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Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 8, Issue 34

Governor outlines challenges State of State covers gun control, civil unions, marijuana, economy By Vic Vela Gov. John Hickenlooper acknowledged that “there are no easy solutions” to issues involving guns, but said a debate on how best to deal with firearm-related violence is something “our democracy demands.” The Democratic governor, addressing the General Assembly during his annual State of the State speech Jan. 10, also proffered his opinion on one area of gun control that is certain to be one of the most passionately debated topics lawmakers will take up this legislative session. “Let me prime the pump,” Hickenlooper said. “Why not have universal background checks for all gun sales?” That suggestion certainly caught the attention of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. “It is just completely unenforceable,” House Minority Leader Mark Waller, RColorado Springs, said of Hickenlooper’s call for all sales of guns — including those involving person-to-person transactions — be contingent on background checks. But Democrats applauded the governor’s stance. “He made some risky points,” said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada. “He wasn’t afraid to jump into that.” Gun control, one of many issues that legislators are expected to take up over the next five months of the session, was just one area that Hickenlooper addressed. Economic matters, civil unions and, of course,

Sen. Evie Hudak, right, hugs Sen. Linda Newell Jan. 9 in the Senate chambers on the opening day of the legislative session. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen regulating the marijuana industry were also touched on during his 40-minute remarks.

Common ground sought

Taking on the issue of gun violence is a

top agenda item for this Democratic-controlled General Assembly, especially on the heels of last year’s Aurora theater killings and the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. But just

talking about guns has always been a dicey political issue, as the governor acknowledged. “Some point to guns, others to a violent State continues on Page 18

Candelas construction under way with housing options Dozens of homes being built in new sustainable development By Sara Van Cleve New homes — and much more in the coming years — are starting to pop up in west Arvada. The homes are part of the Candelas residential and commercial development. Candelas is at Indiana Street and Candelas Parkway, just north of Coal Creek Canyon Road. The proposed Jefferson Parkway would run generally southeast of the residential area. The residential portion of Candelas is being developed by Terra Causa Capital and GF Properties Group. The neighborhood offers something for everyone, said Creig Veldhuizen, a managing director with Terra Causa Capital. “All of our builders so far, we have five of them all in the same community, are offering different products and at different price points,” Veldhuizen said. “They all have different features and architectural flairs. There’s a product for everyone.” Builders include Century Communities, which offers homes starting in the $300,000 range, and Richmond American, which offers homes starting in the $500,000 range and higher. The other two confirmed builders are Standard Pacific, with homes starting in the low $300,000s and Ryland Homes, starting in the low $300,000s. Both made solar panels standard on the roofs of their houses. The fifth builder has not been confirmed. While the homes are all different, the entire neighborhood is committed to being sustainable and using renewable energy, Veldhuizen said. “When we went through the zoning process, Arvada had some very high hopes for the property in terms of making it a sustain-

The new Candelas neighborhood is taking shape with houses in the low $300,000s off Highway 72 and Candelas Parkway in west Arvada. Photo by Andy Carpenean able community,” Veldhuizen said. “They held us to those standards and we shared that vision.” Sustainability can be seen throughout the community, Veldhuizen said, from solar-powered street lights and tiles to solar panels on the roofs of homes. The biggest sustainability feature of the community, though, is its recreation center. “The recreation center is a $3 million facility,” Veldhuizen said. “It’s that expensive because we’re committed to sustainability. It’s going to be LEED silver certified, and it may reach LEED gold.” LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification means the building meets green standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. The recreation center will be heated and cooled by a geothermal heat pump system and will feature 15 kilowatt solar panels on the rooftop to offset most of the electricity used, as well as many other sustainable features, Veldhuizen said. The most significant sustainability fea-

ture Candelas has though is its sustainability trust, he said. “It’s the first of its kind in the state of Colorado,” he said. Each builder who buys lots in Candelas pays a fee of $3,000 per lot into the trust before building. If they build the homes with qualified renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, geothermal heat pumps and other technology, they get a rebate of the majority of the fee. If the builder chooses not to build the homes with sustainable qualities, the fee sits in the trust and is available to the homeowner to use to retrofit their home with sustainable improvements, Veldhuizen said. More than just sustainable living is drawing residents out to Candelas though. “One thing is the natural beauty of the sites and the view,” he said. “Residents have a 360-degree view from any home site. They can see Standley Lake, the Flat Irons, downtown Denver and Pikes Peak on the Front Range. The natural beauty of the site is one of the most defining characteristics of it.”

The coming development over the next few years is another draw, Veldhuizen said. Candelas, including residential, commercial and open space will include 1,500 acres. The development, once completed, will feature 1,500 single family, detached homes, 1,000 or more higher-density units and several million square feet of retail and commercial space. “It’s kind of a city within a city of Arvada,” Veldhuizen said. “They’ll integrate and complement each other. There’s a tremendous amount of open space in the plan. Between parks, open space and trails systems, we’ll have nearly 200 acres of open space. There’s a significant commitment to open space and building area where residents can enjoy the views and outdoor recreational aspect of the community.” Its proximity to Boulder, Golden, the mountains and other locations where people “work, dine and play” is another selling point, Veldhuizen said. So far, about 30 homes are under construction and nine homes are already built and occupied. Charlie McKay with Church Ranch Companies, the commercial developer, said development hasn’t started yet for the commercial part of the community, but there has been interest from convenience stores and grocery stores to build there, as well as some other potential clients. “We’ve been at it for many years and we’ll continue to work on it for many years,” McKay said. For more information about Candelas, visit

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Legislators’ kickoff complete with grub, gaffes Opening Day of the General Assembly — no, make that Opening Week — is one long social event punctuated by family gatherings, floral deliveries, speeches, inside jokes, bad puns and, this year at least, Democratic control, iPads and something known as “Peegate.” As usual, newly elected officials, male and female, donned their best suits for their photo ops and their mass swearingin. Reporters not accustomed to covering “The Leg” squeezed into press areas. And lobbyists raced to legislators’ offices to praise, or pan, the bills that flooded in. I, of course, headed straight for the one annual event that tends to bring even vehemently opposing sides together: Opening Night’s Blue Ribbon Reception, co-hosted by the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association. Senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle gathered at The Grand Hyatt’s Pinnacle Room with a bird’s-eye view of downtown from the 38th floor. State lawmakers tipped back adult beverages and scarfed down special snacks served by CRA-member restaurants. The per-person price of the party was low enough to comply with state ethics rules. (Full disclosure: I write a blog for the Restaurant Association.) The only audible discussions were which restaurant served the best food. While there was no consensus, the 14 participating eateries put out an impressive example of their menus. Ted’s Montana Grill served bison short-ribs, sausages and semi-sour pickles; The Charles Court at The Broadmoor upped the ante with a plate that included dynamite tuna tartare; CityGrille broke out some heat-filled green chili followed by miniature hamburgershaped cookies; Cheyenne Mountain Resort plated a seared scallop; Mangia Bevi offered deep-fried ravioli with dipping sauces; Metro State culinary students cooked up crab cakes; Wild Eggs topped chips with egg salad and crostini with chicken salad; Outback Steakhouse served seared ahi tuna with wasabi soy dressing and blue cheese pecan chopped salad; Centerplate’s dessert display was worth raving about; The Fort served buffalo meatballs; Bonefish Grill had tuna sashimi; The Fresh Fish Company served tuna its way, seared along with ceviche; and Baca at the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center offered seared sea scallops with forbidden rice and butternut squash risotto. During a short break at the feast fest, CRA President and CEO Pete Meersman thanked the roughly 300 attendees along with the restaurants and beverage sponsors Republic National Distributing and Southern Wine & Spirits. “Restaurants and hotels are the corner-

stone of Colorado’s economy,” Meersman said. “Restaurants and hotels together will generate over $12.5 billion in sales this year. This generates over $850 million in state and local state sales taxes. Restaurants and hotels employ roughly 286,000 employees in 11,500 restaurants.” Those numbers were not lost on Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former restaurateur and founder of The Wynkoop Brewing Co., who spoke to the crowd he called “his peeps.” “There is no challenge that restaurants can’t overcome,” Hickenlooper said. “My 10-year-old son, Teddy, and I got into an argument three weeks ago about how much homework he has. He said to me, ‘All you do is learn facts and make decisions and get a check. I learn something new every day and if I don’t get the facts right, my next day is miserable.’” The governor went on to tell the lawmakers, “Our goal is to make good decisions. If we get together we will have a great session. “Right here in this room, we have the two greatest industries in the world — restaurants and legislators.” House Speaker Mark Ferrandino gave the Blue Ribbon Reception a big thumbsup. “I told the House members this is by far the best event of the year,” he said. “This provides on opening day (of the Legislature) a day to celebrate each other. We have the next 119 days to meet and talk but we might not always agree. Tonight, let’s celebrate the opening of the Legislature.” But Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association honcho Christine O’Donnell had the last word: “Let’s eat, drink and be merry!”

New this year

Many things have changed under the Gold Dome, what with 27 representatives and four senators who’ve never served before. That’s what term limits get us. But legislators also are getting the chance to be more tech-savvy, with iPads all around. The paper-saving move was approved

last year to cut down on printing and filing costs and to increase legislative efficiency. The tablets set taxpayers back about $60,000, according to the Associated Press. Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, asked if software can automatically vote no for certain sponsors. The answer: Yes, but it’s “inadvisable.” On the flip side, also new were key card readers on certain upstairs bathrooms at the Capitol that had long been accessible, through push-button codes, to lobbyists. Capitol regulars decried the change. “Let my people go,” one reporter Tweeted. The Department of Personnel and Administration acknowledged to some miscommunication with the legislature. By days’ end Friday, the crisis was over, with wider access restored.

Capitol bests

Best use of a filing cabinet, endangered with the new iPads: To “put my coffee on,” said Sen. Greg Brophy. Best debate over a speech: Sen. John Morse’s long paramedic story, about how he rushed to help following a car wreck where the victim ultimately died, had fans and foes. “Ran over to catch Sen. Morse’s speech. So far, I’m sorry I did,” the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby said on Twitter. Best rip on the Senate: “We love having you in our chamber, but please leave,” said Speaker Mark Ferrandino. Best photo op: Morse posed for a photo with the family of new Sen. Owen Hill. The

two senators bitterly vied for a seat two years ago. Second best photo op: Five speakers in one photograph — the current speaker and former speakers Frank McNulty, Andrew Romanoff, Terrance Carroll and Ruben Valdez. Best gaffe: The governor said “Oh, Jesus” after messing up a quote in his State of the State speech. Second-best gaffe: Chief Justice Michael Bender asked representatives to “oppose — uphold — the Constitution. Third-best gaffe: Morse introduced Bender as “Chief Justice Bennett.” Bender panned, “Thank you, President (Bill) Cadman.” Best symbolism: The House opened with Denver’s Gay Men’s Chorus singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” Ferrandino is the first openly gay House speaker. Best quip by a reporter: “`The skiing and the pot was great but the best part of my Colorado trip was the LAMB CHOPS,’ said no one, ever,” wrote the AP’s Kristen Wyatt, dissing Hickenlooper’s choice of what to bet on the Broncos game. Penny Parker usually covers events, restaurants, business, parties and people throughout the metro area in her “Mile High Life” column elsewhere in today’s paper. She also writes for She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

INSIDE THE PRESS THIS WEEK Legislation: Jobs are No. 1 priority of Colorado lawmakers. Page 7

Opinion: Columnist Michael Alcorn covers great expectations and how to keep them in check. Page 8

Capitol Report

Author: New children’s book based on the life of Standley Lake prairie dogs. Page 6

Life: Noёl Coward’s “Blither Spirit” features wit and fast-paced dialogue at Arvada Center. Page 10

Question of the Week: A sample of viewpoints on the current legislative session. Page 8

Reading: A look at favorite books of the past year. Page 21

Sports: Bulldogs unable to match Wheat Ridge’s physicality. Page 22

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City revitalizing Arvada Triangle Area of urban renewal for past decade could be home to new Walmart By Sara Van Cleve In its heyday the Arvada Plaza was the place to be. When it was built in the 1960s, it was a thriving shopping and entertainment area in Arvada, home to a movie theater, two department stores, a grocery store, a drugstore and specialty shops. Now, the Arvada Plaza is part of what is known as the Arvada Triangle, a trio of shopping centers in the vicinity of 58th Avenue and Independence Street. The Arvada Triangle was designated an urban renewal area by Arvada Urban Renewal Authority in 2003 and has been the subject of revitalization since. “When it was constructed, it was in its prime, but that was decades ago,” said Arvada Communications Manager Wendy Forbes. “It went through natural deterioration; it happens to any neighborhood. When infrastructure changes, it goes down, particularly on an interior street, not a major corridor.” Because of its location between Wadsworth Boulevard and Kipling Street instead of on one of those major corridors, finding businesses to fill the now more than

50 percent vacated shopping centers has been difficult, Forbes said. Now Wal-Mart is looking to fill a major vacancy in the Arvada Plaza portion of the Triangle, which is mostly owned by Industrial Realty Group. “What we hope it does is start a new trend of revitalization,” Forbes said. “For long-term residents, it used to be a place in Arvada for entertainment and retail, and it no longer has that status. We’d like to bring that back. It might look different, but we want to bring that back.” While some residents may have mixed feelings regarding the first full Walmart store coming to Arvada, the company will take comments from residents regarding the design. “Certainly it’s our intent to build a store that fits the community in Arvada,” said Joshua Phair, the director of public affairs and government relations with the WalMart corporation. Wal-Mart, IRG and the city hosted a community meeting Nov. 16 when WalMart shared its initial plans and designs with residents. “We will certainly not only be sharing our ideas, but listening to ideas from residents,” Phair said. “If their ideas are something we can incorporate, we’ll look at doing that. We hope it’s the start of a long and productive conversation with the community and city.” Wal-Mart is expected to file its application with the city in the coming weeks, Phair said. The corporation will have to go through a long process before it can break ground,

though, Forbes said. “It’s a very lengthy process,” Forbes said. “It’s not unusual for the application process to take more than one review. It’ll take a few weeks. It has to go through the planning commission, which has a public hearing and City Council’s public hearing before breaking ground.” Because of the approval process and the fact that the Walmart, if approved, will be a

new store built from the ground up, Phair said doors would likely not open until 2015. Some of the Arvada Plaza will probably have to be demolished to fit the new store, but IRG and the Arvada Economic Development Association is working with tenants to ensure they understand what is proposed and help them relocate if they wish, Forbes said.

