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February 28, 2013

A Colorado Community Media Publication

Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 8, Issue 40


Garet Krohn of Arvada celebrates his victory over Discovery Canyon’s David Traynor to win the 4A title during the 2013 CHSAA State Championship at the Pepsi Center Saturday. See Pages 24 -27. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Sigg phone call reviewed Jessica Ridgeway’s accused killer to enter plea on March 12 By Ashley Reimers It was a full day of testimony during the preliminary hearing for Austin Sigg, the teenager accused of murdering Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster. During the proceedings, Sigg was clean shaven, wearing glasses and an orange Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office jumpsuit. He appeared calm. The outcome of the Feb. 22 hearing ended with Judge Stephen Munsinger declaring he found proof of evidence and great presumption for probable cause in 18 counts against Sigg. The counts include first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a child. Four counts were dropped, including attempt of sexual assault and attempted murder. Both charges are connected to the attempted abduction of a jogger last May at Ketner Lake. His arraignment is scheduled 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at which time Sigg will plead guilty or not guilty. Sigg is being held without bond.

Prosecution calls witnesses

During the preliminary hearing, the prosecution began with the lead detective on the Ridgeway case, Louis Lopez. He told the court about Jessica’s routine, according to her mother Sarah Ridgeway. He said normally, Jessica met with a friend named Jeremy before walking to school. On Oct. 5, 2012, Lopez said Jessica called Jeremy’s father to confirm if Jeremy was walking that day because of the weather, and the

father replied yes. But Jessica never showed up. Lopez said on Oct. 7 Jessica’s backpack was found in Superior. Jessica’s shirt, pants, underwear, boots, gloves and water bottle were inside the backpack. Lopez said there was male DNA found on some of those items. It was “touch DNA,” not semen or sperm, according to Lopez. That DNA matched the DNA found on the clothing of the jogger at Ketner Lake, Lopez said. Jessica’s remains were found on Oct. 10 in the Pattridge Open Space area in Arvada. Lopez said two Sigg men were picking up trash when they found a black, shiny trash bag. “They men said the inside bag felt funny, so they called their supervisor,” Lopez said. “Their supervisor came and cut open the bag with a pocket knife.” Inside the bag was a small, white, female torso. Lopez said the head, legs and arms were missing. Parental DNA testing from Sarah Ridgeway and Jessica’s father, Jeremiah Bryant, determined the torso belonged to Jessica. Lopez said the male DNA found on the torso also matched the DNA found on the water bottle. Police then released a photo of a cross found in association with the torso to the public. Lopez said police received a tip from Sigg’s neighbor on Oct. 19. The neighbor said she was concerned about Austin Sigg, who had dropped out of high school and was taking mortuary science classes. She said she had seen him wear crosses before. Lopez said FBI investigators then went to the Sigg home and obtained a DNA swab from Sigg.

The confession call

Sigg’s mother, Mindy Sigg, called the Westminster tip line at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

She reportedly said her son had confessed to the murder and the attack of the jogger at Ketner Lake. A recording of the call was played for the court. The dispatcher asked Mindy Sigg if her son would be cooperative and she said “yes.” “He did it. He’s turning himself in,” she told the dispatcher. Austin Sigg then got on the line and told dispatch, “I murdered Jessica Ridgeway, I have proof.” He said the remains were in the crawl space and that he would answer all questions. He said he didn’t know Jessica and when asked if he any weapons in the home, he said. “I will be sitting in the front room. I have knives in my room, and we own guns, too. I give myself up completely.” Police went to the home to investigate and found the remains in the crawl space. Lopez testified that the cause of Jessica’s death was asphyxiation, according to the coroner.

Nurse testifies

Registered nurse Anissa Jones, who is a certified sexual assault examiner, was the second witness to testify. She said she began her examination with a swab of the human remains. She then observed the outside of the remains and found multiple bruises and a laceration. “I believe there was some sort of penetration that occurred,” Jones testified. The defense team clarified that there was no semen or sperm found on the human remains.

Testimony continues

Detective Chris Pyler works in the Crimes Against Children/Internet Crimes division for the Westminster Police Department and was the third witness to testify. Sigg continues on Page 23

Trails get $2 million Big money for Rocky Mountain Greenway By Glenn Wallace Federal funds announced Feb. 18 strengthens the vision of a pedestrian and bicycle greenway corridor connecting three national wildlife refuges and the Rocky Mountain National Park with the Denver metro area. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff joined with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Jefferson County officials at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to announce the $2 million in funding, to improve Metro Denver resident’s ability to walk and bike their way to nature. Of that grant money, $1,735,000 will go directly toward expanding the Rocky Mountain Greenway — a project to build trail connections between national wildlife refuge sites at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Two Ponds, and Rocky Flats, with eventual extensions to the Denver metro area trail system on one end, and north to the Rocky Mountain National Park on the other. Specifically, the $1.7 million will build a seven-mile link between Arvada and the eastern edge of the Rocky Trails continues on Page 23

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Resolution is brief break from brawling

moment came when Rep. Jim Wilson, R-Salida, choked back tears as he recalled spending time with a young, mentally disabled girl named Lisa, while he worked in a “hay-hauling” business as a young man. “Every time she saw me, she’d come up to me and say, ‘I love you, Jim Wilson,’” he said. “And it irritated the heck out of me because that’s the way it was supposed to be when you’re a macho guy.” Wilson said that the type of “unconditional love” he received from Lisa “needs to be in this chamber, in this state,” and that, in a sense, people with developmental disabilities are “a gift from God.” “They teach us what we forget when we get older and become jaded,” Wilson said. It’s not every day when all lawmakers agree on … well, anything. So it was refreshing to see the two sides take a break from the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot-like action that’s been going on lately - albeit, temporarily.

An idea to pedal

By the way, Sen. Andy Kerr co-

sponsored the resolution that honored members of the developmentally disabled community. Perhaps he came up with the idea while he was on one of his many bike rides to the Capitol. The Lakewood Democrat has set a personal goal to ride his specialized, Roubaix brand road bike to work, for at least half of the days of this legislative session. Kerr has been using Twitter to provide updates on his efforts. “It’s a good way to put pressure on myself,” Kerr said. “And it’s a good way to get the word out that it’s a viable and healthy way to get to your job.” Now, I walk several blocks from my place to the Capitol every day. But that effort seems puny in comparison to a guy who rides his bike all the way from Lakewood. With all these marathon-like legislative sessions going on in the Capitol these days — and all the free food being carted in on a daily basis — it’s no wonder that lawmakers like Kerr grab hold of every exercise opportunity that they can.

Quote of the week

“I’m not Akin, man.” — Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, Feb. 19. It was a rough week for Joe Salazar. The freshman Democrat found himself embroiled in a controversy — one that garnered national attention, especially in conservative media outlets — over a rape comment that he made during a recent floor debate on a bill that seeks to ban concealed weapons from being carried on college campuses. Republicans have pounced on the

The revitalization of the Arvada Plaza with a proposed Walmart is not a done deal yet. As of Feb. 20, Walmart had not filed an application with the city of Arvada, the first step all businesses must take before moving in to the city. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hosted a public meeting Jan. 16 to inform the public of its interest in the property and preliminary designs. ”There is no indication that they’re not going to file, but there is not a set time frame they have to file by,” said Arvada Communications Manager Wendy Forbes. The Arvada Press will continue to provide updates about the proposed project as its progresses.

West Woods taking part in Restaurant Week, offering three-courses for $26.40

West Woods Bar and Grill is offering guests discounted dining as part of Denver’s Restaurant Week. Denver’s Restaurant Week is a twoweek celebration of the area’s culinary scene running through March 8. Participating restaurants are offering cuisine for $52.80 per couple during the celebration. West Woods Bar and Grill, 6655 Quaker St., is offering a three-course meal for two for half that price, $26.40, through March 8. A meal for a group of four is $52.80. The meal consists of a shared appetizer, individual entrees and a shared dessert. Appetizer choices include tableside guacamole and chips, fried plan-

Tweet of the week

From Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Littleton: “Been around horse**** all week, I needed some gun powder to balance it out.” Lawrence posted a picture with her tweet that showed her holding a gun on what looks to be a shooting range. Now, the question is: Was she literally referring to being around manure all week, or was she opining on some of the stuff being said during debates of the gun bills? I’ll just leave that one up to your imagination. Vic Vela is the legislative reporter for Colorado Community Media. He can be reached at Follow his legislative updates and stories on Twitter: @vicvela1


ARVADA NEWS IN A HURRY City still waiting on Walmart’s application for Arvada Plaza location

comment, likening it to failed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s infamous interview from last year, where he said that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant. Salazar has since apologized for his comments, and has said that Republicans are playing politics with his unfortunate comment, as Colorado Community Media reported in a previous story. I recently took part in an interview about the Salazar controversy with Colorado Public Radio’s Bente Birkeland, and the Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels. You can find that conversation at post/capitol-conversation-rape-commententers-colorado-gun-debate.

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Opinion: Columnist Michael Alcorn takes a view from the classroom. Page 8 Transportation: Mayor Michael Hancock supports connectivity plan. Page 4

Apex collecting donations for food bank

Apex Park and Recreation District is hosting a food drive for the Arvada Community Food Bank. The drive kicked off Wednesday, Feb. 20, and will run through March 29. Nonperishable food can be dropped off at all Apex facilities. For a list of facilities, visit

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Sports: Pomona clenches 5A state championship. Page 24

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On the heels of a contentious week in the General Assembly that involved some heavy-duty debate on — you guessed it — gun-control issues, there came a moment where even the hardest of the hard-nosed legislators shared some ... um, love? No, really. It was straight out of a Disney movie. The only thing missing was an Elton John soundtrack. “We had been fighting all week and we came together,” said Rep. Tracy KraftTharp, D-Arvada. “Even when I left the floor I still was in tears.” Kraft-Tharp was referring to her fellow legislators’ gushing support of a resolution that she sponsored in the House of Representatives, which proclaimed Feb. 20 as Awareness Day for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. The resolution recognized persons with developmental disabilities, as well as those who provide services to members of that community. “It was a moment for us to recognize the courage of people with these disabilities,” Kraft-Tharp said. The resolution proved to be a tearjerker for a few House members, some of whom shared personal accounts of how disabled persons have had positive impacts on their lives. Rep. Lois Landgraf said her 40-year-old son has been developmentally challenged since he suffered a brain injury at the age of 17. “From a grateful mother, thank you,” the teary-eyed Fountain Republican told Kraft-Tharp. But perhaps the most touching


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Hockey day brings together friends Adapted teams gather for fun, competition

‘The kids are always so

By Clarke Reader

enthusiastic.’ Bryan Wickoren, adapted physical education coordinator for Jeffco Schools, kicked off Adapted Athletics hockey tournament by saying, “Let the puck drop and have fun,” at Alameda High School on Feb. 20. Adapted teams from Alameda, Arvada, Arvada West, Bear Creek, Chatfield, Conifer, Golden, Lakewood, Ralston Valley and Wheat Ridge high schools, Ken Caryl Moore, O’Connell Middle and Arvada K-8 and Fletcher Miller all showed up for a morning of competition and companionship. “The students really enjoy it, and we’ve been practicing for this in class,” said Dan Bennett, Alameda’s challenge class teacher. “They also really enjoy getting a chance to see some of their old friends.” The players used hockey sticks with foam and a large ball to play, and had help from student coaches as they raced to the net, passing to their teammates in an attempt to score goal. High fives are thrown all around when someone does score. Wickoren said that the number of schools who participate grows every year

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Justin Mulvaney, with the Arvada West intensive needs program, left, assists A.J. Novonty in directing his motorized wheelchair while playing in the Jeffco Adapted Athletics hockey tournament at Alameda High School Wednesday, Feb. 20. Photo by Andy Carpenean — the first hockey day had around six teams and this year’s had 14. “This is the first year we’ve got four games going at once,” he said. “We really want to make sure we’re giving everyone playing time and making sure everyone is participating.” Events like this are a way for teachers to fill the gaps that some funding

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cuts have caused to adapted programs, according to Bennett. Despite these cuts, he said the Jeffco Adapted Athletics mission — to provide students with disabilities the same opportunities as other students to enjoy the benefits of a quality middle school/high school program and help to become active members in society who lead healthy

lifestyles — is the driving force behind keeping these sporting events going. Hockey is one of four sports that Jeffco adapted teams gather to play every year, including softball, basketball and soccer. Jeffco school board member Jill Fellman was on hand at her alma mater to support the students and schools. “I know by experience how important days like these are for both the kids and the families,” she said. “It’s great to hear the band, and see the integration of kids.” Alexis Paxton, a junior at Arvada West, was in the school to help the students compete, and said that their excitement for the event is contagious. “The kids are always so enthusiastic, and I’ve learned so many things like how to solve problems with them,” she said. Fellman perhaps summed up the spirit of the day best when she said, “Everybody wins on days like this.”

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JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY W Rail Line name chosen

The FasTracks line that will run from Denver, through Lakewood, to Golden has officially been named the W Rail Line. The line has gone by the West Corridor, West Rail Line, West Line, W Line and W Rail but RTD decided to formally name it the W Rail Line. According to information from RTD, the reason for the name is so that it fits with the letter names given to other lines in the light rail system.

Sex questions answered

Jefferson County Public Health has launched a new program last week called “Go Ask TISH.” Text Information Sexual Health will allow anyone to text questions to 720-446-TISH (8474). An automated response will prompt you to ask your sex-related question. Public Health nurses will then answer the questions during regular clinic hours. Questions can be regarding pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, testing or anything else regarding sexual health. Questions are confidential. Standard messaging rates apply.

Youth art contest

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to have their students participate

in the annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the eighth annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on May 17, 2013. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act this year with activities and events, including the art contest. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are eligible to enter. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12, and will receive plaques and art supply gift packs. In addition, one grand prize winner will be honored with their name engraved on a special trophy and receive a roundtrip flight to Washington, D.C., with one guardian to attend a reception in May. The grand prize winner will also receive art supplies and a special art lesson (via Skype) from Wyland, the artist. More information about the Youth Art Contest are available at www. endangeredspeciesday. org/.


