fully-paid, onsite shredding. However, we hope you will pay forward this service through a donation to the Future Business Leaders of America at Littleton High School. Every dollar raised goes directly to their program, allowing students to experience community outreach projects that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive. Visit offers/shred.html. Thrilling Thursdays: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, at the Recreation Center at Southridge, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Special Needs Thrilling Thursdays (Ages 16 and up). Join the therapeutic recreation staff on Thursdays and participate in gym activities, fitness activities, art classes, cooking classes, swimming classes and more. $120 HRCA Member/$138 Non-members. Call (303) 471-7020 for more information.


Marketing for Authors: 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Lone Tree Library, studio room, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree. For nonfiction authors who want to explore new ways to market their published books. Contact sueviders@ for more information.

Taking Gluten Free to the Next Children’s auditions for ‘Wizard of Oz’: Spotlight Performing Arts Center is auditioning for “Wizard of Oz” on November 13 at 5:30 pm. This 15-week class teaches 6-18 year old children singing, dancing, and acting techniques while preparing a full-length musical production! Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. from November 13 through early March, when performances will take place. Check out or call 720-44-DANCE for more info and current tuition rates. Creating an eBook: Intro to Pressbooks: 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Bemis Public Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Learn how to produce professional-quality eBooks in ePUB, MOBI, PDF, and other formats. Write and organize your content, add and edit information about your book, and format the overall design, including cover art. Recommended for new and seasoned writers interested in learning how to create an eBook for self-publishing. Space is limited. Registration is required. Register by visiting the library’s calendar at or contacting the library at 303-795-3961. Children’s auditions for ‘Toy Story’: Spotlight Performing Arts Center is auditioning for “TOY STORY, the musical” on November 20 at 3:45 pm. This 12-week class teaches 3-9 year old children singing, dancing, and acting techniques while preparing a 20-min musical production! Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:30 pm from November 20 through the end of February, when performances will take place. Check out www. or call 720-44-DANCE for more info and current tuition rates. Detox 101: 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 24 at Parker Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, 11402 S. Parker Road, Parker. There are a million reasons to detox—and probably a million ways to go about it. But what’s the best way? Join us to discover how an effective detox must not only address our exposure to toxins, but also support our body’s daily detoxification functions. Visit for more information. Editor’s note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. To place a calendar item, go to eventlink. coloradocommunitymedia. com.

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Craft show takes over Douglas County Event Center

The more than 150 vendors at the 2018 sold handmade goods while a silent auction helped generate proceeds for the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GIBBS BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM


he parking lot was packed and the aisles were almost too crammed to move as shoppers flocked to the 26th Annual Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire. From home décor to antiques to specialty foods, there seemed to be something for everyone. The event took place on Nov. 3 at the Douglas County Events Center. Area seniors hand made some of the items for sale but more than 150 vendors

came for the free event. Among them, Mary Waters and Randy Blunt, operating a stand selling Blunt’s woodworking creations and pine beetle furniture. “This is our first year,” Waters said. “We’re having a lot of fun.” The event also featured a silent auction, homemade food and treats, and door prizes. Proceeds go to the Castle Rock Seniors Activity Center to serve local seniors. As for next year, there’s already a vendor waitlist, but those wanting to be added can contact the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center.

Aside from plenty of shopping opportunities, patrons at the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center’s craft show could also sample homemade and locally-crafted foods.

The Castle Rock Senior Activity Center hosted its 26th Annual Craft Show Castle Rock Craft Show estraordinaire, with some items made by Castle Rock seniors plus more than 150 other vendors.

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Come shop for unique gifts and special items during the first-ever Colorado Community Media Holiday Craft Show and Mini-Market; With more than 100 exhibitors filling the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, this is the best place to find that special, personal gift for friends and family. The show will feature handmade crafts in all areas from metal and leather, to flowers, baskets, ceramics, and so much more.

