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July 31, 2013
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Tri-Lakes Region, Monument, Gleneagle, Black Forest and Northern El Paso County • Volume 48, Issue 31
D-38 seeks a mill levy override in November District has made $11 million in cuts over past few years By Lisa Collacott
email@example.com The Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Board of Education voted unanimously to seek a mill levy override in the upcoming November election. During discussion at a special meeting on July 26 board of education members said the district has been dealing with budget cuts for the past five years and it has come to the point where the district needs to take some action. The district has cut approximately $11 million from its budget over the past five years. An MLO is something that the district has talked about for years and with fees going up, the implementation of a bus fee and cuts to many programs the time to ask for an MLO has come. The district is one of the top in the state having been named to the Advanced Placement Honor Roll three years in a row, is Accredited with Distinction and more than 85 percent of students go on to post-secondary education. But with cuts to programs and teachers and class size going up there is concern that students will not be afforded what former students have had. D-38 Superintendent John Borman and the board of education have spent the past year sharing their story with the community and Borman often shares a story of a student who struggled in his early educational years and was on an Individualized Education Program. But because of the programs D-38 offered and the exceptional teaching staff he graduated valedictorian and is now in medical school. “In order to do right by our kids we need help from our community,” Borman said. D-38 board member Mark Pfoff said that the district has tried their best to maintain their budget and still provide the level of education to the students that the district is known for. “We’re not known for providing an education. We’re known for providing an exceptional education to our kids,” D-38 board member Mark Pfoff said. “At this point, in going through this, we feel because of these cuts that we’ve made over the last few years, not because we thought it would be to make it better but because we had to, we can tell by looking at the trends and looking at the numbers and the data that’s coming to us and talking with students and parents and community members we know that the educational experience at Mill Levy continues on Page 7
Master carver Sheldon Roberts carves an eagle out of a burnt tree at Edith Wolford Elementary School in Black Forest. Bill Fee, owner of Nature of Things Chain Saw Art in Manitou Springs, and his team were asked by Academy School District 20 to make some carvings of woodland creatures out of a few of the burnt trees in the playground to greet students when they come back to school in the fall. Photos by Lisa Collacott
Woodcarved animals welcome students back Animals carved from burnt trees bring new life to forest around school By Lisa Collacott
tudents at Edith Wolford Elementary School in Black Forest have had a traumatic summer and when they go back to school in the fall there will be some sense of normalcy. There will probably be some burnt trees around the school as the fire came within feet of the building but waiting to greet them will be some friendly little critters. These critters aren’t of the furry kind but rather the wooden kind. Chainsaw artist Bill Fee of Nature of Things Chain Saw Art in Manitou Springs and his team went out to the school, at the request of Academy School District 20, and carved woodland creatures into some of the burnt trees. “We’re going to give them a second life,” Fee said. Fee has been a chainsaw artist for 18 years and has turned burnt trees in the Hayman and Waldo Canyon burn areas into works of art. At Wolford he has carved two squirrels, which is the school mascot, and two other trees measuring eight-feet high will have multiple animals carved on them such as eagles, raccoons and owls. “This will get the students talking about nature in their science classes and I hope to provide some inspiration to the art students,” Fee said. Fee said he doesn’t touch trees that may come back and aren’t dead. “These are black and burnt trees. There’s no doubt they are dead. Our hope is some of the growth comes back in the other trees,” Fee added. Fee said after a fire many people just want to cut all the trees down but some people are really attached to their trees and having a tree carved helps preserve it. Polyurethane is applied to the woodcarving so it does not decompose. He hopes that residents will drive by the school and see the carved woodland
A squirrel, which happens to be the mascot of Edith Wolford Elementary School, awaits the students when they come back to school. Four carvings were made by Bill Fee, a chain saw artist and his team. animals and get the idea to do the same with some of the trees on their property. “We’re really hoping that this catches on with Black Forest,” Fee said.
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Tri-Lakes area students make up Air Force Class of 2017 Basic trainees marched out to Jacks Valley on July 22 By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com With the words “Forward HARCH,” more than 1,150 Class of 2017 Basic Cadet Trainees began their 4 ½-mile march out to Jack Valley on July 22. The journey began about 6:45 a.m. and was the transition from the first phase of Basic Cadet Training to “Second Beast,” which entails about two weeks of military training and team building. Among the first-year basic trainees were several Tri-Lakes area high school graduates. “This is so much more challenging, but so much more rewarding in more ways than I thought,” said Alexa Chacon, who graduated from The Classical Academy in May. “It’s challenged me in ways I never really would have done by myself had I not come here. It’s hard. It’s tough. It’s not easy. “But the greatest thing about is you form this team with your flight. All the guys are my big brothers. All the girls are my sisters. We work for each other. We do pushups for each other. It’s a great feeling knowing you have your wingman next to you helping you, encouraging you, every step of the way. There’s not one instance where you’re alone.” Chacon selected the Air Force for many reasons, including a top-notch education and the chance to compete in Division I track and field. She was a three-time high school state champion in the 300 hurdles at TCA and a two-time state champ in the 100. She set meet records in each event this year, posting times of 42.75 and 14.23 seconds, respectively. Chacon was also part of two secondplace relay teams, while leading the Titans to their seventh state team title in eight years. But Chacon is still a couple of weeks away from lacing up her spikes and hitting the track. For now, she is working towards the goal of getting through second beast and marching back to the Cadet area on Aug. 3. A few days later, they will retake their oaths of allegiance and officially become freshmen. “The first week (of Basic Cadet Training) was so tough I was asking the Lord `Are you sure this is really your plan because I don’t think I can handle this,’” Chacon said. “Being away from my parents and having to
strengthen myself and calling on the Lord and my teammates with everything it’s been such a strong journey. Now I’m able to focus more on the task that needs to be done and the goal that needs to be finished, instead of `Oh my gosh, I can’t even get through this,’” Chacon - a member of the Flying Tigers Squadron - and the rest of the Basic Trainees reported for duty on June 27. The first phase of their journey was a lot of physical training, as cadre yelled out orders and often times got in the face of the new cadets. They got a bit of reprieve on July 13 when they attended the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. On July 20, they were allowed to leave the Academy for about 10 hours if they were with a sponsor. Jacks Valley is more of a field environment. The cadre will expose basics to a field environment: the basics set up their own tents (10 to a tent) shortly after arriving in Jacks Valley and will call those tents home throughout their field training. Second Beast also provides a greater focus on teamwork and physical fitness as well as exposure to combat first aid. Pete Barringer graduated from LewisPalmer in 2012 and spent a year at Northwestern Preparatory School in southern California. He is the third member of his family to attend the Academy. One brother, Ben, graduated in 2012, and another, Dan, is a senior and will graduate in 2014. “All my cadre definitely know my last name,” Pete Barringer said. “The name definitely gets thrown around. I like the attention, but a lot of the time the attention isn’t so nice. A little bit of extra pushup or pulls ups or something. It definitely makes it more interesting.” Barringer is also part of the Flying Tigers Squadron. “This has been really great,” he said. “I am just ecstatic to be here. I love every second of it. Every day is a good day. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” Michael Downs, Lewis-Palmer class of 2009, took the long journey to the Academy. He attended Northwestern, the Air Force Prep School and did training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. “Most people would say after three basics `Wow, I have to do this one more time,’” said Downs, who is part of Demons Squadron. “But I see it as `Thank you so much, Lord, for this opportunity. Thank you for allowing me to prove that I can make it here and be among the best.’” According to John Van Winkle, the Academy’s director information/communica-
Pete Barringer, center, a 2012 Lewis-Palmer graduate, waits for orders during the first day of training July 22 at Jacks Valley. Photos by Danny Summers
Alexa Chacon, smiling, a 2013 graduate of The Classical Academy, helps set up a tent during the first day of training at Jacks Valley on July 22. tions, two other Tri-Lakes area alumni are Basic Trainees; Christian Eells (Palmer
Ridge, Hellcats Squadron) and Alex Fulton (Discovery Canyon, Demon Squadron).
