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Jeffco takes stance on gun control Commissioners vote 2-1 to oppose any new gun control measures By Glenn Wallace

gwallace@ourcoloradonews. com The national debate between gun control proponents and Second Amendment defenders came to Jefferson County last week when commissioners debated the wording of a resolution on the issue. A line of 52 area residents spoke before the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners at the Jan. 5 regular meeting. After three hours of testimony, the three-member commission voted 2-1 to approve a resolution

that strongly urged that the U.S. Congress and state Legislature should not “entertain consideration of any new legislation that would infringe on constitutionally protected rights under the Second Amendment through any means.” The majority of the speakers, including women and retired military, gave their support for the resolution, and gun rights in general. Among them was Jared Gates, who was a student survivor of the Columbine High School massacre. “Gun control does not work,” Gates said, adding that the Columbine assailants would have likely focused on killing more with the bombs they had brought, even without guns. Tom Mauser, who lost his 16-year-old son in the Colum-

bine High School massacre, was among the speakers who opposed the resolution. He said the country has the easiest access to guns of industrialized nations, and the weakest gun control laws. “And we also have the highest homicide by firearms rate of any of them. This is no coincidence, commissioner,” Mauser said. Golden City Councilwoman Saoirse Charis-Graves also spoke in favor of gun control measures. The Golden council passed a resolution last October supporting efforts to close loopholes and improve background checks for gun purchases. Commission Chair Donald Rosier proposed the resolution “in support of the Second Amendment” at a staff briefing a week prior. At the Jan. 5 meeting the res-

olution was placed on the regular County Commissioner’s regular meeting business agenda. “I feel our constitutional rights, our personal liberties are on the verge of being eroded,” Rosier said as he introduced the resolution. District 2 Commissioner Casey Tighe presented his own version of the resolution at the meeting that instead asked legislators “to continue to work at finding reasonable solutions to reduce gun violence and advance public safety while supporting the Second Amendment.” “I felt the (Rosier) resolution indicated that we would support not having debate, and I think this is a conversation that we need to have,” Tighe said. “In no way did I intend that sentence to mean no discussion,”

Rosier said, before mentioning how President Obama’s own children enjoyed armed security, while supporting gun control laws. District 1 Commissioner Faye Griffin said she wanted to “mark out bits on one which I think should be added to the other,” adding that she appreciated Tighe’s attempt to come up with wording that would encourage dialogue. However, she later made the motion to accept Rosier’s version without any changes, which passed 2-1. In explaining her change of mind, Griffin said that in part it was the difficulty in defining what the “reasonable solutions” recommended by Tighe’s resolution would entail.

Golden Civic Foundation awards annual grants Checks to enhance the Golden community By Glenn Wallace

gwallace@ourcoloradonews.com The civic and cultural community of Golden glowed a little brighter last week after the Golden Civic Foundation handed out its annual grant awards. Representatives from the 35 recipient organizations, from the American Alpine Club to the Welchester Elementary School, attended the awards luncheon at the Golden Hotel on Feb. 4. Civic Foundation Chair David Anderson thanked the city’s business community, crediting the 23 businesses that helped sponsor the group’s annual fundraising gala in November that raised more than $75,000. “That’s a big leap in sponsors. In years past we’ve been down around 15,” Anderson said. And then it was time for the recipients to express their thanks to the foundation, and to give a brief description of how the money will better the community. Foothills Art Center Director Reilly Sanborn said last year’s grant allowed the center to bring in the world-famous Chihuly glass exhibit, resulting in a 700-percent boost to attendance. “All of that allowed us to bring in Degas this year,” Sanborn said, adding that the 2013 grant would go toward further upgrades to make the Foothills Art Center ready for such big art exhibits. Multiple tenants of the American Mountaineering Center received grants: the American Alpine Club Library to put their database online; a new computer for the American Mountaineering Museum; goodies including a hand cranked ice cream making machine for the Colorado Trail Foundation volunteers; field supplies and tents for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, and funding for the youth education program run by the POSTAL ADDRESS

Several recipient organizations that reside in the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) received grants last week from the Golden Civic Foundation. Standing beside the Civic Foundation plaque commemorating the founding of the AMC are grant recipient representatives, left to right, Bill Manning from the Colorado Trial Foundation, American Mountaineering Museum Director Shelby Arnold, Brenda Porter with the Colorado Mountain Club, and Digitization Archivist Elizabeth Surles with the American Alpine Club library. Photo by Glenn Wallace Colorado Mountain Club. Another large category of grants went toward education and local schools. “When I got here seven years ago, I was amazed that such an organization existed,” said Shelton Elementary Principal Peggy Griebenow, calling the community support incredible. Griebenow said her school would reinstitute their Junior Grade Books reading program back to the classrooms thanks to

the grant money. Mitchell Elementary Principal Samantha Hollman said her school would use the money to purchase iPads to help their language learners and special education students. “This is a great way through technology to touch those lives,” Hollman said. Golden Police and Fire departments also received grants, funding the annual National Night Out event in Parfet Park,

and a portable defibrillation kit. First-time grant recipients included the Outdoor Lab Foundation, which received financial help to keep the sixth-grade student program open and available to county students. The Golden Civic Foundation was founded in 1970, and has distributed more than $2.5 million to local organizations since then. A full list of this year’s grant recipients is available at www.goldencivicfoundation.org.

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Civil unions bill gains Senate approval Only one Republican votes in favor of measure By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com Same-sex couples in Colorado are one step closer to the realization of civil unions following the passage of a bill in the state Senate on Feb. 11. Senate Bill 11 — which would allow gay Report couples to enter into commitments similar to marriage — passed the General Assembly’s upper chamber with unanimous support from Democrats. There was no debate on the bill before final passage. The Feb. 11 vote became a foregone conclusion after the Senate pro-

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vided preliminary passage three days earlier, following a session in which several lawmakers gave passionate — and often personal — speeches, both in support and opposition of civil unions. Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, an openly gay lawmaker and bill sponsor, gave an emotional speech on Feb. 8. “This is a moment that we have waited for,” Steadman said. “If two people are lucky enough to have found one another, why should the state of Colorado stand in their way?” Steadman’s longtime partner, Dave Misner, died of pancreatic cancer last year. Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, choked back tears as she spoke in support of Steadman’s bill, referring to Misner’s death, as well as her brother’s struggles with coming out of the closet. “This vote is for my brother Bill, and my friend Dave,” Newell said. Republicans unsuccessfully offered amendments to the bill, including one from

Golden Bowl’s fate Community meeting Feb. 19 By Glenn Wallace

gwallace@ourcoloradonews.com After weeks of speculation, residents might receive some answers about the future of the Golden Bowl building at 535 24th St. A community meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at City Hall on Feb. 19 to discuss plans to tear down the building and build a community grocery store. The building has been up for sale, and according to Greater Golden Chamber of Commerce CEO Gary Wink, there is a purchase agreement between the building owners and Colorado-based Natural Grocers. “Though I don’t think it’s been signed just yet,” Wink said. Efforts to contact the ownership of Golden Bowl were not successful. Likewise, calls to Natural Grocers were routed to the company’s real estate broker who did not return calls. According to Community and Economic Development Director Steve Glueck, the

Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs that would have exempted practically any person or entity that objected to civil unions from providing services for those couples. But Steadman said that such an amendment would fly in the face of non-discrimination laws. Steadman also implored those who hold strong religious beliefs, “Don’t let your free exercise run my life.” “Get thee to a nunnery,” he told those seeking religious exemptions to his bill. “Go live a monastic life. Colleagues, this is not Mount Sinai. This is the Colorado Senate.” Republicans also failed in their attempts to put civil unions on the ballot, rather than leave the issue up to lawmakers. In 2006, Colorado voters rejected a referendum that sought benefits for same-sex partners that were similar to civil unions. “The overriding feeling that comes to mind for me ... disappointment,” said Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City. “I’m disappointed that the people of this great state cannot be trusted with a second chance at

the ballot box.” Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango was the lone Republican to vote for the bill. “I believe this bill supports family values,” Roberts said. Roberts also said that it’s important to note that her gay Senate colleagues are about more than just fighting for gay-rights issues. “This issue is only one dimension of a homosexual person’s identity,” she said. “I prefer to look at them much more as multidimensional persons.” The bill now heads to the House of Representatives, where it died last year. This is the third consecutive year that legislators have taken up civil unions, but it is expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House, and then be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper this time around. “Well, third time’s a charm, isn’t it?” Steadman said.

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city has yet to receive an official application for the work, though consultants for the buyer have shown city staff some preliminary concept drawings of the grocery store. Glueck said he could not confirm that the consultants were working for Natural Grocers. “What they described would be allowed under the current zoning, and would go through the Planning Commission for approval,” Glueck said, adding that an inquiry about a potential development does not always lead to a formal application. The Golden Bowl building was built in 1952 and extensively remodeled in 2006, according to its website. The bowling lanes host the annual Scrambowl — Bowling For Lights fundraiser, as well as being part of the annual Golden Cruise antique car exhibition. Wink said it was not the Chamber’s place to take sides for or against a given business decision, he said change can be beneficial. “If it’s planned properly, I think it could be an asset,” Wink said. “Change can be good, even if what’s being lost in the process is pretty good.”

The Colorado Railroad Museum is commemorating Black History Month with the event, Black On Track: African American Connections and Stories from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. “It’s an opportunity to tell the history of the connection between the railroad and African-Americans,” said Donald Tallman, executive director of the Colorado Railroad Museum. The exhibit includes information on the Pullman Porters, a position which helped establish the African American middle class, as well as the role train travel had on developing the Five Points community of Denver. Black on Track is in collaboration with History Colorado, the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library and the Black American West Museum. Listen to re-enactors share how the railroad touched the lives of the black community in the Denver area. Also, ride the exhibit train, which departs every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Colorado Railroad Museum at 303-279-4591, 800-365-6263 or visit online at ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org.

Daughters of the American Revolution The Mount Lookout Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is holding its 62nd Annual Tea at the United Methodist Church, 1700 Ford Street, Golden, on Saturday, Feb. 16. The featured writer will be Maria Sutton, a Golden resident, who will talk about her book, “The Night Sky: From Dachau to Denver and Back”. Entry to the tea is $15 pre-event, and $20 at the door. For information call Leslie Olsen, 720-877-1853.