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Chief gives details on new substations Arvada to receive two new stations as part of decentralized policing model By Sara Van Cleve

svancleve@ourcoloradonews. com Construction of two new Arvada Police substations will soon be under way. The substations, which will be in the 6500 block of Kendrick Street and near 81st Avenue and Vance Drive, are part of the Arvada Police Department’s new decentralized policing strategy. “How can we establish a network that connects everybody together and that brings different, disparate pieces of information together so we can develop patterns we never saw before, or we can uncover problems we never knew existed before,” said Arvada Police Chief Don Wick. Under the new decentralized policing strategy, each officer will be stationed at one of three police stations, each of which covers a sector of the city. Sector A includes Arvada from West 88th Avenue south to West 64th Avenue and from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks east to state Highway 95. Sector B, which will be covered by officers stationed at the main current station, 8101 Ralston Road, from 64th south to Interstate 70 and from Kipling Parkway east to Tennyson Street. The third area, Sector C, is significantly bigger in terms of land but is smaller than A and B in terms of population size. Sector C covers the remainder of Arvada, ranging from just south of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge south to the city limits just north of

Shown above is a rendering of the layout for the new police substations being built this year. The layout is subject to change. I-70. The sectors ranges from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Kipling west to the edge of Arvada city limits. Currently, Sector C includes the new Candelas development. In the next 10 years, though, a new sector will be established and another substation will be built near Candelas to serve that part of the city, Wick said. “We’ve redesigned our police sectors and our strategy is to focus on communities and ‘natural neighborhoods,’” Wick said. “What I want to be able to do is put our police officers in these natural communities so it can be like they live there and our community stations are an integral part of that.” The new 10,900-square-foot substations will be identical and feature state-of-the art technology and design. The facility will include a community room, which will be open to

the public for use, Wick said, as well as all of the amenities necessary to have about 55 officers stationed at each location, which is a third of Arvada police’s officers. The new substations will also take advantage of natural light through many windows and the infrastructure, including wires and electronics, will be under the floor instead of in the walls so walls in the office areas can be moved to meet different needs, he said. A new feature that will benefit the community in case of an emergency is remote locking doors. “All of our buildings will have high definition cameras connected to dispatch at our main station,” Wick said. “They’ll be able to see everything that’s going on and all of our locking mechanisms are remote.” If someone were to go into a substation when a front desk attendant isn’t there, a motion-detected cam-

era will pick up the person’s signal, and a dispatch person will appear on the screen to assist them with their problem, even locking the doors to the lobby to protect them until police respond. “If you’re in trouble and need help, somebody is chasing you or whatever the case is, when you come in there, as soon we see there is a problem we can get you in that lobby and lock down those doors so somebody can’t get at you. That’s a really important feature about how we’re going to get this done.” The substations were approved by City Council last October as part of the 2013-14 budget and will, together, total $8 million. The stations were designed by Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture and will be built by Adolfsen & Peterson Construction. Construction is expected to begin in March. Both stations are slated to open Dec. 20.

ARVADA NEWS IN A HURRY Chamber, businesses raise $3,000 for employees out of work after restaurant fire

Arvada Chamber of Commerce and local businesses raised more than $3,000 to help the employees of a restaurant who temporarily lost their jobs because of a fire. A kitchen fire in the early

morning hours of Dec. 17 forced Bennett’s Bar-B-Que, 7490 W. 52nd Ave., to temporarily close its doors, leaving employees out of work for an expected six to eight months. The Chamber partnered with Lone Star Steakhouse, the Arvada Fire Protection District and other businesses to host a fundraising

benefit for the employees. The organizations collected $1,578.76 from various businesses during the fundraiser Dec. 27 at Lone Star Steakhouse, 7450 W. 52nd Ave. Lone Star also donated 15 percent of sales from Dec. 27 - Dec. 30, which totaled $802. The chamber also received a

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Arvada Police are working with other police agencies to investigate a string of smash-and-grab burglaries that have occurred in the metro area over the past month. The thieves use a baseball bat to break into liquor and convenience stores and grab alcohol and cigarettes before running back out. The suspects hit an Arvada liquor around midnight on Jan. 3; they then burglarized a Wheat Ridge store 15 minutes later. They also burglarized a store in Westminster the night before on Jan. 2. Police believe the burglars are responsible for a total of 15 burglaries along the Front Range over the past month.

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Arvada police released photos from a surveillance camera showing three suspects breaking into and stealing from a local store. The suspects are believed to be responsible for 15 burglaries along the Front Range over the past month. Photo provided The suspects were caught on a surveillance camera in one of the stores though and police are hoping someone will recognize the suspects because of their clothing style.

d by A new alliance at the Arvada Festicture val Playhouse aims to keep audiences & Pection laughing and thinking. Directing and producing couple Charles and Donna Ault with the open Player’s Guild at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., recently announced a partnership with Janine Ann Kehlenbach, the artistic director and founder of 11 ado Minute Theatre Company. “We do primarily family-based High oper comedy,” Charles Ault said. “And Janine and 11 Minute do thought-provoking types of theater. I think there nd is room and a need for both of them.” ees Ault said the evolution of Olde Town Arvada is bringing about a need

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for different offerings from the Playhouse. “I decided to partner with Janice because I feel that the demographics of the Olde Town area are changing and we need to help that change move along,” Ault said. “The type of theater that 11 Minute does is a different type than we do. They’re certainly a really, really good company and Janine is very talented. I think it will be a good alliance.” The playhouse will host four performances from the two companies between February and June. The Player’s Guild will feature “Taking Stock” by Richard Schotter Feb. 8-17, “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner” by Pat Cook March 8-17 and “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson April 5-20. The 11 Minute Theatre Company’s

offering in the first half of 2013 is “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie, showing May 31 through June 9. Performances showing later in the year will be announced as the time gets closer. “I, Donna and Janine are very excited about what’s happening and what 2013 is going to bring,” Ault said. Showings for the both the Player’s Guild and 11 Minute Theatre Company are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays during the scheduled dates at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Tickets are $16 each for Friday and Saturday performances and $14 for Sunday performances. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.FestivalPlayhouse. com or call 303-422-4090.

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By Glenn Wallace A Lakewood man, charged with killing one girlfriend, and attempting to kill another with his bare hands, pleaded not guilty to all charges in a Jefferson County courtroom last week. Corey Lopez, 22, appeared in court on Jan. 10 in county custody. He was arraigned on four felony counts, after Judge Christie Philips ruled that the District Attorney’s Office did have enough evidence to add the charge of attempted first-degree murder involving a second victim.

In July of last year, Lopez called police from his apartment at 1017 Teller St. to report his girlfriend, 21-yearold Richelle Ann Best, was unresponsive. Police found Best dead at the scene. An Lopez autopsy listed her cause of death as “non-visible trauma.” Lopez was arrested later that week and charged with first-degree murder. In court last week, two officers from the Lakewood Police Department told how during their investigation of Best’s death, that they came to interview an ex-girlfriend. According to the officers, the former girlfriend relayed several “specific incidents involving choking,” inflicted by Lopez in 2008 to 2009.

Prosecutors brought up several details from those interviews, including the number of times she alleges that Lopez choked her in anger (15), and times he choked her unconscious (five). Prosecutors made special note of an incident where the ex-girlfriend said Lopez assaulted her so violently that she believed he would have killed her if bystanders had not intervened. Throughout the hearing defense attorneys repeatedly protested the use of hearsay — having one person testify to what someone else allegedly said — though the practice is allowed for the purpose of preliminary hearings. The defense did not call any witnesses during the preliminary hearing. The case is scheduled to go to trial in June.

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Chamber names Coors Credit Union ‘Business of the Year’ Coors Credit Union has been named “Business of the Year” by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. Coors Credit Union was selected for the honor because of its dedication to improving the Arvada community since its founding in 1954. Every year the credit

union hosts toy drives for children, offers scholarships to students and provides financial assistance to those in need through its “Credit Union for a Cause” program. Coors Credit Union was also recently named the best bank or credit union by Colorado Community Media’s “Best in Jeffco” awards. Coors Credit Union and other outstanding businesses will be recognized at the Chamber’s 88th annual din-

ner with the theme “Rumor Has It … A Black Tie Affair” at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Tickets are $75 per person to attend the dinner. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 303-424-0313.

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JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Commissioners and committees

As one of their first official duties of the first meeting of 2013, the Jefferson County commissioners on Jan. 8 elected a chair (re-electing 3rd District Commissioner Donald Rosier), and designated which commissioners would be representing the county at 18 various agency boards. A commission rookie, and outnumbered by two Republicans, the Democrat Casey Tighe still challenged Rosier for positions on the influential Denver Regional Council of Governments, and Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority Boards. ”I want to make sure we have good distributions and good perspectives,” Tighe said. Rosier said he would like to keep the positions, citing his two years of previous experience, and the leadership roles he has taken within both agencies. Tighe eventually agreed, though he was named the alternate county representative to both groups.

Guilty plea in toddler death

Keith Nick Ruiz, 26, was in Jefferson County Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to causing the death of 2-year-old Dolci Gryshayeva in Lakewood in 2011. Dolci was the daughter of his live-in girlfriend. On Sept. 7, 2011 Ruiz came home from work to watch Dolci. He admits he became very frustrated and that he snapped and forcefully threw her to the ground. When he realized that she had stopped breathing he called 911. Dolci never regained consciousness and was taken off life support on Sept. 9, 2011. Ruiz pleaded guilty to child abuse, and recklessly causing a death. He faces 25 to 40 years in prison. Sentencing has been set for Feb. 26.

Heroes Behind the Badge

A documentary highlighting the heroism of police officers that place themselves in harm’s way will have a special screening in the Denver area next week. The film “Heroes Behind The Badge” will be shown 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, inside the American Mountaineer-


ing Museum Foss Theater, 710 10th St. in Golden. The film is being shown across the state, courtesy of the Police Unity Tour and the Colorado Auxiliary of Wives Behind the Badge.

Gardening class

Jefferson County Master Gardeners will present a day-long Spring Gardening Symposium on Jan. 26. Held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave. in Golden, the symposium format will have two gardening tracks to choose from: Fruit and vegetable gardening or flower gardening. The symposium includes a garden trade show tailored to the attendees. Local garden suppliers will answer questions and have gardening supplies available at their kiosks. Interested gardeners may register online at www.sprgardsymp2013.eventbrite. com. A registration fee of $75 covers attendance for a full-day track as well as a boxed lunch. For further questions, call the Master Gardener Hot Line at 303-271-6632.

Obamacare forum

The public is invited to attend a panel discussion on “Understanding the Affordable Care Act” sponsored by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Jefferson County from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, 11600 W. 2nd Drive, Lakewood. Learn how the Affordable Care Act will impact PERA (Public Employees’ Retirement Association), Medicare and Medicaid and how Colorado’s Healthcare Exchange and Navigator Programs will work. Expert panelists include George Lyford, an attorney with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy; Adela Flores-Brennan, manager for the state Health Benefit Exchange Navigator; Denise de Percin, executive director for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative; and Donna Trujillo, executive director for Benefits at PERA of Colorado. For more information about the Jeffco LWV visit

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A portion of Green Mountain open space near Lakewood briefly became no man’s land on Friday as pieces of spent artillery shells and military munitions from the World War II era were located and safely detonated in place. The search and disposal of the old explosive materials were conducted by the Department of Defense and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The area was once used as an artillery training site for Camp George West. The detonation caused a muffled boom and a small amount of smoke. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Tighe questions human service cuts New commissioner welcomed at first briefing By Glenn Wallace What was scheduled as a simple staff briefing to say hello to newly sworn in Jeffco Commissioner Casey Tighe turned into reconsideration of recent nonprofit funding cuts. Democratic Tighe defeated appointed incumbent and Republican John Odom in November, to take the 2nd District seat on the commission. He was sworn in, along with other county officials, earlier that day (Jan. 8), and had then attended the first Board of County Commissioners meeting of the year, where he was greeted by his two fellow commissioners. ”You fought a good race. You won, and now you’re being punished,” joked 3rd District Commissioner Donald Rosier. “I have to tell you, I didn’t know what to expect, and I’ve loved it.” ”This is going to be fun,” assured 1st District Commissioner Faye Griffin. ”We can’t always please everyone, but we do the best we can.” On the subject of not being able to please everyone, later that day at the commissioner’s staff briefing, Tighe asked if it would be possible to revisit the county’s 2013 budget in hopes of reversing $688,000 in cuts to human services that has drawn criticism from

service advocates and state legislators. The funding cuts were to three nonprofit agencies, which all contract with the county to provide the public — Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Family Tree and the Senior Resource Center. ”When we have tough economic times, it’s counterintuitive, but those services are more in demand,” Tighe said. The request did not receive clear support from the other two members of the board, but did lead to a conversation about how the county funds nonprofits in general, when Rosier mentioned that the three nonprofits were specifically included in the county’s human services budget. ”When you look at all the nonprofits out there, why were those three designated? I don’t pretend to know,” Rosier said. County Administrator Ralph Schell said his staff would look into a formalized system, or set of criteria for getting county dollars to nonprofits, instead of leaving them as line items within a county department budget. Rosier said he liked that idea because it would move nonprofit funding “out of the entitlement type of programs.” Schell cautioned that no matter the system, some of the services currently provided by the nonprofits have been mandated by the federal government, meaning the county would have to take over services if the nonprofits lost funding. He said the commissioners would receive a staff report on the subject in the coming weeks.

