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A Colorado Community Media Publication
Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 8, Issue 36
Perlmutter pushes for weapons limitations By Darin Moriki
Staging a comeback The new Arvada Center Executive Director Philip Sneed poses near artwork in Art of the State display. Photo by Andy Carpenean
New director began acting career at center By Sara Van Cleve
firstname.lastname@example.org Taking the call as Arvada Center’s new executive director is somewhat of a homecoming for Philip Sneed. Sneed performed in the Arvada Center’s second-ever production, “The Contrast,” in 1976. “That was my debut in the Denver metro acting scene,” Sneed said. “I worked here a lot in the late ’70s before the Shakespeare Festival, then I went away to graduate school in California and came back for a year or two in ’83 and ’84 and worked on the main stage, with the children’s theater, and in the scene shop. I pretty much made my living at the Arvada Center as an actor and carpenter at the time.” In the 1980s, Sneed began to produce and direct and eventually ran a theater in northern California for 12 years. As a producer, Sneed learned how to write grants, start a 501c3 nonprofit and other necessary skills to run a center. In 2006, Sneed returned to Colorado where he ran the Colorado Shakespeare Festival until just recently. While with the Shakespeare Festival, Sneed was also a guest director at the Arvada Center’s Black Box Theater and brought several of the Shakespeare Festival’s production to the center. “We negotiated to co-produce another
‘What’s great about this place is it’s not just a fantastic theater company. It has art galleries, there’s dancing, there’s music, there’s so much here.’ Philip Sneed, executive director Shakespeare play, ‘Twelfth Night,’ which I also directed,” he said. “That production of ‘Twelfth Night’ was the first Shakespeare that’s been done here since the 1983 production of the same play, which I was an actor in. We didn’t pick ‘Twelfth Night’ for that reason, it just happened to be a coincidence.” While running the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Sneed helped grow the festival and its finances greatly, a task he is looking forward to doing with the Arvada Center, he said. “I personally know Philip, and he’s done a couple shows here, so we’ve worked together,” said Arvada Center publicist Melanie Mayner. “Knowing Philip, I see such a great match with him, and it’s an exciting time coming up for us indeed.” The Arvada Center’s funding has been a topic of discussion with the center, City Council and the city of Arvada this past year. “I think the challenge, of course, and one of the things among my top priorities, is to raise more money,” Sneed said.
“To go out into the community and raise more from individuals, foundations, corporations, wherever we can find additional dollars. That’s been my job everywhere I’ve worked.” Why the Arvada Center means so much to him and the community, Sneed said, is because it has something for everyone. “What’s great about this place is it’s not just a fantastic theater company,” he said. “It has art galleries, there’s dancing, there’s music, there’s so much here. I find at this point in my life and career, it’s exciting to have an impact on all of the arts.” Sneed said he hopes to still be at the Arvada Center when it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2026. “I’d love to be here for the 50th anniversary and be able to say ‘I was in this building in 1976 and am 50 years later,’” he said. “(Being at the Arvada Center) means a tremendous amount to me personally. I feel extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to come here and make a difference.” Sneed will be on the job Feb. 4.
Police charge cyberbully with harassment 15-year-old student charged with five counts following derogatory Instagram posts Staff Report Arvada Police have charged a 15-year-old with five counts of third-degree harassment for cyberbullying classmates at the beginning of January.
The 15-year-old, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, is a Jefferson County Public School student. The charges were brought about after the student posted “Burn Book” photos on Insta-
gram under the name “Ananymous” on New Year’s Day. The postings included photos of students from a Jeffco high school and derogatory and sexual comments about the students. Jeffco Schools is cooperating
with Arvada Police’s investigation. Arvada Police remind parents to talk to their children about all forms of bullying and recommend parents know which social media sites their children use.
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who serves the seventh district, reiterated his support for federal gun control efforts during a phone conference town hall meeting Friday. “On one side of the district is Columbine and on the other side of the district is Aurora,” Perlmutter said. “I was going to too many funerals last July and visited with families, first responders, law enforcement officers and medical staff. It was a very horrible, gruesome sit- Perlmutter uation and murders that were done with an assault rifle and some other weapons with high-capacity magazines.” The mobile town hall meeting — which included about 11,000 residents — followed his announcement a few hours earlier to become the co-sponsor in the House of Representatives for the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, which would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than 10 rounds. Perlmutter supports banning some assault rifles, semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The bill was introduced to the Senate by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and was expected to be introduced to the House of Representatives this week as of press time on Jan. 28. “The terrible toll that it takes on individuals, families and communities have to be considered when you’re looking at this,” Perlmutter said. “These 150 types of weapons should really be in the hands of military and law enforcement personnel — they’re not meant for self-defense or hunting. We don’t want to do anything to the Second Amendment rights of those who want to hunt or need something for self-defense, but these are for really for military or law enforcement.” During the bill’s introduction, Perlmutter read a letter crafted and signed by 14 relatives of seven moviegoers killed in the Aurora theater shooting. “Our loved ones were gunned down and an entire generation of our families taken away in a matter of seconds,” the letter read in part. “We listened to the 911 tapes played in court and sat in agony as we heard 30 shots fired within 27 seconds, wondering if one of those bullets killed our children.” Under the proposed bill, Perlmutter said gun owners who now own an assault weapon will be allowed to keep it but will be subject to a background check, if they choose to sell or transfer it to another person. Perlmutter said the bill is particularly important because it would close loopholes left in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which barred the future manufacturing of 19 specific semiautomatic firearms and banned the possession of magazines holding more than ten ammunition rounds. “It’s going to be a very difficult bill to pass,” Perlmutter said. “I don’t want anybody to have any illusions about that. There is a lot of work to be done, but I am supportive of that and will work on behalf of those families from Aurora and Newtown.”
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Coors Credit Union named top business Chamber recognizes credit union for community support By Sara Van Cleve
email@example.com Arvada Chamber of Commerce announced Coors Credit Union as its 2012 Business of the Year during its 88th annual dinner on Friday. The chamber board of directors chose Coors Credit Union for the distinction because of its dedication to improving the Arvada community through supporting charities and providing financial assistance to families in need. “We are very excited to be honored with this award,” said Coors Credit Union CEO Brian Resch. “Our mission is the betterment of the community and the companies we partner in.” The credit union has been involved with the Arvada community since its inception in 1954. “We are big supporters of kids programs,” Resch said. “We have a rooster, which is our mascot, and we have a rooster part in the spring at the Apex Center so we can help kids get a good start understanding concepts about money.”
Coors Credit Union also hosts a “rooster holiday party” for children at Heritage Square, where they collect hats, gloves and toys. “We’re also big supporters of Ralston House and Family Tree,” he said. “We collect money at the credit union during the holiday season and donate to those charities.” Karrey Van Sky with Coors Credit Union also serves as a chamber ambassador. This is the first time Coors Credit Union has been named Business of the Year. “I think we try to set a good common vision of being part of the community and helping members make better financial decisions or life,” Resch said. “Our staff really puts forward that common vision. It’s nice to see us all work together toward a common goal and it really paid off.” Resch said he appreciates the effort the chamber’s board of directors put into the chamber and the city. “We have a volunteer board of directors and we understand it’s a lot of hard work and often it’s a lot of unpaid hours,” he said. “We appreciate they take the time to volunteer and be part of the Chamber.” The Arvada Sam’s Club was also honored with the Behind the Scenes award during the dinner. Sam’s Club was given the award for providing logo cakes for the Chamber’s weekly ribbon cuttings, providing food for the Har-
Tamara Conrod of Pinedale, Wyo., sings the national anthem during the Arvada Chamber of Commerce 88th Annual Dinner at the Arvada Center Friday, Jan. 25. Photo by Andy Carpenean lem Ambassadors event and the leadership role the staff puts into the community, in-
JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Golden bar robbed Three well-equipped burglars broke in to the Rock Rest Lodge (16005 Mount Vernon Road) near Golden, stealing thousands of dollars from a safe and an ATM. The crime was committed in the early morning hours of Jan. 14. The three used a ladder to access the roof, before moving a large air conditioning unit to enter the building. The suspects, wearing hooded sweatshirts, partial masks, hats and gloves, used an angle grinder that they brought with them to cut through an ATM, and a large office safe. Several thousand dollars were stolen. Surveillance photos of the suspects are available at jeffco.
us/news/sheriffnews.htm. Anyone who may have information regarding this crime is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303271-5612.
New trail conditions guide
Jefferson County Open Space has announced a new online service to make it easier to choose where to recreate — a trail condition guide. The guide (jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R110.htm) gives information about whether specific parks and trails have snow-packed or muddy trail surfaces. Other information, including trail closures, construction, and usage restrictions will also be posted on the site.
INSIDE THE PRESS THIS WEEK Friday is ‘Wear Red Day’
Jefferson County Public Health has asked for county residents to be reminded that Friday, Feb. 1, is Wear Red Day, to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. JCPH is organizing a Wear Red Day photo opportunity at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden on Friday, at 12 noon. Cardiovascular disease (heart disease & stroke) is the leading cause of death in the nation (including in Jefferson County). For more information on heart disease and prevention, please visit the American Heart Association www.americanheart.org.
Working: Bill aims to limit credit checks as background for hiring. Page 6
Amendment 64: Official warns of marijuana law’s impact on children. Page 7
History: Final installment of looking at the past 50 years in Jefferson County. Page 23
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ARVADA NEWS IN A HURRY Arvada receives recognition for financial reporting
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada recently awarded the city of Arvada its highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The city was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the association. Arvada’s finance team stays current on all rules and regulations set by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and reports its finances accurately with transparency and in a format where its financial status can be compared to other cities, said Director of Finance Victoria Runkle. Financial reporting helps citizen know that city taxes are being used legally and properly and are reported in a way that conforms to national standards.
Arvada was chosen to receive the certificate after an impartial panel judged the city to ensure it meets the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive ”spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial status.
Visitors Center hosting ‘Show Us Your Arvada’ photo contest
The Arvada Visitors Center is hosting its first photography contest, ”Show Us Your Arvada.” The Visitors Center, which opened late last year, is accepting entries of residents’ photos to be used online and in promotional material to showcase Arvada. Entries must feature a place, attraction, feature or landmark in Arvada, but the rest of the subject, whether it is people, a pet or whatever they choose, is up to the photographer. Photographers can submit a photo they
already have in their possession or a new photo. Winners will receive recognition for their photo on the new Arvada Visitors Center website or on the promotional piece featuring their photo. The contest is open to professional and amateur photographers and participants do not have to live in Arvada. Entries can be submitted via an email to Arvada’s concierge Jean Gordon at jean@ visitarvada.org or a hard copy can be dropped off or mailed to Jean Gordon, Arvada Visitors Center, 7305 Grandview Ave., Arvada, Colo. 80002. If a hard copy is submitted, entrant must be able to provide a digital copy as well. Original copies will be returned to the photographer after the contest. With each photo, photographers must include their first and last name, identification of the photo’s subject, the date the
photo was taken, the title of the photo, their home mailing address, phone number and email address. The same information must be provided for every person featured in a photo to serve as their release form. Entries must be received by Monday, Feb. 4. For more information, call Gordon at 720-898-3380.
Arvada native takes top honor in Special Libraries Association contest
An Arvada native and student at Louisiana State University was recently announced the winner of the Special Libraries Association Sci-Tech Division Free Student Membership Contest. Amanda Lehman, a master of library and information science at LSU, entered Arvada News continues on Page 4
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Service dog gets wheels Equipment aids dog with spinal cord degeneration By Tom Munds
firstname.lastname@example.org It was a red-letter day Jan. 24 when Shenandoah, a 90-pound Great Pyrenees, was fitted with wheeled support so she can continue her duties as a service dog for Thornton resident Constance Hein. The cart was fitted by the staff of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology, located in the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado in Englewood. “The dog has progressive spinal cord degeneration so, while she can do some functions, she doesn’t do well traveling long distances,” said Dr. Stephen Lane, the veterinary neurologist specialist. “This dog cart has four wheels to provide support to the dog’s body, which will help the dog rebuild leg strength and stamina.” The doctor said it is sad to watch the 3-year-old dog struggle with the degenerative spinal disease. However, he wanted to say a special thank you to Doggon’ Wheels, the manufacturer, for donating the cart. He said the cart will ease the pressure on the spine and limbs, and will help Shenandoah by improving the quality of life for the dog and help her continue to be a
Constance Hein helps her dog, Shenandoah, get used to the new cart. The equipment, fitted at the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado in Englewood, is designed to help the dog that has a spinal disease. Photos by Tom Munds service dog for her owner. Hein said she is pleased Lane was able to provide the cart to help Shenandoah. “I am in a wheelchair most of
Constance Hein and her dog, Shenandoah, who suffers from progressive spinal cord degeneration.
the time and depend on Shenandoah’s natural skills as a guard dog and the skills she has learned as a service dog,” Hein said. “She is able to still do many things like pick up things for me. But, if we go on a long trip like going to the zoo, she really struggles.” Hein got Shenandoah when she was 3 months old. “Great Pyrenees are guard dogs by nature and Shenandoah is always right there beside me so I know I am safe anywhere I go,” she said. “I also trained her to do things to help me. She learned to pick up things I might drop and, when I was out of the wheelchair, she was beside me to help me maintain my balance.” Hein said the dog did anything she would ask but, if they walked a lot on an outing, Shenandoah was in a lot of pain the next day because her muscles were not as strong as they should be. “When Dr. Lane explained the
benefits of the cart to me, I felt like it was a new lease on life for both Shenandoah and I,” she said. “The cart will make it easier for her to go with me if we want to go somewhere on a trip or for a long walk. It also means she won’t be in pain the next day and I won’t feel guilty about taking her with me.” Doggon’ Wheels makes a wide variety of carts and products for animals of all sizes. The company donated the cart that was customized for Shenandoah. “We have been putting the carts to a number of uses for a while now,” Lori Fuehrer, one of Dr. Lane’s veterinary technicians, said as she made adjustments to customize the cart for Shenandoah. “We use them to help dogs going through rehabilitation and for animals missing limbs.” She said the cart is designed so adjustments can be made if there are changes in the type of support the animal needs.
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the contest by responding to the prompt ”Tell us about a sci-tech focused experience or project that you have participated in, implemented or learned about. How has this experience helped to prepare you for a career in sci-tech librarianship?” Her answer earned her the top prize, a free Special Libraries Association membership, and will be featured in an upcoming Sci-Tech news article. Lehman has a bachelor’s degree in English and French with a minor in math from the University of Wyoming. She is currently working to create a knowledge-discovery tool for information about oil spills as a graduate assistant to Yejun Wu, an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science. Lehman said she hopes to work in science and technology librarianship or information science in an academic library or scientific division along the Front Range. Her dream job is to be a library systems consultant working with a scientific database or other resource provider.
