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January 3, 2013

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County, Northglenn to face off Quarrel stems from approved changes to the city’s urban renewal plan By Darin Moriki

Omar Alvares laughs as he slips off a board while sledding down a slope at Bell Roth Park Thursday, Dec. 27, in Thornton. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Mapleton to host community programs Agreement includes exchange of maintenance services for facility uses By Darin Moriki Mapleton Public Schools will soon host several community programs at several of its schools through a newly approved joint-use agreement between Thornton and the district. The agreement, which was unanimously approved by City Council during its Dec. 18 public meeting, spells out an exchange of $49,495 in city landscape maintenance services for an estimated $42,359 in building and field uses through the school district. In all, the city would provide maintenance services to five of the school district’s facilities, including Meadow Elementary, Clayton-Bertha Heid Elementary Park, Sam Molinaro Park, York International School and portions of its Skyview Campus. The agreement would also allow for the conditional forgiveness of $229,539 in water and sewer tap fees

that were due to the city earlier this year. Council unanimously approved an agreement during its Aug. 28 public meeting to the delay the payment of these tap fees till a formal joint use agreement could be finalized. Mike Soderberg, the city’s community services executive director, said these tap fees would become payable if Mapleton terminates the agreement in the future. The agreement will allow the city to have second priority for fields and facilities after the school district but prevent individual school principals from modifying previously scheduled city events. In cases where Mapleton staff may be required to work overtime, the city or the affiliated organization will be required to pay those costs. Soderberg said the largest costsaving measure will be the relocation of the city’s boxing program from its current location at 9191 Washington St. to Mapleton High School. He said this move alone is estimated to save the city about $30,000 each year. City Manager Jack Ethredge said the agreement would allow the city to ensure some Mapleton-owned facilities located within the city are main-

tained and available to neighboring residents. “There is — particularly with Mapleton and maybe with other districts now and in the future — a concern that a lot of their facilities are built and integrated within the neighborhoods,” Ethredge said during a Dec. 11 planning session. “We see this as an opportunity to stabilize that public property that is within neighborhoods owned by the school district as well.” Mayor Pro Tem Eva Henry, who represents the city ward located within Mapleton’s boundaries, said the agreement would allow the city to enhance the quality of life for neighboring school district residents through the introduction of adult programs that the city is not able to offer at its current facilities. “It’s not just all about dollars — it’s also about the quality of life that we’re offering to our citizens and partnering with our schools, which in the long run, is actually a significant benefit for the children in our community,” Henry said. “Sometimes you just can’t put a dollar amount on some city services, and I think this is one of those times.”


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A disagreement between the Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority and Adams County proposed modifications and additions to the city’s urban renewal plan will be settled by the Colorado Supreme Court later this month. The disagreement stems from a set of recently approved actions by the city to substantially modify its current urban renewal plan and create a new urban renewal plan based on a 2012 survey produced by Centennial-based real estate advisory company Ricker Cunningham. The three resolutions, which included one to declare parts of the current urban renewal area as blighted, was unanimously approved by the Northglenn City Council during its Dec. 17 public meeting. Funds used for public improvement projects in the current urban-renewal area, which generally spans from 120th to 104th avenues and Fox Run Parkway to North Federal Boulevard, are set to expire in 2017. These funds, called tax increment financing, are collected through sales and property-tax increases that exceeds the rate set at the beginning of the urban renewal area’s establishment in 1992. Ricker Cunningham principal Anne Ricker said the new urban renewal area will encompass areas removed from the original plan such as the Northglenn Marketplace and Huron Center, which may experience significant benefits from future redevelopment efforts. In all, she said the area’s existing $5.6 million property tax base is projected to increase to $31 million over the next 25 years through tax increment financing generated by the new plan. City Attorney Corey Hoffmann said the creation of smaller, individual tax increment financing districts may be beneficial to some business owners who are seeing their property values increase because of

redevelopment initiatives. However, not everyone is on board with the city’s new urban renewal plan. Adams County Commissioner W.R. “Skip” Fischer and Adams County Assessor Gil Reyes wrote in a Dec. 12 letter that the county was opposed to the modification of the current plan and the creation of a new one because it would violate a 1994 district court case filed by the county against NURA. Reyes and Fischer both contend the district court ruled in the county’s favor after finding there was no factual or legal basis to contradict the Adams County Assessor’s calculation of the incremental tax revenue payable to NURA. “Judgment was entered in favor of Adams County and against NURA, and although the judgment was appealed, it remains the law,” Reyes and Fischer wrote in the letter addressed to NURA Executive Director Debbie Tuttle and City Manager Bill Simmons. “The urban renewal impact reports … contain methodologies that are inconsistent with the court’s order.” Ricker said she is prepared to testify and validate her company’s findings when the case will appear before the Colorado Supreme Court at the end of the month, but noted that it is important for NURA and Adams County to continue discussions. “I think any kind of a dialogue and a dialogue throughout the life of your plan is always a good idea,” Ricker said. “It is never the intention that one organization do well and the other fails, because nobody does well, and I can’t say that enough. If there truly are impacts that are unforeseen at this time, there should be a regular dialogue and you should talk about that and figure out ways to solve those problems together.” The first public hearing on the lawsuit, which will include the delivery of oral arguments, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the new Colorado Supreme Court building, 2 E. 14th Ave. in Denver.

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Legislators prepare for session By Darin Moriki Legislators statewide are wrapping up their holiday respites and gearing up for the state’s next General Assembly, where they will tackle issues ranging from mortgage reform to mental health funding. To be prepare for the upcoming session, District 24 Sen. Lois Tochtrop and District 34 Rep.-elect Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, are fine-tuning their bills and preparing for discussions on several hot-button issues, such as Amendment 64, gun control and mental health. Lebsock, a former Thornton Ward 2 City Council member, said he is currently working on two bills aimed at helping identify theft victims and protecting homeowners from financial institutions serving as mortgage loan servicers. The first bill he is planning to introduce is intended to help identity theft victims restore their lives more quickly by creating another avenue for these types of crimes to be reported, investigated and resolved. Under current state statues, Lebsock said victims must travel to the county in the state where they had their identity stolen and file a motion with a district court judge to strike any identity theft-related crimes from their criminal records. He said the judge would then send a court order to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate and remove the crimes from

a theft victim’s records. Lebsock said his proposed bill would speed up this process by allowing identity theft victims to file a records challenge or fingerprint analysis directly through CBI. The statebacked office could then remove any theft-related crimes immediately based on their findings. The fledgling representative’s second bill will tackle mortgage reform Lebsock by requiring all financial institutions serving as mortgage loan servicers to notify any others of transferred loans in the loan modification process. Lebsock said this proposed state statute amendment would also require any banks receiving transferred loans to honor loan modification rates guaranteed by previous lenders. Tochtrop, who was first elected in 2006 to serve portions of southern Adams County and Thornton and all of Federal Heights and Northglenn, said she is working on a bill to clarify state statute verbiage for people who want to obtain a concealed carry weapon. Under current state statutes defined by a 2002 bill sponsored by Tochtrop, the concealed carry weapon certification process for some gun owners is simple and can be done by watching a short online video and

taking a free test. However, Tochtrop said she wants retailor the state’s requirements and require the process to be “hands-on with a certified instructor.” “At the time, online education was very much in its infancy,” Tochtrop said. “People are now going online and getting certification for their concealed carry and that was not the intent of the bill.” Tochtrop said she is also in the process of working on a bill that would allow the Department of Health to step in and help mitigate the clean-up of meth houses following drug raids. She said it a process the number of drug-exposure cases in which new tenants of former meth homes become sick. While both legislators will be fighting for different causes on their respective floors, Tochtrop and Lebsock said they will be faced with some tough choices on the heels of several national tragedies and the passage of several landmark laws. Tochtrop and Lebsock said they are pleased with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Dec. 18 announcement of a multi-million dollar comprehensive plan “to redesign and strengthen Colorado’s mental health services and support system.” The estimated $18,522,001 proposal, which would be appropriated into the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget, calls for widespread reforms in based on five key strategies: provide the right services to the right

people at the right time, enhance Colorado’s crisis response system, expand hospital capacity, enhance community care, and build a trauma-informed culture of care. “This has been greatly needed for a long, long time,” Tochtrop said. “We certainly have to look at that, especially with the issue around … protecting people’s privacy around their mental illness. That is something that we will all have to look at very carefully.” Tochtrop and Lebsock said they will also wait for the 24-member Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64 to advise the General Assembly on how to proceed with outlining legislation on the landmark voter-approved amendment, which made Colorado one of two states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Washington state voters approved a similar initiative during this year’s general election. Current federal laws do not recognize the medical use of marijuana, which is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s website. “The people of Colorado have spoken on Amendment 64, and now it’s the job of the Legislature and the Governor to make sure there are appropriate perimeters so that the will of the people will be here in Colorado,” Lebsock said.

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Navy Seaman Apprentice Rafael Castillo, son of Rafael L. and stepson of Delores E. Castillo, of Thornton, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Castillo received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. Castillo is a 2012 graduate of York International High School of Thornton.

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Navy Airman Apprentice Jacob L. James, son of Jennifer L. and Daniell L. James of Broomfield, and other sailors from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) recently conducted opera-

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tions in the vital Asia-Pacific region along side with Sailors from the USS George Washington (CVN 73). The two CSGs are part of a strong U.S. naval presence in the Pacific that has helped to maintain peace and stability in the region as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet, which was established 69 years ago. USS John C. Stennis returned to the 7th Fleet’s area of operation four months ahead of schedule to maintain combatant commander requirements for its presence in the region. The crew has been engaging in live-fire exercises, torpedo countermeasures exercises and numerous other training exercises during its current deployment and transit to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The U.S. Navy routinely conducts simultaneous CSG operations when and where opportunities exist and are operationally feasible. While operations such as this ensure peace and stability, they also allow the two CSGs to improve interoperability and readiness. They further provide the


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Navy the capability to respond quickly to various situations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, ranging from combat operations to humanitarian assistance missions. James is a 2011 graduate of Mountain Range High School of Thornton, and joined the Navy in July 2012.

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Navy Seaman Recruit Nathan J. Labesky, son of Karen F. Mozola, of Thornton, and Shawn A. Labesky, of Westminster, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Dauring the eight-week program, Labesky completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. Labesky is a 2012 graduate of Horizon High School of Thornton.


