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DA: Officer justified in shooting By Tammy Kranz Seventeenth Judicial District Attorney Dave Young has ruled Northglenn police officer Adam Lewis was justified in the use of deadly force against Alejandro Pinedo and will not face criminal charges. Young sent Northglenn Police Chief James May a decision letter dated Dec. 3. Lewis was responding to a burglaryin-progress call at about 12:45 p.m. Sept. 2 when he confronted Pinedo, 38, in the backyard of a residence in the 11400 block of Fowler Drive. Pinedo was holding a black-handled knife with a 3- or 4-inch blade, refused to drop the weapon and charged at Lewis, witnesses said. Lewis shot Pinedo, who was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center where he was taken into custody after a monthlong recovery. “Officer Lewis did a fantastic job,” May said. “I’m very proud of how Officer Lewis conducted himself and how all the officers responded quickly to get (Pinedo) medical help, which saved his life.” Lewis has been a police officer for two years, working his entire career to date with the Northglenn Police Department. May said he was impressed with how composed the homeowner was during the incident, thinking on her feet and giving good details to the 911 operator. The woman was at home with her


Northglenn police officer Jamie Thibodeau gets a shave from Vinnie Delisa at Floyd’s Barbershop. Thibodeau and other officers from the department supported No-Shave November by growing beards and making donations to the American Cancer Society. Floyd’s Barbershop donated straight-razor shaves Dec. 2 for any Northglenn officers who participated. During the shaves, the officers presented a check for $3,900 to representatives of the American Cancer Society. Courtesy photo by Jason Rogers

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Tenants schedule openings at Webster Lake Promenade By Tammy Kranz The majority of businesses at Webster Lake Promenade are scheduled to open between May and July, with Longhorn Steakhouse eyeing March or April for its grand opening. Kevin Hawkins, with Hawkins Development, which is overseeing the work at the 120th Avenue and Grant Street project, announced the business openings during Northglenn City Council’s Dec. 2 study session. The Webster Lake Promenade is an 11acre project that includes 56,293 square feet of retail space with six building sites. Officials broke ground in July. Other businesses that are planning to open in April include Genghis Grill (Mongolian stir fry), Jimmy John’s and Edible Arrangements. May grand openings include Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Pacific Dental, Jamba Juice and Café Rio Mexican Grill. Three businesses are eyeing June for their openings — Panera Bread, Select Comfort and Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. POSTAL ADDRESS

A construction crew works on one of six buildings that is part of the Webster Lake Promenade development at 120th Avenue and Grant Street in Northglenn last week. Most businesses plan to hold grand openings over the summer. Photo by Tammy Kranz “Bad Daddy’s, they’re the one doing the really cool rooftop patio … that’s going to be really neat,” Hawkins said, adding there will be an elevator and stairs to access the rooftop.

Parry’s Pizza is planning to open in September, and Jim `N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in November. Hawkins also discussed the original redevelopment plan the developer had


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with the city, which included 45 acres total — the 11-acre Webster Lake Promenade, the six acres north of Webster Lake at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park, the City Hall and Northglenn Recreational Center property, and the Ramada property. “Our first redevelopment agreement applied to all that, what we were supposed to do is zero in on phase 1, which we did,” he said. “We don’t have any specific ideas or plans on all the rest of the property, yet we want to start working with staff on that and follow their direction.” Councilman Gene Wieneke, Ward IV, said he wasn’t against Hawkins studying the six acres north of Webster Lake, but didn’t support studying the entire 45 acres. “You have to realize we do have other parcels occupied by the rec center and City Hall and that’s going to be difficult,” he said. Hawkins said that extending the developer’s agreement to look at the entire 45 acres would not give it rights to develop. “Anything we want to do has to be approved by you and staff,” he said. The rest of council did not discuss the redevelopment plan.

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Filling the gratitude bucket all year long Over the years I have shared Thanksgiving meals with family and friends, some in their homes and some in my own home. One of the traditions I enjoy the most is when everyone takes the time to go around the table and talk about what is that they are most thankful for. Each year it is so much fun to watch people as we get closer to that time of the meal where they will be asked to share what they are most grateful for, and for some they squirm a little while others can’t wait to take center stage. And then there are others who either have the same list every year or stick with a very simple declaration of appreciation for friends and family. Has the tradition lost its oomph? Do we do it out of ritualistic habit and just because mom or dad, grandma or grandpa have asked us to? Or maybe, just maybe

we are filling our gratitude bucket all the time. Instead of looking for all that is wrong today or has gone wrong in the past, we need to become acutely aware of the good things that surround us each and every day. It’s been said that gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions and that the more we show gratitude and appreciation for, the more we will actually have to be grateful for. It’s kind of like the analogy of the glass being half full or half empty. The pessimist sees it as half empty, the optimist sees it as half full. The same holds true when we view our gratitude bucket, is yours half full or half empty? Maybe you will read this column before Thanksgiving and will have time to prepare your response should you be asked for the list of things you are grate-

we have actually spent time realizing and recognizing all that we appreciate, or should be so very grateful for in our lives. What if every day we were asked to share what it is that we are most grateful for? Would we squirm and would our palms get sweaty as we fidgeted and searched for a quality response? Could we possibly find ourselves just repeating the same things each time we are asked? The answer would probably be yes unless

North Metro Fire Rescue will hold a toy and winter clothing drive for Precious Child. It will have bins at all its stations, including the Northglenn locations: Station 62, 10550 Huron St., and Station 63, 10941 Irma Drive. Residents can donate new toys and new or gently used winter wear such as gloves, mittens, hats, coats, etc., or they can donate a gift card to allow Precious Child to fill any gaps in items needed. All of the donations go to families in our district and throughout Colorado who are in need.

NMFR chief resigns

North Metro Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Bruce has given his resignation effective Dec. 31, saying he is leaving to pursue other interests. The Pennsylvania native and third-generation firefighter joined North Metro Fire in 2001. He served in a variety of leadership positions before being named fire chief in 2009. “We’re thankful for Chief Bruce’s service to North Metro Fire Rescue District and for the prog-

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ful for. Perhaps you didn’t even need this column, your gratitude bucket is already overflowing and you can’t wait to share your list with everyone. And maybe you will not have had the opportunity to read this until after Thanksgiving, and that is OK too because now you can live each day in search of things you can appreciate and that will fill your gratitude bucket making every day of the year Thanksgiving Day. I really would love to hear about all that you are grateful for and what you truly appreciate at and when we can recognize what we appreciate most, it will be a better than good week.

ress we saw under his leadership,” said NMFR Board President Robert Nielsen. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.” Deputy Fire Chief David Ramos will serve as acting fire chief for the district until the board names a permanent replacement. Ramos has been with the District for 29 years and has advanced through the ranks during his tenure.

Count the Lights contest begins The 7th Annual Count the Lights Contest will be held at the Northglenn Marketplace at 104th Avenue and Interstate 25 through noon Dec. 21. An antique fire truck is decorated with numerous twinkling, blinking, and shimmering lights. Children 18 and younger get to try and guess the number. If they get close, they can win valuable prizes. The fire truck is located between Cinzzetti’s and Lowe’s, with entry boxes in various local Northglenn businesses. More than $2,000 in cash prizes, along with $3,500 in gift certificates to Northglenn businesses, will be awarded.

Man sentenced to 20 years for beating wife

A man who assaulted his common-law wife during an April 2012 trip in a camper across four states was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday in Adams County District Court. Tom Joe Grose, 64, had pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and attempted unlawful sexual contact. He was arrested April 25, 2012, in the parking lot of a WalMart at 9901 Grant St. in Thornton, where the camper-truck was parked, after his common-law wife, who had been brutally beaten, escaped from the camper and ran to a customer begging for help. Chief Deputy District Attorney Patrick Costigan told the judge that the victim had been systematically tortured and beaten over the course of five days as the couple traveled from Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico into Colorado. If the woman had not been able to escape and seek help when she did, the case could have been a homicide, Costigan said. The victim suffered four broken ribs, a lacerated liver and a perforated ear drum after Grose shoved a screw driver into her ear. She told police that Grose had repeatedly threatened to kill her, had choked her, held a gun to her head and held a knife to her throat. In imposing the maximum sentence under the plea agreement, Adams County District Judge Thomas Ensor characterized Grose as “sick” and “an animal.” Grose was ordered to pay $16,800 in restitution for medical bills and must register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.

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Police give tips to keep safe this holiday Criminals target unattended vehicles By Tammy Kranz This time of year a lot of people shop more and may be feeling more charitable than usual, leaving them vulnerable to thieves and con artists. “The police department sees a slight upward trend of car break-ins, theft — including shoplifting, charity scams and burglaries during the holidays,” Thornton police spokesman Matt Barnes said. Westminster police also see a slight increase in crime this time of year, but nothing significant, said spokeswoman Cheri Spottke. She said she believes the increase is not significant because the department is good at educating residents on how to protect themselves and their property. “We do step up extra patrol in malls and shopping complexes,” Spottke said. She advised shoppers to not leave their purchases in sight, but rather put bags in the trunks of their vehicles. People should also alert their neighbors if they are leaving town so someone is keeping an an eye on their home.

But one of the biggest prevention of crimes during the winter, Spottke said, is for people to not let their vehicles warm up while they are inside their homes. “Nobody wants to go outside when it’s negative 15 out, but don’t leave your car running unattended,” she said. Barnes provided a list of other safety tips for when people are driving, shopping or at home. While driving: keep all doors locked and windows closed while in or out of the vehicle; never park next to large vehicles or vehicles with heavily tinted windows; park in well-lighted areas; be aware of your surroundings; try to stay in a group when approaching your vehicle; and if security is available, ask for an escort if you are leaving at night and alone. While shopping: minimize shopping at night or alone; avoid carrying cash or too many credit cards; if you must use an ATM, use one on an inside of a well-populated building or a well-lit area; protect your PIN from the view of other people; avoid overloading yourself with packages and carry your wallet in your front pants pocket. While at home: be aware that sometimes criminals pose as couriers delivering gifts; be aware of scams that criminals commit to take advantage of generosity;

Shoppers hustle to their cars and inside the Wal-Mart in Thornton to get out of the cold last week as the temperatures plunge. Police give tips on how shoppers can protect themselves from thieves. Photo by Tammy Kranz lock your doors; if you are traveling, have a friend collect your mail and newspapers; place lights, radio and TVs on timers so

that the home appears to be occupied; and avoid large displays of gifts visible from windows and doors.

City of Thorton gears up for WinterFest event Annual three-day event features ice skating, sculpting and Santa By Tammy Kranz The city of Thornton officially welcomes the holiday season with its 12th annual WinterFest this weekend. The three-day event takes place 6:309 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 5-9 p.m. Sunday at the Carpenter Park Fields, 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The event kicks off Friday night when Mayor Heidi Williams and Santa turn on the lights, all 125,000 of them. “While there are lots of fun things to do during the daytime hours of WinterFest, it’s after dark, when all the lights are on, that the event really shines,” said Jan Kiehl, Thornton’s recreation manager. The main highlight of WinterFest is Santa’s Village, which features Santa’s House,

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Council approves new uses for shopping center Southern section of Pinnacle Horizon rezoned to allow senior housing By Tammy Kranz Thornton City Council unanimously approved a pair of measures that changed the designation of Pinnacle Horizon Shopping Center from commercial to mixed use. The decision followed a public hearing on the matter during council’s Dec. 3 regular meeting. No one spoke against the land-use change. The Pinnacle property sits on 22.62 acres south of Thornton Parkway between Grant and Washington streets, and its retailers include the Hobby Lobby store. The rezoning gives the Center’s owners more flexibility for development in the northern sections of the property, where there is currently parking, and in the southern portion behind the main building layout. The zoning revision allows restaurants with drive-thru capability, offices, small retail and service uses and multifamily residential for senior 55 and older on the south side of the property. “We don’t have any specific proposals at this time (for senior housing) — we don’t have any users or builders. But this just allows the flexibility to incorporate that use as the Center tries to become more updated,” said Mike Mallon, the city’s current planning manager. Ward 3 Councilwoman Beth Martinez Humenik said she liked the idea of the senior housing at that location because of its proximity to shopping and other services. “It’s walkability is great, and it’s very close also to the hospital and medical of-

Pinnacle Horizon Shopping Center land use has been redesignated to allow for flexibility in future development in the northern sections and southern portion of the 22-acre property. Photo by Tammy Kranz fices, which is exactly what a good number of our seniors are looking for that are no longer driving but still need to get to these services or want to shop or stuff like that. So I’m really hoping that comes to fruition,” she said.

