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areimers@ coloradocommunity For six weeks students at Shadow Ridge Middle School in Thornton have worked on science fair projects. And finally after hours and hours of research, experiments and preparation, their projects went on display on Feb. 21 for their fellow classmates, teachers and judges. The schoolwide science fair is the first of its kind at Shadow Ridge. Seventh-grade teacher Tami Cundiff said the project was an effort to help students understand the scientific method by coming up with own experiment. Each student chose what they wanted to test before running through each step of the scientific method from the purpose to the conclusion. “We wanted the kids to come up with their own curiosity on something they wanted to learn more about,” Cundiff said. “Through the project, the kids are learning about the variables they can control and can’t control, doing their own research and ultimately finding their conclusion to that first question they were curious

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Shadow Ridge eighth grader Stephan Brown with the hover board he built for his science project. Brown and his fellow classmates participated in the first ever science fair on Feb. 21 at Shadow Ridge Middle School in Thornton. Photo by Ashley Reimers about.” After the students conducted their experiments, they were also required to create a display board of their findings and write a report. Each student

then presented a two-minute oral presentation in front of a judge, who rated the project on a scale of one to 10 on various parts of the project including the hypothesis, procedure,

quality and independent design. “It’s really been a whirlwind Fair continues on Page 20

Thornton police are trying to determine the events that led to an apparent double homicide-suicide on Sunday, Feb. 23. At approximately 8:49 p.m., police were called to 9318 Welby Road Terrace to investigate shots fired. Witnesses reported they heard multiple gunshots come from inside the residence. Officers forced entry into the home and discovered the bodies of a man and two women inside the residence. A weapon was recovered inside the residence. No suspects are being sought at this time. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Adams County Coroner’s Office. Positive identification of the victims will also be completed by the Adams County Coroner’s Office. The Thornton Police Department is seeking any witnesses who may have information regarding this incident. The investigation is currently active and on-going.

Cities sue sheriff, commissioners Inmate cap dispute at county jail becomes legal battle By Tammy Kranz The cities of Thornton and Northglenn are among five cities who have filed a joint complaint against the Adams County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Doug Darr for restricting or denying to house municipal prisoners in the county jail. Aurora, Commerce City and Federal Heights are the other plaintiffs named in the civil suit, which was filed Feb. 19 in the Adams County District Court. The board of commissioners includes Eva Henry, Charles Tedesco and Erik Hansen. The cities are disputing Darr’s authority to refuse municipal inmates at the Adams County Jail, noting that the commissioners rescinded a cap on municipal inmates during its April 15, 2013 meeting. The cities are asking the court to compel Darr to accept municipal prisoners and ask for monetary damages for Aurora. Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams said that the city has been working hard with the county and the sheriff’s office for more than two years to resolve the issues but to no avail. “Thornton has had lawfully detained offenders released by the sheriff’s jail staff and we’ve had to monitor the number of our prisoners daily,” she said. “The arbitrary cap imposed by the sheriff is unacceptable and we believe it’s time for a court POSTAL ADDRESS

to clarify whether the sheriff has the authority to impose these restrictions.” The board of commissioners approved a cap restriction on municipal inmates, which was enacted on Jan. 1, 2012, to help ease financial constraints at the county jail. The cap was set at 30 and was divided among nine cities: Thornton, eight; Westminster, five; Aurora and Commerce City, four apiece; Northglenn and Brighton, three each; and one each for Federal Heights, Arvada and Bennett. The commissioners — during their April 15, 2013 meeting — unanimously rescinded the caps placed on the number of inmates sent by cities to the county jail. However, the sheriff continued to impose the cap. Thornton, Westminster, Aurora, Commerce City and Brighton police chiefs aired public safety concerns related to inmates being turned away from the Adams County jail during a press conference May 28, 2013. Darr responded with his own press conference the following day and said that budget cuts and hiring restrictions made by the board of county commissioners affect jail staffing. The commissioners unanimously approved during its regular meeting Monday to reinstate the cap on municipal inmates at 30. “The board is encouraging an ongoing dialogue between the sheriff’s office and the impacted municipalities to resolve this issue outside of a courtroom,” the board said in a statement.

Thornton police Chief Randy Nelson talks to the media at a press conference about the Adams County sheriff turning away prisoners. From left, Brighton Chief Clint Blackhurst, Commerce City Chief Troy Smith, and Westminster Chief Lee Birk join Nelson and Aurora Chief Dan Oates (not in picture) who served as the spokesman. Photo by Tammy Kranz


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Political challenges face three freshman lawmakers As the legislative session chugs along, three freshman lawmakers are trying to balance voting their personal ideology with that of the constituents who reside in their complicated districts. And if that isn’t hard enough, a couple of them are still trying to figure out where the stairwells and exits and other important places are located inside the Capitol. “The hardest thing for me was finding the bathroom,” Sen. Bernie Herpin, R-Colorado Springs said. “At my age, that’s important.” Herpin and senate colleagues George Rivera, R-Pueblo, and Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, may not always agree on politics. But they share a common bond that is best summed up by the Grateful Dead’s “St. Stephen” — “One man gathers what another man spills.” The three gained their seats as a result of recall efforts that sent their predecessors packing. Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo lost to Herpin and Rivera in September recall elections that were spurred by the Democrats’ votes on gun legislation that became law last year. Zenzinger took over the seat that was held by fellow Democrat Evie Hudak, who resigned in November in the face of a recall effort. The three didn’t think they’d have their own nameplates inside the Senate’s chambers, at least so soon. But, here they are. And now that they’re here, they say they are trying to strike the right legislative balance while also trying to keep up with the sometimes complex and often maddening scene inside the Capitol. I asked Rivera — a former cop who had never held elected office prior to winning his seat — if he has found the legislative process to be overwhelming. “I’d be lying if I said no,” Rivera said. “Because there were instances where I said, ‘Wow, what did I get myself into?’ ”

Getting around the building and figuring out how the legislative process works is one thing. Going back to their brutallydrawn districts to convince voters to send them back to the Capitol for a full term will be a whole other ball of wax. Rivera is surrounded by Democrats in Pueblo’s District 3. Heck, even his wife is a Democrat. Last September, Rivera became the first Republican to represent the Democratic stronghold since the 1930s. “People were really fed up and upset with a lot of the laws that were passed in Denver,” he said, referring specifically to gun bills and rural electric mandates. “The bottom line is this: It just doesn’t seem like they understand that although they’re Democrat down there in Pueblo, doggone it, they take them for granted at their peril.” Then there’s Herpin’s Senate District 11, which includes parts of Colorado Springs. Now, when folks think of the Springs, they assume that it’s about as safe for a Republican lawmaker as Duke University is for Mike Krzyzewski. But Herpin’s district is a tough one, and it includes Manitou Springs, where Democrats dig the vibe. Morse barely lost the September recall election to Herpin, by a razor thin margin of 51 percent to 49 percent. Prior to becoming a state senator, Herpin’s political experience was limited to municipal government, having served on the city council there. But Herpin recently learned the hard way that things said in-

side council chambers get nothing like the attention they receive inside the Capitol. A couple of weeks ago, Herpin made headlines during a committee hearing where he was presenting a bill that sought to repeal last year’s law that banned ammunition magazines from carrying more than 15 rounds. The bill was a reaction to recent mass shootings where the killers carried magazines that contained large numbers of ammunition rounds. Herpin was trying to make the point that high-capacity magazines are unreliable and that perhaps it was “a good thing” that Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes had a 100-round magazine because it jammed. The senator’s comments were received with outrage by family members who lost loved ones in the Aurora theater shooting. Herpin said his comments were taken out of context, but that he understands the reaction. “I still think what I was trying to get across was correct, I just think I could have done it better,” he said. “It was my fault for not phrasing my remarks and taking into consideration the sensitivities of the subject.” Herpin said “it’s not pleasant” when asked what it was like to be on the receiving end of bad press, rather than reading about someone else’s. Herpin then quipped that at least he didn’t go as far as did former Colorado Springs lawmaker Doug Bruce during his infamous antics on the first day of the 2008 legislative session. “I’ve not yet kicked the reporter or the photographer, so I’m not the worst yet,” Herpin said. Zenzinger hasn’t kicked a photographer yet either — and somehow, I just don’t see that happening. Unlike Herpin, Zenzinger has no problem finding bathrooms in the Capitol, seeing as how she was once an aide to Democratic Sen. Mary Hodge of Adams

County. The margin for error in Herpin’s district is pretty thin, but the one in Zenzinger’s District 19 is New York deli pastrami-like thin — and that’s thin! Hudak won the seat with 51 percent of the vote in 2008, which was a virtual landslide compared to 2012, when she won by a margin of 584 votes, or by less than 1 percent of the vote. Zenzinger doesn’t need a math lesson to figure out just how difficult her district is — after all, she ran Hudak’s successful 2012 campaign. She said she tries to convey to her divided constituency that what happens at the Capitol isn’t as divisive as they might think. “Ninety to 95 percent of the bills passed at the Capitol are actually bipartisan,” she said. “And people go, ‘No they’re not.’ Yes, they actually are. It’s just those 5 percent that are really divisive. And that’s challenging because 50 percent of my district will agree and 50 percent wont agree.” Zenzinger knows that she’s going to face a stiff challenge this November, regardless of who the Republican nominee turns out to be. She hopes that people will see she’s the same person who served on the Arvada City Council, but she knows full well that conservatives — especially gun enthusiasts — will try to paint her as the second coming of Evie Hudak. “I’m sure they’re going to try to say that,” Zenzinger said. “So what I’m hoping to demonstrate is that I was OK when I was on city council in representing you and I haven’t changed. Who Rachel Zenzinger is hasn’t changed. So I’m trying to do a good job in showing I am my own person.” Vic Vela is the legislative reporter for Colorado Community Media. He can be reached at Follow Vic on Twitter, @VicVela1.

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Colorado Community Media wins 132 awards Five major awards brought home by newspapers Staff Report Colorado Community Media brought home 132 awards in the annual Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Included in the tally were five special honors. The Tri-Lakes Tribune (Class 1), the Golden Transcript (Class 4) and the Highlands Ranch Herald (Class 5) each

won the Advertising Sweepstakes Award. The Tribune also won the Sweepstakes Award in the photo and design category and garnered the coveted General Excellence Award. The awards were announced at a ceremony Feb. 21 in downtown Denver as part of the press association’s annual convention. For CCM — a 2-year-old media company comprising 22 newspapers and 23 websites covering the north, west and south suburbs of Denver, and El Paso and Teller counties — this year’s honors were

adaMs County news in a hurry Commissioner calls for home rule

Adams County Commissioner Erik Hansen send out a letter last week to his fellow commissioners, elected county officials and other county staff encouraging support for a home-rule system. He said that the county should replace some elected officials with professional, qualified staff; elect the remaining offices through non-partisan elections and adopt uniformed ethics rules and create an independent ethics watchdog review board.

Nominations sought for Ciancio award

The Community Reach Center Foundation is accepting nominations for the Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award. Nominations for the 2014 award must be received by 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28. Established in 1979, this award was named in honor of the late Mary Ciancio for her nearly 70 years of advocacy and volunteer service on behalf of people

with mental and physical disabilities. This award is presented annually to an exemplary volunteer in Adams County during a special award dinner, which will be Thursday, April 17, at Stonebrook Manor in Thornton. Find a nomination form online at (click on the Events tab). Past nominees may be re-submitted if they have not received the Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award. For more information, contact Deb Haviland at 303-853-3472;

Flood-damaged portion of Colorado Boulevard reopens

Colorado Boulevard between Highway 7 and 168th Avenue has been reopened after being closed for five months as workers repaired the road. The road had been closed since mid-September when flooding along Big Dry Creek washed away the road surface and two 96-inch drainage pipes.

a continuation of an upward trend. A year ago, CCM was recognized with 95 awards, a major spike from the previous year’s 28 earned among the papers. CCM’s south metro publications, based in Highlands Ranch, received 58 awards, including 19 first-place honors and the Advertising Sweepstakes Award. In the advertising category, companywide production manager Scott Andrews won 28 awards, 14 of which were first place. The news staff of the Westminster Window and Golden Transcript combined for eight first place awards. Columnists Ann

Macari Healey and Andrea Doray, reporters Tammy Kranz, Vic Vela and Glenn Wallace, as well as editor Mikkel Kelly each earned a first-place award. Page designer Kate Ferraro was recognized three times, including a first-place honor. The Northglenn Sentinel specifically did not submit entries this year, though it shared many of the award-winning stories and writers mentioned above. Eligible contest entries were published in print or online between Sept. 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2013.

northglenn news in a hurry Volunteers sought for Farmers’ Highline Canal Cleanup

At least 100 volunteers are needed for the annual Farmers’ Highline Canal Cleanup from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Volunteers will meet in the Northglenn Police Department lobby, 11701 Community Center Drive, before heading out to their assigned section. After the cleanup, participants can enjoy their accomplishment with lunch. Crew leaders are needed as well, and training is provided. In case of inclement weather, the cleanup will be held March 22. For more information, please contact Jenni Murphy at 303-450-8904 or jmur-

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Coffee with the mayor

The next Coffee with the Mayor will be 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 10, at Atlanta Bread in the Northglenn Marketplace. Coffee with the Mayor is a chance to talk with Mayor Joyce Downing and learn about new developments in the city. Representatives from the Regional Transportation District (RTD) will be on hand to talk about the North Metro FasTracks line. Call 303-450-8713 for more information.

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National bicentennial educates students Star Spangled Scholars celebrates nation’s anthem and history By Crystal Anderson

canderson@ To celebrate the colonial era in the country’s history, Star-spangled Scholars is educating Jefferson County students a deep, tangible, hands-on knowledge of the founding of the United States. ”This (Star-spangled Scholars program) offers experiential, hands-on learning for kiddos, they can touch it, feel it, smell it, wear it,” organizer and founder, Linda Ol-

son Ferguson said. The program, founded in the fall of 2013, began incidentally after Ferguson heard about the bicentennial of the national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. Ferguson immediately began to research this fact, and decided to put together a program that would help educate students across the Denver-Metro area about the fundamentals the nation was founded upon. ”The purpose is to teach lessons from real-life experiences from the founding of our nation to the settling of the West, with the hook being the bicentennial of the Star-spangled Banner,” Ferguson said. Throughout 2014, Ferguson, along with two Hands on History Colorado historians, Irish Lace and Smoketalker, and represen-

tative Steve DeBoer from the Sons of the American Revolution, will speak at area schools and youth programs educating students about the early history of the U.S. “We want to make that period of time, our history, our ancestry, make this time period feel real and fun for kids,” DeBoer said. Star-Spangled Scholars works in conjunction with the Arvada Harvest Festival and the Arvada Junior Chamber Foundation to help students learn about the struggles of survival in early Colonial America and the West; the Constitution’s purpose; and the inspiration behind the Star-Spangled Banner. Through the program, students and youth will have the opportunity to see, wear, use, and play with historically correct artifacts such as lanterns, uni-

forms, tools from Colonial America. “This is voluntary, and is a supplement to the schools’ and educators’ efforts to make sure kids know how important that aspect of our history was and the aspects our country was founded on,” DeBoer said. On Mar. 8, organizers of the program are hosting a free Open House for the community to experience aspects of the program and garner interest in the bicentennial celebration. The event will be held 12-5 p.m., at the Arvada Jaycees Hall, 5640 Yukon St., Arvada. For more information on the program, contact Linda Olson Ferguson, 303523-2971. “It’s really important for the younger generation to understand what our country was formed to be and understand those roots,” Ferguson said.

