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Adams County, Colorado • Volume 49, Issue 28 Former Adams County District Attorney Don Quick delivers a farewell speech at a Jan. 7 recognition ceremony at the Adams County Administration Building in Brighton. Quick, the chief prosecutor for Broomfield County, served as the Adams County District Attorney for eight years before stepping down in January. Photo by Darin Moriki
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Don Quick to run for attorney general Former Adams County DA identifies childhood education as main focus By Darin Moriki
firstname.lastname@example.org Broomfield County chief prosecutor Don Quick will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for attorney general in 2014 following a longtime career as the Adams County District Attorney. Quick, who stepped down as the Adams County District Attorney nearly two months ago after two terms in office, officially filed his papers on Feb. 11, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. “It’s something that I’ve thought about for some time, but it really didn’t get up to the front burner until last November,” Quick said. “It was the right time for the family … so it made the most sense.” Quick, who served as the chief deputy in the office from 1999 to 2005 when current U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was the state’s attorney general, said he wants to particularly focus on helping
children stay in school and keeping them out of the criminal justice system — an effort that he said has made some headway through the Adams County Youth Initiative, which he helped to establish about eight years ago. “One of my prime focuses as attorney general is lowering the number of people in the justice system, and we’ve got a pretty good model about how to do that here in Adams County,” Quick said. “There is no cookie cutter solution for all communities — you need partnerships that use data and different strategies.” Quick also took a moment to address the conflicts federal and state laws created by Amendment 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults who are 21-years-old or older and enacted a tax on it to benefit the public school capital construction assistance fund. He explained that the state attorney general is required by the Colorado Constitution to defend state statues and noted that district attorneys have a slightly different obligation under the law because they do
Chef Ian Kunter prepares an omelet for a customer during brunch at Brittany Hill event venue as part of its grand opening celebration Sunday, Feb. 17, in Thornton. Photo by Andy Carpenean
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Thornton speaks out against CDOT road shaving plan State proposal created to address 88th Avenue overpass accidents By Darin Moriki
email@example.com Thornton City Council sent a clear message to Colorado Department of Transportation last week that it does not support a proposal to increase the traffic clearance on the 88th Avenue overpass by scraping down pavement on Interstate 25. “If that’s the only option, it’s not the best option because it’s really a short-term solution,” said Assistant City Manager Margaret
Hunt. “The 88th Avenue bridge has to be replaced anyway to accommodate the ultimate widening of I-25, which is the only place on I-25 between Highway 7 and way up north that needs to be widened.” Council unanimously approved a resolution during its Feb. 12 meeting that voiced opposition to the CDOT-backed proposal and called on the state department to consider an alternative city-backed solution that would not affect the planned I-25 North Managed Lanes Project scheduled to kick off late this year. The $2 million CDOT proposal first introduced last October calls for a gradual scale down of the I-25 concrete roadway leading
up to the overpass and a gradual scale increase after vehicles pass the bridge. Gene Putman, the city’s transportation and emergency management manager, said the fix was posited to address two accidents over the past six months in which high-clearance tractor trailers struck and damaged the overpass in the freeway’s southbound and northbound lanes. In all, he said the overpass has been stuck eight times in its 42year life span. He said it would cost about $300,000 in insurance proceeds alone to fix the damage on each side of the bridge and about two or three weeks to fully implement CDOT’s concrete shaving propos-
al. During that time, Putman said traffic control measures would significantly impact motorists on the already congested freeway. “Just think about it — having to go down to probably two lanes just to get around the construction of the lowering is going to be a mess,” Putman said. “As somebody who has worked years in traffic control, this is a nightmare for me.” To solve this problem, the resolution backed a plan crafted by Putman to close down 88th and remove the northbound side of the overpass. Putman said CDOT could then phase in repairs through the department’s newlycreated Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships
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Citizens-to-be give new life their all The questions flit around the table like a game of Jeopardy. “If the president can no longer serve, who becomes president?” “The vice president.” Pause. “Biden.” “You got it.” “Who is the speaker of the House right now?” “John Boehner.” “What are two Cabinet member positions?” “Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of State.” “Good.” “What is one power of the federal government?” “To print money.” “Good job!” Rachel Grazi tells her students. “Good review! You guys sound confident!” Sitting around a table in a cozy corner of a library, they are confident. María Turner from Bolivia, and Perla Ramos, Ana Villegas and Yovanna, who doesn’t want her last name used, all from Mexico. All legal residents, they are studying to become U.S. citizens. It’s only when they think about the exam that determines their fate that they worry. “I’m nervous,” Yovanna says, “that I won’t make it.” About 70 immigrants each year pass through the doors of the nationally recognized Immigrant Resources Center in Littleton seeking help with the citizenship process. They are paired, one-on-one or in small groups, with volunteers who help them navigate the citizenship process. The program also connects immigrants to resources for employment, housing and education and offers English lessons. Those using the program live throughout metro Denver, such as Lakewood, Littleton and Aurora. Although most have moved here from Mexico and other Latin American countries, they come from all over, including Liberia and Ukraine. And they come, Grazi pauses, after working all day. “They are committed.” The center was established in 2004 by Littleton citizens who recognized the growing diversity of their city and wanted to ensure these newcomers became part of the community’s fabric. A recent federal grant will allow the center to help another 40 immigrants work toward citizenship. “There’s a big demand,” Grazi, the citizen program coordinator, says. “It’s
allows him to open his arms in an inclusive gesture. “There’s a need now for this type of program. We’re moving toward a global community. If we’re going to be a part of that population, we have to be ready for it.” “What is the first promise?” Perla: “I promise to give up loyalty to other countries.” Christine: “What does it mean to give up loyalty?” Perla raises her hand. “Renunciar.” To renounce. Christine: “Exactly.” Perla continues with her hand up. “I promise to defend the Constitution of the United States.” Ana: “I promise to serve in the U.S. military if needed. I promise to serve the nation if needed. I promise to do important work for the nation if needed. I promise to be loyal to the United States.” “What is loyalty?” asks Bernard. María: “You have to be ready for the United States.” Bernard: “To be ready, what must I do?” María: “If I need to go to the war … to defend …”
such an important step in their journey.” What students must learn before taking the Oath of Allegiance, she says, is the story of America. “What is the economic system of the United States?” Ana: “A market economy.” Yovanna: “Capitalism.” “What problem led to the Civil War?” Ana, Yovanna, Perla, María: “Slavery.” “Who did the U.S. fight in World War II?” Yovanna: “Japan.” Perla: “Germany.” María: “Italy.” “The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name two of the writers.” Ana: “Alexander Hamilton.” Yovanna: “James Madison.” Ana: “John Jay.” “Whoa,” says volunteer Christine Khorsand, a retired world language professor and French native who herself became a naturalized U.S. citizen some 20 years ago. “I’m sure a lot of Americans wouldn’t know that.” During the past decade, more than 6.6 million immigrants have become U.S. citizens, according to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. That averages about 680,000 new citizens a year. Colorado welcomed 7,805 new citizens from more than 20 countries in 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available. About one-fourth were from Mexico, but the other leading countries of birth were Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, China, Canada and Russia. A swirling, flavorful melting pot. Program volunteer Bernard Small has watched the demographics of Littleton change dramatically since he moved there 25 years ago. “Even here in Littleton, there’s so many different people,” Small says. “Diversity makes it feel more of a community.” He helps with the program because it
Yovanna, in her early 30s, moved here from Mexico with her parents about 20 years ago. Her first choice as a career would have been the Army. “If I could, I would have joined the ROTC in high school,” says Yovanna, a paraprofessional in a Denver elementary. “For me, it would be heroic, like being proud of a country. After I study the history, I feel like `Wow!’ This country went through a lot of battles to become where it is. I’m proud of it …. It is my country.” She wants to make it official. On Feb. 26, if she can pull together the $680 needed to apply, she will file application papers for citizenship. Although it’s difficult to renounce your country of birth, Ana is willing to do it to live here. “The rights of the people here,” she explains simply. “I want to serve this country.” Perla, who has lived in this country 18 years, also would like the security citizenship can offer. “My life is here in the United States.” “I was so sad,” Yovanna says, “when I couldn’t vote.” The students turn to page 206. The Oath of Allegiance.
“The oath is really long and it has some difficult English, even for Americans,” Rachel says. “You will become a citizen of the U.S. at a naturalization ceremony. During the ceremony, you will recite the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. When you recite the oath, you will make these promises.” María: “… and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, so help me God.” “What is mental reservation?” Christine: “It’s like you say, `Yes, I support …’” María: “… not only words, but it’s in your heart.” It is the night before María’s citizenship exam. “I’m excited,” she says. “I’m nervous.” On Valentine’s Day, she drives from her Littleton home to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services in Centennial. Her husband, a U.S. citizen, can’t come because he is working. She is alone. “But I’ll be fine.” She answers a series of questions about her personal life and whether she is a terrorist or a communist or whether she’s been in jail. Next, she must answer correctly six of 10 questions the officer randomly selects from the 100 she has studied with her classmates. She passes easily. It all takes 25 minutes. Then María is told she needs more paperwork regarding her marriage, such as shared banking accounts and bills, before she can recite the oath. She’s a little disappointed. But the hard part, the exam, is over. She has submitted the documents. She is confident that, within a few weeks, she will be a citizen. And, then, “I will feel happy.” “What does the Constitution do?” Ana: “Sets up the government, defines the government.” “What are two rights of the Declaration of Independence?” Yovanna: “Life.” Perla: “Liberty.” Yovanna: “Pursuit of happiness.” Everyone’s dream. Wherever you come from. Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-5664110.
INSIDE THE SENTINEL THIS WEEK Sports: Monarch snaps Horizon’s winning streak. Page 21
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New day lies ahead for Airport City plans Adams County, Denver officials work to move forward, resolve issues By Darin Moriki
email@example.com Adams County and Denver officials say a closed meeting held last week has put the two previously conflicting sides back on track to resolve ongoing issues surrounding Denver’s proposed plans for an Airport City around Denver International Airport. The first informational meeting of the resurrected Airport Consultation Committee — consisting of three members each from Adams and Denver counties — marked the first time the two sides met since last year when initial talks reached an
impasse. Adams County District 2 Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco; Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford; and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan represented Adams County on the committee, while Denver International Airport Aviation Manager Kim Day; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; and regional affairs director Paul Ryan represented Denver. “We feel that it’s a new day, it’s a new way, and we look forward to moving forward with our economic development in the region,” Tedesco said at the conclusion of the two-hour meeting held on Jan. 13 at the Adams County Government Center in Brighton. “We feel that the discussions today will lead to more productive talks and more economic development in the future.” Talks involving Adams County on pre-
liminary Airport City plans dates began in July 2012, when Denver and DIA officials first introduced the proposal to create five business clusters within a 9,000-acre area, targeting the bioscience, renewable energy, aviation and aerospace, logistics, industrial agriculture and perishable foods industries. These talks stalled several months later when Adams County and Denver officials attempted to address possible conflicts with a 1988 intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that allowed Adams County land to be annexed by Denver to build the current Denver International Airport. “There were concerns, but I think that was because of a lack of communication and quality decisions and discussions working together regionally,” Ford said. To resolve these issues, Ford said lawyers representing Denver and the Airport
Consultation Committee are going to work through what the perceived violations may be and how officials should proceed. “We cannot and will not do this alone or in a vacuum,” Hancock said. “The entire region works together, the entire region wins from this opportunity. We’re not competing against each other — we’re competing against the world. We have to keep our focus on that — it’s a global and economic opportunity that we will never see again in our lifetime, so we’re about taking advantage of it today and for future generations.” The Airport Consultation Committee will hold its next meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Denver International Airport. The next Airport Coordinating Committee meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Adams County Government Center. Both meetings will be open to the public.