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January 3, 2013

It’s Time ! to B uy That Boat

The ARC Thrift Store, 9131 N. Washington St. in Thornton, is one of several businesses listed on the city’s Shop Thornton campaign, encouraging residents to shop locally. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Thornton launches shopping website New site includes extensive commercial business directory, maps By Darin Moriki Thornton shoppers will soon be able to locate local retailers and keep their tax dollars closer to home with just a few computer key strokes and mouse clicks. The city — in collaboration with its Businesses of Thornton Advisory Commission — launched its Shop Thornton First website as a part of a multiyear effort to encourage Thornton residents to shop at retailers within the city’s limits. The website was officially launched on Dec. 20, 2012, and provides residents with an interactive directory that highlights the nearly 1,000 commercial businesses and shopping areas within the city’s limits. Jessica Erickson, the city’s business retention and expansion manager, said the city will begin to roll out plans by the first quarter of this year (2013) to

help promote the estimated 500 homebased businesses in the city. The Shop Thornton effort itself dates back to 2010, when the 10-member commission — made up of appointed representatives from Thornton’s business community — began earmarking portions of the city’s vendor fee collection fund to subsidize the creation and display of banners throughout the city that encouraged people to shop at local retailers. The vendor fee is the amount of sales tax that a Thornton business is allowed to keep if its city tax returns are filed on time. The vendor fee is currently 3 percent of the tax collected with a cap of $25 per reporting period. Erickson said development of the website,, was based on a commission recommendation made to the City Council in February to expand the Shop Thornton campaign by creating an online presence. The commission recommendation said the website would be aimed at informing Thornton residents and businesses of why they should keep their tax dollars in the city.

“I think the thought was that this is where most people get their information in this day and age,” Erickson said. “When people are looking to find businesses or find out where they can shop locally, they’re most likely going to seek out that information online. It’s also a much easier and efficient way to get a significant amount of information out to a lot of people.” She said the $30,000 effort to fully develop and market the website was funded through a portion of the $300,000 in vendor fees collected during the 2010-11 fiscal year and an additional $122,578 in carry over funds from the previous fiscal year. Council gave its seal of approval to the city-maintained website during its Dec. 11, 2012, planning session, where several council members praised the commission’s efforts. “I actually know some citizens who make an effort to make sure that they stay within Thornton whenever they shop,” said Mayor Pro Tem Eva Henry. “It really helps a lot and especially benefits small businesses by giving them a presence that they normally wouldn’t have without it.”

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Thornton man given life sentence By Darin Moriki A former Thornton resident convicted of killing his girlfriend, hiding her body in a crawl space of their apartment and setting their apartment ablaze, will serve the rest of his life in prison. Rodney Deon Tucker, 25, was sentenced by Adams County District Court Judge Chris Melonakis to life without parole for the 2010 murder of his former girlfriend, 22-year-old Liberty Ledezma, chief trial deputy Jess Redman said in an e-mail. His sentence, which was handed down on Dec. 18, includes consecutive 264 years in prison for arson and the attempted first-degree murders of five other apartment owners in the Thornton complex, where he once lived with Ledezma, their child, his sister, Vanessa Lopez, and her children. “I want to thank the prosecutors and

police officers who worked so hard on this case for nearly three years on this difficult case,” said Adams County District Attorney Don Quick in a prepared statement following Tucker’s sentencing. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Liberty’s family, especially during the holiTucker days.” According to his arrest affidavit, the investigation into Ledezma’s death began shortly after a fire on March 27, 2010, gutted her twobedroom apartment at 8701 N. Huron St. Her burned body was later found wrapped in a blood-stained comforter in a crawl space under the apartment’s master bedroom closet. An autopsy later revealed that Ledezma, who was pregnant at the time of the murder, was stabbed 18 times with a

“serrated instrument” before the fire was started. The investigation, led by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, later found fire accelerants on Ledezma’s body as well as on the sofa and carpet in the apartment’s living room. Tucker was arrested on Dec. 17, 2010, following a nearly nine-month investigation, which also found that he was one of three men responsible for robbing a Northglenn Bank of the West branch at 10393 Huron St. on May 27, 2010 — nearly two months after Ledezma’s murder. Court documents show Tucker had been arrested for numerous offenses prior to Ledezma’s murder, including harassment, forgery, dangerous drugs, trespassing, theft, parole violations, introducing contraband into prison and failure to appear in court. Tucker was being held in a federal prison after pleading guilty to bank robbery.

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January 3, 2013

National Western gets ready to roll

Livestock judging, rodeos, entertainment on tap

By Tom Munds

Cowboy boots and hats will be in abundance Jan. 12-27 for the 107th edition of the National Western Stock Show. Each day’s schedule can include activities such as livestock judging and sales, rodeos, displays and entertainment, drawing hundreds of thousands of patrons through the turnstiles. While special events draw a lot of attention, the National Western is billed as the Super Bowl of livestock shows and sales. There are judging competitions for horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, bison, yaks, poultry and rabbits. Other livestock-related events

include a sheep-shearing contest and the catch-a-calf competition, where young livestock enthusiasts try to catch a calf to keep and then are judged the next year on their ability to raise and care for the animal. There also are numerous livestock sales where millions of dollars change hands as thousands of animals are sold to new owners. The National Western Stock Show is Colorado’s largest trade show. The 2010 show drew about 637,000 people. The show events are spread among a number of facilities. Stock show activities are centered at the National Western Stock Show Arena and Hall of Education near 46th Avenue and Humbolt Street, the Events Center at 1515 E. 47th Ave. and the Denver Coliseum. A general admission ticket is required to get into the National Western Stock Show. The ticket

Owners wash their animals as they prepare to show them at last year’s National Western Stock Show. This year’s event will be Jan. 12-27. File photo

entitles the holder to visit the trade show, displays, stock shows and auctions. Ticket prices vary from $12 to $17 for an adult, with high-priced tickets required on the weekend. Tickets for children 3 to 11 are $2 to $3, depending on the day. Children under 3 get in free. The general admission ticket also is good for visits to the Children’s Ranchland and petting farm, open daily on the third floor of the Expo Hall. In addition, there are a variety of activities at the new Ames Activity Pavilion including stick horse rodeos, kids’ pedal-tractor pulls, horseshoe pitching and dummy roping contests. The pavilion is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the daily activity lists are posted on the website. There are a total of 42 entertainment events requiring admission tickets that range in price from $8 to $100 each. The entertainment schedule includes: two Mexican Rodeo Extravaganzas, three Professional Bull Riders events, two Wild West shows, the Grand Prix horse jumping show, two SuperDogs shows, two performances of An Evening of Dancing Horses and the Martin Luther King Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo. There are also 23 rodeo performances during the first stop of the year for members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. At the other end of the National Western complex, the Events

This cowboy’s goal is to stay on for eight seconds and get a good score in bull riding at one of last year’s National Western rodeos. The rodeo and events return this year from Jan. 12-27. Courtesy photo Center will be equally busy as the site of shows and competitions as well as activities that include the Grand Prix jumping event, an evening of dancing horses and a daily schedule of riding and performance competitions. The Equestrian Center is also

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Another snag for beltway land swap Land plan remains contested in the courts By Glenn Wallace The long and winding story of the Jefferson Parkway took two sharp corners recently, as one federal court ruled in favor of allowing a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land swap to

move forward, only to have an appeals court announce a temporary injunction last week. A federal judge on Dec. 21 dismissed the lawsuit that sought to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from transferring a 300foot right of way, 617 acres along the eastern edge of

the Rocky Flats Wildlife Reserve. Five days later, an appeals court ordered the temporary injunction. That strip of land is proposed to become a 10-mile toll road called the Jefferson Parkway. The new road would connect Highway 128 in Broomfield to Highway 93, about three miles north of the city of Golden, as part of the continuing effort to complete a ring road around the Denver Metro Area. A year ago, the cities of Superior and Golden, along with two environmental groups, all filed lawsuits to halt the land swap, arguing that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had not done adequate environmental review to justify the sale, specifically mentioning the possibility of buried radioactive materials that could be disturbed as a result. Bill Ray, the interim ex-

ecutive director of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA), called it ironic that environmental groups were asking the court to halt a plan that he says would dramatically improve the Rocky Flats Wildlife Reserve. He added that the land swap, including a provision to add 600 acres of open space to the reserve, was vindicated by the ruling. “The decision is very comprehensive. It is very clear, very thorough that none of the arguments presented by the plaintiffs were accepted by the federal government,” Ray said. According to Ray, the land swap deal, which includes about $17 million in funding from multiple agencies and municipalities, had been set to close escrow on Dec. 31. The city of Superior, along with the environmental groups WildEarth Guard-

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Ray added that even with the court’s blessing, the parkway would still be years and several environmental studies, away from breaking ground. “The granting of the injunction preserves the status quo for now, and Golden can review its options, which I think is a good thing,” said Golden Pro Tem Joe Behm. Behm said the Golden City Council would have to discuss whether to join in the appeal of the lawsuit, as well as how to proceed broader negotiations with the county and the Colorado Department of Transportation about future transit improvements. He said that the city continues to be concerned about overall 470 beltway plans. “It’s because out of the 150 miles of planned road, the five proposed miles in Golden are really the only section that bisects an established community, so it really is critical for us,” Behm said.

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January 3, 2013

Welcome to 2013! By now, no doubt, you have been treated to any number of retrospectives. “2012: The Year in Review” has got to be the No. 1 headline of the last 48 hours. But, if you’re like me, you don’t really need too much help to remember 2012. This past year was visceral, shocking and unmistakably dark. From the Waldo Canyon fire — which was human-caused, looked like Hell on Earth, and took two lives — to the Aurora theater shooting, to the Jessica Ridgeway murder, and finally, to Sandy Hook, an event that couldn’t help but cause flashbacks for Coloradans — the news of 2012 was dominated by dark events. Even the election, which was an opportunity for a serious conversation about American character and our better angels, mostly devolved into a schoolyard shouting match along the lines of “you’re mean/ you’re stupid!” For me, I am happy to see 2012 in the rearview mirror. Goodbye, and good riddance! And not so much on a personal level — I have no particular claims to a bad year for myself. My complaint is more about a culture and a society that seems to have come unhinged. I find it oddly fitting that the end of 2012 featured a white Christmas, as if nature was helping us out, trying to wash the year away. My other favorite phenomenon at the end of the year is the Christmas lights that people hang on their houses. I must admit, I love the light displays. In the heart of winter, when the days are short and the night is long, we silly humans hang bright lights to fill the darkness and celebrate an event of ultimate light. And, given the darkness we’ve all walked through of late, I think it would be nice if we

Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

parent from seeking the assistance needed. “One in 10 children and one in four adults in the United States will experience a serious mental health issue this year.” (www. Major focus on this issue, as well as resource funding, is needed to support programs that encourage education as well as training for the general public regarding mental health awareness. Mental illness is occurring more frequently in young people between the ages of 15-24; however, it affects children and adults of all ages. Parents have resources available to them, a child or for their family members. Getting and providing ongoing help is necessary to be able to help a child, individual or family successfully. With mental health assistance and intervention, the hope is that tragic events can be avoided in schools and in our communities in the future. Resources Available: Mental Health First Aid Colorado,; Community Reach Center,; National Alliance on Mental Illness,; National Child Traumatic Stress Network,; Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, www. Beth Humenik is a Ward 3 Thornton City councilwoman and an educator.