Restaurant flips flapjacks for charity National Pancake Day at IHOP on March 4 By Tammy Kranz

IHOP will host its 9th Annual National Pancake day on Tuesday, March 4, to raise money for local children’s charities. Photo courtesy of IHOP

Tuesday will be a busy day for IHOP employees, but it’s for a worthy cause. The 9th annual National Pancake Day at IHOP will be March 4 and restaurants will offer a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers, to help raise money for charity. “Last year we served 5.5 million pancakes countrywide,” Joyce Bowman, a local representative with IHOP said. “That’s a lot of pancakes.” More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will offer the free pancakes 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Customers are asked to make donations, which will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities. “Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own

community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, IHOP’s interim president and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity Inc. “I’m especially proud that what started as a grassroots effort in a few IHOP markets nine years ago has now grown into a significant and truly international event. IHOP has raised almost $13 million over the years and the goal this year is to reach the $16 million figure, which Bowman is certain will happen. “We will hit our mark, there’s no doubt we’ll do $3 million this year,” she said. “It’s for a good cause.” Some restaurants are also participating in the “Miracle Balloons” fundraiser that benefits local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Customers can purchase a “balloon” for $1 or $5 and their purchased balloon icon will be displayed throughout the restaurants. Customers who buy a $5 balloon get a $5 off coupon that they can use on their next visit. This fundraiser ends on March 4. Local IHOP restaurants include 4730 W. 120th Ave. in Westminster and 5280 Wadsworth Bypass in Arvada.

LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN A HURRY Smoking age upped to 21, under bill

The legal smoking age in Colorado would rise to 21, under a bill that cleared a House committee on Feb. 20. House Bill 1263 passed the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on a 6-4 party-line vote. The bill provides a grandfather clause that would allow persons who are currently between the ages of 18 and 20 to continue smoking. So, the law would apply when kids who are currently 17 turn 21. If the bill passes, the state is expected to lose more than $5 million in revenue from tobacco sales. But Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, a bill sponsor, said the goal of the legislation is to make it more difficult for kids to obtain cigarettes. The bill now heads to the House Finance Committee.

Greyhound racing ban heads to governor’s desk


A bill that would ban greyhound racing in Colorado is on its way to the governor’s desk. Revenue generated by the industry had been dwindling for several years leading up to 2008, when Colorado’s last remaining greyhound racing track ceased operations. House Bill 1146 would ban greyhound racing from starting up again in the state, but would continue to allow for simulcast wagering at off-track betting facilities. The bill, which is sponsored by Rep. K.C. Becker, D-Boulder, passed the Senate on Feb. 21, following a 20-15 vote. It had previously passed the House. Medina Alert system clears committee A House committee on Feb. 20 gave unanimous approval to a bill that would create a statewide hit-and-run alert system. House Bill 1191 would set up a program to alert the public when a serious hit-and-

run accident occurs. The bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Conti, R-Littleton, is an extension of the Medina Alert that is currently being used in Denver. The alert system is named after Jose Medina, a 21-year-old parking valet who was killed by a hit-andrun driver on Denver’s Capitol Hill three years ago. Bill expands tobacco prohibitions The Senate this week passed a bill that would expand current law that prohibits the sale of nicotine to minors. It’s already illegal for stores to sell tobacco products to persons under the age of 18. Senate Bill 18 would expand the prohibition to include modern smoke products, such as electronic cigarettes. The bill, which is being sponsored by Democratic Sens. Jeanne Nicholson of Black Hawk and Matt Jones of Louisville, passed the Senate on Feb. 24, following a 20-15 vote. The bill now heads to the House. Marijuana laws tightened Two bills aimed at tightening retail marijuana laws have passed the House with unanimous support. Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, is sponsoring the pieces of legislation which he believes makes the state’s marijuana code easier to enforce and regulates it the same as alcohol. House Bill 1129 would give local jurisdictions the ability to submit fingerprints of those applying for retail marijuana establishment licenses to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for criminal history inquires. House Bill 1122 increases the penalty of selling marijuana to a minor a class 1 misdemeanor and it allows a retail establishment to seize a fake ID and alert law enforcement. Both bills cleared the House last week with unanimous support.

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A buyers and sellers market Low inventory, low interest rates result in fast home buying By Tammy Kranz Buying a new home is a big decision and buyers may want to take time to think on a home they’re interested in before putting in an offer. That’s a mistake in today’s housing market, warns Ruth Seibel with Keller Williams Realty in Westminster. “You don’t have time for indecisiveness these days,” she said. “Buyers need to know if they see something they like, put in an offer right away or it’ll be gone. According to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors, single family homes were on the market an average of 50 days, down 31.5 percent from 2012 when they were on the market for 73 days. Townhomes and condos were on the market for an average of 40 days in 2013, a decline of 34.4 percent of 61 days in 2012. Seibel said homes had a shorter duration on the market because inventory is low. “Days on the market depend on inventory,” she said. “When there are (fewer) properties for sale, they go faster if they are priced correctly.” A couple reasons that may be impact-

ing the inventory are mortgage loan qualifications and the cold weather, she added. Many home sellers want to buy another home, but they may find themselves unable to with the stricter mortgage loan qualifications. “They have to go through a lot more to get a loan and they have to have more money down,” Seibel said. The benefit of a low inventory market is an increase in home values. For single family homes, the average sale price in 2013 was $230,461, an increase of 15.2 percent from the average of $203,400 in 2012. For townhomes and condos, the average sale price was $142,340 in 2013, a 16.1 percent increase from $122,550 in 2012. “It’s an excellent time to sell and an excellent time to buy,” Seibel said. “You’ll get more for your home if you’re selling, and it’s an excellent time to buy because interest rates are still low.” She advised people interested in selling their home to contact a Realtor, because Realtors know what sells a home and what to do to prepare it to sell it quicker and for more. “People that live in their homes are too close to it to visualize what needs to be done,” Seibel said. For people wanting to buy a home, she suggests they get pre-qualified first so that if there are issues on their credit reports, they can get those taken care of right away. Some issues may take 30-90 days to resolve, she cautioned.

Home values have increased in Adams County and properties are selling quicker due to a low inventory on the market. Photo by Tammy Kranz

Highway project advances By Ashley Reimers

Dr. Chuck Skinner and Expanded Duties Dental Assistant Paula Hancock of Arbor Dental Group provide a free dental screening to Derek Johnson at the grand opening of the new dental lab at Westwood College’s Denver North Campus on Feb. 7. Photo courtesy of Westwood College

Westwood unveils dental program Associates degree offered for dental assistants By Tammy Kranz Dental assistants are in demand and Westwood College north campus has unveiled a new associate’s degree program to help meet that demand. The college held an open house for its new dental lab Feb. 7, which serves as the foundation for its new program, which will hold its first class March 19. “The stats are pretty staggering — it is expected that in Colorado, job growth in the field will be 26 percent in the next 10 years, which means solid opportunity for students who earn their associate’s degree in this new program,” Phil Smith, director of PR and community

outreach with Westwood said. The lab features a Panorama radiology station, including digital and film X-ray technology; four complete dental office stations with dental chairs; extensive sterilization station; and a fully-equipped lab for casting dental impressions. Carol Rykiel, program chair of the Westwood College’s Dental Assistant Program, said one of the main reasons dental assistants are in demand is that many proprietary schools ran out of money to have the program since the technology and equipment is very expensive. “It’s close to a million to build out a dental program,” she said. Not only are there many jobs available for dental assistants, Rykiel said, but the field is versatile and people can work in a public or private practice, in a dentist office or a hospital. “The variety and flexibility of the job is tremendous,” she said. “You don’t have to be stuck in a

dentist office your whole career.” Median pay for dental assistants is $16.59, Rykiel said. As part of the program, students will learn dental front office administration so they are capable of handling all aspects of a dental office’s operations. Plus, they will have extensive internship time. “They’re going to have 300 hours of real life experience in a dentist office,” Rykiel said. The lab can accommodate 24 students in both the day and evening class, and the school is still enrolling. Students can earn the degree in 17 months. The school is also looking into offering an expanded duties class for existing dental assistants. Westwood College has 14 campuses located in California, Colorado Georgia, Illinois and Virginia. The north Denver campus is at 7350 N. Broadway. More information available at www.

The U.S. 36 public-private partnership concessionaire agreement is moving forward after two approvals, one from the High Performance Transportation Enterprise, HPTE Board on Feb. 19 and the other from the Colorado Department of Transportation, CDOT, Transportation Commission on Feb. 20. Before the approval, the 600page agreement among CDOT, HPTE and Plenary Roads Denver was released to the public after community members were dissatisfied with the ins and outs of the contract. The three entities have been working on the public-private partnership and the contract for almost a year and Plenary was chosen last April as the concessionaire for the project after a twophase competitive bid process. This is the first public-private partnership in Colorado. Amy Ford, director of communications for CDOT, said CDOT entered into the agreement simply to make improvements on U.S. 36 through the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project. The project is a $312 million, multimodule project between Federal Boulevard and 88th Avenue Street in Louisville/ Superior. The project is building an express lane in each direction of U.S. 36. The lanes will accommodate high-occupancy vehicles, bus rapid transit and tolled singleoccupancy vehicles. The project is split into two phases, the first to be complete by spring 2015. Phase II of the project will be executed through a public-private partnership. “Through the public-private partnership we are able to accelerate the project by 20 years,” Ford said. “We had initially released the 80-page contract summary to answer the public’s questions. Once we got all the financial moving parts in place, we were able to release the entire contract.” Ford said there were some major misconceptions concerning the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project, like the belief that all lanes of the highway would have a toll, when

in reality the plan calls for just one toll lane, which according to Ford, will significantly reduce the overall impact of congestion on the corridor. The toll lane will also be used for the new Bus Rapid Transit system provided by RTD. “We recognize that we needed to do a better job in our communication with the public on the financial solution for the corridor,” Ford said. “That’s why a private public partnership is necessary and we want people to understand what that means and what steps are needed to get the project complete. According to CDOT’s website, as the first public private partnership for the state of Colorado, the arrangement will accelerate construction through the investment of the private sector while transferring the risk of construction and maintenance costs, as well as toll revenues to the concessionaire. Although there is now information on the CDOT website regarding contract, many people were unhappy with the lack of information initially offered to the community on a public-private partnership. To help with the distress, CDOT hosted two community meetings, one on Feb. 12 in Westminster and the second on Feb. 13 in Louisville. The dissatisfaction from the public prompted the release of the 600-page contract. Former state legislator and public policy consultant Miller Hudson said the entire situation has been a painful learning experience for everyone involved, including CDOT, the public, elected officials and the business community. He said the next public-private partnership involving tolls will need to be managed differently so taxpayers don’t feel ambushed. “More meetings, more mailings and regular feedback between politicians and the public would have gone a long way to counter the misinformation that went viral in this case,” Hudson said. “The U.S. 36 BRT and managed lanes proposal has been a decade in the making and was the consensus solution of those who participated.” For more information on the contract or the US 36 Express Lanes project, visit


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Support ‘right to know’ in challenging times The latest developments in digital communications were discussed at length at the Colorado Press Association annual convention Feb. 21 in Denver. While expanding modes of obtaining news continue in an extended renaissance period, it appears while more and more information is literally at hand, the information so important to the public’s right to know is not flowing so freely. One discussion led by experts in media law focused on current challenges to obtain public records from government entities. Journalists’ heads nodded to comments that the cost of obtaining documents often remains a barrier. Heads nodded that information is sometimes be-

our view ing held back based on how the provider thinks the media may present it —such as putting it online — while the public’s right to know should not be limited by who wants it and how it may be used. And heads nodded when media experts said the state appellate courts are no longer on “our” side — meaning specifically the media — thwarting our role to obtain information and be a watchdog on government.

The whys of the present climate can be contemplated, but we agree with the general notion that the impact of 9/11 turned tides to tightening of information to media and compromising privacy of the public. We profess media is not so beloved by the masses, but when we write informative stories, we know our work is valued. For this reason, we agree with the notion that the work of maintaining strong open records laws and the public’s right to know may soon involve more effort from the public itself, perhaps even in the form of a public initiative on the ballot someday. We have editorialized often about the importance of the First Amendment

and the public’s right to know, so today we share a pitch for you to take a look at a relatively new nonprofit group in Colorado called the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. The organization wants to serve the media and, in addition, emphasized it wants to serve those in the general public facing challenges obtaining information. Please visit the FOIC website, which has been online less than a year. Yes, full participation involves a modest membership fee, but we strongly commend the work the coalition is doing at this early stage. Take a moment to think about the work we do and the information you need while viewing the content at

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What is your go-to song for when you want to get in the “zone?” People walking around downtown Golden were asked what song gets them pumped up.

“Back in Black by AC/DC” Katrina Woods, New York

“Birdland by Weather Report” Norton Ewart, Denver

“Thrift Shop by Macklemore” Brian Fairclough, New York

“Orinoco Flow (by Enya)” Carolyn Denny, Highlands Ranch

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How about a round of applause for the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) Board and the CDOT Commission for “keeping their eye on the ball” and moving forward on the second segment of U.S. 36 Highway widening improvements. While there has been considerable debate, threats and anger over the 50-year contract with a private consortium to accomplish the last phase of the $425.0 Million project, the project needs to go forward. Furthermore, I would bet that the CDOT Commissioners and staff have learned a valuable lesson in interjecting public review/comment on future public/ private partnership (PPP) project contracts early in the process. Commissioner Heather Berry hit the nail on the head — “I’m requesting that we take the lessons learned in this process and translate it to other projects that will be moved forward.”

