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Senate OKs overhaul of school finance Republicans balk at $1 billion cost By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com A bill that would lead to immense changes in how Colorado schools are financed passed the Democratic-controlled state Senate on April 2, following a party-line vote. Democrats see the “School Finance Act” as an opportunity to modernize an antiquated school finance formula, and to create a more equitable structure by which districts are funded. But Republicans argue that the 200-page bill does nothing to put in place the reforms that the state’s education system needs. And

they cringe at the $1 billion price tag that accompanies it. Senate Bill 213 would fund full-day kindergarten, provide preschool for at-risk children, and would increase needs-based programs for special education and for students who are learning English. The bill also expands funding for students who are involved in gifted and talented programs at schools, and it gives school districts the opportunity to have extended school years and school days, if they choose to do so. In addition, the bill would make changes to per-student funding for school districts across the state. If the overhaul is implemented, it would result in the most sweeping change to the school finance formula that the state has seen in decades. “This is a once-in-a-generation chance

to rewrite the way we fund the single largest, most complex and most important part of the state government, which is how we fund K-12 education,” said Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, a bill sponsor, during an April 1 debate that preceded the final vote. Democrats believe the time has come to help school districts that have had to deal with years of budget cuts, ones that have left students and teachers trying to fend with limited resources. Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, said the five school districts in her legislative district “absolutely will benefit from this new formula.” “There are schools that are desperately in need,” she said. “I don’t want to see education so poorly funded in Colorado, and this is one way to get there that is equal, but fair.” But Republicans slammed the bill as being loaded with bureaucracy and lacking

accountability. “This falls short of a true reform effort,” said Sen. Mark Scheffel, R-Parker. And Republicans especially are opposed to the cost of the bill, arguing that legislation hits taxpayers’ wallets in a big way. “If this is being portrayed as an education reform bill, it is April Fool’s Day,” said Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch. “This is a $1 billion tax increase on the people of Colorado.” If the bill passes the General Assembly, it will be up to voters to decide whether they wish to foot the $1 billion price tag that will come in the form of an income tax hike. Only Colorado voters, and not lawmakers, are allowed to raise taxes, under the state’s Constitution. All 20 Senate Democrats voted for the bill, while all 15 Republicans voted no. The bill now heads to the House.

Airport saved from tower cuts Federal officials cite airport’s impact to the national interests By Darin Moriki

dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com Front Range Airport has been scratched off the list of airports nationwide that were scheduled to shutter their control towers within the next week. The airport, which was one of 24 exempted from the nationwide cuts, was one of the 189 small- to medium-sized airports across the country targeted in early March for airport controller reductions and control tower closures beginning on April 7. The narrowly avoided cuts, which would have eliminated five full-time contracted airport controller positions and shuttered the eight-year-old control tower, were a part of the $85.4 billion in sequestered cuts targeted for 2013. The cuts began on March 1 after Congress failed to pass a deficit-reduction plan. The dilemma unfolded on March 8 when Federal Aviation Administration Chief Operating Officer J. David Grizzle informed Front Range Airport Executive Director Dennis Heap about the planned cuts in an e-mail. According to the email, the funding cuts were specifically directed toward contract tower airports that had fewer than 150,000 total operations and fewer than 10,000 commercial operations during the 2012 fiscal year. Grizzle said the cuts could be avoided, if closing the tower “would have a negative impact on the national interest,” which included significant threats identified by the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security; adverse economic impacts beyond a local community level; significant multi-state transportation, communication or banking networks; and the extent at which an airport would be used as a diversionary location for a Airport continues on Page 19

Students from local high schools met at Club Swagg on Saturday, March 31, to dance and watch Gayton Dance Studio showcases. Photos by Amy Woodward

Dance club gears to teens, children Club Swagg offers place for youth to mingle, dance By Amy Woodward

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ayton Dance Studio has provided dance classes for children and teens for 38 years, now Northglenn’s dance studio has expanded its talent and unleashed an electric teen hip-hop dance club – Swagg. In its second month, Club Swagg is picking up momentum as Northeast Denver teens from various high schools trickle in to mingle and watch local performers, most from Gayton Dance Studio. Owners Robin and Jody Gayton have been planning a teen dance club for 20 years, and in February, they opened doors to Club Swagg, 2145 E. 120th Ave. “Kids need to be entertained,” said Robin Gayton. “We can entertain them and give them a show.”

Club Swagg is Northglenn’s newest teen night club at Gayton Dance Studio. It offers entertainment through dance showcases. So far the Gayton sisters recruited their Swagg staff from state colleges and universities to help give the club a youthful feel. Edgar Crockett aka DJ Slacker, is a student at the Colorado School of Mines. Once a month, he offers his time to Club Swagg to mix today’s dance hits. “I think it’s a great idea,” said Scott Odiaga. His daughter has been a student at Gayton Dance

Studio for 14 years. “Kids don’t want pressure, they want to feel safe and go some place where they won’t be pressured to do anything stupid,” he said. Westminster High School Senior, Vinny Wilson, echoed Odiaga’s statement. “A lot of people want to go out with the bad influences,” Wilson said. “If you want to party but

minus all that stuff, this is where you would come.” The rules are simple at Club Swagg — once a person enters the club and leaves, they are not able to get back in. Flashing gang signs and colors is not permitted and absolutely no drugs or alcohol is allowed. Club Swagg opens its doors on the last Friday and Saturday of the month. Upcoming club dates are April 26 and 27, and May 24 and 25. Friday nights are for ages 10 to 13 and doors are open from 7-10 p.m. Saturday nights are for ages 14 to 17 with doors opening at 8 p.m. and closing at 10:30 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge and beverages can be purchased in the main lobby. Themed birthday parties with choice of packages are also a new feature and now available at Gayton Dance Studio. For more information on Club Swagg and other services offered, contact Jody or Robin at 720-581-6797 or gaytondance@ yahoo.com.


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History whispers in Spanish place names The green road signs flash along Interstate 25, heading south. Pueblo, this exit. Cañon City, Salida, Buena Vista, that exit. About 50 miles south of Pueblo, you can head east on State Highway 10 to La Junta and Las Animas. A right on 160 west takes you into Huerfano County and along a thread of towns with names like La Veta, Blanca, Alamosa, Monte Vista, Del Norte. That’s the road my husband, our son and I are traveling to Durango in southwestern Colorado, not far from the New Mexico line, a region we are exploring for the first time. Along the way is a faded blue billboard that talks about Río Cucharas, the river that flows from La Veta to Walsenburg. What does that mean? my husband asks. Spoons River, I answer. He smiles. It’s a whimsical image — but one, I realize, that never gets painted unless you know the significance of the words. It makes me wonder: How much of place and culture gets lost in non-translation? So much of Colorado’s heritage is entwined in the Spanish names of its towns, rivers, mountain ranges, counties and streets — even the state itself (Colorado, red or colored). But throughout generations, we’ve Americanized their pronunciations so much — Salida becomes Sa-LIE-dah rather than Sa-LEE-dah, which means exit — that we don’t recognize the language as Spanish anymore. They become, simply, words without definitions. And without meaning, the link to the past breaks. “For non-Hispanos, that connection has been lost in many ways,” said Bill Convery, Colorado’s state historian. “We lose a little bit of the richness of our culture when we forget the meaning of a place name. Understanding these meanings helps establish our own sense of place — it gives us grounding in our community which, as Americans, is constantly in flux.”

For many Hispanos the connection remains alive but fraught with emotional complexity, said Maruca Salazar, executive director of Museo de las Americas, a Denver organization committed to preserving Latin American art and culture. “Behind all of this, there is a very intense past,” she said. “The connection was not a friendly one — it was an imposition. … We come from a conquered nation, a conquered people. That makes us very unique.” Colorado has been home to many ethnic populations — Native Americans, the first, going back more than 10,000 years; French; Germans; Irish; and others. But the first and largest non-native group was the Hispanics. In the 1500s, Spanish expeditions followed Native American trails in a search for, among other things, gold. Spanish explorers drew the first maps of the state. The Arkansas River in Pueblo, south of Colorado Springs, marked the border between New Spain and the U.S. When Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, it offered land grants to reinforce land claims against encroaching U.S. settlers. But following the Mexican-American War in 1848, in which a number of southwestern states including New Mexico, California and southern and western Colorado were ceded to the U.S. for $15 million, many landowners were stripped of their property by U.S. courts. A battle for identity ensued. “Imagine going to bed Mexican and

waking up American,” Salazar said, quoting her mother-in-law, whose family has been in Colorado for seven generations. “Imagine losing your land. …” The railroads in the 1870s also transformed the region. The Denver & Río Grande Railroad wanted to reach Mexico and the Gulf Coast across the Río Grande (big river), so it included the river in its name to appeal to its continental aspirations. It established towns such as Alamosa (cottonwood) and Antonito (little Anthony) to compete with older Hispanic settlements, Convery said. But the railroads also pushed many Spanish-speaking farmers and ranchers into the northern parts of the state as English-speaking settlers moved in and changed the economic and political landscapes. They left behind, however, an enduring trail of history in places, traditions and influence. Many of the names that dot the southwestern part of the state, such as Barela and Cordova, come from the families that first settled the area. Conejos County is one of Convery’s favorite stories. The county moniker, which means rabbits, came from the naming of the creek, so billed in the 1850s because its waters “ran as fast as a rabbit.” Huerfano County comes from the volcanic butte that stands as a lonely sentinel — a huérfano or orphan — on the plains near Walsenburg. It was a major landmark for Hispanics traveling through the area, Convery said. The tiny town of Del Norte (from the North) got its name as the northern end of the Río Grande. Franciscan monks, following the Spaniards who named the San Luis (Saint Louis) Valley, watched the summer sunlight turn the earth of the nearby mountains a deep red. “It looks like blood,” Salazar said. “That’s what the Franciscans saw.” And so they called the range Sangre de Cristo, the

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blood of Christ. French and Germans also left their marks. Walsenburg was initially La Plaza de los Leones after the León family, but was renamed by the German immigrant Fred Walsen. The French decided to call Río Jesús María (River of Jesus and Mary) the Platte (flat — a pronunciation from French) instead. Spanish explorers named the river near Durango Las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio (the lost souls of Purgatory). But French-Canadian traders called it Purgatoire, and later, Convery said, American cattlemen rechristened it Picketwire. Three different names — all reflective of the changing nature of history around the river. Like all names, they are stories that tell us how we got here. But we have to listen — and sometimes that means making the effort to translate. “Understanding the meaning and history of a place,” Convery said, “grounds us and helps us establish that we belong.” “Identity is an essential element of your psyche,” Salazar said. When “I know where I come from, I know what my values are.” As I scan a map of Colorado, poetic names jump at me — Dolores River, the river of sorrows. La Junta, the junction. Las Animas, the souls. What stories, I wonder, lie hidden in their names? And then there’s Mosca, a town of 674 people in the San Juan Valley whose name means fly. “I don’t know why it’s called Mosca,” Convery said. “But there’s got to be a story behind it.” One, assuredly, that gives meaning to life in Colorado today. Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at ahealey@ourcoloradonews.com or 303566-4110.

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Global Leadership Academy students nominated for county awards

Three Global Leadership Academy students have been nominated to represent unincorporated Adams County as this year’s nominees for the Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards. The three students, Jose Anaya, Joshua Apodaca and Patricia Arely Pena, were hailed for their efforts in overcoming significant challenges to excel in school during the Adams County Commissioner’s March 20 public hearing. The Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards is an annual, two-tiered awards program that honors Adams County teenagers, 13-19, who have overcome personal adversity and created positive changes in their lives.

