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Tri-Lakes Region, Monument, Gleneagle, Black Forest and Northern El Paso County • Volume 48, Issue 46
CLEARING AWAY THE DEBRIS
November 27, 2013
A Colorado Community Media Publication
Bauman to replace Borman in District 38 Outgoing superintendent John Borman will remain on through December By Danny Summers
Fire mitigation at Fox Run Regional Park includes clearing pine needles and cutting the branches oﬀ low lying trees. See additional photos on Page 3. Photo by Craig Fleischmann
Tri-Lakes YMCA approved for new addition Tri-Lakes Community Health Village will open fall 2014 By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com By the fall of 2014, the Tri-Lakes YMCA in Monument will have a new addition that will offer healthcare services and space for doctor’s offices. The project is a partnership between the YMCA, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Wisconsin-based
Boldt Co. A 50,000-square foot addition to the Tri-Lakes YMCA will include both urgent care and primary care offices. The new facility will be called the Tri-Lakes Community Health Village. On Oct. 23, plans for the addition were approved by the Woodmoor Improvement Association. Because the Tri-Lakes YMCA is within the boundaries of Woodmoor, its plans needed to be approved by the Architectural Control Committee and the board. Earlier this year, officials with Penrose-St. Francis considered the idea of adding a clinic in Monument,
Boldt officials approached the hospital about building a new clinic, which would be leased back to Penrose. The Tri-Lakes YMCA, which was constructed in 2008, was eventually added to the equation. The new health village will assist the YMCA in its basic goals, which include youth development, social responsibility and healthy living. The complex is expected to cost $10 to $12 million. Penrose will have about 120 people working at the facility when it’s complete.
Plans for the Wellness campus near the Tri-Lakes YMCA progressed as they received approval from Woodmoor last month. Photo by Rob Carrigan POSTAL ADDRESS
Dwight “Ted” Bauman was approved by the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board on Nov. 21 and will serve as the interim superintendent after John Borman leaves at the end of December. This is Bauman’s second stint as interim superintendent for the District. He previously served in that capacity from August 2010 to July 2011. Bauman was the District’s regular superintendent from 1998 through 2003. Bauman’s impressive resume includes more than 30 years in education, including eight years as assistant superintendent of the District. He originally came to the District in 1988 as an elementary school principal, and then served as assistant superintendent from Bauman 1990-98. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in school administration from Central Michigan University, and his Colorado Type D administrative certificate from the University of Colorado. Bauman is also involved in a number of community service activities through Monument Hill Kiwanis Club, TriLakes Cares, Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church, and the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Board. “Ted is familiar with how things work and will be a great benefit to everyone in the District,” Borman said. Borman isn’t just leaving Lewis-Palmer School District 38; he’s leaving education all together. On Nov. 14, Borman formally announced that he is resigning his post as the District’s superintendent. He will remain on through December 31. He is taking a position with a basketball court manufacturing company that has offices in south Denver. He will be involved with the overall planning of the facilities. “They approached me over the summer and I initially declined,” Borman said. “The opportunity was extended to me again and I decided to take it.” Borman leaves the District in good hands. Earlier this month, the District was placed in the top three percent of school districts in the nation for Advanced Placement courses for high school students. District 38 is the only district in Colorado that has been placed on the College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll four times in a row. It is also the only district in Colorado receiving the honor this year. “I am feeling pleased about that,” Borman said. “Given all the challenges we have continued to excel.” Borman became Superintendent of Schools in June 2011. Prior to that appointment, he was the principal of LewisPalmer High School for four years. He started his career in education as a high school language arts teacher and has experience as an athletics coordinator and assistant principal. He holds a Master’s Degree in educational leadership and policy studies from University of Northern Colorado. He was awarded the Teacher of the Year award twice at Gateway High School in Aurora and the Colorado Thespians Administrator Award in 2005. Borman was also the athletic director and assistant principal at Greeley, and principal at Northridge for five years. Borman’s main focus has been to better prepare students for the 21st century. “Our students must learn to compete in a global economy,” he said. “They must know more about the world and learn to think across disciplines.”
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Sheriff, fire chief clash over fire information Staff report According to a statement issued by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey was too quick to call the cause of the Black Forest fire an arson. “Sheriff Terry Maketa was shocked to see recent reports in the local news media where Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey was quoted concerning the active investigation into the cause of the Black Forest fire. On more than one media source, Chief Harvey was quoted as saying the cause of the fire had been determined to be ‘intentional,’” the statement said. Maketa offered these comments concerning what he called “inappropriate remarks.” “Do not buy into Chief Harvey’s claims until it’s confirmed by the actual agency that has been the lead of the investigation and will base its findings on indisputable scientific evidence that can withstand the scrutiny of the criminal justice system. Right now that isn’t the case. His comments are nothing more than an attempt to mislead the public and a mere witch hunt. Numerous national experts and federal resources have been involved in this investigation and have not and cannot substantiate Chief Harvey’s unqualified knee-jerk claims. ‘Human-caused’ has been known for a long time but this chief is not involved in the investigation nor qualified to offer legal and scientific evidence. He does not know the point of origin and has been less than truthful about other circumstances with this disaster and just may be merely covering his own mishandling of this event in an attempt to avoid responsibility for allowing the fire to get
Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey (out front at the microphone) at a media briefing June 19, as Sheriff Terry Maketa (black shirt, third from the left) and other local officials look on. Photo by Rob Carrigan out of hand. Furthermore, this chief didn’t even know homes were burning at a time several were engulfed and never even requested evacuations of nearby households as the fire rapidly grew out of control, clearly placing citi-
zen’s safety in jeopardy. It’s an injustice that he has chosen to jump to these unjustified and inconclusive assumptions without any effort to coordinate with local investigative authorities that have expended extensive resources to identify the cause and man-
ner of this serious tragedy. Chief Harvey’s comments are reckless, irresponsible and lack what is in the best interests of the community following this tragedy,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office that was distributed on Nov. 21.
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Jeffery Ferguson honored for years of service Staff report Jeffery Ferguson finished his term as president of the Lewis-Palmer Board of Education this month, after more than 20 years of service as a board member, 10 of which he spent as board president. Ferguson was honored at the Nov. 14 board meeting, recognized for his years of leadership, commitment, and integrity. Ferguson started his tenure on the board from 1987 to 2003, then returned to office in 2009. He was recently awarded the McGuffey
Award by the Colorado Association of School Boards for committed and passionate service, for the second time he received that recognition. Ferguson has consistently been a champion for quality education and emphasizes the importance of schools in the community. He was named to the Colorado All-State School Board for outstanding leadership, and his work on the school board contributed to his receiving the Community Service Award. Ferguson addressed the audience at the monthly meeting, “I can honestly say that it’s been a great blessing in my life to serve
on the school board of District 38. There is a lot we can be proud of: John Irwin schools of excellence, Accreditation with Distinction by the state, Advanced Placement Honor Roll for the fourth year and so many other honors. And this is not accidental excellence, folks. There are silent heroes out there day in and day out who are dedicated to excellence for students. I think the most important thing to know is that our educators, past and present, have stepped forward and committed themselves to doing what’s best for kids.” During his tenure on the board, which
began in 1987, he had responsibilities over all hiring, budget, and policy considerations of the district. Ferguson helped manage the district during years of intense growth, as five new school buildings were added and student population grew several fold. Ferguson directed the long-range facilities planning committee, chaired the transportation committee and developed means for the district to assess and improve public communications. He was instrumental in gathering input for and developing the district Core Values.
Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Join us this year and shop small. Dec. 7: Traditional Small Town Christmas. Come downtown and celebrate the warmth and magic of the holiday season. Visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, hayrides, kids’ crafts and all sorts of other traditional Christmas activities. Dec. 14: Holiday Open House. Visit merchants in the historic downtown for refreshments, music, and holiday open houses throughout the day. Go to http://www.monumentmerchants.com/SmallTownChristmas.htm for more details.
