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School EAGLES SOAR district TO TITLE GAME explores tax measure Bond, mill levy could end up on November 2017 ballot BY MIKE DIFERDINANDO MDIFERDINANDO@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Cherry Creek’s Dimitri Stanley leaps to avoid the tackle of Valor Christian’s Noah Kuzma. Valor won 10-7 on Nov. 26 in a Class 5A state semifinal. The Eagles now faces Pomona for the state title — which would be Valor’s seventh in eight years —on Dec. 3. Find more coverage on page 31. PAUL DISALVO
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The Douglas County Board of Education will gauge interest in a possible tax measure aimed at generating more money to address capital needs across the district. At the Nov. 15 board meeting, the board directed the District Accountability Committee, Fiscal Oversight Committee, Long Range Planning Committee and Student Advisory Committee to raise awareness about the district’s ongoing capital needs and fiscal challenges, and to explore potential solutions, including potential mill and bond issues. “If and when the board decides to make a request to the taxpayers for a tax increase, it needs to be done with support from across the entire community and with a clear understanding of what the needs are and what the impacts of any measure passing or failing might be on our students and staff,” school board vice president Judith Reynolds said. “Support for any action must rise from the community and not be driven by the board.” Before making a decision, Reynolds said she would weigh several factors, including the state of the economy, the amount of state funding and feedback and recommendations from the subcommittee. SEE BOND, P7
THE BOTTOM LINE
‘It’s not every day that law enforcement gets together with these great partnerships and rolls out a tool that doesn’t exist to help prosecution.’ George Brauchler, district attorney | Page 6 INSIDE
VOICES: PAGE 12 | LIFE: PAGE 16 | CALENDAR: PAGE 27 | SPORTS: PAGE 31
VOLUME 15 | ISSUE 46
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MY NAME IS
NEWS IN A HURRY
Student, book lover, aspiring publisher The creative process I love creative writing. I want to be a book editor. I have tried writing books. I just know that I rather enjoy helping people with the creative process. People come to me with their papers to edit all the time. I love that. I have always been a bookworm. I was a crazy, crazy reader. I always knew I liked stories. It wasn’t until I started putting them in my own writing that other people would come to me and ask for help with their own writing. That is when I decided that it was actually fun to edit other people’s work.
Kelley Comstock, 24, has a passion for the English language and is pursuing her dream of being an editor. She laughs at the fact that in middle school she was put in a program for kids who had difficulty with language arts. STEPHANIE MASON
Finding a school, work balance I am about to finish up my bachelor’s. I am really hoping I will be done by next year. I go to Brigham Young University. I am going to drive back to school in January and be there until July. I’ve worked in Lone Tree since 2013. I’ve been half in Idaho and half here. I feel kind of mismatched. I focus all my time on work while I am here, so I can be stable enough to spend all my time on studies when I am at school. Tough start in learning language arts I really started to enjoy language
arts in middle school. I actually had a really hard time with it at first. I think it was the grammar that I struggled with. My school, Littleton Academy, decided to have a special program where they took the kids who fell behind in English to a classroom where five of us had one teacher. They did more in-depth explanations. They worked with how each of us learned. That’s when I realized that I really enjoyed writing.
really is. Our language is insane. It has evolved so much over the years; everything is a verb now. They must have to update the dictionary all the time. Our language is ever-evolving and grammar tries to keep it under control. I had a teacher once describe our language as a little nymph running through the forest. Grammar is a bunch of guys in top hats and monocles, trying to figure out what on earth it does.
Finding a passion for language You can understand a sentence, but you don’t realize how intricate it
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Douglas County detentions earns award In November, the Douglas County Detentions Division earned its second reaccreditation by the largest correctional association in the world, American Correctional Association. Maintaining accreditation through the association helps to ensure best practices. An audit includes assessments of administration and management, facility safety and offender programs. The association also assesses issues and concerns that may affect the quality of life in the facility such as staff training, programs and overall strengths and weaknesses of the agency. “It is important that we continue to evaluate our policy and procedures to ensure that we are managing our detentions division in the most practical way possible while also ensuring the safety and security of our inmates and staff,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. “The reaccreditation process enforces that evaluation and guides us in areas that need improvement.” The next audit for the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office will be in 2019. Lone Tree trail closures From Nov. 30 through Dec. 26, the regional trail connector that extends form the end of Cabela Drive will be closed due to construction of Retreat at RidgeGate. The Willow Creek Trail segment south of Crossington Way will be closed until Nov. 30 for improvements being made.
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For the second time in a little more than a year, a Colorado State Patrol trooper was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while investigating a separate accident on Interstate 25 in Douglas County. Trooper Cody Donahue, 34, was killed while investigating a propertydamage accident near Castle Rock the afternoon of Nov. 25, according to the state patrol. Authorities say a Denver man struck Donahue with his vehicle. Noe Gamez-Ruiz, 41, was arrested and faces charges of careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor, and failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle, a traffic infraction, the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office stated in a news release. Gamez-Ruiz posted $500 bond early the morning of Nov. 26 and was released from the Douglas County Detention Facility. Donahue, an 11-year patrol veteran, husband and father of two, was asDonahue signed to the Castle Rock state patrol office. “He certainly will be missed as a trooper and an individual, to say the least,” Trooper Josh Lewis with the state patrol said. “Today was a sad day Gamez-Ruiz for the Colorado State Patrol,” a state patrol news release said. “The Colorado State Patrol is asking for thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” At approximately 1:50 p.m. Nov. 25, Donahue, who lived in Parker, was working near I-25 and Tomah Road when he was struck by a commercial vehicle, Lewis said. Donahue was investigating a non-injury accident on northbound I-25 south of Castle Rock, according to the state patrol. The passing vehicle — identified by the sheriff ’s office as a box truck belonging to U.S. Foods — struck him while he was out of his vehicle. Donahue had been working the scene of the crash with another state trooper, Matthew Normandin, and both troopers were on the side of the roadway in marked cars with their patrol lights on, according to an arrest affidavit. Normandin, who was sitting in his vehicle, told investigators he saw Donahue “standing at about the middle of the wrecked vehicle.” He then saw a truck “cross the solid white fog line” and hit Donahue, the affidavit says. Normandin said he immediately knew
HOW TO HELP A memorial fund has been set up on gofundme.com to assist the family of Trooper Cody Donahue. “It is an unimaginable tragedy for our whole family, but especially for his wife and two young daughters,” the page says. “Please consider donating money to help his family through this difficult time. Our hearts are broken.” More than $50,000 had been raised as of the morning of Nov. 28. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/codydonahue-memorial-fund
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS SET A funeral for Trooper Cody Donahue is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 2. at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 East Hampden Ave. in Cherry Hills Village. Donahue, 34, of Parker, is remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend to many more, according to an obituary posted to the website of funeral home Ellis Family Services. A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Donahue was studying engineering at the University of North Dakota when he met his wife, Velma Dusper. The couple moved to Denver and had two daughters, ages 10 and 7. There, Donahue began an 11-year career with the Colorado State Patrol.
“Cody was extremely hard working, honorable and genuinely kind. He was so honest he even gave his own wife a ticket,” the obituary states. “Cody is our angel and his death has left a hole that cannot be filled.” In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Flying Wheels Foundation, 15055 South Golden Road, Golden. The organization provides temporary financial assistance for officers and their families who have been injured or killed in the line of duty. For more information, go to www. flyingwheelsfoundation.com. Donahue was dead. Gamez-Ruiz pulled over and remained on scene until emergency personnel arrived, according to the sheriff ’s office. Authorities reviewed video from Gamez-Ruiz’s truck and from Donahue’s patrol car and determined Gamez-Ruiz was about 100 feet ahead of the vehicle in the next lane over but did not change lanes, the affidavit says. The suspect took a voluntary blood test, but neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected as being a factor in the crash, a sheriff ’s office spokesman said. Donahue was the third state patrol trooper killed in the past 18 months. SEE TROOPER, P29
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Three finalists for Lone Tree police chief identified Position has been open since Streeter’s retirement in June STAFF REPORT
Commanders from the Parker, Aurora and Colorado Springs police departments have been identified as the three finalists for the Lone Tree police chief position. The position has been open since Jeffrey Streeter retired in June. The city has released the following names as the finalists: • Ron Combs is a commander with the Town of Parker Police Department. His LinkedIn page says he became a captain with the department in 2002. He was one of six finalists for
the Lone Tree police chief position in 2013 when Streeter was ultimately hired. A 2012 Colorado Community Media story notes that Combs was honored at that time for more than 25 years of service with the Parker Police Department. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. • Kirk Wilson is a commander with the Colorado Springs Police Department. His LinkedIn page says he has been with the department since 1995 and has held his current rank since 2012. His background includes service in the patrol, professional standards and investigations divisions. He has served as a master patrol officer, crimes against children/adult sex crimes detective and homicide detective. He completed the FBI National Academy and received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of
Colorado at Colorado Springs. • Eric Stewart is a commander with the Aurora Police Department. His LinkedIn page says he has been with the department since 1994, and says he was a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department for nearly nine years before that. His background also includes 13 years in various adjunct professor roles teaching courses related to law enforcement at Community College of Aurora, University of Phoenix and Regis University College for Professional Studies. He also has his own law enforcement/leadership consulting company, ERS Consulting LLC. On Nov. 29, a spokeswoman said the city anticipates making an offer to one of the candidates “in the next week or two.” The choice will be made by City Manager Seth Hoffman.
“We need to have somebody who understands our community now, but also helps us achieve the city vision going forward,” Hoffman recently told Colorado Community Media. Streeter, who served for 24 years at the Lakewood Police Department, was hired as Lone Tree’s second police chief in 2013. Streeter’s annual salary at the time of his retirement was $127,600. Cmdr. Ron Pinson has filled the interim chief role since June. Nearly 80 people applied for the position, the city’s spokeswoman said. Applications for the position, which oversees a 49-officer department, came in from across the country, she said. The department serves 13,000 residents, and 17,000 people work in the city.