The widening of U.S. 36 was a key component of the RTD FasTracks package to include HOV/HOT lanes for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) which voters approved in 2004. BRT service between Boulder and Federal Boulevard will improve commute times for RTD bus riders and motorists. Without the PPP approach, it is unclear just when the final segment of road work could be completed. Ask yourself how effective the widened highway and HOV/ HOT lanes would be if they stopped at the northwest side of Broomfield. There would be quite a “funneling” effect and traffic congestion if the second segment is not a reality and this RTD commitment would not be fulfilled.

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With the approval of the contracts with Plenary Roads Denver, an international consortium of six different companies, CDOT has launched “a new tool in the tool kit” to design, build, finance and maintain highway projects. They join RTD in looking to the private sector to carry out large,

expensive public infrastructure projects which otherwise would not be built and operated for a major span of time i.e., 20 years. Until Congress and/or the Colorado Legislature come up with new or increased revenue streams i.e., taxes or fees, it is not feasible to achieve major highway expansion projects in Colorado. CDOT is struggling as it is to meet maintenance and repair costs throughout the state on EXISTING roads and bridges. We as a state have fallen way behind in achieving the needed expansion of our highway system while increased population has put a strain on existing capacity.


PPP will only work where user fees, aka tolls, can be imposed. A new revenue stream has to be created to fund the debt on the front-end capital costs as well as the ongoing operating costs to maintain the new road. That is where the “rub” comes into play. While I am not in favor of either a 50-year contract or requiring HOV-3 (3 people in the vehicle in the HOV/HOT lane to avoid the toll) versus the current HOV-2, the people in the know say that these are necessary requirements to make the private deal “pencil out.” Since I am not privy to the detailed terms of the contract or the financial modeling used, I will assume they know what they are talking about. All in all, we the motoring public need U.S. 36 widened including HOV/HOT lanes now!! Bill Christopher is a former Westminster city manager and RTD board member.

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Lots of proposed changes It was “full house” down at the Westminster Grange last Saturday morning. The south Westminster community was there to discuss the proposed revitalization of the area they call home. Westminster City officials call it “South Westminster Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan (NRS).” It was prepared by the City of Westminster Department of Community Development and adopted in January 2001 and up to 2012. We, the area folks, didn’t see the whole of it until the Westminster Progressive Homeowner’s President Gary Shea resurrected it and brought it to the homeowner members and guests last Saturday. I took the time to read the voluminous report in its entirety and I finished it feeling very sad – sad that the whole area is proposed for low to moderate housing (boundaries 68th Avenue South, Federal Blvd to the east, Turnpike North and Sheridan Avenue on the west). There is no section of that report dedicated to “high end” or even moderate. The elephant in the room last Saturday was the question why does the Orchard neighborhood up north about 150th Avenue and above get

high end funding when our funding down in south Westminster is funded by community development block grant funds and thus limited to “old” Westminster.

the light rail station now under construction at 71st Avenue and Hooker St. will bring new life to our area. If the infill expected by that facility does bring new business opportunity and lots of new families that would be a real plus. But it seems if we get a new business another one leaves town. And the threat of our Meade Street post office moving out strikes fear in the hearts of this elderly community.

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In my heart I always knew we were on the decaying area of the city and no matter how much money the city spends the die has been cast to keep us in low-moderate bondage because it is all wrapped up in those pesky federal funds. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles so they say.

At the same meeting another agenda item was a proposed 90-unit senior citizen four story housing complex to be located north of the MAC area. It is now an office building which would be torn down. The big problem, downplayed by the developer, is the lack of parking for such a large complex on such a small site (1.75 acres). I can’t imagine city officials, given that amount of surface parking, would even consider the proposed plan.

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part of Westminster is an uphill battle, improving it to “up north” status impossible. We may get the money but will never get the elephant off the couch. That’s just the way it is and will be. And Saturday’s meeting just confirmed what we already know. Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned. P.S. Thanks to Adams County Treasurer Bridgett Grimm for providing free income tax preparation at the MAC and other city sites again this year. It’s such a big help to get it done. And a big thank you to George Mazzoti who runs the program in our Adams County cities when you can go to any of them free of charge. It’s a long wait but worth it. Oh yes, the tax preparers are all volunteers and a big thank you to them also. 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.

And the powerful play goes on Not surprisingly, I am in love with the written word. I love the power of the pen on the page to move, amuse, anger, or delight. The power to take us places we’ve never been before. The power to take us back to times and places we have come from. Lately, though, I’ve also become enamored of the spoken word. I’ve done my share of readings from my own writing and I have to say that I do like the way it sounds. And it appears that a lot more of us are enjoying literature out loud. Look at the popularity of slam poetry (which I have yet to try myself ) and the unending supply of stunning performances on YouTube. Poetry has found its way further into the mainstream, too, and now into the commercial realm as well. In an ad for the iPad Air, we hear Robin William’s voice in his portrayal of John Keating, the beloved English teacher in the film Dead Poets Society. In the sound track, replicated in the ad, Williams/Keating quotes the poet Walt Whitman but it’s far more than a quote, more than just a reading of words on the page. When Williams recites from “O, Me! O, Life!”, it is a performance that is as much a celebration of Whitman’s poetry as of the life about which Whitman writes. And for those of us who need a reminder of the power and beauty of Walt Whitman’s words, Williams gives it to us with this tantalizing invitation: “…the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

Even if we don’t know it’s him or that the scene is from Dead Poets Society, (which I just found out myself last week), it is the way Robin Williams’ delivers these lines that makes the poetry of Walt Whitman so accessible to us, that makes us part of the celebration, part of the powerful play. I’m fortunate to be part of another celebration of the spoken word as Colorado’s coordinator of Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide contest for high school students that helps young people master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about our literary heritage. Students memorize and recite great poetry in school-wide competitions, and school winners advance to the state finals being held this year on March 11 at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Our Colorado state winner will then represent us at the National Finals in Washington, DC, in April. As I’ve visited high schools around the state, I’ve heard students recite, interpret, and perform great poetry, and I am personally inviting you to join us for the Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 11

at the Lakewood Cultural Center. You’ll be inspired, delighted, and awed by these students as they bring the power of words on the page to life with their performances. To quote from Walt Whitman: “Answer: / That you are here—that life exists and identity, / That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” To quote John Keating from Dead Poets Society: “We don’t read and write poetry be-

cause it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.” And that is indeed something to celebrate. Andrea Doray is a writer and poet who thanks the National Endowment of the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, the teachers, families, and especially the competitors for bringing great literature to life. Contact her at



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Loving Mother of four, Richard Moon (died 2007), Dave (Loretta) Moon, Randy Moon and Renee Gonzales, six grandchildren and several great- grandchildren.

Donald Edmond McCarty, 76, of Federal Heights, born June 30, 1937 passed on February 22, 2014. Married to Virginia McCarty for 57 years and raised six children, Donald Jr, Ronald, Michelle, Cheri, Julie and Calvin, 15 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. Survived by one brother, Tom McCarty.

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Picking (on) teams Boy, the run up to the Super Bowl sure was exciting this year, wasn’t it? Of course, the game was, um, shall we say ... disappointing (read: a fiasco, an embarrassment). But that doesn’t change what happened in the days running up to it. The whole city was in the spirit: orange shirts, downtown buildings lit up in blue and orange, special programs on radio and television. The Broncos’ success created a sense of community around here. We were all “on the team.” But sometimes, “team” gets out of hand. Sometimes, we stop looking at what’s actually going on around us and dig in our heels to be “with our team.” As much as I value loyalty, life is not a game; important things happen in the real world, and the consequences are a lot more serious than having to exchange strange gifts with the mayor of the “other team.” The new Jefferson County school board has shown a penchant for sending people off to their team corners. A couple weeks

ago I wrote a column that was critical of the board, though, normally, we might be on the same team. Or, at least, in the same farm system. And, boy, did I hear about it from “my” teammates. Even though my criticisms were more about politics than policy, I was still taken to task for what, in older days, would be called “heresy.” Luckily for me, it’s been mostly respectful, so, while I had lengthy conversations about Alcorn continues on Page 12

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Entertainer wows social group SNCW Singles Social Club has been in existence since the mid 1990’s, and I have been a member for the majority of that time. On most Sunday evenings we can be found at the American Legion in Edgewater where we have a meal which is followed by a program. Programs range from ID fraud prevention, to Super Bowl parties (yes, I’m still in shock), to travelogues, to chili/soup cook-offs, to live music presentations. On a recent Sunday evening we had what may have been our best evening ever. We had the great pleasure and privilege of being entertained by singer, actor, raconteur Leonard E. Barrett, Jr. I first met Leonard a number of years ago when he was starring in an annual PHAMALY Theatre Company musical. Let me give you a little background ... Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League was founded in 1989 by five students who were frustrated by the lack of theatrical opportunities for those living

with disabilities. Now, twenty-five years later, the group is known nationally for its pioneering work. Leonard initially had no intention to returning to the world of entertainment. After performing on stage for 10 years, he decided a change was in order so he did the only logical thing possible. He taught computers. A friend invited him to a PHAMALY function and when asked what his disability was he, being taken off guard, said, “multiple sclerosis.” He then sang for the group and the rest is history. He is now

a full-time performer and will be playing the role of the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” PHAMALY’s annual musical which will be held in July at The Space Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Leonard’s career has definitely taken off. He has performed at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, and with the Denver Center Theatre Company, among others, as well as doing one-man shows at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. In fact he will be singing at Lannie’s this Mothers’ Day. And, of course, he performs for private functions such as our SNCW event. Knowing how talented Leonard is, SNCW decided to open the evening to former members, and other friends. Our group is officially a “singles social club,” so married folks need not apply. We waived the rules for this special evening. We generally have 20 to 25 members and guests attend our meetings. This time we ended up with a group of 54 ... a bit of a chal-

lenge for those of us who did the cooking, decorating and organizing. What a wonderful evening it was. Our star more than lived up to his billing. He has a glorious voice and a personality to match. We listened to tunes made famous by Bocelli, Mathis, Nat King Cole, and many more. The audience was mesmerized. Leonard may be reached at SNCW Singles Social Club welcomes new members. The only requirement is that you be single when you join. Although our emphasis is on social activities and we are definitely not a “dating” club, several of our members have met and married since joining our group ... they are allowed to stay. In addition to our Sunday meetings, we have many outside activities. For information, check out our website at or contact me, personally. Columnist Harriet Hunter Ford may be reached at

How does a grown woman meet a man? Dear Neil: Valentine’s Day just past by. I didn’t think it would bother me that I’m not in a relationship, but it did. I spent the day with one of my grandchildren, but it did not erase my sadness. Last summer I went to a college reunion, and had many men flirting with me, but no one asked for my number. I occasionally see a man on a train who appears to like me, but he doesn’t ask for my number either. I do explore dating sites a little. I recently heard my ex-sister-in-law has remarried. She was the world’s most cold and unlovable person. How can she be in a relationship and not me? Can you advise me? Forlorn in Denver Dear Forlorn: Part of the problem is that many people

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are in a committed relationship but not necessarily married, not wearing a ring and not actually available. Then there are those that will not find you attractive, or you’re not the right age for them, not the right body type or that you’re not the gender they are looking for. And a large number of mature adults have simply quit looking for a romantic relationship at all. They have, in essence, given up the quest for romance, or have erectile dysfunction (and thus consider themselves out of contention), are preoccupied with work, children or family, or are otherwise no longer interested in pursuing an intimate relationship. But there are plenty who are, and that’s where you need to concentrate. Getting more active with online dating sites may be one avenue to explore, such as trying different sites, posting more flattering photos of yourself or making your online profile more interesting or spicy. Also, quit waiting for men to contact you. Many men are shy and fearful of rejection, and would be flattered if a woman wrote saying she noticed his profile, found him attractive and would be interested in making contact with

him. Increasing your assertiveness may serve you well on dating sites. Also, frequently put yourself in situations with new people, by taking an adult education seminar, a parks and recreation hike, joining a chess club or signing up for a dance class, as examples. You are trying to increase your exposure and your visibility so you can meet as many people as you can — increasing your chances of meeting someone you hit it off with. And perhaps the time has arrived for you to be a bit more bold and daring, and not wait for a man to ask for your number. On the train, for example, you could tell the man that he interests you. Is he available to explore a possible relationship? Taking that same attitude into chance encounters with new people may also help. Many men assume that a woman is taken, and they are therefore reluctant to try — assuming they’re going to be rejected. Of course, if you do what I’m suggesting, it is you that could find yourself feeling rejected. It’s going to take patience, persistence, guile and luck, but a relationship for you is out there. Don’t let yourself get cynical or jaded — and then give up. Too many other people have taken that route. Hold yourself accountable to find the relationship you hope for. Neil Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westminster and Boulder, Colorado. His column is in it’s 22nd year of publication, and is syndicated around the world. You can reach him at (303)758-8777, or email him through his website: He is not able to respond individually to queries.

Knowledge of pheasants The Colorado pheasant season closed on Jan. 31. For those who enjoy the challenge of upland bird hunting it is now time to case and store the shotguns and pick up the volunteer role and participate in spring Pheasants Forever (PF) programs. PF was organized in 1982 with headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. The organization has secured 5,000,000 acres of protected habitat for pheasant and all birds and wildlife. Today PF has over 125,000 members and 800 chapters in the US and Canada. PF promotes habitat conservation (the single most important element to sustain healthy numbers of pheasants); education for landowners and hunters alike; political lobbying; local events; national conference; youth programs to get kids outdoors and to hunt and publications distributed widely among PF members and outdoors public organizations. PF has partnered with Colorado’s

Parks and Wildlife Division over the years to open private lands for public hunting under the State Walk-In Area Program and to foster and secure agricultural land habitat necessary for pheasants to nest and hatch, insects for food sources, and security from predators. Gary Tuttle, PF volunteer, advised that “spring is that time of year the local PF chapters hold their annual fund raising events, banquets and information and educational programs. Silent and live auctions provide needed funds for the PF chapter activities.”

The February and March chapter events include the Greeley Chapter banquet Feb. 22, 5 p.m. at Island Gove Regional Park in Greeley; Northern Colorado Chapter annual banquet at the Ellis Ranch in Loveland and Metro Denver Chapter’s March 29 banquet at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. Each banquet will offer bidders and raffle ticket holder’s chances to win shot guns, gun safes, hunting clothing and gear and day hunts. According to Tuttle, “a Youth Day program is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, with food, safety training, hats and vests and a chance to learn trap shooting by experts. Youth 10-16 are welcome with parents.” Contact PF representative Gary Tuttle at 303-653-5584 for additional information. Outdoors writer Ron Hellbusch can be reached at Ron-Hellbusch@comcast. net.

