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

Election process change snuffed Mayoral candidate will still need 40 percent on first ballot to win By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com The power of community input and persuasion was strong Monday night during the Westminster City Council meeting. So strong, that four council members changed their vote regarding an ordinance that would have removed the requirement of a mayor candidate to earn at least 40 percent of the vote. Two weeks ago during the Jan. 14 coun-

cil meeting, councilors Herb Atchison, Bob Briggs, Mark Kaiser and Mary Lindsey voted to approve the ordinance on first reading, while mayor Nancy McNally, mayor pro tem Faith Winter and councilor Scott Major voted against the ordinance. But after great opposition from community members, the ordinance was unanimously shot down. “I want to thank everyone for coming tonight and all of the comments I have received,” Lindsey said. “I come prepared to change my vote that I had given two weeks ago. I would like to look at this at a better and later time.” If approved, the ordinance would have removed the 40 percent voter approval rate for a mayor election and the need for a run-off election. The overall candidate with the most votes would be the winner, even if he or she

only earned a small percentage of the votes. This new process caused concern for many residents who urged council to deny the ordinance during Monday’s meeting. “I join the chorus in saying that this bill needs to die,” said Larry Valente, Westminster resident and Adams County School District 50 school board member. “We need to go forth in a different manner.” Rep. Cherylin Peniston, D-Westminster, also spoke to council giving her insight concerning the ordinance. “It is our responsibility not to undermine or lose the trust of our citizens and I believe that is what this bill does,” she said. “The citizens feel as if they have now lost the trust of the councilors. I feel this change crosses the line.” With the denial of the ordinance, this

year’s mayoral election will run as it has since 1993 when the 40 percent requirement was established. Three council members, Major, Briggs and Atchison have officially filed their candidate affidavit to run for mayor this year. Briggs’ and Atchison’s original vote to approve the ordinance caused alarm for many residents and their fellow council members. Although McNally strongly opposed the ordinance from the beginning, she credits the resilience of the community for the final outcome of the vote. “This issue hits the core of my being,” McNally said. “Every voice counts. You did pay attention and from the bottom of my heard, thank you for paying attention and thank you for caring. It’s not about the seven of us, it’s about you and how you make your choice in who runs this city.”

Daveco owner relinquishes ownership By Darin Moriki

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Teenage mother Jacquelline Cossio, left, shows her baby Genesis to Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally who was visiting during the grand opening of Hope House Thursday, Jan. 24, in Westminster. Photo by Andy Carpenean

A place for hope, second chances Resource center for teen moms opens By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews. com Hope House is a place for second chances and new beginnings. It’s a place where teen moms can gain an education and a new outlook on life. And now, teen moms in the Westminster area will have a resource center in their backyard offering free services. Hope House is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged teen moms become self-sufficient. The Westminster resource center opened on Jan. 24 at 9088 Marshall Court. The center focuses around GED and mentoring programs to

teenage girls who are parenting their children. Executive Director Lisa Steven said the both programs seek to empower at-risk teenagers to strive for personal and economic self -sufficiency and experience hope for a healthy future with their child. “It’s really about empowering these teenage moms to build a stable life for their kids,” she said. “But there is a lot of complexity in that, so it’s about supporting these girls and giving them access to gain self-sufficiency.” The mentoring program matches a teen mom with a trained volunteer mentor who helps the mom work toward selfsufficiency through a structured curriculum. They meet two to four times a month to develop goals for reaching pre-determined selfsufficiency markers, such as ob-

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taining safe housing. The GED program helps teen moms earn their GED through individual instruction. GED and career prep specialist Katie Morton said the teen moms meet three times a week for their GED classes and the program has an 80 percent graduation rate. “Usually it takes the girls around seven-and-a-half weeks to earn their GED, which is much faster than the average rate, which is around six months,” she said. “One reason why it’s faster is because the girls are getting oneon-one help.” Hope House also offers a residential program for teen moms who are homeless or are living in an unsafe environment. The fivephase program empowers and equips parenting teenage moms as they move toward personal and economic self-sufficiency. Jacqueline Cossio is in the residential program. She found Hope House on Google when she was searching for housing. She and her eight-month old daughter Genesis moved into the safe house in July 2012. Since then,

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she’s earned her GED and volunteers in a dental office. She has plans to go to college to become a dental hygienist. “Hope House has given me so many opportunities. Now that I’m in the residential program, my baby has her own room and a safe place to live,” she said. “She’s just a really happy baby. It feels good to be able to give her a good life. That’s why I’m doing this and it’s so worth it.” Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally said she’s excited to have Hope House in the community because it’s offering educational and mentoring opportunities that are priceless. “Hope House is showing these young moms that they can have a bright future and can provide for themselves and their child,” she said. “I am glad that Hope House found Westminster to be a good fit because they offer the teen moms in our community hope for the future.” For more information on Hope House or volunteer opportunities, visit www.hopehouseofcolorado.org.

The owner of the world’s largest liquor stores, Daveco Liquors, must relinquish control of his store to an independent blind trust for two years due to his role in a multimillion dollar racketeering scheme that defrauded the city of Thornton as well as the Colorado Department of Revenue. The move, which would allow for a third-party trustee to eventually sell the business, is part of an 11-page Department of Revenue’s Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Division agreement that names Daveco Liquors owner Hani “Henry” Sawaged, of Highlands Ranch, and his four brothers, Issam Sawaged, Ghassan D. Sawaged, Bassam D. Sawaged and Shafeek Sawaged as respondents. The family members also own Davidsons Liquors at 5555 Boatworks Drive in Highlands Ranch, but that store has not been implicated in the ruling. According to the Guinness Book of World Records website, the 100,073.1-square-foot Daveco Liquors store at 16434 Washington St. in Thornton opened on Nov. 18, 2006 and still holds the title for the world’s largest “off-license” liquor store. Denver District Attorney’s Office communications director Lynn Kimbrough said the Department of Revenue investigation into Daveco Liquors began in September 2008, when the city Auditor’s Office discovered inconsistencies in sales tax amounts reported to the city during a routine sales tax audit. The case was then turned over to the Thornton Police Department and the Colorado Department of Revenue, which found that Sawaged and his brothers logged fictitious merchandise returns and pocketed $5.4 million dollars in cash from Daveco Liquors from at least January 2007 through August 2008. In all, court documents state the underreporting and underpaying sales tax to the city of Thornton and to the Colorado Department of Revenue resulted in losses exceeding $1 million. Hani Sawaged pleaded guilty in November 2012 to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act in Denver District Court and was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. Hani Sawaged was also ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution to the state and the city of Thornton. In exchange for his guilty plea, the Denver District Attorney’s Office and Denver District Court dropped a total of 51 other felony charges against him, including 20 counts of filing false tax returns, three Daveco continues on Page 18


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Civil-unions bill moves forward F Bill would not allow adoption agencies to opt out By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com Jeremy Simon is only 5 years old, but his knowledge of what was happening inside a Colorado Capitol committee hearing room Jan. 23 might already make him qualified to teach a civics class. “They’re trying to change the law,” he said, when asked what was happening that day. And what makes the law important? “So my moms can be together,” Report Jeremy said. Young Jeremy was one of many people who packed the Old Supreme Court Chambers inside the Capitol to hear, and to provide testimony on, what has long been a contentious issue: civil unions for gay couples. As expected, the bill — which would allow gay couples to enter into commitments that are similar to marriage — passed the five-member Senate Judiciary Committee along party lines, following a hearing that lasted more than four hours. The bill will now head to another committee in the Senate and is expected to ultimately become law, because of the Demo-

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cratic-controlled Legislature. The bill’s sponsor, openly gay Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, whose district includes part of Arapahoe County, said the legislation would recognize “the love between committed couples.” “When two people are lucky enough to have found someone they want to spend the rest of their lives with, why should the state of Colorado stand in the way?” Steadman said during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill could allow gay couples to begin the steps of entering into civil unions on May 1. They would be afforded many legal, medical and property rights, as well as the ability to adopt children. However, the bill does not allow gay couples in civil unions to file joint tax returns, at least until “statutory change is enacted,” according to the bill. Last year’s version of the bill died in a separate, Republican-controlled committee. “Today, you have the opportunity to finish what should have been started nine months ago,” said Brad Clark of Colorado One, a gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group. Clark was one of many people who testified in support of the bill, several of whom offered emotional stories of having first met their partners several years ago — 17 years for Brian Bowles of Denver. “This is a human issue,” Bowles testified. “The greatest thing we have is love.” Jean Fredland of Adams County testified that, to her knowledge, none of her children or grandchildren is gay. But she equated the

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Sen. Jessie Ulibarri of Commerce City answers questions during an interview prior to civil union legislation Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the state Capitol. Photo by Andy Carpenean battle over civil unions as “a civil rights issue,” and said the opposition to the bill is offering “the same arguments I heard against civil rights in the ’60s and ’70s.” Meanwhile, there were plenty of critics who spoke out against the bill. And they were particularly upset that — unlike last year’s version — the bill does not exempt adoption agencies with religious convictions against same-sex unions from placing children with those couples.

JEFFCO NEWS IN A HURRY Golden bar robbed

Three well-equipped burglars broke in to the Rock Rest Lodge (16005 Mount Vernon Road) near Golden, stealing thousands of dollars from a safe and an ATM. The crime was committed in the early morning hours of Jan. 14. The three used a ladder to access the roof, before moving a large air conditioning unit to enter the building. The suspects, wearing hooded sweatshirts, partial masks, hats and gloves, used an angle grinder that they brought with them to cut through an ATM, and a large office safe. Several thousand dollars were stolen. Surveillance photos of the suspects are available at jeffco.us/news/sheriffnews.htm. Anyone who may have information regarding this crime is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

New trail conditions guide

Jefferson County Open Space has announced a new online service to make it easier to choose

where to recreate — a trail condition guide. The guide (jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_ R110.htm) gives information about whether specific parks and trails have snow-packed or muddy trail surfaces. Other information, including trail closures, construction, and usage restrictions will also be posted on the site.

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Jefferson County Public Health has asked for county residents to be reminded that Friday, Feb. 1, is Wear Red Day, to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. JCPH is organizing a Wear Red Day photo opportunity at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden on Friday, at 12 noon. Cardiovascular disease (heart disease & stroke) is the leading cause of death in the nation (including in Jefferson County). For more information on heart disease and prevention, please visit the American Heart Association www.americanheart.org.

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Kellie Fiedorek of the conservative, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, said judges and business owners who object to civil unions would be forced “to violate their deeply held religious convictions,” if the bill passed. Others who are against the bill were blunter in their opposition. Lisa Speer ofBy V Arapahoe County called the legislation “avvela canard.” “This legislation is all heart and no A head,” she said. vidu Republican committee member Stevemine King of Grand Junction — who, along withe m Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg of Ber-could thoud voted against moving the bill forwardarms — asked Steadman, “Wouldn’t it be betterprop to amend the bill to accommodate the reli-beco gious beliefs of these people?” gun Steadman replied that he wouldn’t wantlegis to “enable businesses to put up signs out-struc side their windows saying certain types oflegis people aren’t welcome.” Steadman alsosion. brought up the point to some who testified Th that it wouldn’t matter if he amended the3-2 v bill because they wouldn’t support it any-ate J way. In spite of vocal opposition, the legis-three lation is expected to pass easily this session, something that Democratic Sen. Jessie Ulibarri of Commerce City — who chaired Wednesday’s committee — says he will take pride in. Ulibarri lives with his partner and two children, and has testified every time the bill has come up, only to walk away disappointed. The day before the hearing, Ulibarri was asked what’s it’s like to go from testifying, to holding the gavel that chairs the same committee. He replied: “Overwhelming … in theBy V best possible sense.” vvela

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Firearms on school grounds bill struck down Legislation would have allowed employees to carry concealed guns By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com A bill that would have enabled individual school boards the ability to determine whether employees could carry firearms on school properties has become the first guns-related Report legislation to be struck down this legislative session. The bill was voted down Monday by a 3-2 vote by the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, following about three and a half hours of public testimony –

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much of which came from supporters of the controversial legislation. The proposed law would have opened the door for school employees to carry concealed hand guns on campus, provided that they had valid permit to do so, and so long as their local school boards gave them permission to do so. Recent gun-related mass shootings in Colorado and across the country were invoked during testimony from both supporters and opponents of the bill. “It’s a tragedy that keeps happening over and over,” said Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, one of the sponsors of the bill. “And frankly, it’s clear that gun-free zones don’t work. Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, also a bill sponsor, said that his wife, who is a teacher, and children “are sitting ducks” at their schools because they have no way to defend themselves if a school shooting breaks out. “Gun-free zones only work for the lawabiding citizens,” he said. “The criminals, the bad guys, don’t care.” Bethany Christiansen, a teacher from

Breakfast bill passes committee Proposed legislation would provide free meal for many students By Vic Vela

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A bill that would provide free breakfast for many Colorado students at the start of each school day is making its way through the legislature. The proposed legislation – which is called the “Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program” – passed the House of Representatives Education Committee following a hearing Monday, with an 11-2 vote. The bill would require schools to provide a free breakfast to every child in schools where 70 percent or more of the student population is eligible for free or reducedcost lunch. Several educators attended the hearing to voice their support of the bill. One of whom was Julie Fahey, a principle at Queen Palmer Elementary School in Colorado Springs, which instituted a free breakfast program a couple of years ago that she said olves has been successful. “Food fuels not just the stomach, but the ng mind,” Fahey said in her testimony before the committee. Robin Sutherland, a teacher at Queen Palmer, said that before her school offered free breakfast, many of her students would fall asleep at their desks, or struggle academically. After her school’s program was implemented, Sutherland said that the start of school has become “a positive beginning to our day.” The bill, which is being sponsored by Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, is in part modeled after a program that was instituted at Adams 14 school district in 2010, where 84 percent of its students qualified for free or reduced lunches, according to Moreno. Moreno said in an interview prior to the hearing that before the program, only about 20 percent of those children were eating breakfast before school. After the program was put in place, about 98 percent of the students were having breakfast, the lawmaker said.

