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Gun legislation lawsuit trial begins Judge’s ruling could impact recently-enacted laws By Vic Vela Colorado’s new gun laws are “burdensome” and “a symbolic gesture that does not improve public safety,” a lawyer said on the first day of testimony of a trial that takes on the legislation passed in 2013. But a state’s attorney said that the laws do nothing to take away guns from law-abiding citizens and that the motivation behind the legislation is to curb mass shootings like the ones that occurred at Columbine High School and from inside an Aurora movie theater. “In response to these events, Colorado’s elected representatives made a policy decision to pass two pieces of legislation that appropriately balances the state’s public safety concerns with the respect of the Second Amendment rights of citizens,” Deputy Attorney General Matthew Grove said.

The lawyers’ arguments opened a twoweek trial over a lawsuit filed against the state and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper that alleges that two recently enacted gun laws violate gun owners’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. Report At question are laws that expand background checks on gun sales in Colorado and limit the number of rounds that an ammunition magazine can hold to 15. The lawsuit is being brought by gun rights groups and is being heard in a Denver U.S. District Court by Judge Marcia Kreiger. A successful effort by the plaintiffs could put the new laws — which were signed by Hickenlooper last year — in jeopardy. Debate on the bills last year caused highly-charged partisan rancor at the Capitol between Democrats who backed the efforts and Republicans who uniformly voted against them. The bills also led to last year’s


recall elections, where three Democratic lawmakers either lost or resigned their seats. The new background checks law expands a previous statute that requires gun shops to conduct a criminal history prior to the sale of any firearm. The updated law expands that to all sales and transfers, regardless of where or how they occur. Plaintiffs’ attorney Richard Westfall argued that the new background checks law is unreasonable and unenforceable. He took particular issue with a part of the law that prohibits the transfer of guns among friends and family members, without having background checks conducted. “There is no justification for such a burden, particularly because this statute doesn’t even work,” Westfall said. Westfall also took on the magazine limit ban, which bans new sales and transfers of high-capacity ammunition magazines. The law does not apply to existing magazines that may already be in a person’s possession. Westfall argued that the law is unenforceable because “tens of millions of magazines over 15 rounds exist.” He also said the Leg-

islature was “moved by high-profile mass shootings” and that the laws are “a symbolic gesture that do not improve public safety.” “The question is whether the magazine ban will have any positive impact on public safety at any level,” he said. But Grove pushed back against those arguments. He contends that expanding background checks to all potential gun buyers “makes it more difficult for a prohibited person from acquiring firearms.” In defending the new magazine limit, Grove said that restricting the number of rounds that a killer can hold limits the damage that he or she can inflict. “Reloading creates a crucial window of opportunity for a victim to escape or to disarm a gunman,” Grove said. And Grove said that the laws are not aimed at limiting the possession of guns by a law-abiding citizen. “It does not take these items away from people who already own them. It does not restrict their lawful use. It does not limit the choices of firearms Coloradans can carry,” Grove said.


Pieces decorate the Adams County Government Center By Tammy Kranz


“Wellspring” is the third piece of art placed at the Adams County Government Center by the Adams County Visual Arts Commission. It is situated outside the Clerk and Recorder’s entrance. Photos by Tammy Kranz


he Adams County Government Center in Brighton offers more than a place for the commissioners to hold their meetings or residents to take care of business with the Clerk and Recorder and Public Trustee offices. It also offers its own art gallery spread throughout the 333,000-square-foot, five-story building, featuring 13 sculptures, one large mural, four smaller murals, two large multi-person oil portraits and more than 200 photographs. “If you go through the building, the artwork is highlighting Adams County and what’s in Adams County,” Board of Commissioners Chair Charles “Chaz” Tedesco said. He added that the art draws from all that the county represents from the annual fair to the historical leaders to its roots in agriculture. The Adams County Visual Arts Commission was created in 2009 by the board of commissioners and is a group of volunteer citizens who are charged with placing public art in county facilities. The original funding for the arts commission came from .5 percent of the construction budget for the new govern-


Bob Grant, chairman of the Adams County Visual Arts Commission, admires a section of the “History Wall,” one of the newer art installation at the Adams County Government Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway in Brighton. ment center, which opened in 2011. That amounted to $425,000, said Bob Grant, chair of the commission. For 2014, there is $40,000 set aside in the county budget for art. Tedesco said the county tries to use annual funding in a productive manner to leverage for other funding, such as grants with the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

With approximately $160,000 in SCFD grants, and additional annual budget funds from the county, Grant said, total public art budget over the past six years exceeds $700,000. There have been six art projects at the Government Center, which include 13 sculptures, murals and photographs. “Thus far we have expended over


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$440,000 on these projects, the majority paid to local artists,” Grant said. “To me the purpose of public art is to uplift the spirit and provide food for thought. We hope this uplifts the spirit and reminds people the history and depth of beauty of Adams County.” The commission is currently receiving applications for a $120,000 sculpture for the entrance lobby of the Government Center. While many of the projects have focused on the county’s past, the commission wants the newest piece at the Center to have a contemporary feel and focus. After this newest piece is installed, which Grant said could be next spring, the commission will be branching out to another county property. “Our next area of concentration for public art will likely be placing sculptures at the Adams County Regional Park,” Grant said. Art continues on Page 10

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Illegal dumping may have resulted in gunfire Thornton police investigating why two men shot each other By Tammy Kranz Two men are still in the hospital after shooting each other in Thornton on Friday, March 28. “The motive for the shooting still seems to center around an illegal dumping of trash at some unknown location in unin-

corporated Adams County,” Thornton Police Officer Matt Barnes said. As of Tuesday, no arrests have been made and Barnes said neither man has been formally interviewed. “Investigators are still trying to put together the series of events that led up to the confrontation that eventually escalated to the exchange of gunfire be-

tween the two,” he said. Police were called to the 9300 block of Cedar Court at 10:21 a.m. last Friday in reference to a shooting. Officers were also notified that a 47-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds had driven himself to the Thornton Fire Station at 9457 Dorothy Blvd. Officers found a 32-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds when they arrived in the 9300 block of Cedar.

According to a police statement, preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of a red Dodge pickup truck was following a silver Toyota Camry. The driver of the Camry pulled to the curb in the 9300 block of Cedar, at which time a man exited 9370 Cedar and confronted the driver of the Dodge. The confrontation escalated and both men exchanged gunfire. Anyone with information is asked to call the Thornton Police Tip Line at 720-9775069, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-9137867.

THORNTON ON THE RECORD Thornton City Council voted on the following during its last regular meeting.

Month-to-month extension with Comcast

Council unanimously approved in its consent agenda a month-to-month extension of the franchise agreement between Comcast of Colorado VIII LLC and the city of Thornton until completion of a new franchise agreement. The city has been negotiating with Comcast for a new franchise negotiation but has a few last items to deal with. The current franchise agreement expires on March 31, 2014.

FasTracks budget amendment

Council unanimously approved in its consent agenda the second and final reading of a budget appropriation for the amount of $278,637 to fund various FasTracks-related work. This funding will serve as the city’s local contribution to the Regional Transportation’s District’s North Metro Line project. With this amended budget appropriation, the 2014 budget now has authorized expenditures of $199,230,675. The $278,637 will cover the costs of contract workers, equipment and vehicles. Robb Kolstad, management and budget director, said

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Federal drug enforcement agreement

Council unanimously approved in its consent agenda a resolution authorizing the city manager or his designee to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Federal Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Periodically, the Thornton police and other local law enforcement are requested to participate with federal law enforcement agencies in multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking investigations. The agreement allows the city to be reimbursed for overtime, travel and per diem expenses incurred by Thornton officers when assisting with investigations through March 1, 2019. Local agencies are required to pay the basic salaries of the officers involved and are then reimbursed for overtime and expenses. Council members in attendance were Mayor Heidi Williams; Jenice “JJ” Dove and Mack Goodman, Ward 1; Mayor Pro Tem Val Vigil and Eric Montoya, Ward 2; Beth Martinez Humenik and Sam Nizam, Ward 3; and Eric Tade and Janifer Kulmann, Ward 4. The next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. April 8 at City Hall, 9500 Civic Center Drive. — Compiled by Tammy Kranz

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Candidates step forward at assembly Special to the Sentinel Former Brighton Mayor Jan Pawlowski will face an opponent in a June primary election for the new District 5 county commissioner seat after collecting 51 percent of the vote against a surprise opponent Saturday in the Adams County Republican Assembly. Neal Mancuso, who unsuccessfully sought the District 2 commissioner seat in 2012, was nominated by 2012 GOP state Senate candidate John Sampson and received 47 percent of the delegate vote. Also on the primary ballot, Mark Nicastle earned the top line for the GOP county sheriff vote with 52 percent of the delegate vote, to 36 percent for Mike McIntosh. Fred

Ramirez didn’t have the 30 percent of the vote needed to qualify. The crowd at the Waymire Dome building at the Adams County Regional Park and Fairgrounds thinned considerably after the sheriff’s race was decided. Erik Hansen will seek re-election in November for the District 3 County Commissioner seat, and Joe Domenico will run for the District 4 seat. Their nominations were uncontested. Hansen’s wife, Brighton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Holly Hansen, spoke on behalf of her husband, who was out of state because of a death in his family. Also on the November ballot on the GOP side: Stop the Rain Tax committee leader Stan Martin for county clerk and

Former Brighton Mayor Jan Pawlowski, left, will top the ballot for the new District 5 Adams County commissioner seat after delegates gave her 51 percent on Saturday. Neal Mancuso also will be on the ballot. Courtesy photo recorder; Brigitte Grimm for re-election as treasurer, Patsy Melonakis for assessor and Michael Arnall – serving on the current Adams County coroner’s office staff as medical examiner – currently or coroner.

Former Adams GOP Chairman Steve House, who announced his candidacy for governor last October, presided at the assembly.

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TASHCO president gives 2013 highlights My Story program had more than 500 participants

in grant funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), which made possible two large programs and provided general operating support,” he said. The two large programs funded last year include the annual Young Artist Festival at $16,128, and “My Story” at $13,761.60. There were more than 50 students who participated in last year’s Young Artist Festival in 18 performances of dance, drama, ballet, piano and voice. “This program is unique in its very high standard performance requirements in the areas of classical piano, string performance and vocal performances,” Newton said. Winners in each category are awarded

By Tammy Kranz Last year marked a successful year for the Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council. This announcement came from TASHCO President Frank Newton, who gave a presentation on the council’s highlights of 2013 during City Council’s March 18 regular meeting. “In 2013, TASHCO received $48,090.94

and they perform a final concert. This year mark’s the 18th year of the festival, and the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Rosa Auditorium, Skyview Campus, 8990 York St. For more information, visit “The ‘My Story’ series involved over 500 attendees who enjoyed a series of community events that encouraged participants to see, feel and taste and experience the heritage of three of the largest cultures resident in Adams County— Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian,” Newton said. The program included seven sessions with local professionals who helped 173 participants explore their genealogy, write

their own biographies and write poems and do illustrations that were published in a “My Story” book. Newton said that TASHCO also was able to buy additional or replacement equipment last year — a digital baby grand piano, portable keyboard, portable stage extensions and risers portable backdrop lift system and front stage curtain and enhanced theater lighting. At the end of his presentation, Mayor Heidi Williams said, “We definitely appreciate everything you all do for the community its important a part of our culture here in Thornton.” TASHCO, a nonprofit, was formed in 1990.

