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March 15, 2013

A Colorado Community Media Publication

North Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 12, Issue 10


Immigrant tuition bill clears Legislature Measure garners some GOP support on way to governor By Vic Vela After several unsuccessful attempts over a 10-year period, a bill that would allow undocumented immigrant students to pay instate tuition rates at Colorado colleges and universities has finally been passed by the General Assembly. The passage of Senate Bill 33 by the House of Representatives on March 8 was met with applause in the House chambers, and, in the Report case of 16-yearold Nadya Gallegos, tears of joy. The Westminster High School student’s family immigrated to the country illegally


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when she was a child. “I’m so happy that it passed,” Gallegos said, with tears streaming down her face. “It clears my mind. Because now I have a future and I can pursue my dreams.” The so-called ASSET bill — Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow — would allow all students to pay instate tuition rates, so long as they are high school graduates who have attended a Colorado school for at least three years. Current federal law bars undocumented immigrants from working legally in the United States. Attempts to pass various versions of the bill have failed. But, this time, it got through — with Republican support, to boot. Three Republican House members voted for ASSET on March 8, joining three GOP senators who had done so on Feb. 25. “Immigrant children are hungry to succeed and we need them in this country,” said Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, during a March 5 House floor debate that preceded the final vote. Priola said he sees immigrant children at church every week who have “futures and

bright minds at stake ...” “I ask anyone who has issues on this bill to attend Mass with me at noon on a Sunday,” Priola said. Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, who also voted for the bill, said it was not “a Democrat or Republican issue.” “All I did was vote my conscience,” she said. Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, said his best friend came to this country illegally when she was 2, but “that didn’t make her any less of a person.” “If a child graduates from a high school in Colorado, they’re a Colorado kid,” Lebsock said. “Colorado kids deserve in-state tuition. That’s what this bill is all about.” Many Republicans on March 5 argued that it’s wrong for Colorado taxpayers to chip in tuition costs for students who are not legal residents. That’s because undocumented students would be eligible for the same stipend from the state’s College Opportunity Fund as legal residents, under ASSET. Republicans unsuccessfully tried to tack on an amendment that would put ASSET to the voters.

“Because our taxpayers fund this, I believe our taxpayers deserve the right to vote on this,” said Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument. Republican arguments against the bill prompted an angry response from the bill’s House sponsor. “I’m frustrated,” said Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. “There is just an air of arrogance. I’m hearing that the only people who can vote in elections are the only people who pay taxes.” Duran said Republicans were referring to undocumented immigrants as if they weren’t part of the community. “It’s those people,” Duran said. “It’s those undocumented people over there. They’re not Coloradans. They’re somebody else.” Republican Rep. Clarice Navarro of Pueblo joined Priola and Gerou in voting for ASSET on March 8. Republicans Sens. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs, Larry Crowder of Alamosa, and Greg Brophy of Wray voted for the bill on 25. ASSET now goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is expected to sign the bill into law.


By Glenn Wallace By 3-2 vote, the Jefferson County School District’s Board of Education changed district lines. Board members Laura Boggs and Paula Noonan voted against the redistricting, saying they did not approve with how the new lines bisected some school articulation areas. The vote came during the board’s March 7 meeting, and alters the board district lines that were established in 2003. State law requires school districts to update district lines at least every four years. The state statute reads: Director districts shall be contiguous, compact, and as nearly equal in population as possible. Board members are elected by all members of the school district, but represent a specific section of the district. The version of the new boundaries was reviewed at the board’s Feb. 28 meeting. Among the larger changes, District 5 now extends west to take in Morrison in exchange for more of Littleton to go to District 2, along the western side of C-470. District 3 also gained the Pleasant View and Denver West neighborhoods near Golden. In the new population distribution, District 5 would have the least population,105,656; while the smallest geographic district, District 4, would represent the most people, 109,434.

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District One: Treasurer Robin Johnson, representing Westminster and Broomfield. District Two: Second Vice President Laura Boggs, representing Evergreen and Conifer. District Three: Secretary Jill Fellman, representing Arvada and Wheat Ridge. District Four: Board President Lesley Dahlkemper, representing Lakewood. District Five: First Vice President Paula Noonan representing the Morrison and Littleton area. Population of 105,656.

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Lawmakers’ bill eases acquisition of public records Staff Report Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law a bill that attempts to make public records easier to acquire. House Bill 1041 requires government agencies in Colorado to email, fax or send by traditional mail records that a person does not want to inspect at the records custodian’s office. The bill, signed by the governor March 8, allows for an agency to charge for postage if

records are mailed but states that no transmission fees shall apply if they are emailed. It also permits fees to be assessed for making paper copies of records and for time spent researching and collecting the information, as already allowed under state law. Critics of the legislation contend it will only make it more difficult to obtain records by allowing government agencies’ custodians to charge exorbitant fees.

The bill has also drawn fire for stating that records will not be delivered until fees are collected. The Colorado Press Association supports the legislation, saying that while it’s not perfect, it is a positive change. “There’s much work to be done with clarification of CORA (Colorado Open Records Act) and fees, but this is a great first step,” a statement on the CPA’s Facebook page says.


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Young people get inside look Here’s an understatement for ya: I was a bad kid in school. Seriously. I was such a fixture in the principal’s office that the staff just assumed I came with the furniture. And the closest I ever came to the honor roll was when I stood next to a smart kid in the restroom. Doing productive stuff outside of class wasn’t exactly my thing. But as I got older I developed a great appreciation and respect for kids doing positive — and very cool — things that I didn’t have the stomach for back in the day. That’s exactly what members of Youth Leadership of Jefferson County are up to. The Lakewood-based organization allows youths the ability to interact with community leaders and institutions, in an effort to explore educational and career opportunities. YLJC participants visited the Capitol on March 6, and were recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives by Jefferson County lawmakers. “I just think this is a great way to plant the seeds for people to become our future community leaders,” said Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood. If you wonder whether the students felt intimidated by the legislative process, don’t. In fact, it was the opposite. Marcus Vesely, a student at D’Evelyn High School, said he was surprised at how loose the environment was on the House floor, with chatty lawmakers carrying on while legislative business was being attended to. “I’m not sure what to make of the whole lawmaking thing just yet,” he said. “It was a lot more informal that I thought it would be.”

Rep. Max Tyler, D-Golden, said there’s actually a method to lawmakers’ madness. “A lot of what you see when people are talking like that is how a lot of our work is done,” he said. And Pettersen said the banter and interaction that goes on in the Capitol is “not much different than high school.” Yeah, but with a lot more bullying going on, I’d imagine.

Something in the blare

I can still hear the horns honking. It’s been more than a week since testimony took place inside the Capitol on several gun-control bills. Yet, the horns are still maddeningly going off in my head like I’m a character in an Edgar Allan Poe story. In case you missed it, vehicles made circles around the Capitol on March while testimony was taking place under the gold dome, with drivers who opposed the gun bills blaring horns for hours on end. Poor Holly Brooks. She’s the owner of Denver’s Capitol Hill Books, located on the corner of Colfax Avenue and Grant Street, across the street from the Capitol. “It was unbearable,” Brooks said. “The cacophony ...”

Brooks said the noise was non-stop, starting from about 9 a.m., and was “just as fierce” as she was leaving the shop at 6:30 that night. “It completely ruined business,” she said. “We had a tourist come by and say, `Is it always like this?’ We almost closed early.” Colleen Priebe, the manager of Hotel Newhouse, 1470 Grant St., didn’t mind the noise as much as Brooks did. “I just look at it this way,” she said. “It’s democracy in action, regardless of who you agree with. Besides, we’ve been testing the fire alarm system, so there was more noise in here than was out there.” Kevin Park works at Five Star Cleaners at 1364 Grant St. The Korean-born Park spoke through broken English as he tried to put into words his dismay over the noise. “I’m not sure what they want to do,” he said. “If people don’t like the law, they should do it in the building. But to honk in front of the store ... I could not open the door.” Could’ve been worse, I suppose. They could’ve been firing guns.

Quote of the week

“Bring it on, I guess.” — Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, when asked about whether her recent vote in favor of moving a civil unions bill out of committee could lead to a primary challenge next year. Murray made headlines on March 1 when she became only the second Republican legislator to vote in favor of civil unions. Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango was the other. Murray, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, gave an emotional, and often tear-filled, speech after a hearing on the bill.

“It’s not for me to judge others, but to leave that up to God,” she said. “While on Earth, Jesus asked us to love one another. In this spirit, I’ll be a yes vote on this bill.” Murray’s House district is a conservative one, to say the least. And it’s too soon to tell whether her vote will lead to another Republican running against Murray — who has a very conservative voting record. But, as a reporter with no dog in this fight, her emotional statement, which came late in the evening, at the end of a very long hearing, was worth waiting for.

Tweet of the week

“He did last year, and I’m still here.” — Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City. Ulibarri’s tweet was in response to a threat of political retribution made by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Executive Director Dudley Brown on March 4. Brown was testifying on a gun bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Ulibarri sits on, when he was asked by the Commerce City Democrat whether his group had contributed to any members of the committee. Brown responded by saying, “Yes, senator. And we’re gonna give money to your opponents, too.” It’s not every day that you hear someone threaten a lawmaker in front of his face — especially in the middle of a public hearing. Depending on your view of politics, it either was political theater at its best — or at its worst. Vic Vela covers the Legislature for Colorado Community Media. He can be reached at Follow Vic’s legislative stories and updates on Twitter: @ VicVela1.

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Some Democrats dubious about gun bills Questions focus on rights, realism By Vic Vela Democrats on March 11 went five-forfive on their surviving pieces of gun-control legislation, including victories on a bill that places limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and one that institutes universal background checks on all gun sales and transfers. But three of the bills passed the Senate without unified Democratic support — and those votes came after two other lawmakers killed their own controversial bills last week, before they were ever debated. The recent activity on all five gun bills spanned two days, beginning on March 8, following lengthy and often emotional debate that took place on the Senate floor. While Democrats by and large feel like they have struck a balance between respecting Second Amendment rights and trying to curb gun violence, at least one

elected official wonders if her party may have overreached in its gun-control efforts. “I’m concerned that this may have woken up people,” Sen. Lois Tochtrop, a Thornton Democrat, told Colorado Community Media. Tochtrop voted against limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and requiring that all gun sales and transfers be subject to background checks. Tochtrop voted for the three other bills: One prohibiting domestic violence offenders from having access to guns; one requiring those who go through background checks to pay the associated costs; and the one that Tochtrop sponsored, which would ban concealed-carry permit training from being done exclusively online. Tochtrop wonders how independent voters will respond to the legislation. “It’s the unaffiliated (voters) that don’t support some of these gun bills,” she said. “These are the people who determine elections in Colorado.” “She could be right,” said Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, when asked about her colleague’s comments. “We’ll find out in 2014.”

Jahn voted in favor of four of the bills, but opposed the one regarding limits on magazines. “It’s just not enforceable,” Jahn said. “So, it’s against the law to buy 15s (rounds of ammunition in a magazine). So, they just go out and buy several 15s and carry them. The people who have committed these horrible, heinous crimes are people that are gonna get ‘em elsewhere anyway. And they’re gonna be a lot bigger than the 15s anyway.” Lakewood Democratic Sen. Andy Kerr voted against a bill that would require would-be gun buyers to pay for their own background checks. Kerr said he wanted to compromise, saying that if background checks are required on every transaction, then the state should help with the costs. Kerr also said he would have voted against a bill that would have placed liability on gun makers and sellers of semiautomatic weapons, under certain circumstances. But Kerr said he would have supported a bill that would have banned concealed weapons from being carried on college campuses.

