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Student sets himself on fire inside high school By Ashley Reimers An apparent suicide attempt at Standley Lake High School left one student severely burned and in critical condition. The 16-year-old male student entered the school cafeteria early Monday morning and set himself on fire. His name is not being released by police at this time. The student was transported to an area hospital after a male custodian used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Investigator Cheri Spottke said no other students were harmed, but one female employee did suffer a minor laceration. Seniors Shaylene Kole and Shannon Heer didn’t know the student personally and were in class during the incident, but agreed the news of the suicide attempt was frightening and shock-

ing. Kole said she immediately burst into tears when she found out. “It’s really sad and scary,” Kole said. “It’s been tough to deal with. It’s a little nerve-racking going back to class.” Classes were cancelled for the remainder of the day Monday, as well as for the following day. Students were able to pick up any belongings from the school Tuesday or to seek counseling following the incident. Police investigators searched the school with dogs room-byroom to ensure the safety of school and confirmed that no other devices were left in the school. Spottke said investigators are speaking with family members, students and faculty to try and figure out the cause of the incident and to also ensure nothing was missed behind the scenes. She said police are investigating a

suicide note, which will not be released to the public. “Right now everything leans towards a suicide attempt, unless something takes us into a completely different direction,” she said. According to fire officials, the student suffered burns to 80 percent of his body. The fire did not cause much damage to the building, but smoke filled the area. Spottke said an incident like this one is truly shocking. “We never want this to happen at any school, especially one in our community,” she said. “It’s difficult. School should be a place for learning and a safe place, not a place where students have to deal with something like this for the rest of their lives.” The Jefferson Center for Mental Health is offering mental health services through a 24-hour service at 303-425-0300 for any student or adult in need of counseling.

Although classes were cancelled, students were allowed back into Standley Lake High School on Tuesday to grab belongings or to seek counseling after a student lit himself on fire Monday morning in the cafeteria. Classes, school activities and athletics resumed on Wednesday. Photo by Ashley Reimers

Wage theft bill advances Bill provides government avenue for workers’ pay claims By Vic Vela A bill that would create a governmental process that deals with workers’ claims of wage theft cleared its first legislative hurdle on Jan. 22, a year after similar legislation failed. The issue can affect those who work in contract labor positions and industry service employees, such as restaurant wait staff, according to testimony heard in Senate Judiciary Committee. The Wage Protection Act aims to protect those workers who feel they are being shortchanged in wages. Under the bill, workers can file claims of missed wages through the Department of Labor. Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, DCommerce City, told the Senate Judiciary ComReport mittee the bill gives workers more resources by which they are able to claim unpaid wages. “When folks work a long hard day and expect to be paid, they should be paid,” Ulibarri said. Ulibarri told the committee the Department of Labor receives thousands of calls from workers each year who claim their employers owe them money. “The resolution most people get is to call an attorney, go through small claims court, or figure it out on your own,” he said. “Most folks are intimidated by that process.” Under the bill, the new administrative process calls for the Department of Labor


Betsy McLain, far right, facilitates a Soul Collage class with a group of women at the Rodeo Market Community Arts Center in Westminster. The class is offered the first and third Saturday of the month. Photo by Ashley Reimers

SoulCollage offered at local community art center By Ashley Reimers

areimers@coloradocommunitymedia. com SoulCollage is a new and unique class now offered at the Rodeo Market Community Art Center in Westminster. It’s a collage process in which someone creates his or her own deck of cards to be used to help answer life’s questions. The cards also promote self-discovery and a better understanding of one’s personality. “SoulCollage is an intuitive process where people collect images to create a collage to demonstrate different aspects of their lives,” said Betsy McLain, the certified SoulCollage facilitator running the class in Westminster.

“Each card represents an aspect of someone’s personality and over time, the deck can grow to include as many cards as someone wants.” The cards fall into four suits: committee, which reflects aspects of the personality, community, which represents people who are loved and inspired, companion, which represents physical energies, and council, which represents archetypes that are important to one’s one personal life. Once a deck is compiled, McLain said the creator can then use the cards to answer any range of question, except for yes or no questions. The cards can’t be “read” for others, and can only be consulted by the person who created the deck, McLain added. “SoulCollage eventually leads to person-

al growth, that is the whole point,” McLain said. “I have had people tell me that they have gotten more out of doing SoulCollage than actual therapy.” McLain teaches SoulCollage 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month at the Rodeo Market Community Arts Center. The class on the first Saturday offers a brief introduction to the process and includes the initial materials needed for the class, which requires a one-time fee of $25. Card making is available at both monthly classes for the cost of $5 per session. To register, contact McLain at or at 303-362-3180. For more information on SoulCollage, visit

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Lawmakers weigh in on pot legalization, teams Remember the Bud Bowl? If not, you missed out because it was way cool. It was this stop motion animated Super Bowl advertising campaign that matched Bud versus Bud Lite for the ultimate beer supremacy. The ad campaign even incorporated celebrities from the sports world, with Bob Costas, Terry Bradshaw and Tom Landry providing character voice-overs. The Bud Bowl was a blast — well except when they jumped the shark by introducing players from the Bud Dry and Bud Ice teams. Lame. I even won money on some of the Bud Bowls — well, except in 1991, when I was dumb enough to parlay a Bud Lite win with the team the Harlem Globetrotters were playing that night. Lousy, stupid Washington Generals! While the Bud Bowl is a thing of the past, this year’s Super Bowl is bringing a new — and literal — interpretation to the Bud Bowl. It pits teams from the two states where marijuana is legal: Colorado and Washington. So, the Broncos will be taking on the Seahawks in the new and improved Bud Bowl. And the novelty is not lost on Colorado lawmakers who passed legislation last year that regulates the newly-created marijuana industry. “I think it would be funny if instead of Peyton Manning saying, ‘Omaha. Omaha.

