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Northglenn pushes for gun safety, education

New city resolution would create firearm safe, lock rebate program By Darin Moriki Northglenn officials are moving forward with a resolution that would create a rebate program for resident gun owners wanting to purchase safes or locks and promote citysponsored gun safety classes and resources. The proposed resolution, which City Council discussed during its April 1 study session, would create a rebate program for residents that would partially subsidize the capped cost of a gun safe or gun lock. Council, however, decided against creating a city ordinance that would make the use of these safety measures mandatory. “I think you are very progressive and out front in this one,” Northglenn Police Department Chief Jim May said to council members. “If you guys decide to do that, it just promotes that you guys want people to be responsible for their gun ownership and take that extra step to make sure it doesn’t get in the hands of criminals during burglaries and kids, their friends who visit, or kids who aren’t familiar with guns.” Firearms continues on Page 21

City officials split on Amendment 64 Northglenn residents 7-year-old Mireya Ramirez, back left, 5-year-old Malaqai Aldaco, back right, and 6-year-old Kailei Buendia, front, make their way across a monkey bar set on the new playground located behind the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center at 11151 Colorado Boulevard in Thornton. The new playground, which opened in February, is a part of the $10.3 million Margaret W. Carpenter Park and Open Space project that is slated to be fully unveiled during this year’s Thorntonfest festivities. Photo by Darin Moriki

Thornton preps new park Site to officially open during ThorntonFest By Darin Moriki Thornton city employees are laying down the sod and final landscaping touches to the Margaret W. Carpenter Park in preparation for its grand unveiling next month during the city’s annual ThorntonFest celebration. “I can’t wait,” Capital Projects and Planning Manager Diane Van Fossen said. “One of the best parts about what I do is seeing citizens use our facilities and enjoy it. For me, having it open to the public is our goal and getting to see peoples’ happy faces is just great — it’s the best part of what I do.” The official May 18 unveiling of the POSTAL ADDRESS

Margaret W. Carpenter Park and Open Space site — located on the southwest corner of 112th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard — will culminate nearly two years of work that kicked off in summer 2011. Construction on the nearly $12 million, which was spearheaded by Lovelandbased general contractor ECI Site Construction Management Inc., began in July 2011 shortly after Thornton City Council approved the project’s final development plan. These construction costs, Van Fossen said, were primarily funded through the city’s park and open space tax revenues along with over $2 million in grants, including two Adams County Open Space Grant awards totaling $1,876,122; a $200,000 Great Outdoors Colorado Local Government Grant award; and a 21,800 Division of Wildlife “Fishing is Fun” grant. A majority of the 48-acre park, includ-

ing the 300- to 500-seat outdoor amphitheater, 14,529-square-foot skate park and 18,000-square-foot playground, opened to the public officially opened to the public on Feb. 20. Recreation and Program Facility Supervisor Jan van der Sanden said residents can also take advantage of the four lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, two bocce ball areas, two horseshoe pits and two shuffleboards but must provide their own equipment. The park’s indoor carousel from the old Biggs store, splash ground, flush toilets and paddle boat rental are next to the park’s two lakes will operate on a seasonal basis from May until about August each year and will not be available for use until the start of ThorntonFest. Resident fees for the two- or four-

By Darin Moriki Northglenn City Council members are divided on whether the adult use of recreational marijuana should be allowed within the city’s limits but said they will wait for the Legislature to address the new laws before taking action. The discussion, which took place during an April 1 study session, outlined several key dates and municipal issues identified by the Amendment 64 Implementation Taskforce in a 166-page report released to the Legislature last month. City Attorney Corey Hoffmann said the Legislature’s direction on task force’s recommendations should be clear by mid-May, when council should begin considering several local ordinances to meet several key deadlines. Hoffmann said council must make a make a decision and pass an ordinance by Oct. 1 that would either allow or ban the adult use of marijuana within the city’s limits. As home-rule municipality, Hoffmann said the city can decide whether to impose a tax on marijuana sales. The city, however, must finalize a ballot

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Northglenn pushes for gun safety, education

New city resolution would create firearm safe, lock rebate program By Darin Moriki Northglenn officials are moving forward with a resolution that would create a rebate program for resident gun owners wanting to purchase safes or locks and promote citysponsored gun safety classes and resources. The proposed resolution, which City Council discussed during its April 1 study session, would create a rebate program for residents that would partially subsidize the capped cost of a gun safe or gun lock. Council, however, decided against creating a city ordinance that would make the use of these safety measures mandatory. “I think you are very progressive and out front in this one,” Northglenn Police Department Chief Jim May said to council members. “If you guys decide to do that, it just promotes that you guys want people to be responsible for their gun ownership and take that extra step to make sure it doesn’t get in the hands of criminals during burglaries and kids, their friends who visit, or kids who aren’t familiar with guns.” Firearms continues on Page 21

City officials split on Amendment 64 Northglenn residents 7-year-old Mireya Ramirez, back left, 5-year-old Malaqai Aldaco, back right, and 6-year-old Kailei Buendia, front, make their way across a monkey bar set on the new playground located behind the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center at 11151 Colorado Boulevard in Thornton. The new playground, which opened in February, is a part of the $10.3 million Margaret W. Carpenter Park and Open Space project that is slated to be fully unveiled during this year’s Thorntonfest festivities. Photo by Darin Moriki

Thornton preps new park Site to officially open during ThorntonFest By Darin Moriki Thornton city employees are laying down the sod and final landscaping touches to the Margaret W. Carpenter Park in preparation for its grand unveiling next month during the city’s annual ThorntonFest celebration. “I can’t wait,” Capital Projects and Planning Manager Diane Van Fossen said. “One of the best parts about what I do is seeing citizens use our facilities and enjoy it. For me, having it open to the public is our goal and getting to see peoples’ happy faces is just great — it’s the best part of what I do.” The official May 18 unveiling of the

Margaret W. Carpenter Park and Open Space site — located on the southwest corner of 112th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard — will culminate nearly two years of work that kicked off in summer 2011. Construction on the nearly $12 million, which was spearheaded by Lovelandbased general contractor ECI Site Construction Management Inc., began in July 2011 shortly after Thornton City Council approved the project’s final development plan. These construction costs, Van Fossen said, were primarily funded through the city’s park and open space tax revenues along with over $2 million in grants, including two Adams County Open Space Grant awards totaling $1,876,122; a $200,000 Great Outdoors Colorado Local Government Grant award; and a 21,800 Division of Wildlife “Fishing is Fun” grant. A majority of the 48-acre park, includ-

ing the 300- to 500-seat outdoor amphitheater, 14,529-square-foot skate park and 18,000-square-foot playground, opened to the public officially opened to the public on Feb. 20. Recreation and Program Facility Supervisor Jan van der Sanden said residents can also take advantage of the four lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, two bocce ball areas, two horseshoe pits and two shuffleboards but must provide their own equipment. The park’s indoor carousel from the old Biggs store, splash ground, flush toilets and paddle boat rental are next to the park’s two lakes will operate on a seasonal basis from May until about August each year and will not be available for use until the start of ThorntonFest. Resident fees for the two- or fourPark continues on Page 21

By Darin Moriki Northglenn City Council members are divided on whether the adult use of recreational marijuana should be allowed within the city’s limits but said they will wait for the Legislature to address the new laws before taking action. The discussion, which took place during an April 1 study session, outlined several key dates and municipal issues identified by the Amendment 64 Implementation Taskforce in a 166-page report released to the Legislature last month. City Attorney Corey Hoffmann said the Legislature’s direction on task force’s recommendations should be clear by mid-May, when council should begin considering several local ordinances to meet several key deadlines. Hoffmann said council must make a make a decision and pass an ordinance by Oct. 1 that would either allow or ban the adult use of marijuana within the city’s limits. As home-rule municipality, Hoffmann said the city can decide whether to impose a tax on marijuana sales. The city, however, must finalize a ballot Amendment 64 continues on Page 21