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Fire districts in talks about possible merger Westcott and Black Forest in talks, could see a northern department in the future By Lisa Collacott
email@example.com When the Black Forest Fire started Chief Bob Harvey of the Black Forest Fire/Rescue said he saw the smoke and immediately called it in and requested a brush truck. He said the response was quick from neighboring departments including the city of Colorado Springs. “The response was phenomenal,” Harvey said. When the call went out, the departments on the north end of the county automatically responded because it’s all part of a mutual aid agreement. Anytime a call goes out for large scale incidents such as a wildland fire, structure fire or a hazardous spill, the departments on the north end of the county all respond whether the incident occurs in Black Forest, Palmer Lake, Monument, Gleneagle or elsewhere in northern El Paso County. The departments are collectively called the north group. This group is made up of Black Forest Fire/Rescue, Westcott Fire Protection District, Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District, Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Falcon Fire Department, United States Air Force Academy Fire, Cimarron Hills Fire Department and Larkspur Fire Department. It makes sense that these small fire districts would come to the aid of one another but some are talking of merging their departments. “We are in serious talks with Westcott,” Harvey said. The two departments have been talking of a merger for years and just recently Westcott appointed board members and staff to be a part of a committee with Black Forest Fire/Rescue to discuss a possible merger.
Firefighters leave Station 1 on a call back in 2012. Black Forest Fire/Rescue and Westcott Fire Protection District are in talks about a possible merger and have been for years. The two departments are part of the north group that provides mutual aid to one another. File photo by Lisa Collacott “I think one day we’ll see a full north department,” Harvey added. No one knows what a future merger would look like but Harvey said by merging they could combine training and apparatus. It would be cost effective. Black Forest Fire and Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection Districts just recently passed mill levy overrides. Voters approved a 4.25 mill levy increase in November of 2011 for Black Forest Fire/ Rescue taking the mills from 4.965 to 9.215 and in November of 2012 voters approved a mill levy increase from 8.5 mills to 11.5 mills. Westcott is considering a mill levy increase from 7 to 11 mills. Harvey said if the north group should become one department it would be farther
down the road. Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Chief Chris Truty is aware of talk about consolidating districts. Truty was sworn in as fire chief in May. “Will northern El Paso County ever end up as one district, I don’t know enough to comment on. I’m aware of Black Forest and Westcott’s efforts and will certainly watch and learn from what happens with them,” Truty said. “There are various forms of inter-organizational cooperation with full consolidation obviously being the highest goal. The North Group does have good working relationships between each of the departments that will be manifested in the various ways that each district has defined their needs. TLM is definitely part of
that good team. The ultimate destination though for TLM will be what is best for its community members and I still need to spend a great deal of time reviewing consolidations from this perspective.” “Improved effectiveness and better response times are what the element is,” Harvey said of consolidating. Harvey said there are no plans to get rid of any of the volunteer firefighters in Black Forest and as a result of the fire they have received a big response of citizens wanting to volunteer. Even during the fire Black Forest residents who had lost their homes were in the fire station helping out wherever needed. “This community is incredible,” Harvey said.
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Arrest warrant issued for Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife Beth Chapman allegedly harrassed a teenage girl at Monument Lake By Lisa Collacott
firstname.lastname@example.org An arrest warrant has been issued for reality television star Beth Chapman for the alleged harassment of a teenage girl at Monument Lake. The warrant was issued July 19 for the incident that occurred on July 10. Chapman is the wife of Duane `Dog’ Chapman and appears with him in the reality TV series “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” According to the arrest affidavit and wit-
ness statements the Chapman’s were fishing at Monument Lake when the teenage girl and her boyfriend arrived at the lake. Witnesses told police that Beth Chapman yelled at the teenage boy because she thought he was driving too fast and then began yelling at the teenage girl, calling her names and was very mean to her. The two teens left, worried that it would escalate, and then the Chapman’s left, getting into a black Suburban and `peeling out.’ A short time later the two teens called El Paso County dispatch and asked to meet a Monument police officer at the lake to talk about what happened. The officer gave the teens written statement forms and asked them to fill them out. Their statements were consistent with wit-
ness reports. Prior to the officer going to the lake to talk to the teens, he saw a call for service regarding the open carry of a gun at the lake. The officer went to the lake to see if he could find who made the call after another officer tried to call the reporting party, who later turned out to be Beth Chapman, but only got a voice mail. The officer talked to two young men, one of which had a firearm in his holster. That was when the officer learned about Beth Chapman yelling at the teen girl. One of the men told the officer that Duane Chapman had initially yelled at him telling him that it was a felony to open carry. The Chapman’s own a home in Douglas County. According to the arrest warrant an-
other witness told police that at one point, “Duane started yelling at Beth and telling her to stop acting stupid and get in the car.” The Monument Police Department attempted to contact Beth Chapman several times but the calls went directly to voice mail and she didn’t call back. In situations like these a summons would be issued but Beth Chapman did not return calls made by the Monument Police Department so an arrest warrant was issued. Since the arrest warrant was issued Beth Chapman’s attorneys have been in contact with MPD. “Her attorney has contacted us and they have made arrangements to take care of the warrant and get this resolved,” Lt. Steve Burk, public information officer, for the Monument Police Department, said.
Monument man arrested Bomb threat causes evacuation of Walgreens bomb or explosives were on sexual assault charge No found, store re-opened By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com Zachary HamiltonSmith, a 2013 Palmer Ridge High School graduate and member of the school’s boys’ soccer team, was arrested July 25 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy at his Arapahoe County home. Hamilton-Smith is being held on $50,000 bail at the Arapahoe County Jail, according to an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office media release. According to the report, the teen told deputies that on July 22 he was on an Internet chat site and met someone known to him as “Zach.”
The teenager said he gave “Zach” his address, and “Zach” showed up that afternoon. The teenage boy then said alleged assault took place inside the home. T h e sheriff’s ofwas Hamilton-Smith fice contacted by the boy’s family and investigators with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children unit were called in and identified the suspect as Hamilton-Smith. Hamilton-Smith was contacted at his Monument home and taken into custody without incident.
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information that was given during the call. Lt. Steve Burk, public information officer with the Monument Police Department, said law enforcement and store employees searched the store but nothing was found and they were able to re-open the store.
El PAso County ArrEsts The following list of arrests is provided by area law enforcement agencies. An arrest is not an indication of guilt or innocence and there might be several people with the same name living in the county.
Monument Police Department July 19 A juvenile was reported to an officer as a runaway from the 16000 block of Bridle Ridge Drive. Officers responded to the 600 block of Colo. 105 in reference to a harassment incident. Officers issued a summons to one adult male.