A glance at the remaining gun bills By Vic Vela Five gun-control bills continue to make their way through Colorado’s legislative process as of March 12: Senate Bill 197: This bill, sponsored by Westminster Democratic Sen. Evie Hudak, would prohibit domesticviolence offenders from gaining access to guns. “One of the great dangers a woman can face is an abuser with a gun,” Hudak said during second reading of the bill on March 8. The bill would require those who have protective orders against them, or those who have been convicted of a domestic violence crime, to surrender their guns within 24 hours. They can have up to 72 hours to comply with the law, if a judge allows it. People required to surrender their guns could chose to either do so with law enforcement, or they can sell their weapons. Republicans argued that domesticviolence cases often are chalked up to situations of he-said-she-said, and that the bill is just another way for the government to force people to get rid of their guns. “This is a bill that’s heavy on bureaucracy and light on common sense,” said Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction. The bill passed the Senate on a party-line vote of 20-15, and it now heads to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 195: Bans exclusive online training for those seeking concealed handgun permits. This was the least-debated and least controversial of the gun bills, garnering supportive

comments from Republicans. An amended version of this bill requires that at least some training for handgun permits be done in person, and through a class that is taught by a certified instructor. The bill’s Senate sponsor is Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton. This bill, which passed 22-13, received bipartisan support, with Republican Sens. Ellen Roberts of Durango and Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud voting with Democrats. The bill now heads to the House. House Bill 1224: This bill limits the number of rounds that a high-capacity magazine can hold to 15. Democrats cite high-profile mass shootings — where the shooters used high-capacity magazines to kill multiple victims — as evidence that ammunition limits needs to be in place for the community’s sake. But Republicans say the magazine limit is arbitrary, and that such a law would do nothing to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable. The bill passed 18-17. Democratic Sens. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge and Lois Tochtrop of Thornton joined all 15 Republicans in voting against the bill, which now heads back to the House for consideration of amendments. House Bill 1229: This bill requires universal background checks on gun sales and transfers. Supporters say the legislation closes a loophole in current Colorado law, which already requires that background checks be conducted when guns are bought through retail outlets. The bill makes exceptions for family members who give their guns to one another and those who inherent

them. The bill also allows people to freely loan their guns to someone for up to a 72-hour period, so long as the person receiving the weapon is legally able to possess them. Supporters argued that the bill is necessary to weed out the bad guys who seek to buy guns. “I’m carrying this bill because gun violence has become an epidemic,” said Senate sponsor Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora. “How do we know if someone is a dangerous convicted felon, but for a background check?” But Republicans argue that the bill only penalizes law-abiding citizens, and that criminals will find a way to get them anyway. They also argue that the law only would work if there is a gun registry in place. “This bill will do absolutely nothing to improve, absolutely nothing,” said Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray. The bill passed the Senate 19-16, with Sen. Lois Tochtrop of Thornton being the only Democrat to vote against the legislation, which now heads back to the House for consideration of amendments. House Bill 1229: The bill says those who submit to background checks should pay for their associated costs. Republicans blasted the bill. Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said requiring people to pay fees for rights that are protected by the Constitution is akin to paying a poll tax. However, Denver Democratic Sen. Mike Johnston reminded colleagues that there are plenty of rights where fees are put in place. Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood was the only Democrat to vote against the bill, which passed 19-16. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

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Father killer gets life David Paul Arledge sentenced to life without parole Staff Report Convicted killer David Paul Arledge, 34, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his father, Floyd Carl Arledge II, in his Arvada home in 2010. David Arledge was Arledge found guilty of first-degree murder by a Jefferson County jury on Feb. 7. The Arledges had lived together at a Depew Street residence. Following a dispute, David Arledge moved out, only to later return to the house and shoot and kill his father. After killing his father, David Arledge left Arvada and drove to Salida. Two days later he turned himself into Thornton police. “We are pleased with the outcome of this case and hope it brings some sense

of justice to the family of Floyd Arledge II,” District Attorney Peter Weir said in a statement. “The Arvada Police Department did an excellent job with this investigation,” Weir added. The Jefferson County District Attorney’s office reports that David Arledge requested to waive his appearance at the sentencing since he knew he would be given a life sentence. Prosecutors argued that under the Victims’ Rights Act, the family of the victim had a right to be heard, which would be diminished by Arledge’s absence. District Judge Chris Bachmeyer ruled in favor of the prosecutors, and denied Arledge’s request to not appear. During the investigation, Arvada police contacted David Arledge’s brother, Floyd Arledge III, who provided them with blatantly false information. The brother was later arrested and charged with being an accessory to murder. He was found guilty by a jury in 2011, and sentenced to three years intensive supervision probation and 90 days in jail.

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Both of those bills were killed by their Senate sponsors on March 8, before being debated. Kerr said he made some “tough votes” but feels good about his party’s efforts to do whatever it can to prevent more bloodshed. “At the end of the day, all of the proposals were well-intended,” he said. “I think they all are issues of gun safety and violence in our communities. Some I disagreed with, but the process worked.” Jahn concurred. “I always feel comfortable with the votes I’ve made,” Jahn said. “I’ve spent a lot of time going over and over and over (the bills). I don’t vote, ever, on sound bites. Something may sound good, but I have to know in policy how does it work.” But one Republican lawmaker believes that Democrats could find themselves in big trouble in 2014. “I think the quote will come out of this is ‘Tora, Tora, Tora,’” said Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, playing off Tochtrop’s comments. “That’s the only thing that will result from this. You won’t stop criminals … but you will wake up a sleeping giant, I think that’s non-debatable.”

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Third-graders at Skyline Vista Elementary School show off their new dictionaries from the Westminster 7:10 Rotary Club. In February and March the club donated dictionaries to 1,800 third graders in 22 schools, including schools in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools and Adams County School District 50. This donation is part of one of Rotary’s signature programs committed to donating dictionaries to every third-grader in Westminster. The dictionaries are provided by The Dictionary Project, an organization created to provide a dictionary to students to help with their homework and their schoolwork. Photo provided

Report pans Jefferson Parkway Sierra Club names it one of the 50 worst projects in U.S. By Glenn Wallace The Sierra Club took a dim view of the proposed Jefferson Parkway as part of the group’s 2012 report: Smart Choices, Less Traffic: 50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects in the United States. Featured on the “worst” side was the Jefferson Parkway — a proposed 10-mile, fourlane tollway to run from Superior to State Highway 93. Bill Roettker, the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter transportation specialist, said the parkway was nominated because it did not meet most of the design standards that the environmental group supports. The plans include no pedestrian or bicycle options, for example. Roettker said another mark against the parkway is that its location seems to encourage suburban sprawl development. “On top of that, of course, what makes the Jefferson Parkway particularly troublesome is that it cuts a 300-foot wide section along the eastern edge of the old Rocky Flats land, where it will be churning up a lot of dirt,” Roettker said. The Rocky Flats site was used for Cold War-era nuclear weapon production.

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The site was contaminated with radioactive material. After it closed, the site was cleaned up and contaminated buildings were removed, a process that concluded in 2005. “I’m kind of curious what project the Sierra Club is really criticizing,” said Bill Ray, the interim executive director of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA), the coalition board that has overseen the parkway plan. Ray said the parkway plan is estimated to cost $204 million, not the $814 million listed in the Sierra Club report. He also said that claims of induc-


ing sprawl were unfair: The project is bordered by protected open space for roughly two-thirds of its length. “And the No. 1 inducer to more traffic is population growth,” Ray said, citing an estimated 2 million additional Colorado residents in the next 20 years. “If people think (Highway) 93 is bad now, wait until then.” While not yet included in the plans, Ray said the JPPHA intends to include pedestrian and bike transit options for the parkway. As for the issue of disturbed soils threatening the public, Ray said nearly every study done on the park-

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Explore boundaries between real, imagined ‘Semblance’ and ‘Guised’ shown at CVA By Sonya Ellingboe The Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Center for Visual Art in the Santa Fe Art District, consistently offers exhibits that challenge the visitor to stretch and explore. The CVA will host two related shows “Semblance” and “Guised” from Feb. 21 to April 13, “Semblance,” is curated by Tomiko Jones, assistant professor of photography at MSU Denver and Cecily Cullen, creative director at the CVA. Photos and video works draw us into an enigmatic narrative without a clear linear progression. They navigate a reality not clearly identified, Cullen writes. They explore a tenuous line between truth and fiction and blur the boundary between

the real and imagined. Artists are: Sama Slshabi, Neil Chowdhury, Kim Keever, Robert and Shana Parkeharrison, Laura Shill and Janaina Tschape. “Guised,” an international video exhibition curated by Sama Alshaibi, associate professor of photography/ video art at the University of Arizona, is shown concurrently. It contains seven projects that pose a riddle that at first appearance is not threatening. Upon further examination, hidden and manipulated aspects of the content may grow pointed or threatening. “Guised” illustrates multiple uses of video art formats: mise-en-scene, the long shot, performance, stop motion, animation, collage and interactive historical and contemporary forms. Artists are: Hala Ali and Lantian Xie, Jovan Erfan, Ninar Esber, Coriana

IF YOU GO The CVA is located at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Admission is free. There is a parking area on the south side. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 303-295-5207,

Close, Gary Setzer and Larissa Sansour. The Emerging Artists Gallery will contain juried work by MSU Denver students. Related events include: Collective Vision faculty lecture at 6:30 p.m. March 15, Creative Mission Gallery talk with MSU Denver students at 6 p.m. March 20 and Colorado Ballet Student Performance at 7 p.m. April 5, culmination of a dance workshop for youth ages 10 to 14, inspired by works in “Semblance.” The Colorado Ballet will become a neighbor of CVA on Santa Fe Drive in 2014 — perhaps leading to future collaboration.

How to file a Colorado records request Staff Report Colorado law has placed powerful tools in the hands of citizens who want to know what is being done with their tax dollars and in their names: the Colorado Open Records Act and the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act. The ability to “CORA” for public records is commonly done by journalists, but the so-called “sunshine” laws can be used by anyone, and they empower people equally. While there are records that can remain sealed, and while copying costs and “reasonable fees” can be charged, the range of records covered by the law is broad.

Filing a Colorado records request is straightforward. Determine the identity of the “custodian of records” for the information you are seeking, along with that person’s mailing address or email address. That is the person responsible for maintaining and keeping the records, or any person having personal custody and control of the records. In the request, list which records law is being cited, and describe the records that are being requested. Be reasonably specific in the description of the records, but also describe them broadly enough to make sure the request includes all records that could hold the information. Ask the recipient of the request for

notification if he or she is not the records custodian, and for the identity of the person who has custody or control of the records. Ask for the records within three working days, although extenuating circumstances provide for up to seven days. Include a sentence requesting a written explanation, including the citation of a law or regulation, if the access is denied. Make sure the requester’s name and contact information are included, and it’s ready to go. For a well-written guidebook to Colorado’s open-records laws, go online to coloradopressassociation. com and enter “sunshine laws” in the search bar.

EDITOR’S NOTE CCM marks Sunshine Week Since 2005, Sunshine Week has been observed to highlight the importance of open government. It’s about the right we all enjoy to have access to public records. It’s about the role we all play in

holding our government agencies accountable to those they serve. Launched by the American Society of News Editors, the initiative is timed to coincide with the birthday of the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison, on March 16.

Salazar literacy grant announced

Jefferson Foundation has announced the launch of the Salazar Literacy Initiative, a competitive grant opportunity for Jefferson County public schools. The initiative will provide $50,000 annually for local schools to fund programs and projects that help close literacy gaps in reading and writing between different groups of students. Applications for the grants and more information are available at www.

Trail stewardship recruitment Jeffco Parks employs county teenagers every summer to maintain and build trails, while developing a stewardship ethic. The Trail Stewardship Team (TST) is open to eligible youths ages 14-18.

Successful applicants must be a Jefferson County resident in good health with reliable transportation and a positive attitude. All applications must be submitted by March 31. The 2013 program will run from June 17 until Aug. 1, and work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Wages are $7.78 an hour. In 2012, the TST was integral to trail construction at North Table Mountain Park, Elk Meadow Park, South Valley Park, Apex Park, White Ranch Park and Centennial Cone Park. The beautiful foothills settings and team camaraderie make the physically demanding work fun, enjoyable and rewarding. Qualified applicants will be entered in a random selection lottery will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5. Teens can apply for the Trail Stewardship Team online at until March 31. For more information, please call the program hotline at 303271-5965.

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The public is invited to review and comment on proposed revisions to the county’s Zoning and Land Development regulations, related to water and wastewater. There are two ways to get involved. The first is to attend the public hearings. The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed changes at their March 19 meeting, held at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway at 8 a.m. Public testimony is welcome. County residents may also go to the main Planning & Zoning page, www., and then following the link in the “revised regulations.” Comments may be emailed to Patrick O’Connell ( or Roy Laws (

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An adult male was found hanging in his cell at the Jefferson County Detention Facility on the evening of March 7. A deputy found the man during a walk-through check of the module where the inmate was being held. Sheriff’s deputies immediately began administering CPR and called for additional medical assistance into the module. The male was pronounced dead on scene at 10:46 p.m. The 24-year-old man was a Department of Corrections prisoner who had arrived at the Jefferson County jail earlier in the day for a court proceeding. The identity of the inmate is being withheld until next of kin have been notified. The death is currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, which reports that indications are that the male died of an apparent suicide. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office will determine the exact cause and manner of death at the completion of their investigation.


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Merging forces on education front? K-12 public education funding in Colorado may see some dramatic forces come to rest within the coming months. I don’t think any alignment of the moon, sun and stars has anything to do with it. In fact, I know that the two separate actions are generated by people concerned about the equality of state funding for local school districts. One comes in the form of legal action and the other in proposed state legislation. Both have their own set of pluses and minuses in my opinion. But what is important is that there is effort and activity to improve the status quo.

Lobato lawsuit

The legal action is a lawsuit initiated in 2005 by a group of concerned parents from around the state and school districts in the San Luis Valley. The focus of the lawsuit is funding equity for public schools. Their lawsuit contends the current state School Finance Act is unconstitutional due to it not providing a “thorough and uniform”

system of education as mandated in the state Constitution. This past week the state Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case known as Lobato vs. State of Colorado. The case is on appeal from the decision of Denver District Court Judge Sheila Rappaport in which she ruled in favor of the parents and school districts. While her decision did not specify a dollar amount that would be needed to achieve a “thorough and uniform” system of public education across Colorado, one

state funding away from the state. Local school districts in wealthier areas would be required to generate more local funds.