Fee assessment error affects 8,500 residents Proposed fix to add 10 temporary jobs, cost taxpayers at least $76,000 By Darin Moriki
firstname.lastname@example.org Adams County officials said nearly 8,500 unincorporated county residents were charged incorrect stormwater utility fee amounts on their 2012 property tax statements due to errors in a digital surface assessment system. The computerized system, which used aerial photographs and computer mapping systems to calculate the fees last year, misidentified some ground surfaces as taxable areas on some properties, and county officials say options to remedy the problem will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. Eric Weis, an Adams County Public Works senior civil engineer, said the problem, which first came to the county’s attention in late November and early December,
stems from the system’s inability to identify certain taxable impervious surfaces covered under the county’s billing policy. The stormwater utility fee, which was approved by the Board of County Commissioners during their Sept. 19 public meeting, defines “billable impervious surfaces” as all man-made, fully enclosed structures and all surfaces paved with asphalt or concrete, but exempts crushed concrete asphalt and gravel surfaces. “Within the more urbanized portion of the county, the automated analysis gave us pretty good results — not perfect but within the tolerance we were expecting,” Weis said. “Once you get out east to predominantly farming properties that have compacted dirt, the infrared response of that surface was very similar to pavement. It correctly identified it with respect to how it behaves when rain hits it, but that’s not our policy.” Deputy County Administrator Todd Leopold said the county corrected about 2,400 statements before it was mailed out by the Treasurer’s Office and is working to correct
NORTHGLENN ON THE RECORD Northglenn City Council voted on the following legislation during its Feb. 11 meeting. Council members in attendance were Mayor Joyce Downing, Carol Dodge and Wayne Dodge, Ward I; Leslie Carrico, Ward II; Mayor Pro Tem Susan Clyne and Marci Whitman, Ward III; and Kim Snetzinger and Gene Wieneke, Ward IV. Joe Brown, Ward II, was absent.
VALE appointment Council unanimously approved a resolution appointing Susan Kroh as a member to the Northglenn Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE) Board. Kroh will fill the unexpired term of Brian Park. Her term began Feb. 11 and will expire Dec. 31, 2015. The resolution was part of council’s consent agenda.
Unlawful conduct on public property
Council approved by a 6-2 vote to add a new section in its municipal code that prohibits unlawful conduct on public property, which includes camping. Wieneke and Carol Dodge voted against this measure. Carol Dodge said during the Jan. 28 that other park-related 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 regulations and I’m not for that.” The origins of this ordinance were brought up by police during discussions about safety in the parks. This was the second and final reading of the ordinance. The next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive. — Compiled by Tammy Kranz
the remaining statements by April 30 — the deadline for property owners who chose the full payment option for their property taxes. In all, Leopold said it will cost the county at least $76,000 in additional temporary staff time and office supply costs to complete all of the changes by that date. Current policies do not allow for credits or exemptions, but Leopold noted that an ongoing credit study, which would establish the rates, fees and appeals processes, is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 1. He said any adjustments outlined in the study are retroactive to Jan. 1 — a move that allows eligible residents to receive credits or exemptions for fees paid in 2013. “I think that there has been a lot of work that has been done to address the problems immediately after the concerns became apparent,” said Adams County District 3 Com-
missioner Erik Hansen. “I think there has been a lot of work that was put into this and I think that the work has improved from where it was a few months ago.” Unincorporated Adams County residents wanting to file an appeal may contact the Stormwater Quality Hotline at: 720-5236400 or fill out and submit a Stormwater Utility Appeal Form along with supporting documentation that can be found at: www. adcogov.org/stormwater. All appeals must be received by April 1 for the Stormwater Utility staff to make a determination. Rebates will be issued by the Adams County Treasurer’s Office to the payee of the property tax, if it is determined there was a stormwater fee calculation error. A refund will also be issued if an overage has been identified after a property tax statement has paid in full.
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not necessarily represent the state in the same way the attorney general does. Matt Inzeo, the Colorado Democratic Party’s communications director, said Quick is one of only a few party candidates to announce their 2014 bid for any office but noted that Quick’s experience in Adams County and the attorney general’s office makes him a strong party nominee. “He certainly has a proven track record, and if he is ultimately the Democratic Party’s nominee, we feel that he would be a
very strong candidate,” Inzeo said. Inzeo said current Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett ran uncontested for the party’s nomination for state attorney general in 2010 but lost in the general election to current State Attorney General John Suthers by a 56 to 43 percent margin. Suthers, who was nominated by Republican Gov. Bill Owens following Salazar’s election to the U.S. Senate and confirmed by the state Senate in January 2005, has served a total of two consecutive terms in office and will be able to seek re-election in 2014.
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150 stories that shaped ColoradoH Former Rocky editor shares history through eyes of newspaper
By Ryan Boldrey
G he su arms by state ers, t he h since unve con gun pack is b sored Bu time Former Rocky Mountain News editor Michael Madigan published “Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters: bills islati 150 Years of Front-Page Stories from the Rocky Mountain News.” Photo by Ryan Boldrey hold crim miss the Rocky, some with tears inone t paper reported it. The Arvada resident has spent their eyes. lege “We always felt that there was a real much of the past three years — while H not working on his upcoming novel local attachment to the newspaper,cont due out in August — talking about the but that’s really been driven home in expa book with historical societies, book the years since the paper closed,” MaCapi clubs and senior clubs around the digan said. nor a “Everybody knew that the newsDenver metro area. sues, “I think the real star of the book and paper industry was in hard times at regu of the programs I give are the front that point, but I don’t think anybody of th pages,” Madigan said before a recent had any inkling that Scripps had any Th scheduled event in Highlands Ranch. thought in mind of closing the Rocky. enloo “Being able to look back at these I find It came as a shock. … The Rocky could very easily be the only daily metropoljust fascinating.” At his presentations he typically itan paper in Denver right now rather discusses how each of the front pages than the Post.” Now all that’s left of the publicawere selected, the stylistic differences in how varying events were reported tion is what started out simply as the and shares some of the surprises that “@150 project.” The book, along with Madigan’s came with doing the project, such as how Lincoln’s assassination wound up “Historic Photos of Denver in the ’50s, on Page 2 as opposed to Page 1 and ’60s, and ’70s” — which tells the tale of urban renewal in the city through why it still made the book. He also can’t make an appearance black and white photographs — can without having someone come up to be found at bookstores throughout him and talk about how much they the area and is available online.
Newspapers have long been known as the recorders of history. And as the Rocky Mountain News approached its 150th anniversary, former editor Michael Madigan was busy at work piecing together a project that highlighted 150 of the most memorable and historic front pages throughout the paper’s existence. Madigan’s idea was to run one front page per day for the 150 days leading up to the Rocky’s anniversary date. Yet, only 103 ever ran — each tucked inside the back page with an accompanying story about why it was chosen — before the Rocky itself became history, closing Feb. 23, 2009, two months shy of its big birthday. Months after the paper closed, however, Madigan released the rest through the publishing of “Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters: 150 Years of Front-Page Stories from the Rocky Mountain News.” As the introduction of the book states, the project “as it was conceived was to be an anniversary reprise. Now it is an obituary.” The book kicks off with the tale of the paper’s very first edition being created in a second-floor office above a saloon alongside Cherry Creek on April 23, 1859. It covers the assassinations of Lincoln, Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the completion of the Denver Pacific Railroad, the Broncos first Super Bowl and the Hayman Fire. There’s the death of Billy the Kid, Colorado becoming the second state to pass women’s suffrage, the opening of Red Rocks and the start of World War II. There’s surprises, historical anecdotes and things one may not have known or otherwise forgot. It is history the way Colorado’s pioneer news-
NORTHGLENN NEWS IN A HURRY Citizen’s Police Academies to start in early March The Northglenn Police Department is seeking applicants for its next series of Citizen’s Police Academies. Senior sessions will run 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive, starting on March 5. The regular academy and teen academy will be merged for this session. It will begin on March 6 and be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays in the police training room, 11701 Community Center Drive. The academy offers classroom presentations, hands-on experience and demonstrations that reflect the duties of the Northglenn Police Department.
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Ward I Neighborhood Meeting tonight Ward I council members will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Leroy Drive Elementary Drive, 1451 Leroy Drive. This is a chance for residents to communicate directly to council members, concerns or comments about the city and its government. Some of the topics that will be covered include economic development, volunteering, how to get involved in the city, recycling and water. For more information, contact Councilwoman Carol Dodge at 303601-3633 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or CouncilmanWayne Dodge at 303507-7202 or email@example.com.
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oHickenlooper backs some gun-control efforts Governor supports limiting high-capacity magazines By Vic Vela
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Feb. 14 said he supports at least a few of the major firearms-related bills that are being sponsored by Democratic state lawmakers, the first time he has done so since the recent unveiling of a c o n t r ov e r s i a l Report gun-control package that is being sponsored by members of his own party. But Hickenlooper isn’t prepared at this time to give his approval to all eight of the rs: bills that Democrats are proposing this legislative session, including ones that would hold gunmakers and owners liable for crimes that involved assault weapons, and rs inone that would ban concealed guns on college campuses. a real Hickenlooper’s comments on those aper, controversial guns issues came during an me in expansive interview with members of the MaCapitol press corps, one where the governor also talked about other hot-button isewssues, such as oil and gas drilling, marijuana es at regulations, and the possibility of a repeal body of the state’s death penalty. d any The interview took place inside Hickocky. enlooper’s office, on the eve of votes in the ould opolather
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House of Representatives on four pieces of gun-control legislation. All four bills ended up passing the House on Feb. 19, following marathon-like sessions that spanned two days. The governor said he supports three of those four gun measures, including one that would limit the number of rounds that high-capacity ammunition magazines can carry. The current bill would ban magazines that carry more than 15 rounds, but Hickenlooper said that lawmakers “might end up having to compromise.” “Certainly, there might be a number in there that makes sense,” he said. Hickenlooper also said he supports a separate bill that would impose a fee on gun buyers’ own background checks, which right now is somewhere in the neighborhood of $10. Hickenlooper acknowledged that his support for the fee is “controversial” and something that he is going to “catch a lot of heat” for, but that it’s the right thing to do. “The folks that are needing … or making use of this regulatory environment, it’s not unreasonable for them to pay the cost of that,” the governor said. Hickenlooper also reiterated his support for background checks for private gun sales and transfers, something he already said he favored during his State of the State speech last month. However, Hickenlooper was not prepared to voice support for a bill that would ban concealed weapons on college campuses. Nor was he ready to support an assault weapons liability bill that’s being worked on by Senate President John Morse,
Hancock says connectivity key to powerful economy Transit between Denver, surrounding cities helps get people to work, play
Other key issues Guns issues aren’t the only things on Hickenlooper’s mind nowadays. The governor was asked about a recent decision by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to set a 500-foot buffer between wells and homes. Environmental groups want greater distance between homes, while oil and gas groups don’t see the need for even 500 feet of separation. “Which means we’re probably in a good place,” he said of both sides being upset. Hickenlooper, who was a geologist before he became a brew pub owner, and then a politician, said he wants to find a balance between environmental concerns, and supporting drilling for “inexpensive” natural gas, which he said has “untold potential.” And Hickenlooper said the marijuana task force continues to work away at putting in place its recommendations on how best to regulate the industry, now that recreational marijuana use is legal in Colo-
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Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock discusses the current economic climate and future possibilities for the metro region during a Wheat Ridge Business Association meeting Feb. 12 at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. Photo by Sara Van Cleve due to growth of the job market, the active lifestyle and the vibrancy of downtown, he said. The connectivity of the metro area, through RTD and FasTracks, for example, is also a draw for many young people. People want to be able to get on a train, go to work, walk to entertainment and get back on a train to go home, Hancock said. Being able to connect Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Lakewood and other cities to downtown and DIA is creating an enormous economic opportunity. “They move here to entertain, to play, it’s the active lifestyle,” he said. “When they entertain, they’ll start meeting people they want to marry and settle down with. When they do that, the whole landscape for what they’re looking for begins to change.” As the younger crowd matures, they’ll be looking for safe neighborhoods with good schools, the ease of mobility and nearby family attractions. “I think there’s an organic interest and attraction to the suburban communities,” Hancock said. “We want to encourage them to stay in the region and raise their families and continue to make this a great region play, live and get connected to.”
rado. One of the challenges that the task force will have to deal with is implementing safeguards that would keep children from accessing the drug. “There are serious questions about kids,” Hickenlooper said. “When their minds are still developing, whether this high octane, high THC marijuana that’s available. Whether it has the potential to permanently reduce their memory.” There also are big issues the governor knows he may have to weigh in on soon, but hasn’t yet figured out what his positions are. This includes proposed legislation that would ensure collective bargaining rights for firefighters, even when local governments oppose it. The bill, which is being sponsored by Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, has already passed the Senate. But it is similar to one that former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter had once vetoed. The governor playfully tried to get out of a reporter’s question about where he stands on that issue. “I guess we’re out of time, gotta go,” he said to reporters’ laughs. Hickenlooper said he eventually gets to a point where he can “speak with a strong sense of conviction” on these types of issues, but admitted that he’s “not there yet on this issue.” Hickenlooper’s also “not there” on whether he will seek to repeal the death penalty. “I am still wrestling with it,” the governor said. “I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that.. something doesn’t remind me or doesn’t make me think about it for a moment ...”