Priola continues work at the Statehouse By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ House District 56 representative Kevin Priola has been hard at work during this year’s legislative session. Representing parts of Adams County, Priola said his goal this session is to present common sense legislation upon his constituents’ behalves. He is currently assigned to the committees of education, finance and legislative council. In terms of education, Priola was very excited about sponsoring House Bill 1262, the Great Act. The bill failed to make it out of the Education Committee on a partisan 7-6 vote, but would have given high performing teachers up to a $12,000 salary bonus for relocating to and teaching

in the lowest performing school districts. “Both Republicans and Democrats on the education committee seemed genuinely intrigued by the legislation,” he said. “Unfortunately, entrenched interests more concerned about the well-being of the adults working in our education system rather than the students it seeks to serve were too much to overcome.” Priola said he definitely plans to bring this bill back to legislation next year in an effort to have the best teachers in the state have the opportunity to educate kids in the most efficient way, especially for students who truly need the extra attention. Priola is also a currently carrying Senate Bill 49, which involves the tampering of a public transportation facility with the intent to cause damage, malfunction, or

COURT NEWS IN A HURRY Charges filed in Merchandise Mark diamond theft

Huda Wadia Muhaisen, 67, has been charged with one count of felony theft of diamonds from Legino Diamonds at the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Ave., on March 11. The charge is a class 3 felony, which covers thefts of $100,000 to $1 million. Muhaisen appeared in court March 27 for advisement on the charges. A preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. May 7 in Division 2 of Adams County Court. The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual committed a crime under Colorado laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

non-function. The bill would amend the crime of endangering public transportation to include the intent to steal material or remove material from the public transportation facility as additional ways to commit the crime. “This bill is really about the public’s safety. If someone were to steal metal from transportation related to infrastructure, someone could actually get killed,” he said. “We also don’t want stations to be shut down because of people stealing metals like copper from rail road.” Currently Senate Bill 49 is in appropriations and has already passed the House Judiciary on an 11-0 vote. One bill Priola isn’t supporting is House Bill 1110, which requires locally-elected school boards to record attorney-client

privileged communications with their attorneys. He said this is the first state law which requires any attorney-client privilege conversation to be recorded and open to the public. So far the bill has been passed by the House. “This is a dangerous precedent to set in our judicial system, and I will continue fighting for the rights of our local school boards,” he said. Priola hosts town hall meetings every month to reach out to the community, hear concerns and answer questions. The April town hall is not yet scheduled, but anyone interested in the attending can contact Priola at or call him at 303-882-5486 for more information.

Bill would make one-year changes to teacher-evaluation process Measure’s opposition wants permanent modifications By Vic Vela School districts would have greater flexibility in deciding how much weight student academic performance would have in evaluating teachers under a bill that passed a Senate committee on March 26. But Republicans who voted against the bill would rather let districts make that decision permanently, rather than the one-year freedom that the bill allows. Right now, school boards are required to establish a principal- and teacher-evaluation process that bases at least 50 percent of an educator’s annual evaluation on the academic growth of students’ standardized testing scores. The weight of poor student performance can adversely impact educators facing evaluation, which critics of the current law say is unfair because districts may not have the resources to follow through with the requirements. The current requirement is mandated through 2010’s Senate Bill 191, which set a standard for educator performance evaluations. Senate Bill 165 would allow school districts to decide how much — if any — student test data will factor into an educator’s performance evaluation, for the 2014-15 school year. “This is a good compromise between moving forward (with the desire for sound academic requirements) and also being fair to students and education professionals across the state,” Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, a bill spon-

sor, told the Senate Education Committee. Supporters of the legislation say that districts are already having a difficult time shifting their focus toward new testing this year, without having to keep up with existing mandates. Schools are moving from Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) testing to a new system that will incorporate tests from a multi-state consortium. The bill gives districts time to analyze the new student assessments before they’re used to evaluate teachers and principals. The 50 percent student test data threshold will still be used for the current school year, but in a “hold harmless” manner, meaning educators cannot be adversely affected at evaluation time. The bill received supportive committee testimony from key education groups. Jane Urschel, of the Colorado Association of School Boards, said the bill “provides considerable relief for teachers and administrators.” And Kerrie Dallman of the Colorado Education Association said the bill gives districts “more time and training before highstakes decisions are made about teachers.” The bill has Republican sponsorship in the House with Rep. Carole Murray of Castle Rock. But the vote in the Democrat majority Senate Education Committee fell on party lines. Sen. Vicky Marble, R-Fort Collins, offered an unsuccessful amendment to the bill that would have allowed districts to decide the weight of student test data in educator evaluations on a permanent basis. Marble said that educators are buried in testing and evaluation mandates and that it’s unfair to ask districts to shoulder any more burdens. “I cannot support this bill for a year, but I can support this bill in perpetuity,” she said. The bill now heads for a vote in the full Senate.

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South Platte continues to be a focus for Hodge State senator also works on CPR grant program, provisional PT license By Tammy Kranz State Sen. Mary Hodge has paid close attention to legislation regarding the South Platte River since 2002 when she served as House District 30 representative. Now as the state senator representing District 25, her work continues on the body of water that flows through Adams County. “It’s important we get the South Platte fixed, whatever that fix may be,” she said of House Bill 14-1332, which she is a primary sponsor. Two years ago the Colorado water conservation board did a study of the South Platte River basin and made recommendations for such things as long-term sustainable use of water and how to mitigate adverse impacts in areas experiencing high ground water levels. HB 14-1332 would implement the recommendations by the board, such as pumping water from tables that are high back into the river, Hodge said. This bill is working its way through the House. Another bill that Hodge is a prime sponsor of is Senate Bill 14-099, which allows the physical therapy board to issue a provisional license to applicants who have successfully completed a physical therapy

program and met the educational requirements. Hodge said the licensing tests for physical therapists are only conducted four times a year, which leaves some people in a financial bind. “You can’t practice (physical therapy) because you don’t have a license,” she said. “If you graduate at the wrong time, you have debt due but can’t work to pay it off.” This bill is working its way through the Senate committees. Hodge is also the prime sponsor of HB 14-1276, which allows schools to apply for grant money to provide training to students in grades 9-12 on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The program would be administered by the state board of education. The bill creates a fund for the grant money. “I think it’s important we have people available to save lives,” Hodge said of the bill, noting that it’s never too early for a person to learn life-saving skills. This bill is working its way through the House committees. One of the bills that Hodge worked on that has been signed into law is SB 14-009, which requires a seller to disclose the sale of real property that a separate mineral estate may subject the property to oil, gas or mineral extraction. Hodge said people should be made aware of the potential that someone may show up on their land and start drilling before they purchase a property. “It’s a good transparency bill, so there are no surprises,” she said.

Feeling confident in her role By Tammy Kranz Mary Hodge has been serving as a state legislator since 2000, when she was elected as the House District 30 representative. After serving eight years on the House side, she moved over to the Senate. Hodge is now serving her second term as a state senator for District 25, which encompasses eastern Adams County. In comparing her time in the Legislature 10 years ago to today, Hodge said confidence was the main difference. Hodge “I’m a lot more confident in what I’m doing now,” she said. “I know how to do things, where to do things and who to talk to.” Hodge has a few upcoming town hall meetings, where her constituents are invited to an open discussion about issues

going on at the Capitol. Those meetings are scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Children’s Hospital Mt. Antero Conference Room, 13123 E. 16th Ave. in Aurora; 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, IHOP, 962 S. 4th Ave. in Brighton; and 1:303:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Anythink Library, 5877 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton. Hodge serves as the chair for Appropriations, and as a member of the Joint Budget and Water Resources Review committees. The Senate Appropriations Committee reviews pending legislation that has been determined to have a fiscal impact. The Joint Budget Committee writes the Long Bill — the annual appropriations bill — for the operations of state government. The Water Resources Committee reviews water issues and works on legislation that deals with conservation, use, develop and financing of the state’s water resources. To find out more about Hodge and the bills she’s working on, visit


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A day without a prank is just a day Happy April Fool’s Day! I hope you enjoyed a prank-filled April 1. I mean that sincerely … a day without a good prank is just, well, a day. I come by my practical-joke predilection honestly — I’m from a long line of pranksters. In fact, in our family, April Fool’s Day is somewhat superfluous; it’s almost too obvious. For example, if you spend more than three seconds looking for something — the ketchup, a can of soda, your left shoe — then you have fallen prey to our most common practical joke. If, on the other hand, you are the one caught in the act of moving, which usually has to take place in a split second while your victim’s back is turned, returning the item is usually accompanied with a sheepish grin. My father was a consummate prankster, while my mother was more likely to leave funny notes in my lunch box when I was attending graduate school

on the weekends. But my dad, ah … my dad. In the days when Colorado had just one area code, all we needed to dial were the last number of our prefix and four other digits to place a call. So if someone should ask for the number of, say, the A&W, my dad would rapid fire five random digits, and people fell for it all the time, me included. One of my own minor pranks is to remove the barrels of ink from my colleagues’ pens (and then put them some-

where on the table or the desk). I also take advantage of telephones from the workplace. When one of my colleagues in Colorado Springs agreed to leave a voice mail for my sister; the message went something like this: “Ma’am, I’ve got a pile of your parking tickets here in front of me. There are 543,000 residents in El Paso County and you have amassed more than anyone else. Please clear this up by calling my assistant, Andrea Doe-ree-ay, you know like the sinking ship…” At that point, you can hear me cackling in the background. Of course, this was only fair, because my sister is the queen of pranks, such as moving the car when one of her kids left it running outside the house while retrieving something from inside. Or leaping out of the back seat in her “scariest mask,” leaving one little boy shrieking as only little boys can, and leaving another frozen, open-mouthed.

But her best prank is now legend in our family. When my nephew came home from Sea Camp, a marine science program in San Diego, he was excited to show a crowd of us the DVD from his underwater experiences. Have you ever tried to purposely break a disk? It’s harder than you might think, and my sister was out on her porch—with a different disk— trying to shatter it and get it into the case in my nephew’s backpack just in time. The look on his face was priceless. We may be pranksters, but we’re never mean or cruel and we never, ever do any damage. But we do create laughter, a lot of laughter, the kind of laughter that leaves tears streaming down our faces. The kind of tears that I am enjoying right now. Andrea Doray is a writer who would love to hear about your favorite practical joke. Contact her at

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I’m starting with me My 7-year old son is very into a game called Minecraft right now. For those of you who haven’t had the great fortune (yes, read that as sarcasm) of running into this game yet, it is, essentially, a cubist Eden in which the player gets to create his world. For instance, the other day my son and my 12-year old spent a couple hours putting a swimming pool with a water slide outside their characters’ home. But, every once in a while, my son comes out of the game long enough to register a complaint. “Dad, it’s not letting me cut down the tree.” “Dad, I can’t get my rollercoaster to work.” “Dad, my sister hit me.” (Yeah, sometimes the real world intrudes). Let me make it very clear up front that I know almost nothing about how the game works. I watch him play, I’m amazed at how quickly he buzzes around the controls, I’m awed by what comes out of his imagination, but I do not have the faintest idea how the game works. So, when he comes to me whining (no, it’s true: 7-year-old boys occasionally whine) about the game, there is almost nothing I can do about it. Except shut it off. He hates that one. It’s my favorite. Shortly after I propose that as the solution, he usually finds a different way to solve his problem, and onward the game goes. For another 20 minutes. Until I force him to go run 5k and then study his German and read one of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Because I’m that kind of parent. Not at all the kind who is, every once in a while, grateful for 20 minutes to breathe while he plays a video game. Yeah, that was sarcasm, too. My son’s problem, when he runs into a roadblock, is usually that he focuses on the problem, instead of focusing on finding a solution. It’s like what I quoted a couple weeks ago, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” His willingness to retreat into whining makes him part of the problem. Like I said, though, my son is 7 years old. I sort of expect problem focus from him. I can preach to him all day long about

being the solution, but he’s not quite ready for that message yet. He just has to learn on his own and make the connection between his experience and my nagging someday. But, then I got to thinking, “how often do I just whine about a problem, instead of working to solve it?” Sad to say, altogether too frequently. And, more often than not, I do it on Facebook. Facebook and Twitter and their ilk have become this society’s complaint department — have a beef? Tweet it! Solutions are harder than complaints — they require thought, and planning, and energy and commitment. Not at all the sort of instant gratification we’ve become accustomed to seeking in latter-day America. But we have serious problems facing us, and I think it’s high time we stop giving people credit for being the most clever complainer, and start looking for problemsolvers. And I’m going to start with me. You’ve indulged me for three years now as I share my observations and, yes, some complaints about our world. And I appreciate that, truly. Now, I am going to force myself to try to turn that corner and never leave a complaint without a solution idea. Because if I’m not part of the solution, then I might as well just sit down on the floor and play video games with my son all day. 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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Kids living in the shadows Right here in our community, there are abused and neglected children who live in the shadows of our lives. She may be the little girl in your son’s or grandson’s kindergarten class, who had to move homes and changed schools three or four times in the last year. He may be the lonely child in the park who doesn’t join the game. It could be the 8-year-old curly haired girl who hides the bruises or cigarette burns on her back and legs.

too many children are still subjected to

A growing problem

lengthy stays and/or successive foster homes. Each child deserves to have a caring individual who is focused on their sole best interests. Each child deserves a trained volunteer Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA).