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Potential merging

The legislative effort to achieve better equality in state funding has been rolled out by state Sen. Mike Johnston from Denver. His bill would especially be helpful to school districts with high concentrations of at-risk students such as districts in Adams County, and the bill would put heavy emphasis on early childhood learning. Regarding equitable funding, his bill has four components: 1) funding weights would be modified or some eliminated with a higher base amount; 2) enrollment counting would be changed from a single day count to a “throughout the school year” approach for a more accurate head count; 3) student-based funding would target individual schools to meet student needs as opposed to block grants to districts and 4) increase local support of schools by shifting the current two-thirds

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Sunshine and being outside, and being able to prune my fruit trees. - Katie Edstrom, Arvada

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Why do we need to give every little weather front a name? Today, as I write this column we are having a mini blizzard. But according to the Weather Channel we are in a full blizzard mode with a storm named Tritan or is it Saturn? I don’t know even know what it’s called. Why not just call it a storm? I lived for 20 years in Minnesota where a blizzard was a blizzard. We only knew that it had to be snowing cats and dogs and the temperature had to be at least a minus 20 degrees. Only then was school called off.

Everywhere you look these days you see black. The kids are all wearing black hoodies and we adults have to make choices between stainless steel or black appliances. Well I don’t’ like either, but we settled for black. But the problem comes when you try to shine up the refrigerator and stove. I ended up using a glass cleaner called Sprayway Glass Cleaner.

local post office and I saw a young mother with two small children standing there and crying. I asked her if I could help and she said she was stranded and didn’t know how to get home to her 63rd Avenue and Federal Boulevard mobile home park. I quickly assessed that my little Saturn did not comply with the seat belt and car seat capacity. But then I said to myself that I should take a risk and get that young mother home. So we piled in and away we went. I learned she is a student at Emily Griffith School and rides the bus downtown to class. She even offered to pay me for gas, which of course I rejected. I can’t tell you how many thank yous she gave me and how many times I stated I was happy to be of help. You know sometimes one has to take a risk and help out. It made me feel good all day knowing she and her children got home safe.

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On the Lobato lawsuit, we need to remember that the judiciary branch cannot authorize a tax, which is a legislative function. However, in Colorado, we have TABOR that requires a vote of the people. And likewise with new legislation by the state Legislature that requires a tax increase, voter approval is necessary. There is a lot in common between the two separate forces at play. Who knows how the Supreme Court will rule and it remains to be seem if the Legislature will pass Johnston’s bill and put enabling funding on the November ballot. But we do know that these two forces could merge for the betterment of public education.

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Seeing all the flowers – the tulips and daffodills. I love walking around my neighborhood, and there’s one garden that always inspires me. - Mary Bohn, Arvada

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“Waste not, want not”. — Anonymous Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned. Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.


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Adults need to grow up too I like taking pictures. One thing I love about experiencing life through the lens of a camera is that it helps you develop a sense of perspective. With the camera, that’s the ability to focus on a small detail, then step back and look at how it fits into the big picture, and constantly trying to strike a balance. And I think understanding that balance is the essence of the artistry of the great photographers. Perspective is no less important in life, also. Being able to see small events and put them into the context of the bigger patterns of life is crucial to understanding the world we live in. That’s why our youth are so dramatic — every event in life, every ballgame, every breakup, is the most important thing that’s ever happened. Of course, those of us with a little more life experience can see the perspective of

a life that’s much longer, and we see these events as the bumps in the road that they are; young people only have the perspective of, basically, yesterday and today. But it’s really sad when us “mature” people are unable to find a reasonable perspective on life’s events. In the face of big events, to quote Gen. Michael Honore, we get stuck on stupid. Consider: — a second-grader in Maryland was

suspended last week for chewing his pop tart into the shape of a gun. The school immediately brought in counselors to assist students who were traumatized. — three high school students in Florida wrestled a gun away from another student who pointed it at the head of another kid on the bus. Did they get a parade? A commendation from the city council? No, they got suspended—for being involved in an incident with a weapon. — closer to home, a 7-year-old Loveland boy was suspended last month for pretend throwing an imaginary grenade on the playground in an apparently futile attempt to save the world from evil. And this is just the really stupid stuff I can pull up off the top of my head — Heaven forbid I start talking about the lunacy of my state senator telling a rape victim that there’s no chance she would have been better off with a gun, or our state senate

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bigger problems. But that won’t happen. It”s sad to see what our country has become. David Albertsen Arvada

I just read the article about $2 million going to build more bike trails. I also just finished watching President Obama talking about how there will be military cuts, cuts in border security, people dying in the streets (that’s my exaggeration) and kids not being able to go to school because our federal budget may be cut by a measly 2 percent. If there is so much talk about financial Armageddon, they why are we spending money on bike trails? This $2 million is also 35 percent borrowed money, mostly from communist China. I know local governments are just as greedy when the federal government wants to give them “free money”. But this is ridiculous, the spending has to stop sometime or we will go broke as a nation. We are trillions in debt and yet no one in government, local and federal, can be credited as being wise in the way we manage our money. All they want is take, take, take. What about the country as a whole? Maybe the local government should give back the $2 million and say we have

Pay attention to what’s happening at Rocky Flats

We need to take a moment out of our busy lives and take a close look at what is happening right here in Jefferson County at the old nuclear weapons plant that some of us remember as Rocky Flats. Why are we allowing elected officials to make plans for hiking trails, housing subdivisions, and a highway anywhere near a place that was once called the “most polluted piece of land in the U.S.”? The former Rocky Flats area, which was “cleaned-up” in a manner that was far ahead of schedule and was extraordinarily under budget, where disastrous fires occurred and normal incineration procedures burned radioactive plutonium and other toxic wastes in which the wind blew in every which direction on those days. Where a former director of the Jefferson County Health Department lost his job by reporting his findings of the contamina-


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tion within a 10-mile radius of the area, a place where the federal government actually raided itself to reveal the contaminated land. What are we thinking? Or are we just burring our heads in the sand to ignore the reality here? Plutonium has a half-life of 24,000 years; we can’t see it, smell it or even detect it without special equipment, yet it will be around long after our great grandchildren’s children have grown. As I run and enjoy the fresh air on the trails around Standley Lake, I seriously wonder what is in the air that I am breathing? The cleanup in 2005 did not scrub our soils clean of plutonium, why are we allowing development to stir it all up? I hope construction workers are being protected from plutonium dust particles that are millions of times more dangerous than naturally occurring radioactive dust particles of Uranium. I certainly won’t be hiking near any of those proposed trails, or pay to drive on a new highway through the area. Maureen Dooley-Elmaleh Arvada

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passing gun and crime bills opposed by all 61 county sheriffs in Colorado. The problem with adults getting stuck on stupid is that our children — who, amazingly enough, actually notice when we’re being stupid — then have carte blanche to dismiss us when we encourage them to grow up. After all, what’s the point of growing up and developing a sense of perspective when the adults around you clearly can’t manage that, either? Our children deserve better from us. We have serious problems, and people who can’t see the panorama need to get off the stage. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Ruiz given 36 years After child abuse confession Lakewood man sentenced Staff Report A Lakewood man has been sentenced to 36 years in prison and five years parole, after confessing to the court that he caused the death of the 2-year-old daughter of his girlfriend. Keith Nick Ruiz, 26, had previously pleaded guilty to causing the death of Dolci Gryshayeva in September 2011. Ruiz and the girl’s mother had been living in Lakewood in 2011. Ruiz confessed to the crime in October. He told the court he got off work, and had been home alone with the girl when he became frustrated and snapped when the girl refused to stop crying. He told the court that he forcefully threw her on the ground and fell on top of her. When he realized that she had stopped breathing, he called 911. Dolci never regained consciousness, and was taken off life support two days later. The cause of death was identified as a closed head injury due to blunt force trauma. The autopsy also uncovered older injuries: Bruising on her hip, chest and back, along with broken ribs and retinal bleeding. Ruiz had faced a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for his charges.

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Delivering results, exceeding expectations In some of my correspondence with our readers I find myself engaged in meaningful discussions around philosophy or belief systems, strategic thinking or planning, and tactical action items and execution of plans and strategies. When we are pursuing our goals and objectives our ultimate desire is to see results and meet or even exceed expectations. In order to do so, however, we have to make sure that we are in alignment in all three areas; our belief systems must support the reason behind our goal; once we have defined our goal and its relation to our core beliefs we should develop a strategy or plan; and finally we must act, take action, execute and get after it. Many people I speak with really do a great job of talking about their goals, and why they want to achieve them. They get so focused on their philosophical approach to life, and maybe, just

maybe, even like talking about their beliefs and philosophies a little too much. They mask their willingness to actually do something or take the next steps with pontification about their point of view. Our belief system should drive our plans and tactical approach, they should be seen as our foundation and launching pad, not a barrier or the end point in the pursuit of our objectives. I keep a copy of my core values and

beliefs in a very visible place in my office, in my notebook, and even in my car. By now they have been ingrained in my head and my heart, and yet I still find it helpful to have them in plain sight so that when I am making plans and discussing strategies I am reminded of what is truly important in my life. The other added bonus of keeping them visual is that others see them too. And when they know where I stand on certain issues in life, they know that anything we co-create and any strategic plans we codevelop must be tied to my values and my beliefs. We must be willing to execute and take action. So many people I have coached have come to me with their vision, their mission, their values, their business plan or life plan and they are stuck, frozen in time, and suffer from a lack of just taking that first step. Taking action is important, but it must be congruent with our strategy and

values, or we will wind up doing the wrong kind of work or even worse, doing work that is counterproductive to our goal. So you see, when it comes to delivering results and exceeding expectations it is not just about being philosophically aligned to our belief systems; coming up with the best strategy or plan; or taking action. If we are truly going to achieve our desired results and outperform expected outcomes, we must be complete, we must have all three elements. Please keep the emails coming and let me know if your beliefs, strategies, and tactical approach are all in alignment. You can email me at and together 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

Gain skills to become an emotionally available person Dear Neil: Regarding your article about how to spot an emotionally unavailable person, I can understand your recommendation to avoid people like myself who have these deep personal flaws. But not one of us who are damaged people want to be where we are. From lousy childhoods to a series of failed relationships, our lack of progress about becoming emotionally more available is quite depressing. Let’s assume your message is taken to heart by the mentally and spiritually unblemished. What about the rest of us? Many of us lack the resources on multiple levels to become the beautiful souls that professional therapy might promise. Your column is usually easy to nod in smug recognition. I felt this one with a painful recognition. In the future, would you please offer those of us on the other side of the relationship tracks some words that will help us grow toward having a happy relationship? — Despondent in Colorado Dear Despondent: Deep down, if I feel inadequate and fear that I don’t measure up, then sooner or later I’m going to be

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afraid that you’ll find out about me, agree that I’m not good enough, and dump me. So if I remain distant from you and disengaged, it won’t hurt as much when you tell me you’re going to leave. I have retreated into a web of self-protection and safety so I won’t get too hurt when things don’t work out, because I don’t feel I deserve to be loved. Such half-hearted attempts at love will keep me safe, but they will sabotage my ability to create a connected, loving and trusting relationship. I am also insecure and have low selfesteem. That means I get threatened and jealous easily, and I’ll get defensive or angry if I feel you’re putting me down, criticizing me, telling me I’m inadequate in some way or being disrespectful toward me.

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This means you can’t actually tell me what you think if it goes against what I want to hear, because if you do, I will make it very emotionally costly for you. And I feel empty enough that most of the time, I’m needing to tend to my own needs, and I may not be able to devote time and effort to your needs. This description is at the heart of why I am emotionally unavailable. You can see I have a lot of battles I’m fighting, and why I might not be there for you the way you want me to be. If I were going to become a more emotionally available person, here’s what I will need to do: First, I have to examine my feelings of not feeling worthy of a close, loving relationship. I would have to challenge my assumption that if you really get to know me, you will eventually reject me, and I would have to discover and embrace why I am lovable. Second, I would have to tune into your feelings and needs, and be very careful that I don’t place my needs and wants above yours. Third, I would have to act trustworthy, accountable and responsible. I could not afford to permit myself to have a secret life, or someone else on the side, and I

would have to offer you complete transparency. I would have to keep no secrets at all from you. Fourth, I would have to treat you as a top priority in my life, and I would make myself assessable and available to you the vast majority of the time. Fifth, I would have to cease being volatile, losing my temper, acting meanspirited or saying hurtful things to you. I would never again threaten to end the relationship if I didn’t get my way, or use anger in order to get my way. Sixth, I would commit to letting you in, by sharing my inner dreams, hopes, fears, disappointments and emotions with you. Finally, I would become a better listener, gain control over my addictions, commit to being more of a giver than a taker, and cease being so judgmental and critical of you and of myself. Neil Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westminster. His column is in it’s 21st year of publication, and is syndicated around the world. You can reach him at 303-758-8777, or email him through his website: He is not able to respond individually to queries.