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See you at the top — or over it If you have ever experienced skiing with a group or with your family, you just may be familiar with this statement, usually shouted from a chairlift down to a family member or friend on the slopes, or even spoken into a cell phone when two parties have been separated from one another, “I will see you at the top.” Although I have been skiing in Colorado for the past 18 seasons, this still happens to our family, as a matter of fact it happened a couple of weeks ago as I was skiing with two of my children. We became separated and as I was going back up the chairlift I found myself shouting down to my son, “I’ll see you at the top!” And spending as much time skiing each year as I do, I have had the opportunity to hear the phrase “See you at the top or meet me at the top” with great frequency. This statement has special meaning for me for other reasons too. Zig Ziglar’s first book is titled “See You at the Top.” Millions of people have been impacted by

this book as it is a guide to personal and professional success. Having worked with Mr. Ziglar and his family for many years, just hearing the words “See you at the top” brings back incredible and wonderful memories for me. Where is the “Top?” It’s all relative right? I mean the “Top” for you may be different than the “Top” for your neighbor or coworker. When we are skiing and get separated it’s easy to identify where the top actually is on the mountain. But in life, the “Top” can be a tricky thing for some

people to identify with or just have a hard time seeing happening for themselves. The book, “See You at the Top” focuses on things like having a healthy self-image, the importance of a positive attitude, building winning relationships, setting and achieving goals, and living with hope. So you see, it’s not targeted at any specific role or job type, it is a book that was written to meet people, all people, wherever they are on their success journey. Mr. Ziglar didn’t stop there though, as he continued to motivate and inspire millions of people around the world, he changed the ending to each one of his talks. Instead of ending with, “I will see you, and yes I do mean you at the top,” he changed it to “Hey I am going to see you, and yes I do mean you, not just at the top, I am going to see you over the top.” That little change and reminder at the end of his talks or seminars made all the difference for me personally in the pursuit of my goals as I know there is always more to

strive for. And every time I hear someone else shout it from a chairlift or from the slopes I am reminded that the “Top” is only a temporary destination in our life journey and pursuit of happiness and success. It’s the attitude of going further, beyond the top, that drives me to want to work harder at my goals. For me it is about going “Over the top.” What do you think about when you hear the words, “See you at the top?” Where is the “Top” for you? Have you ever imagined what could be beyond the “Top” or as Zig says, “Over the top?” for yourself? I would love to hear all about it at and when you do seek the top or going over the top it will definitely be a better than good week.

tions underlies the formation of the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) within the Colorado Department of Transportation. It is unlikely one voter in a hundred knows what the HPTE is up to. A quick check of its website reveals a web of proposed toll projects throughout the state, but primarily along the Front Range, that are proposed to expand roadway capacity. The first of these to near an agreement is the second phase of the U. S. 36 highway expansion connecting Denver with Boulder. Plenary Roads Denver, a consortium of builders and engineers, will extend the RTD busway and toll lanes into Boulder in exchange for an exclusive right to operate, maintain and collect tolls during what is rumored to be a 50-year lease. With the recent collapse of the MPACT64 initiative to increase transportation taxes,

it shouldn’t be surprising that CDOT would be looking for alternative financing to expand mobility without seeking taxpayer support. Not everyone is enamored with this approach. While several similar publicprivate partnerships (PPPs) across the country have proven successful, others have produced expensive bankruptcies that eventually needed to be bailed out by taxpayers. The Drive SunShine Institute, one of many environmental and renewable non-profits that make Boulder their home, is raising objections to the U.S. 36 award, suggesting that the Legislature should review any proposed agreement before obligating the state to its terms and conditions. The Institute may have arrived a day late and a dollar short to this decision, as CDOT plans to conclude a contract within the next few days. Tolling agreements usually incorporate non-compete provisions denying local governments the right to provide roadway expansions or transit services that would offer drivers an alternative to the tolled facility. It is just this fear that has alarmed the I-70 Coalition of central mountain counties regarding the HPTE study of tolled lanes currently underway west of

the Denver metro area. I-70 tolling would almost certainly preclude the high-speed monorail technology that corridor governments prefer. Opponents argue that while PPP agreements can speed the provision of additional traffic capacity, they ultimately cost the public far more in tolls than would be required in taxes for similar expansions. Several Eastern states now find themselves in the expensive process of buying back toll roads they auctioned to private consortiums in order to raise highway dollars when the economy cratered. If Colorado drivers don’t desire a network of tollways, like Florida, a vigorous public debate is necessary sooner rather than later.

Michael Norton is a resident of Highlands Ranch, the former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation and the CEO/Founder of

Paying the toll for transportation The public policy distortions the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) has created in Colorado are not readily apparent to the average voter. For the most part, taxpayers have been inclined to believe that TABOR has guaranteed them a veto over tax increases and, therefore, has acted to brake spending and growth in government. And, to a large extent, this has been true. But legislators and bureaucrats have had 20 years to construct Rube Goldberg mechanisms that evade TABOR restrictions. The legislature funnels moneys to higher education through ‘opportunity grants’ awarded to resident students, creating the fiction these are transfers from students rather than a TABOR appropriation from the general fund. Capital construction projects are now frequently financed with Certificates of Participation (COPs), where private sector construction firms take bank loans to construct buildings which are then leased by a government agency or institution for a thirty or forty year period, thereby amortizing construction costs while throwing off a tidy profit for the ‘private’ owners of these facilities. The leases are used to collateralize the construction loans. A similar ‘end around’ TABOR limita-

Miller Hudson is a former state legislator with 30 years involvement in regional transportation issues, having served as executive director of the Colorado Intermountain Fixed Guideway Authority’s I-70 Mountain Corridor monorail study. He continues to monitor Front Range transit planning and can be reached at

WESTMINSTER NEWS IN A HURRY Emergency notification program to be tested

Jefferson and Broomfield counties emergency services agencies, including law enforcement, fire and EMS, are working together to test their emergency notification system CodeRED. At 9 a.m. on March 5, starting the CodeRED emergency notification system will begin making test notifications. This process is expected to take several hours due to the large number of notifications being made via landline, cell phone, text and email.

CodeRED is used by emergency services agencies in Jefferson and Broomfield counties to help disseminate information regarding critical incidents. In addition to Jefferson and Broomfield counties, there will be portions of Adams and Clear Creek Counties included in the CodeRED notification. Landlines are automatically included in CodeRED notifications, but residents and businesses are encouraged to visit the CodeRED registration website at to add additional con-

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RTD conducts bicycle program survey

The Regional Transportation District is evaluating their bicycle programs and services by conducting a survey of transit patrons. Even if residents do not

regularly use a bicycle with RTD transit options, feedback is important. The survey closes Friday, Feb. 28 and can be accessed through the city website at www. By taking the survey, residents will be entered into a drawing for one of 10 certificates for a regional monthly pass. To enter the drawing, include a name and address at the end of the survey. Survey responses will be kept strictly confidential and reported in aggregate only.


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Bridge to be replaced at 72nd and Raleigh By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ Come this June, a 16-month project will begin to replace the 72nd Avenue and Raleigh Street bridge in Westminster. The project will also include the replacement of multiple utilities in the surrounding area. The $5 million project is being funded in part through a federal grant of $1.8 million to go toward the replacement of the bridge along with $460,850 in matching city funds for the bridge replacement. The remaining cost of roughly $2.3 million, for the replacement of the utilities, is being funding by the city through the General Capitol Improvement Fund and the Utilities Fund. With a sufficiency rating of 8 out of 100 points, the bridge is in a replacement category allowing for federal funds through the Colorado Off-System Bridge program. Dave Loseman, city senior projects engineer, said the city decided to go ahead and replace area utilities at the same to tie into the bridge replacement project. “It’s kind of like a domino effect. If we have to construct a new bridge, we should go ahead and construct new utilities too because we are already doing work in the area,” he said. “You don’t want to build a new road and then dig up the road again to fix utilities later on.” More specifically, the concrete box culvert that carries 72nd Avenue and Raleigh Street over Little Dry Creek is being replaced. As for the utilities, about 2,100 feet of larger diameter sanitary sewer pipe and 3,200 feet of water line will be replaced during the project. The entire project extends along 72nd Avenue from approximately Stuart Street to Bradburn Boulevard and along Raleigh Street south of 72nd Avenue. The 72nd and Raleigh intersection is also being designed to receive a new north leg in the form of a future realigned Bradburn Boulevard. Currently Bradburn

This summer construction will begin to replace the bridge at 72nd Avenue and Raleigh Street in Westminster. The 16-month project will cause the closure of the intersection for about six months. Photo by Ashley Reimers Boulevard intersects 72nd Avenue a short 200 feet east of Raleigh Street, causing operational problems and traffic safety concerns. Because of the bridge replacement, the future construction of the realignment of Bradburn Boulevard will be made simpler. Loseman said because of the extent of the bridge replacement project and the intersection re-design, the 72nd and Raleigh intersection will be closed for about six months to accomplish an efficient project timeline.

“By closing down 72nd Avenue in that area, we are saving months of construction time. What could have been a 22-month project, is now a 16-month project,” he said. “It saves us a substantial amount of time on the duration of the project.” Loseman said traffic will be detoured around the area and flyers will be sent to residents and businesses in the area in advance informing them of the project and traffic changes. He said the city has already coordinated with Adams County School District 50 to ensure bus routes will have

appropriate access in and out of the area. “We understand there will be some inconvenience to residents, but the project has to be done because that bridge has to be replaced for safety reasons,” Loseman said. Prior to construction and throughout the duration of the project, information will be available to the public on a city website.

NORTHGLENN CITY COUNCIL ON THE RECORD Northglenn City Council voted on the following during its Feb. 10 regular meeting.

Lease agreement with Ralston House

Council unanimously approved a ground lease agreement with Ralston House Children’s Advocacy Center for the property at 2360 W. 112th Ave. The site used to house North metro Children’s Advocacy, but it vacated the site in the spring of 2013. Council already gave the OK for the city to make minor improvements to the building and to provide four computers for the center to use. Ralston House is a center that provides professional and comprehensive services for sexually, physically and emotionally abused children and their families. Ralston House currently provides these

services to Jefferson County and with it opening a place in Northglenn, it’ll be able to service Adams County and Broomfield families. The lease will expire Dec. 31, and will be automatically renewable for consecutive one-year terms unless either the city or center gives a 60 day notice of intent to terminate the lease.

Purchase of paint striper

Council unanimously approved the purchase of a 2014 Graco RoadLazer RoadPak System, a paint striping unit, for $47,637.25 with Alta Coatings and Equipment Inc. This is to replace the striper that was purchased in 2002; these pieces of equipment have a life cycle of 10 years. The 2014 adopted Public Works Department/Street Division/Capital




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Full-time court clerk addition

Council unanimously approved a resolution that amended the 2014 Budget Personnel Summary by adding one full-time court clerk to the Management Services Department. In 2009 and 2010, the municipal court was staffed with 3.6 full-time court clerks. During the 2011 budget process, one position became vacant. During this same time, the police department reorganized and assignment changes were implement that resulted in a court caseload decrease

and a decision was made not to fill the court clerk vacancy. In May 2013, the court caseload started to show significant increase, and based on the December 2013 municipal court report, the caseload increased by 64 percent and the total fines, costs, and fees collected increased by 55 percent from the previous year. This has resulted in some tasks being put on hold as 162 hours of overtime was authorized in 2013. The full-time position will cost approximately $46,250 with salary and benefits. Council members in attendance were Mayor Joyce Downing; Carol Dodge and Wayne Dodge, Ward I; Joe Brown and Leslie Carrico, Ward II; Marci Whitman and Kyle Mullica, Ward III; and Kim Snetzinger and Gene Wieneke, Ward IV. — Compiled by Tammy Kranz

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A funerary urn with godhead is one of more than 250 authentic artifacts on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s newest exhibit, “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” showing through Aug. 24. Photo courtesy of DMNS

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Aspen is for lovers Travel + Leisure has placed Aspen at No. 18 in its Top 21 list of the world’s best cities for romance. Here’s what the magazine wrote: “From its snowcapped peaks to its Victorian-era main street, this Old West mountain town lures outdoors lovers with classic Rocky Mountain ambience all year round. Lovebirds can schuss down Buttermilk Mountain in winter, hike wildflower fields in spring, or take in a bevy of festivals from music to world politics all summer long. It’s rightly famous social scene? That’s available any time of year. “Don’t Miss: Snowcatting to 10,900 feet for an Alps-inspired menu and highoctane views at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, one of America’s most romantic restaurants (December-April).” See the entire list at

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Classic period of Maya civilization brought to life at DMNS By Tammy Kranz Contrary to popular belief, Mayan people still live in Mexico and Central America — in fact, there are 7 million. “Not only from archaeology can we learn about the Maya, we can learn directly from their descendants,” said Michele Koons, lead curator for the new Maya exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” runs through Aug. 24 at the museum, 2001 Colorado Blvd., and spotlights the classic period of the civilization, which was about 250 to 900 A.D. “It’s a really exhaustive and comprehensive exhibit of the cultures,” Jennifer Moss Logan, one of the lead educators for the exhibit said. Logan was one of the DMNS staff who visited Belize to experience the culture firsthand. “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” DMNS worked with the Science Museum of Minnesota, Museum of Science in Boston and Through Aug. 24 the San Diego Natural History Museum to create the exhibit, which Logan and Koons said Denver Museum was the largest exhibit about the ancient Maya to ever be displayed in the United States. of Nature and Science The exhibit spans two gallery spaces, the Phipps Gallery and the newly opened Anschutz 2001 Colorado Blvd. Gallery, for a total of 20,000 square feet. The exhibit features more than 250 authentic artiFor more information: facts, including a jade mosaic mask, an urn, pottery vase and bowl. There are recreation of full size stone monuments and an underworld cave where the Maya confronted the gods. Visitors can interpret hieroglyphics and create their own Maya name, and decipher stone carvings from the Chiapas region of Mexico. “They had a complex writing system that is still in many ways being deciphered,” Koons said. People can conduct a virtual excavation and interpret their finds, Logan said, “You can do that without getting your fingers dirty.” There is a section of the exhibit dedicated to astronomy that describes how and why the Maya charted and predicted astronomical phenomena. Koons said despite the modern day hysteria about the Maya calendar in 2012, the calendar didn’t end but just flipped over. “They never saw it as the end of the world,” she said, adding that the exhibit does not touch on the modernday interpretation of the calendar. “We didn’t want to dilute what the great achievements were for the Maya.” The Gates Planetarium is showing “Maya Skies,” which is a nice complement to the exhibit. The exhibit will host some special Maya-themed events in March, including “A Royal Party,” an adultonly event where visitors can play the Maya ball game, create art and mingle with the experts at 7 p.m. March 6 (tickets are $38 for members, $43 for non-members). Activities include live dance performances, artists showing off their craft and various Maya-related activities, March 21 through April 4.


