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D50 first to meet on status with state board By Ashley Reimers
Max Watson, 10, has a rare disease called Cobalamin X, which is a gene mutation that affects his ability to properly process the vitamin B12. To help with medical expenses, his school Cotton Creek Elementary, hosted a pancake fundraiser on Feb. 22. Courtesy photo
School raises money for classmate with rare disease By Ashley Reimers
areimers@coloradocommunitymedia. com Max Watson loves Batman, classical music and the Beatles. The 10-year-old also loves the color yellow and being outside. He is also the first known case of Cobalamin X, a rare disease that inhibits Max from processing vitamin B12 in foods. Just last year Max received his diagnosis, but since he was four months old, he’s dealt with health challenges including unexplained movements and profound lethargy and was diagnosed with an intractable seizure disorder. In 2004 he was diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder that prevented him from normally processing proteins, before his recent Cobalamin X diagnosis. Max, who lives in Westminster, is just one of 14 boys with Cobalamin X, and because it is so new, information is still being developed and written by doctors, and one source of information comes directly from Max’s parents, Deana and Steve, who share the experiences they have with Max with doctors. “The doctors are really right now, writing the text book on this disease, because it’s brand new,” Deana said. “We’ve only met
‘Some of his classmates live in our neighborhood, and sometimes they’ll stop over to see Max or to see if he can play. And that’s great. He’s always being included, which means a lot.’ Deana Watson one other boy who has Cobalamin X, who is from Missouri, so we also talk with his parents about their son and their experiences.” Because of Max’s health condition, he requires constant attention, several different medications and other expenses to help him continue to thrive. To help with some of the expenses, Max’s school, Cotton Creek Elementary hosted a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s in Broomfield. The school raised over $2,000 through ticket sales and donations to contribute to a larger campaign called Give Max a Lift, an effort to raise money to purchase an in-home lifting station for Max.
Deana was somewhat surprised by the school’s effort, but completely appreciative. She said although Max is homebound, he still does his school work every day and keeps in touch with his teachers and fellow classmates via online video chat. Max is treated like any other student, which means a lot to Deana and Steve. “Some of his classmates live in our neighborhood and sometimes they’ll stop over to see Max or to see if he can play,” Deana said. “And that’s great. He’s always being included, which means a lot.” To learn more about Max’s story, or to donate to his medical expenses, visit www. maxwatson.org.
Project recommended to city council By Ashley Reimers
areimers@coloradocommunitymedia. com A plan to develop a portion of the Legacy Ridge subdivision was unanimously recommended by the Westminster Planning Commission during a March 11 public hearing. During the hearing, planning commission members discussed and considered a comprehensive plan amendment and official development plan for the residential
project located at the northeast corner of Sheridan Boulevard and 107th Drive. Ryland Homes, the developer of the project, is proposing a change and reconfiguration to the existing zoning designations in the area from R-18, R-8 and R-3.5 to R-8 and R-3.5, and removing the R-18 designation. Mac Cummins, city planning manager, said community members expressed concerns about traffic during the meeting, but were all generally supportive. “Some people had questions and concerns about specific areas, like traffic, but
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not for the basic concept development on the parcel,” he said. The project is proposing a mix of 89 single-family detached units and 64 patio villa paired units. Cummins said the project is the last large parcel in the Legacy Ridge west subdivision. He said the east area has already been developed and the west area has been developing over the last eight to 10 years. “The Legacy Ridge plan originally called for higher density than what is currently being proposed,” Cummins said. “The plan being proposed now is much more compatible to what you see to the south in terms of the housing layout.” Cummins said the Legacy Ridge neighborhood is one of the nicer subdivisions in the city and with the housing market picking up, the new units could be desirable to home buyers. Westminster City Council will be reviewing the project during the March 24 meeting. The public is invited to voice any concerns or questions regarding the proposal.
Ever since being designated a Turnaround district in 2010, Adams County School District 50 has been dedicated to improving achievement and education for students. Over the past couple years the hard work has resulted in strides made by the district by becoming a Priority Improvement district in 2012. Recently district representatives, including superintendent Pam Swanson and board members Ruben Pacheco, Ryan McCoy and Dino Valente, presented an overview to the Colorado State Board of Education on the successes, challenges, improvement strategies and their future vision on how to get off the accountability status. District 50 met with board during the March 12 board meeting and was the first of the eleven accountability districts to discuss their status. The other districts will present at upcoming board meetings. District 50 is entering year four on the accountability clock. As part of their quest to move out of priority improvement and into improvement status, the district implemented a Competency Based System, CBS, educational program. According to Swanson, CBS is a district-wide, all inclusive approach to learning that seeks to ensure that all children learn their full potential and become competent at whatever they are studying. CBS was a major topic of discussion during the meeting. Many Colorado board members commented on the devotion and hard work the district has taken to implement the new program. “Thank you and congratulations on how far you’ve come,” said Jane Goff, who represents the 7th Congressional District, including District 50. “I’m very proud to be part of representing you and cheering you all along.” Touching on improvement, Pacheco said the district is focusing on four themes: deepening the CBS practices, restructuring to support a pre-kindergarten to age 20 education, involve stakeholders differently and focusing on systemic leadership. Swanson said in terms of deepening the CBS practices that means focusing on what is happening in the classroom. “We support our teachers in becoming better at their craft by using walkthroughs, instructional rounds, learning walks and DATA walls,” she said. “Many of these practices are also embedded in the state teacher evaluation tool we have chosen to implement.” Swanson also educated the board on the district’s challenges and hopes, which she says often overlap. The first challenge mentioned was transitioning from a “seat time” model to a CBS system as well as integrating student information and the learning management system. “In a CBS system, we need to be able to seamlessly track a student’s educational progress from kindergarten to graduation. When a student changes a school or a teacher, that body of information needs to go with them,” she said. “At the start of the school year, a student needs to pick up where they left off in May. We are fortunate enough to be working with an innovative company that is very responsive to our request to customize a system for us that meets student, parent and teacher needs. It’s a major undertaking.” District continues on Page 18
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Never too late to dream, discover a gift Three times she almost quit. The inspiration wasn’t there. Unlike the others in the class, she had never painted, and the challenge of creating something worthy seemed quite overwhelming. In all her 94 years, Jean Barron hadn’t even picked up a paintbrush. She knew nothing about art, didn’t much care for it, had determinedly avoided art museums. But that was before Cézanne’s “The Blue Vase.” And a teacher who broke the work into manageable, unintimidating parts that seamlessly fit together, like pieces of a puzzle. When Jean was done replicating the masterpiece, she looked at her canvas with the blue vase and flowers, fruit scattered on the table. “Did I really paint that?” she thought. “It was just amazing.” Three years later, Jean is passionate about painting. Her work is so good that local TV and newspapers are telling her story. She understands the reason they’re interested is because she discovered this talent so late in life. But then, “to be learning something new,’” she says, “that’s what keeps us young.” Jean, who celebrated her 97th birthday March 18, will tell you she feels quite young. She’s in total agreement with the popular notion that 60 today is the new 40. “I am so blessed with health and, usually, a fairly sound mind,” she says with a slight smile. “I don’t know where the time has gone. I can’t believe I’m as old as I am, and I never expected to be around at this age. … But I don’t feel like I’m older than 60. I don’t feel like I’m 97, my goodness.”
That self-appraisal is encouraging. I, too, recently celebrated a birthday. And like, Jean, I also feel much younger than my 54 years. It turns out that impression isn’t unusual. The older people get, the younger they feel, according to a Pew Research survey. “Moreover,” the report said, “the gap in years between actual age and `felt age’ widens as people grow older.” Nearly half of survey respondents 50 and older said they felt at least 10 years younger, but among those between 65 and 74, one-third felt 10 to 19 years younger and one in six said they felt at least 20 years younger than their age. A New York Times blog in 2008 talked about a study that found people 70 and older generally thought of themselves as 13 years younger. “This concept of how you feel about your age is so important and defines, in a way, how we act,” said Jacqui Smith, a psychologist at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, who was interviewed in the story by Tara Parker-Pope. “If you self-define yourself as someone who is old, then you probably act that way.” Another Pew study found more than
two-thirds of Americans would like to live to between 79 and 100 years old, with the median desired life span being 90 years — about 11 years longer than the U.S. life expectancy of 78.7 years. And statistics show, adults 60 and older — because they are healthier and more active — are living longer. So: We want to live longer. We are living longer. We are living longer better. I like that prognosis, that extended lease on life, because I worry about not having enough time to fulfill my constantly renewing pot of dreams. I hope to be like Jean — healthy, creative, still learning, still looking for new experiences. On this afternoon, she walks slowly, steadily, down the hall to her apartment. She has just returned from a bus trip to the Mayan exhibit at the Museum of Nature and Science. She sits on her sofa, slightly out of breath, but soon recovers. She moved to Colorado from Ohio seven years ago, 21 years after the death of her husband, to be near her two daughters. The days go fast: Exercise and yoga three to four mornings a week, art class every Thursday afternoon, other activities and excursions interspersed. Depending on the week, she spends two to three afternoons painting at the easel she sets up at her kitchen counter. She prefers oils to watercolors because she can more easily correct mistakes. The time she spends coaxing the canvas to life seems almost to stand still. “I get so absorbed. … I lose all track of time — almost a sense of wonder. I guess it’s the creativity and appreciation for the gift that God has given me.”
Since she began, Jean has completed 39 paintings, mostly landscapes, some for her daughters, a handful for friends, many of the Scottish countryside that links her to her heritage. Many hang on the walls throughout her apartment. “I look at my work and I can’t believe I did it, but, well, I didn’t do it,” she says. “The Lord and I did it together. I kept asking the Lord how I could glorify him more in my life, and this was His answer.” That faith, which takes away her worries and stress, is key to her longevity, she believes. “That’s the biggest secret of a contented, healthy, long life.” Needless to say, Jean looks at art differently these days. She enjoys art museums, is curious about the masters and their styles, is fascinated by their different brushstrokes. In her bedroom hang two paintings she did of Monet landscapes, one of a boat on water, the other of a landscape, also with water in it. “I learned he painted on water,” she says, with a touch of wonderment. “He had a boat and he just floated around and did his painting.” That, she says, would be difficult to do. But then, she only has to paint at the easel in her kitchen to find herself transported to a place where there is just the brush and the canvas — and the miracle that comes with it. Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-566-4110.
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t Lectures touch on the vast history of Westminster By Ashley Reimers
d areimers@coloradocommunitymedia. for com any er The Westminster Lecture Series is set to s begin soon and will educate the community on a variety of topics, from dinosaurs and e Indians to historic trees and plants. s. This is the third year for the series and sk- each year interest from the community has ore grown. Bob Briggs, lecture series committee member and Westminster councilman, said r- the goal of the program is to allow people he who are interested in a topic to gain some in-depth knowledge from educated prented,senters. He said for those who have wondered about the history of Westminster, the lectures are a fun and easy way learn more about their community. d “Westminster is a 103 years old and most ent of our residents don’t know about its history,” Briggs said. she on th
had Road work begins Crackseal material will did be applied on roadways do. throughout the city through mid-April. This procedure e s- helps prevent potholes and minimize pavement dame le age while extending the life of surface treatments. Winter is prime time to apply t life crackseal material because the cracks are open due to ni- the cold temperatures. The cold temperature also cut down on the amount of cure time for the product, which means that motor-
‘These lectures are designed to give all of our citizens the opportunity to know the history of their city, which didn’t just happen by a snap of a finger...’ Bob Briggs, lecture series committee member “These lectures are designed to give all of our citizens the opportunity to know the history of their city, which didn’t just happened by a snap of a finger, the history happened because a lot of people were involved over the years.” The first lecture is March 22 and will focus on dinosaurs, the creation of the area, Indian trails and early settlers. The lecture will be at the Grange Hall, 3935 W. 73rd Ave.
Bob and Linda Graybeal will lead the presentation. Both have a vested interest in geology and earth science. Linda said they lecture will highlight what the city was like long before any people inhabited the area before leading up to the early settlers in the 1860s. She said the lecture will touch on how the land formed what is known today, how trails were foraged by dinosaurs and how
Native Americans, explorers and trappers brought people through the area to the Oregon Trail. “The whole idea is to imagine what Westminster was like before any trees, rivers or people were here,” she said. “It’s just fascinating. The land tells a story.” The March 22 lecture is one of four lectures, each lasting 1-3 p.m. The lectures are free, but a lunch is offered at 12:30 p.m. for a cost of $10 per person. No registration is required. For more information contact Briggs at 303-981-4141. Below is a list of the other upcoming lectures: April 12 at Ciancio’s Restaurant: Creation of the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District, the first recreation district in Colorado Sept. 13 at the Pillar of Fire: Pillar of Fire ghosts and Wesley Cemeteries Oct. 11 at the Grange Hall: Historic trees and plants
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ists can drive on them in a much shorter time frame. The city contracted with A-1 Chipseal Company to perform the work on arterial and collector streets. The city street division crews will target their efforts on residential streets.
Public hearing scheduled for residential project
Westminster City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 24, at Westminster City Hall to consider a com-
prehensive plan amendment and an official development plan for a 42.3-acre residential project located at the northeast corner of Sheridan Boulevard and 107th Drive. Ryland Homes is proposing a change and reconfiguration to the existing zoning designations from R-18, R-8 and R-3.5 to R-8 and R-3.5, and removing the R-18 designation. In addition, an official development plan is proposed, which includes a mix of 89 single-family detached housing units and 64 patio
villa paired units.
Paint-A-Thon coming up
The Brothers Redevelopment Paint-A-Thon is prepping for its 36th season providing seniors and disabled homeowners across the front range the opportunity to have their home painted for free. To qualify, individuals must be 60 years or older, own and occupy their own home and plan to live in it at least one more year. Seniors must have a limited income and be financially
unable to hire a house painter. The home can’t be taller than one-and-a-half stories and must be in need of painting. Applications must be received by May 31 and the form is available at www.brothersredevelopment.org. An application also can be requested by calling Paint-A-Thon coor-
dinator Chad Nibbbelink at 720-339-5864. Paint-AThon organizers also are enlisting volunteers to help paint the homes of seniors. For more information on volunteering, sponsoring the event or applying to have a home painted, call Brothers Redevelopment at 303-202-6340
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WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL ON THE RECORD Westminster City Council voted on the following legislation during the March 10 meeting. Council members in attendance were Mayor Herb Atchison, Mayor Pro Tem Faith Winter and councilors Bob Briggs, Emma Pinter and Bruce Baker.
South Sheridan Urban Renewal Area. South Sheridan is one of seven URA’s under the WEDA umbrella and was created on March 29, 2004 to facilitate the redevelopment of property within its boundaries.
Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement authorized
Based upon the recommendation of the city manager, council unanimously determined that the public interest will be best served by ratifying the contractual expenditures with Kelly Electrical Services, Inc. and approving the total 2013 expenditures of $52,545.58 with Kelly Electrical Services. Kelly Electrical Services, Inc. was the vendor selected by the Police Department to provide electrical work during the construction phase of the Citywide Radio System Capital
Council unanimously authorized the city manager to sign an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement between the city of Westminster and the Westminster Economic Development Authority providing payment to the city from WEDA for reimbursement of costs associated with a redevelopment agreement benefitting the Urban Renewal Area and city incurred costs related to maintenance of improvements in the
Bill approved on second reading
Council unanimously passed Councilor’s Bill No. 4 on second reading appropriating funds from the Wastewater Capital Projects Reserve into the 87th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard Lift Station Project. The bill was passed on first reading on Feb. 24 to appropriate funds from the Wastewater Capital Projects Reserve Fund in the amount of $287,600 needed for expenses related to the 87th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard Lift Station Project construction. The next council meeting is at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 24, at City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. in Westminster.
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Cell phone use while driving ban fails By Vic Vela
email@example.com An effort to ban most cell phone uses while driving failed in a House committee on March 12. The bill would have prohibited motorists from talking on cell phones unless they were using hands-free devices. The legislation also would have created tougher penalties for drivers who talk on their cell phones in school zones and construction areas, and would have banned phone gadgets from being used while behind the wheel, such as web surfing and applications. Text messaging while driving is already illegal in Colorado. But Democrats and Republicans alike expressed a myriad of concerns about the bill. Some said that the measure would lead to potential enforceability issues for law enforcement, while others didn’t think the proposed penalties went far enough. Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, the bill sponsor, told the House Transportation and Energy Committee that, “at any given time, 9 percent of drivers are on their cell phones, so the likelihood of crashes increases.” “We want to encourage people to put the phone down and put their hands on the wheel and focus on the road,” Melton said. Melton’s effort was highlighted by emotional testimony on behalf of his bill from a Fort Collins woman whose daughter was killed by a driver who was distracted by her phone. Shelley Forney wept as she told the story of her 9-year-old daughter Erica, who was riding on her bike, on her way home from school in 2008. A driver – who was talking on her cell phone – became distracted and veered into the bike lane, striking the girl and causing her body to flip eight feet in the
Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, listens as Shelley Forney speaks in support of his legislation that sought to ban most uses of cell phones while driving. The bill failed in the House Transportation and Energy Committee on March 12. Photo by Vic Vela air before landing on the windshield. The girl died two days later. “She had a life that was taken from her for something that should have never happened,” Forney said. Forney is a constituent of Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins. Her testimony caused Fisher to choke back tears and to thank her for her courage in fighting for the legislation before he voted in favor of the bill. But other lawmakers on the committee expressed concern with the bill before testimony ever began.
Rep. Ray Scott, D-Grand Junction, wondered how police could possibly enforce the law with their limited officer resources, with so many drivers using cell phones these days. And Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Douglas County, said it doesn’t take a cell phone to distract a driver. She said that a crying child or changing radio stations also can lead to accidents. “There’s a lot of things that affect distracted drivers,” she said. “I don’t understand why we’re focusing just on a cell phone.”
It wasn’t just Republicans who had concerns. Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, who also voted no, wasn’t fond of the law’s penalty structure, telling Melton that they “don’t go far enough.” The bill would have created a “primary offense” for drivers who use their cell phones through school zones and construction areas, meaning police could impose a citation for the mere act of being on the phone. But, in all other cases, violating the cell phone law would have only resulted in a “secondary offense,” meaning drivers could only be cited for talking on their cell phones so long as they were initially stopped for another violation. The bill’s maximum fines for violations would have been $50 for the first offense and $100 for the second. Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, also voted no. She was concerned that the law would hurt ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, where drivers rely on cell phone applications to pick up drivers. “I don’t know if we fully know what the scope of this is,” she said of the legislation. But Rep. Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, the committee chairman, voted in favor of the measure. He took issue with a comment that was made by Scott, who talked about the difficulty of legislating “personal responsibility.” “I don’t think we’re talking about personal responsibility,” Tyler said. “I think we’re talking about personal actions, which we legislate all the time.” The bill failed in the committee following a 7-6 vote. However, the committee did not vote to officially kill the legislation this session, meaning Melton could still make changes and bring the effort back this year, if he chooses to do so.
School board transparency bill dies Cyberbullying bill passes House Sponsor cites lack of support in Senate as reason By Vic Vela
firstname.lastname@example.org Legislation aimed at creating greater transparency for what happens behind closed doors at school board meetings will not happen this year. A bill sponsor on March 12 asked a Senate committee to indefinitely postpone the legislation, meaning the bill is dead this session. The legislation would have required that all conReport versations that take place during school board executive sessions be recorded, including those involving attorneyclient discussions. Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton, said she had enough votes for House Bill 1110 to clear the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, getting it past the full Senate was going to be an entirely different story. Hodge — who sponsored the bill with Rep. Cherylin Peniston, D-Westminster — said the bill was one vote short of the support needed to pass the Senate. That vote belonged to Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. Steadman said he had concerns that the bill only targeted school boards and no other governing bodies, such as city councils. But Steadman’s “overriding” concerns had to do with attorneyclient matters. Current law already requires that school board executive sessions be recorded. The bill would have expanded that requirement to include attorney-client conversations. All Republicans and a few Democrats voted against the bill in the House, in part over concerns that lawyers wouldn’t be able to have effective conversations with their cli-
ents, if there was a possibility that those discussions could be made public. “I think there’re some concerns for me about the precedent it would have set,” said Steadman, who is an attorney. Under the bill, recordings of executive sessions would have been stored and would be made available through a court petition process. A judge would have listened to a recording upon a filer’s request and determine whether that information should be made public. The bill was a response to recent controversies over transparency issues involving school boards in Douglas and Jefferson Counties. The Douglas County School Board has been the subject of criticism over its use of executive sessions. The conservative board has pushed for controversial reforms, including those that would limit the influence of teachers’ unions. New conservative members of the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education have also received criticism over transparency issues. In December the three new members approved a lawyer’s contract without disclosing the terms during a public meeting. Potential misuse on the part of school board members is a concern that is shared by Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, the vice chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Newell said that although she would have voted the bill out of committee, she was torn over how she would ultimately vote once it got to the Senate floor. “I am a big transparency fan and I absolutely believe that there are potential misuses going on,” she said. “But it really is a tough bill.” Hodge said she is disappointed over the outcome of the bill, but said she expects this effort to be taken up again next year. “I think it’s an important issue,” Hodge said. “I think transparency should always be paramount.”
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Bill targets online bullying, but GOP has concerns By Vic Vela
email@example.com A bill that would make it a crime to “cyberbully” a child passed the House on March 12, but not before Republicans raised concerns about the legislation’s punishment structure, which makes it a greater crime to target certain groups of people. House Bill 1131 would create misdemeanor penalties for those who commit cyberbullyReport ing — cases involving children who are bullied through technological platforms that include social media. The legislation aims to address a growing trend where kids are subjected to teasing and humiliation through cell phones or the Internet, which can lead to emotional problems in children and can sometimes result in suicide. “Many of the children who are bullied never tell anybody,” said Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, a bill sponsor. “If there is a child out there who is bullied, please tell an adult. Don’t suffer that emotional harm alone.” Fields’ bill drew large bipartisan support, having cleared the House following a 54-10 vote. But Republicans who voted for the bill said they hope the Senate takes up concerns over what some feel is a fairness issue in the legislation. The bill would make cyberbullying a class 2 misdemeanor, but creates a greater, class 1 misdemeanor penalty in cases where the victims are targeted because of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability. A class 1 misdemeanor conviction carries with it a possible jail term of 6 to 18
months and fines that can reach $5,000. Those found guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor face the possibility of spending between 3 and 12 months behind bars and a fine of up to $2,500. Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, said there was “no reason to make a distinction” based on particular groups of victims, and tried to amend the bill to punish all cases under a singular class 1 misdemeanor. “Let’s not make some victims lesser victims,” Gardner said. Although his amendment failed, Gardner did end up voting for the bill, saying, “I am not one to allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.” Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, also voted for the bill, calling cyberbulling a serious issue that needs to be addressed. But McNulty also supported Gardner’s amendment and said that he hopes the Senate will address Republican concerns. “Every child deserves equal protection under the law,” McNulty said. “This bill denies equal protection.” Democrats pushed back against Republican arguments, saying that certain groups of people are harmed more than others, when it comes to be bullied. House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, DDenver, who is gay and who was once a special education student, said that being bullied “hit in my core in a different way that it did other people.” “You’re already a marginalized person, you feel that way,” Ferrandino said. “You already feel like you’re an outcast.” Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, got riled up at Republicans’ assertions that all bullying is created equal. “At some point, we have to recognize in this General Assembly that racism, discrimination based on color or national origin, things of that nature, are unacceptable,” Salazar said. “… So it’s about damn time … it’s about time that the Colorado General Assembly recognize that we have to have these protected characteristics because we have kids who are being targeted for cyberbullying because of their innate characteristics.”
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Unincorporated Jeffco prohibits pot clubs Proposal also limits cultivation to residential, 12 plants max By Amy Woodward
firstname.lastname@example.org The Board of County Commissioners will be passing on a zoning resolution to the planning commission that prohibits private marijuana clubs and limits cultivation in unincorporated Jeffco. Not only would the new section in the zoning resolution prohibit smoking estab-
lishments but it would also ban any events associated with marijuana and prevent any promotion of pot at local fairs. The proposal also includes limited cultivation for any residence or co-op, with a total of 12 plants being the allowed maximum. “Part of the idea is to deal with co-ops, the idea of several individuals coming together renting a greenhouse or some location and growing a lot of plants together,” said Eric Butler, assistant county attorney for Jeffco. “That couldn’t be done under this proposal because one, you have to be at a residential property and two, even if you did have a greenhouse on residential property
it would be limited to 12 plants total,” he said adding that a person would also have to be living at the property unless they are a patient of a caregiver. This section falls under the provisions of Amendment 20 which authorizes the use of medical marijuana for people who have a debilitating injury or illness in which pot may help with symptoms associated with the medical condition. The limitation is similar to restrictions placed in Denver. Jeffco placed a moratorium on pot establishments including retail and smoking bars as well as cultivation or processing of pot outside of a residential home. The moratorium is set to expire this
May. The county will move forward with a Marijuana Task Force after applications are turned in on March 21. The task force is set to meet for six months before handing over its findings to county commissioners. “Going forward, if its deemed from the Marijuana Task Force that no, clubs should be allowed or yes, clubs should be allowed, we’ll make adjustments,” Commissioner Don Rosier said. Commissioners Casey Tighe and Faye Griffin agreed with Rosier’s comments. The resolution will head to the planning commission before coming back to the BCC for a public hearing about final approval.
Bill offers tax assistance to victims of flooding Members of both parties back legislation By Vic Vela
email@example.com A bill that aims to provide tax relief for homeowners whose properties were wiped out by last year’s floods passed a House committee with bipartisan support on March 12. Under the bill, residents whose homes were destroyed by floods that decimated parts of Colorado last September would not be required to pay property taxes going back to January 2013. County assessors and treasurers already provide tax relief under those circumstances, but only retroactively to the period when the natural disaster occurred. The bill is a response to last year’s floods,
but it would also apply to other types of natural disasters, including wildfires. “I like to call this bill the ‘no insult to injury’ bill,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, DLongmont, a bill sponsor, who was presenting his legislation to the House Finance Committee. “Or at least the, `if the county assessor can’t find you, he can’t tax you’ bill.” If the bill becomes law, county assessors and treasurers would notify the state of a property that was cleared of tax payments after having been destroyed. The state would then pay the county for the amount of taxes that the county would have otherwise collected. If enacted, the legislation would cost the state more than $2 million in lost tax revenue. The bill would help homeowners who are waiting for a Federal Emergency Management Agency buyback — a program
legislative news in a hUrry Gordon honored by lawmakers
Lawmakers took a break from their work on March 11, to pay tribute to a former legislative leader. Members from both chambers of the General Assembly came together to remember Ken Gordon, a Denver Democrat who died of a heart attack in December at the age of 63. Gordon, a former state public defender, served in the House from 1992 to 2000 and was House minority leader for two years before being elected to the Senate, where he became that chamber’s majority leader in his final year of office in 2008. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle lauded Gordon as an ethical and fair man and a revered party leader. “He believed very much in what we do here under this gold dome and how it impacted the lives of everyone in this state,” said Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver.
Prisoner earned time bill fails
A Senate committee on March 12 killed legislation that sought to revoke prisoners’ earned time credits when they commit new, violent crimes while behind bars. The bill had previously passed the House with large bipartisan support. But Democrats on the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted down the bill, with some arguing that the legislation was over-broad and might discourage good behavior on the part of inmates. Right now, the Department of Corrections is unable to strip away early release credits that prisoners earn for good behavior or for taking part in treatment programs behind bars, regardless of whether inmates commit violent crimes while incarcerated. The bill — which was sponsored by Republican House members Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch, Mark Waller of Colorado Springs and Republican Sen. Bernie Herpin, also of Colorado Springs — was crafted in response to last year’s murder of former DOC chief Tom Clements, who was shot to death at his Monument home. The man suspected of killing Clements, Even Ebel, had received early release credit, even though he had committed violent crimes behind bars.
Student counseling bill moves forward
A bill that seeks to provide more counseling services for students at secondary schools passed a Senate committee on March 13.
Senate Bill 150 would double the funding that’s available through the current School Counselor Corps Grant Program, which was created by the Legislature in 2008 to improve counseling services in schools. The bill, which is sponsored by Democratic Sens. Rachel Zenzinger of Arvada and Nancy Todd of Aurora, would increase school counseling funds that are provided by the State Board of Education to $10 million a year, an increase of $5 million in annual funding. The bill provides more counseling services — which were cut as part of education budget woes during the recent recession — to students in grade levels 6-12. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
where the federal government buys homes that are significantly damaged by natural disasters. However, the FEMA buyback process can take a while to finalize and the wait has impacted people like Brad Rollins of Lyons. Rollins testified that he and his mother own a home that was destroyed by flooding and that it’s difficult for them to pay bills, especially since he’s unemployed and his mother collects Social Security benefits. “Our house is condemned,” Rollins said. “We cannot touch it because of the FEMA buyback. We don’t know how long this will take.” Singer’s bill did receive some push back from a couple members of the committee. Rep. Lori Saine, a Weld County Republican, voted against the bill, saying she was uncomfortable with giving homeowners tax credits for the months when their properties were intact, before the flooding oc-
curred. “It’s a dangerous precedent, giving tax credit for a property that hasn’t been damaged, by going back in time,” she said. Rep. Jeanne Labuda, D-Denver, ended up voting for the bill despite her concern over the legislation not containing a sunset clause, an expiration date that would allow a future Legislature to examine the effectiveness of the bill at a later time. She said that’s important in case another recession hits years from now. “Maybe the state won’t have money down the road,” Labuda said. Singer said the extended tax waiver will help homeowners who deal with “costs associated with the flood that are still unanticipated at this point.” “This at least takes less money from those people who could be spending that money to recover from the floods,” Singer said.
