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Superintendent search narrowed to four finalists New administrative leader will be announced March 12 By Danny Summers

dsummers@ The four finalists for the vacant LewisPalmer District 38 Superintendent position were announced at the board of education meeting on Feb. 27. Following the executive session, it was announced that Karen Brofft, Antonio D Giurado, Karin Reynolds and Julia Roark have made the cut. Brofft is an education specialist in administrative leadership and policy studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is the current assistant superintendent for Englewood schools. She has 13 years

of teaching experience and 11 years of administrative experience. D Giurado has master’s in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix Denver campus and is the current executive director of school effectiveness for Jefferson County Public Schools in Golden. He has six years teaching experience and 17 years administrative experience. Reynolds has masters in curriculum and instruction/leadership from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is the deputy superintendent for Academy School District 20. She has 16 years teaching experience and 15 years administrative experience. Roark has a doctor of education in K-12 reading education from the University of Northern Colorado. She is the assistant superintendent of Aspen School District in Aspen. She has 12 years teaching expe-

rience and 18 years administrative experience. An informal, community reception will be held on March 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for the finalists at the district administration building (Big Red), 146 Jefferson St., Monument. The public is welcome to attend and to meet and talk with the candidates. On March 8, finalists will be interviewed in closed session by three pre-selected interview teams comprised of community members, staff, parents, administrators and others. Finalists will also be interviewed by the board of education. Following the interviews, representatives from each team will share input with board of education members. If all goes according to plan, the board will hold special meeting on March 12 to publicly announce the person chosen as superintendent and initiate contract negotiations.

On March 20, the board plans to confirm the hiring of the new superintendent of schools at the regular monthly board meeting and formally approve a contract. The announcement may also be viewed live via streaming video at Bob Cito of the Colorado Association of School Boards said that he wants the superintendent to be visible in the schools and the community and possess communications skills with the staff and community. Mark Pfoff, board president, noted that the average term of recent superintendents has been two-and-a-half-years. He added that the turnover rate is much higher than he would prefer. Cito added that he would like to see a candidate stay in the position five to seven years.


Residents on both sides of aisle say it’s time to move on By Danny Summers



lack Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District Board President Eddie Bracken believes the time is long overdue for the tight-knit community to heal from last year’s fire. “This whole episode has been very divisive in the community,” Bracken said. “I want to bring the community together. I want to heal it. This he-said, she-said dialogue has to end. “I’m not going to permit this community to fracture.” Bracken was speaking in direct response to results of a lengthy report in which an independent investigator — hired by the board — determined that Black Forest Fire chief Bob Harvey was not liable of any misconduct from last year’s massive blaze that killed two people and destroyed 488 homes. On Feb. 19, Bracken and his group released an eightpage summary of its independent investigation. The report contradicts the claim made by El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa that Harvey was negligent in his handling of the blaze that scorched more than 14,000 acres. It was the most destructive blaze in Colorado history. “It’s time to move on,” said Erik Adams, who lost his home in the fire. “It’s easy to play Monday morning quarterback after the fact, but how’s that going to help now? “The fire may have been mishandled, but the fire chief did the best he could. Just to throw him out on the street or bring in somebody new won’t change anything now.” Adams, like many others in the forest, was caught off guard when the fire broke. When he saw the giant plume of black smoke around 1 p.m. on June 11, he rushed to his house, gathered some belongings, and hurried down the road. He didn’t find out for six days if his home remained standing or not. “That fire got out of control so fast there was nothing anybody could have done,” Adams said. “The first day there were no resources on site. That wasn’t the chief’s fault. Once the resources were here the homes lost went down considerably.” Healing continues on Page 8


Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey (out front at the microphone) at a media briefing June 19, as Sheriff Terry Maketa (black shirt, third from the left) and other local officials look on. Photo by Rob Carrigan

Commissioner Glenn, Bracken dig in Black Forest Fire Board election already heating up By Danny Summers

dsummers@ El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn has made it very clear that he is not happy with the current Black Forest Fire/Protection District Board and that he would like to see major changes when the


May 6 mail-in ballot election rolls around. Board President Eddie Bracken has made it clear that retirement is not in his future. P.J. Langmaid, Jayne McConnellogue and Rick Nearhoof have made it clear that they plan to shake things up if they are elected. And last, but not least, Chief Bob Harvey continues to keep a relatively low profile. “I’m almost 77 years old and I’m getting tired of all

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King’s Deer might not stay closed long Golf course will continue to be maintained By Danny Summers

dsummers@coloradocommunitymedia. com Homeowners in the King’s Deer development in Monument received some good news last month when the bank that foreclosed on the property announced it would continue to have the course maintained until another entity or individuals take ownership. Nebraska-based Exchange Bank, which holds the loan, told homeowners at a special Feb. 18 HOA meeting that it hopes to reopen the course. The foreclosure was on a $1 million loan, according to the El Paso County land records. The records do not show how much is still owed on the loan.

The upscale course closed on Feb. 17 to the surprise of many who showed up that morning to play a round. They were greeted by a note on the front door of the locked clubhouse. Others were told via email that was sent out by the King’s Deer board of directors. The email stated that the bank that services the golf course’s loan in Kearney, Neb., is foreclosing on the golf course. The email also apologized for the new member advertisements and called the situation “unfortunate” and an “unexpected turn of events.” King’s Deer, which opened in 1999, has 532 properties. About 400 of those are developed home sites on lots that are about 2.7 acres. The course was designed by Redstone Golf. North of King’s Deer is the Greenland Ranch Open Space encompassing 21,000 acres of prime Colorado grasslands that is designated as an open space nature pre-

serve. The open space is a huge collection of properties along Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs. To the east of I-25 and north of King’s Deer is a working ranch that remains in its natural state. To the west of the I-25 is the Greenland trail that is open to the public and has a trail loop of 8.2 miles. Home prices range from $500,000 to more than $1 million. According to the King’s Deer Golf Course bylaws, the course cannot be developed with either homes or commercial developments because the course — except for the clubhouse and parking lot — lies within a floodplain. The course is expected to be put into receivership this month, after lien holders are officially notified. After that, any interested parties will be able to lease or purchase the golf course property. The closing of the course was the subject of a special HOA assembly on Feb. 18.

About 100 residents showed up to voice their concerns. After meeting with bankers, King’s Deer homeowners were optimistic the course would reopen later this year. According to the board of directors, it is possible that some of the development’s homeowners or golf club members could lease the club from the bank and reopen it by late spring. King’s Deer is the third Tri-Lakes area course to close in the last year. In November, Gleneagle Golf Course closed down, citing a dramatic drop off in golfers and income with increasing costs for water and other essentials. Last March, Monument Hill Country Club closed between March and June. A conservatorship took over and worked feverishly to get the course back in playing condition. Most recently, owners have been in the process of hiring a new general manager.

area clubs Editor’s note: To add or update a club listing, e-mail Professional Front Range Business Group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1

p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at Bella Panini in Palmer Lake.

