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A Colorado Community Media Publication

Adams County and Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 68, Issue 11

Session issues at hand Lawmakers gear up for work at the state Capitol By Ashley Reimers

Criss Seal, national training chef for HuHot Mongolian Grill, left, gets flames going on a Mongolian grill as other chefs prepare dishes for customers at the new restaurant in the Orchard Town Center in Westminster, Thursday, Dec. 27. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Grill heats up the competition New restaurant takes stir-fry to the next level By Ashley Reimers When dining at HuHot Mongolian Grill in Westminster, it’s more than just a meal, it’s an experience. The new restaurant opened on Dec. 23 in the Orchard Town Center and is offering a spin on Asian stir-fry. “HuHot allows people to create their own meal just the way they like it,” said HuHot Top Tier Colorado president Jay Warwick. “People can make it as healthy as possible if they want, and they can eat as much as they want.” To start off the HuHot experience, guests create their own custom stir-fry meal with as many vegetables, noodles, meats and

sauces as desired. Once the creation is complete, the bowl is handed off to a grill chef who stir-fries the meal right in front of them. As an all-you-can-eat restaurant, guests can create as many stir-fry bowls as they want. “The key words for us are fun, healthy, different and unique. It’s an experience and a conversation piece,” Warwick said. “It’s a fun place to eat because not only do you get to create your own meal just the way you like it, hot, sweet or salty, you get to watch people cook it and engage with the chefs.” Manager Greg Thomas has been working in HuHot restaurants for 10 years. He said the simplicity of the HuHot model and the atmosphere is what sets the restaurant apart. “It’s very simple and there is so much movement and so much going on to observe. It’s great for kids and families and even for first dates,” Thomas said. “People can actually care their food and see exactly

what goes into the food. It’s very simple and if you like vegetables, this is the place.” HuHot Mongolian Grill also partners with Home Front Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides responsive emergency financial aid and other support to Colorado service members, veterans and military families. Warwick said every Monday a portion of the sales are donated to Home Front Cares and once a year a full day’s sales are donated. “The average grant is about $1,000,” he said. “The money helps out with everything from rent to grocery money to car payments. It’s such a good cause and it fun to have the opportunity to be involved with that.” HuHot also offers appetizers, desserts, beer and wine. It is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to close for dinner every day and in the Orchard Town Center, 14697 Delaware St. in Westminster. For more information, visit

New class offers skills in urban agriculture By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews. com Front Range Community College in Westminster will offer a new urban agriculture management class during the upcoming spring semester providing students with the knowledge and skills to start their own urban farms. The class will also provide students with the knowledge to work as technicians for companies that develop and maintain urban farms. Ray Daugherty, horticulture program director, said the decision to offer the class was

because of the increased number of students interested in organic food and the production of organic agriculture. He said students at FRCC are also showing more of an interest in urban agriculture as a career. “Another reason we are offering the program is because we have seen a fair amount of movement toward local production of fruits and vegetables,” he said. “We are starting to see more emphasis on local organic products in Adams and Jefferson counties.” The urban agriculture certificate was designed with input from green-industry advisors. Daugherty said it will provide graduates with a complement in


critical landscape maintenance and farming skills that will help students create their own urban farms or work for companies who run urban farms. Stephen Cochenour, a graduate of Colorado State University’s horticulture program, a former manager of its research farm and an urban farming consultant, will teach the class. He said the class is pretty comprehensive with a wide range of topics. As farmer himself, he hopes the class will give students a real-life perspective of running an urban farm. “Topics will range from how to prepare the soil, to the marketing side of things, all the way to a business plan,” he said. “The end goal of the class to get students prepared to start their own farming business.” Cochenour said the students will also go on three field trips

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to local farms. He said seeing actual farms and what goes into making an urban farm successful, will help students grasp the reality of the industry. “I want the students to see the realistic side of what it really means to run an urban farm,” he said. “So we will really be looking at the business standpoint.” Urban farm management is a four-credit, 90-hour class. It is part of the Horticulture and Landscape Technologies certificate which requires 30 credits of horticulture classes, which also includes introduction to horticulture, soil science, introduction to irrigation, greenhouse management and crops, landscape plant health care. The class is scheduled for 9-11:15 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and will run from Jan. 22 through May 13.

The election is over and now the real work begins for Colorado’s legislators. Some are veterans in their position, and some are representing their constituents for the first time. House District 35 Rep. Cherylin Peniston is beginning her last two-year term this year. She’s been representing the Westminster area for the last six years, so she knows her way around the state Capitol. For this upcoming legislative session, she is focusing on early childhood education, tanning limits for Peniston minors and expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act. She said she plans to bring up the legislation on the Early Childhood Readiness Commission, which was established through House Bill 09-1343. “The Early Childhood Readiness Commission is a Ulibarri legislative body that is involved with what is happening in the state in early childhood education and health care,” she said. “I was carrying out that bill to continue it on and it got lost in the political cross fire. So I am working with Sen. Evie Hudak to get that put in place.” Last session Peniston’s tanning bill, HB 1170, was postponed indefinitely. Peniston is bringing it back again for the upcoming session. The bill notifies parents of their child’s use of commercial artificial tanning devices by requiring parents to sign a permission form listing the potential risks and to stay on-site with a minor less than 14 years old. The last bill Peniston is working on is the expansion of the definition of who can use the Family and Medical Leave Act. She said the bill would allow for more people to be considered in using FMLA, like domestic partners, grandchildren and grandparents. “This will go along with the civil union bill that will definitely be passed this session,” she said. “This bill would take care of those other important family members.” Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, who represents District 21, is new to the legislative floor, but is ready to bring the wants and needs of his constituents in Westminster to the state level. He said the legislation he is sponsoring this year reflects the concerns he heard from the community members on their porches and in front of their homes during his campaign trail. He is focusing on stewardship of taxpayer resources, financial security and community trust with law enforcement. He said he is working on a bill to save Colorado millions of dollars be determining a better way to pay for the required hospitalization and inpatient treatment for the inmate population. “Other states, including Alabama, Washington and Louisiana, have adopted similar Legislative continues on Page 4


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Legislature to look at issues new, old Economy, education continue to be big issues; gun control, mental health on deck By Sara Van Cleve While many issues will return to this year’s legislative session — such as stimulating the economy, creating jobs and funding education — some legislators say gun control and mental health may take center stage. Two legislators, Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, DWestminster and Arvada, and Sen. Evie Hudak, DWestminster and Arvada, will be spending some time Kraft-Tharp focusing on issues that still have yet to be resolved from previous years — the economy and education funding, respectively. Kraft-Tharp, who was elected to her first term as a state representative during the 2012 election, was still drafting her bills as of Dec. 21 and said she has more ideas on what they need to include. “Rather than hurrying up and saying, ‘This is my bill,’ I’m really trying to be thoughtful about it, getting a lot of input about it before we walk into committee hearings and it becomes an adversarial

thing,” Kraft-Tharp said. “But they’ll be looking at jobs, looking at the economy, looking at mental health, looking at health care and looking at education.” In December, Colorado’s economic forecast was very positive, Kraft-Tharp said, but still more needs to be done to ensure the state stays on its steady economic recovery. “One of the major focuses this year is around jobs and the economy,” she said. “There will be a package of bills around helping businesses stay strong, get strong, really making sure regulations are effective and efficient; making sure our startups and entrepreneurs are getting the money they need. We’re on a good path, but we need to continue to stimulate the economy.” Hudak, who is serving her second term after reelection in November, said education will once again be a hot topic during the Hudak upcoming session. “Education and school finances will be a big topic,” she said. “We definitely will provide more funding because more money is available in the government’s proposed budget. I think legislators are very willing to do that because there is a big hole in school funding, about a billion dollars. We’re going to be looking at filling that.” Hudak and Kraft-Tharp will be working on a bill that looks to improve parent engagement, especially for struggling schools, Hudak said. “In education, I’m sure there will be a lot

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‘We have a constitutional right to bear arms, but we need to find that line where we’re protecting our citizens, and that’s where I hope the conversation will go.’ Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp of bills, there always are,” said Hudak, the Senate Education Committee chair. Another set of issues both Hudak and Kraft-Tharp said the Legislature will be facing involve gun control and mental health issues. “I think, in terms of gun policies, it will be an issue of intense conversation,” KraftTharp said. “We have a constitutional right to bear arms, but we need to find that line where we’re protecting our citizens, and that’s where I hope the conversation will go.” Hudak said every time there is a shooting, she asks the question, “Where did they get the gun?” and that is what needs to be addressed. “We’ve don’t a lot of work on school violence since Columbine, but not on access to guns,” Hudak said. “I am still concerned. I’m not trying to say no adult should have right to have a gun, but the access people have to weapons that kill lots of people really fast is horrifying.” Kraft-Tharp said other legislators have filed titles in regards to gun control. “That’s not the only answer, though,” Kraft-Tharp said. “There are a lot of different factors that are involved and one of them is mental health. We have one of the lowest funded mental health systems. Our mental health system has not fully recovered from the 2002 recession and the cuts they received then.” Hudak said the state has virtually eliminated in-house treatment centers for teenager and many people view prison as the new mental health system. “I know we’re going to be paying attention to that in various ways,” Hudak said. Kraft-Tharp, who has experience as a social worker and lobbyist for mental health nonprofit organizations, said Gov. John Hickenlooper has proposed an $18.5 million package to fund mental health services. Hickenlooper’s proposal includes creating five regional crisis centers, increasing beds in the forensic unit and putting more beds in transitional facilities. “I hope this is the start of making a commitment to helping our kids, helping our vulnerable populations and helping people in need,” Kraft-Tharp said.


