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Tri-Lakes Region, Monument, Gleneagle, Black Forest and Northern El Paso County • Volume 48, Issue 33

Area schools welcome kids back next week

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District 20’s first day is Aug. 19; District 38 starts classes Aug. 21 By Danny Summers

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Hundreds of Awake Palmer Lake supporters took time out from busy schedules and showed up Sunday afternoon to support the group’s recent efforts calling attention to the dry conditions. Photo by Rob Carrigan The Awake Palmer Lake Committee will submit an application to name the dry lake in Palmer Lake as one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places for 2013. The mission of Colorado Preservation, Inc., founded in 1984, is to promote historic preservation in Colorado by providing information, education, training, expertise and advocacy. Colorado Preservation, Inc. achieves this mission by part-

nering with historic property owners, non-profit organizations, educators and local governments throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Since 1997, Colorado Preservation, Inc. has produced an annual Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list to build awareness of, and assistance for, historically significant places within the state that are in danger of being lost.

The Lewis-Palmer School District 38 motto reads: “We are SMALL enough to really know our students, and that makes a BIG difference.” On Aug. 21, the district will get the chance to put those words into action when it welcomes students for the 2013-2014 school year. “As always, with this time of year there, there is a lot of excitement,” said District 38 Superintendent John Borman. “One of the things that’s exciting is that we’re seeing an increase in enrollment. It looks like we’ll have more than 100 students than last year. We had 60 more (in 2012-13). “We had been decreasing for a few years. To see that back up again is great.” According to the District 38 web site, there are about 6,000 students in its eight elementary, middle and high schools. The district encompasses Palmer Lake, Monument, Woodmoor and the northern part of the Black Forest area (unincorporated El Paso County). Schools continues on Page 15

Charlie Daniels Band to headline TLCA Music Festival First annual music festival will feature several bands, all day event By Lisa Collacott The sound of music, and lots of it, will be heard coming from the Lake of the Rockies Campground in Monument at the end of the month but one distinct instrument, known to many, will also be heard and that’s the fiddle playing from The Charlie Daniels Band. The Charlie Daniels Band will headline the first inaugural Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Music Festival on Aug. 31 and will also feature Chuck Pyle, The Dinettes, Dakota Blonde, Lucci Music Band, Wire Wood Station and local favorites the Flying W Ranglers. The music festival is expected to bring in close to 5,000 people. “It’s going to be big,” Dr. Michael Maddox, executive director of the TLCA, said. “We’re taking things to next level with The Charlie Daniels Band.” Maddox said the TLCA board of directors has been trying to elevate the theatrical

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productions, concerts and art exhibits and have so far brought in actor/singer Ronny Cox and Colin Hay from Men at Work. They need a bigger place to accommodate bigger acts and more people. The TLCA Music Festival is the kick-off to a fundraiser to expand and renovate the current facility. By expanding to seat 400 Maddox said it would open the doors for them to bring in bigger musical talents and theatrical productions and more artists for exhibits. The TLCA is already looking to have two music festivals in 2014 and singer Paula Cole will perform at the center in January. Maddox has over 40 years experience in booking events. Charlie Daniels is looking forward to performing at the Tri-Lakes Music Festival. “We like small areas. I’m a small town type person. I live in the country so I’m a rural type person,” Daniels said. When not touring the Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry inductee spends part of the year at his home in Tennessee and the other part of the year at his home in Southwest Colorado. Fans can expect to hear a mix of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz and even gospel from perhaps the most famous fiddle

The Charlie Daniels Band will perform on August 31 at the Lake of the Rockies Campground during the first ever TriLakes Center for the Arts Music Festival. The music festival will feature bands throughout the day. Courtesy photo

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Palmer Lake says no to pot sales The town joins a growing list of municipalities around the state that are banning the retail sales of marijuana for recreational use By Danny Summers

Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com The Palmer Lake Town Council voted 4-1 on Aug. 8 to ban retail marijuana sales for recreational use. The council’s vote had mixed reaction. The standing-room-only crowd included nearly three dozen speakers who were allowed up to three minutes each to address the council. The speakers were split on the issue, with half saying that they were opposed to marijuana sales. The other half thought the potential tax revenue could help boost the town’s economy. Some suggested that the sale of marijuana could be

regulated, similar to how alcohol is regulated. The most outspoken council member was Dr. Mike Maddox. “People have the right to grow it and possess it, but they just can’t buy it in Palmer Lake,” Maddox said. “My wife and I drive to Sam’s Club (in Colorado Springs) once a week to get supplies. Marijuana is easily accessible. If you want t get it, you can find it.” Maddox stated that he didn’t want Palmer Lake to become the Amsterdam of El Paso County. The council thought that the sales of recreational marijuana would hurt the reputation and image of Palmer Lake. Some council members also said they don’t feel good legalizing something that is still federally illegal. Residents who were opposed to marijuana sales felt that the family-friendly environment of their quaint little town - population 2,200 – might become tarnished if

visitors traveled there to buy drugs. “I was part of that (marijuana) culture in the late 60s and early 70s,” said Maddox, who even wrote a book, ‘Peace Freak’ on the subject. “We were going to mellow the whole world out. My friends and I were part of a dealing ring. We were moving a couple of hundred pounds of marijuana a week. “But in June of 1972 I woke up and saw the underside of it. Research shows that marijuana is a harmful drug. It is a gateway drug.” Council member Shana Ball voted to ban sales of marijuana. She said she could not ever support regulating marijuana sales. Also voting to ban sales were council members Bob Grado and Mike Patrizi. Richard Kuehster was the lone council member who wanted to put a moratorium on the issue. Palmer Lake mayor Nikki McDonald was on the record as not voting. Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 last November, allowing adults over the

21 to posses up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use. The amendment also allowed cities to set rules and regulations for retail marijuana sales in and stores that sell the drug. Palmer Lake joins about 50 municipalities across the state that has banned retail marijuana sales in recent months. In July, the Colorado Springs City Council voted to ban sales. Other cities in the Pikes Peak region banning sales include Monument, Fountain, Woodland Park and Green Mountain Falls. The Manitou Springs City Council hosted a work session on Aug. 13 to discuss the issue. Palmer Lake, and other cities, have until Oct. 1 – the state deadline for municipalities to designate the entity that would issue local licenses – to decide on whether they would adopt a ban. Other cities have voted to put a moratorium on the issue of retail sales. Local licenses could be issued Jan. 1, according to the state law.

