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November 29, 2012

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Adams County, Colorado • Volume 49, Issue 16

City moving ahead with bidding changes Thornton officials say new changes will bolster transparency, candidate filter By Darin Moriki

dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com Thornton officials are moving forward with plans to revamp the city’s bidding process to increase transparency and weed out dubious contract candidates. The proposed method, which would be adopted as an ordinance, calls for all capital improvement contracts exceeding $500,000 to be awarded to “the qualified, responsible offer or whose proposal conforms not only to the technical requirements but also the process requirements set forth in the draft (Quality and

Transparency in Procurement) ordinance.” “We believe that this package … is a positive step and will give the City Council a broad range of information with regard to the firms that will be under consideration,” said city manager Jack Ethredge. “We think this a good proposal and will add to the potential of having higher quality developments built throughout the city.” The Citizen Advisory Task Force would help the city make decisions on the planning, programming, and design and siting of a new building. Contractors who receive a nod from this group would then be entered into a

County audit shows missteps By Darin Moriki

darinm@ourcoloradonews. com A third-party audit of the county’s purchasing process has revealed a number of errors that ranged from incorrectly authorized purchases to miscommunicated or misunderstood purchasing practices. The 31-page study conducted by Colorado Independent Consultants Network found that 32 of the 50 purchases handpicked from 26 county departments to be tested “were not properly authorized.” Two of the purchases were approved by noncounty board members without approval from a county employee with proper authority, while the remaining 30 were either not signed at all or signed by someone without the appropriate authority level. To resolve this issue, the study recommended the county revise its purchasing policies by requiring officials to sign individual invoices rather than a cover sheet for invoice batches. “What it means to us is that someone actually touched that invoice and must have looked at it or at least put their pen to the paper on it, because their signature is on it,” Colorado Independent Consultants Network founder John Olenberger explained. “When you sign a batch cover sheet, you’d like to think that someone looked at every invoice within that batch, but there’s no way from an audit standpoint to ascertain that.” Olenberger said his firm did not determine how much money was subject to this batch cover sheet approval process, but instead focused on how the process itself could be improved. County accounting manager Mary Ha said the county

is currently in the process of implementing a JD Edwards electronic signature module that would phase out these problems. Becky Kessler, the county’s digital content coordinator, said these centralized automated purchasing efforts will in place by next year but was unable to provide a specific date. The study also suggested the county create a timeline for changes to be implemented and conduct training classes to ensure county employees are on the same page for purchasing procedures. County purchasing manager Loren Imhoff said the first purchasing process class will be Jan. 31 and will be held on a biannual basis. Apart from the report’s findings, Olenberger commended the county’s transparency efforts to identify areas of improvement. “I think that it needs to be noted that they’re taking huge steps forward in not only establishing an internal audit function, but also being very transparent about what comes out of it,” Olenberger said. “There’s really no shame in saying, ‘Yeah, we have some areas that we need to improve on.’ — everyone does.” Kessler agreed and said the county “wants to be a leader in government best practices.” “I think it’s very proactive on Adams County’s part, because no one came to us and said, ‘You need to have a study,’” Kessler said. “This is an ongoing process, so Adams County is going to continue to look throughout all of our areas and take a hard look at what we’re doing on a regular basis, ask those hard questions, and then revise and review all of our policies.”

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prequalification process that would establish mandatory additional information requirements that must be submitted to the city. “It’s not a big jump from a value standpoint … to see that the idea of treating people fairly and being equitable is clearly — it seems to me — a value to this community,” Ethredge said. Contractors that pass through the prequalification stage will then be subject to existing processes in the city’s purchasing ordinance. City support services director Jerry Dye said the prequalification process is similar

to practices used in the bidding process for several existing city developments, including the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center and Thornton Justice Center. “In general, we wouldn’t have recommended it, if we didn’t think it was workable,” Dye said. “It will work, and in my professional opinion, I think we can do this without any big problems.” City Council will consider the issue during its Dec. 4 regular meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. and is at 9500 Civic Center Drive in the Council Chambers room.

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Service technicians from JM Wireless upgrade a wireless system inside one of the three crosses in front of Destiny Outreach Ministries Nov. 20 in Northglenn. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Northglenn amends residency requirements By Darin Moriki

dmor iki@ourcoloradonews.com Future Northglenn city managers must live within an approximate 45-minute commute time from the city’s limits. Council approved the requirement by a 7-1 vote during its Nov. 12 meeting. Ward IV councilman Gene Wieneke cast the dissenting vote. Joe Brown, Ward II, Joe Brown was absent. The new ordinance will replace a former prerequisite, adopted in March 2009, requiring city managers to reside within the city’s limits within a year of his or her appointment. The rule was made shortly after current city

manager Bill Simmons was hired by the city in November 2008. Simmons, a Louisville resident, is expected to retire on Dec. 31. Council struck down a previous proposed amendment last month that would have allowed the city to hire a city manager residing outside of the city’s limits, if that person “resides at a reasonable daily commuting distance by automobile.” Wieneke said he was in favor of making a minor change to the former city manager requirement that would allow council to make exceptions for qualified candidates who live in nearby communities, such as Westminster, Thornton or Louisville.

However, he said council had extended its reach by approving the 45-minute commuting time requirement. “When it came to enlarging the residency requirement, I thought the council went too far, and that’s why I voted against it,” Wieneke said. “I would much rather have people who are close by, so that those who are eligible would not have to pick up their house and move it a block or a mile.” Ward IV councilwoman Kim Snetzinger said the new ordinance will cast a wider net and al-

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low people living within the Denver-metro area to apply for the city manager position. “For me, on this one, I figure that if you’re in Parker, Highlands Ranch, or something like that, 45-minute restriction should be more than enough time to get up here,” Snetzinger said. Ward I council member Carol Dodge agreed. “I think it’s a good place to start at,” Dodge said. “We have to have some restriction on this and it seems like a good place to start for me.”


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November 29, 2012

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

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

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

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

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November 29, 2012

E-470 toll rates to increase in January Officials say new rates to cover operational costs, bond obligations By Darin Moriki

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Thornton resident Bryanna West, center, helps her two children, 5-year-old son Aiden, right, and 3-year-old daughter Lily, left, decorate candy bags at North Star Elementary School as a part of ThornCreek Church’s annual Feed 5000 effort on Nov. 17. Photos by Darin Moriki

Volunteers prepare food for the needy Boxes distributed By Darin Moriki

dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com Nearly 120 volunteers made a makeshift assembly line Nov. 16 in ThornCreek Church’s sanctuary to fill 1,250 boxes with food items. The boxes were distributed the following day to needy families of children at three Adams 12 Five Star Schools: North Star, McElwain and Thornton elementaries. “It’s important for the church, because it helps the church get in the mindset of having the giving spirit, being servants and loving on people,” said ThornCreek Church pastor and event organizer Mark Runner. “Sometimes we just go through life, and we forget about the people around us. We see people

who aren’t like us, and we tend to put pass judgments and everything else like that, and this helps to break down some of those cultural barriers.” Runner said the church’s annual Feed 5,000 event first began at North Star Elementary in 2003, where school children and their families could enjoy a festival full of games and events and receive boxes filled with Thanksgiving fixings. He said the goal grew over the years to reach 600 people and later expanded to the other two elementary schools. For the past two years, Runner said the organization has nearly doubled its goal to reach about 1,250 families in south Thornton. Apart from the boxes distributed to needy elementary schoolchildren and their families, Runner said any left over boxes are