Intrex Aerospace finalizes Thornton move By Darin Moriki
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The greatest tool the Denver metro area has at its disposal is its regionalism. That is what Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said when he stopped by the Wheat Ridge Business Association’s meeting Feb. 12 at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. “We are living in potentially the most powerful economic time this region has experienced in our history,” Hancock said. “A lot of it is driven by what’s happening with national and international economics and also the decisions that we’ve made as a region — decision we made as a region to invest about $6 billion on the transit system, which is going to drive the future of our economy.” Since the first train was built in 1858 from Denver to Cheyenne, transit has played a major role in the metro area’s economy, Hancock said. Now, more than 150 years later, Denver International Airport is the region’s biggest economic engine, he said. “It has allowed us to attract some international investment, which, quite frankly, we haven’t been able to attract ... bringing thousands of jobs,” he said. Hancock said he and his staff have looked at three major projects happening now in the Denver area — the growth and revitalization of downtown Denver, development along the Platte River and the “airtropolis,” a corridor running from Union Station to DIA — and they realized something. “If we accomplish all we’re planning for, we’re talking about 105,000 new jobs to the region,” he said. “We’re talking about a $5.4 billion economic impact to our region. These are just samples of three area. And then you look at why it’s occurring — we spark growth through community connectivity.” The Denver metro area is No. 1 in the nation for relocation of 25-40 year olds, many of whom are unemployed when they arrive, Hancock said. People are relocating to the Denver area
D-Colorado Springs. Hickenlooper said he wants to see what the final versions of those bills look like, before deciding where he stands. Republicans have fought Democratic gun-control efforts tooth and nail. And they believe that Democrats will pay a price for overreaching in the 2014 election cycle. Hickenlooper said he thinks Colorado residents support many gun-control efforts. “I’m not sure it’s anti-guns,” he said. “It’s trying to make sure that our community is safer.”
Intrex Aerospace, a Louisville-based aircraft components manufacturer, is moving forward with plans to relocate its operations to Thornton within the next few months and create an additional 55 jobs over the next five years. Adams Krueger, Thornton Office of Economic Development’s business attraction manager, said the company currently employs about 65 people but is poised to become the city’s fifth-largest primary employer once all of the new jobs are filled. “They’re a great company doing exciting things,” Krueger said. “One of our top priorities is attracting primary employment and they are a primary employer that is growing, so we’re very excited to have them here.” The company, which conducts computer-controlled machining work in the aerospace and defense industry, will move into a 70,000-square-foot facility at 12777 Claude Court by this summer and begin operations shortly thereafter. Krueger said the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district owns the property and will
lease the space to Intrex for five years. According to a September 2011 City Council-approved incentive package, the city will provide Intrex with a 1.875 percent use-tax rebate for materials the company will use on improvements it will make on the property, and a 2.25 use-tax rebate for new manufacturing equipment bought over the life of their initial lease. Krueger said there is no monetary cap on the incentive, which will expire in five years. Tricia Allen, vice president of the Adams County Economic Development, said the company’s relocation effort began last summer when Intrex executives began searching for a new location in Boulder that could accommodate the company’s growing needs. She said company executives later expanded their search area after they were unable to find a prospective location in Boulder and focused on the Thornton facility after noticing that a previous manufacturing tenant installed the infrastructure needed for their operations. Allen said the company fits into the targeted aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry types of companies that we seek to attract,” Allen said. “Typically, those companies hire individuals who are very skilled, have a lot of education and earn wages that are much higher than the county’s average.”
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Lebsock rejects two gun bills Democrat legislator explains why he rejected two others By Vic Vela
firstname.lastname@example.org Thirty-two Democrats in the state House voted for all four pieces of a Democraticsponsored gun control package on Feb. 18. But Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, was not one of them. Lebsock voted for two bills Report having to do with gun background checks. But the freshman lawmaker did not end up supporting a bill that would ban concealed weapons from being brought on campus, nor one that limited the number of rounds in high-capacity ammunition magazines. “Ultimately, I felt that those bills were a bit of an overreach,” Lebsock told Colorado Community Media after the House passed all four bills. House Bill 1224 seeks to limit the number of rounds that a high-capacity magazine can carry to 15. Lebsock, who is a former Marine, said he disagreed with the majority of those in his party who felt the bill was an appropriate measure. “I don’t believe people should be walking down the street with a bazooka on their shoulders,” he said. “But it’s common place for responsible people to carry magazines that hold a high number of rounds.” Lebsock also voted against House Bill 1226, which seeks to ban concealed weapons on campus. Lebsock said he “comes from a different perspective” on issues regarding concealed carry laws, saying that he once had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, before allowing it to expire. “Citizens who have a permit to carry are law-abiding, responsible citizens,” Lebsock said. Lebsock voted for House Bill 1229, which requires background checks on all gun sales and transfers. He said he was proud to be “the deciding vote” on House Bill 1228, which imposes fees on those background checks. “If I want to buy a gun, then I should pay for the background check,” Lebsock said. “I am a Second Amendment Democrat who also believes in reasonable gun safety measures.” Lebsock said he never was pressured by leaders of his own party to vote one way or another on any of the legislation. “That’s the wonderful thing about the Democratic Party,” Lebsock said. “We’re a big tent. Unlike the Republican Party, who voted in lock step no on everything.” Lebsock was one of five Democrats to vote against at least one of the four gun bills. Rep. Leroy Garcia of Pueblo, who is also a former Marine, supported only House Bill 1229. Reps. Dave Young of Greeley and Diane Mitsh Bush of Steamboat Springs voted against House Bill 1228. Rep. Ed Vigil of Fort Garland voted against all four bills. All four bills now head to the Senate.
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February 21, 2013
House passes gun bills Without a single Republican vote, measures move to Senate By Vic Vela
firstname.lastname@example.org Four major pieces of a Democratic-sponsored gun control package passed the state House of Representatives on Monday, following furious legislative action from the week before that included hours-long committee hearings and a passionate floor debate that went deep into the night. Bills that seek to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines, ban concealed weapons from being brought to college campuses, as well as two others dealing with gun background checks, now move on to the Senate. Not a single Republican supported any of the bills. Meanwhile, Democrats did not vote in unanimity, with at least one — and, in one case four — Democrats voting against each one of the bills. About five hours was spent debating the bills on Feb. 18. But that was nothing compared to the marathon-like House session from three days prior, where members spent about 12 hours debating gun measures on the House floor, before members voted for preliminary passage of the bills. And, highlighting the amount of attention the bills are receiving nationally, even Vice President Joe Biden ended up getting in on the action. Republicans charged over those two days of floor debate that Democratic gun-control efforts infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens, and that criminals, and not guns, are responsible for acts of firearms-related violence. “This is about Second Amendment rights, constitutional rights and the civil rights of Coloradans and Americans,” said Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson. “Changing the law will never change the heart of man.” But Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, whose son was killed in 2005 before he was scheduled to testify in a murder trial, rejected that anyone’s rights are being taken away. “When people say that the gun lobby is too strong, or that (these legislative efforts) infringe on Second Amendment rights, then I would say, `Not so,’” Fields said. “Because it’s time we do something.”
How many rounds is enough?
Fields sponsored two of the bills, including one that would limit to 15 the number of rounds a large-capacity ammunition magazine could hold. That bill passed on a 34-31 vote, with Democratic Reps. Leroy Garcia of Pueblo, Steve Lebsock of Thornton and Ed Vigil of Fort Garland voting no. During the Feb. 15 House floor debate, Fields rattled off the names of shooting victims from December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut, and last year’s Aurora theater shooting. In both mass shootings, the killers used highcapacity magazines. “High-capacity magazines have one purpose,” said Fields. “That purpose is to kill, steal, and destroy.” But Republicans called the 15-round limit an arbitrary measure that does nothing to keep people safe. Republicans also cautioned Democrats that Colorado may end up losing jobs if the bill becomes law. That issue first surfaced during a Feb. 12 committee hearing that lasted several hours, where a representative from Magpul, a Greeley-based high-capacity ammunition magazine manufacturer, expressed concern that their operations would be forced to move out of the state if the bill passed. And, during the preliminary vote in the House on Feb. 15, Republicans circulated a letter written by Greg Alfred, the CEO of Alfred Manufacturing, a Denver-based gun manufacturer, who said the bill would “have a devastating impact on our Colorado business and the 150 individuals we employ in Colorado.” The concerns over the potential for loss of jobs led Democrats to add an amendment that would allow gun and ammunition manufacturers to continue to do business in the state, a move that was blasted by Republicans. “How ironic!” said an incensed Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. “Now we know what this bill is all about. It’s all about the money!” But Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver, said the bill “is a matter of public safety of Coloradans.” “This bill does not require any Colorado company to leave Colorado. It will be their choice,” McCann said.
No guns on campus
The House also passed a bill that seeks to ban concealed weapons from being carried on college campuses. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, said on Feb. 15 that if you’re a college student going to class “you should bring your notebook, your textbook, laptop, probably your cell phone.” “But you do not need to bring your gun,” she said. But Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Arvada, was among several Republicans who said that banning law-abiding students from bringing concealed weapons on campuses would result in innocent
Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, talks during a session about voting on gun bills Friday, Feb. 15, at the Capitol. Photo by Andy Carpenean
people not being able to defend themselves in the case of a mass shooting. “I want (my children) to have the tools to be prepared if something does happen,” she said. “Please don’t take that opportunity away from my girls, to protect themselves from the evils of this world.” The bill passed by a 34-31 margin, with Lebsock, Garcia and Vigil voting no.
Passing the background checks
McCann and Fields also co-sponsored a bill requiring background checks for all gun sales and transfers, one that passed by a 36-29 vote margin, with Vigil the lone Democrat voting no. Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, said he initially was concerned that the background checks bill would extend to the transfer of weapons among extended family members. Salazar said he felt the bill “didn’t take into consideration how Latino families” are set up, with extended relatives considered as close as immediate family members. But Salazar ended up voting for the bill, referencing a dinner conversation he had over the weekend with a cousin, who said he didn’t think going through an additional background check is that much of an imposition. And a bill imposing fees on those background checks resulted in the closest vote margin of the four bills, passing by a 33-32 vote. Democratic Reps. Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat Springs and Dave Young of Greeley joining Garcia and Vigil in voting against the bill.
Vigil explained why he wasn’t supporting his own party’s gun measures on the House floor on Feb. 15, saying that in crimes where mass shootings take place, “mental health is the common thread.” “It’s who’s behind the trigger that makes the difference,” Vigil said. “Those people aren’t right in their minds when they do those things.” Lebsock said in an email to constituents on Feb. 18 that his split votes on the four guns bills were “a moderate, responsible approach” to the guns issue. In opposing the bill that would ban concealed weapons from being brought on college campuses, Lebsock said, “Citizens who have a permit to carry are law-abiding, responsible citizens.” Adding more intrigue to the two days of debate on the House floor was the buzz generated on Feb. 15, when it was learned that Biden had reached out to a handful of Democratic lawmakers before the House vote. Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, confirmed to Colorado Community Media that Biden did call him to “offer a few encouraging words” about the Democratic guns package, and told him that “all eyes are on Colorado.” But House Minority Leader Mark Waller of Colorado Springs used his Twitter account to mock Biden’s involvement, saying that Democrats are looking to “East Coast politicians for guidance on gun bills” and that Biden was “telling them what to do.”
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Rape comment backfires for lawmaker Thornton Democrat says Republicans taking cheap shots By Vic Vela
email@example.com A Democratic state lawmaker is in a political flap over a rape comment that he made during a recent debate on a gun bill in the House of Representatives. Rep. Joe Report Salazar, DThornton, has since apologized for what he said. But he also said in a Feb. 19 interview with Colorado Community Media that Republicans — some of whom have made comparisons to the infamous rape comments made by former GOP U.S. Senate candidate Todd
Akin last year — are trying to make political hay out of the situation. “I am not Akin, man,” said Salazar. “I will stand on my record from now until kingdom come. I don’t have any policy positions that are anti-women. Whereas, they have policy positions that are.” Salazar’s comment occurred late in the evening on Feb. 15, during debate on a bill that seeks to ban concealed weapons from being carried on college campuses. Salazar was making a point about how he felt that having more guns on campus doesn’t make anyone safer, saying that it’s a not a good idea for students to be firing guns in chaotic situations, where the reality of a situation may be uncertain. “That’s why we have call boxes,” Salazar said. “That’s why we have safe zones. That’s why we have whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re going to be shooting at.” The next part of his comments is what got him in trouble.