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giFT carD drive. Resort 2 Kindness (R2K) hosts its BIG GIVE 2013 gift card drive to benefit the Colorado flood victims. The drive runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. R2K will collect unused, unexpired gift cards valid at any restaurant, grocery store, home store or retail store in Colorado. All cards will be given to the Emergency Family Assistance Association. Gift cards can be mailed to Resort 2 Kindness, 9781 S. Meridian Blvd., Suite 200, Englewood, CO 80112. Monetary donations can also be made online at resort2kindness.org. Nov. 30 auThor sigNiNgs. Small Business Saturday is from 10:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30, and Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument, welcomes Beth Groundwater, who will sign her latest book in the Claire Hanover mystery series, “A Basket of Trouble,” and Michael Madigan will sign his adventure title set in the San Juan Mountains, “Double Dare.”
Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 small TowN Christmas. The Historic Monument Merchants Association presents a Small Town Christmas on three consecutive Saturdays. The days are filled with holiday activities including visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus along with crafts and activities for children, open houses, and other special sales and events as the merchants of Historic Downtown Monument celebrate a Small Town Christmas. Each Saturday will have a theme: Nov. 30: Small business Saturday. The Saturday between Black
Dec. 7 auThor sigNiNgs. During the Small Town Christmas celebration on Dec. 7, Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument, welcomes three authors for book signings. First, from 10 a.m. to noon Barb Ziek will sign her latest in the Zadie series, “Zadie and Plain Vanilla Saves Christmas.”Weather permitting, Barb will bring some of her alpacas to the store. Next, Kris Abel-Helwig will sign her picture book series, “I Love You” and “... And Them Some,” and her stand-alone title, “The wifful, wafful, diffle, sniffle, snaffle, snorful dorful waffle” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finally, from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 7, Alan Roettinger, well-known chef, will sign his latest cookbook, “Extraordinary Vegan.” Dec. 14 opeN house. Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St.,
Monument, will host a holiday open house Dec. 14. Allison Flannery will sign her children’s title, “In the Hall of the Mountain
Dec. 15 lighTs hayriDe. The annual Festival of Lights Hayride is from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 15, leaving from the Gleneagle Golf Club parking lot. However, because the course is closed, the ride will go along the streets of Gleneagle. The festivities include Mr. and Mrs. Santa, carolers from Holy Trinity Church and cookies. Event is funded by the Gleneagle Women’s Club. No fee will be charged. The Palms Restaurant will be open, selling hot chili and hot and cold drinks. Sponsors include Holy Trinity Church, Gleneagle Golf Club, The Palms Restaurant, Gleneagle Women’s Club, Gleneagle Sertoma and Scout Troop 194. Contact Ruth Spencer, Gleneagle community advisory committee, 719-481-3161 or daru250@ aol.com. Nov. 23 Bake sale Holy Theophany Orthodox Church plans its annual fall bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at 2770 N. Chestnut St., Colorado Springs. All proceeds will go to Orthodox Christian Prison Ministries. A variety of baked goods for Thanksgiving will be available for purchase as well as homemade soup lunch.
messiah siNg-aloNg. First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., presents a Messiah sing-along, led by the Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, directed by Kimberley Schulz and accompanied by strings, trumpet, organ and harpsichord. The program, at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, will include numbers from all three sections of the Messiah, including recitatives, arias and major choruses. A limited number of scores are available, so bring your score if you have one. A free will offering will be taken. Check out http://www.firstchristiancos.org/music/fccconcert-series for a list of the selections to be included on the program. Dec. 8 coNcerT. Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quartet will perform traditional bluegrass music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Also featured are the Colorado Springs premiere of a newly commissioned work by New York City-based composer Matt McBane for banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin, and bass, and a couple of numbers for the Christmas season. A free will offering will be taken. eDiTor’s NoTe: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. Send information to email@example.com, attn: Tribune. No attachments, please. Listings are free and run on a spaceavailable basis.
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ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) A project benefits from your organizational skills that get it up and running. Your success leaves a highly favorable impression. Don’t be surprised if you get some positive feedback soon. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) Spend time on practical matters through the end of the week. Then begin shifting your focus to more-artistic pursuits. Resist being overly self-critical. Just allow yourself to feel free to create. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) Restarting those creative projects you had set aside for a while will help provide a much-needed soothing balance to your hectic life. Besides, it will be like meeting old friends again.
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CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) A change in plans could make it tough to keep a commitment. But stay with it. You’ll get an A-plus for making the effort to do what’s right and not taking the easy way out by running off. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) The Lion’s enthusiasm for a workplace policy review is admirable. But be sure you know who is really behind the resistance to change before pointing your finger at the wrong person. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) You can expect to have to do a lot of work through midweek. Devote the rest of the week to checking your holiday plans in case some need to be adjusted to accommodate changes. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Try to avoid signing on the dotted line in the early part of the week. You need time to study issues that weren’t fully explored. Later in the week might be more favorable for decisionmaking. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) A new development could snarl travel schedules or other holiday-linked projects. Some flexibility might be called for to deal with the problems before they get too far out of hand. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) Relatives seek your advice on a matter you’d rather not be involved in. If so, use that sage Sagittarian tact to decline the “offer,” so that no one’s feelings are needlessly hurt. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) A shift in planning direction might help you speed up your progress toward achieving that long-planned goal. Trusted colleagues are ready to offer some valuable support. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) An unexpected demand for settlement of an old loan could create some pre-holiday anxiety. But you might not really owe it. Check your records thoroughly before remitting payment. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) It’s a good time to get into the social swim and enjoy some well-earned fun and games with those closest to you before you have to resume more serious activities next week. BORN THIS WEEK: Your ability to sense the needs of others makes you a wise counselor for those seeking help with their problems. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Make new friends, they are silver, gold If wealth makes many friends, Colorado is just about the most popular state in the nation. The state’s mineral wealth is legendary. According to WesternMiningHistory. com, Colorado ranks second among the gold-producing states. Nearly 75 percent of the nation’s all-time gold production yields occurred in only five states. In order of dominance, those states are California, Colorado, South Dakota, Alaska and Nevada. “Since 1859, Colorado Mines have produced about 45 million ounces of Gold,” says the Mineral Information Institute (MII). “Colorado’s largest gold discovery was the Cripple Creek district in 1893. This one district alone produced over 22 million ounces of gold. The Cripple Creek district contains the sole remaining gold mine in Colorado with an estimated annual production of 240,000 ounces in 2000.” In addition, MII notes that Colorado is also blessed by Molybdenum, Uranium, aquamarine, rhodochrosite, beryl and even diamond gemstones. “Diamonds were discovered in 1975.