Thornton resident Stephanie Heitman, right, packs canned fruits into a Thanksgiving box, while Thornton residents Jami Sturm, center, and her mother Cindy Eads, left, pack canned green beans into adjacent boxes as a part of ThornCreek Church’s annual Feed 5000 effort. In all, ThornCreek Church lead pastor Mark Runner estimates that the nearly 1,200 Thanksgiving boxes assembled this year will feed a total of about 4,800 people.

distributed to families living in nearby apartment buildings. “We want the community to know the church is relevant and pertinent in their community,” Runner said. “We want them to know that it’s active, loves people and treats people like they ought to be treated.” Runner said each box has enough food inside to feed a family of four and contains onions, potatoes, canned fruits, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, brownie mix, gravy, and a turkey or a $5 gift card. ThornCreek Church preschool director Sandy Fertig said the church’s outreach efforts is particularly important because some low-income children may not be able to participate in some activities with their peers. “We don’t want to just hand them a basket and tell them, ‘Happy Thanksgiving.’ That’s great, but for us, we want to interact with these families and know what their stories are. We want to be a part of their lives,” she said. North Star Elementary School community liaison Vanessa Jimenez said the number of students needing assistance has increased significantly over the last few years. “We have been having a lot more needy families who are just becoming homeless, so this for them is everything, especially for the kids,” said. “It’s really wonderful to have something like this that allows them to get out of

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Commuters will soon pay a little more at the tolls to use the E-470 and Northwest Parkway beltway that runs from Parker to Broomfield. The E-470 Public Highway Authority board of directors unanimously approved the implementation of a new rate schedule that will raise all tolls on the 47-mile stretch of highway by about 4 to 5 percent. License plate toll customers with two-axle vehicles passing through mainline toll plaza A, between Peoria Street and Chambers Road in Douglas County, will pay $2.95, a 15 cent increase, while EXpressToll customers will pay $2.35, a 10-cent increase. Two-axle vehicles commuters passing through the remaining four mainline toll plazas (B through E) will pay an additional 10 cents, resulting in a $3.25 charge for license plate toll customers and $2.60 charge for EXpressToll customers. Ramp tolls for two axlevehicles will also increase by

5 cents, resulting in a $1.30 charge for license plate toll drivers and $1.05 charge for EXpressToll customers. These new tolls will be effective on Jan. 1. Vehicles with three-axles or more pay an additional toll rate per axle. EXpressToll customers will continue to pay about 20 percent less than license plate toll customers. License plate toll customers can pay the lower rate by opening an EXpressToll account at www. expresstoll.com. E-470 finance director Stan Koniz said the increase will generate an estimated $124.8 million in revenue from toll operations — a projected $8.9 million revenue increase from this year. E-470 spokesman Dan Christopherson said the increases allow the board to cover operational costs and meet its debt service obligations to bondholders, an expenditure that will increase next year from $67.4 million to $74.9 million. He said E-470’s toll rates are a part of a finance plan approved by the E-470 Public Highway Authority in 1995. The board voted in 2010 to replace larger rate increases every three years with smaller, incremental annual rate increases that would alleviate the impact on customers’ commuting expense over time.


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County watchdog group eyes contributions By Darin Moriki

dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com Adams County Reform Project — a recentlylaunched, “reform-minded” 527 group — is raising eyebrows among some residents and leaders who have reviewed the organization’s campaign contribution reports. The reports, filed through the Secretary of State’s office, indicate four in-state and one out-ofstate corporations contributed a total of $98,000 to the Adams County Reform Project since June 5. Critics, largely consisting of Democrats, claim these large contributions indicate business interests are attempting to influence local elections, while organization representatives say it reflects a heightened interest to address countywide reform. “What concerns me the most is the fact that outside interest is trying to control the election for Adams County,” Eva Henry, the Democratic District 1

BY THE NUMBERS Contributions to the Adams County Reform Project as of June 5

$1,000 - Hansel Phelps Construction Company in Greeley $2,000 - Equinox Land Group in Brighton $10,000 - Eaton Metal Products Company LLC in Denver $15,000 - American Furniture Warehouse in Englewood $70,000 - American Future Fund - Des Moines Source: Colorado Secretary of State

Adams County commissioner-elect, said before Election Day. “They’re under the guise of the fact that it’s a group of Adams County citizens, and actually it’s not a group of Adams County citizens — it’s a group of businessmen, which makes me wonder what kind of business they want to bring into Adams County.” Michelle Lyng, a Denver resident and Adams County Reform Project spokeswoman, said the contributions simply show both residents and businesses want to see a change of pace. She also cited a December 2011 Colorado Ethic Watch review that read

in part, “From the Quality Paving scandal, to a corrupt county assessor and abuse of power in the sheriff’s office, Adams County was the unquestioned epicenter of ethics problems in Colorado during 2011.” “You can imagine such a distinction might inspire a wide coalition of interests — both inside and outside the state — to work for the removal of those who perpetrated their schemes on the taxpayers,” Lyng said in an e-mail. “Until such time as serious political reforms can be completed, employers will relocate elsewhere, robbing our school districts, our municipal governments and our unem-

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ployed of the opportunities they deserve.” No contributions from individual donors or local residents were reported for this year. Lyng said the Adams County Reform Project will “broaden its donor base even further to continue its mission to rid the county of bad actors in local government” in 2014. Colorado Ethics Watch director Luis Toro said he did not find any illegal violations after analyzing the group’s campaign contributions, but said the large corporate donations reflect a growing trend statewide. In many cases, he said corporations are beginning to have more of a presence in local election races. “We’ve definitely seen it increase, and there’s no reason to think that it’s not going to increase,” Toro said. NORTHGLENN-THORNTON SENTINEL (ISSN 1044-4254)

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OPINIONS / YOURS AND OURS

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

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

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

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

Be a little less selfish, focus on important gifts Some of the Denver radio stations started playing Christmas music even before Thanksgiving. The city of Northglenn had its Christmas street decorations up a week or two before Thanksgiving. The marketing blasts and extra thick Sunday Denver Post advertising supplements were launched before Black Friday. Retail stores rolled out the Christmas decorations and “pre-Black Friday specials.” And of course, Black Friday itself came like clockwork last Friday with shoppers camped out for the early bird specials. And so another Christmas shopping season is fully under way. Retailers have their hopes for a better holiday season, city government officials are expectant about sales tax revenue, kids have their Christmas gift lists prepared, churches are preparing their cantatas and Christmas Eve services, the grocery stores are stocking those seasonal goodies, mom or sister Kate is baking those special family traditional bake goods and the Christmas goose is looking worried.

and a paycheck? That would be huge toward getting our economy humming again if employers could afford to hire or re-hire even one third of that number. And then we could add an item on the list for a successful nonpartisan approach at all levels of our government on solving issues and getting America back in a solid position.

Christmas gift list Christmas morning will be here in a flash (I know you are supposed to substitute “holiday season” for “Christmas,” but I am a proud Protestant and celebrate the arrival of the Christ Child. I hope my friends and readers who are not Christians will indulge me). And what is on your Christmas gift wish list this year? How about Congress and the president solving (not avoiding or postponing) the federal government’s Fiscal Cliff debacle? It would save all of us (not just the top 1 percent income folks) some increased taxes and probably prevent our fragile economy from going backwards. Have you included jobs for the 23 million Americans who are looking for work

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International focus Or how about Israel and Palestine settling their differences once and for all? Ha, I know that is a long shot, but perhaps they could at least stop bombing each other and killing innocent people and children. Or let’s ask for world peace which would include the above situation along with the Afghan War, the continued killings in Iraq and the murdering in African countries by war lords.

