Sentinel Northglen 7.18.13
July 18, 2013
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Adams County, Colorado • Volume 49, Issue 49
Park-n-Ride closes at Washington, 104th lot City takes another step toward developing former Target site By Tammy Kranz
There are about 90 children featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery on display at the Adams County Government Center through July 30. Biography pamphlets are included under theirp hotographs. Photo by Tammy Kranz
Center hosts Colorado Heart Gallery Exhibit features children looking for adopted parents By Tammy Kranz
firstname.lastname@example.org Raeonna, 10, likes arts and crafts, animals, singing and dancing. Her favorite colors are purple and pink. Misti, 11, enjoys singing, especially Taylor Swift songs, and riding her bike. Dwayne “JR”, 16, loves music, sports and cars. He is said to be social and have a great sense of humor. Raeonna, Misti, Dwayne and dozens of other youth in Colorado are featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery, and are looking for adoptive families.
The gallery is on display in the main lobby at the Adams County Government Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, through July 30. The gallery, created by Adopt Colorado Kids, is a traveling photography exhibit that features portraits of those children in the state’s foster care system who have waited the longest for an adoptive family. “Adams County has been involved with the Colorado Heart Gallery since it began in Colorado in 2005,” said Ruth Kedzior, assistant county administrator. “(The government center) was chosen because the atrium has plenty of space and a beautiful backdrop for the gallery as well as good exposure because a number of people come to the center for business on a daily basis.”
The gallery features five large, vertical, three-sided panels. More than 90 children are featured on the panels, each with a small pamphlet describing the child. More than 580 children have been featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery since it started, with a success rate of 48 percent of children and youth being placed in adoptive homes, according to the Adopt Colorado Kids. More than 50 percent of children featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery in 2011 were placed in adoptive homes, the organization said. More than 60 professional photographers have donated their time for this project. The virtual Colorado Heart Gallery can be seen at HeartGalleryCO.org.
The city of Thornton has taken another step toward securing a developer, or developers, for the former Target site at 104th Avenue and Washington Street. The city on July 1 closed down the Regional Transportation District’s Park-n-Ride that has been at that location since 1995. Jeff Coder, Thornton’s deputy city manager of city development, said shutting down the lot came down to two issues: safety of the commuters and making it more attractive to developers. Although the Target building has been demolished, Coder said, crews are still removing utility and water lines on that property. “We’ve had challenges with people cutting through the lot and ensuring everybody’s safety,” he said. “Also, the lot isn’t adequately lit any more. Plus, we need to demonstrate to folks that the property is completely ready for development.” While no developers have been secured for the site, Coder said, “It looks like we have good interest in the property and hope to get it developed soon.” Although RTD had a lease agreement with the former owner of the property, it never had one with the city, Coder said. According to Julia Yugel, public relations specialist with RTD, 25-30 commuters on average used the lot. She said riders can use the park-in-rides at Wagon Road or the 104th and Revere locations. “The routes will still pick up and drop off passengers at this spot (at 104th and Washington), there just won’t be parking there,” she said. The routes that stop at the location are AA, 40X and 12. Ride continues on Page 18
Council rejects ban on type of pets sold in city Ordinance designed to stop the support of puppy mills By Tammy Kranz
email@example.com Northglenn City Council rejected an ordinance that would have outlawed selling dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores unless those animals came from an animal shelter or rescue organization. The measure failed by a 4-5 vote on first reading during council’s July 8 regular meeting. “The purpose of this … ordinance is to promote animal health, safety and welfare standards; to promote community awarePOSTAL ADDRESS
ness of animal health, safety and welfare standards; and to foster a more humane environment in the city of Northglenn,” said acting City Manager David Willett before council began its discussion. The ordinance would have grandfathered in the pet stores already operating in the city and would have outlawed individuals from selling or giving away pets in public places. Some council members said they were voting in favor of the ordinance to move it forward to a public hearing. However, because the ordinance failed on first reading, there will be no public hearing. Kim Snetzinger, Ward IV, voted in favor of the ordinance but listed several concerns.
“We are allowing medical marijuana shops to be in the city,” she said. “We’re going to be allowing recreational marijuana shops in the city. We allow smoking in the city. Those are all things I would consider more of a harm to a person, and now we’re not going to allow people to make their own decision on what kind of business they want to support or where they buy their animals or what kind of animal they can buy.” Carol Dodge, Ward I; Joe Brown and Leslie Carrico, Ward II; Marci Whitman, Ward III; and Gene Wieneke, Ward IV, voted against the ordinance. Mayor Joyce Downing; Wayne Dodge, Ward I; Mayor Pro Tem Susan Clyne, Ward III; and Snetzinger voted in favor of the ordinance.
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As of July 1, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Park-n-Ride at 104th Avenue and Washington Street in Thornton closed permanently. RTD encourages riders to use the closest Park-n-Ride, seven miles east, at 104th and Revere. Photo by Tammy Kranz
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Summer school program expands By Ashley Reimers
Students in the Adams 12 Five Start School Districts summer PEAK program work on a science experiment at Federal Heights Elementary. Photo by Ashley Reimers
NORTHGLENN NEWS IN A HURRY Buckstein performs for summer concert series
Buckstein, a band that plays everything from Merle Haggard to new songs on the Top 40 charts, will perform for free at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park, across from City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive. The concert is part of the city’s free summer concert series. In case of inclement weather, the show will move across the street to the D.L. Parsons Theatre and commence at 7 p.m.
City prepares for streetwork in August
Starting soon Northglenn residents will see construction crews working on city streets. This work is part of the 2013 Street Improvement Program, an annual program to maintain the integrity of the city’s street network. On May 13, City Council ap-
proved CR-47 and allocated $308,160.65 to do the following work: Mill and overlay: • East 112th Place from Irma Drive to Claude Court • West 99th Avenue from Huron Street to Melody Drive • Claire Circle Edge plane and resurface: • East 119th Place from Sylvia Drive to Irma Drive • West 100th Place from Huron Street to Melody Drive A mill and overlay means the asphalt will be replaced on the entire street. With an edge plane, the area next to the gutter will be replaced, with new asphalt added to the center of the street. Please follow all construction signs and no parking signs for the duration of construction.
With help from grant funding, more students are benefiting from the Adams 12 Five Start Schools Summer PEAK Program. The program is now serving double the number of students, with up to 240 kids receiving extra educational opportunities. The district received two Expanded Learning Opportunities grants from the Colorado Department of Education totalling $78,000 that allowed the program to expand and offer transportation services to students. The Summer PEAK Program is at four schools, Rocky Mountain, Federal Heights, McElwain and North Star elementary schools. The program at North Star focuses on literacy and goal setting while the program at the other three schools focuses on STEM, science, technology, engineering and math, education. “At North Star, the focus is really on literacy and we work with the Center for Safe Schools to also focus on the students’ social and emotional development,” said Stephanie Hansen, director of the Summer PEAK Program. “At the other schools we have certified staff delivering the science curriculum in a way that is engaging and fun.” The program is offered to students going into grades third through fifth and the student must be at least a grade level behind in reading.
The program is an extension of the district’s after school program. During the summer students attend the program from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. Hansen said with transportation services now available, she’s already seen a huge difference in terms of enrollment. On the first day of the program, there were 59 students at the North Star location, compared to 36 students total at the school last summer. “The grant has really allowed us to expand our services to the kids by being able to offer transportation to and from the program as well as being able to hire more staff,” she said. “This summer we are also going to be able to have some field trips for the students.” Hansen said at this point in time she doesn’t have any hard data on students’ progress in the PEAK Program, but she is looking to hire an outside consultant to help pull out numbers and data information. Even without statistical data, Hansen said she can definitely see a difference within the students who are participating in the program. “The teacher and parent surveys are all very positive and we can definitely see growth in the kids,” she said. “Their engagement in the classroom is improving as well as their performance. Their attendance is even better, so I know PEAK is making a difference.”
SO MUCH INSIDE THE SENTINEL THIS WEEK Sports: Bandimere Speedway revs up for summer. Page 24
Life: Production of ‘Nimroddes’ provides laughter in a study of men. Page 17
Opinion: Columnist Michael Alcorn ponders the power of touch. Page 6
Sports: A visit to Todd Creek golf course. Page 22
Law: Agreement clarifies limits on gun ammunition magazines. Page 5
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Craft brewery opens in Northglenn By Tammy Kranz
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June. “According to the Colorado Brewers Guild, the Front Range is the largest craft brewing market in the U.S. We are very pleased to welcome Beer by Design to Northglenn, and to add their company name to the list of more than 70 Colorado craft brewers,” said Debbie Tuttle, Northglenn’s economic development manager. Sabbe was introduced to home-brewed beer in the
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early 1990s by a coworker. He developed a brew kit and began selling supplies to home brewers. He also ran Rocky Mountain Home Brew business in Westminster for a few years before selling it in the late 1990s. “It did well for itself, but I couldn’t’ quit my day job,” said Sabbe, who lives in unincorporated Adams County. Meanwhile, he researched the brewery industry and imagined the possibilities of opening one. Losing his job kicked started making his dream into a reality. He began securing investors and got Aggen, who used to be his neighbor, to be his partner. “He’s like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to the brewery — the passion is there,” Sabbe said. The men held a grand opening for Beer By Design, 2100 E. 112th St., on June 28. The 5,000-foot facility has a tap room and brewery. Tours are available daily upon request. Sabbe said what he makes is craft beer. He uses a special process that allows his brews to be “session” beer — low in alcohol and more drinkable. “You can sit down and
Beer By Design held its grand opening Friday, June 28. During tap room hours, the brewery will offer tours to the public.
Beer By Design co-owner Vance Sabbe works on installing a tank at the newly opened craft brewery at 2100 E. 112th St. in Northglenn. Photos courtesy of Beer By Design finish more than one and not be overpowered by the alcohol or sugar,” he said. He said the finest ingredients are used in his beers, without chemicals in processing or for preservation. He said another key to the great taste of his product is the water. “We strictly use Northglenn water, which comes from Standley Lake, which is water from the Rocky Mountains,” he said. Beer By Design features Copper Mountain Pale Ale,
Wild Mountain Wheat, Cascade Mountain IPA and Alpine Mountain Amber Ale. While the facility can seat about 50 at the bar, and nearly the same at 10 tables, Sabbe said their business plan is aggressive and that they want to be more than a local hangout; they want to be the local brewery for bars and restaurants. But, he said, he doesn’t want to tap at any locations outside a 10-miles radius because he thinks that’s where other breweries go
wrong. “They stretch themselves too thin,” he said. “We are real cautious about that; we want to make sure we never run out of beer for our restaurants and bars.” Beer by Design is open 2-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 2-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Sundays. More information about its products can be found online at www.beerbydesign.com.
adams county news in a hurry Animal Shelter/Adoption Center rescues 60 dogs
Officers from the Adams County Animal Shelter and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to an animal-welfare check at a home north of Watkins in unincorporated Adams County on July 9. During the inspection, 118 Havanese dogs were discovered in the home. The Denver Dumb Friends League took in 58 of the adult dogs, while the remaining 32 adult dogs and 28 puppies were sent to the Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center. The dogs appear to be in good body condition, but are still being evaluated. The Animal Shelter anticipates placing these dogs for adoption beginning July 23. In the interim, the dogs will have their medical, behavioral and grooming needs assessed. The dogs will also receive their vaccinations. During this time the animals will be kept in a quarantine area and will
not be available for public viewing. When the dogs become available for adoption, they will be posted on PetHarbor.com and on the Adams County and the Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center Facebook pages. The Adams County Animal Shelter is accepting food, money and grooming-supply donations to help with the care of these dogs, and is specifically requesting canned puppy food, grooming clippers and blades. The Adams County Animal Shelter is at 10705 Fulton St. in Brighton. For information on the shelter, please visit www. adcogov.org.
Commissioner travels to DC to lobby for funding
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Community Reach Center receives major contract
The Community Reach Center has
received $135,000 from the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide mental health supported-employment services to eligible clients who are in treatment with Community Reach Center for fiscal year 2014. Community Reach Center is a nonprofit mental-health provider with five outpatient offices in Adams County and the designated mental-health provider for individuals eligible for Medicaid in Adams County. Services include individual and group therapy, early childhood and school-based services, substance abuse treatment, emergency services, a post-adjudication program for criminal offenders, psychological testing, residential services, therapeutic support groups, wellness programs and more. For more information, visit www.CommunityReachCenter.org.
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Farmers markets make organic produce accessible By Ashley Reimers
firstname.lastname@example.org After months of planning and many weekly meetings, farmers markets are coming to south Adams County this summer and fall. The markets are sponsored by Community Enterprise, a nonprofit organization based in Commerce City and dedicated to engaging and uniting community members to build sustainable, healthy and inclusive neighborhoods. The farmers markets will give low-income community members an opportunity to go home with organic fruits and vegetables. “The markets will have a pay-what-youcan model so that people can take home what they need using the money they can afford,” said Lisa Schott with Community Enterprise. “We will have suggested dona-
tion prices for items, but we still want people to feel comfortable paying what they can.” Three farmers’ markets are scheduled for south Adams County, with the first taking place on July 20 at Scott Carpenter Middle School, 7001 Lipan St. in Denver. The two other markets will be in south Thornton and south Westminster. The markets are part of a county-wide effort to promote healthy eating and active living in these parts of the county. For the past year Schott has worked with LiveWell Colorado, a nonprofit organization committed to reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living. She said Community Enterprises received a $1.2 million grant from LiveWell Colorado to incorporate healthy-eating and active-living strategies over a nine-year period.
IF YOU GO Farmers markets in south Adams County: Perl Mac community 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 20 Scott Carpenter Middle School, 7001 Lipan St. in Denver Thornton Harvest Fest 10 a.m. on Sept. 7 Community Park, Thornton Parkway and York St. in Thornton Orchard Festival 10 a.m. on Sept. 28 Rodeo Market Community Art Center, 3915 W. 73rd Ave. in Westminster “We started doing surveys, assessments and interviews in the south Adams County area, including Westminster, Thornton and the Perl Mac neighborhood,” Schott said. “We asked them about their challenges related to being healthy and active in their community, and the strengths in their com-
munity. From that, we started putting together action plans.” For both south Westminster and south Thornton, part of those action plans included a community farmers market. Schott said since the beginning, she’s had good participation from the communities, with people very excited about the opportunity to have a farmers market right in their back yard. Schott said most of the fruits and vegetable for the farmers markets are being donated by local farmers or being purchased from local farmers. She said she hopes farmers will see the interest in the markets and set up their own produce stands. For more information on the farmers’ markets or to get involved with the markets, call 303-288-4783. All proceeds from the markets will go toward future markets.
City prepares groundwork for developments Work begins on Webster Lake Promenade, Walmart By Tammy Kranz
email@example.com Two long-awaited projects in Northglenn are becoming more than pipe dreams. Work has begun on the development at 120th Avenue and Grant Street, and the redevelopment of the Garland Center. Economic Development Manager Debbie Tuttle has announced that a groundbreaking will happen soon for the Webster Lake Promenade, the 11-acre site at the southeast corner of 120th and Grant. “You will see dirt starting to turn very quickly,” she told City Council during its July 8 regular meeting.