A ”Chili” winter Golden High School’s PTA has announced a new winter event: the inaugural Chili Cook Off and Fundraiser. The event will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the GHS Cafeteria. There will be category awards for best green, red, white and vegetarian chili. A silent auction, bake sale and drawings are also planned. Non-chefs are also invited to pay $5 in advance, or $7 at the door to serve as a chili judge. Go to www.goldendemonspta.org/ chili-cookoff to register.

SO MUCH INSIDE THE TRANSCRIPT THIS WEEK Sports: Ponderosa standout signs with Mines, remembers departed teammate. Page 18

Opinion: Columnist Michael Alcorn discusses sports heroes. Page 6

Capitol Report Entertainment: “No Dogs Allowed” a production with laughs aplenty for children. Page 15

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million in reductions to JefRep-ferson County’s 2013 operatThising budget impacts the progisla-grams and people involved. s ex- Jefferson County’s biggest department — the olled $90.6 million Sheriff’s DeGov.partment — was handed an equally big $500,000 operit?”ating budget cut, as part of the shrinking 2013 county budget. Sheriff Ted Mink said that big budget goes toward a big job, including the running of the county jail, courtroom security for the First Judicial District, security for presidential candidates and all fire marshal duties for unincorporated county land. According to Mink, after paying for all the “have-tos,” and adjusting his department to absorb the half-million dollar reduction, there is not a lot of room left over for the “want-tos.” Those “wants” are getting larger all the time, too. “The big ticket item right now is school resource officers,” Mink said. The SRO program takes a deputy from patrol duty and stations them at a “home school,” where they spend the bulk of their day. Following recent mass shootings, including the one at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Mink said there have been calls to station SROs at every elementary school. Wayne Holverson, the patrol sergeant in charge of the SRO program, said he has 10 officers to spread between the 56 schools in unincorporated Jefferson County, with all five high schools supplied with an

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Garrett Kelley stands in front of Chatfield High School, where he serves as a school resourceofficer. Due to department cut backs, the Sheriff’s Office is in no position to expand the program, in spite of calls for increased security at schools. Photo by Glenn Wallace SRO, and with other officers spread between the middle schools. “To put a deputy in all 32 (elementary schools) would be about $3.58 million,” Holverson said. At a time when the department is looking at having to cut back on patrol assignments in general, Mink said he has had to look at reducing the SRO program, instead of increasing it by millions. Chatfield High School SRO Garrett Kelley and Holverson said the benefits of the SRO program extend far beyond simply being “armed security.” “We do teach a lot. Since the Jessica Ridgeway case, we’ve developed a stranger danger program that we do for every elementary student” Holverson said. He added that several deputies also teach special curriculum programs on sexting and bullying, particularly for middle schools. The SRO for Dakota Ridge High School has been a part of the faculty for 14 years now. “If I tried to move (the SRO) out of there, it would be an absolute uprising,” Holverson said.

Kelley, in his first month as an SRO at the 2,000-student school, said administrators seemed to appreciate having an immediate response from law enforcement. “It’s personally fulfilling, too, being able to council students on things on occasion, like `What do I do about this parking ticket,’ or `How do I handle this situation,” Kelley said. Holverson said that any scaling back of the SRO program would likely have hidden costs that would blunt any cost savings. Especially at the larger high schools, he said, SROs end up handling a large volume of reports for thefts, harassment, sexting, ect. He said that workload would end up taking a patrol officer off his or her beat. Other programs, that Mink said benefits the community, are also facing elimination, depending on the Sheriff Department’s budget situation: the Reserve Peace Officer Academy Program, Citizens Academy and other volunteer and community outreach events. “Beyond the core mission, everything else gets

the cost to benefit examination,” Mink said. Then there is the general pay for the department. “We haven’t had a salary increase in about five years,” Mink said. And when asked if that has had a detrimental impact on department morale, he doesn’t hesitate to say, “Oh definitely!” The department’s salaries, now in the bottom 30th percentile for metro area law enforcement agencies, have led to a climbing turnover rate, now up to 7 percent. As those positions come open, Mink said he will be keeping them vacant longer. Up to 25 positions will sit open this year, as the department tries to cut down on personnel costs, which makes up threefourths of the department’s total expenses. Mink said his department was working on cost savings, and on reducing expenses, and that it was possible that the department could get through the year without eliminating any programs. “But one big event, like the Lower North Fork Fire, and it blows all of our projections out of the water,” he said.

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JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Good News nominees sought

The Good News Steering Committee is inviting nominations from the community on behalf of groups or individuals who have made a positive impact in the community. Twelve honorees will be selected and honored at the 2013 Good News Breakfast. This year’s Good News Breakfast theme will be “Spiritual Values: Inspiring Stories that Enrich our Communities.” The event will be 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave. in Golden. Anyone in Jefferson County can nominate a person or a group. Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 28. To be considered, the nominee(s) must have made a positive impact in Jefferson County and meet one or more of the following criteria: The person’s(s) actions were fueled by an inner spark to make a difference and demonstrated compassion, tolerance, responsibility, and a concern for others; they helped to unite, heal, and/or inspire others to build stronger communities; and/or Created bridges among people of different perspectives and views. Nominations available at www.goodnewsjeffco. org. Completed nomination forms may also be mailed to: Good News Celebration, c/o Lesa Moseley, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, 4851 Independence Street, Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, or email lesam@jcmh.org. For more information about nominations, contact Jeanne Oliver, 303-432-5174 or jeanne@ jcmh.org.

Open Space volunteer open house Discover how you can protect and promote the

great outdoors and heritage of Jefferson County at the annual Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) Volunteer Recruitment Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Lookout Mountain Nature Center. “When you volunteer for Jefferson County Open Space, you encounter the best of all worlds,” said Teddy Newman, 2012 Volunteer of the Year. “The public is very appreciative of your knowledge andservice. And the other volunteers become like family.” Volunteers are needed to monitor birds, frogs and flora throughout the county, as well as to serve as museum tour guides, park hosts, trail inspectors and trail builders. For more information, go to the JCOS Volunteer webpage of jeffco.us/parks or call Volunteer Services Administrator Jana Johns, 303 271 5925.

Cat burglar on the prowl

Starting on the early morning of Feb. 2 and into the morning of Feb. 4, four homes were burglarized in south Jeffco. In three of the burglaries, the residents were home. The residents were either asleep or unaware someone was in their home. The suspect(s) entered the homes through unlocked rear doors or windows. The items stolen include wallets, purses, jewelry and cash. Three different neighborhoods were affected include Powderhorn, Westridge and Meadow Ranch subdivisions. Anyone with information regarding these crimes are asked to call the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to lock their doors and windows, and to remain vigilant of suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.


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Democrats roll out gun-control package Opponents see liability measure as ban By Vic Vela

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Democratic state lawmakers on Feb. 5 unveiled a gun-control legislative package, which in part calls for required background checks for all gun buyers and strict liability for owners and sellers of assault weapons. But the ideas aimed at curbing gun violence, which were announced by leaders of the General Assembly’s controlling party during a morning press conference inside the state Capitol, were immediately met with stiff opposition by gunrights advocates. Democratic leaders — who were joined at the event by people whose lives have been affected by gun violence — announced eight pieces of “gun safety” legislation, which they said is needed in the wake of shooting massacres that continue to make headlines around the country. “As a civilized society, we cannot stand back and wait for another Columbine, another Aurora,” said House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver. Some of the efforts announced Tuesday came as no surprise — guncontrol legislation has been high on the list of priorities for Democrats this session. But perhaps the bill that will cause the greatest amount of ire for Republicans and gun advocates is one aimed at creating strict

financial liability for makers, sellers and owners of assault weapons. Senate President John Morse, DColorado Springs, who will sponsor the Assault Weapon Responsibility Act, said his bill will make assault weapons makers, sellers and owners “liable for 100 percent of the damage” caused by “military style” assault weapons that are used in the commission of crimes. “The sickness of violence is spreading through America like a plague,” Morse said. Morse insisted that the legislation would not constitute a ban on assault weapons, and that it would not impact handguns, bolt action rifles and shotguns. But Morse’s bill was met with ridicule by conservatives. “That’s a frightening prospect,” said Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray. “I can’t believe how extreme that is.” Brophy quipped that the ban is a “clever,” back-door way of banning assault weapons because it would create an environment where gun makers would stop manufacturing their products out of concern for being held financially liable, if those weapons get in the wrong hands. Brophy said that holding essentially every party associated with an assault weapon liable is akin to “holding Coors and 7-Eleven liable” when someone robs beer from a convenience store and then gets drunk and causes a drunken-driving accident. Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, said Morse’s bill is “a functional ban” on assault weapons. He also

said that people who commit gun crimes “should be held accountable the same way” as people who commit crimes with knives or other types of weapons. The legislative package contains other types of gun control efforts. Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora — whose son was shot to death in 2005 before he was scheduled to testify in a murder trial — is sponsoring two bills that would require background checks for all gun buyers, as well as a ban on high-capacity magazines used in certain types of weapons. “They have no place in our communities and they have no place in our streets,” Fields said of ammunition-feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds of bullets. Other Democratic bills would address mental health issues; keep domestic violence offenders from possessing guns; require in-person training for those who seek concealed carry permits; and take other actions. Count Brophy and Brown among those who are staunchly opposed to all the efforts put forth by Democrats Tuesday. “None of these ideas that (Democrats) were talking about today will make anybody safer,” Brophy said. Brown said that he intends to pound the proverbial pavement in opposition to Democratic efforts’. “We’re going out in legislators’ districts … and tell gun owners, `This is what (lawmakers) are doing to your rights,’” he said. It’s unknown at this time how many of the bills will end up being

supported by the Democratic Party’s leader, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who did not attend the Feb. 5 event. Eric Brown, Hickenlooper’s spokesman, said in an emailed statement: “The governor supports universal background checks and is open to a discussion about magazine limits and other ideas designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.” As for Morse’s bill, the governor’s office intends “to carefully study the liability legislation proposed by Sen. Morse and appreciate his effort to put a creative idea on the table.” Hickenlooper was scheduled to meet with the president of the National Rifle Association Feb. 7, in a meeting that was set up prior to the lawmakers’ press conference. Democrats feel the public is on their side in this debate. Certainly, they have the support of at least a few people who lost loved ones in recent gun violence tragedies. One of them is Jane Dougherty, a Denver resident whose sister, Mary Sherlock, a psychologist at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, was gunned down during the mass shooting that occurred there in December. “She lost her life running toward a gunman, armed with an assault weapon, an AR-15,” Dougherty said at the press conference. “Assault weapons are weapons of war. They belong on the battlefield. They have no place in a home. “We must do better,” she continued. “We must make changes. We are here to tell our elected leaders: Enough!”

