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Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 146, Issue 52

November 29, 2012

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Tighe topples Odom In a turn-around from early election results, Tighe defeats Odom By Glenn Wallace

Children and their parents bag onions and potatoes as Thanksgiving dinner food items Nov. 17 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Golden. An estimated 45 volunteers helped assemble boxes for distribution. Photos by Andy Carpenean

Turkey time for Golden

Community comes together to feed the less fortunate

By Glenn Wallace

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There was a lot of thanks to be given last week, as 160 households were given enough food to make sure the Thanksgiving weekend would not be a hungry one. The Great Hall of Calvary Episcopal Church in Golden became a production line facility on Nov. 17. Two long lines of tables were set up, running the length of the hall. Volunteers in the center helped tear open

bulk packages of food, including pumpkin pie mix, tuna, green beans, hot chocolate, muffins, corn, and noodles. A table overflowed with potatoes and onions, ready to be added to the boxes as well. “We have done Thanksgiving food boxes for, I don’t know, maybe eight to 10 years now that we’ve really kicked up the scale,” Calvary’s Outreach and Care Pastor Bethany Thomas said as she helped direct her group of nearly 70 volunteers. The food was largely purchased from the Food Bank of the Rockies, using donated funds from the Calvary congregation, and the Golden Rotary. “Everybody helps everyone in this community,” said Rotary Public Relations Chair Jim

Daniel Coffey and Morgan Lorenz assemble Thanksgiving dinner food items Nov. 17 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Golden. An estimated 45 volunteers helped assemble boxes for distribution. POSTAL ADDRESS

Dan Green and Peggy Halderman box up Thanksgiving dinner food items Nov. 17 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Golden. An estimated 45 volunteers helped assemble boxes for distribution. Halderman. “We do about 300 (food) boxes for Christmas.” Drew Callahan, a church member and volunteer, slid a donation box down the table to be filled, alongside his three children, ages 6, 4, and 2. “We’re starting a few new traditions with the kids as they get older,” Callahan said. “We’ve been ringing the (The Salvation Army) bell the last few years, too. They actually really enjoy that. People tend to give more when it’s one of the little ones,” Callahan said smiling at his 2-year-old daughter in his arms. Gavin Callahan, the 6-yearold, said his favorite part of the day was helping other people. “Cuz it makes me feel good and it makes them feel good,” Gavin said. Outside the hall, city residents began gathering, waiting to pick up their boxes. Among them was Dan Hoffman, a Golden resident for 57 years and a disabled vet.

Hoffman said he attends church at Calvary, and he was thankful that “they run this kind of stuff year-round.” The Golden community has helped Hoffman out in several ways. The church holds occasional potlucks, where Hoffman can get a warm meal. Pastors at Calvary also refer Hoffman to the Christian Action Guild’s community food pantry once a month so he can have food at his home as well. He also has a new door that keeps out winter’s chill, thanks to the recent faithbased Golden Neighborhood Rehab Day. Hoffman said the Thanksgiving box would ensure that he could actually have enough food in the house to feed others as well. “I’ve got two people who used to be living on the creek, staying in my backyard shed right now. We’ll have them, and maybe a few others over,” Hoffman said. “For somebody to go hungry in this town … there’s no reason.”

Casey Tighe is the new 2nd District Jefferson County commissioner. The county clerk and recorder certified the votes for the 2012 General Election on Nov. 21, and the final tally put the Democratic candidate Tighe ahead of appointed incumbent John Odom by 738 votes. Tighe’s 136,164 votes gave him just enough of a cushion to avoid triggering a mandatory recount. Tighe “I’m honored by the voters of Jefferson County, and I hope I do a good job,” Tighe said last week. The race results remain close enough that Odom or the Republican Party could request a recount and accept responsibility for the costs involved. A recount could begin as early as this week, and would be expected to take five business days. Odom could not be reached over the Thanksgiving weekend. There were several close races in Jefferson County this year, but none triggered an automatic recount. The county certified its vote results on the day before Thanksgiving. “Our elections staff performs a tremendous amount of work after Election Day to ensure that our accounting for this election balances and every eligible vote is counted,” said Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson in a released statement. Anderson’s office reported a total of 313,662 ballots were counted in this election, which is the highest number of ballots cast in an election in Jefferson County. Turnout for this election was at 96 percent of all active registered voters. When the polls closed on election night, Odom had been in the lead by 133 votes. “I was a little worried and disappointed, but still had hope,” Tighe said. Thousands of other ballots were counted after Election Day though, including military, oversea, and provisional ballots. Those ballots provided the 871-vote swing needed to grant Tighe the win. Tighe thanked his campaign manager Audrey Kline, and the coordination of the Jeffco Democratic Party for pulling out the close win. “I also think that voters in Jefferson County really listen to what a candidate says, and not just voting the party card,” Tighe said. Tighe will be sworn in and take office in January, alongside his fellow commissioners Donald Rosier and Faye Griffin.

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Cemetery care isn’t grave undertaking The first time Steve Engle ventured into the cemetery, the weeds and grass reached his shoulders. Thorny bushes grabbed at his clothes and twisted over the stones, muffling the past buried beneath. But as Engle uncovered first one stone marker, then another, unremembered stories began to whisper. He listened. And they touched his heart. “Simply because you’re dead doesn’t mean you should be forgotten,” said Engle, 64, as he gazed at the simple stone of Joseph Chmura, a Korean War veteran. “These stories need to be told. Those buried here need to be honored.” So Engle, a retired salesman who sees history’s footprints wherever he looks, has worked to do just that. It has become a labor of love and a way to chronicle the memoirs of the land around him. “We all need to have a relationship to the land,” he said, looking out from the graveyard into peaceful Mount Vernon Canyon. “There’s significance in the land.” The historic Rockland Community Church and Cemetery, built in 1879 and on the National Register of Historic Places, nestles against a quiet hillside minutes from the Lookout Mountain/Buffalo Bill exit off I-70. Slightly larger than a football field, the cemetery and its small, simple clapboard church with white peeling paint and green shutters are tucked between two private homes. Engle, who lives minutes away in Genesee, first stumbled upon the cemetery in 2008 during a work day with a men’s group from Rockland Community Church, whose modern-day incarnation sits just down the road. It took weeks to mow the brush and clear away the thorns enough to begin to

understand the importance of the narratives and lives that time and neglect had camouflaged. That same year, Engle began studying toward a master’s degree in public history at the University of Colorado-Denver. His thesis is to accurately measure and map the cemetery. That means finding and documenting graves, identifying them and providing each with “a proper obituary.” So far, he has uncovered 144 graves — the first burial was in 1880, the most recent in 2010 — but he believes more are there, some maybe even under U.S. 40, which borders the top of the cemetery. “People got sick, people died, they didn’t know where to take the bodies,” he said of the early years. “They dropped them off here. The ground was frozen, you couldn’t dig a hole. They tagged ‘em and dropped them off and went on their way.” Engle’s care has transformed the cemetery. Now you see the markers, once hidden under the brush, jutting from the ground beneath the Ponderosa pine. Simple white crosses. Gray and white marble headstones with precisely formed inscriptions. Red granite with names scratched on by hand. He has added American flags to the graves of all veterans — from the SpanishAmerican War to the Korean War — and

purple, yellow and blue plastic flowers to every marker. The graves are grouped by families, many of whose roots run deep in the area. More than a church cemetery, it is a community cemetery. All the while, Engle has listened. On this day, he sits on the edge of Charles Delaware Kemper’s grave and picks up a smooth, lined copper-colored rock. Kemper, in his early 30s according to the stone marker, died in 1994. Engle found the rock when he was clearing the grave. The marker reads: “You gave us love and laughter and taught us the meaning of hope and courage.” “I always kept the rock with it so it wouldn’t get away from here.” He turns it over in his hands. “It’s a very touching memorial, and it’s interesting that when you go to a cemetery you find a lot of reference to laughter.” Nearby stand a trio of white crosses, the only identification a small tag that says “Child of Bill Anderson.” “They all died at the same time. My guess is a diphtheria epidemic.” Engle walks toward three more crosses that say only “Stomp child.” “You reflect on life and how hard it can be, and how hard it can be for all of us, I guess.” The largest section belongs to the Ralston family, the area’s original pioneers. Lucien Hunter Ralston, a Civil War veteran and Army scout, brought his family from Kentucky in 1879, hoping the Colorado air would help his wife’s severe asthma condition. Engle stands by Ralston’s grave, which bears a U.S. and a state flag. “I put a Kentucky state flag out there for them.” Some markers share more than just names, birth and death dates.


JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Corpse search comes up empty Authorities search for a corpse in a cave near Red Rocks has not yielded anything. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, searches conducted by deputies, West Metro firefighters and the Alpine Rescue Team over the Thanksgiving weekend all failed to find the body. A man reported finding the body while spelunking on Nov. 21. He tried to lead authorities back to the site late Wednes-

day, but the terrain proved too treacherous in the dark. Follow-up searches were conducted Thursday and Friday, but without the guidance of the spelunker, who said he had work and family functions to attend. Jeffco Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Jacki Kelley said that no additional searches were currently planned and investigators were talking to the spelunker about his “uncooperative and untruthful” behavior.

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Engle stops before the grave of William Keiper, whose stone depicts a cabin, elk, pines and coyotes. “What was important to this man was nature. He had his cabin out in the woods. He had a lot of game, the dove of peace, the howling of coyotes. … I’m sure he treasured that.” Much has been accomplished since Engle took on the job of caretaker. He’s on his fourth push lawn mower from Home Depot. He doesn’t use a riding mower because he would run over, and possibly destroy, the markers and relics he regularly discovers. But there is still much to do. Engle is hoping to use ground-penetrating radar to locate more graves and uncover the reasons for several ground depressions that pock the cemetery. Researching the lives of those buried is a consuming task. But he is happy to unlock the mysteries in this small piece of ground. He doesn’t plan on walking away any time soon. On a hot day, when he needs a shady spot to rest while he’s mowing, Engle usually heads over to World War II veteran Harry T. Lee’s grave under the juniper tree. “I’ll talk to him.” He chuckles. “You have a tendency to talk to them when you’re working around them.” But he also continues to listen. There are still so many stories left to tell. When completed, Steve Engle’s research will go to the Jefferson County Historical Archives. Anyone with information about the cemetery can reach Engle at or 303-526-0893. Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at or 303566-4110.

