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School district explores tax measure Bond, mill levy could end up on November 2017 ballot BY MIKE DIFERDINANDO MDIFERDINANDO@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM


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The Douglas County Board of Education will gauge interest in a possible tax measure aimed at generating more money to address capital needs across the district. At the Nov. 15 board meeting, the board directed the District Accountability Committee, Fiscal Oversight Committee, Long Range Planning Committee and Student Advisory Committee to raise awareness about the district’s ongoing capital needs and fiscal challenges, and to explore potential solutions, including potential mill and bond issues. “If and when the board decides to make a request to the taxpayers for a tax increase, it needs to be done with support from across the entire community and with a clear understanding of what the needs are and what the impacts of any measure passing or failing might be on our students and staff,” school board vice president Judith Reynolds said. “Support for any action must rise from the community and not be driven by the board.” Before making a decision, Reynolds said she would weigh several factors, including the state of the economy, the amount of state funding and feedback and recommendations from the subcommittee. SEE BOND, P7


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Dale Schmidt takes a break from his job as Parker’s commercial plans examiner to talk about his philanthropic work and love of the outdoors on Nov. 22 at town hall. Schmidt and his wife started a foundation in their late son Cody’s name to provide AEDs to all Douglas County high schools. TOM SKELLEY

Tragedy led to campaign for artificial external defibrillators Loving the outdoors I moved to Parker from farm country in Nebraska. I lived in Englewood for about six months while I built my house, and I’ve been here for 38 years now. I came here to be a ski bum. My wife and I try to spend at least eight days a year on the slopes. We like Loveland because it’s close and it’s reasonable, but if we’re not there it’s Winter Park. I am a relatively high-strung person — being in an office all day doesn’t always suit me, but I am outdoors as much as possible. We love to go camping in Rocky Mountain National Park, Moab, anyplace local. I am a camper that likes to get to the place and stay in the place, rather than spending a lot of time on the road. I have two grandsons, ages 7 and 5. They love to fish, they love campfires and so do I. Turning heartbreak into hope Our son Cody was a freshman at Chaparral and he had a heart condition that none of us knew about. One day it caused him to go into cardiac arrest when he was training in the gym, and the fire department couldn’t get there within those “golden minutes” to save him. The consensus was that a defibrillator might have saved his life, so my wife, Sharon, and I started The Cody Schmidt Foundation. We had support from South Metro Fire Rescue, the Colorado Nurses Association and a lot of establishments in the area. And two years later, we worked with the Douglas County School District to put 263 artifi-

cial external defibrillators in all Douglas County Schools and some other buildings in the area. We had so many people that grew around us here in Parker — they kept us engaged, they wouldn’t let us just sit in the corner of a dark room. That’s why I say I’ll never leave here. We did what we had to do, and after about two years, we closed the door on this chapter and we moved on. It’s all for Cody and it didn’t go in vain. Spirit animal I used to be a hunter in Nebraska, but I haven’t hunted since moving to Colorado. Since Cody died, I started believing in reincarnation, and sometimes I wonder what he would come back as. I thought it would probably be a deer, because we have so many of them and they are so community-oriented — they always feel safe on our property. Even at our house we give them carrots and apples. They just touch me more than any other animal. Do you have a suggestion for My name is…? Contact Tom Skelley at

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Parker water OKs budget On Nov. 10, the Parker Water and Sanitation District’s board of directors adopted rates, fees and a budget for 2017. The board also continued the temporary reduction of the general operating mill levy for sewer services by setting the 2017 rate at 1.585 mills. Homeowners of residences valued at $400,000 will pay approximately $50.47 annually for general sewer operations. Additionally, the board set the district’s general obligation mill levy at 7.500 mills for 2017. The proceeds from the levy and tap fees collected on new developments will be used to pay debt incurred during construction of the Rueter-Hess Reservoir. Homeowners of residences valued at $400,000 will pay approximately $238.80 annually toward the Rueter-Hess Reservoir construction costs. Further documentation and resolutions for rates, fees and the 2017 budget are available at County detentions earns award In November, the Douglas County Detentions Division earned its second reaccreditation by the largest correctional association in the world, American Correctional Association. Maintaining accreditation through the association helps to ensure best practices. An audit includes assessments of administration and management, facility safety and offender programs. The association also assesses issues and concerns that may affect the quality of life in the facility such as staff training, programs and overall strengths and weaknesses of the agency. “It is important that we continue to evaluate our policy and procedures to ensure that we are managing our detentions division in the most practical way possible while also ensuring the safety and security of our inmates and staff,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. “The reaccreditation process enforces that evaluation and guides us in areas that need improvement.” The next audit for the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office will be in 2019.

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For the second time in a little more than a year, a Colorado State Patrol trooper was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while investigating a separate accident on Interstate 25 in Douglas County. Trooper Cody Donahue, 34, was killed while investigating a propertydamage accident near Castle Rock the afternoon of Nov. 25, according to the state patrol. Authorities say a Denver man struck Donahue with his vehicle. Noe Gamez-Ruiz, 41, was arrested and faces charges of careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor, and failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle, a traffic infraction, the Douglas

County Sheriff ’s Office stated in a news release. Gamez-Ruiz posted $500 bond early the morning of Nov. 26 and was released from the Douglas County Detention Facility. f Donahue, an 11-year a patrol veteran, husband w and father of two, was as- U signed to the Castle Rock Donahue o state patrol office. “He certainly will be n missed as a trooper and a an individual, to say w the least,” Trooper Josh A Lewis with the state D patrol said. “Today was a sad day p for the Colorado State Pa- o Gamez-Ruiz trol,” a state patrol news c release said. “The Colo- c rado State Patrol is asking for thoughts m and prayers during this difficult time.” At approximately 1:50 p.m. Nov. 25, e e Donahue, who lived in Parker, was O SEE TROOPER, P38

Sexual assault reported at Ponderosa High School School security specialist arrested BY TOM SKELLEY AND MIKE DIFERDINANDO STAFF WRITERS

A suspect is in custody after a report that a Ponderosa High School student was sexually assaulted by a school district security employee on campus. A news release from the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office stated it received a report alleging the assault at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Ponderosa. Detectives interviewed the victim and made an arrest shortly thereafter. The suspect was identified as Gary Postell, 49, a Douglas County School District campus security specialist. The Castle Rock resident was immediately taken into custody at his residence and booked in the Douglas County Detention Center on suspicion of sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust. He was being held on $5,000 bond as of Nov. 29. Postell has been placed on paid leave by the school district. He has been with the school district since 2014 and underwent a background check before being hired, a DCSD spokeswoman said. “We are working closely with the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office as they investigate this allegation. The staff member will not be allowed back at Ponderosa, pending the results of the investigation,” Ponderosa High School

Principal David Haggerty said in a letter to students and parents. “We do not tolerate inappropriate staff conduct toward our students and we take this matter seriously. We cannot discuss the specifics of an incident or disciplinary action that may be taken due to privacy laws and the law enforcement investigation.” As recently as Nov. 7, the school district had recognized Postell as a “DCSD Employee Rock Star,” in a program that recognizes employees for their “outstanding work.” “Gary is always promoting individual student responsibility in our school,” the district wrote on its website in early November. “He has a great personality that demonstrates interpersonal skills that relate well with students, staff, administration, and parents. Each and every day of the week knowing he is ... working not just as a campus security specialist but as someone who truly cares for our student’s safety and security.” In his position as security specialist at Ponderosa, an unarmed position, Postell provided “additional security in various areas of the school,” the district spokeswoman said. District security also includes school resource officers and a team of armed security personnel who visit various schools throughout the day. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Williamson at 303-814-7005 or mwilliam@

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Rocky Vista students test medical skills in the wild Firefighters provide orienteering course that gives students real-world practice in outdoors BY TOM SKELLEY TSKELLEY@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Many Coloradans take to the trails to enjoy fall colors and get some exercise before winter’s arrival, but a recent trip to the great outdoors was serious business for students at Rocky Vista University. During the first week of November, a handful of students in the school’s Rural and Wilderness Medicine honors program participated in an orienteering course in Castlewood Canyon with members of the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority and the Franktown Fire Protection District. Students in the program intend to become physicians who may find themselves in remote or dangerous areas during their careers. And the course trains students to locate and treat medical emergencies with minimal equipment and maximum difficulty. “It was great practice and a fantastic learning experience,” second-year student McKenna Abercrombie said. “I unexpectedly became a `forest OB/GYN.’ ” With only a map and a compass, students were tasked with finding volunteer “victims” in the wild and treating their simulated injuries, including bleeding head wounds, an internal injury and a woman experiencing premature labor. Students also practiced emergency skills such

Students from Rocky Vista University’s Rural and Wilderness Medicine Honors Track help a volunteer with simulated injuries in a training exercise at Castlewood Canyon in November. The training required students to locate the volunteers using only a compass and map. COURTESY PHOTO as guiding “walking-wounded” victims to safety and surgically opening airways on mannequins. “The entire exercise was a blast,” said Charles Haverty, another second-year student. “Most of the first two years of medical school are spent reading about things, but (a class like this) allows me to actually get out and do activities like triage and orienteering. It reminds me that all of the studying is worth it.” Ryan Shelton, a lieutenant with the South Met-

Parker Town Council adopts new Colorado liquor rules Council also amends group home language BY TOM SKELLEY TSKELLEY@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Town council approved two ordinances at the Nov. 21 session, bringing Parker’s policies into compliance with state liquor provisions and federal housing guidelines. Town Attorney Jim Maloney first recommended a change to the town’s liquor licensing provisions to bring the process into accordance with state law, signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper in June, allowing grocery stores and drugstores to apply for full service liquor licenses. The ordinance will create a new type of liquor license and allow the transfer of retail liquor store licenses and liquor-licensed drugstore licenses to accommodate grocery and drugstores buying out the licenses of nearby stores. “We haven’t had a lot of these,” Maloney said, “but we may be seeing more.” Councilmember Joshua Rivero

asked if a way existed to avoid the changes, but Maloney said there wasn’t. Liquor regulations are “a matter of statewide concern,” Maloney said. The second change Maloney recommended was amending language in the Municipal Code regarding group homes. To comply with the Fair Housing Act, the town voted to remove a criteria requiring that applicants notify homeowner associations before establishing a group home in covenant-controlled communities. “Whether it’s a single-family home or a single-family home being used for a group home, the law requires that we treat them equally,” Maloney said. Homeowner associations will still be listed as referral agencies on Conditional Use applications submitted by group home applicants, meaning that the town will notify the homeowner association in writing, as it already does. The changed language simply removes the stipulation that the associations be notified by both the town and the applicant, Maloney said. Both measures passed by a 4-0 vote. Councilmembers Debbie Lewis and Josh Martin were absent.

ro training division, said this was the first time the authority trained in such an exercise with Rocky Vista students. He agreed with Haverty’s assessment that realistic practice of the skills learned in class will translate to better results once they are literally in the field. “Rocky Vista is on the right path to putting them on the course they’re going to work in,” Shelton said. “The next time we see them, we’ll be calling them doctor.”

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County program aims to prevent domestic homicides

Local law enforcement implements new program to reduce deaths in domestic violence cases BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

In 2015, law enforcement agencies in Douglas County responded to nearly 800 domestic-related calls. “If that seems startling,” Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley said at a Nov. 16 news conference, “please keep in mind that it is believed that domestic violence is underreported by about 70 percent.” So Castle Rock police — in partnership with departments in Parker, Lone Tree, the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Office and The Crisis Center, a shelter and resource center in Douglas County — have implemented a new program to prevent domestic homicides. The Lethality Assessment Program was developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence using research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. It evaluates shared characteristics among victims of homicide or attempted homicide and trains officers to spot those while on duty. Thirty states have implemented the program, but this is the first in Colorado. The departments have already trained 400 officers, and the sessions are now part of routine training before an officer is sworn in for duty. And early data shows the program is effective, Cauley said. Since Aug. 1, approximately 128 lethality assessments were conducted in Douglas County. More than half of those identified people at high risk of being killed by their partner. “What we are learning is it becomes very impactful for a police officer to sit with a victim of domestic violence and tell them that you are in high danger of being killed by your domestic partner,” Cauley said. “That’s a very powerful statement to hear from law enforcement.” In the year before a homicide, more than 44 percent of abusers were arrested and approximately 33 percent of victims contacted police, according to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. In contrast, only 4 percent of abused homicide victims used a hotline or shelter in the year before their death. Although the program’s goal is to prevent homicides, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said the training also could prevent other crimes associated with domestic violence. Those might include sexual assault or child abuse. “It’s not every day that law enforcement gets together with these great partnerships and rolls out a tool that doesn’t exist to help prosecution,” Brauchler said. “It doesn’t exist to increase penalties against anyone. It exists, in essence, to cut down on the number of cases that my office prosecutes.”

WHAT LEADERS ARE SAYING “The Parker Police Department is committed to being an active partner in the Lethality Assessment Program initiative in our area. Policing at its root is based on protecting and serving crime victims. This program is the embodiment of those principles for victims of domestic violence. The Parker Police Department, along with our criminal justice partners in Douglas County, are dedicated to this important, evidence-based and progressive program.” — Parker Police Chief David King Parker police responded to 105 domesticrelated calls in 2014 and 114 calls in 2015. Parker police file a case report for every domestic-violence call they respond to. • • • “The LAP program gives the opportunity for officers responding to intimate-partner crimes to better understand some of the dynamics associated within the relationship. The questions asked can (help) the officer determine the threat level and once understood, the officer can begin empowering the victim through providing honest feedback and offering immediate resources to help the victim.” — Lone Tree Police Department Interim Chief Ron Pinson In 2015, Brauchler’s office received 636 misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases from law enforcement agencies. Not all were prosecuted.

DOUGLAS COUNTY CRISIS CENTER For a 24-hour crisis hotline, call 303-6888484 or 888-247-7472 (toll-free).

For more information about domesticviolence services — such as emergency How the program shelter, legal advocacy works and therapy — call The Lethality 303-688-1094, or visit Assessment Pro- www.thecrisiscenter. gram provides org. a two-hour training process that teaches local law enforcement officers to better assess when the life of a domestic violence victim is at high risk — whether the relationship could become homicidal. The intervention is important, Castle Rock Police Cmdr. Jason Lyons said, because a victim is not always aware she or he is in a deadly situation. In approximately 30 percent of homicide or attempted homicide cases, it was the first act of violence experienced by the victim, according to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. Under the program, officers who re-

Lone Tree police responded to 65 domestic violence calls in 2014 and 53 in 2015. This is only the number of calls, and not reflective of the number of cases for Lone Tree. • • • “The Lethality Assessment Program is another tool that all law enforcement officers in Douglas County have to try and make a determination during a difficult time for victims of domestic violence who are faced with difficult circumstances and give them resources so their dangerous situation will hopefully not become worse.” — Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock Unincorporated Douglas County saw 448 domestic violence cases in 2015 and 353 in 2014. Cases do not reflect the number of domestic-related calls that officers received. The sheriff’s office only keeps statistics for the number of cases filed. • • • In Castle Rock, police responded to 113 domestic-violence cases in 2014 and 165 domestic-violence cases in 2015.

DOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE U.S. • In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse cases annually. • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner. • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls. • Only 34 percent of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries. • Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18 and 24. • Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten. Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence spond to domestic calls would screen a suspected victim of domestic violence by asking 11 questions that relate to behavior, threats against life and use of weapons.


Domestic violence can take many forms. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that abusers use tactics such as isolation, degradation, manipulation, stalking, physical abuse, threats and punishment. But it doesn’t always happen at the onset of a relationship. In the early stages, an abuser may be charming, successful, well-liked and supportive. Over time, behavior becomes controlling. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says victims’ prolonged exposure to cycles of loving behavior followed by periods of abuse can leave them feeling trapped or even believing they are to blame for the situation. “Domestic violence is some of the most complicated, confounding crime that law enforcement encounters — not just the men and women on the street but even in the courtrooms,” 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said. “The dynamics that are involved touch people in their hearts. They’re emotional. They make people make decisions that seem contrary to common sense sometimes.” Some reasons victims stay in abusive relationships include: • The victim fears the abuser’s violent behavior will escalate if they try to leave. • The abuser has threatened to kill the victim, their loved ones, pets or themselves. • The victim loves their abuser and believes they will change. • The abuser has threatened to take the victim’s children if they leave. • The victim is financially dependent on the abuser. • The victim’s religious or cultural beliefs prohibit them from leaving the abuser. • The victim has low self-esteem and believes they are to blame for the abuse. • The victim has nowhere to go if they leave. Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence


THE LETHALITY ASSESSMENT: While still on the scene of a domestic-related call, Douglas County law enforcement officers are trained through the Lethality Assessment Prorgram to ask the following 11 questions. This helps determine if a victim is at high risk of being killed by his or her partner.

Why do people stay in abusive relationships?

1. Has he/she ever used a weapon against you or threatened you with a weapon? 2. Has he/she threatened to kill you or your children? 3. Do you think he/she might try to kill you?

4. Does he/she have a gun or can he/she get one easily? 5. Has he/she ever tried to choke you?

being married? 8. Is he/she unemployed? 9. Has he/she ever tried to kill himself/herself?

6. Is he/she violently or constantly jealous or does he/she control most of your daily activities?

10. Do you have a child that he/she knows is not his/hers?

7. Have you left him/her or separated after living together or

11. Does he/she follow or spy on you or leave threatening messages?

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BOND: Douglas County School Board will gauge interest in tax measure FROM PAGE 1

Board member Wendy Vogel agreed that gathering widespread support would be critical to any new tax measure. “I would support whatever our community thinks is appropriate,” Vogel said. “ In my view, this isn’t a matter of what I would support, rather what the majority would support. After all, knowing my bias, I would most likely personally support a much larger tax increase than the majority of Douglas County voters, so my decisions need to be based on their wishes.” The board encouraged the groups to include community members not currently associated with the committees to expand the reach of their efforts into the larger Douglas County community. It asked for an update in May to assess feedback and consider community support for pursuing a mill or bond issue as early as the November 2017 election. Bonds defeated in past The community voted down a $200 million bond in 2011 that would have gone toward building three new schools in Castle Rock and Parker and a $29 million mill levy override that would have provided funding for instructional expenses and pay for performance for teachers. In 2008, Douglas County rejected a $395 million bond and a $17 million mill levy override to support building new schools, improving student achievement, recruiting and retaining the workforce and improving the district’s technological advances in the face of expanded enrollment. “Unfortunately, the board has not been able to agree on a tax measure that would allow the community to decide if it is time to support well over $320 million in funding to meet maintenance and growth needs,” board member Anne-Marie Lemieux said. “We also have a significant deficit in teacher pay with average salaries of over $10,000 less than surrounding districts while we are suffering from a statewide teacher shortage.” By not passing a tax measure to help provide more funding, Lemieux said the district has put itself at a disadvantage in recent years. “Since Douglas County voters have not passed a bond or MLO (mill levy overrride) to support public education since 2006,” she said, “it has become increasingly difficult to compete with other districts as well as provide well-maintained schools that offer a variety of programming our students need.”

Importance of support Jason Virdin of Douglas County Parents said that while u the group would support a tax

HOW SCHOOL TAX MEASURES ON 2016 BALLOT FARED: BONDS Adams 12 Five Star $350 million, passed

MILL LEVY OVERRIDES Cherry Creek $23.9 million, passed

Cherry Creek $250 million, passed

Denver Public Schools $56.6 million, passed

Denver Public Schools $572 million, passed

Englewood $1.5 million, passed

Englewood $97.5 million, passed

Jefferson County $33 million, failed

Jefferson County $535 million, failed

Thompson School District $11 million, failed

Thompson School District $288 million, failed measure, members also have concerns about how a divided board could come to an agreement. “DCSD is currently facing an unprecedented level of capital needs with no source of funding. If we believed there was a good chance of a bond measure passing, we would support the question being placed on the ballot,” Virdin said. “However, we do not believe the community will support a bond question with the current division on the board of education and the lack of trust in the majority board directors. We would prefer the board table any discussion of a bond until these underlying issues are resolved.” The group Taxpayers For Public Education said it would support a carefully constructed measure that would be specifically directed to take care of two very pressing issues within the district: capital needs and teacher compensation. However, it would not support an initiative without a statement of transparency and accountability from the district and the school board. “We need to take care of these dire capital needs and make sure we help stem the tide of highly effective teachers leaving the district with a much-needed compensation increase,” Taxpayers for Public Education said in an email. “But, to make sure taxpayer dollars are used wisely, we need the board to pledge to be transparent in how dollars are spent, and not re-direct that money, as they have in the past, to programs that offer little value to students, teachers and the community.” During the recent election, the Jefferson County School District failed to pass a $33 million mill levy override that would have gone toward attracting and retaining teachers and hiring more mental health staff and a $535 million bond proposal that would have funneled money into building new schools and improving and repairing aging ones. The outcome in Jefferson County raises questions about the feasibility of a tax measure passing in Douglas County. “The outcome of the election in Jefferson County this fall

Source: Colorado School Finance Project

‘The community at large has to have confidence that any tax increase is needed and will be used wisely.’ Judith Reynolds, school board vice president

reiterates to me how important widespread community support is for any measure,” Reynolds said. “The community at large has to have confidence that any tax increase is needed and will be used wisely.” Vogel agreed that the failure to pass a measure in Jefferson County could be repeated in Douglas. “It is concerning to me that both the Jeffco and Thompson (Loveland) school districts failed to pass their tax increases,” Vogel said, “as both have been hit hard with reforms like Douglas County.” Board member David Ray said only once action has been taken to ensure that every available dollar is being spent at the student level, is it appropriate to ask taxpayers for assistance. “I don’t know all the circumstances in Jeffco with regards to why voters did not pass their recent ballot initiatives,” Ray said. “However, they are in a similar position as Douglas County, where trust in the school board is in the process of being rebuilt. Hopefully, our community will continue to see our actions where spending is focused on learners, as opposed to district-level initiatives.”

Capital needs are ongoing issue for the district STAFF REPORT

A bond measure to pay for capital needs in Douglas County schools was first proposed by the district’s Long Range Planning Committee in 2015, after an intensive community survey and report that determined the need was critical. The Long Range Planning Committee — a group of community members and parents charged by the district with studying its capital needs — put the price tag at $275.1 million for current and future projects over five years. The committee identified major areas of need as facility reinvestment at $133.6 million, technology at $53 million and new construction to accommodate growth at $38.8 million. Among the committee’s findings: • By 2040, the number of students projected to be enrolled is estimated to reach 128,000 — nearly double the current enrollment, according to the Long Range Planning Committee’s Master Capital Plan. • Twenty-seven schools in the district were built before 1996 and have had some capital reinvestment, including replacement of worn-out systems, but are again in need of improvements. • Of the $53 million in capital needs for technology identified by the committee, about $18 million would go toward replacing aging hardware like computers in classrooms. Data from 2014 showed capital needs were growing at the rate of $25 million to $35 million annually. To help pay for these needs, the planning committee proposed a $200 million bond measure. In 2014, the board voted not to put the measure on the ballot, saying Douglas County residents — already overburdened and paying a disproportionate share of taxes — were unlikely to approve a local funding question. Board members again passed on putting tax measures on the ballot in 2015 and 2016, saying it feared lack of broad community support. In 2015, then-Board of Education President Kevin Larsen said the board did have its eye on growth and was planning for it, saying the district had been diligent in addressing maintenance needs of its buildings as issues arose. Larsen also said charter schools had helped absorb some of the district’s growth. But the planning committee has strongly encourged a tax measure, saying the fixas-needed approach is not sustainable long term. The committee’s projections also take into account the county’s growing population and possible need for more classrooms and schools. Previously, the board had been made up of seven members who were in agreement about not wanting to introduce a new tax measure. However, the election in 2015 of David Ray, Anne-Marie Lemieux and Wendy Vogel opened the door to the idea. All three have voiced support for some form of new tax measure to help address the district’s capital needs.

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Parker’s Building Department is receiving national recognition for adopting energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly building methods, and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project presented a plaque to the town to recognize the accomplishment. “The town of Parker has led the movement to have the energy code enforced across the state and across the Front Range,” said Jim Meyers, director of SWEEP’s buildings program. “We’ve used the town of Parker as an example of how to get those in the trade to build in accordance with the code.” Every three years the International Code Council, based in Washington, D.C., issues updated codes to make residential and commercial properties energy-efficient. Parker adopted the codes in 2012 and 2015, requiring builders to use “low-E” windows and the latest insulation materials to optimize heating and cooling while minimizing the cost. Many cities adopted the energy codes requiring the right materials be used, he added, but Parker took the extra step of adopting building codes to ensure builders use the materials properly. “If you think about wearing a coat or jacket, you can be comfortable wearing a jacket in the winter, but you’ll be even more comfortable if you zip the jacket up,” Meyers said, adding that Parker residents are seeing ben-

efits to their health and finances. Citing Department of Energy calculations, Meyers said the town has saved more than $1.2 million in utility costs in just under five years, a savings of $233 per year for each homeowner in town. Greenhouse gas emissions are down by 8,409 metric tons, the equivalent of taking 1,776 cars off the road for a year. Meyer praised Gil Rossmiller, Parker’s chief building official, for implementing programs to educate designers and builders on how to get it right the first time. Many contractors were using energy-efficient insulation systems, but they were often installing them incorrectly, Rossmiller said. After taking over the building department in 2003, he began on-site trainings and monthly educational meetings among material manufacturers, builders and his staff. “It wasn’t me just telling them what to do,” Rossmiller said. “Once they made that realization, it’s been a great thing for them.” Rossmiller said there was some “grumbling” at first, but it didn’t take long for builders to accept that the new codes were beneficial for them as well as homebuyers, especially with the promise of inspections looming. The program began in 2005, and Rossmiller said he and his staff conducted more than 1,200 site visits that year alone. The growing pains of implementing codes in the past, Rossmiller said the way forward is clear and efficient. “Pretty much within a year, people changed the way they designed houses,” he said. “Now no developer comes to town and expects to do anything less.”

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Democrat wins state board of education race McClellan defeats incumbent Scheffel for District 6 seat

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In a race that wasn’t decided until 10 days after the polls closed, a Centennial Democrat has unseated a Parker Republican on the Colorado State Board of Education. Rebecca McClellan, a former member of the Centennial City Council,

put McClellan more than 1,200 votes ahead, good enough to seal her election. McClellan — whose election gives the Democrats a 4-3 advantage on the board — said she will be the only member of the body with a child in public school. “As a public school Scheffel parent, I will put our children’s education first,” said McClellan, who served on the Centennial council from 2006-14. “I’m proud that my campaign reflected a broad coalition of Coloradans who

came together to support positive change.” Scheffel is the dean of education at Colorado Christian University and has served on the state board of education since 2011. “While I am disappointed, I know the people of the state of Colorado will continue to expect the very best from our public education system,” she said. “They will continue to want students at the center of each decision and for teachers and staffs to have the flexibility they need to meet the needs of all students.

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“I encourage everyone to remain diligent and to volunteer in classrooms and read to children. It is imperative that we provide great education opportunities for every child in the state of Colorado.” The largest portion of District 6 is in Arapahoe County — where McClellan enjoyed her biggest advantage in votes — including Aurora, Centennial, Littleton and Greenwood Village, but it also includes Highlands Ranch and parts of Adams County. McClellan won about

53 percent of the vote in Arapahoe. Scheffel won roughly 60 percent of the vote in Highlands Ranch, but the conservative Douglas County community accounted for only about 15 percent of the ballots cast. McClellan congratulated Scheffel for “running a positive race that was a true competition of ideas.” “I’ll keep that positive and constructive spirit going forward,” McClellan said. “We have a diverse district and I pledge to work to ensure every child has access to a highquality public education for a bright future for them and our state.”