In the end, the Maya may have been right

If Dec. 21, 2012, is considered by the Maya as a “new beginning,” then I think they have the right idea. In a lovely turn of serendipity, I was in nthe land of the Maya that day. , Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where I lspent the week before Christmas, is home -to many ancient Mayan sites including Tuylum, Chichen Itza, and the Ixchel temple on .Isla Mujeres … where the new beginning -would first touch Mexican soil. s If you missed all the hype, Dec. 21, 2012, nspawned a worldwide frenzy in advance of Ian apocalypse supposed to have been preddicted by the end of the 5,125-year Mayan .Long Count calendar. y In Cancun in the Mayan heartland, -the signs were indeed ominous, starting overnight on the 20th with rains that were n as heavy as running faucets. Unseasonal , winds dropped palm leaves and upended d beach furniture. h Lifeguards had the red flags out all day on the 21st, warning against raging waves -

and dangerous undertow currents. Normally spotless tennis courts were filled with blowing sand and the skies were cloudy all day. Seriously, though, are wind and rain on the last day of vacation the end of the world? No … a slight disruption in beachgoing does not an apocalypse make. In fact, taking a nap in a cool ocean breeze is a vacation. Plus, as we now know, the world did not end on Dec. 21. The world also did not end on June 6, 2006, or on Dec. 31, 1999, or at any other time in our history, despite reac-

tions to all of these dates that ranged from mild curiosity to all-out hunkering down. The 800,000 Maya today — who can trace their heritage directly back to what was once the most advanced civilization on earth — approached the whole spectacle with their ancestral aplomb. And, as Mayan representatives from countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras have been saying all along, the end of their calendar doesn’t signify the end of the world. After all, it was a largely ceremonial calendar that had little to do with everyday Mayan life, and many who gathered for observances simply view the event as a new beginning. And who among us does not believe in new beginnings, for one reason or another? The trick, I suppose, would be to stick to new beginnings for only the good stuff, leaving the bad stuff, such as natural disasters, manmade disasters, and equally disastrous acts of inhumanity, to spin off the

planet in reverse gravity (one of the alarmist, and non-Mayan, theories). I happened to be Mexico on the 21st as part of a long-planned trip with friends and I heard from the locals — who were in sweatshirts and jackets while we Coloradoans were in our shorts and sandals — that the hotels near Mayan sites were full. Archaeologists say, however, that there is no evidence the Maya ever made an apocalyptic prophesy. In fact, the word around the Yucatan is that no one knows what’s going to happen so why not welcome a new beginning? In the end, I think the Maya may have gotten this right.

Andrea Doray is a writer who wishes she had paid more attention in Spanish class so she could have read the displays in the new Mayan cultural museum in Cancun. Contact her at, por favor.

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would keep those lights lit, in an attempt to usher 2013 in with Light and banish 2012 from our memories. Sure, I admit that I may like the lights a lot more than most — I’m also the guy who keeps a Christmas playlist on my iPod until mid- to late-January. And I know that means more electricity and whatnot, and it’s possible that by the time you’re reading this, it’s too late. The lights are already down. But to whatever extent seeing bright lights makes children (and children-at-heart) happy, I think it’s important that 2013 start with a gesture of claiming back something beautiful from the dark. Sure, it might not be as significant as providing shelter for a homeless man or feeding a hungry family, but maybe the little light you shine might inspire someone else to be a bright light to someone else, who then becomes a beacon for more someone else’s. It’s just a little thing, an idea: Leave your Christmas lights up through January, and turn them on for a couple hours each night. Collectively, let’s start 2013 as a Year of Light.

Merriam-Webster’s definition of a teacher is “a person whose job is to teach students about certain subjects.” Teachers motivate children to seek knowledge by providing a classroom experience that helps them become successful as they grow and experience life. Teachers are “instructional leaders of the classroom.” (www. As educators and school administrators, we are expected to provide safe, learning environments for our kids. Colorado school districts have safety procedures in place. Some Adams County schools have a trained specialist on site, a direct resource for students and families dealing with emotional or mental health issues. Some schools have a school resource police officer who observes and reports student or visitor behavior that could be cause for concern. As a substitute teacher in K-8 charter schools, the tragedy in Connecticut has been difficult to fathom. A myriad of questions comes with reflection. Are we prepared to deal with a crisis at school? Can we recognize symptoms in a child, parent or guardian at school who may be overwhelmed and struggling with an emotional or mental health issue? Do we know all safety procedures at each school? Are we aware of alternate locations to escort students to safety? Are parents and is the school aware of all children who may have emotional or mental health issues? Is the child receiving help while at school? For many people, emotional issues and mental illness has a stigma attached. Receiving counseling may be perceived as negative, a cause of embarrassment, there may be denial or parents may not know where to get help, which may prevent a



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Much to accomplish for legislators this session Coloradans are less than a week from the first regular session of the 69th General Assembly. When our state lawmakers convene Jan. 9 in Denver, they will go to work in a Capitol with some new faces in new places and a balance of power that has shifted to the left. After the November election, Democrats gained control of both chambers of the state Legislature, to go with a Democratic governor in John Hickenlooper. Both the House and Senate have new leadership. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, replaces Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, as House speaker. John Morse, D-El Paso County, takes over for term-limited Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, as Senate president. With the Democrats’ new power comes a great responsibility.

OUR VIEW Namely, to think of their constituents first, even those who may not have voted for them. It is important to note that of Colorado’s active voters, Republicans slightly outnumber Democrats — 924,076 to 891,004, as of Dec. 1. The ranks of active unaffiliated voters only slightly trails the Dems’ numbers. Given that, it would be wise for lawmakers to vigorously work toward bipartisan solutions that the people of this state will embrace.

Let the light shine Although Christmas is already over, this article, written by Cameo Smith of Mount Wolf, Pa., is so touching you must read it. ‘Twas 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate. Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there. They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day. “Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse. “This is heaven” Declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.” When what to their wondering eyes did appear, but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near. He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same then He opened His arms and He called them by name. And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring those children all flew into the arms of their King. And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace, one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face. And as if He could read all the questions she had He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.” He saw all the hurt, the sorrow, and woe then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand, “Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”

“May this country be delivered from the hands of fools” “I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!” Then He and the children stood up without a sound. “Come now my children, let me show you around.” Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can. And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight, “In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.” Have a healthy, happy New Year and my peace give us the way to love and serenity.

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“Let the sun shine in.” Anonymous 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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But will that happen? At a recent gathering with reporters and editors from many of the state’s media outlets, Morse said the voters’ decision to empower his party means the “middle class is coming back.” House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-El Paso County, quickly took exception to what he apparently felt was a jab at the GOP. “We do care about the middle class and bipartisan solutions,” Waller said. While that’s a fairly typical exchange across party lines, let’s hope it wasn’t a sign of bickering to come. Instead, let’s hope they are both right, that both parties will show commitment to the middle class and a focus on bipartisan problem-solving. With a passel of weighty issues awaiting them, lawmakers will be best served by




proceeding with a spirit of cooperation. In the coming months, state legislators could be faced with decisions on: • Setting standards for marijuana use and driving. • Deciding whether to repeal the death penalty. • Stricter gun-control measures. • Civil unions, an issue that appeared headed for passage in 2012 before lastminute maneuvering prevented a vote. • Increased school safety measures. These are among issues important to Coloradans, and we hope legislators will devote the effort and thought needed to come up with common-sense solutions. Voters have put their faith in our lawmakers, and they need to take that responsibility seriously.

A perplexing situation with Amendment 64 Leave it to Coloradans — we like to make things challenging. The whole marijuana thing is absurd to me in the first place, but I must admit based on the outcome of the constitutional amendment votes (medical marijuana and recreational use of marijuana), I am in the minority. There is a perplexing situation that the two amendments have caused. You have heard and read about it, but it remains unresolved. The federal law and now Colorado’s Constitution are in conflict over aspects of the medical marijuana law and recreational use. New state laws will need to spell out the details on growing, selling and using up to one ounce of marijuana for “recreational use.”

Difficult situation So, you may think that such a legal conflict is no big deal. Well, it puts law enforcement personnel in a difficult position. And it presents some challenges to local policy makers in deciding what to do while this pending conflict exists. While some of our Colorado Congressional Delegation (Rep. Diana DeGette in particular) has expressed a desire to move quickly on federal legislation to take away the conflict, it remains to be seen just how popular this idea might be among the rest of Congress. So far, such a law would only apply to Colorado and Washington.

‘Opting out’ is encouraged Some Colorado counties and cities are marching ahead to ban recreational marijuana. Douglas County officials have already approved such a ban Weld County is right behind them while Englewood has imposed a moratorium. While I can appreciate the legal perplexities of banning recreational marijuana at this time, I would hope Westminster and other Adams County cities would move as quickly

as possible to ban all aspects of recreational marijuana. The constitutional amendment provides for this “opting out” and I sure hope our local elected officials decide to enact such a ban. In the meantime, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would do Colorado a big favor if he would respond to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s request on the federal government’s position on the conflicts in the laws. Stay tuned on this one. T It may get as hazy as the marijuana smoke.

Issues abound

With the new year, comes the next session of our Legislature. Lots of issues for the Democratic-controlled Legislature and governor’s office. While the state government is enjoying increased revenues, we still have a long way to go to return to fuller coffers. Even if the federal Fiscal Cliff is resolved and does not impact the state, there is plenty for the state Legislature to consider. Funding both K-12 public schools and higher education remain on the list as does state highway maintenance and new construction. Gun control measures cannot be ignored, but will cause a lot of emotion. Illegal immigration warrants attention since Congress is deadlocked. It looks to be a lively legislative session! Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.