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Race came down to 268 votes By Clarke Reader After a tight race, Natalie Menten has won the Regional Transportation District board of directors seat for District M. Menten received 50.21 percent of Menten the vote (32,334 votes) to incumbent Matt Cohen’s 49.79 percent (32,006 votes).

According to Josh Liss, deputy of elections for Jeffco, the election results were certified on Wednesday, Nov. 21. While the end results are close, Liss said they do not require a recount. “Menten won by a margin of 268 votes. For a recount to be required, she would have had needed to be within 161 votes,” he said. A ballot recount is done whenever the percentage of victory is one-half of 1 percent or less of the winner’s vote total. District M encompasses most of Lakewood, Golden and Wheat Ridge.

Friends of the late Scott Bennett of Golden gather at Swallow Hill Music Hall Nov. 18 to play a benefit concert in his honor, raising funds for the Denver Hospice as part of National Hospice Month. The event netted more than $1,500. Bennett was a well-known musician who died last year after a struggle with a rare and aggressive cancer. The month he died, many of his friends gathered for a night of music, culminating with a 26-guitar salute. Photo by Andy Carpenean

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ily gathered around the Christmas tree to marvel at its bright lights, David Dwight Sturgeon was saddened by the thought of his son lying in bed, unable to witness the same beauty of Christmas. As one of Denver’s pioneer electricians, Sturgeon’s knowledge of such things led him to create what is thought to be the city’s – and possibly the nation’s – first outdoor Christmas tree lights. Sturgeon dipped light bulbs in green and red paint and connected them to electrical wire that he strung around pine trees that towered up to his son’s bedroom window. The boy was thrilled to see such a sight from his bed and, as word spread of the brilliant outdoor phenomenon, people began to come night after night to gaze at its beauty. Newspapers reported on the outdoor display, and soon the street in front of the Sturgeon home was filled with passing buggies and horseless. It didn’t take long before others were displaying their own outdoor Christmas lights and, as the custom spread, Denver sponsored contests as early as 1918. Neighborhoods competed to see

who could come up with the most elaborate displays of outdoor Christmas lights. Five years after Sturgeon started the outdoor lighting tradition, John Malpiede, Denver’s city electrician at the time, obtained permission to put up Denver’s first lighted tree in Civic Center Park. The citizens were so inspired at the sight that Mapliede began adding extra bulbs to the tree and wrapping decorative garlands and evergreen around lampposts and railings. His projects grew from year to year and were so popular that in 1926, the then mayor Ben Stapleton gave him permission – and a budget – to decorate the exterior of City Hall. In 1945, NBC aired a special program about Denver and the Sturgeon family. They were recognized for originating the tradition that today draws thousands each year to witness the lighting of Denver’s City and County Building. For little David Jonathan Sturgeon, there would be seven more Christmases to enjoy. He was able to witness in those years the joy his father’s creation gave to others as well.

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Candlelight Walk improves, innovates with age By Glenn Wallace How do you turn something as classic as taking a candlelit stroll and singing holiday tunes, and keep it fresh and exciting after decades of tradition? For starters, how about adding a flash mob? A large, choreographed dance routine will take place in front of Woody’s Pizza — just one of the new entertainment options available at this year’s Candlelight Walk. The fun begins at 6 p.m. on Friday with prewalk events like the flash mob taking place around downtown Golden. At 6:30 p.m. the public gathers at the top of the hill, 15th Street and Washington Avenue, and begins to make its way down by candlelight. When the group reaches the Golden Visitors Center, Santa and the mayor of Golden will greet the crowd, and the switch will be thrown, illuminating the holiday lights strung up along Clear Creek. “It’s a sea of lights coming down the hill. We really come together as one big community,” said Olde Golden Christmas organizer Carol Ann Bowles. Bowles said she has helped organize the candlelight walk for 20 years now, and seen it grow tremendously. “I used to have to beg to get people to participate, and now I’m having to turn groups away,” Bowles said. Among the new attractions for this year’s walk is a drum line percussion Stomp-like performance planned at the base of the hill by Golden High School graduates, and brass band music courtesy of the Colorado School of Mines.

Prepping for the Olde Golden Christmas annual Candlelight Walk, from left, city historian Richard Gardner, event organizer Carol Ann Bowles and Chamber President Gary Wink stand in front of the Golden Visitors Center Christmas Tree. Photo by Glenn Wallace Also new this year, Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan has asked for one lucky Golden child to help her and Santa to flip the big switch to turn on the creek lights, at the end of the candlelight walk.

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“This is a great tradition, and the chamber has been involved from the start,” said Golden Chamber President Gary Wink. Even as the modern event continues to evolve, Golden historian Richard Gardner said the roots of the event mark this year as its 40th anniversary. “It starts out as Victorian Christmas in ‘72. It was at the Astor House, where they had a bonfire,” Gardner said. “It’s evolved since then, but it’s still a great event.” For more information, and a complete list of events for the Candlelight Walk and Olde Golden Christmas, go to

Mixed verdict for DeWild Daniel DeWild found guilty of two charges, but not murder By Glenn Wallace Nine years after Heather DeWild was killed and buried in a shallow grave in Clear Creek Canyon, her estranged husband has been found guilty of conspiracy to kill her, but not of the murder itself. After a two-week trial, the jury deliberated for a day and-a-half before delivering the verdicts of guilty on two charges against 40-year-old Daniel Donald DeWild — conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on one count of first-degree murder. Judge Christopher J. Munch presided over the trial, and declared a mistrial

‘He didn’t get away with it, not completely.’ Heather DeWild’s sister, Rebecca Barger on the murder count. He set a new trial date of Jan. 8 to retry DeWild. The two felony convictions mean DeWild could be sentenced to 16 to 54 years in prison, according to First Judicial District Attorney Scott Storey. “It might have been a little disappointing, but not totally, because for eight long years we weren’t sure we were ever going to have justice for Heather’s death,” Heather’s father David

Springer said following the verdict. Springer and Heather’s sister, Rebecca Barger, thanked the investigators and prosecutors who worked to bring the 2003 cold case to trial. “He didn’t get away with it, not completely,” Barger said. The prosecution said Daniel DeWild lured Heather to his house a week before their divorce was to be finalized. Once in the house,

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Daniel allegedly threw her to the ground in his garage, and killed her with a mallet. Daniel’s twin brother, David, testified to the murder, saying he had helped his brother dispose of Heather’s car and body. Family members said hearing testimony of how Heather died was gruesome. “It was hard because it does make it fresh again. It makes it real, and it makes her suffering real. But the truth is better than not knowing, for sure,” Barger said. Daniel DeWild remains in Jefferson County Jail on a $1 million bond. Sentencing on his two convictions will be delayed until after the murder count is settled. David DeWild reached a plea agreement in August, pleading guilty to seconddegree conspiracy to commit murder. He, too, will be

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charged after the retrial. Storey said he would be meeting privately with the family and with his prosecuting team to discuss the first trial and how to proceed. “I think we put on a good case. I feel like we met our burden of proof on all charges. Some of the jury felt otherwise,” Storey said.

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S An important day in the season of giving At this time of year, you probably do not need to be reminded of the adage “it’s better to give than to receive.” Chances are, you’ve already made some headway on your holiday shopping list, perhaps starting on Black Friday, or even on Thanksgiving night. The spirit of giving is what propels these treks through malls and big-box stores. You’re buying gifts for loved ones and, as a bonus, helping to stimulate the economy. But have you checked your list twice? For those of you in a financial position to do so, we encourage you to add another name (or two) to that list — specifically that of your favorite nonprofit organiza-

OUR VIEW tion. Conveniently, there is a day set aside for doing this. Thankfully, you won’t have to wait in any lines. Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 4. Created in 2010 by Arvada-based Community First Foundation with the financial support of FirstBank, the aim is to “increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.” Touted as “24 hours to give where you live,” you can donate to your favorite nonprofits

at Last year, $12.8 million was distributed to 928 nonprofits, according to the Colorado Gives Day 2011 Giving Report, which can be found on the website. That dollar amount was a 46 percent increase over the inaugural event in 2010. In Jefferson County alone, more than $2 million was donated. The average donation last year was $237, but donations as small as $10 are accepted. A full 100 percent goes to the charities. And yes, your donation is taxdeductible. The causes your money can help are numerous, with more than 1,000 organiza-


tions participating. d Eligible nonprofits on the list include those dedicated to helping children, aniB mals and the environment; those looking g to fight various illnesses; those looking to enrich our communities through promoting the arts; and many, many more causes. You can search through the list of nonprofits on the website. We believe you’ll find Colorado Gives Day to be as easy and rewarding a way to give as you’ll find this holiday season. For more information, go to givingfirst. org/cogivesday, call 720-898-5900 or email

Key characteristics needed to move on I recently wrote a column laying out some characteristics I thought would be important if there was going to be any hope of healing the rifts in this country. I acknowledged that there was the possibility I was making too much of it, but then I saw one more astonishing statistic that seems to support my thesis: After this election, there are now 37 states that have one-party rule, including Colorado. So while the Democrats in Washington are going to need to pull in at least a little Republican support to get things done, that sort of outreach is not the case in more than two-thirds of the states. In other words, the need for those in power to learn how to play well with others is all but nonexistent in the states; so, there’s little reason to think that Washington will get better in time. But that shouldn’t deter us from trying to find a better way forward. I’d hate to think the only way I was going to feel like I got along with my neighbors was to move to Texas. So, following on my suggestion that Truth and Service are necessary, here goes a few more characteristics that I think might be useful going forward. Generosity — most people think of gen-

erosity as the impulse to give something away. So let’s give this away — the benefit of the doubt. The Right thinks the Left wants to collapse the American system so that they can move in with the European social state; the Left thinks the Right only wants to protect the obscene wealth of the 1 percent, and to do it on the backs of the other 99 percent. Can we, maybe, give each other the benefit of the doubt? Is it possible that both sides actually want what is best for the country, but that they disagree on what that would be and how to get there? Must we always assign the other side nefarious motive? I know that makes it easier to demonize the other side to win elections, but it really doesn’t do a lot to move the country