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Walgreens on Baptist Road forcing the evacuation of the store. The threat came in during the afternoon of July 23. Multiple units responded from the Monument Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The bomb squad did not have to be called in based upon
Douglas Lane. A female was arrested on charges of DUI and assault on a police officer
An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Oxbow Drive in reference to a cold theft. A sergeant took a report of a criminal mischief to a car in the 17200 block of Muscogee Valley Trail. Officers responded to the 300 block of Woodworth Street. One adult male and one adult female were arrested.
July 22 An officer was dispatched to a disturbance in the 500 block of Colo. 105. Officers responded to 450 West Colo. 105 in response to a harassment in progress.
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An officer responded to the 17200 block of Mountain Lake Drive on the report of a burglary.
An officer was dispatched to the 16000 block of Old Forest Point in reference to a theft. An officer took a theft report that occurred in the 16000 block of Old Forest Point. An officer responded to the 16000 block of Curled Oak Drive in reference to a theft. Officers were dispatched to a report of a bomb threat in the 700 block of Baptist Road. Officers responded to 645 Beacon Lite Road in response to a protection order violation.
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People’s Bank robbed for the second time Bank was robbed on July 22 and May 24, suspects have similarities By Lisa Collacott
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect who robbed the People’s Bank on Woodmoor Drive and is asking for the public’s assistance for help identifying the suspect. The bank was robbed at approximately 12:30 p.m. on July 22, almost two months after another robbery occurred there. The suspect is described as a white male, between 6 feet and 6 feet 05 inches tall with a slim build. He was wearing blue jeans, a g the dark long sleeved shirt, a dark baseball cap and glasses. ation During the May 24 robbery the suspect e De- had a similar description. and “Nothing is definitive but there’s enough store similarities to raise eyebrows,” Lt. Jeff were Kramer, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said. During the July 22 robbery the suspect
The profile of a robbery suspect is seen as he walks through the parking lot of People’s Bank. The suspect robbed the bank just after noon on July 22 and the sheriff ’s office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying him. Courtesy photos approached the counter and demanded money from the teller. He fled the area on foot and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Kramer said no weapons were used and nobody was injured.
A robbery suspect is seen leaving People’s Bank on Woodmoor Drive. The suspect is described as over 6 feet tall with a slim build. He robbed the bank on July 22 and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. If anyone has information about either robbery they are asked to call 719-3905555. They are also seeking information from
anyone who may have seen any vehicles stopped along the northbound shoulder of Interstate 25 during the time of the robbery.
I-25 expansion project update: Lane realignments set for Aug. 1 Special to The Tribune Lane realignments between Woodmen Road and North Academy Boulevard rescheduled for Aug. 1 and Aug. 7. Drivers will see lane realignments in the segment of Interstate 25 between Woodmen Road (Exit 149) and North Academy Boulevard (Exit 150) Aug. 1 and again Aug. 7. The first traffic shift, occurring Aug. 1 at 5:30 a.m., will be in the northbound lanes of I-25. Traffic will shift to the right (east) to accommodate work in the highway median. The second traffic shift will impact southbound interstate traffic. That shift is scheduled to occur Aug. 7 at 5:30 a.m. Again, traffic will shift to the right (west) as work shifts to the median. Daytime speed limits will remain at 55 mph after the lane shifts but may be reduced during nighttime work. These previously announced lane realignments were rescheduled due to weather impacts and road conditions. All work is subject to weather conditions. North Gate Boulevard Interchange Construction Postponed. Construction at North Gate Boulevard and I-25, which was due to begin in mid to late July has been postponed and will likely be rescheduled for some time in September. Several factors have impacted this construction and the project team decided to postpone construction to minimize impacts to the traveling public. Information will be shared through various communication channels once a new construction schedule is established. LaForet Trail under I-25 is scheduled for
construction. Construction on the LaForet Trail under I-25 is expected to begin in the next few weeks and should be complete between mid and late August. Work on the trail through the tunnel was postponed as the contractor team; the Colorado Department of Transportation and the City of Colorado Springs have collaborated on trail improvements, the design of which is 90 percent complete. All work is subject to weather conditions. Project Construction Impacts Week of July 28 Below is listed activity area, time and dates activity is scheduled to begin and end and end and potential impacts such as traffic, closures, utilities, access, etc. Northbound and southbound I-25, various locations between Woodmen Road and Baptist Road from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. July 28 Aug. 3. Right and left shoulder closures. Southbound I-25 North Gate Boulevard to Interquest Parkway from 8:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. July 28. Left lane closure for grading. Interquest Parkway onramp to southbound I-25 from 9 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. July 30. Onramp closed for grading. Detour: Interquest Parkway east to Voyager Parkway; Voyager Parkway south to Briargate Parkway; Briargate Parkway west to I-25. Northbound I-25, 1 mile south of North Gate Boulevard from 8:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. Aug. 1. Left lane closure for sign removal. Northbound I-25 Woodmen Road to Briargate Parkway from 8:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. Aug. 1. Lane realignment to east. Detour established for wide-load vehicles Vehicles exceeding 13-feet in width are required to use a Colorado Department of Transportation approved detour to avoid
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Hoist mishap kills 15: Were the guides greased? Editor’s note: Longtime Victor mining historian Ed Hunter died earlier this month. Hunter is a former Board of Director’s member and longtime contributor to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Please see related story. In one of the most tragic accidents in the Cripple Creek mining district, 15 miners lost their lives just going home from work at the Independence Mine. Or was it an accident? The January 28, 1904 edition of the Victor Daily Record noted that “The 15 bodies of the Independence accident were brought from the shaft house early yesterday morning to the two undertaking parlors in this city.” “Incidentally, the hoist itself is now at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry north of Colorado Springs, “ said noted mining historian Ed Hunter in 2004. “We hope to finish up the brake installation before too long so that the hoist can be available for museum visitors to inspect. It sits in a simulated hoist house behind the old Elkton Mine Headframe erected on the ridge to the south of the museum’s main building.” Hunter also graciously turned me on to several accounts, each from a different perspective, on what happened with that accident.
John Hays Hammon’s autobiography is one of the sources identified. “We took all possible precautions to protect our miners. One night after an inspection of the underground operations, I ascended the shaft and returned to the manager’s house where I was staying at the time. I had just gone to bed when word came of a bad accident at the mine,” wrote Hammon. “Dressing as we ran, the manager and I hurried back to the shaft house I had just left. It was a shambles. Dismembered bodies were tangled with the wrecked machinery. In an attempt at sabotage, some (union) member had greased the brakes of the hoisting engine. As the cage filled with men, rose to the surface, the brakes refused to grip and the cage shot up into the gallows frame. The engineer, helpless in the face of this horror, ran screaming from the spot.