Savanna Hamilton named 2013 Adams County Fair Lady in Waiting

Brighton resident Savanna Hamilton was selected as the 2013 Adams County Fair Lady in Waiting on March 17. Savanna Hamilton, the daughter of Kristie and Vince Hamilton of Brighton, is a sophomore at Holy Family High School in Broomfield and is a member of the Adams county BarnBrats 4-H Club. Savanna Hamilton’s hobbies include western riding, ranch horse versatility and Gymkhana — an equestrian event consisting of speed pattern racing and timed games for riders on horses. The Adams County Fair will be July 31 through Aug. 4 at the Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton.

Festival takes fun to new heights 11th annual Arvada Kite Festival brings together amateurs, pros to take a soar

Northglenn High School juniors Curtis Murphy, left, Garrett Tyler, center, and Chris Haynes, right, check the outside layer of their igloo made in Tyler’s front yard on March 27 at 10758 Varese Lane in Northglenn. In all, Tyler, Murphy and Haynes spent about 13 hours over three days to construct the igloo. Photo by Darin Moriki

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Shooting ruled justified Deputy cleared in fatal shooting of suspected drunk driver By Darin Moriki

dmoriki@ourcoloradonews. com An Adams County Sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a suspected drunk driver in January was cleared of wrongdoing following nearly three months of investigation by the Adams County Critical Incident Team. The three-member investigation team — comprised of detectives from three separate Adams County police departments — found that Senior Deputy Manuel Aragon was justified in shooting 45-year-old Robert Alan Penning, according to a March 19 letter sent by Adams County District Attorney Dave Young to Sheriff Doug Darr. The incident began at about 5:59 p.m. Jan. 14, shortly after a woman called dispatchers to report that a suspected drunk driver had rolled his black-colored sedan off the right side of the road near East 142nd Avenue and Quebec Street. According to reports, Penning, who was driving the sedan, ex-

ited the car, grabbed a 12 pack of beer from the vehicle and asked three unknown male witnesses for a ride after they pulled over to see if he needed help. The woman asked the three male witnesses to help her obtain Penning’s license plate numbers and told them not to give Penning a ride while she called for help. The men drove off after they could not find a license plate for Penning’s car. Penning then walked to the woman’s car, holding the 12 pack of beer, and crouched behind her car for several minutes before Aragon arrived on scene. As the deputy arrived on scene, the woman reportedly told investigators, Penning said, “Well, I guess it’s time for me to go.” Aragon walked to within 10 to 12 feet of Penning and asked if he was OK, then before Penning abruptly stood up, turned around and pointed a Smith and Wesson, .357-caliber revolver at Aragon. The woman, who was inside her car at the time, said Aragon then told Penning to drop his weapon before Aragon fired two shots at Penning, causing him to fall into a roadside ditch. Deputy Shawn Billings arrived on scene shortly afterward,

svancleve@ourcoloradonews. com Hundreds of kites will be flying high over Arvada April 13. The Arvada Festivals Commission, in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Kite Club, is hosting the 11th annual Arvada Kite Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Robby Ferrufino Park at 74th Avenue and Carr Drive. “It’s one of the biggest kite festivals anywhere,” said festival cochair Dudley Weiland. April is also National Kite Flying Month. The festival will give amateur kite-flyers a chance to let their kites soar in a competition as well as give attendees a chance to see the pros guide flying creatures and dancing kites. The kite competitions are at 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. and participants will be divided into two age groups —10 and younger and 11 and older. Four participants from each age group will be awarded a trophy in the four categories — smallest kite, largest kite, most visually-appealing kite and highest kite. From 3:15-4 p.m. the Rocky Mountain Kite Club will perform demonstrations. “Most everyone stays all day to watch the kites in the air,” said festival co-chair Jodi Weiland. “It’s really neat to see all the kites in the air with all the different shapes and colors.” In preparation for the festival, Majestic View Nature Center and

where he handcuffed Penning until he was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m., nearly 24 minutes after the woman’s first call was received by dispatchers. An autopsy conducted by the Adams County Coroner’s Office later confirmed that Penning died from a single gunshot wound to his left chest area. In his letter to Darr, Young said Aragon “used the appropriate amount of deadly force to safely stop the threat in this matter,” because Aragon was trying to protect himself and the female driver. “During those few critical seconds on scene, Mr. Penning never dropped his weapon but retained possession of the gun and continued to point it directly at Deputy Aragon while standing just feet away from (the woman),” the letter read in part. “Under these facts, Deputy Aragon justifiably feared for his own safety and the safety of (the woman).” Sgt. Paul Gregory said Aragon was placed on paid administrative leave following the incident but has returned to duty in the patrol division. As a departmental procedure, Gregory said the sheriff’s office is not issuing a statement on the findings.

the Susan Duncan YMCA are hosting kite decorating classes for children. Classes are at 4 p.m. Friday, April 5; at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St. Another class is at 4 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the YMCA, 6350 Eldridge St. Each class is one hour long and costs $3.50. Children must be preregistered to participate; to register, call Majestic View at 720-898-7405 or the YMCA at 303-422-4977. Children will have a chance to fly their creations at the festival at 10:15 a.m. While the kites are the focus of the festival, there will be entertainment and activities for everyone all day long. The Mile High Community Band will perform 10-11 a.m. and the Jefferson County Brass Band is playing from 12-1 p.m. For children, there will be bouncy castles, alpacas, face painting, balloon artists, zorb balls to roll around in, a small train to ride in and much more. Nearly 60 vendors will be at the event, including about 10 food vendors serving a variety of cuisines and using compostable plates and silverware. Parking is available at Warder Elementary at 80th Avenue and Carr Drive and at Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Dr. Shuttle transportation with handicap accessibility will take attendees from the parking lots to the park. Dogs will not be allowed on the field during the festival. In case of inclement weather, the festival will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 20. For more information, visit www.arvada.org/arts-and-culture/ kite-festival.

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ouquets of flowers and bright green balloons adorned a bright blue roadside memorial sign at the corner of 118th Place and Sheridan Boulevard, where Jenna Breen friends and family gathered on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate her 23rd birthday. Breen, a 21-year-old former Arvada resident, was struck and killed by a drunk driver at the intersection in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, as she returned home from a latenight shift at a restaurant less than two blocks away. Her mother, Gail Parrish, said the emotional scars from her daughter’s death will never fully heal but explained that the memorial sign is a testament to her daughter’s desire to help others. It is mission that she said she hopes motorists will heed when

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Sequestration hits Adams County Head Start vice officials say, will be a 5 percent reduction in the program’s enrollment and a decline in contracted educational services through Adams County school districts. Similar cuts to Head Start programs nationwide, which would take effect in the 2013-14 school year, is a part of the $85.4 billion in sequestered cuts targeted for 2013. The cuts began on March 1 after Congress failed to pass a deficit-reduction plan. In all, Adams County Human Services Director Chris Kline said the cuts are expected to drop the county’s total student enrollment by 30 children. What’s more, he said, about 1,100 Adams County children and their families are currently on the waiting list for the Head Start program. “What I encourage anybody to do is to go into a kindergarten class, take a look and see how it would feel if that class wasn’t there anymore,” Henry said. “To which

Federal cuts affects 30 students, amounts to $182,000 in less funding By Darin Moriki

dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com Impending federal cuts that would shave off hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Adams County Head Start program has some local officials worried about how these cuts will be delivered and the future of residents enrolled in the program. Adams County Head Start, which serves 545 children and their families at 11 locations throughout the county, is expected to lose about $182,000 in federal funding over the next year. The result, Head Start and Human Ser-

child would you say, `You can’t come back to school?’ Kids love school at 4 or 5 years old and it’s just sad.” What is even more concerning, Henry said, is the fact that Head Start parents are also going to lose the support they need to raise their child, including job placement and other social services. “It’s really unfortunate because the only way out of poverty is education,” Adams County District 1 Commissioner Eva Henry said. “If we don’t give those kids the basic structure and education, they’ve got a tough road ahead of them and a lot of these parents are not aware of how important it is to work with their kids at home.” To help stave off some impacts of these cuts, Kline said the program is going to stop contracting educational services out students to Head Start-approved classrooms in county school districts, including Mapleton Public Schools and Adams County School District 14.

Parties split on state $20.5 billion budget All Senate Republicans oppose ‘long bill’ By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com The Colorado Senate on March 28 approved a $20.5 billion budget that Democratic lawmakers are touting as evidence of an economy that is moving in the right direction. But their Republican counterparts see the so-called “long bill” as an example of irresponsible overreach at a time of uneven economic growth. The budget, which begins its fiscal year in July, was passed on a party-line vote of 19-15, with one Democratic lawmaker absent. Highlights of the budget include more money for public schools and colleges, and construction projects. Also, state employees are set to receive their first pay increases in years. The state’s ability to do these things is the result of a stron-

ger economy, aided by stock sales, a rise in employment last year, as well other positive economic factors, such as growth in retail sales Report and the housi n g market. However, economic forecasters caution that there are factors that could negatively impact the economy in the next year, such as the possible rise of interest rates and a shaky European economic environment. Sen. Pat Steadman of Denver, the chairman of the General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee, said during a recent budget floor debate on the bill that instead of the “maneuvering and cash fund raids” that have been necessary in past years, there are “reasons to cheer” many things in this year’s bill. “I believe we are bringing to you not only a balanced bud-

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get, but a responsible budget,” Steadman said. But, unlike last year, Republicans are in unanimous opposition to the budget, so far. Sen. Kent Lambert of Colorado Springs, who also is a member of the Joint Budget Committee, did not vote for this year’s bill. Lambert and other Republicans said the new budget’s spending would exceed growth, and that the state cannot afford that. “We cannot add more money to add a Band-Aid to the bleeding,” Lambert said. Sen. Mark Scheffel, R-Parker, said “this is the largest budget that the state’s ever had,” and that he would not support it. Steadman said he does not understand Republican opposition, considering that last year’s budget — which was based on a gloomier economic forecast — was “wildly, bipartisanly popular, and for some reason, this year, it’s not.” The bill still has to be voted on in the House, before heading to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk for his signature.

These services, he said, began about three years ago after Adams County Head Start officials received a grant to expand their services throughout the county. Kline said it costs less for Adams County Head Start officials to run their own programs out of existing facilities because they are currently paying the cost-per-pupil charges for the school district. Adams County Head Start Administrator Isebel Arellano said the move would also help ease the burden required by school districts to meet the estimated 2,000 mandatory performance and compliance standards required for all Head Start classrooms. “If we administer all the educational slots for Head Start ourselves, we can go into some of the more needy areas in the Adams County communities whereas the only children that Mapleton is serving are those within their school boundary,” Kline said.

NORTHGLENN POLICE BRIEFS Theft: A theft was reported March 25 at Best Buy at 104 W. 104th Ave. Someone stole miscellaneous items valued at $700. There is no suspect information and the case is inactive. Second-degree burglary: An officer responded March 23 to a residence in reference to a theft. The homeowner said someone stole a generator, power washer, electric chainsaw and a sewer snake plumbing tool, totaling $2,400 in value. There is no suspect information and the case is inactive. Second-degree burglary: An officer responded March 22 to the 10400 block of Irma Drive in reference to a cold burglary. A man told the officer that someone forced the door off the tracks of his storage unit and stole several items. He said his car had been stolen recently and that the storage gate code was inside the car. It was assumed that was how entry was made into the complex. Stolen were a road bike, fishing poles, computer chair and TV totaling $2,650 in value. There is no suspect information and the case is inactive. Shoplifting: An officer took a

shoplifting report March 22 from an employee at the Shell station at 2265 E. 120th Ave. Someone took $12 worth of beef jerky and exited without paying. The man appeared to be in his 30s. There is nothing further. Theft, possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor: An officer was dispatched March 21 to Boondocks Fun Center at 11425 Community Center Dr. in reference to a shoplifting. The officer contacted a 19-year-old Boulder man in the back office with two private security guards who were contracted to stay with a sorority/ fraternity group from the University of Colorado. The man told the officer he was drinking prior to arriving at Boondocks and that he tried to steal a beer by reaching over the bar counter to fill up a cup. The man was issued a summons and released to a private security guard who kept him on the bus for the remainder of the evening. Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Now is the time to prepare for wildfires Colorado’s first major wildfire of the year didn’t even wait until spring. The Galena Fire prompted evacuations while scorching more than 1,300 acres near Fort Collins in March. The blaze was an all-too-early reminder of what Coloradans went through last year, what many consider the state’s worst ever for wildfires. Statistics, provided by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, tell the toll in 2012: Nearly 400,000 acres were burned. More than half a billion dollars in property was lost. The Waldo Canyon Fire alone destroyed nearly 350 homes. More than $48 million was spent in suppression efforts for the 16 largest wildfires of the year. Six civilians were killed. In our more immediate coverage area, the 2011 Indian Gulch Fire west of Golden did

OUR VIEW far less damage in consuming about 1,200 acres, but the smoke in the air days after day reminded us of the challenges of our neighbors across the state. Already in 2013, we must turn our attention to fire from ice. Even after several recent storms, snowpack is below normal levels and the state’s drought lingers. With little relief in sight, Denver Water and other utilities recently announced watering restrictions. It’s possible open-burning bans are not far behind in the metro area and around the

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What should the state Legislature be working on? We asked grocery shoppers in Lakewood what they felt the Colorado Legislature should be focusing on, after a busy legislative session that has already seen big items like gun control, civil unions and the death penalty being brought up.

