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Adams County and Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 68, Issue 16

Council bans retail marijuana in city limits By Ashley Reimers Although possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is legal for 21-year-olds in Colorado, purchasing the drug in Westminster from retail stores is not. During its Jan. 28 meeting, Westminster City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to prohibit the retail sale of marijuana within city limits. Under Amendment 64, passed in November, local governments can choose to prohibit, by ordinance or referendum, marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities and retail marijuana stores. “To me marijuana is the gateway drug and something I never messed with,” said councilor Mark Kaiser. “I’m definitely a no on the sale.” Council previously addressed this issue during a Jan. 7 study session. It was clear then all council members were in favor of the ordinance.

“I don’t see how we can realize a benefit out of this. I personally don’t want to see this in Westminster. If I had a magic wand, I would like to go back and fix 64,” said councilor Herb Atchison. According to the staff report, should marijuana businesses be permitted within the city, the resulting demand on police, code enforcement, legal accounting and other limited resources would be significant. Kaiser agreed and said the demand on the local law enforcement would increase. “I don’t think there is enough sales tax revenue to offset what it’s going to cost us in law enforcement,” he said. Although city staff stated marijuana businesses may cause a higher demand on the Westminster Police Department, public information officer Trevor Materasso said because the city doesn’t have a background or history with marijuana facilities, it’s hard to determine whether or not law enforcement would be impacted by retail stores in the city. “For us we don’t have a track record to compare. We can’t say what specifically

Westminster City Council voted to prohibit the sale of retail marijuana in the city. File photo what demands or workload would be required,” he said. “But this was a council de-

cision and we support any decision passed by them.”

Proposed bill would get law out of bedroom Legislators target old statutes By Vic Vela

Paul Robinson spins while holding onto a Cyr wheel on stage during a rehearsal of Visindi Science Circus at Westminster High School Jan. 31. The science circus is a fundraiser created by teacher Cassie Drew to raise money for Sunset Ridge Elementary. Photos by Andy Carpenean

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Circus raises money for technology By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews. com The circus came to Westminster over the weekend, bringing along laughter, entertainment and even some science education. Westminster High School hosted two performances of Visindi Circus on Feb. 1-2. Visindi Circus is the creation of Sunset Ridge Elementary teacher Cassie Drew. She organized the circus in an effort to raise money for technology for her school. She also wanted to give students an

opportunity to learn about science in a fun, new way. “I love the idea of fusing things together that at first done seem like they would go together, like science and circus,” she said. Drew nearly met her goal to raise $10,000, she collected a little more than $7,000 from ticket sales. She said she was not sure what the money would be used for, but was considering iPads or chromebooks for students. The circus featured science demonstrations, along with juggling, hand balancing, hula hooping, aerial acrobatics and stilt walkers, to name a few. But Drew didn’t just organize the

Alexandra Nikolova performs in an aerial fabric during a rehearsal of Visindi Science Circus at Westminster High School Jan. 31. The science circus is a fundraiser created by teacher Cassie Drew to raise money for Sunset Ridge Elementary. circus; she also directed and starred in the performance. After competing in gymnastics for 18 years, Drew was looking for a new physical challenge. She found a circus troupe called the Roustabouts, and soon found her new passion. “After I graduated college and was done with gymnastics, I didn’t know what I was going to do,” she said. “But then I found aerial acrobatics and the circus troupe, and soon I really fell in love with it.” Drew recruited her fellow


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circus-mates to perform in the Visindi Circus. She got a lot of help from her co-producer Ian Caldwell, who has traveled the world performing with circus companies. About 15 other performers also volunteered their time to make the circus a reality, including Ryan Hamity. He partnered with Drew for an acrobatics act. He said normally there aren’t many benefit shows out there, so to be a part of Visindi was a good experience. “No one is making any money, it’s all going to the school,” he said. “There was a lot of work that went into, more than I thought it was going to be. But it was good to see it all come together.” Drew said she hopes to turn Visindi Circus into a nonprofit organization and see it expand to help other school raise money for technology. For more information on Visindi Circus, visit

With apologies to Hank Williams Sr.: Your cheating heart may tell on you, but that shouldn’t result in troubles with the law, too. At least that’s what two Democratic legislators believe. A bill that would repeal a longstanding Colorado law that prohibits adultery — as well as repeal a separate law that makes it a crime to promote “sexual immorality” — was introduced in the state House of Representatives last week. “Adultery should be a matter between a person and their spouse,” said Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, the bill’s House sponsor. “It is wrong, in my view, to make it the state’s business to inquire into who I slept with last night.” Yes, it is against Colorado law to cheat on one’s spouse, and it’s been like that since the 1900s. To be sure, it is a toothless law with no penalty. But a separate law that the bill aims to repeal, “promoting sexual immorality,” does carry with it a potential misdemeanor charge. An example of a violation of this law would be when a hotel worker rents a room to an unmarried couple, knowing that they’re going to use the room to have sex. “It has been prosecuted eleven times in the last three years,” Kagan said of the law. “This bill keeps the police out of our private business.” Kagan is sponsoring the bill with Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. They are the same two lawmakers who unsuccessfully attempted to repeal the laws during a previous legislative session. Rep. Libby Szabo of Arvada had some fun on Twitter, saying sarcastically that the bill is “another display of the (Colorado Democratic Party’s) focus on jobs and the economy.” Szabo elaborated on her tweet in an emailed statement. “It just makes you wonder what the legislative priorities are of two senior members of the Democrat legislative caucus when they’re more interested in running legislation concerning sexual immorality while more than 200,000 Coloradans are without a job,” Szabo wrote.


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We, the people, are in this together As President Obama’s words rang out from Capitol Hill into my family room, as the camera panned over the thousands bearing witness to his second inaugural address, I found myself moved. By the significance of the tradition, its symbolism and shout to the world that regardless of who was elected, this transition from one presidential term to another would be a peaceful one. By words that spoke of equality for all. And by faces that seemed at once jubilant and expectant. “We, the people …,” President Obama repeated throughout. “We, the people …” But as I watched and listened, enveloped in the moment’s oneness, a question slipped in: Do we all feel as if we are the people? Those three words have become a mantra of what America represents, taken from the document this country was built on: “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” It is a lofty ideal that at times has been shoved into the shadows by such abuses as slavery and inequality of rights because of gender, race and religion. That we have amended some of those wrongs is an inspiring tribute to our foundation. But we are, most definitely, a work still in progress. “`We, the people’ is our vision for America,” says Amy Montague, a social studies teacher for 15 years whose passion for history lights her eyes and fills her voice. “`We, the people’ is what we are always aspiring to be.” Empowered toward unity. Even when it is difficult to achieve. Stephanie Noll is a social worker for Mi Casa Resource Center, which serves the

underemployed and unemployed in the Denver area. She works daily with women and men struggling to overcome financial, educational and other challenges in their pursuit of stability. “When people don’t have access to be able to meet their basic needs,” she says, “they don’t feel included as the `we’ who are taken care of in society.” Something as simple as language can exclude people from the circle, says Alejandra Harguth, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Mexico who works with immigrants in Littleton. “Just because you were born somewhere else doesn’t mean you are different from the person next to you” in terms of human value. Moe Keller, a Democrat who championed mental health, child care and developmentally disabled issues during her years in the Colorado House and Senate, believes that, overall, the country’s “general welfare” isn’t being promoted as the Constitution asks. “We need to invest and believe in ourselves. I don’t think we do that right now,” says Keller, who taught special education for 25 years and remains active in the mental health arena. “Even at the federal level, we don’t,” referring to the legislative fight over Hurricane Sandy disaster relief and other political challenges to civic and social programs. “I believe in economic patriotism,” she says. “We have an obligation and a duty to pay taxes because democracy is not free.

Taxes are not evil. They are what keeps us going as a country.” To Bob Beauprez, a buffalo rancher and former Republican congressman who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006, President Obama’s “we, the people” means “we, the government.” John F. Kennedy had it right, Beauprez says, when he proclaimed in his inaugural address, “`Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.’ It’s bigger than us. The cause is bigger than us.” But the elemental essence of “we, the people” as an instrument of cohesion and change gives us the tools — despite differing philosophical views on government — to work toward that dream of unity. The teacher, the social worker, the politician and the community activist see evidence of it every day. Steve Burkholder, a former mayor of Lakewood, talks about the sales tax increase of 2005 that led to the building of a new mall and increased revenue during tough financial times. The city asked its residents, “What type of city do you want?” Burkholder remembers. “We can give you this type of city at 2 percent sales tax or we can give you this type of city at 3 percent sales tax. This is your choice. We had this dialogue about it and we talked about it and we tore down their favorite mall …. The citizens were a part of it. That was `we, the people.’ ” He talks about the importance of establishing inclusivity across all areas, from ethnicity to gender to income level, and excitedly mentions an early intervention educational program that will soon begin in the city. “We have this opportunity to make a major difference.” That kind of empowerment of others, he says, is “we, the people.” Keller highlights community service organizations such as Optimist, Rotary and Kiwanis, which regularly provide

WESTMINSTER NEWS IN A HURRY Chili Bowl Luncheon Stop by City Park Recreation Center, 10455 Sheridan Blvd. in Westminster, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, for the Chili Bowl Luncheon. Admission is $10 plus a canned food item for the Westminster Food Bank. Lunch includes chili, salad, dessert, drink and a beautiful handmade pottery bowl of your choice. For more information contact Melinda Fiscus at 303-658-2213 or

City tests new emergency notification system Starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, the CodeRED emergency notification system will begin making test calls to Westminster residents. CodeRED is the new emergency notification system the city of Westminster police and fire departments will use to notify residents of important information. It is replacing an older reverse 911type system. Since Westminster is in both Jefferson and Adams counties,

scholarships to young people for higher education. One, in particular, recognizes students who have stayed in school despite great adversity. “They want these people to be successful,” Keller says. “This is `we, the people.’ ” Beauprez, although saying he doesn’t agree with all its tenets, points to the Tea Party movement. “The people were saying loud and clear, `Something’s really screwed up here … and we have to get off our couches and do something about it,” he says. “That kind of citizen action … it’s an extremely healthy `we, the people’ kind of statement.” Noll, the social worker, isn’t sure those who are marginalized ever fully feel included in society as a whole. But the success of her program’s participants — representing such a broad diversity — gives her hope. “There is a sense of empowerment in that process,” she acknowledges. “People do regain a sense of belonging.” Amy Montague, the teacher, looks to history for reaffirmation. If it’s read just right, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation can still move her to tears. The power of the words and the foresight and courage it took to write and deliver them take her back to the nation’s roots and remind her of its strength. The people. “People have to remember where we came from and that we can get through whatever is happening,” she says. “We can, as a people, make it.” Our founding fathers believed we could. I do, too. We just can’t ever forget the “we.” Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at or 303-5664110.


for the purposes of this notification system, the entire city will fall under the Jefferson County side. Currently any “landline” phone should be in the system, and thus the reason for the test call on Feb. 6. If you do not have a landline in your business or residence, you can register your cell phones for the same types of emergency notifications. Along with emergency notifications, you can sign up for emergency weather notifications. This can be done at News continues on Page 3

Statehouse: Voting registration change defeated at Capitol. Pages 6

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Life: The classic Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea” turned into fractured fairy tale with funny twists. Page 17 Sports: Alamosa tops Thornton invite. Page 21

Column: Bill Christopher shares baseball memories. Page 8


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Pinnacle powered by solar energy Construction begins on solar project at charter school By Ashley Reimers By April, Pinnacle Charter School in Federal Heights will be equipped with more than 2,000 solar modules, taking the school’s energy savings to the next level. Construction began on the project last week, which is being financed by Distributed Sun, a commercial solar developer and platform service provider out of Washington, D.C. But the idea of solar panel began almost two years ago from science program coordinator Michele King. “This project is part of the school’s Green Initiative program and our STEM curriculum,” she said. “Once that program was started, I decided that the school could also do solar panels.” In order to make the idea a reality, King needed to find a corporate sponsor to fund the project. Distributed Sun stepped up to the challenge. “We are excited to share the news of our partnership with The Pinnacle, and applaud their commitment to sustainable energy at bottom-line savings,” said Jeff Weiss, co-chairman of Distributed Sun. “We are very proud to be a part of the project not only because of the energy savings, but also because of what the project can teach the students. King said the 2,244 solar modules will provide an estimated $14,000 in savings the first year and potentially as much as $1.6 million in lifetime savings. She said the system will serve almost 65 percent of the school’s electricity needs.

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‘It’s been a long time coming and I would hope other schools consider going green.’ William Wiener, executive director But what she’s most excited about is the educational aspect of the project. Students at all grade levels will have the opportunity learn about real-time energy savings through monitoring equipment. “Once the panels are up, we can actually pipeline the data into monitors that we will have in our science lab,” she said. “The kids will be able to use the data and see how this is actually working. Plus we will have a kiosk in the school and in the event center with real-time data showing how the solar panels are affecting our electric costs.” William Wiener, Pinnacle Executive Director, said the school’s board was behind the project from the beginning, and considers this venture “one of the landmarks” of his career. “Through our partnership with Distributed Sun and Bella Energy, we’re demonstrating our commitment to alternative energy sources and the need for reducing our carbon-footprint,” he said. “It’s been a longtime coming and I would hope other schools consider going green.” Denver-based Bella Energy is the construction firm taking on the task, building the 662 kilowatt solar electric generation system for the charter school. Completion is anticipated by the end of April.

