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December 28, 2012 A Colorado Community Media Publication

North Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 11, Issue 51

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County hears budget comments Cuts to mental health and human services draw concern By Glenn Wallace

gwallace@ourcoloradonews.com A contingent of community members and city and state officials expressed hopes at a Dec. 18 meeting that the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners would reconsider their plans to cut $688,000 from three county human services programs: Family Tree, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health and Seniors’ Resource Center. Former state Sen. Moe Keller called cut-

ting such services “more than egregious, they’re baffling.” She said that any cuts to mental health and human services often just shifts new costs to prisons, jails and emergency rooms. She suggested the county could use its ability to increase property tax to raise the necessary funds. “On the hundreds of people who have contacted me, I would ask that you reconsider these cuts,” Colorado State House District 25 Representative Sue Schafer told the commission. Jefferson Center for Mental Health board member Buzz Cleveland told the commission that the center had received no warning, and had no dialogue to prepare them

for the budget cut. He asked for the funding to be restored, or even increased to meet public demand. “You are concerned with what we can afford.” Cleveland said. “The question I have is what can’t we afford? And we can’t afford any more Columbines, and we can’t afford any more Jessica Ridgeways, or any more Aurora theaters, or what’s happening in Connecticut.” After public comment board Chair Don Rosier broke with official meeting protocol to reply to the public speakers. “No one here is saying the services provided here aren’t needed,” Rosier said, adding that the cuts were needed to maintain

the county’s fiscal health. Rosier pointed the finger at the state and federal level, which has been cutting its contributions to county Human Services by millions. He also said that increasing the property tax would burden all seniors on a fixed income. District 2 Commissioner John Odom was absent. District 1 Commissioner Faye Griffin said the county hoped for future increases in home values to help increase the county budget situation. “When those funds do become available, they will go to the highest and best use,” Rosier said.

Murder of 10-year-old shakes the community Compiled by Ashley Reimers and Darin Moriki

cials. The cap stood at 30 for most of the year and is divided among nine municipalities based on their population in Adams County. The Adams County commissioners passed a resolution on Dec. 12 that will double the jail cap to 60 and set a Jan. 7 to adopt the resolution. The county charged each city a $45 daily fee for each inmate exceeding its cap.

It was a year of ups and downs in Westminster and Adams County. From new construction in the area, to budget cuts, to a murder that shook the north metro area, in no particular order here are the top 10 stories of 2012:

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Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing trials conclude

Adams 12 Budget cuts

The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education cut $12 million to balance the 2012-13 budget, resulting in the loss of about 60 full-time employee positions, including at least 51 cuts to certified teacher positions. The plan also called for a $6.8 million reduction in compensation for employees through options such as furlough days and increased contributions to the school district’s retirement system.

Abduction and murder of Jessica Ridgeway

On Oct. 5, 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway disappeared while walking to school in Westminster. Days later her body was found in the Pattridge Park Open Space area in Arvada. Police later Jessica Ridgeway received a call from the mother of 17-year-old Austin Sigg leading police to his arrest.

Westminster Police officer T.C. Cunningham talks with another officer while blocking off an intersection at West 102nd Avenue and North Moore Court Oct. 24. Officials were search the home of Austin Sigg in connection to the Jessica Ridgeway murder. Photos by Andy Carpenean Sigg is now facing 19 charges, including four counts of first-degree murder. He is being tried as an adult, and if convicted, could face up to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22.

District 50 moves up in accreditation

Adams County School District 50 moved up from a turnaround district to a priority improvement district after an increase in its performance indicators. Two years ago District 50 was labeled as a turnaround district, with seven of the district’s 18

schools in the turnaround category. The district now has three years to move from the priority improvement category into either the improvement or accredited level.

U.S. Highway 36 express-lanes project

Construction on the U.S. Highway 36 express-lanes project began in August and is set to be completed by December 2014. The $312 million project between Federal Boulevard and 88th Avenue Street in Louisville/Superior will build an express lane in each direction of Highway 36. The lanes will accommodate high-occupancy vehicles, bus rapid transit and tolled single-occupancy vehicles.

Westminster Station

Teachers and supporters hold up signs while protesting at a Adams County School District 12 school board meeting. Photo by Andrew Carpenean

Commuter-rail transit is on its way to Westminster. The project is part of the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks Northwest Rail Line corridor project. It includes construction of a Westminster Station, which will be surrounded by 135 acres for future development. The first 6.2-mile segment from Union Station to south Westminster, at 71st Avenue and Lowell Boulevard, is already funded through the Eagle P3 project and is set for completion by 2016.

Standley Lake sexting scandal

Two Standley Lake High School students were charged with sexual exploitation of a child after recording and sharing a video involving a sex act while traveling to a baseball game in March. The two teenage boys are facing felony charges and could face a deferred sentence or up to two years in juvenile detention. Both could also have to register as sex offenders.

Voters approve board expansion from three to five

Voters narrowly passed Ballot Question 1A in November, which expanded the county commissioner board’s representation from three to five members. The first part of the ballot question asked if the number of board of county commissioner members should be increased, and the second part asked how these commissioners should be elected. Voters opted to have five at-large district commissioners. The two commissioner seats will not be decided by voters until 2014.

Disagreements continue over county jail caps

The fight over jail caps imposed by the Adams County Commissioners in response to staffing and budget cuts was a contentious one for the commissioners, sheriff and neighboring city offi-

The multi-year Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing scandal concluded this year following the convictions of four employees and county officials accused of bilking $1.8 million from Adams County taxpayers for work that was either never done or completed. Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing Vice President Dennis Coen was sentenced to 13 years in prison; former president Jerry Rhea was handed a nine-year prison term, but has appealed his sentence and is currently free on an appeal bond issued; former Adams County construction manager Samuel Vidal Gomez was given a four-year prison term and former Adams County public works chief Leland “Lee” Asay pleaded guilty in October to one count of theft and will be sentenced in January for his involvement.

Commissioner Alice Nichol cleared of wrongdoing

Adams County Commissioner Alice Nichol will not face any criminal charges following an extensive investigation that scrutinized her alleged involvement in the multiyear Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing scandal. Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, the special prosecutor assigned to the case, officially ended his 21-month investigation in October. He said his office was unable to prove Nichol’s involvement beyond a reasonable doubt. Allegations leveled against Alice Nichol and her husband Ron primarily stem from work done on the couple’s residence in July and August 2005 by Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing. Nichol lost her bid to keep the District 2 seat as a commissioner after losing the Democratic Party’s nomination in the primary election.

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Santa Shop brings warmth to winter For three years, Heather Jacobs bundled up on a chilly December morning outside a nondescript Littleton warehouse for the chance to bring Christmas to her daughter. She didn’t have money to buy presents. But inside the Arapahoe Santa Shop, that didn’t matter. There, she could wander delightedly among tables laden — like a wondrous feast — with puzzles, games and dolls. She could choose gifts her daughter would love most, then head home with a sack filled with toys, wrapping paper and bows. “I didn’t just get a toy,” she said. “I got a whole Christmas.” This year, with her daughter too old for the program, Jacobs, 37, returned the helping hand. She cleaned, organized and worked at the warehouse, from morning till night, for more than a week before the Dec. 14 and 15 toy distribution days. “I have to give back for the past,” Jacobs said. “I can’t pay it back in cash. … The only thing I really have is time.” And that, perhaps, is the biggest gift of all. Inside the chalky warehouse walls swirls a vivid and tangible sense of giving. Like so many elves, volunteers — many longtime returnees in their 70s wearing Santa hats and sweaters in red and green — bestow quick smiles amid the bustle. They kindle a spirit of compassion and selflessness we all hope to impart, but which often is swallowed by the season’s busyness and commercial excess. “They are all a great group,” Jacobs said. “They’re really kind, they don’t judge, and they genuinely want be here for the kids.” They have created, as Jacobs noted, a community that for 54 years has consistently dispensed help, wrapped in generous bows of respect and hope, to a population that is often accorded neither. This year, the Arapahoe Santa Shop served 2,700 children from mostly Littleton, but also Englewood and Sheridan, all referred by schools and social service agencies. Throughout the Denver metro area, many other organizations do the same for families in need. But this particular program, using a system that allocates 100 points per child, uniquely allows families to choose the toys they want until the points are used up. “It gives them a little dignity,” longtime volunteer Phil Gomez said. It gives those who make it happen — a toy store of dreams come true — pur-

pose. “We hope this will be a special part of your Christmas experience,” co-director Shirley Nixon said to volunteers a few minutes before opening the doors. Her voice catches. “It certainly is of mine.” Nixon, a petite, sprightly woman of 76, has worked with the Santa shop for a decade. The time and dedication of the 400 volunteers — from the women who tenderly sew new doll clothes to the men who diligently repair bikes all year to the older man who carefully builds the wooden cradles — overwhelms her. “It is a job well done by a wonderful group of people who have the same feeling of wanting to serve the community,” she said. “They saw that these people are in need — and more and more are in need — so here we are filling that void.” The doors open and the 80 or so men and women already lined up file into rows of hard-backed seats to wait their turn to check in. They are couples and single mothers, grandparents and teen

moms. They are Latino and Asian and black and white. They are tired, expectant, humble. They are the faces of everyone. The gratitude is palpable — in the quick smiles, the fervent thank-yous, the blessings given as they grab a box and begin to piece together a special memory. David McGowan, 24, is here with his sister, Crystal Kelley, 22, who just left the hospital after a two-week stay. He wants to make sure Kelley, who says she suffers from multiple sclerosis and is a bit unsteady on her feet, doesn’t stumble as she shops for her 3-year-old son. Gifts “would be a struggle, especially with hospital bills,” McGowan said. “And he’s a good kid. He deserves presents.” Kelley places a Bob the Builder DVD in the box her brother carries. “This is the heart of Colorado,” he said, putting his arm around his sister. “It’s a beautiful thing.” At the corner table covered with toys for boys 11 and 12 years old, Theresa O’Connor, 49, checks out a camera. Her 62-year-old husband, unable to work because of illness, sits nearby, an oxygen tank beside him. They have custody of six grandchildren ages 3 to 12, whose mother, O’Connor said, left them almost two years ago. “This is more important than I can tell you.” Her long hair is pulled loosely back into a ponytail. Her eyes betray a weary sadness. “This will help my grand-

children to have Christmas, at least from their grandparents, because I don’t have the money to buy them presents.” As she walks toward another table, tremulous words float back: “I love them with all my heart.” Nick Olson’s eyes light up as he spots a wooden push-toy. “This is nice.” He smiles and shows it to his girlfriend, Tori Murr. Their son, Jordan, 4 months old, snuggles under a green blanket in a car seat. Olson, 29, also has a 7-year-old son. Their only income at the moment is the Social Security disability that Murr, 25, receives. “This is very special for us to be able to come here and do this,” Olson said. “We at least have the chance to put some presents under the tree …” A xylophone. An Operation board game. A play mat. The wooden push-toy. It will be a good Christmas. And, hopefully, a good new year. “I’m really optimistic,” Olson said. “I figure good people … good things come their way. I figure we’ll be all right.” We’ll all be all right if we continue to take care of each other. That would be the best gift of all. Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at ahealey@ourcoloradonews. com or 303-566-4110.