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New restaurant takes stir-fry to the next level By Ashley Reimers When dining at HuHot Mongolian Grill in Westminster, it’s more than just a meal, it’s an experience. The new restaurant opened on Dec. 23 in the Orchard Town Center and is offering a spin on Asian stir-fry. “HuHot allows people to create their own meal just the way they like it,” said HuHot Top Tier Colorado president Jay Warwick. “People can make it as healthy as possible if they want, and they can eat as much as they want.” To start off the HuHot experience, guests create their own custom stir-fry meal with as many vegetables, noodles, meats and sauces as desired. Once the creation is complete, the bowl is handed off to a grill chef who stir-fries the meal right in front of them. As an all-you-can-eat restaurant, guests can create as many stir-fry bowls as they want. “The key words for us are fun, healthy, different and unique. It’s an experience and a conversation piece,” Warwick said. “It’s a fun place to eat because not only do you get to create your own meal just the way you

Criss Seal, national training chef for HuHot Mongolian Grill, left, gets flames going on a Mongolian grill as other chefs prepare dishes for customers at the new restaurant in the Orchard Town Center in Westminster, Thursday, Dec. 27. Photo by Andy Carpenean like it, hot, sweet or salty, you get to watch people cook it and engage with the chiefs.” Manager Greg Thomas has been work-

ing in HuHot restaurants for 10 years. He said the simplicity of the HuHot model and the atmosphere is what sets the restaurant

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The city of Thornton and Recycoil offer a cooking oil recycling program that is easy to use, environmentally friendly, and is offered year-round. The recycled oil given to the city is used to produce of biofuels, preventing the oil from entering the city’s landfills and sewer system. Residents can drop off used cooking oil in one gallon sealed plastic containers only at Thornton’s Infrastructure Maintenance Center, 12450 Washington St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays. Residents interested in dropping off their used cooking oil should enter the facility through the front door entrance located just off Washington Street. This service is for residents only and cooking oil from businesses and restaurants will not be accepted. Commercial businesses should contact Recycoil at 303-544-1500. For information, call city environmental services supervisor Howard McGee at 720-977-6311.

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Outdoor adventure available all year The extended Christmas holiday breaks offered by local schools might present a challenge for parents as to how to spend all this free time with the kids. There are a lot of opportunities to explore the many outdoor adventures along the Front Range. Let’s look at a few of the suggestions to enhance the holiday season. The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, at Barr Lake State Park near Brighton, offers an exciting variety of programs in late December and early January. Adults and children can take part in bird banding, walking tours to observe and photograph wintering birds and wildlife, learn about hawks and owls, hear naturalist lectures and learn how you can become a HawkWatcher, Bald Eagle Watch and naturalist volunteer. A call to one of the RMBO staff members at 303-659-4348 will provide a current schedule of daily events.

apart. “It’s very simple and there is so much movement and so much going on to observe. It’s great for kids and families and even for first dates,” Thomas said. “People can actually care their food and see exactly what goes into the food. It’s very simple and if you like vegetables, this is the place.” HuHot Mongolian Grill also partners with Home Front Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides responsive emergency financial aid and other support to Colorado service members, veterans and military families. Warwick said every Monday a portion of the sales are donated to Home Front Cares and once a year a full day’s sales are donated. “The average grant is about $1,000,” he said. “The money helps out with everything from rent to grocery money to car payments. It’s such a good cause and it fun to have the opportunity to be involved with that.” HuHot also offers appetizers, desserts, beer and wine. It is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to close for dinner every day and in the Orchard Town Center, 14697 Delaware St. in Westminster. For more information, visit

The professional naturalist staff at the local Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge east of Commerce City schedules an ongoing array of fun and educational outdoors and nature programs. Tours are offered both to those who like the personal adventure of walking trails and for others, a 12-mile bus tour allows visitors to observe the new and growing heard of bison. The 15,000-acre refuge is the home to mule deer, coyotes, fox, prairie dogs, a wide variety of hawks, the Bald Eagle and wintering birds including migrating geese and ducks of various species. A call to

303-289-0930 will welcome reservations for any of the multitude of activities. When surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Wild Animal Sanctuary east of metro Denver near Keenesburg off I-76, visitors feel like they are in the South Africa bush land or the mountain wilderness or open prairies of eastern

Colorado. The sanctuary allows rescued lions, tigers, alpacas, wolves, bears and visiting birds to enjoy a safe existence, and at the same time, be enjoyed by visiting public. A safe and secure elevated walkway moves people to observe wildlife and minimizes the intrusion for the wildlife who occupies the 720 acres of preserve. Call 303-5360118 for daily programs, visits and opportunities to participate as a volunteer in this remarkable sanctuary. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to everyone who enjoys Colorado’s outdoors.

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Justin? Well, just maybe

Dan Davis and his film crew work on capturing some of the natural beauty of the Southwest. Much of “EnCompass with Dan Davis” will feature his trips around southwest Colorado. Photos submitted by Dan Davis

Finding the unexpected Program explores sights in regional states By Clarke Reader There is a lot to see and do in Colorado and its neighboring states, and even for longtime residents, there are new places and people to discover. Sharing information about what is out there is the aim of “EnCompass with Dan Davis,” a new weekly television show that will begin airing Jan. 5 on KTVD Channel 20. The program airs Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. The show is sponsored by AAA Colora-

do, and is based on its EnCompass Magazine, and each episode features locations and activities in Colorado, the rest of the country, and some international locations. “We’re very excited to bring this very popular magazine to televisions,” said Wave Dreher, a spokesperson for AAA Colorado. “It’s great to work with Dan Davis, featuring travel trips for all over, as well as consumer tips. He has a wonderful knack or finding places and people you don’t know about.” Davis has been a newscaster for 32 years, and worked on “Good Morning Arizona” for 15 years before starting a similar program in Arizona. The Arizona show is entering its third season, and Davis said that the Colorado chapter of AAA saw the work that was being done and wanted to do something similar.

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“I love to tell travel stories, and the No. 1 thing for me is the people you meet along the way,” Davis said. “People you meet while traveling always want to help you find great places to go.” Davis and his team recently finished up a 2,100-mile trip in southwest Colorado along U.S. 50, that includes stops in Durango, Pagosa Springs and Salida, where he said he met and did segments with many interesting people, including a beekeeper who is attempting to make honey whiskey, and a taxidermist in Salida. “The way I approach this is we have the first and last story set up, and then we see what happens along the way,” he said. “You get going and then just keep your fingers crossed.” Dreher said that Davis will be doing some shows on ski resorts and activities for both skiers and non-skiers to do at the resorts. Some other Colorado features will be the continental railroad and the Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs. “We’ll be doing a show about a balloon regatta at Lake Powell and a cruise in Alaska,” Davis said. “EnCompass” will be running for the entire year, and filming will be a continuous process throughout. Davis said he would like to further explore southern Colorado, and also do something on the Durango-Silverton Train. “The goal for each episode is to show things that people aren’t aware of,” he said. “Like most vacations, the most unexpected things are the most exciting.”

If Steve Cominsky’s hunch is right, there’s a “very good chance” that movie and music star Justin Timberlake could show up for the opening of Colorado’s first Southern Hospitality Restaurant & Bar at 1433 17th St. Timberlake, who along with two partners created the New York-based barbecue and Southern food eatery, no longer has a financial stake in the restaurant but “still aligns himself with the brand,” said Cominsky, chief operating officer of Southern Hospitality Franchisee Holding Corp., which owns the exclusive franchise rights to expand the brand. “He’s a big supporter.” One rising music star who will definitely be around for the late January opening is Colorado Springs native Ryan Tedder, lead singer of the band OneRepublic, who remains an investor. “Ryan lives in town and has a studio in Denver,” Cominsky said. “He’ll be around the restaurant for the first couple of weeks.” Cominsky and his team have the franchise rights to open 30 Southern Hospitality restaurants throughout the country. The Denver restaurant will open for dinner only to start, with plans to add lunch by early February. The menu includes Memphis-style barbecue, dry-rubbed spare ribs, sweet and saucy baby-back ribs, crispy fried pickles and creamy cheddar grits. The bar list includes a selection of microbrews on tap, an extensive list of bottled beers and a variety of bourbon. For more information, go to www.

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With the Broncos clinching the AFC West title and the team’s sound drubbing of the Cleveland Browns, there’s a chance Denver’s team will be New Orleansbound in February. Since we can’t all make it to NOLA for the festivities, you can celebrate in town during the second annual Game of Giving fundraiser at Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St., on Feb. 3. The annual Super Bowl watching party benefits Metro Volunteers, Families First and Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado Parent & Child Foundation. Tickets are $25 for admission, a food buffet (from Elway’s, Jason’s Deli, Y.Lo Catering and Garbanzo’s), free beer and one prize drawing ticket to win items including restaurant gift cards, signed sporting goods, event tickets and more. Tickets:

Panzano adds space

Panzano restaurant inside The Hotel Monaco at 909 17th St. has added 415 square feet of private dining space adjacent to the bar. The room, dubbed Toscana, features an expansive view of Champa Street through a large glass window wall opposite a wine wall that holds 450 bottles from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list. “We’re excited to expand our offerings and create this unique space for our guests,” said Panzano General Manager Josh Mayo. “The street view from this new room makes it a great addition to our private dining spaces.” Parker continues on Page 15

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What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a house? Prepare, and know when to sell. Always keeping your home in top condition.

Where were you born? Benjamin was born and raised in the beautiful City of Guadalajara, Mexico. David was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Colorado as a child. How long have you lived in the area? Benjamin lived in Chicago and came to visit a friend in Denver in 1995. “I fell in love with the city and I’ve lived here since.” David grew up in Ft. Collins, attended CSU, and has lived in the Denver Metro Area since 2001. What do you like most about it? We love the Denver area because there is always something going on, sporting events, concerts, dance, theater, skiing and the people here are friendly. We love the active lifestyle.