Len Clement and Mark Ruocco of Bella attach straps to a crane hook to hoist a box of solar panels onto the rooftop at Pinnacle Charter School Thursday, Jan. 31, in Federal Heights. Photo by Andy Carpenean

High court to consider access in Sigg case Media challenges closed hearing Staff report The Colorado Supreme Court will consider arguments in a request for ac- Sigg cess to the preliminary hearing in the case of Austin Sigg, the teenager accused of killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster. Judge Stephen Munsinger closed the hearing in order to ensure a fair trial and protect the privacy of the victims and their families. But prosecutors and media organizations including the Associated Press, the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado

Broadcasters Association and several other media outlets argue that Munsinger issued his ruling without hearing evidence or considering alternatives to preventing the public from attending a court hearing. Munsinger will have until Feb. 11 to explain to the Colorado Supreme Court why he closed the hearing to the public. Prosecutors and the media organizations will then have until Feb. 19 to reply. Sigg’s preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for Feb. 22. Sigg is facing 19 charges including firstdegree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault on a child in the case of Ridgeway, who was last seen walking to school in Oct. 5, 2012. He is also accused of attacking a woman who was jogging last May in Ridgeway’s neighborhood.

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The city of Westminster has a number of job openings for seasonal workers in the areas of parks, golf and recreation. For a complete listing of jobs, deadlines and information on how to apply visit Seasonal openings include positions for laborers, specialists, park rangers, gate

attendants, retail shop clerks, assistant golf professionals, outdoor pool personnel and summer camp positions. Salaries range from $7.64 to $14 per hour. The minimum age for most jobs is 18, but there are openings for teens as young as 16. Positions are not benefited and vary between part time and full time. Interviews for some positions will begin in February. Most positions begin in April or later.

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New radio system upgrade for city By Ashley Reimers The city of Westminster’s radio system is getting a forklift upgrade, equipped with an entirely new infrastructure system. The new system is a P25 digital interoperable simulcast radio system with state of the art technology that will provide enhanced radio coverage and reliable and dependable service. The company providing the new system is Cassidian Communications, and the purchase of the system was unanimously approved by City Council during its Jan. 28 meeting. Russ Bowers, Public Safety communications administrator, said the Cassidian system is replacing the city’s current 20-yearold Harris Radio Communications system, which has reached the end of its life status. For 20 years, the older system has continuously working 24 hours a day, seven days week, for not only the city’s police and fire agencies, but also for the public works and utilities unit, the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department and every other city facility located throughout the city. “Our radio is the communications backbone for the entire city,” Bowers said. “We knew it was time for an upgrade. With this new system we will have a smaller footprint and a much more efficient use of design and power.” Bowers said by using Cassidian the city is now able to look for specific radios and equipment to meet the needs of the city

because Cassidian infrastructure ensures that radios from various manufacturers can communicate with each other. “Instead of choosing between two or three radios, we can give the user of the radio the appropriate radio for their needs,” he said. “A golf course attendant needs a different radio than a fireman and with this freedom, we are able to choose from many different manufacturers and in the end, save the city money.” Bowers said the cost of the Cassidian communications program is $1.9 million, but that number doesn’t include future radios and equipment. “We have been trying to get a system that works and were forced into a situation where we had to buy expensive radios from one vendor,” said councilor Herb Atchison. “But our technology has passed its lifetime and we are moving to something that will work and will protect our first responders, our police officers and firefighters. “ Councilor Mark Kaiser said the new system is very important to officer safety. “I want those officers to go home to their families after their shift,” he said. “This is important. Thank you staff for your hard work.” Westminster’s current system is shared by the city of Arvada through an intergovernmental agreement. On Dec. 14, Arvada notified Westminster that it has elected to discontinue the radio system partnership and will be moving in an independent direction. Bowers said he hopes to have the new system live by early winter.

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Westminster resident Glenda Haines recently published her first book, “The Greatest of These Is Love,” a devotional book taking readers through Bible scriptures that demonstrates the kind of love God has to offer. Photo by Ashley Reimers

Journey of discovering love Resident publishes first devotional book By Ashley Reimers Longtime Westminster resident Glenda Haines can mark publishing a book off her bucket list. She recently released her first book, “The Greatest of These is Love,” a devotional book that demonstrates the kind of love God has to offer. “I’ve lived in Westminster for 32 years and writing a book was something that was a longtime coming,” she said. “I never thought I could do it, I thought I wasn’t smart enough. But as I sat down and began writing it, it just began to form. I believe it was the Lord’s leading.” “The Greatest of These is Love” is based on Bible scriptures and takes the reader through a journey in discovering what love is. While writing the book, Haines said she found that God is love, and that love is not just hearts and flowers, there is also pain involved. She said she hopes through her book people will have better perspective on God’s love. “I wanted to really help people who are hurting, who are wondering, God where are you?” she said. What Haines found while writing the book was that love is based on choices. She said she had never thought of that before, but realized that each person chooses each

‘I wanted to really help people who are hurting, who are wondering, God where are you?’ Glenda Haines, author day how to live his or her life. “When you have a negative experience you can either get angry or mad and totally separate yourself,” she said. “Or you can think through the process and think of your choices and choose to change something or accept it.” Although writing her book was lifechanging, Haines admits the process was not an easy one, and one she had to work through. She said at times she felt pain and frustration, even shed some tears, but the overall experience was worth it. “Sometimes it hurt, but it hurt good to a point where you change,” she said. “It was a whirlwind at times, but I did it. Whatever happens I know it’s something I accomplished.” “The Greatest of These Is Love” is available for purchase online at www.tate, or


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ADAMS COUNTY NEWS IN A HURRY Adams County to offer free tax preparation assistance

Adams County Treasurer’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service is offering free income tax preparation assistance for basic taxes and free electronic filing for all taxpayers with a combined income of $50,000 or less. These services will be provided at seven locations throughout Adams County, including the Northglenn Senior Center, located at 11801 Community Center Drive; Thornton Senior Center, located at 9471 Dorothy Boulevard; The Mac, located at 3295 West 72nd Avenue in Westminster; and Huron Street Anythink Library, location at 9417 Huron Street in Thornton. Taxpayers interested in receiving tax preparation assistance are advised to bring the following items with them to any one of the seven Adams County locations copy of last year’s tax returns; social security cards for yourself and your dependents; all W-2s, 1098 and 1099 forms; and proof of any other income received, any deductible expenses, and any booklets sent from the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Colorado. For more information, contact George V. Mazzotti, Jr. at the Adams County Treasurer’s Office at 720523-6163

Eight competing for Adams County Fair Lady in Waiting

Eight ladies will compete for the Adams County Fair Lady in Waiting title at a competition to be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the Adams County Regional Park Complex, Rendezvous Meeting Rooms, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton. This year’s list of contestants includes: Lindsey Irby of Henderson, Kaylene Nicole of Lakewood, Ayla Schaffner of Henderson, Brittany Nicole of Commerce City, Madison Thomas of Aurora, Savannah Hamilton of Brighton, Tiawna Beach of Commerce City and Kaitlyn Baker of Brighton. Each contestant will be judged in multiple areas, including horsemanship, personal interview, presentation of a prepared speech and modeling. The winner will represent the county as Lady in Waiting for one year and then reign as Fair Queen the following year. The Adams County Fair royalty is associated with the Adams County Fair held the first full weekend in August.

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commercial vendors to fill several open spaces available for this year’s fair, which is scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 4, 2013. Applications and additional information can be found on the Adams County Fair website at: www.adamscountyfair. com. For more information, contact Adams County CoFair Manager Mary Willis at 303-637-8002.

Adams County seeking residents to fill several board vacancies

Adams County Board of Commissioners is recruiting qualified Adams County residents who are interested in participating on the Fair Advisory Board, Front Range Airport Authority Board or Adams County Housing Authority Board. The Fair Advisory Board has one position open for a community representative from the eastern part of the county. The Fair Advisory Board acts in an advisory capacity in the planning and implementation of the Adams County Fair. Members serve a three-year term. The Front Range Airport Authority has two open positions. Members must be residents of Adams County and serve four-year terms. Front Range Airport is in the process of applying for a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation and anticipates the license issuance for horizontal launch and recovery before the end of 2013. Additional information can be found at Adams County Housing Authority Board has one open position. Members are responsible for establishing Housing Authority policies to advance their goal of providing access to affordable housing and services to residents of Adams County. Members serve five-year terms. Residents of Adams County are eligible to apply. These positions are posted on the Adams County website, www. (click on A-Z Services, then Job Openings, then Volunteer/Board Opportunities on the right hand side). Brief descriptions of duties, meeting times and terms of office are included in the postings. An application can be submitted through this recruitment site once a user account is created. The deadline to submit applications is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Applications will be screened for eligibility and reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners.

SCHOOL NOTES Science fair, demonstrations at Sheridan Green

Sheridan Green Elementary will host a night of science celebration from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the school, 10951 Harlan St. in Westminster. The science fair will be in the central hallways around the building. In

addition, every grade level will do demonstrations of learning in their classrooms. Each grade level has planned a specific demonstration. Pizza will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. for $3 per slice. For information, call 303-982-3182.

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Bill tackles homeowners mortgage confusion Measure garners no Republican support By Vic Vela A Democratic state lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that he says will “keep homeowners in their homes,” but it’s one that has not garnered any support from Republicans thus far. House Bill 1017 would allow homeowners who have modified their mortgage interest rates to keep those same rates if their loans are transferred to another bank. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, said during a recent legislative committee hearing that banks sometimes do not properly communicate when a person is in the process of modifying a loan. When the loan transfer to another servicer occurs, homeowners end up receiving “a Dear John letter,” notifying them of the transfer. But, “in a minority of cases,” the

loan ends up getting transferred without the new servicer even knowing that the loan has been modified. Therefore, the new bank refuses to honor the modified rate, leaving homeowners confused and without recourse, Lebsock said. “Essentially, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing,” Lebsock said. That happened to Daniel Graham of Aurora, who testified during a recent House Business, Labor, Economic and Workforce Committee hearing about his “nightmare” experience of getting caught between two banks and two separate mortgage rates. Graham said that a bank recently foreclosed on his home — one that had been in his family for 34 years — after it refused to honor a modification that he and a previous bank had agreed on. “Trying to find help from people when you’re going through this? It’s not out there,” Graham testified. “People, please. This is something that is needed. I am going through this nightmare right now.”

The bill is on its way to the Senate after it passed the House Jan. 29, with Democrats supporting it in a 37-28 party-line vote. Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, said he voted against the bill in part because he “couldn’t get a straight answer as to how big of a problem this was.” Gardner said it is a “feel good” bill that doesn’t really do anything. “I’m not going to vote for it because it sounds like a nice thing to do,” Gardner said. Lebsock said he was “troubled” that the bill didn’t garner a single Republican vote in the House, especially after representatives from Colorado banking and realty groups voiced their support of the bill during the committee hearing. “It’s very puzzling to me that we didn’t get bipartisan support,” Lebsock said. But Gardner said the freshman representative shouldn’t be too surprised. “He’ll be puzzled about a lot more things that happen here,” Gardner said.

Drinking with Dad bill fails By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews. com Sorry, kids. But it’s still against the law to drink with dad or have margaritas with mom at Colorado bars and restaurants. A bill that would have allowed parents to buy alcohol for persons as young as 18 — dubbed the “Drinking With Dad” bill — failed to survive, following a state legislative committee hearing Jan. 30. State Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, who sponsored the legislation, said his bill would have allowed parents to “show their kids how to enjoy an adult beverage in public (responsibly).” Brophy argued that data

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from 11 other states that have similar laws to the one he proposed showed a decrease in the number of drunken driving incidents committed by young persons, as well as resulted in fewer underage drinkers overall. Underage people currently are allowed to drink with their parents at home. But this was a bridge too far for the majority of legislators on the Senate’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

Sen. Evie Hudak, DWestminster, said that simply trying to prove that the underage person is the parent’s child would put the restaurant industry – and parents – in a tough spot. “I have to bring my daughter’s birth certificate and my own to prove that I’m her legal mother?” Hudak said. Hudak also said that, “If I wanted my daughter to have margaritas with me, I would invite her to my place and have them at home.” Sen. Matt Jones, D-Boulder, said he once worked as a waiter and recalled that “it was hard enough carding for (the legal drinking age of 21) at the time.” Jones said that restaurant workers’ tips could be affected in cases where they

refused to sell booze to the young person. Mike Violette of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police said the bill would have “unintended consequences.” “Not all parents are as responsible in Colorado, unfortunately, as Mr. Brophy and his wife,” Violette said. The committee voted against moving the bill forward by a 4-1 vote. The lone supporter was Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, who said that in three years, his son will become a young man who is 18. “He can go to fight in Afghanistan, he can vote, he can defend our country,” Harvey said. “But … if I wanted to take him out for a beer in Colorado, I couldn’t do that.”