Arvada Library hosting monthly literary-based craft workshops for children
Jefferson County Public Library and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art are partnering to bring literarybased, hands-on art workshops to children in Arvada. On Jan. 24, Arvada Library hosted its first monthly Art Stop on the Go workshop for children ages 6-12, led by museum educator Heather Cherry. The workshops allow children to express themselves through a variety of media as well as link their creativity to their favorite books, reinforcing the importance of books and reading in a personal and creative way, Arvada Library manager Larry Domingues said. Art Stop on the Go sessions at the Arvada Library will be hosted monthly through the end of the year. Registration is not required, but sessions are limited to the first 20 participants.
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Civil-unions bill moves forward Bill would not allow adoption agencies to opt out By Vic Vela
email@example.com Jeremy Simon is only 5 years old, but his knowledge of what was happening inside a Colorado Capitol committee hearing room Jan. 23 might already make him qualified to teach a civics class. “They’re trying to change the law,” he said, when asked what was happening that day. And what makes the law important? “So my moms can be together,” Jeremy said. Y o u n g Jeremy was one of many people who packed the Old Supreme Court Chambers inside the Capitol to hear, and to provide testimony on, what has long been a contentious issue: civil unions for gay couples. As expected, the bill — which would allow gay couples to enter into commitments that are similar to marriage — passed the five-member Senate Judiciary Committee along party lines, following a hearing that lasted more than four hours. The bill will now head to another committee in the Senate and is expected to ultimately become law, because of the Democratic-controlled Legislature. The bill’s sponsor, openly gay Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, whose district includes part of Arapahoe County, said the legislation would recognize “the love between committed couples.” “When two people are lucky enough to have found someone they want to spend the rest of their lives with, why should the state of Colorado stand in the way?” Steadman said during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill could allow gay couples to begin the steps of entering into civil unions on May 1. They would be afforded many legal, medical and property rights, as well as the ability to adopt children.
However, the bill does not allow gay couples in civil unions to file joint tax returns, at least until “statutory change is enacted,” according to the bill. Last year’s version of the bill died in a separate, Republican-controlled committee. “Today, you have the opportunity to finish what should have been started nine months ago,” said Brad Clark of Colorado One, a gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group. Clark was one of many people who testified in support of the bill, several of whom offered emotional stories of having first met their partners several years ago — 17 years for Brian Bowles of Denver. “This is a human issue,” Bowles testified. “The greatest thing we have is love.” Jean Fredland of Adams County testified that, to her knowledge, none of her children or grandchildren is gay. But she equated the battle over civil unions as “a civil rights issue,” and said the opposition to the bill is offering “the same arguments I heard against civil rights in the ’60s and ’70s.” Meanwhile, there were plenty of critics who spoke out against the bill. And they were particularly upset that — unlike last year’s version — the bill does not exempt adoption agencies with religious convictions against same-sex unions from placing children with those couples. Kellie Fiedorek of the conservative, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, said judges and business owners who object to civil unions would be forced “to violate their deeply held religious convictions,” if the bill passed. Others who are against the bill were blunter in their opposition. Lisa Speer of Arapahoe County called the legislation “a canard.” “This legislation is all heart and no head,” she said. Republican committee member Steve King of Grand Junction — who, along with Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud voted against moving the bill forward — asked Steadman, “Wouldn’t it be better to amend the bill to accommodate the religious beliefs of these people?” Steadman replied that he wouldn’t want to “enable businesses to put up signs outside their windows saying certain types of people aren’t welcome.” Steadman also brought up the point to some who testi-
Sen. Jessie Ulibarri of Commerce City answers questions during an interview prior to civil union legislation Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the state Capitol. Photo by Andy Carpenean fied that it wouldn’t matter if he amended the bill because they wouldn’t support it anyway. In spite of vocal opposition, the legislation is expected to pass easily this session, something that Democratic Sen. Jessie Ulibarri of Commerce City — who chaired Wednesday’s committee — says he will take pride in. Ulibarri lives with his
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Money set aside for elder abuse bill ‘There’s a funded infrastructure in place for child
By Vic Vela
firstname.lastname@example.org A bill that targets elder abuse has something behind it this time around that has kept it from becoming a law before – money. The bill, which was introduced in the state Senate Friday, would make it mandatory for individuals in certain professional fields to report suspected instances of elder abuse. Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, a bill sponsor, said she believed the proposed legislation would help protect seniors from being abused “physically, mentally, sexually and financially.” “It really is an issue important to everyone,” Hudak said. “We have a growing number of elderly
abuse, but none for social services in elder abuse.’ Attorney General John Suthers people as baby boomers are reaching a certain age.” Professionals in the fields of medicine, law enforcement, social work, finance and others would be deemed “mandatory reporters” of cases where they have “reasonable cause to believe” that a senior citizen who is 70 or older is being abused, the bill states. Failure to report cases of abuse could result in misdemeanor charges. At the same time, those who knowingly make a false report of abuse could also be charged. The bill does protect reporters of abuse from criminal charges and civil liability “if the report was filed in good faith.” Hudak said the bill is long overdue. She
added that Colorado is one of only three states where there exists no requirement for the reporting of suspected cases of elder abuse. And, Hudak recalled that the bill was “very popular” when it was introduced during last year’s senate session, before lawmakers decided to set up a legislative task force for further study. So what’s been the problem? “It costs a lot of money,” Hudak said. Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who is a supporter of the bill, agreed money was one of the “biggest obstacles” the bill faced. “There’s a funded infrastructure in place for child abuse, but none for social services
in elder abuse,” Suthers said in a recent interview. But that doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore. Gov. John Hickenlooper dedicated $5 million in his budget request that would go toward resources having to do with the legislation. With the money set aside for the bill, Suthers said there’s “a good chance of it passing.” Still, Suthers said there could be opposition from those representing financial institutions, who may feel that the law poses an “undue burden” on bankers. Suthers doesn’t think that banks would be burdened by the law. Using a hypothetical example, Suthers said that it is not too much to ask of a bank teller to “file a brief report” when that person sees a grandson being “verbally abusive” toward his grandmother while she’s taking large sums of money out of her account. Suthers said he suspects that many Democrats and Republicans will end up supporting the bill. “I hope it does generate public support,” he said.
Proposed bills to protect Colorado employees By Vic Vela
email@example.com State Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City, is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit a Colorado employer from using someone’s consumer credit information as a factor in hiring, “if the information is unrelated to the job.” “A lot of people have fallen on hard economic times,” he said. “But that should be punishment enough. That doesn’t mean they’re more prone to engage in unethical work practices.” Ulibarri’s bill states that employers using credit history to make a hiring decision “has increased dramatically” over the years. And those practices create “chronic barriers” for people applying for work after suffering recent job losses because they are more likely to have lower credit scores. The bill would require employers to notify applicants whenever their credit information resulted in an “adverse” hiring determination. And it would allow applicants to bring suit against employers who violate the law’s provisions. Ulibarri’s bill makes an exception for employers in fields where one’s credit history is “substantially job-related,” such as
those in the financial sector. But the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce opposes Ulibarri’s bill “because it significantly restricts the ability of employers to gather critical information about potential employees before making hiring decisions,” said spokeswoman Kate Horle in an emailed statement. “Consumer reports, such as credit reports gathered as part of background checks, are an important piece of information for prospective employers, especially when the position includes access to confidential or proprietary information,” the statement reads. Horle also notes that current Colorado law already restricts how employers use applicants’ credit information.
The Chamber also opposes a separate bill that would prohibit an employer from requiring an employee or job applicant to provide user names or passwords to their
‘A lot of people have fallen on hard economic times. But that should be punishment enough.’ State Sen. Jessie Ulibarri personal email, social media, or any other type of “electronic communications” accounts. The bill would prohibit employers to in any way discipline current employees, or refuse to hire applicants, just because they did not provide their user name or password information. The bill makes an exception for employers to seek information on employee’s personal accounts if a worker is under investigation for work-related wrongdoing, such as downloading proprietary information. And it would not apply to work accounts, such as work emails. Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, is the lead sponsor of the bill, with Ulibarri lending support in the senate. Ulibarri said that the information on someone’s personal social networking or email accounts should be private. He said it would be wrong for employers
to learn that one of their workers is pregnant, gay, or other personal details about their lives, and then use that information against the employee or applicant. “Those kinds of things have no bearing on a person’s ability to do a job,” Ulibarri said. “It’s intimate and personal and it’s meant to be so. But Horle said that the bill would “provide a private right of action against employers.” She also said the bill doesn’t address gray areas, such as a business providing a subsidy to a worker who uses his or her personal cell phone for job-related purposes. “The bill is not drafted as tightly as we’d like to see,” she said. But Ulibarri said personal details of someone’s life is an area that needs to be protected. “There’s a level of privacy we’ve lost but we need to recover,” Ulibarri said.
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64 prompts concerns Survey highlights marijuana impact on children By Darin Moriki
firstname.lastname@example.org An upward trend in marijuana use in children has one Adams County health official concerned about legalization of recreational marijuana. “Our concern is that even though Amendment 64 claims that (marijuana) won’t get into the hands of kids, we have the facts here in Adams County to say that it is,” said Adams County Youth Initiative Executive Director Becky Hoffman. “When you’re looking at the facts in Adams County, we feel like it’s a barrier for student success in
a lot of cases.” Hoffman said the organization’s annual survey shows children who reported marijuana use are five times as likely to abuse prescription drugs, and high schools with the highest studentreported marijuana use had the lowest graduation rates. Amendment 64 permits anyone 21 years old or older to use marijuana and possess up to one ounce. Hoffman said she and health professionals are working on an antidrug campaign to target prescription drug use among teens but face a frustrating uphill battle on the heels of 64’s passage. Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mason Tvert said the new laws will put a stop to underground marijuana markets and make it easier to track the types of products available to consumers and distributors. “Right now, marijuana is consid-
ered to be universally available to teenagers,” Tvert said. “The goal of marijuana prohibition was to keep marijuana out of teenagers’ hands, but because they had universal access to it and reported that they could access it easier than alcohol, that is a sign of failed policy.” To curb underage use, Tvert said parents should continue to be judicious with their marijuana use and exercise precautions used to keep items like alcohol, cigarettes and guns out of their child’s hands. “The people who have such a significant level of concern that they think that we need to keep marijuana illegal are in the minority,” Tvert said. “That is no longer the status quo. Just as we saw people criminalize alcohol and then recognize that the prohibition was causing far more problems than the actual substance … the same thing is happening with marijuana.”
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Fracking support in Jefferson County Rosier presents letter of support from lobbyists By Glenn Wallace
email@example.com Two Jefferson County commissioners have said they support the state’s decision to sue the city of Longmont over its ability to ban oil and gas drilling near residential areas, above and beyond state law. Chair Donald Rosier, District 3, presented a letter addressed to Gov. John Hickenlooper at the county’s staff brief meeting Jan. 15, and asked if the other two commissioners had interest in signing it. District 1 Commissioner Faye Griffin said she, too, would support and sign the letter. District 2 Commissioner Casey Tighe said he needed to do more research before taking a stand on oil and gas drilling, and Longmont’s ban on
the practice of hydraulic fracturing, called fracking for short. “I have very strong feelings about this subject,” Rosier said. Rosier has work experience as a water resource engineer. The letter to Hickenlooper begins: “Thank you for rising above the partisan squabbling that has unfortunately heightened a national oil and gas debate. Scientific evidence is being overpowered by an emotional public debate and your leadership will help us overcome this unjust polarization.” The letter was provided to Rosier from a Grand Junction-based lobbying firm called EIS Solutions, which has a history of working for companies within the oil and gas industry. EIS Solutions has previously provided letters to elected boards, lobbying for support of hydraulic fracturing. In August, the company presented a letter to the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners, asking the Bureau of Land Management to post-
pone the implementation of new regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. Unlike in the Moffat County case however, nothing in the public record would tie EIS Solutions to the Jefferson County letter. Nothing in the letter text, or anything said in the public meetings where the letter was discussed, made it clear who had authored the text. “It’s not illegal, but citizens don’t like it when their politicians are carrying out the wishes of lobbyists without telling them,” said Colorado Ethics Watch Director Luis Toro. “As a county elected official we are asked all the time to pass resolutions and take a position on proposed regulations and policies throughout the state,” Rosier replied, when asked about the role of lobbying in county government. Rosier added that Jefferson County itself, through Colorado Counties Inc., uses lobbyists to further its interests.
By Hugh Johnson Six panelists outlined a multifaceted approach to keeping Jefferson County communities safe from violence at state Sen. Cheri Jahn’s, D-Wheat Ridge, first community listening session at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. In response to the school shootings at Sandy Hook and questions about the relationship between massmurderers, guns and mental illnesses, Jahn and state Rep. Sue Schafer from District 24 addressed the issues of mental health and public safety on Saturday.
not about focusing on guns, mental health or gangs individually but in a question of why society as a whole is so violent. “The No. 1 cause of death for males between the ages of 15 and 24 is firearms,” Brennan said. He touched on mental health, stating the the best aid is often given in prison after it’s too late. Former Sen. Moe Keller, now vice president of Public Policy at Mental Health of America Colorado, attacked the demonizing of the mentally ill by the mass media. “One in four Americans has a mental health issue ... It affects all of us,” Keller said.
DeWild sentenced for murder of sister-in-law Brother given 12 years in prison for 2003 murder By Glenn Wallace
firstname.lastname@example.org For assisting in the murder of his sister-in-law, and then lying about it for nine years, David DeWild, 40, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The sentence was handed down in Jefferson County court on Jan. 24 by Judge Christopher J. Munch. The 12-year term was the maximum Munch was able to give under a plea agreement DeWild made with the county’s district attorney’s office. The deal allowed David DeWild to enter a guilty plea to “conspiracy to commit second-degree murder” instead of facing a first-degree murder charge
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OPINIONS / YOURS AND OURS
Keep the smoke from getting in their eyes With passage of Amendment 64 a newly legal scent of secondhand smoke is sure to waft toward our children now and then. The Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force at the Statehouse is busily working to address the law gaps and safety concerns accompanying legalization of recreational marijuana for 21-year-olds. In conjunction, we are writing stories about numerous related issues — such as likely impacts to children — brought to bear by 64. In general, we accept the logic of proponents and the will of voters in the state, but we are not so happy about the measure becoming part of the constitution, and we would have been fine to have other states tackle the change first, so our state could save on legislative time, related costs and brain damage – no pun intended. But here we are.
