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December 13, 2012 A Colorado Community Media Publication

Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 8, Issue 29

Cash tight for county budget


Approved 2013 budget reflects decrease in revenues By Glenn Wallace The purse strings are tight in Jefferson County, as the county commissioners voted 2-0 to approve a $382.9 million budget for 2013. Commissioners Donald Rosier, District 3, and Faye Griffin, District 1, voted to approve the budget at the Dec. 4 board meeting. District 2 Commissioner John Odom was absent. The adopted 2013 budget — available at — includes $3.1 million less in operating expenses than the 2012 budget. Those reductions mirror the roughly 1-percent reduction in projected tax revenue for the county. On the day of the budget’s adoption, County Budget Director Tina Caputo warned the two commissioners that she had just received the “December letter” from the county assessor’s office, indicating “an unanticipated slide,” revenues would be $157,257 lower than previously anticipated. The figure was expected to be close to $2 million. Back in October, the county’s budget office, in conjunction with Jeffco department heads, presented a $386.5 million budget, which relied on $24.5 million in reserve and operating fund transfers. In commission budget talks, commissioners made it plain that they would seek to reduce that figure, and cut that transfer figure down to $20.9 million. “We can’t continue to take at the rate we have been,” Rosier said. Only one member of the audience spoke during the budget approval hearing. Kathy Doyle of Golden criticized the county for not making it clearer to the public just how much money was being spent annually as part of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority. Caputo said the 2013 budget includes a floating $1.5 million allocation set aside to assist with the parkway. Virtually all staff increase requests were denied for 2013. The budget includes zero salary increases for county employees. Those employees will have their medical benefit costs rise 5 percent next year, of which the county will cover half. The Sheriff’s Office, the largest county department by expenditure and employee count, had its expenditure budget reduced from the draft budget by $500,000 as well as having several project requests being denied. The commissioners also set mill levy rates for unincorporated Jefferson County at the meeting, opting to keep rates steady by extending a temporary 1.6-mill reduction in place for at least another year. Rosier said that himself, “and the commissioners believe that now is not the time in this economic recession to increase taxes.”

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Stacy Grolnic dons a Santa hat while running in the Fa La La 5K to support Habitat for Humanity Saturday at Stenger Complex in Arvada. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Santa House opens doors for season Parents begin choosing presents for their children from hundreds of donations By Sara Van Cleve

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ith less than two weeks until Christmas, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Now in its seventh year, the Santa House will provide more than 2,900 children from 13 Arvada and two Wheat Ridge schools with free gifts this Christmas, helping out parents who are having financial difficulties. Families at the participating schools must qualify as low-income to receive a voucher and be able to choose presents from the Santa House.

Duane Youse works with checking in parents paperwork at Santa House in Arvada Dec. 4.

“It’s wonderful,” said Jeanne Griggs, who is volunteering at the Santa House with her husband, Dwight, for the third year. “Everybody is so appreciative. It gives you a nice feeling.” Santa House officially opened for clients Dec. 4 at noon and parents began lining up outside of the location, 9578 W. 58th Ave. at 8:30 a.m., said cofounder Duane Youse. Within the first hour and a half, 72 parents went to Santa House to choose gifts for their children, Youse said. “It’s nice to be able to have this,” said Nici Kenner of Arvada as she chose toys for her three daughters, 14, 9 and 1 and her son, 3. “Everything they’re doing is helpful, especially this time of year. I’m finding a lot of stuff they’d like. This is my first year, I didn’t know about it last year.” When parents come to Santa House, a volunteer guides them through, making sure each child they’re there for gets a coloring book and crayons, a book, a main present, a stuffed animal, a stocking stuffer and either a hat, scarf, pair of gloves or socks. The main presents include toy cars, basketballs, skateboards, Barbies, baby dolls and learning toys for babies and toddlers. Each family also receives a

Jean Liekhus sorts through toys prior to Santa House opening in Arvada Dec. 4. Photos by Andy Carpenean board game of their choice and up to two Christmas decorations. All of the toys and presents are provided through donations or are bought by volunteers through donated money. “When people need food, people donate; the same for presents,” said Youse, a former executive director for the Arvada Community Food Bank. “The same people who need help with food need help with presents this season. It lights up the eyes of kids. The parents love it and are thrilled to see them open their presents.”

The Santa House will be open to parents from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays Dec. 22. Donations are still needed to fulfill the need this season. Items appropriate for boys and girls from infancy to the age of 14 can be dropped off at Santa House, 9578 W. 58th Ave., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday until Dec. 22. Toy donations must be new and unwrapped. Cash donations are accepted also. Checks can be mailed to Duane Youse, 6347 Deframe Way, Arvada, CO, 80004.

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Some crimes do harm to us all Kimber Schneider, 42, mother of two, can close her eyes and still see his face, the brown hair, the jean jacket. Gene Martin. Last seen in August 1984 while delivering newspapers in Des Moines. Five days shy of his 14th birthday, he disappeared, never to be found. He rode the same school bus as Schneider, then in middle school. “It has shaped how far I let my kids go out of my bubble,” she said. “And I didn’t think it would.” But how could it not. One moment, a child is here, walking to school, playing in the park, carefree, believer of good. The next instant: Vanished. Innocence lost. Trust — in the world — broken. For the family and friends left behind, the horror never ends. And in today’s world, it implants terror in the hearts and minds of parents everywhere. As parents, where do we draw the line between fear and faith, protectiveness and independence? Where do we go when a child, like little Jessica Ridgeway, is abducted on her way to school, then killed in a most terrible way? We do what parents have always done. We grieve, because we can almost imagine what that loss would feel like. We worry, because what if it happened to our child? We reassess parenting methods and teach vigilance better than before. And, we try to remind ourselves that good is more abundant than evil. Fear cannot win. The black-and-white clarity of statistical data also helps balance the tilting anxiety between possibility and probability. Consider that the probability of a child being abducted by a stranger is about one in 650,000, slightly less than the odds of dying by fireworks discharge, said Dr. Kim Gorgens, a clinical psychologist at the University of Denver who teaches the psychology of criminal behavior. The numbers come from federal justice and health studies.

“Statistically speaking, kids are fairly safe, all things considered,” said Gorgens, who has an 11-year-old son. “The difference is the availability of media and information overload about safety risks.” Google news alerts on the Internet. Radio. TV. Text-message updates on phones. Facebook posts. The constant stream of news is inescapable when something bad happens today. The immediacy, in cases such as Jessica’s, overwhelmingly creates a sense that evil lurks in the corners and, even, wide-open spaces of communities we suddenly no longer consider safe. Bad things have always happened. My neighbor remembers the sexual assault of a classmate during his high school years in California more than 20 years ago. Schneider talks of another child kidnapping that happened in her husband’s home state of Minnesota in the 1980s. But instantaneous cross-country knowledge didn’t exist then to cast its fearful net over us. My mother, who is 79, remembers only one child abduction incident being talked about during her youth — of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh’s baby in 1932, which actually occurred the year before she was born. “Bad things happened,” she said. “Before, we didn’t know of them.” She does, however, add a caveat: The world today is a less friendly place, a more suspicious one in which scarier incidents occur more frequently than the world in which she grew up, or the world in which she raised her three kids. Back then, the culture was different, less

brutal violence in movies and video games. Boundaries were narrower and more respected; people paid attention to each other more, relied on each other more. My mother could call the telephone operator to find out where I had wandered as I played with friends. “She’s over at the Lopez’s house,” the operator would tell her. The grapevine constantly chattered and watched. Now we have Neighborhood Watches, which are highly successful crime prevention programs, according to Gorgens. They require an investment by neighbors to look out for one another, to care beyond their fences, to believe that what happens to someone else is their business, too. If we operated in such a fashion all the time, could we keep our children safer? A positive outcome, if it can be called that, of Jessica’s tragedy was a re-examination of family safety policies. “It’s like a call to arms for parents,” Gorgens said. “Every parent evaluates their own procedures.” The collateral damage, as Gorgens described it — a bruised perception of safety, the traumatic anguish — was more difficult to manage. For many, a new reality exists. Kimber Schneider still sees Gene Martin’s face. When her kids complain they can’t walk somewhere alone, she is unyielding: “You have to be with someone. There are bad people in the world who do bad things and that’s why mommy is really careful about where you are. … People will

take you. People take kids all the time and don’t think that just because you live where you live that it’s not going to happen, because it can happen anywhere.” They take her warning in stride, she said. Just a matter-of-fact part of life. Like our parents before us, we tell our children not to talk to strangers. We teach them how to cross a street. But we have added to the precautionary list: Always walk with a buddy, even to a restaurant bathroom. Call as soon as you get to your destination, even if it’s just around the corner. Park in well-lit areas, even if the area is crowded. Learn self-defense, even if you think you’ll never need it. We do our best to prepare them to know how to be safe. Because, as my mother said, one day, “like all good parents, you have to let go.” Gorgens offers this to think about: “When you have a quiet moment and your fear starts to unravel you, consider what’s the likelihood I’m going to face that problem? Have I done everything possible to protect myself?” That’s all, really, that we can do. That, and continue to believe in goodness — and make it our business to look out for one another. Especially the children. Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at or 303-5664110.

