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A Colorado Community Media Publication

Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 8, Issue 32

Another snag for beltway land swap


Land plan remains contested in the courts By Glenn Wallace

Jack Ferndelli, left, watches as his grandson, Jack, and his son, Scott, of Arvada Presbyterian Church use a cart to load up vehicles with Christmas dinner food boxes to be delivered to families Saturday, Dec. 22. The Arvada Community Food Bank contributed 150 boxes along with the church’s 125 boxes. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Dogs learn, teach new skills with students Middle, high schoolers train service dogs to further develop their patience, understanding By Sara Van Cleve Both shelter dogs and students are giving a second chance through Pawsitive Connection. Pawsitive Connection is a program hosted by Freedom Service Dogs of America, a nonprofit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be service dogs for soldiers, veterans and children with disabilities, physical and mental. As part of the program and the dogs’ training, the dogs work with various groups for at-risk children and teens, including Connections Learning Center, an alternative, specialty school in Jefferson County Public School for students in seventh through ninth grade students who were expelled or at risk of failing. “I saw so much personal growth and change,” said CLC facility manager Donette Kagarise. “They treat each other with great respect. They’ve learned a lot.” For the last semester, Freedom Service Dogs interns Maureen Huang and Kris Landen, both students working on their master’s degrees in social work at the University of Denver, brought service dogs in training to their classroom and taught them how to train the dogs. “Our goals are to help the students develop social skills,” said Huang. “It’s an important confidence builder because dogs can connect with kids in a way adults can’t.” The students were taught how to teach the dogs basic skills, like sit and stay, as well as other “tricks” that are necessary for some of their future owners, such as fetch and pull, to open a refrigerator, for example. Though they were being taught how to train dogs, they learned a much bigger virtue that any dog owner knows is a necessity — patience.

Rhino, a Golden Retriever from American Freedom Dogs, gets a hug from Lorenzo, a student at Connections Learning Center, Friday, Nov. 30. Photo by Andy Carpenean On the last day of class, each student said what he or she learned over the eight weeks, and for many it was patience, which many realized should be transferred to their fellow humans too. Lise Morgan, the serve and learn coordinator for CLC, said the students learn a lot from their furry companions. “They engage, come out of their shell and actively learn trust, empathy and giving,” Morgan said. “The teachers and staff are amazed and see glimpses of the student’s true self.” And the dogs learn a lot, too. Once the dogs have completed their training through Freedom Service Dogs, they will be paired up with a child, solider or veteran who faces challenges such as autism, a traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “It’s a great opportunity to train the dogs for veterans with PTSD,” said Destiny, a stu-

dent at CLC. “It’s cool to get to learn how to do that. I learned how to train dogs and how to read body language, which helps understand people better.” Destiny’s last name is not being published for privacy reasons. Other students said they learned not to judge people without getting to know them first, how to better read emotions and how to cooperate in a group setting. Pawsitive Connection is one of several community-oriented programs CLC offers its students. The students are required to take one of the courses and are placed in the course that best suits them. “It’s all about building empathy,” said special education teacher Lynn Larsen at CLC. “We try to put programs in place that help them understand how other people think.” Other programs include a chance to become an entrepreneur, work with senior citizens, visit patients at Children’s Hospital and other community opportunities.

The long and winding story of the Jefferson Parkway took two sharp corners recently, as one federal court ruled in favor of allowing a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land swap to move forward, only to have an appeals court announce a temporary injunction last week. A federal judge on Dec. 21 dismissed the lawsuit that sought to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from transferring a 300-foot right of way, 617 acres along the eastern edge of the Rocky Flats Wildlife Reserve. Five days later, an appeals court ordered the temporary injunction. That strip of land is proposed to become a 10-mile toll road called the Jefferson Parkway. The new road would connect Highway 128 in Broomfield to Highway 93, about three miles north of the city of Golden, as part of the continuing effort to complete a ring road around the Denver Metro Area. A year ago, the cities of Superior and Golden, along with two environmental groups, all filed lawsuits to halt the land swap, arguing that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had not done adequate environmental review to justify the sale, specifically mentioning the possibility of buried radioactive materials that could be disturbed as a result. Bill Ray, the interim executive director of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA), called it ironic that environmental groups were asking the court to halt a plan that he says would dramatically improve the Rocky Flats Wildlife Reserve. He added that the land swap, including a provision to add 600 acres of open space to the reserve, was vindicated by the ruling. “The decision is very comprehensive. It is very clear, very thorough that none of the arguments presented by the plaintiffs were accepted by the federal government,” Ray said. According to Ray, the land swap deal, which includes about $17 million in funding from multiple agencies and municipalities, had been set to close escrow on Dec. 31. The city of Superior, along with the environmental groups WildEarth Guardians and Rocky Mountain Wild, immediately appealed the lawsuit to the 10th Circuit District Court of Appeals, and filed an emergency motion to stop the deal. According to the temporary injunction, the JPPHA and fellow defendants had until Dec. 27 to file a response to the injunction. After reading that response, the 10th Circuit court judges decided that the plaintiffs would have until noon on Dec. 28 to file a rebuttal, which they did. The court’s injunction was scheduled to lift one hour before the escrow deal is set to close, on Dec. 31. If the judges do decide to extend the injunction past the 31st, Ray said it could imperil the entire land swap deal. Beltway continues on Page 3

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Legislature to look at issues new, old Economy, education continue to be big issues; gun control, mental health on deck By Sara Van Cleve While many issues will return to this year’s legislative session — such as stimulating the economy, creating jobs and funding education — some legislators say gun control and mental health may take center stage. Two legislators, Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Westminster and Arvada, and Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster and Arvada, will be spending some time focusing on issues that still have yet to be resolved from previous years — the economy and education funding, respectively. Kraft-Tharp, who was elected to her first term as a Kraft-Tharp state representative during the 2012 election, was still drafting her bills as of Dec. 21 and said she has more ideas on what they need to include. “Rather than hurrying up and saying, ‘This is my bill,’ I’m really trying to be thoughtful about it, getting a lot of input about it before we walk into committee hearings and it becomes an adversarial thing,” Kraft-Tharp said. “But they’ll be looking at jobs, looking at the economy, looking at mental health, looking at health care and looking at education.” In December, Colorado’s economic forecast was very positive, Kraft-Tharp said, but still more needs to be done to ensure the state stays on its steady economic recovery.

“One of the major focuses this year is around jobs and the economy,” she said. “There will be a package of bills around helping businesses stay strong, get strong, really making sure regulations are effective and efficient; making sure our startups and entrepreneurs are getting the money they need. We’re on a good path, but we need to continue to stimulate the economy.” Hudak, who is serving her second term after re-election in November, said education will once again be a hot topic during the upcoming session. “Education and school finances will be a big topic,” she said. “We definitely will provide more funding because more money is available in the government’s proposed budget. I think legislators are very willing to do that because there is a big hole in school funding, about a billion dollars. We’re going to be looking at filling that.” Hudak and Kraft-Tharp will be working on a bill that looks to improve parHudak ent engagement, especially for struggling schools, Hudak said. “In education, I’m sure there will be a lot of bills, there always are,” said Hudak, the Senate Education Committee chair. Another set of issues both Hudak and Kraft-Tharp said the Legislature will be facing involve gun control and mental health issues. “I think, in terms of gun policies, it will be an issue of intense conversation,” KraftTharp said. “We have a constitutional right to bear arms, but we need to find that line where we’re protecting our citizens, and that’s where I hope the conversation will go.” Hudak said every time there is a shooting, she asks the question, “Where did they get the gun?” and that is what needs to be

addressed. “We’ve don’t a lot of work on school violence since Columbine, but not on access to guns,” Hudak said. “I am still concerned. I’m not trying to say no adult should have right to have a gun, but the access people have to weapons that kill lots of people really fast is horrifying.” Kraft-Tharp said other legislators have filed titles in regards to gun control. “That’s not the only answer, though,” Kraft-Tharp said. “There are a lot of different factors that are involved and one of them is mental health. We have one of the lowest funded mental health systems. Our mental health system has not fully recovered from the 2002 recession and the cuts they received then.” Hudak said the state has virtually eliminated in-house treatment centers for teenager and many people view prison as the new mental health system. “I know we’re going to be paying attention to that in various ways,” Hudak said. Kraft-Tharp, who has experience as a social worker and lobbyist for mental health nonprofit organizations, said Gov. John Hickenlooper has proposed an $18.5 million package to fund mental health services. Hickenlooper’s proposal includes creating five regional crisis centers, increasing beds in the forensic unit and putting more beds in transitional facilities. “I hope this is the start of making a commitment to helping our kids, helping our vulnerable populations and helping people in need,” Kraft-Tharp said. Another health-care issue Hudak specifically will be looking at this session is one she introduced last session regarding the mandatory reporting of elder abuse. Hudak compiled a task force to help figure out the details of the bill, including regulations, training and interventions. She said the Joint Budget Committee seems

The corner has identified the man found dead inside of a Pleasant View house following a Dec. 20 structure fire as William Edward Alexander, 67, and report that he died due to smoke inhalation from the fire. Neighbors reported seeing smoke and flames from the residence in the 1400 block of Isabell Street in unincorporated Jefferson County on the evening of Dec. 20. Firefighters responded, and found Alexander, who is listed as the property owner, inside. The cause and origin of the fire has not been reported, but firefighters said no foul play is suspected.

