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Couple follows dream, opens restaurant By Darin Moriki Aloha Hawaiian BBQ owners Karen and Marc Pham know most or their customers by their first name and can be heard greeting every person with a warm, “Aloha” even on the coldest winter days. The restaurant, located in a strip mall at 8623 Washington St. in Thornton, may seem to be a little rough on the edges, but Karen said the restaurant’s minimalist decorations and Hawaiian music played in the background is intended to remind diners of the “island, laid-back lifestyle.” “We just want people to feel like we’re all a part of one big large ohana (family) and know that even if they are dining for one, they can sit here and we’ll pick up a conversation with them,” Karen said. The couple, who also own Compliance Administrative Services, a Denver-based drug testing company, decided to open the restaurant in August 2012 to fulfill Marc’s longtime dream of having his own restaurant. “This is definitely one on thing on Marc’s bucket list,” Karen said jokingly. “Owning this restaurant was on his bucket list.” These days, Marc said his employees primarily oversee the company’s operations so that he can focus on what he says is his true passion. “I’ve always been in the hospitality business, and we were both looking for a change in lifestyle,” Marc said. “I guess you could say that we’re the type of people who don’t enjoy sitting down and the type to always be on the go.” Karen, who grew up working in her aunt’s Chinese restaurant on Oahu, said that she learned how to cook a variety of different foods from the many employees that her

Aloha by the plate Marc and Karen Pham are owners of Aloha Hawaiian BBQ at 8623 Washington St. in Thornton. Photos by Andy Carpenean family has had the chance to work with over the years. “We had Spanish, Filipino, Japanese and Portuguese people all working under the same roof, so I got exposed to all the different types of food,” Pham said. “The island style is the tradition of doing potlucks whenever you have get-togethers, even if it’s inside a restaurant.” During the day, Karen can be found in the kitchen, where she regularly prepares and cooks restaurant favorites like teriyaki beef and loco that is then served in a Styrofoam to-go plate with at least

one scoop of rice and a side of macaroni salad. “It comes into a complete circle for us because it’s all hospitality, and I guess that’s one of the things that Marc and I thrive on the most,” Karen said. “It was very scary for us to jump into this but it’s also a big adventure as well because we know how to cook, but there were a lot of unknown factors, but with the support of family back home on the islands, this has grown bigger than our expectations.”

Sue Beardsley prepares a meat combination meal at Aloha Hawaiian BBQ at 8623 Washington St. in Thornton.

Bill tackles mortgage confusion Measure garners no Republican support By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews. com A Democratic state lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that he says will “keep homeowners in their homes,” but it’s one that has not garnered any support from Republicans thus far. House Bill 1017 would allow homeowners who have modified their mortgage interest rates to keep those same rates if their loans are transferred to another bank. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, said during a recent legislative committee hearing that banks sometimes do not properly

communicate when a person is in the process of modifying a loan. When the loan transfer to another servicer occurs, homeowners end up receiving “a Dear John letter,” notifying them of the transfer. But, “in a minority of cases,” the loan ends up getting transferred without the new servicer even knowing that the loan has been modified. Therefore, the new bank refuses to honor the modified rate, leaving homeowners confused and without recourse, Lebsock said. “Essentially, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing,” Lebsock said. That happened to Daniel Graham of Aurora, who testified during a recent House Business, Labor, Economic and Workforce Committee


hearing about his “nightmare” experience of getting caught between two banks and two separate mortgage rates. Graham said that a bank recently foreclosed on his home — one that had been in his family for 34 years — after it refused to honor a modification that he and a previous bank had agreed on. “Trying to find help from people when you’re going through this? It’s not out there,” Graham testified. “People, please. This is something that is needed. I am going through this nightmare right now.” The bill is on its way to the Senate after it passed the House Jan. 29, with Democrats supporting it in a 37-28 partyline vote. Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, said he voted against the bill in part because

he “couldn’t get a straight answer as to how big of a problem this was.” Gardner said it is a “feel good” bill that doesn’t really do anything. “I’m not going to vote for it because it sounds like a nice thing to do,” Gardner said. Lebsock said he was “troubled” that the bill didn’t garner a single Republican vote in the House, especially after representatives from Colorado banking and realty groups voiced their support of the bill during the committee hearing. “It’s very puzzling to me that we didn’t get bipartisan support,” Lebsock said. But Gardner said the freshman representative shouldn’t be too surprised. “He’ll be puzzled about a lot more things that happen here,” Gardner said.


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February 7, 2013

We, the people, are in this together As President Obama’s words rang out from Capitol Hill into my family room, as the camera panned over the thousands bearing witness to his second inaugural address, I found myself moved. By the significance of the tradition, its symbolism and shout to the world that regardless of who was elected, this transition from one presidential term to another would be a peaceful one. By words that spoke of equality for all. And by faces that seemed at once jubilant and expectant. “We, the people …,” President Obama repeated throughout. “We, the people …” But as I watched and listened, enveloped in the moment’s oneness, a question slipped in: Do we all feel as if we are the people? Those three words have become a mantra of what America represents, taken from the document this country was built on: “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” It is a lofty ideal that at times has been shoved into the shadows by such abuses as slavery and inequality of rights because of gender, race and religion. That we have amended some of those wrongs is an inspiring tribute to our foundation. But we are, most definitely, a work still in progress. “`We, the people’ is our vision for America,” says Amy Montague, a social studies teacher for 15 years whose passion for history lights her eyes and fills her voice. “`We, the people’ is what we are always aspiring to be.” Empowered toward unity. Even when it is difficult to achieve. Stephanie Noll is a social worker for Mi

Casa Resource Center, which serves the underemployed and unemployed in the Denver area. She works daily with women and men struggling to overcome financial, educational and other challenges in their pursuit of stability. “When people don’t have access to be able to meet their basic needs,” she says, “they don’t feel included as the `we’ who are taken care of in society.” Something as simple as language can exclude people from the circle, says Alejandra Harguth, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Mexico who works with immigrants in Littleton. “Just because you were born somewhere else doesn’t mean you are different from the person next to you” in terms of human value. Moe Keller, a Democrat who championed mental health, child care and developmentally disabled issues during her years in the Colorado House and Senate, believes that, overall, the country’s “general welfare” isn’t being promoted as the Constitution asks. “We need to invest and believe in ourselves. I don’t think we do that right now,” says Keller, who taught special education for 25 years and remains active in the mental health arena. “Even at the federal level, we don’t,” referring to the legislative fight over Hurricane Sandy disaster relief and other political challenges to civic and social programs. “I believe in economic patriotism,” she says. “We have an obligation and a duty to pay taxes because democracy is not free.

Taxes are not evil. They are what keeps us going as a country.” To Bob Beauprez, a buffalo rancher and former Republican congressman who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006, President Obama’s “we, the people” means “we, the government.” John F. Kennedy had it right, Beauprez says, when he proclaimed in his inaugural address, “`Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.’ It’s bigger than us. The cause is bigger than us.” But the elemental essence of “we, the people” as an instrument of cohesion and change gives us the tools — despite differing philosophical views on government — to work toward that dream of unity. The teacher, the social worker, the politician and the community activist see evidence of it every day. Steve Burkholder, a former mayor of Lakewood, talks about the sales tax increase of 2005 that led to the building of a new mall and increased revenue during tough financial times. The city asked its residents, “What type of city do you want?” Burkholder remembers. “We can give you this type of city at 2 percent sales tax or we can give you this type of city at 3 percent sales tax. This is your choice. We had this dialogue about it and we talked about it and we tore down their favorite mall …. The citizens were a part of it. That was `we, the people.’ ” He talks about the importance of establishing inclusivity across all areas, from ethnicity to gender to income level, and excitedly mentions an early intervention educational program that will soon begin in the city. “We have this opportunity to make a major difference.” That kind of empowerment of others, he says, is “we, the people.” Keller highlights community service organizations such as Optimist, Rotary and Kiwanis, which regularly provide

scholarships to young people for higher education. One, in particular, recognizes students who have stayed in school despite great adversity. “They want these people to be successful,” Keller says. “This is `we, the people.’ ” Beauprez, although saying he doesn’t agree with all its tenets, points to the Tea Party movement. “The people were saying loud and clear, `Something’s really screwed up here … and we have to get off our couches and do something about it,” he says. “That kind of citizen action … it’s an extremely healthy `we, the people’ kind of statement.” Noll, the social worker, isn’t sure those who are marginalized ever fully feel included in society as a whole. But the success of her program’s participants — representing such a broad diversity — gives her hope. “There is a sense of empowerment in that process,” she acknowledges. “People do regain a sense of belonging.” Amy Montague, the teacher, looks to history for reaffirmation. If it’s read just right, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation can still move her to tears. The power of the words and the foresight and courage it took to write and deliver them take her back to the nation’s roots and remind her of its strength. The people. “People have to remember where we came from and that we can get through whatever is happening,” she says. “We can, as a people, make it.” Our founding fathers believed we could. I do, too. We just can’t ever forget the “we.” Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at or 303-566-4110.

NORTHGLENN ON THE RECORD Northglenn City Council voted on the following legislation during its Jan. 28 meeting. Council members in attendance were Mayor Joyce Downing, Carol Dodge and Wayne Dodge, Ward I; Joe Brown and Leslie Carrico, Ward II; Marci Whitman, Ward III; and Kim Snetzinger and Gene Wieneke, Ward IV. Mayor Pro Tem Susan Clyne, Ward III, was absent.

Single stream recycling Council unanimously approved a service agreement between the city and Waste Management of Colorado Inc. for 2013 for single stream recycling services. The company charges a fixed rate of $15.25 per ton. Northglenn recycles approximately 120 tons of material per month. Based on that average, it is estimated that 2013 recycling revenues will be about $22,000. Single stream recycling is used by about 44 percent of residents. Trash collection rates have not increased in the past eight years.

Water meter replacement purchase Council unanimously approved a purchase order to National Meter and Automation Inc. not to exceed $150,000 for commercial and residential water meters (approximately 400) and electronic readers (approximately 700). This is part of the city’s ongoing meter replacement

to ensure accurate measurement of water usage and the funding is allocated in the 2013 adopted budget. There are 10,245 commercial and residential water meters in the city.

Traffic signal maintenance contract Council unanimously approved an agreement between the city and W.L. Contractors Inc. to not exceed $70,000 for the 2013 Traffic Signal Maintenance Program. The contract consists of preventative maintenance work and emergency work such as repairs required during vehicle crashes, adverse weather and equipment failures. Council approved a two-year contract with this same company in 2011 and this is an extension of that contract and it reflects no increase.

Reappointment, appointment to commissions Leandra Laws was reappointed to serve on the Northglenn Youth Commission for a one-year term. Katie McLaughlin was appointed as a member of the Planning Commission to fill a vacant term that expires Feb. 26, 2015. Council unanimously approved these items during its consent agenda portion of the meeting. The next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive. — Compiled by Tammy Kranz


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Thornton man given life sentence for injuring, eluding police Staff Report

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The sentence signaled an end to Terry’s crime spree, which began on Dec. 17, 2010. On that day, several Westminster Police Department ofTerry ficers attempted to contact Terry after he was suspected of breaking into vehicles in a parking lot near 88th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. Terry then led Westminster Police Department officers on a high-speed chase and successfully eluded them after crashing his

D12 graduation rates increase

nStaff report her he Adams 12 Five Star and Schools graduation rate on’s jumped 5.1 percent for the class of 2012, surpassing last year’s rate, as well as the e state average. h “We meet individually can, with our students during both their junior and senior year to be certain they are on track for graduation,” said Horizon High Principal Pam Smiley, whose school had the highest overall graduation rate, 90.8 pere cent. “If we determine they are com not on track during either year we immediately get them into our ‘Jump Start Junior Program,” she said. The district’s plans are working. The class of 2012 graduation rate of 79 percent beat the Colorado rate of 75.4 percent. The U.S. Department of Education’s “on time” formula has been used for calculating graduation rates starting with the class of 2010. Charter school numbers are not included. “We believe this im-

car head-on into a police vehicle driven by Westminster Officer Richard Salazar. Nearly two weeks later, Thornton Police Department Officer Evan Nau responded to a call of a suspected intoxicated driver around 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2010, and saw Terry walking to his truck in the Walmart parking lot on East 128th Avenue in Thornton. The caller told responders that Terry had been driving recklessly earlier in the day and almost caused an accident near 128th and Holly Street. Nau approached Terry’s car just as Terry got inside of it and


then gave commands for Terry to get out of the car. Terry refused Nau’s commands and a physical struggle took place in which Terry was able to drive off after slamming Nau’s hand into the car door and running over his foot. Terry then led officers from several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through Thornton, Commerce City and unincorporated Adams County. Police were able to briefly stop Terry’s car near Interstate 76 and East 96th Avenue, but Terry was able to regain control and drove his car toward Commerce City Police Officer Derek Richter, who was standing near the entrance

ramp to the interstate. Richter, who was able to avoid Terry’s car, was not injured. Terry barreled down the interstate for another several more miles before being stopped by the Colorado State Patrol near the 9700 block of Steele Street. In all, the high-speed pursuit involved police officers from the Thornton and Commerce City police departments, Colorado State Patrol, and Adams County Sheriff’s Office. In October 2012, an Adams County jury found Terry guilty of the charges that stemmed out of those incidences.