Killing diseases Or we could ask for a cure for all types of cancer which would save so many loved ones and friends from a terrible fight. Or we could include on our list a cure

for Alzheimer’s disease, which is another awful disease for both the individual and the family. Or how about asking for a cure for HIV Aids? That would be especially monumental in Africa where so many children lose their parents to this disease.

Elevate your lists But, the Macy’s sales supplements, the K-Mart blue light specials, the Kohl’s early bird specials and the dozens of other retail marketing blitz will get the best of us. Those new whiz bang smart phones, Xbox games, the gazillion inch HD TVs, latest fashions and perhaps even a new Mercedes or Beamer for the high rollers will be purchased for Christmas. Don’t call me Scrooge or Humbug Bill as I love to give and receive Christmas presents just like you. But at the same time, we could elevate our focus on the real important gifts we wish for our community, our country, our world. Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.

Impact of Amendment 64 Question: Amendment 64, the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol, was passed by Colorado voters on Nov. 6. What will be allowed under the new amendment? Answer: Amendment 64 was created to increase individual freedoms, enhance revenue for public purposes and to use Colorado law enforcement and judicial resources more efficiently. In order to achieve these goals, Amendment 64 legalizes the recreational use of marijuana for individuals who are 21 and older; taxes and regulates the sale of recreational marijuana and provides for the regulated production and distribution of industrial hemp. Under Amendment 64, individuals who are 21 and older will be able to cultivate up to six marijuana plants, three of which are flowering and three of which are vegetating. These individuals will be able to keep all of the marijuana harvested from these plants, so long as the harvested marijuana is stored on the same premises where the marijuana plants were grown. Individuals also will be able to possess, use, display, purchase or transport up to an ounce of marijuana as well as marijuana accessories. Individuals who are 21 and older also will be able to transfer up to an ounce of marijuana to another individual over the age of 21 without receiving money.

LEGAL LINES However, public consumption of marijuana, as well as driving under the influence of marijuana, will remain a crime in Colorado. Amendment 64 allows for the creation of recreational marijuana businesses, similar to the current medical marijuana businesses. Amendment 64 does not affect medical marijuana centers, and holders of a medical marijuana business license also will be able to apply for and possess a recreational marijuana business license. Amendment 64 sets a deadline of July 1, by which time the Colorado Department of Revenue must adopt regulations for the implementation of commercial marijuana businesses, including cultivation facilities, manufacturing facilities and retail sales facilities. Amendment 64 provides that the state legislature shall enact an excise tax on the sale of marijuana. Amendment 64 mandates that this excise tax is not to exceed 15 percent. However, the percentage of the tax can be adjusted after Jan. 1, 2017, by the general assembly. The first $40 million in tax revenue generated from the sale of recreational marijuana is earmarked for the Public School Capitol

Construction Assistance Fund. Amendment 64 also directs the Colorado General Assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp by July 1, 2014. Unlike Amendment 20, Colorado’s medical marijuana constitutional provision, Amendment 64 does not restrict recreational use of marijuana to only Colorado residents. This lack of residency requirements allows individuals over the age of 21 to travel to Colorado and use and possess marijuana while in Colorado. Furthermore, Amendment 64 does not expressly prohibit Amsterdamstyle “coffee shops” or businesses that allow you to consume marijuana onsite. The Colorado Bar Association welcomes your questions on subjects of general interest. This column is meant to be used as general information. Consult your own attorney for specifics. Send questions to the CBA attn: Sara Crocker, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203 or email scrocker@cobar.org. Legal Lines is a question and answer column provided as a public service by the Colorado Bar Association. Attorneys answer questions of interest to members of the public for their general information.


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All life is about change and choices Two years ago our son and his wife moved to Kansas, a nice rural area where they had a lovely home and 10 acres of pristine woods. We didn’t like to see them leave Colorado but we accepted their choice to relocate. However, as time went on the lure back to Colorado became paramount and two weeks ago they moved back. Of course we were delighted with their decision to come back to family and friends. Thanksgiving was especially wonderful knowing they are here to stay. Our neighbors are also feeling the change their son and wife made recently. It was the promotion that caused them to relocate to Texas. Of course their parents wished them well and let them go with their blessings, but lots of tears were shed. Let’s face it, it hurts. My sister and brother-in-law accepted change when one son and wife moved to Washington, D.C., and right after that another son and family moved to Wisconsin. Of course, leaving their parents and Minnesota was hard to do but once again big job promotions were the reason for the moves, almost always the reason!

I did It

As I lamented and vocalized about all this change someone said, “But

Mom, you left Minnesota and chose to live in Colorado.” So I did and many times I became very homesick and missed my mom and dad. Thursdays was the day of the week that mom’s letter would arrive and I eagerly awaited for it. Then I met Bob who was from New Jersey, we were married and a new circle of life began. I still miss Minnesota, and now health issues have prevented all of my sisters and their husbands from our twice a year gathering in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It’s doubtful we will ever get all back together. The “old age” syndrome has set in and the march toward declining health has started and can’t be reversed.

Not many choices

At this point in time we are all just fortunate to be in the circle of life. But that doesn’t mean I can’t lament and rail against the ravages of old age. I know I’m losing vim and vigor

when I began to think all that Christmas hoopla has to give way to a diminished preparation. Somehow, I’m just not in the mood for putting up the big tree and a house fully decorated for the holidays. Even the thought of all the candy and cookie making doesn’t entice me. Now, maybe I’ll catch the spirit and jump right in again but right now change and choice make me favor downsizing.

Members Needed for Grant Committee

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The City is looking for residents who are interested in sitting on a grant review committee. The committee will meet Monday nights in February, March and April to evaluate the Thornton Assistance Funds (TAF) applications. TAF is a grant program for organizations that help Thornton residents meet their basic needs and enhance their ability to be self-sufficient.

In a way I’m feeling a bit guilty about my lack of enthusiasm and maybe I’ll be getting it so I reserve the option to change my mind. See, I told you change and choice is all part of life. And just maybe I’ll be scurrying to do it.

To apply for the committee, residents should complete a City board application.

Quote of the Week “The best holiday decoration is change being wreathed in smiles.” Main Street Memories 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.

Applications and more information on TAF can be found on www.cityofthornton.net or by contacting Neighborhood Services at 303-538-7600 or neighbor@cityofthornton.net. Deadline to apply is December 14, 2012.

NORTHGLENN NEWS IN A HURRY Northglenn hosting donation drive

The city of Northglenn will hold a donation drive through Dec. 21. People can donate food, bicycles and warm clothing that will be given to local residents who need help this holiday season. Polycarts will be set up at City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive, the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive, and the Maintenance and Operations Building, 12301 Claude Court. For more information, contact Jenni Murphy at 303-4508904 or jmurphy@northglenn. org.

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Coach Karl clearly cares

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

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

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

Kris Kringle (Erick Devine) comes to New York City to remind the city about the spirit of the season.