The child welfare and juvenile justice systems are full of compassionate lawyers, judges, social workers and foster families who work on behalf of these children. However, according to recent statistics, more than 748,000 children are annually placed in foster care in the USA. Over 1,300 abused and neglected children are involved in these systems right here in Adams and Broomfield counties, through no fault of their own. The court and professionals do the best they can, but due to the volume of cases and limited resources

dedicated, caring advocate. CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties has a goal to serve every child, but that means the organization needs to double its current 280 CASA volunteers. They especially need volunteers of color, as African American and Latino children make up a large portion in the child welfare and juvenile court system. Also, funding is necessary as CASA does not charge for its service and receives only a small portion of its revenue from state and local government funds.

Every child has a right

There is no doubt about the transformative impact which a CASA volunteer can have on a child. However, today only 35 percent of the children in need have access to a CASA. Nearly 1,000 children here in our 2-county area do not have that

Every child has a right to thrive. Every child has a right to be treated with dignity and to live in a stable, safe and loving home. Every child deserves a fighting chance! Once grown, these former foster kids could be future doctors, teachers, police officers or leaders. Coming through a period of vulnerability and fear, the child can then understand his potential and his rights. She will believe in herself. That is our opportunity and our challenge to help make a difference.

oversees NRCS, also came along. These snowpack measurement systems, some that date back to the 1900s, are a critical part of the Snow Survey and

Water Supply Forecasting program that Colorado water officials rely on to anticipate river flows in the spring when the snow melts and calculate how much water will run off into rivers and reservoirs. Our state’s farmers and ranchers depend on these forecasts to decide how much and what type of crops to plant, while metropolitan leaders use the data to decide how best to meet their needs in the coming years and to prepare for potential flooding. Water is one of our state’s most valuable resources. In the face of unending

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How each can help

CASA is launching a month long Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Campaign for April. The campaign, titled “The Blue Light Project” encourages community members to stand up in support of their mission by placing blue lights in their front porches or on their trees. As part of the campaign, CASA is encouraging each of us to make a minimum $20 donation to their organization. Each donor will receive a Blue Light Dining and Entertainment Card which contains great “buy one-get one free” offers from area participating restaurants and entertainment venues. All proceeds will go to help CASA recruit, train and supervise more caring Volunteer CASA Advocates for children in need. I encourage you to support CASA in carrying out their mission. Please visit for more information or call 303-654-3378. The abused/neglected children of our communities thank you. Bill Christopher is a former Westminster city manager and RTD board member.

Today’s snow is tomorrow’s water Nothing beats a week of gray skies and stuffy suits in Washington like a sunny day in Colorado’s high country. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to strap on some snowshoes for a short hike on Berthoud Pass with local water managers and staff from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. They were taking a manual reading of the state’s snowpack and checking the automatic SNOTEL measurement device. Undersecretary Robert Bonnie, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top environmental and natural resource official, and the man who

Another senior essay You are so kind in requesting that a column now and then that strikes a chord. Here it is: Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others. However, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took: The melody out of music, The pride out of appearance, The courtesy out of driving, The romance out of love, The commitment out of marriage, The responsibility out of parenthood, The togetherness out of the family, The learning out of education, The service out of patriotism, The Golden Rule from rulers, The nativity scene out of cities, The civility out of behavior, The refinement out of language, The dedication out of employment, The prudence out of spending, The ambition out of achievement or God out of government and school. And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others! And we do understand the meaning of patriotism and remember those who have fought and died for our country. Just look at the seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at at-

tention with their hand over their hearts! Yes, I’m a senior citizen! I’m the life of the party … even if it lasts until 8 p.m. I’m very good at opening childproof caps … with a hammer. I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up. I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying. I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

Quote of the week “Spring has come, the grass is riz, I wonder where the flowers is.” Anonymous Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned…. Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.

drought in southern Colorado, historic levels of flooding on the Front Range and significant population growth, the accuracy of these measurements is increasingly critical. Today’s snowpack is tomorrow’s water, and it is vital to our state’s future that we work together to ensure that our farmers, city leaders, and water managers have the tools they need to accurately forecast how much of this precious resource they’ll have each and every season. Democrat Michael Bennet has represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate since 2009.

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City eyes programs to reduce vacant homes By Tammy Kranz Northglenn staff is examining different options to reduce the amount of abandoned properties in the city. Council discussed the issue at its March 17 study session, with the majority of consensus wanting more to be done about the blighted looking homes. Brook Svoboda, director of planning and development, said that there are currently 98 vacant homes — 45 are in foreclosure and eight are in bankruptcy. “And we have 9,500 single family dwelling units in the city roughly, so it’s a relatively low percentage,” he said. “But I think it obviously for most of you these prop-

erties have a big impact in the neighborhoods.” The different options include creating a housing authority to acquire properties to repair and sell, or partner with an already existing authority; develop a rental property program to develop a minimum maintenance guidelines for rental properties to ensure neighborhood character compliance; and implementing a city receivership program where the city acquires the property on the basis of blight and redevelops them. Ward IV Councilman Gene Wieneke said the city had ordinances and various codes on the books already, and that the city just had to put more zeal into enforcing them.

“The last thing I want to see us do is use taxpayers’ dollars to buy homes … using public dollars to go into the housing business,” he said. Mayor Joyce Downing and other council members spoke in favor of looking into different options because the rundown homes were reflecting poorly on the city. “I think we should use every tool we have as the government to bring these people into compliance,” Downing said. “But on the other hand, I also think we should take a look at some of the options here like the rental property program. I think that’s something we really should look at because we have a lot of rental s that probably need some addressing.” Downing added that if young families

are driving through Northglenn looking at homes for sale and see the run-down vacant properties, they will drive away. City Manager John Pick said staff would look into other alternatives and come back to council with additional information on the pros and cons of the different options, and potential partnerships to redevelop the homes. Pick and Svoboda did warn council that if the city went beyond what it did now for vacant properties, it would more than likely mean investing money. “I think in order for us to go farther there will be some investment, I’m almost positive, of city resources in some form or fashion,” Pick said.

NORTHGLENN CITY COUNCIL ON THE RECORD Northglenn City Council voted on the following during its March 24 regular meeting:

Approves NAHF funding

Council voted 8-0 a resolution approving funding for the Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation an amount calculated at approximately $1 times the number of persons residing within the city’s boundaries as estimated by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) for the year 2014. Said amount is $35,955. Per capita funding ensures that NAHF’s ability to achieve the goal of providing funding for quality youth theater, outdoor concerts, public art, and other cultural endeavors in the community. These funds have been used to help beautify parks and public areas within the city.

NAHF was awarded $60,225 by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) for 2014. NAHF per capita funds are budgeted in the amount of $35,955 in Outside Agency Funding in the adopted 2014 budget.

Accepts playground donation

Council approved by an 8-0 vote a resolution accepting a donation of playground equipment from Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation to be located in the Northwest Open Space. In 2008 a play structure was installed at the Village by the Park apartments through a community-build effort with volunteers from Crossroads Church. The play structure was funded in part by KaBoom!, the organization that identifies Playful City USA communities.

Croke fence in disrepair Fence replacement funding considered by council By Tammy Kranz Northglenn City Council may appropriate approximately $50,000 to replace part of the northern fence along Croke Reservoir and do erosion control. City Council discussed the matter with staff during its March 17 study session. This was a follow-up to a Nov. 4 discussion council had regarding concerns residents had about the chain link fence that had fallen into disrepair. At that time, council directed staff to get a general consensus of what the affected property owners wanted done — the fence torn down or replaced. Amanda Peterson, director of parks, recreation & cultural services, said that of the 11 homeowners staff contacted, three did not respond, seven said they wanted the fence replaced and one wanted their fence left alone. She explained that this homeowner’s fence was not in poor shape and had vegetation on it that helped buffer the traffic noise from Huron Street. Staff is recommending replacing the fence along nine homes, and leaving the last two untouched because they are in better condition. These two would include the homeowner that doesn’t want the fence replaced and another homeowner who did not respond. To remove the old fence and replace it along nine of the homes, and do erosion control work, would cost the city an estimated $50,400 “There are currently no funds budgeted for this project, so if this is something council would like done this year we would need about $50,000 to go forward with that,” Peterson said. “Certainly, the other option would be to wait and do that with next year’s budget request. But I know there’s been some urgency with council and some of those residents.” The general consensus of council at the study session was to make the improvements this year. “I’m definitely for getting it done sooner than later,” Ward IV Councilwoman Kim Snetzinger said. Council directed staff to discuss legal issues with the city’s attorney. The city wants to have a written agreement with the property owners that they will take over ownership and future responsibility of the fence. The city will be responsible for future erosion control work on the south side of the fence. If council officially approves the budget supplemental at a future meeting, a request for work bids will be solicited and construction could occur as soon as early summer.

Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, the managing partner of Village by the Park, is interested in relocating the playground. It now sets west of the apartments and is in a fenced-in area and is rarely used. The proposed new location is on the south side of the complex and can be utilized by families attending sporting events, residents of the Village by the Park and the general public. City staff inspected the playground and deemed it to be safe and in excellent condition, the city would be responsible for disassembling and reassembling the play structure. Estimated value of playground is $50,000 to $60,000. It will cost approximately $1,000 for materials associated with the re-installation, including concrete and wood fiber mulch safety surfacing and staff time.

Relocation was scheduled for May.

Re-appointed commission member Council approved by an 8-0 vote under its consent agenda to re-appoint Jerry Gavette to the Historic Preservation Commission for a three-year term. His new term will be April 10, 2014, and expire April 10, 2017. Council members in attendance were Mayor Joyce Downing; Carol Dodge and Wayne Dodge, Ward I; Leslie Carrico, Ward II; Marci Whitman and Kyle Mullica, Ward III; and Kim Snetzinger and Gene Wieneke, Ward IV. Ward II Councilman Joe Brown was absent. The next regular council meeting is 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, at City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive. — Compiled by Tammy Kranz

NORTHGLENN NEWS IN A HURRY Planning commission public hearing set

The Planning Department is updating the city’s zooming code and subdivision regulations and would like public input on the matter. A public hearing is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at City Council Chamber, 11701 Community Center Drive. A zoning code helps determine how a plot of land in the city can be developed and what the land can be used for. Currently, the city has zoning designations for different types of commercial, industrial and residential property, as well as city parks and open space. The subdivision regulations deal

with how land can be broken down or consolidated, including the size and shape of parcels and how easements are applied. If you can’t attend the meeting, an online survey will be available at

Coffee With the Mayor set

The next Coffee With the Mayor is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Atlanta Bread in the Northglenn Marketplace, 104th Street and Interstate 25. Coffee with the Mayor is a chance to talk with Mayor Joyce Downing and learn about new developments

in the city. New Fire Chief David Ramos of the North Metro Fire Rescue District will be on hand to talk. Call 303-450-8713 for more information.

CPAAAN Benefit at Sonic Sonic Restaurant, 950 E. 120th Ave., is offering a percentage of all net sales to the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association of Northglenn (CPAAAN) during 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. These funds will be used to support Northglenn’s Citizens Police Academy and the Northglenn Police Department.