INSIDE THE PRESS THIS WEEK HEALTH: Caregivers gather and give each other support. Page 26

LIFE: Foothills Art Center features holiday market. Page 8

SEASONS: Take a look at our holiday fun. Pages 10-12

BOOKS: Grant Collier releases first children’s book, “Dreaming of Colorado: A Bedtime Story.” Page 25

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Jeffco takes wide view on beltway New study to look at west side of proposed ring road The study is anticipated to cost $750,000, to be paid out of the county’s 2013 budget, using funds that have already been set aside for beltway development. Though the western half of the beltway passes through several other jurisdictions, French said there were no current plans to seek additional funding assistance. French told the commissioners that few other traffic improvement projects were planned along the Denver metro area’s west side, making study and support of the beltway completion more critical. “This study could iden-

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After decades of looking at the 470 beltway in bits and pieces, Jefferson County is planning on looking at the bigger picture of the entire western half of the ring road. Last week county transportation staff presented a proposal before the Board of County Commissioners, recommending Jeffco hire a consultant to develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan for the western half of the beltway. “The county is interested in an overall solution, as opposed to the segmented looks that have been done to date,” said Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Director Kevin French. The study would encompass the Northwest Parkway in Broomfield, to C-470 west of Santa Fe Drive. Of the 54-mile stretch, 32 miles are in Jefferson County. Staff recommends the study to help research several Jeffco issues, including the county’s desire to construct the Jefferson Parkway portion (a planned four lane, all-toll freeway section between state highways 128 and 93), congestion and safety issues along U.S. 6 and State Highway 93, ongoing C-470 congestion, and the potential impact to county residents if express toll lanes are added on portions of C-470.


tify the potential benefits to the other highways through the western side of the metro area,” French said. “I think this is the right way to go. I think it’s necessary,” said 3rd District Commissioner Don Rosier. “We’re one of the only metro areas of our size without a completed beltway.” The county is already partnered with the C-470 Coalition, which has been looking at potential improvements to the alreadybuilt portions of C-470. French and Rosier said that the study would overlap, and help inform the coalition’s work. The commissioners gave their formal approval or the study at their Tuesday meeting.

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JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Accused impersonator pleads ‘not guilty’

The Arvada Tavern’s completely redone bar.

Arvada Tavern chef Gil Montenegro, left, and cook Will Lamare stand behind a pig,which is an emblem for the tavern. Photos by Andy Carpenean

Renovation work at the Arvada Tavern included new tables and booths for patrons.

Familiar place reopens with new face Arvada Tavern, city’s first bar, reopens in Olde Town By Sara Van Cleve Black and white pictures from a time past line the red-and-whitestriped wall. A 1940s phone booth sits in the corner. Patrons walk on the same floors built in 1942. These are all components of the Arvada Tavern’s history. Arvada issued its first liquor license in the town’s history on April 7, 1933, to a bar called the Arvada Tavern, and it has been welcoming patrons ever since. Mike Huggins, the new owner of the Tavern, 5707 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., took over the bar and restaurant this past summer and began bringing history back to life. “It has been the longest running bar in Arvada,” Huggins said. From 2010 until Huggins took it over, the location was known as Red Jack’s Saloon, the first time in its history it wasn’t known as the Arvada Tavern. “We changed it back to the Arvada Tavern as soon as we took it over,” he said. “It was just because of its history. When I first looked at this project, I had no intention of even using the Arvada Tavern name because I heard from the community that it had a bad

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rap, but then when I heard of all of the history of it, I figured we had to bring it back. You hate to see something just disappear like that.” As Huggins began to remodel the tavern, he looked to its past for inspiration. “Our remodel was based on the remodel that happened here in 1942,” he said. “The Seipp family, came in and rebuilt the whole building to what it looks like now.” The Seipps were the third owners of the bar. The Arvada Tavern’s legacy in the city since it was founded was part of what intrigued him, Huggins said. “During World War II to build a project of this nature, for it to be dedicated to a tavern and restaurant, in this type of town, is pretty mind-blowing to think about,” he said. Huggins and his head chef Gil Montenegro also looked to the past for menu inspiration. “We have a lot of pork on the menu,” Montenegro said. “That’s kind of our mascot, the pig. We have a burger, which was served here as long as it’s been the Arvada Tavern, green chili, which we make all here. We do everything fresh. It’s classic American stuff but with a modern twist, a bit more pub-style. The Tavern also sells the Colorado classic, Rocky Mountain oysters. The macaroni and cheese, which features four-cheese sauce made inhouse, is one of the biggest sellers,

Montenegro said. While the Tavern does have a variety on its food menu, cocktails are the Tavern’s focus. “Our specialty is cocktails,” Huggins said. “Bringing back the prohibition-era cocktails. We have a lot of vintage, classic cocktails, all of them using fresh ingredients and the proper techniques that were used at that time as well.” The signature cocktail is the Mable Gramm (a Manhattan with a twist of lemon), which is named after a 30year employee. Gramm had never bartended before she was hired and had to learn the drinks fast, Huggins said. She could never get the Manhattan right, so he decided to memorialize her legacy with the Mable Gramm. Gramm’s daughter, Esther Rone, who was one of Huggins’ point of reference for the Tavern’s history, said her mother started working in the Tavern in 1947. As she and her brothers, and even her own children, grew up they all worked at the Tavern in some capacity. “It meant a lot to me,” Rone said. “It was my second home away from home. I spent a lot of time up there. I hated to see it go downhill like it did. I think (Huggins) did a great job. It’s hard to go back, but he kept as much of it as he could.” The Arvada Tavern is open 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday.

A man accused of posing as a firefighter during the Lower North Fork Fire, and later the High Park Fire, was in Jefferson County court last week to plead “not guilty” to charges of criminal impersonation, impersonating a public servant and felony theft. Michael Maher, 31, was arrested for impersonating a firefighter at the High Park Fire in Larimer County earlier this year. During the investigation, several pieces of firefighter-issued equipment from the Jeffco fire in March and the Lower North Fork Fire were found in Maher’s possession including a portable radio and chainsaw. An April 2 jury trial was scheduled for Maher.

Amateur boxing for kids

Boxing for Christmas Crusade is an amateur boxing event on Saturday to benefit an annual toy drive sponsored by 98.5 KYGO to help Jefferson County law enforcement officers deliver toys to children. The Denver Police Brotherhood Youth Boxing organization is presenting the boxing event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, with doors opening at 3 p.m. and the fights starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10, and free for five and younger. Tickets are available at the door, or at Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union locations,, 303-458-6660. Funds raised for Christmas Crusade will help law enforcement officers deliver toys to the homes of families and children that they see could use a little extra cheer this holiday season. To donate directly to Christmas Crusade, donors can bring toys to Crusade headquarters at 7075 W. Hampden Ave. in Lakewood.

Heroine dealer arrests

Last week the West Metro Drug Task Force used an undercover operation to make four arrests of suspected heroine dealers. The task force announced the seizure of four ounces of heroin, individually packaged in 220 sellable balloons. Detectives also seized about $4,000 in cash and one vehicle. The suspects are Honduran and Mexican Nationals and all are currently in custody at the Jefferson County Jail. All four suspects face numerous felonies, including Distribution of Controlled Substances and Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances.

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ARVADA NEWS IN A HURRY Arvada Center showcasing 100 artists’ work at annual sale

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is hosting its 26th annual Fine Art Market Show and Sale through Dec. 16. The Art Market is an exhibition and sale of fine contemporary art by local artists. More than 100 Colorado artists participate every year. The market is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.

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Apex Center’s North Pole mailbox gets wish lists to Santa, letters written back

Children can send their wish list to Santa and even get a letter back through the Apex Center. Through Dec. 17, children can drop off their letters to Santa at the North Pole mailbox at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave. If children or parents put a return address on their letter’s envelope, Santa will write the child back before Christmas Day.