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Greyhound racing bill signed into law
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law on March 10 that will ban greyhound racing in Colorado. Greyhound racing hasn’t taken place in the state for several years and was a sport that had seen its revenues decline for several years here before the last track closed in 2008. House Bill 1146 bans greyhound racing from here on out, although it will remain legal to bet on the sport through simulcast wagering that is available at off-track betting venues.
Ban on online lottery sales passes committee
A bipartisan bill that seeks to place a three-year prohibition on online or telephone purchases of lottery tickets cleared its first legislative hurdle on March 13. Sponsors of House Bill 1142 argue that lottery sales through technological sources would hurt local businesses, especially convenience stores, who make thousands of dollars from those sales every year. For years, online lottery sales had been banned by the Colorado Lottery Commission because the U.S. Department of Justice said those sales violated the federal Wire Act. However, the justice department dropped the prohibition in 2011. After having previously passed the House, the bill — which is sponsored by House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, RLoveland and Sens. Jeanne Nicholson, DBlack Hawk and Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City — passed the Senate Finance Committee last week and will soon be voted on by the full Senate.
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Executive session bill worth another listen Click on, click off. A bill that would have likely decreased numbers of times recording machines are turned on and off at school board executive sessions was tabled last week. The bill had some traction and seemingly enough votes to clear the Senate Judicial Committee before it was pulled by state Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Adams County, who said there were enough votes to clear the House but not the Senate. The bill would have required attorneyclient discussions during school board executive sessions to be recorded, no longer excluded from being recorded with other portions of executive session topics and interactions. Had the measure passed, the recorded information would have been only made available to the public after a ruling by a judge finding that matters that should have been public were discussed behind
our view closed doors — which is the standard for all other recorded executive session topics. We like the idea of the entirety of executive sessions being recorded. In our estimation, having the executive sessions taped and safely stored in case they require review by a judge has worked very well. It provides another measure of accountability — another mechanism in the name of good government. On the face of the argument, taping an attorney-client discussion can seem just plain wrong, and we understand opposition arising from the Colorado Bar Association, but school boards are doing
the business of the public — the taxpayers — and thereby should be held to higher accountability with safely secured recordings of its exchanges with attorneys. The bill also required that executive session minutes reflect the number of minutes spent on each topic. This adds details that could be provided with little extra effort — another good government measure — but is secondary to whether the additional recording takes place. From the chair of reporters through the years, we notice that elected officials — especially the newly elected — don’t always sync into the role of doing public business in public. It feels much more natural for decision-makers, many from the private sector, to privately discuss and craft decisions and then either adopt an action or compile a report for review at another level.
This is a central reason it is so important to check executive sessions and make sure participants don’t stray from the appropriate closed-door topics, which are generally pending litigation, personnel matters and negotiations. Further, at the Statehouse, debate included talk that this measure should be extended to city councils, where we see various amounts of executive sessions and various concerns across the state, but we are not so sure that should be the next move. Instead we believe this issue with school boards is worth another go around independently at some point, and whether this aspect of executive sessions is changed or not, every debate related to executive sessions and open meetings serves as a strong reminder of the attention to the law required in doing the public’s business in the open.
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What are you most looking forward to about spring? We asked folks in Arvada and Golden what they were most looking forward to, as the seasons change.
“Riding my motorcycle.” Angela Geyer, Littleton
“Riding; no snow, no mud, having a beer afterwards.” Brett Jaros, Littleton
“Spring break – I’m going to Disneyland!” Shawna Fritzler, Arvada
“Riding!” Thor Loechell, Morrison
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Guv has a wrong focus With literally millions of “greenbacks” pouring in Colorado recreational pot shops since the start of the year, it begs the policy question at the Gold Dome of how best to utilize the revenue. Per the original ballot question, the first $40 million in taxes each year on recreational marijuana sales must go toward public school construction. However, with the state predicting that $133 million in taxes for the next fiscal year starting on July 1, there are lots of ideas and plenty of interested “takers” for the excess. Gov. John Hickenlooper previously proposed that most of the excess funds (more than $85 million of it) be earmarked for youth marijuana use prevention and addiction treatment. I think that is the wrong focus. Support for law enforcement Colorado police chiefs have a better idea. They are asking for a portion of the excess revenue beyond the $3 million-plus which the guv also proposed for statewide law enforcement and public safety programs. The local government law enforcement leaders make a good case for more funding to help cope with the impacts from recreational marijuana use. Such things as training officers to better identify stoned drivers and purchasing “oral fluid testing” equipment to be used in the field seems essential to enforce laws pertaining to driving while under the influence of pot as well as help develop research. To plow more than $85 million back into marijuana prevention for youth and addiction treatment, seems to be a vicious circle. Let’s provide the necessary resources to the State Highway Patrol, county sheriff offices and municipal police departments to enforce the laws that come into play with marijuana users. Certainly some funds should be set aside for what the Governor has in mind, but to earmark the bulk of the tax revenue for these purposes seems like the one hand giving to the other. A continuing ‘hot’ issue Fracking for oil and gas exploration continues to be in the news. This issue ain’t going away folks. District Court Judge Chris Melonakis (Adams and Broom-
field judicial district), ruled to uphold the Broomfield election results calling for a 5-year ban on fracking. The closely contested election passed by only 20 votes out of 20,000-plus votes. So, Broomfield joins the list of Colorado cities which ban fracking for various periods of time. The Brighton City Council recently suspended applications for oil and gas drilling in their city effective immediately. No applications will be accepted or processed until July 15th. This was done to provide time for the establishment of revised regulations that address issues of local concern that are unique to Brighton. Longmont is the focal point Of particular interest, is the agreement between the City of Longmont, Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission which was recently announced. The city agreed to have the lawsuit challenging the city’s legal authority to ban fracking to be tried first in Boulder County District Court. In 2012, Longmont voters approved to ban fracking and the COGA subsequently filed a lawsuit challenging the municipality’s authority to impose such a ban. The second lawsuit that will be tried pertains to the regulations which the City Council had enacted in 2012 addressing oil and gas rules including restrictions against drilling in residential zones. Both of the lawsuits challenging the City of Longmont could be pivotal regarding municipal authority in this arena. In the meantime, the State Legislature should be explicitly providing the authority for cities to protect their residential areas. Bill Christopher is a former Westminster city manager and RTD board member.
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Looking forward to 40-year reunion, with an alibi I just found out that my 40-year high school reunion is this summer. Naturally, I knew the reunion was this year (2014 -1974 = 40 years). I just didn’t know the what, the when, and the where. The “what” is a gathering of the Monte Vista High School Class of 1974. Hovering around 4,300 people for the past 20 years, Monte Vista is the most populous city in Rio Grande County in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. But Monte Vista was much smaller in 1974. Rio Grande County itself had 20 percent fewer people. My high school graduating class was about 100 people, and we were one of the largest classes ever. Based on attendance at previous reunions, I’m expecting about 25 of us to congregate in Monte (affectionately pronounced MAHN-ee) this summer. Some are far-flung, some have other commitments, and some just don’t care. Sadly, too, some are deceased … a disproportionate number, in our eyes. But I can’t wait to reconnect with those who do attend.
I’ve also learned that an all-70s gathering is planned, which means I can catch up with schoolmates who graduated before and after me — perhaps my senior prom date, my fellow cheer squad members, and classmates of my sister’s who are important to me because they are important to her. The “when” was predictable, and I was delighted when my classmate Myrna, reunion organizer extraordinaire, messaged through Facebook that, once again, we’ll gather during Ski Hi Stampede (pronounced sky high) on the last weekend of
July. Affectionately called just Stampede, the event is Colorado’s oldest pro rodeo, which also features concerts, dances, and an iconic multi-day parade. The carnival, though … ah, the carnival, so eagerly awaited that our parents would drive us up by a couple of times a day as they were setting up. Gritty cotton candy, stuffed animals, and screaming “Stam-peeeeede” from the top of the Ferris wheel with my dad when I was a child color my memories. I’m not sure that I’ll partake of the carnival this year, but I might break out my boots for a little scootin’ at the dance. It’s the “where” this year, however, that has me impatient with anticipation. The all-70s evening is Friday evening at the Elks. Need I say more? And then our Class of 1974 40-Year High School Reunion Celebration officially convenes Saturday night at a restaurant that wasn’t there when we graduated, called Alibi’s. Think about that … Alibi’s. Is there a
more perfect name for just such a congregating of late-50-somethings returning to the scene of the crime (metaphorically speaking, of course)? An alibi is a defense based on the premise that a defendant is truly innocent. After 40 years, I’m eager to return to a form of innocence I found only in such years as those of high school. A form of innocence that looked ahead with promise and enthusiasm. An innocence that believed anything is possible. That’s not to say that I don’t feel this way today. Often, I do. But when I mingle with the people who were so much a part of me in 1974, I’ll recapture some of that bright flame of promise and enthusiasm and bring it back with me to my 2014 life. And that’s my alibi. Andrea Doray is a writer who doesn’t get to the (affectionately called) Valley all that often, but the reunion weekend will make up for that. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everybody benefits when we invest in teachers Swanson Elementary School in northeast Arvada is home to 400 students, and 82 percent of them are on free or reducedprice lunch. Principal Carla Endsley observes that many of them – far too many – are already behind the educational curve the first time they step through Swanson’s front doors. Despite those challenges, under Carla’s leadership, the school is beginning to see progress in reading and test scores. Some of the teachers have gone through leadership training, and the school has rigorous data collection methods that track the programs’ effectiveness. But if Carla wants to generate the sense of urgency and “leadership responsibility” that she believes is critical to the school’s improvement and the transformation of the students, she needs resources to provide training. She doesn’t have it. “I need everyone to be on board,” she says. “I have the hardest-working teachers in Jeffco. They want to be here and they want to do what’s best for their kids.” But, she acknowledges, without effective training resources, hard work isn’t enough. It’s like asking a carpenter to nail two boards together without providing a hammer, and asking him to compensate by “trying harder.” Swanson isn’t alone. Across our state,
more than 100,000 students attend one of 190 “priority improvement” or “turnaround schools,” as they are called (an official designation by the Colorado Department of Education). When CDE determines that a school falls short of certain standards, the school has five years to demonstrate significant improvements in student achievement. If the Colorado students in turnaround schools comprised their own district, it would be the biggest school district in the state. I believe it’s our responsibility to our students and to our state’s future to make sure that all of our schools meet basic standards. We all pay a price when students emerge from schools without the ability to contribute to society. We must make improving and investing in these schools a top priority. That’s why I’ve introduced Senate Bill 14-124, which would
create a School Turnaround Leaders Development Program. After teacher quality, leadership is seen as one of the most important factors that determines student success. This bill would provide resources to identify and prepare the teachers, principals, and administrators who are on the front lines every day in the efforts to transform low-performing schools. But simply throwing money at the problem is not a solution. The bill comes with important protections that maximize the likelihood that these leadership programs work as advertised. Under the bill, schools and districts compete for grants that allow them to invest in leadership training. Colorado already has a strong accountability system for teacher performance, and we should hold our leadership programs to the same standard. Across our state, talented and dedi-
cated educators like those at Swanson are doing their best to help Colorado students enjoy productive lives of independence. But some of these schools need more than just new technology or a new curriculum. They need leaders. It’s a noble request that deserves our full attention and cooperation. Sen. Rachel Zenzinger serves Colorado Senate District 19, which spans most of Arvada and the Jefferson County portion of Westminster. She was appointed to her seat and sworn into office on Dec. 13, 2013. She serves on the Senate Education Committee, Senate Local Government Committee and she is a Senate adviser to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. For more information about Sen. Zenzinger, go to www.RachelForColorado.com or call her at 303-866-4840.
Fire ‘em if they’re part of the problem Okay, quick show of hands ... how many of you are having fun doing your taxes right now? That’s what I thought. I, myself, spent about six hours working on mine yesterday, and they’re still not done. Research, phone calls, several people not knowing the answer to some questions, other people contradicting each other about some points ... It’s ridiculous! Have you ever seen the U.S. Tax Code? It comes in at about 4 million words, which makes it longer than the Bible. Without any of the great stories. In fact, if it were to be categorized as literature, the U.S. Tax Code long ago passed from horror to tragedy into farce. And how stupid is it? A friend of mine was relaying the story of how her company just took a loan against the property that her branch sits on, because her branch is one of the few in the black. In effect, the company turned a profitable office into an unprofitable office, freed up some cash flow in the process, and created a tidy little tax write-off for themselves in so doing. Only in Washington does something like this make sense. My first act, should I ever go to Congress, would be to introduce the Tax Attorney Unemployment Act. The goal of this piece of legislation would be to dramatically overhaul the Tax Code and make it manageable for the ordinary citizen. Of course, in the process, that would put out of work many of the professionals who work some of the 6 billion man-hours
Americans spend every year on their taxes. Of course, that would never fly, because you know which lobby donates huge sums of money to one side of the aisle? That’s right—the Bar Association. The other side has been clamoring for a while to alter and simplify the tax code, but, if there have been concrete proposals, I haven’t heard of any of them. Most of the time, as soon as someone brings it up, someone from the other side starts hollering about “fairness” and the rich being able to negotiate the code to their benefit. Which, of course, is also true. I’m sure the company my friend works for employs an army of lobbyists, too, who spread money around in Washington to protect ridiculous write-offs like the one they took advantage of. This is not a Republican/Democrat problem; it’s not even a Conservative/Liberal problem. This is very much a Washington vs. the rest-of-the-country kind of problem. And Republicans could have done something in 2005, and Democrats could have done something in 2009, and neither of them did. And, like one of my favorite movie characters says, “If you’re Alcorn continues on Page 9
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The criticize-withdraw cycle damages relationships Does this happen in your relationship? One person (let’s say it’s you) makes a request of your intimate partner. Maybe you want help with cleaning or straightening up the house. Perhaps you feel your partner is following the car in front of you on the highway too closely, and want him/ her to back off a little bit. How about if your partner is working or watching TV too much, and you feel cheated because of the lack of connection and engagement? Or let’s say you request s/he become more accountable about spending money and not overdrawing the bank account. But s/he resists you, or ignores your request, or “forgets” over and over again, or otherwise tells you in words or through actions to take a hike. So what do you do? Forget about it? (Probably not.) Have a polite discussion about it? (You’ve tried that, but it didn’t work). Yell or get angry? (Well, perhaps sometimes). Threaten hell, fire and damnation? (Hmmm, not a bad idea). If you’re like many couples, you go through a rather predictable cycle. You begin to criticize your partner. But your partner may interpret even a small request or a gentle criticism as admonishing, blaming or disapproving. S/he may be hyper-sensitive to disapproval, so you make a request of him/her, and the next thing you know, the two of you are either fighting or not talking to each other. You have just encountered the criticizewithdraw cycle intimate relationships sometimes get caught in. Your partner hears criticism instead of a request, and responds by either criticizing you back, or by withdrawing. There are variations on this theme. Both of you can then turn critical of each other (perhaps you know a couple who does this), or both of you can withdraw (does this describe anyone you know?). Or, perhaps you fear your partner’s withdrawal, and therefore stuff your feelings and make
nice so the two of you remain close and connected (pursue-withdraw). But such feelings do not remain stuffed forever, and before long you become sarcastic and acidtongued. Then your partner withdraws from you or becomes acid-tongued back, and the cycle begins anew. These recurring patterns often go on for years, and sometimes it is difficult to know which pattern you are playing out. The silent treatment would appear to be withdrawal, but it can also be unspoken criticism. Some people, feeling nothing is ever going to change, leave their relationship abruptly. Often when that happens, the withdrawn partner suddenly becomes the pursuer. Sometimes that works, but at other times it may be viewed as “too-little, too-late.” What do you do about this cycle? You could ask questions rather than react or defend: “Why does it matter how close I’m driving to the car in front of me?” Or “did you feel as if I was being critical or disrespectful of your driving?” Asking your partner what s/he would prefer you do when you feel critical (or defensive) might work as well. Neil Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westminster and Boulder, Colorado. His column is in it’s 22nd year of publication, and is syndicated around the world. You can reach him at (303)758-8777, or email him through his website: www.heartrelationships.com. He is not able to respond individually to queries.