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

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

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


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

then hires a professional engineer who finds there are no structural problems and that the house is structurally sound. Should the home inspector’s opinion be conveyed to subsequent potential buyers or not? One of the items on the Colorado Division of Real Estate’s website questionnaire is “Written reports of any building, site, roofing, soils, or engineering investigations or studies of the property”. This suggests that any such condition needs to be reported, even if overridden by a more competent professional, since a professional engineer is in a better position than a home inspector to determine the structural soundness

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

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

Bowled over After hurdling numerous stumbling blocks, Punch Bowl Social, the much-anticipated diner and bowling alley from Denver

restaurateur Robert Thompson, has finally opened at First Avenue and Broadway in the former Big Lots building. The opening night event included live music by The Epilogues, with the ticket take going to Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Colorado. Tickets were purchased at www. punchbowlsocial.com for $15 to cover the charity donation and entertainment. “We are proud to bring PBS to the Baker District and launch it in conjunction with such a worthy charity as Big Brothers and Big Sisters,” Thompson said. The 24,000-square-foot bar, diner, bowling alley and coffeehouse also includes pingpong, marbles, deck-shuffle, shuffleboard, darts, pinball, foosball, pool tables, board games and a wall of throwback video games. Punch Bowl is open daily starting at 6

a.m. for the coffee shop, breakfast served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to midnight, happy hour 2-6 p.m. and a late-night menu till 2 a.m. More information at www.punchbowlsocial.com.

tickets, go to http://www.wheretoeat.in/ calendar/63/29-2012-Denver-Bacon-andBeer-Festival. The event is brought to you by @eatboston, Forkly and Denver Off the Wagon.

Beggin’ for bacon

After a warm weather delay, which produced unfavorable ice conditions, Lakewood’s Belmar has opened The Rink at Belmar. Updated rink schedule and hours are available at www.belmarcolorado.com.

Denver’s first Bacon and Beer Festival takes place from 2:30-5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mile High Station. Denver-area restaurants will off fabulous bacon-based dishes for attendees to sample along with beers from amazing breweries. Proceeds will benefit Metro CareRing and Project Angel Heart. The event is supported by Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Bacon. For more information on all participating restaurants and breweries, and

Did you know?

Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.


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Upcoming MNCC Connection Opportunities Your Metro North Chamber provides ongoing opportunities for business professionals to connect with other business professionals and to have access to relevant information that impacts our communities.

SPECIAL EVENTS MNCC Business After Hours Wednesday, December 5th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Horizons North Credit Union (11455 Pearl St., Northglenn, CO 80233) * FREE admission if you bring an unwrapped toy for boy or girl 12 years or younger, which will be donated to A Precious Child.

MNCC Legislative Briefing Event from 7:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Westminster (8773 Yates Dr., Westminster, CO 80031)

RECURRING EVENTS MNCC Ambassador Meeting on Tuesday, December 11th from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber Office (14583 Orchard Pkwy., #300, Westminster, CO 80023)

MNCC Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) Meeting on Tuesday, December 11th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Chamber Office (14583 Orchard Pkwy., #300, Westminster, CO 80234) MNCC Tuesday Leads Group from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Lone Star Steakhouse (237 E. 120th Ave., Thornton, CO 80023) MNCC Thursday Leads Group from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at Egg & I (885 Thornton Pkwy., Thornton, CO 80229) For more information on these events and other connection opportunities, please visit our website at www.MetroNorthChamber. com or call 303.288.1000.


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About the Metro North Chamber of Commerce Established in 1959, your Metro North Chamber of Commerce is the premier business representative for the Metro North region representing over 1,000 businesses in Arvada, Brighton, Broomfield, Commerce City, Dacono, Erie, Federal Heights, Firestone, Frederick,  Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster.

Your Chamber works to provide support to businesses in the region through strong advocacy at the local and state level while providing opportunities to help businesses grow and develop. Your Chamber understands the fundamental effects that businesses and industry have on our communities and is thus committed to bringing

businesses, educators, non-profits groups and government agencies together to speak with ONE UNIFIED VOICE TO PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC VITALITY OF THE METRO NORTH REGION. For more information about your Metro North Chamber of Commerce visit www.MetroNorthChamber.com or call 303.288.1000.

The Metro North Chamber ... Your Regional Business Powerhouse


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OUT OF BOUNDS BY THE NUMBERS

As part of our preview process for the upcoming basketball season, we asked local coaches to list the top five teams in the state. Here is the results of our coaches poll:

CLASS 5A BOYS

1. Denver East 2. Grandview 3. Cherokee Trail 4. Highlands Ranch 5. Regis Jesuit

CLASS 5A GIRLS

1. Regis Jesuit 2. Highlands Ranch 3. ThunderRidge 4. Horizon 5. Grandview

CLASS 4A BOYS 1. Lewis-Palmer 2. Broomfield 3. D’Evelyn 4. Valor Christian 5. Sand Creek

CLASS 4A GIRLS 1. Broomfield 2. Pueblo West 3. Sand Creek 4. Valor Christian 5. Windsor

GAME OF THE WEEK FOOTBALL

Class 5A State Championship No. 3 Cherokee Trail (12-1) vs. No. 4 Valor Christian (11-2), 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Sports Authority Field at Mile High The Eagles, winners of 11 straight games, stand just 60 minutes away from their firstever 5A state title, and fourth-straight overall. They’ve won all four of their playoffs games by 30-plus points, three by more than 40.

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Rader back to lead Horizon Senior post player looking at successful senior campaign By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com THORNTON - It’s hard to find a player more valuable to their team than Kaylie Rader. The 6-foot-4 senior post player helped guide Horizon to the Sweet 16 last season and led the squad in points, rebounds and blocks. “We are expecting big things out of her,” Horizon coach Greg Hahn said. “She is a tough kid and a great leader. She is very important to our team.” Rader, who will play at Wyoming next year, was the only player in Class 5A to finish in the top 10 in three categories during her junior season. She was ninth in scoring (16.1 points), sixth in rebounding (9.1) and second in blocked shots (2.9) and with her returning and a summer of hard work the Hawks are looking to build off of last season’s 17-8 record. “We are going to be an awesome group,” Rader said. Rader has created quite a legacy at Horizon over the past few years. As a freshman, she scored 22 points in her first high school game and nearly averaged a double-double (9.5 points, 11 rebounds) during her first season. However, in September of 2010 she tore her LCL and missed all of her sophomore campaign. But she worked her way back on the court and opened her junior season by scoring 18 points in a season-opening loss to Mullen. She followed that up by scoring in double figures in 32 of 35 games and had double-doubles in 11 contests. However, Horizon had its season end with a heart-breaking 58-57 loss to Palmer in the Sweet 16 when Taylor Torres hit a pair of free throws with .3 seconds left. With that loss in mind the Hawks spent the summer working as a team and attending a camp in Wyoming. “Playing as a team is what we are working on,” Rader said. “We worked on getting the ball to go up and down the floor as a team, instead of being choppy - which we were like at times last year.” That and a squad that features six seniors has Rader thinking big before continuing her career as a Cowgirl. “This year we are super strong,” Rader said. “I feel like my team is going to go all the way.”