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Education: Tarver Elementary Robotics team set to compete at First Lego League State Competition. Page 4

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A larger-than-life illuminated butterfly on display in the glowing garden during Living Lights at the Butterfly Pavilion Friday in Westminster.

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Two larger-than-life illuminated butterflies on display in the glowing garden during Living Lights at the Butterfly Pavilion Friday in Westminster. Photos by Andy Carpenean

Lighting event educates while dazzling with sculptures By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com Although the Christmas holiday is over, the Living Lights exhibit at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster has just begun. Families can experience lights in a new, unique way, while learning about animals. Living Lights is an indoor and outdoor journey taking people through the pavilion’s indoor tropical rainforest and outside through glowing gardens. The journey also features interactive exhibits with live ani-

mals. “What really makes Living Lights so unique is the glowing gardens, which features larger-than-life sculptures made from 95 percent recycled steel and LED lighting,” said Leandra Lipson, vice president of Resource Development at the Butterfly Pavilion. “Our partners, Blazen Illuminations, are also artists, so they take the steel and create beautiful sculptures.” This is the third year Living Lights has been on display. Lipson said the idea for the exhibit came after the need for a north metro lighting event was voiced from com-

Confession cancels DeWild retrial Dan DeWild pleads guilty to murder of wife By Glenn Wallace

gwallace@ourcoloradonews.com Daniel Norman DeWild stood in court on Dec. 20, and confessed to killing his estranged wife nine years ago. Prosecutors had charged DeWild, 40, with first-degree murder, saying he lured his wife into his Edgewater home, hit her in the head with a hammer and hanged her from a rafter while he wrapped her body in plastic. “Mr. DeWild, is that true, did you do that?” Judge Christopher J. Munch asked the defendant. “Yes, sir,” DeWild responded. A trial in November ended with a mixed verdict for DeWild. The jury found him guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, but could not reach a unanimous verdict on the charge of first-degree murder. A re-trial had been scheduled to begin in January on the murder charge, until Thursday’s plea deal, which saw DeWild confess in open court to second-degree murder for the killing of Heather DeWild, in exchange for a total prison sentence of between 72 to 75 years. DeWild is currently in county jail, and will be formally sentenced on Feb. 28. According to District Attorney’s Office Investigator David Dechant, DeWild will not be eligible for parole for at least 27 years. “Our office, we oppose parole, believing that the convicted should serve their sentence,” Dechant said. First Judicial District District Attorney Scott Storey began a task force to break the cold case in 2005 after Heather DeWild’s parents met with him.

‘It was emotional and heart-wrenching, and the thought of going through that again was tough.’ Rebecca Barger, Heather DeWild’s sister

“It was the effort of so many (investigators and prosecutors) and the patience of the Springer family,” Storey said. “Today we got some justice for Heather DeWild.” Daniel DeWild’s twin brother, David DeWild, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, and testified against his brother. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January. David’s wife, Mary Roseanne DeWild, was also charged with murder in investigators initial indictment, but later had all charges against her dropped as investigators came to believe she had little to no knowledge of the crime. Heather DeWild’s father, David Springer, said hearing a confession from Daniel DeWild was the best thing to happen in the course of the investigation and prosecution, “because we got the words out of his own mouth.” The plea agreement also spares the family from going through another trial. “It was emotional and heart-wrenching, and the thought of going through that again was tough,” said Rebecca Barger, Heather DeWild’s sister.

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munity members and pavilion members. “It’s really the only lighting event north of Denver,” she said. “It’s something fun and different because you get to see lights inside and outside. It’s really amazing, like a fantastical fairy land.” Throughout the exhibit people will learn about animals that produce light and how they use the light in ways to communicate, attract prey or defend themselves. Lipson said visitors learn will learn about bioluminescent and luminescent animals and the hypotheses scientists have formed to account for this adaptation in land, sea and

air invertebrates. “Visitors are guided by a dragonfly, our mascot for the exhibit,” she said. “There will be signs with the dragonfly on them with some fun facts on the animals.” Living Lights runs from 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 28 through Jan. 6 at the Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children ages two to 12 and children under one are free. Each night also features live entertainment and holiday treats. On the weekends adult beverages will be served. For more information on Living Lights visit www.buttterflies.org.

WESTMINSTER NEWS IN A HURRY City tech team earns award Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally presented the 2012 Digital Cities Survey Award to the Information Technology Department in recognition of the success the city has achieved in the use of information technology during the Dec. 17 council meeting. This award was originally presented to city council members and Steve Smithers at the National League of Cities Conference in Boston, Mass. two weeks ago. Scott Rope, information systems manager, Art Rea, software engineering manager, and Dan Hord, senior telecommunications administrator, were attendance at the meeting to accept the award.

Restaurant offers diverse New Year’s Eve menu This New Year’s Eve join Kachina Southwestern Grill, 10600 Westminster Blvd. in Westminster, for a Mayan feast and celebration featuring live music and entertainment. Entrance to the celebration will be complimentary. In addition to the full Kachina dinner menu, native-inspired dishes will be offered featuring a whole-roasted pig from Innovative Farms and Bone-In Bison Prime Rib. Guests may enjoy the dinner menu from 5-11 p.m. and the late night menu from 11

p.m. until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Music and entertainment will begin at 9 p.m.

Recycle your Christmas tree Christmas trees can be recycled and used as mulch in city parks. Trees can be dropped off from Dec. 24 through Jan. 20 in the lower parking lot at City Park Fitness Center, 10475 Sheridan Blvd. Be sure to remove bags and ornaments. For drop-off information, call 303-6582201. Curbside pick-up is also available through Boy Scout Troop 484 on Dec. 29 and Jan. 5. To schedule a pick-up, call 303-7063389. This is a fundraising effort by the scouts.

New homes require fire sprinklers beginning Jan. 1 New homes built in Westminster after Jan. 1 will benefit from a new building code — required residential fire sprinklers. These new building code requirements apply only to new homes and do not apply to residential additions, alterations or modifications. Modern fire suppression systems only engage in the area where heat is detected. This enables residents more time to evacuate the home and minimizes property damage. Call 303-658-4500 for more information.

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Robotics team headed to state By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com For students at Tarver Elementary School in Thornton, playing with Legos is serious business. The students make up two Lego robotics teams, the Techno Tigers and the Tiger Bots, and are headed to the First Lego League state competition on Feb. 2 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. First Lego League is a robotics program for 9 to 14-year-old designed to get children excited about science and technology. The teams are judged in four categories — robot games, team work, presentation and team spirit. This is the first time the Tarver students have qualified for state. “Our students are in fourth- and fifthgrade, so to make it to state being on the younger end is really exciting. It’s a fantastic program,” said teacher and coach Wendy Brewick. This year’s robotic theme is senior solutions. The two teams have to come up with ideas on how to create a better life for seniors ages 65 and older. For the robot portion of the competition, the students build Lego robots and then program them through the computer. The robots are placed on a field mat to complete missions that illustrate different ways a senior’s life can be enhanced. Brewick said the teams have two-anda-half minutes to accomplish as many missions as possible. She said the robot game is just a portion of the competition, the students also have to give a five-minute presentation on a senior solutions idea, all while being judged on their teamwork and team spirit. “We have a lot of high achieving students in the groups. So when they come together as a team, they really have to learn how to work together with other kids who

Members of the fifth-grade Tarver Elementary School Robotics Team Techno Tigers practice their research project in the school library Thursday, Dec. 13, in Thornton. Photos by Andy Carpenean actually have ideas and want to work,” she said. “It was a little bit of a struggle at the beginning of the year, but they have really come together and learned how to work as a team and share ideas.” Avery Ketelsen decided to join the team because some of his friends were on it. But soon, he said he realized the robotics team was a lot of fun, and making it to state was an added bonus. “It’s really fun and my favorite part is programming because you get upset if doesn’t work, but then you fix and then it works,” he said. “And when we won, we were all so excited because we were waiting for our name to be called. And then the

other team was called and they were all excited, too.” Both teams are focusing on improving on all aspects of the competition. Parent coach Joe Comeaux said he’s been most impressed with how far the students have grown as a team and all the tremendous amount of work they have put in over the past few months.

Right, Tarver Elementary School Lego Robotics instructor Wendy Brewick talks with members of her fourth-grade Techno Tigers team, Aurry Kettelsen and Blake Morgan, during a practice Thursday, Dec. 13, in Thornton.

Law enforcement face tough choices on 64 New statute provides limited guidance, leaves many unanswered questions By Darin Moriki

dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com The official passage of Amendment 64 could present some difficult choices for law enforcement officials charged with prosecuting and han-

dling marijuana cases that once mirrored federal abolition laws. The constitutional amendment, which was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Dec. 10, added a section to Article 18 that legalized the growth, transport and sale of mari-

juana for recreational use. The voter-approved amendment also permits anyone 21 or older to possess and consume up to 1 ounce of marijuana and allows for the operation of marijuana retail stores, manufacturing facilities and testing facilities statewide. Hickenlooper also signed an executive order that same day to create the 24-member Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64 and charged it with “coordinating and creating a regulatory structure that promotes the health and safety of the people of Colorado.” Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, and Adams and Broomfield County District Attorney Don Quick both expressed hope that the committee will create some clear guidelines by the designated Feb. 28

deadline, but said there will be many unclear or unknown variables in play until that time. Storey and Quick said neither of their offices had heavily pursued lowlevel marijuana possession charges in the past. In some cases, they said both offices usually issued citations for these lowlevel offenses in which offenders would pay about $100 in fines unless it was coupled with other serious offenses. Storey said his office will continue to aggressively pursue marijuana distribution and public consumption offenses even after his eight-year tenure ends on Jan. 8. However, he said, it may be problematic to determine what specific offenses may violate Amendment 64. He also said the new marijuana laws may also create further intoxica-

tion hazards on the state’s roads. “It’s not very well thought out in my mind,” Storey said. “There are so many intended consequences here.” Storey said the idea of incorporating the regulation into the state’s constitution was short-sighted, because it will require a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House of Representatives to propose an amendment. Quick said his office will most likely dismiss the small number of cases where marijuana possession of small amounts was the sole offense, but will continue to prosecute cases where possession is combined with other charges, such as domestic violence, driving under the influence and driving under restraint. “There are a number of questions about how it all fits together,” Quick said.

“It’s a very complicated statute, so unfortunately, it’s going to take some time to flesh out what 64 does or doesn’t do.” Storey and Quick said they are concerned that residual Amendment 64 effects may mirror those experienced by the legalization of medical marijuana, such as an increase drug cartel activity. But, what troubles both district attorneys the most is the resounding message sent to children and businesses. “We spend billions of dollars in health advertisements about the dangers of cigarette smoking, but we’re saying this is an OK thing to do,” Storey said. “There are a lot of detrimental, collateral impacts here – much more so than what law enforcement will be dealing with.”