Mayor Pro Tem Val Vigil questioned whether development in the northern sections of the property would take away parking space. Anne Rosen, a representative for the center, said the facility is currently at 97

percent occupancy, with 982 available parking spaces. However, she said, only 709 parking spots are needed to satisfy the occupancy. “That gives you some idea of how overparked we are at this point,” she said.


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Second-degree assault on police officer, unlawful possession of controlled substance (cocaine), obstructing a police officer, outstanding warrant: Officers were dispatched Nov. 29 at 11:57 a.m. to the 10000 block of Race Street in reference to a possible vehicle trespass. They contacted a man and woman in the area, at which time the 31-year-old Thornton woman became belligerent with officers. As they took her into custody, she began kicking at the officers. A subsequent search revealed she was in possession of .55 grams of suspected cocaine. During booking, it was found that the woman also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was later transported to the Adams County jail. Disorderly conduct, obstructing police, resisting arrest: Officers were dispatched Nov. 29 at 9:50 p.m. to the 5200 block of 123rd Avenue in reference to a verbal disturbance between a father and son. When they contacted a 54-year-old Thornton man, he became belligerent toward the officers. When they started to place him into custody, he began to pull away and threatened the officers. The man was reportedly highly intoxicated. He was taken to the police department, booked and later transported to the Adams County jail. Shoplifting: Two Thornton women, ages 40 and 22, were arrested Nov. 30 at 1:30 p.m. after they tried to steal merchandise from Kohl’s at 12090 Colorado Blvd. A loss prevention officer saw the women

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enter the men’s department and select various pieces of jewelry and men’s pants, take them from the packaging and conceal them in their purses. They were contacted outside the store after they exited without paying for the concealed merchandise valued at over $500. The women were issued summonses and later released. Second-degree kidnapping, thirddegree assault, domestic violence: Officers were dispatched Dec. 1 at 12:40 a.m. to the 9400 block of Welby Road in reference to a report of domestic violence at that location. The reporting party said a man and woman were fighting in a car parked between the buildings. When officers arrived, they contacted a 32-year-old Denver woman who had bloodied lips and a swollen face. She said her boyfriend struck her numerous times with a closed fist. The man had left the scene. The officers went to a Denver home where they saw the suspect’s car. As Denver police responded for stand-by, the 37-year-old man was contacted, taken into custody and transported to the Thornton police department for processing. He was later transported to the Adams County jail. Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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How do I raise my self-esteem? Dear Neil: I’m a 24-year-old male in my final year of university. Sometimes I can be extremely confident with high self-esteem. But sometimes, I plunge into the darkest of places, looking for affection, recognition, praise and love, and I can be very afraid of what other people think of me. I lack confidence so much that sometimes I can’t make eye contact with anyone, and I avoid socializing with others. I am full of insecurity and tend to care for others more than myself. I need to escape from this nervous wreck I have become. My dad has always bragged of his own accomplishments and how good he is, and he often talks about his sacrifices for his family. He is arrogant and prideful. He has never asked me how I am doing, and I have never expressed my feelings to him — it is always about his emotions. What is my problem, and what solutions can I work on? Insecure in the United Kingdom Dear Insecure: I would not be so persuaded by someone who is boastful and arrogant. Very often those people actually feel low self-esteem, and because they

wish to camouflage those feelings, they act extremely sure of themselves and confident. It may be that this is a performance your dad puts on because he’s defending against feeling small, powerless or disempowered. Or it could be that your dad has narcissistic tendencies, so the only person he actually thinks of is himself. Regardless, you could tell your dad about how you feel and about how you’re doing. You could contrast his seemingly endless amount of confidence with your lack of confidence, and tell him it is painful for you to be around him because you feel you can’t measure up to his self-assuredness. You could then ask him about when he was lacking in self-confidence

and a belief in himself — everyone has had those feelings, including him. In regard to your own self-esteem, here’s what you can do to begin improving your feelings about yourself: You’re going to have to look at what you like about yourself, what you do well, what you’re proud of, what you’ve experienced or accomplished in your life so far, what you think is good about you and what you think your most attractive qualities are. What do you like, love, admire and respect about yourself? Where have you gained your own approval? Include everything you can think of about your honesty, humility, integrity, empathy, your life skills and your appearance. Make a list with all your answers to the above questions, and refer to that list often. It will remind you about what’s right about you, and as you focus on that, your mind will automatically be taken off of what you think is wrong about you. Then, answer the following questions, posed by Nathaniel Branden in his book “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem”: “If I were to pay closer attention to my insecuri-

ties...” (fill in as many answers as you can). “If I were to bring a higher level of self-esteem to my dealings with other people...; If I were more accepting of my mistakes...; If I were to take more responsibility for my life and well-being...; If I were to take more responsibility for the attainment of my goals...; If I were to take more responsibility for the success of my relationships...; If I were to treat my thoughts and feelings with respect...; If I were to treat my wants and desires with respect...; If I were to express 5 percent more of who I am...; If I were to take more responsibility for my personal happiness...; If I wanted to raise my self-esteem today, I could....” Whether or not the problem is related to your dad, the solution lies with you. Neil Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westminster and Boulder, Colorado. His column is in its 21st year of publication and is syndicated around the world. You can reach him at 303-7588777, or email him through his website: He is not able to respond individually to queries.

It’s looking a lot like Christmas “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays” the song goes, and though many of us cannot go back home in person, we can go back in memory to relive our childhood Christmases. I don’t think there is a nicer place to be at holiday time than the farm in snowy Minnesota. We didn’t need to dream of a white Christmas; we always had plenty of snow. Never a Christmas went by that we didn’t put on ice skates or skis. Christmas on the farm really got under way early in November when the hogs were butchered to make delicious German sausage, but that was mainly for the grownups since the name alone turned us kids off. We all helped make the sausage. It was a big job, and my aunt and uncle even came out from town to help. We would fill big laundry tubs with long strings of sausage, and then my father took them to the smoke house. There, a carefully tended, smoldering fire was kept under the sausage hanging on long poles until Christmas week when the sausage was pronounced “ready.” In those days Christmas shopping never got started until about two weeks before Christmas, and no self-respecting merchant displayed his toys until then. But from then on, his store was filled with school kids “oohing and aahing” over the toys. If you lived in a small farming community, as I did, you will remember that the local hardware store was the place to shop. Since the hardware store was the place the farmer bought a great deal of his supplies from milk cans to horse harnesses, it only made sense that the hardware store would also supply the toys. In Sauk Centre, my parents shopped at Hildred Hardware Store even though

we had a larger hardware chain store just two doors down. Hildred’s was more expensive, but they carried higher-quality goods, and besides, my father had a great deal of respect for “old man Hildred who came from Sweden with five cents in his pocket.” (He died a millionaire.) The big store window at Hildred’s was filled with toys. Every day we’d stop in to look over the skis, ice skates, “Red Flyer” sleds, and the glass cases that contained the pocket knives and double-keyed harmonicas. Each year my three brothers got a new knife and a harmonica. In addition, we looked over the games. Games in those days were rather simple. We had Chinese checkers, dominoes and the familiar red-and-black checkers set. Oh yes, there were also the marbleshooting games that looked like miniature pinball machines with the spring trigger that broke soon after. A must for Christmas was a double deck of playing cards for my parents so we kids could have the “old” deck. Playing cards was a very popular pastime with young and old alike during the long, cold winter. On days when we would be snowed in, we would start to play 500 and Whist right after breakfast, and between fights, the card playing would continue all day. In later years we got a Monopoly game and that somewhat took the place of all our card playing.

Earlier in December, my mother got out the Christmas catalogs, and we made long lists from it, mostly naming clothing items. High on the list were the long, flannel pretty nightgowns, and those scarves and mitten sets. In addition my mother ordered those cozy, warm sheet blankets that we used in place of the cold, ordinary sheets in the winter. The Christmas tree was always purchased at the grocery store. In those days we didn’t have Christmas tree lots. Most of the grocery stores had their meager selection of trees out in back of the store and a few inside the store to tempt the shopper. My father brought the tree home about the 15th of December, and from then on we begged to put it up all the while complaining how scrawny and scraggly it looked. Remember those series lights? They always managed to go out on Christmas Eve and it would take a good hour of replacing every darn bulb to find the burned-out one that made the whole string go out. When no one any longer believed in Santa, we began opening our presents on Christmas Eve, and everyone wore their new clothes to Midnight Mass. Although the church was cold, we took off our coats when we went to Communion to show off our new outfits. After Midnight Mass came the real festivities. Several farm families who passed by our house would stop in for the sausage, fruitcake and Muscatel wine. Even the children got to drink wine that one night. The fun went on until about 6 a.m. Of course we made plans to try out the new skates and skis later Christmas Day, but actually the rest of the day was almost anticlimactic. Christmas was over

for another year. Today it seems that much of the punch is taken out of Christmas by all the early shopping, etc. By the time Christmas comes, everyone is tired and irritable, and all partied out. In the older years, all the Christmas cards came the last week, and did we enjoy them. May the true spirit of the season come into your homes and abide with you, and may all of you find a Christmas stocking overflowing with good health and happiness in the new year. For those of you who called in for the peanut brittle recipe, here it is: 4 cups white sugar 2 cups white syrup 1 cup water 1 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons vanilla Cook in large kettle over medium heat until thread forms. Add 16 ounces of raw Spanish peanuts. Then cook about another 45 minutes stirring constantly. When candy reaches the hard crack stage, remove from stove and add 2 pats of butter and 2 teaspoons baking soda. It will foam up. Then pour on 2 greased cookie sheets. Quote of the Week “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned. Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.

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An early Christmas present You could say that the Regional Transportation District is playing Santa Claus with its recent announcement to build a significant portion of the North Metro commuter rail line. What a nice “gift,” so to speak (remember it’s sales-tax funded on a regional basis) as one by one the 2004 FasTracks’ 6 new corridors are being designed, built and operated. Denver, Commerce City, Northglenn, Thornton and Adams County residents will benefit. The latest deal with private-sector interests consisting of Graham, Balfour Beatty and Hamon Construction will provide the design and construction from the National Western Stock Show station to the 124th Avenue station. The remaining segment to Highway 7 will be a future project. The contract has a $343 million price tag before any operating costs are calculated.

Overcoming fiscal hurdles

RTD is to be saluted for its tenacity in finding ways to partner with privatesector interests to accomplish the various

commuter rail lines. Given the fiscal plight that occurred, i.e. over-optimistic salestax revenue forecasting and significant jumps in construction costs and railway right-of-way acquisitions, RTD leadership has been effective. However, the commuter rail line closest to home, the Northwest Rail Line, has only progressed from Union Station to 71st Avenue and Irving Street in south Westminster. The bulk of this corridor is yet to be resolved while RTD commissioned a study to evaluate options other than building commuter rail to Longmont. More on that issue in the


cyber sales sans sales taxes.

Internet sales tax

Passing of mental-health hero

Could this holiday shopping season via cyber connections be the last one that is sales-tax free? A major action by the U.S. Supreme Court involving salestax collections of Internet retail sales by a state government should open the doors to state and local sales taxes being imposed and collected across the United States. The Supreme Court refused to hear disputes from and other online retailers regarding a New York state court decision upholding a requirement to collect and remit state sales tax on retail sales. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, state governments lost an estimated $23.3 billion in 2012 because they could not collect such taxes. The issue of collecting/remitting sales taxes first on catalog sales and then more recently on Internet sales has been pursued by municipalities and states for more than 35-40 years. So, enjoy this last “hurrah” on

Adams County has been blessed over the past 50 years with leaders who fought for public mental-health services. So often, the provision of comprehensive mental-health services to the community is overlooked or at least slighted. This is not the case in Adams County. Thanks to people like former Presbyterian pastor Lester Nickless, long-time former mentalhealth executive Youlon Savage, and citizen activists Mary Ciancio and Marge Ball, Adams County residents are able to receive needed professional help and counseling. This past week Marge Ball left this Earth to carry on other good works. Thank you, Marge, for your long-term crusade and support. Bill Christopher is a former Westminster city manager and RTD board member.

question of the week

What is your favorite holiday tradition? We asked several folks in Olde Town Arvada about their favorite traditions for this time of year, and here is what they said.