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firstname.lastname@example.org Last Friday, Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-District 34, took part in the signing ceremony of House Bill 14-1112 — a bill he served as the prime sponsor of. HB 14-1112 allows people to request that the first five digits of their Social Security number be redacted from public documents. “County clerks don’t have the authority to (redact) currently,” Lebsock said before the bill was signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper. “This bill is just one step in the right direction to make sure folks do not become a victim of identity theft.” This was just one of several items that Lebsock has been working on this legislative session. The representative also has been working on a house concurrent resolution to expand Colorado’s Senior Homestead Exemption. Currently, the law allows a senior 65 or older who has owned his or her home for at least 10 years to claim a property tax exemption. Lebsock said he would like the exemption to be expanded so that if a senior 75 or older can still qualify for the exemption of he or she moves into a new home for safety reasons. “I don’t want a situation where they feel they have to stay in an unsafe home because they don’t want to lose their property tax exemption,” he said. He gave the example of a senior who can no longer climb stairs but lives in two-story
home, or a senior living in a home that is damaged in a natural disaster. A concurrent resolution is a resolution adopted by both the Senate and the House and only needs a two-thirds yes vote from each. A concurrent resolution does not require the governor’s signature to become law. Because expanding the Homestead Exemption requires changing the state constitution, it will require voter approval during the 2014 general election, Lebsock said. Lebsock is sponsoring the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA), which is not new legislation but is undergoing sunset review and is being updated. PACFA is a program that sets reasonable regulations on the pet industry in Colorado and protects Help Wanted animal health and welfare. “Pets are very important to my constituents,” said Lebsock, adding that 60 percent of households in Colorado have either a dog or cat. “We love our pets. We treat them like grandchildren and children. So it’s reasonable to have parameters around pet care facilities in Colorado.” This bill is working itself through the various committees in the House. Lebsock is also sponsoring HB 14-1129, which he said was a good government and good communications bill. With the passage of this bill, local county governments will have the ability to request information from the state and have a response within 28 days. “The goal of this bill is to foster good communication between the state and local governments with proposed transmission lines and pipelines that go through counties,” according to Lebsocko’s newsletPlease Recycle this Publication ter that highlighted his bills. when Finished This bill is now on the Senate side, and Lebsock said he sees it passing through there without any issues.
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First BodyBrite in Colorado opens in Westminster By Ashley Reimers
areimers@coloradocommunitymedia. com Business woman Ronda Dupont grew up in the bar business. She’s owned Thirstys Sports Pub in Thornton for 14 years. Now Dupont is taking her entrepreneur talents into the beauty business with the opening of BodyBrite in Westminster, the first in Colorado. BodyBrite provides beauty services, including hair removal, skin rejuvenation, oxygen facials and teeth whitening, at affordable prices, which was Dupont’s draw to the franchise. She says for years she’s been receiving these kinds of services for a hefty price. So instead of instead of paying big bucks for her beauty regimen, she decided she would just open her own business. “I was getting hair removed and I thought it was amazing, but I was paying a lot,” she said. “I hadn’t found a place that was as affordable as BodyBrite, so I decided to open my own. Plus I wanted a change while I was still young.” Opening on March 5, BodyBrite at 12026 Melody Drive, is conveniently located right off Interstate 25 and 120th Avenue in Westminster. This kind of easy accessibility was what Dupont was looking for in her search for business space. Working to get Body-
Brite off the ground while also running Thristys, which is down the road on 104th Avenue, Dupont said she has her hands full. Luckily she has a reliable staff. “The people I have here at BodyBrite, I’ve known for years, which is great,” she said. “And over at my bar I’ve been able to put together a great staff that I can trust, which is great because I’ve been running around between the two places.” Dupont admits owning a BodyBrite is a lot different than pouring drinks at her bar. But says she is ready to take on what’s to come in her new business venture. She hopes people will appreciate the affordable prices and welcoming atmosphere at BodyBrite. “I love a challenge and this is definitely a challenge for me,” she said. “But my goal is to expand and open other locations. I want to be able to provide these services to everyday people, so that anyone can benefit from what we offer.” For more information on BodyBrite, visit www.bodybriteusa.com.
Ronda Dupont is the owner of BodyBrite at 12026 Melody Drive in Westminster, which offers hair removal services, skin rejuvenation, oxygen facials and teeth whitening. Photo by Ashley Reimers
JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION The Jefferson County Board of Education held a study session, March 13, at the Jeffco School District Education Center, 1829 Denver West. Drive, Golden. Board members in attendance were President Ken Witt, Vice President Julie Williams, Second Vice President Lesley Dehlkemper, Secretary John Newkirk, and Treasurer, Jill Fellman. During the meeting, the board heard
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an update on the 2014-2015 budget from district Chief Financial Officer, Lorie Gillis. The presentation highlighted figures for health care reform; transfers to other funds, such as money for the Colorado Preschool Program; Special Education; mobile readiness; compensation; free full-day kindergarten and more. At the end of the presentation, the board questioned and approved further
maybe, it puts a few of the thousands of new I.R.S. agents that have been hired recently out of a job. And all of that sounds terrible, in the ears of people who think Washington is important. To me, sitting at the kitchen table, killing hours and billions of brain cells trying to comply with the Byzantine Tax Code, that sounds like glorious music! Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.
exploration of budget line items, such as mobile readiness, athletic transportation and equipment, and Virtual Academy expansion costs while leaving others to be discussed at the next budget meeting. The board then approved ten placements to the Community Representatives for the Performance Evaluation Council, or the 1338 Committee. In late February, the board announced
an open application process for this committee, at which point administrators, educators, community members and district staff could apply to be a committee member. The next board of education meeting is a special meeting held on March 20, and is a meeting between the board and the neighboring city councils and mayors.
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Spirits in the Wind hosts first glass show
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creader@ coloradocommunitymedia.com Spring is fast approaching and Golden’s Spirits in the Wind Gallery is reflecting that change this season with its latest glass show. Eight glass artists will have their work on display at the gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., until April 12. Spirits in the Wind is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed Wednesday. “We have mostly local artists, and a few national artists,” Pam Eggemeyer, the gallery owner and director said. “I wanted artists that didn’t just do vases, but also fused and blown glass, and sculptures.” According to Eggemeyer, this is the first glass show featured in the gallery, but she has long enjoyed glass art and has been incorpoWHAT: Glass art show rating it into the items WHERE: Spirits in the Wind she sells for years. Gallery “All the artwork 1211 Washington Ave., Golden is different, and that WHEN: On display until April is what I love about 12 glass — that one of a Monday through Saturday, 10 kind beauty,” she said. a.m. to 6 p.m. “You never know how Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the work is going to Closed Wednesday come out — even as an COST: Free admittance artist you have limited INFORMATION: 303-279-1192 control.” or www.spiritsinthewindgalThe artists on dislery.com play are: Heidi Riha, who does art fused glass; Lorraine Coyle, who does crystal carving; Marcia Klump, who works in slump glass; Tammy Bality, who creates led crystal sculptures; Tammy Bality, who creates led crystal sculptures; Dave LaMure Jr.; who does glass sculpture; Steve
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The glass work on display at Spirits in the Wind gallery highlights the versatility of the medium and features functional and sculptural pieces. Courtesy photos Quintero, who creates hand blown glass; Paul Lockwood, who creates hand blown glass; and Anne Nye, who does art fused glass. Some of the art on display will be functional — like tables and bowls — while others will be incredibly detailed pieces for display. Costs on items start as low as $10 and go up from there. Coyle is a Colorado-based artist who has been working in the glass field for around 33 years. Glass work was something she became interested in as a young adult, and her work has received increasing amounts of attention as her skills have grown. She opened up Evergreen Crystal, and has done work for the National Press Foundation, vocational awards presented by former president George H. Bush, and President Barack Obama’s 2008 inaguration luncheon. “It’s been fun over the years to develop the skills that I needed to create these different kinds of pieces,” Coyle said. “Glass is a blank canvas, and its fun to find the shape I want in it.” Coyle met Eggemeyer at a show in Denver, and the built up a relationship, that lead to Eggemery featuring Coyle’s work at the gallery. “Anything people can visualize, I can do,” Coyle said. “It’s a really funny process to work with people and get what they have in their mind out. It gives me a chance to get really creative.” The glass show is a way for Eggemeyer to try something new out at Spirits in the Wind — something that she still gets excited about, 21 years after opening the gallery. “We’re always looking for something unique to highlight here,” she said. “We want to give attention to things that other galleries may not do.” For more information, call 303-279-1192 or visit www.spiritsinthewindgallery.com.
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Holy Family senior David Sommers, left, and senior Devlin Granberg, middle, accepts the championship trophy from Colorado High School Activities Association commissioner Bud Ozzello after defeating Pagosa Springs March 15 at the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena.
Tigers win first championship since 1998 The Holy Family boys and girls teams pose together after they both won the championship game of the 3A State Tournament March 15 at Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena. Photos by Kate Ferraro
Holy Family captures crown after comeback Tigers win sixth championship in seven seasons By Kate Ferraro
Holy Family senior Lindsey Chavez makes a layup against Pagosa Springs in the championship game of the 3A Girls Basketball State Tournament March 15 at the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena.
When the Holy Family girl’s basketball team get themselves in a little bit of trouble, they always know how to find their way out. Trailing the undefeated Pagosa Springs at halftime 23-15 in the championship game of the 3A Girls Basketball State Tournament March 15 at Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena, the Tigers regrouped making a comeback in the third quarter, eventually winning their sixth championship in seven seasons. “It feels crazy,” senior guard Lindsey Chavez said. “We’re just part of one big tradition and we’re glad to keep it going. We couldn’t have gone this far without our team, our coaches and our fans.” The free throw line was where Holy Family scored most of their points in the third quarter, a place the Tigers struggled with the night before in the semifinal
game against Lamar. The Tigers (26-1) took advantage of the Pagosa Springs (26-1) fouling them, hitting 10 of 13 points from the charity stripe, including four points from senior Claudia Pena and three points from junior Maggie Spitzer. With the score tied at 31 points a piece, Chavez hit a 3-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter to take back the lead, for the first time since the first quarter, at 3431. “It was a rush,” Chavez said of the comeback. “We knew that we just had to play our game and work hard and not give up. We relied on each other and that’s really what pulled us through.” The Tigers kept the advantage the rest of the way, winning their second consecutive state title 52-45. Chavez has experienced the championship two other times with the Tigers, but this one felt a little more special. “It’s with a different group of girls,” Chavez said. “We worked hard for this. We knew what was coming so we had experience under our belts and we just wanted to win it for everyone.” The Tigers also defeated Lamar 54-45 in semifinals and Eaton 52-30 in quarterfinals of the tournament. They ended
The Holy Family girls team hold up the trophy after winning the championship game of the 3A Girls Basketball State Tournament against Pagosa Springs March 15 at Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena. the season undefeated in league, 9-0, and 26-1 overall. Along with Chavez, who will be attending Carleton College for cross-country, Holy Family also loses Pena, Olivia Quinn and Sylvi Pomerinkle to graduation.
Holy Family wins in final seconds By Kate Ferraro
email@example.com One possession at a time. That was the Holy Family boy’s basketball team’s motto throughout the 3A Boys Basketball State Tournament and it certainly came into effect in the championship game against Colorado Academy March 15 at the Clune Arena at Air Force Academy. With two minutes remaining in the game and the Tigers ahead 53-50, Colorado Academy sophomore Justin Bassey scored two free throws to tighten the score to 53-52. After a timeout was called and 14.5 seconds left, the Mustangs took possession giving the ball to Bassey to attempt a 3-pointer. Bassey missed giving Holy Family its first state title since 1998. “It’s crazy,” senior David Sommers said of the victory. “Words can’t describe it. I know a lot of people say that, but it’s definitely true.” The Tigers and Mustangs traded the lead throughout the whole game with Colorado Academy taking a 10-point lead at the start of the second quarter 25-15. The Mustangs then went on a 14-4 run to tie the score at halftime at 29 points a piece. The Mustangs regained the possession at the end of the third quarter 42-41. But a 3-pointer by Tigers senior Ryan Willis gave Holy Family the lead once again and for the rest of the game. “I’m really happy for our boys,” Tigers head coach Peter Villecco said. “They deserve this so it was just fun to sit back and watch them celebrate.” The Tigers also beat Colorado Springs Christian 59-51 in the semifinal game and Brush 70-40 in the quarterfinals. Holy Family finished the season 26-2 overall with both losses coming from Jefferson Academy. They were 17-0 before they lost to the Jaguars in league play. The other loss was in the District Tournament. But they didn’t let the defeats lose their confidence. “It was actually after that second loss,” Sommers said of regaining confidence. “We regrouped, we had a meeting as just players and we talked with coaches and we found everything. We made a change and it worked out.” The Tigers are losing five seniors this season including Devlin Granberg, Brennon Lee, Tim Kinoti, Willis and Sommers.