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MetroNorth Worship Directory Northglenn United Methodist Church We invite you to join us in worship on Sundays. An inspirational traditional service is offered at 9 AM on Sunday.

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Party divisions apparent in budget fight By Vic Vela The Democrat-majority state House passed a $23 billion budget on March 28 that will increase funding for education, aid flood and wildfire victims, and will bolster reserves by stashing away millions in “rainy day” dollars. But only one Republican voted for the annual “long bill” as GOP members blasted Democrats for not funding specific measures that are of importance to the minority party, including money for increased drunken driving penalties and what they are saying is not enough money for K-12 education. The passage of the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget came on the heels of several hours of debate that spanned two days as lawmakers wrangled over a long bill that comes with more dollars than last year’s, thanks in part to a state economy that continues to gain steam. “We are in a better place, we can make investments, we can start putting back the pieces that were harmed in the great recession,” said House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver. The bill includes a general fund budget — made up of tax revenue that supports the operations of most state departments — of $8.7 billion, a $600 million increase over the current year’s budget. About half of the general fund dollars support K-12 and higher education, both of which will receive significant increases in the new budget. Through the annual school finance act

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The major art features at the Government Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, include: “Origins” and “21st Century” Installed at both the west and east corridors off the entrance lobby are two multipiece sculpture works called “Origins” and “21st Century,” created by Maurice Harron. This was the first art project at the Center and cost $140,000. The pieces are made of fabricated bronze and steel and were shipped from Ireland. “It’s a really magnificent grouping,” Grant said. The six pieces making up “Origins” are erected outside the east corridor and de-

and the Student Success Act — school funding measures that are making their way through the Legislature — the budget will pump about $200 million in additional K-12 education funding that increase per-pupil funding by $200 per student. That money will also be used to enroll more kids in preschool and full-day kindergarten, as well as to fund English language learning programs. Higher education will receive an additional $100 million in funding, the majority of which will go toward student financial aid. “We are making a huge investment in our K-12 system,” Ferrandino said. “This is a responsible budget that sets us up for success in the future.” The budget also includes an additional $78 million in disaster relief funds. Money will be available to provide tax relief for homeowners who were impacted by last year’s floods and wildfires, something that was a top priority for the Legislature coming into this year’s session. In addition, the long bill includes 2.5 percent pay increases for state employees and Medicaid providers. Gov. John Hickenlooper will see a few things in the budget that he will surely use in his re-election campaign literature. That includes money that will update outdated computer technology at the Department of Motor Vehicles, which aims to significantly reduce wait times at DMV offices. And the state’s emergency reserves will increase from 5 percent under this year to 6.5 percent, under the new budget. That was a key piece to Hickenlooper’s budget re-

quest to the Joint Budget Committee, prior to the start of the legislative session. The budget also includes about $50 million that will be set aside for bills that are currently going through legislative process.

Lawmakers tend to fight more when there is an abundance of money, rather than during lean budget years. And that was the case in House on March 27 and 28, when more than 40 budget amendments were introduced by lawmakers who were seeking funding for various priorities. They included failed efforts by Republicans to set aside $1.7 million to pay for initial funding of a bill that would create a felony DUI in Colorado for repeat cases of drunken driving. That effort is being sponsored by Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, who is also running for attorney general. “Democrats stated they had set aside money for priorities, yet I cannot think of a bigger priority than protecting Colorado families from habitual drunk drivers,” Waller said through a statement issued after the first night of House debate. Republicans also blasted Democrats for not support GOP measures to increase funding for road construction and backfilling K-12 education budget cuts that has created the so-called “negative factor.” The budget includes $100 million that will be used to buy down the negative factor, but Republicans wanted that buy-down to be increased by as much as $35 million more than what’s being proposed. House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso,

R-Loveland, took issue with Democrats’ rejections of GOP proposals. “It’s tough for me to stand here and say this was a broad, bipartisan budget,” DelGrosso said. “We could have done so much more with the resources we have and we could have done it in a fiscally responsible way.” DelGrosso joined 26 other Republicans to vote against the budget. The only Republican to vote yes was Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen, who is a member of the Joint Budget Committee. But Ferrandino said key Republican efforts are not dead. Chances are that Waller’s felony DUI bill will end up passing the House Appropriations Committee — something that Ferrandino assured Waller would happen, Waller told Colorado Community Media. Ferrandino said that Democrats could also get behind another GOP proposal to fund a pilot project for advanced placement students in rural communities, so long as Republicans do something to reduce the price tag of the program. The House speaker said the economy is doing better and the sate can do more things than it has been able to do in recent years. But that doesn’t mean that everyone’s going to get their way. “We still have to live in the realities of the budgets we have,” Ferrandino said. “There’s a lot of things I’d love to do in the budget, but at the end of the day, that budget has to be balanced.” The budget bill now heads to the Senate.

pict historical figures — train track, farmer, steer, farmer’s wife, wagon wheel and horse. The six pieces making up “21st Century” is located outside the west county and represent modern-day Adams County — plane, surveyor, teacher, property agreement, wildlife and farming. Woven through both sets of sculptures is a strip of black pebbles, which is supposed to represent the South Platte River. “History Wall” Artist Ron Gerbrandt consulted with historians Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and Dana Echohawk to create the Center’s art installation, the “History Wall.” This piece, as it suggests, takes up the majority of a wall inside the Conference Center in the northwest wing of the building. The history is depicted through photos and brightly painted images in this mural. “Everybody can relate to something on

this mural, and that’s the plan,” Grant said. Mural images include those of the Denver Pacific Railroad; Gov. Alva Adams, the county’s namesake; Riverside Cemetery, the county’s oldest operating cemetery; Platte Valley Indians and sugar beet farming. Photo images include one take in 1895 showing Harry M. Rhoads driving a convertible at Westminster College, now known as Pillar of Fire; a group of cherry pickers at Madison Orchards Ranch in Westminster, 1890-1910; and a flyer announcing new Perl Mack subdivision, which would later become the first community in Northglenn. “Wellspring” “Wellspring” by Loveland sculptor Mark Leichliter is the third art project done at the Center and is the only piece located outside. It is found outside the Clerk and Recorder’s entrance.

The stainless sculpture’s frame is in the shape of the county and has curving blades of windswept grass. “We the People of Adams County” Brighton artist Judith Dickinson created two large oil portraits that hang directly above the elevators the main entrance of the Center. The portraits feature about 40 actual Adams County residents, and even a dog. Dickinson even included herself in the portrait, showing herself painting the piece. “Fun Facts from Adams County” Denver caricaturist artist Jane Yamada created two pieces featuring fun factoids about Adams County. These pieces hang in the Board of Commissioners’ hearing room foyer and are the latest pieces installed at the Center. These pieces and the “History Wall” will be dedicated in the fall.

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LakEwood, PErFormanCE now stagE ‘HaIrsPray’ By Clarke Reader The 1960s was an age of great music, shifting cultures and a rise in the voice of America’s youth. All of these facets are captured in the musical “Hairspray,” which is taking the stage in Lakewood, thanks to a partnership with the Performance Now Theatre Company. The show will be running at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, through April 14. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. “We’re lucky to have a lot of great singers, dancers and actors in the show and we’re really excited about WHAT: “Hairspray” it,” Ken GoodWHERE: Lakewood Cultural Center win, executive 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood producer with WHEN: Through April 14 Performance 7:30 p.m - Friday and Saturday Now said. 2 p.m. - Saturday and Sunday “We haven’t COST: $28 done a show INFORMATION: 303-987-7845 or in a while that has this much dancing.” With music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, “Hairspray” takes place in Baltimore, Md., in 1962. All that teenager Tracy Turnblad wants to do is dance on “The Corny Collins Show” — a TV dance program loosely based on the Buddy Deane Show. Tracy wins a chance to perform on the show, which leads to a host of attention and meets a vast array of people, from the show’s host Corny Collins to Velma Von Tussle, the show’s deceitful producer. When Tracy wants to start integrating the show, things get hairy fast. “The show is about a lot, but one of the main things is integration,” Goodwin said. “It’s been great to work with a diverse cast, since that is such an important part of the story.” For Goodwin, one of the most exciting things about


“Hairspray” is the new cast members he and director Kelly Van Oosbree get to work with. “It’s great that we have a lot of new people in the show, and some of the leads are performing for the first time,” he said. “We had a pretty short turnaround — only 6 or 7 weeks to prepare — but we’re looking and sounding good.” This is the first time Performance Now has put on “Hairspray,” and Goodwin said the group is excited to put on a production that most in the company don’t have experience with. “There is some fantastic music in the show and the band we have is incredible,” he said. “This show really brings a wide fan base with it and it is especially popular with younger people because of the music and the younger cast.” The show is the twelfth co-presentation between Lakewood and Performance Now, a partnership that has been extremely beneficial to both groups, according to Susan Martin, cultural center administrator. “It’s a great opportunity whenever we work with them, and it allows both of us to expand and find something new to offer,” she said. “Performance Now brings a higher level than a lot of community theater, and this allows us to reach a different audience.” Martin added that one of the best parts of the partnership is that it can draw more people to the theater than would normally be interested, and allows that interest to really spread through the community. For Goodwin and everyone involved, the best way to describe the production of “Hairspray” is simple — fun. “There’s a lot of energy and it appeals to everyone,” he said. “It really is just an entertaining night at the theater.” For more information, call 303-9877845 or visit

If you love wine then you probably already have your tickets for this annual event. The Denver Art Museum (DAM) Uncorked Wine Tasting will be April 11, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $90 for DAM members and $125 for non-members. Guests can beat the crowds and taste the best wines first with First Taste tickets, which are an additional $35 and allow access at 5 p.m. Events are at the downtown Denver museum and tickets can be purchased online at uncorked. The event features more than 300 wines and hors d’oeuvres from Kevin Taylor Catering. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction such as spa and restaurant packages or bottles of wine. Wine experts and novices alike will enjoy an evening discovering their new favorite wine. The DAM Uncorked Dinner & Auction, on April 12, begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction reception featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner and live auction. Guests can bid on rare bottles of wine, exclusive access to private art collections, tours with DAM curators and unique travel packages.

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Westword’s Best of Denver 2014 is out and, as always, it’s a fun read. A few highlights ... Best Dive Bar is Lakeview Lounge; Best ContemporaryCocktail Bar is Williams & Graham; Best Late-Afternoon Happy Hour is Old Major; Best French Fries at Jonesy’s EatBar. Sure to create controversy is Westword’s choice for Best Hamburger, with the winner being new to the restaurant scene, Humboldt Farm Fish Wine, located at the former site of Strings Restaurant. Readers’ choice is Cherry Cricket. As it should be. Another hotly contested category is always Best Steakhouse. And the winner is Elway’s Cherry Creek and Elway’s Downtown. Reader’s choice: Capital Grille. As usual, Westword has “unique” categories. Best Mind-Altering Edibles That Don’t Contain THC: The Chocolate Therapist. Best Place to Contemplate Death With Others: Denver Death Cafe.

Cher, Lady Gaga coming

It’s going to be a great summer of concerts! Cher kicks off a hot summer of powerhouse female stars coming to Mile High City. Continuing to show she can “turn back time,” Cher performs at the Pepsi Center on May 28. Is this really her Farewell Tour? The Living Proof Tour in 2005 was originally billed as her farewell tour. More than 3.5 million fans attended that tour, which grossed $250 million. Tickets are on sale for the Dressed to Kill tour with opening act Cyndi Lauper. It may your last chance to see her live, or not? Tickets are available at www.cher. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga comes to Denver on Aug. 6, also at the Pepsi Center, for artRAVE: the ARTPOP Ball Tour.

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New staging was uniquely designed to bring the superstar closer to the fans. Fans will be able to walk and dance right under the walkways creating a unique concert going experience. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday at, and other outlets.

