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Black Forest Fire Rescue board to hire private investigator Board president Bracken fires back at Maketa for remarks he made last month By Danny Summers El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa may not have Bob Harvey’s back, but several folks on the Black Forest Fire Rescue board fully support their chief. “It is important to set the record straight,” Board President Eddie Bracken told The Tribune Wednesday. “There are a lot of rumors floating around and we want to get to the bottom of it.” The fiery Bracken is incensed, to say the

least, over the way the El Paso County Sheriff’s department is handling its investigation of the Black Forest Fire that broke out in June. The wild fire, the most destructive in Colorado history, killed two people and destroyed nearly 500 homes. “(Maketa) is controlling this investigation,” Bracken said. “There’s no dialogue between the sheriff’s office and our fire district concerning any investigation. (Harvey) should be made aware of anything going on with this investigation.” Bracken is not one to mince his words and appears to be right on with his assessment of the lack of communication between Maketa and Harvey. Sheriff’s department public information officer, Lt. Jeff Kramer, told The Tribune Wednesday that the sheriff’s depart-

ment will release all information pertinent to the investigation once it is completed. “We will continue to conduct our investigation as we have since the fire started,” Kramer said. “We’re the lead investigators on this and we will share our information at the appropriate time.” Led by Bracken, the board decided on Dec. 2 to hire its own private investigator to look into exactly what happened during the first few hours of the fire. Bracken said the search for a private investigator could take “two or three weeks.” Lawyers for the fire district are conducting the search for the private investigator. Things blew up on Nov. 25 when Maketa took aim at Harvey after Harvey told a local television news station that the June blaze was “probably” intentionally set.

The Tribune’s attempts to reach Harvey have been unsuccessful. In the statement to the press, Maketa said Harvey “may be merely covering his own mishandling of this event in an attempt to avoid responsibility for allowing the fire to get out of hand.” Bracken believes Maketa’s statement is far from the truth. “Our chief said it was intentionally set, but he did not say it was arson,” Bracken said with authority. “(Maketa) should substantiate what he said with facts and figures. “The sheriff’s department did a hatchet job three days before Thanksgiving and got Investigator continues on Page 14


Developer claims nearly 100,000 gallons minutes away By Danny Summers Black Forest Fire Rescue chief Bob Harvey is under more scrutiny. This time from a land developer and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn. And once again, Eddie Bracken is defending Harvey’s handling of the heated situation. On Dec. 3, land developer Dan Potter told KRDO News Channel 13 that water he had stored in three cisterns, or underground reservoirs, in Cathedral Pines could have been used to fight June’s massive blaze. According to Channel 13, Potter said he paid $500,000 to install the cisterns. Potter also said he was required to do so by Harvey to protect the subdivision’s 100 homes during a fire. Cathedral Pines is located in the northwest section of Black Forest. In addition, Potter said he spent $2 million in mitigation. “(The mitigation) is what saved Cathedral Pines,” said Bracken, president of the Black Forest Fire Rescue board. “There’s no way firefighters would have safely been able to reach those cisterns. “It was a firestorm by the time the blaze reached his development. There were 200foot walls of fire moving across the area less than an hour after the fire started. You had tankers dropping water from above and 35 to 40 mph winds. From a safety standpoint there was no way water was going to be used from those cisterns.” Only one of the 100 homes in the Cathedral Pines area was lost during the fire. The massive blaze claimed two lives and destroyed nearly 500 structures. “I don’t know why (Harvey) didn’t use (the cisterns) or pass the information onto other agencies,” Potter told Channel 13. “A couple of days after the fire I met a fire section commander out here. I asked how the cisterns worked; he didn’t even know the


Three ponds in Cathedral Pines were not used by fire trucks during the fire. This photo, taken a fews days after the fire, shows some charring on trees in the background but only one of the 100 homes in the Cathedral Pines area was lost during the fire. Photo by Rob Carrigan cisterns were here.” According to Bracken, Potter raised the cistern issue at a board meeting. Attempts by the Tribune to reach Potter were unsuccessful. Each cistern holds 30,000 gallons. The three ponds in Cathedral Pines also were not used by fire trucks during the fire. The ponds were used for helicopter basket drops. “Those cisterns are designed to protect one or two homes, not an entire forest,” Bracken said. Darryl Glenn, the El Paso County commissioner representing Black Forest, would like to know more about why the cisterns

were ignored. “We need an independent analysis of what occurred,” Glenn said. “Mr. Potter brought up a legitimate point. If the issue was raised that needs to be looked at. We need a definitive determination of what happened.” Harvey has been under much criticism lately by a number of folks. Among them is El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa and citizens in Black Forest that have taken up a petition asking for Harvey’s dismissal. “Obviously, these people have personal agendas,” said Bracken, who also believes Channel 13 has also viciously attacked Harvey. “Their agenda is to discredit the

districts that fought the fire. All of the districts responded to the fire at a very rapid pace. They came to each other’s assistance. “Chief Harvey did a lot of good work. Only God and Mother Nature had control of that fire, and man was an interested observer.” Bracken added that all of the finger pointing has put a wedge in the Black Forest community. “We’re trying to bring the community back together and heal it,” he said. “Second guessing is not helping.” The Tribune also tried contacting Chief Harvey for this story, but he did not return phone calls.


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A new page on the Douglas County website has designs on becoming a one-stop shop for rural residents and those considering moving into the area. “The goal was really to provide a warehouse of information for people moving to the rural areas,” said Douglas County planning supervisor Jeanette Bare. “It is a much different lifestyle for people coming from urban environments.” The project began with the initiation of a 30-person rural framework committee appointed by the Board of County Commissioners in 2009, made up mostly of rural residents as well as some developer consultants. According to Bare, the committee examined a broad range of topics of importance to those who live in the country. “These are actual stakeholders in the rural community,” she said. “I don’t want to imply that the website is their resulting document, but it was the beginning of the discussion in terms of what does it mean to live in rural Douglas County, what are the challenges and issues they face, and what are the values of rural living.” According to Bare, the county often gets

calls and receives visitors seeking information on a wide range of topics including land management, water rights, septic systems, animal regulations, wildfire mitigation and more. The site hits on all those items with user-friendly links that guide people to documents, agencies and service providers. “The website is a guide to help residents make good decisions and be good stewards of the land,” said Commissioner Roger Partridge. “I live in rural Douglas County and I certainly appreciate it. It presents a better idea of what rural living truly is.” Partridge said the best thing about the site is that its contents were initiated by people who live in the rural sections of the county and that it was not just developed by the planning department. “Douglas County presents residents with the unique ability to live in the country, but still work in the city,” he said. “But because we have such close country living, we want the residents to be as well informed as possible and give them a guide. A lot of people didn’t grow up rural but have chosen to move to rural areas later in life. “It’s all we can do to give them that information they need ahead of time and make country living as nice as possible for them. The site is very comprehensive. We’ve touched on numerous topics that will come up, many times from residents.” To visit the site, please go to

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The Tribune 3 One of the Air Force Academy’s mottos is “Producing lieutenants for our Air Force and our nation.” Those lieutenants become more than pilots. They are also engineers, contractors and health professionals. The Air Force Academy’s Class of 2014 learned their future Air Force jobs on Dec. 4. The 1,011 senior cadets received their Air Force Specialty Codes, also known as their career field, through the Commandant of Cadets. According to information provided by the Academy, 95 percent of cadets received either their first, second or third choice of Air Force specialties. More specifically, 63 percent received first choice, while 23 percent received their second choice. Only nine percent received third choice. Pilots far and away lead the career choices with 456. Next are acquisitions manager (99), intelligence (52), contracting (45), cyberspace operations (41), financial management (33), force support (38), general civil engineer (29), aircraft maintenance (24), logistics readiness (22), operations research analyst (20) and space operations (19). Graduation for the Air Force Class of 2014 is May 28 at Falcon Stadium. The future career field choices for the Class of 2014, broken down by Air Force Specialty Code, are: * Pilot (92T0) - 456 * Combat Systems Officer (92T1) - 5 * Air Battle Manager (92T2) - 2 * Remote Piloted Aircraft (92T3) - 9

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Afraid of nothing, including the devil himself “In rye by the sea, come sing a song with me. Imagine that the world is really flat. We will dance to the edge of the devil’s darkest ledge … landing on our feet, just like a cat.” — Mike Murphy I am not sure, but maybe I’ve seen the edge. Perhaps more than once. Maybe it is like Hunter Thompson said, “The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is, are the ones who have gone over.” Mental illness is no stranger to strangeness. And strangeness is relative. I don’t know why, but I have never been afraid … not of the devil, himself. There is this surreal moment a few years ago. Three of us, respectable businessmen, gathered around a table in ‘high end’ bar in Denver. One fellow hears the clock ticking. Tick, tick, tick, … tick. He feels the need to do something, today. For him, the fight

is against the future. His battle is internal and eternal. To do the things he promised himself. He worries about his legacy, how to take care of his family, or does he even care? What is his place in the world? Another, at the table, thinks of the dark days of a past that has nearly consumed him -- the terror of being out of control. He actually tries not to think, because he knows, he has done unspeakable things. His battle is with that past. He must try and forget. Finally, the third is afraid only of feeling nothing. The numbness is striking. No

peace for the peacemaker, a witness to madness, the silent partner to silence. For him, he is at war with now, this moment, today. He is afraid of nothing … not the devil, himself. The hillbilly’s beat-up vehicle drops out of the fog at the lower end of the pass and the small city’s lights illuminate the low-hanging cloud cover draped over the southern quarter. Billy Joel sings, “It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday, The regular crowd shuffles in.” Hey, it is 9 o’clock! Without the family and dogs, and the work, I guess he might be making love to his tonic and gin. First week on the job and still finding out the “the who” and “the what” of the circle he finds himself in. It is an odd road traveled. The technology… first you are up, then you are down. The camera you were using… it is a museum piece now. No more paste up. No light tables. No dark room. He remembers all the way back to the days of hot type. Like anything else, grow or die. Challenging, but he stares it in the face. He’s afraid of nothing. Not even

the devil, himself. Every day Mom and Dad pack up everything, as if they are leaving, but they can’t. They are not really sure how long they have been there. Or even where ‘there’ is, because, as Dad says, they have moved the roads around on him. It is not really different, but it’s the same. They seem happy, most of the time, except when they are not. They talk about home, but sometimes they know it is gone. It only a memory, but sometimes, it’s forgotten. It’s almost like a permanent vacation, with no work to bring you home. When, I leave, it tears at me. Kind of like dropping a kid off at school, but worse. They must be afraid. I pull myself away and leave them there. I am not sure, but I think, I looked over the edge. But, I am afraid nothing. Not even the devil, himself.

