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Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 89, Issue 27

February 14, 2013

A Colorado Community Media Publication

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Debate about Wiechman continues Residents speak out on incident By Clarke Reader

creader@ourcoloradonews.com The actions of Ward 4 Councilman David Wiechman continued to be an item of discussion at Monday’s regular city council meeting. During the Feb. 4 council study session, Wiechman issued an apology for an image that inadvertently appeared on his iPad screen when a city staff member was helping him with his city e-mail. The name of the staff member has not

been released to protect his or her identity. During the public comment session of the meeting, Lorna Fox said that the incident has been discussed a lot by residents, and shows poor judgment on Wiechman’s part. “Wiechman offered a rather weak apology, and has said through his attorney that the issue should rest with his constituents,” she said. “Since he probably won’t choose to resign, hopefully his constituents will speak loudly and clearly about workplace decency and employee protection. Our city deserves no less.” John Fox also spoke about the issue, and advised that council should create some new rules to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

“It was clearly upsetting enough for employee that she reported it to her supervisor, and according to city resources manager the image was ‘fully exposed nude, pornographic, explicit and vulgar,’” Fox said. “If it is correct that no City Council rules were broken, City Council should come up with rules that address iPads and other behavioral issues that reflect negatively on council.” Wiechman also had residents who spoke on his behalf, including Greg Kelly, who alleged that council was using the incident for political reasons. “The incident with Wiechman’s computer, is unfortunate, but I don’t think what issue is about. I suggest to people of the city they look closely — it’s a political issue, with the desire to get Wiechman out of the way,”

Kelly said. “He’s apologized about this, and it’s unfortunate, but I believe council is taking advantage of situation. I ask you step up and move past this issue.” Wiechman did not respond to any of the comments, and Ward 5 Councilman Tom Quinn was the only council member during the meeting to respond. “We have an obligation on council to protect our employees from inappropriate conduct, and I make no apologies whatsoever about that,” he said. “The employee’s story differs dramatically from that of councilor Wiechman. We cannot simply walk away from this, and just forget about the whole thing. It was clearly inappropriate conduct and I make no apologies whatsoever for bringing up this issue.”

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

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Rick Yaconis stands against a pillar inside ongoing construction of The Edge Theater in its new location at 1560 Teller St. Friday, Feb. 8, in Lakewood. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Edge on verge of move Theater now part of 40 West Arts By Clarke Reader

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he Edge Theater has become one of Lakewood’s premiere cultural spots, and is setting up a new location in the 40 West Arts District. The theater left its location of two years at 9797 W. Colfax Ave. and moved to 1560 Teller St., headquarters and gallery for 40 West Arts, which will give it a larger space to work with, and more exposure to those interested in the arts. “From both the 40 West and Colfax Business Improvement District’s perspective, The Edge is a real community asset,” said Bill Marino, executive director of 40 West and the business improvement district. “We’re very excited for what it means for us and The Edge.” The theater is still under construction, and Rick Yaconis, executive producer and artistic director of The Edge, said he hopes that construction will be completed by the end of February so they can start on the sets for their next production, David Mamet’s “Race.” “So far we’ve been rehearsing at the di-

‘This will give us the ability to provide the community and other performing artists to have a place to perform.’ Bill Marino, executive director of 40 West and the business improvement district rector’s house,” Yaconis said with a laugh. “We’re really excited to get started here because people are so excited about the area, and it’s great to be a part of it.” The Edge’s previous space was just around 2,000 square feet, and that included a small lobby area, and now they will have around 3,000 square feet, not including a separate lobby that 40 West has and The Edge can use. “We’re going to have seats on three sides of the stage, but we’re trying to create a really flexible stage,” Yaconis said. “If we can do that, we can roll it out and do theater in the round, which would be a lot of fun.” Theater in the round is when the stage is in the center of a space and the audience sits on all sides of it. Yaconis said that the new space will

allow the Edge to do shows with bigger casts, and will provide more lighting options since there aren’t such low ceilings to contend with. Another benefit of the new partnership between 40 West Arts and The Edge is that 40 West will now have access to a theater on its property that can be used. “This will give us the ability to provide the community and other performing artists to have a place to perform,” Marino said. “We could do an acoustic night or comedy show. Once we have the venue, the possibilities are endless.” The Edge is planning on a March 15 opening ceremony. To learn more about the theater, visit www.theeproject.org, and visit www.40westarts.org to learn more about the arts district.

The national debate between gun control proponents and Second Amendment defenders came to Jefferson County last week when commissioners debated the wording of a resolution on the issue. A line of 52 area residents spoke before the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners at the Jan. 5 regular meeting. After three hours of testimony, the three-member commission voted 2-1 to approve a resolution that strongly urged that the U.S. Congress and state Legislature should not “entertain consideration of any new legislation that would infringe on constitutionally protected rights under the Second Amendment through any means.” The majority of the speakers, including women and retired military, gave their support for the resolution, and gun rights in general. Among them was Jared Gates, who was a student survivor of the Columbine High School massacre. “Gun control does not work,” Gates said, adding that the Columbine assailants would have likely focused on killing more with the bombs they had brought, even without guns. Tom Mauser, who lost his 16-year-old son in the Columbine High School massacre, was among the speakers who opposed the resolution. He said the country has the easiest access to guns of industrialized nations, and the weakest gun control laws. “And we also have the highest homicide by firearms rate of any of them. This is no coincidence, commissioner,” Mauser said. Golden City Councilwoman Saoirse Charis-Graves also spoke in favor of gun control measures. The Golden council passed a resolution last October supporting efforts to close loopholes and improve background checks for gun purchases. Commission Chair Donald Rosier proposed the resolution “in support of the Second Amendment” at a staff briefing a week prior. At the Jan. 5 meeting the resolution was placed on the regular County Commissioner’s regular meeting business Gun Control continues on Page 4

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

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

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final passage. The Feb. 11 vote became a foregone conclusion after the Senate provided preliminary passage three days earlier, following a session in which several lawmakers gave passionate — and often personal — speeches, both in support and opposition of civil unions. Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, an openly gay lawmaker and bill sponsor, gave an emotional speech on Feb. 8. “This is a moment that we have waited for,” Steadman said. “If two people are lucky enough to have found one another, why should the state of Colorado stand in their way?” Steadman’s longtime partner, Dave Misner, died of pancreatic cancer last year. Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, choked back tears as she spoke in support of Steadman’s bill, referring to Misner’s death, as well as her brother’s struggles with coming out of the closet. “This vote is for my brother Bill, and my friend Dave,” Newell said. Republicans unsuccessfully offered

Democrats propose child-welfare reforms Training, reporting plan aims to head off abuse By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com Gov. John Hickenlooper and other Democratic state leaders announced a series of reforms Feb. 6 to the state’s child welfare system, which are in part aimed at preventing child abuse beReport fore it happens. The proposals include the setup of a statewide child abuse reporting hotline, more training for child welfare caseworkers, and other efforts designed to protect children. “We want to make sure we keep our kids healthy and safe, and make sure we stabilize families,” Hickenlooper said at a Capitol press conference. The reforms, which have been dubbed “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy 2.0,” is a follow-up effort to changes to the child welfare system that Hickenlooper announced about a year ago. The hotline streamlines the current reporting system, one where all 64 Colorado

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counties have their own child abuse hotlines. Hotline workers, along with child caseworkers, also will receive more training to help them investigate abuse cases. The plan also allows families involved in child welfare referrals, ones that may not rise to the level of abuse or neglect cases, to receive services and support aimed at preventing abuse. The governor’s plan also calls for greater transparency, through the development of a website where the public can keep tabs on efforts taking place inside the child welfare system. And the plan calls for modern technology, such as the use of smart phones and tablets to help caseworkers with their workloads. Hickenlooper will seek funding for his proposals by asking the Legislature to set aside $22 million in next year’s budget. The governor also said that Colorado will receive $8 million in federal funds in each of the next five years, which will also go toward funding reforms. The governor was joined at the press conference by legislators who will be involved in drafting the bills. “We may not be able to prevent every child death by abuse, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try,” said state Sen. Jeanne Nicholson, D-Black Hawk.