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Black Forest Festival slated August 17 The annual Black Forest Festival, sponsored by the Black Forest Community Club (BFCC), will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17. This successful community event draws crowds, from not only the Black Forest, but also the greater Colorado Springs area. This year’s festival is especially important to the community since the fire that rocked the community less than two months ago. The festival is held at the corner of Black Forest and Shoup Roads. Starting at 6:30 a.m. with the traditional pancake breakfast, sponsored by CenturyLink. Following the breakfast, the festival will hold its parade at 10:30 a.m. This year’s parade will honor 1st responders, the National Guard and all those who helped save our community during the fire. Black Forest Fire and Rescue Chief Bob Harvey will be the parade Grand Marshall. Jon Karroll, of KRDO TV Channel 13, will once again be our parade announcer. “We are demonstrating our strong sense of community here in the Forest,” said Eddie Bracken, BFCC President and this year’s chairman, “we are committed to helping our friends and neighbors, especially those who lost their homes begin the healing process. Holding the Festival is one small step in our recovery. We’re inviting all to come see we are BlackForestTogether.” This year’s theme is “Recover, Rebuild and Restore – our community” to highlight the resilient nature of the Black Forest com-

El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton, liaison to the Black Forest Fire Mentoring Connections Subcommittee of the Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee will hold a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Pinery 12375 Black Forest Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80908. Black Forest Residents who have been negatively impacted by the Black Forest Fire will be able to meet with residents who are successfully rebuilding after the Waldo Canyon Fire. They will share their information, experiences, support and guidance as Black Forest residents begin the recovery process.

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ABOUT THE CLUB The Black Forest Community Club was chartered in 1929 as a social organization for families living in the Black Forest north of Colorado Springs. The club, which has 171 member families today, occupies a unique, community‐ built log building at the corner of Black Forest and Shoup Roads that is more than 80 years old. The club has been the site of many events over the years including Black Rose Acoustic Society concerts and many local clubs. The BFCC also sponsors Boy Scout Troop 70. The Black Forest Festival began in 1960 and ran until 1967. Revived in 1986, it has been an annual event ever since.

munity and its residents. Donations will be accepted by the local charities serving the fire victims. Also featured will be the Air Force Academy Blue Steel band. There will be a marketplace featuring commercial and neighborhood sellers, food booths, ranging from fancy foods to more traditional hot dogs and hamburgers, games for the kids and many other surprises. The festival runs until 3 p.m. To ease the parking and traffic situation, shuttle service will be available for off site parking coming into the forest. We are asking the large work trucks, assisting residents with their clean up efforts to avoid the intersection of Black Forest and Shoup Roads while the Festival is open, generally from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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pants will learn about use of force, vice and narcotics operations, and emergency services, which includes our Wildland Fire and Search & Rescue teams. The Citizens’ Academy also serves as a pre-requisite for those who are interested in volunteering in the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol (SCP) volunteer program. Citizens’ Academy attendees interested in this program would be required to complete the SCP Training Academy for an additional four weeks. Those interested in attending the Citizens’ Academy can download and print an application from the Sheriff’s Office Website at http://shr.elpasoco.com/ or may contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Cathryn Richards at 719-520-7216, to request an application. There is no charge to attend the Citizens’ Academy; however, seating will be limited to the first forty completed applications received. Applications must be returned no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 26.

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‘Benefit for Black Forest’ to aid fire victims Final bands announced, more children’s activities planned One of the largest fundraisers planned so far has added more bands, more children’s activities and more sponsors. The fundraiser dubbed “The Benefit for Black Forest – Music in the Forest, For the Forest,” is the brainchild of Jeff Smith, President of the Black Rose Acoustic Society. “When I saw the devastation from the worst forest fire in Colorado history, I knew right way I had to do something,” said Smith. “I quickly realized we should do what Black Rose does best – bring musicians together for benefit-concert fundraiser.” Smith called an emergency meeting of the BRAS Board of Directors soon after the fire was out, and now, a few weeks later, Black Rose has assembled an exceptionally diverse group of talented artists from around the country for a one-day music

“Crazy Cajun” Doug Kershaw Courtesy photo festival at Wonderland Ranch. In fact, Smith had so much support from musicians, he

had to add a second stage to fit them all in. Million-seller Cajun-country music legend Doug Kershaw will headline the festival, which starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 7 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 24. Kershaw’s performance starts at 5:30 p.m. The BRAS Board of Directors turned to Haley Chapin of Tri-Lakes Cares (TLC) to make sure the proceeds get to Black Forest Residents who lost everything in the devastating fire. “Tri-Lakes Cares is a 501(c)(3) that has been helping people in northern El Paso County for nearly 30 years,” said Chapin. “We were absolutely thrilled when Black Rose contacted us that they wanted to raise money to provide assistance to the fire victims.” Smith said the fundraiser will have a “music festival” atmosphere. “There will be non-stop, top-notch music, children’s activities, a “bounce house,” a petting zoo, food and beverages, volleyball, horseshoes,

lots of picnic tables, and more.”Smith encourages people to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but leave pets at home. No outside food or alcohol. Advance tickets are $20 on-line at www. blackroseacoustic.org, or $25 at the gate. Black Forest residents who lost their homes, firefighters and children 12 and younger are free. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the music starts at 11. All proceeds go to charity. The Wonderland Ranch is located on the corner of Vollmer and Hodgen in a portion of the Black Forest that wasn’t burned. In addition to Kershaw, other acts slated to perform are Wendy Woo, Birds of Chicago, Moors & McCumber, Charlie Hall and Big Honk, Gypsy Swing Revue, The Wielands of Mass Destruction, Skean Dubh, The Blue Fenders, The County Line Ramblers, and local bluegrass sensations, Grass It Up! For more information, call Carrie Pendergast at 719-481-4864, Ext.110.

Cement truck crash leaves one dead, blocks I-25 From police reports On August 9, at 11:55 a.m., the Colorado State Patrol responded to a one vehicle fatal crash on Colorado Interstate 25 northbound near Greenland (mile marker 167). The male driver of the vehicle, not yet identified and pending next-of-kin notification, was declared dead on scene. No other parties or vehicles were involved.

Intial investigation shows the vehicle, a 2006 Kentworth cement mixer from Colorado Springs, had sudden tire failure on 1-2 tires and lost control. The mixer had eight yards of a cement-water mixture which shifted and caused the vehicle to roll onto the driver’s side, coming to rest in the left lane and median between north and southbound lanes of I-25. A water tank and fuel tank on the vehicle began leaking and it re-

sulted in a minor hazardous materials situation that is not considered serious but is being handled. It is unknown if the driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected; speed is not considered a factor. “Southbound I-25 was partially closed but has since reopened, though traffic is very slow due to rubbernecking. Northbound I-25 is closed at exit 161 (County

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MVEA Board members Paddock and Hertneky elected Member votes were counted at Mountain View Electric Association’s (MVEA) 72nd annual meeting of membership, Aug. 3, as part of the election process that named two new members to the board of directors. Incumbent director B.D. “Bud” Paddock was reelected to District 5. Errol Hertneky was elected to District 3. The meeting was held at the association’s operations center in Falcon. Paddock has served on the board since 1971 and currently serves as vice president

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Lewis-Palmer alumnus now an Air Force Academy graduate

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When Michael Anthony Fisk marched out of Jacks Valley in the summer of 2009, n thehe assumed that the toughest part of his rtionfirst-year training at the Air Force Academy was over. lated He assumed wrong. Chi- “You think things will die down, but they l andactually ramp up,” said Fisk, a 2008 graduandsate of nearby Lewis-Palmer High School. Blue“That whole freshman year intense, but it andmakes you respect why you’re there.” Fisk made it through his first year at the end-Academy – and three more – graduating earlier this month as a second lieutenant. Now the Palmer Lake resident has about two months off before reporting for duty at Schriever Air Force Base. “I report Oct. 4 and then head to Vandenberg (Air Force base) for training when a spot opens up.” Fisk, 23, was one of 11 summer graduates added to the Long Blue Line at the Aug. 2 ceremony. Retired General Kevin P. Chilton was the guest speaker for the ceremony. The general is a 1976 Academy graduate, who last served as commander, U.S. Strategic Command, before retiring in 2011. Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, Academy Superintendent, presented the diplomas to the new graduates, along with Brigadier Gen. Andrew Armacost, dean of the faculty. After receiving their diplomas, the Academy’s newest graduates swore the oath of office and each had family members pin on their new rank.