Holy Family junior Luke Golter dribbles toward the basket against Colorado Academy in the 3A Boys Basketball State Tournament March 15 at Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena.
Holy Family senior Devlin Granberg, right, hugs senior David Sommers, left, after the TIgers won the championship game of the 3A Boys Basketball State Tournament against Pagosa Springs March 15 at the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena.
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Board approves changes to park rental policy Camping costs increase; fee waivers eliminated at fairgrounds By Tammy Kranz
firstname.lastname@example.org Camping prices are increasing at the Adams County Regional Park, and there will be no more rental fee waivers for non-county events.
Adams County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that made several changes to the rental policy of the Regional Park Complex and picnic grounds during its March 10 regular meeting. Camping rates will increase by $5 starting this year for its service sites. Campers wanting electrical and/or water services will be charged $20 per night, and those “dry” camping will be charged $15 per
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night. Several of the policy changes deals with the Regional Park being used by county offices and departments. Rick Anderson, parks and community resources director, said one of the more significant changes includes eliminating the surcharge fee. According to a staff report, the fee was developed in 2007 as a way to recoup costs associated with utilities as well as staff time to set up and tear down. The Regional Parks will lose approximately $10,000 in revenue by eliminating this charge. Other changes include limiting county department and office events to Monday through Thursday with all events concluding by 10 p.m., Anderson said, “Any county department or office wanting to use the regional park on high demand days, those are Friday through Sunday, will be subject to the lowest nonprofit rate.” These county government events will be scheduled in the Rendezvous Rooms, FRC Building and Parks Administration Building, when possible. The policy changes include eliminating rental fee waivers, even for political events.
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Adams County has hired Norman Wright to be the new director of the Neighborhood Services Department. Wright comes to Adams County from the City of Columbia, Tenn., where he has served as the director of development services since 2010. Wright managed a multidisciplinary department of planners, engineers, code officials and permit technicians. Prior to joining the City of Columbia, Wright was the principal planner for Greenville County in South Carolina. “I am thrilled that Norman will be joining our team,” Ray Gonzales, deputy county manager said.
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“Currently policy allows only the board of county commissioners to waive facility rental fees for noncounty events,” Anderson said before the board vote. “Parks is recommending eliminating this option and not offering any fee waivers in the future. Current policy also allows each major registered political party two fee-waived events per year. Parks is proposing political
parties be assessed the appropriated nonprofit rates and fees.” The policy is also changing the flat rate fee it charges the Colorado State University Extension. “4H and CSU host roughly 600 events at the Regional Park annually,” he said. “Currently, CSU Extension is assessed a flat rate fee of $3,000 per year and we’d like to increase that
to $5,000.According to the staff memo, the park will increase CSU Extension flat rate over a period of a few years. In 2015, CSU Extension’s flat rate fee will be $3,500; $4,000 in 2016, $4,500 in 2017 and $5,000 in 2018. The Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton, hosts more than 1,200 events annually — including the Adams County Fair.
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A 2005 aerial view of the Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton, which is 1,150 acres and includes golf courses, fishing lakes and trails. The Board of Commissioners recently approved rental policy changes and increased camping fees at the park. Photo courtesy of Adams County
Wright “He shares our values and places a strong emphasis on service delivery. Our Neighborhood Services Depart-
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efit from Norman’s diverse skills and expertise.” Wright will fill the vacancy left by Gonzales, who was promoted to deputy manager of external services. Wright received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Tennessee Technological University and his master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. His work has received numerous awards from the Tennessee and South Carolina Chapters of the American Planning Association as well as a nomination for the SEIMENS Sustainable Communities Award. In 2013, Wright was named Tennessee’s “Public Administrator of the Year.” Wright will begin his employment with Adams County on Monday, March 31.
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Lawmakers divided over minimum wage hike State Democrats support increase to $10.10 an hour By Vic Vela
email@example.com State lawmakers spent more than four hours on March 13 debating an issue they have no control over. House Democrats argued in favor of a resolution to support an increase in the federal minimum wage, an economic policy debate that is currently raging at the national level. The resolution is non-binding and will do little to impact the battle that will soon take place in Congress. Still, Democrats and Republicans argued at length — and at times fiercely — over a proposed federal wage hike for low-income earners. Democrats argued that the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour makes it difficult for workers to afford housing
and basic necessities. And, Democrats said, raising the wage would reduce the need for low-income earners’ reliance on government assistance programs. “I think we can all recognize that families are struggling and continue to struggle,” said Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, who was a reduced lunch fee recipient as a student and who Report once worked for minimum wage. “I know what it’s like not being able to fill your (gas) tank all the way because you can’t afford the gas.” But Republicans countered that a hike in the minimum wage would have an adverse impact on low wage earners because small business owners wouldn’t be able to afford to keep them employed. “There’s going to be less people em-
ployed as a result of that and we’re actually going to hurt those we’re trying to help,” said House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland. President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress are pushing for legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Democrats argue that the wage hike would lift millions of Americans out of poverty. The Colorado House resolution asserts that raising the federal minimum wage would “significantly boost the economy at large by increasing purchasing power of workers, thereby increasing the United States’ gross domestic product.” Democrats also contend that Coloradans are on their side on this issue, citing the voter-backed 2006 Initiative 42, which raised the state minimum wage and tied it to inflation. The state’s current minimum wage is $8 an hour. But Republicans cited a study by the
nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which estimates that the proposed minimum wage hike would result in the loss of 500,00 jobs. The White House points to estimates in the same study that indicate that more than 16 million Americans would get larger paychecks through a minimum wage increase. At one point during the lively House debate, Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, had to gavel the House to order after cheers and applause rang out from Republicans, who were supporting their GOP colleagues’ arguments in opposition to the resolution. Republicans also tried to tack on an amendment to the resolution that would have required it to be heard in a House committee — something that is usually reserved for legislation — so that citizens could show up to testify. The resolution passed the House following a 38-24 vote. Rep. Jared Wright of Fruita was the only Republican who voted yes.
YOUR WEEK AND MORE FRIDAY/MARCH 21 GHOST ENCOUNTERS Spooks Inc., a paranormal educational corporation, presents Real Life Stories of Ghost Encounters 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, March 21, with a Q&A session 8-9 p.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 12015 Melody Drive, Westminster. No cost to attend, but guests are encouraged to purchase food or drinks. Space is limited; make reservations by calling Sharyn at 720-684-7149 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the group on Facebook at www. facebook.com/spooksinc. FRIDAY/MARCH 21 REPERTORY SINGERS The Colorado
Repertory Singers will perform a celebration of American music in song and verseverse titled “Landscapes: An American Tribute” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at can-the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Commuo wasnity Park Drive. Tickets available at crs. man-ticketleap.com, by calling 720.924.2473 or at the door. More information may be s. hisfound at coloradorepertorysingers.org. egreeFRIDAY/MARCH 21 ation hno-SPRING FLING Shake off those winter d hisblues and kick up your heels at the andSpring Fling, a ‘40s and ‘50s big bandfromstyle dance at 1 p.m. Friday, March 21, Hisat the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 mer-Community Center Drive. No partner Ten-is needed. Light refreshments will be olinaserved and there will be a door prize ricandrawing. Cost is free, but please RSVP at as303-450-8801 or the senior center. For r thepeople ages 55 and over. Com-FRIDAY AND Saturday/March 21-22 2013, nnes-THEATER PRODUCTION Colorado ratorACTS presents “Alice in Wonderland,” a production by the 8- to 12-year-old hisclass, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, and damsat 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at March9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. A donationonly performance is at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21. Call 303-456-6772 or email email@example.com; go to www. coloradoacts.org.
SATURDAY/MARCH 22 FAIRY GARDENS Shelly’s Garden
Country, 4181 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, presents a fairy garden workshop 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22. Bring your own container or purchase one at
Shelly’s the day of the workshop. Space is limited. For information and to register, call 303-466-6761 or go to www. shellysgardencountry.com.
SATURDAY/MARCH 22 FRUIT GROWING Shelly’s Garden
Country, 4181 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, presents Growing Fruit Trees in the Front Range 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22. Growing fruit trees here in Colorado is a snap when you join us for the class on the ins and outs of how to do it. We’ll cover topics such as the best varieties, pollinating and fertilization among many other things. Contact the center at 303-466-6761 or www. shellysgardencountry.com for cost and more information.
SATURDAY/MARCH 22 HOBO HOEDOWN Mothers and their
sons ages 5-10 can step into the past for an evening of sitting around the barrel fire at the railroad yard while enjoying grub, hillbilly music and a vintage movie 5-9 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Learn about the hobo life, train signals and a time long ago through fun activities. Participants are encouraged to wear hobo clothing, as the best-dressed will win a prize. Framed photos will be available, and each boy will receive a memento. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www. northglenn.org/recxpress to sign up.
SATURDAY/MARCH 22 PEST MANAGEMENT Shelly’s
Garden Country, 4181 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, presents Emerald Ash Borer and other Front Range Pest management 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22. Experts will be at Shelly’s to help you identify, prevent and eliminate the Emerald Ash Borer. Preventative care is the best so learn early. Contact the center at 303-466-6761 or www. shellysgardencountry.com for cost and more information.
SATURDAY/MARCH 22 ART CLASSES The Aar River Gallery, 3707 W. 73rd Ave., Westminster, will offer a Fun With Watercolor class 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 22. To register, call 303-426-4114 or go to www.aarrivergallery.com. Class size is limited to ensure
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SATURDAY/MARCH 22 NATIVE LANDSCAPING Learn about select native Colorado plants at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Country Fair Garden Center, 17201 W. 64th Ave., Arvada. Learn about some great plants that will thrive in our conditions and help plan your landscape to make the most with what we have here. Call for cost and reservations, 303-209-4394. MONDAY/MARCH 24; Thursday/
SOCK HOP The next Friends Night Out for adults with developmental disabilities is a sock hop dance 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Friends office, 11851 Saulsbury St., Broomfield. Night includes dancing, games and root beer floats. Please eat dinner before arriving. Dress in your best 1950s gear. Register by Monday, March 24. Contact Molly Coufal, firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-404-0123. TUESDAY/MARCH 25 LIFETREE CAFÉ Remaining hopeful while facing difficulties will be discussed at Lifetree Café at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at 1800 E. 105th Place, Northglenn. The program, titled “Why Do Bad Things Keep Happening? Finding Hope … Against All Odds,” features a screening of the short film “My Last Days,” which chronicles the experiences of Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel as he faces repeated health challenges. Participants in the Lifetree program will experience an hour of encouragement and hope. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation on life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. For questions about Lifetree may be directed to Andy Pryor at 303-4523787 or email@example.com. More information is available at Lifetreecafe. com. TUESDAY/MARCH 25, Wednesday/ March 26, April 10, April 30 HEALTH CLASSES Bridges Integrative
Health and Wellness at Lutheran Medical Center is offering community health and
wellness services and classes in February at 8300 W. 38th Ave. Free parking is available. Space is limited. Go to www. WellnessAtBridges.com or call 303-4252262 to register or for information and costs. Upcoming classes are:
AROMATHERAPY, 6-7:30 p.m. last Wednesday; Aromatherapy III: Sacred Scents & Essential Oils (March 26); Aromatherapy IV: Herbal Infused Honey (April 30). BASIC FOAM Rolling, for flexibility and injury prevention, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. STRESS RELIEF monthly workshop series, 6-8 p.m. every second Thursday: Mind-Body Connection (April 10). TUESDAY/MARCH 25 BOOK CLUB The senior book club
will discuss “Orphan Train,” by Christina Bakers Kline, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. To reserve a copy of the book, stop by the senior center or call 303-450-8801. For people ages 55 and over.
TUESDAY/MARCH 25 NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
Residents can communicate directly to Ward IV elected officials with questions, concerns or comments about the city and its government at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Shepherds’ Hall, 650 Kennedy Drive, Northglenn. Police Chief Jim May will be on hand to speak. The meeting will cover fees for water, sewer and trash. There will also be an update on economic development. Contact council members Kim Snetzinger at 303913-7195 or ksnetzinger@northglenn. org or Gene Wieneke at 303-457-0858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP Rock out with some fun garden crafts, such as rock sculptures, paintings, drawings and decorations. Stations will be set up so kids can choose which crafts they want to make. Cost depends on crafts. Rock and Roll garden crafts is at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Country Fair Garden Center, 17201 W. 64th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-209-4394 for reservations; space is limited. Your week continues on Page 16
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FRIDAY/MARCH 28 HOME ALONE Ages 10-13 can learn how to stay safe with At
Home Alone and First Aid from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www.northglenn.org/ recxpress to register.
SATURDAY/MARCH 29 HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Recreational Alternative Programming will take ages 11-18 to watch the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 29. Meet at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. The game is at the FirstBank Center in Broomfield. To sign up, call 303-450-8800 or go to www.northglenn.org/recxpress. SATURDAY/MARCH 29 STAGE COMBAT Creative Revolution Theatre Company presents a stage combat workshop from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at Unique Theatre, 500 E. 84th Ave., Suite C-1, in the North Valley Tech Center, Thornton. The workshop is open to teens/ adults with all levels of experience. Go to http://crtc.ticketleap. com to register; please pay what you can. Class is led by Jenn Zuko Boughn (http://bonzuko.com). SATURDAY AND Sunday/March 29-30 TURKEY HUNTING Colorado Parks and Wildlife presents Women Afield: Turkey 101 Field Clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Barr Lake State Park/Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton; and Turkey 201 Field Clinic 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation’s Lowell Ranch, 2330 S. I-25, Castle Rock. Register at http://register-ed.com/ programs/colorado/118-colorado-outreach.