Omaha,’ he says, ‘Mile high. Mile high. Puff, puff, pass,’” said state Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton. “Then I’d probably crack up.” And can you imagine what the Super Bowl ads are gonna look like for the big game? After voters passed a tax structure for marijuana sales in November, Gov. John Hickenlooper tweeted about marijuana, Cheetos and Goldfish. It’s perfect fodder for commercials during a game where some people will be sitting around, watching football, eating Doritos and getting — legally — stoned. Rep. Johnathan Singer, D-Longmont, sponsored the bill that placed a 25 percent tax on retail marijuana sales in Colorado. Singer — who was hilarious during marijuana committee hearings last year, with his punchy pot quips — is fully aware of the novelty of the Bud Bowl. “I finally understand how dumb it sounded when I was using all these bad

puns,” Singer said. But I’m curious whether lawmakers will be making any marijuana-themed bets on the game. You see it all the time during big games — politicians betting what their state is famous for against what the other politician’s state is famous for. House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, DDenver, said he won’t be making any pot bets with his Washington equivalent. “I have no desire to get it here or try any from Washington,” he said. I recently spoke with Republican Congressman Mike Coffman. The former state House and Senate member said he won’t be making any marijuana bets either. “I’m sure that there’s going to be some elected official somewhere that’s going to be trading brownies, or something like that, that are laced with marijuana,” Coffman said. “But I’m not going to be one of them.” Singer said he’s planning on making a Super Bowl beer bet with a Washington state representative. Singer’s going to put up a selection of beers from the fine Lyons-based Oskar Blues brewery. Congressman Ed Perlmutter, a former state Senator, recently won a beer bet with a San Diego-based House member following the Broncos win over the Chargers. But Perlmutter told me that he won’t be betting marijuana. Instead, he’ll be talking smack on behalf of the Broncos this week

and will probably bet another case of beer with a Washington politico before the big game. Come on guys. Beer? Really? Get with the program! Beer is yesterday’s news, here. Colorado’s and Washington’s marijuana legalizations are all over the national news. How could you not bet weed for the big game? “For one thing, our taxes are better,” Singer said. “The same amount equivalentwise is not going to be cost equivalent.” That has to be the coolest and most cerebral argument against making Super Bowl marijuana bets with the state of Washington — because ours is better and cheaper. “Also, just as a (public service announcement), it still is federally illegal to be mailing this stuff,” Singer said. “I know there’s going to be a lot of PSA’s that we’re going to have to do in New York to remind the fans in Washington and Colorado that you can’t take it with you.” There you have it folks. There will be no marijuana bets placed by elected officials on the Bud Bowl. Vic Vela covers the Legislature for Colorado Community Media. He can be reached at Also, follow Vic on Twitter: @VicVela1.

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Jeffco sheriff ’s deputy killed in collision Sgt. David Baldwin, 50, was tragically killed in a head-on collision on Highway 93, just north of W. 64th Parkway.,on Sunday, Jan. 26. Baldwin was an Air Force veteran and served the sheriff’s office for 27 years. He would have celebrated his 51st birthday next week, Sheriff Mink confirmed. He is survived by his wife and son. At 10:05 a.m., Baldwin was traveling in the left northbound lane on his Harley-Davidson patrol motorcycle, entering a sweeping curve. A 2004 Saturn Vue SUV was traveling southbound through the curve when it crossed a double-yellow line, traveling into the northbound lanes and passing at least one vehicle. The Saturn collided head-on with the Harley-Davidson. After the collision, Baldwin was thrown from the Harley-Davidson. Although he was wearing his helmet and eye protection, he sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to investigators, the Saturn’s driver, 83-year-old Kenneth Hosch of Golden, was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries. He was transported to St. Anthony’s hospital for treatment. The roadway remained closed for hours Sunday, while the crash was investigated. Colorado State Patrol and the Critical Accident Response Team (CART) continue to investigate the specific circumstances surrounding the collision. Drug and alcohol use are not sus-

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Sgt. Baldwin was killed in the line of duty on January 26, 2014 at 10:05 a.m., after being struck on his motorcycle by a wrong-way driver on Hwy. 93. Courtesy photo pected as contributing factors in the crash. Charges are pending against Hosch, following the crash scene investigation. Sheriff Mink reported Baldwin’s wife is grieving but is positive knowing that Baldwin died doing what he loved. “He was always with a smile, he was always positive and never said anything bad about anybody,” Mink said. “A true professional in how he carried out his duties and I think everybody will remember that for a long time.” According to the Sherrif’s Department Sgt. Baldwin began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1987.

He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996, and worked varying assignments in the Detentions Division, Civil and Fugitive Unit, Bomb Squad, Patrol Division, and most recent assignment to the Traffic/Motorcycle Unit. Sgt. Baldwin served as a firearms instructor, driving instructor, and instructor for the Basic and Advanced Law Enforcement Motorcycle School. On Thursday, Jan. 23, Sheriff Mink met with Sgt. Baldwin in a coffee shop to catch up on work and update one another on their person life. Baldwin told Mink that if the Broncos win the Superbowl, it would be the greatest birthday gift.