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Helen Mirren gives unsung hero her due By Tim Lammers The movie universe certainly works in strange ways, and we can only imagine the path acclaimed actress Helen Mirren’s career might have taken if she had hit it off with a certain iconic director all those years ago. But the simple fact of the matter, Mirren told me in a recent interview, was that her first and only encounter with Alfred Hitchcock in the early 1970s was a disaster. “I met with Hitchcock when I was a very, very young actress just starting out, and he was making ‘Frenzy’ in London and I was sent along to meet with him. He was very, very unimpressed with me, and I have to say, I was rather unimpressed with him — but only because I was an arrogant, ignorant young actress,” Mirren said with refreshing honesty. Ignorant, Mirren added, because she didn’t even realize the lasting contributions

Hitchcock had already made to cinema at that point. “I really had no idea who he was. To me, he was old-school. I really wasn’t familiar with his movies and don’t even think I had seen ‘Psycho’ at that point,” Mirren said. “I don’t think I had seen any of his movies, actually.” Of course, Mirren has since matured with four decades’ worth of memorable film, television and stage performances, including four Oscar nominations and a win for Best Actress for her stunning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 classic “The Queen.” And 40 years after her fateful meeting with the famed director, Mirren is getting Oscar buzz for her role in “Hitchcock” — which was solidified recently with a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor by the Screen Actors Guild. Mirren plays Alma Reville in the film, an unsung talent whose work with Hitchcock

was often uncredited. The irony is, Reville was Hitchcock’s closet collaborator, and for 53 years, his faithful wife. They were married until the director’s death in 1980, and Alma died two years later. Now playing in theaters nationwide, “Hitchcock” — which also stars Anthony Hopkins in the title role — is based on author Stephen Rebello’s book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.” Finally giving her the attention she so richly deserves, “Hitchcock” shows how Alma effectively saved her husband’s career on “Psycho” with her foresight, and most importantly, her unwavering faith in The Master of Suspense. For example, Hitch — as Hitchcock preferred to be called — didn’t want any of the blood-curdling staccato string section in the film’s iconic shower scene. That is, until Alma stepped in. “It was Alma who persuaded Hitch, eventually, to use Bernard Hermann’s mu-

On the Record: Westminster City Council Compiled by Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com Westminster City Council voted on the following legislation during its Dec. 17 meeting. Council members in attendance were Mayor Cindy McNally, Mayor Pro Tem Faith Winter, Mark Kaiser, Mary Lindsey, Bob Briggs and Scott Major.

Lease signed use of space at the Ice Centre at the Promenade

Council unanimously passed Councillor’s Bill No. 50 on first reading authorizing the city manager to sign a lease agreement between the city of Westminster, Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District, through its Recreational Facilities enterprise, and Citylife Church for the lease of approximately 1,375 square feet of space in the Ice Centre at the Promenade.

The new lease duration is for one year at a rate of $13.96 per square foot for a total of $19,200 for the year and there will also be a security deposit of $1,600 for any potential damages to the facility.

Contractor chosen for Asphalt Pavement Crackseal project Council unanimously authorized the city manager to execute a contract for the 2013 Asphalt Pavement Crackseal project with the low bidder, A-1 Chipseal Company, in the amount of $108,000 and authorize a contingency of $5,400 for a total project budget of $113,400. Eighteen streets totaling 84 lane miles will receive the crackseal preventative maintenance treatment on streets earmarked for roadway surface improvements in 2013 and 2014.

Council approves amendment changes with Brothers Redevelopment Inc.

Council unanimously authorized the city manager to enter into a second amendment to the agreement, with Brothers Redevelopment Inc. to continue administering the Minor Home Repair Program and proceed with proposed modifications to the improvement eligibility list. The second amendment to the contract would modify and clarify the original listing of eligible and ineligible minor repairs, and authorize the city’s development review committee to make minor adjustments to the list of eligible activities based upon unforeseen circumstances encountered through the daily operation of the program. The next city council meeting is Jan. 14 at City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. in Westminster.

Community input sought on federal funding By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com Although Westminster City Council approved the allocation of the Community Development Block Grant funds and the Home Investment Partnership Act, HOME, funds at the Dec. 10 council meeting, council and staff are asking the community for its input on the projects. The CDBG funds are allocated each year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are available for projects that benefit the city’s low- and moderate-income residents, and to alleviate blight. This year the city should receive roughly $500,000 in CDBG funding and $184,000 in HOME funding. The five projects approved are:

1) Bradburn Boulevard Realignment Phase II, demolition and rightof-way acquisition — $150,000-$200,000 2) Westminster Grange/Rodeo Market Community Arts Center feasibility study — $10,000 3) Rodeo Market Park Improvements — $200,000-$250,000 4) CDBG administration — Approximately $100,000 or 20 percent of CDBG program 5) 76th Avenue pedestrian improvements between Lowell Boulevard and King Street in conjunction with Torii Square Park improvements, as a reserve project subject to fund balance availability — up to $40,000 HOME funds are allocated through Adams County to be used on affordable housing projects and programs.

Community development program planner Signey Mikita said these proceeds have previously been used to assist affordable housing development, to provide down-payment assistance to low and moderate income homebuyers, and the housing rehabilitation program, administered by Adams County, providing low-interest loans to income-eligible households. Staff is recommending 10 percent, or $18,400 to be allocated to county administration and $165,000 to be allocated to the Affordable Housing Development Fund. Community members have until Jan. 12 to submit written comments to senior projects coordinator Tony Chacon at tchacon@cityofwestminster. us or by calling him at 303-658-2129.

COUNTY NEWS IN A HURRY Skeleton found at Red Rocks

Human skeletal remains were found by hikers in Red Rocks Park on Dec. 14. Deputies confirmed the remains were three-tenths of a mile west of Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The scene was investigated, and the skeleton was collected and removed. The gender, age and identity could not be determined. “It’s been there a long time. It’s been bleached out,” said Sheriff’s Department public information officer Mark Techmeyer. The skeleton was found in thick brush and rugged terrain. It was bleached, clothed in blue sweatpants or shorts and appeared to have been there for quite some time. There were no obvious signs of injury or trauma. Techmeyer said the remains were in a different area than where a rock climber had reported a dead body in November. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the Jeffco

Sheriff’s Office tipline at 303-271-5612

FasTracks Update RTD has issued a status update for the West Rail line of the FasTracks system, which is scheduled for a grand opening on April 26. On Jan. 23, RTD will host a ceremonial lighting of the 6th Avenue Bridge. The bridge will be lit by LED lights that are attached to the 44 cables that span the bridge. This ceremony marks the end of construction activities and signifies the start of testing. Individual elements of the rail line, like crossing gates, signals and emergency telephones are being tested now. Integrated testing will begin in early January, including test runs with light rail vehicles.

New Open Space loop open The final segment of North Table Loop was completed on Dec. 14. The

trail covers more than seven miles, with views and connections to Tilting Mesa Trail, Mesa Top Trail and Cottonwood Canyon Trail. All together, the North Table Mountain Park trail system now stretches more than 14 miles. Jefferson County Open Space has focused on building a multi-use trail system since opening a trailhead and parking lot on State Highway 93 north of Golden in Fall 2010. And there’s more to come. Weather permitting, JCOS will open Lichen Peak Trail, a hiker-only experience, this winter. The new trail will provide access to Lichen Peak while preserving a fragile environment of slow-growing fungi and algae. Hikers who stay on trail will be welcome to ascend to the highest point in the park at 6,575 feet. For more information on the trail project, contact Communications Manager Thea Rock, 303-271-5902 or trock@jeffco.us.

sic. He didn’t want to have music and he wouldn’t listen to reason. Alma had to work on him several days to persuade him,” Mirren said. “Also, Hitch did get sick during the making of the film, and Alma turned up on the set to sort things out. And they also certainly mortgaged their house to pay for the movie. Many of the accounts that we see in the movie really happened.” While “Hitchcock” only chronicles a short window of time in the Hitchcock’s lives, that didn’t prevent Mirren from incorporating Alma’s life as a whole into the character. Tim Lammers is a syndicated movie reporter whose work appears on more than 50 TV news and entertainment websites across the country. You can see Tim’s work on his website, StrictlyCinema.com, and follow his tweets at Twitter.com/TimLammersFilms. You can also “Like” Tim on Facebook.com/StrictlyCinema.

BUSINESS NEWS IN A HURRY Faldi named TruEffect CEO

TruEffect in Westminster named Finnegan Faldi as its new chief executive officer. The announcement was made by Ron Hill, TruEffect founder and until now its CEO. Hill will move to chairman of the board. Faldi comes to TruEffect from Datalogix where he served as chief operating officer. Faldi brings nearly 20 years of experience in both start-ups and public technology companies. TruEffect owns the patent on First-Party

digital display advertising that enables advertisers to use their own customer data to assure the right ad is delivered to the right person while also accurately measuring its effectiveness. TruEffect also announced that Dave Hinton has been appointed as senior advisor to the CEO. Hinton was co-founder and COO of aCerno, the digital advertising network purchased by Akamai Technologies where he subsequently served as vice president, of advertising solutions.


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Keep your compass during the holidays Watch for new twist Everyone is a little revved up during the holidays. Drivers are noticeably edgy and impatient as they motor around looking for those last minute gifts. But whether shopping or celebrating with friends, the need to be grounded is ever so important. Many of us find ourselves staying up later and possibly having one or two more alcoholic drinks than usual at gatherings. It can all seem so innocent and fun, but an extra drink here and there can result in tragedy. It’s one of those times of the year. Be aware of your behavior, and be ready to help others. Be ever so careful and make

OUR VIEW the work of law enforcement easier. The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will be conducting The Heat Is On DUI (driving under the influence) crackdowns during the holidays in order to prevent accidents. The group conducts 12 enforcement periods throughout the year. It reports the average cost of a DUI in Colorado is $10,270 and shared the sobering facts that there were 18 alcohol-related crashes in

Community is everything The city of Westminster ended 2011 after a yearlong celebration of its 100th birthday. What a year with celebrations at every turn and remembering with those who helped make this city what it is today. It is always important to take time to celebrate and say thank you. The April event at City Hall; I remember seeing the smiles, the hugs of “Oh, I haven’t seen you since ... so good to see you” and the voices chattering everywhere catching up. We began looking at the next 100 years in 2012. City council has worked on a strategic plan with our city manager and department heads since 2002. That strategic plan has truly been our road map for long range vision of what the city needs to stay as a strong city. We are in the midst of redevelopment of what most people know as the “Westminster Mall.” That area will become a downtown for Westminster. Places to go, work, play, shop and live. Citizens came to the open houses and participated on line to share their vision. Stay tuned for opportunities for more input. Transportation issues have taken a lot of time. We as a council need you engaged in order to remind the Regional Transportion District that you are paying a tax to get commuter rail at three stops in Westminster and on to Boulder/Longmont. I hear RTD board members say, we only get six comments a year from citizens. I can only hope they will hear more than that from you in the next year. In a unique and wonderful partnership with Broomfield, the Metzger Farm celebrated its first phase of improvements to the open space at the farm. It is a wonderful jewel in the city and we hope

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you enjoy it! On Oct. 5, our city was rocked by an unthinkable act. You as a community came together and helped our police and firefighters and a search went on for Jessica Ridgeway. When we heard the news days later that Jessica’s body had been found it was as if someone took our breath away. Your police force was unrelenting. Some of you had them at your door many times. They didn’t want to leave a stone unturned and they acted as if Jessica was their own. I remember the day we had the news they had a suspect arrested. My first thought was we now have a second family that is torn apart. You as a community came together and I have seen signs on your fences to our officers thanking them. I saw paint on back windows of cars thanking our officers. You are a community that cares and we as a council couldn’t be prouder to be your servants in office. It is in the trying times we find out what we are about and that is certainly true with Jessica’s death. The Ridgeway family has shown us strength. They remind us to take the dark and turn it into light. You as an entire community have done just that and we say thank you! Happy New Year 2013!