Michael Fisk, seventh from left, graduated from the Air Force Academy as a second lieutenant on Aug. 2. Fisk is a 2008 Lewis-Palmer High School alumnus. Photo provided by the Air Force Academy office of public affairs The 11 new lieutenants brings the Academy’s total number of graduates to 46,039 since the first graduating class in 1959. “I’m very excited to graduate,” Fisk said. “I was able to persevere and graduate and move on to the next stage. “Now I get to spend some time with my family and visit my brother in Hawaii.” Fisk graduated with a bachelor of science in management. He will report to Schriever (his No. 1 choice) as a space operations officer, where he hopes to focus on acquisitions. “Looking back, I see why the Air Force did things the way they did,” Fisk said. “They have to break you down to build you up. It makes the whole experience of the Academy more meaningful.” Fisk must serve at least a five-year commitment, during which time he plans to marry his fiancée, Justine Milligan - who is part of the radiology program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Fisk enjoyed a successful high school

athletic career at Lewis-Palmer. He played hockey for the school and was a member of the first-ever Rangers’ hockey team during the 2006-2007 season. He played the next season with his younger brother, Travis, who went on to play on back-to-back Lewis-Palmer statechampionship teams in 2010 and 2011. Michael Fisk also was a three-year letterman in football, where he was a center. Fisk applied for the Academy during his senior year, but was not initially accepted. He received the Falcon Foundation Scholarship and attended Northwestern Preparatory School in Crestline (located in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California) for a year. He reapplied to the Academy in 2009 and was received his appointment that May. “Growing up I knew so many officers involved with the Academy,” Fisk said. “I always wanted to go there and I’m so glad I did.”

Michael Fisk, a 2008 graduate of Lewis-Palmer High School and resident of Palmer Lake, graduated from the Air Force Academy on Aug. 2. His fiancée, Justine Milligan, was with him to share in the moment. The couple plans to wed in 2014. Fisk will begin his career at Schriever Air Force Base. Photo provided by Second Lieutenant Michael Fisk

Forbes ranks Air Force among the nation’s best colleges The U.S. Air Force Academy is ranked as one of the top universities in the nation according to Forbes, an organization specializing in business and financial information source. Forbes released its annual best college rankings July 24, listing the Academy as the 31st best university in the nation. The U.S. Military Academy ranked 7th and the

U.S. Naval Academy came in at 28th in the nation. “The U.S. Service Academies all scored well in the Forbes list alongside some very impressive schools,” said Air Force Brigadier General Andrew Armacost, the Academy’s dean of the faculty. “I think that’s a great testament to the kind of students and fac-

ulty we draw to the military academies. We continue to focus on offering our students a world-class education that is combined with leadership development unmatched on the planet.” The top-ranked school is Stanford University, with Pomona College in southern California coming in second and Princeton

University ranking third. The rankings are calculated by Forbes and the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, and are based on a numerical formula that assesses each school in post-graduate success, student satisfaction, student debt, four-year graduation rates and competitive awards.

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Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink A wall of water, described by some as nearly 16-feet high crashed and roared down the debris-strewn South Platte River steam bed on the evening on June 16, 1965. Reports had it taking out, or at least damaging, every bridge along that watershed, all the way the Kansas border and beyond. Saturated by previous rains, the normally sparse steam flow of East and West Plum Creek, south of Castle Rock, became a raging torrent with microburst rainfall, tornados, and a ripping and roaring water drop, near the Palmer Lake area. The Weather and Climate Assessment Science Program evaluation estimates, “The rains began to fall on the eastern foothills of Colorado on June 13. During June 13-16, weak frontal systems were present in the Colorado region. Warm, moist air flowed into the state from the south, producing convective storms. Many of these storms were severe and produced large hail and funnel clouds. The storms on June 14-15 occurred in the Greeley-Sterling area, in the Bijou Creek basin southwest of Deer Trail, and in the Colorado Springs area. The rains were generally heavy with reports of damaging hail in some areas, especially around Colorado Springs, on June 14. An unofficial report of 12 inches fell during the night of June 14-15 at a ranch near Rockport, about 36 miles northeast of Fort Collins. A cold front settled into the region and became a stationary front by the

morning of June 15. “By June 16 rainfall amounts increased immensely over much of eastern and southeastern Colorado and the storms turned more violent. The orographic effects of the divide between Colorado Springs and Limon and the divide extending from a point between Trinidad and Raton, New Mexico, generally eastward to the Panhandle of Oklahoma were quite pronounced during the storms of June 16 and 17. Unofficial rain amounts for June 16 in the South Platte basin were unprecedented. Heavy rains, unofficially 5” to 10”, also occurred to the south near Trinidad and a reported 3” to 7” fell in the vicinity of Cripple Creek. The torrential rains continued late into June 17. Rainfall amounts of over 5 inches for the 24-hour period ending in the late afternoon of June 17 were common in the storm area.” “Residents of Littleton and metropolitan Denver had little reason to anticipate

World’s Highest Highway Yes that is what it was called when it was built, the Pike’s Peak highway. The old carriage road was built in the late 1880’s as the short route to the top. A longer road was built up the south side many years before. By the turn of the century few were getting to the top on the road. The first automobile to the top went up the railroad tracks! Three men pooled their ideas, N.L. Drew of the Colorado Midland Railroad, E.A. Sunderlin and Charles E. Noble, prominent Colorado Springs businessmen. Drew was the most familiar with the wagon road, as the railroad had used the station at Cascade for trips up the trail. After raising basic funds with local investors a plan was in place, and permission was sought. The U.S. Forest Service was in control of most of the land, and permission to cross took the most time. The old road was considered a public road, and both Teller and El Paso Counties needed to approve any work including changes. The city of Colorado Springs had water rights all over the mountain, on the north side reservoirs were being built at the time also. Private owners along the way held important sections needed for the work. The biggest road block was that the government disliked toll roads.