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SPORTS Falcons prove they belong

Volleyball tourney: Time to seize the day


Running back Kole Lundquist of Highlands Ranch heads for a hole in the line during the Nov. 2 Class 5A playoff game against Doherty at Shea Stadium. Lundquist rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns as the 15th-seeded Falcons notched a 28-7 win to move into a second round game against second-seed Columbine. PHOTOS BY JIM BENTON

Highlands Ranch wins opening game of playoffs BY JIM BENTON JBENTON@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA

Skeptics were watching the outcome of the first-round Class 5A playoffs game between Highlands Ranch and Doherty on Nov. 2 at Shea Stadium. Highlands Ranch was seeded No. 15 and entered the playoffs with a sub-500 record of 3-7 but the Falcons showed they are playoff worthy with a 28-7 win over the Spartans and advanced into a second-round game against second-seeded Columbine. “This win proves we should be in the playoffs,” said running back/ linebacker Cole Lundquist. “I want Columbine again. They kicked us out of the playoffs last year and they beat us again at homecoming this year, so I want them again.” Highlands Ranch coach John Trahan felt justified by the Ratings Percentage Index standings, which helped in the selection of the playoff teams. The Falcons were ranked 18th in the final RPI standings. “People can say what they want to say but we’re a quality football team,” he said “We faced some of the best as we proved last week against the No. 1 team (Valor Christian). People don’t understand how the RPI went and why it went the way it did. It would help if more information was put out about it.

“I knew we were in a position to play a good football team, which we did against Doherty, and either do what we did or guess what? If we didn’t, then that would raise some more questions of why we were in the playoffs.” Columbine, undefeated this season, ousted the Falcons from the 2017 playoffs with a 45-14 first-round victory and downed the Falcons, 46-16, on Sept. 19 this season. The teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Jeffco Stadium. “Columbine is a team we’ve already played this year and we’re looking forward to it,” added Trahan. “It you want to be the best you have to play the best. We want to play against the best competition. We’re in a good position. I tell our guys that no one expects us to do anything. It’s how you step up and compete, do your best and let the scoreboard read what it does and be happy with it.” The Falcons were not happy with the scoreboard at halftime against Doherty as the Spartans held a 7-6 lead at the intermission. Highlands Ranch squandered several first-half scoring chances with a lost fumble in the red zone, two missed field goals and a failed extra point on a mishandled snap. “The change we made is that we knew we could physically dominate up front and we needed to establish a ground game,” Trahan said. “I felt once we did that we could take control of the game. We got away from that in the first half. In the end, we got back to what we felt would be a winning formula in this game and it

Highlands Ranch sophomore Dylan Gurule (30) turns the corner and heads up field during the Nov. 2 Class 5A playoff game against Doherty at Shea Stadium. The Falcons, seeded 15th, won 28-7 to advance to a second round game against second-seeded Columbine. Gurule rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns against Doherty and the Falcons gained 295 yards on the ground in the win. worked out for us in the second half.” Highlands Ranch finished with 295 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Lundquist, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior, ran for 113 yards and two scores. He was also the leading tackler on defense with 10 total tackles. Sophomore Dylan Gurule gained 86 yards and ran for two TDs. Sophomore quarterback Jake Rubley passed for 52 yards and added 81 yards rushing. The defense got strong contributions from Brody Rule and Brennen Bailey, who were credited with nine tackles each, while Konor Lathrop and Grant Stewartson were in on eight stops.

olorado Mesa University volleyball standout Kasie Gilfert has a message that sounds simple for players who will be participating in the CHSAA State Volleyball Championships on Nov. 8-10 at the Denver OVERTIME Coliseum. Now, here comes that word “however,” which usually means the statement that follows contradicts the previous words. So when Gilfert says to have fun, Jim Benton she knows that isn’t easy when putting in the hard work, trying to win and having to deal with adversity presented during matches and tournaments. The message Gilfert was sending was that it going to get tougher at the next level so have fun in high school. Gilfert played in the state tournament when she was a four-year volleyball starter and letter winner, plus a two-season captain at Legend. She set school single-season records for hitting percentage (.428) and blocks (158) as a junior. She also lettered in track and field. “The biggest advice I have for the girls playing in the tournament is to just have fun and enjoy those moments,” said Gilfert. “Enjoy who they are playing with and also enjoy volleyball because some of them are seniors and they might be going to the next level or they might not be. So for some, it could be their last time playing and you want it to be a positive experience and you learn so much stuff from those experiences in volleyball. “We have so much responsibility in college that fun is not an option. You have weights in the morning, practice, traveling and there is so much more that comes with the higher level of volleyball.” The 6-foot redshirt sophomore is a middle blocker/right-side hitter who is having a banner season at CMU this season.. Gilfert, a transfer from Northern Arizona, leads NCAA Division II in hitting percentage at .453 and has recorded five 20-plus kill efforts. She is the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference leader in hitting percentage and also ranks high in kills, total points and blocking. Gilfert, as of Nov, 1, led all three NCAA divisions in hitting percentage and she is on pace to break school records for hitting percentage. SEE BENTON, P30