Moreno said that, if the bill passes, schools would not end up paying for the breakfast program. He said that federal funds from the USDA’s Federal School Breakfast program would reimburse schools for the cost, and then some. “Not only do they (the federal government) cover the cost, but schools end up having more money for their nutrition program,” which Report can go toward food equipment costs, Moreno said prior to the hearing. If the federal funding ever ends up going away, so too does the mandate, Moreno said. Many schools in the Denver Metro area would be required to offer free breakfast to students, if the bill passes. Jeffco Public Schools, for example, had 22 schools last year where at least 70 percent of the students qualified for free and reduced lunch programs, according to information provided by the district. Molholm and Lumberg Elementary Schools each have student populations where more than 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Jefferson High School’s population is about 87 percent. Jeffco Public Schools spokeswoman Melissa Reeves said in a recent interview that the school board hasn’t taken a position on Moreno’s board as of yet, because “we really don’t know what the legislation is going to eventually look like.” Reeves did say that Jeffco Schools already has programs in place that allow many of its students to receive free breakfast. “We have the highest homeless population in the state and we take that seriously,” she said prior to the hearing. No one testified in opposition to the bill Monday. Republican lawmakers Chris Holbert and Justin Everett voted against moving the bill forward. Moreno said that he is optimistic the bill ultimately will pass with support from both sides of the aisle. “Feeding kids and making sure they’re prepared for school is a bipartisan issue,” he said.

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REGIONAL NEWS IN A HURRY Applications now being accepted for Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Westminster 7:10 Rotary Club is accepting applications for Ambassadorial Scholarships, the oldest program of the Rotary Foundation and the world’s largest privately funded international scholarships program. Since 1947, more than 40,000 men and women have studied abroad under its auspices in more than 150 countries. In recent years the Ambassadorial program has annually selected about 400-800 students to study in a country other than their own. The Ambassadorial Scholarships program promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people of different parts of the

world. Current applications are for study in the Rotary year 2013-14. They are limited to graduate study and will provide a minimum of $30,000. Candidates must have previous work experience, intended graduate degree studies, and future career plans that are related to one of the following study areas as established by The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. There are two steps to the process, a pre-qualification application and then a full application.

Greeley, spoke in support of the bill. Christiansen said that she loves her students and that she would “take a bullet for them.” She said she would like the opportunity to carry a concealed weapon with her to schools, so that she could better protect her students. “If I was able to save one life, it’ll be worth it,” Christiansen said. Republican senators Steve King and Kevin Lundberg voted to advance the bill. But the bill isn’t going anywhere. Three democratic senators – Lucia Guzman, Irene Aguilar, and Jessie Ulibarri – voted against moving the bill forward. Ulibarri said he had “grave concern” for this type of legislation because of the “unintentional consequences” that could come from more guns being brought into schools. Ulibarri said he worries that his own children would get caught in the crossfire between a shooter and untrained school personnel toting guns. “They may be a crack shot, a crack pot,” Ulibarri said of school employees having guns. “I don’t know.

Earlier in the day, supporters of gun legislation held a rally on the west steps of the Capitol. One of the speakers, Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, a strong supporter of gun control, told a cheering crowd, “Enough is enough,” when it comes to gun violence. “I don’t want to see another mother have to bury their children because of gun violence,” Fields said. “I am sick and tired of the bloodshed.” Also before the hearing, Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, said the bill “isn’t a solution” to the issue of gun violence in our communities. “It’s not great policy,” Morse said. “Adding guns adds shootings and I’m for fewer shootings.” Morse, a former cop with the Colorado Springs Police Department, said the bill would have created “a culture of violence and we need to create a culture of nonviolence.” Morse said that he doesn’t “see a magical solution” to dealing with guns issues, but said that Senate democrats are working on putting together a package to address those issues.

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Swanson highlights improvements D50 superintendent gives her State of the District address By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com During the recent Adams County School District 50 school board meeting, Superintendent Pamela Swanson gave her annual State of the District remarks. She touched on many areas of improvement the district has made over the past year as well as her thoughts on the future of the district. “There is no more important task in our society than educating our young people and preparing them to lead meaningful, productive lives when they leave the school environment,” she said. “If we do our job well, my hope is many of them will choose to remain in this community and their children and grandchildren will come to our schools and find multigenerational success.” One of the most significant subjects Swanson discussed was student achievement. In August 2012, the Colorado Department of Education announced the district’s improvement from a turnaround district to a priority improvement district after an increase in its performance indicators. The district no longer has any schools in the turnaround category, with seven schools now in the performance designation. “Our very focused goal is to get the district and all of the schools to the accreditation level of `improvement’ as quickly as possible,” she said. “A ‘priority improve-

Adams County School District 50 Superintendent Pamela Swanson gives her State of the District address during the Jan. 22 school board meeting. Photos by Ashley Reimers

ment’ label is far from acceptable. We literally need to earn our way to `improvement or performance’ designations by 2014.” Swanson also spoke about the importance of STEM, science, technology, engineering and math, education in the district and the new district STEM school, Colorado STEM Academy. The school is set to open in August and will serve students in grades third through sixth, eventually expanding to third through eighth grade. “The motto for our STEM school is `Connecting Classrooms to Careers’ an apt description because current information indicates the jobs of the future will rely heavily on skills in math and science,” she said. Swanson also mentioned her apprecia-

During her State of the District remarks, Adams County School District 50 Superintendent Pamela Swanson discussed the district’s improvement from a turnaround district to a priority improvement district. F.M. Day Elementary School was one of the turnaround schools in the district but is now at the performance accreditation level. tion for the many partnerships the district has with outside organizations including: the Morgridge Family Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Center on Time and Learning, the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition, Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District and state leaders. “Our long-standing community agencies and partners that support our children and families year in and year out are so appreciated and needed,” Swanson said. “We have benefitted enormously from our partnerships with outside groups who are all committed to the children of this community.” During her remarks, Swanson also spoke about the district’s facilities, the new online

school Westminster Virtual Academy and the importance of student safety. She said as the district moves forward with the important task of educating the students, she is certain the district will endure both ups and downs during the 2013 journey. “There are rarely simple solutions to complex problems, but I can confidently assure this community that all of us will continue to work as hard as humanly possible to see that every child reaches his or her fullest potential and is better off because of the work done here in Adams County School District 50,” she said. To view Swanson’s entire State of the District, visit the district’s website at www. adams50.org.

City asks residents input on plan Perlmutter pushes for weapons ban By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com Since 2010 Westminster city staff has been updating the city’s water conservation plan. Now that the plan is complete, the city is asking for the community’s input before the plan heads to council for approval. Residents can find the complete plan on the city’s website, www.ci.westminster. co.us, under the environment tab. After viewing the plan, residents are encouraged to make comments online until Feb. 11. City water resources analyst, Stu Feinglas said after the February date, the comments will be compiled and analyzed, and changes will be made if needed. “The plan is really long, so I encourage people to look through the table of contests and go from there,” he said. “We are interested in hearing what people think about the plan, and hope people take the time to leave comments.” Feinglas said the city has been doing wa-

ter conservation for a long time and in turn, the city has saved quite a bit of water. He said the plan targets water savings through conservation and is a roadmap to achieve that goal. “The first thing we did was a conservation study and tracked individual homes and tracked how many customers were using efficiency water fixtures and how many weren’t,” he said. “What we found was that many of those efficient fixtures were already there.” Feinglas said most of the city’s conservation needs will be met through passive conservation, like customers purchasing efficient washers and toilets and following the city’s landscape regulations. “Our customers are already using water at a very efficient level,” he said. “People are buying efficient appliances and using the city’s free irrigation audit to learn how to effectively irrigate their yards with the appropriate amount of water.” Feinglas said the city is also going to increase the amount of information on the customers’ bills so people can learn more about their water usage.

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dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who serves the seventh district, reiterated his support for federal gun control efforts during a phone conference town hall meeting Friday. “On one side of the district is Columbine and on the other side of the district is Aurora,” Perlmutter said. “I was going to too many funerals last July and visited with families, first responders, law enforcement of- Perlmutter ficers and medical staff. It was a very horrible, gruesome situation and murders that were done with an assault rifle and some other weapons with high-capacity magazines.” The mobile town hall meeting — which included about 11,000 residents — followed his announcement a few hours earlier to become the co-sponsor in the House of Representatives for the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, which would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines

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that have more than 10 rounds. Perlmutter supports banning some assault rifles, semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The bill was introduced to the Senate by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and was expected to be introduced to the House of Representatives this week as of press time on Jan. 28. “The terrible toll that it takes on individuals, families and communities have to be considered when you’re looking at this,” Perlmutter said. “These 150 types of weapons should really be in the hands of military and law enforcement personnel — they’re not meant for self-defense or hunting. We don’t want to do anything to the Second Amendment rights of those who want to hunt or need something for selfdefense, but these are for really for military or law enforcement.” During the bill’s introduction, Perlmutter read a letter crafted and signed by 14 relatives of seven moviegoers killed in the Aurora theater shooting that voiced support for the ban.

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Proposed bills to protect Colorado employees By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com State Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City, is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit a Colorado employer from using someone’s consumer credit information as a factor in hiring, “if the information is unrelated to the job.” “A lot of people have fallen on hard economic times,” he said. “But that should be punishment enough. That doesn’t mean they’re more prone to engage in unethical work practices.” Ulibarri’s bill states that employers using credit history to make a hiring decision “has increased dramatically” over the years. And those practices create “chronic barriers” for people applying for work after suffering recent job losses because they are more likely to have lower credit scores. The bill would require employers to notify applicants whenever their credit information resulted in an “adverse” hiring determination. And it would allow applicants to bring

suit against employers who violate the law’s provisions. Ulibarri’s bill makes an exception for employers in fields where one’s credit history is “s u b s t a n t i a l l y Report j o b - re l a t e d ,” such as those in the financial sector. But the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce opposes Ulibarri’s bill “because it significantly restricts the ability of employers to gather critical information about potential employees before making hiring decisions,” said spokeswoman Kate Horle in an emailed statement. “Consumer reports, such as credit reports gathered as part of background checks, are an important piece of information for prospective employers, especially when the position includes access to confidential or proprietary information,” the statement reads.

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Horle also notes that current Colorado law already restricts how employers use applicants’ credit information.

‘Intimate’ information

The Chamber also opposes a separate bill that would prohibit an employer from requiring an employee or job applicant to provide user names or passwords to their personal email, social media, or any other type of “electronic communications” accounts. The bill would prohibit employers to in any way discipline current employees, or refuse to hire applicants, just because they did not provide their user name or password information. The bill makes an exception for employers to seek information on employee’s personal accounts if a worker is under investigation for work-related wrongdoing, such as downloading proprietary information. And it would not apply to work accounts, such as work emails. Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, is the lead sponsor of the bill, with Ulibarri lending support in the senate. Ulibarri said that

the information on someone’s personal social networking or email accounts should be private. He said it would be wrong for employers to learn that one of their workers is pregnant, gay, or other personal details about their lives, and then use that information against the employee or applicant. “Those kinds of things have no bearing on a person’s ability to do a job,” Ulibarri said. “It’s intimate and personal and it’s meant to be so. But Horle said that the bill would “provide a private right of action against employers.” She also said the bill doesn’t address gray areas, such as a business providing a subsidy to a worker who uses his or her personal cell phone for job-related purposes. “The bill is not drafted as tightly as we’d like to see,” she said. But Ulibarri said personal details of someone’s life is an area that needs to be protected. “There’s a level of privacy we’ve lost but we need to recover,” Ulibarri said.

Money set aside for elder abuse bill Grant boosts funds for Jessica’s park By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com A bill that targets elder abuse has something behind it this time around that has kept it from becoming a law before – money. The bill, which was introduced in the Report state Senate Friday, would make it mandatory for individuals in certain professional fields to report suspected instances of elder abuse. Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, a bill sponsor, said she believed the proposed legislation would help protect seniors from being abused “physically, mentally, sexually and financially.” “It really is an issue important to everyone,” Hudak said. “We have a growing number of elderly people as baby boomers are reaching a certain age.” Professionals in the fields of medicine, law enforcement, social work, finance and others would be deemed “mandatory reporters” of cases where they have “reasonable cause to believe” that a senior citizen who is 70 or older is being abused, the bill states. Failure to report cases of abuse could result in misdemeanor charges. At the same time, those who knowingly make a false report of abuse could also be charged. The bill does protect reporters of abuse from criminal charges and civil liability “if the report was filed in good faith.” Hudak said the bill is long overdue.

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She added that Colorado is one of only three states where there exists no requirement for the reporting of suspected cases of elder abuse. And, Hudak recalled that the bill was “very popular” when it was introduced during last year’s senate session, before lawmakers decided to set up a legislative task force for further study. So what’s been the problem? “It costs a lot of money,” Hudak said. Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who is a supporter of the bill, agreed money was one of the “biggest obstacles” the bill faced. “There’s a funded infrastructure in place for child abuse, but none for social services in elder abuse,” Suthers said in a recent interview. But that doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore. Gov. John Hickenlooper dedicated $5 million in his budget request that would go toward resources having to do with the legislation. With the money set aside for the bill, Suthers said there’s “a good chance of it passing.” Still, Suthers said there could be opposition from those representing financial institutions, who may feel that the law poses an “undue burden” on bankers. Suthers doesn’t think that banks would be burdened by the law. Using a hypothetical example, Suthers said that it is not too much to ask of a bank teller to “file a brief report” when that person sees a grandson being “verbally abusive” toward his grandmother while she’s taking large sums of money out of her account. Suthers said he suspects that many Democrats and Republicans will end up supporting the bill. “I hope it does generate public support,” he said.

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“Our loved ones were gunned down and an entire generation of our families taken away in a matter of seconds,” the letter read in part. “We listened to the 911 tapes played in court and sat in agony as we heard 30 shots fired within 27 seconds, wondering if one of those bullets killed our children.” Under the proposed bill, Perlmutter said gun owners who now own an assault weapon will be allowed to keep it but will be subject to a background check, if they choose to sell or transfer it to another person. Perlmutter said the bill is particularly important because it would close loopholes left in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which barred the future manufacturing of 19 specific semiautomatic firearms and banned the possession of magazines holding more than ten ammunition rounds. Perlmutter said the battle to pass the bill through Congress will not be an easy one.

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Staff report Westminster Legacy Foundation received a $50,000 grant from Colorado Garden Show Inc. to help build a park to memorialize Jessica Ridgeway, the 10-year-old Westminster girl who was killed in October 2012. With the Colorado Garden Show donation, the total raised to date is $353,000 through monetary donations and in-kind contributions. The fundraising goal for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park is $450,000. “We’re delighted to have this major donation from the Colorado Garden Show, and it moves us much closer to our final goal,” said Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally. “It’s fitting that their organization, which gives horticulture-focused grants to so many organizations, will help us build Jessica’s park.” In addition to the donation, CGS is providing booth space at the 54th Colorado Garden & Home Show, Feb. 9-17, at the Colorado Convention Center. At booth 1513, Westminster Legacy Foundation representatives will lead fundraising efforts for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. Donations will be accepted throughout

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gunned down and an entire generation of our families taken away in a matter of seconds.’ Relatives of Aurora theater shooting victims “It’s going to be a very difficult bill to pass,” Perlmutter said. “I don’t want anybody to have any illusions about that. There is a lot of work to be done, but I am supportive of that and will work on behalf of those families from Aurora and Newtown.”