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forward or to keep it together. Transparency — The American system works best when the governed know what the governing class is doing, if for no other reason then that it prevents corruption. But hidden agendas, lies, spin and obfuscation have become the norm lately. Whether it’s administration people repeatedly pushing a story that is obviously false regarding Benghazi, or candidates carefully dodging questions while getting caught on telephone-cameras telling donors what they really think, transparency is practically a thing of the a bygone era. Here’s an idea: everybody say what you actually mean, what you really think, and what you actually intend to do, and then let’s have a legitimate contest of ideas. Accountability — Here’s the tough one. When your candidate fails on any measure of what a good, honest public servant should be doing, will you withhold your support for them? To illustrate what’s so tough about this one, consider this: Jesse Jackson Jr. left Congress in June, missed more than 200 votes, had health problems and campaign finance scandals, and made exactly zero public appearances in his re-election bid. Yet, for some reason, his constituents

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reelected him by a 4-1 margin. That’s not accountability, that’s aristocracy. That’s why we keep having the childish partisan bickering in Congress — because too many in Congress are in “safe” districts and never have to try to see another point of view. If the voters stopped accepting that from their representatives, maybe we would see some change. I know these are all pipe dreams; I don’t expect things to get any better any time I soon. d There are too many systemic incentives for the status quo, at least as far as the g elected class goes. w But maybe we can start something s new, built around some of the ideas I’ve v presented. v And then, someday, when they build a y giant fence around Washington, D.C., we can start over, remembering that disagree- w ments can be the starting point of brilliant fi solutions, if we don’t let them tear us apart. t t Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Storey reflects on journey Jeffco DA Scott Storey steps down, takes a look back By Glenn Wallace

Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey will step down at the end of the year. After being elected in 2004, the Colorado native is term limited. Storey spoke to Colorado Community Media recently, to talk about his career as he steps aside to let the newly-elected Pete Weir take the wheel. What follows is a slightly condensed version of that interview. CCM: When you first went to law school, it was to help out the family business, which was building. But then you clearly became focused on criminal prosecution. How did that change happen? Storey: “I thought geeze, I went to law school for five years, to do just business law? I wanted to take six months to a year, and get trial work out of my system. That was agreeable to everybody in the family, so I went down to the El Paso DA’s ofStorey fice. After six months I was in district court with a felony docket. My first felony jury trial was a girl. She had a difficult time — there wasn’t the kind of child of victim resources there are today — and was very reluctant to testify. Her dad was very sexually abusive to her for many years. But she testified. I think the turning point for me was when she got up there and testified for hours. She came up to me afterwards and said, “Scott, I did it.” It transformed me. I never did go back

‘I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s been an incredible honor.’ Outgoing Jeffco DA Scott Storey to my business. CCM: Did you get the conviction? Storey: Yeah … she did. I stumbled along, but she’s the one that got the conviction. CCM: You started working here in Jeffco DA’s office 23 years ago. What eventually led you to run for district attorney? Storey: Dave Thomas was term limited. I think part of it was having management experience from the construction business. I had a passion for the office, and felt like maybe I could do a better job than some of the candidates. I’d never even run for student councils, so I didn’t know what I was doing. I was very lucky to have very good mentors help me through. CCM: What has it been like to hold the office of DA? Storey: I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s been an incredible honor. I never set out to be an elected official but I feel blessed every day. I love it. I think I’ve been good at it. I’ve accomplished a lot. It’s bittersweet, because of term limits I can’t finish some of the things I’ve started. CCM: What are some of the cases that you’re proud of? Storey: The DeWild case (in trial) right now. That’s a cold case that we started a task force for. Frankly, I made a promise to Heather DeWild’s family that she would have justice before I was done. Then there was the victim Rose Moniak, a senior citizen who worked

for the shuttles. One of her customers … dragged her around the corner and just kicked her. She should have died. I personally prosecuted that because I was outraged. CCM: Programs you’re proud of? Storey: The Power Against Fraud program teaches people how to stay safe. Coming from that, I started the Elder Abuse Unit. We have now the only dedicated elder abuse unit in Colorado. I decided to start another specialized unit, Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations. We nicknamed it Cheezo, and that’s the name of the mascot. We’ve probably arrested upwards of 600 predators. But the bigger effort of that is our prevention program. We go out to schools and talk about internet safety and cell phone safety. CCM: What will you do now? Storey: Pete has asked me to stay on, to supervise some of the programs I’ve started. I will not be a policy maker though. He’s better qualified than I am anyway. I hope to try some cases … if I remember how. And no, I’m never going to run for anything else.

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The Arvada Center’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street” follows the same story as the classic film in which Kris Kringle has to convince Doris (Lauren Sheely), Susan (Regan Fenske) and Fred (Jody Madaras) that he is real. Photos by P. Switzer

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here are certain stories that almost every theater uses to kick off its holiday season, and the Arvada Center is hosting one of them on its main stage. “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” will play at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., through Dec. 23, bringing the classic tale to a whole new generation of theater-goers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The musical is based on the classic film, and follows much of the same storyline, according to the director of the show,

Gavin Mayer. When the show was first created in 1963 it was called “Here’s Love” but over the years that has evolved into the title we now know it by. “From Thanksgiving to Christmas is my favorite time of year, so it’s been great to create that for other people,” Mayer said. “It’s hard not to have a good time working on a Christmas play.” The story follows the real Kris Kringle, who shows up in New York City, and gets hired to play Santa Claus at the Macy’s department store. Realizing that his holiday has become overrun with commercialism and cynicism, he sets about convincing the store’s special events director, Doris Walker, and her daughter, Susan, that he is the real St. Nick. Even though the play is supposed to take place during the 1960s when it was written, Mayer decided to go back and create the look and feel of 1949 when the film takes place.

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“Around this time of year people are looking to capture those feelings and ambience of that period of time,” he said. “So, we based our design on a vintage New York postcard to create a romantic, idealized 1940’s New York.” Mayer credits everyone who worked on set and costume design with putting forth great effort in creating that idealized time. Of course, the story is only going to be as good as its Kris Kringle, and that’s a role Erick Devine takes very seriously. “There are kids in the show, and there will be kids in the audience, and it’s a huge responsibility because I’m that guy,” he said. “Also, every night it’s someone’s first show, and I’m responsible for helping to bring them back to the theater.” Devine said he saw the show during its original run in New York, and he has performed in it, but this is his first time playing Kris Kringle. “It’s just amazing how they’re recreating that magic,” he said. “I love that they’re bringing back to the 40s, and they’ve done some amazing choral work bringing back those creamy harmonies of the era.” The show is very family friendly, and Mayer said he hopes that it’ll be the show that gets people’s holiday season going. “This is a show that hasn’t really been done in the area recently, and so we’re hoping that theatergoers will use it to kick-off their holidays.” For tickets and more information, call 720-898-7200 or go online to

Talk a little NBA b-ball while sidling up to Denver Nuggets Head Coach George Karl during a charity breakfast from 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Coohills, 1400 Wewatta St. Space is limited, so RSVPs are requested by Nov. 30 to or by calling 303-788-9399. Cost is $28 per person. The event is part of Colorado Gives Day 2012, where residents have 24 hours to give where they live. The Coach Karl breakfast proceeds will support the Progressive Health Center and Cancer Care Initiative on Colorado Gives Day. Coloradans will come together again to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits throughout the state. Last year, $12.8 million was distributed to Colorado nonprofits. Progressive Health Center and Cancer Care Initiative raised $36,000 and won an award for The Largest Percentage Increase In Dollars raised. The organization’s goal for 2012 is to increase that amount by 10 percent. Progressive Health Center uses donations to help uninsured/underserved patients; for education programs and for general operating funds. The Cancer Care Initiative helps with patient navigation, pain management, survivorship and integrative medicine. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day asks you to give to your favorite charities through the website www., an online giving resource featuring every nonprofit participating in Colorado Gives Day. One hundred percent of your donation will come to the charity you choose. When you give online anytime on Dec. 4, the value of your donation will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund. Donate online at progressivehealthcenter anytime during the 24-hour period of Dec. 4 to “Give Where You Live.”

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For the 20th year in a row, Metro Taxi drivers volunteered to bring meals to residents in need by delivering food from the legendary Daddy Bruce Randolph Thanksgiving program. Metro Taxi Denver drivers assisted the Epworth Foundation’s annual Denver Feed a Family Thanksgiving program by delivering more than 1,800 food baskets to Denver residents unable to leave their homes. At midnight prior to our traditional turkey day, three city blocks surrounding Epworth United Methodist Church, 3401 High St., closed to set up a giant assembly line for Thanksgiving food baskets. After hundreds of volunteers sorted and packed the food that Walmart had donated and hauled in, volunteer drivers from Metro Taxi began delivering food baskets to the elderly and shut-ins. The drivers navigated more than 120 routes and made more than 1,800 deliveries to needy residents in northeast Denver who would otherwise not have had access to the donations. “This is not a business decision for us, this is simply the right thing for us to do and we are so proud of our drivers who step up to help their neighbors,” Metro Taxi Denver Operations Manager Bobby Parker continues on Page 17

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Celebrate the Holidays A little fun with reindeer facts Santa’s crew is all-female! Male reindeer shed their antlers at the end of the mating season in early December. Females, on the other hand, keep their thinner antlers throughout the winter. If all the historic depictions of Santa and his team of reindeer are to be believed, then it is the girls who are pulling the jolly fat man and his goods through the winter skies. And here’s another reason for the female theory: Male reindeer carry as little as five percent body fat when Christmas rolls around, having lost much of their fatty storage during the mating season. Female reindeer, however, enter winter carrying about 50 percent body fat. This natural insulator, which can be a couple of inches thick on their rumps, keeps the female reindeer nice and toasty as they travel through the world in temperatures that can reach as low as minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The last paragraph would seem to prove that it is, indeed, a team of female reindeer traveling around the world with Santa on Christmas Eve night. Perhaps the one with the red nose is actually Ruby? We should have known – a little tongue-in-cheek humor here – only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night … and not get lost!