“Employment, health insurance, that’d be good. Maybe new assistance with education, too. It’s almost impossible to pay for an education right now.” — Lyza Posey, Wheat Ridge

“I am pro gun, but antideath penalty. Maybe reversing some of the gun legislation, like the magazine limit.” — Brad Burrows, Wheat Ridge

“I think gun control needs to be increased somewhat, but not to the extent some people are saying. Civil unions – I was definitely not in favor of that passing.” — Peggy Turner, Lakewood

“If anything, gun control. That’s definitely in the right direction.” — Kevin Clyde, Golden

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state. In anticipation of — or maybe more accurately, as a response to — wildfire season, four state legislators introduced a bill Monday that would create a state aerial firefighting fleet. The bipartisan proposal is a response to the dry conditions in the state and to the federal government’s dwindling fleet of firefighting aircraft, which Colorado relies on for help with large blazes. “Quite frankly, we are one lightning strike, one careless match throw, one terrorist intentional match throw away from a catastrophic wildfire in Colorado,” said state Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction. At this point, we can’t pass judgment on whether creating the fleet is the right way to go. Further, before introducing the bill lawmakers shied away from answering

Something to cheer about at RTD It is important to look for that silver lining in all situations regardless how dismal things might appear to be. That is true in sports, the snail’s pace of improvement in the U.S. economy or our own personal lives. Certainly it applies to the Regional Transportation District and its struggles as well. While the board of directors seems to have its troubles, quarrels and disagreements, the organization is marching ahead making progress.

Hope rides on North Metro line

The latest good news should make city officials, developers, property owners and riders along the North Metro line pleased to learn that there is hope for construction of the commuter line from Union Station to 72nd Avenue. An unsolicited proposal led by Graham Contracting Limited was submitted in late February to RTD. This action now triggers RTD to evaluate the merits and feasibility of Graham’s proposal. If found to be viable, RTD will solicit proposals via its competitive procurement process. This is a jump start over RTD’s earlier timetable to release a request for proposals later this year.

Competitive positioning

The entire North Metro electric commuter rail line is 18.4 miles. The most expensive segment due to bridge work is from Union Station to 72nd. If a viable proposal can accomplish this portion of the North Metro line, it will position RTD to be in a competitive position in competing for Federal Transit Administration New Starts grant funding for the balance of the line over the next few years. The entire line will serve Denver, unincorporated Adams County, Commerce City, Northglenn and Thornton.

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questions on the program’s cost, which would include the initial funding plus maintenance. Certainly, it won’t be cheap. But we will applaud the legislators for bringing attention to and taking seriously the wildfire threat facing Colorado. The state needs more officials working toward solutions — not merely making speeches in the grim aftermath — when it comes to this issue. The burden is not on officials alone, however. We all play a role in wildfire prevention and safety. Make sure to take precautions like creating a “defensible space,” an area free from brush, around your home. If your city or county imposes open-burning restrictions in the months ahead, follow them. A year from now, we don’t want to look back at 2013 the way we do 2012.

It is especially exciting to see the private sector come forward and offer an unsolicited proposal. This same approach worked

on the I-225 commuter line in Aurora. Kiewit Infrastructure Co. submitted an unsolicited proposal that led to RTD soliciting proposals. Kiewit won the contract and the I-225 line will be open for business in 2016. Such private sector proposals have to be a win-win situation or RTD should not jump too quickly. The private sector has the ability to cut costs, reduce timelines and deliver a quality product. Hopefully, the initial segment of the North Metro line will be deemed to be viable under the above process and construction work can start yet this year.

What about NW Rail corridor?

That leaves the black sheep of the six new FasTracks commuter lines. I wish the Easter Bunny would have produced a private sector proposal for the Northwest Rail Corridor from south Westminster to Longmont. But alas, all he left were some colored eggs and jelly beans. We are thankful for the first segment of the NW Rail line that is under way from Union Station to 71st Avenue at approximately Irving Street. This was a part of the Eagle P-3 one billion dollar project with the East Corridor and the Gold Line. However, we wait for the decision on the remainder of the NW commuter rail line while RTD commissions an expensive and time-consuming study on all the options for this corridor. Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.


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Literacy matters in a democratic society Don’t you just love rankings, checking out where we stack up against others? For example, Colorado consistently ranks as the most fit state in the nation. But did you know that Arvada ranks No. 6 among the most physically active cities in America? And last year, Jefferson County was recognized for best wellness programs in the workplace. One recent ranking places the Denver area in the top five in another important category: most literate cities. Up from 10th last year, Denver is now No. 5, based on number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation, periodical publishing resources, Internet resources, and educational attainment. This particular set of factors measures people’s use of their literacy, considered essential to individual economic success, civic participation and the quality of life in a community. The survey, conducted by Central Connecticut State University, expands the definition of reading, too, by counting online book orders, e-book readers, and page views on local newspaper websites.

Those of us who live here — with our fantastic library resources and our strong educational institutions — can understand why we rank so high. Washington, D.C., Seattle and Minneapolis stayed at numbers 1, 2 and 3 respectively. However, literacy continues to be a challenge for our nation overall. Data from the 2007 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) shows that literacy proficiency declined from 1992 to 2003, the most recent study period. Broadly, NAAL defines literacy as the skills required to perform tasks that include “the ability to use printed and

Should we or shouldn’t we? It’s a big decision and rightly it should be made by us, not our Colorado Legislature. I’m referring, of course, to the big debate over giving guilty prisoners a death sentence or give them a life sentence.’ I’ve wavered over this issue through the years and I’m still anguishing over this most important issue as it appears the matter is going to be decided by us, the citizens who decided to get involved when our cowardly Legislature decided to pass the buck to us. And you know something? I agree that it should be voted on by us. Rep. Rhonda Fields tried to get enough votes in the Legislature to get the job done but even some of her democrat colleagues balked so she submitted it another way – putting the decision right where it rightly belongs – a vote of the people. And because it looks like it will be on the November ballot we all need to do our homework, studying the pros and cons of the mighty issue. Here I am, 80, and to tell you the truth, I still haven’t been able to voice a solid yes or no on the matter. When I weigh the pros of abolishing the death penalty I can see the merits of getting rid of those who take other lives, but maybe that’s too good and too easy. Maybe they should sit every day thinking of the sorrow and anguish they have caused. For years I was in favor of a firm death penalty law. I guess I’d like to gather the victims’ families and let them tell us just what should be done. This is the kind of decision

The March 21 editorial reported that some sheriffs believe it is untimely to consider gun control legislation in the wake of recent gun tragedies. Unfortunately, the politics surrounding gun regulation stifles rational debate during “normal” times. Even though many of us have supported more effective gun regulation for a long time, it seems to take a tragedy to focus public interest on the matter. Furthermore, government is often reactive. Recent consideration of cruise ship regulation was prompted by problems with cruise ships. A traffic signal is installed after too many accidents occur at an intersection. Wouldn’t it have been better to install the signal before the accidents happened? Regarding guns being a part of the Western heritage — slavery is a part of the

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interesting to see what happens to our nation’s literacy rates in the 10 years between 2003 and 2013, although we won’t have that data for a few more years. In any case, we seem to be faring well here at home at using our literacy. It’s up to us, though, to keep Colorado and our communities on an upward trend. We need to support our schools and libraries, and our area’s thriving literary community. We must read to our kids and read ourselves to sleep. We need to read, to think, to share. Because everyone benefits when citizens participate in our democratic society as informed decision makers. That’s why literacy matters. So, say it loud and say it proud: “We’re No. 5!” Andrea Doray is a writer who speaks around the country about the importance of adult literacy. She also champions free speech, freedom of the press, and funny stories. Contact her at a.doray@andreadoray. com.

CLarifiCation A March 21 article should have included information that Sen. Lois Tochtrop, DThornton voted against a bill that places limits on the number of rounds that a gun ammunition magazine can carry to 15 rounds.

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Elsie June Culbertson

July 21, 1928 ~ March 18, 2013 that makes us all believe we are responsible for the welfare of our fellow man and women and especially our little ones. I’m trying to get my arms around it and be at peace with my decision. Right now I can’t make that decision.

Another ‘hot’ issue

And also on our plate is the immigration issue, but I’ll save that issue for another article.

Quote of the week

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change and the wisdom to change the things I can change.” The Serenity Prayer Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned. Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.

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written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” What’s troubling is that scores for adults at all levels of education declined during this period, some significantly. Adults with some high school were down nine points in “prose literacy” (locating and comparing information, for example) and high school graduates were down six points in prose. Alarmingly, college graduates were down 11 points in prose and 14 points in “document literacy” (reading a map or bus schedule), and adults with graduate studies or degrees were down 13 points in prose and 17 points in document literacy. Literacy in our country and our communities matters. Literacy fosters the growth of self-identity and encourages individual and self-analytical thinking. Literacy enhances the ability to read, infer and draw conclusions. And, importantly, literacy gives us a stake in our democracy, because citizens who can read and write and think can make more informed decisions. It will be

Southern heritage and racial discrimination is a part of the national heritage. Heritage is not always worthy of worship. David Wolf, Lakewood

Off the mark Your “Our View” editorial, “A land with problems, a nation with laws” is off the mark. Our nation is a nation with most laws ignored because it has become a nation of men, not laws. For example, the following laws are and were ignored by the nation of laws — bankruptcy laws (General Motors and Chrysler), the Defense of Marriage Act, immigration laws, marijuana laws, etc. The laws enforced are only those selected by men to be enforced. We are a nation of men, not laws. George Risley, Lakewood

Brian Bruce Hixson Brian Bruce Hixson, 42, of Thornton, CO, passed away on March 10, 2013. Brian was born in Creston, IA, on October 27, 1970. Services were Saturday, March 16th at 1:00PM at DeWitt and Tabler Chapel, 12114 Grant Cir. Thornton, Colorado 80241. Arrangements made by DeWitt and Tabler Funeral Directors, LLC.

Gektor Ruslanovich Pshichenko Gektor of Thornton, born in Novokuybishevsk, Russia to Ruslan and Yekaterina Pshichenko, passed away Sunday in Thornton, CO. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, grandparents, many aunts uncles and cousins. Services were held on March 30, 2013. Arrangements made by DeWitt and Tabler Funeral Directors, LLC.