The Kelsey Lake Mine in Larimer County began commercial production in 1996 and quickly produced some outstanding gem quality diamonds — as large as 14 and 26 carats,” says MII’s Colorado state mineral production summary. But you must not forget about silver. “From 1887 to 1893 Aspen was the richest silver mining area in the US. It boasted six newspapers, two banks, a water works, telephone service and the distinction of being one of the first towns in America to run on electricity,” writes Bruce Caughey and Dean Winstanley in their 1989 book, The Colorado Guide. “During this heyday, Jerome Wheeler built the Wheeler Opera House and the magnificent Aspen
showpiece, the Hotel Jerome. The hotel opened on Thanksgiving eve 1889 with Aspen’s biggest social event to date. Guests came from as far away as Europe; and for perhaps the first time in their lives, miners spruced up with starched shirts, top hats – and bay rum. This soiree helped bring Aspen into the national spotlight, but the attention was short lived.” By 1893, silver had been “demonetized” and prices for the metal fell like a rock. “Within a week the mines had closed and people were moving out. The Smuggler II Mine on Smuggler Mountain managed to stay open for while longer, and in 1894 produced the largest silver nugget in the world weighing in at over a ton. But not even the richest Silver mine in the world could afford to stay open,” wrote Caughey and Winstanley. The claim to being the largest silver nugget in the world is disputed but a number of big silver chunks were pulled out of Aspen mines including a 1840-pound beauty from the Mollie Gibson in 1893 and the aforementioned nugget from the Smuggler II weighing in at 2,054 pounds. The nugget from the Smuggler was 93
percent pure silver. (A 2,750 pound silver monster was reportedly pulled from a mine in Sonora, Mexico in 1821 and was later “appropriated” by the Spanish Government.) The largest gold nugget in Colorado is claimed by folks from the Breckenridge area in the form of “Tom’s Baby.” Tom Groves, according to lore, strolled into town one July day in 1887, cradling a 13.5-pound gold nugget, wrapped in blanket. The nugget was sent on to Denver and appeared and disappeared several times over the next 85 years, but the nugget (minus nearly five pounds) resurfaced in 1972 when the State Historical Museum discovered “Tom’s Baby” among gold specimens deposited in a Denver bank in 1926. One other important mineral of note found in Colorado is marble. The largest single slab of marble ever found weighed 100.8 tons and was quarried in Yule, Colorado. A portion of that slab was cut for use as the copingstone at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Six degrees of John F. Kennedy — and me You know that old six degrees of separation theory? It applies to me and former President John F. Kennedy. I intend to prove that JFK and I are joined at the hip in ways that can only be defined as coincidence or happenstance. Nov. 22 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Kennedy. He was assassinated in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open motorcade. Kennedy and the rest of his family have always fascinated me. There was a time when the Kennedy clan was like American royalty. Many folks from all over the world are still fascinated by the family. I was born the year Kennedy died. In a strange way I always felt a connection to him for that very reason. Redlands, where I grew up in southern California, has maintained an eternal flame in honor of JFK these many years. Every time I passed by that monument along Redlands Boulevard I thought about the meaning of Kennedy’s words that are etched on a sign near the flame; “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” It
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Seems things have changed a bit in that regard in recent years. I became even more intrigued with JFK when I moved to Colorado in 2001 and discovered something new about our 35th president. The day I was born, June 5, 1963, at then Sandia Base in Albuquerque, Kennedy was 275 miles away in Colorado Springs. June 5, 1963 was a busy day for JFK. He made one of his patented whirlwind trips, going from Colorado Springs to New Mexico and then onto Texas for he evening. He arrived at Peterson Field the morning of June 5 at 9:15 a.m. in a silver Boeing 707.
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He was wearing a blue suit, light blue silk tie, and carrying a grey hat. Also with him was his custom built 1961 Lincoln Continental four door convertible limousine. JFK was flown by marine helicopter (with his limousine) to the Air Force Academy, where he landed at 9:45 a.m. and was driven around Falcon Stadium twice as the crowd hollered and waved. He gave a 15-minute speech to the 493 graduates and a crowd of more than 30,000. He handed out diplomas to the top 25 graduates. He was also presented with an honorary Academy diploma. “You are graduating into the most demanding career of any officer corp. in the history of this country,” Kennedy told the Cadets. After finishing his speech, he rode in his limousine - the same car he was assassinated in five-and-a-half months later — down Nevada Ave on his way to ENT Air Force Base to get a briefing at NORAD (its home at the time). He was accompanied by a 12-car motorcade and two press buses. An honor guard of 800 soldiers from Fort Carson lined the route.
It had been reported that crowds could get a glimpse of the president at the corner of Nevada and Platte. More than 1,000 onlookers gathered near the statue of General Palmer to get a look at the President as JFK rode by and waved. He was scheduled to pass by at 11:35 a.m., but arrived shortly before noon. JFK was driven back to Peterson at 1:10 p.m. and then flew by fighter jet to White Sands Missile Base in White Sands, New Mexico (about 200 miles from Albuquerque). He watched missiles being launched, and then flew to El Paso Texas, for an engagement that evening. While I was only a mere few hours old at the time, this was the start of my 50-year connection to Kennedy. As mentioned earlier, I was born at Sandia Base. My dad, Jack, was stationed there. I lived there for only a few months while he was finishing his stint in the army. My mother, Ruth, still tells the story of
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A rocky tale of gravel Perhaps you know about the big gravel pit at Midland, near the entrance to Mueller State Park. Did you know a lot of it was taken to Kansas and Nebraska? That disintegrated granite found in the slopes of Pikes Peak was the best ballast in the world and the entire Rock Island system used it! Starting in the 1900s, the Rock Island railroad started buying it to use in their track. Ballast is the rocky material you see under the railroad’s ties. It helps cushion the track, as well as help keep the track dry after rains and snows. This was a real problem out in the Great Plains. A certain Harry Mudge, who worked in the offices of the Colorado Midland for many of its early years, went to work the Rock Island. He became a vice president in their operating department. He returned to the area in the early 1900s looking for rocks! A special train of four cars bearing Mudge and the other Rock Island officials left Colorado Springs for a trip up Ute Pass. Familiar with the area, Mudge probably pointed out areas where the gravel was quite visible. A few days later they returned to Chicago with their answer. After returning to Chicago, contracts were drawn up for the railroad’s purchase of the red gravel. Several quarries were to be developed. One was just below Cascade, another east of Divide and the one at Midland. The Rock Island sent empty cars to Colorado Springs, which was taken to the quarries. The one at Cascade only
lasted a few months, but the other two were the real treasures. The stone was hauled as far east as Illinois, but most was in Iowa and Kansas. The Rock Island bought the gravel until 1949 when the Midland Terminal closed. They bought hundreds of cars of the red rock every year. The railroad is for the most part still there, but under different names. The Rock island closed in the 1970s. The science of railroads has changed, and this rock has been replaced with better kinds. The Union Pacific likes rocks from the mountains west of Cheyenne. The Santa Fe bought waste rock from the steel mill in Pueblo and even owned an ancient dormant volcano in New Mexico! The pit at Midland was reopened a few years ago. Teller County even gets rock from a spot on County 67 near the old tunnel a few miles down the road. The rock finds a lot of use. It has been used to fill holes from last summer’s rain.