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Hancock says connectivity key to economy Transit between Denver, surrounding cities helps get people to work, play By Sara Van Cleve

svancleve@ourcoloradonews. com The greatest tool the Denver metro area has at its disposal is its regionalism. That is what Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said when he stopped by the Wheat Ridge Business Association’s meeting Feb. 12 at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. “We are living in potentially the most powerful economic time this region has experienced in our history,” Hancock said. “A lot of it is driven by what’s happening with national and international economics and also the decisions that we’ve made as a region — decision we made as a region to invest about $6 billion on the transit system, which is going to drive the future of our economy.” Since the first train was built in 1858 from Denver to Cheyenne,

transit has played a major role in the metro area’s economy, Hancock said. Now, more than 150 years later, Denver International Airport is the region’s biggest economic engine, he said. “It has allowed us to attract some international investment, which, quite frankly, we haven’t been able to attract ... bringing thousands of jobs,” he said. Hancock said he and his staff have looked at three major projects happening now in the Denver area — the growth and revitalization of downtown Denver, development along the Platte River and the “airtropolis,” a corridor running from Union Station to DIA — and they realized something. “If we accomplish all we’re planning for, we’re talking about 105,000 new jobs to the region,” he said. “We’re talking about a $5.4 billion economic impact to our region. These are just samples of three area. And then you look at why it’s occurring — we spark growth through community connectivity.” The Denver metro area is No. 1 in the nation for relocation of 25-40 year olds, many of whom are unemployed when they arrive,

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock discusses the current economic climate and future possibilities for the metro region during a Wheat Ridge Business Association meeting Feb. 12 at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. Photo by Sara Van Cleve Hancock said. People are relocating to the

Denver area due to growth of the job market, the active lifestyle

and the vibrancy of downtown, he said. The connectivity of the metro area, through RTD and FasTracks, for example, is also a draw for many young people. People want to be able to get on a train, go to work, walk to entertainment and get back on a train to go home, Hancock said. Being able to connect Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Lakewood and other cities to downtown and DIA is creating an enormous economic opportunity. “They move here to entertain, to play, it’s the active lifestyle,” he said. “When they entertain, they’ll start meeting people they want to marry and settle down with. When they do that, the whole landscape for what they’re looking for begins to change.” As the younger crowd matures, they’ll be looking for safe neighborhoods with good schools, the ease of mobility and nearby family attractions. “I think there’s an organic interest and attraction to the suburban communities,” Hancock said. “We want to encourage them to stay in the region and raise their families and continue to make this a great region play, live and get connected to.”

Airport runway safety area expansion outlined A shifting intersection and larger safety area for RMMA By Glenn Wallace Major changes are scheduled to arrive at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (RMMA) this year. Airport Manager Kenneth Maenpa reported to the Jefferson County commissioners that a $13 million project to expand a runway safety area will break ground this year, and be done by December, if all proceeds as planned. Maenpa was quick to say that the airport work would not add a single inch to the existing roadway length. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines call for a 1,000-foot long and 500-foot wide safety area off the end of a runway like the one used at RMMA. The current runway, built more than 40 years ago, requires substantial expansion to meet those requirements, according to Maenpa. “And darn it, that expansion is right in the middle of that (Interlocken Loop and Highway 128) intersection,” just to the north of the existing airport, Maenpa said. To accommodate the necessary safety space, the county is shifting the entire intersection, and associated roadways, to the north, accounting for much of the project’s cost. Maenpa said phase one of the project began last summer, and was to acquire the land and begin dealing with the work involved to untangle and move “an incredible spaghetti maze of utilities” that follow those roadways. “That’s the largest part of this project, right there,” said Jeffco Commission Chair Donald Rosier at the meeting. Phase two is the intersection change and util-

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A proposed safety expansion of the Rocky Mountain Municipal Airport (green-dotted line), has required Jefferson County to shift the alignment of Highway 128, at the Interlocken Loop intersection. Construction is scheduled to be complete in December 2013. Map courtesy of Jefferson County ity shifting, which is currently under way. This phase includes the moving of a high-pressure gas line and regulation station. Phase three, the building up of a slope to accommodate the runway safety area, will begin this summer, and involve an estimated one million cubic yards of fill dirt, building up as much as 58 feet. Of the project costs, the FAA is providing $11,450,000 in grants. Local matching funds

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are being provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation ($1 million), and Jefferson County’s Airport Division ($636,111). Maenpa said the airstrip would have to be closed for one 30-day period this year to accommodate the shifting of some radar equipment, but that the Forest Service fire suppression operations and the airport’s annual air show should be unaffected.

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et on nter- Colorado Community Media won train95 awards, including 38 first-place honors, in the Colorado Press AssociaWheattion’s Better Newspaper Contest. Winoth-ners of the annual contest were anIA isnounced at a ceremony in downtown omicDenver on Feb. 23. CCM papers claimed a pair of spetain,cial honors among the tally. The Gold,” heen Transcript won the Sweepstakes hey’llaward for editorial excellence in Class nt to4. The Douglas County News-Press Whendid likewise on the advertising side in capeClass 1. egins The awards ceremony came a year into the CCM venture, which brought ures,together under one umbrella newseigh-papers in Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, , theElbert, Jefferson, El Paso and Teller fam-counties. This year’s awards total was a major jump for the company’s pac in-pers, which combined for 28 honors ubur-last year. said. “Last year, we embarked on a quest m tofor excellence and our peers have rectheirognized that by awarding us with a makenearly four-fold increase in the total andawards we won this year,” said Jerry Healey, president and publisher of CCM. “I am very proud of the entire organization for their commitment to quality and the effort involved for what it takes for us to deliver outstanding newspapers and websites for our communities.” In all, the media company comprises 22 newspapers, including the Arvada Press and 19 websites. The Press won 21 awards — nine first-place awards, nine, second; and three, third. Arvada Press winners Andy Rickard won first place for Jeffco Classifieds in the Best Classified Pages or Section category. Judge’s comments: Great layout. Nice use of photo to draw your eye in. The advertisements on the bottom are nicely placed and create great flow on the page. Erin Franks won first place in the Best Health Care Ad category for a Look Optical ad. Judge’s comments: Love the use of the red ink to draw attention to the sale prices. Also the use of the graphic looking at the beautiful mountains draws you in very quickly. Lindsay Lovato won first place in Best Feature Page Design for a water series story headlined “Rangers of water.” Judge’s comments: A wonderful combination of strong graphic elements, including the photography but also the graphic and the headline typography. Mikkel Kelly won first place in the Best Editorial Writing category for three editorials, one headlined “A chance to go right after being dead wrong.” Advertising and Design staffers won first place in the Best Advertising Layout & Design category. Judge’s comments: Great eye-catching ads. Nice layout balance w/ news content. Advertising and Design staffers won first place in the Best Small Space Ad for a Rocky Mountain Gems ad. Advertising and Design staffers won first place for Best Automotive Ad

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for Arvada Square Auto. Judge’s comments: Nice job getting too much information into one ad. “Unquenchable Thirst - Water Series” won first place the Best Series category. Staffers Megan Quinn, Linda Detroy, Darin Moriki, Clarke Reader, Justin Sagarsee, Glenn Wallace, Lindsay Lovato, Karen Randall and Mikkel Kelly teamed on the six-month series project. John Rosa won first place in the Best Sports Event Story category for the story “Comeback downs Mustangs at state.” Judge’s comment: Very effectively builds drama.

A leaky roof is a homeowner’s nightmare:

Cities target stormwater backup, point source pollution By Darin Moriki


ark Bowman still remembers the first time he and his crew had to clean Arvada’s stormwater system in 2004. Although the system itself had been in place before he began working for the city in the late 1970s, Bowman said, there were no records that mapped the city’s 215 miles of storm pipe, 26 miles of irrigation pipe, 2,369 storm and irrigation manholes, and 3,634 storm inlets that follows into seven tributaries. “Not only were we getting high levels of toxins into the creeks, but our storm systems weren’t very efficient,” Bowman said. “We would have grates that were plugged, inlets that were plugged, or pipes that were halfway full of silt. We would pull up to an inlet, where all the water goes in, and it would be full of silt, trash, trash bags and a whole bunch

of other stuff.” Through the years since, Bowman said, the stormwater system has become cleaner and easier to maintain. While many cities have recognized the importance of other essential city services, he said,

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“Unquenchable Thirst - Water Series,” a series that spanned more than six months, won first place in the Best Series category. Lindsay Lovato won first place in Best Feature Page Design for the page above that appeared in the series.

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Sara Van Cleve won third place in the Best Agriculture Story category for “City Council welcomes more chickens, turkeys in city.” Terrell J. Thomson won third place in the Best News Photograph for a photo titled “Honoring their sacrifice. Judge’s comment: More of a feature photo, but I really like the way this

Residents of unincorporated Jefferson County may soon have the opportunity to keep chickens and bees in their backyards. Due to popular demand, Jeffco Planning & Zoning staff is proposing a change to the Jefferson County Zoning Resolution that would allow a limited number of chickens and bees in some residential zones. A Planning Commission public hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Hearing Room 1, at the county administration building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, in Golden. The proposed changes would expand chicken and beekeeping

allowances to include single family detached and duplex lots through a miscellaneous permit. A draft of the changes can be found from the main Planning & Zoning page,, under the “Zoning Resolution Revisions” announcement. For more information, please contact Heather Gutherless at 303-271-8716 and hgutherl@jeffco. us; or Nina Ruiz at 303-271-8732 and

Crown Hill work on hold

Construction work in Crown Hill Park has been put on hold, pending the results of more community input. Community opposition has risen

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Ralston Valley senior Jimmy Coleman tries to turn the double play around Legend senior Jake Jenkins during the Class 5A state baseball tournament at All City Field in Denver. Ralston Valley lost 3-0 Friday morning. Photos by Justin Sagarsee

Comeback downs Mustangs at state Pine Creek rallies to eliminate Ralston Valley in 5A tourney By John Rosa DENVER - With its tournament future on the line, the Ralston Valley baseball team had the player it wanted at the plate in senior catcher Nick McCasky. Trailing Pine Creek 11-8 in the bottom of the seventh inning of an elimination game Sunday morning at Machebeuf Field, McCasky came to bat with two outs and two on and looking to extend Ralston Valley’s season for a little while longer. McCasky already had two hits on the day and had scored two runs and driven in two others. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, McCasky had the bat taken out of his hands after being hit by a pitch. While that loaded the bases, it robbed him of a chance to do something grander. Eagles pitcher Reagan Biechler struck out the next man he faced, securing the victory and knocking Ralston Valley (15-8) out of the Class 5A double-elimination state tournament. “I’m kind of asking myself right now why I walked down to first base. I should have said it was a foul ball,” said McCasky, who sported a nasty looking cut on his

Legend junior Bobby Dalbec tries to turn the double play over Ralston Valley senior Kyle Moore during the Class 5A state baseball tournament at All City Field on Friday morning. Dalbec crushed a three-run home run to center to lead the Titans to a 3-0 win over the Mustangs.

hand where the pitch hit him. “I was absolutely ready. That’s the position I want to be in. I love it. I just didn’t get a chance.” The loss capped a heartbreaking tournament for the Mustangs, who lost their opening round contest 3-0 to Legend on Friday morning at All-City Field, and then came out on the short end of a wild back-andforth affair with Pine Creek two days later. Several times in the elimination game with Pine Creek it looked like Ralston Valley had taken control of the game, only to watch the Eagles battle back. After falling behind 2-0 to start the contest, Ralston Valley erupted for five runs in the third inning to take a 6-2 lead. The Mustangs batted around in that inning, getting a two-run single from Daniel Skipper and an RBI double from McCasky. Pine Creek kept chipping away at the lead, but Ralston Valley still held an 8-7 advantage heading into the seventh. But the wheels fell off for the Mustangs there as the Eagles, who had hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning, hit two more bombs in the frame — both two-run shots. “You can look at it two ways — either we didn’t pitch well or they came up with some clutch hits,” Ralston Valley coach Shane Freehling said. “It’s a hard way to lose, to go all the way to the seventh pretty much in command of the game most of the way.” Freehling and the Mustangs could lament many missed opportunities against Pine Creek as they left 11 men stranded on base. Ralston Valley left the bases loaded in both the third and seventh inning. “I have a lot of confidence in all of our guys and I really thought we were going to pull it out,” McCasky said. “It just wasn’t in the cards for us.” Ralston Valley struggled in the tournament’s opening game, failing to push across any runs in a 3-0 loss to Legend. Titans starter Tyler Honahan held the Mustangs to six hits while striking out eight and didn’t allow a base runner to reach third until the fifth inning. Ralston Valley starter Skipper pitched well, only allowing eight hits while striking out seven. But he gave up a three-run homer to Bobby Dalbec in the third, giving Legend the only runs it would need. The Mustangs threatened late in the game, putting runners on second and third with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth. But they were turned away when Tyler Abram was thrown out at home on a Danny Gibbs flyball to right for the second out, and then Jimmy

Ralston Valley sophomore Jacob Knipp tries to apply the tag to Legend junior Tanner Thompson during the Class 5A state playoffs Friday morning. Coleman was denied on a hard hit to the hole at second by Legend’s Tanner Thompson. Ralston Valley brought the winning run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh after loading them with a walk, a single and a Kyle Moore double. But Honahan struck out the next batter to end the game and knock the Mustangs out of the winner’s bracket. Still, Freehling and McCasky were proud of the late season run Ralston Valley put together to reach the double-elimination tournament. The Mustangs were the lowest-seeded team to reach state, and the only non-host squad to advance out of the regional round. “It was a great run. Our guys faced a lot of adversity and overcame it,” said McCasky, who is one of 13 seniors on the team. “Unfortunately we ran into two really good teams.” Added Freehling: “Our guys have an incredible amount of resolve and they never gave up. I’m really proud of what they accomplished.”

John Rosa won first place in the Best Sports Event Story category for the story “Comeback downs Mustangs at state.”

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Rape comment backfires for lawmaker Thornton Democrat says Republicans taking cheap shots By Vic Vela A Democratic state lawmaker is in a political flap over a rape comment that he made during a recent debate on a gun bill in the House of Representatives. Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, has since apologized for what he said. But he also said in a Feb. 19 interview with Colorado Community Media Report that Republicans — some of whom have made comparisons to the infamous rape comments made by former GOP U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin last year — are trying to make political hay out of the situation. “I am not Akin, man,” said Salazar. “I will stand on my record from now until kingdom come. I don’t have any policy positions that are anti-women. Whereas, they have policy positions that are.” Salazar’s comment occurred late in the evening on Feb. 15, during debate on a bill that seeks to ban concealed weapons from


being carried on college campuses. Salazar was making a point about how he felt that having more guns on campus doesn’t make anyone safer, saying that it’s a not a good idea for students to be firing guns in chaotic situations, where the reality of a situation may be uncertain. “That’s why we have call boxes,” Salazar said. “That’s why we have safe zones. That’s why we have whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re going to be shooting at.” The next part of his comments is what got him in trouble. “And you don’t know if you feel like you’re going to be raped. Or, you feel like someone’s been following you around. Or, if you feel like you’re in trouble. And when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody.” Some Republicans took Salazar to mean that he doesn’t think women have the wherewithal to understand whether or not they’re facing imminent danger, or that they don’t know how to react in those situations. And Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Douglas County, blasted Salazar’s comments on the House floor, before using Twitter to say that Salazar implied that women “may not know when they’re being raped.” Salazar acknowledged in his interview with Colorado Community Media that what he said “was such a bad thing,” but that “he did not mean to hurt anybody.”