HAVE A LEGISLATIVE QUESTION? Email your ideas to Colorado Community Media Legislative Reporter Vic Vela at vvela@ ourcoloradonews.com or call him at 303-566-4132.

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

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Opinion: Columnist Michael Alcorn discusses sports heroes. Page 6

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

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Bob Keating stands inside his store Bob’s 50/50 at 9797 W. Colfax on Friday. Bob is a Lakewood resident who is selling new and collectible items to raise money for the Action Center. Photo by Andy Carpenean

New shop gives back to the community Funds raised go to annual Santa Shop By Clarke Reader

creader@ourcoloradonews.com Bob’s 50/50 thrift shop opened with two major goals — sell a range of items at the cheapest possible price and donate all the proceeds to the Action Center’s Santa Shop. The store, at 9797 W. Colfax Ave., next door to Cakes by Karen, sells a wide range of items, from collectible china and figures to everyday items like socks, backpacks for children and toys. Bob Keating is the owner of the shop, and has been a major donor to the Action Center, particularly around Christmas, and has noticed that over the past couple years toy donations have come up short. “I’ve been donating a huge quantity of toys every year, but in December we’re running out, and the center has to go out and buy toys when they’re very expensive,” he said. “I thought it would be a good idea to purchase a large quantity of toys

‘He’s a wonderful volunteer, and we’re so happy that we’re able to partner like this.’ Mag Strittmatter, Action Center executive director during the summer months when they’re cheaper, to avoid this.” Keating describes himself as a collector, and some of the items come from as far away as Alabama and the Carolinas, and he is constantly searching out new bargains to add to the store. “The name comes from the fact that 50 percent of the items are collectibles, and 50 percent are new items,” he said. “Every day I check the big three (Kmart, Target and Walmart) on prices for things like socks, and make sure I’m selling things at least one penny cheaper.” Mag Strittmatter, executive director of the Action Center, said the work Keating has been doing has been an incredible boon for the organization. “I really can’t say enough about

Bob. When he says he’s going to do something, he does it,” she said. “He knows the world of wholesale, and he has a knack for picking things up at a good price.” Before opening the store each day, Keating goes to the center and helps stock the shelves, and continues to be involved with the work the center does. “I want people to know that not only is the store open, but it’s here to benefit the community,” he said. Strittmatter said the whole center is grateful for Keating’s efforts on their behalf. “He’s a wonderful volunteer, and we’re so happy that we’re able to partner like this,” she said. “It’s a great win win for us.” The store is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week.

Attendees of the Jeffco League of Women Voters “Understanding the Affordable Care Act” received a lot of information on a complex law. The Feb. 6 panel discussion at St. Anthony Hospital featured experts in various health and policy areas who spoke about what the ACA will do, and how it will affect people. “There are a lot of questions about the ACA, but we have a wealth of knowledge and expertise on our panel,” said League president Ann Roux. The panel speakers were: George Lyford, an attorney with The Colorado Center on Law and Policy; Matthew Valeta, a health policy fellow; Adela Flores-Brennan, manager, a navigator with the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange; and Wendy Tenzyk, director of insurance for the Public Employees’ Retirement Association of CO (PERA). “We’re here to talk about the ACA, and there are a lot of facts, and a lot of groups who have their own sets of facts,” Lyford said. “We’re here to distill that and tell you what the law actually does.” Topics discussed ranged from the insurance market reforms that will be a result of the ACA, which Valeta spoke about. One thing he discussed is the “80/20 rule”

which states that 80 percent of insurance premiums are spent on medical care and 20 percent is spent on administrative costs. Lyford discussed the four major access points that people will have for health care — employer-based coverage, Medicaid, exchanges and Medicare. He added that there is still a lot of work to do, like making certain regulatory changes align with the ACA and getting the health care exchanges up and running. Flores-Brennan spoke about the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, which will be open on Oct. 1, and give people a place to shop and compare prices when looking for insurance. She is a navigator who will be helping people find their way through the exchange, and promised that customer service will be a huge part of the exchange. Finally, Tenzyk spoke about PERA, which is the largest retirement plan in the state, since it includes many teachers and government employees. She said PERA has been studying the affects of the law, and will continue to provide services to its members. Rita Hyland, a Centennial resident who has been traveling to many similar discussions, said that she found it informative, but she still has questions. “I’m currently uninsured, and am wondering about the cap on deductibles. I also want to know who is going to ultimately pay for this?” she said. “I did feel like I learned something though, since it is a very, very complex law.” For more information about the meeting, visit www.lwvjeffco.org.

LAKEWOOD NEWS IN A HURRY LPAC hosting ‘Empty Bowl’ fundraiser

Lakewood Performing Arts Council (LPAC) is hosting its annual “Empty Bowl” fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The event will raise money for the instrumental music program at Lakewood High School. The benefit will be 5-7 p.m. at the school, 9700 W. 8th Ave. An Italian dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m., followed by a music concert at 7, presented by Lakewood students.

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

sentence to mean no discussion,” Rosier said, before mentioning how President Obama’s own children enjoyed armed security, while supporting gun control laws. District 1 Commissioner Faye Griffin said she wanted to “mark out bits on one which I think should be added to the other,” adding that she appreciated Tighe’s attempt to come up with wording that would encourage dialogue. However, she later made the motion to accept Rosier’s version without any changes, which passed 2-1. In explaining her change of mind, Griffin said that in part it was the difficulty in defining what the “reasonable solutions” recommended by Tighe’s resolution would entail.

JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Good News nominees sought

The Good News Steering Committee is inviting nominations from the community on behalf of groups or individuals who have made a positive impact in the community. Twelve honorees will be selected and honored at the 2013 Good News Breakfast. This year’s Good News Breakfast theme will be “Spiritual Values: Inspiring Stories that Enrich our Communities.” The event will be 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds,

15200 W. 6th Ave. in Golden. Anyone in Jefferson County can nominate a person or a group. Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 28. To be considered, the nominee(s) must have made a positive impact in Jefferson County and meet one or more of the following criteria: The person’s(s) actions were fueled by an inner spark to make a difference and demonstrated compassion, tolerance, responsibility, and a concern for others; they helped to unite, heal, and/or inspire others to build stronger communities; and/ or Created bridges among people of different perspectives and views. Nominations available at www. goodnewsjeffco.org. Completed nomination forms may also be mailed to: Good News Celebration, c/o Lesa Moseley, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, 4851 Independence Street, Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, or email lesam@ jcmh.org. For more information about nominations, contact Jeanne Oliver, 303-432-5174 or jeanne@ jcmh.org.

