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Adams County and Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 68, Issue 14

Election process in play Potential change to eliminate runoff draws comments By Ashley Reimers

Evelyn Cadman uses a drill to take apart pieces of a bridge to be resurfaced during a volunteer project in the Big Dry Creek area Saturday in Westminster. Photos by Andy Carpenean

Volunteers help to maintain city By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews. com Westminster volunteer coordinator Pattie Wright can’t say enough about a particular group of local residents. A group that has put in hours of hard work and dedication to make Westminster the best it can be. “I have a very established group of volunteers who have been volunteering for years. Some even for 10 to 15 years,” she said. “They are just amazing. They are like professional volunteers.” On Saturday, Jan. 19, the city kicked off the year with its first volunteer project. Wright and a group of about 20 volunteers worked together to repair a pedestrian bridge on the Big Dry Creek Trail behind Front Range Community College and distribute mulch in the open space area. Wright said she coordinates 18-20 projects a year to help maintain almost 3,000 acres of open space of Westminster and miles of trails. “The city depends on the volunteers’ helping hands to enhance and maintain the open space and trails in Westminster,” she said. “It doesn’t take care of itself, even though

Jim McGinnis, left, pushes mulch into a wheelbarrow for Lisa Engelking during a volunteer project along Big Dry Creek Trail Saturday in Westminster. it looks like it does.” Volunteer Albert Sinclair has been donating his time since 2010 when he moved to Westminster from California. He said after visiting Colorado he fell in love with the state, and had to move from the West Coast. Ever since then, he’s put


in many hours to service to keep Westminster a beautiful city. “I started volunteering because I really didn’t know many people out here, and I wanted to feel like part of the community,” he said. “I love doing this and it makes me feel like I have a sense of purpose.” Wright said she’s always impressed with the work of the volunteers who know how to get busy and get their hands dirty. With cooperation and posi-

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tive energy, Wright said the volunteers can accomplish so much in just a few hours, compared to one person in 60 hours. “I have the best job in the whole city. I get to see the best side of people,” she said. “During every project people are smiling, laughing and working together. It’s amazing.” For more information on upcoming volunteer projects in Westminster, contact Wright at 303-658-2201 or pwright@

The process in which the next Westminster mayor is elected could change, with or without the support of the residents. By a 4-3 vote, City Council approved on Jan. 14 the first reading of an ordinance that removes the requirement that a candidate must secure an excess of 40 percent of the voter margin to be elected to the office of mayor. Councilors Herb Atchison, Bob Briggs, Mark Kaiser and Mary Lindsey voted in favor of the ordinance, while mayor Nancy McNally, mayor pro tem Faith Winter and councilor Scott Major voted against the ordinance. The second and final reading of the ordinance will be voted on during council’s Jan. 28 meeting. Since 1993, all mayoral elections require a candidate to receive at least 40 percent of the votes. If the top candidate does not receive 40 percent, the top two candidates face off against each other during a run-off election. This process requires a second election, costing about $100,000, which is not a line item in the city budget but is something highlighted in the budget process as a potential eventuality. By removing the 40 percent requirement, the candidate who receives the most votes will be elected in one election, without the need of a runoff election. During the meeting, more than 10 Westminster residents voiced their opposition to the ordinance during public comment. Resident Tim Kauffman told council the run-off election is important because the mayor position needs widespread community support. “Moving to the run-off election focuses on the two highest folks and then the community can decide between those two candidates,” he said. “I ask you to keep the provision for a mayor run-off election.” McNally, Winter and Major spoke in the same tone as many of the community members, each voicing their opposition to the ordinance. Winter attempted to table the ordinance and take the issue to the public for a public vote, but the motion failed. She said she adamantly opposes the ordinance and believes it is wrong for the city of Westminster. McNally said the ordinance is morally and ethically wrong and will not support it. She said this kind of decision is not meant to be made by council, but the residents of Westminster. “Normally after a vote we sing “Kumbaya” and go forward. I cannot do that tonight or after the next vote, because this is wrong,” she said. “It is not for me to sit here and decide. I’m sorry this did not get put to a public vote. Without that public vote, it’s not for me tell you after 18 years, for no good reason, that we are going to change the way this is voted. I will publicly speak out against it.” Major said he believes the mayor needs wide support of the citizens within the city and also adamantly opposes the ordinance. He has officially filed his candidate affidavit to run in this year’s mayor election. He said he does not believe in changing the election process during an election year. Mayor continues on Page 24


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When you wish upon a car … The elfin 1970 Saab sits in front of the house — unmoving, somewhat fraillooking — like an aging body worn down by time and circumstance. Patches of rust spot the beige paint; dents bend the chrome bumper; a milky film clouds the windows, shielding the torn upholstery inside. Much to his wife’s dismay, Larry Beetham towed it home almost six months ago, from a barn where it had rested for more than 20 years. “We just don’t have the space,” she told him. “We have a two-car garage and now four cars and a motorcycle.” And then, something remarkable happened. Call it luck, fate, maybe divine intervention. Larry’s not sure. All he knows is the little car given to him for free turned out to be a priceless gift — a road trip back to his childhood and his dad, who died six years ago. Along the way, he rediscovered the depth of a father’s commitment to his family. “It was a connection, not a destiny,” Larry says of the car. “But by some design it came to me.” The story begins in the mid-1960s when James Beetham and his two sons — Larry was about 6 then — saw their first Saabs at the Denver car show. It was, almost, love at first sight. By the end of 1966, James owned a Saab franchise in Greeley. “I spent my childhood riding around in these little Saabs,” Larry, now 53, remembers. Developed by airplane engineers, the Swedish cars became known for aerodynamic shapes and innovative differences — ignitions on the floor, electric window locks in the middle console — and their devoted fans. To this day, Saab owners are unwavering in loyalty and passion. At 19, Larry bought his first, a 1973 bright yellow Saab, from his father. He bought his second, a red 1977 Saab, in

1982. In 1988, he married Ann, the daughter of a Midwest auto mechanic who understood and appreciated cars and could recite models of just about any car that passed. “That’s one of the things that drew me to Ann,” Larry says. “I thought, `OK, she might put up with some of my stuff.’” Ann was driving an Acura. With no space or money for car registrations and licenses, they sold the Saabs and bought a Jeep. Two sons came. A series of cars, including a van, came and went from the driveway. A Saab, a 1998 green 9000, didn’t re-enter Larry’s life again until 2004. By 2008, the non-Saabs had been replaced by two more Saabs, one black, the other a flirty red convertible. The year Larry bought the green Saab he also joined the Rocky Mountain Saab Club. Last summer, one member, moving from Evergreen for health reasons, wanted homes for three old Saabs stored in his barn. Two other members made their choices first; Larry took the one left, a Savannah beige 96 that had been towed into the barn in 1988 as a parts car. Larry inspected it closely. A little rust. Solid floorboards under the soiled carpet. Door panels in good condition. Weatherstrip around the doors in good condition. Headliner in excellent condition. Although the engine didn’t run, Larry declared it “a solid car,” trailered it behind his green Saab and pulled into his brother’s

car wash in Golden to spray out the pine needles in the fender and the gray dust and spiderwebs blanketing the engine. Then he parked it outside his Littleton home. Ann suggested Larry name the car Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes, which also happened to be his dad’s favorite saint. “That’s it, Dad!” son Kyle, 16, agreed enthusiastically. “We’re gonna name it Jude!” And here, the story takes its twist. The previous owner never retitled the car when he bought it in 1988 and the address of the original owner was a J.F. and A. Garcia of Greeley. “What are the odds your dad sold him the car?” a Saab club member asked Larry. One August weekend, when Larry was helping his mother around her Greeley home, down in the basement he rummaged through his dad’s old, steel work desk — still packed with files. As he flipped through a stack of envelope-sized slips, he noticed a sales transaction that read “June 13, 1970, Saab, Garcia.” He opened a drawer and a white card “jumped out” and fell on the floor. “It wanted me to find it,” Larry recalls. It was a Saab owner identification card, which contained the serial number of a demo car received by Larry’s dad on Jan. 22, 1970. The serial number matched the Saab number on the title of the car parked outside Larry’s home. Larry started laughing: “I’ve got a car that my dad actually sold and, not just that he sold, but that he had.” That day, poignant memories rose from the papers, mingling amid the excitement of discovery, to remind Larry about the challenges his dad faced trying to support a family of eight children while running a business. “He would come home when I was a kid and he didn’t know how he was going to make it work.” Larry’s voice thickens and falters as he remembers. “He would pray to

St. Jude. St. Jude would look over him and get him through.” And “sometimes,” Larry says, a smile brightening his face, “he would come in with a roll of bills and say, `Let’s take a test drive and go to Johnson’s Corner for dinner.’” His father, who died at 90, was 60 years old when he gave up the Saab franchise. “It was hard when he sold the dealership,” Larry says. The discussion about the coincidence of the Saab, St. Jude and Larry’s dad continues. “One of my sisters said ‘Dad’s guiding that from heaven,’” Larry says. “I don’t think certain things happen by chance,” Ann says. “I think there’s more a spiritual connection with certain things.” Larry’s still not sure. But one thing is certain. “If it was designed that way,” Ann says, “it’s Larry’s obligation to bring it back to its original condition.” He’s working on it. Parts are on the way. He will soon move the car from the cold curb into the warmth of the garage where he can tinker when time allows. With help from a friend, he started the engine last summer. His son turned the key. Neighbors watched. Larry documented the event on video. “It has life,” he said happily as the car blew a cloud of accumulated exhaust. “It’s not a hopeless cause.” And that, for the time being, is the end of the story. Luck. Fate. Divine intervention? You decide.

Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at or 303-5664110.

ADAMS COUNTY NEWS IN A HURRY Las Delicias Mexican Restaurant to host public CASA benefit

Las Delicias Mexican Restaurant, 7610 Conifer Road in unincorporated Adams County, will host a Dine Out for CASA event in which 15 percent of all food sales from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, will be donated to the Court Appointed Special Advo-

cates (CASA) of Adams and Broomfield Counties. CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties Executive Director Simone Jones said all of the funds raised from the event will used to help train volunteer advocates who help to ensure that children removed from homes and live in foster care are placed in permanent home. For more information

and a list of other Dining Out for CASA dates and locations, visit the CASA website at www.casa17th. org.

Adams County seeking eligible residents to fill citizen board vacancies

The Adams County Board of Commissioners is recruiting qualified Adams County residents interested

in participating on the county’s citizen board or commission. These citizen boards and commissions include the Board of Adjustment, Child Welfare Citizens Review Panel, Cultural Council, Fire Board of Appeals, Planning Commission, Rangeview Library District Board of Trustees and several Workforce Investment boards.


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Adams County is teaming up with Bonfils Blood Center to host a blood drive from 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Adams County Administration Building in Platte River Rooms C and D. For more information

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Adams county seeking Adams County Fair Lady in Waiting applicants

Adams County is currently seeking applicants for this year’s Adams County Fair Lady in Waiting. Interested individuals can obtain an information packet at the Parks and Westm Community Resources engulf Department, located at 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton. A mandatory Royalty Clinic will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Regional Park Complex Rendezvous Meeting Rooms. The Royalty Contest is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 9 at the same location. For additional information, contact co-fair manager Mary Willis by phone at 303-637-8002.