Tom Coohill, chef/owner of Coohills, 1400 Wewatta St. in Denver, has been invited to compete in Iceland’s Food and Fun Festival. He has accepted and will attend. The festival takes place in Reykjavik from Feb. 26 through March 2, and includes 13 guest chefs and finest restaurants. Coohill is paired with Rub 23, a restaurant that specializes in ingredients from Icelandic fishermen and farmers and serves a wide selection of sushi. The other food element of the festival is the chef competition, which takes place on the last day. The chefs compete by creating three courses from Icelandic-only ingredients. Fellow chef, Jennifer Jasinski, a “Top Chef Masters” contender and chef/owner of Rioja (1431 Larimer St.) and other restaurants, will be serving as a judge at the festival, adding another Denver connection to the event.

Zengo celebrates 10th anniversary

Zengo, the Richard Sandoval Asian fusion restaurant at 1610 Little Raven St. in Denver, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In honor of the milestone, chef Clint Wagneses and Sandoval will prepare a four-course prix fixe dinner with optional beverage pairings on March 5. The celebration dinner is $65 per person and reservations are necessary for this event. On March 6-9, Zengo will feature a Zen for $10 feature menu where items from the current menu and past menu, will be featured at dinner for $10, as an additional menu item. A photo contest also kicks off on Feb. 24 and runs through March 9 where guests can submit a photo on Zengo’s Facebook of what Zengo has meant to them and enter for a chance to win a trip to Cancun. For reservations and information, go to

Liz Murray to speak at fundraiser

The first year fundraiser for Warren Village, a troubled girls sanctuary in

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YOUR WEEK & MORE THURSDAY/FEB. 27 REPRESENTATIVE EVENTS JoinRep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp for coffee Thursday, Feb. 27, 7-8 a.m. at La Dolce Vita, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Panera in Walnut Creek, 10450 Town Center Drive, Westminster. This is a time for casual conversation and for Kraft-Tharp to hear about what is important to you and your family. THURSDAY/FEB. 27 ART BENEFIT Wildcat Coffee is asking for donations from art-

ists for an art benefit show in March. Proceeds from the silent auction will be split between the artist and the Arapahoe High School Community Fund honoring Claire Davis. The theme is Horses and Happiness, inspired by Claire’s passions in life. Bring art, business cards and a 4-by-6-inch statement about your art to 11651 W. 64th Ave., Arvada, by Thursday, Feb. 27. A section for student art also will be set up. Blank canvases are available for students, who want to participate in this or any Wildcat Coffee art events. Stop by the coffee shop or call 303-421-0414 for information.

THURSDAY TO SATURDAY/FEB. 27 TO MARCH 1 TOM SAWYER Come take part in the adventures and mishaps of Tom Sawyer in this lovely compilation of scenes from various versions of Tom Sawyer stories. “Scenes from Tom Sawyer” is on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, at Colorado ACTS Theater, 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-456-6772, email or go to tickets and information. THURSDAY/FEB. 27 TO MARCH 20 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is seeking individuals in the Denver Metro area for its volunteer naturalist program. Volunteers will help teach the importance of bird and habitat conservation through interactive classroom programs, field trips and outreach events. No experience in the fields of environmental education or ornithology is necessary. Trainings are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 27 to March 20 at the observatory’s Old Stone House Environmental Learning Center, at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton. Volunteers receive about 40 hours of classroom and in-the-field training in topics including basic ecology, ornithology, teaching techniques and public speaking. Volunteers who complete the


entire month of training sessions will receive a complimentary registration to Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education’s Teaching OUTSIDE the Box conference March 20-22 in Denver. Volunteers must be able to pass a background check; have transportation to and from education sites around the Denver area, especially Brighton; and attend the weekday training. Contact Snode at 303-659-4348 ext. 11 or emily.snode@rmbo. org by early February.

FRIDAY/FEB. 28 ACOUSTIC CONCERT Acoustic favorites in the Appalachian tradition No Bird Ever Flew will perform 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at The Stage at Mi Vida Strings, 3698 W. 72nd Ave., Westminster. Call 303-877-4380. Reservations strongly recommended. FRIDAY/FEB. 28 SCULPTURE SUBMISSIONS The Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundations is conducting an open entry competition to select six sculptures to be part of the city’s 2014-15 Art on Parade on-loan sculpture program. The winning pieces will be placed at E.B. Rains Junior Memorial Park surrounding Webster Lake. Complete application instructions available at www. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 28. Contact Michael Stricker at 303-450-8727 or artonparade@northglenn. org for details. FRIDAY/FEB. 28 ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP ARVADA Sunrise Rotary is

accepting application for its fifth annual SpeakUp! scholarship through Friday, Feb. 28. Eight scholarships, ranging from $500 to $3,000, are awarded to students who deliver a 6- to 8-minute speech incorporating this year’s theme and Rotary Four-Way Test. Qualifying candidates must be seniors from Pomona, Arvada, Arvada West and Ralston Valley high schools and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Finalists will deliver their speeches April 16 at the Arvada Center. Apply online at

FRIDAY/FEB. 28 BLOOD DRIVE St. Anthony North/Centura Health community blood drive is 8-9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at 2551 W. 84th Ave., Aspen Room, Westminster. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’

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Aurora, will be an All-Star Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Liz Murray, who will share her story “From Homeless to Harvard.” Murray has certainly had to overcome adversity and has had a journey similar to many residents of Warren Village. The breakfast fundraiser begins at 7:30 a.m. March 13 at the Marriott Denver City Center, 1701 California St. Radio super star Gloria Neal will emcee. (Love my Glo!). Sponsorships are still available for this most important fundraiser in support of Warren Village. Successfully breaking the cycle of homelessness for single parent families, Warren Village will celebrate its 40th Anniversary Sept. 13. Details to come.

Eavesdropping on two people: “Oh so you like jazz? Name three of your favorites.” “That’s easy, Miles Davis, Lance Armstrong and The Loneliest Monk.” “You mean Lance `Satchmo’ Armstrong?” “Well duh!” “And the Loneliest Monk, you mean Thelonious Monk?” “No, he goes by the Loneliest Monk.” 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 You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

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FRIDAY/FEB. 28 DOCUMENTARY SHOWING Contemplative Outreach of

Colorado will show the newly released documentary, “Thomas Keating, A Rising Tide of Silence,” a moving portrait of one of the most influential living spiritual leaders of our times, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Center for Contemplative Living, 3650 Yates St., Denver. Donations accepted. Refreshments will be served.

FRIDAY/FEB. 28, MARCH 1 MURDER MYSTERY Creative Revolution Theater Company presents its murder mystery dinner theater production “Once Upon a Crime” at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd. Dinner is included in the ticket price. Call 720-977-5855 to purchase tickets, or go to the Thornton Senior Center. Visit SATURDAY/MARCH 1 TOWN HALL Join Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, for a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 1, at A Precious Child, 557 Burbank St., Suite E, Broomfield. SATURDAY/MARCH 1 HOUSEPLANT HAPPINESS Shelly’s Garden Country, 4181

center at 303-466-6761 or to register, for cost and for more information.

SATURDAY/MARCH 1, MARCH 15, MARCH 22 FAIRY GARDENS Shelly’s Garden Country, 4181 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, presents a fairy garden workshop 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, March 1, March 15, March 22. These workshops are so popular that we are planning them every few weeks for your enjoyment. Bring your own container or purchase one at Shelly’s the day of the workshop. A discount is given on all fairy garden accessories the day of the workshop. Fairy Garden birthday parties are coming soon. Space is limited so registration is required. Contact the center at 303-466-6761 or for cost, to register and more information. SATURDAY/MARCH 1, APRIL 5 PHOTOGRAPH CLUB The Forney Museum welcomes photographers the first Saturday of every month for a behind-thescenes chance to shoot your favorite vehicles in our collection. Sessions last 8-10 a.m. March 1, April 5, at the museum, 4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver. Registration and prepayment are required; sessions are limited to 25 participants. For a copy of the museum’s photo policy, email Go to MONDAY/MARCH 3

W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, presents Houseplant Happiness 1011 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Learn how to transform your brown thumb into a nice green one when you sign up to take our Houseplant Happiness class. You’ll learn the basics on location, pruning, transplanting and much more. Contact the center at 303-466-6761 or for cost and more information.

GOLF LEAGUE A membership meeting for the Lake Arbor Ladies 9-Hole League is at 10 a.m. Monday, March 3 in the clubhouse at 8600 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada. New members and returning golfers are invited. The club plays every Monday morning from April to October. All skill levels are welcome and handicaps are achieved through play. For information and/or questions contact Lee Kauffman, Head Pro at 720-898-7360.



HERB GARDEN Shelly’s Garden Country, 4181 W. 120th Ave.,

CALL FOR ENTRIES Colorado Visions, a juried exhibit of fine art by Colorado artists, is accepting entry forms through March 3 for the juried exhibit of original 2- and 3-dimensional fine art (no computer art) at Westminster City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. Cash awards. Judge is well-known Colorado artist Doug Daw-

Broomfield, presents Growing Your Own Herbs 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1. This is a reschedule for the workshop that got canceled last fall due to the floods in the area. Join us to learn all about growing, harvesting and using herbs for cooking and more. A member of The Herb Society/Rocky Mountain Region will teach and inspire us. This class will be popular so you must register in advance as space is limited. Contact the

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the subject, it never got personal Not so, the new school board. People from “the other team,” the ones that were so ill-behaved at the Saturday morning board meeting, immediately took to the Internet to spread innuendo and deception. “Follow the money,” is how they couch their attempts to delegitimize the board’s election. Which is, of course, silly — every prior board got elected by being well-funded, too (usually by the teachers union, whose buck normally lets them pick who sits across from them at the negotiating table). But the attacks on this team go beyond that. A prominent member of the PTA has recently made jokes on a public account about gun violence toward this board. One of those internet sites I was talking about responded to a commenter with an ominous “Your turn is coming.” Now, do I expect to see a bunch of PTA moms marching on the school board meeting with guns a-blazin’? Of course not. Pitchforks and torches is more the tone of this debate.

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But you do know, don’t you, that if it had been the other team doing that, people would be tearing down the Administration Building by the rafters. What all of this faux drama does, unfortunately, is take the focus far from where it should be: legitimate debates about the best, most cost-efficient way to maximize students’ potential. Yeah, the two sides have very different views on that. But, there may be common ground between the two sides, or better: a creative new way to attack the differences that lets everybody have their turn at bat. But that won’t be found in an “our team/their team” argument. And, unfortunately, when everybody plays this as if it were just a game, then the people who really lose are the students and the taxpayers. If only we could all take our cues from the Broncos on this one, too. Did you notice, how after the “us” vs. “them” part was over, a bunch of us’es and them’s gathered at midfield for a prayer? There are more important things than the games we play. 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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Boulder, April 12; education update from local board members, April 19; Colorado Legislative recap, May 10. Check

son. Show dates are April 14 through May 29. For prospectus, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: North Metro Arts Alliance, c/o Becky Silver, 10154 Meade Court, Westminster, CO 80031. Go to

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Tuesday/March 4 LifeTree café How to heal and forgive after being wronged will be discussed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Lifetree Café, 1800 E. 105th Place, Northglenn. The program, “The Struggle to Forgive: Finding a Way Forward,” features the filmed story of Alicia Brady, who was the victim of a gang-related drive-by shooting. Brady tells about the shooting and her struggle to recover physically and emotionally. The program will offer guidance for those who find it difficult to heal and forgive after being wronged by others. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation on life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Contact Andy Pryor at 303-452-3787 or Go to Tuesday/March 4 GOP caucus The Adams County Republican Party hosts a precinct caucus at 7

visiOn syMPOsiuM The Denver Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness will host a Vision for the Future Symposium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Rainer Auditorium at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. Learn about the latest preventions, treatments and clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and related retinal diseases. Contact or call 866-782-7330. cOMinG sOOn/March 8 chicken cLass Shelly’s Garden Country, 4181 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, presents

Ruckus in the Hen House! 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8. The City of Broomfield has approved a measure to allow homeowners to raise chickens. Join our resident chicken expert John Clark for this fun and informative class where he will lay out the basics on raising chickens. Contact the center at 303-466-6761 or www.shellysgardencountry. com for cost and more information.

cOMinG sOOn/March 8, aPriL 12 OrThOPedic series The Arthritis Foundation and Panorama Orthopedics present

p.m. Tuesday, March 4. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Go to www.govotecolorado. com to find out what precinct number you live in and go to www.adamscountygop. com/2014-precinct-caucuses to find out where your caucus is located. Bring with you to caucus a valid photo ID/driver’s license. If you plan to become a delegate, fees apply and can be paid by cash or check only. Contact 303-426-8776 or www.

orthopedic seminars addressing arthritis pain and improved health. Seminars are at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8, and Saturday, April 12 at the North Physical Therapy Space at St. Anthony North Medical Campus, 8510 Bryant St., Suite 130, Westminster. Free food and beverages are provided. Parking is free. Registration is appreciated and can be done online at

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LifeTree café How to heal and forgive after being wronged will be discussed at Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at 5675 Field St., Arvada. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. The program, “The Struggle to Forgive: Finding a Way Forward,” features the filmed story of Alicia Brady, who was the victim of a gang-related drive-by shooting. Brady tells about the shooting and her struggle to recover physically and emotionally. The program will offer guidance for those who find it difficult to heal and forgive after being wronged by others. 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

financiaL cLasses A pair of free financial workshops will be 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, March 10, and Tuesday, March 11, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Raising Financially Responsible Children is Monday, March 10; parents can learn ways to talk to their children about financial matters. The parents may even learn a few things themselves. Those who attend will leave with a greater understanding of the importance of financial literacy. Credit Coaching is Tuesday, March 11. What is a credit score and why is it important? Learn tips on how to increase your credit score and how to dispute misreported information on your credit report. Find out the Web sites to pull your credit score for free from the three major credit reporting agencies. Discover how to “opt out your credit” and prevent identity theft. Register in advance for workshops by contacting Jeanette Sánchez at or 303-450-8935.

