August 15, 2013
A Colorado Community Media Publication
Adams County and Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 68, Issue 43
Medical experts to testify in Sigg case Next court date set for Aug. 29 By Ashley Reimers email@example.com
A FAire to remember
The Home Depot workshop tent was a popular place for the little ones during the Westminster Faire on Saturday at City Park. Children also enjoyed carnival games and bouncing houses during the faire. Photo by Ashley Reimers
STEM school prepares for opening day By Ashley Reimers
areimers@ourcoloradonews. com This was not the typical summer for Anthony Matthews, principal of Colorado STEM Academy in Westminster. The former Flynn Elementary principal has been very busy the past few months working to prepare the new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school in Adams County School District 50. With the first day of school just around the corner — classes start on Aug. 19 — Matthews is excited to finally open the doors of the Colorado STEM Academy to 200 students in grades three through six for the first year. After the initial year, the school will increase in size to 250 students, followed by a build-out of 300 students by the 2015-16 school year with students in grades three through eight. For months, renovations have been made to the old Crown Pointe Academy building at 72nd Avenue and Irving
Street in Westminster, getting the building ready for its new focus. Matthews said the majority of the renovations have taken place in the west wing, and include the design and construction of larger classrooms, and science and engineering labs. “We have two big labs, a design lab and a build lab that will be utilized by all of the students,” he said. “The design lab includes a 3D printer and scanner, and a laser engraver. Our build lab has a variety of tools for the students to use to build items for projects and assignments.” Every classroom will have 15 iPads and 15 Chromebooks, and will be equipped with SMART Boards and a SMART sound system. Matthews said classrooms will also have some desktop computers, and the furniture will allow for a more collaborative approach to learning. “We purposely bought desks that could be maneuvered into different-sized groups so that the teachers have the freedom to set up their classroom the way they want to allow for their
Colorado STEM Academy, the first STEM school in Adams County School District 50, is opening on Aug. 19 and will feature a build lab equipped with power tools and other tools for student-use. Photo by Ashley Reimers students to be able to work collaboratively together,” he said. Edgar Lista, the technol-
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ogy education and engineering teacher at Colorado STEM Academy, said he is excited about collaborative teaching. Lista, who is new to the district and comes from the Douglas County School District, jumped at the opportunity to work in a smaller school where he could continually work with the same students from third grade to eighth grade. He said it’s exciting to work STEM continues on Page 16
Two expert witnesses were approved by District Court Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger during the Aug. 7 Austin Sigg motions hearing. Sigg, 18, is accused of kidnapping and killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, of Westminster, in October. He is also accused of attempting to abduct a woman jogging around Ketner Lake in May 2012. The judge ruled that Dr. Tracey Corey, a forensic pathologist, and Dr. Kathryn Wells, a pediatrician who specializes in child abuse, would have the opportunity to testify in court on the prosecution’s behalf. Both women testi- Sigg fied during the Aug. 7 hearing in Jefferson County court, describing their qualifications and involvement in the Ridgeway case. Corey, who testified via Skype, is the chief medical examiner for the state of Kentucky. She also works with the FBI and was called in to assist in the Ridgeway case. She was a consultant in the case with the Behavioral Analysis Unit. Wells, who testified in person, works for Denver Health and is the medical director at the Denver Family Crisis Center. She was asked by the prosecution to review case evidence regarding possible sexual assault. Jessica’s mother, Sarah Ridgeway, stepped out of the courtroom while the women described Jessica’s injuries. “I was asked to render an opinion of the forensic findings in the case,” Corey said. “My opinion was that there was evidence of blunt traumatic injury consistent with sexual assault.” Corey also testified that, based on her observations, Jessica’s body was dismembered after her death. The judge also ruled that statements made by Sigg and his mother over the phone when the mother called police will be admissible during the trial. Jury summonses were sent out the week of the hearing, and jury questionnaires will begin Sept. 20. Opening statements in the trial are scheduled to begin Oct. 3. The trial date for the Ketner Lake case was also set during the hearing and is scheduled for Jan. 13. Sigg’s next court appearance is Aug. 29. If convicted, he faces life in prison with a possibility of parole after 40 years. He faces 17 charges, including murder and sexual assault.
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Learning healthy lifestyle Health and Produce Fair gives out produce, advice on healthy living By Tammy Kranz
firstname.lastname@example.org Dressed up as the Tooth Fairy, Mikaila Skrbina attracted several kids to the Adventure Dental, Vision and Orthodontics booth at the Health and Produce Fair July 19. As Skrbina interacted with the kids — giving them a teeth-cleaning demonstration and handing out toothpaste and toothbrushes — her coworker, Vicky Garza, gave the adults an overview of the business. “Not only do you get the parents in here learning, but the kids, too,” Garza said about the fair. Since 2008, the Tri-County Health Department, Food Bank of The Rockies and host sites (Thornton, Denver, Jefferson County and Aurora) have conducted Health and Produce Fairs throughout the summer. Thornton hosted the fair at the Church of God Seventh Day, 9375 Gaylord St. in Thornton, in July and will do so again from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16. The goal is to inspire residents to make healthy decisions by educating them about
Clint Rasti and Nathalie Matamoros with Cooking Matters hand out samples of a banana and almond butter snack during the Health and Produce Fair July 19 at the Church of God Seventh Day in Thornton. Photo by Tammy Kranz their health, presenting free cooking demonstrations and handing out free produce. “Healthy lifestyles create healthy communities,” said Jaylin Stotler, Thorn-
ton’s community services coordinator. “Through implementing fun and interactive programming at our fairs, we are able to share not just health-related informa-
SCHOOL NOTES Johnson resigns from school board Robin Johnson has resigned from the Jefferson County Board of Education because she has moved out of the school district, according to an Aug. 12 announcement. The Jefferson County Public Schools announcement said the resignation is effective immediately. In a letter to her fellow board members Johnson said, “I have been honored to work beside you and other members of the board on behalf of the citizens of Jefferson County to support the achievement of all students in Jeffco over the past four years.” Johnson represented Director District 1, the northern area of Jefferson County including Ralston Valley and Standley Lake. The board will begin accepting applications for the vacancy and must make an appointment by Oct. 10.