Elsie June Culbertson passed into eternal life on March 18, 2013 at her Thornton home where she resided for 58 years. She was 84. She was born July 21, 1928 in Lander Wyoming to John M. Sr. and Susie (Laird) Grebe. With older siblings Alta and John Jr., Elsie was raised on a small farm on the outskirts of town. In the early 1940’s the family moved into the town of Lander. She was Salutatorian of her high school class, graduating from Fremont County Vocational High School on May 17, 1946. Elsie received a full ride scholarship to the University of Wyoming. Although unable to attend the University, she moved to Denver in March of 1947 to attend Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. During her senior year of Nurse’s training she served as Class President. While attending nursing school Elsie met her future husband at a Charity Box Supper Social when he mistakenly bid on and ultimately purchased her box supper. After graduating from Presbyterian on March 10, 1950 and becoming a Registered Nurse, she returned to Wyoming. On Easter Sunday, April 9, 1950, in a blizzard that threatened to shut down the town of Lander, she married Roger A. Culbertson. They were married for 55½ years at the time of his death in 2005. After moving 18 times in the first four years of marriage; from Riverton, to Casper, to Salida, to Greeley, to LaSalle, to Loveland, and to Denver, in October

of 1954 they finally settled in Thornton, never to move again. Their “forever” home where they raised their family, lived, loved, laughed and where they both were able to pass from this life to the next. Nursing and taking care of others was not just a “job” to her, it was her passion and she practiced her profession for over 50 years. She worked in the hospitals in the majority of the towns they lived in and at one of the first doctor’s offices in Thornton, the 88th Avenue Medical Clinic. At the clinic Elsie worked not only as Dr. C.J. Roberts’ nurse, but also as office manager until his death in the early 1990’s. After a brief hiatus she returned to work at the office of Dr. Bernard Engel, a former physician at 88th Avenue Clinic, where she was reunited with many of her former patients, until she finally retired in 2005. As a nurse she cared for many of Thornton’s “1st families”, their children, their grandchildren and even some of their great grand children. She was an unofficial “doctor”, performing “triage” and pre-office visit treatments for all the sick and injured neighborhood kids. She possessed many other talents: she was an accomplished seamstress; loved to crochet, knit, embroider, tat; played the piano and organ; excellent cook; and grew the most beautiful roses in Thornton. She loved the outdoors, fishing and camping with family and friends, but most of all, she her loved dogs, each and every one of the 15 she had throughout

her lifetime; Toby, Chigger, Nubbins, Bimbo, Babe, Pudgie, Joie, Casey, Mickey, Sam, DeeDee, Darcey, Muddy, Cassie and Dash. Elsie was a 50 year member of Loyalty Chapter #145, Order of Eastern Star and a Past Honored Queen of Job’s Daughters. She is preceded in death by her sister Alta Grebe, mother Susie Grebe, father John M. Grebe Sr., brother John M. Grebe Jr., husband Roger A. Culbertson, grandson Steven Lucas Hubbard and granddaughter Andi Rae Hubbard. She is survived by her son John Roger(Susan) Culbertson, daughter Colleen Kay (Steven) Hubbard, grandchildren Diana Lynn (Indie) Trehan, Michele Ann (Aaron) Smith, John Aaron Culbertson, great grandchildren Beckham Keoni Smith and Carysn Ann Smith, and countless relatives, friends and former patients whose lives she touched. A remembrance and celebration of her life was held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Crossroads Church, 104th & Huron St., Northglenn, CO, in yet another “snowstorm”, a befitting close to this chapter of her life. Family requests donations be made in Elsie’s memory to: Porter Hospice Porter Foundation 1391 Speer Blvd. Suite 600, Denver, CO 80204 OR Adams County Animal Shelter Taffy Fund 10705 Fulton St. Brighton, CO 80601


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Gun lobbyist’s actions eyed in ethics probe Lawmaker admits using epithet in confrontation By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com A gun lobbyist is at the center of an ethics probe into whether he threatened an Evergreen lawmaker with political reprisal over her votes on recent gun bills. Republican Rep. Cheri Gerou filed an ethics complaint against Rocky Mountain Gun Owners political director Joe Neville, after the two shared a sharp exchange in the House lobby in February. Gerou hurled an expletive toward Neville during the incident, before he was escorted out of the Capitol. The interaction came on a day when emotions ran high inside the building, where lawmakers were taking up votes on controversial pieces of gun-control legislation. Both Gerou and Neville testified about the incident before an ethics committee on March 27. The testimony is part of a process that ultimately will determine whether Neville violated a legislative rule that prohibits lobbyists from using political threats or deceit to influence lawmakers. Gerou testified that on Feb. 15, she received several emails from constituents who had heard she was going to vote for the Democratic-sponsored gun-control bills that were being debated that day — even though Gerou said she had no intention of doing so. Gerou voted no on those bills. Gerou found out later that day that Rocky Mountain Gun Owners was behind

the misinformation. The group had been sending out mailings to voters in Gerou’s district, which Neville has said was an effort meant to encourage voters to call Gerou and ask where she stood on the bills. “I have to tell you I was very angry,” Gerou testified. “I feel a personal responsibility to my constituents and I felt that not only that they were being told a lie, they were without reason feeling scared.” Gerou testified that she used an epithet when she and Neville spoke in the House lobby. “He stared at me briefly and he said: `You just earned yourself another round of mailers against you in your district, for a primary,” Gerou testified. Neville admitted saying something to that effect, but he told the committee that his reaction was made out of anger, and that the comment was not meant to influence her votes. When committee member Sen. Mark Scheffel, R-Parker, asked Neville,“Why didn’t you just walk away?” the lobbyist replied, “Easier said than done, I guess.” “My job is to stand my ground, too,” Neville said. “I don’t apologize for standing up for the Second Amendment. That’s what I’m paid to do.” Neville further stated that he does not believe his actions rise to the level of an ethics probe. Testimony was scheduled to continue this week. The committee will forward the information to an executive committee, which can take any number of actions against Neville, ranging from doing nothing at all, to suspending his lobbying privileges.

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‘Dog Protection Act’ would bolster police procedures Deaths of pets get legislative attention By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com It’s been more than two months since Ziggy’s life was taken from Jeff Fisher, but the pain of losing his four-legged best friend has yet to subside for the Westminster man. “I miss him every day,” Fisher said in a recent interview. “I miss him being there in the morning and coming home to him. He was awesome. He was like a son.” Ziggy, an 8-year-old border collie mix, was shot to death by an Adams County sheriff’s deputy on Jan. 14, in an incident that resulted in two very different versions of events. But Ziggy’s death — as well as several other cases of officer-involved dog shootings around the state — could end up leading to a new law aimed at saving dogs’ lives when police are called out to residences. State Senate Bill 226, which has been dubbed the “Dog Protection Act,” would require local law enforcement agencies to put in place training, and to adopt policies and procedures officers would be required to adhere to whenever they encounter dogs. Republican Sen. David Balmer of Centennial, a sponsor of the bill, said in a recent interview that the idea would be for police to properly announce their presence whenever they are responding to house calls, in order to give owners some time to put their dogs outside, or into another room. “We in this bill are creating a duty for law enforcement officers in non-violent situations to give the owner of a dog an opportunity to save their dog,” Balmer said. The bill states that there have been more than 30 officer-involved dog shootings around the state in the last five years alone. Balmer also said that in cases where dogs are shot by police, the officer had been responding to a non-violent situation. “Every time it gets covered by any news outlet, we find out about more dog shootings,” Balmer said. “It’s a bigger problem than any of us knew it was when we first started (working on the bill).” Under the bill, a volunteer task force would be organized to develop training guidelines for law enforcement agencies. Balmer did acknowledge that there is a “giant exception” area of the bill that lays out several instances where police would

Ziggy poses for an undated photo that was taken by his owner, Jeff Fisher. Ziggy was shot to death by an Adams County Sheriff ’s deputy on Jan. 15. The incident is one of many that has spurred a bill in the state legislature that is aimed at putting in place training and policies for police when they encounter dogs. Photo by Jeff Fisher not be required to adhere to the training. They include cases where police are responding to suspected drug houses, or if the house is included in a “dangerous dog” registry. Jennifer Reba Edwards of the Wheat Ridge-based Animal Law Center said those exceptions are reasonable, but that the ultimate goal of the legislation is to create an environment where police are better trained to deal with animals who are near and dear to the lives of many people in any community. “Most people don’t see their dog as some piece of property,” she said. “Most people see them as their short, hairy family members.” For Fisher, that was the case with Ziggy. His dog’s death was made even more tragic after it turned out that deputies were responding to the wrong address that night. Adams County District Attorney Dave Young has decided not to file charges against the deputy, citing “significant discrepancies” between Fisher’s and the deputies’ versions of events from that evening. Still, Fisher hopes that something good can come from this tragedy. “It was unreal what happened,” Fisher said. “But I hope this bill can prevent just one person’s dog from being killed.”

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vvela@ourcoloradonews.com A bill that would have required dairy cows to receive anesthesia or be seen by a veterinarian before having their tails cut failed to make it out of the General Assembly this session. House Bill 1231 would have prohibited the routine tail-docking of dairy cows, something the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, said is a “painful and unnecessary practice.” However, the bill has been shelved until after the legislative session ends, rendering it dead this year. The move was made after concerns about the bill were raised by members of the agricultural community. Tail-docking is a practice in which a tight band is put around the tail of a dairy cow, cutting off circulation before the tail falls off a few weeks later. Few farmers use this kind of method these days, but Lebsock believes that a law needs to be in place for those who

do. The practice is believed in some circles as a way to keep a cow’s udder cleaner, which leads to better milk quality, as well as helping to keep udder inflammation from occurring. However, some studies have found no such benefits. Lebsock said not only is tail-docking painful for the cow, the practice also leaves the animal without the ability to use its tail to swat away insects, or to communicate with members of its herd. “If a dairy cow is going to provide milk for my family for five years of that cow’s life, I think we should treat it halfway decent,” Lebsock said during a March 27 interview, the day after the bill died. Leading dairy industry groups oppose routine tail-docking. However, some members of the agricultural community did not feel the matter should be put into state statute — the law would have resulted in a petty offense and a fine for offenders. And some lawmakers said during a recent House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee hearing that the Legislature shouldn’t rush into something that they believe needs more work.

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I believe that no matter what price of home you can afford that everyone should have the chance of home ownership. I specialize in many different programs to help buyers and sellers alike to achieve their goals of buying and selling at an affordable price. Some of the most popular programs are affordable home ownership programs that help with down payment assistance and closing costs. What is the most challenging part of what you do? The most challenging part right now in this market is finding buyers a home. With the inventory level being so low and the buyers being more active around this time of year it really makes it tough. What do you most enjoy doing when you are not working? I like to spend time with my family. We like to go to the park, movies, and bowling and have plans to purchase and start riding ATV’s.

You want an agent that knows how to proactively market your home to get it in front of as many buyers as possible. Look for an agent with strong negotiating skills. What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a house? Get with a lender that knows how to do a wide variety of loans and see what best fits your needs and get pre-qualified. What is the most unusual thing you have encountered while working in Real Estate? I had a buyer purchase thousands of dollars of furniture on his credit card after my educating him on what “not” to do when in the process of buying. By purchasing on credit, it lowered his credit score just enough that he did not qualify any longer. We were unable to close on his home and he had thousands of dollars in fur furniture that he was stuck with.

How long have you worked in Real Estate? I have been blessed to work in real estate for 4 years now. I sell twice to three times as many homes then the average real estate agent per year and credit this to my passion for real estate and customer service.

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Best price when selling a home

Curb appeal is one factor that can help a home sell faster and for more money.