“We’re of Danish heritage, so we always had Christmas dinner and danced around the tree. Then Santa would come. We knew he had been there because the rice pudding would be gone. Then we could open our presents.” Marj Frels Arvada “I like the food — sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, brown sugar and oats.” Erin Casellas Arvada

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“When my mom was alive, she would always make pumpkin pies the night before. You would wake up to the smell in the morning and know company was coming.” Kathy Zook, Arvada

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“We like getting a tree and making homemade cookies to hang on the tree. Our family surreptitiously eats cookies while they’re on the tree; it’s a really special time for us.” Pamela Vanderpool, owner of PrimoVino wine shop in Olde Town Arvada, and her son, Colin Vanderpool

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The results of November’s elections have undisputedly changed the face of metro Denver’s education landscape. Denver voters voiced strong support for their pro-charter superintendent’s reform agenda, while Douglas County rallied to continue its parent choice/teacher performance initiatives. The biggest surprise was the clean sweep by three reform candidates in Jefferson County. Another district just missed adding to these pro-reform victories—Adams 12. Similar to the Virginia governor’s race, District 3 winner Kathy Plomer is the beneficiary of the reform movement’s inability to rally around a single candidate. Debbie Christensen’s experience easily made her the best qualified contender. A teacher for 15 years, she also has a child in the district and has sat on advisory councils and academic boards--something no other candidate could claim. With her platform endorsed by Democrats, Republicans, parents, teachers and school administrators, it’s understandable the Adams 12 teachers’ union (DETA) saw Christensen as a threat. Plomer support-

ers vandalized Christensen’s campaign signs across the district, while union reps threatened would-be donors to her campaign, chastised principals for allowing Christensen on school property, and urged teachers to actively campaign against Christensen. Sadly Christensen’s pro-reform peers (whose names were also on the ballot) proved to be her undoing--not the union. Despite being asked to exit the race by board members, political leaders, school administrators, and radio personalities, they stayed in the game, putting their own interests above those of Adams 12 students by taking just enough votes from Christensen (588) to allow a Plomer victory. With 62 percent of Adams 12 voting for reform candidates (almost 2 to 1 against union-backed Plomer), it’s clear the district is hungry for change. Unfortunately, political infighting kept real progress from happening. When will we realize that splintering only hurts those we are trying to help—our students? Jeff Christensen Thornton

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Make plans for the holidays Winter holidays receive a huge buildup. Before the jack-o-lantern loses its smile, stores are advertising sales, stringing lights, setting up displays and playing seasonal music. People talk about being in the holiday mood with all the excitement in the air. The season brings changes for many families — people are visiting, different foods are eaten, homes take on festive looks, and bedtime schedules may be disrupted. Changes in environment and routines can cause uncertainty and stress. Television and magazines depict the holiday season as a time when settings are perfect and everyone is happy. For some people, these images may instill the need to make this “the best holiday” or “the best time of year” ever. These commercial images do not reflect most people’s reality. When the images become expectations that aren’t met, many people experience anxiety. To make this a truly happy time of year, keep expectations at a reasonable level and set realistic goals.

Planning Planning is key to holiday happiness and enjoyment. Involve all family members in the process. If certain traditions, special meals, parties or travel are a part of your family holiday, make the arrangements early. List special projects that require time and patience and work on one project at

a time. It might be helpful to do the most time-consuming and unpleasant activities first. Assemble everything needed to get a project done, assign tasks to all family members, and work until it’s completed. Allow small children to get involved to experience the fun of helping. Once the project is done, clear away the clutter.

Too much This is the time of year when people tend to overdo to make others happy. This attitude drains time, energy and finances. People cook too much and do not have room to store leftovers. They shop for the ideal gift, yet Aunt Jamie does not remember what was given her two years ago. Happier holidays come from sound resource management and enjoyable times spent with family and friends. This time of year, the home can become a place where families learn pleasures to carry them through all the seasons. Use holiday shopping excursions as a time to learn about family resources. Shopping can be stressful, so start early. Do not try to remember everything. Shop with a list that has names, items, sizes, color preferences and the approximate amount to be spent. Shop when you aren’t tired. Take breaks, sit down, or have a healthy snack. Many families shop year-round for holiday presents to take advantage of sales and selection. To avoid large crowds, shop at small,

‘A Christmas Carol — The Musical’ at Arvada Center The story is the same but the presentation is quite different. The musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has very little spoken dialogue. Instead the presentation is reminiscent of “Les Miz,” as my grandson pointed out to me when we saw the show at the Arvada Center recently. The presentation is lively with glorious costumes and inventive sets that change with the various scenes. The many special effects enhance the telling of the story of the greedy, selfish, mean Ebenezer Scrooge who finds redemption with the help of four ghosts. Director Gavin Mayer leads the talented cast in bringing this wonderful holiday classic to life. As usual, the voices are outstanding, the acting inspirational, the dancing impeccable, and the technical aspects of the production superior. It was an altogether delightful theater excursion. Arvada has much to be proud of with the success of the theater division at the center. What started as not much more than a professional version of community theater has morphed into a nationally known and respected venture. As a personal editorial comment, I’m a little concerned about the proposed changes in the structure of the center. Being chauvinistic, I don’t want to see this wonderful institution slip away from Arvada. “A Christmas Carol — The Musical” plays through Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Arvada Center. For tickets and info, call 720-898-7200 or go online to

“A Christmas Carol” at the DCPA Just a bit downstream, the Denver Center Theater Company is presenting a more traditional staging of the Dickens’ classic, which runs through Sunday, Dec. 29. Although there is music, it augments rather than replaces spoken dialogue. The Stage Theatre at the Denver Center for the

QUICK FACTS Holiday expectations can be reasonable. Advanced planning and preparation reduce holiday stress. Consistent routines make holidays pleasurable. Commercial pressures can be resisted. Keep plans and activities manageable to create positive feelings. Holiday traditions produce a balance between the expected and the unfamiliar. specialty stores away from large malls. Parking may be easier, there usually are fewer people, service often is more personalized, and merchandise more unique. Mail order and Internet shopping are other options. Use well-known and established companies and understand return policies and procedures. Take advantage of 800 numbers to ask questions about products and company policies. Know your financial personality and be prepared to manage holiday spending. A hoarder who worries about money will find shopping less enjoyable than the overspender or money manipulator. Watch the amount you purchase on credit. Imagine paying in April, May or June for something that has not lasted that long!

Keep the right focus

Do not become pressured by commercial pitches to buy, buy, buy or to give, give,

give. Instead, relax and enjoy the colorful displays and merchandise for their beauty and interest. What do the holidays mean to you? What is important to your family during this season? Do you treasure time spent with each other and friends? This is a season to show others you care. Show your giving spirit by running an errand for an elderly neighbor, baking cookies for new parents or a student completing final exams, or volunteering to read stories in the pediatric ward of the local hospital. Have your children make useful gifts for residents in a senior facility. Do not allow distractions to lessen safety — fasten seat belts, use car seats, choose age-appropriate toys, pick up toys, use non-combustible materials for decorations, and check smoke alarms. To make this a happy holiday season, focus on family and not chores. Slow down and enjoy each other! Article by P. Johnson, former Colorado State University Extension human development and family studies specialist; human development and family studies; and J. Carroll, Extension specialist, 4-H/Youth Development. Colorado State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Colorado counties cooperating. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. No endorsement of products mentioned is intended nor is criticism implied of products not mentioned.

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Performing Arts in downtown Denver is a lovely venue for this expansive production. The many trap doors in the stage provide great opportunities for creative blocking. The large cast is excellent, and my only disconnect with the production was the casting of Mrs. Cratchit. Unfortunately, she looked significantly older than her husband, Bob Cratchit, and at first I thought she might be his mother. On a kinder note, I was delighted to see my friend Leonard E. Barrett Jr. play multiple roles, including Ghost of Christmas Present. I only wish we could have heard more of his glorious voice. He did a splendid job. For tickets and information, call 303893-4100 or go online to

Mannheim Steamroller I had the distinct pleasure of going to a Mannheim Steamroller concert at the Buell Theatre with a new friend of a friend who treated us to the performance of one of my favorite musical groups. I’ve been a fan since founder Chip Davis plugged in his first Moog Synthesizer many, many years ago. I was not disappointed. And, I would be remiss if I didn’t wish each of you a Merry ChristmaHannauKwanza — I think that covers it — and the very best New Year’s. Peace out! Columnist Harriet Hunter Ford may be reached at


Michael Jay Bauerkemper 1965 - 2013

Michael Jay Bauerkemper age 48, passed away November 30 in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael grew up in Northglenn after being born in Longmont. Michael attended Northglenn High where he was in the band program and served as drum major. Most recently Michael lived in Atlanta. He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Sharon Bauerkemper of Northglenn, his sister and brother-in-law Edie and Kevin Williams of Houston, and his partner, Preston Hall of Atlanta. Michael had 2 nephews, one niece and one grand nephew. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Omega House, an AIDS hospice in Houston. Michael resided there before his death. Pay by check or phone: Bering Omega Community Services, PO Box 540517 Houston, Texas 77254-0517 or phoning 713-341-3760.

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Coins go a long way for one Adams 12 school By Ashley Reimers To most people collecting 124 bags of coin is a major feat, but not for the students at Mountain View Elementary School in Broomfield. In less than a month students worked together collecting as many bags of coins as possible, valued at $50 apiece, earning roughly $6,200 to be donated to various nonprofit organizations at the end of the school year. This major effort is all part of the Penny Harvest, a program dedicated to teaching students the importance of philanthropy. Organized by Molly Gibney, digital literacy teacher and gifted and talented coordinator, the Penny Harvest challenged students at Mountain View to collect coins from Nov. 4-22. Gibney set a goal of just 20 bags, but after the coin started coming in, she quickly knew that goal would easily be surpassed. “The best part of this whole project is seeing the entire school and the community come together and believe in this program,” Gibney said. “Seeing this kind of participation shows how significant and positive this outreach is.” Now that the money has been collected and counted the real work begins. Gifted and talented students will work together to research nonprofits that focus on three causes chosen by the school: supporting animal shelters, homeless people and people impacted by the Colorado floods. After the nonprofits are chosen, the same

students will interview people in the nonprofits before making their final decision on which organizations will receive a portion of the money raised during the Penny Harvest. “The students are really learning how to be philanthropists,” Gibney said. “They have to ask important questions and make decisions about where the money will go and how they will divide it up to make the biggest difference.” Principal Lynn Saltzgaver’s excitement is geared towards the service opportunities the students are experiencing through the Penny Harvest. She said sometimes adults forget how much children are capable of doing, but this program exemplifies how powerful her students can be and teaches them to have ownership in something that can make a big difference. “I am astounded by how generous the students and the community have been,” she said. “They are motivated and very enthusiastic about this and are also learning life skills.” For Alison Bliss, a third grade gifted and talented student, just being able to help someone means the most. She was amazed by how many of her fellow classmates brought in coins and said she’s excited that the students get to choose where the money will go. “I really liked overcoming the challenge to bring in more bags of coin,” Bliss said. “The homeless people and the animal shelters are important to help with the money.”

Third- and fourth-graders at Mountain View Elementary School show off bags of coins collected by students for the Penny Harvest, a program focused on teaching students the importance of philanthropy. The school raised more than $6,000 that will be donated to various nonprofit organizations at the end of the school year. Photo by Ashley Reimers

A great big day of giving in state Colorado Gives Day encourages philanthropic online giving By Crystal Anderson The Christmas holiday is a time when people are encouraged to help others, and this holiday season more than 30,000 people are giving back — in a big way. Residents across the state participated Dec. 10 in the fourth annual Colorado Gives Day, a statewide, philanthropic effort to promote charitable giving through online resources. “It’s really great to see our supporters being a part of this event locally as well as be a part of a much bigger picture with nonprofits across the state,” said Rebecca Hansen, development director at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. The event, founded in 2010 by Arvadabased Community First Foundation, has raised more than $36 million for Colorado nonprofits, and organizers predict it will continue to grow. “It’s crazy and exciting,” said Dana Rinderknecht, director of online giving at Community First Foundation. “Nonprofits

Lakewood resident Ray Huff, who is a member of the Ralston House board of directors, sat down at a computer at the Arvada Beer Company on Colorado Gives Day, supporting area nonprofits. Photo by Crystal Anderson

have always embraced it, and they take it and run with it the way that best fits them. It’s really the nonprofits that have made it a success, and the donors? Can’t go anywhere without them.” This year, more than 1,400 nonprof-

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its statewide participated in the event, including 18 Arvada nonprofits. Around Arvada, businesses including the Arvada Beer Company and Braun Taphaus and Grille hosted events for Colorado Gives Day. They offered discounts and promoted

making contributions to area nonprofits, including the Ralston House and the Jefferson Center for Mental Health. “I believe it’s the responsibility as a business owner to add value to your community and really extend yourself out there,” said Kelly Floyd, owner and general manager of the Arvada Beer Company. “Colorado Gives Day gives a visibility into these nonprofits and makes you aware there are people out there willing to help you.” To be a registered in the nonprofit database for the event, organizations must be serving or headquartered in Colorado, registered and in good standing with the secretary of state, have $50,000 in annual revenue or $25,000 in assets, and have been operating at least one year. While focused on nonprofits, Colorado Gives Day helps build connections and stronger communities throughout the state, Rinderknecht said. “Colorado Gives Day is a great event to connect donors with the nonprofits in their community,” she said. “Having a strong nonprofit community makes stronger nonprofits doing amazing work in our community.” Donations are still being accepted through All major credit cards and e-checks are accepted.