I was overcome by this brutal deed,” Hammon wrote. Hunter also tabbed “Hard Rock Epic, Western Miners and the Industrial Revolution, 1860-1910” by Mark Wyman as an interesting read. In it, there is a firsthand account by James Bullock, the sole survivor, as told to the coroner’s jury. “ ... We kept going right along but it kept slipping; we would go a little ways and then we would slip again; then he took us about six feet above the collar of the shaft, then he lowered us back down.” When asked if the engineer stopped six feet above the shaft, Bullock replied. “He stopped for just a second or two; then he lowered us and it must have gotten beyond his control, for we dropped about sixty or seventy feet, we were going pretty fast. We said to each other we are all gone.” “Then he raised us up about ten feet; then he stopped us and it slipped back again about two feet; then he tried and started us again, and we went to the sheave wheel as fast as we could go.” Also in Mark Wyman’s book had an account from the hoisting engineer, when said he discovered the brakes were not working when he tried to connect them as the cage reached the 200-foot level. The engineer is not identified by name but his account follows. “I tried them several times but that
time the cage was at the collar of the shaft. I immediately reversed the engine and sent the cage back 100 feet. I again tried the brakes, reversed the engine and brought the cage to the surface. The brake still stuck; I could not move it. I again reversed the engine and sent the cage back about the same distance and stepped to the other side and took hold of the other brake, it was in the same condition.” “The second time the cage came to the surface, I called three times for the shift boss, for God’s sake come and help me put on the brakes. In the meantime, I was reversing the engine backwards and forwards. Mr. MacDonald came and two other men with him. I said come up and help me put on the brakes, and then I discovered the hood of the cage above the collar of the shaft. I immediately reversed the engine but it was too late.” Hunter points out that John Hays Hammond book was published 31 years after the event and there is no way to prove or disprove his allegation of greased guides. “The years seemed to have dimmed his memory on a couple of discrepancies in other details but in all fairness, greasing could have been the culprit. In no way does this excuse the omission of By V shaft safety devices noted by the mine vgra inspector,” says Hunter. La a ho ebra to to spac room back air c Matt So town othe Lisa Collacottsome A park I’ve been in areas on the Air Force was b Academy that the general public isn’t al- of th lowed to go, went on a ride-along with the on si Monument Police Department. Th For the past four years I’ve gone with acre, the first responders in the Tri-Lakes area avail as they handed out Christmas gifts to size. children in need. If Santa on Patrol is also one of my favor- has b ite things to cover. I’ve made a few mistakes and been called out on them. All reporters experience that at some point or another but I learned big lessons from them. I still plan to contribute some freelance stories as often as the Tribune will have me so while this is goodbye it’s not completely or permanently goodbye. See you around town.
Saying farewell, but just for the moment Goodbyes are never easy and this is an exceptionally difficult one. The time has come for me to bid farewell. I have made the difficult decision to resign so that I may focus on my health. I have written in several columns that I am dealing with some neurological issues due to the build-up of scar tissue in my brain as a result of a brain surgery 16 years ago to remove an arteriovenous malformation which was congenital. My problems started nearly three years ago after I had already been working for the paper for some time. It’s been difficult and I have managed but if I am to get back full function of my right arm and hand and my right leg I must completely focus on my physical therapy and recovery. I have built up relationships in the community for which I am grateful and have written some stories that I thoroughly enjoyed writing. I am a news junkie and I love telling other people’s stories so I studied journalism in college. Since I have been with the paper I have had the opportunity to report on two murders, a trial, many court hearings,
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The most interesting questions As my job on the mountain is probably the most inspiration for this column, I like this next tale. In the old days a passenger train had several conductors. The one that was in the Pullman Sleeping Cars served only those passengers. He manned his equipment, which, even on the Santa Fe might be only one or two cars, with maybe twenty passengers. The passengers were mainly easterners, taking their first trip into the west. The experience raised their curiosity. The conductor served as an “Answer Man”. The temperament of these men was of primary importance. On a trip one might field some pretty unusual questions, I know I do! On a trip south from Denver a conductor was resting, having checked all of his passengers comfort. He had a spot in a far corner of the car where he could even catch a nap. He had just dozed off when a touch on his shoulder raised him. It was a very nervous lady. “Say, Mr. Conductor, my ticket says that I am to have up to two hundred pounds of baggage and my trunk does not weigh more than one hundred and twenty five,” the lady said. “What am I to do about it?” “Madam’” replied the accommodating conductor, “we will be arriving at Colorado Springs in a few minutes and you can
gather seventy five pounds of stone to fill it up.” The problem was important. In old newspapers every year there was an article directed to the public to not make too much fun of the silly things tourists do. Now this was a hundred years ago! They pointed out, even then, that the tourists were bringing important money into our communities. On Pikes Peak I get odd questions, and I have to think before answering some of them. A couple of my recent “good” ones are: “Why are there no pine cones up here?” “Do the people who drive up the mountain come up to the same top?”, another is when they see Woodland Park, and ask “Is that Denver?” this year we have not had many clear days, so Denver has not been seen very often.
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D-38 approves placement of mill levy overide question At a special meeting at 9 am Friday, July 26, the Lewis-Palmer School District Board of Education approved the following question to be placed on the November 5, 2013, coordinated election ballot: SHALL LEWIS-PALMER CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 38 TAXES BE INCREASED $4.5 MILLION IN 2014, AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER BY THE IMPOSITION OF AN ADDITIONAL MILL LEVY OF NOT TO EXCEED 10.5 MILLS; AND SHALL THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH TAX INCREASE BE USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH THE INSTRUCTION AND SKILLS NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND THE WORKPLACE IN AREAS INCLUDING SCI-
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Larkspur Town Hall, originally built as a house, is 100 years old this year, but celebrating the birthday hasn’t really occurred to town officials. The 1,000-square-foot space is crammed with boxes; has no more room for town records, so they’re stored out back in a locked storage unit; and there’s no air conditioning, Larkspur Town Manager Matt Krimmer said recently. So he’s kind of celebrating the fact that town council has directed staff to look for other options. And they may have found cottsomething. A log building just north of the town park, at 8720 Spruce Mountain Road, which was built as a gift shop and is twice the size of the current town hall, is available and it’s on six acres. The building and lot occupy about an acre, and Krimmer said five acres would be available to almost double the town park’s size. If the town did buy it and move in, there has been talk that the old town hall then
Special to The Tribune Now’s the Time D38 is a citizen’s group dedicated to supporting Lewis-Palmer School District 38 and ensuring a continuing high level of quality education. As such, we are delighted to hear that the board of education’s decision to seek a mill levy override in the fall election. Our position is that now is the time for the community of voters in District 38 to step-up and support our kids and the school district that shapes their future. We believe that: Now’s the time to restore the necessary number of teachers and aides to get the job done. Now’s the time to sustain and improve advanced learning opportunities so our children are given the instruction and skills
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would be converted into a museum, he said. Krimmer said he has been in informal conversations with Joey Edge, co-owner of Edge Realty and the building’s owner. The property’s price would be in the range of $500,000 to $600,000, he has been told. The building was used as Edge’s office for years. After Edge relocated to Castle Rock, other businesses located there, but it’s now been vacant for six month, Krimmer said. The town hasn’t set aside money for such an expense, but Krimmer is hoping some money could be put into next year’s budget. “We’re growing by leaps and bounds,” he said. The current town hall, at 9524 S. Spruce Mountain Road, is the office for three permanent staff — Krimmer, the deputy town clerk and an administrative assistant — as well as the mayor’s office. Krimmer said they have boxes in the aisles because there’s no room elsewhere, and staff now has to put “overflow files” into a storage unit behind the house because there’s just no more room for anything else. Only July 26, Krimmer said he planned to meet with Edge again, and that today, Aug. 1, he would make an informal presentation to town council about the opportunity.