Open Space volunteer open house

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

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Jefferson County Sheriff ’s Deputy Garrett Kelley stands in front of Chatfield High School, where he serves as a school resourceofficer. Due to department cut backs, the Sheriff ’s Office is in no position to expand the program, in spite of calls for increased security at schools. Photo by Glenn Wallace

Police deal with cuts Vacant positions, cancelled community programs result By Glenn Wallace

gwallace@ourcoloradonews.com Editor’s note - This story is part two in a threepart series, looking at how $3.1 million in reductions to Jefferson County’s 2013 operating budget impacts the programs and people involved. Jefferson County’s biggest department — the $90.6 million Sheriff’s Department — was handed an equally big $500,000 operating budget cut, as part of the shrinking 2013 county budget. Sheriff Ted Mink said that big budget goes toward a big job, including the running of the county jail, courtroom security for the First Judicial District, security for presidential candidates and all fire marshal duties for unincorporated county land. According to Mink, after paying for all the “have-tos,” and adjusting his department to absorb the halfmillion dollar reduction, there is not a lot of room left over for the “want-tos.” Those “wants” are getting larger all the time, too. “The big ticket item right now is school resource officers,” Mink said. The SRO program takes a deputy from patrol duty and stations them at a “home school,” where they spend the bulk of their day. Following recent mass shootings, including the one at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Mink said there have been calls to station SROs at every elementary school. Wayne Holverson, the patrol sergeant in charge of the SRO program, said he has 10 officers to spread between the 56 schools in unincorporated Jefferson County, with all five high schools supplied with an SRO, and with other officers spread between the middle schools. “To put a deputy in all 32 (elementary schools) would be about $3.58 million,” Holverson said. At a time when the department is looking at having to cut back on patrol assignments in general, Mink said he has had to look at reducing the SRO program, instead of increasing it by millions. Chatfield High School SRO Garrett Kelley and Holverson said the benefits of the SRO program extend far beyond simply being “armed security.” “We do teach a lot. Since the Jessica Ridgeway case, we’ve developed a stranger danger program that we do for every elementary student” Holver-

son said. He added that several deputies also teach special curriculum programs on sexting and bullying, particularly for middle schools. The SRO for Dakota Ridge High School has been a part of the faculty for 14 years now. “If I tried to move (the SRO) out of there, it would be an absolute uprising,” Holverson said. Kelley, in his first month as an SRO at the 2,000-student school, said administrators seemed to appreciate having an immediate response from law enforcement. “It’s personally fulfilling, too, being able to council students on things on occasion, like `What do I do about this parking ticket,’ or `How do I handle this situation,” Kelley said. Holverson said that any scaling back of the SRO program would likely have hidden costs that would blunt any cost savings. Especially at the larger high schools, he said, SROs end up handling a large volume of reports for thefts, harassment, sexting, ect. He said that workload would end up taking a patrol officer off his or her beat. Other programs, that Mink said benefits the community, are also facing elimination, depending on the Sheriff Department’s budget situation: the Reserve Peace Officer Academy Program, Citizens Academy and other volunteer and community outreach events. “Beyond the core mission, everything else gets the cost to benefit examination,” Mink said. Then there is the general pay for the department. “We haven’t had a salary increase in about five years,” Mink said. And when asked if that has had a detrimental impact on department morale, he doesn’t hesitate to say, “Oh definitely!” The department’s salaries, now in the bottom 30th percentile for metro area law enforcement agencies, have led to a climbing turnover rate, now up to 7 percent. As those positions come open, Mink said he will be keeping them vacant longer. Up to 25 positions will sit open this year, as the department tries to cut down on personnel costs, which makes up three-fourths of the department’s total expenses. Mink said his department was working on cost savings, and on reducing expenses, and that it was possible that the department could get through the year without eliminating any programs. “But one big event, like the Lower North Fork Fire, and it blows all of our projections out of the water,” he said.

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

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

makers, sellers and owners “liable for 100 percent of the damage” caused by “military style” assault weapons that are used in the commission of crimes. “The sickness of violence is spreading through America like a plague,” Morse said. Morse insisted that the legislation would not constitute a ban on assault weapons, and that it would not impact handguns, bolt action rifles and shotguns. But Morse’s bill was met with ridicule by conservatives. “That’s a frightening prospect,” said Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray. “I can’t believe how extreme that is.” Brophy quipped that the ban is a “clever,” back-door way of banning assault weapons because it would create an environment where gun makers would stop manufacturing their products out of concern for being held financially liable, if those weapons get in the wrong hands. Brophy said that holding essentially every party associated with an assault weapon liable is akin to “holding Coors and 7-Eleven liable” when someone robs beer from a convenience store and then gets drunk and causes a drunken-driving accident. Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, said Morse’s bill is “a functional ban” on assault weapons. He also said that people who commit gun crimes “should be held accountable the same way” as people who commit crimes with knives or other types of weapons. The legislative package contains other types of gun control efforts. Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora — whose son was shot to death in 2005 before he was scheduled to testify in a murder trial — is sponsoring two bills that would require background checks for all gun buyers, as well as a ban on high-capacity magazines used in cer-

tain types of weapons. “They have no place in our communities and they have no place in our streets,” Fields said of ammunition-feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds of bullets. Other Democratic bills would address mental health issues; keep domestic violence offenders from possessing guns; require in-person training for those who seek concealed carry permits; and take other actions. Count Brophy and Brown among those who are staunchly opposed to all the efforts put forth by Democrats Feb. 5. “None of these ideas that (Democrats) were talking about today will make anybody safer,” Brophy said. Brown said that he intends to pound the proverbial pavement in opposition to Democratic efforts’. “We’re going out in legislators’ districts … and tell gun owners, ‘This is what (lawmakers) are doing to your rights,’” he said. It’s unknown at this time how many of the bills will end up being supported by the Democratic Party’s leader, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who did not attend the Feb. 5 event. Eric Brown, Hickenlooper’s spokesman, said in an emailed statement: “The governor supports universal background checks and is open to a discussion about magazine limits and other ideas designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.” As for Morse’s bill, the governor’s office intends “to carefully study the liability legislation proposed by Sen. Morse and appreciate his effort to put a creative idea on the table.” Hickenlooper was scheduled to meet with the president of the National Rifle Association Feb. 7, in a meeting that was set up prior to the lawmakers’ press conference. Democrats feel the public is on

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vvela@ourcoloradonews. com The president of the National Rifle Association on Feb. 7 said it would be “foolish” for Colorado state lawmakers to push for legislation aimed at making assault-weapons manufacturers, sellers and owners liable for crimes that are committed with those firearms. But the legislator who is pushing for that kind of law, Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, said he still plans on crafting a type of bill aimed at holding those associated with “killing machines” responsible for the damage they are capable of inflicting. Morse was one of a handful of top local lawmakers whom NRA President David Keene met with during his Feb. 7 visit to Colorado. Keene’s Colorado trip came two days after Democratic legislators unveiled eight gun-control bills aimed at curbing firearmsrelated violence. Four of those bills were introduced in the House of Representatives the day of Keene’s visit. Keene, speaking with reporters in the Capitol following his meeting with