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Don’t let the locals fall off the cliff There is little time left before the nation hits the so-called “fiscal cliff.” President Obama and the lame-duck Congress have an unprecedented number of issues to address — including some that directly affect every city, town, special district, county and school district in Colorado — and every Colorado taxpayer. When they met right after the election, Obama and bipartisan congressional leaders agreed to a framework for deficit reduction that includes both revenue increases and spending cuts. They will continue to flesh out this agreement over the next few weeks — but no state or local elected leaders will be at the table. Their decisions to cut federal funds for education, highways, clean water, safe drinking water, housing and community development leave us only to ponder by how much. And even more important to the longterm fiscal future of state and local governments, these federal decisions could also sharply increase the costs for vital public improvements such as schools,

roads, sewer systems, bridges and fire stations. Here’s how that could happen. Obama and the leaders of Congress seem to agree that additional federal revenues must be part of any agreement to avert the cliff and to put the U.S. on a more sustainable budget path. It appears certain that Congress will go after what are called federal tax expenditures — the largest and fastest growing part of the federal government’s budget. This could cover income tax deductions like mortgage interest, employersponsored health insurance, and chari-

table contributions. Also, according to various congressional study groups, it might also include municipal bonds. Under current law, Colorado does not tax the interest earned by any family or corporation in Colorado from U.S. Treasury bonds. Similarly, since 1913, when the income tax code was first adopted, the federal government has never taxed the interest earned on a bond issued by a state, a university or by any local government; hence the term “tax exempt bond.” If Congress suddenly changes this equation and eliminates the municipal bond interest exemption, the borrowing costs of local governments will go up, thereby placing more of a burden onto local taxpayers. On Nov. 6, the overwhelming number of debt questions put forward by local officials to build new schools, repair city streets and build new water treatment plants received approval by voters throughout Colorado’s communities. According to national statistics, state and local governments now shoulder over

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Delusions help us forget about realities of the world Is there anything so sad as watching somebody suddenly be confronted with their own delusions? I was thinking about this the other day as I was following the debacle that has become the search for a new head football coach for the University of Colorado. How else do you explain that CU approaches the coach of a school from a lesser conference, offers him a substantial payraise and on paper articulate its intention to significantly upgrade the facilities at the university, and yet, he says “no”? There was a time when CU was a great destination for a football coach. CU could approach somebody from another major college program, a program that had enjoyed success, and entice him to come to Boulder. It happened with Gary Barnett, and it happened again with Dan Hawkins. But not so much any more. And yet, if you watch how the administration at CU has approached this coach’s search, in every aspect from the high bar Athletic Director Mike Bohn set for the qualifications, to the media leaks, to the sort of myopic arrogance of only going after one candidate, you would


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think CU was still a “plum” job. Kinda hard to imagine in the same week that one sports publication listed CU as No. 114 in it’s power rankings of the 132 top-tier football programs in the country. Sometimes, the delusions that we build up are like a defense mechanism — we put them in place to insulate ourselves from doubters and naysayers, from the people who would rather see us fail than wonder why they haven’t succeeded more. But more often than not, those delusions are just a willing departure from the realities of the world around us, and those can be dangerous. I remember shortly after the Columbine massacre, we teachers went through

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a number of training sessions on bullying and school violence. One snippet really stuck with me: The student who has a ridiculously inflated estimation of their own abilities is far more likely to become violent if that delusion is suddenly punctured. In other words, when some kid’s oversize bubble bursts, sometimes it sprays violent shrapnel. Of course, the same thing could be said of many aspects of life, without the dramatic violence. When the ridiculously over-inflated pricing of homes suddenly was confronted with reality, it almost collapsed the entire financial system. And in more trivial terms, think of the delusional mystique that got built around the Denver Broncos last year, especially after the playoff win against Pittsburgh — how much harder did that make it to watch New England dismantle the Broncos? Confronting reality is sometimes a difficult and painful thing, especially for a generation that has been raised to think that participation awards are as good as achievement awards, and that everybody gets a trophy regardless of whether they contributed.


Luckily, as any guy knows, there is no more effective cure for self-deluding behaviors as a wife; but, short of that, it really points to the importance of having people in your life who are honest with you and who aren’t afraid to call you on your own garbage. And sometimes, that’s going to mean starting all over from square one, rebuilding the reality you want through actual achievements and industry. And that’s OK. If I recall correctly, once upon a time, CU needed a reality check and went and hired a little-known assistant coach named Bill McCartney. That seems to have worked out pretty well for CU in the 1980s and 1990s, and a similar “reset” may be just what the doctor ordered. If Mike Bohn and the rest of the administration in Boulder is willing to take their medicine.

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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Drug ring on the run

Operation Blood Sport results in 10 arrests for drug running

By Glenn Wallace

Authorities in Jefferson County broke up a major cocaine and methamphetamine interstate distribution ring. Nicknamed “Operation Blood Sport” because several of the suspects were believed to be involved in cock fighting, authorities called the arrests and drug seizures made so far in the investigation “a major dent” to the drug trade in the Denver metro area.

“This was a major drug smuggling ring brought down with the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies,” Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink said at press conference held Monday. DEA Special Agent in Charge Barbra Roach, Lakewood Police Chief Kevin Paletta and Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan were at the press conference, where First Judicial District Attorney Scott Storey revealed details of the Nov. 30 grand jury indictment that included 49 counts against 16 individuals. Ten are currently in custody on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, conspiracy to distribute, and money laundering. “This investigation was actually part of a national effort called Operation Below the Belt,” Roach said. Investigators found evidence of interstate drug smuggling, cocaine arriving from California, and meth from Arizona. In the course of their

investigation authorities say they found $21,500 in drug proceeds, two kilograms of cocaine, and 12 pounds of meth (hidden in the engine of an SUV). Last week a search of a suspected location in the 6300 block of West Mississippi Avenue in Lakewood revealed approximately 70 roosters, as well as cockfighting accessories. Roach said additional charges regarding cockfighting could be forthcoming. Authorities are seeking six more individuals who are named in the indictment: Francisco Leon, 22; Homero Reynosa-Cardenas, 21; Francisco M. Barragan a.k.a. Chapetes, 26; Jesse Rubio a.k.a. Chapito, 24; Manuel Eduardo Carrola-Hernandez a.k.a. Anthony Castro a.k.a. Trompis, 25; and Oswaldo Rodriguez-Sanchez, 33. Roach said she believes some of the six may still be in the area because they have strong local ties.

Don’t be shy about spreading good word Who do you know? I mean who do you know that you would feel really good about recommending or providing a referral for? What if I asked it a different way? What if the question was this, who knows you and who would feel really good about giving you a referral or recommending you as a friend, or for a job, or to join a committee? You see, networking happens all the time, whether we do it consciously, unconsciously, or subconsciously, we have an opportunity to participate at many levels. I can share with you that many years ago, when I had my first big opportunity to join a company, the difference maker between why I was hired and beat out the other few finalists was because of the letters of recommendation that were sent on my behalf. They were so strong that the hiring manager almost couldn’t believe it. But after following up

and speaking directly to the people who endorsed me, the hiring manager became convinced that I was the right candidate and offered me the position. Facebook and LinkedIn have helped me to reconnect with so many people. Some folks that I grew up with and went to school with, others that I served with in the military, and many people that I have worked with or had an opportunity to know professionally. Social media is awesome in that way, connecting us with people from our past as well as our present. But even without the help of such enabling technology, we still have our immediate circle of friends,

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Meals go mile high

The children and pets area of holiday art mart at the Foothills Art Center in Golden. Photos by Andy Carpenean

Holiday market brings winter wonderland Show features variety of wares, moods to fit the season By Clarke Reader


he Foothills Art Center is taking the “winter wonderland” from song and bringing it to life with its 38th annual holiday market. The market runs until Dec. 30 at the center, 809 15th St. in Golden, and features more than 100 local artists displaying their hand-crafted work. “We have every medium here, and some people wouldn’t even think of,” said Reilly Sanborn, executive director for the center. “Things like jewelry and crafts to woodcarved dog beds.” The market is a juried exhibition, with artists contributing from as far away as Grand Junction and La Veta, but most are

from Jefferson County, according to Sanborn. “Some artists live so close they can literally walk their work to the gallery,” said Pam Fortner, who manages the market with Mary Beth Beach. “I think the jury did a great job selecting a wide variety of work that will appeal to a lot of people. There are a lot of options and price points for everyone.” Sanborn said one of the best things about the market being local is that it allows people to not only support artists, but Golden as well. “It’s part of our mission to support Colorado artists, and the sales tax go back to Golden, and we’re very proud of that,” she said. While the items for sale are certainly the major draw of the market, Fortner and those she works with put a lot of time and imagination into creating a different decoration theme every year. This year’s theme is a winter wonderland, and Fortner and her team have spread out more than 500 cellophane flowers in wintry colors — white, cranberry red

A collection of holiday hats for sale at the art market at the Foothills Art Center in Golden.