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District recommends denial of online school Colorado Virtual Academy seeks charter renewal By Ashley Reimers Representatives from the Colorado Virtual Academy had one last chance to convince the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education to renew its charter application during its Jan. 16 meeting. Along with the group of COVA officials, there were more than 100 COVA parents and students showing their support of the online school’s presence in the district. “I have a gifted and talented son and even though COVA does have flaws, despite those flaws, my son is flourishing in this school,” said parent Michael Long of Northglenn. “My challenge to you is to not shut down the school and find those flaws and address them.” COVA is Colorado’s largest online school with around 4,400 students. It is a free, public school offering educational services to students in kindergarten through high school. The current five-year charter between Adams 12 and COVA expires on June 30. Before COVA representatives gave their plea, Adams 12 charter school liaison Patti Gilmour gave the board staff’s recommendation to deny COVA’s renewal application. The denial was based on several reasons, but the key reason was the lack of success in COVA’s education program. With COVA in its third year of Priority Improvement status, Gilmour said failure to rise to Improvement status within the next two years will result in the district being required to take action to restructure or close COVA. “In the case of COVA, closure is the right option,” she said. “First of all the district does not have the capacity to restructure COVA’s instruction program. As part of staff

recommendation I would like to point out that short term turn-around is rarely successful.” Following the staff recommendation, COVA board members Brian Bissell and Randy DeHoff proposed a plan to allow one additional year, giving the COVA board time to seek a new authorizer. With this additional year, the application would expire on June 30, 2014. “We commit to you, as a condition, for an additional year, that we will not be back on your door step again and will not ask you, Adams 12, to authorize COVA beyond June 30, 2014,” Bissel said. DeHoff said the school is aggressively focusing on reducing mobility, instituting stronger pre-enrollment counseling, setting clear expectations for students, teachers and administrators and increasing student engagement. “The board has adopted an enrollment policy to review whether or not new students are on track for their graduation expectations,” he said. “This policy also refers students who are significantly behind to other options if there is no way they can get enough credits to graduate before they turn 21.” After COVA’s presentation, school board member Enrico Figueroa said his biggest concern was student engagement in academics. “My chief academic officer told me that when a student has a negative academic experience in one year, it can take up to three years to recover,” he said. “So giving a year extension, you have to convince me not only will you make significant changes, but that we are not putting more students at risk of having a rough time.” The Adams 12 board will vote on the renewal application at the Feb. 6 meeting. To view the entire COVA renewal application or the staff recommendation, visit www.

More than 100 Colorado Virtual Academy parents attended the Adams 12 Five Star Schools board meeting on Jan. 16 in support of the school. COVA representatives presented information as to why the district should continue to authorize the online school. The board will vote on the renewal of the charter application Feb. 6. Photo by Ashley Reimers

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Westminster Fire Department responded to a fire Saturday night in the 1200 block of 132nd Place. The fire fully engulfed the home and displaced the family. Photo provided by the Westminster Fire Department

Fires displace two families Staff report The Westminster Fire and the Westminster Police departments responded to a report of a fire at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 in the 1200 block of 132nd Place. Upon arrival, crews found one house fully involved and a second home starting to catch fire next door. Six fire engines responded to the fires,

four from Westminster Fire and two from North Metro Fire Rescue. No residents were home in the house that was a full loss at the time of the fire. Two residents were in the second home and had evacuated before crews had arrived; that home has a preliminary estimate of $75,000 in damage. Both families were displaced and Westminster Fire aided in finding them hotel rooms. No injuries from the fire, though a cat is missing.



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County aims to renew airport talks By Darin Moriki Adams County officials plan to reach out to Denver to end an ongoing feud over proposed plans for an Airport City surrounding Denver International Airport. The goodwill move, which was unanimously approved by the newly-reconvened Airport Coordinating Committee during its Jan. 17 meeting, will ask Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to provide three representatives to join three others from Adams County on an Airport Consultation Committee. District 2 Adams County Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco, Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan were chosen during the meeting


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to represent Adams County on the Airport Consultation Committee. “We would rather have a conversation with Mayor Hancock than to start the litigation process,” said District 1 Adams County Commissioner Eva Henry. “For us, this is kind of a concerted effort to get Denver to come and sit down at the table with us.” A 1988 intergovernmental agreement that laid out the stipulations and restrictions regarding DIA’s construction and development provided the framework needed to create the Airport Coordinating Committee, which convened for the first time last month after previous Airport City talks with Denver hit an impasse in October 2011. About 30 to 35 Adams County, Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City, Thornton and Westminster officials currently make up the

Airport Coordinating Committee. This same agreement also allows for the creation of an Airport Consultation Committee, which will be charged with “ensuring that Adams County and Denver have the information needed from each other to carry out their respective responsibilities under the agreement and development of the land in the immediate environs of the New Airport,” according to a Jan. 17 Adams County statement. The call to Denver represents a renewed hope that talks will continue to move forward on Hancock’s ambitious plans to expand DIA by creating an Aerotropolis and spurring aviation and non-aviation related development in a 9,000-acre area around the airport. Adams County officials have been sup-

Economic forecast looking bright Steady growing trend in job market, consumer spending to continue, economist says By Sara Van Cleve

svancleve@ourcoloradonews. com Colorado has been on a slow and steady economic recovery over the past couple years, and that trend should improve this year. Patty Silverstein, president of Development Research Partners, presented an economic forecast for the Denver metro area for 2013 during the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s Third Friday Legislative Breakfast Jan. 18. She defines the Denver metro region as a seven-county region area from Boulder County to Douglas County. “We have been going forward, and we expect in 2013 that we will continue to grow and expand, but at a slow rate,” Silverstein said. Metro area unemployment tends to stay below the nation’s. In 2012, the average metro unemployment rate was 7.7 percent whereas the nation’s was 8.1 percent. “We expect the unemployment rate will continue to drift downward a little bit in 2013,” Silverstein said. Silverstein predicts the unemployment rate for the Denver metro area will be 7.5 percent this year with the nation’s at 7.9.

In 2009-10, 64,000 jobs were lost in the Denver metro area. But by 2013, 74,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the metro area. Of the metro area’s 12 industrial clusters, which include aviation, aerospace, health care and information technology, five have experienced growth over the past years, Silverstein said. Colorado’s aerospace industry is now the second largest in the country behind California. Consumers are spending more money too, Silverstein said. Last year was the year of bigticket purchases, such as appliances and cars, she said. “In 2013, we expect to see a bit of a pullback in that spending level,” she said. “Again, still growing, but growing at a slightly slower pace because a lot of those big ticket item purchases happened in 2012.” A consistent marketplace also helped increase the number of homes that were sold last year and reduce the number of homes foreclosed. Both trends are expected to continue. Global economic challenges, unemployment rates and businesses still seeking clarity on healthcare, taxes and government spending can make the forecast look dim, Silverstein said. But there are economic opportunities for residents and businesses in 2013 with low interest rates, strong consumer spending and an improving real estate, she said.

portive of the proposed Aerotropolis plans but agree that Hancock’s proposed Airport City plans violate the 1988 agreement, which limits residential, commercial and industrial development to areas south of 72nd Avenue, and south and east of an open-space buffer along Pena Boulevard. “While we have not heard the specifics of their proposal, we welcome the news that our regional partners want to renew discussions to address major opportunities that will be created by a robust Airport City/ Aerotropolis initiative,” Hancock’s spokeswoman Rowena Alegria said in a Jan. 18 statement. “Our goal from the beginning has been to participate in a comprehensive collaborative process and framework that will benefit the entire region.”

WESTMINSTER NEWS IN A HURRY 2013 RV dump station access cards available The city of Westminster operates an RV Dump Station at the Big Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility, 13150 Huron St., that accepts discharge of wastewater from recreational vehicles. To use the station, an access card, available for an annual fee, is required. The cost for the access card is $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents. Access cards are valid Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013. Visit www. for details on obtaining an access card and RV Dump Station guidelines.

A short stack for a tall cause Join the Westminster Public Safety Recognition Foundation for a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 27, at Applebee’s, 9010 Wadsworth Blvd. in Westminster. The event raises funds to recognize local police officers and firefighters.

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plans rport ment, and outh of an rd. cifics news enew nities City/ okesn. 18 ningBy Darin Moriki that Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr said his office has been embroiled in a “firestorm of controversy” following the shooting death of a business owner’s dog by a deputy last week during a mistaken burglar alarm response to lablethe wrong building. “Part of the reason for the controces, versy is because there has been too 03- much misinformation,” Darr said. “There have been too many people speculating, and frankly, there have been people who are angry. We understand the reason for that anger, but the truth is that we have to look for the inuster formation, look for the facts and make sure that we deliver that in an appropriate way.” d Darr sought to set the record straight during a nearly 20-minute ont news conference held Jan. 18 and

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Unincorporated Adams County business owner Jeff Fisher is pictured in this undated photo with his 8-year-old blue heeler and border collie mix Ziggy. Ziggy was shot and killed by an Adams County Sheriff ’s Office deputy on Jan. 14 during a mistaken burglar alarm response to the wrong building. Photo submitted

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spoke for the first time about the ongoing investigation into the deputy’s actions. He said the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Jan. 14 after two deputies responded to a burglar alarm call at the Toutt Brothers Concrete Company at 5384 Tennyson St. Darr said the deputies were following alarm response protocol, when they mistakenly walked up to a building behind 5460 Tennyson St. and found an unlocked security door. He said the deputies then opened the door, stood back when they noticed someone with a dog inside and drew their weapons. The business owner, Jeff Fisher, then opened the door and was responding to the deputies’ verbal instructions when his dog, an 8-yearold, 55- to 57-pound blue heeler and border collie mix named Ziggy, slipped outside. Darr said Ziggy was “barking and growling” when one of the deputies stepped back about 20 to 25 feet. He said the deputy then kicked Ziggy in an unsuccessful attempt to stop Ziggy from coming toward him. Darr said the deputy then fired two shots at Ziggy as he advanced closer — one of those rounds hit and killed Ziggy at the scene.

That deputy, Wilfred Europe III, has been removed from patrol duty and reassigned to another division as an internal investigation continues. “We’re going to wait until all the facts, evidence and information is in before we make any determinations,” Darr said. “That is the right thing to do. We have to put a complete package together and then we’ll take a look at it, make our choices and go from there.” Jay Wayne Swearingen, an attorney at The Animal Law Center in Wheat Ridge who is representing Fisher, attended the press conference, and he is pleased that the Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation, but said Fisher’s version of events is different than the one provided by Darr. Swearingen said these “significant factual differences” include where the dog was, what the dog was doing and what the deputies did. He said no lawsuits are currently pending and that judgments will be withheld until the forensic investigation and necropsy is complete. “We appreciate their efforts and we expect them to do a good and thorough job,” Swearingen said. “We have a lot of hope for what the Adams County Sheriff’s Office is doing.”


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Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr discusses the deputy-involved shooting death of Ziggy at a Jan. 18 press conference held at the Adams County Sheriff ’s Office headquarters in Brighton. Ziggy, an 8-year-old blue heeler and border collie mix, was shot and killed by Adams County Sheriff ’s Office deputy who — along with another deputy — were responding to a burglar alarm in unincorporated Adams County and entered the wrong warehouse building. Photo by Darin Moriki

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Helping the nation starts at home Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson pulls no punches. He is crusty, direct, sometimes profane and he isn’t all that concerned with what people think of him. But he certainly cares about the future of this country. The outspoken Republican from Wyoming was in the Denver area on Monday to share his views on the topic he has grown synonymous with in recent years, the national debt. He has some complex, controversial and detailed ideas on reducing that $16 trillion mountain. But when Simpson took some time to speak with us before addressing an audience at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, what stood out most was his call to action for everyday people. “If you love your country, get involved,” he told us. We strongly endorse that message. And Simpson sets a great example as someone who has spent many of his 81 years being

OUR VIEW involved. He served briefly in the Army in the 1950s, was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives in the 1960s, and served in the U.S. Senate from 1979-1997. In 2010, as the co-chair of a commission tasked with tackling the nation’s fiscal challenges, Simpson and Erskine Bowles, chief of staff for President Clinton, authored a plan that gained some popular support but not approval of Congress or the president. Simpson did not give up and is still taking on the debt, now as a co-founder, along with Bowles, of the nonpartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt.