The Webster Lake Promenade project includes 56,293 square feet of retail space. The preliminary plans call for six building sites, with square footage ranging from 4,300 to 15,000 square feet, and 565 parking spaces. Construction will start this month, with an anticipated completion date in approximately 18 months. “We have been working to redevelop this area for many years,” said Mayor Joyce Downing. “This is a major gateway into our community, and we are looking forward to the great mix of tenants our developer is bringing.” Tuttle said that demolition work on the buildings at Garland Center is scheduled for July or early August to make way for the new Walmart Neighborhood Market. “The estimated schedule to start construction is in December, with a comple-
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tion on that property,” Tuttle said. The vacant 6,919-square-foot store at the Huron Center, 900 W. 104th, is now occupied by Apple Liquors. Tuttle said the former occupant was also a liquor store and moved out of that space more than two years ago. Two new eateries are coming to Northglenn, a café and a sandwich shop. Impulse Café, 11922 Washington St., will open later this month and will serve coffee, teas, pastries and breads. Wild Wood Sub has taken over the former Quiznos site at 1040 104th Ave. and will serve sandwiches, soups and salads. Tuttle said that should open in August. Also, Tuttle announced that Larkburger, 120th and Washington, will celebrate its one-year anniversary on July 27 by selling its signature burger for $2.
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THORNTON ON THE RECORD Thornton City Council voted on the following during its July 9 meeting:
Emergency medical services training
Council unanimously approved a resolution in its consent agenda authorizing the city to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Aims Community College for emergency medical services training. This agreement will help EMT basic and paramedic students at Aims Community College gain field experience working with Thornton Fire Department personnel and provide fire department field trainers an opportunity to work with a more culturally diverse group of upcoming emergency medical providers and gain insight to potential future employees. The Thornton Fire Department will be compensated for this field training. Additionally, Aims Community College maintains a limited Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) license and provides the test several times a year. This agreement
will enable the Thornton Fire Department, which maintains a full CPAT license, to accept their completion certificates in its recruitment process. Furthermore, Thornton will be able to use Aims Community College`s indoor CPAT course for testing recruits when weather conditions limit the use of Thornton’s outdoor course.
Accepting School’s Initiative Grant
Council unanimously approved a resolution to approve the agreement between the city and the State Board of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund for the School’s Initiative Grant Award. In partnership with the Adams 12 Five Star Schools, the city applied for and was awarded a School Play Yard Initiative grant for $95,339.09 during the spring 2013 grant cycle. The grant will go toward the design and construction of play-yard improvements at Cherry Drive Elementary School, 11500 Cherry Drive. In order to receive the funds, the city had to pass this resolution.
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deals with whether the gun laws — which were passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper earlier this year — violate the Second Amendment. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Hickenlooper — which are made up of gun-rights groups that include 55 county sheriffs — were set to ask a federal judge on July 10 to block parts of the gun laws, specifically one that limits large-capacity ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. But, the night before the hearing, the two sides came to an agreement that clarifies which magazines are banned under the law, and clears up confusion over issues pertaining to the temporary possession of gun magazines by someone besides the owner. “We were ready for what we thought would be a big battle,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Dave Kopel. “As it turned out, 24 hours from the hearing, we had everything we were asking for.” Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican, had drafted memos outlining how the gun laws
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should be enforced. But the plaintiffs argued that the memos regarding the magazine limit law needed clarification. The plaintiffs were concerned the law banned magazines with removable baseplates, which are “designed to be readily converted” to hold more than 15 rounds. This, they were set to argue, could have ended up banning nearly all ammunition magazines. The plaintiffs also were concerned that language in the law that requires gun owners to be in “continuous possession” of their magazines would essentially bar anyone else besides the gun owners from handling them. The state’s attorneys agreed to make technical language adjustments in the memos, clarifying that the laws do not affect magazines with baseplates and that “continuous possession” only means continuous gun ownership. Because the two sides came to agreement on the fixes, a federal judge refused to grant an injunction that had been requested by the plaintiffs. “That’s all we tried to solve and they
were solved,” Kopel said. “We fixed a tremendous amount of real-life problems for citizens and law enforcement.” Solicitor General Dan Domenico said the state had no problem addressing the technical fixes. “In general, we’re very pleased with how things turned out,” he said. “We came to an agreement with the plaintiffs to clarify a few things that they’ve been concerned about, that are consistent with our interpretation of these statutes since before the governor signed them.” Hickenlooper told reporters later that day that the lawyers “were trying to use common sense to figure out how, going forward, this would not a huge burden (on gun owners), but at the same time reasonable.” “This is what was intended all the way along, to make sure there’s no misunderstanding,” the governor said. “We’re not trying to ban all these magazines ....” What’s left of the lawsuit deals with Second Amendment issues. Kopel said the case is “likely going to trial,” which is expected to happen later this year.
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Mood Express performs for summer concert series
Mood Express, a band that plays Latin pop music, will perform for free 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Carpenter Park Amphitheater, 3482 E. 112th Ave. The concert is part of the city’s summer concert series. Anthony’s II will offer pizza for sale at the concert. Also, City Council will host the Ward 1 Ice Cream Social at the event.
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DMNS role in healthcare showcased in national report Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, right, gets a hug from House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver on July 11, after Rep. Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, was elected House minority leader. Waller stepped down as minority leader to focus on his campaign for attorney general. Photo by Vic Vela
House GOP leadership changes hands Loveland business owner picked to lead minority party By Vic Vela
A Loveland lawmaker has gone from delivering pizzas to Colorado houses to being the Republican leader of the Colorado House. Hill- Rep. Brian DelGrosso on July 11 was moreelected House minority leader by members g. of his party. DelGrosso, who delivered pizzas for Domino’s before buying three franchises of his own, was praised by fellow Republicans during a brief election at the Capitol. “I’ve seen Brian fight relentlessly for our values, and for our caucus, and for what’s ent, dear to our heart,” said Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Arvada. “And I appreciate that. And I beits lieve those are key traits to being a leader. “And he makes a hell of a pizza.” ornDelGrosso has served in the House since ty 2009 and has been a member of the House ng t the Finance and Appropriations committees. A Wyoming native, DelGrosso moved to Colorado after serving in the Air Force and the Wyoming National Guard, before he delivered pizzas for a local Domino’s franchise. DelGrosso now owns Domino’s franchisf es in Loveland and Windsor. nd “It’s definitely very humbling for me to be here today, to be in this position,” DelGrosso said. as DelGrosso replaces Rep. Mark Waller, Rrant Colorado Springs as minority leader. Waller rant stepped down from his leadership role on gn July 11, so he can focus on his campaign for attorney general. ool, Waller said he felt “a little bit melanthe choly” to be stepping down as minority on. leader, but said “it’s the right thing to do.” Waller said he was proud of how he led his party during the recent legislative ses-
sion — one where Republicans faced an uphill battle on just about every issue in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly. “While we lost a lot of votes because we simply did not have the numbers, we certainly won a lot of debates,” Waller said. DelGrosso praised Waller’s leadership before blasting the agenda that Democrats pursued this year. DelGrosso opposed many of the efforts that Democrats touted, such as school finance reform, civil unions and gun control. DelGrosso said he will work to “repeal and correct the onerous bills that were passed this previous session.” He also said that Coloradans “took notice” of the Democrats’ issues platform. “Today isn’t about me, it’s about our election,” he said. “And we all know that elections have consequences.” House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, DDenver, shook hands with DelGrosso after the election and took the high road in a press statement that was issued afterward. “We don’t always agree, but we do always manage to have a productive dialogue,” Ferrandino said. “I congratulate him and hope he will lead his caucus toward bipartisan solutions on the issues most important to the people of Colorado.” Republican Rep. Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch, a former House speaker, said DelGrosso will face challenges that McNulty never faced when he led the House GOP. “It is a different dynamic, leading a House caucus when you’re in the minority, because you have to react to what the majority Democrats are doing,” McNulty said afterward. “And that’s going to be a challenge for him.” McNulty believes that DelGrosso’s business background will be an asset to the party’s leadership. “He is the American dream,” McNulty said. “He’s an American success story, and now he’s leading our House Republican caucus.”
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science initiative, Genetics of Taste, and other health-related enterprises on the part of American museums are documented in a new report, “Museums on Call: How Museums are Addressing Health Issues,” released by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The full report, including a state-bystate appendix of examples, can be accessed at www.aam-us.org/docs/advocacy/ museums-on-call.pdf. At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Genetics of Taste is the first community-based and community-run genetics lab in the country. Seven days a week, visitors look in and see how a real molecular lab works and watch real scientists in action. More than 3,100 visitors have enrolled in the research study, and more than 140 volunteers have been trained as citizen-scientists. The data collected is used to research how DNA affects
taste and the role of taste in health. The museum is at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. To learn more about the museum, check www.dmns.org, or call 303-370-6000.
Rescued bears arriving at the Wildlife Animal Sanctuary
Two rescued bears that were anonymously surrendered by a private owner in Ohio will arrive in Keenesburg at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, thanks to Bobbi Brink of Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB). The LTB team removed nine bears from private residences in multiple locations in Ohio, performed necessary medical procedures on seven of the bears, and are transporting the bears to four reputable sanctuaries across the United States, including the Wildlife Animal Sanctuary, 1946 County Road 53. The bears have no medical records or history on file, and likely have never had proper care from a veterinarian. They likely have never had a space to run or play, and now will be given the gift of a good life at a reputable sanctuary, Brink said.
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With golf event, area’s cup runneth over One of the biggest sporting events you’ve probably never heard of will take place in the Denver metro area next month. The Solheim Cup will bring two dozen of the best players in women’s professional golf to Parker. We know: August in Colorado means the Broncos are back — and we’re excited about that, too. But the NFL’s regular season will still be weeks away during the Aug. 13-18 Solheim Cup. Take a timeout from the preseason and turn your attention to the Colorado Golf Club. That might mean ordering tickets for the event. Or it might mean just watching on TV. Either way, the event is worthy of acknowledging, for a number of reasons: • The top international team competi-
OUR VIEW tion in women’s golf, the Solheim Cup will feature 12 players from the United States playing against 12 from Europe. (Think Ryder Cup, for those of you familiar with men’s pro golf.) Even if you normally don’t follow the women’s game, or golf in general, we think you will be impressed by the quality of play. Sure, you’ll see some precision pitches and putts, but also, with Colorado’s elevation, you might be treated to some 300-yard drives.
• The event puts a spotlight on women’s athletics. If you have a young daughter interested in sports, these talented women could serve as an inspiration for what can be achieved. At the same time, it highlights good sportsmanship — we’re fairly certain you won’t see any violent temper tantrums or hear talk of performance-enhancing drugs. • The Solheim Cup will help elevate the Denver area’s status on the global stage. Nothing wrong with letting people across the world know there is more to Colorado than skiing, beer and the Broncos. • The event is expected to provide a boost for the area’s economy. The 2009 Solheim Cup, hosted by a course in a Chicago suburb, reportedly generated a $19.4 mil-
lion economic impact for the area. Officials here were told to expect a similar benefit. Hotels and restaurants in Denver, Douglas and Arapahoe counties should get a major boost. But we suspect that many visitors, who may be making their first trip to the Centennial State, will also venture west and take in the scenery — and patronize the businesses — of communities within a chip shot of the mountains. The Solheim Cup also offers something else, something you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a golf tournament: a fun atmosphere. Spectators will be singing and chanting, some dressed up in costumes, as they cheer for the Americans or Europeans. Sounds like a good way for Broncos fans to get warmed up.
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What is your favorite summer memory? As the summer weather warms up, we asked some park-goers enjoying a warm, sunny day at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn to share their favorite summertime memories.
Boating, water skiing and camping. It was relaxing being with family. Marilyn Lynch
Going to the beach. I enjoyed swimming and other activities around theb each. Wes Wessberg
They are all always good summers for me. Everything is in bloom and beautiful — especially around the lakes. Jane Robb
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Undervalued virtues: kindness Imagine being a 17-year-old girl. Okay, okay — sorry. I can hear the collective shudder from here. Try again: Imagine being a 17-year-old girl, and it’s 5:30 in the morning. You’ve been awake for an hour already, and you’re sitting in your very fashionable hospital gown in a small examination room in the surgery ward at Children’s Hospital. For some reason this body, which, as a dancer, you’ve staked your existence on, has started to betray you. For no apparent reason, your arm goes numb or cold, or you have a persistent dull ache for days at a time. It turns out you have a small skeletal abnormality which, if uncorrected, may rob you of the function of one of your arms. And the means to correct the problem is for a doctor to make a small incision in your neck, reach in to your shoulder and, for lack of a better term, saw off the offending bone structure. In other words, this is a scary moment. Even the knowledge that your surgeon, Dr. David Partrick, is one of the best in the country can’t stave off all the butterflies. And then the first person to talk with you is Dr. Fernandez, who announces that she’s your anesthesiologist, which means she’s the person with all the good drugs. She’s pleasant, and personable, she makes jokes, and talks to you as if you’re actually in the room, and gets you to laugh and be at ease before giving you the “good stuff”. When you wake up, the first person you see greets you with a smile, and a query about your pain. She reassures you that, should you need any “help” with the pain, she’s there for you. Then you’re wheeled up to you room, where your nurse, Corrie, meets you. She tells you that she has doctor orders to follow, but that she listens to what you and your parents tell her, and she will make sure that you are as comfortable as you can be. For the first two hours, she is in the room almost constantly, checking your vital signs and reading the displays, but
mostly just talking to you and seeing how you’re doing. It’s hard to know, in times like that, what sort of things are meaningful. I would have assumed that I, personally, would appreciate competence and science. But, in times like that, what a patient — what a parent — values more than you would have ever thought possible is the little kindnesses that each caretaker extended all along the way. From actually listening to you, to the periodic, surreptitious look in while she’s sleeping, to breaking into a slight jog to go get you a box of apple juice when she asks for it, or even the speedy callback and reassurance from Nurse Stephanie that she would take care of the insurance — these little touches matter a great deal. They make a difference. I know, in this day and age, we’re all supposed to be about the metrics and the bottom line. But what I was starkly reminded of by my daughter’s experience at Children’s Hospital was that there is no metric that means as much as a simple act of kindness. We constantly underestimate the value of the little human touches, to our diminishment. So, to Dr. Partrick, Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Fernandez, and especially to our nurses, Corrie and Stephanie: a simple, but very heartfelt, thank you. She’s doing just fine, thanks to you. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.
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About eight months ago a few little pot cials holes showed up next to the 73th Street fit. and Meade Street post office alley post ofglas fice boxes. ajor At first I paid little heed! In the past rs, some repairs had been made, and I ashe sumed those holes would soon be repaired. t Today as I write this, those pot holes, big ze enough to engulf a Mack truck have only in a seen very temporary “road fill” attention. hing But for eight months I have been fighting almost weekly to get some permanent n concrete work done. and s, as Huge problem eans. I kid you not! It has been a huge bone fans of contention and the biggest run-around. You see the post office officials say it is not their property. They tell me to contact the property owners but no one seems to know just who the property owners are. Nobody, I mean nobody, wants to accept responsibility. After numerous calls from time to time to the postal officials the answers from them told me it would practically take a miracle to get the post office folks to get off their duffs and get something done. During that eight-month negotiation, the holes just got bigger and bigger. Lots of folks wanting to deposit mail there would pull away from the boxes because of the deep holes.