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VOICES Motivating thoughts can be the spark for a successful comeback


Michael Norton


ave you ever found yourself way behind on a project? I mean really much further away from where you needed to be in order to get something completed by a certain day or time? The pressure mounts as the deadline draws closer, and with every minute or day that passes we almost feel like we are too far behind to close the gap and get it done. And then something happens, and that something is the comeback. We stand up, stretch our legs and arms, shake out the dazed and confused cloud in our heads, pour a cup of coffee and get busy, making up ground as we move closer to our goal or target. And with a big “whew” and sigh of

relief, maybe even catching our breath for a minute or two, we can enjoy our comeback and take satisfaction in our accomplishment. We see this play out every week in sports don’t we? Whether it is a team or an individual that has to rally and come from behind to win, it’s an incredible event to watch. And I don’t know about you, but the bigger the gap or larger the lead, the more I start rooting for the comeback to happen, even if I find myself rooting against my own team or player. I just love a comeback. And here we are approaching the end of the year. Although we have watched comebacks happen all around us and in many sports, many of us still face challenges and are up

against tight deadlines, quotas, and still have a need to finish the year in order to meet and exceed our expectations. Now I want you to think with me for just a moment. Think about the words that might be used in a locker room or in a board room, or at a sales meeting to inspire the team or group to come from behind and claim victory. We might hear words like: dig deep; get fired up; tough it out; drive; passion; purpose; resolve; commitment; luck; momentum or a shift in momentum; teamwork; get your head in the game; there is still time on the clock; we can do this. SEE NORTON, P13

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ith the holidays upon us, one of the greatest gifts for grandparents is the gift of travel. Whether you are planning to visit grandchildren or taking a family excursion abroad, it is important to plan ahead to accommodate your needs. According to, Denver International Airport will be the nation’s sixth-busiest airport over the Christmas holiday travel season (travel between December 22-28). Here are eight tips to help you travel with ease, regardless of whether you are traveling with a companion

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orry. You will be unable to join me on my spiritual path. A professional asked me, “Where are you going on your journey? I said, “After I leave here I am headed to the groQUIET store. DESPERATION cery Mangoes, if they’re ripe.” She said that wasn’t what she meant. It was then that I realized that I am, more Craig Marshall or less, a paSmith perweight. An acrylic one, with a real scorpion inside. You won’t be able to sit cross-legged in front of me, and obtain any useful knowledge, unless it’s about blackand-white films or doo-wop. You will never be able to meet me in some remote location, sit in a tent with no air flow, and hear profound

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thoughts about life. On. This. Mortal. Coil. A friend of mind, who went through Naropa University (“Transform yourself. Transform the world.”) in Boulder, moved to Hawaii so that she could massage feet. I have never had a foot massage. I have never had a back massage. I have never had a massage-massage. I told the professional that perhaps I am on a spiritual journey and don’t even know it. Maybe we all are. Sure, I have inhaled at sunset beneath a cloudless sky, and contemplated things, but that’s as far as it’s gone. I read about a woman who teaches yoga. Specifically, something called Kundalini yoga. I thought all yoga was alike. Namely, you get some cool pants and a cool mat, and then you turn into a pretzel. A cool barefooted guy walks among his group, making gestures with his hands, just like SEE SMITH, P13

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SMITH: A simple wish: the ability to cross the street without being run over FROM PAGE 12

those women on “The Price is Right,” only slower and more poetically. Kundalini yoga isn’t like that. “It derives its name through a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of meditation, pranayama, chanting mantra and yoga asana” (Wikipedia). Oh. Then I had to look up “pranayama.” It has something to do with breath control. The dog and I pant in the summer,

but I don’t think that counts. What all of this amounts to is that there is another entire population that does not include me. The closest I get to belonging to any group, is rooting for my alma mater. That’s it. I am not inclined to discovering The Spirit, or finding the Principles of Life. I simply want to walk across the street to the mailbox without being run over. “The modern man should take it from the navel upwards to the middle of the eyebrows. This is called Sakti-Chala.”

I rarely quote the Bible, but this is a good one, from Proverbs. “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.” That’s me. I am the fool on the hill. My life is very, very limited. This, writing, is 25 percent of it. Painting is another 25 percent. The other two-thirds are none of your business. Kundalini yoga “aims to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on compassion and consciousness

needed to serve and heal others.” That’s very impressive. Yoga is an old discipline from India. Unfortunately, the news that often comes out of India is completely contrary to everything else that yoga sits for. I will stick with walking the dog, and humming “Blue Moon.” They get me through. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@

NORTON: There is still time to catch up on projects and goals that matter FROM PAGE 12

So if you are finding yourself behind in the game or if you have fallen behind on projects, timelines, sales goals, or anything else, just remember that there is still time on the clock, and you can do this. One of the phrases listed above always resonates with me a little more than the others, “Get your head in the game.” I love this because for me whenever I feel like I am behind or pressured to perform, I start to get too distracted as I think about ways to catch up or come from behind to win. I generate too many ideas and experience too many feelings and just don’t have enough focus. As soon as I

remind myself to find that focus, seek clarity, I can begin executing and getting done what needs to get done. And in that focus and clarity, I create space for those other words like passion, purpose and momentum to take root in my subconscious, and then I am off to the races and definitely on my way to a comeback. How about you? Where are you as the end of the year approaches? Are you far ahead of your plan and able to coast to victory or are you in need of a come-from-behind win before the end of the year? Either way I would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@gmail. com. And when we remember that there is still time on the clock, and that

we can find our focus and clarity in order to execute our comeback, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.

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el is the easiest and most efficient. Try to find routes that are more direct and require less travel time. For example, you may want to avoid layovers, but if the trip you are planning does require a layover to get to the final destination, be sure to allow ample time to reach the connecting flight. 3. Request assistance in advance. If you or your spouse has physical limitations, or other medical needs that require minor assistance, call the airline in advance to request disabled seating, assistive devices, or to get help carrying your luggage. You can also request pre-boarding, if needed, when checking in for your flight. 4. Ensure the destination is prepared. Call the hotels and tourist destinations you plan on visiting to ensure they can accommodate your needs. If you are traveling to visit family or friends, call to ensure that they understand your needs and are prepared to accommodate them. Giving them time to prepare will ensure you are comfortable and safe during your visit. 5. Print documents and make copies. Prepare a travel folder and include a full itinerary, along with copies of airplane or bus tickets, hotel reservations, and photocopies of important documents such as a passport or physician’s note. If you are traveling alone,

bring a duplicate folder in case one is misplaced. 6. Identify emergency contacts. Designate two or three people as emergency contacts and inform them of your travel plans. Send them ticket information and a full itinerary in advance so they are prepared if they are needed. If you are traveling to meet family and friends, send them a travel itinerary so that they know when to expect you. 7. Pack the important things. It is a good idea to pack light and ensure that you pack the essentials, including any medication or medical devices that you will need on your trip. Create a document outlining what time medications should be taken, and ask staff or family to remind you when it is time to take them. Traveling takes you out of your routine and it is important that you not miss any of your medications. 8. Protect belongings. In crowded places, such as airports and train stations, it’s easy to become the target of a thief. Decrease your chances of being robbed by switching out your purse for a money belt that can be worn under a shirt or by using a travel wallet on a neck cord that can be concealed under your coat. David Peck is the president of Home Care Assistance of Douglas County. He can be reached by email at

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Parker ‘speakeasy’ serves South African fare Restaurant draws from beyond metro area with comfort food BY TOM SKELLEY TSKELLEY@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

During the time of apartheid in South Africa, when discriminative policy forbade blacks from operating bars or selling alcohol, “shebeens” popped up throughout rural townships, giving locals a place to commiserate, eat and drink. “They were a makeshift bar/restaurant basically,” said Angus Hicks, co-owner and head chef of Jozi’s Kitchen and Shebeen, “kind of like a speakeasy.” Secrecy was key to survival for traditional shebeens, but Hicks is hoping word about his new venture gets out. In early September, Hicks, his brother John and Denver restaurateurs Omar and Nadia Malik opened Jozi’s in the plaza at 10971 S. Parker Road. The restaurant’s décor celebrates South African culture just as the menu features what Hicks describes as his homeland’s version of “comfort food.” New patrons can’t help but notice the South African-themed ambience, featuring pictures of Nelson Mandela and the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It doesn’t take long before they notice the exotic lingo on the menu, either. Items with names like chakalaka, bunny chow and monkey gland sauce — a gingery barbecue glaze that, according to Hicks, contains no monkeys or glands — stand out. Even the name “Jozi” is an homage to the South African nickname for the country’s largest city, Johannesburg. “First-timers are typically blown away,” sous chef Gentry Smith said. “The names of the food give people pause, but then they try it and they realize it’s more familiar than they thought.” The unique names and combination of exotic ingredients is a result of more than 400 years of foreign rule, Hicks said. Different empires came and went throughout Africa’s history, each bringing their favorite foods with them. The English brought curry, the Dutch brought sausage and the French simmered stews in cast-iron braiis, the large pots seen used in the restaurant’s logo. Malaysian, Portuguese and Indian influences helped shape the blend of sweet and savory flavors that characterize Jozi’s hearty fare. Response from the Parker community has been positive, Hicks said, but word-of-mouth has expanded the restaurant’s customer base beyond the Denver-metro area. “A lot of saffers come in from all over Colorado,” Hicks said, explaining that “saffer” is slang for a South

Sous chef Gentry Smith gets cooking at Jozi’s Kitchen and Shebeen on Nov. 11. Smith says customers are surprised at how familiar the menu items taste depsite their exotic names. PHOTOS BY TOM SKELLEY

Sous chef Gentry Smith takes a peek at the special of the day at Jozi’s Kitchen and shebeen in Parker on Nov. 11. Co-owner and head chef Angus Hicks likens the cast iron pot, or “braii,” to a South African barbecue. African citizen. “Some of them even cry.” Lisa and Farzad Farshad of Aurora are Yelpers, not saffers, but they were glad they gave Jozi’s a try and said they’d be back to try out more of the restaurant’s unique dishes. “I don’t think we really had any expectations,” Farzad said. “We like to try different things.” Sarah Hinckley, a longtime friend of Hicks’ who works at Jozi’s, said the Farshads aren’t the only satisfied customers she’s served lately. “I’ve never worked in a restaurant where I’ve picked up so many clean plates,” she said.

Angus Hicks, co-owner and head chef of Jozi’s Kitchen and Shebeen, unboxes South African delicacies in the restaurant’s retail section. Sarah Hinckley and Angus Hicks stand outside Jozi’s Kitchen and Shebeen on Nov. 11. The restaurant opened in September and attracts Coloradans from the Denver metro area and South African transplants from around the state.

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Tremendous tree-trimming Mayor and citizens ring in holiday season at O’Brien Park BY TOM SKELLEY TSKELLEY@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Hundreds of merry Parker residents huddled together at O’Brien Park on Nov. 25 to welcome the holiday season with carols, companionship and lots of wattage, as Mayor Mike Waid lit the town’s official Christmas tree and powered up the other illuminated decorations around the park. Only one person seemed determined not to enjoy himself, as Ebenezer Scrooge

interrupted Waid just as the event began and presented a petition requesting that holiday celebrations be canceled. But the crowd shouted him down and festivities commenced as scheduled. The Parker Chorale kicked off the evening with their rendition of “Silent night,” inviting the crowd to join in. A juggling nutcracker soldier, costumed carolers straight out of a Dickens novel and the sleigh bells of a horse-drawn carriage rounded out the event. Temperatures in the 40s were just low enough to remind revelers that winter is around the corner, without giving anyone an excuse to stay home. Attendees may have left with red noses and rosy cheeks, but their hearts were warmer for it.

Carolers from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” sing to keep the cold away at O’Brien Park for Parker’s official tree lighting ceremony.

Parker’s Christmas tree lights up O’Brien Park on Nov. 25 as attendees bask in its glow. There was no snow for the event but temperatures were cold enough to keep ice sculptures in the park from melting. PHOTOS BY TOM SKELLEY

An ornament on the town Christmas tree reflects a happy holiday scene at Parker’s tree lighting ceremony at O’Brien Park on Nov. 25. Hundreds attended the event that featured carolers, costumed characters and a prize giveaway.

A nutcracker soldier juggles illuminated pins at O’Brien Park for Parker’s tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 25. The Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge and Santa Claus also made appearances at the festive event.

Sofia Jaikel, 5, and her sister Gabriela, 3, inspect an ice sculpture at O’Brien Park during the tree lighting ceremony. Residents reveled in songs, costumed performers and festive lights around the park during the event.

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Stan Brown, right, and Mustafa, a Kazakhstani fruit farmer, show off some of the apples they have grown. Brown, who lives in Castle Rock, manages a program teaching orchard management techniques to farmers in the Central Asian country. COURTESY PHOTOS

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ince the late 1990s, Stan Brown and his wife, Tami, have been teaching Kazakhstani farmers to grow apples and other fruit trees. The Browns live in Castle Rock now, but they lived full-time in Kazakhstan until 2010. Stan returns to the Central Asian country several times a year as the project manager for the orchard management training program they founded there with the help of IDEAS, a Littletonbased nonprofit group for which Tami is director of international operations. They also run a for-profit tree nursery there. “It’s training poor farmers how to improve their lives,” Stan said. Kazakhstan is not the only country where IDEAS operates — and agriculture is far from the only field it has professionals in. IDEAS has more than 100 people doing longterm assignments in 14 countries, including Thailand, Jordan, India and Egypt, while another 20 to 40 per year go on short-term trips. Their projects range from nursing to dentistry to teaching and information technology. “Our mission is to demonstrate love in tangible ways,” says Sarah Rymer, director of communications and recruiting for IDEAS. “Our specific niche is professional skillsets.”

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By IRS standards, IDEAS is not a faith-based charity, Rymer said, but most of the group’s work is in partnership with local entities that are. Volunteers sign a statement of faith and are mostly Christian. However, Rymer said, IDEAS does not evangelize. “We are not traditional missionaries,” she said.

Birthplace of apples Kazakhstan has a rich history of fruit tree cultivation — in fact, the first apples were cultivated there. When the Browns moved there, however, the country’s orchards were in disrepair and its farmers had fallen behind on modern techniques. “The agriculture had fallen into a very sad state because of the economic collapse of the Soviet Union,” Stan said. After taking a survey trip to the country, the orchard project was born. “We had observed that the geography was very similar to eastern Washington,” Stan said. Washington is the leading appleproducing state in the U.S., growing 10 to 12 billion a year, mostly in the rural central and eastern portions of the state, according to the Washington Apple Commission. “It’s been very encouraging to see the fruit industry there take on modern elements and be productive,” Stan said of Kazakhstan. Children of missionaries, the Browns were both raised abroad, Stan in Pakistan and Tammy in Kenya. They met at Wheaton College in Illinois and have paired their SEE FAITH, P17

Members of the Karen ethnic group in Thailand study to become medics. The education program is administered by volunteers from IDEAS, a Littleton charity.

SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERING The Council for International Development calls skills-based volunteering “experteering.” “In increasing numbers, professionals are turning to travel and international service as a way to diversify their experience and help them start careers in the global development sector,” the New Zealandbased organization’s website says. The group urges would-be volunteers to find projects

that match their professional skills. For IDEAS, a Littleton-based nonprofit organization, those skills run the gamut from lab technicians to doctors and dentists in the health care field, to agriculture with mechanics, irrigation technicians, agricultural cost accountants and agricultural engineers. According to Sarah Rymer, director of communications and recruiting for

IDEAS, teachers are the most in-demand career for the group and Jordan is the country with the most demand. Though IDEAS volunteers are mainly Christian, Rymer said that they don’t go overseas to spread their faith. “It’s truly being an accountant or a teacher or a nurse,” she said. IDEAS can be found online at

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Castle Rock’s Starlighting is tradition for community Crowd of 20,000 gathers for growing — but still hometown — affair BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Jesse Zellmer and wife, Brittany, hold daughers Claire, 3, and Kendall, 5, as fireworks go off during the annual starlighting in Castle Rock. JESSICA GIBBS

Fireworks shot into the sky from atop “the Rock” in Castle Rock, and below, Kendall Zellmer, 5, and her sister Claire, 3, peered up from their parents’ shoulders. It was the family’s first time attending the town’s annual Starlighting event. Jesse and Brittany Zellmer moved with their daughters to Castle Rock in June. They arrived downtown about an hour earlier to look at Christmas lights and explore the activities, Brittany said. And, to wade their way through all the people. “I think it’s awesome,” she said. “It does have so many family friendly activities.” Castle Rock’s 80th annual “Lighting of the Star,” sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, swept through the town Nov. 19. The chamber estimates at least 20,000 people attended, up from last year’s attendance of 17,500. “It’s kind of the Castle Rock signature event,” chamber President Pam Ridler said. “Being the 80th Starlighting, I think was a great thing for the community.” Although it’s a growing affair, the Starlighting is still a hometown, family-oriented festival, she said. This year’s activities included hot chocolate, food, vendors, live music and a visit from Santa. When the star illuminated the night, people cheered and raised fists in the air before watching fireworks set off from atop the Rock. With such high attendance, parking was scarce. Eventgoers walked

long-distances and shuttled in from locations such as the county fairgrounds. Brittany Zellmer and her family were some who opted for the shuttle. “I can’t believe this many people are here,” she said. Watching fireworks not far away from the Zellmers were Raven Bernier, 17, and Cole Gonzalez, 17. Gonzalez attends Douglas County High School and makes the event an annual tradition. “Try to go every year,” he said. “I do think it’s unique in the community.” Gonzalez talked Bernier, who lives in Parker, into joining him. Bernier said she’d been to the Starlighting two years ago, but didn’t remember fireworks as part of the event. It ended up being her favorite part. The night was beautiful, Riddler said. The weather cooperated, the town was decorated in more lights than usual and the event celebrated the history of Castle Rock. And Ridler’s favorite part was demonstrated by people like the Zellmers and Gonzalez. “I think the beautiful thing about the Starlighting is hearing the stories from families,” Ridler said, “telling us that this is a tradition of their families.”

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professional skills with religious beliefs to work in developing countries for decades, with Stan working in business development and Tammy in public health. Before Kazakhstan, they lived in Turkey. The biggest obstacle to getting westerners to work in Kazakhstan is a perception that it might be a dangerous or undesirable place to live, Stan said. “Because it has ‘stan’ in its name, people think ‘Pakistan, Afghanistan, war,’” he said. However, he said the country is modern and has a lot to offer. “It’s a beautiful country with beautiful mountains,” he said. “When people over there ask us what Colorado is like, we say ‘it’s a lot like here.’ ”

A family affair Stan and Tami’s daughter and sonin-law, Lauren and Shledon Nest, also work for IDEAS, as health care professionals in Thailand. Lauren, a nurse by training, grew up mainly in Kazakhstan, while her parents worked there. Now, she and Sheldon, a son of Colombian immigrants who was raised in New Jersey, administer a program that trains people from the Karen ethnic group in rural parts of Thailand to be health care professionals. “I never would have imagined myself working with Karen people,” Sheldon said via email. “But when I learned of this opportunity I jumped at the chance to be a part of something that has lasting impact.” Lauren and Sheldon met at Liberty

University, a Christian school in Virginia, where Lauren received a nursing degree and Sheldon earned a degree in health promotion. Sheldon went on to get a master’s degree in public health from Colorado School of Public Health while Lauren worked as an emergency room nurse in Fort Collins. The Nests have been in the city of Chiang Mai, in the northern part of Thailand, for more than a year now, and their daughter was born there eight months ago. They believe they were meant to help there, Lauren said in an email: “We believe that God has called us to use our professional skills to work with individuals and communities that are marginalized and have very little access to quality health care.”

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Cups runneth over in ancient treatment Parker spa offers approach favored by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps BY TOM SKELLEY TSKELLEY@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Most people wouldn’t think to look for innovative technology and wellness treatments in one of Parker’s oldest buildings, but that’s what’s in store at Parker Day & Med Spa. The spa, at 19767 Pikes Peak Ave., blends the old and the new in both its Victorian appearance and the treatments offered within. Cutting-edge tools like lasers and ionic equalizers are combined with ancient treatments like massage and an ancient Asian practice that’s recently gotten recognition: cupping. “There’s definitely been quite a bit more interest in it since the Olympics,” manager Nadia Ker said. Swimming fans may remember Michael Phelps’ bruised physique during the 2016 Games in Rio. Phelps and other cupping proponents claim it relieves muscle pain and decreases tension after they train and compete, giving them a competitive edge. Owner Tina Long said interest in cupping may be new but she’s offered the treatment since 1993. Clients seek the treatment for migraines, improved circulation and carpal tunnel syndrome, among other maladies, she said. Everyday use forces muscles and skin to tighten, she said, and cupping pulls them loose. “It’s literally sucking your tissues up into this cup,” Long said. “It forces stretching within the skin, muscle tissue, fascia, tendons and ligaments.” Folk medicine practitioners have used cupping for centuries with the goal of stimulating the immune system, draining toxins from the body

and improving blood flow with bamboo, glass or plastic cups. At Long’s spa, clients begin the treatment by standing on a treadmilllike movement plate that vibrates vigorously to ramp up blood circulation. The next step is lying on a massage table as lasers pass over the client to heal the skin. A massage follows, during which the cups are applied to the back. The cups are gently set on the skin, then a valve is pumped to extract air and create suction. “A lot of people aren’t used to the feeling because it’s a pull, not a push,” said massage therapist Anna Robertson, who likens the technique to the opposite of pushing on pressure points. “It’s kind of a sucking, pinchy feeling,” said Rich Gerber, a seven-year client at the spa who said he’s been getting cupping treatments about once a month for the past 18 to 24 months. Despite increased interest in the procedure, there isn’t much clinical research on cupping’s effectiveness. Researcher Edzard Ernst of the University of Exeter wrote that there is some evidence that it may relieve pain, but it is difficult to evaluate claims of other health benefits from the practice. But, though he admits he was initially skeptical, Gerber swears by the treatment to relieve pain in his muscles and lower back. “The first time it was like `What are you doing to me?’ ” he said. “But the more and more they did it, the better and better I felt.” One unavoidable side-effect that comes with the treatment is bruising, but Gerber and Long said they generate more laughter than discomfort. Long avoids placing cups on clients’ necks. For some reason, she said, “They don’t want their spouses to see bruises on their necks.”

Parker Day & Med Spa owner Tina Long applies cups to a client as lasers flash over his body on Nov. 14. Long says the lasers, along with cupping and an ionic foot bath, detoxify the body. COURTESY PHOTOS Cups on a client at the Parker Day & Med Spa stretch the skin and muscle tissue on Nov. 14. Massage therapist Anna Robertson likens the sensation to a “pull” rather than the “push” associated with traditional massage.

Rich Gerber shows off the aftereffects of a recent cupping session at Parker Day & Med Spa. Gerber says he and his wife find the treatments relieve pain and tension.

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Make a winter safety kit A motorist traveling in winter conditions should make a winter safety kit and keep it in his or her car, Washburn recommends. The kit should include, at minimum, blankets, non-perishable

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Katherine McNeill, a local Douglas county artist best known for her vibrant oil landscape paintings with subjects including aspen trees, majestic mountains and floral still life’s inspired by the beauty of Colorado and her travels is retiring after 40 years. Katherine, a member of the Society of Portrait Artists of America has enjoyed a career of making everything she works on a masterpiece to behold. Losing yourself in her realistic paintings, one can almost feel and smell the mountain air. Having a beautiful, mystical feeling to them once in awhile you will even discover an angel hidden ever so delicately in the trees or maybe even discretely in the clouds. Mainly a self taught artist, Katherine studied briefly under such notables as Quang Ho, Joseph Boehler, Loyd Thorsten, and Mickey McGuire. Katherine paints with a very heavy pallet knife to create a threedimensional look to her paintings. Katherine has collectors Nationally and Internationally. As part of her retirement, Katherine is offering a unique opportunity to own one of her original paintings at a fraction of what they sell for in galleries. For a limited time only she is offering private appointments in her studio. Appointments can be made by calling 303.688.9117.

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ brings holiday happiness to Lone Tree BY SONYA ELLINGBOE SELLINGBOE@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

“It’s an iconic and important story,” said actor Jamie Horton as he looked forward to “a season inhabiting the character of George Bailey. I care a lot about it and am very fond of the piece — it’s really special as a live radio play …” Horton, currently an associate professor of drama at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, performed with the Denver Center Theatre Company for its first 23 years and was a much-loved figure in the Denver theater

community. He has returned regularly over the holidays to perform with Stories on Stage and in an annual Christmas reading at the Tattered Cover Book Store (Dec. 12 this year.) This season, he will perform as George Bailey in Lone Tree Arts Center’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” which runs Dec. 8-18. The play, adapted by Joe Landry from the 1946 movie that starred Jimmy Stewart as Bailey, will be directed by Randal Mylar, who also worked at DCTC in earlier years and helmed last year’s “Explorer’s Club” at Lone Tree, as well as

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Centura Health Emergency and Urgent Care Meridian, located at 9949 S. Oswego St. in unincorporated Douglas County, welcomes patients on Nov. 15. The building combines primary care, pediatrics, medical imaging and an emergency and urgent care department all in one facility. PHOTOS BY TOM SKELLEY

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Symptomatic south metro residents unsure about whether they should visit an emergency room or an urgent care clinic now have another option that combines the benefits of both: Centura Health Emergency and Urgent Care recently opened at 9949 S. Oswego Street just east of I-25, complementing the primary care offices in the building. Located in northern Douglas County, the building is a joint venture between Centura Health and the Larkin Group, a Texas company known for its chain of successful free-standing ER clinics. “We treat everything here,” the center’s nurse manager, Dean Feller, said. “When a patient comes in, we take them to an examination room and the nurse and physician will know what’s wrong… We prefer to downgrade rather than escalate.” Another advantage to the facility is, should a patient come in with a life-threatening injury, he or she can be stabilized, sent to Sky Ridge or Parker Adventist hospitals and admitted directly without going through a separate registration process. Check-in times at the ER and urgent care are shorter than at most area hospitals. According to Muntz, the

facility tracks the time patients spend at the clinic, and times between when patients arrive and get a room was four minutes in October, with a “doorto-doctor” time of eight minutes. Another advantage to the facility is the “one-stop shop” convenience of having urgent care and emergency care under one roof, Muntz said. If patients comes into the emergency room and their injuries are found to be less serious than first thought, they can be de-escalated to urgent care rooms rather than sent to another facility. Likewise, patients in a primary care, pediatric or women’s care visit in the south wing of the building don’t need to go somewhere else for X-rays or MRIs. The atmosphere at Meridian is different from a typical ER, a point of pride for Sarah Muntz, marketing manager for Larkin. Wall art from Colorado artists compliments the softlycolored accent walls and comfortable furniture in exam and waiting rooms. “The overall feel of the building contributes to a good feeling for the patient,” Muntz said. “We wanted to make it feel welcoming, not sterile. The flooring’s not all linoleum squares.” Patient volumes have exceeded expectations, said Debra Carpenter, south Denver group director for Centura Health, noting that the building is located to serve people within a sevenminute drive, “We did a lot of assessment into the community to make sure there was a need for this,” Carpenter said. “We were right.”

Nurse manager Dean Feller sits in an examination room in the emergency department of the Centura Health Emergency and Urgent Care facility west of Parker on Nov. 15. The center combines urgent care, emergency and primary care services in one building.

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CURTAIN TIME Four short plays “4 X’Mas” by George Cameron Grant is presented by the new Lost and Found Productions Dec. 9-17 at the Bug Theatre, 3674 Navajo St., Denver Highlands. Four female directors bring four short holiday plays to the stage: Deb Flomberg, Allison Learned, Katie Mangett and Elizabeth Neuhauser. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Dec. 21, 22; 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 18; $15 advance/$20 at the door, Santa at Avenue Theater “Santa’s Big Red Sack” is presented for the eighth year, through Dec. 24, at the Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver Uptown. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and Dec. 21; 4 p.m. Sundays and Christmas Eve. Tickets cost $27.50,

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$24-$37, 303-739-1970, Arthur Miller “A View From the Bridge” plays Dec. 2 through Dec. 31 at the Edge Theater, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Directed by John Ashton. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Monday Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 22 (no performance Dec. 24). Tickets, $28, 303-232-0363.

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Castle Rock nonprofit offers alternative PTSD treatments Free acupuncture clinics available to veterans and their caretakers

ACUPUNCTURE MAY HELP WITH PTSD According to the National Center for PTSD of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the use of complementary or alternative mental heath treatments is widespread.


Air Force veteran Jake Jacobs recently sat in a dimmed, incensefilled room as Marty Albring of Four Directions Wellness Foundation poked needles into his ears. By the time she finished, it looked as though an orange porcupine had attached to each side of Jacobs’ head. The approximate 1-inch needles with orange tips protruded like quills from his ears in every direction. Although Jacobs at first didn’t like the thought of all those needles, he now receives regular acupuncture treatments from Albring at the Castle Rock center. Despite the appearance, the needles don’t hurt, he said, and the relaxation effects of the auricular acupuncture he receives help control the symptoms of his autoimmune disease. Jacobs undergoes the therapy to curb nerve pain. But he’s recruiting area veterans to try Albring’s acupunture for many reasons — particularly in the hopes of treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The nonprofit has begun to offer free, twice-monthly clinics for veterans to try the alternative treatment method. It’s aimed at veterans suffering from PTSD, but the therapy can treat them and their caretakers for a number of conditions, Albring said. Those include anxiety, depression or illnesses like Jacobs’. The next clinic will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 22 at Albring’s office, 405 S. Wilcox St., Suite 301. She prefers people pre-register online at so they can track anticipated attendance levels. Jacobs, a Parker resident, was as-

Marty Albring, executive director of the Four Directions Wellness Foundation in Castle Rock, performs acupuncture therapy on Jake Jacobs of Parker. JESSICA GIBBS signed to a base in southern Australia from 1981 to 1986. He was diagnosed with idiopathic sensory-motor polyneuropathy in 2012. “Idio means unknown cause,” Albring said. “Big long words to basically say they don’t know,” Jacobs said. The illness affects sensory and motor nerves of the peripheral nervous system, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, but no cause is known. Symptoms include pain in the hands and feet, weakening of the muscles and trouble with balance or walking. Jacobs sought alternative treatment methods, he said, when his doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs told him they’d done what they could for his progressing disease. “The two things that seem to be a staple in giving me some effort of relief is the acupuncture and the neuro-massages,” he said. Jacobs has tried a slew of experimental medications and alternative treatments. The medications are hit and miss. The neuromuscular massages help, as does acupuncture in providing temporary relief, he said.