Books: Meet Wadsworth A prairie dog with a familiar name, and a familiar home By Glenn Wallace Write what you know. That well-worn maxim to aspiring writers is something Golden author S.E. Rothrock has taken to heart in her first book, “Wadsworth.” The novel for 7 to 12 year olds was released by Tate Publishing in August. The tale is of a brave prairie dog attempting to protect his community, and is based in part on a prairie dog colony that Rothrock watched and photographed around Standley Lake in Westminster 15 years ago. “I was really fascinated that they showed so many human characteristics. They hugged and kissed to acknowledge each other,” Rothrock said.

She added that the antics of her own family helped provide the inspiration for the really wild behavior of her wildlife book. “The belly slide (that character Jonathan does during a thunderstorm) really happened. It’s on videotape,” Rothrock said. The real-life Jonathan is Rothrock’s brother, while another character is both named and based on her other brother, Tim. Rothrock said there is even a character based on her 9-year-old daughter, Jaeden, “but she would only let me use her middle name, Cecil.” Denver itself is well represented: There are characters named Simms and Aurora. Rothrock said anyone familiar with the terrain and history of Standley Lake will find a lot of reality blended in with her fictional tale. She said she hoped the strong sense of place in the book will help area children feel like they own part of the

Golden author S.E. Rothrock recently released a children’s book titled “Wadsworth,” very much based on the real prairie dogs of Standley Lake. Photo by Glenn Wallace story. Rothrock said she also tried to infuse the book with lessons she has learned over the years. Barnes and Noble, 14347 W. Colfax Ave., will host Rothrock for a book signing and reading from 5-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. Paper and ebook copies are also available through most online book retailers.


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Deer in a slippery spot is saved By Glenn Wallace The National Western Stock Show does not have a competition named deer ice roping … yet. On the morning of Jan. 10, the same day as the stock show’s opening ceremony, a Lakewood Parks Ranger, along with assistance from Coors employees and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife inadvertently invented the sport as they rescued an unfortunate deer who found himself in a slippery situation. Officials received reports of the deer early that morning, stuck on the ice of a retention pond, near 32nd Avenue and McIntyre Street. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials came out to check on the young stag. The deer could be seen occasionally trying to stand up, only to slip back down onto his haunches, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill. “At one point a coyote actually came out on the ice and we were hoping it would startle the deer off, but he just tried to get up and slipped back down,” Churchill said. Wildlife officials - not equipped or trained to rescue wildlife from an ice situation - could only watch from shore and

hope the deer had not already seriously injured his legs on the ice. Churchill told news agencies that the outcome did not look positive for the animal. “We just can’t endanger human life for wildlife,” Churchill said. But help arrived from the city of Lakewood, in the form of Park Ranger Todd Taylor “We’re properly trained and have the right equipment, if something should happen,” Taylor said. That equipment includes a bulky ice rescue suit, designed to let rescuers better survive a plunge into frigid water. It took two attempts, but Taylor managed to make his way out to the deer, and manage to rope its antlers. “I actually have cattle so I’ve roped before,” Taylor said. “Roping on the ice, in a rescue suit - it was fun!” The 250-pound deer was then dragged on his haunches across the ice by the rescuers on shore. He was cut loose, and bounded away the second his hooves made it to solid ground. Taylor said he was happy that the story had a happy ending, but said too often it is a person who gets stuck out on the ice. In Lakewood for instance, the only ice deemed safe for the public is at Bear Creek Park. “Be sure to check with your area to see where it’s safe to go out on the ice,” Taylor said.

City brooding about the beltway Golden to decide if beltway fight still appealing By Glenn Wallace

g w a l l a c e @ o u rc o l o r a Years of negotiation and now a year-long lawsuit have failed to stop the Jefferson Parkway, the Golden City Council has some decisions to make. A year ago, Golden filed a federal lawsuit attempting to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from granting a 300-foot-wide transportation right-ofway along the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge’s eastern edge, running parallel to Indiana Avenue. Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA) intends to use that strip of land for a 10-mile toll way as part of the larger effort to complete the 470 beltway system around the Denver Metro Area. Golden has fought against efforts to com-

plete the beltway, citing concerns over the impact that a major freeway would have, since such a beltway would likely cut right through the city. In late December the federal judge issued his ruling, siding with the JPPHA. “I think it’s fair to say we were very disappointed with the ruling,” the city’s Special Counsel John Putnam told the Golden City Council on Jan. 10. The city of Superior and two environmental groups, who had also filed lawsuits against the land deal, immediately filed an appeal with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as making an emergency request for a temporary injunction. The court initially granted the temporary injunction, but later moved up the time table, allowing the injunction to end on the morning of Dec. 31, just hours before the JPPHA and the Fish and Wildlife Service officially closed

their deal. Construction on the parkway is still years off, according to the JPPHA Interim Executive Director Bill Ray, and will still involve several environmental impact studies. The federal appeal is still progressing, and is actually being fast tracked, according to Putnam. Golden has not joined in the appeal yet. Putnam said first briefs in the case are due by Feb. 19, and that the city would need to decide whether to join before that date. The case could go to court as early as May. The council asked few questions before going into a closed session to discuss the issue of appeal. As of press time there has yet to be official word.

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Legislators have big issues on their plate Democrats control both houses, governor’s office Staff report Colorado’s General Assembly went into session Jan. 9 with Democrats in control of the House, Senate and the governor’s office. But by most accounts, jobs and the economy remain the No. Report 1 priority for Colorado’s lawmakers. New Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino said as much a few days before the session kicked off, stating plans to roll out a series of economic bills. More will be reported on the topic as legislative proposals emerge. What follows is a look at other important and controversial issues legislators are expected to tackle this session, which is scheduled to end May 8. • Gun control: Last summer’s Aurora theater shooting and the more recent Connecticut school shooting have sparked new efforts across the nation to restrict access to certain types of guns and ammunition. But perhaps nowhere will the gun-control debate be more heated than in Colorado, a state that traditionally has shown staunch support for the Second Amendment. Gov. John Hickenlooper has stated that the time is right for the discussion on gun control. The Democratic Legislature appears poised to make that a priority. State Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, plans to introduce two bills, one that would expand background checks for would-be gun buyers and another that would ban high-capacity magazine clips. Other lawmakers have chosen to focus this debate on treatment of the mentally ill rather than on guns themselves. • Fracking: The popular term for hydraulic fracturing involves pumping millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals deep underground to break up layers of rock and extract oil and natural


gas. Noise, air pollution, water consumption and risk to groundwater have all become contentious issues. Changes are already under way, with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission recently approving a rule to require groundwater testing before and after drilling, and giving preliminary approval to increased setbacks from buildings. The panel will make a final setback decision the week of Jan. 21. Limits on noise, emissions and dust and protections against spills also are being considered. • Marijuana: Colorado’s Amendment 64 task force is on the job. And it’s quite a task. The 24 members of the panel are charged with making sense of a multitude of issues related to recreational marijuana use, which voters made legal in the November election. The task force has only until the end of February to compile their recommendations and pass on to the Legislature. A few among the many questions they will consider: Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol as opposed to the medical marijuana model? Should pot tourism be prevented by allowing only Colorado residents to purchase it? What can be done to ensure those under 21 years of age are not able to purchase and use the plant? • Civil unions: This appeared well on its way to passing during last year’s session before last-minute maneuvering prevented a vote. Having a Democratic majority in both chambers makes it highly likely this will be taken up again and passed. As for the possibility of moving beyond civil unions to gay marriage, Ferrandino, who is openly gay, said in December, “I don’t think we’re there yet as a state.” • Education: Funding for both higher education and K-12 education is expected to draw much attention from lawmakers. House Minority Leader Mark Waller recently said higher-education funding needs to be a priority, while Ferrandino said adequately funding the K-12 system is his party’s No. 2 priority this session behind only jobs and the economy. • The death penalty: Weeks before the session began, state Rep. Claire Levy, DBoulder, said she was exploring the possibility of introducing legislation to ban the death penalty in Colorado. In December, new Senate President John Morse said, “If it is brought up this year, I will likely vote to repeal it.” The state has not executed a prisoner since 1997.

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Turn traction to more action in state’s economy Gov. John Hickenlooper praised Colorado for its economic rebound in his State of the State address last week. We, too, like many of the signs we see, and like to think we are coming out of the woods. The early weeks of a new year make for a good time to share some good numbers, stand up and put ourselves in the optimistic category. The Colorado Municipal League, a nonprofit agency that represents interests of 267 cities and towns in the state, reported last week that our state’s cities and towns fare better than most others across the nation. The organization’s State of our Cities and Towns report noted 47 percent of Colorado municipalities closed out the year with increased revenues and further noted an inverse relationship to three years ago when 46 percent reported lower rev-

OUR VIEW enue. To our readers, take heart that Front Range cities fared particularly well with 83 percent reporting increased revenue. Going onto the new year, we’ll be looking for the results of increased revenues in our cities — cities that have made staff cuts and implemented furlough days in recent years. This month in Northglenn, the council found it could muster a 2 percent increase for most employees after three years of frozen salaries. These are the types of impacts we hope to see, as well as careful consideration of how to put increased revenues to work for residents in services,

What is your take on the legislative session?

I believe there is way too much symbolism over substance. Our Legislature needs to encourage service in the community rather than be quick to legislate government solutions. What we really need are people to help people on their blocks. – Al Apuzzo, Westminster

I want to see Colorado set up laws for progressive gun control legislation as an example for the rest of the county. – Missy McMurray, Westminster

I would really like to see our government work to get to real solutions instead of stalling, and see some real progress. I’d like gun control to limit magazines, guns not to be sold at Walmart … and job creation needs to be at the forefront. – Emily Milton, Westminster

Two things. Make sure there’s sufficient funding for higher education, including graduate programs. And we need sensible gun control — not stuff than doesn’t do anything. We need to focus on solving violence in our communities. – Hans Anderson, Westminster


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“Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate … leads to suffering.” — Yoda My Buddhist friends would have a variant on that statement that goes like this: “Expectation leads to disappointment; disappointment leads to anger; anger leads to suffering.” Or something to that effect. So how many of you were suffering Saturday night after the Broncos lost to the Ravens? I know I was, just a little. And it’s all because we actually had expectations of this team; at the very least, we figured they would beat the Ravens and get to the AFC Championship game. Contrast that with last year’s playoff experience: Nobody had any expectation that the Broncos would beat the Steelers, but they did. Which, of course, brought the city a sense of elation. Much better than suffering, dontcha think? Of course, football is trivial — for most of us, a mindless diversion from the realities of our daily lives. But I use it to illustrate a point. Expectations are a wonderful and useful thing, especially as they communicate to people, particularly students, the degree of accomplishment that they should be able to achieve. But, whereas communicating expectations to a group is necessary to define goals, allowing expectations for other people to drive your own sense of accomplishment is a tricky task. And to build expectations out of wholecloth, based on vague notions of what somebody else says they can do, is a fool’s errand. And speaking of fools, that brings me around to Washington, D.C. (You knew I had to be going somewhere with this, didn’t you?) I hope the president is right, that taxing “the rich” is going to solve all our problems; and I hope the Senate knows what it is doing with money, considering that it hasn’t passed a budget in four years; and I hope the House is on the right track, once again playing “chicken” with a debt limit increase.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his State of the State address last week at the state Capitol. Addressing recreational marijuana, civil unions, funding for education and gun control are among top of mind

fees, backlogged street projects and other numerous other impacts to pocketbooks and quality of life. Further the report states local economies investing in economic development activities is paying off as well — noting 88 percent of municipalities participate in one or more economic development activities. The list includes classic car shows, art festivals, beer festivals and bike races. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge that wizzed through various parts of the state in August, including Golden and Denver, quickly comes to mind. The partnerships to work quickly and effectively were pronounced as strong community spirit bubbled up in day-today business, volunteer efforts, in-kind contributions and the like. We witnessed these partnerships working effectively and ethically. The report added that the state


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Elected county officials take reins By Glenn Wallace Jefferson County commissioners took their oaths of office Jan. 8 and officially assumed their duties as winners in the November election. First Judicial District Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger issued the oaths, with judges, politicians and attorneys swearing to uphold the state and federal constitutions as they carried out the duties for which they were chosen. “This is a great day, where we get to see representative government in action,” Jefferson County District 3 Commissioner Donald Rosier said as he helped introduce Judge Munsinger to the packed room. Among those in the audience were family members of the elected officials and visiting officials, including former Gov. Bill Ritter, former Sen. William Armstrong, former Sen. Bill Schroeder, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, former Jefferson County DA Dave Thomas, and elected officials from Lakewood, Arvada and Golden. First District County Commissioner Faye Griffin, who ran unopposed for re-election, was sworn in to county office for the fifth time, having previously served as the county’s clerk and recorder and treasurer. Her family, including her husband, children, and a grandchild were in attendance, and posed with her for a picture after she took her oath. “You, the citizens of Jefferson County have entrusted me with this office, and I thank you so much,” Griffin said. Also sworn in was District 2 Commissioner Casey Tighe, who won a squeaker of a victory over appointed incumbent John Odom in November. “Thank you for your trust. It’s very humbling, and I hope I can do a good job,” Tighe said, with his family by his side. First Judicial District Judges Christopher Munch and Christie Bachmeyer Phillips also renewed their oaths of office, as did County Court judges Bradley Allen Burback, Verna


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Comedy with a bite ‘Blithe Spirit’ mixes wit with change By Clarke Reader Noël Coward is one of the best known playwrights of the 20th century, and stands next to Oscar Wilde as one of the best writers of wit and fast-paced dialogue. Yet Coward’s work hasn’t been produced at the Arvada Center for decades, a trend that is now over with its production of “Blithe Spirit.” The center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., will run the play at its Black Box Theater from Jan. 22 through Feb. 17. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. “Coward’s work is really enjoyable and so quick, but he has a little more edge and bite to his work,” said Rod A Lansberry, the play’s director. “The back and forth between the characters is different to direct because it’s so easy to get caught up in the rhythm.” The story of “Blithe” revolves around Charles Condomine (Steven Cole Hughes), an upper class British author in the 1930s, who invites Madame Arcati (Beth Flynn) to his home to conduct a séance as research for his latest novel.