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Another health-care issue Hudak specifically will be looking at this session is one she introduced last session regarding the mandatory reporting of elder abuse. Hudak compiled a task force to help figure out the details of the bill, including regulations, training and interventions. She said the Joint Budget Committee seems willing to allocate money to make mandatory reporting possible. “The baby boomers are aging, and it’s becoming a bigger and bigger issue,” Hudak said. “All of us (Jefferson County legislators) are very interested in it. (Rep.) Sue Schafer (D- Wheat Ridge and Golden) has, in Jefferson County, the most elderly people in her house district, and I have a fairly significant number in my district as well. It’s a big problem in our area and we have to go forward or it’s just going to get worse.” Another big issue the Legislature will face this year is Amendment 64. Voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults 21 years old and older in November, but it is still technically illegal on the federal level. Hickenlooper has since put together a task force to discuss the issues and come back to the legislature with a package that will satisfy local communities, the state and federal governments and the vote of the people, Kraft-Tharp said. “I’d like to see the federal government get real on this topic,” Hudak said. “It’s obvious a majority of voters are ready for legalization. As I talk to people, some of them seem uncomfortable with people smoking pot here and there, and we still have reefer madness folks who bought into that, but obviously the majority of voters have a more reasonable attitude about it.” Kraft-Tharp was appointed as vice chair of the House’s Business, Labor and Economic and Workforce Development Committee and as a member of the House’s Transportation and Energy Committee. Hudak was appointed as the chair of the Senate’s Education Committee and as a member of the Senate’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. The first regular session of the 69th General Assembly of Colorado convenes Jan. 9 at the state Capitol in Denver.

JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Fire victim identified

The corner has identified the man found dead inside of a Pleasant View house following a Dec. 20 structure fire as William Edward Alexander, 67, and report that he died due to smoke inhalation from the fire. Neighbors reported seeing smoke and flames from the residence in the 1400 block of Isabell Street in unincorporated Jefferson County on the evening of Dec. 20. Firefighters responded, and found Alexander, who is listed as the property owner, inside. The cause and origin of the fire has not been reported, but firefighters said no foul play is suspected.

Canyon wired

The fiber optic cable that was laid along U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon is officially paying dividends, providing cell phone and radio coverage through what has been a dead zone. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) partnered with the company Crown Castle International Corporation, which installed an antenna system comprised of 31 micro cellular sites along U.S. 6 between Golden and Interstate 70, and along SH 119, from U.S. 6 to near Black Hawk. In addition to providing cell phone services for the traveling public, the new fiber optic line will allow CDOT to provide real-time information on highway signs, install real-time cameras to monitor travel conditions (to be viewable on and to improve digital radio services for emergency response in the canyon.


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d I-25 project to add lanes By Ashley Reimers

Westminster will contribute $500,000 to the future Interstate 25 North Managed Lanes Project. An intergovernmental agreement was signed with the Colorado Department of Transportation during the Dec. 17 council meeting. The I-25 North Managed Lanes project will maximize the use of the spe-existing highway infrastructure to exs onepand the capacity of I-25 by adding g theone HOV/tolled express lane in each direction between US 36 and 120th helpAvenue. uding The new lane will connect to the . Sheexisting express lanes to and from eemsdowntown Denver and the existing nda-lanes will also be resurfaced throughout the six-mile stretch. d it’s The total cost of the project is $44.3 Huegis) Sue has, eople y sigIt’s a to go

million. Federal funding covers $20 million of the cost, with CDOT covering $19 million and the Regional Transportation District covering $800,000. The remaining cost will be funded by local entities including Westminster, Adams County, Federal Heights, the city and county of Broomfield, Northglenn, Thornton and Weld County. Westminster will pay its share to CDOT over a three-year period. Public transit and high occupancy vehicles with two or more passengers will be allowed free access to the continuous managed lanes, while all other vehicles will be assessed a toll. “We have been working on this project for three or four years with the other cities to try and do what we are doing on US 36,” said Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally. “RTD is getting a lot of the benefit from this project because their buses will be

able to use those lanes.” According to the city staff report, CDOT will utilize the inside shoulder of I-25 to accommodate the new managed lanes within the existing roadway template, eliminating the need for costly right-of-way or additional paved surfaces. Final design for the project is anticipated for April 2013, followed by the beginning of construction by late 2013. Completion of the project is expected by summer 2015. “This is a great start to relieve some congestion,” McNally said. “CDOT did accelerate this project so it will be happening at the same time construction is happening on US 36. It will be great when it gets done.” For more information on the I-25 North Managed Lanes Project, visit

Westminster Window 3 I25 PROJECT FACTS

BY THE NUMBERS Breakdown of funding for the I-25 North Managed Lanes Project FEDERAL (TIGER IV GRANT)

$15 MILLION — 34 percent FEDERAL (DRCOG - STP - METRO)

Local funding breakdown: ADAMS COUNTY

$1,500,000 — 33 percent CITY AND COUNTY OF BROOMFIELD

$50,000 — 1 percent FEDERAL HEIGHTS

$5 MILLION —11 percent

$150,000 — 3 percent





$15.5 MILLION — 35 percent $550,000 — 12 percent $3.5 MILLION — 8 percent RTD TRANSIT FUNDS

$0.8 MILLION — 2 percent

$1,750,000 — 39 percent WELD COUNTY

$25,000 — 1 percent WESTMINSTER

$500,000 — 11 percent



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Schools take learning to a high-tech level Grant offers hard of hearing students new learning opportunities By Ashley Reimers Three schools in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools were recently awarded technology grants to help develop students into 21st century learners. Mountain View, Centennial and Cherry Drive Elementary schools were awarded the grants in November from the Friedman Family Foundation to purchase iPads and iPad minis to be used in the classroom. Mountain View principal Tracey Amend applied for the grant with a special group of students in mind. “I wrote the grant based on how we can make an impact on the students using the iPads,” she said. “And I decided that the iPads would really benefit our hard of hearing and deaf students.” Amend purchased 29 iPad minis and 12 iPads using the $10,000 grant money.

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Tracey Amend, Mountain View principal Mountain View has a large population of hard of hearing and deaf students, pulling children from five school districts: Adams 12, Adams County School District 50, Adams County School District 14, Brighton 27 J School District and Weld County. Amend said some of the students are in a self-contained environments and some are in regular classrooms. She said the iPad minis will help the students with their visual learning and kinesics ability. “I have two self-contained teachers, and I really saw the enthusiasm and passion in those teachers when they heard about the opportunity to have the iPad minis as a learning tool in the class room,” Amend said. The hard of hearing and deaf students will also be able to take the iPad

minis home every night. When the students learn a lesson they can record the lesson on the iPad mini and then take the device home to practice the lesson. Student-learning will be easier because the lesson is so instant using the iPad mini, she added. “Now when a teacher says to a student to tell her a story, the student can tell the story through signing and then record the story and then play it again on the iPad mini,” she said. “The student can watch the video as much as possible to help them memorize the story.” The 12 iPads will be used in the preschool classes for enhanced learning for children as young three. Amend said she hopes to have the iPads and the iPad minis in the classrooms in January.