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nyone purchasing a home needs to have it inspected, not only by a general home inspector, but in many cases by a professional engineer, mold inspector, radon tester, or any other specialists trained to evaluate any other potential problem. Sellers, whether using a real estate agent to list their homes, or whether they are handling the sale themselves, are wise to protect themselves by filling out in detail the Seller’s Property Disclosures for residential properties sanctioned by the Colorado Division of Real Estate. This form, which can be down-


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ing to do with the condition of the house. Colorado law, specifically C.R.S. 38-35.5-101, protects a real estate broker who does not make these disclosures from lawsuits, but does not protect the seller. Disclosing these matters might be prudent for a seller to avoid problems down the line with buyers sensitive to those and similar situations that don’t affect the physical condition of the house but could have psychological effects on certain buyers. Another tricky area is when a home inspector claims the home has a structural problem and the buyer terminates the contract based on that finding. Assume that the seller

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Antiques & Collectibles

Grain Finished Buffalo

27" Mounted Walleye $10

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Garage Sales Book Sale

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Moving Sale

Saturday December 1st 8am-5pm Antiques, Woodley's Oak Roll top desk, Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room Furniture, and misc. 7110 Pierce Street, Arvada

Saturday & Sunday December 1st & 2nd 9-5 Indoor/Outdoor 2326 South Eldridge Court, Lakewood CO 80228 Cell 303-521-4813 Kids, Tools, Foosball, Furniture, Clothes, Christmas

Estate Sales Estate Sale -

tools, furniture, antiques, toys, home decor, glass wear, christmas decor, art work, electronics 5375 Union Way Arvada, CO 80002 Nov 29 & 30 8am- 4pm & Dec 1 9am-2pm

Wendy (303)688-5876

Antique flat top trunk

Black & White Check $50 Wendy (303)688-5876

Arts & Crafts Edgewater United Methodist

Craft Fair

Dec. 1st - 10am-3pm 2497 Fenton St., Edgewater, CO


Vendors Wanted!

Crafts and Holiday gift items needed For "Home For The Holidays" Market held on December 8th From 10-3 in O’Brien Park In Parker. Contact Cathy at 303-250-5155 for booth rental information.

Friday, November 30, 2012 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall at Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 West 6th Avenue) West 6th Ave. & Indiana St. Golden, Colorado

Admission $2.00


Building Materials

Lawn and Garden

Steel Buildings

For Sale 2012 42" 21hp Sears

Prices Reduced Wholesale/Factory offers On discounted deals Big & Small Source# 18X (800) 964 8335

ridding mower. Comes with warranty, expires 4/27/15. Used only 6 times $1,000. Call 303-232-2597



Rossi Ranch Hand

Bushnell Telescope # 789565 565x60REM 60MM Lens, NEW Retail $299 Sell $170 Mike 303-475-3730 Great Christmas Gift

Large loop lever action pistol type caliber capacity 6+1 action 44 Magnum 12" round barrel. 303-421-8512

Firewood Bulk Firewood

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


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

Furniture Baby Furniture

Baby crib and changing table $100.00. Car seat/carrier Winnie the Pooh fabric $35.00. Call for more information. 937-321-3809 Castle Rock

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

Significant Monthly Income Great Local Team INC 500 Company NO Sales • NO Inventory NO Risk Call Stacy 303•908•9932

We are community.

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Work From Home

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Musical Piano

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Tickets/Travel All Tickets Buy/Sell



Autos for Sale

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Wanted We Buy Cars

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2005 Infiniti FX 35.

with pad $150 303-

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topper, ž ton, 61K miles $4,000 1972 gold International pickup with topper, ž ton, 2WD, senior owned, great condition, 60,555 miles, $4,000. 719-687-7669

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AKC Yellow lab puppies, Ready

1972 International Pickup with

Moving - Newer Singer sewing



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Trucks, SUVs & Vans Running or not. Any condition Under $1000 (303)741-0762

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SERVICES TO ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICES, CALL 303-566-4100 Carpentry Carpenter/Handyman:

Semi retired but still ready to work for you! 34 years own business. Prefer any small jobs. Rossi's: 303-233-9581

Cleaning A Custom Clean

All cleaning services customized. Residential/Commercial References Available Contact Jody @ 303-882-8572

Ali’s Cleaning Services

Residential and Commercial Cleaning • 15yrsexperience •WindowCleaning • Detailed,Honest, •Insured&Bonded Dependable •GreatCustomerService

Call Ali @ 720-300-6731

• DepenDable • • Thorough •


Fence Services

FBM Concrete


Driveways, patios, stamp & colored concrete. All kinds of flat work. 25yrs exp. Free estimates (720)217-8022

G & E CONCRETE Residential/Commercial Flatwork • Patios • Driveways • Garages • Foundations • Walks • Tearout/Replace 25+ yrs. Experience Best Rates - References Free Estimates 303-451-0312 or 303-915-1559

Navarro Concrete, Inc. Commercial/Residential quality work at reasonable prices. Registered & Insured in Colorado. 303-423-8175


• honesT •

12 years experience. Great References


Massa Construction 303-642-3548


Acoustic scrape and re-texture Repairs to full basement finishes Water damage repairs Interior paint, door & trim installs

Driveways, Sidewalks, Patios Tear-outs, colored & stamped concrete. Quality work Reasonable rates, Lic. & Ins. "Small Jobs OK!" 303-514-7364

Concrete Mike

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Time to start taking care of all your concrete needs. FREE ESTIMATES! All Types of flat work No job too small or too big! free reinforcement up to 500s.f.

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Quality Fencing at a DiscountPrice Wood, Chain Link, Vinyl, Orna-iron, New Install and Repairs. Owner Operated since 1989 Call Now & Compare! 303-450-6604

• Springs, Repairs • New Doors and Openers • Barn and Arena Doors • Locally-Owned & Operated • Tom Martino’s Referral List 10 Yrs • BBB Gold Star Member Since 2002

Dry wall repair specialist. 30yrs. Experience, Insured Satisfaction guaranteed Call Ed 720-328-5039

All phases to include



Commercial & Residential All types of cedar, chain link, iron, and vinyl fences. Install and repair. Serving all areas. Low Prices. FREE Estimates. 720-434-7822 or 303-296-0303

Heating/ Air Conditioning


Great Pricing On

Grafner Heating & Cooling LLC

Carpentry • Painting Tile • Drywall • Roof Repairs Plumbing • Electrical Kitchen • Basements Bath Remodels Property Building Maintenance


Free Estimates • Reliable Licensed • Bonded Insured

Ron Massa

Office 303-642-3548 Cell 720-363-5983 H Bathroom Oak Valley H Basements Construction H Kitchens Serving Douglas H Drywall County for 30 years BASEMENTS H | BATHROOMS Decks| KITCHENS

30+ years experience Insured Free estimates Darrell 303-915-0739

Electricians Affordable Electrician 20 yrs experience Remodel expert, kitchen, basements, & service panel upgrades. No job too small. Senior disc. 720-690-7645

Serving Douglas County for 30 Years

Hauling Service "$$$ Reasonable Rates On:

*Trash Cleanup: old furniture, mattresses, appliances, etc. *Replacement of Decorative Rock *Hauling: trash, old sod, debris. *Gutter cleaning. *Storm Damage Cleanup, References Servicing the Denver West and North areas Mark 303.432.3503

Ceiling fans, lighting, Outlets and more!

Call 303-429-0380

Radiant Lighting Service **

Electrical Work All types. Honest and reliable, licensed & ins. Free estimates. Craig (303)429-3326

You Call - I Haul Basemen,t Garages, Houses, Construction, Debris, Small Moves Office - 303-642-3548 Cell 720-363-5983 Ron Massa BBB - Bonded - Insured

Instant Trash Hauling • Home • Business • Junk & Debris • Furniture • Appliances • Tree Limbs • Moving Trash • Carpet • Garage Clean Out

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House Cleaning


Office/Residential/Vacancies Churches/Foreclosures Insured/Bonded 303-429-9220 "We do it all from ceiling to floor."

Gloria's Hands on Cleaning

Reliable, 25 years in business, personal touch, spring cleaning. Weekly, bi-weekly, once a month 303-456-5861 Servicing the Metro North and Metro West areas

House Keeping

A Quality Handyman 720-422-2532

Residential and commercial 21 years Experience References available on request 303-431-5227

Heavy Hauling

RVK Window & House Cleaning

•Baths •Kitchens •Tiling •Large & Small Jobs

303-425-0066 303-431-0410

*Snow plowing commercial and business properties • Snow hauling • Asphalt & Concrete •Dirt removal & replacement • Grading • Excavating • Tractor •Trucking.

All types of repairs. Reasonable rates 30yrs Exp. 303-450-1172


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RON’S LANDSCAPING Spring Clean Up, Raking, Weeding, Flower Bed Maintenance, Schrub Retrimming Soil Prep - Sod Work Trees & Schrub Replacement also Small Tree & Bush Removal Bark, Rock Walss & Flagstone Work

FREE Estimates

Family owned business with over 35 yrs. exp.

Call or email Ron 303-758-5473

303-274-9349. 12 years exp. Affordable, Insured, FREE est. Landscaping, aerating, sprinkler installs, makeovers & more!

*Lawn Maint: Leaf Cleanup, Tree & Bush Trimming/Removal. Firewood for sale Del. avail. *Hauling: trash, old fencing, debris. *Gutter cleaning. *Storm Damage Cleanup. Refs. Servicing the Denver West and North areas Mark: 303.432.3503

A&M Lawn Service Landscaping, Xeriscaping Flagstone or Pavestone, Shrub & Tree Installation & Removal & Pruning Sprinklers, Landscaping Design & Installation, Patio & Walkways, Sod & Soil Amendments, Retaining Walls, Water Features, Lawn Maintenance, Commercial & Residential, Weekly Mowing, Fertilization, Aeration, Power Raking & Vacuuming, Sprinkler Winterization Starting @ $35


Servicing Castle Rock, Littleton, Highlands Ranch and Parker

Residential/Commercial detailed cleaning. 8 years experience Radek 720-202-8325

Since 1980


*Snow plowing & hauling servicing the Westminster, Northglenn and Thornton areas


Trash & Junk Removal

Bob’s Home Repairs


$$$ Reasonable Rates On:


Call Bernie 303.347.2303

Locally and family owned. We are full service design, installation and maintenance company.

Lawn/Garden Services

Dirt, Rock, Concrete, Sod & Asphalt



SHORTY'S LANDSCAPING "???Need Lawn Mowing???"

Licensed & Insured

Licensed & Insured 303-688-5021


ELECTRICIAN Residential jobs only

S & H Heating and Cooling is a family-owned company doing business in the Denver area for 65 years with the same phone number the entire time! We specialize in quality installation, clean and efficient work and fair pricing. We don’t have a salesman so we don’t need to charge any commission. There are available rebates of up to $1120 on a full system. Now is the time to call Von or Chase Honnecke for a friendly, accurate and current bid.