Filings down for county, state Jeffco sees 51 percent decrease in new foreclosures


By Amy Woodward Jefferson County finished last year with a 51 percent decrease in new foreclosure fillings, according to a report by the Office of the Jefferson County Public Trustee. The decrease is significant since the 2009 spike which ended the year with 4,027 foreclosures. The county began their statistical record in 1999 but 2009 could have been the largest foreclosure intakes the county has seen said Margaret Chapman, Jeffco public trustee. “We got rid of these really ill-considered loans written in 2005 when you didn’t have to show income,”


Countywide, the foreclosure rate in Jeffco for 2013 was 1 in every 3,476. Indian Hills -1 in every 498 Conifer - 1 in every 1,220 Wheat Ridge - 1 in every 1,959 Pine - 1 in every 2,024 Evergreen - 1 in every 2,622 — Source data from RealtyTrac Chapman said. “It’s very significant because it shows the economy is recovering, the housing market is recovering.” The state saw a 54 percent drop in foreclosure activity since 2012, with a foreclosure rate of 1 in every 2,577 housing units, according to a report

released by RealtyTrac. Of the top five counties with the highest foreclosure rates — such as Teller and Montrose counties — Jeffco is not listed among them. “I knew it was going to drop, just not that fast,” Chapman said. Improved loan qualifications have added to the recovery of the housing market, along with shorter sales times, but as far as county reductions, Jeffco has always stood out from the rest because it never saw foreclosures as high as neighboring counties such as Arapahoe which peaked at 6,243 in the year 2009. Another contributing factor to Jeffco’s lower foreclosure rates could be a land-use factor with 232,108 acres of land in the county dedicated to recreation and conservation out of 494,660 total acres, according to Jeffco Open Space figures. “We just don’t have a lot of room to build, there just isn’t space,” Chapman said.

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Recommendations to keep humans, pets safe from coyotes By Ashley Reimers Nowadays it’s not uncommon to see a coyote in an open space area or even in the backyards of people’s homes. Over the years, these animals have become more and more accustomed to humans, creating an ever presence in neighborhoods across the north metro area. Recently the city of Westminster received many reports from residents con-

cerning coyotes entering yards and attacking dogs on the west side of the city. Although the reports are coming in from people in the west, all residents in Westminster need to be aware of coyote activity and increased aggression due to the breeding season, January to March. Jennifer Churchill, public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said as coyotes pair up, they become more territorial and don’t like having

other animals, especially dogs, near them. She said although they are more prevalent in open space areas, coyotes can also be found in residential neighborhoods, and people need to follow a few critical steps to ensure safety of themselves and their pets. “The number one thing I tell people is to never feed coyotes, whether it’s intentionally or unintentionally, like leaving food sources near the home like bird feed, dog food or even ber-

ries from trees,” Churchill said. The second important step Churchill suggests is to keep pets in an enclosed kennel, if outdoors. The kennel even needs a roof to keep coyotes from jumping into the kennel. She said coyotes will eat small dogs or cats, so she recommends people keep watch of their smaller animals, especially cats, and try to keep them indoors if possible. “We also suggest always keeping dogs on a six-foot

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leash, that way people can keep their animal under control or from chasing a coyote,” Churchill said. “Also do not allow dogs to interact with coyotes.” Another recommendation from the Department of Wildlife is hazing coyotes when people see a coyote near them. Churchill said hazing is sometimes hard for people to do, especially animal lovers, but is a critical key is the survival of coyotes. She said by hazing, people are actually creating a fearful situation for coyotes, which is important because coyotes are so habituated to people and have no reason to be afraid of

humans. Yelling, clapping hands, throwing sticks and even spraying water at coyotes are all recommended hazing techniques. “Coyotes will only survive if they have a healthy, natural fear of people. We don’t want them comfortable with humans, because when that happens they can come too close to someone or could injure someone and that means we have to come in and remove them,” Churchill said. “We need coyotes, they serve a purpose in our ecosystem so we need them to fear humans.” For more information on living with coyotes, visit

Film critic’s book explores Burton’s animated works Staff Report Movie and entertainment journalist Tim Lammers released a collection of behind-the-scenes stories from the world of one of film’s most acclaimed directors in “Direct Conversations: The Animated Films of Tim Burton.” The book is based on interviews Lammers did with Burton and several of the director’s collaborators about the stopmotion animated films “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Corpse Bride” and “Frankenweenie.” A film journalist since 1991, Lammers has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and numerous film directors. The project culminates more than eight years of interviews Lammers has done with Burton, as well as key players connected with his films. The book is self-published by Lammers through and available at all major online retailers, including,, iTunes, Kobo Books and Sony’s eReader Store. The ebook is also available at and Lammers can also be found online at and

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Party encourages the joy of art The South Westminster Arts Group, SWAG, is hosting a Tiki Party, exploring the Polynesian art subculture that started in the 1930s. The Tiki Party on Feb. 8 is a collaboration of art galleries in historic Westminster and will feature food, dancing and of course art. It begins with appetizers at 5:30 p.m. at Aar River Gallery, followed by dinner and a Tiki art exhibition at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodeo Market Community Art Center. For those up for some grooving, a rumba dance lesson is scheduled at 7:30 p.m., which is just the kick-off to an open dance until 11 p.m. at the Westminster Grange Hall. For a more relaxed end to the evening, people can enjoy dessert and coffee at Iddle Bits of This and That.

“We wanted to do something more edgy and get into the cultural phenomenon of Tiki, which has really taken off,” said Debbie Teter, SWAG co-chair. As far as the art exhibit, Teter said she is hoping to draw in some three-dimensional Tiki work to bring in more interest from people to the art culture in the area. She said many people who live in the south Westminster area have not been exposed to art or have not had the opportunity to experience art and how it’s important to life. She’s hoping this event will bring in an audience looking for art exposure. “Art brings soul to the community,” she said. “If you are not exposed to art, that can hinder creativity. But when the mind is exposed to art, creativity flows.” Landing on Feb. 8, just before Valentine’s Day, Teter said the Tiki Party

is an option for singles to enjoy themselves during a time that is focused mostly on couples. The idea for couple’s tickets rates were specifically nixed from the event to encourage indi-

The Heritage at Westmoor and Legacy Ridge golf courses will be exhibitors at the 2014 Denver Golf Expo at the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Specials will be offered at the show. The first special is $140 and includes four rounds of golf with a cart at either Legacy Ridge or Heritage at Westmoor. For the second special, a partnership with Hyland Hills Golf Course will offer a combination pass that includes one round of golf with a cart at each course (Legacy Ridge, The Heritage and Hyland Hills) for $100. These special deals can also be purchased at either golf course shop from Feb. 10 to March 2.