“And you don’t know if you feel like you’re going to be raped. Or, you feel like someone’s been following you around. Or, if you feel like you’re in trouble. And when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody.” Some Republicans took Salazar to mean that he doesn’t think women have the wherewithal to understand whether or not they’re facing imminent danger, or that they don’t know how to react in those situations. And Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Douglas County, blasted Salazar’s comments on the House floor, before using Twitter to say that Salazar implied that women “may not know when they’re being raped.” Salazar acknowledged in his interview with Colorado Community Media that what he said “was such a bad thing,” but that “he did not mean to hurt anybody.” “It wasn’t reflective of the statement I was trying to make which was that more
guns on campus doesn’t make people safe,” he said. “And please understand this: I know full well that women are fully capable of defending themselves.” Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, said that she did not hear Salazar’s comments on the House floor last week, but that after seeing the video, she “was appalled.” “To me, it unveils his core beliefs,” Murray said. “That grown women would be too flaky (to handle themselves in those types of situations.” Murray joined House Minority Leader Mark Waller of Colorado Springs in calling for Democratic leadership to call out Salazar for his “irresponsible” comments. “I think the governor and the Speaker of the House should come out and condemn it,” Waller said. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office issued a statement, saying, “Rep. Salazar acknowledged his remarks were inappropriate and he apologized. That’s what he needed to do.”
Polis proposes legal pot fix at federal level By Glenn Wallace
firstname.lastname@example.org Colorado and Washington have been in legal limbo for months since voters approved recreational use of marijuana because federal law continues to deem the substance as illegal. Addressing that discrepancy, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D), representing the state’s 2nd Congressional District, proposed legislation Feb. 5 titled the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013. “What this bill doesn’t do is make marijuana illegal in any jurisdiction where it currently is considered illegal,” Polis said during a press teleconference last week. Polis went on to say that where and when marijuana has been deemed legal by a state — whether for recreational use or in
cases of medicinal marijuana — buyers and sellers would have “room to operate” without fear of federal raids or prosecution. The bill would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, and move enforcement of marijuana law from the Drug Enforcement Association to “a newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and Firearms.” U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) of Oregon presented his own piece of legislation at the same time, establishing a federal tax system to collect revenue from the sale of marijuana where it has been legalized. The congressmen estimate that taxing marijuana like alcohol or tobacco could result in $20 billion in federal revenue in the first year alone. “There is an enormous evolution in American public opinion on marijuana,”
Polis said, adding that these bills represented an attempt by congress to reduce the lag between legislation and popular sentiment. Blumenauer said that the enforcement of federal marijuana laws “cost a minimum of $5.5 billion dollars each year.” The Oregon congressman said by taxing the drug instead, revenues could be generated to pay for drug treatment and law enforcement. The taxes laid out in Blumenauer’s bill include a 50 percent excise tax on marijuana when it is sold from producers to manufacturers. States or counties that do not wish to legalize marijuana would have that ability, much like some counties decided to remain alcohol-free following prohibition, the congressmen said. Blumenauer and Polis said they were
part of a nonpartisan group of 20 representatives working on marijuana-related legislation. Polis said test-votes on some of their legislative ideas had been close to passing in the last congress, and that he had hopes for these to reach the president’s desk. “I think it’s a question of when, not if,” Polis said. Asked for comment on the proposed bills, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D) spokeswoman Leslie Oliver said the congressman has not had adequate time to study the bill to comment specifically. “But Ed has been supportive of comprehensive measures to resolve conflicts between federal and state laws on marijuana issues, and is reviewing the Polis legislation,” Oliver said.
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February 21, 2013
A shout-out to career and tech training Designated “awareness months” come and go, and we sometimes comment on causes on this growing list. Last month included National Stalking Awareness, which like many topics, ties in with other awareness months, such as the pronounced topic of domestic violence. By reacting to a few key awareness months — in editorials and coverage — we are able to touch on many topics. Career and Technical Education Month for February is highlighted this month — noted in a resolution by the state Legislature — and is also tied to so many aspects of American life. The resolution notes the importance of retaining “under-represented youth in schools and giving all students leadership opportunities.” Perhaps
OUR VIEW students in technical training programs at community colleges and so on are sometimes under-represented and undervalued in the media as well, so we give a hearty shout-out to career and technical training in schools. Moreover, the importance of technical and career training extends to the free market business perspective. In our interaction with economic development agencies, such as Adams County Economic Develop-
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
What do you make of wrestling being ousted from the Olympics? The International Olympic Committee recently voted to remove wrestling, one of the original Olympic sports, from the games beginning in 2020. While wrestling was removed, golf and rugby were added
to the list. We heard the opinions of residents about the change on a sunny Friday at La Dolce Vita, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., in Arvada.
I think rugby would be a good one. I’m not a huge fan of wrestling as it is. I’m not sure about golf though. I’m not a big golf fan either. - Robert Leming, Arvada
Historically, it’s been in every game, so I don’t think it’s a good idea to take it out. They shouldn’t alter the original Olympics. But this is the modern day and I support golf to be an Olympic sport. I say no on rugby, yes on golf and they should leave wrestling. - Angelaka Clybun, Arvada
I had brothers who wrestled in school and (the Olympics) are a goal for some people. Taking away isn’t good. It’s not bad to add others, but they shouldn’t take away wrestling. - Millie Greer, Arvada
I don’t think they should have eliminated wrestling. It hasn’t lost any popularity and still a sport in high schools and colleges. Greco style is an especially popular sport. I was surprised when I heard the decision and couldn’t understand the rationale. - Greg Thomason, Arvada
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ment and others, we hear from businesses on a regular basis that they have jobs for which they cannot find people who have the required training. Quite often they express the frustration of being ready to move ahead with production of products but not having the skilled workers. We point to this need and encourage business, as well as schools and economic development organizations, to seek new ways to provide the training that matches emerging needs. Of course, we recognize much work that is continually being done in this effort by business, education and economic development agencies to meet these needs. The needs are simply constant, constantly changing and growing in many directions. We emphasize Colo-
rado — which has an increasingly diverse economic structure — was a considerable challenge. At the same time, we echo the Statehouse resolution compliment to “the everincreasing cooperative efforts of career and technical educators with business and industry to stimulate the growth and vitality of the local economy and that of the entire nation.” And further we note the rigorous efforts of the state’s education system, where 39 percent of high school students from over 160 school districts are enrolled in one or more career and technical education programs. The effort is there and should be encouraged and enhanced.
The time bomb is ticking This upcoming show down has all the makings of a high drama Western movie. You can’t easily tell the good guys from the bad guys. You see, the head-on confrontation has to do with federal budget cuts with the shoot out between the Democrats and the Republicans. The March 1 deadline is fast approaching and there is no sign of that dirty word — compromise. Without the required votes in both the Senate and the House to craft an alternative, $85 billion in budget cuts automatically start kicking in on March 1. If this happens, the fall out could well send us back into a sizable recession.
Everything on the table
Yes, we clearly need federal budget cuts. No doubt about it! According to various opinion polls, Americans are clear spoken on that point. But the challenge is in the detail — what to cut and what to keep. I say everything should be on the table which would include entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. The military budget should not take the brunt, but needs thoughtful, meaningful cuts. Domestic programs have been cut and cut in prior budgets and therefore should take smaller reductions. Congress needs to be mindful of the impact on the economy when deciding which cuts. Let’s hope they see the light and take action accordingly.
Addressing child abuse, neglect
Constructive actions are starting to take place when it comes to protecting kids throughout Colorado. The state has announced a statewide hotline to report child abuse and neglect. Currently, there are hotlines administered in the separate 64 counties which have shown inconsistencies in how the calls are handled. Also, training for mandatory reporters who are required by law to report suspected misconduct is to be provided. Little by little,
Colorado is headed in the right direction to turn around a terrible track record of 175 children who have died in the last six years. Also, more funding is needed to reduce the case load of county social workers, although I would suggest that such funds go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs across the state to produce more trained volunteers who do one-on-one support and report to the judges. Some would say I am bias serving on the CASA Board of Adams and Broomfield Counties, but I have seen the difference they make.
Parental responsibility is alive
Finally, parents and guardians of minors take note — if your minor child is caught vandalizing, being in parks during closed hours or violating other laws in Northglenn, you and the child may be paying a fine, do community service or other penalties. Yes, parental responsibility is alive in Northglenn. I think it is the right thing to do. Maybe parents/ guardians will be more attentive to what their children are doing if the adults are punished for their kids’ conduct. This is long overdue in my humble opinion. Under the Northglenn ordinance, parents could face up to $999 in a fine. Maybe this line of thinking can be applied in other situations like in school. Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.
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I will get to that tomorrow This week has been one of those crazy busy weeks for me. It was full of calls, meetings, travel, and lots of reports, proposals and presentations to write, prepare for, and deliver. Normally I am well organized and avoid falling too far behind. This year I made a commitment to stay organized by having a more focused and prioritized “to-do” list. It has made a significant difference for me in that I am accomplishing so much more. This week, however, I found myself getting caught up in the procrastination game, telling myself, “I will get to that tomorrow.” Well you know what happens right? We all know what happens. More things come up, more calls, more meetings, last minute tasks or issues and now all of the items on my initial “to-do” list become compromised. And in order to complete everything I found myself taking shortcuts and not giving each project, person, or task the attention they truly deserved. By procrastinating I found myself being spread too thin. Has this ever happened to you? I bet it has. An attitude of “I will get to that
tomorrow” can quickly become a bad habit. And as I looked back over the last month and a half I can see very clearly that my commitment to being more organized had really helped me to become more productive and less stressed out. In comparison to this week, the contrast was like night and day as my procrastination left me completely unproductive and extremely stressed. And it all started out so well, it really did. I mean I had my list and my plan, it was focused and prioritized. I was in an excellent position to succeed. However, I failed to execute the plan. I pushed tasks aside, delayed calls, and justified it all to myself by saying I would still get it all done. Everything that I was putting off was just little things, small tasks, quick
calls. The problem was that even though they were trivial in my mind, they became bigger as the week wore on. It was a painful lesson but one that I guess I needed to learn. Nothing good comes from procrastinating. There are many benefits derived from carefully planning and preparing, prioritizing and staying focused, but only if we execute the plan. Like that old saying, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” This is such great wisdom that can really help us to develop a good habit of getting things done and getting them done on time. What is holding you back from getting through your “to-do” list? Are there real barriers or just an attitude of “I will get to that tomorrow?” I would love to hear all about it, and as always, let’s make this a better than good week. Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former President of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and Founder of www.candogo. com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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March 21, 1938 ~ February 8, 2013 Jack L. Knight passed away peacefully in Glendale, AZ on February 8, 2013. Jack was born to Maxine (Parrott) and Meredith Knight in Denver, CO on March 21, 1938. He had been a resident of Peoria, AZ for the last 1-1/2 years. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Jack had a Master’s degree in Education and served as an Administrator for Adams County, Colorado School District #12 for over 44 years. He was Past Master of Northglenn Masonic Lodge #194, a member of the National Education Association, Friends Cumbres Toltec Scenic Rail Road, PT Cruiser Club, Westminster Police Academy Alumni, an Elder at Sun City Christian Church and an Elder at Westminster Christian Church. When not spending time with his grandchildren, studying the Bible or U.S. history, Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting, trains and cars.