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Bronco stands tall for children You don’t want to be a running back, or a slot receiver who has the audacity to enter the area of the gridiron that Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard patrols. But if you’re a kid who lacks Peyton Manning-like protection from life’s hard knocks, don’t worry. Wesley’s got your back. Woodyard paid a visit to the state Capitol last week to show his support for a legislative resolution that designates April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. The resolution, which was adopted by the General Assembly, calls upon “all citizens to educate themselves on how they can be the one to make a difference in the life of a child, and prevent child abuse and neglect.” Woodyard is no stranger to causes involving children. He often advocates on behalf of CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates for children — and for his own charity, 16 Ways, which benefits kids from underprivileged backgrounds. “To me, it’s important to step up and be a part of the community,” Woodyard said in a recent interview with Colorado Community Media. “It only takes one person to make a difference in a child’s life. And when you’ve been given the platform that I’ve been given, it’s important to take advantage of it.” State Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, a sponsor of the resolution, is involved in many child welfare-related issues at the

Legislature. She said that awareness of these types of causes is heightened whenever community members of Woodyard’s stature are involved. “Sometimes it’s the celebrity or somebody who can draw the attention of the community,” Newell said. “And he has been a great addition to the child abuse prevention community because he’s drawing in people who are sometimes not necessarily involved.” About the only thing that rivals Woodyard’s impact in the community is his play on the field — especially on the heels of his performance last season. Woodyard, 26, a Broncos team captain, had a breakout season at weak-side linebacker. He had career numbers in categories that included tackles, sacks and interceptions. But then there’s the way the season ended. As a lifelong Broncos fan, I can honestly say that I still haven’t gotten over January’s playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens. I remember collapsing on my couch after the

Thornton man arrested in airline groping case Staff Report A Thornton man is facing federal charges of abusive sexual contact after he allegedly groped a flight attendant on a Spirit Airlines plane en route to Denver. According to a U.S. District Court criminal complaint filed by Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Michael H. Daniell III, the incident took place shortly after 10:56 a.m. April 5 after the Denver International Airport Communications Center reported a disturbance aboard Spirit Airlines Flight 562 en route from Las Vegas. On the flight, passengers and flight attendants reported that 24-year-old Evan Nathaniel Castle began using loud, “profane language” after he was served several alcoholic drinks. Castle allegedly refused a request by a 30-year-old flight attendant to “stop using vulgar language and to quiet down,” and then proceeded to make verbal sexual advances toward her by saying, “You should give me your number,” and, “I should date you.” Castle allegedly made similar advances to another 21-year-old flight attendant shortly afterward by saying, “I can show

you a better time than work,” and “Blow off work and come with me.” As the 21-year-old flight attendant walked past Castle’s seat while doing her final checks of the cabin area before the plane landed, Castle allegedly “deliberated (sic) grabbed the right cheek of her buttocks and said, ‘Oh sexy.’” Castle was later arrested and escorted from the plane after it arrived at Denver International Airport. He allegedly told arresting FBI agents that “he is a married man with children” and denied making any sexual advances toward any of the flight attendants. U.S. District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner said Castle made his first appearance in U.S. District Court on April 8 and was released by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty on a personal recognizance bond. As a condition of the bond, Dorschner said Castle cannot drink any alcohol and cannot fly on a commercial airline during the duration of his criminal case. If convicted, Castle could face up to two years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and one year of supervised release. Castle’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 6.

game, like my heart had just been ripped out of my chest, straight out of some Aztec sacrifice ritual. Seriously, my voicemail and textmessage inbox was flooded that night with messages from concerned friends who were making sure that I hadn’t taken a leap from the top of downtown’s Republic Plaza. So, yes, it was a painful loss, to say the least — and that goes for the players, too. “It’s one of those things that I don’t think you get over,” Woodyard said. “But it motivates me. It motivates my teammates.” If the Broncos are going to advance further in the playoffs this season, they’re gonna have to do it without a key member of their defense. Pass rusher Elvis Dumervil, a fan favorite in the Mile City High since 2006, will be in a Ravens uniform this season, following a bizarre episode from last month that involved a signed, $8 million contract not being sent to the NFL in time for the league’s deadline. OK, so “bizarre” doesn’t do the incident justice. I mean, who transmits a document literally worth millions of dollars via a piece of machinery that gets less use out of it than a Donkey Kong Atari video game? What, carrier pigeons weren’t available? But, I digress. “I’m gonna miss Doom,” Woodyard said of Dumervil. “Doom was a role model to me. He taught me to be a man on and off the field. His leadership and play will be missed. “I talked to him the other day and I told

him that I hope he breaks the sack record in Baltimore, but not against us.” But there are plenty of things for Broncos fans to be excited about this season. Among them will be having another guy named Wes to cheer for on game days. “Oh, we’re very excited,” Woodyard said of the addition of Wes Welker to the Broncos receiving corps. “He’s an extreme competitor and we’re so happy to have him on board.” Not only is it gonna be nice to have the former New England Patriots standout on our team, Broncos players are just as thrilled about not having to defend against him. “Absolutely,” Woodyard said, laughing. “I know (Broncos cornerback) Chris Harris is excited about that. Those guys had some battles.” Woodyard recognizes that he and the Broncos did a lot of good on the field last season. But don’t think for a second that he doesn’t want to accomplish bigger and better things. “When you think you’ve arrived, that’s when you hit bottom,” he said. “It was a good season, but I could have done so much more. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be where I am, but I’m looking forward to this season.” Vic Vela is the legislative reporter for Colorado Community Media. Email Vic at, and follow his legislative updates on Twitter: @ VicVela1.

INSIDE THE SENTINEL THIS WEEK Opinion: Columnist Michael Alcorn emerges from tax prepping daze to touch on topics of the day. Page 7

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Twelve topics in 12 weeks: This week a look at a new normal for political parties in Jefferson County. Page 17

Regional: President Obama comes to Denver to talk gun control. Page 8

Sports: Mountain Range track and field highlights. Page 22

CORRECTION The river known as the Purgatoire or Picketwire was incorrectly described in a column in the April 4 and April 5 editions of Colorado Community Media newspapers. The river runs east from Trinidad.

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Northglenn gives initial nod to project A new shopping area proposal would fill vacant lot at 120th and Grant By Darin Moriki Northglenn officials are moving forward with plans to create a large multi-retail development that would fill a longtime vacant lot at the corner of Grant Street and East 120th Avenue. The final planned unit development proposal for Webster Lakes Promenade, which was unanimously approved by the Northglenn Planning Commission during its April 2 meeting, calls for the creation of a 10.29acre shopping area that would include 1.88 acres of food and retail space and five additional acres of driveways and parking areas. The project, which would be spearheaded by Centennial-based developer Hawkins Development , would also include about 3.41 acres of landscaping areas that would cover about 33.2 percent of the entire project. “From my perspective, based on the information that has been presented, it’s a blessing,” Planning Commission member Antonio Esquibel said before casting his vote. Efforts to redevelop the long vacant parcel of land date back to 2004, when the city and the Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority (NURA) began assembling the parcels that now compromise the nearly 11-acre site, including a former Days Inn hotel, a Sinclair gas station and small tenant space shopping center. Since then, Director of Planning and Development Brook Svoboda said

This 10.29-acre vacant lot at the corner of Grant Street and East 120th Avenue is the site of a redevelopment proposal by Centennial-based developer Hawkins Development to build a 1.88-acre shopping center that will host several retail and restaurant businesses. The proposal was approved by the Northglenn Planning Commission during its April 2 meeting. Photo by Darin Moriki there have been three failed attempts by the city to redevelop the property. “It’s important to note that this property has never fully developed in its entirety at any one time,”Svoboda said. “It has always been in the City of Northglenn’s master plan as a key retail development site. A couple of the things that we’re looking to do here is to create an anchor synergy with the proposed retail uses. In the future, the city and NURA has plans to redevelop the property across the street, so this would be the first step in doing that.” The city later entered into a rede-


velopment agreement with Centennial-based developer Hawkins Development in November 2011 to develop a site plan, retain businesses and develop the property. Pla As a part of the plan, Svoboda said the city would extend the I-25emp off-ramp to Grant and privatize the current stretch of Community Cen-By V ter Drive between 120th and Grant tovvela mitigate potential traffic concerns. St If the plan is approved by the rarel Northglenn City Council in the com-busin ing weeks, Svoboda said project con-ploye struction could begin as early as this Se summer. cham Gene woul gram Th portu step in the right direction.” hour Some unincorporated Adams er. County residents, however, continued U to call for the fee’s repeal. can e “This stormwater issue is so conees r troversial — we have you (the Com-fits to missioners) saying it hasn’t been done W right,” Stop Stormwater Utility Asso-prora ciation board member Dean RumfolaColo said. chan “Why don’t we apply the common Th sense filter here and completely scrap this thing and start over again with citizen input and do it correctly this time? We’re spending good money after bad — this is money that could be used for those stormwater projects. This makes no sense.” District 1 Commissioner Eva Henry disagreed and said she would hold off on making significant changes until the task force members present their findings. “That task force is to work with us, so I’m working with you,” Henry said. “I’ll continue to work with you. I’ll take everything into consideration, I’ll let the task force task a look at it and I’ll definitely look at the recommendations that come from the task force.” Citizens interested in serving on the Stormwater Management Task Force are encouraged to apply by submitting a letter of interest to the Adams County Board of Commissioners by e-mail at: or Attn: Stormwater Quality, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton, CO 80601 by April 19. The task force will begin meeting no later than May 20, 2013 and make recommendations to the Board no later than Oct. 1.