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This season she became CMU’s first ever American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Player of the Week. She has been selected as the RMAC Player of the Week three times so far this season She said playing in the CHSAA state tournament helped her and can help others. “It helps you just because when you play there, there is so much happening around you, like there are other courts around you and there are a lot of fans,” she explained. “When you reach that higher level there are all those other distractions and you have to learn to tune them out. Playing in a tournament like the state tournament prepares you for that.” Bye week to get better Eight football teams enjoyed a bye in the Class 5A playoffs and got a week off before second-round games scheduled to be played on Nov. 10.


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ThunderRidge was awarded the No. 8 seed and earned a first-round bye, along with Valor Christian, Columbine, Cherry Creek, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Ralston Valley and Pomona. “It is definitely unchartered waters for Colorado high school playoffs to have a bye week,” said ThunderRidge coach Doug Nisenson. “The grind of the season, we played 10 straight games and we had our camp right at the end of July and then had a week off before the official start date. So it’s good to have a chance to rest a little and refocus on some littler things that can’t always be addressed the week of games. He said teams on a hot streak may not like the bye, but it can help those teams that are dealing with injuries. “If you are banged up, there is no doubt the bye is helpful,” he said. Rest is good but teams have to maintain their routines. With the extra time and not having to install a game plan during the first week of the bye, teams can go over some basics that can sometimes be pushed aside during the regular season.

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citizens. Many are not literate in their first language, and remain isolated from American culture. Requirements: Volunteers must attend training at Emily Griffith Technical College in downtown Denver. Sessions take place every 6-8 weeks. Go to www.refugee-esl. org for information and volunteer application. Contact: Sharon McCreary, 720-423-4843 or Court Appointed Special Advocates: Works with abused and neglected children in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. Need: Advocates for children, to get to know, speak up for and ensure their best interests in court Contact: 303-695-1882 or Douglas County Libraries: elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection. Need: Volunteer opportunities consist of event assistance, weekly shelving or bookstore shifts, tutoring, Storytime helpers, and more. Requirements: Attend an orientation. We will provide training. Specific requirements are listed in each opportunity’s details. Contact: Visit and search for Douglas County Libraries opportunities. SEE VOLUNTEERS, P31

“Instead of installing a game plan the first week we worked on what we feel we need to be better at,” said Nisenson. “We got back to the basics of how we want our kids to run certain routes and little things that at the beginning of the year you get to spend time on but during the season you are coaching on the fly because the goal is to get the game plan installed and teaching the kids what they are going to go against. “We’ll see how those top eight teams fare in the second round but it’s a real cool thing for our program to be put in that category with the other teams in the top eight. We’ve told the team that you’ve earned yourself the right to rest a little bit but the teams that are really going to capitalize on this opportunity are the ones that recognize that the off week is a week to get better like any other week.” Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at or at 303-566-4083.

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Douglas/Elbert Task Force: Provides assistance to people in Douglas and Elbert counties who are in serious economic need, at risk of homelessness or in similar crisis. Need: Volunteers to assist in the food bank, client services and the thrift store Treasures on Park Street. Contact: Marion Dahlem, 303-688-1114, ext. 32 Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center: Cares for homeless horses and other equines. Need: Volunteers to work with horses and other opportunities. Requirements: Must be 16 years old, pass a background check, and be able to commit to at least three hours a week for three months. Contact: 303-751-5772. Other Information: Two-hour orientation provides an overview of the services provided, learn about the volunteer opportunities, take a tour of the center, and talk with staff and volunteers. Contact Elbert County Sheriff’s Posse: Supports the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management with detentions support, patrol, administrative duties, event security, emergency services support, and call-outs as need arises. Need: With proper training and clearances, volunteers help with patrol, fingerprinting, records keeping, community event security services, disaster response and management (wildfire, tornado, blizzard, flood, disaster relief, etc.). Requirements: Must be 21 years or older; retired individuals are great. Must complete an employment application, pass a background check, and complete interviews. After being sworn in, in the first three months of membership, complete a minimum of 45 hours of orientation and training curriculum. After this 90-day probationary period, members must log a minimum of 10 hours of month and attend monthly training meetings. Persons ages 15-20, may join the Elbert County Sheriffs Explorer POST that is associated with the Posse. Contact: David Peontek at or 303-646-5456. Go to; print out