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the show to help close the final funding gap. “This grant certainly aligns with our mission to fund horticulture-related projects, but beyond that, the park will be an incredible place for Jessica’s friends and the community to play and remember the incredible girl she was,” said Jim Fricke, executive director of the Colorado Garden Show. “It was a unanimous decision by our board to award it, and we were happy to support the Westminster Legacy Foundation in their fundraising goals to create this special remembrance of Jessica.” The Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park will be an enduring tribute to the memory of a girl whose joyful spirit touched so many. In keeping with the family’s wishes, the park will be a place for positive reflection and memories. Construction of the park will begin in the spring of 2013 with the park dedication taking place later this year. Complete details on the park, including proposed designs, are on the Westminster Legacy Foundation website, www.westminsterlegacyfoundation.org. The Westminster Legacy Foundation was established in 2001 to support and enhance programs and projects that benefit the Westminster community and its citizens.


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OPINIONS / YOURS AND OURS

Keep the smoke from getting in their eyes With passage of Amendment 64 a newly legal scent of secondhand smoke is sure to waft toward our children now and then. The Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force at the Statehouse is busily working to address the law gaps and safety concerns accompanying legalization of recreational marijuana for 21-year-olds. In conjunction, we are writing stories about numerous related issues — such as likely impacts to children — brought to bear by 64. In general, we accept the logic of proponents and the will of voters in the state, but we are not so happy about the measure becoming part of the constitution, and we would have been fine to have other states tackle the change first, so our state could save on legislative time, related costs and brain damage – no pun intended. But here we are.

OUR VIEW As for the impact to children, we agree with Adams County Youth Initiative Executive Director Becky Hoffman, who said in one of our recent stories that although some supporters claim 64 will not get marijuana into the hands of children, it will. The amendment puts marijuana on the same plane as alcohol — those who turn 21 can use marijuana, and it’s a mighty temptation for the underaged to try either one before they are old enough. Further, marijuana will be more and more visible on countertops and tables in homes as well as in plain sight other places

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What are your thoughts on the gun control debate? As the gun control debate rages on in Congress and the state Legislature, we took the time to ask a few people about their thoughts on whether gun control regula-

tions should be strengthened or left alone. We quizzed locals on a warm, sunny afternoon Sunday at the Starbucks at 8410 Pearl St. in Thornton.

I think everybody should just leave it alone and that people who have guns should be able to keep the guns that they have because it’s alright. In the Constitution, that’s how it was put and everybody keeps trying to mix it up, take away stuff and add stuff, so it should just be left the way that it was. - Tim Koch, Thornton

I think gun control measures need to be stricter, but at the same time, I also feel that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. It kind of depends too because even way back when there was no gun control, there was still devastation and bad things happening. I also feel that they should take more measures to have somebody get a gun like maybe through more intense background checks. - Twyla Sherman, Arvada

I support legislation that addresses who can have guns, and I think that automatic weapons in particular should be illegal. I’ve never owned a gun and I’ve never shot a gun, but I don’t that automatic weapons should be placed in the hands of normal people. - Danielle Wheeler, Arvada

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I think that maybe we’d be safer if they knew more about the people who bought the guns and do background checks on people who sell guns. It would definitely make me feel safer in school, especially with the school shooting in Connecticut. - Nadia Sherman, Arvada

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since adults no longer must conceal it. Marijuana will simply be more on hand and the act will be more in plain view — although mostly from afar — for children. Anyone who shrugs at the impacts, we submit two additional items from an Adams County Youth Initiative survey — one indicates children who report marijuana use are five times as likely to abuse prescription drugs, and the other notes high schools with the highest student reported marijuana use produce the lowest graduation rates. With Amendment 64, greater responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of all lawmakers and other adults. So we add to one of our standby sayings “there is right, there’s wrong and there is the law,” the words “there is a need for good modeling from adults.” We commend the ongoing work of law-

Regional medical services to grow As the northern suburbs continue to grow and spread out, critical services need to follow. Residents and businesses need to be served. We have seen new hospitals and emergency services facilities emerge in the general area, but nothing closer to home for Westminster, Thornton, Broomfield and the adjacent areas. As recently announced, Centura Health will soon launch a major expansion to its St. Anthony North Medical Pavilion at 144th Avenue and Interstate 25. This $177 million investment in north Westminster reflects the perspective that growth in the northern area will continue in the next five to 25 years.

A comprehensive approach

The Medical Pavilion will add 92 flexible-space beds, 60,000 square feet of physician clinic space, outpatient-treatment rooms, day surgery, women’s delivery and baby care rooms and a Level III trauma center with ER. This combination reflects Centura’s approach to hiring more doctors in-house. A statement from Centura’s Andrew Wineke sums up its new approach — “putting primary care, specialists, lab, imaging and other services together in a single location, along with acute care and in-patient services, is going to make a big difference both in terms of convenience and coordination of care.” With this major expansion, additional jobs will be created to further solidify the northern area. Cabela’s will be building across the highway in Thornton and other employment creation will come on both sides of Interstate 25 in the area.

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makers at the Statehouse and the invited input of law enforcement, the medical field and the community in general. And as of press time the Sixty-ninth General Assembly Colorado Children’s Caucus planned related presentations Jan. 28 — topics to include addressing adverse health risks to children due to indoor marijuana grow operations and difficulties arising around intervention responses to drug use by child protection services and law enforcement. Smoking is smoking, so we hope there will be increasing information as more research on marijuana smoking becomes available — much like the campaigns to warn the dangers of smoking tobacco during the past several decades. Amendment 64 brought steep learning curves — ones we want to see the state climb quickly for the sake of the children and the good of the state as a whole.

The only question mark in this major capital investment by Centura is what does the future hold for the existing St. Anthony North Hospital on 84th Avenue. This medical services facility for the past 40-plus years has played an important role in Westminster, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton and unincorporated Adams County. It will be interesting to learn of

the future plans for St. Anthony North Hospital. I hope it will continue to play an important role in serving this part of the community.

Opt out?

Well, the debate among some elected officials on allowing recreational marijuana retail sites has begun and I am delighted to see it. While 55 percent of the vote on Amendment 64 approved such use of marijuana, the Amendment included an “opt out” provision for city and county governments to not allow such retail sales. The Denver City Council is divided on the issue with NIMBYism (not in my back yard) at play to some degree. Councilman Chris Herndon said that voters in his district said they favored legalizing pot so that young people would not have to go to jail for possession of small amounts. But they also told him “Don’t you dare put a commercial establishment in my community.” This reminds me of too many times neighbors would say “affordable housing is needed, but don’t put it next to my neighborhood.”

Not needed in Westminster

Westminster City Council was leaning toward prohibiting marijuana retail sales outlets per a Jan.7 discussion. The public had an opportunity to weigh in at the Jan. 28 formal meeting. I will be out of town but want them to know I totally oppose Westminster allowing such unneeded retail outlets. Bill Christopher is former city manager of Westminster and used to represent District J on the RTD board of directors.


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and northern nesting states, waterfowl earn-diseases have periodically influenced the statespecies, but overall, the mallard population drenis healthy. Counts show approximately 8.4 million mallards migrate annually and current year numbers are 12 percent above long-term (50-year) average. However, in Colorado’s Central Flyway, which encompasses all lands east of the Continental Divide, fewer and fewer mallards are seen since the banner 1960s

and ’70s. As example, I duck hunt in the Orchard area near South Platte River, surrounded by three big reservoirs, Jackson, Empire and Riverside, all important as resting area for migrating ducks and other waterfowl. I have yet to take a mallard since the season opened in early October. The predominant ducks occupying the waters in Orchard area into January are teal, widgeon, gadwall and even some smaller species like the bufflehead and goldeneye. These species normally migrate early in the fall. Yet still here in January, very few mallards are seen or harvested. Hunters and wildlife biologist alike are

Weary of violent words The other day, the building where I was working was on lockout. There was a shooter in the office park and police had sealed off the area. They were pursuing a person of interest in the incident, an alleged gunman who was still at large and presumed armed and dangerous. The targeted victim survived the attack and was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. Lockout, shooter, sealed off. Gunman, at large, armed and dangerous. Target, victim, attack. Considered alone, each of these words and phrases has a very different meaning from when they are strung together to describe yet another event of violence in our communities. Although not as shocking as the Aurora theater shootings, Jessica’s abduction and murder, high-speed chases through quiet neighborhoods, and Sandy Hook or Columbine, the scene I describe here plays itself out all too often, searing additional scars on the landscape of a civil society. Such words, common enough on their own, are now a part of a growing lexicon of carnage, a new vocabulary of violence. I, for one, am sick and tired of it. I’m sickened by the loss, the grief, the terror, the waste ... sickened by randomness, senselessness, and injustice. And I’m tired of trying to use our everyday language to give these vicious acts some sort of meaning. When did “lockout” come to mean more than forgetting my keys, and a “shooter” more than a short glass full of strong stuff? What about a victim being targeted? Targets are for archery practice and marketing plans and weight-loss goals — not the end results of violent actions. And I’d much rather leave high-speed chases to the Indy 500 and abductions to aliens. When did a suspect become a “person of interest?” This sounds more like speed

dating to me. I can’t help but wonder if this is a case of art imitating life or life imitating art ... in this case, a TV drama of the same name. I do understand, though, why we need to use such language carefully, including the word “alleged.” The right to a presumption of innocence in our country is not shared in all courtrooms around the world, even by enlightened nations. Of course, this wordchoice policy exists prevent a rush to justice — founded on a rush to scoop the news that often results in misidentification, miscommunication and wild speculation — but lately, this concession has been stretched to ridiculous levels. For example, as the hearings for James Holmes were taking place recently, I heard the events at the theaters described as the “alleged shootings.” Wait a minute … all the circumstances surrounding this tragedy are yet to be known fully, but the shootings themselves aren’t “alleged” — they happened. That’s one reason why I’m sick and tired and saddened that our beautiful, powerful, well-respected and well-loved language is being corrupted to include this new vocabulary of violence. I’d much rather think of an “attack” as coming from the flu, and of a “shot” as something to protect me from it. That’s a lexicon I can live with. Andrea Doray is a writer, media watcher, and careful consumer of the news. Her own vocabulary includes Southern colloquialisms from her dad and Midwestern pronunciation from her mom, to say nothing of what she’s learned as a Coloradoan all these years. Contact her at a.doray@andreadoray. com.

The overall population of ducks is healthy, but lacking along the Front Range. Photo by Ducks Unlimited questioning the absence of mallards. Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is searching and conducting studies for answers. Some theories suggest the growing Front Range population and conversion of cropland to urban development over the last 30 years has pushed the mallard migration easterly. Another speculation is that less corn, the mallard’s primary regional diet, is being grown in eastern Colorado. Other grain prices have encouraged farmers to plant alternative grains producing the greatest economic gain.

A third theory suggests hunting pressure has intensified along the South Platte River, at the reservoirs and in surrounding grain fields is responsible for forcing the Colorado mallard migration further east. Some speculate the significant growth in the Canada goose population in Colorado over this same 30-plus years has had an impact on shared resting waters as well as food sources. To contact Ron, email him at Ron-Hellbusch@comcast.net

Let this be a lesson learned Persistence

By the time you read this column we should know how the Westminster City Council voted at its Jan. 28 meeting on a certain election issue. If you’ve been following this matter you know it involves retaining or eliminating a 40 percent threshold for the mayor to be elected. If no mayoral candidate receives that many votes, a runoff election for the two highest vote getters would be held in January following the Nov. 5 election. The citizens of Westminster instituted that rule in 1995. Up until this election cycle it has not been needed as the number of candidates had not diminished the percentage. But this year already three councilors have taken out petitions to run for mayor. And there likely will be more as interested voters decide to also throw their hat in the ring. And that, dear readers, has resulted in a huge split on the council and the mayor. The kumbaya is over!

That’s peanuts, a blip with city budget. So they are using this cost as their rationale for voting to change the law. Hogwash! Don’t fall for that red herring. If cost was their pure “best for the city” reason they could have changed the law any election cycle since 1995. The reason for doing this is to benefit those council candidates who may be worried that none of them will get 40 percent thus forcing them into a runoff. Mayor Nancy McNally, councilor Scott Major (also a mayoral candidate) and Mayor Pro-Tem Faith Winter have also vowed to fight those councilors and have taken their case to the citizens. Already the council members who are attempting to change the rule which clearly benefits them are getting an earful from many of us who see this as an end run around we, the voters.

Politically motivated

However, none of those candidates want us to think they are manipulating the 40 percent because a run-off election could cost up to $100,000 according to the city clerk.

We, the electorate who care about the best interest and welfare of the city, will go the petition route if this matter is not withdrawn, but we will also remember who forced us to go that route. I hope the matter gets settled Monday night and they drop their politically motivated mayor election change. But if they don’t we’re ready to do battle at a higher level. And it won’t be pretty but fight we must to keep partisan and politically motivated candidates from foisting such detrimental change on we, the voters.

Quote of the week

“Popularity is the easiest thing in the world to gain and it is the hardest thing to hold.” — Will Rogers Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned. Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.

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WESTMINSTER NEWS IN A HURRY Community coffee with Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp The community is invited to chat about important issues with Rep. Tracy Kraft-Thorp. Community coffee will be held in the mornings and evenings on the fourth Thursday of every month. The community chats will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 10450 Town Center Drive in Westminster.

Open house for women in business The Women’s Business Network will hold an open house for all businesswomen in the north Metro Denver area Feb. 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westminster. The event, from 5-7 p.m., is designed to encourage businesswomen to connect with other professional women in a non-routine setting. At the open house, guests will learn about the Women’s Business Network and the ways in which the members support each other on an exclusive basis. The event is free of charge, and the Women’s Business Network encourages guests to RSVP on the WBN website, wbncolorado.com. The WBN will offer drinks and appetizers, and all guests are encouraged to invite a colleague from another femalebased business. Men who wish to learn more about the WBN on behalf of their female colleagues are welcome to attend.

Deadline nears for youth awards Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 1, for the annual Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award, which recognizes teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives. Westminster teens living in Adams or Jefferson counties are eligible. The awards program provides school, business, community and civic leaders the opportunity to actively demonstrate their belief in and support for the young people in our community. If you know young people who would be good candidates for the award, call 303-658-2002.

Recreation centers offer coupons Purchase an annual pass for any city of Westminster recreation center and receive more than $265 worth of bonus coupons, good through June 2014. Some of the “added value opportunities” include free admission to another recreation center; $5 off a recreation program; buy-one, get-one green fees at Legacy Ridge Golf Course; buy-one book from the Friends of the Library and get a second book free; discounts on facility room rentals and birthday parties; plus much, much more. Purchase your annual pass and receive the coupon book at any city recreation center. For more information, call 303-460-9690.