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Studio students sparkle on stage By Ashley Reimers When theater teacher and director Jonathan Davis chose “Into the Woods” as the annual play for his fifth-graders at The Studio School, he knew it was the perfect choice. The excitement was immediate, leading the students to create a magical experience, not only for themselves, but the whole school. “When we put the script in front of the kids, instantaneously something started to pop,” said teacher and director Jonathan Davis. “It literally felt like magic from the beginning. From our production team to the staff, there was this collective experience that is indescribable in this incredibly magical way.” The students performed their rendition of “Into the Woods” Dec. 13 and 14 at their school in Northglenn. The story intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy talks and follows the characters to explore the consequences of their wishes and quests. For weeks the students have been preparing, but when it came down to stepping on stage, all the hard work was worth it. “The rehearsals went really good, and we were able to get a lot done,” said Dominic Brienza, who played Rapunzel’s prince. “Our directors taught us new things at least every day and it was a lot of fun. I just can’t wait to see it on video.” Building the set for the production was a difficult undertaking because the play is set in the forest. For technical director Jay Kinsel, thinking outside the box was the ticket. “We made the set in black and white and had the kids exist in a world of positive and negative space, which is something they have been learning about,” he said. “It was

Sydney Doane (Rapunzel), looks out a window during a dress rehearsal for “Into the Woods” Dec. 12 at The Studio School in Northglenn. Photo by Andy Carpenean very cool, and gives them a literal projection of positive and negative space.” The Studio School offers an art-integrated approach to learning. Core subject areas are infused with arts while maintaining high learning expectations. Principal Sharla Kaczar said while the students were learning their lines and building the set for the play, they also were learning about

SCHOOL NOTES The following students from Westminster earned degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during fall 2012 graduation ceremonies: Terri Certain, Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, summa cum laude; Johanna Combs, Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, magna cum laude; Lorraine Estrada, Master of Arts, Special Education; Joshua Graeve, Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences; Kyle Hedberg, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration;

Ana Kickbush, Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies; Shawna Lincicome, Master of Arts, School Library Education; Samantha Mascarenas, Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies; Chelsi Price, Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies; Corey Price, Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Communication Studies; Meggan Sandoval, Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies; Steven Wieber, Master of Arts, Special Education.

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character development, story elements and the importance of having a well-developed beginning, middle and end to their own stories. “We use art as a catalyst to the students’ learning,” she said. “Not every student is a performer, some may be more of a visual artists. But these plays help students with their fluency with words and their self-

confidence, making our young people very well-rounded.” The Studio School is a magnet school in the Adams 12 Five Star School District. Students in and out of the district can apply for the school through the district’s Choice Program. The Choice application deadline is Jan. 31, 2013. For more information, go online to

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policies and have witnessed tens of millions of dollars in savings for their taxpayers,” he said. This year Ulibarri will be working with the Office of Economic Development and International Trade to encourage the growth of the advanced manufacturing industry in Colorado. He said jobs are needed in Colorado that support working families and the local economy. “I’ll be sponsoring legislation that ensures individuals that have faced financial adversity during the recession are not unfairly denied employment oppor-

tunities,” he said. “The bill will limit employers from accessing the credit information of job applicants as a hiring screen.” For Ulibarri’s final bill, he said he is coordinating with law enforcement officials, nonprofit organizations and crime victims to develop policies related to the appropriate use of emerging technologies in law enforcement. “The policy will balance how law enforcement officials can access cell phone location data and automated license plate readers to ensure public safety and also safeguard our constitutional rights to privacy,” he said. “I will also be working

to develop policy solutions with law enforcement to determine how we can encourage vulnerable victims of crimes to come forward with information without concern about retribution.” Due to the tragic event in Connecticut, gun control is a hot topic for the upcoming legislative session. Both Peniston and Ulibarri are concerned with the issue and plan on evaluating gun control bills as the come before the legislature. “As the father of two young kids, I want our laws to reflect our core commitment to public safety,” Ulibarri said. “I will study the bills to determine if they are designed to protect the common good while balancing our constitutional rights to bear arms and to due process.” Another hot topic is voter-approved Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in Colorado. Ulibarri said as a legislator his job is to defend and honor the constituents of the Colorado and the United States. Because the voters voted to support the amendment, Ulibarri said he will actively work to implement the will of the people. Peniston said she is interested in seeing the practical outcome of how Amendment 64 will be put in place and what the taskforce, implemented by Gov. John Hickenlooper, comes up with in terms of regulations surrounding Amendment 64.


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Dark events highlight 2012 Welcome to 2013! By now, no doubt, you have been treated to any number of retrospectives. “2012: The Year in Review” has got to be the No. 1 headline of the last 48 hours. But, if you’re like me, you don’t really need too much help to remember 2012. This past year was visceral, shocking and unmistakably dark. From the Waldo Canyon fire — which was human-caused, looked like Hell on Earth, and took two lives — to the Aurora theater shooting, to the Jessica Ridgeway murder, and finally, to Sandy Hook, an event that couldn’t help but cause flashbacks for Coloradans — the news of 2012 was dominated by dark events. Even the election, which was an opportunity for a serious conversation about American character and our better angels, mostly devolved into a schoolyard shouting match along the lines of “you’re mean/you’re stupid!” For me, I am happy to see 2012 in the rearview mirror. Goodbye, and good riddance! And not so much on a personal level — I have no particular claims to a bad year for myself. My complaint is more about a culture and a society that seems to have

come unhinged. I find it oddly fitting that the end of 2012 featured a white Christmas, as if nature was helping us out, trying to wash the year away. My other favorite phenomenon at the end of the year is the Christmas lights that people hang on their houses. I must admit, I love the light displays. In the heart of winter, when the days are short and the night is long, we silly humans hang bright lights to fill the darkness and celebrate an event of ultimate light. And, given the darkness we’ve all walked through of late, I think it would be nice if we would keep those lights lit, in an attempt to usher 2013 in with Light and banish 2012 from our memories. Sure, I admit that I may like the lights a lot more than most — I’m also the guy who keeps a Christmas

playlist on my iPod until mid- to lateJanuary. And I know that means more electricity and whatnot, and it’s possible that by the time you’re reading this, it’s too late. The lights are already down. But to whatever extent seeing bright lights makes children (and children-at-heart) happy, I think it’s important that 2013 start with a gesture of claiming back something beautiful from the dark. Sure, it might not be as significant as providing shelter for a homeless man or feeding a hungry family, but maybe the little light you shine might inspire someone else to be a bright light to someone else, who then becomes a beacon for more someone else’s. It’s just a little thing, an idea: Leave your Christmas lights up through January, and turn them on for a couple hours each night. Collectively, let’s start 2013 as a Year of Light. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

In the end, the Maya may have been right If Dec. 21, 2012, is considered by the Maya as a “new beginning,” then I think they have the right idea. In a lovely turn of serendipity, I was in the land of the Maya that day. Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where I spent the week before Christmas, is home to many ancient Mayan sites including Tulum, Chichen Itza, and the Ixchel temple on Isla Mujeres … where the new beginning would first touch Mexican soil. If you missed all the hype, Dec. 21, 2012, spawned a worldwide frenzy in advance of an apocalypse supposed to have been predicted by the end of the 5,125-year Mayan Long Count calendar. In Cancun in the Mayan heartland, the signs were indeed ominous, starting overnight on the 20th with rains that were as heavy as running faucets. Unseasonal winds dropped palm leaves and upended beach furniture. Lifeguards had the red flags out all day on the 21st, warning against raging waves and dangerous undertow currents. Normally spotless tennis courts were filled with blowing sand and the skies were cloudy all day. Seriously, though, are wind and rain on the last day of vacation the end of the world? No … a slight disruption in beach-going does not an

apocalypse make. In fact, taking a nap in a cool ocean breeze is a vacation. Plus, as we now know, the world did not end on Dec. 21. The world also did not end on June 6, 2006, or on Dec. 31, 1999, or at any other time in our history, despite reactions to all of these dates that ranged from mild curiosity to all-out hunkering down. The 800,000 Maya today — who can trace their heritage directly back to what was once the most advanced civilization on earth — approached the whole spectacle with their ancestral aplomb. And, as Mayan representatives from countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras have been saying all along, the end of their calendar doesn’t signify the end of the world. After all, it was a largely ceremonial calendar that had little to do with everyday Mayan life, and many who gathered for observances simply view

the event as a new beginning. And who among us does not believe in new beginnings, for one reason or another? The trick, I suppose, would be to stick to new beginnings for only the good stuff, leaving the bad stuff, such as natural disasters, manmade disasters, and equally disastrous acts of inhumanity, to spin off the planet in reverse gravity (one of the alarmist, and non-Mayan, theories). I happened to be Mexico on the 21st as part of a long-planned trip with friends and I heard from the locals — who were in sweatshirts and jackets while we Coloradoans were in our shorts and sandals — that the hotels near Mayan sites were full. Archaeologists say, however, that there is no evidence the Maya ever made an apocalyptic prophesy. In fact, the word around the Yucatan is that no one knows what’s going to happen so why not welcome a new beginning? In the end, I think the Maya may have gotten this right. Andrea Doray is a writer who wishes she had paid more attention in Spanish class so she could have read the displays in the new Mayan cultural museum in Cancun. Contact her at, por favor.

JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Jefferson County pledges $100,000 to Ridgeway Memorial Park

On Dec. 19, Jefferson County Commissioners announced a $100,000 contribution to the City of Westminster’s Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park Fund. This is the first major contribution to the park renovation, which will be a tribute to the 10-year-old. Plans for the park include some of Jessica’s favorite things, like a zip line-like track ride, knock-knock jokes, flowers and her favorite color, purple. In a letter to Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally, Commissioner Faye Griffin wrote, “Your vision to make the park a memorial and a joyful place for children is wonderful. We were especially touched by the use of Jessica’s favorite color purple in the park design to reflect her interests and personality.” The Jefferson County

contribution will come from its share of the Colorado Lottery’s Conservation Trust Fund. “We are so pleased to receive this generous donation, which will help us build Jessica’s park,” McNally said. “We are grateful for the support of the commissioners and all the residents in Jefferson County.” Fundraising for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park is being led by the Westminster Legacy Foundation, in partnership with the Westminster Rotary Club. Donations are being actively sought to help fund major improvements to the park. “The Rotary Club of Westminster is pleased and excited that the Jefferson County Commissioners have committed $100,000 for the rehabilitation of Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park,” said Jon Johnston with the club. “It is a huge boost to the fundraising

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WESTMINSTER NEWS IN A HURRY Colleagues honor police department spokesman On Dec. 13, the Emergency Services Public Information Officers of Colorado named Westminster Police Department’s Trevor Materasso as Public Information Officer of the Year. Materasso was the primary city spokesperson and media liaison during the Jessica Ridgeway case. His nomination stated: “Not only did he work tirelessly to bring calm to a desperate community reeling from the disappearance and loss of a child, he also worked directly with the Ridgeway family to protect and prepare them for the onslaught of local and national media who began to overwhelm them.” He also served as ESPIOC president for the past year. ESPIOC provides professional support to public information officers in the emergency services field. It has more than 100 Colorado members.

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Water, sewer rates to rise 4 percent in 2013-14 The City of Westminster will increase water and sewer rates by 4 percent in 2013 and 2014, with the average residential customer impact of an additional $2.03 per month in 2013 and $2.13 per month in 2014. This rate adjustment will fund increasing costs for operations and maintenance, and system improvements such as replacing sewer pipe, upgrading components of the water treatment plants and assisting in the protection of the city’s water supply.

MILITARY NOTES Nathan J. Labesky Navy Seaman Recruit Nathan J. Labesky, son of Karen F. Mozola, of Thornton, and Shawn A. Labesky, of Westminster, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Dauring the eight-week program, Labesky completed a variety of training

which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. Labesky is a 2012 graduate of Horizon High School of Thornton.

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Much to accomplish for legislators this session Coloradans are less than a week from the first regular session of the 69th General Assembly. When our state lawmakers convene Jan. 9 in Denver, they will go to work in a Capitol with some new faces in new places and a balance of power that has shifted to the left. After the November election, Democrats gained control of both chambers of the state Legislature, to go with a Democratic governor in John Hickenlooper. Both the House and Senate have new leadership. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, replaces Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, as House speaker. John Morse, D-El Paso County, takes over for termlimited Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, as Senate president. With the Democrats’ new power comes a great responsibility.


Namely, to think of their constituents first, even those who may not have voted for them. It is important to note that of Colorado’s active voters, Republicans slightly outnumber Democrats — 924,076 to 891,004, as of Dec. 1. The ranks of active unaffiliated voters only slightly trails the Dems’ numbers. Given that, it would be wise for lawmakers to vigorously work toward bipartisan solutions that the people of this state will embrace.

Time to let the light shine Although Christmas is already over, this article, written by Cameo Smith of Mount Wolf, Pa., is so touching you must read it. ‘Twas 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate. Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there. They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day. “Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse. “This is heaven” Declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.” When what to their wondering eyes did appear, but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near. He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same then He opened His arms and He called them by name. And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring those children all flew into the arms of their King. And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace, one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face. And as if He could read all the questions she had He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.” He saw all the hurt, the sorrow, and woe then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand, “Let My power and presence re-enter this land!” “May this country be delivered from the hands of fools” “I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking


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back my schools!” Then He and the children stood up without a sound. “Come now my children, let me show you around.” Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can. And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight, “in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.” Have a healthy, happy New Year and my peace give us the way to love and serenity.

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But will that happen? At a recent gathering with reporters and editors from many of the state’s media outlets, Morse said the voters’ decision to empower his party means the “middle class is coming back.” House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-El Paso County, quickly took exception to what he apparently felt was a jab at the GOP. “We do care about the middle class and bipartisan solutions,” Waller said. While that’s a fairly typical exchange across party lines, let’s hope it wasn’t a sign of bickering to come. Instead, let’s hope they are both right, that both parties will show commitment to the middle class and a focus on bipartisan problem-solving. With a passel of weighty issues awaiting them, lawmakers will be best served

by proceeding with a spirit of cooperation. In the coming months, state legislators could be faced with decisions on: • Setting standards for marijuana use and driving. • Deciding whether to repeal the death penalty. • Stricter gun-control measures. • Civil unions, an issue that appeared headed for passage in 2012 before lastminute maneuvering prevented a vote. • Increased school safety measures. These are among issues important to Coloradans, and we hope legislators will devote the effort and thought needed to come up with common-sense solutions. Voters have put their faith in our lawmakers, and they need to take that responsibility seriously.

A perplexing situation with marijuana Leave it to Coloradans — we like to make things challenging. The whole marijuana thing is absurd to me in the first place, but I must admit based on the outcome of the constitutional amendment votes (medical marijuana and recreational use of marijuana), I am in the minority. There is a perplexing situation that the two amendments have caused. You have heard and read about it, but it remains unresolved. The federal law and now Colorado’s Constitution are in conflict over aspects of the medical marijuana law and recreational use. New state laws will need to spell out the details on growing, selling and using up to one ounce of marijuana for “recreational use.”

Difficult situation

So, you may think that such a legal conflict is no big deal. Well, it puts law enforcement personnel in a difficult position. And it presents some challenges to local policy makers in deciding what to do while this pending conflict exists. While some of our Colorado Congressional Delegation (Rep. Diana DeGette in particular) has expressed a desire to move quickly on federal legislation to take away the conflict, it remains to be seen just how popular this idea might be among the rest of Congress. So far, such a law would only apply to Colorado and Washington.

‘Opting out’ is encouraged

Some Colorado counties and cities are marching ahead to ban recreational marijuana. Douglas County officials have already approved such a ban Weld County is right behind them while Englewood has imposed a moratorium. While I can appreciate the legal perplexities of banning recreational marijuana at this time, I would hope Westminster and other Adams County cities would

move as quickly as possible to ban all aspects of recreational marijuana. The constitutional amendment provides for this “opting out” and I sure hope our local elected officials decide to enact such a ban. In the meantime, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would do Colorado a big favor if he would respond to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s request on the federal government’s position on the conflicts in the laws. Stay tuned on this one. It may get as hazy as the marijuana smoke.

Issues abound

With the new year, comes the next session of our Legislature. Lots of issues for the Democratic-controlled Legislature and governor’s office. While the state government is enjoying increased revenues, we still have a long way to go to return to fuller coffers. Even if the federal Fiscal Cliff is resolved and does not impact the state, there is plenty for the state Legislature to consider. Funding both K-12 public schools and higher education remain on the list as does state highway maintenance and new construction. Gun control measures cannot be ignored, but will cause a lot of emotion. Illegal immigration warrants attention since Congress is deadlocked. It looks to be a lively legislative session! Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.


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Mirren gives unsung hero her due with ‘Hitchcock’ 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

Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in “Hitchcock.” Photo by Fox Searchlight 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 music. 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,, and follow his tweets at You can also “Like” Tim on

Another snag for Jefferson Parkway land swap plan Land plan remains contested in the courts By Glenn Wallace The long and winding story of the Jefferson Parkway took two sharp corners recently, as one federal court ruled in favor of allowing a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land swap to move forward, only to have an appeals court announce a temporary injunction last week. A federal judge on Dec. 21 dismissed the lawsuit that sought to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from transferring a 300foot right of way, 617 acres along the eastern edge of the Rocky Flats Wildlife Reserve. Five days later, an appeals court ordered the temporary injunction. That strip of land is proposed to become a 10-mile toll road called the Jefferson Parkway. The new road would connect Highway 128 in Broomfield to Highway 93, about three miles north of the city of Golden, as part of the continuing effort to complete a ring road around the Denver Metro Area. A year ago, the cities of Superior and Golden, along with two environmental groups, all filed lawsuits to halt the land swap, arguing that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had not done adequate environmental

review to justify the sale, specifically mentioning the possibility of buried radioactive materials that could be disturbed as a result. Bill Ray, the interim executive director of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA), called it ironic that environmental groups were asking the court to halt a plan that he says would dramatically improve the Rocky Flats Wildlife Reserve. He added that the land swap, including a provision to add 600 acres of open space to the reserve, was vindicated by the ruling. “The decision is very comprehensive. It is very clear, very thorough that none of the arguments presented by the plaintiffs were accepted by the federal government,” Ray said.