“Complementary and alternative medicine,” referred to as CAM therapies, are treatments that are not standard to Western medicine. Complementary treatments are those used in conjunction with conventional methods, and alternative refers to those used in place of conventional treatments. Examples of CAM treatments include acupuncture, meditation,

relaxation and yoga. Evidence surrounding the benefits of alternative PTSD treatments is limited. Research available suggests that some approaches can be beneficial, and the VA is supporting more research into alternative and complementary PTSD treatments. Acupuncture may help those with PTSD, according to a pilot study conducted in 2007 by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

To show his gratitude, Jacobs has helped Albring and her husband, John Anderson, who serves on the nonprofit’s board of directors, with technical support for Four Directions Wellness Foundation website. Jacobs has also put the word out with local American Legion chapters, the VA and various veterans groups. Four Directions Wellness Foundation received its nonprofit classification in June and models its services after Acupuncturists Without Borders, Albring said. The organization brings acupuncture to areas hit by natural disasters, human conflict, poverty or social injustice. Albring began practicing in Castle Rock during the 1990s. She took her work to Georgia for 12 years and then returned approximately three years ago. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and licensed in Colorado and Georgia.

The study found that those treated by acupuncture over a 12-week period saw similar results to those who received group cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that changing negative thinking and behavior will improve a person’s emotions and behavior, according to the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health cautioned that the study is preliminary research and examined a small group of 73 participants.

Many treatments considered alternative in the Unites States are conventional in other countries. Acupuncture, for example, is used in traditional Chinese medicine but not standard practice in the U.S. When Jacobs first came to Four Direction Wellness Foundation, he had a list of more than 20 primary and supplemental medications, including morphine. Through the help of acupuncture, Jacobs said, he’s whittled that down to about nine medications he hopes to evenually discontinue. Albring strongly believes in the benefits of acupuncture. It helps on a holistic level, she said, by balancing the body and bringing relief on a mental and emotional level. Jacobs has been her inspiration to begin helping veterans, she said — they have nothing to lose by trying acupuncture. “It can’t do harm,” Albring said. “It can only balance the body or do nothing.”

Decline in dementia rate might hit wall as generations age BY LINDSEY TANNER ASSOCIATED PRESS

New research documents another decline in dementia rates but experts say the rising numbers of older Americans may halt that trend unless better ways are found to keep brains healthy. The study released Nov. 21 shows the rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in adults aged 65 and up dropped to about 9 percent in 2012 from nearly 12 percent in 2000, continuing a decline noted in earlier research. Older adults with the most schooling had the lowest dementia rates, and the average education level increased

during the study years. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, which can also be caused by strokes, Parkinson’s disease and other conditions. Led by University of Michigan researchers, the study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The National Institute on Aging paid for the research. Study looked at thousands Researchers analyzed nationally representative government surveys of about 10,500 older adults in both years, including some living in nursing homes. They were interviewed and given mental tests by phone or in person; spouses or relatives responded

for those impaired by dementia or other illness. The dementia rate declined amid a rise in diabetes and heart disease. Both increase risks for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, but the researchers say better treatment for both diseases may explain the results. Obesity rates also increased, while dementia was most common among underweight adults. Previous research has shown weight loss may precede dementia by several years and that late-life obesity may be healthier than being underweight. But a journal editorial says more research is needed to determine whether excess pounds in older age somehow protect the brain.

Prevalence increases with age Dementia was most common in the oldest adults; in 2012 almost 30 percent of adults aged 85 and up were afflicted versus just 3 percent of those 65-74. The number of adults aged 85 and older is rapidly rising and is expected to triple by mid-century. John Haaga, director of the National Institute on Aging’s behavior and social research division, said dementia rates would have to decline much more sharply than they have to counteract that trend. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that about 5 million people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s, and that is expected to rise to almost 14 million by 2050.

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Venue brings beautiful lights to holiday nights

udson Gardens, at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton, is transformed into a magical spot to visit through New Year’s Eve, with thousands of lights that twinkle and invite a visitor to walk along curving paths, through a lighted tunnel and beside the reflective pond. Meet Santa and enjoy hot cocoa — and music — as you wander. Hours: 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, SONYA’S 11, 16 through 24, 26 SAMPLER through 31. Tickets: $9 adult/$7 member/$7 military/$6 child ages 4-12/ free 3 and under. (Altitude Tickets or at the door.) Free parking. ‘Free for Kids’ program The Denver Art Museum has added two-year support from Bellco for its Free For Kids (18 and under) general admission to the museum. Since trustee Scott Reiman initiated the program in March 2015, school visits have increased more than 50 percent. A related mural by local artists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios is also funded by Bellco at 1515 Market St. (1515 Restaurant) in Denver. Information: (Special exhibits such as the current ‘Star Wars’ one cost extra.)

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‘Nutcracker’ ballet The Littleton Youth Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” will be presented at Colorado Heights University Theatre, 3001 S. Federal Blvd. Performances: 7 p.m. Dec. 2; 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and Noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets: 303-794-6694,

The blue and crystal glittering trees at Hudson Gardens are near the pond and reflect in the water during “A Hudson Christmas.” COURTESY PHOTO

303-987-7845, Ballet Ariel Ballet Ariel will present seven performances of “The Nutcracker” at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood: 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets: $35/$30/$25 (children),, 303-987-7845. Gift books Specially selected gift books are available at two local libraries: The Better Book Bonanza on Dec. 3 and 4 at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, and Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum’s Holiday Sale, which runs daily during library hours through Christmas Eve at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton.

ACC Music Dept. Three free concerts are the Arapahoe Community Music Department’s gift to the community. All are in the Waring Theatre, Littleton campus: • Dec. 6, 7 p.m. — ACC Choir, directed by Ron Kientz • Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. — ACC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Cecil Lewis • Dec. 12, 7 p.m. — ACC String Orchestra, directed by Rene Knetsch

Nature photographs Photographers are invited by the Audubon Nature Center to participate in the fifth annual “Share the View” International Nature Photography Competition. See (Proceeds benefit the education program.) Winning images will be displayed by the Mile High Wildlife Photography Club in January at University of Colorado South Campus (formerly the Wildlife Experience.)

Denver Potters Association The Denver Potters Association Winter Show and Sale will be Dec. 1-4 at Sixth Avenue United Church, 3250 E. Sixth Ave., Denver. Potter Anita Garfein of Littleton will exhibit her work. Hours: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4.

Silly stuff The Ultimate Christmas Show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at PACE Center, by “the fruitcakes of the Reduced Shakespeare Company,” who will give us an irreverent but heartwarming trip through the holidays.

Holiday jazz performances The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra will perform its Christmas show twice, with vocalist Heidi Schmidt: Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at Rialto Theatre in Loveland, 228 E. Fourth St. (970-962-2120) or Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Tickets: $20/$25/$30,

Arapahoe Philharmonic “Miracles of the Season” is the holiday-themed concert by the Arapahoe Philharmonic, to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Haydn’s “Miracle Symphony” will be featured. Tickets: or 303-781-1892.

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Littleton Youth Ballet ‘Nutcracker’: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Colorado Heights University, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver. Contact Littleton Youth Ballet at 303-794-6694 or go to http://www.littletonyouthballet. org/the-nutcracker. The Nutcracker Ballet: 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at The Oriental Theater, 7373 E. Fremont Drive, Centennial. Presented by Golden Dance Arts. Go to http:// Youth Theater Auditions: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Spotlight Performing Arts Center, 6328 E. County Line Road, Highlands Ranch. Ages 6-18; show is “Alice in Wonderland, The Full-Length Musical.” Class meets from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays; performance is in April. Go to or call 720-44-DANCE for information and tuition rates. A Christmas Story, The Musical: through Friday, Dec. 30 at Town Hall Arts Center. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, with a 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Nov. 26 and 7:30 p.m. shows Wednesday, Dec. 12 ad Dec. 28. Tickets available at the Town Hall box office, online at or by calling 303794-2787 ext. 213.


Colorado Wind Ensemble Outdoor Exposure: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Featuring photographer John Fielder Go to http://www. outdoor-exposurewith-photographer-john-fielder/ Live! With the Colorado Celtic Harp Society: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way. No registration required; call 303791-7323 or go to Smithtonians Handbell Choir: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Hear seasonal favorites. Call 303-795-3961. Advent Recitals: noon Wednesdays at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9201 S. University Blvd.,

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this week’s TOP FIVE Holiday Celebration at the Mansion: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Road. Horse drawn hay rides, Santa visits, music, vendors and reindeer games. Self-guided tours and a Candyland-themed scavenger hunt. Free event parking at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Shuttle buses begin at 9:45 a.m. No event parking at the mansion. Call 303-791-0430. Go to Community Fundraiser/ Women’s Self-Defense Class: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Deep Space Event Center, 11020 S. Pikes Peak Drive, Parker. Dragon Hearts Martial Arts teaches self-defense, and all proceeds go to the Open the Doors fund for Parker’s new community center. Go to

Highlands Ranch. Enjoy light soup lunch; $4 donation requested. Contact Mark Zwilling at 303 794-2683 or Recital schedule: St. Andrew Sisters, Dec. 7; Jubilee Handbell Choir, Dec. 14; Kay Coryell, Dec. 21. Reunited at Christmas Dinner Concert: 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9201 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Dinner served at 6 p.m. Tickets for sale at www. Contact Mark Zwilling at 303 794-2683 or Arapahoe Philharmonic ‘Miracle of the Season’: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes will give a brief talk at 6:45 p.m. Tickets available at www. or by calling 303-7811892. Christmas with the Young Voices of Colorado: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Presented by the Littleton Symphony Orchestra, along with Young Voices of Colorado. Tickets available at the Gorsett Violin Shop, 8100 S. Quebec St., and at Call 303-933-6824.

‘A Figgy Pudding Party’: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock. An evening of holiday music and desserts. Tickets required; contact 303-688-4259 or Call 303-660-0057 or go to for information. History of Denver’s Union Station: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Presented by author Rhonda Beck. Refreshments served at 6:45 p.m. Contact 303-814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety. org or Admission is free. Winter Wonderland Holiday Open House: 3-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties, 6538 S. Racine Circle, Centennial. Dinner, music, games. Networking opportunity for service providers, teachers, parents. Meet new board members.

Cherry Creek Chorale ‘Gloria!’: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village. Go to http://www.cherrycreekchorale. org. Tidings from Bethlehem Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 E. Belleview Ave., Englewood. Go to Santa Visit: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in his little red house at the corner of Broadway and Plaza Drive. Santa visits are free and open to all. Park at the Highlands Ranch Metro District parking lot at 62 Plaza Drive, and walk around the building to see Santa. For the safety of those attending and cars driving by, please do not park on Plaza Drive. Call 303-791-0430. Lone Tree Arts Center Guild Holiday Party: a celebration and thank you to guild members on Saturday, Dec. 10. To join the guild, or for information on the holiday party, contact Tonya at 303-489-5533 or Snowball Dinner Dance Showcase, Am Jam: 4-8 pm. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Adventures in Dance, 1500 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton. Enjoy professional show and dance ballroom, Latin, salsa, swing and tango to your favorite DJ tunes. Call 720-276-0562 or go to https:// event/dancing-with-the-monstars-dinner-dance-showcase/.


SoSu Artist Collective Pop Up Gallery and Market: opening celebration from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; pop-ups open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4 at 6905 S. Broadway. Loose and Fun Pastel Painting Workshop: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at First Presbyterian Church, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton. Led by Fort Collings artist Diane Edwards. Go to http:// Contact Mary Kay Jacobus, mkstudio@comcast. net or 303-594-4667.


Light Up the Holidays Christmas party: 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Valley Country Club, 14601 Country Club Drive, Centennial. Plated dinner, entertainment and more. The Founding Chapter of the Denver Metro Breakfast Club event. Call Bernadette Julich, 303862-7912 to RSVP and for information. Tree Lighting and Holiday Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Hot chocolate bar, hot cider and cookies. Event takes place before center’s production of “The Nutcracker Suite.” Go to www.

An Evening of Help and Hope: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Cielo at Castle Pines, 485 W. Happy Canyon Road. Benefit for the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. Silent, live auctions, wine wall, games, food and drinks. Tickets and information at www.detaskforce. org or call Carolyn at 303-6881114 ext. 14. Festival of Trees: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Cimarron Middle School, 12130 Canterberry Parkway, Parker. More than 40 themed trees available to win. Go to George C. Evans American Legion Post 103: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. General meeting will address the upcoming oratorical contest and other 2017 activities. HRCA Holiday House Decorating Contest: submit photos with online form by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Map showing location of each site will be posted; residents visit and vote for their favorites from Dec. 10-14. Winners announced Dec. 17. Go to http://HRCAonline. org/contest for submission form and more information. A Hudson Christmas: 5-8 p.m. select days through Saturday, Dec. 31 at Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Go to Tickets available at


Commitment Day 5k Run/Festival: 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1 around the neighborhoods of Life Time Fitness in Parker. All levels and abilities welcome. Go to http:// for registration. Discounted registration through Nov. 30. Contact Heather Crosby at

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Rotary honors Ponderosa High School’s Chris Waid Active teen selected as Student of the Month BY TOM SKELLEY TSKELLEY@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

The Rotary Club of Parker honored Chris Waid as its Student of the Month from Ponderosa High School for November. Chris maintains a 4.26 grade-point average and is ranked third in his class of 321 students. He is a member of the National Honor Society, varsity baseball team and past member of the National Art Honor Society, National

German Honor Society, German Club and Sources of Strength. “He is trustworthy and kind, intelligent and self-effacing, willing to lend a hand and able to stand up for himself,” said Gary Cordray, Waid’s AP Literature teacher. “He represents his family, school and state admirably.” Waid has participated in various school and community service projects, including the NAHS bake sale, bringing breakfast to firefighters on 9/11, the Sagewood robotics club, Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet and Sagewood School Check-in. In the fall, he will be attending the Colorado School of Mines, pursuing a degree in chemical engineering.