Canyon wired The fiber optic cable that was laid along

U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon is officially paying dividends, providing cell phone and radio coverage through what has been a dead zone. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) partnered with the company Crown Castle International Corporation, which installed an antenna system comprised of 31 micro cellular sites along U.S. 6 between Golden and Interstate 70, and along SH 119, from U.S. 6 to near Black Hawk. In addition to providing cell phone services for the traveling public, the new fiber optic line will allow CDOT to provide real-time information on highway signs, install real-time cameras to monitor travel conditions (to be viewable on www.cotrip. org) and to improve digital radio services for emergency response in the canyon.



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willing to allocate money to make mandatory reporting possible. “The baby boomers are aging, and it’s becoming a bigger and bigger issue,” Hudak said. “All of us (Jefferson County legislators) are very interested in it. (Rep.) Sue Schafer (D- Wheat Ridge and Golden) has, in Jefferson County, the most elderly people in her house district, and I have a fairly significant number in my district as well. It’s a big problem in our area and we have to go forward or it’s just going to get worse.” Another big issue the Legislature will face this year is Amendment 64. Voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults 21 years old and older in November, but it is still technically illegal on the federal level. Hickenlooper has since put together a task force to discuss the issues and come back to the legislature with a package that will satisfy local communities, the state and federal governments and the vote of the people, Kraft-Tharp said. “I’d like to see the federal government get real on this topic,” Hudak said. “It’s obvious a majority of voters are ready for legalization. As I talk to people, some of them seem uncomfortable with people smoking pot here and there, and we still have reefer madness folks who bought into that, but obviously the majority of voters have a more reasonable attitude about it.” Kraft-Tharp was appointed as vice chair of the House’s Business, Labor and Economic and Workforce Development Committee and as a member of the House’s Transportation and Energy Committee. Hudak was appointed as the chair ofCut the Senate’s Education Committee and as a member of the Senate’s State, Veterans andand Military Affairs Committee. dra The first regular session of the 69th General Assembly of Colorado convenes Jan. 9By G at the state Capitol in Denver. gwal

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Tyler expects many bills, topics Legislator says 2013 will be ‘quite a session’ By Glenn Wallace Life is sweet for Max Tyler, Colorado House District 23 representative, and not just because he beat Rick Enstrom (Enstrom’s Candies being his family’s business) in last November’s general election. Tyler, a Democrat, was appointed to House District 23 in 2009 — which includes portions of Lakewood, Applewood, Golden and Green Mountain — and won his election in 2010 to hold on to the seat. Now entering his fourth year at the Colorado state capitol building, Tyler said that he sees a lot of hard work ahead, even with Democrats in control of the House, Senate and the governor’s office. “We’re going to have a lot of bills on a lot of topics. We’re going to have a lot of tough votes on a lot of tough subjects, some of which will make civil unions look easy,” Tyler said during a recent phone interview.

“What I hear from my district pretty consistently is education and jobs,” Tyler said. He intends for his first bill of the session to address the latter of those concerns, with Tyler a bill that supports small business development centers. For education, Tyler said he was happy to see Jeffco School’s ballot initiatives 3A and 3B pass. “I’ll continue fighting for the most education funding we can with the budget we have,” Tyler said, adding that he was excited for a bill in the works “to make education funding more equitable across the state.” In his commission roles, Tyler will be chair of the Transportation and Energy Committee in 2013, a post he said would be especially busy in the coming months. He said he had already met with the ranking Republican on the committee to discuss items likely to come up, particularly concerning more public transportation options, and expanded roadway projects. Tyler said Gov. John Hickenlooper’s recent

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announcement of $300 million in additional transportation funding for the state was a major benefit. “It’ll create a lot of jobs, about 10,000 jobs over the next few years, and helps keep our roads in better condition,” Tyler said, especially since he does not see CDOT having the funding to build much of anything on its own. On the issues of energy conservation, Tyler said he was looking forward to pursuing new bills designed to lower Colorado’s carbon footprint, “after years of playing defense.” Tyler talked about two bills specifically, with one being a tax credit for home owners who make significant energy improvements to existing homes, or who buy high-efficiency new homes. The other bill, likely to start in the Senate he said, would be a proposal to let home owners use a portion of their property tax payments to pay off renewable energy infrastructure costs. And then there is the issue of civil unions, which Tyler said he still whole-heartedly supports. “It’s going to be quite a session,” he said.

County hears concerns about budget Cuts to mental health and human services draw concern By Glenn Wallace A contingent of community members and city and state officials expressed hopes at a Dec. 18 meeting that the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners would reconsider their plans to cut $688,000 from three county human services programs: Family Tree, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health and Seniors’ Resource Center. Former state Sen. Moe Keller called cutting such services “more than egregious, they’re baffling.” She said that any cuts to mental health and human services often just shifts new costs to

prisons, jails and emergency rooms. She suggested the county could use its ability to increase property tax to raise the necessary funds. “On the hundreds of people who have contacted me, I would ask that you reconsider these cuts,” Colorado State House District 25 Representative Sue Schafer told the commission. Jefferson Center for Mental Health board member Buzz Cleveland told the commission that the center had received no warning, and had no dialogue to prepare them for the budget cut. He asked for the funding to be restored, or even increased to meet public demand. “You are concerned with what we can afford.” Cleveland said. “The question I have is what can’t we afford? And we can’t afford any more Columbines, and we can’t afford any more Jessica Ridgeways, or any more Aurora theaters, or what’s

Beltway: Land swap still at issue in parkway plan Beltway continued from Page 1

He said more than one of the involved agencies had expressed doubts about sticking with the deal if there were any more legal delays. Ray added that even with the court’s blessing, the parkway would still be years and several environmental studies, away from breaking ground. “The granting of the injunction preserves the status quo for now, and Golden can review its options, which I think is a good thing,” said Golden Pro Tem Joe Behm.

Behm said the Golden City Council would have to discuss whether to join in the appeal of the lawsuit, as well as how to proceed broader negotiations with the county and the Colorado Department of Transportation about future transit improvements. He said that the city continues to be concerned about overall 470 beltway plans. “It’s because out of the 150 miles of planned road, the five proposed miles in Golden are really the only section that bisects an established community, so it really is critical for us,” Behm said.

happening in Connecticut.” After public comment board Chair Don Rosier broke with official meeting protocol to reply to the public speakers. “No one here is saying the services provided here aren’t needed,” Rosier said, adding that the cuts were needed to maintain the county’s fiscal health. Rosier pointed the finger at the state and federal level, which has been cutting its contributions to county Human Services by millions. He also said that increasing the property tax would burden all seniors on a fixed income. District 2 Commissioner John Odom was absent. District 1 Commissioner Faye Griffin said the county hoped for future increases in home values to help increase the county budget situation. “When those funds do become available, they will go to the highest and best use,” Rosier said.

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New year is time to try new activities Apex encouraging fitness in community with Arvada TRYathalon By Sara Van Cleve

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A new year brings new opportunities — including trying out an activity or sport. Getting people to try something new is the goal of the Arvada TRYathalon. The TRYathalon is an eight-week program from Jan. 14 through March 9 featuring free or reduced-cost classes, sports and activities from the Apex Park and Recreation District, the city of Arvada, Majestic View Nature Center. “The purpose of the Arvada TRYathalon is to get Arvada residents moving and engaged in activities,” said Apex community outreach coordinator Rachel Van Winkle. “We’re taking the financial barrier away for an eight-week session so hopefully people try something new.” The TRYathalon will feature six to eight classes or activities each week, from dance and Zumba to snowshoeing and hockey, and even some less-

kick-off boot camp classes. The boot camp classes feature stations ran by Apex Center trainers where participants do different “boot camp” exercises, such as pushups, running ropes and more. Some activities during the program may not get participants’ blood pumping, but instead get their creativity flowing - such as watercolor painting and fused glass. “What I hope they get out of it is that they really can try a different activity and find some reward in doing so,” McGoff said. Between Jan. 14 and March 9, residents can receive a free resident’s card, which allow them to receive resident rates for other classes and activities. The card typically costs $3. Most of the classes and activities are free, but some do still have a fee that is being offered at a reduced cost. To see a full schedule of classes, visit or call 303-424-2739. Space is limited for some of the classes and registration is required by calling the above number. The TRYathalon is sponsored by the Apex Park and Recreation District, the city of Arvada, the Arvada Press, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce and Majestic View Nature Center.

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common sports such as pickleball and wallyball. “I think it’s important to get out and be active,” Van Winkle said. “The whole purpose of the program is to move more and focus on issues that help support the community and being healthy. Sometimes you try something new and like it and it engages you to come every week and stay active.” The Apex Center’s pickleball program is the perfect example of something that really engages new players. “People try it once and are hooked,” she said. “They’re moving, staying active and meeting people. It makes for a healthier community.” The TRYathalon was developed after District 2 Councilman Mark McGoff approached Apex with the idea of creating a community wellness program. “It’s very important to me on a personal basis,” McGoff said. “Fitness and wellness is extremely important. I spent a lot of time with physical exercise in the gym and outdoors. I love those kinds of activities.” McGoff, who also has a history of leading hikes on Arvada’s many trails, will be leading hikes as part of the TRYathalon as well. The TRYathalon starts at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave., with

By Darin Moriki The official passage of Amendment 64 could present some difficult choices for law enforcement officials charged with prosecuting and handling marijuana cases that once mirrored federal abolition laws. The constitutional amendment, which was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Dec. 10, added a section to Article 18 that legalized the growth, transport and sale of marijuana for recreational use. The voter-approved amendment also permits anyone 21 or older to possess and consume up to 1 ounce of marijuana and allows for the operation of marijuana retail stores, manufacturing facilities and testing facilities statewide. Hickenlooper also signed an executive order that same day to create the 24-member Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64 and charged it with “coordinating and creating a regulatory structure that promotes the health and safety of the people of Colorado.”