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is on dark side of truth Jessica Chastain is a fine actress, one who gave a convincing portrayal in the film “Zero Dark Thirty” of a CIA agent seeking post-911 vengeance by locating and eliminating Osama bin Laden. The problem is that Chastain may have been too convincing for many who believe the story is true. It’s not. The torture scenes — splashed across the big screen — are realisticenough representations of “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The outcomes, however, have no basis in reality. The film purports that torture helped the U.S. find and take out bin Laden. Three former CIA agents — whose documentary on the subject, “Manhunt,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January — say that “Zero Dark Thirty” is entertaining, but flawed. Although the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan was “well done” by Hollywood, agents who participated in the actual operation say the interrogation scenes were “completely inaccurate.” The facts support this claim. Former CIA director Leon Panetta has said that no detainee in CIA custody revealed the identity or whereabouts of the courier who, in the film, led Chastain’s character to bin Laden. Additionally, chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee announced last year that such interrogation techniques did not provide

details that led to bin Laden. Their statement further affirms that the information was obtained from a variety of intelligence sources, and that detainees the CIA believed could tell them bin Laden’s location didn’t, “even after significant use of the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques.” Justice Department legal memorandums from 2005, released in 2008, reveal that the CIA used waterboarding 183 times against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the selfdescribed planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. This information alone is troubling in several ways. First, the U.S. regarded waterboarding as torture when used against our troops in World War II, and we prosecuted our own soldiers for using waterboarding in Vietnam. Second, any form of torture is illegal under American and international law, and was only pronounced “legal” in the Justice Department memos, which gave secret approval to use such torture. Third, nothing in CIA intelligence

records corroborates claims Khalid Sheik Mohammed provided valuable information about the courier. And, if waterboarding is so effective, why 183 times? Finally — although this discussion is by no means finished — if torture is, or has ever been, successful in gaining actionable intelligence information, one could reason that information such as the Senate report would never see the light of day. Yet it has. I’m anti-terrorism but I’m also anti-torture. Even former vice-president Dick Cheney, a prominent figure in the post-911 approval of this torture, called it working through the “dark side.” Obviously, movies must compress a timeline of events. However, director Kathryn Bigelow asserts that “Zero Dark Thirty” is a “reported film,” giving the impression that the basic facts are true, although they are not. And if you wonder what we should do — or not do — if our communities, our neighborhoods, our families are credibly threatened, see another film called “Unthinkable.” Torture is cruel, dehumanizing, and inhumane … and that’s just for the perpetrators themselves. Andrea Doray is a writer and a board member for the international organization “Writing for Peace.” Contact her at

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REAL ESTATE AGENT SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK Joann Perito them, choices and options, and above all, solid communication ing various activities. On a personal level, I very much enjoy Real Estate Agent

9025 W. 79th Way, Unit D • Arvada, CO 80005 Cell:303.910.7990 • Office: 303.423.9241 Where were you born? Denver, Colorado How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in the Arvada area for 40 years. What do you like most about it? The northern area is ideal because of the wholesome family communities, traditions and events, close proximity to downtown and highway access to the mountains and other engaging places. How long have you worked in Real Estate? I have been in real estate since 1999. What is your specialty and what does that mean for the people you work with? I specialize in residential real estate – helping buyers and sellers fulfill their housing goals as well as understanding the process so they feel good about their choices. I adhere to high standards in my practice of providing timely information, insight into the marketplace and what may be a good direction for

and excellent customer service! A strong negotiator, I do everything possible to get the best deal. I am versed in short sales, so I can provide a service for those homeowners currently in financial hardship . I am a HUD Certified Broker, so can help with HUD homes, as well as bank and REO properties. What is the most challenging part of what you do? Finding more time in my day to help everyone! My clients are a blessing, and I embrace our time together. Thus, I like to take extra time to make sure they are feeling good about their transaction. Due to this I am able to get a wide array of referral clients. This does create time challenges. I’m now in the process of hiring an assistant, so that should alleviate that challenge… As with any challenge, there is always a solution. That’s what I’m about! What do you most enjoy doing when you’re not working? I am fortunate to have a remarkable family. I love spending time with them do-

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hiking, bowling, dog walks, tennis, enjoying my country club, reading and discovering fun weekend adventures in our beautiful state. What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a house? Make it the best it can be! Imagine yourself as a buyer looking for a home and you are entering yours. How would you want it to look? Take care of deferred maintenance items. Make sure the big-ticket items are in good working order. With a little work and effort, you will get much more money from the mar marketplace! What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a house? Be patient and realistic. Though rates are fantastic and there are good values out there, the market has changed. We do not have the high inventory we use to. Many buyers are looking to capitalize on this cur current market. Some are owner/occupants and some investors. Both may be vying for the same property, starting bidding wars. Have a good idea what you want, but be flexible. You need to communicate on a timely basis with your Realtor® as the good homes priced well go quickly! In addition, be sure to be approved for a loan before you start your search! What is the most unusual thing you’ve en encountered while working in Real Estate? Not much surprises me, and I tend to focus on the positive, so not sure I’ve really experi experienced anything I feel is “unusual” in real es estate. Every deal, every client, every experience is different. That is what I like about it. I guess I would have to say that it is unusual to me that the consumer starts to shop on-line for homes before they get prequalified to purchase one!

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en and women who have tried to sell a home are likely familiar with the phrase “curb appeal.” Curb appeal is similar to getting ready for a big date, only you’re not dressing yourself up to make a strong first impression. Instead, improving curb appeal involves dressing your home up in the hopes it makes a strong first impression on prospective buyers, many of whom will have a strong opinion about the property before they even get out of their cars to have a look around. A home with strong curb appeal can entice buyers who are likely to believe that a home with a well-maintained exterior is likely to have an equally impressive interior. Homeowners who want the process of selling their home to go smoothly can improve the property’s curb appeal in a number of ways, many of which don’t necessitate a substantial home improvement budget. * Clean up. The most effective way to improve curb appeal is to clean up the property. Many homeowners are savvy enough to remove toys and other items from the yard before showing a home, but cleaning up goes beyond removing clutter from the property. Make sure all hedges are trimmed and remove weeds, sticks and other debris from any flower

beds. Lay mulch in the flower beds and garden, as mulch prevents weed growth while helping the soil retain moisture, resulting in more attractive gardens to catch a buyer’s eye. * Get an “edge” on other sellers. Edging is another easy and effective way to improve curb appeal. Edge driveways, sidewalks and other walkways around the property, removing or trimming anything that is hanging over the driveway or walkways. If the boundary between your driveway and lawn is not distinct, consider installing edging materials such as stone or bricks. The edging can be level with the driveway or elevated, but keep in mind that elevated driveway edging can protect the lawn, preventing kids from riding their bicycles onto the lawn or cars from driving onto it. Adding edging is not a very difficult do-it-yourself project. * Take to the trees. Many homeowners grow accustomed to overgrown trees around their property and may not notice that low-hanging, unsightly branches are hiding the home from view. Buyers want to see the house, so take to the trees and trim any branches that hang too low or obscure your home. * Clean the gutters. Leaves and sticks hanging from the gutters are a red flag to buyers, who tend to associate clogged gutters with roof damage.

Clean the gutters thoroughly before putting your home up for sale and keep them clean throughout the selling process. If your property includes lots of trees, install guards to keep twigs and leaves out of the gutters. * Make the home accessible through the front door. Many homeowners enter their home through a side door or through their garage. If you fall into this category, keep in mind that prospective buyers will be entering through the front door, so make this area accessible. Clear any clutter, such as overgrown hedges, away from the front door, and consider upgrading the door handle to a more modern feature. In addition, make sure the lock on the front door doesn’t stick, forcing the realtor and buyers to immediately struggle before entering the home. You want buyers and their real estate agents to get in and out of the home as smoothly as possible. * Make sure all plants, including flowers, are living. Dehydrated or dead plants and flowers are eyesores, and they will give buyers the impression that you didn’t pay much attention to your property. Make sure all plants are alive and thriving and replace those that aren’t. You can replant new flowers or plants or just use potted plants instead. When purchasing new plants, choose low-mainte-

Ensuring a home’s primary entryway is welcoming and well-groomed is one way homeowners can improve curb appeal

nance varieties that appeal to buyers who want good vibrant plants but might not want to put in much work into the garden.

When selling a home, homeowners can employ a number of tactics to improve their home’s curb appeal. ■ Metro Creative Services



We’re inspired by classic Colorado architecture and passionate about cra smanship. Yet we geek out on the latest technology and sustainable building techniques. The thicker walls in our New Town Builders’ high performance homes allow for 60% more money-saving insula on than in a conven onal home, and our roof is 6 inches higher than a typical home, so we can get 2 ½ mes MORE insula on in the a c. This reduces heat loss, and more importantly, reduces your energy bill! Talk to us about building your (surprisingly affordable) energy-efficient new home.

Brand New Homes on One Acre in Castlewood Ranch! Semi-Custom Homes One Acre Homesites Up to 4-Car Garages Main Floor Master Plans 3 to 7 Bedrooms 2-1/2 to 4-3/4 Baths 2,887 to 3,576 s.f. Homes From the $400’s Call or Email: 303.500.3255 or New Town Builders at Castlewood Ranch - 7030 Weaver Circle, Castle Rock

Price, features, specifications, availability and other terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

GRAND OPENING SPECIAL Upgrade to 4 Car Garage! included on Contracts written by December 31, 2012.


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ourcolorado TO ADVERTISE CALL LINDA WORK AT 303-566-4072 Home for Sale

I have two pre-approved buyers! Ranch or main floor master in the Roxborough Village area up to $300K Single Family home in Parker/ South Aurora up to $225K

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• 2500 sq. ft. (approx.) office/ retail space available in the prestigious Ridgegate development • Located next door to Sky Ridge hospital; perfect location for medical affiliated business


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• Negotiable terms, available immediately, and includes light cleaning service weekly • Great space for a law office, tax service, computer related business, etc.

other charges may apply

John Vizzi Owner/Broker Home for Sale

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• Easy access to I-25, and close to light rail

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TO ADVERTISE CALL LINDA WORK AT 303-566-4072 Home for Sale

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March 15th & 16th 8-3 7562 Coors Ct, Arvada 80005 Furniture, Tools, Household Wares, Linen, Toys, and MUCH MUCH MORE

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Bulk Firewood

Logs, various hardwoods, random links, you load, you haul. $60.00 for pick up load. Split firewood also available. 303-431-8132

Super Single Waterbed with 12 drawer underbed dresser. dark wood. good condition - Free, you haul. call 303-432-2735 arvada





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*Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized.

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2 Round Beveled Glass End Tables

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For local news any time of day, find your community online at

All Tickets Buy/Sell

Health and Beauty

Free Stuff

Side By Side Frigidaire

Refrigerator w/water & ice in the door. Like new $400 (951)970-1018

Elizabeth Furniture Sale All dark wood, like new. Large entertainment center, 4 piece sofa set, 2 large chest of drawers, 5x5 fridge, 7 piece marble top dining set. (570)404-6174



For Local News Anytime of the Day Visit Instruction

AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Housing available CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance


.com Instruction CPR First Aid Instruction

Will's Life Safety

Classes available at your location and time Great Rates Please call for further information Call Chris (303)748-2245

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Piano or Guitar lessons

At your home or my Parker studio by experienced, patient teacher. Parker, Highlands Ranch, S. Aurora. We can also work singing or songwriting into the lessons, and can include music that the student loves to keep it fun. Visit or phone John at 303-521-8888.

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Farm Products & Produce

ESTATE SALE Fri-Sun March 15th, 16th & 17th 9am-3pm 9531 Cedarhurst Lane #C Highlands Ranch 80129 1 block South of Highlands Ranch Parkway & South Broadway Furniture, TV, Artwork, Decor, Storage Shelving, Books, Major Holiday Decor, Office Supplies, Christmas Dishes etc.

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(303) 429-4675


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Misc. Notices Want To Purchase minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: P.O. Box 13557 Denver, CO 80201

Want To Purchase minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: P.O. Box 13557 Denver, CO 80201

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Help Wanted


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EDITORIAL PAGE DESIGNER Colorado Community Media is hiring an editorial page designer who will be assembling editorial pages for print. Some special section or newsletter page layout projects will be assigned along with preparing weekly newspapers for press. Bachelor’s degree, or four years experience in a design or news environment, required. InDesign skills, proficiency in Photoshop, attentive to details, a must. Illustrator and printing experience welcome. Ability to work in a demanding deadline environment and great communication skills necessary.


Call Robin Sant at

303-566-4150 or email your contact information to: Reliable Vehicle Necessary.

Part-time, work Mon - Weds. This position is a hire on a contractor basis. Guaranteed 24 hours a week to start. E-mail your resume along with 3 samples of your work to Scott Andrews,

Help Wanted

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Academy for Dental Assisting Careers

Cook at a brand NEW healthcare location in Castle Rock CO.