What do you make of the economy? Many news reports have made predictions for the economy in 2013, so we took the time to ask a few people their views. We quizzed a mix of visitors and locals

I am pretty positive about this coming year. We’re 95 percent retired so we have a sort of set economy ourselves. I’d like to see Congress behave a little better. We need to pull together. - Mike Keating, Golden Well, this area is doing well. I see the way Golden is now. It has done a great job drawing the economy. You know all these high tech businesses have come in, and what is unique about this area is that they have all the education that draws industry. People want to move here. - Nick Windslow, Billings, Mont.


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on a sunny afternoon Saturday in downtown Golden. Here is a portion of what they had to say.

Well, I am a farmer and I rely on moisture. Right now our product prices are good. Lack of water and drought in other countries has caused our prices to be higher, which is good for American farmers, although there is drought here, too. Food prices can stay where they are at, but if they drop it is really going to affect all the American farmers. - Rick Deremo, Dove Creek, near Cortez I think we can make it bad if everybody quits buying stuff locally. So I think a lot of it is just what the American people decide to do with it. Be positive. Pay raises are pretty much nil where we are at, but it has been like that for several years. But I think it is just a matter of being positive, just make it the best that we can. - Linda Deremo, Deer Creek, near Cortez

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South Metro Chamber President John Brackney, it should be noted, is a member of the steering committee for the campaign’s Colorado chapter. Brackney and the chamber, like Simpson, should be applauded for working to bring attention to the debt. So what can you do to get involved? Go to town halls. Ask questions. Write letters to the editor. Challenge your government officials when appropriate. Praise them when appropriate. These are basic, but effective, ways to make a difference as a citizen — whether your mission is debt reduction or saving a playground from being turned into a parking lot. And for young people thinking of going into politics, Simpson suggests they focus on the work itself and enjoy it, rather than worrying about climbing the political ranks. Don’t be afraid to start small, be it the local school board or the city council.

Be prepared to challenge and to be challenged. Above all, be prepared to compromise because politics is like a good marriage in this regard: If one side insists on getting his or her way 100 percent of the time, not much constructive is going to happen. But through give and take, things can progress, as Simpson knows, having been married nearly 60 years. “If you think compromise is a dirty word, don’t get into politics,” Simpson says. He knows compromise, having taken his share of heat from both the left and his own party. His politics could be viewed as too liberal for the GOP and too conservative for Democrats, and that’s just fine with him. Whether you like his politics or not, like what he says or not, Simpson has a passion for service. And for sharing that, we owe him a great debt.

Quick thoughts to share The United States is overdue to come to grips with gun control. Just like we love our cars, big screen TVs and red meat, Americans adore their handguns, rifles and shotguns. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is so overstretched in its interpretation it is almost funny. But it isn’t funny at all given the horrific deaths which guns can cause with sick people behind the gun stock or pistol handle. No one is suggesting you cannot have a gun to protect yourself or go hunting. But to have AK-47s and 100 bullet clips is totally beyond the Second Amendment. In fact, let’s put the Second Amendment in context when it was written — muskets and black powder to keep the Brits and Indians away. It is past time for Congress to take a stand on reducing the chance of another Aurora Century Theatre or Newtown, Conn., incident. Will it be a cure-all? Of course not, but it is a start.

Jessica’s Memorial Park

Westminster City Council’s commitment to the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park is to be commended. While the tragedy of her death will always be with us, the renaming and redevelopment of Chelsea Park in her memory is very special. The involvement of so many people through their contributions, Jefferson County, the city of Westminster, the Westminster Rotary Club and the Westminster Legacy Foundation are a clear testament to what this community is made of.

No state law needed

Senate Bill 25 would make it easier for firefighters across Colorado to form unions where there are 50 or more personnel. At least two dozen fire departments would be affected including those which already have collective bargaining. Unionization of municipal and district employees has always been a local determination and it should stay that way. A state mandate is not needed nor wanted. It would usurp local decision-

making and cost local taxpayers more. This is not sound public policy. However, proponents of this legislation are pointing to the city of Westminster as a reason for unionization. They contend the city continues to thwart the Constitutional rights of employees in supporting council and mayoral candidates.

Congrats to Greg

Congrats to Greg Mastriona on his outstanding career heading up Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District since 1972. His visionary style brought us Water World with its many enhancements and new rides, Adventure Golf, joint ventures with Westminster at the Ice Center, expansion of the Hyland Hills golf courses and the MAC along with lots of recreational programming and park expansions. Residents of all ages have and will enjoy the legacy he provided. Thanks Greg for your service and creativity. Enjoy your retirement!

Moving ahead

It’s time to bury the finger-pointing. The Broncos lost fair and square. Let’s face it; the Baltimore Ravens outplayed the Broncos on that fateful day. That is what sports is all about. We had a great run with the string of 11 straight wins, but our team sputtered. Let’s put it to bed and look forward to next season.

Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.


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The devil is in the details You might say the Westminster City Council has created the “devil” and only they can fix it. And fix it they must now before the November election.

buy into the saving money and red herring.

Changed my mind

For openers

There are six councilors and one mayor. These people are elected for four-year terms and are subject to an eight-year term limit. Keep that in mind! This year Mayor Nancy McNally, councilors Scott Major, Mark Kaiser and Mary Lindsey are going to be term limited in November. Serving a remaining two-year term are Herb Atchison, Bob Briggs and Faith Winter. This council group in the past appeared to be one happy family but at the Jan. 14 council meeting, all hell broke loose. Four councilors want to change the code which outlines how the mayor is elected. So they requested that a change in the municipal code be put on the agenda for council consideration. All of this was done rather secretive as the community was never told of the proposed simple majority change. Even then, those in the know chose up sides and a brouhaha began.

Plot thickens

You can see where this is going as the “happy” family split and the change group of four voted 4-3 in favor of the simple majority change. Because of this rule the public does

not get to vote on it, only councilors. So why do they want to change the rule from needing a 40 percent vote to a simple majority? Why? Because a simple majority makes it much easier for the three councilors who have taken out petitions to run for mayor. It’s Herb Atchison, Bob Briggs and Scott Major who will best benefit from the proposed change. You see splitting the vote three ways makes it harder to achieve the 40 percent threshold but a simple majority is well, simple. But how about other civic-minded folks who might want to throw their hat in the ring? Forget about them, they don’t seem to matter to the incumbent threesome.

Doesn’t matter

OK, those councilors will tell you that the change is necessary because a potential run-off election could cost about $100,000. Hogwash! Folks, don’t be fooled. If saving money were the reason, then why haven’t they made the change in the past years? After all, this 40 percent rule change has been on the books since 1993. Let’s not kid ourselves and

At first I thought maybe it was a good idea. But when I saw the sneaky way they put it on the Jan. 14 agenda, at the very end of the agenda, I realized they were trying to pull a fast one. So now I’m really ticked off and want them to cancel the second reading on Jan. 28.

Be there

If you too are offended by this matter you will want to contact the councilors who are doing this and tell them of your concern. This issue is of such importance that it should be decided by a vote of the people, not just the council. Call the City Clerk’s office at 303-658-2400 and request the telephone numbers of the council members so you can call them with your concerns. We need to keep good, honest government, not politically motivated councilors running our city. Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned. Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.

YOUR VIEWS Candidates should not vote on election process

Councilors’ Bill No. 6, which passed first reading, changes the election process in which the mayor is elected. Currently the law reads, and the voters expect, there will be a runoff election of the top two candidates if one of the candidates doesn’t re-

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ceive at least 40 percent of the votes. It’s true that if we have a large number of candidates, it may be difficult for a candidate to accumulate 40 percent of the vote unless they clearly stand above the other candidates, but that event is exactly what the contingency of a run-off election is designed for. On a crowded ballot, we voters

want to elect a mayoral candidate that clearly stands above the pool of candidates and not just a candidate who manages to receive the highest share of the diluted votes. The city’s budget contemplates for this run-off election, as it has for the Your Views continues on Page 8


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18 years since it was enacted, and this election is no different. The Westminster Election Commission was not given notice to convene a meeting to discuss this change and a member of the Westminster Election Commission spoke at the City Council meeting against this change. Whether this change is agreeable to the voters or not, it is something for the voters to decide and not something for the candidates to decide. What happened at last week’s council meeting was unconscionable. We had two current council members (Bob Briggs and Herb Atchison) actually vote to change the rules for an election that they are confirmed candidates in. It’s inexcusable that they not only cast votes on an issue that personally impacts them but they voted to take power away from the voters, which should be appalling to every voter in Westminster. In my opinion, what they did means they do not have the integrity that it takes to be the mayor of Westminster and they should withdraw their candidacy. If candidates in an election do not agree with the election rules, they have the choice of not competing in the election or asking the voters to modify the rules for future elections. Richard Mayo, Westminster

Considering the cost

Regarding a potential change in the mayoral election process: Let’s consider the number of things that $100,000 could buy rather than a “do-over” election. First and foremost there is not a line item in the cities budget for 100, 000 to run a second “do-over” election when one candidate doesn’t get more than 40 percent of the popular vote. The money will come out of reserves. One election should be adequate to determine the next mayor. The largest vote getter wins, taxpayers don’t pay for two elections and the candidates don’t have fund raise for two campaigns. In Colorado, I am only aware of one other city which has a “do-over” election. That city being Denver, its last four mayoral elections have gone to a runoff election. In each, the second-place finisher of the first round has won the “do-over” election. Did the Denver electorate really elect the best candidate? I believe spending a $100,000 on one or more of the following items would be a better use of taxpayer dollars than a “doover” election. Remember, either the “doover” or raising the importance of one of following items will require use of reserve dollars. Items: Open space maintenance, restore parks maintenance that has been reduced because of budget cuts, restore large item cleanup, two more policemen or firemen, three police cars, additional snow removal, additional street repair, Christmas lights/full Christmas display at city hall, parks maintenance that has been reduced because of budget cuts, senior citizen pro-

grams, additional before and after school programs for kids, increasing hours at libraries and rec centers, and restoring the Easter Eggstravaganza, Mother Daughter Tea. Unemployment is still at 7.6 percent, home foreclosures are still rampant, and one only needs to look around the city at the empty commercial buildings to know that difficult economic times are still here. Every registered Westminster voter can vote for their choice for mayor in the November general election. A second “doover” election is not a wise use of taxpayer dollars. Mark Kaiser, Westminster City Council

Westminster council a travesty

Four members of the Westminster City Council are trying to change the way we citizens vote for mayor. We need to keep the status quo and have 40 percent of the vote to elect the next mayor of our fair city. Even if that causes a special election of which the city has a special contingency fund for. The way Herb Atchison, Bob Briggs, Mark Kaiser and Mary Lindsey want it, we could end up with a mayor elected with only 12 percent of the vote, and that is just plain ridiculous. By the way — Herb Atchison and Bob Briggs are running for mayor this year. They should not be voting on this issue. What happened to ethics? Please call and e-mail your mayor and city councilors and show up to the next meeting at city hall on Monday, Jan. 28. Nancy Thompson, Westminster