OUR VIEW As for the impact to children, we agree with Adams County Youth Initiative Executive Director Becky Hoffman, who said in one of our recent stories that although some supporters claim 64 will not get marijuana into the hands of children, it will. The amendment puts marijuana on the same plane as alcohol — those who turn 21 can use marijuana, and it’s a mighty temptation for the underaged to try either one before they are old enough. Further, marijuana will be more and more visible on countertops and tables in homes as well as in plain sight other places
since adults no longer must conceal it. Marijuana will simply be more on hand and the act will be more in plain view — although mostly from afar — for children. Anyone who shrugs at the impacts, we submit two additional items from an Adams County Youth Initiative survey — one indicates children who report marijuana use are five times as likely to abuse prescription drugs, and the other notes high schools with the highest student reported marijuana use produce the lowest graduation rates. With Amendment 64, greater responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of all lawmakers and other adults. So we add to one of our standby sayings “there is right, there’s wrong and there is the law,” the words “there is a need for good modeling from adults.” We commend the ongoing work of law-
makers at the Statehouse and the invited input of law enforcement, the medical field and the community in general. And as of press time the Sixty-ninth General Assembly Colorado Children’s Caucus planned related presentations Jan. 28 — topics to include addressing adverse health risks to children due to indoor marijuana grow operations and difficulties arising around intervention responses to drug use by child protection services and law enforcement. Smoking is smoking, so we hope there will be increasing information as more research on marijuana smoking becomes available — much like the campaigns to warn the dangers of smoking tobacco during the past several decades. Amendment 64 brought steep learning curves — ones we want to see the state climb quickly for the sake of the children and the good of the state as a whole.
Weary of violent vocab What are your thoughts on QUESTION OF THE WEEK
the gun control debate? As the gun control debate rages on in Congress and the state Legislature, we took the time to ask a few people about their thoughts on whether gun control regula-
tions should be strengthened or left alone. We quizzed locals on a warm, sunny afternoon Sunday at the Starbucks at 8410 Pearl St. in Thornton.
I think everybody should just leave it alone and that people who have guns should be able to keep the guns that they have because it’s alright. In the Constitution, that’s how it was put and everybody keeps trying to mix it up, take away stuff and add stuff, so it should just be left the way that it was. - Tim Koch, Thornton
I think gun control measures need to be stricter, but at the same time, I also feel that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. It kind of depends too because even way back when there was no gun control, there was still devastation and bad things happening. I also feel that they should take more measures to have somebody get a gun like maybe through more intense background checks. - Twyla Sherman, Arvada
I support legislation that addresses who can have guns, and I think that automatic weapons in particular should be illegal. I’ve never owned a gun and I’ve never shot a gun, but I don’t that automatic weapons should be placed in the hands of normal people. - Danielle Wheeler, Arvada
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I think that maybe we’d be safer if they knew more about the people who bought the guns and do background checks on people who sell guns. It would definitely make me feel safer in school, especially with the school shooting in Connecticut. - Nadia Sherman, Arvada
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The other day, the building where I was working was on lockout. There was a shooter in the office park and police had sealed off the area. They were pursuing a person of interest in the incident, an alleged gunman who was still at large and presumed armed and dangerous. The targeted victim survived the attack and was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. Lockout, shooter, sealed off. Gunman, at large, armed and dangerous. Target, victim, attack. Considered alone, each of these words and phrases has a very different meaning from when they are strung together to describe yet another event of violence in our communities. Although not as shocking as the Aurora theater shootings, Jessica’s abduction and murder, high-speed chases through quiet neighborhoods, and Sandy Hook or Columbine, the scene I describe here plays itself out all too often, searing additional scars on the landscape of a civil society. Such words, common enough on their own, are now a part of a growing lexicon of carnage, a new vocabulary of violence. I, for one, am sick and tired of it. I’m sickened by the loss, the grief, the terror, the waste ... sickened by randomness, senselessness, and injustice. And I’m tired of trying to use our everyday language to give these vicious acts some sort of meaning. When did “lockout” come to mean more than forgetting my keys, and a “shooter” more than a short glass full of strong stuff? What about a victim being targeted? Targets are for archery practice and marketing plans and weight-loss goals — not the end results of violent actions. And I’d much rather leave high-speed chases to the Indy 500 and abductions to aliens. When did a suspect become a “person of interest?” This sounds more like speed dating to me. I can’t help but wonder if this is a case of art imitating life or life imitating art ... in this case, a TV drama of the
same name. I do understand, though, why we need to use such language carefully, including the word “alleged.” The right to a presumption of innocence in our country is not shared in all courtrooms around the world, even by enlightened nations. Of course, this word-choice policy exists prevent a rush to justice — founded on a rush to scoop the news that often results in misidentification, miscommunication and wild speculation — but lately, this concession has been stretched to ridiculous levels. For example, as the hearings for James Holmes were taking place recently, I heard the events at the theaters described as the “alleged shootings.” Wait a minute … all the circumstances surrounding this tragedy are yet to be known fully, but the shootings themselves aren’t “alleged” — they happened. That’s one reason why I’m sick and tired and saddened that our beautiful, powerful, well-respected and well-loved language is being corrupted to include this new vocabulary of violence. I’d much rather think of an “attack” as coming from the flu, and of a “shot” as something to protect me from it. That’s a lexicon I can live with. Andrea Doray is a writer, media watcher, and careful consumer of the news. Her own vocabulary includes Southern colloquialisms from her dad and Midwestern pronunciation from her mom, to say nothing of what she’s learned as a Coloradoan all these years. Contact her at a.doray@andreadoray. com.
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Darkness in our souls not from guns s
Last week I counseled us to take a step back from the heat of the moment and talk vitedabout guns and violence in a rational way, fieldbased on what we actually know. as of What do we actually know? We know the sem-massacre at Sandy Hook ended as soon as nnedthe gunman heard sirens — not when he cs towas confronted with armed opposition, risksjust when the possibility arose. We also growknow that a potential massacre in Clackaoundmas, Ore., ended when an armed civilian childconfronted a lone gunman in the mall — in nt. that case, without even exchanging shots, herethe gunman retreated into a stairwell and e re-took his own life. (Didn’t hear about that omesone, did you? Ask your local media why ns tonot). We know that at the New Life Church dur-in Colorado Springs a few years ago, and in San Antonio last month, rampages were earn-stopped by armed, trained security constatefronting the shooters. dren We know these madmen don’t go out in a hail of gunfire — they take as many innocent lives as they can and go out on their
own terms. And, more importantly, we know they go to places where they assume they will be safe — even, ludicrously, an Army base which has been brilliantly cast “gun free.” And I think we also know that laws do not stop the evil and the insane from carrying out their murderous rages at the expense of the innocent. But we have a responsibility to protect the children, so let’s protect the children. Authorize for two to four volunteer staff members at every school to be highly
trained by law enforcement in tactical shooting, and then allow them to concealed carry in school. Keep their identities secret from all but the principal, and pay them a little extra. More importantly, put up a big sign outside every school building that says “These children protected by skilled security.” Surely, among the ranks of teachers are veterans who would volunteer for that training and that responsibility, and having multiple people at every site guarantees a tactical advantage. I mean, not to diminish the courage of Dawn Hochsprung, but, all things considered, rather than diving at the gunman bare-handed, I would rather she had been able to step back and level a 9-mill at his head. I know, I know ... but isn’t it worth it if it saves just one life? This way we don’t have to divert resources and law enforcement into the schools 24/7, but we put a shield around our children. Think of it as a federal air marshal program for schools.
Optimism really works — I’m positive Writing this column for the past few years has been rewarding and it is something I really love and enjoy doing. The e-mail feedback each week is always tremendous, and I appreciate you all so much. A few weeks ago the column I submitted about being careful because our attitudes are transparent, generated the most feedback of any prior column, and it was all 100 percent positive. Imagine that. The comments and thoughts were so interesting to me that I went back and reviewed comments and feedback from prior columns where I specifically addressed the topic of our attitudes. A very clear pattern emerged, as the community has been very consistent over the years, responding most often to anything that I wrote that had to do with a positive attitude. So I thought I would share several of my favorite quotes that you may be able to use, cut out, copy, share, and in some way keep them in a visible location as a reminder about the importance of staying positive and optimistic: “I am so optimistic I would go after Moby Dick in a rowboat and take the tartar sauce with me.” — Zig Ziglar “Positive self-expectancy is the winners edge. We must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” — Denis Waitley
“Eighty-five percent of the reason we get a job, keep that job, and get ahead in that job is because of our attitude.” — Cavett Robert “A positive mental attitude will not allow you to do anything, but it will allow you to do everything 100 percent better than a negative attitude will.” — Zig Ziglar “You can’t be a smart cookie if you have a crummy attitude.” — John Maxwell “We have a right to choose our attitude.” — Viktor Frankl “The only difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is an attitude of extraordinary determination.” — Mary Kay Ash “A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.” — Charles Schwab “The message is clear: Plan with attitude; prepare with aptitude; participate with servitude; receive with gratitude; and this will be enough to
separate you from the multitudes.” — Krish Dhanam “It’s our attitude, not our aptitude, that determines our altitude.” — Zig Ziglar These quotes have inspired me over the years, but seeing people with a positive attitude inspires me 100 times more than any quote I have ever read. They are a walking billboard of energy and enthusiasm, they bring light to the world, and by their example they motivate me to want to be better in all areas of my life. Investing in a positive attitude is like depositing money in the bank, the interest that we earn multiplies with each optimistic and positive outlook we deposit into our minds. Again, it was your response to previous columns about the importance of a healthy and positive attitude that created this column. My hope is that you will find one or more of the quotes above to be an inspiration for you and that you too will become a walking advertisement of a powerfully enthusiastic energetic passionate and positive attitude.
And then we can get started thinking about the real culprit in all of this, something the president ignored: A cultural cesspool that breeds unfulfilled narcissists and children disconnected from society (and reality), and then bombards them with images of inconsequential violence. The darkness in our youth’s souls is not the fault of a gun manufacturer, it belongs to all of us. Find a way again to convince children that every life matters, that every moment can be filled with beauty, and that every day presents them an opportunity to reflect the light of Heaven, and it won’t matter how many guns are out there. Continue to inflate the darkness, and it won’t matter how few guns are out there. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.
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Immigrant tuition bill clears panel Measure would ease path for undocumented students By Vic Vela
email@example.com Yesenya Saucedo fought back tears Jan. 24 as she recalled being laughed at in kindergarten and feeling “clueless and dumb” because of her struggles to speak English. Now, several years after her family brought Saucedo to the U.S. illegally, she is well on her way to graduating from Denver’s Bruce Randolph School this spring — with 23 college credits under her belt, to boot. “What I have done is what I’ve been asked, and even a little bit more,” she said during her testimony before a Colorado General Assembly committee hearing on a bill to which she is tying her college and career hopes. Saucedo wants to go to college, but because she is an undocumented student, she cannot afford to pay the hefty, out-of-state tuition rate to attend a Colorado school. But there remains hope for Saucedo, because the Senate bill that’s been dubbed ASSET — Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow — has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The bill — which would allow illegal immigrants to pay the same tuition at state colleges and universities as other students who are residents — passed the nine-member Senate Education Committee Jan. 24. Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, who chairs the Education Committee, was one
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of five Democrats who voted to move the bill forward. “We’re never better off with fewer educated students,” Hudak said. “When people do not have hope, then it is very difficult to make it from day-to-day — especially children.” Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, who is one of the bill’s sponsors, said that if the bill becomes law, it would bring in about $2 million in net revenue to the state. Johnson said Colorado is forcing too many young people leave the state to attend colleges at neighboring states that already have laws similar to the one proposed in the ASSET bill. Once they graduate, they remain in those states and contribute to the economies there. “If we don’t stop to help these young people, what will happen to us as a state?” Johnston told the committee. One Republican committee member, Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs, joined all five Democrats in voting to move the legislation forward. Three Republicans voted no. Only one person testified in opposition to the legislation. John Buck of the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform called the bill “illegal,” and said Colorado citizens “want illegal aliens to self-deport.” “This illegal education bill provides one more incentive for illegal alien families to cross our borders and diminish our resources,” he said. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee, before going to the full Senate for a vote. It is likely that the bill will pass the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.
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Director Steve Glueck said that the specific approval forms that the county had requested at a meeting last fall had yet to come in, thanks to a delay with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Beyond the missing paperwork, Rosier said he had other issues with the pedestrian bridge plan — it is not listed in RTD’s West Rail Line’s most recent environmental assessment (EA). “Now they’re saying they’re cutting it from the EA, but they’ll still fund it?” Rosier asked. “Yes,” Glueck said, explaining that it was cut from RTD’s construction plans as a costsaving measure. Since they were no longer building it as part of the overall rail line project, it was removed from the plans, though earlier environmental studies did study the potential of a bridge there. Golden took up the effort to build the bridge, securing $300,000 of its own money, along with $1.97 million in RTD and federal transportation funds. The county would only need to grant a land easement and maintain landscaping on one side of the bridge. Rosier said he would need confirmation that a new environmental assessment would not be required to build the bridge. Within two days, Glueck reported to Golden City Council that he had the longawaited CDOT documents in hand, and also had verbal confirmation federal transit authorities that reopening the EA would not be necessary. He said it would be some time in February before he could return to the county commissioners to again ask for approval.