RESTORING TEACHERS AND PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS NEEDING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT; PROVIDING FUNDS FOR RESTORING THE TEACHING POSITIONS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE OPTIMAL CLASS SIZES; RECRUITING AND RETAINING HIGH QUALITY TEACHERS TO MAINTAIN THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE; PROVIDING FUNDS TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF; SHALL SUCH TAX INCREASE BE AN ADDITIONAL PROPERTY TAX MILL LEVY IN EXCESS OF THE LEVY AUTHORIZED FOR THE DISTRICT’S GENERAL FUND; AND
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Lewis-Palmer is slipping.” “In order to do right by our kids I really feel like they need the support from our community,” Borman said. “And with all the other things that’s going on with the state the fact that we have local dollars going to local schools, that’s what this community is about and I am hopeful we will step up and do what’s right for our kids.” The district will be asking for 10.5 mills at the Nov. 5 election which will go towards educational purpose including, but not limited to, providing students with the instructional skills necessary for success in college and the work place in areas including science, technology, engineering, math and the arts; providing for leading edge instruction and technology enabling advanced learning opportunities for students; restoring teachers and programs for stu-
SHALL THE DISTRICT BE AUTHORIZED TO COLLECT, RETAIN AND SPEND ALL REVENUES FROM SUCH TAXES AND THE EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH REVENUES AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION? If you have any questions or desire further information, please contact school board President Jeffery Ferguson or Superintendent John Borman. Vicki A. Wood is the Secretary to the Superintendent and Board of Education Lewis-Palmer School District #38
dents needing additional support; providing funds for restoring the teaching positions required to provide optimal class sizes; recruiting and retaining high quality teachers to maintain the highest level of educational excellence and providing funds to enhance the safety and security environment for students and staff. D-38 board member John Magerko said he believes the MLO is necessary and his goal is to not just catch up but to move forward. “What I think this whole MLO is all about is whole child, skills for the 21 st century,” Magerko said. “I’m in total support of this. I wish we didn’t have to do it but because of funding and other impacts to our budget this is what we need to do to provide the education for our kids,” Pfoff said. D-38 Board of Education President Jeff Ferguson added, “We need these services for our kids now.” Borman added that his goal has always been an informed community. He said it’s a great community and its one that will support the right things.
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ENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATH, AND THE ARTS; PROVIDING FOR LEADING EDGE INSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY, ENABLING ADVANCED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS;
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necessary for success in college and the workplace. Now’s the time to update necessary technology to provide the children of our community with hands-on learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Now’s the time to enhance safety and security in our schools. Now’s the time to recruit and retain quality teachers. In fact, given the state of the economy these past several years, we believe it’s past time for these efforts which are long overdue. Now’s the Time! Our committee is dedicated to working to achieve these goals by supporting the Mill Levy Override. For more information, please visit www. nowsthetimeD38.org, follow us on Twitter@ nowsthetimeD38 and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NowsTheTimeD38.
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A volunteer with Black Forest Animal Sanctuary rescues a horse that had been left behind during the Black Forest Fire. The animal sanctuary is hosting a wine tasting Aug. 3 for their annual fundraiser to raise funds for their regular animal care and animal medical fund. They also need funds to replace equipment that the rescue teams used during the fire. Photos by Courtesy photo| Black Forest Animal Sanctuary
Wine tasting to benefit Black Forest Animal Sanctuary Funds needed to help with everyday animal care, animal medical fund and equipment replacement By Lisa Collacott
firstname.lastname@example.org The Black Forest Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to helping animals that have been abused, neglected or that are no longer wanted. It costs a lot of money to feed and treat the animals medically. The animal sanctuary is hosting their annual wine tasting fundraiser in the hopes of raising $5,000 $10,000. Last year the event brought in approximately $3,500 but this year the sanctuary spent more than $10,000 when it rescued animals during the Black Forest Fire. Tracy Van Pelt, owner of BFAS, said during the fire they housed many animals that were recovering from burn injuries. Many animals were left behind because their owners had to flee the fire quickly and didn’t have time to get them or they were not home and couldn’t get back into Black Forest.
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Van Pelt said they rescued approximately 1,000 animals. BFAS volunteers even rescued animals during the night. The fundraiser was already planned to help the sanctuary with everyday costs but after the fire they will also need money for the animal medical fund and for equipment replacement for the rescue teams. BFAS is made up of strictly volunteers. “We’d really like to get everything ready for the next major disaster,” Van Pelt said. Van Pelt said the fundraiser is not only helping the sanctuary but the Black Forest Fire victims and their animals as well. The second annual wine tasting will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Aug. 3. It will take place at the Wine Shoppe at the Garden Center at Flying Horse located at 1615 Silversmith Road off of Northgate Boulevard.
A horse that was badly burned in the Black Forest Fire takes refuge at the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary and receives treatment from a veterinarian. BFAS rescued many animals during the fire and take animals in on a regular basis and will have a wine tasting on Aug. 3 to raise much needed funds for animal care.
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D-20 receives $2.5 million grant Special to The Tribune Academy School District 20 officials were recently notified that the district has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Defense Educational Activity to support school-aged children whose families are connected to military organizations. Nearly 22 percent of the 24,000 students in D-20 are in families connected to the military. D-20 serves students whose family members work or are on active duty at Fort Carson, Schreiver Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Falcon Air Force Base. The 2013 DoDEA Grants to MilitaryConnected Local Educational Agencies for
Academic Support Programs announcement was made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. “Our goal is to make sure every militaryconnected, school-aged child gets a quality education, wherever they are in the world,” Hagel said. D-20 plans to use the funds to improve student achievement by integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles across all curricular areas. The emphasis will also be to provide STEM education across all grade levels by offering focused course and professional development for teachers in physical and digital learning arenas. “This grant enhances our efforts in moving all students beyond basic subject area competency into deeper understand-
ing and helps students improve the ability to problem solve and think critically in all subject areas,” said Dr. Mark Hatchell, D-20 superintendent. The grant will be used to focus on five specific areas - improving academic achievement across curricular areas by increasing STEM opportunities for students; increasing STEM awareness for teachers; increasing technology integration; developing related blended/online content; and improving educator effectiveness through sustained professional development. “This award recognizes the efforts of our staff members to move toward a more integrated, rigorous and relevant educational program for our students,” Hatchell said. “A significant element of support for military children is an educational setting
that provides not only a quality education but that recognizes and responds to each child’s needs and provides a supportive and stable environment. The Department of Defense is committed to ensuring that all children of military families have access to quality educational opportunities. Our partnerships with public schools serving military-connected families are an important part of that commitment,” said Kathleen Facon, chief, Educational Partnership and Non-DoD School Program Department of Defense Education Activity. “DoDEA Educational Partnership grants have the power to transform learning experiences for children and we are looking forward to working with Academy District 20 to leverage success and learn from their experience.”
Bull bash raises funds to feed Black Forest horses Proceeds went to 1,200 Hungry Horses Project By Lisa Collacott
email@example.com The Monument Bull Bash was a first for the area and was a lot of fun for people who came to watch but it also raised money for a good cause. Money raised from the Fourth of July event went to the 1,200 Hungry Horses Project which helps feed horses displaced by the Black Forest Fire. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” Ty Rinaldo of TZ Bucking Bulls in Larkspur. “We wondered how we could benefit the area.” Rinaldo said an estimated 1,200 horses were displaced after the Black Forest Fire many of them taking refuge at the Elbert County Fairgrounds, the Norris-Penrose Event Center and other places. “We were trying to get hay to those places to feed the animals,” Rinaldo added.