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he housing market has not yet rebounded to pre-recession prices, when buyers seemed to be stepping over one another to bid up the price of homes. Today’s sellers may be lucky to get asking price, with the reality being a certain percentage below. However, that doesn’t mean sellers should accept bottom-of-the-barrel of-

fers. There are still ways to get the best price possible on an offered home. With sellers hoping to get the most possible for a home and buyers interested in spending the least, it’s sometimes a battle of wills when it comes to hashing out a confirmed price in the world of real estate. Sellers who wonder whether they’ll struggle to get a

good offer can hedge their bets in the right direction by employing a few strategies. * What you see is what you get: It’s difficult to change first impressions. If a potential buyer pulls up to a home that doesn’t give them “warm and fuzzy” feelings immediately, it may be hard to eventually sway opinion of the home -- even if it’s pristine on the inside. Individu-

als do judge a book by its cover, which means that effort should be put into making a home’s exterior as appealing as possible. Landscaping should be neat and lush. There shouldn’t be any obstacles leading to the front of the home. Items that look in disrepair should be mended. Curb appeal does matter. * Use a real estate agent: Many people forgo this step, thinking they can sell their home just as well without an agent and not have to pay commission in the process. A real estate agent is schooled in the process of negotiating the price of an offered home. In fact, the more a home’s selling price, the higher the agent’s profit. That’s incentive right there. Furthermore, agents know the average prices of similar homes and can help a seller price and market a property correctly. That may add up to a faster sale (and a better offer). * Price it competitively: Some sellers think the higher they price their home the more money they’ll get for it. The fact is, the longer an overpriced home sits on the market, the less appealing it will appear to buyers. Individuals looking for a home may repeatedly see the listing and wonder what’s wrong with the home. Even if it’s the best home in the neighborhood, it may be seen

as a red flag that’s best avoided. * Give people what they want: Buyers often prefer updated kitchens and bathrooms. Most buyers out there are not looking for “handyman specials.” They want a relatively turn-key property. A kitchen or bathroom that is an eyesore can repel potential buyers. Home shoppers may be more inclined to go closer to asking price if some of the bigger-ticket items are already completed. * Don’t be an open book: If a buyer knows that time is of the essence or the home is “priced to sell,” he or she may sense that desperation, almost guaranteeing a low-ball offer. Sellers shouldn’t let on too much about their reasons for selling or make it seem like they’ll be in dire straights if the home doesn’t sell quickly. Selling a home under duress is not likely to cause prospective buyers to pony up. * Don’t be afraid to counter-offer: A buyer who is excited to get an offer on a home in a slow market, but feels the offer is below value, should definitely counter-offer. While the buyer may not accept the counter, he or she may make another offer that is more to the seller’s liking. ■ Metro Creative Services

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Furniture 6 oak book cases 36x84 $95ea. / obo Infrared Sauna $1099/obo 2 china cabinets w/china make offer Marty (303)995-2995 Castle Rock Furniture Sale Cherry wood entry table, coffee & end tables, couch/matching chairs. Solid oak double bed set, kitchen ware, solid oak computer desk and table and misc. everything like new. 303-386-3162 aspengail@comcast.net

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Climax Molybdenum Co. – a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, and the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and molybdenum-based chemicals – has two operating molybdenum mines in Colorado.

Our Climax and Henderson operations are now hiring! Our Climax operation, located 10 miles north of Leadville, consists of an open-pit molybdenum mine and mill. The Climax mine is one of the largest, highest-grade and lowest-cost molybdenum mines in the world. Climax Mine opportunities: • Mill Diagnostic Electrician – Job #1204301 • Senior RCM Technician – Job #1203606 • Diesel Diagnostic Mechanic – Job #1205082 • HR Generalist II – Job #1300482 Our Henderson operation consists of an underground molybdenum mine, located 38 miles east of Silverthorne, and mill, located 20 miles north of Silverthorne. These two sites are connected by the longest conveyor of its kind in the world – a 15-mile elevated belt that passes underneath the Continental Divide, through an old train tunnel and above ground to the mill. Henderson opportunities: • Mill Industrial Electrician (Henderson Mill) – Job #1300296 • Senior Surveyor (Mining/Underground) (Henderson Mine) – Job #1300245 • Chief Electrical Engineer (Henderson Mine) – Job #1300591

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Life Care Center of Evergreen Multiple full-time positions available. Must be a Colorado-certified nursing assistant. Long-term care experience preferred. We offer great pay and benefits in a team-oriented environment.

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Must have 3 yrs experience in servicing, maintaining and repairing mechanized and automotive equipment such as: diesel and gas engines, and hydraulics. Must possess a High School diploma or equivalent, and ASE certifications are desirable. Must have a valid Colorado CDL, class B with tanker endorsements, and furnish his/her own hand tools. Perform on call duties as required. Fulltime; wage is $18.88 to $20.89 an hr plus Benefits See full job description, physical requirements and application at: www.co.clear-creek.co.us under "I Want To…", "Find Job Opportunities", Please send application to: Human Resources, P.O. Box 2000, Georgetown, CO 80444; email hr@co.clear-creek.co.us; or fax to 303-679-2417. Taking applications until April 12, 2013. Clear Creek County is an ADAAA/EEO employer.

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BF Sales Engineering, Inc. is looking for an Outside Sales Person with experience in Pumps and Process Equipment. Employer located in Golden. Please email resume to: jhasse@bfsales.com Please, no phone calls.

ServiceMaster Clean has several part-time janitorial openings throughout Denver. Immediate evening positions available in Centennial and Highlands Ranch. Please call 303-761-0122 to schedule an interview.

Western Summit

Constructors, Inc. is seeking Formwork Carpenters & Laborers, Concrete Finishers, Pipefitters, and Millwrights (process equipment installations) for large wastewater project located in Denver area. Applications will be taken at 9780 Pyramid Ct, Suite 100, Englewood, CO 80112, from 8-5 M-F. Send resumes to Careers@westernsummit.com or call (303)325-0325. WSCI is an EEO Employer.

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Talent shines at art exhibit Jefferson Foundation shows off high school artists

But weight: There’s less

By Clarke Reader

creader@ourcoloradonews. com Early education can make all the difference in a young artist’s life, and for the past 42 years, the Jefferson Foundation has celebrated the work of high school artists. The work of an influential teacher is also part of the celebration, and for the first time, this year a Jeffco alumnus will also have her work on display. The Jefferson Foundation High School Art Exhibition has been hosted by the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., for the past 36 years, and this year’s show will kick off on April 12 and run through May 12. The work of teacher Scot Odendahl and alumnus Heidi Jung goes on display April 5 through May 5. “This is definitely the best high school show in the area,” said Arvada Center exhibition manager and curator Collin Parson. “It started out being shown at the old Lakeside Mall, but has been exhibited here at the Center since its inception.” There will be more than 400 students works from 23 Jeffco high schools. Parson said that Jeffco students are able to submit a certain number of pieces in a variety of categories — from painting to jewelry and sculpture to crafts and fibers — and teachers get jurors to come through and select the best works. “This is one of the few shows that our staff here doesn’t do any of the hanging or organization,” Parson said. “There is a committee of teachers who comes and does all the hanging, our staff just helps make sure everything is clean and presented right.” Odendahl teaches at Warren Tech High School, and has done some graphic design work for the Arvada Center prior to getting this exhibit. He works with prints and uses screen printing techniques to draw attention to the elements that he sees as the most important in his works.

If you’ve ever wanted to travel on a weight-loss journey in front of millions of folks on TV, your chance is coming up. Eyeworks USA, the producers of the hit series “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” is beginning a nationwide tour to 13 cities — including Denver — in search of participants for season four of the weekly show. Candidates are invited to either attend an open call in one of the cities or send in a home tape. “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” features transformational specialist Chris Powell, author of the New York Times bestseller “Choose to Lose.” Powell documents the amazing makeover of 15 courageous “super obese” people who have 365 days to safely lose up to half their body weight. Powell provides a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight. He guides each of the participants through a transformation process by moving into each person’s home. The Denver open casting call takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, 8260 Northfield Blvd., #1370, Denver. Information on how to apply can be found on the official casting website at www.extrememakeovercasting.com. Casting call attendees should bring a nonreturnable photo.

Wild about Harry

2012 Jefferson Foundation High School Exhibition Best of Show, Sabrina Nesladek. Photos courtesy of Arvada Center Jung, a graduate of Jefferson County Open School, first had her work display at the center during the 1989 high school exhibition, and is now returning for her largest exhibit yet. “It’s really been a feeling of coming full circle, since I’ll be doing some jurying and doing some collaborative works with my art teacher from school, Su-

sie Bogard,” Jung said. “The fact that I’m doing this exhibit back at the Arvada Center is great.” Jung has been working since December to create a whole new body of work for the show, focusing on her theme of monochromatic botanical paintings and drawings. “My brain is constantly in photography mode — I’m al-

ways thinking in pictures,” she said. “There’s a focus on botanical scenes because it’s kind of an endless subject, and I’m always looking at new kinds of plants.” Jung said art education growing up was crucial to her development as an artist, and she said that she took every single art class that was available while in school. “My favorite time of the day was always when the paints came out,” she said. “Art has been an enormous part of my education, and has really taught me some invaluable lessons.” For more information on the shows, call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org.

If you go WHAT: 42nd Annual Jefferson Foundation

Bamboo Detail III - Ink on Vellum by Heidi Jung in Black and White, A Jeffco Alumni Exhibition.

High School Art Exhibition • Scot Odendahl: On the Roadside — Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition • Heidi Jung: Black and White — Jeffco Alumni Exhibition WHERE: Arvada Center 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. WHEN: Jefferson Foundation, April 12 through May 12 • Scot Odendahl and Heidi Jung exhibitions, April 5 through May 5 COST: Free INFORMATION: call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org

Britain’s Prince Harry will make an official visit to the United States — including Colorado Springs — in May, according to a story broadcast last week on CBS. The prince is scheduled to be in the U.S. from May 9 through May 15 on behalf of several charities and the British government, the report said. “The 28-year-old royal is also scheduled to attend the Warrior Games for wounded veterans in Colorado Springs and visit New York City for an event promoting community-based youth athletics,” CBS reported. The prince also plans to visit New York City and New Jersey towns that were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Harry’s last visit to the U.S. in May 2012 didn’t end up as a positive PR campaign after naked photos surfaced showing him with a female companion that were reportedly taken inside a VIP suite in a Las Vegas hotel.

Southern comfort

Southern Hospitality, the eatery that opened with barely a whisper recently, is a delightful and casual entrant into the downtown Denver restaurant scene. A gal pal and I checked it out last week, and I can’t wait to bring back Mr. On the Town, a Southern-fried food freak. The restaurant, at 1433 17th St., arrived among a plethora of press because of its New York roots with original investor, entertainment superstar Justin Timberlake, who since has sold his interest. But the Denver location is backed by Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic and a Colorado native. Celebrity buzz aside, we found some solid Southern comfort with the service and the fare. Some of what we sampled were crispy buffalo shrimp, crispy fried pickles, Southern fried chicken and roasted corn. No room for the much-lauded banana pudding or “grandma’s bourbon pecan pie.” Parker continues on Page 19