LITTLETON Open House Wed., March 27th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Come, tour & enroll in our 8 Saturday ONLY Spring Session! 12999 W. Bowles Dr (2 blks E. of C470) 303-774-8100

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DUNWIDDIE CUSTOM PACKAGING, INC. Full time position (8:00-5:00 M-F), AR, AP, proficient in Microsoft Office programs , accounting experience necessary. Fax or e-mail resume along with salary history to: Violet Andrews, Controller Fax (303) 799-3560; e-mail: Web site:

ANB Bank, a true community

Bank, is excited to announce that we will be opening a new Castle Rock Branch in June!

We are hiring:

• Branch Manager: This position is responsible for the generation and maintenance of retail and commercial loans. Bachelor’s Degree and 4 years of experience required. • 3 Personal Bankers: Personal Bankers perform both Teller and Personal Banker duties; e.g. opens accounts, handles teller transactions, sells/cross-sells bank products and services, and resolves customer service issues. HS Diploma/GED and 6 months of customer service, sales, or cash handling experience required. If you have these qualifications, are energetic and enthusiastic, with a strong customer focus, then this may be the job for you! Qualified applicants, please apply on-line at – Apply Online - Careers. EOE

Attention Need Retired Couple

to manage Home and 45 Landscaped Acres near Franktown. New home and all facilities furnished. Mechanical background with landscaping interests.

Caregivers to provide in-home care to senior citizens who need assistance with activities of daily living. Call Today 303-736-6688 /employment

When full this location will have 50 residents. We pride ourselves On scratch cooking. Hours will vary until full, experienced cooks that can work independently please apply by sending your resume to EOE


is currently recruiting for the following positions in Castle Rock: RF Technical Manager Principle Engineer If you are not able to access our website,, mail your resume and salary requirements to: DIRECTV, Attn: Talent Acquisition, 161 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112.To apply online, visit: EOE.

Drivers: Local, Regional, OTR

Class-A Openings. Competitive Pay/Bonuses, Full Benefits Package. No-Touch. 1yr Tractor-Trailer Experience Transportation Specialists 1-866-HOME-TSL

Full time teller position

is now available at Colorado Community Bank. Position is based out of Castle Rock, but will also be required to travel to branches in Highlands Ranch and Centennial. Benefits and mileage will be included. Must be able to work every other Saturday. Prior banking experience preferred, but not required. Call 303-688-4900 for more information or stop by 500 Wilcox St for an application. Equal Opportunity Employer.


Savio House needs foster parents to provide temporary care for troubled teens ages 12-18. Training, 24 hour support and $1900/month provided. Must complete precertification training and pass a criminal and motor vehicle background check. Call Michelle 303-225-4073 or visit

Help Wanted Looking for reliable CNA

8am-10am in Westminster shower/program.

Help Wanted Hiring Event!

Thursday, March 14th From 9-12 Register online at: LOCATION: Arapahoe/Douglas County 6974 S Lima St, Centennial, CO 80112 Available positions: Concrete Finishers $16-18, Pipefitter-$18-$20 Laborer $12-$14, Carpenter $18-$20, Millwrights-$18-20 Qualifications: • At least 1 year experience • Must pass drug screen • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs Benefits: • Full time (40 hours per week) • Medical Dress professionally, bring your resume, and arrive promptly!

LANDSCAPING (Sedalia, CO) $11/Hr. Full benefits after 8 hours. We are currently taking applications for landscapers in the Sedalia, CO area. • Must have experience in landscaping/irrigation • Must have transportation • Must be able to use various hand tools • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. If you are interested, please go to and fill out our application. We will conduct a background check, so please be open and upfront about any convictions on the online application. EOE

Part time office position-

Fast paced heating & ac business in Parker. Need motivated person with phone experience,computer skills,order entry-QuickBooks a must! Email resumes to attention Cheryl, Office Mngr


4-5 days a week inlcudes some Saturdays Parker Animal Hospital 303-841-2120

Truck Drivers with Class A CDL for tankers and end dumps.

Based along the Colorado Front Range area, some travel will be required. Must have 2 years tractor – trailer experience and a clean driving record. Applicants need to provide a current MVR. Equipment Operator – multiple positions available for both farm and construction equipment. Some traveling may be required. Hourly pay with over time. Benefit package includes vacation time, sick leave, health insurance, Aflac & 401K. Email resume to or call Parker Ag at 888-246-7654 to get an application.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Western Summit

Constructors, Inc. is seeking Formwork Carpenters & Laborers, Concrete Finishers, Pipefitters, and Millwrights (process equipment installations) for large wastewater project located in Denver area. Applications will be taken at 9780 Pyramid Ct, Suite 100, Englewood, CO 80112, from 8-5 M-F. Send resumes to or call (303)325-0325. WSCI is an EEO Employer. Would you like to earn an extra $500 to $1,000 this month?

is looking for

Marketing Executives Full or Part-Time Call Today For Details Matt at 303-618-2970

Work From Home AVON Good earnings to sell or buy, CR, Parker, HR & Centennial. Call for information Fay, (303)790-2524

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SERVICES TO ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICES, CALL 303-566-4100 Accounting/ Bookkeeping

’ Don t Pay Too Much In Taxes or for having your taxes done… • Accomplished Tax Consultants • • Pay with Refund Available • • Local Family Business • • Upfront Value Pricing • • Quick Refund • • BBB Accredited, A+ Rating •

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Call Ali @ 720-300-6731




Navarro Concrete, Inc.


Bob’s Home Repairs

Commercial/Residential quality work at reasonable prices. Registered & Insured in Colorado. 303-423-8175

DRIVEWAY REPLACEMENT OR RE-SURFACING We do quality concrete work at affordable low pricing. Ready for a brand-new looking Driveway or Patio for half the cost of a total replacement?

See if your Driveway or Patio qualifies for an affordable Nu-Look Resurfacing.



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Computer Services


Radiant Lighting Service **

Electrical Work All types. Honest and reliable, licensed & ins. Free estimates. Craig (303)429-3326

Fence Services D & D FENCING

Commercial & Residential All types of cedar, chain link, iron, and vinyl fences. Install and repair. Serving all areas. Low Prices. FREE Estimates. 720-434-7822 or 303-296-0303


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Garage Doors



• Restore • Wood • Repair • Composite • Replace • Since 1993 Pergolas

FRee eStimateS Doors/Windows

• Springs, Repairs • New Doors and Openers • Barn and Arena Doors • Locally-Owned & Operated • Tom Martino’s Referral List 10 Yrs • BBB Gold Star Member Since 2002



Interior • Exterior Replacement • Repair Commercial • Residential

Cowboy Consulting 303-526-2739


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(303) 646-4499



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• Home • Business • Junk & Debris • Furniture • Appliances • Tree Limbs • Moving Trash • Carpet • Garage Clean Out

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30+ years experience Insured Free estimates Darrell 303-915-0739

Electricians Affordable Electrician 20 yrs experience Remodel expert, kitchen, basements, & service panel upgrades. No job too small. Senior disc. 720-690-7645

A Quality Handyman 720-422-2532

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303-425-0066 303-431-0410

Trash & Junk Removal

We take what your trash man won't. Branches, mattresses, appliances, reasonable rates & prompt service 720-333-6832

Heating/ Air Conditioning

Call Bernie 303.347.2303


HAULERS • Dependable • Affordable • • Prompt Service 7 days a week • • Foreclosure and Rental clean-outs • • Garage clean-outs • • Furniture • • Appliances •


Call 720-218-2618

GET A JUMP ON SPRING PROJECTS! New installs, yard make-overs, retaining walls, sod, sprinkler systems, flagstone, decorative rock. For all your landscape needs call Richard at 720-297-5470. Licensed, insured, Member BBB.

kes Ma All odels &M

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Call Rick 720-285-0186


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*Snow plowing servicing the Westminster, Northglenn and Thornton areas

No Service in Parker or Castle Rock

Dirt, Rock, Concrete, Sod & Asphalt

All phases to include

Heavy Hauling

Office 303-642-3548 Cell 720-363-5983



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J-Star Concrete


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Hauling Service

House Cleaning Gloria's Hands on Cleaning

Reliable, 25 years in business, personal touch, spring cleaning. Weekly, bi-weekly, once a month

SHORTY'S LANDSCAPING "???Need Lawn Mowing???"

303-274-9349. 12 years exp. Affordable, Insured, FREE est. Landscaping, aerating, sprinkler installs, makeovers & more!


Servicing the Metro North and Metro West areas

Lawn/Garden Services


Dreilng Lawn Service FREE Estimates


- Please call 720-484-3732 for a FREE Home, Auto and Life Insurance review!

Janitorial Services

• Weekly Mowing • Aeration • Power Rake • Fertilization • Sprinkler Install / Repair & Turn On • Sod Install & Repair • Rock Install • Gutter Clean Out Senior Discount - Accepting All Major Credit Cards


(303)427-5342 or 720-470-2870

Misc. Services



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Great References! We are Family-Owned and Operated



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LANDSCAPE • Complete Landscape Design & Construction • Retaining Walls, Paver & Natural Stone Patios • Clean-Ups & Plant Pruning • Tree & Stump Removal • New Plantings • Irrigation Systems and Repairs • Landscape Lighting COLORADO REGISTERED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Licensed


Motorcycle Repair Spring is coming – Need your carbs cleaned? Motorcycle/ATV Service & Repair

All Makes and Models Small engine repair also

Fisher Cycle Works Insured

Call Fish Fisher at:


Your next booked service could start here. Your Community Connector to Boundless Rewards

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SERVICES TO ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICES, CALL 303-566-4100 Painting Bob’s Painting, Repairs & Home Improvements 30 yrs experience Free estimates 303-450-1172

DEEDON'S PAINTING 40 years experience Interior & Exterior painting. References 303-466-4752



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dirty jobs done dirt cheap Drain Cleaning & Plumbing Repairs


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• Honest pricing • • Free estimates • We will match any written estimate! Same day service! No job too small or too big!





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• Water Heaters • Plumbing Parts

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English miners go from learning about art to creating it in “The Pitmen Painters,” currently playing at the Miners Alley Playhouse. Photos by Sarah Roshan

Painters rising ‘Pitmen’ tells true story of English painters By Clarke Reader

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nderstanding art can be a difficult task, even more so when one has no experience at all with it. That’s the dilemma facing a group of English coal miners in a Northumberland coal town in the 1930s, when they end up taking an art appreciation class. “The Pitmen Painters,” showing at Golden’s Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave.,

through April 7, tackles the different ways people come to love art. The play is written by Lee Hall, famous for writing “Billy Elliot.” According to director Rick Bernstein, the play is based on the true story of miners in the town of Ashington who accidentally became famous artists while trying to learn about it. “In the 1930s these miners were offered some classes on subjects like biological evolution and economics, but an economics instructor couldn’t be found, so they ended up in art appreciation instead,” he said. “They didn’t know anything about art, so after trying to teach them, the teacher thought they would learn better if they created art.” The result was an

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Oliver (Mark Collins), left, and Ben (Brandon Palmer), right, discuss a work created by the miners in “The Pitmen Painters.” amazing body of work created by the miners that lasted through World War II and has been lauded by many critics and art fans. Producer Paige Larson said that a former Miners Alley actress told her about the play and when she read it for herself, it immediately intrigued her. “It reminded me of what we do at Miners Alley — create art for the working class,” she said. “It really touched my heart, because these men had a real tough life in the mines, but are really great characters.” Larson said that the actors had a lot of fun with the Geordie accent, which can be extremely difficult to understand. She said the playbills will have a short glossary for audiences to help them understand. “We spent a lot of time working on the accents and phrases, because we really wanted to get the rhythm, which is very specific to the region,” Larson said. Bernstein said that in a way the cast and crew became the Pitmen Painters through working so hard to capture the culture and

work the painters created. “I think it really kind of mirrored the journey for all of us,” he said. One of the things that Bernstein found most remarkable about the story is how important it was for the painters to be a group. “These guys weren’t egotistic, and just had a passion for art, and used it to tell their story,” he said. “A couple were offered stipends so they wouldn’t have to work in the mines any more, but they didn’t want to leave the people they worked with.” The miners’ passion for art, even though they never expected anyone to see what they created, mirrors Bernstein’s own belief on the need to create art as an outlet, even if it’s just for yourself. “For these painters, it was kind of a salvation — a way to get out of their dark world,” he said. “In a way the play is like ‘Billy Elliot,’ ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Rocky,’ with lower-class people doing something more.” For tickets and more information, call 303-935-3044 or visit


Robert (Peter Giffin), one of the miners, works on a painting. The play is based on true events.

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“It’s only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away.” Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The Australian Bee Gees Show captures the look, the sound and the personality that defines one of the most successful and adored acts in musical history. This five-piece band has evolved to become the definitive live celebration of four decades of wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb. The Australian Bee Gees Show has played to capacity crowds around the world, cementing their reputation as exceptional performers and the world’s leading Bee Gees show. Their greatest hits are performed in a live concert setting with state-of-the-art sound, lighting, video screens, onstage mannerisms, speaking voices, and soaring high notes and harmonies capturing the essence of the Bee Gees. For one night only, be a part of the magic of one of the greatest bands of all time covering such classic songs as Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, You Should Be Dancin’, Nights on Broadway, Massachusetts, Tragedy, Lonely Days, To Love Somebody, How Deep Is Your Love, Jive Talkin’, Grease, plus many, many more. This concert benefits Colorado Public Television 12 and is sponsored by KOSI, 101.1-FM, Out Front Colorado, Prime Time for Seniors, 50plus Marketplace News, The Curtis, Presidential Worldwide Transportation and Marlowe’s restaurant. The show starts at 8 p.m. March 15; doors open at 7 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $39-$49 (Golden Circle) plus service charges and are available at or by calling 866-461-6556. Tickets also are available at or by calling 303-2961212.