What do you have ready for you on your DVR? If you are like me and just about everyone I know, your DVR is about as full as it can be with recorded shows and movies and whatever else you enjoy watching on the small screen. My editor, Rob Carrigan, believes you can tell a lot about a person by the movies they like, the music they listen to and whether or not they are a live-by-the-seatof-your-pants sort of person. As discussed in this column a few weeks ago, my top three favorite movies of all time are “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rocky” and “Field of Dreams.” If you recall, I said I am a sucker for 1970s ballads and love songs, especially those performed Barry Manilow. If you were to take a look at my DVR, you probably would not know what to make of me. I have more than 125 “Seinfeld” episodes recorded. Seinfeld is probably my favorite television show of al-time, with “The Six Million Dollar Man” and Gilligan’s Island” trailing right behind. A closer look at my DVR would also show that I have 132 episodes of “The Office” recorded, as well as about two dozen episodes of “30 Rock.” Since I am often

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mistaken for Alec Baldwin (seriously, I get this all the time) I have a special place in my heart for his Jack Donaghy character. Jack Donaghy loves former President Ronald Reagan, much like I do. But Alec Baldwin, the person, likely shares very few of my conservative/Tea Party political views. I guess the cat - which I have never owned and don’t plan on owning - is now out of the bag. I am a dog guy. A further examination of my DVR reveals that I am intrigued, if not obsessed, with history. There are at least five programs on the assassination and life of former President John F. Kennedy. Depending on which show I watch, I am swayed to believe that Lee Harvey Oswald

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acted totally alone in the assassination of the JFK, or that the Mob, Fidel Castro, CIA or Soviets had a hand in the plot. Heck, I’ve even heard convincing evidence that Kennedy’s vice president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was in on the conspiracy. On my DVR you will also find several programs on the American Revolution, as well as Abraham Lincoln. You will also find at least 10 documentaries on Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Germany, as well as Joseph Stalin’s Russia. I like to visit fascinating places. About every three years I head east and do an historical loop of American history. I hit Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the battlefields of Gettysburg, Washington D.C. (the Lincoln Memorial is my favorite spot in the city) and of course historic Williamsburg. I’ve walked the streets of historic Williamsburg dozens of times and it never gets old. A short drive from Williamsburg is Jamestown, where, in 1607, the first Colony in America was founded. The third part of the Historic Triangle is Yorktown. It was there where British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to American Gen-

eral George Washington. I took my son, Garrison, to Europe following his high school graduation from Air Academy in 2012. We saw 13 countries in 14 days. It was wild. We did Western Europe like nobody’s business. Among the places we visited was Dachau Concentration Camp. Dachau, as many of you know, was the model Nazi concentration camp. Walking the grounds was a humbling experience. Talk was kept to a low whisper. By the time we reached the death chambers, I was overcome with emotion. I wept bitterly for those who had their lives taken for no reason other than hate. Now back to my DVR. Other programs recorded include episodes of “Saturday Night Live,” “Family Guy,” “White Collar and “I Love Lucy.” You will also find the movies “Les Miserables,” “Elf,” “National Treasure I and II,” “Night at the Museum,” and numerous silent movies by Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle. Summers continues on Page 5

As simple as parking your car In 1920 it was not that easy! In Colorado Springs, every summer thousands of tourists arrived, and they were driving here. There were all sorts of driving rules across the country. Each town had its own rules! It would be a few more years before the states would take this in hand, and make it sort of uniform. It would be another 40 years before some of the odd rules would be sorted out. In 1920, here in Colorado, most of the streets were still dirt. The cities like Denver had paved a few in the business district, and oil was used to control dust here and there. Parking a car was starting to be a problem in the cities. Some areas had signs posted as to the direction you would park. Few stripes could be painted, so the angled parking was usually quite bizarre! Parking parallel to the sidewalks, where sidewalks were visible, was not done except where streets were narrow. Parking meters were just coming into big eastern cities, but, towns often posted time limits on signs in the business district. The “meter maid” was invented, even though there were not many meters yet. It was often a young police cadet’s introduction to enforcement to check on cars that were in a space too long. The practice of marking tires with chalk started about this time. The patrolman walked along making this little spot on the tires. They had a route that took the time cars were allowed to be sitting in that spot. There were also increased rules as to where you could park. They did not allow parking in front of theaters, letting that space to be used for drop offs and pick

ups. The distance between parked cars was also defined, as well as the angle, usually 60 degrees off the curb (when there was one). Fire hydrants were also protected, keeping them not only visible, but protected from getting hit by someone parking. In addition traffic rules were starting to appear, like which lane to turn a corner, and no driving across the street to grab a parking space! Simple you think? No, not to people who were just getting used to dealing with cars. They even wanted you to go to the corner to cross the street! No, traffic lights were generally a couple years off. In cities, a policeman, often another cadet in training, directed traffic at corners. Stop signs had a lot of shapes and colors. Protests were the rule. It took quite some time for agreement on the need for these rules. Many accidents happened, and if you drive, you still see most of the rules broken! Tickets were even then seen as a bother not to be paid! Little towns out in the country had little need for such rules, and a trip to town, with these rules was often disturbing. Just parking your car, was not that simple, and so it goes.


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TLCA in need of donors for new signage Deadline to meet goal is Jan. 15 By Danny Summers The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts needs your help. Specifically in the area of signage. The TLCA needs two digital signs. Each LED full color sign board measures 28 inches by 66 inches. The cost of each sign is $3,380. A sign will be mounted at each end of the TLCA, advertising events to the thousands of vehicles that pass each day on State Highway 105 in Palmer Lake.

Any funding received will be designated for signage. However, in the event the TLCA does not meet its goal by the Jan. 15 deadline, funds will be deposited into a special account for that purpose. “The signs will enable us to not only better promote artists representing all genres of the arts, but also to better serve our community,” said TLCA president Dr. Michael Maddox. Cash donations are tax-deductible. As of Dec. 5, $200 of the $6,760 needed for the signs had been raised. For a $25 donation, donors will receive a copy of the popular Wordivore World book authored and illustrated by Dr. Debi Story Maddox. Hardback and full color

throughout. For $50, donors receive the Wordivore World book plus an Artist Membership in the TLCA. Membership value is $55 and entitles the holder to receive discounted tickets to TLCA events. For $150 donors get the Wordivore World book, the TLCA Resident Artist Membership and two complimentary nights in a standard room in Monument. A donation of $6,760 means the donor receives all of the above plus have the TLCA’s Main Gallery named in their honor or the honor of a loved one. The duration is for three years. Every fine art exhibition, concert, and professional theatrical production will be advertised in the media

and on TLCA website as being held in the name of the donor. “Contributors will have the satisfaction of helping to utilize the arts to bring enrichment to a large community,” Maddox said. For more information go to http:// Or call the TLCA at 719481-0475. The TLCA is a 501C3, nonprofit arts organization that has been based in the Tri-Lakes area for 14 years. The TLCA also hosts functions to raise funds for other local nonprofits.

Cleaning is a task I’d rather put off Cleaning requires a concentrated effort. You have to concentrate on cleaning. You have to make cleaning your goal. You have to use concentrated cleaning products. Not really. But you do need to stay focused; otherwise, you get sidetracked. Facebook is a major part of that. I sit down to dust my computer desk and think, “I’m just going to check my notifications.” Pretty soon, I’m in for an all-out Facebook marathon. I’m liking everyone’s posts. I’m updating my status from “supposed to be cleaning” to “have completely stopped cleaning” to “now I’m playing Tetris!” Another distraction is clothes. I start to sort my clothes and find stuff I forgot about. I keep things I shouldn’t. In the most extreme cases of distraction, I go out and buy new clothes. My little shopping spree is such fun, that I have forgot-

ten about the dishes piled up in the sink. Music can also set me back. I find one song I want to download, and that can lead to many more. I can compulsively get distracted but not compulsively clean. It’s a weakness that is difficult to overcome. It’s the perpetual messy house that I just end up making messier by trying to tidy. It’s because my stuff manages to hide itself in nooks and crannies that eventu-

Black Forest Regional Park needs public’s help Playground cleanup day is Dec. 14 Staff report One of the most heavily affected parts of the active use area of Black Forest Regional Park affected by heavy rain runoff was the playground. It suffered heavy flood damage because of infiltration of burn debris into the safety surfacing material. If this surfacing becomes infiltrated with foreign materials — silt, sand, ash, etc. the attenuating ability of the surfacing becomes compromised and ineffective. The only remedy being to completely remove

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There is a ton of sports programming on my DVR. Everything from a World Series highlights from the 1940s through 1960s, documentaries on the old American Football League, California Angels

and replace the surfacing material. Currently the remainder of the Black Forest Regional Park is open for public access, except for the playground because of unsafe conditions of surfacing materials contamination. Until the surfacing material is replaced the playground will stay closed. The public’s help is needed to dig out the old surfacing material called “fibar.” This is a great opportunity to connect to the restoration efforts of the Black Forest fire. Around 100 volunteers are sought. The event will take place on Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Dana Nordstrom at 719-520-6983.

documentaries from the 1960s and 1970s, and Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point night in 1962. Lastly, you will find the epic series “Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood,” as well as “The Men Who Built America Series” featuring Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller and other titans of industry. What’s on your DVR? Perhaps your DVR is a reflection of who you are?