One-stop health care shop opens in northern Douglas County Facility combines ER, urgent care and primary care in one place BY TOM SKELLEY TSKELLEY@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Symptomatic south metro residents unsure about whether they should visit an emergency room or an urgent care clinic now have another option that combines the benefits of both: e Centura Health Emergency and Urgent Care recently opened at 9949 S. Oswego Street just east of I-25, complementing the primary care offices in the building. Located in northern Douglas County, the building is a joint venture between Centura Health and the Larkin Group, a Texas company known for its chain of successful free-standing ER clinics. “We treat everything here,” the center’s nurse manager, Dean Feller, said. “When a patient comes in, we take them to an examination room and the
The Centura Health Emergency and Urgent Care Meridian, located at 9949 S. Oswego St. in unincorporated Douglas County, welcomes patients on Nov. 15. The building combines primary care, pediatrics, medical imaging and an emergency and urgent care department all in one facility. PHOTOS BY TOM SKELLEY nurse and physician will know what’s wrong… We prefer to downgrade rather than escalate.” Another advantage to the facility is, should a patient come in with a life-threatening injury, he or she can
be stabilized, sent to Sky Ridge or Parker Adventist hospitals and admitted directly without going through a separate registration process. Check-in times at the ER and urgent care are shorter than at most area
hospitals. According to Muntz, the facility tracks the time patients spend at the clinic, and times between when patients arrive and get a room was four minutes in October, with a “doorto-doctor” time of eight minutes. Another advantage to the facility is the “one-stop shop” convenience of having urgent care and emergency care under one roof, Muntz said. If patients comes into the emergency room and their injuries are found to be less serious than first thought, they can be de-escalated to urgent care rooms rather than sent to another facility. Likewise, patients in a primary care, pediatric or women’s care visit in the south wing of the building don’t need to go somewhere else for X-rays or MRIs. The atmosphere at Meridian is different from a typical ER, a point of pride for Sarah Muntz, marketing manager for Larkin. Wall art from Colorado artists compliments the softlycolored accent walls and comfortable furniture in exam and waiting rooms. SEE MERIDIAN, P29
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County program aims to prevent domestic homicides
Local law enforcement implements new program to reduce deaths in domestic violence cases BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
In 2015, law enforcement agencies in Douglas County responded to nearly 800 domestic-related calls. “If that seems startling,” Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley said at a Nov. 16 news conference, “please keep in mind that it is believed that domestic violence is underreported by about 70 percent.” So Castle Rock police — in partnership with departments in Parker, Lone Tree, the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office and The Crisis Center, a shelter and resource center in Douglas County — have implemented a new program to prevent domestic homicides. The Lethality Assessment Program was developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence using research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. It evaluates shared characteristics among victims of homicide or attempted homicide and trains officers to spot those while on duty. Thirty states have implemented the program, but this is the first in Colorado. The departments have already trained 400 officers, and the sessions are now part of routine training before an officer is sworn in for duty. And early data shows the program is effective, Cauley said. Since Aug. 1, approximately 128 lethality assessments were conducted in Douglas County. More than half of those identified people at high risk of being killed by their partner. “What we are learning is it becomes very impactful for a police officer to sit with a victim of domestic violence and tell them that you are in high danger of being killed by your domestic partner,” Cauley said. “That’s a very powerful statement to hear from law enforcement.” In the year before a homicide, more than 44 percent of abusers were arrested and approximately 33 percent of victims contacted police, according to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. In contrast, only 4 percent of abused homicide victims used a hotline or shelter in the year before their death. Although the program’s goal is to prevent homicides, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said the training also could prevent other crimes associated with domestic violence. Those might include sexual assault or child abuse. “It’s not every day that law enforcement gets together with these great partnerships and rolls out a tool that doesn’t exist to help prosecution,” Brauchler said. “It doesn’t exist to increase penalties against anyone. It exists, in essence, to cut down on the number of cases that my office prosecutes.”
WHAT LEADERS ARE SAYING “The Parker Police Department is committed to being an active partner in the Lethality Assessment Program initiative in our area. Policing at its root is based on protecting and serving crime victims. This program is the embodiment of those principles for victims of domestic violence. The Parker Police Department, along with our criminal justice partners in Douglas County, are dedicated to this important, evidence-based and progressive program.” — Parker Police Chief David King Parker police responded to 105 domesticrelated calls in 2014 and 114 calls in 2015. Parker police file a case report for every domestic-violence call they respond to. • • • “The LAP program gives the opportunity for officers responding to intimate-partner crimes to better understand some of the dynamics associated within the relationship. The questions asked can (help) the officer determine the threat level and once understood, the officer can begin empowering the victim through providing honest feedback and offering immediate resources to help the victim.” — Lone Tree Police Department Interim Chief Ron Pinson In 2015, Brauchler’s office received 636 misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases from law enforcement agencies. Not all were prosecuted.
DOUGLAS COUNTY CRISIS CENTER For a 24-hour crisis hotline, call 303-6888484 or 888-247-7472 (toll-free).
For more information about domesticviolence services — such as emergency How the program shelter, legal advocacy works and therapy — call The Lethality 303-688-1094, or visit Assessment Pro- www.thecrisiscenter. gram provides org. a two-hour training process that teaches local law enforcement officers to better assess when the life of a domestic violence victim is at high risk — whether the relationship could become homicidal. The intervention is important, Castle Rock Police Cmdr. Jason Lyons said, because a victim is not always aware she or he is in a deadly situation. In approximately 30 percent of homicide or attempted homicide cases, it was the first act of violence experienced by the victim, according to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. Under the program, officers who re-
Lone Tree police responded to 65 domestic violence calls in 2014 and 53 in 2015. This is only the number of calls, and not reflective of the number of cases for Lone Tree. • • • “The Lethality Assessment Program is another tool that all law enforcement officers in Douglas County have to try and make a determination during a difficult time for victims of domestic violence who are faced with difficult circumstances and give them resources so their dangerous situation will hopefully not become worse.” — Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock Unincorporated Douglas County saw 448 domestic violence cases in 2015 and 353 in 2014. Cases do not reflect the number of domestic-related calls that officers received. The sheriff’s office only keeps statistics for the number of cases filed. • • • In Castle Rock, police responded to 113 domestic-violence cases in 2014 and 165 domestic-violence cases in 2015.
DOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE U.S. • In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse cases annually. • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner. • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls. • Only 34 percent of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries. • Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18 and 24. • Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten. Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence spond to domestic calls would screen a suspected victim of domestic violence by asking 11 questions that relate to behavior, threats against life and use of weapons.
Domestic violence can take many forms. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that abusers use tactics such as isolation, degradation, manipulation, stalking, physical abuse, threats and punishment. But it doesn’t always happen at the onset of a relationship. In the early stages, an abuser may be charming, successful, well-liked and supportive. Over time, behavior becomes controlling. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says victims’ prolonged exposure to cycles of loving behavior followed by periods of abuse can leave them feeling trapped or even believing they are to blame for the situation. “Domestic violence is some of the most complicated, confounding crime that law enforcement encounters — not just the men and women on the street but even in the courtrooms,” 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said. “The dynamics that are involved touch people in their hearts. They’re emotional. They make people make decisions that seem contrary to common sense sometimes.” Some reasons victims stay in abusive relationships include: • The victim fears the abuser’s violent behavior will escalate if they try to leave. • The abuser has threatened to kill the victim, their loved ones, pets or themselves. • The victim loves their abuser and believes they will change. • The abuser has threatened to take the victim’s children if they leave. • The victim is ﬁnancially dependent on the abuser. • The victim’s religious or cultural beliefs prohibit them from leaving the abuser. • The victim has low self-esteem and believes they are to blame for the abuse. • The victim has nowhere to go if they leave. Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
SEE TRAINING, P29
THE LETHALITY ASSESSMENT: While still on the scene of a domestic-related call, Douglas County law enforcement officers are trained through the Lethality Assessment Prorgram to ask the following 11 questions. This helps determine if a victim is at high risk of being killed by his or her partner.
Why do people stay in abusive relationships?
1. Has he/she ever used a weapon against you or threatened you with a weapon? 2. Has he/she threatened to kill you or your children? 3. Do you think he/she might try to kill you?
4. Does he/she have a gun or can he/she get one easily? 5. Has he/she ever tried to choke you?
being married? 8. Is he/she unemployed? 9. Has he/she ever tried to kill himself/herself?
6. Is he/she violently or constantly jealous or does he/she control most of your daily activities?
10. Do you have a child that he/she knows is not his/hers?
7. Have you left him/her or separated after living together or
11. Does he/she follow or spy on you or leave threatening messages?
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BOND: Douglas County School Board will gauge interest in tax measure FROM PAGE 1
Board member Wendy Vogel agreed that gathering widespread support would be critical to any new tax measure. “I would support whatever our community thinks is appropriate,” Vogel said. “ In my view, this isn’t a matter of what I would support, rather what the majority would support. After all, knowing my bias, I would most likely personally support a much larger tax increase than the majority of Douglas County voters, so my decisions need to be based on their wishes.” The board encouraged the groups to include community members not currently associated with the committees to expand the reach of their efforts into the larger Douglas County community. It asked for an update in May to assess feedback and consider community support for pursuing a mill or bond issue as early as the November 2017 election. Bonds defeated in past The community voted down a $200 million bond in 2011 that would have gone toward building three new schools in Castle Rock and Parker and a $29 million mill levy override that would have provided funding for instructional expenses and pay for performance for teachers. In 2008, Douglas County rejected a $395 million bond and a $17 million mill levy override to support building new schools, improving student achievement, recruiting and retaining the workforce and improving the district’s technological advances in the face of expanded enrollment. “Unfortunately, the board has not been able to agree on a tax measure that would allow the community to decide if it is time to support well over $320 million in funding to meet maintenance and growth needs,” board member Anne-Marie Lemieux said. “We also have a significant deficit in teacher pay with average salaries of over $10,000 less than surrounding districts while we are suffering from a statewide teacher shortage.” By not passing a tax measure to help provide more funding, Lemieux said the district has put itself at a disadvantage in recent years. “Since Douglas County voters have not passed a bond or MLO (mill levy overrride) to support public education since 2006,” she said, “it has become increasingly difficult to compete with other districts as well as provide well-maintained schools that offer a variety of programming our students need.”
Importance of support Jason Virdin of Douglas County Parents said that while u the group would support a tax
HOW SCHOOL TAX MEASURES ON 2016 BALLOT FARED: BONDS Adams 12 Five Star $350 million, passed
MILL LEVY OVERRIDES Cherry Creek $23.9 million, passed
Cherry Creek $250 million, passed
Denver Public Schools $56.6 million, passed
Denver Public Schools $572 million, passed
Englewood $1.5 million, passed
Englewood $97.5 million, passed
Jefferson County $33 million, failed
Jefferson County $535 million, failed
Thompson School District $11 million, failed
Thompson School District $288 million, failed measure, members also have concerns about how a divided board could come to an agreement. “DCSD is currently facing an unprecedented level of capital needs with no source of funding. If we believed there was a good chance of a bond measure passing, we would support the question being placed on the ballot,” Virdin said. “However, we do not believe the community will support a bond question with the current division on the board of education and the lack of trust in the majority board directors. We would prefer the board table any discussion of a bond until these underlying issues are resolved.” The group Taxpayers For Public Education said it would support a carefully constructed measure that would be specifically directed to take care of two very pressing issues within the district: capital needs and teacher compensation. However, it would not support an initiative without a statement of transparency and accountability from the district and the school board. “We need to take care of these dire capital needs and make sure we help stem the tide of highly effective teachers leaving the district with a much-needed compensation increase,” Taxpayers for Public Education said in an email. “But, to make sure taxpayer dollars are used wisely, we need the board to pledge to be transparent in how dollars are spent, and not re-direct that money, as they have in the past, to programs that offer little value to students, teachers and the community.” During the recent election, the Jefferson County School District failed to pass a $33 million mill levy override that would have gone toward attracting and retaining teachers and hiring more mental health staff and a $535 million bond proposal that would have funneled money into building new schools and improving and repairing aging ones. The outcome in Jefferson County raises questions about the feasibility of a tax measure passing in Douglas County. “The outcome of the election in Jefferson County this fall
Source: Colorado School Finance Project
‘The community at large has to have confidence that any tax increase is needed and will be used wisely.’ Judith Reynolds, school board vice president
reiterates to me how important widespread community support is for any measure,” Reynolds said. “The community at large has to have confidence that any tax increase is needed and will be used wisely.” Vogel agreed that the failure to pass a measure in Jefferson County could be repeated in Douglas. “It is concerning to me that both the Jeffco and Thompson (Loveland) school districts failed to pass their tax increases,” Vogel said, “as both have been hit hard with reforms like Douglas County.” Board member David Ray said only once action has been taken to ensure that every available dollar is being spent at the student level, is it appropriate to ask taxpayers for assistance. “I don’t know all the circumstances in Jeffco with regards to why voters did not pass their recent ballot initiatives,” Ray said. “However, they are in a similar position as Douglas County, where trust in the school board is in the process of being rebuilt. Hopefully, our community will continue to see our actions where spending is focused on learners, as opposed to district-level initiatives.”