Call Ray Worley CALL 303-995-4810


(303) 646-4499


Lennox furnaces, overstocked air conditioners. We service all brands (303)530-1254


Sanders Drywall Inc.

All Phases of Flat Work by

Low rates, Free estimates Scott, Owner 720-364-5270


Suleyma's Houscleaning

14 years of experience excellent references Residential/Apartments & move outs Honest and Reliable For more information call Suleyma at 303-870-2472

Cowboy Fencing is a full service fence & gate company installing fences in Colorado for 23 years. Residential/Commercial/Farm & Ranch Fencing

Garage Doors

Just Details Cleaning Service

When “OK” Just isn’t good enough -Integrity & Quality Since 1984 For more information visit: Call Rudy 303-549-7944 for free est.

Cedar, Chain-link Install & Repair. Quality Work 10 yrs. exp. Free Estimates. Sr. Discount. 303-750-3840


We take what your trash man won't. Branches, mattresses, appliances, reasonable rates & prompt service 720-333-6832

Heating/ Air Conditioning FURNACE & AC

starts complete $3500 or high efficiency furnace & AC available with rebates. Licensed & Insured. (303)423-5122

LANDSCAPE • Retaining Walls, Paver & Natural Stone Patios • Complete Landscape Design & Construction • Clean-Ups & Plant Pruning • Tree & Stump Removal • New Plantings • Irrigation Systems Repairs • Landscape Lighting

Columbine Lawn & Sprinkler Sprinkler Blowouts $40

Aeration $40 Fertilization $30 Gutter Cleanouts $35 and up Licensed Plumber and Custom Contracting Hardwood Floors, Fencing, Remodels, Snow Removal




Tony 720-210-4304

Your next booked service could start here. Your Community Connector to Boundless Rewards

Place your Service Directory ad today. Call 303-566-4100!

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30 yrs experienced brick layer


Patios, brick laying, block work, pavers, & tile work. Brick fireplaces & chimneys. Call Matt (303)419-3424

Medical Spinal Adjustment $25.00. David Goodfield 720-540-7700 see my ad in the Professional Service Guide


Perez PAINTING Painting Interior / Exterior

Your neighborhood painter for over 25 years. Resident of Westwoods. Insured.

Specializing in re-paints & new construction

ALSO power washing decks & fences. Call for FREE ESTIMATES

Mark's Home Painting 720-556-3765

Interior Painting 28 years of experience Custom Homes - Celebrity Homes - past 20 years Benjamin Moore Paint - 5 Year Guarantee Touch up after the Holiday parties References


Interior • Exterior Deck Repair



Year End Rates Fully Insured

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TO ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICES, CALL 303-566-4100 Remodeling



Andy & Bob's Roofing/Gutters

Bathroom/kitchen remodeling, repair work, plumbing leaks, water damage. No job too small Window replacement. Serving Jeffco since 1970 References Insured (303)237-3231

All types roofs-installs, repairs and certifications. Aluminum seamless gutters. Since 1952 (303)984-0481

Plowing Commercial Properties 27 years experience Free Estimates

303-734-9796 720-641-1947


Rocky Mountain Contractors

Licensed and Insured


Shingles, Flat Roofs, Roof Leak Repairs. 35 years of experience. Free estimates. Butch Metzler (303)422-8826


Affordable Rates

Residential /Commercial

• System Startup • Winterizations • Install, Repair • Service & Renovations


Tree & Shrub Trimming, Tree Removal Fence Installation Stump Grinding Free Estimates

Roofing/Gutters Now offering

Yard clean ups, snow removal, fall aeration, fertilization, handyman jobs and pooper scooper Interior/Exterior Holiday light decorations.

System Winterizations $35.00 Free Estimates

Window Services The Glass Rack 303-987-2086

Senior Discounts

Your next hire is reading this paper

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(303) 425-6861 Bus Phone (720) 309-1195 Cell Phone


Majestic Tree Service

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Tree Service

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Snow Removal

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THURSDAY/NOV. 29 EVENING OF Hope Echter’s Garden Center is partnering with Hope House of Colorado and other local businesses for An Evening of Hope, from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the garden center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada. Door prizes, discounts and music add to the fun. Tickets are limited; call 303-424-7979. A portion of the ticket price goes to Hope House of Colorado. Visit www. or BLOOD DRIVE St. Anthony Hospital Community Blood Drive is from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, inside Auditorium A at 11600 W. 2nd Place, Lakewood. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www. IMPROV SHOW Golden High School will present a fundraiser with its Improv Show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the high school auditorium, 701 24th St. The show is a fundraiser for Broadway CARES benefitting AIDS research and recovery programs. Checks and cash accepted at the door. For information, contact Scott Hasbrouck at or 303-982-2813. JAZZ CONCERT Jazz Over Easy performs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Café del Sol, 608 Garrison St. in Lakewood, for an evening of swinging jazz. The band performs monthly. Reserve a table now to assure seating. The performance will be streamed live at Call 303-238-7999 for reservations.

CHOICE ENROLLMENT Arvada West High School Choice Enrollment Night is from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Arvada West Auditorium. Meet the teachers, counselors and administrators, hear an overview of the programs, classes, activities and athletics; tour the building; and have questions answered. Choice enrollment night is for students who live outside

the Arvada West attendance boundaries. Choice enrollment applications are available at http:// or call 303-982-1303.

BASIX CHRISTMASTIME The Lakewood Cultural Center presents Danish vocal pop a cappella sensation Basix in a special holiday program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the 316-seat theater at 470 S. Allison Parkway. Tickets are available by going online to CulturalCenter, calling 303-987-7845, or visiting the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office. Senior, student and group discounts are available. There is plenty of free, well-lit parking on-site.

FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER Colorado Festival of Cultures and White Fence Farm are working to raise money for the festival’s children’s choir and other cultural groups in the community. Print and bring in the flier found at http://cccchoir. and White Fence Farm will give 15 percent of the profits to the Colorado Festival. Additionally, the Clear Creek Children’s Choir, the Seven Falls Indian Dancers and Tromboniacs will perform from 5:15-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, for restaurant patrons.

LECTURE SERIES Power Lunch Lecture Series presents “Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era,” by Ryan Matley, consultant, electricity practice, Rocky Mountain Institute, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at The NREL Visitors Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden. Call 303-384-6565 to make a reservation for this free public program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation. WINE TASTING O’Toole’s Garden Center of Lakewood, 1404 Quail St., hosts a holiday wine tasting from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Local winemaker Turquoise Mesa Winery will provide the wine,

and Lucia Christie of Skagit Gardens will give a presentation on hellebores. Call 303-232-6868.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY/NOV. 29-30 MUSICAL AUDITIONS The Arvada Center will have auditions for the musical “Man of La Mancha” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29-30 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Call the Arvada Center, 720-898-7200 to schedule a time. FRIDAY/NOV. 30 CANDLELIGHT WALK Experience the beauty of the holiday at Olde Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk. Hot beverages, cookies and entertainment will be provided at several businesses and cultural facilities. Gather at Foothills Art Center at 6 p.m. for caroling. The Golden Chamber of Commerce will sell candles for 50 cents. The walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will end in front of the Golden Visitors Center for the lighting of the massive tree and the thousands of lights all along Clear Creek. Festive dress is encouraged. Free admission and free parking. Visit or call 303-279-3113. HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE Shop for handcrafted gifts and enjoy music and refreshments with family and friends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Morningstar Assisted Living, 2800 Youngfield St., Lakewood. RSVP at 303-233-4343.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/NOV. 30 TO DEC. 1, DEC. 7-8 DINNER SHOW Colorado ACTS presents “Christmas at Snowflake Lodge” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, at Colorado ACTS Theater, 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. This is a dinner show, and reservations are required. Call 303-456-6772 or visit www.

Parker: Denver’s first Bacon and Beer Festival set for Dec. 9 Parker continued from Page 8

McBride said. “We have people on staff here who have been helping feed families through the Daddy Bruce Thanksgiving program for 20 years. The giving spirit of Daddy Bruce Randolph that the Epworth Foundation carries on is an important tradition to the community and to our company.” For more information on Metro Taxi, visit To learn more about the Epworth Foundation, the history of the Daddy Bruce Randolph Thanksgiving tradition, and to donate to the cause next year, visit

Bowled over

After hurdling numerous stumbling blocks, Punch Bowl Social, the much-anticipated diner and bowling alley from Denver restaurateur Robert Thompson, has finally opened at First Avenue and Broadway in the former Big Lots building. The opening night event included live music by The Epilogues, with the ticket take going to Big BrothersBig Sisters of Colorado. Tickets were purchased at

Joe Garrett, Jr. Joe Garrett, Jr., of Arvada passed away on Nov. 15, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver. He was 83. A memorial service will be held in Syracuse, Kansas in the spring. for $15 to cover the charity donation and entertainment. “We are proud to bring PBS to the Baker District and launch it in conjunction with such a worthy charity as Big Brothers and Big Sisters,” Thompson said. The 24,000-square-foot bar, diner, bowling alley and coffeehouse also includes pingpong, marbles, deck-shuffle, shuffleboard, darts, pinball, foosball, pool tables, board games and a wall of throwback video games. Punch Bowl is open daily starting at 6 a.m. for the coffee shop, breakfast served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to midnight, happy hour 2-6 p.m. and a latenight menu till 2 a.m. More information at

Beggin’ for bacon

Denver’s first Bacon and Beer Festival takes place from 2:30-5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mile High Station. Denver-area restaurants will off fabulous baconbased dishes for attendees

to sample along with beers from amazing breweries. Proceeds will benefit Metro CareRing and Project Angel Heart. The event is supported by Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Bacon. For more information on all participating restaurants and breweries, and tickets, go to The event is brought to you by @eatboston, Forkly and Denver Off the Wagon.

Did you know?