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provement is a result of our collective efforts to take a more individualized approach to helping our students graduate on time and prepare for post-secondary opportunities,” said Superintendent Chris Gdowski. Thornton High’s graduation rate recorded the district’s highest annual percentage increase, 8.8 percent, to 77.7 percent. “We’ve personalized the learning experience for our students,” said Thornton Principal Johnny Terrell. “We focus on small learning communities and we also provide academic and social interventions, we extend the learning one class period per day and we use research-based discipline protocol that places a value on building relationships with students.” To further boost the graduation rate, the district began implementing an Early Warning System that provides real-time data allowing teachers and school counselors to proactively address dropout risk factors.


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Proposed bill would get law out of bedroom Legislators target old statutes on adultery, immorality By Vic Vela With apologies to Hank Williams Sr.: Your cheating heart may tell on you, but that shouldn’t result in troubles with the law, too. At least that’s what two Democratic legislators believe. A bill that would repeal a longstanding Colorado law that prohibits adultery — as well as repeal a separate law that makes it a crime to promote “sexual immorality” — was introduced in the state House of Representatives last week. “Adultery should be a matter between a person and their spouse,” said Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, the bill’s House sponsor. “It is wrong, in my view, to

make it the state’s business to inquire into who I slept with last night.” Yes, it is against Colorado law to cheat on one’s spouse, and it’s been like that since the 1900s. To be sure, it is a toothless law, seeing as how there is no penalty associated with it. But a separate law that the bill aims to repeal, “promoting sexual immorality,” does carry with it a potential misdemeanor charge. An example of a violation of this law would be when a hotel worker rents a room to an unmarried couple, knowing that they’re going to use the room to have sex. “It has been prosecuted eleven times in the last three years,” Kagan said of the sexual immorality law. “This bill keeps the police out of our private business.” Kagan is sponsoring the bill with Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. They are the same two lawmakers who unsuccessfully attempted to repeal the laws during a pre-

vious legislative session. The attempt to revive the bill is being panned by at least one Republican legislator. Rep. Libby Szabo of Arvada had some fun on Twitter, saying sarcastically that the bill is “another display of the (Colorado Democratic Party’s) focus on jobs and the economy.” Szabo elaborated on her tweet in an emailed statement to Colorado Community Media. “It just makes you wonder what the legislative priorities are of two senior members of the Democrat legislative caucus when they’re more interested in running legislation concerning sexual immorality while more than 200,000 Coloradans are without a job,” Szabo wrote. But Kagan insists that this bill “does not take away from our efforts to create jobs and strengthen the economy.” “We can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Kagan said.


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Council approves new park Drinking with Dad bill fails hours, parental responsibility By Vic Vela

New measures aimed at making parks safer By Tammy Kranz Parks in Northglenn will close an hour earlier at 10 p.m. and parents of minors caught vandalizing, being in parks during closed hours or violating other laws could be penalized. Council unanimously approved the second and final readings of the ordinances during its Jan. 28 regular meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Susan Clyne, Ward III, was absent. The votes came after public hearings for the ordinances, at which time no one spoke either in favor or against the measures. The measures are part of the city’s efforts to increase safety in the area of the Don Anema Memorial Skate Park and E.B. Rains following citizen complaints last year about a rise in criminal activity. The Parental Responsibility for Acts of Minor Children gives a municipal judge the authority to assign community service, fines or other penalties to not only the minor who violated the city ordinance, but to his or her legal guardian as well. Council did amend this ordinance to cap the financial penalty at $999 after Ward IV councilman Gene Wieneke thought the maximum penalties needed

to be toned down or limited. Wayne Dodge, Ward I, said maybe some penalties were extreme like potential jail time, but that the monetary fine of $999 was “a small price to pay if your kid does $10,000 of damage.” On the opposite side of the argument, Ward II Councilwoman Leslie Carrico, said, “Maybe if the parents were held accountable, then maybe this stuff wont be happening in our city.” City attorney Corey Hoffmann has explained to council previously that this legal tool would only be used in appropriate circumstances and not as a matter of course. “I did discuss this with the judge, he is anticipating this ordinance will only be used for either repeat offenders or more offenses,” he said at the Jan. 28 meeting. Council also approved by a 6-2 vote an ordinance prohibiting unlawful conduct on public property, which includes camping. Wieneke and Carol Dodge, Ward I, voted against this measure. Carol Dodge said that the other ordinances stemmed from criminal activities at E.B. Rains Jr. and the skate park, “and now it just seems way too controlling and too many rules and regs and I’m not for that.” Hoffmann said the origins of the new ordinance were brought up by police during discussions about safety in the parks. A public hearing for the ordinance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive.

Sorry, kids. But it’s still against the law to drink with dad or have margaritas with Report mom at Colorado bars and restaurants. A bill that would have allowed parents to buy alcohol for persons as young as 18 — dubbed the “Drinking With Dad” bill — failed to survive, following a state legislative committee hearing Jan. 30. State Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, who sponsored the legislation, said his bill would have allowed parents to “show their kids how to enjoy an adult beverage in public (responsibly).” Brophy argued that data from 11 other states that have similar laws to the one he proposed showed a decrease in the number of drunken driving incidents committed by young persons, as well as resulted in fewer underage drinkers overall. Underage people currently are allowed to drink with their parents at home. But this was a bridge too far for the majority of legislators on the Senate’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, said


that simply trying to prove that the underage person is the parent’s child would put the restaurant industry – and parents – in a tough spot. “I have to bring my daughter’s birth certificate and my own to prove that I’m her legal mother?” Hudak said. Hudak also said that, “If I wanted my daughter to have margaritas with me, I would invite her to my place and have them at home.” Sen. Matt Jones, D-Boulder, said he once worked as a waiter and recalled that “it was hard enough carding for (the legal drinking age of 21) at the time.” Jones said that restaurant workers’ tips could be affected in cases where they refused to sell booze to the young person. Mike Violette of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police said the bill would have “unintended consequences.” “Not all parents are as responsible in Colorado, unfortunately, as Mr. Brophy and his wife,” Violette said. The committee voted against moving the bill forward by a 4-1 vote. The lone supporter was Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, who said that in three years, his son will become a young man who is 18. “He can go to fight in Afghanistan, he can vote, he can defend our country,” Harvey said. “But … if I wanted to take him out for a beer in Colorado, I couldn’t do that.”

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Huron Street in Thornton. Taxpayers interested in receiving tax preparation assistance are advised to bring the following items with them to any one of the seven Adams County locations copy of last year’s tax returns; social security cards for yourself and your dependents; all W-2s, 1098 and 1099 forms; and proof of any other income received, any deductible expenses, and any booklets sent from the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Colorado. For more information, contact George V. Mazzotti, Jr. at the Adams County Treasurer’s Office at 720-523-6163.

Adams County Treasurer’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service is offering free income tax preparation assistance for basic taxes and free electronic filing for all taxpayers with a combined income of $50,000 or less. These services will be provided at seven locations throughout Adams County, including the Northglenn Senior Center, located at 11801 Community Center Drive; Thornton Senior Center, located at 9471 Dorothy Boulevard; The Mac, located at 3295 West 72nd Avenue in Westminster; and Huron Street Anythink Library, location at 9417

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Eight ladies will compete for the Adams County Fair Lady in Waiting title at a competition to be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the Adams County Regional Park Complex, Rendezvous Meeting Rooms, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton. This year’s list of contestants includes: Lindsey Irby of Henderson, Kaylene Nicole of Lakewood, Ayla Schaffner of Henderson, Brittany Nicole of Commerce City, Madison Thomas of Aurora, Savannah Hamilton of Brighton, Tiawna Beach of Commerce City and Kaitlyn Baker of Brighton. Each contestant will be judged

in multiple areas, including horsemanship, personal interview, presentation of a prepared speech and modeling. The winner will represent the county as Lady in Waiting for one year and then reign as Fair Queen the following year. The Adams County Fair royalty is associated with the Adams County Fair held the first full weekend in August.

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Let’s pass on another round of drinking bill The “drinking with Dad” bill that was killed in committee last week made for lively conversation around water coolers and dinner tables. We don’t mind that it failed — we are gripped by so many other matters at the Statehouse — but we stop short of calling the bill ridiculous. The failed notion — sponsored by state Sen. Greg Brophy — would have allowed parents to share alcoholic drinks with their 18-to-20-year-old children at restaurants or bars, ideally preparing them for the responsibilities of becoming 21. While it was pointed out several other states allow the practice, the committee gave little ground and defeated the measure 4-1. We agree with an oft-mentioned counterpoint that restaurant servers would face the onus of verifying parents and children before serving the 18-to-20-year-olds. The extra duty could put the servers in a tough

OUR VIEW spot as noted by state Sen. Evie Hudak, DWestminster. Maybe it would be a big pain or maybe not, but for now we agree with keeping a clean line of law in the public arena concerning the drinking age of 21. And we side with those who say it’s enough that parents have the legal opportunity to serve and teach their children about alcohol at home. Home is an excellent place to cover alcohol and responsible drinking. Further, it’s a fine place to learn how to prepare for the public arena with good skills in assigning designated drivers, as well as being aware one drink — depend-

What are your thoughts on the state’s ASSET bill?

a few people about their thoughts on this measure. We quizzed locals on a cool evening Saturday at the Starbucks located at 35 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton.

“On paper, that sounds “I don’t think it’s fair that like a fantastic idea. I think we’re not only having to that we need to have more support people who I think citizens in our country that should work hard for it but are more geared toward they want people to pay for education. If they’re here to it. Sure they do the homework toward citizenship, I work — I do the homework think that’s fantastic.” and I paid for it and I’m a resident — so I think they should - Bob Parks, Northglenn have to meet those criteria before they start the process.” - Joyce Lara, Broomfield “I’m a first generation U.S. citizen — my mother came from a state in Mexico called Durango and all of my family members had to get their green card and become United States citizens to come and stay here. I obviously feel very strongly about the fact that you have to do things legally, and in my personal opinion, I would not like to see this bill pass because I believe that everybody who wants to be an American citizen should go through the right avenue that would then allow them to obtain those rights.” - Jaime Lara, Broomfield


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Colorado, so need transportation dollars for highways and aging bridges. But it’s simply not right. The drinking age, at its core an issue of individual liberty, should not be held hostage to the pocketbook issue of transportation dollars. Interestingly, incongruent laws that put voting and military service at 18 and drinking alcohol at 21 crudely reflect the true nature of coming of age where attaining maturity doesn’t happen on a certain birthday or day for each individual. But just maybe someday these laws will better align to clearly and legally mark adulthood while surrounding responsibilities and efforts — such as reducing drunk driving — are just as vigilant as ever in striving to balance our safety with our liberties.

‘The Man’ was my idol


As the debate of providing in-state tuition to undocumented students rages on in the Legislature, we took the time to ask

ing on factors such as beverage and weight of the person — can put someone on the wrong side of the mark in a Breathalyzer test. As for the other side of the argument, we certainly accept the valid view of state Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch. As the only vote for the bill, he said when his son turns 18, he will be able to fight in Afghanistan but will not be able to have a drink with his parents at a restaurant. That is a tough shot. Harvey’s comment echoed a debate that has decidedly diminished since the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This strong-arm bill passed by the Congress subjects states with a minimum age for drinking that is below 21 to a 10 percent decrease in annual federal highway funds. It was a brilliant way for proponents to keep the age at 21 because most states, like

“I don’t think I would support it because I feel like there are more important things to focus on. I just don’t think that it’s really fair because I feel like people in the U.S. already have a difficult time getting in-state tuition if they’re not from that state.” - Whitney Woodruff, Westminster

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In my book, he was No. 1, always has been and always will be. He was no show boat or a prima donna. He was highly skilled, consistent, a man of integrity, a supportive husband for 72 years, dependable, dedicated, a team player, a stellar community-minded person and loyal to the end. He was “Stan the Man” Musial. He spent his entire 22-year career in major league baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941 through 1963. And he stayed on with the Cardinals’ organization after playing the sport he loved up until his death last week at the age of 92. While he was born in Pennsylvania, his life-long baseball career in St. Louis reflected his strong Midwest values.

More than baseball statistics

I loved to watch his unorthodox left hand batting stance and precision swing. It produced more records than I have space to recount. But it is important to note that he was a life-time .331 hitter, hit 475 home runs, had seven National League batting crowns and others. The Man was much more than baseball statistics. He led a quiet, clean life contrasted by others who didn’t, and in turn, got more of the limelight. He was a gentleman, a civic leader and a devoted family man. He was a role model for a lot of us who grew up in the 1940s and ’50s. Stan the Man will be missed, but his legacy will always be with us.

Too many inequities

It has been nearly 20 years since the state’s School Finance Act has seen any major revisions. That is too long! This Act controls the funding of public schools from K-12. There have been inequities in the law for a long time, but for whatever reasons the Legislature has not resolved them. Issues of the number of at-risk students, English-language learners and special education needs are relevant factors

today along with the assessed valuation of each district. The existing cost-of-living factor in the funding formula is a component that needs to be re-thought. We have too much “haves” and “have nots” among the state’s 178 school districts. Equity and quality among the districts needs to be better adjusted.

A worthy effort under way

State Sen. Mike Johnston is heading up a coalition of various interests to draft legislation to address these issues. It is clear early on that the devil is in the detail, but the issue needs to be tackled. And it would have a tax package to go with it that would require state voters’ approval. Along with the politics of this endeavor, is the looming Lobato lawsuit, which is pending before the state Supreme Court. I have written about it before, but basically it contends that the state of Colorado does not adequately fund public schools across the state to be in compliance with its constitutional mandate. One education consultant has estimated an annual funding deficit of $4 billion. The outcome of the lawsuit could have huge consequences, but in the meantime we should applaud Senator Johnston and his group to tackle much needed revisions to fund schools. Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.