Applicants must be registered to vote in general elections, a resident of Jeffco for 12 consecutive months prior to appointment, and must be a resident of Director District 1 for the past 30 days. Eligible candidates must submit a letter of interest, resume and date of birth to Helen Neal, chief of staff for the Superintendent and Board of Education, 1829 Denver West Drive, Building 27, P.O. Box 4001, Golden, CO 80401. The application must be received on or before 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. The letter of interest must include answers to the following questions: · Why are you interested in this position on the Board of Education? · What experience and knowledge will you bring to the table to contribute to the Jeffco school board’s work? No applications will be accepted electronically.
tion, but also a memorable experience that encourages our attendees to continue healthy habits when they leave our fair.” Stotler said fair organizers hope that by planting a vegetable as a seedling, attendees will be inspired to participate in a community garden or to plant their own small garden box. They hope that those who take a helmet home with them remember to practice bike safety, and those who take home produce and recipes cards will cook healthy meals with their families. “With education and the proper tools, we can empower our community to make sustainable life changes,” she said. Fair attendees are asked to bring their own bag so they can fill it up with free produce. There are no income or residential requirements to participate. Some of the booths at the fair include North Suburban Medical Center, which will have safety games for kids and health screenings and advice for adults; Thornton Recreation, which will have a fitness test; Tri-County Health Department, which will provide info on programs and services, and hand out fruit flavored water; Thornton Fire Department, which will fit people for helmets and give them away; Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which will have a Planet Fitness station; and Community Enterprise, which will hand out samples of smoothies. Stotler said that each event draws an average of 400 people.
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LIFE: Life is a bit ‘up in the air.’ Page 14
SPORTS: Fall Preview: Golf, cross country & softball. Pages 17-20
CORRECTIONS Last week’s edition included a news brief about District One Jefferson County Commissioner Faye Griffin filing to run for the position of county clerk and recorder in 2014. Griffin was re-elected as a commissioner in 2012, with her term expiring in 2016. Last week’s news brief listed the wrong years for Griffin’s re-election and term. The newpaper regrets the error. To report corrections and clarifications, call 303-5664127.
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Parade shows off upcoming Jeffco neighborhoods Parade of Homes features 71 models including seven in Arvada By Sara Van Cleve
svancleve@ourcoloradonews. com The annual Parade of Homes showcases some of the most beautiful homes across Colorado — and nine of those are in Jefferson County this year. This year’s parade runs Aug. 8 through Labor Day, Sept. 2, and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free. The Parade of Homes features new homes and layouts from 25 homebuilders from Longmont to Castle Rock and Central City to Aurora. Seven of the homes are in Arvada, and are from builders DR Horton, Richmond American
Homes, Taylor Morrison, Lennar Homes and Meritage Homes; one by Taylor Morrison is in Golden, and one by Cardel Homes is in Lakewood in the spotlight community Solterra. Nine homes in one county is more than average, said Parade chair and Meritage Homes regional marketing director Cortney Ridens, and it gives residents a unique opportunity. “People don’t have to travel far,” Ridens said. “They can see what’s new and coming soon in their own backyards.” The parade is a great way for people to get ideas for their own homes, whether they want to redecorate or purchase a new home now or in the future, Ridens said. “I love the parade. Whether someone is looking for a new home or decorating ideas, there is so much to see,” she said. “It’s just fun to spend a day or two looking at all the ideas and possibilities.” The 71 homes range in price from $200,000 to $1 million, but
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Homes by builder Meritage Homes in Leyden Rock, off of 82 nd Avenue and Indiana Street, are two of the seven homes featured from Arvada in this year’s Parade of Homes. A total of nine homes in Jefferson County are featured as part of this year’s 71-home tour. Photo by Sara Van Cleve how to find the tiger and enter. Three finalists will win American Furniture Warehouse gift cards worth $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. The contest ends Sept. 6.
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August 15, 2013
By Ashley Reimers
firstname.lastname@example.org For two experienced baton twirlers, the opportunity to compete at the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships was life-changing. Not only did the two girls perform in front of thousands of people, but Natalie Miller, 18, and Madelaine Schmidt, 15, took home top honors during the Festival of the Future, part of the championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Miller and Schmidt are both members of the city of Westminster baton-twirling program. They competed against 900 other athletes during the competition July 13-18. Miller took first place in the Intermediate Presentation, an event that combines twirling with dance and gymnastics. Schmidt had a perfect “no-drop” performance, took second place in Beginner Strut and fourth place in Beginner 3-Baton. Both have been twirling for years, but agree this competition was by far the most exciting and challenging one they’ve been to. “It was a little intimidating because the competition was held in a huge event center, and I’m used to twirling in a gymnasium,” said Miller, a Standley Lake High School graduate. “I saw so many other good twirlers, I was really nervous before performing, but it was so much fun.” Schmidt, who will be a freshman at Pomona High School this fall, said her experience was similar to Miller’s as she prepared to perform. But luckily, she said, she has a little secret for calming her nerves. “Years ago my mom read something that said if you touch three different surfaces it’s supposed to calm you down if you’re nervous,” she said. “So I’ve been doing that since I was 10, and it really does calm me down. Then I just go out and do what I can do.” Schmidt and Miller both said there is sometimes a stereotype about baton twirling: that it’s easy. But they agree that is definitely not the case and would challenge
Madelaine Schmidt, 15, had a perfect “no-drop” performance, took second place in Beginner Strut and fourth place in Beginner 3-Baton at the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships in Daytona Beach Florida. Photo provided by Houa Vang Photography anyone to throw a baton in the air while spinning and doing tricks without dropping it or being hit in the head. “Baton twirling might look easy, but it’s not,” Schmidt said. “It can come with pain, bruises and bumps. And it takes a ton or practice and time.” But through the pain and dedication come a lot of benefits. “My favorite part is just traveling and meeting so many new people,” Miller said. “I have so many memories and have become close to many of the competitors over the years. Plus competing is just a lot of fun.” For more information on the city of Westminster baton-twirling program, visit www.ci.westminster.co.us/ParksRec.aspx.
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Study addresses mobilty needs vance of being able to afford the project in the northwest area,” she said. “Stakeholders in the area were beginning to feel left behind and were concerned, so RTD decided to address the mobility needs in the area, beginning with the study.” The five areas of study include: determining the remaining BRT funding priorities for US 36, evaluating the feasibility and cost of constructing the Northwest Rail in segments, evaluating potential for extending North Metro Line to Longmont, evaluating potential mobility improvements in the area such as BRT on Diagonal and US 287, and analyzing potential alternatives to facilitate reverse commute between downtown Denver and US 36. Lee said in terms of phasing the construction of the Northwest Rail, which runs from Denver Union Station
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email@example.com In an effort to prioritize mobility needs in the area, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is conducting the Northwest Area Mobility Study, a 13-month study focusing on five key subjects. The study, which began in early March, was started because of the lack of cash resources to fund parts of the FasTracks project in the north metro area in the near term, said Nadine Lee, RTD engineering project manager. She said before RTD moves forward with FasTracks, officials hope to gain knowledge on the mobility needs of the northwest area. “Part of the emphasis of the study is to address the mobility issues in ad-
to Longmont, the study will evaluate operational/service options. The first 6.2-mile segment to 71st and Lowell in Westminster of the Northwest Rail is currently under construction. Lee said RTD is gaining input on the study from a Policy Advisory Committee comprised of elected officials who represent the corridor, and will be hosting many community meetings to hear opinions from the public. “We are hoping for a consensus from the stakeholders and RTD in terms of a package of mobility improvements that we can afford,” she said. “The study is meant to look at what we can do and figure out the funding as to how we can actually implement those things.” For more information on the Northwest Area Mobility study, go online to www.rtd-fastracks.com/nams_1.