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Charles Condomine (Steven Cole Hughes) is haunted by his deceased wife Elvira (Heather Lacy) in the Arvada Center’s “The Blithe Spirit.” Things take a turn for the supernatural when Madame Arcati accidentally conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira (Heather Lacy) — a ghost his new wife Ruth (Kate Berry) cannot see. Madness and mayhem follow as Elvira tries to disrupt Charles’ marriage to Ruth, and then decides her husband should join her in the afterlife. “Blithe” is the first time Lansberry, Hughes and Flynn have tackled Coward’s work, and have found the experience extremely challenging and fun. “There is a line the character Ruth when she says, ‘Do you think it’s interesting how easily people let themselves be deceived?’ and I think that really sums up the play,” Hughes said. “I think the statement really applies to relationships, and that’s what the play is about.” Flynn said she really enjoys the charac-

ter of Madame Arcati, and how despite her eccentricities, she has a structure and regiment that works for her. Flynn and Hughes believe that the play is much more of a social satire than a farce, and says a lot about the times Coward was writing in. “There’s another quote from the play that says, ‘It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit’ and that says a lot about what he was trying to do,” Flynn said. “The play is very cerebral in what it’s doing.” Lansberry said the the play covers the changing opinion of the upper class and morals in society in its comedy, and that it really keeps the play relevant. “It’s an amazing cast, the rapport between the characters is great,” he said. “For people who have never seen Coward’s work, it’s clever, witty and fun.”

Joey is a featured life-sized puppet presented by the Handspring Puppet Company that brings breathing, galloping and charging horses to thrilling life on stage in this production of “War Horse,” the Broadway hit playing the Buell Theatre through 20. Here are Joey’s stats: • Joey weighs 120 pounds and is handmade by 14 people. Its frame is mostly cane, soaked, bent and stained. • An aluminum frame along the spine, lined partly with leather for comfort, allows the horse to be ridden. • Stretched, hosiery-like Georgette fabric makes up the “skin” beneath the frame. • A puppeteer at the head controls the ears and head; one in the heart controls breathing and front legs; a third in the hind controls the tail and back legs. • A harness connects the puppet’s and puppeteer’s spines so his or her movements become the breathing of the horse. Tickets are available only by calling either 303-893-4100 or at Beware of scalpers selling tickets on the Internet because they are more often than not fraudulent.

Hyatt may transform Loews

The Loews Denver Hotel in Glendale is being sold to Hyatt, and will be transformed into a Hyatt Place as of Feb. 21, according to a super-secret source. According to my spy, she discussed the ownership change with a manager who confirmed the impending brand transition. No one from the city of Glendale nor from Hyatt could be reached as of deadline. If the flag does change, that will mean severely altering Loews, which considers itself a luxury brand, to a mid-line Hyatt product, which typically is an 11-story hotel with between 125 to 200 rooms located in an urban, suburban or airport location, according to the website description. Hyatt Place hotels are often compared to Marriott’s Courtyard brand. The sale of the Loews property was completed on Dec. 20, and the hotel is only accepting reservations through Feb. 28. Hyatt Place brands feature suite-type amenities with big-screen TVs, free wifi access and a complimentary hot breakfast daily. Hyatt Places also include meeting rooms for small corporate events. Room prices are roughly $129 a night. I will let you know more details as they become available.

La La land

Former Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and wife, La La, have been living separately, according to an item last week in the New York Post. “It is true they haven’t seen much of each other in the past few months,” a friend of the couple told the gossip column Page Six. “She’s been away a lot filming her show, ‘La La’s Full Court Life,’ in London, New York and LA. They are not separated and are still together. She and Melo have a house in LA — so she’s always there when she’s doing auditions.” However, another source contradicts that point of view. “They have been living separately for several months now,” that source says. “She’s been living in LA while Carmelo has been in New York.” According to The Post, “Sources add that La La’s also been partying with girlfriends from Mexico to Miami, which has Parker continues on Page 17


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REAL ESTATE AGENT SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK Joe DiVito What is your specialty and what does that mean for the peo- What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a house? ple you work with? Hire a professional knowledgeable agent, de-clutter and Broker Associate

ABR, CDPE, CIPS, CLHMS, CMAS, CRS, FIS, GRI, MRE, SRES, TRC, Lifetime Achievement, Hall of Fame, Chairman’s Club and JCAR Realtor of the Year 2004

RE/MAX Alliance 303-456-2111 Where were you born? Chicago, Illinois – a great place to be from!

on ” How long have you lived in the area? atre My wife, Sue, and I moved to Steamboat Springs in 1972. We

relocated, with our three young children, to Arvada in 1983. nd- We have been in our same home in west Arvada since 1984. What do you like most about it?

We like the small town feeling that Arvada offers. There ne, lowsare many horse properties, large lots and beautiful mountain

views. The people are very friendly and I have joked for as long ab- as I have lived here that, “People who come to Arvada seldom me. leave!” I like the close proximity to the mountains, ski arhe eas as well as the big city for sporting events and outings. s


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How long have you worked in Real Estate? I started in real estate in 1986 after founding and operating an electrical contracting company in Steamboat, rse. which I sold in 1983. I then joined Century 21, then Coldwell Banker and then RE/MAX Alliance in 1990. In 1999 g. we started ‘the DiVito Dream Makers’, which continues e today. My daughter, Amanda, joined me in the business han in 2003 and she was named 2012 Realtor of the year for the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

I specialize in residential real estate. I enjoy working with buyers and sellers. With a background as an electrician, I have a strong knowledge of construction, which nicely compliments my real estate business. I have also been a paid professional real estate coach for Richard Robbins International and have coached many brokers across the U.S.

What is the most challenging part of what you do? Managing people and expectation requires a lot of patience and practice. Keeping a real estate deal on track is a tedious job. One phone call or email leads to three others, and so on. However, I truly love it. Exceeding expectation and delighting people is also the best part of the job. Our motto at the DiVito Dream Makers is, “Making YOUR DREAMS come true!” What do you most enjoy doing when you’re not working? I really do not see my job as work, but spending time with my family on the beach, in the mountains, playing games or just a nice Sunday dinner. We have three delightful grandkids. I also enjoy following the Broncos, Rockies and the Avs. Obviously, the Broncos have been great to watch. Way to go Broncos!

stage your home before showing it! The way you live in a house and the way you show a house are very different.

What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a house? Hire a professional knowledgeable agent and get pre-qualified with a lender. Remember, you don’t need to be debt free. Be patient in this market! Inventory is way down. Nevertheless, be ready to jump on a house you love! What is the most unusual thing you have encountered while working in Real Estate? I have a past client I worked with when he was first out of college. I kept him on my mailing list for the past 13 years. He moved to Europe, all over the east coast and I followed his changes of address everywhere he went. Recently I received a call that he was moving back to Arvada. What a delight, my persistence in staying in touch does indeed pay off.

Left to right: Joe and Sue with the grandkids; Joe DiVito; The DiVito Dream Makers-Joe, Amanda and Jerry.


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Condos/Townhomes 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Coyote Ridge - Strasburg. 2 Story with basement 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 baths, all appliances, 2-car garage, landscaped, fenced back yard. 3 blocks from school. Nonsmokers, background check. Pets negotiable. Available to show/move in. $1,300/month, $1,000 deposit, $500 pet deposit $50/mo water credit incentive May-Sept.

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Duplexes, Multiplexes Elizabeth Duplex 3 bed, 2 bath Fenced yard pets okay $1100/month $1400 sec deposit Carmen 303.646.9827

Manufactured/Mobile Homes Elizabeth 2 Bedroom, 1/2 acre Pond, Greenhouse, Workshop 30' Patio Month to Month $900 (303) 646-0872 Office Rent/Lease 1,000 sqft Office/Retail Downtown Castle Rock on N. Wilcox Looking for 3 yr. or more lease

Available March 1, 2013 For more details license #215301

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AVAILABLE NOW! 4860 W 80th Ave Westminster, CO 80030 1,000 sq ft professional office space for rent. Share bldg with current dental practice. Located in Westminster on busy street. Great exposure. Off-street parking. Three office/exam rooms, waiting room, office/receptionist, kitchen and bathroom. $10.80/sf plus triple net. Call (719) 783-2627 or Cell (719) 429-6671

Call Ben 720.341.1231 Central Arvada Professional Office Building Suites from $125 to $875/mo Shared Conference Room, Kitchen, Restrooms Internet Option (303) 475-9567 VARIOUS OFFICES 100-2,311 sq.ft. Rents from $200-$1750/month. Full service. 405-409 S Wilcox

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Assist small insurance agency, Park Meadows area. Hourly rate, no benefits. 303-799-4890 or

Applications Engineer II,

Specialist for Arrow Electronics, Inc. (Englewood, CO) Utilize Oracle R12 with technical exp in areas of: Discrete Manufacturing (including MES), Financials, Order to Cash, Quote to Order, & Supply Chain. Reqs: Bachelor's in Info Systems or Electronic Engg. 5 yrs exp which must incl Analysis, specifications, dsgn, dvlpmt, customization, maintenance & support of business applics using Oracle applics 11i & R12; dvlp, customize & implmt Oracle CRM, Distribution & Financials modules; dvlpmt of extensions, interfaces & conversion programs to integrate Oracle Applications modules to import data from various sources into Oracle using PL/SQL & SQL*Loader; & utilizing Reports, Forms, OAF, Workflow, Interfaces, APIs, & UNIX. Send resumes (Req.#17662) to: HR Shared Services, 24 Inverness Place East, Englewood, CO 80112 or Apply online at:

Specialist for Arrow Electronics, Inc. (Englewood, CO) Create technical dsgns based on business/functional reqmts. Reqs: Bachelor's in Computer Engg, Info Systems, or rltd. 5 yrs exp which must incl creating technical & functional dsgns based on business reqmts for Oracle Applications ERP; in the analysis, dsgn, coding, data migration & testing for production & dvlpmt envrmts; to customize & dvlp PL/SQL packages, reports, extensions, & interfaces to support business reqmts; in system-level tests responsible for comparing actual results with expected results then to provide test cases and test data for functional testing; Oracle EBS 11i exp; & with Oracle Applications dvlpmt tools such as Oracle Applications Framework, SQL, PL/SQL, Oracle workflow, XML Publisher, Java & Forms. Send resumes (Req.#17661) to: HR Shared Services, 24 Inverness Place East, Englewood, CO 80112 or Apply online at:


PAID APPRENTICE HS grads ages 17-34. Electronics, engineering, communications, etc. Great benefits. Travel available. Call Mon-Fri 1 -800-237-7292.

Care provider / Private Duty Nurse needed in North Parker.

approx. 8-9am or 8-9pm. Mostly weekdays 303-646-3020

ServiceMaster Clean has

several part-time janitorial openings throughout Denver. Immediate evening positions available in Centennial and Highlands Ranch. Please call 303-761-0122 to schedule an interview.

Help Wanted

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is currently recruiting for the following position in Castle Rock: RF Technical Manager

Caregivers. to provide in-home care to senior citizens who need assistance with activities of daily living. Up to 40 hrs. per week Call Today 303-736-6688

If you are not able to access our website,, mail your resume and salary requirements to: DIRECTV, Attn: Talent Acquisition, 161 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112.To apply online, visit: EOE.

ERP Functional Analyst II,


We are looking for friendly, compassionate, and dependable caregivers to help the elderly with non-medical companionship and in-home care. Join the world's most trusted source of senior care and experience the rewards of making a real difference in someone's life. Flexible day, evening, and weekend schedules available. Join our team today. Call 303-688-7852.

Coordinator P/T:

Locate and screen host families; provide support and activities for exchange students. Up to $850/ student with bonus and travel opportunities. Local training and support. Make friends worldwide!

Home Cleaning

in Castle Rock 1 day a week, 6 hours at $15/hour Starting February

Specialist for Arrow Electronics, Inc. (Englewood, CO) Works with Oracle 11i Functional analysis in Supply Chain Modules: Advanced Pricing, OM, PO, Inventory. Reqs: Bachelor's in Electronic Engg, Info Systems, or rltd. 5 yrs exp which must incl execution of the entire Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) processes & implmtn of Oracle ERP projects; Techno-Functional exp with PL/SQL packages, Functions, SQL Scripts & EDI XML docs; dsgn, dvlpmt & support of Oracle RICE WF components; dsgn & dvlpmt architecture of Inbound & Outbound Interfaces between external sources & Oracle Applications using PL/SQL, Oracle APIs, SOA & Web Methods; & sourcing key metrics from multiple ERP systems. Send resumes (Req.#17305) to: HR Shared Services, 24 Inverness Place East, Englewood, CO 80112 or Apply online at:

Town of Parker

is accepting applications for Victim Advocate Volunteers and for more information and to apply, go to

Help Wanted ERP Functional Analyst,

Specialist for Arrow Electronics, Inc. (Englewood, CO) Supports and manages Oracle Distribution & CRM initiative efforts in large IT envrmt. Reqs: Master's in Computer Eng or CS; 3 yrs exp (or BS in same fields followed by 5 yrs. exp) which must incl Techno Functional consulting in Oracle Applications CRM (Sales, Mktg & PRM) & Supply Chain Mgmt domain; & exp configuring OBIEE/OBIA & Business Intelligence in eBS domain. Send resumes (Req.#17443) to: HR Shared Services, 24 Inverness Place East, Englewood, CO 80112 or Apply online at:


Savio House needs foster parents to provide temporary care for troubled teens ages 12-18. Training, 24 hour support and $1900/month provided. Must complete precertification training and pass a criminal and motor vehicle background check. Call Michelle 303-225-4073 or visit

Have home and kids; need parents!