The project gets hay to those places that need it and one place Black Forest residents have been able to get hay is from the Rockin’ B Feed Store on Black Forest Road. Rinaldo said after the fire happened he came close to just cancelling the bull riding event but after talking to people in Monument and Black Forest and many firefighters who encouraged him to still have it, he decided not to cancel and make it a fundraiser. All proceeds from the event went to the project. He said there were between 8001,000 people who attended. Rinaldo doesn’t have an exact amount on what was raised because there are still donations coming in. The bull riding event was initially going to be a military appreciation event, which they still did, but they also made it a firefighter appreciation and they did an empty saddle tribute to the 19 firefighters that were killed in the Arizona wild land fire. To donate send a check to 1,200 Hungry Horses Project, The First National Bank of Monument at 581 West Hwy. 105, Monument, Colorado 80132 or call TNT Hay
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The Monument Bull Bash, a bull riding event that took place on the Fourth of July in Monument, raised money for the 1,200 Hungry Horses Project which benefits horses affected by the Black Forest Fire. Pictured is bull throwing off a rider at the event. Courtesy photo of Kay Kanter Photography
Workshop for Black Forest residents to answer insurance questions Special to The Tribune To help residents with recovery from the devastating Black Forest wildfire, El Paso County has invited United Policyholders, an experienced non-profit consumer group, to host another one of their nationally recognized “Roadmap to Recovery” workshops: Insurance, Rebuilding and Recovery. The free workshop is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1, at The Pinery located at 12375 Black Forest Road. United Policy Holders co-founder, Amy Bach, will help attendees understand important insurance basics in-
cluding: Communicating with you insurer Colorado’s Fair Claim regulations Documenting and Estimating your loses Insurance is typically the primary source of funding for residents to repair, rebuild and recover. But the claims process can be overwhelming. “Our programs have been refined over 20 years of helping disaster survivors all over the country,” said Bach. “We have a good sense of the truly important issues people need to understand and of how much information people can take in at each stage.” This workshop is co-sponsored by El Paso County and United Poli-
cyholders, a non-profit organization supported by grants and donations. United Policyholders has previously helped Colorado homeowners following the 2012 Waldo Canyon and High Park wildfires in partnership with Boulder, El Paso and Larimer Counties. The organization offers a free online library of tips and tools and has a large volunteer corps that includes numerous Colorado residents. For Black Forest Fire Assistance Information, visit www.BFFassistance. com. For more information about United Policyholders, visit www.uphelp.org/ BlackForestFire.
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100 years Young
New centurion commands history, technology through ages By Rob Carrigan
ow many times have you said something like “If only I were born 100 years ago?” Mrs Dorothy King — fervent Los Angeles Dodger and LA Laker fan, artist, world traveler, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother — was born more than 100 years ago. And now, she has a lot of things to say about it. King celebrated her 100th birthday recently at the Inn in Palmer Lake. Family and friends flew in from all over the country. To give some perspective, when Dorothy was born in the Van Nuys area of the Los Angeles basin, there were only 8,000 cars in entire United States, and only 144 miles of paved roads. Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee each were more heavily populated than California, (with 1.4 million residents, California ranked twenty-first in the states at that time.) Her father, a pioneer in the Van Nuys area, worked as a machinist at an organ factory, creating organ pipes for theaters showing silent movies. “You know, the organ would play music faster, and faster, until the wagon would go over the cliff,” recalled Dorothy. She remembers going up Hill Street in Los Angles on the street cars to visit her grandmother’s grocery store there. She remembers going to many movies herself, “It cost 5 or 10 cents then.” And she remembers the orchards around their house. “Walnuts, citrus, apricots, and there were chicken ranches.” Today, the L.A. County Courthouse Annex is there. She also had to ride the cable cars into the city to get real silk stockings when they were rationed during the war (World War I and World War II.) When she was very young, she decided she wanted to be an artist. “There were always movie magazines around, and I started to color them even then.” Her passion was transformed into drawings, and sketches, and later... art training at Frank Wiggins Trade School, and later still... a job at an agency, tinting sepia-tone prints into color.
King completed these drawings when she was still in high school and just beginning her art career.
King was from a creative family. Her father was a machinist who at one time produced pipes for an organ manufacturer dependent on movies in the silent film era. Later in life, (he lived to 97) he concentrated on wood-working projects such as this piece. All the while, raising a son, and two daughters. Her husband was a butcher, and provided the Van Nuys area the very best in beef (it was coming from Utah, at the time, she recalls), but she found herself widowed at age 57. “My dad built me a desk in the house.” The house where she continued to tint photographs in days prior Kodachrome, and then restored and repaired memories and prints from times past, until her retirement at age 94. Her father, also lived a long life, traveling around the country, visiting the country’s capital, including the Pentagon, White House, and Smithsonian (where he recognized most of the legacy tools), finally passing at 97. Dorothy enjoys travel herself, having seen the sights in Europe, Honk Kong, Hawaiian Islands, though she recalls and misses the heyday of commercial flight. “They used to dress so well on planes. And the food was good.” But today, with five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, along with the Dodgers and the Lakers to keep up with, it is sort of hectic. Especially when the seasons overlap. “She will be watching the Dodgers on the big screen, and have the Lakers on her I-Pad,” says her daughter Sheryl. “That is why we had to get a special cable subscription, so she doesn’t miss a game.”
Dorothy King celebrated her 100 birthday earlier this month at the Inn at Palmer Lake and her friends and family came from all over the country. Photos by Rob Carrigan
Most of King’s professional life involved art tinting sepia-tone photos with color enhancements. This example of her work features one of her daughters.
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The proposed soccer field would be located behind the two buildings on the property. The new ownership group is aggressively making upgrades to the complex, which sits on about eight acres. Photos by Danny Summers
Transforming the Colorado Sports Center New ownership group has made several changes in the last year By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com The Colorado Sports and Events Center continues to undergo a major transformation. The ownership group, Front Range Athletic Association, took over operations less than a year ago (Aug. 17, 2012) after acquiring the property out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Since that time, the ownership group, which consists of Andrew Sherman, Hal Jordan and Michal Neppl, has continued to make improvements and renovations. “I’m pleasantly surprised with how well things are going,” Jordan said. “I didn’t think we’d make this much progress after less than a year.” Jordan’s group purchased the property and land (about eight acres) for $1.45 million, according to El Paso County Land records. Within the first three months they completed at least $30,000 in renovations, including upgrades to locker rooms, parking lot security and grounds keeping. “We don’t want to get in over our heads, but we are filling a need in the community and we want to keep making improvements,” said Jordan, who is in line to be the next hockey coach at Lewis-Palmer High School. “ The previous ownership, Colorado Sports Group, included Raymond Marshall and four partners. That ownership group listed more than $4.1 million in liabilities when it filed for Chapter 11 protection in October 2011, according to court documents. Marshall’s group made major upgrades to the facility, including the installation of the ice rink in 2006. The ice rink had previ-
ously been located at the Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs. The new rink allowed Lewis-Palmer to start a team. Jordan and his fellow owners have several big plans that would allow them to be even more competitive with area ice rinks and multipurpose indoor and outdoor facilities. They recently spent about $5,000 grading an acre-sized pad of dirt behind the two buildings on the property. The plan is to install a regulation size all-weather turf soccer field, with lights. If all goes well - mainly funding of about $350,000 according to Jordan, and cooperation from Mother Nature - the new field would be scheduled to open around Labor Day. “We want to work with District 38 and District 20, Pride soccer, and other clubs and organizations,” Jordan said. Jordan and his partners have long had a vested interest in the property, located along Old Denver Highway. Sherman and Jordan met about seven years ago when they coached hockey at the complex. Neppl was managing the facilities at the time. Sherman coaches the Colorado Rampage, a Triple-A club hockey team that has had many of its former members move on to the college and professional ranks. The soccer facility would be an immediate draw for teams seeking a quality field for practice and games. In addition, Jordan said he envisions lacrosse and field hockey also being played on the new field. Colorado Sports Center offers multiple sporting activities in two separate buildings - an NHL sized ice rink and a 22,000-square foot rear building with field turf that has been home to indoor soccer and other activities over the years. The rock-climbing wall was removed earlier this year. The new owners are working diligently to provide all levels of play in the sports they offer. They have learn-to-play programs to elite training programs for experienced athletes. They also offer figure skating, indoor soccer, curling, broomball, flag football, public skating, dodge ball and birthday parties.