Tackle hunger with the Westminster Grange  Westminster Grange will host its annual Souper Bowl of Caring Soup supper and Bunco party at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, at 3935 W 73rd Ave. in Westminster. Grange representatives will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for a local food bank. Please bring a pot of soup, a salad, dessert, or snacks for the supper. The Westminster Grange is registered as one of the 11,000 teams across the United States to tackle hunger and poverty during the Super Bowl week end. Please contact Sharon Arnold at 303-428-1835 or at sanold41@juno.com or Sue Hale at 303-726 0036 or at Suehale@comcast.net to register for the event. plan to attend so we know how many to plan for.

HAVE A STORY IDEA? Email your ideas to Westminster Community Editor Ashley Reimers at areimers@ourcoloradonews.com or call her at 303-566-4131.

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Survey highlights impacts on children By Darin Moriki

dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com An upward trend in marijuana use in children has one Adams County health official concerned about legalization of recreational marijuana. “Our concern is that even though Amendment 64 claims that (marijuana) won’t get into the hands of kids, we have the facts here in Adams County to say that it is,” said Adams County Youth Initiative Executive Director Becky Hoffman. “When you’re looking at the facts in Adams County, we feel like it’s a barrier for student success in a lot of cases.” Hoffman said the organization’s annual survey shows children who reported marijuana use are five times as

likely to abuse prescription drugs, and high schools with the highest studentreported marijuana use had the lowest graduation rates. Amendment 64 permits anyone 21 years old or older to use marijuana and possess up to one ounce. Hoffman said she and health professionals are working on an antidrug campaign to target prescription drug use among teens but face a frustrating uphill battle on the heels of 64’s passage. Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mason Tvert said the new laws will put a stop to underground marijuana markets and make it easier to track the types of products available to consumers and distributors. “Right now, marijuana is considered to be universally available to teenagers,” Tvert said. “The goal of

marijuana prohibition was to keep marijuana out of teenagers’ hands, but because they had universal access to it and reported that they could access it easier than alcohol, that is a sign of failed policy.” To curb underage use, Tvert said parents should continue to be judicious with their marijuana use and exercise precautions used to keep items like alcohol, cigarettes and guns out of their child’s hands. “The people who have such a significant level of concern that they think that we need to keep marijuana illegal are in the minority,” Tvert said. “That is no longer the status quo. Just as we saw people criminalize alcohol and then recognize that the prohibition was causing far more problems than the actual substance … the same thing is happening with marijuana.”

Workplace confronts impacts of Amendment 64 By Glenn Wallace

gwallace@ourcoloradonews.com The passage of Amendment 64 — legalizing recreational marijuana — may be monumental shift, but according to pot proponents and labor lawyers, not much changes in the workplace. “Amendment 64 clearly states that employers will be able to keep any enforcement policy that they’ve had,” said Mason Tvert, one of the co-directors of the amendment’s campaign. Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, said the status quo will remain at work. Employers that ban all drug use, including marijuana, would still be able to fire an employee who fails a drug test. “One thing that seems to be occurring is that some workers may not understand the scope of employers rights to continue to have drug testing policies and procedures,” said Denver labor lawyer Emily Hobbs-Wright. Hobbs-Wright said there is a Colorado statute that protects employee rights to participate in legal activities outside of the workplace, which has been cited by some medical marijua-

na users to protest a firing. “The problem with the argument is it goes back again to federal law, where it’s still illegal,” Hobbs-Wright said. That is bad news for anyone at a drug-free workplace who wants to smoke marijuana on the weekend. Unlike tests for alcohol that typically show levels of intoxication, marijuana tests usually indicate just that the drug has been used some time in the past. A standard employee drug urine test can be positive weeks after the last joint. Heavy users have reported positive tests even months after their last usage. “But quite frankly, I think employers will get away from firing and rehiring employees over off-the-job marijuana use,” Tvert said. He added that as cultural perception of marijuana changes he expects business policies to become more lenient. Denver Metro publication Westword, which features a medicinal marijuana critic on staff, has said that it has not, and will not, conduct drug tests. A 2011 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found 57 percent of U.S. employers conduct

drug tests as a part of the hiring process. Any business that complies with the federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 has little option over its marijuana stance. It remains a criminalized substance at the federal level, and any business or organization that receives a federal grant or contract must comply with the act. Plus, any business with major safety requirements for its employees or the public will likely continue to follow federal regulations, since any accident could trigger steep OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) penalties. Hobbs-Wright suggests businesses review their drug policy, and make sure employees know what the rules and penalties will be regarding marijuana. “Some employers might want to tighten up the definition of illegal drugs in their policy, to explicitly mention marijuana, “Hobbs-Wright said. She added that an in order for an employee to be able to smoke marijuana without fear of termination it would have to be legalized on the federal level.

SCHOOL NOTES Circus to benefit Sunset Ridge Elementary

With a mix of entertainment, acrobatics, science concepts and much more, the Visindi Science Circus is holding two performances at Westminster High School to benefit technology programs at Sunset Ridge Elementary. The shows are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Westminster High School, 6933 Raleigh St. in Westminster.

The science circus is the idea of Sunset Ridge teacher Cassie Drew, who combined her love of acrobatics and the circus arts to create a show that both entertains and informs the audience. Drew recruited fellow performers, scientists and teachers to create the original show which has strong connections to the Physics Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpap-

ertickets.com/event/310105 or at the door the night of the performance. Admission prices are $15 for general admission and $8.50 for children 12 and younger.

Academic competition at WHS Students good at math, science, geography and spelling will have a chance to shine at next month’s Celebrating Academic Excellence competition at Hodgkins Elementary, 3475 W. 67th Ave. in Denver.

The annual event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Students have been preparing and competing at their individual schools since the beginning of the year. Some of those who do well in the District competition will move on to state-wide events. In addition, the Elementary Honor Choir and District 50 Middle School Jazz Band will perform for students and parents.

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Potential COVA closure at hand Student eyes closure, recounts experience at the online school By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com Before enrolling at the Colorado Virtual Academy six years ago, Sarah Fanning was unsatisfied with her education and her school. The Thornton resident wasn’t a fan of her traditional school setting, and felt she couldn’t properly learn the content in her crowded classrooms. But now, the 10thgrader says she’s thriving at COVA, learning things she never thought she would otherwise. “The best part about COVA is I have the curriculum that need,” she said. “I can

take the courses I need and choose the advanced classes like history and science that I’m really good at.” But Fanning’s COVA education could end by the end of this summer. The school is currently chartered through the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district and that charter is set to expire on June 30. The school board will decide whether to renew the COVA application next month. Currently the Adams 12 staff recommendation is to deny the renewal application based on several reasons, but the key one being the lack of success in COVA’s education program. The school is in its third year of Priority Improvement status and 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. Although the school may be in the Priority Improvement status, Fanning said the school has challenged her in more ways

DETAILS The next Adams 12 Five Star School Board meeting is Feb. 6 at the Adams 12 district headquarters, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton. Visit www.adams12.org for the specific time of the meeting. Board members will take action on the COVA renewal application and public comment opportunities will be available during the meeting. than one. She said when she enrolled in sixth grade, she was very behind the COVA curriculum, and it took her two years to catch up. But now she says she is much further in her education then she would have been had she stayed in a traditional school. “COVA has given me so many opportunities. Because of the schedule I am able to intern at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which is really cool,” she said. “COVA is the perfect school for me and many other students. It’s not going to work for everyone, but it works

really well for me.” Rick Harper’s son, Ron, is in eighth grade at COVA. The choice for COVA came when Ron suffered from a rare skin disease. Harper said the stress of trying to go to a traditional school became too much because of his son’s condition, the medications and the surgeries he needed. He said since enrolling in COVA, Ron has been able to keep up with his education, which would have been impossible any other way. “COVA has been a godsend, it really has,” he said. “I can help him one-on-one or he can get help from teachers whenever he needs it. He would have been so behind in school if it wasn’t for COVA.” Fanning said if the school closes, she’s not sure what she’ll do in the future. “I feel the Adams 12 board needs to realize that we are not just graduation rates, we’re not just numbers,” she said. “We are individual students and we shouldn’t be limited to being just a percentage.”

Immigrant tuition bill clears panel Measure would ease path for undocumented students By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com Yesenya Saucedo fought back tears Jan. 24 as she recalled being laughed at in kindergarten and feeling “clueless and dumb” because of her struggles to speak English. Now, several years after her family brought Saucedo to the U.S. illegally, she is well on her way to graduating from Denver’s Bruce Randolph School this spring — with 23 college credits under her belt, to boot. “What I have done is what I’ve been asked, and even a little bit more,” she said during her testimony before a Colorado General Assembly committee hearing on a bill to which she is tying her college and career hopes. Saucedo wants to go to college, but because she is an undocumented student, she cannot afford to pay the hefty, out-of-state tuition rate to attend a Colorado school. But there remains hope for Saucedo, because the Senate bill that’s been dubbed ASSET — Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow — has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The bill — which would allow illegal immigrants to pay the same tuition at state colleges and universities as other students who are residents — passed the nine-member Senate Education Committee Jan. 24. Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, who chairs the Education Committee, was one of five Democrats who voted to move the bill forward. “We’re never better off with fewer educated students,” Hudak said. “When people

do not have hope, then it is very difficult to make it from day-to-day — especially children.” Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, who is one of the bill’s sponsors, said that if the bill becomes law, it would bring in about $2 million in net revenue to the state. Johnson said Colorado is forcing too many young people Report leave the state to attend colleges at neighboring states that already have laws similar to the one proposed in the ASSET bill. Once they graduate, they remain in those states and contribute to the economies there. “If we don’t stop to help these young people, what will happen to us as a state?” Johnston told the committee. One Republican committee member, Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs, joined all five Democrats in voting to move the legislation forward. Three Republicans voted no. Only one person testified in opposition to the legislation. John Buck of the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform called the bill “illegal,” and said Colorado citizens “want illegal aliens to self-deport.” “This illegal education bill provides one more incentive for illegal alien families to cross our borders and diminish our resources,” he said. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee, before going to the full Senate for a vote. It is likely that the bill will pass the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.

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The cast from “Seussical the Musical” during a dress rehearsal at Mountain Range High School in Westminster. Photo by Andy Carpenean

Mountain Range musical brings back childhood memories By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com The theater students at Mountain Range High School in Westminster have been hard at work preparing their production of “Seussical the Musical,” a musical about Dr. Seuss’ famous stories. The show steps into the shoes of many of the unforgettable characters like Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and Mayzie LaBird. And since November the students have been transforming themselves into the characters they knew as children. “It’s been amazing because I grew up reading the Dr. Seuss Books,” said Cole Henson who plays the Cat in the Hat. “When I got cast as the Cat in the Hat, it was like being transported back to my childhood with my parents reading me the book. It’s been a lot of fun for me.” Theater teacher Mary Murray said it’s been fun watching the students grow and take ownership of the production. She said at times she’s hard on the students, but believes the end result will be a great success. “The talent I see now is exponentially better than anything I ever produced in high school and probably college,” she said. “What they create is so much more than what I ever created at their age, and this theater department is what makes my job

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Approx 350 sqft Kitchen has room for table and desk Living/Bedroom Bath with full shower/tub Secured building 1 parking space included

$550/mo

$550 security deposit $40 application fee Available Immediately Utilities billed separately Includes trash, water, sewer and electric No Pets Please call or text

Chad (303) 594-0811

Condos/Townhomes 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Large Living Room with all appliances Ceiling Fans Storage Area off balcony $750/month

18.5 Acres Near Golden Beautiful Building Site Power on Site Golden Gate Canyon $149,950 Dan Hayes Realty (720) 581-2851 (303) 424-4455

Duplexes, Multiplexes

2 Acre Lot Near Blackhawk/Central City Chalet Park Spectacular Mtn View $69,950 Dan Hayes Realty (720) 581-2851 (303) 424-4455

Elizabeth Duplex 3 bed, 2 bath Fenced yard pets okay $1100/month $1400 sec deposit Carmen 303.646.9827

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Apartments

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Visit www.24krealestate.net or text DAVEK to 87778 for a free app to receive automatic emails of houses as they come on the market.

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John Vizzi Owner/Broker Manufactured/Mobile Homes Elizabeth 2 Bedroom, 1/2 acre Pond, Greenhouse, Workshop 30' Patio Month to Month $900 (303) 646-0872

Misc. for Rent

Banquet Room/ Hall Rental Reasonable Rates Arvada Plaza Shopping Center Call Tom (720) 299-8325

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Room for Rent

VARIOUS OFFICES 100-2,311 sq.ft. Rents from $200-$1750/month. Full service. 405-409 S Wilcox

Roommate Wanted $400/mo Includes Utilities Castle Rock 303-931-4928 lv msg

Castle Rock

Wasson Properties 719-520-1730

Senior Housing

Westminster Office for Lease Gateway Plaza Great Exposure on Lowell Blvd. $16/SF/YR or $767/mo All Utilities Included Phone/Internet Included Current Tenants include bakery, hair salon, real estate company and non-profit housing organization. Located next to South Westminster Arts District 7305 Lowell Blvd, Ste 170 Westminster, CO 80030 Contact David 303-916-6102 david@crhdc.org

Apartment for Rent

Special Offer!! Large 2-Bedroom Available Now! Rent is $690

Plus receive a

Flat-Screen TV

After you move in!!! Offer is for the 3rd Floor Only! Stairs Not Elevators! Independent Living for Retirees

Heritage Apartments 10400 W. 62nd Place Arvada, CO 80004 Call Loretta

(303) 422-0245

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Help Wanted

BATTING CAGE ATTENDANTS

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VOLUNTEERS WANTED CLERICAL SUPPORT - Anticoagulation Clinic – Provides an opportunity for interaction with patients.

Highlands Ranch Metro District is seeking motivated individuals to fill our temporary Batting Cage Attendant position! You must be at least 18 years old & enjoy working with the public. For details & application visit www.highlandsranch.org.

Our newly renovated THRIFT SHOP - with high end merchandize and fabulous GIFT SHOP is looking for volunteers to support our dedicated staff. SURGERY WAITING - Assisting visitors and surgery staff with patient progress. Like directing traffic and moving about? Our ESCORT GUIDES and INFORMATION DESK is the place to be. FRIENDLY SERVICE CART – Serve coffee; provide books, magazines, cross-word puzzles, games to patients and families. Like working with patients? Be a PATIENT VISITOR who meets with patients and families.

EARN UP TO $150 DAILY -

Independent contract drivers needed to deliver flowers for Valentine’s Day holiday. Must use your own vehicle and provide MVR, insurance & license. Contact Mike at (720) 229-6800.