COMING SOON COMING SOON/APRIL 1 FRIENDSHIP SECRETS The secrets of lasting friendships will be explored at Lifetree Café at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at 1800 E. 105th Place, Northglenn. “Friends for Life: 10 buddies. 38 years. 1 week a year” features the filmed story of a group of guys who have remained friends 20 years after graduation from middle school. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Contact Andy Pryor at 303-452-3787 or email@example.com. Go to Lifetreecafe.com. COMING SOON/APRIL 2 TRAVEL FILMS A series of hosted travel films is presented at the D.L. Parsons Theatre inside the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Tour guides are profes-
sional film makers who personally narrate their films. Shows begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a 15-minute intermission with refreshments. Individual and season tickets are available. Call 303-450-8800 for information and reservations. Schedule of films:
APRIL 2: Eastern Canada RV Adventure, by John Holod and Jodie Ginter COMING SOON/APRIL 4 ESSAY CONTEST Colorado Municipal League is accepting entries through Friday, April 4, for its “If I Were Mayor …” essay contest, open to seventh- and eighth-graders describing how they would make their city or town the best place to live. Four winners will receive certificates of achievement, $500 to establish a college account with CollegeInvest and the opportunity to attend the municipal league’s conference in Breckenridge to receive their awards and present their essays during the elected officials luncheon on Friday, June 20. The brochure can be found at www.cml.org/Resources/Civic-Engagement/If-IWere-Mayor-Essay-Contest/If-I-Were-Mayor-2014/ Ken Salazar, former U.S. Interior Department Secretary for President Obama, will serve as this year’s honorary contest chairman. COMING SOON/APRIL 5 PHOTOGRAPH CLUB The Forney Museum welcomes photographers the first Saturday of every month for a behind-thescenes chance to shoot your favorite vehicles in our collection. Sessions last 8-10 a.m. April 5, at the museum, 4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver. Registration and prepayment are required; sessions are limited to 25 participants. For a copy of the museum’s photo policy, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www. forneymuseum.org. COMING SOON/APRIL 5 KIDS’ STUFF Darling Doubles, North Denver’s multiple moms group, is having its kids’ stuff sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton. From noon to 1 p.m., items are half-price. Items for sale include baby furniture, play yards, car seats, strollers, bedding, clothing, shoes, toys, books, maternity clothing and more. Coupons for half-price admission available at https://www. facebook.com/DarlingDoublesKidsStuffSale. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Visit www.darlingdoubles.org or email Coming Soon/April 5 GOLF LEAGUE The Ladies Evening Golf League at Eagle Trace Golf Club is accepting new members. League plays on Thursdays, with tee times 4-6 p.m. All abilities welcome. An informational meeting is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at 1200 Clubhouse Drive, Broomfield. Contact league president Kristin Fleckenstein at 303-667-0778 or kristin@hammondappraisals.
COMING SOON/APRIL 7-8 AUDITIONS THE Creative Revolution Theatre Company plans auditions for the Commedia Dell’Arte show, “The Love of Three Oranges” from 5-9 p.m. Monday, April 7, with callbacks on Tuesday, April 8, at Unique Theatre, North Valley Tech Center, 500 E. 84th Ave., Suite C-1, Thornton. Auditions are for all roles, which are available for adults and teenagers. Rehearsals are April 26 to June 12. Performances are June 13-15 and June 20-22. Email email@example.com to schedule an audition appointment or for questions.
to one or more senior high school girls who graduate in May 2014. Eligible students must live in Arvada and/or attend an Arvada-area high school, and plan to participate in a formal track or cross-country program during their freshman year in college. This is the fourth consecutive year the club has offered scholarships. Applications are available on Arvada high school Naviance websites. The deadline to apply is April 15. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or Trisha Krapes at ltkrapes@ msn.com.
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ESTATE PLANNING Pet trusts, outright bequests to caregivers and guardianship provisions will be discussed at Estate Planning for Pet Owners, a free seminar 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Dumb Friends Leauge, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver. RSVP by April 3 by calling 720-241-7150 or emailing email@example.com. Box lunches will be provided.
QUILT DONATIONS The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is asking for donations of new quilts to benefit flood victims. Quilts must be made of 100 percent cotton fabric, and twin, full and queen sizes are needed. Deliver donations 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1213 Washington Ave., Golden; or 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the museum office, 651 Corporate Circle, Suite 102, Golden. Donations will be taken through April 30, 2014. Call 303-277-0377.
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LADIES LUNCHEON The North Suburban Christian Women’s Connection luncheon on Wednesday, April 9, will feature a panel of three women who survived three accidents that resulted in serious injuries. They will share their journeys to restoration. Luncheon is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Chateaux at Fox Meadows, 13600 Xavier Lane. For reservations, call Andrea at 303-485-5888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include names of your guests and names and ages of children to be cared for in the complimentary nursery.
VENDORS NEEDED Northglenn Elks is seeking vendors for its second annual Renaissance Festival. For information on booth rentals, contact the Elks club at 10969 Irma Drive, Northglenn, or call Frank Brown at 303-472-904 or FBrown2438@comcast. net. Admission to the festival is free, and it is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the Elks Lodge.
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COMING SOON/APRIL 11-12 MAGIC TREE House Prairie Playhouse presents “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark,” an adaptation of the first of Mary Pope Osborne’s fantasy adventure books. The show is performed by the playhouse’s upcoming youth pupils as part of their spring training. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, and 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Armory at Brighton Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St. Go to https://www.prairieplayhouse.com/productions/treehouse to purchase tickets.
RECURRING EVENTS WOMEN’S NETWORKING group in Arvada has openings for women in business who can commit to a weekly Wednesday morning meeting. One member per business category. Contact Info@OurConnection.org or call 303-438-6783. COMPUTER CLASSES Learn basic to advanced use of the computer in a small class setting at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. One-on-one personal training is also available. Call 303-425-9583 for times and fees. GET ACTIVE Get and stay in shape. Choose from more than 30 fitness and dance classes at the Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., including seated or standing classes in yoga, tai chi, and Zumba, as well as stretching, weight room, and much more. Call the center at 303-425-9583 or pick up your activities guide for details. Many classes are free or discounted for SilverSneakers. RECURRING/THROUGH MARCH 31 SCHOLARSHIP TIME The Financial Steward Associates LLC Scholarship Program is accepting applications through March 31. The scholarship is available to any graduating high school student who plans to attend any post-secondary educational institution. The scholarship will be limited to the first-year cost of tuition not to exceed $500. To apply, students must complete the application, write a 500-word essay relating to financial responsibility and provide a current academic record, list of community service work, extracurricular activities and/or work experience. To receive an application or more information, please contact Heather Sebastian at 303-444-5440 or heather. email@example.com. RECURRING/THROUGH APRIL 15 RUNNING SCHOLARSHIP The Arvada Running Club is offering $1,800 in college track or cross-country scholarships
RECURRING/THROUGH JUNE NONPROFIT VENDORS Applications for nonprofit participants are being accepted for the 43th annual CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair. Nonprofit groups seeking to exhibit their services and recruit volunteers will pay a fraction of the booth fee that other vendors pay to participate in the festival. Applications are available at www.peoplesfair.com. Contact the CHUN office at 303-830-1651. The People’s Fair is June 7-8.
LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 9-10, May 23 TRAINING SESSION Community Reach Center offers several opportunities to receive free mental health first aid training this spring with adult and youth modules available. The adult module covers signs, symptoms and behaviors associated with various mental health conditions for adults, and the youth module covers the same for youth ages 12-18. Both modules teach the MHFA evidence-based, five-step action plan for providing basic assistance for someone experiencing a mental health crisis. There is no tuition fee, but registration is mandatory. Attendance of the entire 8-hour course is required to receive certification. Register via www.CommunityReachCenter. org (click on the Products & Training tab). The class schedule (for adult module): 5:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 23; (for youth module): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 13. All public MHFA classes are taught at Community Reach Center, 11285 Highline Drive, Northglenn. LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 9-10 WRITING CONTEST Creative Communication is accepting submissions for its poetry contest, with divisions for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, through April 10. Top 10 winners will be named in each division. Poetry must be 21 lines or less in English. Entries can made online at www.poeticpower.com or mail entries, labeled Poetry Contest or Essay Contest, to 159 N. Main, Smithfield UT 84335. Include author’s name, address, city, state and ZIP, current grade, school name, school address and teacher’s name. Home school students are welcome to enter. Selected entries of merit will be invited to be published in an anthology. An art contest for grades K-12 also is coming up. To enter, take a photo of your original artwork and enter it at www.celebratingart.com; deadline is April 9. Full contest information is available online, or call 435-713-4411. Your week continues on Page 18
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Tribal lands fraught with injustice By Jim Trotter
I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS A 1938 law sweeps American Indian and Alaska native youths into the federal criminal justice system when they commit anything beyond misdemeanor crimes. Although American Indians comprise little more than 1 percent of the nation’s population, one 10year study found that at any given time, 43 percent to 60 percent of juveniles held in federal custody were American Indian, a wildly disproportionate number. Once there, they serve sentences far longer than other juveniles sentenced locally for similar offenses. These are among the findings of the final report from the national Indian Law and Order Commission, chaired by former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid of Denver. The “Roadmap for Making Native America Safer” turns particularly urgent in its call to reform juvenile justice in Indian country. Constantly exposed to poverty, addictions and all manners of violence from domestic assault to suicide to murder, Native youth experience post-traumatic distress disorder at a rate of 22 percent, equivalent to that among American troops returning from war, the report shows. Juveniles caught up in the federal system effectively “go missing” from their tribes. “Juvenile justice for Native kids has not changed since the 1930s,” Eid said in an interview with I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS. “They’re automatically transferred into federal jurisdiction. It’s just extraordinary no one has reassessed that. There isn’t juvenile justice within the Bureau of Prisons. It doesn’t exist there. There’s no diversion, no drug courts, no education. There are no books, no programs to reintegrate into society, nothing. It’s really very sad. “And it doesn’t square with our Constitution,” Eid said.
‘A terrible price’
The new report is blunt in its assessment of criminal justice in Indian country, and of the risks posed for public safety. The system “extracts a terrible price: limited law enforcement; delayed prosecutions, too few prosecutions, and other prosecution inefficiencies; trials in distant courthouses; justice systems and players unfamiliar with or hostile to Indians and Tribes; and the exploitation of system failures by criminals, more criminal activity, and further endangerment of everyone living in and near Tribal communities.” The commission, created by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, offers some 40 recommendations for change that would im-
pact and require reorganization in all three branches of the federal government, reallocate millions of dollars, require new spending, and build new criminal justice infrastructure from the ground up on many tribal lands across the U.S. The report challenges the status quo of entrenched bureaucracies, federal and state, at every turn, describing their work as “an indefensible maze of complex, conflicting and illogical commands, layered in over decades via congressional policies and court decisions, and without the consent of tribal nations.” Unlike the U.S. at large, where serious local crimes are investigated and prosecuted by local authorities, all serious crimes on reservations or other tribal lands are federal crimes, subject to federal prosecution, a provision of law that dates back to 1885. (Under a separate law, a handful of states have the authority). Tribal courts are limited to misdemeanor sentences with a maximum of three years. At the heart of the commission’s far-reaching document is the premise of restoring local crimes to local jurisdictions, where they would be investigated by tribal police and tried in tribal courts, with all U.S. constitutional protections for defendants. Native youth offenders would be adjudicated locally, as are juveniles everywhere else. The commission’s nine members, Republican and Democrats, were appointed by President Obama and the majority and minority leaders of both houses of Congress. They worked as volunteers, had no offices, and spent most of their significant time in the field. Their recommendations are unanimous. “We realized that if we’re going to make an impact, we’d have to be honest in addressing the problems as we found them,” said Eid, a Republican who was named Colorado U.S. attorney by President George W. Bush. He is now a partner with the Greenberg Traurig law firm in Denver. “We had the opportunity and we wanted to make the most of it.”
Falling through the cracks
The current system is rife with fundamental inequities, the commission found, including, perhaps foremost, simple access to justice. Federal officers charged with investigating serious Indian country crime, FBI agents or Bureau of Indian Affairs police, can be located hundreds of miles away from distant crime scenes. The federal courthouses and prosecutors are almost always hundreds of miles away. This places enormous logistical burdens on successful prosecution, including every facet from crime scene preservation and evidence gathering on the front end to getting witnesses to the courthouse for trial. Federal prosecutors declined to prosecute half the Indian country cases that came before them, according to a General Accounting
Southern Ute Indian police place Gabriel Peabody into custody Thursday evening, March 14, 2013 following a seven-hour standoff at his Cedar Point Ute West home outside of Igancio, Colo. A new report, the “Roadmap for Making Native America Safer,” makes a call to reform juvenile justice on American Indian reservations. Photos by the Durango Herald Office study of 9,000 cases reported by federal law officers from 2005-09. And while the declination rate is said to have improved since the advent of the Tribal Law and Order Act, no one disputes that many people suspected of violent crimes are walking free in Indian country. “Too many crimes have fallen through the cracks of this ‘jurisdictional maze,’ ” said Jill Engel, former chief prosecutor for the Hopi Tribe in Northern Arizona and now with the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office in Colorado Springs, in an interview with I-News. “This leaves dangerous criminals within the community with the opportunity to find new victims.” Much of the report speaks to the need of upgrading criminal justice in Indian country, where police are often undermanned, underequipped, undertrained and often have no access to information sharing or routine crime data that most any other local jurisdiction would take for granted. But the very first recommendation asks Congress to clarify that any tribe that so chooses can “opt out immediately” of federal jurisdiction over local crimes committed on their lands. The provision would also create the United States Court of Indian Appeals, which would function as any other federal appellate court. Sentencing restrictions on tribal courts would be lifted. Some tribes, including 30 that have been working in a Department of Justice pilot program, are better equipped than others to take on expanded jurisdiction. “This requires resources to support having law trained judges and public defenders,” said Engel. “Isolation of geographic areas and limited financial resources could affect the ability of a tribe to succeed in exercising full jurisdiction.” The commission devotes its second chapter to Alaska, which, alone among
the states, was exempted from the provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act as well as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Although Alaska has 229 of the nation’s federally recognized 566 tribes, the state established a system of Native corporations to own villages and other lands, as opposed to federally recognized Indian reservations or nations. Serious crimes are investigated by Alaska state police, who are often located at great distances from the far-flung native villages that in many cases aren’t connected by road, particularly in winter. “Problems with safety in tribal communities are severe across the United States,” the report states, “but they are systematically the worst in Alaska.” When the commission paid a site visit to the community of Galena, one resident told members, “Every woman you’ve met today has been raped. All of us. I know they won’t believe that in the lower 48, and the state will deny it, but it’s true.”
Troy A. Eid, a former U.S. Attorney now in private law practice, is shown during a taping of “Colorado State of Mind” at Rocky Mountain PBS’ studio in Denver on Jan. 15, when he discussed the national Indian Law and Order Commission, which he chaired. I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS like it is and we’ll push for the rest of our careers to have the roadmap enacted. I-News is the public service journalism arm of
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The report is multifaceted in tackling deeply complex issues. Is there any chance that its major recommendations will be embraced by Congress, by the White House, by the federal court system? Eid thinks so. “The White House asked for more specific details about how the recommendations could be implemented,” he said. “They’re trying to understand and have been very gracious. I know people say Congress is broken or this or that. But I don’t believe we can’t get this done.” Said prosecutor Engel, “Indian reservations should not be a safe haven for criminals. This dedication to telling the story in a truthful, unapologetic way will lead to positive changes.” Eid praised the shared vision of his fellow commissioners. “We are going to tell it
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LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 11-13 MUSICAL PROGRAM The Northland Chorale proudly
presents “Rockin’ Through the 50s & 60s,” musical direction by Mark Stamper. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn. For information and tickets, visit www.northlandchorale.org or call 720-515-4NLC (4652).