Colorado during the 2011 holiday season. Visit HeatIsOnColorado.com for an array of statistics of DUIs county by county. And a new twist to the festivities this year involves the passage of Amendment 64, which means it is no longer illegal for people 21 and over to use marijuana in Colorado. We advise users should make themselves fully aware of the limitations of this change in law. For starters, colleges have made it clear that the substance is not allowed on campuses. Further, the amendment does not allow smoking in public places or places that can endanger others. Remember while driving, the state standard for marijuana use and other drugs, including prescriptions, is “impaired to the

Sandy Hook — a watershed change? The tragedies are occurring more frequently than in the past. The severity of these tragedies is getting more horrific each time. The meaningless deaths of innocent people continue to take place year after year in America by sick people using all types of firearms. But the senseless killings by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Conn., at the Sandy Hook Elementary School are the saddest of all — shooting multiple times and killing innocent 6-year-old first-grade students in their school building along with heroic teachers. Twenty sweet, innocent kids went to school on Friday morning just like any other day. But they were mowed down by automatic gun fire by a deranged person who used his mother’s guns to do the terrible killings. And we again ask why?

Perhaps an awakening

Unfortunately, we in Colorado know all too well the horror and heart break of major shootings at public places. Columbine High School and the Aurora Century Theatre will always be in our minds and hearts. We can never totally overcome the impacts caused by such shootings. Is a total ban on all firearms the answer? Clearly, the answer is “no.” It would violate the Second Amendment, and politically it would never happen. At least now with the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings of small children, there are more people in positions of influence saying that something needs to be done. Even President Obama has stated that he intends to push forward on some yet to be defined gun control legislation.

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slightest degree” for a DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) violation. We can only hope those over 21 who choose to smoke are mindful of the impact on others and that they stay safe and help others stay safe. So much needs to be ironed out — in law and in common sense courtesy — in our great state, which has made itself a test case for recreational marijuana. So while we say happy holidays many ways on our pages, we also pause and urge our readers to play it safe. Part of the beauty of the holidays is truly in suspending our cares for a while and being grateful for each other, but before many activities commence there should be discussions about designated drivers and expectations. Prepare in advance.

Does a ban on certain firearms like AK47s and .223-caliber Bushmaster rifles, 100 bullet magazines and tighter gun registration help at all in reducing further massacres to take place? Of course, every incremental step is an

improvement over what we have today. Do increased mental health measures play a role in preventing these situations? Most definitely they do. Steps like those just announced by Gov. Hickenlooper since the shootings in Connecticut are incremental improvements. Does tighter security play a role at schools and places of public gatherings? Yes, it does. Does it mean increased costs to our society to address the thoughts, motivations and actions of the Adam Lanzas, James Holmes and Dylan Klebolds/Eric Harris of our society and have some increased degree of safety? Most definitely it does.

The rallying cry

I don’t pretend to have the answers to preventing or stopping the increasing trend of massacre-type shootings of innocent adults and children. But I will say that if we don’t take several middle of the road steps very soon as referenced above, our society will become more at risk and we become compromised. Sandy Hook is the rallying cry and the time is now. We have sat on the sidelines too long. We cannot let these children’s deaths go unanswered. While the perpetrator is dead, the reasons and influences which led to this unspeakable action live on and they will strike again and again if we don’t take constructive action now. Bless the innocent children. Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.


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The extended Christmas holiday breaks offered by local schools might present a challenge for parents as to how to spend all this free time with the kids. There are a lot of opportunities to explore the many outdoor adventures along the Front Range. Let’s look at a few of the suggestions to enhance the holiday season. The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, at Barr Lake State Park near Brighton, offers an exciting variety of programs in late December and early January. Adults and children can take part in bird banding, walking tours to observe and photograph wintering birds and wildlife, learn about hawks and owls, hear naturalist lectures and learn how you can become a HawkWatcher, Bald Eagle Watch and naturalist volunteer. A call to one of the RMBO staff members at 303-659-4348 will provide a current schedule of daily events. The professional naturalist staff at the local Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge east of Commerce City schedules an ongoing array of fun and educational outdoors and nature programs. Tours are offered both to those who like

the personal adventure of walking trails and for others, a 12-mile bus tour allows visitors to observe the new and growing heard of bison. The 15,000-acre refuge is the home to mule deer, coyotes, fox, prairie dogs, a wide variety of hawks, the Bald Eagle and wintering birds including migrating geese and ducks of various species. A call to 303-2890930 will welcome reservations for any of Two male lions resting in the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Photo by Ron Hellbusch the multitude of activities. When surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Wild Animal Sanctuary east alpacas, wolves, bears and visiting birds 720 acres of preserve. Call 303-536-0118 for of metro Denver near Keenesburg off I-76, to enjoy a safe existence, and at the same daily programs, visits and opportunities to visitors feel like they are in the South Af- time, be enjoyed by visiting public. A safe participate as a volunteer in this remarkrica bush land or the mountain wilder- and secure elevated walkway moves people able sanctuary. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to ness or open prairies of eastern Colorado. to observe wildlife and minimizes the inThe sanctuary allows rescued lions, tigers, trusion for the wildlife who occupies the everyone who enjoys Colorado’s outdoors.

It is sometimes better to receive than to give In this season of sharing, we often hear that it’s better to give than to receive. (In a comedic twist, the Smothers Brothers told us it’s better to have gifts than receipts ...) Sometimes, though, it’s simply better to receive than to give. A warm and fuzzy example is when the little ones in our lives start choosing — or, even better, making — gifts for us. They are more eager for us to unwrap the goodies they are presenting to us than they are to see what they themselves have been given. In this case, it’s so much sweeter to be the receiver. There are other reasons why it’s sometimes better to receive than to give. Here are a few of mine: Receive forgiveness. Right now, there are people out there who want to share forgiveness, who want to let bygones be bygones, who want to reach out to us and start anew — if only we will let them. When this happens, receive this forgiveness. We deserve it, and so do they. Accept apologies. By the same token, it’s important to receive apologies with open hearts from those willing to say they’re sorry. Our acceptance allows them to give us this most precious present. Acknowledge advice. It’s usually for our own good when we receive the gift of wisdom from people who might just have the answers. (Receiving the advice doesn’t mean we necessarily have to act on it.) Collect feedback. Feedback is different than advice. Advice probably comes from others who have been where we are. Feedback can be more critical … but that doesn’t make this information less valuable to receive. Take help. It’s been a while, but I finally understand that people who offer help really do want to help. When I help someone else, I feel good. And when I offer help, I mean it. So it

makes sense that when we receive help from others who are extending their hands, we are actually helping them feel good, too. What also probably goes without saying is that by graciously receiving holiday gifts, birthday gifts, gifts for any kind of celebration, we are giving back more than we are getting. People who give us gifts — gifts of beauty, gifts of humor, of time, of themselves — are then able to bask in the warmth of our gratitude. Which brings me to my last thought here: Accept thanks. When people thank us, sometimes it takes no effort from them at all. A squeal of delight for a ski ticket. A kiss and a hug for a ride to the airport.

A handshake, a note, an email, a text. But sometimes, saying thanks is harder ... thank you for telling me what I needed to hear. Thank you for not letting me get my way. Thank you for your tough love, your tough stance, your tough words. When we know that someone else is making an effort to be grateful, receiving their thanks is one of the greatest gifts we ourselves can then give. Because, in this season of giving and sharing, it is sometimes better to receive. Thank you for your gift of listening. Andrea Doray is a writer who remembers her own delicious delight at the eager looks on the faces of her niece and nephew over they years when they presented her with clay pinch pots, handmade cards, and, eventually, items they purchased, all of which she gratefully received. Contact her at a.doray@andreadoray.com.

YOUR VIEW Thank you for support On behalf of the Westminster Police Department, we would like to thank the entire community for their support during the Jessica Ridgeway investigation. Words cannot even begin to express the gratitude we feel, we are simply overwhelmed by the generosity shown during this incident. Citizens and businesses not only from our community, but many surrounding communities, volunteered for searches, provided food, held prayer vigils, staged balloon releases, and motorcycle rallies and most importantly believed in us. Day after day we were reminded of the great city we work in and the amazing citizens we serve. With the suspects arrest on Oct. 23, we took a significant step toward Justice

for Jessica. As a result, our neighborhoods can begin to feel more safe and secure. Westminster City Council formally approved changing the name of Chelsea Park to the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park on Nov. 26. A new sign was installed on Dec. 10 and improvements will be made to the park in 2013. Our hearts go out to Newton, Conn., as yet another community is suffering unimaginable tragedy; we know that community support was so critical in our community moving forward. We wanted to take this opportunity to simply say thank you! Investigator Cheri Spottke Public Information Unit Westminster Police Department

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NorthMetroLIFE Lots of spots to take eve of your senses

“Golden’s Candlelight Walk” was specifically created for the “Golden in Oil” show at Spirits in the Wind Gallery. Submitted images

“Evening Reflection” is part of Ed Slack’s “Golden in Oil” show at Spirits in the Wind Gallery. Right, “Golden Dreams” is part of Ed Slack’s exhibit at the Spirits in the Wind Gallery.

‘Golden in Oil’ captures spirit of city Artist captures life on canvas By Clarke Reader

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olden is the perfect place for a mix of nature and city, where ideas and traditions of the past mingle with the present. Wheat Ridge resident Ed Slack has been drawing on Golden for inspiration for his paintings for more than five years, and his Golden-themed work is on display in the Spirits in the Wind Gallery. Slack’s “Golden in Oil” exhibit will be on display through early January at the gallery, 1211 Washington Ave. Spirits in the Wind is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

IF YOU GO WHAT: Golden in Oil WHERE: Spirits in the Wind Gallery 1211 Washington Ave., Golden

WHEN: Through early January Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

COST: Free entry INFORMATION: 303-279-1192 or www.spiritsinthewindgallery.com

‘I like to paint and celebrate events that bring people together.’ Ed Slack Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. “Ed does Golden work for me year round, capturing different scenes in Golden,” said Pam Eggemeyer, who runs Spirits with her husband, Dennis. “We do this every season to feature his work and some special work he does of Christmas in Golden.” Slack has been painting for around 41 years, and first started partnering with Spirits in 2007 when he was participating in a “en plein air” painting event in the city and Pam saw his work and invited him to display some pieces at the gallery. “I’ve done a lot of plein air painting, because it’s a great flow to be able to get into. And the subject matter is everywhere you look — it’s always changing with the light, and it’s a challenge to capture it,” he said. “Pam and Dennis have been instrumental in the projects I’ve been doing.” Pam said that Slack has painted all kinds of Golden scenes, from places in town like Washington Avenue, Clear Creek History

Park and the Colorado School of Mines, to events like people rafting and kayaking during the summer, and the USA Pro Challenge. For the season, Slack has also painted some images from the annual Candlelight Walk for the show. “I like to paint and celebrate events that bring people together, and that they can identify with,” he said. “I love the reaction I get from people when it’s a place or event they recognize.” While Slack will continue to focus on life in contemporary Golden, in the coming year he said he would like to try his hand at painting some turn-of-the-century scenes, from what Golden used to look like. He also said he would like to try painting some images from Golden sports events. “Eighty percent of the time I’m painting Golden, and it’s just a great little town,” he said. “I love showing what life is like here.” For more information on Spirits in the Wind, call 303-279-1192 or visit www.spiritsinthewindgallery.com.