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Approved measures comes amidst public outcry against the fee By Darin Moriki Adams County officials are moving forward to correct errors in the county’s stormwater utility fee system by instituting a temporary cap on the fee amounts for specific properties and creating a task force to provide recommendations. The commissioners unanimously approved both measures during their April 1 meeting. The first resolution will amend the fee structure for the 2013 fiscal year to maximum parcel rate based on the average stormwater fee collected within seven property classifications: residential, commercial, industrial, exempt, agricultural, state assessed and mine. Another resolution formally created the 16- to 24-member Stormwater Management Task Force that will be charged with formulating recommendations on how the county should proceed with its stormwater utility fee program. The commissioners also requested that the task force consist of a representative from eight different geographic areas within the unincorporated area of the county; one citizen from each of the incorporated areas of the county; and up to seven other members from the county’s seven property classifications. “We’re going to listen to the task


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Bill would punish outsourcing on state projects “Our number one job is boosting our state’s economy and connecting more Coloradans to good jobs,” Pabon said. “One way to do that is to ensure that state funds, our taxpayer dollars, go to hire Colorado workers and support Colorado businesses.” The bill Report would expand the state’s “best value” bidding process, to include factors beyond low bidding in awarding contracts, such as the availability of Colorado workers and whether domestic materials like iron and steel are being used for state-backed projects. The bill also would put in place financial penalties for companies that do not meet a current legal threshold, which requires that 80 percent of all taxpayer-backed state project labor be conducted by Colorado workers. Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, said that the 80 percent requirement has been on the books since 1933, but that the jail penalty

Contractors uneasy with provisions of measure By Vic Vela Democratic lawmakers on April 8 unveiled legislation aimed at promoting local hiring and putting in place penalties for contractors who outsource work involving state projects, when avoidable. But, so far, the so-called Keep Jobs in Colorado Act has been met with uneasiness by representatives of the contracting field, who are expressing concern over key requirements of the legislation and worry that the bill could run up the cost of doing business with the state. House Bill 1292 was announced at a Capitol press conference, where it was touted as a bill that will “reform state procurement,” the bidding process for state work projects. Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, said the legislation will “promote local hiring, domestic manufacturing, and will help stop the outsourcing of jobs with taxpayer money.”


for company owners who do not abide by the law has not been enforced. Kerr said the bill would replace jail time with financial penalties for companies that do not comply, with fees as high as $25,000 when violations are found. “We are putting some teeth into a law that is already in existence,” Kerr said. “And we are making sure that it is feasible for it to be followed, as well.” The bill takes a “three strikes and you’re out” approach to companies that do not comply with the law, which could result in a company no longer being able to do business with the state. Enforcement will be up to the state Department of Personnel and Administration and the state Department of Labor and Employment. “If somebody violates those rules, there’s going to be consequences,” Pabon said. But representatives of the contracting field were not exactly jumping out of their seats with excitement over the bill, during a legislative committee hearing that followed the press event. Some had neutral positions on the bill, saying they just don’t know enough about the legislation or its cost to form an opinion

at this time. But they did express concern over the 80 percent requirement, especially over how it’s enforced. Some who testified said that, for example, it would be difficult for contractors to ensure they are working with Coloradobased materials. “That’s a complicated process,” said Craig Clark of Dynaelectric, an electrical contracting company. “We have a tough enough time identifying a U.S. project.” Republican members of the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee also expressed concern that contractors would be penalized over things that would be difficult for them to control, such as whether those in the process are being honest about whether labor and materials are Colorado-based. “There’s absolutely no way in this free market system that everyone is going to be truthful,” said Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction. “It gets into the weeds so deep and puts such a burden on a general contractor.” The committee ran out of time during the hearing and will vote on the matter at another time.

Measure would extend work program Plan allows partial benefits for employees with reduced hours

for reimbursement, rather than adversely affecting the state’s Unemployment Insurance Fund. Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, a House sponsor of the bill, said the program allows businesses that are going through a “temporary tough time” to keep skilled workers, instead of losing them. Kraft-Tharp said in a recent interview that the program helps companies like Vestas Wind Systems, which has reduced employees’ hours at their Brighton, Pueblo and Windsor wind-power factories. “This is a pretty specialized field,” she said. “We don’t want to lose those people, or have them move away.” The Work Share program, which was put in place in 2010, and is administered under the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, had to be taken up again by the General Assembly because it is scheduled to sunset in July. The bill keeps the program going, while making adjustments to keep it in line with federal guidelines. Kraft-Tharp acknowledges that the program isn’t well-known, and that only a handful of Colorado businesses are taking advantage of it. But she expects that to change soon.

By Vic Vela State lawmakers have voted to renew a rarely used program that gives struggling businesses an alternative to laying off employees. Senate Bill 157, which has passed both chambers of the Democratic-controlled General Assembly on party-line votes, would extend the Colorado Work Share Program indefinitely. The program gives businesses the opportunity to keep their workers at reduced hours, rather than laying them off altogether. Under the program, which businesses can enter into on a voluntary basis, employees receive prorated unemployment benefits to compensate for the loss of hours. Workers can receive up to 26 weeks of prorated unemployment benefits through Colorado Work Share, under recent federal changes made to the program. The program receives federal money

“There was no money for Department of Labor staff time when it passed in 2010, so the state has not been able to promote this,” she said. “But, with the new changes, we can access federal grants, so we can allocate staff time to support it.” Republicans are opposed to the continuation of the program. The bill passed the Senate without any GOP support in March, and again in the House on April 2. Rep. Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, said during a recent debate on the House floor that businesses that pay into the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund could essentially end up paying the wages for competitors’ workers, even though the workers are still employed there. “So, potentially you can have a competitor down the street paying for the employees of a fellow competitor somewhere else in town,” DelGrosso said. But Kraft-Tharp sees value in the program. “The bottom line is, if you’re going to be laid off … and if we can help you, we’re going to help you,” she said. “It’s about keeping people employed and keeping their paychecks coming home.”

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Amid tragedy is forgiveness, accountability Forgiveness itself is not often a topic in an editorial, but the recent words of Lisa Clements, wife of slain Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, inspire food for thought. She stood with her two daughters by her side at her husband’s service March 25 in Colorado Springs and said, “We pray for forgiveness and peace for the family of the man suspected of taking Tom’s life, and we pray every day for forgiveness and peace in our own hearts.” She noted she shares her husband’s belief in redemption and the ability for the human heart to be changed. Her comments echo many other expressions of forgiveness in news reports

OUR VIEW through the years. One surely was the reaction of the Amish community in Lancaster, Pa., after a 32-year-old gunman killed several girls in a one-room schoolhouse before killing himself in 2006. While the Amish community was not inclined to interact with the media, its stance was clear to not think evil of the gunman and instead pray for the shooter’s family,

Do you prepare your own taxes? As this year’s tax filing deadline on April 15 quickly approaches, we took a few moments to ask local residents about their filing preferences on a warm Sunday afternoon at the Margaret Carpenter Park and Open Space in Thornton.

“It’s too hard for me to do it, so it’s easier to me to have someone else work on it instead of having to explain the tax laws and translate it into English because it’s my second language.” — Ana Cobos, Brighton

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Last week I wrote about the positive news pertaining to RTD moving sooner than later on requests for proposals from the private sector to construct at least a portion of the North Metro commuter rail line. The possibility gets even more exciting as more information is discovered or pried loose. First, the Regional Transportation District will seek proposals on as much of this electric commuter rail line as the private sector has an appetite to do. In other words, the whole line is up for consideration to be built from Union Station to the end of the line at 162nd Avenue. This will literally be a case of what the market will bear. Secondly, there is a possible incentive being sent to RTD by Adams County and two of the three affected cities along this rail corridor (Northglenn and Thornton) pertaining to collaboration and potentially additional funds.