The vote heard round the city

The remaining citizens were stunned to say the least after the meeting that involved Councilors’ Bill No. 6. The perception remained that if this change is important and were to be approved, it should have go to the vote of the people in an off-year election. The “cost savings” is ill timed and a weak excuse for such an important issue. The current City Contingency Fund is where this special election would be drawn from and is more than adequate to cover the cost. This item could have been addressed in the 2013 budget proposal back in 2012 if it was that important. Let’s revisit this in 2014. This area has seen it’s share of unethical behavior at the county level, enough to PAY an outside ethics company to watch “the fox in the hen house.” Please don’t let this happen to our city. This could be “the issue” that will frame our upcoming November election galvanizing the citizens and possibly ruining the campaign of an otherwise good candidate. This agenda Item passed on first reading and will have the second reading on Jan. 28. Whether you support or oppose this change, please call or e-mail all the City Council and let your voice be heard. Gary Shea, Westminster

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The voters in Westminster lost M Unfortunately, on Monday Jan. 14, the City Council voted to end the run-off election for mayor. As a result in 2013, in a crowded mayor’s race a mayor could win with a small percentage of the vote. If 10 people enter the mayor’s race a mayor could win with as little as 11 percent of the vote. We believe the mayor should receive at least 40 percent of the vote and if not the top two candidates going to a run-off election in January benefits the residents of Westminster. Doing away with the run off is problematic for numerous reasons. The first is that mayor of Westminster must lead the city, build support, good will and consensus for the policy direction and strategic plan of Westminster. A mayor only receiving a small portion of the vote will have a hard time building a wide range of support after being elected by such a small minority. Second, a run-off election allows citizens to compare the two best candidates head to head. Allows the citizens of Westminster to contrast the candidates to determine which person is the best to make important decisions about our families and community. Also, several of those that voted to end the run-off election are they themselves considering running for mayor this year. It is fundamentally wrong for those in power to change the rules about democracy and elections. In fact when an amendment was offered to send this decision to the voters themselves the amendment was rejected. Finally, the argument that the run-off election is too costly is false. Westminster has a contingency budget for $100,000

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to cover the costs of election. We believe that you cannot put a price on Democracy and that fundamentally the cost is worth having the faith and trust of citizens and not disenfranchising voters. When we were elected we took the responsibility seriously to represent the citizens of Westminster, to make decisions that made our community a better place to live and protect Democracy. Unfortunately, this week we were unable to get the four votes necessary to maintain the faith of our voters. Collectively, we have represented Westminster for 25 years and we have a ground rule that we will debate policy, ask tough questions and disagree but after the vote is taken we move forward in unison for the good of the city. For the first time ever we cannot move forward as a team and support this vote. Democracy, voting and citizen engagement is too important for us to stand idly by. We call you to action. The second reading of this bill will be heard on Jan. 28. We urge you to let councilors Herb Atchison, Bob Briggs, Mark Kaiser and Mary Lindsey who supported this resolution know why having a mayoral run-off is important to you.

BUSINESS NEWS IN A HURRY TruEffect Appoints two new senior software engineers

Advertising technology company TruEffect in Westminster has expanded its data processing team with two new hires. Senthil Kumar and Mark Nelson are the company’s two newest senior software engineers. Senthil Kumar brings more than 20 years of experience, both domestic and international, and comes to TruEffect from Level 3 in Broomfield. Kumar authored the first open-source adaptive-JIT JVM and made contributions to the APNS C# project. Mark Nelson has more than 16 years

engineering experience, including his work with Microsoft and most recently with CCI in Fort Collins. Nelson’s breadth of experience includes designing and implementing distributed systems, database applications, APIs, and enterprise messaging data schemas. “TruEffect is reshaping the landscape for display media,” said Finn Faldi, TruEffect CEO. “Our innovation continues to attract the best and most experienced people in the industry. Senthil and Mark are just the latest examples of experienced and talented additions to our team.” Both will report to Ashish Rangole as members of the Data Processing Team.

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the 24-member Amendment 64 Task Force on Dec. 10 because, while voters legalized marijuana in Colorado, all aspects remain illegal under federal law. “The task force met for the first time Dec. 17, and since then we have set up five working groups, each tasked with investigation of a specific area dealing with implementation of Amendment 64,” said state Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, who is a task force member. “All the meetings of the task force and the working groups are posted on the state Department of Revenue’s website. All those meetings are open to the public and there is a public comment period at every meeting.” Pabon said working groups tackle one of five subject areas — local authority and control, consumer safety and social issues, regulatory framework, criminal law issues and tax, and funding and civil law issues. “One or two task force members heads

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b Adams County Critical d olu- Incident Team is investigat-off ing the shooting of a suspected drunk driver by an Adams County deputy last week after officials say the man pulled out a gun during an accident investigation. Adams County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Terrance O’Neill said the shooting happened around 6 p.m. on Jan. 14 shortly after two deputies were dispatched to a stretch of road near East 142nd Avenue and Quebec Street to respond to a Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately (REDDI) call. O’Neill said the caller was following the suspected drunk driver and reported to dispatchers the driver flipped over his dark-colored sedan to the side of the road. At the scene, deputies reported the suspected drunk driver had sustained a heavy amount of damage to his car and was crouched

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down by the caller’s car with what appeared to be a case a beer. O’Neill said one of the deputies was assessing the driver’s condition by asking him questions and giving verbal instructions, when the man stood up and pointed a handgun at them. The deputy then drew his weapon and fired two rounds at the man, who then fell to the ground. Brighton and Thornton Fire Departments personnel attempted to render aid, but soon pronounced him dead at the scene. The Adams County Coroner’s Office said the man had died “as a result of a single gunshot wound to the chest.” The coroner, Monica Broncucia-Jordan, said the man’s name was not being released at the request of his family. O’Neill said deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Adams County Critical Incident Team conducts its investigation.

Stanley Mahoney

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Stanley Mahoney was born to Merle and Muriel Mahoney in Windsor, Connecticut, on June 11, 1928. He passed away at age 84, December 28, 2012. A psychologist by profession and a hiker by passion, he and Martha traveled to every state in the US and several countries. He, also, enjoyed gardening, reading and a vigorous discussion of politics. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha; daughter Linda (Dennis) Kennedy of Broomfield, son David of Redondo Beach, California; granddaughters, Jennifer Becker and Amanda (Gary Jesuale) Becker and great-granddaughter, Violet Becker. He is predeceased by his parents; daughter, Kathleen Bertram and brother, Dr. Lawrence Mahoney. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026 or your favorite charity.

each of the working groups,” the state representative said. “Then, each working group calls on experts in the specific fields to help us develop our recommendations because we want to get it right, because this will be a basis for the framework for the future of these issues.” Pabon is a member of the regulatory framework working group. He said the committee is like the hub of a wheel with the other working groups as the spokes, since the recommendations will be the basis of determining what is legal and what isn’t. “This has been a fascinating challenge,” he said. “Our first challenge was to educate ourselves so we can understand the nuances of a new industry. There is very little precedent to draw on but we did look at the regulations dealing with liquor, gambling and medical marijuana. These regulations have been tested by time and they became sort of a template as we looked at what

worked and what didn’t to help us as we sought to create rules for issues that didn’t exist prior to the November election.” The Regulatory Framework Working Group meets almost weekly, and Pabon said it is usually standing room only at every meeting. “I expected there to be two groups on opposite sides of the issue, but it was refreshing to see there is a lot of common ground,” he said. The task force also faced the challenge of being required to develop the recommendations and present them to the state Legislature no later than Feb. 28. The Legislature then must take action and pass the rules and regulations that are required to be in place not later than July 1 so all the aspects of Amendment 64 can be implemented in January 2014. The statewide task force includes state Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge.


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Ricker Cunningha , revenue payable entered Photo by Andy Carpenean The three resolutions “Judgment was Dec. 27, in Thornton. County one to at Bell Roth Park Thursday, which included the cur- in favor of Adams and edding down a slope of while sledding against NURA, declare parts as he slips off a board area as and judgment Omar Alvares laughs rent urban renewal although the it remains unanimously blighted, was was appealed, and Fischthe Northapproved by the law,” Reyes letter adduring er wrote in the Executive glenn City Council meeting. dressed to NURA its Dec. 17 public Tuttle and for public Funds used Director Debbie in Bill Simprojects City Manager improvement urban-renew“The urban renewal the current generally mons. … contain al area, which to 104th impact reports that are inmethodologies spans from 120th the court’s Fox Run Parkconsistent with avenues and neighboring availab to Federal Bouand available order.” way to North this tained is preto expire in to the city earlier MaRicker said she residents. levard, are set that were due particularly particula with sly approved and validate usly unanimou “There is — districts pared to testify 2017. o year. 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Duties: Bldg maintenance, snow removal & landscape projects. Min 3 yrs exp general facilities maint & operation of light-to-heavy motorized equipment. Must have or be able to obtain a CO Class A CDL with hazmat. $18.41 to $21.17/hr DOQ. Excellent paid benefits. Add’l info Fax 303.841.8992 or email

Full Time Teller Position

available for locally owned community bank. Competitive salary and great benefits. Cash handling and customer service preferred. Fax resume to Robin at 303-6889882. EOE

Home Health Aid wanted for

married male quadrapeligic. P/T mornings and evenings. $8-$12 an hr. DOE. Must live within 15 min. of I-36 and Church Ranch Rd. and have dependable trans. Call 303487-1336 for details.

Information Technology

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Mountain Man Nut & Fruit ,

located in the Woodlawn Shopping Center, 1500 W Littleton Blvd, is looking for part-time help. Applicantsshould have some retail experience, be mature, motivated, and a non-smoker. Apply in person.

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Valet Attendant openings in Black Hawk CO.

Valet Attendant openings in Black Hawk CO. The properties are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, year round with positions available on ALL shifts. Weekend availability is preferred and flexible schedules are available. Candidates must be 18 years of age with a valid Driver’s License and be able to pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen. Individuals should apply at

Personal Caregivers and Homemakers

needed Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock. Reliable, dependable, exp. preferred. bi-lingual Korean helpful for 1 client. Call Personal Touch Senior Services (303)9725141

Ranch Hand needed for 4

hrs in the mornings for general horse care and maintenance. Castle Rock / Larkspur area. Additional hours and possible live-in arrangements available for the right person. Please call 303-961-4818.

Western Summit Constructors, Inc. is seeking


Littleton Public Schools is looking for a receptionist responsible for greeting and directing individuals visiting the Education Services Center; answering the District telecommunication system and directing calls to appropriate individuals throughout the District. This is a full time, year round position in support of the Superintendent’s and the Communications offices. Fluency in Spanish is required. Apply online:


for busy pediatric practice in Castle Rock. Full time/part time. Please Fax (303)814-0717 or email

Formwork Carpenters (including Foremen, Leadmen & Helpers), Concrete Finishers, Concrete Placing Foremen, Pipefitters, Yard Pipe (Operators, Layers & Laborers) and Tower Crane Operators for Metro Denver area projects (58th & York and Chambers & Hess). Applications will be taken at 9780 Pyramid Ct, Suite 100, Englewood, CO 80112, from 8 -5 M-F. Send resumes to or call (303)325-0325. WSCI is an EEO Employer.