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Once these steps were cleared a consulting engineer was secured to find a better route than the wagon road. Once the plans were complete, additional approval steps had to be taken, with plans in hand. Mr. L. Shoemaker, forest supervisor from Denver came down for a look. He approved the basic plans and route, and submitted papers for a permit to build the road. It was a big uphill fight, not just the one up the mountain. It would take considerable proof that it could only be accomplished by the men. It could not have rival roads, built by any other group, city or other governmental agency. The help of Senator Thomas, RepresenMcFarland continues on Page 7

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a flood on Monday afternoon, June 16. Although a rare tornado and severe thunderstorms had hit Loveland a couple of days before, the forecast was for scattered thundershowers typical for a summer afternoon. In fact, it was not even local precipitation which fueled the flood, but a violent cloudburst many miles south near Castle Rock,” according to the Colorado Division of Emergency Management in “Historical Colorado Events.” “Police were able to give people in Littleton several hours warning, so they could be evacuated. The first local casualty was the Columbine Country Club southwest of town, whose golf course and luxury homes were devastated. Overland Park golf course north of town suffered a similar fate. In between, Centennial Race Track, which was within days of opening its racing season, had most of its track and stable areas inundated. A massive rescue operation by owners, trainers and jockeys saved some 140 horses. The City’s water supply, which consisted mainly of a series of wells along the river, was nearly destroyed. A network of fire hoses run from the nearest Denver outlets provided emergency water for months.” The Division of Emergency Management describes the toll taken. “All told, it was estimated that the damage came to some $540 million, plus 28 persons lost their lives. The state could count

itself fortunate that so few citizens were killed in one of Colorado’s worst natural disasters because it began in broad daylight and few people were caught without some notice. On the positive side, much of the eastern plains received relief from a threeyear drought and farmers made the most of the situation. Plans were quickly finalized and construction began on the Chatfield Dam, being completed in 1972. And with a massive cleanup required all along the South Platte, municipalities began to turn the valley into a beautiful greenbelt which today belies its garbage dump past. The river finally got its respect.” According to the City of Littleton’s web site, “As the flood continued north, it was more than just water bashing the countryside -- it now included all the old cars and refrigerators and both old and new debris. This battering ram carried away or destroyed 26 bridges, including every one from Littleton north to the Colfax viaduct. Both Public Service Company power plants along the river were shut down, and emergency circuits became waterlogged and shorted out. As the flood continued north, other tributaries added their weight, Sand Creek and Clear Creek, and further north the Bijou and Little Beaver and the Poudre River. The communities of Sterling, Fort Morgan and Brush became isolated as the waters spread out over a quarter-million acres of farmland.”

Superintendent of Academy District 20 welcomes back students and staff Welcome back to our students and staff members! There is always such high energy at the beginning of each school year. We are welcoming hundreds of new students and nearly 200 new teachers for the 201314 school year. While we prepare for the new year, we are also mindful of the 161 students and 22 staff members in our school district who lost their homes in the Black Forest Fire. Of course, thousands more in our district were affected by fire or smoke damage or were evacuated during those frightening days in June. Edith Wolford and School in the Woods, both located in the Black Forest, received minor damage, however, we are able to have them open on time to welcome students. We contracted with an independent business to conduct air quality tests at our facilities in Black Forest. The tests indicate that the air quality meets indoor air quality standards. Our Academy District 20 Education Foundation stepped up right after the fire to help students and staff members through the Black Forest Fire Support Fund. The foundation has also pledged to dedicate the proceeds of its annual golf tournament Sept. 13 to those families. Some program changes that are new for the school year include the 1:1 initiative for fifth through 12 grade students at Mountain View Elementary, Challenger Middle School, and Pine Creek High School. In September, 860 students will receive iPads to take notes, do research, and complete homework. The eventual implementation plan is to invest $1.3 million in 2,500 iPads for the three technology schools. Growth in the northeast portion of our school district resulted in the need for more room at Chinook Trail Elementary School. So the district’s Home School Academy is being moved from that location to the Education and Administration Center at 1110 Chapel Hills Drive. We were fortunate to be able to purchase a facility

at 1470 Chapel Hills Drive to house our Summit Middle School Program. Now our district has a seventh through 12th grade alternative learning campus that includes the Summit Middle School Program and Aspen Valley High School. Another new item this year is an enhancement to our security systems at middle schools. All of our middle schools now have a video/intercom system so that visitors are identified and buzzed in by a staff member. These systems have been in place for several years at our elementary schools. Our students and staff members did an outstanding job last spring on the state Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests. The test results indicate that our students performed exceptionally well when compared to students in other large districts in Colorado. So as we anticipate the beginning of another school year, I ask that you please remind your friends and neighbors who may not have school-aged children to please be careful driving in our neighborhoods beginning Aug. 19. Please be watchful of our students who are walking or riding their bicycles to school and please obey all traffic laws, especially around school buses. Have a great school year! (Dr. Mark Hatchell is the Superintendent of Academy District 20. He writes a monthly column during the school year for the Tri-Lakes Tribune. You can follow him on Twitter @markhatchell.)

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e l light By Vic Vela me vvela@ourcoloradonews.com e eeLawmakers on both sides of the politist of cal divide came together on Aug. 7 to raise ed money for a former colleague who is batd tling a serious illness. Former state Rep. Ken th Summers is suffering from West Nile viruse caused encephalitis and has been hospitalurn ized since late July. ich The Lakewood Republican received a lot e bipartisan support during a Denver fundraiser, where well-wishers gathered to offer web the former lawmaker a helping hand. as rs w y or one By Nancy Bonig uct. Special to the Tribune lants merWhere will the next generation of artists d and craftsmen get their inspiration and rth, exposure to all the various mediums of and expression? th With budget cutbacks in schools, the udre closing of galleries and artists cooperart tives due to a sluggish economy, our youth the are not exposed to all the possibilities of on creativity they once were. The artists and craftsmen of the Front Range Open Studios want to share their gift with their neigh-

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“Ken would be embarrassed and humbled by all these folks showing up and hearing what everyone is saying about him,” said state Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, from inside the offices of the Capstone Group, a public affairs and government relations firm in Denver. A Colorado native, teacher and minister, Summers was elected to the House in 2006 and served three terms. He lived in Lakewood for more than 25 years before recently moving to Fort Collins. Christian Summers, Ken’s son, said his father is receiving treatment for encephalitis and meningitis at Loveland’s McKee Medical Center. He said the former lawmaker is “cognitively aware” of what’s happening, but is struggling physically.

“He’s got a long road of physical recovery ahead of him, but he’s mentally sharp,” Christian Summers said. “But I think he feels a little trapped in his body, and I can’t imagine what that’s like for him.” Support for the ailing Summers ranges from those who know him well to others who don’t, yet still hold him in high regard. “I had only met him a few times, but every time I saw him he was just enthusiastic and open and a caring person, somebody that you just wanted to get to know better,” said state Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Littleton. State Sen. Andy Kerr knows Summers well. The Lakewood Democrat served in the House with him for six years before Kerr edged out Summers in the Senate District 22 race last year.

Their hotly contested 2012 race is a thing of the past. Kerr has been tweeting and emailing updates on Summers’ condition since he learned that his former colleague had been hospitalized. “A lot of people focus on the rivalry, the politics, the division at the Capitol,” Kerr said. “But at the end of the day, Ken and I worked together. We held town hall meetings together; had the opportunity to run against each other. We’ve knocked on hundreds, if not thousands of the same doors. We know a lot of the same people. And he and I get along great.” Contributions for Summers’ medical expenses can be sent to the Ken Summers Medical Relief Fund, c/o Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 239, Englewood, CO 80151.