The new owners of the Colorado Sports and Events Center in Monument recently graded a pad in the back of their property to make room for a full-size all-weather turf soccer field. The field could be ready for play as early as Labor Day weekend.
The new owners of the Colorado Sports and Events Center in Monument recently graded a pad in the back of their property to make room for a full-size all-weather turf soccer field. The field could be ready for play as early as Labor Day weekend. Danny Summers
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Lewis-Palmer volleyball standout goes global Alexa Smith representing the United States U18 team in Thailand By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloadonews.com Lewis-Palmer High School junior volleyball standout Alexa Smith is playing in Nakhon Ratchisima, Thailand, until Aug. 4 representing the United States girls’ youth national training team. The USA is in Pool C and began play July 26 against Brazil. Smith made the 12-player roster and is competing in the FIVB Vol- Smith leyball Girls’ U18 World Championship. The USA team trained at the United States Olympic Training Complex in Colorado Springs before heading oversees. Smith also plays for the Colorado Juniors, based in Monument. She was a key member in Lewis-Palmer’s run to the Class 4A state championship game last fall. The Rangers finished runner-ups to rival Cheyenne Mountain.
TRI-LAKES LL LENDS A HELPING HAND
A bank account was set up in June by members of the Tri-Lakes Little League to help the Kruse family, which lost their home in the devastating Black Forest Fire. The Kruse family has two sons who play in TLLL. The family was at a 9-10-year-old championship game when the fire struck, leaving them with nothing more than the clothes on their back. An account was set up at Integrity Bank and Trust, located at 1275 Village Ridge Point in Monument, to benefit the Kruse family. Anyone wanting to make a donation can just tell the teller they want to put the money in the Kruse Family Fund/Robert Glen account. Since Glen set up the account, you will need to mention his name should you wish to make a donation.
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Lewis-Palmer High School junior Alexa Smith is representing the United States U18 girls’ volleyball team at a tournament in Thailand. Photo courtesy of USA Volleyball sports season begins on Aug. 5 with golf. That’s the first date that Colorado high school golfers can officially practice as a team. The rest of the fall sports all kick off on Aug. 12.
CLARK COMMITS TO AIR FORCE
The Air Force Academy men’s basketball team will get an infusion of more local talent in 2014 season when Sand Creek’s Dylan Clark - senior to be - joins the team. Last season, Clark helped the Scorpions to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state playoffs. He averaged 10.9 points, grabbed 115 rebounds and led the Sand Creek with 99 assists. Clark, who will sign his national letter of intent November, joins a growing list of Colorado Springs-area kids who are playing for the Falcons. The list includes
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DeLovell Earls (Colorado Springs School), who started last year as a sophomore, and Kamryn Williams (Sierra), another sophomore, who had an impact off the bench. Incoming freshmen Kyle Broekhuis (Colorado Springs Christian School) and Dezmond James, who played at Lewis-Palmer in 2010-11 before transferring to Ponderosa, should also be key contributors. Another area player, Taylor Broekhuis (CSCS) graduated from the Academy last month.
AIR FORCE FOOTBALL STADIUM
Renovations to Falcon Stadium have made their way into social media, thanks in part to Air Force football coaches who recently tweeted about the $50 million proposed project. Among those expressing their enthu-
siasm was Falcons defensive coordinator Charlton Warren, who shared several photos of the conceptual drawings earlier this month. He stated: “Imagine playing your college career in the newly renovated Falcon Stadium! What a place to win football games!!” Plans call for revamped seating and club areas on the stadium’s east side, a paved and landscaped parking lot, new locker rooms, and updated facilities for coaches and media. The stadium was built in 1962 without public money. That would be the same idea with the renovations. Plans for the renovation were first made public in August 2012, with Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh outlining - what was then - a $20 million project. The stadium has had no major upgrades since it was constructed.
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Nick Baker named new Lewis-Palmer athletic director Baker has been the school’s wrestling coach for six seasons By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com Nick Baker has been named the new Lewis-Palmer High School athletic director. That word came from Lewis-Palmer principal Sandi Brandl last week. Baker takes over for the popular Russ McKinstry, who held the position for five years before stepping down in June. “I start right away,” said Baker, who was told he was the new athletic director while on his honeymoon in Florida. “This is new to me. There are a lot of things I have to study up on.” Baker, 36, has big shoes to fill. McKinstry oversaw one of the most successful all-around sports programs in the Pikes Peak region. McKinstry’s boys’ basketball team won its second consecutive Class 4A state basketball title in March. The volley-
ball team was state runner-up last fall. The hockey team won back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010 and has made the playoffs seven consecutive seasons. Several other sports have made deep playoff runs in recent years. “You can’t fix anything that not broken,” Baker said with a smile. “We have experienced coaches here.” McKinstry has offered to help in Baker’s transition from math teacher and wrestling coach. Baker has been the school’s head wrestling coach since 2007 and would like to remain in that capacity. “We’re still trying to work that out,” Baker said. “We’ll know more in the next few weeks.” Baker is one of the more exuberant coaches in any sport. He annually takes his teams on white water rafting trips to build team chemistry, among other things. It is not uncommon to see him jumping out and down during a wrestling match and then hugging, or consoling, his pupils afterwards.
He has produced one state champion in Dan Barringer in 2010. Last year, four of his wrestlers advanced to the state meet. Senior Joseph Glenn had the best finish, placing fifth at 170 pounds. While he loves the coaching aspect of his career, he has long desired to transition into the administrative side of things. “I didn’t initially get into teaching to coach,” Baker said. “It fell into place. “I started the process of getting my principal’s license right away. That took a back seat when I started coaching. Over the years I thought an athletic director would be more fulfilling for me.” Baker is spending the next few weeks studying up on the by-laws for each sport. “My focus is getting the fall sports set up,” he said.
Nick Baker takes over as the new Lewis-Palmer High School athletic director. Baker has been the school’s head varsity wrestling coach for six seasons. Photo provided by Nick Baker
Clubs in your Community Editor’s notE: To add or update your club listing, e-mail email@example.com, attn: Tribune. 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 ebryson@ farmersagent.com. tri-lakEs ChamBEr Business After Hours meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at various locations. Free to members; $10 for non-members. Call 719 481-3282 or go to www.trilakeschamber.com. 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. trilakeschamber.com. tri-lakEs nEtworking Team meets for dinner at 6:30
fomp.org 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. 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
p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Inn at Palmer Divide. TNT is business women building relationships in a social setting. Visit www.trilakesnetworkingteam.com or call Janine Robertson at 719-266-0246 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
frEE gEntly used clothing is available the second Saturday of every month from 1-3 p.m. at Tri-Lakes Church of Christ, the intersection of County Line Road and Beacon Lite, 20450 Beacon Lite, in Monument. For more information, call 719-4954137. Look for the sign on the corner.
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.