NRA president says liability plan ‘foolish’ Democratic Senate leader not backing down By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com The president of the National Rifle Association on Feb. 7 said it would be “foolish” for Colorado state lawmakers to push for legislation aimed at making assault-weapons manufacturers, sellers and o w n ers liable for crimes that are c o m mitted Report w i t h those f i r e arms. But the legislator who is pushing for that kind of law, Senate

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President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, said he still plans on crafting a type of bill aimed at holding those associated with “killing machines” responsible for the damage they are capable of inflicting. Morse was one of a handful of top local lawmakers whom NRA President David Keene met with during his Feb. 7 visit to Colorado. Keene’s Colorado trip came two days after Democratic legislators unveiled eight gun-control bills aimed at curbing firearms-related violence. Four of those bills were introduced in the House of Representatives the day of Keene’s visit. Keene, speaking with reporters in the Capitol following his meeting with Morse, said he told Democratic lawmakers that he intended on finding common ground on issues such as gun background checks and making sure guns don’t get in the hands of criminals or those with mental health issues.

But Keene made it clear that he would not support any effort to hold gunmakers and sellers liable for damages caused by assault weapons, saying that federal law shields those groups from any civil liability. Keene said that any attempt at that type of legislation would be nothing more than a “feel-good” measure. “You cannot sue them because someone uses their perfectly legal product and misuses it,” Keene said. Keene also told Colorado Community Media in a private conversation that the NRA is not concerned about the politics of the gun debate, in spite of some polling evidence that shows the public supporting at least some types of gun-control efforts, in the wake of recent mass shootings around the country. “We are not going to compromise the Second Amendment

rights of our citizens to do things that don’t work,” he said. Morse, who announced his plans to pursue the Assault Weapon Responsibility Act during a Democratic-led press conference at the Capitol Feb. 5, said he is still working on how his legislation will be crafted. The former police officer said he is aware of federal laws that protect the gun industry from liability and that, if it turns out he cannot target makers and sellers of military-type assault weapons, he could envision legislation intended to at least hold owners and possessors of assault weapons liable. Morse lamented the “amazing protection that the gunmakers get,” but said he does hope the NRA is serious about finding common ground. “I don’t know if at the end of the day they are going to support any NRA continues on Page 17

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The eligible schools are Mitchell, Kyffin, Pleasant View, Shelton, Ralston, Welchester, Bell Middle, and Golden High School. Up to four teachers will receive awards, along with recognition in the local press, a $250 award and plaque. Additionally, Golden Schools Foundation will submit all nominations to the Jared Polis Foundation for an additional chance to win the Jared Polis Foundation Teacher’s Award of up to $1,500. Nominations should include specific and detailed examples of three traits: 1) Innovative and effective teaching methods that demonstrate clear academic results for students. 2) Commitment to their students, going above and beyond official job requirements. 3) The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to create a positive school environment.

The data/outcome/results of the above traits are also requested. The nomination should include a short essay describing the teacher, and how they meet the three above criteria. Essays should be between 200 to 800 words. Anyone can nominate. Nominations should include the name, name of school, and position in the school whether that be as a teacher, parent, student or administrator. Entries are due by March 22, 2013, and can be sent to Suzanne Morrisette, Golden Schools Foundation Board Member, by e-mail at suzannemorrisett@hotmail.com, or by mail at 458 White Ash Drive, Golden, CO. The winners will be announced in May during Teacher Appreciation Week. More information is available at www.goldenschoolsfoundation.org.

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ward sault It took longer than expected, but saidthe Jefferson County Board of Comsaultmissioners gave their long-sought Theyblessing to a pedestrian bridge projhaveect that will connect the newly constructed West Rail Line station at the ntin-county building and the communities . Weof south Golden. ders: The proposed bridge will span 6th Avenue less than a half mile west of the Heritage Road and 6th intersection. Mayor Marjorie Sloan spoke to the commissioners on Feb. 5, and said that despite the “piecemeal process” the bridge had taken to approval, she hoped that both the city and county could proceed. The commissioners agreed, after receiving the last few approvals from state and federal authorities that Commission Chair Donald Rosier had requested. “It looks like a good project, and I’m glad to see all the environmental clearances,” said District 2 Commissioner Casey Tighe, calling it a good addition to the light rail system, which is scheduled to begin operations in April.

Rosier commended the city of Golden for meeting multiple requests by the county regarding environmental clearances. He cautioned that the commissioners had approved a pedestrian bridge in 2009 that had met similar approvals, only to have it loudly criticized as a “bridge to nowhere,” and a waste of funds. District 1 Commissioner Faye Griffin was the only member of the current commission that was serving at the time of that decision. He cautioned that county commissioners had approved a pedestrian bridge in 2009 that had met similar approvals, only to have it loudly criticized as a “bridge to nowhere,” and a waste of funds. “Get ready for the phones to start ringing because I have a feeling they’re about to,” Rosier said. Sloan responded by saying the bridge scored very high for community benefit and use in studies done by the city and the Denver Regional Council of Governments. The city had been seeking the county’s blessing, along with land easements, to allow for the $2,270,000 project to proceed since the summer of 2012.

The bridge was initially part of the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) light-rail plan, approved by voters in 2004. RTD cut the bridge plans a year later due to lack of funds. Golden took up the effort to fund the bridge, securing $300,000 of its own money, along with $1.97 million in RTD and federal transportation funds. The county raised several issues with the project, creating delays. There were concerns over how to sell a landlocked corner of county property on the southwest end of the bridge (city paid for half of the land appraisal); if the bridge design and support footing fit with CDOT’s future expansion plans (it did); and whether the entire West Line environmental analysis study would have to be reopened to once again include the bridge (it would not). “You had dark hair when this started,” County Administrator Ralph Schell said jokingly to the white-haired Glueck. Glueck said he was dutifully working toward getting the project out to bid. The bridge is now scheduled to be completed a couple months after the West Rail Line opening.

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On C-470, toll lanes best way to go The group tasked with devising a plan to improve C-470 made the right call last week when it decided to pursue the construction of new lanes that would come with a toll. It’s not a solution everyone will embrace, but when looking at how to arrive at a more-motorist-friendly highway, the truth is, there is no perfect path. It’s going to take money. It’s going to take time. And while the work is being done, it’s going to be inconvenient. So why do anything? Clearly, the Denver metro area is growing and much of that growth is taking place near C-470, which snakes from Interstate 25 to Interstate 70. The population along the 27-mile corridor is expected, by some estimates, to swell by more than 30 percent over the next 20 years. Already, some stretches of the highway see more than 100,000 vehicles a day. During morning and afternoon rush hours, the road is plenty congested now. Throw in thousands of extra vehicles per day, and the future of the road as a preferred, or even viable, route doesn’t look bright. That’s not acceptable for a corridor that includes areas like northern Douglas

OUR VIEW County, which is quickly becoming a magnet for businesses to open and relocate. So when the C-470 Corridor Coalition took up the task of brainstorming improvements in 2011, it was an important step. The coalition’s decision-making committee is made up of representatives from Littleton, Centennial, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch and from Douglas, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties. The group’s focus, for now, is on the 13mile stretch from I-25 to Kipling, identified as the swath most in need of immediate assistance. After months of doing research, reaching out to communities and polling residents, the coalition was left with three logical choices: toll only new lanes, toll all lanes or try to raise taxes (sales or property). To be sure, the Feb. 7 decision to move

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What is your opinion on Valentine’s Day? People often have mixed views of Valentine’s Day, often seeing it as a “Hallmark holiday” or seeing it as a romantic day to show someone how much you care. We took time to ask locals what they think of the day. We quizzed locals on a sunny Friday morning at Two Rivers Craft Coffee Company at 7745 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada.

“I think it’s a great day to celebrate your loved ones and fairly lonely for people who don’t have one. I think it’s a 50-50. If I had a lady, I’d spoil her.” - Nathan Salley, Arvada

“I work in retail, so it’s kind of like ‘Just take a breath and get through it.’ I work at a grocery store and Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the two biggest days for flowers, so I just kind of bear it. It’s sad that I feel that way, but that’s how it is with a lot of holidays.” - Zoe Hindman, Arvada

“I like Valentine’s Day. It’s a good day to show you love someone special, show that you care and do something extra you wouldn’t do every day.” - Casey O’Daniels, Aurora

“I personally think it’s fun. Being engaged, I look forward to a lot more coming up. I’m really in love with her and we’re going to have many more, so it’s fun to look ahead and celebrate being in love.” - Justin LeVett, Golden

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forward on the plan for a minimum of one new express toll lane in each direction was neither hasty, nor uninformed. Tolling all lanes was the least-popular option in public polling and was rightfully dismissed. An all-toll highway might have backfired by keeping too many motorists away and costing municipalities more headache, gridlock and construction costs through the wearing down of local arterial roads. A property-tax increase surely would have been voted down, but there was some support in citizen polls for a sales-tax hike. We agree, however, with local officials who said such a measure could be unfair to communities located in the new taxing district. “I think we see it as a competitive issue having a retail tax here that we (wouldn’t) have in other locations, just outside the boundary,” said Lone Tree Mayor Jim Gunning, whose city is home to the popular Park Meadows mall. Imposing a toll only on new lanes makes the most sense, and as it would not require an election like the taxing options, would be the quickest to implement. It’s

also the most fair: It would be a motorist’s decision to use the new lanes and thus pay the fee. We venture to guess many would pony up to zip along at a quicker, lessencumbered pace. As mentioned, the plan, which carries a tentative price tag between $230 million and $350 million, isn’t perfect. The coalition acknowledges there may be a need to find additional funding sources if revenue from the toll lanes doesn’t fully pay for the project. It’s not an insignificant risk, but it is one worth taking, given the potential reward. The group plans to take some time to refine the conceptual design and cost estimates and there are environmental, traffic and revenue studies that must be done before anything is final. Even if everything goes as planned, it could be up to two years before construction begins. And that doesn’t cover the second-phase, from Kipling to I-70, which a different set of officials will get to work on shortly. So while we’re not there yet, at least we’re not stuck in rush-hour traffic, wishing for a magical way out.