Do you have time and love to give to kids but you just aren’t sure how to share it? Call to learn how you can earn a living caring for children in a home provided by Savio. Call Tracy at 303-225-4152.

Exp. Violin/Piano, Cello, Guitar Teachers needed Children -

Adults, must read. Email Bio & Bus. Refs. to Evergreen

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Opportunity Backed by BBB, No Sales, no Investment, No Risk, Free training, Free website. Contact Susan at 303-646-4171 or fill out form at

Looking for Paint Helper and

Body Tech full time at local body shop in Wheat Ridge. Call 303423-2498.

Mountain Man Nut & Fruit ,

located in the Woodlawn Shopping Center, 1500 W Littleton Blvd, is looking for part-time help. Applicantsshould have some retail experience, be mature, motivated, and a non-smoker. Apply in person.



Personal Caregivers and Homemakers

needed Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock. Reliable, dependable, exp. preferred. bi-lingual Korean helpful for 1 client. Call Personal Touch Senior Services (303)9725141


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Ranch Hand needed for 4


Western Summit Constructors, Inc. is seeking

hrs in the mornings for general horse care and maintenance. Castle Rock / Larkspur area. Additional hours and possible live-in arrangements available for the right person. Please call 303-961-4818.


Littleton Public Schools is looking for a receptionist responsible for greeting and directing individuals visiting the Education Services Center; answering the District telecommunication system and directing calls to appropriate individuals throughout the District. This is a full time, year round position in support of the Superintendent’s and the Communications offices. Fluency in Spanish is required. Apply online:


for busy pediatric practice in Castle Rock. Full time/part time. Please Fax (303)814-0717 or email

Would you love to help someone else? Flexible hours…prior experience caring for seniors helpful. We’re looking for loving, compassionate people who live in South Metro Denver! Call 303-990-4561 today!

Valet Attendant openings in Black Hawk CO.

Valet Attendant openings in Black Hawk CO. The properties are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, year round with positions available on ALL shifts. Weekend availability is preferred and flexible schedules are available. Candidates must be 18 years of age with a valid Driver’s License and be able to pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen. Individuals should apply at

Work From Home

Formwork Carpenters (including Foremen, Leadmen & Helpers), Concrete Finishers, Concrete Placing Foremen, Pipefitters, Yard Pipe (Operators, Layers & Laborers) and Tower Crane Operators for Metro Denver area projects (58th & York and Chambers & Hess). Applications will be taken at 9780 Pyramid Ct, Suite 100, Englewood, CO 80112, from 8 -5 M-F. Send resumes to or call (303)325-0325. WSCI is an EEO Employer.

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Work From Home AVON Good earnings to sell or buy, CR, Parker, HR & Centennial. Call for information Fay, (303)790-2524

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GARAGE & ESTATE SALES Estate Sales 6466 Ammons Street January 26th & 27th 8am-3pm Antiques, Linens, Housewares, Furniture, Tools and much more 4 blocks West of 64th and Wadsworth

Estate Sale

10184 Quivas St., Thorton (1 mile off I25 and 104th Ave.) Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Combining 2 homes and future bed and breakfast. Large selection of quality china, glassware, fabric, antiques, collectibles, antique paperweights, oriental collectibles and more than you can imagine. Visit for photos and map or call (303) 337 -3892. Reasonable prices all 3 days. Major credit cards accepted


Firewood Cut/Split/Deliver

$200/$225 a cord for Pine, Fir & Aspen some areas may require a delivery charge. Weekends at Sedalia Conaco Scrap Metal hauling & House Cleaning $25/hr/Sitting also available Call 303-647-2475 or 720-323-2173

Furniture Solid Oak Dresser in good shape 1 1/2' deep, 4 1/2' tall and 3' wide $125 303-840-4898

Twin bunk bed, solid wood + 1 mattress $150 Stanley 9 piece used girls bedroom set w/desk $400/obo Black metal twin daybed $50 720-746-8214


Dogs Free to good home, small male dog 3 years old part Poodle and Pekinese please call Jonna @ 720-882 -1402

Golden Retreiver Pup - Needs

home with fenced yard within 5 miles of Lakewood. Prefer home with 2 adults and no kids. Must be willing to train pup. $100 303-9892293.

Red Miniature Pinchers Dewclaw and tails done 4 months old $100 - $150 (303)430-7217

Motorcycles/ATV’s 2004 1200 Custom Sportster, 5000 miles, exc. condition, extras, $7500.00 firm, 720-284-8791


Bell & Howell sunlight lamp (for SAD) + extra bulbs, $35. Custom, retro, green love seat and chair, $135. Gevalia Coffee for 2 coffeemaker ($80 value), like new, $18. Roto Dent new plaque removal system/rotary tooth brush + accessories, $25. 303 688-9171

Sporting goods 2010 Fairplay elec. Golf Car

Appliances Maytag Dryer

used for 1 year $150 720-746-8214

Beauty Supplies Mary Kay available stock at cost. Selling out. Call 303-980-8305.

Street Legal, licensed & titled in Colorado. Speeds up to 30 mph, $5500 720-733-7789

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Firearms Mossberg Semi Automatic Model 250C with a scope, great condition 10+1 magazine $250 Winchester Model 37 single shot 20 gauge in good condition $275 (303)421-8512

Firewood Bulk Firewood

Logs, various hardwoods, random links, you load, you haul. $60.00 for pick up load. Split firewood also available. 303-431-8132

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Plenty on the theatrical radar ‘Tis the season for the beginning of a new round of plays. The following is a short list of new offerings. Looks as if we’re in for some splendid visits to our local theaters. “War Horse” plays at The Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Center only through Jan. 20. This highly anticipated Broadway touring production brings the horses to life through the use of life-sized puppets. The story takes place during World War I. Young Albert’s horse, Joey is conscripted to fight for the English so Albert, who is too young to enlist, sets off to find his beloved friend and bring him home. The New York Times describes the musical as “theatrical magic.” Two Colorado natives appear in the show. Angela Reed (Ponderosa High School) plays Rose Narracott and Mat Hostetler from Glenwood Springs (MFA National Theatre

Conservatory, Denver) plays Veterinary Officer Martin. For tickets and information call 303-8934100 or visit Also playing at the DCPA is “Ed, Downloaded” which runs in the Ricketson Theatre through Feb. 17. The world premiere was a staged reading at the 2012 Colorado New Plays Summit (the 2013 Summit is set for Feb. 8-10). When Ed, who is dying, is given a chance

Parker: Interactive art mural installed on civic center grounds Parker continued from Page 10

displeased Melo and made him angry.” Add to this latest rumor of a possible split the famous dust-up between Carmelo and the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett over a speculated infidelity. “Melo was suspended for one game for the post-game clash with Garnett over the incident,” The Post says. See the full story at pagesix/la_la_sticking_with_carmelo_m1tVisCdJoa0VsXTQXRI9M.

Amazing mural

“Before I Die …,” a worldwide interactive art installation by Candy Chang, has been installed on the grounds of the McNichols Civic Center Building at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Bannock Street. With blackboard space next to the words “Before I die I want to …” the mural invites visitors to pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in a public space. The mural was installed in Denver’s Sonny Lawson Park by the Community Coordinating District No. 1 last summer and moved to the McNichols Building grounds in early December. The original “Before I Die …” mural was built in New Orleans, where artist Chang transformed the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard and stenciled it with the sentence. By the next day, the wall was entirely filled and kept growing. The wall turned a neglected space into a constructive one where neighbors had an outlet to get to know each other and remember their loved


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ones. It was brought to Denver through a partnership of Arts and Venues Denver, the Community Coordinating District, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and Denver Design Build LLC. “Before I Die …” murals have been installed in more than 20 countries and reproduced in more than 10 languages. For photos and more information, go to http://

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Denver sports radio and TV personality Mark McIntosh has a reason to brag about his son. “My son Kyle is a comedy writer in Los Angeles. He’s working on a new show that will air its first season starting Jan. 16,” Mark announced on his Facebook page. The sketch comedy series, called “Kroll Show” on Comedy Central, satirizes “our television-obsessed culture and the rabid fan base it breeds,” according to the description on “More than just a collection of sketches, Kroll Show is about giving Nick (Kroll’s) fans a chance to see his of-themoment take on pop culture, sports news (and more).” Check out some video clips at: www. Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

at immortality, he has his brain downloaded and is allowed 10 memories to take into eternity. All is well until Ed’s wife discovers the memories he’s chosen at which point, she intervenes. Sounds intriguing. It’s billed as a “comedy.” We shall see. For tickets and information call 303-8934100 or visit “Mrs. Mannerly” kicks off the new season at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher narrates his memories as a 10-year-old studying etiquette. The demanding Miss Mannerly has never, in her 36 years of trying to instill a sense of proper decorum, given her charges a perfect grade. Young Jeffrey is determined to be the first student to break that record. His mission is helped along when he discovers Mrs. Mannerly’s secret past. The cast features Deborah Curtis as Mrs.

ARVADA CITY COUNCIL ON THE RECORD City Council voted on the following items during its first business meeting of 2013 on Jan. 7. Council members in attendance were Mayor Marc Williams; Mayor Pro Tem Rachel Zenzinger, District 1; Mark McGoff, District 2; Shelley Cook, District 3; Bob Dyer, District 4; and Bob Fifer and Don Allard, councilmembers at-large.

Council approves company to design bike, pedestrian improvements on Ridge Road

Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing an agreement between the city of Arvada and Wilson & Company for the design of bike and pedestrian improvements on Ridge Road for $208,338.06. The project involves creating a design for the widening of Ridge Road from Miller Street to Kipling Street, which will allow for the addition of a detached sidewalk on north side and bike lanes. RTD will also install a curb and gutter on the south side as part of its Gold Line Project. The design at the Kipling Bridge from Kipling Street to Independence Street will include either a separate pedestrian bridge or widening of the bridge to allow for bike lanes. The resolution only paid for the company to create the design. Councilwoman Shelley Cook said construction is expected to be done by mid-summer 2014.

Council sets date for public hearing regarding HEART Act update

Council unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance approving the first amendment to the city of Arvada Retirement Plan regarding provisions in the federal Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008. The amendment provides that any

”differential pay” to employees who are deployed into qualified military service must be included in the employee’s compensation for testing purposes. The amendment also provides that if an employee dies during qualified military service, then he or she is credited with vesting service in accordance with the HEART Act. Passing of the first reading sets up a public hearing on the ordinance, which is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the City Council Chambers, 8101 Ralston Road.

Council approves appointment of new, returning AEDA board members

City Council unanimously approved the appointment and re-appointment of six members to the Arvada Economic Development Association’s board. The three new board members are Alan Parker with Citywide Bank of Arvada, Jodi Thomas with FirstBank of Arvada and Mike VanderKolk with Ralston Ace Hardware. Parker and VanderKolk were selected as City Council’s appointees to the AEDA board. Parker will serve in the position until Dec. 31, 2013 and VanderKolk through Dec. 31, 2015. Thomas will serve as the representative of the ”service” business category through Dec. 14, 2014. Re-appointed members include Paul Heller of Sopheon Corporation, Ken Olsen of B2B CFO and Dave TenEyck of CCW Products. Heller represents the ”research and development/technology” business category, Olsen the ”one to five employee” category and TenEyck represents the ”manufacturing” business category. The next council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road.

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Mannerly, Chris Bleau as Jeffrey, and Erica Johnson as “everyone else.” Among Hatcher’s other plays are “Three Viewings,” “A Picasso,” and “Tuesdays with Morrie” (with Mitch Albom). MAP is at 1224 Washington Ave. (13th and Washington, second floor, entrance on 13th). For more info, call 303-935-3044 or visit miners “Mrs. Mannerly plays weekends through Feb. 17. “Blithe Spirit” plays in the Black Box Theatre at the Arvada Center from Jan. 22 through Feb. 17 with previews Jan. 18-20. The Noel Coward classic takes place in a British country house in the 1930s. Things get very lively after Madame Arcati, a clairvoyant, mistakenly retrieves the wrong person from the other side. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. For more info, call 720-898-7200 or visit Until next time, I’ll see you around town.


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culture,” he said. “Still others believe that the line between community security and individual freedom must be re-drawn.” In spite of those varying viewpoints, the governor urged action. “Surely, Second Amendment advocates and gun control supporters can find common ground in support of this proposition: Let’s examine our laws and make the changes needed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.” Hickenlooper also sought “support for a comprehensive overhaul of our state’s mental health system,” something that he hopes can help mentally ill individuals get treatment before they commit gun crimes. Republicans said there is a bipartisan consensus on dealing with mental health issues, but Hickenlooper’s calls for universal back-

ground checks on gun sales is problematic. Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, called such an effort “a regulatory regime” that won’t do anything to curb gun violence. “It makes people feel good, but it doesn’t do anything to solve the problem,” he said. Gardner also said that it’s unrealistic that “drug dealers on street corners are going to abide by that regime.” But Democrats have the numbers this session, and are primed to move on guns. “It’s a tough issue for everybody,” said Democratic Rep. Max Tyler, D-Lakewood. “It’s a ‘let’s do everything’ approach. Let’s do background checks. Let’s support our citizens’ mental health needs.”

Civil unions could pass

Tyler also praised the comments on civil unions by Hickenlooper, who said: “Some of us tried very hard, but it didn’t get done last year.