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.sharecolorado.com.
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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.
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 www.woodmoorbusinessgroup.com.
rECrEation amatEur radio Operators, W0TLM (Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Radio Association), meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District Station 1, 18650 Hwy 105. All Amateur Radio Operators are welcome. Call Joyce Witte at 488-0859 for more information. adult rECrEational and intermediate pick up volleyball
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 www.americanlegiontrilakespost911.com/bingo.htm for more information. 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. 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 info@
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 719-488-9031 or go to www.CoalitionTLC.org. 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:// coloradoranger.org/index.php/troops/troop-i or email info@ coloradoranger.org
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 www.sertoma.org. history Buffs meets at Monument Library from 1-3 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. 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 http://monumenthillkiwanis.org; call 719-4871098; e-mail email@example.com
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Tri-Lakes Little League 9-10-year-old all-star players and coaches hold up the District 5 Championship banner earlier this month. Tri-Lakes advanced to the state championship game last week in Aurora. Photo courtesy of Mark Worthey
Tri-Lakes LL all-stars are state runner-ups 9-10-year-old team won District 5 tournament to advance to state By Danny Summers
‘When we won District it gave us a lot of confidence. Then we won our first two games at the state tournament and we were really confident.
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com The Tri-Lakes Little League 9-10-yearold All-Star team came within a whisker of winning the state championship last week. Tri-Lakes had two chances against North Boulder LL on July 22 and July 23 at Arapahoe Little League Field in Aurora. Tri-Lakes lost by scores of 12-8 (in seven innings on July 22) and 3-1 (in regulation six innings on July 23) in the double-elimination tournament. “I’m really proud of the way we played,” said Trey Jones, a pitcher/utility infielder for Tri-Lakes who attends Antelope Trails. “It was a lot of fun.” The Tri-Lakes team was comprised of 12 players and three coaches. The players were: Alex Moore, Mick Kazlausky, Max Holzwarth, Trey Jones, Dylan Bunyak, Nathan Blakesley, Cade Curry, Isaiah Gessert, Joshua Mills, Bryce Glenn, Alden Kruze and Hunter McWilliams. The
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Trey Jones team was managed by Jim Bunyak. His assistant coaches were Matt Moore and Rich Jones. “Our pitching overall was pretty good at the state tournament,” said Tri-Lakes assistant coach Rich Jones. “Our defense struggled a little bit (in the first championship game) and our bats went to sleep (in the second championship game). But overall we played very well and gave it our best shot.” There were several compelling story lines; including Tri-Lakes manager Jim Bunyak delaying his Army transfer to the Pentagon for several weeks so that he could remain with the team. On July 24, he and his son, Dylan, drove to Washington D.C. to join the rest of their family. He began his new job this week.
Alden Kruze played a key role in the success of the tem, despite the fact that his family’s home was destroyed in the Black Forest Fire in June. Also, Mick Kazlausky, the son of Air Force Academy baseball coach Mike Kazlausky, made the all-star team for a second consecutive year, along with Trey Jones and Alex Moore. “Hopefully next year we can make it to state and win,” said Alex Moore, an outfielder who attends The Classical Academy north campus. Tri-Lakes won the District 5 tournament earlier this month at the same Arapahoe LL complex by defeating Cherry Creek LL, 144, in the championship game. Tri-Lakes went 4-0 in the tournament that included rivals Academy LL and Colo-
rado Springs LL, as well as High-Plains LL from out in the Falcon/Peyton area. It was a dramatic turnaround from 2012 when Tri-Lakes went 1-2 in the District tournament. “When we won District it gave us a lot of confidence,” Trey Jones said. “Then we won our first two games at the state tournament and we were really confident.” Tri-Lakes appeared to have momentum on its side at the state tournament. It defeated Fruita-Monument LL, 7-4, on July 19. A day later it defeated North Boulder, 5-3, behind the pitching of Josh Mills. That dropped North Boulder into a loser’s bracket championship game on July 21. North Boulder won that game over Durango LL to earn the right to play Tri-Lakes for the championship. Tri-Lakes trailed 8-5 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning on July 22, but came up with three runs to tie the score. North Boulder scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Tri-Lakes outhit North Boulder, 4 to 3, in the July 23 winner-take-all championship game. Dylan Bunyak has nine strikeouts for Tri-Lakes LL in 4 1/3 innings. Nathan Blakesley closed out the game. “I thought we were a better team than North Boulder,” Alex Moore said.
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JULY 31 FREE CONCERTS. Historic Downtown Monument presents its 2013 concerts in the park summer music series from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Limbach Park. Blue Pepper Trio performs July 10. Inman Brothers perform July 17. Skean Dubh performs July 24. Jody Adams and the String Dudes performs July 31. Admission is free. Visit www.monumentmerchants. com. AUG. 2-4 CHAUTAUQUA. THE Town of Palmer Lake was the
home of the first Rocky Mountain Chautauqua Assembly in 1887 and continued holding Chautauqua activities until 1910. The Chautauqua movement spread across the Nation from 1874 to 1930 and was the first mass educational and cultural movement in the Nation’s history. Educators, speakers, artists, and musicians brought educational, cultural, and recreational programs to ordinary people in the rural areas of the country. From Aug. 2-4, the Palmer Lake Historical Society will again help sponsor some of the events and activities that might have been experienced by these early Chautauqua-goers. Events include a movie and contest for best period costume at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Palmer Lake Town Hall; an ice cream social and walking tour of Old Town Palmer Lake at 1 p.m. Aug. 3 on Village Green; walking tours of Glen Park, Chautauqua Grounds and historic
cottages at 8 a.m. Aug. 4, and Chautauqua service at the Little Log Chuch at 10 a.m. Aug. 4. All events are free. Period costumes are encouraged at all events. Call 719-481-3963 with questions.
AUG. 4, 25, Sept. 15 CONCERT SERIES. Awake the Lake is a group chartered to restore, preserve and enhance the natural landmark Palmer Lake and the beauty of its surrounding park land. The group presents a concert series from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 4, 25 and Sept. 15. All money the committee receives goes directly to project costs. Tickets available at The Villa, O’Malley’s, La Rosa, The Rock House, The Depot, moZaic, Palmer Lake Town Hall, The Speed Trap, Bella Panini, and The Chamber of Commerce. T-Shirts are also sold at various locations. All other inquires can be answered at www.awakepalmerlake.com. AUG. 5 FREE ADMISSION. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day by offering free entrance at all 42 state parks on Monday, Aug. 5. Colorado Day was created by the state Legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Free entrance at the state parks is an annual Colorado Day tradition. All other fees, including camping and reservations will remain in effect on Aug. 5. Visit cpw.state.co.us.
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*Offer available on approved single or combined store purchases totaling $1999 or more of qualifying merchandise ($500 for a Denver Mattress Company only purchase) made between 07/12/13 and 08/08/13 on the Furniture Row Express Money® card issued by Capital One®, N.A. Subject to credit approval; based on your credit worthiness, some options may not be available and other terms may apply. Your account must be open and current to be eligible for this offer. For eligible purchases, the purchase amount is divided into 41 monthly payments. The minimum payment will never be less than $25. The payment may increase due to failure to make minimum payments required on statement or due to late fees or other fees. No Interest Charges for 41 months from date of purchase. Thereafter, you will be charged the Standard APR of 24.9% and regular Minimum Payments apply for any remaining purchase balance. Penalty APR is 28.9%. Minimum Interest Charge $2.
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