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(DUI)-related crashes. The signage program law was extended about a decade later on May 20, 2004, to also commemorate other impaired driving crash victims, including those killed in non-alcohol or drug-related accidents. The largest program, Clouse said, is currently run by CDOT, which allows roadside memorial signs to be erected on most state highways. In most cases, Clouse said she usually helps victims’ families fill out and submit a memorial sign application that must meet several requirements, including a conviction of the driver who caused the fatal DUI crash, a toxicology report analysis, written permission from the crash victims’ family members. Most cities that have roadside memorial sign programs usually charge victims’ families about $100 to create, install and maintain the sign, but Clouse said MADD will usually subsidize some of the costs, if not all of it. After CDOT staff has approved an application, a sign will then be erected as close as possible to the crash site but will be removed after six years and returned to the family. The problem, however, is that many of these requirements vary depending on the city or county administering the program. City of Arvada spokeswoman Wendy Forbes said the city’s program is similar to the one offered by CDOT but also pointed out a few key differences. The accident, she said, must have occurred within the city’s right-of-way and the sign must be for a person who was not involved in any other criminal activities when the accident happened. Forbes also said the sign is only allowed to be posted for a maximum of two years before it is returned to a victim’s family. “We’ve definitely had some requests over the years that have been very powerful from family members,” Forbes said. “Unfortunately, sometimes in incidents like as these where tragedies are so un-

expected, we have been told that it (the signs) brings comfort to residents as they drive by or frequent an area and see the sign up. We feel that this is just a small way that we can assist some of our citizens and residents during a time of tragedy and we’re willing to step up and do that for them.” While some communities have embraced the idea of taking up a roadside memorial program, other municipalities either have not considered the issue or voted against having a program in place on the heels of public opposition. Dan Hartman, the city of Golden Public Work Director, said a proposal to create a sign program has not been introduced by either residents or City Council members and pointed out that only one known drunk driving fatality has taken place on the city’s right-of-way during his more than 20-year tenure. The city of Lakewood, on the other hand, has a different position on the issue. City spokeswoman Stacie Oulton said the city had a policy to allow these signs from 2002 to 2005 that was tailored to complement CDOT’s sign program. That policy was later discontinued in 2005 and roadside memorial signs were no longer allowed in the city — the last sign to be taken down as a part of that program was removed in 2011. At issue, Oulton said, was the danger of creating a distraction for drivers who would take their attention away from the road to read the sign. She said the signs also “created strong and varied emotions” among some community members who were particularly concerned about placing the signs along residential streets. “The city had more than one situation in which a memorial sign created emotional distress for residents who would have to look at a memorial sign every day in front of or near their homes,” Oulton said in an email. There are, however, some exceptions to that rule. The Lakewood City Council approved a special request in 2007 to al-

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low a roadside memorial for former Bear Creek High School student Samara Stricklen on West Alameda Parkway after she was killed in a head-on DUI collision. “The exemption was given because the unique circumstances of this case provided an opportunity for the sign to serve as an educational tool to remind students from the nearby Green Mountain High School about the tragic results of under-

age drinking,” Oulton said. Clouse said she hopes some municipalities will eventually implement or reconsider creating a sign program. “Every jurisdiction is different,” Clouse said. “They just have this idea that their streets will get all cluttered with the names of people who died and I think that would be a really great thing. I’ll let you know when they start listening to me.”

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Family and friends release green “Happy Birthday” balloons at a gathering at the roadsign placed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, remembering the life of Jenna Breen, who would have been 23 on March 18. Photo by Pam Wagner

Those who have met Jenna Breen — even if it was just for a short time — will tell you about her warm personality and bright smile that could liven up any room. “She always had a smile on her face,” Breen’s mother’s fiancé, Jake Deherrera, said. It seemed only fitting then, her friends and family say, that the day she was memorialized at the intersection of 118th Place and Sheridan Boulevard was as equally warm and bright as the impression she left behind. Breen, 21, was fatally struck by a drunk driver who ran through a red light at that same intersection just over one year ago. She was killed less than two blocks away from the Fox

and Hound Bar and Grill, where she worked as a server for several years. Nearly two dozen of her closest friends and family members gathered on St. Patrick’s Day to honor the Arvada resident, who would have turned 23 the following day, and commemorate the installation of a roadside memorial sign inscribed with Jenna’s name on it. “We wanted to come here to the memorial and remember her as we all will forever in our hearts,” Breen’s mother, Gail Parrish, said to the small group who each held a green balloon with the phrase, “Happy Birthday” written in small, white letters. “This is really hard seeing your daughter’s name on a sign.” For those who knew Breen, the installation of the sign about a month ago by the city of Westminster signaled the end of another chapter in their quest for justice — one that began shortly

after 25-year-old Federal Heights resident Viet Quoc Nguyen pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in Breen’s death. The city of Westminster, as a part of its roadside memorial sign program, mandates that a conviction be successfully completed before a sign application is processed and approved. “They’re really important because they give a daily reminder to people that drunk driving is still killing people and that it is a big problem in our society,” Jennifer Clouse, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Colorado victim services specialist, said at the memorial gathering. “It gives a name to the victims so that they are so much more than statistics and it gives family, friends, co-workers and neighbors a place and way to honor, recognize and remember the victims. I never met Jenna but I will never forget her either.”

MetroNorth Worship Directory Northglenn United Methodist Church We invite you to join us in worship on Sundays. An inspirational traditional service is offered at 9 AM on Sunday.

There are choirs for every age and musical ability. Small group fellowships that meet weekly and monthly, a licensed pre-school program with a record of 39 plus years of excellence. As well as a Sunday school program for children, youth and adults.

We are located at 1605 W. 106th Ave., Northglenn.

For more information about church and all other services offered, feel free to contact us at 303-452-5120. See You There!

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Southern Hospitality is known for its extensive whiskey and bourbon selection, but since I don’t drink brown, I was perfectly happy with a vodka and soda. Great place to drop into or go on the website for a reservation: www. shdenver.com. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

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Vesta Dipping Grill wants to “take you out to the ballgame” (so to speak) beginning April 5 when baseball fans will have another alternative for food on the way to Coors Field. Vesta’s Pre-Game Pop-Ups will feature Korean BBQ Rib Sandwiches ($6) and Fresh Fruit Cups ($4) sweetened with agave syrup and chili lime. Other specials may “pop-up” throughout the season as well. The concept is the brainchild of Chef Brandon Foster, who says he wanted to “provide an alternative to traditional ballgame food on the way to Coors Field.” Both the sandwiches and fruit cups will be available out front of Vesta, 1822 Blake St., 90 minutes before every Rockies day game, and select evening games through the 2013 season. Check out the restaurant’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/vestagrill, for additional games and specials.

SMART911 ready for Wheat Ridge

An enhanced SMART911 technology has been installed for use by the Wheat Ridge police department, and the city is asking its resi-

dents to sign up for the free service at www. smart911.com. By signing up, residents will provide vital information that could help first responders, including the police, firefighters and other emergency personnel, act fast to save lives. Residents are encouraged to create a profile before an emergency happens. “We are really excited about this new service for the community and strongly encourage residents to take advantage of it. Taking a few minutes of your time to sign up could be invaluable in an emergency situation,” said Police Chief Dan Brennan. The free voluntary service is funded by the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority, and allows citizens residing in Jefferson and Broomfield counties to create a profile of personal, medical and household information. The data can include medical conditions, medications, disabilities, children’s photos, floor plans and other pertinent information about family members and even pets. To register your free and protected profile, visit www.smart911.com or for more information, contact Communications Manager Larry Stodden at 303-235-2937. 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 BlacktieColorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.pennyparker.blacktie-colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

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larger airport. Letters sent by several Adams County and state officials in the following weeks, including those sent by Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, cited the importance of Spaceport Colorado and the close proximity to Denver International Airport as primary reasons for the airport to remain open. Heap received news on March 22 that

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the airport was exempted from the planned closures. “This whole process, while it was kind of gut-wrenching, raised us to a higher and better level even nationwide by saying that Front Range Airport and Spaceport Colorado has national importance,” Heap said. “What I think it does is strengthen what we’re doing as far as the Spaceport is concerned because it just shows how viable the airport is already.”

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YOUR WEEK & MORE THURSDAY/APRIL 4 ATTRACTING BUTTERFLIES Are you iffy about insects but bursting about butterflies? Would you like to learn how to attract butterflies to your garden at home this spring and summer? Join Majestic View Nature Center from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, and go home with the know-how and some materials to get you started on your garden. The center is at 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. For ages 10 and older. Sign up early; visit www.arvada. org/nature. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY/APRIL 4-5 MUSICAL AUDITIONS The Arvada

Center will have auditions for the musical “Curtains” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 4-5 at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Chorus dance call is in Denver on April 8, and New York City auditions are April 15-17. Call the Arvada Center Box Office at 720-898-7200 to schedule an appointment time. Actors must be 18 years & older to audition.

FRIDAY/APRIL 5 BLOOD DRIVE Annual blood drives

at Avaya Communications have saved and enhanced the lives of more than 80,070 people since 1973. Bonfils Blood Center will celebrate this accomplishment Friday, April 5, by honoring those who’ve participated at the company’s First Friday Gathering. Nearly 115 selfless donors take the time to give blood at the six drives at Avaya each year. The award presentation takes place between 2:30 and 3 p.m. at the company’s First Friday Gathering. Avaya

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FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/APRIL 5-6 OLIVER TWIST Colorado ACTS presents a

community production of “Oliver Twist” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. For those who loved the classic Charles Dickens story, enjoy again all of the fascinating characters from this exciting story. Call 303-456-6772 for tickets and information.

MOPS SALE The 14th annual clothing

and toy consignment sale to benefit the Bear Valley MOPS group is planned from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Bear Valley Church, 10001 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood. Visit www.bearvalleymops.com.

FRIDAY/APRIL 5, APRIL 6, APRIL 11, APRIL 13 KITE MAKING Assemble, decorate and take home your own sled kite at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Multiple times are available for this class: 4-5 p.m. Friday, April 5; 8:30-9:30 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 11:30-12:30 p.m., 1-2 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Make sure to come out and fly your new kite at the free Arvada Kite Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Robby Ferrufino Park. Watch the pros fly their kites at this Arvada Festivals Commission event. All materials are included in the fee. Call 720-898-7405 to register; classes fill up fast. Class open to

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FRIDAY/APRIL 5-20 THEATER SHOW The Player’s Guild at the Festival Playhouse presents “On Golden Pond” from April 5-20 at The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 303422-4090 or visit www.festivalplayhouse. com for tickets. Appropriate for all ages. SATURDAY/APRIL 6 FOOTBALL CAMP The Standley Lake Football Club offers a free football camp for players in first to seventh grades from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, at Standley Lake High School, football field, 9300 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. The camp will introduce children to tackle football for the upcoming 2013 season. The club also offers flag football for kindergarten and first grade players. Please bring cleats/running shoes and water. Call Tom at 303-325-5389 with questions. PANCAKE BREAKFAST The Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association of Northglenn is having a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Applebee’s at I-25 and 104th Avenue. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and juice, and proceeds will support the city’s Citizen’s Police Academy and the Northglenn Police Department. Contact Officer Jim Gardner at 303-4508801 or jgardner@northglenn.org. Your Week continues on Page 20

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YOUR WEEK: CPR CLASS, PHOTOGRAPHY

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GAME DESIGN The game design workshop at Anythink Wright Farms was rescheduled to Saturday, April 6. Middle and high school students are invited to the comprehensive video game design workshop from 1-4 p.m., at Anythink Wright Farms, 5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton. The workshop is free, but registration is required; call 303-405-3200 or visit anythinklibraries.org. Visit http://stemchallenge.org/. KIDS STUFF sale Darling Doubles, North Denver’s multiple moms group, is having its kids’ stuff sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton. Everything is half price from 11 a.m. to noon. Items to be sold include furniture, play yards, strollers, clothes, toys and more. Visit www.darlingdoubles.org or email julia@darlingdoubles.org for information. CPR CLASS A CPR class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, will

give you the knowledge and confidence to step forward if needed in an emergency. Certification is issued at the end of the class and fulfills all state, OSHA and Social Services requirements. For people

ages 16 and up. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www.northglenn.org/ recxpress to register. Class is at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN The Adams County Republican Women/ Trumpeteers will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Outback Steakhouse, 497 E. 120th Ave., Thornton. The special guest speaker will be Rep. Lori Saine, House District 63. Her presentation will be an “Update on Legislation.” Reservations are required and must be paid. Contact Nancy through the Trumpeteers’ website, www.adamscountyrepublicanwomen.org. The Trumpeteers have decided to support the Food Bank at Westminster United Methodist Church as an ongoing community service project. SUNDAY/APRIL 7 to May 5; May 19 NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Professional photographer Rod Pilcher will lead this basic photography course (for ages 10 and up) with a twist from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, to Sunday, May 5, at and around Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn camera parts, how your camera works, proper exposure, color, composition and lighting. A film or digital camera is required; S.L.R.