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ELECTRONICS RECYCLING Trust Hall Insurance Services, in partnership with SustainAbility Recycling, plans an electronic recycling events 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Sonsio parking lot, 5630 Ward Road, Arvada. Call 720-291-0826. LOOKING AHEAD/APRIL 18-20 MINERAL SHOW The Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show is April 18-20 at the Ramada Plaza Denver Central, 4849 Bannock St., Denver. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking; suitable for all ages. Contact Regina Aumente at 505-867-0425 or email@example.com. Go to www.mzexpos.com/colorao_spring. html.
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TENNIS TOURNAMENT The 34th Annual Glen Hines Senior
Memorial Tournament is May 5-11 at the Arvada Tennis Center, 6430 Miller St., Arvada. Register online at usta.com for tournament ID #257211914, visit apexprd.org for an entry form, or mail/deliver entries to the Arvada Tennis Center. The registration deadline is April 28. Visit apexprd.org or call 303-420-1210 for more information.
LOOKING AHEAD/JUNE 6-8 ROCKY FLATS The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities presents “Rocky Flats Then and Now: 25 Years After the Raid” from June 6-8. Programming details can be found at www.
PRESCHOOLERS GATHERING Primetime for Preschoolers meets 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Admission is free. For more information, call 303-452-7534 or go online to librarianship. MUSIC TIME Music and Movement meets 1:30-2:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Children ages 3 to 6 years can sing, dance, play games and learn how to play instruments. Registration is required. To register, visit the online calendar at librarianship. For more information, call 303-452-7534.
CLUBS IN YOUR COMMUNITY MONDAYS ADULT SURVIVORS of Childhood Sexual Abuse Northglenn Women’s Group meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. WINGS provides therapist-facilitated, peer-support groups in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. For more information, call 303283-8660. DENVER THYROID Cancer Support
Group meets7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Montclair Recreation Center Lowry, 729 Ulster Way. For more information, call 303-388-9948.
AN EDGAR Cayce study group meets
at 1:30 p.m. Mondays near 80th and Sheridan. Call Bernita at 303-261-7175. The meeting is free.
GRIEF RECOVERY A 12-week Grief Share program meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday at Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road. LA LECHE League of Broomfield meets
10 -11 a.m. the second Monday of the month at Brunner Farm House, 640 Main St.
LIFERING SECULAR Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St. This is a nonprofit, abstinence-based peer-support group for recovering alcoholics and addicts. For more information, call 303-830-0358 or go online to www. unhooked.com. OPEN MIC Living Water Unity Spiritual Community presents open mic night – celebrate your teen self 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. This program gives teens the opportunity to express their performing art including voice and instrument, acting, poetry, stand-up comedy, mime, etc. Open to all students in sixth to 12th grades. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at
7 p.m. Mondays at North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton.
PALETTEERS ART Club meets at 7
p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Northglenn United Methodist Church, 1605 W. 106th Ave. Meetings are open to artists and art lovers who are age 18 or older. Meet other artists and learn from monthly art demonstrations. Call Pat at 303-451-0017.
STUDY GROUP Chabad of NW
Metro Denver Jewish Center hosts a thought-provoking discussion on the weekly Torah portion. Drawing from the wisdom of the Talmud, Kabbalah and Chassidic Mystical Masters, the study group focuses on the relevance of the bible stories and Torah’s teaching to our modern lives. The class is from 7-8 p.m. Mondays at Chabad, 4505 W. 112 Ave., Westminster. Refreshments served. For costs and the topic of the weekly discussion, visit www.COJewish.com/torahstudy or call 303-429-5177. The class is led by Rabbi Benjy Brackman spiritual leader of Chabad of NW Metro Denver.
TUESDAYS ADAMS COUNTY Genealogical Society
Newcomers and experienced genealogists are welcome. We meet at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Hunter Douglas, 1 Hunter Douglas Circle, Thornton (on the southeast corner of 128th and Washington). A different guest speaker is featured each month. For additional information, www.adamscountygenealogysociety.com.
LET GO and Let God AFG Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 12021 Northaven Circle in Thornton. For more information, visit www.al-anon-co.org. METRO NORTH Chamber Leads Tuesday group meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Lone Star Steakhouse, 237 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton. For more information, call Alan at 720-233-5873. MAMA TALK, a support group for moms before and after baby, meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Tri-County Health Department, 10190 Bannock St., Suite 100, Northglenn. Call
Margaret at 303-255-6214.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 3585 W. 76th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, go online to www. nacolorado.org. NEW SWING Swing dancing comes to Thornton 8:30-11 p.m. Tuesdays at Taps and Toes Dance Studio, 12720 N. Colorado Blvd. Beginners are welcome; World Champion Lindy Hop dancers Mark Godwin and Shauna Marble, along with other dancers will provide instruction. Cost is $5. For more information, go online to www.markandshaunaswing. com/weekly_dances/. NORTHGLENN AFG Al-Anon meets at
9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11385 Grant Drive. For more information, go online to www.al-anon-co.org.
NORTHGLENN-THORNTON ROTARY Club meets at noon Tuesdays
at Red Lobster, 1350 W. 104th Ave. in Northglenn. For more information, email NorthglennThorntonRotary@hotmail. com.
NORTH JEFFCO Republican Women’s Club seeks to educate and activate the community. The group meets every second Tuesday of the month at the 911 Driving School, 9100 100th Ave., Suite B-4, Westminster. Check-in is 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but RSVP is requested. email@example.com. NORTHWEST AREA Newcomers and
Social Club, serving the women of north Jeffco and northwest Denver metro, meets every meet every fourth Tuesday of the month. For information, place and reservations, call Susan Dittman at 303-673-9266 or Patti Bloomquist at 303-940-7478.
NORTH METRO Newcomer and Social Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month for lunch and a program. We welcome all women who would like to meet new friends and find new activities. Call
Peggy Frances at 303-215-9627 or Karen Dowling at 303-422-7369.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets
from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 W. 76th Ave. Contact Laura at 303-428-9293.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN Team Survivor, a health, education and fitness program for women of all abilities who have experienced cancer or are in treatment, offers weekly free, fun, supportive activities: 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Boulder Creek Walk (meet at Boulder Public Library main entrance): 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, yoga at Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave.; 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, fitness training, at Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Ave. (entrance on Maxwell Avenue.). Learn more at rockymtn-teamsurvivor.org. TAE KWON do Learn self-defense, get a workout and increase self-confidence. Two classes available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the city of Westminster recreation division: peewees (ages 5-8), from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and ages 9 and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Classes at the MAC, 3295 W. 72nd Ave. Call 303-426-4310. Visit www.hupstaekwondo.com and www.ttatkd.com. TALKING IDEAS Toastmasters Club meets noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays at 10155 Westmoor Drive, Suite 225, in Westminster. For more information, call Mary Taylor at 303-327-1616. TOPS CO 538, a weight-loss support group, meets Tuesdays at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, 76th and Bradburn. Weigh-in is from 6-6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting. For information, call 303-429-5923. WESTMINSTER OPTIMIST Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the Egg & I, 799 Highway 287, Broomfield. For more information, call John Swanborg at 303466-5631 or email him at jswanborg@ comcast.net. WEDNESDAYS
MetroNorth Worship Directory Northglenn United Methodist Church We invite you to join us in worship on Sundays. An inspirational traditional service is offered at 9 AM on Sunday.
There are choirs for every age and musical ability. Small group fellowships that meet weekly and monthly, a licensed pre-school program with a record of 39 plus years of excellence. As well as a Sunday school program for children, youth and adults.
We are located at 1605 W. 106th Ave., Northglenn.
For more information about church and all other services offered, feel free to contact us at 303-452-5120. See You There!
Risen Savior Lutheran Church 3031 W. 144 Ave. - Broomfield • 303-469-3521 or www.rslc.org th
Starting, Sunday, September 8th we would like to invite you to a new contemporary worship service in Northglenn. If you are looking for a contemporary Christian worship service that is welcoming, comfortable, upbeat, and relevant without getting lost in the crowd, please join us at 10:30 am every Sunday morning at 1605 W. 106th Ave. in Northglenn, 80234 for “GO4TH.” We are a caring, inviting, and service oriented church family that wants to “GO4TH” and make a difference. Please join us! go4thservice.blogspot.com • 303-452-5120
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Sunday Worship 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Sunday School & Adult Classes 9:20 am - 10:40 am
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NORTHGLENN MOOSE Lodge 2166 hosts men’s meeting nights at 8 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 11449 York St., Northglenn. Call 303-457-3391. WOMEN OF the Moose Chapter 644 meet at 7:30 p.m. the first and second Wednesday of each month at 11449 York Street, Northglenn. Call 303-457-3391. A-NAMI (NATIONAL Alliance on Men-
tal Illness-Adams County) meets from 7-9 p.m. the last Wednesday of every month at the Community Reach Center, 8931 Huron St., Thornton. Each A-NAMI meeting provides participants time for sharing challenges and triumphs, and frequently feature presentations by mental-health professionals and educational discussion. Anyone dealing with a mental illness, including family and friends, may benefit from A-NAMI support. For more information, contact (303) 853-3770; firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARVADA BIZ Connection (http://www. meetup.com/Arvada-Business-Connection/) is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are Wednesdays from 5:307:30 p.m. at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. A $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. http://danpeakfoundation.webs.com/. For information, call Micki Carwin at 303-997-9098. FLATIRONS VIEW Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at The Depot at Five Parks, 13810 W. 85th Ave. in Arvada. Polish your speaking and presentation skills in a fun, instructional, nurturing environment. For more information visit http://9407.toastmastersclubs.org/. MUSIC TEACHERS Association Suburban Northwest meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meetings are open to the public and include refreshments, business meeting and program featuring music teaching professionals from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments. ROCKY MOUNTAIN Submarine Veterans meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at American Legion Wilmore-Richter Post 161, 6230 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. Active duty, reserve, retired, veterans, interested public and their ladies are cordially invited. For more information, go online to www. rockymountainsubvets.com.
TOASTMASTERS-WESTMINSTER COMMUNICATORS meets 12:15-
1:15 p.m. every Wednesday at DeVry University, 1870 W. 122nd Ave., Room 134. Toastmasters has helped thousands of people over the years and we can help you. Admission is free. Enter the southeast door to the first room, 134. Call Ray Hamilton at 303-284-4223.
WESTMINSTER ROTARY 7:10 Club meets 7:10-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Ranch Country Club, 11667 Tejon St., Westminster. For more information, call Angela Habben at 720-947-8080. THURSDAYS ADAMS COUNTY Triad meets 1-2 p.m. the third Thursdays of the month at 3295 W. 72nd Ave. in Westminster. The Triad is formed of law enforcement officers, senior citizens, fire personnel and senior organizations. Triad volunteers develop and implement crime-prevention and education programs for older adults. Activities address crime from both a previctimization (preventive) standpoint and a post-victimization (victim/witness assistance) standpoint. All senior citizens or people who care about senior citizens of Adams County are welcome. Topic changes each month. For more information, contact Jenee Centeno at 303-854-7420. Fridays. COMMUNITY COFFEE Join Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp on the fourth Thursday of each month to talk about issues that are important to you. Community Coffee will be from 7-8 a.m. at La Dolce Vita, Ice Cream Room, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 10450 Town Center Drive, Westminster. FOOD PANTRY Agape Life Church distributes Jefferson County commodity foods from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, at the church, 5970 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. The church provides this service to all Jefferson County residents. If you have questions, call 303-431-6481. FRONT RANGE Toastmasters Club meets from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday at the Thornton Civic Center, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton. Develop your prepared and impromptu speaking skills. Guests are encouraged to drop in and participate at their comfort level. For information, contact www.d26toastmasters.org/frontrange/about_us.htm. GRIEFSHARE SUPPORT Group meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 1481 Russell Way. For more information, go online to www. mountainviewlutheran.com. Clubs continues on Page 19
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Board member Debora Scheffel, who represents the 6th Congressional District applauded the district for their efforts and their implementation of the CBS program. “You are doing deliberate and purposeful work,” she said. “Sounds like a good plan.” No action was taken by the board after the hour-long presentation and discussion. The informal meeting was merely an opportunity for the board to hear from the district.
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Students participate in civic event at the capitol By Ashley Reimers
Fifth-graders from Westview Elementary School put their social studies knowledge to the test during a recent trip to the Colorado State Capitol. With the help of the Liberty Day Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting civics education, on March 14 students had the opportunity to quiz legislatures and lobbyists on the U.S. Constitution, and experience the happenings of the current legislative session. But the action didn’t stop there, a group of students actually had the opportunity to read the Declaration of Independence on the House floor. “Right now our fifth-graders are studying the branches of government and learnTer ing bow bills become laws, as well as our 5rights as citizens,” Westview Principal Jenry nifer Buck said. “So the opportunity for om them to go to the capitol makes the governusands ment process more real and personal for n help them. It’s really exciting for them to have outh- that experience.” ll Ray The Westview students, as well as students from Englewood and Craig, also
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one Business Connection meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Barker’s St., 2831 W. 120th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, call Michelle Mathiesen at 303-424-1207 or go online to www.wbncolorado.com. peripheraL neuropaThy Support Group The Denver Branch meets from 3:30-5 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd., Denver; parking and entrance in the back. For informa-
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Women’s Business Network meets 7:20-8:35 a.m. Thursdays at the Doubletree Hotel, 8773 Yates Drive in Westminster. For more information, call Michelle Mathiesen at 303-424-1207 or go online to www.wbncolorado.com.
aa meeTings There are more than 1,100 AA meetings in the Denver metro area every week. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, come see us. Call 303-322-4440 for a meeting in your area, or visit the website at www.daccaa.org.
dog Training Become a dog trainer with Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue, using behavior science, holistic approaches and positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog, pet parent and specific situation. Learn to evaluate behavior, design exercises, coach humans, handle dogs, deliver presentations, and resolve and prevent a variety of behavior problems. Classes in Denver and Lakewood. request an application at email@example.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-239-0382 for information.
moose Lodge 2166 dinners for members and qualified guests from 6-8 p.m. every Friday. For more information, call 303-457-3391. CoLorado CiTizens for Peace meets from 10:30-11:30
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handed out Constitution booklets. Since establishment in 1996, representatives of the Liberty Day Institute have been distributing pocket-sized copies of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, flashcards, and teaching resources to students, teachers, service groups and others throughout the country. “Liberty Day is excited to offer fifthgraders throughout Colorado and across the country the chance to participate in engaging, immersive, and interactive experiences for students that will both educate and inspire them,” said Jimmy Sengenberger, president of the Liberty Day Institute. Buck said participating in the Liberty Day event is part of a schoolwide effort to rebrand the school as more of a community-oriented, civic-minded school. She said the trip to the capitol was a first-time experience for most of the students. “Students were very excited to actually talk to the senators and the representatives about their jobs,” she said. “I think seeing people in their offices and watching them do their jobs, will help the students have more of a personal connection to how the government works.” For more information on the Liberty Day Institute, visit www.libertyday.org.
a.m. every Saturday at the intersections of West 52nd and Wadsworth Boulevard to try to bring an end to the wars. Signs will be furnished for those who do not have them. Contact Cindy Lowry at 303-431-1228 or email@example.com.
norTh suBurBan Republican Forum meets 9:45-11:15 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at Anythink, Huron St. Community Room, 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Admission is $3 and includes a continental breakfast. Meet like-minded people and discuss Colorado political issues. roCky mounTain Shipwrights is a wood ship modeling club that meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Rockler’s Woodworking and Hardware Store, 2553 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver. The club also has a workshop at the Arvada City Hall, 8101 Ralston Road. We meet here at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. Go to www.rockymountainshipwrights.org for information. WhaT you Want to Be AFG Al-Anon meets at 9:30 a.m.