Front Range Open Studios Tour will be held Sept. 14, 15

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tative Seldomridge and a Washington D.C. lawyer helped obtain permission from the Secretary of Agriculture to issue a permit. Finally work could start, but the mountain’s weather ruled the progress. It took construction company months to get to Glen

bors, both young and old, by opening their working studios to the public for one weekend in September. These artisans in fourteen different mediums will be demonstrating their craft, showing how they created their own unique environment for creative expression and craftsmanship, to nurture the next generation of artists, to introduce them to different mediums and, in general, to educate the public in the challenging processes of creating fine art and craft. One woodturner will show you his tools, the oak and maple that speaks to him, and

Cove, where an extended delay was unfortunate. It took almost a year to reach this point. Spencer Penrose and his associates Charles M. MacNeill, William Otis and Albert Carlton were early investors, but here they came to the rescue. Their financial aid and expertise pushed the road to completion the next year. The opening of the road in 1915 was a grand affair, and to advertise the road, an automobile race was planned. Initially that was

how he frees the paper thin vessels from the raw material. A jeweler will demonstrate how she transforms metals and gemstones into a breathtaking necklace. You will see the step by step process of creating a bronze figure and how a pottery kiln differs from a glass kiln . Visit a furniture maker’s workshop, charmingly located next to a herd of buffalo, and see how he enhances recycled wood into a magnificent table, cabinet or desk. See how one artist uses handmade paper to mimic wood, ceramic and metal.

At some locations visitors will have the opportunity to craft their own work of art by making a pair of earrings or designing a piece of glass to be fused and shaped into a plate. See how each artist and craftsman has transformed his or her working space with tools, music, books, and specialized materials into their own unique sanctuary, where they find creativity and inspiration. For more information about this event, a list of all the participating artists, and a map of all locations, go to www.frontrangeopenstudios.com.

to attract the best auto racers of the day, but most were frightened by the location of the road. It would be local drivers who dominated the race over the years. Penrose controlled the operating company until his death, when it passed to the city of Colorado Springs. I often get asked when it was made a toll road. It generally always has been, even though the toll has fluctuated greatly over the years. During the Depression it was minimal.

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hop yard? Certified organic hop farmer provides local breweries By Rob Carrigan

rcarrigan@ourcoloradonews.com Rick Squires now tends a quarter acre of heaven on earth, it seems. This year, his relatively-new business, “The Twisted Bine” might produce as much as 300 pounds of organic hops on that quarter acre, right here in Monument. And that is where the heaven part comes in — almost all of it, will be used to make local beer. “With the trend to go local, and the difficulty of getting certified organic hops, that is precisely why I got interested,” said Squires last week in the hop yard. Squires interest, translated into other’s interest. “I already have 180 pounds of it sold,” he said of this year’s crop, of which, local breweries have spoken for most of that. Pikes Peak Brewing Company has in the largest order, perhaps simply because its experience last year, and a local concoction produced with wonderful results. “Yea, it really turned out well,” said Chris Wright, founder of Pikes Peak Brewing, of the ‘America the Pale’ pale ale made with a portion of Squires’ crop last year. Hops are called ‘wet’ hops if it finds its way into beer within 24 hours, and ‘fresh’ hops if it makes that same leap within seven days. And that is when the hops are most potent, aromatic and flavorful. Many breweries end up using dried hops or frozen hops in their processes, but with the move to everything local, local, local, a market exits for all the certified organic ‘wet” Cascade Hops rick Squires can grow. As an engineer, (he was a former project manager for G.E. Johnson when it built the World Arena) it was also the organic certification that appealed to his sense of

“Wet” Cascade hops are sticky to touch, aromatic when opened up, and have to be used in the beer within 24 hours by definition. Photos by Rob Carrigan

Rick Squires, owner of The Twisted Bine hop yard, in front of this year’s crop. record keeping. Extensive records of organic fertilizer, growing plans, and of all the ground in use, as well as any methods of ridding the plants of pests, water used to irrigate, were just some data required to get the California Certified Organic Farmers (C.C.O.F) designation to apply to his hops

efforts. Because he has owned the location where the hop yard was created for more than 28 years, and generally keeps pretty good records, he was able to do so. “I even had to identify what the alpaca’s were eating before creating the alpaca fertilizer I was using,” according to Squires. The whole yard, of course, is designed with sustainability in mind. The eighteen-foot poles that support the paper ropes that the hops climb (during peak growing periods, they can grow as much as a foot per day) is made from recycled fire sprinkler systems (from mostly local buildings) and he even uses a solar pump to bring water from his pond to the bines. Much of the country’s hop crop comes from the Pacific Northwest and particularly Washington and Oregon. The Cascade variety that Squires grows is suited for the 7,000-feet elevation here in Monument. Educating himself for the past few years in the science and art of hop growing, (he also has a honey-producing bee operation on the same property) he said he liked the idea of having a big party to bring in the hop harvest. Hop continues on Page 9

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All of Squires’ hops are certified organic, a process that requires great care and extensive record keeping.

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When he first planted the rhizomes to the start the hops, he began thinking of a community potluck. Last year, with his first real crop, a blue grass band, good food and friends, it became a reality and great success. So much so, that he needed to print tickets this year, to keep a handle on it. The second annual Hop Picking Festival is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25, and includes hop picking and music at the hop yard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Squires emphasized that this a private

affair requiring a ticket (which is free) but other events, such as a beer brewing demo and music, food and beverages at HiCountry Home Brew and Gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and picking and brewing at the Pikes Peak Brewing Company’s brewery from noon to 3 p.m. are open to the public. “We will bring some of the bines down and strip them here at a table, and have a brewing demonstration, with music from a band,” says Woody Woodworth, owner of HiCountry Home Brew and Gifts. And of heaven and the hop yard, maybe it is as the famous old quote, often misattributed to Ben Franklin says, “Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

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Area golfers getting in the swing of things The prep sports season starts with boys golf By Danny Summers

Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com The Palmer Ridge High School boys golf team has no returning state qualifiers, but coach Paul Gagnon is excited about the infusion of young talent into the program. “We have eight returning lettermen and no seniors,” Gagnon said. “We have some decent sophomores and freshman coming up as well. And the great thing is that they’ll all be back next year.” The eight returners include juniors Devin Bruecken, Zach Bird, A.J. Bird, Mitchell Cockell, Chris Lodwig and Blake Coates, and sophomores Pierce Delacretaz and Clay Hurford. Devin looks like the strongest this year,” Gagnon said. “I think all the top kids will get a chance to play varsity tournaments.” Cockell and Delacretaz entered this season as the top returners. They finished 14th and 19th, respectively, at last year’s Class 4A regional at the Country Club of Colorado. “I need to hit more greens,” Cockell said. “My approach shots are a big key for me.” Delacretaz played in several Rocky Mountain Junior Tournaments over the summer. He concentrated on his short game. “If every other part of your game is not bad, that’s where you can score,” he said. “I used last year’s regional for the experience. There was a lot of pressure. I learned that you need to stay focused on not worry about your game. And don’t worry about anybody else.” Gagnon believes the strong competition among the players on his own team will lead to better success down the road. “As we get toward regionals I have to pick kids who are the four best players,” Gagnon said. “If our kids develop, our depth will be strength.” Palmer Ridge had its deepest all-around teams in 2010 and 2011 when it qualified for the state tournament as a team, defeating Cheyenne Mountain at the regionals each year. Cheyenne Mountain won the regional last year and is favored to repeat as Pikes Peak Athletic Conference champions this year. Palmer Ridge had it first tournament of the season Tuesday at Patty Jewett. It hosts a PPAC tournament Thursday at Monument Hill Country Club. LEWIS-PALMER Chris Wilkins takes over the new Rangers’ coach and brings wealth of experience to the job. Jaci Schatz previously coached the team for three seasons. “Development will be a big part of our success,” said Wilkins, a former club pro at the Country Club of Colorado. “We had 15 kids out for the team this year. We’ll probably keep 10.” Senior Logan Bryson is the lone state returning state qualifier. He finished 57th at the 4A state tournament in 2012. He missed more than half the season with a broken arm. “I think I can average 73 (1-over par) this year,” said a confident Bryson. “I want to win two tournaments and I want to be in the top 10 at state.” Wilkins believes Bryson can accomplish his goal. “I think he can at least play in the high 70s,” Wilkins said. “He averaged 82.8 last year in only a handful of events after coming back from his injury.” Junior Marcus Fenimore is also expected to make an impact this season. He is already reaping the benefits of Wilkins’ experience. “He watched me for five minutes and Golfers continues on Page 11