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Jobs and economy is our No. 1 focus We’re proud to represent our communities and Jefferson County in the state House of Representatives, which reconvened on Jan. 9. During the 120-day legislative session we will be working hard to protect families and businesses in Jeffco and across Colorado. As in years past, jobs and the economy are our No. 1 focus. Though Colorado’s economy is recovering from the Great Recession, we all want to see a faster, stronger recovery with more robust job creation. We can’t rely on the federal government to safeguard and accelerate our recent gains. Colorado’s recovery needs to be a Colorado solution emphasizing our unique strengths and needs. Fortunately, in 2013 we have majorities in both houses of the state Legislature that believe Colorado’s government can help improve the climate for job creation and turn a fragile recovery into one that’s strong and sustained. The House Democrats have intro-

duced a package of common-sense proposals to connect more Coloradans to good jobs. We will support measures to develop the bioscience, aerospace, electronics, information technology and other advanced industries in Colorado, creating high-paying skilled jobs. Our goal is to ensure that Colorado is a player in the industries of the 21st century. We’ll shift the state’s economic development investments into programs that work, like the Small Business Development Centers, which target Colorado startups and produce more jobs per dollar

than any other state program, and “economic gardening” programs that will help nurture and grow established Colorado businesses that are ready to take the next big step forward. And we’ll shift taxpayer dollars away from programs that produce lower return on investment. We’ll also make sure our state spending prioritizes the hiring of Colorado workers making Colorado products and supporting Colorado families.But of all the economic development programs, none brings stronger, longer-lasting benefits than education. An undereducated workforce will relegate our state and its citizens to the back burner. We are committed to strengthening our excellent Jeffco K-12 School District, Warren Career and Technical High School, Red Rocks Community College and the Colorado School of Mines. But right now we’re about $1 billion behind, statewide, in funding for K-12 education, and we’re on a path that could

force us to defund our public colleges and universities. We must commit to future generations that we will give them an education that will allow them to succeed. It’s shaping up as an unusually busy session, with debate on marijuana regulation, gun safety, health care, oil and gas exploration and civil unions. And as we do every year, we will pass a balanced state budget. On all these issues, and on any others that are of concern to you, we welcome your input. Our job in the state Capitol is to represent you. Max Tyler (303-866-2951) represents House District 23 in Lakewood, Sue Schafer (303-866-5522) represents District 24 in Wheat Ridge and Golden, Tracy KraftTharp (303-866-2950) represents District 29 in Arvada and Westminster, and Brittany Pettersen (303-866-2939) represents District 28 in Lakewood. For more information, go to

YOUR VIEWS Second Amendment misinterpreted

How about three? If ordinary Warsaw Ghetto Jews had been legally permitted to own scary-looking politically-incorrect military style rifles (AK-47s were first produced shortly after the war), I assure you the outcome of the uprising would have been quite different. Christopher goes on to write, “In fact, let’s put the Second Amendment into context when it was written – Muskets and Black powder to keep the Brits and Indians away.” Shall we put the First Amendment in context, too? When the First Amendment was written, writing technology consisted of quill pens. Certainly the First Amendment protects words written using a ballpoint pen, which wasn’t patented until 1888. Surely the First Amendment protects high-capacity computer-controlled printing presses, newspapers published on the Internet, satellite communication, and smartphone communication even though those technological advances couldn’t have been imagined in 1789. Christopher has clearly misinterpreted the Second Amendment. Chuck Wright Westminster

Bill Christopher wrote in his Jan. 24 column, “No one is suggesting you cannot have a gun to protect yourself or go hunting. But to have AK-47s and 100 bullet clips is totally beyond the Second Amendment.” But the Bill of Rights is not designed to limit the rights of the people; it’s designed to limit the power of our government. The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting or other sporting uses. Personal protection from criminals and protecting the country from invasion are minor benefits of the Second Amendment. The main purpose of the Second Amendment is to place the people’s ultimate check on government power. It’s an insurance policy that I hope we’ll never have to use that protects us from government tyranny. A lunatic shooting up a school is tragic, but pales in comparison to what could happen if a lunatic takes control of our government. During the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in early 1943, Polish Jews fought the Nazis. The Warsaw Ghetto Jews weren’t soldiers; they were mostly ordinary civilians who cobbled together what few firearms they had to fight the Nazis for more than four months. How many rounds should the Warsaw Ghetto Jews have been allowed to load into their magazines? Ten? Seven?

Thank you, Perlmutter and senators I would like to publicly thank Rep. Ed Perlmutter for having the political courage

to tackle the issue of gun violence. I would also like to thank Colorado senators Irene Aguilar, Lucia Guzman and Jessie Ulibarri for their votes against teachers being armed with guns. If someone burst into a classroom with an assault weapon and a large ammunition clip and started firing a teacher would not have time to retrieve a gun, which would hopefully be under lock and key. The partial answer to gun violence is a ban on assault weapons and large ammunition clips. I heard a senator argue that a mother might run out of ammunition defending her children. When was the last time you heard of a mother saving her children with an assault rifle? How often to you hear of a person running off an intruder with an assault rifle? Probably never. When was the last time you heard that a weapon was used to kill a family member? A policeman? A neighbor? A shopkeeper? Probably yesterday or today. Let’s stop the fear mongering. Our society does not need the public owning assault weapons to defend their homes. Carolee Koehn Lakewood

Obama, please save our parks I would like to thank President Barack Obama for acknowledging the environment during his inauguration speech. I,

along with millions of Americans, have spent some of my most memorable trips in national parks. Each one has touched me in its own way and has woven its brilliant, but delicate, thread into my life. As a Coloradan, I am proud of our magnificent landscapes and I am an unwavering defendant of our natural heritage. Today, our parks face threats from drilling, fracking, and development. So I am begging Obama to be true to his promise and save our parks by fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This fund, established nearly 50 years ago, comes from offshore drilling royalties, and was set up to protect America’s parks and open spaces. Sadly, Congress continuously fails to deliver the majority of this money, and instead reallocates the funds elsewhere. And so, parks, such as Mesa Verde National Park and Great Dunes National Park, have become threatened by drilling. Drilling that will diminish their beauty and doom them to become one more trashed waterway, one more dead landscape. Their neglect will cast a shadow over Colorado. Their disappearance will darken our lives. It is up to us to ensure President Obama keeps his word to protect our environment. Will you call your representative and fight for our national parks? Kristina Solheim Boulder


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The Fair Advisory Board has one position open for a community representative from the eastern part of the county. The Fair Advisory Board acts in an advisory capacity in the planning and implementation of the Adams County Fair. Members serve a three-year term. The Front Range Airport Authority has two open positions. Members must be residents of Adams County and serve four-year terms. Front Range Airport is in the process of applying for a spaceport license from the Federal

Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation and anticipates the license issuance for horizontal launch and recovery before the end of 2013. Additional information can be found at Adams County Housing Authority Board has one open position. Members are responsible for establishing Housing Authority policies to advance their goal of providing access to affordable housing and services to residents of Adams County. Members serve five-year terms. Residents of Adams County are eligible

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Stanley Stanek Stanley Stanek, of Northglenn, passed away on Jan 30, 2013. Survived by his wife, Patricia, four daughters: Peggy, Kim, Pam & Kathleen; one son: Tom; three grandsons: Stephen (Stan), Calvin & Randy; one granddaughter: Kim, six great-grandchildren; brother: Joe J. Stanek. Funeral Services were held February 6, 2013.

Marshall Logan Cannon, 75

November 13, 1937 ~ January 25, 2013 Marsh passed away January 25, 2013 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Jean; sons Greg and Dave; five grandchildren, Tim, Lindsey, Ryan, Michael, Kelsey; three step children, Terry, Sherry, and Karen; and cousin, Marcia. Marsh was born November 13, 1937 in Benkelman,

Nebraska and after graduation he served his country for four years in the Navy. Marsh lived in Northglenn, Colorado for most of his life before moving to North Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a proud member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion, and the VFW. Services are pending.


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Great year for Four Seasons The cast rehearses for the Lakewood Cultural Center and Performance Now Production of “Once Upon A Mattress.” The show will be Feb. 24. Submitted photos

‘Princess’ gets new dress Modern version of classic fairy tale updates story By Clarke Reader creader@ourcoloradonews. com Some fairy tales are so popular and well known, that most audiences think they know the whole story. That, however, is not always the case. The classic Hans Christian

Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” gets a hilarious retelling in “Once Upon A Mattress,” playing at the Lakewood Cultural Center through Feb. 24. The musical is produced by the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, and the Performance Now Theatre Company. Performances are at 7:30

Sarah Grover plays Princess Winnifred in “Once Upon A Mattress,” a farcical take on “The Princess and the Pea.”

IF YOU GO WHAT: “Once Upon A Mattress”

WHEN: Through Feb. 24

WHERE: Lakewood Cultural Center

7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

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COST: $28 INFORMATION: 303-987-7845 or visit p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. “The show is a great send up of the classic story, and is told in a very farcical way,” said the show’s director, Britta Laree. “It’s really a loving retelling of the story, but everything you think you know about the story is going to be turned on its head.” Laree compares the show to a mix of “Shrek,” “Enchanted” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” in the sense that younger audience members will get a lot of the fairy tale references and jokes, but there is some more advanced humor that adults will understand. The show begins with a minstrel telling the traditional version of “The Princess and the Pea,” only to finish the story and tell the audience that he was actually there, and the story doesn’t tell what really happened. In the kingdom where the prince Dauntless lives, no one can get married until he is, however his mother, Queen Aggravain, doesn’t seem to think anyone is good enough for her son. Dauntless needs to find a princess soon, not only because of the pressure from his parents, but because of the attention the entire kingdom is placing on his finding a wife. The queen has a test that any princess must pass before she can wed her son, and that’s where the “Princess and the

Pea” comes in. Ken Goodwin, executive producer with Performance Now, said there are around 30 people in the cast who bring surprising and funny touches to the story, as well as the music and dancing. He also said the costumes, designed by Cindy Franke, are outrageous and hilarious. This is Laree’s directorial debut with Performance Now, though she has been an actor and assistant director with the company for several years. “There’s a real family feel to the team — everyone is very talented and giving,” she said. Rehearsals started in November, but with the all the time off because of the holidays, she said the entire cast wasn’t in the room together until early January, which didn’t give a lot of time to prepare. This is the 11th season that Performance Now has been partners with the Cultural Center, and Goodwin said the partnership has been a great one for each group. Laree said that fans of music and new takes on old stories will find a lot to like in “Once Upon A Mattress.” “If you like musical comedy, this show is not going to disappoint,” she said. “If someone knows the story, they’ll really enjoy the retelling, because we really bring some creative and modern twists to it.” For tickets and more information, call 303-987-7845 or visit center.

For the second year in a row, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver has earned recognition as the No. 1 ranked hotel in the 2013 listing of Best Hotels in Denver by U.S. News & World Report. The Four Seasons Hotel Denver also was named No. 6 on U.S. News’ list of Best Hotels in Colorado for the second year in a row. The 2013 Best Hotels ranking recognizes hotels with a record of high customer satisfaction and an exceptional reputation among published travel experts. “We’re thrilled to receive the top ranking in the City of Denver for Best Hotel two years in a row,” said Thierry Kennel, regional vice president of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Denver. “All credit is given to our incredible team. Without their dedicated service and passion, we would not be No. 1.” Rounding out the Top 5 are The RitzCarlton Denver, JW Marriott Denver, Cherry Creek, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, and The Oxford Hotel. There’s more. The Best Hotels in Colorado are also ranked on the U.S. News’ list with Aspen’s The Little Nell snagging the No. 1 spot. See the entire list at http://

Mayor Hancock busts a move

Last week, Mayor Michael B. Hancock fulfilled the final element of a friendly wager made with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake before the Divisional Playoff game between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 13 (and we all know how that ended up ... sniffle). Under the terms of the wager, Mayor Hancock sent a box of dry aged “cowboy cut” ribeye steaks from Lombardi Brothers Meats to Rawlings-Blake. The mayor had additionally agreed to perform the famous Ray Lewis pregame dance but was sidelined by an injury. Until now. To view the video of that performance, go to watch?v=4KVczvxpUvU.

Eatin’ of the green results

Steven Ballas Jr., owner of Steve’s Snappin Dogs and host of the recent green chili contest, declared the event a “great success”. “Between my 10 percent of the daily sales and the cash donations that I hawked with the $1 Steve’s Snappin Ale, $1 tortillas to eat with the green chili and the personal donations, I am proud to tell you all that the first Chow Down for Charity of 2013 raised $610 for Project Angel Heart,” Ballas said. “What a great day for us all!” The fire-breathing event was judged live on the air during the weekly Gabby Gourmet radio show (1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays) on KHOW 630-AM. Judges were Jon Emanuel, executive chef of Project Angel Heart; Westword foodie Lori Midson; Denver’s 7 meteorologist Lisa Hildago; Mile High Sports Parker continues on Page 9


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Radio personality Mark McIntosh; Joan Brewster of the American Culinary Foundation; Artie Guerrero, president and national director of paralyzed veterans of America, Mountain States Chapter; and moi. Judges’ choices (out of nearly 20 entries) were Marcyzk Fine Foods (No. 1), Santiago’s (No. 2) and ElLucerito (No. 3). People’s choice winner was Gridiron Grille in Greenwood Village. For additional info and pictures please go to or the www. Check out the chow at Steve’s Snappin Dogs at 3525 E. Colfax Ave. Menu at

Go big red

Just in time for Valentine’s day, put on your dancing shoes and something red — the wine will be flowing and the industry appreciation party of the year is “on” at Drink Red Wear Red, a fun-filled Colorado Restaurant Association Mile High Chapter event to show appreciation to all the hardworking individuals who work in the restaurant and hospitality industry. If you are an industry professional, supporter, or just a food and wine enthusiast (aren’t we all?), join CRA for signature wines and red martinis from Republic National Distributing Company, heavy hors d’oeuvres from US Foods, Seattle Fish Company,

Epicurean Catering, Mangia Bevi Café, Bonefish Grill, and The Palm Restaurant. The legendary Hazel Miller Band will provide live entertainment and attendees will be afforded the opportunity to bid on silent auction items throughout the evening. The event takes place starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Palazzo Verdi, 6363 S. Fiddler’s Green Circle, Suite 100, Greenwood Village. Cost is $75 per person (if you sell 10 tickets or more each ticket is $65 per person). Visit www. for more information and to register. Proceeds from the Drink Red Wear Red event benefit the CRA Mile High Chapter Hardship Fund, the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation ProStart Program, and Metro Crisis Services. I write a blog for the association. Presenting sponsor is Restaurant Solutions Inc.