Jack is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Knight; son Ralph Lamont Knight (Nancy); grandchildren Tyler, Kodi, Daniel and Sarah Knight (Billy Banks); great Grandson Cooper Banks; sister Bobbie Kinder (Bob Kinder); brother-in-law & sister-in-law Rich and Evie Koester; nieces Wendy Lippman (Toby) and Theresa Parisi; nephews Bret Koester (Anita) and Tom Kinder (Erin). He was predeceased by his son Gregory Jack Knight and his parents Meredith and Maxine Knight. A Memorial Service was held Friday, February 15, 2013 at 3:00PM at Sun City Christian Church, 9745 W Palmeras Dr., Sun City, AZ 85373. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Valley View Food Bank in Care of Sun City Christian Church, 9745 W Palmeras Ave Sun City AZ 85373. Condolences may be left for the family at www.advantagefunerals.com
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hile the real estate market in Colorado purportedly is showing signs of life, there still are thousands of homes in foreclosures and/or on the market for short sales. Although a short sale is surrounded by complexities and mystifies homeowners who are not familiar with the process, there is no question that short sales, although not for everyone, have some substantial advantages over allowing a home to go though the foreclosure process. Simply defined, a short sale is one in which the lender, usually a bank, is willing to extinguish a deed of trust or mortgage for an amount less than the balance due on the loan. For example, if the balance on the loan is $200,000, and the lender is willing to
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INTERNAL LANDSCAPING Nothing skimpy in eatery week Denver Restaurant Week (Feb. 23-March 8) has set a new record number of participating restaurants with 351, up 339 from last year. The 14-day food fest and feast will have participating eateries offering a multicourse dinner for the “Mile High” price of $52.80 for two or $26.40 for one with tax and tip not included. Don’t forget to tip on the “real” price, not the discounted one. “We believe that with 351 restaurants, Denver Restaurant Week is the largest restaurant week in the nation,” Visit Denver chief Richard Scharf said. Last year, a record 404,400 meals were served. As of Feb. 8, prospective diners had looked at more than 3.3 million pages of menus, an average of eight menus per visit to the site. Scharf noted that this year there are: • 82 new restaurants participating in DRW for the first time; • 195 restaurants offering vegetarian options; • 26 restaurants offering gluten-free options; • 82 restaurants offering beer, wine or drinks as part of their DRW menu; • 94 restaurants in just downtown Denver. Be warned that reservations for the most popular DRW participants are all but gone (you might get lucky with a 5 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. seating), but you can comb through www.opentable.com and click on the Denver Restaurant Week page to enter a time and date, and click on “find a table.” The page will show you which of the 212 restaurants on Open Table have availability. On the www.denverrestaurantweek. com site, click on a restaurant menu, and then hit the “add to must-dine list,” which will show up on your Facebook page to let friends know that you are interested in dining at this restaurant and seeing if anyone wants to join you.
Art for young at heart
CultureHaus, a social and educational support group of the Denver Art Museum connecting the young at heart with art, will host its annual fundraiser, Banner: Art of the Street, from 7:30-11 p.m. Feb. 22 with a VIP reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Center for Visual Art-Metropolitan State University of Denver, 965 Santa Fe Drive. Each year, CultureHaus holds a “Banner” event, the organization’s signature party and fundraiser. Combining the phrase “Art of” with a noun chooses the name of the Banner event. Past events have included Art of Fashion, Art of Pop, Art of Sculpture and Art of Mixology. This year’s theme, Art of the Street, will celebrate and showcase the creative and cultural aspects of Denver’s urban landscape. The event will feature live graffiti demonstrations, local tattoo artists, inspired visual arts, delish street food, a silent auction and more. CultureHaus member tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP. non-member tickets are $60 for general admission and $85 for VIP. For tickets, go to http://culturehaus.denverartmuseum.org/.
This work by Don Stinson is one of those on display in the “Evidence Odd and Off Landscapes”exhibit at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Submitted photo
Art exhibits show different views of world By Clarke Reader
creader@ourcoloradonews. com The Lakewood Cultural Center is having some new landscape work done, but it’s not the type that first leaps to mind. Two new art shows that focus on landscapes — both familiar and odd — are now on
display at the center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, through April. “Evidence Odd and Off Landscapes” is on display in the Mezzanine Gallery, and “mOTHERland” is on display in the James J. Richey Gallery. Entry to the galleries are free, and it is opened from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The “Evidence Odd” exhibit focuses on non-traditional and non-pictoral landscapes by Evergreen artist Susi Heyer, according to arts curator Lorene Joos.
“I’ve known about her work for a long time, when I saw that she was doing landscapes of trailer parks,” Joos said. “She has done whole series on really non-traditional landscapes that are incredibly interesting.” Joos said the power of Heyer’s work is that it causes the viewer to really look at things in a different way, and gives an entirely different sense of place. “mOTHERland” goes in a different direction, and centers on the various images of Red Rocks that Lakewood artist Martha Pinkard Williams has
IF YOU GO WHAT: “Evidence Odd and Off Landscapes” and “mOTHERland” art exhibits WHERE: Lakewood Cultural Center 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood WHEN: Through April 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
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created. Williams describes the works more as portraits than anything else — portraits that blend together realism and abstract tones together. “Red Rocks is really special to me, and is a real natural vocabulary,” she said. “I want to try to capture the spirit of the place.” Williams said the show, which includes several new pieces, is dedicated to her mother, who is turning 90 this year. While the subjects and method of the two exhibits are different, Joos wanted to do them together because she thought they provided a nice contrast for the viewer. For more information, call 303-987-7845 or visit www. lakewood.org/hca.
The unusual landscapes of Susi Heyer are the main features of the “Evidence Odd and Off Landscapes” exhibit at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Submitted photo
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Foundation on April 27 at the National Western Events Center. The pop-rock band achieved success from its debut album in 1998, with the hit “Meet Virginia.” During the last 15 years, the band has won two Grammy Awards and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world. Guests will enjoy many of the band’s hits such as “Calling All Angels,” “Hey Soul Sister” and “Marry Me.” Tickets and table sales to the full NightShine Gala, including a cocktail hour, four-course dinner, auction and performance, start at $500 and can be purchased by contacting Candice Jones at 303-602-2978 or email@example.com. A limited number of concert-only tickets will be available for $50. Concertonly tickets may be purchased starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 at www.denverhealthfoundation.org.
Brittany Hill reborn
Brittany Hill, Thornton’s first upscale restaurant, closed in 2007, but has reopened as a Crystal Rose event and wedding venue. Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays (call for reservations at 303-451-5151). On Feb. 21, the restaurant will host a grand-reopening party from 4 p.m. until close.
Edith Head revisited
Susan Claassen, a University of Denver graduate, returns to Denver as an actor and co-playwright for “A Conversation with Edith Head,” a live one-women performance and homage to the only eight-Oscar-winning female costume designer. Neiman Marcus, French for Sugar bakery and FashionDenver are supporting the event, which makes its Denver debut at 7 p.m. March 3 at the L2Arts and Cultural Center on the corner of Colfax and Columbine. Claassen’s performance in this 90-minute show has been called “utterly captivating.” Tickets start at $35 and are on sale at www.denverfilm.org. VIP tickets are $100 and include gold circle seating, a post-show champagne reception and a photo with “Edith.” Head remains one of the most powerful and influential women in Hollywood history. In her six decades of costume design, she dressed most of the great stars from Mae West to Elizabeth Taylor and the legendary “Hitchcock blondes,” Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren and Eva Marie Saint. Claassen stars as this iconic film diva in a show that brings to life great movie lore and behind-the-scenes stories of humor, ambition and glamor from the golden days of Hollywood.
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Willie’s is moving into the parking lot adjoining the existing building at 490 S. Colorado Blvd., according to a story in The Denver Business Journal. The story said a groundbreaking was planned for Feb. 15 “on the new, $3 million to $4 million building, which will be slightly larger than the existing club and include upgrades to lighting, sound and food with the addition of a pizza oven.”
Rock ‘n’ roll concert promoter Barry Fey, former Denver Art Museum director Lewis I. Sharp and Denver tour operator Sid Wilson of A Private Guide will be inducted into the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame during the 14th annual tourism dinner and silent auction March 6 in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. The Tourism Hall of Fame serves as the highest award for Denver’s travel industry, which posted its best year in 2011 with 13.3 million overnight visitors, generating more than $3.3 billion in spending. The industry supports nearly 50,000 jobs in the metro area. The gala will also honor five “Tourism Stars” presented to organizations and attractions that had a significant impact on Denver’s tourism industry during the preceding year. “This was truly a significant year for Denver tourism with an unprecedented five tourism stars helping to showcase our city as a center for art, sports, sustainability, history and innovation,” said Richard Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver. The Tourism Star award winners are: The Denver Art Museum for blockbuster original shows Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective and Becoming Van Gogh; Denver Zoo for the groundbreaking Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit; the History Colorado Center for bringing Colorado history to life with the new building and exhibits; the NCAA Women’s Final Four, which created $20 million in economic development and national television exposure for Denver; and United Airlines and Denver International Airport for securing a new nonstop flight between Denver and Japan, which will begin in March. The gala is a fundraiser for the Visit Denver Foundation, which has given out more than $460,000 in scholarships to 189 Colorado students pursuing higher education in the fields of tourism and hospitality. For ticket information, contact Keely Asbury at 303-571-9405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 303-619-5209.
CONVERSATION GROUP Men in the community are invited to come share some of the interesting stories from their lives at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Coffee and refreshments will be available. The senior center men’s conversation group is set to meet every first and third Thursday of the month. For people ages 55 and over. Call 303-450-8801 for more information.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH Contemplative Outreach of Colorado will host a two-day workshop Feb. 22-23 featuring William Meninger’s presentation of “The Enneagram: An Ancient and Modern Personality Profile.” The workshop runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Center for Contemplative Living, 3650 Yates St., Denver. To register, call 303-698-7729 or go to www. contemplativeoutreach-co.org.
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING Ward I residents are invited to communicate directly with their elected officials with questions, concerns or comments about the city and its government. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Leroy Drive Elementary School, 1451 Leroy Drive. Contact council member Carol Dodge at 303-601-3633 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or council member Wayne Dodge at 303-507-7202 or email@example.com.
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THEATER SHOW Phamaly Theatre Company presents the “charmin’‘n side-splittin’ comedy”“The Foreigner” Feb. 22-24 at the Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets are available by calling 720-898-7200 or going online to www.phamaly.org. SATURDAY/FEB. 23 BENEFIT CONCERT/AUCTION Friends of the Arvada West Dog Park will host a benefit concert/silent auction at the DNote in Olde Town, 7519 Grandview, from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Proceeds from the event will help fund improvements and expansion plans at the off-leash dog park at 17975 W. 64th Parkway. SWEETHEART BALL At the Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Ball, girls ages 5 to 13 and their fathers will enjoy light refreshments, dancing and fun activities from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Each couple will receive a commemorative photograph and a special memento. Daddies, grandpas and uncles are welcome to attend as appropriate. This year’s theme will take us to the ocean floor and the lost kingdom of Atlantis, so don your most beautiful outfits and dance the night away. Register by Friday, Feb. 15; call 303-450-8800 or go to the Northglenn Recreation Center to register. SUNDAY/FEB. 24 BLOOD DRIVE Immaculate Heart of Mary community blood drive is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at 11385 Grant Drive, in the Parish Center, Northglenn. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org. MONDAY/FEB. 25 CAREGIVING TIPS The Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado presents Caregiving Tips: Successful Communication class from
1-3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Kaiser Westminster Clinic, 11245 Huron St. This class covers successful communication skills for interacting with people with dementia, as well as how to assess and respond to behaviors. This class is for caregivers, family members, friends, and volunteer caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on this and other classes, visit alz.org/co or call 800-272-3900.