Auditions in Arvada

The Arvada Center will hold auditions for the musical, “Tarzan, The Stage Musical,” at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., on May 1 and 2 (chorus dance call on April 28) and in New York City on May 5. The Arvada Center production will be directed by Gavin Mayer with musical direction by David Nehls and choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck. The Arvada Center artistic producer is Rod A. Lansberry.

Photographer Kirk

You know him as the adorable 9News entertainment reporter, but did you know Kirk Montgomery is also an extremely talented photographer? Stop by John Fielder’s Colorado gallery at 833 Santa Fe Drive through the end of May to check out his amazing work. You can also visit to see a sneak peak of his beautiful photographs.

Brackney to be missed

John Brackney will be missed as the CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and was a great friend to businesses in south Denver and beyond. On Facebook, Brackney said this about his retirement: “It has been an awesome ride, one I have appreciated and cherished every day. Admittedly imperfect but always driven, I hope I have made some small contribution to the success in your business and your life. My greater hope is that we all re-commit to building an increasingly vibrant business community and quality of life … I hope our paths cross frequently as I remain at your service, only in a different capacity.” Good luck, John!

The regional premiere of “End of the Rainbow” plays in the Main Stage Theater at the Arvada Center through April 13. The iconic Judy Garland (Tari Kelly) is in London preparing to make a spectacular return to the stage. It’s the Christmas season 1968 and the multi-talented star is accompanied by her new fiancee Mickey Deans (Zachary Clark). They enter their suite at the Ritz Hotel and are soon joined by Anthony (Jonas Cohen) a pianist with whom Judy has had a long and sometimes bumpy relationship. The diva’s finances have taken a serious hit and the hotel is none too interested in being added to her long list of creditors. She buys time by sweettalking the manager but as the days go by, the financial problems mushroom. Deans is not only the current romantic interest, he’s her new manager and has booked a long engagement. Though he tries to appear caring and concerned about Garland’s well-being, it soon becomes apparent that his main focus is upon himself. On the other hand, Anthony clearly does have the artist’s best interests as his top priority. I went to the theater expecting to love the whole experience. The set was stunning; the band was in top form; but as the story began to unfold, I found myself feeling unsettled and uncomfortable. Garland was not the sweet little girl from Kansas. She was self-absorbed, demanding, and cursed with wild abandon, much to the discomfort of the kind, gentle Anthony. I really couldn’t wait for the evening to be over. Thankfully, as the story progressed, I was drawn in. The songs, like “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,”

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and “When You’re Smiling,” were wonderful. The connection between the singer and her pianist was palpable. Anthony reminded her that she had a cadre of gay accompanists who would always be in her corner. Initially, Deans insisted that Garland abandon all her pills and alcohol, but he not only gave in to her pleas, he eventually insisted that she continue to use them. The deterioration of the legendary star was painful to see. Tari Kelly has the voice and the presence that were Judy Garland’s hallmarks. While Kelly doesn’t “impersonate” the star, she definitely channels her. The chemistry between Kelly (Judy and Clark (Mickey) never came together for me. It’s a difficult show to see but I ultimately came to appreciate it and would certainly recommend it. For tickets and information, call 720-898-7200 or visit Moderated talkbacks with the cast will be held on Friday, April 4 after the 7:30 p.m. performance and again on Wednesday, April 9 after the 1 p.m. show. In addition, the show will be ASL interpreted for the hearing impaired on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

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a community class production of “Treachery at Cartilage Creek,” at 7 p.m. April 3-5, April 11-12 and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. For tickets and information, call 303-456-6772 or go to http://www.

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p.m. every second Thursday: Mind-Body Connection (April 10).

PRENATAL YOGA, 8:45-10 a.m. Mondays through April 28. AROMATHERAPY, 6-7:30 p.m. last Wednesday: Aromatherapy IV: Herbal Infused Honey (April 30). ACUPUNCTURE AND Allergies, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Free; registration required. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/APRIL 4-5 CINDERELLA BELLEVIEW Christian School presents

Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. April 4 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 5. Call 303-427-5459 for tickets and more information. The school is at 3455 W. 83rd Ave., Unit C, Westminster.

SATURDAY/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. Saturday, 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

Trace Golf Club is accepting new members. League plays on Thursdays, with tee times 4-6 p.m. All abilities welcome. An informational meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at 1200 Clubhouse Drive, Broomfield. Contact league president Kristin Fleckenstein at 303-667-0778 or kristin@hammondappraisals. com.

SUNDAY/APRIL 6 KITE FESTIVAL The 12th annual Arvada Kite Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Stenger Soccer Complex, 58th and Quail, Arvada. A rain date of Sunday, April 13, has been reserved. Kite flying competitors will be divided into two groups: 10 and younger, and 11 and older, with four categories: highest kite, smallest kite, largest kite and most visually appealing kite. It’s free to compete and trophies will be awarded to the top four winners in both age groups. Go to MONDAY/APRIL 7


NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH The Northglenn Police Department will lead a meeting for Neighborhood Watch block captains at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. The agenda will include the Police Resource Guide, dumpsters for active Neighborhood Watch groups and National Night Out on Aug. 5. Contact Officer Jim Gardner at 303-450-8851 or jgardner@ for information.

PUBLIC ART Share your dreams during a special demon-


stration and workshop as part of The Wish, a collaborative public art project at Anythink Huron Street. The workshop is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at 9417 Huron St., Thornton. Call 303-452-7534. The Wish will feature a large dandelion sculpture made of 300 handcrafted paper seeds, representing the wishes of individuals from the Anythink Huron Street community and around the globe.

SATURDAY/APRIL 5 FOOD DOCUMENTARY “Food Inc.,” a documentary about the corporate food industry will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Living Light of Peace, 5927 Miller St., Arvada. A soup and salad dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. A donation is requested for the meal. A brief discussion will follow. All ages invited; movie is free. SATURDAY/APRIL 5 COMMON CORE Find out what is going on with your local school board concerning Common Core and other issues at the next North Suburban Republican Forum meeting 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Grill at Legacy Ridge Golf Course, 10801 Legacy Ridge Parkway, Westminster. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Admission includes coffee, orange juice, fruit and pastries. You also can pay your annual dues for 2014. Go to SATURDAY/APRIL 5 KIDS’ STUFF Darling Doubles, North Denver’s multiple moms group, is having its kids’ stuff sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton. From noon to 1 p.m., items are half-price. Items for sale include baby furniture, play yards, car seats, strollers, bedding, clothing, shoes, toys, books, maternity clothing and more. Coupons for half-price admission available at https://www. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Visit or email Saturday/April 5 SPRING STORM The Standley Lake Athletic Boosters and Student Leadership announce the first Spring Storm at the SWAMP 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the school, 9300 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. School clubs, community partners and vendors will have booths across the campus, along with activities provided by various school sports team. Admission is free; nominal cost to participate in activities. Go to www. Contact 720-353-2428 or slhs. SATURDAY/APRIL 5 GOLF LEAGUE The Ladies Evening Golf League at Eagle

AUDITIONS THE Creative Revolution Theatre Company plans auditions for the Commedia Dell’Arte show, “The Love of Three Oranges” 5-9 p.m. Monday, April 7, with callbacks on Tuesday, April 8, at Unique Theatre, North Valley Tech Center, 500 E. 84th Ave., Suite C-1, Thornton. Auditions are for all roles, which are available for adults and teenagers. Rehearsals are April 26 to June 12. Performances are June 13-15 and June 20-22. Email to schedule an audition appointment or for questions. TUESDAY/APRIL 8 COMMUNITY WORKSHOP Learn strategies for establishing college savings goals and the benefits of establishing a 529 college savings plan at a free community workshop on Paying for College, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Register in advance for this workshop by contacting Jeanette Sánchez at or 303-450-8935. TUESDAY/APRIL 8 LIFETREE CAFÉ How to navigate family secrets will be discussed at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. This program features the exclusive filmed story — shot live as events unfolded — of a woman who discovered a missing family member. The Lifetree event offers practical tips on handling a wide variety of family secrets. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversations about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@

TUESDAY/APRIL 8 ESTATE PLANNING Pet trusts, outright bequests to caregivers and guardianship provisions will be discussed at Estate Planning for Pet Owners, a free seminar 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Dumb Friends Leauge, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver. RSVP by April 3 by calling 720-241-7150 or emailing Box lunches will be provided. WEDNESDAY/APRIL 9 LADIES LUNCHEON The North Suburban Christian Women’s Connection luncheon on Wednesday, April 9, will feature a panel of three women who survived three accidents that resulted in serious injuries. They will share their journeys to restoration. Luncheon is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Chateaux at Fox Meadows, 13600 Xavier Lane. For reservations, call Andrea at 303-485-5888 or email Include names of your guests and names and ages of children to be cared for in the complimentary nursery. WEDNESDAY/APRIL 9 POTLUCK The monthly Young at Heart luncheon for adults 55 and older is at noon Wednesday, April 9, at Risen Savior Lutheran Church. 3031 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield. Meet in the Fellowship Center. Bring a potluck dish for sharing. You also have the opportunity to attend the 11:30 a.m. Lenten Service prior to the meeting. Following our monthly potluck the will be a guest speaker, Tony Creeden, who will speak on The Concordia Association and Shaping the Future of Lutheran Education. WEDNESDAY AND Thursday/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 (click on the Products & Training tab). The class schedule (for adult module): 5:30-9:30 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.

devote her monthly “Coffee with Constituents” to general discussion and Q&A about legislative issues April 10 at the Indian Tree Golf Course Club House, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. After opening remarks at 7 a.m., Zenzinger will encourage participants to set the agenda and express their concerns on issues of greatest priority. She will be especially interested in receiving feedback in regard to the “Three E’s” (education, economy, elders) that have received so much of her attention in the Senate. While anyone from the public may attend the meeting, the content will generally focus on issues that most affect residents of Senate District 19, which Zenzinger serves. Coffee will be available, but attendees will be required to purchase their own breakfast. Go to www.RachelForColorado. com or call her at 303-866-4840.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/APRIL 11-12 MAGIC TREE House Prairie Playhouse presents “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark,” an adaptation of the first of Mary Pope Osborne’s fantasy adventure books. The show is performed by the playhouse’s upcoming youth pupils as part of their spring training. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, and 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Armory at Brighton Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St. Go to to purchase tickets. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY/APRIL 11-12 TOY/CLOTHING SALE A kids’ clothing and toy sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at the Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St, Arvada. Most clothing and toy items are $1. Also selling books, baby equipment, and furniture. All proceeds benefit Kids’ Discovery Days Preschool. Everything is half price after noon on Saturday. FRIDAY TO SUNDAY/APRIL 11-13 MUSICAL PROGRAM The Northland Chorale proudly presents “Rockin’ Through the 50s & 60s,” musical direction by Mark Stamper. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn. For information and tickets, visit or call 720-515-4NLC (4652). SATURDAY/APRIL 12 ELECTRONICS RECYCLING Trust Hall Insurance Services, in partnership with SustainAbility Recycling, plans an electronic recycling events 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Sonsio parking lot, 5630 Ward Road, Arvada. Call 720-2910826.

THURSDAY/APRIL 10 MONTHLY COFFEE Colorado Sen. Rachel Zenzinger will

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TUESDAY/APRIL 8 FAMILY SECRETS The next Lifetree Café discussion will focus on navigating family secrets. The program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, features a filmed story of a woman who discovered a missing family member. Admission is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is at 1800 E. 105th Place, Northglenn. Contact Andy Pryor at 303-452-3787 or andyp@ Go to TUESDAY/APRIL 8 MONTHLY MEETING Thornton American Legion Thomas J Slocum Post 201 will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, 5310 E. 136th Ave., Thornton. The legion meets the second Tuesday of each month. Veterans, join us in serving our community and our fellow veterans. Call Commander John Tommins Jr. at 303-450-0223 for information.


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Emily Scharmer with the Bennett School of Irish Dance watches and waits for her cue during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival March 15 in Olde Town Arvada.