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Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, and Adams and Broomfield County District Attorney Don Quick both expressed hope that the committee will create some clear guidelines by the designated Feb. 28 deadline, but said there will be many unclear or unknown variables in play until that time. Storey and Quick said neither of their offices had heavily pursued low-level marijuana possession charges in the past. In some cases, they said both offices usually issued citations for these low-level offenses in which offenders would pay about $100 in fines unless it was coupled with other serious offenses. Storey said his office will continue to aggressively pursue marijuana distribution and public consumption offenses even after his eight-year tenure ends on Jan. 8. However, he said, it may be problematic to determine what specific offenses may violate Amendment 64. He also said the new marijuana laws may also create further intoxication hazards on the state’s roads. “It’s not very well thought out in my mind,” Storey said. “There are so many intended consequences here.” Storey said the idea of incorporating the regulation into the state’s constitution was short-


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sighted, because it will require a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House of Representatives to propose an amendment. Quick said his office will most likely dismiss the small number of cases where marijuana possession of small amounts was the sole offense, but will continue to prosecute cases where possession is combined with other charges, such as domestic violence, driving under the influence and driving under restraint. “There are a number of questions about how it all fits together,” Quick said. “It’s a very complicated statute, so unfortunately, it’s going to take some time to flesh out what 64 does or doesn’t do.” Storey and Quick said they are concerned that residual Amendment 64 effects may mirror those experienced by the legalization of medical marijuana, such as an increase drug cartel activity. But, what troubles both district attorneys the most is the resounding message sent to children and businesses. “We spend billions of dollars in health advertisements about the dangers of cigarette smoking, but we’re saying this is an OK thing to do,” Storey said. “There are a lot of detrimental, collateral impacts here – much more so than what law enforcement will be dealing with.”


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Jeffco commissioners are given a salary of $87,300 a year, and stay on the county payroll from the day they are sworn in until the day their replacement is in place. State statutes about attendance (not Odom updated in decades) say Odom can be fined $10 for each missed meeting. Tighe and the other elected officials of Jeffco will be sworn in on Tuesday. Several calls to Odom for comment, both after the election, and for this story were not returned. Odom was appointed to the Board of County Commissioners in March 2011 after former District 2 Commissioner Kevin McCasky left to become president and CEO of the Jefferson Economic Council. County Public Information Officer Kathryn Heider said the county had no official statement about Odom’s absence. ”They’re still in office, and the new commish has no authority until sworn in,” Heider said. In 2010, District 3 Commissioner

Kathy Hartman was defeated at the ballot box by Donald Rosier. Hartman still served as the board’s chair through November and December until her replacement was sworn in. In fact, it is considered not common at all for a lame duck commissioner to forego the last meetings, according to Chip Taylor, the Executive Director of Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI). The nonprofit group offers assistance and education to elected officials statewide. Taylor said some elected officials may be hesitant to make decisions that will affect their replacement. “For instance, there’s an obligation to adopt a budget before the end of the year, so there’s some decisions that they know will be passed on to their replacement, but amendments to that budget are always possible,” Taylor said. In Odom’s case, he skipped the 2013 budget approval vote on Dec. 4, as well at the Dec. 18 meeting where members of the public addressed the remaining two members of the commission, upset with some of the funding cuts that Odom had helped to craft weeks earlier.

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Politics, perils filled months By Glenn Wallace It was a year for politics in Jefferson County, both at the local and national levels. It was also a year for old problems like wildfires, and school funding to rear their heads, with varying results. Below is a list of the top 10 stories that shaped Jeffco in 2012, in no particular order:

Jessica Ridgeway murder 

On Oct. 5, 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway disappeared while walking to school in Westminster. Days later her body was found in the Pattridge Park Open Space area in Arvada. Police later received a call from the mother of 17-year-old Austin Sigg leading police to his arrest. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Lower North Fork fire

A prescribed burn, designed to actually lower the risk of a wildfire, had the ironic effect of causing the worst blaze in Jeffco this year. The March fire near Conifer resulted in the death of three citizens, damaged 25 homes, and triggered the evacuation of thousands of households, as it burned 4,140 acres.

Presidential candidate visits

Colorado’s new status as a swing state for national politics meant that the two presidential frontrunners would naturally spend more time and money into swaying local voters. Out of the state, Jeffco emerged as a key swing county, with Gov. Mitt Romney holding multiple local rallies, including one to a sell-out crowd at Red Rocks. President Barack Obama made one specific stop in the county, speaking to a crowded park of supporters in Golden.

DeWild verdicts in cold case

Daniel DeWild, 40, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in the 2003 killing of his estranged wife Heather DeWild. The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on one count of first-degree murder, and a mistrial was held. Weeks later, and facing a second trial, Daniel DeWild pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will be sentenced in February to 72 to 75 years.

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What happens when two well-known men from the same neighborhood in Jeffco decide to duke it out for a congressional seat? In the case of Ed Perlmutter and Joe Coors, the answer was a spirited race, featuring a lot of barbed attack ads, and more than $5 million in campaign funding. In the end, it was the incumbent Perlmutter who voters chose.

Voters pass 3A, 3B

Jefferson County voters passed ballot issues 3A and 3B to support funding for Jefferson County Public Schools. The $39 million mill levy override, known as 3A, will be used to pay for day-to-day operations, educational programs, maintenance, salaries and supplies. The $99 million bond package, 3B, will support capital projects, including repairs and renovations.

Whooping cough epidemic

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Much to accomplish for legislators this session Coloradans are less than a week from the first regular session of the 69th General Assembly. When our state lawmakers convene Jan. 9 in Denver, they will go to work in a Capitol with some new faces in new places and a balance of power that has shifted to the left. After the November election, Democrats gained control of both chambers of the state Legislature, to go with a Democratic governor in John Hickenlooper. Both the House and Senate have new leadership. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, replaces Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, as House speaker. John Morse, D-El Paso County, takes over for term-limited Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, as Senate president. With the Democrats’ new power comes

OUR VIEW a great responsibility. Namely, to think of their constituents first, even those who may not have voted for them. It is important to note that of Colorado’s active voters, Republicans slightly outnumber Democrats — 924,076 to 891,004, as of Dec. 1. The ranks of active unaffiliated voters only slightly trails the Dems’ numbers. Given that, it would be wise for lawmakers to vigorously work toward bipartisan solutions that the people of this state will embrace.

Dark events highlight 2012 Welcome to 2013! By now, no doubt, you have been treated to any number of retrospectives. “2012: The Year in Review” has got to be the No. 1 headline of the last 48 hours. But, if you’re like me, you don’t really need too much help to remember 2012. This past year was visceral, shocking and unmistakably dark. From the Waldo Canyon fire — which was human-caused, looked like Hell on Earth, and took two lives — to the Aurora theater shooting, to the Jessica Ridgeway murder, and finally, to Sandy Hook, an event that couldn’t help but cause flashbacks for Coloradans — the news of 2012 was dominated by dark events. Even the election, which was an opportunity for a serious conversation about American character and our better angels, mostly devolved into a schoolyard shouting match along the lines of “you’re mean/ you’re stupid!” For me, I am happy to see 2012 in the rearview mirror. Goodbye, and good riddance! And not so much on a personal level — I have no particular claims to a bad year for myself. My complaint is more about a culture and a society that seems to have come unhinged. I find it oddly fitting that the end of 2012 featured a white Christmas, as if nature was helping us out, trying to wash the year away. My other favorite phenomenon at the end of the year is the Christmas lights that people hang on their houses. I must admit, I love the light displays. In the heart of winter, when the days are short and the night is long, we silly humans hang bright lights to fill the darkness and celebrate an event of ultimate light. And, given the darkness we’ve all walked through of late, I think it would be nice


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if we would keep those lights lit, in an attempt to usher 2013 in with Light and banish 2012 from our memories. Sure, I admit that I may like the lights a lot more than most — I’m also the guy who keeps a Christmas playlist on my iPod until mid- to late-January. And I know that means more electricity and whatnot, and it’s possible that by the time you’re reading this, it’s too late. The lights are already down. But to whatever extent seeing bright lights makes children (and children-atheart) happy, I think it’s important that 2013 start with a gesture of claiming back something beautiful from the dark. Sure, it might not be as significant as providing shelter for a homeless man or feeding a hungry family, but maybe the little light you shine might inspire someone else to be a bright light to someone else, who then becomes a beacon for more someone else’s. It’s just a little thing, an idea: Leave your Christmas lights up through January, and turn them on for a couple hours each night. Collectively, let’s start 2013 as a Year of Light. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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But will that happen? At a recent gathering with reporters and editors from many of the state’s media outlets, Morse said the voters’ decision to empower his party means the “middle class is coming back.” House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-El Paso County, quickly took exception to what he apparently felt was a jab at the GOP. “We do care about the middle class and bipartisan solutions,” Waller said. While that’s a fairly typical exchange across party lines, let’s hope it wasn’t a sign of bickering to come. Instead, let’s hope they are both right, that both parties will show commitment to the middle class and a focus on bipartisan problem-solving. With a passel of weighty issues await-

ing them, lawmakers will be best served by proceeding with a spirit of cooperation. In the coming months, state legislators could be faced with decisions on: • Setting standards for marijuana use and driving. • Deciding whether to repeal the death penalty. • Stricter gun-control measures. • Civil unions, an issue that appeared headed for passage in 2012 before lastminute maneuvering prevented a vote. • Increased school safety measures. These are among issues important to Coloradans, and we hope legislators will devote the effort and thought needed to come up with common-sense solutions. Voters have put their faith in our lawmakers, and they need to take that responsibility seriously.