(Single Lens Relex) is preferred. Registration is required by March 27; visit www.arvada.org/nature. This class also fulfills the requirements for Boy Scout Photography Merit Badge. An optional trip to The Denver Zoon on May 19 is not included in class fee.

MONDAY/APRIL 8 NANO NIGHT Is it possible to invent an invisibility cloak? What would liquid body armor look like? Join us for a mad science night from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Huron Street, 9417 Huron St., Thornton. We delve into these questions and more as we get our hands dirty with a spread of amazing nano-technology science experiments. These experiments are made possibly by NISE Nano Network kits. All ages welcome. Call 303-452-7534 or visit anythinklibraries.org. TUESDAY/APRIL 9 FINANCIAL WORKSHOP Learn about employer retirement plan options and managing your prosperity for women at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. This free class will cover two diverse financial topics. First, find out options about what to do with your employer

retirement plan – roll it, take it, leave it or move it? Then, women can learn about a five-step system that will help them manage their money, design their life and create their future and own “Prosperity Picture.” Register in advance for this workshop by contacting Jeanette Sánchez at jsanchez@northglenn.org or 303-450-8935.

WEDNESDAY/APRIL 10 LADIES LUNCHEON Denver North Suburban Christian Women’s Connection plans its Spring Bling luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at The Chateaux at Fox Meadows, 13600 Xavier Lane. The luncheon will feature a fashion show from CJ and Christopher Banks. Wear your own “bling” to make the luncheon really special. Lisa Cuss will entertain you with her singing, and Cheryl Hoffman will share how her love for photography illustrates her journey through life. Lunch will be catered by The Black Eyed Pea. For information on cost and reservations call Andrea at 303-4855888 or email dennorthsuburban@aol.com. Include the name(s) of your guest(s) and the names and ages of children that you will need to have cared for in our complimentary nursery. Your Week continues on Page 21


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‘The Genius of Dogs’ explains canine behavior Your dog has a species identity crisis. Some days, he’s a copycat and it’s like monkey see, monkey do around your house. Other days, he’s stubborn as a mule, eats like a little piggy, is fearless as a lion, and he runs through the house like a herd of elephants. You’re beginning to wonder what other souls lie inside the body of your canine. Is he part horse, part goat, part cheetah? Or, as you’ll learn in “The Genius of Dogs” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, is he really part Einstein? Your dog is the smartest pooch on the planet. He can sit, beg, roll over and shake. He also has a rudimentary grasp of physics, math and language. That’s because dogs are “arguably the most successful mammal on the planet, besides us.” They evolved from wolves to canine lupus familiaris and quickly, firmly glommed onto humans, but researchers have only recently determined how that bedrockto-bedroom voyage happened. For canine cognition expert Hare, learning how was a world-wide journey. As a grad student trying to determine what makes us human, Hare began with chimps and bonobos but soon noticed that his dog was better at many tasks than were our closest evolutionary relatives. His research took him to Russia (with foxes) and to a German lab where he tested dogs to see what happens inside their furry little heads.

Dogs have lousy GPS, he learned. There are exceptions, but most lost pups who find their way home are “lucky.” Pooches have problem-solving skills, but most have a hard time figuring out new methods for old habits. Conversely, as any astute puppy parent knows, dogs are masters of body language and have the basic skills of a human infant, socially and cognitively. They make decisions based on inference and grasp language in the same way as do babies. Their owner-attachment is similar to that of babies to their mothers. Dogs know how to recruit help, communicate needs and offer comfort. What we got out of the deal, Hare says, is love and a domesticated animal that may have domesticated us. I’m a really big science fan and I completely geeked-out on “The Genius of Dogs,” but there was one curious thing I noticed: authors Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods present some highly fascinating research results, but they don’t acknowledge that dog owners have probably already seen it all.

Shoplifting: A 28-yearold Thornton woman was arrested March 22 at 1:48 p.m. when she tried to steal merchandise from Gordman’s at 10001 Grant St. A loss prevention officer saw the woman select several items valued at $139.31 and conceal them in her purse. She did pay for some items, but failed to pay for the concealed merchandise. She was later released on a summons.

Still, it’s awfully good to know where that behavior comes from and how inherent doggy-actions can be altered from cute parlor trick into something that enhances your fun with Fido. This book does tend to meander off the dog-path quite a bit, but I thought that off-topic-ness enhanced the puppy parts. Overall, I loved what I learned and I loved knowing that even the most mixed-up mutt can be a master at something. This book also contains several enjoyable tests that you can do with your pup, so grab a handful of treats and get going. For you, “The Genius of Dogs” is something to get your paws on.

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TRAVEL FILM Watch a film on the Great Rocky Mountain Adventure Part 2 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn. This travel film takes the backroads of the Canadian Rockies from Montana to Alberta, exploring the familiar and not so familiar natural wonders along the way. Call 303-450-8800 for information. BENEFIT SONIC on 120th Avenue,

east of Washington Street, is offering a percentage of all net sales from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, to the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association of Northglenn. These funds will be used to support the city’s Citizen’s Police Academy and the Northglenn Police Department.

CRYSLAS CONCERT Stephen Pranger will demonstrate The Cryslas Way, a concert featuring 15 Crystal Singing Bowls and Corinthian Bells, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Living Water Spiritual Community, 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. Bring a yoga mat, pillows and blankets for an ultimate, peaceful experience. Call 720-935-4000 for information and to buy tickets. GARDENING SERIES Whether you have a green thumb, join us for one or all of the gardening workshops at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Each workshop is from 3-5 p.m., Wednesdays. Topics include Organic Gardening, April 10; Herb Gardening, April 17; and Container Gardening, April 24. Register in advance with payment; call 303-425-9583. THURSDAY/APRIL 11 NIGHTS OUT Women’s and men’s nights out for adults with developmental disabilities are planned from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 11. The women will be paining their own ceramics, and the men will take a tour of CarMax, and possibly get a chance to ride in a fancy car. Meet at FRIENDS Place, 555 Alter St., Suite 19E, Broomfield. Register by Monday, April 8. Contact Molly Coufal, Friends of Broomfield evening/social program director, at info@ friendsofbroomfield.org or 303-404-0123 for information on costs and to register. THURSDAY/APRIL 11, APRIL 23 TAX WORKSHOPS The Colorado Department of Revenue offers free tax workshops on sales and use tax laws in Colorado. The workshops include information on many common sales and use tax topics, including

but not limited to the liabilities businesses face when they are not in compliance with Colorado laws. Sales/Use Tax Part I is from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 11, and Park II is from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Westminster. Registration is required. Visit www.TaxSeminars.state.co.us. Sales/ Use Tax Part II is from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. Continuing Professional Education credits and training materials are available.

COMING SOON COMING SOON/APRIL 13 BABYSITTING CLASS First-time

babysitters ages 11-13 will learn all they need to know when responsible for young children. Class is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Skills covered include CPR, first aid, growth and development, safety, feeding, discipline, diapering and bathing. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www.northglenn. org/recxpress to register.

BIRD WALK Are you ready to see some

amazing birds that may visit your back yard? April is a spectacular time of year to see a variety of birds, and you can see them at the beginning bird walk from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Majestic View Park, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. After an introduction, stroll around Oberon Lake to view resident and migratory birds. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Spotting scope will be provided. Sign up early. Open to ages 10 and older; no cost. Visit www.arvada.org/nature.

BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP EarthLinks

presents a special double-workshop. The first is Backyard Beekeeping, led by local expert Judith Moran, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13. A free lunch will be served at noon, and the second workshop, Native Pollinators, will follow from 1-2 p.m. Entomologist Amber Partridge and horticulturist Amy Yarger of the Butterfly Pavilion will lead the second session. Both workshops will be at EarthLinks, 2828 Larimer St., Denver. Visit www.EarthLinksColorado.org/Events.

RAPTOR RUN Put on your favorite raptor hat and come out and run with the raptors on the trail through the Barr Lake nature preserve. The Friends of Barr Lake State Park will host their annual Raptor 5K Run and Fun Run on Saturday, April 13, to help raise money for future park projects that support education, recreation, and conservation opportunities. The 5k run is a course-certified, timed event and the day will include goody bags for all participants,

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race pictures, kids’ activities, food & drinks, music, and awards. Meet at the group picnic area near the Nature Center at Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Road, Brighton. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the fun run starts at 9:15. Register in advance at www.RunningGuru.com/ Event/5117. Sorry, no dogs allowed

COMING SOON/APRIL 13; RECURRING/THROUGH APRIL 30 ART DISPLAY An opening reception for

“The Art of Sandra Davis” is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and you can meet the artist from 1-6 p.m. during Second Saturday Art Walk at Aar River Gallery, 3707 W. 73rd Ave., Westminster. The exhibit will be on display through April 30; the gallery is open from Wednesday through Saturday.

COMING SOON/APRIL 14, APRIL 21, APRIL 28 AUDITIONS THE DJC Youth All-Stars is

looking for 9th, 10th and 11th grade clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, tuba, string bass and drum set players. Auditions are from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, April 14; from 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sunday, April 21; and from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Flesher-Hinton Music Store, 3936 Tennyson St., Denver. Audition music and recording are posted at www.bandresourcesunlimited.com. Intermediate to advanced jazz experience necessary; weekly rehearsals are on Sundays. For information and audition scheduling, contact ecan11@msn.com or 303-328-7277.

COMING SOON/APRIL 15 MAYOR COFFEE Coffee with the Mayor is a chance to talk directly with the mayor about issues in the community and to learn about new developments in the city. Meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Atlanta Bread in the Northglenn Marketplace. Call 303-450-8713 for more information. RELAY FOR Life The Webster Lake Relay for Life is coming up in September but teams are being formed now. The team captain university meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. This meeting will educate team captains on how to grow your team and your fund raising efforts. Contact event chair Judith Tannehill at 720-232-0492 or tennehill72.jt@gmail.com. COMING SOON/APRIL 16 SENIOR CLEANUP Volunteers will help

seniors at the Senior Hub’s annual spring

cleanup days in Westminster, Northglenn and Thornton. Cleanup days will take place on three consecutive Saturdays in April and May. Groups of volunteers will clean up your yards, gardens, porches, carports and sheds, wash windows, and more for those who are unable to do it. If you were signed up last year, we will call you. If you did not have help from us in 2012, call Linda Rinelli at 720-859-2248 to sign up by April 16.

BLOOD DRIVE Ten West at Westmoor Technology Park community blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Building 3, Suite 110 at 10155 Westmoor Drive, Westminster. For information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-3632300 or visit www.bonfils.org. COMING SOON/APRIL 16 WARD IV meeting Northglenn residents

will communicate directly to Ward IV elected officials with questions, concerns or comments about the city and its government. Discussion topics will include economic development, RTD’s North Metro Line, public works and resident involvement. Council members will also take questions from the audience. The meeting is Tuesday, April 16, and the meet and greet is at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. It is at Shepherds’ Hall, 650 Kennedy Drive. For more information, contact council member Kim Snetzinger at 303-913-7195 or ksnetzinger@ northglenn.org; or council member Gene Wieneke at 303-457-0858 or gwieneke@ northglenn.org.

FINANCIAL WORKSHOP. Annuities and Your Retirement & Weathering Market Storms, a free financial workshop, is presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. The first part helps with understanding the basics of annuities, so you can choose the options that make the most sense for your specific situation. The second section talks about how investors can weather market storms and how diversification still matters. Register by contacting Jeanette Sánchez at jsanchez@northglenn.org or 303-450-8935. HEALTHY LIVING As part of the Healthy Living Series, find out how food works with your body – or doesn’t – which makes it easier to understand what to eat and why. The program is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Cost is free. For people ages 55 and over.