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ally will spill over into my real life, forcing me to deal with them. Then everything gets taken out and left on the floor while I, much like a hyperactive child, follow something shiny. I try to multitask, but the end result is disastrous. Typically, I sit, do something on the computer, get back up, vacuum, sit back down, dust a little, and then sit again. Bathrooms are another challenge. With three “men” in my house, I have to make sure the bathrooms are kept extra clean. It’s an arduous task. I’m partial to the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I wish they made something like that for the fine lines on my face. When I first tried the eraser, I was amazed. “It IS like magic,” I mumbled, eyes wide in sheer awe at the eraser’s ability to remove long-standing soap scum.

Even though there are a lot of cool cleaning gadgets on the market now, they really don’t make cleaning much more fun. Even with magic involved. I still feel like Cinderella in my scummy clothes. No fairy godmother or magic eraser will rescue me either. In the end, it’s just me and a pile of laundry that I have to traverse. I like having my own tiny version of Pikes Peak in my laundry room. It’s like taking a trip to mountains, without the travel involved ... Climbing through the laundry makes me feel like I’m on my own little adventure. 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. She can be reached at


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clubs in your community Editor’s notE: To add or update your club listing, e-mail, attn: Tribune. ProfEssional Front range Business group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at Bella Panini in Palmer Lake. tri-Lakes Business networking international meets from 8-9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Mozaic Inn in Palmer Lake. Call Elizabeth Bryson at 719-4810600 or e-mail tri-Lakes ChamBer Business after hours meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at various locations. Free to members; $10 for nonmembers. Call 719 481-3282 or go to www.trilakeschamber. com. tri-Lakes ChamBer Business network-

ing 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

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. 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 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 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 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.

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.

CoaLition oF tri-Lakes Communities. Call John Heiser at 719-488-9031 or go to 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 or email

girL sCouting offers opportunities for girls ages 5-17 to make friends, learn new skills and challenge themselves in a safe and nurturing environment. Call 719-597-8603. gLeneagLe sertoma Club luncheon meeting is every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m., at Liberty Heights, 12105 Ambassador Drive, Colorado Springs, 80921. Call Garrett Barton at 719-433-5396 or Bob Duckworth at 719-481-4608, or visit history BuFFs meets at Monument Library from 1-3 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. itaLian CLuB If you love family, socializing and

culture, then membership in Sons of Italy is right for you. Membership is open to men and women.  More information at

kiWanis CLuB of Monument Hill, a service club dedicated to providing assistance to those less fortunate in the Tri-Lakes community, meets 8 a.m. Saturdays at The Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 Colo. 105. Join us for breakfast, great fellowship and informative programs, and come be a part of the opportunity to give back to your community. Visit http://; call 719-4871098; e-mail info@ LegaCy sertoma dinner meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays monthly at Monument Country Club. New members and visitors welcome. Call Ed Kinney, 481-2750.


moms in touch prayer groups meet, by school, throughout the school district for one hour each week to support the children, their teachers, the schools and administration through prayer. Call Judy Ehrlich at 719-481-1668.

the BLaCk Forest aarP Chapter meets for a

the monument homemakers Club

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

meets the first Thursday of every month at the Tri-Lakes Fire Department Administrative Building, 166 Second Street, Monument. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. to prepare for a noon potluck, program, and business meeting, which ends around 1:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Call Irene Walters, Co-President, at 719-481-1188 for Jean Sanger, Co-President, at 719-592-9311 for reservations.

mount herman 4-h Club meets at 7 p.m. on

the third Thursday of each month at Grace Best Elementary. There are no meetings in June, July and August. Anyone interested in pursuing animal projects, archery, cooking, sewing, model rocketry, woodworking or just about any hobby is welcome. A new member meeting is the third Thursday in October.

the PaLmer Lake art group meets on the second Saturday of the month at the group’s Vaile Hill Gallery, 118 Hillside Road. Call 719-488-8101 for information. PaLmer diVide Quiltmakers meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at The Church at Woodmoor. Contact Carolyn at 719-488-9791 or the Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women offers information by calling 719-5320021. Pikes Peak Women’s Connection meets the second Thursday of the month for a luncheon at the Clarion Hotel Downtown, 314 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m., with luncheon and program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Free preschool childcare is available with a reservation; $16 inclusive. Call 719-495-8304 for reservations or information. All women are welcome. rotary CLuB of Colorado Springs InterQuest meets at 4:45 p.m. Thursdays at Liberty Heights Retirement Center, 12105 Ambassador Drive in Colorado Springs. Call Scott Allen at 719-590-7460. siLent sPrings social group is a social group for hard of hearing and deaf adults. Sign language users are welcome. Dining out at local restaurants, potlucks and community activities are available on an ongoing basis. Call 719-487-9009 or e-mail toastmasters FaCC masters Club meets at noon Thursdays at Lockheed Martin, 9975 Federal Drive. Visit or call Kirby at 719-4813738. tri-Lakes ameriCan Legion Post 9-11 meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Depot Restaurant on Colo. 105 in Palmer Lake. Contact Ed at 719-481-2750. tri-Lakes BarBershoP Chapter meets Mondays. Call Phil Zara at 719-481-3197. tri-Lakes CroP Club meets on the third Saturday of the month. Call Angela at 719-481-9735. tri-Lakes Cruisers Car Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Tri-Lakes-Monument

Fire Station on South Colo. 105. Open to all vehicle makes and models. Call Dale at 488-2852.

tri-Lakes Friends of the Libraries meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second Monday of each month from September through June at Monument Library. the tri-Lakes Lions Club meets the first Thursday of every month at Monument Hill Country Club. The social is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m. The International Association of Lions Clubs is the largest service club in the world with over 1.35 million members. The Lions are known as the “Knights of the Blind.” By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. Lions clubs are groups of community minded men and women who are interested in helping serve their communities. For information about the new Tri-Lakes Lions Club, contact the club’s president, Dave Prejean, at 719492-8274. More information is available at tri-Lakes nondenominationaL

men’s gathering meets at 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Pinecrest Lodge in Palmer Lake. Continental breakfast is included. Call Basil Marotta at 719-487-9500.

tri-Lakes Parents of multiples Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Little Log Church in Palmer Lake. Child care is provided for a minimal fee. New members and visitors are welcome. E-mail or call 719-488-6785. tri-Lakes VFW Post no. 7829 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at The Sundance Lodge/ Oakleys. New members are welcome. Call Darby Kelly at 719-481-4377. u.s. air Force academy toastmasters meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Colorado Springs. Visit www.d26toastmasters. org/airforceacademy or call Angela at 719-494-2777. Guests are welcome. msgt WiLLiam Crawford Ladies auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7829 will meet on the third Tuesday of each month starting April 19, from 6 -7:30 p.m. at the Sundance Mountain Lodge in Monument. For information, contact Martine Arndt at 719-231-5323 or Wisdom and Wealth master mind group meets from noon to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Monument Library. “Change yourself, change your success.” Let’s talk money: how to save it (tips and ideas on how to cut costs), how to invest it (where, when and how), how to make it (build your business or start a new business). For information, or to register, contact or 630-618-9400. suPPort aLCohoLiCs anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Tri-Lakes Chapel, Woodmoor Drive and Deer Creek. Call Greg at 719-648-9495. aLCohoLiCs anonymous sunlight of the spirit Women’s Closed Step Study. Mondays, 6pm. Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 675 E. Baptist Rd. 487-7781. aLCohoLiCs anonymous Beacon Lite group meets at 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday at Tri Lakes Chapel, 1750 Deer Creek Road, at Woodmoor Drive and Deer Creek Road. Call Kathleen at 649-1046. aLCohoLiCs anonymous recovery in action Group Open Big Book Study. Thursdays, 7pm. Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 675 Baptist Road. 487-7781. aL-anon FamiLy group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Family of Christ Church, 675 Baptist Road. Call Jean at 719-487-8781 or Kay at 719-481-9258. aL-ateen grouP meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Family of Christ Church, 675 Baptist Road. Call Jean at 719487-8781. aLs, lou Gehrig’s disease support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Weber St. Center on Weber Street between Kiowa and Bijou streets. in Colorado Springs. Patients, family and caregivers are welcome. Contact Julie Bloom at 719-481-1906. BLaCk Forest al-anon meets at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Black Forest Community Church in the East Educational Building to help families and friends of alcoholics. Call 719-632-0063. BLaCk Forest homemakers meets the second Thursday of the month at the Black Forest Lutheran Church. Social time begins at 9 a.m. and is followed with a meeting/ program. Newcomers are welcome. Call Cindy at 719-4953402. CoLorado sPrings shrine Club accepts new members who apply and register for children’s admittance to a Shriner’s Hospital from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month. Call 719-632-3881. FiBromyaLgia suPPort group meets the second Monday of each month at 3505 Austin Bluffs Parkway at College Pharmacy. A DVD is shown at 5 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Visitors and new participants always are welcome. There is no charge; no products sold. Contact Lorna Searle at 719-481-2230. Clubs continues on Page 11


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40 YEARS AGO Palmer Lake Monument News Dec. 13, 1973 Due to the energy shortage, the Palmer Lake Star will not burn all night. It will shine only for limited periods each evening until New Year’s Day. ••• Arnold Lucero is the final member of District 38 School Board. He is replacing Mr. Britt. The next meeting of the school board is Dec. 20 in the music room of the high school. ••• The annual Christmas candlelight cantata by the senior and children’s choirs of the Little Log Church will be presented Dec. 16. The choirs are directed by Kay Gonser. ••• The Columbine Circle ladies of Little Log Church had their Christmas dinner at the home of Mrs. David Gonser, Sunday, Dec. 9. ••• Most 8 party telephone service lines will be eliminated by Mountain Bell. 8 party lines no longer satisfy customer communications needs. 4 party service will be considered standard with one to two party service also available. ••• “The Nothing-Over-Ten-Dollars Gift