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Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton talks during a session about voting on gun bills Friday, Feb. 15, at the Capitol. Photo by Andy Carpenean “It wasn’t reflective of the statement I was trying to make which was that more guns on campus doesn’t make people safe,” he said. “And please understand this: I know full well that women are fully capable of defending themselves.” Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, said that she did not hear Salazar’s comments on the House floor last week, but that after seeing the video, she “was appalled.” “To me, it unveils his core beliefs,” Mur-

ray said. “That grown women would be too flaky (to handle themselves in those types of situations.” Murray joined House Minority Leader Mark Waller of Colorado Springs in calling for Democratic leadership to call out Salazar for his “irresponsible” comments. “I think the governor and the Speaker of the House should come out and condemn it,” Waller said. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office issued a statement, saying, “Rep. Salazar acknowledged his remarks were inappropriate and he apologized. That’s what he needed to do.” Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Gunbarrel, acknowledged that Salazar “muffed it a little bit, as sometimes we all do.” But she said she “strongly supports” Salazar as a legislator. “I’ve known Joe a long time now,” the majority leader said. “He really is a strong supporter of women’s rights.” Hullinghorst said that it “crossed her mind” that Republicans were trying to fan the flames of this story, considering that national GOP candidates like Akin have received attention for insensitive comments about rape. Akin famously said that if women are victims of a “legitimate rape,” their bodies “have ways to shut that whole thing down,” meaning pregnancy. “When people think of who is behind women’s rights, you think of this side of the aisle,” Hullinghorst said.

Flight for Life gives wings to cars New license plate design supports organization By Clarke Reader Flight for Life has a new Colorado license plate design to support the organization and help keep it flying. The plate requires a minimum $25 donation to Flight for Life, in addition to a $50 fee vehicle registration offices charge for all group special plates. “It’s a pretty simple design, with orange and the mountains and the Flight for Life logo,” said Kathy Mayer, director for Flight for Life Colorado. “But we think it’s really distinctive.” More than 50 plates have been sold since they became available Jan. 3, according to the organization. Flight For Life, was started as the first civilian, hospital-based air am-

bulance program in 1972 with only one helicopter. It has expanded to six bases in the state, five helicopters, three fixedwing planes and Critical Care Transport ambulances. Its reach extends to nine states. Mayer said the organization initially thought of the tags simply as a way to raise awareness about Flight’s work, but then found out it could raise money as well. “There is a whole process you have to go through, including getting 3,000 signatures in support of the plates, then we had to submit the design for approval,” Mayer said. From idea to reality took three years, she said. Gretchen Guerra, development officer for the St. Anthony Health Foundation, helped Flight for Life as it worked through the system, and now helps people gain access to the plates. Buyers must donate at least $25 to

Flight for Life, and can do so at www., by check in the mail or at the hospital, according to Guerra. The person will then receive a certificate to take to the DMV. There are more than 20 special group license plates in the state, including state parks, support the horse and 10th mountain division. “We really want to encourage people to call the DMV office they’re going to and make sure they have the plates in stock,” she said. Mayer said that seeing the plates on cars has been great and the organization hopes to see more soon. “It’s really rewarding — we’ve worked a long time, and then to actually hold one in my hand has been really exciting,” she said. For more information, visit www. or

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12:17 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 5300 block of Everett Street Approximately 12 washers and dryers inside a laundry room at an apartment complex were broken into and money was stolen between Jan. 21 and Jan. 29. Based on estimates of usage, the manager believes about $1,000 was taken. It will cost $700 to have the machines repaired. The coin vaults on the machine can be opened and closed with a screwdriver without causing damage to the machine. It wasn’t known the coin vaults were broken into until a collector tried to collect the money. The laundry room is open 24 hours a day and anyone can gain access. There are no suspects in the case.

Man transported to hospital after falling through window

12:41 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 9100 block of Oberon Road A man was transported to the hospital after he fell through a window while ”messing around” with friends. An Arvada man and his friend, who was visiting from New York, were messing around and the friend pushed the Arvada man. The man tripped backwards over his jeans and fell through his neighbor’s window. He was bleeding from his right arm and lower back when police arrived. Pridemark Paramedics were called to the scene and trans-

ported the man to the hospital. The friend said they were just messing around also and it was not intentional. The friend was did not cooperate with police when they asked questions and flicked a cigarette at officers. He was placed in handcuffs and detained by police.

Intoxicated man at Home Depot receives summons for open container

6:21 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, Home Depot, 5215 Wadsworth Blvd. A man was issued a summons for an open container of alcohol after he was found in Home Depot intoxicated and bothering customers. When police arrived, the man was sitting on a bench near the store entrance and was visibly intoxicated as he slurred his speech, his breath smelled of alcohol and he needed assistance walking and standing. After the man consented to a search, police found a bottle with about two inches of Kentucky Deluxe whiskey in his red duffle bag. The man was placed into protective custody and issued a municipal summons.

18-year-old issued summons for theft, arrested for outstanding warrant

10:53 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6600 block of Vivian Street A man was issued a summons for theft by receiving and then taken to the Jefferson County Jail for an outstanding warrant after a stolen iPad

was recovered in his room. When a woman realized her iPad was missing, she called police and had her friend track its location. According to the tracking, the iPad was believed to be in a home in the area of west 61st Place and Routt Street. The friend told the owner he could remotely lock the iPad and make it alert, causing a loud chirping sound. When police arrived at the suspected home, the homeowner invited police inside and said he and his wife own iPads. Police inspected the iPads and neither were the stolen one. The man said his 18-year-old son also had an iPad and his wife said she would check with him. Police then called the owner’s friend and asked him to lock the iPad and within seconds a loud chirping sound was coming from upstairs. The son then came to the top of the stairs holding the chirping iPad. The son said he found the iPad under his bed, but he did not steal it and blamed his friends, who he said come and go from the house often. The owner of the iPad told police she wanted to persue charges against the young man because she did not know him and did not have permission to have the iPad. When police ran a clearance on the man, they found he had an active Arvada warrant out. He was booked at the Arvada Police Department and was issued a summons for theft by receiving and jailed at the Jefferson County Jail on his warrant.



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The trinity of human services — churches, nonprofits and government — came together in Jefferson County last week to create and strengthen the many partnerships between the three. A keynote panel started the conference, with representatives from each group. Community Assistance Division Manager Susan Franklin said the conference began as a way to shore up those connections that helped all three groups take care of the community. “Together, we can accomplish more,” Franklin said. The Power of Partnership Conference, Feb. 21 at Waterstone Church in Littleton, was the third time the groups had gathered. Case workers with Jeffco Human Services, nonprofit

organizers and community church volunteers all had a chance to meet each other, learn about other programs and organizations in the county, share ideas and make partnerships. Attendees were divided into separate areas depending on their passion: Building Communities, Education, Family, Housing, Hunger/Poverty or Special Populations. Among the attendees moving between groups was Gregg Scarato, a pastor at Living Hope Community Church in Westminster, who said his first visit to the conference had been eye-opening. “It’s really tremendous when you come here and start seeing other options that maybe hadn’t even occurred to myself and my congregation,” Scarato said. There was no lack of opportunities for those looking to help. The ministry organization Love Inc. for instance helps to match church volunteers

with charitable programs and people in need. The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Jefferson County had a booth to attract volunteers to help work with abused or neglected children who end up in the court system. “They get messed up, of no fault of their own, and they need an advocate,” said four-year CASA volunteer Tom Ashe. Ashe said the county only has enough volunteers to advocate for one out of every three children in need. Jefferson County Administrator Ralph Schell attended the conference, sitting in on a special session to discuss housing trends, and said the conference would have real benefits. “Human Services has done a great job of working with the faith-based communities to maximize the resources available to us, to help address issues in our community,” Schell said.

Health-care reform suffers pre-existing condition You don’t get to be my age without a pre-existing condition. Fortunately, in my case, I’m not battling a chronic disease. I simply have the misfortune of having seen a doctor before my COBRA coverage from the Peace Corps ran out. Why a misfortune? Because, according to 2010 census figures, I am one of 196 million Americans with private health insurance — nearly 65 percent of our population. And such private insurance health plans are not cheap, often several hundred dollars a month, even with obscenely high deductibles, for, ahem, middleaged individuals. But because bad things do happen, and even small accidents can cost big bucks, my monthly insurance premiums are a financial priority. For example, the simple combination of a screaming tea kettle, a ringing phone and a lope up the stairs two at a time resulted in a spiral fracture of my fifth metatarsal. In other words, I broke my foot. Eight weeks and two casts later, my only option was a surgically implanted plate and six screws to hold everything together. By the time all that was left is a neat little scar, the overall cost for a two-second misstep was more than $30,000, most of which was offset by the great employer-sponsored insurance I carried at the time. Please don’t misunderstand me

— I still have insurance now. But I mostly pay office visits and prescriptions out of pocket because of the coverage I’m able to purchase as an individual. My monthly premium is insurance in the truest sense of the word: financial protection against significant loss or harm. In our state, CoverColorado is one health insurance option for individuals with pre-existing conditions or those who have exhausted their COBRA benefits, as I did. Some lapsein-coverage restrictions also apply. GettingUSCovered is another health care option for Coloradoans. This plan covers individuals who have been uninsured for at least six months and have medical problems, such as diabetes, that prevent them from getting other individual insurance. Oh, but wait … this option is no longer available. Quietly, very quietly, citing financial concerns, the federal government has now directed GettingUSCovered, part of the Obama administration’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, to no longer accept

applications “until further notice.” The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan was designed as a stopgap solution until health-care reform measures take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, when full consumer protections will prevent insurance companies from turning people away because of poor health. (I’ll only believe that when I see it.) The feds will also start subsidizing coverage for the millions of people without access to employer plans. (Ditto here on the skepticism scale.) At the same time, however, other provisions are projected to take effect that will significantly increase the cost of coverage for millions of individuals, families and small businesses. Spiraling medical costs continue to drive up the cost of coverage, requiring an even greater share of government budgets and threatening the long-term ability of our nation to provide for the millions of Americans who don’t have — or can’t get — coverage. For now, I have insurance. But who really benefits from health care reform in America — with all its own pre-existing conditions — is yet to be seen. Andrea Doray is a writer whose insurance premiums come off the top of her monthly budget … right after her haircut. Contact her at a.doray@ for info on the latest mishap on her stairs.

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Olympic wrestling decision falls flat Last weekend’s state high school wrestling tournament brought together some of the most dedicated young men and women in Colorado to showcase a sport that is off the mainstream radar. The hundreds of teenagers who competed in Denver spent months, maybe years, working on moves and strategy, running, lifting weights and sweating. During the season, many monitored their weight down to the ounce. What’s more, they carved out a certain toughness they might not otherwise have known was there. For most of them, their moments on the mats at the Pepsi Center would be the ultimate stage. But some of the young grapplers, no doubt, have aspirations to extend their wrestling careers. First, college. Then, if they can beat the odds, the Olympics. But have the odds already beaten them? As you may have heard, the International Olympic Committee voted on Feb. 12 to

OUR VIEW drop wrestling from the Summer Games following 2016. The sport doesn’t grab the headlines, the TV ratings or the ticket sales of many other athletic endeavors. True, the only wrestling champion many people can name is Hulk Hogan, who performed in a professional, scripted version made for TV. But the amateur sport, real wrestling, has history on its side, dating to the first modern Olympiad in 1896. Going back even further, more than 2,000 years ago, Greeks saw fit to grapple. Wrestling ultimately took hold in many nations and continues as a true test of not only athletic aptitude but of one’s self.

Last summer, ran an article with the headline “Why wrestlers make the best employees.” The story began with a quote from Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable. “More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill — none have wrestled without pride.” Who wouldn’t like to see more people in the workplace — and in the community — with greater self-control and more pride in what they do? If the Olympics serve as a source of motivation for young athletes to continue honing these traits, why take that carrot away? There is still a fighting chance for the sport to appear in the 2020 games. In May, the Olympic committee will consider adding one more sport. Already, efforts are under way in the wrestling community to make sure their sport is the one. There’s even talk of the United States

and Iran working together for the cause, a true display of how sports can unite. We won’t use this space to trash other sports, ones that could be kept out so that wrestling might stay. All sports, in their own way, teach pride and self-control when done right. But consider this: LeBron James has the NBA Finals. Regardless of what wellintentioned players might say, high-profile professional sports reach their pinnacle within the confines of their league’s playoff tournament. Or in a global, sport-specific championship, such as soccer’s World Cup. Amateur wrestling has major events that unite the world’s finest besides the Olympics. Did you know that? No? That’s the point. Wrestling needs the Olympics’ stage. And the Olympics need wrestling to help it remain something the world takes genuine pride in, not just watches like so much reality TV.

Sanitize environments Will no mail on Saturday impact you? could be crushing students QUESTION OF THE WEEK

We stopped by City Park Fitness Center and City Park Recreation Center in Westminster to hear how people felt about the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to cease Saturday mail delivery starting in August.