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Joanna Esposito, right, laces up her daughter Chiara’s shoes in preparation for a performance by the Bennett School of Irish Dance.

Stepping it up

Amanda McCray, Angela MacFarlane, Ava Palicki, Abby Klawes and Leah Vance, left to right, dancers from the Bennett School of Irish Dance stand ready to perform at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Olde Town Arvada. Photos by Mikkel Kelly

The Bennett School of Irish Dance entertained at the 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Olde Town Arvada on March 15. The event featured a wide variety of treats and several entertainers throughout the afternoon. Businesses throughout Olde Town Arvada offered specials for the day.

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Editor’s Note: This is from “The Best of Neil Rosenthal.” Imagine if you could go back in time and meet the younger you – the you of 20 years ago (or 30 or 40 years ago, depending on your age.) Let’s say that the you of today could advise the younger you. What advice would you give? I know, the die already has been cast regarding all of your previous mistakes, missed opportunities, foolish choices and lack of vision. So humor me, then. What advice would you give to your younger self? Would you tell yourself to be less impulsive, more driven, less hot-headed, more willing to take risks, less timid, more accountable to yourself, more responsible to others? Here’s the advice I would offer to my younger self: “Neil, you’re capable of way more than you think, and you are able to grow into new roles and new identities, so don’t let setbacks stop you from going after what you seek. You’ll make it—just remain persistent, and don’t give up. Also, find a consistent way to have fun and to enjoy yourself more, pal. And regarding intimacy, I know for a fact that if you choose hotheaded, self-absorbed, defensive women rather than the one you can live with compatibly, you’re going to regret it for a long time. So choose very wisely, my friend, because the wrong life partner will give you serious brain damage.” Now, I invite you to try it. What would you advise yourself as a younger person? Don’t just think it or speak it — write it down. Now imagine that you are able to ask advice from the future you – the person you will become 10, 20 or 30 years from now. Imagine sitting on a couch next to your future older (and hopefully wiser) self asking for advice or guidance. How would he or she advise you? Again, write this advice down, don’t just think it.

Here’s my future self’s advice to me: “Make a list of everything you would like to accomplish or experience before you die (what some call the bucket list), and then go after those goals with all you’ve got. Don’t make the mistake of dreaming about something but not acting on it. Quit wishing that wonderful things will just happen on their own—go out and make them happen. Also, always do your best. In every circumstance, in every encounter, in every relationship, always do your best. And one more thing. Exercise more and lose some weight, and do it now.” So what does your future self — the person you will become years from now — advise you to do? Regardless of the job your parents did for you in your earlier years, this is about becoming your own parent now. That means you can guide yourself, teach yourself, hold yourself accountable and give yourself approval, acknowledgement, praise and encouragement. And who knows. You might be better at it than your own parents were. And that would make you your own best parent. 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.

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your week & more Continued from Page 13

Saturday/april 12 Blitz paintBall Ages 11-18 can have a fun-filled day

of paintball and lunch as part of the Recreational Alternative Programming 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Meet at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Cost includes 500 paintballs, rental equipment and role play games. Call 303-450-8800 or go to recxpress to sign up.

Saturday/april 12 BaBySitting claSS First-time babysitters ages 11-13 can learn everything they need to know when responsible for young children at a babysitting class 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Skills covered include CPR, first aid, growth and development, safety, feeding, discipline, diapering and bathing. Call 303-450-8800 or go to recxpress to register. Saturday/april 12 raptor run Friends of Barr Lake plans the second annual

5k Raptor Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12. The fun run starts at 10 a.m. Meet at the Nature Center 13401 Picadilly Road, Brighton. For course details and to register go to http://www. Go to http://www.parks.state.

coming Soon coming Soon/april 14 mayor coffee Coffee with the Mayor is a chance to talk

with Mayor Joyce Downing and learn about new developments in the city. New fire chief David Ramos of the North Metro Fire Rescue District will talk. Call 303-450-8713.

coming Soon/april 15 community workShop Death, divorce and bankruptcy are big life events and can entail serious tax consequences. Learn more at a free community workshop from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Workshop will provide an overview of how they affect your taxes, including red flags to watch for and steps to minimize your liability. Register in advance by contacting Jeannette Sanchez, or 303-450-8935.

Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. All supplies are included, along with a drink and snacks. Participants will work on a new painting that can be brought home. Call 303450-8800 or go to to register.

coming Soon/april 15 puBlic hearing The planning department is updating the city’s zoning code and subdivision regulations, and would like input on the matter. A public hearing is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at City Council Chambers, 11701 Community Center Drive. A zoning code helps determine how a plot of land in the city can be developed and what the land can be used for. Currently, the city has zoning designations for different types of commercial, industrial and residential property, as well as city parks and open space. The subdivision regulations deal with how land can be broken down or consolidated, including the size and shape of parcels and how easements are applied. If you can’t attend the meeting, an online survey will be available at Contact City Planner Travis Reynolds at or 303-450-8836. coming Soon/april 16 Spring carnival Arvada High School plans a free spring carnival 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the gym. Carnival games including pin the tail on the bunny, bean bag toss, doughnut eating contest, hula hoop contest, an obstacle course, pop-shop, frog in lily pad, face painting, and more are planned. If you have any questions, call Arvada Highs School at 303-982-3422. coming Soon/april 17 girlfriendS night Echter’s Garden Center presents Girl-

friends Night Out, a benefit for Ralston House, a child advocacy center in Jefferson, Adams and Broomfield counties that helps young people and their families start healing after the trauma of abuse. Half the cost of tickets will benefit Ralston. The event is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Call 303-424-7979 to purchase tickets.

coming Soon/april 18-20 mineral Show The Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show is Friday, April 18, to Sunday, April 20 at the Ramada Plaza Denver Central, 4849 Bannock St., Denver. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking; suitable for all ages. Contact Regina Aumente at 505-867-0425 or Go to

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recurring eventS

painting party The Gallery on the Go program for ages 6-15 is from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Northglenn

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-on-one personal training is also available. Call 303-425-9583 for times and fees.  get active Get and stay in shape. Choose from more than

People’s Fair. Nonprofit groups seeking to exhibit their services and recruit volunteers will pay a fraction of the booth fee that other vendors pay to participate in the festival. Applications are available at Contact the CHUN office at 303-830-1651. The People’s Fair is June 7-8.

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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 303-4259583 or pick up your activities guide for details.  Many classes are free or discounted for SilverSneakers.

BritiSh farce “Run For Your Wife,” by Ray Cooney, is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, May 2, and Saturday, April 26, May 3, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27; and at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 and Thursday, May 1, at Unique Theatre, 500 E. 84th Ave., Suite C-1, Thornton. Show is PG-13. Visit crtc.ticketleap. com to purchase tickets. 

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running ScholarShip The Arvada Running Club is offering $1,800 in college track or cross-country scholarships to one or more senior high school girls who graduate in May 2014. Eligible students must live in Arvada and/or attend an Arvada-area high school, and plan to participate in a formal track or cross-country program during their freshman year in college. This is the fourth consecutive year the club has offered scholarships. Applications are available on Arvada high school Naviance websites. The deadline to apply is April 15. Contact, or Trisha Krapes at ltkrapes@

home Show The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club will have its 38th annual Pine Forest Antiques, Home Décor & Garden Show and Sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument. Proceeds benefit qualified nonprofit and public service organizations and public schools in the Tri-Lakes Area. Go to for details.

recurring/through april 30 Quilt donationS The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is asking for donations of new quilts to benefit flood victims. Quilts must be made of 100 percent cotton fabric, and twin, full and queen sizes are needed. Deliver donations 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1213 Washington Ave., Golden; or 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the museum office, 651 Corporate Circle, Suite 102, Golden. Donations will be taken through April 30, 2014. Call 303-277-0377. recurring/through June 14 vendorS needed Northglenn Elks is seeking vendors for its second annual Renaissance Festival. For information on booth rentals, contact the Elks club at 10969 Irma Drive, Northglenn, or call Frank Brown at 303-472-904 or FBrown2438@ Admission to the festival is free, and it is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the Elks Lodge. recurring/through June nonprofit vendorS Applications for nonprofit participants are being accepted for the 43th annual CHUN Capitol Hill

looking ahead/april 27 art auction The closing bid party for Horses and Happiness: Honoring Claire Davis, an art auction benefit, is Sunday, April 27, at Wildcat Coffee, 11651 W. 64th Ave., Arvada. Jennifer Moorehead and other local artist are participating. A virtual version of the show will run simultaneously on So All May Create’s Proceeds from the artwork will benefit the Clair Davis fund, which broadly supports Arapahoe High School and the surrounding community with support for mental health care, anti-bullying programs, and other community needs. looking ahead/may 5-11 tenniS tournament The 34th Annual Glen Hines Senior Memorial Tournament is May 5-11 at the Arvada Tennis Center, 6430 Miller St., Arvada. Register online at for tournament ID #257211914, visit for an entry form, or mail/deliver entries to the Arvada Tennis Center. The registration deadline is April 28. Visit or call 303-420-1210 for more information. looking ahead/June 6-8 rocky flatS The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities presents “Rocky Flats Then and Now: 25 Years After the Raid” from June 6-8. Programming details can be found at www.

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The nutritive power of the super food Metro Creative Connection

Who has not heard the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” It may seem unlikely that one fruit could be so effective at maintaining good health, but apples really are a super food. Apples are a member of the Rose family and are related to pears, peaches, apricots and plums. Though considered a fall fruit, apples can be enjoyed year-round thanks to commercial food production and importing. Apart from being sweet, sometimes sour and refreshingly crisp, apples pack a number of nutritional benefits. Research has shown that apples can help to reduce a person’s risk of heart disease and help those with diabetes. In addition, apples can help fight cancer and prevent dental problems. According to new information from long-running studies published in the British Medical Journal, eating at least two servings a week of whole fruit, particularly apples, blueberries or grapes, reduces a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes by around 23 percent. Apples are high in many antioxidants and, as a result, this makes them especially valuable at fighting illness. For example, the disease-fighting compounds in antioxidants have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers by neutralizing free radicals. Apples also are very high in fiber. Fiber is needed to help a person feel full and can also regulate digestive function. Fiber also can help reduce cholesterol by preventing the buildup of cholesterol-causing plaques in the blood vessels, improving cardiovascular function and possibly reducing risk of a stroke as a result. In addition to working their magic inside of the body, apples can have a noticeable impact on physical appearance as well. Apples are sometimes referred to as “nature’s toothbrushes” because they can brighten and clean the teeth. The crisp, abrasive texture stimulates the gums and removes debris from the teeth. What’s more, the natural mild acidity of apples helps to stimulate saliva production that can rinse away germs that lead to plaque. An apple weighs in at under 100 calories per serving, making them a low-fat and ideal snack any time of the day. Because they are low in calories and full of fiber, apples can help men and women maintain a healthy weight. Because apples can be plagued by insects and parasites, some growers repeatedly spray the trees with pesticides. It is advisable to buy organic apples to avoid many of the pesticide dangers and to be able to safely eat the apples raw. There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples on the market today. With such variety, availability and health benefits, apples make a convenient and nutritious snack.