Shop” will be held at Vaile Hill Gallery in Palmer Lake Saturday, Dec. 15th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is sponsored by Women’s Auxiliary of Frontier Boys Village. All items are made by the boys at the Village and Women of the Auxiliary. Live green wreaths and wooden toys will be featured. ••• The Yule Log is a celebration which can be traced back to ancient Egypt. The word “Yule” comes from an old Egyptian word meaning “wheel”. This symbol is used to indicate the spirit which turns the wheel of the weather, causing the seasons. A primitive wheel was a cross-section of a log, which is why we can see the connection. Family feuds were ended and quarreling was forbidden during Yuletide, which lasted from Christmas Day until Twelfth Night (Jan. 6). The Yule Log Hunt and the lighting of the Star is Palmer Lake’s expression of good will for the Pikes Peak Region. ••• Lewis Palmer Middle School was dedicated on Dec. 2. The school is alive, growing and dynamic. The “passing on of the key” was a ceremony in which Mr. Knipping, Principal of the Middle School received the key. — Compiled by Linda Case

THINGS TO DO DEC. 11-12 DENTAL SERVICES Perfect Teeth, a Colorado-based dental services organization, presents its “Brightening Monument One Smile at a Time,” in which the company will provide three days of free dental care to military retirees and their families. Call 719-488-0101 for information. In addition, there is an open house at 4 p.m. Dec. 12, when community members can meet Dr. Brian Buccellato and tour the new dental practice opening in the Jackson Creek Shopping Center. 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 King” and will do a craft with the children from 10 a.m. to noon. From 1-3 p.m., Julie Raber, creator of Pocket Pals Trail Maps of the Pikes Peak Region, and Susan Davies, director of Trails and Open Space, will discuss the trails in the area, which ones are open and which ones need repair. Stop by for an informal discussion of our beloved trail system. Todd Caudle, local photographer, will sign his 2014 calendars and his photographic books of the area. Visit or call 719-481-2665.

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‘It’s goIng to get me someday’ By Rob Carrigan


hundred years ago — to most folks — flying in an airplane seemed to be just taking one step toward death’s door. The presumption was reinforced at Overland Park in Denver one November afternoon in 1910, as thousands of air show spectators watched Ralph Johnstone plummet to his death in front of them. “He had gambled with death once too often, but he played the game to the end, fighting coolly and grimly to the last second to regain control of his broken machine. Fresh from his triumphs at Belmont Park, where he had broken the world’s record for altitude with a flight of 9,714 feet, Johnstone attempted to give the thousands of spectators an extra thrill with is most daring feat, the spiral glide, which had made the Wright aviators famous. The spectators got their thrill, but it cost Johnstone his life,” according to newspaper accounts at the time. It was actually Johnstone’s second flight that fateful day. He had gone through a series of dips, rolls and glides without incident with others of the Wright Brothers trained flying crew. The former Vaudeville bicycle stunt performer took the biplane up once more and out toward the foothills to gain altitude. “Still ascending, he swept back in a big circle, and as he reached the north end of the enclosure, he started his spiral glide. He was then at an altitude of about 800 feet. With his plane tilted at an angle of almost 90 degrees, he swooped down in a narrow circle, the aeroplane seeming to turn almost in its own length. As he started the second circle, the middle spur, which braces the left side of the lower plane, gave way, and the wing tips of both upper and lower planes folded

up as though they had been hinged. For a second, Johnstone attempted to right the plane by warping the other wing up. Then the horrified spectators saw the plane swerve like a wounded bird and plunged straight toward the earth,” said a report appearing in the Savannah Tribune at the time. Ever a cool one, the young aviator didn’t panic however. “Johnstone was thrown from his seat as the nose of the plane swung downward. He caught on one of the wire stays between the airplane and grasped one of the wooden braces of the upper plane with both hands. Then, working with hands and feet, he fought by main strength to warp the planes so that their surfaces might catch the air and check his descent. For a second it seemed that he might succeed, for the football helmet the wore blew off and fell much more rapidly than the plane.” About 300 feet from the ground the plane turned endover-end then plunged, scattering fleeing spectators. “Scarcely had Johnstone hit the ground before morbid men and women swarmed over the wreckage, fighting with each other for souvenirs. One of the broken wooden stays had gone almost through Johnstone’s body. Before doctors or police could reach the scene, one mad had torn this splinter from the body and run away, carrying his trophy with the aviators blood still dripping from its ends. The crowd tore away the canvass from over the body, and even fought for the gloves that had protected Johnstone’s hands from the cold,” said the Savannah paper. When Ralph Johnstone died his widow was quoted in the Kansas City Times, “I never was worried about

Ralph. He was so brave and careful. It seemed nothing could happen to him. I did not take into consideration a mishap to his machine.” Just three days before his final flight Johnstone was quoted one last time. “It’s going to get me some day. It’s sooner or later going to get us all. Don’t think our Aim is the advancement of science. That is secondary and is worked out by the men on the ground. When you get into the air, you get the intoxication of flying. No man can help feeling it. Then he begins to flirt with it, tilt his plane into all sorts of dangerous angles, dips and circles. This feeling is only the trap it sets for us... the non-mankilling airplane of the future will be created from our crushed bodies.” A year later, reports in the New York Times noted that his wife had decided to take up flying herself. “Widow of Man Who Was Dashed to Death to Try for License,” said the the Sept. 14, 1911, headline in the Times. “Although leading aviation schools have steadfastly refused to teach feminine pupils at any price, women are gradually forcing their way into the hazardous game, and followers of the sport are discussing with interest today the report that Mrs. Ralph Johnstone of Kansas City, whose husband was killed at Denver, is soon coming to New York to master the craft that widowed her. It is understood that she will take lessons at the aviation colony on Long Island with a view to becoming a licensed professional aviator. There are only two licensed women aviators in this country at present — Miss Mathilde Moisant and Miss Harriet Quimby — both of whom are now on Long Island,” reported the Times.


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District 38 and District 20 earn academic awards Ceremony was held in Denver on Dec. 3 By Danny Summers Lewis-Palmer School District 38 and Academy District 20 tout themselves as being among the state’s elite when it comes to academic excellence. They now have even more proof to back up their claim. The districts are among the top 16 in the state this year under the Colorado Department of Education’s accountability system. On Dec. 3, the districts received the honor of “accredited with distinction” during an awards ceremony at the CDE office in Denver. The award honors highperforming districts based on a set of inMonument, CO dicators that place emphasis on academic 719.433.9421 growth and success in preparing students for college and career readiness. Both districts have received the award four years running. District 38’s score of 86 was its highest ever. District 38 superintendent John Borman credited the honor to outstanding work by staff to identify and meet student needs, and a community that values education. “What this means, is that in the midst of all the changes and financial difficulties at the state and local level, our staff continues to put students first to help them succeed, and the families in our community are

supportive of their students,” Borman said. “That makes a big difference in what we’re able to achieve. “We are very proud of our staff, families, and students for earning this distinction.” Lewis-Palmer Middle School saw the largest single gain, 22 percent higher than last year. District 38 has also been named to the College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year, which places it in the top one percent of districts in the nation for advanced college-credit course offerings. District 20 superintendent Mark Hatchell was very pleased with the distinction his schools received. “Being accredited with distinction for the fourth consecutive year makes us very proud and confirms that we are focused on student learning, professional development, and curriculum alignment,” he said. “We analyze data so that we can make the necessary changes that benefit our students. “These successes are possible only where there are supportive parents, an outstanding staff, and highly-motivated students.” District 38 schools also earned the following awards: John Irwin School of Excellence Awards and Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards: Lewis-Palmer Middle Lewis-Palmer High Prairie Winds Elementary

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MONUMENT POLICE REPORT Nov. 21 to Dec. 5 CHILD NEGLECT: On 11/21/2013 at 8:52 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a report of child neglect in the 700 block of Century Place. WARRANT: On 11/21/2013 at 8:52 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Venison Creek Drive in regards to an attempt to locate. One juvenile female was




arrested. LOST PROPERTY: On 11/22/2013 at 2:25 p.m., officers took a report of a lost passport in the Monument Police Department Lobby. THEFT: On 11/22/2013, at 6:33 p.m., officers were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle in the 16200 block of Jackson Creek Parkway. Store employees reported that

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DUI: On 11/28/2013 at 3:37 a.m., officers responded to the 15000 block of Jackson Creek Parkway in regards to an intoxicated person. One adult male was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. THEFT: On 12/01/2013 at 9:44 a.m., officers responded to the 16000 block of Jackson Creek Parkway in regards to a theft in progress. THEFT: On 12/01/2013, at 3:14 p.m. , officers responded to the 15800 block of Jackson Creek Parkway in reference a theft. Officers issued a summons to one adult female. FRAUD: On 12/03/2013 at 4:23 p.m. a Sergeant was dispatched to the 15000 block of Split Creek Dr on the report of a credit card fraud. No suspect information, case is inactive. WARRANT SERVICE: On 12/03/2013 at 7:26 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop at Baptist Rd and Jackson Creek Parkway. One male was arrested upon an outstanding warrant and transported to El Paso County Jail.

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Lewy Body dementia support group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Monday of every month, unless that Monday falls on a holiday, then the meetings are the Tuesday that follows that holiday. Meetings are at St. Francis Medical Center, Conference Room 5. Contact Marika Flynn, RNC, at For information about LBD, visit www.