Chris Waid accepts the Student of the Month award from the Rotary Club of Parker. Pictured from left are Rotary Club President Kam Breitenbach, brother Matt, father and Mayor Mike Waid, mother Pamela, Chris Waid, teacher Gary Cordray and Rotarian Bill Kelly. COURTESY PHOTO

CLUBS Editor’s note: To add or update a club listing, e-mail Political Douglas County Democrats executive committee meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at various sites. Contact Mike Jones at 720-509-9048 or email Social-discussion meetings take place in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree and Roxborough. Visit and click on calendar for more information. Douglas County Libertarian Development Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Rio Grande Restaurant, 9535 Park Meadows Drive. Go to The group also has a very active Facebook page. In addition, we are also recognized by the State Libertarian party. Contact Wayne Harlos at 303-2293435. Douglas County Republican Women meets at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday each month at the Lone Tree Golf and Hotel. Call Marsha Haeflein at 303-841-4318 or visit or Highlands Ranch, Roxborough, and Lone Tree Democrats meet at 7 p.m. the Thursday of every month for topical speakers and lively discussion at the James H. LaRue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Visit www. for more information. Parker Democrats meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month for discussion of timely topics, led by knowledgeable speakers, at the South Metro Fire Station 45, 16801 Northgate Drive, Parker. Visit for information. Professional BEST Leads (Businesses Exclusively Supporting Teammates) mets from 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Rock Wood Fired Kitchen, 19340 E. Cottonwood Drive, Parker. This is a Leads group on steroids, with 45-plus members and exclusive representation. Call Jeff at 303-717-1492. BNI Connections ( invites business owners to at-

tend its meeting held each Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle. There is no charge to attend a meeting as a guest. Please visit or contact Jack Rafferty, 303-414-2363 or Build Business Today, a business networking group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every first and third Thursday at Johnny Carino’s in Parker. Visit or call 720-840-5526. CERTUS Professional Network meets for its Parker networking event from 9:30-11 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Panera Bread, 11290 Twenty Mile Road, Parker. Build your network, grow your business, network less. Our events are structured to connect professionals with the resources, power partners and leaders to expand their business and the business of others. Open to all industries, includes 30 minutes of open networking and organized introductions to the group. Cost: $12 non-CERTUS members at the door. First participants pay half price. RSVP not required. More info about CERTUS™ Professional Network at http://www. Douglas-Elbert County Music Teachers’ Association meets at 9 a.m. every first Thursday at Parker Bible Church, between Jordan and Chambers on Main Street. All area music teachers are welcome. Call Lucie Washburn, 303-814-3479. Leads Club Southeast Superstars meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at LePeep at Parker and Orchard roads. Call Linda Jones at 720-641-0056. The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe County has two meetings per month. No unit meetings are in June through August, but the two unit meetings per month will begin again in September on second Monday evenings and second Thursday mornings. Call 303-798-2939. The group is open to residents of Douglas County. Parker Leaders, a leads group with a networking attitude, meets from 10:30-11:45 a.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Parker Heating & Air, 18436 Longs Way, Unit 101. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit the club, which is seeking new members, including a personal

trainer, massage therapist, acupuncturist, lawyer, bookkeper, telecom consultant and computer repair technician. Contact Parker Leads meets from 4-5 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesdays. Call 303524-9890. South Metro Sales and Business Professionals, a networking group, meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at August Moon, 18651 E. Mainstreet, in Parker. Call Tom Joseph at 303-840-5825 for information. Recreation Altitude Multisport Club invites anyone interested in triathlon, running, biking, or swimming to join us for group workouts. Sunday morning swims at the Parker Rec Center and run and bike workouts throughout the week. Whether you’re an Ironman or have run a 5K, we welcome all abilities. Go to www.AltitudeMultisport. com for more information. Ave Maria Community Orchestra The Ave Maria Community Orchestra is a nondenominational volunteer organization looking for your musical talent. All ages and talents are welcome to join us sharing a great time making great music. Our group performs in many genres, including classical, ballad, show tunes, big band, jazz, and much more. We are looking for singers, strings, brass, woodwind, piano, guitar and percussion. Call Mark Metzler at 720-255-7755. Camping Singles is a group of Colorado single adults who enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, biking, sightseeing, photography, the camaraderie of others, and starry nights around the camp fire. We usually camp in designated forest service or state park campgrounds within 2 to 5 hours of Denver. We welcome all single adults. Our membership ranges from the 40s to 60-plus. We usually meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. For specific meeting information, contact Castle Rock Bridge Club plays a friendly, ACBL-sanctioned duplicate game at 1 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at Plum Creek Golf Club, 331 Players Club Drive, Castle Rock. For assistance in finding a bridge partner, call Georgiana Butler at

303-810-8504. Go to Cycle Club meets at 9 a.m. Saturdays in the parking lot of Southeast Christian Church. Tour the streets of Parker, Elizabeth and Castle Rock. Call John at 720-842-5520. Duplicate Bridge If you enjoy duplicate bridge, come join us for an ACBL sanctioned open game at 12:30 p.m. every Monday at the Lone Tree Recreation Center. Please arrive by 12:15. All are welcome; it’s a fragrance-free environment. A free question-and-answer session from 11 a.m. to noon covers bidding boxes, hand records, losing trick count, conventions, rules of duplicate bridge and more. Cost is $1.50 for South Suburban Park and Recreation District residents; $1.75 for non-residents. Reservations required. Call Sue Bauer at 303-641-3534. Life Time Run Club: free social runs at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. Saturdays at Life Time Fitness, Parker. Open to members and non-members. Routes vary from 1.5 to 6 miles. Runs are led by experienced coaches who cater to all levels and abilities. Go to Sub_Social/socialruns.html or call run coordinator Heather Crosby at hcrosby@ Parker Arts Council has youth open mic/ karaoke nights on the first Thursday of each month. The event is open to all ages. Kids 12 and under eat free. Takes place at Clavin’s Bar and Grill, 17904 Cottonwood Drive, Parker. Salty Dog Sailing Club If you love to sail or want to try, if you don’t have a boat, if you have a boat but don’t sail enough because you cannot find a crew, the Salty Dog Sailing Club is for you. The club meets the second Thursday of the month. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with the business meeting commencing at 7 p.m. Go to for meeting locations and directions. Therapeutic riding. Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding in Parker offers free therapeutic riding for developmentally disabled adults and children. Scholarship money is available for Douglas County residents to provide 10 therapeutic riding lessons. Call 303-841-5007 or visit www.

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Valor to play familiar foe for title Brogan’s field goal gives Eagles semifinal victory over Creek

Lions to honor late hoops legend


ittleton High School will honor the memory of former stand- b out basketball player Brooks b Thompson at its home-opening a H game between the Lions and Kenc nedy at 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Thompson, who helped Littleton win w OVERTIME the 1987 and 1989 4A state champion- y A ships, died June 9 at the age of 45 from multiple organ R H failure. Thompson’s wife, J S Michelle, mother Sue, brother Chip V and aunt Jan will Jim Benton be at the game for the halftime tribute that will have a commemorative Littleton jersey unveiled. Ron Vlasin, Thompson’s coach, will take part in the halftime ceremony. Thompson averaged 28.5 points and nine assists a game as a senior and was the 1989 Colorado High School player of the year.


Freshman kicker Brian Brogan made sure Valor Christian took care of business in the Class 5A semifinals. Brogan kicked a 28-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift Valor to a 10-7 victory over Cherry Creek on Nov. 26 at the Stutler Bowl, propelling the Eagles to their eighth straight state championship game. Brogan had missed a 35-yard attempt in the second quarter but was clutch when it counted most. “I could feel my heart kind of dropping and this was kind of a must-do kind of kick,” Brogan said. “I just went on the field, put my head down and drove through it.” Defending champion Valor Christian (10-3) will be seeking its seventh title in three different classifications when the Eagles challenge another familiar foe in Pomona (12-1) in the championship game, which will be at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Pomona, runner-up to the Eagles in the state title game last season, defeated Regis Jesuit, 24-7, in the other semifinal game. Valor used a fumble recovery to set up a late drive to come from behind to edge the Panthers 29-26 in the 2015 state title game after the Panthers had won an early season contest last season. Pomona once again downed the Eagles 23-16 in a regular-season encounter earlier this season. “They’ll probably talk about revenge about how we won the state championship game last year,” Valor Christian coach Rod Sherman said. “We’re not going to talk about revenge from our earlier game. We want to come out and play as hard as we can. God gave us one more week with

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Valor Christian’s Luke McCaffrey (2) leaps to pull in the interception away from Cherry Creek’s Nick Williams (10). The Eagles prevailed over Cherry Creek by the score of 10-7 on Nov. 26 at the Stutler Bowl in the 5A state semifinal. PAUL DISALVO our team and we want to enjoy that. “Hopefully we will be battle tested after the Creek game and be ready.” Sherman was quick to emphasize to his team, which got off to a slow start this season, that this is different than the seven other state title game appearances. “This feels as good going into the championship game as I can ever remember because of how we battled through some tough times this year,” Sherman said. “At 1-3, you remind the kids to stay on course and that

allowed us to teach them the lessons using the analogy that in marriages these days it seems like when the going gets tough society says ‘go find a new wife.’ What scripture tells us is to dig deep, stay the course and continue to grow. “Who knows what will happen next week. I hope our kids will be able to look back and say there was joy in the process and there was success in the journey.” SEE FOOTBALL, P31

KEEPING SCORE WITH... JP MARINARO What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy because I enjoy an action/ thriller that keeps me on the edge of my seat every time. What is your favorite pre-competition meal? Over-easy eggs on toast because I just like eggs. Why do you participate in sports? I participate in sports for the challenge to win and beat the other opponent and also because I love competition.

What is your favorite type of music and who is your favorite artist? My favorite favorite types of music are rap and classic rock. My favorite band is Led Zeppelin. What is your favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in school is biology because I love learning more about the world we live in. Do you have any pre-competition superstitions or rituals? I do. My pre-game ritual is when I get into the car, I put on my music and look out the window until I get to the rink, then we go out for team warmups once we are all at the rink.

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Running strong Mountain Vista’s girls cross country team finished second to Broomfield in the Class 5A state cross country meet in October. However, the Vista girls haven’t stopped running. Competing under the moniker of the Vista Nation Cross Country Club, the girls captured the Nike Cross National Southwest Regional team title Nov. 19 at Grande Sports Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona, and qualified to race in the Nike Cross Nationals Dec. 3 in Portland, Oregon. Vista Nation beat favored Desert Vista by 12 points in the regionals while Broomfield finished third. Six of the seven Vista girls who took part in the state meet ran in Arizona, with freshman Sarah O’Sullivan leading the charge. She was 15th overall with a time of 18:17, but was fourth among the runners competing for the team title. Freshman Jenna Fitzsimmons was seventh and Caroline Eck, recovering from a lower-leg injury, was ninth among the athletes in the team competition. All-State volleyball, gymnastics released its all-state teams for volleyball and gymnastics, which included several area athletes. Melissa Evans from Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon’s Skylar Lane, Alyssa Oswald of Mountain Vista and Jasmine Schmidt of Chaparral were named to the Class 5A first team. Evans was tabbed player of the year. Ali Travis and Sam Weber of Holy SEE BENTON, P31

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All-league volleyball selections announced STAFF REPORT

Seven members of league volleyball champion Rock Canyon have been named all-Continental League and the Jaguars’ Angela NylundHanson has been named league coach of the year. First team all-league selections were: Setter: Skylar Lane, Sr., Rock Canyon; Lauren Lowry, Jr., Castle View; Ava Larkin, Sr., Chaparral Outside hitter: Keeley Davis, Jr., Rock Canyon; Melissa Evans, Sr., Highlands Ranch; Kelsie Milkowski, Jr., Highlands Ranch; Katie Turner, Sr., Legend; Kate Menz, Jr., Castle View; Makenna Davis, Sr., Chapar-

ral; Alyssa Oswald, Sr., Mountain Vista Middle hitter: Lacey Zadra, Sr., Rock Canyon; Hannah Haveman, Sr., Legend; Amanda Keller, Jr., Mountain Vista; Skyler Clements, Sr., Mountain Vista Right side hitter: Harley Freeseman, Sr., Rock Canyon; Jasmine Schmidt, Sr., Chaparral Defensive specialist: Kendall Hanak, Sr., Rock Canyon; Riley Bradbury, Sr., Rock Canyon Libero: Leanne Lowry, Fr., Castle View; Reven Bradbury, Sr., Rock Canyon; Sam Novak, Jr., Mountain Vista At Large: Madi Kimble, Sr., ThunderRidge; Annie Ell, Sr., Mountain Vista; Taylor Kassel, Sr., Ponderosa

BENTON: Area athletes are selected by group to join all-state teams for volleyball, gymnastics FROM PAGE 30

Family were first-team 4A selections. Brooke Weins of Pomona was the Class 5A gymnast of the year and the Panthers’ Tracey Boychuk was coach of the year. Joining Weins on the first team were Kaylie Berens of Pomona, Lakewood’s Amber Bell and Kesley Boychuk of Pomona. Rachel Cody of Standley Lake,

Camille Dipaola of Green Mountain and Emily Graham of Green Mountain were Class 4A first-team picks. Cody was the 4A gymnast of the year and Green Mountain’s Sandi Peterson the coach of the year. Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia. com or at 303-566-4083.

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FOOTBALL: Defending champs seeking seventh title in three different classifications FROM PAGE 30

Senior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey remembers last season’s finale against the Panthers. “It was a great game last year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a rematch. We played them earlier this season, they are a great team and they got us. It should be a great fight. We’re a completely different team and I know they have gotten a lot better as well.” Senior defensive lineman Ben Kozan will join his older brother Alex, who is now playing at Auburn, as a repeat state championship participant and said the Eagles take nothing for granted in getting to title games. “I feel like people think we keep going every year, but it’s a different team every year,” he said. The Eagles, who beat Creek earlier in the season and in last season’s state semifinals, couldn’t put away the Bruins until the final play of the game in which neither offense could gain momentum. Creek finished with a 288-258 edge in

total yardage. “They probably deserved to win the game as much as we did but we were able to make one more play,” Sherman said. The Eagles made two key plays with the game tied 7-7 in the fourth quarter. Christian Elliss blocked a potential go-ahead 25-yard field goal by Mac Willis with 8:45 remaining in the game. “This is our legacy and this is what we leave behind,” Elliss said. “Being able to play Pomona is going to be really fun.” Valor got its chance to play Pomona after taking possession at the Creek 45yard line with two minutes remaining in regulation. The Eagles, helped by a 14-yard scramble by Dylan McCaffrey and a 16-yard run by sophomore Luke McCaffrey, set up Brogan for the gamewinning field goal. Dylan McCaffrey completed 17-of-25 passes for 104 yards and rushed for 27 yards. His brother Luke caught seven passes for 36 yards, rushed twice for 17 yards and intercepted two passes.

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Tennis champ credits maturity for sports success Hillis takes honors after winning 5A state crown BY JIM BENTON JBENTON@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Ethan Hillis played with maturity and confidence this season, and Cherry Creek’s No. 1 singles player posted a 15-0 record with all straight set victories. He also was crowned the Class 5A state champion at No. 1 singles and helped Cherry Creek win the team title for the sixth consecutive year and 42nd time in 45 years. Hillis, a senior who will play tennis and attend Amherst College next fall, has been named the 2016 Colora-

do Community Media Boys Tennis SOUTH METRO Player of ATHLETE the Year. OF THE YEAR: “I thought BOYS TENNIS the season went really well,” said Hillis. “I was playing confidently. I had a lot of confidence in myself that I would be able to do well all year and take state. I was playing consistently throughout the whole year.” Hillis didn’t play high school tennis in 2015 and believes the year off helped him grow up after a disappointing finish to his sophomore campaign with the Bruins. He won the No. 3 singles state championship as a freshman and was the run-

ner-up at No. 1 singles during his sophomore year but the state finals ended after a point penalty was dealt to an emotional Hillis. “I was still playing last year, I just didn’t play high school tennis just for the time and academic stakes,” explained Hillis. “I felt my mental game was much improved this season versus sophomore, junior and freshman year. “I was mentally stronger. It did take a lot of work but I think a lot of it was just maturing and just getting older. Obviously changing anything is difficult, especially personality and just mentally more so than anything else. A lot of it was maturity.” Hillis didn’t lose a set in the state tournament and took only 40 minutes to down Overland’s Dawid Kijak, 6-0,

Cherry Creek’s Ethan Hillis is the Colorado Community Media Boys Tennis Player of the Year.