According to Ray, the land swap deal, which includes about $17 million in funding from multiple agencies and municipalities, had been set to close escrow on Dec. 31. The city of Superior, along with the environmental groups WildEarth Guardians and Rocky Mountain Wild, immediately appealed the lawsuit to the 10th Circuit District Court of Appeals, and filed an emergency motion to stop the deal. According to the temporary injunction, the JPPHA and fellow defendants had until Dec. 27 to file a response to the injunction. After reading that response, the 10th Circuit court judges decided that the plaintiffs would have until noon on Dec. 28 to file a rebuttal, which they did. The court’s injunction was scheduled to lift one

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and several environmental studies, away from breaking ground. “The granting of the injunction preserves the status quo for now, and Golden can review its options, which I think is a good thing,” said Golden Pro Tem Joe Behm. Behm said the Golden City Council would have to discuss whether to join in the appeal of the lawsuit, as well as how to proceed broader negotiations with

the county and the Colorado Department of Transportation about future transit improvements. He said that the city continues to be concerned about overall 470 beltway plans. “It’s because out of the 150 miles of planned road, the five proposed miles in Golden are really the only section that bisects an established community, so it really is critical for us,” Behm said.

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Dan Davis and his film crew work on capturing some of the natural beauty of the Southwest. Much of “EnCompass with Dan Davis” will feature his trips around southwest Colorado. Photos submitted by Dan Davis

Finding the unexpected Program explores sights in regional states By Clarke Reader

“People you meet while traveling always want to help you find great places to go.” Dan Davis There is a lot to see and do in Colorado and its neighboring states, and even for longtime residents, there are new places and people to discover. Sharing information about what is out there is the aim of “EnCompass with Dan Davis,” a new weekly television show that will begin airing Jan. 5 on KTVD Channel 20. The program airs Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. The show is sponsored by AAA Colorado, and is based on its EnCompass Magazine, and each episode features locations and activities in Colorado, the rest of the country, and some international locations. “We’re very excited to bring this very popular magazine to televisions,” said

Wave Dreher, a spokesperson for AAA Colorado. “It’s great to work with Dan Davis, featuring travel trips for all over, as well as consumer tips. He has a wonderful knack or finding places and people you don’t know about.” Davis has been a newscaster for 32 years, and worked on “Good Morning Arizona” for 15 years before starting a similar program in Arizona. The Arizona show is entering its third season, and Davis said that the Colorado chapter of AAA saw the work that was being done and wanted to do something similar. “I love to tell travel stories, and the No. 1 thing for me is the people you meet

along the way,” Davis said. “People you meet while traveling always want to help you find great places to go.” Davis and his team recently finished up a 2,100-mile trip in southwest Colorado along U.S. 50, that includes stops in Durango, Pagosa Springs and Salida, where he said he met and did segments with many interesting people, including a beekeeper who is attempting to make honey whiskey, and a taxidermist in Salida. “The way I approach this is we have the first and last story set up, and then we see what happens along the way,” he said. “You get going and then just keep your fingers crossed.” Dreher said that Davis will be doing some shows on ski resorts and activities for both skiers and non-skiers to do at the resorts. Some other Colorado features will be the continental railroad and the Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs. “We’ll be doing a show about a balloon regatta at Lake Powell and a cruise in Alaska,” Davis said. “EnCompass” will be running for the entire year, and filming will be a continuous process throughout. Davis said he would like to further explore southern Colorado, and also do something on the Durango-Silverton Train. “The goal for each episode is to show things that people aren’t aware of,” he said. “Like most vacations, the most unexpected things are the most exciting.”

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If Steve Cominsky’s hunch is right, there’s a “very good chance” that movie and music star Justin Timberlake could show up for the opening of Colorado’s first Southern Hospitality Restaurant & Bar at 1433 17th St. Timberlake, who along with two partners created the New York-based barbecue and Southern food eatery, no longer has a financial stake in the restaurant but “still aligns himself with the brand,” said Cominsky, chief operating officer of Southern Hospitality Franchisee Holding Corp., which owns the exclusive franchise rights to expand the brand. “He’s a big supporter.” One rising music star who will definitely be around for the late January opening is Colorado Springs native Ryan Tedder, lead singer of the band OneRepublic, who remains an investor. “Ryan lives in town and has a studio in Denver,” Cominsky said. “He’ll be around the restaurant for the first couple of weeks.” Cominsky and his team have the franchise rights to open 30 Southern Hospitality restaurants throughout the country. The Denver restaurant will open for dinner only to start, with plans to add lunch by early February. The menu includes Memphis-style barbecue, dry-rubbed spare ribs, sweet and saucy baby-back ribs, crispy fried pickles and creamy cheddar grits. The bar list includes a selection of micro-brews on tap, an extensive list of bottled beers and a variety of bourbon. For more information, go to

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With the Broncos clinching the AFC West title and the team’s sound drubbing of the Cleveland Browns, there’s a chance Denver’s team will be New Orleans-bound in February. Since we can’t all make it to NOLA for the festivities, you can celebrate in town during the second annual Game of Giving fundraiser at Casselman’s Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut St., on Feb. 3. The annual Super Bowl watching party benefits Metro Volunteers, Families First and Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado Parent & Child Foundation. Tickets are $25 for admission, a food buffet (from Elway’s, Jason’s Deli, Y.Lo Catering and Garbanzo’s), free beer and one prize drawing ticket to win items including restaurant gift cards, signed sporting goods, event tickets and more. Tickets:

Panzano adds space

Panzano restaurant inside The Hotel Monaco at 909 17th St. has added 415 square feet of private dining space adjacent to the bar. The room, dubbed Toscana, features an expansive view of Champa Street through a large glass window wall opposite a wine wall that holds 450 bottles from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list. “We’re excited to expand our offerings and create this unique space for our guests,” said Panzano General Manager Josh Mayo. “The street view from this new room makes it a great addition to our private dining spaces.” The new space will seat 20 guests for a seated dinner at counter-high tables and Parker continues on Page 15

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New homes are getting smaller

rom the early 1990s to the beginning of this century, “bigger is better” certainly was the mantra of the homebuilding industry. All across North America buyers could browse among home developments boasting homes of 3,000 square feet or larger and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. But according to new data, home buyers are seeking less space today but more in green amenities. Research by the Canadian

Home Builders’ Association has found that many people now desire smaller homes with multipurpose rooms and energy saving features. They’re not ready to trade in their two- and three-car garages just yet, though. Plus, a survey of International Furnishings and Design Association members forecasts that McMansions will become a thing of the past and more emphasis will be placed on smaller, more eco-friendly homes. Family rooms will grow larger, as

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BREAKFAST FORUM Wilmore-Richter American Legion Post 161 hosts a roundtable issues breakfast forum at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at 6230 W. 60th Ave., Arvada. If you’d like to be a speaker for future meetings, contact John Sharp, 303-424-0324 or email, attn: John Sharp. SECRET PALS As part of the Northglenn Senior Center’s Festive

Friday Series, Secret Pal members are assigned a pal. The intent is to do something special for your secret pal throughout the year. This will be an ongoing activity for 2013. Learn more at a fun kickoff event at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at 11801 Community Center Drive. RSVP at 303-450-8801. For ages 55 and over.

SATURDAY/JAN. 5 HOME ALONE A workshop by Kidproof, offered from 9 a.m. to 1

p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, prepares children ages 10-13 to look after themselves if they spend a few hours home alone before or after school. They will learn first aid to help prepare them in case of an emergency. The cost is $35 for residents, $38 for non-residents. Call 303-450-8800 or go to to register. The class will be at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive.

SUNDAY/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.

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language will be shared at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, titled “Body Language: What You Say Before You Say a Word,” features an exclusive filmed interview with nonverbal communication expert Jan Hargrave, author of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” and “Let Me See Your Body Talk.” Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Contact Polly Wegner at 303424-4454 or

WEDNESDAY/JAN. 9 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


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COMING SOON/JAN. 17-19 COMEDY SHOW Comedy Central and festival veteran Gabriel Rutledge headlines WITS END, 6080 W. 92nd Ave., Unit 100, Westminster, from Jan. 17-19. Rutledge’s material often takes an honest and self-deprecating look at his own life, including his marriage and his finances. Visit Call 303430-4242 or visit for show times.