Free English classes Make Tax Time Pay offered at middle school By Ashley Reimers The International School at Thornton Middle is offering free English language classes to parents and family members of students enrolled in the school. The school has a 74.3 percent Hispanic student population, and officials hope the classes will provide Spanish-speaking parents an opportunity for more engagement in their child’s education. “Overall the real goal is to connect students and parents to the school as much as possible because we know that ultimately that will translate into increased success with the students,” said assistant principal Grant Underwood, who is also teaching one of the classes. The classes are offered twice a month from 5-7 p.m. every other Monday. There are three class levels — beginning, intermediate

and advanced. The class does not follow a text book and is being taught by Grant and two other teachers. Grant said the class focuses on conversational English to support academics and school events like parent teacher conferences. “At the beginning level we are working on formal and informal English instruction like introductions and presentations,” he said. “For the parent teacher conferences, we will practice on classroom vocabulary and potential questions that can be asked to the teacher.” Laura Bowman is the school’s transition facilitator and the woman behind the program. At the beginning of the school year she personally contacted all of the Spanish-speaking parents to inform them of the free classes. She said she has good contact with all the parents, but works especially close with the Spanish-speaking parents. “I make 100 to 200 calls English continues on Page 6

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Asay sentenced to prison in Quality Paving scandal By Darin Moriki Former Adams County public works director Lee Asay was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for his role in the multiyear Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing scandal. “We hope the investigation and sentence imposed in these cases begins to return the public’s confidence in the system of government here in Adams County,” District Adams County District Attorney Dave Young said in a statement following Asay’s sentencing hearing. In October, Asay pleaded guilty to one felony theft count of at least $500 but no less than $15,000 that stemmed from an incident on March 27, 2006, when he unlawfully used county staff and equipment for the paving com-

pany’s benefit. Judge Steven Eugene Shinn, who delivered the sentence, said in October that Asay faced up to six years in prison, a $200,000 to $500,000 fine and three years of Asay mandatory parole. Former Adams County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Krista Flannigan said at the time that Asay faced a total of 26 criminal charges prior to his plea agreement, including 20 counts of felony theft, one felony count of embezzlement of public property, three felony counts of attempting to influence a public servant, one misdemeanor count of official misconduct and one misdemeanor count of theft. Prior to his arrest in October 2011, Asay oversaw the contracting for road

paving and resurfacing, as well as the use of county trucks and equipment from 1991 until his resignation in 2008. The charges against Asay stem from criminal activity from 2005 to 2008 in which he provided unauthorized use of county labor and equipment to benefit Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing. Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman said Asay was the last person to be charged and sentenced in the public works scandal that defrauded taxpayers of at least $1.8 million for work never done or completed. Five other employees of the county and Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing have been convicted or have pleaded guilty in connection with the scandal. A Quality Paving office worker was cleared by a jury of 33 felony counts.

Process to change voting rolls dies in committee By Vic Vela A state legislative committee Jan. 30 killed a Republican-sponsored bill that sought to kick non-citizens off voter rolls. The Democratic-controlled House Capitol of Representatives’ State, Report Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted against allowing the bill to proceed through the legislative process, on a 7-3 vote. The bill would have required the Colorado secretary of state to cross-check statewide voter registration lists with federal citizenship databases. If, after an administrative process, it was determined that a voter is a non-citizen, then the secretary of state would be tasked with electronically canceling that person’s voter registration record. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lori Saine,

R-Dacono, said “non-citizens are voting” in Colorado and a law like this was needed to prevent American voters from being “disenfranchised” by the electoral system. “The integrity of our elections is a non-partisan issue,” Saine said. Saine’s bill follows last year’s controversial search for non-citizen voters by Secretary of State Scott Gessler. Gessler’s office sent nearly 4,000 letters to suspected non-citizens prior to the November election. One of those voters who received a letter was Denver resident Veronica Figoli-Fleischer, who is originally from Venezuela, but who has been U.S. citizen since 2011. She testified that the letter she received made her feel like “a secondclass citizen.” “I’m not making drama, but I really felt like someone was punching my stomach,” Figoli-Fleischer said. Democrats on the committee said the bill is tantamount to voter suppression. They also noted that federal citizenry databases are fraught with inaccuracies.

Rep. Joseph Salazar, D-Thornton, said the bill solves “a problem that doesn’t exist,” because such a small number of non-citizens even try to vote. Salazar also said he would hate for members of his own family to get caught up “in dirty data in a federal database because of their last name.” Committee member Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, recalled the citizenship of his own father – who was born in Texas – being called into question, when his father was trying to obtain a passport 10 years ago. Moreno said that such a bill could lead to more cases like his fathers’ where citizens “are denied their constitutional rights.” “The fundamental nature of the bill is, in my opinion, flawed,” Moreno said. Three Republicans voted for moving the bill forward: Reps. Timothy Dore of Elizabeth, Dan Nordberg of Colorado Springs, and Ray Scott of Grand Junction. GOP Rep. Stephen Humphrey of Severance was absent from Wednesday’s hearing.

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to let them know what we offer and who are as a school,” she said. “I get connected with the Spanish-speaking parents and they trust me.” Bowman said a lot of the trust stems from her own experience. She moved to the United States 32 years ago not knowing any English whatsoever, so she can relate to what many parents are going through who can’t speak English. “I know the feeling to come to another country and not know the lan-

‘I know the feeling to come to another country and not know the language.’ Laura Bowman, school facilitator guage,” she said. “So I know how they feel and I want to make sure that they have a school that supports them and that they feel comfortable speaking to the teachers and even the administrators.” Those who attend the classes re-

ceive a notebook, pen, pencil and an English dictionary. Free day care is also provided at the school during the class. Bowman said she hopes to expand the program next year to include free GED classes. For more information on the classes call the school at 720-972-5160.

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Adams 12 graduation rates continue to increase Staff report Adams 12 Five Star Schools graduation rate jumped 5.1 percent for the class of 2012, surpassing last year’s rate, as well as the state average. “We meet individually with our students during both their junior and senior year to be certain they are on track for graduation,” said Horizon High Principal Pam Smiley, whose school had the highest overall graduation rate, 90.8 percent. “If we determine they are not on track during either year we immediately get them into our ‘Jump Start Junior Program,” she said. The district’s plans are working. The class of 2012 graduation rate of 79 percent beat the Colorado rate of 75.4 percent. The U.S. Department of Education’s “on time” formula has been used for calculating graduation rates starting with the class of 2010. Charter school numbers are not included.

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“We believe this improvement is a result of our collective efforts to take a more individualized approach to helping our students graduate on time and prepare for post-secondary opportunities,” said Superintendent Chris Gdowski. Thornton High’s graduation rate recorded the district’s highest annual percentage increase, 8.8 percent, to 77.7 percent. “We’ve personalized the learning experience for our students,” said Thornton Principal Johnny Terrell. “We focus on small learning communities and we also provide academic and social interventions, we extend the learning one class period per day and we use research-based discipline protocol that places a value on building relationships with students.” To further boost the graduation rate, the district began implementing an Early Warning System that provides real-time data allowing teachers and school counselors to proactively address dropout risk factors.

WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL ON THE RECORD Westminster City Council voted on the following legislation during its Jan. 28 meeting. Council members in attendance were Mayor Nancy McNally; Mayor Pro Tem Faith Winter, and councilors Herb Atchison, Bob Briggs, Mark Kaiser, Mary Lindsey and Scott Major.

Bill approved for seating of councilor when term has not expired

Council unanimously approved Councilors Bill No. 5 on second reading amending Westminster Municipal Code section 1-10-1 subsection (C) by ensuring conformance with Section 1-11-4 of the Code that meets City Charter requirements for seating a new councilor if a current councilor’s term has not expired is elected Mayor. The unexpired term of a city councilor elected to the office of mayor will be filled by appointment of a majority of city council, rather than by the candidate with the next highest number of votes after all Councilor positions are filled in the election.

Briggs reappointed to Rocky Flats Stewardship Council

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Council unanimously approved the reappoint of city councilor Bob Briggs as the city’s representative to the Rocky Flats Stewardship Council and Water Quality Administrator Mary Fabisiak as alternate representative to the RFSC. Appoint Water Quality Specialist Cathy Shugarts as second alternate representative.

Investment policy approved

Council unanimously approved a resolution No. 4 approving the revised Investment Policy for the investment of public funds. The city implemented an Investment Policy in 1999. In compliance with state statutes, the investment policy revision requested by staff will remove a current restriction that investment must maintain required ratings from all identified rating agencies. The recommended rating change would allow continued investment in obligations that continue to meet minimum ratings from two rating agencies.

Open space grant pursuit approved

Council unanimously approved a resolution No. 5 authorizing the Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries to pursue a grant totaling $434,000 from the Adams County Open Space Grant Program during the 2013 Spring Cycle for the construction of Tanglewood Creek Trail between 123rd and 128th Avenue along Tanglewood Creek. The grant if for funding assistance for the construction of the Tanglewood Creek Trail, an Planned 0.82-mile long segment of the larger I-25 Regional Trail. The next council meeting is 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. in Westminster. — Compiled by Ashley Reimers

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On the move After 28 years, Westy’s Restaurant is moving to a new location. They didn’t want to go, but lost their lease at the 72nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard location. What a loss! How we dislike seeing them close the door there but we take solace in knowing they are staying in the area, at 68th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. For many of us Westy’s has been the homeplace eatery under the operation of Pete Andriamakous, a Greek, for the past 28 years. Before that it was called Reese’s and was a popular spot for the high school kids from then Union High School. It actually started out as Berry’s in the 1950s. Dr. Frank, the 95 year-old veterinarian, has been a regular for all those years.

Lots of regulars

There are lots of loyal customers who frequent Westy’s almost daily including Bob and I. There’s the big table in the middle of the room filled two to three times a week with a group of 10-12 we affectionately call “the old farts and the girls.” The long counter is usually filled with men who have also been patronizing the place for the 28 years that it has been called Westy’s.

A homey place

We also count the line of men at the counter in the old fart category and Dena, also a Greek, the lovely, lively and efficient head waitress has a hug for each of them every day. There is nothing fancy about the place and after you order you can hear Dena’s infectious voice as she sends the order on its way by way of the old-fashioned wheel.

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YOUR VIEWS Second Amendment misinterpreted

Columnist Bill Christopher wrote in his Jan. 24 column, “No one is suggesting you cannot have a gun to protect yourself or go hunting. But to have AK-47s and 100 bullet clips is totally beyond the Second Amendment.” But the Bill of Rights is not designed to limit the rights of the people; it’s designed to limit the power of our government. The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting or other sporting uses. Personal protection from criminals and protecting the country from invasion are minor benefits of the Second Amendment. The main purpose of the Second Amendment is to place the people’s ultimate check on government power. It’s an insurance policy that I hope we’ll never have to use that protects us from government tyranny. A lunatic shooting up a school is tragic, but pales in comparison to what could happen if a lunatic takes control of our government. During the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in early 1943, Polish Jews fought the Nazis. The Warsaw Ghetto Jews weren’t soldiers; they were mostly ordinary civilians who cobbled together what few firearms they had to fight the Nazis for more than four months. How many rounds should the Warsaw Ghetto Jews have been allowed to load into their magazines? Ten? Sevem? How about three? If ordinary Warsaw Ghetto Jews had been legally permitted to own scary-looking politically-incorrect military style rifles (AK-47s were first produced shortly after the war), I assure you the outcome of the uprising would have been quite different. Christopher goes on to write, “In fact, let’s put the Second Amendment into context when it was written – Muskets and Black powder to keep the Brits and Indians away.” Shall we put the First Amendment in context, too? When the First Amendment was written, writing technology consisted of quill pens. Certainly the First Amendment protects words written using a ballpoint pen, which wasn’t patented until 1888. Surely the First Amendment protects high-capacity computer-controlled printing presses, newspapers published on the Internet, satellite communication, and smartphone communication even though those technological advances couldn’t have been imagined in 1789. Christopher has clearly misinterpreted the Second Amendment. Chuck Wright Westminster

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large coke for $5.99? Once you taste those French fries you’ll agree they are the best in town. They have a large menu, daily specials and delicious Mexican food and my favorite (not on the menu) green chile over crispy hash brown potatoes. To die for! After months ago they sort of spiffed up and put plastic red, green and white checkered tablecloths on the tables. But we told them not to get too fancy or we’ll feel out of place.

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I would like to publicly thank Rep. Ed Perlmutter for having the political courage to tackle the issue of gun violence. I would

also like to thank Colorado senators Irene Aguilar, Lucia Guzman and Jessie Ulibarri for their votes against teachers being armed with guns. If someone burst into a classroom with an assault weapon and a large ammunition clip and started firing a teacher would not have time to retrieve a gun, which would hopefully be under lock and key. The partial answer to gun violence is a ban on assault weapons and large ammunition clips. I heard a senator argue that a mother might run out of ammunition defending her children. When was the last time you heard of a mother saving her children with an assault rifle? How often to you hear of a person running off an intruder with an assault rifle? Probably never. When was the last time you heard that a weapon was used to kill a family member? A policeman? A neighbor? A shopkeeper? Probably yesterday or today. Let’s stop the fear mongering. Our society does not need the public owning assault weapons to defend their homes. Carolee Koehn Lakewood

Obama, please save our parks

I would like to thank President Barack Obama for acknowledging the environment during his inauguration speech. I, along with millions of Americans, have spent some of my most memorable trips in national parks. Each one has touched me in its own way and has woven its brilliant, but delicate, thread into my life. As a Coloradan, I am proud of our magnificent landscapes and I am an unwavering defendant of our natural heritage. Today, our parks face threats from drilling, fracking, and development. So I am begging Obama to be true to his promise and save our parks by fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This fund, established nearly 50 years ago, comes from offshore drilling royalties, and was set up to protect America’s parks and open spaces. Sadly, Congress continuously fails to deliver the majority of this money, and instead reallocates the funds elsewhere. And so, parks, such as Mesa Verde National Park and Great Dunes National Park, have become threatened by drilling. Drilling that will diminish their beauty and doom them to become one more trashed waterway, one more dead landscape. Their neglect will cast a shadow over Colorado. Their disappearance will darken our lives. It is up to us to ensure President Obama keeps his word to protect our environment. Will you call your representative and fight for our national parks? Kristina Solheim Boulder


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Let’s pass on another round of drinking bill The “drinking with Dad” bill that was killed in committee last week made for lively conversation around water coolers and dinner tables. We don’t mind that it failed — we are gripped by so many other matters at the Statehouse — but we stop short of calling the bill ridiculous. The failed notion — sponsored by state Sen. Greg Brophy — would have allowed parents to share alcoholic drinks with their 18-to-20-year-old children at restaurants or bars, ideally preparing them for the responsibilities of becoming 21. While it was pointed out several other states allow the practice, the committee gave little ground and defeated the measure 4-1. We agree with an oft-mentioned counterpoint that restaurant servers would face the onus of verifying parents and children before serving the 18-to-20-year-olds. The

OUR VIEW extra duty could put the servers in a tough spot as noted by state Sen. Evie Hudak, DWestminster. Maybe it would be a big pain or maybe not, but for now we agree with keeping a clean line of law in the public arena concerning the drinking age of 21. And we side with those who say it’s enough that parents have the legal opportunity to serve and teach their children about alcohol at home. Home is an excellent place to cover alcohol and responsible drinking. Further, it’s a fine place to learn how to prepare for the public arena with good


What are your thoughts on the state’s ASSET bill?