Tri-Lakes Business Networking International meets

from 8-9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Mozaic Inn in Palmer Lake. Call Elizabeth Bryson at 719-481-0600 or e-mail

Tri-Lakes Chamber Business After Hours meets from 5-7

p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at various locations. Free to members; $10 for non-members. Call 719 481-3282 or go to

Tri-Lakes Chamber Business Networking Group meets

at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday at Willow Tree Cafe, 140 2nd St., Monument. New members welcome. If District 38 is delayed or cancelled, their will be no meeting. Yearly membership dues are $20. Call 719 481-3282 or go to www.

Wisdom and Wealth Master Mind Group Lifting Spirits meets from 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday from July to September at 755 Highway 105, Unit C, Palmer Lake. RSVP to Meredith at 630-618-9400. Visit www.MeredithBroomfield. com. Woodmoor Business Group Meeting is the second Monday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Woodmoor Barn, 1691 Woodmoor Dr. We are Woodmoor residents offering products and services to the community. New members welcome. For more information, call Bobbi Doyle at 719-331-3003 or go to

is at Lewis-Palmer Middle School every Monday from 7-9 p.m. Call Claudia at 719-313-6662 for details.

Bingo by the Tri-Lakes American Legion Post 9-11 is

conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday at the Post home, Depot Restaurant in Palmer lake. Proceeds are dedicated to Scholarship and community support activities of the Post. At least 70 percent of the game sales are awarded in prizes, and free food drawings are conducted. Doors open at 6 p.m. and all are invited for the fun, food, and prizes. See for more information.

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Big Red Saturday Market. Fresh vegetables and fruit, bakery items, local honey, crafts, jewelry, pet stuff and more are for sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the Big Red Saturday market at Second and Jefferson streets in Monument. The money benefits Lewis-Palmer community schools.

Adult recreational and intermediate pick up volleyball

Friends of Monument Preserve is a nonprofit organization that works to keep trails rideable and hikeable in the Monument Preserve Area. Meetings are at 7 p.m. every third Wednesday at the Monument Fire Center. Trail work is done at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday in the summer months. Contact

Recreation Fire Radio Association), meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Monument Library. All Amateur Radio Operators are welcome. Call Joyce Witte at 488-0859 for more information. or Chris at 719-488-9850.

Gleneagle Golf Club has implemented a Community Advisory Committee. Their mission is to help establish a stronger relationship between the club and the community. They are looking for representatives from all home owners associations. The committee meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30PM at Gleneagle Golf Club. If you can join, give Rick Ebelo a call at the club at 488-0900. The Pikes Peak chapter of Pheasants Forever meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (except June, August and September) at the Colorado Division of Wildlife Training Classroom in the back of the building at 4255 Sinton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80970. The Vaile Museum, 66 Lower Glenway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays year-round and from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays from June through August. Groups by appointment are accepted. Call 719-559-0837. Clubs continues on Page 3

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Lamborn contacts air force about flight paths Staff report After hearing from constituents, Congressman Doug Lamborn contacted the secretary of the Air Force regarding flight path noise and safety concerns near the U.S. Air Force Academy. He received back the following information: “Air Education and Training Command’s 306th Flying Training Group is focusing on two initiatives to reduce noise in the affected neighborhoods. The first initiative is to examine the east visual flight rules pattern to see if there are ways to mitigate the noise signature without compromising flight safety. The 306 FTG has completed

the flight testing phase of the proposed changes and is currently in the coordination phase. All proposed changes need to be coordinated across multi-functional agencies to include the 10th Air Base Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, Air Education and Training Command, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Unfortunately, initial indications are that these proposed changes will have minimal impact to noise signatures underneath the USAFA flight pattern.” “The second initiative is to reduce the volume of traffic at the USAFA Airfield by exploring options to utilize Bullseye Auxiliary Airfield. Re-opening Bullseye would

relieve some of USAFA’s pattern volume, and therefore reduce noise in the neighboring communities. We are working on two scenarios to utilize Bullseye; a waiver to operate without dedicated emergency service support, or a partnership to share Bullseye with the U.S. Army providing emergency service support to the airfield.

The 306 FTG expects to reach a decision on both initiatives by April 2014.” “I appreciate the responsiveness of the Air Force as we continue to address the concerns of constituents in the impacted area. As we consider next steps, I look forward to the reports that will come from the 306 FTG in April.”

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Vini e Crostini, 6 flight wine tasting paired with moZaic tasty bites is at 5 p.m the first Saturday of the month at 443 S. Highway 105, Palmer Lake. Cost is $40 per person.

SerViceS SHAre coLorAdo, a nonprofit organization, is a monthly food distributor that offers grocery packages at half the retail price to everyone. Call 800-375-4452 or visit www. SociAL THe BLAck Forest AARP Chapter meets for a luncheon the

second Wednesday of each month at the Black Forest Lutheran Church. Call 719-596-6787 or 719-495-2443.

THe cenTuriAn Daylight Lodge No 195 A.F and A.M meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. Eastern Star meets 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays. Both groups meet at 18275 Furrow Road. Call 719-488-9329. coALiTion of Tri-Lakes Communities. Call John Heiser at

coLorAdo MounTed Rangers Troop “I” is looking for volunteers. The troop meets at 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Colorado Springs Police Department, Gold Hill Division, 955 W. Moreno Ave, Colorado Springs. Visit https:// or email info@ GirL ScouTinG offers opportunities for girls ages 5-17 to make friends, learn new skills and challenge themselves in a safe and nurturing environment. Call 719-597-8603. GLeneAGLe SerToMA Club luncheon meeting is every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m., at Liberty Heights, 12105 Ambassador Drive, Colorado Springs, 80921. Call Garrett Barton at 719-433-5396 or Bob Duckworth at 719-481-4608, or visit HiSTory BuffS meets at Monument Library from 1-3 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Clubs continues on Page 5