An offer to build the whole project

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And while each person’s offer of forgiveness is based on various factors — such as whether remorse is expressed — a commitment to forgiveness reflects the best in all of us, a step toward mending and somehow improving the future to come. In a recent CNN interview, Lisa Clements said she could be enraged but chooses not to be angry with news that an errant court proceeding allowed the gunman to be released from prison four years early. She said she will not let it consume her. While she supports this need for accountability, we admire her strength as she champions a commitment to forgiveness and the steadfast view she shares with her husband that people can change.

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which was further conveyed by neighbors who interacted with the tight-knit community. Some Amish even reached out to comfort the family of the gunman. Although the level of forgiveness to some surely seemed too generous, it seemed to quiet the surrounding community as it respectfully honored the perspective of its neighbors, the direct victims of the shooting. We noticed a similar effect following Lisa Clements’ thoughtful statements. The complex mix of grieving, accountability and forgiveness is too much for any one editorial, but we venture to say the heart does not so quickly follow the mind once someone has decided to forgive.

Adams County Commissioner Erik Hansen is taking the bull by the horns in promoting some proactive measures above RTD’s required 2.5 percent local agency contribution, which may help any proposal be successful. The three local governments state that they are interested in working together on a scope of work for an RFP to build the North Metro line to its end point by 2020. They state that if such a proposal would materialize, the three entities would 1) waive certain fees, 2) be agreeable to phasing certain elements of the plan and 3) provide additional local agency contribution. Such collaborative provisions have merit in making the whole transit line more of a possibility. And it should be noted that this Adams County group provided this offer without direct solicitation from RTD (well, sort of in that RTD does list additional funds as something they would consider in their Risk Allocation matrix). Nevertheless, it is a gesture of cooperation and wanting to see the whole line done by 2020. That would be a real accomplishment

for Adams County and the affected cities!

Using county sales tax funds

However, it remains to be seen how RTD will respond to the proposal. RTD has not always welcomed help on drafting the terms of a Request for Proposals. But maybe on this one the RTD powers that be might have a favorable perspective. Remember the county and two cities are offering funds above the required 2.5 percent local match per the original FasTracks provisions. From what I have gathered, the funds in questions could come from the Adams County sales tax which is earmarked for transportation improvements. The amount could be many millions of dollars. This would mean that Adams County and the two cities would give up millions of dollars in tax revenue that could have been used to maintain, repair and build new streets, etc.

Political considerations

While the offer certainly has merit to help solidify the North Metro commuter rail project and perhaps extend the length of improvements, the question becomes — is it necessary to forego millions of dollars of local street and road work? And is it worth having the taxpayers of Adams County and the two cities pay twice for these rail improvements? Remember, RTD can still apply for federal funds beyond the initial segment of this line. Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.

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Just call her Mom y

I like to remember special days of the year by giving you a column related to the eevent. But sometimes I forget to write the h as column on time. mmit- Because Mother’s Day is such a special all event, I’m going to share this column with e- you early because you may also want to share it with family and friends. Here it is: mA baby asked God, “They tell me you are oses sending me to Earth tomorrow, but how nt am I going to live there being so small and to helpless?” y. “Your angel will be waiting for you and her. take care of you.” ntThe child further inquired, “But tell me, here in Heaven I don’t have to do anything ess but sing and smile to be happy.” her God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you, and you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.” Again the child asked, “And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?” God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.” “And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?” God said, “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray?” “Who will protect me?”




God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.” “But I will be sad because I will not see you anymore.” God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about you about me and will teach you the way to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.” At that moment, there was much peace in heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, “God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.” “You will simply call her, Mom.” Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned. Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.


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Doing taxes this week so I have very on little brain-RAM to spare — certainly not pos- enough to keep a coherent train of thought wers together. tive. But, nevertheless, a handful of thoughts s arehave penetrated the IRS-induced stupor, er- and here’s the result: acks • In case you were keeping score, this the Legislature, which, according to Rep. Tracy e Kraft-Tharp, et al., has “the economy as their No. 1 focus,” has so far managed to nts. pass bills that drove away 2,000 jobs, while s of not yet getting around to passing anything to help the economy. ty • I rarely have control of the TV remote, ns so I don’t often get to just flip around the e prime time lineup to see what’s on. But the d other night, I was flipping around, and I caught a glimpse of the show “Smash.” And there, on the screen, is Bernadette Peters, one of the grand dames of musical theater, singing a beautiful duet. Y’know, there o er are people in this world whose talent is so gth prodigious that it lights up a room, even es through the television screen. I wonder if she was ever told not to pursue her dreams nd because her test scores were too low ... • Regarding Coach Mike Rice and the ms Rutgers basketball team: In this day and r age, barely six months removed from an election which a man lost in part because nt of of a cell phone video, for a person in a position of power to lose control in a public place like that is inexcusable. All the rest of aside, he might just be too dumb to have rict J that job. • I am slightly encouraged that Sen. Mike Johnston’s education funding bill includes $100 million for innovation. Maybe we can use that to stop talking about testing and start driving for real innovation. • Speaking of luminous talents, over the last week, I have caught on cable parts of the movies “Outbreak,””Congo,””The 13th


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Obama promotes gun control in visit President praises state legislators for new laws By Vic Vela President Barack Obama lauded recent gun-control measures signed into state law and touted Colorado as “a model of what’s possible” at the national level during a speech April 3 in Denver. The president’s remarks at the Denver Police Academy highlighted gun laws that soon will go into effect in the state, including those that institute universal background checks on gun sales and place limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Citing recent events in Aurora and Connecticut, Obama said it’s time for Congress to take up similar gun measures at the national level. “Every day that we wait to do something about it, even more of our fellow citizens are stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun,” Obama said. In Colorado, gun-control bills have dominated headlines this legislative session. So far, Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed three bills passed by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly. Some Republicans say the gun measures are nothing but “feel-good” efforts that only hinder law-abiding citizens’ ability to obtain guns, while doing nothing to get the weapons out of the hands of criminals. Obama’s visit was met with some protests outside the police academy. And, earlier in the day, several Colorado

President Barack Obama addresses police officers and other audience members during a speech at the Denver Police Academy on April 3. During his remarks, the president touted recent gun-control measures that have been passed by the Colorado General Assembly. Photo by Vic Vela sheriffs held a press event, denouncing further gun-control efforts. But Obama sees value in passing gun measures. He said Congress needs to address the loopholes in the current national background-check system for gun purchases, as Colorado legislators have done with recent legislation here. Obama said that if a person wants to buy a gun, “you should at least have to go through a background check to show that

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Aircraft firms’ tax credit gets support Bill aims to boost employment in state By Vic Vela A bill that would expand tax incentives for the purpose of new hires in the state’s aviation field is flying through the Legislature with bipartisan support. House Bill 1080 modifies the 2005 Aircraft Manufacturer New Employee Tax Credit, which provides a one-time $1,200 tax credit for a new employee hired by an aircraft manufacturer. The bill expands the available tax incentives to manufacturers that provide aircraft maintenance, repair and modification services, which were not included in the bill from eight years ago. Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, a bill

sponsor, said it’s important to extend the existing earned tax credits in an effort to attract highp a y i n g jobs in a growing field, rather than havReport ing planes fly to other states just for the purposes of having repairs done. “We have to recognize that big carriers like United or Frontier, when they need to maintain an airplane, very often they’ll fly it to Wisconsin or Chicago to do the work there, and then bring it back,” he said. “I think it’s ridiculous that Colorado is losing out on those job opportunities.” Holbert said he was approached about the idea for the bill by repre-


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going to commit a crime?” Obama also said high-capacity ammunition magazines have no place in our communities. “I don’t believe that weapons designed for theaters of war have a place in movie theaters,” he said to applause. “Most Americans agree with that.” The president acknowledged the polarizing nature that surrounds the gun-control debate. He said Colorado is a state where hunting is a tradition, and where guns are “handed down from generation to generation.” “And they treat gun ownership with reverence and respect,” he said. At the same time, Obama said it’s important for people to understand where the other side is coming from on these issues. “There doesn’t have to be a conflict between protecting our citizens and protecting our Second Amendment rights,” the president said. Among those who attended the speech were Hickenlooper and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The two took part in a round-table discussion on gun issues that involved Obama, prior to the president’s speech. Others taking part in the discussion were police and Colorado citizens whose lives have been affected by gun violence. Several state legislators also were attendance, including Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora. Fields — whose son was shot to death in 2005 and who sponsored some of the state’s gun legislation — said she felt that her work has been validated by Obama’s trip. “I feel really good about what we did here in the state of Colorado,” Fields told reporters. “And I think the rest of the nation should follow suit.”