This year, let’s do it. Let’s pass civil unions.” “The Legislature sometimes doesn’t get things done the first year,” Tyler said, referencing civil unions. “It’s been up and over and over again.” With Democrats in charge, civil unions finally are expected to pass this session. However, Waller “wants to make sure that Democrats are being completely transparent with that bill,” arguing that language in civil union legislation shouldn’t contradict the existing gay marriage ban in the state Constitution. Then there’s another big deal that elected officials will have to take up in the coming months. “Oh yeah, Amendment 64,” Hickenlooper quipped, referring to November’s voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana use. A task force is working on finding ways to regulate the marijuana industry and will forward its findings to legislators by the end of

February. Hickenlooper said it is important for the drug not to reach children, and he wants to expand DUI laws for those driving while impaired on marijuana. Waller, who is sponsoring a bill that deals with driving under the influence of marijuana, said he was pleased to hear the governor address that issue. With so many hot-button issues coming up this session, it may be easy to lose focus of what Colorado residents perhaps want lawmakers to pay the most attention to over the next five months. “We do know it’s the economy,” said KraftTharp. “It’s jobs.” Hickenlooper praised Colorado’s “economic rebound” following “a historic recession.” The governor said he wants to “keep improving and building on the foundation we have in place,” and that he plans to put forth a budget that “builds the state’s financial solvency.”


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ALASKA FILM Lakewood Cultural Center presents “Lure of 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. REIKI SESSIONS for animals, to benefit the Misha May

Foundation Dog Training and Rescue, will be offered 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Kriser’s Pet Supply, Colorado Mills, 14710 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Appointments required; contact or 303-239-0382. Reiki is an excellent treatment for animals as it can alleviate pain and anxiety while minimizing symptoms.

TRAVEL SERIES Load your “virtual backpack” and join Carolyn Adam, outdoor extraordinaire, for a trek to the bottom of the Grand Gulch in southeast Utah. Marvel at the red sandstone formations and discover many hidden Anasazi ruins, pictographs and petroglyphs. See a demonstration of painting with tint created from native plants, just as the ancients did. The program is from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. It is open to ages 10 and up. Call 720-898-7405 for cost and to verify that there is space. Visit FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/JAN. 18-19, JAN. 25-26 DINNER THEATER Colorado ACTS present a community production of “Much Ado About Murder,” an interactive murder-mystery dinner theater, at 7 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and Jan. 25-26 at 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-456-6772, visit, or email for tickets and more information. SATURDAY/JAN. 19 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. SYMPHONY CONCERT Lakewood Symphony presents a children’s and family concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Come hear the timeless story of Babar the Elephant set to music by the French composer, Francis Poulenc, and narrated by Lakewood’s George Valuck. Order tickets online at Tickets or call 303 987-7845. MUSIC FESTIVAL The best band, orchestra and vocal music students from Adams County high schools will perform in the high school honor music festival at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the theater at Westminster High School, 6933 Raleigh St., Westminster. Admission is free; donations accepted. The festival is sponsored by the North Metro Arts Alliance and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Visit www.NMARTS. netor call 303-429-1999 for more information. SATURDAY/JAN. 19, FEB. 16, MARCH 16 NATURE ADVENTURES Celebrate the wonders of nature

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crafts and books from 11-11:454 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Dress for the weather as we may spend some time outside. Different topics each month. Open to ages 4-6 years and their parents. Admission is free, but you must call in advance to sign up, 720-898-7405. Visit

SATURDAY/JAN. 19, ONGOING PUPPY CLASSES Misha May Foundation offers free weekly drop-in puppy classes from 10-11 a.m. Saturdays, starting Jan. 19, at Playful Pooch Dog Daycare and Boarding, 4000 Holly St., Denver. Puppy socialization, playtime, relationship building, developmentally appropriate activities and training foundations will be covered. Healthy puppies between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months, with appropriate vaccines, may attend; proof of vaccine required. RSVP preferred. Email mishamayfoundation@gmail.comto receive registration form ahead of time. Puppy handouts included. MONDAY/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. Monday, 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 303-421-9414 for information. K-12 AUDITIONS for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production

of “Jack and the Beanstalk are from 4:15-6:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. No advance registration, preparation or experience needed for this group audition. Participants should sign in by 4 p.m. and will be required to stay for the full two-hour audition. Rehearsals will begin immediately following the audition and will continue for the week Tuesday through Friday from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Two, one-hour fully staged performances will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. All auditions, rehearsals and performances will be at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Cost for participation in the residency is $50 per participant, assessed only to those children accepted into the program. Call 303-987-7845, visit or go to the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office.

TUESDAY/JAN. 22 BLITHE SPIRIT The Arvada Center presents “Blithe Spirit” from Jan. 22 to Feb. 17 in the Black Box Theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 p.m. Wednesdays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Talkbacks will be offered after the 7:30 p.m. show on Friday, Feb. 1, and after the 1 p.m. show Wednesday, Feb. 6. To purchase tickets, or for information, go to or call 720-8987200. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING The O’Kane Park Neighbor-

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TUESDAY/JAN. 22, THURSDAY/JAN. 24 GUARDIAN ANGELS The existence of guardian angels will

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Parkway, Lakewood. Participants will view an exclusive film interview with a woman who claims her life was saved by an angel encounter, and they’ll have the opportunity to share stories of their own experiences with angels. Admission to the 60-minute event, “My Angel Saved Me,” is free. Snacks and beverages are available. For the Arvada program, contact Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or For the Lakewood program, contact Craig Cable at 970-292-4697 or

DOG TRAINING Learn about Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue’s successful techniques used to rehabilitate our rescued dogs through presentations and demonstrations. Ask questions about dog behavior or our programs: Puppy Socialization and Obedience classes, Advanced Behavior approaches, and Dog Trainer/Behavior Specialist Apprentice program. No dogs please. RSVP preferred at mishamayfoundation@gmail.comor 303-239-0382. The presentations are from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Playful Pooch Dog Daycare and Boarding, 4000 Holly St., Denver; and at 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Pet Station, 2300 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. WEDNESDAY/JAN. 23 JAZZ/SWING SHOW Jazz Over Easy starts from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, and continues the fourth Wednesday of the month at Café del Sol, 608 Garrison St., Lakewood. Join Marti Henry on trombone and his band for jazz and swing standards. Reserve a table now to assure seating. Call 303238-7999 for reservations. DOG TRAINING Learn how to manage your dogs and change their behavior at the front door with Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Kriser’s Pet Supply, Colorado Mills, 14710 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. This class will address barking, jumping, rushing, escaping and over excitement. We will also touch on growling and fear. Registration required at mishamayfoundation@ gmail.comor call 303-239-0382. Ask about our multiple class discounts. Limited space for demo dogs. DINOSAUR PROGRAM Build your own dinosaur by using a skeleton model and clay to study and sculpt these ancient creatures that roamed the earth. Program for ages 8-12 years is from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. What will yours look like? Instructor is David Sullivan. Sign up in advance; call 720898-7405. Visit

Denver. This class will teach students how to experience the world from the animal’s perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, as well as communication, handling strategies, physiology, psychology and more. The course demonstrates a variety of specific techniques, with hands-on application. Each day includes hands-on practice. Special attention is paid to trauma reduction and calming protocols. The result is often the alleviation of symptoms such as pain, fear and anxiety, as well as positive changes in behavior. This class will be offered only once in 2013. Registration required; email mishamayfoundation@gmail.comor 303-239-0382 to register and to find out about costs.

COMING SOON/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. OPEN HOUSE Sea Scout Ship 876 in Lakewood and the Coast Guard Auxiliary will host an open house for co-ed youth ages 14-20 who want to learn safe boating knowledge and skills and yearn for high outdoor adventures. The open house is from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Belmar Shopping Center. Parents are welcome. Light dinner provided. Call Frank Merrill at 303-935-9715 for more information. SCAVENGER HUNT Make sure your senses are in tune as you explore the grounds of Majestic View Nature Center for answers to our ecology scavenger hunt. Work in teams to find hidden treasures. Dress for the weather and bring your thinking caps. Call ahead to register at 720-898-7405. The hunt is from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Admission is free. Visit www. COMING SOON/JAN. 28

COMING SOON COMING SOON/JAN. 25 BENEFIT BREW Join an evening of fun at Wystone’s Teas from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Benefit Brew; 25 percent of sales will be donated to the Colorado Neurological Institute in honor of the organizations 25th year. Enjoy a wide spectrum of teas, as well as tea infused food and cocktails at Wystone’s Teas in Belmar, 7323 W. Alaska Drive, Lakewood. Links Jewelry will also be available for purchase. COMING SOON/JAN. 25-27 ANIMAL REIKI Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue will offer animal Reiki certification from 11:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; from 11:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; and from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Doggie Delights on Broadway, 1432 S. Broadway,

EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION The Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect 150 years ago, changed the course of the United States while it was embroiled in the Civil War. In it, President Abraham Lincoln exercised his constitutional authority as commander in chief of the armed forces, to proclaim all slaves in Confederate territory to be forever free. Join Active Minds as we explore what this historic proclamation did and did not do. We will examine its impact, both immediate and longer term, from the perspective of slaves, slave owners, Northerners, Southerners, and the country as a whole. The program is free and is from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood. RSVP at 303-232-7100. COMING SOON/JAN. 28 TO APRIL 27 QUILT EXHIBIT Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum presents “Surface Explorations by Cynthia St. Charles” and “New Acquisitions from the Anne Olsen Collection” from Sunday, Jan. 28 to April 27 at 1213 Washington Ave., Golden. Call 303-277-0377. Coming Soon continues on Page 20

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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.

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Government Legals NOTICE A public hearing will be held before the Arvada Planning Commission on February 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., Arvada Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston Rd., Arvada, when and where you may speak on the matter to annex and rezone (and amend the official zoning maps) from Jefferson County A -2 (Agriculture) to City of Arvada A-1 (Agriculture), for BINDER NO. 2, located at 6710 Indiana St. Additional information can be obtained from the Community Development Dept. or written comments may be filed therewith no later than 8 days prior to the hearing. CITY OF ARVADA PLANNING COMMISSION /s/ David Goff Secretary Published: January 17, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT at the meeting of the City Council to be held on MONDAY, the 4th day of February , 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston Road, Arvada CO, City Council will hold a public hearing on the following proposed ordinances and thereafter will consider them for final passage and adoption. For the full text version in electronic form go to, click on Current Legal Notices, then click on the title of the ordinance you wish to view. The full text version is also available in printed form in the City Clerk’s office. Contact 720.898.7550 if you have questions. CB13-002 An Ordinance Approving the First Amendment to the City of Arvada Gold Line Corridor Local Agency Contribution Intergovernmental Agreement with the Regional Transportation District CB13-003 An Ordinance Authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement By and Between the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Douglas and the City of Arvada CB13-004 An Ordinance Amending Various Sections of Articles 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 of the Land Development Code, Pertaining to Olde Town Zoning and Design Review CB13-005 An Ordinance Repealing and Reenacting the Design Guidelines for Olde Town Arvada CB13-006 An Ordinance Comprehensively Rezoning Certain Land Within the City of Arvada, Primarily Consisting of the Olde Town Area, from Various Zoning Districts to the Olde Town Zoning District and Its Various Subdistricts and to Conservation District, and Amending the Official Zoning Maps of the City of Arvada, Colorado Publication date: January 17, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press

EARLY NOTICE OF A POTENTIAL IMPACT TO A FLOOD HAZARD AREA The City of Arvada, Colorado is considering committing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383)”), as amended, to undertake a project known as the Memorial Neighborhood Park Revitalization Project. The specific elements of this proposed project are to restore and improve a city neighborhood park addressing creek flow and creek bank areas, separation of park activities that are causing park user conflicts, restoration and improvement of neighborhood park facilities, and the realignment of pedestrian walkways for low and moderate income Arvada homeowners and renters. The proposed action, if implemented, would impact a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA); reference FEMA flood insurance rate map panel number 08059C0212E. The purposes of this notice are to: (1) inform the public of this potential consequence and (2) request comments concerning: (a) potential adverse impacts of the proposed project on the SFHA and (b) alternative sites or courses of action that might avoid or reduce these impacts. Details concerning the proposed project are available for examination/copying at the Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Division, City of Arvada, 8001 Ralston Road, Arvada, Colorado weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the proposed project to: Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization PO Box 8101 Arvada, Colorado 80001-8101 ATTN: Edward Talbot All comments must be received no later than February 1, 2013. Mark G. Deven, City Manager City of Arvada, Colorado Published: January 17, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press

NOTICE The following ordinances were adopted by the City Council of the City of Arvada on second reading following the public hearing held on the 14th day of January, 2013: Ordinance 4369 An Ordinance Rezoning Certain Land Within the City of Arvada, The Views Arvada, from City of Arvada PUD-R (Planned Unit Development-Residential), 15.23 un/ac. to PUD-R (Planned Unit Development-Residential), 22.58 un/ac., and Amending the Official Zoning Maps of the City of Arvada, Colorado, 11815 West 64th Avenue Publication Date: January 17, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press

NOTICE A public hearing will be held before the Arvada Planning Commission on February 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., Arvada Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston Rd., Arvada, when and where you may speak on the matter to rezone (and amend the official zoning maps) from the City of Arvada B-2 (General Business District) and B-3 (Central Business District) to City of Arvada PUD-R (Planned Unit Development-Residential) 37 un/ac., a height exception to allow up to 60 ft., and a preliminary development plan for PARK PLACE OLDE TOWN, located at the Southwest Corner of Wadsworth Bypass and Ralston Rd. Additional information can be obtained from the Community Development Dept. or written comments may be filed therewith no later than 8 days prior to the hearing. CITY OF ARVADA PLANNING COMMISSION /s/ David Goff Secretary Published: January 17, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press NOTICE A public hearing will be held before the Arvada Planning Commission on February 5, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., Arvada Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston Rd., Arvada, when and where you may speak on the matter to vacate approximately 0.32 acres of the Teller Street right of way extending southerly from Ralston Road south within PARK PLACE OLDE TOWN. Additional information can be obtained from the Community Development Dept. or written comments may be filed therewith no later than 8 days prior to the hearing. CITY OF ARVADA PLANNING COMMISSION /s/ David Goff Secretary Published: January 17, 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 29, 2013 to R&D Pipeline Construction, Inc. for work related to Project No. 12-DR20 – 2012 Miscellaneous Drainage Projects and performed under that contract dated May 21, 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 R&D Pipeline Construction, 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 January 2, 2013 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Christine Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: January 10 & 17, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press NOTICE The following resolution can be viewed in its entirety in electronic form by going to and clicking on Current Legal Notices. The full text version is also available in printed form in the City Clerk’s office. Contact 720.898.7550 if you have questions. R13-006 A Resolution Accepting an Annexation Petition Concerning Tucker Lake, West 72nd Avenue and Virgil Way, Finding Said Petition Substantially Compliant With C.R.S. 31-12-107(1), and Setting a Public Hearing for March 4, 2013, 6:30 P.M. at Arvada City Hall for City Hall for City Council to Determine Whether the Area Meets the Requirements of C.R.S. 31-12-104 and 105, and is Considered Eligible for Annexation Publication dates: January 17, 2013 January 24, 2013 January 31, 2013 February 7, 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 29, 2013 to T&M Construction, LLC for work related to Project No. 12-ST-10 – Carr Street Improvements and performed under that contract dated October 25, 2011 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 T&M Construction, 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 January 2, 2013 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Christine Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: January 10 & 17, 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 29, 2013 to Thoutt Bros. Concrete Contractors, Inc. for work related to Project No. 12-ST-11 – 2012 Concrete Replacement Phase 2 and performed under that contract dated August 20, 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 Thoutt Bros. Concrete Contractors, 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 January 2, 2013 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Christine Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: January 10 & 17, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press

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Woman steals more than $400 in hair extensions from beauty store

6:13 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, Sally’s Beauty Supply, 5091 Kipling St. Police were called after a woman stole nearly $440 worth of merchandise from Sally’s Beauty Supply. An employee of Sally’s told police that a woman in her late 20s to early 30s with shoulder-length brown hair and a tan corduroy jacket asked the employee to unlock a case where Euronext hair extensions were displayed. The employee did so and the suspect took two blond and two brown packets of Euronext hair extensions, each valued at $109.99. The woman walked to the back of the store and then around to the other side of the store, making her way out through the front door without paying for the hair extensions. The employee followed the woman outside, but did not see her get into a car or see the direction she left in.