Forgive the good guys, too This has certainly been an interesting week to watch how our society treats its heroes. The week started with the Super Bowl, of course. And, every Super Bowl has a story, and the one the media decided to focus on was the story of Ray Lewis. Lewis, who is an amazing athlete, was playing in the last game of a great career, and CBS Sports milked it for all it was worth. Of course, Lewis has a slightly different past, as well. In 2000, Ray Lewis was part of an incident at an Atlanta night club in which two young men ended up dead. Lewis’ friends were charged, but never convicted of the murders, and Ray Lewis has been silent about what actually happened. When asked about it, he had the chutzpah to instruct the families of the victims that God don’t use people who commit murder for His glory. Ray Lewis: Hero. Then early this week news breaks that Colorado’s own Todd Helton was arrested close to his home for driving under the influence. Helton, who has been a mainstay in the Denver sports scene for 15 years, is by all accounts a good guy. If his skills have diminished on the baseball field, that comes with age; but his value to the team is such that, even so, the Rockies have insisted on having him in the clubhouse. On top of that, his work in the community and his comportment off the field have, heretofore, made him a genuine role model. I’ll be very curious to watch how the Denver media treat Helton going forward. There do seem to be interesting cultural double standards at play, and right now, a good guy caught doing something wrong has a lot more to lose than somebody of questionable character. Don’t get me wrong — DUI is serious, and I don’t treat

it lightly at all. But for some reason we seem to be a lot harder on the good guys these days than on the thugs. I can only imagine what the victims of that incident in Atlanta were thinking this weekend as they watched the Ray Lewis love-fest. The world has forgiven him — will we be so easy on Todd Helton? It’s been said that the only thing this 24/7 media culture loves more than building up heroes is watching them fall down. Maybe we do that because then we don’t have to live up to high standards any more. If our heroes can be complicit in murder, or the girls of Jersey Shore, or notalent drug-addled celebrities, then why in the world should we expect great and noble things of ourselves? All in all, I’d rather the press devoted as much time to the story of a genuine hero. Take, for your consideration, the case of Chris Kyle: Navy SEAL, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, husband and father, philanthropist, who was killed while trying to help out a veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder. Give that story 48 hours of non-stop television coverage, then maybe we would all have to start aiming for great and noble again. 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.

YOUR VIEWS Support the wolverine

This past week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to list the wolverine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and designate the southern Rockies as an experimental population, which could help pave the way for a possible wolverine reintroduction in Colorado. Although this would not lead to a total protection status under the ESA, it is a monumental step to bringing back to Colorado one of the most powerful and

prestigious animals in the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Wolverines have been one of the animals hardest hit by climate change, and would be the second endangered species, after the polar bear, to face extinction due to the melting of snow and ice from climate change. Colorado is a natural breeding ground, with its high peaks and long lasting deep snow pack that will allow the wolverine to thrive. When M56, the designation for the male wolverine, crossed over from Wyoming into Colorado in

2009, it marked a historic natural reintroduction of a predator that had been absent from the state for more than 90 years, and deserves to be once again roaming free in one of its natural habitat, the Colorado Rockies. Please contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and tell them you strongly support this proposal to bring the wolverine back to Colorado, and back home where they belong. Alex Marks Golden Your Views continues on Page 7


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It certainly makes sense that the best place to celebrate Buffalo Bill’s birthday would be in the city that throws a week-long party to honor the man once a year. This Feb. 23, the public is invited to celebrate Buffalo Bill Cody’s 167th birthday, at the Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s great to have his birthday party here,” said Greater Golden Chamber of Commerce CEO Gary Wink. “He’s buried here on top of the hill, and this was one of his very favorite territories in his life.” The birthday bash has been celebrated for 33 years now, first at the Denver Buckhorn Exchange, and in the last eight years at the Buffalo Rose. “It’s a competition of all the best living history performers from across the country,” said Ralph Melfi, who organizes the birthday bash. Living history actors and period costume designers compete at the

birthday bash for $4,000 in cash prizes and bragging rights. Melfi said the event typically brings in 75 to 100 of the country’s best performers, along with hundreds of spectators. The character contests are divided into four categories: Buffalo Bill, Old West Man, Old West Woman or military. “Parents love to bring their kids, because it’s a way for them to really see and learn about history,” Melfi said. “These folks are professionals, who do

this around the country. They know their history and they know how to perform.” Melfi, and his wife, Barb, happen to know a thing or two about historic interpretation. They both are champion Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley interpreters in their own right, and regular participants in Golden’s Buffalo Bill Days parade. “I used to visit the museum on top of Lookout Mountain constantly as a kid,” he said.

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of handguns and semiautomatic weapons is necessary to protect the health and safety of citizens. We take exception with this resolution stating that neither the U.S. Congress nor the Colorado General Assembly should entertain consideration of any new legislation for any aspect of gun control, claiming any action would infringe on Second Amendment rights. The resolution justifies its cause by claims such as “… tyrants have recognized that a disarmed population is readily dominated,” and further claiming that gun control laws implicitly assume the guilt of lawful firearms owners. The resolution urges Congress to reject international treaties, including those with the United Nations, which might stand in the way of restricting firearms access, sale and ownership. The resolution also cites a study from the Centers for Disease Control claiming gun control doesn’t reduce crime. We note that Congress, responding to pressure from the NRA and Gun

Taking exception to gun control resolution

Two of the three Jefferson County commissioners recently agreed to send our state and federal lawmakers a resolution that purportedly represents the sentiments of the nearly 600,000 residents of Jefferson County in regard to gun control legislation. This proposal was drafted by Commissioner Don Rosier and first presented at the commissioners’ meeting on Jan. 26. It was not linked with their meeting agenda online for citizens to review. The Jefferson County League of Women Voters testified at the commissioners’ meeting on Feb. 5, objecting to this lack of transparency in government, the need for better accountability to residents and the importance of soliciting citizen input on such a controversial issue. The League of Women Voters believes that limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership

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Owners of America, forbade the CDC from receiving funding for researching gun violence in 1990, basically shutting it down. In our opinion, this resolution – which is confrontational in nature — does not reflect the majority view of the people in our county. As one citizen expressed in public testimony, Jefferson County is now a “purple” county, with equal representation of all party affiliations and approaches to governing, and this is a “deep red resolution.” League objects to many parts of this resolution, especially its accusatory tone with no willingness to consider any new approaches to solving the tragic violent nature of our society. As Commissioner Griffin said, “This resolution says we won’t listen to anything new.” What a sad document to present to our state legislature and the U.S. Congress from our county. Ann Taylor Roux President of League of Women Voters of Jefferson County