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Collecting Barbie dolls still brings me joy Sometimes I wish I could go back to the days when I was 6 and my biggest problem was what kind of dress to put on Barbie or whether or not I had enough Legos to build a fort. — Unknown It began with a Skipper … I would consider myself a collector – not a hoarder, mind you – a real collector. I have an owl collection, an ever-growing coffee-cup collection, a big collection of books and one huge doll collection. My favorite dolls in this collection are my vintage Barbie dolls – hands down. I guess you could say, “I’m into Barbie!” I love to buy these dolls and find cute (sometimes vintage) outfits for them to wear. Finding them can be costly — but it’s worth it to me because they bring me joy. Midge and Barbie. The most-prized part of my Barbie collection are the early Barbie dolls: Barbie’s bestie, Midge; of course, Barbie’s BF, Ken; and Barbie’s little sister, Skipper. My passion for Barbie started as a child. My first Barbie doll that I got in the 1970s was Ballerina Barbie. I also had the ’70s Barbie and Superstar Barbie. In the 1980s, I added Western Barbie and Parisian Barbie to my collection. I had her dream house, too. When I was about 14 – about the time my interest in boys took root – I sold all my Barbies at a garage sale. It was a decision I deeply regretted later in life. When I was in my late 20s, I started buying all my childhood dolls back. Thanks to
eBay. But my greatest find… the one that ignited my old flame for Barbie took place in the late 1990s while shopping in Omaha’s Old Market. I was in a little vintage clothes shop, sifting through 1960s garments, when I spied a glass case. One item in particular – a small doll in a red bathing suit – caught my eye. I peered at her little face, her eyes looking to the side. It was Skipper from the early ‘60s. I bought her for $60, an outrageous sum for me to be paying. But my Barbie love ran deep. To me — despite the temporary hardship that resulted from the purchase — the doll was a steal. She also came with a stand and a pink dress. I took her home and placed her on my bookshelf in my little apartment. Soon after, I began buying and receiving all sorts of Barbies. One of my favorites was a Marilyn Monroe-styled Barbie. And like most young women in the 1990s, I was infatuated with Marilyn. I had
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor: Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Good advice. And applicable to LewisPalmer School District 38. Citizens living in Lewis-Palmer School District 38 sent a clear message to the D38 Leadership Team that they want accountability and collaborative change by soundly defeating ballot Issue 3A. Lewis-Palmer School District Superintendent John Borman announced his retirement on Nov. 14. A good first step and the right thing for a leader to do. But the transformation to a better managed Lewis-Palmer School District requires more change. Since 2007, on Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Wangeman’s watch, three D38 Superintendents have resigned. Additionally, she led three failed Mill Levy Override initiatives as the sole solution to D38’s financial challenges. Ms. Wangeman’s failure to manage D38’s financial investment portfolio and bonds will burden the district with
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the time she “saw the back of Kennedy’s head” while waiting for him to pass by in his limousine when he was on a visit to Sandia Base in December 1962. She was three months pregnant with me at the time. “I bent over because I was feeling sick, looked up, and Kennedy had already passed by,” my mother says. “I couldn’t believe I missed seeing his face. I’ll never forget that.” We moved to Las Vegas (Nevada) in September 1963 (for only a month). Kennedy was in Las Vegas that September, speaking to a group on the conservation of natural resources. From there, we moved to Southern California, where I spent most of my life until moving to Colorado Springs. We were living in Montclair in 1968 when Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles at the Ambassador Hotel - 30 miles to the west. It happened shortly after midnight on - you guessed it - June 5. When I was 7 years old, I moved with my parents and sister, Sherry, to the quaint little town of Redlands. Along Redlands Blvd. — a pretty stretch of highway with
$330,000 in yearly interest payments until 2031. In short, Ms. Wangeman has not demonstrated the vision and competence to lead D38 out of its long-standing financial problems. She should follow Mr. Borman’s lead and immediately resign to ensure residents, businesses, taxpayers, and especially our students are ably represented in D-38 governance and fiscal policy decisions. Governor’s Hickenlooper’s proposed education budget for 2014-15 was recently released. It shows that per pupil funding for D-38 will increase from $6,310.81 to $6,523.61 — a 3.37 percent increase. Using this number and the funded pupil count from the latest district dashboard (for September 2013), the increase in Total Program Funding to the school district (excluding Monument Academy) will be just under $1.08 million. We can’t allow this money to be mismanaged. It’s time for D38 citizens to again stand up and speak out. Our kids deserve nothing less. Ana C. Konduris Monument
a view of the San Bernardino Mountains on one side and lush orange groves and rolling hills on the other — is the eternal flame that still burns bright 24/7. I graduated from Long Beach State in 1985 and made my first trip to the east coast with three friends. We saw baseball games in New York, Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia. We also visited Arlington National Cemetery. I remember that long walk to JFK’s grave and the eternal flame that burns next to it. If you have ever been in the cemetery, you know that it is a scared place. People honor our fallen heroes by keeping their talk to a low whisper. By the time I got to Kennedy’s resting place I was overcome with emotion. Over the last 28 years, I have taken several trips to Washington D.C., and each time visited Arlington National Cemetery. I’ve taken my now 19-year-old son, Garrison, to Kennedy’s grave on several occasions. Maybe my connection with JFK is just a series of coincidences, or maybe it all means something much more than I will ever know. Regardless, I think it’s kind of cool. You can watch footage of JFK’s trip to Colorado Springs by going to www.youtube.com and typing in Kennedy, Colorado Springs, June 5.
Two of the dolls from my collection, Skipper and Barbie in their early years. Photo by Stephanie Ogren all things Marilyn from shirts to photographs. This doll. This Barbie. This Marilyn Monroe Barbie was perfect. Before I (and my wallet) knew it, I had a vintage collection of the blond bombshell Barbie. I’ve shown my collection to women’s clubs and groups. She’s always a hit. It shows Barbie’s universal appeal to women of all ages. Some might say that Barbie’s figure and
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appearance may taint the minds of young girls, I don’t agree. Barbie’s intention isn’t to be a poor role model. She’s just a fun doll to have around. Like an old friend, she’s always there for you. Stephanie Ogren is married and has two children. She is employed at Colorado Community Media as the lead editorial page designer and a copy editor
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Dog park at Fox Run opened Friday Staff report The dog park at Fox Run Regional Park officially opened at 4 p.m. on Nov. 22, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The public and their pooches were welcome to attend. The new facility is a 5-acre fenced area for dogs to roam off-leash. The dog park was added to Fox Run Regional Park’s Master Plan at the request of citizens who wanted a safe place to let their dogs run and play off-leash. Dog parks have proven to be popular, as one of the county’s most used facilities is the dog park at Bear Creek Regional Park. “It’s nice to see progress continuing to be made after the fire. The dog park is a great example of the community and county working together to provide a very important quality of life amenity for dog owners in northern El Paso County,” said District 1 Commissioner Darryl Glenn, whose district includes Fox Run Regional Park. Glenn will host the ribbon cutting on Friday. The dog park’s completion and opening were delayed by this summer’s fire and flash flooding. Hueberger Motors donated to the dog park through the successful Partners In The Park program. Volunteers with Friends of Fox Run Regional Park also donated $2,500 for the project through fundraising efforts.
Dogs from all over Northern El Paso County were beside themselves, as they eagerly awaited the opening of the new dog park in Fox Run Regional Park. Photo by Rob Carrigan “We’d like to give a special bark out to Hueberger Motors and to our park volunteers for their generous donations,” said Dana Nordstrom, Community Outreach
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The holiday season is known for many things, not the least of which is all those special treats that find their way onto holiday tables each year. Though moderation should reign when indulging in delicious holiday treats, what would the season be without a few extra cookies and confections? Baking is popular come the holiday season, and the following recipe for “Triple-Chocolate Cookies” from Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage’s “Chocolate Obsession” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) is sure to add some joy to an already festive time of year. Triple-Chocolate Cookies Makes about 48 cookies 7 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour 11/2 ounces unsweetened natural cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 6 ounces unsalted butter with 82 percent butterfat, at room temperature 31/2 ounces granulated cane sugar 41/2 ounces dark brown cane sugar 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 Tahitian vanilla bean, split horizontally 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel in fine grains 3 ounces 41 percent milk chocolate, roughly chopped 3 ounces 65 percent chocolate, roughly chopped
To make the dough: Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together in a bowl. Set aside. Put the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Add both sugars and the vanilla extract. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the bowl. Sprinkle the salt over the top. Beat on medium speed just until combined. Reduce the speed to low. Add the dry ingredients in three additions, pulsing the mixer to incorporate each addition before adding the next one. Pulse just until a crumbly dough forms. Add both chopped chocolates and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead a few times to incorporate any crumbs. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a log about 11/4 inches in diameter and 12 inches long. As you roll, gently push the ends toward the center occasionally to prevent air pockets from forming and to keep the logs at an even
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Mental illness puts burden on ERs, jails Trouble caused by cuts has rippled outward
that a study of emergency room intakes has indicated that patients often stabilize within 48 hours, and that long-term mental health beds aren’t necessarily what’s needed most. “We view the introduction of an expanded crisis stabilization service across the state as being a very important first step to address the most pressing behavioral health needs of Coloradans,” Fox says. But many of the doctors and professionals working on the front lines of the crisis say the money isn’t enough to fill a yawning gap in services to prevent and treat mental illness.