Lewis-Palmer junior Marcus Fenimore missed qualifying for the state tournament by one stroke in 2012. Photos by Danny Summers Palmer Ridge sophomore Pierce Delacretaz is looking to help the Bears to a state berth as a team this season. Danny Summers


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Rangers add more depth to volleyball team By Danny Summers

Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com The Lewis-Palmer High School volleyball team got a little bit stronger over the summer. That’s because two high-level players have transferred into the school: senior outside hitter Haley McCurley (Douglas County) and sophomore libero/setter Mariah Evans (Colorado Springs Christian School). Both girls play club volleyball for Monument-based Colorado Juniors (16815 Mitchell Ave.). McCurley (5-foot-11, resides in Larkspur in Douglas County and is already familiar with the Lewis-Palmer gymnasium. She’s played in several tournaments at LewisPalmer as a member of Douglas County. She has committed to Sioux Falls University in Sioux Falls, S.D. Evans (5-10) enjoyed a standout freshman season at CSCS, tallying an impressive 91 digs. She has a 9-foot, 3 1/2 -inch jump.

The transfers should give the Rangers a big boost in their quest to return to the Class 4A state finals, where they finished second to powerhouse Cheyenne Mountain in 2012. The duo joins an already talented Rangers team that includes 6-1 junior outside hitter and All-American Alexa Smith. This is the third consecutive year LewisPalmer has had significant players transfer into the program. Smith came over The Classical Academy in 2011. She was followed by former TCA standout Claire Felix in 2012. Felix is now at UCLA. LOCKING HORNS IN 2014? With the start of the high school football season comes the talk of renewing the rivalry (albeit a short one) between LewisPalmer and Palmer Ridge. The two schools last met in 2011 in front of an overflow crowd at Don Breese Stadium, with Lewis-Palmer coming from behind to win 15-9. There were few handshakes by players and coaches after game.

sociation will spend the next six months working on realigning leagues for the 20142016 cycle. Palmer Ridge is expected to remain 4A in football, while Lewis-Palmer should stay 3A. AIR FORCE TO HOST AVALANCHE The Colorado Avalanche will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game Sept. 15 at the Cadet Ice Arena on the campus of the Air Force Academy. The puck drop is scheduled for noon. This is the fifth time Air Force has hosted the match. Air Force hosted the Burgundy/ White Game from 2007 to 2009, and again in 2011. The Burgundy/White Game features all Avalanche players competing in a threeperiod, intra-squad scrimmage. Tickets are on sale at www.goairforcefalcons.com or by calling 800-666-USAF. Proceeds from the match will support nonprofit groups including military organizations

It was no secret that this was no friendly rivalry. Lewis-Palmer also won the first matchup between the two teams in 2010, coming from behind to win 25-10. Both schools played at the 3A level through the 2011 season. Palmer Ridge moved up to the 4A level in 2012 and played in the eight-team Foothills League. Lewis-Palmer remained 3A and played in the newly formed Southern League - which has just five teams this season due to the closing of Wasson. As a result of the shakeup in leagues and classifications, it made it much more difficult for the cross town rivalries to schedule a non-league game. Throw in the ugliness from the 2011 affair, and there seemed to be little motivation to get the game scheduled last year or this year. “I’d like to see what we can do to get this thing going again,” said Palmer Ridge athletic director Jim Porter. The Colorado High School Activities As-

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saw that my swing was hollow and that I needed to bring it up higher,” Fenimore said. “That made a big difference.” Fenimore missed qualifying for state by one stroke last year when he shot an 86. “I’m very hungry,” Fenimore said. “I’ve been working every day over the summer.” Wilkins said another player to watch out for is freshman Reice Hendricks. “It will be interesting to see how the freshman handles things,” Wilkins said. THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY Bob Gravelle returns for his third season as coach of the Titans. This time around he has an assistant, Chuck Hughes. “A lot of coaches at our Tri-Peaks League meeting were envious of me,”

experience in Texas. He worked with the TCA girls’ team as a volunteer last spring. The Titans go 11 deep (seven varsity players) and return five lettermen, including state qualifier Noah Shinn. The sophomore finished middle of the pack among 80-plus golfers at last year’s 3A tournament. Rounding out the varsity roster are seniors Josh Gordon (a 6-foot-4 basketball player), Ryan Alejo, Danny Sudrack and Josh Saller, sophomore Tanner Harris and freshman Robert Ball. “Our goal is to win the Tri-Peaks League and send a team to state,” Gravelle said. “We should be competitive.” The Tri-Peaks League consists of 11 schools spread out over a huge geographic area; Buena Vista, Colorado Springs Christian School, Dolores Huerta, Florence, Trinidad, Jim Elliott, Lamar, Manitou Springs, St.

The state tournament is Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Pueblo. The Titans open their season today at Holly Dot. They host the Titan Scramble Sept. 23 at Glen Eagle Golf Course. DISCOVERY CANYON The Thunder has its third coach in three years in Mark Liggett. He takes over for Mike Grebenik, who replaced the program’s founder, LaVonne Weinbender. “I’m excited,” said Liggett, a 1979 graduate of Lewis-Palmer who assisted Grebenik last season. “We have some great young talent.” The best of group is junior Jacob Trujillo, who qualified for the 4A tournament for the first time in 2012, where he finished 72nd. “Jacob has a lot more confidence this year and a little more ball control,” Liggett said. “He was pretty steady last year and I expect a lot more of that from him this year.”