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Sunday Worship Times 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Trinity Lutheran School and ECEC (Ages 2 1/2 - 5; Grades K-8)


Highlands Ranch

Seven Sunday Masses Two Daily Masses Confessions Six Days a Week



Call Pastor Jim Carroll for more info 719 237-4245

Cimarron Middle School 12130 Canterberry Parkway Parker, CO 80138

Preschool – Grade 8

8035 South Quebec Street ServingCO the southeast Centennial, 80112 303.770.1155 area


Bible Baptist Church Meeting at the Franktown fire station @ 1959 North State Highway 83 Bible Study Sunday Evenings @ 5PM

Sunday Services - 10 a.m.

STM Catholic School For Local News Anytime of the Day Visit Greenwood Village

New Church Starting in Franktown!


Centennial Catholic Parish & School



18 newspapers. 20 websites. Connecting YOU to your LOCAL community.

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Find us on Facebook: Trinity Lutheran Church, Franktown


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Please Recycle this Publication when Finished

Little Blessings Parents Day Out

7249 E. Park Dr. Franktown, CO TIME: 10:30 PM PHONE: 303-688-1004


Call Karen at 303.566.4091

First United Methodist Church 1200 South Street Castle Rock, CO 80104 303.688.3047

Advertise with us to find a good home for your favorite Ford

Congregation Beth Shalom Serving the Southeast Denver area

Call or check our website for information on services and social events!


Pine Lane Elementary South 6475 E Ponderosa Dr. Parker, CO 80138 303-941-0668

To advertise your place of worship in this section, call Karen at 303-566-4091 or email

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To Advertise call Karen 303.566.4091 ANNOUNCEMENTS

GOV'T ONLY Construction Eq, Dump Trucks/Snow Plows & More! Bidding Ends: Fri, Nov 9th - 2PM PUBLIC AUCTION Bidding Ends: Fri, Nov 30th – 2PM 18500 E Colfax Ave, Aurora (303) 934-8322

Lost and Found Found a ring in old town yesterday. Call Barbara at 719-221-9761 to describe. Thank you.




Cash for Mineral Rights Free, no-risk, cash offer. Contact us with the details: Call: 720-988-5617 Write: Minerals, PO BOX 3668, Littleton, CO 80161 Email:

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A social club offering many exciting social activities and friendships. Link 10 social hours, 4-6 P each Thur at Innsider Bar and Grill, Holiday Inn, 7390 Hampton Ave., Lkwd. Visit or contact Bob, 303-979-0181.


ST. PAULS 11th ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR Fri., Nov 16 & Sat., Nov. 17 9 AM – 4 PM

Grain Finished Buffalo


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Arts & Crafts Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale

Friday & Saturday November 9th & 10th 9am-4pm each day Epiphany Lutheran Church 550 East Wolfensberger Road Castle Rock Seasonal crafts, quilts, baked & canned goods, jellies and Holiday Gift Items, and more

DYNAMIC CRAFT FAIR. Nativity of Our Lord Church 900 W Midway Blvd,Brmfld CO (E of Hwy 287 on Midway) Sat Nov 10, 8:30am-4:30pm & Sun Nov 11, 8:30am-2:00pm Adm: non-perishable food

Exhibit Hall at Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 West 6th Avenue) West 6th Ave. & Indiana St. Golden, Colorado

Admission $2.00


Lakewood UCC Holiday Boutique

November 17, 2018 9am-4pm 100 Carr St, Lakewood, CO Vintage & Costume Jewelry, Handmade goods, Cookbooks, Local Vendors

Autos for Sale

Electric Scooter Easy Wheels 36 Brand new, garaged, ridden 5 times Paid $2100 asking $1900 cash or cashiers check (303)423-8156

Cemetery Plots 4 Sale 2 cemetery plots Crown Hill Cemetery Block #36, #'s 3 & 4 $11,000 / obo (303)986-3158

9200 West 10th Ave. Lakewood, CO St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Friday, December November 30, Friday, 4, 2018 2015 9:00a.m. am to 9:00 to 5:00 5:00p.m. p.m. Saturday,December December 1, Saturday, 5,2018 2015 9:00 am to 4:00 9:00 a.m. 4:00p.m. p.m.