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I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS They’re victims of car accidents, they’ve been shot, or they threatened their parents. They have overdosed on cocaine, swallowed too many pills or passed out drunk. On an average Friday or Saturday night, they can make up about half of the sick, injured and wounded crowding the rooms and hallways of the emergency department at Denver Health. And there’s one trait these patients have in common, says Dr. Chris Colwell, director of the department. Had they received needed prior treatment, they might not be there at all. These ER visitors, for all their outward signs of trauma, suffer foremost from mental illness. “The emergency room could have been avoided if they had gotten psychiatric care anywhere else,” he says. Colwell believes uncontrolled behavioral health problems were also at the root of two events that he experienced up close: The mass murders at Columbine High School in 1999 and in Aurora in 2012. He was a physician on the scene at Columbine and also treated patients from the Aurora shooting. “For every one of those that were a big high-profile event that everybody knows about,” says Colwell, “there’s a hundred that were either near misses … or resulted
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A look back across three decades shows that public-sector funding for mental health services in Colorado hasn’t kept up with demand. Per-capita spending on mental health An ambulance arrives at Denver Health’s emergency department on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, where the director say the services in the state, when adjusted by the unit is seeing an unprecedented number of people landing in the emergency room with underlying mental illnesses. medical rate of inflation, dropped 28 per(Joe Mahoney/I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS) Photos by I-NEWS AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS cent from 1981 to 1990, according to data collected by the National State Mental in violence, just not to the same extent.” be put into modernizing treatment at the Health Program Directors Research InstiAs inpatient psychiatric beds have dis- two public mental health institutes, Fort tute Inc., or NRI. appeared across the state, he’s watched the Logan in Denver and Pueblo, boosting inFederal budget cuts and an economic problem get worse. patient capacity and other services, result- crisis in Colorado during the 1980s con“I don’t think people understand the ing in an overall 13.5 percent increase for spired to suck funding from state psychicrisis that we’re in,” he says. behavioral health care in fiscal year 2013- atric hospitals and community mental health centers. And cuts made in that deAn initiative put forward by Gov. John 2014. Hickenlooper in December 2012 — five The money is needed, say state officials, cade were never recovered. In 2010, the months after the Aurora theater shootings health-care providers and advocates for state spent the equivalent of 20 percent — and signed into law earlier this year is the mentally ill, to ease pressure on emer- less per person on mental health services than it did in 1981, according to NRI data. intended to improve mental health servic- gency rooms and jails. The persistent funding shortfall long es in the state by putting nearly $20 million Patrick Fox, an official for the Colointo walk-in crisis centers and a statewide rado Department of Human Services who Illness continues on Page 13 hotline. Additional state funding will also oversees the two state institutes, says
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Wagner helped document the star for designation By Rob Carrigan
or the 78th year, the Palmer Lake Star will again shine from Sundance Mountain and decorate the front range for the Christmas season. This is the first year the star is listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. Unfortunately, Tim Wagner, who was instrumental in work that enabled that designation, won’t be able to share in the success in Palmer Lake this year. “I was a member of the Palmer Lake Historical Society Board with honor of preparing the star’s nomination for the register. Many folks assisted me including Tim Wagner, a Palmer Lake surveyor who completed a comprehensive survey of the star back in January 2009. Additionally, just before I met with the State Historical Preservation Board, Tim helped me answer several last minute questions they asked me. Sadly and suddenly, Tim passed away on January 20, 2013, two days after the board unanimously voted to list the Palmer Lake Star as a prestigious Colorado historical site, “ Jack Anthony said. “Tim Wagner’s 2009 survey was comprehensive and required him to traipse all over Sundance Mountain with his survey gear. The five-point Palmer Lake Star is comprised of 91 40-watt vibration resistant light bulbs and is built on a 14-acre site on Sundance Mountain. Tim determined Sundance had a 58 percent slope. He sure verified that steepness as he learned every inch of the star. Tim precisely determined the star 404.8 feet tall, 457.3 feet wide and 434.3 feet on the diagonal. He stepped Wagner continues on Page 15
Softness in hard times, light in dark days By Rob Carrigan
email@example.com In the most difficult of times, some people show a certain softness. From darkness, light can appear spontaneously. Maybe it is as Eleanor Roosevelt said in the depths of the Depression, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” Folks in Palmer Lake, seem to have taken that to heart years ago. Every morning in December, if one turns North toward Denver, they will be guided by the huge lighted star on Sundance Mountain. Every night of the season until Jan. 1, everyone can see it on the steep slope to the Northwest. “In 1935, during the dark days of the Great Depression, the former railroad company town of Palmer Lake found a way to light the holidays, beginning a tradition that continues today,” wrote Cathleen Norman in a 2008 story in The Denver Post. “The 500-foot, five-point Palmer Lake Christmas star is the bright idea of B.E. Jack, who managed the Mountain Utilities electric company. He teamed up with Sloan’s Cafe owner Bert Sloan, who saw the idea as a way to draw drivers to his restaurant near Colorado 105, a popular route between Denver and Colorado Springs.” Norman quoted Sloan in her story. “We tried to keep the town from dying, and make it a good place to live. We wanted to do something the town could Light continues on Page 15
Tim Wagner in January of 2009, at the top of the star. Photo courtesy of Joy Wagner
Tim Wagner’s wife Joy says the work Tim did to help out with the star’s historic designation was just part of what he needed to do to give back to the community. Photo by Rob Carrigan
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ago made jails and prisons the primary residential treatment centers for the mentally ill in Colorado, clogged emergency rooms, boosted medical expenses across the board, and expanded the ranks of the homeless on the streets of Denver and other cities. Eric Brown, a spokesman for the governor’s office, said that the new plan will help keep people from falling through the cracks. “There’s no way to make up all of the funding deficiencies and implement new programs in a short period,” Brown said, adding that it will take time and commitment.
Reagan played role
Two national policy shifts and an oil shale bust were behind the drop in funding in the 1980s. President Ronald Reagan took office at the start of the decade on a pledge to limit government spending. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 ranked among his first triumphs, cutting costs in part by transforming funding for mental health services into block grants to the states. In Colorado, those grants didn’t keep up with rising costs. Less than a year after this national legislation was passed, on May 2, 1982, Exxon pulled out of its oil shale operations in the Western Slope. Known as Black Sunday, the move foretold a massive bust in Colorado’s energy sector, triggering a recession and a decline in state tax revenue. Mental health services weren’t alone in suffering cutbacks — but the effects were stark. The state budget crisis took hold just as a broader philosophical shift was transforming the way mental health services were provided across the country. Legislation signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 had called for the funding of community mental health centers, and initiated a broader discussion about the role of large institutions in the treatment of those with mental illness. Youlon Savage led the movement toward deinstitutionalization in Colorado, and was executive director of the first community
mental health center in the state to be funded under Kennedy’s initiative. He says the movement into community-based care was intended to help reduce stigma and promote integration. “Mental illness was no longer manifested by sending people away from home into large institutions,” says Savage. Even the Fort Logan mental health hospital in Denver was conceived as a community center when it opened in the 1960s. Staff didn’t wear uniforms, they worked closely in collaboration with patients who lived in a largely open and unlocked campus, and they made home visits to keep people out of the hospital. But broad slashes to the two state psychiatric hospitals in the 1970s deeply impacted both Fort Logan and Pueblo. By 1980, there were 1,103 public psychiatric beds in Colorado, down from 1,609 a decade earlier. Over the next decades, public beds would continue to disappear, and by 2013, the two state hospitals had only 545 beds. It wasn’t only the beds but the staffing and services that disappeared — services like home visits, community outreach and vocational training. “Fort Logan used to do all the things that the community mental health centers are supposed to be doing,” says Rebecca Watt, a former nurse at the hospital who believes that budget cuts have damaged the facility’s ability to treat its patients. The units for the elderly, children and teens at Fort Logan were among the most recent to close, in 2009. Recently, there were 38 people waiting for beds at Fort Logan and Pueblo, according to the Department of Human Services. The average wait time varies between eight and 25 days.
Local centers strapped
As the money moved out of the state hospitals, community mental health centers say they never got the funding they needed to take up the slack. Harriet Hall, the chief executive of Jefferson Mental Health Center, says facilities like hers sometimes got a boost from the state when the hospitals’ budgets were cut. But often, they got nothing. “It was never like, we’ll just transfer this money to the communities from the hospi-
tals,” says Hall. Hall and others who lead the state’s 17 nonprofit community mental health centers say that with adequate funding they can provide much better services than the large institutions ever did — by giving the routine care people need to stay integrated within the community and out of costly hospital stays. But, they say, there are gaps in the services they can realistically provide, given their tight budgets. “There’s still kind of a dearth of options for folks who have genuinely long-term needs, and (whose illnesses are) a bit more severe than nursing home placement or return to home allows,” says Liz Hickman, who heads the Centennial Mental Health Center, which serves rural communities in northeastern Colorado. What’s more, nonprofit community mental health centers say state funding doesn’t provide for the treatment of those without some form of public or private insurance or other payment source. Randy Stith, who heads the Aurora Mental Health Center, says that leaves them with no choice but to tell indigent patients to go to the emergency room for care. “We’re referring people to the emergency
room off the streets pretty regularly,” says Stith. “It’s costly but that’s what you do.” At Denver Health, Colwell describes having to board psychiatric patients in the emergency room. On a typical night, as many as 10 or 15 beds may be taken up by people who are waiting for psychiatric services, while the psychiatrists on staff at the hospital are overwhelmed with other cases. Those who pose a risk to themselves or others may be admitted to the psychiatric emergency department. Dr. Kimberly Nordstrom, the medical director of that department, says more and more of the patients she sees don’t have primary care providers. That often means that she can’t prescribe medications — with their uncertain side effects and tailored dosing needs — even to those who are very ill. “I can’t start medicine with somebody who’s not going to be seen for six months,” Nordstrom explains. Others, says Colwell, are at the brink of posing a risk to the community or themselves — but aren’t there yet. “Once their physical problems are taken care of, we can’t keep them,” says Colwell. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be coming back.