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


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Instruction Violin Lessons - Castle Rock

Beginning - Intermediate $25/1/2 hr. Prefer elementary - middle school age. FREE Consultation (303)814-9240

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terested in having a Calvary Chapel in Arvada? Join us as we join together to pray and discuss the next step in starting a CC in Arvada. Feb. 10th 5:30-6:30pm at the Community Recreation Center 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. For more info: Sal (720)545-7732

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TO SELL YOUR GENTLY USED ITEMS, CALL 303-566-4100 GARAGE & ESTATE SALES Estate Sales 6466 Ammons Street January 26th & 27th 8am-3pm Antiques, Linens, Housewares, Furniture, Tools and much more 4 blocks West of 64th and Wadsworth


Musical Audition Rehearsals for WestSide Chorale

January 28th, February 4th, 11th & 18th at 7pm Call 720-232-7825

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Furniture Solid Oak Dresser in good shape 1 1/2' deep, 4 1/2' tall and 3' wide $125 303-840-4898

Medical GoGo Scooter $500 Wheel Chair $150 Bipap Machine $100/obo (303)279-4490

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10 yrs. helping seniors in their Jeffco homes. Great ref's. Cleaning, Washing, Moving, Variety. 3 hr. minimum

Barb @ 303-716-9257 or 303-461-1558 Leave a message please

Carpentry Carpenter/Handyman:

Semi retired but still ready to work for you! 34 years own business. Prefer any small jobs. Rossi's: 303-233-9581


Concrete/Paving Concrete Mike

Concrete Work, Patios, Driveways, Sidewalks, Tear Out, Replace, Colored. Reasonable Rates Office 303-840-7347 Mobile 303-902-1503

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Garage Doors Alan’s Garage Door Service Repair & Replace Garage Doors, Openers & Springs. Licensed and Insured 30 yrs. Experience 303-438-1083 303-903-7602

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

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Don’t dawdle, Denver diners Honeycomb, lacewood, beeswax and copper sculpture titled “Soar” by Lauri Lynnxe Murphy. Sculpture made out of wood and bark titled “Ursa Arctos” by Walter Barton. Photos courtesy of Arvada Center

Porcelain jasper set in sterling silver titled “The Journey” by Kathleen Krucoff.

Hand-colored archival pigment print titled “Simone et Sartre, Le Conspiriteurs” by Sally Stockhold. Oil on panel titled “Pears with Sake Jar”by Sarah Van der Helm.

Watercolor titled “Misty Rock Cut” by Gene Youngmann.

Spiral ring of sterling silver by Craig Wright.

New exhibit shows varying styles in Colorado ‘Art of the State’ opens at Arvada Center today By Clarke Reader


olorado is home to a vast and diverse number of artists in all kinds of mediums, and the Arvada Center’s Art of the State exhibition is offering a snapshot of that talent. The show is running in all three of the Center’s galleries, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., through March 31. The galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The exhibit features 191 works from 160 Colorado artists in all kinds of mediums, from paintings and photographs to sculptures, jewelry and metal work and more. “I think this is probably the largest representation of the Colorado art scene that’s going on right now,” said Arvada Center exhibition manager and curator Collin Parson. “It’s certainly not the whole pic-

IF YOU GO WHAT: Art of the State exhibit WHERE: Arvada Center 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.

WHEN: Through March 31 Monday through Friday — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday — noon to 5 p.m.

COST: Free INFORMATION: 720-898-7200 or www.arvadacenter.


ture, but its a great collection of what’s out there.” In October, Parson and Dean Sobel, director of the Clyfford Still Museum, sat down as jurors to select from 1,653 entries by 588 artists which works would go on display. “It’s always dizzying as a juror to see all this art come in, in no particular order,” Sobel said. “I’ve done a fair number of these and as you’re going through hundreds of these slides, the strongest ones really stand out.” Parson said that the show features a lot of teachers and professors who are experienced artists, as well as a fair number of emerging artists. He also said that organizing the exhibit, with such a wide range of submitted pieces, was quite the challenge. “Our Theater Gallery is very intimate, so we’ll have more traditional work there, and the Upper Gallery will also feature some traditional work, but visitors will see more stylizations and abstract works,” he said. “The Main Gallery will mainly be abstracts and textual works.” Some of the more well-known artist included in the exhibit will be Monica Aiello, a mixed media painter, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, a mixed media sculptor, and Andrew Roberts-Gray, who does non-traditional landscapes. Sobel said the exhibit shows how Colorado artists have a lot of interest in craftmanship and making things, which is not something that one sees at a lot of shows. In addition to having a cell phone tour that visitors can use to learn more about the works on display, there will be panel discussions featuring some of the artists on Thursday, Feb. 21, and

Saturday, March 9. “What the Arvada Center has been doing, and the fact that it is such a stellar venue, has really brought out a large range of participants to be in the show,” Sobel said. For more information, call 720-8987200 or visit, Stoneware titled “Quiet Mind” by Scaries.

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Hoping for a 7 p.m. reservation at Barolo Grill, Elway’s Cherry Creek or Ocean Prime during Denver Restaurant Week(s)? Prime time seats at those foodie favorites are filled. The menus for the 9th Annual Denver Restaurant Week(s) (Feb. 23 to March 8) last week went live at, and many of the most popular spots were “fully committed” (restaurant speak for “you’re out of luck, pal”) before the end of the work day with the exception of early (5 p.m.) or late (after 9) reservation slots. But with more than 300 restaurants already participating in the event that charges $52.80 per couple ($26.40 for one) for a three-course meal, there are plenty of eateries to go around. But, if you snooze, you lose. One way to check reservation availabilities is to go to www.opentable. com. “The great fun of restaurant week is gathering together friends, exploring the hundreds of menus on the website, and then experimenting and trying new restaurants or revisiting old favorites,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of Visit Denver, the owner and organizer of the event. More than 300 restaurants have already signed up to participate in 2013 with more coming on board every day. “We will continue to post menus on the site as we get them from the restaurants, so it pays to check the site frequently,” Scharf said. While the event continues to grow — with 339 restaurants participating last year, Denver broke all records for restaurant weeks across the country — some beloved fine dining spots opted out this year. Perhaps most notably, was the decision by Bonanno Concepts, the restaurant company owned by chef Frank Bonanno, to “86” its two white tablecloth spots, Mizuna and Luca d’Italia, from the Denver Restaurant Week(s) menu. Other lower priced Bonanno Concepts restaurants — Osteria Marco, Russell’s Smokehouse, Lou’s Food Bar and Bones (which are all wonderful) — are still part of the program. “Frank gives his chefs freedom when it comes to menu creation and events, and the chef teams at Mizuna and Luca d’Italia have decided to decline participation in this year’s Denver Restaurant Week because they simply prefer to run business as usual,” said Lauren Hendrick, PR and marketing coordinator for Bonanno Concepts. “It’s really as simple as that.” A new feature on the website allows diners to share their “Must-Dine” lists with their friends on Facebook, giving them yet another way to make their plans. Based on surveys, a record 404,400 meals were served during DRW 2012, up 12 percent over the 360,480 total meals served in 2011. Website traffic at the DRW site saw 7 million page views in 2012. Scharf encouraged diners to make reservations early, but sent a word of warning to “no shows.” “Please honor your reservations,” he said. “One of the most frustrating things about the event is when people make a reservation, and don’t show up, denying other diners that time slot. Don’t be a no-show! Please notify the restaurant if your plans change so they can fill that table.” And, on another note, please remember Parker continues on Page 20


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Parker: Train lined up to play at NightShine Gala to tip your server on the real bill’s total, not just on the discounted $52.80 price tag. Mangia!

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It’s always an event worth stampeding to when the 2013 Grand Champion Steer visits The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25. The Grand Champion Steer will trot down a red carpet in the iconic property and make an appearance in the lobby, spending the afternoon grazing amongst guests enjoying the hotel’s afternoon tea service. The tradition, which began in 1945, is open to the public and will include opportunities to have pictures taken with the Grand Champion Steer as well as with the 2013 Rodeo Queens. For more information, go to www.

Comedy Works makes list

Stand-up comic Amy Schumer included the Denver Comedy Works club in a lauded list of her top 10 top-flight comedy clubs in the country, which she shared with USA Today in its Friday edition. Longtime Comedy Works owner Wende Curtis, who has locations on 15th near Larimer and in the Landmark development in Greenwood Village, has created a national reputation for her clubs among stand-out stand-up comedians. Schumer, whose Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer” premieres April 30, told USA Today that “the layout, the staff and the type of crowd all help make for a memorable show.” The story says that “Schumer recorded an album at this downtown Larimer Square club, and particularly likes the crowds.” “They’re smart and they’re excited … and the staff knows how to produce a show,” she said. Curtis said she was thankful that her club was included in such a list of luminaries. “I think I speak for all of us who know we have created something really special in Comedy Works,” she said. “The comics, the staff, the management, the crowds and the spaces themselves … well, they speak for themselves. And we know how comics feel about Comedy Works. They tell us week after week. “And now more of the nation knows.” Check out coming shows at both loca-

Finding the best green chili in Denver is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it — and one of those people may as well be me. Join me along with other judges Jon Emanuel (executive chef, Project Angel Heart), Lori Midson (Westword), Lisa Hidalgo (Denver’s 7), Mark McIntosh (Mile High Sports Radio 1510-AM, 93.7FM), Joan Brewster (American Culinary Foundation) and local celebrity Artie Guerrero at Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs, Colfax and Monroe, for the “Best Tasting Green Chili Contest” from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 26. Pat “Gabby Gourmet” Miller will be covering the “heated debate” live on her Gabby Gourmet radio show on KHOW 630-AM. Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs will donate 10 percent of all hot dog sales on the day of the event to Project Angel Heart. Perhaps a little green chili on your dog? Samples will be passed around to audience members. There will be plenty of green to share from more than 20 entries. (Yikes, what have I gotten myself into?) For more information, contact Gina Dickerson at 720-435-9241 or via e-mail at, or visit the event’s website at

All aboard!

The NightShine Gala, a celebration of the Denver Health Foundation, has snagged the hip hit-making band Train for the April 27 event at the National Western Events Center, 1515 E. 47th Ave. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6, dinner at 7:30, live auction and program at 8:30 and Train’s performance at 9:30. This year’s event chair is Oakwood Homes owner Pat Hamill; 2013 honorees are James and Pamela Crowe. For more details and tickets, go to www. or contact Candice Jones at 303-602-2978 or 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.