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INFORMATION: 303-279-3922 or visit www. and lavender — throughout the gallery to bring that wonder to shoppers. “This way we make it fun for people to just come and see, and it’s also fun to shop in,” she said. Market shoppers will have no shortage of gifts and goods to delight them. Sanborn said the market sells food items like toffee and homemade jams that sell out every year. There are also the more traditional gifts like jewelry, which Fortner said is one of the market’s most popular areas. “We have some wonderful glass artists with works that are both functional and gorgeous,” she said. “We also have some great fiber gifts — some great hats, scarves and jackets. Anyone with a taste for finely crafted clothing will find something here.” Fortner also added that she asked all artists to contribute at least one handmade ornament, and the results are sixtrees worth of ornaments for shoppers. Shoppers who come late to the market don’t need to worry about everything being picked-over. As work sells, the artists are informed, so they can bring more inventory or new items to fill the space. “Our shoppers can find high-quality, hand-crafted, nice gifts any time, and they’re likely to see something new every time,” Fortner said. For more information on the market, call 303-279-3922 or visit

The Colorado Convention Center is stepping up its cuisine scene to incorporate Colorado-produced eats into its concession stands. Centerplate, the Convention Center’s official caterer, has brought in Colorado suppliers such as Polidori Sausage, Continental Sausage, produce from Blue Bear Farm (Centerplate’s 5,000-squarefoot urban garden), along with grass-fed beef burgers from TAG chef/owner Troy Guard, to up its good-grub game to appeal to conventioneers who bring in millions of dollars annually to support our economy. “We started this project in February by talking to talents in the country using local products and bringing authentic Colorado (cuisine) to the Convention Center,” said Laurence Rua, Centerplate’s regional vice president, during a press lunch last week. All 14 of the Convention Center concessions are now sending a clear Colorado cuisine message to visitors. “We’re designing food not just to eat, we’re designing food … to say welcome to Colorado, which is our theme of the redesign of the food program,” said John Sergi, Centerplate’s chief design officer. QR codes on concession stand signs connect with the website to take viewers to see other eateries around town where out-of-towners can dine. Other chef consultants who were brought into the program’s redesign were Roberto Santibanez, a New York restaurateur and author of “Truly Mexican,” who created tortas and tacos using local ingredients, and Italian expert Bill Pustari from New Haven, Conn., who created pizzas using seasonal vegetables and locally sourced meats. The public is invited to try out the new food program whenever the Convention Center is open.

Spoiler alert

If you haven’t watched your recorded version of Wednesday’s “Top Chef” series on Bravo, don’t read this. Denver’s Tyler Wiard, exec chef of Elway’s steakhouse, was told to “pack his knives and go” after he was paired up with CJ, one of the show’s past chef-testants, after the reluctant duo bummed out the judges with a badly executed pork burger. But don’t count Wiard down and out quite yet. Bravo continues the contest with “Last Chance Kitchen”, a web-only battle by the ousted chefs to win a place back on the big show. On this week’s webcast, Wiard and CJ were again paired (to their amusement and chagrin) and challenged to make a dessert in competition against reigning “Last Chance Kitchen” champ Kuniko Yagi. Chef/judge Tom Colicchio declared the pair the winners of the dessert challenge for their cherry fritters and hay (yes, you read that right) ice cream. So they will move on to face the next ousted “Top Chef” contender. To see the webisode, go to Parker continues on Page 9

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Beer, food ... and toys Toy drive and toasting beer at the Golden Hotel By Glenn Wallace Good beer, good food and … a lot of toys? Those were the ingredients that went into a special beer-pairing dinner at the Golden Hotel’s Bridgewater Grill Dec. 5. About 75 guests attended the dinner, which featured the beers of AC Golden, Ska Brewing, Arvada Beer Company, Strange Brewing and Boulder Beer. Many of those guests brought presents with them to donate to the Golden Rotary Club’s holiday toy drive. The hotel matched the toy donations, present-for-present.

The Boulder-based Faurot Construction also pledged to donate a toy for every two received. At the end of the night, hotel spokeswoman Renee Rinehimer said 250 toys had been pledged to Golden Rotary. Kelly and Cary Floyd of Arvada Beer Company said they were excited to participate in the evening’s toy drive, pouring their Grandview Pils. “We said definitely, sign us up!” Kelly Floyd said. Arvada Beer Company participated in Colorado Gives Day that same week, raising $20,000 for local charities and social programs. “The community supports us, so we definitely want to support it,” said Cary Floyd. This year, diners at the Bridgewater Grill have had the chance to find out just what beer can do for food, with a monthly series of beer-tasting dinners, titled the Colorado Beer Tour. Each dinner featured a different Colorado brewery. For the end-of-the-year dinner, the

Golden Hotel invited some of the most popular breweries of the beer tour to return, and bring some of their more festive, holiday-inspired brews along. “This meal’s a lot more difficult than most. There’s a lot of seasonal flavors,” said Bridgewater Grill Chef David Davis. Davis’s menu included a beerbraised pork sausage with beer mustard, and a coulotte steak and roasted vegetables in a Boulder Beer Company Never Summer Ale maple glaze. The desert of cinnamon apple bread pudding paired with Strange Brewing’s Gingerbread Ale. “The spectrum of flavors that brewers are making now, I think beer creates much more interesting flavors than wine,” David Zuckerman, the brew master for Boulder Beer, said as he handed out samples of his Flashback India-style brown ale to guests and fellow brewers. Details about the 2013 Colorado Beer Tour are available at

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End of the world?

Party like there’s no tomorrow with a package at Denver’s The Curtis — a Doubletree Hilton hotel on Dec. 21, the day the world will end, according to the Mayan calendar. The Party Like There’s No To-Maya package, priced at $12,021 (does money really matter if Earth takes a powder?), gets you and dozens of your closest friends rental of the entire 15th floor, including the British Invasion Suite and the Rolling Stone Suite plus 22 guest rooms; limousine transportation to the downtown hotel; a full floor party with two bars stocked with top-shelf alcohol, a spread of glutinous foods and decked out with party decor and rockin’ music; apocalypse-worthy guest room amenities including freeze-dried foods,

gas masks, anti-radiation tablets and water purifications tablets; and a tattoo artist ready to give you the butterfly or tribal tattoo that you’ve always wanted. And if the sun does come out on Dec. 22, the hotel’s Corner Office restaurant will throw in brunch for 48 people and limo transportation home. To book the doomsday package, go to or call 1-800-525-6651.

Meet the parents

Former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is making hay in the New York gossip columns with a much higher completion rate than he ever had during his short stint here. The New York Jets backup QB apparently has introduced actress girlfriend Camilla Belle to his parents, and “mom and dad

approve,” according to an item last week in the New York Post’s Page Six column, which credits In Touch magazine for the initial report. “His mom, Pam, likes that Camilla comes from a strict Catholic family, and loves that she does so much work with a children’s charity,” Page Six said, quoting an In Touch source. “Pam thinks Camilla could be the girl Tim has been waiting for!” Here’s the link to the story: pagesix/tim_tebow_introduces_camilla_belle_wl8S5J9u5EYGn2G1mCkzmI.

grateful for the work that they do and all the people that they serve. But I must share with you that my heart goes out to the entrepreneur or small business owner and their staff. One day, and maybe one day soon, you will find yourself in a position to recommend someone, refer people to a business, or network with folks where you can help connect the dots between two people or businesses. And you may just even find that when you are

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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.

Michael G. Darland

June 3, 1948 ~ December 4, 2012 Mike Darland passed He looked forward to ridaway on Tuesday Decem- ing his motorcycle with his ber 4, 2012. Born on June friends, working on remod3, 1948, he lived a full and eling projects at home, flying planes, skiing, diving happy life. He is preceded in death and dreamed of sailing the by his parents. Mike is sur- tropical islands. He was happiest when he vived by his daughter Katharine Darland of Golden, could spend time with his CO, his sister Julie Darland daughter and with his dog. Benefiel (Don) of Craig, Mike was never without an CO and his devoted Husky amazing story about his “ROO”. world travels. He is also survived by his He made many friends niece Janel Long (Russ and where ever he was. He their children Cole, Carson was intelligent, had a great and Garret), his nephew sense of humor and loved Joel Heinschel (Jennifer the outdoors, fishing and and their children Colette camping. and Kies), Aunt Ginny (VirHe was greatly loved and ginia) Parker of Tigard, OR, will be missed by all. several loving cousins and many wonderful friends Memorial donations may world-wide. be made to: Mike was an adventurer Pleasant View at heart. He enjoyed the Fire Department challenge of working differ- 955 Moss Street ent jobs around the world Golden, CO 80401 as an electrical engineer Please sign the guest book at and computer specialist.

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Celebrate the Holidays What’s not to love SNCW Singles Social Club, of which I’m a longtime member, recently hosted uber-performer Leonard E. Barrett Jr. who literally sang for his supper. Following our weekly Sunday night dinner, Leonard, of the fabulous fourplus octave range, treated the group to over an hour of sublime vocals. This guy is so good and he is as personable as he is talented. Leonard performed several Nat King Cole tunes that were in his Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret show. Our audience was also spellbound by his songs from Broadway musicals. The singer/actor is a member of the PHAMALY Theater Company and has starred in shows like “Guys and Dolls,” “Beauty and The Beast” and “The Wiz,” among many others. He’s working on a new show for Lannie Garrett. It’s Johnny Mathis and I can’t wait. It will probably be at the cabaret which is in the basement of the May D&F tower. It’s a lovely, intimate setting and is just perfect for Leonard. Keep an eye out for more info. You really don’t want to miss it.