SCHOOL NOTES District opens schools to Choice for 20142015 school year

Adams 12 Five Star Schools has opened 30 schools to the Choice application process for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline for priority consideration is Jan. 31. Parents and students submitting an application for priority consideration will be notified of the results of their application no later than the third week of February. If the number of requests exceeds the spaces available for priority consideration in a given school, the district will hold a lottery. The Choice application is available online at For families without computer access, applications are available at each school and at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th

Ave., Thornton. Both in-district and out-of-district students can apply for Choice. Out-of-district Choice requests are considered after in-district applications. To see the schools and grades open for Choice, visit www.

State recognizes seven schools for superior academic performance

The Colorado Department of Education has awarded seven schools in the Adams 12 Five Star School District with top academic honors. Congratulations to Meridian Elementary, Hulstrom K-8, Stargate Charter, STEM Lab K-8, Mountain View Elementary, Prairie Hills Elementary and Tarver Elementary. Meridian Elementary, Hulstrom K-8, Stargate Charter and STEM Lab K-8

earned the 2013 John Irwin Schools of Excellence award. Mountain View Elementary, Prairie Hills Elementary and Tarver Elementary earned the 2013 Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator for academic achievement over three years. The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award goes to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. On the school performance framework, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth over three years.

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Food bank donations needed for seniors By Ashley Reimers Although it’s called the Senior Solutions Emergency Food Bank, the Senior Hubsponsored service is no longer limited to emergency situations. Over the past few months, the need for food has increased to the point that Adams County senior citizens are using the food on a regular basis, stopping in once a month. Judy Gibson, Senior Solutions director, said a major reason for the need is a cut in government-funded food stamps. She said some seniors’ food stamps were eliminated entirely, leaving them in a tough position. “We went from serving 40 to 60 households to serving more than 85 households monthly,“ Gibson said. “For individuals, we are now serving 150 or more a month, and that number will continue to grow. People are now using the food bank on a regular basis, compared to just for emergencies.” Gibson receives food from the Food Bank of the Rockies and monetary assistance through government programs, but those donations aren’t enough. She said many times she’s not sure how much food or money she’ll receive each month, forcing a greater need for community dona-

tions. “Because we are a smaller food bank, we don’t receive as much food and funding as other larger food banks, but our need continues to grow,” she said. “Any donation is greatly appreciated, and the people who do drop off bags of food, they are like angels.” Gibson said she’ll take any food people are willing to donate, but a few items are needed more desperately than others, including peanut butter, soup, bread, tuna, dry beans and cereal. Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and tissue are also a big need for seniors. Items can be dropped off during business hours at the Senior Hub, 2360 W. 90th Ave. in Federal Heights. Seniors can use the food bank once a month. Gibson said a valid ID, proof of address and a vocal report of income are required at each visit. Food bank operating hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. “Seniors are now having to choose between paying their utility bill or food, or paying for their medicine and food,” Gibson said. “That’s what it’s become. If you have any of these items, please donate. It’s a godsend and in the end you are feeding a senior in your community.” For more information, visit or call 303-426-4408.

Judy Gibson, Senior Solutions director at the Senior Hub, shows some of the donated food in the Senior Solutions Emergency Food Bank at the Senior Hub. Majority of the food on these shelves are from local food drives like the 9Cares Colorado Shares program and community donations. Throughout the holiday season and into next year, the need is great for continued donations for over 85 senior households in Adams County. Photo by Ashley Reimers

adams county news in a hurry Santa Shop needs donations


The Rainbow Center in Thornton is scrambling to provide gifts for hundreds of children from newborns to 15 years old via its annual Santa Shop. Last year the Rainbow Center provided gifts for 557 children throughout Adams County. “We need holiday stockings and new toys,” said program director Gloria Anderson. “We also really need new and gently used books, children’s clothing and family

games.” Please deliver unwrapped donations to the Rainbow Center, 2140 E 88th Ave., Thornton by Tuesday, Dec. 17. For more information, contact Anderson at 303287-2902 or by email at GAnderson@ Children who receive Santa Shop toys are family members of Rainbow Center clients or are referred by Community Reach Center, a nonprofit mental-health



provider with five outpatient offices in Adams County. This service is provided exclusively for children and families in treatment for mental-health issues who are in financial need of this support. The Rainbow Center is a nonprofit, drop-in center for adults with mentalhealth issues that helps end isolation and provides social and life skills support.

County accepting Christmas trees

The county will accept trees from Adams County residents for recycling from Thursday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 13, at the Adams County Regional Park and Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton. The site is located one mile west of Hwy. 85 on 124th Ave. For additional information, county residents are encouraged to call the Parks Department at 303-637-8000 or go to the county web site at

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YOUR WEEK & MORE THURSDAY/DEC. 12 POET OF motion The award-winning “poet of motion” Peter Davison brings together juggling, dance, physical theatre, music and humor for a show unlike anything you’ve seen before in “Up in the Air” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive Northglenn. Recommended for pre-kindergarten youth and older. Call 303-450-8800 for tickets. THURSDAY/DEC. 12 PAINTING TECHNIQUES Complete a picture in five hours with the Bob Ross painting technique, offered noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Register by Dec. 9 by calling 303425-9583, or at A materials fee is due at class, and all supplies are provided. THURSDAY/DEC. 12 VOLUNTEER ROUND-UP The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo needs 150-200 volunteers in guest relations, children’s programs, horse and livestock shows, and the trade show. The 108th stock show is Jan. 11-26. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities and to set up an interview for a volunteer spot, attend the National Western volunteer round-up 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. For information and to fill out a volunteer application, go to or contact Kellie at 303-299-5562.  THURSDAY/DEC. 12, JAN. 9, FEB. 13, MARCH 13 MEMBERSHIP MEETING American Legion Post 161 has monthly membership meetings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The group gets veterans to help veterans. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY/DEC. 12-13 LITTLE WOMEN Colorado ACTS presents “Little Women,”

presented by the Friday Home School Class. Under the guidance of their beloved mother, the four young March sisters — tempestuous Jo, motherly Meg, shy Beth, and spoiled baby Amy — struggle to keep their family going while Father’s away in the Civil War. In this One Act adaptation of the classic novel, even as illness, and sibling rivalry cast their shadows, each girl strives to find her true self. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13, at 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Tickets available at

THURSDAY TO SATURDAY/DEC. 12-14 DICKENS CLASSIC Prairie Playhouse presents Charles Dick-

ens’“A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Dec. 12-14 at The Armory at the Brighton Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St., Brighton. Visit to purchase tickets.

FRIDAY/DEC. 13 ORCHESTRA CONCERT St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and the

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado present “A Salzburg Christmas: Echoes of Christmas Past” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road; at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., Denver; and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St.,

Denver. Go to or call 303-2981970.

SATURDAY/DEC. 14 BIG TALK Join seasoned business and transformational Coach Roz to participate in an informative and energetic group discussion regarding your unique business challenges. The Big Talk for Young, Entrepreneurial Mothers discussion is 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Arvada. Exact address will be provided upon RSVP at 303-953-2344. SATURDAY/DEC. 14 HOLIDAY GIFTS Anythink Washington Street presents Gifts from the Heart 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Drop in to create a lovely handmade gift for a friend or family member. We’ll use decoupage to adorn glass plates with festive images and colors. Appropriate for all ages. Call Anythink Washington Street at 303-287-2514 or visit the library at 8992 Washington St., Thornton. Go to SATURDAY/DEC. 14 SNOW TUBING Ages 11-18 are invited to have a blast mountain tubing with other area teens as part of the Recreational Alternative Programming series. Tube in Winter Park and then stop for lunch at Beau Jo’s Pizza. Lunch is included, but participants should bring a snack. Dress warmly. Call 303-4508800 or go to to register. Sign up deadline is Dec. 7. Program runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Meet at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. SATURDAY/DEC. 14 CHRISTMAS CONCERT “Ring Christmas Bells,” a Christmas handbell concert, will be presented at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 3031 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield. Call 303-469-3521. Purchase tickets online at then click on the Ring Christmas Bells banner or use the event button. SATURDAY/DEC. 14, DEC. 21 KIDS SHOPPING Iddle Bits of This & That Art Gallery, 3969 W. 73rd Ave., offers kids’ shopping spree from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday in December. The gallery will furnish wrapping supplies and help kids wrap their purchase. All gifts are less than $10, and most are in the $3-$5 range. Free refreshments provided. Email or call 720-266-5047. SATURDAY/DEC. 14, JAN. 11, FEB. 8 MAYOR CANDIDATES North Suburban Republican Forum will meet 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Grill at Legacy Ridge Golf Course, 10801 Legacy Ridge Parkway, Westminster. This month, the group will welcome Westminster mayor candidates. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast with pastries, fruit, coffee and juice is included in admission cost. Upcoming forum events include city council and board of education candidates on Oct. 12; Adams County sheriff candidates on Nov. 9; end of year review on Dec. 14; Colorado governor candidates on Jan. 11; and U.S. Senate candidates on Feb. 8. Visit SATURDAY AND SUNDAY/DEC. 14-15, DEC. 24 CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION Shepherd of Love Fellowship presents “When Love Was Born” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14,

and at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 13550 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield. Admission is free and an infant nursery is provided. The church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. Call 303-466-5749 or 303-460-7325.

SUNDAY/DEC. 15 GIFT SHOP Are you looking for the perfect hand-crafted gift? Visit the Craft Carousel Gift Shop 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, and see a variety of handmade items from more than 100 consignors, including scarves, jewelry, purses, aprons, quilts, baby gifts, holiday decorations, hats, mittens and much more. There will be special holiday shopping hours 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. SUNDAY/DEC. 15 AARP NIGHT Join AARP at a Denver Nuggets game on Dec. 15, and bring in a children’s book suitable for ages kindergarten to third grade to donate to Serve Colorado. Stop by the AARP booth and learn about issues impacting those 50 and older. Discounted tickets are available on a first-come, firstserved basis. Go to MONDAY/DEC. 16 ELVIS JOIN Active Minds for a look at the life and lasting

impact of Elvis Aaron Presley. From Tupelo, Mississippi, to the Graceland Mansion, Elvis’ journey is a tale of unparalleled musical achievement as well as deep personal struggle.  We will trace the life of the King of Rock n Roll from his first guitar (for his 11th birthday – he had wanted a bicycle) to his 14th Grammy nomination. Program is free and is 1-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge, 11180 Irving Drive, Westminster. RSVP by calling Keystone Place at 303-465-5600.

TUESDAY/DEC. 17 BLOOD DRIVE Ten West at Westmoor Technology Park community blood drive is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Westmoor Technology Park, 10155 Westmoor Drive, Building 3, Suite 100, Westminster. For information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303363-2300 or visit All donors who give blood between Dec. 8 and Jan. 18 will received a Bonfils T-shirt, while supplies last. TUESDAY/DEC. 17 OVERCOMING HARDSHIPS Practical solutions for overcoming hardship will be discussed at Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, titled “Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds” features a film of Patrick Henry Hughes and his father. The younger Hughes was born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs. Though in a wheelchair, Hughes performed in the University of Louisville marching band, his father pushing his wheelchair through every practice and performance. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@ TUESDAY/DEC. 17

Winter,” by Maeve Binchy, at its meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs of Ireland and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. For people ages 55 and over. Call 303-450-8801 to reserve a copy.