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to investigate wage claim thefts of up to $7,500. If the department determines that a wage violation has occurred, the employer has 14 days to respond to the decision, or else face fines. The bill also allows for an appeal process for employers who are deemed to be in violation through the administrative process. Last year’s version of the bill included criminal penalties on employers who were found to have been involved in wage violations. Businesses came on board with this year’s attempt after the criminalization aspect was removed from the current legislation. The bill received mixed testimony. Chuck Saxton of the Bennett-based Saxton Construction, a supporter of the legislation, said he has heard stories from workers who claim that other employers cheated them out of paychecks. “Our laws are supposed to be a reflection of our morality,” he said, speaking in favor of the bill. However, the Colorado Restaurant Association has come out against the bill. Nick Hoover, a spokesman for the organization, said that most complaints that workers file regarding alleged wage theft are the result of “simple confusion over payroll procedures.” Hoover also said the proposed administrative process would lead to “punitive costs” for employers on matters that can typically be handled in-house. “I haven’t spoken to a restaurant that hasn’t been able to handle this in a face-to-face conversation,” Hoover said. Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, said the legislation is unnecessary and that the current grievance process works without government intervention. “I do not believe that the benefit of this legislation outweighs the cost,” he said. The bill passed the Democrat-controlled committee following a 3-2 party line vote. It now heads to the Senate Finance Committee, before it receives a full vote in the Senate.

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Many levels to like with declining foreclosures Perhaps it wasn’t an earthshaking news item but some welcome numbers nonetheless. A report released earlier this month noted Colorado realized a 54 percent drop in foreclosure activity the past year, with a foreclosure rate of 1 for every 2,577 housing units at the end of 2013 — and nationally the comparison shows a 26 percent drop. The report by RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosed properties, shared its bright figures, which were not unexpected results but progressing faster than expected, at least according to Jefferson County public trustee Margaret Chapman. Chapman, like other officials in Colorado counties, has been tracking foreclosures for the better part of a decade, and we like her comment noting the country

our view is finally getting rid of the ill-considered loans written in 2005 when borrowers “had to do little to show income.” Well, we are getting rid of several effects related to easy money home loans that contributed to the housing bubble bust. We wrote stories through the years about the extra work involved for police to keep an eye on vacant properties, which can be targets for theft, vandalism or teen gatherings. This is tough on neighborhoods, so we are pleased to get rid of the problems associated with vacant home pockets here and there. Of course the impact to the undercur-

rents to the economy have been even more severe. The foreclosures caused serious reductions in the value of homes. We know it doesn’t take a wide circle of friends to find someone who bought a house and got caught in the downturn and felt saddled for the long-term with “upside down” mortgages. Now the loose loan practices of the past have dried up in many ways and made it tougher for some wanting to buy homes, but the tightening had to happen. This effect and the downturn of the economy in 2008 made it in turn tough for many businesses looking for loans to advance their businesses. Businesses certainly suffered, and we reported the related double trouble of unemployment and foreclosures on many families.

Having covered the problems under the dark clouds of foreclosures, we are glad to see the numbers give hints for an improving, more stable economy. We hope legislation passed by the Statehouse in recent years to address predatory lending and federal mechanisms will help to prevent the country from finding itself in the same jam. We are happy to leave visions of boarded up buildings behind. Colorado has a lot going for it. We see good signs. For one, the battered construction industry is seeing more housing and office projects in the works. And Forbes magazine recently ranked Colorado as the fifth best state for business, and predicted strong growth. It’s been a slow turning, but we enjoy every sign that the economy is turning around.

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Super Bowl preditions? We asked some folks hanging out at Beer By Design, 2100 E. 112th St. in Northglenn, what their Superbowl predictions were. Here are their responses

Broncos will win. If the defense shows up, no one can beat them. Steve Murray Thornton

Broncos will win by 10. PFM. (Peyton freakin’ Manning). David Miller Thornton

Broncos will win. I have faith. Sheryl Deleon Thornton

Denver all the way. The No. 1 defense versus the No. 1 offense — it’ll either be a high scoring game or the opposite. Rich Aggen Unincorporated Adams County

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Finding a balance Like anything in life, balance is important. With that philosophy in mind, a proposed statewide ballot issue, which would give communities control over “health and safety concerns,” is clearly overkill. The expected ballot initiative dubbed “The Community Rights Amendment” may sound good on the surface, but it could easily be misused and abused if approved by Colorado voters. Plus, it could be interpreted by business interests who are thinking about coming to Colorado with new jobs and tax revenues that Colorado communities don’t want them.

going way beyond fracking

The authors of the proposed law, Colorado Community Rights Network, would empower local communities to block or prohibit “for-profit business entities” from operating if they are deemed to be in conflict with the community’s health, safety or welfare. This same grassroots group led the charge in getting Lafayette voters to ban oil and gas development in their city this past November. However, the broad wording in their newest initiative would go way beyond the fracking issue which has evolved in various Colorado cities.

Points to ponder

While you probably know that I am a strong proponent of limiting fracking operations in the vicinity of existing urban developments, I would oppose the “Community Rights Amendment.” Let’s look at a couple of “what ifs” that could perhaps fall under the criteria of “conflicting” with a community’s health, safety or welfare. We all are well aware of the debate that arises whenever Wal-Mart announces their intent to build a new store at a specific location. Opponents of a major retailer could easily declare that such development with the traffic it would generate along with noise and vehicle emissions to be in “conflict” with the criteria under the Amendment and apparently could kill the development. On the surface, it sounds like such a decla-

ration would trump any existing zoning or land use considerations of the municipality and individual property rights. Another example could be the redevelopment of existing run down building(s) with proposed “work force housing” by a private corporation. While the real reason motivating the opposition is to stop affordable housing, they could use the proposed amendment to block the development.