Horizon senior Kaylie Rader, No. 33, and the Hawks are expected to contend for a state championship this season. File photo

Girls basketball previews 2012-13 By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com There may not be a more competitive area for girls basketball than the MetroNorth area. Holy Family is competing for a state title nearly every year, while Legacy won its first state title last season. This year, it may be Horizon’s turn. The Hawks return Kylie Rader and are hungry for more this season after losing to Palmer in the Sweet 16. CLASS 5A

HORIZON HAWKS

COACH: Greg Hahn 2011: 17-8 overall, 11-5 Front Range League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kaylie Rader, Sr., C, 6-4; Gabriela Jiminez, Sr., PG, 5-7; Kaleigh Paplow, So., G, 5-9. OUTLOOK: The Hawks are going to be dangerous with Rader returning to the mix. After a heartbreaking loss in the Sweet 16, Horizon will look to push further this season. The Hawks will feature six seniors and will return four of their top six scorers from last season.

LEGACY LIGHTNING

COACH: Craig Van Patten 2011: 24-4 overall, 13-3 Front Range

League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Caitlyn Smith, Sr., P, 6-0; Courtney Smith, So., C, 6-2; Jennifer Aicega, Sr., SG, 5-6. OUTLOOK: The Lightning will be out to defend their state title, but they will have to do it without their top two scorers from last year - Kailey Edwards and Emily Glen. Legacy will rely on the play of Caitlyn and Courtney Smith.

MOUNTAIN RANGE MUSTANGS COACH: Chyrisse Domenico

2011: 3-20 overall, 0-16 Front Range League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Hope Martinez, 5-6, Sr.; Bre Fiske, 5-5, Sr.; Tory Travers, 6-1, Sr. OUTLOOK: With four returning starters the Mustangs will look to be more competitive in the tough Front Range League. Abby Birch and Fiske are the squad’s top two returning scorers.

NORTHGLENN NORSE

COACH: Holly Kesterson 2011: 4-17 overall, 3-8 East Metro League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Toni Proksch, Sr., G; McKenzie Johns, Sr., C/FW; Jayia DelReal, So., G. OUTLOOK: Proksch and Johns will have to lead the way for a young Norse squad.

Proksch averaged 8.4 points last season and scored her season-best 18 points in the regular-season finale, while Johns gives Northglenn a solid post presence.

STANDLEY LAKE GATORS

COACH: Denise Lopez 2011: 13-11 overall, 8-8 Jeffco League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Haley Lopez, Sr.; Sara Shileny, Sr.; Meaghan DeHerrera, So. OUTLOOK: Denise Lopez will step in as the Gators new coach after Ron Burgin left the team to coach Boulder High School. She will have Haley Lopez and her 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds back. Shileny will also give the team an option in the post.

THORNTON TROJANS

COACH: Matt Vigil 2011: 13-11 overall, 6-5 East Metro League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Raina Castaneda, So. G; Marissa Trujillo, Sr., SG; Regina Castaneda, Sr., G. OUTLOOK: Vigil will take over a fairly talented Trojans squad. Raina Castaneda was a freshman sensation last season and will return after leading the squad with 19 points a game and also led the team with 41 treys.

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Smith sisters taking over lead for Legacy Duo hope to help Lightning defend state title By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com BROOMFIELD - The Legacy girls basketball team are out to defend their state title, but will have do it without 60 percent of their offense from last year. Any other year and any other team it would mean trouble, but not the Lightning. They will turn to the talented sister duo of Caitlyn and Courtney Smith in their quest for a second consecutive state title. “I think the ultimate goal every year is to win the state championship,” Courtney Smith said. “But we have to take it a game at a time and continue to improve.” No doubt Legacy will miss the scoring tandem of Emily Glen and Kailey Edwards, who combined to average more than 32 points last season. But, the Smith sisters were no slouches last season and the duo worked diligently this summer to improve their games. “We aren’t going to able to replace them because they were such a strong group,” said Caitlyn Smith, who will play next season for

Colorado School of Mines. “We just have to play to our strengths.” Caitlyn Smith, who is 6-foot-2, is the Lightning top returning scorer and rebounder after averaging 8.8 points and 7.2 rebounds last season. While Courtney Smith started last season as a freshman, and improved as the season went on last season. “We are trying to be a threat from all over the floor,” Caitlyn Smith said. “Courtney is a really good shooter, but she is working on being better all-around. I’m working on improving my ball-handling skills.” Courtney Smith went for 17 points and 10 rebounds to help Legacy top Highlands Ranch 64-61 in the semifinals last year. Caitlyn Smith also had 13 in the win. The duo also combined for 17 points in the title game to beat Monarch, 5851. That moment has the sisters motivated to defend their title. “We really want to get to the same place we did last year,” Caitlyn Smith said. “It was really nice to end on a win.”

Sisters Caitlyn, left, and Courtney Smith, right, will lead defending champion Legacy’s repeat bid this season. Photos by Jonathan Maness

Girls Hoops: Tigers gear up for another run Girls Hoops continued from Page 20

WESTMINSTER WOLVES

COACH: Jim Iverson 2011: 13-9 overall, 9-2 East Metro League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Hannah Massey, Sr., 5-8, G; Desiree Gomez, Sr., 5-7, FW; Agustina Santistevan, Jr., 5-5, G. OUTLOOK: The Wolves will have to reload after an impressive season last year ended in the opening round of the playoffs. Westminster lost nine seniors, including the squad’s top four scorers. CLASS 4A

SKYVIEW WOLVERINES

COACH: Chris Kemm 2011: 7-16 overall, 1-10 East Metro League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Brandie Woodson, Sr., 5-6, G; Jasmine Kemm, Sr., 5-5, G; Laura Malacarne, Sr., 5-10, F; Shelby Drnovsek, d Sr., 5-9, F/G. OUTLOOK: The Wolverines may struggle to start the season with both Kemm and Malacarne battling injuries. However, Skyview should be competitive on most nights due to the team’s depth. CLASS 3A

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HOLY FAMILY TIGERS

s COACH: Ron Rossi t 2011: 22-2 overall, 9-1 Metropolitan eLeague TO WATCH: Micaela s PLAYERS Blanchard, Sr., 5-11, C; Lindsey Chavez, Jr., o 5-6, G; Claudia Pena, Jr., 6-0 F. OUTLOOK: With only four varsity play-

ers returning from last season it may be a rebuilding season for the Tigers, who are usually among the best in the state. If everything falls into place this team may find itself at the top again this season.

JEFFERSON ACADEMY JAGUARS

COACH: Kevin Porter 2011: 8-13 overall, 4-6 Metropolitan League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Alyson Thimsen, Jr., 5-9, G; Sara Miller, Sr., 5-8 G/F; Sayde Anderson, Sr., 5-9, G. OUTLOOK: The Jaguars return most of their players from last year, including Anderson who led the team in scoring last year. The team will also feature a pair of dangerous shooters in Miller and Abby Wilson.

THE ACADEMY WILDCATS

COACH: Mark Allen 2011: 9-15 overall, 6-5 Frontier League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Alex Garcia, Jr., G/F; Jordan Bauer Jr., G/F; Jackie Wilson, Jr., G/F OUTLOOK: The Wildcats will rely on a strong junior class to be competitive this season. Garcia showed an ability to shoot the ball last season, while Bauer led the team in rebounds (6.6) and Wilson is also a marksman from behind the arc.

COACH: Josh Polson 2011: 19-4 overall, 8-0 5280 League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Sydney Ahaneku, Jr.; MacKenzie Woods, Jr.; Kayla Iwahashi, Jr. OUTLOOK: The future is bright for the Bruins. With Ahaneku and Woods back to lead the way, Belleview Christian should be able to defend its league title and advance further than last season, when the Bruins lost in the regional championship.