No, I guess I don’t get that much mail, and I don’t think that one day will impact most people. I don’t have a huge business or anything. But I think if you did have a business it might impact you. - Lynn Riley, Westminster

No, it won’t impact me. I don’t get fun mail anymore, I just get bills. - Beverly Weaver, Broomfield

Yes, it will impact me. If you get paid Friday and need something overnighted, Saturday and Sunday aren’t available so you have to wait all weekend. If you procrastinate like me, no mail on Saturday could affect you. - Tyler Anderson, Arvada

No, I don’t think it will impact me. I just never thought about it before. - Willow Hawley, Westminster

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Let me tell you a little about “Caleb” (not his real name). Caleb is a very nice young man, and unfailingly courteous. Every single day he comes through the doors of my classroom with all of his equipment, all his music and a smile on his face. He even gets distracted from setting up his own stuff by helping others set up their stuff. Sounds great, right? Isn’t Caleb the dream child we’ve tried to create in our everybodyplay-nice, work-as-a-cooperative-team, bully-proof, not-keeping-score, not-givingribbons-on-field-day socially-engineered world? The problem is that in the four days since I last saw Caleb he hasn’t gotten out his equipment once to practice, he hasn’t cracked his music book open once to try to decipher the odd assortment of lines and circles, and he hasn’t developed any capacity for self-reliant learning. When I talk to his other teachers about him, they tell me the same story: Caleb is a nice kid who’s great in a group but hasn’t turned in homework in three years. So what happens next week when Caleb has to sit still and quiet for the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) for 90 minutes every day for two weeks? How are we supposed to take this creation of ours and suddenly turn him into an independent achiever for two weeks when for the other 35 weeks of the school year we want him to be Stepford child? I honestly don’t know if Caleb would be any better a student if his setting were more competitive, if it asked more from him than just being a nice kid. But I’m worried that the sanitized environment we’ve created for boys like Caleb is crushing them. David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, wrote an essay about this phenomenon recently, using the Shakespearian characters of Henry V and Hamlet to draw out his point. Henry was a wild and rowdy youth who grew into a great military leader. On the other hand, our Hamlet-like boys, according to Brooks, only comprise about 40 percent of college

enrollees; a typical 11th-grade boy writes at the same level as an eighth-grade girl; and the old advantages boys had in math and science have all but disappeared. He concludes that schools need more (wait for it) diversity: Schools need to allow for both cooperation and competition, both calm and rambunctiousness, both learning to share and learning to win and lose. Both Hamlet and Prince Henry. As a 21-year teacher, I still believe in the mission of public schools. But now that there are so many educational choices, families of bold, outgoing, bounce-off-the-wall boys (and girls) have enough viable alternatives that they have almost no reason to stay in the system. This is a problem that no politician can solve — this is a problem that only the schools can solve for themselves. Unfortunately for all of us, as good at schools have become at correcting instruction, the soft culture underneath that instruction — a product of liberal arts higher education, a collectivist mentality, and the general infantilization of the next generation — has, if anything, solidified. And that will someday be tragic for students like Caleb, because the “real world” won’t care how nice he is if he doesn’t get his work done. 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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Do you remember the time? Do you remember the time, the first time that you fell in love? Do you remember the time when you first met that special someone? Well, I wish I could lay claim to those words, but they actually come from a Michael Jackson song titled “Remember the Time.” I was coaching one of my sales clients recently and all he could say was that he remembered a time when he was really successful, making sales, making money, and had lots of close clients and friends. Then as we talked more and we started to dig a little deeper we found that he had stopped doing the very things that had earned him those clients and close friends, earned him that money, and helped him make those sales. You see, he started to take for granted the hard work and effort he put into his career and the attention he placed on his prospects and clients. All of a sudden he was living in a comfort zone, not paying attention to detail, not doing the little things, and not going the extra mile to win the business. So what happened? He found himself moving from the top of the leaderboard in his company to almost the bottom. They were getting ready to let him go. Funny thing is that I had another

client that I was coaching. He also remembered a time when he was really successful, had a great marriage, was having lots of fun, and thought he had found bliss. Then as we talked more and we started to dig in a little deeper we found that he too had stopped doing the very things that had first connected him and his wife, he stopped courting her, he stopped paying attention to what was important to her, and he found himself staring down at the potential for divorce. You see, he too took for granted the hard work and effort, the romance that he had placed on his relationship to win her hand in marriage. All of a sudden he too was living in the comfort zone, not paying attention to detail, not doing the little things, not sharing his heart or feelings. And the same thing that happened to our sales champion happened to him. He went from being the star in his bride’s eyes to being at the

bottom. She was ready to let him go. Do you remember the time? Do you honestly remember the time? The time you fell in love and what made you fall in love, the time you first placed eyes on your spouse, the time you first held hands, or the time you first kissed. You know what I am talking about, it’s that time when your heart falls to your stomach and maybe even your toes. Well if you find yourself and your relationship at the bottom, think back to when it all first happened and when it all made sense. Because, if you let your mind sing the song, “Do you remember the time …” you can possibly get back to doing all those things you did that once made you famous, famous as a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, employer or employee, or even sales champion. It’s not too late to claim your spot back atop the leaderboard. Are you remembering the little things, the extra effort, the hard work in all that you do? I would love to hear all about it at and I know that when you do remember, it will definitely be a better than good week.

Arvada Press 9 Samuel L. Wells Samuel LeRoy Wells, 81, of Arvada, Colorado, died at the home he shared with his wife, Dorothy, on Friday February 15, 2013. Services were held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Aspen Mortuary located at 6370 Union Street, Arvada, CO 80004. Sam and Dorothy moved to Arvada from Nebraska in November 1958. From 1958-1990, Sam worked for Hutchinson Homes. Following his retirement, Sam became an avid collector of antiques and collectables and could often be found selling his goods at antique booths in Niwot and the Brass Armadillo. Another of his favorite hobbies was visiting local

garage sales which often came with a treasure and a great story. Sam is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, son Mike Wells (Joey) of Westminster, CO and daughter Donna Greenawalt (Kevin) of Rapid City, SD. Sam has 3 grandchildren, Katyie Wells (Jeff Rea) of Erie, CO; Tyler Greenawalt of Rapid City, SD and Sam Wells of Westminster, CO. He also has one great granddaughter, Ayda Rea, of Erie, CO. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Sam Wells to Exempla Lutheran Hospice at Collier Hospice Center, 3210 Lutheran Parkway, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

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Denver Art Museum features O’Keeffe It’ s been far too long since I’ ve made a trip to the Denver Art Museum and the time to correct that is now. “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land” will be on view through April 28. There are 53 pictures of Hopi carved figures commonly known as kachina dolls. Among these are 15 which are seldom found in exhibits. They are presented along side Native American artworks such as the Hopi katsinam tithu (kachina dolls). These artifacts are much like those that inspired O’Keeffe. In 1929 the artist began spending part of each year in New Mexico and, in addition to her signature landscapes, she was moved to paint images of local architecture, crosses and art. She permanently moved to northern New Mexico in 1949 three years after the death of her husband. The O’Keeffe exhibit is included in general admission. And, as luck would have it, March 2 is Free First Saturday at the museum so the general admission fee is waived. For hours and fees visit or call 720-865-5000.


“The Pitman Painters” opens at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden, on March 1. Rick Bernstein directs the Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) play, which is based on a true story. In 1934, a group of miners (pitmen) become interested in learning about fine art. The interest turns into action as the newly minted artists begin to paint, and paint, and paint some more. During the day, they return to their regular jobs in the mine. The surprising end results warm the heart. As is its custom, on opening night, the playhouse will host a wonderful hors d’oeuvres laden reception, which is complimentary and guaranteed to be scrumptious and bounteous. On Saturday, March 9, Second Saturday talk-back will take place after

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Emma Thompson delights in ‘Beautiful Creatures’ By Tim Lammers For two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson, playing southern in the new supernatural romantic thriller “Beautiful Creatures” wasn’t just about doing an accent, but having an attitude. And better yet, she was able to give off that attitude in more ways than one. “We had the most wonderful accent coach called Rick Lipton who helped me get into that mindset completely — and not just one mindset but two, since I play two different roles,” Thompson told me in a recent interview. One, Thompson delightfully described, is “a bigoted, frustrated and frustrating woman who hates everything, who can’t control her feelings, who has probably had the most ghastly life and has a bad relationship with her son.” “And then I play a witch who is also frustrated in many ways and has a very bad relationship with her daughter,” Thompson added, laughing. “So they’re all connected in more ways that you might think.” Opening in theaters nationwide on Valentine’s Day, “Beautiful Creatures” stars Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes, the beautiful, mysterious niece of Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), a reclusive, wealthy owner of a gothic mansion. With a host of family secrets dating back to the Civil War, the members of the Ravenwood clan are outcasts in the small, conservative town of Gatlin, S.C., but that doesn’t stop the open-minded 17-year-old Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) for falling for Lena. After a strange series of events, Ethan discovers Lena is a caster — another name for a witch — who upon her 16th birthday, will beyond her control be chosen by the forces of the Light or the Dark. If she’s chosen by the Light, she will remain good; but if she’s chosen by the Dark, she will transform form of evil the world cannot imagine. Thompson plays Mrs. Lincoln, a fireand-brimstone religious zealot who wants Lena banished from the town — as well as Sarafine, an all-powerful dark caster who controls Lincoln’s body. The interesting thing is about Thompson’s dual roles is, her human character, Mrs. Lincoln, professes to be a do-gooder, and the caster Sarafine delights in being evil. But if you take the two at face value, you’ll actually find Sarafine to be more engaging and Mrs. Lincoln to be more unnerving — strange attributes that presented a rare character dynamic for the prolific actress to play with. “Mrs. Lincoln is unnerving, because she has the kind of ignorance that leads the ultimate evil, which is racism, bigotry, cruelty and finally, genocide. She’s the ideal candidate for that. She’s a perfect evil fermenter,” Thompson observed. “Of course, evil, per se, like Sarafine, is so delicious. She’s so amoral. And what she says about human beings is so incontrovertible.” Thompson is only person in film history

‘I had so much fun with those kids. It’s wonderful working with the young.’ Emma Thompson to win Oscars for both acting and writing — for 1993’s “Remains of the Day” and 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility,” respectively — so you can bet she has a close eye on the script before she commits to a role in front of the camera. For “Beautiful Creatures,” she saw a great opportunity to work with heralded filmmaker Richard LaGravenese, who not only directed the film, but adapted the screenplay from the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. “I love the script and I love Richard, plus I’ve never played two characters at the same time — in particular, one that’s folded in the other,” Thompson said. “But the thing that swung it for me was when Richard, in a worried way told me, ‘We’re not going to be using any CGI. You’re going to have to just change into her in front of our eyes.’ I told him, ‘That makes me want to do it even more.’” Thompson has covered a tremendous amount of ground genre-wise in the past year, having starred in the sci-fi action comedy “Men in Black III,” the animated adventure “Brave” and now a supernatural film in “Beautiful Creatures.” And while the scripts had a lot to do with her committing to the films, the Thompson admits the company she gets to keep on the project plays a huge factor, too. “There aren’t a lot of great scripts out there, so I mainly go with the scripts, but for ‘Beautiful Creatures,’ it was also about the people I was going to be working with,” Thompson, 53, explained. “I had so much fun with those kids. They’re such wonderful young actors and they’re so interesting to be with. It’s wonderful working with the young.” In a way, Thompson said, acting the opposite of likes of Englert reminds her of the time when she was honing her acting skills. “Being around them recharges your batteries, plus, you can also parse out any useful tips to them,” Thompson said. “It’s a lot of fun, because the younger actors have a lot of energy. Alice Englert was a chip off the ol’ block, she really does remind me of me when I was younger. She’s just an extraordinary girl.” Tim Lammers is a syndicated movie reporter whose work appears on more than 50 TV news and entertainment websites across the country. You can see Tim’s work on his website,, and follow his tweets at You can also “Like” Tim on

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REAL ESTATE AGENT SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK Julie Malone name a few in the starting in the mid 1980’s left the field What do you most enjoy doing when you’re not workfor awhile and returned as a full time licensed residential ing? Broker/Owner REALTOR®

Metro Brokers/Malone & Associates 11941 West 48th Avenue Suite 100 Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Office: 720-974-5900 Direct: 720-974-5955 Where were you born? I was born in Detroit, Michigan and have been in Denver since 1976.

How long have you lived in the area? I moved to Thornton, Colorado in 1976 and have lived in the metro area ever since with psonthe exception of a short time in California.


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What is your specialty and what does that mean for the people you work with? I do all phases of real estate, but would say I probably work more with buyers. My experience helps them through the buying process, which can be stressful. You should be pre-approved and ready to go so that when you see the perfect home is available, you’re ready and first in line! What is the most challenging part of what you do? The most challenging part of the job in today’s market is the prob problem of low inventory. It’s hard to sell when there’s nothing to buy - very challenging! But hang in there, as the right fit always comes along.

What do you like most about it? Arvada has a real community feel to it and is close to the foothills, which is a great location for outdoor activities. It is a great area for the outdoor activities that I enjoy so much as I enjoy skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and cycling. How long have you worked in Real Estate? I have done many different types of real estate (i.e. property management, sat onsite for a builder), to

I’m a regular attendee at MBS CrossFit located in an airport hangar at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield, Colorado. CrossFit keeps me in shape and it helps to condition for skiing and hiking in the great mountains of Colorado! In addition, I love to travel, Hawaii and California are my favorites. What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a house? One main tip I would suggest is to price it right. It is very important to price the property to sell and it will in this market. Also, try to de-clutter as much as possible as first impressions make a big difference. What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a house? Obtain a pre-approval with a qualified lender so you are ready to go, as there is so much competition for the good homes out there. What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in Real Estate? I was previewing homes for a client that had limited time to find the perfect home. There was a ranch home in Aurora it happened to be vacant and I remember it was very cold outside. Upon entering the home I discovered a wild black bird flying around it apparently had entered through the chimney and was trapped. I opened all the windows and doors and it finally flew to safety! My client did not end up buying the home however.

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aying property taxes is a necessary side effect of home ownership. Across the United States, residents are required to pay property taxes based on an assessment of their homes’ value. Taxes on land and the buildings on it are one of the biggest sources of revenue for local governments. Property taxes are not imposed by the states, but by the smaller governing bodies in cities, towns, townships, counties, and other jurisdictions. Although the taxes are mandated by a higher governing power, the rate at which you pay taxes could be based on a very local assessment of the area in which your house is located and the current market conditions. An assessor will visit a home • usually prior to purchase • and make a determination on the percentage of tax to be paid depending on the condition of the home, the

improvements that have been made and the climate of the economy in your particular town or city. Property taxes are usually calculated by taking the assessed value of your home and multiplying it by the tax rate that has been determined by your local government. While no one can “legally” escape paying property taxes, there are several ways to have them lowered. Getting your home re-assessed is one such way. Individuals who have reached a certain age may be eligible for certain discounts on property taxes. But this may require a very low income to qualify. There are also some tax credits or homestead exemptions that may qualify you for a limited assessed value on the property. For those of you who think you pay a “Lion’s Share” in taxes, take this into account. According to data from the Tax Foundation and Forbes,

areas of New Jersey, New York and Illinois boast some of the highest property taxes. Residents of Hunterdon County, New Jersey paid on average $8,600 a year between 2005 and 2009. Those in Lake County, Illinois pay around $6,500. People living in Westchester County, New York can plan on spending $8,400 per year. And to our friends to the north, statistics indicate that homes located in Ontario cities in central Canada have the highest property taxes. Toronto residents, for example, pay an average of $3,900. In this tough economy, lowering property taxes (which are generally rolled into the mortgage amount for ease of payment) could substantially reduce bills. As many as 60 percent of properties across the United States are overassessed, according to the National Taxpayers Union, a nonprofit group that promotes lower taxes. ■

A change in the status of a neighborhood can also give rise to higher property taxes. An influx of new residents or new construction of stores and homes can have a major effect on the assessed value of your home.