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Town hall addresses mental health issues By Vic Vela Scott Winter of Arvada was a loving family man — a husband, father and brother — who “treasured life,” until the anguishes of depression and anxiety caused him so much pain that he just couldn’t take it any more, according to his wife, Jane. Scott Winter, 46, took his own life in June 2011. Mary Eppolito of Westminster has also experienced loss. Two young people near her grandson’s age have committed suicide recently: A 16-year-old high school honor student, and an 18-year-old man, who killed himself while he was on leave from the Army. Eppolito and Jane Winter shared their emotional stories to an overflow crowd at Arvada’s Standley Lake Library Saturday, at a town hall meeting addressing mental health issues affecting our communities. One question lingers in Eppolito’s mind. “Why?” she said afterward, fighting back tears. “They have their whole lives to live. Life is so beautiful. Something has got to be done. These kids are afraid to talk to anybody.” Figuring out how to best deal with mental health issues on a legislative and societal level is a topic that has received renewed attention in the wake of recent mass shootings where the mental health of the assailants has been called into question. “Our mental health system has become more important than it ever has been,” Democratic State Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp of Arvada told the audience. Kraft-Tharp and state Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, organized Saturday’s event. During the forum, Winter spoke through tears as she urged action on finding better ways to address mental health issues, so that lives like her husband’s may be saved. “His life ended tragically,” she told the audience. “But my wish is that something beautiful and wonderful can come of that life.” The town hall also featured a panel of mental health experts, who shared their thoughts on how best to care for those with mental health conditions. While headline-grabbing deadly shootings were on the minds of some in the audience, Michael Lott-Manier of Mental Health America of Colorado, said that it’s important to not “equate violent crime with mental health issues.” He cited data from the National Insti-

“Our mental health system has become more important than it ever has been,” State Rep. Kraft-Tharp, Arvada

tute for Mental Health, that shows that only about 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by those who have a mental health diagnosis. “They worry that they will be labeled as dangerous or violent,” Lott-Manier said of people struggling with mental health conditions. “And that’s the last thing we want to do.” The attendees also learned details of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s request to pump $18.5 million into the state’s mental health system. Lisa Clements, Director of the Office for Behavioral Health for the Colorado Department of Human Services, said that Hickenlooper wants to use the funds – upon approval from the Legislature – to streamline civil commitment procedures and to allow for “real time data transfer” between state and federal agencies whenever people who have had civil commitments seek to purchase firearms, Clements said. The governor also seeks to develop a statewide crisis response system made up of behavioral health experts, that would allow people to call a toll free number, 24 hours a day, whenever those individuals are “experiencing extreme distress,” Clements said. Lawmakers like Hudak and Kraft-Tharp will take up Hickenlooper’s funding request this legislative session. And Kraft-Tharp has pending legislation aimed at bettering the mental health system, including a bill that was introduced in the state House Friday that would help mental health professionals “be as effective as possible” when working with clients, she said after the event. Anything that can better the system would come as welcome news to people like Winter. “That is the true assessment of whether our suicide prevention efforts are working,” she said afterward. “And that is keeping people from dying.”

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WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL ON THE RECORD Westminster City Council voted on the following legislation during its Jan. 14 meeting. Council members in attendance were Mayor Nancy McNally; Mayor Pro Tem Faith Winter, and councilors Herb Atchison, Bob Briggs, Mark Kaiser, Mary Lindsey and Scott Major.

Bill approved for seating of councilor when term has not expired

Council unanimously approved Councilors Bill No 5 on first reading amending Westminster Municipal Code section 1-101 subsection (C) by ensuring conformance with Section 1-11-4 of the Code that meets City Charter requirements for seating a new councilor if a current councilor’s term has not expired is elected Mayor. The unexpired term of a city couneaks cilor elected to the office of mayor will be

filled by appointment of a majority of city council, rather than by the candidate with the next highest number of votes after all Councilor positions are filled in the election.

Marion Barn designated as local historic landmark

Council unanimously approved a resolution designating the Marion barn, windmill and 18.8 acres at the southwest corner of 120th Avenue and Pecos Street as a local historic landmark. The barn and windmill are the only remnants of the original Marion homestead with intact historical structures. These structures exemplify a barn style and well structure that were popular at the time they were built.

HOME funds allocated

Council unanimously approved a resolution allocating the balance of the 2013 HOME funds that are administered on behalf of the city by Adams County. The HOME balance of approximately $320,000 will be allocated in the eligible HOME activities providing assistance to low-income households as follows: 10 percent of the total 2013 allocation, estimated

at $15,400, will go towards Adams County community development administration, and the balance of approximately $304,600 will towards future affordable housing development projects. The next council meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. in Westminster. Compiled by Ashley Reimers

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About Your Metro North Chamber of Commerce Established in 1959, your Metro North Chamber of Commerce is the premier business representative for the Metro North region representing over 1,000 businesses in Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Commerce City, Dacono, Erie, Federal Heights, Firestone, Frederick, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster.

Your Chamber works to provide support to businesses in the region through strong advocacy at the local and state level while providing opportunities to help businesses grow and develop. Your Chamber understands the fundamental effects that businesses and industry have on our communities and is thus commit-

ted to bringing businesses, educators, non-profits groups and government agencies together to speak with ONE UNIFIED VOICE TO PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC VITALITY OF THE METRO NORTH REGION. For more information about your Metro North Chamber of Commerce visit or call 303.288.1000.

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Upcoming MNCC Connection Opportunities Your Metro North Chamber provides on-going opportunities for business professionals to connect with other business professionals and to have access to relevant information that impacts our communities.

Special Events

Monthly Events

Weekly Events

MNCC Business After Hours & Expo Event from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza & Conference Center (10 E. 120th Ave., Northglenn, CO 80233)

MNCC Ambassador Meeting on Tuesday, February 12th from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber Office (14583 Orchard Pkwy., #300, Westminster, CO 80023)

MNCC BGA Meetings every Wednesday from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Chamber Office (14583 Orchard Pkwy., #300, Westminster, CO 80023)

MNCC Business Before Hours Event from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at Guaranty Bank & Trust Company (1197 W. 120th Ave., Westminster, CO 80234)

MNCC Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) Meeting on Tuesday, February 13th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Chamber Office (14583 Orchard Pkwy., #300, Westminster, CO 80234)

MNCC Tuesday Leads Group from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Lone Star Steakhouse (237 E. 120th Ave., Thornton, CO 80023)

MNCC Member Orientation from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Chamber Office (14583 Orchard Pkwy., #300, Westminster, CO 80023)

For more information on these events and other connection opportunities, Please visit our website at or call 303.288.1000.

MNCC Thursday Leads Group from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at Egg & I (885 Thornton Pkwy., Thornton, CO 80229)


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GUARDIAN ANGELS The existence of guardian angels will be explored at Lifetree Café: at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 13371 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. Participants will view an exclusive film interview with a woman who claims her life was saved by an angel encounter, and they’ll have the opportunity to share stories of their own experiences with angels. Admission to the 60-minute event, “My Angel Saved Me,” is free. Snacks and beverages are available. For the Arvada program, contact Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or For the Lakewood program, contact Craig Cable at 970-292-4697 or

BENEFIT BREW Join an evening of fun at Wystone’s Teas from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Benefit Brew; 25 percent of sales will be donated to the Colorado Neurological Institute in honor of the organizations 25th year. Enjoy a wide spectrum of teas, as well as tea infused food and cocktails at Wystone’s Teas in Belmar, 7323 W. Alaska Drive, Lakewood. Links Jewelry will also be available for purchase.

MOVIE NIGHT Friends of Broomfield presents “Friends Night Out,” for adults with developmental disabilities, from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at 555 Alter St., Ste 19E, Broomfield. We will be going to the movies; the name of the movie is to be determined. Cost is $20. Please eat dinner before coming; a small snack will be offered. Register by Monday. Jan. 21, by contacting Molly Coufal, evening/social program director, at or 303-404-0123.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/JAN. 25-26 DINNER THEATER Colorado ACTS present a community production of “Much Ado About Murder,” an interactive murdermystery dinner theater, at 7 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and Jan. 25-26 at 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-456-6772, visit www., or email for tickets and more information. FRIDAY TO SUNDAY/JAN. 25-27

ART LEAGUE The Wheat Ridge Art League will meet from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave., Wheat Ridge. After the business meeting, Libby Kyer will present a demonstration on using colored pencil. Anyone who paints or would like to paint is welcome to come and learn to try new mediums and techniques. Residents of any Denver suburb are welcome to attend. Call 303-278-8247 or 303-421-1356 or email or

THURSDAY/JAN. 24, COMING SOON/FEB. 9, APRIL 23 CPR CERTIFICATION North Metro Fire Rescue District will offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator classes from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; and from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the North Metro Fire Station 62, 10550 Huron St., Northglenn. The cost includes a CPR student workbook and a CPR certification card, which is good for two years. For information or to sign up for a class, call 303-452-9910. The classes are open to the public.

ANIMAL REIKI Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue will offer animal Reiki certification from 11:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; from 11:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; and from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Doggie Delights on Broadway, 1432 S. Broadway, Denver. This class will teach students how to experience the world from the animal’s perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, as well as communication, handling strategies, physiology, psychology and more. The course demonstrates a variety of specific techniques, with hands-on application. Each day includes hands-on practice. Special attention is paid to trauma reduction and calming protocols. The result is often the alleviation of symptoms such as pain, fear and anxiety, as well as positive changes in behavior. This class will be offered only once in 2013. Registration required; email or 303-239-0382 to register and to find out about costs.

Against Children Unit, Lakewood Police Department, and Ben Leichtling, Ph.D, consultant, coach, speaker and author of three books including How To Stop Bullies in Their Tracks, present a program about stranger safety from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church, 920 Kipling St., Lakewood. Visit or call 303-233-2740.

SCAVENGER HUNT Make sure your senses are in tune as you explore the grounds of Majestic View Nature Center for answers to our ecology scavenger hunt. Work in teams to find hidden treasures. Dress for the weather and bring your thinking caps. Call ahead to register at 720-898-7405. The hunt is from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Admission is free. Visit www.arvada. org/nature. MONDAY/JAN. 28 COFFEE WITH the Mayor Talk directly with the mayor about issues in the community and to learn about new developments in the city at Coffee with the Mayor, at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Atlanta Bread, in the Northglenn Marketplace. Call 303450-8713 for information. Northglenn High School Principal Dr. Mary Lindimore will talk about the school’s STEM expansion. SCRAPBOOKING BRING pictures and stories while joining this ongoing activity in the upcoming year. Meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Scrapbooking supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. This activity will continue on the fourth Monday of every month. For people ages 55 and over. Call 303-450-8801 for more information. MONDAY AND TUESDAY/JAN. 28-29

YOUTH THEATER The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “Blackbeard the Pirate,” where a lazy day at the beach turns into mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard the Pirate’s treasure begins. Showtimes are 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday,

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

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Jan. 26, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn. Cost is $7 for students and seniors, $8 for adults. Call 303-450-8800 for information.

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303-450-8800 for an audition appointment. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday, Feb. 7, and the show will be Friday, Feb. 8.

TUESDAY/JAN. 29 HOA PROGRAM The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Community Associations Institute will present a free program to the general public and professionals who work in the industry. The program is from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Courtyard by Marriott Denver-Cherry Creek, 1475 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. Two of our experts will share their wisdom and expertise on taking yourself and or your HOA to the next level by implementing positive steps to avoid emotional burnout and conflict. The last speaker will inform how to make a difference in your emotional and mental health by improving your own personal fitness and wellness plan. A light breakfast will be served; RSVP to or by calling 303-951-4973. UNEARTHING GEMS Have you ever wanted to go on a rock hunt? Learn techniques and clues to have your own successful dig around Colorado and Wyoming. Find out how to join the North Jeffco Gem & Mineral Club on one of their field trips one of their many events throughout the year. They can answer your questions about their fascinating display of rocks and minerals. Program is from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. It is open to ages 8 and up. No fee, but must register by Jan. 25. Visit www.arvada. org/nature. WEDNESDAY/JAN. 30 HOME EXPO Learn about in-home services to help keep you or a loved one at home and about housing options if you are considering a new place to call home. The There’s No Place Like Home expo is from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. The event is free to the public; register by calling 303-425-9583. Service providers, call 303-467-7197 for vendor information/fees.