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS

COACH: Rob Pierson 2011: 10-10 overall, 5-3 5280 League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Alex Quimby, Sr., 5-8, G; Rachelle Smith, Jr., 5-9, SF; Audra Worley, Sr., 5-9, G. OUTLOOK: The Crusaders lost three se-

CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN BULLDOGS

COACH: Larry Zimbelman 2011: 7-10 overall, 3-5 5280 League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Abby Longtine, Jr., 5-5, SG; Avonelle Halbach, Jr., 5-5, G/F; Alesja Ptselnikov, So., 5-3, G. OUTLOOK: For the Bulldogs to be competitive they will have to find a way to replace the dynamic duo of Alyssa Fajardo and Stephanie Longtine. The duo scored more 60 percent of the squad’s points last year and grabbed more than half of the team’s rebounds.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN LUTHERAN EAGLES

COACH: Adam Frey 2011: 6-12 overall, 3-5 5280 League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Hannah Sievert, Sr., 5-11, F/C; Brittany Zemlicka, Jr., 5-4, G; Jessica Dalbotten, Jr., 5-10, F/C OUTLOOK: The Eagles young squad is a year older and should build off of last season’s record. They have seven players returning with varsity experience and only had two players graduate last season.

COACH: Steve Gutierrez 2011: 16-7 overall, 10-1 Frontier League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jacey Ovalle, So., 5-6, PG; Hayley Schurr, Sr., 5-6, G; Dalia

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Young Gators squad to rely on size Asmus, Critchfield give Standley Lake advantage in post By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews. com WESTMINSTER - The Standley Lake basketball team won’t have much experience coming back this year, but the Gators will have plenty of size. After graduating seven seniors from last year’s squad, Standley Lake will look to build around its two 6-foot-6 post players in Marcus Asmus and Dylan Critchfield. Asmus and Critchfield, who are both juniors, are the only two players returning with varsity experience. But neither saw a lot of time last season, with Asmus playing in 12 games and Critchfield playing in two. “We are young and going to have to develop over the season,” said Critchfield. The Gators will have to replace their top five scorers from last year’s team that went 16-9, including Brandon Applehans and his 23 points a game.

Standley Lake’s Dylan Critchfield, left, and Marcus Asmus, far right, will give the Gators plenty of size this season. Photos by Jonathan Maness Asmus is the squad’s top returning scorer, but he only averaged 1.9 points last season.

He scored six points against Chatfield and Pomona last season, and also pulled down four

boards against Arvada West. “We are inexperienced, but as big guys we should do pretty well,”

Asmus said. “We may struggle a little bit with our guards.” Both Asmus and Critchfield spent some time at the Colorado Invitational Camp over the summer. While there Asmus showcased his versatility to play inside as well as out. He showed an ability to knock down jumpers and also proved he wasn’t afraid of playing in the paint. Critchfield, who is battling a sprained ankle going into the season, proved an ability to score in the post and a willingness to battle for boards. Asmus also traveled to San Diego and Las Vegas over the summer to work on his game, while Crichfield went to Texas and Las Vegas. “It was good experience seeing bigger guys in other states,” Asmus said. Seniors Mario Spears and Anthony Ochiato will also bring their talents from the football field to the basketball court for the Gators. Ochiato, who will play football at Northern Colorado next season, is also 6-6 and gives Standley Lake some more size in the post.

Boys basketball previews 2012-13 By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com This season may see quite a few boys squads in the area rebuilding and reloading with talent. Even Standley Lake, which advanced to the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs, return only two players with varsity experience. Teams like Mountain Range and Jefferson Academy may surprise a few teams. CLASS 5A

HORIZON HAWKS

COACH: Chad Wilson 2011: 8-15 overall, 5-11 Front Range League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jake Ralphs, Sr., G, 6-0; Dillion Harshman, Sr., G, 6-; Chad David, Sr., F, 6-1. OUTLOOK: With a strong senior class the Hawks look to improve on last season’s record. They return their top three scorers, but don’t have a lot of size in the post.

LEGACY LIGHTNING

COACH: Gunnar Johnson 2011: 7-17 overall, 7-9

Front Range League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mitch McCall, Sr., G, 6-1; Eyo Mengist, Jr, G, 6-0; Nico Ball, Jr., PG, 5-7. OUTLOOK: It could be a tough year for the Lightning. They don’t have a lot of experience or a lot of size. Legacy’s success will depend on how Ball can handle the load at point guard. M O U N T A I N RANGE MUSTANGS COACH: Jim Mason 2011: 2-21 overall, 1-15 Front Range League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jacob Taylor, 6-7, Sr.; Austin Quaratino, 5-10, Sr.; Tanner Waufle, 5-11, Sr. OUTLOOK: After a disappointing season last year the Mustangs should bring a competitive team this season, led by 6-foot-7 Taylor in the post. Taylor twice went for 20 points last season and also had eight double-doubles.

NORTHGLENN NORSE

COACH: Kevin Knudson 2011: 12-12 overall, 7-5 East Metro League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jordan Radebaugh, Sr., G; Derrick DeLaTorre, Jr., G; Angel Casares, Sr., G. OUTLOOK: The Norse will be replacing most of

last season’s squad, after graduating eight seniors - including the team’s top two scorers. Jordan Radebaugh returns to offer help on the perimeter, he also was one of the team’s top rebounders and led the squad in steals.

POMONA PANTHERS

COACH: Brian Zehnder 2011: 9-14 overall, 4-12 Jeffco League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mitch Colin, Sr., G, 5-11; Justo Camara, Sr., G, 6-0. OUTLOOK: Last season Pomona was a team in transition. They played 19 different players throughout the season, finishing seventh in 5A Jeffco. They are now hoping that experience will turn into more wins this season. But they will have to do it without graduated Alex Welsh and his 21-point per game average. That means senior Mitch Colin and junior Justo Camara will have to go from role players to key players.

STANDLEY LAKE GATORS

COACH: Mike Puccio 2011: 16-9 overall, 10-6 Jeffco League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dylan Critchfield, Jr., C, 6-6; Marcus Asmus, Jr., F; Mario Spears Jr., Sr, G, 6-0. OUTLOOK: It will be a rebuilding year for the Gators after they lost their top six scorers last season - including Brandon Applehans, who averaged 23 points. Standley Lake will have size, with three 6-6 players in the post. Critchfield and Asmus are the only returning players with varsity experience.

THORNTON TROJANS

COACH: Sercan Fanerci 2011: 4-18 overall, 2-10 East Metro League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Samuel Shumate, Sr., G/F, 6-1; Romeo Brewer, Sr., C, 6-6; Isaiah Hardy, Sr., F, 6-1. OUTLOOK: The Trojans will have a brand new team after a disappointing year on the court last season.

Shumate will carry the load after averaging 8.8 points last season and scored in double figures in 12 games last season - including leading the squad with 14 points in its win over Wheat Ridge.