The seen

David Sedaris, an American humorist, comedian, author, radio contributor and Grammy nominee, dining at Root Down last week. Wikipedia has described Sedaris as “the rock star of writers.”

Feeling safe in Centennial

For the eighth year in a row, Centennial was ranked as the safest city in Colorado with a population of more than 75,000, according to CQ Press’ annual publication: City Crime Rankings

for 2012 to 2013: Crime in Metropolitan America. Centennial ranks 41st out of 432 cities. “This eight-year accomplishment as the safest city in Colorado is truly remarkable,” said Mayor Cathy Noon. “It reflects the dedication of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office to keep the city safe year after year. This is a great accomplishment and privilege for all who live, work and play in Centennial.” Other Colorado cities and their rankings include Arvada (59), Longmont (73), Fort Collins (116), Boulder (120), Westminster (147), Greeley (173), Thornton (175), Aurora (235), Lakewood (259), Colorado Springs (278), Denver (328) and Pueblo (354). The crime rate rankings of the cities and metropolitan areas are calculated using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI in these categories. City Crime Rankings is one of five annual reference books published by CQ Press that analyze and rank states and cities in various categories. 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@blacktie-llc. com or at 303-619-5209.

THORNTON POLICE NEWS IN A HURRY Theft: A 20-year-old Thornton man was arrested Jan. 27 for employee theft at King Soopers at 3801 E. 120th Ave. He was seen loading a card with $500 without putting money in the cash register. He was issued a summons and released on the scene. First-degree criminal trespass: Officers were dispatched Jan. 29 to Woodland Hills Mobile Home Park at 1500 W. Thornton Parkway in reference to a man trespassing in a vacant mobile home owned by the park. The 24-year-old Thornton man was found inside and taken into custody. He was processed and later transported to the Adams County jail. Obstructing a police officer: Officers were dispatched Jan. 27 to the 10900 block of Elm Drive in reference to an intoxicated man lying in the street and shouting at that location. The officers found a man matching the description kneeling in a yard. The 32-year-old Thornton man initially gave officers a fictitious name. His wallet with his identification was found near a curb in the area. When officers tried to place him into protective custody, the man became verbally abusive to them. The fire department was called to assist and give him medical clearance. When the man tried to flee and was caught, he spit on officers. He was processed and later transported to the Adams County jail. Shoplifting: Two people were arrested Jan. 26 after they tried to

steal merchandise from Kmart at 1400 E. 104th Ave. A loss prevention officer observed the 20-yearold unincorporated Adams County man and the 41-year-old Commerce City woman. The woman selected a watch and left with it to meet the man in the electronics department. After she handed him the watch to remove it from the packaging, she placed it in her purse, along with a pair of gloves. Both were issued summonses and released on the scene. The merchandise totaling $21.98 was recovered. Shoplifting: A 21-year-old Cheyenne man was arrested Jan. 25 after he tried to steal merchandise from Sears Grand at 16395 N. Washington St. A loss prevention officer saw him in the tool aisle cutting open a knife set package. He then went into a fitting room with two pairs of jeans, and then came back out without the jeans. When the man was contacted, the two pairs of jeans were found inside his pants. The man was issued a summons and released. Another person was with the man and shopping elsewhere in the store, but was not involved. Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Factors that might hurt a home’s value N owadays, homeowners looking to sell their homes know it’s not as easy to do so as it might have been a few years ago. A struggling economy has made it difficult for many homeowners to sell their homes for a price they’re comfortable with. But the sagging economy is not the only thing can make it difficult to sell a home. In fact, a host of other things, some obvious but some not so obvious, can hurt a home’s value as well. Location: A home’s location is arguably its best or worst selling point. A home in a great location won’t be as difficult to sell as a home in a bad neighborhood. But location goes beyond a neighborhood’s reputation, especially in recent years. Homeowners who live in a neighborhood or development with many foreclosures might find those foreclosed properties are hurting their own home’s value. Lots of foreclosures could negatively affect

a neighborhood’s reputation, which might make a home within that neighborhood less attractive to prospective buyers. Appearance: A home’s appearance is another obvious variable that might affect its resale value. Homeowners might want their home to reflect their own individuality, but that’s not going to help when the time comes to sell the home. If the exterior paint is out of the ordinary, then it might be wise to choose a more traditional or conservative color before erecting the “For Sale” sign out front. The same goes for a home’s interior. If the interior design is especially unique, a more traditional interior decor might help the home sell faster. Size and style: Another thing to consider when selling a home is its size and style. A home that stands out on the block might be an attention-grabber, but that’s not always attractive to prospective buyers. For instance, a colonial sitting in the middle

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That was need a little reminder of the fors are unde nie of nable r co Ka by the t to alrand Park District. nade — a collaboration with the pretty cool.â€? velop s, the taina r to use st and the will fea geothe ter wi . mer director, just take a look in ead Recreation n-n build commy with Ch is ava quali rm roo ture ll ble to y bu my merci ment used, ftop 15 kil al heat be heate the ilable ties, Since then, the park has the top of his old desk. urc “She told ilt wife that she city of Westminster, the MAC erc Mo impro retrofi ha to the the fee Ranc has al part sn’t sta ial devel hwas drawi re tha vem t their tures, as well to offset owatt pump d and sure her husband would (Mature Adult Center) and of grown to 48 attractions built “I always had a candy drawer been h Co sol as sys of the rted ho ng res n jus ents, Ve home mo oper, me Ve and interview,â€? Mastrio- course, Water World. mint over 67 acres, featuring rides that anyone could grab from, yet give “O The ldhuiz many oth st of thear pane tem idents t sus ldhuiz with mesai anm for som grocery erest fro comm sites ne thi most en sai na said.d“Ide was very fortunate to He said he’s also extremely like Voyage to the Center of the and I made sure and left it full,â€? taina er sus electr ls on en sai susou ng e oth sto m co unity, the co signifi d. taina a 36 and the is the t to Ca ble ici er po res to m bebu int the mright place at the right proud of the many programs “W nv liv d. 0-degr vie nd can ble ty can there- where is all started.â€? the district sponsors for chil- Earth, Mastriona’s favorite, and he said. we’ll e’ve be tentia build enien t sus w,â€? he natural elas thoing is featime. That’s ee ce sto the most recent addition, the see taina ugh. McKa continu en at l clients.there, as Mastriona tow Stand view fro said. beau res started his 43- dren in the district. bility ty n it “R Mile High Flyer. e to well y Rang Denver ley La m any eside of the IN THE KNOW feawork for ma as For said. year Hyland Hills career as a “The best part of the job is ke, nts ho “Voyage was built in 1994, e. ny and on it mo me the visit have of the The golf course assistant superin- seeing the smiles of the kids,â€? and we still have hour-long for ma yea www.l re inf rs an DID YOU KNOW? most natural Pikes PeFlat Iro site. Th nytendent, ivefor ormati ak on ns, do ey defin beau years,â€?d before becoming the he said. “Knowing that the pro- waits,â€? Mastriona said. “It’s a on wn wa ty ing Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District abou executive director in 1972. grams and the facilities are be- five-minute ride, that’s fast and chara of the the Fro t Ca was established in 1955, and was the . cteris site is nt ndelaOver the years he had an in- ing used and enjoyed by the features robotics. It’s still right on tics first park and recreation district in Colos, part in growing the dis- kids, that’s pretty neat. You can’t of it.â€? e tegral on top, even though it is getting rado. The district serves nearly 110,000 trict, as well as becoming the beat that.â€? a little competition from the residents in a 24-square mile area visionary behind Water World. But before many of these fa- Mile High Flyer.â€? located in southwest Adams County But as of Jan. 1, he no longer cilities and programs could beMastriona’s work in the field Printed and including areas of Westminster and leads the district; he’s enjoying come a reality, something had has made an impact in the newsprinon recycled Arvada located in Adams County, parts this copy t. Plea to be done about the lack reve- community in more ways than se recy the slower-paced life of retire. of Northglenn, Thornton and, Federal cle ment. nue in the district when Mastri- one, but it’s also the work with Heights. For more information on the “I’ve been very fortunate to ona became executive director his former employees that has district, visit on