2014 Mountain View Electric Association BOARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

At MVEA’s Annual Meeting on June 5, 2014 at Calhan High School in Calhan, two directors will be elected to Mountain View Electric Association’s (MVEA) Board of Directors from the following districts: District 2 Simla, Matheson and a portion of the surrounding areas. (Incumbent Rick Gordon) District 7 Monument, Woodmoor and a portion of the surrounding areas. (Incumbent Donna Andersen-Van Ness) The procedure for Director Elections & Member Voting is available on MVEA’s website at If you are interested in being a candidate, please contact a member of the nominating committee. The Nominating committee members are Allan Moore, District 2 and Edward “Kelly” McGuire, District 7. A candidate must be a MVEA member and reside in the district where there is a vacancy. Before applying, please contact either MVEA office at 719-775-2861 or 719-495-2283 to verify your district. A member may also petition for nomination. Petitions and procedures are available at the Limon Headquarters, 1655 5th St., Limon; or at the Falcon Operations Center, 11140 E. Woodmen Rd, Falcon, or online at Petitions must be signed by 15 members of MVEA and returned to either MVEA office by 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014. NOMINATING COMMITTEE A candidate questionnaire must be completed for either nomination by the committee or nomination by District 2 petition. This questionnaire can be found on MVEA’s Allan Moore website or you may pick one up at either office. If 13217 County Road 141 you have questions, please contact a member of Simla, Colorado 80835 the nominating committee. Candidate applications 719-541-2180 must be received by the nominating committee by 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014 for the committee’s District 7 consideration. If you are petitioning for nomination, Edward “Kelly” McGuire the candidate application must be submitted to either 4810 Abo Lane Association office with your petition no later than 5:30 Monument, Colorado 80132 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014. 719-481-9377

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Tree removal for safer, healthy reflection If you look at it like Mahatma Gandhi, “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” In the burn area of the Black Forest Fire, thousands of damaged and dangerous trees, are not only making the forest unsafe for people, but also unhealthy for the forest itself. “Public health, safety and welfare are El Paso County’s chief priorities. All of these are affected by the free and unconstrained use of public property by El Paso County citizens. Hazard trees with roots, trunks and branches weakened by fire can easily topple, posing a serious safety risk to both people and property,” according to the county’s statement about hazard removal on their site. “The Black Forest Wildfire in June 2013 produced many such trees. The first step

in making the public safe is for the County to begin removing trees that pose a hazard to the public. The county cannot remove all hazard trees in the burn area but is responsible for the areas that are owned by the county - the areas people use most. The first priority will be removing unsafe trees that are on and adjacent to county maintained roads and trails.” The site explains how hazard tree removal is funded:

• On July 26, 2013, the President declared the Black Forest Wildfire a national disaster. The county, along with Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA), provided estimated costs of the damages incurred and mitigation of dangerous situations to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The costs included hazard tree removal. • FEMA will provide reimbursement to the county (and MVEA) for 75 percent of the actual costs incurred. El Paso County will pay for the remaining 25 percent. United States Forest Service (USFS) and FEMA, along the El Paso County established the following criteria to determine which trees are removed. If a tree is tall enough to fall onto or into a structure, a county-maintained road, or a county- maintained trail, or if a tree’s diameter is six inches or greater, and measured 4.5 feet above the ground

on the uphill side of the tree, the tree will be removed. The county-contracted crews will also remove a damaged tree if it is within county right-of-way, or within 60 feet of a county-maintained trail. Dead trees, or those likely to die as defined by all needles and/or leaves are burned off; or the crown volume scorched is greater than 50%; or cambium kill circumference is greater than 50% at the base will be removed. Ceres Environmental will perform the tree removal services and the county, with the assistance of True North Emergency Management, will oversee the work which began last week and will continue until done. Hopefully, the work will offer a healthy, less-hazardous reflection of our public county property.

Memories of Alan Roach and the Sky Sox For those who have listened to 850 KOA radio for any amount of time, sports anchor Alan Roach is a familiar name. His booming voice is unmistakable. But Roach is more than a radio guy. He was the long-time public address announcer of the Colorado Rockies. He is the PA announcer for the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Broncos. In addition, he has served as the PA announcer for eight consecutive Super Bowls and numerous Olympic hockey events. But did you know that Roach’s first PA announcing job was with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox? Roach was hired in 1990 to fill in for the team’s PA announcer, who was on vacation. At the time, Roach was working as a disc jockey for KKFM. His onair name while spinning discs was Kelly O’Shea. Much like the famed Wally Pipp-Lou Gehrig scenario, Roach was so good he was asked to stay on permanently. The

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“old” PA announcer never got his job back. “He was head and shoulders above anyone else we ever heard,” said Marty Grantz, the long-time official scorer of the Sky Sox. “He was quick enough and smart enough to get it. Real savvy. He understood the makeup of the event as a whole.” Roach was an instant hit with Sky Sox fans and players. So much so that it didn’t take long for him to be noticed by those in more influential positions. “I just remember talking to him

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through the open scoreboard window between rooms during games,” recalled Dave Hostetler, who worked the scoreboard for the Sky Sox during Roach’s days in Colorado Springs. Roach was hired as the Rockies’ first PA announcer prior to the start of their inaugural 1993 season when the team played at Mike High. In 14 seasons (through 2006) he missed just one Rockies home game. It occurred Saturday, June 9, 2001, when he announced the Avalanches’ historic Stanley Cup Game 7 win over the New Jersey Devils. Roach announced the post-game ceremony in which Joe Sakic famously handed the Stanley Cup to Ray Bourque. In 2008, Roach became the Broncos’ PA announcer, replacing Alan Cass, who did the team’s home games for 20 seasons. Roach was already the voice of NFL events worldwide at that point. He was the PA announcer for eight consecutive Super Bowls starting in 2006. He was

bumped from his gig last month when the NFL rules prohibited him from working a game in which his team (the Broncos) was involved. The Broncos could have used his magic against the Seahwaks. Roach is also the voice of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton, Ohio. Travelers to Denver International Airport are also familiar with Roach. His voice is currently featured on the underground train system along with Denver television anchor Adele Arakawa. I don’t know who the Sky Sox’s PA announcer will be this season, but whoever it is the bar has been set pretty high by Roach. And to think, Roach once walked among us here in the Pikes Peak region. You just never know who will go onto greatness.

Train stalled in snow I told you about the 1913 snow storm, which included being stuck on trains. I mentioned the one at Summit, but here is another one, not quite as bad. Blocked by deep snow drifts, a Midland Terminal passenger train which left Cripple Creek at 7:45 Sunday morning was stalled one mile south of Divide, and all day Sunday, being unable to proceed on account of snow. At just 7 p.m. Sunday, a force of shovelers succeeded in reaching the Feb. 15, 1914. The train and its passengers suddenly found themselves on a longer trip. The train left Cripple Creek with two engines and two coaches, it being anticipated that deep drifts would be encountered on account of high winds on Saturday night. For two days snow had drifted into cuts and every train into the district over the Midland had been delayed. That Saturday, two engines were used on every train going anywhere, the extra locomotive trains made better time. From Cameron to Gillett deep snow was encountered and also down the canyon on into Midland. In some places the snow was eight feet deep in the cuts and several attempts had to be made before the trains could go through. About a mile from Divide, deep drifts were encountered which had packed hard and frozen. The engines could not plow through the snow and became stalled. Meanwhile drifting snow had filled the cut through which the train had just come and it was impossible to go back into the district. If they could they could try and go out over the Short Line. A brakeman made his way through the storm to Divide, walking along the

telegraph line. A crew of shovelers was organized and sent out walking from Divide. For almost the entire mile they had to pick the snow and ice before it could be shoveled from the tracks. About 20 passengers were on the marooned train and on account of the cold and deep snow none attempted to walk to Divide. The trainmen brought them food from Divide too. But can you imagine these people, isolated in the railroad cars all day, watching the white snow-covered hills? They did have the heat of a minimal pot bellied stove in one corner of the car. There was little to do but wait. Maybe the ladies knitted or sewed and perhaps a card game or two broke out as they sat there. Men could not smoke in one car, and the other had a room where they could, separated from the others. The trip had barely taken an hour to get to this spot, but it would be 12 hours before the train could continue. The newspaper said the passengers were not upset by the experience, but I wonder how many decided to go back to Cripple Creek on the next train, rather than go on to Colorado Springs. It was almost 10 that night when it rolled into the station down there.