If you suspect your property taxes are high, here are the steps to take. • Get a copy of your property tax assessment from the local assessor’s office and double-check all the information contained to see if it is correct. • Check the assessments of five comparable homes that have sold in your neighborhood in the last three years. • An independent appraiser can also provide you accurate information at a cost. Make sure he or she is licensed with the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers or by the American Society of Appraisers. • It’s not possible to lower the property tax rate, just the assessed value of the home through an official appeal. There may be fees associated with this appeal, however.

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Local chow crowd could get awards

Photograph by Michael Mowry

This year’s James Beard Awards semifinalists — which many consider the Oscars of the restaurant industry — are out with several nods to Denver-area nosheries. Here are the contenders: Best Chef Southwest: Alex Seidel, Fruition; Max MacKissock, The Squeaky Bean; and MacKissock’s wife, Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja (which should make for some interesting pillow talk). Rising Star Chef of the Year: Jorel Pierce, Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen (who works for owner Jasinski). Outstanding Wine Program: Frasca, Boulder. Frank Outstanding Restaurateur: Bonanno, owner of Mizuna, Luca d’Italia, Osteria Marco, Russell’s Smokehouse and more. Outstanding Bar Program: Williams & Graham. Finalists will be announced March 18; awards ceremony (a fancy-schmancy affair in New York City) is May 6.

Photograph by Michael Calanan

Photograph by Paul Hildebrandt “Traveling Route 40” is the 40 West Arts District’s first photograph-only show and is a celebration of Colfax Avenue. Courtesy photos

Colfax shines in photo show 40 West Arts celebrates avenue’s history By Clarke Reader


olfax Avenue has a history as old as the Denver Metro area, and a future that continually looks brighter, and the 40 West Arts district has captured that spirit in its “Traveling Route 40” photo exhibit. This is the art district’s, 1560 Teller St., first photography only exhibit, and will be on display from March 1 through April 29. ‘”We couldn’t be more excited about this show,” said Bill Marino, executive director of the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District. “Our juror (Boulder photographer Richard Van Pelt) carefully went through all the images that were submitted, and everyone who submitted work has at least one photo in the show.”

IF YOU GO WHAT: “Traveling Route 40: Celebrating the Character of Colfax Avenue” WHERE: 40 West Arts 1560 Teller St. WHEN: March 1 through April 29 COST: Free INFORMATION: Colfax_Photo.html

“Traveling Route 40” will do just that, and be on display at seven different locations during that time, following the street it is honoring. After opening at 40 West, half the show will go on a tour of different locations — including the Golden Hill Office Center, Confluence Ministries and The Collection Gallery in Aurora. “This is great because it’s showing how 40 West can have an impact on working with partners,” Marino said. “We’re open to collaborating with other districts, so this is a great way to start.” The other half of the exhibit will be on display at the McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., through April 21. Julie Byerlein, a member of the board for the district and a volunteer with its champion group, has been working with partners to get the traveling exhibit set-up. She said that the idea for the exhibit came from wanting to participate in the Month of Photography in Denver, and grew into Photograph by Laura Phelps Rogers the collaboration it became. on Colfax.” “The photos are a nice mix between ruFor Marino, there is no doubt that Colral routes and historical places and more fax is the star of the show. contemporary-feeling architecture and “Whether characterized as the longest business,” Byerlein said. “It’s also features continuous main street in the United States some of the interesting characters of Col- or the gateway to the Rockies, Colfax Avfax.” enue has been at the epicenter of entrepreByerlein said that the exhibit will be a neurial and cultural activities in the metro great conversation starter for people who area for 150 years,” he said. “This show is a are interested in discussing Colfax’s 150- tribute to the Avenue’s rich history, its presyear history. ent personality and its possibilities for the “Colfax is a fascinating place, and there’s future.” a lot of excitement around it right now,” For more information, including tour she said. “I think the show is a great way to dates, visit inspire discussions about the best things Photo.html.

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Ski scene seen

If you’re a “Today” show watcher, you know that lead host Matt Lauer was absent from the show last week. According to my spy, Lauer and his family were spotted on a ski vacation in Vail. Meanwhile, over at Avon, another spy reports that Academy-Award-winning actress Frances McDormand and her filmmaker-husband Joel Coen were staying at The Westin Riverfront last week. I was told that “they are skiing and relaxing.”

Art from the heart

The Madden Museum of Art, 6363 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village, is opening “Inspired by Art: The Building of a Legacy,” which showcases the artwork collected by John and Marjorie Madden during their 50 years of world travel, exploration, philanthropy and office building development, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. March 16. The permanent installation is the sum of 50 years of collecting and is curated by Museum of Outdoor Arts executive director and co-founder Cynthia Madden Leitner. The opening celebration will feature traditional Irish fare, cocktails, refreshments and Celtic-themed entertainment. John Madden formed the John Madden Company, a real estate development business, in the mid-1960s, which continues to operate today. The Maddens call Denver home. For more information, go to www.

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THURSDAY/FEB. 28 HISTORY OF Denver Come learn the stories of the Mile High City from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S. Pierce St., Lakewood. You will learn how the city was founded and the roles played by William Larimer, John Evans, and others. Bring your favorite Denver trivia to share. This Active Minds program is free. RSVP at 303-742-4800. EXPORT SEMINAR The Colorado Department of Agriculture presents “Explore Exporting: The World is Waiting,” a seminar that will provide insights and access to state and national programs to help new exporters explore, develop and succeed in adding exports to their sales mix. The seminar is from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Denver Renaissance Hotel. The registration fee includes lunch. Visit eventreg/eventdetail.aspx?event=M13SRTGCO&section=Eve nts2. THURSDAY/FEB. 28 THROUGH APRIL 11; JUNE 15 GARDEN TOUR The Wheat Ridge Garden Tour Committee is

looking for gardens in Wheat Ridge to be included in its third annual Wheat Ridge Garden Tour on Saturday, June 15. We are looking for gardens of all shapes and sizes, from small-scale urban gardens to larger country gardens. If you are interested in having your garden be considered as a part of this exciting new event (or can recommend a garden), email Milly at millynadler@ or call her at 303-319-0690.

THURSDAY/FEB. 28 THROUGH APRIL 27 AUCTION ITEMS Designer’s Loft Hair Design Inc. in Wheat

Ridge welcomes donations for its upcoming fundraiser/silent auction to benefit the programs and services of Family Tree. The event is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Designer’s Loft Hair Design, 7110 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/MARCH 1-2, MARCH 8-9 HOMESCHOOL PRODUCTION Colorado ACTS presents Friday 12- to 18-year-old class homeschool production “Backstage” by Pat Cook. We all know that the real drama in a theater takes place backstage and creates quite a comedy to watch. Lines

and plot twists fly in this theatrical farce where over-the-hill prima donnas reign — or think they do — and most of the rest of the cast is betting on who comes out on top. Shows are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 1, and at 7 p.m. March 2 and March 8-9 at 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Tickets available at www. or by calling 303-456-6772.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY/MARCH 1-3 MUSICAL THE Evergreen Chorale presents “1776,” a musical that chronicles the events surrounding the development and signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is renowned for its music, humor and historical accuracy; much of the dialog is taken directly from the writings of the founding fathers themselves. Tickets are available at or by calling 303-674-4002. Show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1-3, and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 3, at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen. FRIDAY/MARCH 1 TO MARCH 16 INSTRUMENT DRIVE Colorado Public Radio kicks off its

annual instrument drive on Friday, March 1. The community program is designed to promote and strengthen music education and appreciation in Colorado. Coloradans are encouraged to donate their band or orchestra instruments through March 16 at one of 13 drop-off locations, including Golden Music Center, Music and Arts (Westminster) and Rockley Music Company (Lakewood). After they’re donated, instruments are repaired by Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology, and then Colorado Public Radio works with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to match refurbished instruments with the needs of underfunded school music programs in Colorado.

FRIDAY/MARCH 1 TO APRIL 7 REGIONAL PREMIERE Miners Alley Playhouse presents the regional premiere of “The Pitmen Painters.” What happens when a bunch of British miners wander into a painting class? Find out at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays from March 1 to April 7, with a 2 p.m. show on April 7. Tickets available at or by calling 303-935-3044. Your Week continues on Page 21


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SATURDAY/MARCH 2 SHUFFLE EFFECT Lakewood Cultural Center presents “The Shuffle Effect” SYBARITE5 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and Alameda). Tickets on sale now at, 303-987-7845 or at the box office. This is no ordinary chamber music. From the moment the group’s bows attack the strings, SYBARITE5 engages the senses and redefines the rules. The traditional set program list is replaced with an iPod. The players press shuffle and play whatever piece shows up on the screen. SALE TWIN Connection hosts its annual children’s clothing and equipment sale from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden. Gently used kids clothes, maternity clothes, toys, baby equipment, books, videos and more will be sold. Cash or check only. Visit SUNDAY/MARCH 3 MUSIC OF Ireland Lakewood Cultural Center presents Danu, performing Traditional Music of Ireland at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Tickets on sale now; visit www.Lakewood. org/Tickets, call 303-987-7845 or stop by the box office, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Free parking available. SUNDAY/MARCH 3, MARCH 10 LOVE & Logic Do you have a strong-willed child? Do you ever feel like your kids have earned a black belt in the art of arguing? Are you tired of the hassle of getting chores and homework done? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then basic Love & Logic techniques could help. Learn how to put an end to arguing, avoid power struggles, get chores and homework done without hassle, and more from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 3 and March 10 at the Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Registration required; call Tonya Lewis at 719-371-0560 to register and for information on costs. MONDAY/MARCH 4

Golf league Lake Arbor Ladies Nine hole golf league is hosting a membership meeting/coffee at 10 a.m. Monday, March 4, at Lake Arbor clubhouse, 8600 Wadsworth Blvd. League play is each Monday morning from April through October. New members of all skill levels are welcome/encouraged to join a fun group of women. Handicaps will be acquired through play. For more information, including cost of membership dues, contact head golf pro Lee Kauffman at Lake Arbor, 720-898-7360.

FINANCIAL CLASS Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

class begins at 6 p.m. Monday, March 4, and runs for nine weeks at Arvada Church of God, 7135 W. 68th Ave. Contact Deanna at 303-424-3282 or for more information.

SUMMER CAMP Registration begins March 4 for summer camps offered by the Arvada Center. Arts camps are offered in theater, visual arts, dance, ceramics, music, creative writing, storytelling and photography for ages 5-18, and ArtStart camps for age 1 ½ to 4. All sessions are taught by highly trained teachers. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Camps start June 3 and run through mid-August. Visit www. or call 720-898-7200. MONDAY/MARCH 4, MARCH 12, APRIL 9, MAY 14 UPCOMING CONCERTS Future performances in the Tuesdays at Trinity series includes a March 4 (a Monday date) concert featuring The Mendelssohn Trio; March 12 with The HwangAlnomae-Hsu Trio; April 9 with Miriam Kapner and Friends featuring chamber music paying tribute to the oboe; and May 14 with Nicolo Spera offering an evening of classical guitar. Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 7755 Vance Drive, Arvada. Tickets are available at the door, by online reservation at, or by calling 303-422-3656, ext. 25. Parking is free. TUESDAY/MARCH 5 START SEEDS Join Jackie Raehl, owner of Star Acre Farms, to learn basic seed starting techniques from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn about seed starting mediums, heirloom seed saving, and growing vegetable seeds for transplanting into your home garden. Leave with seeds, information and materials for starting your own heirloom plants such as peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. Open to ages 12 and older. Sign up early; call 720-898-7405 or visit to register and for information on costs.

the historic McNichols Civic Center Building at 14 W. Colfax Ave. (on the corner of Colfax and Bannock). The event recognizes LoDo’s notables for their achievements in 2012. Your ticket includes Wynkoop Brewing Company suds, an assortment of fine wines, Ceren vodka cocktails, fine fare, live music and an evening of glamorous networking. Please RSVP by March 1. Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting or by calling 303628-5428.

Wolff quitting Goodwill

After nearly three years as president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver, Jesse Wolff has announced he is resigning. During his tenure, Wolff has made a significant impact growing the venerable nonprofit’s mission, building the brand, investing in its employees and facilities and transforming the culture of the organization. Since Wolff was hired in 2010, Goodwill’s revenues have nearly doubled and community donations have increased significantly. Also under Wolff’s leadership, Goodwill has created nearly 500 new jobs in Denver and northern Colorado, and the company is now among the 60 largest private employers in the state with nearly 1,400 employees. Also over the last three years, Goodwill has opened 15 new retail stores, Outlet Worlds and donation centers — contributing millions in economic impact to the state. “This was not an easy decision to make,” Wolff said. “In my time at Goodwill, thanks to the hard work of so many talented, hard-

PRESCHOOL FUN Jody Weiland teaches about a different kind of animal from 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesdays from March 6-27 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. This four-week session includes fox, ants, raccoons and coyotes. Enjoy a glimpse into their wonderful worlds, using books, stories, crafts, and games. Program for ages 3-6 years. Sign up early; call 720-898-7405 or visit to register and for information on costs. THURSDAY/MARCH 7 MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE Marta Burton and Sheldon Sands present “Unbounded: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery,” a multimedia performance that draws upon the music, historical narratives and images of Jewish and African-American experiences of oppression and slavery to raise awareness of those enslaved globally today. The concert will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver. Tickets are available at For information contact Deanne Kapnik at dkapnik@mizelmuseum. org or 303-749-5019. CHILI COOK-OFF The Golden High School PTA plans its first chili cook-off to raise money for after-prom, senior scholar-

ships and classroom grants. The event is from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Support the school by showcasing your chili or buying a ticket to help judge. Tickets include a bowl, spoon and bottle of water, and are available in advance or at the door. The evening also will feature a silent auction, raffle and bake sale. Visit for more information and to register.