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Joh n Hi om involv“there are cke best ing gu no easnlooper ack y som to deal ns, bu t sai solution nowle wit eth da s” to dged Th ing “ou h fire the e Demo r demoarm-re debate issue s lated on State General cratic cracy how vio fered of the Assem gover demand lence is nor, s.” trol his op State spebly du addre rin tha ini on on ech Jan g his ssi t is passi cer annu ng . 10, one take onately tain up deba to be area of also pro al ted “Le this fgu on said. t me legislativ topics e of the n conprime lawma e mo check “Why the sessio not kers st s have pump n. will Th for all tentio at sug gun sal unive ,” Hicke rsal ges nlo aisle. n of law tion es?” backg oper round makercertainly “It s on cau House is jus gh both t Color Mino t comp sides the atof the call ado Sp rity Le letely un for ad rin er Ma enfor involv all sal gs, be co ing pe es of said of rk Wa ceable,” Adams County and Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 68, Issue 12 guns rso Hicke ller, nti — RBu ngen n-to-p nlo nor’s t Demot on ba erson including oper’s sta crats ckgrou transa tho “H nce. appla nd ch ction se Tracy e made uded ecks. s — afraid Kraft-T some the risky gover ha to Gun jump rp, D- point gislat contr into tha Arvad s,” sai a. “H d Re ol, one t.” xt fiv ors are p. e wasn’ of exp e t Sen. are month ected many Evie Hud mic a that Hi s of the to tak issue ak, righ s tha e up matte cke t reg t, hug rs, civ nloop session, over ulatin s Sen il un er addre was the tou . Lind ched g the ma ions jus a New and, ssed. Ec t on du ell Jan riju o- Com of co . 9 in ring ana ind the Sen urse, his 40- ust mon ate cha minu ry were Takingground mbers te rem also on the on thesought arks. of ho top openin issue age g day trolle nda of gu of the tain mes bein n vio heels d Gene item for legislat able g bu lence ive sess and of las ral Assemthis De de ilt is a velo ion. Pho t n Cle mo bly, Elemethe Decemyear’s pmen in to by ve especi cratic Courtne urcolo ntary -co be Auror t y Kuh Sch r massa a the ally on n- tal radon ater len ool the kin ews.c in Co cre at kil politi g abou — nnect Sandy lings om Ho — areand mu icut. edged cal iss t guns ha ue, But ok . startin ch mo as thes always just “Some g to re in gover been the point pop part a dic nor up to gu ackno ey in ercialof the Ca ns, wl wlothers ndian develop ndelas State to a ment. resia con violen north Street tinues t on Pa opose of Coand Ca ge 18 nally d Jeffer al Creek Th son sou few e comi siden theast Parkyea ng ped tial portioof the Ca rs is an devel by Ter merci ndelas, other opme n s Gr nt ove Greg Mastriona, director of Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation, stands next to a gondola at Water World. Mastriona has retired after 43 years. Photo by Andy Carpenean draw,executive al an oup. ra Causaof includformer acr r the Ve ers es. d op som en spaing res ldhuiz next The new Th uizen ething ce wil identi en said. will e de Candela al, velop fea l a Ca , a manafor Parkwa includ com home ture me y in wes s neighbo pit ge 1,5 m-we ha al. t Arvada rhood and s, 1,000 1,500 nt, on able 00 severa or mosingle ce co . Photo is taking nity, ve five comm held comm fam mplet of sha are by And un erciall millio re hig ily, ifferen offerthat us to tho ity,” y Carpen pe with hou ed, 1, a $2.7 million general obliga- missed by the Hyland Hills n squ he “It de vis t pri se staVeldhuiz ses in vad ’s kind space. ean are r-densit tached ey tion bond issue passed to build family. Board president Don ce Su ion.” a,” feet the low all ndard en sai Veldh of a cit and of ret y units the staina tural have the park. $300,0 Ciancio said he has the highs an d. comm bility ail an flairs mendcomplemuizen y within 00s off d we “The lar The park began with just two est regard for his overall perford sai . pa -powe unity, can be Highwa sharedy tur a cit plan. ous am ent eac d. “T red Veldh ne e see water slides, but grew the fol- mance and commitment to the ommu y 72 and h oth hey’ll y of Ar uizen n thr systemBetween ount ity truCandela sustails on thestreet Ar-Candela int lowing year with the addition of district. He said Mastriona did a ou g in nilig st, he s has parks of opener. There egrate space. s, we thoug nability roofs hts an said, fro ghou s the to traveling with Pam, who re- the wave pool and four slides. superior job for the district and “It tho ’ll meric of ho d tile op h, is space ’s a tre ugh m so- t Co ’s the said. fea open There haveBy, Ashley tired eight years ago. lorad is its nearl en spaReimers firs Next came Surfer’s Cove and will remain a pillar for the Hy500 an, cil “The recits recreature of mes. Th s to sol in ce dents space ’s a sig areimers@ourcoloradonews. sustai ,00 ity,” ar Each o,” he sait of its The break is well-deserved Thunder Bay in 1984, followed land community and a valued nificany 200 acr and the e the rea tio an big can firm 0 be na n trails d bu kind reatio pays comm ges bu bild. es t cau Veldh tion cen cen ed com after years of dedication to not by River Country in 1986. in the resource for the district. nal enjoy the ild unity, t for a fee ofilder wh ing comm of open omes It’s go se we uizen sai ter is ter. asp itm Its e bu ’re co only the Hyland Hills District, state $3,000 o bu “River Country really put WaGoing forward, Mastriona d. “It a $3 mi proximect of views area wh ent ild mo qu may ing to land ys mm ing of ali untai ere at atoLaundro- but the community. lot pe It an alld ou started llio be rea ity the comm itted ’s that ter World on the map because it said he will take with him the ple resiias solfied ren . If the r lot int s in Ca oth to tdo Greg exp n faLE ch LE LEED “w ns an -Mastriona to y His leadership and vision had tube rides and at that time many memories and experipoint ork, din d oth Bomat and ar pa ewable build o the ndela ron ED, or ED go silver sustai ensive uld inun1969. ity.” or recof s me tru ld. the ne certifi nabil , Veldh e an er lochader, graduated college and was have resulted in many facili- all the slides were body slides,” ences he’s made over the years, the other tec ls, geo energ build ntal Leaders ” home st beation Golde ity. d So en ed, major De for n, a the recreation job, ties including Adventure Golf he said. “We then built the first and will remember the great orhnolo therm y system s wit and s wh struc far, ab uizen sai play”looking U.S ing me sign, hip in En ity is an his If h it ere Pam . Gr wife happened to & Raceway, the Greg Mastriona family ride, Raging Colorado, ganization, staff and board he een ets gre certificat ergy an other peo and tion an out 30 d. when home the bu of the gy, they al heat s, such o-Th fee Bu en sta occu d ho get pu d ion selwife into the sits s with ilder ch . coole e recrea ilding ling of the execu- Golf Courses at Hyland Hills, which allowed for people to worked with. But for those who pie nine ho mesrun a reb mps me Envind Ch in are director of the mes tive ate Hyland Hills the Ice Centre at the Prome- interact on the ride. That was need a little reminder of the forpanie arlie Mcd. owne the tru sustai ooses no and d by a tion cenCouncil ards set ans the unde of are na r co Ka by the t to ble alrand Park District. nade — a collaboration with the pretty cool.” velop s, the taina r to use st and the will fea geothe ter wil . mer director, just take a look in ead Recreation n-n build commy with Ch is ava quali rm roo ture l ble to y bu my merci ment used, ftop 15 kil al heat be heate the ilable ties, Since then, the park has the top of his old desk. urc “She told ilt wife that she city of Westminster, the MAC erc Mo impro retrofi ha to the the fee Ranc has al part sn’t sta ial devel hwas drawin re tha vem t their tures, as well to offset owatt pump d and sure her husband would (Mature Adult Center) and of grown to 48 attractions built “I always had a candy drawer been h Co sol as sys of the rted ho mo oper, me Ve g res n jus ents, Ve home and interview,” Mastrio- course, Water World. mint over 67 acres, featuring rides that anyone could grab from, yet give “O The ldhuiz many oth st of thear pane tem idents t sus ldhuiz with mesai anm for som grocery erest fro comm sites ne thi most en sai na said.d“Ide was very fortunate to He said he’s also extremely like Voyage to the Center of the and I made sure and left it full,” taina er sus electr ls on en sai susou ng e oth sto m co unity, the co signifi d. taina a 360 and the is the t to Ca ble d. ici er po res to m bebu int the mright place at the right proud of the many programs “W nv can ble ty can -de view,” natur ndela living there- where is all started.” the district sponsors for chil- Earth, Mastriona’s favorite, and he said. we’ll e’ve be tentia build enien t sus feas tho time. That’s is ce sto al the most recent addition, the he see gree vie taina ugh. McKa continu en at l clients.there, as Mastriona tow Stand w fro said. beau res started his 43- dren in the district. bility ty n it “R Mile High Flyer. e to well y Rang Denver ley La m any eside of the IN THE KNOW feawork for ma as For said. “The best part of the job is “Voyage was built in 1994, ny year Hyland Hills career as a and ke, the home nts ha on it more vis of the e. The yea ve it course assistant superin- seeing the smiles of the kids,” and we still have hour-long for ma golf www.l inf rs an DID YOU KNOW? most natural Pikes PeFlat Iro site. Th nytendent, ivefor ormati ak on ns, do ey defin beau years,”d before becoming the he said. “Knowing that the pro- waits,” Mastriona said. “It’s a wn ward. on ab ty ing Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District executive director in 1972. grams and the facilities are bechara of the the Fro ou five-minute ride, that’s fast and com t Ca was established in 1955, and was the . cteris site is nt ndelaOver the years he had an in- ing used and enjoyed by the features robotics. It’s still right on tics first park and recreation district in Colos, part in growing the dis- kids, that’s pretty neat. You can’t of it.” e tegral on top, even though it is getting rado. The district serves nearly 110,000 trict, as well as becoming the beat that.” a little competition from the residents in a 24-square mile area visionary behind Water World. But before many of these fa- Mile High Flyer.” located in southwest Adams County But as of Jan. 1, he no longer cilities and programs could beMastriona’s work in the field Printed and including areas of Westminster and on

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Guns, marijuana, civil unions like dom Gov.esJohn Hickenlooper gives his State of the eState to a joint lopm of address durin as chair childhood focusing trail. Economic portation projects targeted toward the Denon Penis grandchild ent serves g estic He bill, und and Inter Trade to is parteastbo HB 1170 ton’s tann parents. education onon, early ren and . limit and the economy were among topics Hickenlooper’snatio speech. More coverage, Pages 10-11. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen encoof of taxpa focusing on stew 3 during ver metro’s northern region. , mittee s for definof urage , tannface delays grandnal the mino to the coaliti itely. 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Louisville-based nonprofit 36 Commuting more than nt. port worked in Colorado said jobs outgoing state “This bill d this session,” definitely to He said he is and westbo the and e in hour, es Lawrenc Solutions at the Omni Interlocken Resort. working rush to cal econ ing families that supas 18 minut other impowould take careshe said. larssave Colorado Rep.-elect Polly expected on a bill and the omy. “The Denver-metro regionRep.will the state layed as much the corridor is Holbert, milli of those be deter rtant fami Chrisbe lot over the “I’ll be state h along mining ons of dolleft,Washington ly mem to by Jane Reuter 30 percen greatest city in theFrom West,” said. “I spon Growt pay Photo than a bette that ensu soring bers.” for the session. more r way e kickoff legislation res indiv ization requ really believe that, aand I believe that it can be increase by legislativ one faced and inpat ired hospitalof teleph financial iduals that 20 years. done through the transportation investments ient treat have ng the next with a series on has been adversity ment ones grabbi have Beginning coaliti during s that we’re making in this region.” Lawmakers do to be the in July, the s to citizen aren’t going it means you really Speaker town halls ting three option continues However, he said RTD’s journey to accomaddiany addi so on Page . presen ng House headlines, plish these projects has not been an easy one. 7 leaders: tolling g lanes tive session on,” outgoi re the ones that busy l of the business new legisla g the existin ed contro to pay attenti “They’ In May 2012, the 15-member RTD board the and area tol for the new; and and keepin have regain their ma- Frank McNulty said. highest impact on By Jane Reuter tional lanes all the lanes, old and decided against placing a 0.4 percent sales Democrats , and maintain adad lican to have the to pay for jreuter@ourcoloradonews.com House , and Repub tive are going to free; tolling ty or sales taxes tax increase on the general election ballot to Colorado owners state Senate y legisla my.” business raising properlanes. fund FasTracks. This means if current finanand jority in the the Douglas Count t business econo across urged testify come Father of three Timothy Forehand wants of McNulty Capitol,” n ditional new thing that has cial projections remain as they are, the North members could impac for a is just no at the state issues of concer said that more time with his young daughters. A new on hand “The one that there and toll “show up Metro and Northwest lines will not be comwhen delegation t said, “is e-sponof them were back r supporters procedure for patients with his form of liver could go clear,” Hilber pleted until 2042. owners. Four y Business Allianc Jan. 3 bring decidBy Jane Reute table. world you donews.com what is decid on Page 19 cancer may give him several more months. Count are on the way in the session held . continues But Washington saidjreute he is convinced these No matter r@ourcolora Douglas Legislators tive kickoff g roadways. will remain free.” County That’s a precious gift to a man who a year al Center s legisla existin Medic toto two projects will be done way before the prog Dougla in- sored in g (lanes) Sky Ridge us about s urged ago was told he likely wouldn’t survive for on is leanin leader ed, existin to be cautio jected completion dates and noted the trans-stay aware and get as at Lone Tree’s addithe coaliti State or addi you need s to one more month. Hilbert said n to toll any new “The bills ss owner portation district has made significant strides could impact them and busine CapiCapi that Forehand underwent surgery to install construction sed ward a decisio in issues in the past two years. Involved that time, Washing- seats at the state to pay for be discus the device that’s expected to extend his take their tional lanes He said this will ton said RTD has eitherlawma begunkers construction Feby and Feb life Jan. 8 at Sky Ridge Medical Center. He maintenance. coalition’s Januar or contracted work out for 77 percent of its results at the among the first patients in the United States they go over cted planned FasTrack network projects, includDepart- heavilymeetings, when to undergo the process, and Sky Ridge is the survey condu cuts to the ruary ing the Gold, West Rail, U.S. Bus Rapid Transit telephone some recent first of a handful of centers permitted to from a recent ch Consultants. restructure (BRT), East Rail and Interstate 225 Rail Lines. e. d with these uction could perform it pending approval from the Food S ment of Defensneed to go forwar could be by Hill Researthat route, constr ,” he said. “Of course we’ve had our challenges, but VIEW AN’S and Drug Administration. “If we go “I think we “but I think they if not sooner requires our I always like to say that it’s not all about the MIKE COFFM tax piece, the fact that said, in early 2014, t compromise The Dallas man was diagnosed with option that pushes cuts,” he knock down — the knock down being the that doesn’ no attention to start pick a financing n: “I like the sly the vast way for a t resolutio in obviou ocular melanoma in January 2012. The fast- Doctors and nurses prepare Timothy Forehand for surgery Jan. 8 at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree. The Dallas we permanen done On fiscal challenges — but the get up,” Washington y. There was the g taxes), that that they “If those two tax cuts remain was a win. On growing eye cancer already had spread to man was diagnosed a year ago with cancer that has since spread to his liver. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen national securitthese cuts. I think the no- a vote (raisin r. But I don’t think most of the Bush said. “We’ve had these challenges, but we’re people I thought to citizens say. cuts, and we his liver, where tumors typically are lethal. happen, so it out furthewhat I am hearing detail paid we majority of American at all balanced with getting up off the canvas, and we’re getting would neveran across-the-board fix it, but now. 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I feel that passag the for Washington said he has highin hopes the going on a and decided by Some of the lot of Repub to secure n affairs. Mongolian ed as it leaves the liver, filtered to remove in that a on vetera that must be debated in- support on, D.C.” e spending. 18-mile Colorado Department of TransportaTABOR. grill as other session an’s eyes to defens re-elected not in Washingt as much of the chemicals as possible, and lives of ocular melanoma patients by about cause it’s all irrelevant. I don’t think one required by in Coffm any cuts recently chefs prepar Assembly and The projtion-led U.S. 36 BRT (bus rapid transit) the table whether U.S. for Coloe dishes for returned to the body. The method not only six months. Some have lived an additional day at a time. I live my life the way anybody things on levels in Europe; arnow entative customers that that ect between downtown Denver and Boulder. repres of Veterd in cost-sh troop at the new lity of four lanes would. 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By Jane Reuter