Capital needs are ongoing issue for the district STAFF REPORT
A bond measure to pay for capital needs in Douglas County schools was first proposed by the district’s Long Range Planning Committee in 2015, after an intensive community survey and report that determined the need was critical. The Long Range Planning Committee — a group of community members and parents charged by the district with studying its capital needs — put the price tag at $275.1 million for current and future projects over five years. The committee identified major areas of need as facility reinvestment at $133.6 million, technology at $53 million and new construction to accommodate growth at $38.8 million. Among the committee’s findings: • By 2040, the number of students projected to be enrolled is estimated to reach 128,000 — nearly double the current enrollment, according to the Long Range Planning Committee’s Master Capital Plan. • Twenty-seven schools in the district were built before 1996 and have had some capital reinvestment, including replacement of worn-out systems, but are again in need of improvements. • Of the $53 million in capital needs for technology identified by the committee, about $18 million would go toward replacing aging hardware like computers in classrooms. Data from 2014 showed capital needs were growing at the rate of $25 million to $35 million annually. To help pay for these needs, the planning committee proposed a $200 million bond measure. In 2014, the board voted not to put the measure on the ballot, saying Douglas County residents — already overburdened and paying a disproportionate share of taxes — were unlikely to approve a local funding question. Board members again passed on putting tax measures on the ballot in 2015 and 2016, saying it feared lack of broad community support. In 2015, then-Board of Education President Kevin Larsen said the board did have its eye on growth and was planning for it, saying the district had been diligent in addressing maintenance needs of its buildings as issues arose. Larsen also said charter schools had helped absorb some of the district’s growth. But the planning committee has strongly encourged a tax measure, saying the fixas-needed approach is not sustainable long term. The committee’s projections also take into account the county’s growing population and possible need for more classrooms and schools. Previously, the board had been made up of seven members who were in agreement about not wanting to introduce a new tax measure. However, the election in 2015 of David Ray, Anne-Marie Lemieux and Wendy Vogel opened the door to the idea. All three have voiced support for some form of new tax measure to help address the district’s capital needs.
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Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon, with Nancy Sharpe, Arapahoe County Commissioner for District 2 and Bill Lamberton, the Board President for the Parker Jordan Metropolitan District, cut the ribbon at the Arapahoe Road Trailhead Nov. 17. STEPHANIE MASON
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Arapahoe County Commissioner for District 2, and Bill Lamberton, board president of the Parker Jordan Metropolitan District. The occasion marks a six-year effort to fill a gap in Arapahoe County’s trail network, according to the city. The trailhead, at 15200 E. Arapahoe Road, provides a safe crossing under Arapahoe Road, restrooms, a playground, bicycle racks, covered picnic shelters and landscaping. In 2010, the Open Spaces program purchased the space for $750,000. An additional $1.3 million has since been invested in constructing the amenities. The trail connects to Cherry Creek State Park and Cherry Creek Regional Trail, which sees 4,000 to 6,000 users per month during the peak season, Sharpe said.
South Suburban creates blueprint for the future BY KYLE HARDING KHARDING@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Nearly six decades into its existence, the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District is developing its first master plan, guiding the future of parks, trails, open space and public recreation in the area. “We’re really looking at the blueprint for the next five to 10 years of the district,” Amanda Jeter, of planning firm Design Workshop, said at a Nov. 17 meeting at the Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel. District Executive Director Rob Hanna called the plan a guiding document for South Suburban’s near future. “It creates the pathway for what we’re going to spend our money on,” he said. Design Workshop and the district are
drafting the plan, a version of which should be completed and available for public review early next year. The plan will lay out priorities for maintaining and upgrading facilities and partnering with other entities on projects. South Suburban encompasses 74 parks and more than 2,000 acres of open space, as well as more than 100 miles of trails and four recreation centers across Littleton, Centennial, Lone Tree, Sheridan, Columbine Valley, Bow Mar and unincorporated areas of Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Through focus groups and a mail survey, Jeter said the district has found more support for maintaining current properties than for acquiring new ones. “Most agree on taking better care of what we have,” she said.
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In a race that wasn’t decided until 10 days after the polls closed, a Centennial Democrat has unseated a Parker Republican on the Colorado State Board of Education. Rebecca McClellan, a former member of the Centennial City Council, has emerged as the winner in one of the state’s closest races, the contest for the state board of education in the 6th Congressional District.
McClellan defeated incumbent Debora Scheffel, who narrowly led after Election Night, Nov. 8, but fell behind after further ballot counting in the ensuing days. McClellan took a 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent advantage by the time the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office released updated numbers on Nov. 18. That put McClellan more than 1,200 votes ahead, good enough to seal her election. McClellan — whose election gives the Democrats a 4-3 advantage on the board — said she will be the only
member of the body with a child in public school. “As a public school parent, I will put our children’s education first,” said McClellan, who served on the Centennial council from 2006-14. “I’m proud that my campaign reflected a broad coalition of Coloradans who came together to support positive change.” Scheffel is the dean of education at Colorado Christian University and has served on the state board of education since 2011. “While I am disappointed, I
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Lawyers for shooting suspect unsure about plea BY KYLE HARDING KHARDING@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Judge Carlos Samour Jr. expressed frustration at the slow pace of the case of a Centennial man facing murder and attempted murder charges in an April shooting. Attorneys for Kevin Lyons, who is suspected of killing a well-known Centennial doctor, said at a Nov. 21 hearing they are not yet ready to inLyons form the court what type of plea he will enter. The prosecution also isn’t ready to say
whether the death penalty will be sought. Lyons is accused of killing his neighbor, Kenneth Atkinson, and shooting his wife, Elizabeth Lyons, and neighbor Laurie Juergens — and of shooting at two other neighbors and two Arapahoe County Sheriff ’s deputies. Elizabeth Lyons told police her husband had been acting erratically in the days leading up to the shooting and that he shot her after she suggested he seek mental health treatment at a hospital. Police and prosecutors allege Kevin Lyons then shot Atkinson and Juergens outside while they were trying to help his
wife escape. In June, Lyons was ruled competent to stand trial following an evaluation at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. He could still enter a not guilty-by-reason-ofinsanity plea, but public defender James Karbach said the defense is still determining how to plead. “We really sincerely don’t know what plea we’re going to enter, and I mean that,” Karbach told Samour at a Nov. 21 hearing. Samour had wanted Karbach to advise the court of his plans and hold an arraignment on Dec. 9. Karbach said he may not know Lyons’ plea until January. He said there are
many records to review to determine whether an insanity plea is appropriate, and said a person contracted by the defense to review those had been unable to do so. Chief Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said the office is waiting on mitigation information from the defense before determining whether to seek the death penalty. Samour set a status conference hearing for Dec. 9. He said he hopes the defense will know the plea and that the prosecution will have a death penalty decision by then. “Unless these decisions get made,” he said, “this case is not going to move.”
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Motivating thoughts can be the perfect spark for a successful comeback WINNING WORDS
ave you ever found yourself way behind on a project? I mean really much further away from where you needed to be in order to get something completed by a certain day or time? The pressure mounts as the deadline draws closer, and with every minute or day that passes we almost feel like we are too far behind to close the gap and get it done. And then something happens, and that something is the comeback. We stand up, stretch our legs and arms, shake out the dazed and confused cloud in our heads, pour a cup of coffee and get busy, making up ground as we move closer to our goal or target. And with a big “whew” and sigh of
relief, maybe even catching our breath for a minute or two, we can enjoy our comeback and take satisfaction in our accomplishment. We see this play out every week in sports don’t we? Whether it is a team or an individual that has to rally and come from behind to win, it’s an incredible event to watch. And I don’t know about you, but the bigger the gap or larger the lead, the more I start rooting for the comeback to happen, even if I find myself rooting against my own team or player. I just love a comeback. And here we are approaching the end of the year. Although we have watched comebacks happen all around us and in many sports, many of us still face challenges and are up
against tight deadlines, quotas, and still have a need to finish the year in order to meet and exceed our expectations. Now I want you to think with me for just a moment. Think about the words that might be used in a locker room or in a board room, or at a sales meeting to inspire the team or group to come from behind and claim victory. We might hear words like: dig deep; get fired up; tough it out; drive; passion; purpose; resolve; commitment; luck; momentum or a shift in momentum; teamwork; get your head in the game; there is still time on the clock; we can do this. SEE NORTON, P13
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orry. You will be unable to join me on my spiritual path. A professional asked me, “Where are you going on your journey? I said, “After I leave here I am headed to the groQUIET store. DESPERATION cery Mangoes, if they’re ripe.” She said that wasn’t what she meant. It was then that I realized that I am, more Craig Marshall or less, a paSmith perweight. An acrylic one, with a real scorpion inside. You won’t be able to sit cross-legged in front of me, and obtain any useful knowledge, unless it’s about blackand-white films or doo-wop. You will never be able to meet me in some remote location, sit in a tent with no air flow, and hear profound
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thoughts about life. On. This. Mortal. Coil. A friend of mind, who went through Naropa University (“Transform yourself. Transform the world.”) in Boulder, moved to Hawaii so that she could massage feet. I have never had a foot massage. I have never had a back massage. I have never had a massage-massage. I told the professional that perhaps I am on a spiritual journey and don’t even know it. Maybe we all are. Sure, I have inhaled at sunset beneath a cloudless sky, and contemplated things, but that’s as far as it’s gone. I read about a woman who teaches yoga. Specifically, something called Kundalini yoga. I thought all yoga was alike. Namely, you get some cool pants and a cool mat, and then you turn into a pretzel. A cool barefooted guy walks among his group, making gestures with his hands, just like SEE SMITH, P13
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SMITH: A simple wish: the ability to cross the street without being run over FROM PAGE 12
those women on “The Price is Right,” only slower and more poetically. Kundalini yoga isn’t like that. “It derives its name through a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of meditation, pranayama, chanting mantra and yoga asana” (Wikipedia). Oh. Then I had to look up “pranayama.” It has something to do with breath control. The dog and I pant in the summer,
but I don’t think that counts. What all of this amounts to is that there is another entire population that does not include me. The closest I get to belonging to any group, is rooting for my alma mater. That’s it. I am not inclined to discovering The Spirit, or finding the Principles of Life. I simply want to walk across the street to the mailbox without being run over. “The modern man should take it from the navel upwards to the middle of the eyebrows. This is called Sakti-Chala.”
I rarely quote the Bible, but this is a good one, from Proverbs. “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.” That’s me. I am the fool on the hill. My life is very, very limited. This, writing, is 25 percent of it. Painting is another 25 percent. The other two-thirds are none of your business. Kundalini yoga “aims to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on compassion and consciousness
needed to serve and heal others.” That’s very impressive. Yoga is an old discipline from India. Unfortunately, the news that often comes out of India is completely contrary to everything else that yoga sits for. I will stick with walking the dog, and humming “Blue Moon.” They get me through. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@ comcast.net.
NORTON: There is still time to catch up on projects and goals that matter FROM PAGE 12
So if you are finding yourself behind in the game or if you have fallen behind on projects, timelines, sales goals, or anything else, just remember that there is still time on the clock, and you can do this. One of the phrases listed above always resonates with me a little more than the others, “Get your head in the game.” I love this because for me whenever I feel like I am behind or pressured to perform, I start to get too distracted as I think about ways to catch up or come from behind to win. I generate too many ideas and experience too many feelings and just don’t have enough focus. As soon as I
remind myself to find that focus, seek clarity, I can begin executing and getting done what needs to get done. And in that focus and clarity, I create space for those other words like passion, purpose and momentum to take root in my subconscious, and then I am off to the races and definitely on my way to a comeback. How about you? Where are you as the end of the year approaches? Are you far ahead of your plan and able to coast to victory or are you in need of a come-from-behind win before the end of the year? Either way I would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@gmail. com. And when we remember that there is still time on the clock, and that
we can find our focus and clarity in order to execute our comeback, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.