Tuesday/March 4 BLOOd drive Standley Lake Library community blood drive is 10-11:40 a.m. and

1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, inside Bonfils’ mobile bus at 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit

friday TO sunday/March 7-9 Garden exPO Echter Garden Center, 5150 Garrison St., Arvada, presents its Spring

Echxpo from March 7-9. A number of classes will be presented, including “The Power of Plants to Change the World” from 1:30-3 p.m., “Butterfly Gardening” from 3:30-4 p.m., and “6 Easy Container Designs” from 4:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 7; “Backyard Farming” from 9-10 a.m., “Drip Irrigation” from 10:30-11 a.m., “Landscaping your Colorado Garden” from 11 a.m. to noon, “Improving Your Soil” from 11:30 a.m. to noon, “4 Steps to a Perfect Lawn” from 12:30-1 p.m., “Many Shades of Green” from 1-2 p.m., “Pretty All Summer” from 1:30-2 p.m., “This Herbs for You” from 2:30-3 p.m., “Easy Color with Summer Bulbs” from 3:30-4 p.m., “Flower Power” from 4-5 p.m., “Starting a Bonsai” from 4:30-5 p.m., and “Orchids” from 5:30-6 p.m. Saturday, March 8; and “Growing Plants from Seed” from 11 a.m. to noon, “Rock Gardens in Containers” from 12:30-1 p.m., “Beauty Beyond the Bloom” from 1-2 p.m., “Healthy Soil” from 2-2:30 p.m., “Biological Solutions for your Garden” from 3-3:30 p.m., and “Rose Pruning” from 4-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Go to or call 303-424-7979 for details.

cOMinG sOOn/March 10-11 audiTiOns The Creative Revolution Theatre Company plans auditions for “Run For Your Wife!” 5-9 p.m. Monday, March 10, with callbacks on Tuesday, March 11, at Unique Theatre in the North Valley Tech Center, 500 E. 84th Ave., Suite C-1, Thornton. Performances will be April 25-28 and May 1-3. Rehearsals are March 17 to April 24. Email to schedule an audition appointment or for questions. Other upcoming auditions include “The Love of Three Oranges” April 14-15; “Caught in the Net” June 9-10; “Little Shop of Horrors” Aug. 25-26; “Farndale Avenue … Christmas Carol and Murder Mystery Dinner Theater” Oct. 20-21. cOMinG sOOn/March 11

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LifeTree café The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder will be explored at Lifetree Café at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at 1800 E. 105th Place, Northglenn. The program, “Wounded Warriors: When War Comes Home,” will explore post-traumatic stress disorder in the lives of military veterans and provide helpful resources and strategies for coping with PTSD. The program features the filmed story of a veteran who saw his buddy killed in combat. His return to civilian life was disrupted by lingering mental distress, violent tendencies, and relationship problems. He eventually found hope and stability. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation on life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Andy Pryor at 303-452-3787 or More information is available at

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cOMinG sOOn History Society welcomes Allan Turner, speaking about Facebook for genealogists at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the seventh floor training room of the Denver Public Library, 14th and Broadway. The Internet has facilitated our ability to communicate ideas and perform research. It has also enhanced the world of genealogy. Allan Turner will discuss how to use social media, such as Facebook, to enhance your research. He is the webmaster for, the W.I.S.E. website. The society also presents a seminar on tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8. This day-long genealogical research seminar features Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They will present four programs valuable to those researching ancestors in any part of Ireland, as they use examples from both Northern Ireland and the Republic.Use the form at to register. The seminar will be in the lower level conference center of the Denver Public Library, 14th and Broadway. There is a fee for materials.

cOMinG sOOn/March 8 BrassWOrks cOncerT Rocky Mountain Brassworks continues its concert season with “Celtic Storm” featuring the Centennial State Pipes and Drums bagpipe corps as well as a troupe of highland dancers. The brass band will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. Tickets available at or 720-887-2371.  cOMinG sOOn/March 8 urBan farMinG Shelly’s Garden Country, 4181 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield,

continues its urban farming series. Class three, Fertilization, Transplantation and Maintenance, is 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Take your seed starting to the next step by learning how to fertilize, transplant and maintain your seedlings until they are ready to go into your garden. The fourth class, Cold Season Vegetables” is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Join us to learn which veggies do best in the cooler weather and when and how to plant them. Contact the center at 303-4666761 or for cost and details.

cOMinG sOOn/March 8 GOvernOr candidaTes The North Suburban Republican Forum welcomes U.S.

Senate candidates 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn. Admission is free. Join us and bring a friend or two and your questions. The Reagan Club of Colorado will sell coffee, bottled water, fruit, donuts, and pastries at this event. Other upcoming forum events: Fracking 101 or other candidates, March 8; Colorado State GOP Assembly at Coors Event Center in

POTLuck LuncheOn The monthly Young at Heart luncheon is at noon Wednes-

day, March 12, at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 3031 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield. These monthly potluck lunches also have an informational program designed for older adults ages 55 and older. Call 303-469-3521. Bring a potluck dish for sharing. Member Murna Besel will entertain with Songs, Stories & Stuff, a collection of songs from our generation that make you want to sing along, stories that make you laugh and cry, and stuff that has been collected over the years that are clever, enlightening, and entertaining.

cOMinG sOOn/March 12, aPriL 2 TraveL fiLMs A series of hosted travel films is presented at the D.L. Parsons Theatre inside the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Tour guides are professional film makers who personally narrate their films. Shows begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a 15-minute intermission with refreshments. Individual and season tickets are available. Call 303-450-8800 for information and reservations. Schedule of films: March 12: Majestic Montana, by Steve Gonser aPriL 2: Eastern Canada RV Adventure, by John Holod and Jodie Ginter cOMinG sOOn/March 13 MeMBershiP MeeTinG American Legion Post 161 has its next monthly mem-

bership meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13 at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The group gets veterans to help veterans.

cOMinG sOOn/March 13, March 26, aPriL 10, aPriL 30 heaLTh cLasses Bridges Integrative Health and Wellness at Lutheran Medical Center is offering community health and wellness services and classes in February at 8300 W. 38th Ave. Free parking is available. Space is limited. Go to or call 303-425-2262 to register or for information and costs. Upcoming classes are: arOMaTheraPy, 6-7:30 p.m. last Wednesday; Aromatherapy III: Sacred Scents & Essential Oils (March 26); Aromatherapy IV: Herbal Infused Honey (April 30). Basic fOaM rOLLinG, for flexibility and injury prevention, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday,

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sTress reLief monthly workshop series, 6-8 p.m. every second Thursday: Being a Perfectionist isn’t Perfect (March 13); Mind-Body Connection (April 10).

cOMinG sOOn/March 13, April 9-10, May 23 TraininG sessiOn Community Reach Center offers several opportunities to receive free mental health first aid training this spring with adult and youth modules available. The adult module covers signs, symptoms and behaviors associated with various mental health conditions for adults, and the youth module covers the same for youth ages 12-18. Both modules teach the MHFA evidence-based, five-step action plan for providing basic assistance for someone experiencing a mental health crisis. There is no tuition fee, but registration is mandatory. Attendance of the entire 8-hour course is required to receive certification. Register via www.CommunityReachCenter. org (click on the Products & Training tab). The class schedule (for adult module): 5:309:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 23; (for youth module): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 13. All public MHFA classes are taught at Community Reach Center, 11285 Highline Drive, Northglenn.

recurrinG evenTs 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 or call 303-438-6783. cOMPuTer cLasses Learn basic to advanced use of the computer in a small class setting at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. One-onone personal training is also available. Call 303-425-9583 for times and fees.  GeT acTive Get and stay in shape. Choose from more than 30 fitness and dance classes at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., including seated or standing classes in yoga, tai chi, and Zumba, as well as stretching, weight room, and much more.  Call the center at 303-425-9583 or pick up your activities guide for details.  Many classes are free or discounted for SilverSneakers. recurrinG/ThrOuGh feB. 28 arT exhiBiT North Metro Arts Alliance presents its members fine art exhibit Feb. 8-28 at the Aar River Gallery, 3707 W. 73rd Ave., Westminster. Call 303-426-4114 or go to Art work in a variety of mediums by some of the North Metro areas finest artists including Jan Archuleta, Lillian Montoya, Jan Gibson, Jude Schmieder, and Mimi Jordan. An opening reception is 2-4 p.m. Feb. 8 during the Second Saturday Art Walk in the Historic Westminster Art District. Meet the artists, free watercolor demo by Jan Archuleta. recurrinG/ThrOuGh feBruary fOOd drive The North Metro Fire Rescue District is collecting donations for its annual winter food drive through February. Donations will be used to replenish supplies at two local food banks that benefit the citizens of Northglenn and Broomfield. Residents may drop off canned goods and non-perishable food items at any North Metro Fire station 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day until the end of the month, when all food will be delivered to local food banks. Call 303-252-3017.  recurrinG/ThrOuGh March 14 arT cOnTesT Entries for the cover art contest for the 2014 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory will be accepted through March 14. The directory is a listing of farms, farmers’ markets, roadside stands and more that offer fresh produce and other farm products directly to the consumer. Amateur and professional artists are welcome to submit original artwork for the contest. Entries must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way; artwork may be created in any medium and must be submitted as digital files. The winning artist will receive $500, and the work will be featured on the cover of the directory. Contact Loretta Lopez at 303-239-4115 or go to recurrinG/ThrOuGh March 16 Juried exhiBiT Art From the Heart, a juried exhibit of art by Colorado artists, will be on display at the College Hill Library through March 16 at 3705 W. 112th Ave., Westminster. Enjoy a variety of art medias and techniques from traditional oils and watercolors to abstract collage and impressionism.  Art From the Heart is sponsored by the Paletteers Art Club and the SCFD and can be viewed during library hours.  For more info call 303-466-2512. recurrinG/ThrOuGh March 31 schOLarshiP TiMe The Financial Steward Associates LLC Scholarship Program is accepting applications through March 31. The scholarship is available to any graduating high school student who plans to attend any post-secondary educational institution. The scholarship will be limited to the first-year cost of tuition not to exceed $500. To apply, students must complete the application, write a 500-word essay relating to financial responsibility and provide a current academic record, list of community service work, extracurricular activities and/or work experience. To receive an application or more information, please contact Heather Sebastian at 303-4445440 or

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No happy hour for bar-closing bill House kills measure that would have allowed bars to stay open later By Vic Vela Sorry bar flies, but a bill that would have allowed watering holes to stay open past 2 a.m. was rejected in the House on Feb. 17. House Bill 1132 would have let cities and towns decide whether bars can stay open until 4:30 in the morning. But the effort died after an amendment that was tacked on to the bill caused it to lose the support of a key stakeholder. The bill received initial approval in the House the previous week. But the day of the final vote, an exasperated bill sponsor decided to pull the plug on the effort. “Let’s go back to the drawing board,”

Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver said. “Go ahead and put me out my misery and kill this bill.” Colorado law prohibits bars from staying open between the hours of 2 and 7 in the morning. The bill was being promoted as a Report way to curb violence and chaos that has caused problems outside downtown Denver’s night spots. Supporters argued that the mass exodus of rowdy patrons at 2 a.m. puts a strain on police resources and that by allowing bars to stay open later, there would be fewer drunks spilling out into the streets at the same time. Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, said his


wife was a victim of that chaos. Melton said that a stray bullet struck his wife as she was driving through downtown Denver as patrons were exiting bars at 2 a.m. “That might not have happened had we had staggered times or had later hours where everyone wasn’t out in the street at once,” Melton said. The bill provided for interesting debate, one that was not the usual party-line fight. For example, Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, urged support of the bill, saying that it allowed for local governments to make their own decisions about what’s best for their communities. But Rep. K.C. Becker, D-Boulder, said the bill could have “unintended consequences,” such as more drunken-driving fatalities. Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, said he couldn’t understand how the bill improves public safety. “I’ve never understood how letting a bar

stay open until three is going to improve the behavior of those who are inebriated when they hit the streets,” he said. The bill was peppered with amendments during a second-reading House vote on Feb. 14, including one that would spell its doom. The House supported an amendment that would have allowed the extended hours, but would have also allowed local governments the ability to shorten bar hours, meaning that the bar-closing range would have been between 1 and 4:30 in the morning. That amendment caused the Colorado Restaurant Association to withdraw support for the bill, causing Duran to ask members to kill her own bill in hopes of giving it another shot next year. “I think all the amending going on around this bill shows that this bill doesn’t do what it needs to do,” Gardner said.

Hickenlooper tags programs for pot tax revenues Retail marijuana revenue exceeds expectations By Vic Vela

vvela@colorado Marijuana tax revenues that exceeded original expectations will go toward youth pot-use deterrence programs, substance abuse treatment and other services, under a proposal released by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Feb. 19. The state expects to rake in $184 million in total marijuana revenue by the end of June 2015, with about $153 million of that coming from retail pot sales that began on January 1, according to projections by the governor’s office. The remainder of the projected pot revenue will come from medical marijuana sales.

Retail marijuana sales are projected to reach $610 million next fiscal year. That’s a significant increase from Legislative Council projections tied to last year’s retail pot tax structure bill, which set a gross retail pot sales forecast of $395 million. The revenue comes as a result of last year’s voter-backed Proposition AA, which imposed a 15 percent excise tax and a 10 percent retail tax on all retail marijuana transactions that became legal through 2012’s Amendment 64. The first $40 million of annual excise tax revenue goes toward school construction and the rest to the Marijuana Cash Fund, which pays for industry regulations that are overseen by the Department of Revenue. With the additional projected revenue, Hickenlooper will seek $99 million next fiscal year to fund programs providing “responsible regulation for adult-use marijuana and the effective allocation of resources to protect public safety, and health and to prevent underage use,” the governor said,

through a budget proposal letter submitted to the Joint Budget Committee. “Indeed, we view our top priority as creating an environment where negative impacts on children from marijuana legalization are avoided completely,” Hickenlooper’s letter reads. “Underage use of marijuana can have long-lasting effects on individuals and communities.” Hickenlooper proposes that the state spend $45.5 million over the next two fiscal years for youth marijuana use prevention and deterrence. Priorities include the transferring of $5 million from the Marijuana Cash Fund, which Hickenlooper wants to go toward grants for school health professionals who will educate students about marijuana use. Other youth-targeted spending will go toward a youth marijuana education campaign that aims to curb pot use among kids. Another $40 million of Hickenlooper’s marijuana spending proposal will go toward substance abuse treatment pro-

grams. That includes $7 million that will pay for 105 residential drug treatment beds and another $4 million for services that help those leaving residential treatment centers continue their drug treatment in their communities. The governor’s budget request also includes money for law enforcement and public safety and public health programs related to marijuana awareness. Hickenlooper acknowledged in his letter to the Joint Budget Committee that these numbers are merely projections and that his proposal leaves room for “forecast fluctuations and unknown needs that could arise during the year.” “Given the many uncertainties surrounding Marijuana Cash Fund projections and the potential need for additional funding for the Department of Revenue’s marijuana-related enforcement activities, this package represents a strong first step toward ensuring a safe and responsible regulatory environment,” Hickenlooper said.