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton is scheduled to open March 22 in the Aspen Grove Shopping Center, but it’s already announced it is adding 32 beers, doubling its already hefty brew menu (view the entire beer menu at brews_added_to_the_alamo_line_up). Alamo Drafthouse Cinema combines dinner, drinks, films and events, all under one roof. The theaters have been heralded for their unique programming events and high exhibition standards, earning accolades like “Best Theater Ever” (Time Parker continues on Page 18


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magazine) and “the coolest theater in the world” (Wired). The Littleton location will be Alamo’s first in Colorado and is at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Unit 850. For more information, call 303-730-2470 or visit http://www.

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Erica McNeish and Laurie Smith are both food lovers and food “professionals,” having worked as a food stylist and food photographer. The pair has recently announced the launch of “The Urban Almanac” at The website offers a seasonal online guide that features the bounty of food, drink and artisanal products that come solely from Colorado. “The idea is to bring Coloradans great stories about passionate, local and sometimes unknown purveyors. Through blogging about these artisans, we get to do what we love most: discover what is happening locally, document their stories with photographs, develop recipes with their products, and do what we can to spread the good word,” said Smith. The Urban Almanac includes feature stories and recipes for breakfasts, lunches, desserts and main courses, hot drinks, cold drinks, cocktails and much more all featuring Colorado products. It provides “foodies” with a unique resource for tracking and tasting local flavors. McNeish has been a food lover her entire life and made a career of it as a freelance food stylist. She has styled 10 cookbooks (including two award winners) and her work has been featured in magazines including Gourmet, 5280, Sunset and Cowboys and Indians. Smith is a freelance photographer, specializing in the world of food and travel. She has pho-

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Come browse hundreds of the year’s new vehicles, meet Miss Colorado at the Cadillac display, get a first look at the 2014 MercedesBenz CLA, Jaguar F-Type, and check out some of the elite 40 MPG Club members all at the Denver Auto Show. So come sit in the cars, pop the hoods, inspect the trunks, and kick the tires March 20-24. Tickets are on sale: etter+March+2013&utm_campa ign=March+2013+Newsletter&u tm_medium=email.

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Ellen M. Robinson is now director of Health & Wellness at the Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Congrats to the Milk Maid for landing a great job. She’s done well for herself, however. When I grow up, I want to be her! Sublurbia on a customer who drops off four large bottles of beer for a clerk at a Cherry Creek North store: After the customer leaves, clerk says to his fellow employees: “I guess I have to be a whole lot nicer to him from now on.” Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209. General press releases Submit through our website Obituaries Letters to the editor News tips Fax information to 303-426-4209 Mail to 7380 Lowell Blvd., Westminster, CO 80030

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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.

POTLUCK AS part of the Festive Friday Series, get your Irish on and join us for this fun annual event at noon Friday, March 15, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert and the Northglenn Senior Organization will provide corned beef and cabbage, rolls, tea and coffee. RSVP at 303-450-8801. For people ages 55 and over.


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. The Sales/Use Tax Part 1 class is from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 14, and Part II is from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Wheat Ridge. Registration is required. Continuing Professional Education credits and training materials are available. For more information and to sign up for these workshops or other tax workshops offered by the Colorado Department of Revenue, visit

THURSDAY/MARCH 14 to March 23 SCARS PRODUCTION Red Rocks Community College theater arts and dance department, in collaboration with the RRCC College Gateway program, the Denver Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Terry Stevinson family, presents “Scars: Breaking the Cycle,” beginning March 14 at Red Rocks Community College. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturdays through March 23. The production is based on real-life experiences of Red Rocks Community College Gateway students. After a two-week performance run at Red Rocks Community College, “Scars: Breaking the Cycle” will tour the Denver Metro area and be presented with community partners: The LIDA Project (April 13), D.L. Parsons Theatre at the Northglenn Recreation Center (March 29). For information and reservations, contact Leonard Madrid at 303-914-6458 or leonard. THURSDAY/MARCH 14 CASA 101 Court Appointed Special Advocates of Adams and Broomfield Counties is seeking volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children who have open cases in the judicial system. Learn about the program at CASA 101, from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Adams County Economic Development Corporation, 12200 Pecos St., Suite 100, Westminster. CASA staff members and volunteers will speak with guests about the program, as well as help those interested in taking the next step to become a volunteer. CASA’s next volunteer training class begins in June. For information or to RSVP, visit www.casa17th. org or call 303-655-3918.

FRIDAY/MARCH 15 MEDICATION REVIEW Students from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy will help review your medications and supplements to make sure you are taking them in the most beneficial manner from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call for a free 20-minute appointment at 303-425-9583. FRIDAY/MARCH 15 MUSICAL TRIBUTE Gobs O’Phun present a musical tribute to “The Quiet Man,” featuring special guest musician Peggy Fasing, from 8-10 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Daniels Hall, Swallow Hill Music Association, 71 E. Yale, Denver. Call 303-777-1003. Show for all ages. Visit INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS Sen. Michael Bennet is accepting internship applications from undergraduate students, recent graduates and graduate students for his Washington, D.C., and Colorado offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Pueblo. To apply, visit http://www.bennet. The deadline to apply is March 15, and the first summer session begins May 20. The second session begins July 8. This is an unpaid position. Contact Haley Martin at Haley_Martin@bennet.senate. gov for the D.C program or Alexis Harrigan at Denver_Intern_Coordinator@bennet.senate. gov for the Colorado program. SATURDAY/MARCH 16 PROM DRESS exchange The 2013 Prom Dress Exchange allows metro teens to shop for the dress of their dreams from thousands of gently-used and brand new designer items, including a limited selection of menswear. A valid student ID and a minimum donation will provide access to the event and an outfit. Seamstresses will be available onsite to do limited services. Those unable to donate won’t be turned away.The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City. Visit or follow us at The nonprofit is always looking for men’s formalwear items. Email or 303-875-4783 to help with the event. NATURE ADVENTURES Celebrate the wonders of nature with your child through short hikes, hands-on activities, crafts and books from 11-11:454 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Dress for the weather as we may spend some time outside. Different

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topics each month. Open to ages 4-6 years and their parents. Admission is free, but you must call in advance to sign up, 720-898-7405. Visit

TALES TO Tails Children in elementary school are invited to read to our wonderful dog volunteers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16, at Anythink Huron Street, 9417 Huron St., Thornton; or go to Join us on the third Saturday of each month. Tales to Tails is an excellent program for children who are learning to read or just need a little practice. Our patient dogs love to listen and they never criticize. Please call 303-452-7534 or come in to make an appointment. SATURDAY/MARCH 16 CANAL CLEANUP Volunteers are invited to help clean up garbage and debris in the Farmers’ Highline Canal area from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Meet at the police department entrance at City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive. A thank-you lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. In case of bad weather, the event will move to March 23. Register by calling 303-450-8800 or going to www.northglenn. org/recxpress. For more information, contact Jenni Murphy at 303-450-8904 or jmurphy@ Recxpress code: 16414 SATURDAY/MARCH 16 SPELLING BEE Colorado elementary and middle school students will compete at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Colorado Convention Center for the Colorado State Spelling Bee. The competition will draw fourth- to eighthgrade students from schools throughout Colorado. The competition is free and open to the public. Visit SATURDAY/MARCH 16 ST. PATRICK’S Day The Historic Olde Town Arvada Association presents its second St. Patrick’s Day Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Grandview Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. Live music, libations, food and family fun. Admission is free. Visit SATURDAY/MARCH 16 ST. PATRICK’S dinner The First Congregational Church of Eastlake will have its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at 12630 Second St., Eastlake. The dinner will feature corned beef and cabbage, Irish potatoes and carrots, soda bread, Emerald Isle salad and Luck of the Irish pie. Tickets can be reserved by calling church moderator Susan Shirley at 303-547-5858 or by e-mail at SUNDAY/MARCH 17 OPEN HOUSE Clayton Early Learning will have an open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, and from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Clayton Educare Denver School, 3751 Martin Luther King Blvd., Denver. Visit www. For questions or to RSVP, call 303-355-4411. Your Week continues on Page 19

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Northglenn United Methodist Church We invite you to join us in worship on Sundays. An inspirational traditional service is offered at 9 AM on Sunday.

There are choirs for every age and musical ability. Small group fellowships that meet weekly and monthly, a licensed pre-school program with a record of 39 plus years of excellence. As well as a Sunday school program for children, youth and adults.

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Northglenn mayor at 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, at Atlanta Bread in the Northglenn Marketplace for Coffee with the Mayor, a chance to talk directly about issues in the community and to learn about new developments in the city. Call 303-450-8713 for more information.

TUESDAY/MARCH 19 HEAD SHAVING St. Baldrick’s head shaving is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Arvada West High School, 11595 Allendale Drive, Arvada. TUESDAY/MARCH 19 IDENTITY THEFT Practical ways to protect yourself from identity theft will be revealed at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St. in Arvada. The program, “They Hijacked My Life!” features an exclusive filmed interview with identity-theft expert John Sileo. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner, at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@ WEDNESDAY/MARCH 20 CAMPFIRE SERIES Debugging the Bug, a program explaining that butterflies, millipedes, roly-polies and spiders are not bugs, is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Dust out the cobwebs of your biology brain while warming your bodies by our campfire. Leave knowing what it means to be an arthropod, and with a toasty warm marshmallow. Feel free to come in your PJ’s. Taught by Charlotte Sandkuhler. Sign up in advance. Weather date is March 27. Visit AMERICAN WEST Join Active Minds from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, for an exploration of how the West was opened and won. We’ll tell the story from a variety of perspectives, from the early explorers who ventured into the unknown to the fortune seekers who raced to the Gold Rush. We’ll also include the often brutal elements of what was known at the time as “Manifest Destiny” including conflicts with Native Americans as well as Spanish Mexico, all of which added significant territory to the United States. This free program will take place at Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St., Westminster. RSVP at 303-403-2205. WEDNESDAY/MARCH 20, APRIL 17 WEDNESDAYS AT 2 Covenant 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. MARCH 20: The American West,

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THURSDAY/MARCH 21 STEM OPEN house An open house that

will showcase Northglenn High School’s new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs is planned from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the high school, 601 W. 100th Place. Parents who have children who may be interested in the program or a business interested in what changes are taking place in local education are especially encouraged to attend. For more information on the open house, contact council member Leslie Carrico at 303451-5046 or


HOA ANSWERS 2013 is shaping up to be a year with the potential for a large number of bills that may affect community associations and the trades that service community associations. A panel of experts from the Legislative Action Committee will provide an update of activity this year, and help answer any questions participants may have. This special update program will be from 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Courtyard at Marriott, 1475 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. Breakfast will be served. Call 303-951-4973 or visit www.

RECURRING EVENTS RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 16 INSTRUMENT DRIVE Colorado Public Radio kicks off its annual instrument drive on Friday, March 1. The community program is designed to promote and strengthen music education and appreciation in Colorado. Coloradans are encouraged to donate their band or orchestra instruments through March 16 at one of 13 drop-off locations, including Golden Music Center, Music and Arts (Westminster) and Rockley Music Company (Lakewood). After they’re donated, instruments are repaired by Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology, and then Colorado Public Radio works with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to match refurbished instruments with the needs of underfunded school music programs in Colorado. 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 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. RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 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 visit www. to register and for information on costs. RECURRING/THROUGH MAY 26 SPRING EXHIBIT Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art presents its spring exhibit “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” through May 26. Visit bmoca. org, email or call 303-443-2122 for information. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is at 1750 13th St., Boulder. 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



mon Chorale will perform its free Easter concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at 7080 Independence St., Arvada. Celebrating its 30th year, the 80-member Colorado Mormon Chorale is made up of volunteers from all over the Denvermetro area. The concert will also feature a brass quartet of two trumpets and two trombones. Doors open at 7 p.m. Visit

LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 25-26 PASSOVER SEDERS Chabad of Northwest Metro Denver invites the community to their annual Passover Seders in Westminster. The First Seder Night is from 6:15-9:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Rocky Mountain Room at Front Range Community College, 3465 W. 112th Ave., Westminster. This easy to follow and early finish Seder is geared for individuals, couples and families of all ages who appreciate an early finishing Seder but don’t want to miss out on the beautiful Seder traditions and meaningful commentary. The pre-Seder children’s arts and crafts program beginning at 5:30 p.m. and early finish makes this Seder a great choice for families with young children. THE SECOND Seder is from 8-11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Chabad of NW Metro Denver, 4505 112th Ave., Westminster. Rabbi Benjy and Leah Brackman of Chabad of NW Metro Denver Jewish Center open their family Seder to the community for this more traditional and in-depth Seder. This Seder will include all the traditions including a nightfall start. The younger members of the Brackman family will enrich the Seder experience by providing commentary, explanations and songs. To RSVP and for more information, visit or call 303-429-5177. LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 27 ART STOP Anythink and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art have teamed up to bring you an art-making workshop each month. Join visiting artist Heather Cherry and express yourself through a variety of art media, with the emphasis on creativity and fun. Registration required and limited to 20 students; appropriate for ages 5-12. The workshop is from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Anythink Huron Street, 9417 Huron St., Thornton. Call 303-4527534 or visit LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 28 COMMUNITY COFFEE Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp wants to hear from you. The next Community Coffee is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Panera Bread, 10450 Town Center Drive, Westminster. Come and chat about issues important to you. Community coffee is planned the fourth Thursday of every month.