After numerous contacts and loud conversations, I had finally reached my tolerance when I witnessed a car with Nebraska plates pull up, look at those four huge holes, swear a few choice words and back up and drive off. It was then that I really sprang into action. First I called postal officials and told them I was calling Channel 9 and letting them put that picture on the news. And after learning that, some postal folks thought the City of Westminster should take responsibility since it adjoins the alley. I too decided to call our neighborhood city representative. Although he said he would follow up, of course I didn’t hear from him. It was when I threatened to take up the matter with the Mayor or City Manager that he turned me to David Cantu, street superintendent who did spring into action
Classes aplenty to gain appreciation for the outdoors You want to get outdoors and just don’t know where to start? This summer’s agenda is full of a wide assortment of outdoor fun. Let’s take a look at some of the activities offered by local organizations and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Few outdoor pursuits match the attraction of fly fishing for new anglers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers fly fishing how-to coupled with where-to-go opportunities in a short 60-minute drive from Metro Denver. One of two classes on July 25 is still open; call 303-291-7804 to register. Being eager to fish and knowing where to go can be conflicting challenges. Parks and Wildlife has launched new tools to help anglers find a good fishing hole. The Colorado Fishing Atlas is a major help in finding waters where specific species are found. Plus, the atlas gives information on regulations, locales for both simple bobber-ponds fishing to fly fishing, and even winter ice fishing. The state’s prime Gold Medal waters are listed, along with photos and maps. The Colorado Fishing Atlas can be found online through the fishing page on Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, http://cpw.state. co.us . Facebook users can access the atlas on http://facebook.com/CPWFishing. You prefer Twitter? Try @COParksWildlife or @ CPWFish. Waterfowlers and decoy historians will want to mark Aug. 24 on their calendars for the 5th annual Rocky Mountain Decoy Show at the new Cabelas in Lone Tree, southwest of Lincoln and Interstate 25. Local Northglenn decoy sculptor Bill Waters, 303-255-6996, has the details. As the outdoors summer attractions expand, upland bird hunters will want to take a look at what Metro Denver Pheasants Forever has planned. A hunter-safety class is set for Aug. 10-11; Intro to Shotgun Shooting for the Novice will be staged Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 at Barr Lake State Park. On Oct. 5 at the Kiowa Creek Sporting Clays, members and friends will gather for the annual Fun
and started the ball rolling. It was then that “somebody” (I still have yet to find out “who”) temporarily put that road fill in those holes. Meanwhile the word is that the paperwork is in on the postal list of repairs to get done. Of course I have absolutely no confidence that the postal folks will actually repair the holes. We all know how slow government is.
The two remaining employees at our Meade Street Post Office have been equally frustrated as so many in-house patrons complain to them. Meanwhile the “road fill” is slowly being eroded and the permanent repair papers are sitting on a desk somewhere. You know that saying “You can’t get there from here.” Well, you can’t mail a letter outside here unless you risk hitting a pot hole.
Another story to tell – in my daughter’s words
My daughter Katey had her own story to tell about her experience with light rail last Saturday – another “you can’t get there from here” story. My family wanted to experience the new West light rail line. My husband initially was reluctant due to less than positive past public transportation experiences. But eventually he was game, and we drove to
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the Jefferson County Government station, parked and purchased three-round trip tickets to travel to Union Station and back. We entered the light rail car and made sure we were on the correct train to Union Station but the attendant said, “let me check on this” and came back to say there were track repairs, and the train could not get to Union Station but that we could get to the Decatur Federal Station and then board a bus to get to Union Station; we weren’t interested in a bus adventure, we wanted to ride the new light rail to downtown. We weren’t upset about track repairs, this happens, but rather there was no information before we boarded the train and purchased the tickets. Now we were going to miss out on a fun afternoon in town. My reluctant husband took it all in stride and suggested we go repair our disappointment with lunch at the new nearby “Five Guys” – it was great! Better luck next time. He said he will be ready to try the train again ... in 2023. Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned. Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.
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Shoot. Call 303-915-7170 to register and finalize your plans. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge continues to offer a wide variety of nature education, with both hands-on and wildlife viewing opportunities. Photo contests, high-quality bass and other warm-water species fishing, working with a specialist in the Visitor Centers Discovery Room, growing a garden that attracts birds, viewing owls and other refuge wildlife and a close look at the growing herd of bison are all possibilities for kids, families and seniors. Call 303-289-0930 for information and to register for one or more of these exciting programs. Colorado Trout Unlimited will stage its initial Family Fly Fishing Camp at the Pickle Gulch Campground in Gilpin County Aug. 9-11. TU will be supported by Angling University in this exciting introduction to the fastest growing angling sport. The camp focus will be on kids ages 9-13 in age who are accompanied by a responsible adult. The camp is hosted by TU and AU skilled anglers, and ensures both youth and adults a unique experience to test the fly-fishing trout waters firsthand. Equipment basics, casting, knots, fly selection, trout habitat and water ecology are all topics to be explored and discussed. To gain more information and register for this event, which has a fee, call Jake Lemon at 720-354-2646
Ronny Gene Caudle, 78, of Thornton, passed away July 6, 2013. Survived by Ardis, his wife of 55 years; his children Stephanie Harris & Marc O. Caudle; brother L. Marc Caudle; grandchildren Christopher Melchi, Ashley Caudle, Kevin Harris; great-granddaughter Vanessa Garza. Services were held on July 16, at Northglenn United Methodist Church, 1605 W. 106th Ave., Northglenn, CO. Memorials may be made to the church, or to Camp Hope Scholarship Fund at Buckhorn Camp, 2120 County Road 41, Bellvue, CO 80512.
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Governor tips hand in support of proposal Ballot question would fund school finance overhaul By Vic Vela
email@example.com Gov. John Hickenlooper acknowledged on July 10 that the tax hike being proposed to fund a new school finance formula is not his “exact preference,” but it is one that he thinks is “winnable” and will support. The governor’s comments, which followed an unrelated Capitol press conference, mark the first Report time Hickenlooper has told reporters he supports the specific tax initiative tied to a school funding overhaul that 1.577 pt advocates have recently decided to pursue. The two-tiered tax hike — which will have a greater impact on higher wage earn-
ers — would fund Senate Bill 213, the “Future School Finance Act,” so long as voters approve a ballot initiative that will create about $950 million in new taxes. “I’m not sure it was my exact preference,” said Hickenlooper, referring to the tax proposal that was chosen by education groups last month. “But the bottom line is, you gotta have something on (the ballot) that’s winnable.” The Democratic governor added that “it’s just not worth all the trouble and work if you’re going to go to the ballot and lose.” “So, within … that array of ballot language that conceivably can win, I think this is the best.” Hickenlooper has been pressed to confirm his support for the tax hike since he signed Senate Bill 213 into law in May. He told reporters after the signing that he had his preferences on what the tax would look like, but he would not share them. The governor did say at the time that he “certainly” would campaign for the ballot effort, whatever it ended up looking like.
‘It’s a complex issue, and in the majority of the cases, once we get the facts out there, they’re pretty supportive.’ Gov. John Hickenlooper Hickenlooper said on July 10 that he’s spent the last month having conversations with business leaders about the tax initiative “It’s a complex issue, and in the majority of the cases, once we get the facts out there, they’re pretty supportive,” the governor said. If funded, the new school finance act would create full-day kindergarten, provide preschool for at-risk children, and would put more money into needs-based programs for special education students and children who are learning English.
The act also aims to increase per-pupil funding for school districts across the state in a more equitable fashion than the current system allows. Initiative 22 will ask Colorado voters in November to approve an increase in the state income tax, which is now 4.63 percent for all Coloradans. Under Initiative 22, residents who make up to $75,000 a year would see their rate rise to 5 percent. Income above that level would be taxed at 5.9 percent. Ballot organizers have until Aug. 5 to collect 86,105 valid signatures for the initiative to be placed on the ballot.
Brains as important as brawn for survival I’ve seen a lot of the apocalypse lately … or the end of civilization, the end of the world, or the end of the universe, much of it in strident promotions for summer blockbusters such as “Pacific Rim.” And at the theater last night, I saw trailers for others I hadn’t even heard of yet. On the small screen, I’m also inundated with ads for survival scenarios, fictional and otherwise. The “real” ones, of course, are the product of hugely popular (and appropriately named) reality TV. In addition to the genregenerating “Survivor,” there’s “American Ninja Warrior,” and “Get Out Alive,” among others.
And speaking of popular, “Walking Dead” has captured the imagination of millions of people. And in spite of — or because of — its
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violence, “Hunger Games” has a similar fan base, as does “Game of Thrones.” I’ve actually watched some of “Revolution,” a series about the loss of power around the word. The electrical kind of power, that is; there’s still a lot of power-mongering going on amongst the human factions. It seems that brawn is too often portrayed as all we humans will need to survive. Sure, there’s usually a high-IQ type in these depictions to pore over maps in candlelight or puzzle through secret journals. The sexy leading roles, though, go to those who lead the fiercest charge to save humanity. And weapons … no shortage there for the inevitable battle to control the firepower, in whatever forms are left behind and whatever might be invented for that particular future. But what about can openers? The kind we turn with our thumbs, of course, because the power would be out. I’ve personally always considered the can opener as essential for existence in a pre-packaged post-civilization world. I recently watched “The Pianist” for the first time, a depiction of Wladyslaw Szpilman’s desperate struggles in Holocaust-era Warsaw. In the film, a simple can opener plays a pivotal role in his survival as Szpilman is discovered in his frantic search for food by a Nazi officer, who becomes an unlikely caretaker until the officer himself is forced to flee.
Physical prowess counted for little then as hundreds of thousands of people like Szpilman attempted to survive while in hiding. And, of course, brawn meant next to nothing as human bodies broke down in the tragedy of the camps. This, however, is where the human brain — and, ultimately, the human spirit — triumphs. Through carefully crafted preparations, Szpilman was secreted in Warsaw and cared for by people who tended to him, often at great risk to themselves, because he was a human being. Examples of the magnitude of maintaining our brains also abound in chillingly prescient portrayals of the future in literature such as “1984.” In “The Stand,” Stephen King’s tale of human life after a biological warfare project goes horribly wrong, King’s people are smart and compassionate, and they take care of each other in the course of eventually defeating evil. The way I see it, true survival has always relied — and will continue to rely — not only on the strong-bodied, but also the strong-minded. And it’s the strong-hearted who will ultimately save us all. Andrea Doray is a writer who loves Colorado, and likes to share it. She sends her thoughts and wishes to those affected by the wildfires in our state, and elsewhere. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
police briefs Possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous weapon, underage possession of alcohol: An officer was dispatched July 5 at 12:21 a.m. to 753 W. 91st Ave. in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Officers arrived to find a 20-yearold Thornton man matching a witness description, on a staircase. He was found to be in possession of wooden nunchucks, .06 grams of marijuana, and had a strong alcohol odor on his breath. He was taken into custody, processed and released to his mother on a summons. Harassment, domestic violence: Officers were dispatched July 5 at 6:05 p.m. to the 9100 block of Belaire Street in reference to a report of a domestic incident. A 35-year-old Thornton woman told the officers that her ex-boyfriend was repeatedly trying to communicate with her by sending her unwanted text messages. Officers discovered over 40 text messages on the woman’s phone and saw her repeated texts asking him to stop texting her. He was later located and taken into custody. The 36-year-old Thornton man was processed
and later transported to the Adams County jail. Shoplifting: A 33-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman – both of unincorporated Adams County – were arrested July 6, at 9:18 a.m. at Walmart at 9901 Grant St. A loss prevention officer saw the couple select a Bluetooth device and men’s shoes totaling $114 in value, and exit the store without paying for them. They were both issued a summons and later released. Care and control of animals: An officer was dispatched July 6 at 7:55 p.m. to the 9000 block of Ogden Street in reference to a continuously barking dog complaint. A 71-year-old Thornton man wanted to file a complaint against his neighbor. The 30-year-old Thornton man was contacted and issued a summons. Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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Joh ews.co that Publica m involv“there n Hicken tion ing are no loo bes gun t easy per ack s, som to dea l wit but saidsolution now eth The ing “ou h firearm a deb s” to ledged the Dem r dem ate issues -rel on State Genera ocratic ocracy ated how vio fere of the l Assem govern demand lence d is trol his opi State spebly dur or, add s.” ing ech pas that is nion his ressing sion Jan. on cer ann one take ately tain 10, also ual up to be area By Ryan Boldrey deb pro of ate “Le this firstname.lastname@example.org said t me legislat d topicsone of gun con f50 cents prim ive law the mo che . “Why ses e the cks sion maker not tion st After months of public outreach, town hav pump,” . s will Tha for all e uni nity Media Publica halls and community surveys, the C-470 tention t sug gun sale versalHicken ges A Colorado Commu s?” aisl Corridor Coalition expects to decide by of law tion bac looper e. kgroun makercertain March or April how to pursue expanding “It d s on ly cau House is just the busy freeway corridor from Interstate ght bot Col h side the 25 to Kipling Street. oradoMinorit comple s of atcall “I think overall people are saying there Spr y Lea tely une the ing der involvfor all nfo is something that needs to be fixed when sale s, rce be con ing per s of said of Mark it comes to the congestion,” said Jack Hil HilWallerable,” ting son-to-guns — Hicken , But bert, a Douglas County commissioner who ent inc per loo Ron nor ’s stanDemocr backgr son tranluding per’s serves as chair of the coalition’s policy com comFrom left, state Rep. Chris Holbert, state Rep.