AGING: Protect belongings with a travel wallet that can be concealed under clothing FROM PAGE 12
el is the easiest and most efficient. Try to find routes that are more direct and require less travel time. For example, you may want to avoid layovers, but if the trip you are planning does require a layover to get to the final destination, be sure to allow ample time to reach the connecting flight. 3. Request assistance in advance. If you or your spouse has physical limitations, or other medical needs that require minor assistance, call the airline in advance to request disabled seating, assistive devices, or to get help carrying your luggage. You can also request pre-boarding, if needed, when checking in for your flight. 4. Ensure the destination is prepared. Call the hotels and tourist destinations you plan on visiting to ensure they can accommodate your needs. If you are traveling to visit family or friends, call to ensure that they understand your needs and are prepared to accommodate them. Giving them time to prepare will ensure you are comfortable and safe during your visit. 5. Print documents and make copies. Prepare a travel folder and include a full itinerary, along with copies of airplane or bus tickets, hotel reservations, and photocopies of important documents such as a passport or physician’s note. If you are traveling alone,
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Flight For Life Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado have announced a new addition to their emergency services — a helicopter uniquely designed to transport pediatric patients and newborns within a 120-mile service area of metro Denver. The helicopter, expected to take flight in 2017, will be based in metro Denver and staffed by nurses and respiratory therapists from flight crews at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “For several years our newborn team has been traveling substantial distance by ground to respond to critically ill infants,” said Kathleen Mayer, director of Flight For Life Colorado. Flight For Life Colorado is the critical care transport service of Centura Health, a network including 17 hospitals, two senior living communities and more than 100 other physician practices in the region. Children’s Hospital Colorado was founded in 1908. Its 16 locations in Colorado — including Highlands Ranch — provide a network of pediatric care. The new aircraft will allow Children’s pediatric teams to respond more quickly and efficiently, Mayer said. “The metro-area traffic is getting to be more and more of a factor for us,” she said. The helicopter, an Airbus H130 T2 leased by Air Methods Corp., also
provides some independence. The pediatric crew was previously sharing a helicopter with teams focused on treating older patients, Mayer said. However, the needs of pediatrics crews are more than what it could offer. The other aircraft performs well at high altitudes, Mayer said, particularly during rescues. And it has t good horsepower. What it lacks is the e space required for equipment used in a w pediatric and infant care. Joe Darmofal, director of the flight R team, outreach and education at Chila dren’s Colorado, said the pediatric helicopter will have approximately R h double the interior space and will o carry an incubator weighing more C than 300 pounds, plus other equipM ment used in newborn transport. F Pediatric teams would typically serve about 1,000 patients a year, he said. That number is expected to grow with the new helicopter’s help. Children’s has brought on a second pediatric team, he said, so two crews will be available 24/7. “We’re doing quite a bit of training between now and when the helicopter rolls out,” he said. The training of crews, which typically consist of three to four people, will include night-vision goggle training, safety training, survival training and training of how medical crews interact with pilots during calls. Also new to the force are two additional ambulances. Flight For Life Colorado expects to transport approximately 4,000 pediatric patients by ground transport annually among the Children’s Colorado Network of Care facilities throughout the Denver metro area.
How to protect from porch piracy BY STEPHANIE MASON SMASON@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Whether it is a gift from a loved one or an item received from online Christmas shopping, the holiday season means an increase in receiving packages. And shipping companies leave thousands of unprotected packages on home doorsteps in your city every day. Unfortunately, this also is the peak season for porch piracy, which is the theft of a package before it can be collected by its recipient. But according to the sheriff ’s offices in Douglas and Arapahoe Counties, steps can be taken to avoid such an event this holiday season. Here is what the sheriff ’s offices suggest: • Don’t leave your parcels unattended — especially overnight. • Ask for help from neighbors. See if somebody will be available to pick
up your package. • Consider an alternate shipping address. • Track and customize your delivery. Fedex, UPS and the U.S. Post Office all offer safety options, sometimes at an additional fee. • Install security cameras. • Report suspicious activity or stolen packages immediately. Here are phone numbers for law enforcement agencies in the south metro area: • Arapahoe County Sheriff ’s Office: 303-795-4711 • Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office: 303-660-7500 • Lone Tree Police Department: 303-339-8150 • Littleton Police Department: 303794-1551 • Parker Police Department: 303-8419800 • Castle Rock Police Department: 303-663-6100
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Rocky Vista students test medical skills in the wild Firefighters provide orienteering course that gives students real-world practice in outdoors
Students from Rocky Vista University’s Rural and Wilderness Medicine Honors Track help a volunteer with simulated injuries in a training exercise at Castlewood Canyon in November. The training required students to locate the volunteers using only a compass and map.
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Many Coloradans take to the trails to enjoy fall colors and get some exercise before winter’s arrival, but a recent trip to the great outdoors was serious business for students at Rocky Vista University. During the first week of November, a handful of students in the school’s Rural and Wilderness Medicine honors program participated in an orienteering course in Castlewood Canyon with members of the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority and the Franktown Fire Protection District. Students in the program intend
to become physicians who may find themselves in remote or dangerous areas during their careers. And the course trains students to locate and treat medical emergencies with minimal equipment and maximum difficulty. “It was great practice and a fantastic learning experience,” second-year
student McKenna Abercrombie said. “I unexpectedly became a `forest OB/ GYN.’ ” With only a map and a compass, students were tasked with finding volunteer “victims” in the wild and treating their simulated injuries, including bleeding head wounds, an internal injury and a woman experi-
encing premature labor. Students also practiced emergency skills such as guiding “walking-wounded” victims to safety and surgically opening airways on mannequins. “The entire exercise was a blast,” said Charles Haverty, another secondyear student. “Most of the first two years of medical school are spent reading about things, but (a class like this) allows me to actually get out and do activities like triage and orienteering. It reminds me that all of the studying is worth it.” Ryan Shelton, a lieutenant with the South Metro training division, said this was the first time the authority trained in such an exercise with Rocky Vista students. He agreed with Haverty’s assessment that realistic practice of the skills learned in class will translate to better results once they are literally in the field. “Rocky Vista is on the right path to putting them on the course they’re going to work in,” Shelton said. “The next time we see them, we’ll be calling them doctor.”
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Stan Brown, right, and Mustafa, a Kazakhstani fruit farmer, show off some of the apples they have grown. Brown, who lives in Castle Rock, manages a program teaching orchard management techniques to farmers in the Central Asian country. COURTESY PHOTOS
Putting From agriculture to health care, professionals use their skills to assist others BY KYLE HARDING KHARDING@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
ince the late 1990s, Stan Brown and his wife, Tami, have been teaching Kazakhstani farmers to grow apples and other fruit trees. The Browns live in Castle Rock now, but they lived full-time in Kazakhstan until 2010. Stan returns to the Central Asian country several times a year as the project manager for the orchard management training program they founded there with the help of IDEAS, a Littletonbased nonprofit group for which Tami is director of international operations. They also run a for-profit tree nursery there. “It’s training poor farmers how to improve their lives,” Stan said. Kazakhstan is not the only country where IDEAS operates — and agriculture is far from the only field it has professionals in. IDEAS has more than 100 people doing longterm assignments in 14 countries, including Thailand, Jordan, India and Egypt, while another 20 to 40 per year go on short-term trips. Their projects range from nursing to dentistry to teaching and information technology. “Our mission is to demonstrate love in tangible ways,” says Sarah Rymer, director of communications and recruiting for IDEAS. “Our specific niche is professional skillsets.”
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By IRS standards, IDEAS is not a faith-based charity, Rymer said, but most of the group’s work is in partnership with local entities that are. Volunteers sign a statement of faith and are mostly Christian. However, Rymer said, IDEAS does not evangelize. “We are not traditional missionaries,” she said.
Birthplace of apples Kazakhstan has a rich history of fruit tree cultivation — in fact, the first apples were cultivated there. When the Browns moved there, however, the country’s orchards were in disrepair and its farmers had fallen behind on modern techniques. “The agriculture had fallen into a very sad state because of the economic collapse of the Soviet Union,” Stan said. After taking a survey trip to the country, the orchard project was born. “We had observed that the geography was very similar to eastern Washington,” Stan said. Washington is the leading appleproducing state in the U.S., growing 10 to 12 billion a year, mostly in the rural central and eastern portions of the state, according to the Washington Apple Commission. “It’s been very encouraging to see the fruit industry there take on modern elements and be productive,” Stan said of Kazakhstan. Children of missionaries, the Browns were both raised abroad, Stan in Pakistan and Tammy in Kenya. They met at Wheaton College in Illinois and have paired their SEE FAITH, P17
Members of the Karen ethnic group in Thailand study to become medics. The education program is administered by volunteers from IDEAS, a Littleton charity.
SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERING The Council for International Development calls skills-based volunteering “experteering.” “In increasing numbers, professionals are turning to travel and international service as a way to diversify their experience and help them start careers in the global development sector,” the New Zealandbased organization’s website says. The group urges would-be volunteers to find projects
that match their professional skills. For IDEAS, a Littleton-based nonprofit organization, those skills run the gamut from lab technicians to doctors and dentists in the health care field, to agriculture with mechanics, irrigation technicians, agricultural cost accountants and agricultural engineers. According to Sarah Rymer, director of communications and recruiting for
IDEAS, teachers are the most in-demand career for the group and Jordan is the country with the most demand. Though IDEAS volunteers are mainly Christian, Rymer said that they don’t go overseas to spread their faith. “It’s truly being an accountant or a teacher or a nurse,” she said. IDEAS can be found online at www.ideasworld.org.
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Venue brings beautiful lights to holiday nights Hudson Gardens, at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton, is transformed into a magical spot to visit through New Year’s Eve, with thousands of lights that twinkle and invite a visitor to walk along curving paths, through a lighted tunnel Sonya Ellingboe and beside the reflective pond. Meet Santa and enjoy hot cocoa — and music — as you wander. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 through 24, 26 through 31. Tickets: $9 adult/$7 member/$7 military/$6 child ages 4-12/free 3 and under. (Altitude Tickets or at the door.) Free parking. Hudsongardens.org.