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Peniston adop this year. last care, hood educ By Darin Moriki the busyShe’s Street. He said have witneted similar polic siana, â€? she said. ation and early nition the expansion is workg been repre are saying there the legis Kiplin healt spon of 25 toWest ssed tens of ies mins people “I that senti who the when h and sorin dollars lation ter bill to cont was carry overall of milli and the Hil sixthink he in to bengfixed Medical can use the defi- concerns g this year “I years, thatarea inue it on ing out needsfor lost in Family Jack Hilreflects is ers,â€? he savings for their ons of the the polit hing so she know saidlast She said Leave Act. and it got around said. Regional Transportation District General tion,â€? the munity he heard from is somet taxpayam ical who r conges the s the work her cross mem the state This year for the comto way more peop bill woul bers on fire. So Capi commissione Manager Phil Washington declared high exand in For this y tol. it comes Uliba to get thating with Sen. comcom d allow Count their ing front of le to be upco Evie Huda I in using Douglas on’s policy sessiaon, put ming legis their hom porches Devewith the Officrri will be work pectations as RTD continues several transhis camp considere bert, FMLA, k ners, she isof the coaliti Last sessi in place.â€? - session of the Colorado General Assembly on Jan. 10 at the state Capitol. Guns, marijuana, civil unions e aign like es Gov. John Hickenlooper gives his State of the State address to a joint lative chair lopm d of durin as child focus dom trail. Econ portation projects targeted toward the Denon gran ent and serveshood g Trad estic parting He is bill, und omic HB 1170 Peniston’s tann eastbo parents. dchildren and education onon, e to topics early Internatio . limit and the economy were among Hickenlooper’s speech. More coverage, Pages 10-11. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen encoof of taxpa focusing on stew 3 during ver metro’s northern region. , mittee s for definof urage , tannface delays grandnal the mino to the coaliti itely. Peniswas postponed ing Alliance on Jan. I-25 ing backng According rs and expa security yer resources, ardship dustradvanced man the growth Washington highlighted several projects g to nsion County Business in- civil“This will go of financial ufact the morni again for ton is bringing from Kiplin during y in along of address the Douglas with law and community during a Jan. 4 legislative breakfast hosted by travelers es the upco dewith the it be union bill that are need Colorado. He uring inare de Frank McNulty rssion. enforceme 11 minut ming sespasse trust will House Speaker und travele evening. Louisville-based nonprofit 36 Commuting more than nt. port worked in Colorado said jobs outgoing state “This bill d this session,â€? definitely to He said he is and westbo es in the Lawrence and Solutions at the Omni Interlocken Resort. working rush hour, to cal econ ing families that supas 18 minut other impowould take careshe said. larssave Colorado Rep.-elect Polly expected on and the omy. “The Denver-metro regionRep.will the state layed as much the corridor is Holbert, millions a bill of those be deter rtant fami Chrisbe lot over the “I’ll state Reuter along of h mini be percen left, Jane dolly mem to pay 30 greatest city in theFrom West,â€? Washington said. “Iby Growt ng a bette Photo that ensu sponsoring bers.â€? for the session. more than r way e kickoff legislation res indiv ization requ really believe that, aand I believe that it can be increase by legislativ one faced and inpa ired hospitalof teleph financial iduals that 20 years. done through the transportation investments tient treat have ng the next with a series on has been adversity ment ones grabbi have Beginning coaliti during s that we’re making in this region.â€? Lawmakers do to be the in July, the s to citizen aren’t going it means you really Speaker town halls ting three option continues However, he said RTD’s journey to accomaddiany addi so on Page . presen ng House headlines, plish these projects has not been an easy one. 7 leaders: tolling g lanes tive session on,â€? outgoi re the ones that busy l of the business new legisla g the existin ed contro to pay attenti “They’ In May 2012, the 15-member RTD board the and area tol for the new; and and keepin have regain their ma- Frank McNulty said. highest impact on By Jane Reuter tional lanes all the lanes, old and decided against placing a 0.4 percent sales Democrats , and maintain adad lican to have the to pay for House , and Repub are going tax increase on the general election ballot to s to free; tolling ty or sales taxes Colorado state SenateCounty legislative ss owner proper my.â€? the in busine econo raising fund FasTracks. This means if current finanas jority urged lanes. testify and come across t business Father of three Timothy Forehand wants of the Dougl McNulty Capitol,â€? n ditional new thing that has cial projections remain as they are, the North members could impac for a is just no at the state issues of concer said that more time with his young daughters. A new on hand “The one “show up “is that there and toll Metro and Northwest lines will not be comwere when delegation said, them t rters e-spon of back r Hilber suppo procedure for patients with his form of liver could go pleted until 2042. owners. Four y Business Allianc Jan. 3 bring decid19 clear,â€? By Jane Reute table. world you what is decid cancer may give him several more months. es on Page Count are on the way in the session held . But Washington saidjreute he is convinced these No matter free.â€? r@ourcolora Douglas tors continu ays. kickoff y Legisla tive roadw Center g Count That’s a precious gift to a man who a year legisla remain existin Medical totwo projects will be done way before the prog to Douglas in- sored in g (lanes) will Sky Ridge us about s urged ago was told he likely wouldn’t survive for on is leanin leader ed, existin to be cautio jected completion dates and noted the trans-stay aware and get as at Lone Tree’s addithe coaliti State or addi you need s to one more month. Hilbert said n to toll any new “The bills ss owner portation district has made significant strides could impact them and busine Capi Capithat Forehand underwent surgery to install construction sed ward a decisio in issues in the past two years. Involved that time, Washing- seats at the state to pay for be discus the device that’s expected to extend his take their tional lanes He said this will ton said RTD has eitherlawma begunkers construction Feby and Feb life Jan. 8 at Sky Ridge Medical Center. He maintenance. coalition’s Januar or contracted work out for 77 percent of its results at the among the first patients in the United States they go over cted planned FasTrack network projects, includDepart- heavilymeetings, when to undergo the process, and Sky Ridge is the survey condu cuts to the ruary ing the Gold, West Rail, U.S. Bus Rapid Transit telephone some recent first of a handful of centers permitted to from a recent ch Consultants. restructure (BRT), East Rail and Interstate 225 Rail Lines. e. d with these uction could Defens Resear of perform it pending approval from the Food forwar constr Hill S go ment “Of course we’ve had our challenges, but need to S VIEW could be by that route, sooner,â€? he said. and Drug Administration. “If we go “I think we “but I think they our I always like to say that it’s not all about the MIKE COFFMAN’tax piece, the fact that requires 2014, if not he said, t compromiseon to start in early The Dallas man was diagnosed with option that pushes cuts,â€? ing the doesn’ knock down — the knock down being the like “I financ n: way that for the vast no attenti obviously ocular melanoma in January 2012. The fast- Doctors and nurses prepare Timothy Forehand for surgery Jan. 8 at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree. The Dallas we pick a done in a On fiscal resolutio cuts remain permanent challenges — but the get up,â€? Washington y. There was the g taxes), that that they “If those two tax was a win. On growing eye cancer already had spread to man was diagnosed a year ago with cancer that has since spread to his liver. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen national securitthese cuts. I think the no- a vote (raisin r. But I don’t think most of the Bush said. “We’ve had these challenges, but we’re people I thought to citizens say. cuts, and we his liver, where tumors typically are lethal. happen, so it out furthewhat I am hearing detail paid we majority of American at all balanced with getting up off the canvas, and we’re getting would neveran across-the-board fix it, but now. We’ve it wasn’t “It’s a devastating diagnosis,â€? said Dr. options are citizens say `yeah, thought it negative side, to spend even more money them done pretty quickly.â€? â€? just do this bill e.’ g `let’s taxes.’ and going the debt was Defens hearin fact, Charles Nutting, who performed the pro prothe of pay I’m and tion are, in the Washington also said work on the nearly ne else to Department l. We’re cutting proabout the deficit all.â€? r option in to cedure. “Survival is only a couple months.â€? cut to the got to be serious the want someo it at was a popula ing 6.5-mile segment of the Northwest Rail Line ey rationa “Personserious about Raising taxes surveys, but accord were “It just isn’t essential and giving ial The procedure performed last week Boldr magazine ban: certainly wasn’t to the future Westminster station is about 33 are By Ryan are essent high-capacity limit. I think this notion town hall 9 percent of people rcoloradone concentrates chemotherapy treatment to grams that to programs that On proposed be a percent complete. This rail segment, which is ms that early That only rboldrey@ou tax and 42 there ought to armed Forehand’s liver, instead of his entire body, ns at all is wrong. same weight al security to progra wayside Hill’s surveyincreased property taxes. De ally, I feel that Debeing funded through RTD’s federally-funded of the U.S. be any regulatio s should sales r veteran so high doses of cancer-fighting chemicals gone by the in favor of to our nation that there shouldn’tabout high-capacity magazine inher20-yea $1.03 billion Eagle P3 Project, is Aalso part of d increasing in favor of should will Crisshave essman Mike little value.â€? differ- percent favore numbers, 42-41, Seal, nation can saturate the organ. The idea, Nutting probably reCongr said, the question legislatures, because there the re or have the planned Gold Line through Arvada and ora) plans lf counforces, agoAndy al lane, the higher trainin of state himse time by new s the parts g chef for HuHot spite said, is to “try and really beat up the tumors a long fancie Carpen be decided ent different an (R-Aur tolling one Wheat Ridge that is expected toCoffm be opened by of his efforts ean said he own party standards for is an issue Dr. Charles Nutting taxes over was not sufficin as Coffman ers in his as much as you can.â€? saleslian rt Mongo ently be varying rounds is too much but that General l that there Grill, ted focus much 2016, according to current RTDto projections. left, gets many memb licans don’t suppo 100 congressiona e in an electio the Colorado The drug-infused blood is then collectport sugges flames ent from new try. I feel that passag the for Washington said he has highin hopes the going on a and decided by Some of the lot of Repub to secure n affairs. Mongolian ed as it leaves the liver, filtered to remove in that a on vetera that must be debated in- support on, D.C.â€? e spending. 18-mile Colorado Department of TransportaTABOR. grill as other session an’s eyes to defens re-elected not in Washingt as much of the chemicals as possible, and lives of ocular melanoma patients by about cause it’s all irrelevant. I don’t think one required by in Coffm any cuts recently chefs prepar Assembly and The projtion-led U.S. 36 BRT (bus rapid transit) the table whether U.S. for Coloe dishes for returned to the body. The method not only six months. Some have lived an additional day at a time. I live my life the way anybody things on levels in Europe; arentative customers that ect between downtown Denver and Boulder. repres ility that of Veterfour lanes now troop ed in cost-shour at the new would. I do my best to enjoy my life with my District said istargets and intensifies the treatment, but three to five years. Possibility ofsaid there is a possib than latDepartment ns before clude: of restaurant “We want bus rapid transit on rado’s U.S. 366th to be be more involv on force the rather in the Orchar retain some Even six months, Kandarpa said, is re- family.â€? s to focus Hilbert minimizes side effects. allies should ByerAshl that would hire qualified vetera intendso 19 we should one of the best BRT systems in thehe country, d Town Center ey bases; are there func-y C-470 could expand sooner to es on Page g from transiKandarpa sees its treatment in ocular “Normally, in chemotherapy, you have markable. “In the oncology world, people ing; wheth areimers@asReim e. in Westminster, ans Affairs Coffman ers duty militar we are committed to that,â€? Washington said. workC-470 continu sues rangin the outsid of the people that permanent overse citizen ourc from activeThursd get excited if you get 15 days, a month (of melanoma as “a platformâ€? from which rethe a to give so much poison the patient can’t by d at oloradone hiring ay, Dec. 27. To achieve this goal, Washington said a third in the tion into handle country reserve Photo by Kandarpa, chief life extension),â€? he said. ws.c searchers can work toward treating other how the d by the handle it,â€? said Dr. Krishna “Only about have actually served think tions being sysnsom RTD is striving to offer BRT riders newto serWhe force benhandle VA) care of vet- aumatic stress dining there weapo aren’t Forehand, speaking from his Dallas tumors. “and I just that could medical officer with the company that crework (in the better take inrWest at HuH and are an said, vices, such as free WiFi service and can a cashlessnot recost;mins from post-tr ped ot that y,â€? Coffm A significant delay in a tumor’s progress, ated the filtration device, Delcath Systems. home three days post-surgery, said he was ter, develo there that’s experi- cheape suffering it’s it’s more Mongolian Grill fare collection option through itserans recentlyan are g at militar a culture my expebeing that than justc in rience. “Now, you can isolate it to the liver instead exhausted but looking forward to recov- Nutting said, is a step toward the cure he n is in lookinpar- that there’s the veterans. ‌ In m tems The disorder. launched Smart Card system. Printed on recycled in unifor l. real concer very specifi a meal, to new resta ery and a return to his normal pattern. believes someday will come. of the whole body.â€? think the nt rates for veterans, Af- sponsive newsprint. Please have served tand the critica g at being think will realize in thelookin Washington said the BRT project, “I which and Orchard uran “I’m people who recycle this copy. “What we’re trying to do is help minithat tI openednot to unders The procedure is minimally invasive, That means hanging out with 5-, 10- and y unemployme Town g out of Iraq higher ence, a spin the is dovetailed with the 17-mile U.S. 36 Express with cuts will on comup Dec. 23 more likely are in the militar comin g Cent but on t 11-year-old daughters and his wife. mize the impact of the disease, trying to much cantly those comin Colo Asian er requiring three small incisions into which are amoun and is offer rado servi ticularly Lanes Project between Federal Boulevard in “HuHdollar stir-fry. of those who military.â€? how it is signifi â€? 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Science teacher chosen Time is short to light up the world for fellowship program By Ashley Reimers College genetics teacher Robin Hockey’s career has evolved into eighthgrade science classes, and now is propelling her to a national academy in Texas. Going from college to middle school in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools was a natural progression for her. “I had children and my life and goals changed. I decided to drop 20 grand and go back and get another master’s degree and my teaching license,” she said. “And then I fell in love with middle school, especially eighth grade, while I was subbing.” Hockey is now a teacher at STEM Launch in Thornton. Knowing that the new STEM school was opening in the fall of 2012, she knew that’s where she wanted to be. She said she enjoys the STEM curriculum and the style of teaching. “I love how as teachers we can relate science to real life,” she said. “I really like that kind of teaching, and it makes it more mean-

STEM Launch teacher Robin Hockey gives eighth-grade student Cole Hockey some help with his science lesson. Hockey was chosen to participate in the National Science Teachers Association’s New Science Teacher Academy Fellowship Program. Photos by Ashley Reimers ingful to the students.” Hockey’s expertise in science has earned her a spot in the National Science Teachers Association’s New Science Teacher Academy Fellowship Program. The program chooses 240 science teachers across the nation,

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Time is a tyrannical master. I know this because, as a musician, I’ve spent many hours practicing with a metronome, a device whose only purpose is to keep time perfectly — annoyingly so. But in a life sense, time is a much worse master than in a musical sense. I’ve started to become keenly aware of time lately. And no, not in the manner of being precise about it — ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you that I have, at best, a malleable relationship with time. But, as I write this, the clock is about to turn over to Feb. 1, and the only thing I can think is “where the heck did January go?” Time, as Steve Miller once said, “just keeps slippin’ into the future.” I picture myself as a teacher, and, I still imagine myself to be a young punk who’s going to light the world. Somehow, my mind’s eye loses track of the fact that I’m 21 years into my career and none of the rest of that belongs in a future tense, if it was ever true at all. And then I remember that I have a daughter headed to college in about 18 months, and my youngest is suddenly tall enough to walk into my elbow (much to his pain). And the one thing I’m running out of most is time, no matter how much I try to cram into each day. I write this, not at all as a lament, but to perhaps share a little learning with all those brilliant young minds plotting their futures after their final semester of school. You have, essentially, three resources with which to face the world — talent, treasure and time. Talent you can manipulate — you can work harder than the people around you, or you can narrow your focus to fit a perfect niche, or you

work with the right mentors to bring your talent to bear on the world. Treasure is a bit trickier, but, again, it is a manipulable commodity — pick the right career or walk precisely in the footsteps of others on the path or just be super-smart about your money, and you can find your way to having just about everything you need. But time will keep on ticking, and there’s not a thing you can do about it. So don’t waste any of it! If you’re giving away an enormous amount of time in pursuit of one of the other resources, find a different way! If you’re imagining that your brilliant idea can wait a few days to see a drawing board, imagine again! And, most of all, be wise about who you give your time to. Be bold, be audacious, be “out of the box,” but be urgent! In case you haven’t noticed, the world me and my contemporaries foisted on you isn’t in the greatest shape, so don’t make the mistake of thinking it will get fixed another day. Put your abundant energies into focused use creating your perfect life, and do it sooner rather than later. Because the metronome keeps ticking, and if you’re too casual about it, you’ll miss your chance to light up the world. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.