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USA Pro Cycling Challenge coming to area in 2014 Woodland Park will host a stage; Colorado Springs will host a circuit race By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com Downtown Colorado Springs and Woodland Park will be the places to be locally when the nation’s most prestigious cycling race comes to the Pikes Peak region in 2014. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, America’s premier road race, will have a circuit race in Colorado Springs on Aug. 21 and begin a stage in Woodland Park on Aug. 22. “It’s been great in the past when it’s come to town and I see no reason why it won’t get a lot of people excited next year,” said Nick Pansor, owner of Criterium Bicycles in Colorado Springs. “It gets a lot of people thinking about road biking.” Woodland Park will be the starting point of Stage 5 of the seven-stage event that takes place Aug. 18-24. The even came through Woodland Park in 2011 and 2012 and was well attended. Woodland Park city manager David Buttery estimated that as many as 5,500 people lined up along Highway 24 when the race came through town in 2012. He believes that many more will make their way up Ute Pass to see the start and then follow the riders to Breckenridge - the ending point for that day’s stage. Those kinds of numbers make a guy like Pansor happy he is in the bicycle business. “When the event comes through town
we definitely get an influx of people looking for road bikes than we usually do,” Pansor said. “We usually sell a lot of road bikes the start of the year and then it tapers down. But there will definitely be a lot more interest when the pro riders come to town.” Joe Grossi is manager of Bicycle Village Colorado Springs location. Bicycle Village is the biggest bicycle chain in the state and has vowed to be involved in each stage of the race. “This kind of event is a great thing for the area,” Grossi said. “People follow these riders all over the state. The fact that they will be right here in our own backyard is a big deal. “I know that I’m going to do everything I can to be at the Woodland Park stage. The 2014 event will feature its first mountaintop finish with a stage ending atop Monarch Mountain west of Salida. With a base elevation of 10,790 feet, it will be the highest stage in North America. Race officials unveiled host cities Nov. 4 and are leaving it to fans to determine the final stage route. The host cities and stages are: Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 18 - Aspen Circuit Race. Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 19 - Aspen to Mount Crested Butte. Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 20 - Gunnison to Monarch Mountain. Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 21 - Colorado Springs Circuit Race. Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 22 - Woodland Park to Breckenridge. Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 23 - Vail Individual Time Trial.
An exhilarating experience for professional cyclists, more than 200 of them will come charging through Woodland Park during the Sprint phase of USA Pro Challenge Aug. 24. It’s a no-blink viewing bonus that day, but the city of Woodland Park is throwing a week-long party to celebrate. This photo was taken during the 2011 challenge in Colorado Springs. Courtesy photo Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 24 - to be determined. Online voting at www.prochallenge. com/PickStage7 will determine the finish. The options are: Denver circuit race similar to this year’s; Golden to Denver; Boulder to Denver; Boulder to Golden. Some of the elite cyclists have long lobbied for a mountaintop finish.
“Colorado has some of the most beautiful mountains in the world and the USA Pro Challenge draws some of the best riders in the world, so it makes perfect sense to add in a challenging mountaintop finish,” said Tom Danielson of Team Garmin-Sharp. Colorado Springs and Woodland Park have already assembled local organizing committees for the race.
School chiefs share concerns at forum Funding, testing, reform among issues discussed By Vic Vela
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Concerns over funding, student and teacher assessment testing and parental involvement were among the many issues that were tackled by 10 superintendents during “The State of Our Districts” forum that was held inside the Denver Center for Performing Arts. The timing of the forum, which was put on by the Public Education & Business Coalition, was apt. It was two weeks removed from an election where a major, statewide school funding initiative was rejected by voters.
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Superintendents who supported Amendment 66 — which sought to overhaul public school funding by way of a considerable tax hike — are still stinging from the defeat, as they continue to deal with budget shortfalls. “Opportunities for kids across the state should not be determined by the property tax in their area,” said Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg. Not everyone was upset over Amendment 66���s failure. Douglas County Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen said that full-day kindergarten — one of the key sell-
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be proud of for many years, and the star did just that.” According to a story penned by Rod VanVelson and Jane VanVelson Potts in 1980 for the Palmer Lake Historical Society, “After coffee Mr. Jack took Bert for a ride and stopped about 10 miles south of town. Mr. Jack explained how he had visualized a giant star on Sundance Mountain that would be noticeable for miles. He felt such a star would be Palmer Lake’s contribution for many future holiday seasons. Bert agreed and knew this novelty would be enjoyed by many because in 1935 the Denver — Colorado Springs highway passed through the town of Palmer Lake. They spent most of that morning driving around looking at Sundance Mountain from different angles trying to imagine how the star would look and discussing the problems of its construction. Both men agreed to discuss this idea of a star with other Palmer Lake residents.” As the story goes, a few days later, Jack gave the exact same tour to Richard Wolf, a linemen in his employ at Palmer Lake an the idea began to take shape as a very real possibility. “Palmer Lake was a small town and the word of a star spread quickly. The back booth at Sloan’s Cafe had often been the favorite gathering spot for the young men of the town. They spent several summer evenings discussing and drawing plans over this back table before the actual work got underway. C. E. Rader, another Mountain Utilities lineman, drew the electrical wiring plans, as this was his line of work,” wrote VanVelson and Potts. “Most of the construction organization was left to Bert Sloan, Richard Wolf, C. E.
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up with his survey skills and passion for the star and helped ensure we were ready for the board with impressive data. Using Tim’s survey data I can say the Palmer Lake Star is the largest outdoor star in the world.” The Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s annual chili supper and star lighting is scheduled for Nov. 30 at the town hall. Anthony created a pamphlet to com-
Rader and Byron Medlock, all residents of Palmer Lake. Because of his surveying experience Byron Medlock assumed responsibility for planning the size and layout of the star. Mr. Jack was physically unable to climb and work with the younger men but it was Mr. Jack who convinced Mountain Utilities to contribute used poles and cable for this worthwhile project. He gladly advised the volunteer crew and made available much of the necessary equipment. Sundance Mountain was a perfect place for the star but posed a real challenge. The 60 percent slope with its underbrush, yucca and rocks made working conditions difficult.” Most of the work was done by hand, with many of the posts set in concrete because of the shallow depth of rock on the mountain. The concrete was mixed by hand and carried up in buckets. “Finding time to work on the star was difficult since most of the men worked six or seven days a week. Many late evenings and Sundays were spent completing the task. Finding time was especially hard for Bert because summer weekends were the busiest time of all in the cafe. Nevertheless he found time as did Richard, Byron, C. E. Rader, Gilbert Wolf, Floyd Bellinger, George Sill, Jess Kruger and many other townspeople.” Perhaps one of the truest heroes of the process was not a man however, or even human. “One avid worker during the building of the star who deserves mention was Bert’s dog, a German shepherd, named Dizzy after Dizzy Dean the famous baseball player of that era. Dizzy was Bert’s constant companion. Bert made a small pack that he strapped to Dizzy. As the crews worked and moved about the mountainside Dizzy carried supplies from one group to another. Everything from hammers to electrical wire and even light bulbs were placed in
memorate Wagner’s contribution. “I dedicate the pamphlet to the memory of Tim Wagner, who knows the star like no one else and who today gazes upon it from heaven above.” Tim’s wife, Joy says Tim would have been very excited to share in the success. “He was a very giving person.” Joy said. “It was one of his Legacy projects,” adding that he also was working to document rights of way for Palmer Lake all the way from the railroad bridge in Monument through town. Tim was very proud to have earlier located the long lost center section marker for Palmer Lake Section 5, marked originally when the town was laid out in 1886.