WEDNESDAY/DEC. 18 KASHMIR SINCE the formation of India and Pakistan in 1947, both countries have fought over the region known as Kashmir. Containing a Muslim majority, but ruled by Hindu dominated India, Kashmir is viewed by Pakistan as belonging to them. So strong is this conflict that it has been the trigger of two separate wars between India and Pakistan, and even drawn China into the conflict. Add to the mix, the nuclear arsenal of both countries and it’s not difficult to see the potential flashpoint that Kashmir represents in the region. Join Active Minds 1:45-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, as we explore Kashmir and seek to understand its pivotal role in South Asia. Program is free and takes place at Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St., Westminster. RSVP at 303-515-6351.

COMING SOON COMING SOON/DEC. 21 WORD BASICS Learn the basics of the word processing software Microsoft Word 2010 at a class 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 21 at Anythink Washington Street. Class will cover entering and formatting text and clip art images, spellcheck, saving and printing. Basic computer skills required. Space is limited; registration recommended. Call 303-287-2514, visit the library at 8992 Washington St., Thornton, or go to COMING SOON/DEC. 21 BABYSITTING CLASS First-time babysitters ages 11-13 will learn all they need to know when responsible for young children. Class is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Skills covered include CPR, first aid, grown and development, feeding, safety, discipline, diapering and bathing. Call 303450-8800 or go to to register (RecXpress code: 17118). COMING SOON/DEC. 21 DOUBLE FEATURE Living Light of Peace, 5928 Miller St., Arvada, presents a holiday movie double feature on Saturday, Dec. 21, with “Home for the Holidays” at 7 p.m. and “Stuart Saves His Family” at 9 p.m. “Home for the Holidays” was directed by Jodie Foster and stars Helen Hunt who goes home to visit her parents as a single adult. “Stuart Saves His Family” is based on a series of early 90s Saturday Night Live sketches. Come for both or just one. Both movies are PG13. Snacks available. COMING SOON/DEC. 21 CHRISTMAS CONCERT Rocky Mountain Brassworks’ small ensemble and Evergreen Chorale present Christmas Fantasy for Brass and Voices at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. Go to www.rockymoun-

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Volunteers help winterize elders’ homes Well, winter is upon us and we want to reach out and thank all those who participated in the “Make a Difference Day” program. With the assistance of 20 groups (175 volunteers) multiple seniors throughout the North and East Metro area received the helping hand support needed to put their roses to bed for the winter, clean up the yards and winterize the swamp coolers. With this help these elders will remain safe and happy in their own homes for another year. Thanks to all who participated.

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The 39th annual holiday art market at the Foothills Art Center has become a tradition not only for Golden residents, but artists all over Colorado. To help give everyone a great time, there will be some special events going on this year at the market. Courtesy photos

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ne of the holiday mainstays for arts and craft lovers, the Foothills Art Center annual holiday market is here again to supply Colorado-made gifts. The market runs through Sunday, Dec. 29, at the center, 809 15th St. in Golden, and features the work of more than 100 local artists. The market is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. “This is one of the longest-standing exhibitions at the FAC,” said Becky Guy, exhibitions coordinator and gift gallery manager. “Unlike most exhibitions, all the artists on display are not only from Colorado, but the near vicinity, so we have them constantly coming in to restock the items for sale.” The items on sale include ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, paintings, woodworking, photography and holiday items. Mary Beth Beach, a volunteer at the center, said about 20 to 30 percent of the artists on display this year are new to the market. “We have different artists, and with that comes fresh ideas on how to display things and make it festive,” she said. The market features thousands of unique handcrafted items, all displayed against the backdrop of the historic Gothic church that houses the main gallery spaces.

Beach said keeping the market local is a key part of its success and is in the spirit of what the FAC is all about. “The center began as a community effort, as a place for local artists to display their work,” she said. “We wanted to foster a Colorado connection and show that we have nationalcaliber artists here. And we’re the only place they have their work.” Beach is also participating in the show, displaying and selling the baskets she makes. Guy said the market has a very relaxed feeling, which creates a fun shopping atmosphere for everyone. “We want to create a space where people can take their time and move well from one booth to the other,” she said. The market is an annual tradition for shoppers and artists, but the people who work at the center look forward to it every year, too. “It all comes full circle — I grew up in Golden and used to come to the market every year. Now I work here,” Guy said. WHAT: 39th annual holiday art market Special events at the market WHERE: Foothills Art Center In addition to being 809 15th St., Golden WHEN: Through Dec. 29 home to some of the best 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through art shopping in the area, Saturdays special events for the enNoon to 5 p.m. Sundays tire family are included to COST: There is no admission fee make sure everyone has a INFORMATION: 303-279-3922 or good time. A sweatshirt decoration party will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, where visitors bring a sweatshirt or hoodie, and the FAC supplies decorating supplies and artistic guidance. The cost is $5. A “gingerbread construction zone” will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and includes a variety of candies and icings to build gingerbread houses. The cost is $10. To register for these special events, contact Eriq at 303279-3922, ext. 32, or online at education@foothillsartcenter. og.


Radio talk show conservative Mike Rosen, who turned 69 Dec. 5, is taking his show to a slightly different time slot beginning Jan. 2. “KOA (850 AM) is about the only station in the country that delays Rush (Limbaugh) two hours,” Rosen told me on his birthday. “The parent company of Clear Channel decided to (air) Rush live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. `The Colorado Morning News’ show with Stefan (Tubbs) and April (Zesbaugh) will move to 5-10 a.m. and become five hours instead of four.” Changing the `Rush Limbaugh Show’ to live time left Rosen with the 1-3 p.m. time slot after working a 9 a.m.-to-noon spot. “I understand, and it’s fine with me,” Rosen told me. “I’m on the air one less hour, which makes me on the air five hours less a week. But with show prep (answering emails, contacting advertisers, etc.), I still work 70 hours a week. So many people listen to my show online, so for them nothing will change.” Rosen said his contract with Clear Channel lasts another one and a half years, then he’ll see what happens. “I take it one contract at a time,” he said.

Manning minds manners

Perhaps the sure way to secure an autograph from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is to invite him to your wedding. Sounds more tidy than playing the post-game waiting game or bidding beaucoup bucks on a signed jersey during a charity auction. In the case of Anna and James, a couple with a wedding last fall, all they had to do was send No. 18 a formal invitation, according to a post on Reddit. A photo of the signed invite went viral after a Redditor “Lackadaisical Romp” posted the pic of the wedding invitation sent by his sister. Not only did Manning show his Southern gentlemanly manners by responding in a timely manner, but he checked off the “regretfully decline” box and added the inscription, “Anna and James, Best Wishes.” A poster quipped, “Perhaps our favorite comment about the photo comes courtesy of Redditor `MasterSplinter21’ who writes, `Eli (Manning) replied too, but his response was intercepted.’ Even with two Super Bowl rings and the Giants’ current winning streak, poor Eli still gets treated like the little brother.”

Christkindl returns

Denver’s 13th annual Christkindl Market at Skyline Park on the 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe (across from the D&F Tower and ice skating rink) brings a German flair to Christmas shopping and entertainment through Dec. 21. This year’s market — Colorado’s largest and most authentic Christkindl venue — will be bigger and better than ever with the addition of more music, more beer and Gluehwein (mulled red wine), entertainment and more holiday spirit. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays

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Season’s readings: Some great holiday books to share Book gift ideas for everyone on your list Doesn’t it seem like your gift list grows each year? One new member of the family by birth, three more by marriage. Two “adopted” kids who call you Mom or Dad just because. Friends who have become dear. A new Secret Santa program. It adds up, as it subtracts from your holiday budget. But here’s a great suggestion: books! Books are cost-effective. They’re like taking a trip without going anywhere. They give and give again, and they’re share-able. What more could you want to give? So. Without further ado, here are some great books you can give to the people on your give list this holiday season. First, the housekeeping: some of these books may be challenging to find. Release dates are approximate. Titles may be slightly different. Still, there you have it: gift ideas for everybody you love. And if you don’t see the perfect book on this list, throw yourself at the mercy of the friendly bookseller in your hometown. She knows books and making someone smile makes her smile, too. Season’s readings!


Perfect for historians who love a good novel, “The House of Special Purpose” by John Boyne takes a fictionalized trip back to czarist Russia with an elderly man who must lay secrets to rest before he dies. Give this book as a gift – and borrow it back! Does your giftee like the kind of novel that’ll keep her guessing? Then “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards” by Kristopher Jansma will be exactly what you want to wrap up. At first, it seems like this is a book about rivalry between two writers, but there’s so much more to this story. Suffice it to say that unwrapping this book isn’t going to be the only surprise your giftee gets – particularly when you pair that book with “This is How You Die,” an anthology with the premise that every character knows the end is near … they know how, but they don’t know how… So how well do you know that new family member? In “The Darkling” by R. B. Chesterton, a family takes in a teenager who’s been orphaned and hire a tutor to get the girl up to speed. But there’s something about the girl that just doesn’t seem right – something that will scare the daylights out of your giftee. Wrap it up with “Seduction” by M.J. Rose, which is a literary-based novel of suspense and chills. For the person who likes a little terror with their holiday, “The Demonologist” by Andrew Pyper will give them that, abundantly. This is the story of a professor who accepts a dark offer that’s too good to be true. Problem is, it’s not to good to be horrifying. Wrap this one up with “Domino Falls” by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, for a perfectly frightful night-ful. If your giftee loves a novel that sprang from real events, then wrap up “My Mother’s Secret” by J.L. Witterick, a fictionalized tale of two women who sheltered a Jewish family in their Sokal, Germany home during World War II. It’s a bit of a thriller, made even better because it’s based on a true story. Fans of suspense won’t be able to resist opening the covers of “Storm Front” by John Sanford. In this thriller, an ancient stone has been stolen, which sparks an international manhunt that settles in Minnesota. Yes, it seems like a movie plot but for fans of this genre, this book is far from mere drama. Team it up with “Dead Insider” by Victoria Houston, for the most thrilling gift you can possibly give. If a danger-filled novel is what that certain someone on your list would love, look for “The Return” by Michael Gruber, a book about a man who isn’t who he seems. Yes, he looks like an easy-going guy, but revenge is really what’s on his mind … and he’s not going to stop until he finds it. Wrap it up with “Island of the White Rose” by R. Ira Harris, a historical novel of revolution (in Cuba) and intrigue, love and danger. For the reader who loves a good murder novel, “Love Gone Mad” by Mark Rubinstein might be what you want to wrap. When a famous heart surgeon and a nurse meet at work, it seems like romance is in the air. But no, it’s danger they sense, and

a fight for their very lives. Wrap it up with “The Russian Endgame” by Allan Topol, an international thriller with political undertones, and watch your giftee smile. The person on your list who loves a good romance will enjoy “Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps” by Jo Piazza. It’s a story filled with all those things you DON’T want to do when lookin’ for love. And for something different, wrap it up with “Dying for Dinner Rolls” by Lois Lavrisa, the first in the Chubby Chicks Club mystery series. Food and murder… what more could you want?