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Around Town question, “Is Santa Claus real?” The show opens with a very abbreviated Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A shopper who looks very familiar ends up replacing a drunk, fake St. Nick on a float. He claims he really is Kris Kringle much to the consternation of the woman who hired him. She knows there’s no such person and has spent considerable time educating her young daughter about such myths. It wouldn’t be a good musical without some romance, much confusion, many misunderstanding and some top notch singing and dancing. This is

What’s showing Around Town ‘Tis the season for wonderful theatrical performances, and I’ve had a lovely time dashing around town to as many shows as time and schedule allow. Here are some options:

just one of those shows where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the performance. What a pleasant way to spend some time. For ticket information call 720-898-7200 or visit ‘White Christmas’ at the Buell Down the road at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts you can continue the holiday fun with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Using another common premise, we find a couple of show biz guys following a sisters’ act to a gig in New England. When they get to the country inn, the men discover that the owner of the failing establishment is their old commanding officer. There’s been no snow and skiers are cancelling their reser-

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and allows them to practice handwriting. For younger kids who haven’t started reading or writing, encourage them to draw pictures, instead. • Leave something special: Making a snack for Santa with your little helpers offers an extra opportunity to spend time together creating memories that will last a lifetime. Think beyond the cookie tray and personalize your treats just for him. One of Santa’s favorites is Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Tree Trimmer Treats. • Holiday cheer: Make decorating the house a fun event for the whole family. Engage your kids in holiday crafts to display on the mantle and make sure everyone has ornaments to hang on the tree. • Story nights: Santa and I often gather all of the elves together to reminisce about family memories, or watch our favorite holiday movies. Stir up some hot cocoa and treats, share special moments from holidays past, or let your little ones pick their favorite holiday movie.

• Rudolph roadmap: Make sure Santa and his reindeer can find your house. Sprinkle a mixture of oats and glitter on your front yard to help guide them right to your home - even if it gets a little foggy. Rice Krispies Tree Trimmer Treats Recipe Yields 12 servings Ingredients: 12 (6-inch lengths) red or black string licorice 12 miniature marshmallows 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 package (10 ounces, about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal Frosting M&M’s brand chocolate candies Directions: Fold each licorice piece in half and push ends through centers of 12 miniature marshmallows. Set aside. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add 10 ounces marsh-

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REAL ESTATE AGENT SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK been extremely helpful. Our specialty is helping our clients What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a Debbie Johnson buy and sell residential real estate. Additionally, we have our home? REALTOR®

niche in the Golden foothills, dealing with acreages, wells and septic systems.

Re-Assurance Real Estate Services Cell 303-667-2552 Home office 303-278-1929 EFax 303-374-5224

What is the most challenging part of what you do? Time management! When you want so much to make you clients’ dreams come true, it is hard to turn off the phone and not make this a 24/7 job.

Where were you born? I was born in Michigan. My husband and I moved to the Colorado in 1987.

What do you enjoy most when you are not working? My family has to be the most important focus of my life. Spending time with my husband, cooking family dinners and just hanging out with my children. I also love to read and volunteer.

What do you like the most about it? I love how close Golden is to the Denver Metro area yet we are still able to enjoy all that the Rocky Mountains have to offer my family and clients.

Preparation is key! Have a market analysis done on your home so it is priced right. Then have a professional stager come in prior to listing to add that “edge.” Presenting your home in the best condition possible. Another selling point is to have a pre-market inspection to help ward off many surprises. Do home maintenance and repairs prior to showing your home to potential buyers. Make your home shine! What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a house? Make a list of your must haves, wants and would be nice to have. And of course, talk to a lender and get pre-qualified prior to starting your home search. What is the most unusual thing you have encountered while working in real estate? Probably, the most unusual thing was getting a phone call from a long time tenant of mine asking me to help her find a home to buy. It was so much fun taking her out looking at homes.

How long have you been in Real Estate and what is your specialty, what does it mean to the people I work with? I bought my first home when I was 21 years old. My husband and I have had rental properties since 2001. I have been a Realtor for just over 3 years. Moving my career into buying and selling homes was just a natural. My business partner, Brian Quarnstrom and I have an office in downtown Golden and just love the people aspect of this profession. I think coming from a service-oriented job as a certified dental assistant, has

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We’re inspired by classic Colorado architecture and passionate about cra smanship. Yet we geek out on the latest technology and sustainable building techniques. The thicker walls in our New Town Builders’ high performance homes allow for 60% more money-saving insula on than in a conven onal home, and our roof is 6 inches higher than a typical home, so we can get 2 ½ mes MORE insula on in the a c. This reduces heat loss, and more importantly, reduces your energy bill! Talk to us about building your (surprisingly affordable) energy-efficient new home.

Brand New Homes on One Acre in Castlewood Ranch! Semi-Custom Homes One Acre Homesites Up to 4-Car Garages Main Floor Master Plans 3 to 7 Bedrooms 2-1/2 to 4-3/4 Baths 2,887 to 3,576 s.f. Homes From the $400’s Call or Email: 303.500.3255 or New Town Builders at Castlewood Ranch - 7030 Weaver Circle, Castle Rock

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here is no denying the profound impact that the recession has had on the real estate industry. For the last several years, the real estate market went from booming to one characterized by homes sitting on the market for months on end. New home sales also have been conservative, and builders are cutting back on some offerings that were once commonplace. The National Association for Realtors says that, despite floundering sales, there are fewer foreclosed homes available now than in recent years. Distressed homes -foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts -- accounted for 25 percent of homes sales in May of 2012. That figure is down from 28 percent in April and 31 percent in May of 2011. While home sales have increased, money is still tight in the building industry and among home buyers. As such, instead of over-the-top fea-

Tall ceilings in family rooms are being eschewed in favor of smaller, more intimate spaces. — Metro Creative Graphics®

tures in homes that were once becoming the norm, builders are now focusing on more value-conscious designs and offerings. The list of add-ons also has been reduced.

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So what can buyers expect to live without when buying a newly constructed home? Here are a few of the common features that are falling by the wayside.

Sunrooms: Once bringing in the outside had a strong, loyal following, but now builders are focusing on home features that immediately add value and attract the buyer’s

eye. Therefore, they’re putting their resources into linen closets and laundry rooms while de-emphasizing sunrooms. Extended ceiling heights: It can take a lot of energy to heat rooms with 15-foot ceilings. As a result, grandiose family rooms and two-story foyers are less attractive to buyers focused on saving money. Homeowners want spaces that are easier to heat and cool. Luxury bathrooms: Many private residence luxury bathrooms rival those found at popular 4-star hotels. But luxury bathrooms are being phased out in favor of less expensive, more practical options. Outdoor kitchens: Although entertaining at home is one way to keep budgets in check, some homeowners have realized they don’t need a complete backyard kitchen with a pizza oven and brick fireplace in order to host guests. According to a survey from

the National Association of Home Builders, outdoor kitchens are the second leastlikely feature to be included in homes built in 2012. Media rooms: Individuals certainly love their gadgets, but many of these gadgets have become smaller and more portable. That reduces the need for giant home theaters and gaming spaces. While certain features are disappearing, there are others that are growing more and more popular. Dual sinks in kitchens, walk-in closets, extra storage areas, and hidden charging stations for devices are likely to show up more and more in new home designs. The design of new homes is changing to be more budget-friendly and also represent the changing priorities of home buyers. As a result, today’s newly designed homes will likely look much different from homes built just a few years ago. ❑

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The average selling time for homes in the Denver Metro area is 40 days. Many homes are selling even faster than that. The last two homes I have listed have gone under contract in about 7 days. If you are even considering selling now is a great time for us to talk. Call me direct at 303-807-0808.


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THURSDAY AND FRIDAY/DEC. 13-14 HOLIDAY CONCERT Golden High School’s music department presents its holiday concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 13-14 in the high school’s auditorium, 701 24th St, Tickets are available at the door. Checks and cash are accepted. Contact Angela Becker at FRIDAY/DEC. 14 CHRISTMAS PARTY CAHREP will have its annual Christmas party and toy drive Friday, Dec. 14, at Hotel VQ in Denver. Invitation is open to everyone. CAHREP, the Colorado Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, is committed to increasing the sustainable Hispanic Homeownership rate by empowering the Real Estate Professionals that serve Hispanic consumers. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. For information, contact Greg Adame at 303-921-3319, or go to

SATURDAY/DEC. 15, 22 CHRISTMAS PARADE Experience a true Olde Fashioned

Hometown Parade infused with a fun, only-in-Golden spirit. Enjoy lighted floats, clowns, Christmas characters, music, Santa, and even elves on unicycles. Afterwards, catch a free horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic 12th Street neighborhood or children can enjoy a ride in a Newfoundland dog-pulled cart. Parade travels down Washington Avenue from 11-11:30 a.m. on the first four Saturdays in December. Visit or call 303-279-3113.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY/DEC. 15-16, DEC. 20-23 HOLIDAY BALLET A classic holiday tradition comes to the Lakewood Cultural Center with Dawson/Wallace Dance Project’s delightfully different, nationally acclaimed production of David Taylor’s “The Nutcracker,” on stage Dec. 15-16 and 20-23. Tickets are available by calling 303-987-7845, going online to www. or visiting the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway.

SATURDAY/DEC. 15-16, DEC. 22

SANTA SPECIAL Kids are invited to take a ride on the Santa Claus Special and drop off letters to Santa in the Railway Post Office Car at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. The Santa Claus Special is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, and Saturday, Dec. 22. Train rides depart every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For information or to buy tickets, call 303-279-4591 or visit SUNDAY/DEC. 16 BLOOD DRIVE Mile Hi Church Community Blood Drive is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, inside Bonfils’ bus at 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-3632300 or SUNDAY/DEC. 16, FEB. 24, APRIL 28 CONCERT SERIES St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 9200 W 10th Ave., Lakewood, presents its 2012-13 concert series. Season and individual tickets are available. Email olssoncolo@comcast.