6-1, in the Oct. 15 finals at the Gates Tennis Center. He felt the hardest matches this season were against his friend Casey Ross of Kent Denver, the No. 1 player in the United States Tennis Association’s Intermountain Boys 18 singles rankings. Hillis downed Ross, 6-4, 6-3, on Sept. 17 and followed Sept. 21 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

“The toughest matches of the year were against Casey Ross,” said Hillis. “He’s ranked No. 1 in the USTA and I’m ranked two. He gave me the toughest matches but I beat him both times I played him this season. I’ve always played well against him. He brings out the best in me. I just elevated my game.”



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Knee Arthritis Pain: One HUGE Mistake And Two “Smart Moves� Doctor’s Simple Advice Gets Rave Reviews By Patients Lucky Enough To Give It A Try

By Matt Edgar America’s Health Writer

Denver- Have you been told that exercise will help your knee arthritis pain? Well... has it helped? If it hasn’t, one local doctor has a very good reason why. Not only that - he says if you are trying to exercise with knee arthritis - you might be making a HUGE mistake. Sounds crazy? Yes it does. In fact, I thought it was a ridiculous thing to say. That is until I talked to some of his patients who gave him rave reviews. Many said he completely changed their life. :KHQWKH\¿UVWFDPHWRWKHRI¿FH WKHLU NQHH DUWKULWLV SDLQ ZDV VR bad they could barely walk and were scheduled for total knee replacement surgery. In a relatively short period of time, they cancelled surgery and are enjoying their lives again. Why is exercising a HUGE mistake and what does this doctor recommend that is helping so many knee arthritis sufferers who come to see them from all over the state? Double Edged Sword The doctor says that exercising with knee arthritis is a double edged sword. It is true, your knee joints need motion to be healthy. And lack of motion can be very detrimental.

Without motion joints become “sick.â€? And in theory exercising should help knee arthritis. But here is the BIG problem: Knee arthritis is condition that dries XSWKHOXEULFDWLQJĂ€XLGVLQ\RXUNQHH It also changes the joint surface and creates bone spurs. Because of these changes - exercising on an arthritic knee can cause more swelling, more pain and more arthritic changes. Imagine driving your car without any oil. What happens? The engine parts scrape together and wear out. You can’t simply drive your car more and make it better. And in many cases - you simply can’t just exercise your knee and make it better, either. What’s the answer? In a car it’s simple - put in more oil. And then make sure the oil level is correct and it is changed when necessary. With your knee joints - it is a little more complicated. 7KHPDMRUOXEULFDWLQJĂ€XLGLQ\RXU NQHH MRLQW LV FDOOHG V\QRYLDO Ă€XLG 6\QRYLDOĂ€XLGLVWKHĂ€XLGWKDWÂłGULHV upâ€? when you suffer with arthritis. But there is good news: Now doctors can inject one of the building EORFNVRIV\QRYLDOĂ€XLGGLUHFWO\LQWR your knee joint. This building block of synovial

Making Knee Arthritis Pain Worse: Research has discovered that people are suffering with arthritis much younger than expected. Making the right treatment choices now can possibly stop the progression and eliminate the pain.

Ă€XLGLVFDOOHGK\DOXURQLFDFLG $QG when hyaluronic acid is injected directly into the knee joint, many experts believe it helps lubricate the joint. Some say it is like squirting oil on a rusty door hinge. This allows the knee joint to glide more smoothly and often reduces or even eliminates pain. And here is the most important

part: Now that the joint is lubricated and can move with less or no pain  VSHFLÂżFH[HUFLVHVFDQEHDWUHPHQdous help. That’s why the doctors (when patients qualify) treat knee arthritis patients with hyaluronic acid injections FIRST and then prescribe a very VSHFLÂżF UHKDELOLWDWLRQ DQG H[HUFLVH program specially developed to help knee arthritis pain. This comprehensive knee arthritis pain program is called, “P.A.C.E.â€? and has been getting wonderful results. So what is the HUGE mistake? If you suffer with knee arthritis and are exercising and the pain is either not getting better - or getting worse - you may be making a mistake. You may actually be making things worse. And that’s the last thing you want to do. What are the two “smart moves?â€? If you have knee arthritis pain, look into viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid. In many cases treatment with hyaluronic acid followed E\DVSHFLÂżFUHKDELOLWDWLRQRUH[HUFLVH program can get results when everything else has failed. In fact, it is not uncommon to get pain relief just from the hyaluronic acid treatments alone - without doing any rehabilitation or

Knee Pain Treatment Craze In Denver

After thousands already helped knee pain sufferers face 48 hour cut off to get risk free screening for incredibly popular treatment (ORI) - The clock is ticking. There is only 48 hours to go. If you suffer with knee arthritis pain and would like to get a risk free knee pain screening to see if the experts at Osteo Relief Institute in Greenwood Village, CO can help you with their extremely popular knee pain relief program - read this right now. Here is why: For the past several years, the experts at Osteo Relief Institute have been literally swarmed with knee arthritis sufferers looking for relief. Nearly all these knee pain sufferers chose Osteo Relief for one reason - their top-notch knee pain relief program featuring viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid and specially designed rehabilitation program. The Secret To Success? The experts at Osteo Relief Institute believe one of the biggest reasons for their success is the fact that they have some of the best technology money can buy. Laser Guided Digital Imaging The clinic uses extremely advanced imaging equipment that allows them to see directly into the knee joint that they are treating. This advanced imaging is called, “Laser Guided Digital Imaging� and many experts believe is the difference between success and failure with this knee pain treatment. And probably the best thing about this technology is that it has allowed the experts at Osteo Relief Institute to get results with knee pain when so many others have failed. What Is This Treatment? This treatment is viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid (HA). Those are big medical terms that ba-

sically means this... When you have knee arthritis WKH OXEULFDWLQJ Ă€XLG V\QRYLDO Ă€XLG  in your knee joint dries up. This means instead of gliding smoothly - your bones start to rub and grind against each other. This causes a little pain in the beginning - but over time the pain steadily gets worse until it is excruciating. Hyaluronic acid works so well because it is like “joint oil.â€? It is a natural substance and is one of the natural EXLOGLQJEORFNVRIWKHV\QRYLDOĂ€XLG that lubricates your knee. Scientists and researchers discovered this natural building block to V\QRYLDO Ă€XLG LQ WKH URRVWHUÂśV FRPE - that big red thing on top of the roosters head. It is extracted from WKHURRVWHUVFRPESXULÂżHGDQGFRQcentrated. When it is injected directly into your knee joint, it is like squirting oil on a rusty door hinge. Hyaluronic acid allows your joints to glide more smoothly eliminating a lot of the rubbing, grinding and pain. Why You Should Try This Even If You’ve Already Had Similar Treatments Without results... “We have been able to help so many knee pain sufferers - even many who have already tried other injections like Synvisc, Supartz, Orthovisc and even Hyalgan. We use special and very advanced low-dose videoĂ€XRURVFRS\LPDJLQJFDOOHGÂł+RORJLF Digital Imagingâ€? so we can see right into the joint. This allows us to put the Hyalgan exactly where it needs to be. Studies show doctors doing joint LQMHFWLRQV ZLWKRXW Ă€XRURVFRS\ PLVV the joint up to 30% of the time.â€? said the director of Arthritis Treatment at Osteo Relief Institute.

Hyalgan Injected Directly Into Knee Joint Like “Joint Oil�

Successful Treatment - Hyalgan being precisely injected directly into the knee joint using Hologic digital imaging. Advanced imaging allows treatments to be as precise as possible. Hyalgan can lubricate the joint and decrease pain.

Osteo Relief Institute is a state of the art medical facility offering only the best technology. And that’s not all - Osteo Relief Institute has a complete knee relief program called “P.A.C.E.� to make sure you get the most pain relief and the best possible results from treatment. “Every case is individual. Some patients get quite a bit of relief right away - others take a little more time. But most have been extremely happy and the results usually last for at least 6 months. Patients who were suffering for years with bad knee pain are getting their lives back... going for walks again and exercising. It’s amazing to see. They tell all their friends - that’s why we are swarmed. I can’t tell you how many patients have cancelled their total knee replacement surgeries.� added one of the doctors.

Research Shows Doctors Miss The Joint Space About 30% Of The Time Without Advance Imaging

Failed Treatment - the injection (and Hyalgan) misses the joint space. Research shows this occurs up to 30% of the time without the use of Hologic Digital Imaging to guide the injection. This is why Hyalgan may not have worked for you.

How To Get It If you have knee pain, the doctors and staff would like to invite you for a risk free screening to see if you are a candidate for Hyalgan treatments and the P.A.C.E program. All you have to do is call 720-500-104 right now and when the scheduling specialist answers the phone tell her you would like your free “Knee Pain Screening.� Your screening will only take about 25-30minutes... you will get all your ques-tions answered and leave knowing if you have possibly found the solutionto your knee pain. But You Must Do This RIGHT NOW The specialists at Osteo Relief Institute can only accept a limited amount of new patients each month for this screening. And because of the demand, we can only guarantee you a spot if you call within the next

exercising at all. And the results can be dramatic. If you are thinking about giving hyaluronic acid treatments a try this is VERY IMPORTANT: In our opinion the doctor you choose should use advanced imaging technology VXFK DV ÀXRURVFRS\WRJXLGHWKHLQjections and make sure the hyaluronic acid goes where it is supposed to. Laser guided digital imaging is one of the best technologies to guide injections. Research shows that without ÀXRURVFRS\ GRFWRUV PLVV WKH MRLQW space up to 30% of the time. Obviously, if the joint space is missed - the treatment cannot work. If you have already had viscosupplementation without this advanced imaging technology and it did not work - you may want to give it another try with a doctor who uses this cutting edge technique to get the best results possible. So, if you suffer with knee arthritis pain, talk to a specialist about viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid especially if exercise is not working or making things worse. And make sure the doctor you choose works in a state-of-the-art medical facility and uses advanced ÀXRURVFRSLFLPDJLQJ /LNH ODVHU guided digital imaging) to guide the injections to make sure the treatments have the best chance to work. For more information on viscosupplementation for knee arthritis or to get a free screening to see if this treatment is right for you, one of the specialists at Osteo Relief Institute can be reached at 720-500-104. 48 hours. If you are suffering in pain - make the call right now so you can make your appointment today. Why not take 20 minutes for your risk free screening to discover how you may be able to end your knee arthritis pain? So call 720-500-104 right now DQG ¿QGRXW LI WKH H[SHUWV DW 2VWHR Relief Institute can help you like they have already helped thousands of others in your community. And here’s something really important - Hyaluronic acid treatments and the P.A.C.E program are covered by most insurance and Medicare. To schedule your risk free screening, call 720-500-104.

If You Can Answer Yes - You Are Eligible For A Knee Arthritis Screening With The Experts At Osteo Relief Institute Do you have pain and osteoarthritis (arthritis) of the knee? Have you tried other treatments such as NSAIDS and other antiLQĂ€DPPDWRU\PHGLFDtions without success? Have you already tried viscosupplementation (Hyalgan, Supartz, Synvisc) without satisfactory results? If you answered yes to any of these questions- call Osteo Relief Institute and schedule your risk free knee pain screening 720-500-104

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working near I-25 and Tomah Road when he was struck by a commercial vehicle, Lewis said. Donahue was investigating a non-injury accident on northbound I-25 south of Castle Rock, according to the state patrol. The passing vehicle — identified by the sheriff ’s office as a box truck belonging to U.S. Foods — struck him while he was out of his vehicle. Donahue had been working the scene of the crash with another state trooper, Matthew Normandin, and both troopers were on the side of the roadway in marked cars with their patrol lights on, according to an arrest affidavit. Normandin, who was sitting in his vehicle, told investigators he saw Donahue “standing at about the middle of the wrecked vehicle.” He then saw a truck “cross the solid white fog line” and hit Donahue, the affidavit says. Normandin said he immediately knew Donahue was dead.

Gamez-Ruiz pulled over and remained on scene until emergency personnel arrived, according to the sheriff ’s office. Authorities reviewed video from Gamez-Ruiz’s truck and from Donahue’s patrol car and determined Gamez-Ruiz was about 100 feet ahead of the vehicle in the next lane over but did not change lanes, the affidavit says. The suspect took a voluntary blood test, but neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected as being a factor in the crash, a sheriff ’s office spokesman said. Donahue was the third state patrol trooper killed in the past 18 months. Trooper Jaimie Jursevics was struck and killed Nov. 15, 2015 by a drunken driver on I-25 in Castle Rock. Retired Army Col. Eric Peter Henderson, who was driving back from a Denver Broncos game, was sentenced to eight years in prison. On May 23, 2015, Trooper Taylor Thyfault was struck and killed by a

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ing foreclosure even though you have submitted a completed loss mitigation application or you have been offered and have accepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 CRS), you may file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a complaint in and of itself will not stop the foreclosure process.

Public Notices First Publication: 11/24/2016 Last Publication: 12/22/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press Dated: 9/26/2016 CHRISTINE DUFFY DOUGLAS COUNTY Public Trustee

Public Trustees PUBLIC NOTICE Parker NOTICE OF SALE Public Trustee Sale No. 2016-0242 To Whom It May Concern: On 9/26/2016 8:51:00 AM the undersigned Public Trustee caused the Notice of Election and Demand relating to the Deed of Trust described below to be recorded in Douglas County.

Public Trustees

The name, address and telephone numbers of the attorney(s) representing the legal holder of the indebtedness is: JOAN OLSON Colorado Registration #: 28078 7700 E. ARAPAHOE ROAD, SUITE 230, CENTENNIAL, COLORADO 80112 Phone #: (303) 952-6906 Fax #: Attorney File #: CO-16-742850-LL *YOU MAY TRACK FORECLOSURE SALE DATES on the Public Trustee website:

Original Grantor: KYLE R SMITH AND JANEL G. SMITH Original Beneficiary: MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR PRIMARY RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE, INC. Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 3/28/2012 Recording Date of DOT: 3/30/2012 Reception No. of DOT: 2012023460 DOT Recorded in Douglas County. Original Principal Amount of Evidence of Debt: $263,155.00 Outstanding Principal Amount as of the date hereof: $243,114.80

Legal Notice No. 2016-0242 First Publication: 11/24/2016 Last Publication: 12/22/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press

Pursuant to C.R.S. §38-38-101 (4) (i), you are hereby notified that the covenants of the deed of trust have been violated as follows: the failure to make timely payments required under said Deed of Trust and the Evidence of Debt secured thereby.