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Douglas County School Board Vice President Dan Gerken resigned the week of Jan. 7, and already has stepped down from his seat. He cited growing family and work obligations. Board President John Carson said the group will begin the process of finding his replacement during the Jan. 15 board meeting. Gerken was elected to the board in 2009, and his term was set to expire in November. He did not return calls for comment, Gerken but Carson said there is no mystery surrounding his resignation from the education reform-focused board. “We depend on people being willing to take a lot of time out of their lives and work and families to do this,” he said, noting board members invest at least 20 hours a month to the unpaid post. “Dan has served selflessly in that capacity for over three years now. I greatly appreciate what he’s done for our school district.” Carson said Gerken first approached him about resigning shortly after the new year. “I tried to talk him out of (resigning), but he made his decision,” he said. Though the board has often been criticized for its fast-paced reform efforts, Carson said he doesn’t believe that was a factor in Gerken’s resignation. “If you run for office, you have to be prepared for that,” he said. “Speaking for myself, the reason I got involved in public education was to make some changes in public education that I think have been needed for a long time. I know Dan felt that way as well.” In seven years on the board, Carson said this is the fourth vacancy filled by appointment. “It’s not an infrequent occurrence,” he said. The board has 60 days to fill the empty seat. Any candidate must live in Gerken’s district — District D — which extends from Castle Pines to the southeast corner of the county. Potential school board candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a 12-month resident and registered voter of the district, and have no direct or indirect interest in district contracts. All current school board members are registered Republicans, but the office is officially nonpartisan. “We’re just looking for people that are interested in improving public education, continuing to make our school district the best, and keep making it stronger,” Carson said. Gerken, a father of two, lives in Castle Pines with his wife, Gina. He is chairman and co-founder of Gerken Taxman Interests, a commercial real estate investment and development company.


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Tom’s Urban 24 takes it up a notch

When Tom’s Urban 24, the 24-hour dinerish eatery at 15th and Larimer, expands into other cities, chief concept officer Tom Ryan said the plan is to keep roughly 70 percent of the Denver menu, but reserve the other 30 percent to include local fare. Immediate growth plans include two more Tom’s restaurants with one likely to be in California, said Stacie Lange, executive vice president of public relations for Consumer Capital Partners, parent company of Tom’s Urban 24 and the giant Smashburger chain. Ryan and Lange invited Pat “Gabby Gourmet” Miller and I to a lunch tasting last week to sample dishes from the “Winter Menu” that recently debuted. We nibbled on 14 new delightful dishes that, frankly, have much improved the cuisine quality over my first experience at the restaurant right before it opened roughly 90 days ago. “The old 90-day rule is really true,” Ryan said about what he asserts is the typical amount of time it takes a restaurant to work out the kinks. “It’s like rewiring your house with the electricity on.” New menu items include pot pies with filet mignon or truffled lobster and shrimp; Stranahan’s whiskey barbecued ribs; openfaced Angus meatloaf platter; Urban super pho with egg, shrimp, chicken and duck confit; fried brussels sprouts with Asian vinaigrette; Tuscan kale and romaine chicken Caesar, and fried “Chickenlooper” with sweet corn pancakes served with syrup and butter. Some of the new dishes are on the dinner menu only, available from 4-10 p.m. daily. Others appear on the breakfast, lunch and late-night menu from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Egg dishes have been added to the dinner menu because of customer demand. In addition to expanding the Tom’s brand, Ryan said Consumer Capital Partners plans to reopen Tossa, the pizza and pasta place in Boulder that the company closed in December, somewhere in the Denver region, but wouldn’t specify. He said the concept needed to be refined.

Zonta Club hits big 1-0

The Zonta Club of Douglas County recently marked its 10th anniversary with a luncheon at La Dolce Vita Restaurant in Castle Pines that was attended by club members as well as special guests, including Zonta district governor Sheila Davis and former district governor Mary Benoit. Zonta Club of Douglas County is part of Zonta International, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide. During the past 10 years, the Zonta Club of Douglas County has donated more than $60,000 to local charities, and gave more than $10,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors. Members donated more than 900 hours of time to local nonprofits last year alone. Trivia Night, the club’s major fundraiser, takes place April 20 at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock. Registration is open for teams and individuals who want to compete. More information: www.zontadistrict12. org/douglas or by contacting vice president Parker continues on Page 17

‘No Dogs Allowed’

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out the laughs The cast of “No Dogs Allowed” brings culture, humor and energy to the story of a girl and her dog. Courtesy photos

Children theater show embraces cultural diversity By Clarke Reader

creader@ourcoloradonews.com “It’s like a rock concert for kids.” That’s how actor Seth Caikowski describes the Arvada Center’s latest children’s theater production, “No Dogs Allowed.” The show runs at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., until April 12. Performances are at 10 a.m. and noon Tuesdays through Fridays, and select Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Not only does “No Dogs” feature a wide range of musical numbers, from rock and rap to blues, it also features a highly interactive set and story that will have children of all ages clapping and cheering along with the story. “This is the most technically complex show I’ve put on yet, and one of the most highly accomplished casts I’ve worked with,” said director Edith Weiss. “There’s not a purer sound than little kids’ laughter, and we want to squeeze every drop of humor out of the script.” The story is based on a book written by Sonia Manzano — “Maria” from Sesame Street — and follows Iris (Sarah Grover) and her Puerto Rican family in New York City as they go on a day trip to a nearby lake. Iris sneaks her dog El Exigente (Rachel Graham) along, and all kinds of adventures ensue on the way and at the lake. Weiss, who has directed and written many children’s plays, said it was important to her and the production that the bilingual nature of the characters and play be honored, and they received some help from a cast member.

Don Joe (Tyrell Rae) runs a deli and sells his wares in the Arvada Center’s children’s theater production of “No Dogs Allowed.” “Sonia Justl (who plays Shorty) grew up in Brazil, and so we spent a whole rehearsal with her making sure we were getting pronunciations right,” said Caikowski, who plays Juan. “As a cast we really wanted to be respectful and honor the culture. We wanted to share it.” One of Weiss’ favorite things about “No Dogs” is the way that Spanish is used throughout, and how students react to it. She said that many underserved schools and student groups come to see the show, and many speak Spanish, and so it’s really exciting for them to hear the language used in the play.

With all her experience working to produce theater for children, Weiss said the most important thing is that one should never talk down to them, but be honest. “The kids are looking at everything, and they’re so attentive, but you always have to keep their attention,” said Norrell Moore, who plays Carmen. “This play really connects with kids, and they get really involved.” Moore added that the story really focuses on problem solving, and shows children that the family on stage is just as silly as theirs are. Both Caikowski and Moore said that the family energy created on stage is a testament to how well the actors get along together. While all of this is part of the subtext of the show, Weiss said that “No Dogs Allowed” is a show that children and adults should come for the singing, the dancing and the laughter. “All we really want is the kids to leave with joy and laughter,” she said. For tickets and more information, call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter. org.

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Friday and I have asked you for the best news of the week. What would your answer be? Now I have done this for several years and with many people. The majority of people can come up with something meaningful and positive in a fairly short amount of time. But those who are having a tough week and wrestling with the question find themselves going deeper, yet they still find something positive to share with everyone. And I have to share with you that the responses that come from someone who has been struggling are usually more positive than the replies that come from people who have been having a relatively good week.