Westminster man pleads guilty to threatening to kill the president bodily harm upon the president of the United States. Kusick is also facing charge of interference with school staff after the same complaint documents revealed that Kusick stole a gun from his aunt and uncle’s house and planned to kill children on Halloween at Standley Lake High School in hopes of drawing police officers into a gun fight. Court documents also revealed that Kusick said he was obsessed with the Columbine shootings, Virginia Tech shooting and the Jessica Ridgeway abduction, and that he had been having homicidal fantasies on a daily basis for five to six years. He told his therapist he had been trying to keep track of President Obama’s visits to the Denver metro
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firstname.lastname@example.org A Westminster man who threatened to kill the president pleaded guilty to a federal charge of making threats directed at the president on Aug. 8, and was sentenced to time already served and three years of supervised probation. Last November, Mitchell Kusick was taken into custody after a criminal complaint was filed against the 20-year-old in Jefferson County court by Melissa Blake, special agent with the United States Secret Service. The complaint documents state that Kusick knowingly and willfully made a threat to take the life of and inflict
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Games start August 25th and run through October 20th. We will have Machine Pitch for players 5-8, Kid Pitch for players 8-14 and a High School League for players in high school. You can register individually or as a team. Go to the NJJBA website for more information or to register, www.njjba.org. Registration is OPEN Now and the deadline to register is August 18. 2013 Spring Baseball Registration is also OPEN! 8 Competitive and 9 year old Tryouts are Saturday, August 17th. 10-14 year old Tryouts are Sunday, August 18th.
area because he wanted to attempt to assassinate him, and he wanted to go down in history as the “guy who killed Obama.” According to the complaint, Kusick said he had trained to shoot an assault rifle at a firing range in Grand Junction, where he was a student at Mesa State. Kusick said he previously owned a .22 caliber rifle and an assault rifle. The documents also reveal that Kusick admitted to police while in the hospital on a mental hold his plans to kill the president and shoot children on Halloween. Kusick is scheduled for a pre-trial conference for the Standley Lake incident on Thursday, Aug. 15, in Jefferson County.
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McDaniel pleads not guilty in two cases By Amy Woodward
awoodward@ourcoloradonews. com Xavier McDaniel, 21, of Littleton pleaded not guilty to six felony charges, including attempted sexual assault and first-degree burglary, during his arraignment on Aug. 8. McDaniel is accused of entering an apartment on April 4, where he viciously attacked and attempted to sexually assault a 15-year-old girl who was home alone at the time. It is alleged that McDaniel entered the apartment and ordered the girl to take off her shirt. When the victim refused, McDaniel pulled out a small kitchen knife.
The victim fought her attacker several times, including kicking and biting him on the finger. The victim sustained many injuries during the attack, including multiple abrasions, a subdural hematoma in her brain and a chipped tooth. McDaniel was picked up by police the following day when they matched his vehicle to a description the victim gave to police. The victim later identified McDaniel in a line up. McDaniel is currently awaiting trial on unrelated charges in Douglas County for unlawful sexual contact and harassment on a female in her 20s, stemming from an incident that occurred three months prior to his arrest in Jeffco. McDaniel was out on bond from
Douglas County when he was arrested for attacking the 15-year-old in Jeffco. The trial in Douglas County is scheduled to begin Nov. 26. During his arraignment McDaniel’s attorney argued for a reduction of bond; currently set at $1 million. The district court judge Lily Oeffler denied the bond modification based on several factors, including the allegations against McDaniel in two counties, supposed “rape fantasy” porn found on his phone, and his alleged research of information regarding the chemical chloroform. Based on the high bail amount and the comments of his defense attorney, McDaniel will likely stay in custody until the trial scheduled to begin 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 in Jeffco.
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OPINIONS / YOURS AND OURS
Circumstances change, but character shouldn’t Stuff happens, right? I mean, when we least expect change, it happens. Sometimes we are caught off-guard by awesome and wonderfully unexpected good news. And when that does happen, we never really have to worry about how we respond or react because in most cases we are smiling and enjoying the moment. And then there are those other times, when we least expect it, that our world gets turned upside-down in a flash. Have you ever been there, cruising along based on plans, commitments and expectations, and then all of sudden … WHAM … right between the eyes we get hit with a curve ball? Stuff happens, and it happens to all of us at some time or another. The difference is how we actually respond to the immediate shift in our course. Our character can be found in how we respond when faced with challenges or changes, especially when they come upon us out of the blue. If you have ever been faced with a sudden change or shift,
or maybe even if you are experiencing it right now, I want to share a simple philosophy with you that may help. I call this the “Cadence of Change,” and the “cadence” acronym stands for: Communication goes both ways, and in times of change we need to make sure we have expressed ourselves clearly and that we understand what is being shared; miscommunication often makes change worse. Authority means we have to stay in control; we are in charge of how we respond or react. If we allow other people or
circumstances to dictate how the changes surrounding us impact our demeanor, we will never be in a position to maintain control. Decisions or lack of decisions often leave us paralyzed, and instead of taking action, we leave the decisions to others and again find ourselves being directed or driven by the motives of someone else. In times of change, it is critical to be in control of our own decisions. Expectations properly set are expectations that have a better chance of being realized. Many times our emotions and subsequent actions or reactions stem from misleading ourselves from the beginning. Stretching ourselves through dreams and goals are awesome, and realistic expectations are the foundation that ground us during times of change. New Paradigm — The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. All of us should be open and willing to think differently and see things through objec-
tive and productive eyes, instead of being anchored to the past. Character means that whatever happens, we handle ourselves in a respectful way, never yielding or compromising who we are to the circumstances that surround us as the craziness of change happens. Excellence — In times of change and growth, the watchword should be excellence. If we strive for perfection we will often miss the mark, but when we pursue excellence we will impact change, truly impact change for the better. How is your cadence when it comes to change? The world is constantly changing, and I would love to hear all about how you handle it at email@example.com. And when your “Cadence of Change” improves, it will really be a better than good week. Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of www.candogo.com
Fall is in the air What is your favorite QUESTION OF THE WEEK
ride at Water World?
Bringing in thousands of people from all over the country, even the world, Water World in Federal Heights is a top destination for many families during the summer. We headed out to the 67-acre park to find out which attraction ranked highest.
I grew up in Florida, so I would have to say that my favorite is the Voyage to the Center of the Earth because you get to go fast and then slow down to enjoy the scenery. Jenni Larmore
For me it’s the Zoomerang because it looks like it’s the scariest, but really is the most fun. Dillon Rodenbaugh
I haven’t been on this one yet, but I think my favorite will end up being the Mile High Flyer because it looks like a lot of fun. Michelle Koskovich
My favorite ride is probably Voyage to the Center of the Earth because I really like how it’s long and worth the wait, plus there is great scenery along the way. Sam Yoxsimer
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The calendar may say it’s August and summer, but we all know it’s fall, September, school and football.