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Sertoma honors student Freedom Essay winners Staff report On Feb. 19, Sertoma Freedom Essay Program first-place recipients from 13 area middle schools were recognized and honored for their accomplishments. With red, white and blue decorations at The Pinery at the Hill for a back drop, General George Washington – David Wallace – gave the keynote speech. Each year, Sertoma Service Clubs set aside time in February to reflect on our national heritage and implement programs to educate and promote that heritage and our freedoms. In the Pikes Peak region, clubs sponsor essay contests and copies of the Declaration of Independence and/or

the Bill of Rights are distributed to schools. “What Freedom Means to Me” is the topic of the essay eighth-grade students are welcome to submit. The following three essayists were awarded top honors and received a plaque, a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol and a monetary gift: first place Brooke Sweatman, Colorado Springs Christian Middle School, sponsored by Austin Bluffs Sertoma; place Ryan Matson, Monument Academy, sponsored by Legacy Sertoma; and third Place Madison Lemley, Russell Middle School, also sponsored by Austin Bluffs Sertoma. Presenters included Tim Hazel, Sertoma international president from Iowa; Joy Newman, Sertoma Mountain West region direc-

40 YEARS AGO Palmer Lake-Monument-Woodmoor News, March 7, 1974 Second Lt. Dave Keyes, son of retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Arthur Keyes of Monument has received his silver wings at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona after graduating from pilot training. He is assigned to England Air Force Base in Louisiana. He will fly A-7D Corsair with the Technical Air Command. ••• Don Breese and John Knipping attended the three day convention of the National Association of School Principals in Atlantic City, NJ. They traveled by air to Philadelphia and then by bus to Atlantic City. They also attended the reception of the Shirley Cooper Architectural Award which was given to Lewis Palmer Middle School. The middle school was chosen as No. 1 from 232 education buildings in the 1974 Exhibition of School Architecture. ••• Peoples Gas is asking for a rate increase for its customers as of March 15, 1974. The annual increase will result in $4.50 to residential customers, $15 to commercial customer and $66 to irrigation customers. ••• The Woodmoor Wives Club will meet March 15 for their monthly meeting at the Woodmoor Inn. They begin at noon for cocktails. Showing of new fashions by Vera’s is the highlight of this months’ meeting.

••• Mr. Robert Lehmpuhl was elected director of the Bank of Woodmoor. Lempuhl and his wife, Sibyl, live in Woodmoor and are active in Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs. Lempuhl also serves on the Board of the Woodmoor-Monument Fire Protection District. ••• Mountain View Electric has some tips for flying kites now that we are into the windy season. Don’t fly kites close to electrical or overhead lines; if your kite gets caught in the lines, leave it there; never use wire for strings; never fly kites when there is dampness in the air; and fly kites only in open pastures or meadows, never on roads or streets. ••• Cadets Jay A. Winzenreid of Woodmoor and Robert Sayers of Monument are on the honor list at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Both will wear silver wreaths and in addition Cadet Sayers will also wear a silver star. ••• The annual pancake and sausage supper will be held at Monument Town Hall on Saturday, March 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be free door prizes. Adults are $1.50, children are 75 cents or a family is $6 (whichever is cheapest). Benefits go to the Monument Volunteer Fire Department. — Compiled by Linda Case

tor from Arizona; and Ed Kinney, Sertoma Pikes Peak district governor. Harrison High School JAFROTC conducted the presentation and retirement of the flag. Other school first-place recipients recognized were Olivia English, Challenger and Karlie Kelsch, Timberview, sponsored by Gleneagle Sertoma; Mackenzie McCollum, Discovery Canyon, sponsored by Prospectors Sertoma; Marisa Shigio, Divine Redeemer, sponsored by Woodmen Valley Sertoma; James Benson, Eagleview, Dominique Semadeni, Horace Mann, Nic Sullivan, The Classical Academy, sponsored by Austin Bluffs Sertoma; Emma Stoner, North, sponsored by Colorado Springs Sertoma; Jessica Martin-Wegryn, Pauline Memo-

rial, sponsored by High Noon Sertoma; and Amanda Feltynowski, Sproul, sponsored by New Dawn Sertoma. One member observed the following when asked his impression of the essay program and banquet: “Being able to hear from the mouths of our young citizens what freedom means to them is both humbling and impressive at the same time. When I look into their faces during the banquet, it makes me feel that our future is indeed in good hands, and that yet another generation of children are on their way to becoming young adults with the knowledge that our way of life is not a gift, but rather a privilege and one that has to be earned and defended each and every day.”

Researcher seeks photos of the Palmer Lake star Staff report Jack Anthony is assembling a presentation on the Palmer Lake star and is looking for photos from long ago. Specifically, he seeks photos from 193536 when the star was built and first shone. Also, in 1976 and again in 2002, there were major endeavors to update the star structure and electrical system. Perhaps someone witnessed these community efforts and snapped a photo. The Palmer Lake Historical Society is searching

their wide array of historical items and also citizens who led the 1976 and 2002 project are likewise looking for photos. The goal is to capture the 78-plus year life and journey of the Palmer Lake star ... the world largest outdoor star and also a symbol of determination as it was built at the height of the depression. Those who have have photos or can help guide Jack and PLHS to those who have them, contact Jack Anthony at 719205-1741.

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THE PIKES Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women offers information by calling 719-532-0021.

MEMBERSHIP IN Sons of Italy is right for you. Membership is open to men and women.  More information at www.

PIKES PEAK Women’s Connection meets the second Thursday of the month for a luncheon at the Clarion Hotel Downtown, 314 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m., with luncheon and program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Free preschool childcare is available with a reservation; $16 inclusive. Call 719-495-8304 for reservations or information. All women are welcome.