NURSING UNITS – Support nursing staff and patients.

Entry Level Admin Asst

- Colorado Mills Full Time. Multi-Task in Fast paced environment. Benefits. Fax Resumes to 303-384-3010 No Phone Calls Please.

FACILITY MAINTENANCE

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 pwsd.org. Fax 303.841.8992 or email districtjobs@pwsd.org

Contact: Geri Hopkins at 303/778-5693 or gerihopkins@comcast.net

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

Help Wanted

The Clear Creek County Tourism Board is seeking a

GAIN 130 LBS!

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

Have home and kids; need parents!

Do you have time and love to give to kids but you just aren’t sure how to share it? Call to learn how you can earn a living caring for children in a home provided by Savio. Call Tracy at 303-225-4152.

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.

Home Nightly!

Great Paying Denver Flatbed Runs! CDL-A, 1yr Exp. Req. Estenson Logistics. Apply: www.goelc.com 1-866-336-9642

PART-TIME OFFICE ASSISTANT

Highlands Ranch Metro District is currently accepting applications for a P/T Office Assistant. Duties include maintaining an inventory, ordering office supplies, & providing relief phone coverage at the Reception desk. Please visit www.highlandsranch.org for details and application.

RESIDENT CARE ASSOCIATE

The Meridian Arvada a Brookdale Senior Living Community is recruiting Resident Care Associates with compassion, respect, excellence and integrity to join our Personalized Living team. Must have previous experience and enjoy working with a senior population. Please e-mail your resume to Penny Carter at penny.carter@brookdaleliving.com EOE

RN/LPN/MA

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

perrystpeds@yahoo.com

SERVER

The Meridian Arvada a Brookdale Senior Living Community is recruiting part time Servers for our Dining Department for Individual’s with compassion, respect, excellence and integrity to join our Dining Services Team. Must be a team player, able to multi task, energetic and have an affinity for working with a senior population. One year experience in related field is required. Please e-mail your resume to Michael Atkins at michael.atkins@brookdaleliving.co m EOE

Help Wanted

Seasonal, non-benefited Gate Attendant $7.78 - $8.55, closes: 2/11/13 Seasonal Park Ranger $12.40 - $13.67 Seasonal Specialist – Nature Center $11.01 - $12.14 Seasonal Specialist – Standley Lake $11.01 - $12.14 Hourly, non-benefitted Bus Driver $13.67 - $15.72/hour, closes 2/4/13 More seasonal jobs will be posted in the upcoming weeks. Check the website often! Submit City of Westminster online applications thru 8:30 a.m. on close date http://www.cityofwestminster.us/jobs EOE

ServiceMaster Clean has

several part-time janitorial openings throughout Denver. Immediate evening positions available in Centennial and Highlands Ranch. Please call 303-761-0122 to schedule an interview.

highly motivated, experienced, self starter with an outgoing personality to implement the county's marketing plan and promote tourism in Clear Creek County. Full job posting available at clearcreekcounty.org. Send resumes to office@clearcreekcounty.org

Western Summit Constructors, Inc. is seeking

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 Careers@westernsummit.com or call (303)325-0325. WSCI is an EEO Employer.

Utility Operator I, II, III or IV The City of Black Hawk is currently accepting applications for the position of Utility Operator I, II, III or IV. Great opportunity for the senior level operator or on-the-job training for the Level I trainee. Position is responsible for operating and maintaining conventional and diatomaceous earth water treatment facilities and distribution system. Full-time position, 40 hours per week, with on-call hours, some holidays and week-ends; water plants operate 7 days per week. Minimum qualifications include: must be 18 years of age or older; HS diploma or GED; a minimum of 6 months experience in water Utility Operations preferred; good communication, writing and math skills; previous computer experience; and valid Colorado driver’s license with a safe driving record. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. Hiring range is $18.46 – $27.41 per hour DOQ/E and includes an outstanding benefits package. The City of Black Hawk conducts pre-employment testing, physical exams, drug testing, and background investigations as conditions of employment. Send cover letter, completed city application, resume and copies of certificates and Colorado driver’s license to: City of Black Hawk, Employee Services, PO Box 68, Black Hawk, CO 80422 or fax to (303)582-0848. For more info, or to obtain a city application, visit the City’s website at www.cityofblackhawk.org. Please note: we are no longer accepting emailed application documents. Closing date: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM/MST. EOE

Would you like to earn extra $500 to $1,000 this month? is looking for Marketing Executives

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

Sr. SQA Engineer

for IHS Global, Inc. (Englewood, CO). Responsible for refinement & execution of test strategy for the RESTful web API across mult products in the Environmental, Health & Safety & Sustainability solutions. Reqmts incl Bachelor's in CIS, Comp Sci, Math. or Electronics. 3 yrs exp as Quality Assurance Tester or rltd occupation. Post Bachelor's exp reqd & must incl: Automation tools such as Visual Studio/TFS, Ruby, or WatiR; Relational D/bases (MS SQL Server 2005/2008 &/or Oracle 10 or 11); Prgrmg languages (HTML); Creating & executing complex SQL Queries (SQL); Quick Test Professional 8.0 (QTP), Quality Center & Test Director; & Testing in Java, J2EE, & Oracle envrmts. Employer will accept combination of 2 lesser degs/diplomas if equiv to US Bachelor's as determined by a recognized evaluator. This position offers option to work remotely. Reports to Corporate Headquarters in Englewood, CO. Mail resumes to Karen Jewell, IHS Global, 15 Inverness Way East, Englewood, CO 80112. (Must ref. Job Code 62)

STAFF COORDINATOR Duties focus on scheduling and coordinating care for seniors (maintain monthly client schedules, computer input, customer service, follow up on assignments, etc.). Full and parttime opportunities available.

Work From Home AVON Good earnings to sell or buy, CR, Please Recycle Publication Parker, HR &this Centennial. Call for information when Finished Fay, (303)790-2524 flnorris@yahoo.com

Help deliver the new DEX telephone directories in Denver and the surrounding areas. Must be 18 or older & a licensed, insured driver.

The Academy,

a charter school in Westminster, is hiring custodians. Must be able to pass a physical (push/pull/lift 50 pounds), pass a background check, and have a GED or high school diploma. Email a cover letter, resume, and three work references to jobs@theacademyk12.org. In your cover letter, indicate what position you are interest in: fulltime evenings, part-time days, and/or call in substitute.

NEEDS YOU!

CALL 1-800-733-9675 For Local News Anytime of the Day Visit OurColoradoNews.com

(Job Code # 4001) www.teampdc.com EOE


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TO SELL YOUR GENTLY USED ITEMS, CALL 303-566-4100 Firewood Bulk Firewood

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

Firewood Cut/Split/Deliver

$200/$225 a cord for Pine, Fir & Aspen some areas may require a delivery charge. Fresh cut Christmas Trees Weekends at Sedalia Conaco Scrap Metal hauling also available Call 303-647-2475 or 720-323-2173

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

Tickets/Travel

PETS

Please RecycleBuy/Sell this Publication All Tickets

Red Miniature Pinchers Dewclaw and tails done 4 months old $100 - $150 (303)430-7217

NFL-NBA-NHL-NCAA-MLB when Finished WWW.DENVERTICKET.COM (303)-420-5000

XXL Pit Bull puppies for sale. Champion bloodline www.cherrypitkennels.com 1-719-232-4439

Musical Audition Rehearsals for WestSide Chorale

2010 Fairplay elec. Golf Car

Street Legal, licensed & titled in Colorado. Speeds up to 30 mph, $5500 720-733-7789

Wanted DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK, BOAT, RV; Running or not, to the developmental disabled. Tax deductible! 303-659-8086. 12 years of service

Wanted

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

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Dogs

Cash for all Cars and Trucks

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Under $1000 Running or not. Any condition

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CLASSIFIEDS TO ADVERTISE, CALL 303-566-4100 Instruction

Instruction

CPR First Aid Instruction

Piano or guitar lessons

Will's Life Safety

Classes available at your location and time Great Rates Please call for further information Call Chris (303)748-2245 chriswilliams351@gmail.com

in your home by experienced, patient teacher. Parker, Highlands Ranch, south Aurora. I love all kinds of music, and keep the lessons fun by including music the student loves. Visit my website: musictreecolorado.com or call 303-521-8888 for John.

Instruction Piano, Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele lessons

My studio or your home. Call Lisa

303-883-1157 / 303-933-5923

Violin Lessons - Castle Rock

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

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Misc. Notices

Misc. Notices

CALVARY CHAPEL ARVADA church plant meeting. In-

Colorado Springs-area Aero Club offering shares in well-maintained, well-equipped Piper PA24-250 Comanche and PA28-235 Cherokee. Based at Meadow Lake Airport (KFLY), Falcon, CO. See WWW.NOSPINAIRCRAFT.COM for details, or call David Miller at No -Spin Aircraft Sales: 719-650-8667.

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

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


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SERVICES TO ADVERTISE YOUR SERVICES, CALL 303-566-4100 Carpentry

Drywall

Carpenter/Handyman:

PAUL TIMM

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

Cleaning

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Residential and Commercial Cleaning • 15yrsexperience •WindowCleaning • Detailed,Honest, •Insured&Bonded Dependable •GreatCustomerService

Call Ali @ 720-300-6731

Garage Doors

Construction/Repair Drywall Serving Your Area Since 1974

"AFFORDABLE HAULING" Creative Garage Doors

You Call - I Haul Basemen,t Garages, Houses, Construction, Debris, Small Moves

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FOR ALL YOUR GARAGE DOOR NEEDS!

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since 1989

• DepenDable • • Thorough • • honesT •

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Acoustic scrape and re-texture Repairs to full basement finishes Water damage repairs Interior paint, door & trim installs 30+ years experience Insured Free estimates Darrell 303-915-0739

Electricians Affordable Electrician

The Original

I Love To Clean Cleaning at it's best! Professional quality 32 yrs. exp. with exceptional references Homes, Offices Etc.

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Concrete/Paving Concrete Mike

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

J-Star Concrete

Driveways, Stamped & Color Concrete, Steps, Walkways, Basement, Garage Floors, Porches, Tareout & Repair, Patios. Free Est. 7 Days WK 720-327-8618

Construction Massa Construction 303-642-3548

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ELECTRICAL SERVICE WORK

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All types, licensed & insured. Honest expert service. Free estimates. 720-203-7385

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Family Owned an operated with integrity. 14+ years experience. References speak for themselves. Licensed and Insured. Calls accepted Monday thru Sunday 9am-4pm., pet friendly. smartyuse.com 720-722-3815

Insurance

D & D FENCING

TRASH HAULING

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

Dirt, Rock, Concrete, Sod & Asphalt

FREE ESTIMATES 7 DAYS A WEEK

Call Bernie 303.347.2303

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

FREE ESTIMATES

Call 720-218-2618 Heavy Hauling

*Snow plowing commercial and business properties • Snow hauling • Asphalt & Concrete •Dirt removal & replacement • Grading • Excavating • Tractor •Trucking.

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DISCOUNT FENCE CO

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Garage Doors

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Free Estimates • Reliable Licensed • Bonded Insured

We are community.

Your Community Connector to Boundless Rewards

KOLT JOHNSON PAINTING SINCE 2000 Interior/Exterior Residential/Commercial FREE Estimates

(303)520-6469

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

303-960-7665 Plumbing

Plumb-Crazy, LLC.

TREES/SHRUBS TRIMMED

Planted, Trimmed & Removal • Sod Work • Rock & Block Walls • Sprinklers • Aeration • Stumps Ground • Mulch Licensed DICK 303-783-9000 Insured

CUSTOM HOMES REMODEL FINISHED BASEMENTS SERVICE AND REPAIR Licensed • Insured ALAN ATTWOOD, Master Plumber

Misc. Services

STAIRLIFTS INSTALLED

with a Warranty Starting at $1575

WALK-IN-TUBS Starting at $2995

PH: 303-472-8217 FX: 303-688-8821

AA Rocky Mountain Rooter & Plumbing Professional Service - WITHOUT Professional Prices Licensed * Insured * Bonded Free Est. Over 25yrs exp. Local family owned company 303-960-5215

ALAN Urban Plumbing

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Call Us Today! 720-545-9222

Professional Junk Removal

Trash & Junk Removal

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

Ron Massa

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

40 years experience Interior & Exterior painting. References 303-466-4752

“We’re Crazy About Plumbing”

303-908-9384

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Landscaping/Nurseries

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Bob’s Home Repairs All types of repairs. Reasonable rates 30yrs Exp. 303-450-1172

Painting

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

Fence Services

Alan’s Garage Door Service Denver’s Premier Custom Deck Builder

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House Cleaning

INSURANCE REVIEW

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Grafner Heating & Cooling LLC

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Tree Service

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A Tree Stump Removal Company

ABC ROOFING, INC. Roofing-Repairs Flat/Shingle, FREE Estimates

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M4 ROOFING & GUTTERS Located in Highlands Ranch All Types of Roofing & Repairs Family-Run Business • 20 yrs exp.