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Morse, said he told Democratic lawmakers that he intended on finding common ground on issues such as gun background checks and making sure guns don’t get in the hands of criminals or those with mental health issues. But Keene made it clear that he would not support any effort to hold gunmakers and sellers liable for damages caused by assault weapons, saying that federal law shields those groups from any civil liability. Keene said that any attempt at that type of legislation would be nothing more than a “feel-good” measure. “You cannot sue them because someone uses their perfectly legal product and misuses it,” Keene said. Keene also told Colorado Community Media in a private conversation that the NRA is not concerned about the politics of the gun debate, in spite of some polling evidence that shows the public supporting at least some types of gun-control efforts, in the wake of recent mass shootings around the country. “We are not going to compromise the Second Amendment rights of our

citizens to do things that don’t work,” he said. Morse, who announced his plans to pursue the Assault Weapon Responsibility Act during a Democratic-led press conference at the Capitol Feb. 5, said he is still working on how his legislation will be crafted. The former police officer said he is aware of federal laws that protect the gun indus-

try from liability and that, if it turns out he cannot target makers and sellers of military-type assault weapons, he could envision legislation intended to at least hold owners and possessors of assault weapons liable. Morse lamented the “amazing protection that the gunmakers get,” but said he does hope the NRA is serious about finding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But for some reason we seem to be a lot harder on the good guys these days than on the thugs. I can only imagine what the victims of that incident in Atlanta were thinking this weekend as they watched the Ray Lewis love-fest. The world has forgiven him — will we be so easy on Todd Helton? It’s been said that the only thing this 24/7 media culture loves more than building up heroes is watching them fall down. Maybe we do that because then we don’t have to live up to high standards any more. If our heroes can be complicit in murder, or the girls of Jersey Shore, or no-talent drug-addled celebrities, then why in the world should we expect great and noble things of ourselves? All in all, I’d rather the press devoted as much time to the story of a genuine hero. Take, for your consideration, the case of Chris Kyle: Navy SEAL, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, husband and father, philanthropist, who was killed while trying to help out a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. Give that story 48 hours of non-stop television coverage, then maybe we would all have to start aiming for great and noble again. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Lingo Bingo makes fun with words If, at the end of the day, you can take it to the next level, all boats rise. If you are a team player, you can connect the dots for a win-win. If you have the bandwidth, you can circle back for the low hanging fruit — it’s a no-brainer. Yes, I’m talking about corporate-speak, or business-speak, or whatever speak we want to call it. In a way, this type of syntax is a little like poetry — using images and metaphors for a regular concept such as, “Do you have time for this?” And for some reason, groups of people working together — at the office, on a volunteer project or in the classroom — develop this kind of metaphoric language, spread it among themselves, and both share it with and pick it up from other organizations. I don’t mean to say that this sharing is bad, like passing germs. But as a longstanding language watcher, I do find cor-

porate-type speak intriguing, especially because it’s been around for so long. For example, when one of my bosses once said, “at the end of the day,” I thought he literally meant at the end of the day. (I would have known the meaning if he had express it as “when it’s all said and done … ”) And that was 10 years ago. “Low-hanging fruit” — meaning “let’s work on the easy stuff first” — has been

around for as long as I’ve been in the corporate world, along with “think outside the box” and “I’ve got a lot on my plate.” “Bandwidth” is common around organizations today to talk about capacity. When you want someone to be in touch, you simply ask him or her to “ping” you — call, text, message or email. And let’s say you’re in a meeting when someone wants a more extended discussion; you’ll probably hear someone else ask to “take this offline” and then “circle back” to let the whole group know what’s been decided. On the other hand, some words and phrases were just a flash in the pan (now that’s an old one!). You don’t hear “paradigm shift,” “synergy” or “value-added” much any more. Words like “holistic,” “leverage” and “robust” have taken their places. The very organizations that perpetuate these semantic styles can also poke fun at themselves with what I call “Lingo Bingo”

— a sort of insider’s game to these cultural cues. It’s easy: Just compile the words and phrases that your coworkers, fellow volunteers or meeting attendees use on a regular basis. Divide up the words randomly and give everyone a different list. Then, during your meeting or conference call or special event, check off all the “speak” you hear from your list. The first one to get them all wins Lingo Bingo! To be clear, I’m not immune from corporate-speak myself. You’re likely to hear me use “skill set,” “right fit,” and “going forward,” as well as “touch base” and “team player.” What can I say? It is what it is. Andrea Doray is a writer who, net-net, enjoys a 30,000-foot view of language trends...even when it’s a one-off. Contact her at a.doray@ andreadoray.com with your favorite “speak.”

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In order to communicate via the city’s email network, the city provides an iPad to all council members. In order to save the taxpayers’ money, I declined to accept the city’s iPad and used my own personal iPad instead. A couple months ago I experienced email problems that my own computer experts were unable to resolve. Since I was not getting my city email messages, I asked the city’s IT personnel for help. When I opened my iPad for the employee there was a picture of a very scantly clan female celebrity. Although I shut the picture down immediately the employee did catch a glimpse of it. The employee evidently felt the picture was pornographic and reported it. Since art is a subjective judgment I respect the employee’s opinion. In any case, even though the picture wasn’t pornography it was inappropriate. I’m not going to get into a debate about art versus indecency. We all agree it was inappropriate. Although it was on my personal iPad and it was inadvertent as Harry Truman would say “the buck stops here.” Therefore, I take responsibility for the mishap and have publicly apologized. I have taken steps to ensure it can’t happen again. I deleted the offending picture and requested a city iPad to keep city business separate from personal business. Since no rules were broken, no laws violated and I have apologized for the embarrassment, I will now work to get beyond this distraction and focus our attention back on the people’s business. David Wiechman Lakewood council member

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Taking exception to gun control resolution

Two of the three Jefferson County commissioners recently agreed to send our state and federal lawmakers a resolution that purportedly represents the sentiments of the nearly 600,000 residents of Jefferson County in regard to gun control legislation. This proposal was drafted by Commissioner Don Rosier and first presented at the commissioners’ meeting on Jan. 26. It was not linked with their meeting agenda online for citizens to review. The Jefferson County League of Women Voters testified at the commissioners’ meeting on Feb. 5, objecting to this lack of transparency in government, the need for better accountability to residents and the importance of soliciting citizen input on such a controversial issue. The League of Women Voters believes that limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semiautomatic weapons is necessary to protect the health and safety of citizens. We take exception with this resolution stating that neither the U.S. Congress nor the Colorado General Assembly should entertain consideration of any new legislation for any aspect of gun control, claiming any action would infringe on Second Amendment rights. The resolution justifies its cause by claims such as “… tyrants have recognized that a disarmed population is readily dominated,” and further claiming that gun control laws implicitly assume the guilt of lawful firearms owners. The resolution urges Congress to reject international treaties, including those with the United Nations, which might stand in the way of restricting firearms access, sale and ownership. The resolution also cites a