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Holy Family senior Zach Trombley hits the ball in the third inning of a game against Lutheran March 29 at Holy Family High School. Photos by Kate Ferraro

Holy Family baseball boasts big bats Tigers offense dominates in first four games By Kate Ferraro The beginning of baseball season for Holy Family has been a breeze. The undefeated Tigers (4-0) have forced the mercy rule against its first four opponents and have outscored teams 72-20. But the dominance isn’t the reason why first year head coach Eric Nakayama is having a good time. It’s the fact that everyone contributes a different player shines each game. “It’s fun working with them day in and day out, because you don’t know who’s going to be the star,” Nakayama said. “It could be the smallest guy who’s probably five (foot) six, or it can be the biggest guy who’s about six (foot) seven, so it’s a great group to be around.” In a game against Metro League opponent Lutheran (2-3) March 29, that star was the small five foot six guy, senior center fielder Conor Stanley, who guided the Tigers to a 17-6 win after two comebacks. After the Lions took an early 2-0 lead,

lead off hitter Stanley blasted a home run to start the bottom of the first inning and the Tigers’ first comeback of the game. Holy Family led 3-2 at the end of the first, but Lutheran responded in the third inning scoring four runs for the 6-3 advantage. But the Tigers answered back at the bottom of the third with a big eight-run rally which started with a double from Stanley. “Conor has done a great job,” Nakayama said. “He was our starting right fielder last year and one of his goals was to take over center field. We know he’s got a great bat, but then he shined in the outfield as well today.” After Stanley’s double, senior Matt Erb hit a triple, senior Devlin Granberg hit a single and senior Zach Trombley hit a double to tie the game 6-6. Holy Family scored five more runs in the third inning taking back the lead once again 11-6. “We’ve talked a lot about the mental side of the game,” Nakayama said of the comeback. “We got down and there was a lot of electricity over in the opponent’s bench, but our kids just stuck with it. They know if they keep doing the little things, good things will happen and I think that

Holy Family senior Conor Stanley pumps his fist in the air while rounding the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning of a game against Lutheran March 29 at Holy Family High School. showed today.” The fire continued in the fourth inning with a double from Trombley and a triple from senior Zach Dedin sending Trombley home. After junior Nick Kreutzer walked, senior Chris McManus homered widening the Tigers’ advantage to 15-6. Holy Family scored two more runs in the fourth for the 17-6 victory. Stanley went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Granberg went 3-for-3 and three RBIs and

Trombley went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. “It’s a tough lineup,” Nakayama said of the offense. “One through nine can hit with power and then we have a couple kids coming off the bench who are just as strong. They can hit for power, but they can drop a bunt if they need to. They know what’s expected of them.” The Tigers will play a doubleheader at 10 a.m. and noon April 5 at Manual High School.

Skyview cooled off by spring break By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ Break the only thing stopping Skyview It’s almost unheard of students not wanting to go on spring break but those on Skyview’s baseball team might have wanted to skip it. The Wolverines were red hot before going on break last week, winning their first six games of the season. Their only loss came in a 8-7 contest at Vista Peak Prep last Wednesday. But even in the loss Skyview rallied in the seventh inning scoring three runs before the Bison finally closed the game out. The Wolverines have had several players have huge statistical starts to their season including junior Brandan Barringer who had a .588 average with 10 hits and 13 RBI over his first five games of the season. Skyview (6-1) will play at Fort Morgan

Friday at 4 p.m. Norsemen tested on road trip It took Northglenn four road games but they finally were able to leave Arizona with a win. The Norsemen traveled to Scottsdale during spring break and lost three games before beating Flint Hill 6-5 on Thursday. The victory was Northglenn’s second of the season, as they have already suffered two separate three game losing streaks. However, the Norsemen have also played a very tough non-league schedule packed with 5A powers and perhaps they are now battle-tested as they approach 5A/4A Metro Eastern League play. Northglenn (2-6) will play at Rangeview Thursday at 4 p.m. Vigil hot in a Westy win and a loss Westminster suffered a third close loss of the season, falling 8-5 to Canyon City Saturday at Westminster High School. The game was tied 4-4 going into the fi-

Skyview junior pitcher Diego Vigil gets a fist-bump from his teammate after he managed to escape the inning without giving up any runs against on March 15. Skyview opened their season with six straight wins. Photo by Daniel Williams nal inning but the Tigers scored four in the seventh inning and the Wolves couldn’t respond in the bottom half of the frame. In the loss Westy freshman Razzo Vigil went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple. Senior Garrett Smith went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

However, The Wolves got a 7-4 win over Denver East Wednesday at Westminster. In that game Vigil went 4-for-4 and Westy scored runs in five of the game’s seven innings. Westminster (2-4) will play at Thornton Thursday at 4 p.m.

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monthly art demonstrations. Call Pat at 303-451-0017.

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.

STUDY GROUP Chabad of NW Metro Denver Jewish Center hosts a thought-provoking discussion on the weekly Torah portion. Drawing from the wisdom of the Talmud, Kabbalah and Chassidic Mystical Masters, the study group focuses on the relevance of the bible stories and Torah’s teaching to our modern lives. The class is from 7-8 p.m. Mondays at Chabad, 4505 W. 112 Ave., Westminster. Refreshments served. For costs and the topic of the weekly discussion, visit www.COJewish. com/torahstudy or call 303-429-5177. The class is led by Rabbi Benjy Brackman spiritual leader of Chabad of NW Metro Denver.

DENVER THYROID Cancer Support Group meets7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Montclair Recreation Center Lowry, 729 Ulster Way. For more information, call 303-388-9948. AN EDGAR Cayce study group meets at 1:30 p.m. Mondays

near 80th and Sheridan. Call Bernita at 303-261-7175. The meeting is free.

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

TUESDAYS ADAMS COUNTY Genealogical Society Newcomers and

experienced genealogists are welcome. We meet at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Hunter Douglas, 1 Hunter Douglas Circle, Thornton (on the southeast corner of 128th and Washington).  A different guest speaker is featured each month. For additional information,

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

Hop dancers Mark Godwin and Shauna Marble, along with other dancers will provide instruction. Cost is $5. For more information, go online to weekly_dances/.

NORTHGLENN AFG Al-Anon meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11385 Grant Drive. For more information, go online to NORTHGLENN-THORNTON ROTARY Club meets at noon Tuesdays at Red Lobster, 1350 W. 104th Ave. in Northglenn. For more information, email NorthglennThorntonRotary@ 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

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

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 720-2335873.

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.

MAMA TALK, a support group for moms before and after baby, meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the TriCounty Health Department, 10190 Bannock St., Suite 100, Northglenn. Call Margaret at 303-255-6214.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 W. 76th Ave. Contact Laura at 303-428-9293.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Group meets at 7:30 p.m.

OPEN MIC Living Water Unity Spiritual Community presents

North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton.

PALETTEERS ART Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Northglenn United Methodist Church, 1605 W. 106th Ave. Meetings are open to artists and art lovers who are age 18 or older. Meet other artists and learn from

HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL Boys track and field The Horizon boys track team did not place at the Longmont Invitational.

Girls track and field The Horizon girls track team placed 16th of 25 teams at the Longmont Invitational. Megan Mooney earned 2nd place in the 3200 meter.

LEGACY HIGH SCHOOL Baseball Central Catholic 5, Legacy 3 Legacy 4, West Mifflin 3

MOUNTAIN RANGE HIGH SCHOOL Baseball Timberline 5, Mountain Range 3

David Newton, Jake Walker and Tyler McKinney each scored a run for Mountain Range in the team’s 5-3 loss to Timberline.

Mountain Range 5, Ashland 4

Tyler McKinney scored 2 runs, and Noah Draper had 1 run and 3 RBI in Mountain Range’s 5-4 over Ashland.

Mountain Range 23, Palm Springs 22

Noah Draper scored 4 runs and had 2 RBI in Mountain Range’s 23-22 win over Palm Springs.

NORTHGLENN HIGH SCHOOL Baseball Northglenn 6, Flint Hill 5 Gulliver Prep 12, Northglenn 2 Yucaipa 3, Northglenn 2

Boys track and field Northglenn places 18th

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

ROCKY MOUNTAIN Team Survivor, a health, education and fitness program for women of all abilities who have experienced cancer or are in treatment, offers weekly free, fun, supportive activities: 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Boulder Creek Walk (meet at Boulder Public Library main entrance): 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, yoga at Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave.; 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, fitness training, at Boulder Center

for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Ave. (entrance on Maxwell Avenue.). Learn more at

TAE KWON do Learn self-defense, get a workout and increase self-confidence. Two classes available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the city of Westminster recreation division: peewees (ages 5-8), from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and ages 9 and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Classes at the MAC, 3295 W. 72nd Ave. Call 303-426-4310. Visit and www. 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 303-466-5631 or email him at WEDNESDAYS NORTHGLENN MOOSE Lodge 2166 hosts men’s meeting nights at 8 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 11449 York St., Northglenn. Call 303-457-3391. WOMEN OF the Moose Chapter 644 meet at 7:30 p.m. the first and second Wednesday of each month at 11449 York Street, Northglenn. Call 303-457-3391. A-NAMI (NATIONAL Alliance on Mental Illness-Adams County) meets from 7-9 p.m. 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; s.bain60@gmail. com.

Prep sports Scoreboard

The Northglenn track team placed 18th out of 31 teams at the Broomfield Shootout. Alec Choury placed 7th in the 800 meter and 4th in the 1600 meter.

THORNTON HIGH SCHOOL Boys track and field Thornton places 10th The Thornton boys track team placed 10th out of 18 teams at the Altitude Running Invite. Adrian Thomas placed 1st in the shot put. Sean Paiz placed 2nd, Joshua Joseph placed 8th, and Jose Garcia placed 10th in the 1600 meter. Joshua Joseph placed 3rd in the 3200 meter. Alec Aguilar placed 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles. The 4x100 meter, the 4x200 meter and the 4x400 meter relay teams each placed 8th. Daezionte Henderson placed 10th in the long jump and 6th in the high jump. Adrian Thomas placed 8th in the discus.

Girls track and field Thornton places 14th The Thornton girls track team placed 14th out of 16 teams at the Altitude Running Invite. The 4x100 meter relay team placed 8th. The 4x200 meter relay team placed 9th. The 4x400 meter relay team placed 7th. The 800 sprint medley relay placed 8th.


APRIL 3 4 p.m. – Mountain Range @ Columbine 4 p.m. – Northglenn @ Rangeview 4 p.m. – Thornton vs. Westminster APRIL 4 4:30 p.m. – Legacy @ Standley Lake 4 p.m. – Skyview @ Fort Morgan APRIL 5 11 a.m. – Horizon vs. Bear Creek 11 a.m. – Horizon vs. Thornton 11 a.m. – Skyview @ Adams City APRIL 8 4 p.m. – Horizon vs. Loveland 4 p.m. – Mountain Range vs. Poudre

4 p.m. – Legacy vs. Rocky Mountain 4 p.m. – Thornton @ Rangeview APRIL 9 4 p.m. – Skyview @ Elizabeth APRIL 10 4 p.m. – Legacy @ Fossil Ridge 4 p.m. – Mountain Range vs. Greeley West 4 p.m. – Northglenn vs. Adams City 4 p.m. – Thornton vs. Gateway Boys swimming APRIL 3 4 p.m. – Horizon vs. Fairview 4 p.m. – Legacy @ Boulder APRIL 8 Noon – Legacy vs. Mountain Range APRIL 10 4 p.m. – Horizon vs. Fossil Ridge Boys track and field APRIL 5 Noon – Legacy, Thornton, Mountain Range @ Mountain Range Mustang Invite Girls soccer APRIL 3 4 p.m. – Horizon vs. Boulder 4:30 p.m. – Thornton @ Rangeview 6 p.m. – Legacy vs. Mountain Range 6 p.m. – Skyview @ Elizabeth 7 p.m. – Northglenn vs. Aurora Central APRIL 8 4 p.m. – Thornton vs. Gateway 4:30 p.m. – Legacy @ Fairview 6 p.m. – Horizon @ Mountain Range 7 p.m. – Northglenn vs. Adams City APRIL 10 4 p.m. – Skyview vs. Englewood 4:30 p.m. – Thornton @ Aurora Central 5:30 p.m. – Northglenn @ Hinkley 6 p.m. – Horizon @ Legacy 6 p.m. – Mountain Range @ Monarch Girls tennis APRIL 3 Noon – Thornton vs. Aurora Central 3:30 p.m. – Mountain Range @ Fort Collins 4 p.m. – Skyview @ Fort Morgan APRIL 4