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net or call 303-279-2932. All concerts take place in the St. Paul Sanctuary. Concerts are:

DEC. 16: On the third Sunday of Advent this year is the Festival Service of Lessons and Carols, at 3 p.m. This service features the St. Paul’s Church Choir and Confluence, a child soprano singing the traditional opening verse, and this year the Park Hill Brass Quintet. FEB. 24: Confluence will present a Sacred Music Concert at 3 p.m. This is the first concert by Confluence completely devoted to sacred music. It will begin a very old Mass (from the late 1400s) by Josquin de Prez. Journey with us through the renaissance, baroque, classical eras and end with some beautiful, modern sacred compositions. APRIL 28: Confluence will present an a cappella program titled “Salut Printemps” (Welcome Spring). This program will feature Debussy’s piece of the same name for piano and women’s voices, and will be filled with the glorious sounds of spring’s return. Your Week continues on Page 21

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

Council renews three judges’ employment agreements

Council voted unanimously to renew the employment agreement for the city’s three relief judges. George M. Graber, Michael S. Matassa and Ralph C. Turano had their contracts renewed for 2013, implemented immediately. The three judges’ employment agreements were originally approved on Feb. 5, 2001, and feature a paragraph 2.1, which authorizes City Council to renew the agreements before the end of each calendar year. Presiding Judge George Boyle recommended the retention of each relief judge.

Council approves $115,000 for Outdoor Lab

Council unanimously approved the allocation of $115,000 to Jefferson County Public Schools’ Outdoor Education Laboratory Schools. The funds were originally approved by council in 2011 for the 2012 school year. Because the funds were not needed in 2012, the money was not given to the school district for Outdoor Lab and was still available for the 2013 school year. The money was given to the school district, which will then give money to schools based on how many free- and reduced-lunch students they have. The allocation is not enough to cover Outdoor Lab’s deficits due to budget cuts; participating sixth-graders and their schools will still have to raise additional funds. The $115,000 is a one-time allocation. Outdoor Lab is a one-week overnight camp-like experience for every sixth-grade student in Jeffco where they learn science lessons and their real-life applications.

Council approves budget appropriation

Council unanimously approved an additional 2012 budget appropriation of nearly $4.4 million. The appropriation is an annual task necessary to ensure the city’s expenditures do not exceed the budget, which is approved at the end of the previous year. The funding will be split between the general fund, receiving $541,352; drainage, $28,217; tax increment fund, $50,670; the Capital Improvement Plan fund, $2,150,000; the construction fund, $267,657; housing fund, $75,000; golf fund, $370,000; stormwater fund, $800,000; and the insurance fund, $100,000. The majority of the general fund’s allocation will be going to the Arvada Center to compensate for lower than budgeted revenue from ticket sales. The Arvada Center will receive $300,000. The next council meeting is 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road.

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MAY 19: The Parish Choir of St. Paul’s will wrap up the year with its excellent Variety Show at 1:30 p.m. after the endof-year Parish Picnic. New this year: the staff of St. Paul’s will present a number in the show.

TUESDAY/DEC. 18 LIFETREE CAFÉ Fate, luck and divine intervention will be explored at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. The event “Fate, Free Will or God’s Plan?” features a showing of Crossword, an award-winning short film that follows a lonely Irish woman who finds solace in the daily crossword puzzle. The crossword clues seem to link mysteriously to her own life circumstances. Admission is free. Snacks and beverages are available. WEDNESDAY/DEC. 19 BLOOD DRIVE City of Lakewood Community Blood Drive is from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, inside the ER Training Room at 480 S. Allison Parkway. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Dee Ann Pfifer at 303-987-7660 or

COMING SOON COMING SOON/DEC. 24 DENTAL CARE Comfort Dental offers free dental care from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 24. For locations, see

DONATE BOOKS The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends would like your donated books, CDs and DVDs. Larger donations accepted at the foundation office and the Lakewood Library. Call 303-403-5075 to schedule at time for a drop off at the office at 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge. To donate items at the Lakewood Library, go to the door on the east side next to the parking garage doors. All locations accept book donations, but have limitations on the number they can receive at one time. RECURRING/MONTHLY SKATING PARTY Lace’EmUpSkating plans free skating parties 4-5 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 13, Feb. 17, March 24, May 5 and June 9 at Foothills Ice Arena , 2250 S. Kipling St. in Lakewood. Registration required at RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 14 TOY COLLECTION New Dawn Chiropractic & Acupuncture is an official collection site for this year’s U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. New Dawn will accept new and unwrapped toys through Dec. 14. Donors will receive a 25 percent discount. New Dawn is at 7597 W. 66th Ave., Suite 201, Arvada. Call 303-420-7707 or visit www.


RECURRING EVENTS RECURRING/THROUGH FALL INTEREST NIGHTS Jeffco public schools will host information meetings for prospective students and their families. Meetings are scheduled to help families learn about school programs, meet staff and tour facilities. Check the district website for schedule: http://

MARKET/SALE THE 26th annual fine art market show and sale is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays from Dec. 7-16 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. A portion of purchases benefits the Arvada Center galleries. While attending the market, plan to visit the ACES show and sale in the Arvada Center’s upper gallery, and don’t miss the art market and silent auction on the first level outside the Main Gallery. Track bids at www.arvadacenter. org, by calling 720-898-7251, or make

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PLAYHOUSE SHOW The Festival Playhouse presents “The Man Who Wanted to Be Santa” through Dec. 16 at 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Call 303-422-4090 or visit for information. RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 22 ARTS/CRAFTS LAKEWOOD Arts Council’s holiday arts and crafts show continues through Saturday, Dec. 22. The council’s show benefits local artists because the entire purchase price goes to the artist; the council does not retain any commission. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 303-980-0625 or visit www. for locations and information. RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 23 HOLIDAY SHOW The 2012 annual juried holiday show and sale, in conjunction with the artisan showcase, features more than 75 Colorado artists through Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and during all performances. Call 303-987-7877 or visit THEATER SHOW “Miracle on 34th Street,” with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, will show through Dec. 23 in the Main Stage Theater at the

Arvada Center. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. Visit www. or call 720-898-7200.

THEATER SHOW Miners Alley Playhouse presents “Greetings” playing through Dec. 23. The show is about a son who brings home his Jewish atheist fiancee to meet his Catholic parents on Christmas Eve. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 13 and 20. Call 303-935-3044 or go online at for tickets and information. The playhouse is at 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 28 CHILDREN’S MUSICAL The Arvada Center presents “How I Became a Pirate” through Dec. 28 at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Check the website, www., or call 720-898-7200 for show times, dates and ticket prices. Show is recommended for ages 4 and up. RECURRING/NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER NEWCOMERS CLUB The Northwest Area Newcomers and Social Club, serving the women of North Jeffco and Northwest Denver Metro, welcome women who want to meet new friends and have new activities. The group meets the second Tuesday in November and December. For information and reservations, call Peggy Francis 303-215-9627 or Karen Dowling 303-422-7369. Recurring Events continues on Page 24


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BY THE NUMBERS Number of pins the Pomona wrestling squad had in a 63-9 dual meet victory over Bear Creek last Thursday.


Number of points the D’Evelyn boys basketball team beat its three opponents by in last weekend’s Steamboat Shootout (226-120).



record for the D’Evely boys and girls basketball teams this sesaon.



scored by the Valor Christian girls basketball team in the third quarter Monday night versus Golden. The Eagles still won the game 45-27.


THEY SAID IT “It’s not about me making the big shot at the end of the game it’s about me making the big play, whether is a block, or steal, or a pass. I don’t need to score the most points. We just want the most wins.” Golden basketball player, junior, Haley Blodgett

Pomona’s Raymond Robledo, top, wrestles with Bear Creek’s Tanner Schwear at 138 pounds during last Thursday’s dual with the Bears. Photos by Jonathan Maness

Pomona flexes its muscles Top-ranked Panthers collect 10 pins in rout of Bears By Daniel Williams LAKEWOOD - Pomona wrestling showed exactly why it is the No. 1 ranked team in 5A with a dominant dual meet victory at Bear Creek last Thursday. Pomona used 10 pins and a 63-9 team score to beat the Bears in their gym, dominating in nearly every weight class. “Bear Creek has some good young talent but our guys were just really good and on top of their game,” Pomona coach Sam Federico said. “From top to bottom we are just a very good team this year. You have to give our kids the credit.” Pomona opened the meet with their smallest wrestler Tomas Gutierrez pinning Bear Creek’s Jovan Ayala at 106 pounds in 2 minutes, 29 seconds. And then the Panthers closed the meet with their biggest wrestler, Mitch Chism, pinning John Esquivel in the 285 pound class in 85 seconds. But the Bears were hardly shutout. They actually have one of the best wrestlers in the state in any weight class in junior PT Garcia. Garcia, a reigning state champion, took on Pomona’s Lucas Vagher at 126 pounds, in one of the most anticipated meetings of the season. Vagher took fourth in state last year and he was looking forward to the opportunity to take down Garcia Thursday night. Vagher lost 6-1, but Garcia failed to pin him. Garcia was still satisfied with his effort, though. “We just know each other so well. I am sure this won’t be the last time we see each other,” Garcia said about the matchup. “I

just have to keep working hard and keep getting better. It’s about practicing and working like you’re No. 2, even if you are No. 1.” Bear Creek senior Corky Phillips was the Bears only other winner Thursday night and he did it in dominant fashion. Phillips pinned Damian Rodriguez in just 25 seconds. “It was quick but it wasn’t easy,” Phillips said. Phillips qualified for state last year and he said his one and only goal this season is to win a state championship. And if he does win it all at 195 pounds he may have to go through Rodriquez again to do so.