5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Come and chat about issues important to you. Community coffee is planned the fourth Thursday of every month.

LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 28 SOCK HOP Friends of Broomfield plans its Friends Night Out for adults with developmental disabilities from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28. The event is the Friends annual sock hop. Slick back your hair and put your poodle skirts on because this is a night you won’t want to miss. The night will be filled with music, snacks, floats and plenty of games. Awards will be given to the best costumes so make sure and dress to impress. We have music that will make you jive and games that will keep you laughing. Sign up by Monday, March 25. The event is at Friends of Broomfield, 555 Alter St., Suite 19E, Broomfield. Call 303-404-0123 or visit for information on costs and to register. LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 3 TO MAY 22, ON WEDNESDAYS WILDLIFE ART Discover wild animals from Australia, South America and Africa, from giant lizards and poisonous frogs to deadly snakes. Use a variety of fun art techniques to examine these fascinating inhabitants of our planet. The 8-week session for ages 6-12 meets from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays from April 3 to May 22 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Bring a healthy snack each week. Register by March 29 at Instructor is David Sullivan. LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 4 ATTRACTING BUTTERFLIES Are you iffy about insects but bursting about butterflies? Would you like to learn how to attract butterflies to your garden at home this spring and summer? Join Majestic View Nature Center from 5:306:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, and go home with the know-how and some materials to get you started on your garden. The center is at 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. For ages 10 and older. Sign up early; visit



Grange to host Leprechaun Gala

The Westminster Grange is hosting a Leprechaun Gala, or crazy dinner at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at 3935 W 73rd Ave. Donations will be taken for community service work. RSVP to westminstergrange184@q. com. For further information contact Sharon Arnold at 303-428-1835 or

Town hall meeting to focus on jobs and the economy

Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp and Sen. Evie Hudak are hosting a town hall meeting focusing on jobs and the economy, including a presentation by Jennifer Cassell, legislative liaison and policy advisor from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The meeting will be 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16, at Covenant Village of Colorado Smith Fellowship Hall, 9153 Yarrow St. in Westminster. Kraft-Tharp is also hosting community coffee sessions from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month at Panera Bread, 10450 Town Center Drive in Westminster.

Broomfield Academy offering summer academic programs

Broomfield Academy will again offer individualized and advanced junior kindergarten, kindergarten preparation, elementary preparation and intermediate preparation programming this summer. This academic program provides a balanced approach to learning, fun

and exercise during the summer. Parents can sign up their child for the entire summer or just for the weeks and days needed. To request registration materials or for more information, please call 303-469-6449 or visit www.

Pet vaccination/ licensing clinic

Westminster Animal Management is teaming up with veterinarians from Spay Today and Foothills Animal Shelter to offer lowcost dog and cat vaccinations from 2-4 p.m. March 16 at Murdoch’s Ranch and Farm Supply, 9150 Wadsworth Blvd. Dog licenses will also be available for purchase. No appointment is necessary. All residents of Westminster, both in Adams and Jefferson counties, are required by law to license their dogs. Vaccinations are $15 each. Dog licenses are $15 each for spayed or neutered dogs, and $30 each for unaltered dogs.

Mobile spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats

Foothills Animal Shelter’s mobile surgical unit is providing low-cost spay/ neuter procedures for cats and dogs. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Murdoch’s Ranch and Farm Supply, 9150 Wadsworth Blvd. Surgery space is limited, and is on a first come, first served basis. Fees are $20 for cats and $60 for dogs. For an additional fee, they can vaccinate, microchip and license your pet.

KITE MAKING Assemble, decorate and take home your own sled kite at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Multiple times are available for this class: 4-5 p.m. Friday, April 5; 8:30-9:30 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 11:30-12:30 p.m., 1-2 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 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. Looking Ahead continues on Page 20

The trees we plant now are trees that grow with our children.






COMMUNITY COFFEE Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp wants to hear from you. The next Community Coffee is from 7-8 a.m. Thursday, March 28, at La Dolce Vita,


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Share the hunting experience you enjoy with your kids— for less. All hunters 15 and under can get Nebraska deer and turkey permits for only $5. YOUTH SPRING

• Reforestation • Windbreaks • Wildlife Habitat

Archery Opens March 25 Shotgun Opens April 7

Application Periods Start May 21


One or more acres are required to purchase conservation seedlings through the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery.

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LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 6 FOOTBALL CAMP The Standley Lake Football Club offers a free football camp for players in first to seventh grades from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, at Standley Lake High School, football field, 9300 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. The camp will introduce children to tackle football for the upcoming 2013 season. The club also offers flag football for kindergarten and first grade players. Please bring cleats/running shoes and water. Call Tom at 303-325-5389 with questions. LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 7 TO MAY 5; MAY 19 NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Professional photographer Rod Pilcher will lead this basic photography course (for ages 10 and up) with a twist from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, to Sunday, May 5, at and around Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn camera parts, how your camera works, proper exposure, color, composition and lighting. A film or digital camera is required; S.L.R. (Single Lens Relex) is preferred. Registration is required by

March 27; visit This class also fulfills the requirements for Boy Scout Photography Merit Badge. An optional trip to The Denver Zoon on May 19 is not included in class fee.

LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 13 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 www.arvada. org/nature. LOOKING AHEAD/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 at Intermediate to advanced jazz experience necessary; weekly rehearsals are on Sundays. For information and audition scheduling, contact or 303-328-7277.

LOOKING AHEAD/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. Visit SOCIAL SECURITY Do you have questions about Social Security?

Attend “Untangling Social Security” from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at APEX Park and Recreation District, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Speaker is Jo-Ann Holst. Space is limited; RSVP at 720-287-5880 or

LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 20 EARTH DAY Olympics Flex your muscles and mind during our Earth Day Olympics, from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Join the fun competing in a series of Earth Day related games and events. Open to ages 5-12; must register. Visit HEALTH FAIR The Broomfield 9Health Fair is planned from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at United Methodist Church, 545 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield. The fair is free and open to the public. Non-medical volunteers are needed; contact Pam Kutchen, fire and life safety education officer for North Metro Fire Rescue District, at 720-887-0404 or LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 21 FIRE VS. Police The upcoming Fire vs. Police Bowl, a collaborative effort between North Metro Fire Rescue District, Broomfield Police Department and A Precious Child, is planned for Sunday, April 21, at Chipper’s Lanes, 100 Nickel St., Broomfield. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and bowling lasts from 3-6 p.m. All proceeds benefit A Precious Child. Email Britta Robinson at


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Battles beyond the war zone U.S. Army E-4 Specialist Cody Jones while serving with his combat unit in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

Veterans returning home deal with mental trauma By Sara Van Cleve


eturning home from deployment is a time of great joy for families, but once the elation fades, other emotions often kick in for service men and women. “One of the hardest things is you remember the day you stepped off the plane and your whole family was there or whoever was there to greet you when you first came back, and you remember how happy you were, and that’s part of what makes you flip back into depression,” said Army Spec. Matt Spradley, who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010-11. “You go ‘Well, holy crap. Is that the happiest I’m ever going to be? Will I ever feel as happy as I was that day?’ and it makes it really hard to deal with anything really,” he said. The range of emotions for returning soldiers — from happiness to sadness, from guilt and fear to anger and frustration — is just one issue facing America’s service people. “You look at things differently — every-

thing,” said Army Spec. Cody Jones, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 200809. “Your family, your friends, the world in general. Everything is Twelve different.” Topics Retired Air Force Chief MasWeeks ter Sgt. and counselor This Week: Post-Traumatic Ken Van Stress Disorder Holbeck with Warrior Counseling and Consulting in Colorado Springs often works with veterans, soldiers and their families and said returning from deployment can present a slew of difficulties. “(They can experience) reintegration problems, adjustment disorders, problems with sleep, substance abuse, relational problems, excessive fatigue, financial problems and symptoms associated with trauma — avoidance, hyper vigilance, anxiety and depression,” Van Holbeck said. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 11 to 20 percent of veterans return-


Michelle Benavidez embraces former serviceman Army E-4 Specialist Cody Jones in his living room in Golden. Jones is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder while serving in Afghanistan. Photo by Andy Carpenean ing from deployment serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom meet clinical requirements for a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. It is a common misconception that all soldiers have PTSD, Van Holbeck said. “If PTSD has become common for a lot of soldiers, it’s because our military is much smaller than in years past,” said Van Holbeck, who served in the Air Force for 30 years and was deployed numerous times. “I don’t think the leadership in Pentagon in the early ’90s envisioned future wars lasting over 10 years, nor did they envision

low-tech fighting. The result is fewer boots on the ground available to fight a long, protracted conflict. The more a person is exposed to trauma, the more likely they will be diagnosed with trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s all about numbers today.”

Returning adjustments

While not all soldiers and veterans are diagnosed with PTSD, Jones and Spradley said they know many who are, or at least experience trauma symptoms after returning. Battles continues on Page 22


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Spradley was diagnosed with PTSD upon his return home. Both men said they have had to deal with common symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, isolation, trouble reintegrating and adjusting and sleep problems. “My biggest thing, to this day, is sleeping at normal times,” Jones said. “I’ll stay up for two days and then crash and sleep for a few hours. I’ve got the weirdest sleep schedule. I still can’t get that down mainly because I’ll have anxiety attacks and stay up all night playing video games or doing something to calm down.”

Jones said his issues didn’t start until after he left the military, when he was both afraid of being alone, yet at the same time, anxious in crowds such as at a store. Safety is a major cause of anxiety for soldiers when they return home, Spradley said. “You’re in a dangerous situation when you’re over there, but you have your best friends sleeping 10 feet from you and you know those people always have your back,” Spradley said. “When you get back, everybody goes their separate ways, and you’re pretty much by yourself. You’re not feeling safe anymore because you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Public Notice Government Legals CITY OF WESTMINSTER NOTICE OF CONTRACTOR'S SETTLEMENT Pursuant to Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., notice is hereby given that on the 28th day of March, 2013, at Westminster, Colorado, final settlement will be made by the City with Diamond Contracting Corp., hereinafter called the "Contractor," for and on account of the contract for the construction of a Project described as 2012 Small Drainage Improvements (2012 SDI). 1. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company, or corporation that has furnished labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender, or other supplies used or consumed by such Contractor or his subcontractor, or that supplies rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of the work, whose claim therefor has not been paid by the Contractor or the subcontractor for the work contracted to be done, may file with the City a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim.

CITY OF WESTMINSTER NOTICE OF CONTRACTOR'S SETTLEMENT Pursuant to Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., notice is hereby given that on the 4th day of April, 2013, at Westminster, Colorado, final settlement will be made by the City with Aslan Construction, Inc., hereinafter called the "Contractor," for and on account of the contract for the construction of a Project described as Silo Pump Station Header Replacement Design Build Project. 1. Any person, co-partnership, association of persons, company, or corporation that has furnished labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender, or other supplies used or consumed by such Contractor or his subcontractor, or that supplies rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of the work, whose claim therefor has not been paid by the Contractor or the subcontractor for the work contracted to be done, may file with the City a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim. 2. All such claims shall be filed with the City Attorney's Office, City of Westminster, 4800 W. 92nd Avenue, Westminster, Colorado, 80031 by March 28, 2013.

2. All such claims shall be filed with the City Attorney's Office, City of Westminster, 4800 W. 92nd Avenue, Westminster, Colorado, 80031 by March 21, 2013.

3. Failure on the part of a creditor to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve the City from any and all liability for such claim.

3. Failure on the part of a creditor to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve the City from any and all liability for such claim.

Dated at Westminster, Colorado this 14th day of March, 2013.