THORNTON POLICE BRIEFS Shoplifting: A 27-yearold Thornton woman and a 13-year-old Federal Heights girl were arrested March 30 at 8 p.m. at Walmart at 9901 N. Grant St. A loss prevention officer saw the two select $106 in clothing items at random and conceal them in their purses. They paid for a single bottle of shampoo and tried to exit the store without paying for the concealed items. They were issued summonses and later released. DUI, careless driving, driving while under revocation: Officers were dispatched March 31 at 2:25 p.m. to the 2300 block of 116th Way in reference to a property damage accident. Witnesses saw a 30-yearold Thornton woman back into a mailbox, knocking it to the ground. The woman was contacted and issued a summons. She was later released to a responsible party. Third-degree assault, harassment, seconddegree burglary, criminal mischief, domestic violence: A 24-year-old Denver man was arrested March 31 at 1:27 p.m. after officers were dispatched to 753 W. 91st Ave. in reference to a physical fight at that location. Officers contacted a 21-year-old Thornton woman and a witness. The woman had bruises, scratches and swelling on her eyes and face. A verbal argument she had with the man turned physical when he slapped and punched her. He then threw her to the floor and struck her in the head with a can of food. When the man left, the woman locked the door. The man came back and started banging on the door, and then kicked it down, causing $250 in damage. He left the scene again and was still at large at the time of this report.

Criminal mischief, domestic violence, two counts of child abuse: Officers were dispatched April 1 at 2:20 p.m. to the 1400 block of Ruth Drive in reference to a property damage accident. The officers determined that the accident was intentional after taking statements. A 31-year-old Thornton man and his 34-year-old wife were going through a divorce and had been arguing about that. The man said he drove into his driveway and his estranged wife intentionally crashed into his car, causing $300 in damage. The woman had two children, 5 and 6, with her in the car during the incident. They were uninjured. The woman was taken into custody, processed and later transported to the Adams County jail. Second-degree assault on a police officer, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct: Officers were dispatched April 3 at 11:36 p.m. to the Firehouse Bar at 10369 Quivas St. in reference to a disturbance. Bar employees were holding a combative 22-year-old man from unincorporated Adams County. When officers placed the man into custody, he head-butted one of the officers in the face. When they reached the patrol car, the man struck his head onto the patrol car, causing a dent. The man was taken to a local hospital. After a medical release, the man was transported to the Adams County jail. Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.





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Buying a home? Avoid these mistakes


he dream of home ownership is one that lives on in spite of the global economic struggles. The process of buying a home can be an emotional roller coaster ride, with feelings of excitement

mixed in with exhaustion, fear and uncertainty. Over the last several years, the real estate market has been turned upside down, and many prospective buyers have begun to question some of the conventional wisdom associ-

ated with buying a home. While such skepticism might be a healthy attitude in the current market, prospective buyers -- particularly those who have never purchased a home before -should avoid the following mistakes that buyers make

regardless of whether the market is up or down. * Failure to get qualified beforehand. Mortgage qualification is essential when buying a home, as it gives buyers preapproval for a loan before they make any offers. Making an offer on a home before you know what the bank is willing to lend you is a waste of time for everyone involved, including you, the seller and the real estate agents involved. Some agents will not show a home if you don’t have a preapproval. Once preapproved for a loan, don’t take any steps that might put that approval in jeopardy. This includes anything that might drastically alter your credit score. * Being blindsided by additional costs. Firsttime homebuyers, once they have moved into their home, often experience some sticker shock when the additional expenses associated with home ownership arise. These additional expenses include property tax and insurance costs and can be substantial. Even those buying a condominium or co-op should expect monthly maintenance fees

even if their new place is brand new and needs no maintenance. * Shooting for the moon. The ongoing recession is in part the result of predatory lending that saw banks grant excessive loans to applicants who, in hindsight, could not actually afford all that they were approved to borrow. The result was many people buying homes they could not afford, and then suffering some steep consequences, including foreclosure, when the first mortgage payment came due or the interest rate rose. First-time and even veteran buyers must avoid shooting for the moon when it comes to buying a home, and instead only buy one they know they can afford. What the banks says you can afford isn’t always the same as what you know you can afford. Only buy a home you know you can afford, regardless of whether the bank has approved you for a larger loan. * Pigeonholing yourself into an inadequate living situation. Just like buyers shouldn’t go overboard, they also must avoid compromising on the things that are most important to

them. For example, many of today’s buyers, fully aware of the rash of foreclosures and all the housing horror stories of the last several years, are reticent to commit to a home, and might compromise with a condo or co-op. But if a home is what you really want, and another living situation that mirrors apartment life is going to make you miserable, don’t settle for that situation for the sake of security. Doing so could cost you financially, especially when you realize the situation isn’t what you’d hoped for and look to sell earlier than is ideal. * Skimping on the cost of an inspector. An inspector is your last chance to find out if a home is your dream home or a money pit. Even if a house appears to be everything you want, don’t close on the sale until the house has been thoroughly inspected. The old adage that advises against judging a book by its cover certainly applies to buying a home, and prospective buyers should enlist the services of a qualified inspector before closing on the sale of a home. ■ Metro Creative Services



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

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Night Janitorial positions available at Castle Pines Golf Club April-October. Full time/Part time and Weekend positions. Call 303-520-7365 for an interview appointment. Fax resume to 303-660-8453.

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RN's,LPN's caring, compassionate, reliable/dependable nurses needed. $12 hr. P.T night shifts. Fri, Sat or Sun in peaceful, loving home. North Parker. Call 303-646-3020

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Jeffco ranked ground zero

President Barack Obama, left, and former Gov. Mitt Romney, right, both met with supporters at rallies in Jefferson County last year. File photos

Colorado becomes battleground state Twelve Topics

By Glenn Wallace


gwallace@ourcoloradonews. com


ike it or not, Colorado is now undoubtedly a battleground state in the war of national politics. Statisticians like the New York Times’ Nate Silver have even identified Colorado as “the tipping point,” with its modest nine electoral votes proving to be crucial votes for Barack Obama to ensure victories in both 2008 and 2012. “Colorado has gone from being a relatively safe Republican state to a very important battleground state,” said Brendan Doherty, a political science researcher at the U.S. Naval Academy. Doherty has tracked and analyzed presidential travel patterns since the Carter administration, and said his research clearly indicates that presidents and their opponents recognize Colorado’s


This Week: National politics

pivotal importance as well. The data unsurprisingly shows competitive states with more electoral votes get the most attention. Proximity to Washington, D.C., also seems to result in more visits, easier to make a morning appearance and still be back in the White House for afternoon briefings. The state travel list shifts over time though. From January 2012 to Election Day, Colorado was Obama’s fourth most visited state, since he spent 15 days here, trailing only Ohio (23 days), Virginia (23 days) and Florida (18 days). Republican presidential can-

didate Gov. Mitt Romney also spent considerable time and resources in Colorado, particularly in Jefferson County where he held three separate rallies, including a sell-out event at Red Rocks Amphitheater. According to the National Journal, more than $48 million was spent on Colorado media spots by the Democrat and Republican candidates and their national parties between May and November 2012.

Swing state

The amount of time and resources spent in the state reflects a belief that is shared by both of the nation’s major political parties: Colorado is winnable. Before 1992, the state had voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential race, going all the way back to Lyndon Johnson. But within the last six presidential elections the state has voted three times for the Republican candidate, and three times for the Democrat. The swing in voting margin is pronounced: George W. Bush

beat Al Gore by nine points, but just eight years later Obama won by the same margin over John McCain. “Colorado has always been a very independent-minded state,” Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call said, pointing out the Centennial State’s tradition of often electing a Republican majority to the Legislature, alongside a moderate Democrat for governor. Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio said much the same. He said that in Jeffco there is almost a perfect threeway balance between registered Democrats, Republicans and Independents. “I think we’re one of the most evenly divided states in the nation. And Jefferson County really is a microcosm for the rest of the state,” Palacio said. Some counties are safely in the hands of one party, like El Paso County for the GOP and Boulder County for the Democrats. “They kind of cancel each other out, so to win the state it becomes all about those swing counties, like Arapahoe County and Jefferson County,” Call said.