Possession of dangerous weapon, harassment: Officers were dispatched March 12 at 12:14 p.m. to the 3000 block of 152nd Place in reference to a family disturbance. A 23-year-old Thornton man was in an altercation with his mother when he pushed her down and then left the scene. Officers contacted the man in his vehicle and placed him into custody without incident. The man was found to be in possession of a knife measuring larger than what is allowable by law. He was processed and later transported to the Adams County jail. Shoplifting: A 42-yearold Northglenn man was arrested March 24 at 6:40 p.m. when he tried to steal items from Walmart at 9901 Grant St. A loss prevention officer saw the man take items and conceal them on his person. He was contacted when he tried to exit the store without paying for them.

The man was issued a summons and, because of his highly intoxicated condition, transported to a hospital for medical care. DUI, child abuse, failure to drive in a single lane: An officer responded March 25 at 10:39 p.m. to the 9400 block of Welby Road in reference to a possible drunk driver. The officer stopped a 31-year-old Denver man who had an 11-year-old Aurora boy riding with him. The man failed several roadside sobriety maneuver tests and was taken into custody. He was later released on a summons to a sober party. The boy was released to his father. Theft: A 30-year-old Commerce City woman was arrested March 27 at 7:24 p.m. when she tried to steal merchandise from Sears Grand at 16395 N. Washington St. A loss prevention officer saw the woman take items valued at $1,214.83 and try to leave without paying form them. She was processed and later transported to the Adams County jail. Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Standley Lake’s Nicholas Urban competes in the 100-yard backstroke at the annual Dick Rush Colorado Coaches Invitational, which was held at the VMAC in Thornton. Photos by Jonathan Maness

Ralston Valley’s Addison Coen competes in the 100-yard backstroke at the annual Dick Rush Colorado Coaches Invitational, which was held at the VMAC in Thornton.

Arvada West’s Ryder Pittz competes in the 100-yard breastroke at the annual Dick Rush Colorado Coaches Invitational, which was held at the VMAC in Thornton.

Cherry Creek wins Coaches Invite Standley Lake’s Ung takes first in the 100-yard breaststroke By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com THORNTON — Cherry Creek got off to a strong start to the season, taking first place in seven events to win the annual Dick Rush Colorado Coaches Invitational on March 30. David Turner took first in the 50- and 100-freestyle to help the Bruins take home

the Class 5A team title with 318 points, Fairview (183) was second, followed by Arapahoe (181.5), Smoky Hill (170) and Highlands Ranch (159). Jake Markum also won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly for Cherry Creek. Standley Lake finished 13th at the invite with 50 points, and was led by Eric Ung’s first place performance in the 100 breaststroke. “Coaches (Invite) is a great look at state competition, this year was no different,” Standley Lake coach Megan Madsen said. “We have two of the best guys in the state on the Gators’ swim team so it is fun to watch them really compete. Eric is a senior

who is looking to win the 100 breaststroke this year at state. Trent Kindvall is a junior who has placed third in the state the last two years in diving. We are excited for the rest of the season.” Ung took first in the 100 breast at 1 minute, .09 seconds, but needed a strong finish to hold off Rampart’s Thomas Stutzriem. “The 100 breast ended up being a very close race,” Madsen said. “He had an incredibly strong second 50, which placed him in the lead. He will need to drop a second or two before the end of the season to be in the running for a state title. I believe he will do this as he just came back from a large sectional meet and is still in a taper

state.” Kindvall had a great showing in the diving competition for the Gators, finishing second with a score of 423.80. Arapahoe’s Alan LaBang took first in diving with 487.45 points. The 13th place finish was the Gators highest placing at the Coaches Invite in the four years that Madsen has been the coach at Standley Lake and was the highest among the 5A Jeffco schools. Fairview’s Max Phillips took first in the 200 free, while Arapahoe’s Alan LaBang won the diving competition, Highland Ranch’s Nathan Mueller was first in the 500 free and Carter Griffin of Ponderosa won the 100 backstroke.

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Roundup: Northglenn Judo Club wins championship Holy Family’s Villecco chosen 3A Metro League Coach of the Year By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com NORTHGLENN — Northglenn Judo Club took first at the 45th annual Northglenn Judo Championships on March 30. Northglenn had 11 members that placed first and scored 106 points to win the national-level event. Denver Judo Club took second, and Colorado Springs was third. The event featured nearly 190 athletes from nine states. Taking first for Northglenn were Katie Nguyen, Cordey Mallo, Henry Matheson, Elliot McNeave, Danniel Gonzales, Calvin Nguyen, Katsumi Hayashi, Sofia Mani, Andrew Lass, Justen Otaka and Ian Cheatum.

Mani and Otaka each earned two first place trophies. Mani took first in the women’s 63kg, and also the women’s open. While Otaka took first in the men’s +100kg and men’s grand championship. VILLECCO CHOSEN COACH OF THE YEAR: Holy Family’s Pete Villecco was chosen the Class 3A Metro League boys Coach of the Year. Tigers’ junior David Sommers made the Metro League first team, while Ryan Willis was chosen to the second team. Jarron Sprenger was honorable mention for Holy Family. COLGAN MAKES ALL-COLORADO TEAM: Pomona’s Archie Colgan was chosen to the All-Colorado wrestling team. Colgan won state at 152 pounds and finished the season with a 39-4 overall record. JUST4KEEPERS TO HOST GOALKEEPER CAMP: This summer, Colorado goalkeepers will have an opportunity to meet face to face goalkeeper Legends from the Premier Leagues and get trained by

Sports quiz 1) Name the two players who have hit home runs in a Game Seven of the World Series three times each. 2) In 2004, Andy Lopez became the third baseball coach to take three different teams to the College World Series. Name the first two. 3) Who was the first 1,000-yard rusher in AFL history? 4) The 2012 NCAA men’s basketball tournament saw the biggest comeback in its history, as BYU came from 25 points down to win. What had been the biggest rally? 5) Who was the last Buffalo Sabres player before Thomas Vanek in 2013 to tally five points in a game? 6) Carmelo Anthony set a USA Basketball record in 2012 for most points in an Olympic game (37). Who had held the record? 7) Who was the oldest golfer to play in the Ryder Cup? Answers 1) Bill “Moose” Skowron and Yogi Berra. 2) Larry Cochell and Ron Polk. 3) Cookie Gilchrist ran for 1,096 yards for Buffalo in 1962. 4) Duke came back from 22 down against Maryland in 2001. 5) Drew Stafford had five points in a game in 2008. 6) Stephon Marbury tallied 31 points in 2004. 7) Raymond Floyd was 51 years old when he played in the Ryder Cup in 1993. 2013 King Features Synd. Inc.

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these true legends. Just4Keepers is the largest goalkeeper academy in the world specializes in training goalkeepers of all ages but mainly prepares keepers going to college and help keepers reach their dream to play professional in Europe. This summer, J4K and goalkeepers from Everton FC and Manchester United, Wigan FC will host an International Goalkeepers ID Camp from June 10-12 at Colorado Academy in Denver. For information on this camp, check out www.goalkeepercamps.net. You can also call 303-907-9389 or email zurilozano@ just4keepers.com. TOUGH GOING IN ARIZONA: Many of the area baseball teams went to Arizona over Spring Break to compete in tournaments. Mountain Range competed in the Greenway Festival Tournament, where the Mustangs dropped all four of their games — two by only one run.

Senior Matt Maestas went 4 for 11 at the tournament, hitting a triple, home run and driving in six runs. Northglenn competed in the Big League Dugout, dropping all three of its games. Legacy competed in the Vero Beach Sports Village in Florida, going 2-2 in the tournament. Standley Lake went 1-3 against its opponents in Arizona. The Gators lone win came in a 14-5 victory over Tempe City. Alec Jarhman led the way in the win, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs. MADSEN CHOSEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Former Northglenn lacrosse star Dalton Madsen was named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week. Madsen, who is a senior for Trine University, scored eight goals and added five assists for 13 points - leading the Thunder to two nonconference victories. Madsen also picked up 11 groundballs and caused two turnovers for the week.

Rader chosen FRL Player of the Year Rader and Smith make FRL AllConference first team By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com THORNTON — Kaylie Rader’s success at Horizon didn’t go overlooked, the senior star was recently chosen as the Front Range League girls Player of the Year. Rader, who averaged 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks, earned the honor after leading the Hawks to an 18-8 overall record and 13-3 record in the FRL — which was tied for first in the league. Legacy sophomore Courtney Smith was also chosen to the FRL first team. Smith led the Lightning with 14.7 points and was second on the team with 7.4 boards. Horizon’s Gabby Jimenez and Alyssa Rader made the second team, while Legacy’s Caitlyn Smith and Mountain Range’s Hope Martinez and Tory Travers were honorable mention. On the boys side, Mountain Range’s Jacob Taylor made the second team.

Horizon’s Dillon Harshman, Jake Ralphs, Steven Sumey and Legacy’s Mitch McCall and Andrew Hebel were honorable mention. In wrestling, Legacy’s Connor Casady (160) and Skyler McWee (220), Horizon’s Anthony Cortez (106 pounds) and Mountain Range’s Randy Boerner (152) made the first team. Horizon’s Matt Emerson (145) was chosen to the second team, while Legacy’s Ryan Deakin (106) and Donovan Coghill (113) and Mountain Range’s Patrick Romero (145), Joel Geers (160) and Jorge Rodriguez (285) were all honorable mention. In swimming, Mountain Range’s Shelly Drozda made the first team in 200-yard freestyle and 100-backstroke. She was also part of the Mustangs’ 200-free relay team that made the first team. Amanda Kassel, Mackenzie Saenz and Macayla Cross were also part of the team. Making the second team were Legacy’s Fiona Drezka in the 200-individual medley and Legacy’s Mary Lombardi in the 500-free. The Lightning’ 400 freestyle relay team was chosen as honorable mention.

Horizon’s Kaylie Rader was chosen as the Front Range League girls Player of the Year. Photo by Jonathan Maness

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April 4, 2013

Eco-friendly landscape is low-maintenance Gardening expert’s plan can pay off By Melinda Myers info@melindamyers.com

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t’s possible to create a beautiful landscape and be kind to the environment even with a busy schedule and while staying within budget. All it takes is a bit of planning and a few low-maintenance strategies. Here are five strategies to create a low-maintenance eco-friendly landscape this season. • Be water-wise: Save money on the water bill, time spent watering and this precious resource, water. Start by growing drought-tolerant plants suited to your growing environment. Once established they will only need watering during extended dry spells. Mulch with shredded leaves, evergreen needles, wood chips, or other organic matter to conserve moisture, reduce weeds, and improve the soil as they decompose. Fertilize with a low ni-

trogen fertilizer, like Milorganite, that promotes slow steady growth instead of excessive greenery that requires more water. Plus, it won’t burn even during drought. • Recycle yard waste in the landscape: Minimize the amount of yard waste produced, reuse what can be in other areas of the landscape and recycle the rest as compost. These are just a few strategies that will save time bagging, hauling, and disposing of yard debris. And better yet, implementing this strategy will save money and time spent buying and transporting soil amendments, since it will be created right in the backyard. Start by leaving grass clippings on the lawn. The short clippings break down quickly, adding organic matter, nutrients and moisture to the soil. Grow trees suited to the growing conditions and available space. That means less pruning and fewer trimmings that will need to be

managed. • Make compost at home: Recycle yard waste into compost. Put plant waste into a heap and let it rot. Yes, it really is that simple. The more effort put into the process, the quicker the results. Do not add insect-infested or diseased plant material or perennial weeds like quack grass, annual weeds gone to seed, or invasive plants. Most compost piles are not hot enough to kill these pests. And do not add meat, dairy, or bones that can attract rodents. • Manage Pests in Harmony with Nature: A healthy plant is the best defense against insects and disease. Select the most pest-resistant plants suited to the growing conditions and provide proper care. Check plants regularly throughout the growing season. It is easier to control a few insects than the hundreds that can develop in a week or two. And when problems arise, look for the most eco-friendly control. Start by removing small infestations by hand. Con-

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