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fronT range Boot Camp gets you out of the gym and gets results. Front Range Boot Camp provides dynamic, unique and results-driven full-body workouts exclusively for women. All ages, sizes and fitness levels will succeed. Indoor location is just behind Super Target at Kipling and 50th Avenue. Outdoor location is Skyline Park by Stenger soccer fields. Email Robyn@ FrontRangeBootCamp.com or go online to www.FrontRangeBootCamp.com. girL sCouTs Snowboard. Scuba dive. Sleep over in a museum or at the zoo. Go backstage at a concert or a Broadway play. Even stage your own Project Runway. Girl Scouts turns normal days into days you’ll remember all your life. Girl Scouts offers girls of all ages and backgrounds a safe place to explore the world and discover their potential. There are now more flexible ways to be a Girl Scout than joining a troop. To explore your options, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org, email inquiry@ gscolorado.org or call 1-877-404-5708. narConon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 800-431-1754 or go to DrugAbuseSolution.com. Narconon also can help with addiction counseling. Call for free assessments or referrals, 800-431-1754. seLf-heLp CenTer at the Adams County Justice Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center now has two full time staff available to assist self-represented parties. The staff may not give legal advice, but may provide legal information regarding forms and the legal process. Public access computers and legal reference materials are available in the center. The Self Help Center is located on the first floor of the Adams County Justice Center. Email assistance may be obtained by sending detailed inquiries to AdamsSelfHelpCenter@ judicial.state.co.us. In addition, published resources and other information including clinics and other events are available through the Adams County Justice Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AdamsCountyJusticeCenter. Online forms can be found at www.courts.state.co.us/Forms/. Clubs continues on Page 22
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Jessica Montoya takes joy in watching her children being entertained during a magic show at the St. Patrick’s Day festival Saturday in Olde Town Arvada.
Dancers from the Bennett School of Irish Dance perform “Mouse Dance” during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Olde Town Arvada. Photos by Mikkel Kelly Hundreds of people dressed for the day and filled Grandview Avenue in Arvada for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival Saturday in Olde Town Arvada.
The crowd on Grandview Avenue parted for the marching Centennial State Pipes & Drums during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival Saturday at Olde Town Arvada.
A grand time on Grandview Arvada’s third annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival attracted a steady flow of people Saturday afternoon on Grandview Avenue in Olde Town Arvada. The local businesses featured specials, and all types of treats, drinks and entertainment were in abundance. Entertainers included the Bennett School of Irish Dance, Angus Mohy, a Celtic-themed rock ‘n’ roll band, and activities for children, such as face painting,
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clowns and magic shows. Green beer was in evidence as well as a festive Irish inspired attire. Although it was breezy and a little chilly, the street was busy all afternoon. Although an official count was not available, the festival may have achieved its goal of attracting 5,000 people. The festival was formed as an alternative to downtown Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day festival.
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ARIES (Mar 21 to apr 19) although you tend to bore easily and leave others to finish what you start, this is one time when you’d be wise to complete things on your own. Then you can move on to something new. TAURUS (apr 20 to May 20) Your indecision about a personal situation might come out of those mixed signals you’re getting. Best not to make any commitments until you have a better sense of how things are going. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) a dispute appears to be getting out of hand. But you should be able to step in and bring it all under control soon. Be patient. News about a potential career move might be delayed.
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CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) Career obligations could interfere with important personal plans. But using a combination of common sense and compromise helps resolve the dilemma to everyone’s satisfaction. LEO (Jul 23 to aug 22) a stressful situation drains some of your energy reserves. But you soon bounce back in time to finish your tasks and enjoy a welldeserved weekend getaway. VIRGO (aug 23 to Sept 22) This is a good time to throw a party for friends and colleagues and surprise them with your dazzling domestic skills. You also might want to reconsider that career move you put on hold. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) a sudden change of mind by someone you relied on could cause a delay in moving ahead with your plans. But those whom you’ve helped out before are prepared to return the favor. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) You start the week feeling too shy to speak up in front of others. However, your self-assurance soon takes over, giving you the confidence you need to make yourself heard. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) One way to deal with a pesky personal dilemma this week is to meet it head-on. Insist on an explanation of why the situation reached this point and what can be done to change it. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) The creative Capricorn finds several outlets for her or his talents this week. also note that while a romantic connection looks promising, remember to allow it to develop on its own. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) You stand out this week as the best friend a friend can have. But be careful that you don’t take too many bows, or you might see gratitude replaced with resentment. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) What seems to be an ideal investment should be checked out thoroughly before you snap at the offer and find yourself hooked by an expensive scam. BORN THIS WEEK: Your wisdom is matched by your generosity. You are a person who people know they can rely on. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.
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How to barbecue the perfect steak By Metro Creative Connection
The steakhouse is a family favorite for its flavorful cuts of beef, so to save money, the grilling experts at Broil King are here to show us how to re-create those same savory steaks on our own gas barbecues. Here are their tips. • If it doesn’t sizzle, it’s not hot enough. Preheat your grill to at least 450 degrees for great sear marks and steakhouse quality results. • Season the grill: a thin coating of oil on a hot grill both protects the grill surface and keeps your food from sticking. A refillable
oil mister is an easy way to do this. Tip: Always turn the burners to low before spraying oil; never use nonstick sprays with aerosol since they are flammable. • Marinate your steak for 30 minutes to two hours (most cuts) to infuse complementary flavours into the meat. • Any sweet or sugary barbecue sauce should be applied in the last two minutes on the grill, or after the meat is removed. These sauces burn easily and can ruin a great steak. • Try a compound butter: first soften the butter to room temperature and then mix in the flavouring of your choice, such as blue cheese, sundried tomato or cheddar & jalapeno. Top the hot steak with a pat of this butter and watch the flavour melt all over the grilled meat. • Choose your weapon: don’t pierce your steak, use a good set of tongs to turn them. The more you poke holes, the more flavour and tenderness escapes. • Let it rest: cutting into a steak right off the grill lets juices escape onto the plate. Let
any steak rest for 5 minutes before serving. The juices will settle evenly throughout the steak, giving a more tender, flavourful and enjoyable dining experience. Blue Cheese Compound Butter Ingredients 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature 1/3 cup Roquefort cheese, crumbled 1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped 11/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped Dash hot pepper sauce Pinch salt Directions In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together lightly with a fork until just evenly combined. Over-mixing will cause it to become too blue in colour. Spoon the mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper, and shape it into a log about 4 centimeters (11/2”) in diameter. Refrigerate 1 hour. Slice into 1.5-centimer thick rounds (1/3”) and place on hot grilled steaks to melt. Freeze leftovers butter. Additional grilling recipes and tips are available at www.broilkingbbq.com.
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Schooltime again for sportsmen Colorado Parks and Wildlife is making an offer sportsmen should not refuse. It is class time at CPW with a variety of timely and up to date topics to sharpen our skills. The time is right. That quiet time when we mistakenly assume there is not much to do outdoors. The fishing season is just around the corner and hunting is not yet a fading memory, with spring turkey season less than a month away and big game season looming off in the distance. CPW is offering fishing and hunting seminars to sharpen our skills and add new strategies to our angling and our hunting experience. Two turkey hunting 101 seminars; big game application workshops; the Novice (pheasant) Hunter Program and the Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing class all are excellent programs to get new hunting and angling information, learn specific skills, become comfortable with equipment and gear and get insights as to where to go to pursue hunting opportunities and cast to productive fisheries. The first turkey hunting 101 clinic designed for women who have not hunted or have limited experience will be held March 29th at the Old Stone House in Barr Lake State Park near Brighton. For more seasoned turkey hunters a second clinic is scheduled for March 30th at the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation’s Lowell Ranch near Castle Rock. Registration can be made online at http://register-ed.comm/programs/colorado/118-colorado-outreach. The Big Game Application workshops are being held statewide by District Wildlife Managers at various locations. Go to http://cpw.state.co.us for specific Denver area locations and dates. CPW’s cost free Novice Hunter Program (cosponsored with Pheasants Forever) beings new and youth pheasant hunters close to the habitat pheasants exist in and introduces students to hunting techniques, shotgun types and hunting safety. Participants will get assistance in finding hunting sites within the 250,000 acres of State Walk-In lands and the 42 state parks and 300 state wildlife areas where pheasants prevail and hunting is allowed. Information and registration can be obtained by calling 303-2917291. April 12 is the date for the RM Fly Fishing seminar at the Kassler Center, near Chatfield Reservoir State Park. The class is limited to 50 participants and co-sponsored by Orvis, Project Healing Waters who are joining CPW for this day long class. Go to www.register-ed.com/programs/ colorado/118-colorado-outreach to register or call CPW 303-297-1192. Outdoors writer Ron Hellbusch can be reached at RonHellbusch@comcast.net.
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Annual event celebrates WC businesses New hall of fame, legacy awards announced By Clarke Reader
firstname.lastname@example.org The West Chamber celebrated Jeffco businesses and strength in numbers during its 67th annual Chairman’s Inaugural Celebration on Feb. 21. “We are all stronger together, and we’re here because of all of you,” Brian Willms, president and CEO of the chamber told the crowd gathered at the Terrace Gardens at Ken Caryl Event Center. Kyle Clark, 9News reporter and co-anchor emceed the event, which honored not only businesses that had a difference in Jeffco in 2013, but also individuals who have done great work over their careers. “This event is all about recognizing leadership, and we want to take a moment to recognize the efforts of these individuals,” Clark said. The ceremony kicked off by recognizing the 25-year members of the chamber: 240 Union, Bandimere Speedway, Chase Bank NA - Lakeside, Colorado Community Media, Colorado State University - Jefferson County, Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery & Mortuary, Planet Honda, Shiloh Home Inc., Unique Litho, Wells Fargo - Applewood and Wells Fargo - Golden. For the end of year awards, the chamber honored EcoGraphics as Small Business of the Year, St. Anthony Hospital as Large Business of the Year and the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center as Nonprofit of the Year. Bj Hambleton of Steps & Wings Healing Arts was named Ambassador of the Year, Shane Robert of Green Vine Marketing was named Young Professional of the Year and Kay Ehalt of Dream Baskets by Kay was named as the Unsung Hero. What really made the celebration special was the beginning of two new award categories — the Jefferson County Hall of Fame, recognizing business, government and philanthropy and the Steve Burkholder Diamond Legacy Award. Inductees into the hall of fame represent those in business, government and philan-
Steve Burkholder after receiving the new Diamond Legacy Award named in his honor. Photo by Clarke Reader thropy in Jefferson County who have provided direction, energy and support for the development and betterment of Jefferson County, according to information provided by the Chamber. The very first honorees are: Gary Wink, President and CEO of the Golden Chamber of Commerce for 19 years; Jack Newkirk, inventor of Shunts for Hydrocephalous and Electrosurgical cutting tools; Charlie Church McKay, a key figure in the development of Westminster around 104th Avenue and U.S. Highway 36, and the current Arvada Candelas Development; and Cindy Stevenson, superintendent of Jefferson County Schools. “I want to thank my staff, the chamber board and visitors board, but most importantly all the volunteers,” Wink said. “Together we can all do a lot stuff — together we can be very strong.” Fittingly, the first winner of the Steve Burkholder Diamond Legacy Award was Burkholder himself. “The chamber did change my life, and I learned a lot from the chamber,” he said. “The key to success for all of us is mutual respect and the listening and sharing of ideas.” The 2014 chamber chair, Joni Iman, closed out the event by trumpeting the changes and advancements in information and access chamber members can look forward to in the coming year. “2014 will be a fabulous year,” she said.
Learning about volume is fun Young children love to play with water. This can happen indoors or outdoors, at the sink, in a bathtub, or wading pool. It can become a math and science experience as they learn about volume while filling different size containers with water. At the same time, they are developing eyehand coordination and fine motor skills. This kind of play also integrates cognitive skills such as investigation, observation, problem solving, and concept development. For more, see grandparentsteachtoo.org in English and Spanish and wnmufm.org “Learning Through the Seasons.” For very young children, begin with three or four different plastic containers, none larger than a quart. Allow them to fill the larger container with water using the various containers. They will intuitively keep on filling the larger container until it is full. By playing with different sizes of cups, spoons, scoops and containers, toddlers begin to develop a sense of volume.
containers. Compare the number of cups that are needed. For example, the larger container had a volume of four cups and the smaller container had a volume of two cups. Estimate how many cups are needed before starting. Vary the activity by using sand, rice or beans. Move measuring into the real world by cooking with your children. Talk about how many cups or teaspoons of each ingredient are used in your recipe. Count how many cups of dry pasta or popcorn are needed to fill a bowl. How many containers of water are needed to reconstitute frozen orange juice?
Volume and older children
What else can we do?
For older children, provide the same variety of plastic containers, making sure that there is a standard one-cup measure. Model for the children how to measure the number of cups of water a container can hold by filling the cup with water and pouring it into the empty container. Count aloud as you pour each cup. Explain that you are measuring the volume of the empty container. Define volume as the space something takes up. Discuss that the volume of the container was a certain number of cups. Repeat this with the other
Visit the library to look for books about measurement and volume. In the story “Drip, Drop” by Sarah Weeks, a mouse catches water from his leaking roof in different kitchen containers such as a pan or cup. Your children can help fill bags at the grocery store. Collect a variety of different size boxes. See if the children can fit the boxes inside of each other. Talk about which box is the best to start and the reason why. Fill a shoebox with blocks, one layer at a time. Count how many blocks are needed to fill the box.
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