Th 64 mari — m tal s prop yers, work “A that keep that Tver the a Tv catio Recreation coordinator, Lynn Weis, left, talks about appropriate gear during a free indoor snowshoeing clinic at Proje the North Jeffco Senior Recreation Center Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Arvada. Co-teacher Jack Monroe sits behind the place Em table. Photo by Andy Carpenean drug woul ploye “O occu may of em to ha proc lawy able,” Prosser said. “We also have financing H Resource Smart Arvada for low-income families and nonprofits.” The International Center for Approprihelps retrofit residential, ate and Sustainable Technology, a noncommercial property, profit located in Lakewood, is running the program for the city and monitors all of the saving 25 percent of energy work. The process, from assessment to comBy Sara Van Cleve pletion, can take anywhere from a month email@example.com to a couple months, depending on the size A new program is helping residents get of the building and the amount of retrofitting it needs, Prosser said. smart about saving energy and money. “The most common (improvements) for “Resource Smart Arvada is an all-encompassing energy efficiency program for residential would probably be adding more residents and business owners,” said Jes- insulation in the attic and walls and sealsica Prosser, Arvada’s sustainability coor- ing all windows and doors,” Prosser said. dinator. “It takes it full circle from the ini- “Those are the most effective measures to tial assessment of the building all the way take when it comes to saving energy.” Changing outdated and energy inefthrough to quality control at the end.” The program is guaranteeing energy ficient lighting is usually the first step for savings of at least 20-30 percent after the commercial buildings. The program has already completed its work is complete, Prosser said. After a resident or business owner signs pilot phase, retrofitting several homes and up for the program, a Resource Smart Ar- businesses in Arvada. Nancy Voiland was one of the first resivada assessor makes an assessment of the home, finding areas in which they could dents to complete to program. “It was fun to ask questions about my save energy and money on their utility bill. The assessor gives the resident or busi- home and watch and learn what was being ness owner a comprehensive report and done and why,” Voiland said in a statement the participant choose what improvements provided by the city. “I am happy that I had to make and then the assessor gets bids for the assessment and would recommend it the work from at least three local contrac- to anyone. It gave me a chance to find out where home improvement can and should tors. Once a contractor is chosen, the work be while allowing me to budget my financbegins and is monitored by Resource Smart es and include these improvements in the Arvada representatives. Once it is com- future.” For more information about Resource plete, an assessor will evaluate the work Smart Arvada and to sign up for an assessbefore payment is due. “If you don’t have the money upfront, we ment, www.resourcesmart.org/arvada or have low and no interest financing avail- call 1-866-590-4377.
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Marijuana at the workplace Where there’s smoke, you’re still fired By Glenn Wallace
gwallace@ourcoloradonews. com The passage of Amendment 64 — legalizing recreational marijuana use at the state level — may seem like a monumental shift. But according to pot proponents as well as labor lawyers, not much will change in the workplace. “Amendment 64 clearly states that employers will be able to keep any enforcement policy that they’ve had,” said Mason Tvert, one of the co-directors of the amendment’s campaign. Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project said that in the workplace, the status quo will remain. Employers that want to ban all drug use, including marijuana, would still be able to fire an employee who fails a drug test. “One thing that seems to be occurring is that some workers may not understand the scope of employers rights to continue to have drug testing policies and procedures,” said Denver labor lawyer Emily Hobbs-Wright. Hobbs-Wright said there is a
Colorado statute that protects employee rights to participate in legal activities outside of the workplace, which has been cited by some medical marijuana users to protest a firing. “The problem with the argument is it goes back again to federal law, where it’s still illegal,” Hobbs-Wright said. That is bad news for anyone at a drug-free workplace who wants to smoke marijuana on the weekend. Unlike tests for alcohol that typically show levels of intoxication, marijuana tests usually indicate just that the drug has been used some time in the past. A standard employee drug urine test can be positive weeks after the last joint. Heavy users have reported positive tests even months after their last usage. “But quite frankly, I think employers will get away from firing and rehiring employees over off-the-job marijuana use,” Tvert said. He added that as cultural perception of marijuana changes he expects business policies to become more lenient. Denver Metro publication Westword, which features a medicinal marijuana critic on staff, has announced that it has not, and will not, conduct drug tests. So far, Westword is in the mi-
nority. A 2011 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found 57 percent of U.S. employers conduct drug tests as a part of the hiring process. Any business that complies with the federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 has little option over its marijuana stance. It remains a criminalized substance at the federal level, and any business or organization that receives a federal grant or contract must comply with the act. Likewise, any business with major safety requirements for its employees or the public will likely continue to follow federal regulations, since any accident could trigger steep OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) penalties. Hobbs-Wright suggests businesses review their drug policy, and make sure their employees know what the rules and penalties will be regarding marijuana. “Some employers might want to tighten up the definition of illegal drugs in their policy, to explicitly mention marijuana, “Hobbs-Wright said. She added that an in order for an employee to be able to smoke marijuana without fear of termination it would have to be legalized on the federal level.
Police find missing man in middle of night John Leonnig, 83, was found safe after not returning home earlier that day Staff Report Arvada police found a missing senior citizen after he was
last seen Thursday, Jan. 24. John Leonnig, 83, was last seen at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 24 heading south on W. 72nd Avenue in the area of W. 80th Avenue and
Lowell Boulevard. He was expected to return to his Arvada home by 11 a.m. He was found around midnight Jan. 24. Police said he was found safe.
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Former newspaper editor dies Connor-Spieler remembered as good friend, reporter By Sara Van Cleve
svancleve@ourcoloradonews. com Mary Catherine Connor-Spieler, 83, died Jan. 22 from complications following heart surgery. Connor-Spieler was the editor of the Arvada Sentinel from 19771991 and was a reporter for the newspaper before the promotion. Connor-Spieler served on various commissions and boards, her sister Eileen Golesh said. She was currently serving as the secretary of Inter-Church Arms. “She did quite a bit of volunteering,” Golesh said. “She was on the Man and Woman of the Year board and was involved with Arvada politics.” Connor-Spieler was born the oldest of three girls on Nov. 20, 1930, in Chicago. The family lived in Indiana through World War II and moved to Colorado in 1945. She attended Loretto Heights University, now known as Colorado Heights University, in Denver and taught for three years following graduation. She then married her first husband Richard “Dick Connor,” had their first child and began working at the Arvada Citizen. Golesh said the death of her sister will leave a “huge void.” To former Arvada Mayor Vesta Miller, who served from 19791981, Connor-Spieler was a good friend and a good reporter. “I have known her since the early ‘70s,” Miller said. “She was a very concise writer. She was very true to the source. She was just an overall good friend and person, and she will greatly be missed by everyone who knew her. She performed a lot of good services in the community as well as raising a good family.” Connor-Spieler was also named the Arvada Woman of the Year at one point. “She was a very well respected voice of reason,” said former Mayor Bob Frie, who served from
Mary Catherine Connor-Spieler 1981-89 and 1991-99. “She was just so evenhanded and the perfect temperament for a newspaper person. If you talk to anybody who remembers those days, everybody thinks Mary Kay is the wisest, classiest lady. She’s really going to be missed.” She is preceded in death by husbands, Connor, a renowned sports writer for the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, and William Spieler. She is survived by children, Kathleen (David) Duran, Mark (Denise) Connor, Patrick (Ann) Connor, Sharon (Michael) Stanley and Michael (Lisa) Connor; as well as 14 grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren and sisters, Eileen (Richard) Golesh and Margaret (Donald) Danborn. A funeral and burial were held Saturday at the Shrine of St. Anne Catholic Church and Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mary Kay Connor-Spieler Memorial Fund. Donations are accepted at any First Bank location. Money from the fund will be divided between Connor-Spieler’s two favorite charities — ARC of Jefferson County and InterChurch Arm.
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A new way to bring home bacon
Woodcraft at its
Woodturning exhibit shows evolution of art
By Clarke Reader
first look at some of the objects on display at the Foothills Art Center Community Gallery, and a visitor might think they are looking at glass or ceramic
works. But they’re not. Everything on display is made out of wood. The Four Masters of Colorado Woodturning exhibit will be in the FAC’s Community Gallery, 1510 Washington St. in Golden, through March 15. The four artists whose work is on display are Trent Bosch, Jon Garcia, Keith Gotschall and Paul Stafford. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free. “We’ve been interested in really exploring the world of woodturning, and thought we’d start with a smaller show,” said curator Marianne Lorenz. “If this show goes well we’ll maybe be looking at a bigger show in 2014.” Woodturning is when an artist uses a lathe to create their pieces of art, and what makes it unique is that the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. “Woodturning is a very old art that was used to create chair legs and spindles by woodworkers called ‘bodgers’ in the Middle Ages,” Gotschall said. “A lot of us learned this skill in our industrial arts or shop classes in school, and are now coming back to what used to just be a hobby.” The craft has grown, and Gotschall estimates there are around 300 woodturning clubs in the country, with at least four in
IF YOU GO WHAT: The Four Masters of Colorado Woodturning WHERE: Foothills Art Center Community Gallery 1510 Washington St., Golden
WHEN: Through March 15 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
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Colorado. Lorenz said there are all kinds of different ways for wood lathes to be used, and that is what accounts for the great variety in the work on display. “One of the most common things people think when they hear woodturning is salad bowls, but there are so many different techniques like etching and piercing that we have on display,” she said. “There is a real variety of techniques and different types of wood at play in these pieces.” Gotschall started as a woodworker who created mostly furniture, but was participating in a Boulder Open Studio Tour, and saw somebody working with a lathe. “The whole reason I got into this was the lathe, which really has become all enc o m p a s s i n g ,” he said. “There’s something really alluring, really beautiful about the lathe and the work you can do on it.” He was also drawn to the speed with which one could work, and the new areas for design it opened up. Gotschall’s works can be extremely intricate, and he plans them carefully before taking the wood to the lathe. “It really is in exercise in craftmanship, because its so refined and the work needs to be super crisp,” he said. “You can really take it as far as you want to — it’s an openended craft — and you can almost go anywhere you want.” Gotschall said that all woodturn-
ing artists work in different ways, and that should be readily evident at the exhibit. “We picked artists we thought were doing out-of-the-box type work,” Lorenz said. “For people who visit, we’d really like them to understand that woodturning has become not just a way to create utilitarian objects, but also a way to create art.” For more information on the exhibit, call 303-279-3922 or visit www.foothillsartcenter.org.
Top, “Family” by Trent Bosch is an example of the variety of shapes that can be created by a wood lathe. Above, Jon Garcia’s “circuiTree” is one of the artists’ works that is on display at the Foothills Art Center through March 15. Submitted photos
Denver newbie Tender Belly is bellying up to the food bar to showcase its pork products. If you haven’t porked out on its products, you’re missing a sweet treat. Tender Belly is a Cinderella story with brothers Erik and Shannon Duffy, who were born and raised in Iowa, where farmers created the gold standard of pork. While not farmers themselves, they come from a farming family, dedicated to the land and hard work. Entrepreneurial fires burned in both, along with a broad set of professional skills and most importantly, a love for good, pure, clean food and making the simple things, extraordinary. In 2010 they joined forces and started Tender Belly. Their business was an immediate hit — the lure of tasty bacon and other outstanding pork products was too good for chefs to pass up. If you’re hankering for Tender Belly pork products, you will find them at Cured, www.curedboulder.com/; Lucky’s Market, www.luckysmarket.com; The Truffle Cheese Shop, www.denvertruffle.com; or Tony’s Markets, www.tonysmarket.com. You can also check out Tender Belly products at www.tenderbelly.com.
Selby goes solo
If you don’t know where Jefferson Park is, now is a good time to figure that out because Corner House, located in this Northwest area, finally opened its doors last week. The anticipation has been building since November when chef Matt Selby, then at Vesta Dipping Grill, announced that this casual neighborhood eatery would be his next venture, according to EaterDenver.com. Since November, there were interviews with Selby, construction updates, space and menu previews, and even a spot on the Eater National 40 Most Anticipated Openings of 2013 for Corner House. Now it is open and will serve a small but carefully crafted menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Restaurants booked for Denver Restaurant Week(s)
Hoping for a 7 p.m. reservation at Barolo Grill, Elway’s Cherry Creek or Ocean Prime during Denver Restaurant Week(s)? Prime time seats at those foodie favorites are filled. The menus for the 9th Annual Denver Restaurant Week(s) — Feb. 23 to March 8 — went live at www.denverrestaurantweek.com recently, and many of the most popular spots were “fully committed” (restaurant speak for “you’re out of luck, pal”) before the end of the work day with the exception of early (5 p.m.) or late (after 9) reservation slots. But with more than 300 restaurants already participating in the event that charges $52.80 per couple ($26.40 for one) for a three-course meal, there are plenty of eateries to go around. But, if you snooze, you lose. One way to check reservation availabilities is to go to www.opentable. com. “The great fun of restaurant week is gathering together friends, exploring the hundreds of menus on the website, and Parker continues on Page 20
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then experimenting and trying new restaurants or revisiting old favorites,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of Visit Denver, the owner and organizer of the event. More than 300 restaurants have already signed up to participate in 2013 with more coming on board every day. “We will continue to post menus on the site as we get them from the restaurants, so it pays to check the site frequently,” Scharf said. While the event continues to grow — with 339 restaurants participating last year, Denver broke all records for restaurant weeks across the country — some beloved fine dining spots opted out this year. Perhaps most notably, was the decision by Bonanno Concepts, the restaurant company owned by chef Frank Bonanno, to “86 its two white tablecloth spots, Mizuna and Luca d’Italia, from the Denver Restaurant Week(s) menu. Other lower priced Bonanno Concepts restaurants — Osteria Marco, Russell’s Smokehouse, Lou’s Food Bar and Bones (which are all wonderful) — are still part of the program. “Frank gives his chefs freedom when it comes to menu creation and events, and the chef teams at Mizuna and Luca d’Italia have decided to decline participation in this year’s Denver Restaurant Week because they simply prefer to run business as usual,” said Lauren Hendrick, PR and marketing coordinator for Bonanno Concepts. “It’s really as simple as that.” A new feature on the www. denverrestaurantweek.com website allows diners to share their “MustDine” lists with their friends on Facebook, giving them yet another way to make their plans. Based on surveys, a record 404,400 meals were served during DRW 2012, up 12 percent over the 360,480 total meals served in 2011.
Website traffic at the DRW site saw 7 million page views in 2012. Scharf encouraged diners to make reservations early, but sent a word of warning to “no shows.” “Please honor your reservations,” he said. “One of the most frustrating things about the event is when people make a reservation, and don’t show up, denying other diners that time slot. Don’t be a noshow! Please notify the restaurant if your plans change so they can fill that table.” And, on another note, please remember to tip your server on the real bill’s total, not just on the discounted $52.80 price tag. Mangia!
Business networking in Westminster
The Women’s Business Network will hold an open house for all business women in the north Metro Denver area from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westminster. The event is designed to encourage businesswoman to connect with other professional women in a non-routine setting. At the open house, guests will learn about the Women’s Business Network and the ways in which the members support each other on an exclusive basis. The event is free of charge, and you can RSVP on the WBN website, www.wbncolorado.com. WBN will offer drinks and appetizers, and all guests are encouraged to invite a colleague from another female-based business. Men who wish to learn more about the WBN on behalf of their female colleagues are welcome to attend. 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 Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 303-619-5209.