Speaking of School
The kids were barely into the first part of summer when the retailers began running “back to school” ads. It’s especially disgusting to see merchants who don’t even have true “back to school” stuff advertise mattresses and furniture. Yes, they tell us people are on a buying frenzy, but I think it’s because the stores are pushing their merchandise all year long. So, folks, let’s not think about school supplies because lots of charities are filling backpacks with supplies, but let’s concentrate on school safety. When a school bus stops with its red lights on and stop sign out, it means STOP. Don’t go around the stopped bus. And if you see anyone lurking around the school, you need to immediately report that to the school officials. Remember, there are lots of perverts who prey on our little kids. And no matter how many times we warn children not to talk with strangers, they will still be enticed by a puppy or other things kids like.
in our front lawn and the leafy spurge is everywhere. My dad was the Stearns County weed inspector in Minnesota, so I can identify such weeds as milkweed, goldenrod, pigweed and many others. Dad said leafy spurge is the worst, as it can propagate with just one little leaf. Unfortunately, in putting Round-Up on these noxious plants, I also killed the grass along the sidewalk. Guess I should have used Weed-BeGone instead.
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Of course we know it’s fall, the Broncos are playing, the Rockies are flailing and Sakata sweet corn is at your local Safeway. Yes, I know about King Soopers and Olathe corn, but Sakata is by far the best. The Geese are Flying The northern geese are again in their flyway pattern (like right over our car), and it’s nice to see the big, V-shaped flocks of them traveling to their warm water at Hidden Lake and Lake Arbor.
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We still have dandelions blooming
So, it’s time for red chili, meat loaf and zucchini bread given to us by neighbors who grow lots of zucchini. Of course, we’re happy to receive some good bread.
“The leaves of brown come tumbling down in September, in the rain.” Lyrics form the song “September Song”. Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned… Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.
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Modern day fire dogs provide therapy, education Arvada Fire’s Molly and Rescue have become canine mascots of crews By Sara Van Cleve
firstname.lastname@example.org Long gone are the days when firehouse dogs ran alongside horses pulling a fire department’s wagon, but the tradition of four-legged comrades remains. Molly and Rescue, two modern-day fire station dogs with the Arvada Fire Protection District, make their homes at Station 2, 5250 Oak St., and Station 5, 8100 Vance Dr., respectively. Lending a Molly, who is about 3, was Arvada Fire’s first station dog and moved into the new Station 2 shortly after the crews did. She was adopted by Arvada Fire from helping paw Second Chance Jack Animal Rescue in Golden. “It’s a great opportunity,” said Arvada Fire Lt. Matt Berland. “Not only are you helping the dog, but the dog is helping you.” Rescue, who is about 1, was originally sought by Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). He was chosen from an animal rescue to be trained as a search dog, but it was discovered that he uses sight to search instead of scent, so he was not the right candidate for USAR. While Molly and Rescue don’t fulfill the same duties as traditional firehouse dogs, they still play an important role, both at the station and away. “In the house, they do a lot for all of us,” said firefighter Mike Durr, who has shifts at both Station 2 and 5. “They’re there to comfort you if you’re having a bad day, and they bring the house closer together.” Molly’s therapeutic instinct goes beyond her firefighting comrades, too.
The entire Station 5 crew helps care for Rescue, but firefighter Todd Paicurich is one of his main caregivers. Though Rescue is still a puppy, firefighters are working on training him to be able to crawl low so he can help teach children about crawling under smoke in a fire and other fire safety. Photo by Sara Van Cleve “I’ve picked her up a few times when I’m working with youth that have been involved with fire play and using fire inappropriately, and we spend time having some hard conversations. I have the kids sit on the floor, and she’ll lay down with them and let them pet her,” said Arvada Fire life-safety educator Deanna Harrington. “It’s very comforting for them. I foresee her being a therapy dog, but not in the way people normally see a therapy dog.” Molly recently received her Canine Good Citizen certificate from the American Kennel Club. The certification shows that Molly has basic skills and manners, isn’t aggressive, can be handled by her
handlers and can go into public places, such as Jefferson County Public Schools for educational purposes. Harrington said Rescue will pursue his certification when he is older. Rescue is being trained by his firefighters to do tricks such as crawl to help teach children about fire safety. “We want him to be something kids can recognize and be comfortable with,” said Lt. Dave Matus “We’d like to see him be able to crawl so we can teach kids how to crawl low under smoke and do those kind of things with them. He’ll be a working dog and be there to help teach kids and help them come out of their shells.” Having Rescue and Molly available to
help teach people is a real benefit, Matus said. “A lot of time people can’t communicate really well, and you need something different,” Matus said. “If I have to talk to somebody and just can’t get through to them, there has to be another way. We can bring Rescue into it, and he can put people at ease and it’s a different way to communicate.” Much like Molly, Rescue also provides a sort of therapy for the crews. “That dog is never in a bad mood,” he said. “He never really gets angry, he just likes being around here,” Matus said. “If you really wanted to and had the energy, he’d go all day long. He has tennis balls, and we’ll throw it to the other end. I’ve done it as long as 25 minutes, and then I had to go get things done, but he’s still going.” Both Rescue and Molly also attend public events with Arvada Fire. “They’re a magnet,” Harrington said. “Everyone comes to see them.” They even get to ride in the fire engine to events, and they love it, Harrington said. While Molly and Rescue may not respond to calls, they’ve become part of the crew. “The crews get together every morning to do a pass-off, and all the stations can see each other on the TV,” Harrington said. “They sit in their chairs, and Molly has a chair. She always joins them. There isn’t a morning she’ll miss.” Molly has even become somewhat of the mascot for Arvada Fire, even having her own Facebook page where Arvada Fire posts animal and pet safety tips. Molly has been with Arvada Fire two years this November; Rescue has been part of the crew since last winter. Both dogs be seen at various public events where Arvada Fire is present. To learn more about Molly and Rescue and for pet safety tips, visit Molly’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mollyfiredog.