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February 7, 2013

Council eyes large housing development Proposed project includes 494 apartments in north area By Darin Moriki New plans for an extensive multifamily apartment project may change the face of the North Washington section of Thornton in the coming years. Thornton City Council reviewed a proposal by Phoenix, Ariz.-based Evergreen Commercial Realty and Charlotte, N.C.based Lennar Multi-family Investors to construct 494 apartments on 27 acres of land near 144th Avenue and Washington Street during its Jan. 29 planning session. If approved in its current form and the area is successfully rezoned from commercial to multifamily development, City Development Director Chris Molison said the proposed apartment project would be larger

than any other built in Thornton to date. In all, Molison said the development would take up about 20 percent of the total 150 acres anticipated for high-density residential development in the North Washington area, according to a council adopted 2005 subarea plan. He noted that the approval of the project may limit future high-density residential opportunities in the future within the North Washington area. Molison also said the residential project’s location in the middle of what is expected to be predominantly commercial development will provide very few open space or parks opportunities for prospective residents. Scott Johnson, a Lennar Multifamily Investors division president, said the developer was interested in the project tin the North Washington area because “there is a demand for newer, high-quality luxury apartments in the area.” He said the proposed multifamily units,

which would range in rent from $800 for studios to $2,000 a month for three-bedrooms, are intended to appeal to a wide range of residents, including former single-family homeowners, young professionals and firsttime homebuyers. “Like many multifamily developments, we’re looking for locations that are generally around good employment concentrations, retail centers and school districts, and that’s what this location is so important to us,” Johnson said. “All of these are met here.” Tyler Carlson, an Evergreen Commercial Realty, managing principal, said the development will stimulate economic growth and attract prospective retailers to nearby commercial areas such as The Grove, a 63-acre retail development near the intersection of Interstate 25 and 144th. “If we can bring in a multifamily complex that supports the retail in The Grove, I think we’ll all be better off,” Carlson said. “It’s a win-win situation for us, because it will al-

low us to create this synergy between the two projects.” Thornton City Councilmembers Eric Tade, Ward 4; Randy Drennan, Ward 4; Val Vigil, Ward 2; and Beth Humenik, Ward 3, supported the multifamily apartment concept but asked that the two developers create more open space opportunities for prospective residents. “I’m usually not a huge supporter of apartments, but one actually makes sense to me if you look at it like a total project,” Tade said. “I like the concept but one part that I see is lacking is green space or park amenities, so I’d like to see more of that, even if it’s just space for walking your dog.” Jeff Coder, deputy city manager of City Development, said that the city will continue to work with the developers over the next few months to finalize a conceptual site plan. He expected the plan to come back to council for consideration in a meeting in March or April.

Thornton woman charged following Boulder man’s death By Darin Moriki A 34-year-old Thornton woman charged with influencing a public official and tampering with evidence in the death of an acquaintance in his Boulder home reportedly told investigators that his gun discharged during what may have been a suicide attempt. The details, revealed during the Jan. 31 preliminary hearing for Carla Maria Bencomo, may shed some new light on Edgar Olivas’ death, which is still being investigated by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office. Olivas, 37, was found dead on Jan. 3 inside his San Lazaro mobile park home at 5505 Valmont Road in Boulder after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. About a dozen of Bencomo’s family



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members sat silently throughout the hearing and occasionally wiped away tears as Boulder County Sheriff’s Office investigators recounted Bencomo’s version of events leading up to her Jan. 3 arrest in Denver. Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Detective Steve Ainsworth testified that Bencomo and Olivas had first met about six months and had gone on several dates. He said Bencomo told investigators that Olivas had picked her up from her Thornton home on Jan. 2 and had either taken her to the Pearl Street or Twenty Ninth Street Mall area before they ate dinner together at a nearby restaurant. Bencomo then said Olivas took her back to his house where they “hung out for a while.” As they were laying down in Olivas’ bed later in the evening, Bencomo told investigators that Olivas reportedly moved a

handgun that he kept under his pillow and placed it on a nearby nightstand because it made her feel uncomfortable. Olivas later confided to Bencomo that he wanted to have a serious relationship with her, but she explained that she wanted to move out-of-state to be closer to her mother. According to Bencomo, Olivas began to show her the different parts of the gun. He then removed the magazine and showed Bencomo to hold the gun by placing her finger near the trigger. Olivas then reportedly said something like, “How far are you willing to go to pay for my death,” and pulled the gun toward his chest, causing the gun to discharge. Bencomo then told investigators that “she felt scared and didn’t know what to do,” when she cleaned up Olivas’ blood from her body, wiped down everything she

NORTHGLENN POLICE NEWS IN A HURRY Aggravated robbery: Officers were dispatched Feb. 2 to Northglenn Discount Liquor at 420 E. 120th Ave. in reference to a robbery that took place. A man with a knife stole a 20-pack of bottled Bud Light and fled on foot heading south. The case is under further investigation. Shoplifting: An officer was dispatched Jan. 26 to Albertson’s at 500 E. 120th Ave. in reference to a theft. A Hispanic male associated with a white Toyota RAV4 left the store with a cart full of groceries without paying. A witness said the man was wearing a black T-shirt. The estimated value of the groceries was $100. The case is closed due to lack of investigative leads.

Second-degree burglary, conspiracy: Officers were dispatched Jan. 24 to a tone alert in process at a residence in the 1000 block of West 100th Avenue. Four suspects were contacted and taken into custody. A 20-year-old Denver man, a juvenile and a 19-year-old Westminster man were arrested for second-degree burglary and conspiracy. An 18-year-old Denver man was arrested on an outstanding warrant. All were processed and held. Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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touched, and wiped down Olivas’ gun with a pair of socks before placing it in his hand. Ainsworth testified that Bencomo then caught a ride back to her home in Thornton and attempted to drive to Mexico the following day before her car stalled in Pueblo. Bencomo then caught a bus back to Denver, where her ex-sister-in-law encouraged Bencomo “to do the right thing” by turning herself into Denver police. Boulder County District Court Judge Noel E. Blum said there was sufficient probable cause for Bencomo’s case to continue and scheduled her arraignment for 8:15 a.m. Friday, March 1, in Division 4 at the Boulder Municipal Courthouse, 1777 6th St. in Boulder. Bencomo’s family members said through a Spanish-speaking translator that they did want to issue a statement following her preliminary hearing.

Man sentenced for attempted kidnapping Staff Report A former prison escapee was sentenced to 24 years in prison for escaping from a Department of Correctionsoperated substance abuse treatment center and attempting to kidnap a Denver resident at a Thornton Walmart store in January 2011. Adams County District Court Judge John Popovich, who delivered the sentence on Jan. 29, also ordered that 31-year-old Daniel Krajnik serve the sentence consecutively with a ten-year prison term for his parole violation that stemmed from a 2001 attempted kidnapping and burglary conviction in Jefferson County. Krajnik was on parole for the 24-year prison sentence in the 2001 case, when he escaped from the Peer I program.

On Jan. 3, 2012, court documents state that Krajnik followed a then 23-year-old woman into a Walmart store at 9901 Grant St. Krajnik then followed the woman for about 30 minutes inside the store and continued to follow her into the store parking lot, where he attempted to force the woman inside her car at gunpoint. Krajnik fled after the woman was able to scream for help and break free. The gun used in the attempted kidnapping, a BB gun, was later discovered in a nearby neighborhood along with a pair of handmade flex-cuffs. Krajnik turned himself into the Denver Police Department the following day. An Adams County jury found Krajnik guilty of escape, attempted seconddegree kidnapping, menacing and attempted motor vehicle theft on Dec. 6, 2012.


February 7, 2013

Asay sentenced to prison in Quality Paving scandal By Darin Moriki


Eric Former Adams County public works 4; Valdirector Lee Asay was sentenced Tuesday rd 3,to 30 months in prison for his role in the con-multiyear Quality Paving and Quality Recre-surfacing scandal. pro- “We hope the investigation and sen-

tence imposed in these cases begins to reer ofturn the public’s confidence in the system se toof government here in Adams County,” TadeDistrict Adams County District Attorney hat IDave Young said in a statement following meni-Asay’s sentencing hearing. if it’s

In October, Asay pleaded guilty to one felony theft count of at least $500 but no less than $15,000 that stemmed from an incident on March 27, 2006, when he unlawfully used county staff and equipment for the paving company’s benefit. Judge Steven Eugene Shinn, who delivered the sentence, said in October that Asay faced up to six years in prison, a $200,000 to $500,000 fine and three years of mandatory parole. Former Adams County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Krista Flannigan said at the time that Asay faced a total of 26 criminal charges prior to his plea

agreement, including 20 counts of felony theft, one felony count of embezzlement of public property, three felony counts of attempting to influence a public servant, one misdemeanor count of official misconduct and one misdemeanor count of theft. Prior to his arrest in October 2011, Asay oversaw the contracting for road paving and resurfacing, as well as the use of county trucks and equipment from 1991 until his resignation in 2008. The charges against Asay stem from criminal activity from 2005 to 2008 in which he provided unauthorized use of

county labor and equipment to benefit Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing. Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman said Asay was the last person to be charged and sentenced in the public works scandal that defrauded taxpayers of at least $1.8 million for work never done or completed. Five other employees of the county and Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing have been convicted or have pleaded guilty in connection with the scandal. A Quality Paving office worker was cleared by a jury of 33 felony counts.


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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 participatwith ing vendors and. smallplates. Visit the website for ticket then information, or you can call 303-755horn4756. Proceeds from the event benefit o the The Adoption Exchange. d in backCHILDREN’S MUSICAL THE Arvada w en-Center presents the children’s musical hing”“No Dogs Allowed,” opening at noon Thursday, Feb, 7, and running through udgeApril 12. For show dates and times, or to cientpurchase tickets, visit or call 720-898-7200. “No Dogs t forAllowed” is recommended for ages 4 4 atand older. 1777 MEN’S GROUP MEN ages 55 and older are invited to come share their stories at said the senior center’s men’s conversation lator t fol-group, meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Coffee and refreshments will be available. The group is set to meet every first and third Thursday of the month. Call 303-4508801.



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BENEFIT CONCERT SUSAN Lee Cable, a concert pianist and professor emeritus courtat Metropolitan State College of Denver, thatwill honor top classical musicians at then“Concert, Coffee & Confections,” a benefit intoconcert for Osher Lifelong Learning Insti9901tute, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Jefferson fol-Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Ave., boutGolden. The evening also will feature storefine coffee, European gourmet desserts w herand a silent auction featuring works g lot,from OLLI artists. The event is open to forcethe public. RSVP at 303-717-4299 or car atby sending a check ($40/per person) by Feb. 1 to OLLI West, University College, the2211 S. Josephine St., Denver. Visit www. or call . The303-871-3090. pted TALENT SHOW THE community is was invited to watch local youth ages 5 to 18 earbycompete in the Night of the Stars youth ith atalent show, from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. cuffs.8, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 mselfCommunity Center Drive, Northglenn. De-The winners will move on to the regional day. competition in March. Tickets can be jurypurchased at the Northglenn Recref es-ation Center or at the box office the ond-night of the show. Call 303-450-8800 or nac-go to motorfor information. 2012. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/FEB. 8-9, FEB. 15-16

TRIVIAL PLAY “THE Importance of Being Earnest,” a trivial play for serious people, is the adventure of two young bachelors and the outrageous deceptions in which they find themselves over love. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16 at Colorado ACTS Theater, 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-4566772 for tickets. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/FEB. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 OLIVER PRAIRIE PLAYHOUSE presents “Oliver,” its biggest show of the year with a live orchestra, a cast of all ages, great music and a spectacular set. A

heart-warming family tale that children and adults all love. Oliver will be sure to steal your heart as well. Visithttp:// Get tickets online at or at the door. The show plays at The Armory in Brighton.

FRIDAY/FEB. 8 THROUGH FEB. 17 TAKING STOCK THE 11 Minute Theatre Company presents “Taking Stock,” by Richard Schotter, from Feb. 8-17. Alvi and Sam, partners and pals, have run a sporting goods store on New York’s West Side for forty years. It’s Memorial Day and they are taking stock of their inventory and their options. The neighborhood has changed, the yuppie landlord is raising the rent and the customers don’t know the first thing about sports. Sam wants to renovate: Alvi doesn’t want to change a thing. As the two old friends struggle over their future, they reveal their fears, hopes, passions and affection for each other. Warning: This play has some mature language and is suggested for audiences over 13 years old. The Festival Playhouse is at 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Call 303-422-4090 or SATURDAY/FEB. 9 SINGERS GALA ARS Nova Singers will have a gala at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Butterfly Pavillon, 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. Join us for a special musical afternoon with performances by Ars Nova Singers, soloists and small ensembles, with special guest jazz pianist Paul Fowler. Elegant accompaniments include hors d’oeuvres, wine, desserts, and unique silent auction treasures. Tickets are available online at www. or by calling 303499-3165. TOWN HALL REP. Joe Salazar, D-

Thornton; Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton; and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City, host a town hall meeting from 9:3011 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Blvd., Thornton. The town hall will focus on bills being presented this legislative session. This is an opportunity for constituents to openly share their ideas, question and comments with their local citizen legislators in a dynamic discussion about the upcoming legislative session.

CHOCOLATE ART ENJOY a sampling of chocolate desserts at the opening reception of the North Metro Arts Alliance Members exhibit at the Aar River Gallery, 3707 W. 73rd Ave. Chocolate art will be on display at Art Gallery 3698, 3698 W. 72nd Ave. Some to look at and some to eat. More chocolate activities and samplings at Iddle bits of This and That, the Rodeo Market Community Arts Center, and Heavenly Cakes Bakery. All galleries are on 72nd and 73rd avenues between Lowell and Bradburn. Call 303426-4114. The event lasts from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. CHOCOLATE AFFAIR CONTACT your sweetest friends and make plans to attend the 12th annual Chocolate Affair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in historic Olde Town Arvada. The event features the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Treasure Hunt, the Chocolate Cookie Contest (call 720-898-7400 to enter), and entertainment for the youngest Choco-beasts. Call 303-420-6100 or or www.

contact Joe Wakefield at 303-665-4131 or

BLOOD DRIVE SUN Harley Davidson/ Buell community blood drive is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, inside Bonfils’ mobile bus at 8858 N. Pearl St., Thornton. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit

DANCE MARATHON ELITE Dance Academy plans a 12-hour dance marathon from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Broomfield Heights Middle School. The event includes bouncy castles, inflatables, cupcake decorating, face painting, coloring contests, bracelet making, an obstacle course, DJ dance party, free dance classes, line dancing, free food and dance performances. Prizes include iPads, tickets for Nuggets, Broncos, Avalanche and Rockies games, sports apparel, dance classes, toys and gift cards. The event is free, and donations are accepted. Visit www. for information or to make a donation.