Here is something else I have noticed. People now expect the question, and so all week long they are already looking for the good, searching for the positive, and storing up successful stories and events that they can share with the team or group. Please don’t gloss over this, think about it for a minute. When individuals know that they will be asked for the best news of the week, they actually start preparing and looking for the good. This is powerful and I would encourage you to try it at work, in a group you may belong to or even with your family. Don’t just try it once or twice, commit to it for a couple of months, each and every week. I would love to hear the outcome and how those around you start to embrace the positive, seek

success, and champion productivity. What I am talking about is setting an expectation of positive and successoriented behavior. And when you make it a habit of inspecting what you expect in asking for the best news of the week, you will truly be amazed at the elevation in attitudes, success and production. I would really love to know what your best news of the week is. Together, let’s make this a better-than-good week. Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of www.candogo.com. He can be reached at gotonorton@gmail. com


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Give Live

The Grammy-nominated band DeVotchKa will headline Give Live, a benefit concert for the Bonfils Blood Center, beginning at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Paramount Theatre. DeVotchKa, widely known for composing the score to the film “Little Miss Sunshine”, released its seventh album “Live With the Colorado Symphony” in November. “Throughout the Colorado community, Bonfils is most known for collecting blood donations from our generous blood donors,” said Jessica Maitland, vice president of marketing and community operations. “This new benefit concert will give us the platform to share another important way our community can help us save and enhance lives — through financial contributions.” Reserved and VIP tickets available at www.bonfils.org/benefitconcert.cfm.

Dinner, a show and Short

Comedian and actor Martin Short is the featured entertainer during the third

annual Early Bird fundraiser, a benefit for the InnovAge Foundation, a nonprofit that channels community support and funding to enhance the independence and quality of life for seniors. The early-evening event, from 4:30-9 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Center of the Performing Arts, includes cocktails, dinner, auctions, music and Short’s comedy. This is a chance to dress up, dine well, laugh loud and still make it to bed at a reasonable hour. Tickets are $500 for dinner, Short’s performance, a post-event reception and meet-and-greet with the comedian. Tickets for dinner and the show only are $250. And there’s a $100 ticket for the show only with general seating in the back of the ballroom. RSVP by Feb. 15 at www.myinnovage.org.

Generous DeGeneres

Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres was so flattered by Denver’s Curtis Hotel — a Doubletree by Hilton’s “Couples We Love Celebrity-themed Valentine’s Day Getaway” promotion — that she called the hotel during her show on Feb. 7 to reserve The Ellen &

Portia package. The DeGeneres-themed package includes a CD of “Now, That’s What I Call Dance” for your own private dance party, a bath of Blondies, a bottle of California red wine and two blonde wigs — all to honor the talk show host and her wife Portia de Rossi. Connie, the unsuspecting Curtis Hotel desk clerk, answered the call while DeGeneres disguised her voice to try to reserve the room for Feb. 14-16. After a few funny moments, DeGeneres finally came clean and identified herself. But she sweetened the deal by promising to send several goodies from the Ellen DeGeneres show shop, plus said she’d fly Connie to be an audience member of her show. You can see the segment at http://bit.ly/ XNRM9i . Other “Couples We Love” packages are available at www.thecurtis.com.

He’s the boss Former Denver Post theater critic and my former colleague John Moore will be taking up a new act as director of “Always Patsy Cline,” the delightful musical trib-

ute to the famed country-western star, for Ronni Gallup and Starkey Productions at the PACE Center in Parker in April. “I’m sure the critics will be kind…won’t they?” Moore posted on Facebook. You know what they say about payback, pal. Break a leg! More information at http://www.parkeronline.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=996.

Parking problems The LoDo District is finally addressing the 800-pound gorilla that lurks in the neighborhood: parking. The district wants to know how you get to LoDo and where you prefer to park. There’s an online survey you can fill out so that the LoDo District folks can “meet your needs by advocating for the best parking in town.” Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

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(part of the Democratic .gun package), but I know the people of Colorado support all of it.” Keene also met with Gov. John Hickenlooper, who supports some Democratic

gun control efforts, but has not yet endorsed Morse’s proposal. Hickenlooper did not address the media, but his office issued a statement after his meeting with Keene, saying that, “While we might not agree on a number of things, there will certainly be places where we can find common ground.”

YOUR WEEK THURSDAY/FEB. 14 NO KILL DR. Piccoli of Lakewood’s Spay Today and Sherri Legget of Feline Fix/Devine Feline are the featured speakers at No Kill Colorado’s next meeting from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Spay/neuter of companion animals and trap-neuter-release of feral cats are two of the 11 tenets of the No Kill Equation, which is saving shelter animals across the country. RSVP at nokillcolorado@ live.com. No Kill Colorado meets from 6:30-9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Lakewood HealthSource, 963 S. Kipling Parkway, Lakewood. THURSDAY/FEB. 14 TO MAY 26 SPRING EXHIBIT BOULDER Museum

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OUT OF BOUNDS

BY THE NUMBERS

Points for Wheat Ridge senior Ryan Girtin in the Farmers 75-47 victory over Conifer. Girtin overcame what looked like an injury that looked like it would end his prep career.

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Those 75 points t h e Fa r m e r s scored was the highest point total of the season for a Wheat Ridge team that has won three of its past four games.

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Points that Evergreen l o s t after a DQ costing them a 4A swimming state championship.

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Signing Day: Stephon continues to honor fallen friend Ponderosa standout signs with Mines, remembers departed teammate By Jim Benton

jbenton@ourcoloradonews.com PARKER - Ponderosa linebacker Drew Stephon will be lobbying to wear a jersey with the number 21 when he starts playing football for the Colorado School of Mines. Stephon made it official that he will study and play football at Mines last Wednesday morning during National Signing Day ceremonies. “My goal was always to go to college and play football,” Stephon said. “As I got older, I knew football was soon going to come to an end so I wanted to pursue a good school and the School of Mines was my best option.” Stephon, who will likely play safety at Mines, hopes to wear jersey No. 21 for the Orediggers, the same number he wore at Ponderosa in honor of his best friend Logan Bauman. Bauman was killed Dec. 6, 2008 when he was hit by a car near his home in Parker. Stephon and another friend were with Bauman at the time of the accident. “He was the reason I have always wore 21,” said Stephon. “Before every game, I always wrote his initials on my left wrist and then his number on my right wrist. Before every game I would think about him a little bit. “He has always been an inspiration of mine, trying to make his family proud, like their second son.” Logan’s parents, Andrew and Karla Bauman, were at last Wednesday’s signing and have provided help for Stephon to attend

Ponderosa senior Drew Stephon signed with the Colorado School of Mines. Photo by Supplied by Colorado School of Mines football camps. The Baumans created the Logan Memorial Fund to help deserving students with the expense of attending Regis Jesuit High School. The other objective of the fund is the assist children ages 10 through 18 in youth athletic programs. “The whole thing with Logan’s Foundation is to continue to give that gift that he (Logan) made every day and make a difference in someone’s life every day,” said Andrew Bauman. “Logan had actually taken the Regis entrance exam the morning of the accident,” continued Bauman. “So it all started with trying to figure out a way to help kids financially get to Regis. Right now we have two kids we help sponsor at Regis. And then we do a lot with Parker Hawks football. We do a lot with financial needs, sponsorships with Parker Hawks football and a number of things

throughout the community.” The Logan Memorial Fund has helped Stephon. “We helped Drew and a couple other kids through the student athlete showcase program,” said Bauman. “This is just one small thing we can do for Drew or any of the other children we can impact on a daily basis. “It’s something where we follow Logan’s legacy on this journey that we’re on and think about what he would want us to do and to keep that impact that he had every day of his life.” Stephon’s mother, Renata, was the first person to acknowledge the Bauman’s support. “They took the tragedy of the accident and turned it around with everything they’ve done,” said Rengta. “They have been wonderful. They’ve been nothing but generous and very supportive.” The Baumans will be following Stephon when he begins his football career at Mines. “He wore 21 at Ponderosa, the same number that Logan wore,” Bauman said. “Ironically, the school he is going to, Colorado Mines, my roommate in college Bob Stitt is the head coach. I played football with him at Doane.” MINES INKS 34 The Colorado School of Mines football program received commitments from 34 student-athletes last Wednesday during National Signing Day. “This year’s class of recruits is one of the largest in program history and that has allowed us to fill all of our positional needs,” Stitt said in a press release. “This group of student-athletes is high-caliber and high-character, and they will continue the winning tradition of Mines Football both on and off the field.” For a complete list of recruits, go to http://www.csmorediggers.com/sports/ fball/2012-13/releases/20130205uhf39c

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GAME OF THE WEEK WRESTLING

Regionals, various sites, Friday and Saturday Wrestlers take to the mat this weekend trying to earn a spot in next week’s state tournament. Region 1 in Class 5A, to be held at Smoky Hill High School on Saturday, is loaded and features topranked Pomona, along with perennial powers Ponderosa, Legacy and Cherry Creek. For a complete list of all the regions, go to chsaa.org.

D’Evelyn’s Brenna Bushey competes in the 100 yard butterfly on Saturday at the Class 4A state swimming meet, which was held at the Veteran Memorial Athletic Center in Thornton. Bushey finished second in the event. Photo by Jonathan Maness

D’Evelyn swimming finishes 6th at state championships Evergreen lets state title slip away to Thompson Valley because of DQ By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews. com THORNTON - A pair of Jaguars turned into a pair of fish Saturday at the 4A Swimming State Championships in Thornton. D’Evelyn junior’s Brenna Bushey and Colleen Olson helped guide the Jaguars to a six place finish at the state tournament held at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. D’Evelyn finished with 144 points, just two points shy of fifth place Pueblo South (146) and nine points shy of fourth place Broomfield (153).

“We had a really good season, we have some talented girls who also worked really hard all season to keep getting better and keep shaving times,” D’Evelyn coach Josh Griffin said. Bushey and Olson were both very busy on Saturday each competed in four events. Bushey finished second in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 56.43, mere moments away from Cheyenne Mountain junior Sydney Buckley’s winning time of 56.41. Olson took third in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 52.94. The pair also competed together in the 400 Freestyle Relay finishing in eighth. “I am really proud of the season my team had. All of us were just so committed to getting better and to the team. We just wanted to come out today and have a good showing,” Bushey said.