If there’s a poker player on your gift list this year, then you’ve got to wrap up “Straight Flush” by Ben Mezrich. This is the story of a bunch of college buddies who start an online poker site and rake in the cash … but the U.S. Department of Justice wants them to fold. For sure, your giftee loving this book…? Yeah, it’s in the cards! Why did you pick the gift you picked? Was it just because you knew your friend well, or was there another reason? In “You Are Now Less Dumb” by David McRaney, your giftee will learn a little bit more about what makes you tick, why they didn’t lots of money as gifts, and why that’s a very good thing. For the biography lover on your list, “More Scenes from the Rural Life” by Verlyn Klinkenborg might make an excellent gift. This book takes a look at the beauty, the grace, the elegance, and the troubles of living on a farm. It’s a nice companion to the first volume by this author, published 10 years ago. Surely, there’s someone on your gift list who fears growing older – or someone who’s embraced it wholeheartedly. For that person, wrap up “I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow” by Jonathan Goldstein, who recounts his last year before he turns the “dreaded 4-0.” Give it to the thirty-something on your list, as well as to the somethingsomething who only barely remembers his forties. Pair it up with “It’s Never Too Late” by Dallas Clayton, a “kid’s book for adults” that will make your giftee think about life, love, and where both are taking her. The science fan on your list will love unwrapping “My Beloved Brontosaurus” by Brian Switek. What do we know about dinos – and what do we only think we know? The author’s passion for the giant critters comes shining through here as he writes about new theories, old myths, and big truths. Yes, this is a book about dinosaurs, but it’s for big kids only. Wrap it up with “Last Ape Standing” by Chip Walter, a book about our distant ancestors, who they were, and how we out-survived them; or “The Girl With No Name” by Marina Chapman, which is a true story about a girl who claims to have been raised by monkeys. For the movie buff, “Sleepless in Hollywood” by Lynda Obst is a good bet for a great gift. In this book, your giftee will read about the movie industry, how it’s changed over the last ten years or so, and why it costs so much money to make fewer movies. Wrap it up with a pair of tickets and “The Horror Show Guide: The Ultimate Frightfest of Movies” by Mike Mayo. If it’s a scary movie, it’s likely to be listed in this book, making it a reference guide that movie buffs simply should NOT be without. If your giftee loves old reruns and can’t get enough of the girl who “turns the world on with her smile,” then you need to wrap up “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted” by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong. This is a book about the people who created and brought you The Mary Tyler Moore Show and made it a beloved favorite on oldies channels and TV-on-demand. Wrap it up with “The Joker” by Andrew Hudgins, which is part biography, part look at jokes and things that make us laugh. The trivia buff on your list will love “Life

Skills: How to Do Almost Anything” by the folks at the Chicago Tribune. He’ll learn how to trim hair and unclog a sink, how to pack for a long road trip, how to bowl, and scads of other useful talents. Wrap that book up with “How to Win at Everything” by Daniel Kibblesmith and Sam Weiner, which will further those valuable skills; and “Stats & Curiosities” from the Harvard Business Review folks, for even more knowledge. Sometimes, it’s just fun to read about

normal, everyday people and if there’s someone on your list who might enjoy that kind of change of pace, then wrap up “American Story” by Bob Dotson. In this book, Dotson takes a look at your neighbors, your friends, your distant relatives and comes up with some sweetly amazing stories. For another kind of American story, give “Humboldt: Life on America’s Reading continues on Page 15

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Eatery’s chili gets nod

Food & Wine magazine, sponsors of the annual topshelf foodie event the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, has confirmed what we’ve known all along. According to, among the best green chili is the one served at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl, 7305 E. 35th Ave. Here’s what the Food & Wine folks had to say: “What started as a food truck flaunting the slogan `Go green or go home’ has grown into a dedicated green chili restaurant. RMCB’s pork and vegetarian green chilies are available in mellow, medium or hot — spiked with hot Hatch green chiles, jalapeños and secret seasonings. Thanks to implementing a long list of eco-initiatives, the restaurant is also now certified green. To see more, go to best-chili-in-the-us/5#!slide=5.

Westminster welcomes brewery

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 5 — replete with Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally and City Council members — was proof enough of what a big deal it was for the grand opening of Westminster Brewing Company. WBC becomes the first independent craft brewery in Denver’s suburbs as the new brewery offers a lineup of traditional styles and English-style cask ales. Westminster Brewing Company is located at 7655 W. 108th Ave., Unit 600. Brian Bissell, a longtime home brewer, is the head brewer at WBC after a professional stint at CB and Potts.

Pie sales break record

Project Angel Heart, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers nutritious meals to ailing women, men and children in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs, is pleased to announce a record-breaking year for the Pie in the Sky pie sale. The group sold 2,956 pies, generating net revenue of more than $75,000 and allowing the organization to provide more than 15,000 meals to Coloradans fighting cancer, kidney failure, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. All the pies were fresh-baked and generously donated by Bluepoint Bakery. Sponsors included Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta, ANB Banks in the Southern Colorado region, Andarko Petroleum Corp., 5280 Magazine, OutFront Colorado, Colorado Label Co., team Packaging and Vollmer’s Bakery. For more information on Project Angel Heart, go to or call 303-830-0202. Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.pennyparker. She can be reached at penny@ or at 303-619-5209.

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Children’s Service 4:00 p.m. Carols, Candles & Communion 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 121st & Lowell Blvd., Broomfield Ann Hultquist, Pastor Kathleen Armstrong, Associate Pastor 303.469.4004

BuilDing CamPS The Wheat Ridge Recreation Center hosts two superheroesthemed LEGO building camps for youth, ages 5-11, Dec. 23-27. Junior superheroes for ages 5-6 is 9 a.m. to noon, and superheroes engineering for ages 7-11 is 1-4 p.m. Camps will focus on building hideouts and vehicles of favorite superheroes. Engineering camp will explore how inventions such as Spider-Man’s web shooter work using the concepts of physics, engineering, and architecture. Both camps are taught by an experienced instructor from Playwell Teknologies. Call 303-231-1300 or visit to sign up and for information on costs.

RECuRRing EvEntS WomEn’S nEtWoRking group in Arvada has openings for women in business who can commit to a weekly Wednesday morning meeting. One member per business category. Contact or call 303-438-6783. RECuRRing/thRough DEC. 15 holiDay ShoW The Players Guild at The Festival Playhouse presents “Somethin’ Special for Christmas,” a Yuletide slice of life that celebrates the hope and faith of one family. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 15, at The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-422-4090 or go to for tickets and more information. Age appropriate for all. RECuRRing/thRough DEC. 15

gift CaRD drive Resort 2 Kindness (R2K) hosts its BIG GIVE 2013 gift card drive to benefit the Colorado flood victims. The drive runs Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. R2K will collect unused, unexpired gift cards valid at any restaurant, grocery store, home store or retail store in Colorado. All cards will be given to the Emergency Family Assistance Association. Gift cards can be mailed to Resort 2 Kindness, 9781 S. Meridian Blvd., Suite 200, Englewood, CO 80112. Monetary donations can also be made online at

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in unusual places. Wrap it up with “Hidden Cities” by Moses Gates, in which the author travels to unusual sites within larger metropolises. For the giftee who claims to have had the oddest childhood, you can challenge that assertion by giving “Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid” by Joshua Safran. It’s the story of the author’s childhood on the open road with his mother, who seemed to be forever searching… And if your giftee really cherishes his individualism, wrap it up with “The Last Wilderness: Alaska’s Rugged Coast” by Michael McBride, the story of a married couple, the business they built, and their life in America’s northern most state. I’m pretty sure the environmentalist on your list is going to cheer when she unwraps “Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment” by Kenneth Worthy. This is a heavy-duty book and not for the casual reader, but anyone who lives the Green life will think it’s the best gift ever. Pair it up with “Future Primal” by Louis G. Herman. It’s a book on our past, our future, and how understanding one can affect the other. Editor’s Note: Part two of this book list, including health, business, travel and religion book recommendations will be published in a future edition of the paper.

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Marijuana Frontier” by Emily Brady, a book about a Northern California community and legalization of their main product. For the right person, it’ll be the perfect gift. For that person on your list with the unique sense of humor, “That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick” by Ellin Stein may make your gift-giving easier. This book takes a look at The National Lampoon magazine and its founders, writers, humor, and more. Think: John Belushi. Think: Second City Comedy. Think: perfect gift. And you can’t go wrong if you wrap it up with “Inside MAD” by the “Usual Gang of Idiots” at MAD magazine. This is a look at many beloved, classic spreads from the magazine, and it features essays from seventeen celebs who loved the mag as much as you did. The giftee who loves to study ancient history, particularly that of Egypt, will love reading “The Shadow King” by Jo Marchant. It’s a book about King Tut’s mummy: where it’s been, what we’ve learned about it, and why we’re still so fascinated with it. Students of culture and politics will smile when they unwrap “Clash! 8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are” by Hazel Rose Markus, PhD and Alana Conner, PhD. This book looks at eight common them-vs.-us themes: east vs. west, men vs. women, and more, and how it affects us an individuals and the world at large. For the person who has it all, how about a very unusual book? “Roy G. Biv” by Jude Stewart is a book about color” myths about it, history of reds and oranges, purples and blues, what the colors mean in culture, and what they do to us. Be sure to wrap it up with “The Handy Art History Answer Book” by Madelynn Dickerson for a truly colorful gift. It seems like everybody’s got somebody on their list who’s single, doesn’t it? And the person on your list will love reading “Modern Dating: A Field Guide” by Chiara Atik. This humorous book isn’t just funny – it also offers real advice and tips on loving one’s singlehood, dating etiquette, make-up-or-break-up tips, and more. It might not put a ring on someone’s finger, but it’ll make them smile. Be sure to wrap it up with “Data, A Love Story” by Amy Webb, which is the story of Webb’s experiences with finding love by online dating. Is your giftee happy as a clam this time of year? He’s cool as a cucumber opening gifts but excited as a pig in tall corn underneath? Then wrap up “Similes Dictionary” by Elyse Sommer and you know you’ll get a smile as big as the world. Wrap up “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing” by Alice Walker, a book of verse to inspire, sooth, and provoke thoughts; or “A Slap in the Face” by William B. Irvine, which is a book about insults, subtle and not-sosubtle, where they come from and why they’re so darn barbed. The newlywed, newly single, or new college student on your list will love “Don’t Screw It Up!” by Laura Lee. This is a book offers household tips that will make life run more smoothly, whether it’s with finances, home maintenance, cooking, or another of life’s sticky situations. And then – just because screw-ups are unavoidable, show your giftee that it’s okay by pairing that book with “Always Look on the Bright Side: Celebrating Each Day to the Fullest” by Allen Klein. The title says it all… For the person who loves historical photographs, look for “The Big Picture” by Josh Sapau. This book is filled with panoramic photographs from the days when film only came in black-and-white and people dressed up to look good for posterity on Picture Day. Even the size and shape of this book says “fun!” Make it an awesome gift by adding “The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend” by Bob Drury



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Mustangs grab first place in home opener Freshman diver breaks record in first high school meet By Kate Ferraro Mountain Range girls swimming took first place in every event in their meet Dec. 5 against Greeley West at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. The Mustangs racked up 484 points in their season and home opener. Mountain Range began the season last year against the Spartans and won that meet, as well. Mustangs’ head coach Jeff Johnson and Greeley West’s head coach has a little bit of a history. “It’s always a fun rivalry between them,” Johnson said. “Their coach and I used to swim in high school. It’s always fun to have some fun with them.” The Mustangs best event of the day was the 100-yard butterfly, placing first through fourth, and sixth. Mountain Range junior Shelly Drozda was the firstplace finisher with a time of 58.99. “We have a really strong fly group this year,” Drozda said. Drozda almost beat the district record that’s been held for many years. Johnson said Drozda has been swimming yeararound her whole life and is getting ready to go to junior nationals with the USA swimming team. “She just missed it by a few tenths,” Johnson said of Drozda’s 100 fly time. “That’s one of her goals this year is to get that time. We’re so glad she’s part of our team and she can help add to our success.” The Mustangs also won first, second and third place in the 200-yard individual medley, which was led by Amanda Kassel finishing with a time of 2:34.93. The 500yard freestyle was another strong event for the Mustangs. Kayla Hughes finished with a time of 6:23.77 for first place. Freshman Taylor Jackson scored a

Mountain Range Molly Nadon swims in the 100-yard backstroke event in a meet against Greeley West Dec. 8 at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. Photo by Kate Ferraro 244.85 on the diving board for a first place finish. Jackson broke the previous diving record in her first meet as a freshman. “She’s our new freshman and she qualified for state today, it’s pretty exciting,” Johnson said of Jackson. “We got a new school record today, first meet of the season, first meet of her high school career.” Lauren Azlein and Eliee Merkel scored

a 198.85 and 147.35, respectively on the diving board. Azlein came in second place, while Merkel placed third. Overall, Johnson said the meet went smoothly and he’s very impressed with how the team swam in the first meet of the season. Even though they won first place in all 12 events, Johnson said, their goal is to try to place first, second and third in ev-

ery event. Another one of their goals is to qualify as many swimmers to state as they can. Drozda said everyone did really well in the season opener. “I feel like as a team we did really good,” Drozda said. “We had a lot of best times and I’m feeling really good about how our team is going to be this season.”