MAYOR COFFEE Talk directly with the mayor about issues in the community and learn about new developments in the city at Coffee with the Mayor, at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Atlanta Bread in the Northglenn Marketplace. Karen Stuart, executive director of Smart Commute Metro North, will be the guest speaker. Call 303-450-8713 for information. SCRAPBOOKING Bring your pictures and stories and join everyone in preserving your personal and family history at the senior center scrapbooking class, at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Scrapbooking supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. This activity will continue on the fourth Monday of every month. Call 303-450-8801 for more information. For people ages 55 and over. TUESDAY/FEB. 26 FLIGHT COURSE The Colorado Chapter of The Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots, is offering a spring Flight Without Fear course. The next class begins Tuesday, Feb. 26 and will meet once each week in Denver. The class is designed to help individuals who want or need to fly but are anxious or nervous about doing so. Participants will learn about the inner workings of an airline flight. There are field trips to the United Airlines maintenance facility, air traffic control, and flight simulators. The cost of the course includes all field trips, books and study materials, and a class graduation trip on a regularly-scheduled commercial flight. Detailed information atwww.colorado99s.org/FWF.htm. BOOK CLUB The Northglenn Senior Book Club will review “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,” a retelling of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in rural Wisconsin. The club meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. A mute boy who comes from a long line of dog breeders runs away from home after his father is killed. He later returns to his usurped home, hoping to prove that his uncle murdered his father. To reserve a copy, call 303-4508801. For people ages 55 and over. Your Week continues on Page 19
THORNTON POLICE NEWS IN A HURRY Shoplifting: Two 20-year-old Thornton women were arrested Feb. 8 at Walmart, 9901 N. Grant St. A loss prevention officer saw the women wandering around and placing $204 in grocery and household items into empty Walmart bags. They then proceeded through the doors without paying for the items. The loss prevention officer contacted them and held them for a Thornton officer. The women were issued summonses and later released on the scene. DUI, careless driving, driving under revocation: An officer was on patrol Feb. 11 at 10:35 a.m. on northbound Interstate 25 when he saw a person driving aggressively. The car was weaving between lanes at a high rate of speed. The officer made a traffic stop and contacted the driver, a 26-year-old Winter Park man. When the officer ran a check he learned that the man’s license had been revoked. The man was taken into custody, processed and later released. Unlawful possession of methamphetamine: Officers were dispatched Feb. 12 at 11:42 a.m. to the Safeway parking lot at Washington Street and Thornton Parkway in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle had left the lot and was contacted in the 300 block of Thornton Parkway. Four people were inside. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed that one of the passengers, a 26-year-old Denver man, had 1.10 grams of methamphetamine in his possession. It was learned that he had an active warrant out of Wheat Ridge, and officers took him into custody. The woman who was driving the car had a marijuana pipe in her purse. She was issued a summons and later released. 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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Majority of council not interested in study session record Snetzinger recommends note-taking during meetings By Tammy Kranz
firstname.lastname@example.org The majority of Northglenn City Council did not support a recommendation for official notes to be taken at its study sessions. Councilwoman Kim Snetzinger, Ward IV, made the recommendation during council’s Jan. 11 regular meeting. “Currently our study sessions, we don’t have any meeting notes or anything from those meetings that kind of can be a record for what our decisions are and what kind of direction we provide to staff,” she said. Snetzinger said her concern is that she felt things slipped through the cracks, and it would be easier to respond to citizen inquiries if notes were taken, instead of having to listen
or watch recordings of the meetings. Councilwoman Leslie Carrico, Ward II, initially seemed supportive of the recommendation, saying it may be helpful to have notes for members who miss a session. “It probably wouldn’t hurt to kind of hear what everybody said,” she said. Mayor Joyce Downing spoke against the recommendation. She said that study sessions had a more conversational feel to them, and that she thought the clerk taking notes was a waste of time. “If there is something I want to keep a record of, I keep my own notes so I can decipher them the way I want to decipher them,” she said. Councilman Gene Wieneke, Ward IV, suggested that since the city clerk already took notes during the sessions that she share some with council to
see if it was helpful. No other council member seemed interested in this suggestion, and Snetzinger said she didn’t want the clerk to have to go through that work if other members weren’t interested. Downing added that most council members take their own notes, and “the real decision is made at our formal meetings and then you have all the notes.” Snetzinger quickly responded, “I would disagree with that.” Downing’s said, “That’s OK, you can disagree.” Council generally meets for study sessions at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month in Council Chambers, 11701 Community Center Drive. Council does not take official action during these meetings, and they are open to the public. Residents can also view or listen to recordings of the study sessions by going to webdocs.northglenn.org/.
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YOUR WEEK & MORE THURSDAY/FEB. 28 NOMINATION DEADLINE Nominations for the Community Reach Center Foundation’s 2013 Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award are due by Thursday, Feb. 28. The award will be presented at a dinner April 18 at the Stonebrook Manor in Thornton. The award honors an Adams County resident who has served the community in an outstanding fashion through volunteerism. It is named for the late Mary Ciancio, in recognition of her many years of community service on behalf of Adams County residents with mental and physical disabilities. Nomination forms and instructions are available atwww.CommunityReachCenter.org. For information, call or email Deb Haviland, at 303-853-3472 or email@example.com.
COMING SOON COMING SOON/MARCH 1 ENTRY DEADLINE The Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation is conducting an open entry competition to select six sculptures to be part of Northglenn’s 2013-14 “Art on Parade” on-loan sculpture program. The winning pieces will be placed at E.B. Rains Junior Memorial Park surrounding Webster Lake in Northglenn. Check www.callforentry.org for more on submissions. Contact Michael Stricker at 303-450-8727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. FESTIVE FRIDAY Celebrate National Pig Day with pig races and everything bacon. The celebration is at noon Friday, March 1, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Bring a potluck dish that includes bacon – even dessert. RSVP at 303-450-8801. For people ages 55 and over. COMING SOON/MARCH 2 LITERARY EVENT Three literary agents will team together from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Mamie Dowd Eisenhower Public Library, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, to help aspiring writers discover how to break into publishing. Those who register for the event will meet three agents: Sara Megibow from Nelson Literary, Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary, and Terrie Wolfe of AKA Literary. Each writer will be allowed to pitch directly to an agent, and then receive immediate feedback on what works and what doesn’t. Furthermore, the agent panel will read the first page of each participant’s manuscript in a session called “First Pages” and again participants will receive immediate feedback. Space is limited and registration is required; registration deadline is Feb. 25. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/ak8j5b2 or contact the registrar, Carrie Seidel, at email@example.com. COMING SOON/MARCH 4 GOLF LEAGUE Lake Arbor Ladies Nine hole golf
vegetable seeds for transplanting into your home garden. Leave with seeds, information and materials for starting your own heirloom plants such as peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. Open to ages 12 and older. Sign up early; call 720-898-7405 or visit www.arvada. org/nature to register and for information on costs.
START SEEDS Join Jackie Raehl, owner of Star Acre Farms, to learn basic seed starting techniques from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn about seed starting mediums, heirloom seed saving, and growing vegetable seeds for transplanting into your home garden. Leave with seeds, information and materials for starting your own heirloom plants such as peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. Open to ages 12 and older. Sign up early; call 720-898-7405 or visit www.arvada. org/nature to register and for information on costs. COMING SOON/MARCH 6 CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Arvada Police Department or wanted to get an inside look at policing? You can do so by attending the Arvada Police Department’s Spring Citizen’s Police Academy. The academy meets on 12 consecutive Wednesdays between March 6 and May 15. Classes are in classrooms and field settings, and give participants insight into many aspects of police work. Visit www.arvadapd.org to complete an application. A criminal background investigation will be done on each applicant. The academy is offered twice a year, and class size is limited. Call 720-898-6660. COMING SOON/MARCH 6-27 PRESCHOOL FUN Jody Weiland teaches about a different kind of animal from 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesdays from March 6-27 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. This four-week session includes fox, ants, raccoons and coyotes. Enjoy a glimpse into their wonderful worlds, using books, stories, crafts, and games. Program for ages 3-6 years. Sign up early; call 720-898-7405 or visitwww.arvada.org/nature to register and for information on costs.
DENTAL EVALUATION During February, in honor of Pet Dental Health Month, free pet dental evaluations are offered at the Cat Care Society clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call 303-237-0914 to schedule an appointment. RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 3 CALL FOR ENTRIES Colorado Visions, a juried exhibit of fine art by Colorado Artists at Westminster City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave., is accepting entries through March 3. Slides or CDs of original 2- or 3-dimensional fine art by Colorado artists (no computer art). Entry fee is $30 for 3 entries. Cash awards. Judge is Colorado artist Cheryl St. John. The show is April 15 to May 31. For prospectus, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: North Metro Arts Alliance, c/o Becky Silver, 10154 Meade Court, Westminster, CO 80031. RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 18 ART EXHIBIT Art From the Heart, a juried exhibit of art by Colorado artists, will be on display at the College Hill Library from Feb. 4 through March 18. The library is at 3705 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, at the far west end of Front Range Community College. Enjoy a variety of art media and techniques from traditional oils and watercolors to abstract collage and impressionism. Art From the Heart is sponsored by the Paletteers Art Club and the SCFD and can be viewed during library hours. Call 303-466-2512. RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 20
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MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE Marta Burton and Sheldon Sands present “Unbounded: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery,” a multimedia performance that draws upon the music, historical narratives and images of Jewish and African-American experiences of oppression and slavery to raise awareness of those enslaved globally today. The concert will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver. Tickets are available at http://www.mizelmuseum.org. For information contact Deanne Kapnik at dkapnik@mizelmuseum. org or 303-749-5019.
SPRING EXHIBIT Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art presents its spring exhibit “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” through May 26. Visit bmoca.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-443-2122 for information. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is at 1750 13th St., Boulder.
RECURRING EVENTS RECURRING/THROUGH FEB. 22 CONCERT APPLICATIONS Broomfield Symphony Orchestra is accepting applications for the youth concerto competition from middle school and high school musicians. One winner from each category will perform with the orchestra at our May concerts. Applications must be received by Feb. 22. Visit www.broomfieldsymphony.org or call 303-725-1728.
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bers’ fine arts exhibit is ongoing through Feb. 28 at the Aar River Gallery, 3707 W. 73rd Ave., Westminster. Call 303-426-4114 or visit www.aarrivergallery.com.
RECURRING/THROUGH FEBRUARY ART EXHIBIT The North Metro Arts Alliance mem-
FOOD DONATIONS North Metro Fire Rescue begins its annual winter food drive on Friday, Feb. 1. Donations collected through Feb. 28 will be used to replenish supplies at two food banks that benefit the residents
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ART SHOW The “Art for the Young at Heart” art show runs through March 20 at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. 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.
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league is hosting a membership meeting/coffee at 10 a.m. Monday, March 4, at Lake Arbor clubhouse, 8600 Wadsworth Blvd. League play is each Monday morning from April through October. New members of all skill levels are welcome/encouraged to join a fun group of women. Handicaps will be acquired through play. For more information, including cost of membership dues, contact head golf pro Lee Kauffman at Lake Arbor, 720-898-7360.
START SEEDS Dreaming about your summer vegetable garden? Join Jackie Raehl, owner of Star Acre Farms, to learn basic seed starting techniques from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn about seed starting mediums, heirloom seed saving, and growing
of Northglenn and Broomfield. Donations are being accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at North Metro fire stations in Broomfield and Northglenn. Call 303-4529910 for information.
RECURRING/MONTHLY THROUGH MAY FAMILY CONCERTS The Music Train and Swallow Hill
Music presents the family concert series, at 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through May at Swallow Hill Music Association, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver; and at 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month through May at the D-Note, 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada. For information and tickets, visit http://ridethemusictrain.com.
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LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 8 WESTMINSTER WALKERS Improve your health and
meet new friends by joining our walking club. These monthly meetings are held to track your progress and update you on health information. The next meeting is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, March 8, at St. Anthony North Hospital, 2551 W. 84th Ave., Westminster. The topic will be The Healing Properties of Aromatherapy. Call 720-321-8940 to register.
CONCERT Wendy Woo performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at The Exchange Tavern, 11940 Bradburn Blvd., Westminster. Call 303-469-0404 or visithttp:// www.exchangetavern.com/. The show is for all ages. Looking Ahead continues on Page 20
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LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 8-17 PLAYHOUSE PERFORMANCE Festival Playhouse and 11 Minute Theatre Company present “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner,” by Pat Cook. What do you do when you have three geriatric sisters as patients and all they want to do is sit at home and talk to one another – all at the same time? You move another person in with them. At least, that is what Doc Lomax does when he has a new nurse needing a place to live. Performances are at the Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Call 303-422-4090 or visit www.festivalplayhouse.com. LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 9 GAME DESIGN Join Anythink Wright Farms for an IMLS game
design workshop from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this workshop allows middle and high school students to learn all about video game design from the experts. Students are encouraged to sub-
mit their designs to the National STEM Video Game Challenge for a chance to earn recognition and prizes, as well as money for their school. The IMLS Game Design Workshop will familiarize students with the process of game design from multiple perspectives, including game system elements and team member roles and responsibilities. Participants will design both simple digital and physical games, as well as learn the concept of the iterative game design cycle. Anythink is one of 20 organizations nationwide selected to host the workshop. Space is limited; registration required. Visit our online calendar to register. The library is at 5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton. Call 303-405-3200 or visit anythinklibraries.org.
LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 11, APRIL 1, MAY 14, JUNE 4 LECTURE SERIES Unique Lives & Experiences welcomes lecturers, artists and celebrities who will share perspectives from their lives. The series is at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. On Monday, March 11, the series welcomes Vicente and Marta Fox, Mexico’s former president and first lady. The series also includes Jane Goodall, primatologist and conservation-
ist, on Monday, April 1; Sissy Spacek on Tuesday, May 14; and Dionne Warwich on Tuesday, June 4. The lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-449-8118. Visit www.uniquelives.com.
LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 12 COLORADO PREDATORS Sharp teeth, sharp vision and keen hunting skills make people take pause when they come across Colorado predators. Join local naturalists Tabbi Kinion from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Kristen Libberton to learn more about the fascinating lifestyles of bears, lions, coyotes and other local wildlife. We’ll talk biology, play games and do activities to find out what it feels like to be the predator and their prey. Call ahead to register; 720-898-7405. The program is from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Visit www.arvada.org/nature. LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 13 THEATER AUDITIONS The Creative Revolution Theatre Company will have auditions for “I Hate Hamlet” and “Politically
Correct Bedtime Stories” from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at TASHCO Art Gallery at the North Valley Tech Center, 500 E. 84th Ave., Suite C-1, Thornton. Callbacks will be Friday, March 15, time to be determined. Rehearsals begin the week of March 25 (Hamlet) and March 18 (Bedtime Stories). Performance for Bedtime Stories is April 3, and performances for Hamlet are May 3-5 at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd. Email email@example.com to schedule an appointment or for questions.
LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 14 SPELLING BEE Compete with other spelling whizzes in the 60+ Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Arvada Press/Mile High News, Brookdale Senior Living’s Arvada Sterling House and Arvada Meridian, and Prime Time for Seniors Newspaper. Prizes and refreshments included. This is a free event, but both contestants and spectators must register by March 2. Contestants must be 60 and over. Sign up soon; space is limited. The spelling bee is from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.
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OUT OF BOUNDS BY THE NUMBERS
Number of wrestlers t h a t Pomona has going to the state tournament, which is the second most in 5A – behind only Rocky Mountain which is sending 13 wrestlers.
The Standley Lake hockey t e a m’s s e e d at the hockey state playoffs. The Gators will face fourth-seeded Valor Christian on Friday in the opening round of the playoffs. Standley Lake advanced to the second round of the playoffs last season before losing to rival Ralston Valley 2-1.
Horizon’s Kaylie Rader goes up for a basket during Tuesday’s game against Monarch. Photos by Jonathan Maness
Horizon’s Lauren Bennett tries to get a shot off while being defended by a Monarch Coyote. Jonathan Maness
Monarch snaps Horizon’s winning streak Coyotes sweep season series with Hawks By Jonathan Maness
jmaness@ourcoloradonews. com THORNTON - It was a tale of two halves for the Horizon Hawks on Tuesday night. In the first half the Hawks couldn’t miss. But it was a different story in the second half as Horizon struggled against the Monarch Coyotes stingy defense. The Coyotes held the Hawks to only 14 second-half points and rallied to a 57-46 victory Tuesday. Monarch also beat Horizon 63-58 earlier this season. “What we did offensively in the
second half wasn’t us,” Horizon coach Greg Hahn said. “We just didn’t adjust, we usually do really well with that.” Horizon went into the game on a five-game winning streak behind the strong play of senior Kaylie Rader. During the streak she averaged 14.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3 blocks. On Tuesday, Monarch made life difficult for Rader, holding the 6-foot-4 center to only six points and two rebounds. The Coyotes threw two to three defenders at her any time she touched the ball in the paint. Things turned from bad to worst late in the third quarter when
she picked up her fourth foul and Monarch took advantage. The Coyotes went on an 9-point run and kept the Hawks scoreless until Lauren Bennett hit a pair of free throws midway through the fourth quarter to cut the Coyotes lead to 48-42. “When Kaylie got her fourth foul it changed the approach for us,” Hahn said. For as cold as the Hawks ended the game, they were just as hot at the start. Bennett and Gaby Jimenez each hit a pair of treys to open the second quarter to push Horizon’s lead to 21-13. Kaylie Rader then found Alyssa Rader for an easy basket and pushed the Hawks lead to nine points. The Coyotes were able to cut the lead
32-27 at the half. Not only did Monarch stifle the Hawks offensively the much undersized Coyotes also repeatedly got second chances thanks to 14 offensive rebounds. Sophomore Kelly O’Flannigan had a gamehigh seven boards. Bennett led Horizon with 13 points, while Alyssa Rader added 12 and Gabby Jimenez had 11. The Hawks fell to 15-7 overall and 12-3 in the Front Range League, they will play their season finale on Thursday at Boulder. “Initially, we have to put this loss behind us,” Hahn said. “We have to play better down the stretch and learn how to play from behind.”
Roundup: Northglenn hires Dean to be football coach Standley Lake faces Valor Christian in first round of hockey playoffs By Jonathan Maness
firstname.lastname@example.org NORTHGLENN - Northglenn High School hired Mountain Range assistant Matt Dean on Feb. 7 to be the next head football coach for the Norse. Dean will replace Scott Gallas, who resigned in January. Gallas began his coaching career at Northglenn in 1992 and has spent 23 years working with Northglenn’s football program, he even guided the Norse to a 13-1 record in 1993 and also to the state title game that year. He finished his tenure at Northglenn with more than 100 career victories. Dean was the Mustangs’ offensive coordinator over the past four years and has been an assistant for Mountain Range for the past seven. Under his guidance the Mustangs averaged
321.9 yards a game, which was the second most in the Front Range League. This will be Dean’s first head coaching job, he was Mountain Range’s JV baseball coach and also was an assistant football coach with Greeley Central. The Norse finished last season 2-8, but was 7-4 in 2011 and 6-4 in 2010. HOCKEY PLAYOFFS: Standley Lake will open the state playoffs as the No. 5 seed and will face fourth-seeded Valor Christian in the opening round of the playoffs on Friday at APEX Ice Arena in Arvada. The Gators beat Resurrection Christian 2-1 last Friday to finish off the regular season with a 12-5-2 overall record and 9-3-2 in the Foothills League. David Hu and Dalton Linkus each had goals for Standley Lake in the season finale. The Gators played Valor Christian last season, but lost 3-1. HAWKS SIGNING: Kylee Franz and Darian Drake, both seniors at Horizon, have received scholarships to play in college. Franz will play at Adams State University for soccer, while Drake will play soccer at Otero Junior College.
PANTHERS HOLD TOP SPOT: Pomona remains at the top of Class 5A after beating Ponderosa at the Region 1 tournament and going into the state tournament. Raymond Robledo (132 pounds) and Archie Colgan (160) each will be top seeds, as well as Mountain Range’s Randy Boerner (152). TIGERS STILL NO. 1: Holy Family girls basketball team continue to hold the top spot in 3A. The Tigers, who are 14-4, topped rival Jefferson Academy 57-44 on Friday for their seventh consecutive win. Horizon (15-6) is ninth in 5A and Belleview Christian (16-3) has dropped to 10th. 1A TOURNAMENT MOVED: The boys and girls basketball championships for 1A will be moved to the 1stBank Center. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland but had to move due to scheduling conflict with the minor league hockey team Colorado Eagles, who play their home game there. The 1A championships are from March 1416.
Amount of points t h a t Zach Te l l e s scored over the previous three games for The Academy. Telles, who is eighth in the state in scoring, is averaging 23.2 points a game.
GAME OF THE WEEK WRESTLING
State Wrestling Championships, Thursday-Saturday, Pepsi Center The best high school grapplers in Colorado head downtown for this three day event, that culminates in Saturday night’s finals, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Parade of Champions.
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Smoky Hill’s Nick Elgin, left, wrestles Legacy’s Skyler McWee Feb. 16. Photos by Courtney Kuhlen
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Horizon’s Matt Emerson, left, wrestles against Rangeview’s Jonathan Askew Feb. 16.
Pomona edges Ponderosa for Region 1 crown Top-ranked Panthers send 10 wrestlers to Pepsi Center By Jim Benton
Horizon’s Anthony Cortez won third place during regionals Feb. 16.
AURORA - Pomona and Ponderosa, Colorado’s top two Class 5A wrestling teams according to On The Mat rankings, got a good test for next week’s Colorado State High School Wrestling Tournament. The teams matched up in the Class 5A Region 1 tournament at Smoky Hill High School and the Panthers justified their No. 1 ranking by winning the tournament with 243 points. Ponderosa, with five regional champions, was second with 214.5 points followed by Legacy (126.5), Arapahoe (123) and Cherry Creek (110). Pomona had three regional champions and will advance 10 wrestlers to Thursday’s first round
of the state tournament. Ponderosa will send nine wrestlers to the Pepsi Center. “We wrestled pretty good,” Pomona coach Sam Federico said. “We’ve got some work to do but they are minor things. We’re in shape and where we need to be physically. This was a tough regional. This was one of the toughest regions.” Pomona’s Tomas Gutierrez was the 106-pound regional champion with a 2-0 decision over Legacy’s Ryan Deakin. Defending 132-pound state champion Raymond Robledo notched a 3-0 title decision over Chatfield’s Jake Thayer and Pomona’s Archie Colgan prevailed in the 160-pound championship match with a 1-0 decision over Connor Casady of Legacy. “I was very pleased with my 106 pounder Tomas Gutierrez,” said Federico. “He’s a great kid and beat some top-ranked kids. Matthew Seifert at 145 pounds beat some good kids, came out of the
sixth seed and got second. “We got everybody through that I feel is going to go downtown and score points.” Ponderosa’s Kade Snider captured the 113-pound regional title with a 3-2 overtime decision over Pomona’s Travis Torres. Torry Williams used a takedown with seven seconds remaining to win the 145-pound regional title with a 2-0 decision over Seifert. The Mustangs’ Kelton Good got his third fall of the tournament in the 152 pound finals when he pinned Cherry Creek’s Mason Harris in 58 seconds Dylan Gabel continued Ponderosa’s parade of champions with a 54-second pin against Horizon’s David Chitwood in the 170-pound title match. Other regional champions included Douglas County’s Hayden Jones (138), Cherry Creek’s Mitch Finesilver (120) and Zach Finesilver (126) and Legacy’s Skyler McWee (220).