As the debate of providing in-state tuition to undocumented students rages on in the Legislature, we took the time to ask a few people about their thoughts on this measure. We quizzed locals on a cool evening Saturday at the Starbucks located at 35 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton.

“On paper, that sounds like a fantastic idea. I think that we need to have more citizens in our country that are more geared toward education. If they’re here to work toward citizenship, I think that’s fantastic.” - Bob Parks, Northglenn “I don’t think I would support it because I feel like there are more important things to focus on. I just don’t think that it’s really fair because I feel like people in the U.S. already have a difficult time getting in-state tuition if they’re not from that state.” - Whitney Woodruff, Westminster


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“I don’t think it’s fair that we’re not only having to support people who I think should work hard for it but they want people to pay for it. Sure they do the homework — I do the homework and I paid for it and I’m a resident — so I think they should have to meet those criteria before they start the process.” - Joyce Lara, Broomfield “I’m a first generation U.S. citizen — my mother came from a state in Mexico called Durango and all of my family members had to get their green card and become United States citizens to come and stay here. I obviously feel very strongly about the fact that you have to do things legally, and in my personal opinion, I would not like to see this bill pass because I believe that everybody who wants to be an American citizen should go through the right avenue that would then allow them to obtain those rights.” - Jaime Lara, Broomfield Colorado Community Media Phone 303-426-6000 • Fax 303-426-4209

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skills in assigning designated drivers, as well as being aware one drink — depending on factors such as beverage and weight of the person — can put someone on the wrong side of the mark in a Breathalyzer test. As for the other side of the argument, we certainly accept the valid view of state Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch. As the only vote for the bill, he said when his son turns 18, he will be able to fight in Afghanistan but will not be able to have a drink with his parents at a restaurant. That is a tough shot. Harvey’s comment echoed a debate that has decidedly diminished since the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This strong-arm bill passed by the Congress subjects states with a minimum age for drinking that is below 21 to a 10 percent decrease in annual federal highway funds.

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‘The Man’ was my idol In my book, he was No. 1, always has been and always will be. He was no show boat or a prima donna. He was highly skilled, consistent, a man of integrity, a supportive husband for 72 years, dependable, dedicated, a team player, a stellar community-minded person and loyal to the end. He was “Stan the Man” Musial. He spent his entire 22-year career in major league baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941 through 1963. And he stayed on with the Cardinals’ organization after playing the sport he loved up until his death last week at the age of 92. While he was born in Pennsylvania, his life-long baseball career in St. Louis reflected his strong Midwest values.

More than baseball statistics

I loved to watch his unorthodox left hand batting stance and precision swing. It produced more records than I have space to recount. But it is important to note that he was a life-time .331 hitter, hit 475 home runs, had seven National League batting crowns and others. The Man was much more than baseball statistics. He led a quiet, clean life contrasted by others who didn’t, and in turn, got more of the limelight. He was a gentleman, a civic leader and a devoted family man. He was a role model for a lot of us who grew up in the 1940s and ‘50s. Stan the Man will be missed, but his legacy will always be with us.

Too many inequities

It has been nearly 20 years since the state’s School Finance Act has seen any major revisions. That is too long! This Act controls the funding of public schools from K-12. There have been inequities in the law for a long time, but for whatever reasons the Legislature has not resolved them. Issues of the number of at-risk students, English-language learners and special education needs are relevant factors today


A worthy effort under way

State Sen. Mike Johnston is heading up a coalition of various interests to draft legislation to address these issues. It is clear early on that the devil is in the detail, but the issue needs to be tackled. And it would have a tax package to go with it that would require state voters’ approval. Along with the politics of this endeavor, is the looming Lobato lawsuit, which is pending before the state Supreme Court. I have written about it before, but basically it contends that the state of Colorado does not adequately fund public schools across the state to be in compliance with its constitutional mandate. One education consultant has estimated an annual funding deficit of $4 billion. The outcome of the lawsuit could have huge consequences, but in the meantime we should applaud Senator Johnston and his group to tackle much needed revisions to fund schools.

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


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Economy is our No. 1 focus We’re proud to represent our communities and Jefferson County in the state House of Representatives, which reconvened on Jan. 9. During the 120-day legislative session we will be working hard to protect families and businesses in Jeffco and across Colorado. As in years past, jobs and the economy are our No. 1 focus. Though Colorado’s economy is recovering from the Great Recession, we all want to see a faster, stronger recovery with more robust job creation. We can’t rely on the federal government to safeguard and accelerate our recent gains. Colorado’s recovery needs to be a Colorado solution emphasizing our unique strengths and needs. Fortunately, in 2013 we have majorities in both houses of the state Legislature that believe Colorado’s government can help improve the climate for job creation and turn a fragile recovery into one that’s strong and sustained. The House Democrats have introduced a package of common-sense proposals to connect more Coloradans to good jobs. We will support measures to develop the bioscience, aerospace, electronics, information technology and other advanced industries in Colorado, creating high-paying skilled jobs. Our goal is to ensure that Colorado is a player in the industries of the 21st century. We’ll shift the state’s economic development investments into programs that work, like the Small Business Development Centers, which target Colorado startups and produce more jobs per dollar than any other state program, and “economic gardening” programs that will help nurture and grow established Colorado businesses that are ready to take the next big step forward. And we’ll shift taxpayer dollars away from programs that produce lower return on investment. We’ll also make sure our state spending prioritizes the hiring of Colorado workers making Colorado products and supporting Colorado families. But of all the economic

development programs, none brings stronger, longer-lasting benefits than education. An undereducated workforce will relegate our state and its citizens to the back burner. We are committed to strengthening our excellent Jeffco K-12 School District, Warren Career and Technical High School, Red Rocks Community College and the Colorado School of Mines. But right now we’re about $1 billion behind, statewide, in funding for K-12 education, and we’re on a path that could force us to defund our public colleges and universities. We must commit to future generations that we will give them an education that will allow them to succeed. It’s shaping up as an unusually busy session, with debate on marijuana regulation, gun safety, health care, oil and gas exploration and civil unions. And as we do every year, we will pass a balanced state budget. On all these issues, and on any others that are of concern to you, we welcome your input. Our job in the state Capitol is to represent you.


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a neighborhood’s reputation, which might make a home within that neighborhood less attractive to prospective buyers. Appearance: A home’s appearance is another obvious variable that might affect its resale value. Homeowners might want their home to reflect their own individuality, but that’s not going to help when the time comes to sell the home. If the exterior paint is out of the ordinary, then it might be wise to choose a more traditional or conservative color before erecting the “For Sale” sign out front. The same goes for a home’s interior. If the interior design is especially unique, a more traditional interior decor might help the home sell faster. Size and style: Another thing to consider when selling a home is its size and style. A home that stands out on the block might be an attention-grabber, but that’s not always attractive to prospective buyers. For instance, a colonial sitting in the middle

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Th s to sol in thespace ’s a sig nearly spaReimers ce de o,â€? sus of nts ity 20 an ar Ea areimers@ourcoloradonews. The break is well-deserved Thunder Bay in 1984, followed land community and a valued nifi he sai taina its kin firm 00 be ,â€? Veldhreation tion centhe co e bigges reatio can en and bu cant 0 acres d trails pays ch bu bild. cau mm ed d in com co after years of dedication to not by River Country in 1986. cen ild of joy resource for the district. nal unity t for a fee ofilder wh omes It’s go se we uizen sai ter is ter. the aspect the vie ing are mmitm open Its e ’re only the Hyland Hills District, o , sta bu $3 a “River Country really put WaGoing forward, Mastriona d. “It $3 co te of moun proxim of the ws an a wh ent to quali ilding ,000 buys may ing to land ere at a Laundro- but the community. lot pe It alld ou started be mmitte ’s tha million rea tai ity ter World on the map because it said he will take with him the comm ple resiias solfied ren . If the r lot int s in Ca t exp d to oth fato tdo Greg LE ch LE LEED “w ns an -Mastriona y His leadership and vision had tube rides and at that time many memories and experipoint ork, din d oth Bomat and ar pa ewable build o the ndela ron ED, or ED go silver sustai ensive uld inun1969. ity.â€? or recof s me tru ld. the ne certifi nabil , Veldh e an er lochader, graduated college and was have resulted in many facili- all the slides were body slides,â€? ences he’s made over the years, the other tec ls, geo energ build ntal Leaders â€? home st beation Golde ity. d So en ed, major De for n, a the recreation job, ties including Adventure Golf he said. “We then built the first and will remember the great orhnolo therm y system s wi and s wh struc far, ab uizen sai playâ€?looking U.S. ing me sign, hip in En ity th is an his If it ere Pam certifi Green ets ergy happened to & Raceway, the Greg Mastriona family ride, Raging Colorado, ganization, staff and board he oth wife pe and tion an out 30 d. when home the bu of the gy, they al heat s, such o-o cat an Th fee Bu green occu d nin home run into er get pu selwife the stand ion me d Envisits s with ilder ch . coole e recrea ilding ling of the execu- Golf Courses at Hyland Hills, which allowed for people to worked with. But for those who a reb mps e ho s are Charl pied. in me ate tive director of the Hyland Hills the Ice Centre at the Promepa owne the tru sustai ooses no and d by a tion cenCouncil ards set ans the ie Mc interact on the ride. That was need a little reminder of the fors are unde nie of nable r co Ka by the t to alrand Park District. nade — a collaboration with the pretty cool.â€? velop s, the taina r to use st and the will fea geothe ter wi . mer director, just take a look in ead Recreation n-n build commy with Ch is ava quali rm roo ture ll ble to y bu my merci ment used, ftop 15 kil al heat be heate the ilable ties, Since then, the park has the top of his old desk. urc “She told ilt wife that she city of Westminster, the MAC erc Mo impro retrofi ha to the the fee Ranc has al part sn’t sta ial devel hwas drawi re tha vem t their tures, as well to offset owatt pump d and sure her husband would (Mature Adult Center) and of grown to 48 attractions built “I always had a candy drawer been h Co sol as sys of the rted ho ng res n jus ents, Ve home mo oper, me Ve and interview,â€? Mastrio- course, Water World. mint over 67 acres, featuring rides that anyone could grab from, yet give “O The ldhuiz many oth st of thear pane tem idents t sus ldhuiz with mesai anm for som grocery erest fro comm sites ne thi most en sai na said.d“Ide was very fortunate to He said he’s also extremely like Voyage to the Center of the and I made sure and left it full,â€? taina er sus electr ls on en sai susou ng e oth sto m co unity, the co signifi d. taina a 36 and the is the t to Ca ble ici er po res to m bebu int the mright place at the right proud of the many programs “W nv liv d. 0-degr vie nd can ble ty can there- where is all started.â€? the district sponsors for chil- Earth, Mastriona’s favorite, and he said. we’ll e’ve be tentia build enien t sus w,â€? he natural elas thoing is featime. That’s ee ce sto the most recent addition, the see taina ugh. McKa continu en at l clients.there, as Mastriona tow Stand view fro said. beau res started his 43- dren in the district. bility ty n it “R Mile High Flyer. e to well y Rang Denver ley La m any eside of the IN THE KNOW feawork for ma as For said. year Hyland Hills career as a “The best part of the job is ke, nts ho “Voyage was built in 1994, e. ny and on it mo me the visit have of the The golf course assistant superin- seeing the smiles of the kids,â€? and we still have hour-long for ma yea www.l re inf rs an DID YOU KNOW? most natural Pikes PeFlat Iro site. Th nytendent, ivefor ormati ak on ns, do ey defin beau years,â€?d before becoming the he said. “Knowing that the pro- waits,â€? Mastriona said. “It’s a on wn wa ty ing Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District abou executive director in 1972. grams and the facilities are be- five-minute ride, that’s fast and chara of the the Fro t Ca was established in 1955, and was the . cteris site is nt ndelaOver the years he had an in- ing used and enjoyed by the features robotics. It’s still right on tics first park and recreation district in Colos, part in growing the dis- kids, that’s pretty neat. You can’t of it.â€? e tegral on top, even though it is getting rado. The district serves nearly 110,000 trict, as well as becoming the beat that.â€? a little competition from the residents in a 24-square mile area visionary behind Water World. But before many of these fa- Mile High Flyer.â€? located in southwest Adams County But as of Jan. 1, he no longer cilities and programs could beMastriona’s work in the field Printed and including areas of Westminster and leads the district; he’s enjoying come a reality, something had has made an impact in the newsprinon recycled Arvada located in Adams County, parts this copy t. Plea to be done about the lack reve- community in more ways than se recy the slower-paced life of retire. of Northglenn, Thornton and, Federal cle ment. nue in the district when Mastri- one, but it’s also the work with Heights. For more information on the “I’ve been very fortunate to ona became executive director his former employees that has district, visit on