Northglenn girls struggle against Pomona Norse fall in season, home opener By Kate Ferraro

kferraro@ourcoloradonews. com The Northglenn girl’s basketball team has some work to do after dropping their season opener game to Pomona. The Norse began their season Dec. 5 against a fired-up Panthers team, losing 67-32 at Northglenn High School. Norse head coach Phil Miller said too many things went wrong in the game. “There were a lot of mistakes with fundamentals,” Miller said. “Throwing the ball away, rushing the plays, no movement and not getting back on defense.” Pomona kept Northglenn from taking a single shot until six minutes into the first quarter. The Panthers had two steals and three turnovers before the Norse scored their first points of the game with three minutes left in the first. Pomona led at the end of the first quarter 18-6 and broadened the score even more at halftime 31-16. Northglenn started to come back a little bit at the start of the third quarter scoring 10 points in four minutes compared to Pomona’s four. “We had to be a little more

Northglenn freshman Isabel Padilla dribbles the ball in a game against Pomona Dec. 6 at Northglenn High School.

Northglenn junior Ariel Guerrero tries to keep the ball from Pomona sophomore Lily Sale in a game Dec. 6 at Northglenn High School. Photos by Kate Ferraro gritty on defense, just guard the middle a little bit more,” Miller said on the team’s improvement from the first half. Northglenn was only down by 12 points when the Panthers took the ball and ran with it. After being ahead 43-26 at the end of the third, Pomona scored 24 points in the fourth quarter for the 6732 victory.

The Norse has a number of juniors on the roster this year with a few seniors and sophomores and one freshman, Isabel Padilla. Despite the loss, Miller said Padilla played a good game. “Isa is a great little ball player,” Miller said. “She steps it up pretty good against the upper classmen and that’s why she’s playing varsity. She drives; she’s not scared

or hesitant. She’s pretty competitive.” Pomona has a young roster with all of their players being freshmen and sophomores and only one junior. It was their underclassmen that helped Pomona with their first win of the season. Freshman Abriana Ramirez scored 18 points while freshman Julia Trujillo and junior Alexa

Zarlengo had 14. Ramirez had seven steals and Zarlengo stole the ball five times. Northglenn will travel to Arvada Dec. 12 and will play George Washington Dec. 19, before having a two-week break for the holidays. The Norse will need to improve greatly before going out on the court again. “We need to work on defense and shooting has been an issue,” Miller said. “We don’t take real good shots, and we have to have more confidence in our offense. Working better together, seeing the whole court instead of just television.”


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Former Northglenn coach Dick Hatch dies Hatch was winningest at Northglenn By Kate Ferraro Former Northglenn coach Dick Hatch died Nov. 25 from acute leukemia. He was 72. Hatch coached the Norse boys basketball team for seven years from 1979-1986. Although his tenure didn’t last too long, Hatch was in the district for 33 years. He taught physical education and also coached football, track and boys golf. Hatch was also the winningest boy’s basketball coach in Northglenn history with

89 victories. “He was the life of the P.E. department,” said Rich Czernicki, former Northglenn JV boy’s basketball coach. “We experienced reality TV back then, always making us laugh.” Czernicki played basketball for Hatch at the former Irma Wyco Junior High School from 1969-1970. He was the JV coach at Northglenn when Hatch was the varsity coach. Czernicki is now retired after being a teacher for 30 years. “He was a good man,” Czernicki said. “We always played great defense.” Hatch fought a short battle with lymphoma from 1993 to 1994, but eventually overcame the cancer. Three years later, he retired from the Adams 12 School District in 1997. The funeral for Hatch is at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Brighton United Methodist Church on 625 S. 8th Ave. in Brighton.

SPORTS QUIZ 1) Who was the first player from Venezuela to play major-league baseball? 2) In 2013, Clay Buchholz became the fourth pitcher in Boston Red Sox history to have five victories in April. Name two of the first three. 3) Who was the last Washington Redskins QB before Robert Griffin III in 2012 to throw and rush for touchdowns in consecutive games? 4) When was the last time before the 201112 season (Lorenzo Brown) that a North Carolina State men’s basketball player led the ACC in steals per game? 5) How many combined seasons did hockey great Wayne Gretzky play in the WHA and the NHL?

6) In 2013, swimmer Katie Ledecky set a new U.S. women’s record in the 1,500-meter freestyle, with a time of 15:47.15. Who had held the mark? 7) Who was the first winner of the Masters golf tournament in 1934. Answers 1) Pitcher Alejandro Carrasquel of the Washington Senators in 1939. 2) Babe Ruth (1917), Pedro Martinez (2000) and Josh Beckett (2007). 3) Joe Theismann, in 1980. 4) Chris Corchiani, in 1989-90. 5) Twenty-one seasons overall. 6) Janet Evans, in 1988. 7) Horton Smith. 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Prep sports Scoreboard HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL Boys basketball Horizon 65, Thornton 52 Horizon built a 19 point lead early in the third quarter and coasted to the victory. Michael Skinner scored 19 points and had eight rebounds. Josh Ralphs had 14 points and Jordan Humphries scored 12 points.

LEGACY HIGH SCHOOL Boys basketball Legacy 64, Broomfield 61 Legacy wins in overtime 64-61 over cross town rival Broomfield. Four seniors, Nico Ball, Andrew Hebel, Trenton Johnson and Jacob Royer combined for a total of 45 points.

MOUNTAIN RANGE HIGH SCHOOL Wrestling Mountain Range 60, Northglenn 10 Timmy Romero, 120 pounder for MRHS, defeated No. 2 ranked Rocky Nava 6-4. Zack Martinez, 126 pounder for MRHS, pinned No. 6 ranked Maurisio Garcia in 6:21 of overtime. 113-pounder Louie Romero and 160-pounder Patrick Romero pinned their Northglenn opponents. 170-pounder Alex Morales, 182-pounder Colton Eveland 195-pounder Estevan Minjarez and 220-pounder Kody Kleman pinned their opponents also. Mountain Range 40, Longmont 34 Mountain Range Junior Patrick Romero defeated No. 6 ranked Drake Greeott 16-3 in the 160 pound match. Seniors Ronnie Kahler (138) and Kody Kleman (220) racked up first period pins to help the Mustangs get the team win in the season opener.

SKYVIEW HIGH SCHOOL Girls basketball Skyview 55, Arvada 47 Great start for the really young team, including a 16-point, 13-rebound and six-assist effort from freshman

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THORNTON HIGH SCHOOL Boys basketball Skyline Tournament Thornton was the Skyline Tournament champions beating Berthoud 49-36, Sterling 42-34 and Coronado 37-36. Daezionte Henderson was the player of the game in the Coronado contest scoring 17 points.

UPCOMING GAMES Boys basketball THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. - Legacy @ Boulder FRIDAY 7 p.m. - Legacy @ Northglenn 7 p.m. - Thornton @ Bear Creek SATURDAY 6 p.m. - Thornton vs. Mullen MONDAY 7 p.m. - Thornton @ Wheat Ridge WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. - Thornton @ Arvada

Girls basketball THURSDAY 4 p.m. - Skyview @ Greeley West Tournament FRIDAY 7 p.m. - Skyview @ Greeley West Tournament SATURDAY 2 p.m. - Skyview @ Greeley West Tournament TUESDAY 7 p.m. - Skyview @ Thornton

Wrestling THURSDAY 5 p.m. - Mountain Range @ Discovery Canyon FRIDAY TBA - Northglenn @ Grand Junction SATURDAY 9 a.m. - Mountain Range @ Brush


ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) Your Arian penchant for impatience shows, as you consider passing a problem-prone project on to someone else. Best advice: Stay with it and work out those snarls yourself. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) Even patient Bovines can be frustrated when carefully made plans go awry. But crank up that “stick-to-it-ivity” you do so well, and you’ll soon find that your schedule is back in sync. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) Your aspect favors using more resourceful means in dealing with a workplace situation. Some discreet checking around could help shed light on the root cause of the problem.

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CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) You show an unusually strong streak of stubbornness in rejecting suggestions from friends and/or family members early in the week. But you become more receptive by the week’s end. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) The Big Cat might find a gentler approach more effective when dealing with those who resist needed changes. Remember, the word “persuasion” starts with the sound “purr.” VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) A disappointing experience with someone you felt you could trust can be painful. But there just might be more to this situation than you’re aware of. Press for an explanation. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Changing your views about something you believe in isn’t easy. But you might reconsider as the facts come in. Keep your mind open, even if you’re uneasy about what you might learn. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) You might have to do some serious shifting of gears to get your project back on track. But cheer up. Your hard work starts to produce some positive results by the week’s end. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) An unsettling mood at the start of the week soon lifts and gives way to a more positive attitude as you find fun and friendship beginning to dominate your aspect. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) A delay in firming up holiday plans could work to your advantage. Use this time to scout out possibilities that might be more in line with what those close to you would prefer. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) Some people might question some of the new friends you’ve welcomed into your life. But your ability to see beyond the obvious helps you recognize how special they are. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) Financial matters can be especially tricky this week. It’s best to follow a conservative investment path for now, and wait for a more fortuitous time to take a bolder approach. BORN THIS WEEK: Your warmth, your humor and your genuine concern for others make you someone people love to keep close to their lives. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Survey shows disparities in medical care by race Black Coloradans report more health difficulties By Kristin Jones

I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS Black Coloradans see the doctor less frequently, get less preventive care and report being in worse health than other residents of the state, according to a recent health survey. The biennial Colorado Health Access Survey, which polled 10,224 households between April 15 and July 27, provides one of the most comprehensive snapshots of how Colorado residents experience the health-care system. The latest survey, released Nov. 5, gives an important look at the current status of health care in the state ahead of a broad set of changes promised by the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid. Around 14 percent of the Coloradans surveyed said they were uninsured, down from around 16 percent in 2011. But these numbers — and nearly all the information collected in the phone survey — varied widely across regions, income levels, age groups and ethnic groups, highlighting disparities in the way Coloradans receive medical care. Only 5.3 percent of the people living in Douglas County didn’t have any insurance, for example, while in northwest Colorado, a region that includes Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Jackson counties, around 25 percent were uninsured. Hispanics were the most likely to be uninsured. Around 22 percent of Latinos polled in the latest survey said they didn’t have any insurance. Still, more Hispanics had insurance than just two years ago, when 26 percent said they were uninsured. Roughly 12 percent of non-Hispanic whites were uninsured, down from 13 percent in 2011. By contrast, a growing number of African-Americans reported being uninsured than in the past. Roughly 20 percent of those surveyed said they were uninsured, up sharply from 14 percent in 2011. The trend marked continued erosion in the ranks of the insured in Colorado’s small African-American community. In 2009, only 12 percent of African-Americans surveyed said they didn’t have insurance. At the same time, black Coloradans were increasingly less likely to report having seen a general doctor in the previous year or to have received preventive care. And around 19 percent of African-Americans in the state said they used the emergency room as their primary source of care, compared with 5.7 percent of the population as a whole. Grant Jones, executive director of the Denver-based Center for African American Health, said the information was surprising. “At a time when we’re moving toward greater access and coverage and quality of care,” Jones said, “it’s alarming to see fewer people accessing care and seeing a doctor on a regular basis in the African-American community.” But African-Americans weren’t skipping the doctor because they were healthier, the findings suggests. Instead, fewer black people in Colorado reported being in excellent health than other communities, while more reported being in poor health. Black Coloradans were more likely than others to cite cost as a barrier to care, or to say they didn’t seek an appointment because they were uninsured, according to the Colorado Health Institute’s analysis of the survey. They were also more likely to say that they couldn’t get a doc-

tor’s appointment in time, had trouble getting transportation or couldn’t get time off work. “There’s lots of good research that points to the benefits of having primary and preventive care,” said Jeff Bontrager, director of research on coverage and access for Colorado Health Institute. More doctor visits means more immunization for kids, early screening for cancer, mammograms and the chance to develop a relationship with a doctor, Bontrager notes. That’s the kind of health care that not only treats illness but stops it from developing in the first place. The wide health discrepancies across the state provide an invitation to dig deeper into the causes and conse-

MetroNorth Worship Directory St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA)

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

There are choirs for every age and musical ability. Small group fellowships that meet weekly and monthly, a licensed pre-school program with a record of 39 plus years of excellence. As well as a Sunday school program for children, youth and adults.