But other than Garcia and Phillips it was sheer domination for Pomona, which not only showed why it is ranked No. 1 in the state but why it has a chance to produce five - and potentially even six - individual state champions. One of those guys is senior Archie Colgan. Colgan finished third in state last season and he made quick work of Bear Creek’s Nicolas Risedorf, pinning him in 3 minutes exactly on Thursday. “We were all good as a team tonight but also as a team we have a big goals and this is just a part of the process,” Colgan said. “We have to keep working hard and keep working on ways to get better.”

Bear Creek’s P.T. Garcia, bottom, grapples with Pomona’s Lucas Vagher at 126 pounds during last Thursday’s dual with the Panthers.



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Boys hoops: Pirates put together win streak By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews. com After dropping their first two games of the season, Alameda boys’ hoops have won back-toback contests, the latest being a 53-30 victory over Hinkley Saturday in a Ponderosa Tournament game. Alameda had four double digit scorers including 16 points from junior Narnath Reat. Junior Josh Thompson added 11 points for the Pirates. Alameda also beat Manuel 55-26 the night before. Next for the Pirates (2-2) is a meeting at Aurora Central Thursday at 7 p.m.


After losing their season opener to Highlands Ranch the Lakewood Tigers have won three straight games. Their latest victim was Castle View which they defeated 45-25 Friday at Lakewood High School. Senior Nermin Kozic scored a game-high 18 points and added five steals. His little brother Irhad Kozic didn’t score but added nine combined rebounds, steals and assists, and was perhaps the best defender on the floor. The Tigers will travel to Denver South Friday at 5:30 p.m.

riquez led Arvada with 12 points and five rebounds. The Bulldogs (0-5) will host cross-town rival Pomona Thursday at 7 p.m. at Arvada High School.


Arvada West boys’ basketball beat Adams City 59-52 Friday at in the Ralston Valley Tournament at Ralston Valley High School. The Wildcats got back to .500 with a huge night from Thomas Neff. A senior, Neff scored 27 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Senior Mike Porter added 11 points in the victory. Arvada West (2-2) will play Rampart in the opening round of the Douglas County Tournament Thursday.


Bear Creek fell to Mullen 49-32 Thursday at Mullen High School. Mullen used stout defense to hold Bear Creek to three second quarter points which turned out to be the difference in an otherwise closely contested game. Junior Travis Sheets scored nine points for the Bears. Mullen’s Dominic Russell scored 13 points. Next up for Bear Creek (0-3) is Thornton at 7 p.m. at Thornton High School.



Arvada boys’ basketball fell 65-33 to Erie. dropping their final game of the Boulder Valley Invite at Centaurus High School. It was a battle of beatens, as both schools went into the game winless on the season. Erie’s Dylan Brink scored 18 points and picked off four steals. Arvada senior Game En-

D’Evelyn boys’ hoops won the Steamboat Shootout in Steamboat over the weekend defeating Hayden 76-49 in the championship game on Saturday. The Jaguars (6-0) remained beat Fruita Monument 76-37 in the opener on Thursday and then beat Steamboat 74-34 on Friday en route to their tournament title.

D’Evelyn outscored their opponents 226-120 in the tournament. The unbeaten Jaguars will host Thomas Jefferson Friday at 7 p.m.

Girls basketball: Bulldogs continue winning ways By Daniel Williams dwilliams@ourcoloradonews. com


Golden boys’ basketball won two of three games in the Al Armendariz Classic in New Mexico over the weekend. Golden beat Sante Fe 56-40 on Thursday, they lost 70-56 to Capitol on Friday and they then beat Deming 71-75 on Saturday. The Demons (4-2) will travel to Kennedy where they will play the Commanders Tuesday at 7 p.m.


Faith Christian boys’ basketball has regained its footing winning two of their last three games. The Eagles lost their first three games of the season but they beat Aspen 50-42 Saturday in the Glenwood Tournament. Junior Davis Hawkins scored 20 points and added six rebounds in the win. Faith Christian (2-4) will host The Pinnacle Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Faith Christian High School.


Pomona boys’ basketball is still looking for their first win after falling 68-30 Saturday at George Washington. Pomona junior Justo Camara led the Panthers with 10 points and senior DeShawn Mayes chipped in eight points. George Washington had four players score in double figured including 15 points from McCay Gordon. The Panthers will attempt to get on the left side of the win column at Arvada on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Arvada girls’ basketball continues their impressive turnaround, beating Arrupe Jesuit 40-28 Thursday at Arvada High School. Arvada junior Kelly Lehnerz scored 19 points and had a greedy seven steals in the victory. Senior Jossy Hansen added 10 points. Arrupe Jesuit’s Bianca Gutierrez scored eight points. The Bulldogs (3-1) will travel to Denver West Thursday at 7 p.m.

WILDCATS GET FIRST WIN Arvada West girls’ basketball team won their first game of the season defeating Rangeview 4742 Saturday at Rangeview High School. The Wildcats had three double digit scorers including 13 points from senior Samantha Waters. Arvada West junior Candace Kline added 10 points and four steals. Next up for the Wildcats (12) is a Tuesday meeting against Lakewood at 7 p.m. at Lakewood High School.

JAGS ROLL TO SHOOTOUT TITLE Just as their boys did, D’Evelyn girls basketball captured the Steamboat Shootout crown defeating Elizabeth 46-31 in the championship game on Saturday. D’Evelyn sophomore Morgan Ducklow scored 13 points

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to lead the Jaguars in the title game. Ducklow also recorded four steals and five rebounds in the victory. The Jaguars beat Rifle 75-43 in the first round on Thursday and then defeated Green River 64-32 on Friday in the semifinals. Undefeated D’Evelyn (4-0) will now travel to Thomas Jefferson for a meeting Friday at 7 p.m.


Pomona sophomore Dominique Riley scored 24 points in a 62-54 victory over George Washington on Saturday night. Riley carried the Panthers offensively but her teammates played great defense. Pomona outscored the Patriots 20-6 in the first quarter and they were strong down the stretch, holding off a quality George Washington team. Pomona senior Kristen Seltenreich scored 13 points and senior Rachel Oester recorded 13 rebounds in the victory. The Panthers (4-2) will travel to Wheat Ridge on Friday at 7 p.m.


Ralston Valley girls’ basketball improved to 4-2 with a 58-42 victory over Doherty Saturday in Colorado Springs. The Mustangs had three double digit scorers including junior Amanda Lefholz’s 13 points, and senior Lauren Yowell recorded nine rebounds and a couple steals. Ralston Valley (4-2) will now prepare for the Fairview Festival Tournament this week in at Fairview High School.

Celebrate the Season! You are invited to join these churches for their Holiday Worship Services.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Services: 7:00 • Service featuring activities for children and both contemporary & traditional music. 9:00 • Service with candlelight, carols, and communion.

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QUILT DISPLAY Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1213 Washington Ave. in Golden, presents “Crazy Quilts: Victorian Fancies and Beyond” and “Crazy Quilts in Everyday Life: Photographs from the Janet Finley Collection” through Jan. 19. Call 303-2770377.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT World Music Night, presented by the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, is presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Call 303-987-7845 or visit www.lakewood. org/tickets.



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

THEATER SHOW The Edge Theatre presents “Newark Violenta,” a tribute to the Poliziotteschi film genre, Italian stories of crime and mafia. The story follows Leo Betti and his quest to lead a non-crime life and to make up for lost relationships. The show runs from Jan. 4-26 at The Edge Theater, 9797 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Call 303-232-0363 or go online at www.



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

LOOKING AHEAD/DEC. 29 BLOOD DRIVE Snow Fun Community Blood Drive is from 10

a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, inside Bonfils’ bus at REI, 5375 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit

LOOKING AHEAD/DEC. 31 PHOTO CONTEST The deadline for the 15th annual It’s

AgriCultural photography contest is Dec. 31. Photographs must be taken in 2012 and must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way. Prizes will be awarded in five categories: agritourism, crops, livestock, people and open professional. Amateur and professional photographers encouraged to enter; however,

LOOKING AHEAD/JAN. 12 WINNERS RECITAL Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest will have its ensemble competition winners recital at

PERFORMANCE CONCERT A collaborative performance concert of the Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., Arvada. All levels of music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice.