Woman reports burglary, admits she damaged own home while drunk

10:36 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 6300 block of Ingalls St. After calling police to report a burglary, a woman ultimately admitted that she damaged her house herself while blacked out from drinking. When police arrived at the woman’s house, they found her Christmas tree knocked over, decorations broken, broken glass strewn across the living room, dining room and kitchen floors and tiles broken off the kitchen wall. In the hallway that led to two upstairs bedrooms and a bathroom, police found glass from a full-length mirror and smaller vanity mirrors that were broken. An officer also saw a smear of blood near where the full length mirror had been hanging. The woman said the only thing missing was the majority of $1,000 in her purse. The crime lab had been notified to come investigate the scene and police told the woman to wait outside. When the officer went to her vehicle to get her camera to photograph

evidence, she noticed the smear of blood was gone. The officer asked the resident if she knew about the smear. She initially denied knowledge of it, but then admitted she wiped it off because it was her own blood from when she cut herself cleaning up glass and she didn’t want it to tamper with evidence. The resident then admitted she damaged her house while intoxicated the night before. She said she has been depressed and having a hard time with her children. When she was blacked out drunk the prior night, she damaged her house in a fit of anger, but didn’t specifically remember doing so. When she woke up, she said she freaked out because of what she had done and panicked and called police to report a burglary. Because she told the truth, the woman was not charged with false reporting. Police had her call her sister to come stay with the woman.

Unknown suspect lights gasoline trail on fire

1:57 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 7500 block of Grandview Avenue Police were called to a fire after a reported hit and run left a car’s fuel tank leaking and someone lit the fuel on fire. Around midnight, an employee at Cheapskates Sports Bar, 7501 Grandview Ave., saw a Nissan Pathfinder hit the Olde Town Arvada street sign at Grandview and Webster Street. The sign broke off, but the post was still sticking about a foot out of the ground. A little later, a Mazda sedan ran over the post, puncturing its fuel tank, and the car began leaking gasoline down Vance Street and west onto W. 55th Avenue. The trail was lost on West 55th Avenue. The employee said a Cheapskate regular may have lit the gasoline on fire. A group of about 15 customers were standing outside the bar after closing when the gasoline was lit. Two customers told the employee

it was a man who frequents Cheapskates. The man then asked the employee for a bucket of water to put it out, at which time he said he was going to call the police and the customers left. When police contacted the man, he told them he was one of the customers standing outside when he saw the fire start and asked the employee for water to put it out. He said he did not know who lit the gasoline on fire, but emphasized it was not him. Police were unable to determine who started the fire so the man was not charged with reckless endangerment for starting the fire. Arvada Fire put out the fire. No property was damaged because of the fire.

Man attempts to steal truck left ‘puffing,’ causing accident with parked car

7:03 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, 7100 block of Jay Street An unknown man attempted to steal a truck from another man’s driveway after he left the truck running and unattended on Christmas Day. The man said he left his father’s 1992 Dodge Ram truck running, or ”puffing,” as he momentarily stepped back into his house. While in his house, the man saw the truck being backed out of the driveway by an unknown man. The man ran out of his house to stop the suspect, at which time the man exited the truck without putting it in park. The truck rolled backward 50 feet and collided with a parked car on the east side of Jay Street. The suspect then got into a white SUV driven by another unidentifiable man. The two left the scene heading southbound on Jay. No fingerprints were able to be taken from the surface of the truck. There are no suspects in the attempted theft. Police then completed an accident exchange between the man borrowing his father’s truck and the owner of the park vehicle the truck hit.

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HOA PROGRAM The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Com-

munity Associations Institute will present a free program to the general public and professionals who work in the industry. The program is from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Courtyard by Marriott Denver-Cherry Creek, 1475 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. Two of our experts will share their wisdom and expertise on taking yourself and or your HOA to the next level by implementing positive steps to avoid emotional burnout and conflict. The last speaker will inform how to make a difference in your emotional and mental health by improving your own personal fitness and wellness plan. A light breakfast will be served; RSVP to or by calling 303-951-4973.

UNEARTHING GEMS Have you ever wanted to go on a rock hunt? Learn techniques and clues to have your own successful dig around Colorado and Wyoming. Find out how to join the North Jeffco Gem & Mineral Club on one of their field trips one of their many events throughout the year. They can answer your questions about their fascinating display of rocks and minerals. Program is from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. It is open to ages 8 and up. No fee, but must register by Jan. 25. Visit nature. COMING SOON/JAN. 30

RECURRING/MONTHLY SKATING PARTY Lace’EmUpSkating plans free skating parties 4-5 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17, March 24, May 5 and June 9 at Foothills Ice Arena , 2250 S. Kipling St. in Lakewood. Registration required at RECURRING/THROUGH JAN. 19 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. RECURRING/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 303-2320363 or go online at RECURRING/THROUGH JANUARY DOG TRAINER program Misha May Foundation Dog

HOME EXPO Learn about in-home services to help keep you or a loved one at home and about housing options if you are considering a new place to call home. The There’s No Place Like Home expo is from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. The event is free to the public; register by calling 303-425-9583. Service providers, call 303-467-7197 for vendor information/fees.

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 mishamayfoundation@gmail. comor call 303-239-0382 for an application or more information.



LUNCHEON BE a queen for a day. Join Michelle Rahn at noon Thursday, Jan. 31, for the Walking Tiara Tall Luncheon. Rahn will show how her positive zest for life and sense of humor bring out the royalty in each of us. Register before Jan. 28 at Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Cost is $9, which

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION The Lakewood Arts Council plans a special 25th anniversary exhibit to be displayed at its Community Art Center & Gallery through Feb. 8. The exhibit contains 75 works created by members of the Lakewood Arts Council. Included is a retrospective collection of pastel paintings by Gene Smith, organized

as a memorial tribute to this highly respected, awardwinning artist. In addition, a large amount of his pastel supplies will be offered for sale during the show. The Gallery is at 85 S. Union Blvd. A special opening reception is from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Call 303-980-0625 or visit

RECURRING/THROUGH FEB. 17 COMIC TALE Miners Alley Playhouse presents “Mrs. Mannerly,” a comic tale that reveals truths about the face we present and our real selves, from Friday through Feb. 17. Call 303-935-3044 or visit The Miners Alley Playhouse is at 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. RECURRING/MONTHLY THROUGH MAY 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

LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 1-3 DANCE PERFORMANCE Ballet Nouveau Colorado and Paper Bird present “Carry On,” a full-length contemporary dance, live music and multimedia performance, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2, and 2 p.m. Feb. 3, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets available online at by phone at 303-987-7845. 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. Register at www. milehichurch.orgor call 303-237- 8851. The church is at 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. Looking Ahead continues on Page 24


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2012 left plenty of good books to read Drivel, dreck and what the heck. That kind of sums up the books that were released in 2012. There were some good things, some downright awful things, and some things that, well, they weren’t bad but they weren’t the best books you’ve ever read, either. And then there were the gems. I read just more than 270 books in 2012, and (fortunate me!) it was hard to decide on just five picks in the three categories below. But here they are, in no certain order, my personal best of from 2012.

Adult Fiction

For me, the world totally ceased to exist while I was reading “The Absolutist” by John Boyne. Set in the years after World War I, it’s the story of a former soldier who decides to return some letters to the sister of the friend who wrote them. Years ago, he knew the woman’s brother — had a crush on him, in fact — but the man is now dead, and when the sister asks what happened, the narrator tells her. What happens left me absolutely breathless. I have to admit: I’m not a major Eric Jerome Dickey reader. Some of his books leave me cold but “An Accidental Affair” chilled me with the action and double-crossing that happens to the book’s narrator, who catches his beloved wife sleeping with another man. What he has to do to get her out of trouble will make you turn the pages so fast, you’ll practically rip them. Here’s another end-of-the-war novel I loved: “Freeman” by Leonard Pitts Jr. It’s the story of a former slave who decides to find his wife at the end of the Civil War. He was free in Philadelphia, she was enslaved in Mississippi, and there’s also a parallel story that moves theirs along. The three tales together make this a novel that’ll keep you in your chair for a good long time. “The Midwife of Hope River” by Patricia Harman tells the story of a woman who becomes a midwife in the years before the Depression. In order to escape her past, she moves to the foot of the Appalachian Mountains to work, but her ways are not like the old ways. This book sings with beauty, love, and apprecia-

tion for life and for women. You know you’ve got a good book when you forget that it’s fiction, which pretty much sums up this novel. No, I wasn’t only hooked on historical novels this year; “The Trial of Fallen Angels” by James Kimmel Jr. is my last pick in this category because it’s one of those novels that asks you to suspend what you don’t know because, well, you really don’t know it. It’s the story of a woman who wakes up in a train station, dead. She was a lawyer in life, and she’ll be a lawyer in death, but the court system in this purgatory isn’t what she’s used to at all. This is a novel of six-degreesof-separation and of forgiveness, and that’s why it’s on this best of 2012. Honorable mention in this category: “The Dog Who Danced” by Susan Wilson.

Adult Non-Fiction

“Concussions and Our Kids” by Robert Cantu, M.D. and Mark Hyman might seem like an odd pick for a best of list, but here it is. I put this book on here because what Cantu has to say is chilling, horrifying, and cautionary. If you’re a parent, an athlete, or a sports fan, this may be mandatory reading for this coming year. The sad fact is that “God’s Hotel” by Victoria Sweet won’t be on any bestseller’s lists. Too bad, because it’s a Zenlike memoir of the author’s years spent as a doctor in a California almshouse. As she was working, she

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began to study the works of a Medieval nun who was also a healer, and that — medieval times coupled with stories of modern medicine — make this a wonderful, strangely calming book to find. Like just about everybody in the country, I had my fill of politics, which is why I was surprised to love “Indomitable Will: LBJ and the Presidency” by Mark K. Updegrove so much. This book, consisting of snippets of interviews of those who worked with, lived with, and knew Lyndon Baines Johnson, is a quick but very fascinating look at a (perhaps unfairly) muchmaligned man in office. It taught me a lot, and it sets a lot of records straight. This is a nice antidote to politics-as-usual, which is why it’s on this list. “The Undead” by Dick Teresi absolutely scared the daylights out of me! This is a book that explores death; specifically, when it occurs which, as it turns out, we don’t fully know. Teresi then turns his attention to the issue of organ donation and … oh, my, if I tell you anything more, I won’t sleep tonight. Just go read the book. And with out further ado, the last book on this list is “Wait: The Art and Science of Delay” by Frank Partnoy, which is a scientific book about procrastination and why it’s good for business, health and sports. Partnoy also explains why you should teach your kids to delay gratification, why snap decisions are often wrong, and why employers should embrace slower workers. Honorable mentions in this category: “Sweet Hell on Fire” by Sara Lunsford and “Gypsy Boy” by Mikey Walsh.

Children’s Books

Not just for kids, “Between the Lines” by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer is the story of a girl who falls in love with a fairy-tale prince. The difference is that the prince is really in a fairytale — he lives in a book — which means that Happily Ever After may be only words. This is perfect for readers ages 12-to-Mom because, hey, it is Jodi Picoult, after all, right? Speaking of fairy tales, “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer barely resembles the classic on which it’s based. This Cinderella lives in the future, and she’s a cyborg but she can’t let anybody know. When she meets the Hand-

some Prince accidentally, what happens definitely is not Happily Ever After. This is one of those books that 12-to-17-year-olds will never want to end. The good news is that there’s a sequel due out in February. Set in Victorian times, “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz is the story of two orphan children who are enslaved by an evil puppeteer. After they perform at the birthday party of a rich little girl and she disappears, the children must figure out a way to escape and save the day. This is a dark but thoroughly enjoyable book along the lines of the Lemony Snicket novels, and it’s great for 9-to-13-yearolds with a love for magical thrills. There was a lot to love about “Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun” by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen, mostly because it covers all kinds of interests for kids of all ages. There are indoor activities, outside things to do, rainyday fun, quiettime stories, trivia, and more. Older kids will enjoy this book and, with parental help, younger kids will get a kick out of it, too. And finally, “What the Dog Said” by Randi Reisfeld, with HB Gilmour makes this list because it’s so darn different. It’s the story of a smart teenager who’s dealing with too many problems at home and then, to make matters worse, her clueless sister adopts a dog. When the pup starts to talk and give advice, everybody thinks the teen’s telling a shaggydog story but she’s not. It’s light and cute. Nothing earth-shattering; just cute. Honorable Mention in this category: “Pinned” by Sharon G. Flake. And there you are. Fifteen books (and four bonuses) to help you use those gift certificates under the tree, to add to your Wish List, to dig deep and find for those cold winter months. Happy reading!