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Get a ‘load’ of this As wildfire season approaches, several Colorado state lawmakers are pushing the state to secure its own aerial firefighting fleet. Republican state Sen. Steve King, Senate President Morgan Carroll and Senate Minority leader Bill Cadman are behind SB 14-164, a bipartisan effort that would give Colorado its own firefighting fleet. King and others hosted an open house on March 26 at Centennial Airport that featured a live water drop demonstration of the Martin Marietta C-130 Hercules Next Generation Airtanker, built by Coulson Aviation USA. Last year, SB 13-245 created the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps, but the state currently has no such aircraft. Should the new bill pass, it would permit the state, for the 2014 fire season, to purchase, lease, or contract for the use of up to three firefighting helicopters. For the 2015 fire season and beyond, the state could use up to four large aircraft from the federal government or other sources. Photo by Deborah Grigsby Smith


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leGislative news Bill sets up military base-closing study

A bill that would commission a study in advance of possible military base closings that could impact the state passed a Senate committee on March 24. The Pentagon has announced that it plans to close some military bases across the country as part of an effort to cut about $900 billion from its defense budget. Senate Bill 157 — which is being sponsored by Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, and Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs — would spend $300,000 to commission a report to the Department of Defense that details the “economic advantages” of keeping and expanding Colorado’s military bases and facilities. The bill received unanimous support from the Senate State, Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee and now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

Telecommunications reforms move forward

Telecommunications reform efforts, which have struggled for years to come out of the Legislature, could become a reality this session, under a package of bills that passed a House committee on March 25. The package of five bills includes an effort to expand broadband development in rural parts of the state, through a $54 million funding measure that shifts money from an existing phone service subsidy. The bills also seek to deregulate certain broadband technologies and would provide incentive to create broadband services in under-served parts of Colorado. However, the bills are receiving opposition from groups representing senior citizens, who say transferring the subsidy that’s currently earmarked for basic phone service will give little incentive for companies to continue to provide landline service. The components of the reform effort are similar to those that were included in a single bill that died in the Senate last year. This year’s effort looks promising, given its bipartisan support at the Legislature and the support of Gov. John Hickenlooper. All five bills emerged from the House Business, Labor, Economic and Workforce Committee with bipartisan support. They now head to the Appropriations Committee.

Booking photos for profit a crime under bill

A bill that would criminalize companies for posting people’s arrest mug shots and then charge a fee for them to be removed

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is on its way to the governor’s desk. Supporters of House Bill 1047 say companies often exploit arrestees for monetary gain by charging as much as hundreds of dollars to have booking photos taken down from websites. Under the bill, anyone could still obtain mug shots, which are public record. But people would have to sign a statement that declares they would not seek financial gain by doing so. The bill passed the House earlier this session and passed the Senate on March 25, following a 23-11 vote.

Duty to inform bill passes Senate A bill that would expand the duty of mental health providers to inform police of patient-made threats to harm others is making its way through the Legislature. Current law provides civil immunity and requires a duty to notify on the part of therapists whose patients tell them that they are thinking of harming a specific person. House Bill 1271 would expand that immunity and requirement to include threats against a location or entity. The bill is a response to the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. In that case, officials were unclear as to whether the therapist who was treating shooting suspect James Holmes would have had a duty to notify law enforcement of any threats he might have made in relation to the shooting. The bill — which is sponsored by Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, and Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton — passed through both legislative chambers unanimously, most recently in the Senate on March 26.

Bill requires prison time for drunken drivers who kill or injure others A bill that would create mandatory prison sentences for convictions of vehicular homicide cases involving drugs or alcohol unanimously passed a House committee on March 26. Right now, it’s possible for those convicted of either killing or seriously injuring someone in an alcohol or drug-related accident to receive no more than probation. House Bill 1158, sponsored by Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Douglas County, would require judges to sentence a defendant to at least the minimum prison term that is allowable by law, which is four years for a vehicular homicide case. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee and will receive further consideration in the Appropriations Committee.

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State harassment filings increase Updating training methods key to avoiding discrimination claims By Amy Woodward

awoodward@ Colorado saw a 5 percent increase in harassment and discrimination filings from 2012 to 2013, according to the Network, a provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions. “Harassment and discrimination continues to rise in the workplace because of the lack of proper training companies

provide employees,” said Jimmy Lin, vice president of product management and corporate development at the Network. “Too often, companies just hand employees a 200-page code of conduct and do little or no other training.” An analysis from the Network revealed that 65 percent of staff members don’t know what their company’s harassment and discrimination policies are. Charges filed for harassment or discrimination due to disability have been increasing in Colorado, with 593 filings in 2009, compared to 689 filings in 2013, a report by the EEOC states. Retaliation claims have remained somewhat steady but continue to be around 800 to 1,000 filings a year. Retaliation and disability are among

the most costly types of settlement payouts coming in at $208 million a year combined, the Network reported. In 2012, the EEOC paid $365 million in harassment and discrimination settlement payments. “Companies need to improve their harassment and discrimination training programs to raise overall awareness of these issues and provide employees clarity through scenarios,” Lin said. “With new training technologies out there and a much younger workforce, companies can no longer get away with just giving employees a manual. They need to create interactive courses that provide employees with real world examples that they can relate to, just in a more engaging way than on a piece of paper.”

“The team doesn’t get invited to many special events, so when we get to something like this, we love it,” she said. “We were very surprised by the invitation and it was very nice of Disney On Ice to do this.” The skate clinic wasn’t just fun and games for the team. Schleu said it was also very important socially for the team. “The clinic and the visit from Mickey and Minnie was a great opportunity for the team to learn appropriate social behavior,” she said. “Just having to wait their turn to meet the characters was really important for many of them.” Tommy Do is in his fourth year as an ensemble member of Disney On Ice. He’s originally from Boston. He said traveling the country and meeting people and teams like the Special Olympic figure skating team are the best parts of his job. During the skate clinic, Do and the other performers worked one-on-one with each Special Olympian, answering questions and demonstrating skating skills and tricks. “Working with the team was really fun,” he said. “It was cool to see them do their tricks and spend time with them.”

The Special Olympics figure skating team, sponsored by the University of Denver, poses for a photo with Disney On Ice Characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse after an ice skating clinic provided by Disney On Ice performers on March 26 at the Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster. Photo by Ashley Reimers

This includes updated training methods and programs and periodic education as well as ongoing awareness communications. Lin advises that a solid code of conduct paired with an anti-harassment policy that includes step-by-step instructions on what do if an employee learns of violations to company policy are just some of the strategies that organizations can put in place to prevent future cases from happening. While educating employees about what counts as discrimination as well as harassment, companies need to turn to managers who should be trained on how to handle issues and when to escalate them.

Special Olympians get unique opportunity Disney On Ice performers skate with athletes By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ A group of Colorado Special Olympians got a surprise visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse recently during a skate clinic at the Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster. On March 26, the Special Olympic figure staking team, sponsored by the University of Denver, had the opportunity to learn skating skills and tips from Disney On Ice performers before their surprise visit from Mickey and Minnie. The Special Olympians also went home with tickets to Disney On Ice’s 100 Years of Magic, which debuted March 27-30 at the Denver Coliseum. Special Olympic coach Karen Schleu said the experience for her team was memorable and important. She said some of the team members don’t get the opportunity to be involved in special events, so the invite from Disney On Ice was wonderful.

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Roofing/Gutters JAY WHITE Tree Service Serving with pride since 1975 Tree & shrub trimming & removals Licensed and Insured Firewood For Sale Call Jay (303)278-7119

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Majestic Tree Service 720-231-5954

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Old Pro Window Cleaning Residential Specialist Over 30 years experience Quality Work

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Licensed - Bonded - Insured

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

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24 The Sentinel

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Submitter’s Email Mail attn: BEST OF THE BEST or drop them at one of our offices: 9137 Ridgline Blvd., Ste. 210, HIghlands, CO 80129 110 N. Rubey Dr., Ste. 150, Golden, CO 80403 8703 Yates Dr., Ste. 210, Westminister, CO 80031

HOUSE & HOME Electrician_____________________ Garden Landscape Center ______________________________ Hardware Store ________________ Heating & A/C Company ______________________________ Home Repair/Remodeling ______________________________ Hot Tub/Spa Retailer ______________________________ Roofer/Roofing Company ______________________________ Windows ______________________ Maid/Cleaning Services ______________________________ Plumber ______________________ Garage Door Service ______________________________ Kitchen/Bath Contractor ______________________________ Trash Service __________________

AUTOMOTIVE Autobody _____________________ Auto Repair/Service ____________ Carwash/Detailing _____________ Towing _______________________ Auto Dealer ___________________ Tire Dealer ____________________



Bowling Alley ______________________ Art Gallery ________________________ Family Entertainment Center __________________________________ Golf Course _______________________ Local Theater/Playhouse ____________ Best Place to Meet New People __________________________________ Singles Spot _______________________ Local Morning Radio Show __________________________________ Local Morning TV Show _____________ Live Music Venue ___________________

Pizzeria _________________________ BBQ Restaurant __________________ Asian Restaurant _________________ Greek/Middle Eastern ________________________________ Green Chili ______________________ Seafood ________________________ Breakfast Spot ___________________ Hot Wings _______________________ Sushi ___________________________ Café ____________________________ Steakhouse _____________________ Deli/Sandwich Shop ________________________________ Dessert _________________________ French Fries _____________________ Hamburger Joint _________________ Dessert _________________________ Italian Restaurant ________________ Burrito _________________________ Family Restaurant ________________ Happy Hour _____________________ Margarita _______________________ Sports Bar _______________________ Wine Bar ________________________ Ice Cream _______________________ Mexican Restaurant ________________________________ Bakery _________________________ Brew Pub _______________________ Butcher _________________________ Coffee Shop _____________________ Best Produce ____________________ Indian __________________________ New Restaurant __________________

MEDICAL Audiologist/Hearing Aids __________________________________ Chiropractor_______________________ Cosmetic Dentist ___________________ Cosmetic Surgery __________________ Dentist ___________________________ Eye Care Provider __________________ Hospital __________________________ Urgent Care _______________________ Orthodontist ______________________ Pediatrician _______________________ Physical Therapist __________________ Women’s Healthcare ________________ Wholistic/Naturopathic __________________________________ Acupuncture ______________________ Home Care Assistance_______________

RETAIL Book Store ________________________ Bike Shop _________________________ Clothing Store/Boutique __________________________________ Consignment Thrift Store __________________________________ Dry Cleaner _______________________ Florist ____________________________ Gift Shop _________________________ Sporting Goods Store _______________ Western Store _____________________ Jewelry Store ______________________ Kids Store/Toy Store ________________ Liquor Store _______________________ Music Store _______________________ Antique Store ______________________ Alterations ________________________ Shoe Repair _______________________

Veterinarian ______________________ Groomer _________________________ Boarder __________________________ Pet Supply Store __________________ Dog Park _________________________

REAL ESTATE Agent/Realtor ____________________ Real Estate Company ______________

RETIREMENT Retirement Community ____________

TRAVEL Travel Agency ____________________

PROFESSIONAL Attorney _________________________ Catering Service __________________ Computer Store/Repair_____________ Dance Studio/Company ____________ Funeral Home ____________________ Gymnastics_______________________ Bed & Breakfast ___________________ Nursery/Day Care Facility _________________________________ Photographer ____________________ Best Boss (name company) _________________________________ Hotel ____________________________

COMMUNITY Dog Park _________________________ Hiking/Biking Trail _________________ Public Art Display _________________ Swimming Pool/Waterpark _________________________________ Teacher/School ___________________ Local Non-Profit ___________________ Park _____________________________


Day Spa_________________________ Acupuncture ____________________ Haircut/Salon ____________________ Weight Loss Center _______________ Workout/Fitness Center ___________ Martial Arts _____________________ EVENTS Annual Event _____________________ Massage Therapist________________ Nail Salon _______________________ Aestetician ______________________ FINANCE Accountant_______________________ Waxing Services__________________ Bank/Credit Union_________________ Massage Company _______________ Financial Planner __________________ Mortgage Company _______________ Mortgage Agent/Consultant _________________________________

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