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Fundamentally, the proposed “Rights” initiative begs the question of what criteria shall the local community use to decide “up” or “down” on any “for-profit business” wanting to locate and who is to administer and evaluate the criteria against any given proposal. Certainly, the state Legislature needs to work further on resolving the jurisdictional issues on controlling/ regulating fracking operations which seems to be the underlying “foot in the door” here. However, this can be done by thoughtful state legislation produced through the normal policy-making channels. The backers of the “Community Rights Amendment” should pack up their proposal and instead lobby the state Legislature and governor for more local authority and tighter fracking regulations/criteria. We already have a process to decide land use, zoning, business licensing and regulation enforcement at the local level to cover the broad net that they are attempting to cast. It is called elected representation i.e. city councils and boards of county commissioners.

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GOP lawmakers urge action on firefighting fleet By Vic Vela A day after Gov. John Hickenlooper touted wildfire legislation that was introduced last week, Republicans state lawmakers held their press conference, where they urged the governor to back a revived effort to get the state to buy its own aerial firefighting fleet. Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, introduced a bill on Jan. 24 that would require the state to lease aircraft designed to fight fires, including the immediate purchase of three Type 1 helicopters. The day before, Hickenlooper – who was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that included King – told reporters that he

wasn’t ready to support King’s legislation, based on the logistical complexities involved with the state operating its own fleet, including the hefty price tag of such an undertaking. But King, flanked by other Republican lawmakers and fire officials, said he doesn’t underReport stand why Hickenlooper isn’t fully on board with his effort. “I gotta tell you, I laugh a little bit at the pushback I’m getting on this legislation,” said King. King pursued similar legislation last


year, which culminated in a state study of the issue that is expected to be released in the spring. The press conference came on the heels of Hickenlooper’s support of several measures aimed at wildfire prevention and mitigation. The eight bills have bipartisan sponsorship and should get plenty of support through the legislative process. However, the bills do not contain some key recommendations that were made by the governor’s own wildfire task force, such as imposing fees on homeowners who live in forest areas and the creation of a state building code. Republican lawmakers were careful to not be too critical of the gover-

nor’s wildfire mitigation efforts. Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, and Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, said Hickenlooper has shown good leadership in protecting the state from the threat of wildfires. “But I don’t understand Gov. Hickenlooper’s opposition to the state maintaining these rapid response vehicles, airplanes and helicopters that have been proven to work; that have saved lives; that have saved homes and have saved communities,” McNulty said. During the same press conference, Republicans introduced other pieces of legislation related to wildfire mitigation, including a bill from Roberts that would update the state’s emergency radio system.

Measure on school-safety hotline advances Legislation would put state in charge of program By Vic Vela A chilling coincidence occurred during a Jan. 23 legislative committee hearing on a school safety hotline bill. At the same time that lawmakers were hearing testimony, Jefferson Report County Public Schools was sending out alerts that a lockout involving some of its schools had been lifted following reports that police were investigating a threat at


Columbine High School. Tom Mauser — whose son Daniel was killed during the 1999 Columbine High shootings — was listening to the testimony from inside a Senate Education Committee hearing room, when he received the alerts on his phone. “It just goes to show that we have to continue with our vigilance,” Mauser told committee members. Nothing came of the threats the day of the committee hearing. But what happened at Columbine High School 15 years ago is exactly what the Safe2Tell Hotline was intended to prevent. Since 1999, the hotline has operated as an anonymous way for students to notify law enforcement of potential campus threats. But the nonprofit-backed hotline is at risk of shutting down due to a lack of funding. Because of that, lawmakers want the state to take over operations for a program

that they believe has been successful in thwarting several school tragedies. “Rarely in government do we get an opportunity to adopt something that’s working,” said Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs. Cadman and Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, are co-sponsors of Senate Bill 2, which would transfer operations of the hotline to the Department of Law. The bill also sets aside $250,000 in hotline operational costs. Students can notify authorities via phone or email of any sort of campus threats they hear about, including shooting plots and incidents of bullying. Supporters of the legislation point to Safe2Tell statistics, which indicate that from September 2004 through December 2013, the hotline resulted in more than 9,000 tips from students across Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper said during a

pre-session press conference where he touted the legislation, that the hotline received reports of 16 planned attacks since the beginning of the current school year. Thornton Police Chief Randy Nelson testified that the hotline is a great tool that gives law enforcement the ability to prevent tragedies, rather than respond to them. In turn, that gives students better peace of mind, he said. “We know very clearly that if those kids don’t feel safe in the school, they’re not going to learn,” said Nelson. The bill passed the Senate Education Committee with unanimous support and now heads to the Finance Committee for further consideration. It is expected to sail through both legislative chambers with bipartisan support. “This program is too valuable for us not to do this,” said Senate Education Committee Chairman Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood.

STATE LEGISLATURE IN A HURRY Severance tax bill dies

Legislation that sought to end oil and gas tax revenues from going to cities that ban hydraulic fracking died in a House committee on Jan. 22. Some of the severance tax money that cities collect are used to offset the impact that fracking can cause. House Bill 1064, which was sponsored by Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, would have cut off that money to cities with fracking moratoriums. Sonnenberg said that cities that ban fracking shouldn’t benefit from the money. However, Democrats on the House Local Government Committee called the measure punitive and said cities that neighbor communities that allow fracking also feel its impact. The bill died in the Democrat-controlled committee, following a 7-6 partyline vote.