You can’t swing a streamer around town without hitting an event or venue where you can ring in the New Year. Here are some highlights of the evening festivities guaranteed to score a midnight smooch: • Light the night during Denver’s explosive fireworks displays at 9 p.m. and again at midnight above the 16th Street Mall, the Mile High City’s mile-long pedestrian promenade. Between the fireworks shows there will be DJs, live music, magicians, balloon artists and outdoor ice-skating, while horse-drawn carriages clatter up and down the street. For information on New Year’s Eve packages and deals at some of Denver’s finest hotels, ranging from the luxurious to the budget-friendly, go to www. milehighholidays.com. • The Children’s Museum of Denver will ring in New Year’s Eve like New York’s Times Square with ball drops every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children of all ages can count down the ball drops and make fireworks with their feet when they jump on massive sheets of bubble wrap. Free with admission. • The Denver Zoo is hosting “Bunk With the Beasts,” where parents can leave their kids to explore Zoo Lights and celebrate sleepover-style in a safe environment. The evening includes pizza, snack and breakfast for $65 per member or $75 for non-members. • The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will keep New Year’s Eve classy with a Vienna-themed selection of waltzes, polkas and classics beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall. Tickets are from $25 to $88. • The Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center, Colorado’s largest hotel event space, is throwing a NYE Block Party with the takeover of seven hotels within walking distance. Tickets are $49 to $79. • Dance in the New Year at a massive celebration at the Colorado Convention Center, the biggest and most extravagant venue in Denver. Tickets are $50 to $150. • The annual White Rose Gala at the Hilton DoubleTree DTC is a night of living theater where you are part of a musical and theatrical performance. Tickets are $59 to $499. • 1515 Restaurant on 1515 Market St. is ringing in the New Year with a tantalizing tasting menu created by Chef Garren Teich, inspired by famed Chef Auguste Escoffier, who created the first-class menus for the Titanic. The early seating reservations taken from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 31 feature a decadent three-course menu for $40 per person (not including tax and gratuity), and late seating reservations beginning at 6 p.m. features four courses for $60 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Guests at both seatings will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and musical entertainment. Reservations are required by calling 303-5710011 highlighting or by going to http:// www.1515restaurant.com/index.php/ new-year-s-eve. • Bring in the New Year with local Parker continues on Page 17


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As I specialize in property management, my tip would be for someone who is looking to have his or her rental house professionally managed. I strongly suggest that anyone looking for a property manager select one who is a member of NARPM (National Association of Property Managers) as members of this association hold themselves to a higher standard and tend to be the leaders in our industry. What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a house? As I specialize in property management, my tip would be for someone who is looking to rent a house. When looking to rent a house, be very careful of on-line ads as there are so many scams on the Internet right now. Never rent a house sight un-seen. If a landlord is not able to physically show you the house, it is probably a scam. What is the most unusual thing you’ve encountered while working in Real Estate? The area of property management tends to lend itself to interesting stories. Over the years, there are still things that happen that make me shake my head, like when a tenant turned the back yard into a duck sanctuary or asked us to have a hawk caught and removed from the area, as he was afraid his little dog would be carried away by the hawk.

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: A lien is an encumbrance on a property. Colorado law provides that liens are prioritized in a certain order to determine payment rights and the foreclosure process. There are numerous ramifications on how various liens play out. Many of them are tricky, but you should know the basics, although you might eventually need the assistance of competent counsel. One basic tenet is that real estate taxes have priority over all other liens. If unpaid, they are the first lien and

can’t be extinguished by other liens. Second in line is the so-called super priority lien (“super lien”) created by the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (“CCIOA”) that was enacted by the Colorado legislature to allow homeowners’ associations to recover at least some back assessments when a homeowner defaults. The super lien, however, is limited to an amount equal to the monthly assessments that would have become due during the six months immediately

preceding either a foreclosure by the association or the holder of the first deed of trust (which may not be a first lien.) A deed of trust or mortgage is actually third in line, behind the real estate tax lien and the super lien. Fourth in line is the association lien or assessment of charges above and beyond those assessed for the six months preceding the initiation of the foreclosure. In other words, if the homeowner owes 10 months in back

assessments, six months falls into the super lien in second position and the remaining four months fall into fourth position. Next are second mortgages which fall to fifth position if the community is subject to CCIOA and a super lien. Finally, the sixth position, seventh and so on are any third mortgages, mechanics’ liens, judgments and other encumbrances against the property. A mechanics’ lien, or a lien for unpaid work on the house, actually

trumps all liens except the real estate tax lien, the super lien, and the first mortgage lien, and can even take priority over the first mortgage lien if the work was started before the first mortgage was filed. This exception provides protection for the worker who improved the property who can then foreclose without having to deal with the first mortgage or deed of trust. Recently, the super lien has created some nightmarish situations. An unscrupulous group of investors has been purchasing lien assignments from homeowners’ associations when they learn that a property is in financial trouble. This group then lays back, waits for the bank to foreclose on its first deed of trust and then swoops in after the foreclosure is complete to either collect the amount of the super lien, or worse yet, initiates a judicial foreclosure to try to steal the property from the unsuspecting bank or the new property owner. This has caused expensive litigation. There are countless other issues involving lien priorities. When in doubt as to how these lien priorities work, consult a competent real estate attorney to assist you before you even think about fighting that battle on your own.

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Full Moon Night Hikes show different side of park By Clarke Reader

creader@ourcoloradonews.com The nights may be cold, but nature lovers have warmed to Bear Creek Lake Park’s monthly Full Moon Night Hikes. The park, 15600 W. Morrison Road, will host a Snow Full Moon Night Hike 5-6:30 p.m. Friday. The cost for attending is the park’s $5 entrance fee (per vehicle). Registration is requested, but not required — hikers can still participate if they did not register in advance. “They’re all family friendly hikes with usually around 30 to 40 people,” said Jennifer Standlee, a park naturalist at Bear Creek Lake. “We always use different trails to so

people can see different sides of the park.” The hikes are all around an hour to twohours and can be done by nature fans of all ages. According to Jody Morse, a park naturalist at the park, there are no flashlights allowed during the hikes, because the goal really is to walk by the light of the full moon. Each full moon has a name, dating back to the Native Americans — like Full Wolf Moon, Harvest Moon and Full Worm Moon — and during the hikes naturalists get to share a little about the history and folklore behind each moon. Morse said that one of the best things about the night hikes is the exposure to wildlife that people wouldn’t normally see, including great horned owls, great blue her-

ons and coyotes. “The night is really a great time to be outside on these,” she said. “There is so much misleading information about being outside at night, and this is a really great way to educate people about nocturnal nature.” While the weather is certainly cooler during the winter Full Moon Nigh Hikes, Morse said that there is a definite beauty that comes with going on the winter hikes. “I like the winter hikes because you can come earlier and its dark, so you don’t have to be out quite as late,” she said. “In December you get these wonderful winter skies — they’re just a little more magical.” For more information, call 303-697-6159 or visit www.lakewood.org/bclp.

IF YOU GO WHAT: Snow Moon Full Moon Night Hike

WHERE: Bear Creek Lake Park 15600 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood

WHEN: Dec. 28 5 to 6:30 p.m.

COST: $5 park entrance fee (per vehicle)

INFORMATION: 303-697-6159 or www.lakewood.org/bclp

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vocal Hazel Miller and her band at Coohills, 1400 Wewatta. Coohills is featuring three options for the event: Enjoy a casual evening in the bar with a limited a la carte menu for $40 per person or $75 per couple cover charge. There’s also a special prix fixe menu in the main dining room with early seating reservations between 5 and 6:30 p.m. for a five-course meal at $75 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Or try late seating reservations starting at 8 p.m., featuring seven courses with music and dancing to the soulful sounds of the Hazel Miller Band for $135 per person (not including tax & gratuity). The band will perform from 8:30 p.m. till 12:30 a.m. Reservations: 303-623-5700 highlighting or at www.coohills. com. • Revelers will have a front row seat to fireworks on Denver’s largest rooftop patio at 1949 Market St. At the 60-second countdown to midnight, Tavern’s Olive Drop will begin its descent. The two-foot illuminated olive will drop 20 feet into a 15-foot-tall and 7-foot-wide illuminated martini glass on the Tavern’s rooftop. Tickets are $45 for arrival between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and $50 for those arriving after 9 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $40 at www.tavernhg.com. Complimentary champagne toast and party favors will help partygoers celebrate the evening.

End of the line

The historic Burnsley Hotel,

an iconic Capitol Hill building, closed recently after Denver developer RedPeak Properties acquired it.The 17-story all-suite hotel was originally built as an apartment community in 1963. Shortly thereafter, the building was converted into a hotel and jazz club, whose owners included singer Ella Fitzgerald and actor Kirk Douglas. In 1969, philanthropists Joy and Franklin Burns purchased the property and completely renovated the hotel. “Mrs. Burns has decided to reduce the scope of her real estate portfolio and to enjoy more personal time,” said a press release about the closure. RedPeak intends to reposition the property to a luxury apartment community and invest more than $5 million to achieve that goal. “We are very excited to add this wonderful Denver story and trophy asset to our portfolio. This will further expand our central Denver apartment presence,” said Mike Zoellner, CEO of RedPeak Properties. RedPeak plans to begin renovation in early 2013. Preliminary plans include common area upgrades, life-safety improvements, mechanical system upgrades and complete unit overhauls.

Watch list

Restaurant trend watcher FastCasual.com recently posted its “2012: The five fast-casual executives to watch.” “They are all industry veterans, but some are new to the fast-casual segment, the concepts they represent, or both,”

the report said. Snagging the No. 1 position of the top five executives to watch in 2012 is Monty Moran, Denverbased Chipotle co-CEO. “Although Chipotle founder Steve Ells has long held the company limelight, it was the chain’s illegal workforce issue this past year that put co-CEO Monty Moran there as well,” the report said. “Chipotle was the target of a major federal crackdown on illegal employees, causing the company to lose more than half of its 900 workers in Minnesota and hundreds more in the Washington, D.C., and Virginia markets. Martin has become an outspoken advocate for immigration reform and has met this year with senators across party lines. “He has expressed to lawmakers that he needs access to a strong legal workforce as the company is expected to hire more than 100,000 employees over the next three years. … So far, the investigation into Chipotle’s hiring practices has cost the company more than $1 million in legal fees. In 2012, we expect Moran will continue to help shape a solution to the immigration debate.” To see the whole list, go to www.fastcasual.com. Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY/DEC. 27-28

COMING SOON/JAN. 9

BLOOD DRIVE Snow Fun Community Blood Drive is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28, inside Bonfils’ bus at 14697 Delaware St., Westminster. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org.

POTLUCK RISEN Savior plans its monthly Young at Heart potluck at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the church, 3031 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield. Potluck is for ages 55 and older. Members from the 2012 Cambodia Mission Team will give a presentation on the projects worked during their travels to Cambodia in November. Visit www.rslc.org.