MacuLar degeneration Support group for the visually impaired meets from 1-2 p.m. othe third Thursday of each month. Call Tri-Lakes Cares 719 4814864 ext. 23 for information. MoMS cLuB, Moms Offering Moms Support, offers weekly activities each week for stay-at-home moms and children from birth to 5 years old. Moms living in Monument and Palmer Lake, contact Erin at 719-487-8233 or erin.vineyard@ Moms living in ZIP code 80921 and parts of Black Forest can contact Debbie at 719-646-5939 or debdidovic@ MyaSthenia graviS support group meets the second Saturday of every month. Call Carolyn at 303-360-7080 or 719-488-3620.

a PaLMer Lake session of aa meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays in the basement of The Little Log Church in Palmer Lake at the corner of High Street and Upper Glenway. Call Bonnie Bowen-Pyle at 719-488-0908 or 719-661-6702.

Local Support Group. The group offers bereavement services for parents, families, friends and caregivers who have been affected by the sudden unexpected loss of an infant or toddler. There is no cost. Meeting are the third Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Colorado Springs Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Avenue. Adult meeting only; no child care will be provided. For additional help and information please call Angel Eyes at 888-285-7437 or visit

Colorado Springs. Call Melissa at 719-640-7691.

rocky Mountain Stroke club meets from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays at Easter Seals, 225 S. Academy, suite 140. Call Eddy Woodruff at 719-481-4292.


SuPPort grouP for juvenile diabetes meets at 9 a.m. every third Saturday of the month at It’s a Grind coffee shop in Monument. Contact Dawn at 719-4667551 or

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tri-LakeS aL-anon, meeting of Al-Anon Family

Groups, meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 675 Baptist Road, Colorado Springs, just east of Walgreens. This is an open meeting and the format is Al-Anon 12-Step/Al-Anon literature study. Call Janet M. at 719-481-5648.

tri-LakeS MoPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, meets from 9:15-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Tri-Lakes Chapel. The meetings begin in September and continue through May. Child care is provided. All mothers with children from birth to kindergarten are welcome. Call Melissa at 719-488-2680 or Bengetta at 719-487-1078. ParentS of tourette children meets every other week. Call Liza at 719-488-2945.

SteP parents support group meets every third Tuesday of the month. Call 719-487-2942 or e-mail kariannkimbrel@ control organization, meets at 7:30 a.m. Fridays. Call Terry Franz at 719-488-8684.

tri-LakeS careS is a social services agency that supplies the needy in the community through food, commodities, limited financial assistance, school supplies, holiday programs, jobs programs and more. Volunteer opportunities are available. Hours of operation are Monday from noon to 3 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Call 719-481-4864. tri-LakeS hoMe educator’s Support group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month. Contact Maria at Prayer, fellowship, friendship, encouragement, resources and more are provided. Meeting is for parents only. wingS provides therapist facilitated support groups

hangerS thrift Shop benefiting Tri-Lakes Cares needs volunteers. Call Cara at 719-488-2300. Lucretia vaiLe Museum needs volunteer docents or museum guides. Call Susan at 719-481-2323. Mountain coMMunity transportation, which provides free rides for area senior citizens needing transport, is in need of volunteer drivers. Mileage reimbursement is available. Call 719-237-9913. odySSey heaLth care and hospice volunteers are needed. Call Kent Mathews at 719-573-4166. PikeS Peak hospice needs volunteers. Call Cathy Woods at 719-633-3400. the PikeS Peak Library district needs volunteers. Contact the LitSource office at 719-531-6333, ext. 2223 or ext. 2224. PikeS Peak workforce center is in need of volunteers. Please call Larry Oliver at 719-481-4864. SiLver key Senior Services needs volunteers. Call 719-884-2300. tri-LakeS careS needs volunteers in a variety of positions. Call Joan Cunningham at 719-481-4864, ext. 117.

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PikeS Peak Share pregnancy and infant loss support group meets from 7-9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 5265 N. Union Blvd. in

for women and men in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. There is a women’s group on Tuesday evening and one on Thursday evening. We are also starting a Loved Ones Group for family and friends of survivors. For more information contact the WINGS office at 800-373-8671. Visit

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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@

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

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.

tri-LakeS chaMBer of commerce needs volunteers. Call 719-481-3282.

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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:

dec. 14: Holiday Open House. Visit merchants in the historic

downtown for refreshments, music, and holiday open houses throughout the day. Go to for more details.

dec. 8 concert. Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quartet will

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ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) Your Arian penchant for impatience shows, as you consider passing a problem-prone project on to someone else. Best advice: Stay with it and work out those snarls yourself. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) Even patient Bovines can be frustrated when carefully made plans go awry. But crank up that “stick-to-it-ivity” you do so well, and you’ll soon find that your schedule is back in sync. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) Your aspect favors using more resourceful means in dealing with a workplace situation. Some discreet checking around could help shed light on the root cause of the problem.

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CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) You show an unusually strong streak of stubbornness in rejecting suggestions from friends and/or family members early in the week. But you become more receptive by the week’s end. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) The Big Cat might find a gentler approach more effective when dealing with those who resist needed changes. Remember, the word “persuasion” starts with the sound “purr.” VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) A disappointing experience with someone you felt you could trust can be painful. But there just might be more to this situation than you’re aware of. Press for an explanation. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Changing your views about something you believe in isn’t easy. But you might reconsider as the facts come in. Keep your mind open, even if you’re uneasy about what you might learn. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) You might have to do some serious shifting of gears to get your project back on track. But cheer up. Your hard work starts to produce some positive results by the week’s end. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) An unsettling mood at the start of the week soon lifts and gives way to a more positive attitude as you find fun and friendship beginning to dominate your aspect. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) A delay in firming up holiday plans could work to your advantage. Use this time to scout out possibilities that might be more in line with what those close to you would prefer. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) Some people might question some of the new friends you’ve welcomed into your life. But your ability to see beyond the obvious helps you recognize how special they are. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) Financial matters can be especially tricky this week. It’s best to follow a conservative investment path for now, and wait for a more fortuitous time to take a bolder approach. BORN THIS WEEK: Your warmth, your humor and your genuine concern for others make you someone people love to keep close to their lives. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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rangers begin defense of their basketball titles Lewis-Palmer goes 2-1 in Grand Junction tournament; is 3-1 to open season By Danny Summers


Lewis-Palmer boys basketball coach Bill Benton, far left wearing suit, and Chase Stone, holding trophy, hope to win another state basketball championship this season. The Rangers are off to a o e tw h 3-1 start.File photo with thes it s,” d

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The Bill Benton era in LewisPalmer boys’ basketball is looking like a winner. The first-year head coach directed his club to three victories in four games last week, including a pair of wins in the tough Grand Junction Tournament. Benton thought his Rangers looked pretty good in the process. “You face a lot of adversity in that tournament,” he said. “You have to travel a long way. You don’t have your fans. Everyone’s kind of rooting against you. You’re not going to get any calls. It’s great competition and you play three days in a row. “It prepares you for what’s coming. By the time conference comes around you have to be prepared.” The Rangers are the two-time defending Class 4A state champions. They looked every bit the part in their season-opening 68-63 victory over Pueblo Central at home on Dec. 3. Senior guard Chase Stone had a team-high 19 points, while sophomores Joe DeCoud and Charlie Hovasse added 13 each. On Dec. 5, the Rangers headed across the state on a five-hour van ride - at least - to Grand Junction. Lewis-Palmer took to the floor a short while later and promptly got trounced by 5A Grand Junction, 64-38. Sophomore Sam Strasburger led the Rangers in scoring with 10 points. “Grand Junction had everything you need,” Benton said. “A great point guard. A very good big man. Roll players. They are a very good 5A team. “We learned a lot from it. We’ll have to get better from it. I would

like to play them again.” Benton added that Grand Junction reminded him of Cheyenne Mountain, which will battle the Rangers in the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. Lewis-Palmer rebounded on Day 2 of the tournament to defeat Palisade, 52-44. The Rangers trailed 25-21 at halftime, but outscored the Bulldogs 15-6 in the third quarter to take command. Stone poured in a team-high 17 points, while Strasburger and Hovasse added nine apiece. Lewis-Palmer ended its three day stay on the Western Slope with a dominating 74-51 win over Fruita Monument on Dec. 7. The Rangers led 48-14 at halftime and cruised to the easy victory. Sophomore Jonathan Scott led all scorers with 18 points, while Strasburger and Stone added 16 and 14, respectively. It was Scott’s first double-figure scoring game of the season. He had been averaging less than five points per game. “Jonathan has done a great job of accepting his opportunities when they come to him,” Benton said. “He understands we need him to score, but he also knows we need him to get the ball to other people.” Rangers’ teams in recent seasons were largely defined by Scott’s older brothers - Jordan and Josh - and Justin Smith. All three are playing Division I basketball. But this year’s Rangers team might be the deepest yet. “We’re probably more diverse than we have been,” Benton said. “We proved that we have a few other guys who can score.” Lewis-Palmer played at Pueblo West on Dec. 10, but results of that game were not available at press time.