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Peniston adop this year. last care, hood educ By Darin Moriki the busyShe’s Street. He said have witneted similar polic siana, â€? she said. ation and early nition the expansion is workg been repre are saying there the legis Kiplin healt spon of 25 toWest ssed tens of ies mins people “I that senti who the when h and sorin dollars lation ter bill to cont was carry overall of milli and the Hil sixthink he in to bengfixed Medical can use the defi- concerns g this year “I years, thatarea inue it on ing out needsfor lost in Family Jack Hilreflects is ers,â€? he savings for their ons of the the polit hing so she know saidlast She said Leave Act. and it got around said. Regional Transportation District General tion,â€? the munity he heard from is somet taxpayam ical who r conges the s the work her cross mem the state This year for the comto way more peop bill woul bers on fire. So Capi commissione Manager Phil Washington declared high exand in For this y tol. it comes Uliba to get thating with Sen. comcom d allow Count their ing front of le to be upco Evie Huda I in using Douglas on’s policy sessiaon, put ming legis their hom porches Devewith the Officrri will be work pectations as RTD continues several transhis camp considere bert, FMLA, k ners, she isof the coaliti Last sessi in place.â€? - session of the Colorado General Assembly on Jan. 10 at the state Capitol. Guns, marijuana, civil unions e aign like es Gov. John Hickenlooper gives his State of the State address to a joint lative chair lopm d of durin as child focus dom trail. Econ portation projects targeted toward the Denon gran ent and serveshood g Trad estic parting He is bill, und omic HB 1170 Peniston’s tann eastbo parents. dchildren and education onon, e to topics early Internatio . limit and the economy were among Hickenlooper’s speech. More coverage, Pages 10-11. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen encoof of taxpa focusing on stew 3 during ver metro’s northern region. , mittee s for definof urage , tannface delays grandnal the mino to the coaliti itely. Peniswas postponed ing Alliance on Jan. I-25 ing backng According rs and expa security yer resources, ardship dustradvanced man the growth Washington highlighted several projects g to nsion County Business in- civil“This will go of financial ufact the morni again for ton is bringing from Kiplin during y in along of address the Douglas with law and community during a Jan. 4 legislative breakfast hosted by travelers es the upco dewith the it be union bill that are need Colorado. He uring inare de Frank McNulty rssion. enforceme 11 minut ming sespasse trust will House Speaker und travele evening. Louisville-based nonprofit 36 Commuting more than nt. port worked in Colorado said jobs outgoing state “This bill d this session,â€? definitely to He said he is and westbo es in the Lawrence and Solutions at the Omni Interlocken Resort. working rush hour, to cal econ ing families that supas 18 minut other impowould take careshe said. larssave Colorado Rep.-elect Polly expected on and the omy. “The Denver-metro regionRep.will the state layed as much the corridor is Holbert, millions a bill of those be deter rtant fami Chrisbe lot over the “I’ll state Reuter along of h mini be percen left, Jane dolly mem to pay 30 greatest city in theFrom West,â€? Washington said. “Iby Growt ng a bette Photo that ensu sponsoring bers.â€? for the session. more than r way e kickoff legislation res indiv ization requ really believe that, aand I believe that it can be increase by legislativ one faced and inpa ired hospitalof teleph financial iduals that 20 years. done through the transportation investments tient treat have ng the next with a series on has been adversity ment ones grabbi have Beginning coaliti during s that we’re making in this region.â€? Lawmakers do to be the in July, the s to citizen aren’t going it means you really Speaker town halls ting three option continues However, he said RTD’s journey to accomaddiany addi so on Page . presen ng House headlines, plish these projects has not been an easy one. 7 leaders: tolling g lanes tive session on,â€? outgoi re the ones that busy l of the business new legisla g the existin ed contro to pay attenti “They’ In May 2012, the 15-member RTD board the and area tol for the new; and and keepin have regain their ma- Frank McNulty said. highest impact on By Jane Reuter tional lanes all the lanes, old and decided against placing a 0.4 percent sales Democrats , and maintain adad lican to have the to pay for House , and Repub are going tax increase on the general election ballot to s to free; tolling ty or sales taxes Colorado state SenateCounty legislative ss owner proper my.â€? the in busine econo raising fund FasTracks. This means if current finanas jority urged lanes. testify and come across t business Father of three Timothy Forehand wants of the Dougl McNulty Capitol,â€? n ditional new thing that has cial projections remain as they are, the North members could impac for a is just no at the state issues of concer said that more time with his young daughters. A new on hand “The one “show up “is that there and toll Metro and Northwest lines will not be comwere when delegation said, them t rters e-spon of back r Hilber suppo procedure for patients with his form of liver could go pleted until 2042. owners. Four y Business Allianc Jan. 3 bring decid19 clear,â€? By Jane Reute table. world you what is decid cancer may give him several more months. es on Page Count are on the way in the session held . But Washington saidjreute he is convinced these No matter free.â€? r@ourcolora Douglas tors continu ays. kickoff y Legisla tive roadw Center g Count That’s a precious gift to a man who a year legisla remain existin Medical totwo projects will be done way before the prog to Douglas in- sored in g (lanes) will Sky Ridge us about s urged ago was told he likely wouldn’t survive for on is leanin leader ed, existin to be cautio jected completion dates and noted the trans-stay aware and get as at Lone Tree’s addithe coaliti State or addi you need s to one more month. Hilbert said n to toll any new “The bills ss owner portation district has made significant strides could impact them and busine Capi Capithat Forehand underwent surgery to install construction sed ward a decisio in issues in the past two years. Involved that time, Washing- seats at the state to pay for be discus the device that’s expected to extend his take their tional lanes He said this will ton said RTD has eitherlawma begunkers construction Feby and Feb life Jan. 8 at Sky Ridge Medical Center. He maintenance. coalition’s Januar or contracted work out for 77 percent of its results at the among the first patients in the United States they go over cted planned FasTrack network projects, includDepart- heavilymeetings, when to undergo the process, and Sky Ridge is the survey condu cuts to the ruary ing the Gold, West Rail, U.S. Bus Rapid Transit telephone some recent first of a handful of centers permitted to from a recent ch Consultants. restructure (BRT), East Rail and Interstate 225 Rail Lines. e. d with these uction could Defens Resear of perform it pending approval from the Food forwar constr Hill S go ment “Of course we’ve had our challenges, but need to S VIEW could be by that route, sooner,â€? he said. and Drug Administration. “If we go “I think we “but I think they our I always like to say that it’s not all about the MIKE COFFMAN’tax piece, the fact that requires 2014, if not he said, t compromiseon to start in early The Dallas man was diagnosed with option that pushes cuts,â€? ing the doesn’ knock down — the knock down being the like “I financ n: way that for the vast no attenti obviously ocular melanoma in January 2012. The fast- Doctors and nurses prepare Timothy Forehand for surgery Jan. 8 at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree. The Dallas we pick a done in a On fiscal resolutio cuts remain permanent challenges — but the get up,â€? Washington y. There was the g taxes), that that they “If those two tax was a win. On growing eye cancer already had spread to man was diagnosed a year ago with cancer that has since spread to his liver. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen national securitthese cuts. I think the no- a vote (raisin r. But I don’t think most of the Bush said. “We’ve had these challenges, but we’re people I thought to citizens say. cuts, and we his liver, where tumors typically are lethal. happen, so it out furthewhat I am hearing detail paid we majority of American at all balanced with getting up off the canvas, and we’re getting would neveran across-the-board fix it, but now. We’ve it wasn’t “It’s a devastating diagnosis,â€? said Dr. options are citizens say `yeah, thought it negative side, to spend even more money them done pretty quickly.â€? â€? just do this bill e.’ g `let’s taxes.’ and going the debt was Defens hearin fact, Charles Nutting, who performed the pro prothe of pay I’m and tion are, in the Washington also said work on the nearly ne else to Department l. We’re cutting proabout the deficit all.â€? r option in to cedure. “Survival is only a couple months.â€? cut to the got to be serious the want someo it at was a popula ing 6.5-mile segment of the Northwest Rail Line ey rationa “Personserious about Raising taxes surveys, but accord were “It just isn’t essential and giving ial The procedure performed last week Boldr magazine ban: certainly wasn’t to the future Westminster station is about 33 are By Ryan are essent high-capacity limit. I think this notion town hall 9 percent of people rcoloradone concentrates chemotherapy treatment to grams that to programs that On proposed be a percent complete. This rail segment, which is ms that early That only rboldrey@ou tax and 42 there ought to armed Forehand’s liver, instead of his entire body, ns at all is wrong. same weight al security to progra wayside Hill’s surveyincreased property taxes. De ally, I feel that Debeing funded through RTD’s federally-funded of the U.S. be any regulatio s should sales r veteran so high doses of cancer-fighting chemicals gone by the in favor of to our nation that there shouldn’tabout high-capacity magazine inher20-yea $1.03 billion Eagle P3 Project, is Aalso part of d increasing in favor of should will Crisshave essman Mike little value.â€? differ- percent favore numbers, 42-41, Seal, nation can saturate the organ. The idea, Nutting probably reCongr said, the question legislatures, because there the re or have the planned Gold Line through Arvada and ora) plans lf counforces, agoAndy al lane, the higher trainin of state himse time by new s the parts g chef for HuHot spite said, is to “try and really beat up the tumors a long fancie Carpen be decided ent different an (R-Aur tolling one Wheat Ridge that is expected toCoffm be opened by of his efforts ean said he own party standards for is an issue Dr. Charles Nutting taxes over was not sufficin as Coffman ers in his as much as you can.â€? saleslian rt Mongo ently be varying rounds is too much but that General l that there Grill, ted focus much 2016, according to current RTDto projections. left, gets many memb licans don’t suppo 100 congressiona e in an electio the Colorado The drug-infused blood is then collectport sugges flames ent from new try. I feel that passag the for Washington said he has highin hopes the going on a and decided by Some of the lot of Repub to secure n affairs. Mongolian ed as it leaves the liver, filtered to remove in that a on vetera that must be debated in- support on, D.C.â€? e spending. 18-mile Colorado Department of TransportaTABOR. grill as other session an’s eyes to defens re-elected not in Washingt as much of the chemicals as possible, and lives of ocular melanoma patients by about cause it’s all irrelevant. I don’t think one required by in Coffm any cuts recently chefs prepar Assembly and The projtion-led U.S. 36 BRT (bus rapid transit) the table whether U.S. for Coloe dishes for returned to the body. The method not only six months. Some have lived an additional day at a time. I live my life the way anybody things on levels in Europe; arentative customers that ect between downtown Denver and Boulder. repres ility that of Veterfour lanes now troop ed in cost-shour at the new would. I do my best to enjoy my life with my District said istargets and intensifies the treatment, but three to five years. Possibility ofsaid there is a possib than latDepartment ns before clude: of restaurant “We want bus rapid transit on rado’s U.S. 366th to be be more involv on force the rather in the Orchar retain some Even six months, Kandarpa said, is re- family.â€? s to focus Hilbert minimizes side effects. allies should ByerAshl that would hire qualified vetera intendso 19 we should one of the best BRT systems in thehe country, d Town Center ey bases; are there func-y C-470 could expand sooner to es on Page g from transiKandarpa sees its treatment in ocular “Normally, in chemotherapy, you have markable. “In the oncology world, people ing; wheth areimers@asReim e. in Westminster, ans Affairs Coffman ers duty militar we are committed to that,â€? Washington said. workC-470 continu sues rangin the outsid of the people that permanent overse citizen ourc from activeThursd get excited if you get 15 days, a month (of melanoma as “a platformâ€? from which rethe a to give so much poison the patient can’t by d at oloradone hiring ay, Dec. 27. To achieve this goal, Washington said a third in the tion into handle country reserve Photo by Kandarpa, chief life extension),â€? he said. ws.c searchers can work toward treating other how the d by the handle it,â€? said Dr. Krishna “Only about have actually served think tions being sysnsom RTD is striving to offer BRT riders newto serWhe force benhandle VA) care of vet- aumatic stress dining there weapo aren’t Forehand, speaking from his Dallas tumors. “and I just that could medical officer with the company that crework (in the better take inrWest at HuH and are an said, vices, such as free WiFi service and can a cashlessnot recost;mins from post-tr ped ot that y,â€? Coffm A significant delay in a tumor’s progress, ated the filtration device, Delcath Systems. home three days post-surgery, said he was ter, develo there that’s experi- cheape suffering it’s it’s more Mongolian Grill fare collection option through itserans recentlyan are g at militar a culture my expebeing that than justc in rience. “Now, you can isolate it to the liver instead exhausted but looking forward to recov- Nutting said, is a step toward the cure he n is in lookinpar- that there’s the veterans. ‌ In m tems The disorder. launched Smart Card system. Printed on recycled in unifor l. real concer very specifi a meal, to new resta ery and a return to his normal pattern. believes someday will come. of the whole body.â€? think the nt rates for veterans, Af- sponsive newsprint. Please have served tand the critica g at being think will realize in thelookin Washington said the BRT project, “I which and Orchard uran “I’m people who recycle this copy. “What we’re trying to do is help minithat tI openednot to unders The procedure is minimally invasive, That means hanging out with 5-, 10- and y unemployme Town g out of Iraq higher ence, a spin the is dovetailed with the 17-mile U.S. 36 Express with cuts will on comup Dec. 23 more likely are in the militar comin g Cent but on t 11-year-old daughters and his wife. mize the impact of the disease, trying to much cantly those comin Colo Asian er requiring three small incisions into which are amoun and is offer rado servi ticularly Lanes Project between Federal Boulevard in “HuHdollar stir-fry. of those who military.â€? how it is signifi â€? 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Douglas County School Board Vice President Dan Gerken resigned the week of Jan. 7, and already has stepped down from his seat. He cited growing family and work obligations. Board President John Carson said the group will begin the process of finding his replacement during the Jan. 15 board meeting. Gerken was elected to the board in 2009, and his term was set to expire in November. He did not return calls for comment, Gerken but Carson said there is no mystery surrounding his resignation from the education reform-focused board. “We depend on people being willing to take a lot of time out of their lives and work and families to do this,� he said, noting board members invest at least 20 hours a month to the unpaid post. “Dan has served selflessly in that capacity for over three years now. I greatly appreciate what he’s done for our school district.� Carson said Gerken first approached him about resigning shortly after the new year. “I tried to talk him out of (resigning), but he made his decision,� he said. Though the board has often been criticized for its fast-paced reform efforts, Carson said he doesn’t believe that was a factor in Gerken’s resignation. “If you run for office, you have to be prepared for that,� he said. “Speaking for myself, the reason I got involved in public education was to make some changes in public education that I think have been needed for a long time. I know Dan felt that way as well.� In seven years on the board, Carson said this is the fourth vacancy filled by appointment. “It’s not an infrequent occurrence,� he said. The board has 60 days to fill the empty seat. Any candidate must live in Gerken’s district — District D — which extends from Castle Pines to the southeast corner of the county. Potential school board candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a 12-month resident and registered voter of the district, and have no direct or indirect interest in district contracts. All current school board members are registered Republicans, but the office is officially nonpartisan. “We’re just looking for people that are interested in improving public education, continuing to make our school district the best, and keep making it stronger,� Carson said. Gerken, a father of two, lives in Castle Pines with his wife, Gina. He is chairman and co-founder of Gerken Taxman Interests, a commercial real estate investment and development company.