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

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Guns, marijuana, civil unions like dom Gov.esJohn Hickenlooper gives his State of the eState to a joint lopm of address durin as chair childhood focusing trail. Economic portation projects targeted toward the Denon Penis grandchild ent serves g estic He bill, und and Inter Trade to is parteastbo HB 1170 ton’s tann parents. education onon, early ren and . limit and the economy were among topics Hickenlooper’snatio speech. More coverage, Pages 10-11. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen encoof of taxpa focusing on stew 3 during ver metro’s northern region. , mittee s for definof urage , tannface delays grandnal the mino to the coaliti itely. 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Louisville-based nonprofit 36 Commuting more than nt. port worked in Colorado said jobs outgoing state “This bill d this session,” definitely to He said he is and westbo the and e in hour, es Lawrenc Solutions at the Omni Interlocken Resort. working rush to cal econ ing families that supas 18 minut other impowould take careshe said. larssave Colorado Rep.-elect Polly expected on a bill and the omy. “The Denver-metro regionRep.will the state layed as much the corridor is Holbert, milli of those be deter rtant fami Chrisbe lot over the “I’ll be state h along mining ons of dolleft,Washington ly mem to by Jane Reuter 30 percen greatest city in theFrom West,” said. “I spon Growt pay Photo than a bette that ensu soring bers.” for the session. more r way e kickoff legislation res indiv ization requ really believe that, aand I believe that it can be increase by legislativ one faced and inpat ired hospitalof teleph financial iduals that 20 years. done through the transportation investments ient treat have ng the next with a series on has been adversity ment ones grabbi have Beginning coaliti during s that we’re making in this region.” Lawmakers do to be the in July, the s to citizen aren’t going it means you really Speaker town halls ting three option continues However, he said RTD’s journey to accomaddiany addi so on Page . presen ng House headlines, plish these projects has not been an easy one. 7 leaders: tolling g lanes tive session on,” outgoi re the ones that busy l of the business new legisla g the existin ed contro to pay attenti “They’ In May 2012, the 15-member RTD board the and area tol for the new; and and keepin have regain their ma- Frank McNulty said. highest impact on By Jane Reuter tional lanes all the lanes, old and decided against placing a 0.4 percent sales Democrats , and maintain adad lican to have the to pay for jreuter@ourcoloradonews.com House , and Repub tive are going to free; tolling ty or sales taxes tax increase on the general election ballot to Colorado owners state Senate y legisla my.” business raising properlanes. fund FasTracks. This means if current finanand jority in the the Douglas Count t business econo across urged testify come Father of three Timothy Forehand wants of McNulty Capitol,” n ditional new thing that has cial projections remain as they are, the North members could impac for a is just no at the state issues of concer said that more time with his young daughters. A new on hand “The one that there and toll “show up Metro and Northwest lines will not be comwhen delegation t said, “is e-sponof them were back r supporters procedure for patients with his form of liver could go clear,” Hilber pleted until 2042. owners. Four y Business Allianc Jan. 3 bring decidBy Jane Reute table. world you donews.com what is decid on Page 19 cancer may give him several more months. Count are on the way in the session held . continues But Washington saidjreute he is convinced these No matter r@ourcolora Douglas Legislators tive kickoff g roadways. will remain free.” County That’s a precious gift to a man who a year al Center s legisla existin Medic toto two projects will be done way before the prog Dougla in- sored in g (lanes) Sky Ridge us about s urged ago was told he likely wouldn’t survive for on is leanin leader ed, existin to be cautio jected completion dates and noted the trans-stay aware and get as at Lone Tree’s addithe coaliti State or addi you need s to one more month. Hilbert said n to toll any new “The bills ss owner portation district has made significant strides could impact them and busine CapiCapi that Forehand underwent surgery to install construction sed ward a decisio in issues in the past two years. Involved that time, Washing- seats at the state to pay for be discus the device that’s expected to extend his take their tional lanes He said this will ton said RTD has eitherlawma begunkers construction Feby and Feb life Jan. 8 at Sky Ridge Medical Center. He maintenance. coalition’s Januar or contracted work out for 77 percent of its results at the among the first patients in the United States they go over cted planned FasTrack network projects, includDepart- heavilymeetings, when to undergo the process, and Sky Ridge is the survey condu cuts to the ruary ing the Gold, West Rail, U.S. Bus Rapid Transit telephone some recent first of a handful of centers permitted to from a recent ch Consultants. restructure (BRT), East Rail and Interstate 225 Rail Lines. e. d with these uction could perform it pending approval from the Food S ment of Defensneed to go forwar could be by Hill Researthat route, constr ,” he said. “Of course we’ve had our challenges, but VIEW AN’S and Drug Administration. “If we go “I think we “but I think they if not sooner requires our I always like to say that it’s not all about the MIKE COFFM tax piece, the fact that said, in early 2014, t compromise The Dallas man was diagnosed with option that pushes cuts,” he knock down — the knock down being the that doesn’ no attention to start pick a financing n: “I like the sly the vast way for a t resolutio in obviou ocular melanoma in January 2012. 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Douglas County School Board Vice President Dan Gerken resigned the week of Jan. 7, and already has stepped down from his seat. He cited growing family and work obligations. Board President John Carson said the group will begin the process of finding his replacement during the Jan. 15 board meeting. Gerken was elected to the board in 2009, and his term was set to expire in November. He did not return calls for comment, Gerken but Carson said there is no mystery surrounding his resignation from the education reform-focused board. “We depend on people being willing to take a lot of time out of their lives and work and families to do this,” he said, noting board members invest at least 20 hours a month to the unpaid post. “Dan has served selflessly in that capacity for over three years now. I greatly appreciate what he’s done for our school district.” Carson said Gerken first approached him about resigning shortly after the new year. “I tried to talk him out of (resigning), but he made his decision,” he said. Though the board has often been criticized for its fast-paced reform efforts, Carson said he doesn’t believe that was a factor in Gerken’s resignation. “If you run for office, you have to be prepared for that,” he said. “Speaking for myself, the reason I got involved in public education was to make some changes in public education that I think have been needed for a long time. I know Dan felt that way as well.” In seven years on the board, Carson said this is the fourth vacancy filled by appointment. “It’s not an infrequent occurrence,” he said. The board has 60 days to fill the empty seat. Any candidate must live in Gerken’s district — District D — which extends from Castle Pines to the southeast corner of the county. Potential school board candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a 12-month resident and registered voter of the district, and have no direct or indirect interest in district contracts. All current school board members are registered Republicans, but the office is officially nonpartisan. “We’re just looking for people that are interested in improving public education, continuing to make our school district the best, and keep making it stronger,” Carson said. Gerken, a father of two, lives in Castle Pines with his wife, Gina. He is chairman and co-founder of Gerken Taxman Interests, a commercial real estate investment and development company.

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Children theater show embraces cultural diversity By Clarke Reader

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

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

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

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

Zonta Club hits big 1-0

The Zonta Club of Douglas County recently marked its 10th anniversary with a luncheon at La Dolce Vita Restaurant in Castle Pines that was attended by club members as well as special guests, including Zonta district governor Sheila Davis and former district governor Mary Benoit. Zonta Club of Douglas County is part of Zonta International, a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide. During the past 10 years, the Zonta Club of Douglas County has donated more than $60,000 to local charities, and gave more than $10,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors. Members donated more than 900 hours of time to local nonprofits last year alone. Trivia Night, the club’s major fundraiser, takes place April 20 at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock. Registration is open for teams and individuals who want to compete. More information: www.zontadistrict12. org/douglas or by contacting vice president Rhonda Bolich-Lampo at rhonda@thewealthypeople.com or at 720-344-2153. Parker continues on Page 16

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The Grammy-nominated band DeVotchKa will headline Give Live, a benefit concert for the Bonfils Blood Center, beginning at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Paramount Theatre. DeVotchKa, widely known for composing the score to the film “Little Miss Sunshine”, released its seventh album “Live With the Colorado Symphony” in November. “Throughout the Colorado community, Bonfils is most known for collecting blood donations from our generous blood donors,” said Jessica Maitland, vice president of marketing and community operations. “This new benefit concert will give us the platform to share another important

way our community can help us save and enhance lives — through financial contributions.” Reserved and VIP tickets available at www.bonfils.org/benefitconcert.cfm.

Dinner, a show and Short

Comedian and actor Martin Short is the featured entertainer during the third annual Early Bird fundraiser, a benefit for the InnovAge Foundation, a nonprofit that channels community support and funding to enhance the independence and quality of life for seniors. The early-evening event, from 4:30-9 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Center of the Performing Arts, includes cocktails, dinner, auctions, music and Short’s comedy.