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Public Notice TOWN OF MONUMENT ORDINANCE NO. 23-2013 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 17.56.050 – DEFINITIONS, SECTION 17.48.210 – TEMPORARY USES, SECTION 17.40.220 – MINOR AMENDMENT REQUESTS, AND SECTION 17.68 – NONCONFORMING USES INTRODUCED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 18th day of November, 2013 by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Monument by a vote of 7 for and 0 against. Legal Notice No.: 932190 First Publication: November 27, 2013 Last Publication: November 27, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune
Government Legals Public Notice TOWN OF MONUMENT ORDINANCE NO. 25-2013 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 1.20.010 OF THE TOWN CODE REGARDING GENERAL PENALTIES – CONTINUING VIOLATIONS PURSUANT TO COLORADO REVISED STATUTES 13-10-113 INTRODUCED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 18th day of November, 2013 by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Monument by a vote of 7 for and 0 against the Ordinance. Legal Notice No.: 932191 First Publication: November 27, 2013 Last Publication: November 27, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune
PUBLIC NOTICE LEWIS-PALMER SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 38 BOARD OF EDUCATION VACANCY SCHOOL DIRECTOR DISTRICT NO. 1 The Board of Education of Lewis-Palmer School District No. 38 will receive applications from eligible voters residing in School Director District No. 1 to fill a vacancy on the Board. The completed application should include a letter of intent, a resume, and written answers to a questionnaire. This questionnaire can be found on the District website or may be obtained from the Superintendent’s office. All applications must be received in the Superintendent’s office prior to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013. They may be hand delivered to 146 Jefferson Street or mailed to Lewis-Palmer Board of Education, Attention: District 1 Applications, P.O. Box 40, Monument, CO 80132. The Board will tentatively interview prospective candidates at a special public meeting to be convened on either Friday, December 13, 2013, or Saturday, December 14, 2013. For further information about the application process call (719) 481-9546. /s/Robb Pike Secretary, Board of Education Lewis-Palmer School District No. 38 Monument, Colorado Legal Notice No.: 932192 First Publication: November 27, 2013 Last Publication: December 4, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune
Dizzy’s pack. A short whistle or a call of his name and ‘Ol Diz was soon there with energy left over.” Beginning in 1936, the star has been lit each year from Dec. 1 until Jan. 1. The star is also lit on the Memorial Day weekend. Except for blackout purposes during World War II, the star has shined brightly since 1935. “In the beginning, the city paid for the electricity until Dec. 15, while Mountain Utilities donated it for the rest of the month. This arrangement lasted for several years. In 1937, the Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department became custodian of the star while the city contributed financial support. The custody and maintenance of the star today still rests with the Volunteer Fire Department. Funds to maintain the star are partly raised at a widely attended annual ‘chili supper’ hosted by the PLVFD.” According to the Palmer Lake Historical Society account, revised in 2008 by Rogers Davis and H. Edwards, “The cable, wiring and posts of the original star survived the tests of time until 1976. At that time as part of the bicentennial, Col. Carl Frederick Duffner, a Palmer Lake resident,
spearheaded a fund raising campaign to replace the posts and rewire the star. This time rather than Bert, Richard, Dizzy and the rest carrying every ounce of equipment up the mountainside a helicopter airlifted the new wire and steel posts. The original cable installed in 1935 did not need to be replaced. Wet concrete was airlifted rather than carried up the mountain in buckets. This 1976 airlift of equipment took three hours compared to more than three months of labor in 1935. In 2002, the star needed renovation once again. Project Engineer Todd Bell led a community project to rebuild the star. The 50-plus volunteers came from the fire department, Historical Society, town officials and citizens of the Tri-Lakes area. This renovation involved replacing the electrical wiring and other major components. A new automated controller complying with the American With Disabilities Act allows remote control operation of the star. A new type of connector was installed on all sockets to prevent wire damage and also allow bulb positioning adjustments. The lights were repositioned for symmetry and another bulb was added for a new total of 92.”
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superintendents could relate. For example, Adams 12 Five Star Schools Superintendent Chris Gdowski said that abiding by certain online assessment standards means that the district has to come up with up to $15 million to ensure that its information technology systems can adequately support the testing. “It’s a classic example of wanting well-intended outcomes,” Gdowski said. “But, $10 (million) to $15 million is an enormous investment for a district that’s really struggling right now.” Jefferson County Public Schools Super-
intendent Cindy Stevenson talked about those same challenges and how they can result in “tension” among Jeffco teachers. Stevenson said that the district is trying to juggle multiple assessment mandates on a budget that is below 2009 funding levels. “We ask more and more of our teachers and principals and we’re giving them fewer resources,” she said. “We tell them, `Here’s a reform to implement and we’re not going to give you and more resources. By the way, you’ll have new training, as well.’” Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Scott Murphy blasted what he calls the “Washington D.C.-ing of Colorado.” Murphy said that many of the national assessment mandates simply aren’t good fits for every state. “(Those mandates) may not apply to a state that’s rich in agriculture, mining and,
frankly, independence,” he said. One key national assessment mandate that will be implemented next year will be tied to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which will require that K-12 students receive instruction under more rigorous standards. Over the summer, the Douglas County school board rejected implementation of the Common Core standards, opting instead to institute its own. “Common Core standards are not high enough for what we’re aiming for in Douglas County,” said Fagen. Boasberg said he appreciates the standards that are put in place through Common Core, but said that there’s a reality that districts face. “The standards are wonderful,” he said. “But you don’t just wave a magic wand and say to a kid who is struggling to read something in seventh
grade that you should be doing this in fifth grade.” The superintendents were also asked about the challenges associated with getting parents more involved in what’s happening at their schools. Boasberg said that Denver Public Schools reaches out to Spanish-speaking parents through a daily Spanish program, and through a home visit program, where teachers ask parents about their child’s “hopes and dreams and what we can do to help.” Gdowski said that poor parents are highly involved at Adams 12 schools, but acknowledged that there are challenges in fostering greater involvement. “We haven’t quite yet figured out the tools to provide them to support their kids academically,” he said.
CLUBS IN YOUR COMMUNITY 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
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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. WISDOM AND Wealth Master Mind Group Lifting Spirits
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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
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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.
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 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
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.
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Monument Hill Country Club general manager Jim Nodurft, far left, is pictured here with Palmer Ridge High School golfers Devin Brueken and Clay Hurford, as well as Palmer Ridge coach Paul Gagnon. Nodurft is presenting Brueken with a check for $2,592. Photo by Courtesy photo
Palmer Ridge golf team garners more than $6,000 from fundraiser Monument Hill Country Club writes check for more than $2,500 By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com Palmer Ridge boys golf coach Paul Gagnon was all smiles on Nov. 19 when he received a check for $2,592 from Monument Hill Country Club general manager Jim Nodurft. The check was given to the Palmer Ridge team as a result of money raised in its tournament on Oct. 5. Monument Hill returned 90 percent of the green fees back to the program. “We did the tournament in hopes of getting the golf community to rally around the high school golf program,” Gagnon said. “The more opportunities kids have to play and compete the better they get. “Monument Hill was instrumental in helping us get this together. And a lot of thanks goes to the parents of the players and to the local businesses.” Palmer Ridge players Clay Hurford and Devin Brueken were on hand to receive the check from Nodurft. Monument Hill, which is run by northern Californiabased Touchstone Golf, provided food and for the 100 or so golfers who participated in the fund raiser.