Thompson Valley won the tournament and their fourth straight 4A state title with a score of an even 300. But it didn’t come without a little controversy. Evergreen, a league rival of D’Evelyn, was forced to forfeit 34 points in the 200 Medley Relay because of a disqualification. Those 34 points would have won a state championship for an Evergreen team that had to settle for third place with 266 points. Still, Evergreen senior Lexie Malazdrewicz dominated the tournament and capped off her prep career with nine individual state titles. Malazdrewicz won the 50 Freestyle in 23.63, as well as the 100 Freestyle at 50.15 (both 4A state record times). Kent Denver senior Lauren Abruzzo was the only other multiple event winner taking the 100 IM in 2:04.25, and then winning

the 500 Freestyle in 4:55.11. “It feels amazing,” Abruzzo said. “I wasn’t expecting that time in the 100 and I am so excited about how things went.” Other winners included Cheyenne Mountain in the 200 Medley Relay finishing at 1:45.89. Cheyenne Mountain sophomore Eryn Eddy won the 200 Freestyle at 1:48.34. St. Mary’s Academy junior Alexa Beckwith was the state’s best diver for the third straight year finishing with a final score of 491.30. Thompson Valley won the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:36.54. Pueblo South senior Mary Saiz won the 100 Backstroke in 56.49. Montrose senior Logan Morris won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:03.60. And Evergreen won the 400 Freestyle Relay in 3:29.02.


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gan’sBy Daniel Williams hinkdwilliams@ourcoloradonews. nd tocom of his Alameda got their second vicfirsttory of the season beating Arvada port.42-35 Friday at Alameda High dentSchool. ey’ve Alameda took a 19-2 first quarnder-ter lead and they needed it to hold andoff the Bulldogs who did their best to get back into the game. phon But the inspired Pirates, who es. haven’t given up this season denum-spite their unflattering record, ical-were impressive for four full quarines,ters. head Arvada will now do their best to ne.” snap a six game losing streak. The Bulldogs (6-12, 1-9) will foot-host Conifer Thursday at 7 p.m. ments Alameda (2-17, 1-9) will host dnes-Wheat Ridge Thursday at 7 p.m. Day. larg-A-WEST GATOR BAIT ed us Arvada West couldn’t keep d in apace with Standley Lake falling letes59-33 Friday at Arvada West High theySchool. Mines The Wildcats were held to sin-

gle digits in each of the first three o to quarters while the Standley Lake’s orts/ offense was consistently good. A-West junior Maddie Brown scored 13 points. A-West (5-14, 4-8) will play at Columbine Thursday at 7 p.m.

BEARS FALL AGAIN

Bear Creek slipped again losing 53-51 Tuesday at Chatfield High School. The Bears have now lost four straight games, falling three games under .500. And three of those losses have come by a total of 10 points. Bear Creek sophomore Edina

Krusko scored 18 points in the losing effort. The Bears (8-11, 4-8) will attempt to get their season back on track at Pomona on Thursday at 7 p.m.

13 IN A ROW FOR JAGS

D’Evelyn girls’ basketball made light work of Evergreen in their 54-36 victory Friday at Evergreen High School. Junior Mallory Seemann scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds for a D’Evelyn team that looks unbeatable right now. That marks 13 wins in a row for the Jaguars (and counting). D’Evelyn (18-1, 10-0) will host Green Mountain Thursday at 7 p.m.

FEELING GOLDEN AFTER WIN

After an ugly first quarter Golden hung on to beat Green Mountain 38-29 Friday at Green Mountain High School. After a 3-0 first quarter both teams finally got their offenses together in the second half. Golden junior Jessica King led the Demons with 20 points and five rebounds. Green Mountain junior Kelli Van Tassel scored 10 points and had eight rebounds. Golden (9-10, 6-4) will play at Evergreen Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Green Mountain (12-7, 7-3) will play at D’Evelyn Thursday at 7 p.m.

EAGLES SHOT DOWN

Despite three double-digit scoring efforts Faith Christian fell at home to Jefferson Academy Friday night. The Eagles led by five points going into the fourth quarter but were outscored 20-9 in the fourth quarter and gave the game away. Junior Lacey Henry scored 12

Golden’s Riley Sanders battles for the ball in action earlier in the season. Golden hung on to beat Green Mountain 38-29 Friday at Green Mountain High School. Photo by Andy Carpenean points for the Eagles. Faith Christian (6-11, 1-6) will host Manuel Tuesday at 7 p.m.

SAINTS SHOCKED IN 2ND HALF

Jefferson girls’ basketball was drowned by Lake Country 46-33 Friday in Leadville. The Saints led 26-14 at halftime but they were shutout in the third quarter and then outscored 20-7 in the fourth quarter.

The Saints have now lost six straight games. Jefferson (3-13, 1-8) will host Sheridan Thursday at 7 p.m.

TIGERS: THEY’RE GRRRRREAT

Lakewood continued to impress, their latest victim being Pomona in a 68-26 blowout Friday at Lakewood High School. The Tigers never let the Panthers score double figures in any

quarter, while Lakewood’s offense was hitting on all cylinders. Lakewood junior Jessica Brooks scored 22 points and had 13 rebounds. Pomona has now lost four of five games. Lakewood (16-4, 11-2) will host Standley Lake Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pomona (9-11, 4-12) will host Bear Creek Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Demons sink Pirates in critical 4A Jeffco meeting Golden turns it on in second half and Alameda fails to respond By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com LAKEWOOD - Styles make fights and last Wednesday night’s meeting between Golden and Alameda was a matchup of two teams who do two very different things. Golden is a grind out, play-in-the-paint, physical-type team and Alameda, though they shoot the ball as well as any team in Jeffco, lives and dies by the three point shot. And with their playoff hopes already on life-support the Demons beat the Pirates 67-45 at Alameda High School. After a very tightly played first half, Golden’s offense erupted in the third quarter. Behind the hot hand of senior Austin Richard

the Demons outscored Alameda 27-12 in the quarter, seemingly sucking the life out of the Pirates. Richard scored a game-high 22 points. “We struggled to score the ball sometimes we need to create as many extra possessions as possible with our physical defense,” Golden coach John Anderson said. “We came out in the third quarter and got some easy buckets and never looked back.” In Alameda’s defense, the game could have gone either way. No team led by more than three points in first half as both teams traded punches. But Alameda was eventually knocked out by Golden’s physical play and the Pirates had no answers despite 14 points from senior Nyang Reat. “We lost it in the paint. We went away from what was working. We have to learn to understand when we fall behind to settle down and slow it down,” Alameda coach Rex Terry said.

Alameda would try to regroup in the fourth quarter but they had dug themselves too big of a hole and now they will need a mini-miracle to make the playoffs. “We always start off slow and we need to learn to realize that we can’t take plays off and we need to play hard for all four quarters,” Reat said. Golden on the other hand is hitting on all cylinders and have turned into a force in 4A Jeffco. The Demons have now won eight of their last nine games. Moreover, they are one of the more physical teams in the league, they also shoot the ball from the perimeter with seniors like Nolan Holmes, Tyler Olson, Even Hanggi, Cole Finnegan and Scott Lubkeman. “We have continued to get better and better as the season has gone on, and we are still getting better,” Holmes said. “We feel like we can beat you in a lot of different ways.” Slowly but surely Golden has turned

into the hottest team in Jeffco - no offense D’Evelyn. On the other hand, despite their strong start to the season the Pirates have not been able to maintain their high level of play and have struggled since getting into league play. That is partially due to the quality of 4A Jeffco and partially because Alameda is a young team in transition. And while they will lose some quality players to graduation, next season might be the season when the Pirates become a force in their tough league. But at this point Alameda (7-12, 3-7) will have to win out if they expect to qualify for the playoffs, and even if they do win out it might not be enough. That challenge starts Friday night when they play at Wheat Ridge at 7 p.m. Golden (13-6, 8-2) will play at Evergreen Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Happy birthday tributes to Buffalo Bill We have two highly celebrated birthdays in February that are always noted, Abe Lincoln’s on the 12th and George Washington’s on the 22nd. When I was a kid, we celebrated them separately, but later they were combined into Presidents Day so we could celebrate a whole lot of birthdays with only one day off work. But here in Golden we have another famous figure and longtime resident that will be celebrating his birthday in the month of February — William “Buffalo Bill” Cody! Buffalo Bill was born on Feb. 26, 1846 so that would make him 167 years old this month. That’s a lot of candles to put on a cake. So, in keeping with the spirit of the occasion there are going to be a couple of special birthday celebrations. The first Golden party will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Rock Rest Lodge, 16005 Old Golden Road. It looks like this is going to be quite the party. First off there’s live music from

is welcome. For more information go to www.rockrestlodge.com/calendar.php or give them a call at 303-216-2895.

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the Osburn Band, free birthday cake and special guest appearances by authors Reid L. Rosenthal, Sam Pisciotta, Steve Friesen, Nancy Oswald and “Dr. Colorado” Tom Noel. In addition to that there will be free games, contests and cash prizes. They ask you to “come purdy and packin’, but no birthday suits.” The best part is that it’s co-sponsored by Buffalo Bill Days Inc, Dave Frisk, Avalanche H-D, VFW Post 4171, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Kathy Alexander and the Hawgback Saloon, Carleen’s and High Country Western Wear, so admission to the party is free and everyone

As we look to the west, up the hill and between all the TV towers on top of Lookout Mountain we will find the actual final resting place of William Cody and his wife, Louisa, at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave. Of course, they have a terrific birthday party planned as well and that will be happening from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Their festivities will kick off with the singing of “Happy Birthday” at noon and include free cake and ice cream and they will be reviving the ever popular buffalo chip tossing contest, complete with prizes, again this year. Of special note will be the opening of the new exhibit, Oskate Wicasa: One Who Performs, where you can learn more about the Native Americans who

performed with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Shows. To accompany this will be a very special performance by Native American dancers, all members of Denver’s March Pow Wow celebration. Weather permitting, they will also be painting and erecting a new Lakota style teepee in front of the museum. And, once again, the best part is that this is also going to be a free day at the museum. The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave is at the top of Lookout Mountain, 987 ½ Lookout Mt. Road, Golden. You can check out its website at www.buffalobill.org or give them a call at 303-526-0744 So, get ready to saddle up and move ‘em out! John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/ drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production.

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