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Have an affair with chocolate Festivals Commission, HOTA host annual sweets festival to benefit Ralston House By Sara Van Cleve
svancleve@ourcoloradonews. com Sweethearts and chocolate lovers alike will engage in a delicious affair Saturday, Feb. 9. The Arvada Festivals Commission and the Historic Olde Town Arvada Association are hosting the 12 th annual Arvada Chocolate Affair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. This year’s theme is “Romancing the Chocolate.” “It used to be where merchants gave chocolates to patrons,” said Brenda Berg, administrative and special events coordinator for the city of Arvada. “Now it’s evolved into a festival of chocolate fun and they give out samplings.” The event features a chocolate tasting, a treasure hunt, a chocolate cookie contest, free children’s entertainment and a raffle
to benefit Ralston House. Tickets for the chocolate tasting are $5 for six taste tickets and will be sold on-site at the tasting locations, DiCicco’s, 5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., and Bread Winners Catering, 7311 Grandview Ave. Half of the proceeds raised through tasting tickets will go to HOTA and the other half to Ralston House, a child advocacy and resource center for children who have been abused. Last year’s event raised more than $2,000 for the organization. The Chocolate Treasure Hunt leads teams of participants around Olde Town searching for chocolate clues at various merchants in an effort to win a chocolate gift basket. The treasure hunt is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Chocolate Cookie Contest gives bakers of all ages a chance to show off their cookie-making prowess. Participants bring their premade cookies to the contest where judges, including District 1 City Councilwoman Rachel Zenzinger, will choose first, second and third place winners for best decorated cookie and best
chocolate chip cookie in several age categories. For information on how to enter, call 303-898-7400. The Ralston House will also be on hand to host a raffle for a custom-made doll house modeled after the Ralston House. All proceeds from the raffle go to Ralston House. “You can taste all different kinds of chocolate and support a great nonprofit,” Berg said. “And buy some sweets for your sweetheart.” Residents can also buy a heart for their loved one. HOTA will create a big red heart with a message or name for your loved one and then display the hearts around Olde Town. Hearts are $25 each. “The heart component and Valentine’s Day provides a different ambiance for the indoor and outdoor event,” said Arvada Communications Manager Wendy Forbes. For more information about A Chocolate Affair, or to purchase a heart, visit www.HistoricArvada. org, call 303-420-6100 or visits Paw `n’ Play, 7403 Grandview Ave.
Spring arrives early in Convention Center Garden, Home Show set for nine-day run By Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe@ourcoloradonews. com For nine days in February — Feb. 9-17 — one can walk into the Colorado Convention Center, inhale and pretend that spring has arrived. It’s time for the 2013 Garden and Home Show. A glance at the numbers involved is mind-boggling, but it all comes together after five days of labor to present more than an acre — 45,000 square feet — of assorted gardens, amid exhibits from more than 600 companies from 25 states and Canada. Fourteen separate gardens are designed by local landscapers and schools (Colorado State Univer-
sity and Pickens), including the “Flowers and Flight” entry garden with featured aircraft by Town and Country Landscaping. A special favorite is the “Trains to Tranquility Garden,” installed by Timberline Gardens, featuring G-scale garden railroad trains among boulders, trees and flowers. We received facts such as: 15,000 blooming flowers, 2,000 cubic yards of mulch, 400 tons of rocks and boulders — and that’s just for the gardens. Families can shop for new varieties of roses, water features for an existing garden, landscape plans for a new garden and numerous items for home remodel and repair. An ongoing schedule of seminars is listed on the show’s website, gardeningcolorado.com, and it includes participation from Arapahoe Community College; Dr. Jim Klett of CSU, who will intro-
duce the new Plant Select varieties; “how-to” on remodeling home landscape sessions by Alpine Gardens of Fort Collins and Greeley; programs by local members of ASID, Association of Interior Designers and more. See “Theater” on the website for a schedule. The Colorado Convention Center is at 700 14th St., Denver. Light rail stops there (Convention Center/Performing Arts stop). Or you can drive to Coors Field, park for $5 and ride the shuttle to the show. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays; noon-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission: $12/$10, free 12 and younger. Discount tickets are available at Tickets West outlets in area King Soopers.
2012 a Year of Accomplishments for Arvada Chamber of Commerce The Arvada Chamber of Commerce continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Arvada business community with a year of accomplishments. The expansion of several successful programs including the Business Education Alliance and additional community partnerships helped the Arvada Chamber grow by 132 members in 2012. With more than 700 members, the Arvada Chamber’s accomplishments in 2012 include: • Expansion of the Business Education Alliance into a county-wide program • A revamped Arvada Chamber website to facilitate easier access to business resources
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Launch of “I Am Arvada Chamber” campaign showcasing local business owners’ accomplishments Investment in a joint lobbyist for the Jefferson County Business Lobby (JCBL) with the West Chamber, Golden Chamber and Jeffco County Economic Development Corporation to work on behalf of area businesses at the state capital Hosting more than 107 events including educational luncheons, legislative breakfasts, business after hours, ribbon cuttings and business resource fairs
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About the Arvada Chamber of Commerce Founded in 1925, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization committed to growing and supporting the Arvada business community. Through educational programs, networking opportunities, business resources, strategic partnerships and legislative advocacy, the Chamber empowers businesses to succeed. The Chamber provides leadership and support to members through its leaders’ collective expertise in the areas of business ownership, sales and marketing, finance and public outreach. To become a member or learn more, call 303-424-0313 or visit www.arvadachamber.com.
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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 includes lunch. DOG TRAINING Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue’s “COME!” class is from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Pet Station, 2300 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. Registration required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-239-0382. FRIDAY/FEB. 1 GOLDEN HISTORY Photographic portraits of 15 legendary Goldenites will be on display starting Friday, Feb. 1, at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. A free reception is from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, to unveil the portraits at the center. Food and beverages will be provided, and the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will perform. RSVP by calling 303-278-3557. FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/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 www.lakewood.org/culturalcenteror by phone at 303-987-7845. EQUIPMENT AUCTION Jefco Aeromod’lers RC Club
plans its annual RC equipment auction. Item checkin is on Friday, Feb. 1, and the sale starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, and Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15299 W. 6th Ave., Golden. See hundreds of model aircraft and equipment. Club provides free pilot training at our field within Chatfield State Park. The event free to view and attend; a donation requested to get a bidder/seller number. Food
available on Saturday and Sunday. Contact John Lipe at 720-891-1140 or email@example.com.
SATURDAY/FEB. 2 ANIMAL TRACKS Mile Hi Church hosts its annual “Animal Tracks: Education, Spiritually Connecting and Caring for Animals” seminar series from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Kate Solisti, keynote speaker, will present “The World According to Animals.” She is an internationally known author, teacher, animal communicator and expert in dog and cat nutrition. Other topics include: Keeping You & Your Pet Safe in Nature, Animal Totems & Signs of Nature, Canine Massage Therapy for the Senior Dog, Training Your Dog & Why It’s Important, Healing Touch for Animals and Grieving the Loss of Your Pet. Lunch may be purchased on-site from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Register at www.milehichurch.orgor call 303-237- 8851. The church is at 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. TOWN HALL Reps. Brittany Pettersen and Max
Tyler, D-Lakewood; Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood; and Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, will host a town hall meeting from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, to discuss the changes in health care laws brought on by the Affordable Care Act. The legislators will be joined by Bob Semro, policy analyst from the Bell Policy Center, who will discuss how the act affects seniors and small businesses as well as some of the specifics of Colorado’s new health exchange. There will also be time for constituents to voice their concerns to the legislators. The town hall meeting is at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway.
BACK-PAIN WORKSHOP Golden Pilates is hosting a workshop for low-back pain from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, led by physical therapist and Pilates instructor Lise Stolze. Learn to understand treatment-based classification and clinical prediction rules for low back pain; understand the latest research on Pilates and low back pain; understand common spine pathologies and dysfunctions; use basic movement assessment techniques to address spine pathology; and identify specific exercises using
Pilates principles to help those with low back pain to return to function. Golden Pilates is at 922 Washington Ave., Suite 200, Golden. Call 303-279-8008 for information on cost and to reserve your spot.
DOG TRAINING A six-week Obedience and Good Manners class with Misha May Foundation and Rescue begins Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Playful Pooch Dog Daycare and Boarding, 4000 Holly St., Denver. Each class will include basic training such as sit, stay and come. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration form. DOG TRAINING Leash Walking with Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Doggie Delights, 1432 S. Broadway, Denver. Join us for some tools and techniques to help you and your dog enjoy your walk together. Registration required at email@example.com or call 303-2390382. MONDAY/FEB. 4 PHOTO CONTEST Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit photos for the Arvada Visitors Center’s first photography contest, “Show Us Your Arvada.” Entries must feature a place, attraction, feature or landmark found in Arvada but the rest is up to the photographer. Photographers can submit a photo they already have in their possession or submit something new. Winners will receive recognition on the new Arvada Visitors Center website set to launch in February and/or on the collateral piece featuring their photo. Entry deadline is Monday, Feb. 4. Send photos via email to Jean Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org; make sure photos are at least 300 dpi. You also can mail or deliver photos to Arvada Visitors Center, 7305 Grandview Ave., Arvada, CO 80002, attn: Jean Gordon. Contact Jean Gordon for information or a complete list of rules: email@example.com or 720-898-3380.
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POLICE BRIEFS Car vandalized in apartment complex’s parking lot
10:59 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 7700 block of West 61st Avenue A man’s car was vandalized while it was parked in an apartment complex’s parking lot. The antenna of the vehicle, a 2000 silver Ford Taurus, was bent in three different directions sometime between 9 a.m. Dec. 26 and 8 a.m. Jan. 3. The owner was not able to provide any suspect information regarding the incident.
Couple’s argument leads to police being called, no incidents reported
9:42 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 9200 block of Highland Place An argument between a couple over the use of methamphetamine led to the police being called, a broken door and broken, possibly stolen, laptop. As of the New Year, the couple agreed they would stop using methamphetamine, the man told police. Despite the agreement, the man’s girlfriend continued to use it, which led to an argument on Jan. 2. The afternoon of Jan. 3, the woman brought her boyfriend a gift — a laptop she reportedly found while Dumpster diving at a nearby Arc Thrift Store. The woman then admitted she stole the computer. The man proceeded to break the laptop and collect his belongings from the house and move to the garage, during which time he kicked a bedroom door. The man said he never hit or touched his girlfriend during the argument. Police could not establish ownership of the broken laptop and its serial number was not listed as stolen, but photos were taken of the computer as evidence should it be found stolen later. The couple stayed separated for the evening and police left the scene without incident.
Bicycle stolen from porch, truck broken into at residence
7:14 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 7100 block of Dudley Drive A man’s bicycle was stolen from his front porch and his truck was broken
at some during a 22-hour period. Between 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3 and 6:15 a.m. Jan. 4, a white Haro ZX bicycle was taken from the front porch of a home in the 7100 block of Dudley Drive. The bicycle is valued at $243.08. During the same time frame, the man’s 1992 Toyota pickup truck was also broken into. The truck was unlocked and sustained no damage. About $10 in change was stolen from the truck though. There is no suspect information in the case.
Woman issued summons after stealing license plate
8:44 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Savannah Suites, 6455 Sheridan Blvd. A woman was issued a municipal summons for theft by receiving after her vehicle was found in the Savannah Suites parking lot with a stolen license plate attached to it. When police saw a gold 1994 Saturn in the Savannah Suites parking lot, it was found that the rear license plate had been stolen from Denver on Dec. 18. Police contacted the hotel guest with the Saturn and she told police it belonged to her mother, who dropped it off at the hotel earlier in the day for her sister to use. The woman called her mother, who told police she owns the Saturn, but has not registered it in Colorado. The owner said put the license plate on her vehicle after she found it on an abandoned vehicle in a parking lot in Denver. On Jan. 6, police issued the Saturn owner a municipal summons for theft by receiving. The actual owner of the stolen license plate was informed it was found, but told police she already had the plates replaced.
Abandoned backpacks left outside home collected by police
3:08 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 7300 block of West 75th Avenue Police confiscated abandoned backpacks after an unknown man left them outside of a home in the 7300 block of West 75th Avenue. Around 8 p.m. Jan. 5, an Hispanic man in his mid-20s asked the resident of a home if he could leave his bags
on the side of her house while he went to a nearby grocery store to make a phone call. The man had already placed his bags behind a bush on the west side of the house. He said he would be back to pick them up in about an hour. When the woman said it was OK to leave his bags, the man ran northbound on a path toward Hackberry Hill Elementary. Around 3 a.m. Jan. 6, the woman realized the man never came back to get his bags. Police collected four backpacks and brought them to the Arvada Police Department and found a large amount of women’s clothing, underwear, DVDs, CDs and women’s toiletries inside. One of the CD binders had ”Brittney” written on it, but police could find no other identification. The bags were logged into evidence as abandoned property. The man did not return to the residence, nor have items been reported missing from the area.
Victim of assault at bar decides not to press charges
9:49 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, Jake’s Roadhouse, 5980 Lamar St. A man who was injured during a fight at Jake’s Roadhouse decided not to press charges against the man who hit him. The bartender at Jake’s said she heard a commotion by the pool tables and then saw a customer punch the victim in the face. The customer then fled the scene, leaving the victim there. The victim had a quarter inch cut above his right eyebrow from the assault. The victim and his wife were both intoxicated and were reluctant to give police any information about the incident. Pridemark Paramedics arrived to check the man’s injuries, despite his refusal of medical attention. Paramedics said he would need stitches, but he refused any medical attention after that. The victim signed a complaint withdrawl form stating he did not want to press charges against the person who hit him.