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“I do not think it is right for a mayor to be elected by a very small percentage of the citizens,” he said. ”This is wrong for the city and wrong for the citizens.” Out of the four council members who voted in favor of the ordinance two of them have officially filed their candidate affidavits to run in this year’s mayor election, Briggs and Atchison, but neither provided any comments on their vote during the meeting. Lindsey was the only person who gave any reasoning for her decision to approve the change. She said she’d previously received emails from people in the community who

believed a second run-off election was not needed. “You the voters will choose the mayor, and I hope it’s done in one election,” she said. “I trust the voters will pick the best candidate and I think we will have a sizable margin.” Council will vote on the second reading of the ordinance during the Jan. 28 meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. Residents can voice their opinions during that meeting, or personally contact any of the council members before that date. All council member contact information can be found on the city’s website, www., under the city government tab.

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“We have worked with (city) staff to create a landscape replacement project with kinds of shrubs and trees that won’t spread and will stay away from the track,” said Kevin Flynn, RTD’s public information manager for the Eagle Project. Tree removal will be under way in the near future. “We did work out with the parks department to mulch the trees we remove and make that available to city residents at a date that will be announced,” Flynn said during a presentation to Arvada City Council on Jan. 14. The Gold Line is 18 percent finished, Flynn said. RTD has relocated 38 utilities, including relocations at Balsam Street and Ridge Road in Arvada, and is currently relocating utilities at Lamar Street and Grand-

ogram By Sara Van Cleve by nver. on ement- RTD will replace 54 trees it has to remove along Grandview Avenue to make way for t. your the new Gold Line rail system. The Gold Line is an 11.2-mile commuter sonal rail that will connect Denver’s Union Sta; RSVP tion to Wheat Ridge via Arvada, Denver and Adams County. rock The track is part of the Eagle Project of ssful the Regional Transportation District’s Fashe Tracks and is slated to open in 2016. s one er your nerals. w s8 vada. Your weekends are suddenly wide open and empty. No more extra televiyou sions in the living room. are No more Sunday snacke binging. You’ve put away at your make-up, your lucky Washington Redskins. The rth shirts, and the hats that no coach, Joe Gibbs, had a lot to alling team can win without. learn: He’d been away from endor It’s enough to make a the NFL for over a decade, grown (wo)man cry. and rules had changed. Yes, football season is So had the world in genover for you. eral, which led to one of the But for 32 men, the end most difficult things Gibbs of one season signals the ever endured. beginnings of another — The Lombardi Trophy that is, if they still have jobs. is why a local man bought In the new book “Coaching a team that few seemed Confidential” by Gary My- to care about, and hired a ers and published by Crown coach who liked to job-hop. Archetype, you’ll read about It’s why that same coach is a very unique club. notoriously rough on his It’s all about the Trophy. team to get results. The Vince Lombardi It’s why nice guys reach Trophy, to be exact: A big out to players who’ve lost piece of metal that forces their way, why fans sudNFL coaches to “(drag) their denly idolize coaches they families from city to city as once complained about, they go from job to job ...” why there are fireworks in says sportswriter Gary My- the locker room as well as ers. out, and why the rate of diThe Trophy is why Sean vorce among NFL coaches Payton worked his way up is so high. the ranks from “scab” to “The coaching fratercoach of the ailing New Or- nity is small,” says Myers. leans Saints, post-Katrina. “Each year ... a group picThat Trophy may have ture is taken of the 32 head been why Payton thought coaches. There are signifihe was “bullet-proof” after cant changes to the picture the Saints’ Super Bowl win. every year.” His “arrogance” led NFL So you say you’re pascommissioner Roger God- sionate about pigskin and, dell to suspend Payton, your closet is filled with biamong others, for setting colored clothing. bounties on rival teams’ Now you can read about players. the guys you screamed at Want for the Trophy is every weekend. why a 33-year-old “abraWith the kind of access sive” owner persuaded a fans can only dream about, retired coach to “save” the author Gary Myers goes

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view and Carr Street and Reno Road. Water line relocation at Lamar and Grandview is expected to be complete the week of Feb. 18, Flynn said. Construction has also begun on the eastwest portion of the Gold Line, Flynn said. “Under the other side of I-76 where 60th Avenue dead ends close to Pecos Street, we’ve begun to cut into the I-76 shoulder for alignment and utility relocations,” Flynn said. Other construction has begun on the Gold Line outside of Arvada city limits. RTD is ensuring Denver Transit Partners, the district’s private-public partner for FasTracks, is notifying residents near the affected areas at least seven days prior to construction begins, Flynn said. “It’s a very tough standard,” Flynn said. “Other projects are three days. The sched-

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behind closed doors and inside meeting rooms to bring readers a hard look at the glory and the gloom that comes with being an NFL coach. But while this is a fan’s dream peek, it’s not pretty. Myers gives his readers hard truths about personal sacrifices, peccadilloes and personality wars. Fans, I think, will enjoy knowing this info — but with a touch of discomfort. Love your teams’ coach or hate him, I think this book may open your eyes if you’re a football fanatic or if you just love a good scandal. For you, “Coaching Confidential” will fill up an empty weekend rather nicely.

ule can change at any notice though.” With so much construction going on in Arvada and the surrounding areas regarding the Gold Line, Arvada District 3 Councilwoman Shelley Cook said RTD and DTP are doing a good job of informing residents about the progress of the project. “It’s pretty remarkable to me that we have a major construction project like this going on and I don’t hear complaints,” Cook said. “When people are inconvenienced, they’re very good-natured about it. I think it’s a good testimony to the quality of the management and communications by RTD and (DTP).” For up-to-date information about the Gold Line, current construction and road closures, visit or call 303-299-2000.

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present “Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas,” the institute’s new six-session winter course that begins Wednesday, Jan. 30. Spiritual leader of Chabad of Northwest Metro Denver Rabbi Benjy Brackman will conduct the six course sessions. Each course is 90 minutes and takes place each Wednesday at Chabad of Northwest Metro Denver, 4505 W. 112th Ave., Westminster. Interested students can call 720-984-5805 or visit for registration and other course-related information.

ADVANCED CARE CPR Get the knowledge and confidence to step forward if needed in an emergency at an Advanced Care CPR class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Certification is issued at the end of the class and fulfills all state, OSHA and Social Services requirements. For people ages 16 and up. Cost is $55 for residents, $60 for non-residents. Call 303-450-8800 or go to to register.



LUNCHEON BE a queen for a day. Join Michelle Rahn at noon Thursday, Jan. 31, for the Walking Tiara Tall Luncheon. Rahn will show how her positive zest for life and sense of humor bring out the royalty in each of us. Register before Jan. 28 at Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Cost is $9, which includes lunch.

BLOOD DRIVE Crossing Church of the Nazarene community blood drive is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, inside Bonfils’ bus at 3501 W. 104th, Westminster. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.



YOUNG COLORADO “Yesterado: Stories of Colorado When It Was Young” is a show that creates a living, breathing portrait of Colorado when it was still cutting its teeth, featuring stories about con man Soapy Smith, socialite Molly Brown and cyclist Dora Rinehart. Showtime is 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn. Good for early elementary age youth. Study guides are available on request. Cost is $3.75 a person. Call 303-450-8800 for information.

BLOOD DRIVE City of Westminster community blood drive is from 8-9:40 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, inside Bonfils’ bus at 4800 W. 92nd Ave., Westminster. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit

COMING SOON COMING SOON/FEB. 1 FESTIVE FRIDAY As part of the Northglenn Senior Center’s Festive Friday series, celebrate National Snack Food Month with some snack food trivia and samples. The program is at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the senior center, 11801 Community Center Drive. RSVP at 303-450-8801. For

PAPER MAKING Exercise your inner artist by making decorative recycled paper eco-cards from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Anything you make, you bring home, and these items make great gifts. Bring the whole family to learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle as you put those skills to the test. Call ahead to reserve your spot, 720-898-7405. Program for ages 6 and up. Visit for information on costs.

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Pomona wins Arvada West Invite Panthers have six wrestlers place at tournament By Jonathan Maness ARVADA - The Pomona wrestling team continued its domination over the weekend. The Panthers won three individual titles and took first at the Arvada West Invitational on Saturday with 148.50 points. “We are doing pretty good (this season),” said Austin Marvel, who won the title at 138 pounds. “We should have a pretty solid team this year.” Joining Marvel on top of the podium for Pomona was Raymond Robledo (132 pounds) and Archie Colgan (160). Taking second at the tournament was Greeley West (144 points) and Ponderosa (142.50) finished third. Greeley West also had three individual titles, Adrian Delacruz (120 pounds), Emilio Martinez (126) and Austin Waterman (285).

Ponderosa crowned two individual champs, Kelton Good at 152 pounds and Dylan Gabel at 170. Coronado also had two, Trent Watson (106) and Jess Hankins (113). Beer Creek’s Corky Phillips beat Ponderosa’s York Douglass 12-2 to win the title match at 195 pounds. The Bears’ P.T. Garcia finished second after losing 8-4 to Martinez in the 126-pound match. Francisco Sandoval (106) and Jason Yakobsen (120) each went 2-2. Legacy’s Skylar McWee took first at 225 pounds after pinning Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jake Schoenberger. Conner Casady (160) finished third for the Lightning. Ryan Deakin (106) and Luke Robinson (182) both went 2-2 at the tournament, but didn’t place. Legacy was 10th at the invite. Arvada West finished seventh at the tournament and had four wrestlers place, including Tony Silva-Bussey - who finished second after losing to Gabel 5-3 in overtime. Jerry Trujillo (120), Payton Tawater (126) and Taylor Bergquist (138) all took third. Chaparal was eighth and also four wrestlers place, including Frank Martinez (106),

JT Stancil (113) and Dane Drimmer (285) who all finished third. Kenton Reed (120) was fourth. Robledo beat Thompson Valley’s Tanner Williams 3-0 to take first, while Marvel won his title after an injury default and Colgan topped Thompson Valley’s Francisco Marquez 6-4. “This is a big accomplishment for me,” Marvel said. “But I am aiming more towards state, getting the big win. This is just icing on the cake.” Also competing in the title match for Pomona was Josh Rosales (120) and Ethan Wright (152). Rosales finished second after losing to Delacruz 6-3, while Wright lost a tough one to Good 4-3 to take second. Also placing for the Panthers was Tomas Gutierrez (106), who finished fourth. “We think we can challenge for a state title,” Robledo said. Ponderosa also had three wrestlers finish second; including Douglass (195), Torry Williams (145) and Corry Williams (182) who lost a 5-3 heartbreaker in overtime to Brighton’s Joel Hernandez.

Girls basketball: Hawks get back on track Belleview Christian stays perfect in 5280 League By Jonathan Maness THORNTON - After losing to Monarch, the Horizon Hawks have won their next two games in the Front Range League. The Hawks topped Greeley West 75-45 Tuesday and also beat Boulder 68-53 on Jan. 18 to improve to 5-1 in the FRL and 8-5 overall. Alyssa and Kaylie Rader each had a double-double against the Spartans. Alyssa Rader went for 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Kaylie Rader had 18 and 11. 5280 LEAGUE: Belleview Christian topped Longmont Christian 55-24 Tuesday to improve to 3-0 in the 5280 League. The Eagles outscored the Warriors 23-5 in the third quarter, while Sydney Ahaneku went for 26 points and 14 rebounds. Rocky Mountain Lutheran (10-2 overall) picked up its first league win Tuesday by beating Community Christian 52-20. Hannah Sievert led all scorers with 15 points, while Brittney Zemlicka added 12 and Mariah Dally had 10. Community Christian dropped to 3-5 overall, 0-2 in 5280 League. LIGHTNING FALL TO LAMBKINS: Legacy couldn’t overcome a slow start as it fell to FRL rival Fort Collins, 58-47.