COMING SOON COMING SOON/MARCH 8 THEATER PRODUCTION Lakewood Cultural Center presents Aquila Theatre Company in Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8. Tickets on sale now at, 303-987-7845 or at the box office, 470 S. Allison Parkway. COMING SOON/MARCH 8-9 ORCHESTRA CONCERT Augustana Arts presents Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra performing “The Matter of Music: Wood,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Colorado Christian University Music Center, 9200 W. Ellsworth, Lakewood; and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver. Call 303-388-4962 or visit www. for tickets and information. Coming Soon continues on Page 22


explored at Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, “Making Life’s Toughest Decisions,” features a screening of the award-winning short film “The Last Race,” which portrays a family suddenly faced with a decision about whether to donate the organs of a loved one. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available.

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WEDNESDAY/MARCH 6 CITIZEN’S POLICE academy Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Arvada Police Department or wanted to get an inside look at policing? You can do so by attending the Arvada Police Department’s Spring Citizen’s Police Academy. The academy meets on 12 consecutive Wednesdays between March 6 and May 15. Classes are in classrooms and field settings, and give participants insight into many aspects of police work. Visit to complete an application. A criminal background investigation will be done on each applicant. The academy is offered twice a year, and class size is limited. Call

working employees across the company we’ve accomplished so much — we’ve increased revenues by more than 40 percent, we’ve increased the reach of our mission programs tremendously and we added 500 new jobs, just to name a few. The transformation of Goodwill that I envisioned has become a reality and I feel like I’m leaving Goodwill in a really good place. “The decision of who will replace me will ultimately be made by Goodwill’s Board of Directors led by Carrie Mesch. I feel we have one of the strongest boards a nonprofit could ask for, so I am confident they will find someone who will continue to lead Goodwill on its path of increased mission impact, retail growth and employee investment.” Upon Wolff’s departure, for which a date has not yet been set, David Brunick, Goodwill’s vice president of human resources, will act as interim CEO.



St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

Proclaiming Christ to the Mountains and Plains 12735 W 58th Ave · 80002 · 303-420-1232 Daily Masses: 8:30 AM, Mon-Sat Confessions: After Mass, Mon, Wed-Fri; Sat: 9:00-10:00 AM; 4:00-4:45 PM Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 PM Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9:00, 11:30 AM, 5:30 PM


Church of God Saturdays: The “Dive Inn” Bible & Grill Contemporary Service Dinner @ 5:30 & Worship @ 6:00 Sundays: Bible classes @ 9:00, Worship @ 10:00 Prayer & youth group @ 6:00 Wednesday Night: “Back to the Basics” Study @ 6:00pm Monday Nights in March: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace

303-424-3282 7135 West 68th Avenue


Arvada Christian Church


Worship .................... 9:30 am Thurs. Night Bible Study..6:30 pm

14350 W. 32nd Ave.

8010 West 62nd Avenue 303-422-5412 Nursery Available


Jefferson Unitarian Church 303-279-5282 A Religious Home for the Liberal Spirit Service Times: 9:15am / 11:00am Religious education for all ages. Nursery care provided.



SERVICE TIMES Sunday: 9 aM and 10:30 aM WedneSday: 6:30 PM



9725 W. 50th • Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

(303) 421-3800 Main


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5280, Denver’s “Mile High magazine” is looking for a restaurant critic who can “build upon the success for their established food coverage.” If you think you’re the ideal candidate, email a brief cover letter, resume, three clips, and a sample restaurant review to No phone calls!

Nursery provided during both services Church School at 9 & 10 am

S E R V I C E S 8 & 10 am

George Morrison, Senior Pastor

Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

of Oklahoma Norman campus honor roll for the fall 2012 semester. Megan Brittney Lukens, of Arvada, was named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at Seattle Pacific University.

6750 Carr St. • Arvada, CO 80004

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Please join us for our weekend & mid-week services

62nd & Ward Road

Family Worship Center Saturday ....................................................5:00 pm Sunday ..................................9:00 am & 10:45 am Wednesday ...............................................6:30 pm

4890 Carr Street

CELEBRATIONS Erin C. Stengel, of Arvada, made the fall 2012 dean’s honor roll at Ottawa University. Andrew Laurence Oursland and Thomas Jeffrey Pope, both of Arvada, were listed on the fall 2012 honor roll at the University


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Calvary Chapel Arvada Church plant-interest meeting

Interested in having a Calvary Chapel in Arvada? Please join us as we join together in prayer and discuss the next step in starting a CC in Arvada. March 10th at the Arvada Community Rec Center 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.

Rev. Dr. John M. O’Lane, Head of Staff Sunday School for All Ages: 9 am (nursery provided)

Sunday am worship: 10 am (nursery provided)

5592 Independence St. 80002 Tel. 303-422-3463 • email:

Now enrolling for Preschool,

Jr. Kindergarten & Kindergarten


For more info call Sal @ (720) 545-7732

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COMING SOON/MARCH 8-17 PLAYHOUSE PERFORMANCE Festival Playhouse and 11 Minute Theatre Company present “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner,”by Pat Cook. What do you do when you have three geriatric sisters as patients and all they want to do is sit at home and talk to one another – all at the same time? You move another person in with them. At least, that is what Doc Lomax does when he has a new nurse needing a place to live. Performances are at the Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Call 303-4224090 or visit COMING SOON/MARCH 9 CHANNELING DEMYSTIFIED Eclectic Horizons

presents a program in which you will learn the different types of channeling, how to communicate with a spirit and the components of true channeling. The class is from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at The Cloisters in Lakewood. Call 720-248-8396 for information on costs; register at

JAZZ CONCERT The Arc presents “Swing, Swing, Swing!”with Dez Rubano & Friends. The jazz swing concert to benefit The Arc is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets available by calling 303987-7845; online at or www.; or at the box office. Free parking. MOVIE SHOWING The movie “Living for 32”will be

the March Movies that Matter at Living Light of Peace, 5927 Miller Street, Arvada, at 7pm on Saturday, March 9. This is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun shooting massacre which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus, April 16, 2007. Discussion and updates on the gun violence issues to follow after movie. All are welcome. Free.

COMING SOON/MARCH 9-10 GARDENING CLASSES Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 Garrison St. in Arvada, offers early spring classes for gardeners. Call 303-424-7979 or visit www. Admission is free and no registration is required, unless otherwise noted. Schedule for March 9-10: SATURDAY, MARCH 9: “Growing Plants from

Seed,”9:30-10:30 a.m. Do it yourself, save money, have fun. Instructor is Ryan Schmitt, Botanical Interests. “Spring Bulbs,”from 1-2 p.m. Color the summer garden with bulbs. Instructor is Todd McNulty, Van Bloem.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10: “Vegetable Gardening 101,” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you want to begin gardening, this class is for you. Get started now, the right way. Instructor is Chris Doolittle. “Pruning Trees & Shrubs,”from 2-3:30 p.m. Learn the basics of what to prune, when to do the job and how to prune properly and avoid common mistakes that can lead to problems later. Instructors are Quinn Farrington &

LECTURE SERIES Unique Lives & Experiences welcomes lecturers, artists and celebrities who will share perspectives from their lives. The series is at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. On Monday, March 11, the series welcomes Vicente and Marta Fox, Mexico’s former president and first lady. The series also includes Jane Goodall, primatologist and conservationist, on Monday, April 1; Sissy Spacek on Tuesday, May 14; and Dionne Warwich on Tuesday, June 4. The lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-449-8118. Visit www. COMING SOON/MARCH 12 COLORADO PREDATORS Sharp teeth, sharp vision and keen hunting skills make people take pause when they come across Colorado predators. Join local naturalists Tabbi Kinion from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Kristen Libberton to learn more about the fascinating lifestyles of bears, lions, coyotes and other local wildlife. We’ll talk biology, play games and do activities to find out what it feels like to be the predator and their prey. Call ahead to register; 720898-7405. The program is from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Visit WOMEN’S LUNCHEON Denver West Women’s Connection will have a Spring is on the Way luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 13371 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. Call 303-985-2458 for reservations. NORTH KOREA Join Active Minds from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, for a discussion of the history of North Korea and the development of the North Korean nuclear program. This free event is sponsored by Western Hills Health Care Center and will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Lakewood, 8210 W. 10th Ave., Lakewood. EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION Join Active

Minds from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, as it explores what this historic proclamation did and did not do. It will examine its impact, both immediate and longer term, from the perspective of slaves, slave owners, Northerners, Southerners, and the country as a whole. This free program will take place at Atria Inn at Lakewood, 555 S. Pierce St., Lakewood. RSVP at 303-742-4800.

COMING SOON/MARCH 14 SPELLING BEE Compete with other spelling whizzes in the 60+ Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Arvada Press, Brookdale Senior Living’s Arvada Sterling House and Arvada Meridian, and Prime Time for Seniors Newspaper. Prizes and refreshments included. This is a free event, but both contestants and spectators must register by March 2. Contestants must be 60 and over. Sign up soon; space is limited. The spelling bee is

from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.

AAUW MEETING March is Women’s History Month. Join Lakewood AAUW at its March branch meeting to hear author and speaker Preethia Burkholder in a presentation of her book titled “17 Women Who Shook the World.”Come and learn the winning traits of Eleanor Roosevelt, Wilma Randolf, Mother Theresa, and more. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Holy Sheppard Lutheran Church, 920 Kipling St., Lakewood. Questions: call Deanna Hanna at 303-981-6675. COMING SOON/MARCH 14 SCARS PRODUCTION Red Rocks Community College theater arts and dance department presents “Scars: Breaking the Cycle,”beginning March 14 at Red Rocks Community College. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturdays through March 23. The production is based on real-life experiences of Red Rocks Community College Gateway students. After a two-week performance run at Red Rocks Community College, “Scars: Breaking the Cycle”will tour the Denver Metro area and be presented with community partners: D.L. Parsons Theatre at the Northglenn Recreation Center (March 29), Curious Theatre (April 2), Westside Live! Presents and the Jefferson Unitarian Church (April 19). For information and reservations, contact Leonard Madrid at 303-9146458 or COMING SOON/MARCH 14, MARCH 21 TAX WORKSHOPS The Colorado Department of Revenue offers free tax workshops on sales and use tax laws in Colorado. The workshops include information on many common sales and use tax topics, including but not limited to the liabilities businesses face when they are not in compliance with Colorado laws. The Sales/Use Tax Part 1 class is from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 14, and Part II is from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Wheat Ridge. Registration is required. Continuing Professional Education credits and training materials are available. For more information and to sign up, visit www.TaxSeminars.

RECURRING EVENTS ARVADA RUNNING Club is offering $1,200 in college track or cross-country scholarships to one or two graduating high school girls for the 2013-14 school year. Eligible students must live in Arvada and/ or attend an Arvada-area high school and plan to participate in a formal track or cross-country program during their freshman year in college. This is the third year in a row the club has offered scholarship funds. Applications are available on Arvada high school Naviance websites. For more information, contact or ltkrapes@msn. com.


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Murals make fun, quiet activity Alternating between short active play times and quiet ones helps children learn and reduces everyone’s stress. Making murals is a quiet activity that keeps on growing over the months. For more easy activities see grandparentsteachtoo. org and pod casts at Learning Through the Seasons.


Roll of paper, crayons and markers, glue, and colored paper

What to Do:

Paper murals can be made from sheets of computer paper taped together or the back of strong wrapping paper. Freezer paper costs more but is very strong and water proof. Newspapers often sell machine end rolls for about $5 each. You will have enough paper for months, perhaps years. Stretching out a long paper adds uniqueness to drawing during a soothing quiet time. An important part of any activity is discussing what to do first. Children learn vocabulary mostly from these quiet discussions with adults. What are children interests at the moment? Are they excited about Lego or Play Mobile figures of dolls, super heroes, Ninjago, Star Wars or Chima? These are all geometric figures of squares, rectangles and triangles. Take the figures apart, analyze and show children step by step how to draw their favorites. Accept and praise whatever they

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can do. Children may want to practice on another paper, cut out ones they like and paste on the mural. This practice often avoids tears of frustration. There doesn’t need to be a planned scene, just legions of figures all over the paper are fine. Later if they want to replace a drawing, just paste over it. Other mural themes include: flowers, cars, trucks, birds, sports logos, favorite foods from grocery ads, sea animals or a scene made with geometric shapes cut out of colored paper and glued on the mural. Children may add real natural items and cotton balls for snow. If children have difficulty drawing something, search for free coloring pages in Google images they can color, cut out, and glue to their mural. Very young children may want to scribble on their portion to make circular storms. Murals can be a time line of children’s development. Esther Macalady is a former teacher, who lives in Golden, and participates in the Grandparents Teach Too writing group.

Military briefs General press releases Submit through our website Obituaries Letters to the editor News tips Fax information to 303-468-2592 Mail to 110 N. Rubey Drive, Suite 120, Golden, CO 80403.

ArvAdA ChAmber of CommerCe

recognizes leaders in the Arvada community at an Awards lunch on

mArCh 28th 11:30Am – 1:00pm at the Arvada Center.


This event is open to the public and we encourage everyone that knows these award winners to attend as we honor their work in building our community. Their selflessness, leadership, and dedication, to our community are truly commendable and worthy of special praise.

tickets are $40 per person to attend CAll 303-424-0313 to reserve your seAt

the mAn & WomAn & Ayp AWArds lunCh the AWArd Winners: 2012 MAN OF THE YEAR:

Luke Heesacker, Arvada Rent Alls


Connie Zimmerman, Colorado Homeless Families

2012 IMAGE AWARD WINNER: Luella Teter


2012 ARVADA YOUNG PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER: Allison Trembly with Arvada Economic Development Association

Past Winners of Man & Woman of the Year



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He said during the investigation, a laptop and a computer tower were taken from the Sigg home and analyzed. Images of girls and boys exposing themselves were found on both the laptop and the tower. Pyler testified that sexually exploitative videos were also found on both devices. Westminster Detective Michael Lynch testified about an interview he had with Mindy Sigg. Sigg told his mother that he did not rape Jessica. He said he grabbed Jessica as she walked by his car, put her in his back seat and zip-tied her arms and legs. He said he took her home and had her change clothes. Sigg then told his mother how he killed her. He said he tried to choke her with the zip-ties, but ended up strangling her. After that,

he said he dismembered the body in the bath tub, using a saw from the garage. He told his mother he was a monster. Sigg also told his mother he was responsible for the attempted abduction of the jogger. After the testimony, the judge declared probable cause. Originally Judge Stephen Munsinger ruled to close the preliminary hearing to the public, but the Colorado Supreme Court overturned his decision. On Feb. 21, the Colorado Supreme Court issued an opinion siding with media organizations who argued that the judge failed to show that holding the hearing in public would jeopardize Sigg’s right to a fair trial or consider other ways to protect Sigg’s rights without shutting out the public.