Bill allowing gay couples to file joint taxes advances

A bill that gives gay married couples living in Colorado the ability to file joint state tax returns passed the state Senate last week. Senate Bill 19 requires that gay couples who married out of state or in another country, and who now reside here, file their state taxes the same as they do at the federal level, either through joint or individual returns. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, comes on the heels of last year’s Internal Revenue Service ruling, which determined that legally married same-sex couples are also considered married for federal tax purposes. The bill passed the Democrat-controlled Senate Jan. 22, following an 18-16 party-line vote. Republicans opposed the bill, with some arguing that the effort is an end-run around Colorado’s gay marriage ban. However, the bill’s only purpose is to ensure that a person’s federal filing status is the same as his or her’s state filing. If the bill becomes law, the change would not apply to couples who are in civil unions.

Affordable housing effort advances

A Democat-sponsored attempt to pro-

vide more funding for affordable housing in Colorado passed a House committee hearing on Jan. 23. House Bill 1017 would fund the construction of 800 low-cost homes across the state. The bill would also allow the state to use some its funds from the Housing Development Grant Fund for affordable housing, foreclosure prevention and homeownership assistance. Bill sponsors – Rep. Crisanta Duran, DDenver, and Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City – say the bill is needed, particularly due to soaring rent costs across the state. They also point to the increased need for affordable housing, due to wildfires and flooding from last year. The bill passed the House Local Government Committee following a 7-4 party-line vote.

Job-training bill gets first OK

A House committee last week gave initial approval to an extension of a Democrat-backed job training program. The ReHire Colorado program – which provides job skills to unemployed and underemployed Coloradans – is set to expire at year’s end. House Bill 1015 would extend the program another two years. Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, the bill’s sponsor, said the program is needed to help those who are struggling to find employment. The bill passed the Business, Labor, Economic and Workforce Development Committee following a 6-5 party-line vote. Republicans balk at the cost of the bill. The extension will increase state expenditures by about $4.8 million over the next three fiscal years.

Flood bill moves on

The House passed the first flood recovery bill of the session on Jan. 23. House Bill 1004 – sponsored by Reps. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette and Stephen Humphrey, R-Severance – would grant the governor the ability to declare a natural disaster and provide financial assistance without first receiving the go-ahead from the president. The bill passed following a 55-5 vote in the House. It now heads to the Senate, where it is also expended to pass with ease.

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Tantalizing tastes of Lone Tree Miners Alley kicks off season with two-woman show By Clarke Reader

creader@ Miners Alley Playhouse is ushering in 2014 with laughs and insight in its first production of the year. “Parallel Lives” will open at the theater, 1224 Washington Ave., on Jan. 31 and run through March 9. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. The two-woman show was written by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy and has a long producWHAT: “Parallel Lives” tion history for WHERE: Miners Alley the team that Playhouse are putting it 1224 Washington Ave., Golden on. WHEN: Jan. 31 to March 9. “We first 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday did this show 6 p.m. Sunday in Evergreen, COST: $23 and it was INFORMATION: 303-935extremely 3044 or successful. It ended up going to these play festivals and kept winning,” Len Matheo, director of the show said. “We ended up being invited to perform it for the troops in Germany.” The production ended up taking top honors at the American Association of Community Theatre Regional Theater Festival and went on to the National Festival in Rochester, New York, in 2011. According to Lisa DeCaro, who acts alongside Gail Montgomery, the two actresses play 36 different characters throughout the show. “It’s a blast to do this show — the characters are so extreme in some ways, but they all have such depth,” DeCaro said. “There is a certain wildness there, but there are also very real

The Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel will host its second in a series of Tantalizing Tastes 6-8 p.m. Feb. 11. Tantalizing Tastes, a wine edition, will feature five wines from Lone Tree Grill’s new wine list, created by Southern Wine & Spirits, and five scrumptious food dishes prepared by executive chef Joseph Westley, CEC. Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel is located at 9808 Sunningdale Blvd., in Lone Tree. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations are required for this limited seating event. Call 303-790-0202.

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Using only a few costume changes and props, Gail Montgomery and Lisa DeCaro tell the stories of a variety of characters in different settings. Photos courtesy of Ellen Nelson reactions. It never gets boring.” The play kicks off with two goddesses planning the beginning of the world with all the irreverence and dry wit that is reserved for only the closest of friends. From there the audience is treated to a journey through a variety of characters in a hilarious mix of situations, including teenagers on a date, funeral attendees and a football game. DeCaro said that she and Montgomery are on the stage the entire show, and only have quick costume tweaks to use to bring each character to life. “Conceptually the show is very minimal. We have closets for the women, two benches and stools,” Matheo said. “There are a few props, but the actresses are still able to create these different worlds around them.” As a director, Matheo said the trick for the show is to create a balance of letting the actresses find the

characters and getting to tell the stories as poignantly as possible. “The director needs to know what kind of story they want to tell,” DeCaro said. “Since we did the show on and off for two years it came back ridiculously fast — the lines just make sense.” Matheo said the show, while funny throughout, will take audiences on the full gamut of emotions. “Since this is our first show of the season we wanted to start out with something strong, and give audiences some exciting theater,” he said. DeCaro said both sexes will find something to relate to in the show. “I think everyone will see somebody they recognize on the stage during the show,” she said. “It’s a great acting exercise and far out play.” For more information call 303-9353044 or visit

The place to be on Feb. 8 is at historic Olde Town Arvada for the city’s 13th annual Taste of Chocolate. The event celebrates everything chocolate 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sales of chocolate confection samples will benefit Ralston House, a child advocacy and resource center for neglected and abused children. Among the chocolate goodies offered: cakes, candies, brownies, fudge, chocolate drinks and more for just $1 per taste ticket (or six for $5). Tickets will be available at four locations: Town Square, DiCicco’s, DNote, & the Arvada Historical Society. Arvada Festivals Commission and Historic Olde Town Arvada present the event, which also features: • Chocolate treasure hunt: From 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., complete your treasure hunt sheet for the chance to win a prize large enough to satisfy a chocoholic’s cravings! • Chocolate cookie contest: A competition for amateur bakers to show off their cookie-baking skills. For more information on how to enter, call 720-898-7400. • Youth entertainment: Activities include storytelling, face painting and balloon artistry. • Carriage rides: Take a romantic ride with your sweetheart to view the giant hearts on display throughout Olde Town. For more information, call 303-4206100 or visit or Last year’s event raised more than $2,000 for the Ralston House.