KIWANIS CLUB of Monument Hill, a service club dedicated to providing assistance to those less fortunate in the Tri-Lakes community, meets 8 a.m. Saturdays at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 Colo. 105. Join us for breakfast, great fellowship and informative programs, and come be a part of the opportunity to give back to your community. Visit; call 719-4871098; e-mail LEGACY SERTOMA dinner meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays monthly at Monument Country Club. New members and visitors welcome. Call Ed Kinney, 481-2750. MOMS IN Touch prayer groups meet, by school, throughout the school district for one hour each week to support the children, their teachers, the schools and administration through prayer. Call Judy Ehrlich at 719-481-1668. THE MONUMENT Homemakers Club meets the first Thursday of every month at the Tri-Lakes Fire Department Administrative Building, 166 Second Street, Monument. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. to prepare for a noon potluck, program, and business meeting, which ends around 1:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Call Irene Walters, Co-President, at 719-481-1188 for Jean Sanger, Co-President, at 719-592-9311 for reservations. MOUNT HERMAN 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Grace Best Elementary. There are no meetings in June, July and August. Anyone interested in pursuing animal projects, archery, cooking, sewing, model rocketry, woodworking or just about any hobby is welcome. A new member meeting is the third Thursday in October. THE PALMER Lake Art Group meets on the second Saturday of the month at the group’s Vaile Hill Gallery, 118 Hillside Road. Call 719-488-8101 for information. PALMER DIVIDE Quiltmakers meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at The Church at Woodmoor. Contact Carolyn at 719-488-9791 or

ROCKY MOUNTAIN Chapter, 1st Cavalry Division Meeting is at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of every month at the Retired Enlisted Association, 834 Emory Circle, Colorado Springs. We are a non-political, nonprofit soldier’s and veteran’s fraternity. Anyone who has been assigned or attached to the 1st Cavalry Division anytime, anywhere, is eligible for membership. Friends of the Cav who have not served with the Division are eligible for Associate membership. We are family orientated so please bring significant other. We participate in local parades, do food shelf, picnics, Christmas party. Come join us for great camaraderie, make new friends, possibly meet old friends from the First Team. Contact Paul at 719-687-1169 or Al at 719-689-5778.  ROTARY CLUB of InterQuest meets at 4:46 p.m. Thursdays at

Liberty Heights at Northgate, 12105 Ambassador Drive (Voyager Parkway and Celestial Drive) in Colorado Springs. Guest always welcome. Serve with intergrity, love our community and have fun. Call Scott Allen at 719-338-7939.

SILENT SPRINGS Social Group is a social group for hard of

hearing and deaf adults. Sign language users are welcome. Dining out at local restaurants, potlucks and community activities are available on an ongoing basis. Call 719-487-9009 or e-mail

TOASTMASTERS FACC Masters Club meets at noon Thursdays at Lockheed Martin, 9975 Federal Drive. Visit http:// or call Kirby at 719-481-3738. TRI-LAKES AMERICAN Legion Post 9-11 meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Depot Restaurant on Colo. 105 in Palmer Lake. Contact Ed at 719-481-2750. TRI-LAKES BARBERSHOP Chapter meets Mondays. Call Phil

Zara at 719-481-3197.

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Chamber, county commissioner give State of the Region message

By Norma Engelberg Contributing writer

“Don’t’ Stop the Music” was the song Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terri Hayes chose as her message to chamber members gathered for the annual State of the Chamber Luncheon on Feb. 26 at the Inn at Palmer Divide. “We’re becoming more diversified and business-based events are well attended,” she said. “About 140 people attended last month’s business after hours and the biggest attendance we’ve ever had was in December with 150 attending. There were a lot of new faces at these events and that’s a good thing.” Hayes spoke of a new event that will be starting up this year: the Kinetic Sculpture Derby scheduled for Labor Day. She encouraged business owners to use sculpture to promote their businesses. She also had high hopes for the area’s annual Fourth of July celebration. “I was thrilled that we were able to have a Fourth of July last year despite the Black Forest fire,” she said. “I am so proud of our communities. Last year they asked 10 to one how they could help.” She also had nothing but praise for the chamber’s educational seminars in partnership with the Small Business Development Center and the new Tri-Lakes Chamber website. “The new website will do two things; it will be informative and it will have links to all our partner organizations and towns,” she said. “Each of our members will have an entire page to themselves by the end of March and each event will also get its own page. Our focus is always on our members … our goal is to be a place for people to call for help.”

El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn gave Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce members a state of the region address at the chamber’s annual State of the Chamber Luncheon on Feb. 26. Also speaking at the luncheon was School District 38 Interim Superintendent Ted Bowman. He gave an update on the district’s superintendent search. “We had 34 applicants that we’ve narrowed the field down to eight candidates with the help of the Colorado Association of School Boards,” he said. “Interviews with the school board start March 8 and we’ll whittle the number down to three or four. By the end of March we should have a new superintendent.” Rounding out the luncheon was a report on the State of the Region by El Paso County Commissioner for District 1 Darryl Glenn. He covered the ongoing Black Forest Fire recovery, including efforts to solve some of the insurance issues that have delayed the process; the county’s budget outlook, stormwater, the proposed City for Champions project and the November gubernatorial elec-

School District 38 Interim Superintendent Ted Bowman updated Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce members on the school district’s search of a new superintendent. He was one of the featured speakers at the chamber’s annual State of the Chamber Luncheon on Feb. 26. Photos by Norma Engelberg tion cycle. On the budget, charts showed that at $106.3 million, the county’s discretionary budget, the revenue left over after it covers its statutory obligations, is only slightly higher than it was in 2006 when the county had about 80,000 fewer residents. “The population has changed by the revenue hasn’t,” he said. “We try to use county funds efficiently but we can only do so much. We have critical needs to address. Number one is fleet maintenance for transportation and snow removal. We have elderly equipment.” He added that addressing the region’s stormwater and drainage issues is another critical need. The county has been deferring maintenance on the stormwater collection system

but he acknowledged that no one feels good about new stormwater fees. Glenn is not sure about the benefits of the City for Champions project that could include a U.S. Olympics Museum, a Colorado Sports and Event Center, a sports medicine and performance center and a relocated U.S. Air Force Visitors Center. “This is going to take a lot of discussion,” he said. “All I can say is ‘you’re going have to date me a lot longer before we get married.’” Glenn’s report listed the state and county offices, including his own, that will be up for election in November and gave key election dates. His entire report can be downloaded from his page on the El Paso County website, www.elpasoco. com.