Cell: (303)918-2185 for texting

Beautiful Mink Coat with Fox Tuxedo originally $5000 asking $1200 1 tapestery wing back chair $40 Four poster queen mahogany bed with mattress, night stand and 5 drawer dresser $750 Call Nancy (303)946-8300


Farm Products & Produce

Any condition • Running or not Under $500



New & Used Electric Bikes & Trikes Starting at $995 The Largest ebike Store in the Country Best Selection & Discount Prices

720-746-9958 1919 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO 80204

with Northrupp plow Just had a tune up and a new transmission put in Good for snow removal Truck not much to look but the engine is a work horse Put $2800 into it Will sell for $2000 obo 720-351-9597 or 303-674-8909

Sell your merchandise on this page $25 for 2 weeks in 16 papers and online 303-566-4091

Kimball Organ Computer by Elka All rhythm accompaniments and motion effects 303-985-3106

Porter Cable Air Compressor CPLKC7080V2 175psi, 2-stage 80 gallon 240V - 7HP $650 719-233-1095

Faux Marble Dining Table with 4 covered chairs $100 (303)593-2365

1977 4 wheel drive Chevy Pick up




2011 Ford Escape AWD 4DR, 96K miles, $7400. This is a really nice SUV, with no issues. Near new Firestone tires with full warranty. SUV has never been in an accident. Averages 28 MPG with 4CYL. 2.5 liter engine and 6 speed automatic transmission with 4 wheel drive. call or text 1 720 726 0162

Stihl 028 WB chainsaw with case +, works great, tuned up, $250. Ionic Pro CA500 Air purifier, $59. New Sony Bloggie Touch HD MP4 Camera $15!!! Epiphone guitar amp, EP-SC28, $65. Limb/bow saws $7. 303 688-9171


Split & Delivered $300 a cord Stacking available extra $35 Call 303-647-2475 or 720-323-2173


Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUV’s

To place a 25-word COSCAN Network ad in 91 Colorado newspapers for only $300, contact your local newspaper or call Colorado Press Association Network at 303-571-5117.

Arts & Crafts


Cash for all Vehicles!

Colorado Statewide Classified Advertising Network

Misc. Notices Want To Purchase minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: P.O. Box 13557 Denver, CO 80201

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TOOLS - WOODWORKING Delta wood shaper, Jet drill press Radial arm saw, Scroll saw, Power hacksaw and much more. Well maintained, most with accessories. 303-346-2986

Wanted to Buy Mr. Baseball, coming to Colorado buying sports cards and memorabilia (203)767-2407

Parts Tires

Blizzak Snow Tires

fits Honda Accord 215/55R17/94H 6mm of tread left $60 per tire - or $200 for set of 4 (720)635-0689


Cash for all Vehicles! Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUV’s Any condition • Running or not Under $500


Cell: (303)918-2185 for texting

DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK, BOAT, RV; Running or not, to Tax deductible! 303-659-1744. 20 years of service

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To Advertise call Karen 303.566.4091 FULL-TIME HOURLY POSITIONS WITH EXCELLENT BENEFITS AVAILABLE NOW! If you are a positive, motivated, team oriented person who prefers a great work environment and enjoys working outside in beautiful surroundings, we want you! The Castle Pines Metro District is looking for qualified candidates to fill these positions. Apply now for immediate consideration.