Legislation tackles prisoner earned time Bill strips ‘good time’ for behind bars crime By Vic Vela

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is making its way through the Legislature. “This bill is a simple question,” said Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, a bill sponsor. “Should rapists and murderers who commit violence in prison be allowed out early?” The bill, which received initial approval in the House on Feb. 20, was precipitated by the fallout from last year’s murder of state prison chief Tom Clements. Under current law, prisoners who rack up earned time — either through good behavior or through participation of treatment programs — cannot have their sentence re-

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duction credits revoked, regardless of whether they commit new crimes in prison. But supporters of the bill say that’s something that needs to be fixed. “This is a public safety issue,” said Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, a bill co-sponsor. “If they commit a violent act, all of their earned time will be revoked. I think that’s a very necessary guardrail.” Following an administrative hearing, if an inmate is found to have been responsible for a violent crime while behind bars, DOC would be required to strip away any earned time credit, the bill states. The DOC could revoke earned time credit whether or not the person was adjudicated. The bill passed a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing unanimously and is expected to continue to receive bipartisan support moving forward. “When you commit a separate offense while being incarcerated, you shouldn’t be rewarded with free time off your sentence,” said Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora. The bill is one of several measures taken up by lawmakers in the wake of Clements’ murder in March of last year. Clements was gunned down at his home in Monument, allegedly by Evan Ebel, a former prison inmate who had been released four years early because of a clerical error. Ebel was killed following a high-speed chase with authorities in Texas, two days after Clements’ murder. Clements’ death has resulted in several recent pieces of legislation aimed at tightening release procedures, such as imposing mandatory jail time for offenders who tamper with ankle monitors and straightening out prison sentences where they may be confusion over consecutive or concurrent terms. Ebel, who had earned time credit, assaulted a guard in prison. Meaning the McNulty/Waller bill could have increased Ebel’s time served. “We learned so much from that incident and the dangerous laws that need to be corrected,” McNulty said. “So, one by one, we’re going through and fixing those things.”

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February 27, 2014

Tribal lands fraught with injustice Report finds inequities in criminal justice applied to American Indians By Jim Trotter

I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS A 1938 law sweeps American Indian and Alaska native youths into the federal criminal justice system when they commit anything beyond misdemeanor crimes. Although American Indians comprise little more than 1 percent of the nation’s population, one 10-year study found that at any given time, 43 percent to 60 percent of juveniles held in federal custody were American Indian, a wildly disproportionate number. Once there, they serve sentences far longer than other juveniles sentenced locally for similar offenses. These are among the findings of the final report from the national Indian Law and Order Commission, chaired by former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid of Denver. The “Roadmap for Making Native America Safer” turns particularly urgent in its call to reform juvenile justice in Indian country. Constantly exposed to poverty, addictions and all manners of violence from domestic assault to suicide to murder, Native youth experience post-traumatic distress disorder at a rate of 22 percent, equivalent to that among American troops returning from war, the report shows. Juveniles caught up in the federal system effectively “go missing” from their tribes. “Juvenile justice for Native kids has not changed since the 1930s,” Eid said in an interview with I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS. “They’re automatically transferred into federal jurisdiction. It’s just extraordinary no one has reassessed that. There isn’t juvenile justice within the Bureau of Prisons. It doesn’t exist there. There’s no diversion, no drug courts, no education. There are no books, no programs to reintegrate into society, nothing. It’s really very sad. “And it doesn’t square with our Constitution,” Eid said.

‘A terrible price’

The new report is blunt in its assessment of criminal justice in Indian country, and of the risks posed for public safety. The system “extracts a terrible price: limited law enforcement; delayed prosecutions, too few prosecutions, and other prosecution inefficiencies; trials in distant courthouses; justice systems and players unfamiliar with or hostile to Indians and Tribes; and the exploitation of system failures by criminals, more criminal activity, and further endangerment of everyone living in and near Tribal communities.” The commission, created by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, offers some 40 recommendations for change that would impact and require reorganization in all three branches of the federal government, reallocate millions of dollars, require new spending, and build new criminal justice infrastructure from the ground up on many tribal lands across the U.S. The report challenges the status quo of entrenched bureaucracies, federal and state, at every turn, describing their work as “an indefensible maze of complex, conflicting and illogical commands, layered in over decades via congressional policies and court decisions, and without the consent of tribal nations.” Unlike the U.S. at large, where serious local crimes are investigated and prosecuted by local authorities, all serious crimes on reservations or other tribal lands are federal crimes, subject to federal prosecution, a provision of law that dates back to 1885. (Under a separate law, a handful of states have the authority). Tribal courts are limited to misdemeanor sentences with a maximum of three years. At the heart of the commission’s far-reaching document is the premise of restoring local crimes to local jurisdictions, where they would be investigated by tribal police and tried in tribal courts, with all U.S. constitutional protections for defendants. Native youth offenders would be adjudicated locally, as are juveniles everywhere else. The commission’s nine members, Republican and Democrats, were appointed by President Obama and the majority and minority leaders of both houses of Congress. They worked as volunteers, had no offices, and spent most of their significant time in the field. Their recommendations are unanimous. “We realized that if we’re going to make an impact, we’d have to be honest in addressing the problems as we found them,” said Eid, a Republican who was named Colorado U.S. attorney by President George W. Bush. He is now a partner with the Greenberg Traurig law firm in


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Falling through the cracks

The current system is rife with fundamental inequities, the commission found, including, perhaps foremost, simple access to justice. Federal officers charged with investigating serious Indian country crime, FBI agents or Bureau of Indian Affairs police, can be located hundreds of miles away from distant crime scenes. The federal courthouses and prosecutors are almost always hundreds of miles away. This places enormous logistical burdens on successful prosecution, including every facet from crime scene preservation and evidence gathering on the front end to getting witnesses to the courthouse for trial. Federal prosecutors declined to prosecute half the Indian country cases that came before them, according to a General Accounting Office study of 9,000 cases reported by federal law officers from 2005-09. And while the declination rate is said to have improved since the advent of the Tribal Law and Order Act, no one disputes that many people suspected of violent crimes are walking free in Indian country. “Too many crimes have fallen through the cracks of this ‘jurisdictional maze,’ ” said Jill Engel, former chief prosecutor for the Hopi Tribe in Northern Arizona and now with the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office in Colorado Springs, in an interview with I-News. “This leaves dangerous criminals within the community with the opportunity to find new victims.” Much of the report speaks to the need of upgrading criminal justice in Indian country, where police are often undermanned, underequipped, undertrained and often have no access to information sharing or routine crime data that most any other local jurisdiction would take for granted. But the very first recommendation asks Congress to clarify that any tribe that so chooses can “opt out immediately” of federal jurisdiction over local crimes committed on their lands. The provision would also create the United States Court of Indian Appeals, which would function as any other federal appellate court. Sentencing restrictions on tribal courts would be lifted. Some tribes, including 30 that have been working in a Department of Justice pilot program, are better equipped than others to take on expanded jurisdiction. “This requires resources to support having law trained judges and public defenders,” said Engel. “Isolation of geographic areas and limited financial resources could affect the ability of a tribe to succeed in exercising full jurisdiction.” The commission devotes its second chapter to Alaska, which, alone among the states, was exempted from the provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act as well as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Although Alaska has 229 of the nation’s federally recognized 566 tribes, the state established a system of Native corporations to own villages and other lands, as opposed to federally recognized Indian reservations or nations. Serious crimes are investigated by Alaska state police,

who are often located at great distances from the far-flung native villages that in many cases aren’t connected by road, particularly in winter. “Problems with safety in tribal communities are severe across the United States,” the report states, “but they are systematically the worst in Alaska.” When the commission paid a site visit to the community of Galena, one resident told members, “Every woman you’ve met today has been raped. All of us. I know they won’t believe that in the lower 48, and the state will deny it, but it’s true.”

What next?

The report is multifaceted in tackling deeply complex issues. Is there any chance that its major recommendations will be embraced by Congress, by the White House, by the federal court system? Eid thinks so. “The White House asked for more specific details about how the recommendations could be implemented,” he said. “They’re trying to understand and have been very gracious. I know people say Congress is broken or this or that. But I don’t believe we can’t get this done.” Said prosecutor Engel, “Indian reservations should not be a safe haven for criminals. This dedication to telling the story in a truthful, unapologetic way will lead to positive changes.” Eid praised the shared vision of his fellow commissioners. “We are going to tell it like it is and we’ll push for the rest of our careers to have the roadmap enacted.

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How to be environmentally friendly at the grocery store By Metro Creative Connection While adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle might seem like a major commitment, many people find such an endeavor is far easier than they initially expected, as some relatively minor modifications here or there can make a substantial impact on the environment. One of the easiest ways to go green is to make more ecofriendly choices at the grocery store. Shopping for and preparing meals can be done in an eco-friendly way, and men and women will be happy to know they’re not only making changes that benefit the planet but their personal health as well. Here are some ideas for going green at the grocery store that do not require a big commitment. * Begin in the produce aisle. When shopping for produce, stock up on plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, which are now readily available at many grocery stores. Stick to organic for the “dirty dozen” foods, those which are the most likely to have high levels of residual pesticides and herbicides. Even produce that is not labeled “organic” may be organic. To determine if it is, look at the sticker codes on the fruits and vegetables. A four-digit code means it was conventionally grown, while five-digit codes starting with an eight indicate genetically modified food. A five-digit code starting with nine indicates the item is organic. While shopping, ask the produce manager if the store sells locally grown produce, and purchase only those products when they are available. * Buy only what you need. Shoppers are often tempted to go from aisle to aisle, buying items they both need and don’t need. Caving in to such temptation can be wasteful unless items purchased have long shelf lives. Before visiting the store, make a shopping list and stick with it. Not only will you save money, but you will avoid throwing out spoiled foods as well. * Purchase store-made items. If you’re looking for deli meats or bread for dinner, visit the stores’ bakeries, kitchens and delis, where employees cook foods right inside of the supermarket, a practice that cuts down on shipping of premade frozen foods produced elsewhere. Many stores carry their own homemade breads, cakes, doughnuts, dinner en-

trees, and sandwiches. * Ask questions in the meat department. Don’t be shy about asking store butchers where the beef and chicken for sale comes from. If the meat and poultry is not locally raised and all-natural, look for alternatives in the store or shop elsewhere. * Shop only the perimeter of the store. Many stores stock dietary staples along the outer edges of the store. The interior bulk of the store contains packaged, processed foods that are not as eco-friendly. * Buy in bulk whenever possible. Stock up on staples like toilet paper and other items. Bulk items are packaged together, which reduces the amount of packaging needed. Separate meat and poultry into smaller portion sizes at home before freezing. * Bring reusable tote bags. Even though many plastic shopping bags are made from recycled materials, many of these bags end up in the trash after use. Reusable cloth bags are more ecofriendly. Just be sure to wash them frequently so you clean them of any bacteria that may accumulate over time.

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Clubs and services Mondays adult survivors of Childhood 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 303-283-8660. denver thyroid Cancer support Group meets 7-8:30 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

open MiC Living Water Unity Spiritual Community presents open mic night – celebrate your teen self 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 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 thoughtprovoking 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. tuesdays 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 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. MaMa talk, a support group for moms before and after baby, meets 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Tri-County Health Department, 10190 Bannock St., Suite 100, Northglenn. Call Margaret at 303-255-6214. narCotiCs anonyMous Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 3585 W. 76th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, go online to 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 northGlenn afG al-anon meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Im-

maculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11385 Grant Drive. For more information, go online to

northGlenn-thornton rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at Red Lobster, 1350 W. 104th Ave. in Northglenn. For more information, email north JeffCo republican women’s Club seeks to educate and activate the community. The group meets every second Tuesday of the month at the 911 Driving School, 9100 100th Ave., Suite B-4, Westminster. Check-in is 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but RSVP is requested. 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.

overeaters anonyMous meets 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 W. 76th Ave. Contact Laura at 303-428-9293. 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), 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 and 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 wednesdays

area clubs the last Wednesday of every month at the Community Reach Center, 8931 Huron St., Thornton. Each A-NAMI meeting provides participants time for sharing challenges and triumphs, and frequently feature presentations by mental-health professionals and educational discussion. Anyone dealing with a mental illness, including family and friends, may benefit from A-NAMI support. For more information, contact (303) 853-3770;

arvada biz Connection ( is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. A $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. http://danpeakfoundation.webs. com/. For information, call Micki Carwin at 303-997-9098. flatirons view toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third

Wednesday of every month at The Depot at Five Parks, 13810 W. 85th Ave. in Arvada. Polish your speaking and presentation skills in a fun, instructional, nurturing environment. For more information visit

MusiC teaChers association suburban northwest meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meetings are open to the public and include refreshments, business meeting and program featuring music teaching professionals from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments. roCky Mountain submarine veterans meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at American Legion Wilmore-Richter Post 161, 6230 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. Active duty, reserve, retired, veterans, interested public and their ladies are cordially invited. For more information, go online to www.

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 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 Mile hiGh harmonica Club meets 1:30 -3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month at Grant Avenue Community 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.