-elect Polly Lawrence and outgoing state House Speaker Frank McNulty address the Douglas County Business Alliance on Jan. 3 during tho ats ce. “He 68, Issue 12 mittee. app ound chesaction se Volume • Tracy ma a legislative kickoff session. Photo by Jane Reuter lau de som cks s — According to the coalition, eastbound ded County, Colorado Kra afra the . and Jefferson id to ft-Thar e risk travelers Kipling to I-25 face delays of Countyfrom gov y poi Adams p, Gun jump ermore than 11 minutes during the morning legi into D-Arva nts,” ger Phil slat control tha said da. rush hour, and westbound travelers are de deors nex ts Rep “He are , one t.” t General mana layed as much as 18 minutes in the evening. one five mo exp was . outlines projec ectedof many n’t Sen. Growth along the corridor is expected to nom area tha nths Washington Evie Hud ic ma t Hic of the to tak issues increase by more than 30 percent over the e up ak, righ ken that tter om moriki tol for the new legislative session. aren’t going to be the ones grabbing the next 20 years. s, civi loopersession over reg t, hugs By Darin oloradonews.c l uni Sen. Lind add , was the tou ulating Democrats have regained control of the headlines, so it means you really do have Beginning with a series of telephone ress ons dmoriki@ourc the che General a New ed. just d on ma District and Colorado House, and maintain their ma- to pay attention,” outgoing House Speaker town halls in July, the coalition has been Eco ell Jan. , of high exdur rijuana Transportation - Com cou jority in the state Senate, and Republican Frank McNulty said. “They’re the ones that busy presenting three options to citizens ing 9 in the Regional Washington declared ind transrse, his mon Senate Phil 40-minustry es several Denmembers of the Douglas County legislative are going to have the highest impact on the and area business leaders: tolling any addi By Jane Reuter addiozen Tak ground Manager as RTD continu wer cham ing ute e toward the ns delegation said that could impact business economy.” email@example.com sou also s of bers tional lanes and keeping the existing lanes on rem pectatio targeted on the the ght ho w su projects arks. owners. Four of them were on hand for a McNulty urged business owners to free; tolling all the lanes, old and new; and top issu open portation northern region. projects staina mes be e of ing day trol agenda State leaders urged Douglas County Douglas County Business Alliance-spon- “show up at the state Capitol,” testify and raising property or sales taxes to pay for ad ted several by adgun ver metro’s led of the st hosted ble de ing bu gton highligh Gen item for hee violen sored legislative kickoff session held Jan. 3 bring supporters when issues of concern business owners to stay aware and get inin breakfa ra va legis ditional new lanes. ve Washin ting ls eral lative ce is velop ilt in this and of Jan. 4 legislati fit 36 Commu are on the table. volved in issues that could impact them as at Lone Tree’s Sky Ridge Medical Center. “The one thing that has come across session. ve@ n Cleve Dem during a a Ele the last yeaAssem nonpro Resort. ment our “The bills you need to be cautious about Photo lawmakers take their seats at the state Capi Capiclear,” Hilbert said, “is that there is just no mentaDecem r’s Aurbly, esp ocratic Legislators continues on Page 19 the Interlocken colora Louisville-based by Cour will be ecia -co s at the Omni ry Sch ber ma ora don way in the world you could go back and toll tney Kuhl lly on nSolution om metro region gton said. “I the ews.co ssa es ool talk existing roadways. No matter what is decid decid“The Denveren in Concre at ater kill the West,” Washinthat it can be ing ars — and m city in the politic abo — are I believe nec Sandy ings ed, existing (lanes) will remain free.” mu greatest a. ticu that, and rtation investments Hook al issuut gun star ch mo edg believe t. Hilbert said the coalition is leaning toto s ed. ting really But transpo es are re in the e, as has alw just to pop ward a decision to toll any new or addiaddi “So this region.” to accomthe done through the ays om part of me making in bee up gov me point tional lanes to pay for construction and that we’re r, he said RTD’s journey n in ern s at rcial the Can an easy one. or acka dicey to gun not been maintenance. He said this will be discussed Howeve Ind develo delas board has s, oth projects now ber RTD just iana Stre pment resi restructure some recent cuts to the DepartDepart heavily at the coalition’s January and Feb Feblplish these 2012, the 15-mem percent sales mike Coffman’s views ers Stat he pro north et and . to a ment of Defense. a 0.4 e con In May ruary meetings, when they go over results ballot to violen tinu Can gen posed of Coa against placing election finanOn fiscal resolution: “I like the tax piece, the fact that “I think we need to go forward with these from a recent telephone survey conducted es on erally general t decided l Jeff the on Pag The if current erso Creek most of the Bush tax cuts remain permanent for the vast cuts,” he said, “but I think they could be by Hill Research Consultants. e 18 tax increase ks. This means are, the North n Par resi southe The den dev majority of American people I thought was a win. On the done in a way that doesn’t compromise our “If we go that route, construction could fund FasTracons remain as they not be comfew elo com tial ast of kwill yea ing per ped by portion the negative side, it wasn’t at all balanced with cuts, and we national security. There was no attention to start in early 2014, if not sooner,” he said. by Andy Carpenean cial projectiNorthwest lines ties dev Ter Can rs is 43 years. Photo are, in fact, going to spend even more money now. We’ve detail paid to these cuts. I think that they “If we pick a financing option that requires d offe Group. ra Cau of retired after mercia delas,anothe eloBy these pmRyan Boldrey Metro and 2042. ent Mastriona has convinced prosa got to be serious about the deficit and the debt and this bill thought it would never happen, so the nono Veldhurs som acres. l and includr firstname.lastname@example.org a vote (raising taxes), that obviously pushes ove pleted until gton said he is the w, at Water World. ething The new ope to a gondola ing Veldhu r the certainly wasn’t serious about it at all.” tion was `let’s just do an across-the-board it out further. But I don’t think those two But Washin be done way beforethe transCau izen, n spa nex , stands next The resi izen veteran will Cand for Park a noted sa t of the U.S. armed On proposed high-capacity magazine ban: “Personcut to the Department of Defense.’ 20-year will ce willA den options are what I am hearing citizens say. dev Parks and Recreation o far, Capitalmanag way in elas neig two projects tion dates and nt strides tial, said. Hyland Hills ally, I feel that there ought to be a limit. I think this notion west “It just isn’t rational. We’re cutting propro hom feature elopm hbor forces, Mike gincCongressman I’m hearing citizens say `yeah, fix director it, butofwe made significa jected comple mm we hav . able lude comArvada. hood executive Hills district has In that time, Washin uni e , former and es, 1,00 1,500 ent, onc that there shouldn’t be any regulations at all is wrong. That grams that are essential and giving the want someone Coffman (R-Aurora) plans 1,50 else to pay the taxes.’” ction Hyland held commu portation Photo is taking d at ty, are five of years. Greg Mastriona by the com severa 0 or mosingle toefocus by Andy shape diff nt Don in the past two either begun constru of its said, the question about high-capacity magazines should same weight to programs that are essential nity of0his efforts offe Raising taxes was a popular option in the that us to missed l mil fam commuch me re r“Th erent Carpenea with hous tho ,” Vel obligaBoard presidethe highpleted visi RTD has out for 77 percent be decided by state legislatures, because there will inherto our national security to programs that early town hall surveys, but according to the new congressional pric “It’s rcial spa lion squ higherin ily, ton said includes in Sus on.” se stan dhuizen hite ey all n million general build family. said he has e ted work vad -de detach , affairs. projects, perforare session ently be varying standards for different parts of the counthe low tain probably should have gone by the wayside Hill’s survey only 9 percent of people were ctu 1, a $2.7 issue passed to dards hav the Ciancio a,” kind of ce. ed said feet nsityon veteran his overall to the or contracFasTrack network Bus Rapid Transit ability ne.” ral flai e com for Vel and $300 bond and a city uni . try. I feel that 100 rounds is too much but that is an issue ofThe a long time ago or have little value.” larU.S. tion ment in favor of increased property tax and 42 est regard Lines. ,000s planned retarecently com dhuizen rs. ts re-elected pow munity can we “They West Rail, ry mendo did a just two mance and commit wit il and te 225 Rail off High pleme that must be debated and decided by the Colorado General sha Coffman said he fancies himself differdiffer pan for Colo Coloered the park. Com , Vel be see percent favored increasing sales taxes. De Deing the Gold, and Intersta es, but said hin representative ture Mastriona began with red els way 72 plan. us dhu arti stre The park but grew the fol- district. He said the district and (BRT), East Rail our challeng sustain on Assembly and not in Washington, D.C.” ent from many members in his own party spite the higher numbers, 42-41, in favor of city 6th District said that am nt eac . “Th arado’s the ng muniizen n thro et ity truCandel and Cand the we’ve had h oth ey’l for systemBetwee oun n of all about of Hyslides, job r not d Am in the ugh as said ability roo lights course tho the additio it’s l t in that a lot of Republicans don’t support Ar- to focus on is st, intends iswater the “Of for sales taxes over tolling one new lane, the re resuperio elas ugh fs of , from out and with the s, we’ n par of ope er. Theheinte spa a pillar to say that “It’s he saidhas tho slides. grate down beinggton he $50erican, ce. any cuts to defense spending. Some of the port suggested that there was not sufficient from transi transilowing year re’s ranging ugh Col the will remain nity and a valued I always like — the knock “Th , is its feature homes. tiles to and four soThe ll hav ks, ope n spa sues ope Washin orado, a tre-the citizen work is its firs . cility,” e rec recrea e wave pool down re’s Cove and n commu n con 0,000 that would force the Department of Veter- things on the table in Coffman’s eyes inin get up,” tion worksupport to secure passage in an election as we’re Coffman reation tion of the The bigsolar a signnearly space ce sustain den space ” he t of its in into who re- the came Surfer’s followed land e for the district. firm Eac na knock es — but the challenges, but Veldhu bec Pam, the ts 200 h com said and ans Affairs to hire qualified veterans before clude: troop levels in Europe; whether U.S. cen th hom ed force to how the country pay Mastrio with Next ges and ific 1984, kind g required by TABOR. aus resourc bui abilreationcan enj t s . mu izen center ter. had these we’re getting forward, r Bay in e the challeng It’s buildinant comacres cantrai to travelin years ago. in the nity fore a fee of lder wh hiring from the outside. ls take care of vet allies should be more involved in cost-sharcost-shar d Ryl es Going better vetgoi we’ oy of ope with him said. “We’ve the canvas, and served Thunde Country in 1986.put Wa, may ng to re com said. “It’sis a $3 Its al aspect the view g are mitme tired eight stat ” he will take and experi- getting up off qua buildin $3,000 o buy is well-de “Only about a third of the people that ing; whether we should retain some of our Possibility of four lanes now erans nsuffering from post-traumatic stress by River 0s. and pro y really mit mo reach be e of ies it said lifie tha million g. If Bot rs per s lots The break dedication to not xim of the s and a where nt to pretty quickly. work on the nearly ted unt LEE as “River Countr map because work (in the VA) have actually served in the permanent overseas bases; are there funcfunc disorder. , ity ain of ple D silv to sus t expens famany memor over the years, them done oofs h ron LEED, LEED com sola d renewa they lot into in Can Hilbert said is areime possibilityonews. out also said Ashley resi on the est Rail Line to Bythere “wo s after years Hills District colorad that or and r pan tain at that time ences he’s madeber the great orive ter World Washington t of the Northw is about 33 point, rk, and oth Bouldemunity door rec“I-think the real concern is in looking at military,” Coffman said, “and I just think tions being handled by active-duty military C-470 could expand sooner ble build the the tru delas Hyland t bee of bui menta Leadergold.” er certifie rather than lat latabi rides and els, areimers@our ene only the er .” the other station nity. r, Vel dine is body slides,” and will remem and board he 6.5-mile segmen par- that there’s a culture there that’s not re- that could be handled by the reserve at a had tube d, andlity. diff n U.S lding l Design ship majori techno geothe rgy sys homes st beSo far, dhuizenand plalocatio Golden the unemployment rates for veterans, par C-470 continues on Page 19 Westminster segment, which d com erslides were built the first but the commuhip and vision ion, staff for those who . Gre meets , cer in Ene the future ns osponsive to the veterans. … In my experiwit cheaper cost; and are there weapons sys sysstru rail ticularly those coming out of Iraq and AfAf all rma tem it the If ty log ganizat y” , to This then itted y-funde o, is ano where the His leaders in many facilihom the bui of the y, the l hea s, suc h and ction about said. at a Laundr The en Bui green tificatio rgy and with. 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Kerr is star at dinner LaRonna DeBraak, left, and Lorry Pearson play the high school versions of their characters, Ronnie and Lorry, in the new musical “Nimroddes (Men): An Educational Musical Comedy for Men” that premiered at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., July 12. The high school seniors decide that they are going to major in the study of the human male species in college – a subject they think might take them 30 years to fully understand. Photos by Sara Van Cleve
Men under study
‘Nimroddes’ provides laughter through music, gender By Sara Van Cleve
he differences between men and women have long been known, but it’s not very often those differences are set to music. “Nimroddes (Men): An Educational Musical Comedy for Women” does just that. The musical is based on the book “Nimroddes (Men): A Field Guide for Women,” written and illustrated by Arvada residents LaRonna DeBraak and Lorry Pearson. DeBraak wrote the play script and lyrics as well. “The play is about a couple of women who decide in high school that their major in college is going to be the study of the human male species,” DeBraak said. “They decide, even though it will take them 30 years to finish a PhD and actually learn about the male species, that they’re going to go for it.” DeBraak and Pearson play the two women — Ronnie and Lorry — from their time in high school through years of research to become a serious research scientist and a mad scientist co-conducting seminars together about the purpose of the male species, as they call them, the Nimroddes. In the play, the characters discover and discuss 10 of the 36 types of men mentioned in the book — the chickity, the dimwit, the fudknuckle, the wackadoodle, the gadget, the lumuc, the straight-lace, the master-lie, the gigolo and flamfidant. “I went through the history of different men I dated and people I know that Lorry dated and has been married to and decided, ‘My goodness, there’s a lot of material,’ so I just started categorizing them all out like a field guide,” DeBraak said. The idea for the play came to DeBraak in the middle of the night, she said, as a way to help Pearson, her friend of more than 30 years, heal after a tragedy. Six years ago, Pearson’s daughter died following a drug overdose and Pearson became depressed. “I had always been an artist,” Pearson said. “I didn’t pick up a brush, I couldn’t pick up a pencil. I didn’t do anything. That’s why (LaRonna) asked that night what we can do for something together and that’s when I started painting again.”
Working together on the book, and now the play, helped Pearson heal, and it also helped both women reflect on their own lives and relationships. “Writing it was good therapy because you start realizing the relationships you’ve been in, good or bad, you learn something from every single of them that helps you grow and develop as a person,” DeBraak said. DeBraak and Pearson said they hope the play will help others as well. “I think by seeing it and realizing relationships are all about growth, once you look at it that way, it’s empowering, it really is,” DeBraak said. “You realize how resilient you are, how strong you are and it helps you become a better person when you actually evaluate your own life.” The evaluation of the male species, though, doesn’t come without some humor and laughter as Ronnie and Lorry spend their lives trying to figure out and classify the - quite possibly infinite - number of Nimroddes. “Normally when you see things that are comedies, they’re not that funny,” Pearson said. “But when we say this is a comedy, it’s really, really funny. You can’t make the
audience laugh, but you can allow them the privilege of laughing, and that’s what we’re doing here. We’re letting them go hysterically mad with laughter.” Between laughs, the audience will hear 15 songs that will make them want to sing and dance, DeBraak said. Though “Nimroddes” is an educational comedy musical for women, men can enjoy it too. “A lot of men have read the play and they’ve all recognized their friends in it, and some actually said they noticed part of themselves in it,” DeBraak said. “I can’t see men not thinking it’s funny because they’ll see themselves and others in it.” “Nimroddes” premiered at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., July 12. “Nimroddes (Men): An Educational Musical Comedy for Women” is showing at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19 and 26 and Saturday, July 20 and 27 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21 and 28. Tickets are $18 for Friday and Saturday shows and $15 for Sunday matinees. Tickets are available online at www.Nimroddes.eventbrite.com or at the Festival Playhouse.
EDGE restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel Denver is partnering with Double Cross Vodka to present an intimate dinner on Aug. 7 featuring professional golfer Cristie Kerr, who plays on the U.S. Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. When not on the course, Kerr swaps her clubs for Cabernet from her own Curvature Wines collection. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in EDGE bar with passed hors d’oeuvres, Double Cross Vodka and Curvature wines. The three-course dinner begins at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $75 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations: 303-389-3050. Kerr will be competing for the American team in the Solheim Cup Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker. There also will be three pre-tournament practice rounds and other events on Aug. 13-15 at the Colorado course.