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New homes are getting smaller

rom the early 1990s to the beginning of this century, “bigger is better” certainly was the mantra of the homebuilding industry. All across North America buyers could browse among home developments boasting homes of 3,000 square feet or larger and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. But according to new data, home buyers are seeking less space today but more in green amenities. Research by the Canadian

Home Builders’ Association has found that many people now desire smaller homes with multipurpose rooms and energy saving features. They’re not ready to trade in their two- and three-car garages just yet, though. Plus, a survey of International Furnishings and Design Association members forecasts that McMansions will become a thing of the past and more emphasis will be placed on smaller, more eco-friendly homes. Family rooms will grow larger, as

will kitchens. Other rooms in the home will disappear, including the living room. Many homeowners and potential home buyers realize that with girth comes a cost. In today’s fragile economy, the ability to cash in on the dream of homeownership may come at the compromise of a smaller, betterplanned home. According to Tim Bailey, the manager of Avid Canada, a research and consulting firm for the building industry, “While many con-

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may not shrink in size, but it could be combined to form a home office and exercise space. Expect to see more hightech offerings, such as voiceor motion-activation devices in the home. Lighting, entertainment gear, heating/ cooling systems, and even blinds could be hooked up to a master control system. Thanks to an increasing number of people working from home, the presence of a dedicated home office is a given in newer homes. Nearly 40 percent of industry forecasters say that they expect one in every home. Home storage solutions will also be a vital component of new homes. Builders will create clever solutions for mixing storage into more compact spaces. With aging Baby Boomers comprising a larger segment

of home buyers, expect to see more one-level homes, or at least homes where there is a master suite and the majority of the living space on the first level. Part of what is driving this trend is the cost of homes in relation to space and the increased interest in environmental conservation. Smaller, more efficient homes require less in terms of heating and cooling energy. They need less furniture, and new materials made from sustainable products help further fuel green initiatives in the building industry. Energy efficient homes are a main priority for buyers. Although the homes may be smaller, they will not be miniscule. And home buyers can expect a host of amenities that will make the smaller size of homes barely perceptible. ■

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BREAKFAST FORUM Wilmore-Richter American Legion Post 161 hosts a roundtable issues breakfast forum at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at 6230 W. 60th Ave., Arvada. If you’d like to be a speaker for future meetings, contact John Sharp, 303-424-0324 or email, attn: John Sharp. SECRET PALS As part of the Northglenn Senior Center’s Festive Friday Series, Secret Pal members are assigned a pal. The intent is to do something special for your secret pal throughout the year. This will be an ongoing activity for 2013. Learn more at a fun kickoff event at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at 11801 Community Center Drive. RSVP at 303-450-8801. For ages 55 and over.

LIFETREE CAFÉ Practical insights about the meaning of body language will be shared at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, titled “Body Language: What You Say Before You Say a Word,” features an exclusive filmed interview with nonverbal communication expert Jan Hargrave, author of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” and “Let Me See Your Body Talk.” Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Contact Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or Wednesday/Jan. 9


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HOME ALONE A workshop by Kidproof, offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, prepares children ages 10-13 to look after themselves if they spend a few hours home alone before or after school. They will learn first aid to help prepare them in case of an emergency. The cost is $35 for residents, $38 for non-residents. Call 303-4508800 or go to to register. The class will be at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive.


at Heart potluck at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the church, 3031 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield. Potluck is for ages 55 and older. Members from the 2012 Cambodia Mission Team will give a presentation on the projects worked during their travels to Cambodia in November. Visit

COMING SOON COMING SOON/JAN. 12 WINNERS RECITAL Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest will have its ensemble competition winners recital at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the School of Music at CU Boulder, 914 Broadway, Boulder. For intermediate to advanced music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Northglenn United Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Charter Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. The present pastor and all former pastors are expected to be present along with the district superintendent. Each former pastor will also preach one special Sunday from February through April. The summer celebration, June 8-9, will include an old car show, possibly a sing-along with musical groups, a very different worship and many surprises. The quilters group at the church fashioned a 9-by-9 inch quilt which is hanging in the sanctuary. Each block represents an activity in the church.

SUPPORT GROUP GriefShare is a weekly support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Each session includes a video seminar and group discussion. The sessions feature biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. GriefShare will start Jan. 14, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 3031 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield. Sign up at or contact the church office, 303-469-3521.

“GODSPELL” AUDITIONS Auditions for the


Northglenn Players’ summer production of “Godspell” will take place Sunday, Jan. 6, by appointment only. Prepare 16 bars from a contemporary musical and a comedic monologue (up to two minutes in length). Bring a headshot, resume, and sheet music. Accompanist provided. Small stipend if cast. Show is directed by Warren Sherrill and is for ages 18 and older. Call 303-450-8800 for an appointment. Callbacks are Wednesday, Jan. 9, and rehearsals begin in June. Performances will be July 19-27.

WEDNESDAYS AT 2 Covenant Village in West-


minster presents a series of monthly events featuring expert speakers on a variety of educational and entertaining topics. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call 303-403-2205 for reservations and directions. Lectures begin at 2; come early for refreshments and fellowship. For information, call 303-424-4828. Upcoming topics:

JAN. 16: “South Africa: Journey from Apartheid,” presented by Active Minds. Join Active Minds as we explore the history of South Africa, its struggle

with Apartheid, and its journey to rejoin the international community since Apartheid’s end in 1994.


Colorado Mountain College admissions counselor Paul Edwards at 800-621-8559, 970-947-8329 or

going online to



TALENT SHOW Auditions for the 7th annual Night of the Stars talent show for ages 5-18 will be from 4-8 p.m. Jan. 28-29 at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, inside the Northglenn Recreation Center. Visit for information. Call 303-450-8800 for an audition appointment. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday, Feb. 7, and the show will be Friday, Feb. 8.

ENTRY DEADLINE The Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation is conducting an open entry competition to select six sculptures to be part of Northglenn’s 2013-14 “Art on Parade” on-loan sculpture program. The winning pieces will be placed at E.B. Rains Junior Memorial Park surrounding Webster Lake in Northglenn. Check for more on submissions. Contact Michael Stricker at 303-450-8727 or email artonparade@northglenn. org for information.




ART DISPLAY “Fresh Expressions,” works by Betty Grace Gibson, Mary Bass, Dianna Wilson, Becky Enabnit Silver and Ben Silver, will be on display through Jan. 7 at The Ranch Country Club, 11887 Tejon St., Westminster.

ADOPTION BENEFIT The second annual Small Plates, Big Heart event is planned for Thursday, Feb. 7, at Infinity Park Event Center. Denver chefs prepare small plates of food in competition for the title, “Wednesday’s Child Best Chef of Denver!” For a complete list of participating vendors visit www. Visit the website for ticket information, or you can call 303-755-4756. Proceeds from the event benefit The Adoption Exchange.

SPELLING BEE Compete with other spelling whizzes in the 60+ Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Arvada Press/Mile High News, Brookdale Senior Living’s Arvada Sterling House and Arvada Meridian, and Prime Time for Seniors Newspaper. Prizes and refreshments included. This is a free event, but both contestants and spectators must register by March 2. Contestants must be 60 and over. Sign up soon; space is limited. The spelling bee is from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.

COMEDY SHOW Comedy Central and festival veteran Gabriel Rutledge headlines WITS END, 6080 W. 92nd Ave., Unit 100, Westminster, from Jan. 17-19. Rutledge’s material often takes an honest and self-deprecating look at his own life, including his marriage and his finances. Visit Call 303-430-4242 or visit http:// for show times.

RECURRING/MONTHLY THROUGH May FAMILY CONCERTS The Music Train and Swallow Hill Music presents the family concert series, at 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through May at Swallow Hill Music Association, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver; and at 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month through May at the D-Note, 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada. For information and tickets, visit

LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING AHEAD/JAN. 21 CHILDREN’S THEATER Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s musical production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” will be Jan. 21. Check-in is from 3-3:55 p.m., and auditions run from 4-6 p.m. No late-comers will be accepted. No prepared materials are necessary. About 60 roles are available. To audition, you must be able to attend all rehearsals. Open to ages 6-18. Fee applies if cast. Rehearsals are Jan. 21-25, and performance is Jan. 26.


LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 8 BENEFIT CONCERT Susan Lee Cable, a concert pianist and professor emeritus at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will honor top classical musicians at “Concert, Coffee & Confections,” a benefit concert for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. The evening also will feature fine coffee, European gourmet desserts and a silent auction featuring works from OLLI artists. The event is open to the public. RSVP at 303717-4299 or by sending a check ($40/per person) by Feb. 1 to OLLI West, University College, 2211 S. Josephine St., Denver. Visit www.universitycollege. or call 303-871-3090. LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 10


PERFORMANCE CONCERT A collaborative per-

COLLEGE NIGHT High school students and parents on the Front Range can learn more about getting an affordable start on college in the mountains during a free Colorado Mountain College information night from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Westin Westminster Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd. Staff, faculty, students and alumni will answer questions about academic programs, residential life, student services, admissions and financial aid at Colorado Mountain College’s residential and commuter campuses across the Western Slope. The free session includes refreshments and door prizes. To RSVP, visit For more information, contact

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

LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 22-24 THEATER SHOW Phamaly Theatre Company presents the “charmin’ `n side-splittin’ comedy” “The Foreigner” Feb. 22-24 at the Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets are available by calling 720-898-7200 or

ONGOING/LIBRARY PRESCHOOLERS GATHERING Primetime for Preschoolers meets 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Admission is free. For more information, call 303452-7534 or go online to librarianship. MUSIC TIME Music and Movement meets 1:302:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Children ages 3 to 6 years can sing, dance, play games and learn how to play instruments. Registration is required. To register, visit the online calendar at librarianship. For more information, call 303-452-7534.

ONGOING/CLUBS AND SERVICES MONDAYS ADULT SURVIVORS of Childhood Sexual Abuse Northglenn Women’s Group meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. WINGS provides therapist-facilitated, peer-support groups in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. For more information, call 303-283-8660. DENVER THYROID Cancer Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Montclair Recreation Center Lowry, 729 Ulster Way. For more information, call 303-388-9948. Ongoing continues on Page 16

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The new space will seat 20 guests for a seated dinner at counter-high tables and chairs. Up to 40 guests can use the space “reception style” for cocktails and appetizers. The new room is equipped with a 52-inch high-definition flat-screen TV designed for professional presentations. Executive Chef Elise Wiggins will be available for events in this new venue. When Toscana is not reserved for private events, Panzano’s happy hour will expand into the new room. More information at

Oxford Hotel is ‘golden’ Denver’s historic Oxford Hotel, on 17th and Wazee, is featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013 as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay.” The January issue of the magazine — on newsstands now — features more than 500 properties worldwide. The Oxford was the only Denver hotel to be honored. In celebration of the Conde Nast pick, The Oxford has launched a gold package, starting at $500 per night. It includes: • Deluxe or parlor room accommodations for two. • A 50-minute couples massage at the Oxford Club.