In the end, the Maya may have been right If Dec. 21, 2012, is considered by the Maya as a “new beginning,” then I think they have the right idea. In a lovely turn of serendipity, I was in the land of the Maya that day. Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where I spent the week before Christmas, is home to many ancient Mayan sites including Tulum, Chichen Itza, and the Ixchel temple on Isla Mujeres … where the new beginning would first touch Mexican soil. If you missed all the hype, Dec. 21, 2012, spawned a worldwide frenzy in advance of an apocalypse supposed to have been predicted by the end of the 5,125year Mayan Long Count calendar. In Cancun in the Mayan heartland, the signs were indeed ominous, starting overnight on the 20th with rains that were as heavy as running faucets. Unseasonal winds dropped palm leaves and upended beach furniture. Lifeguards had the red flags out all day on the 21st, warning against raging waves and dangerous undertow currents. Normally spotless tennis courts were filled with blowing sand and the skies were cloudy all day. Seriously, though, are wind and rain on the last day of vacation the end of the world? No … a slight disruption in beachgoing does not an apocalypse make. In fact, taking a nap in a cool ocean breeze is a vacation. Plus, as we now know, the world did not end on Dec. 21. The world also did not end on June 6, 2006, or on Dec. 31, 1999, or at any other time in our history, despite reactions to all of these dates that ranged from mild curiosity to all-out hunkering down. The 800,000 Maya today — who can trace their heritage directly back to what was once the most advanced civilization on earth — approached the whole spectacle with their ancestral aplomb. And, as Mayan representatives from countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras have been

saying all along, the end of their calendar doesn’t signify the end of the world. After all, it was a largely ceremonial calendar that had little to do with everyday Mayan life, and many who gathered for observances simply view the event as a new beginning. And who among us does not believe in new beginnings, for one reason or another? The trick, I suppose, would be to stick to new beginnings for only the good stuff, leaving the bad stuff, such as natural disasters, manmade disasters, and equally disastrous acts of inhumanity, to spin off the planet in reverse gravity (one of the alarmist, and non-Mayan, theories). I happened to be Mexico on the 21st as part of a long-planned trip with friends and I heard from the locals — who were in sweatshirts and jackets while we Coloradoans were in our shorts and sandals — that the hotels near Mayan sites were full. Archaeologists say, however, that there is no evidence the Maya ever made an apocalyptic prophesy. In fact, the word around the Yucatan is that no one knows what’s going to happen so why not welcome a new beginning? In the end, I think the Maya may have gotten this right. Andrea Doray is a writer who wishes she had paid more attention in Spanish class so she could have read the displays in the new Mayan cultural museum in Cancun. Contact her at, por favor.


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Police cracking down on ‘puffers’ 13 cars stolen in 2012 after owners leave running vehicles unattended By Sara Van Cleve On cold winter mornings, many commuters start their cars to warm them up as they make final preparations before leaving home. Not only is it illegal to leave an unattended, running vehicle, or a “puffer,” parked at a residence or in public, it is also dangerous. “It’s so simple to take cars that it’s ridiculous to leave a car running and have it stolen,” he said. Thirteen vehicles were stolen after their owners left their cars running and unattended in Arvada in 2012. The most recent theft was on Christmas Day. “It’s an easy form of transportation. Thieves are looking at it as a bus trip,” said Sgt. Mic Roemer with the Arvada Police Department. “Citizens are making it so easy. People hop in the car and drive. It’s simple. They don’t have to break a window; they don’t have to break the ignition. They have the keys and play for a week and then drop it.” Most thefts occur in the early morning hours when people start their car

Police are cracking down on motorists who are puffers, drivers who leave their cars unattended as it warms up. Photo by Andy Carpenean to warm it up before driving to work. “Tuesday is the highest day of the week and 7 a.m. is the time with the most thefts,” said Arvada Police Public Information Officer Jill McGranahan. Of the 13 “puffers” stolen this year, eight have been recovered, but still at a cost. “We’ve taken a very strong stance on it because it’s such a high dollar amount when its taken,” Roemer said. On Christmas Day, a vehicle was left to warm up in a driveway when somebody in the house saw two men getting into the car. “When someone began chasing them, they got out of the car with it still running in drive and the car ran into a neighbor’s car, so there was damage to the puffing vehicle and another victim had vehicle damage,” Roemer said.

“There was chaos caused by one car puffing.” Car thefts can happen anywhere also, Roemer said. “It’s sad to say, but that happens,” he said. “Even when people put gas in their car and go up to pay inside 7-Eleven or whatever, people are waiting for it to be left alone. It’s ridiculous.” Police have been cracking down on puffers this year in order to help prevent thefts, which have more than doubled since 2011. There were six puffer thefts in all of 2011. “They’ve been knocking on doors and giving warnings,” McGranahan said. “If they have to return, the owner will get a ticket. They’re just going around doing an education campaign.” Vehicle owners who are caught puffing after a warning will be issued a municipal summons and go to court for the offense, Roemer said. It is a fightable offense though. Owners can leave a running vehicle unattended if they have a remote start, though, Roemer said. With a remote start, someone is not able to drive a car until they unlock the doors and put the keys into the ignition. Otherwise, “puffers” are illegal in Arvada and many other jurisdictions.

Let the spirit of the season inspire you Greeting cards have all been sent, the Christmas rush is through ... (remember that beautiful song by the Carpenters that still plays on the radio stations, many years after it was recorded?) And I still have one wish to make, a special one for you ... Ah, the sudden quiet, following the huge rushing around as fast as we can go, faster and faster, more and more tasks to accomplish on our ever growing list of “to do” items. Then, all of a sudden, the traffic is extremely light, the phone calls slow down to a stop, even emails slow down. It is a once per year kind of quiet. As we quiet ourselves, it is a true time for reflection. What goals did we set out to accomplish in 2012? Were there personal goals? Professional goals? Were they achieved? Did they go as you wanted them to? If a suc-

cess, was there a reward for all of the hard work? If not such a success, what can you learn from the experience? Looking forward, what will you do with the “gift of another year?” How will you spend your time both professionally and personally? What about the people around you? Will you choose to start your new year with the good intentions of the holiday season in mind? Can you incorporate these intentions (and, hopefully items on which you have taken action during the holiday season) into your daily life in 2013? It is really quite easy and can be life-changing. Here are a few ways to bring this con-

cept into your daily life. Remember to consciously stop, observe, offer a hand up to someone in need, offer an ear to someone in need of someone to listen to them, sit with and visit an elderly person, acknowledge those around you with a personal greeting and, ideally, a smile, thank someone who is serving our country in the military and protecting our freedoms, thank a peace/ law enforcement officer, first responder and fire department worker for doing the great jobs that they do. Give yourself a big hug, for the ability to love and respect others starts within each of us. Pray for peace in our homes, communities, states, countries and the world. Pray for the healing of the families and friends of the Newtown, Conn., community. We are all in this together. What will be your goals for 2013? What will you do with this ever precious

gift of life? M.L. Richardson had been involved in the Jefferson County community for many years, in both a professional and volunteer capacity. She works full time for APC and Keller Farm Property. Prior to her current position, she was with Lafarge and Western Mobile. She is of the opinion that if each person would commit to doing one volunteer item regularly, the world in which we live would be a better place.

Ken Werth Ken Werth, 81, passed away peacefully December 7, 2012. Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Theresa, and three children: Susan Small (Pat), Ron, Gary (Danielle); and two grandsons: Mike and Jace. Private service to be held later.

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Dan Davis and his film crew work on capturing some of the natural beauty of the southwest. Much of “EnCompass with Dan Davis” will feature his trips around southwest Colorado. Photos submitted by Dan Davis

Finding the unexpected Program explores sights in regional states By Clarke Reader There is a lot to see and do in Colorado and its neighboring states, and even for longtime residents, there are new places and people to discover. Sharing information about what is out there is the aim of “EnCompass with Dan Davis,” a new weekly television show that will begin airing Jan. 5 on KTVD Channel 20. The program airs Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. The show is sponsored by AAA Colorado, and is based on its EnCompass Magazine, and each episode features locations and activities in Colorado, the rest of the country, and some international locations. “We’re very excited to bring this very

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Ketchikan, Alaska, is one of the locations that will be featured in the “EnCompass with Dan Davis” program. popular magazine to televisions,” said Wave Dreher, a spokesperson for AAA Colorado. “It’s great to work with Dan Davis, featuring travel trips for all over, as well as consumer tips. He has a wonderful knack or finding places and people you don’t know about.” Davis has been a newscaster for 32 years, and worked on “Good Morning Arizona” for 15 years before starting a similar program in Arizona. The Arizona show is entering its third season, and Davis said that the Colorado chapter of AAA saw the work that was being done and wanted to do something similar. “I love to tell travel stories, and the No. 1 thing for me is the people you meet along the way,” Davis said. “People you meet

while traveling always want to help you find great places to go.” Davis and his team recently finished up a 2,100-mile trip in southwest Colorado along U.S. 50, that includes stops in Durango, Pagosa Springs and Salida, where he said he met and did segments with many interesting people, including a beekeeper who is attempting to make honey whiskey, and a taxidermist in Salida. “The way I approach this is we have the first and last story set up, and then we see what happens along the way,” he said. “You get going and then just keep your fingers crossed.” Dreher said that Davis will be doing some shows on ski resorts and activities for both skiers and non-skiers to do at the resorts. Some other Colorado features will be the continental railroad and the Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs. “We’ll be doing a show about a balloon regatta at Lake Powell and a cruise in Alaska,” Davis said. “EnCompass” will be running for the entire year, and filming will be a continuous process throughout. Davis said he would like to further explore southern Colorado, and also do something on the Durango-Silverton Train. “The goal for each episode is to show things that people aren’t aware of,” he said. “Like most vacations, the most unexpected things are the most exciting.”