‘Free for Kids’ program The Denver Art Museum has added two-year support from Bellco for its Free For Kids (18 and under) general admission to the museum. Since trustee Scott Reiman initiated the program in March 2015, school visits have increased more than 50 percent. A related mural by local artists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios is also funded by Bellco at 1515 Market St. (1515 Restaurant) in Denver. Information: denverartmuseum.org. (Special
exhibits such as the current ‘Star Wars’ one cost extra.) ‘Nutcracker’ ballet The Littleton Youth Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” will be presented at Colorado Heights University Theatre, 3001 S. Federal Blvd. Performances: 7 p.m. Dec. 2; 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and Noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets: 303-7946694, littletonyouthballet.org/thenutcracker. ACC Music Dept. Three free concerts are the Arapahoe Community Music Department’s gift to the community. All are in the Waring Theatre, Littleton campus: • Dec. 6, 7 p.m. — ACC Choir, directed by Ron Kientz • Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. — ACC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Cecil Lewis • Dec. 12, 7 p.m. — ACC String Orchestra, directed by Rene Knetsch Denver Potters Association The Denver Potters Association Winter Show and Sale will be Dec. 1-4 at Sixth Avenue United Church, 3250 E. Sixth Ave., Denver. Potter Anita Garfein of Littleton will exhibit her work. Hours: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Holiday jazz performances The Colorado Jazz Repertory
Orchestra will perform its Christmas show twice, with vocalist Heidi Schmidt: Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at Rialto Theatre in Loveland, 228 E. Fourth St. (970-962-2120) or Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Tickets: $20/$25/$30, 303-987-7845, Lakewood. org/Tickets. Ballet Ariel Ballet Ariel will present seven performances of “The Nutcracker” at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood: 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets: $35/$30/$25 (children), Lakewood.org/Tickets, 303-987-7845. Gift books Specially selected gift books are available at two local libraries: The Better Book Bonanza on Dec. 3 and 4 at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, and Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum’s Holiday Sale, which runs daily during library hours through Christmas Eve at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Arvada Fine Art Market The Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, holds its 30th annual Fine Art Market through Dec. 18 with original items in every medium, in the Main and Upper Galleries. In addition, The ACES
sale and show features works by instructors and students in the center’s studio art classes in the Upper Gallery. Nature photographs Photographers are invited by the Audubon Nature Center to participate in the fifth annual “Share the View” International Nature Photography Competition. See denveraudubon.contestvenue.com. (Proceeds benefit the education program.) Winning images will be displayed by the Mile High Wildlife Photography Club in January at University of Colorado South Campus (formerly the Wildlife Experience.) Silly stuff The Ultimate Christmas Show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at PACE Center, by “the fruitcakes of the Reduced Shakespeare Company,” who will give us an irreverent but heartwarming trip through the holidays. PACEtickets@parkeronline.org. Arapahoe Philharmonic “Miracles of the Season” is the holiday-themed concert by the Arapahoe Philharmonic, to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Haydn’s “Miracle Symphony” will be featured. Tickets: Arapahoe-phil.org or 303-781-1892.
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professional skills with religious beliefs to work in developing countries for decades, with Stan working in business development and Tammy in public health. Before Kazakhstan, they lived in Turkey. The biggest obstacle to getting westerners to work in Kazakhstan is a perception that it might be a dangerous or undesirable place to live, Stan said. “Because it has ‘stan’ in its name, people think ‘Pakistan, Afghanistan, war,’” he said.
However, he said the country is modern and has a lot to offer. “It’s a beautiful country with beautiful mountains,” he said. “When people over there ask us what Colorado is like, we say ‘it’s a lot like here.’ ” A family affair Stan and Tami’s daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Shledon Nest, also work for IDEAS, as health care professionals in Thailand. Lauren, a nurse by training, grew up mainly in Kazakhstan, while her parents worked there. Now, she and Sheldon, a son of Colombian im-
migrants who was raised in New Jersey, administer a program that trains people from the Karen ethnic group in rural parts of Thailand to be health care professionals. “I never would have imagined myself working with Karen people,” Sheldon said via email. “But when I learned of this opportunity I jumped at the chance to be a part of something that has lasting impact.” Lauren and Sheldon met at Liberty University, a Christian school in Virginia, where Lauren received a nursing degree and Sheldon earned a degree in health promotion.
Sheldon went on to get a master’s degree in public health from Colorado School of Public Health while Lauren worked as an emergency room nurse in Fort Collins. The Nests have been in the city of Chiang Mai, in the northern part of Thailand, for more than a year now, and their daughter was born there eight months ago. They believe they were meant to help there, Lauren said in an email: “We believe that God has called us to use our professional skills to work with individuals and communities that are marginalized and have very little access to quality health care.”
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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ brings holiday happiness to Lone Tree BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
“It’s an iconic and important story,” said actor Jamie Horton as he looked forward to “a season inhabiting the character of George Bailey. I care a lot about it and am very fond of the piece — it’s really special as a live radio play …” Horton, currently an associate professor of drama at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, performed with the Denver Center Theatre Company for its first 23 years and was a much-loved figure in the Denver theater
community. He has returned regularly over the holidays to perform with Stories on Stage and in an annual Christmas reading at the Tattered Cover Book Store (Dec. 12 this year.) This season, he will perform as George Bailey in Lone Tree Arts Center’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” which runs Dec. 8-18. The play, adapted by Joe Landry from the 1946 movie that starred Jimmy Stewart as Bailey, will be directed by Randal Mylar, who also worked at DCTC in earlier years and helmed last year’s “Explorer’s Club” at Lone Tree, as well as
other productions. It will be presented as a live, 1940s-era radio broadcast, complete with an applause sign, commercial jingles and on-stage sound effects. A cast that includes Randy Moore, Stephanie Cozart, Mark Rubald, Michael Santo, Randy S. Pierre, Lisbeth Splawn and others will take on multiple roles as a few dozen characters. Bailey’s story unfolds one Christmas Eve as he reflects on his life and considers suicide. His guardian angel appears to show him good scenes from his past life and how it might have been had he not lived …
“It’s a lovely story,” Horton said. “The idea of having a chance to see how much one’s life means has special meaning to me.” He has not played this role before — although it seems like a natural for him. We spoke with Horton in New Hampshire, which is near where he and his wife, Nancy, met in high school, he said. In a sense, he has two homes: New England and Colorado … He spoke fondly of “flying into Denver and seeing the mountains again.” And he’ll be spending time with old friends, on and off stage. Rehearsals started Nov. 22.
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‘A Krumpus Story’ puts silliness on Denver stage Buntport production is based on tales from Bavaria, Austria
IF YOU GO “A KRUMPUS STORY” plays Dec. 1 to 18 at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $14, go to eventbrite.com and search for A Krumpus Story.
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Sam Provenzano called themselves “The Boys Hair Club,” although Sam is a girl, with short hair (“we all have some hair”) and they have worked every Monday for 16 months on “A Krumpus Story,” which will play Dec. 1 to 18 at Buntport Theater in Denver. A successful Kickstarter campaign, sup-
Four theater professionals got together, as a writing collective, and wrote a play about quantum theory, which was not successful, said member Leigh Miller of Centennial. Then one of the group moved to New York and the other three continued to meet. Leigh Miller, Andy Waldschmidt and
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Political Douglas County Democrats executive committee meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at various sites. Contact Mike Jones at 720-509-9048 or email info@DouglasDemocrats.org. Social-discussion meetings take place in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree and Roxborough. Visit douglasdemocrats.org and click on calendar for more information.
Highlands Ranch, Roxborough, and Lone Tree Democrats meet at 7 p.m. the Thursday of every month for topical speakers and lively discussion at the James H. LaRue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Visit www. douglasdemocrats.org for more information.
Douglas County Libertarian Development Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Rio Grande Restaurant, 9535 Park Meadows Drive. Go to LPDG.org. The group also has a very active Facebook page. In addition, we are also recognized by the State Libertarian party. Contact Wayne Harlos at 303-2293435. Douglas County Republican Women meets at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday each
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CURTAIN TIME Four short plays “4 X’Mas” by George Cameron Grant is presented by the new Lost and Found Productions Dec. 9-17 at the Bug Theatre, 3674 Navajo St., Denver Highlands. Four female directors bring four short holiday plays to the stage: Deb Flomberg, Allison Learned, Katie Mangett and Elizabeth Neuhauser. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Dec. 21, 22; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18; $15 advance/$20 at the door, LostandFoundProductions.net.
Musical version “A Christmas Story: The Musical” plays through Dec. 30 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., downtown Littleton. Directed and choreographed by Nick Sugar, with additional choreography by Kelly Kates and musical direction by Donna Debreceni. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays, Dec. 12 and 28; 2 p.m. Sundays; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 11. Tickets: $25 to $44, 303794-2787, ext. 5, townhall artscenter.org/a-christmas-story.
Santa at Avenue Theater “Santa’s Big Red Sack” is presented for the eighth year, through Dec. 24, at the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver Uptown. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and Dec. 21; 4 p.m. Sundays and Christmas Eve. Tickets cost $27.50, 303-321-5925, avenuetheater.com.
Arthur Miller “A View From the Bridge” plays Dec. 2 through Dec. 31 at the Edge Theater, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Directed by John Ashton. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Monday Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 22 (no performance Dec. 24). Tickets, $28, 303-232-0363, theedgetheater.com.
Suzan Lori-Parks “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” a version with spoken dialogue, written by Pulitzer winner Suzan Lori Parks, plays at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, through Jan. 1. Directed by donnie l. betts. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $24-$37, 303739-1970, aurorafoxartscenter.org.
BDT Stage “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” with new music by Jeanine Tesori and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan, brings lots of holiday tapping to the BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Directed by Michael J. Duran. Performances: WednesdaySunday dinner and show. Call 303-449-6000 or see bdtstage.com for tickets and times.
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Annual Candlelight Walk illuminates downtown BY KYLE HARDING KHARDING@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
The Christmas season kicked off in Littleton the day after Thanksgiving with the 33rd annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting. Thousands packed downtown to watch Santa Claus make his down Main Street on the back of a truck, illuminating more than a million lights in the trees lining the street along the way. “It’s always such a wonderful event,” said Eleanor Advincula, of Highlands Ranch. Advincula and her husband have attended every Candlelight Walk since moving to the area in 1998. However, she noted that the weather was a bit warmer than in some of the previous years. She said in colder weather the attendees seem to get more into the Christmas carols that are sung by a variety of choirs before the event. In addition to candles, carols, Santa and the lighting of the city Christmas tree in the plaza at the west end of Main Street, the event had old standbys like live reindeer, hot chocolate and cider. “Every year we try to keep the traditions the same, but add something new,” city spokeswoman Becky Grubb said. This year’s features included a mobile Santa workshop display that came down the street ahead of him, a holiday float with the “Ice Princess” and dancing elves, led by “Elfis Presley” and “Danny Elfman.”
Santa Claus and his elves celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season in Littleton by lighting the city’s tree on the evening of Nov. 25. KYLE HARDING
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Cups runneth over in ancient treatment Parker spa offers approach favored by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps BY TOM SKELLEY TSKELLEY@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Most people wouldn’t think to look for innovative technology and wellness treatments in one of Parker’s oldest buildings, but that’s what’s in store at Parker Day & Med Spa. The spa, at 19767 Pikes Peak Ave., blends the old and the new in both its Victorian appearance and the treatments offered within. Cutting-edge tools like lasers and ionic equalizers are combined with ancient treatments like massage and an ancient Asian practice that’s recently gotten recognition: cupping. “There’s definitely been quite a bit more interest in it since the Olympics,” manager Nadia Ker said. Swimming fans may remember Michael Phelps’ bruised physique during the 2016 Games in Rio. Phelps and other cupping proponents claim it relieves muscle pain and decreases tension after they train and compete, giving them a competitive edge. Owner Tina Long said interest in cupping may be new but she’s offered the treatment since 1993. Clients seek the treatment for migraines, improved circulation and carpal tunnel syndrome, among other maladies, she said. Everyday use forces muscles and skin to tighten, she said, and cupping pulls them loose. “It’s literally sucking your tissues up into this cup,” Long said. “It forces stretching within the skin, muscle tissue, fascia, tendons and ligaments.” Folk medicine practitioners have used cupping for centuries with the goal of stimulating the immune system, draining toxins from the body
and improving blood flow with bamboo, glass or plastic cups. At Long’s spa, clients begin the treatment by standing on a treadmilllike movement plate that vibrates vigorously to ramp up blood circulation. The next step is lying on a massage table as lasers pass over the client to heal the skin. A massage follows, during which the cups are applied to the back. The cups are gently set on the skin, then a valve is pumped to extract air and create suction. “A lot of people aren’t used to the feeling because it’s a pull, not a push,” said massage therapist Anna Robertson, who likens the technique to the opposite of pushing on pressure points. “It’s kind of a sucking, pinchy feeling,” said Rich Gerber, a seven-year client at the spa who said he’s been getting cupping treatments about once a month for the past 18 to 24 months. Despite increased interest in the procedure, there isn’t much clinical research on cupping’s effectiveness. Researcher Edzard Ernst of the University of Exeter wrote that there is some evidence that it may relieve pain, but it is difficult to evaluate claims of other health benefits from the practice. But, though he admits he was initially skeptical, Gerber swears by the treatment to relieve pain in his muscles and lower back. “The first time it was like `What are you doing to me?’ ” he said. “But the more and more they did it, the better and better I felt.” One unavoidable side-effect that comes with the treatment is bruising, but Gerber and Long said they generate more laughter than discomfort. Long avoids placing cups on clients’ necks. For some reason, she said, “They don’t want their spouses to see bruises on their necks.”