Man sues Thornton, officers Northglenn resident arrested for open-carrying firearm in theater By Tammy Kranz
email@example.com The man who was arrested by Thornton police for openly carrying a firearm into a theater last year has filed a lawsuit against the city and 18 officers. James Mapes, of Northglenn, maintains that Thornton officers violated his constitutional rights, falsely arrested him, negligently inflicted emotional distress, were negligently supervised and trained, and demonstrated outrageous conduct. “This man was exercising his constitutional right, and they pulled him out of the theater and detained him,” said Robert Wareham, Mapes’ attorney. “If they can do it to James Mapes, they can do it to me, they can do it to you. What’s next? They can come into your homes. This goes to the founding of our country’s civil rights.” According to the lawsuit, Mapes has frequented Cinebarre Theater in Thornton since 2004 and has worn his handgun to the theater either in accordance with his concealed-weapon permit or as open carry in the summertime. On July 29, 2012, 12 days after the mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater that resulted in 12 deaths and dozens injured, Mapes went to Cinebarre for a 10 p.m. show and was open-carrying his handgun. Twenty minutes into the movie, the movie stopped and the lights were turned on. Someone in the audience said someone called her on her cell phone to tell her that police were outside the theater because someone brought a gun inside. “(Mapes) realized the police were likely
called because of him, so he informed the people remaining in the theater he was in that he would go speak to them and clear up the misunderstanding, while reassuring them he had a permit,” according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also says that when he stepped outside the theater, police order Mapes to his knees at gunpoint; he was handcuffed, escorted outside with a police dog at his heels and detained for more than four hours for interrogation. The city’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss the charges so the police could file the charges with the county, however, the district attorney said in an Aug. 30 letter that there was insufficient evidence to prove Mapes violated any laws. Mapes claims he has suffered emotional trauma, embarrassment, humiliation, harassment, financial strain, fear of losing his employment and potential effect on future employment, back pain from being handcuffed and seated in the police vehicle, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Wareham pointed out that on the same night as the Aurora shooting, Mapes was at the Cinebarre and was detained briefly outside by police as they checked out his permit to carry a firearm. “This tells us Thornton knows how to do it right, and the officers that night (July 29, 2012) either were not properly trained or supervised or they were operating on emotion,” Wareham said. The city of Thornton will never comment on pending litigation, said the city’s communications manager ,Todd Barnes. Wareham said it is possible this could be a costly lawsuit for the city to fight because each of the 18 defendants would probably need independent legal counsel since they have competing interests. The lawsuit was filed with the Adams County District Court on July 29.
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Several positions available at Thorncreek Golf Course! *Maintenance Workers *Cooks *Pro Shop Assistant *Range & Cart Attendants Visit our website to see more details and apply. www.cityofthornton.net EOE
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The City of Black Hawk has an opening for STREET MAINTENANCE WORKER I. Hiring Range: $36,604 - $42,095 DOQ/E. Unbelievable benefit package and exceptional opportunity to serve in Colorado’s premiere gaming community located 18 miles west of Golden. The City supports its employees and appreciates great service! If you are interested in serving a unique historical city and enjoy working with diverse populations visit www.cityofblackhawk.org for application documents and more information on the City of Black Hawk. Requirements: High School Diploma or GED; valid Colorado driver’s license Class R with a safe driving record and the ability to obtain a Class A with P rating within one year of hire; the ability to lift 80 pounds. To be considered for this limited opportunity, please submit a Resume and completed City application, must be received by the closing date, Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:00 P.M., MDST Attention: Employee Services, City of Black Hawk, P.O. Box 68, Black Hawk, CO 80422, or by fax to 303-582-0848. Please note that we are unable to accept e-mailed applications at this time. EOE.
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Valet Attendant openings in Black Hawk CO. Valet Attendant openings for local Casino’s in Black Hawk. Properties are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, year round with positions available on ALL shifts. Weekend availability is preferred and flexible schedules are available. Candidates must be 18 years of age with a valid Driver’s License and be able to pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen. Individuals should apply online at www.townepark.com for immediate consideration.
Constructors, Inc. is seeking Formwork Carpenters & Laborers, Concrete Finishers, Pipefitters, and Millwrights (process equipment installations) and Foremen for large wastewater project located in Denver area. Applications will be taken at 9780 Pyramid Ct, Suite 100, Englewood, CO 80112, from 8-5 M-F. Send resumes to Careers@westernsummit.com or call (303)325-0325. WSCI is an EEO Employer.
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Greg Shelton and Ashley Battles will perform their aerobatic show during the annual Rocky Mountain Airshow this weekend in Broomfield. Courtesy photo
Taking to the skies Event features various aircraft, hot air balloons, rocket launch By Tammy Kranz
ob Carlton will fly the same sailplane at the Rocky Mountain Airshow this weekend that he started flying 20 years ago … but with some modifications. His sailplane, the Super Salto, is powered by a military-grade, 225-pound-thrust jet engine. “It’s the same ol’ girl but with attitude now,” Carlton said with a chuckle. The Super Salto will give its first performance Friday evening during the Twilight Air Show, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, 11755 Airport Way in Broomfield. This show includes pyrotechnics IF YOU GO and is followed by the Balloon Illum WHAT: The Rocky Mountain — which kicks off the second annual Airshow Rocky Mountain Balloon Fest. During the Illum, the hot air balWHERE: Rocky Mountain loons will inflate at 8 p.m. and glow Metropolitan Airport, 11755 as the sun sets behind the mounAirport Way, Broomfield tains. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Aug. The Super Salto will also perform 16-18 Saturday and Sunday during daylight hours. INFORmATION: online at “It’s a very unique act,” Carlton www.rmairshow.com said. “I start out high, doing soft, aerial ballet. Then, when I get down lower, I turn up the music and do low-level, jet-powered maneuvers.” This year the three-day event will debut several new attractions, including the first and only FAA-sanctioned high-power sport-rocket launch at a civilian airshow. The launch of the nearly 17-foot-tall rocket will take place at noon Saturday. The sport rocket will accelerate from 0 to 300 miles per hour in 5 seconds and reach an altitude of 4,700 feet. “We work hard year round to bring the best aviation experience possible to our great fans,” said Scott McMillan, airshow director. “This year will feature the easiest access, rarest performances and some great surprises you won’t see anywhere else.” Another first this year is the appearance of FIFI — a World War II B-29 Superfortress that will be flying and offering flights to the public for a fee. New this year, also, is the live onboard aircraft HD video coverage that will be on display on giant LED screens. The screens will feature interviews with the performers and a look inside the cockpit. “We will be bringing some of the most sought-after aerobatic performers to Denver this year,” McMillan said. Some of the performers include Matt Younkin, Greg Shelton and Ashley Battles, Trojan Phlyers Demo Team, Matt Tanner,
The Rocky Mountain Airshow will feature the launch of the nearly 17-foot-tall rocket at noon Saturday. The sport rocket will accelerate from 0 to 300 miles per hour in 5 seconds and reach an altitude of 4,700 feet. Photo courtesy of Ray LaPanse Don Nelson, Red Stars, Rocky Mountain Renegades and the Warbird Parade finale. The finale each day is a 25-warbird parade. For a complete list of performers, ticket prices and schedules, go online to www.rmairshow.com.