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RECURRING EVENTS

BLOOD DRIVE St. Anthony North/Centura Health Community Blood Drive is from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at 2551 W. 84th Ave., Aspen Room, Westminster. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org.

COMING SOON COMING SOON/JAN. 6 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Northglenn United Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Charter Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. The present pastor and all former pastors are expected to be present along with the district superintendent. Each former pastor will also preach one special Sunday from February through April. The summer celebration, June 8-9, will include an old car show, possibly a sing-along with musical groups, a very different worship and many surprises. The quilters group at the church fashioned a 9-by-9 inch quilt which is hanging in the sanctuary. Each block represents an activity in the church.

“GODSPELL” AUDITIONS Auditions for the Northglenn Players’ summer production of “Godspell” will take place Sunday, Jan. 6, by appointment only. Prepare 16 bars from a contemporary musical and a comedic monologue (up to two minutes in length). Bring a headshot, resume, and sheet music. Accompanist provided. Small stipend if cast. Show is directed by Warren Sherrill and is for ages 18 and older. Call 303-450-8800 for an appointment. Callbacks are Wednesday, Jan. 9, and rehearsals begin in June. Performances will be July 19-27.

RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 27 HOLIDAY SHOW The Broomfield Art Guild’s holiday show, “Inside/Outside,” runs through Dec. 27 at the Broomfield Auditorium Lobby, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield. All artwork will be for sale and can be viewed from 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. Fridays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Holiday gift items such as cards and jewelry will also be for sale. For information, see broomfieldartguild.org. RECURRING/NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER NEWCOMERS CLUB The Northwest Area Newcomers and Social Club, serving the women of North Jeffco and Northwest Denver Metro, welcome women who want to meet new friends and have new activities. We will meet on the second Tuesday in November and December. For information and reservations, call Peggy Francis 303-215-9627 or Karen Dowling 303-422-7369. RECURRING/THROUGH JAN. 7 ART DISPLAY “Fresh Expressions,” works by Betty Grace Gibson, Mary Bass, Dianna Wilson, Becky Enabnit Silver and Ben Silver, will be on display through Jan. 7 at The Ranch Country Club, 11887 Tejon St., Westminster. RECURRING/MONTHLY THROUGH MAY FAMILY CONCERTS The Music Train and Swallow Hill Music presents the family concert series, at 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through May at Swallow Hill Music Association, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver; and at 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month through May at the D-Note, 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada. For information and tickets, visit http://ridethemusictrain.com. Recurring continues on Page 16

MetroNorth Worship Directory

Arvada United Methodist Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Lowell

Bradburn.

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72nd Ave. Rev. Dr. Jack Cabaness - 303-429-8508 - 3990 W. 74th Ave. - www. westypres.org

Northglenn United Methodist Church

Risen Savior Lutheran Church 3031 W. 144th Ave. - Broomfield 303-469-3521 or www.rslc.org

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Sunday Worship 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am Sunday School & Adult Classes 9:20 am - 10:40 am

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) 11040 Colorado Blvd.

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303-457-2476 www.stjohns05@gmail.com Worship 8:00 am & 10:45 am Sunday School 9:30 am

We invite you to join us for worship on Sundays. An inspirational traditional service is offered at 9 AM on Sunday. We are located at 1605 W. 106th Ave., Northglenn. The Pumpkins are coming! We are hosting a community Pumpkin Patch sale Oct. 17-31st at 1605 W. 106th Ave. For more information about church and all other services offered, feel free to contact us at 303-452-5120. See you there!

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Ave., Broomfield. Sign up at www.rslc.org or contact the church office, 303-469-3521.

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WINNERS RECITAL Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest will have its ensemble competition winners recital at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the School of Music at CU Boulder, 914 Broadway, Boulder. For intermediate to advanced music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice.

WEDNESDAYS AT 2 Covenant Village in Westminster presents a series of monthly events featuring expert speakers on a variety of educational and entertaining topics. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call 303-403-2205 for reservations and directions. Lectures begin at 2; come early for refreshments and fellowship. For information, call 303-424-4828. Upcoming topics:

LOOKING AHEAD/JAN. 14 SUPPORT GROUP GriefShare is a weekly support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Each session includes a video seminar and group discussion. The sessions feature biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. GriefShare will start Jan. 14, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 3031 W. 144th

JAN. 16: “South Africa: Journey from Apartheid,” presented by Active Minds. Join Active Minds as we explore the history of South Africa, its struggle with Apartheid, and its journey to rejoin the international community since Apartheid’s end in 1994.

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CHILDREN’S THEATER Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s musical production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” will be Jan. 21. Check-in is from 3-3:55 p.m., and auditions run from 4-6 p.m. No late-comers will be accepted. No prepared materials are necessary. About 60 roles are available. To audition, you must be able to attend all rehearsals. Open to ages 6-18. Fee applies if cast. Rehearsals are Jan. 21-25, and performance is Jan. 26. LOOKING AHEAD/JAN. 22 COLLEGE NIGHT High school students and parents on the Front Range can learn more about getting an affordable start on college in the mountains during a free Colorado Mountain College information night from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Westin Westminster Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd. Staff, faculty, students and alumni will answer questions about academic

programs, residential life, student services, admissions and financial aid at Colorado Mountain College’s residential and commuter campuses across the Western Slope. The free session includes refreshments and door prizes. To RSVP, visit coloradomtn.edu/infofair. For more information, contact Colorado Mountain College admissions counselor Paul Edwards at 800-621-8559, 970947-8329 or pedwards@coloradomtn.edu.

LOOKING AHEAD/JAN. 28-29 TALENT SHOW Auditions for the 7th annual Night of the Stars talent show for ages 5-18 will be from 4-8 p.m. Jan. 28-29 at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, inside the Northglenn Recreation Center. Visit www.northglenn.org/talentshow for information. Call 303-450-8800 for an audition appointment. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday, Feb. 7, and the show will be Friday, Feb. 8.

LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 10 PERFORMANCE CONCERT A collaborative performance concert of the Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., Arvada. All levels of music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice. LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 22-24 THEATER SHOW Phamaly Theatre Company presents the “charmin’ `n side-splittin’ comedy” “The Foreigner” Feb. 22-24 at the Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets are available by calling 720-898-7200 or going online to www.phamaly.org. Looking Ahead continues on Page 17


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‘42nd Street’ toe tapping good ... literally Once again Boulder’s Dinner Theatre has exceeded my expectations. The current production of “42nd Street” has become my new favorite musical at the venerable theater. The technical aspects alone are well worth heading up US 36 for. The sets and costumes are spot on and if you like glitz and glitter (as I definitely do) you’ll think you’ve come upon a little slice of heaven. Before the show, I spoke with directorproducer Michael J. Duran and expressed some concern that my uber sparkly, sequined sweater might blind the actors if the lights landed on it. He assured me that I was no competition for the shimmering costumes that I would soon see. He was right. The sets were very well thought out and were able to quickly morph from one scene into another.

They also made great use of the grand drape. As a scene was being staged in front of the main curtain, the crew/cast were scampering around doing a set change behind the curtain. There was a total of 16 scenes and I didn’t even realize the musical had reached the final curtain until the actors started bowing. It’s one of those pieces where you get to imagine the ending you wish. Now, about the storyline. Michael Duran

says, “‘42nd Street’ is musical comedy at its finest. Anyone who’s ever chased a dream truly identifies with this story.” The young and very green Peggy Sawyer (Katie Ulrich) comes to the big city to fulfill her dream of being in the chorus of a Broadway show. She lands on the stage where Julian Marsh (John Scott Clough) is trying to revive his rapidly sagging directorial career by staging a brand new musical. “42nd Street” draws on every conceivable musical theater cliché to propel the story. And, it all works. Aging star Dorothy Brock (Ali Dunfee) who’s trying to revive her own career, just happens to be the girlfriend of the good old cowboy Abner Dillon (Brian Norber) who is financing the new play. Alas, Dorothy slips during rehearsal and breaks her leg. You see this one coming, don’t you? Peggy Sawyer saves the day

with the help and support of the show‘s star, matinee idol-type Billy Lawler (Johnny Stewart making his BDT debut). It definitely won’t be the last time we see this talented young star. The cast is terrific. It’s a large cast indeed and each actor makes an important contribution to the success of the production. The dancing is better than a show I recently saw that featured Broadway dancers. I just wanted the show to go on and on. Do yourself a favor and go see this one. “42nd Street” plays through Feb. 16 at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO. For more information, call 303-4496000 or visit www.bouldersdinnertheatre.com. This one is very special. Until next time, I’ll see you around town.

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LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 1 ENTRY DEADLINE The Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation is conducting an open entry competition to select six sculptures to be part of Northglenn’s 2013-14 “Art on Parade” on-loan sculpture program. The winning pieces will be placed at E.B. Rains Junior Memorial Park surrounding Webster Lake in Northglenn. Check www.callforentry.org for more on submissions. Contact Michael Stricker at 303-450-8727 or email artonparade@ northglenn.org for information. LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 14 SPELLING BEE Compete with other spelling whizzes in the 60+ Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Arvada Press/Mile High News, Brookdale Senior Living’s Arvada Sterling House and Arvada Meridian, and Prime Time for Seniors Newspaper. Prizes and refreshments included. This is a free event, but both contestants and spectators must register by March 2. Contestants must be 60 and over. Sign up soon; space is limited. The spelling bee is from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.

ONGOING/LIBRARY PRESCHOOLERS GATHERING Primetime for Preschoolers meets 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Admission is free. For more information, call 303-4527534 or go online to librarianship.

MUSIC TIME Music and Movement meets 1:30-2:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Children ages 3 to 6 years can sing, dance, play games and learn how to play instruments. Registration is required. To register, visit the online calendar at librarianship. For more information, call 303-452-7534.

ONGOING/CLUBS AND SERVICES

Montclair Recreation Center Lowry, 729 Ulster Way. For more information, call 303-388-9948.

GRIEF RECOVERY A 12-week Grief Share program meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday at Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road. HYLAND HILLS Women’s Golf League meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, May through September, at 9650 Sheridan Blvd. For more information, call Bernice Aspinwall at 303-426-7579. LA LECHE League of Broomfield meets 10 -11 a.m. the second Monday of the month at Brunner Farm House, 640 Main St.

LIFERING SECULAR Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St. This is a nonprofit, abstinence-based peer-support group for recovering alcoholics and addicts. For more information, call 303-830-0358 or go online to www. unhooked.com.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton. WEST METRO Real Estate Investing Education Group meets from 7-9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. We meet in Classroom 1. We cover all the information you will need to successfully fix and flip or buy rentals with positive cash flow. We analyze deals as examples, talk about where to get funding, the best ways to find a bargain and sometimes do property tours. Investors of all levels of experience are welcome but no agents please. TUESDAYS DENVER NORTH Metro Rotary Club meets 7:10 -8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at The Egg & I, 855 Thornton Parkway in Thornton. LET GO and Let God AFG Al-Anon

MONDAYS

meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 12021 Northaven Circle in Thornton. For more information, visit www.al-anon-co.org.

ADULT SURVIVORS of Childhood

METRO NORTH Chamber Leads Tues-

Sexual Abuse Northglenn Women’s Group meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. WINGS provides therapist-facilitated, peersupport groups in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. For more information, call 303-283-8660.