Looking ahead

‘Colorado has gone from being a relatively safe Republican state to a very important battleground state.’ Brendan Doherty, political science researcher

Demographic trends and new voter registrations tend to favor the Democratic Party, but Call said he thinks Colorado’s independent nature, and recent “overreaches” of legislative policy by Democrats at the state and federal level will cause the pendulum to swing back in the GOP’s

favor in the future. “I think Colorado will continue to be a battleground to see what party and philosophy will carry the day. I think that is healthy because it keeps politicians more accountable, and closer to the electorate,” Call said. Palacio said he also sees the state remaining a swing state for the foreseeable future. “I think Coloradans just vote for the higher quality candidate, and in 2012 that was definitely the Democrats,” Palacio said. According to Doherty, battleground states clearly receive more campaign and media focus, which has economic benefits, but also the side effect of bombarding residents with an even greater number of political ads. Presidential candidates will be likely to continue visiting the state. Doherty said that there “definitely the perception” that all those visits make the winning candidate more sensitive to the wants and needs of a state. All those candidate visits are not without their own costs, starting with multiple road closures. Secret Service also requires local law enforcement to assist in presidential candidate security, racking up tens of thousands of dollars in staffing costs for even the shortest of rallies. That money is never reimbursed. “But votes matter more in a battleground state,” Doherty said. “I’d say that’s the biggest benefit.”

Colorado’s voting history in presidential elections for the past 25 years: 2012


Barack Obama (D) 51 percent to 46 percent


George W. Bush (R) 52 percent to 47 percent

2008 Barack Obama (D) 54 percent to 45 percent


George H.W. Bush (R) 53 percent to 45 percent

Bob Dole (R) 46 percent to 44 percent

2000 George W. Bush (R) 51 percent to 42 percent


Bill Clinton (D) 40 percent to 36 percent


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Advisor Caring


April 11, 2013



Energy Outreach Colorado works with The Senior Hub Late in 2012 The Senior Hub applied for a grant from The Energy Outreach Colorado’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP). The grants are designed to help nonprofits who, typically operate on very tight budgets, reduce energy consumption by funding improvements to their facilities and re-educating staff and volunteers in energy conservation behavior. The Senior Hub is proud to have been chosen as one of the non-profits being served by NEEP. Staff have been attending ongoing meetings to identify and discuss energy saving practices that we can make during the work day, including simple tasks like shutting off lights and closing outside doors. Through NEEP, The Senior Hub will receive a free energy audit and efficiency improvements will be identified. At that point Energy Outreach

Colorado and NEEP will seek funding for The Senior Hub to complete the most cost-effective measures. If funding is received from the NEEP partners it will allow The Senior Hub to remain focused on program funding rather than diverting funds to pay for upgrades. At the same time we can expect to see additional savings in our energy bills due to the simple energy saving practices implemented by all staff and volunteers which will allow us to re-allocate some funding back into services for our clients that originally was needed for operational costs. As a good steward of our resources and neighborhoods, The Senior Hub will continue to take the steps necessary to stretch every donation received so that we can better meet the needs of the older adults coming to us for services and care.

March for Meals a success The Senior Hub and our Meals on Wheels program would like to thank the local Mayors who joined us and our volunteers on March 20th to deliver hot meals to our clients. We also want to thank our great restaurants and their management for their generous support as well as all those who ate at one of our sponsoring Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams delivers to 100 year old Meals on restaurants during the Wheels client Martha Johnson. month of March. Please visit them often: Cinzzetti’s Great Scott’s Eatery Jay’s Grille & Bar Westy’s Lodo’s Bar & Grill Mickey’s Top Sirloin

And remember that your support helps us put meals on the tables of older adults throughout Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, Westminster, and Unincorporated Adams County. Thank you all.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 2013 Spring Clean-Up Days Saturdays April 27, May 4, May 11 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (other work dates available) Join us as we help seniors with yard, carport, porch & shed cleanup For more info, call Linda Rinelli at 720-859-2248 If you are a senior who needs help with Spring Cleaning, call so we can match you up with a team of volunteers.

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Mayors Heidi Williams of Thornton, Nancy McNally of Westminster, Joyce Downing of Northglenn and Sean Ford of Commerce City (not pictured) enjoyed riding with volunteer drivers helping deliver meals to seniors throughout their communities. Thank you all for your support of MEALS ON WHEELS. Adams County Senior Conference This year’s Annual ACAN conference will be held on Thursday, April 25th 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Adams County Fairgrounds The keynote speaker is Dr. Wendy Gozanky of Kaiser Permanente. She is a specialist in the care of seniors and senior health issues. Additional features include seminars on fraud, technology, Medicare, adaptive nutrition, self-care, and travel. There will be two classes geared specifically toward caregivers: Healthy Nutrition as We Age and Self Care: Do I Really Have the Time. Additionally, there will be many exhibitors providing information regarding products and services. Registration is $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door and includes all events in addition to lunch. For more information call 303-818-7232 or visit Below is the registration form that can be cut out and mailed in.

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April 11, 2013


Senior Solutions offers resources and services The Senior Hub’s Senior Solutions program has benefited thousands of seniors since it was created 27 years ago. Though it was first designed to provide resource information and problem-solving, it quickly became something much more. Lew Forester, Senior Solutions Director since 1997, said, “Senior Solutions staff soon realized that the seniors they were serving needed more than just information and problem-solving. They were needing services that were either lacking or completely non-existent within this community. Senior Solutions, like The Senior Hub as a whole, grew dramatically and began

to carve its own niche by identifying and meeting these community needs.” So, what are the services Senior Solutions provides today? In addition to resource information and problem-solving, the program also operates an Emergency Food Bank, a Minor Home Repair program, a Medical Equipment Lending service, and a Care Management program. The program also produces the annual Senior Solutions Resource Guide, which is widely distributed throughout the north metro area. In addition to Lew, Jean Michel has been the Senior Solutions Assistant for eleven years. Her knowledge, warm smile

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and friendly disposition are a comfort to seniors coming into The Senior Hub for services, particularly the food bank. Judy Gibson has been the program’s Care Manager for three years. Judy meets with clients and their caregivers in their homes to identify needs, create a care plan and arrange for appropriate services. Lew and Judy both serve on the Adams County Community Adult Protection Team, which brainstorms solutions for particularly difficult situations involving at-risk adults. Lew has served as a DRCOG volunteer Ombudsman and created the Adams County Resource Specialists group. He also authors a chapter in the Colorado Senior Law Handbook on resources for older adults. Senior Solutions serves around 1,500 households annually with direct services, and an additional 2,400 with general information and referral,

usually by phone. Callers request information on a wide variety of resources, including housing, transportation, financial or legal assistance, health resources, advocacy, etc. Clients often come into The Senior Hub to meet with Senior Solutions staff for help with filling out applications or discussing their needs in person. Lew, Jean and Judy all enjoy the variety and challenges inherent with the program. Asked why he’s stuck with the program for so many years, Lew responded, “I’ve met and worked with hundreds, if not thousands, of interesting people through this position. It’s very gratifying to be able to assist them in such a wide variety of ways.” To connect with The Senior Hub - Senior Solutions program or talk to Lew, Jean or Judy, call 303-426-4408. We are here to help make a difference in the lives of the older adults we serve.

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THURSDAY/APRIL 11 NIGHTS OUT WOMEN’S and men’s nights out for adults with developmental disabilities are planned from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 11. The women will be paining their own ceramics, and the men will take a tour of CarMax, and possibly get a chance to ride in a fancy car. Meet at FRIENDS Place, 555 Alter St., Suite 19E, Broomfield. Register by Monday, April 8. Contact Molly Coufal, Friends of Broomfield evening/social program director, at or 303-404-0123 for information on costs and to register. THURSDAY/APRIL 11; SATURDAY/APRIL 13 KITE MAKING/FESTIVAL ASSEMBLE, decorate and take home your own sled kite at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Final class is from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Make sure to come out and fly your new kite at the free Arvada Kite Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Robby Ferrufino Park. Watch the pros fly their kites at this Arvada Festivals Commission event. All materials are included in

the fee. Call 720-898-7405 to register; classes fill up fast. Class open to ages 4-10 years.