Government Legals NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the Arvada Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., February 12, 2013 to AJI Construction for work related to Project No. 94666 – Oak Park (Irrigation) and performed under that contract dated March 5, 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 AJI Construction 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 15, 2013 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Christine A. Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: January 24 & 31, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the Arvada Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., February 12, 2013 to Goodland Construction for work related to Project Numbers 94661 - Westwoods Park playground; 94665 Davis Lane Park playground; 94918 Harry S Truman Park (and other) trail renovation, and performed under that contract dated October 17, 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 Goodland Construction 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 15, 2013 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Christine A. Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: January 24 & 31, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON INCLUSION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all interested persons that a Petition for Inclusion of Property (the “Petition”) has been or is expected to be filed with the Board of Directors of Leyden Rock Metropolitan District Nos. 3 and 10, Jefferson County, Colorado (the “Districts”). The Petition requests that the property described below be included into the Districts. The Petition shall be heard at a public meeting on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., at 9468 W. 58th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado. Accordingly, notice is hereby given to all interested persons that they shall appear at the public meeting and show cause in writing why such Petition should not be granted. As stated in the Petition, the name and address of the petitioner and the description of the property to be included are as follows: Name of Petitioner: RRCEA, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company Address of Petitioner: 7353 S. Alton Way, Suite 100 Centennial, CO 80112 Description of Property: See attached Exhibit A BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF LEYDEN ROCK METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NOS. 3 and 10. By: WHITE, BEAR & ANKELE Professional Corporation Attorneys for the Districts PUBLISHED IN: Arvada News Press/Wheat Ridge Transcript PUBLISHED ON: January 31, 2013
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON INCLUSION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all interested persons that a Petition for Inclusion of Property (the “Petition”) has been or is expected to be filed with the Board of Directors of Leyden Rock Metropolitan District Nos. 3 and 10, Jefferson County, Colorado (the “Districts”). The Petition requests that the property described below be included into the Districts. The Petition shall be heard at a public meeting on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., at 9468 W. 58th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado. Accordingly, notice is hereby given to all interested persons that they shall appear at the public meeting and show cause in writing why such Petition should not be granted. As stated in the Petition, the name and address of the petitioner and the description of the property to be included are as follows: Name of Petitioner: RRCEA, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company Address of Petitioner: 7353 S. Alton Way, Suite 100 Centennial, CO 80112 Description of Property: See attached Exhibit A BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF LEYDEN ROCK METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NOS. 3 and 10. By: WHITE, BEAR & ANKELE Professional Corporation Attorneys for the Districts PUBLISHED IN: Arvada News Press/Wheat Ridge Transcript PUBLISHED ON: January 31, 2013
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON INCLUSION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all interested persons that a Petition for Inclusion of Property (the “Petition”) has been or is expected to be filed with the Board of Directors of Leyden Rock Metropolitan District Nos. 3 and 10, Jefferson County, Colorado (the “Districts”). The Petition requests that the property described below be included into the Districts. The Petition shall be heard at a public meeting on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., at 9468 W. 58th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado. Accordingly, notice is hereby given to all interested persons that they shall appear at the public meeting and show cause in writing why such Petition should not be granted. As stated in the Petition, the name and address of the petitioner and the description of the property to be included are as follows: Name of Petitioner: RRCEA, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company Address of Petitioner: 7353 S. Alton Way, Suite 100 Centennial, CO 80112 Description of Property: See attached Exhibit A BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF LEYDEN ROCK METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NOS. 3 and 10. By: WHITE, BEAR & ANKELE Professional Corporation Attorneys for the Districts PUBLISHED IN: Arvada News Press/Wheat Ridge Transcript PUBLISHED ON: January 31, 2013 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON INCLUSION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all interested persons that a Petition for Inclusion of Property (the “Petition”) has been or is expected to be filed with the Board of Directors of Leyden Rock Metropolitan District Nos. 3 and 10, Jefferson County, Colorado (the “Districts”). The Petition requests that the property described below be included into the Districts. The Petition shall be heard at a public meeting on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., at 9468 W. 58th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado. Accordingly, notice is hereby given to all interested persons that they shall appear at the public meeting and show cause in writing why such Petition should not be granted. As stated in the Petition, the name and address of the petitioner and the description of the property to be included are as follows: Name of Petitioner: RRCEA TWO, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company Address of Petitioner: 7353 S. Alton Way, Suite 100 Centennial, CO 80112 Description of Property: See attached Exhibit A BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF LEYDEN ROCK METROPOLITAN DISTRICT NOS. 3 and 10. By: WHITE, BEAR & ANKELE Professional Corporation Attorneys for the Districts PUBLISHED IN: Arvada News Press/Wheat Ridge Transcript PUBLISHED ON: January 31, 2013 NOTICE The following resolution can be viewed in its entirety in electronic form by going to www.arvada.org/legalnotices 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 Arvada Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., February 12, 2013 to CTM, Inc. for work related to Project Numbers 94613 - Saddle Brook Park; 94636 - Spring Mesa Park; 94668 - Thundercloud Park; 94597 Equestrian Center (Shelter); 94667 - Ralston Creek Trail at the Tennis Center; 94921 - Lake Arbor Parkway (irrigation), and performed under that contract dated August 1, 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 CTM, 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 15, 2013 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Christine A. Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: January 24 & 31, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the Arvada Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., February 12, 2013 to Symmetry Builders Inc. for work related to Project Numbers 94913 (Michael Northey Play Area) and 94909 (Club Crest Play Area), and performed under that contract dated October 1, 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 Symmetry Builders 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 15, 2013 CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Christine A. Koch, City Clerk Dates of Publication: January 24 & 31, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press
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TUESDAY/FEB. 5 MEET LEGISLATORS The public is invited to meet and speak with legislators who represent Jefferson County, learn about current issues and network with business professionals. The gathering will be from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the joint offices of the West Chamber and the Jefferson Country Economic Development Corporation, 1667 Cole Blvd., Building 19, Suite 400, Lakewood. There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP at members.westchamber.org/events/details/meet-yourlegislators-2760. FINANCIAL SEMINAR First United Methodist Church of
Golden will host a free financial planning seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the church, 1500 Ford St. Kevin Coffey, of Complete Spectrum Financial Services, will discuss strategies to grow your money, pay less taxes and grow your assets. Complete Spectrum will donate to the church’s teen
ministry program based on the number of attendees. Call 303-947-1565.
PAPER MAKING Exercise your inner artist by making
decorative recycled paper eco-cards from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Anything you make, you bring home, and these items make great gifts. Call ahead to reserve your spot, 720898-7405. Program for ages 6 and up. Visit www.arvada. org/nature for information on costs.
DOG TRAINING Door Manners and Greetings with Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue is from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Playful Pooch Dog Daycare and Boarding, 4000 Holly St., Denver. This class will address barking, jumping, rushing, escaping and over excitement. Registration required at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-239-0382. TERRORISM EXPLORED The terror of jihad will be explored at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, titled “Inside Terrorism:
A Muslim’s Quest to Stop Jihad,” features a screening of the Academy Award-nominated film “Killing in the Name.” Admission is free; snacks and beverages are available. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or email@example.com.
TUESDAYS/FEB. 5-26 NATURE TALES Enjoy children’s books about nature and the environment from timeless classics to new discoveries from 1:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 5-26 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. For ages 3-6; register in advance at 720-898-7405. Program is free. Visit www.arvada.org/nature. WEDNESDAY/FEB. 6 DOG TRAINING Anxiety and Fear with Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Kriser’s Pet Supply – Colorado Mills, 14710 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. This class will help you prepare your dog for thunderstorms and fireworks, and address general anxieties and fears. Handouts included.
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ADOPTION BENEFIT The second annual Small Plates, Big (E Heart event is planned for Thursday, Feb. 7, at Infinity Park five-p Event Center. Denver chefs prepare small plates of food in years competition for the title, “Wednesday’s Child Best Chef of featu Denver!” For a complete list of participating vendors visit publ www.adoptex.org/smallplates. Visit the website for ticket the 1 information, or you can call 303-755-4756. Proceeds from 2011 the event benefit The Adoption Exchange. brigh SERVICE AWARD Lakewood Police Department employee ard G on lo JoAnne Armstrong will be honored for her community service at the club’s meeting at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. whic 7, at the Lakewood Country Club, 6800 W. 10th Ave. Call ing w the Je 303-278-0928. and t At Coun Your Week continues on Page 28 undo most 527,0 newc sions fco. M acros the m Re with Whe latte toric once scap Aven and o M er pl Ener of Le the r Rock neat N land when pel r enue Jeffco (2000 (2001 high In by th mall W. C visio 1960 tures racet style N first fame the fi to Co O swor since the B ver W
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Bridges, schools built, Colorado Mills opens By Rick Gardner (Editor’s note: This is the last story in a five-part series that focused on the past 50 years of Jefferson County, which has been featured every few months the past year. We published a special section commemorating the 150th anniversary of Jefferson County in 2011 and then decided we wanted to shine a brighter spotlight on the past 50 years. Richard Gardner, a Golden native and an expert on local history, agreed to tackle the series, which will proceed decade by decade, starting with the 1960s. Gardner also serves on the Jefferson County Historical Commission and the Golden Landmarks Association). At the dawn of the 21st century, Jefferson County achieved something its founders undoubtedly dreamed of — becoming the most populous county in Colorado. About 527,050 citizens lived in Jeffco, with many newcomers living in the growing subdivisions of Arvada, Westminster and south Jeffco. Many new places were constructed across Jefferson County to greet the turn of the millennium. Recreation had a big start out of the gate with the Apex Center in Arvada and the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center in 2000, the latter designed to mirror the landmark historic barn in front of it. Landmark bridges once again began to define the Jeffco landscape, starting with Golden’s Washington Avenue Bridge across Clear Creek in 2004, and over Highway 58 in 2008. More innocuously Jeffco’s first new power plant in many years was built by Xcel Energy, tucked away in 2002 in the vicinity of Leyden, which once fueled power across the region. Also tucked away was the Red Rocks Visitors Center, placed in 2003 beneath its upper landing. Not far away along C-470 another new landmark very much announced itself when the picturesque little Vineyard Chapel rose on a prominence at Coal Mine Avenue in 2003. New schools also rose across Jeffco, including Ralston Valley High School (2000), D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School (2001), and the fourth incarnation of its first high school, Golden High (2007). In 2002, the Colorado Mills mall, built by the Mills Corporation owning a chain of malls across the country, opened at 14500 W. Colfax Ave. where a mall had been envisioned since the Wide Acres Mall of the 1960s. Totaling 1,100,000 square feet, it features 91 stores with 10 acres lining its oval racetrack layout and Jeffco’s first art deco styled movie theater since 1948. Nearby at Colfax and 6th, upon land first claimed during the gold rush by future famed railcar industrialist George Pullman, the first Jack In The Box of the chain’s return to Colorado was built in 2007. One of its prior locations at 490 Wadsworth Boulevard was a 1969 store that had since become Einstein Bros. bagels, one of the Boston Chicken chains that made Denver West its headquarters during the 1990s.
Tower battle atop Lookout
In Golden the Fossil Trace Golf Course opened in July 2003, designed by Jim Engh and named after remarkable finds of dinosaur and plant fossils at its western edge.
This photo shows 13th Street in downtown Golden from the blizzard of 2003. At far left is the structurally damaged Quaintance Block. The only outward hint of this is the sag in the snow atop its cornice, caused by the sudden drop in the roof level behind it. The storm dumped 50.5 inches on Golden. Photo by Richard Gardner In 2001 Lakewood Commons was built by Opus Group, featuring a new Lakewood City Hall, Cultural Arts Center, stores, townhomes, and the Belmar Library uniquely shaped like an open book. Across Wadsworth almost all of Villa Italia was torn down, making way for Belmar, built by Continuum Partners. Opening its first phase in 2004, it was a 103-acre, 22-block urban neighborhood featuring stores, restaurants, offices, parks, residences, an ice skating rink and more. Much new development took place along Colfax, where once the sign of Davies’ Chuck Wagon Grill was threatened now embraced neon as never before, including what may well be the world’s first art deco Walmart, built at 7455 W. Colfax in 2004, as well as the nearby Home Depot and Clock Tower Plaza in 2006. In 2009, the Solterra development of picturesque Tuscan-styled homes by Design Studios West on the southwest slopes of Green Mountain took shape, bringing the Parade of Homes back to Jeffco for the first time since homes on the northeast slope of the same mountain were featured in the 1960s. On the 10th anniversary of the school shootings the Columbine Memorial was dedicated, recognized by an Honor Award by the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. A pitched battle erupted over Lake Cedar Group replacing the Channel 7, Channel 9 and Channel 4 towers atop Lookout Mountain with a new digital tower for the three, prompting great outcry over health concerns among canyon area and Golden residents while a federal mandate to switch
to digital broadcasting loomed. After much fighting the United States Congress passed a law to favor the Lake Cedar Group. The Channel 4 tower, which from 1955 to June 1, 2010, stood as the tallest structure in Jeffco history at 834 feet, along with the others went down, leaving the original Channel 2 tower, built in 1952 as the first television broadcast mast in Colorado, as the sole remaining pioneer there. In 2003, the last transaction was made to preserve North Table Mountain as open space and it was soon opened to the public. Plans to complete the 470 loop through the
northwest corridor revived as well as proposals for development along the corridor, pitting Golden and others against Arvada and its allies, a battle which continues to this day.
Coors merger, expansion
The Coors industries had grown to become international giants, with Coors Brewing acquiring United Kingdombased Bass Brewery in 2002, merging with Canada-based Molson to become Molson History continues on Page 24
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Canada-based Molson to become Molson Coors Brewing Company on Feb. 9, 2005, and combining United States operations with SABMiller to form MillerCoors on June 30, 2008. After 125 years Coors was once again an equal partnership, sharing with the even more historic Molson family whose brewing roots date to John Molson in Montreal in 1786, and also with Miller whose operations began with Frederick Miller in Milwaukee in 1855. Respect for their elders was why the Golden-based brewers, who began in 1873 with Adolph Coors and Jacob Schueler, decided for the others place their names first. In 2000, the Coors porcelain company, began by John J. Herold in 1910, became a fully independent company, CoorsTek, now led by the fourth generation of the Coors family. Better known globally than even the beer, its operations now spanned the world, with plants and subsidiaries manufacturing porcelain and more across four continents. They began the 21st century with the Coors family’s unique homecoming to Korea, where CoorsTek Korea, founded on Dec. 17, 1999, expanded in Gumi City to serve Asian and American customers with operations in Asia. Korea historically was the first international Coors market, where Coors beer was first sold in Chemulpo, now Incheon, in 1908, making Coors the first Colorado brewer to ship internationally. The Coors family’s unique relationship with Korea began when Adolph’s daughter Augusta married Herbert E. Collbran, a Colorado School of Mines graduate and son of Henry Collbran, the transportation advisor to the throne. The Collbrans were prominent in developing and modernizing Korea through railroads, streetcars, mining, telephone, water and electricity, with Adolph himself investing in the Kapsan copper mine and the Suan gold mines where Herbert worked.