DENVER THYROID Cancer Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at

day group meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Lone Star Steakhouse, 237 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton. For more information, call Alan at 720-233-5873.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 3585 W. 76th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, go online to www.

nacolorado.org.

NEW SWING Swing dancing comes to Thornton 8:30-11 p.m. Tuesdays at Taps and Toes Dance Studio, 12720 N. Colorado Blvd. Beginners are welcome; World Champion Lindy Hop dancers Mark Godwin and Shauna Marble, along with other dancers will provide instruction. Cost is $5. For more information, go online to www.markandshaunaswing. com/weekly_dances/. NORTHGLENN AFG Al-Anon meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11385 Grant Drive. For more information, go online to www.al-anon-co.org. NORTHGLENN-THORNTON ROTARY Club meets at noon Tuesdays at Red Lobster, 1350 W. 104th Ave. in Northglenn. For more information, email NorthglennThorntonRotary@hotmail.com.

NORTHWEST AREA Newcomers and Social Club meets at 11:30 a.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month at Wishbone Restaurant ,9701 Federal Blvd. in Westminster. The club serves the women of North Jeffco and Northwest Denver Metro. All women are welcome to meet new friends and have new activities. There are new speakers and topics every month. For more information, call Delores Jacobson at 303-425-4205 or email ddeejacob@aol.com.

NORTH METRO Newcomer and Social Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month for lunch and a program. We welcome all women who would like to meet new friends and find new activities. Call Peggy Frances at 303-215-9627 or Karen Dowling at 303-422-7369.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 W. 76th Ave. Contact Laura at 303-428-9293.

TAE KWON do Learn self-defense, get a workout and increase self-confidence. Two classes available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the city of Westminster recreation division: peewees (ages 5-8), from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and ages 9 and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Classes at the MAC, 3295 W. 72nd Ave. Call 303-426-4310. Visit www.hupstaekwondo.com and www.ttatkd.com.

TALKING IDEAS Toastmasters Club meets noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays at 10155 Westmoor Drive, Suite 225, in Westminster. For more information, call Mary Taylor at 303-327-1616. TOPS CO 538, a weight-loss support group, meets Tuesdays at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, 76th and Bradburn. Weigh-in is from 6-6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting. For information, call 303-429-5923.

WESTMINSTER OPTIMIST Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the Egg & I, 799 Highway 287, Broomfield. For more information, call John Swanborg at 303466-5631 or email him at jswanborg@ comcast.net. WEDNESDAYS ARVADA BIZ Connection (http://www. meetup.com/Arvada-Business-Connection/) is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. A $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. http://danpeakfoundation.webs. com/. For more info call Virlie Walker 720-323-0863. FLATIRONS VIEW Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at The Depot at Five Parks, 13810 W. 85th Ave. in Arvada. Polish your speaking and presentation skills in a fun, instructional, nurturing environment. For more information visit http://9407.toastmastersclubs.org/. MUSIC TEACHERS Association Suburban Northwest meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meetings are open to the public and include refreshments, business meeting and program featuring music teaching professionals from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments. Upcoming meetings are Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1. ROCKY MOUNTAIN Submarine Veterans meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at American Le-

gion Wilmore-Richter Post 161, 6230 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. Active duty, reserve, retired, veterans, interested public and their ladies are cordially invited. For more information, go online to www. rockymountainsubvets.com.

TOASTMASTERS-WESTMINSTER COMMUNICATORS meets 12:151:15 p.m. every Wednesday at DeVry University, 1870 W. 122nd Ave., Room 134. Toastmasters has helped thousands of people over the years and we can help you. Admission is free. Enter the southeast door to the first room, 134. Call Ray Hamilton at 303-284-4223.

WESTMINSTER ROTARY 7:10 Club meets 7:10-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Ranch Country Club, 11667 Tejon St., Westminster. For more information, call Angela Habben at 720-947-8080.

THURSDAYS ADAMS COUNTY Triad meets 1-2 p.m. the third Thursdays of the month at 3295 W. 72nd Ave. in Westminster. The Triad is formed of law enforcement officers, senior citizens, fire personnel and senior organizations. Triad volunteers develop and implement crime-prevention and education programs for older adults. Activities address crime from both a pre-victimization (preventive) standpoint and a post-victimization (victim/witness assistance) standpoint. All senior citizens or people who care about senior citizens of Adams County are welcome. Topic changes each month. For more information, contact Jenee Centeno at 303-854-7420. Fridays.

FOOD PANTRY Agape Life Church distributes Jefferson County commodity foods from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, at the church, 5970 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. The church provides this service to all Jefferson County residents. If you have questions, call 303-431-6481. FRONT RANGE Toastmasters Club meets from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday at the Thornton Civic Center, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton. Develop your prepared and impromptu speaking skills. Guests are encouraged to drop in and participate at their comfort level. For information, contact www.d26toastmasters.org/frontrange/about_us.htm. GRIEFSHARE SUPPORT Group meets

at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 1481 Russell Way. For more information, go online to www. mountainviewlutheran.com.

LET’S FIND Serenity Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Park Center Office Building Room 104, 3489 W. 72nd Ave. For more information, go online to www. al-anon-co.org. METRO NORTH Chamber Leads Thursday group meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays at the Egg and I, 885 Thornton Parkway in Thornton. For more information, call Jim Johnson at 303-522-3608. ONE BUSINESS Connection meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Barker’s St., 2831 W. 120th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, call Michelle Mathiesen at 303-424-1207 or go online to www.wbncolorado.com. WOMEN’S BUSINESS Network meets 7:20-8:35 a.m. Thursdays at the Doubletree Hotel, 8773 Yates Drive in Westminster. For more information, call Michelle Mathiesen at 303-424-1207 or go online to www.wbncolorado.com. FRIDAYS CAFFEINATED CAREER Club meets 8:15-10 a.m. Fridays at La Dolce Vita, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. An inspirational weekly job-search networking group, facilitated by a job-search expert. Bring business cards and a 60-second introduction. Typical attendance is more than 20 people, and the restaurant prefers that you order breakfast. RSVP recommended. For more information call CAREER-Magic at 303-424-5451. For directions, call Don Carver at 303420-1637. NORTH SUBURBAN Sales Professionals meets 7:30-9 a.m. Fridays at Indian Tree Golf Course, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. This club is for entrepreneurs, small-business owners, independent distributors and professional salespersons for business education, sales training, motivation, fun, food, and fellowship. Ticket price includes parking, breakfast buffet, program and chances to win door prizes and lottery tickets. Newcomers are welcome. Call Laura Nokes Lang at 303-428-9293. Ongoingcontinues on Page 18

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December 28, 2012

Holidays, events present elevated stress, grief Former child psychologist gives advice on how to cope with grief By Sara Van Cleve

svancleve@ourcoloradonews.com There are two main reasons many people have difficulties with grief and depression around the holidays. Saoirse Charis-Graves, a retired child psychologist who worked for Jefferson County Public Schools for 27 years, said the two reasons are unrealistic expectations — that things will be wonderful this time of year — and if the holiday season is the first after a life-changing event, such as a divorce, a death or even moving from one place to another. Everyone faces grief in a different way, but there are some coping mechanisms Charis-Graves recommends that can help both the grieving and healing processes. Coping mechanisms include keeping a routine as much as possible, keeping things calm and simple for oneself, get enough sleep but not too much, exercise, eat nutritious meals, do not rely on caffeine or alco-

hol as a coping mechanism because they can exacerbate the problem and maintain connections and contact with friends and family. It is even normal for people who are not directly affected by an event to still feel grief through an empathetic response, she said. For example, it is normal for residents of Colorado to feel grief about the tragic shooting that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “If you are a parent of a 6-year-old and you live here, you can only imagine, and by imagining you can be traumatized,” said Charis-Graves, one of the first responders to provide counseling to students following the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. “People don’t understand this if you’re not directly involved. Maybe there’s been another loss in your life, in your history and this kind of triggers your neurological pathways that are associated with loss and grief. When you imagine losing your own child, you may end of crying inconsolably. You might think you’re crazy, but you’re not. It’s triggered something deep in you.”

Helping children learn to grieve

While adults are grieving over the recent

tragedy or another loss in their family, it’s important they remain calm around their children because they pick up on the emotions of the household, she said. “Listening with a child is probably the number one thing you can do,” she said. “You don’t want to project on to them … Maximize the time you spend with them, minimize the time you turn them over to media. You don’t know what they’re seeing and making of it.” It is important to talk to children and explain events to them. Explain it to them in a way that is age-appropriate. It is also effective to ask them what they already know, so as not to overwhelm them with information that isn’t necessary, Charis-Graves said. Spending more time with children, especially around bedtime, and just talking and listening to how they feel can help children cope as well. And, during times of grief, parents must ensure to take care of themselves and address their emotions as well as their child’s. “If you’re an adult responsible for a child, it’s super important you take care of your health and wellbeing,” she said. “It’s just like in the airplane when they say put your mask on and then help your child. You have to make sure you’re taking care of yourself

Raspberry-Mint Champagne Cocktail

Holiday Recipes

Ingredients -A pitcher -1/4 cup granulated sugar -1/4 cup water -2 sprays of fresh mint leaves (plus more for garnish) -3 pints raspberries -1-2 limes (1/4 cup fresh lime juice) -Chilled Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava

Directions 1. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. 2. Add mint leaves and allow them to steep for several minutes or until the syrup is completely cool. After all, you can never have too much mint flavor! While the syrup cools, rinse the raspberries and tumble them into a large pitcher. 3. Squeeze in lime juice for a burst of tartness and muddle the berries in the juice with a long wooden spoon. 4. Once the mint syrup has steeped and cooled, strain it through a mesh sieve and add it to the pitcher. Then, pour in the chilled bubbly. 5. Served up in a champagne flute and garnished with a sprig of mint, these cocktails are picture-perfect. And don’t forget to provide your guests with a spoon so they can scoop out the champagne-soaked raspberries.

and not getting too stressed so you can be the best possible support for your child.”

Continued grief

Sometimes, though, the symptoms of grief don’t wane as time goes on as they typically do. Instead, if they actually increase, it may be reason to be concerned. “Anxiety, they’re not having a normal reaction that’s out of line for them, it’s out of line for what’s usual,” Charis-Graves said. “Sometime you know without knowing that you know. People who are depressed isolate. They have trouble sleeping, eating, maintaining a regular routine.” While these are often typical signs of the grieving process, the intensity and longevity of the symptoms is what is important is realizing there may be a larger issue at hand. Everyone’s grieving process is different though, Charis-Graves said. Some people might grieve immediately and move on in a few months, while others might seem fine at first and then a few months later their grief kicks in. If someone’s grief seems to last a long time or doesn’t seem to get better with time, it may be time to seek professional help, which is important to receive when needed, despite stigmas, Charis-Graves said.

Pomosa

Ingredients -2 ounces of chilled pomegrante juice -Champagne Directions For each drink, pour about 2 ounces of chilled pomegranate juice into a champagne flute and fill rest of the way up with chilled champagne.

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HOW AFG Works Book Study Al-Anon meets at 9 a.m. Sundays at Park Center Office Building, Room 104, 3489 W. 72nd Ave. For more information, go online to www.al-anon-co.org.