Denver’s fit as a fiddle

Denver can boast being the best city in the U.S. for fitness in 2014, according to Yahoo Shine, which ranked “America’s 10 Best cities for Fitness.” No big shock since we’re a collection of outdoors and mountain lovers. Here’s what Yahoo wrote: “The Mile High City is miles above the rest when it comes to exercise. Between the incredible hiking in the nearby Rocky Mountains, skiing in Winter Park Resort and the more than 850 miles of paved offroad trails around the city for biking, it’s no surprise that Denver tops our best cities for fitness list. Denver also has a citywide bike-sharing program, which is even more of an incentive for residents to be active.” While Denver comes in at No. 1, four California cities — San Francisco, San

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Super Bowl treats

Because of a conflict with the Super Bowl, the Colorado Symphony’s Masterworks concert on Feb. 2 will begin at noon, instead of the original time of 2:30 p.m. The rescheduled concert will allow ticket holders and the orchestra time to enjoy pre-game festivities leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, which pits the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks. The Colorado

Symphony will host a pre-concert Broncos Breakfast at 11 a.m., to include coffee and orange and blue doughnuts. Tickets for the Feb. 2 concert are 50 percent off for those in Broncos orange and blue, available in person at the CSO box office. For those wearing Seattle Seahawks merchandise, the price is double. Meanwhile, Zengo at 1610 Little Raven St. will be running its $35 bottomless brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the Broncos being in the Super Bowl. Zengo is offering an “Orange Crush” drink consisting of vodka and orange crush soda to be included in the bottomless brunch options for $7 (John Elway’s former number) on the a la carte menu. Call 720-904-0965 for reservations or more information.

Arvada construction company logo turns orange and blue

Milender White Construction Co. (MWCC) saluted the Denver Broncos’ record-breaking 2013 season from the seven-touchdown, season-opening victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to the AFC Championship win over the New England Patriots. In recognition of the Broncos’ amazing season earning them a trip to the Super Bowl, MWCC temporarily changed the gray in the company logo to Denver Broncos’ blue to complement the MWCC orange. In its press release, MWCC, based in Arvada, wrote: “We look forward to watching Peyton Manning and the entire team hoist the Lombardi Trophy on February 2, 2014. GO BRONCOS!”


Eavesdropping on a woman on Facebook talking about her daughter: “Eliza fell and scraped her knee. As I cuddled her, I asked if she wanted some ice to help the pain. With giant tears rolling down her cheeks she said, `No, I want prosciutto.’ We are definitely raising a good little Italian.”

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Jefferson Academy’s comeback falls short Jaguars drop a game to No. 2 Lutheran Lions By Kate Ferraro

kferraro@coloradocommunitymedia. com When Jefferson Academy girls basketball suffered an unpleasant loss to No. 3 Peak to Peak Jan. 17, 60-29, they were hoping to make a statement against No. 2 Lutheran in their next match. While the Jaguars (7-4) did fight until the end against the Lions, Lutheran came out on top 49-46 Jan. 22 at Jefferson Academy High School. Jaguars head coach Kevin Porter said the girls improved greatly from their match the previous week. “We talked about the girls playing with heart,” Porter said. “We talked about what we could do to be smarter with the ball. We talked about if we’re going to go down, it’s going to not be without a fight. These people need to know that we came to play tonight.” Lutheran came into the game 8-1 with their one loss being against Holy Family. No team has scored more than 40 points against them except for Holy Family, Peyton and now Jefferson Academy. “Our program’s identity has always revolved around our half-court defense,” Lutheran head coach Mark Duitsman said. “Keeping those scores as low as we have is a tribute to our girls. Basketball is a game that’s going to reveal how truly connected you are to the team.” With one minute left in the game and the Jaguars down 45-43, Lutheran junior Cara Thomas was fouled and sunk both of her free throw shots to take the 47-43 lead. But a 3-pointer by Jefferson Academy’s junior Alycia Wright tightened the score to 47-46 with 28 seconds left. The Jaguars fouled Lions sophomore Kristen Vigil with four seconds left in the game. Vigil made both of her free throws for the 49-46 advantage. Jefferson Academy attempted the buzzer-beating game-tying 3-pointer at the other end, but missed, losing the game 49-46. Despite missing a few players due to injuries and poor grades, Porter was still pleased with his team’s performance. “I’m so proud of the girls,” Porter said. “For who we had to be able to play, I’m real proud of them. We’ll find a way.” Lutheran’s Thomas finished the game with 19 points followed by junior Kaleigh

Lutheran’s Cara Thomas, left, guards Jefferson Academy’s Kristi Nagai, right, in a game Jan. 22 at Jefferson Academy High School. Photos by Kate Ferraro Paplow with 10 points. Thomas transferred to Lutheran last spring and had to sit out the first nine games this season. The game against the Jaguars was her first as a Lion. “She’s showed why we’ve been so excited for her to join us,” Duitsman said of Thomas. “She definitely made her presence in the high post.” The Jaguars will host Kent Denver and Bishop Machebeuf Jan. 31 and Feb. 4, respectively. Lutheran plays Faith Christian Jan. 31 and Manual Feb. 4 both at Lutheran High School.