Broening, Thompson rejoin forces
Chef John Broening, who gained fame for his two revered Denver restaurants, Denver Brasserie Rouge in The Ice House and at Duo in the Highland neighborhood, is returning to kitchen at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar at 1512 Curtis St. See the full story at www.5280.com/blogs/2013/07/08/ breaking-john-broening-heads-le-grandoyster-bar-bistro. “We’re putting the Brasserie Rouge band back together,” restaurant owner Robert Thompson told Westword. Broening will join Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar as executive chef and also as culinary director of Seasoned Development, Thompson’s restaurant company. Thompson owns Le Grand, Punch Bowl Social and the Argyll Gastro Pub concept. He co-opened Brasserie Rouge with Leigh Jones in 2003. Broening, now chef and co-owner of Spuntino and formerly the executive chef of Duo and the late Olivéa, headed up the kitchen originally at Brasserie Rouge. Broening’s French cooking skills were not enough to prevent the restaurant closing a year later, though. Expect lighter fare at Le Grand, Broening says. He notes that Le Grand’s offerings will be more seasonal.
Retirement community goes Hollywood
Ronnie, as played by LaRonna DeBraak, left, and Lorry, as played by Lorry Pearson, sing about one of the ten types of men discussed in the play “Nimroddes (Men): An Educational Musical Comedy for Men” – the lumuc. The lumuc is described as an unconscious lump, or an extreme version of a couch potato. “Nimroddes” premiered at the Arvada Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., on July 12 and runs through July 28.
When Elly and Jim Andersen moved to the Wind Crest retirement community five years ago, they didn’t move far from their former house in Cherry Hills, because they didn’t want to move away from family. The couple is proud of their family legacy — all their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren contribute so much to their lives. But one grandchild in particular is making a splash in the celebrity spotlight. And her work in Hollywood is attracting a new generation of fans and the Highlands Ranch community where she often visits. AnnaSophia Robb, the 19-year-old actress who has starred in major motion pictures like” Soul Surfer,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Bridge to Terabithia” and “Because of Winn-Dixie” now stars in “The Carrie Diaries.” The weekly television show on The CW is based on the popular HBO series “Sex and the City.” In it, Robb plays teenager Carrie Bradshaw in high school in 1984. The Andersens love seeing Robb work Parker continues on Page 18
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FRIDAY/JULY 19, JULY 26 FRIDAY FUN Youth entering fifth through ninth grades this fall can go on a trip from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday all summer as part of Friday Fun Days. On July 19, create your own
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— they’ve been on set with her as far away as London — but they love it the most when their granddaughter visits them on the Highlands Ranch campus and spends quality time. As for Robb, well, she’s a huge fan of Wind Crest. Robb grew up in Colorado not far from where her grandparents lived and was in high school when her grandparents moved to Wind Crest. “My grandpa would pick me up from school two times a week, and I’d hang out with them before I went to kickboxing,” she says. She appreciates the pool, the hot tub, going to dinners and brunches on campus, and she wishes they sold the cookies in the marketplace store 24/7. She laughs, “I’d get home from school and miss them,” referring to both the cookies and her grandparents. But the thing Robb says she appreciates most about Wind Crest is how both her grandparents thrive on campus. ”It’s just really convenient. They can go to the gym, join clubs, and my grandpa can work on his trains. They have everything they need and want at their fingertips,” Robb says. The model railroad club is one of the most appealing things about Wind Crest to Jim; his outdoor train set is a memory that warms his granddaughter’s heart, and she’s glad he can continue to do what he is so passionate about. Passionate living runs in the family. While raising her family and helping with her grandchildren, Elly’s lifework has been to give of herself and her time to those she loves. She’s even kept a treasure chest of all the clippings she can find about Robb for the last 10 years, since she began acting in Because of Winn-Dixie. Elly recalls a fond memory from the set. Cicely Tyson had forgotten a line, and Robb whispered to the actress, “It’s OK, my grandma forgets things, too.” Elly laughs at what she calls a “sort of backhanded compliment.” “It’s neat to look back and see how little she was,” Elly says of her granddaughter. The whole family knew she would be an actress when she was just 2 years old. She was, according to the Andersens, born for the spotlight and with “the prettiest little
piece of pottery and then enjoy lunch; register by July 17. On July 26, spend the morning at the Big Time Trampoline Fun Center before swimming at the Northglenn Recreation Center in the afternoon. Bring a sack lunch, swimsuit and water, and make sure to wear athletic clothing. Register by July 24. Meet at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www.northglenn.org/recxpress.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/JULY 19-20 REUNION THE Skyview Class of 1993 will have its 20th reunion July 19-20. Visit skyviewclassof1993.eventbright.com or www.facebook.com/SkyviewClassOf1993Reunion for all the information. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/JULY 19-20 THEATER SHOW Northglenn Players presents “Godspell” at
7 p.m. July 19-20, July 25-26, and 2 p.m. July 21, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive. The Northglenn Players present one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Children of Eden, Pippin), it boasts a string of wellloved songs including the international hit Day by Day. Call
303-450-8800 for tickets. Sponsored by the city of Northglenn, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY/JULY 19-21 CHURCH BAZAAR Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a national historical Catholic church, plans its 82nd annual bazaar from 5-10 p.m. July 19-21. The fun includes live music, games of chance, bingo, raffles, carnival rides for kids, a cake booth, an Italian country store featuring salami, cheeses, and import items and Italian ceramics. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is at 3549 Navajo St. in the East Highlands neighborhood of Denver. MONDAY/JULY 22, JULY 29 DOG TRAINING Training With Grace dog training center offers free talks from 7-8 p.m. Mondays at 9100 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood. The July 22 talk is titled “What are you chewing on?!” Learn to pick out appropriate chew toys and treats for even the most voracious chewers, and how to teach your dog to make good choices when faced with a leather shoe or a dog toy. On July 29, the talk is title “Ding Dong!” In this talk, we will focus on door manners and greetings, sitting politely for petting, management and training.
face.” Even though their granddaughter lives in New York while working on the show, the Andersens know it won’t be long before they see her again.
San Diego and as sports director at WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information, go to www.cbsdenver.com.
The Blue Bonnet moves into middle age
Douglas County wine aficionados and anyone in the Castle Rock area on July 20 may want to attend the 10th annual Castle Rock WineFest. The Grand Tasting of Colorado is from 2 to 8 p.m. at The Grange in the Meadows at 3692 Meadows Blvd. More than two dozen wineries and more than 180 varieties of Colorado wine will be a part of the Castle Rock WineFest. The event includes tastings, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, fabulous food trucks, and Denver-based band Waitin’ On Ray will perform. The first 2,000 WineFest attendees will receive a free wine bottle tote and wine glass. For tickets and more information, visit www.CastleRockWineFest.com or call the Castle Rock Chamber at 303-688-4597.
The Blue Bonnet Cafe & Lounge on South Broadway is celebrating its 45th year of the Mobell family ownership this month with steals of deals for diners. It’s been 45 years since Arlene and Phil Mobell purchased the long-standing restaurant at 475 S. Broadway, and the popular Mexican eatery has evolved under current owners, the brother and sister team of Gary and Marci Mobell. Many of the Blue Bonnet’s staff have logged three decades with the restaurant. “My sister Marci and I visit with the tables each and every lunch and dinner that we are here, seven days a week,” Gary said. “We love the interaction with the customers and (value) their opinions. My mom was known for this and we carry on her tradition as she calls daily to check in.” To celebrate the 45th anniversary, the Mobells are offering customers 45-cent bottomless chips and salsa, two happy hour tacos, two happy hour lettuce wraps or Blue Bonnet signature bottled hot sauce for $4.50 each. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.bluebonnetrestaurant. com.
New sports sheriff on CBS4
Tom Helmer, former sports broadcaster on Root Sports, is moving over to join the CBS4 news team replacing the departing Gary Miller on Friday and Saturday nights, plus filling in elsewhere as needed. Miller is taking on play-by-play radio duties in the fall as the voice of the Colorado State University Rams. For Root Sports, Helmer co-hosted television broadcasts of Colorado Rockies games and covered the University of Denver, University of Colorado and the Colorado High School Activities Association. He’s been recognized for sportscasting with an Associated Press award and two regional Emmys for host of the Rockies postgame report, and host of a franchise segment called “Tom on the Town.” Helmer also previously served as sports anchor for KXTV in Sacramento, Fox 6 in
10th Castle Rock WineFest returns
Bravo for Jasinski
I told you earlier that Jennifer Jasinski, chef-owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall, would be competing in Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters 5” along with Richard Sandoval, the restaurant mogul who oversees operations in Colorado at Tamayo, Zengo, Al Lado and La Sandias as well as Maya in the Westin in Avon. Bravo just announced that viewers will be invited and encouraged to vote weekly for their favorite chef team at www.bravotv. com or by text message to determine which team receives a donation to its designated charity. The total amount that Bravo will donate over the course of the campaign, from July 24 through Sept. 25, will be divided into various amounts each week as designated by the television network. To vote, tune in to “Top Chef Masters” and follow the on-air instructions. As chef teams are eliminated from the “Top Chef Masters” competition, they will no longer be eligible to compete in the campaign. You must be 18 or older to submit your vote. Votes must be cast by the authorized account holder of the cell phone from which the vote is made. The limit is 40 votes per person per weekly voting period regardless of the method. Jasinski has chosen Work Options for Women, a wonderful organization that
MetroNorth Worship Directory Northglenn United Methodist Church 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!
Risen Savior Lutheran Church 3031 W. 144 Ave. - Broomfield • 303-469-3521 or www.rslc.org th
Come worship with us!
Sunday Worship 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Sunday School & Adult Classes 9:20 am - 10:40 am
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA)
Worship 9:00 am 11040 Colorado Blvd.
(across from Thornton Rec. Center)
LCMS To advertise your place of worship, call 303.566.4089 and ask for Viola Ortega
TUESDAY/JULY 23 BOOK CLUB The Northglenn Senior Center book club meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, to discuss “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” by Khaled Hosseini. This novel is a chronicle of 30 years of Afghan history and a story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Stop by the senior center, 11801 Community Center Drive, or call 303-450-8801 to reserve a copy. TUESDAY/JULY 23 REC PROGRAM Youth ages 11-18 are invited to spend the day at Water World from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, as part of the Recreational Alternative Programming Series. Start off with a behind the scenes look at how the rides work before the park even opens. Then spend the day going on all the water park rides. Cost includes tour, admission, supervision and lunch. Bring sunscreen, a change of clothing and money for water and ice cream. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www.northglenn.org/ recxpress to register. Your week continues on Page 19
teaches underprivileged women hospitality industry skills, as her designated charity. WOW is holding a premiere party from 7 to 10 p.m. on July 24 at Kuni Lexus Greenwood Village, 5150 S. Quebec. Donations are welcome. RSVP at www.topchefmasterspremierparty-es2.eventbrite.com. In addition to Jasinski’s culinary competition, chef Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall also will be participating in an online battle that has already begun. To see Pierce in action, go to www.bravotv.com/battle.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III married his fiancee, Rebecca Liddicoat (who’s from Denver), July 6 in Denver, according to The Denver Post. Griffin and Liddicoat held their rehearsal dinner at Shanahan’s Steakhouse in Denver. Thirty to 40 guests attended the dinner at Redskins coach (and former Broncos coach) Mike Shanahan’s steakhouse in the Denver Tech Center. Griffin reportedly was seen picking up his wedding tuxedo July 5 at the Men’s Wearhouse in Cherry Creek. Other members of the Redskins organization — Shanahan, his son and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, owner Daniel Snyder, General Manager Bruce Allen, starting right tackle Tyler Polumbus and backup quarterback Kirk Cousins — also were seen in Denver. Also seen around town at the Avett Brothers concert at Red Rocks on July 6: Gov. John Hickenlooper and his estranged wife, Helen Thorpe.
Eavesdropping on Facebook: “You know you are getting old when your sweetie says, `Let’s go upstairs and make love,’ and you respond `Pick one, I can’t do both!’ That’s why our new home in Arizona is just one floor.” Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.pennyparker.blacktie-colorado.com. Send her Mile High Life column tips and eavesdroppings at email@example.com or at 303-6195209.
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“RTD was looking for another possibility (for another park-in-ride near 104th and Washington), but we were unable to find an affordable substitute that wouldn’t add additional time and costs to the route,” Yugel said. Closing the park-in-ride is just one of several moves the city has made recently in an effort to get the property developed. In June, council
approved rezoning the approximate 15 acres, south of East 104th between Grant and Washington streets, from community retail to planned development. The rezoning allows for a wider use of the land, including multifamily residential and office warehouse uses. The planned development design has four individual parcels with roughly seven pad sites, but the sites are just conceptual and can be combined, split or rearranged. The city has been trying to get the land developed for more than a dozen years.
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TUESDAY/JULY 23 LIFETREE CAFÉ Ways that religion is sometimes harmful will be explored at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, “Toxic Faith: When Religion Hurts,” features a filmed interview with Sam Brower, the private investigator who cracked open the case that led to the arrest of Warren Jeffs, the leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints. Admission is free; snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@ peacelutheran.net. WEDNESDAY/JULY 24 MEETING THE Ralston Road Recreation Center meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Arvada Community Food Bank, 8555 W. 57th Ave. We will review the results of our five-week survey of local recreational needs for the neighborhoods that were previously served by the Fisher Pool and the old ice skating rink at Ralston Road and Garrison Street. City officials will join us in an informal discussion on what is likely to happen next with this proposal. The free meeting is sponsored by the City of Arvada and the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community. For information, contact John Kiljan, 303-423-9875 or jpkiljan@ yahoo.com. WEDNESDAY/JULY 24, JULY 31 SUMMER CONCERT Northglenn’s free summer concert series Saddle Up for Summer continues Wednesday, July 24, with Buckstein, and concludes July 31, with Triple Nickel. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park, across from City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive. In case of inclement weather, the show will move across the street to the D.L. Parsons Theatre and commence at 7 p.m. BLVD., BROOMFIELD. No cost to attend, but RSVP at 303-
THURSDAY/JULY 25 WINE TASTING The annual Indulge wine tasting event for CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties is Thursday, July 25, and will include plenty of wine tasting, food, music, silent auction, chocolate desserts, live auction and more. Tickets are now available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMING SOON COMING SOON/JULY 26 GOLF TOURNAMENT The fifth annual St. Joan of Arc Golf 4
on the historic trails of the western United States and how they cleverly adapted their garments and accessories in “Dressed to Head West: Clothing of the Overland Trails” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield. RSVP by calling the library reference desk at 720-887-2350 or via email at email@example.com. The Broomfield Depot Museum is open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 303-460-6824.
RECURRING EVENTS ONGOING DOG TRAINER Become a dog trainer with Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue, using behavior science, holistic approaches and positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog, pet parent and specific situation. Learn to evaluate behavior, design exercises, coach humans, handle dogs, deliver presentations, and resolve and prevent a variety of behavior problems. Classes in Denver and Lakewood. Request an application at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact email@example.com or call 303-239-0382 for information. KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Vanderhoof Elementary School is accepting registrations for incoming kindergarten. Students must be 5 years old by Oct. 1, 2013, in order to register for kindergarten. Vanderhoof has both a traditional half-day program and a tuition-based full day program. The school is at 5875 Routt Court, Arvada, and registration hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Go online to jeffcopublicschools.org and follow the prompts for registration information on Jeffco Connect. Once your student has been entered online you will need to bring copies of their birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency to the school. If you live outside our attendance area, you will need to fill out a choice enrollment application. Choice enrollments are accepted on a space available basis. If you have any questions or would like additional information, call the Vanderhoof office at 303-982-2744. WOMEN’S NETWORKING group in Arvada has openings for women in business who can commit to a weekly Wednesday morning meeting. One member per business category. Contact Info@OurConnection.org or call 303- 438-6783. OPEN MIC Living Water Unity Spiritual Community presents open mic night – celebrate your teen self from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. This program gives teens the opportunity to express their performing art including voice and instrument, acting, poetry, stand-up comedy, mime, etc. Open to all students in sixth to 12th grades. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. RECURRING/THROUGH JULY 20
Life tournament is Friday, July 26, at Hyland Hills Golf Course, 9650 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster. Call 303-279-3003. The event includes the tournament, lunch and an auction. Proceeds benefit pro-life programs in Arvada and Denver, and St. Joan of Arc capital projects.