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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 implement crime-prevention and education programs for older adults. Activities address crime from both a pre-victimization (preventive) standpoint and a post-victimization (victim/witness 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.

aa MeetinGs There are more than 1,100 AA meetings in the Denver metro

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 7-8 a.m. at La Dolce Vita, Ice Cream Room, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 10450 Town Center Drive, Westminster.

food pantry Agape Life Church distributes Jefferson County commodity foods 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, at the church, 5970 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. The church provides this service to all Jefferson County residents. If you have questions, call 303-431-6481. front ranGe toastmasters Club meets 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 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 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

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 303-522-3608. 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 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 ralston Creek sertoma Club meets Thursdays at Panera Bread, 7739 Wadsworth, Arvada. Contact Ron Marquez at 303-457-0759 or Ron.Marquez@ woMen’s business network meets 7:20-8:35 a.m. Thursdays at the Doubletree Hotel, 8773 Yates Drive in Westminster. For more information, call Michelle Mathiesen at 303-424-1207 or go online to fridays 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 303-428-9293.

woMen of the Moose Chapter 644 meet at 7:30 p.m. the first and sec-

Moose lodGe 2166 dinners for members and qualified guests from 6-8 p.m. every Friday. For more information, call 303-457-3391.

a-naMi (NatioNal Alliance on Mental Illness-Adams County) meets 7-9 p.m.

roCky Mountain shipwrights is a wood ship modeling club that meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Rockler’s Woodworking and Hardware Store, 2553 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver. The club also has a workshop at the Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road. We meet here at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. Go to for information.

westMinster rotary 7:10 Club meets 7:10-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Ranch Country Club, 11667 Tejon St., Westminster. For more information, call Angela Habben at 720-947-8080.

meets 12:15-1:15 p.m. every Wednesday at DeVry University, 1870 W. 122nd Ave., Room 134. Toastmasters has helped thousands of people over the years and we can help you. Admission is free. Enter the southeast door to the first room, 134. Call Ray Hamilton at 303-284-4223.

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.

ond Wednesday of each month at 11449 York Street, Northglenn. Call 303-457-3391.

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.

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 1:30-2:45 p.m. Sundays at Duncan Family YMCA, 6350 Eldridge St., Arvada. Contact Turney at 720-319-3703 or before taking your first class to ensure a safe practice.

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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.

Saturday at the intersections of West 52nd and Wadsworth Boulevard to try to bring an end to the wars. Signs will be furnished for those who do not have them. Contact Cindy Lowry at 303-431-1228 or

saturdays Colorado Citizens for peace meets 10:30-11:30 a.m. every

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Holy Family’s Joseph Prieto, left, wrestles Valley’s Omar Soleto in the 138-pound championship match at the state tournament Feb. 22 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Photos by Kate Ferraro

Mustangs’ Rodriguez becomes two-time state champion Legacy’s Deakin has undefeated season By Kate Ferraro After not being able to defend his state title from his sophomore year in his junior season, Mountain Range heavyweight Jorge Rodriguez took back the 285-pound championship as a senior Feb. 22 at the Pepsi Center. Rodriguez came into the match with only one loss all season at 44-1 and beat Chaparral’s Dane Drimmer (40-6) 5-0 in the final round to give him two high school state titles. “It feels amazing,” Rodriguez said on the win. “I wouldn’t be here without my coaches and without the support I had these past four years. I want to give a special thanks to them. This wouldn’t be possible without them.” In the first round, Rodriguez pinned Hinkley senior Tyler Manual (14-19) in 19 seconds. He pinned Coronado senior Joe Hunt (32-7) in quarterfinals and pinned Brighton senior Sam Jackson (34-14) in semifinals. Rodriguez is planning on going to college after graduation, but is unsure of whether he will play football or continue with wrestling. Rodriguez said he will miss how much Colorado supports high school wrestling. “It’s just amazing out here,” Rodriguez said of all the fans. “That’s probably the best thing I’m going to miss from all these experiences.” Mountain Range sent six wrestlers to the state tournament and all six placed giving the Mustangs 68 points for eighth place. Louie Romero (106) placed fourth after falling to Arvada West’s Cody Fatzinger 9-3. Kody Kleman (220) placed fifth when he beat Ryan Strabala from Coronado 5-1. Zack Martinez (126) fell 3-1 to Arapahoe’s John Daniel for sixth place and Patrick Romero (152) lost 7-1 to Pomona’s Cameron Gonzales for sixth place. Legacy sophomore Ryan Deakin (113) remained undefeated throughout the season, 45-0, and won the championship match against Cherry Creek’s Matt Finesil-

ver 9-2. “It was really exciting,” Deakin said. “I couldn’t imagine it happening at the start of the season this year.” Deakin pinned Rangeview’s Dominic Wenger in 28 seconds in the first round then beat Arvada West’s Anthony Cortez, 3-0. He won 8-0 against Hayden Karren from Ponderosa in semifinals. Legacy’s Adam Otterson (145) and Logan Lyons (285) both lost two matches and didn’t place. Horizon sophomore Jackson Huffman (120) won his first two matches, 6-0 and 13-6 against Seth Sanchez from Lincoln and Maurisio Garcia from Northglenn, respectively. Huffman then lost in quarterfinals to Bear Creek’s Jaysen Yacobson. “I definitely thought I was going to win it, but upsets happen,” Huffman said on his first lost. “I just knew I had to work through it and finish it out tough.” Huffman won his next two matches 11-3 and 3-2 to place third and end the season 36-1. Huffman said in the next few years, he hopes to get to the state finals. “I’ve been wrestling since I was five,” Huffman said. “It’s always been a dream so I just have to work hard and go for that state title.” Horizon senior Aaron Beltran (113), Hunter Lucas (145), Matthew Emerson (152) lost in the consolation round and didn’t place. After Northglenn’s Nava beat Horizon’s Beltran, he lost 6-2 to Chaparral’s Frank Martinez. Nava then won his next two matches but then lost to Ponderosa’s Karren. Nava placed sixth after losing once against to Martinez. Norse’s Maurisio Garcia (120), Robert Burget (106), Michael Garcia (126) and Cruz De Lara (220) didn’t place. Thornton’s Josh Cordova (170) lost his first match 10-6 and won 6-4 in his next match. Cordova then lost 4-2 and didn’t place. Wendell Berry (113) lost two consecutive matches and also didn’t place. Westminster junior Jacob Thomas (182) was pinned in his first match and lost 13-2 in his next match to end his season 32-14. In 3A, Holy Family’s Joseph Prieto (138) won first place after beating Valley’s Omar Sotelo 4-0. Julian Prieto lost in the finals to Dolores Huerta’s Jared Mestas, 6-5 for second place.

Horizon sophomore Jackson Huffman, right, hugs his coach after winning third place at the State Tournament Feb. 22 at Pepsi Center in Denver.

Legacy sophomore Ryan Deakin, second from left, stands on the podium after winning first place in the 113-pound weight class at the state tournament Feb. 22 at Pepsi Center in Denver.

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Nelson first ever female 5A qualifying wrestler Junior from East doesn’t place but still has big Olympic dreams By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ DENVER - Girl power invaded the Colorado high school state wrestling tournament over the weekend at the Pepsi Center. History was made when Denver East junior Maya Nelson became the first female to qualify for the 5A state wrestling tournament. But this was no accident and certainly not a publicity stunt because Nelson has some serious skills. “I’ve said this many times before but

she is legit,” East coach Randy Gallegos said. “She is a wrestler not a girl wrestler.” Nelson (29-12) won her first match by a 13-9 decision over Regis’ Carl Camposanto. However, after leading for most of her next match Nelson was beat in the quarterfinals by Pine Creek’s Juan Rodriguez who won a 6-4 decision by beating Nelson in the closing seconds of the match. Nelson, who was on a mission to place, was extremely upset after the last second loss, but vowed to come back stronger next season in her senior year. Nelson has been wrestling since she was 4 years old and has been called a “workout warrior.” She is also trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and became a junior freestyle champion. Nelson said her goal is making it to the Olympics.

Denver East’s Maya Nelson is consoled by her coach after her tough quarterfinal loss Friday night at the Pepsi Center. Photo by Dan Williams

Basketball playoffs: Horizon girls earn first-round bye Holy Family girls, boys end regular season in first place

The boys team earned the No. 7 spot and will play No. 10 George Washington Feb. 26 at home.

By Kate Ferraro

Front Range League

kferraro@ Horizon girls basketball received a first-round bye in the 5A state tournament starting Feb. 25. The Hawks have won its last seven out of eight games and are 18-5. They will play the winner of the first round game between No. 5 Castle View and No. 12 Fruita Monument on Feb. 28. Horizon is in second place in the Front Range League behind Fossil Ridge.

Legacy girls basketball earned the No. 7 seed and played No. 10 Chatfield Feb. 25 at Legacy. The Lightning finished the regular season 9-14 and with a win against Mountain Range after three consecutive losses. No. 10 Mountain Range girls competed Feb. 25 against No. 7 Doherty in Colorado Springs. The Mountain Range boys earned the No. 8 seed and will play cross-town rival No. 9 Northglenn at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Mountain Range.

Jeffco League In the Jeffco League, No. 10 Standley Lake girls played No. 7 Legend at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Legend. The boys team earned the No. 10 spot and competed against No. 7 Smoky Hill Feb. 26 at Smoky Hill

East Metro League Westminster girls earned the No. 11 seed and played against No. 6 Monarch Feb. 25 at Monarch. The Wolves ended the regular season 12-11 and have won five out of their last seven games.

Metropolitan League Both Holy Family basketball teams finished the season in first place in league

with both teams only losing one game this season. The girls team played Manual at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at home. The boys played Peak to Peak at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Holy Family. Jefferson Academy girls played at 5 p.m. Feb. 25 against Kent Denver while the boys played at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 against Bishop Machebeuf.

Frontier League Pinnacle boys finished its regular season 15-4 with only one loss in league. The Timberwolves will play at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 against Platte Canyon. The girls team has won the last seven out of eight games and will play at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 against Bennett.


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for the kids. They were under a lot of pressure to accomplish this kind of a project,” Cundiff said. “They’ve never experienced a project like this before, I think for some it was tough. But I also think it gave the students a lot of pride in themselves for getting everything done.” Eighth grader Stephan Brown didn’t just want any old experiment, he wanted a challenge. He built a hover board and tested it over different kinds of surfaces to determine which surface the board hovered over the best. He tested the board over concrete, grass and carpet and discovered the best surface was concrete. Brown, who will be attending the STEM program at Northglenn High School this fall, wants to become an engineer and said his hover board was a great way to test his engineering skills. “This project was a lot of fun,” he said. “I was pretty inspired by this project because I really like engineering.”

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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

narconon reminDS families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 800-431-1754 or go to DrugAbuseSolution. com. Narconon also can help with addiction counseling. Call for free assessments or referrals, 800-431-1754. 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 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@ In addition, published resources and other information including clinics and other events are available through the Adams County Justice Center Facebook page at Online forms can be found at 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

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 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

Getaway driver convicted of murder

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Staff Report Jennifer Lewis, 32, was convicted Feb. 19 of first-degree murder in the 2008 shooting of a security guard at the Grizzly Rose nightclub. The Adams County District Court jury also convicted Lewis of three counts of attempted first-degree murder of two security guards and an off-duty police officer. Lewis was convicted of first-

degree extreme indifference murder (F1) in the death of security guard Timothy Minnick on Dec. 12, 2008. Minnick was a former Brighton police officer. “This was a complicated case,” Chief District Attorney Pete Stumpf said. “We were fortunate to have a smart jury that worked hard and was able to sift through the evidence and reach a verdict that brings justice to the death of Mr. Minnick.”

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According to evidence presented during the week-long trial, Lewis drove the getaway car after Minnick was shot. She drove three men to the Grizzly Rose on Dec. 12, 2008 and then drove her vehicle to a side street where she waited for the men to return. The men opened fire on security guards and an offduty police officer who went to investigate after seeing the men wearing bandanas over their faces in the parking lot.

Lewis will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on April 23. Lewis and Gerald Michael Anthony Gurule were indicted by an Adams County grand jury last March. Gurule is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of felony menacing. His trial is set for April 28.


ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) Try to say as little as possible about the work you’re doing through the end of the month. Then you can make your announcement and accept your well-deserved plaudits. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) You face a more difficult challenge than you expected. but with that strong Taurean determination, you should be able to deal with it successfully by week’s end. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) before you act on your “feelings” about that upcoming decision, it might be wise to do a little fact-checking first. You could be very much surprised by what you don’t find.

crossword • sudoku & weekly horoscope


CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) A recent workplace success can open some doors that were previously closed to you. On a personal level, expect to receive some important news from a longtime friend and colleague. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) Put your wounded pride aside and do what you must to heal that misunderstanding before it takes a potentially irreversible turn and leaves you regretting the loss of a good friend. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) One way to kick a less-than-active social life into high gear or rebuild an outdated Rolodex file is to throw one of your wellorganized get-togethers for friends and associates. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Getting out of an obligation you didn’t really want to take on can be tricky. An honest explanation of the circumstances can help. Next time, pay more attention to your usually keen instincts. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) Use your Scorpion logic to push for a no-nonsense approach to a perplexing situation. This could help keep present and potential problems from creating more confusion. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) A friend’s problem might take more time than you want to give. but staying with it once again proves the depth of your Sagittarian friendship and loyalty. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) The Sea Goat can benefit from an extra dose of self-confidence to unsettle your detractors, giving you the advantage of putting on a strong presentation of your position. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) You might want to ask a friend or relative for advice on an ongoing personal matter. but be careful not to give away information you might later wish you had kept secret. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) Use the weekend for a creativity break to help restore your spiritual energy. Once that’s done, you’ll be back and more than ready to tackle whatever challenge you need to face. BORN THIS WEEK: You get great joy out of creating beautiful things and sharing them with others who appreciate them. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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FOSTER PARENTS WANTED Top of the Trail Child Placement Agency is seeking loving homes for foster children. Families and singles welcome. Monthly care allowance. Background check required. For information and application packet call(970)249-4131 or (970)209-2236.

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Full-time front office coordinator for one physician, ophthalmology practice. Medical experience required. Two offices in Lakewood and Thornton. Email resume, 3 professional references to

Company (Castle Rock division) is accepting applications for experienced grading crew personnel. Apply at 1101 Topeka Way, Castle Rock. Excellent benefits package. EOE.

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NOW HIRING POLICE OFFICERS The City of Black Hawk, two (2) vacancies for POLICE OFFICER I. Hiring Range: $53,959 - $62,052 DOQ/E. Unbelievable benefit package and exceptional opportunity to serve in Colorado’s premiere gaming community located 18 miles west of Golden. The City supports its employees and appreciates great service! If you are interested in serving a unique historical city and enjoy working with diverse populations visit the City’s website at for more information or to apply online for this limited opportunity. Requires High School Diploma or GED, valid Colorado driver’s license with a safe driving record, must be at least 21 years of age, and must be Colorado POST certified by date of hire. The City accepts online applications for Police Officer positions year round. Applications will remain active for one (1) year from the date of submission. EOE.

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