Gagnon said that more than $6,000 was raised for the program with much of it coming from hole sponsorships and a silent auction. “We’re going to sit down with the parents and kids and discuss the best way this money can be spent for our program,” Gagnon said. Gagnon mentioned that some money will be reserved to pay swing coach and local pro Dave Arbuckle. Gagnon said the team is also considering a golf trip to Keystone Ranch. “This is great that we’re getting the chance to make some positive things happen,” Gagnon said.
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New look Rangers ready to defend title(s) Lewis-Palmer has a new coach in Bill Benton By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com Lewis-Palmer High School boys’ basketball coach Bill Benton is new to the position, but he is hardly an unfamiliar face to the program. After five seasons as an assistant under Russ McKinstry, Benton was named head coach of the Rangers in June. He was an important cog in Lewis-Palmer’s back-toback Class 4A state championships in 2012 and 2013. “I can’t be Russ,” Benton said. “There is no way I can live up to being Russ McKinstry. I have to go be Bill Benton.” This year’s Rangers’ squad will have a drastically different look from previous seasons. Gone are Division I recruits Josh Scott (Colorado), Jordan Scott (Idaho) and Justin Smith (Idaho State). And while those types of players are never easy to replace, Benton believes he has enough talent wearing black and orange to compete with anybody in the state. “Even though we’re young these guys have been around the program for a while,” Benton said. “We may be a little undersized compared to some of our previous teams, but we’re going to be a lot deeper.” Senior guard Chase Stone is the lone returning starter from last year’s 25-3 team. He was a member of both state title clubs. He averaged 10.2 points per game as a junior and led the team in 3-pointers with 49. “Everybody who comes off the bench will contribute to our games this season,”
Will Lewis-Palmer be adding a fourth golden basketball to its trophy case this season? Only time will tell. The Rangers return three players from last year’s Class 4A state championship team. They are, from left to right, Jonathan Scott, Chase Stone and JT Shepherd. Photo by Danny Summers said Stone, who was not able to play in the state championship game due to illness. “My job this year is to be a leader in practice, score when I need to and just make big plays all around.” Sophomore guard Jonathan Scott will get a starting nod this season. This is the first time he will be playing without one of his brothers. “I’m not a Scott anymore; I’m just me,” Scott said. “I want to contribute in whatever way coach needs me to.” Scott believes the Rangers can make a sixth consecutive trip to the state final four. “If we keep working harder than anyone in the state we’ll get there,” he said. “Maybe even the state championship game again.”
Junior forward J.T Shepherd is the final returning letterman. “There are a lot of kids stepping up to the team who will be a big contribution,” Shepherd said. “I think if we can all come together we’ll have a lot of success.” Among the players expected to play a vital role are sophomore swing man Joe DeCoud and sophomore guard Sam Strasburger. The Rangers open their season Dec. 3 at home against Pueblo Central. They play in the Grand Junction Tournament Dec. 5-7. PALMER RIDGE Nick Mayer returns for another season as the Bears’ head coach. He graduated only two seniors off a club that went 7-16,
1-13 in the PPAC. Among the key returners are juniors Matt Cameron (team-leading 13.8 PPG and 6.8 RPG), Matt Kostenbauer (2.6 PPG) and Clay Hurford (4.7 PPG), and senior Tim Marty (2.8 PPG), Edmund Cameron (4.7 PPG) and Nick Vitwar (2.4 PPG). The Bears open their season Dec. 10 at home against Elizabeth. Palmer Ridge hosts Lewis-Palmer Jan. 10 and plays at Lewis-Palmer Jan. 31. DISCOVERY CANYON George “Juice” German takes over the reins of the Thunder. He replaces John Paul Geniesse, who is working as an assistant college coach in Nebraska. German, who has a long back ground in the Air Force, inherits several lettermen, but no starters, from last year’s team that went 17-8 and advanced to the second round of the 4A state tournament. Among the key returners are seniors Nate Todtenhagen, Peter Call and Alec Wirtjes. The Thunder opens its season Dec. 9 at Kennedy. THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY The Titans went 14-9 last season and lost in the first round of the 3A state basketball tournament to Moffat County, 66-64. Coach Paul; Campbell returns the bulk of his team, including seniors Jason Anderson (team-leading 12.2 PPG and 7 RPG) and shooting guard Ben Hooten (10.2 PPG, 52 3-pointers). Also back are juniors William Ball (5 PPG) and Davey Haddad (3.9 PPG). TCA opens its season Dec. 3 at home against St. Mary’s. The Titans will be playing their last season in 3A. An increase in enrollment means TCA will move up to the 4A Metro League in all sports expect football next winter.
Palmer Ridge lady hoopsters are seasoned veterans Bears went 20-4 last season By Danny Summers
Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com Is this finally the year that the Palmer Ridge High School girls’ basketball team makes a deep run into the postseason? “This year’s team will probably be our strongest ever since I’ve been here,” said senior post Ali Meyer. The Bears have four returning starters, led by Meyer (6-foot-1). She averaged a team-leading 13.5 points per game and 11.9 rebounds. “We’re pretty much a run-and-gun team,” Meyer said. “We like to get up and down the floor. “We’re definitely improving on our outside shooting because we have to do that. At the end of last season teams collapsed on us on the inside and that was where we ran a lot of our plays. We were easy to figure out.” The Bears have been the preeminent Tri-Lakes girls’ power for several years. They were 20-4 last season, 12-2 in the Class 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, but lost to Rifle, 31-25, in the first round of the state playoffs. The Bears’ other three returning starters are seniors Michelle DeCoud (11.6 PPG, 9.0 RPG), Laura McCarthy (4.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG) and Rhyley Lane (7.2 PPG, 4.5 assists per game and 3.6 steals per game). “Teams are always trying to focus on Ali and Michelle,” said Palmer Ridge coach Dennis Coates. “Laura is kind of our undersized forward who can play guard or play
down low and create some problems for the defense.” McCarthy is very optimistic about what the team can accomplish this season. “We have so many dedicated players and we’re all ready to win and we will come back with a bang,” she said. Lane will be the straw that stirs the drink. “She’s not exceptional at any one thing, but she’s very good at everything,” Coates said of Lane. Other players expected to contribute quite a bit are senior Libby Acker, sophomore Courtney Campbell and freshman Sam Ripley. “We have to play great defense and we have to stay healthy and we have to find girls who can break down the outside shots,” Coates said. “ LEWIS-PALMER Coach Joel Babbitt and the Rangers have their work cut out for them this season after losing their top player in Alexa Smith. The volleyball superstar led the Rangers in nearly every category last season - points (9.1), rebounds (10.5), steals (42), assists (26) and blocks (59). Smith, an all-American in volleyball, has decided to concentrate on that sport. The Rangers return four other key players; sophomore Kaila Baca (6.8 PPG, 27 3- pointers), senior Sami Cook (4.8 PPG), senior Courtney Fox (2.7 PPG) and senior Emma Weaver (3.0 PPG). DISCOVERY CANYON The Thunder is coming off a campaign in which it finished 10-14 and advanced to the first round of the 4A state playoffs. It lost to
Palmer Ridge returns four of five starters from last year’s team that won the Class 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference team. Pictured here, from left to right, are Carley Campbell, Laura McCarthy, Ali Meyer, Libby Acker and Sam Ripley. Photo by Danny Summers Evergreen, 39-34. Discovery Canyon returns three starters, led by juniors Jen Scheible (5.7 PPG, 7.1 RPG) and Alex Smith (5.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG). Smith also led the team in steals (59) and assists (53). The other returning starter is junior Katie Hofmesiter (2.7 PPG). The Thunder is again coached by Danelle Rivera. THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY The Titans 17-6 last season and lost in
the first round of the 3A state playoffs to Peak to Peak, 48-476. Leading the way for TCA this season will be seniors Hannah Carr (9. PPG, 9.7 RPG) and Courtney Griggs (4.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG). Also back in a starting role will be junior Leah Hinkfoot (4.1 PPG). TCA is again coached by Kacey Lucero. The Titans will be playing their last season in 3A. An increase in enrollment means TCA will move up to the 4A Metro League in all sports expect football next winter.
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