PAINTED CATS Cat Care Society will raise money with its “Tails of the Painted Cats” tour, which ends Saturday, July 20, at a gala dinner and auction at Pinehurst Country Club. Visit the online gallery at http://www.catcaresociety.org/paintedcatsgallery.html. Visit http://www.catcaresociety.org.
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CAMP COMFORT Dates for Mt. Evans Home Health & Hos-
QUILT DISPLAY Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum presents
pice’s two 2013 Camp Comfort sessions are June 28-30 and July 26-28. This award-winning bereavement camp, located in the Rocky Mountains just west of Denver, is a way for children ages 6-12 to explore their feelings of grief and share memories of their loved ones. The cost to attend Camp Comfort, including all workshops, recreation, meals, snacks, and overnight accommodations, is $150. Scholarships are available based on financial need. For more information, or to receive a brochure, visit www. CampComfort.org or call Mt. Evans at 303-674-6400.
COMING SOON/JULY 27 5K WALK Arvada Walks for Kids presented by Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis is Saturday, July 27. The 5K Family Walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Lake Arbor Park/Lake, 6400 Pomona Drive. Register by July 15 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Refreshments provided. Activities at the event include a fire department display, Jungle Mobile for kids, and community booths. Visit www.ajkiwanis. com.
COMING SOON/JULY 29 BLOOD DRIVE Church Ranch Office Park hosts a community blood drive from 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, inside the Bonfils mobile bus at 7237 Church Ranch Blvd., Westminster. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org. COMING SOON/JULY 30 BLOOD DRIVE The City of Westminster hosts a community blood drive from 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, inside the Bonfils mobile bus at 4800 W. 92nd Ave., Westminster. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils.org. COMING SOON/AUG. 1 OUTDOOR CONCERT Friends of Broomfield plans its Friends
Night Out for adults with developmental disabilities from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. Pick up and drop off at Friends Place, 555 Alter St., Suite 19E, Broomfield. The group is going to the Nacho Men outdoor concert at Flatirons Mall. Dinner is not provided, so please eat ahead of time. Register by Monday, July 29. Contact Molly Coufal, evening/social program director, at info@ friendsofbroomfield.org or 303-404-0123 to register and for information about cost.
COMING SOON/AUG. 1 HISTORY PROGRAM Historic textile consultant Megan
Heulman will talk about the clothing women decided to wear
Michael Deni (playing the part of Jesus) and Anne Terze-Schwarz (Anne) rehearse a scene from the Northglenn Player’s production of “Godspell,” showing July 19-27 at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive in Northglenn. Tickets are $8 for seniors and students, and $10 for adults, and can be purchased by calling 303-450-8800 or at the door. Photo courtesy of the Northglenn Players
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“Machine Artistry Old and New: Sue Nickels and Pat Holly” from April 28 to July 27 at 1213 Washington Ave., Golden. The exhibit includes an array of antique sewing machines from a private collection. An opening reception is from 5-8:30 p.m. May 3; open to the public. Call 303-277-0377.
RECURRING/THROUGH JULY 31 ART SHOW Art Gallery 3698 presents “What Freedom Looks Like” art show, through July 31. A reception is planned from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 13. In conjunction, there will be Art Rock Painting offered to the public as part of a community service project. Art Gallery 3698 is at 3698 West 72nd Ave. in the Historic Westminster Art District. Call 303-487-1981. RECURRING/THROUGH AUG. 3 LUNCH PROGRAM The Charter School Institute is participat-
ing in the Summer Food Service Program from June 3 through Aug. 3. Meals will be provided to all children for free. Meals will be provided from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave., Federal Heights. Contact Lindsay Hull at 303-866-6566 for more information.
RECURRING/THROUGH AUG. 21 SUMMER CONCERTS Westminster Promenade’s summer concert series begins Wednesday, June 12, and continues through Aug. 21. All concerts are from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Gazebo at Westminster Promenade. The lineup includes: June 12: The 1950s: The Juke Brothers sock-hop band; June 26: The 1960s: “Woodstock Tribute,” re-creation of the iconic rock festival; July 3: The 1970s: Colorado’s tribute to “The Eagles”; July 17: The 1980s Message in A Bottle, The Police Tribute; Aug. 14: Bella Luna Cirque Show; and Aug. 21: To be announced. Visit thewestminsterpromenade.com
LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING AHEAD/AUG. 3-4 25TH REUNION The Arvada West class of 1988 reunion will
be Aug. 3-4. First, gather at Bar Louie at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. The bar is in the Westminster Promenade, 10661 Westminster Blvd. The evening is a semi-casual night of catching up. Then from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, classmates can attend a reunion picnic at Allen House Pavilion & School Tour. Pack a picnic lunch and drink and plan for a tour around 2 p.m. For details and to purchase tickets, visit http://arvadawest1988. webs.com/. Looking ahead continues on Page 20
July 31 - August 4, 2013 • 4-H Exhibits, Competitions and Shows • Great food, carnival rides, shopping, games and so much more! • Tickets are required for all grandstand events. For ticket information visit www.adamscountyfair.com
Fair Highlights Wednesday, July 31 sneek a Peek night at the Carnival FREE PARKING Fair Hours: 5 pm to 10 pm Carnival Hours: 5 pm to 11 pm Thursday, augusT 1 Baby Boomers & Beyond (formerly Senior Day) @ 8:30 am FREE Breakfast Budweiser CPra rodeo @ 7 Fair Hours: 10 am to 10 pm Carnival Hours: 5 pm to 10 pm Friday, augusT 2 9neWs Kids day 10 am to 3 pm Free activities and entertainment nsPa Truck Pull @ 7 Fair Hours: 10 am to 11 pm Carnival Hours: 10 am to 12:30 am
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Looking AHeAd/Aug. 5 THe RiveR Nile Flowing through
11 countries and for more than 4,000 miles, many regard the Nile as the most important river in the world because of its role in the development of ancient civilizations. Join Active Minds from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, as we explore this great river, visiting its winding path through history as well as its current relevance in the world. The program is at Sunrise at Flatirons, 400 Summit Blvd., Broomfield.
Looking AHeAd/Aug. 5-8 voLLeybALL cAmp Students going
into fourth to eighth grades are invited to Arvada West volleyball camps Aug. 5-8 at Moore Middle School. Contact Debbie Pospisil at email@example.com. co.us.
Looking AHeAd/Aug. 5-9 cHoiR AudiTions P’zazz Children’s
Choir and Dynamix Teen Singers are auditioning singers for the fall Aug. 5-9. P’zazz is for singers ages 9-13, and Dynamix is for boys ages 13-18. Groups provide vocal instruction, solo opportunities and all singers coached privately. Wide variety of musical styles studied, and performances are scheduled often. Call for appointment. Prepare “Star-Spangler Banner” or “My Country ‘tis of Thee.” Choir meets at 11905 W. 107th Ave., Broomfield. Rehearsals are from 4:15-6:15 Mondays for P’zazz; and 4:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays for Dynamix. Call Jeannie Card at 303-466-8275 for appointment; visit www.singpzazz.com for video/information.
Looking AHeAd/Aug. 6, Aug. 13 TAx woRksHop The Colorado Department of Revenue offers free
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tax workshops on sales and use tax laws from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 (Part 1), and Tuesday, Aug. 13 (Part 2), in Westminster. Seating is limited; registration is required. Visit www. TaxSeminars.state.co.us for information and to sign up. Continuing Professional Education credits and training materials are available.
Looking AHeAd/Aug. 7 bibLe sTudy Community Bible Study
Denver Northwest plans a registration day for women and children from 9:3011:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road. We will be studying The Book of Acts. This interdenominational 30-week study will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4. For more information, contact Chris at 303-3247250.
Looking AHeAd/Aug. 9 conceRT seRies Concerts in the backyard concert series are from 6:308:30 p.m. the second Friday of the month at Anythink Wright Farms, 5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton. Enjoy music, food and fun for the whole family. Free and open to the public. Proceeds from food and beverage sales benefit the Anythink Foundation and future Nature Explore classrooms at Anythink libraries. The schedule is Chimney Choir on July 12, and Blue Canyon Boys on Aug. 9. Looking AHeAd/Aug. 10 sTReeT fesTivAL Summer evenings
in Olde Town Arvada will again come to life at the upcoming 2nd Saturday Street Festivals, presented by Historic Olde Town Arvada. The music of local favorites Chris Daniels and the Kings, The Wendy Woo Band, and The Indulgers will echo down Grandview Avenue from 4:30-10 p.m. June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10. Visitors will find plenty of food choices, beer and wine, and shopping options from vendor booths lining the street. For information,
Looking AHeAd/Aug. 16 wine TAsTing/AucTion Mayfair
Liquors will host a special wine tasting to benefit Gateway Battered Women’s Services. The event is at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Wellshire Event Center, 3333 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. The theme will be “Around the World in 80 Wines.” A survivor will share her story about being a battered woman and how she was helped by Gateway. The event also features a sit-down dinner followed by a live auction. Call 303-343-1856 for tickets and more information.
Looking AHeAd/Aug. 16-18 THeATeR sHow The Creative Revolution Theatre Company, in association with the City of Thornton and TASHCO, presents “The Picture That Was Turned To The Wall or She May Have Seen Better Days,” by Tim Kelly. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd. To reserve tickets, call 720-301-4439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www. creativerevolutiontheatre.org. Looking AHeAd/Aug. 19-20 THeATeR AudiTions Creative Revolution Theatre Company will have auditions for its upcoming production of “Talk Radio” from 5-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, with callbacks after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Auditions will be at TASHCO Art Gallery at North Valley Tech Center, 500 E. 84th Ave., Suite C-1, Thornton. The theater company is looking for actors ages 21 and older. Performances will be Oct. 4-6 and 11-13. Rehearsals will begin the week of Aug. 26 and will take place after 6 p.m. weekdays. Specific dates and times to be determined by schedule of selected cast. Looking AHeAd/Aug. 25 To ocT.
finAnciAL peAce Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Universityclass will take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 25 to Oct. 20 at Faith Bible Chapel, Carr Street Campus, 4890 Carr St., Arvada. For information or to register, call 303-424-2121 ext. 9-2455 or email email@example.com. Looking AHeAd/sepT. 14
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Kyle Lewis Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Park Hill Golf Course, Denver. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m. To sign up, call Park Hill at 303-3335411, ext. 24. Cost includes golf, cart, range balls, lunch and prizes. All proceeds benefit underprivileged children
golf lessons. Kyle’s passion was for young kids to enjoy golf as much as he did.
ongoing/LibRARy pRescHooLeRs gATHeRing Primetime for Preschoolers meets 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Admission is free. For more information, call 303-4527534 or go online to librarianship. music Time Music and Movement
meets 1:30-2:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Children ages 3 to 6 years can sing, dance, play games and learn how to play instruments. Registration is required. To register, visit the online calendar at librarianship.For more information, call 303-452-7534.
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Sexual Abuse Northglenn Women’s Group meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. WINGS provides therapist-facilitated, peer-support groups in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. For more information, call 303283-8660.
denveR THyRoid Cancer Support Group meets7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Montclair Recreation Center Lowry, 729 Ulster Way. For more information, call 303-388-9948. gRief RecoveRy A 12-week Grief Share program meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday at Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road. LA LecHe League of Broomfield meets 10 -11 a.m. the second Monday of the month at Brunner Farm House, 640 Main St. LifeRing secuLAR Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St. This is a nonprofit, abstinence-based peer-support group for recovering alcoholics and addicts. For more information, call 303-830-0358 or go online to www. unhooked.com. oveReATeRs Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton. sTudy gRoup Chabad of NW
Metro Denver Jewish Center hosts a thought-provoking discussion on the weekly Torah portion. Drawing from the wisdom of the Talmud, Kabbalah and Chassidic Mystical Masters, the study group focuses on the relevance of the
bible stories and Torah’s teaching to our modern lives. The class is from 7-8 p.m. Mondays at Chabad, 4505 W. 112 Ave., Westminster. Refreshments served. For costs and the topic of the weekly discussion, visit www.COJewish.com/torahstudy or call 303-429-5177. The class is led by Rabbi Benjy Brackman spiritual leader of Chabad of NW Metro Denver.
100th Ave., Suite B-4, Westminster. Check-in is at 6:45 p.m., meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Each month outstanding speakers present information vital to our community. Come join us to deepen your knowledge of election candidates, current legislation, and upcoming events. Both men and women are invited to attend. Admission is free.
wesT meTRo Real Estate Investing Education Group meets from 7-9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. We meet in Classroom 1. We cover all the information you will need to successfully fix and flip or buy rentals with positive cash flow. We analyze deals as examples, talk about where to get funding, the best ways to find a bargain and sometimes do property tours. Investors of all levels of experience are welcome but no agents please.
noRTHwesT AReA Newcomers and Social Club, serving the women of north Jeffco and northwest Denver metro, meets every meet every fourth Tuesday of the month. For information, place and reservations, call Susan Dittman at 303-673-9266 or Patti Bloomquist at 303-940-7478.
noRTH meTRo Newcomer and Social Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month for lunch and a program. We welcome all women who would like to meet new friends and find new activities. Call Peggy Frances at 303-215-9627 or Karen Dowling at 303-422-7369.
LeT go and Let God AFG Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 12021 Northaven Circle in Thornton. For more information, visit www.al-anon-co.org.
oveReATeRs Anonymous meets from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 W. 76th Ave. Contact Laura at 303-428-9293.
meTRo noRTH Chamber Leads Tuesday group meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Lone Star Steakhouse, 237 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton. For more information, call Alan at 720-233-5873.
TAe kwon do Learn self-defense, get a workout and increase self-confidence. Two classes available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the city of Westminster recreation division: peewees (ages 5-8), from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and ages 9 and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Classes at the MAC, 3295 W. 72nd Ave. Call 303-426-4310. Visit www.hupstaekwondo.com and www.ttatkd.com.
nARcoTics Anonymous Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 3585 W. 76th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, go online to www. nacolorado.org. new swing Swing dancing comes
to Thornton 8:30-11 p.m. Tuesdays at Taps and Toes Dance Studio, 12720 N. Colorado Blvd. Beginners are welcome; World Champion Lindy Hop dancers Mark Godwin and Shauna Marble, along with other dancers will provide instruction. Cost is $5. For more information, go online to www.markandshaunaswing. com/weekly_dances/.
noRTHgLenn Afg Al-Anon meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11385 Grant Drive. For more information, go online to www.al-anon-co.org. noRTHgLenn-THoRnTon RoTARy Club meets at noon Tuesdays
at Red Lobster, 1350 W. 104th Ave. in Northglenn. For more information, email NorthglennThorntonRotary@hotmail. com.
noRTH Jeffco Republican Women meets the second Tuesday of every month at the 911 Driving School, 9100
TALking ideAs Toastmasters Club meets noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays at 10155 Westmoor Drive, Suite 225, in Westminster. For more information, call Mary Taylor at 303-327-1616. Tops co 538, a weight-loss support group, meets Tuesdays at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, 76th and Bradburn. Weigh-in is from 6-6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting. For information, call 303-429-5923. wesTminsTeR opTimisT Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the Egg & I, 799 Highway 287, Broomfield. For more information, call John Swanborg at 303466-5631 or email him at jswanborg@ comcast.net. wednesdAys noRTHgLenn moose Lodge 2166 hosts men’s meeting nights at 8 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 11449 York St., Northglenn. Call 303-457-3391. Ongoing continues on Page 21
celebrations Interested in serving on Thornton City Council? This November, four City Council seats are up for election, one in each of the four Wards. If you intend to run, please note the following important information:
Pick up Nomination Petitions from the Thornton City Clerk's office. Petitions will also be available online at www.cityofthornton.net.