One Trader Joe’s coming to Colorado was fantastic news for this California girl. Two put me over the moon, especially since it was announced No. 2 would be located on Eighth and Colorado, near my Capitol Hill abode. Now, the California-based specialty grocery store I grew up on is adding a third store in Greenwood Village. The Denver Post reported Trader Joe’s has signed a lease at the Cherry Hills Marketplace at 5901 S. University Blvd., at the intersection with East Orchard Road. The first two stores — in Denver and on Boulder’s Twenty-Ninth Street mall — are scheduled to open in 2014, as will the Greenwood Village store.
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Bertha Lynn has been one of my favorite on-air personalities since I arrived in Denver in 1993. She is the sweetest, most generous human being. Now that she’s leaving Denver’s 7, viewers from Golden to Highlands Ranch and Westminster to Littleton are losing a truly wonderful asset on the air. But good for her! She’s been able to reinvent herself in a new occupation. After reporting the news for more than 30 years for KMGH-Channel 7, Lynn is leaving the newsroom to become executive director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation in Denver. “I’m writing a new chapter,” Lynn said via email. “I’m so grateful to my past and present colleagues. I’ve loved bringing home the news to the people of Colorado since 1976, and now I’m ready to apply, in a different arena, the skills I’ve learned as a communicator and in the boardrooms of the many nonprofit organizations I’ve served over the years. I’ll be working with a wonderful group of people at a respected organization. I’m thrilled!” In a 7News press release, Lynn said, “To be tapped by Barbara Davis and the Board of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation to carry on their work helping sick children is a dream come true — allowing me to meet new challenges while continuing to serve in Colorado. The people of Denver and Colorado have been very kind and generous to me as they watched me grow up. Colorado remains my home, and I look forward to engaging with the community for even greater support in our battle against life-threatening diabetes.” 7News news director Jeff Harris said Lynn’s “career at 7News is an inspiration to so many. But, more than anything else, Bertha has worked tirelessly to improve our community. For this, we are grateful and not a bit surprised in her decision to lead this wonderful organization.” Lynn, one of Denver’s most recognized and honored broadcast journalists, has been reporting news to Coloradans since 1976 when she began with KBTV (now KUSA-Channel 9) as an anchor and reporter. In 1984, she moved to 7News where she has anchored and reported for nearly every station newscast. Lynn signed off Aug. 9 in her final 7News telecast. We’ll miss her and wish her much success.
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ConvenTion The 16th Annual International Mars Society Convention, featuring a special STEM event for children on Saturday, Aug. 17, is Aug. 15-18 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Speakers include Dr. Carol Stoker (NASA), Dr. David Brain of the University of Colorado/Boulder and MAVEN co-investigator, and Dr. Steven Squyres of Cornell University and principal investigator for NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity rovers. Steve will be the recipient of our 2013 Mars Pioneer Award. Visit http://www. marssociety.org/conventions/2013/schedule for information, or register at http://members.marssociety.org/conventionregistration/. Friday/aug. 16 senior lunCh One man’s trash is another’s treasure. The senior center is having a white elephant lunch as part of its Festive Friday series. Bring a wrapped item of some value to exchange after enjoying a boxed lunch at noon Friday, Aug. 16 at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. RSVP by Aug. 13 at 303-450-8801 or the senior center. For people ages 55 and over. Friday/aug. 16 Wine TasTing/auCTion Mayfair Liquors will host a special
wine tasting to benefit Gateway Battered Women’s Services. The event is at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Wellshire Event Center, 3333 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. The theme will be “Around the World in 80 Wines.” A survivor will share her story about being a battered woman and how she was helped by Gateway. The event also features a sit-down dinner followed by a live auction. Call 303-343-1856 for tickets and more information.
Friday To sunday/aug. 16-18 TheaTer shoW The Creative Revolution Theatre Company, in
association with the City of Thornton and TASHCO, presents “The Picture That Was Turned To The Wall or She May Have Seen Better Days,” by Tim Kelly. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Thornton Arts & Culture Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd. To reserve tickets, call 720-301-4439 or email creativerevolutiontheatre@gmail. com. Visit www.creativerevolutiontheatre.org.
saTurday/aug. 17 sWing band Sentimental Sounds Swing Band will return
to the D Note from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. The band plays a variety of swing, Latin, waltzes, polkas, and boogie, so there will be something for everyone. We invite you to join us for a fun evening. Bring your guests for an easy night of entertainment and good food. No cover charge. Visit http://sentimentalsounds.org.
Movie nighT Living Light of Peace, 5927 Miller St., Arvada, will screen a movie about hope and healing for two musicians who find themselves on a rock and blues journey through the south. The movie features an excellent soundtrack and a good message. The showing is free and will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. saTurday/aug. 17 varieTy shoW Jeff Jenson, Dennis Michael and Reid Belstock present “Illusions & Dreams III “The Epic Variety Show” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada. Call 303-378-1112 or go to www. JeffJensonMagic.com. Show is appropriate for all ages. saTurday/aug. 17 besT Trees Dan Buelow presents a workshop on choosing the
best trees for the Front Range from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Shelly’s Garden Country, 4181 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield. Class is free. Call 303-466-6761 to register.
saTurday/aug. 17 ToWn MeeTing Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp will host a town meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Standley Lake Library. Bring school supplies for our local schools. KraftTharp hosts town meetings every third Saturday at the library. She also hosts coffees the fourth Thursday of each month: from 8-9 a.m. at La Dolce Vita in Olde Town Arvada; and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Panera in Walnut Creek, Westminster. saTurday/aug. 17 CoMMuniTy garden The 18th annual Arvada Community
Garden open house is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at 9195 W. 57th Ave. The community garden of 100-plus plots is in the old Garrison Street Water Filter Plant Reservoir at West 57th Ave and Garrison Street. It is operated and maintained by the Arvada Gardeners. This year’s gardeners will bring in their favorite dishes made from items grown in their gardens to share with the public. Call Janell Melvin at 303-421-9007 or Janice Mulvany at 303-424-7961.
saTurday/aug. 17 FooTball evenT The Mountain Range High School Football Booster Club plans an event to celebrate the opening of the 2013 football season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Adams 12 District Stadium at I-25 and Huron Street in Westminster. The afternoon will start with a moms’ clinic with the players taking their moms through drills and plays that the players themselves must endure, followed by an inter-squad scrimmage and a Root Beer Float Party. The event will end in a Golf Ball Drop, where
participants who have purchased numbered golf balls have the chance to win prizes, including a one-night stay at the Westin Hotel in Westminster including an evening of entertainment at the Madcap Comedy Theater.