Out of this world
The world not being enough for Jefferson County, its industries set their sights on Mars. Lockheed Martin built the Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the first two of which would hold the record for longest operating orbiting satellite outside Earth. They also built the aeroshell enabling the Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, to reach the Red Planet on Jan. 4, 2004, from which Opportunity still operates today. By the end of the decade the company was under contract for the Mars Science Laboratory, from which the rover Curiosity now captivates audiences worldwide. They also began developing the next generation of American manned spacecraft, the Orion capsule, which is testing today. Also taking part in many space ventures was the Ball Corporation, which had relocated its headquarters to the outskirts of Jefferson County airport in 1998. By this time Jeffco’s airport had become the fourth busiest in Colorado, serving general aviation with more than 163,000 arrivals and departures per year, ranking it in the top 1 percent nationally. 475 aircraft were based there with three runways, control tower, 126 T-
on to 3pm
Hangars, 2 Fixed-Base Operators selling fuel and avionics, and maintenance shops. U.S. Forest Service fire protection aircraft staged from there, along with aircraft from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Jeffco Sheriff’s Department. There were three flight schools, charter services, aircraft sellers and overhaul services, and patrons could eat at the terminal’s Tailwinds Deli. The facility was renamed Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport on Oct. 10, 2006, emphasizing its regional appeal.
Jeffco pilot perishes with Flight 93
One Jefferson County pilot, Capt. Jason Dahl of Ken Caryl Ranch, took command at the controls aboard United Airlines Flight 93 the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Not yet known to him and the other crew and passengers was that the United States was under attack, with terrorists of Al Qaida hijacking other planes to slam them as missiles into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. However, unlike the other aircraft, Flight 93 was delayed 40 minutes from taking off. At 9:28 a.m. four men commenced hijacking Flight 93, corralling passengers in back while storming the cockpit where Capt. Dahl and First Officer LeRoy Homer Jr. were. During the struggle over the controls Dahl was twice able to shout Mayday transmissions to the outside world. Before he was overpowered it is believed Dahl placed the airplane on autopilot and rerouted its radio frequency so that cabin communications would instead be heard by air traffic controllers, which could cause delay and alert the outside world. In the meantime because of the earlier ground delay passengers, calling outside for help, were alerted to the other attacks that were by then completed. Sensing a similar fate, they voted to counterattack the hijackers and take back the plane, and the hijackers fearing they would succeed crashed the plane near Shanksville, Pa., 20 minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the intended target, the U.S. Capitol. In America’s deadliest day since the Battle of Antietam, those of Flight 93 had successfully defended the nation’s capital in as real a way as soldiers had defended it during the Civil War. Today Jason Dahl is remembered with the others of Flight 93 upon the white tablets of the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial, upon Panels S-67 and S-68 at the South Pool of the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, and individually by the bronze eagle memorial at Tarnarade Drive and Valley Parkway at Ken Caryl Ranch. He is also remembered by the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund, established Sept. 12, 2011, which provides scholarships for students wishing to attend commercial flight training schools in the United States.
Residents serve in military, compete in Olympics
Throughout the 2000s, Jefferson County citizens joined many others fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places around the world, against Al Qaida and others believed to threaten the United States. Among those lost
in war from Jefferson County include Justin McNeley of Wheat Ridge, Brandon Pearson of Arvada, Grant Wichmann of Golden and Duncan Crookston of Lakewood in Operation Enduring Freedom, and Benjamin Hoffner of Wheat Ridge and Kenneth Mayne and Dimitri Muscat of Arvada, Larry Pankey of Morrison and Henry Risner of Golden in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Colorado Freedom Memorial, scheduled to be dedicated on Memorial Day 2013, will remember them and all others from Colorado lost in war since the Civil War. Jeffco people had plenty to cheer about in 2002 when the Winter Olympics came to Salt Lake City. Three Jeffco citizens including Leroy Brown, Jack Liddle and Nils Christiansen had competed before in the Olympic Games, and now Jeffco’s first Olympic athlete in 66 years and first winter Olympian, J.J. Thomas, was taking on the world. Competing in a sport not yet invented the last time Jeffco athletes competed, men’s halfpipe snowboarding, Thomas won the bronze medal, becoming the second Jeffco citizen to medal in an Olympics.
Extreme weather breaks records
Jefferson County got a lot more snow when an exceptional blizzard hit on March 18-19, 2003. In a class by itself, below only the unparalleled Great Blizzard 90 years before, this storm dumped 74 inches near Bergen Park, 72.9 inches near Evergreen, 71.8 inches in Coal Creek Canyon, 69 inches near Conifer, 62.6 inches near Chatfield Reservoir, 58.2 inches on Lookout Mountain, 53.2 inches at Evergreen, 50.5 inches near Golden, 48 inches at Buffalo Creek and Pine Junction, 46.6 inches at Ken Caryl Ranch, 46 inches at Deckers, 45 inches at Genesee, 36 inches at Lakewood, 33 inches at Arvada, and 31 inches at Westminster. Traffic was paralyzed and people were digging out for days and buildings in the metro area collapsed under the snow. In downtown Golden, the main roof beam of the historic Quaintance Block, a veteran of the Great Blizzard of 1913, broke and a fortunate confluence of owners, builders and engineers worked to save its roof from imminent collapse within 12 hours. The beam, made of spliced wood, was originally installed with a supporting post that enabled it to withstand 1913 but was removed in 1946, making for a 57-year time bomb that finally went off. More snow came in 2006 when an unprecedented double blizzard hit Jefferson County. For over a century many double successive storms had narrowly missed having one or the other punch hit Jeffco, but on Dec. 2021 and 28-29, the odds finally caught up. In the first storm, 34.5 inches of snow fell upon Golden and 29.5 inches in the second, and the resulting snowcover made for one of the longest lasting snowcovers in Jeffco history, after 1913-14 and likely 1858-59. More extreme weather came on June 27, 2004, when torrential rain of 3.5 to 4 inches pummeled Jefferson County. At Massey Draw at Meadow Ranch subdivision at Deer Creek, 15 homes were damaged, and the Golden Arapahoe Gulch flooded, which almost completely submerged a home south of Sixth
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Street. This contrasted greatly with the beginning of the decade, where from June 12-20, 2000, the Hi Meadow Fire at the Park County border destroyed 51 homes and 10,000 acres, threatening to take Pine Grove, Sphinx Park and Wandcrest Park, causing $18.5 million in damage. On June 8-July 18, 2002, the Hayman Fire roared into Jefferson County and beyond between the Kenosha Mountains and Pike’s Peak. The largest wildfire in Colorado history with at the time the most structures destroyed, it took 133 homes, 466 outbuildings and one commercial building, 138,000 acres, and $238 million in damage.
Jeffco becomes part of political battleground
During the 21st century, Colorado became a key political battleground state in the nation, with bellwether Jefferson County at the heart of it. In the 2004 election, both vice presidential candidates came here, when Vice President Dick Cheney held a rally with wife, Lynne, on Aug. 4 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Democratic nominee John Edwards followed with his own rally there 22 days later. On Oct. 11, President George W. Bush and daughter Jenna held a big rally at Red Rocks, which crowd of 9,500 stood as Jeffco’s largest campaign rally until the Romney/ Ryan rally in 2012 there took its place. Bush returned on Feb. 21, 2006, Bush returned to visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Then in the 2008 election both candidates electrifying the campaign came to Jeffco, starting when governor of Alaska and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin held a rally with husband, Todd (and infant Trig very likely backstage), at Jeffco Fairgrounds on Sept. 15. In a historical twist she was from the town of Wasilla, situated on the Parks Highway in Alaska named for CSM graduate George Alexander Parks who served as her territorial predecessor. She was followed the next day by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who held a rally at Lockridge Arena at Mines. Michelle Obama followed on election eve Nov. 3 at Dakota Ridge High School, actually outdrawing her husband who had chosen a smaller venue. Jefferson County had a different kind of political event take place when its first secession attempt since 1861 became its first successful one 140 years later on Nov. 15, 2001. Broomfield, incorporated 100 years after the earlier effort in 1961, had grown to straddle four counties and asked Colorado voters to create its own city and county, which they approved. It became Colorado’s 64th county and second city and county. By the end of the 2000s, the Regional Transportation District was building the West Corridor light rail line in the heart of Jeffco, designing new engineering landmarks that would’ve made its original engineer, Edward L. Berthoud, proud when first surveying its line in 1890. Left to be finished in the 2010s, it will soon become operational, and carry people in three centuries through Jeffco cities. It and more help begin the next chapter in the long history of one of Colorado’s oldest counties
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OUT OF BOUNDS
BY THE NUMBERS
Blocks per game averaged by Golde n ’ s Haley Blodgett, 4.3 more per game then the next closest player in 4A Jeffco.
Bear Creek girls’ b a s ketball this season, matching their win total from the previous two seasons combined.
Number of wins in 12 league games f o r the D’Evelyn boys and girls basketball teams this season.
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Arvada West’s Thomas Neff attacks the basket during Friday’s game against Lakewood. Photos by Jonathan Maness
A-West gives up lead, game to Lakewood Wildcats go from eight straight wins to five straight losses By Daniel Williams
firstname.lastname@example.org LAKEWOOD - Down 17 points at halftime to a good Arvada West team, the Lakewood Tigers could have packed it in and called it a night. Instead, the Tigers chipped away and chipped away at the Wildcats big lead and eventually came all the way back to defeat A-West 66-62 Friday at Lakewood High School. Now losers of five straight games, the Wildcats were desperate for a victory. And for the first two quarters of the game it looked like they were on their way to snapping their skid. Behind A-West sophomore Thomas Neff’s hot-hand, the Wildcats shot over 75 percent in the first half. With Neff’s 21 total points, and with the help of three other double figures scorers, A-West looked like the team that won eight straight games earlier this season. However, the young Wildcats, like they
‘We need to play four quarters and not let stuff like this happen.’ Mike Porter, A-West Senior have done throughout their now five game losing streak, fell asleep for a quarter and allowed the Tigers back into the contest. How Lakewood came back was the most impressive. The Tigers went into halftime with their heads down because of the big deficit. But during halftime Lakewood coach Daryl Johnson didn’t yell at his players, or stress that they needed to go on a 17-0 run to start the third quarter. “Our coaches and players didn’t panic. We simply said let’s just cut that deficit to 10 and then see what happens,” Johnson said. Lakewood made a couple adjustments defensively and all of the sudden everything changed. “We got some good rebounds and some
turnovers, and we started to get out and run better, but when they buy into the defensive adjustments then it works,” Johnson said. Then, the lights went out for A-West. After scoring 25 points in the first quarter and 21 more in the second, they generated only seven points in the third quarter. That allowed the Tigers to get their own offense going, cutting the Wildcats lead down to nine points going into the fourth quarter. “There was a momentum big time change in the second half. They made a couple adjustments to slow us down and it worked. We need to play four quarters and not let stuff like this happen,” A-West senior Mike Porter said. Reeling, A-West could only muster nine fourth quarter points. Now rolling, Lakewood scored 21 fourth quarter points and came all the way back for an important 5A Jeffco victory. The victory was Lakewood’s fifth in their last six games. The Tigers (9-7, 6-3) will host Ralston Valley Friday at 7 p.m., in what will be another crucial league meeting. A-West (9-7, 4-5), now soul searching and desperate to snap their losing streak, will host Bear Creek Friday at 7 p.m.
Jeffco swimmers invade Carmody for this two-day event. With state just a week away, this is teams final tune up before battling for the championship. THEY SAID IT
“There were a couple cheap shots but when that happens you have to stay cool. We were getting under their skin because we were causing turnovers and then scoring.” D’Evelyn junior Ty McGee after their physical 79-56 victory over Wheat Ridge
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Krohn summits the Top of the Rockies R
Arvada senior remains unbeaten; Pomona takes third as a team
By Scott Stocker
email@example.com LAFAYETTE - Arvada’s Garet Krohn admits he gets butterflies when it comes to large wrestling tournaments. But, he also feels those butterflies actually help him win. That was the case last Saturday during the prestigious Top Of The Rockies wrestling tournament at Centaurus High School in Lafayette. Krohn was able to put his butterflies in a net as he continued on his unbeaten way winning the tournament’s 195-pound weight class and being voted the upper weight classifications Most Valuable Wrestler by the tournament’s head coaches. The MVP in the lower weights was awarded to 132-pound Colton Adams of Scottsbluff, Neb. Krohn defeated Grand Island’s Chase Reis with a 19-4 technical fall victory to improve his season record to 16-0. And it kept the Arvada senior’s streak of not having to go the entire six minutes of a match with an opponent alive as well. Reis, who dropped to 30-4 on the season, had either pinned or came through with technical falls on his way to the final as Krohn had done. “It was a good night and a good tournament and I was glad to see some different opponents,” Krohn said. “The Nebraska kid (Chase Reis of Grand Island), didn’t want to tie up, but I was able to get him down.” Grand Island won the tournament with 201.5 points followed by Broomfield with 194.5 and Pomona with 160.5. Arvada, which also saw Brock Howes place sixth at 220, scored 45 points in the 33-team, two-day tournament, placing 26th. Pomona didn’t come away with any individual champions, but depth paved the way to the Panthers third-place team effort. Archie Colgan was the only one to make the finals, reaching the championship match at 160-pounds. However, he had to settle for second when he was pinned by Omaha North foe JaVaughn Perkins (31-0) at 5:59. It was, by the way, the 100th win in Perkins prep career. “That was a match that could have gone either way and unfortunately, it went his way,” said Colgan, now 29-4. “I’m confident and happy the way the year has been going. But, yes, this was a tough loss. You have to have good nights for records and he had one.” Overall, it turned out to be a fine tournament for Pomona. The Panther’s Travis Torres placed third at 113, Raymond Robledo was third at 132 and Ethan Wright took third at 152. Fourth-place finishes went to the Panther’s Brandon Madril at 126 and Austin Marvel at 138 while Tomas Gutierrez was fifth at 106. And, it’s interesting to note that both Madril and Marvel lost to Arvada West foes in their third-place matches.
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Arvada’s Garet Krohn, left, shown here in action at last year’s Top of the Rockies wrestling tournament, won the 195-pound weight class this year and was named the upper weight classifications Most Valuable Wrestler. Madril was defeated by Payton Tawater 11-0 while Marvel lost to the Wildcat’s Taylor Berguist 6-2. “Austin’s tough, but I wanted to keep my focus up in the tournament and not let anything get in my way,” said Berguist, “I take every tournament seriously as I do every match. Coach is having us practice hard so we can make it downtown to state.” Added Marvel, “This was just a great tournament. I just have to keep my focus and don’t give up. I gave up some
easy points against Taylor, but it was still a great day.” Randy Boerner was the highest place winner for Mountain Range as he finished second at 152, losing by a 14-0 count to Grand Island’s Billy Thompson. “It was tough and I guess I wasn’t making the right decisions,” said Boerner, who is now 35-2 on the season. “The competition was alright for me in the tournament, but I hope to get more so I’ll be ready for state. I just couldn’t get anything out of being on my feet against him.”