WESTMINSTER WOLVES

COACH: Jim Montijo 2011: 5-18 overall, 5-7 East Metro League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Berto Loera Martinez, Sr., G, 6-1; Patrick Wilson, Sr., G, 5-11; Jordan Thompson, Sr, 5-10; Anthony Sarno, Jr., 6-1. OUTLOOK: With a senior-heavy squad the Wolves are looking at a playoff run. Loera Martinez is the lone returning varsity player and will guide Westminster’s squad, while Sarno is expected to be the Wolves go-to scorer. CLASS 4A

SKYVIEW WOLVERINES

COACH: Paul Barringer 2011: 14-10 overall, 7-5 East Metro League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Marcus Arnold, Sr., SF, 6-3; Cory Wilson, Jr., PG, 5-8; Olufisayo Awolaja, Jr., 6-5. OUTLOOK: After an impressive 2011 campaign the Wolverines will have to reload and replace their top weapons from last season - including Sergio Lara (22.0 points, 9.9 rebounds) and Steven Shannon (15.3 points, 7.3 assists). Awolaja is the top returning rebounder and Wilson will take over at point guard. The Wolverines will also be switching to the Colorado 7 League this season, and welcome back veteran coach Paul Barringer, who led Skyview to some of its greatest seasons during his first tenure with the team. CLASS 3A

HOLY FAMILY TIGERS

COACH: Pete Villecco 2011: 16-11 overall, 5-4 Metropolitan League PLAYERS TO WATCH: David Sommers, Jr., G, 6-1; Chuck Hollwedel, Sr., PG,

5-10; Devlin Granberg, Jr., F, 6-2. OUTLOOK: The Tigers aim to match last season’s playoff run which ended at the Final Four. Sommers and Hollwedel are the only two returning starters, but Granberg also saw time last season.

THE ACADEMY WILDCATS

COACH: Ken Rutt 2011: 12-12 overall, 6-5 Frontier League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Zach Telles, Sr., G; Alex Stone, Sr., C; Joey Ray, Jr., W. OUTLOOK: The Wildcats will go as far as Telles can take them. Telles has been playing on the varsity squad since his freshman year and provides them with a valuable shooter from the perimeter. He had five games in which he hit five treys or more and scored more than 20 points seven times last year.

THE PINNACLE TIMBERWOLVES

COACH: Lou Vullo 2011: 18-7 overall, 8-3 Frontier League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Chase Phillips, Sr., C/F, 6-4; David Pinela, Jr, F/C, 6-2; Sansom Ouk, Jr., G, 5-7. OUTLOOK: The Timberwolves will have to replace last season’s top scorers - Justin Akes (15.9) and Tieran Dysart (13.5). But Pinnacle will have Phillips returning. The 6-4 senior averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds. CLASS 1A

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COACH: Ran Draper 2011: 4-16 overall, 2-6 5280 League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Austin Thompson, Jr., F, 6-0; Jameson Iiams, So., G, 5-5; Allen Johnson, Jr., SG, 5-2. OUTLOOK: The Bruins don’t have a lot of size, but they do have some prolific scorers in Thompson and Johnson. The duo was the squad’s top scorers last season and provided the Bruins with a strong in-out combo.

Johnson nailed 21 threes, while Thompson did most of his work in the paint.

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS

COACH: Tony Perkins 2011: 13-8 overall, 6-2 5280 League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Wyatt Potter-Seymour, Sr., G, 5-7; Bryan Hodge, Sr., F, 6-3; Andrew Eichner, Sr., F, 6-0. OUTLOOK: With seven players returning with varsity experience the Crusaders are hoping to advance past the semifinals this season. Potter-Seymour provides outside shooting and Hodge’s is one of the top rebounders in Class 1A.

CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN BULLDOGS

COACH: Mike Durrill 2011: 4-13 overall, 3-5 5280 League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Evan Ice, Jr.; Robert Mulford, So.; Michael Durrill, So. OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs are hoping last season’s experience will pan out for their young squad. Evan Ice is one of two seniors on the squad and led the team in scoring last year, despite only averaging 7.6 points a game. He also was the squad’s leading rebounder.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN LUTHERAN EAGLES

COACH: Rich Lohmiller 2011: 1-16 overall, 0-8 5280 League PLAYERS TO WATCH: Zach Schlittenhart, So., 5-8, PG; Alec Hahm, Jr., 6-2, F; Bennett Treptow, Jr., 5-10, G. OUTLOOK: It is a youth movement for the Eagles, who don’t have a single senior on their squad. The team doesn’t have a lot of experience, as Hahm is the top returning scorer after averaging 4.9 points last season.


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A PERFECT 36

Phillip Pang from Thornton High School was honored on Nov. 15 by the Colorado State Board of Education for receiving a perfect score of 36 on his Colorado American College Test. Pang was among 16 Colorado students honored and was the only student in the Adams 12 Five Star School District to achieve a perfect 36 on his ACT for the 2011-12 school year. Photo by Ashley Reimers

YOUR WEEK & MORE THURSDAY/NOV. 29 CHOICE ENROLLMENT Arvada West High School Choice Enrollment Night is from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Arvada West Auditorium. Meet the teachers, counselors and administrators, hear an overview of the programs, classes, activities and athletics; tour the building; and have questions answered. Choice enrollment night is for students who live outside the Arvada West attendance boundaries. Choice enrollment applications are available at http:// www.jeffcopublicschools.org/enrollment or call 303-982-1303.

HEALTH SCREENINGS Residents in and around Westminster can be screened for risk of stroke and osteoporosis on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Highland Baptist Church, 9185 Utica St., Westminster. Screenings take 60-90 minutes. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www. lifelinescreening.com. Registration is required. CASA 101 Court Appointed Special Advocates of Adams and Broomfield counties plans a CASA 101 information session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Anythink Library,

9417 Huron St., Thornton. Pizza will be provided by CASA supporter Marco’s Pizza. CASA staff members and volunteers will speak with guests about the program, as well as help those interested in becoming a volunteer. Visit www. casa17th.org or call Amy Shamburg at 303-655-3927.

THURSDAY AND Friday/Nov. 29-30 MUSICAL AUDITIONS The Arvada Center will have auditions for the musical “Man of La Mancha” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29-30 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Call the Arvada Center, 720-898-7200 to schedule a time. FRIDAY/NOV. 30 HOLIDAY TEA Celebrate the holidays in style with afternoon tea, which is part of the Festive Friday Series. The tea begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Cost is $5, and musical entertainment is included. RSVP at 303-450-8801 by Nov. 28. For ages 55 and older.

FRIDAY AND Saturday/Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8

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

FRIDAY/NOV. 30 TO SUNDAY/ DEC. 2 HOLIDAY CHEER Join the Creative Revolution Theatre Company for a lighthearted evening that will get you in the holiday spirit. Tickets are now on sale for “An Evening of Holiday Cheer, Three Short Festive Plays and Caroling.” The show will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton. Email creativerevolutiontheatre@gmail.com or call 720-301-4439 to reserve tickets. Shows are at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Visit www. creativerevolutiontheatre.org. SATURDAY/DEC. 1 CHRISTMAS TEA Shepherd of Love Fellowship plans its Christmas tea featuring its From the Heart gift boutique. Menu includes homemade scones, tea

sandwiches and specialty sweets. The tea is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 13550 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield. Girls ages 10 and older welcome. RSVP at 303-469-0410 or visit www.shepherdoflove.org.