Monday and Tuesday/aug. 19-20 TheaTer audiTions Creative Revolution Theatre Company will have auditions for its upcoming production of “Talk Radio” from 5-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, with callbacks after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Auditions will be at TASHCO Art Gallery at North Valley Tech Center, 500 E. 84th Ave., Suite C-1, Thornton. The theater company is looking for actors ages 21 and older. Performances will be Oct. 4-6 and 11-13. Rehearsals will begin the week of Aug. 26 and will take place after 6 p.m. weekdays. Specific dates and times to be determined by schedule of selected cast. Tuesday/aug. 20 liFeTree CaFé How pets interact with humans will be explored at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, titled “What’s Your Pet Trying to Tell You?” explores how animals think and interact with humans. In an exclusive filmed interview, an animal communicator will share accounts of conversations with household pets. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or email@example.com. Tuesday/aug. 20 book Club The Senior Book Club will read and discuss
“The Next Thing on My List” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Northglenn Senior Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Call 303-450-8801 or stop by the senior center to reserve a copy. For people ages 55 and over.
Tuesday/aug. 20 book Club The Northglenn Senior Center’s senior book club will read and discuss “The Next Thing on My List” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 11801 Community Center Drive. In this novel by Jill Smolinski, June Parker’s life is meandering along until a freak car accident leaves Marissa, her 24-year-old passenger, dead and June wracked with guilt. June discovers a list Marissa had been keeping of 25 things she wanted to do by the time she turned 25. After a run-in with Marissa’s brother, June resolves to complete the list. Call 303-450-8801 or stop by the senior center to reserve a copy. For people ages 55 and over. Tuesday/aug. 20 Fire ops The North Metro Fire Rescue District, in conjunction
with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2203 and the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters, will host Fire Ops 101 for elected and appointed officials from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the North Metro Fire Rescue District Training Center, 1006 Weld County Road 11, Erie. The workshop offers officials the opportunity to directly experience many aspects of fire ground operations, from suiting up in firefighting protective gear, learning how to use self-contained breathing apparatus that is essential for protection in heat and heavy smoke, to realistic, hands-on firefighting and rescue operations under the direct supervision of professional firefighters.
Tuesday/aug. 20, 22, 26, 27, 29 publiC MeeTings Jefferson County Open Space is asking residents to attend one of several public meetings to discuss the Open Space Master Plan. Meetings last from 6-8 p.m. and begin with a short presentation will begin about 6:15 p.m. followed by group interaction. Ideas and suggestions can be submitted through comment cards or by email using the subject “Master Plan” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings are Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Jeffco Open Space Offices, 7000 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden; Thursday, Aug. 22, at The Peak Community and Wellness Center, 6612 S. Ward St., Littleton; Monday, Aug. 26, at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, Green Mountain Conference Center, 15200 W. 6th Avenue Service Road, Golden; Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Boettcher Mansion, 900 Colorow Road, Golden; and Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Indian Tree Golf Course Clubhouse, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Wednesday/aug. 21 korean War Join Active Minds from 1:45-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, for a look at the origins, key events, and the lasting legacy of this conflict. We will also examine the role played by the United States, China, and the Soviet Union as part of the broader Cold War. Program is free and takes place at Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St., Westminster. Doors open at 1:45; please arrive and be seated by 2 p.m. for the start of the program. RSVP at 303-403-2205.
CoMing soon CoMing soon/aug. 23 Job Fair Community Recreation Center of Apex, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, will host a job and volunteer fair for workers ages 50 and older from 8:15-11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Bring copies of your resumes for employers. Red Rocks Community College will be offering free resume critiques. The event is free to the public; register in advance by calling 303-425-9583. Employers and agencies call 303-467-7197 for vendor information/fees. Coming Soon continues on Page 16
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COMING SOON/AUG. 23-24 ARC FUNDRAISER Donate household items such as clothing, furniture, kitchen items, linens, etc., to help PEO, Chapter HX, of Westminster provide scholarship for high school girls. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23-24. The ARC truck will be parked at 641 E. 112th Ave., Northglenn. A tax receipt will be provided. COMING SOON/AUG. 24 TEDDY PICNIC Iddle Bits of This and That Art Gallery in Westmin-
ster hosts a Teddy bear picnic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at 3969 W. 73rd Ave. Register by Aug. 17 by calling 720-2665047 or by email at email@example.com.
Opening on Aug. 19 Colorado STEM Academy in Westminster will feature a design lab equipped with a 3D printer allowing students to design an item on the computer and then watch it come to life with the help of 3D printer. Photo by Ashley Reimers
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in a brand new school with amazing resources and tools that will allow his students to create something and actually have the opportunity to build their creations. “Working here is a great opportunity for me to create a culture of collaboration among not only the students but also the teachers,” Lista said. “I’m just so excited to see what drives the students and be a part of that. I just
want the students to be excited about what they’re doing, and I think this school will provide that excitement.” Lista is one of 13 educational staff members at Colorado STEM Academy. Matthews said for the past couple weeks the staff has been attending training sessions in preparation for the first day of school. Colorado STEM Academy is the first school in Adams County School District 50 to be an innovation school, which allows the school to offer extended days and an extended year. For more information on Colorado STEM Academy, visit http://costemacademy. org.
COMING SOON/AUG. 24, SEPT. 7, SEPT. 14, SEPT. 21, SEPT. 28, OCT. 5 FALL GARDENING Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 Garrison St., Arvada, offers free classes for gardeners on Saturdays this fall. Registration not required unless noted. Call 303-424-7979 or visit www.echters.com for details. Upcoming classes are: “PRESERVING YOUR Harvest – Make Summer Last All Winter”
“LANDSCAPING YOUR Colorado Garden” from 2-3:30 p.m.
“GROWING GREAT Garlic” from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Discover the exciting world of garlic, nature’s wonder plant for flavorful food, a healthy body and warding off evil spirits. Learn about the different garlic types and how to grow so that you will have a yearly harvest.
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“TERRARIUMS – Gardens under Glass” from 10-11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5. Terrariums add a lush element to your indoor décor. Discover how easy it is to bring the magic of these special gardens
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Aug. 17-18, when art lovers attend the 23rd annual Golden Fine Arts Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Golden Chamber of Commerce, features more than 130 artists in a variety of media, including ceramic arts, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and 2D. Artists will be awarded prizes in nine categories; cash awards total more than $1,800. The festival is free and features live music, free horse-drawn carriage rides and Li’l Spike train rides through historic downtown Golden. For more information and updates about the Golden Fine Arts Festival, visit www.GoldenFineArtsFestival.org or Golden’s visitor website at www.VisitGolden.com.
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CONSTRUCTION TOURS Friends of Broomfield has several upcoming social events at its new site, 11851 Saulsbury St., Broomfield. Stop by the new site for light refreshments and to see the progress made. The first construction tour/ice cream social is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, with local faith communities as the special guests. The second tour and happy hour is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and we will be joined by Broomfield Rotary clubs, the chamber of commerce and local businesses. The final construction tour/pizza night is from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and families, donors, community members and construction trades are invited. COMING SOON/AUG. 25 TO OCT. 20
DISCOVER CLAY Arvada Ceramics Arts Guild presents Discover Clay workshops from 7-9 p.m. the last Thursday of the month. The Aug. 29 project is a leaf platter. The Sept. 26 project is a jack-olantern. You create the piece, and the art guild will glaze and fire it. It will be finished in three weeks. Email arvadaceramicarts@gmail. com or call 303-423-0448.