Mustangs hockey runs winning streak to nine Late outburst lifts Ralston Valley past Skiers By Craig Harper
firstname.lastname@example.org You can’t blame Ralston Valley’s hockey team if it has its sights set on Feb. 6 and a chance to avenge last year’s loss to Regis Jesuit in the state-championship game. But first things first, as the Mustangs almost learned the hard way last Saturday against Aspen at the Apex Center. Foothills League-leading Ralston scored twice in an 18-second span to break a 1-1 tie in the third period and held off the troublesome Skiers for a 3-2 victory. The Mustangs (11-1, 7-0 Foothills) extended their winning streak to nine since suffering their only loss, 4-3 non-leaguer to Standley Lake on Dec. 14. They face Chatfield and Kent Denver, two bottom-half teams in the Foothills, before a crucial three-game stretch of the regular season against Standley Lake (6-11 league), Regis (6-0-2) and Resurrection Christian (7-1-1). Ralston has reached the state-title game three of the past six years, losing all three by one goal, including 3-2 to Regis a year
ago. The Mustangs lost 14 seniors including their starting goalie and all but two of its top scorers. Second-year coach Matt Schoepflin said offense - featuring a bevy of speedy skaters -- is the strength of his team. The Mustangs averaged 5.6 goals in the first eight games but 4.0 in the last four, scoring three times in three of those games, all 3-2 wins including one over Monarch (7-1 league). Saturday the Mustangs outshot Aspen 29-16, but had just one goal for 50:42 of the 51 minutes of play But Schoepflin isn’t concerned about the slight dropoff. “We’ve always had a pretty strong offensive team,’’ he said. “We’ve had more close games than maybe in past years, but there’s a lot of good competition in the state right now. The good thing is we’re finding ways to win, which I think builds character on our team and is something that I think we can look back on and build on as we work toward the playoffs. “I don’t necessarily gauge our game solely on how many goals we score. I gauge it a lot more on our effort and things like that.’’ Saturday’s game didn’t surprise Schoepflin, who played for former Mustangs coach John McKibbon and served as his assistant coach before succeeding him.
“It was definitely a battle,’’ Schoepflin said. “Aspen’s a very good team and they always play us very well. “They beat us last year 3-2 up in Aspen, and we knew that today was going to be a tight game.’’ While the Mustangs had 13 more shots on goal, Aspen had five more power-play opportunities (7-2) and eventually capitalized on one, shortly after Ralston seized a 3-1 lead on lightning-quick goals by Greg Dyba and Austin Resseguis Camped in front of the net, Dyba, a junior, broke the tie with 9:48 left in the game, scoring his 10th goal of the season as Tanner West and Charles Joly got the puck to him from behind the goal. “That was a great goal for us because it was just a pure hard-working goal,’’ Schoepflin said. “That’s the type of goal we’re constantly striving for. We realize that as the season gets deeper and deeper, those goals are more and more important.’’ Eighteen seconds later, Resseguie deflected a shot past Aspen goalie Alex Parrish with assists from Victor Lombardi and Darius Maes. “The pass came from Victor; it was a good heads-up play,’’ Resseguie said. “I was on the side boards. I walked and got that pass.’’ Resseguie and Lombardi, are juniors and newcomers to the program who have
helped to bolster the offense. Resseguie, who attends Arvada West, which doesn’t have a hockey program, notched his fifth goal, giving him 12 points. Lombardi has 11 points including six goals. “They played very well today and really worked. It was nice to see,’’ Schoepflin said of the two forwards. Joly, last season’s No. 2 scorer, put Ralston ahead 1-0 with 5:07 left in the first period, notching his team-leading 14th goal, assisted by Dyba. Aspen tied the game on a deflected goal in the second period and answered the Mustangs’ the two quick goals in the third with a score of its own on the power play with 8:13 left. “That kind of scared us a little bit, but we held `em,’’ Resseguid said. Schoepflin went with backup goalie Tyler Anderson over sophomore Zach Laroque, who had played twice as many minutes but performed better in practices leading up to the game. Anderson played some in 2012 behind a pair of seniors that featured Kyle Piersky. “We’re a strong team,’’ Schoepfly said. “We’re pretty heavy with juniors and seniors, and almost half of last year’s team is back. We have a lot of experienced guys, which helps for building a strong team.’’
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s Ralston Valley continues to roll Jeffco foes Mustangs more than double-up on Chatfield By Craig Harper
email@example.com With almost half of the Jefferson County League girls basketball schedule remaining, disinterest would seem to be Ralston Valley’s toughest opponent. The Mustangs are 9-0 and outscoring Jeffco opponents by 30 points per game. Lakewood, 8-1 and the only other team above .500, is the only team to catch their attention. Ralston Valley won the first matchup on the road 54-41 - by far its closest game -- and they play again Friday. Coach Jeff Gomer’s team, ranked 10th in the Denver Post poll, won its 11th straight game overall last Friday in typical Jeffco fashion, routing outmanned Chatfield 5925 to improve to 14-2 overall. “It does (make it hard to focus every game),’’ senior center Lauren Yowell said after scoring 11 points in three quarters of the Chatfield game on the heels of a careerhigh 17 against Arvada West earlier in the
week. “But we come into the games knowing that the outcome may turn out like that. We practice focusing so much during practice, I think it’s just kind of become a habit to stay focused no matter what the situation is.’’ “We’re just trying to focus on being solid on what we do, not get bad habits,’’ Gomer said. “We’re trying to stay focused, that’s the only way we can get ready (for the playoffs). I ride them pretty hard.’’ Realizing the Jeffco wouldn’t measure up to many other Class 5A leagues, Gomer packed the non-league schedule with the likes of Arapahoe, Palmer and Poudre, all of which were ranked ahead of Ralston last week. The Mustangs lost to the first two they led No. 3 Arapahoe at halftime but shot 3-of-25 in the second half - and beat Poudre in the season opener. “It’s got to help us,’’ Gomer said. “We knew we had to find teams to play. We’ve played Arapahoe, Palmer and Poudre, so we know what to expect.’’ The Mustangs believe they can advance past the third round of the postseason this time. A year ago they lost to eventual state runner-up Monarch in the third round and finished 20-5.
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Ralston Valley had their five game win streak snapped by Chatfield in a 79-68 overtime loss Friday at Ralston Valley High School. Chatfield outscored the Mustangs 18-7 in overtime to secure the dramatic victory. Ralston Valley got 27 points from senior Spencer Svejcar and senior Hunter Price added 16 more points, but it wasn’t enough to beat the best team in 5A Jeffco. The Mustangs (9-6, 5-3) will attempt to start another winning streak when they play at Lakewood High School Friday at 7 p.m.
ALAMEDA BLOWS BY RAMS
Alameda erased a double digit Green Mountain lead on their way to a 70-63 victory Friday at Green Mountain High School. The Rams took a 32-23 lead into halftime but the Pirates outscored Green Mountain 22-11 in the third quarter.
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EAGLES ON MINI SKID Faith Christian was again the victim of not being able to play four full quarters falling to Kent Denver 46-42 Friday at Kent Denver High School. The Eagles scored only four points in the second quarter, letting Kent Denver accumulate a double digit lead. Faith Christian would rally in the second half, but Kent Denver was able to hang on for the victory. The Eagles (5-8, 0-3), have lost three straight and will look to get back on track when they host Lutheran Friday at 7 p.m.
email@example.com ARAVDA - Lakewood girls’ basketball continued rolling in their 78-33 victory at Arvada West High School. The win was the seventh in a row for the Tigers who had four players score in double figures. The loss was A-West’s three straight. Senior Corey Hendrickson scored 11 points but the Wildcats could find a second scorer. Lakewood (13-3, 8-1) will play at Ralston Valley High School Friday at 7 p.m. A-West (3-13, 2-7) will play at Bear Creek High School Friday at 7 p.m.
JAGUARS BEAT BULLDOGS
D’Evelyn showed by they are the class of 4A Jeffco with their 71-24 victory over Arvada Friday at D’Evelyn High School. The Jaguars overwhelmed Arvada in the first quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 39-6. 12 different D’Evelyn players scored in the win. After a great start to their season Arvada has now dropped five of the past six games.
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PANTHERS CAN’T CLOSE Senior Rachel Oester scored 17 point for Pomona but they needed one more point as they fell to Dakota Ridge 43-42 Friday at Pomona High School. Despite holding Dakota Ridge to six third quarter points the Panthers were unable to close out a first half deficit. The two teams traded punches down the stretch but Pomona was unable to knockout Dakota Ridge. Pomona (8-8, 3-6) will host Chatfield Friday at 7 p.m.
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ter, “have been the most consistent players we’ve had,’’ the coach said. “They’re both playing at a high level night-in and nightout. They’re not having the big dips.’’ Yowell is the leading scorer, though Iszler, Taylor Robson and junior Amanda Lefholz also average in the 9’s. Gomer averages just under 5 points but leads the Jeffco in assists (4.4) and steals (5.2), and pulls down 5.2 rebounds. If the Mustangs have a weakness, its size. Elizabeth Hornung (6-0) and Yowell (5-9) are the tallest among the regular eight-girl rotation. “Generally speaking, we’re not that big and that’s kind of been what straps us a bit when we get to the playoffs,’’ Jeff Gomer said. “But the state doesn’t seem to be overly large this year. About the only fault Gomer found with his team’s effort against Chatfield was too many missed layups, though that was offset somewhat by strong offensive rebounding. “But we don’t have too many weaknesses, though sometimes we go into offensive droughts like the Arapahoe game. But Yowell’s helped out because she’s really given us a post game, and that’s kind of eliminated some of that.’’
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The Panthers were held to five first quarter points and forced to play catch-up over the game’s final three quarters. Pomona senior Even Dettke scored 10 points and added eight rebounds, but the Panthers were unable to find a second scorer and were unable to close a double digit gap. Pomona (1-15, 0-9), still looking for their second win of the season, will play at Chatfield Friday at 7 p.m.
“I think this year that with the chemistry we have, maybe we’ll be able to go a little farther,’’ Yowell said. The team chemistry is evident. In 2012, Ralston had eight players who averaged between 5.5 and 8.1 points; this year there are six between 6.2 and 9.6, despite the unexpected loss for the season of 5-10 Hannah McGinley (7.5 points, 4.7 rebounds) and junior Chantal Jacobs (6.4 points and 17 3-pointers) to knee injuries. Against Chatfield, five Mustangs scored between 7 and 12 points, led by Kaylynn Iszler’s 12, which included a pair of 3-pointers and 5-of-6 shooting from the floor. Yowell had 4 rebounds and 5 assists to go with her 11 points; Sierra Galbreath had 7 points and 11 rebounds; and point guard Madison Gomer had 7 points, 4 assists and 5 steals. “Our top six girls have been playing for three years, so they’re experienced,’’ Gomer said. “They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and they all understand their roles.’’ “The seniors have been together since we were in the eighth grade,’’ Yowell noted. “I think that has a big say in our season this year.’’ Yowell and Gomer, the coach’s daugh-
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CHILDREN’S MUSICAL The Arvada Center presents the children’s musical “No Dogs Allowed,” opening at noon Thursday, Feb, 7, and running through April 12. For show dates and times, or to purchase tickets, visit www.arvadacenter. org or call 720-898-7200. “No Dogs Allowed” is recommended for ages 4 and older.
TRIVIAL PLAY “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a trivial play for serious people, is the adventure of two young bachelors and the outrageous deceptions in which they find themselves over love. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16 at Colorado ACTS Theater, 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-456-6772 for tickets.
THEATER SHOW Lakewood Cultural Center and Performance Now Theatre Company present “Once Upon a Mattress” from Feb. 8-24 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Tickets available at www.Lakewood. org/Tickets, 303-987-7845 or at the box office. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
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COMING SOON/FEB. 8 BENEFIT CONCERT Susan Lee Cable, a concert pianist and professor emeritus at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will honor top classical musicians at “Concert, Coffee & Confections,” a benefit concert for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. The evening also will feature fine coffee, European gourmet desserts and a silent auction featuring works from OLLI artists. The event is open to the public. RSVP at 303-717-4299 or by sending a check ($40/per person) by Feb. 1 to OLLI West, University College, 2211 S. Josephine St., Denver. Visit www.universitycollege. du.edu/olli or call 303-871-3090.
show of the year with a live orchestra, a cast of all ages, great music and a spectacular set. A heart-warming family tale that children and adults all love. Oliver will be sure to steal your heart as well. Visit http://www.prairieplayhouse. com/productions/themusicmanliver. Get tickets online at prairieplayhouse.comor at the door. The show plays at The Armory in Brighton.
COMING SOON/FEB. 8-17 TAKING STOCK The 11 Minute Theatre Company presents
“Taking Stock” from Feb. 8-17. Warning: This play has some mature language and is suggested for audiences over 13 years old. The Festival Playhouse is at 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Call 303-422-4090 or visit www.festivalplayhouse.com.
COMING SOON/FEB. 9 WINTER FESTIVAL Amateur and pro skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and ice fishermen and women will compete on and around Evergreen Lake at the second annual Winter Festival, sponsored by Evergreen Park & Recreation District and Never Summer. The event lasts from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The festival also includes family friendly activities, and a fireworks display caps off the event. The Evergreen Lake Ice Rink will be open. Tickets are available at the Evergreen Lake House, 29612 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen. Learn more at www.evergreenrecreation.com. CHOCOLATE AFFAIR Contact your sweetest friends and make plans to attend the 12th annual Chocolate Affair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in historic Olde
Town Arvada. The event features the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Treasure Hunt, the Chocolate Cookie Contest (call 720-898-7400 to enter), and entertainment for the youngest Choco-beasts. Call 303-420-6100 or visit www.historicarvada.org or www.arvadafestivals.com.
MARDI GRAS El Jebel Event Center will host a Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9, with a concert including Royal Southern Brotherhood with Tomy Malone from the Subdudes and Blues Guitar Phenom Austin Young. Tickets available at www.eljebeleventcenter.com. Net proceeds to benefit Blue Star Connection. FEBRUARY TEA The Arvada Historical Society will have its February tea at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at McIlvoy House. Entertainment is to be determined, but it is sure to be on the topic of love or something close to it. Call the McIlvoy House for tickets and more information at 303-431-1261. COMING SOON/FEB. 10 PERFORMANCE CONCERT A collaborative performance concert of the Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., Arvada. All levels of music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice.
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