The Lightning fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter and then 36-21 at halftime. Courtney Smith led the way with 21 points, while Bree Paulson added 14. WOLVES BEST TROJANS: Westminster snapped a nine-game losing streak Tuesday by beating Thornton 51-39. The Wolves jumped out to a 24-13 advantage at the half and was led by Desiree Gomez, who had 11 points. Brandy Carrera added nine. CRUISE CONTROL: The Academy won its previous two games by an average of 12 points. The Wildcats topped Platte Canyon 58-45 and Arrupe Jesuit 37-26. Katie Edwards led The Academy with 12 points in the win over Platte Canyon, while Jackie Wilson had 12 points in the win over Arrupe Jesuit. BACK ON TRACK: Holy Family rebounded from its first Metropolitan League loss to top Faith Christian 53-32 on Jan. 18. Freshman Katie Chavez led the way with 20 points and six steals, she also hit four treys. Pinnacle topped Platte Canyon 53-28 on Jan. 18 to improve to 2-2 in the Frontier League. Jacey Ovalle led the Timberwolves with 15 points, while Karalyn Maestas added 11. FRONT RANGE TROUBLES: The Mountain Range Mustangs are still searching for their first win in the FRL. The Mustangs lost to Legacy 50-32 on Friday, dropping to 0-6 in the FRL.

Westminster’s Abbie Austin dribbles the ball past the defense during Tuesday’s game against Thornton. Photo by Jonathan Maness SLUMPING GATORS: Standley Lake dropped its third in a row on Jan. 18, falling to Lakewood 51-26. Jefferson Academy dropped its first two games in the Metropolitan League, losing to Colorado Academy (40-31) and Peak to Peak (47-25). NORSE DROP LEAGUE OPENER: Northglenn fell to Brighton 77-21 on Jan. 18 in the Norse’s East Metro League opener.


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Trojans hold off Wolves to stay perfect at home Thornton improves to 2-0 in East Metro League By Jonathan Maness THORNTON - The Thornton Trojans have become a force to reckon with at home. The Trojans held off a late rally by Westminster Tuesday night to get a 49-34 victory over their league rivals and improved to 7-0 at home. “Kids play with extra energy at home,” said Thornton’s coach Sercan Fenerci. “They have some fans here and it helps out a lot.” More importantly for Thornton (10-6 overall), the Trojans improved to 2-0 in the East Metro League, they beat Prairie View 42-41 in their league opener on Jan. 18. “Getting the league wins are huge and we are taking care of what we need to do,” Fenerci said. The Trojans did much of their damage thanks to their defense, which held Westminster to only six points in the

first half and went on a 15-point run in the second quarter. Thornton, which held an 8-4 advantage after the first quarter, opened the game up in the second. A basket by Daezionate Hernandez and a trey by Donovan Gomez pushed the Trojans advantage to double-figures. The Trojans pushed their advantage to 23-4, before a basket by Jon Rossini scored a basket with two minutes left in the half. “We played great defense in the first too, but we just didn’t hit shots,” Fenerci said. “Defense is where it all starts. As long as we get a stop and rebound the ball we will be in good position to win games.” Westminster did battle back in the fourth quarter; Anthony Sarno scored 11 points for the Wolves in the fourth quarter to cut the Trojans lead to 40-29. However, a basket by R.J. Brewer sealed the victory for Thornton. Gomez had a game-high 17 points, while Samuel Shumate added 11. The Trojans will look to keep stay perfect in league on Friday when they travel to Rangeview. Westminster (1-15, 0-3 EML) will try to get back on track on Friday at Prairie View.

Westminster’s Humberto Loera looks for an open teammate on Tuesday, during the Wolves game against rival Thornton. Photo by Jonathan Maness

Boys basketball: Crusaders rout Bruins Legacy holds off Mountain Range By Jonathan Maness

Westminster’s 106-pounder Alonzo Sotelo wrestles Mitchell’s Abraam Arregiun at the Alameda tournament on Saturday. Photo by Jonathan Maness

Wolves impressive at Alameda Invite Westy crowns two champs, takes third in team race By Scott Stocker LAKEWOOD - It certainly wasn’t a bad day for the Westminster wrestling team in last Saturday’s Alameda Invitational. After all, of the 21 teams in the tournament, the Warriors were the only team other than tournament winner Montrose to advance four wrestlers into the finals. Montrose, led by 160-pound champion Marcus Velasquez who was voted the Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament, scored 191 points to out distance the other 20 teams. The Indians crowned two champions with 120-pound Jeremiah Banuelos also winners stand. Eaglecrest placed second with 169.5 points followed by Westminster in third, 132.5. Westminster’s John Fugita came through with the title at 126 when he defeated Andrew George of Eaglecrest 4-0. Matt Bryan added the second title for the Warriors also beating his Eaglecrest foe, Ace Ellison, 8-6, at 145. However, the Warriors came up shot at 106 and 195 where they had to settle for sil-

ver medals. Alonzo Sotello was beaten by Denver West’s Adam Lee at 106, 16-8, and Santos Valtierra was pinned by Banuelos in 3:23 of their championship final. Third-place for the Warriors was won by 195-pound Christian Wood, who defeated Hinkley’s Max Carbajal, 5-2. Fugita, who had a first round bye, improved to 11-4 on the season. He opened his run beating Jorge Urioste of home standing Alameda, 7-4, then beat Widefield’s Angelo Martinez, 9-5. “It’s just a good tournament with a lot of good guys to go against,” Fugita said. “I just wanted to make sure that I wrestled smart. I felt pretty confident and I didn’t want anyone to get me down. Winning today certainly is a confidence booster and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.” Bryan now has a glittering 24-4 record after his tournament run. A pair of technical falls against Jeff Price of Fountain-Ft. Carson and Matt Fulton of Alameda, and a 13-8 victory against Ian Sandoval of Montrose, set the stage for his 8-6 win against Eaglecrest’s Ace Ellison. “I just wanted to come in and make sure that I gave 100 percent,” Bryan said. “The key was to conduct myself in a manor to stay focused and not to panic. I didn’t know what to expect from the full field. I just want to make it to state this year.”

NORTHGLENN Charles Wittman scored 21 points and hit three treys, while Bryan Hodge added 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Community Christian to a 70-34 victory over Belleview Christian on Jan. 18. The Crusaders jumped out to a 16-2 advantage after the opening quarter and never looked back; they also outrebounded the Bruins 45-22 and forced 22 turnovers. Wyatt Potter-Seymour added 15 points to help Community Christian improve to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in the 5280 League. Allen Johnson led Belleview Christian (1-10 overall, 0-3 5280) with 11 points. Community Christian also defeated Rocky Mountain Lutheran (1-10, 1-2 5280) Tuesday, 63-33. LIGHTNING DOWN MUSTANGS: Legacy hit 22 of 25 free throws to edge Mustangs 53-50 on Jan. 18. Travis Baum and Andrew Hebel each scored nine points to lead Legacy (6-7 overall, 2-4 Front Range League). Mountain Range’s Jacob Taylor led all scorers with 20 points, while the Mustangs fell to 4-9 overall and 0-6 in the FRL. TIGERS DOMINATING LEAGUE: Holy Family improved to 3-0 in the Metropolitan League and have outscored their league opponents by an average of 16.7 points. The Tigers topped Faith Christian 50-35 on Jan. 18

to bring their overall record to 9-3. Jarron Sprenger had a double-double for the Tigers with 15 points and 10 rebounds. STREAKING RIVALS: The Pinnacle and The Academy each picked up its fourth consecutive win on Jan. 18 and are sitting on top of the Frontier League with a perfect 4-0 record. The Wolverines topped Arrupe Jesuit, 48-34 while the Timberwolves beat Platte Canyon 56-39. The two will face off on Friday at The Academy High School. DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE: Skyview’s Olufisayo Awolaja is averaging a double-double with 10.7 points and 11 rebounds. He has six double-doubles on the season and had nine points and 11 rebounds in the Wolverines 46-37 loss to Adams City on Jan. 19. LEAGUE TROUBLES: Jefferson Academy has dropped its past two

games in the Metropolitan League. The Jaguars lost to Lutheran 51-37 on Tuesday and are now 6-5 overall and 1-2 in the league. Pomona lost its ninth consecutive game on Jan. 16, losing to Bear Creek 62-37. The Panthers are now 0-7 in the Jeffco League and 1-13 overall. Standley Lake has also struggled in the Jeffco League, losing six straight games. They fell to Lakewood, 52-41 on Jan. 18. Horizon has also hit a snag lately; the Hawks dropped their third in a row on Tuesday. The Hawks lost to Greeley West 75-72, which dropped Horizon to 2-4 in the FRL. Jake Ralphs had 22 points to lead the Hawks. NORSE DROP LEAGUE OPENER: Northglenn lost 52-30 to Brighton in its first game in the East Metro League on Jan. 18.



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to purchase tickets, visit or call 720-898-7200. “No Dogs Allowed” is recommended for ages 4 and older. or call 720-8987200. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.


CONCERT APPLICATIONS Broomfield Symphony Orchestra is accepting applications for the youth concerto competition from middle school and high school musicians. One winner from each category will perform with the orchestra at our May concerts. Applications must be received by Feb. 22. Visit www.broomfieldsymphony. org or call 303-725-1728. Reception at 2 p.m.

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.

CHILDREN’S MUSICAL The Arvada Center presents the children’s musical “No Dogs Allowed,” opening at noon Thursday, Feb, 7, and running through April 12. For show dates and times, or

RECURRING/THROUGH FEB. 17 BLITHE SPIRIT The Arvada Center presents “Blithe Spirit,” by Noël Coward (Private Lives, Design for Living), from Jan. 22 to Feb. 17 in the Black Box Theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 p.m. Wednesdays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Talkbacks will be offered after the 7:30 p.m. show on Friday, Feb. 1, and after the 1 p.m. show Wednesday, Feb. 6. To purchase tickets, or for information, go to www.


RECURRING/THROUGH FEB. 28 ART EXHIBIT The North Metro Arts Alliance members’ fine arts exhibit is ongoing through Feb. 28 at the Aar River Gallery, 3707 W. 73rd Ave., Westminster. The Second Saturday Art Walk

is from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 3 CALL FOR entries Colorado Visions, a juried exhibit of fine art by Colorado Artists at Westminster City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave., is accepting entries through March 3. Slides or CDs of original 2- or 3-dimensional fine art by Colorado artists (no computer art). Entry fee is $30 for 3 entries. Cash awards. Judge is Colorado artist Cheryl St. John. The show is April 15 to May 31. For prospectus, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: North Metro Arts Alliance, c/o Becky Silver, 10154 Meade Court, Westminster, CO 80031. RECURRING/MONTHLY THROUGH MAY FAMILY CONCERTS The Music Train

and Swallow Hill Music presents the family concert series, at 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through May at Swallow Hill Music Association, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver; and at 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month through May at the D-Note, 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada. For information and tickets, visit http://

LOOKING AHEAD 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 cof-

fee, 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 or call 303-871-3090.

LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 8-9, 1516, 22-23 OLIVER PRAIRIE Playhouse presents “Oliver,” its biggest show of the year with a live orchestra, a cast of all ages, great music and a spectacular set. A heart-warming family tale that children and adults all love. Oliver will be sure to steal your heart as well. Visit http://www.prairieplayhouse. com/productions/themusicmanliver. Get tickets online at prairieplayhouse. com or at the door. The show plays at The Armory in Brighton.



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