Maintenance Tech I

$15.86 - $17.30 per hour

Maintenance Tech II

$18.27 - $21.63 per hour

Irrigation Maintenance Tech

Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority Airport is currently accepting applications for a dependable full-time Maintenance Technician I as a general laborer to perform a variety of semi-skilled & unskilled general labor duties including grounds & building maintenance, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, sprinkler repair, preventive vehicle maintenance & radio communications. A viable candidate must be fluent in both written and spoken English; able to perform strenuous activity for long periods of time in various weather conditions from extreme hot to extreme cold; have the flexibility to be on-call during inclement weather and to work alternate shifts including weekends for snow removal, mowing and other special projects that may arise. Typical work schedule: 7 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday. A valid Colorado Driver’s license and HS diploma or GED required. Experience in building or construction maintenance including heavy equipment operation a plus. Starting hourly wage is $17.30 to $18.00. Excellent benefits after 60 days. Apply in person to the Airport Authority at 7800 S. Peoria St., Englewood, CO 80112 or obtain an application at EOE

$19.23 - $21.63 per hour


POSITIONS CLOSE SOON! For position details and to apply, go to: EOE

Full Time licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant needed to fill Maternity Leave, beginning January 7, 2019, through March 4, 2019, for East Central BOCES providing services to students PreK-12th. Easy Commute from Denver on I-70. Access to company vehicle or mileage reimbursement. An application can be submitted through our website, under the “Jobs” tab.

Work for your local newspaper • Work close to home • Flexible hours • Advertising sales experience helpful but not necessary


4775 Front St. & 2 Plum Creek Pkwy.

Full Time positions for Tellers. Includes Saturdays, $13 - $15/hr plus benefits. If interested please apply at and click on the careers link. FirstBank is an EOE/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.

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HEALTHCARE Adult Healthcare Aide Needed We Seeking an healthcare Aide for an Elderly Lady. You will provide routine Healthcare at the patient's residence, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Apply with resumes and contact details if interested. Email Enterprise Project Managers (Full-Time) Centennial, CO U.S. Master’s degree or equiv. in Bus.Admin/Mgmt, Marketing, etc. + 2 yrs. exp. reqd. (or Bachelor’s degree + 5 yrs. exp.). Knowledge of or exp. w/ building and executing customer onboarding strategies & tactics; Enterprise Resource Planning Systems; and either Project Mgmt or Application Support reqd. RingCentral, Inc. Attn: HR Dept. 20 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002


No Sales, no Investment, No Risk, Free training, Free website. Contact Susan at 303-6464171 or fill out form at

SURVEY HELP NEEDED - DAVID E ARCHER & ASSOC in Castle Rock is looking for - SURVEY RODMAN - High School education, will train on the job, no experience needed. SURVEY CREW CHIEF - Survey experience required. To apply please email resume to

FULL-TIME, BENEFITED Construction Projects Specialist Salary: $69,448 - $86,810/annually Closes: 11/12/2018 Equipment Operator I – Utilities (Wastewater Crew) Salary: $45,089 - $57,718/annually Closes: 11/19/2018 Library Associate II – Public Services (Irving Street Library) Salary: $20.11 - $25.74/hourly Closes: 11/19/2018 Senior Maintenanceworker - Streets Salary: $41,943 - $53,691/annually Closes: 11/19/2018 Transportation and Mobility Planner Salary: $86,275 - $107,843/annually Closes: 11/19/2018 Utilities Technician – FOGG Salary: $48,471 - $62,047/annually PART-TIME, BENEFITED Recreation Program Assistant – Fitness Salary: $15.06 - $19.28/hourly Closes: 11/12/2018 HOURLY, NON-BENEFITED Fitness Instructor - Aquatics Salary: $17.54 - $22.31/hourly Closes: 12/17/2018 Intern – Great Outdoors Colorado Inspire Grant – Horticulture Salary: $12.40 - $15.74/hour Closes: 11/12/2018 Lifeguard (Hourly) Salary: $10.46 - $11.79/hourly Closes: 11/26/2018 Submit City of Westminster online applications thru 8:30 a.m. on close date EOE

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To Advertise call Barb 303.566.4125 Homes

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Meridian/Lone Tree Area in Douglas County Near I-25 & E-470 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Baths Washer/Dryer Included Deck & 2 Car Garage $2500/Mo + $1500 Deposit Pets OK with $500 extra Deposit + $50 extra Rent/month No Smoking

Wheat Ridge Industrial Space For Lease

Located near I-70 and Kipling at 5158 Parfet St., this multi-tenant industrial building currently has a 4,700 SF space available for lease. It offers two drive-In doors, 3 offices, 2 bathrooms and 3-phase power. Less than 1 mile to I-70! Offered at $8.00/SF NNN with $2.13/SF expenses. Call Tanner Fanello or Brian Baker for additional information. Fuller Real Estate, 5300 DTC Pkwy., #100 Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111 (303) 534-4822