Dated at Westminster, Colorado this 7th day of March, 2013. CITY OF WESTMINSTER /s/ Martin R. McCullough City Attorney Published in the Westsider First publication: March 8, 2013 Last publication: March 15, 2013 00034623

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‘When you get back, everybody goes their separate ways, and you’re pretty much by yourself. You’re not feeling safe anymore because you don’t know what’s going to happen.’ Army Spec. Matt Spradley Public perceptions

Misunderstanding by the general public often leads to even greater issues, Spradley said. “People look at PTSD like it’s a zombie outbreak, so they avoid it like that’s exactly what it is,” he said. “Don’t avoid topics that set it off. People who go through their lives after they’re diagnosed and get it, they live with it the rest of their lives and if people avoid any conversation, anything that might possibly set it off, that’s what puts that person that has it into having more issues and more depression.” Michelle Benavidez, mother of Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth Mayne, a soldier killed in Iraq in 2008, has adopted Jones, Spradley and other soldiers as “her boys.” Through that extended family, Benavidez has seen another common misconception about PTSD — it isn’t real. “People think they’re faking it,” Benavidez said. “It’s real.” She said some people think service members who come back and are not missing an arm or a leg should not have problems such as PTSD, should not act out, seek help or complain about their condition. “It’s ‘well, you survived so shut up.’ How civilians expect you guys to behave is nowhere near reality,” she said.

Benavidez and Van Holbeck both agree that both the public and the government should play more of a factor in the healing of soldiers and veterans. “I think educating is a big piece,” Benavidez said. “Just letting the average person know there is a percentage of people who fake it … but the majority of guys coming back aren’t faking it. They aren’t asking you to bow down and kiss their feet, but have a little bit of respect for what they did and try to understand what they are going through.”

Resources and responsiveness

With President Barack Obama’s goal of bringing the majority of troops home by the end of 2014, thousands of troops will be returning home in need of some sort of assistance. “They require resources to treat trauma, depression or anxiety,” Van Holbeck said. “While our elected officials on Capitol Hill play politics with the defense budget, a good many troops are in need of treatment. One of the biggest issues civilians need to understand is that we cannot make the same mistake we made with returning Vietnam veterans, many of whom were never offered treatment.” While many veterans have been prescribed medications and received

assistance to help their symptoms, there is still a negative stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment, Van Holbeck said, which often leads to self-treatment through avoidant behaviors or substance use. “You’re frowned upon and looked upon as weak,” Jones said. “When you come back and they’re asking you all these questions to see if you have any mental health issues, they pretty much tell you to lie about it and all that does is screw you because they have that paperwork on file. It’s a lot harder for you to get seen and have the VA pay for it.” Psychotropic medications and psychotherapy are often effective ways to treat PTSD, Van Holbeck said. Spradley said he has had professional help and he has learned how to better control his PTSD. “I learned how to deal with issues differently, but they haven’t gotten any better,” Spradley said. “I went to therapy, met with a psychiatrist and talked it out with him. There’s breathing techniques and stuff like that so I learned to calm myself down when it starts kicking in and I’m having issues. “I’ve had a lot of time to get used to living with PTSD so all the stuff that used to happen to me when I went out into public kind of just dwindled off, that or I just

Editor’s Note: Look for mental health, libraries and political parties among topics in upcoming weeks.

don’t notice it anymore,” Spradley said. While professional help is the most effective way soldiers can deal with PTSD, Van Holbeck said the public can help too — through advocacy, acceptance, empathy, support and understanding. “The most effective way — short of contributing to the various organizations supporting veteran treatment — of getting involved is contacting your elected officials and demanding they support treatment of military men and women who have been wounded in battle, physically and emotionally,” Van Holbeck said. “The current political climate does not seem to favor the very people who have fought to keep our citizens and our country safe from terrorists and extremists, but they should.” Sometimes a five-minute email to a congressman or senator can make a difference, she added.

DETAILS WHAT IS PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can occur after a person has seen or experience a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Source: National Institutes of Health

THE FACTS ABOUT PTSD: ABOUT 11-20 PERCENT of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans are diagnosed with PTSD. AS MANY AS 10 PERCENT of Desert Storm veterans have been diagnosed. ABOUT 30 PERCENT of Vietnam veterans have been diagnosed. ABOUT 7-8 PERCENT of the general population, or 5.2 million people per year, will have PTSD at some point in their lives. WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP PTSD — about 10 per-

cent of women are diagnosed at some point in their lives; 5 percent of men. Source: U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs

PHAMALY on target with ‘The Foreigner’ PHAMALY Theatre Company (formerly Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League) richly deserves to be known as a theater company without further description. Their most recent production “The Foreigner” was absolutely first-rate. I saw it during the encore performance at the Arvada Center and was delighted with all aspects of the play. These folks know what they’re doing … without any label. The premise of the play is that a deeply depressed guy ends up spending time in a country inn. He doesn’t want to interact with anyone so his traveling companion tells the proprietor that his friend doesn’t speak English. Thus begins one of the best comedic vehicles around. Interspersed within the hilarity is a love story and a morality play.

a $5 suggested donation at the door. For info call 303-365-0005, visit www. or send an email to info@

On my radar

Next on the PHAMALY docket is a musical version of the children‘s classic, “The Velveteen Rabbit.” The touring production will be in Crested Butte on March 23; in Broomfield on April 12 and in Parker on May 14. The Broomfield Auditorium will be the site of the April 12 show. Admission is a free event sponsored by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District; although, there will be

“The Doyle and Debbie Show” playing at the Garner Galleria Theatre in the Denver Center for Performing Arts. A has-been country star is reviving his career 30 years, four wives and three Debbies later. The new, original musical “takes the audience on a wickedly funny and freewheeling joyride.” Running March 22 through April 28, also at the DCPA, is “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso.” The one-man show is based on the writings of the eccentric artist and features live, onstage painting.




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Irv Brown and Joe Williams are the longest-running sports talk tandem in the history of Denver radio. For more than 28 years, Irv Brown and Joe Williams have teamed to bring sports talk to fans in Denver. That tradition continues on Mile High Sports Radio.


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Holy Family boys roll through regionals Tigers to face Eaton in Great Eight round By Jonathan Maness BROOMFIELD - The Holy Family boys basketball team has turned into a powerhouse in the Class 3A, and the squad proved its dominance in the Class 3A regional tournament. Holy Family rolled by Buena Vista, 63-30, and Manitou Springs, 48-21, at the regional tournament last weekend to advance to the state tournament — which will be played at Moby Arena on the CSU campus in Fort Collins. The Tigers, who are the No. 3 seed, will open the state bracket against Eaton on Thursday. Holy Family defeated Eaton 56-47 earlier this season and the boys’ 3A state title game is scheduled for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Tigers advanced to the Great Eight last season, but lost to Kent Denver 29-26 and Holy Family finished the season falling to Valley 54-41 in the third-place game. This season, Holy Family used its defense to advance out of the regional round. The Tigers held Buena Vista to only seven first-half points on Friday and only allowed Manitou Springs to score five points in the second half. “We are a defensive team,” Holy Family coach Pete Villecco said. “We emphasize defense and toughness.” That defensive prowess has been a big reason for Holy Family’s success this season, and on Saturday the Tigers defense was arguably its best all season. Holy Family only allowed Manitou Springs to shoot 19 percent from the field and outscored the Mustangs 40-9 over the final three quarters. It was the seventh time this season that the Tigers, who go into the state tournament, have allowed fewer than 30 points a game. Like most of the season it was a team effort for the Tigers. Junior Devlin Granberg led the way for the Tigers with 13 points, while Austin Brown and David Sommers each had nine points. Senior Jarron Sprenger didn’t score any points for Holy Family, but grabbed a team-high eight boards. “It’s a team effort and the coaching staff preaches defense,” Sommers said. “And (Saturday) it was exceptional. We’ve been working hard at practice and it is paying off.” Friday it was much of the same for the Tigers, who only allowed the Demons to make two baskets in the first half. The Tigers jumped out to a 10-4 lead after the first quarter and then pushed their lead to 28-7 at the half. Holy Family also outscored Buena Vista 35-23 in the second half. Sommers led the way with 14 points, while sophomore Nick Kruetzer added 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Ten different players scored for the Tigers in the game.

Holy Family’s Devlin Granberg pulls up for a jump shot during the Tigers’ 48-21 win over Manitou Springs on Saturday in the Class 3A boys regional tournament.

Holy Family’s David Sommers goes up for a layup during the Tigers’ 63-30 win over Buena Vista on Friday in the Class 3A boys regional tournament. Photos by Jonathan Maness


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March 15, 2013

Tigers defeat Sheridan By Scott Stocker The Holy Family girls basketball team were certainly on top of its defensive effort in the Class 3A regional tournament. And, it was an effort the Tiger fans are hoping to carry over into this week’s state tournament, which will be played at Moby Arena on the CSU campus in Fort Collins. The Tigers defeated Sheridan 66-20 in their first-round game on March 8 and then followed with a 43-28 victory against Platte Valley on March 9. With the back-to-back wins the Tigers will carry a 19-5 record into the Great Eight. Holy Family, which is the second seed, will open the state bracket against Trinidad on Thursday and will be making its sixth appearance in the state tournament in seven years. The Tigers have won the state title from 2008 to 2011. “We’re going to the party,” Holy Family coach Ron Rossi said. “We felt that a personal storm hit us last year when we lost to Florence. We just wanted to come and give it our best shot as we have a lot of kids with a lot of heart. It’s nice to get back to state.” Neither Sheridan nor Platte Valley were able to come up with at least one quarter in which they were able to score in double-digits. Offensively and defensively, it was a splendid weekend for the Chavez sisters, junior Lindsey and freshman Katie, as well as their teammates. The duo combined to score 29 points against Platte Valley and 16 against Sheridan.

‘We felt that a personal storm hit us last year when we lost to Florence. We just wanted to come and give it our best shot as we have a lot of kids with a lot of heart.’ Coach Ron Rossi “We can’t wait to play at state and now we’ll just have to see how we can do,” Katie Chavez said. “We came out a bit tentative against Platte Valley, but we got the shots when it counted.” Against Sheridan, the Tigers jumped out to a 12-2 advantage in the first quarter and extended the margin to 24-5 by halftime. Sheridan’s season ended with a 12-11 overall record. Monica Stokes was the only Holy Family player to reach double figures with 10 teammates scoring at least two points. The Chavez sisters each scored nine points with three other players chipping in eight. “We just came out with a mental bang overall, but we started slow,” said Stokes. “We just wanted to step up after that and we

Holy Family’s Lindsay Chavez looks for an open teammate during the Class 3A district tournament, Chavez and the Tigers swept the regional tournament to advance to the Great Eight round of the 3A girls state basketball tournament. Photo by Jonathan Maness were strong the rest of the way. They played hard against us, but we were able to make up for our

mistakes.” The defense proved effective as the Tigers forced 32 turnovers

against Sheridan. In the meantime, they only turned the ball over eight times.

Belleview Christian advances to state tourney Pinnacle, Academy and Jefferson Academy lose in first round By Jonathan Maness STERLING - The Belleview Christian girls team scored 13 unanswered points in overtime to top Pawnee on Saturday in the Class 1A regional tournament to advance to

the state tournament. The Bruins, who were outscored 8-2 in the fourth quarter, had to use the extra period to beat the Coyotes 35-22 to escape from the regional tourney. Belleview Christian was led by Sydney Ahaneku, who had 11 points and nine blocks. Senior MacKenzie Woods had nine points and 10 boards for the Bruins. The road won’t get easier for Belleview Christian (20-3 overall) in the state tourney, Belleview Christian, which is the No. 5 seed, opens the tournament against Wiley (20-2) on Thursday at the First Bank Center.

The Final Four will be played on Friday, while the state title is scheduled for Saturday.

JAGUARS LOSE IN OPENING ROUND No. 28 Jefferson Academy fell 53-40 to No. 5 Moffat County in the opening round of the 3A girls state basketball tournament. Alyson Thimsen scored 11 points to lead the Jaguars, who finished the season 10-13 overall.

PINNACLE FALLS TO COLORADO ACADEMY The No. 18 Pinnacle Timberwolves had

their season come to a disappointing end Friday, falling to Colorado Academy 62-49 in the opening round of the 3A boys state basketball tournament. Colorado Academy was paced by Jack Buckmelter, the Timberwolves finished the season 14-9 overall and won the Frontier League after going 12-0 in the league.

ACADEMY SQUADS SWEPT IN FIRST ROUND The Wildcat girls lost to No. 6 Pagosa Springs 49-23 on Friday. The Academy, which was the No. 27 seed, was led by

Sports quiz By Chris Richcreek 1) Who holds the major-league record for most Gold Gloves awarded to a catcher? 2) The 1933 New York Yankees had nine future Hall of Famers on the roster. Name six of them. 3) Who threw the longest pass in Notre Dame football history? 4) Name the last Milwaukee Bucks player before Ersan Ilyasova in 2012 to have at least 25 points and 25 rebounds

in a game. 5) When was the last time the Toronto Maples Leafs won a series in the NHL playoffs? 6) In 2012, Gabby Douglas became the third consecutive U.S. athlete to win the women’s Olympic all-around gymnastics title. Who were the previous two? 7) Which golfer has made the most appearances in the Ryder Cup?


1) Ivan Rodriguez, with 13.

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2) Earle Combs, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock, Red Ruffing, Babe Ruth and Joe Sewell. 3) Blair Kiel completed a pass for 96 yards in 1981. 4) Swen Nater had 30 points and 33 rebounds against Atlanta in 1976. 5) It was 2004. 6) Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008). 7) Nick Faldo, with 11. (c) 2013 King Features Synd. Inc.

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