After a warm weather delay, which produced unfavorable ice conditions, Lakewood’s Belmar has opened The Rink at Belmar. Updated rink schedule and hours are available at www. Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY/DEC. 1-2 WREATH MAKING Create your own handcrafted wreath using fresh aromatic boughs at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada. This is a popular hands-on class; please bring pruners. Reservations required; call 303424-7979. Visit FRIDAY/NOV. 30 TO SUNDAY/DEC. 1 CRAFT FAIR The Jeffco Holiday Craft Fair is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the exhibit hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden. A donation at the door will go toward the learning programs and scholarships for youth in the community. Parking is free. A local 4-H group will manage the food booth. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Fair, a nonprofit community service organization, and coordinated by Iris McIntosh, 303-934-3171. SATURDAY/DEC. 1

SATURDAY/DEC. 1, DEC. 8; SUNDAY/DEC. 2 MEET SANTA Meet Santa and his reindeer

at Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada. Santa will be at the garden center from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Bring your pets on Dec. 2 for a visit and photo with Santa. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the reindeer will be visiting from the North Pole, from 1-4 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 2, enjoy music of the Arvada Chorale from 1-3 p.m. Don’t forget your cameras, and please bring along a can or package of non-perishable food for Santa to share with the Arvada Food Bank. Call 303-424-7979 or visit

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Start your holidays with the ringing of bells with Christmas Bells in the City, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. The 12th annual concert features five English handbell choirs from the Denver area.

The Trinity United Methodist Church Children’s Chorale also will perform. The concert is free; donations will be accepted. Visit or email

PRAYER SERVICE Community In Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave. in Arvada, will host “An Evening of Prayer” for the children of the north Jeffco communities at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. With the recent tragedies in the Arvada/Westminster area, the church will open its doors for any and all families who wish to take that time to pray, and have their children prayed for. BARBERSHOP CHRISTMAS. Denver MountainAires Barbershop Chorus, Colorado School of Mines Men’s Chorus and individuals from the Boulder Timberliners, Sound of the Rockies and 52eighty Youth Chorus will perform Dec. 1 during the Olde Golden Christmas Parade. Barbershop quartets will sing at 11th and Washington, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m., ending at 13th and Washington at 11:30, where the first Barbershop Christmas festival chorus will perform. Call 303-973-9217 or 303-805-9828. BOOK SIGNING “Dreaming of Colorado” book signing is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Barnes & Noble Denver West, 14347 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Grant Collier and Stephanie Lowman will sign and discuss their new children’s book, “Dreaming of Colorado.” HOLIDAY TEA McIlvoy House will have its holiday tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7307 Grandview Ave., Arvada. The menu includes delectable delicacies for the holiday season. Paid reservation required. Space is limited. Call the McIlvoy House, 303-431-1261 or stop by the house to purchase tickets. Your Week continues on Page 18

HAVE AN EVENT? To submit a calendar listing, send information by noon Friday to or by fax to 303-425-8757.

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On the round-about at South Golden Rd. and West 16th Ave. Sunday Praise & Worship................. ......9:00 am Fellowship Time .....................................10:00 am Church School ................................ .......10:30 am

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Nothing bah-humbug about ‘Christmas Carol’ Once December arrives, everything around us seems to focus on the holidays, and particularly, Christmas shopping. Black Friday may be behind us, but you can be assured that for the rest of the month you will be treated to a bombardment of commercials and ads featuring some kind of special sale on everything you could possibly imagine stuffing under a Christmas tree. This always brings the question to my mind: Where exactly do you get one of those giant bows that they put on top of the luxury cars that are now so “attractively priced” for the holidays? I haven’t seen them at the dollar stores. Well, once in a while everyone needs a little break from decking the halls and the Colorado Mountain Club is offering a little non-holiday diversion. It’s the Backcountry Film Festival which highlights the beauty and fun of the winter backcountry experience. This is my kind of film festival. Instead of sitting through days of hit and miss features to discover the gems, they have already done that for you. Submissions come from a variety of renowned film makers that travel the world as well as from grass roots film makers who just happened to have a video camera handy on one of their excursions. The submissions are juried by a select group of judges and then assembled into a 90 minute program. The Backcountry Film Festival will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Neptune Mountaineering, 633 S. Broadway in Boulder. Tickets run $10 and the proceeds go to support

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the work of the Colorado Mountain Club Conservation and Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI), which is a leading advocate for human-powered winter recreation on our public lands here in Colorado. Whether you are a skier, climber, hiker, snowshoe enthusiast or just like to drive up to the mountains with a camera, there should be something appealing on the screen for you. If you have a GoPro camera on your gift list, this should give you some inspiration on how to use it. Tickets for the Festival are available at Just click on “Events” and it will take you to the right place. You can also get more information from Kristin D’Epagnier at or calling 303-2793080 ext.2. Please remember: No yodeling in the avalanche zones, OK?

Since 1843

That’s when Charles Dickens penned his famous story, “A Christmas Carol.” It’s been read and loved by millions, produced as a play, filmed as a movie or 20, scored as a musical, animated as a cartoon and pretty much bah-humbugged along for 169 years. Leave it to our friends at the Heri-

tage Square Music Hall to come up with a new twist on a timeless classic. It’s called “Our Christmas Carol” and it’s running nightly through Dec. 31. Everyone will probably recognize the characters, but the troupe of comedic professionals promises to put in loads of hilarious twists to the story, totally unique to the metropolitan area. Following the play will be their famous Christmas Review featuring both sacred and secular music as well as comedy that they guarantee will put you in the Christmas spirit. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday with two shows on Saturdays, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. as well as an additional Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. But wait, there’s more! How about an audience interactive “Children’s Christmas Carol”? That’s right, as with many of their children’s shows they get everyone involved and ask audience volunteers to come up on stage throughout the show and portray some of the characters. What better way to introduce kids to being involved with live theater? “A Children’s Christmas Carol” happens at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays. Keep in mind that this is a dinner theater so you have the option of getting a dinner and show package or just attending the shows alone. The Heritage Square Music Hall is at 18301 W. Colfax Ave. in Golden for those of you who need to Google it. Tickets are available at the box office or 303-279-7800. For a complete schedule visit Hmmm, I wonder if Tiny Tim gets to tiptoe through the tulips?

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HOLIDAY BAZAAR The Golden High School PTA is hosting its first holiday bazaar that supports senior scholarships and student/classroom grants. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Golden High School cafeteria, 701 24th St., Golden. Door prize drawings will take place every 30 minutes. Support local businesses and get your shopping done in one place. SATURDAY/DEC. 1, 8, 15, 22 CHRISTMAS PARADE Experience a true Olde Fashioned Hometown Parade infused with a fun, only-in-Golden spirit. Enjoy lighted floats, clowns, Christmas characters, music, Santa, and even elves on unicycles. Afterwards, catch a free horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic 12th Street neighborhood or children can enjoy a ride in a Newfoundland dog-pulled cart. Parade travels down Washington Avenue from 11-11:30 a.m. on the first four Saturdays in December. Visit or call 303279-3113. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY/DEC. 1-2

PORCH POTS Visit a demonstration on how to put together porch pots to dress up your entry. Program is offered at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada. Program is free; and no registration is required. Call 303-424-7979 or visit

soprano, and Brian Stinar, tenor, will join the JSO once again for this program. Season and individual concert tickets may be purchased in advance at www., by calling 303-2784237, visiting the Jefferson Symphony office at 1204 Washington St., Golden, or at the door before the concert.


UPCOMING FUNDRAISER PLAN Jeffco, the citizen organization that has been working to conserve natural open spaces in Jefferson County since 1972, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a “Run with the Pack” fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 2, at 240 Union Restaurant, 240 Union Blvd., Lakewood. PLAN Jeffco initiated the first county open space program in the country. The evening starts with a complementary wine reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the keynote speaker Ed Bangs. Tickets are $55 per person for open seating, $75 per person for reserved tables. Call 303-835-0979 or visit to reserve your spot or for information.

HOLIDAY CONCERT Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will have its holiday concert and silent auction at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Colorado School of Mines Green Center in Golden. Season and individual tickets can be purchased in advance at or calling 303-278-4237. HOLIDAY CONCERT The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will perform its popular holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center in Golden. The holiday concert is the most popular JSO performance of the year and has become a family tradition for many area residents. The concert offers a touch of classical with a good portion of festive fun. Guest artists Judy Shay Burns,

MONDAY/DEC. 3 EDGY AWARDS The Edge Theatre, 9797 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, presents the

second annual EDGY Awards at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Awards given for best actor, best actress and to the winner of the year-long play competition. Dress code is “Hollywood Hot.”

TUESDAY/DEC. 4 LIFETREE CAFÉ Hollywood director Tom Shadyac, best known for “Ace Ventura,” “The Nutty Professor,”“Patch Adams,” “Bruce Almighty” and “I Am,” will discuss how he simplified his life in an exclusive filmed interview, presented at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St. Admission is free, and snacks and drinks are available. RECEPTION MISHA May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue in Lakewood is participating in Colorado Gives Day for the second year and is hosting a reception from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Doggie Delights, 1432 S. Broadway, Denver. On the second floor will be refreshments from Whole Foods, live music by the Acousticators, door prizes and holiday gifts. Leashed dogs are welcome. Visit https://givingfirst. org/mishamayfoundation/overview. RSVP preferred at mishamayfoundation@gmail. com or 303-239-0382.

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Golden High School Improv

For assistance in placing obituaries or to set up a new funeral home account, contact our customer support specialist at obituaries@ or call 303-566-4115. Or visit our website ourcoloradonews. com and click on the obituaries tab.

Golden High School will present an improv show on Nov. 29, raising funds for Broadway CARES, benefitting AIDS research and recovery programs. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. Seating is open, and tickets are $3 to $5 at the door. For more information, contact Scott Hasbrouck at shasbrou@jeffco.k12., or 303-982-2813.

Historic Preservation Board vacancies

The city of Golden cur-

rently has three vacancies for the Historic Preservation Board. The open positions would have four-year terms. Board members would be asked to volunteer their time to evaluate and determine the merits of which sites may require historic preservation, conduct official reviews of historic preservation sites, work to improve an inventory of historic sites, structures or districts in and around Golden, among other duties. Board members will also make recommendations to the City Council about how

best to use federal, state and private funding to promote and preserve historically significant portions of the Golden community. Historic Preservation Board members must be residents of Golden. The application is available on the city’s website, www., or may be picked up at Golden City Hall 911 10th St. The application should be filled out and turned in to the city clerk. Personal interviews are conducted by council. Appointment is by the mayor and confirmed by a majority of the council.