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Lind add , was the tou ulating Democrats have regained control of the headlines, so it means you really do have Beginning with a series of telephone ress ons dmoriki@ourco the che General a New ed. just d on ma District and Colorado House, and maintain their ma- to pay attention,” outgoing House Speaker town halls in July, the coalition has been Eco ell Jan. , of high exdur rijuana Transportation - Com cou jority in the state Senate, and Republican Frank McNulty said. “They’re the ones that busy presenting three options to citizens ing 9 in the Regional Washington declared ind transrse, his mon Senate Phil 40-minustry es several Denmembers of the Douglas County legislative are going to have the highest impact on the and area business leaders: tolling any addi By Jane Reuter addiozen Tak ground Manager as RTD continu cham ing ute were also toward the delegation said that could impact business economy.” sou bers on s tional lanes and keeping the existing lanes on rem pectations targeted the ght w sus of home projects arks. the open owners. Four of them were on hand for a McNulty urged business owners to free; tolling all the lanes, old and new; and top issu portation northern region. age e of ing taina s be several projects trol State leaders urged Douglas County Douglas County Business Alliance-spon- “show up at the state Capitol,” testify and raising property or sales taxes to pay for ad day of by adgun ver metro’s ton highlighted led nda item t hosted ble de ing bu the legis Gen hee viol business owners to stay aware and get in in- sored legislative kickoff session held Jan. 3 bring supporters when issues of concern ditional new lanes. ra van e breakfas Washing ting for ls enc eral lative velop ilt in this and of e is Jan. 4 legislativ t 36 Commu are on the table. volved in issues that could impact them as at Lone Tree’s Sky Ridge Medical Center. “The one thing that has come across session. ve@ Cleve Dem during a a Ele the last yeaAssem nonprofi Resort. ment our “The bills you need to be cautious about Photo lawmakers take their seats at the state Capi Capiclear,” Hilbert said, “is that there is just no mentaDecem r’s Aurbly, esp ocratic Legislators continues on Page 19 the Interlocken colora Louisville-based by Cour will be ecia -co s at the Omni ry Sch ber ma ora don way in the world you could go back and toll tney Kuhl lly on nSolution omes metro region ton said. “I the ews ssa ool talk Washing be existing roadways. No matter what is decid “The Denveren in Concre at ater killi the ing ars — and in the West,”believe that it can San city pol abo — are ngs I nec ed, existing (lanes) will remain free.” mu itical greatest ut a. ticu dy Hoo that, and investments star ch mo edg issu guns has t. But Hilbert said the coalition is leaning to tok ed. ting really believe the transportation es are re in e, as just to pop alw ward a decision to toll any new or addiaddi “So this region.” to accomthe done through the ays ommepart of me making in bee up gov point tional lanes to pay for construction and the that we’re r, he said RTD’s journey n in ern s at rcial dev an easy one. Can or acka dice to gun maintenance. He said this will be discussed Howeve Ind has not been RTD board elop delas s, oth projects now y ber just iana Stre resi restructure some recent cuts to the DepartDepart me heavily at the coalition’s January and Feb Feblplish these 2012, the 15-mem percent sales mike Coffman’s views ers Stat he pro north et andnt. to a ment of Defense. a 0.4 e con May to In ruary meetings, when they go over results ballot placing of viol tinu Can gen posed against election Coa On fiscal resolution: “I like the tax piece, the fact that ent “I think we need to go forward with these from a recent telephone survey conducted es on era decided on the general if current finanPag The lly souJefferso l Creek most of the Bush tax cuts remain permanent for the vast cuts,” he said, “but I think they could be by Hill Research Consultants. e 18 tax increase s. This means n resi the North The den theast Parkdev majority of American people I thought was a win. On the done in a way that doesn’t compromise our as they are, be com“If we go that route, construction could fund FasTrack few elop com tial of remain not ons will yea ed by portion the ing per negative side, it wasn’t at all balanced with cuts, and we national security. There was no attention to start in early 2014, if not sooner,” he said. by Andy Carpenean cial projectiNorthwest lines ties dev Ter Can rs is 43 years. Photo are, in fact, going to spend even more money now. We’ve detail paid to these cuts. I think that they “If we pick a financing option that requires Byme Ryan Boldrey d offe Group. ra Cau of retired after mercia delas,anothe elop Metro and 2042. ed these Mastriona has nt ove sa got to be serious about the deficit and the debt and this bill thought it would never happen, so the nono he is convinc the proVeld rs som acres. l and includr a vote (raising taxes), that obviously pushes pleted until w, at Water World. ton said hui ething The new ope to a gondola ing Veldhui r the certainly wasn’t serious about it at all.” tion was `let’s just do an across-the-board it out further. But I don’t think those two But Washing be done way beforethe transCau zen, n spa nex , stands next The resi will for zen veteran a noted sa Parkway Candelas t of the U.S. armed On proposed high-capacity magazine ban: “Personcut to the Department of Defense.’ A den 20-year will ce will options are what I am hearing citizens say. dev Parks and Recreation o far, Capitalmanag two projects ion dates and nt strides tial, said. in west neighbor Hyland Hills ally, I feel that there ought to be a limit. I think this notion “It just isn’t rational. We’re cutting propro hom feature elopme forces, Mike incCongressman I’m hearing citizens say `yeah, fix director it, butofwe jected complet has made significaWashingmm we hav . able lude comArvada. hood executive es, nt, 1,50 time, Hills district uni n former e , and that there shouldn’t be any regulations at all is wrong. That that grams that are essential and giving the com is Coffman (R-Aurora) plans 1,00 five In 1,50 want someone else to pay the taxes.’” takin 0 Hyland ty, hel portatio Photo onc d at Greg Mastriona construction two years. by the com severa 0 or mosingle to efocus by Andy g shape diff are offe of tha d us to munity nt Don said, the question about high-capacity magazines should same weight to programs that are essential of0his efforts Raising taxes was a popular option in the of its missed in the past either begun l mil fam commuch me re rt visi “Th erent Carpenea with hous tho ,” Veld obligaBoard presidethe highpleted RTD has out for 77 percent be decided by state legislatures, because there will inherto our national security to programs that early town hall surveys, but according to the new congressional pric se stan hui “It’s rcial spa lion squ higherin ily, ton said includes in hite ey all Sus on.” n million general build family. said he has e ed work vad -de detach , affairs. projects, perforare session ently be varying standards for different parts of the counthe low probably should have gone by the wayside Hill’s survey only 9 percent of people were tain ctu 1, a $2.7 issue passed to dards zen said hav the contract Ciancio a,” kind of ce. network ed feet nsityon veteran abi ne.” ral flai e Rapid Transit for his overall the or Veld and $300 FasTrack and uni . try. I feel that 100 rounds is too much but that is an issue ofThe a long time ago or have little value.” lar- commu lity can U.S. Bus Rail Lines. tion bond in favor of increased property tax and 42 est regard commitment to a planned ,000s hui a city retarecently com rs. ts re-elected pow we “They West Rail, ry mendo did just two il and te 225 off High pleme zen said within representative that must be debated and decided by the Colorado General sha Coffman said he fancies himself differdiffer pan for Colo Coloered nity, Veld be the park. Com percent favored increasing sales taxes. De Demance and said Mastriona ing the Gold,Rail and Intersta es, but ture began with red els way 72 plan. us and arti stre He hui seen thro East Can The park but grew the folour challeng sustain on Assembly and not in Washington, D.C.” ent from many members in his own party spite the higher numbers, 42-41, in favor of city 6th District said that am nt eac . “Th arado’s the ng muniet ity trus zen and Cand the delas of district. r job for the district Hy- (BRT), course we’ve had h oth ey’l syst Betwee oun all about of Ar- to focus on is d Am in the ugh said ability roo lights tho l inte in that a lot of Republicans don’t support sales taxes over tolling one new lane, the re intends isems, water slides,with the addition the “Of for the resuperio that it’s not elas n par t of ope er. Thehe out ugh fs , and spa a pillar “It’s t, he saidhas tho slides. gra like to say knock down being ton feat of hom tile from he $50erican, ce. Thewe’ll hav ks, ope n any cuts to defense spending. Some of the port suggested that there was not sufficient sues ranging from transi transilowing year ugh Col the will remain nity and a valued “Th , is its recr and four I always soure the s ope spa re’s a tre-te Washing orado,” e recr is its first . cilit e wave pool down — re’s Cove and n n of thees. The to sola con 0,000 that would force the Department of Veter- things on the table in Coffman’s eyes inin get up,” tion worksupport to secure passage in an election as we’re land commuthe district. y,” Veld Coffman of a signnearly space ce sustain den space in into the citizen work eati eation who re- the came Surfer’s firm Eac r na knock es — but the challenges, but big for bec followed ts h bui he said its kin ans Affairs to hire qualified veterans before clude: troop levels in Europe; whether U.S. required by TABOR. th hom ed force the to how the country pay Next g with Pam, aus resource forward, Mastrio hui on cen center. commu gest abilreationcan enj and bui ificant 200 acr and s . Bay in 1984, trai had these we’re getting d in e the challeng zen It’s to travelin years ago. ter nity fore a fee of lder who hiring from the outside. ls take care of vet allies should be more involved in cost-sharcost-shar d Ryl es Going better vetcom es can Thunder goi we’ in 1986. oy the ldin of ope with him said. “We’veoff the canvas, and the , mit erans may ng to re com said. “It’sis a $3 g Its al asp tired eight well-deserved stat River Country really put Wahe will take and experiqua buildin $3,000 buy nsuffering from post-traumatic stress “Only about a third of the people that ing; whether we should retain some of our Possibility of four lanes now 0s. and mount proximect of views area whe me getting up pretty quickly.” reach be LEE mitted e of break is to not by s lots ies it said lifie the nearly nt that million g. Country Bot rs per ion The on the years, and memor to If as because “River done work (in the VA) have actually served in the permanent overseas bases; are there functhe func lot into in ity ain of dedicat District, said work est Rail Line ple D silv to sus expens faoofs h ron LEED, LEED com sola d renewa they Hilbert said is areime possibility onews. out redisorder. Ashley resi Can on the map that time many he’s made over great or- them to Bythere ton also “wo s after years Hills colorad that or and r pan tain at ive “I-think the real concern is in looking at military,” Coffman said, “and I just think tions being handled by active-duty military C-470 could expand sooner ter World Washing point, rk, and oth Bouldemunity door recble build the the trus delas ences Hyland t bee of bui menta Leadergold.” er certifie er the of the Northw is about 33 rather than lat latabi rides and els, he areimers@our ene slides,” rememb only the er .” the other segment nity. r, Veld dine hom par- that there’s a culture there that’s not re- that could be handled by the reserve at a t behad tube ster station t, which is rgy d, andlity. geo diff n U.S lding l Design ship majori tech were body the first and will on, staff and boardwho 6.5-mile So far, hui and plalocation Golden the unemployment rates for veterans, par C-470 continues on Page 19 the commu ip and vision Westmin com eres wit therma syst slides but nol segmen . Gre meets , cer in Ene the future zen sponsive to the veterans. … In my expericheaper cost; and are there weapons sys sysstru rail those ticularly those coming out of Iraq and AfAf built all it If ty s whe , the ems, y” is ogy to the -funded then itted e. This abo h o, ganizati with. But for ctio His leadershin many facilil , hom the bui of the at a Laundro The en Bui green tificatio rgy and complet ano said. “We Raging Colorad ut 30said. suc and of n ghanistan, and how it is significantly higher ence, people who have served in uniform tems that are being developed that aren’t r of the forRTD’s federally fee. they get heat pum ldin coo recr ther re peo able h stan resulted re Golf he It all startedGreg Mastriona to worked through occ and reminde in percent sits es wit lder cho is also part ride, hom led eati g Cou dar n meansEnvisell than a reb g Adventu the general population,” Coffman are much more likely to understand the critical. h was have in 1969. for people was need a little , just take a look na family ps being funded Eagle P3 Project, Arvada and and by on Cha upied. nine hom es are ds set ing own the trus sustain oses mat in allowed ate the college and job, ties includinthe Greg Mastrio rlie will a geo center ncil. That pan billion ed director through by challenges of those who are in the military “I’m looking at being very specific in which said. er es ride. not of und mer y, the by $1.03 Line desk. Hills, McKay ies, t and able to old are tain oGold on the had graduat a recreation the roo feature therma will be velo d to be opened drawer the at Hyland alre er con top of his to & Racewa qua to bui abl use to planned coming up with cuts that I think will realize One way Coffman hopes to defeat this and are getting out of the military.” is for use ftop ons. wit l hea is expecte pm 15 Prome- interact Courses ady hea has the always had a candy from, the ld the happened retr availab litie d, lookingPrinted on recycled r mercia ent comme h Chu Mo e imp Ridge that current RTD projectifor the built is by working from the inside out. Near the It’s Coffman’s military background that the same dollar amount but will not com“I com wife Pam the execu- Golf Ice Centre at the with the pretty cool.” ture as wel to offs kilowat t pum ted and the park drawin re tha rovem ofit the le to s, the could grab full,” Wheat g to newsprint. Please hopes et mo t sola p syst when his s, Veld l as l par hasn’t rcial dev rch Ran has wife of Since then,attractions built ents, ir hom the homfee close of the last session he introduced a bill also has him in the midst of a movement to promise our security,” he said. the Hills the — a collaborationthe MAC n he has high Transportathat anyonesure and left it star 2016, accordin recycle this copy. st r pan The hui many em run into ton said to 48 and been intet of the ted eloper, ch Com Veld nade g rides “On g residen just e wit ent of nster, of the Hyland . 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Park and able ity (Mature U.S. 36 BRT n Denver and Boulder con my wife , but com“We er pot es to ly like Voyage natura delas living . to be can -degre view,” tion-led feana’s favorite , the sustain Water World. “She told husband would ’ve we’ ential build venien downtow on U.S. 36 there - course,said he’s also extreme s Earth, Mastrio her In the Know tow see Stan e view he said l bea though is Mc ll con been ce the ability ect between bus rapid transit the country, so recent addition program He was sure interview,” Mastrioto from n . “Re uty at it clients. re, as stores . Kay tinue “We want BRT systems in Ran Denverdley Lak te an feathe many for chil- the most Flyer. any side of the ton said. wel s give me was very fortuna ge. 1994, best proud of For said. to work for ma Washing l as nts e, the hom and sponsor of the The DiD you know? Mile High was built in “I one of the to that,” District hav more visi the right ton said ny on it said. e ted ng at district Pik na nat Flat site Recreation the e t place Washing yea most hour-lo “Voyage ” ww es for ma Park and ura right we are commit this goal, rs new informa a was the in the district. of the job is l bea Peak Irons, . They Hyland Hills all started. still have defi be in the vefo ny yea and in 1955, and in Colowhere is dow part said. “It’s and we 43- dren To achieve to offer BRT ridersa cashlessnin on rwa tion was established g chauty of the the n“The best time. That’sna started his Mastriona rs,” of the kids,” fast and abo rd.c recreation district service and recentlyas a racteri site Front RTD is striving the smiles ut Can om. Mastrio the pro- waits,” ute ride, that’sstill right first park and serves nearly 110,000 its as free WiFi Hills career - seeing “Knowing that is stic five-min . It’s vices, such n option through delas, rado. The district s are bes of one robotics mile area year Hyland assistant superin he said. it is getting it.” a 24-square the facilitie the features fare collectio Card system. project, which ng the residents in the golf course even though Adams County Smart grams and and enjoyed by before becomi launched ton said the BRT can’t on top, competition from 36 Express located in southwestof Westminster and tendent, in 1972. ing used pretty neat. You areas a little Washing 17-mile U.S. rd in e director had an inand including in Adams County, parts Flyer.” executiv ed with the Federal Bouleva kids, that’s the field years he fa- Mile High is dovetail the disin Boul’s work in in the Printe Over the Arvada located rnton and, Federal beat that.” astriona ny of these sa Drive growing roject between