Parker Day & Med Spa owner Tina Long applies cups to a client as lasers flash over his body on Nov. 14. Long says the lasers, along with cupping and an ionic foot bath, detoxify the body. COURTESY PHOTOS
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Send volunteer opportunities to hharden@ coloradocommunitymedia.com 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Program Provides information and support to crime victims Need: Victim Adocates interact with and support victims of domestic violence. They also provide resource referrals and explain processes to victims. Requirements: 20 hours of training required; volunteers must commit to one morning a week at the Justice Center in Castle Rock. Contact: Mel Secrease, 720-733-4552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other details: Tutors do not need to speak the student’s language. Most participants are homebound women and small children, adults who are disabled, and senior 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. Next training session is Saturday, July 30. Contact: Sharon McCreary, 720-423-4843 or email@example.com.
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KRUMPUS: Unique Denver play, ‘A Krumpus Story,’ offers fun, laughs for holiday season FROM PAGE 19
Krumpus, who carries a bundle of willow switches, arrives with St. Nicholas in advance of Christmas, to check on children’s behavior. He may leave a switch as a warning, if there’s some question, Miller said. On Dec. 6, children put shoes outside the door at night and in the morning, they find treats — or switches. “An enforcement of justice on those who have been naughty!” Miller said,
adding that his 4- and 7-year-old sons put their shoes out on the appropriate evening. “If you’re bad, you get coal. If worse, you are flogged with a willow branch, if still worse, dragged to eternity,” he said with a chuckle. ‘A Krumpus Story’ is a silly farce, where Santa is the naughty one!” Miller is directing and producing the play — and “being the front office,” he said. His cast includes Michael Morgan, Iona Leighton, Aus-
tin Carroll, Jim Hitzke and Rachel White. They are rehearsing in Denver at an old Denver Center Theatre property. The local literary and theater community here has been very generous with time and space, helping with editing and other details, Miller said. He has performed for 15 years and was able to call on friends. He is a stay-at-home father at present. Miller said he grew up in the Berkeley, California area and received his MFA in acting from the
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National Repertory, which was attached to the Denver Center Theatre for a number of years before it was discontinued. Waldschmidt, an actor/writer, is from New York (and is currently fathering a new baby daughter at home); Provenzano is from Greeley, has performed in this area and is in graduate school in Texas. The trio is excited to launch its new production and hopes theater lovers will enjoy “A Krumpus Story.
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Littleton Youth Ballet ‘Nutcracker’: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Colorado Heights University, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver. Contact Littleton Youth Ballet at 303-794-6694 or go to http://www.littletonyouthballet. org/the-nutcracker. The Nutcracker Ballet: 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at The Oriental Theater, 7373 E. Fremont Drive, Centennial. Presented by Golden Dance Arts. Go to http:// www.goldendancearts.com Youth Theater Auditions: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Spotlight Performing Arts Center, 6328 E. County Line Road, Highlands Ranch. Ages 6-18; show is “Alice in Wonderland, The Full-Length Musical.” Class meets from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays; performance is in April. Go to www.spotlightperformers.com or call 720-44-DANCE for information and tuition rates. A Christmas Story, The Musical: through Friday, Dec. 30 at Town Hall Arts Center. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, with a 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Nov. 26 and 7:30 p.m. shows Wednesday, Dec. 12 ad Dec. 28. Tickets available at the Town Hall box office, online at townhallartscenter.org or by calling 303794-2787 ext. 213.
Colorado Wind Ensemble Outdoor Exposure: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Featuring photographer John Fielder Go to http://www. coloradowindensemble.org/event/ outdoor-exposurewith-photographer-john-fielder/ Live! With the Colorado Celtic Harp Society: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way. No registration required; call 303791-7323 or go to DCL.org. Smithtonians Handbell Choir: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Hear seasonal favorites. Call 303-795-3961. Advent Recitals: noon Wednesdays at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9201 S. University Blvd.,
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this week’s TOP FIVE Holiday Celebration at the Mansion: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Road. Horse drawn hay rides, Santa visits, music, vendors and reindeer games. Self-guided tours and a Candyland-themed scavenger hunt. Free event parking at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Shuttle buses begin at 9:45 a.m. No event parking at the mansion. Call 303-791-0430. Go to http://highlandsranchmansion.com/ Community Fundraiser/ Women’s Self-Defense Class: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Deep Space Event Center, 11020 S. Pikes Peak Drive, Parker. Dragon Hearts Martial Arts teaches self-defense, and all proceeds go to the Open the Doors fund for Parker’s new community center. Go to growcommunitycenter.org.
Highlands Ranch. Enjoy light soup lunch; $4 donation requested. Contact Mark Zwilling at 303 794-2683 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Recital schedule: St. Andrew Sisters, Dec. 7; Jubilee Handbell Choir, Dec. 14; Kay Coryell, Dec. 21. Reunited at Christmas Dinner Concert: 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9201 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Dinner served at 6 p.m. Tickets for sale at www. gostandrew.com. Contact Mark Zwilling at 303 794-2683 or email@example.com Arapahoe Philharmonic ‘Miracle of the Season’: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes will give a brief talk at 6:45 p.m. Tickets available at www. arapahoe-phil.org or by calling 303-7811892. Christmas with the Young Voices of Colorado: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Presented by the Littleton Symphony Orchestra, along with Young Voices of Colorado. Tickets available at the Gorsett Violin Shop, 8100 S. Quebec St., and at www.littletonsymphony.org. Call 303-933-6824.
‘A Figgy Pudding Party’: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock. An evening of holiday music and desserts. Tickets required; contact 303-688-4259 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 303-660-0057 or go to www.newhopepres.org for information. History of Denver’s Union Station: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Presented by author Rhonda Beck. Refreshments served at 6:45 p.m. Contact 303-814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety. org or www.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org. Admission is free. Winter Wonderland Holiday Open House: 3-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties, 6538 S. Racine Circle, Centennial. Dinner, music, games. Networking opportunity for service providers, teachers, parents. Meet new board members.
Cherry Creek Chorale ‘Gloria!’: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village. Go to http://www.cherrycreekchorale. org. Tidings from Bethlehem Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 E. Belleview Ave., Englewood. Go to http://cherrycreekpres.org/christmas/. Santa Visit: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in his little red house at the corner of Broadway and Plaza Drive. Santa visits are free and open to all. Park at the Highlands Ranch Metro District parking lot at 62 Plaza Drive, and walk around the building to see Santa. For the safety of those attending and cars driving by, please do not park on Plaza Drive. Call 303-791-0430. Lone Tree Arts Center Guild Holiday Party: a celebration and thank you to guild members on Saturday, Dec. 10. To join the guild, or for information on the holiday party, contact Tonya at 303-489-5533 or email@example.com. Snowball Dinner Dance Showcase, Am Jam: 4-8 pm. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Adventures in Dance, 1500 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton. Enjoy professional show and dance ballroom, Latin, salsa, swing and tango to your favorite DJ tunes. Call 720-276-0562 or go to https:// www.adventuresindance.com/ event/dancing-with-the-monstars-dinner-dance-showcase/.
SoSu Artist Collective Pop Up Gallery and Market: opening celebration from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; pop-ups open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4 at 6905 S. Broadway. Loose and Fun Pastel Painting Workshop: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at First Presbyterian Church, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton. Led by Fort Collings artist Diane Edwards. Go to http:// www.heritage-guild.com/currentworkshops.html. Contact Mary Kay Jacobus, mkstudio@comcast. net or 303-594-4667.
Light Up the Holidays Christmas party: 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Valley Country Club, 14601 Country Club Drive, Centennial. Plated dinner, entertainment and more. The Founding Chapter of the Denver Metro Breakfast Club event. Call Bernadette Julich, 303862-7912 to RSVP and for information. Tree Lighting and Holiday Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Hot chocolate bar, hot cider and cookies. Event takes place before center’s production of “The Nutcracker Suite.” Go to www. lonetreeartscenter.org.
An Evening of Help and Hope: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Cielo at Castle Pines, 485 W. Happy Canyon Road. Benefit for the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. Silent, live auctions, wine wall, games, food and drinks. Tickets and information at www.detaskforce. org or call Carolyn at 303-6881114 ext. 14. Festival of Trees: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Cimarron Middle School, 12130 Canterberry Parkway, Parker. More than 40 themed trees available to win. Go to https://sites.google.com/a/ dcsdk12.org/cimarron-middleschool/home. George C. Evans American Legion Post 103: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. General meeting will address the upcoming oratorical contest and other 2017 activities. HRCA Holiday House Decorating Contest: submit photos with online form by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Map showing location of each site will be posted; residents visit and vote for their favorites from Dec. 10-14. Winners announced Dec. 17. Go to http://HRCAonline. org/contest for submission form and more information. A Hudson Christmas: 5-8 p.m. select days through Saturday, Dec. 31 at Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Go to www.hudsongardens.org. Tickets available at AltitudeTickets.com.
Commitment Day 5k Run/Festival: 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1 around the neighborhoods of Life Time Fitness in Parker. All levels and abilities welcome. Go to http:// www.commitmentday.com/colorado/parker-aurora/ for registration. Discounted registration through Nov. 30. Contact Heather Crosby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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winter driving AAA says: ‘If you really don’t have to go out, don’t’ BY ALEX DEWIND | ADEWIND@COLORADOCOMMUNITY
inter weather made its debut in recent weeks — better late than never — temporarily causing slick roads and blurred visibility. As the season enters full swing, travel experts advise motorists to a drive with caution and adjust their vehicles for upcoming weather. d “The Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office takes our roadway safety serious,” said A Douglas County Traffic Sgt. Chris Washburn. “Your safety and the safety of your loved ones depends on your full attention to your driving.” Below are five tips from traffic experts to ensure safe travels this winter.
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Slow down Maneuvering on ice and snow requires slower speeds. In an email correspondence, Washburn advised: “Increase your following distance and decrease your speed to allow more stopping room.” The American Automobile Association agrees. “The normal dry-pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to 10 seconds,” AAA’s Winter Driving
Tip webpage says. “This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.” AAA also tells motorists to accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying gas gradually is the “best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids.” Everything — including accelerating, stopping and turning — takes longer on snow-covered roads than on dry pavement, AAA says.
Check the dashboard Dashboard warning lights and measurements go hand in hand with safe driving. A few quick tips from Washburn include: keep the windshield washer full, keep the gas tank above half, and use your wind-
shield wipers and headlights when needed. AAA adds that motorists should make sure their tires are inflated, avoid using the parking brake in rainy or snowy weather, and refrain from using cruise control on any slippery surface.