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• Brian Willms, President/CEO

• Marta Murray, Executive Director, Leadership Jefferson County, Youth Leadership Jefferson County

• Carol Grantano, Office Manager

• Amira Watters, Director of Membership

Tis' the season for giving


The crinkle of wrapping paper. The smell of fresh baked cookies wafting from the oven. The chatty in-laws. The lights. The traffic. The crowds. And yes, even the pine needles that seem to lodge themselves deep into the carpet. I love every aspect of the holidays!

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Not a member? Contact Amira Watters to inquire about attending as a guest. 720-399-5654

For me, there is no other time of year more magical than the holiday season. Things that would normally send me into a “Grinch”-type tailspin, don’t seem to bother me as much during the holidays. I think a large part of it is the Christmas spirit, but I think more than that, the subtle Brian Willms, scents of gingerbread, vanilla and pine somehow remind President/CEO me to count my blessings, and remember how fortunate I am to have a family that loves me unconditionally; friends that encourage me; and a job that not only inspires me, but challenges and motivates me.

December 5, 2012 3rd Annual Young Professionals Ugly Sweater Contest & Networking Event

The holiday season of giving has only just begun for some, but in meeting with many of the fabulous investors of The West Chamber, I can say with certainty that there are many individuals in our community that “give back” regularly throughout the year. Their hard work deserves to be recognized; Jefferson County would not be the fabulous county it is without their incredible dedication! This year Chamber staff and members of the 2013 Leadership Jefferson County Class had the pleasure working with Mag Strittmatter, Executive Director for The Action Center, and her team who led hundreds of volunteers in helping feed more than 2,600 Jefferson County residents during their annual Thanksgiving Distribution Drive. Mag, has worked tirelessly since 2006 serving more than 28,000 individuals each year who are in the need of food, shelter and basic human needs. Ernie Witucki, a retired resident of Jefferson County, gives via his civic duty and his service to the Lakewood-Foothills Rotary Club. In addition to serving as the Event Chair of Jefferson County’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2011, Ernie helped establish Lakewood’s State of the City event and has led the charge organizing the event over the last few years. Laura Locke, an attorney in Jefferson County, volunteers her time by working with a variety of at-risk kids and teenagers. She has a particular passion for assisting teenage victims of human trafficking and has recently spent time helping one such victim find a new home. There are so many wonderful, giving people in Jefferson County that fortunately for us this list of recognition could go on for pages! But let me not forget to recognize the many wonderful volunteers who support the Chamber; from our Board members, to the many different committee members and of course, our Ambassadors.

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New Members to the West Chamber Advanced Family Dental Todd Matheson 2598 S. Lewis Way #3C Lakewood, CO 80227 (303) 985-8000 Argus Event Staffing Guy Ditorrice Please call for information Lakewood, CO 80401 (720) 326-3573 Chase Bank USA, NA Wadsworth & Belleview Michelle Steinbach 5076 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood, CO 80123 (303) 948-1877

So this year, as you gather around the dining table with friends and family to give thanks, please join me in thanking those individuals that work tirelessly to support our great county day after day, year after year.

Looking for ways to showcase your business? Have a ribbon cutting event! Looking for a fun way to highlight your business? Have you considered holding a ribbon cutting? As a benefit of membership in the West Chamber, ribbon cuttings can be held for

both new businesses and recently remodeled business. To find out more about ribbon cuttings or to schedule one for your business, please call Amira at 720-399-5654

Inspired Photography Katarina Fidel 5776 W. 8th Ave. Lakewood, CO 80214 (303) 523-4035 Judy Andreghetti Country Financial Judy Andrighetti 380 Interlocken Crescent Ste 280 Broomfield, CO 80021 (303) 940-1151

MAC 5 Mortgage Rod Cameron 225 Union Blvd. Ste. 350 Lakewood, CO 80227 (303) 997-7117 Northwestern Mutual West Denver Courtney Kragle 274 Union Blvd., Ste. 200 Lakewood, CO 80228 (720) 963-6880

Seniors Helping Seniors North Jeffco Scott Spofford Please call for an appointment. Lakewood, CO 80401 (303) 453-9495 Twice the Results Fitness Bobby Zuniga 12600 W. Cedar Dr. #100 Lakewood, CO 80228 (720) 394-6737

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RE/MAX 100, Inc.- David Taylor

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Seyfer Automotive, Inc.

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Holiday Business After Hours & Gift Expo 5:00pm – 7:30pm Holiday Inn – Lakewood 7390 W. Hampden Avenue Lakewood, CO 80227

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Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill 10:00am - 11:00am Ribbon Cutting: 10:15 14740 W. Colfax Avenue, #120 Lakewood, CO 80401 Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Lunch will be served following event.

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Thank you for renewing your membership

Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated! Blessings to you and yours this holiday season, Brian

Hill Center for Dermatology, PC Lynn Diamond 17560 S. Golden Rd Ste 100 Golden, CO 80401 (303) 526-1117

5:00pm - 7:00pm Fun City – Aspen Room 9670 W. Cole Mine Avenue Littleton, CO 80123 Bowling & Laser Tag to follow event!

Panera Bread Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

3:00pm – 4:00pm 14740 W. Colfax Ave. #110 Lakewood, CO 80401 Holiday tasting following event!

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COUNTY NEWS IN A HURRY I-70 courtesy program

Colorado Department of Transportation’s Courtesy Patrol program has officially begun for the year. Drivers are provided free roadside assistance by the courtesy patrols. They offer services involving flat tires, fuel or water transfer, jumpstarts, shortdistance towing, accident scene protection and minor mechanical assistance. Three pickups and a tow truck patrol serve Interstate 70 between the top of Floyd Hill and Vail. Truck personnel also respond to requests from the Colorado State Patrol, local police or the Eisenhower Tunnel. Courtesy Patrol operates

primarily on weekends (6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays), including the holiday weekends of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day. Following the holidays, patrols will run every weekend through March 31, 2013. CDOT asks drivers to do their part by keeping their vehicles ready for winter travel, including having adequate tire traction, carrying an emergency kit with items like water, food, blankets, a shovel and ice scraper. Road, weather and additional traveler information is available at, by calling 511

or via e-mail. CDOT also has launched a new smartphone application to provide drivers with easier access to I-70 traveler information, including road conditions, and live feeds from CDOT’s traffic cameras. CDOT Mobile is available by texting CDOT to 25827 or by downloading CDOT Mobile from your App store.

New finance and IT director named

Jefferson County’s Department of Finance and Information Technology has a new director, Holly Bjorklund. Bjorklund is the former Regional Director of Financial

Planning & Analysis for the Apollo Group — University of Phoenix. Her first day with the county will be Nov. 30. “Holly will bring a wealth of financial experience to her new position with Jefferson County. As director of Finance and IT she will oversee the Accounting, Budget, Information Technology and Risk Management Divisions,” Jefferson County Administrator Ralph Schell said in a statement. “Her years of private sector experience will add another dimension to our executive team as we continue to develop business-like practices in decision making and county County News continues on Page 24

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Husband and wife, Rick Bernstein and Paige Larson, stand on a stairwell leading upstairs to the second floor Miner’s Alley Playhouse. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Changes under way for Miners Alley Golden playhouse founders taking a bow as new blood takes over By Glenn Wallace All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And for the husband and wife team that brought Miners Alley Playhouse to Golden, it is almost time to exit stage left. Rick Bernstein and Paige Larson are celebrating their 10th year of running the playhouse in its current location, on the second floor of the old Foss building. Bernstein had founded the Morrison Theater Company in 1989, but made the move to Golden for more space, and a great location, he said. “When we made the move we said to ourselves, ‘Let’s commit to 10 years and see where we’re at.’ And I think both of us felt that for the theater get to the next level, it would be great to bring in new blood,” Larson said. That is why Larson and Bernstein sought out possible replacements for Miners Alley’s creative and manage-

‘At some point we’ll sit back and say, wow, this is our baby and we’re sending her to college.’ Miners Alley Playhouse co-founder Paige Larson ment team. They chose friends and associates from the Evergreen Players — Jim and Brenda Billings, Len Matheo and Lisa DeCaro. Beginning January, Larson and Bernstein will step down from their executive roles, though they will continue on as the producers of the 2013 season. The four new understudies will spend the year learning the ropes. “When 2014 comes along, that’ll be the start of our first season,” Matheo said. “Our goal is just to create great art and make great theater. We want the audience to always leave with a great theatrical experience.” The 2013 Miners Alley Playhouse season will serve as a farewell of sorts for its founders. The season includes

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the regional debut of “The Pitmen Painters,” by Lee Hall, author of “Billy Elliot”. There are also three shows in the 2013 season that are repeats of some of Larson and Bernstein’s favorite plays from the past 10 years. “We’re both very excited, but there’s a little nervousness under there. At some point we’ll sit back and say, wow, this is our baby and we’re sending her to college,” Larson said. The incoming group looked forward to building on “the great foundation,” left by Larson and Bernstein. Among their plans for the 2014 season, will be the inclusion of a couple musicals, according to Matheo. “To be sure there’ll be great scripts from great playwrights and they’ll be high quality productions,” he said.


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The growing legend of Haley Blodgett Demon junior stands tall on and off the court By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews. com It’s hard to not look up to Haley Blodgett. Not only because the Golden basketball player stands at a good 6-foot-4 (and growing) but because of the impressive way she handles herself on and off the court. Last season as a sophomore she was a part of a Golden team that surprised everyone and made a run to the Great 8 before falling to No. 1 seed Pueblo West. This season she is the center piece and leader on a team that is looking to remain amongst the elite teams in not only their league but in the entire 4A. “It was a heartbreaker to finally lose last year but we are looking forward to this season,” Blodgett said. “We have such a good team atmosphere and really all just love being around each other.” But while the modest Blodgett only wanted to talk about her team and not herself, because of her growing height, skills and legend at

Golden High, everyone is soon going to be talking about her. “You can’t teach height but she is not just tall she is also a great player and great kid,” Golden Athletic Director David Zukin said. A wiz-kid, actually. That is why schools like Denver University were checking up on her during her sophomore campaign with two full years of high school ball yet to play. But Blodgett will also have the opportunity to go to bigger D-I basketball programs, as Arizona State is just the latest to inquire about her. “I am planning on playing D-I somewhere, I am looking at some schools right now and am really excited about that,” Blodgett said. She also had the pedigree as her dad played collegiate basketball and had the opportunity to coach her when she was young. But besides playing basketball she loves hiking and traveling - globally, not on the court. She actually handles the ball very well. “I am really just hoping I can step up and be a great leader and help be a part of another great season here,” Blodgett said.