This is a chance to dress up, dine well, laugh loud and still make it to bed at a reasonable hour. Tickets are $500 for dinner, Short’s performance, a post-event reception and meet-and-greet with the comedian. Tickets for dinner and the show only are $250. And there’s a $100 ticket for the show only with general seating in the back of the ballroom. RSVP by Feb. 15 at www.myinnovage.org. Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@ blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

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

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

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com THORNTON - A pair of Jaguars turned into a pair of fish Saturday at the 4A Swimming State Championships in Thornton. D’Evelyn junior’s Brenna Bushey and Colleen Olson helped guide the Jaguars to a six place finish at the state tournament held at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. D’Evelyn finished with 144 points, just two points shy of fifth place Pueblo South (146) and nine points shy of fourth place Broomfield (153). “We had a really good season, we have some talented girls who also worked really hard all season to keep getting better and keep shaving times,” D’Evelyn coach Josh Griffin said. Bushey and Olson were both very busy on

Saturday each competed in four events. Bushey finished second in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 56.43, mere moments away from Cheyenne Mountain junior Sydney Buckley’s winning time of 56.41. Olson took third in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 52.94. The pair also competed together in the 400 Freestyle Relay finishing in eighth. “I am really proud of the season my team had. All of us were just so committed to getting better and to the team. We just wanted to come out today and have a good showing,” Bushey said. Thompson Valley won the tournament and their fourth straight 4A state title with a score of an even 300. But it didn’t come without a little controversy. Evergreen, a league rival of D’Evelyn, was forced to forfeit 34 points in the 200 Medley Relay because of a disqualification. Those 34 points would have won a state championship for an Evergreen team that had to settle for third place with 266 points. Still, Evergreen senior Lexie Malazdrewicz dominated the tournament and capped

off her prep career with nine individual state titles. Malazdrewicz won the 50 Freestyle in 23.63, as well as the 100 Freestyle at 50.15 (both 4A state record times). Kent Denver senior Lauren Abruzzo was the only other multiple event winner taking the 100 IM in 2:04.25, and then winning the 500 Freestyle in 4:55.11. “It feels amazing,” Abruzzo said. “I wasn’t expecting that time in the 100 and I am so excited about how things went.” Other winners included Cheyenne Mountain in the 200 Medley Relay finishing at 1:45.89. Cheyenne Mountain sophomore Eryn Eddy won the 200 Freestyle at 1:48.34. St. Mary’s Academy junior Alexa Beckwith was the state’s best diver for the third straight year finishing with a final score of 491.30. Thompson Valley won the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:36.54. Pueblo South senior Mary Saiz won the 100 Backstroke in 56.49. Montrose senior Logan Morris won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:03.60. And Evergreen won the 400 Freestyle Relay in 3:29.02.

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

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com LAKEWOOD - Styles make fights and last Wednesday night’s meeting between Golden and Alameda was a matchup of two teams who do two very different things. Golden is a grind out, play-in-the-paint, physical-type team and Alameda, though they shoot the ball as well as any team in Jeffco, lives and dies by the three point shot. And with their playoff hopes already on life-support the Demons beat the Pirates 67-45 at Alameda High School. After a very tightly played first half, Golden’s offense erupted in the third quarter. Behind the hot hand of senior Austin Richard the Demons outscored Alameda 27-12 in the quarter, seemingly sucking the life out of the Pirates. Richard scored a game-high 22 points. “We struggled to score the ball sometimes we need to create as many extra possessions as possible with our physical de-

fense,” Golden coach John Anderson said. “We came out in the third quarter and got some easy buckets and never looked back.” In Alameda’s defense, the game could have gone either way. No team led by more than three points in first half as both teams traded punches. But Alameda was eventually knocked out by Golden’s physical play and the Pirates had no answers despite 14 points from senior Nyang Reat. “We lost it in the paint. We went away from what was working. We have to learn to understand when we fall behind to settle down and slow it down,” Alameda coach Rex Terry said. Alameda would try to regroup in the fourth quarter but they had dug themselves too big of a hole and now they will need a mini-miracle to make the playoffs. “We always start off slow and we need to learn to realize that we can’t take plays off and we need to play hard for all four quarters,” Reat said. Golden on the other hand is hitting on all cylinders and have turned into a force in 4A Jeffco. The Demons have now won eight of their last nine games. Moreover, they are one of the more physical teams in the league, they also shoot the

ball from the perimeter with seniors like Nolan Holmes, Tyler Olson, Even Hanggi, Cole Finnegan and Scott Lubkeman. “We have continued to get better and better as the season has gone on, and we are still getting better,” Holmes said. “We feel like we can beat you in a lot of different ways.” Slowly but surely Golden has turned into the hottest team in Jeffco - no offense D’Evelyn. On the other hand, despite their strong start to the season the Pirates have not been able to maintain their high level of play and have struggled since getting into league play. That is partially due to the quality of 4A Jeffco and partially because Alameda is a young team in transition. And while they will lose some quality players to graduation, next season might be the season when the Pirates become a force in their tough league. But at this point Alameda (7-12, 3-7) will have to win out if they expect to qualify for the playoffs, and even if they do win out it might not be enough. That challenge starts Friday night when they play at Wheat Ridge at 7 p.m. Golden (13-6, 8-2) will play at Evergreen Thursday at 7 p.m.

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

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Ralston Valley’s Metzger-Seymour wins two events By Craig Harper

sports@ourcoloradonews.com Ralston Valley’s Erin Metzger-Seymour admitted she “kind of freaked’’ when she learned she wouldn’t have to swim against Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin in the 200-yard freestyle at this year’s Class 5A state meet. As a sophomore in 2012, Metzger-Seymour faced Franklin in the final, where Franklin set a state record and scorched the field by more than nine seconds, with Metzger-Seymour finishing fourth behind the Arapahoe duo of Emily Mayo and Ella Moynihan. While Franklin opted for other events, Metzger-Seymour couldn’t avoid Mayo and Moynihan, who flanked her in Saturday’s final at the Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins. No problem this time, as Metzger-Seymour, who posted the top qualifying, held off Moynihan for the first of her two state titles for the meet. Metzger-Seymour won the 200 in 1:49.92, then capped her day by taking the 100 butterfly over defending champion Bailey Nero of Fossil Ridge with a time of 54.91. Metzger-Seymour, who was third in the fly in 2012, had the top time coming into the meet. “It’s really nice; it makes me happy,’’ Metzger-Smith said of her sweep. “All my training paid off. Metzger-Seymour said relaxation was a big difference this year. “I told (coach Annie Brown) at the hotel, `No matter what, let’s not talk about the races and just have fun.’’ Metzger-Seymour beat Moynihan by .38 second in the 200 and Bailey by .73 second. She bettered her 2012 state-meet times in the 200 by 3.85 seconds but couldn’t match

her 54.74 in the fly. “I worked a lot on the fly in practice and it paid off,’’ she said. “The fly has been my better event in previous years, but I was bad at the beginning of the season. I’m proud of both races. I got under 1:50 in the free for the first time, and it’s a Junior National time. I finally broke 55 (for the season) in the fly.’’ Ralston Valley teammate Madeline Myers, a junior, took third in the 500 freestyle (won by Franklin) in 4:57.63 and fifth in the 200 (1:52.57), and sophomores Mackenzie Atencio and Caylee Addison also placed in the top eight. Atencio was fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.33 and Addison was eighth in the 500 in 5:16.13. The foursome led the Mustangs to ninth place as a team, the highest finish for the Jefferson County League contingent. Lakewood senior Victoria Papke finished eighth in the 200 individual medley in 2:12.62 after qualifying for the final heat in 2:09.81. Two other Tigers placed: sophomore Meghan Lahr, 13th in the 50 freestyle (24.95), and Allison Murphy, 16th in diving (348.85 points). The Tigers finished 18th. Arvada West junior Morgan McCormick took ninth in the backstroke (53.64) and 11th in the IM (2:09.89), but was seeded seventh in both events entering the meet. She finished seventh in the backstroke in 2012. Pomona freshman Zarena Brown was 15th in the 500 in 5:20.78. Franklin capped her high school career by adding two more state individual titles and setting a national and two state marks along the way in leading Regis Jesuit to its second team championship in three years. She Franklin finished her career with eight individual titles (three in the 100 backstroke, two in the 50 and one in the 200 in addition