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November 5, 2018

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your usually carefully made holiday plans could be subject to change later this month. Use this week to prepare for that possibility by starting a Plan B just in case you need it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be careful about joining a colleague’s plan to solve a workplace problem. Investigate it thoroughly. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a predicament with other associates. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Slow down that highpaced whirl you’ve been on. Spending quiet time alone or with people you care for can be both physically and spiritually restorative. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Make suggestions, not demands. You’ll be more successful in getting people to follow your lead if you exercise quiet patience instead of strong persuasion to get your ideas across. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You still need more facts before you can make an informed career choice. One note of caution: Be careful about whom you ask for that information; otherwise, you could be misled. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Changing situations through the end of the week could lead to some challenging opportunities for those perspicacious Pisceans who know how to make them work to their advantage. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of being both daring and cautious, traits that could make you a research scientist or maybe even a rocket-ship designer.


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although your energy level is high, be careful not to commit to too many projects at this time. You’ll do better focusing on just a few tasks rather than spreading yourself too thin. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your heart might be leading you in one direction, but pay attention to your keen Bovine intellect. I’m cautioning you to think things through before making any commitments. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your “serious” Twin has been dominant in your life for quite a while. It’s time now to let that “wilder” half take you out for some good times — perhaps with someone very special. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Career aspects are high for Moon Children who make a good impression. Show people not only what you can already do, but also how you can be more valuable to them in the future. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Things start to brighten for the Lion’s immediate financial future. But be careful to resist the urge to splurge. You need to tuck something away to help you through another tight period. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Having to do too many tasks in too short a time could lower your mood to just above the grumbling level. But if you handle things one at a time, you’ll get through it all soon enough.

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Homes Golden 4 bedroom, 2 bath Home For Rent 5952 Anvil Court $2150/month Available now 720-436-2420

Duplexes, Multiplexes AVAILABLE NOW

Wheat Ridge / Applewood Area Large 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath w/ Bonus Room $1,600 /mo. rent + $1,400 deposit Water, Trash, Sewer & Lawn Mowing Included Ideal for small family or retired couple NO PETS / Non Smoking Units Parfet St @ W 36th Ave

Brookside Town Homes 303-202-9153


2 bedroom, 2 bath Covered Parking, Fenced Yard, Pets OK for additional charge, Deck 1437A Youngfield Street $1350 Please call 720-261-8629

Office Rent/Lease VARIOUS OFFICES 100-2,311 sq.ft. Rents from $200-$1750/month. Full service. 405-409 S Wilcox

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Wasson Properties 719-520-1730

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Public Notice



To Whom It May Concern: On April 11, 2018, the real property owned by CHUCK O. EGBUNE, located at 4694 Briarglen Lane, Highlands Ranch, Co 80130 was sold at the foreclosure sale conducted by the Douglas County Public Trustee. The sale number is 2015-0298.

Public Notices call Sheree 303.566.4088 Public Trustees PUBLIC NOTICE

Public Trustees

City and County Public Notice

City and County

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 20, at 2:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado. For more information please contact the Douglas County Office of Open Space and Natural Resources at (303) 6607495, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104.


City and County

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on November 13, 2018 beginning at 2:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Douglas will conduct a public hearing concerning the proposed adoption of a resolution amending the 2018 adopted budget. Any interested elector of Douglas County may file an objection to the proposed amendment to the budget at any time prior to it’s final adoption by the Board of County Commissioners. A copy of said resolution may be obtained for inspection at the offices of the County Commissioners at the above address in Castle Rock, Colorado, or viewed on-line at

Get Involved!


To Whom It May Concern: On April 11, 2018, the real property owned by CHUCK O. EGBUNE, located at 4694 Briarglen Lane, Highlands Ranch, Co 80130 was sold at the foreclosure sale conducted by the Douglas County Public Trustee. The sale number is 2015-0298. This is regarding a Deed of Trust recorded 10/5/99 executed by Chuck O. Egbune. The amount the property sold for exceeded the total amount owed to the lender by $29,783.54. This amount is now owed to Chuck O. Egbune less the cost of this publication notice and any amount paid to junior lienors who timely filed a Notice of Intent to Redeem. The legal description of the property is: LOT 233, #122Q 0.163 AM/L HIGHLANDS RANCH, THE COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, COLORADO.