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Hickenlooper touts ‘rigorous’ new oil and gas rules Says air will be cleaner ‘than it was before fracking’ By Vic Vela Gov. John Hickenlooper was lauded by energy industry leaders and environmental groups on Feb. 25, two days after a state commission approved sweeping new air pollution rules that will regulate oil and gas activity in the state. The new rules will make Colorado the first state to impose regulations designed to detect and reduce climate-harming methane emissions. “They are the strongest rules on air pollution ever adopted in the U.S.,” said Fred Krupp, the national leader of the Environmental Defense Fund. “It is really a model for the nation.” The rules, approved by an 8-1 vote of the Colorado Air Quality Commission on Feb. 23, came as a result of Hickenlooper’s calls for tougher rules aimed at protecting Colorado’s air. “We (now) have the most rigorous air and water regulations around oil and gas in the country, without question,” the governor said at a Capitol press conference. “I think that goes a long way toward demonstrating to people that this trio of (environmental) nonprofits, the (oil and gas) industry, and the government, that if we work hard enough and are willing to make those

compromises, we can make real progress.” Larry Wolk, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said the adoption of the new regulations “truly are a significant achievement.” Wolk said the new rules will reduce more than 92,000 tons of organic compound emissions annually. The VOC emissions contribute to “ground-level” ozone depletion and smog, which can lead to health affects such as increased asthma attacks and respiratory conditions. The rules will also reduce 60,000 tons of methane emissions each year. The natural gas causes a greenhouse effect when it leaks into the atmosphere. In addition, the rules target hydrocarbon emissions that also have ozone and climate change impacts. The new rules are expected to take effect mid-April. However, Wolk said it will take several years to implement all the regulations. The key will be the installation of infrared cameras that will be used to detect air pollution at oil and gas sites, he said. The work in getting the regulations put in place made for strange bedfellows among environmental advocates and those in the energy industry. “What this is about is smart and costeffective regulations,” said Ted Brown of Noble Energy. “What this is about is making sure that oil and natural gas is developed in the safest way possible.” Not everyone is in love with the new rules. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association argued for softer regulations. Howev-

Gov. John Hickenlooper touts new rules for oil and gas activities during a Feb. 25 Capitol press conference, as Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Director Larry Wolk (right) and Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fun (center) listen. Photo by Vic Vela er, COGA’s Tisha Schuler, who attended the press conference, said her group is ready to move on. “We did not get everything we wanted in this rule, but the rule passed so we’re focused on moving forward,” she said. “And we’re going to emphasize how can we implement these rules cost effectively.” Hickenlooper also used the press conference to maintain his support of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Colorado. Fracking has received a great deal of attention of late, with five cities in the state

having placed some form of ban or limitations on the practice — the state is currently suing the city of Longmont over its voter-approved fracking ban. Add to that, a potential November ballot initiative would ask Colorado voters to give municipalities the ability to decide for themselves what kinds of activities occur within city limits, including fracking. The governor, who is a geologist, acknowledged the “friction” surrounding the fracking issue while voicing support of the practice.

Gun Range being proposed for Palmer Lake Town planning commission considering potential application By Danny Summers

dsummers@colorado On March 19, the Palmer Lake Panning Commission is scheduled to revisit a preliminary review of a potential application for a proposed gun range east of the motocross club in Palmer Lake. Bob Radosevich, sec-

retary/deputy town clerk, said that this is a follow up to a January meeting in which Dan and Angela Robbins, owners of TriLakes Shooting Supply in Monument, informed the commission of their desire to acquire land on the south side of County Line Road, opposite the Greenland Space trailhead and north of Facinelli Motors. They would like to acquire the land through a short-term lease and establish a national Rifle

Fencer performs life-saving action Staff report Air Force Academy sophomore fencer Madeleine Girardot performed the life-saving Heimlich maneuver on a young fencer — Helen Landwehr from Colorado Springs — while at the North American Cup in Virginia Beach on Jan. 18. According to Air Force head coach Abdel Salem, after a long day of fencing; his squad went to dinner at a Japanese restaurant. There were a lot of other fencers at the restaurant and the team ended up sitting next to some fencers from Colorado Springs. Girardot, a second-year fencer, was sitting three seats away from Landwehr. “We were all engaged in conversation throughout the evening,” Salem said. “Suddenly, Helen started looking at her mother. She did not say anything, but tears were running from her eyes, in a way that I had never experienced before. It was like a faucet had suddenly turned on inside her eyes. “At this point, Madeleine approached the girl and asked if she were choking. She did not respond as tears still streamed down her face, and her lips had a strange blue color to them. Madeleine came up behind Helen’s seat and delivered two strong blows to the girl’s back. Helen stood up, still looking very distressed as Madeleine placed herself behind Helen and performed the Heimlich maneuver.” Girardot received a lot of praise from the adults, cadets, other fencers and the waitress. She did not act as if she had done anything heroic. “She only saw herself as sensing someone in need and stepping in to help,” Salem said. “In high school I was a lifeguard, I am CPR AED certified and learned all of those techniques, including the Heimlich maneuver. “I think it is important for everyone to know basic lifesaving techniques because you never know when and if you might be in a situation where you will need to use them,” Girardot said.

Association-complaint regional gun shooting range. It would include handgun and rifle bays. They would eventually like to have a storefront. At the January meeting, the planning commission discussed various issues that could arise from the gun range, including noise from people firing guns, traffic, security, liability and criminal activity. The Robbins’ told the planning commission that they project 500 walk-in visitors

and members. They would like to the gun range to be a place for leagues, competitions and gun clubs. “We may finally be able to begin a project that is long overdue. We intend to create a range to be used for recreational and educational purposes,” stated the The Tri-Lakes Shooting Supply website. The Robbins’ opened Tri-Lakes Shooting Supply in 2010 and have a solid reputation among law enforcement officers.

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The Town of Monument Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 via Mail Ballot. The Town will be in need of judges for this election. In order to qualify, you must be 18 years or older, a registered voter in El Paso County, attend a training class and be available and willing to work a long day. Judges will be compensated $100 total for full day OR $50 total for half day and must attend the judges training session March 28th at 5:00PM. A basic breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided. Anyone interested in submitting an application, may obtain one from the Town Website at or at Town Hall located at 645 Beacon Lite Road, Monument CO 80132. For additional information please contact

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Catherine DeVries did not lose her home in the fire, but like Adams, she rushed to her residence to gather belongings and was out the door as the towering inferno burned in the rear-view mirror of her car. “(Chief Harvey) was facing an unprecedented event and if he had gone the other way and panicked, it would have been an even worse disaster,” DeVries said. “The road systems are not great in Black Forest and I think we would have seen more lives lost from people not being able to get out. “I think people are looking for answers and a way to logically

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this,” Bracken said. “I wasn’t planning on running for reelection, but I am now. “The intent of (Langmaid, McConnellogue and Nearhoof) — based on the comments they’ve made and the petitions they’ve started — is to fire the chief. I am not going to let someone destroy this fire department. The chief has the most expert credentials of anybody in this area. He has forgotten more about wild land urban fires than all of the fire crews combined in El Paso County.” Directly and indirectly, Bracken and some of the other board members have been the focal point of

a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22, and 1:30-4 p.m. March 23. Visit www. or contact Beth Carroll at 719-4951857.