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Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com Brigadier General Zebulon Pike never reached the summit of Pikes Peak. But his place in history is secure. And if the Pike National Historic Trail Association has anything to say about it, Pikes name will live on in even greater glory. “To me, this is a slam dunk,” said Harv Hisgen, president of the Trail Association, who has been pushing to get a bill passed in the United States Senate for six years “It doesn’t cost that much to so the study. It comes out of their budget. It will answer all the questions they have.” Hisgen and his crew of supporters have worked tirelessly on this project. They appreciate the support they have been given by Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, as well as congressman Doug Lamborn and others. But Hisgen, a retired teacher who resides in Conifer, is beside himself that this process is taking so long. “Just put this bill on the table and let Pike have his day,” Hisgen said. On July 31, Colorado senator Michael Bennet testified in front of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks. He spoke for about five minutes, getting support from Udall. “Pike’s expedition - the first Americanled effort to explore the Rocky Mountains - is an important piece of history for Colorado and for the American Southwest,” Bennet said. “A Historic Trail designation would ensure the trail’s recognition for generations to come and would create more opportunities for heritage tourism and related economic development in surrounding communities across Southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley.” Prior bills died without hearings, but Hisgen said there is hope for this bill. “We will have another hearing,” Hisgen said. “It might be in two years or it might be next week. We just don’t know.” There is still no timetable on when the bill will be passed, if at all. If it passes the Senate, supporters still need a sponsor in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pike’s amazing story is of legend. He led an expedition party from St. Louis in 1806

to explore the west. His journey took him through seven current states (including Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado) and Mexico. When the party arrived near present-day Pueblo in early November, Pike, as legend has it, turned north to climb a mountain in the distance. He took a route that today would parallel Interstate 25 to the south side of Colorado Spring. It turned through the present day Broadmoor area to Old Stage Road and followed a dirt road to Mt. Rosa. Unprepared for the conditions, the party made it as far as Mt. Rosa to the southeast of “Pikes Peak,” and gave up the ascent in waist-deep snow. They had already gone almost two days without food. Pikes journaled: “… here we found the snow middle deep; no sign of beast or bird inhabiting this region. The thermometer which stood at 9° above 0 at the foot of the mountain, here fell to 4° below 0. The summit of the Grand Peak, which was entirely bare of vegetation and covered with snow, now appeared at the distance of 15 or 16 miles (24 or 26 km) from us, and as high again as what we had ascended, and would have taken a whole day’s march to have arrived at its base, when I believed no human being could have ascended to its pinical [sic].” The Pike National Historic Trail would be a 3,664-mile network of road signs and markers across seven states and Mexico. Hisgen believes it would bring even more notoriety to Pike’s amazing exploits and give the general the proper credit he deserves. “Pike did more for this country than Lewis and Clark ever did,” Hisgen said. “He captivated our young nation with his accounts.” After failing to reach the summit of “Pikes Peak,” Pike and his party headed south, and then west, to the upper Arkansas Valley and South Park. His expedition party was captured by the Spanish in the San Luis Valley and taken through New Mexico and Mexico. Pike was released into Texas and continued his journey. Pikes expedition lasted 351 days. Hisgen notes that Pike spent 30.4 percent of his time in Colorado. “I tell you what, if he had a better biographer than Lewis and Clark, and if he didn’t die in the War of 1812, Pike might have been president of the United States,” Hisgen said.

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Pikes Peak. The Palmer Lake Historical Society presents “Pikes Peak as Seen in Early Postcards” at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake. Mel McFarland takes us on a journey up Pikes Peak in a unique way - through pictures from old postcards. There are hundreds of post cards with pictures of the trains going up Pike’s Peak. Mel’s presentation includes some unique and interesting postcards. Although some of the postcards claim to depict the mountain, they are not pictures of the mountain at all. Mel is a Colorado Springs native, author, artist, and railroad historian, who has written several books on the subject of railroading in the Pikes Peak region. The topics of his books include the Midland Route and Cripple Creek Road, among others. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Visit www.palmerdividehistory.org.

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. 15 art hoP. Downtown Monument merchants sponsor Art Hop from 5-8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month from May to September. For Aug. 15, Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument, 719-481-2665, will host author Dick Kreck, columnist and editor for The Denver Post for 38 years, who will sign his sixth and newest book, “Hell on Wheels: Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad,” a romping account of the wicked towns that sprang up and died during the building of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. Also featured is artist Ron Hazeloop, a local photographer. Stores remain open and have specials all evening long.  Aug. 15 Wine dinner. Chateauneuf and Beyond wine dinner is at 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Join us for a taste of some Rhone-style wines from around the world.  The cost is $50/person plus tax plus gratuity for a four course gourmet meal paired with wine.  Menu details to follow. Call 719-481-1800 to reserve your seat.  Aug. 24 taste of Palmer Lake. Check out food from Bella Panini, The Depot, MoZaic, O’Malley’s Pub, Rock House Ice Cream, Parked Pierogi, Simply Delicious Catering, Speedtrap, The Wine Seller and The Villa at the Taste of Palmer Lake from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 24. Tickets will be on sale at all Palmer Lake restaurants. It’s $15, or $18 day of the event. This is a fundraiser for Lakeside Improvements. Call 719-481-1800 for more details.

Aug. 26 GoLf tournament. A Special Olympics golf tournament is planned on Monday, Aug. 26, at Antler Creek Golf Course. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 per player. Contact Georgeann Kulton at 719-574-8480 or gk@SpecialOlympicsCO.org. Sept. 11 anniversary CeLebration. Black Forest AARP Chapter 1100 will celebrate its 41th anniversary at noon Sept. 11 at the Black Forest Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 12455 Black Forest Road in Black Forest. The celebration will begin with a potluck lunch followed by a program by Matt Meister, KRDO TV meteorologist. The following business meeting will include the presentation of longevity badges to several chapter members. Come and celebrate this occasion with your Black Forest friends. Call Chuck at 719-749-9227 for more information. Sept. 14 amateur/ham radio! Second annual tech day will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Prairie Winds Elementary School in Monument. Come to learn more about Amateur Radio or get some information on what is happening in Ham Radio in the Monument area. We will have lots of great workshops and hands on displays going on. Join us for a short time, or the entire time, if you can. Contact Joyce Witte at 719488-0859 if you have any questions. editor’S note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. Send information to calendar@ourcoloradonews.com, attn: Tribune. No attachments, please. Listings are free and run on a spaceavailable basis.

area clubS editor’S note: To add or update your club listing, e-mail calendar@ourcoloradonews.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 inter-

national meets from 8-9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Mozaic Inn in Palmer Lake. Call Elizabeth Bryson at 719-4810600 or e-mail ebryson@farmersagent.com.

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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 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 janine@ coloradorobertsons.com. 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 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 Monutemnt 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@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 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. 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 719488-9329.


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The web site states that the school graduation rate is over 95 percent, and approximately 85 percent continue onto college. “I’m very impressed with our teaching staff,” Borman said. “We had to cut back quite a bit, but they’re still stepping up and dong a great job.” Borman added that the devastating Black Forest Fire in June seems to have had a minimal impact to staff members (three homes destroyed) and school families (one home destroyed). Just to the south of Monument is Academy School District 20. Its classes

are set to begin on Aug. 19. “The beginning of each school year brings a lot of energy and high expectations,” said Academy District 20 Superintendent Dr. Mark Hatchell. “We will be busy welcoming many new families and new staff members. “We will soon be communicating about another outstanding year of achievement as measured by the TCAP tests, and we will be supporting 161 students and 22 staff members who are recovering from losing their homes in the Black Forest Fire.” District 20 was established in 1957 and is among the largest in the state, encompassing 130 square miles. According to the District 20 web site, it has 34 elementary, middle and high schools, plus an additional three char-

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You are hereby summoned and required to appear and defend against the claims of Plaintiff, as set forth in the Complaint brought youfiling by filed with the Court in this action,toby with the Clerk of this Court an Answer or other response. You are required to file your Answer or other response within twenty-one (21) days after service upon you if within the State of Colorado, or within thirty-five (35) days after service upon you if outside the State of Colorado or if served by publication pursuant to C.R.C.P. 4(g). If served by publication, service shall be complete on the day of the last publication. A copy of the Complaint may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court.