RECURRING EVENTS 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

COMING SOON/JAN. 12 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. COMING SOON/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 Ave., Broomfield. Sign up at or contact the church office, 303-469-3521.

COMING SOON/JAN. 16 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: JAN. 16: “South Africa: Journey from Apartheid,” presented by Active Minds. Join Active Minds as we explore the history of South

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

LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING AHEAD/JAN. 21 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, 970-947-8329 or

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 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. 7 ADOPTION BENEFIT The second annual Small Plates, Big Heart event is planned for Thursday, Feb. 7, at Infinity Park Event Center. Denver chefs prepare small plates of food in competition for the title, “Wednesday’s Child Best Chef of Denver!” For a complete list of participating vendors visit Visit the website for ticket information, or you can call 303-755-4756. Proceeds from the event benefit The Adoption Exchange. LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 8 BENEFIT CONCERT Susan Lee Cable, a concert pianist and professor emeritus at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will honor top classical musicians at “Concert, Coffee & Confections,” a benefit concert for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. The evening also will feature fine coffee, European gourmet desserts and a silent auction featuring works from OLLI artists. The event is open to the public. RSVP at 303-717-4299 or by sending a check ($40/per person) by Feb. 1 to OLLI West, University College, 2211 S. Josephine St., Denver. Visit www. or call 303-871-3090. 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 continues on Page16

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chairs. Up to 40 guests can use the space “reception style” for cocktails and appetizers. The new room is equipped with a 52-inch high-definition flat-screen TV designed for professional presentations. Executive Chef Elise Wiggins will be available for events in this new venue. When Toscana is not reserved for private events, Panzano’s happy hour will expand into the new room. More information at

Oxford Hotel is `golden’

Denver’s historic Oxford Hotel, on 17th and Wazee, is featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013 as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay.” The January issue of the magazine — on newsstands now — features more than 500 properties worldwide. The Oxford was the

only Denver hotel to be honored. In celebration of the Conde Nast pick, The Oxford has launched a gold package, starting at $500 per night. It includes: • Deluxe or parlor room accommodations for two. • A 50-minute couples massage at the Oxford Club. • In-room amenity of Godiva Chocolates and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. • A copy of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine featuring the 2013 Gold List. • Valet parking. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-228-5838 or go to

Bridgewater brings beery dinner

The Colorado Beer Dinner series at the Bridgewater Grill in the Golden Hotel con-

tinues on Jan. 9. The event is from 7-9:30 p.m.; $40 per person. Reservations: 303279-2010 or at Here’s the mouth-watering menu: Event kickoff: Brew — Bookai Red Ale; Horseshoes & Hand Grenades American ESB; Tostones with Spicy Chili & Garlic Sauce & Mini Cuban Sandwiches; Roasted Pork Loin, Ham, Pickles, Beer Mustard Amuse: Brew — Hookiebobb IPA; Caribbean Shrimp Cocktail; Avocado, Pico De Galo, Fresh Cirtrus Second course: Brew — Old Soul Belgium Ale; Sweet Corn Soup with Roasted Chilies & Conch; Mixed Greens & Bean Sprout Salad with Spiced Rum Dressing Entrée: Brew — Cara De Luna Black Ale; Espresso Crusted Pork; Black Beans, Sweet Cream Rice, Fried Plantains & Salsa Tamarindo Dessert: Brew — Mountain Living Pale

Ale; Pastel De Tres Leches

Seeking artists

The 40 West Healing Arts Exhibition & Showcase in northeast Lakewood is looking for artists. The deadline to submit artwork to be considered for the exhibit is Jan. 17. Submission is free for 40 West Arts members. The exhibit is a convergence of artwork, practitioners and products that invigorate and revitalize the mind, body and spirit, and it will kick off Feb. 9. To submit artwork, visit Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

MetroNorth Worship Directory

Arvada United Methodist Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church




9:15 am Sunday School - all ages 10:30 am Sunday Worship Youth Group - Sundays


Our purpose is to Welcome All, Praise God, and to Care for the World.

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

Northglenn United Methodist Church

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


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.

(across from Thornton Rec. Center)

303-457-2476 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!

Is Your Church in the Worship Directory? RATES: • 2” x 1” – $20/week • 2” x 2” – $27/week • 4” x 1” – $27/week • Ad renews every 4 weeks

Call 303.566.4093

6750 Carr Street 303-421-5135 Sunday Worship 8:00 and 10:00 Nursery provided during both services Church School at 9:30 am Rev. Rudty Butler Rev. Valerie Oden Where science, religion and life are compatible


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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

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 for more on submissions. Contact Michael Stricker at 303-450-8727 or email 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 303-452-7534 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 MONDAYS ADULT SURVIVORS of Childhood Sexual Abuse Northglenn Women’s Group meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. WINGS provides therapist-facilitated, peer-support 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 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 OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton. Ongoing continues on Page 17


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‘Bucket list’ trip a wild time Photo safari in Kenya an unforgettable experience for journalist By Tom Munds The decision to satisfy a “bucket list” item and take a photo safari in Kenya proved to be a good one as the two-week trip exceeded all my expectations. Part of the success of the trip was the decision to book the safari for my daughter and me though Kensington Tours. The company representative tailored the trip to our schedule and we spent 12 days in the field, with just our driver/guide in the van with us. When my daughter and I arrived in Kenya on Oct. 28, culture shock came early as we moved into Nairobi traffic that was a nightmare on steroids. Traffic signals seemed to be out all the time, so it was a constant case of four or five drivers working to get in the flow of vehicles on a two-lane road. Many times, I figured another coat of paint and the entire side of the van would be demolished. But our driver was an absolute magician as he maneuvered through the traffic jams without incident. The first full day in Kenya ushered in new and amazing experiences. We visited a sanctuary dedicated to saving an endangered species of giraffe, and my daughter kissed one of them. The next stop was the elephant orphanage, where we saw keepers bottle-feeding young elephants ranging from a baby only weeks old to a couple that were 3 or 4 years old. There was a stop at the chimpanzee rescue sanctuary, and my daughter got to feed a rhino. The final stop of the day was a thriving business making beaded jewelry. What made it special was that the business was started to provide employment for two single mothers. Now there are 350 single mothers and young women just out of school with no job experience turning out beautiful jewelry and filling orders that are sent to distributors around the globe.

Out in the field

The next day, Nairobi was in the rear view mirror as we began the first of 12 days in the field, traveling the narrow dirt roads of national parks where millions of animals roamed free. Because hunting of any type is illegal in Kenya and we were in national parks, the animals were unafraid, and it wasn’t unusual to have an elephant grazing by the side of the road undisturbed by the fact the van

A male lion surveys settles down to survey his kingdom in the Samburu National Park in Kenya. Animals roam free and safe because hunting is illegal in Kenya. Photos by Tom Munds ABOUT TOM MUNDS Tom Munds is a reporter/photographer for Colorado Community Media. He has covered Englewood and south metro-area happenings for 35 years.

was 10 to 15 feet away. The trip showed the different aspects of the Kenyan terrain. Our first stop was quarters at Samburu National Park at an altitude of 5,700 feet. A four-hour drive the next day, and we were at a park at about 700 feet. Daily, we saw herds of different members of the antelope family, like the Thompson gazelle and the impala. There were wildebeests by the thousands, and zebras were plentiful. A turn in the road might provide a sighting of a herd of elephants or a group of giraffes peacefully eating the leaves of the thorny acacia tree. Daily we were on the lookout for elusive animals, including lions, cheetahs and leopards. Thus, each day was an adventure as we traveled the roads, seeking opportunities to take good photographs.

Even so, a couple good photos were missed because I was so fascinated by the beauty of the animals that I didn’t focus and click the shutter. That didn’t happen with the male lion that seemed to come out of the brush almost on cue, lie down and survey his kingdom, undisturbed by the van just 25 feet away. Another rare photo came when we saw a young male cheetah in the brush. The animal was moving around, and gave chase and pounced on a large mouse.

Surprising sounds

Evenings were spent in nice quarters with all the modern amenities. However, we were still in Africa, and at Sopa Samburu, we were awakened about 5:30 a.m. and warned that there were elephants in the courtyard. One of the beasts was about 50 yards away. It apparently became upset when the lights came on and knocked down a large tree before storming off into the brush. The influence of our country was evident at the Sweetwater Lodge where I heard what sounded like a recording of Willie Nelson singing, “On the Road Again.” However, further investigation showed it was a young Kenyan singer doing the

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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

meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 12021 Northaven Circle in Thornton. For more information, visit

METRO NORTH Chamber Leads Tues-

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. 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.