THURSDAY/APRIL 11, April 23 TAX WORKSHOPS THE Colorado Department of Revenue

offers free tax workshops on sales and use tax laws in Colorado. The workshops include information on many common sales and use tax topics, including but not limited to the liabilities businesses face when they are not in compliance with Colorado laws. Sales/Use Tax Part I is from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 11, and Park II is from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Westminster. Registration is required. Sales/Use Tax Part II is from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. Continuing Professional Education credits and training materials are available.

SATURDAY/APRIL 13 POTTERY SHOW ART Gallery 3698 presents a pottery show through April 30. A reception with refreshments is planned

from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the gallery, 3698 W. 72nd Ave., Westminster. Artist of the month Joyce Graf will be featured. Call 303-487-1981.

REPUBLICAN FORUM THE North Suburban Republican Forum will meet from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at The Grill at Legacy Ridge Golf Course, 10801 Legacy Ridge Parkway, Westminster. You’ll hear from Board of Education members. A continental breakfast is included in price of admission, and you can pay your 2013 dues at the meeting. BABYSITTING CLASS FIRST-TIME babysitters ages 11-13 will learn all they need to know when responsible for young children. Class is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Skills covered include CPR, first aid, growth and development, safety, feeding, discipline, diapering and bathing. Call 303-4508800 or go to register. BIRD WALK ARE you ready to see some amazing birds that

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

BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP EARTHLINKS presents a special double-workshop. The first is Backyard Beekeeping, led by local expert Judith Moran, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13. A free lunch will be served at noon, and the second workshop, Native Pollinators, will follow from 1-2 p.m. Entomologist Amber Partridge and horticulturist Amy Yarger of the Butterfly Pavilion will lead the second session. Both workshops will be at EarthLinks, 2828 Larimer St., Denver. Visit Your week continues on Page 21



ar to Your week continued from Page 20 ing iew RAPTOR RUN PUT on your favorite raptor hat and come oll . Bring out and run with the raptors on the trail through the Barr Lake ope nature preserve. The Friends of Barr Lake State Park will host r; no their annual Raptor 5K Run and Fun Run on Saturday, April 13, to help raise money for future park projects that support education, recreation, and conservation opportunities. The 5k spe- run is a course-certified, timed event and the day will include ed by goody bags for all participants, race pictures, kids’ activities, , April food & drinks, music, and awards. Meet at the group picnic area ork- near the Nature Center at Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly ologist Road, Brighton. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the fun run terfly starts at 9:15. Register in advance l be Event/5117. Sorry, no dogs allowed. inksSATURDAY/APRIL 13; Recurring/Through April 30

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ART DISPLAY AN opening reception for “The Art of Sandra

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

SUNDAY/APRIL 14, April 21, April 28 AUDITIONS THE DJC Youth All-Stars is looking for 9th, 10th and 11th grade clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, tuba, string bass and drum set players. Auditions are from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, April 14; from 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sunday, April 21; and from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Flesher-Hinton Music Store, 3936 Tennyson St., Denver. Audition music and recording are posted Intermediate to advanced jazz experience necessary; weekly rehearsals are on Sundays. For information and audition scheduling, contact or 303-328-7277. Your week continues on Page 24

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person paddle boats and two-person canoes will range from $5 to $7 for a 30-minute rental, but Van der Sanden said residents will be able to use these amenities free of charge during ThorntonFest. The city, he said, will also charge residents a $1 per ride on the indoor carousel. Van der Sanden also said the outdoor amphitheater will be the stage for the festival’s annual Battle of the Bands competi-

tion. Northglenn resident Yvette Yrigollen said her family have visited the park at least three times since they moved from Carlsbad, N.M. six months ago — a place that, she said, has less playground options to keep the children busy. “We really love this playground,” said as her five young family members played nearby. “The kids really enjoy coming here and it seems to be a lot safer to play on with the turf that they have.”

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Under a current city-run gun safety program, May said the Northglenn Police Department regularly orders and distributes free Project ChildSafe cable gun locks and brochures to residents. These cable locks — provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and U.S. Department of Justice-backed gun safety program — blocks the chamber of a gun to prevent a cartridge from being fired. Mayor Pro Tem Susan Clyne said she was in favor of creating a rebate program but said the city should only pay an allotted percentage of a redeemed gun safe or gun lock purchase. “I’m willing to spend whatever it takes, but I would like to put a cap on the dollar amount of the safe,” Clyne said. “I don’t want someone to pay $50,000 to outfit a whole arsenal in their house.” Mayor Joyce Downing and Ward 1 City Councilmembers Wayne and Carol Dodge agreed. “It’s not controlling whether or not residents should have guns, because I don’t want to be involved in that, but as far as

safety is concerned, I think the city should take a stand on that,” Carol Dodge said. Ward 2 City Councilmember Joe Brown said the city should take a stance but questioned whether the city should be offering a rebate. “Unfortunately, the only way that you find out about someone who does not have their firearm secure is after something bad has already happened,” Brown said. “I’m all in favor of setting the rule that they have to be stored properly, but I don’t think we should offer rebates because you should be storing it properly anyway.” Some officials, however, spoke out against creating an ordinance that would also make the use of gun locks and gun safes mandatory for all resident gun owners. “I’m not in favor of an ordinance but rather see an educational or rebate thing, because it is about safety,” May said. “When we have that situation where someone accidentally discharges a firearm and is injured, there are already a lot of charges that we can pursue — we don’t need to keep stacking a municipal one on top of that.”

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question to comply with the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights by the end of August, if council chooses to move forward with a tax initiative. Ward I Councilwoman Carol Dodge and Ward IV Councilwoman Kim Snetzinger said they would support a move to allow the adult use of marijuana and marijuana facilities, since a majority of residents supported the measure. A total of 59.59 percent of Northglenn residents voted in favor of Amendment 64 in the general election, according to a Jan. 4 memo from City Clerk Johanna Small. “I think a lot of people feel that way, and if people said that they want to have recreational marijuana, then they want to,” Dodge said. “The regulation and enforcement of medical marijuana seems to be in control here in Northglenn — I think we’re doing a good job of it. I can’t even imagine any more shops opening, if we keep those

same restrictions of distance and everything — we’re still going to have those few that we already have.” Mayor Pro Tem Susan Clyne and Ward IV Councilman Gene Wieneke agreed but said that start-up marijuana businesses should operate on the same playing field as existing medical marijuana businesses in the city. “Controlling it is much better than having to worry about it being on the black market,” Clyne said. Mayor Joyce Downing and Ward II Councilman Joe Brown, however, spoke out against allowing the adult use of marijuana in the city. “I know that our citizens voted for it but when you talk to people individually, they have a different sense of what they voted for, so I’m really not in favor of adult use facilities in Northglenn,” Downing said. Ward II Councilwoman Leslie Carrico was absent from the study session.

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Skyview’s Jazmyne Escobar drives to the goal during the Wolverines’ game against Elizabeth on April 4.