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Prep sports Scoreboard

Rangers ready to skate past the competition The prep winter sports season has arrived By Danny Summers The combined District 38 hockey team comprised of players from Lewis-Palmer and Palmer Ridge high schools could be among the state’s elite by the end of the season. First-year coach Hal Jordan inherits 16 returning players from last year’s squad that went 10-8-1. Jordan replaces Steve Fillo. All Fillo did in his seven seasons with the team was start the program from scratch, win two state championships and have his teams advance to at least the state quarterfinals six times. The Rangers have a nice blend of offensive fire power and defensive standouts. Five defensemen are at least 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and are seasoned veterans. Leading the way are seniors Adam Schaefer (6 goals, 8 assists) and senior Taylor Hill. Junior Dmitri Smith is a top defenseman, but also a lethal

scorer. Last season he led all Rangers defenseman with seven goals and 10 assists. Other top players include senior forward Julian Claudio (team-leading 17 goals last season), senior forward Casey McMullin and junior forward Dustin Jones. RANGERS MAT MEN STRONG Lewis-Palmer opened its wrestling season with a 41-29 victory over Douglas County on Dec. 4. Four Rangers wrestlers won their matches by pin. Alec Oberndorfer pinned Jacob Brettman at 106 pounds; Joseph Scott (220 pounds) pinned Zach Summers; Azam Ibragimov (132) pinned Jacob Gruenhaupt; and Trevor Wilch (120) pinned Nikolai Trbovich. THUNDER SPORTS TALLEST AREA BASKETBALL PLAYER Marc Reininger attended Lewis-Palmer as a freshman and figured to be a nice addition to its team this season. But the 6-8 string-bean center decided to transfer to Discovery Canyon. Thunder coach George German, an Air Force Academy graduate and former Falcons assistant, believes Reininger has huge upside and is happy to


have him be part of the program. JUSTIN SMITH UPDATE Justin Smith is enjoying a solid start to his college basketball career with Division I Idaho State. The former Lewis-Palmer star, listed at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, has logged 73 minutes, scored 13 points and collected 13 rebounds in the Bengals’ first four games. His best game came against Evergreen State when he had in 11 points in 16 minutes before fouling out. At times, the true freshman has struggled. He got his first collegiate start Nov. 23 at Cal State Bakersfield, filling the starting spot of Jeffrey Solarin, who violated a team rule and did not travel to California. In 24 minutes Smith shot 1-for-7 from the field in ISU’s 7169 loss. PROFESSIONAL SOCCER COMING TO AREA Nicholas Ragain, president of Ragain Sports LLC, confirmed Dec. 5 that a United Soccer Leagues PRO team will move to Colorado Springs. The team,

Boys Basketball Lewis-Palmer 74, Fruita Monument 51 Lewis-Palmer is now 3-1 after defeating Fruita Monument 74-51. Lewis-Palmer scored 48 first-half points with the help of sophomore Jonathan Scott with 18 points, sophomore Sam Strasburger with 16 and senior Chase Stone with 14 points.

PALMER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL Boys Basketball Palmer Ridge 59, Centauri 53 Junior Matt Cameron scored 26 points helping Palmer Ridge to a 59-53 victory over Centauri. Senior Edmund Cameron scored 16 points. Cameron had nine rebounds and was also named Player of the Game.

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Palmer Ridge 56, Florence 29 Palmer Ridge freshman Sam Rippley was named Player of the Game against Florence, scoring nine points. Senior Ali Meyer scored 13 points and senior Michelle DeCoud had 11.

UPCOMING GAMES Boys Basketball FRIDAY TBA - Palmer Ridge @ Chatfield TUESDAY 7 p.m. - Lewis-Palmer @ Liberty 7 p.m. - Palmer Ridge vs. Canon City THURSDAY 6 p.m. - Lewis-Palmer @ D’Evelyn 7 p.m. - Palmer Ridge vs. Cheyenne Mountain

Girls Basketball FRIDAY 6 p.m. - Palmer Ridge vs. Chatfield TUESDAY 6 p.m. - Palmer Ridge @ Cheyenne Mountain THURSDAY 5:30 p.m. - Palmer Ridge vs. Coronado

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which does not yet have a name, would begin play in March 2015. Ragain made his announcement at a news conference at the Penrose House near the Broadmoor. The event was organized by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. Among those in attendance was Sports Corp. CEO Tom Osborne, Colorado Springs mayor Steve Bach, franchise owner Martin Ragain

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next season. The USL PRO league will have 13 teams from all around the country in 2014. The City for Champions project is key to making this agreement work. The proposal calls for a stadium to be built in southwest downtown Colorado Springs adjacent to a United States Olympic museum. It also calls for a 3,000-seat indoor arena. The Air Force Academy Visitors Center would also receive funding from the project. In January, Major League Soccer, which includes the Colorado Rapids, and USL PRO announced its franchises will sign affiliation agreements for player develop-

ment by next season. PAUL WALKER WAS HERE IN 2011 Paul Walker, the “Fast and Furious” film star who died on Dec. 1 from injuries suffered in a high-speed automobile accident in southern California, was in the Pikes Peak Region in 2011. Walker was behind the wheel of the Official Pace Car and Grand Marshal for the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He drove a Porsche, provided by Porsche of Colorado Springs, to open the world’s most famous hill climb and America’s second-oldest motorsport race behind the Indy 500.