• In-room amenity of Godiva Chocolates and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. • A copy of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine featuring the 2013 Gold List. • Valet parking. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-2285838 or go to

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The Colorado Beer Dinner series at the Bridgewater Grill in the Golden Hotel continues on Jan. 9. The event is from 7-9:30 p.m.; $40 per person. Reservations: 303-2792010 or at Here’s the mouth-watering menu: Event kickoff: Brew — Bookai Red Ale; Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB; Tostones with Spicy Chili & Garlic Sauce & Mini Cuban Sandwiches; Roasted Pork Loin, Ham, Pickles, Beer Mustard Amuse: Brew — Hookiebobb IPA; Caribbean Shrimp Cocktail; Avocado, Pico De Galo, Fresh Cirtrus Second course: Brew — Old Soul Belgium Ale; Sweet Corn Soup with Roasted Chilies & Conch; Mixed Greens & Bean Sprout Salad with Spiced Rum Dressing

Entrée: Brew — Cara De Luna Black Ale; Espresso Crusted Pork; Black Beans, Sweet Cream Rice, Fried Plantains & Salsa Tamarindo Dessert: Brew — Mountain Living Pale Ale; Pastel De Tres Leches

Seeking artists The 40 West Healing Arts Exhibition & Showcase in northeast Lakewood is looking for artists. The deadline to submit artwork to be considered for the exhibit is Jan. 17. Submission is free for 40 West Arts members. The exhibit is a convergence of artwork, practitioners and products that invigorate and revitalize the mind, body and spirit, and it will kick off Feb. 9. To submit artwork, visit Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for She can be reached at penny@ or at 303-619-5209.

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HYLAND HILLS Women’s Golf League meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, May through September, at 9650 Sheridan Blvd. For more information, call Bernice Aspinwall at 303-426-7579.

WEST METRO Real Estate Investing Education Group meets from 7-9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. We meet in Classroom 1. We cover all the information you will need to successfully fix and flip or buy rentals with positive cash flow. We analyze deals as examples, talk about where to get funding, the best ways to find a bargain and sometimes do property tours. Investors of all levels of experience are welcome but no agents please.

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GRIEF RECOVERY A 12-week Grief Share program meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday at Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road.

Monday of the month at Brunner Farm House, 640 Main St.

LIFERING SECULAR Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St. This is a nonprofit, abstinence-based peer-support group for recovering alcoholics and addicts. For more information, call 303-830-0358 or go online to

DENVER NORTH Metro Rotary Club meets 7:10 -8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at The Egg & I, 855 Thornton Parkway in Thornton. LET GO and Let God AFG Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 12021 Northaven Circle in Thornton. For more information, visit

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at

METRO NORTH Chamber Leads Tuesday group meets at

North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton.

11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Lone Star Steakhouse, 237 E. 120th Ave.

in Thornton. For more information, call Alan at 720-233-5873.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 3585 W. 76th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, go online to NEW SWING Swing dancing comes to Thornton 8:30-11 p.m. Tuesdays at Taps and Toes Dance Studio, 12720 N. Colorado Blvd. Beginners are welcome; World Champion Lindy Hop dancers Mark Godwin and Shauna Marble, along with other dancers will provide instruction. Cost is $5. For more information, go online to NORTHGLENN AFG Al-Anon meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11385 Grant Drive. For more information, go online to NORTHGLENN-THORNTON ROTARY Club meets at noon Tuesdays at Red Lobster, 1350 W. 104th Ave. in Northglenn. For more information, email NorthglennThorntonRotary@hotmail. com.

NORTHWEST AREA Newcomers and Social Club meets at 11:30 a.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month at Wishbone Restaurant ,9701 Federal Blvd. in Westminster. The club serves the women of North Jeffco and Northwest Denver Metro. All women are welcome to meet new friends and have new activities. There are new speakers and topics every month. For more information, call Delores Jacobson at 303-425-4205 or email NORTH METRO Newcomer and Social Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month for lunch and a program. We welcome all women who would like to meet new friends and find new activities. Call Peggy Frances at 303-215-9627 or Karen Dowling at 303-422-7369. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 W. 76th Ave. Contact Laura at 303-428-9293. Ongoing continues on Page 17

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Our attitudes about marriage are changing Our cultural attitudes about marriage, living together without getting married and having children have been shifting dramatically. Look at these rather amazing findings about the world in which we now live. As recently reported by David Brooks in the New York Times, in 1957, 57 percent of those surveyed said that they believed adults were “immoral” or “neurotic” if they remained single. Today, 45 percent of all households consist of single adults, according to the 2008 census. In 1990, almost two-thirds of Americans said that children were very important to a successful marriage. Today, only 41 percent say that. There are now more households that have dogs than have children. A generation or two ago, it was considered shameful for adults to have children unless they were married. Today, more than half of all births to women under 30 occur outside of marriage. There are now more households that consist of single adults than there are married-with-children households. In Denver, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, more than 40 percent of residential units are single households. In the late 1960s, 10 percent of couples lived together before marriage. Today, 60 percent of couples live together first, and

an increasing number of couples are living together and choosing not to get married. The age at which people first marry has now hit a record high: 28.7 years for men, and 26.5 for women. The divorce rate today for people age 50-64 has doubled since 1990, and tripled for those 65 and older. And just in case you thought this was strictly an American phenomenon, 30 percent of German women of child-bearing age say they do not intend to have children. The number of marriages in Spain has declined by 37 percent from 1975 to today. Fertility rates in Brazil have dropped from 4.3 babies per woman to 1.9 babies in the last 35 years. And of course there is now same-sex marriage, which has been legalized in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, Mexico and nine states in the U.S. In attempting to interpret this data, let

me offer a few observations. First, people are increasingly less tolerant and less willing to remain in unsatisfactory or unhappy marriages, and today people tend to be more enlightened about what a good marriage is. Fewer and fewer people are willing to feel trapped in an unhappy relationship indefinitely. Second, societal and religious “moral” codes of “right vs. wrong” behavior have become less honored by an increasing number of people, spanning a variety of different cultures and religions. Third, there is an increasing interest in alternative lifestyle choices, and a far greater willingness to live outside of traditional norms. Fourth, there is an unmistakable acknowledgement that marriage is hard to successfully traverse over a long period of time. (Last year, several lawmakers in Mexico City proposed the creation of renewable marriage contracts, where you would in essence get married for a couple of years, and then you would have the option of renewing the contract or opting out. The law was not passed, but the fact that it was proposed in Mexico, an overwhelmingly Catholic area, tells us that people are seriously reconsidering the wisdom of the marriage contract.) The vows that we take: “Til death do us

part,” come from the middle ages, where the average life span was 30. Today the average life span is approximately 80 for women and 75 for men. (In New Zealand, it is 78 for men and 82 for women. In Japan, it is 79 for men and 86 for women.) So now, when you’re 40 and you’re looking at the face across the breakfast table, you can pause and ask: “Another 40 years of you? Another 40 years of this?” You can see why “Til death do us part” didn’t have the same meaning that it does today, and it’s a much bigger challenge than it used to be. That being said, when a marriage works today, it works better than it has ever worked in the past. There is more communication, more shared decision making, more equality, more respect, less violence, more closeness and greater connection for an ever larger number of couples spanning different cultures and continents, and encompassing an ever wider range of lifestyle choices. Neil Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westminster and Boulder. He can be reached at 303-7588777, or his website:, but he is not able to respond individually to queries.

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TAE KWON DO Learn self-defense, get a workout and increase self-confidence. Two classes available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the city of Westminster recreation division: peewees (ages 5-8), from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and ages 9 and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Classes at the MAC, 3295 W. 72nd Ave. Call 303-426-4310. Visit and www.

TALKING IDEAS Toastmasters Club meets noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays at 10155 Westmoor Drive, Suite 225, in Westminster. For more information, call Mary Taylor at 303-327-1616.

TOPS CO 538, a weight-loss support group, meets Tuesdays at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, 76th and Bradburn. Weigh-in is from 6-6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting. For information, call 303-429-5923. WESTMINSTER OPTIMIST Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the Egg & I, 799 Highway 287, Broomfield. For more information, call John Swanborg at 303-466-5631 or email him at WEDNESDAYS ARVADA BIZ Connection ( is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. A $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. For more info call Virlie Walker 720-323-0863. FLATIRONS VIEW Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at The Depot at Five Parks, 13810 W. 85th Ave. in Arvada. Polish your speaking and presentation skills in a fun, instructional, nurturing environment. For more information visit MUSIC TEACHERS Association Suburban Northwest meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meetings are open to the public and include refreshments, business meeting and program featuring music teaching professionals from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments. Upcoming meetings are Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN Submarine Veterans meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at American Legion WilmoreRichter Post 161, 6230 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. Active duty, reserve, retired, veterans, interested public and their ladies are cordially invited. For more information, go online to www.

TOASTMASTERS-WESTMINSTER COMMUNICATORS meets 12:15-1:15 p.m. every Wednesday at DeVry University, 1870 W. 122nd Ave., Room 134. Toastmasters has helped thousands of people over the years and we can help you. Admission is free. Enter the southeast door to the first room, 134. Call Ray Hamilton at 303-284-4223.

WESTMINSTER ROTARY 7:10 Club meets 7:10-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Ranch Country Club, 11667 Tejon St., Westminster. For more information, call Angela Habben at 720-947-8080.

THURSDAYS ADAMS COUNTY Triad meets 1-2 p.m. the third Thursdays of the month at 3295 W. 72nd Ave. in Westminster. The Triad is formed of law enforcement officers, senior citizens, fire personnel and senior organizations. Triad volunteers develop and

HAVE AN EVENT? To submit a calendar listing, send information by noon Friday to or by fax to 303-426-4209. implement crime-prevention and education programs for older adults. Activities address crime from both a pre-victimization (preventive) standpoint and a post-victimization (victim/witness assistance) standpoint. All senior citizens or people who care about senior citizens of Adams County are welcome. Topic changes each month. For more information, contact Jenee Centeno at 303-854-7420. Fridays.

FOOD PANTRY Agape Life Church distributes Jefferson County commodity foods from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, at the church, 5970 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. The church provides this service to all Jefferson County residents. If you have questions, call 303-431-6481.

FRONT RANGE Toastmasters Club meets from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday at the Thornton Civic Center, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton. Develop your prepared and impromptu speaking skills. Guests are encouraged to drop in and participate at their comfort level. For information, contact www.d26toastmasters. org/frontrange/about_us.htm.