Local qualifiers for the state wrestling championships Holy Family
113-Vincent Casados, So., 30-7 120-Julian Prieto, So., 31-6 126-Joseph Prieto, So., 34-7 195-Ben Lavoie, Fr., 10-15 220-Daniel Jansen, Sr., 23-9
Legacy 106-Ryan Deakin, Fr., 33-9 113-Donovan Cogil, Sr., 32-13 160-Connor Casady, Sr., 39-6 220-Skyler McWee, Sr., 27-3
Mountain Range 113-Timmy Romero, So., 28-15 120-Zach Martinez, Fr., 15-15 145-Patrick Romero, So., 32-7 152-Randy Boerner, Sr., 44-1 160-Joel Greer, Sr., 36-14 220-Kody Kleman, Jr., 15-12 285-Jorge Rodriguez, Jr., 41-3
Legacy’s Connor Casady, left, hugs Pomona’s Archie Colgan after their match Feb. 16. Colgan took first while Casady took second at 160-pounds. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen
106-Tomas Gutierrez, Fr., 32-7 113-Travis Torres, So., 33-4 120-Joshua Rosales, Jr., 32-10 126-Lucas Vagher, Sr., 22-10 132-Raymond Robledo, Sr., 37-7 138-Archie Marvel, Sr., 33-9 145-Matthew Seifert, Sr., 14-5 152-Ethan Wright, Sr., 33-10 160-Archie Colgan, Sr., 35-4 285-Mitch Chism, Jr., 23-16
Standley Lake 138-Nate Carlson, Sr., 32-1
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Horizon tops rival Mountain Range Hawks force 22 turnovers to sweep season series with Mustangs By Jonathan Maness
jmaness@ourcoloradonews. com THORNTON - As rivalries go, Friday’s game between Horizon and Mountain Range was a can’t miss. And the Hawks weren’t about to lose the game, especially to Front Range League rival and neighboring Mustangs. In front of a packed gym Horizon cruised to a 63-53 win over Mountain Range. Like any rivalry there was bantering going into the game between the neighboring schools, which are only separated by five miles. And that just added fuel to the fire. “Home rival games are a great atmosphere to play in,” Horizon senior Steven Sumey said. “We have Legacy as a rival, but every year we want to beat Mountain Range. That’s the game we must win.” The Hawks stepped up their
defense on Friday too, utilizing their full-court press to force the Mustangs into 22 turnovers - which was the most Mountain Range has had since the beginning of December. The Mustangs also shot only 35 percent and it didn’t help that their star player, Jacob Taylor, was hampered by foul-trouble and scored only 10 points. “We have had good success against him in both games and I don’t know what we did,” Horizon coach Chad Wilson said. “He is a very good basketball player. We applied constant pressure and I guess had a little bit of luck.” The impact of the 6-foot-6 Taylor was apparent early on. With him on the court the Mustangs opened the second quarter on an 9-1 run. Ben Egan hit a pair of baskets and then Logan Tanner found Taylor for an alley-oop to tie the game at 17. However, Taylor picked up a third foul late in the quarter and Horizon pushed its advantage to 29-23 at the half. The Mustangs once again started the third quarter hot and Egan hit a trey to cut the Hawks lead to two. But Taylor was called for his fourth foul with five minutes left in the half and the Hawks
took advantage. Horizon went into its full-court press and forced four consecutive turnovers and ended the quarter on a 12-4 run. “It’s been our style all year to get up and play the full court. That’s the strength of our team,” Wilson said. The Hawks had 17 steals in the game, Dustin Rivas had a gamebest five steals and Michael Skinner had four. Dillon Harshman led the way for Horizon with 17 points, while Sumey chipped in 11 points and four assists. Tanner Waufle scored 12 points to lead the Mustangs, while Egan added 11. Taylor also had 13 rebounds and two blocks in the losing effort. With the win the Hawks finished the season undefeated against the Adams 12 Schools, beating both Legacy and Mountain Range twice and also defeating Thornton and Northglenn. “That was a big goal of ours this season,” Wilson said. Horizon (10-12 overall, 6-9 Front Range League) fell to Monarch 57-41 on Tuesday, Mountain Range (5-17, 1-14 FRL) also lost to Boulder 58-37 Tuesday.
Horizon’s Stephen Sumey goes up for a basket against Mountain Range’s Tanner Waufle during Friday’s game against Mountain Range. Photo by Jonathan Maness
Basketball: Tigers top rival Jaguars for 10th straight win Telles leads The Academy to three big wins By Jonathan Maness
email@example.com BROOMFIELD - David Sommers and Ryan Willis each scored 10 points to help Holy Family sneak by rival Jefferson Academy Friday night. The Tigers jumped out to a 21-10 advantage after the opening quarter and needed to fight off a late rally by the Jaguars to win 44-41. Bryson Sharpley, who was battling a shoulder injury going into the game, scored eight of his 15 points in the second quarter, but the Tigers held Jefferson Academy to only five points in third to pull away with the win. Sharpley also had eight rebounds. It was the 10th consecutive win for Holy Family, which improved to 16-2 overall and 7-0 in the Metropolitan League. Jefferson Academy dropped to 8-9 overall and 2-6 in the ML. FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Academy (13-6, 10-2 FL) has stretched its winning streak to three games behind the scoring prowess of Zach Telles. The Wildcats defeated Bennett 70-46 Tuesday, beat Bruce Randolph 66-55 on Feb. 13 and then topped
KIPP Denver Collegiate 7361 on Feb. 15. Telles scored a seasonbest 37 points and hit six treys against Bruce Randolph. He followed that up with a 33-point game against KIPP Denver Collegiate. He drained three 3-pointers in the win. And on Tuesday he scored 22 points. The Pinnacle beat Middle Park 58-41 in the regular-season finale on Feb. 15. The Timberwolves had to overcome a sluggish start to get the win. Pinnacle fell behind 19-9 after the opening quarter and was facing a six-point deficit at halftime. However, the Timberwolves stepped up their game in the third - holding the Panthers to only three points in the quarter and outscoring Middle Park 4118 in the second half. Chase Gonzales led the way with 24 points, while Chase Phillips added 15 and grabbed eight boards. The Timberwolves ended the regular season 12-7 overall and with a perfect 12-0 record in the Frontier League. EAST METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Thornton (14-9, 6-3) won its season finale on Tuesday, beating Brighton 50-45. With the win the Trojans
finished the regular season with a perfect 11-0 record at home. Northglenn (8-13, 4-4 EMAC) picked up a big win on Feb. 14, beating Brighton 45-44. It was only the Bulldogs second conference loss of the season. Senior Angel Casares led the way for the Norse with 20 points, draining four 3-pointers. Westminster (1-20, 0-8) dropped its 18th consecutive game on Feb. 15, losing to Gateway 52-31. 5280 LEAGUE: Belleview Christian (5-13, 3-4 5280) beat rival Cornerstone Christian on Feb. 14, 61-39. Allen Johnson scored a game-high 20 points and Austin Thompson added 18 to lead the Eagles, while Evan Ice had 16 for the Bulldogs. Community Christian (11-7, 5-3) dropped two games in a row, losing to top-ranked Shining Mountain 69-42 and to Denver Jewish Day 45-35. Wyatt Potter-Seymour led the way for Crusaders with 12 points against Shining Mountain, while Bryan Hodge had a team-high 13 points against Denver Jewish Day. Rocky Mountain Lutheran (3-16, 2-6) lost to Longmont Christian 52-41 on Feb. 15 in the Eagles season finale.
Freshman Cothran Jordan averaged a team best 8.8 points this season to lead the Eagles. COLORADO 7 LEAGUE: Skyview (10-12, 6-5 Colorado 7) got back on track Tuesday, beating Englewood 64-44. FRONT RANGE LEAGUE: Legacy (6-15, 2-12 FRL) lost its ninth consecutive game on Friday, falling to Monarch 66-42. GIRLS 5280 LEAGUE: Rocky Mountain Lutheran (15-4, 3-3 5280) finished the regular season on a threegame winning streak. The Eagles topped Longmont Christian 37-24 in the regular-season finale. Brittany Zemlicka and Hannah Seivert each had nine points to lead the way for the Eagles. GIRLS METROPOLITAN LEAGUE: Holy Family (14-4, 7-1 ML) got its seventh consecutive win on Feb. 15, beating rival Jefferson Academy 57-44. The Tigers jumped out to a 14-4 advantage after the opening quarter and never looked back. Lindsay Chavez led the way with 14 points, while Claudia Pena added 13 points and nine rebounds. Alex Jaros also scored in double figures with 11. Jefferson Academy fell to 9-9 overall and 3-6 in the Metropolitan League. GIRLS EAST METRO
ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Westminster (9-13, 5-3 EMAC) beat rival Northglenn (3-19, 0-8) to win its fifth consecutive game Tuesday night. Ariel Belfiore hit two treys to lead Westminster with 13 points, while Hannah Massey added 11 and Abbie Austin had 10. Thornton (5-16, 2-5) dropped its second game in a row on Feb. 15, falling to Hinkley 50-30. GIRLS COLORADO 7 LEAGUE: Skyview (11-11, 4-7 Colorado 7) got back on track Tuesday, beating Englewood 41-35.
Freshman Jill Shaw hit two big treys down the stretch to seal the game. GIRLS FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Pinnacle (6-11, 4-7 FL) lost another tough one on Feb. 15, falling to Middle Park 68-58 in triple overtime. Jacey Ovalle was practically unstoppable with 30 points and nailing six 3-pointers, Hayley Schurr added 10 points. GIRLS FRONT RANGE LEAGUE: Legacy (10-11, 6-8) got back on track on Feb. 15, beating Monarch 53-47.
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Wheelchair athletes filled the air with the sounds of their bone-jarring collisions Feb. 9 and 10 during the Mile High Mayhem Rugby Tournament at Englewood High School. The two-day tournament drew teams from Florida, California, Nevada and Arizona as well as two squads from the Craig Hospitalsponsored Denver Harlequins. On Feb. 9 Jason Regier, a Harlequin player, was taping his arms and hands in preparation for a game. “I was in Craig about 15 years ago when I saw my first wheelchair rugby tournament,” the Centennial resident said. “I really liked what I saw of the game. I guess I was hooked and a year later, I joined the team. I like the attitude for teammates and other players on and off the court and I like the game as part of my active lifestyle.” He said playing wheelchair rugby is part of making sure to live life to its fullest and a way to show that guys in wheelchairs can still play active, hardhitting sports and can still travel. Regier has traveled extensively for tournaments and clinics and, most recently, traveling to London, where
he was a member of the gold medal wheelchair rugby team at the 2012 Paralympics. He explained that the game is a four-on-four matchup on a basketball court. The object is to use the blocks of teammates in order to break free of defenders and get at least two wheels across the end line to score a goal. The game is divided into eightminute quarters. Breaking a rule sends the offender into the penalty box, giving the opposition a man-up advantage. Players set picks and screens on attack and defenders go in hard to try to keep the player with the ball away from the goal line. The ball can be carried but the ball carrier must dribble or pass the ball every 10 seconds. The team on offense has 40 seconds to score a goal or the ball goes over to the opponent so the action moves quickly so there are aggressive plays to stop the attack like high-impact collisions that are bone-jarring for the blocker and the blockee. The impact can flatten tires or even knock the wheelchairs over. In either case, support staff has one minute to right the chair or change the wheel. Players are in special wheelchairs customized to fit them and are 4- to 6-inches lower than a regular chair. The rugby wheelchairs also have
a metal bumper-style system on the front and, to increase speed, the wheels are cambered at a greater angle. Wheels are solid metal instead of being made of spokes and are mounted on a quick-release system to make them easy to change. On the court, spectators cheered their favorite teams and the metalon-metal wheelchair collisions. It was a different atmosphere in the cafeteria Feb. 9 as the Craig Hospital-sponsored Denver Harlequins prepared for their game with the University of Arizona Wildcats. Harlequins veteran Adam Scaturro was taping his hands and arms for the game. “I’ve been playing for 14 years, I love the sport and I started playing when I was still going to Lakewood High School,” he said. “To me, wheelchair rugby provides a level playing field for all athletes and I love the fastpaced action on the floor.” He said when he goes into the game, he brings leadership, experience and high intensity. Parker resident Robert Schuler joined the Harlequins about four years go. “I really like the sport,” he said. “It is great exercise, it keeps me active and it is a great community of friends. The game also pushes me to get better because I want to improve my play to help my team win.”
Flight for Life gives wings to cars New license plate design supports organization By Clarke Reader
firstname.lastname@example.org Flight for Life has a new Colorado license plate design to support the organization and help keep it flying. The plate requires a minimum $25 donation to Flight for Life, in addition to a $50 fee vehicle registration offices charge for all group special plates. “It’s a pretty simple design, with orange and the mountains and the Flight for Life logo,” said Kathy Mayer, director for Flight for Life Colorado. “But we think it’s really distinctive.” More than 50 plates have been sold since they became available Jan. 3, according to the organization. Flight For Life, was started as the first civilian, hospital-based air am-
bulance program in 1972 with only one helicopter. It has expanded to six bases in the state, five helicopters, three fixedwing planes and Critical Care Transport ambulances. Its reach extends to nine states. Mayer said the organization initially thought of the tags simply as a way to raise awareness about Flight’s work, but then found out it could raise money as well. “There is a whole process you have to go through, including getting 3,000 signatures in support of the plates, then we had to submit the design for approval,” Mayer said. From idea to reality took three years, she said. Gretchen Guerra, development officer for the St. Anthony Health Foundation, helped Flight for Life as it worked through the system, and now helps people gain access to the plates. Buyers must donate at least $25 to
Flight for Life, and can do so at www. stanthonyhealthfoundation.org, by check in the mail or at the hospital, according to Guerra. The person will then receive a certificate to take to the DMV. There are more than 20 special group license plates in the state, including state parks, support the horse and 10th mountain division. “We really want to encourage people to call the DMV office they’re going to and make sure they have the plates in stock,” she said. Mayer said that seeing the plates on cars has been great and the organization hopes to see more soon. “It’s really rewarding — we’ve worked a long time, and then to actually hold one in my hand has been really exciting,” she said. For more information, visit www. stanthonyhealthfoundation.org or www.flightforlifecolorado.org.
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