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Great year for Four Seasons

The cast rehearses for the Lakewood Cultural Center and Performance Now Production of “Once Upon A Mattress.” The show will be Feb. 24. Submitted photos

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and funny touches to the story, as well as the music and dancing. He also said the costumes, designed by Cindy Franke, are outrageous and hilarious. This is Laree’s directorial debut with Performance Now, though she has been an actor and assistant director with the company for several years. “There’s a real family feel to the team — everyone is very talented and giving,” she said. Rehearsals started in November, but with the all the time off because of the holidays, she said the entire cast wasn’t in the room together until early January, which didn’t give a lot of time to prepare. This is the 11th season that Performance Now has been partners with the Cultural Center, and Goodwin said the partnership has been a great one for each group. Laree said that fans of music and new takes on old stories will find a lot to like in “Once Upon A Mattress.” “If you like musical comedy, this show is not going to disappoint,” she said. “If someone knows the story, they’ll really enjoy the retelling, because we really bring some creative and modern twists to it.” For tickets and more information, call 303-987-7845 or visit culturalcenter.

Modern version of classic fairy tale updates story By Clarke Reader


ome fairy tales are so popular and well known, that most audiences think they know the whole story. That, however, is not always the

case. The classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” gets a hilarious retelling in “Once Upon A Mattress,” playing at the Lakewood Cultural Center through Feb. 24. The musical is produced by the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, and the Performance Now Theatre Company. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. “The show is a great send up of the classic story, and is told in a very farcical way,” said the show’s director, Britta Laree. “It’s really a loving retelling of the story, but everything you think you know about the story is going to be turned on its head.” Laree compares the show to a mix of “Shrek,” “Enchanted” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” in the sense that younger audience members will get a lot of the fairy tale references and jokes, but there is some more advanced humor that adults will understand. The show begins with a minstrel telling the traditional version of “The Princess and the Pea,” only to finish the story and tell the audience that he was actually there, and the story doesn’t tell what really happened. In the kingdom where the prince Dauntless lives, no one can get married until he is, however his mother, Queen Aggravain, doesn’t seem to think anyone is good enough for her son. Dauntless needs to find a princess

Sarah Grover plays Princess Winnifred in “Once Upon A Mattress,” a farcical take on “The Princess and the Pea.”

IF YOU GO WHAT: “Once Upon A Mattress” WHERE: Lakewood Cultural Center

soon, not only because of the pressure from his parents, but because of the attention the entire kingdom is placing on his finding a wife. The queen has a test that any princess must pass before she can wed her son, and that’s where the “Princess and the Pea” comes in. Ken Goodwin, executive producer with Performance Now, said there are around 30 people in the cast who bring surprising

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For the second year in a row, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver has earned recognition as the No. 1 ranked hotel in the 2013 listing of Best Hotels in Denver by U.S. News & World Report. The Four Seasons Hotel Denver also was named No. 6 on U.S. News’ list of Best Hotels in Colorado for the second year in a row. The 2013 Best Hotels ranking recognizes hotels with a record of high customer satisfaction and an exceptional reputation among published travel experts. “We’re thrilled to receive the top ranking in the City of Denver for Best Hotel two years in a row,” said Thierry Kennel, regional vice president of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Denver. “All credit is given to our incredible team. Without their dedicated service and passion, we would not be No. 1.” Rounding out the Top 5 are The RitzCarlton Denver, JW Marriott Denver, Cherry Creek, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, and The Oxford Hotel. There’s more. The Best Hotels in Colorado are also ranked on the U.S. News’ list with Aspen’s The Little Nell snagging the No. 1 spot. See the entire list at http://travel.

Mayor Hancock busts a move

Last week, Mayor Michael B. Hancock fulfilled the final element of a friendly wager made with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake before the Divisional Playoff game between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 13 (and we all know how that ended up ... sniffle). Under the terms of the wager, Mayor Hancock sent a box of dry aged “cowboy cut” ribeye steaks from Lombardi Brothers Meats to Rawlings-Blake. The mayor had additionally agreed to perform the famous Ray Lewis pregame dance but was sidelined by an injury. Until now. To view the video of that performance, go to watch?v=4KVczvxpUvU.

Eatin’ of the green results

Steven Ballas Jr., owner of Steve’s Snappin Dogs and host of the recent green chili contest, declared the event a “great success”. “Between my 10 percent of the daily sales and the cash donations that I hawked with the $1 Steve’s Snappin Ale, $1 tortillas to eat with the green chili and the personal donations, I am proud to tell you all that the first Chow Down for Charity of 2013 raised $610 for Project Angel Heart,” Ballas said. “What a great day for us all!” The fire-breathing event was judged live on the air during the weekly Gabby Gourmet radio show (1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays) on KHOW 630-AM. Judges were Jon Emanuel, executive chef of Project Angel Heart; Westword foodie Lori Midson; Denver’s 7 meteorologist Lisa Hildago; Mile High Sports Radio personality Mark McIntosh; Joan Brewster of the American Culinary Foundation; Artie Guerrero, president and national director of paralyzed veterans of America, Mountain States Chapter; and moi. Judges’ choices (out of nearly 20 entries) were Marcyzk Fine Foods (No. 1), Santiago’s (No. 2) and ElLucerito (No. 3). People’s choice winner was Gridiron Grille in Greenwood Village. For additional info and pictures please Parker continues on Page 18


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Go big red

Just in time for Valentine’s day, put on your dancing shoes and something red — the wine will be flowing and the industry appreciation party of the year is “on” at Drink Red Wear Red, a fun-filled Colorado Restaurant Association Mile High Chapter event to show appreciation to all the hardworking individuals who work in the restaurant and hospitality industry. If you are an industry professional, supporter, or just a food and wine enthusiast (aren’t we all?), join CRA for signature wines and red martinis from Republic National Distributing Company, heavy hors d’oeuvres from US Foods, Seattle Fish Company, Epicurean Catering, Mangia Bevi Café, Bonefish Grill, and The Palm Restaurant. The legendary Hazel Miller Band will provide live entertainment and attendees will be afforded the opportunity to bid on silent auction items throughout the evening. The event takes place starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Palazzo Verdi, 6363 S. Fiddler’s Green Circle, Suite 100, Greenwood Village. Cost is $75 per person (if you sell 10 tickets or more each ticket is $65 per person). Visit for more information and to register. Proceeds from the Drink Red Wear Red event benefit the CRA Mile High Chapter Hardship Fund, the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation ProStart Program, and Metro Crisis Services. I write a blog for the association. Presenting sponsor is Restaurant Solutions Inc.

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David Sedaris, an American humorist, comedian,

author, radio contributor and Grammy nominee, dining at Root Down last week. Wikipedia has described Sedaris as “the rock star of writers.”

Feeling safe in Centennial

For the eighth year in a row, Centennial was ranked as the safest city in Colorado with a population of more than 75,000, according to CQ Press’ annual publication: City Crime Rankings for 2012 to 2013: Crime in Metropolitan America. Centennial ranks 41st out of 432 cities. “This eight-year accomplishment as the safest city in Colorado is truly remarkable,” said Mayor Cathy Noon. “It reflects the dedication of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office to keep the city safe year after year. This is a great accomplishment and privilege for all who live, work and play in Centennial.” Other Colorado cities and their rankings include Arvada (59), Longmont (73), Fort Collins (116), Boulder (120), Westminster (147), Greeley (173), Thornton (175), Aurora (235), Lakewood (259), Colorado Springs (278), Denver (328) and Pueblo (354). The crime rate rankings of the cities and metropolitan areas are calculated using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI in these categories. City Crime Rankings is one of five annual reference books published by CQ Press that analyze and rank states and cities in various categories.

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February 7, 2013

YOUR WEEK & MORE 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 visitwww. 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 or call 720-898-7200. “No Dogs Allowed” is recommended for ages 4 and older. MEN’S GROUP MEN ages 55 and older are invited to come share their stories at the senior center’s men’s conversation group, meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Coffee and refreshments will be available. The group is set to meet every first and third Thursday of the month. Call 303-450-8801. FRIDAY/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. 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 for information. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/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.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/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 themusicmanliver. Get tickets online at or at the door. The show plays at The Armory in Brighton. FRIDAY/FEB. 8 THROUGH FEB. 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 visitwww.

SATURDAY/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. or by calling 303-499-3165. TOWN HALL REP. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton; Sen.

Mary Hodge, D-Brighton; and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, DCommerce City, host a town hall meeting from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Blvd., Thornton. The town hall will focus on bills being presented this legislative session. This is an opportunity for constituents to openly share their ideas, question and comments with their local citizen legislators in a dynamic discussion about the upcoming legislative session.

CHOCOLATE ART ENJOY a sampling of chocolate desserts at the opening reception of the North Metro Arts Alliance Members exhibit at the Aar River Gallery, 3707 W. 73rd Ave. Chocolate art will be on display at Art Gallery 3698, 3698 W. 72nd Ave. Some to look at and some to eat. More chocolate activities and samplings at Iddle bits of This and That, the Rodeo Market Community Arts Center, and Heavenly Cakes Bakery. All galleries are on 72nd and 73rd avenues between Lowell and Bradburn. Call 303-426-4114. The event lasts from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. 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 or www. 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 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 February 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:// or by phone at 303-499-3165. SATURDAY/FEB. 9; RECURRING/THROUGH FEB. 28 ART EXHIBIT NORTH Metro Arts Alliance member’s fine art exhibit is on display through Feb. 28. An opening reception, where guests can meet the artists, is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the historic Westminster Art District. Aar River Gallery is at 3707 W. 73rd Ave., Westminster. Call 303-426-4114 or visit www.

SATURDAY/FEB. 9, APRIL 23 CPR CERTIFICATION NORTH Metro Fire Rescue District will offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator classes 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. SUNDAY/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 303-665-4131 or 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. DESSERT NIGHT FIRST Congregational Church of Eastlake will host a Sweetheart Dessert Night at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at 12630 Second St. in Eastlake. The Valentine evening will feature desserts, a chocolate fountain, music and fun, including Rumba dance lessons. RSVP at 303-547-5858. Admission is by suggested donation and proceeds will assist the church is its community service projects and outreach programs throughout the year. Some of those projects include the Christmas Shoe Box project, Giving Tree at Elm’s Haven Care Center, donations to local food banks, clothing drives and numerous other outreach programs. MONDAY/FEB. 11 PHOTO SCANNING SCANGAROO, a mobile photo scanning and restoration company, will visit the Northglenn Senior Center at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, and scan 10 photos per person. The event is for ages 55 and older. Call 303-450-8801. The senior center is at 11801 Community Center Drive. MONDAY AND TUESDAY/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. TUESDAY/FEB. 12 HEALTHY LIVING AS part of the Healthy Living Series, a nutritional health coach from Natural Grocers will present a seminar on heart health at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Cost is free. For people ages 55 and older. Call 303-450-8801. RETIREMENT/BUDGETING A FREE workshop, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, will cover two topics concerning retirement – the first on managing income and expenses in retirement, and the second on making sure you have enough to retire. The workshop is being presented at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. RSVP to Jeanette Sánchez at or 303-450-8935. Your Week continues on Page 19


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LIFETREE CAFÉ THE state of marriage in America will be discussed at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St. in Arvada. The program, “Is Marriage Obsolete? Why More People Are Saying, ‘I Don’t,’” will examine the declining marriage rate and the underlying causes of the trend. The program encourages those who attend to share their views of marriage. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. WEDNESDAY/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 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.


Avenue, east of Washington Street, is offering a percentage of all net sales to the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association of Northglenn from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The money will be used to support Northglenn’s Citizen’s Police Academy and the Northglenn Police Department.

WEDNESDAY/FEB. 13 TO MARCH 20 ART SHOW AN opening reception


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, 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.


and join us for a Cowboy party at noon Friday, Feb. 15, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. The Northglenn Senior Organization will provide the food. Call 303-450-8801 for information on cost and to RSVP. For people ages 55 and over.


babysitters ages 11-13 will learn everything they need to know when responsible for young children at this babysitting class, offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Skills covered include CPR, first aid, growth and development, safety, feeding, discipline, diapering and bathing.

CALL 303-450-8800 or go to www. to register and for information on costs (RecXpress Code: 16085). COMING SOON/FEB. 16, MARCH 16 NATURE ADVENTURES CELEBRATE

the wonders of nature with your child through short hikes, hands-on activities, crafts and books from 11-11:454 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Dress for the weather as we may spend some time outside. Different topics each month. Open to ages 4-6 years and their parents. Admission is free, but you must call in advance to sign up, 720-898-7405. Visit www.arvada. org/nature.

for the upcoming “Art for the Young at Heart” art show is from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. The show runs through March 20. Enjoy the colorful creations of artists ages 50-plus and local school children. Sponsored by North Jefferson County Schools and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Call 303-425-9583.