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ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES GATEWAY BATTERED Women’s Services is looking for volunteers to work on various planning committees for its upcoming fundraising endeavors. Monthly attendance for fundraising meetings required. Contact Jeneen Klippel at 303-343-1856 or email jkworden@ gatewayshelter.com. GIRL SCOUT volunteers Whether you commit a few hours a month running a troop, or a few hours a year helping with a science event, tackle important issues, travel to incredible places, share interests and create experiences with girls and other adults you will never forget. Gain marketable skills that will benefit you in ways beyond Girl Scouting. Join Girl

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12 Colorado Community Media All-Star Teams All-Stars

Prokaski shines on softball diamond 1B Morgan Wilkie, Wheat Ridge 2B Grace Petersen, Holy Family 3B Brooke Wakefield, Rock Canyon SS Paige Reichmuth, Legacy OF Bekka Prokaski, Legacy OF Kayla Mathewson, Wheat Ridge OF Alli McCluskey, Rock Canyon UT Shannon Lieber, Rock Canyon DH Taryn Arcarese, Discovery Canyon DH Mallory Trichell, Woodland Park P Jessica Salbato, Wheat Ridge P Nicole Gardon, Holy Family P Keely Gray, Faith Christian P Savannah Heebner, Castle View Player of the Year: Bekka Prokaski, Legacy Pitcher of the year: Jessica Salbato, Wheat Ridge Coach of the Year: Dawn Gaffin, Legacy

Legacy senior is the 2012 player of the year; Wheat Ridge’s Salbato is top hurler By Staff report

sports@ourcoloradonews.com There have been few programs as dominant as the Legacy softball team in the annals of Colorado high school sports. And you can’t have a dominant program without dominant players. Loveland may have ended Legacy’s bid for a sixth consecutive Class 5A state championship this season, but the Lightning still produced some of the best players of the state, including senior second baseman Bekka Prokaski. Prokaski, the 2012 Colorado Community Media’s Softball Player of the Year, set a school record in doubles, leading the state with 19 in her senior year. She finished the season with an impressive .570 at the plate and led Legacy with 49 hits, 36 RBIs and 35 runs. She had two four-hit games throughout the season, and even hit a home run against Ponderosa early in the season. Against Loveland at state, Prokaski went 3 for 4 with two doubles. “It wasn’t how we wanted to end, but I’m proud of my teammates,” Prokaski said. Wheat Ridge junior Jessica Salbato is the CCM pitcher of the year after going 18-3 and leading the Farmers on another deep run in the postseason. Salbato finished with a 1.37 earned run average, only surrendering 24 earned runs in 122.2 innings of work.

Colorado Community Media All-Star softball 2012 Legacy second baseman Bekka Prokaski is the 2012 CCM All-Star softball player of the year. File photo

First Team

C Michaela Hegarty, Faith Christian

Honorable mention:

Dakota Abeyta, Bear Creek; Jesse Applehans, Mountain Vista; Angelique Archuleta, Legacy; Kylie Barnard, Legacy; Kelsey Barnhardt, Mountain Range; Cassidy Blakely, Cherry Creek; Riley Craig, Mountain Range; Brittany Hall, Englewood; Corey Hendrickson, Arvada West; Lauren Herrera, Faith Christian; Shelby Hetzel, Discovery Canyon; Harley Hueser, Mountain Range; Madi Hunter, Legend; Madison Kearns, Palmer Ridge; Zandy Kinder, Valor Christian; Shelby Mann, Valor Christian; Valerie Ortega, Mountain Range; Morgan Petrone, Valor Christian; Ally Power, Ponderosa; Bella Prado, Bear Creek; Lindsey Rindal, Cherry Creek; Jordy Roberts, Valor Christian; Nichole Schmitz, Bear Creek; Jennifer Slaughter, Palmer Ridge; Haley Smith, Legacy; Kayla Staab, Mountain Range; Amanda Stanton, Heritage; Taylor Tinberg, Cherry Creek; Moria Turney, Holy Family; Courtney Vigil; Bear Creek; Desirae Visser, Mountain Range; Celyn Whitt, Legacy.

Peterson tumbles to the top Cardinal captures 4A all-around

Sabatka still rules on tennis court

By Scott Stocker

Highlands Ranch senior Hayden Sabatka played all season with a socalled target on his back but there were no tennis players in the state that were able to hit the mark.

Highlands Ranch senior is 2012 player of the year By Jim Benton

title, earns gymnast of year honors

jbenton@ourcoloradonews.com

sports@ourcoloradonews.com Elizabeth’s Kimmy Peterson, who helped lead the Cardinals to the Class 4A state championship this season, has been named the Gymnast of the Year on the Colorado Community All-star Team. Peterson, who edge her teammate Danae Goldsberry for the all-around championship at state, scored 36.625 to Goldsberry’s 36.5. Goldsberry also joins Peterson on the team as well as four other standouts from the region. The Elizabeth duo is joined on the squad by Taylor Molliconi of Mountain Range, Jessica Jankowski of Arvada West, Sela Buted of Cherry Creek and Hannah Bissani of Standley Lake. Peterson and Goldsberry are the only competitors on this seasons elite team within their classification to have also placed in all four of their individual events at state. Peterson won the vault (9.5), finished second on floor (9.55), third on the balance beam (9.05) and fifth on the uneven bars (9.0). Goldsberry won floor (9.575) and the balance beam (9.45) and was the runner-up on the bars (9.275) and vault (9.35). Yet, it was a fall on floor during the all-around

However, Sabatka has been tabbed by Colorado Community Media as the Tennis Player of the Year after winning his second consecutive Class 5A No. 1 singles title. “I heard a lot of people say there was a target on my back,” said Sabatka. “I wasn’t really worried. I don’t get too stressed out. I just try to stay relaxed and play relaxed.” Tennis continues on Page 20

State champion Dunkle top local golfer Douglas County junior heads 2012 All-Star team By Jim Benton

jbenton@ourcoloradonews.com

Elizabeth’s Kimmy Peterson is the 2012 gymnast of the year after capturing the Class 4A all-around championship. File photo competition that eventually cost her the all-around title. Gymnastics continues on Page 20

Golf is mostly an individual sport but at the high school level it diversifies. Individual golfers, like Kyler Dunkle, start paying as much attention to the team as their own scores in high school tournaments. Dunkle, a junior at Douglas County who is the Colorado Community Media Golfer of the Year,

won the Class 5A Northern Regional tournament with a competitive course record 6-under-par 66 at Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland. He then captured medalist honors at the state tournament thanks to a phenomenal shot on the final hole. “Individually it was a great season but it was also a great season for our team,” Dunkle said. “It’s a great honor to be Golfer of the Year. It’s what I call an accomplishment for me. Golf continues on Page 20

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Tennis: Sabatka ranked with nation’s best Tennis continued from Page 19

Sabatka, who has signed to play next year at the University of New Mexico, didn’t lose a set in the past two seasons but claims it was tougher winning his second state title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over 2010 Class 5A champion Spencer Weinberg of Grand Junction. “The season went pretty well,” he said. “I ended up not losing any matches and being able to get another win at state. The finals this year were harder than last year. “Spencer really came back strong and really improved his game and it was good to win my last year in high school.” Highlands Ranch finished second in the regionals and fourth at the state tournament and the Falcons success is something which Sabatka will remember. “Over the last three years our high school has added many new individual and team trophies to the tennis display case,” said Sabatka. “I have enjoyed the team atmosphere and most recently leading our Highlands Ranch team to a second place regional finish and fourth place at state this year. “This was Highlands Ranch’s highest state finish ever. Tennis is an individual sport outside of playing doubles so playing high school tennis in a team environment is always so much fun for all the players. The accomplishments of individuals help to motivate all team members so most of the team, if not all, starts to excel.” Sabatka, who has been ranked nationally among the top 100 junior players over the past six years, has been honored by the Douglas County Board of Education for commitment to goals, time management and good grades. Time management has been and will be a key for Sabatka since top level junior players have to commit to traveling and playing year round in regional and national USGA tournaments.

Gymnastics: Peterson named CCA gymnast of the year Gymnastics continued from Page 19

Molliconi was the highest place winner among the 5A competitors with her fourth-place finish in the all-around (38.3) and a pair of second-place finishes on the uneven bars (9.65) and vault (9.775). She also placed fifth on floor (9.625) but failed to place on beam. Jankowski was a standout through the regular season winning the Jefferson County League championship with a score of 37.05. She finished 13th in the allaround (37.3) and qualified for the finals at state on the beam and floor. But she failed to win a ribbon in either event finishing seventh on floor and 10th on the balance beam. Bissani helped lead the Gators to second in the region competition (176.475) with her fifth-place finish (36.6). But like Jankowski, had her problems in the state meet where she failed to qualify for any of the individual finals. Buted did not compete in the all-around competition at state, but came away with an impressive thirdplace finish on the balance beam with a 9.65.

COLORADO COMMUNITY ALL-STAR GYMNASTICS TEAM 2012 Kimmy Peterson, Elizabeth, gymnast of the year. Hannah Bissani, Standley Lake Sela Buted, Cherry Creek Danae Goldsberry, Elizabeth Jessica Jankowski, Arvada West Taylor Molliconi, Mountain Range

Highlands Ranch’s Hayden Sabatka hits a forehand return Oct. 12 during the state tournament. File photo

Colorado Community Media All-Star tennis 2012 Singles Conner McPherson, Cherry Creek David Mitchell, Kent Denver Hayden Sabatka, Highlands Ranch

Will Ro, Cherry Creek Doubles David Rosencrans and Mike Rosencrans, Legacy Hans Bergal and Jace Blackburn, Cherry Creek Chad Curd and Michael Vartuli, Arapahoe Connor Petrou and Jake Miller, Cherry Creek

Golf: Dunkle golfer of the year Golf continued from Page 19

“Even though I won state, one of the best moments for me was winning regionals as a team because we weren’t really favored to do well but we came together for one day and played really well.” Douglas County finished tied for fourth in the state tournament as Dunkle carded a 1-underpar 70 on the second day to win by one-shot over Legacy’s Eric Chen and Spencer Painton of Regis Jesuit. “We finished a lot higher than was expected,” said Dunkle of the Huskies. It appeared that Dunkle might not finish atop the individual leader board when his tee-shot on the par-5 18th hole at the Club at Rolling Hills landed behind trees. “I was kind of stuck behind the trees,” recalled Dunkle. “I saw a gap and knew it would be a little bit of a risky shot but I knew if I pulled it off and maybe made a birdie or an eagle, it would help me.

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“I was 220 or 230 yards out, I hit a 6-iron. It went right through the gap where I wanted it to go. I walked up to the green and I was really surprised it was me on the green.” He left his eagle put three-feet shy of the cup but sank his birdie putt to win the tournament. Dunkle will start playing this month in national junior tournaments and claims playing high school golf will help. “To play at the competition level of our high schools and play against great players, it makes winning state surreal,” said Dunkle.

Colorado Community Media All-Star Boys Golf 2012

Top Five Eric Chen, Legacy Jack Cummings, Faith Christian Kyler Dunkle, Douglas County Ben Moore, Kent Denver Spencer Painton, Regis Jesuit Golfer of the Year: Kyler Dunkle, Douglas County

Kyler Dunkle of Douglas County tees off during the second day of the 5A State Golf Tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club Oct. 2. Dunkle won the 5A state title. Photo by Andy Carpenean

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