Council Candidates circulate Nomination Petitions and obtain 25 signatures of registered voters within your Ward.
Nomination Petitions are due back in the City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26.
The Thornton City Clerk's Office is located at Thornton City Hall, 9500 Civic Center Drive just off Thornton Parkway and I-25. Call 303-538-7230 for more information.
Rachel N. Roberts, Stacia Burke Slowey and Joi Marie Smith, all of Thornton, were named to the University of Wyoming 2013 spring semester president’s honor roll. The honor roll includes regularly enrolled undergraduates who earned a 4.0 gradepoint average for the semester. To be eligible, students must have been enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours taken for letter grades. Northglenn Jody Pfeifer, of Northglenn, graduated with a master of medical science degree in May from Saint Francis University. Thornton Elizabeth Tonniges, of Thornton, was named to the spring 2013 dean’s
list at Midland University. Claire Solak, of Thornton, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing, with an additional major in ethnic studies, from Cornell College. Sean Trainor, of Thornton, was named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Rockhurst University. Kevin Blomgren, Renee Budden, Cameron De Jac, Janelle Devores, Olivia Harris, Lauren Hepp and Rachel Kelley, of Thornton, were named to the spring 2013 dean’s list of distinction at the University of Northern Colorado. Alicia Clouse, Carlos Cruz, Brianna Engle, Lillian Gonzales, Cynthia Her, Vicki Maestas, Caleb McFadden, Rachel Moroney, Richard Pacheco, Rachael Rhodes, Morgan Rogers, Al-
lyson Snyder and Elizabeth Willis, of Thornton, were named to the spring 2013 dean’s honor roll at the University of Northern Colorado. Brighton Lori Eidsmoe, Kylie Nadow, Joseph Wanker and Olivia Zweifel, of Brighton, were named to the spring 2013 dean’s honor roll at the University of Northern Colorado. Korissa Anderson, Rebecca Artzer, Alison Fouts, Abigail Keefe, Thomas Lucero, Amanda Overholt, Amanda Rydlund and Tamsen Thistlehawk-Ranck, of Brighton, were named to the spring 2013 dean’s list of distinction at the University of Northern Colorado.
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r. s Ongoing continued from Page 20 ding to our WOMEN OF the Moose Chapter 644 meet at 7:30 p.m. the first n your and second Wednesday of each month at 11449 York Street, curNorthglenn. Call 303-457-3391. ents. A-NAMI (NATIONAL Alliance on Mental Illness-Adams to County) meets from 7-9 p.m. the last Wednesday of every month at the Community Reach Center, 8931 Huron St., s and Thornton. Each A-NAMI meeting provides participants time north for sharing challenges and triumphs, and frequently feature o, presentations by mental-health professionals and educational esday discussion. Anyone dealing with a mental illness, including ce family and friends, may benefit from A-NAMI support. For more an at information, contact (303) 853-3770; firstname.lastname@example.org. at ARVADA BIZ Connection (http://www.meetup.com/ArvadaBusiness-Connection/) is an informal networking event that Social brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are Wednesdays of each from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. e welA $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated o meet to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter s. Call Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. Karen http://danpeakfoundation.webs.com/. For information, call Micki Carwin at 303-997-9098. eets FLATIRONS VIEW Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at The Depot at Five Parks, urch, 13810 W. 85th Ave. in Arvada. Polish your speaking and present tation skills in a fun, instructional, nurturing environment. For more information visit http://9407.toastmastersclubs.org/. e, get MUSIC TEACHERS Association Suburban Northwest meets ence. from 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at and Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meettminings are open to the public and include refreshments, business ages meeting and program featuring music teaching professionals es 9 from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developMAC, ments. 310. nd ROCKY MOUNTAIN Submarine Veterans meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at American Legion WilmoreRichter Post 161, 6230 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. Active duty, ub reserve, retired, veterans, interested public and their ladies 155 are cordially invited. For more information, go online to www. tminrockymountainsubvets.com. ry
meets 12:15-1:15 p.m. every Wednesday at DeVry University, ort 1870 W. 122nd Ave., Room 134. Toastmasters has helped thouha’s sands of people over the years and we can help you. Admission urn. is free. Enter the southeast door to the first room, 134. Call Ray wed Hamilton at 303-284-4223. all WESTMINSTER ROTARY 7:10 Club meets 7:10-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Ranch Country Club, 11667 Tejon St., b Westminster. For more information, call Angela Habben at g & I, 720-947-8080. more t 303- THURSDAYS rg@ ADAMS COUNTY Triad meets 1-2 p.m. the third Thursdays
of the month at 3295 W. 72nd Ave. in Westminster. The Triad is formed of law enforcement officers, senior citizens, fire personnel and senior organizations. Triad volunteers develop and 166 implement crime-prevention and education programs for older m. the adults. Activities address crime from both a pre-victimization ach (preventive) standpoint and a post-victimization (victim/witnn. ness assistance) standpoint. All senior citizens or people who care about senior citizens of Adams County are welcome. Topic changes each month. For more information, contact Jenee Centeno at 303-854-7420. Fridays.
COMMUNITY COFFEE Join Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp on the fourth Thursday of each month to talk about issues that are important to you. Community Coffee will be from 7-8 a.m. at La Dolce Vita, Ice Cream Room, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., s, of Arvada; and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 10450 Town ing Center Drive, Westminster. erFOOD PANTRY Agape Life Church distributes Jefferson County commodity foods from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, at the church, 5970 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. The church provides this service l, of to all Jefferson County residents. If you have questions, call ng 303-431-6481. er- FRONT RANGE Toastmasters Club meets from 7-9 p.m. every
Thursday at the Thornton Civic Center, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton. Develop your prepared and impromptu speaking skills. Guests are encouraged to drop in and participate at their comfort level. For information, contact www.d26toastmasters. org/frontrange/about_us.htm.
GRIEFSHARE SUPPORT Group meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays
at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 1481 Russell Way. For more information, go online to www.mountainviewlutheran.com.
LET’S FIND Serenity Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at
Park Center Office Building Room 104, 3489 W. 72nd Ave. For more information, go online to www.al-anon-co.org.
METRO NORTH Chamber Leads Thursday group meets at 8 a.m. Thursdays at the Egg and I, 885 Thornton Parkway in Thornton. For more information, call Jim Johnson at 303-5223608. ONE BUSINESS Connection meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays at Barker’s St., 2831 W. 120th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, call Michelle Mathiesen at 303-424-1207 or go online to www.wbncolorado.com.
PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY Support Group The Denver Branch meets from 3:30-5 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd., Denver; parking and entrance in the back. For information about the Denver Branch meetings, call Dorothy Miller at 303-814-2112 or email email@example.com. RALSTON CREEK Sertoma Club meets Thursdays at Panera
Bread, 7739 Wadsworth, Arvada. Contact Ron Marquez at 303457-0759 or Ron.Marquez@ddrcco.com.
WOMEN’S BUSINESS Network meets 7:20-8:35 a.m. Thurs-
days at the Doubletree Hotel, 8773 Yates Drive in Westminster. For more information, call Michelle Mathiesen at 303-424-1207 or go online to www.wbncolorado.com.
FRIDAYS CAFFEINATED CAREER Club meets 8:15-10 a.m. Fridays at La Dolce Vita, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. An inspirational weekly job-search networking group, facilitated by a job-search expert. Bring business cards and a 60-second introduction. Typical attendance is more than 20 people, and the restaurant prefers that you order breakfast. RSVP recommended. For more information call CAREER-Magic at 303-424-5451. For directions, call Don Carver at 303-420-1637. NORTH SUBURBAN Sales Professionals meets 7:30-9 a.m.
Fridays at Indian Tree Golf Course, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. This club is for entrepreneurs, small-business owners, independent distributors and professional salespersons for business education, sales training, motivation, fun, food, and fellowship. Ticket price includes parking, breakfast buffet, program and chances to win door prizes and lottery tickets. Newcomers are welcome. Call Laura Nokes Lang at 303-4289293.
Center, 216 S. Grant St. in Denver.
THORNTON VFW Post 7945 meets 8:30 -11 a.m. Sundays at 10217 Quivas St. in Thornton. Admission is $5 for breakfast. For more information, call 303-438-6700. YOGA FOR Survivors Whether you’re a longtime cancer survivor, in treatment or a caregiver to a cancer survivor, Yoga for Cancer Survivors & Caregivers is a great way to live more comfortably in your own body. Benefits include decreased stress and pain, improved sleep and energy, improved lymphatic flow, reduced nausea and a greater sense of well-being. Class led by Shari Turney, a registered yoga instructor with specialized training through Yoga for Survivors. Class offered from 1:302:45 p.m. Sundays at Duncan Family YMCA, 6350 Eldridge St., Arvada. Contact Turney at 720-319-3703 or firstname.lastname@example.org before taking your first class to ensure a safe practice. ONGOING ACTIVITIES AA MEETINGS There are more than 1,100 AA meetings in the Denver metro area every week. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, come see us. Call 303-322-4440 for a meeting in your area, or visit the website at www.daccaa.org. FRONT RANGE Boot Camp gets you out of the gym and gets results. Front Range Boot Camp provides dynamic, unique and results-driven full-body workouts exclusively for women. All ages, sizes and fitness levels will succeed. Indoor location is just behind Super Target at Kipling and 50th Avenue. Outdoor location is Skyline Park by Stenger soccer fields. Email Robyn@ FrontRangeBootCamp.com or go online to www.FrontRangeBootCamp.com. GIRL SCOUTS Snowboard. Scuba dive. Sleep over in a museum or at the zoo. Go backstage at a concert or a Broadway play. Even stage your own Project Runway. Girl Scouts turns normal days into days you’ll remember all your life. Girl Scouts offers girls of all ages and backgrounds a safe place to explore the world and discover their potential. There are now more flexible ways to be a Girl Scout than joining a troop. To explore your options, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org, email inquiry@ gscolorado.org or call 1-877-404-5708. REALITY CHECK Learn, laugh and move beyond denial in a small, cozy, group workshop environment. Join me for a facilitated Reality Check. Put on your big-girl pants, and call 303-953-2344 for details. SELF-HELP CENTER at the Adams County Justice Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center now has two full time staff available to assist self-represented parties. The staff may not give legal advice, but may provide legal information regarding forms and the legal process. Public access computers and legal reference materials are available in the center. The Self Help Center is located on the first floor of
the Adams County Justice Center. Email assistance may be obtained by sending detailed inquiries to AdamsSelfHelpCenter@ judicial.state.co.us. In addition, published resources and other information including clinics and other events are available through the Adams County Justice Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AdamsCountyJusticeCenter. Online forms can be found at www.courts.state.co.us/Forms/.
ONGOING VOLUNTEER Opportunities GATEWAY BATTERED Women’s Services is looking for volunteers to work on various planning committees for its upcoming fundraising endeavors. Monthly attendance for fundraising meetings required. Contact Jeneen Klippel at 303-343-1856 or email email@example.com. GIRL SCOUT volunteers Whether you commit a few hours a month running a troop, or a few hours a year helping with a science event, tackle important issues, travel to incredible places, share interests and create experiences with girls and other adults you will never forget. Gain marketable skills that will benefit you in ways beyond Girl Scouting. Join Girl Scouts today and become one of our volunteers. Both men and women 18 and older are invited to join. In addition to positions working with the girls, we’ve got volunteer needs in our offices around the state to help with paperwork and other administrative duties. For more information, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-404-5708. HEALTH PASSPORT Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Health Passport volunteers provide support for patients and their families both in the hospital and upon discharge; help with outreach, marketing, and social networking; connect patients, families, and volunteers with the services and programs right for them; host classes at various Health Passport locations; contribute to the health and wellness of those in the community; counsel clients who need prescription drug assistance, and help with day-to-day living expenses, Medicare and Medicaid issues. For information about these volunteer opportunities, contact Kerry Ewald, Health Passport volunteer coordinator, at 303-629-4934. To learn more about Centura Health, visit www. myhealthpassport.org. COMPANIONS FOR Elders People First Hospice seeks compassionate, committed and dependable individuals to provide companionship to hospice patients and their families. By volunteering as few as 1 or 2 hours per month, you can help combat the isolation and loneliness that affects the quality of life of countless people near the end of their lives, simply by listening and providing a comforting presence. Orientation and training provided. To learn more, please contact PeopleFirst Hospice at 303-546-7921. PeopleFirst Hospice is a program of Kindred Healthcare. For information, contact Rachel Wang, volunteer coordinator, at 303-546-7921.
SWING THRU’S Square Dance Club meets Fridays at the Victory Grange, 2025 Tower Road in Aurora. Singles, couples and youth are welcome. For more information, call 303-426-8986. MOOSE LODGE 2166 dinners for members and qualified guests from 6-8 p.m. every Friday. For more information, call 303-457-3391. SATURDAYS NORTH SUBURBAN Republican Forum meets 9:45-11:15 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at Anythink, Huron St. Community Room, 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Admission is $3 and includes a continental breakfast. Meet like-minded people and discuss Colorado political issues. WHAT YOU Want to Be AFG Al-Anon meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in the Richard P. Young Room, 11245 Huron St. For more information, go online to www.al-anon-co.org. SUNDAYS HOW AFG Works Book Study Al-Anon meets at 9 a.m. Sundays at Park Center Office Building, Room 104, 3489 W. 72nd Ave. For more information, go online to www.al-anon-co.org. MILE HIGH Harmonica Club meets 1:30 -3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month at Grant Avenue Community
Westminster/Northglenn Ethan Genz graduated in May with a an’s degree in computer science from Colorado y of College. Genz is the son of Suzanne Libra and Curt Williams, of Westminster, and Geoffrey Genz, of Northglenn. Broomfield/Thornton Navy Airman Apprentice Jacob James, son of Jennifer and Daniell James, of Broomfield, along with other sailors stationed aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, entered dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, Wash., to begin the ship’s docking planned incremental availability. The dry dock provides sailors and shipyard workers access to the ship below the waterline for maintenance, repairs and refurbishments.
James and more than 2, 000 sailors got the ship under way from Pier Delta at Naval Base Kitsap to transit into the flooded dry dock using five tugboats. With minimal clearance on either side, the ship was carefully positioned onto support blocks as the water slowly drained from the dock. During DPIA, Stennis is scheduled to undergo extensive maintenance and upgrades to improve its mission readiness and warfighting capabilities. Some of the more notable evolutions expected to occur include preserving and painting the ship’s hull, upgrading the propulsion plant, refurbishing the crew’s berthing compartments, and a complete replacement of the ship’s computer networks and work stations. James is a 2011 graduate of Mountain Range High School of Thornton and joined the Navy in July 2012.