If Steve Cominsky’s hunch is right, there’s a “very good chance” that movie and music star Justin Timberlake could show up for the opening of Colorado’s first Southern Hospitality Restaurant & Bar at 1433 17th St. Timberlake, who along with two partners created the New York-based barbecue and Southern food eatery, no longer has a financial stake in the restaurant but “still aligns himself with the brand,” said Cominsky, chief operating officer of Southern Hospitality Franchisee Holding Corp., which owns the exclusive franchise rights to expand the brand. “He’s a big supporter.” One rising music star who will definitely be around for the late January opening is Colorado Springs native Ryan Tedder, lead singer of the band OneRepublic, who remains an investor. “Ryan lives in town and has a studio in Denver,” Cominsky said. “He’ll be around the restaurant for the first couple of weeks.” Cominsky and his team have the franchise rights to open 30 Southern Hospitality restaurants throughout the country. The Denver restaurant will open for dinner only to start, with plans to add lunch by early February. The menu includes Memphis-style barbecue, dry-rubbed spare ribs, sweet and saucy baby-back ribs, crispy fried pickles and creamy cheddar grits. The bar list includes a selection of microbrews on tap, an extensive list of bottled beers and a variety of bourbon. For more information, go to www.

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REAL ESTATE AGENT SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK Brian Quarnstrom marketing experts to give our clients a better edge. contributing factor in us successfully selling every home that we listed last year. Broker/Co-Owner The Golden Group 803 14th Street, Golden 80401 303.946.1403

Where were you born? I was born & raised in Kansas City, MO. I moved to Golden, t, Colorado 4 years ago and although Kansas City is a fantastic vie place, I can’t imagine living anywhere other than Colorado.

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part- the small town atmosphere and all the community activities be- that it offers. nger t How long have you worked in Real Estate? d,” I grew up in a real estate family with several relatives in er of the real estate business, who introduced me to ding property management and investing at an early e’s a age. I became licensed in Colorado about 3

years ago and love all aspects of the business.

What is the most challenging part of what you do? The buying and selling of residential real estate can be an emotional ordeal for people and what I advise my clients is to try to minimize the emotional part to help them make clear, rational decisions based on what is best for them. What do you most enjoy doing when you’re not working? I enjoy travelling with my fiancée, biking in the monthly Golden Cruise, tubing the Clear Creek, volunteering as a CASA, and helping organize a summer “bags” league in Golden.

What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a house? With local inventory low, it’s become a bit of a seller’s market and being a prepared, pre-qualified buyer will help in gaining an edge over other buyers competing for the same house. What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in Real Estate? With an office near Colorado School of Mines, it’s often that I’ll show clients properties that are occupied by students. In one instance I was showing a property to clients at 3 o’clock in the afternoon and we found the house fully occupied with sleeping students on couches and everywhere else. They were obviously sleeping off the effects of all the bottles around the house and had little care that there was a showing going on around them. That experience seemed to be an anomaly as most Mines students are very studious and great tenants.

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rom the early 1990s to the beginning of this century, “bigger is better” certainly was the mantra of the homebuilding industry. All across North America buyers could browse among home developments boasting homes of 3,000 square feet or larger and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. But according to new data, home buyers are seeking less space today but more in green amenities. Research by the Canadian

Home Builders’ Association has found that many people now desire smaller homes with multipurpose rooms and energy saving features. They’re not ready to trade in their two- and three-car garages just yet, though. Plus, a survey of International Furnishings and Design Association members forecasts that McMansions will become a thing of the past and more emphasis will be placed on smaller, more eco-friendly homes. Family rooms will grow larger, as

will kitchens. Other rooms in the home will disappear, including the living room. Many homeowners and potential home buyers realize that with girth comes a cost. In today’s fragile economy, the ability to cash in on the dream of homeownership may come at the compromise of a smaller, betterplanned home. According to Tim Bailey, the manager of Avid Canada, a research and consulting firm for the building industry, “While many con-

sumers are willing to forgo space, they are not equating this with having to forfeit functionality. Design creativity is requisite to adapt to this changing preference.” Here are some things that you will and will not find in newer homes moving forward. The dining room is becoming extinct, with larger, eat-in-kitchen/entertaining spaces the norm. The kitchen will be the main room of the home and be renamed the “kitchen lounge.” Separate rooms are evolving into spaces that serve many different purposes. Although the sizes of bathrooms may be scaled back, the amenities will not. Spa-style bathrooms with luxurious products, hightech features and televisions will be on the rise. The master bedroom suite

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of home buyers, expect to see more one-level homes, or at least homes where there is a master suite and the majority of the living space on the first level. Part of what is driving this trend is the cost of homes in relation to space and the increased interest in environmental conservation. Smaller, more efficient homes require less in terms of heating and cooling energy. They need less furniture, and new materials made from sustainable products help further fuel green initiatives in the building industry. Energy efficient homes are a main priority for buyers. Although the homes may be smaller, they will not be miniscule. And home buyers can expect a host of amenities that will make the smaller size of homes barely perceptible. ■

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BREAKFAST FORUM Wilmore-Richter American Legion Post 161 hosts a roundtable issues breakfast forum at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at 6230 W. 60th Ave., Arvada. If you’d like to be a speaker for future meetings, contact John Sharp, 303-424-0324 or email alp161@hotmail. com, attn: John Sharp.

MYSTERY DAY The Jefferson County Sheriff ’s Office will host an interactive Scout Mystery Day on Saturday, Jan. 5. Scout Mystery Day is an educational event for scouting groups in Jefferson County and will feature education on fingerprinting, crime scene investigation, interview techniques and evidence collection. Each session throughout the day will feature the same curriculum and will be in the Jefferson County Sheriff ’s Office headquarters, 200 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. Sessions last two and a half hours and begin at 8 a.m., with the last session at 4:30 p.m. Adults must accompany all Scout groups. RSVPs are required to

FRIDAY/JAN. 4 THROUGH JAN. 26 THEATER SHOW The Edge Theatre presents “Newark Violenta,” a tribute to the Poliziotteschi film genre, Italian stories of crime and mafia. The story follows Leo Betti and his quest to lead a non-crime life and to make up for lost relationships. The show runs from Jan. 4-26 at The Edge Theater, 9797 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Call 303-232-0363 or go online at SATURDAY/JAN. 5 TRAIN SHOW The 16th Annual Jeffco Train Show, sponsored by the Intermountain Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, will be Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden. Featured will be a model train & railroadiana swap meet & sale, operating model train displays, door prizes, snack bar. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $5 per adult; $1 children ages 5-12; free for those younger than 5; $10

TUESDAY/JAN. 8 WOMEN’S LUNCHEON Denver West Women’s Connection’s Got Cabin Fever? luncheon is from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 13371 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. Cost is $16, inclusive. Call 303-985-2458. LIFETREE CAFÉ Practical insights about the meaning

Me See Your Body Talk.” Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Contact Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@

WEDNESDAY/JAN. 9 GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Foothills Genealogical Society meets Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Applewood Valley Methodist Church, 2034 Ellis St., Golden. Roundtable discussion on Linage Societies starts at noon. Bring lunch to enjoy during the discussion. General program,“Famous and Not-So-Famous People and Places of Southwest Denver,” presented by Sharon Catlett, is at 1 p.m. Email or call 303-935-9192.



of body language will be shared at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, titled “Body Language: What You Say Before You Say a Word,” features an exclusive filmed interview with nonverbal communication expert Jan Hargrave, author of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” and “Let

WINNERS RECITAL Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest will have its ensemble competition winners recital at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the School of Music at CU Boulder, 914 Broadway, Boulder. For intermediate to advanced music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice. Coming Soon continues on Page 16

Parker: Beer Dinner set at Golden Hotel Parker continued from Page 8

The annual Super Bowl watching party benefits Metro Volunteers, Families First and Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado Parent & Child Foundation. Tickets are $25 for admission, a food buffet (from Elway’s, Jason’s Deli, Y.Lo Catering and Garbanzo’s), free beer and one prize drawing ticket to win items including restaurant gift cards, signed sporting goods, event tickets and more. Tickets:

Panzano adds space

Panzano restaurant inside The Hotel Monaco at 909 17th St. has added 415 square feet of private dining space adjacent to the bar. The room, dubbed Toscana, features an expansive view of Champa Street through a large glass window wall opposite a wine wall that holds 450 bottles from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list. “We’re excited to expand our offerings and create this unique space for our guests,” said Panzano General Manager Josh Mayo. “The street view from this new room makes it a great addition to our private dining spaces.” The new space will seat

ner at counter-high tables and chairs. Up to 40 guests can use the space “reception style” for cocktails and appetizers. The new room is equipped with a 52-inch high-definition flat-screen TV designed for professional presentations. Executive Chef Elise Wiggins will be available for events in this new venue. When Toscana is not reserved for private events, Panzano’s happy hour will expand into the new room. More information at

Oxford Hotel is `golden’

Denver’s historic Oxford Hotel, on 17th and Wazee, is featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013 as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay.” The January issue of the magazine — on newsstands now — features more than 500 properties worldwide. The Oxford was the only Denver hotel to be honored. In celebration of the Conde Nast pick, The Oxford has launched a gold package, starting at $500 per night. It includes: • Deluxe or parlor room accommodations for two. • A 50-minute couples

Club. • In-room amenity of Godiva Chocolates and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. • A copy of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine featuring the 2013 Gold List. • Valet parking. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-228-5838 or go to

Mixed Greens & Bean Sprout Salad with Spiced Rum Dressing Entrée: Brew — Cara De Luna Black Ale; Espresso Crusted Pork; Black Beans, Sweet Cream Rice, Fried Plantains & Salsa Tamarindo Dessert: Brew — Mountain Living Pale Ale; Pastel De Tres Leches

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The 40 West Healing Arts Exhibition & Showcase in northeast Lakewood is looking for artists. The deadline to submit artwork to be considered for the exhibit is Jan. 17. Submission is free for 40 West Arts members. The exhibit is a convergence of artwork, practitioners and products that invigorate and revitalize the mind, body and spirit, and it will kick off Feb. 9. To submit artwork, visit

The Colorado Beer Dinner series at the Bridgewater Grill in the Golden Hotel continues on Jan. 9. The event is from 7-9:30 p.m.; $40 per person. Reservations: 303-279-2010 or at Here’s the mouth-watering menu: Event kickoff: Brew — Bookai Red Ale; Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB; Tostones with Spicy Chili & Garlic Sauce & Mini Cuban Sandwiches; Roasted Pork Loin, Ham, Pickles, Beer Mustard Amuse: Brew — Hookiebobb IPA; Caribbean Shrimp Cocktail; Avocado, Pico De Galo, Fresh Cirtrus Second course: Brew — Old Soul Belgium Ale; Sweet Corn Soup with

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Alaska,” narrated live by filmmaker Dale Johnson, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets are available by calling 303-987-7845, going online to www. or visiting the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office. Senior, student, child and group discounts are available. There is plenty of free, well-lit parking on-site.






DOG TRAINER program Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue is offering a “Become a Dog Trainer” program, starting in January in Arvada and Denver. The licensed nonprofit organization rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs at risk, regardless of breed or mix, behavior or medical issue, or amount of time needed. The dog trainer program includes puppy, basic obedience and behavior solutions. Email or call 303-239-0382 for an application or more information.

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FAMILY CONCERTS The Music Train and Swallow Hill Music presents the family concert series, at 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through May at Swallow Hill Music Association, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver; and at 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month through May at the D-Note, 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada. For information and tickets, visit

HOOP CONTEST The Golden Elks will have its Hoop Shoot contest at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Shrine of St. Anne, 7320 Grant Place, Arvada, for all boys and girls ages 8-13. For information, contact or call Wayne Rogers at 303-947-2532, or visit the Golden Elks Lodge 2740 on Facebook.

will have kindergarten information night from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the gym at the school, 201 Rubey Drive, Golden. Registration for kindergarten will start the week of Jan. 22. Children must be 5 on or before Oct. 1 to start kindergarten. Bring proof of residence, a print out of the registration information from Jeffco Connect, immunization records and birth certificate. We will have computers available during this week. Call 303-982-5875 with any questions.

COMING SOON/JAN. 17 ALASKA FILM Lakewood Cultural Center presents “Lure of

4-5 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 24, May 5 and June 9 at Foothills Ice Arena , 2250 S. Kipling St. in Lakewood. Registration required at

QUILT DISPLAY Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1213 Washington Ave. in Golden, presents “Crazy Quilts: Victorian Fancies and Beyond” and “Crazy Quilts in Everyday Life: Photographs from the Janet Finley Collection” through Jan. 19. Call 303-277-0377.


NORWEGIAN DINNER. The annual Norwegian “Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner” event will be Saturday, Jan. 19, at Trollheim Sons of Norway Lodge, 6610 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood. There will be two serving times: 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Plan to join us for this delicious and festive celebration. Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Reservations must be made by Jan. 11. Call 303-989-4496. LOOKING AHEAD/JAN. 21 AAUW MEETING The Foothills Branch of the American Association of University Women invites all women with an accredited university or college degree to become members. The January branch meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Community of Christ Church, 3780 Ward Road, Wheat Ridge, with a program about Peace Corps work in Bulgaria. We also have 8 interest groups and several special events which provide a variety of social and educational opportunities. Call Lindy Reed at 303421-9414 for information. Looking Ahead continues on Page 17


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POLICE NEWS IN A HURRY Police arrest man for driving under influence following fight

12:56 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, intersection near Kipling Street and West 72nd Avenue As a Pridemark Paramedics vehicle was traveling northbound on Kipling Street near West 72nd Avenue, paramedics saw what appeared to be a drunk driver driving a green colored sedan northbound on Kipling. The vehicle stopped and a man got out of the car. He banged on the paramedics’ window, demanding they turn off their bright lights. Paramedics notified the Arvada Police and requested assistance. Officers then found the vehicle near 80th Avenue and Kipling and conducted a traffic stop. The man became uncooperative and refused to remain seated as officers told him to. Because of his resistance, officers forced the man to the ground and handcuffed him. An investigation found the man to be exceedingly intoxicated and also found he had been in a physical fight prior to being approached by officers. The man sustained minor injuries to his knees and was injured during the fight. He was transported to the hospital for treatment and later released into Jefferson County Jail.

Thief steals $1,750 in copper wire from construction site

7:57 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Wolff Park, 8475 W. 57th Ave. Materials used for a landscape and irrigation project at Wolff Park were stolen by an unknown suspect sometime between the night of Dec. 5 and morning of Dec. 6. The project superintendant who worked for Urban Farmer, Inc. said five spools of 12-gauge copper wire used for irrigation were stolen from a storage shed located south of W. 58th Avenue and Carr Street, west of the tennis courts. The company had rented two metal conex containers and one had been broken into after it was locked at the end of the workday on Dec. 5. Three rolls of green, one roll of blue and one roll of white coated wire were stolen, costing about $350 per roll. All but one roll were full. There is no suspect information in the case.


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Unknown suspect throws brick through window of truck topper 9:26 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, phone report of criminal mischief An unknown suspect threw a red brick into the back window of a man’s pick-up truck topper, causing $370 in damage. The man said he parted his truck in his driveway around 9 p.m. Dec. 5. When he went to get into his truck at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6, he noticed the back window of his bed topper was broken.

Woman reports inflatable decoration stolen, finds it in backyard

10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 6700 block of Harlan Street An unknown suspect stole an outdoor Christmas decoration from a woman’s yard between 9:15 p.m. Dec. 5 and 5:15 a.m. Dec. 6. The decoration is described as an eight-foot-tall inflatable Santa’s workshop. It was staked to the ground in the front yard of her residence in the 6700 block of Harlan Street. Nothing else seemed to be missing or disturbed in her yard, she said. The decoration was valued at $200. At 10:17 a.m., the woman called the reporting officer again and said she found the remnants of the inflatable decoration in her backyard. She said it appeared the wind, which was particularly strong that day, likely loosened the ties and blew the decoration over the roof into the back yard.

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LOOKING AHEAD/JAN. 26 STRANGER SAFETY Detective Mark Adams of the Crimes Against Children Unit at the Lakewood Police Department will lead a class for parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, neighbors and friends on stranger safety for children. The class is from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church, 920 Kipling St., Lakewood; RSVP at 303-233-2740. Presented by the Health Ministries Team at Holy Shepherd. LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 2 ANIMAL TRACKS Mile Hi Church hosts its annual “Animal Tracks: Education, Spiritually Connecting and Caring for Animals” seminar series from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Kate Solisti, keynote speaker, will present “The World According to Animals.” She is an internationally known author, teacher, animal communicator and expert in dog and cat nutrition. Other topics include: Keeping You & Your Pet Safe in Nature, Animal Totems & Signs of Nature, Canine Massage Therapy for the Senior Dog, Training Your Dog & Why It’s Important, Healing Touch for Animals and Grieving the Loss of Your Pet. Lunch may be purchased on-site from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Register at www. or call 303-237- 8851. The church is at 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 7 ADOPTION BENEFIT The second annual Small Plates, Big Heart event is planned for Thursday, Feb. 7, at Infinity Park Event Center. Denver chefs prepare small plates of food in competition for the title, “Wednesday’s Child Best Chef of Denver!” For a complete list of participating vendors visit www.adoptex. org/smallplates. Visit the website for ticket information, or you can call 303-755-4756. Proceeds from the event benefit The Adoption Exchange. LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 8 BENEFIT CONCERT Susan Lee Cable, a concert pianist and professor emeritus at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will honor top classical musicians at “Concert, Coffee & Confections,” a benefit concert for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. The evening also will feature fine coffee, European gourmet desserts and a silent auction featuring works from

OLLI artists. The event is open to the public. RSVP at 303-7174299 or by sending a check ($40/per person) by Feb. 1 to OLLI West, University College, 2211 S. Josephine St., Denver. Visit or call 303-871-3090.

LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 9 WINTER FESTIVAL Amateur and pro skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and ice fishermen and women will compete on and around Evergreen Lake at the second annual Winter Festival, sponsored by Evergreen Park & Recreation District and Never Summer. The event lasts from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The festival also includes family friendly activities, and a fireworks display caps off the event. The Evergreen Lake Ice Rink will be open. Tickets are available at the Evergreen Lake House, 29612 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen. Learn more at www. LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 10 PERFORMANCE CONCERT A collaborative performance concert of the Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., Arvada. All levels of music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice. LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 22-24 THEATER SHOW Phamaly Theatre Company presents the “charmin’ `n side-splittin’ comedy”“The Foreigner” Feb. 22-24 at the Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets are available by calling 720-898-7200 or going online to LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 24, APRIL 28 CONCERT SERIES St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 9200 W 10th Ave., Lakewood, presents its 2012-13 concert series. Season and individual tickets are available. Email olssoncolo@comcast. net or call 303-279-2932. All concerts take place in the St. Paul Sanctuary. Concerts are: FEB. 24: Confluence will present a Sacred Music Concert at 3 p.m. This is the first concert by Confluence completely devoted to sacred music. It will begin a very old Mass (from the late 1400s) by Josquin de Prez. Journey with us through the renaissance, baroque, classical eras and end with some beautiful, modern sacred compositions.

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Man assaulted by driver in King Soopers parking lot, no charges filed

6:27 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, King Soopers parking lot, 9731 W. 58th Ave. A man allegedly kicked another man in the parking lot of King Soopers after the victim told the suspect to slow down as he was driving through the lot. The victim was walking through the parking lot toward the front doors of King Soopers and as he approached the handicap parking spaces, a darkcolored BMW pulled into a handicap spot at a high speed and drove through to the other side, almost hitting the man. The victim said he had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. The man hit the window of the vehicle to tell the driver to slow down. Then a 6-foot tall man about 50 years old with a salt-and-pepper goatee wearing a black jacket and blue jeans and a dark hat, got out of the vehicle and said ”You can’t hit my car,” and proceeded to kick the pedestrian in his left hamstring. Three other people got between the two men before the man got back into his car and sped off in an unknown direction. The victim said he did not want to press charges unless there was video evidence of the incident because he was moving 1,200 miles away and didn’t want to have to come back. King Soopers management told police the store’s front video cameras did not capture the assault. No charges were filed in the case.

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Government Legals NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the City of Arvada Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., January 22, 2013 to APC Construction Company, LLC for work related to Project No. 12-ST-05 – Street Reconstruction – 2012 and performed under that contract dated May 22, 2012 for the City of Arvada. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that furnished labor, material, drayage, sustenance, provisions or other supplies used or consumed by said contractor or his subcontractors in or about the performance of the work contracted to be done by said APC Construction Company, LLC and its claim has not been paid, may at any time on or prior to the hour of the date above stated, file with the Finance Director of the City of Arvada at City Hall, a verified statements of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim. Dated this December 21, 2012 /s/ Christine Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: January 3 & 10, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., January 22, 2013 to Atkins North American, Inc. for work related to Project No. 12-ST-16 – Pavement Data Collection and PMS Development Services and performed under that contract dated July 30, 2012 for the City of Arvada. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that furnished labor, material, drayage, sustenance, provisions or other supplies used or consumed by said contractor or his subcontractors in or about the performance of the work contracted to be done by said Atkins North American, Inc. and its claim has not been paid, may at any time on or prior to the hour of the date above stated, file with the Finance Director of the City of Arvada at City Hall, a verified statements of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim. Dated this December 21, 2012 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Christine Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: January 3 & 10, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing will be held before the Arvada City Council on January 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., Arvada Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston Rd., Arvada, when and where you may speak on the matter to consider an Outline Development Plan Amendment for LEYDEN ROCK, and a Preliminary Development Plan Amendment for LEYDEN ROCK PHASE II, located Northwest of W. 82nd Ave. & Quaker St. ARVADA CITY COUNCIL /s/ Kristen R. Rush, Deputy City Clerk Published: January 3, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., January 15, 2013 to Insituform Technologies, LLC for work related to Project No. 12-SR-02 – 2012 Trenchless Sewer Main Replacement and performed under that contract dated June 25, 2012 for the City of Arvada. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that furnished labor, material, drayage, sustenance, provisions or other supplies used or consumed by said contractor or his subcontractors in or about the performance of the work contracted to be done by said Insituform Technologies, LLC and its claim has not been paid, may at any time on or prior to the hour of the date above stated, file with the Finance Director of the City of Arvada at City Hall, a verified statements of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim. Dated this December 18, 2012 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Christine A. Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: December 27, 2012 & January 3, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press


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,12 Colorado Community Media All-Star Teams All-Stars

McCaffrey amazed all year Valor Christian junior was dominant presence By Daniel P. Johnson Statistics don’t always tell the complete story. Take Valor Christian’s Christian McCaffrey as a prime example of that. The junior running back gained 1,390 rushing yards in the 2012 season. Great numbers, for sure, but there were other running backs in the state that accumulated more. Now, when you begin to factor in the fact that McCaffrey, in addition to his rushing prowess, led his team in receptions (55), receiving yards (675), punt return yards (261) and scored a total of 43 touchdowns, the picture of McCaffrey’s dominance on the gridiron becomes clearer. The junior was recently named Colorado Community Media’s 2012 Offensive Player of the Year for his performance in the 2012 season. “On defense, we just had no answer for No. 5,” Arapahoe coach Mike Campbell said of McCaffrey after his 295 rushing yards, 108 receiving yards and six-touchdown performance against the Warriors in a 48-31 state quarterfinal victory. “That guy is awesome.” McCaffrey did some of his best work in the postseason, highlighted by a two-week stretch over the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, where he would score a total of 11 touchdowns. In the first-ever Valor Christian-ThunderRidge contest, which was played in the 5A semifinals at a raucous Shea Stadium, McCaffrey scored five touchdowns as the Eagles rolled the Grizzlies, 49-3. “He’s really special. I wish I could say it’s all coaching,” Valor Christian coach Brent

Vieselmeyer said. “You just look at the things he does; he scored on a punt return, he runs back kickoffs, plays defense and throws passes. You name it, he can really do it. That’s what makes him really special. He’s an outstanding receiver when he needs to be. “From a defensive perspective, you’re asking ... what are they going to do with him now? I’m just really proud of him, and he’s the kind of kid to be honest with you, we have to slow him down because that’s how he practices and does everything in his life, and that’s why he’s such a great kid.” McCaffrey, while he didn’t have his best statistical game in the Class 5A state title contest against Cherokee Trail (he still gained over 100 yards rushing), was able to affect the game’s outcome simply by being on the field. With Cherokee Trail refusing to punt the ball in his direction, McCaffrey’s presence helped give the Eagles prime field position early in the fourth quarter of what was a scoreless game at the time. McCaffrey finished off what turned out to be the game-winning drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, as the Eagles won their first-ever 5A state championship, and fourth-straight overall, 9-3 over the Cougars. “We knew Cherokee Trail was an amazing football team and that they were going to make some plays,” said McCaffrey, who made up for his two lost fumbles with the touchdown run. He finished the game with 114 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards. “We played extremely sloppy, especially on my part, so I apologize to the team for that. But, a win’s a win and we’re going to take it and soak it in and really enjoy this one.” McCaffrey’s wide array of talent is best summed up by teammate and quarterback, Luke Del Rio, who recently announced he would be walking on at the University of Alabama. “Christian is amazing,” said Del Rio, who


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and four interceptions. “Every time he touches the ball he has the ability to score.”

Ralston Valley’s Svejcar dubbed CCM Defensive Player of Year The jack-of-all trades may trade in pads for hardwood ... or glove

‘He was not only one of our most talented guys but one our hardest

By Daniel Williams ARVADA - You ever know one of those guys that are just really good at anything he tries? If you don’t, there is one in Arvada who goes by the name of Spencer Svejcar. The Ralston Valley senior is currently the leader of Mustangs varsity basketball team, but his extraordinary efforts on the football field earned him Colorado Community Media’s 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Award, announced this week. “It’s awesome and a great honor but we had a great defense and I was just a part of that. It’s easy to make plays when you play with a bunch of real talented guys,” Svejcar said. Svejcar, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety/ receiver/running back/return man, was a three-way leader for Ralston Valley who fell just one win shy of a meeting with Valor Christian in the 5A state championship. Although he shined as numerous positions on the football field, he was the best safety in 5A football intercepting five balls and accumulating 108 tackles. “He’s just a great football player, a great athlete,” Ralston Valley coach Matt Loyd

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Ralston Valley senior running back Spencer Svejcar runs up field in this year’s semifinal against Cherokee Trail. Photo by Andy Carpenean said. “He was not only one of our most talented guys but one our hardest workers.” And while some teenager’s biggest choices are Taco Bell or McDonalds, or which mall they will go to, Svejcar has to decide which sport he is going to play in college.