MARDI GRAS EL Jebel Event Center will host a Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9, with a concert including Royal Southern Brotherhood with Tomy Malone from the Subdudes and Blues Guitar Phenom Austin Young. Tickets available at www.eljebeleventcenter. com. Net proceeds to benefit Blue Star Connection. FEBRUARY TEA THE Arvada Historical

Society will have its February tea at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at McIlvoy House. Entertainment is to be determined, but it is sure to be on the topic of love or something close to it. Call the McIlvoy House for tickets and more information at 303-431-1261.

GALA ARS NOVA Singers plans its 2013 gala at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. This special musical afternoon includes performances by Ars Nova Singers, soloists and small ensembles, with special guests guitarist Ben Cantú and jazz pianist Paul Fowler. Elegant accompaniments include hors d’oeuvres, wine, desserts and silent auction treasures. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 303-499-3165. SATURDAY/FEB. 9; Recurring/

Through Feb. 28

ART EXHIBIT NORTH Metro Arts Alliance member’s fine art exhibit is on display through Feb. 28. An opening reception, where guests can meet the artists, is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the historic Westminster Art District. Aar River Gallery is at 3707 W. 73rd Ave., Westminster. Call 303-426-4114 or visit SATURDAY/FEB. 9, April 23 CPR CERTIFICATION NORTH Metro Fire Rescue District will offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; and from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the North Metro Fire Station 62, 10550 Huron St., Northglenn. The cost includes a CPR student workbook and a CPR certification card, which is good for two years. For information or to sign up for a class, call 303-452-9910. The classes are open to the public. SUNDAY/FEB. 10 PERFORMANCE CONCERT A collaborative performance 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. BLOOD DRIVE NORTHGLENN

Christian Church community blood drive is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1800 E. 105th Place, in the Student Center, Northglenn. For information or to schedule an appointment,


classrooms. Each grade level has planned a specific demonstration. Come see what Sheridan Green has to offer. Pizza will be sold from 5-6:30 p.m. Questions: 303-982-3182.

LIFETREE CAFÉ THE state of marriage in America will be discussed at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St. in Arvada. The program, “Is Marriage Obsolete? Why More People Are Saying, ‘I Don’t,’” will examine the declining marriage rate and the underlying causes of the trend. The program encourages those who attend to share their views of marriage. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. WEDNESDAY/FEB. 13 WOMEN’S LUNCHEON DENVER

tional Church of Eastlake will host a Sweetheart Dessert Night at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at 12630 Second St. in Eastlake. The Valentine evening will feature desserts, a chocolate fountain, music and fun, including Rumba dance lessons. RSVP at 303-547-5858. Admission is by suggested donation and proceeds will assist the church is its community service projects and outreach programs throughout the year. Some of those projects include the Christmas Shoe Box project, Giving Tree at Elm’s Haven Care Center, donations to local food banks, clothing drives and numerous other outreach programs.

North Suburban Christian Women’s Connection will have its “Wrapped in Love” luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at The Chateaux at Fox Meadows, 13600 Xavier Lane. Angela McMahan from Rising Hope will share the needs of the women who come to their facility, and our special speaker Carolyn Groves will share her story titled “My Woven Fabric.” For information on cost or for reservations, call Andrea at 303-4855888 or emaildennorthsuburban@aol. com. Include the name(s) of your guest(s) and the names and ages of children that you will need to have cared for in our complimentary nursery.




mobile photo scanning and restoration company, will visit the Northglenn Senior Center at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, and scan 10 photos per person. The event is for ages 55 and older. Call 303450-8801. The senior center is at 11801 Community Center Drive.

Avenue, east of Washington Street, is offering a percentage of all net sales to the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association of Northglenn from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The money will be used to support Northglenn’s Citizen’s Police Academy and the Northglenn Police Department.




ART SHOW AN opening reception for the upcoming “Art for the Young at Heart” art show is from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. The show runs through March 20. Enjoy the colorful creations of artists ages 50-plus and local school children. Sponsored by North Jefferson County Schools and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Call 303-425-9583.

Center will have auditions for “Dividing the Estate,” written by Horton Foote, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11-12 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Auditions are by appointment only. Call 720-898-7200 to schedule a time. Actors must be 18 years or older.

TUESDAY/FEB. 12 HEALTHY LIVING AS part of the Healthy Living Series, a nutritional health coach from Natural Grocers will present a seminar on heart health at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Cost is free. For people ages 55 and older. Call 303-450-8801.


FRIENDS EVENT FRIENDS of Broomfield plans “Women’s Night Out” and “Men’s Night Out” for adults with developmental disabilities. The event will be a scavenger hunt from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. The bus leaves from the Friends Place, 555 Alter St., Suite 19E, Broomfield. Cost is $20. The adults will go on a scavenger hunt, solve riddles and work with mall employees to find their Valentine’s Day gift. Should they fulfill their mission, a surprise will await them at the end. Register by Monday, Feb. 11. Contact Molly Coufal, evening/social program director, at 303-404-0123 or BLOOD DRIVE TEN West at Westmoor Technology Park community blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Westmoor Technology Park, Building 3, Suite 140, 10155 Westmoor Drive, Westminster. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit BLOOD DRIVE ADAMS County, in conjunction with Bonfils Blood Center, is hosting a blood drive from 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Adams County Government Center, Platte River Rooms C & D, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton. To schedule an appointment, contact the Bonfils appointment center at 303-363-2300 or visit, site code 6647. THURSDAY/FEB. 14 to May 26 SPRING EXHIBIT BOULDER Museum of Contemporary Art opens its spring exhibit “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” with a free public reception from 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14; members can preview the exhibit starting at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 26. Items for the exhibit are still being accepted. Instead of disposing of the relics from an ended relationship, bring them to the museum. Donations must be received by Feb. 3 and will be displayed anonymously. After the exhibit, donations will be kept in the collection of the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia. Visit, email or call 303-443-2122 to learn how to make donations. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is at 1750 13th St., Boulder. Coming Soon continues on Page 20

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workshop, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, will cover two topics concerning retirement – the first on managing income and expenses in retirement, and the second on making sure you have enough to retire. The workshop is being presented at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. RSVP to Jeanette Sánchez at jsanchez@ or 303-450-8935.


Elementary, 10951 Harlan St., Westminster, will host a celebration from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. The school’s science fair will take place in the central hallways around the building. In addition, every grade level will host demonstrations of learning in their

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Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Broadcasters Association and several other media outlets argue that Munsinger issued his ruling without hearing evidence or considering alternatives to preventing the public from attending a court hearing. Munsinger will have until Feb. 11 to explain to the Colorado Supreme Court why he closed the hearing to the public.

Prosecutors and the media organizations will then have until Feb. 19 to reply. Sigg’s preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for Feb. 22. Sigg is facing 19 charges including first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault on a child in the case of Ridgeway, who was last seen walking to school in Oct. 5, 2012. He is also accused of attacking a woman who was jogging last May in Ridgeway’s neighborhood.

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COMING SOON/FEB. 15 FESTIVE FRIDAY GRAB your boots and join us for a Cowboy party at noon Friday, Feb. 15, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. The Northglenn Senior Organization will provide the food. Call 303-450-8801 for information on cost and to RSVP. For people ages 55 and over. COMING SOON/FEB. 16 BABYSITTING CLASS FIRST-TIME babysitters ages 11-13 will learn everything they need to know when responsible for young children at this babysitting class, offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Northglenn Recreation Cen-

ter, 11801 Community Center Drive. Skills covered include CPR, first aid, growth and development, safety, feeding, discipline, diapering and bathing. Call 303-450-8800 or go to to register and for information on costs (RecXpress Code: 16085).

COMING SOON/FEB. 16, MARCH 16 NATURE ADVENTURES CELEBRATE the wonders of nature with your child through short hikes, hands-on activities, crafts and books from 11-11:454 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Dress for the weather as we may spend some time outside. Different topics each month. Open to ages 4-6 years and their parents. Admission is free, but you must call in advance to sign up, 720-8987405. Visit


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Number of pins at the Front Range League wrestling championships this weekend. Legacy’s Skyler McWee had a pin in his title match, while Legacy’s Donovan Cogil and Mountain Range’s Jorge Rodriguez each had a pin in the third-place match.


Time that Mount a i n Range’s Shelly D r o zda finished in the 100-yard backstroke at the Front Range League swimming championships. The time set a meet record and also is the top time in the state in the event. Drozda won two individual events at the meet.


Thornton’s 220-pounder Allen LeBaron wrestles Alamosa’s Pablo Villarreal at the Thornton Invitational on Saturday. Photo by Jonathan Maness

Alamosa grapplers win Thornton Invite Ralston Valley’s Ulman wins title at 170 By Jonathan Maness THORNTON - Alamosa won three individual titles to take home first place at the Thornton wrestling invitational on Saturday. The Mean Moose scored 162.5 points edging Mountain View which was a close second. Ralston Valley was eighth with 116.5 points, followed by Westminster with 105.5. Thornton was 11th with 113 points and Standley Lake was 14th. Skyview came in 16th with 11 points. Neff Malouff (120), Gunnar Robinson (182) and Nick Jones (195) all took home individual titles for Alamosa. Steve Ullman led the way for Ralston Valley by winning the title at 170 pounds, edging Westminster’s Gabe Grimaldo. “I’m speechless right now,” Ullman said. “It was a great match; he’s a really good wrestler.” Ullman went into the match ranked No. 7 in

the state, one spot behind Grimaldo. Grimaldo looked to dominate early, but Ullman used some late momentum to beat Westminster’s top wrestler. Grimaldo pinned his other two opponents at the tournament. “I just kept pushing and pushing and didn’t let up,” the Ralston Valley senior said. “I had my mind set that I was going to win.” Ullman has slowly risen through the rankings and has seen some tough competition in tournaments in Nebraska and California. “(Steve) has come a long way,” Ralston Valley’s coach Bruce Pearson said. “We went to a couple of tournaments out of state and he has wrestled some pretty tough kids. We knew that guy was going to be tough; he was a returning state placer.” Mountain View had two winners, Austin Dunbar took first at 132 pounds after topping Grandview’s Jaime Cardenas and Jeremiah Clymer (152) beat Rangeview’s Brandon Read. Dolores Huerta had two individual titles, Calvin Taladay (126) and Jared Mestas (138). Weld Centennial also had two wrestlers take first, Dalton Robertson (106) and Evan Paxton (220).

Rangeview’s Jonathan Askew (145) and Mitchell’s Chip McElfish (113) also were first at the tournament. Sand Creek’s Tuli Laulu won the title at 285 pounds. Standley Lake’s Ryan Wosk advanced to the title match at 160 pounds, but couldn’t get past Grandview’s Jordan Brown. “He was pretty good,” Wosk said. “The competition was really solid out there; everybody you faced was of equal level and had similar abilities.” Sage Bergel (126) was also sixth for the Gators. Ralston Valley also had Issac Arellano (113) take second, while Cian Apple (106) and Dylan Wood (126) both finished third. Westminster had four wrestlers place, Santos Valtierra (120) was second, Matt Bryan (145) was third, Joe Bryan (126) placed fourth and Sebastian Garcia (182) finished sixth. Thornton also had wrestlers place; Josh Cordova (170) and Levi LeBaron (220) were fourth, while Desmond Romero and Javier StubbsHernandez (132) placed fifth. Skyview’s Joseph Archuleta was sixth at 113 pounds.

Roundup: Northglenn swimmers finish 2nd at EMAC Pomona wrestlers still hold top spot By Jonathan Maness AURORA - The Northglenn girls swim team went out with a bang this past weekend. The team, which was made of swimmers from both Northglenn and Thornton high school, finished second at the East Metro Athletic Conference League meet with 463 points. Brighton took first with 653 points, while the Westminster-Skyview squad finished seventh with 130.5. Northglenn’s Talia Passarelli took first in both the 50 and 100 free. She took first in the 50 with a state-qualifying time of 26.63 seconds, which set a conference record. She had a statecut time of 1 minute to win the 100 free. Northglenn also took second in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

POMONA STILL NO. 1: Pomona wrestling team continues to hold the top spot in the 5A. The Panthers have three wrestlers that are

ranked on the top of their weight class, including Travis Torres (112 pounds), Raymond Robledo (132) and Archie Colgan (160). They also have Josh Rosales (120) ranked No. 2, while Austin Marvel and Ethan Wright (152) are No. 3. Mountain Range is ranked No. 8, while Randy Boerner still holds the top spot at 152, while his teammate Jorge Rodriguez is No. 3 at 285. Horizon’s Anthony Cortez is ranked No. 3 at 106 pounds, followed by Northglenn’s Rocky Nava. Legacy’s Ryan Deakin is ranked No. 6. Conner Casady (160) is ranked No. 3, while his teammate Skyler McWee (220) is third. Horizon’s David Chitwood is ranked No. 4 at 170. Holy Family is No. 6 in 3A, while Joseph Prieto (126) is ranked No. 2 and Julian Prieto (120) is No. 3.

FRL WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP: Cortez, Boerner, Casady and McWee all won individual titles at the FRL wrestling championship on Saturday. Horizon’s Matt Emerson (145) finished second, while his teammates Austin Gonzales (152) and Xavier Boccadoro were fourth. Ryan Deakin and Donovan Cogil (113) placed third for Legacy, while Mountain Range’s Patrick

Romero (145), Joel Greer (160) and Jorge Rodriguez (285) also finished third. Logan Lyons (285) also placed fourth for the Lightning. Mountain Range was fourth with 107.5 points, followed by Legacy with 99 and Horizon with 81.5.