Jefferson Academy senior Mollie Heitman dribbles the ball down court in a game Jan. 22 against Lutheran at Jefferson Academy High School.

Numerous forfeits costs Horizon a loss Grades, not guts sink Hawks in Fairview fight By Kate Ferraro

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Horizon’s Angelo Arellano, 220-pounder, wrestles against Fairview’s Ethan Kennedy in a dual meet Jan. 23 at Horizon High School. Photo by Kate Ferraro

Horizon’s wrestling team lost seven matches in a home dual meet against Fairview Jan. 23. But only two of those seven bouts were actually performed. The other five were forfeits. Daniel Perez, 126-pounder, was pinned by Fairview’s Walter Rose and Cory Romero (132) lost by decision, 11-1 against Cliff Lester. Horizon lost five more matches due to ineligibility, providing the Knights with 30 free points in the 40-37 defeat. “Unfortunately, coming back from Christmas, a lot of the kids let their guard down a little bit,” head coach Chris Perez said. “We gave up 30 points, but overall we’re stepping up, we’re getting a little spark in us.” Horizon’s John Gallo, (160), started off the meet by pinning Fairview’s James Kiousis. Hawks’ Xavier Boccadoro (195) and

Angelo Arellano (220) pinned Bradin McEllhaney and Ethan Kennedy, respectively, before Horizon had to forfeit four times. Aaron Beltran (113) from Horizon won by decision, 23-9 against Skyler Calderoni and Hunter Lucas (145) won his match by pinning Fairview’s Philip Giomassis. Horizon’s Michael Herman (138) won his match by decision 3-1 in the last 10 seconds of the third round. “He wrestled one of his best matches ever,” Perez said of Herman. “I keep telling these guys they just have to keep working at it and never give up.” The Hawks had to forfeit weight classes 108, 120, 170, 182 and heavyweight. Jonah Weil, Preston Cates, Cito Balsells, Campbell Rutherford and Enrique Vasquez accepted the forfeits for Fairview. Despite the losses, Perez said the team is working hard and if they keep up their efforts, no team will be able to stop them. “If they stick to their fundamentals and wrestle their style, as long as we do that we’re a good team, we’re hard to beat,” Perez said. The Hawks will compete against Mountain Range Jan. 30 at Horizon High School.


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Scoreboard Holy Family girls beat No. 4 Peak to Peak


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Girls basketball Jefferson Academy 57, Manual 40 Alycia Wright scored a game high 19 points and had four rebounds and five steals. Wright also limited Manual’s top scorer to only four points. Karah Burkel scored 13 points and Mollie Heitman scored 11.


Standley Lake 47, Bear Creek 57 Caylie Hartman scored 15 points for the Gators followed by Casey Torbet with 11. Jacqui Dunnigan scored nine points and Meghan DeHerrera scored eight. Torbet came away with 10 rebounds and two assists.

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Boys basketball Standley Lake 64, Pomona 44 Marcus Asmus scored 24 points for the Gators followed by Dylan Critchfield with nine points. Asmus was 2 for 5 at the free throw line and scored 2 3-pointers for Standley Lake. Standley Lake 58, Bear Creek 41 The Gators beat Bear Creek 58-41 with the help of Marcus Asmus who scored 18 points. Rory Gishwiller scored 13 points followed by Dylan Critchfield with nine.

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Tigers win seventh straight game By Kate Ferraro The Peak to Peak girl’s basketball team walked into Holy Family’s gym Jan. 24 ranked fourth in the AP media poll and undefeated in the Class 3A Metro League. But that didn’t affect the Tigers at all since they are also unbeatable in league and are the No. 2 ranked team. Well maybe it bothered them, but only for the first five minutes. The Pumas scored four points right off the bat, but the 4-0 lead was the single advantage Peak to Peak possessed. Holy Family went on a 14-0 run with two minutes left in the first quarter. “That layup at the beginning really sparked us to have a realization that we need to get out of gate strong,” Tigers sophomore Katie Chavez said. “That was a good wake up call for us and then after that happened, we just played our game.” The Pumas closed the gap by scoring 12 points and only trailed Holy Family 18-16 at the end of the first quarter. The Tigers then scored nine consecutive points and took over from there. Holy Family led at halftime 41-25 and held the Pumas to nine points in third quarter and eight in the fourth for the 70-42 win. “It was a great defensive win by our team today,” Holy family head coach Ron Rossi said. “Our balance offensively was very good. We really did the good game plan of taking away the three big scorers.” Pumas junior Katharine Kia was averaging 15 points per game, however Holy Family kept Kia to six points

Holy Family junior Alex Jaros, right, sprints down court with the ball Jan. 24 against Peak to Peak at Holy Family High School. Photo by Kate Ferraro throughout the match. Junior Michaela Wildbacher led Peak to Peak with 14 points. Tigers senior Lindsey Chavez had a double double scoring 16 points and had 10 defensive steals. “Lindsey got her fast break going and always plays good defense for us,” Rossi said of Lindsey Chavez. “She hit a couple of really key jumpers that iced the game.” Katie Chavez led Holy Family in points with 19 and had 10 assists and four steals. She was 4 for 6 at the free throw line. Junior Maggie Spitzer scored 13 points for the Tigers and junior Alex

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Jaros scored 11. Both senior Claudia Pena and junior Megan Mcgillin grabbed six rebounds and Spitzer had four. Katie Chavez said she liked how the whole team played a role in the Tigers win. “All of us contributed in our own way,” Chavez said. “If Alex wouldn’t have come off the bench and scored those points and even our posts were staying strong and getting great rebounds. I think it all just fell into place which really helped us.” The Tigers will continue their successful season Jan. 31 when they play Manual at home and hit the road Feb. 4 at Colorado Academy.


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