Svejcar initially thought he would play

basketball in college but his tremendous season as a safety put him on the radar of multiple college football programs, both D-I and D-II. He also has the option to play baseball in college as a shortstop. “It’s 50-50 if I’ll play football or basketball (in college). I talked to New Mexico (recently) and I am just trying to be patient and make the right decision,” Svejcar said. Whatever decision Svejcar makes, where it’s to play safety, guard, shortstop, or Taco Bell, he is sure to get it right.

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Colorado Community Media All-Star Football Team 2012 McCaffrey, Svejcar lead selections Staff report


QB Luke Del Rio, Valor Christian, Sr. 2,275 yards passing, 28 touchdowns, 4 interceptions RB Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian, Jr. 1,390 yards rushing, 675 yards receiving, 37 touchdowns, 8.91 yards per carry RB Keynan Huguley, Thornton, Sr. 2,161 yards rushing, 30 total touchdowns, 501 yards rushing in single game FB Jake Hand, ThunderRidge, Sr. 1,002 yards rushing, 472 yards receiving, 17 touchdowns WR Connor Skelton, D’Evelyn, Sr. 1,254 yards receiving, 14 touchdowns, 572 kick return yards WR Mitch Colin, Pomona, Sr. 946 yards receiving, 8 touchdowns WR Brandon Malone, Chaparral, Jr. 724 yards receiving, 10 touchdowns TE Mitch Parsons, Chaparral, Sr. 754 yards receiving, 7 touchdowns TE Ethan Brunhofer, Arapahoe, Jr. 750 yards receiving, 9 touchdowns OL Daniel Skipper, Ralston Valley, Sr. Dominating force, headed to University of Tennessee OL Blake Nowland, Douglas County, Sr. Committed to Colorado State OL Connor Warren, Regis Jesuit, Sr. Unanimous selection to Continental allconference team OL Chris Fox, Ponderosa, Sr. Arguably top college prospect in state, committed to Michigan OL Sam Jones, ThunderRidge, Jr. First-team All-Continental League KR Trey Smith, Douglas County, Jr. 19.6 yards per kick return, 40.5 yards per punt return, 2,200 yards of total offense

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ATHLETE Jordan Radebaugh, Northglenn, Sr. 2,720 yards passing, 366 yards rushing, 3,106 yards total offense, 35 touchdowns


DE Austin Balbin, D’Evelyn, Sr. 82 tackles, 55 solo, 12 sacks DE John Adam, ThunderRidge, Jr. 36 tackles, 9 sacks DL Skylar McWee, Legacy, Sr. 48 tackles, 7 sacks DL Zack Anderson, Pomona, Sr. 48 tackles, 9 sacks LB Derek Landis, Lakewood, Sr. 193 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions LB Justin Falls, Valor Christian, Jr. 100 tackles, 43 solo, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions LB Carlos Aviles, Valor Christian, Sr. 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 pass defenses LB Justin Escue, Arapahoe, Sr. 64 tackles, 5 sacks DB Spencer Svejcar, Ralston Valley, Sr. 108 tackles, 79 solo, 5 interceptions DB Will Halligan, Pomona, Sr. 51 tackles, 5 interceptions DB Dustin Rivas, Horizon, Sr. 41 tackles, 6 interceptions, 7 pass defenses DB Preston DeHerrera, Mountain Range, Sr. 90 tackles, Front Range defensive player of the year K Daniel Carlson, The Classical Academy, Sr. 54 touchbacks, 10 field goals, 35 PATs, named to All-American Bowl P Brendan McGowan, Castle View, Sr. 42 yard average, 6 inside 20 yard line Offensive Player of the Year: Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian Defensive Player of the Year: Spencer Svejcar, Ralston Valley Coach of the Year: Brent Vieselmeyer, Valor Christian



QB Jacob Knipp, Ralston Valley RB Jaden Franklin, Kent Denver RB Corry Williams, Ponderosa FB Daryl Hawkins, Valor Christian WR Taylor Vaughn, Arvada WR Hunter Burton, Cherry Creek WR Eddie Franco, Northglenn TE Joshua Clausen, Lutheran OL Tyler Andrejewski, Cherry Creek OL Daniel Kubistek, Holy Family OL Leuluai Io, Valor Christian OL Anthony Ochiato, Standley Lake OL Kevin Clark, Chaparral KR Tanner Townsend, Castle View


DL/DE Gunnar Campbell, Horizon DL/DE Dylan Cassagnol, Cherry Creek DL/DE Brian Boatman, Kent Denver DL/DE Zayne Anderson, Pomona LB Colton Fries, Legend LB Cameron Gray, Valor Christian LB Chantz Tanner, Kent Denver LB Jake Bublitz, Legacy DB Ryan Belearde, Westminster DB Drew Stephon, Ponderosa DB Thomas Trotman, Arapahoe DB Connor Durant, Standley Lake P Connor Orgill, Legend K Sawyer Edwards, Chaparral

Honorable mention:

Jordan Anderson, Ralston Valley; Tyler Andrejewski, Cherry Creek; Michael Babb, Arapahoe; Michael Barela, Golden; Travis Baum, Legacy; Chandler Bibo, Chaparral; Austin Beane, Rock Canyon; Luke Behrends, Legend; Jake Bennett, Bear Creek; Andrew Bergner, Legend; Michael Beiswenger, Discovery Canyon; Joe Bozeman, Regis Jesuit; Antonio Broadus, Regis Jesuit; Andrew Brown, Lewis-Palmer; Jakob Buys, Ralston Valley; Jose Cancanon, Arapahoe; Thomas Caracena, The Classical Academy; Kyle Carpenter, Ralston Valley; Elijah Cherrington, Legend; Riley Collins, Lakewood; Tom Commander, Mountain Range;

Nate Conner, Lewis-Palmer; Chris Cruz, Castle View; Marcus Culhane, Arvada West; Damasjae Currington, Englewood; Jarred DeHerrera, Holy Family; Spencer Elliott, Horizon; Matthew Evans, Arvada West; Nick Evdos, Legend; Tommy Fitsimmons, D’Evelyn; Danny Flanagan, Bear Creek; Caelan Garner, Woodland Park; Bobby Glandon, Lutheran; Greg Gonzales, Horizon; Sean Grundman, Lewis-Palmer; Trevon Hamlet, Kent Denver; Drew Hebel, Legacy; Dan Hollar, Ralston Valley; Paul Holden, Littleton; Isaiah Holland, Valor Christian; Ryan Hommel, Rock Canyon; Mark Hopper, ThunderRidge; Trey Jarvis, Standley Lake; Devyn Johnston, Standley Lake; Jordan Jones, Wheat Ridge; Jalen Kittrell, Highhlands Ranch; Taylor Knestis, Lakewood; Sam Kozan, Valor Christian; Tyler Kubasta, Wheat Ridge; Max Kuhns, Chaparral; Damian Lockhart, Pomona; Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon; Chris Marquez, Pomona; Cody Marvel, D’Evelyn; John Martinez, Arvada; Sione Maumau, Valor Christian; Mitch McCall, Legacy; Alex McClure, Lutheran; Justin Miller, The Classical Academy; Aaron Montoya, Legacy; Keenan Oby, Lewis-Palmer; Jack Palmer, Discovery Canyon; Rocco Palumbo, Mountain Vista; Phydell Paris, Legacy; Greg Pearson, Englewood; Matt Pettyjohn, Kent Denver; Connor Pierson, Pomona; Hunter Price, Ralston Valley; Steve Ray, ThunderRidge; Peyton Remy, Legend; Easton Robbins, Horizon; Ryan Rubley, Mountain Vista; Alec Ruth, Valor Christian; Jantzen Ryals, The Classical Academy; Tommy Saager, Arapahoe; Paris Salas, Golden; Jack Sale, Pomona; Mitch Schafer, Green Mountain; David Sommers, Holy Family; Austin Sonju, Littleton; Jackson Spalding, Discovery Canyon; Taven Sparks, Arapahoe; Garret Swartzendruber, Green Mountain; David Sweat, Green Mountain; Steven Sumey, Horizon; Deion Trejo, Wheat Ridge; Joey Trese, The Classical Academy; Lucas Videtich, Standley Lake; Kaleb Whiting, Arvada West; Eric Williams, Rock Canyon; Tahj Willingham, Cherry Creek; Jon Wilson, Heritage; Alec Wirtjes, Discovery Canyon; John Wood, ThunderRidge; Roman Yancey, Chaparral; Steven Yoshihara, Legacy.



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Rumor Has It. . . A Black Tie Affair

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You are cordially invited to Arvada’s Favorite Black Tie Event

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Annual Dinner Hosted by the

Arvada Chamber of Commerce Friday, January 25th • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at: The Arvada Center • 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. $75.00 per person This black tie event is a favorite among the Arvada Community and is open to the public to attend. Reservations are required! Sponsorship Opportunities are available 303.424.0313.

Rumor Has It. . . You Haven’t RSVP’d Yet!


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Arvada residents drop off their Christmas trees at this tree recycling location, 6400 Pomona Drive in Arvada, Wednesday, Dec. 26. Trees are accepted all day, everyday, through Jan. 20, at this location and at the Lutz Sports Complex at West 58th Avenue and Miller Street. The Arvada City Parks Maintenance Shop is also accepts trees weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at 7800 W. 62nd Ave. Photo by Andy Carpenean

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