GRIEFSHARE SUPPORT Group meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 1481 Russell Way. For more information, go online to LET’S FIND Serenity Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Park Center Office Building Room 104, 3489 W. 72nd Ave. For more information, go online to

METRO NORTH Chamber Leads Thursday group meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays at the Egg and I, 885 Thornton Parkway in Thornton. For more information, call Jim Johnson at 303-5223608. ONE BUSINESS Connection meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Barker’s St., 2831 W. 120th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, call Michelle Mathiesen at 303-424-1207 or go online to WOMEN’S BUSINESS Network meets 7:20-8:35 a.m. Thursdays at the Doubletree Hotel, 8773 Yates Drive in Westminster. For more information, call Michelle Mathiesen at 303-424-1207 or go online to FRIDAYS CAFFEINATED CAREER Club meets 8:15-10 a.m. Fridays at La Dolce Vita, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. An inspirational weekly job-search networking group, facilitated by a job-search expert. Bring business cards and a 60-second introduction. Typical attendance is more than 20 people, and the restaurant prefers that you order breakfast. RSVP recommended. For more information call CAREER-Magic at 303-424-5451. For directions, call Don Carver at 303-420-1637. NORTH SUBURBAN Sales Professionals meets 7:30-9 a.m. Fridays at Indian Tree Golf Course, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. This club is for entrepreneurs, small-business owners, independent distributors and professional salespersons for business education, sales training, motivation, fun, food, and fellowship. Ticket price includes parking, breakfast buffet, program and chances to win door prizes and lottery tickets. Newcomers are welcome. Call Laura Nokes Lang at 303-4289293.

SWING THRU’S Square Dance Club meets Fridays at the Victory Grange, 2025 Tower Road in Aurora. Singles, couples and youth are welcome. For more information, call 303-426-8986.

SATURDAYS NORTH SUBURBAN Republican Forum meets 9:45-11:15 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at Anythink, Huron St. Community Room, 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Admission is $3 and includes a continental breakfast. Meet like-minded people and discuss Colorado political issues. WHAT YOU Want to Be AFG Al-Anon meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in the Richard P. Young Room, 11245 Huron St. For more information, go online to SUNDAYS HOW AFG Works Book Study Al-Anon meets at 9 a.m. Sundays at Park Center Office Building, Room 104, 3489 W. 72nd Ave. For more information, go online to

MILE HIGH Harmonica Club meets 1:30 -3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month at Grant Avenue Community Center, 216 S. Grant St. in Denver. THORNTON VFW Post 7945 meets 8:30 -11 a.m. Sundays at 10217 Quivas St. in Thornton. Admission is $5 for breakfast. For more information, call 303-438-6700. YOGA FOR Survivors Whether you’re a longtime cancer survivor, in treatment or a caregiver to a cancer survivor, Yoga for Cancer Survivors & Caregivers is a great way to live more comfortably in your own body. Benefits include decreased stress

and pain, improved sleep and energy, improved lymphatic flow, reduced nausea and a greater sense of well-being. Class led by Shari Turney, a registered yoga instructor with specialized training through Yoga for Survivors. Class offered from 1:302:45 p.m. Sundays at Duncan Family YMCA, 6350 Eldridge St., Arvada. Contact Turney at 720-319-3703 or before taking your first class to ensure a safe practice.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES FRONT RANGE Boot Camp gets you out of the gym and gets results. Front Range Boot Camp provides dynamic, unique and results-driven full-body workouts exclusively for women. All ages, sizes and fitness levels will succeed. Indoor location is just behind Super Target at Kipling and 50th Avenue. Outdoor location is Skyline Park by Stenger soccer fields. Email Robyn@ or go online to GIRL SCOUTS Snowboard. Scuba dive. Sleep over in a museum or at the zoo. Go backstage at a concert or a Broadway play. Even stage your own Project Runway. Girl Scouts turns normal days into days you’ll remember all your life. Girl Scouts offers girls of all ages and backgrounds a safe place to explore the world and discover their potential. There are now more flexible ways to be a Girl Scout than joining a troop. To explore your options, visit, email inquiry@ or call 1-877-404-5708. REALITY CHECK Learn, laugh and move beyond denial in a small, cozy, group workshop environment. Join me for a facilitated Reality Check. Put on your big-girl pants, and call 303-953-2344 for details. Ongoing continues on Page 20

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McCaffrey amazed all year Valor Christian junior was dominant presence By Daniel P. Johnson Statistics don’t always tell the complete story. Take Valor Christian’s Christian McCaffrey as a prime example of that. The junior running back gained 1,390 rushing yards in the 2012 season. Great numbers, for sure, but there were other running backs in the state that accumulated more. Now, when you begin to factor in the fact that McCaffrey, in addition to his rushing prowess, led his team in receptions (55), receiving yards (675), punt return yards (261) and scored a total of 43 touchdowns, the picture of McCaffrey’s dominance on the gridiron becomes clearer. The junior was recently named Colorado Community Media’s 2012 Offensive Player of the Year for his performance in the 2012 season. “On defense, we just had no answer for No. 5,” Arapahoe coach Mike Campbell said of McCaffrey after his 295 rushing yards, 108 receiving yards and six-touchdown performance against the Warriors in a 48-31 state quarterfinal victory. “That guy is awesome.” McCaffrey did some of his best work in the postseason, highlighted by a two-week stretch over the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, where he would score a total of 11 touchdowns. In the first-ever Valor Christian-ThunderRidge contest, which was played in the 5A semifinals at a raucous Shea Stadium, McCaffrey scored five touchdowns as the Eagles rolled the Grizzlies, 49-3. “He’s really special. I wish I could say it’s all coaching,” Valor Christian coach Brent

Vieselmeyer said. “You just look at the things he does; he scored on a punt return, he runs back kickoffs, plays defense and throws passes. You name it, he can really do it. That’s what makes him really special. He’s an outstanding receiver when he needs to be. “From a defensive perspective, you’re asking ... what are they going to do with him now? I’m just really proud of him, and he’s the kind of kid to be honest with you, we have to slow him down because that’s how he practices and does everything in his life, and that’s why he’s such a great kid.” McCaffrey, while he didn’t have his best statistical game in the Class 5A state title contest against Cherokee Trail (he still gained over 100 yards rushing), was able to affect the game’s outcome simply by being on the field. With Cherokee Trail refusing to punt the ball in his direction, McCaffrey’s presence helped give the Eagles prime field position early in the fourth quarter of what was a scoreless game at the time. McCaffrey finished off what turned out to be the game-winning drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, as the Eagles won their first-ever 5A state championship, and fourth-straight overall, 9-3 over the Cougars. “We knew Cherokee Trail was an amazing football team and that they were going to make some plays,” said McCaffrey, who made up for his two lost fumbles with the touchdown run. He finished the game with 114 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards. “We played extremely sloppy, especially on my part, so I apologize to the team for that. But, a win’s a win and we’re going to take it and soak it in and really enjoy this one.” McCaffrey’s wide array of talent is best summed up by teammate and quarterback, Luke Del Rio, who recently announced he would be walking on at the University of Alabama. “Christian is amazing,” said Del Rio, who

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By Daniel Williams ARVADA - You ever know one of those guys that are just really good at anything he tries? If you don’t, there is one in Arvada who goes by the name of Spencer Svejcar. The Ralston Valley senior is currently the leader of Mustangs varsity basketball team, but his extraordinary efforts on the football field earned him Colorado Community Media’s 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Award, announced this week. “It’s awesome and a great honor but we had a great defense and I was just a part of that. It’s easy to make plays when you play with a bunch of real talented guys,” Svejcar said. Svejcar, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety/ receiver/running back/return man, was a three-way leader for Ralston Valley who fell just one win shy of a meeting with Valor Christian in the 5A state championship. Although he shined as numerous positions on the football field, he was the best safety in 5A football intercepting five balls and accumulating 108 tackles. “He’s just a great football player, a great athlete,” Ralston Valley coach Matt Loyd



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Ralston Valley senior running back Spencer Svejcar runs up field in this year’s semifinal against Cherokee Trail. Photo by Andy Carpenean said. “He was not only one of our most talented guys but one our hardest workers.” And while some teenager’s biggest choices are Taco Bell or McDonalds, or which mall they will go to, Svejcar has to decide which sport he is going to play in college.

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basketball in college but his tremendous season as a safety put him on the radar ofR multiple college football programs, both D-I and D-II. He also has the option to play baseball in college as a shortstop. “It’s 50-50 if I’ll play football or basketball (in college). I talked to New Mexico (recently) and I am just trying to be patient and make the right decision,” Svejcar said. Whatever decision Svejcar makes, where it’s to play safety, guard, shortstop, or Taco Bell, he is sure to get it right.

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Colorado Community Media All-Star Football Team 2012

McCaffrey, Svejcar lead selections

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QB Luke Del Rio, Valor Christian, Sr. 2,275 yards passing, 28 touchdowns, 4 interceptions RB Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian, Jr. 1,390 yards rushing, 675 yards receiving, 37 touchdowns, 8.91 yards per carry RB Keynan Huguley, Thornton, Sr. 2,161 yards rushing, 30 total touchdowns, 501 yards rushing in single game FB Jake Hand, ThunderRidge, Sr. 1,002 yards rushing, 472 yards receiving, 17 touchdowns WR Connor Skelton, D’Evelyn, Sr. 1,254 yards receiving, 14 touchdowns, 572 kick return yards WR Mitch Colin, Pomona, Sr. 946 yards receiving, 8 touchdowns WR Brandon Malone, Chaparral, Jr. 724 yards receiving, 10 touchdowns TE Mitch Parsons, Chaparral, Sr. 754 yards receiving, 7 touchdowns TE Ethan Brunhofer, Arapahoe, Jr. 750 yards receiving, 9 touchdowns OL Daniel Skipper, Ralston Valley, Sr. Dominating force, headed to University of Tennessee OL Blake Nowland, Douglas County, Sr. Committed to Colorado State OL Connor Warren, Regis Jesuit, Sr. Unanimous selection to Continental all-conference team e OL Chris Fox, Ponderosa, Sr. Arguably top college prospect in state, committed to Michigan OL Sam Jones, ThunderRidge, Jr. First-team All-Continental League KR Trey Smith, Douglas County, Jr. 19.6 yards per kick return, 40.5 yards per punt return, 2,200 yards of total offense ATHLETE Jordan Radebaugh, Northglenn, Sr. 2,720 yards passing, 366 yards rushing, 3,106 yards total offense, 35 touchdowns