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 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

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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

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. Ongoing continued from Page 20

A giraffe pauses among the brush on the Samburu National Park in Kenya checks out the tourist taking his picture. Animals roam free and unafraid because all hunting is banned in Kenya. song in perfect pitch and rhythm. All the new experiences made it seem like we were in Kenya for a long time but, in another way, the time just flew by, so all too soon it was time to get on an airplane to return home with a head full of great memories and about 1,400 pictures to go through.

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

McCaffrey amazed all year Valor Christian junior was dominant presence By Daniel P. Johnson Statistics don’t always tell the complete story. Take Valor Christian’s Christian McCaffrey as a prime example of that. The junior running back gained 1,390 rushing yards in the 2012 season. Great numbers, for sure, but there were other running backs in the state that accumulated more. Now, when you begin to factor in the fact that McCaffrey, in addition to his rushing prowess, led his team in receptions (55), receiving yards (675), punt return yards (261) and scored a total of 43 touchdowns, the picture of McCaffrey’s dominance on the gridiron becomes clearer. The junior was recently named Colorado Community Media’s 2012 Offensive Player of the Year for his performance in the 2012 season. “On defense, we just had no answer for No. 5,” Arapahoe coach Mike Campbell said of McCaffrey after his 295 rushing yards, 108 receiving yards and six-touchdown performance against the Warriors in a 48-31 state quarterfinal victory. “That guy is awesome.” McCaffrey did some of his best work in the postseason, highlighted by a two-week stretch over the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, where he would score a total of 11 touchdowns. In the first-ever Valor Christian-ThunderRidge contest, which was played in the 5A semifinals at a raucous Shea Stadium, McCaffrey scored five touchdowns as the Eagles rolled the Grizzlies, 49-3. “He’s really special. I wish I could say it’s all coaching,” Valor Christian coach Brent

Vieselmeyer said. “You just look at the things he does; he scored on a punt return, he runs back kickoffs, plays defense and throws passes. You name it, he can really do it. That’s what makes him really special. He’s an outstanding receiver when he needs to be. “From a defensive perspective, you’re asking ... what are they going to do with him now? I’m just really proud of him, and he’s the kind of kid to be honest with you, we have to slow him down because that’s how he practices and does everything in his life, and that’s why he’s such a great kid.” McCaffrey, while he didn’t have his best statistical game in the Class 5A state title contest against Cherokee Trail (he still gained over 100 yards rushing), was able to affect the game’s outcome simply by being on the field. With Cherokee Trail refusing to punt the ball in his direction, McCaffrey’s presence helped give the Eagles prime field position early in the fourth quarter of what was a scoreless game at the time. McCaffrey finished off what turned out to be the game-winning drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, as the Eagles won their first-ever 5A state championship, and fourth-straight overall, 9-3 over the Cougars. “We knew Cherokee Trail was an amazing football team and that they were going to make some plays,” said McCaffrey, who made up for his two lost fumbles with the touchdown run. He finished the game with 114 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards. “We played extremely sloppy, especially on my part, so I apologize to the team for that. But, a win’s a win and we’re going to take it and soak it in and really enjoy this one.” McCaffrey’s wide array of talent is best summed up by teammate and quarterback, Luke Del Rio, who recently announced he would be walking on at the University of Alabama. “Christian is amazing,” said Del Rio, who


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Ralston Valley’s Svejcar dubbed CCM Defensive Player of Year The jack-of-all trades may trade in pads for hardwood ... or glove

‘He was not only one of our most talented guys but one our hardest

By Daniel Williams ARVADA - You ever know one of those guys that are just really good at anything he tries? If you don’t, there is one in Arvada who goes by the name of Spencer Svejcar. The Ralston Valley senior is currently the leader of Mustangs varsity basketball team, but his extraordinary efforts on the football field earned him Colorado Community Media’s 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Award, announced this week. “It’s awesome and a great honor but we had a great defense and I was just a part of that. It’s easy to make plays when you play with a bunch of real talented guys,” Svejcar said. Svejcar, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety/ receiver/running back/return man, was a three-way leader for Ralston Valley who fell just one win shy of a meeting with Valor Christian in the 5A state championship. Although he shined as numerous positions on the football field, he was the best safety in 5A football intercepting five balls and accumulating 108 tackles. “He’s just a great football player, a great athlete,” Ralston Valley coach Matt Loyd


Ralston Valley Coach Matt Loyd

Ralston Valley senior running back Spencer Svejcar runs up field in this year’s semifinal against Cherokee Trail. Photo by Andy Carpenean said. “He was not only one of our most talented guys but one our hardest workers.” And while some teenager’s biggest choices are Taco Bell or McDonalds, or which mall they will go to, Svejcar has to decide which sport he is going to play in college.

Svejcar initially thought he would play

basketball in college but his tremendous season as a safety put him on the radar of multiple college football programs, both D-I and D-II. He also has the option to play baseball in college as a shortstop. “It’s 50-50 if I’ll play football or basketball (in college). I talked to New Mexico (recently) and I am just trying to be patient and make the right decision,” Svejcar said. Whatever decision Svejcar makes, where it’s to play safety, guard, shortstop, or Taco Bell, he is sure to get it right.

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Colorado Community Media All-Star Football Team 2012 McCaffrey, Svejcar lead selections Staff report


QB Luke Del Rio, Valor Christian, Sr. 2,275 yards passing, 28 touchdowns, 4 interceptions RB Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian, Jr. 1,390 yards rushing, 675 yards receiving, 37 touchdowns, 8.91 yards per carry RB Keynan Huguley, Thornton, Sr. 2,161 yards rushing, 30 total touchdowns, 501 yards rushing in single game FB Jake Hand, ThunderRidge, Sr. 1,002 yards rushing, 472 yards receiving, 17 touchdowns WR Connor Skelton, D’Evelyn, Sr. 1,254 yards receiving, 14 touchdowns, 572 kick return yards WR Mitch Colin, Pomona, Sr. 946 yards receiving, 8 touchdowns WR Brandon Malone, Chaparral, Jr. 724 yards receiving, 10 touchdowns TE Mitch Parsons, Chaparral, Sr. 754 yards receiving, 7 touchdowns TE Ethan Brunhofer, Arapahoe, Jr. 750 yards receiving, 9 touchdowns OL Daniel Skipper, Ralston Valley, Sr. Dominating force, headed to University of Tennessee OL Blake Nowland, Douglas County, Sr. Committed to Colorado State OL Connor Warren, Regis Jesuit, Sr. Unanimous selection to Continental all-conference team e he OL Chris Fox, Ponderosa, ore.”Sr. Arguably top college prospect in state, committed to Michigan OL Sam Jones, ThunderRidge, Jr. First-team All-Continental League KR Trey Smith, Douglas County, Jr. 19.6 yards per kick return, 40.5 yards per punt return, 2,200 yards of total offense ATHLETE Jordan Radebaugh, Northglenn, Sr.

Thornton running back Keynan Huguley. File photo 2,720 yards passing, 366 yards rushing, 3,106 yards total offense, 35 touchdowns


DE Austin Balbin, D’Evelyn, Sr. 82 tackles, 55 solo, 12 sacks DE John Adam, ThunderRidge, Jr. 36 tackles, 9 sacks DL Skylar McWee, Legacy, Sr. 48 tackles, 7 sacks DL Zack Anderson, Pomona, Sr. 48 tackles, 9 sacks LB Derek Landis, Lakewood, Sr. 193 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions LB Justin Falls, Valor Christian, Jr. 100 tackles, 43 solo, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions LB Carlos Aviles, Valor Christian, Sr. 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 pass defenses LB Justin Escue, Arapahoe, Sr. 64 tackles, 5 sacks DB Spencer Svejcar, Ralston Valley, Sr. 108 tackles, 79 solo, 5 interceptions DB Will Halligan, Pomona, Sr. 51 tackles, 5 interceptions DB Dustin Rivas, Horizon, Sr. 41 tackles, 6 interceptions, 7 pass defenses

DB Preston DeHerrera, Mountain Range, Sr. 90 tackles, Front Range defensive player of the year K Daniel Carlson, The Classical Academy, Sr. 54 touchbacks, 10 field goals, 35 PATs, named to AllAmerican Bowl P Brendan McGowan, Castle View, Sr. 42 yard average, 6 inside 20 yard line Offensive Player of the Year: Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian Defensive Player of the Year: Spencer Svejcar, Ralston Valley Coach of the Year: Brent Vieselmeyer, Valor Christian