303-797-8600

Roofing:

JAY WHITE Tree Service Serving with pride since 1975 Tree & shrub trimming & removals, firewood. Call Jay (303)278-7119

Tile

Majestic Tree Service

Shingles, Flat Roofs, Roof Leak Repairs. 35 years of experience. Free estimates. Butch Metzler (303)422-8826

720-231-5954

Thomas Floor Covering

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES GUIDE A QUALITY HANDYMAN SERVICE Affordable Home Repairs At Your Fingertips FREE ESTIMATES, ALL WORK GUARANTEED General Repairs, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Electrical & Plumbing

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Office 303-642-3548 Cell 720-363-5983 35 Years Experience

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JACK BISHOP Owner Operator

THE GLASS RACK 7475 W. 5th Ave., Unit 150H. Lakewood, CO 80226 Automotive • Residential • Commercial Screens • Tabletops • Patio Doors • RV Glass

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A new way to bring home bacon

Woodcraft at its

roots

Woodturning exhibit shows evolution of art

By Clarke Reader

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first look at some of the objects on display at the Foothills Art Center Community Gallery, and a visitor might think they are looking at glass or ceramic

works. But they’re not. Everything on display is made out of wood. The Four Masters of Colorado Woodturning exhibit will be in the FAC’s Community Gallery, 1510 Washington St. in Golden, through March 15. The four artists whose work is on display are Trent Bosch, Jon Garcia, Keith Gotschall and Paul Stafford. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free. “We’ve been interested in really exploring the world of woodturning, and thought we’d start with a smaller show,” said curator Marianne Lorenz. “If this show goes well we’ll maybe be looking at a bigger show in 2014.” Woodturning is when an artist uses a lathe to create their pieces of art, and what makes it unique is that the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. “Woodturning is a very old art that was used to create chair legs and spindles by woodworkers called ‘bodgers’ in the Middle Ages,” Gotschall said. “A lot of us learned this skill in our industrial arts or shop classes in school, and are now coming back to what used to just be a hobby.” The craft has grown, and Gotschall estimates there are around 300 woodturning clubs in the country, with at least four in

IF YOU GO WHAT: The Four Masters of Colorado Woodturning WHERE: Foothills Art Center Community Gallery 1510 Washington St., Golden

WHEN: Through March 15 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

COST: Free INFORMATION: 303-279-3922 or www.foothill-

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Colorado. Lorenz said there are all kinds of different ways for wood lathes to be used, and that is what accounts for the great variety in the work on display. “One of the most common things people think when they hear woodturning is salad bowls, but there are so many different techniques like etching and piercing that we have on display,” she said. “There is a real variety of techniques and different types of wood at play in these pieces.” Gotschall started as a woodworker who created mostly furniture, but was participating in a Boulder Open Studio Tour, and saw somebody working with a lathe. “The whole reason I got into this was the lathe, which really has become all enc o m p a s s i n g ,” he said. “There’s something really alluring, really beautiful about the lathe and the work you can do on it.” He was also drawn to the speed with which one could work, and the new areas for design it opened up. Gotschall’s works can be extremely intricate, and he plans them carefully before taking the wood to the lathe. “It really is in exercise in craftmanship, because its so refined and the work needs to be super crisp,” he said. “You can really take it as far as you want to — it’s an openended craft — and you can almost go anywhere you want.” Gotschall said that all woodturn-

ing artists work in different ways, and that should be readily evident at the exhibit. “We picked artists we thought were doing out-of-the-box type work,” Lorenz said. “For people who visit, we’d really like them to understand that woodturning has become not just a way to create utilitarian objects, but also a way to create art.” For more information on the exhibit, call 303-279-3922 or visit www.foothillsartcenter.org.

Top, “Family” by Trent Bosch is an example of the variety of shapes that can be created by a wood lathe. Above, Jon Garcia’s “circuiTree” is one of the artists’ works that is on display at the Foothills Art Center through March 15. Submitted photos

Denver newbie Tender Belly is bellying up to the food bar to showcase its pork products. If you haven’t porked out on its products, you’re missing a sweet treat. Tender Belly is a Cinderella story with brothers Erik and Shannon Duffy, who were born and raised in Iowa, where farmers created the gold standard of pork. While not farmers themselves, they come from a farming family, dedicated to the land and hard work. Entrepreneurial fires burned in both, along with a broad set of professional skills and most importantly, a love for good, pure, clean food and making the simple things, extraordinary. In 2010 they joined forces and started Tender Belly. Their business was an immediate hit — the lure of tasty bacon and other outstanding pork products was too good for chefs to pass up. If you’re hankering for Tender Belly pork products, you will find them at Cured, www.curedboulder.com/; Lucky’s Market, www.luckysmarket.com; The Truffle Cheese Shop, www.denvertruffle.com; or Tony’s Markets, www.tonysmarket.com. You can also check out Tender Belly products at www.tenderbelly.com.

Selby goes solo

If you don’t know where Jefferson Park is, now is a good time to figure that out because Corner House, located in this Northwest area, finally opened its doors last week. The anticipation has been building since November when chef Matt Selby, then at Vesta Dipping Grill, announced that this casual neighborhood eatery would be his next venture, according to EaterDenver.com. Since November, there were interviews with Selby, construction updates, space and menu previews, and even a spot on the Eater National 40 Most Anticipated Openings of 2013 for Corner House. Now it is open and will serve a small but carefully crafted menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Restaurants booked for Denver Restaurant Week(s)

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 — went live at www.denverrestaurantweek.com recently, 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 Parker continues on Page 18


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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 www.denverrestaurantweek.com 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 to tip your server on the real bill’s total, not just on the discounted $52.80 price tag. Mangia!

Business networking in Westminster

The Women’s Business Network will hold an open house for all business women in the north Metro Denver area from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westminster. The event is designed to encourage businesswoman to connect with other professional women in a non-routine setting. At the open house, guests will learn about the Women’s Business Network and the ways in which the members support each other on an exclusive basis. The event is free of charge, and you can RSVP on the WBN website, www.wbncolorado.com. WBN will offer drinks and appetizers, and all guests are encouraged to invite a colleague from another female-based business. Men who wish to learn more about the WBN on behalf of their female colleagues are welcome to attend. Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

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counts of theft exceeding $20,000 and four computer crime charges. Hani Sawaged’s two brothers, Ghassan D. Sawaged and Bassam D. Sawaged, pleaded guilty in August 2012 to one count

of felony theft exceeding $15,000 and one felony count of failing to file a tax return. Both men are serving a one-year deferred judgment sentence and have been ordered to jointly pay $200,000 in restitution for their role in the scheme.

January 31, 2013

Driver fatally shot by deputy identified Investigation ongoing,| deputy on paid leave By Darin Moriki

dmoriki@ourcoloradonews.com The suspected drunk driver who was fatally shot by an Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputy nearly two weeks ago has been identified as Robert Penning, a 45-year-old Denver resident. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Paul Gregory said Penning’s name, which was briefly withheld at the request of his family, was first released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office on Jan. 18 before being confirmed by the Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 22 Gregory also confirmed that Senior Deputy Manuel Aragon, the deputy who allegedly shot Penning, has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Adams County Critical Incident Team investigates the shooting. Adams County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Terrance O’Neill said the shooting

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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.bonfils.org.

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.

FRIDAY/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 303-4508801. For people ages 55 and over. FRIDAY/FEB. 1 THROUGH FEB. 28 FOOD DONATIONS North Metro Fire Rescue begins its annual

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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 Penning’s car and reported to dispatchers that he had flipped over his dark-colored sedan to the side of the road. At the scene, deputies reported that Penning had sustained a heavy amount of damage to his car and was crouched 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 Penning’s condition by asking him questions and giving verbal instructions, when he stood up and pointed a handgun at them. Aragon then drew his weapon and fired two rounds at Penning, 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 later wrote in a Jan. 18 press release that

winter food drive on Friday, Feb. 1. Donations collected through Feb. 28 will be used to replenish supplies at two food banks that benefit the residents of Northglenn and Broomfield. Donations are being accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at North Metro fire stations in Broomfield and Northglenn. Call 303-452-9910 for information.

SATURDAY/FEB. 2 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 www.northglenn. org/recxpress to register. TOWN HALL Reps. Brittany Pettersen and Max Tyler, D-Lakewood;

Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood; and Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, will host a town hall meeting from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, to discuss the changes in health care laws brought on by the Affordable Care Act. The legislators will be joined by Bob Semro, policy analyst from the Bell Policy Center, who will discuss how the act affects seniors and small businesses as well as some of the specifics of Colorado’s new health exchange. There will also be time for constituents to voice their concerns to the legislators. The town hall meeting is at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway.

MONDAY/FEB. 4 PHOTO CONTEST Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit photos for the Arvada Visitors Center’s first photography contest, “Show Us Your Arvada.” Entries must feature a place, attraction, feature or landmark found in Arvada but the rest is up to the photographer. Photographers can submit a photo they already have in their possession or submit something new. Winners will receive recognition on the new Arvada Visitors Center website set to launch in February and/or on the collateral piece featuring their photo. Entry deadline is Monday, Feb. 4. Send photos via email to Jean Gordon, jean@visitarvada.org; make sure photos are at least 300 dpi. You also can mail or deliver photos to Arvada Visitors Center, 7305 Grandview Ave., Arvada, CO 80002, attn: Jean Gordon. Contact Jean Gordon for information or a complete list of rules: jean@ visitarvada.org or 720-898-3380. MONDAY/FEB. 4 TO MARCH 18 ART EXHIBIT Art From the Heart, a juried exhibit of art by Colorado artists, will be on display at the College Hill Library from Feb.4March 18, 2013. The library is at 3705 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, at the far west end of Front Range Community College. Enjoy a variety of art medias and techniques from traditional oils and watercolors to abstract collage and impressionism. Come and meet the artists at a free public reception on Feb. 10, from 2 to 4:00 pm at the lower level of the College Hill Library. Those attending will be entered in a drawing to win $100 towards the purchase of a painting in the exhibit. A Miniature Show with small paintings will be on display in conjunction with the Art From the Heart exhibit from Feb. 9-12. Art From the Heart is sponsored by the Paletteers Art Club and the SCFD and can be viewed during library hours. For more info call 303-466-2512. TUESDAY/FEB. 5 TERRORISM EXPLORED The terror of jihad will be explored at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, titled “Inside Terrorism: A Muslim’s Quest to Stop Jihad,” features a screening of the Academy Award-nominated film “Killing in the Name.” Admission is free; snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@peacelutheran.net. Your Week continues on Page19

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Incentives offered for commuters By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com In an effort to ease traffic congestion and commuter frustration, 36 Commuting Solutions is offering incentive programs to encourage drivers to use alternative transportation during the peak construction of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project. Options include mass transit, vanpooling and telework. The U.S. 36 Express Lanes project is a $312 million, multimodule project between Federal Boulevard and 88th Avenue Street in Louisville/Superior. The project is building an express lane in each direction of US 36. The lanes will accommodate high-occupancy vehicles, bus rapid transit

and tolled single-occupancy vehicles. The project is set to be competed in December 2014. Audrey DeBarros, executive director of 36 Commuting Solutions, a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the mobility of commuters along the US 36 corridor, said during the construction there are heightened delays along the corridor due to the construction. She said she hopes the incentives programs will encourage solo drivers to try out a new way of commuting to work. “36 Commuting Solutions has been a part of the corridor for over 14 years,” she said. “We are a resource for people who travel the US 36 corridor and we hope people try out the incentives we are offering for a limited time only.”

The incentive programs offered include $2,500 in financial assistance to help businesses establish new telework programs, RTD 10-ride ticketbooks valued at $45 each and a three-month reimbursement for new vanpoolers. DeBarros said the ticketbooks are a very popular and easy option for commuters. Westminster resident Chuck Duey applied for and received the ticketbook. His job is located along the US 36 corridor, so for him the decision to take the bus once and a wile was an easy one. “There is an RTD stop fairly close to my house, so I just drive to the stop and hop on the bus,” he said. “Then I just zip down 36 to my office.” Duey said his fiancée also uses transit to commute to her office in downtown Den-

ver. The two carpool to the bus stop together and then go their separate ways. “She heads to Denver and I head up towards Boulder,” he said. Duey says he tries to take the bus at least once a week to cut down on the usage of his car. He said he’s looking forward to the completion of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project, especially when he meets up with his fiancée downtown. “I always take the bus when I head to downtown Denver and once those other lanes are done, taking the bus will be much more reliable,” he said. “Those lanes will help speed up the trip.” For more information or to apply for any of the incentive programs, visit http://36commutingsolutions.org or call 303-604-4383.

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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 www.bonfils.org. 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 www.arvada.org/nature for information on costs.

WEDNESDAY/FEB. 6 CYBERSECURITY COMPUTER networks now run much of the world. With this technology have come risks associated with potential terrorist attacks and criminal activity aimed at compromising the security of these networks. Join Active Minds from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, as we take a look at how both governments and the private sector are responding to these threats. We will also look at the potential impact these forces have in the realm of U.S. international relations. This free program will take place at Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge, 11180 Irving Drive, Westminster. RSVP: Keystone Place, 303-465-5600. THURSDAY/FEB. 7 ADOPTION BENEFIT The second annual Small Plates, Big Heart

event is planned for Thursday, Feb. 7, at Infinity Park Event Center. Denver chefs prepare small plates of food in competition for the title, “Wednesday’s Child Best Chef of Denver!” For a complete list of participating vendors visit www.adoptex.org/smallplates. 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 to purchase tickets, visit www.arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200. “No Dogs Allowed” is recommended for ages 4 and older.

COMING SOON COMING SOON/FEB. 8 BENEFIT CONCERT Susan Lee Cable, a concert pianist and professor emeritus at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will honor

top classical musicians at “Concert, Coffee & Confections,” a benefit concert for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. The evening also will feature fine coffee, European gourmet desserts and a silent auction featuring works from OLLI artists. The event is open to the public. RSVP at 303-717-4299 or by sending a check ($40/per person) by Feb. 1 to OLLI West, University College, 2211 S. Josephine St., Denver. Visit www.universitycollege.du.edu/olli or call 303-871-3090.

TALENT SHOW The community is invited to watch local youth ages 5 to 18 compete in the Night of the Stars youth talent show, from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn. The winners will move on to the regional competition in March. Tickets can be purchased at the Northglenn Recreation Center or at the box office the night of the show. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www.northglenn.org/talentshow for information. COMING SOON/FEB. 8-9, FEB. 15-16 TRIVIAL PLAY “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a trivial play

for serious people, is the adventure of two young bachelors and the outrageous deceptions in which they find themselves over love. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16 at Colorado ACTS Theater, 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-456-6772 for tickets.

COMING SOON/FEB. 8-9, 15-16, 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. COMING SOON/FEB. 8-17 TAKING STOCK The 11 Minute Theatre Company presents “Taking

Stock,” by Richard Schotter, from Feb. 8-17. Alvi and Sam, partners and pals, have run a sporting goods store on New York’s West Side for forty years. It’s Memorial Day and they are taking stock of their inventory and their options. The neighborhood has changed, the yuppie landlord is raising the rent and the customers don’t know the first thing about sports. Sam wants to renovate: Alvi doesn’t want to change a thing. As the two old friends struggle over their future, they reveal their fears, hopes, passions and affection for each other. Warning: This play has some mature language and is suggested for audiences over 13 years old. The Festival Playhouse is at 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Call 303-422-4090 or visit www. festivalplayhouse.com.

COMING SOON/FEB. 9 SINGERS GALA Ars Nova Singers will have a gala at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Butterfly Pavillon, 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. Join us for a special musical afternoon with performances by Ars Nova Singers, soloists and small ensembles, with special guest jazz pianist Paul Fowler. Elegant accompaniments include hors d’oeuvres, wine, desserts, and unique silent auction treasures. Tickets are available online at www.arsnovasingers.com or by calling 303-499-3165. CHOCOLATE AFFAIR Contact your sweetest friends and make plans to attend the 12th annual Chocolate Affair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in historic Olde Town Arvada. The event features the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Treasure Hunt, the Chocolate Cookie Contest (call 720-898-7400 to enter), and entertainment for the youngest Choco-beasts. Call 303-420-6100 or visit www.historicarvada.org or www.arvadafestivals.com. BLOOD DRIVE Sun Harley Davidson/Buell community blood drive

is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, inside Bonfils’ mobile bus at 8858 N. Pearl St., Thornton. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org.