CPR CLASS Learn the skills and gain the confidence to step forward in an emergency with a CPR class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Certification issued at the end of the class and fulfills all state, OSHA and social services requirements. For ages 16 and older. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www.northglenn.org/recxpress for information on costs or to register. PRAYER SERVICE Community In Christ Church will host “An Evening of Prayer” for the children of the north Jeffco communities at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The church is at 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. With the recent tragedies in the Arvada/ Westminster area, the church will open its doors for any and all families who wish to take that time to pray, and have their children prayed for. Your Week continues on Page 24

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CRAFT SHOW Christmas craft spectacular is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Broomfield Assembly, 111900 Reed St. The community event will support Sarah’s Home and women at risk for trafficking. Activities include festive crafts, baked goods, a kids’ fun corner live Christmas songs and hymns with a flash mob participants from Nativity will be worshiping and taking a stand through dance. We will also have information from the community offering resources for children safety. Call Sandy at 303-466-9561 or broomfieldag. org. BLOOD DRIVE Calvary Community Baptist Church Community Blood Drive is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 inside Bonfils’ bus at 11980 Irma Drive, Northglenn. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Georgia Mueller at 303-963-5790 or bgasmuller@comcast.net. HOLIDAY TEA McIlvoy House will have its holiday tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7307 Grandview Ave., Arvada. The menu includes delectable delicacies for the holiday season. Paid reservation required. Space is limited. Call the McIlvoy House, 303431-1261 or stop by the house to purchase tickets. SATURDAY AND Sunday/Dec. 1-2 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Enjoy a classic Christmas celebration while helping promote a love of books in children at the Olde Fashioned Christmas and Rudolph’s Reading Raffle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Stonehocker Farmhouse, 10950 Fox Run Parkway. Rudolph and Santa will be there and visitors can have photos taken with them. Holiday gifts, baked good, food, decorations and stocking stuffers will be for sale. Nancy Storm will play Christmas music on an antique piano and the Northland Chorale and the Sunshine Girls musical youth group will make special appearances. Kids will receive a book as part of the reading raffle, which is sponsored by Northglenn Build a Generation. Call Mayor Joyce Downing, 720-232-4402 or email nhpf1999@aol.com.

SUNDAY/DEC. 2 BLOOD DRIVE Crossing Church of the Nazarene Community Blood Drive is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, inside Bonfils’ bus at 3501 W. 104th, Westminster. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303363-2300 or www.bonfils.org. SUNDAY/DEC. 2, Jan. 6 50TH ANNIVERSARY Northglenn United Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Jan. 6. On Dec. 2, which is the 50th anniversary of the first church service, the Rev. Bill Youngblood and his wife, Betty, will be at the church service. Youngblood was the first pastor of NGUMC. Services begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 6 is 50th anniversary Sunday, also called “Remembering our Beginning Charter Sunday.” From January through April, former pastors will preach on various Sundays. A summer celebration is planned in June. Present members, former members, neighbors and friends of the church are invited to any and all of these events. TUESDAY/DEC. 4 LIFETREE CAFÉ Hollywood director Tom Shadyac, best known for “Ace Ventura,” “The Nutty Professor,”“Patch Adams,”“Bruce Almighty” and “I Am,” will discuss how he simplified his life in an exclusive filmed interview, presented at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St. in Arvada. Admission is free, and snacks and drinks are available. TUESDAY TO Friday/Dec. 4-7, Tuesday to Monday/Dec. 11-17 CRAFT WORKSHOPS Make great gifts for the holidays at upcoming do it yourself holiday card and craft workshops. Cost is $5 per hour for space, resources, instruction and inspiration to create using repurposed materials. Cards and paper crafts are Dec. 4-7 and fabric crafts are Dec. 11-17. Drop-in from 3-5 p.m. at 5927 Miller St., Arvada. Sliding scale and work trades available. All ages; under 12 must bring adult.

‘outrageous’ incident The news report of the wanton slaughter of a cow moose and two small calves in Grand County on Wednesday, Nov. 14, was disheartening and more than disgusting. The killing of the moose family occurred in the surroundings of the Mountain Shadows Estates residential subdivision between Granby and Grand Lake. Moose were introduced in the Cowdrey area of Jackson County in north central Colorado in 1979. Bringing moose to Colorado has been one of those successful game management programs by the then Colorado Division of Wildlife. The moose have not just survived, but multiplied significantly over the 33 years with population approaching approximately 1,800 in 2012. Colorado moose do not have natural predators, such as grizzly bears and wolves as those in Canada and Alaska do. They differ from elk and deer in their diet as well. Moose do not have upper teeth and rely on lower incisors in their consumption of fruits and plants, predominately wetland aquatic plants and marsh area woody plants, mosses and lichens. By contrast, elk are grazing animals, seeking grass plants and deer are browsers relying on brush and shrub leaf plants. As a result, the three wild game species do not compete in any significant way for food. They do not have a history of competing with cattle either since cattle are grazers that consume grasses. The developing moose popula-

tion is less visible. They avoid foraging in town garbage cans, as do bears. They are far more solitary than elk that have nearly overtaken human populated areas like Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The big-hoofed undulates average between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds, with large bulls reaching 1,800 pounds. They are private and not frequently observed by people or found in herds or large groups. As a result, there is less conflict with cattle ranching, human activities and the growing urban population. Sustaining habitat for moose, like many Colorado wildlife, is one of the factors concerning wild game managers on the future of the moose population balance in Colorado. Human activity and mountain development continually threaten all wild game habitats. “And habitat is primarily going to be influenced by temperature, changing weather and moisture patterns,” said John Broderick, terrestrial biology manager for the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Given the fact moose do not seek out human populations or urban activities, it further angers

the public when someone, without cause, kills these animals. However, moose do pose strength of presence. They don’t run from people. They are to be respected when man is in their presence. Moose do coexist in limited numbers with man, and yet, can be aggressive or threatening. As a result the senseless killing of the cow and two calves near Granby causes even more disgust. The state wildlife managers are making a concerted effort to monitor moose health and to guide moose expansion by moving some to the far West Slope area in the Grand Mesa area as well as to the Rio Branco County near the Colorado-Utah border. Moose have only recently been added to the big game hunting management programs. According to John Broderick, “there have not been any cases of chronic wasting disease and we are putting moose in all the habitats that can support them.” “The Nov. 14 poaching of the three moose,” Northwest Regional Wildlife Manager Ron Velarde stated clearly, “is an outrageous incident and my officers are preparing an all-out effort to find the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice.” The public can assist anonymously in this investigation by relaying any helpful information to the Operation Game Thief toll-free number at 877-2656648. Ron Hellbusch can be reached at Ron-Hellbusch@comcast.net

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oin Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves for an evening of fun on Dec. 7 when Santa comes to Northglenn to turn on the city’s holiday lights. The Holiday Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. You will be surprised at who has been a good boy this year! An indoor fair will be held in the gym immediately after the lighting ceremony until 8:30 p.m. with activities for children, refreshments and free pictures with Santa. The Northglenn Community Foundation will sell slices of pizza as a fundraiser for the Utility Assistance Program. Before the event, the Northglenn Senior Organization will hold its annual bake sale starting at 1 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., big band music group Back Beat (an Adams County youth band) will start the night off. Then, the Denver Municipal Band and the Northland Chorale will perform a free holiday concert.

The event is sponsored by the Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel, Northglenn Community Foundation, Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, ATA Karate for Kids and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Canned goods, new toys and gently used clothing will be collected for those who need it in our community. For more information, please contact Jeanette Sánchez at 303-450-8935 or jsanchez@northglenn.org. Volunteers are needed to help out at Noel Northglenn from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Background checks are needed. For more information, please contact Jeanette Sánchez at 303-4508935 or jsanchez@northglenn.org.

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