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Todd Creek’s clubhouse overlooks the course and accommodates a variety of events. Photos by Daniel Williams
A private club feel that’s open to all Todd Creek golf course quickly made a name for itself By Daniel Williams
d w i l l i a m s @ o u rc o l o ra donews.com THORNTON - The City of Thornton has a secret. Five minutes east of Interstate 25 and Highway 7 sits Todd Creek Golf Course — one of the state’s elite public courses. While the course formally known as Heritage Todd Creek is no secret to golf diehards across the state, some weekend players who only frequent their local municipal golf course may think Todd Creek is a private club. But it’s not. While Todd Creek looks and feels like a private club it’s most certainly a public course — with a country club treatment. “We try to carry ourselves that way and provide a golf experience where you will feel like you are at a private club,” Todd Creek
‘The course is in great shape, but it is not just the course it is our practice facilities, our clubhouse, our staff, all of those things help make us a golf destination.’ Robert DeVera
general manager Robert De Vera said. Todd Creek opened in 2007 as an amenity to the surrounding neighborhood in development, however, the course was so well done that it soon gained recognition as a premiere Colorado golf course. The course was designed by Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates. Hill’s method involves designing the 18th green and working his way back to the first tee, with the goal of finding natural tee and green sites. Hill said his style maximizes scenic views, integrating the surroundings.
“The course is in great shape, but it is not just the course it is our practice facilities, our clubhouse, our staff, all of those things help make us a golf destination,” De Vera said. One of the course’s special holes is the par 4 15th, where a golfer needs a well-placed tee shot on the left side of the green to avoid deadly deep bunkers on the right side of the fairway. At that point, the player needs to hit the ball over a stream that surrounds the hole, which sits on a postage stamp green. Some may be thinking birdie off the tee but should be careful
A father and his daughter work on their putting on Todd Creek’s perfectly groom practice greens. because a birdie can turn to bogey quickly. In addition, the par 5 18th hole is the perfect way to wrap the round. With water running along the left side of the course for all 530 yard (from the gold tees), players definitely need to keep the ball right. It’s best to avoid bun-
A view of the par 5 18th hole from the green looking back toward the fairway.
kers on the right side, and a pot bunker that sits 88 yards from the hole. When well played, No. 18 can be a birdie hole. Todd Creek is trying to shake its reputation of being a hidden gem outside of the city and become more of a known public course in terms of being welcome to not only established golfers but golfing families and players of all abilities. The massive and very well groomed putting green and chipping area — as
well as driving range which includes free range balls with every round — are just a few more reasons to make Todd Creek your next golf destination. “You don’t have to be a scratch golfer to play here, you can play the course very long or as short as you need it. This is a course for everyone,” Todd Creek head professional Danny Hughes said. An out-of-town golf experience with municipal rates make Todd Creek a good value.
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Speedway rooted in Colorado soil Family business in 55th year of drag racing By Jim Benton
email@example.com John Bandimere Sr. built the Safety Proving Grounds of America in 1958 after he purchased 180 acres of land for $13,500. His plan was to provide a place for young men and women to drag race and learn about automobiles. John Bandimere Sr. died in 1986, but his proving grounds, now named Bandimere Speedway are celebrating their 55th year of drag racing. The track, located along the Hogback near Morrison, will host its biggest event of the season, the Mopar Mile High Nationals, July 19-21. “I’m a Wheat Ridge kid,” said John Bandimere Jr. “I’m a Wheat Ridge Farmer. I graduated from high school in 1956. I raced on the street, and so did a lot of kids. My dad wanted a place for us to be away from all the dangers. “I first came out after Dad bought the property and was moving dirt. Rooney Road was a dirt road. Actually Alameda wasn’t totally paved. The way you came in was off Colfax.” Bandimere Jr. took an active role in track operations in the mid-1970s and tried to find a national event to host because the track was not making money. In 1977 the track, nicknamed Thunder Mountain, hosted the NHRA Sports Nationals, and the next year the NHRA Mile High Nationals was the first race with professional categories to compete at Bandimere. “In 1987 the president of the NHRA at that time, Dallas Gardner, came to me after the event and said, `You need to do something because we can’t come back here,’” recalled Bandimere. “The reason was, we were putting 100 matches in a matchbox that maybe held 50. That sort of thing. “I said to Dallas, `I have one question. If we spend the money and we bring this facility up to stature, will you give us a sabbatical where we could have a year off and then come back?’ He said, `Absolutely.’” Bandimere Speedway overcame financial difficulties and underwent a $4.2 million renovation in 1988. “Highway 470 started being built in September 1987,” said Bandimere. “So what happened, we needed to move a lot of dirt. We were on the side of a mountain and needed to flatten things out. I went to the (Jefferson) county and in those days got a permit for $15. They asked me what we were going to do, and I said we had to move a little bit of dirt. They didn’t ask me how much. They wanted their $15. “They were building the highway, and we were moving all this
John Bandimere Jr. is shown recently at Bandimere Speedway’s downhill staging area. Photo by Jim Benton dirt. We moved almost 4 million yards of dirt. While we were moving all the dirt, the public thought the highway was being built.” The track renovation, however, was red-flagged. “The day came when they were ready to dedicate the bridge on Morrison Road,” continued Bandimere. “They were all there with dignitaries, and I’ve got tractors going up and down the hill. They came over that day and red-tagged it. I said we were moving some dirt and rebuilding our facility. I
thought that was probably going to be the end of the rebuilding. “The county realized this was a needed thing and went along with us, took the red flags off and we had to meet a few rules. The track is in the exact same place. What we changed was all the parking, the pit area, building of the tower and the Eliminator Club.” After the track face lift, Mopar came on as the sponsor of the Mile High Nationals. “They have been our sponsor for this event from that day until
now,” Bandimere said of the 25year partnership with parts, service and customercare branches within Chrysler Group LLC. “It’s been among the longest-running sponsorships in racing history. They redid the contract a year ago for three more years.” In 2008, an all-concrete racing surface was installed, with a cooling system under each lane to circulate chilled water in an area 20 feet wide, extending from 40 feet behind the staging beams to 120 feet after it.
The system reduces the track temperature between 15 and 20 degrees. A trans-lux scoreboard was installed in 2009, and a timing system with fiber optic lines has also been added to the track. “This is one of the only tracks that has a downhill for staging and an uphill to shutoff,” Bandimere pointed out. “That’s what my dad really, really wanted. There are a lot of tracks around the country that you have to go uphill to get to the staging. You have to start and stop, and many times they get up there ready to make a run and their battery is dead because these cars don’t run generators. ” Bandimere, 75, admits he almost sold the track several years ago, when he considered joining a group that was pondering building a NASCAR track with a drag strip in Aurora. Several factors were involved in rejecting that project. More than 125 events, including the Mile High Nationals, are held at Bandimere Speedway each season to help keep the track profitable. Bandimere says 2008 set a standard for the track. “That particular year was the best year the facility has had,” he said. “Everything — the weather and events — worked out really good that year. We’ve never been able to hit that same standard. We always kind of look at things and say, `How does it compare to 2008?’ “There are not many facilities in the country like this that make any money. The reason they don’t in most cases is that they are not willing to pay the price. We develop relationships. God has blessed us. We are not at 2008 this year, but we’re way ahead of last year. We’re happy with that.” Bandimere has plans for the track his dad built. “I have no interest in leaving at this point,” he said. “We have a lot of things on our plate, but what we really want to do is get water and sewer onto the property. For 55 years we’ve run this facility with port-a-pots, and actually, with this type of race, even if we had water, we would use a lot of porta-lets. The reason is because it is so spread out. “I want to make changes. I want to build some new buildings. I want to build better concessions, hopefully by next year.” Two sessions of professional preliminaries of this year’s Mile High Nationals, set for 5:15 and 7:15 p.m., will be held Friday, July 19. Two more qualifying runs will be held at 1:45 and 4:45 p.m. Saturday, July 20, with the final eliminations set to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 21. Defending Mile High pro winners are Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
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FALLSPORTS 2013 PREVIEW
24 The Sentinel
July 18, 2013
Drivers have bond with track family Bandimeres inspire loyalty among drag-race crowd
34th AnnuAl MopAr Mile high nAtionAls
By Jim Benton
firstname.lastname@example.org Ask most drivers competing in the Mopar Mile High Nationals about coming to Bandimere Speedway, and the comments start with changes that have to be made to the cars because of the elevation. However, most of the remarks eventually mention the Bandimere family, which has owned the track for 55 years. “For starters, we just love the Bandimere family,” said Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin, who has formed a two-car team with Allen Johnson and Mopar this season. “ First and foremost, the Bandimere family has owned and operated the facility for over 50 years, and they have always done a fantastic job, not only for the racers but fans. “The facility is first-rate and the only facility on the tour that has a radiant cooling system integrated with the starting-line system to keep the temperatures down on the starting line at the surface. That was a big investment the Bandimeres made. When we are here in July, and it is 100 degrees and the track gets to 150 degrees, now they are able to moderate that.” Coughlin admits that Bandimere’s beauty offsets the work on changes that have to be made to the car. The track is 5,800 feet above sea level. “We have to make a lot of changes to
What: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing When: July 19-21 Where: Bandimere Speedway, 3051 S. Rooney Road, Morrison (off Morrison Road and C-470) Tickets and information: bandimere.com
Pro stock cars pull into the staging lanes at last year’s Mile High National Drag Races at Bandimere Speedway. This year’s Mile High Nationals will be held at the track in Morrison starting on July 19. File photo come to Bandimere,” he said. “I can quickly tell you, we don’t change the driver or the paint on the outside of the car. Everything else we manipulate. The mountain here is unbelievable. Just looking around, you do a 360 on your feet. I’d be lying to say we don’t sneak out once every winter to visit Vail. We really enjoy the area.” John Force, a 15-time Funny Car champion, has been a regular at the Mile High Nationals. “First time I came over that mountain, it was snowing,” said Force. “I knew without a
race I wouldn’t have any money to pay the hotel rooms. Now that’s changed. I remember being there with my dad — he’s passed now — and John Bandimere, he was a kid like me. His and my dad sat on the hill and talked about their two crazy kids, one trying to run a racetrack, one trying to drive a race car. Neither one of us had a clue. I would look at my daughters, playing on the side of the hill in the dirt, running around there, playing at the racetrack. “There were bad times when I crashed, there are good times when I won. I love going back. It’s a beautiful facility. The fans open their arms to us. The media is great. It’s really a tough deal on that mountain. There was one year there I ran top speed, I was faster than the dragsters. That doesn’t happen very often. For a few moments we were up there with our big brother. It was a great feeling. A lot of those dragster guys were telling me that was pretty cool. Never done it since, but we keep trying. “ Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Mopar, lauded the Chrysler Group’s relationship with Bandimere Speedway. “We are very proud of our longstanding relationship with the Bandimere family, their wonderful facility and the passionate fans that attend the Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals every year,” said Gorlier.
“Since 1989, this historic track has become our home away from home because of a common passion for this family-oriented sport, grassroots racing and commitment to sportsmen. Through thick and thin over the past 25 years, the Bandimere family, their track and this annual national NHRA event have become an integral and valued part of our Mopar racing tradition.” Gary Scelzi, nicknamed the Wild Thing, drove for 12 years on the NHRA circuit and will be this year’s grand marshal. He retired at the conclusion of the 2008 season, driving a Mopar Hemi-powered Funny Car. He earned one win at Bandimere in 2006. “I’m humbled and excited to be asked by Mopar to serve as grand marshal and be part of such an amazing event once again,” said Scelzi. “There are only a few NHRA nationals that have prestige and meaning, and where winning really means something extra special. I’d put the Mopar Mile High Nationals amongst the Gatornationals and Englishtown. It’s special not just because it has been around forever and is extremely difficult and challenging, but also because of the Bandimere family. “They go out of their way to make everyone, from the fans to the competitors, feel at home. They think of everything and make you really feel like you are part of their family and their home. My history at Bandimere was actually quite horrible. I don’t think I made it out of the first round much, but I just loved coming here regardless. It was a huge challenge on track, but it was always about family and fun, and was always an event, a party everyone looked forward to. When I did finally win with Mopar in 2006, it just had so much meaning, and to be invited back to celebrate their 25 years with the Bandimere family is really exciting.”
Driver back for Mile High Nationals Force is oldest champ in any major racing discipline By Scott Stocker
Special to Colorado Community Media For the first time in nine seasons of his professional motorsports racing career in the National Hot Rod Association, John Force did not win a series championship. Ironically, Force felt that he could be a champion playing football. But it wasn’t to be. Those are certainly bygone days for a “Force” on the drag strip since he began his professional career on the racetracks in 1978. Since his inaugural season, which Force began in Australia, he has become the oldest champion in any major racing discipline. Over the course of his career, he has won 136 events. He is the only driver to have exceeded 100 wins in his career as well as winning 15 NHRA Funny Car championships. “I thought I could be a champion playing football,” said Force, who was born in Bell Garden, Calif., in 1949. “We lost 27 games, nine a year when I was a quarterback in my high school. I also had polio as a kid, and I was hampered a little bit. I was never going to college to be a great player, but I have always believed in myself. I’ve got a race car to do the running for me.” Force, along with three members of his family — daughters Courtney and Brittany, and son-in-law Robert Hight — will be on drag strip at Bandimere Speedway for the Mopar Mile High Nationals July 19-21. Force, who had his last Bandimere victory on the side of the mountain in 2011, has always had a warm feeling in his heart for the Bandimere family. “The first time I came over the mountain it was snowing,” said Force, who finished 23rd in points in his inaugural season. “I
knew without a race I wouldn’t have any money to pay the hotel rooms. Now, that has changed, as I have my major sponsors like Auto Club, Castrol, Ford, Brand Source and Freightliner. I’m really a fortunate guy.” Force, who reached his first final racing round in 1979, was the first drag racer to be named the Driver of the Year among all racing classifications, an honor that came in 1996. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame last year, and now reigns as the oldest champion in any of the major racing disciplines. Force, who won his first career victory at Montreal in 1987, has three finals under his belt this season, including a win at Bristol. He currently stands fifth in points in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. And he certainly has some historical memories. One, of course, would be his first victory in the U.S., when he won at Columbus in 1988. Now it’s on to the Western Swing, definitely a challenge for all drivers and their teams. The first stop is the Mile Highs at Bandimere, followed by the Sonoma Nationals in California, July 26-28, and the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals in Seattle, Aug. 2-4. There is little doubt Force wouldn’t mind finding a way to come through with another sweep on the Swing, which he accomplished in 1994. Yet, if he doesn’t, he wouldn’t mind if any of the family members come through for victories. “I’ve been on the road for six, seven weeks,” Force said. “I’m back in Indianapolis and I can’t get home. It was my daughter Brittany’s birthday and my wife’s (Laurel) birthday. They celebrated yesterday (July 9). I sent flowers, but I have to stay and get the racing work done. “I like the races (the Western Swing) three in a row because you get in a groove mentally,” Force said. “We’re a team, a family, like all the others in the NHRA, and we do what we have to do.”