Skyview soccer taking care of business Wolverines stay perfect through first seven games By Jonathan Maness THORNTON — The Skyview girls soccer team are off to an impressive start. Not only have the Wolverines cruised out to a perfect 7-0 record to start the season, they are doing it in dominating fashion. Through seven games, Skyview has scored 62 goals which is the most in state and is averaging nearly eight goals a game. “We’re scoring a lot of goals and its fun,” Skyview coach Abbie Page said. “I have five different girls that can score goals, which is way different than the last two years.” The Wolverines have two of the top

goal scorers in the state. Senior midfielder Jazmyne Escobar is averaging 3.2 goals a game, which is second in the state. Senior Brenda Vazquez isn’t too far behind, with 2.4 goals a game - which is the third highest average in the state. Escobar is also leading the team with 13 assists, and has had five games with three goals or more. She scored four against Alameda earlier this season. In all the Wolverines have had seven different players scored this season, including freshman sensation Amanda Carpio, who has six goals. “We have a lot of talented girls,” Page said. “The seniors are huge for us and the girls play well together. It’s so nice.” What makes it more impressive is the Wolverines aren’t too shabby on the other side of the field. Skyview has only allowed

Skyview’s Brenda Vazquez battles Elizabeth’s Sophie Slade for the ball during the Wolverines’ game against Elizabeth on April 4. Photos by Jonathan Maness one goal this season, a fluke goal against Elizabeth which just sailed over the keeper’s head. “We just aren’t letting them on our half of the field,” Page said. “The girls are just being solid.” The pressure up front has taken pressure off of senior goalkeeper Brandie Woodson, who is in her third year as the Wolverines’

keeper. Woodson has 12 saves on the season, including six shutouts. The big test for the Wolverines will be Thursday against Englewood, which holds a perfect 6-0 record and has outscored its opponents 53-2. “We are excited for the challenge,” Page said.

ralston Valley boys win Mustang Invite Legacy’s Nun wins 1600 meter run By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews. com WESTMINSTER — The Mustangs Invite has always had a good mix of track teams from around Denver, and that was very much of the case this year. The track meet, which is held at North Stadium, featured 15 different schools on April 6 — including Class 3A juggernaut Holy Family squad. Ralston Valley took first on the boys side with 113 points, followed by Highlands Ranch and Legacy. Highlands Ranch girls came in first with 98.42 points, while Regis Jesuit was second and Denver East was third. “The North Stadium facility has a reputation for fast times, and teams enjoy running there because of that,” Mountain Range track coach Chris Smith said. “Holy Family held their own against some very talented 5A schools on the boys side.” The meet had 10 new meet records, six on the boys side and

Horizon’s Jonah Penaflor competes in the 4x200 meter relay during the Mustangs Invite on April 6. Photo by Jonathan Maness four on the girls, Smith said. Melanine Nun was first in the 1600-meter run, while her teammate Emma Gee was second. Nun won the race with a time of 5 minutes and 19 seconds, edging Gee

by one second. The Lightning placed sixth on the girls side. Megan Close also took first in the girls high jump and Lindsey Gallowicz was third in the pole

vault for the Lightning. On the boys side, Legacy was first and Horizon was second in the 1600-meter relay. Matthew Drotar was also second in 400-meter dash for the Lightning, while Aron Ragins and Brandon Simmons were third and fourth in the 200 and Christopher Carroll was third in the 800. Zakery Wieman was also second in the boys shot put. Mountain Range, which was missing several juniors due to an ACT workshop, took eighth on both the boys and girls side. The Mustangs’ girls took second in the 1600-meter relay and its 800-sprint medley team was third, Cadence Pruitt was also second in the girls shot put. Mountain Range’s boys 400and 3200-meter relay team were both third and Darius Ortega was second in the boys discus throw. Horizon boys were seventh and the girls were ninth, led by Gabrielle Penaflor’s second place finish in the 3200-meter run. The Hawks were also second in the girls 3200-meter relay, while Holy Family was third. On the boys side, the Hawks’ relay team was second in the 3200. “I think that we had a good

showing considering that we hadn’t competed since prior to spring break, two weeks ago,” Horizon coach Jim Smyth said. “Now that we have the break behind us it is time to start focusing on getting to state, that means that we will be working harder at practice and improving with each meet along the way through the next five weeks.” Holy Family boys were fifth, while the girls were 10th. Katrina Gallic took first in the girls shot put for the Tigers and was third in the discus throw. Sean Arkario was second in the boys 1600, while Thornton’s Jose Garcia was second. Ryan Younggreen was third in the 110-hurdles for the Tigers, while Weston Dinsmore was third in the high jump and Tyler Dudden was third in the discus throw. Thornton boys were 11th and the girls were 13th. The Trojans’ boys took first in the 3200-relay and Joshua Joseph was second in the 3200. Northglenn boys were 12th, while the girls were 14th. Hannah Murphy was second in the girls shot put, while Alex Garcia was third in the boys shot put for the Norse.

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Standley Lake’s second baseman Brandan Maher turns a double play during the Gators’ 8-7 win over Thomas Jefferson on Saturday.

Gators rally past Spartans Seiwald drives in four runs for Standley Lake By Jonathan Maness WESTMINSTER — As the saying goes ‘good teams find a way to win.’ That was very much the case for the Standley Lake on April 6, the Gators overcame a disastrous first inning and rallied to beat Thomas Jefferson 5-4. “We work hard trying to keep our composure following rough innings,” Stand-

ley Lake coach Gary Allen said. “We just try and peck away each inning and stay positive.” The Gators have done a great job of that this season, especially in their last two wins. Standley Lake spotted Fort Collins two runs on April 4 before winning 3-2. Against Thomas Jefferson, the Gators remained unfazed by the four-run deficit thanks to the strong hitting from Justin Seiwald and Mike Maher. The duo went a combined 7 for 7 at the plate. “We are really working hard to generally shore up our offensive approach,” Allen said. “Mike has been

pretty consistent this season. Justin is making a pretty dramatic adjustments and is trying to stay back, and square up the barrel of the ball.” Seiwald had a pair of RBI singles in the first and third innings, and hit 2-run single in the fifth to the tie the game. Pitcher Jarrett Bott hit an RBI double to drive in the go-ahead run in the fifth. On the mound, Bott struggled with his command in the first few innings. He walked six batters and gave up two hits, but overcame the early struggles to get the win.

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In the fourth, he got a strike out with the bases loaded to get out of the inning. He also closed out the fifth with a strike out. Bott struck out six batters in the game to pick up his third win of the season. “Jarrett really struggled in the early innings,” Allen said. “His command was off, but to his credit he put it together when he was up against the wall. I just told him to relax, slow the game down, stay back and pound the strike zone.” Against the Lambkins, Dylan Sherry earned his second win of the season after striking out six batters and allowing two runs. Bott, Matt Fuijinami and Henry Mistrot each had RBIs in the contest. The Gators have now improved to 6-4 on the season, with three of their losses coming against teams from California. They open play in Jeffco League on April 16

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MONDAY/APRIL 15 MAYOR COFFEE COFFEE with the Mayor is a chance to talk directly with the mayor about issues in the community and to learn about new developments in the city. Meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Atlanta Bread in the Northglenn Marketplace. Call 303-450-8713 for more information. RELAY FOR Life The Webster Lake Relay for Life is coming up in September but teams are being formed now. The team captain university meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. This meeting will educate team captains on how to grow your team and your fund raising efforts. Contact event chair Judith Tannehill at 720-232-0492 or MONDAY/APRIL 15 to May 31


ART EXHIBIT COLORADO Visions, a juried exhibit of works by Colorado artists, is from Monday, April 15, to Friday, May 31, at Westminster City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. The exhibit is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The show was juried by Colorado artist Cheryl St. John. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and listen to live music by the Meadowlarks. Sponsored by the North Metro Arts Alliance and the SCFD. Visit

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BLOOD DRIVE TEN West at Westmoor Technology Park community blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Building 3, Suite 110 at 10155 Westmoor Drive, Westminster. For information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit

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FINANCIAL WORKSHOP. ANNUITIES and Your Retirement & Weathering Market Storms, a free financial workshop, is presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. The first part helps with understanding the basics of annuities, so you can choose the options that make the most sense for your specific situation. The second section talks about how investors can weather market storms and how diversification still matters. Register by contacting Jeanette Sánchez at or 303-450-8935. HEALTHY LIVING AS part of the Healthy Living Series, find out how food works with your body – or doesn’t – which makes it easier to understand what to eat and why. The program is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Cost is free. For people ages 55 and over. WEDNESDAY/APRIL 17 WEDNESDAYS AT 2Covenant Village offers a monthly series featuring expert speakers on a variety of educational and entertaining topics. All programs are at 9153 Yarrow St., Westminster. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call 303-403-2205 for directions and reservations. Come early for refreshments and fellowship; lectures begin at 2 p.m. APRIL 17: Tibet, presented by Active Minds. THURSDAY/APRIL 18 TRAVEL SERIES SEE digital slides of water buffalo, elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, rare birds, and more at the African Safari travel series, from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Join presenter Bob Barber, a professional outdoor photographer and Arvada Park Advisory Committee member, for an armchair tour of the southern Africa’s unique animal life. Register by April 15. Open to ages 10 and older. ROCKIES BASEBALL CATCH the Rockies take on the New York Mets at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Snacks are available for a small fee.

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