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quences, says Gretchen Hammer, executive director of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved. “I don’t think this gives us the answer of why,” says Hammer. “It directs us to engage in these communities and see what they’re experiencing.” Jones believes that the Affordable Care Act should help improve access to care among African-Americans. But he says more should be done to focus on the communities that aren’t receiving adequate care. “If we could make a dent in improving outcomes for African-Americans and Latinos,” said Jones, “it would lift the status of our state in a dramatic way.” I-News is the public service journalism arm of Rocky Mountain PBS and works collaboratively with news media across Colorado. To read more go to Contact Kristin Jones at

HEALTH SURVEY FINDINGS Health Survey findings The 2013 Colorado Health Access Survey, a biennial survey by the Colorado Trust and Colorado Health Institute, asks Colorado residents for their views on a variety of health issues. For the major questions, it breaks out results by 21 regions. The most populous counties are self-contained regions, while others are a combination of contiguous counties. Here is a look at what the survey found for some of the counties and regions along Colorado’s Front Range:


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The percentage of uninsured residents in the county plunged to about 12 percent, one of the lowest rates in the state. That is down from 17 percent in 2011, when it was higher than the state average. The survey found 66 percent of residents saw a dentist in the past year, 81 percent visited a health-care facility and 18 percent visited an emergency room, mirroring the statewide rates. About 86 percent of the county’s residents said they were in excellent health and about 90 percent reported they were in good mental health. The survey found 69 percent felt the health-care system met their family’s needs, compared with only 44 percent who thought it met the needs of most Coloradans.

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he holiday season is a festive time of year when opportunities to entertain abound. The search may be on for the ideal food and beverage recipes to tie into the holiday season. Although just about any drink can be given a holiday spin with the right name (think Merry Martinis), you may want to come up with a theme drink that fits with your particular party. Explore these ideas for delicious and festive alcoholic and nonalcoholic options. White Christmas Hot Chocolate 3 cups light cream or half-and-half 3/4 cup vanilla candy melts, chopped 1 teaspoon vanilla Pinch of ground cinnamon 1 ounce Irish cream liqueur Combine 1 cup of the cream with the candy in a saucepan. Melt over low heat, being careful not to burn. Add the remaining cream, vanilla and cinnamon until everything is heated. Add the liqueur and stir. Garnish with more cinnamon. Serve warm. The Candy Cane 1 ounce vodka 1 ounce peppermint schnapps 1/2 ounce heavy cream Dash of grenadine for color Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pour into glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a candy cane. Sweet Santa Shots 1 ounce Midori liqueur 1/2 ounce grenadine syrup Carefully layer the grenadine syrup and the Midori liqueur in a shot glass to have red and green layers. Holiday Sparkle 2 ounces apple cider 1 ounce club soda Cinnamon stick Mix cider with club soda and serve in a tall glass with a cinnamon stick garnish. A refreshing and nonalcoholic drink option.


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Hunting down a killer virus “Virus Hunt: The Search for the Origin of HIV” by Dorothy H. Crawford 2013, Oxford University Press $27.95 U.S. and Canada 244 pages Your best friend shares practically everything with you. Half her clothes are in your closet. His home is open when you need it. You share meals, rides, ideas, music, and gossip. What’s hers is yours — which explains where your last cold came from. Some things are easy to track down. Others take years, even decades. And in the new book “Virus Hunt” by Dorothy H. Crawford, you’ll see how scientists discovered the roots of HIV. In 1981, doctors in California began noticing “rare infections … and an unusually aggressive tumor” in certain patients. Soon, the same was reported in New York, Florida, and elsewhere around the country. By 1982, the disease was called AIDS. The risk of catching AIDS seemed at first to be limited to sexually-active gay men, particularly those with multiple partners. Within weeks, heroin users and hemophiliacs were added to the at-risk group, then doctors discovered that infected mothers could pass it to their children. “Fear of AIDS” became “a disease in its own right.” By 1984, the “causative virus was identified (as human immunodeficiency virus) … and shortly thereafter the genome was sequenced …” But where did HIV come from? Soon after the first description of AIDS was released in 1981, Boston researchers noticed that their captive macaque population was affected with something that sounded similar. Four years later, scientists at that research facility isolated a simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) which had spread and mutated as animals were “unwittingly” shipped around to other facilities. That led to the discovery that some SIVs are “closely related” to certain strains

of HIV and share “between 62 and 87 percent” of their genetic sequences. It didn’t take much to see how the virus mutated, or how it leaped from animal to human, possibly via Africa’s sooty mangabey monkeys (a “natural host of the virus”), which were sometimes hunted for food. But the question of where HIV came from needs to go back even further than 1981. A man from Memphis was reported with what doctors would consider to be typical AIDS symptoms in 1952. SIVs were discovered in Icelandic sheep in 1949. Scientists, in fact, believe that SIVs are “ancient parasites” and that HIV has been “circulating in the African population since near the start of the 20th century.” At the beginning of this book, author Dorothy H. Crawford indicates that the search for the beginnings of HIV is somewhat like a mystery. She’s absolutely correct. It is, but you need a Sherlockian PhD to understand it all. That’s not to say that “Virus Hunt” is a bad book – that’s not the case at all. What readers will want to know, however, is that it’s very academic and heavily steeped in genetics, epidemiology, and laboratorylevel research. That’s great for anyone employed in those fields. For the layperson, this mystery’s not unreadable but it’s as far from relaxing entertainment as you’ll ever get. Tackle this book, therefore, but give yourself some time to absorb it. Without that kind of consideration and careful contemplation, “Virus Hunt” may leave you cold.

Seitz appointed to Westminster city council By Ashley Reimers After a unanimous vote Monday night, Anita Seitz was chosen by Westminster council as the newest member to represent the city for the next two years, filling the vacant seat created by Herb Atchison’s election to mayor. The vote was part of a City Charter appointment process requiring the council to fill the vacancy within 30 days by a majority vote of the remaining members of city council to avoid a special election. Seitz was up against 13 other people who applied for the seat, each person interviewed by city council a week before the official vote. During a Dec. 2 study session, council discussed the candidates and took an unofficial poll to gain a consensus on the top two candidates council was leaning towards. Seitz and David Aragoni were unofficially polled as the top two candidates.

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5-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son when she noticed Pinedo on her back patio. Pinedo opened the sliding glass door and entered her home. When the woman asked Pinedo what he was doing, according to the DA’s letter, he replied, “I’m supposed to be in this house.” Pinedo went back outside when she told him she would have to get her husband.

Another poll was taken between Seitz and Aragoni and although Seitz name was not said, it was clear who the council chose as their top candidate in the unofficial vote. “I think she is a very promising young lady and I think she’ll be an asset and will work well with the group,” Atchison said during the study session. “And although I think we had 14 viable candidates, I think some were better than others and I think the best rose to the occasion.” During Monday night’s meeting, no discussion was done before or after the official vote. After Seitz was sworn in by Westminster Municipal Judge John Stipech, she immediately took her seat, the meeting was adjourned and council reconvened as the Westminster Economic Development Authority. Seitz, who recently graduated with her MBA from Regis University and serves on the Board of the Colorado Association of Healthcare Executives, moved to Colorado in 1987, growing up in the Boulder area.

She moved to Westminster in May of 2011 and said she fell in love with the city. She said it was her love of the amenities and quality of life that inspired her to apply for city council. “I want to work with the city to promote everything it has to offer,” she said. “I’m excited to serve the city I love and I have every confidence I will be able to do that.” Seitz said due to her busy schedule this year finishing up her MBA, she chose not to run in the November election. Now that she’s graduated, the timing is right to serve on the council, she added. And although she has a short history in Westminster, Seitz believes that will be a benefit to council. “I think because I haven’t lived in Westminster for a long time, it gives me a new perspective to see things from a different vantage point,” she said. One person who doesn’t see the benefit is David DeMott, a longtime Westminster resident who ran in the November elec-

tion and also applied for the vacant seat. He came in fifth place earning almost 7,200 votes. He said he was surprised by the unanimous vote because he knows very little about Seitz, and wonders why city council chose a person who has only lived in Westminster for a couple years. “I don’t fully understand the choice. Who is Anita? I don’t know anything about her,” he said. “She could end up being a great choice, and I hope that she is. But I thought I was a good choice earning as many votes as I did and having support throughout the community during a solid campaign.” Councilman Alberto Garcia said Seitz was specular during her interview with incredible knowledge on the issues of Westminster. He said council was impressed with her ideas and her preparation coming into the interview.

Once he was out of the house, the woman locked her door and called 911. Lewis drew his gun and confronted Pinedo, demanding he put down his knife. While this was happening, the homeowner grabbed her children and took them to another room, afraid that if the officer opened fire, bullets would come inside her home. A second officer, Andrew Fulton, arrived and according to the DA’s letter, told investigators, “I wanted to divert the man with the knife by yelling at him to drop the knife and to get on the ground and to

show he was outnumbered,” he said. Fulton said this sometimes this works, and the suspects drop their weapons and put their hands up. “He didn’t’ do that. I could see the look on (Mr. Pinedo’s) face, and it just didn’t look right. I’ve seen other people armed before and there was just something about this guys’ face he looked pretty serious and dedicated,” Fulton said Lewis fired his weapon four times at Pinedo when he advanced toward the officer, closing the 10-foot gap between them. “Throughout this whole point, I just re-

member having my gun in the ready position,” said Lewis to investigators, according to the DA’s letter. “I didn’t have it up on target until he came charging at me, and that when he came charging at me, the thought of just being in fear, fear for my life, the way he had that knife demonstrated.” Pinedo’s sister later told police that her brother had been on a three-day meth binge and was having hallucinations. Pinedo is charged with assault for threatening on a peace officer with a weapon, felony menacing with a weapon and trespass. He posted a $20,000 bond.

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Call or email Ron 303-758-5473

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Bob’s Painting, Repairs & Home Improvements

30 yrs experience Free estimates 303-450-1172

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303-960-7665 DEEDON'S PAINTING 40 years experience Interior & Exterior painting. References 303-466-4752

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Rocky Mountain Contractors

Home Remodeling Specialists, Inc. * Bath * Kitch Remodels * Bsmt Finishes * Vinyl Windows * Patio Covers * Decks 30+ yrs. exp. George (303)252-8874

Now offering

Snow removal, Yard clean ups Fall aeration, Fertilization, Handyman jobs and Pooper scooper Interior/Exterior Holiday light decorations.

Tree Service Roofing/Gutters

A Herman’s ROOFING New Roof • Re-Roof • Repairs Residential • Commercial Family owned for over 46 Years! Call today for free estimate.

(303) 293-3131

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

Majestic Tree Service 720-231-5954

Tree & Shrub Trimming, Tree Removal Stump Grinding Free Estimates Licensed and Insured


Perez Painting


For all your plumbing needs



All Types of Roofing New Roofs, Reroofs, Repairs & Roof Certifications Aluminum Seamless Gutters Family owned/operated since 1980 Call Today for a FREE Estimate • Senior Discounts

(303) 234-1539

Interior and exterior painting, wall repair, refinishing and texturizing, deck repair and epoxi floors. •

Your experienced Plumbers.

Insured & Bonded

Eagle Roofing Inc.

Repairs and Leaks

Family Owned & Operated. Low Rates.

Finish and Plaster Designs.

A Tree Stump Removal Company

We offer tree removal, brush, mulch and root chasing in addition to stump removal. We also have firewood available! Call today for your Free Estimate. Credit cards accepted


Rogelio Velazquez Address: 61 N. 8th Ave. Brighton, CO 80601


Phone: 720-202-6072 email: Se Habla Espanol

Window Services

Insured References Available


Bathroom/kitchen remodeling, repair work, plumbing leaks, water damage. No job too small Window replacement. Serving Jeffco since 1970 (303)237-3231

720- 298-3496 Please Recycle this Publication when Finished


Shingles, Flat Roofs, Roof Leak Repairs. 35 years of experience. Free estimates. Butch Metzler (303)422-8826

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

Bob Bonnet 720-530-7580


Custom Bathrooms & Kitchens, Electrical,Plumbing, & General Repairs

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Complete Home Remodeling Interior - Exterior - Kitchens - Baths - Basements Additions - Master Suites - Decks - Doors - Windows Siding - Roofing

Ron Massa Owner

Licensed - Bonded - Insured

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


Bloomin’ Broom QCS, LLC Quality Cleaning Services Residential House Cleaning Move In / Move Out Clean

Melaleuca EcoSense Products Bonded & Insured / Work Guaranteed

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• Shower Doors 1/2" & 3/8" Heavy Glass

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• Replacement Windows • Patio Doors • Mirrors


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