5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the School of Music at CU Boulder, 914 Broadway, Boulder. For intermediate to advanced music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice.

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

LOOKING AHEAD/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.

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

ONGOING ACTIVITIES ONGOING /BUSINESS GROUPS MONDAYS FLIPPING HOUSES A real estate-investing education group meets 7-9 p.m. every third Monday at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. The group will cover all the information needed to successfully fix and flip or buy rentals with positive cash flow.

LOOKING AHEAD/JAN. 21 AAUW MEETING The Foothills Branch of the American Association of University Women invites all women with an accredited university or college degree to become members. The January branch meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Community of Christ Church, 3780 Ward Road, Wheat Ridge, with a program about Peace Corps work in Bulgaria. We also have 8 interest groups and several special events which provide a variety of social and educational opportunities. Call Lindy Reed at 303-421-9414 for information.

REPUBLICANS’ MEETINGS The Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club meets 7-9 a.m. Mondays at the Howard Johnson Denver West, 12100 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Call Fred Holden at 303-421-7619 for more information. All are welcome, not just Republican men from Jefferson County.


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Celebrate the Season! You are invited to join these churches for their Holiday Worship Services.

Sunday, December 16th 10:30 am

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Caregivers ‘Stuck in the Middle’ find gift of group Social group for family caregivers continues to grow, building friendships and support

‘When you’re a caregiver, who needs something to laugh about and someone to laugh with.’ Bonnie, member of Stuck in the Middle

By Sara Van Cleve Circumstances brought them together, but friendship and understanding keeps them close. That is, the women of the group Stuck in the Middle. In June, Arvada resident Karen Hafling started Stuck in the Middle, a social support group for family caregivers. Before she was faced with the difficult decision of putting her husband, Darrel, into an assisted living facility in 2011 because of his dementia, Hafling was his caregiver. During the time she was his caregiver, she felt stuck in the middle of caring for him and still living her own life. Hafling felt guilt, grief and loneliness when her husband was moved to the facility.

When she began looking for a support group for family members of those with dementia and other conditions, she found none and decided to start her own. Now, just six months after Hafling started the group, it has grown from half a dozen women or so to nearly two dozen, meeting two or three times each week to talk, have fun and support each other. “When you’re a caregiver, who needs something to laugh about and someone to laugh with,” said Bonnie, a member of Stuck in the Middle and the only other member who has had to put her husband in a residence like Karen. “It’s not just a support group; it’s so much more.” Every Friday the members meet at La Dolce Vita, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., to talk about anything and everything they need to or want to, Hafling said.

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“People don’t hesitate to share,” said Billie, another Stuck in the Middle member who cares for her husband with Parkinson’s. “We need support. Sharing helps everyone. There’s a no-judging aspect to the group. We’ve all gone through the emotions.” Bonnie and Billie requested their last names not be printed for privacy reasons. From sharing advice about treatment and legal matters and helping work through the difficult emotions caregivers experience, to just sharing fun stories and enjoying each other’s’ company, the group members share everything with each other. “It’s never awkward,” Hafling said. “I have never felt so much love.” The group and the friends she has made are a gift, Billie said.

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dreamlike state and match the characters’ style. “The photos were better because we could give them a more dreamlike quality,” Lowman said. “There were more colors and seemed like a dream. We dream in three dimensions and we could make it multi-dimensional with photography.” “Dreaming of Colorado” is suitable for children ages 3-8. Collier has also released nine other

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Every week, members of the group get together for fun activities, from Bunco and movies to dinners and charity events. On Dec. 5, the women were able to attend the Arvada Center’s performance of “Miracle on 34th Street” for free courtesy of the Arvada Center and Home Watch Care Givers. Because the members often have high medical bills, no event costs more than $6, Hafling said. But the events allow the caregivers to step out for a few hours, have a good time and continue living life as much as possible before resuming their duties as a family caregiver. Though the group initially started out as a social group for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, it has grown to much more. “Any kind of caregiver is welcome,” Hafling said. And the group is welcoming more members. “We always have room for another friend,” Bonnie said. For more information about Stuck in the Middle, email Hafling at

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TUESDAYS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES The Lakewood Chapter of Retired and Active Federal Employees meets each second Tuesday at the Episcopal Church, 10th and Garrison. Call Ann Ornelas at 303-517-8558 with questions. NETWORKING MEETINGS Elevate West Metro Business Networking “Business Professionals: Raising Opportunities”are weekly meetings 8-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Vectra Bank, 7391 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. For more information, call Jennifer at 720-947-8003 or Matt at 720-947-8005. WEDNESDAYS

ARVADA BIZ Connection ( is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. A $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. For more info call Virlie Walker 720-323-0863. ENTREPRENEURS CLUB The Lakewood Chapter Lutheran Entrepreneurs meets 8-9 a.m. on third Wednesdays at the Bethlehem Chapel Coffee House, located in the medical office building just south of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. The chapter coordinator is Denise Rolfsmeier. For more information, call 720-379-5889 or email

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t Police recover stolen vehicle in parking lot o 1:22 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 6400 block of . Wadsworth Boulevard A vehicle reported stolen from Denver f was found in a parking lot in the 6400 y block of Wadsworth Boulevard. h While on routine patrol, an officer found the vehicle and confirmed with the h Denver Police Department that the vehicle n was stolen. The officer then entered the unlocked o vehicle and did not see anything that could e be evidence. The exterior of the sedan did not have a any noticeable damage either. Both license plates were still on the car t and it appeared to be still in working order. Officers gathered DNA swabs from h inside the car, but there is no suspect information at this time. ” Police left the owner a message explaining where her vehicle was found and where e she could pick it up. The car was then towed by Connolly’s Towing. r

k - Mountain lion spotted near homes, ran away

when it saw man

3:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 7900 block of Yank Court Animal Management officers were dispatched to the 7900 block of Yank Court after a reported mountain lion sighting. A man said he was outside of his home when he saw a mountain lion come up from the canal to the south. When the lion saw the man, it ran in the opposite direction and was no longer in the area when officers arrived. There were no encounters or injuries with the mountain lion. Animal Management notified the

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Man returns home to find evidence of attempted burglary

12:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 8100 block of Cody Court A man reported an attempted burglary after finding a hole in a window screen and noticing an alarm sensor in his backyard had been activated. The resident showed the reporting officer the slice in the window screen on the east side of his residence. The cut was about six inches by eight inches. The man said this was the only damage done to the window and he did not see any other signs of forced entry into his home. When he left his home earlier in the night, about 5 p.m., he set the alarm on the back of his house. When he returned at 11 p.m., the alarm sensor indicated that a sensor had been tripped. Police dusted for fingerprints on the window, but there are no suspects in the burglary attempt.

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NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT Notice is hereby given that disbursements in final settlement will be issued by the City of Arvada Finance Director at 10:00 a.m., December 25, 2012 to Jim’s Backhoe Services, Inc. d/b/a JBS Pipeline Contractors for work related to Project No. 11WA-03 – 2011 Water Main Replacement Phase 3 and performed under that contract dated October 10, 2011 for the City of Arvada. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company or corporation that furnished labor, material, drayage, sustenance, provisions or other supplies used or consumed by said contractor or his subcontractors in or about the performance of the work contracted to be done by said Jim’s Backhoe Services, Inc. d/b/a JBS Pipeline Contractors and its claim has not been paid, may at any time on or prior to the hour of the date above stated, file with the Finance Director of the City of Arvada at City Hall, a verified statements of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim. Dated this November 26, 2012 /s/ Christine A. Koch, City Clerk City of Arvada Dates of Publication: December 6 & 13, 2012 Wheat Ridge Transcript Arvada Press

Apex Center employee’s license plate stolen while at work

10:33 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave. An Apex Center employee’s front license plate was stolen while his 1991 Honda Accord was parked in the center’s lot during one of his shifts. The employee’s mother reported the theft, which occurred between 8 a.m. Nov. 17 and when it was discovered missing on Nov. 19. Once the plates were replaced, police entered the old plates’ information into the statewide law enforcement database.

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©2011 by Becky Pearson

SPECIAL HOURS: Mon–Sat 10 am–5 pm, Sun 12 pm–5 pm Foothills Art Center • 809 15th Street, Golden • 303-279-3922 •

Prints and cards available at Baby Doe’s Clothing and Avenue Gifts in Historic Downtown Golden

Bobbi Vischi

Sidhe Designs

Ric Romano

Marcie Miller

Ginger Peterson

Carol Baum

The Provider

J. Nelson Orig. Acrylic & Prints Available

20% OFF One Regular Priced Item In Stock Only. Expires 12/31/12

Creekside Jewelers 1206 Washington | Golden, 80401


1203 Washington Avenue 303.271.9565

Clothing, Artisan Jewelry & Fine ine Cr Craf aft aft

303.279.8100 •

Historic Downtown Golden • 1116 Washington

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