Golden Demon Haley Blodgett duirng a game against Northglenn last season. Photo by Justin Sagarsee

Girls basketball previews 2011-12 By Daniel Williams

Class 4A Alameda Pirates Coach: Shar James * Game plan: It has been a tough couple seasons for Alameda girls’ hoops. They have won only eight total games in the last two seasons, but that just means the team has nowhere to go but up. Alameda finished second to last in 4A Jeffco last season (3-20, 0-10). However, after looking like they may go winless last season, they surprising won their three final games of the season, all in the 4A Jeffco League Tournament. The Pirates beat Arvada, Summit and Englewood to wrap up their season and hope to carry that momentum into this season. They have two of their three leading scorers returning in Lina Deng and Rebecca Roybal, and a good supporting cast of underclassman. This group is looking to change the culture of Alameda girls’ basketball. * Extra point: It wouldn’t be a giant surprise is Alameda wins double, if not triple, the amount of victories this season then they had last season. Double digit wins is not out of the question for this team and it will be their goal.

D’Evelyn Jaguars

Coach: Chris Olson * Game plan: League champion and regional champion are nice titles to have, but not as nice as state champion. D’Evelyn girls’ basketball team fell one win shy of winning that state championship last season, falling to Air Academy in the title game. D’Evelyn went undefeated in 4A Jeffco (234, 10-0) and caught fire the second half of the season reeling off 17 straight wins. But they didn’t get that final win and this season they would like to take care of that unfinished business. The Jaguars have two of their three leading scorers returning, which includes Laura Tyree who also led the team in assists last season (four per game). * Extra point: It will be hard to again match all that D’Evelyn accomplished last season but they definitely have the tools to make another deep run the state tournament. Head coach Chris Olson has been one of the best in 4A for a decade and will need to be at his best in order to maintain his team’s elite status.

Golden Demons

Coach: Mike Mendoza * Game plan: Just as the boy’s did last season Golden’s gals made a run to the Great 8 of last year’s 4A state tournament before falling to No. 1 seed Pueblo West. The Demons aim to improve on their fourth place finish (18-9, 5-5) in 4A Jeffco last season, but they will have to do it without gradu-

ated Kylie Santos. But collectively Golden believes they can overcome that loss. Last season they used a deep rotation of talent to keep the team fresh and this season will be no different. Their deep bench and stout defensive effort has helped take a team that just three years ago was 6-17 and into one of 4A Jeffco’s best. * Extra point: Junior Haley Blodgett will have the opportunity to turn her nearly seven rebounds per game (team leader) into double-digit rebounds per game this season. Blodgett also recorded 29 steals last season. Her inside presence and gritty play could dictate how physical of a team that Golden is this season.

Green Mountain Rams

Coach: Beth Thom * Game plan: After hanging around the .500 mark over the past couple seasons Green Mountain girls’ basketball is ready to take that next step. The Rams finished seventh in 4A Jeffco (11-14, 4-6) last season but that doesn’t quite tell the entire story. Green Mountain lost seven games by single digit points last season and they were competitive in almost every game they played. And head coach Beth Thom now hopes her team is better for it. Led by senior Grace Mueller the Rams have eight players who were all rotational players from last year returning and the goal this season is to finish among 4A Jeffco’s leaders and qualify for the state tournament.

* Extra point: The Rams were one of four teams stuck in the middle of their of their league standings, looking up at the top of teams. If they want to join the party at the top this season they need to find a way to win close games. 15 wins is the goal for Green Mountain.

Wheat Ridge Farmers Coach: Meg Schwiesow * Game plan: Wheat Ridge girls’ basketball could go in one of two different directions this season. After finished right in the middle of 4A Jeffco’s 11 team league last season (13-11, 6-4), they have expectations to take a step forward and finish near the top of their league. But it won’t be easy. The Farmers lost five seniors to graduation, along with 30 of the 53 points per game they averaged last season. But players like senior’s Natalie Ross-Smith and Tiffany Ramos have been waiting in the wings for their opportunity to step up and lead the Lady Farmers. In addition, keep your eye on junior Erika Land, who by the end of the season could establish herself as the team’s go-to player. * Extra point: The Farmers are bringing back a good group but quite a bit of talent to graduation. That means a couple players, perhaps from junior varsity, are going to have to come out of nowhere and make positive contributions to the team.

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Crunch time is the right time for Rickard Golden big man has skills to play on the perimeter By Daniel Williams There are players who don’t want to take that final shot, players who don’t want the pressure and players who can’t take the heat. And then there are players like Golden’s Austin Rickard, who perform their best under the brightest of spotlights. The 6-foot-6 Rickard has the size of a high school center but you won’t find him under the basket, you’ll find him on the perimeter hitting game winners. “I’m big, but I don’t like to play

center. I like to shoot,” Rickard said. “I like to get the ball at the elbow and then make a play.” Rickard he will be called on to make a lot of plays for Golden this season. The Demons lost three of their four leading scorers from last season due to graduation on a team that went to the Great 8 in the 4A state tournament. If Golden wants to maintain that elite level of play Rickard will have to go from being a piece of the puzzle to the centerpiece of the project. “I am hoping to be our leader this season and take this team back to deep into the playoffs, I actually want that pressure. I got bigger and stronger in the offseason, and I prepared myself to be this team’s leader,” Rickard said. Rickard worked on every aspect

of his game from his defense, to this three point shooting, to his overall fitness. He and his teammates also worked together the entire offseason and despite their loss of talent they believe that collectively they can overcome those losses - and maybe even be better than last year’s team. “We lost a lot but we still think we are a really good team,” Rickard said. “Actually, I think we have a chance to go all the way to the Final Four this year.” Considering Golden has five players at least 6-foot-4 or bigger that allows Rickard to play a Dirk Nowitzki-like role where he can not only hurt you inside, but from anywhere around the perimeter. Luckily for Golden hoops, Rickard has Nowitzki-like skills to back it up.

Boys basketball previews 2011-12 By Daniel Williams

Class 4A Alameda Pirates

Coach: Rex Terry * Game plan: Alameda boys’ basketball has gone from four wins three years ago, to nine wins two years ago, to double-digit wins last season. Does that mean they make a jump to 15 wins this season? We will have to wait and see, but all signs say that Alameda is going to continue to trend up upwards. The Pirates finished seventh in 4A Jeffco last season (10-13, 2-8) right in the middle of the pack. But to become pack leaders this season Alameda must take that next step and become more completive with the elite teams in their league. That means guys like senior Nyang Reat and junior Morwail Arou will have to take their individual games to the next level in order to help carry this team. * Extra point: Alameda had three different “Reat” family members on the team last year but lost one to graduation. The rest of the Reat’s will need to help chip in after the loss of Rajohn Dixon who led the team last year in scoring and rebounding.

D’Evelyn Jaguars

Coach: Troy Pachner * Game plan: After a run to the Great 8 last season D’Evelyn boys’ basketball has only one goal this season: win a state championship. After finishing atop 4A Jeffco last season (22-3, 10-0) longtime head coach Troy Pachner is returning his best unit since his 2004 title team. Senior Luke Stratman and his over 24 points per game return to lead one of the deepest teams in 4A. Stratman, along with senior Connor Skelton, look to keep the Jaguars on top of 4A Jeffco. D’Evelyn lost a handful of role players from last year’s team, but they have

a history of being able to reload and remain competitive. The question for the Jaguars this season is can they go from Great 8 to final four - or better? * Extra point: D’Evelyn certainly has the goods to again be great this season. But in order to win it all you have to not only have meat on the roster but also some potatoes to go along side. That means players like sophomore Grant Witherspoon (5.5 points per game last season) will have to take their games to the next level.

Golden Demons

Coach: John Anderson * Game plan: Last season Golden boys’ basketball grinded through a tough regular season schedule and were barely a .500 team before getting red-hot in the 4A Jeffco League Tournament. They then parlayed that into a run to the Great 8 in the state tournament. The Demons finished fourth in 4A Jeffco (17-10, 6-4). However, this season will present a new challenge for Golden. They graduated three of their four leading scorers from last season but coming back is senior Austin Rickard. Rickard averaged 13.4 points and seven rebounds per game last season, and those numbers are expected to greatly increase now that he will be `the man.’ Head coach John Anderson will lean on Rickard and senior Tyler Olson to lead an inexperienced roster to another strong season. * Extra point: Golden graduated six seniors - all key role players - from last year’s team. That means this year’s team does one of two things: Struggle or overcome losses with underclassmen and try to turn the run they made in the state tournament into another great season.

Green Mountain Rams

Coach: Derek Van Tassel * Game plan: Green Mountain came out of nowhere last season not only qualifying for the state tournament but winning their first round

game against Glenwood Springs. They finished fifth in 4A Jeffco (15-9, 7-3) and were a force against everyone they played the entire season. But now, after their successful campaign, they will no longer be able to sneak up on their opponents. In addition, they lost six senior to graduation, including leading scorer Ryan Stephan and his 21.8 points per game. Steven Lorenzen will be the guy who is looked upon to maintain Green Mountain’s new level of raised expectations. Lorenzen averaged nearly 10 points per game last season but will need to increase that number this season. * Extra point: The Rams went from .500 team two seasons ago to 15-9 last season. If they want to maintain their level of play from last season they will need underclassmen to step up and fill the holes left by graduation.

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Coach: Tommy Dowd * Game plan: Wheat boys’ basketball team is tired of single digit win totals and wants to get back to the days when Farmers’ basketball was a force. They finished near the bottom of 4A Jeffco last season (7-16, 4-6) losing multiple close games due to lack of late game execution. The Farmers lost four seniors to graduation but bring back a core that should make them hard to beat. Senior Noah Brookman is tabbed as the team’s new leader but he will have help in the form of senior’s Mikey Miller and Danny Allen. The trio of seniors will lead Wheat Ridge but how far they are able to lead them is get to be determined. * Extra point: Longtime head coach Tommy Dowd has the task of coaching up a team that has the opportunity to take a big step forward this season. They lost five games by single digits last season and if they can steal a couple of those types of games this season they should get to double digit wins.


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