MARDI GRAS El Jebel Event Center will host a Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9, with a concert including Royal Southern Brotherhood with Tomy Malone from the Subdudes and Blues Guitar Phenom Austin Young. Tickets available at www.eljebeleventcenter.com. Net proceeds to benefit Blue Star Connection. FEBRUARY TEA The Arvada Historical Society will have its Febru-

ary tea at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at McIlvoy House. Entertainment is to be determined, but it is sure to be on the topic of love or something close to it. Call the McIlvoy House for tickets and more information at 303-431-1261.

GALA ARS Nova Singers plans its 2013 gala at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. This special musical afternoon includes performances by Ars Nova Singers, soloists and small ensembles, with special guests guitarist Ben Cantú and jazz pianist Paul Fowler. Elegant accompaniments include hors d’oeuvres, wine, desserts and silent auction treasures. Tickets are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/268405 or by phone at 303-499-3165. 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.

COMING SOON/FEB. 10 PERFORMANCE CONCERT A collaborative performance concert of the Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., Arvada. All levels of music students performing in ensembles on piano, flute, strings and voice. BLOOD DRIVE Northglenn Christian Church community blood drive is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1800 E. 105th Place, in the Student Center, Northglenn. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Joe Wakefield at 303-6654131 or jwake553@aol.com. DANCE MARATHON Elite Dance Academy plans a 12-hour dance marathon from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Broomfield Heights Middle School. The event includes bouncy castles, inflatables, cupcake decorating, face painting, coloring contests, bracelet making, an obstacle course, DJ dance party, free dance classes, line dancing, free food and dance performances. Prizes include iPads, tickets for Nuggets, Broncos, Avalanche and Rockies games, sports apparel, dance classes, toys and gift cards. The event is free, and donations are accepted. Visit www.elitedanceacademy. net for information or to make a donation. COMING SOON/FEB. 11-12 UPCOMING AUDITIONS The Arvada Center will have auditions for “Dividing the Estate,” written by Horton Foote, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11-12 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Auditions are by appointment only. Call 720-898-7200 to schedule a time. Actors must be 18 years or older. COMING SOON/FEB. 13 WOMEN’S LUNCHEON Denver North Suburban Christian Women’s Connection will have its “Wrapped in Love” luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at The Chateaux at Fox Meadows, 13600 Xavier Lane. Angela McMahan from Rising Hope will share the needs of the women who come to their facility, and our special speaker Carolyn Groves will share her story titled “My Woven Fabric.” For information on cost or for reservations, call Andrea at 303-485-5888 or email dennorthsuburban@aol.com. Include the name(s) of your guest(s) and the names and ages of children that you will need to have cared for in our complimentary nursery. Coming Soon continues on Page 20

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Westminster Presbyterian Church

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

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We invite you to join us in worship on Sundays. An inspirational traditional service is offered at 9 AM on Sunday. There are choirs for every age and musical ability. Small group fellowships that meet weekly and monthly, a licensed pre-school program with a record of 39 plus years of excellence. As well as a Sunday school program for children, youth and adults. We are located at 1605 W. 106th Ave., Northglenn. For more information about church and all other services offered, feel free to contact us at 303-452-5120. See You There!

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COMING SOON/FEB. 14 FRIENDS EVENT Friends of Broomfield plans “Women’s Night

Out” and “Men’s Night Out” for adults with developmental disabilities. The event will be a scavenger hunt from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. The bus leaves from the Friends Place, 555 Alter St., Suite 19E, Broomfield. Cost is $20. The adults will go on a scavenger hunt, solve riddles and work with mall employees to find their Valentine’s Day gift. Should they fulfill their mission, a surprise will await them at the end. Register by Monday, Feb. 11. Contact Molly Coufal, evening/social program director, at 303404-0123 or email info@friendsofbroomfield.org.

BLOOD DRIVE Ten West at Westmoor Technology Park community blood drive is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Westmoor Technology Park, Building 3, Suite 140, 10155 Westmoor Drive, Westminster. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-3632300 or visit www.bonfils.org.

BLOOD DRIVE Adams County, in conjunction with Bonfils Blood Center, is hosting a blood drive from 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Adams County Government Center, Platte River Rooms C & D, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton. To schedule an appointment, contact the Bonfils appointment center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org, site code 6647. COMING SOON/FEB. 14 TO MAY 26 SPRING EXHIBIT Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art opens its spring exhibit “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” with a free public reception from 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14; members can preview the exhibit starting at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 26. Items for the exhibit are still being accepted. Instead of disposing of the relics from an ended relationship, bring them to the museum. Donations must be received by Feb. 3 and will be displayed anonymously. After the exhibit, donations will be kept in the collection of the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia. Visit bmoca.org, email brokenships@bmoca.org or call 303-443-2122 to learn how to make donations. Boulder

Museum of Contemporary Art is at 1750 13th St., Boulder.

RECURRING EVENTS 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. arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.

RECURRING/THROUGH FEB. 22 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.

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.


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Number of points t h a t P i n nacle’s Chase Gonzales scored in the first quarter of Tuesday’s win over Arrupe Jesuit. Gonzales led all scorers with 24 points, while the Timberwolves only allowed Arrupe Jesuit 16 points in the entire first half. The Generals also only had one field goal in the first quarter.

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Left, Pinnacle’s Sansom Ouk drives to the basket during the third quarter of the Timberwolves game against Arrupe Jesuit Tuesday night. Right, Pinnacle’s Chase Gonzales attacks the basket during the first quarter of the Timberwolves game against Arrupe Jesuit Tuesday night. Photos by Jonathan Maness

Timberwolves quietly getting on track Pinnacle tops Arrupe Jesuit to stay perfect in Frontier League By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com FEDERAL HEIGHTS - In a tiny gym just east of I-25 and right off of 84th plays one of the hottest and most entertaining teams in Colorado. The Pinnacle Timberwolves have been dominating their opponents, winning their seventh consecutive game Tuesday by cruising past the Arrupe Jesuit Generals 68-36. “I can’t take credit for it; it is all these kids,” Pinnacle’s coach Lou Vullo said. “I’m proud of them. We had a really tough nonconference schedule and they have bought into our system. More than anything we are taking it one game at a time and are staying focused.” The Timberwolves started the season by losing their first five games, all non-league games. Of course their opponents were among some of the best in the state, including undefeated and top-ranked Kent Denver and always tough Faith Christian. They also suffered a six-point defeat to Bishop Machebeuf and a five-point loss to Denver Chris-

tian. Their only real blemish on their schedule was a 60-48 loss to Valley at the beginning of December. Since then, the T-Wolves have been playing like a squad on a mission. “We had a tough early schedule, but we are playing with more confidence right now,” Pinnacle’s junior guard Chase Gonzales said. Since starting their league schedule on Jan. 8, the Timberwolves have outscored their opponents by an average of 13.7 points and are on top of the Frontier League with a 7-0 record. Much of the success has been its ability to get out on the fast break. In Tuesday’s win against the Generals, Pinnacle forced 13 turnovers in the opening quarter and scored the game’s first 18 points - most coming on fast breaks. Gonzales was the biggest benefactor, getting out on the break and scoring 19 points in the first quarter for the Timberwolves. He drilled two treys at the end of the quarter to give Pinnacle a 22-point advantage after the opening quarter. “That’s our game plan,” Gonzales said. “We want to get as many transition points as we can.” While Pinnacle hasn’t been a slouch on offense, shooting at least 49 percent from the field over the previous three games, it’s the Timberwolves defense that has been impressive. They have held three of their

previous four opponents under 40 points. In Tuesday’s win, they didn’t allow Arrupe Jesuit a field goal until 45 seconds left in the first quarter. “We knew Arrupe Jesuit likes to stall and so we wanted to be aggressive with them,” Vullo said. What makes the Timberwolves more impressive is that one of their top weapons was held in check Tuesday. Six-foot-4 Chase Phillips scored only three points in the game, two of which came on a thunderous dunk to start the second quarter. However, Gonzales and junior Sansom Ouk picked up the slack; each drilled three treys on Tuesday. Ouk and senior Orlando Perches each had 13 points in the win. Phillips was more dominant on Jan. 25 against rival Academy when he made 14 of 15 shots for 28 points. He also had 10 rebounds and is averaging 9.8 boards this season. The Timberwolves schedule down the stretch will prove challenging, including games against Frontier League champions Clear Creek and perennial powerhouse Holy Family. But Pinnacle is concentrating on staying on top of the league. “These league wins are big for us,” Gonzales said. “Our non-league scheduled helped us prepare, because we want to win the league.”

Roundup: Pomona grapplers still hold top spot Standley Lake finishes second at Tom McComb Invite By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com WESTMINSTER - After taking first at the Arvada West wrestling tournament the Pomona Panthers still hold the top spot in the Class 5A according to the latest On the Mat rankings. Pomona has four wrestlers that are on top of their weight class, including Travis Torres (113 pounds), Josh Rosales (120), Raymond Robledo (132) and Archie Colgan (160). Austin Marvel is ranked second at 138 pounds and Ethan Wright is fifth at 152. Mountain Range is ranked eighth in 5A and has the top wrestler at 152 pounds with Randy Boerner, while Jorge Rodriguez is second at 285 pounds. Horizon’s Anthony Cortez is No. 3 at 106 pounds, while Northglenn’s Rocky Nava is fourth. Legacy’s Ryan Deakin is seventh. Connor Casady is No. 2 at 160 pounds for

Legacy, while Skyler McWee (220) is ranked third. Horizon’s David Chitwood is fourth at 170 pounds, while Westminster’s Gabe Grimaldo is fifth. Holy Family is ranked seventh in 3A; Joseph Prieto (120) and Julian Prieto (126) are each ranked No. 3 in their weight class. Vincent Casadoa (113) is ranked fourth and Daniel Jansen (220) is No. 5. TOM McCOMBE INVITE: Standley Lake took second at the tournament which was held in Ellicott. Nate Carlson was first at 138 pounds, while Austin Solis (113) and Roberto Maestas (145) finished second. Jesus Mondragon (152) and Alex Brown (195) took third and Saige Bergel (126) and Ryan Wosk (160) finished fourth. 28th COMMANDER INVITE: Westminster finished fourth, while Isaiah Santastevan (113) and Santos Valtierra (120) each took second. Matt Bryant (145), Jacob Thomas (182) and Sebastian Garcia (195) all finished third for the Wolves. Skyview’s Joseph Archuleta (113) was

fourth. SWIMMING RANKINGS: Mountain Range is ranked 15th in 5A going into Friday’s Front Range League relays. Shelly Drozda is currently ranked second in the 200-yard individual medley, fourth in 200 freestyle, fifth in 100 free, sixth in 500 free, seventh in 100 backstroke and 11th in 50 free. The Mustangs’ 200-freestyle relay team is ranked fourth, 200-medley relay team also is 15th and 400-freestyle relay team is 18th. Legacy’s Fiona Dretzka is 13th in 100 back and 18th in 50 free. Mary Lombardi is 18th in 200 free. The Lightning’ 200-freestyle relay team is ranked 15th. GATORS PICK UP TWO WINS: Standley Lake (8-3-1 overall, 6-1-1 Foothills League) beat Chatfield and Steamboat Springs this week in hockey. Mitch McEwan scored a pair of goals to help the Gators beat Chatfield 5-3 on Jan. 23, while Conner Watkins had two goals to lead Standley Lake by Steamboat Springs 3-2 on Jan. 26.

Number of assists p e r c o n test the B e l leview Christian girls basketball team is averaging this season. MacKenzie Woods is averaging 3.8 assists to lead the way for the Bruins.

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Number of doub l e d o u b l e s t h a t Community Christian’s Bryan Hodge has had through 11 games this season. He is currently averaging 20.2 points and 13.8 rebounds and went for 20 points and 20 rebounds on Jan. 25 for the Crusaders.

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GAME OF THE WEEK SWIMMING

Front Range League Championships, Friday and Saturday, Veteran Memorial Aquatic Center, Thornton Five of the top swimming teams in the state will meet up this weekend, including top-ranked Fairview.


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No. 4 Tigers hold off Knights Big second quarter helps Holy Family win fifth in a row By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com BROOMFIELD - The Holy Family boys basketball team is becoming a force to reckon with in Class 3A. Despite not playing their best game, the No. 4-ranked Tigers used a big second quarter to beat the Denver Science & Tech Stapleton Knights 64-53 and pick up their fifth consecutive win. With the win the Tigers improved to 11-2 overall, with their two losses coming to 4A powerhouse Broomfield and a road loss to University, which is ranked No. 9 in 3A. Holy Family is also tied for first with Kent Denver in Metropolitan League with a 4-0 mark. The Knights aren’t a pushover; they are on top of the Frontier League with a 4-1 record. They also came into Monday’s game winning five of their last six games. “They’re a good team, even without one of their best players,” Holy Family’s coach Pete Villecco said. Holy Family, which was facing a 19-15 deficit after the opening quarter, went on an 18-0 run in the second and outscored the Knights by 14 points in the quarter to take a 37-27 advantage into halftime. DSTS wouldn’t go away; a basket by Dwight Pullen sparked a 6-2 run by the Knights to cut the Tigers advantage to six. However, a pair of turnovers led to back-toback layups by Chuck Hollwedel and Austin Brown that pushed Holy Family’s lead back into double-digits going into the fourth.

Left, Holy Family’s Devlin Granberg goes up for a shot against Denver Science & Tech Stapleton’s Alexander Neal during the third quarter of Monday’s game. Right, Holy Family’s Chuck Hollwedel goes up for basket over Braylan Davis during Monday’s game against Denver Science & Tech Stapleton.Photos by Jonathan Maness A three-point play by Pullen cut the Tigers advantage to seven, but David Sommers drilled a three-pointer to seal the win for the Tigers. Holy Family had three players score in double-digits; Sommers led the way with 16 points. Austin Brown add-

Nava, Garcia take 1st at Invite Pueblo Central wins tournament, Northglenn finished 6th

Pomona places third at Top of the Rockies Mountain Range’s Boerner finishes second at 152 pounds

By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com NORTHGLENN - Northglenn’s super sophomores once again were the highlights for the Norse on Saturday. Rocky Nava and Maurisio Garcia each took first place at the Norse Invitational to guide Northglenn to a sixth place finish. Pueblo Central won the tournament with 163 points, while Eagle Valley was second with 145.5 and Arapahoe finished third with 135. Thornton placed 16th. Nava took first at 106 pounds after beating Greeley Central’s Alonzo Samaniego 2-0 in the title match, while Garcia beat Gateway’s Sergio Marquez in the 113-pound title match 6-3. “This is real big for us. It’s our traditional tournament,” Nava said. “We are happy we got this. You always want to win your own tournament.” Also placing for the Norse was Michael Garcia (fifth) at 126 pounds and Reggie Buckalew (sixth) at 145. “Our team is really improving,” Navas said. “We are getting better each week.” Nava pinned each of his first three opponents to advance to the finals, while Maurisio Garcia started the tournament with a bye and then pinned his two oppo-

ed 11 and Jarron Sprenger had 10. Sprenger also had five blocked shots. Pullen led all scorers with 22 points and also had 11 rebounds, while Alexander Neal added 14. “We have some work to do, because we are not where we want to be,” Villecco said.