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RECURRING/MONTHLY SKATING PARTY Lace’EmUpSkating plans free skating parties

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

RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 1 ANNUAL SALE The Lakewood Arts Council will have its annual

sale of art supplies and art work during February. A recycled clothing boutique has been added to this annual fundraiser. Members of the council donate items that have been collected through the year for the sale. Most items may be purchased for any donation, with all the money raised benefitting the art council. The sale continues through March 1 at the Lakewood Arts Council Art Center, 85 S. Union Blvd., Lakewood. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 303-980-0625 or visit


finalize corporate sponsorships by early March for its 8th annual Evergreen Fall Carnival, which is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. For information or to become a sponsor, contact Kappy Kling at 214-404-8119 or by email at kappy_kling@yahoo. com. The annual event serves as one of the major fundraisers for the Bergen PTA, with profits allocated for new classroom technology at both Bergen Valley and Bergen Meadow schools. Tax-deductible sponsorships ranging from $500 to $5,000 are now available. Supporting businesses and organizations will be highlighted in Carnival advertising reaching the mountain communities of Evergreen, Conifer, Marshdale and surrounding areas.

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RECURRING/MONTHLY THROUGH MAY FAMILY CONCERTS The Music Train and Swallow Hill Music presents the family concert series, at 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through May at Swallow Hill Music Association, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver; and at 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month through May at the D-Note, 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada. For information and tickets, visit RECURRING/THROUGH MAY 26 SPRING EXHIBIT Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

presents its spring exhibit “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” through May 26. Visit, email brokenships@bmoca. org or call 303-443-2122 for information. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is at 1750 13th St., Boulder.




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Government Legals NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing will be held before the Arvada Planning Commission on March 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., Arvada Municipal Building, 8101 Ralston Rd., Arvada, when and where you may speak on the matter to rezone (and amend the official zoning maps) from Jefferson County A-1 (Agriculture) to City of Arvada R-E (Residential Estate) for BERRY PATCH, located at 7000 Lee St. Additional information can be obtained from the Community Development Dept. or written comments may be filed therewith no later than 8 days prior to the hearing. CITY OF ARVADA PLANNING COMMISSION /s/ David Goff Secretary Published: February 28, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids for the construction of City of Arvada, Project No. 13-ST-01 entitled, Milling and Overlay - 2013, will be received at the office of the City Engineer until 10:00 am on March 8, 2013 and then publicly opened and read aloud. The BID DOCUMENTS, consisting of Advertisement for Bids, Information for Bidders, Special Conditions, Addendum when issued, Bid Bond, Bid Proposal, Bid Schedule, and the Project Drawings may be examined at the following locations: City of Arvada Engineering Division - 8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, Colorado 80002 Dodge Plan Room – 1114 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 100, Denver, Colorado 80204 iSqFt Plan Room, 1312 17th Street, Suite 115, Denver, Colorado 80202 Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System at No cost bid documents may be obtained at on or after February 22, 2013. Bid documents may also be obtained at the office of the City Engineer upon payment of $30.00 per set, which is non-refundable. ESTIMATED QUANTITIES OF THE MAJOR ITEMS OF WORK ARE: 145,000 SY 2” Depth Milling (Full Width) 20,000 TON 2” HMA Overlay (Grading SX) 55,000 SY 6” Depth HMA Patching (Grading S) Bidders, subcontractors and suppliers must be familiar with the current City of Arvada Engineering Code of Standards and Specifications for the Design and Construction of Public Improvements, dated July 19, 2011, which will be combined with the Bid Documents to form the Contract Documents for the Project. A copy of the Standards may be obtained from the office of the City Engineer upon a non-refundable payment of $30.00. Holders will be notified when supplemental revisions and additions are available as they are adopted. The Standards are also available at no cost on the City's web site at Holders are responsible for keeping current their City of Arvada Engineering Code of Standards and Specifications. The Project Engineer for this work is Chris Proper, at 720-898-7645. CITY OF ARVADA /s/ Patrick Dougherty, P.E. City Engineer Publication Dates: February 28, 2013 March 7, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press FINAL NOTICE OF A POTENTIAL IMPACT TO A FLOOD HAZARD AREA The City of Arvada, Colorado will be committing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383, as amended), to undertake a project known as the Memorial Neighborhood Park Revitalization Project. The specific elements of this proposed project are to restore and improve a city neighborhood park addressing creek flow and creek bank areas, separation of park activities that are causing park user conflicts, restoration and improvement of neighborhood park facilities, and the realignment of pedestrian walkways for low and moderate income Arvada homeowners and renters providing for safer access and improved natural stream conditions. The proposed action, if implemented, will impact a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA); reference FEMA flood insurance rate map panel number 08059C0212E. The purposes of this notice are to: (1) inform the public of this commitment and (2) identify the reasons why the proposal must be located in the floodplain; (3) provide a list of the alternatives considered; (4) discuss all mitigation measures to be undertaken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values. These details concerning the proposed project are available for examination/copying at the Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Division, City of Arvada, 8001 Ralston Road, Arvada, Colorado weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the proposed project to: Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization PO Box 8101 Arvada, Colorado 80001-8101 ATTN: Edward Talbot All comments must be received no later than March 7, 2013. Mark Deven City Manager City of Arvada, Colorado Published: February 28, 2013 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press


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Number of place w i n n e r s out of 10 entrants the Pomona wrestling team had at last weekend’s state tournament. The Panthers won one individual championship, Archie Colgan at 160 pounds, to go along with the team title.




2013 CHSAA Boys and Girls Championships The state basketball playoffs kicked off this week, with postseason action scheduled in all classes. Class 4A and 5A girls started things off Tuesday night, with the boys taking the court a night later and the second round slated for this weekend. Classes 1A-3A must have district play completed by March 2.

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Pomona’s Archie Colgan throws Fossil Ridge’s Austin Lindsay during the Class 5A 160-pound title match. Colgan won a 7-6 decision during the 2013 CHSAA State Championships at the Pepsi Center Saturday. Photo by Alan Yamamoto

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Panthers’ Colgan crowned as 160-pound champion By Daniel Williams DENVER - It didn’t quite come the way they envisioned, but the Pomona Panthers are the best team in 5A wrestling. The Panthers used a team score of 125 points to capture the team title at the Colorado Wrestling State Champions at the Pepsi Center. Initially, it looked as though Pomona gave away the team championship after eight of their 10 state qualifiers were defeated in the first two rounds. But the Panthers rallied behind senior Archie Colgan’s state title at 160 pounds, and senior Austin Marvel’s second place finish at 138 pounds, as well as five other top six finishers. “This is a culmination of a lot of hard work not only this season but over the last couple years of us just falling short,” Pomona coach Sam Federico said. “It feels awesome. It is such a special feeling.” Some thought perhaps the Panthers were disappointed after just two of their wrestlers made it to the finals on Saturday night. But none of those people were Panthers. “I am so proud of the way our guys rallied

The Pomona Panthers pose with the Class 5A team championship trophy. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen and fought. When things didn’t go the way we planned we could have got discouraged and gone the other way, instead we stuck together and we kept fighting and we got it done,” Federico said. Colgan, Pomona’s lone individual champion, was a juggernaut throughout the entire tournament and was not going to be denied. After settling for third last year Colgan said he wasn’t going to let anyone stand in his way of a state championship. Colgan won a 7-6 decision over Fossil Ridge’s Austin Lindsay. “I can’t describe the way it feels to be a state champion,” Colgan said. “It’s my senior year; I knew I had to go out as a champion.” Marvel was forced to settle for runner up after his 10-0 loss to Pine Creek’s Geordan Martinez. Marvel was struck in the nose early in the match and, although the match was stopped several times to stop the bleeding of what could be a broken nose, he could never recover to beat Martinez. “I got hit in the face and hurt my nose but

it is no excuse, I am definitely not going to use that as an excuse. He is a good wrestler and he beat today,” Marvel said. Although the Panthers are disappointed they didn’t have a couple more of their wrestlers competing Saturday night for first place or second place, as team Pomona had enough wrestlers place that it put them over the top for their first team title in 12 years. Pomona produced seven different top six finishers including defending state champion senior Raymond Robledo who finished third at 132 pounds. Junior Joshua Rosales also took third for the Panthers at 120 pounds, freshman Tomas Gutierrez (106) and sophomore Travis Torres (113) both took fourth, and senior Lukas Vagher took sixth at 126 pounds. In addition, coach Federico was awarded the 5A Coach of the Year after Pomona’s outstanding season as a team. “It’s an honor but it’s not my award it is my teams. We have not only great wrestlers but great kids and that is why we have been able to have so much success,” Federico said.


“It feels awesome. It is such a special feeling.” Pomona wrestling coach Sam Federico on winning state Pine Creek’s Geordan Martinez takes down Pomona’s Austin Marvel Feb. 23 during state finals. Marvel lost the match and took second place in the 5A 138-pound weight class.

Coronado’s Devan Cruz wrestles against Pomona’s Lucas Vagher Feb. 23. Vagher took sixth in the 126-pound weight class at state. Photos by Courtney Kuhlen


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Krohn caps career at Arvada as all-timer Stanford bound senior goes out in style By Daniel Williams DENVER - One of the most storied careers in the history of Colorado high school wrestling was capped with a third consecutive state championship. Arvada senior Garet Krohn finished off his incredible prep career with a landslide victory in the Class 4A 195-pound final at the Colorado Wresting State Championships Saturday at the Pepsi Center. Krohn defeated Discovery Canyon’s David Traynor 24-9 in a technical fall victory that was also one of the dominant efforts of the entire tournament. “It’s completely surreal, I can’t describe the way I feel. Every time I win it just feels better and better,” Krohn said. “I think memorizing that feeling has helped me continue to repeat. Once you have that feeling you want it again.” Not only was it Krohn’s third straight state title, he did it at three different weight classes. As a sophomore he won a state title at 152 pounds. As a junior he won the title at 182 pounds. And on Saturday night Krohn did what only a handful of others in the history of Colorado high school wrestling have done when he won his third straight title in three different weight classes. “It’s bittersweet,” Krohn said. “I started wrestling at 5 years old. To have wrestled my last high school match is sad but I am also looking forward to what’s next.” Krohn has also helped make history in terms of his smarts. Krohn is helping shatter the reputation that wrestlers are muscle-heads, as he has already accepted a full ride scholarship to Stanford. “I am even more motivated now because I know that I have to be ready for the next

Arvada senior Garet Krohn sizes up Discovery Canyon’s David Traynor during their Class 4A 195-pound state championship match Saturday at the Pepsi Center. Krohn won 24-9 to capture his third straight state title. Photo by Alan Yamamoto level,” Krohn said. Krohn wrapped up his senior season a perfect 30-0 and was rarely challenged. He had only one match all season go the distance, a 7-3 victory in the finals of the

‘It’s completely surreal, I can’t describe the way I feel. Every time I win it just feels better and better.’ Senior Garet Krohn, Class 4A 195-pound State Champion

Thomas Jefferson Invitational three weeks ago. “We always talked about Garet leaving a legacy and he definitely has done that,” Arvada coach John Howes said. “We have had some pretty special wrestlers over the years at Arvada and he ranks among the best.” As a team it was a rebuilding year for the Bulldogs. After a fourth place overall team finish at the state tournament in 2010 and then a sixth place finish in 2012, Arvada was due for a rebuilding season. Last season the Bulldogs became only the third team in the history of Colorado high school wrestling to have three separate

back-t0-back champions. Krohn, as well as Marcos Peralta and Dwight Howes, made up one of the best Arvada teams of all-time. This season just two Bulldogs qualified for the state tournament. Krohn, as well as 220-pounder Brock Howes, made it to the Pepsi Center. And despite Howes two and out at the tournament, he is only a sophomore. In addition, he is coach John Howes’ son. “He doesn’t let me coach him, but he is a good young wrestler,” Howes Sr. said. “This was good exposur and a good experience for him.”

Doherty’s Thaddeus Hayes, left, wrestles Arvada West’s Taylor Bergquist Feb. 23.

A-West strong at state tournament with 8th place finish Five of six Wildcats place as top six finishers, four were underclassmen By Daniel Williams DENVER - Lost in the shadows of Pomona’s dominant season is the Arvada West Wildcats. Quietly A-West put together one of the best seasons not only in Jeffco, but in all of 5A wrestling. And while they might not be at Pomona’s level just yet, they proved to be the next best thing at the Colorado Wrestling State Tournament Saturday at the Pepsi Center. Behind an accumulation of strong performances the Wildcats finished the season as the eighth best team in 5A wrestling with an overall team score of 65.5.

Arvada West’s Payton Tawater, bottom, wrestles against Cherry Creek’s Zach Finesilver Feb. 23. Tawater took third place in the state championships in the 126-pound weight class. Photos by Courtney Kuhlen “Were not Pomona, but no one is,” A-West coach Ron Granieri said. “But I am still very happy with how our wrestlers performed and this is just another step for us.” A-West qualified six for the tournament and five of those six placed on Saturday. The Wildcats had a pair of third place finishers in sophomore Payton Tawater, who defeated Cherry Creek’s Zach Finesilver 5-2 at 126 pounds, and junior Tony Silva-Bussey, who pinned Legend’s Colton Fries at 170 pounds. A-West sent one more wrestler to the third place match at 120 pounds but senior Jerry Trujillo was beat by Pomona’s Joshua Rosales 5-3.

In addition, A-West had a fifth place finisher at 138 pounds when sophomore Taylor Bergquist beat Doherty’s Thaddeus Hayes 8-2. And finally sophomore Bennie Pachello took sixth place after he was beat by Chatfield’s Jake Thayer at 132 pounds 8-5. Four of the five wrestlers who placed are underclassmen, and A-West is already being talked about as being one of the best teams in the state next season. “We aren’t where Pomona is just yet but we are getting there. I am really interested to see how things play out for us next season,” Granieri said.