To claim funds, contact the Douglas County Public Trustee, 402 Wilcox, Castle Rock, CO 80104, 303-660-7417. If the funds are not claimed by the owner entitled thereto before December 20, 2018, the funds will be transferred to the Colorado State Treasurer as part of the “Unclaimed Property Act”. Legal Notice No.: 2015-0298 First Publication: November 1, 2018 Last Publication: November 15, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press

This is regarding a Deed of Trust recorded 10/5/99 executed by Chuck O. Egbune. The amount the property sold for exceeded the total amount owed to the lender by $29,783.54. This amount is now owed to Chuck O. Egbune less the cost of this publication notice and any amount paid to junior lienors who timely filed a Notice of Intent to Redeem. The legal description of the property is: LOT 233, #122Q 0.163 AM/L HIGHLANDS RANCH, THE COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, COLORADO.

A public hearing will be held before the Board of County Commissioners to consider the approval of a Conservation Easement Purchase Option Agreement between Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company, Inc. and the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Douglas, Colorado, in connection with mitigation activities of the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project to protect riparian habitat on Sandstone Ranch in exchange for a payment of $6,000,000 to the County.

To claim funds, contact the Douglas County Public Trustee, 402 Wilcox, Castle Rock, CO 80104, 303-660-7417. If the funds are not claimed by the owner entitled thereto before December 20, 2018, the funds will be transferred to the Colorado State Treasurer as part of the “Unclaimed Property Act”. Legal Notice No.: 2015-0298 First Publication: November 1, 2018 Last Publication: November 15, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press


A public hearing will be held before the Board of County Commissioners to consider the approval of a Conservation Easement Purchase Option Agreement between Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company, Inc. and the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Douglas, Colorado, in connection with mitigation activities of the Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project to protect riparian habitat on Sandstone Ranch in exchange for a payment of $6,000,000 to the County.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 20, at 2:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado. For more information please contact the Douglas County Office of Open Space and Natural Resources at (303) 6607495, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. Legal Notice No.: 934299 First Publication: November 8, 2018 Last Publication: November 8, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press

Legal Notice No.: 934299 First Publication: November 8, 2018 Last Publication: November 8, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press PUBLIC NOTICE


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on November 13, 2018 beginning at 2:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Douglas will conduct a public hearing concerning the proposed adoption of a resolution amending the 2018 adopted budget. Any interested elector of Douglas County may file an objection to the proposed amendment to the budget at any time prior to it’s final adoption by the Board of County Commissioners. A copy of said resolution may be obtained for inspection at the offices of the County Commissioners at the above address in Castle Rock, Colorado, or viewed on-line at

Legal Notice No: 934324 First Publication: November 8, 2018 Last Publication: November 8, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News Press

Legal Notice No: 934324 First Publication: November 8, 2018 Last Publication: November 8, 2018 Publisher: Douglas County News Press

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. - Aldous Huxley

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Governments have relied on newspapers like this one to publish public notices since the birth of the nation. Local newspapers remain the most trusted source of public notice information. This newspaper publishes the information you need to stay involved in your community.

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Colorado Community Media in partnership with Douglas County Libraries and Douglas County Mental Health Initiative

Shared Stories:

Time to Talk About Mental Health Mothers and mental health advocates talk about how mental illness affects families, and why — and how — we need to talk about it.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 | 7-9PM James H LaRue Library 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch Jeannie Ritter, Keynote Speaker

Former First Lady of Colorado Mental Health Ambassador, Mental Health Center of Denver

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“Making mental health part of our everyday conversation” Jeannie has been a fierce advocate for mental health and wellness issues for more than 10 years, since serving as First Lady of Colorado.

Lissa Miller

Stay-at-Home Mom, Social Worker and Small Business Owner Lissa, a Parker mother of two and social worker for 10 years, shares how she successfully managed mental health challenges, including anxiety and postpartum depression.

Maureen Lake

Retired Douglas County Special Education Teacher, Mom and Author of “Being Happy Raising Happy” Maureen, a Lone Tree resident and holistic wellness expert, talks about the challenges and successes of parenting a child with mental illness. Her book is a self-care manual for moms of spirited children.

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