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Lakewood’s Allison Murphy competes in diving during the Class 5A State Diving Championships. to the IM and 500 in 2013) and state records in the backstroke, IM and 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles. In her final meet, she broke records set last year by Cherry Creek’s Bonnie Brandon in the IM and 500, but insisted swimming those two events “was never about the records.’’ Franklin began her final prep meet by winning the IM in 1:56.85 (she set a state record of 1:58.22 in the prelims), then broke Brandon’s 500 record with a time of 4:41.72, her victory sending Regis into first place past defending team champion Fossil Ridge, a lead it never relinquished. She anchored Regis’ victorious 200 freestyle relay, then held off Fossil Ridge senior Rhianna Williams, who had repeated in the 50 (23.02) and 100 (49.90) freestyles, on the final leg of the 400 freestyle relay. The Raiders, who were third in 2012, won with 287 points to Fossil Ridge’s 243. Fairview was third with 181, and Arapahoe and Cherry Creek tied for fourth with 167. Despite Franklin’s dominance, the Raiders were far from a one-girl show. They placed seven swimmers in both the finals and consolation finals, with freshman Lindsay Painton going third in the backstroke (57.13) and fifth in the 100 (52.06). Sophomore Taylor Wilson was fourth in the 50 (24.24) and ninth in the 100 (53.01) and swam on both winning relays. Marielle

B Renehan took fifth in the 100 breaststroke Tues (1:06.44) and Delaney Lanker was eighth in the butterfly (57.42), and divers Austin Mckensi (447.45 points) and Kellyn Toole (417.55) placed fourth and eighth. The 200 medley relay (without Franklin) team was second to Fossil Ridge. “The entire team swam well,’’ said Regis coach Nick Frasiersmith. “I’m a true believer that championships are made by what you do in the prelims. We did that, and our relays really stepped up. From third to first is a wonderful turnaround.’’ Cherry Creek, which last won the team title in 2010 - its last in a streak of six straight and 13 of 16 - qualified for five individual finals but did not place higher than sixth. Senior Elaine Powell was sixth in the 50 (24.47) and eighth in the 100 (53.4). Colleen Wixted, another senior, was seventh in the 200 (1:53.67) and butterfly (57.10). The Bruins’ best relay finish was fourth in the 400 freestyle. The meet’s other repeat winner was Loveland diver Micah Bower, who made it four straight, though her score of 486.15 points was short of last year’s 515.10. Bower won by almost 32 points. Other winners were Lewis-Palmer freshman Andie Turner in the backstroke (56.28) and Loveland sophomore Brooke Hansen in the breaststroke (1:03.35).

Signing day: Twins continue careers at Western State Zach and Zayne Anderson two of many Jeffco commitments By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com ARVADA - Two is always better than one and the Western State football program agrees. That is why the university inked scholarships for twin brothers Zach and Zayne Anderson. The pair from Pomona will both be able to continue their football careers together in Gunnison starting next season. “These are two very mentally tough and very hard working kids who were a big part of the success that Pomona football has enjoyed. We are very proud of them and we are sure they are going to go on and do great things,” said Pomona athletic director Mike Santarelli. Zayne is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker, and Zach is a 6-foot, 230-pound defensive tackle. But bigger isn’t better, just ask

Zach. The two may be brothers, but they are also each other’s biggest competition. Whether it is snowboarding, fishing or football, these two are endlessly competitive against each other. “I am the better snowboarder but Zach is the better fisherman,” Zayne joked. Confident but not cocky, the determined brothers always knew they were on to bigger and better things. “Ever since we were little we would sit together and watch college football games and we just knew someday we would be playing too,” Zach said. The following is a list of local athletes provided by the schools who signed letters of intent on National Signing Day last Wednesday: Arvada: Taylor Vaughn, football, CSUPueblo; Garet Krohn, wrestling, Stanford. Bear Creek: Jake Bennett, football, CSU; Dana Lubieniecki and Amanda Perri, soccer, Montana State; Morgan Stanton, soccer, Santa Clara. D’Evelyn: Laura Tyree, basketball, Colo-

rado School of Mines, Austin Balbin, football, Harding; Brandon Morrison, football, Western State; Connor Skelton, football, Augustana; Dante Martinez, football, Hastings; Mate Sylvester, baseball, Utah Valley; Luke Stratman, baseball, Washington State; Cody Marvel, baseball, Colorado School of Mines; Madison Hall, soccer, Portland. Golden: Dakota Gulley, football, Fort Hays. Lakewood: Taylor Knestis, football, Wyoming; James Riddle, football, Northern Colorado; Derek Landis, football, Sioux Falls; Luke Niko, football, Adams State; Wade Scadden, football, Colorado Mesa; Robert Valdez, football, Western State; George Coughlin, baseball, Naval Academy; Maggie Steward, lacrosse, Regis; Danica Evans, soccer, Portland; Tori Papke, swimming, Idaho; Lauren Burndale, Track, Penn; Maddie Ivy, track, Creighton; Lauren Santi, track, Princeton. Jefferson: Aaron Cisneros, wrestling, Northern Colorado. Pomona: Mitch Colin, football, CSUPueblo; Kadeem Ahmad, baseball, North-

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eastern J.C.; Jordan McCoy, soccer, Concordia; Eduardo Belmar, soccer, Regis; Hayden Berg, swimming, Evansville. Ralston Valley: Jennifer Adams, lacrosse, Aquinas College; Jordan Anderson, football, CSU-Pueblo; Pete Aplet, lacrosse, Denver University; Jakob Buys, football, CSU; Justin Buys, football, Colorado Mesa University; Rebecca Fallon, softball, Colorado School of Mines; Josh Kaufling, lacrosse, Notre Dame De Namur; Kristen Lenahan, soccer, Concordia University; Dillon McTague, baseball, New Mexico Military Institute; Hunter Price, football, Lafayette College; Karli Rich, volleyball, Johnson and Wales University; Nicole Schafer, lacrosse, Adams State; Daniel Skipper, football, University of Arkansas; Giulianna Vessa, track, United States Air Force Academy; Lauren Yowell, basketball, Black Hills State University. Wheat Ridge: Pete Aplet, lacrosse, Denver; Josh Kaufling, lacrosse, Notre Dame de Namur; Katelin Blosser, soccer, Nebraska Wesleyan; Carly Manahan, soccer, Mount Marty College.

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Girls hoops: Pirates get home win over Bulldogs Fast start propels Alameda past Arvada By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com Alameda got their second victory of the season beating Arvada 42-35 Friday at Alameda High School. Alameda took a 19-2 first quarter lead and they needed it to hold off the Bulldogs who did their best to get back into the game. But the inspired Pirates, who haven’t given up this season despite their unflattering record, were impressive for four full quarters. Arvada will now do their best to snap a six game losing streak. The Bulldogs (6-12, 1-9) will host Conifer Thursday at 7 p.m. Alameda (2-17, 1-9) will host Wheat Ridge Thursday at 7 p.m.

A-WEST GATOR BAIT

Arvada West couldn’t keep pace with Standley Lake falling 59-33 Friday at Arvada West High School. The Wildcats were held to single digits in each of the first three quarters while the Standley Lake’s offense was consistently good. A-West junior Maddie Brown scored 13 points. A-West (5-14, 4-8) will play at Columbine Thursday at 7 p.m.