MARCH 23 BLUES CONCERT Big Jim Adam will perform at 6 p.m. March 23 at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at or at Ivywild School Dry Goods Store. APRIL 9, April 10 WRITING CONTEST Creative Communication is accepting submissions for its essay contest, with divisions for grades 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, through Feb. 18; and its poetry contest, with

process what happened. But the truth of it is that the fire came on so quickly. Anyone who saw the smoke that day knew in their heart that they needed to get out fast. It wasn’t like a thunderstorm watch that could turn into a warning. This was a crisis.” Bracken has stated on numerous occasions that the board commissioned the report to find out the facts about what happened — especially during the first few hours of the blaze. The full 80-page report of the investigation’s findings has been forwarded to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review. The full report will not be released until the DA’s office clears it. David Fisher was the chief investigator. Bracken said the investigation, which began in December,

cost about $50,000. Despite what the report said, Maketa has stood by his position, stating “I only stand by facts and evidence” and not “assumption or theories” posed by others. El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn has made it clear that he does intend to get into a war of words with Bracken’s group or Maketa. “My hope is that we learn from this,” Glenn said. “I want the rhetoric to die down. As a community we need to move forward.” Even some of those who side with Maketa say it’s time to move on and heal. “In my mind the Black Forest fire department could have responded faster and harder, but let’s move on; let’s learn from this,” said long-time resident Greg Jones, who did not

lose his home. Jones added that residents should do more mitigation. “Protecting your house is pretty smart,” he said. “I did some mitigation during the fire. Cut down some trees. But I could have done a lot more ahead of time.” DeVries is interested in knowing what is being done to avert future tragedies in the area. What I’d like to see in the news are progress reports about mitigation, rezoning of homes and revised development plans,” she said. “In other words, what steps are being taken to learn from this tragedy and take action to lessen the chance of it happening again? And then, beyond the Black Forest community, what action can we take to other communities who face a similar danger?”

much criticism from Glenn, and especially Langmaid. “I have heard a lot of complaints with how people are treated by this board,” Glenn said. “I can’t sit back and ignore this. People are not being treated with dignity and respect and that is not acceptable.” Glenn didn’t call out any board member by name, but he did suggest that the board as a whole is not working with the residents in the area in a courteous and professional manner. “I’ve got a lot of respect for what the board has done, but when you are really tested there are rules and decorum you are accountable to,” Glenn said. “And this board is not forthcoming with disclosure.” Bracken doesn’t deny that the board may have withheld some information as it pertained to investi-

gations of the fire, but he maintains there was a good reason why. “We were advised by our legal counsel not to engage with anybody — and that includes the media and residents of the Forest — about the facts of the investigation,” Bracken said. “We didn’t want to fuel the controversy until we had all the facts.” Almost from Day 1 of last June’s Black Forest Fire, Langmaid was critical of Harvey’s handled of the massive blaze that destroyed nearly 500 homes. All three candidates accused the board of wasting $50,000 on an independent investigation of the fire and not listening to its constituents. “I knew all of (these candidates) from when I was on council,” Glenn said. “I am very comfortable with all three of them.

“These three people have sworn to not do what the current board has done and to change the tone. I believe they will do that.” McConnellogue, Langmaid and Nearhoof are all firefighters and have a combined 60 years of experience fighting fires. All three live in Black Forest, but work for other agencies. Board member Rick McMorran has voiced his support of the three candidates. Fellow board member Walter Seelye has said he supported the investigation, but would rather have seen the money spent on mitigation and new equipment. McMorran and Seelye are both running for reelection. Bracken said the full 80-page report will be released in a couple of weeks.

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divisions for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, through April 10. Top 10 winners will be named in each division. Essays must be between 100 and 250 words on any non-fiction topic. Poetry must be 21 lines or less in English. Entries can made online at or mail entries, labeled Poetry Contest or Essay Contest, to 159 N. Main, Smithfield UT 84335. Include author’s name, address, city, state and ZIP, current grade, school name, school address and teacher’s name. Home school students are welcome to enter. Selected entries of merit will be invited to be published in an anthology. An art contest for grades K-12 also is coming up. To enter, take a photo of your original artwork and enter it at; deadline is April 9. Full contest information is available online, or call 435-713-4411.

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18725 Monument Hill Rd. 481-2156 Sunday: Bible Classes 9:15am Worship Service 10:30am Pastor Tom Clemmons USAFA ‘86, SWBTS ‘94 Preaching for the Glory of God God-centered, Christ-exalting worship Wed: AWANA 6:30pm The “New” MHC - Where Grace and Truth Abound

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Palmer Ridge’s Matt Cameron, with ball, led the Bears to a berth in the Class 4A state playoffs this season. Cameron led the team in scoring and delighted crowds with his slam-dunking ability. Photos by Evan Ochsner

Rangers, Bears each win state playoff game Successful seasons for Monument-based teams By Danny Summers

dsummers@ Lewis-Palmer’s quest for a third-consecutive Class 4A boys’ state basketball championship ended with a 57-43 loss to Thompson Valley on Feb. 28. The Rangers (13-12) went 1-1 in this year’s 48-team tournament. Cross town rival Palmer Ridge (14-11) also went 1-1 in the tournament. The Bears lost to 55-47 on Feb. 28 at the Colorado State Fair Event Center to close out their season. Despite graduating four starters and nearly its entire team, Lewis-Palmer finished fourth in the highly competitive Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. The Rangers opened the state playoffs at home on Feb. 26 with a 63-55 victory over Montrose. Chase Stone led the Rangers with 18 points, while Charlie Hovasse added 16 and Joe DeCoud scored 15. The Rangers took control in the third quarter, outscoring Montrose 30-8. The Rangers knew they were in for a tough matchup with Thompson Valley (23-1). The score was tied at 35 apiece with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. DeCoud scored a team-high 16 points, while Stone added nine. Palmer Ridge enjoyed arguably its most successful season in school history. The Bears finished fifth in the PPAC and also hosted a first-round game. On Feb. 26, Palmer Ridge defeated Mitchell, 56-44 at “The Cave.” Bears’ junior forward Matt Cameron threw down a thunderous slam dunk late in the game to propel his team to victory. The 6-foot-4 Cameron finished with a game-high 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Bears’ 6-6 center Nick Vitwar added nine points in the victory. The Bears had their hands full with Pueblo South (22-2). Cameron led the Bears in scoring (19.5) and rebounding (6.7) this season. Cameron’s older brother, Edmond, was second on the team in scoring with 11 points per game. Palmer Ridge enjoyed several big moments, including its first-ever victory over Lewis-Palmer - 53-50 on Jan. 10 at The Cave. Lewis-Palmer returned the favor on Jan. 31 with a 68-62 victory over the Bears.