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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 303-404-0123 or

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


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

offers a monthly series featuring expert speakers on a variety of educational and entertaining topics. All programs are at 9153 Yarrow St., Westminster. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call 303403-2205 for directions and reservations. Come early for refreshments and fellowship; lectures begin at 2 p.m.


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. or call 303-725-1728. Reception at 2 p.m.


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.

FOOD DONATIONS NORTH Metro Fire Rescue begins its annual 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. RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 3 CALL FOR entries Colorado Visions, a juried exhibit of fine art by Colorado Artists at Westminster City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave., is accepting entries through March 3. Slides or CDs of original 2- or 3-dimensional fine art by Colorado artists (no computer art). Entry fee is $30 for 3 entries. Cash awards. Judge is Colorado artist Cheryl St. John. The show is April 15 to May 31. For prospectus, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: North Metro Arts Alliance, c/o Becky Silver, 10154 Meade Court, Westminster, CO 80031. RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 18 ART EXHIBIT ART From the Heart, a juried exhibit of art by Colorado artists, will be on display at the College Hill Library from Feb.4- March 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

presented by Active Minds.

APRIL 17: Tibet, presented by Active



Minds from 1:30-3:30 Wednesday, Feb. 20, as they review the story of Libya and where it may head from here. Program presented for free at Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St., Westminster. RSVP: 303-403-2205.

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.

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

LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 22 BLOOD DRIVE ST. Anthony North/ Centura Health community blood drive is from 8-9:40 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at 2551 W. 84th Ave., Aspen Room, Westminster. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www. LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 22-23 SPIRITUAL GROWTH CONTEMPLATIVE Outreach of Colorado will host a

two-day workshop Feb. 22-23 featuring William Meninger’s presentation of “The Enneagram: An Ancient and Modern Personality Profile.” The workshop runs from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Center for Contemplative Living, 3650 Yates St., Denver. To register, call 303-698-7729 or go to www.

LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 22-24 THEATER SHOW PHAMALY Theatre Company presents the “charmin’‘n side-splittin’ comedy”“The Foreigner” Feb. 22-24 at the Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets are available by calling 720-898-7200 or going online to

Staff report A Westminster man is headed to federal prison for orchestrating a $1.7 million real estate scheme. Steven Mascarenas, 53, will serve 72 months for wire fraud, making a false statement to a pretrial services officer, and escape. He was also ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution. Mascarenas was indicted on April 22, 2010, along with co-defendants Kathy Mascarenas, his wife, and Katrina Roberts. He pleaded guilty on July 3. Roberts pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 months in prison and Kathy Mascarenas pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 24 months in prison. According to court documents, in 2004, Steven Mascarenas, then an attorney and licensed real estate broker, orchestrated the purchase and resale of residential properties in The Broadlands, a subdivision in Broomfield. He arranged to have individuals serve as “credit buyers” to obtain loans, purchase the properties, and resell them shortly thereafter at inflated prices to other “credit buyers” in his select group. He concealed from the lenders that these “credit buyers” were only acting at his direction and were being compensated after the closings for their participation in having obtained the loans and purchased the properties. Mascare-



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Park will host a benefit concert/silent auction at the D-Note in Olde Town, 7519 Grandview, from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Proceeds from the event will help fund improvements and expansion plans at the off-leash dog park at 17975 W. 64th Parkway. Looking Ahead continued from Page 20

nas had Roberts prepare appraisal reports in which she fraudulently inflated the fair market values of the properties by $100,000 to $325,000. To make the inflated values in all of her reports appear legitimate, she falsely represented that the purchases, which were actually sales at market value, were “distressed” sales or “quick” sales below market value. Mascarenas set the prices for the re-sales far beyond their true market values, and arranged for the buyers to obtain 100 percent financing for them. Kathy Mascarenas conducted financial transactions as necessary to facilitate, perpetuate, and conceal the fraud. All of the loans went into default, and the loss to the lenders was approximately $1,776,162. In June of 2011 Mascarenas fled the half-way house he was residing in just hours before he was to be taken to a prison facility. On Dec. 4, 2011, he was arrested by the Lakewood Police Department at a motel in Lakewood. “Mortgage fraud harms everyone involved in buying a home — buyers, appraisers, real estate agents, and bankers,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh in a statement. “Lying on mortgage applications is a fraud, and a federal criminal felony. As the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 showed us, following the rules in real estate transactions matters and those who don’t, face time in federal prison.”

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FEB. 20: The Evolution of Lybia, presented by Active Minds. MARCH 20: The American West,

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.


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


Elementary, 10951 Harlan St., Westminster, will host a celebration from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. The school’s science fair will take place in the central hallways around the building. In addition, every grade level will host demonstrations of learning in their classrooms. Each grade level has planned a specific demonstration. Come see what Sheridan Green has to offer. Pizza will be sold from 5-6:30 p.m. Questions: 303-982-3182.


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 or call 720898-7200. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.



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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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FLIGHT COURSE THE Colorado Chapter of The Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots, is offering a spring Flight Without Fear course. The next class begins Feb. 26 and will meet once each week in Denver. The class is designed to help individuals who want or need to fly but are anxious or nervous about doing so. Participants will learn about the inner workings of an airline flight. There are field trips to the United Airlines maintenance facility, air traffic control, and flight simulators. The cost of the course includes all field trips, books and study materials, and a class graduation trip on a regularlyscheduled commercial flight. Detailed information at www.

BLOOD DRIVE IMMACULATE Heart of Mary community blood drive is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at 11385 Grant Drive, in the Parish Center, Northglenn. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit LOOKING AHEAD/FEB. 25 CAREGIVING TIPS THE Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado presents Caregiving Tips: Successful Communication class from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Kaiser Westminster Clinic, 11245 Huron St. This class covers successful communication skills for interacting with people with dementia, as well as how to assess and respond to behaviors. This class is for caregivers, family members, friends, and volunteer caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on this and other classes, please visit or call 800-272-3900.

LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 1 ENTRY DEADLINE THE Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation is conducting an open entry competition to select six sculptures to be part of Northglenn’s 2013-14 “Art on Parade” on-loan sculpture program. The winning pieces will be placed at E.B. Rains Junior Memorial Park surrounding

Webster Lake in Northglenn. Check for more on submissions. Contact Michael Stricker at 303-4508727 or email for information.

LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 5 START SEEDS DREAMING about your summer vegetable garden? Join Jackie Raehl, owner of Star Acre Farms, to learn basic seed starting techniques from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn about seed starting mediums, heirloom seed saving, and growing vegetable seeds for transplanting into your home garden. Leave with seeds, information and materials for starting your own heirloom plants such as peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. Open to ages 12 and older. Sign up early; call 720-898-7405 or visit to register and for information on costs. START SEEDS OIN Jackie Raehl, owner of Star Acre Farms, to learn basic seed starting techniques from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn about seed starting mediums, heirloom seed

saving, and growing vegetable seeds for transplanting into your home garden. Leave with seeds, information and materials for starting your own heirloom plants such as peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes. Open to ages 12 and older. Sign up early; call 720-898-7405 or to register and for information on costs.

LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 6 CITIZEN’S POLICE academy Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Arvada Police Department or wanted to get an inside look at policing? You can do so by attending the Arvada Police Department’s Spring Citizen’s Police Academy. The academy meets on 12 consecutive Wednesdays between March 6 and May 15. Classes are in classrooms and field settings, and give participants insight into many aspects of police work. Visit to complete an application. A criminal background investigation will be done on each applicant. The academy is offered twice a year, and class size is limited. Call 720-898-6660. Looking Ahead continues on Page 24




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Number of pins at the Front Range League wrestling championships this weekend. Legacy’s Skyler McWee had a pin in his title match, while Legacy’s Donovan Cogil and Mountain Range’s Jorge Rodriguez each had a pin in the third-place match.


Westminster’s 145-pounder Matt Bryan wrestles Mountain View’s Dylan Obenshain at the Thornton Invitational on Saturday. Photo by Jonathan Maness

Alamosa grapplers win Thornton Invite Ralston Valley’s Ulman wins title at 170 By Jonathan Maness THORNTON - Alamosa won three individual titles to take home first place at the Thornton wrestling invitational on Saturday. The Mean Moose scored 162.5 points edging Mountain View which was a close second. Ralston Valley was eighth with 116.5 points, followed by Westminster with 105.5. Thornton was 11th with 113 points and Standley Lake was 14th. Skyview came in 16th with 11 points. Neff Malouff (120), Gunnar Robinson (182) and Nick Jones (195) all took home individual titles for Alamosa. Steve Ullman led the way for Ralston Valley by winning the title at 170 pounds, edging Westminster’s Gabe Grimaldo. “I’m speechless right now,” Ullman said. “It was a great match; he’s a really good wrestler.”

Ullman went into the match ranked No. 7 in the state, one spot behind Grimaldo. Grimaldo looked to dominate early, but Ullman used some late momentum to beat Westminster’s top wrestler. Grimaldo pinned his other two opponents at the tournament. “I just kept pushing and pushing and didn’t let up,” the Ralston Valley senior said. “I had my mind set that I was going to win.” Ullman has slowly risen through the rankings and has seen some tough competition in tournaments in Nebraska and California. “(Steve) has come a long way,” Ralston Valley’s coach Bruce Pearson said. “We went to a couple of tournaments out of state and he has wrestled some pretty tough kids. We knew that guy was going to be tough; he was a returning state placer.” Mountain View had two winners, Austin Dunbar took first at 132 pounds after topping Grandview’s Jaime Cardenas and Jeremiah Clymer (152) beat Rangeview’s Brandon Read. Dolores Huerta had two individual titles, Calvin Taladay (126) and Jared Mestas (138). Weld Centennial also had two wrestlers take

first, Dalton Robertson (106) and Evan Paxton (220). Rangeview’s Jonathan Askew (145) and Mitchell’s Chip McElfish (113) also were first at the tournament. Sand Creek’s Tuli Laulu won the title at 285 pounds. Standley Lake’s Ryan Wosk advanced to the title match at 160 pounds, but couldn’t get past Grandview’s Jordan Brown. “He was pretty good,” Wosk said. “The competition was really solid out there; everybody you faced was of equal level and had similar abilities.” Sage Bergel (126) was also sixth for the Gators. Ralston Valley also had Issac Arellano (113) take second, while Cian Apple (106) and Dylan Wood (126) both finished third. Westminster had four wrestlers place, Santos Valtierra (120) was second, Matt Bryan (145) was third, Joe Bryan (126) placed fourth and Sebastian Garcia (182) finished sixth. Thornton also had wrestlers place; Josh Cordova (170) and Levi LeBaron (220) were fourth, while Desmond Romero and Javier Stubbs-Hernandez (132) placed fifth. Skyview’s Joseph Archuleta was sixth at 113 pounds.

Roundup: Pomona wrestlers still hold top spot By Jonathan Maness Pomona wrestling team continues to hold the top spot in the 5A. The Panthers have three wrestlers that are ranked on the top of their weight class, including Travis Torres (112 pounds), Raymond Robledo (132) and Archie Colgan (160). They also have Josh Rosales (120) ranked No. 2, while Austin Marvel and Ethan Wright (152) are No. 3. Mountain Range is ranked No. 8, while Randy Boerner still holds the top spot at 152, while his teammate Jorge Rodriguez is No. 3 at 285. Horizon’s Anthony Cortez is ranked No. 3 at 106 pounds, followed by Northglenn’s Rocky Nava. Legacy’s Ryan Deakin is ranked No. 6. Conner Casady (160) is ranked No. 3, while his teammate Skyler McWee (220) is third. Horizon’s David Chitwood is ranked No. 4 at 170. Holy Family is No. 6 in 3A, while Joseph Prieto (126) is ranked No. 2 and Julian Prieto (120) is No. 3.


Cortez, Boerner, Casady and McWee all won individual titles at the FRL wrestling championship on Saturday. Horizon’s Matt Emerson (145) finished second, while his teammates Austin Gonzales (152) and Xavier Boccadoro were fourth. Ryan Deakin and Donovan Cogil (113) placed third for Legacy, while Mountain Range’s Patrick Romero (145), Joel Greer (160) and Jorge Rodriguez (285) also finished third. Logan Lyons (285) also placed fourth for the Lightning. Mountain Range was fourth with 107.5 points, followed by Legacy with 99 and Horizon with 81.5.


The Tigers’ girls basketball squad recent success has helped them overtake the top spot in Denver Post’s 3A rankings. Holy Family are in the midst of a five-game winning streak and are 12-4 overall and 5-1 in the Metropolitan League.


The Standley Lake hockey team had its three-game winning streak come to an end on Friday. The Gators fell behind by two

goals in the opening period and never recovered, falling 4-1 to Aspen. Mitch McEwan scored the lone goal for Standley Lake (9-4-2 overall, 7-2-2 Foothills League). On Saturday, the Gators skated to a 5-5 tie with Battle Mountain. McEwan, Chris Huitt, Jeff Moffat, Cody Victor and Dalton Linkus each scored in the game. Connor Watkins had three assists.


The Northglenn girls swim team went out with a bang this past weekend. The team, which was made of swimmers from both Northglenn and Thornton high school, finished second at the East Metro Athletic Conference League meet with 463 points. Brighton took first with 653 points, while the Westminster-Skyview squad finished seventh with 130.5. Northglenn’s Talia Passarelli took first in both the 50 and 100 free. She took first in the 50 with a state-qualifying time of 26.63 seconds, which set a conference record. She had a state-cut time of 1 minute to win the 100 free. Northglenn also took second in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Time that Mount a i n Range’s Shelly D r o zda finished in the 100-yard backstroke at the Front Range League swimming championships. The time set a meet record and also is the top time in the state in the event. Drozda won two individual events at the meet.