HOLY FAMILY TAKES OVER TOP SPOT: The Tigers’ girls basketball squad recent success has helped them overtake the top spot in Denver Post’s 3A rankings. Holy Family are in the midst of a five-game winning streak and are 12-4 overall and 5-1 in the Metropolitan League.


hockey team had its three-game winning streak come to an end on Friday. The Gators fell behind by two goals in the opening period and never recovered, falling 4-1 to Aspen. Mitch McEwan scored the lone goal for Standley Lake (9-4-2 overall, 7-2-2 Foothills League). On Saturday, the Gators skated to a 5-5 tie with Battle Mountain. McEwan, Chris Huitt, Jeff Moffat, Cody Victor and Dalton Linkus each scored in the game. Connor Watkins had three assists.

Number of assists t h a t H o l y Fami l y ’s Katie Chavez is averaging, which is the most for any freshman in the state. Chavez had a season-best nine assists in a win against Wheat Ridge earlier this season and she is averaging five assists a game during the Tigers’ five-game winning streak.



4A and 5A State championships, Friday-Saturday Prelims start Friday afternoon with the finals set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the EPIC in Fort Collins (5A) and the VMAC (4A) in Thornton.

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Horizon’s Lexi Spangler competes in the 500-yard freestyle during last weekend’s Front Range League championships. Photos by Jonathan Maness

Drozda leads Mustangs to state Mountain Range sophomore has top mark in 100-yard backstroke By Jonathan Maness FORT COLLINS - If Mountain Range sophomore Shelly Drozda doesn’t have a target on her back she most certainly will this weekend at the Colorado State Swimming & Diving Championships. Drozda won two events at last weekend’s Front Range League championships, and goes into the state meet with the fastest time in the 100-yard backstroke and with third fastest time in the 2oo individual medley. She also is a part of the Mustangs’ 200 freestyle relay team, which also qualified after setting a meet record. “I’m excited, it will be a great experience,” Drozda said. Her time of 56.73 not only set a meet record at the FRL championships, it gave her the best time going into state. Doherty’s Sarah James time is just a .09 second slower. She also set a meet record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.30 and goes into state with the third fastest time in the 200

individual medley (2:05.86). She is behind Loveland’s Brooke Hansen (2:05.84) and Olympic goal medalist Missy Franklin of Regis Jesuit, who had the best time in the event with 2:02.10. “I don’t know what to expect,” Mountain Range’s sophomore said. “I’m just going to give my best effort.” Drozda will also join Amanda Kassel, Macayla Cross and Mackenzie Saenz in the 200 free relay - the four teamed up to have a time of 1:39.20 and are seeded fifth going into state. Saenz will also compete in the 50 and 100 free, while Kassel will just compete in the 100 free. Mountain Range swimmers finished eighth as a team at the FRL Championships with 340.5 points. Fossil Ridge took first, followed by Fairview and Loveland. Legacy was seventh, while Horizon placed 12th. The Mustangs’ 200 medley relay finished fourth. Legacy’s Kelsey Dowd qualified for state in the diving competition. Sophomore Mary Lombardi was second for the Lightning in the 500 free and was sixth in the 200 individual medley at the FRL championships. Lombardi will also compete in the 200 and 500 free at state. Legacy also placed third in the 400 free re-

Mountain Range’s Shelly Drozda celebrates after setting a meet record in the 50-yard backstroke. She won the event at the Front Range League Championship with a time of 56.73. Jonathan Maness lay and fifth in the 200 medley. Fiona Dretzka was third in the 200 IM for the Lightning. Fossil Ridge’s Rhianna Williams and Bai-

ley Nero each won two events. Williams took first in the 50 and 100 freestyle, while Nero won the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle.

Undefeated Wolverines top Bruins Jim Elliot Christian rallies to top Belleview Christian By Jonathan Maness

Belleview Christian’s Sydney Ahaneku goes up for a basket in the second half of Tuesday’s game. Photo by Jonathan Maness

WESTMINSTER - It was a battle of two Class 1A powerhouses on Tuesday night. Belleview Christian came into the contest ranked No. 7 in the state and with one loss, while Jim Elliot Christian had a perfect 14-0 record and was ranked No. 8 in the state. Not to mention the winner of Tuesday’s game would take the top spot in the 5280 League. And if it wasn’t for a second-half rally by the Wolverines the top spot would have belonged to the Bruins. However, JEC hit six free throws in the final minute to rally from an 11-point deficit to get the 43-37 vic-

tory over their league rivals. “They are a great team,” Belleview Christian coach Josh Polson said. “They are well coached and are really tough.” The Bruins defense helped Belleview Christian take an early advantage; they held the high-scoring Wolverines to only 15 points in the first half. Sydney Ahaneku led the way with two big blocks in the first half, while Kayla Iwahashi helped push the Bruins advantage to double figures. Iwahashi found Kelsie Birch for a basket and then she drained a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer to give Belleview Christian a 26-15 advantage at the half. But the undefeated Wolverines wouldn’t go away and used their defense to stage a rally. They opened the second half with a 10-point run, and held the Bruins scoreless for nearly the first five minutes of the second half and only allowed four points in the

quarter. Raquel Martinez hit a 20-footer to give Belleview Christian a 28-25 lead and Iwahashi added another basket to give Belleview Christian a 30-27 advantage going into the fourth. JEC started the fourth by attacking the basket and getting to the charity stripe, a pair of free throws by Michaela Warner gave the Wolverines a one-point advantage. Ahaneku scored seven straight points to even the score at 37, but JEC went 6 for 6 from the charity stripe to get the victory. “This is the closest game we’ve had all year,” Polson said. “I hope we can take something from it that can help us finish the season strong.” Ahaneku picked up her 10th double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Iwahashi scored 10 points and MacKenzie Woods had seven rebounds.


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Boys basketball: Gators can’t rally past Rebels Tigers stay perfect in Metropolitan League By Jonathan Maness WESTMINSTER - It has been a tough season for the young Standley Lake boys basketball squad, who has faced some of the top

teams in the state nearly every night. Friday it was no different as the Columbine Rebels led from the very start and never looked back, topping Standley Lake 48-36. Back-to-back baskets by Marcus Asmus got the Gators within four in the final period, but the Rebels responded with a 10-2 run to end the game. Asmus led the way for

Standley Lake (4-13 overall, 3-7 Jeffco League) with 14 points.


17, 0-11) gave up a seasonhigh 90 points on Friday, losing to Chatfield by 61 points. Drew Dettke had a team-best eight points.



Holy Family (13-2, 5-0 ML) topped Denver Jewish Day

52-29 on Monday to gets its seventh consecutive win. The Tigers outscored Manual in each quarter and held the winless Thunderbolts to only 14 points in the second half as Holy Family cruised to a 42-26 victory on Feb. 1. Austin Brown led the way with 10 points, while David Sommers and Ryan Willis each had nine to help the Tigers improve 12-2 overall. Jefferson Academy (7-6, 2-3) fell to Kent Denver on Feb. 1, 51-36.


zon (8-10 overall, 4-7 FRL) couldn’t hold off league rival Rocky Mountain Tuesday, falling 53-50. The Lobos outscored the Hawks 20-16 in the fourth; Dustin Rivas led the way with 17 points. Legacy (6-12, 2-9) dropped its sixth in a row Tuesday, losing to Poudre 71-57. Tyler Gibson led the way with 12 points. Mountain Range (5-13, 1-10) couldn’t snap its recent slide, falling 63-50 to Fort Collins on Tuesday.

Standley Lake’s Matt Fujinami pulls up for a jumper in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game with Columbine. Photo by Jonathan Maness

5280 LEAGUE: Belleview Christian (3-12, 2-4 5280) had its recent winning streak snapped Tuesday, falling 57-47 to Community Christian. The Bruins had three players score in doublefigures; Austin Thompson had 14 points, while Allen Johnson and Jared Brown had 10. Community Christian (9-5, 4-1 5280) dropped a non-league game on Monday, losing 69-57 to Calhan. Charles Wittman led the way for the Eagles with 20 points, while Bryan Hodge had 17 and Wyatt Potter-

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nacle (9-6, 9-0 FL) topped Jefferson Tuesday 62-56. Chase Gonzales led the way with 17 points. Zach Telles scored 32 points to help The Academy (9-5, 5-1) win a nonleague game on Friday, beating Platte Valley 74-56. Telles hit five treys in the win and was 12 of 17 from the charity stripe, he also had seven steals.

COLORADO 7 LEAGUE: Olujisayo Awolaja’s double-double to lead Skyview to a 5232 victory over Alameda. Awolaja had 14 points and grabbed 13 boards as Skyview improved to 8-10 on the season.


3-3 EMAC) edged rival Prairie View Tuesday night 56-55 for its third straight win. Derrick DeLaTorre led the Norse with 13 points, while Jordan Radebaugh added 11. Thornton’s road struggles continued Friday. The Trojans were outscored in each quarter as they fell to league rival Aurora Central. Samual Shumate had 14 points, while Donovan Gomez-Onofre added 10 for Thornton (11-8, 3-2). Westminster (1-17, 0-5) was no match for leaguerival Rangeview. The Wolves were outscored by 27 points in the second half before falling 75-31.


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to Bishop Machebeuf Tuesday 62-57. Heidi Wendt led the way for the Jaguars with 16 points. 5280 LEAGUE: Community Christian (6-8, 1-4) beat Eagle Ridge Academy 35-28 Tuesday. Alex Quimby scored 23 points to lead the way. Rocky Mountain Lutheran (12-4, 1-3) lost to Gilpin County 43-31 Tuesday. FRONT RANGE LEAGUE: Legacy (8-10, 4-7 FRL) fell to Poudre Tuesday, 66-46. Mountain Range (8-10, 1-10) lost 66-41 to Fort Collins on Tuesday. COLORADO 7 LEAGUE: Skyview (9-9, 2-5 Colorado 7) got back on track Monday, beating Alameda 46-30. Laura Malacarne led the way for the Wolverines with 13 points. JEFFCO LEAGUE: Standley Lake (9-9, 5-6 Jeffco League) squeaked out a win over Columbine on Feb. 1, beating the Rebels 51-50 in overtime. Columbine outscored Standley Lake 14-9 in the fourth to force the extra period. Haley Lopez had 15 points for the Gators, while Casey Torbet

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added 13. The Gators also beat Dakota Ridge on Tuesday 49-44. Pomona (9-9, 4-7) topped Chatfield 39-36 on Feb. 1; Dominque Riley led the way for the Panthers with 12 points. EAST METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Thornton (5-14, 2-3 EMAC) won its second consecutive game Feb. 1, beating Aurora Central 39-32. The Trojans have won their previous two league games after losing their first three. Northglenn (3-17) is still looking for its first league win, after losing 8632 to Prairie View Tuesday. The Norse have dropped all six of their league games. FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Pinnacle (6-8, 4-4 FL) won its second straight game Tuesday, beating Jefferson 54-29. The Academy (6-9, 4-3 FL) dropped its third game in a row on Feb. 2, losing to Platte Canyon 53-25. Jordan Bauer scored eight points to lead the way for the Wolverines.



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Brittany Hill will be open for business once again next month following several years of dormancy and changes in operators. “We’re extremely excited,” Jay Byerly, the owner of Golden-based event-planning company Crystal Rose, which is now operating Brittany Hill on a 12-year lease. “We still have more things that we’re going to be doing to Brittany Hill — you can’t do everything right now because there’s never really enough money — but everybody who has come up there has been so complimentary.” Byerly said he is hoping to rekindle one of the hilltop venue’s most famed traditions by hosting the first Sunday brunch under his ownership from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. He also said the restaurant will also host a formal grand opening from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 21 and a bridal show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23. An earlier grand opening scheduled for the first week of January was delayed for several weeks to resolve several lingering heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) issues in the restaurant’s kitchen. When reached by phone last week, Byerly said the Crystal Rose also obtained a certificate of occupancy and a transfer of the venue’s liquor license from Specialty Restaurants Corporation. The Anaheim, Calif.-based company acquired the property for $2 million after the restaurant’s closure in 2007, according to

Adams County assessment records. Byerly said Crystal Rose’s 12-year lease with the company officially began Nov. 15. Byerly was unable to provide an estimate on the total cost of repairs over the past several months but said Crystal Rose employees dedicated “many, many, many hours” to help upgrade the restaurant’s bar area; install brand new carpeting; apply fresh paint; and set up new chairs, tables and linens in the restaurant’s dining and ballroom areas. Conrad Eskelinen, the marketing director for Crystal Rose, said up to 25 people are currently employed by Brittany Hill and noted that the number of employees will increase over time as the venue’s popularity increases. The Crystal Rose’s attempt to reopen Brittany Hill may signal an end to several false starts that have plagued the sprawling 17,241-square-foot restaurant at 9350 Grant St. in Thornton over the past few years. The first attempt to restaurant was made three years ago by Aurora couple JoeAnn and John Falco, who began negotiations with Specialty Restaurants Corporation to lease the property and reopen the restaurant as the Brittany Hill Event Center. Following several years of litigation and costly renovations to the property, Specialty Restaurants Corporation regained control of the property earlier this year. “Brittany Hill has long been an icon in Thornton’s skyline and to have it operational represents a great opportunity to draw people and business to the city,” said Jessica Erickson, the interim director of economic development. For more information or reservations for any of the three events scheduled for next month, call the Brittany Hill at: 303-4515151.

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