Lewis-Palmer senior Chase Stone, with ball, led the Rangers to the Class 4A state playoffs this season. Stone led the Rangers in scoring and was one of the best 3-point threats in the state. Photo by Kathryn Patrick


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Palmer Ridge, TCA girls’ soccer teams ready for action High school sping sports season is here By Danny Summers

dsummers@ The prep spring sports season kicks into high gear this week with plenty of action. The Palmer Ridge girls’ soccer team is coming off a banner season in which it advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals. The Bears return the bulk of their team, including top scorer Mackenzie Gouner (18 goals). The Bears open their season at home March 7 against Highlands Ranch. The Lewis-Palmer and Discovery Canyon soccer teams also advanced to the

playoffs in 2013. Discovery Canyon won its first-ever state playoff game at the 4A level. The Classical Academy soccer team was the state runner-up in 3A. The Titans lost to rival Peak to Peak, 1-0, in the finals. The Titans opened this season March 4 at Lewis-Palmer. All eyes will be on Lewis-Palmer sophomore Nicole Montgomery in track and field. The jumping jack won 4A state title last spring in the 200 and 400 (state record time), and was also ran anchor on the record-setting 800 sprint medley relay team that won gold. Tri-Lakes area baseball teams are poised for a successful season. Palmer Ridge is coming off an 11-9 season and a trip to the first round of the state playoffs. The Classical Academy was 14-6 in 2013. DID YOU KNOW? The Colorado High School Activities

Association (CHSAA) was formed in May 1921 when a group of superintendents and principals met in Boulder and organized the Colorado High School Athletic Conference. The purpose of this organization was to better regulate and develop the interscholastic school athletic program. There were nine leagues by the time the first constitution was published, including the Northern, North Central, Western Slope, Suburban, Southeastern, Arkansas Valley, South Central and San Juan Basin leagues. The first champions crowned that school year were Colorado Springs (now Palmer) in football, Greeley in basketball, and Fort Collins in track and field. In 1924, the Colorado High School Athletic Conference joined the National Federation of State High School Associations and has remained an active member of

that organization ever since. USA PRO CYCLING CHALLENGE NEWS If you don’t know by now, Woodland Park will be the starting point for Stage 5 of the prestigious USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The event takes place Aug. 22 with some of the top riders in the world descending upon the “City above the Clouds.” But what you may not know is that Colorado Springs will host the Stage 4 circuit race the day before. The entire route, including the start to finish, will be within the city limits of Colorado Springs. Pro Challenge organizers will announce the route by April 15. Woodland Park Pro Challenge officials are keeping a close eye on the proceedings. They want to make sure that the next day’s Woodland Park to Breckenridge stage is well attended.

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A bill that would make cyberbullying a crime passed a House committee with unanimous support on Feb. 25. House Bill 1131 would make it a misdemeanor when “a child or a teenager is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using digital technology,” according to Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, the bill’s sponsor. The legislation comes as a result of increased cases where youths are bullied through social media outlets and text messaging. The bill passed the House Education committee following a 12-0 vote. The legislation heads to another committee before it gets a vote on the House floor.

A Republican bill that would have put tighter restrictions on the governor’s ability to provide reprieves for death row inmates failed in a House committee on Feb. 24. Through House Bill 1197, Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Arvada, sought to limit governors to just 90 days to seek a death penalty reprieve, and only for the purposes of “administrative difficulties in carrying out the execution,” the bill’s fiscal note states. The bill was a response to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision to grant a reprieve to convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap, who killed four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1993. The bill died in the Democrat majority

House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee following a 6-3 vote.

Gay tax bill signed into law Gov. John Hickenlooper on Feb. 27 signed a bill into law that gives gay married couples living in Colorado the ability to file joint state tax returns. Senate Bill 19 requires that gay couples who married out of state or in another country, and who now reside here, file their state taxes the same as they do at the federal level, either through joint or individual returns. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, follows last year’s Internal Revenue Service ruling, which determined that legally married samesex couples are also considered married

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Handgun permit renewals to ease A bill that would expand concealed handgun permit renewals passed a Senate committee on Feb. 26. Current law requires permit holders to renew their permits with the county sheriff who issued them. House Bill 1166 would allow non-temporary permits to be renewed in the counties where they reside. The bill also applies to counties where a permit holder maintains a second home or owns or leases a business property. The bill passed the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and now heads to the Senate for a full vote. The legislation had previously passed the House.


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Palmer Ridge girls headed to Great Eight Girls’ 4A state tournament continues this weekend at the Denver Coliseum

Coates said. Palmer Ridge and Broomfield have one common opponent - Sand Creek. The Bears lost to Sand Creek (winners of the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) twice by an average margin of 20 points. Broomfield defeated Sand Creek, 82-49, on Dec. 10. “Broomfield is a very good team,” Coates said. “You have to respect what they’ve done in the past. “But the fun thing about a tournament is that you only have to beat a team once.” Coates said it will take a strong defensive effort from his team to knock off the Eagles. Broomfield averaging 75 points per game. The Eagles are led by junior Callie Kaiser, who is averaging 14.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Also averaging double figures in points are sophomore Brenna Chase (11.7) and senior Bri Wilber (11.2). Junior Nicole Lehrer is averaging 9.4. Palmer Ridge advanced to the Elite Eight with victories last weekend over Weld Central, 57-36, and Glenwood Springs, 50-32. The Weld Central victory was especially sweet since the Bears had lost in the first round of the regional each of the previous two seasons. Against Glenwood Springs, Michelle DeCoud scored a game-high 17

By Danny Summers

dsummers@ colorado The motto of the Palmer Ridge girls’ basketball team this season is “Rewrite the Ending.” But the final chapter has yet to be written. The Bears (22-3) advanced to the Class 4A state quarterfinals last weekend with two impressive victories. They will now play Broomfield (25-0) - the No. 1 overall seed - March 8 in the Great Eight at the spacious Denver Coliseum. This is the farthest any Palmer Ridge basketball team has advanced in the state playoffs. “We’ve changed a few chapters at the end of the story,” Palmer Ridge coach Dennis Coates with a huge grin. A victory over Broomfield would put the Bears in the prestigious Final Four, which begins the following week at the University of Colorado’s Coors Events Center. “We’ve played really well the last three weeks,”

Palmer Ridge senior Ali Meyer was one half of the dynamic duo for the Bears along with Michelle DeCoud. Meyer led the team in scoring a rebounding and another trip to the state playoffs. File photos points, and Ali Meyer added 12. The Bears’ trip home from Glenwood Springs on March 1 was halted by a snowstorm in the pass.

The team ended up staying in a ranch house owned by Meyer’s grandparents. “After three days away it will be business as usual this week,” Coates said. “

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