Original Grantor: GREGORY L. BROWN Original Beneficiary: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 8/31/2015 Recording Date of DOT: 9/9/2015 Reception No. of DOT: 2015065245 DOT Recorded in Douglas County. Original Principal Amount of Evidence of Debt: $117,100.94 Outstanding Principal Amount as of the date hereof: $116,080.66


The property described herein is all of the property encumbered by the lien of the deed of trust.

Legal Description of Real Property: LOT 17, BLOCK 9, STROH RANCH FILING NO. 12, COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, STATE OF COLORADO. Which has the address of: 18062 Callabra Avenue, Parker, CO 80134 NOTICE OF SALE

The current holder of the Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust described herein, has filed written election and demand for sale as provided by law and in said Deed of Trust.

THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that on the first possible sale date (unless the sale is continued*) at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Public Trustee’s office, 402 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, I will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, the said real property and all interest of said Grantor(s), Grantor(s)’ heirs and assigns therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedness provided in said Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys’ fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law, and will deliver to the purchaser a Certificate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the sale date is continued to a later date, the deadline to file a notice of intent to cure by those parties entitled to cure may also be extended.

If you believe that your lender or servicer has failed to provide a single point of contact (38-38-103.1 CRS) or they are still pursuing foreclosure even though you have submitted a completed loss mitigation application or you have been offered and have accepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 CRS), you may file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a complaint in and of itself will not stop the foreclosure process. First Publication: 11/24/2016 Last Publication: 12/22/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press Dated: 9/26/2016 CHRISTINE DUFFY DOUGLAS COUNTY Public Trustee

The name, address and telephone numbers of the attorney(s) representing the legal holder of the indebtedness is: JOAN OLSON Colorado Registration #: 28078 7700 E. ARAPAHOE ROAD, SUITE 230, CENTENNIAL, COLORADO 80112 Phone #: (303) 952-6906 Fax #: Attorney File #: CO-16-742850-LL

*YOU MAY TRACK FORECLOSURE SALE DATES on the Public Trustee website:

Legal Notice No. 2016-0242 First Publication: 11/24/2016 Last Publication: 12/22/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press

PUBLIC NOTICE Parker NOTICE OF SALE Public Trustee Sale No. 2016-0244 To Whom It May Concern: On 9/26/2016 10:56:00 AM the undersigned Public Trustee caused the Notice of Election and Demand relating to the Deed of Trust described below to be recorded in Douglas County.

Pursuant to C.R.S. §38-38-101 (4) (i), you are hereby notified that the covenants of the deed of trust have been violated as follows: Borrower's failure to make timely payments as required under the Evidence of Debt and Deed of Trust. THE LIEN FORECLOSED MAY NOT BE A FIRST LIEN. The property described herein is all of the property encumbered by the lien of the deed of trust. Legal Description of Real Property: LOT 14, BLOCK 1, TOWN AND COUNTRY VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, FILING NO. 1, ACCORDING TO THE RECORDED PLAT THEREOF, COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, STATE OF COLORADO. Which has the address of: 10747 Longs Way, Parker, CO 80138 NOTICE OF SALE The current holder of the Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust described herein, has filed written election and demand for sale as provided by law and in said Deed of Trust. THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that on the first possible sale date (unless the sale is continued*) at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Public Trustee’s office, 402 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, I will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, the said real property and all interest of said Grantor(s), Grantor(s)’ heirs and assigns therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedness provided in said Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys’ fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law, and will deliver to the purchaser a Certificate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the sale date is continued to a later date, the deadline to file a notice of intent to cure by those parties entitled to cure may also be extended.


cash, the said real property and all interest of said Grantor(s), Grantor(s)’ heirs and assigns therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedness provided in said Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys’ fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law, and will deliver to the purchaser a Certificate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the sale date is continued to a later date, the deadline to file a notice of intent to cure by those parties entitled to cure may also be extended. If you believe that your lender or servicer has failed to provide a single point of contact (38-38-103.1 CRS) or they are still pursuing foreclosure even though you have submitted a completed loss mitigation application or you have been offered and have accepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 CRS), you may file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a complaint in and of itself will not stop the foreclosure process.

Public Trustees

First Publication: 11/24/2016 Last Publication: 12/22/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press Dated: 9/26/2016 CHRISTINE DUFFY DOUGLAS COUNTY Public Trustee The name, address and telephone numbers of the attorney(s) representing the legal holder of the indebtedness is: DAVID R DOUGHTY Colorado Registration #: 40042 9800 S. MERIDIAN BLVD. SUITE 400, ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO 80112 Phone #: (303) 706-9990 Fax #: Attorney File #: 16-012850 *YOU MAY TRACK FORECLOSURE SALE DATES on the Public Trustee website: Legal Notice No.: 2016-0244 First Publication: 11/24/2016 Last Publication: 12/22/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press PUBLIC NOTICE Parker NOTICE OF SALE Public Trustee Sale No. 2016-0249 To Whom It May Concern: On 9/26/2016 11:32:00 AM the undersigned Public Trustee caused the Notice of Election and Demand relating to the Deed of Trust described below to be recorded in Douglas County. Original Grantor: TRENT JAMES ARGUELLO AND STEPHANIE ANN ARGUELLO Original Beneficiary: MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., ACTING SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER, BANK OF ENGLAND Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Date of Deed of Trust (DOT): 9/21/2010 Recording Date of DOT: 10/5/2010 Reception No. of DOT: 2010065002** DOT Recorded in Douglas County. Original Principal Amount of Evidence of Debt: $343,292.00 Outstanding Principal Amount as of the date hereof: $345,881.63 Pursuant to C.R.S. §38-38-101 (4) (i), you are hereby notified that the covenants of the deed of trust have been violated as follows: Failure to pay monthly installments due Note Holder. **THIS LOAN HAS BEEN MODIFIED THROUGH A LOAN MODIFICATION AGREEMENT DATED 9/8/14. THE LIEN FORECLOSED MAY NOT BE A FIRST LIEN. The property described herein is all of the property encumbered by the lien of the deed of trust. Legal Description of Real Property: LOT 10, BLOCK 3, HIDDEN RIVER SUBDIVISION FILING NO.12, COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, STATE OF COLORADO. Which has the address of: 11832 Horseshoe Lane, Parker, CO 80138 NOTICE OF SALE

LOT 10, BLOCK 3, HIDDEN RIVER SUBDIVISION FILING NO.12, COUNTY OF DOUGLAS, STATE OF COLORADO. Which has the address of: 11832 Horseshoe Lane, Parker, CO 80138 NOTICE OF SALE

The current holder of the Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust described herein, has filed written election and demand for sale as provided by law and in said Deed of Trust.

provender or other supplies used or consumed by such contractor or any of his subcontractors in or about the performance of said work, or that supplied rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of said work, may at any time up to and including said time of such final settlement on said December 23, 2016, file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim with the Board of County Commissioners, c/o Public Works Engineering Director, with a copy to the Project Engineer, Neil Sarno, Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104.

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THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that on To advertise your public notices call 303-566-4100 the first possible sale date (unless the sale is Failure on the part of claimant to file such statecontinued*) at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January ment prior to such final settlement will relieve 18, 2017, at the Public Trustee’s office, 402 Wilsaid County of Douglas from all and any liability cox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, I will sell at for such claimant's claim. public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, the said real property and all interest of The Board of Douglas County Commissioners of said Grantor(s), Grantor(s)’ heirs and assigns the County of Douglas, Colorado, By: Frederick therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedH. Koch, P.E., Public Works Engineering Directness provided in said Evidence of Debt secured or. by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys’ fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by Legal Notice No.: 930269 law, and will deliver to the purchaser a CertificFirst Publication: November 24, 2016 ate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the Last Publication: December 1, 2016 sale date is continued to a later date, the deadPublisher: Douglas County News-Press line to file a notice of intent to cure by those parties entitled to cure may also be extended. PUBLIC NOTICE If you believe that your lender or servicer INVITATION FOR BID (IFB) has failed to provide a single point of con#055-16 tact (38-38-103.1 CRS) or they are still pursuPUBLICATION OF COMBINED NOTICES ing foreclosure even though you have subOF SALE and RIGHT TO CURE mitted a completed loss mitigation applica& REDEEM FOR THE tion or you have been offered and have acDOUGLAS COUNTY PUBLIC TRUSTEE cepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 CRS), you may file a complaint with the ColThe Purchasing Division of Douglas County orado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the Government, hereinafter referred to as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855County, respectfully requests bids from quali411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a fied newspapers for the publication of combined complaint in and of itself will not stop the notices of sale and right to cure & redeem for foreclosure process. the Public Trustee’s Office. All publications will be on an as-needed basis, for the period of one First Publication: 11/24/2016 (1) year, beginning approximately January 1, Last Publication: 12/22/2016 2017 to and including December 31, 2017. Publisher: Douglas County News Press

Public Trustees

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Dated: 9/26/2016 CHRISTINE DUFFY DOUGLAS COUNTY Public Trustee The name, address and telephone numbers of the attorney(s) representing the legal holder of the indebtedness is: JOLENE GUIGNET Colorado Registration #: 46144 355 UNION BOULEVARD SUITE 250, LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80228 Phone #: (303) 274-0155 Fax #: (303) 274-0159 Attorney File #: 16-049-29508 *YOU MAY TRACK FORECLOSURE SALE DATES on the Public Trustee website: Legal Notice No.: 2016-0249 First Publication: 11/24/2016 Last Publication: 12/22/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press

Government Legals PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF CONTRACTORS SETTLEMENT COUNTY OF DOUGLAS STATE OF COLORADO NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 38-26-107, C.R.S., as amended, that on December 23, 2016 final settlement will be made by the County of Douglas, State of Colorado, for and on account of a contract between Douglas County and Lawrence Construction Company, Inc. for the Columbine Open Space Bridge Replacement Project, Douglas County Project Number CI 2012-017 in Douglas County; and that any person, co-partnership, association or corporation that has an unpaid claim against said Lawrence Construction Company, Inc. for or on account of the furnishing of labor, materials, team hire, sustenance, provisions, provender or other supplies used or consumed by such contractor or any of his subcontractors in or about the performance of said work, or that supplied rental machinery, tools, or equipment to the extent used in the prosecution of said work, may at any time up to and including said time of such final settlement on said December 23, 2016, file a verified statement of the amount due and unpaid on account of such claim with the Board of County Commissioners, c/o Public Works Engineering Director, with a copy to the Project Engineer, Neil Sarno, Department of Public Works Engineering, Philip S. Miller Building, 100 Third Street, Suite 220, Castle Rock, CO 80104.

The IFB documents may be reviewed and/or printed from the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System website at IFB documents are not available for purchase from Douglas County Government and can only be accessed from the above-mentioned website. While the IFB documents are available electronically, Douglas County cannot accept electronic bid responses.

Two (2) copies of your IFB response shall be submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked “IFB No. 055-16, Publication of Combined Notices of Sale and Right to Cure & Redeem for the Douglas County Public Trustee”. Electronic and/or faxed bid responses will not be accepted. Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by the Douglas County Finance Department, Purchasing Division, 100 Third Street, Suite 130, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. Bids will not be considered which are received after the time stated, and any bids so received will be returned unopened.

Douglas County Government reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive formalities, informalities, or irregularities contained in a said bid and furthermore, to award a contract for items herein, either in whole or in part, if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the County to do so. Additionally, we reserve the right to negotiate optional items/services with the successful bidder.

Please direct any questions concerning this IFB to Carolyn Riggs, Purchasing Supervisor, 303660-7434,, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Legal Notice No.: 930295 First Publication: December 1, 2016 Last Publication: December 1, 2016 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

A public hearing will be held on December 19, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. before the Douglas County Planning Commission and on January 10, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. before the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, CO. The hearing is for proposed amendments to the Douglas County Zoning Resolution (DCZR) regarding Variance Standards and Procedures and Appeal Standards and Procedures. The proposed amendments affect the following DCZR Sections:

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If you believe that your lender or servicer has failed to provide a single point of contact (38-38-103.1 CRS) or they are still pursuing foreclosure even though you have submitted a completed loss mitigation application or you have been offered and have accepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 CRS), you may file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a complaint in and of itself will not stop the foreclosure process. First Publication: 11/24/2016 Last Publication: 12/22/2016 Publisher: Douglas County News Press Dated: 9/26/2016 CHRISTINE DUFFY DOUGLAS COUNTY Public Trustee

The name, address and telephone numbers of the attorney(s) representing the legal holder of the indebtedness is:

The current holder of the Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust described herein, has filed written election and demand for sale as provided by law and in said Deed of Trust.

THEREFORE, Notice Is Hereby Given that on the first possible sale date (unless the sale is continued*) at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Public Trustee’s office, 402 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, I will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, the said real property and all interest of said Grantor(s), Grantor(s)’ heirs and assigns therein, for the purpose of paying the indebtedness provided in said Evidence of Debt secured by the Deed of Trust, plus attorneys’ fees, the expenses of sale and other items allowed by law, and will deliver to the purchaser a Certificate of Purchase, all as provided by law. If the sale date is continued to a later date, the deadline to file a notice of intent to cure by those parties entitled to cure may also be extended.

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners of the County of Douglas, Colorado, By: Frederick H. Koch, P.E., Public Works Engineering Director.

For more specific information, call Eric Pavlinek, Douglas County Planning, at 303-660-7460 regarding file #DR2016-010. Legal Notice No.: 930297 First Publication: December 1, 2016 Last Publication: December 1, 2016 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press

Legal Notice No.: 930269 First Publication: November 24, 2016 Last Publication: December 1, 2016 Publisher: Douglas County News-Press

If you believe that your lender or servicer has failed to provide a single point of contact (38-38-103.1 CRS) or they are still pursuing foreclosure even though you have subEvery day, the government makes decisions that mitted a completed loss mitigation applicacan affect your life. Whether they are decisions on tion or you have been offered and have aczoning, taxes, new businesses or myriad other cepted a loss mitigation option (38-38-103.2 issues, play a big role in your life. CRS), you may file a complaint withgovernments the Colorado Attorney General (720-508-6006) or the have relied on newspapers like Governments Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855411-2372) or both. However, the filing of a complaint in and of itself will not stop the - foreclosure Aldous Huxley process.

Facts do not cease to exist b because they are re ignored. ignored.

DAVID R DOUGHTY Colorado Registration #: 40042 9800 S. MERIDIAN BLVD. SUITE 400, ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO 80112 Phone #: (303) 706-9990 Fax #: Attorney File #: 16-012850

Failure on the part of claimant to file such statement prior to such final settlement will relieve said County of Douglas from all and any liability for such claimant's claim.

Section 26 – Variance Standards and Procedures Section 26A – Appeal Standards and Procedures

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