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Northglenn’s Rocky Nava wrestles Greeley West’s Alonzo Samaniego in the 106-pound title match at the Northglenn Invitational. Photo by Jonathan Maness nents to proceed to the finals. It was the second time Garcia has won the title at Northglenn and Nava’s first. “This definitely gives us confidence,” Maurisio Garcia said. “When I won this last year I had a lot of drive and just kept going until state.” Michael Garcia topped Greeley Central’s Andrian Bejar 8-4 to finish fifth, while Buckalew lost 4-3 to Greeley Central’s Paul Robeson in the fifth-place match. Thornton had three wrestlers place at the tournament, led by Dezmond Romero (106), who pinned Regis’s Jack Hardin to finish third. Allen LeBaron (220) finished fourth for the Trojans, after falling 5-0 to Arapa-

hoe’s Issac Prudhomme. Josh Cordovz (170) lost to Castle View’s Zach Dennis in the fifth-place match to place sixth. Pueblo Central had four wrestlers take first at the tournament; Brandon Aragon (120), Sonny Espinoza (132), Tony Molinaro (182) and Kenny Hardwick (285). Also taking first was Gateway’s Joshua Butler (138) and Abdelaziz BenQadi (152), Jefferson’s Aaron Cisneros (126), Grand Junction’s Jacob Trujillo (145), Erie’s Ladd Bunker (160), Heritage’s Jordan Todd (170) and Eagle Valley’s Andy Armstrong (215). Northglenn will host Thornton in a home dual on Thursday and then on Saturday it will be the annual Trojans Invite.

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LAFAYETTE - Behind three thirdplace finishes the Pomona Panthers took third at the Top of the Rockies wrestling tournament. Pomona finished with 160.5 points, while Grand Island (Neb.) won the tournament with 201.5 points and Broomfield had 194.5 to finish second. Mountain Range finished 10th with 90 points, Legacy was 21st with 54 and Holy Family had 43 to place 33rd. Pomona didn’t come away with any individual champions, but depth paved the way to the Panthers third-place team effort. Archie Colgan was the only one to make the finals, reaching the championship match at 160-pounds. However, he had to settle for second when he was pinned by Omaha North foe JaVaughn Perkins (31-0) at 5:59. It was, by the way, the 100th win in Perkins prep career. “That was a match that could have gone either way and unfortunately, it went his way,” said Colgan, now 29-4. “I’m confident and happy the way the year has been going. But, yes, this was a tough loss. You have to have good nights for records and he had one.” Travis Torres (113 pounds), Raymond Robledo (132) and Ethan Wright (152) all finished third for the Panthers, while Brandon Madril (126) and Austin Marvel (138) each placed fourth. Tomas Gutierrez (106) also finished fifth for Pomona. Torres beat Brandon Leyba of Rio Rancho (N.M.) 2-0 in the third-place match, while Robledo beat Thompson

Valley’s Tanner Williams, 6-2 and Wright topped Durango’s Nick Tarpley, 7-4. And, it’s interesting to note that both Madril and Marvel lost to Arvada West foes in their third-place matches. Madril was defeated by Payton Tawater 11-0 while Marvel lost to the Wildcat’s Taylor Berguist 6-2. “Austin’s tough, but I wanted to keep my focus up in the tournament and not let anything get in my way,” said Berguist, “I take every tournament seriously as I do every match. Coach is having us practice hard so we can make it downtown to state.” Added Marvel, “This was just a great tournament. I just have to keep my focus and don’t give up. I gave up some easy points against Taylor, but it was still a great day.” Mountain Range’s Randy Boerner finished second at 152 pounds after losing to Grand Island’s Billy Thompson in the title match. Boerner’s teammate Jorge Rodriguez (285) pinned Andrew Aratani of Scottsbluff (Neb.) to place second at the tournament. Joel Greer (160) was sixth for the Mustangs. “It was tough and I guess I wasn’t making the right decisions,” said Boerner, who is now 35-2 on the season. “The competition was alright for me in the tournament, but I hope to get more so I’ll be ready for state. I just couldn’t get anything out of being on my feet against him.” Legacy’s Ryan Deakin (106) finished fourth after losing 6-0 to Pueblo South’s Michael Ramirez in the third-place match. Connor Casady (160) beat Greer in the fifth-place match. Holy Family’s brothers Julian and Jo- Comm seph Prieto each finished sixth for the Ti- dropp gers. Julian Prieto (120) lost to Grand Is- Photo land’s Dante Rodriguez in the fifth-place match, while Joseph Prieto (126) fell to Rocky Mountain’s Danny Murphy.

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Girls basketball: Tigers win fourth in a row Mountain Range gets first league win By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com BROOMFIELD - Holy Family picked up its fourth consecutive win on Monday, beating Denver Science & Tech Stapleton on the road 39-33. Lindsey Chavez led the way with 14 points, hitting 6 of 7 from the charity stripe and grabbing four rebounds. Katie Chavez chipped in 14 points to help Holy Family improve to 11-4 overall. FRONT RANGE LEAGUE: Mountain Range (8-8, 1-8 FRL) picked up its first league win Tuesday, topping Greeley West 60-43. Loveland snapped Horizon’s four-game winning streak Tuesday, beating the Hawks 64-60. Kaylie Rader led the way with 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Alyssa Rader chipped in 14 points and eight boards. Horizon dropped to 10-6 overall and 7-2 in the FRL. Legacy (7-8, 3-5 FRL) got back on track Tuesday, holding off Rocky Mountain 39-37. METROPOLITAN LEAGUE: Jefferson Academy (7-6, 2-3 ML) has won two games in a row. The Jaguars topped Manual 53-40 on Jan. 25 and then beating St. Mary’s Academy 46-25. Sara Miller led the way against Manual with 15 points, while Emma Anderson leading the way against St. Mary’s with 12. FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Academy (67, 4-2 FL) had its two-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday, falling 40-38 to Sheridan. The Wolverines had no answer for Shalamar Adkinson in the post; Adkinson scored 28 points to lead all scorers.

Academy did top rival Pinnacle (4-8, 2-4 FL) on Jan. 25, winning 51-32. Jackie Wilson led the Wolverines with 12 points, while Pinnacle’s Jacey Ovalle had a game-high 17 points. 5280 LEAGUE: Community Christian (3-7, 0-4 5280 League) is still searching for its first league win after losing 54-34 to Jim Elliot Christian on Tuesday. Alex Quimby had 17 points to lead the Crusaders. EAST METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Westminster (5-13, 2-3 EMAAC) rallied to a 44-43 victory over Rangeview Tuesday night. The Wolves outscored the Raiders 10-7 in the fourth quarter to pick up their second league win. Hannah Massey led the way with 13 points, while Desiree Gomez added 10. Thornton (3-14, 0-3 EMAAC) is still searching for its first league win after falling to Rangeview 48-24. JEFFO LEAGUE: Standley Lake got back on track after squeaking out a 58-55 win over rival Bear Creek on Jan. 25. The Gators jumped out to 29-20 advantage at halftime and held off the Bears to snap their four-game losing streak. Senior Sara Shileny led Standley Lake with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Casey Torbet added 13 and Caylie Hartman had 11 to help the Gators improve to 7-9 overall and 3-6 in league. Pomona (8-9, 3-7 Jeffco League) has dropped two in a row. The Panthers lost 4342 to Dakota Ridge on Jan. 25 and then lost 49-42 to Arvada West on Tuesday. COLORADO 7: Skyview (8-8, 2-4 Colorado 7) lost 43-33 to Fort Morgan Tuesday; the Wolverines cruised to a 60-29 win over Englewood on Jan. 25. Laura Malacarne had 13 points in the win over the Pirates.

Academy’s Jackie Wilson tries to drive to the basket during Tuesday’s game against Sheridan. Photo by Jonathan Maness

Boys basketball: Horizon rallies to beat Loveland in OT Mountain Range falls to Greeley West in overtime By Jonathan Maness

jmaness@ourcoloradonews.com LOVELAND - Horizon overcame a 21-point firsthalf deficit on Tuesday to beat Loveland in overtime. The Hawks outscored the Indians 16-8 in OT after outscoring the Indians

23-10 in the third quarter and 22-14 in the fourth. Horizon fell behind by 10 in the opening quarter and was outscored 25-14 in the second. The Hawks had five players in double figures, led by Dillion Harshman’s 22 points. Dustin Rivas also had 15, while Jake Ralphs added 13 and Josh Ralphs had 12. Michael Skinner

Community Christian’s Charles Wittman and the Crusaders (7-4, 3-1 5280) dropped their first league game, falling to Jim Elliot Christian 71-61 Tuesday. Photo by Jonathan Maness

scored 10 points as the Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak. FRONT RANGE LEAGUE: Mountain Range (5-11 overall, 1-8 FRL) lost a tough one Tuesday night, falling to Greeley West 52-50 in overtime. The Mustangs rallied back and outscored the Spartans 10-6 in the fourth to force OT. Legacy (6-10, 2-7 FRL) dropped its fourth in a row Tuesday, losing to Rocky Mountain 63-42. EAST METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Thornton (11-7, 3-1 EMAC) improved to 8-0 at home Tuesday, with Samuel Shumate leading the way with 17 points. The Trojans got off to a slow start, but outscored the Olympians 13-4 in the second quarter to take a 3-point advantage at halftime. Daezionte Henderson added nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Thornton. Northglenn (4-12, 1-3 EMAC) snapped its recent slide Tuesday night, beating Adams City 58-49 to pick up its first league win. The Norse fell behind by two points at halftime, but outscored the Eagles 36-25 in the second half to get the win. Westminster dropped

its 15th consecutive game on Tuesday, falling to Rangeview 75-31. METROPOLITAN LEAGUE: Jefferson Academy got back on track on Jan. 25, beating Manual 48-26. Brody Hornaday led the way for the Jaguars with 19 points, while Bryson Sharpley added 15 points and nine rebounds. Brennan Ballard also had five steals and three assists for Jefferson Academy. The Jaguars improved to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in league. FRONTIER LEAGUE: Academy (7-5, 5-1 FL) rebounded Tuesday to beat Sheridan 81-63. Zach Telles led the Wolverines with 29 points, while Anthony Ramirez added 15 and Alex Stone had 13. 5280 LEAGUE: Belleview Christian (2-11, 1-3 5280) ended its slump in the league cruising to a 6533 win over Denver Waldorf on Tuesday. The Bruins had four players score in double figures, with Austin Thompson leading the way with 17 points. He also added seven rebounds and six steals. Community Christian (7-4, 3-1 5280) dropped its first league game, falling to Jim Elliot Christian 71-61 Tuesday.

Rocky Mountain Lutheran dropped its previous two games, falling 57-40 to Jim Elliot Christian on Jan. 26 and then losing to Denver Jewish Day 70-32 on Monday. JEFFCO LEAGUE: Standley Lake has put together a two-game winning streak, beating both Pomona and Bear Creek. The Gators outscored the Panthers 31-11 in the second and third to cruise to an easy 63-37 victory on Jan. 23. Standley Lake topped

Bear Creek on Jan. 25 with a stout defense, beating the Bears 48-37. The Gators kept the Bears scoreless in the first quarter and held them to only eight points in the second as they held an 11-point advantage at halftime. Standley Lake improved to 4-11 overall and 3-6 in league. Pomona is in the middle of an 11-game losing streak, the Panthers fell to Dakota Ridge 50-37 on Jan. 25. Evan Dettke scored 10 points to lead Pomona.

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Service dog gets new set of wheels Equipment aids dog with spinal cord degeneration By Tom Munds

tmunds@ourcoloradonews.com It was a red-letter day Jan. 24 when Shenandoah, a 90-pound Great Pyrenees, was fitted with wheeled support so she can continue her duties as a service dog for Thornton resident Constance Hein. The cart was fitted by the staff of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology, located in the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado in Englewood. “The dog has progressive spinal cord degeneration so, while she can do some functions, she doesn’t do well traveling long distances,” said Dr. Stephen Lane, the veterinary neurologist specialist. “This dog cart has four wheels to provide support to the dog’s body, which will help the dog rebuild leg strength and stamina.” The doctor said it is sad to watch the 3-year-old dog struggle with the degenerative spinal disease. However, he wanted to say a special thank you to Doggon’ Wheels, the manufacturer, for donating the cart. He said the cart will ease the pressure on the spine and limbs, and will help Shenandoah by improving the quality of life for the dog and help her continue to be a service dog for her owner. Hein said she is pleased Lane was able to provide the cart to help Shenandoah. “I am in a wheelchair most of the time and depend on Shenandoah’s natural skills as a guard dog and the skills she has learned as a service dog,” Hein said. “She is able to still do many things like pick up things for me. But, if we go on a long trip like going to the zoo, she really struggles.” Hein got Shenandoah when she was 3 months old. “Great Pyrenees are guard dogs by nature and Shenandoah is always right there beside me so I know I am safe anywhere I go,” she said. “I also trained her to do things to help me. She learned to pick up things I might drop and, when I was out of the wheelchair, she was beside me to help me maintain my balance.” Hein said the dog did anything she would ask but, if they walked a lot on an outing, Shenandoah was in a lot of pain the next day because her muscles were not as strong as they should be.

Constance Hein helps her dog, Shenandoah, get used to the new cart. The equipment, fitted at the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado in Englewood, is designed to help the dog that has a spinal disease. Photos by Tom Munds “When Dr. Lane explained the benefits of the cart to me, I felt like it was a new lease on life for both Shenandoah and I,” she said. “The cart will make it easier for her to go with me if we want to go somewhere on a trip or for a long walk. It also means she won’t be in pain the next day and I won’t feel guilty about taking her with me.” Doggon’ Wheels makes a wide variety of carts and products for animals of all sizes. The company donated the cart that was customized for Shenandoah. “We have been putting the carts to a number of uses for a while now,” Lori Fuehrer, one of Dr. Lane’s veterinary technicians, said as she made adjustments to customize the cart for Shenandoah. “We use them to help dogs going through rehabilitation and for animals missing limbs.” She said the cart is designed so adjustments can be made if there are changes in the type of support the animal needs.

Constance Hein and her dog, Shenandoah, who suffers from progressive spinal cord degeneration.

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