Pay attention In 2013, 3,154 nationally people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver — which includes activities such as texting or eating — and 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Washburn asks drivers to “put the
cell phone down and please concentrate on safe driving habits.” Colorado law bans the use of cell phones while driving for motorists under 18 and texting for all motorists. AAA recommends that motorists avoid driving while fatigued. “Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter-weather tasks reduces driving risks,” the webpage says.
Make a winter safety kit A motorist traveling in winter conditions should make a winter safety kit and keep it in his or her car, Washburn recommends. The kit should include, at minimum, blankets, non-perishable
food, water and a flashlight. For long-distance winter trips, AAA says motorists should also include a cellular phone with AAA’s number, blankets, gloves, hats and any needed medication.
In case of emergency In Colorado, many escape to the mountains for the weekend to ski or snowboard. Motorists should be prepared if weather conditions escalate while driving. “If you are stranded or stuck on a winter road, only run your car periodically to keep warm,” Washburn said. “Stay with your vehicle and don’t attempt to walk through a major storm. Help will arrive to you if you stay with
your vehicle.” Motorists also should keep windows cracked while the motor is running to avoid carbon monoxide buildup in the vehicle, he said. Finally, when it comes to winter driving, AAA says: “Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.”
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TRAINING: Castle Rock police receive domestic-related calls each week FROM PAGE 6
If a victim answers yes to some of the questions, the person is immediately referred to support services while officers are still on-scene. The on-scene calls from Douglas County go to The Crisis Center, which offers a 24-hour crisis hotline and free
shelter space, counseling and case management, support groups and children’s programming. Castle Rock police receive domestic-related calls every week, Lyons said. The new screening process, he said, can hopefully help victims look at their relationship differently. He put it like this: An expe-
rienced officer’s assessment that their lives may be in danger could be the push victims need to seek help. The partnership with law enforcement is crucial, Crisis Center Executive Director Jennifer Walker said. Their on-scene calls connect the center with victims who might not otherwise seek help.
And that connection is fast, she said. “I’m seeing this immediate response that historically we’ve not had.” Even though some victims declined services during the intitial call, “two weeks later they’re calling us,” she said. About half of the highrisk victims identified since
August have continued receiving services. The important part in the new program is the greater awareness of resources, Walker said, and for victims to know help is available. “Whether it’s in that moment, or even if it’s later,” Walker said, “that’s what we really want.”
TROOPER: Drivers told to slow down for officers along side of the road FROM PAGE 4
Trooper Jaimie Jursevics was struck and killed Nov. 15, 2015 by a drunken driver on I-25 in Castle Rock. Retired Army Col. Eric Peter Henderson, who
was driving back from a Denver Broncos game, was sentenced to eight years in prison. On May 23, 2015, Trooper Taylor Thyfault was struck and killed by a fleeing suspect’s vehicle on Colorado
MERIDIAN: Emergency room opens doors FROM PAGE 5
“The overall feel of the building contributes to a good feeling for the patient,” Muntz said. “We wanted to make it feel welcoming, not sterile. The flooring’s not all linoleum squares.” Patient volumes have exceeded expectations, said Debra Carpenter,
south Denver group director for Centura Health, noting that the building is located to serve people within a sevenminute drive, “We did a lot of assessment into the community to make sure there was a need for this,” Carpenter said. “We were right.”
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66 in Longmont. Christopher Gebers was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the crash. Thyfault was a cadet at the time of his death, but was posthumously promoted to trooper.
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It’s 1988, and the annual Christmas Pageant is being held for a local Children’s Fund, when someone mysteriously dies, the group is left to determine whether it was natural causes, an accident or murder!
Holiday Brunches - december 3, 10 & 17 No ordinary dining experience, here you’ll enter an exquisitely elegant setting and enjoy a delightful mix of sweet and savory seasonal menu items, all while taking in one of the most breath-taking views in Colorado.
Adapted by Joe Landry Directed by Randal Myler
December 8 – 18
december 2, 9 , 10, 17 & 18
Celebrate the Season with performnces by The Denver Brass, Norm Silver’s White Christmas, Rene Heredia, and Colecannon. Book your tickets now, there’s nothing like the Holidays at the Castle!
Artist Exhibition - december 3 Join us in the Great Hall for an exhibition of original paintings created at Cherokee Ranch with special musical guest Hank Troy & Wende Harston. Castle mini-tours and refreshments included.
Art Afield - december
Capture the beauty of Colorado with your favorite art medium. Artists of all levels are invited to Cherokee Ranch & Castle for its Art Afield sessions this year. Enjoy an exclusive experience with views from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak. Choose your medium, pick your spot and disappear into your canvas for the day.
For more information call 303-688-5555 or visit cherokeeranch.org
In its news release, the sheriff ’s office reminded drivers “that if you see an officer on the side of the road, please slow down and move at least one lane away from the officer, if possible. This is Colorado state law.”
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Featuring the Return of Denver Favorite Jamie Horton in the role of George Bailey This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with an applause sign, commercial jingles, and on-stage sound effects. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Theatrical Series Sponsor
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Valor to play familiar foe for title Brogan’s field goal gives Eagles semifinal victory over Creek
Lions to honor late hoops legend
BY JIM BENTON JBENTON@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM
Freshman kicker Brian Brogan made sure Valor Christian took care of business in the Class 5A semifinals. Brogan kicked a 28-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift Valor to a 10-7 victory over Cherry Creek on Nov. 26 at the Stutler Bowl, propelling the Eagles to their eighth straight state championship game. Brogan had missed a 35-yard attempt in the second quarter but was clutch when it counted most. “I could feel my heart kind of dropping and this was kind of a must-do kind of kick,” Brogan said. “I just went on the field, put my head down and drove through it.” Defending champion Valor Christian (10-3) will be seeking its seventh title in three different classifications when the Eagles challenge another familiar foe in Pomona (12-1) in the championship game, which will be at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Pomona, runner-up to the Eagles in the state title game last season, defeated Regis Jesuit, 24-7, in the other semifinal game. Valor used a fumble recovery to set up a late drive to come from behind to edge the Panthers 29-26 in the 2015 state title game after the Panthers had won an early season contest last season. Pomona once again downed the Eagles 23-16 in a regular-season encounter earlier this season. “They’ll probably talk about revenge about how we won the state championship game last year,” Valor Christian coach Rod Sherman said. “We’re not going to talk about revenge from our earlier game. We want to come out and play as hard as we can. God gave us one more week with
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Valor Christian’s Luke McCaffrey (2) leaps to pull in the interception away from Cherry Creek’s Nick Williams (10). The Eagles prevailed over Cherry Creek by the score of 10-7 on Nov. 26 at the Stutler Bowl in the 5A state semifinal. PAUL DISALVO our team and we want to enjoy that. “Hopefully we will be battle tested after the Creek game and be ready.” Sherman was quick to emphasize to his team, which got off to a slow start this season, that this is different than the seven other state title game appearances. “This feels as good going into the championship game as I can ever remember because of how we battled through some tough times this year,” Sherman said. “At 1-3, you remind the kids to stay on course and that
allowed us to teach them the lessons using the analogy that in marriages these days it seems like when the going gets tough society says ‘go find a new wife.’ What scripture tells us is to dig deep, stay the course and continue to grow. “Who knows what will happen next week. I hope our kids will be able to look back and say there was joy in the process and there was success in the journey.” SEE FOOTBALL, P33
KEEPING SCORE WITH... JP MARINARO What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy because I enjoy an action/ thriller that keeps me on the edge of my seat every time. What is your favorite pre-competition meal? Over-easy eggs on toast because I just like eggs. Why do you participate in sports? I participate in sports for the challenge to win and beat the other opponent and also because I love competition.
What is your favorite type of music and who is your favorite artist? My favorite favorite types of music are rap and classic rock. My favorite band is Led Zeppelin. What is your favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in school is biology because I love learning more about the world we live in. Do you have any pre-competition superstitions or rituals? I do. My pre-game ritual is when I get into the car, I put on my music and look out the window until I get to the rink, then we go out for team warmups once we are all at the rink.
KEEPING SCORE WITH... is a Q&A with high school athletes in the south metro area. Email sports writer Jim Benton at email@example.com if you or some you know would llike to participate.
ittleton High School will honor the memory of former standout basketball player Brooks Thompson at its home-opening game between the Lions and Kennedy at 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Thompson, who helped Littleton win OVERTIME the 1987 and 1989 4A state championships, died June 9 at the age of 45 from multiple organ failure. Thompson’s wife, Michelle, mother Sue, brother Chip and aunt Jan will be at the game for the Jim Benton halftime tribute that will have a commemorative Littleton jersey unveiled. Ron Vlasin, Thompson’s coach, will take part in the halftime ceremony. Thompson averaged 28.5 points and nine assists a game as a senior and was the 1989 Colorado High School player of the year. Thompson played college basketball at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. He played for four National Basketball Association teams, including the Denver Nuggets, and was head coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2006 until March of 2016. “It’s a privilege for our team, our school and our whole community to have a chance to honor Brooks Thompson and his family,” said current Lions boys basketball coach Ryan Fletcher. “His contributions as an athlete and person are an inspiration to our current players and the entire Littleton family.”
Running strong Mountain Vista’s girls cross country team finished second to Broomfield in the Class 5A state cross country meet in October. However, the Vista girls haven’t stopped running. Competing under the moniker of the Vista Nation Cross Country Club, the girls captured the Nike Cross National Southwest Regional team title Nov. 19 at Grande Sports Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona, and qualified to race in the Nike Cross Nationals Dec. 3 in Portland, Oregon. Vista Nation beat favored Desert Vista by 12 points in the regionals while Broomfield finished third. Six of the seven Vista girls who took part in the state meet ran in Arizona, with freshman Sarah O’Sullivan leading the charge. She was 15th overall with a time of 18:17, but was fourth among the runners competing for the team title. Freshman Jenna Fitzsimmons was seventh and Caroline Eck, recovering from a lower-leg injury, was ninth among the athletes in the team competition. “Hard to say what our chances are SEE BENTON, P32
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BENTON: Area athletes are selected by group to join all-state teams for volleyball, gymnastics FROM PAGE 31
at the nationals with so many great teams,” coach Jonathan Dalby said. “A top-10 finish in the U.S. is certainly a goal. We are super excited for the kids and eager to see how they will do against the nation’s best. “It would have been easy for them to give in after being second at state, but these are resilient kids.” Better viewing prediction I’ve never been one to go out on a limb and make a prediction, but I’m making a bold statement about the Class 5A state championship football game between Pomona and Valor Christian in Denver. I’m confident that fans will be able to see the numbers on the jerseys of the Valor players, since the Eagles sported new jerseys with distinguishable numbers during their semifinal game against Cherry Creek. All-State volleyball, gymnastics CHSAANow.com released its all-state teams for volleyball and gymnastics, which included several area athletes. Melissa Evans from Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon’s Skylar Lane, Alyssa Oswald of Mountain Vista and Jasmine Schmidt of Chaparral were named to the Class 5A first team. Evans was tabbed player of the year. Ali Travis and Sam Weber of Holy
Family were first-team 4A selections. Brooke Weins of Pomona was the Class 5A gymnast of the year and the Panthers’ Tracey Boychuk was coach of the year. Joining Weins on the first team were Kaylie Berens of Pomona, Lakewood’s Amber Bell and Kesley Boychuk of Pomona. Rachel Cody of Standley Lake, Camille Dipaola of Green Mountain and Emily Graham of Green Mountain were Class 4A first-team picks. Cody was the 4A gymnast of the year and Green Mountain’s Sandi Peterson the coach of the year. DU soccer team advances Three starters on the University of Denver’s men’s soccer team — which edged Washington 2-1 Nov. 26 during a second-round NCAA tournament playoff game — graduated from south metro high schools. Junior midfielder Graham Smith is from Highlands Ranch, redshirt sophomore defender Scott Devoss is from Arapahoe and junior defender AJ Fuller went to Heritage. 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 jbenton@ coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303566-4083.