Number of assists t h a t H o l y Fami l y ’s Katie Chavez is averaging, which is the most for any freshman in the state. Chavez had a season-best nine assists in a win against Wheat Ridge earlier this season and she is averaging five assists a game during the Tigers’ five-game winning streak.



4A and 5A State championships, Friday-Saturday Prelims start Friday afternoon with the finals set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the EPIC in Fort Collins (5A) and the VMAC (4A) in Thornton.

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By Jonathan Maness FORT COLLINS - Horizon got a big Front Range League win on Friday, topping rival Poudre 55-51. Poudre was on a 15-game winning streak going into the game, but had no answer for Alyssa Rader. The sophomore scored 11 of her 17 points in the first half and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Gabby Jimenez added 12 and Kaylie Rader had 11. Horizon used the momentum to beat Rocky Mountain Tuesday 67-48. Alyssa Rader once again led the way with 18 points, while Jimenez added 14 and Kaylie Rader had 12. The Hawks improved to 12-6 overall and 7-2 in the FRL.


Community Christian (6-8, 1-4) beat Eagle Ridge Academy 35-28 Tuesday. Alex Quimby scored 23 points to lead the way. Rocky Mountain Lutheran (12-4, 1-3) lost to Gilpin County 43-31 Tuesday.

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Legacy (8-10, 4-7 FRL) fell to Poudre Tuesday, 66-46. Mountain Range (8-10, 1-10) lost 66-41 to Fort Collins on Tuesday.

COLORADO 7 LEAGUE Skyview (9-9, 2-5 Colorado 7) got back on track Monday, beating Alameda 46-30. Laura Malacarne led the way for the Wolverines with 13 points.


Standley Lake (9-9, 5-6 Jeffco League) squeaked out a win over Columbine on Feb. 1, beating the Rebels 51-50 in overtime. Columbine outscored Standley Lake 14-9 in the fourth to force the extra period. Haley Lopez had 15 points for the Gators, while Casey Torbet added 13. The Gators also beat Dakota Ridge on Tuesday 49-44. Pomona (9-9, 4-7) topped Chatfield 39-36 on Feb. 1; Dominque Riley led the way for the Panthers with 12 points.


Thornton (5-14, 2-3 EMAC) won its second consecutive game Feb. 1, beating Aurora Central 39-32. The Trojans have won their previous two league games after losing their first three. Northglenn (3-17) is still looking for its first league win, after losing 86-32 to Prairie View Tuesday. The Norse have dropped all six of their league games.


The Pinnacle (6-8, 4-4 FL) won its second straight game Tuesday, beating Jefferson 54-29. The Academy (6-9, 4-3 FL) dropped its third game in a row on Feb. 2, losing to Platte Canyon 53-25. Jordan Bauer scored eight points to lead the way for the Wolverines.

Belleview Christian’s Sydney Ahaneku battles Jim Elliot’s Ana Trost for a rebound during the second half of Tuesday’s game. Photos by Jonathan Maness

Undefeated Wolverines top Belleview Christian Jim Elliot Christian rallies to top Bruins on the road By Jonathan Maness WESTMINSTER - It was a battle of two Class 1A powerhouses on Tuesday night. Belleview Christian came into the contest ranked No. 7 in the state and with one loss, while Jim Elliot Christian had a perfect 14-0 record and was ranked No. 8 in the state. Not to mention the winner of Tuesday’s game would take the top spot in the 5280 League. And if it wasn’t for a second-half rally by the Wolverines the top spot would have belonged to the Bruins. However, JEC hit six free throws in the final minute to rally from an 11-point deficit to get the 43-37 victory over their league rivals. “They are a great team,” Belleview Christian coach Josh Polson said. “They are well coached and are really tough.” The Bruins defense helped Belleview Christian take an early advantage; they held the high-scoring Wolverines to only 15 points in the first half. Sydney Ahaneku led the way with two big blocks in the first half, while Kayla Iwahashi helped push the Bruins advantage to double figures. Iwahashi found Kelsie Birch for a basket and then she drained a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer to give Belleview Christian a 26-15 advantage at the half. But the undefeated Wolverines wouldn’t go away and used their defense to stage a rally. They opened the second half with a 10-point run, and held the Bruins scoreless for nearly


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Ahaneku scored seven straight points to even the score at 37, but JEC went 6 for 6 from the charity stripe to get the victory. “This is the closest game we’ve had all year,” Polson said. “I hope we can take something from it that can help us finish the season strong.” Ahaneku picked up her 10th double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Iwahashi scored 10 points and MacKenzie Woods had seven rebounds.


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Boys basketball: Gators can’t rally past Rebels Tigers stay perfect in Metropolitan League By Jonathan Maness WESTMINSTER - It has been a tough season for the young Standley Lake boys basketball squad, who has faced some of the top teams in the state nearly every night. Friday it was no different as the Columbine Rebels led from the very start and never looked back, topping Standley Lake 48-36. Back-to-back baskets by Marcus Asmus got the Gators within four in the final period, but the Rebels responded with a 10-2 run to end the game. Asmus led the way for Standley Lake (4-13 overall, 3-7 Jeffco League) with 14 points.


Pomona (1-17, 0-11) gave up a season-high 90 points on Friday, losing to Chatfield by 61 points. Drew Dettke had a team-

best eight points.


Holy Family (13-2, 5-0 ML) topped Denver Jewish Day 52-29 on Monday to gets its seventh consecutive win. The Tigers outscored Manual in each quarter and held the winless Thunderbolts to only 14 points in the second half as Holy Family cruised to a 42-26 victory on Feb. 1. Austin Brown led the way with 10 points, while David Sommers and Ryan Willis each had nine to help the Tigers improve 12-2 overall. Jefferson Academy (7-6, 2-3) fell to Kent Denver on Feb. 1, 51-36.


Horizon (8-10 overall, 4-7 FRL) couldn’t hold off league rival Rocky Mountain Tuesday, falling 53-50. The Lobos outscored the Hawks 20-16 in the fourth; Dustin Rivas led the way with 17 points. Legacy (6-12, 2-9)

dropped its sixth in a row Tuesday, losing to Poudre 71-57. Tyler Gibson led the way with 12 points. Mountain Range (5-13, 1-10) couldn’t snap its recent slide, falling 63-50 to Fort Collins on Tuesday.


Belleview Christian (312, 2-4 5280) had its recent winning streak snapped Tuesday, falling 57-47 to Community Christian. The Bruins had three players score in doublefigures; Austin Thompson had 14 points, while Allen Johnson and Jared Brown had 10. Community Christian (9-5, 4-1 5280) dropped a non-league game on Monday, losing 69-57 to Calhan. Charles Wittman led the way for the Eagles with 20 points, while Bryan Hodge had 17 and Wyatt PotterSeymour added 14.


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day 62-56. Chase Gonzales led the way with 17 points. Zach Telles scored 32 points to help The Academy (9-5, 5-1) win a non-league game on Friday, beating Platte Valley 74-56. Telles hit five treys in the win and was 12 of 17 from the charity stripe, he also had seven steals.


Olujisayo Awolaja’s double-double to lead Skyview to a 52-32 victory over Alameda. Awolaja had 14 points and grabbed 13 boards as Skyview improved to 8-10 on the season.


Northglenn (6-12, 3-3 EMAC) edged rival Prairie View Tuesday night 56-55 for its third straight win. Derrick DeLaTorre led the Norse with 13 points, while Jordan Radebaugh added 11. Thornton’s road struggles continued Friday. The Trojans were outscored in

Standley Lake’s Matt Fujinami pulls up for a jumper in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game with Columbine. Photo by Jonathan Maness each quarter as they fell to league rival Aurora Central. Samual Shumate had 14 points, while Donovan Gomez-Onofre added 10 for Thornton (11-8, 3-2).

Westminster (1-17, 0-5) was no match for leaguerival Rangeview. The Wolves were outscored by 27 points in the second half before falling 75-31.

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By Jonathan Maness FORT COLLINS - If Mountain Range sophomore Shelly Drozda doesn’t have a target on her back she most certainly will this weekend at the Colorado State Swimming & Diving Championships. Drozda won two events at last weekend’s Front Range League championships, and goes into the state meet with the fastest time in the 100yard backstroke and with third fastest time in the 2oo individual medley. She also is a part of the Mustangs’ 200 freestyle relay team, which also qualified after setting a meet record. “I’m excited, it will be a great experience,” Drozda said. Her time of 56.73 not only set a

Mountain Range’s Shelly Drozda celebrates after setting a meet record in the 50-yard backstroke. She won the event at the Front Range League Championship with a time of 56.73.

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Horizon’s Lexi Spangler competes in the 500-yard freestyle during last weekend’s Front Range League championships. Photos by Jonathan Maness meet record at the FRL championships, it gave her the best time going into state. Doherty’s Sarah James time is just a .09 second slower. She also set a meet record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.30 and goes into state with the third fastest time in the 200 individual medley (2:05.86). She is behind Loveland’s Brooke Hansen (2:05.84) and Olympic goal medalist Missy Franklin of Regis Jesuit, who had the best time in the event with 2:02.10. “I don’t know what to expect,” Mountain Range’s sophomore said. “I’m just going to give my best effort.” Drozda will also join Amanda Kassel, Macayla Cross and Mackenzie Saenz in the 200 free relay - the four teamed up to have a time of 1:39.20 and are seeded fifth going into state. Saenz will also compete in the 50 and 100 free, while Kassel will just compete in the 100 free.

Mountain Range swimmers finished eighth as a team at the FRL Championships with 340.5 points. Fossil Ridge took first, followed by Fairview and Loveland. Legacy was seventh, while Horizon placed 12th. The Mustangs’ 200 medley relay finished fourth. Legacy’s Kelsey Dowd qualified for state in the diving competition. Sophomore Mary Lombardi was second for the Lightning in the 500 free and was sixth in the 200 individual medley at the FRL championships. Lombardi will also compete in the 200 and 500 free at state. Legacy also placed third in the 400 free relay and fifth in the 200 medley. Fiona Dretzka was third in the 200 IM for the Lightning. Fossil Ridge’s Rhianna Williams and Bailey Nero each won two events. Williams took first in the 50 and 100 freestyle, while Nero won the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle.



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Broomfield Blast players Ali Thimsen, left and Catie Forsee, far right, battle for the ball with Westminster Samba’s Hannah Dennison in a recent game at the WAFC College Showcase. Photo by Pam Wagner

PRESCHOOL FUN JODY Weiland teaches about a different kind of animal from 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesdays from March 6-27 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. This fourweek session includes fox, ants, raccoons and coyotes. Enjoy a glimpse into their wonderful worlds, using books, stories, crafts, and games. Program for ages 3-6 years. Sign up early; call 720-898-7405 or to register and for information on costs. LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 8-17 PLAYHOUSE PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL Playhouse and 11 Minute Theatre

Company present “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner,” by Pat Cook. What do you do when you have three geriatric sisters as patients and all they want to do is sit at home and talk to one another – all at the same time? You move another person in with them. At least, that is what Doc Lomax does when he has a new nurse needing a place to live. Performances are at the Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. Call 303-422-4090 or visit www.


Tickets now on sale at the El Jebel Event Center Box Office: (303) 455-3470, or online at Net proceeds to benefit

BLUE STAR CONNECTION, providing access and ownership of musical instruments to children and young adults facing cancer and other serious challenges. BSC has also outfitted the music therapy departments at over 20 Children’s Hospitals across the U.S. For more info & to learn how you can help, visit

teeth, sharp vision and keen hunting skills make people take pause when they come across Colorado predators. Join local naturalists Tabbi Kinion from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Kristen Libberton to learn more about the fascinating lifestyles of bears, lions, coyotes and other local wildlife. We’ll talk biology, play games and do activities to find out what it feels like to be the predator and their prey. Call ahead to register; 720898-7405. The program is from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada.

LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 14 SPELLING BEE COMPETE with other spelling whizzes in the 60+ Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Arvada Press/Mile High News, Brookdale Senior Living’s Arvada Sterling House and Arvada Meridian, and Prime Time for Seniors Newspaper. Prizes and refreshments included. This is a free event, but both contestants and

spectators must register by March 2. Contestants must be 60 and over. Sign up soon; space is limited. The spelling bee is from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.

LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 16 PROM DRESS exchange The 2013 Prom Dress Exchange allows metro teens to shop for the dress of their dreams from thousands of gently-used and brand new designer items, including a limited selection of menswear. A valid student ID and a minimum donation will provide access to the event and an outfit. Seamstresses will be available onsite to do limited services. Those unable to donate won’t be turned away.The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City. Visit or follow us atfacebook. com/promdressexchange. The nonprofit is always looking for men’s formalwear items. Emailpromdressexchange@gmail. com or 303-875-4783 to help with the event. LOOKING AHEAD/MARCH 20 CAMPFIRE SERIES DEBUGGING

the Bug, a program explaining that butterflies, millipedes, roly-polies and spiders are not bugs, is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Dust out the cobwebs of your biology brain while warming your bodies by our campfire. Leave knowing what it means to be an arthropod, and with a toasty warm marshmallow. Feel free to come in your PJ’s. Taught by Charlotte Sandkuhler. Sign up in advance. Weather date is March 27. Visit

LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 3 TO MAY 22, ON WEDNESDAYS WILDLIFE ART DISCOVER wild animals from Australia, South America and Africa, from giant lizards and poisonous frogs to deadly snakes. Use a variety of fun art techniques to examine these fascinating inhabitants of our planet. The 8-week session for ages 6-12 meets from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays from April 3 to May 22 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Bring a healthy snack each week. Register by March 29 at Instructor is David Sullivan.

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