QB Jacob Knipp, Ralston Valley RB Jaden Franklin, Kent Denver RB Corry Williams, Ponderosa FB Daryl Hawkins, Valor Christian WR Taylor Vaughn, Arvada WR Hunter Burton, Cherry Creek WR Eddie Franco, Northglenn TE Joshua Clausen, Lu-

theran OL Tyler Andrejewski, Cherry Creek OL Daniel Kubistek, Holy Family OL Leuluai Io, Valor Christian OL Anthony Ochiato, Standley Lake OL Kevin Clark, Chaparral KR Tanner Townsend, Castle View


DL/DE Gunnar Campbell, Horizon DL/DE Dylan Cassagnol, Cherry Creek DL/DE Brian Boatman, Kent Denver DL/DE Zayne Anderson, Pomona LB Colton Fries, Legend LB Cameron Gray, Valor Christian LB Chantz Tanner, Kent Denver LB Jake Bublitz, Legacy DB Ryan Belearde, Westminster DB Drew Stephon, Ponderosa DB Thomas Trotman, Arapahoe DB Connor Durant, Standley Lake P Connor Orgill, Legend K Sawyer Edwards, Chaparral

Honorable mention:

Jordan Anderson, Ralston Valley; Tyler Andrejewski, Cherry Creek; Michael Babb, Arapahoe; Michael Barela, Golden; Travis Baum, Legacy; Chandler Bibo, Chaparral; Austin Beane, Rock Canyon; Luke Behrends, Legend; Jake Bennett, Bear Creek; Andrew Bergner, Legend; Michael Beiswenger, Discovery Canyon; Joe Bozeman, Regis Jesuit; Antonio Broadus, Regis Jesuit; Andrew Brown, Lewis-Palmer; Jakob Buys, Ralston Valley; Jose Cancanon, Arapahoe; Thomas Caracena, The Classical Academy; Kyle Carpenter, Ralston Valley; Elijah Cherrington, Legend; Riley Collins, Lakewood; Tom Commander, Mountain Range; Nate Conner, Lewis-Palmer; Chris Cruz, Castle View; Marcus Culhane, Arvada West; Damasjae Currington, Englewood; Jarred DeHerrera, Holy Family; Spencer Elliott, Horizon; Matthew Evans, Arvada West; Nick Evdos, Legend; Tom-

my Fitsimmons, D’Evelyn; Danny Flanagan, Bear Creek; Caelan Garner, Woodland Park; Bobby Glandon, Lutheran; Greg Gonzales, Horizon; Sean Grundman, LewisPalmer; Trevon Hamlet, Kent Denver; Drew Hebel, Legacy; Dan Hollar, Ralston Valley; Paul Holden, Littleton; Isaiah Holland, Valor Christian; Ryan Hommel, Rock Canyon; Mark Hopper, ThunderRidge; Trey Jarvis, Standley Lake; Devyn Johnston, Standley Lake; Jordan Jones, Wheat Ridge; Jalen Kittrell, Highhlands Ranch; Taylor Knestis, Lakewood; Sam Kozan, Valor Christian; Tyler Kubasta, Wheat Ridge; Max Kuhns, Chaparral; Damian Lockhart, Pomona; Adrian Mack, Discovery Canyon; Chris Marquez, Pomona; Cody Marvel, D’Evelyn; John Martinez, Arvada; Sione Maumau, Valor Christian; Mitch McCall, Legacy; Alex McClure, Lutheran; Justin Miller, The Classical Academy; Aaron Montoya, Legacy; Keenan Oby, LewisPalmer; Jack Palmer, Discovery Canyon; Rocco Palumbo, Mountain Vista; Phydell Paris, Legacy; Greg Pearson, Englewood; Matt Pettyjohn, Kent Denver; Connor Pierson, Pomona; Hunter Price, Ralston Valley; Steve Ray, ThunderRidge; Peyton Remy, Legend; Easton Robbins, Horizon; Ryan Rubley, Mountain Vista; Alec Ruth, Valor Christian; Jantzen Ryals, The Classical Academy; Tommy Saager, Arapahoe; Paris Salas, Golden; Jack Sale, Pomona; Mitch Schafer, Green Mountain; David Sommers, Holy Family; Austin Sonju, Littleton; Jackson Spalding, Discovery Canyon; Taven Sparks, Arapahoe; Garret Swartzendruber, Green Mountain; David Sweat, Green Mountain; Steven Sumey, Horizon; Deion Trejo, Wheat Ridge; Joey Trese, The Classical Academy; Lucas Videtich, Standley Lake; Kaleb Whiting, Arvada West; Eric Williams, Rock Canyon; Tahj Willingham, Cherry Creek; Jon Wilson, Heritage; Alec Wirtjes, Discovery Canyon; John Wood, ThunderRidge; Roman Yancey, Chaparral; Steven Yoshihara, Legacy.

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National Western gets ready to roll Livestock judging, rodeos, entertainment on tap By Tom Munds Cowboy boots and hats will be in abundance Jan. 12-27 for the 107th edition of the National Western Stock Show. Each day’s schedule can include activities such as livestock judging and sales, rodeos, displays and entertainment, drawing hundreds of thousands of patrons through the turnstiles. While special events draw a lot of attention, the National Western is billed as the Super Bowl of livestock shows and sales. There are judging competitions for horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, bison, yaks, poultry and rabbits. Other livestock-related events include a sheep-shearing contest and the catcha-calf competition, where young livestock enthusiasts try to catch a calf to keep and then are judged the next year on their ability to raise and care for the animal. There also are numerous livestock sales where millions of dollars change hands as thousands of animals are sold to new owners. The National Western Stock Show is Colorado’s largest trade show. The 2010 show drew about 637,000 people. The show events are spread among a number of facilities. Stock show activities are centered at the National Western Stock Show Arena and Hall of Education near 46th Avenue and Humbolt Street, the Events Center at 1515 E. 47th Ave. and the Denver Coliseum. A general admission ticket is required to get into the National Western Stock Show. The ticket entitles the holder to visit the trade show, displays, stock shows and auctions. Ticket prices vary from $12 to $17 for an adult, with high-priced tick-

ets required on the weekend. Tickets for children 3 to 11 are $2 to $3, depending on the day. Children under 3 get in free. The general admission ticket also is good for visits to the Children’s Ranchland and petting farm, open daily on the third floor of the Expo Hall. In addition, there are a variety of activities at the new Ames Activity Pavilion including stick horse rodeos, kids’ pedal-tractor pulls, horseshoe pitching and dummy roping contests. The pavilion is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the daily activity lists are posted on the website. There are a total of 42 entertainment events requiring admission tickets that range in price from $8 to $100 each. The entertainment schedule includes: two Mexican Rodeo Extravaganzas, three Professional Bull Riders events, two Wild West shows, the Grand Prix horse jumping show, two SuperDogs shows, two performances of An Evening of Dancing Horses and the Martin Luther King Jr. AfricanAmerican Heritage Rodeo. There are also 23 rodeo performances during the first stop of the year for members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. At the other end of the National Western complex, the Events Center will be equally busy as the site of shows and competitions as well as activities that include the Grand Prix jumping event, an evening of dancing horses and a daily schedule of riding and performance competitions. The Equestrian Center is also the site of the Wild West Show, an event fashioned after the turn-of-the-century performances produced by Buffalo Bill Cody. For information on the full schedule of events, ticket prices and directions to the facilities, visit

This cowboy’s goal is to stay on for eight seconds and get a good score in bull riding at one of last year’s National Western rodeos. The rodeo and events return this year from Jan. 12-27. Courtesy photo


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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 and www.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GRIEFSHARE SUPPORT Group meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 1481 Russell Way. For more information, go online to

WESTMINSTER OPTIMIST Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at

the Egg & I, 799 Highway 287, Broomfield. For more information, call John Swanborg at 303-466-5631 or email him at

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

WEDNESDAYS ARVADA BIZ 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. 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

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.

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.

College Hill Library, 3705 W. 112th Ave. in Westminster, is hosting a new exhibit, Killer Asteroids, on the second floor of the library. The exhibit runs through January and teaches people about comets, asteroids and the risk of earth impacts. Those who visit the exhibit can find out how backyard astronomers help scientists learn about asteroids, and also try their hand at deflecting a “rubble pile” asteroid and drop an asteroid on their town and see just how bad the damage would be. This exhibit was funded through grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation. Photo by Ashley Reimers ROCKY MOUNTAIN Submarine Veterans meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at American Legion WilmoreRichter 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. TOASTMASTERS-WESTMINSTER COMMUNICATORS

meets 12:15-1:15 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

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 303-5223608. 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 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 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 303-420-1637.

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