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Mountain Vista Middle hitter: Lacey Zadra, Sr., Rock Canyon; Hannah Haveman, Sr., Legend; Amanda Keller, Jr., Mountain Vista; Skyler Clements, Sr., Mountain Vista Right side hitter: Harley Freeseman, Sr., Rock Canyon; Jasmine Schmidt, Sr., Chaparral Defensive specialist: Kendall Hanak, Sr., Rock Canyon; Riley Bradbury, Sr., Rock Canyon Libero: Leanne Lowry, Fr., Castle View; Reven Bradbury, Sr., Rock Canyon; Sam Novak, Jr., Mountain Vista At Large: Madi Kimble, Sr., ThunderRidge; Annie Ell, Sr., Mountain Vista; Taylor Kassel, Sr., Ponderosa
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TALE OF THE TAPE The following is a breakdown of how Valor Christian and Pomona compare. The teams will clash at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 for the Class 5A state championship at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
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FOOTBALL: Defending champs seeking seventh title in three different classifications FROM PAGE 31
Senior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey remembers last season’s finale against the Panthers. “It was a great game last year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a rematch. We played them earlier this season, they are a great team and they got us. It should be a great fight. We’re a completely different team and I know they have gotten a lot better as well.” Senior defensive lineman Ben Kozan will join his older brother Alex, who is now playing at Auburn, as a repeat state championship participant and said the Eagles take nothing for granted in getting to title games. “I feel like people think we keep going every year, but it’s a different team every year,” he said. The Eagles, who beat Creek earlier in the season and in last season’s state semifinals, couldn’t put away the Bruins until the final play of the game in which neither offense could gain momentum. Creek finished with a 288-258 edge in total yardage. “They probably deserved to win the game as much as we did but we were able to make one more play,” Sherman said. The Eagles made two key plays with the game tied 7-7 in the fourth quarter. Christian Elliss blocked a potential go-ahead 25-yard field goal by Mac Willis with 8:45 remaining in the game. “This is our legacy and this is what we leave behind,” Elliss said. “Being able to play Pomona is going to be really fun.” Valor got its chance to play Pomona after taking possession at the Creek 45yard line with two minutes remaining
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New research documents another decline in dementia rates but experts say the rising numbers of older Americans may halt that trend unless better ways are found to keep brains healthy. The study released Nov. 21 shows the rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in adults aged 65 and up dropped to about 9 percent in 2012 from nearly 12 percent in 2000, continuing a decline noted in earlier research.
and given mental tests by phone or in Older adults with the most schoolperson; spouses or relatives responding had the lowest dementia rates, ed for those impaired by dementia or and the average education level other illness. increased during the study years. The dementia rate Alzheimer’s is the most common form MORE INFORMATION ONLINE: declined amid a rise in diabetes and heart of dementia, which disease. Both increase can also be caused by National Institute on Aging: risks for Alzheimer’s strokes, Parkinson’s www.nia.nih.gov and other dementias, disease and other but the researchers conditions. Alzheimer’s Association: say better treatment Led by University www.alz.org for both diseases may of Michigan researchexplain the results. ers, the study was published in JAMA Obesity rates also increased, while Internal Medicine. The National Instidementia was most common among tute on Aging paid for the research. underweight adults. Previous research has shown weight loss may Study looked at thousands precede dementia by several years Researchers analyzed nationally and that late-life obesity may be representative government surveys healthier than being underweight. of about 10,500 older adults in both But a journal editorial says more years, including some living in nursresearch is needed to determine ing homes. They were interviewed
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Prevalence increases with age Dementia was most common in the oldest adults; in 2012 almost 30 percent of adults aged 85 and up were afflicted versus just 3 percent of those 65-74. The number of adults aged 85 and older is rapidly rising and is expected M to triple by mid-century. John Haaga, director of the National Institute on Aging’s behavior and social research division, said dementia rates would have to decline much more sharply than they have to counteract that trend. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that about 5 million people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s, and that is expected to rise to almost S 14 million by 2050.
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., as amended, that on December 23, 2016 final settlement will be made by the County of Douglas, State of Colorado, for and on account of a contract between Douglas County and Lawrence Construction Company, Inc. for the Columbine Open Space Bridge Replacement Project, Douglas County Project Number CI 2012-017 in Douglas County; and that any person, co-partnership, association or corporation that has an unpaid claim against said Lawrence Construction Company, Inc. for or on account of the furnishing of labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by such contractor or any of his subcontractors in or about the performance of said work, or that supplied rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of said work, may at any time up to and including said time of such final settlement on said December 23, 2016, file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim with the Board of County Commissioners, c/o Public Works Engineering Director, with a copy to the Project Engineer, Neil Sarno, Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Build-
Failure on the part of claimant to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve said County of Douglas from all and any liability for such claimant's claim. The Board of Douglas County Commissioners of the County of Douglas, Colorado, By: Frederick H. Koch, P.E., Public Works Engineering Director. Legal Notice No.: 930269 First Publication: November 24, 2016 Last Publication: December 1, 2016 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION FOR BID (IFB) #055-16 PUBLICATION OF COMBINED NOTICES OF SALE and RIGHT TO CURE & REDEEM FOR THE DOUGLAS COUNTY PUBLIC TRUSTEE The Purchasing Division of Douglas County Government, hereinafter referred to as the County, respectfully requests bids from quali-
Rotary Club of Highlands Ranch: 12:10 p.m. Thursdays at Lone Tree Golf Club, 9808 Sunningdale Blvd.; 7:15 a.m. the first and third Wednesday at Children’s Hospital, 1811 Plaza Drive. Call Mary Kay Hasz, 303-888-1867. Service above Self. Living and Aging Well in Lone Tree, a speaker series luncheon, meets at 11:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month at the Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel. Lunch reservations are required by noon Wednesday the week prior to the event and cost $13 per person, which includes a beverage, lunch and tip. For information on the topic and to RSVP, visit www. cityoflonetree.com/agingwell. Lone Tree Optimists meets from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays at LePeep Restaurant, 7156 E. County Line Road. Call Miles Hardee at 303-973-6409. Moms Offering Moms Support is a group for moms and kids. We offer our members playgroups, a monthly calendar of fun events, community service projects, and other various parties throughout the year. For more information on joining please contact us at momsclubhre@ yahoo.com.
Great Books Discussion Group meets on FOR BID (IFB) the first Thursday night ofINVITATION each month #055-16 PUBLICATION OF COMBINED NOTICES from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lone Tree LiMothers of Multiples (MOMS) Calling all OF SALE and RIGHT TO CURE brary. Reading selections are short—plays, mothers of twins, triplets, quadruplets. & REDEEM FOR THE COUNTY PUBLIC TRUSTEE short stories, essays,DOUGLAS or excerpts from lonMOMS holds playgroups, Mom’s Night Themembers Purchasing can Division of Douglas County ger works—and new come Out, twice-yearly kids’ consignment sales, Government, hereinafter referred to as the in at any time. WeCounty, also watch Teaching respectfully requests bids from and quali-other social events for parents of fied publication of combined Company lecturesnotices onnewspapers “The Art for ofthe Reading.” multiples in and around Highlands Ranch. of sale and right to cure & redeem for Public Trustee’s Office. All publications Call Kerri Martin atthe303-688-7628 or David Forwilldetails, visit www.mothersofmulbe on an as-needed basis, for the period of one Williams at 303-708-8854. tiples.com. (1) year, beginning approximately January 1,
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High Plains Chapter, Order of DeMolay, meets at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Monday in the Parker area. With Walt Disney, Mel Blanc and Walter Cronkite counted among its alumni, you won’t find another organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21 years that offers character building, leadership training, and life skill development more than DeMolay. Contact the chapter for more information. Email:highplainsdemolay@ gmail.com or visit www.coloradodemolay. org.
INVITATION FOR BID (IFB) #055-16 PUBLICATION OF COMBINED NOTICES OF SALE and RIGHT TO CURE & REDEEM FOR THE DOUGLAS COUNTY PUBLIC TRUSTEE
The Purchasing Division of Douglas County Government, hereinafter referred to as the County, respectfully requests bids from qualified newspapers for the publication of combined notices of sale and right to cure & redeem for the Public Trustee’s Office. All publications will be on an as-needed basis, for the period of one (1) year, beginning approximately January 1, 2017 to and including December 31, 2017. The IFB documents may be reviewed and/or printed from the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System website at www.rockymountainbidsystem.com. IFB documents are not available for purchase from Douglas County Government and can only be accessed from the above-mentioned website. While the IFB documents are available electronically, Douglas County cannot accept electronic bid responses. Two (2) copies of your IFB response shall be submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked “IFB No. 055-16, Publication of Combined Notices of Sale and Right to Cure & Redeem for the Douglas County Public Trustee”. Electronic and/or faxed bid responses will not be accepted. Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by the Douglas County Finance Department, Purchasing Division, 100 Third Street, Suite 130, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. Bids will not be considered which are received after the time stated, and any bids so received will be returned unopened.
2017 to and including December 31, 2017.
The IFB documents may be reviewed and/or printed from the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System website at www.rockymountainbidsystem.com. IFB documents are not available for purchase from Douglas County Government and can only be accessed from the above-mentioned website. While the IFB documents are available electronically, Douglas County cannot accept electronic bid responses.
Two (2) copies of your IFB response shall be Toplainly advertise your public notices call 303-566-4100 submitted in a sealed envelope marked “IFB No. 055-16, Publication of Combined Notices of Sale and Right to Cure & Redeem for the Douglas County Public Trustee”. Electronic and/or faxed bid responses will not be accepted. PUBLIC NOTICE Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by the Douglas NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS County Finance Department, Purchasing Division, 100 Third Street, Suite 130, Castle Rock, A public hearing will be held on December 19, Colorado 80104. Bids will not be considered 2016, at 7:00 p.m. before the Douglas County which are received after the time stated, and Planning Commission and on January 10, 2017, any bids so received will be returned unopened. at 2:30 p.m. before the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners in the Commissioners’ Douglas County Government reserves the right Hearing Room, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, to reject any and all bids, to waive formalities, inCO. The hearing is for proposed amendments formalities, or irregularities contained in a said to the Douglas County Zoning Resolution bid and furthermore, to award a contract for (DCZR) regarding Variance Standards and Proitems herein, either in whole or in part, if it is cedures and Appeal Standards and Procedures. deemed to be in the best interest of the County The proposed amendments affect the following to do so. Additionally, we reserve the right to DCZR Sections: negotiate optional items/services with the successful bidder. Section 26 – Variance Standards and Procedures Please direct any questions concerning this IFB Section 26A – Appeal Standards to Carolyn Riggs, Purchasing Supervisor, 303and Procedures 660-7434, email@example.com, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding For more specific information, call Eric Pavlinek, holidays. Douglas County Planning, at 303-660-7460 regarding file #DR2016-010. Legal Notice No.: 930295 First Publication: December 1, 2016 Legal Notice No.: 930297 Last Publication: December 1, 2016 First Publication: December 1, 2016 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press Last Publication: December 1, 2016 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS A public hearing will be held on December 19, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. before the Douglas County Planning Commission and on January 10, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. before the Douglas County Board of
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