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TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP.; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.; BENEFICIAL MORTGAGE CO. OF COLORADO; and THOMAS S. MOWLE AS THE PUBLIC TRUSTEE OF EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO Public Notice DISTRICT COURT, EL PASO COUNTY, STATE OF COLORADO Court Address: 270 South Tejon Colorado Springs, CO 80901 Court Phone: 719-448-7700

Misc. Private Legals Public Notice DISTRICT COURT, EL PASO COUNTY, STATE OF COLORADO Court Address: 270 South Tejon Colorado Springs, CO 80901 Court Phone: 719-448-7700 PLAINTIFF: HILLSBORO CONDOMINIUM OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. v. DEFENDANTS: CASSONDRA D. COLLINS; TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP.; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.; BENEFICIAL MORTGAGE CO. OF COLORADO; and THOMAS S. MOWLE AS THE PUBLIC TRUSTEE OF EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO Attorney: Brianna L. Schaefer Firm: HindmanSanchez P.C. Address: 5610 Ward Road, Suite 300 Arvada, Colorado 80002-1310 Phone Number: 303.432.8999

PLAINTIFF: HILLSBORO CONDOMINIUM OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. v. DEFENDANTS: CASSONDRA D. COLLINS; TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP.; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.; BENEFICIAL MORTGAGE CO. OF COLORADO; and THOMAS S. MOWLE AS THE PUBLIC TRUSTEE OF EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO

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Attorney: Brianna L. Schaefer Firm: HindmanSanchez P.C. Address: 5610 Ward Road, Suite 300 Arvada, Colorado 80002-1310 Phone Number: 303.432.8999 Fax Number: 303.432.0999 E-mail: bschaefer@hindmansanchez.com Atty. Reg. No.: 34078 Our File No.: 3168.012 Case No.: 2013CV2092 * Div: 18 SUMMONS THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: You are hereby summoned and required to appear and defend against the claims of Plaintiff, as set forth in the Complaint filed with the Court in this action, by filing with the Clerk of this Court an Answer or other response. You are required to file your Answer or other response within twenty-one (21) days after service upon you if within the State of Colorado, or within thirty-five (35) days after service upon you if outside the State of Colorado or if served by publication pursuant to

Attorney: Brianna L. Schaefer Firm: HindmanSanchez P.C. Address: 5610 Ward Road, Suite 300 Arvada, Colorado 80002-1310 Phone Number: 303.432.8999 Fax Number: 303.432.0999 E-mail: bschaefer@hindmansanchez.com Atty. Reg. No.: 34078 Our File No.: 3168.012 Case No.: 2013CV2092 * Div: 18 SUMMONS THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: You are hereby summoned and required to appear and defend against the claims of Plaintiff, as set forth in the Complaint filed with the Court in this action, by filing with the Clerk of this Court an Answer or other response. You are required to file your Answer or other response within twenty-one (21) days after service upon you if within the State of Colorado, or within thirty-five (35) days after service upon you if outside the State of Colorado or if served by publication pursuant to C.R.C.P. 4(g). If served by publication, service shall be complete on the day of the last publication. A copy of the Complaint may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court.

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If you fail to file your Answer or other response to the Complaint in writing within the time required, judgment by default may be rendered against you by the Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint without further notice. This is an action affecting the real property described in the Complaint and is a proceeding in rem as well as a proceeding in personam. Dated this 8th day of May, 2013. Respectfully submitted, HINDMANSANCHEZ P.C. Original signature of Brianna L. Schaefer

You are hereby summoned and required to appear and defend against the claims of Plaintiff, as set forth in the Complaint filed with the Court in this action, by filing with the Clerk of this Court an Answer or other response. You are required to file your Answer or other response within twenty-one (21) days after service upon you if within the State of Colorado, or within thirty-five (35) days after service upon you if outside the State of Colorado or if served by publication pursuant to C.R.C.P. 4(g). If served by publication, service shall be complete on the day of the last publication. A copy of the Complaint may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court. If you fail to file your Answer or other response to the Complaint in writing within the time required, judgment by default may be rendered against you by the Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint without further notice. This is an action affecting the real property described in the Complaint and is a proceeding in rem as well as a proceeding in personam.

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Dated this 8th day of May, 2013. Respectfully submitted, HINDMANSANCHEZ P.C. Original signature of Brianna L. Schaefer is on file with the law offices of HindmanSanchez P.C. pursuant to C.R.C.P. 121, §1-26(7). /s/ Brianna L. Schaefer Brianna L. Schaefer, No. 34078 Marc A. Tahiry, No. 38991 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF HILLSBORO CONDOMINIUM OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. Address of Plaintiff: Hillsboro Condominium Owners Association, Inc. c/o Z&R Property Management 6015 Lehman Drive, Suite 205 Colorado Springs, CO 80918 Legal Notice No.: 932145 First Publication: August 14, 2013 Last Publication: September 11, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune

If you fail to file your Answer or other response to the Complaint in writing within the time required, judgment by default may be rendered against you by the Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint without further notice.

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This is an action affecting the real property described in the Complaint and is a proceeding in rem as well as a proceeding in personam. Dated this 8th day of May, 2013. Respectfully submitted, HINDMANSANCHEZ P.C. Original signature of Brianna L. Schaefer is on file with the law offices of HindmanSanchez P.C. pursuant to C.R.C.P. 121, §1-26(7). /s/ Brianna L. Schaefer Brianna L. Schaefer, No. 34078 Marc A. Tahiry, No. 38991 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF HILLSBORO CONDOMINIUM OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. Address of Plaintiff: Hillsboro Condominium Owners Association, Inc. c/o Z&R Property Management 6015 Lehman Drive, Suite 205 Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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Legal Notice No.: 932145 First Publication: August 14, 2013 Last Publication: September 11, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune

Government Legals Public Notice

Government Legals Public Notice TOWN OF MONUMENT ORDINANCE NO. 17-2013 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 17.64 OF THE MONUMENT MUNICIPAL CODE CONCERNING WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES, AND SECTION 17.43 - REGENCY PARK ZONING AND DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

Available for sale by means of highest sealed bid. Ammco 2 post, 8500 lb capacity automotive lift. Sealed bids can be left at the main desk of town hall in Monument at 645 Beaconlite Rd., and will be accepted for 2wks. after the release of this ad.

INTRODUCED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 5th day of August, 2013 by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Monument by a vote of 5 for and 0 against.

Legal Notice No.: 932147 First Publication: August 14, 2013 Last Publication: August 21, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune

Legal Notice No.: 932146 First Publication: August 14, 2013 Last Publication: August 14, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune


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