BEARS FALL AGAIN

Bear Creek slipped again losing 53-51 Tuesday at Chatfield High School.

The Bears have now lost four straight games, falling three games under .500. And three of those losses have come by a total of 10 points. Bear Creek sophomore Edina Krusko scored 18 points in the losing effort. The Bears (8-11, 4-8) will attempt to get their season back on track at Pomona on Thursday at 7 p.m.

13 IN A ROW FOR JAGS

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

FEELING GOLDEN AFTER WIN

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

EAGLES SHOT DOWN

Despite three double-digit scoring ef-

D’Evelyn’s Malia Shappell pulls the ball away from Golden’s Maddie Murphy earlier in the season. D’Evelyn has won 13 straight contests entering action this week. Photo by Andy Carpenean forts Faith Christian fell at home to Jefferson Academy Friday night. The Eagles led by five points going into the fourth quarter but were outscored 20-9 in the fourth quarter and gave the game away. Junior Lacey Henry scored 12 points for the Eagles. Faith Christian (6-11, 1-6) will host Manuel Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Jefferson girls’ basketball was drowned by Lake Country 46-33 Friday in Leadville. The Saints led 26-14 at halftime but they were shutout in the third quarter and then outscored 20-7 in the fourth quarter. The Saints have now lost six straight games. Jefferson (3-13, 1-8) will host Sheridan Thursday at 7 p.m.

Boys hoops: Bulldogs upset Pirates, muddle playoff picture Arvada puts a hurt on Alameda’s postseason hopes By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com At this point in the season Arvada is forced to play spoiler and that is exactly what they did in their 79-66 victory over Alameda Friday at Arvada High School. With Alameda’s playoff hopes on lifesupport the Bulldogs came out in the second half and outscored the Pirates 50-31. Arvada had three different players score at least 15 points including junior Jesse Jackson’s 15 points. Alameda (7-12, 3-7), may have to winout in order to qualify for the playoffs and will start that mission Friday at 7 p.m. at Wheat Ridge. Arvada (3-17, 2-8), will play at Conifer Thursday at 7 p.m.

BIG FOURTH KEYS VICTORY

Arvada West boys’ basketball used a big fourth quarter to hold off Standley Lake 4733 Friday at Standley Lake High School. After trading punches through three quarters in a game that could have went either way, the Wildcats outscored the Gators 18-8 in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats have won three straight and have playoff seeding to still play for. A-West (12-7, 7-5), will host Columbine Thursday at 7 p.m.

RV TOO MUCH FOR BC

Ralston Valley attacked Bear Creek early and used that big lead to fuel their 62-40 victory Friday at Ralston Valley High School. The Bears have not been able to keep up with teams who start fast this season and the Mustangs took advantage taking a 3117 lead into halftime. Bear Creek’s intensity increased in the second half but their hole was too big to dig out of.

Ralston Valley senior Hunter Price scored a game-high 22 points in the win. Bear Creek (2-18, 1-12), will host Pomona Thursday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs (12-7, 8-4), will play at Standley Lake Thursday at 7 p.m.

STRATMAN QUIETS CROWD

Like clockwork D’Evelyn dismantled another opponent, their latest victim being Evergreen in a 72-45 rout Friday at Evergreen High School. Luke Stratman started the game 0-for-3 and the Evergreen crowd started to chant “0-for-3, 0-for-3, 0-for-3.” That was a mistake and the D’Evelyn senior went on to score 31 points which included seven three-pointers. D’Evelyn (18-1, 10-0), will play at Green Mountain Thursday at 7 p.m.

GOLDEN ON A ROLL

Golden officially turned into one of the hottest teams in Jeffco after their 58-57

Wheat Ridge’s Danny Allen is fouled from behind by Conifer’s Adam Macaulay during second quarter action Friday night. The Farmers won 75-47. Photo by Andy Carpenean comeback victory Friday at Green Mountain High School. The Demons trailed by 10 points in the second half but fought back and stole the game behind unbreakable defense. The victory is Golden’s eighth in their last nine games.

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Museum of Contemporary Art opens its spring exhibit “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” with a free public reception from 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14; members can preview the exhibit starting at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 26. Items for the exhibit are still being accepted. Instead of disposing of the relics from an ended relationship, bring them to the museum. Donations must be received by Feb. 3 and will be displayed anonymously. After the exhibit, donations will be kept in the collection of the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia. Visit bmoca.org, email brokenships@ bmoca.org or call 303-443-2122 to learn how to make donations. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is at 1750 13th St., Boulder.

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bachelors and the outrageous deceptions in which they find themselves over love. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16 at Colorado ACTS Theater, 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-456-6772 for tickets.

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presents “Oliver,” its biggest show of the year with a live orchestra, a cast of all ages, great music and a spectacular set. A heart-warming family tale that children and adults all love. Oliver will be sure to steal your heart as well. Visithttp://www.prairieplayhouse.com/ productions/themusicmanliver. Get tickets online atprairieplayhouse.comor at the door. The show plays at The Armory in Brighton.

SATURDAY/FEB. 16 BLACK HISTORY THE Colorado Railroad Museum commemorate Black History Month with “Black On Track: African American Connections and Stories,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Listen to re-enactors share how the railroad touched the lives of the black community in the Denver area. View an exhibit from that will demonstrate the rich history of the black community in Colorado. And ride the train, which departs every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For information or to purchase tickets, call 303-279-4591 or visit ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org. BIRD COUNT PARTICIPATE in the

Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge. Nathan and Daniel McAdams will guide people through the refuge and along adjoining canals to identify and count birds for this interna-

outside. Different topics each month. Open to ages 4-6 years and their parents. Admission is free, but you must call in advance to sign up, 720-8987405. Visit www.arvada.org/nature.

tional event. Results will be submitted to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Meet at 7 a.m. in the parking lot at 9210 W. 80th Ave. Call 303-424-3277.

LAND RECORDS FOOTHILLS Genealogical Society presents a Land Records Workshop from 1:15-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Presented by Bobbi King. Fee is $5. Contact M. Posey at 303477-2392 or posey58@msn.com.

SUNDAY/FEB. 17 WINNER CONCERT XUESHA Hu, winner of the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition, will perform in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Green Center at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.Jeffsymphony.orgor by calling 303-278-4237 or at the door before the concert.

ICE FISHING FAMILIES and novices are invited to join Colorado Parks and Wildlife to learn how to ice fish, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Pine Valley Ranch Park in Pine. To register, email wildlife.neoutreach@state. co.us or call 303-291-7804. Class size limited to 20 participants. Attendees are advised to dress warmly, in layers and bring sun block, drinking water, and snacks. Ice fishing equipment will be provided, or you may bring your own.

BLOOD DRIVE MILE Hi Church community blood drive is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, inside Bonfils’ bus, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org.

TOWN HALL REP. Cherylin Peniston and Sens. Lois Tochtrop and Jessie Ulibarri will provide an overview of Colorado’s fiscal situation at a Colorado House Democrats town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at Ciancio’s Restaurant at Hyland Hills Golf Course, 9650 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster. Rich Jones, director of policy and research at the Bell Policy Center will join in the discussion.

MONDAY/FEB. 18 PRIMROSE BALL PRIMROSE School of Bear Creek hosts its “I Heart Primrose Ball” to celebrate the Valentine’s holiday from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at 3395 S. Kipling, Lakewood. Call 303-7167147. Primrose families are invited to dress up and enjoy a dance night with their kids. INVESTING EDUCATION WEST

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