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Number of consecutive wins the Arvada We s t b o y s basketball team had posted before falling at Dakota Ridge 65-59 last Friday.


The Wildcats record heading into action t h i s week after posting a 6-18 mark last season.


Number of turnovers committed by the Golden g i r l s basketball team last Friday in a 71-43 loss at D’Evelyn.


Points scored by the Alameda girls b a s ketball team in a 66-7 loss at Conifer last Friday night.



“It’s tough, I am disappointed, and it’s my senior year. But I am going to have the surgery and come back and hopefully play somewhere next year.” Wheat Ridge senior Ryan Girtin, who’s high school basketball career ended after suffering a dislocated knee cap during practice two weeks ago

Wheat Ridge’s Jordan Jones, left, falls back on his jumpshot as Arvada’s Joe Harris goes for a block Friday Jan. 11 at Wheat Ridge High School. Photos by Andy Carpenean

Wheat Ridge gets second win over rival Arvada By Daniel Williams WHEAT RIDGE - After their leading scorer senior Ryan Girtin went down it looked like Wheat Ridge basketball’s hopes went down with him as well. However, the loss of Girtin toughened up a Wheat Ridge team that needed some swagger and confidence, and they used that as fuel to beat Arvada 57-40 Friday at Wheat Ridge High School. In Girtin’s absence junior Stefan Hackethal scored 22 points and recorded nine rebounds, and Deion Trujillo pulled down 13 rebounds and added seven points. But it was Wheat Ridge’s toughness that won them the game, at least according to Arvada coach Tom Baker. “They got physical with us and we backed down, that’s what happened,” Baker said. “They got tough with us and Hackethal got hot, and we didn’t respond.” After a back-and-fourth first quarter Wheat Ridge turned up their intensity. The result was a 16-4 run that gave the Farmers

the confidence they have lacked at times during this season. The turning point in the contest came midway through the second quarter. What was once a tie game quickly got out of hand for the Bulldogs when Hackethal drove to the basketball, elevated and dunked the ball over a crowd of Bulldog defenders. Moments later, the red-hot Hackethal hit a three that stretched Wheat Ridge’s lead to double digits. Hackethal scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half. “I was preparing for this game and this team and I just wanted to come out strong,” Hackethal said. “Without Ryan (Girtin) we need to come together as a team and be big on the boards and we did that.” The Farmers attacked the rim for four full quarters, working hard for easy buckets. On the flip side, Arvada as unable to match Wheat Ridge’s physicality and while the Farmers were routinely getting layups, the Bulldogs settled for way to many outside shots. Arvada would pull within eight points late in the game, but they could never slow Wheat Ridge’s offense attack.

Arvada junior Elijah Turner scored 16 points, and senior Gabe Enriquez scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds. “We are coming around we just need to do it for four full quarters. We have a couple players coming back that will help us, but we need to match team’s intensity or we won’t win any games,” Baker said. But Girtin, who was Wheat Ridge’s leading scorer averaging nearly 10 points per game, can only sit and watch his team. The co-captain of the Farmers dislocated his kneecap and will be forced to sit out the rest of the year. “We are going to miss him and miss his leadership. He was a threat for us and we will have to adjust without him. I feel really bad for him it had to end like this,” Wheat Ridge coach Tommy Dowd said. Girtin said he will have surgery and will work hard to get back. And he still has designs on playing basketball collegiately. “It’s tough, I am disappointed, and it’s my senior year. But I am going to have the surgery and come back and hopefully play somewhere next year,” Girtin said.


11-5 in the final quarter. Faith Christian led for most of the action until late in the game when their offense stalled out and Eaton got hot. Junior Cassuandra Rindels led the Eagles with 10 points. Faith Christian (4-6) will play at Holy Family Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Girls hoops: Bulldogs fall to Farmers By Daniel Williams WHEAT RIDGE - Wheat Ridge girls’ basketball recorded their first win of the season 55-30 Friday over an Arvada team that is in the middle of their own resurgence. The Farmers took a 26-22 lead into halftime, and then held Arvada to eight total second half points. The 4A Jeffco league victory finally gets a Wheat Ridge team that is better than their record in win column. However, the loss is Arvada’s second straight. Arvada basketball’s resurgence has hit a minor bump in the road, but the team is still in position for their first winning record since 2007. Wheat Ridge (1-8, 1-1) will host Conifer Friday at 7 p.m. Arvada (5-5, 0-2) will host Alameda Friday at 7 p.m.

Arvada West girls basketball used four double digit scorers to get a 62-51 victory over Dakota Ridge Friday at Arvada West High School. The victory was the Wildcats second of the season and it is a sign that their hard work is starting to payoff. A-West (2-9, 1-4) has had a string of single-digit losses over the past two weeks and Friday night the Wildcats were able to get over the hump. Corey Hendrickson scored 18 points, but as impressive were her 17 rebounds. A-West will host travel to Chatfield Friday at 7 p.m.


Faith Christian suffered a 33-30 loss Thursday to Eaton that will leave a bad taste in their mouth. The Lady Eagles led 25-22 going into the fourth quarter, but they were outscored


Ralston Valley girls’ basketball is continuing to roll and their latest victim was Bear Creek who fell 86-32 Tuesday at Bear Creek High School. The Mustangs victory was their sixth straight and all six of their wins have come in blowout fashion. Ralston Valley had four double digit scorers in their victory over the Bears, including 19 points by senior Taylor Robson. The Mustangs (10-2, 5-0) look to extend their win streak when they host Dakota Ridge Friday at 7 p.m.


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Locals power Team Colorado to finals Squad of eight-graders reaches Football University championship game By Craig Harper High school football coaches in the Denver metropolitan area must have licked their chops at the news of Team Colorado making it to the Football University (FBU) Youth National Championship title game for eighth-graders earlier this month. Surely, Pomona’s Jay Madden was one of them. The bulk of the 30-player team came from head coach Ken Marchiol’s Aurora-based Creek Red Nation squad, which plays in the Jefferson County Midget Football Association. But at least a half-dozen members are bound for Pomona, which should boost Madden’s confidence of maintaining one of the state’s high-profile Class 5A programs. And Bear Creek is expected to add Team Colorado quarterback Jovan Tafoya -- whom Marchiol called “the best eighth-grade quarterback I’ve ever seen’’ - to its program this fall. “The kids just did great,’’ said Tim Tesone, the head coach of the Arvada Wildcats who served as quarterbacks coach for Marchiol’s all-star team. “Four of my kids were on the team and two of them played very significantly.’’ Tafoya and Elijah Durrett, whom Tesone said “played a lot of safety,’’ were the major contributors. Robbie DeHerrera and Alex Larson “two big, good-looking linemen’’ -- were reserves. The latter three are Pomona-bound, Tesone said. Jeremy Gonzales, a running back/defensive back whom Tesone said is “lightning fast,’’ and fullback/linebacker Cameron Gonzales (no relation) played on Broomfield’s youth team but are expected to attend Pomona along with receiver Miles Matulik and lineman Jacob Moretti, who lives in Brighton. Darrell Gonzales (no relation to the aforementioned Gonzaleses), Team Colorado’s National Championship Director, oversaw the selection of the team. Some 250 players grades 6-11 are invited to a skills camp in June. They and players from open tryouts following an eight-game regular season in the fall are eligible for Team Colorado. Team Colorado opened play in the NCAA Tournamentstyle 64-team tournament that is divided into four geographic regionals by beating Las Vegas 38-12 and Salt Lake 28-0 in the first two rounds in Las Vegas, then won the West by knocking off Ventura County (Calif.) 38-6 and Northern Los Angeles 36-6 in Reno, Nev., earning a trip to San Antonio for the Final Four in the Alamodome. There, Team Colorado beat St. Louis 28-0 on Jan. 4 before bowing to North Georgia 32-6 in the Jan. 6 final, a game they trailed 14-6 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter before North Georgia returned an interception for a touchdown and scored again after recovering an onside kick. Team Colorado, which won its first five games with the mercy rule (running clock with a 24-point lead), committed five turnovers and allowed a punt return for a touchdown

Team Colorado reached the Football University (FBU) Youth National Championship title game. Photo supplied in the championship game. Team Colorado had to play most of the title game without its top running back, Ki-Jana Phillips of Denver, who broke a collarbone in the first series. Phillips was second nationally in the AAU 14-under 100 meters. Team Colorado won with a strong running game and dominant defense. “Phillips was the fastest running back and our starter, but we had six really good (rushing) threats on offense and very little passing,’’ said Marchiol, who played briefly in the NFL. “We were fast and physical on defense and our starting defense only gave up 12 points in six games.’’ Gonzales said he was “extremely surprised’’ that Team Colorado reached the championship game, and he and Marchiol believe it will be a difficult feat to duplicate. “This was a special unit that put all the rivalries aside,’’ Gonzales. “It was a group that hadn’t played together.’’ “I’d be surprised if any Colorado team ever gets this close again,’’ Marchiol said, though he wasn’t surprised by how far his team advanced. “I knew we’d have a chance against anybody. … We played six games in a row and I guess you’re due to have some mistakes. “The kids had so much fun together and they worked so hard and studied so much film. They didn’t want it to end, and to do that they had to keep on winning.’’ TEAM COLORADO ROSTER Isiahia Banks, Aurora Tyler Campbell, Aurora

Hayden Courier, Parker Christian Cumber, Denver Robbie DeHerrera, Arvada Brock Domann, Colorado Springs Ellijah Durrett, Arvada Bo Epperson, Colorado Springs Estefan Espinosa, Littleton Cameron Gonzales, Thornton Alec Hamilton, Lone Tree Mustafa Johnson, Denver William Alexander Larson, Arvada Isaac Lopez, Thornton Carter Lynch, Greenwood Village Santino Marchiol, Centennial Miles Matulik, Arvada Malik Maynard, Aurora Marcus McElroy, Jr., Aurora Jacob Moretti, Brighton Jaxon Pallone, Broomfield Ki-Jana Phillips, Denver Dante Sparaco, Glenwood Springs Jovan Tafoya, Denver Connor Till, Greenwood Village Jonathan Van Diest, Denver Jack Ackerman, Golden Robert (Trey) Botts, Aurora Elijah Brockman, Aurora

Sports roundup: Arvada West finally falls Wildcats eight-game win streak comes to end By Daniel Williams Arvada West finally lost a game, falling 65-59 Friday at Dakota Ridge. After reeling off a Broncos-like eight straight wins, A-West could never come all the way back from their first half deficit and they lost their first game in over a month. The Wildcats couldn’t overcome 23 points from Dakota Ridge senior Elijah Davis. However, A-West (9-3, 4-1) has no time to sulk because they have a huge 5A Jeffco meeting with Chatfield (11-1, 5-0) Friday at Arvada West High School.


Still struggling to find their way this season, last season’s state champ’s Faith Christian fell 63-60 Thursday at Eaton. The Eagles rallied down eight points going into the fourth quarter but Eaton was able to hold Faith Christian off.

Faith Christian (4-6) has been trading punches with the win-loss column all season, but they hope to get back to championship form as they approach league play. The Eagles will travel to Holy Family for a 3A/2A Metropolitan league matchup Friday at 6:30 p.m.


Pomona’s struggles continued with their 64-37 loss to Columbine Friday at Pomona High School. The Panthers (1-12, 0-6) were attacked early and outscored 33-16 in the first half. Columbine senior Ty McMinimee hit four three pointers, and Pomona was unable to keep up offensively. But relief maybe around the corner for Pomona in the form of Standley Lake (2-9, 1-4). Like the Panthers, the Gators struggle against offenses with firepower. Both teams will look to get the second half of their seasons back on track when they meet Wednesday at Pomona at 7 p.m.


Slowly but surely Ralston Valley boys’

basketball team is starting to become a force to be reckoned with. The Mustangs beat Bear Creek 68-46 Wednesday at Bear Creek High School. Ralston Valley (6-5, 2-2) has now won five of their past six games after starting the season 1-4. Senior Spencer Svejcar has found help in a pair of teammates who have bumped their scoring averages up to double digits. Senior Hunter Price (10.2) and junior Zac Stevens (10.2) have provide the Mustangs with a three-headed monster that has helped turn Ralston Valley into a threat in 5A Jeffco. The Mustangs will travel to Dakota Ridge for a meeting Friday at 7 p.m.


Ralston Valley wrestling competed at the Evergreen Invitational at Evergreen High School on Saturday finishing in second place (out of 18 teams). It’s the second week in a row that Ralston Valley took home second place in a tournament. First place went to Fossil Ridge (which is currently ranked ninth in 5A). Ralston

Ralston Valley guard Spencer Svejcar and the Mustangs have won five straight contests heading into action this week. Photo by Andy Carpenean Valley’s Steve Ullman was their only champion winning at 170 pounds. Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Bear Creek, Faith Christian also competed in the tournament.



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SCHOOL NOTES Alexandria Lee Barrett, Ashley Rama Dallum, Paige Joelle Fischer, Jenna Lacei Krieschel and Kristin Marie Wilfon, of Arvada, were named to the 2012 fall semester president’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming. Heather E. Croke, Jamie A. Prakhine, Courtney R. Thomas and Sean B. Thomas, of Arvada, were named to the 2012 fall semester dean’s list at Colorado State UniversityPueblo.

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