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Mustangs hockey impressive in win over Gators D La Ralston Valley reaches this week’s Frozen Four By Craig Harper

Jeffc noi Standley Lake hockey coach Rich Pijanowski’s familiarity with the current Ralston Valley team predates his threeyear involvement in the schools’ rivalry on ice. “I ran a summer camp at Arvada Hockey and I’ll bet three-quarters of those kids used to do my camp,’’ Pijanowski, the Gators head coach for two years and an assistant in 2011, said after last Saturday’s second-straight state quarterfinal matchup between the Jeffco powers. “So I know most every one of those kids and I played with (Mustangs assistant coach Steve Gustafson’s) brother. There’s a lot of history. It’s like a big family.’’ That relationship may prejudice Pijaniwski’s thinking. But after Ralston Valley earned its third trip in four years to the Frozen Four with a convincing 4-0 victory at the Apex Center, he’s confident this might be the Mustangs’ year. “They’re firing on all cylinders, and I like their chances,’’ Pijanowski said. “They may be the first Jeffco team to bring this home.’’ Ralston Valley, which lost in overtime to Regis Jesuit in last year’s final, knows a championship won’t come easily. All four semifinalists hail from Foothills League, and though the Mustangs earned a top seed by winning the conference, they tied Resurrection Christian, their Thursday opponent at Magness Arena on the University of Denver campus, and beat Monarch and Regis Jesuit, the other semifinalists, by one just goal. “At this point in the year it’s anyone’s game and we just have to worry about ourselves and prepare ourselves to be ready to go,’’ said Ralston Valley coach Matt Schoepflin. “If we play our game, we’ll be OK.’’ The Mustangs (18-2-1) ride into the Frozen Four on a four-game winning streak since the 4-4 tie with Resurrection Christian on Feb. 11 and are 7-0-1 since a 2-1 loss to Chatfield. Ralston Valley was impressive in the first two playoff games, beating Bishop Machebeuf 6-0 in Friday’s opener before dispatching No. 5 seed Standley Lake. Saturday’s win wasn’t a given coming in. The Gators (13-6-2) knocked off Ralston Valley 4-3 in a December nonleague game, then took the Mustangs to overtime before bowing 3-2 in league play on Feb. 2. But Ralston Valley set the pace early in the rubber match with leading scorer Charles Joly notching his 21st goal with an assist from No. 2 scorer Greg Dyba just 1:07 into the game. Victor Lombardi added a second goal with 3:50 left in the first period, and the Mustangs added power-play goals by Dyba in the second and third periods while their defense completely stifled the Gators’ offense. “It was nice to get out there and kind of get our legs going quick and get momentum on our side,’’ said Dyba, who tallied his 16th and 17th goals. “Once we get rolling, we’re hard to stop. Each line keeps building and building. So I’d say that really was a factor. “We definitely came into the game wanting to try to control the pace, so I think getting a quick goal definitely helps

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Ralston Valley’s Charles Joly attempts a shot on the goal during the second period of Friday’s first-round victory over Bishop Machebeuf. Joly scored the first goal for the Mustangs, who won 6-0. Photo by Jonathan Maness us do that,’’ Schoepflin said. “We’re a team that relies on our speed a lot and I think that today we were able to establish that pretty well and get down behind their (defense) and work pretty well.’’ The Mustangs outshot the Gators 70-36 in the two regular-season games, a trend that continued Saturday. Ralston Valley had a 16-6 advantage in the first period, then limited Standley Lake to four shots over the final two, finishing with a 37-10 edge. Still, it remained a 2-0 game until Dyba, assiseted by Tanner West and Nathan Mikesell, scored his first power-play goal with 1:36 left in the second period. Midway through the period the Gators had a few rare scoring opportunities but failed to capitalize. The trio combined for the final goal in the third period. “One of our Achilles this year is getting off to slow starts, and we ramp it up,’’ Pijanowski said. “When they pop one like that it puts you back on your heels, and I don’t think we ever quite recovered. We had them in their end for about a five-minute stretch in the second period, then there was a penalty and we lost our momentum when it was still a 2-0 game. That was pretty much the end of it.’’ Ralston Valley’s defense, which may be a bit underrated given the Mustangs’ ability to pressure opponents’ defenses with its skating ability, couldn`t have been better in the first two playoff games. Goalie Zach LaRocque only had to make three saves against Bishop Machebeuf. “We’ve really been focusing on being strong in our de-

fensive zone and kind of working from there,’’ Schoepflin said. “If we can be strong in the defensive zone then we’re going to create offensive opportunities out of that. That’s kind of our mindset going in: be strong in our end first and goals will take care of themselves.’’ Said Dyba, “Our defense has really been picking up of late. In the beginning it wasn’t what we’d like it to be. But now it’s starting to really click and we’re starting to get it figured out. It’s the right time, hopefully.’’ Pijanowski said a big difference between the teams was vocal communication. “I can hear their kids talking to each other and it speeds up the game. … That’s something they do very well and something we don’t do very well. And their floor check was tenacious. We didn’t move the puck, we didn’t let our guys know where we were to help them move the puck, and that helps (Ralston Valley) set up their floor checks, and they’re as good as anybody out there doing that.’’ Pijanowski wasn’t about to let the shellacking temper his team’s accomplishments for the season, which included sharing the Foothills lead near the end of January and a tie with Regis and a win over Resurrection Christian. The fifthseeded Gators followed that victory with a 2-1 first-round playoff win in overtime over No. 4 Valor Christian on Jeff Moffat’s game-winning goal. “At the beginning of the year, on paper I thought we’d be around a .500 team,’’ Pijanowski said. “But we had a good season and came together and did a lot of things.’’

D’Evelyn top seed in 4A, Ralston Valley No. 5 in 5A Several quality Jeffco teams on display at state tournament By Daniel Williams LAKEWOOD - As usual Jefferson Country will be represented well in the upcoming Colorado High School Basketball State Tournament starting this week. Top-seeded D’Evelyn (21-1, 14-0) rolls into the tournament as the expected favorite in 4A after their outstanding season. For all of their hard work they will have a bye and will wait for the winner of Eagle Valley and Erie. Also representing Jeffco in the 4A bracket is No. 9 Green Mountain (12-11, 7-7) who will travel to Falcon High School for their first round meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (results of Wednesday tournament games not available before print).

However, after Golden’s (15-8, 10-4) very strong second half of the season where they won 11 of their last 15 games, the Demons earned a No. 6 seed and will host Steamboat Springs Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Finally in the 4A bracket is No. 12 Wheat Ridge (8-15, 7-7), who qualified for the tournament after a strong second half of their season. The Farmers will travel to Palisade for a meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. In the 5A boy’s bracket No. 5 Ralston Valley (15-8, 11-5) hosts Smoky Hill Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs have won 11 of their past 14 games. No. 7 Lakewood (13-10, 10-6) is looking to make a run in the tournament when they host Poudre Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Finally, No. 10 Arvada West (13-10, 8-8) is embracing the role of underdog and will travel to Montbello for their opening game Wednesday at 7 p.m. In 3A Jefferson (14-7, 7-5) looks to extend their season against The Pinnacle in

D’Evelyn’s Luke Stratman scores a basket against Noah Brookman of Wheat Ridge earlier in the season. Photo by Andy Carpenean the Frontier League District Tournament

Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School.



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s D’Evelyn Ladys top seed, Lakewood No. 5 in 5A Jeffco teams ready to make noise in state tournament By Daniel Williams LAKEWOOD - D’Evelyn earned a top seed and a bye in the 4A bracket of the Colorado High School State Basketball Tournament starting this Wednesday. The Jaguars (22-1, 14-0) will face the winner of Glenwood Springs and Harrison Friday night. Also representing 4A Jeffco in the state tournament is No. 6 Green Mountain (14-9, 9-5), who will host Steamboat Springs Tuesday at 7 p.m. (results not available before print). No. 8 Golden (12-11, 9-5) will host Roosevelt Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Demons won five of their final six games to qualify for the

Mustangs start fast at state By Daniel Williams

we’re hat’s DENVER - Despite a strong first day t andwhich included a big-time upset, Ralston Valley wrestling didn’t parlay that to the poup ofdium. . But Still, the Mustangs had a good season, a get itbetter regionals and had a pair of wrestlers place Saturday at the Colorado Wrestling s wasState Championships at the Pepsi Center. each Ralston Valley finished with a total team th theyscore of 38, good for a 16 place finish in And5A, behind Jeffco rivals Arvada West (eighth puck,with 65.5 points) and Pomona (5A team hemchampions with 125 points). their But the Mustangs qualified five wrestlers e do-for the tournament and on the first day the Ralston Valley looked as good as any team er hisin in the tournament. uded Four of the Mustangs five state qualifiers a tieall won their opening round matches on fifth-Thursday. ound That included one of the biggest upn Jeffsets of the entire tournament when senior Isaac Arellano upset Pomona’s Travis Torres ’d beat 113 pounds with a 12-4 major decision. good



tournament. In the 5A bracket No. 3 Ralston Valley (21-2, 16-0) has earned a bye after their strong regular season. They will await the winning of Fairview and Littleton. No. 5 Lakewood (19-4, 14-2) may have been shortchanged with their seed and draw. The Tiger have been as good as team in 5A this season and they are looking t0 prove that when they host Westminster Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. No. 11 Arvada West (6-17, 5-11) will travel to Castle View High School for a showdown Tuesday at 7 p.m. No. 11 Pomona (9-14, 4-12) will go on the road to Monarch High School Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. And finally in 3A hoops Faith Christian (7-12, 2-7) will play at Holy Cross in Metro League Districts Monday at 7 p.m.

Torres was one of the top ranked wrestlers at 113 pounds all season. “It’s a complete underdog win,” Arellano said. “He’s a smart wrestler and is aggressive, but to be honest I just think I wanted it more. It’s my last year and its state.” Arellano used the huge victory to fuel his run to the fifth place match. However, he fell to Northglenn’s Maurisio Garcia, who pinned him at 1:40. Ralston Valley senior Jakob Buys was the Mustangs’ top wrestler at the tournament. At 220 pounds Buys rolled through the tournament before stumbling one match shy of making it to the finals. But Buys rallied to earn a spot third place match and was then award third place after Lakewood’s Nick Debruyn was forced to forfeit because of an injury he sustained earlier in the tournament. “Just making it to this tournament defines you an excellent wrestler,” Ralston Valley coach Bruce Pearson said. “There are so many good wrestlers at this tournament. Anything you can achieve once you get here is pretty special.”

Golden junior Jessica King passes the ball around Valor Christian’s sophomore Kendall Bradbury during action earlier in the season. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Sports Quiz By Chris Richcreek 1. Who holds the mark for most career victories by a pitcher in Miami Marlins franchise history? 2. Between 1970 and 1977, a Reds player won the N.L. Most Valuable Player award six times. Name the four Cincinnati players who won it. 3. In 2011, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger became the second-fastest player to reach 25,000 yards passing (3,109 pass attempts). Who was the fastest? 4. Who was the last University of North Carolina senior men’s basketball player to win ACC Player of the Year before Tyler Zeller in 2012. 5. Name the first NHL hockey team to

be featured on a Wheaties box. 6. When was the last time Richard Childress Racing won a NASCAR Cup season title? 7. Name the last teenage girl to hold the No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis at the end of a season.


1. Ricky Nolasco, with 76. 2. Johnny Bench (1970, ‘72), Joe Morgan (‘75, ‘76), Pete Rose (‘73) and George Foster (‘77). 3. Kurt Warner did it in 3,076 pass attempts. 4. Phil Ford, in 1978. 5. The 1991 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. 6. It was 1994 (Dale Earnhardt). 7. Martina Hingis, in 1999. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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A lot of bumps in ‘They Call Me a Hero’ West Chamber seeks young leaders For a very large hunk of your life, your heroes came in a comic book. Spiderman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman arrived in living color between the pages of something you got at the grocery store. You were thrilled by their bravery. You loved to watch their crime-fighting skills. You wanted to be brave like them. These days, though, you know it takes more than a cool costume to be a hero. So does Daniel Hernandez but in his new book “They Call Me a Hero” (with Susan Goldman Rubin, published by Simon & Schuster), he says there’s nothing heroic about his actions. The event on Jan. 8, 2011, was supposed to be fun and informative. Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford, who loved interacting with her constituents, had planned a meet-and-greet that Saturday afternoon in Tucson. Twenty-year-old Daniel Hernandez, an intern with Gifford’s office, was there to help register attendees and to do light crowd control. And everything was going well until he heard explosions and one word: “Gun!” Almost automatically, Hernandez headed for the stage, with Gifford first on his mind. With barely a pause, he pressed his hand against her wound to slow the bleeding, an action that may have saved her life. He comforted her, and rode with her in the ambulance to the hospital. Years before, as a child, Hernandez had wanted to be a doctor. He was a good student in school and was teased for his bookishness and for being gay. Undaunted, he stayed true to himself and sought classes and training for a future medical career. He blames his “obsession” with politics on Hillary Clinton. He became fascinated

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by her run for the White House and volunteered to work for her campaign, a love that extended to his college years, the friends he sought and, later, to a desire to serve others in a political career that also allowed him to do motivational speaking. On that January day in 2011, though, Hernandez was just an intern. His future, he hoped, would be spent serving others through volunteering. But he was destined to become a hero first … There are a lot of bumps in “They Call Me a Hero,” starting with the subtitle (“A Memoir of My Youth”). Authors Daniel Hernandez and Susan Goldman Rubin don’t include a whole lot about Hernandez’s youth; instead, the vast majority of this memoir is about that one day in Tucson, the whirlwind of media attention afterward, and Hernandez’s subsequent political activities. There’s also an awful lot of back-patting here. To the good, however, this book may loudly urge teens to give of themselves to better their worlds. With an overwhelming record of achievements, Hernandez is a tornado of service to others and he makes volunteerism seem fun, almost like a community in itself. That may spur young readers to mobilize. Indeed, the intended audience for this book is 12-to-18-year-olds but there’s certainly no reason adults can’t read it. If you can look beyond the bumps and boasting in “They Call Me a Hero,” you may find a hunk of inspiration, too.


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The West Chamber is currently accepting applications for its 2013-14 Youth Leadership Jefferson County class. Applications are due May 6. The YLJC is a program created to develop the leadership potential of Jeffco high school students and is patterned after the Chamber’s Leadership class for adults. According to Marta Murray, director of the leadership programs at the Chamber, the YLJC was created based on the idea that high school students should have the same opportunity to learn about leadership as adults do. “The whole point is we want kids to get interested in leadership, because we think there are leaders in every group of kids,” Murray said. “We take 35 students, and try to get representation from the entire county.” Students in the program meet once a

CELEBRATIONS Nicholas J. Miller, of Arvada, was named to the fall 2012 dean’s academic honor list at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. He is the son of Rose Miller. Mikaela Hathorne, of Arvada, made the fall 2012 president’s list at Northeastern Junior College. Amanda R. Klostermann, of Arvada, was named to the fall 2012 provost’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming.

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