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everybody all excited. It’s driven this wedge between us and the community.” That wedge got even bigger last week when KRDO Channel 13 reported that Black Forest residents have circulated a petition that declares that they “have no faith in Bob Harvey to hold the position of fire chief.” The petition also said, according to KRDO, that Harvey displayed “incompetence, arrogance, lack of integrity and ego.” Bracken said he has not seen the petition. “Five to six-thousand people live in the district,” Bracken said. “We’ll deal with the petition if and when we receive it. “We control the hiring and firing of people in our department.” Bracken said he also believes that Black Forest Fire Rescue has been more responsive since Harvey was hired and that because of his leadership during the fire many homes were saved. Bracken added that the board will hold a press conference when it concludes its investigation.

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Pursuant to Colorado Statute 38-21.5-103 the personal possession belonging to Mark May whose last known address was Box 344, Palmer Lake, Colorado 80133 will be disposed of on December 27, 2013 or soon thereafter, to satisfy past due rent unless paid in full by cash by that date.


The disposal will take place at Pioneer Public Storage, 707 Circle, Palmer Lake, Colorado 80133 (719-337-0094). The item to be disposed of is a self propelled towing tractor (Mercury Industrial Truck) stored at pioneer Public Storage. Legal Notice No.: 932201 First publication: December 11, 2013 Last publication: December 18, 2013 Publisher: Tri-Lakes Tribune

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 2.04 OF THE MONUMENT MUNICIPAL CODE CONCERNING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES INTRODUCED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 2nd day of December, 2014 by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Monument by a vote of 6 for and 0 against. Legal Notice No.: 932199 First publication: December 11, 2013 Last publication: December 11, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune Public Notice TOWN OF MONUMENT ORDINANCE NO. 28-2013 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 6 – ANIMALS INTRODUCED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 2nd day of December, 2013 by the Board of Trustees of the


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AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 6 – ANIMALS INTRODUCED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 2nd day of December, 2013 by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Monument by a vote of 6 for and 0 against. Legal Notice No.: 932200 First publication: December 11, 2013 Last publication: December 11, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune Public Notice OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT Pike National Forest Mountain View Electric Association - Powerline Reconstruction Proposal El Paso County, Colorado The U.S. Forest Service, Pike National Forest, Pikes Peak Ranger District, proposes to authorize Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA) to reconstruct an existing powerline. The proposal would authorize MVEA to reconstruct the powerline located on National Forest System lands near Monument, Colorado. The powerline is located just south of Mountain Herman Road within the administrative site of Monument Fire Center also known as Monument Open

The U.S. Forest Service, Pike National Forest, Pikes Peak Ranger District, proposes to authorize Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA) to reconstruct an existing powerline. The proposal would authorize MVEA to reconstruct the powerline located on National Forest System lands near Monument, Colorado. The powerline is located just south of Mountain Herman Road within the administrative site of Monument Fire Center also known as Monument Open Space. The powerline is 1.9 miles in length with a 20-foot right-of-way covering about 4.6 acres. The intent of the project is to rebuild a powerline segment that has exceeded its effective life span. The management action entail the replacement of power poles and conductor in order to maintain service reliability and to mitigate potential fire hazards associated with the equipment. Reconstruction would begin in 2014 with a Monday-Friday construction schedule. Implementation for the proposed action is expected to be accomplished in about four months, but phases of the operation may be performed over an extended period. The Forest Service has made a preliminary determination that this proposal falls within a category of actions listed in regulations 36 CFR 220.6 that are excluded from documentation in an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and that there are no extraordinary circumstances of the category.

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This commend period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this proposal an opportunity to

January 15 Deadline for Scholarship Applications! Requirements and applications are available at either MVEA office or online at www.mvea. coop. Please call 719.494.2670 The for moreisinformation. powerline located just south of

Mountain Herman Road within the administrative site of Monument Fire Center also known as Monument Open Space. The powerline is 1.9 miles in length with a 20-foot right-of-way covering about 4.6 acres. The intent of the project is to rebuild a powerline segment that has exceeded its effective life span. The management action entail the replacement of power poles and conductor in order to maintain service reliability and to mitigate potential fire hazards associated with the equipment. Reconstruction would begin in 2014 with a Monday-Friday construction schedule. Implementation for the proposed action is expected to be accomplished in about four months, but phases of the operation may be performed over an extended period. The Forest Service has made a preliminary determination that this proposal falls within a category of actions listed in regulations 36 CFR 220.6 that are excluded from documentation in an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and that there are no extraordinary circumstances of the category.

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This commend period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this proposal an opportunity to make their concerns known before the Responsible Official makes a final decision. This comment period is provided to comply with a recent U.S. Federal District Court ruling in Sequoia ForestKeeper v. Tidwell, which invalidated certain sections of the agency’s appeal regulations. Those who provide comment or otherwise express interest by the close of the comment period may be eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to regulations at 36 CFR Part 215. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of this notice in the Gazette, Pueblo Chieftain and Tri-Lake Tribune newspapers. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this proposal. Written comments must be submitted to: District Ranger c/o Jeff Hovermale, 601 S. Weber St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 or by fax to 719-477-4233. Electronic comments must be submitted to jhover-

This commend period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this proposal an opportunity to make their concerns known before the Responsible Official makes a final decision. This comment period is provided to comply with a recent U.S. Federal District Court ruling in Sequoia ForestKeeper v. Tidwell, which invalidated certain sections of the agency’s appeal regulations. Those who provide comment or otherwise express interest by the close of the comment period may be eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to regulations at 36 CFR Part 215. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of this notice in the Gazette, Pueblo Chieftain and Tri-Lake Tribune newspapers. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this proposal.

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Written comments must be submitted to: District Ranger c/o Jeff Hovermale, 601 S. Weber St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 or by fax to 719-477-4233. Electronic comments must be submitted to Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification. Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 215.6. Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from: Jeff Hovermale, 601 S. Weber St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, (719) 477-4201 or Legal Notice No.: 932198 First Publication: December 11, 2013 Last Publication: December 11, 2013 Publisher: The Tribune


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Frigid temps cause cancellations With just a few more days left in this semester, our staff members and students are very busy finishing their final projects and preparing grades. Recent school closures because of the arctic air that settled over our region also caused postponements and cancellations of several events. I want to emphasize that our weather decisions are always made with the safety of our students and staff members as our top priority. Our district calendar builds in six snow days each year before we have to make any considerations of adding on instructional days. Contact time for students is a requirement that is set by state law, not by individual school districts. Our district has had many reasons to celebrate during the last few weeks. One of the honors we have received that speaks to the daily endeavors of our students and staff members is to have our district Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education. This recognition, which Academy District 20 has received for four consecutive years, is based on our scores on the state assessments and the overall academic growth of our students. We are proud of our students and staff members and grateful for the support of parents and our community members. One of our middle school assistant principals, Tom Andrew at Timberview, was recognized as the Colorado Assistant Principal of the Year for 2014. The Colorado Association of

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3. Grow more indoor plants. Plants can help filter out stale, stagnant air in the house and add moisture to the environment. Breathing fresh oxygen from these plants can provide you with energy and help you to feel revitalized. 4. Increase your exercise routine. Now could be the time to join the gym

School Executives cited Andrew’s educational leadership and commitment to creating an inclusive culture of excellence in his school. Andrew was nominated by Timberview Middle School administrators, a teacher and a parent. He is praised for his commitment to each student and commended for his tenacity and steadfast focus on student learning. One parent wrote, “Mr. Andrew is truly a collaborative leader. We always get a feeling of camaraderie and respect between Tom and his teachers. He appears to genuinely care about the well-being and mentoring of his teachers.” In addition to these district and individual honors, our athletic teams, choirs, theatre groups, and cheerleaders have also been visible in recent state competitions. Pine Creek High School won the Class 4A state football championship and the state boys soccer championship. We can be proud of the many students who not only excel in our classrooms, but also are successful in many extracurricular activities. or become part of a walking group. According to The Mayo Clinic, exercise can boost mood, reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen symptoms of depression. In addition, exercise increases body temperature, which may have calming effects, and releases feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression. 5. Throw a party. The old saying is “misery loves company,” so why not invite friends over and banish cabin fever together? Winter tends to be alienating, as people are more inclined to bundle up and stay indoors.

Choice Enrollment Window The Academy District 20 Choice Enrollment Window opens Jan. 3 and runs through Feb. 21. This is the opportunity we extend to families to choose a school or program they feel best meets the need of their child. If you are new to our district and you want to learn about the process, please attend the Choice Enrollment Information Night through our Parent Academy on Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Education and Administration Center. Please register for this event at Remember that the process is not first-come, first-served, so parents can take time to learn about the variety of programs in our schools by attending the information night each school schedules during this window. While we take time during the holiday break to relax with friends and families, I also urge you to be mindful of the families and community members affected by the Black Forest Fire and Waldo Canyon Fire. Many of our schools continue to support fundraising and events for the fire victims. I wish each of you a joyous holiday season and a happy 2014. Mark Hatchell is the superintendent of schools in Academy District 20. He writes a monthly column for the TriLakes Tribune. You can follow him on Twitter @markhatchell. Forcing socialization can brighten not only your own mood but that of others as well. 6. Get out of town. Cabin fever can be temporarily abated by a mini vacation. Head somewhere that is warm and sunny. If you cannot afford a trip to the tropics, a brief jaunt to a spa or relative’s house may banish boredom and get you out of the house. 7. Try a new hobby. Attempt an activity that marries winter with getting active. Ideal activities include crosscountry skiing, ice hockey, skating, or snowshoeing.

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