Thornton running back Keynan Huguley. File photo Sr. 48 tackles, 7 sacks DL Zack Anderson, Pomona, Sr. 48 tackles, 9 sacks LB Derek Landis, Lakewood, Sr. 193 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions LB Justin Falls, Valor Christian, Jr. 100 tackles, 43 solo, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions LB Carlos Aviles, Valor Christian, Sr. 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 pass defenses LB Justin Escue, Arapahoe, Sr. 64 tackles, 5 sacks DB Spencer Svejcar, Ralston Valley, Sr. 108 tackles, 79 solo, 5 interceptions DB Will Halligan, Pomona, Sr. 51 tackles, 5 interceptions DB Dustin Rivas, Horizon, Sr. 41 tackles, 6 interceptions, 7 pass defenses DB Preston DeHerrera, Mountain Range, Sr. 90 tackles, Front Range defensive player of the year K Daniel Carlson, The Classical Academy, Sr. 54 touchbacks, 10 field goals, 35 PATs, named to AllAmerican Bowl P Brendan McGowan, Castle View, Sr. 42 yard average, 6 inside 20 yard line Offensive Player of the Year: Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian Defensive Player of the Year: Spencer Svejcar, Ralston

DE Austin Balbin, D’Evelyn, Sr. 82 tackles, 55 solo, 12 sacks DE John Adam, ThunderRidge, Jr. 36 tackles, 9 sacks DL Skylar McWee, Legacy,

Valley Coach of the Year: Brent Vieselmeyer, Valor Christian


QB Jacob Knipp, Ralston Valley RB Jaden Franklin, Kent Denver RB Corry Williams, Ponderosa FB Daryl Hawkins, Valor Christian WR Taylor Vaughn, Arvada WR Hunter Burton, Cherry Creek WR Eddie Franco, Northglenn TE Joshua Clausen, Lutheran OL Tyler Andrejewski, Cherry Creek OL Daniel Kubistek, Holy Family OL Leuluai Io, Valor Christian OL Anthony Ochiato, Standley Lake OL Kevin Clark, Chaparral KR Tanner Townsend, Castle View


DL/DE Gunnar Campbell, Horizon DL/DE Dylan Cassagnol, Cherry Creek DL/DE Brian Boatman, Kent Denver DL/DE Zayne Anderson, Pomona LB Colton Fries, Legend LB Cameron Gray, Valor Christian LB Chantz Tanner, Kent Denver LB Jake Bublitz, Legacy DB Ryan Belearde, West-

minster DB Drew Stephon, Ponderosa DB Thomas Trotman, Arapahoe DB Connor Durant, Standley Lake P Connor Orgill, Legend K Sawyer Edwards, Chaparral

Honorable mention:

Jordan Anderson, Ralston Valley; Tyler Andrejewski, Cherry Creek; Michael Babb, Arapahoe; Michael Barela, Golden; Travis Baum, Legacy; Chandler Bibo, Chaparral; Austin Beane, Rock Canyon; Luke Behrends, Legend; Jake Bennett, Bear Creek; Andrew Bergner, Legend; Michael Beiswenger, Discovery Canyon; Joe Bozeman, Regis Jesuit; Antonio Broadus, Regis Jesuit; Andrew Brown, Lewis-Palmer; Jakob Buys, Ralston Valley; Jose Cancanon, Arapahoe; Thomas Caracena, The Classical Academy; Kyle Carpenter, Ralston Valley; Elijah Cherrington, Legend; Riley Collins, Lakewood; Tom Commander, Mountain Range; Nate Conner, Lewis-Palmer; Chris Cruz, Castle View; Marcus Culhane, Arvada West; Damasjae Currington, Englewood; Jarred DeHerrera, Holy Family; Spencer Elliott, Horizon; Matthew Evans, Arvada West; Nick Evdos, Legend; Tommy Fitsimmons, D’Evelyn; Danny Flanagan, Bear Creek; Caelan Garner, Woodland Park; Bobby Glandon, Lutheran; Greg Gonzales, Horizon; Sean Grundman, Lewis-

Palmer; Trevon Hamlet, Kent Denver; Drew Hebel, Legacy; Dan Hollar, Ralston Valley; Paul Holden, Littleton; Isaiah Holland, Valor Christian; Ryan Hommel, Rock Canyon; Mark Hopper, ThunderRidge; Trey Jarvis, Standley Lake; Devyn Johnston, Standley Lake; Jordan Jones, Wheat Ridge; Jalen Kittrell, Highhlands Ranch; Taylor Knestis, Lakewood; Sam Kozan, Valor

Christian; Tyler Kubasta, Wheat Ridge; Max Kuhns, Chaparral; Damian Lockhart, Pomona; Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon; Chris Marquez, Pomona; Cody Marvel, D’Evelyn; John Martinez, Arvada; Sione Maumau, Valor Christian; Mitch McCall, Legacy; Alex McClure, Lutheran; Justin Miller, The Classical Academy; Aaron Montoya, Legacy; Keenan Oby, LewisPalmer; Jack Palmer, Discovery Canyon; Rocco Palumbo, Mountain Vista; Phydell Paris, Legacy; Greg Pearson, Englewood; Matt Pettyjohn, Kent Denver; Connor Pierson, Pomona; Hunter Price, Ralston Valley; Steve Ray, ThunderRidge; Peyton Remy, Legend; Easton Robbins, Horizon; Ryan Rubley, Mountain Vista; Alec Ruth, Valor Christian; Jantzen Ryals, The Classical Academy; Tommy Saager, Arapahoe; Paris Salas, Golden; Jack Sale, Pomona; Mitch Schafer, Green Mountain; David Sommers, Holy Family; Austin Sonju, Littleton; Jackson Spalding, Discovery Canyon; Taven Sparks, Arapahoe; Garret Swartzendruber, Green Mountain; David Sweat, Green Mountain; Steven Sumey, Horizon; Deion Trejo, Wheat Ridge; Joey Trese, The Classical Academy; Lucas Videtich, Standley Lake; Kaleb Whiting, Arvada West; Eric Williams, Rock Canyon; Tahj Willingham, Cherry Creek; Jon Wilson, Heritage; Alec Wirtjes, Discovery Canyon; John Wood, ThunderRidge; Roman Yancey, Chaparral; Steven Yoshihara, Legacy.

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‘A Dog Named Boo’ a book for dog lovers Your dog knows some pretty good tricks. Like most pooches, he’ll do anything for treats, including “sit” and “stay.” He can shake, roll over, and fetch; he gives kisses, picks things up, plays hide-n-seek, and he might even know how to keep you healthy and mobile. Yes, your dog is talented in ways that surprise you every day. And in the new book “A Dog Named Boo” written by Lisa J. Edwards and published by Harlequin, you’ll read about a pup whose talent is to change lives in very different ways. Unable to hold his own against his brothers and sisters, the little puppy seemed weak. Lisa Edwards watched as its siblings stepped on and around the black-and-white “baby dog,” and she couldn’t stop herself from falling in love. Her two older dogs, Atticus and Dante, indicated toleration for the pup but Edwards’ husband, Lawrence, was against another pet. He’d just had major surgery, Edwards wasn’t in the best of health, and neither of them had time for a new puppy. Edwards brought the little guy home anyhow, thinking that Lawrence would come to love the boy she named Boo. She knew it would be an uphill battle – she and Law-

rence were both also dealing with abusive childhoods – but this dog seemed to need what Edwards had to offer: a loving home, understanding, and guidance. Boo grew to be a people-dog, so when Edwards’ brother fell ill and needed a service animal, Edwards thought Boo would be perfect. She tried to train him but even after repeated classes and training sessions, Boo seemed to be locked. He didn’t listen, couldn’t retain more than the most basic commands, and class-time was pandemonium. Boo would never be a service dog, but Edwards sensed that he had empathy. He wasn’t ill-behaved, but he wasn’t an obedience star, either. He definitely wasn’t aggressive. It wasn’t until two veterinarian-

friends noticed his “silly puppy-walking” and diagnosed a congenital brain condition that everything finally made sense. Because she was interested in training, Edwards tried another tactic by listening and observing. She watched for Boo’s strengths and worked around his weaknesses until she found a way for him to make a difference. She never thought about the difference he’d make in her life… With a good sense of humor, obvious love for dogs, and an amazingly open demeanor, author Lisa J. Edwards tells the story of a hurting family, a handicapped dog, and the healing they did, separately and together. The best thing about this book is that it contains a great story but, if you can read between the lines, there’s even more to gain. Because Edwards is a dog trainer, there’s plenty to learn in here; mainly, she subtly teaches her readers to pay close attention to their dogs’ behavior and body language to get the best results in training. Overall, I think you should find this book for its lessons and savor it for its story. If you’re a dog lover looking for something to curl up with, “A Dog Named Boo” should do the trick.

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Young children are eager to taste whatever comes out of the holiday oven. You have their complete attention when you cook together. Cooking incorporates teamwork, perseverance, following directions, measuring, mathematical conversation and creativity. For more holiday activities to help develop successful children, see the authors’ book “Learning Through the Seasons” at museums, bookstores, online at, E-books on and pod casts at

Successful cooking experiences:

Find a time when the family has no other commitments and the children are rested. A weekend afternoon might be a good time to be together in the kitchen to converse and sing holiday songs. Choose several simple fun recipes and let children pick one. Discuss the steps as you go along. Allow children to help measure, add, and stir the ingredients. Be sure to keep safety in mind for rotating blades and hot appliances. Allow children some choices decorating and encourage them to be creative. Give them plenty of praise regardless of the outcome. Perhaps share with another family, friend, or neighbor. Involve the children cleaning up the kitchen afterwards. Here’s a new twist on sugar cookies:

Rudolph Cookies

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ tsp. salt, 1 c. unsalted softened butter, 2/3 c cup sugar, 1 egg, 1tbsp. light corn syrup, 1tbsp. vanilla. (For chocolate dough: After the last third of flour has been added to the dough, mix in 1 ounce melted, slightly cooled unsweetened chocolate. Use hands to knead in the chocolate.) Children love to knead. In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt. In a large bowl,

cream the butter and sugar, stir in the egg, then the corn syrup and vanilla extract. One third at a time, add the flour mixture until thoroughly mixed. Pat the dough into two disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, or until firm enough to roll. If it is too firm, soften at room temperature for 5 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll one disk of dough between two pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap with no flour, 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top sheet and cut out in a triangle shape for the deer head. Using a metal spatula, transfer the shapes to baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or when cookies start to brown lightly around edges. Frosting to hold two brown M&M’s for eyes, one red for nose, and two twisted pretzel halves for antlers: 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 to 2 tbsp. milk.

What Else Can We Do?

Read the book “Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons” by Amy Krause Rosenthal or her follow–up book, “Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love.”

Esther Macalady is a former teacher, who lives in Golden, and participates in the Grandparents Teach Too writing group.

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