Saturday, Sept. 7. This is the perfect time to set the stage for next year’s garden. Plant perennials and bulbs for season long beauty and review the basic maintenance for keeping your garden healthy and beautiful.
“ORCHIDS – Exotic but Easy” from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Orchids are beautiful, fascinating and surprisingly easy to grow. Discover how these exotic beauties grow in nature and translate that to your own growing conditions. Learn some of the best varieties for your home and tips and techniques to successfully grow and rebloom orchids.
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“PERENNIAL GARDENING in the Fall” from 10-11:30 a.m.
“FAIRY GARDEN Workshop” from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Enjoy the magic and enchantment of a fairy garden and create your personal retreat for the fairies. Each attendee will take home a fairy garden they make in the class. Registration required; call 303-4247979. Fee for materials will be assessed.
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BLOOD DRIVE Westminster Christian Church will have its annual blood drive for Bonfils Blood Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Call the church office at 303-466-0622 to make an appointment.
FINANCIAL PEACE Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Universityclass will take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 25 to Oct. 20 at Faith Bible Chapel, Carr Street Campus, 4890 Carr St., Arvada. For information or to register, call 303-424-2121 ext. 9-2455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“PLANTING FALL Bulbs” from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Plant bulbs now for color next spring. Discover new varieties of tulips and daffodils as well as other interesting and unique types of bulbs. Learn how to prepare your soil and maintain for years of beauty.
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from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Learn several methods of food preservation, including canning, so that you can enjoy your summer harvest all winter long. Class will cover necessary equipment, tools, tips and techniques for success in the kitchen and good taste at the table.
Saturday, Sept. 7, and from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Discover trees, shrubs and perennials that work well in our region. The class will cover plant combinations and basic design principles that create curb appeal and enhance your outdoor living spaces. Special emphasis on drought tolerant plants that are durable and require lower maintenance.
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to your home. Our expert will demonstrate the range of containers, soil, plants and offer tips and techniques to create glorious gardens in glass.
If you grew up during the Cold War era, you remember — and probably appreciate — the history of that time. Part of that is encapsulated in the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum in Arvada, which moved to a new space on July 1. The museum, which held its first exhibition in 2012, moved to the lobby space of the Jehn Center, 5690 Webster St. after being housed at the old Arvada Post Office building on Yukon Street. In 2001, a nonprofit foundation was
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RECURRING EVENTS FALL CLASSES Registration for fall classes with Colorado ACTS is now open. Visit www.coloradoacts.org for details. Classes available after school and in the evenings. Among the offerings are Loose Lips Sink Ships (ages 12-18), The Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring (8-12), Creative Drama: Disney Fairytales (4-8). Homeschool classes include Our Town (ages 12-18), Patriot Dreams (8-12), Creative Drama (4-8), Imaginative Puppeteering (8-12). DOG TRAINER 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. Contact email@example.com or call 303-239-0382 for information. KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Vanderhoof Elementary School is accepting registrations for incoming kindergarten. Students must be 5 years old by Oct. 1, 2013, in order to register for kindergarten. Vanderhoof has both a traditional half-day program and a tuition-based full day program. The school is at 5875 Routt Court, Arvada, and registration hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Go online to jeffcopublicschools.org and follow the prompts for registration information on Jeffco Connect. Once your student has been entered online you will need to bring copies of their birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency to the school. If you live outside our attendance area, you will need to fill out a choice enrollment application. Choice enrollments are accepted on a space available basis. If you have any questions or would like additional information, call the Vanderhoof office at 303-982-2744. dedicated to preserving the history of the former nuclear weapons plant. Rocky Flats produced more than 60,000 plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons from 1952-1989. A Superfund cleanup of the 6,200-acre site and 800 structures began in 1995. In 2007, most of the site became a national wildlife refuge. Rocky Flats Cold War Museum executive director Conny Bogaard says the museum hopes to find a permanent home near the Rocky Flats site off Highway 93 between Golden and Boulder. Fundraising efforts are in the works to build that facility. Just some of the artifacts on exhibit through mid-September include paintings by Doug Waterfield, an associate professor at the University of NebraskaKearney. A new exhibit of Rocky Flats artifacts and photos, curated by former plant employees, will open Sept. 27. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. For more information, visit www. rockyflatscoldwarmuseum.org. Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.pennyparker.blacktie-colorado.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-619-5209.
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Week 1 Softball • Golf • Cross Country Legacy’s Alyssa Geist, a junior-to-be,rounds third base during a state playoff game last year. Photo by Pam Wagner
Legacy looks to capture sixth title Softball team has high hopes in 2013 season By Kate Ferraro
email@example.com Dawn Gaffin has been the Legacy softball coach since the program started 13 years ago. Over a decade, Gaffin has built a program that has 10 playoff appearances, including one Great Eight finish and one Final Four finish. What’s even more impressive is that during Gaffin’s tenure, the program has won five consecutive state tournaments, from 2007 to 2011. Additionally, every senior who has graduated from the program at the varsity level since 2004 has gone on to play softball at the collegiate level. But Gaffin doesn’t give herself all of the credit. She said the players have skill and so do the coaches. “I’ve had a lot of talent that has gone through the program,” Gaffin said. “We work very hard during the offseason, which has a lot to do with our success. Plus, I have a very knowledgeable coaching staff — 10 coaches that either coach competitive ball in the summer or have played. That’s good information that should be brought to the girls.” Last year, the Lightning suffered through some unfortunate injuries in key positions that cost them the state tournament title to Loveland. In the 2013 season, Legacy will compete alongside some tough teams again, with one third of their league games being against those who played in the 2012 state tournament. The squad lost seven seniors to graduation last year and only has three seniors
returning. Even though the team is very young this year, the skipper said she thinks her team will be powerful offensively. “I think we will have a very good hitting team this year,” Gaffin said. It’s one thing we focus on all summer. The girls have been working on speed and agility.” Among the seniors returning is Aspen Eubanks. A left-handed hitter and middle infielder, Eubanks has big shoes to fill, considering she’s taking the place of former seniors who used to play in the middle. Senior Kylie Barnard said it’s a pleasure to be on the field with someone like Eubanks. “She’s like a sister to me,” Barnard said. “She works super hard at everything.” Eubanks said one of Legacy’s strengths is the leadership role the upperclassmen have taken on from last year. She said one of her goals is to help the newcomers feel more comfortable on the team. “Since we lost so many of our seniors, we need to work on just making the incoming varsity players a part of the team,” Eubanks said. “We have a lot of incoming freshmen, so we need to make sure we build them into our program.” Barnard and senior Maddie Ertle are also returning to the squad. Barnard, a 6-foot-tall infielder, has been starting at third base since her sophomore year. Ertle played utility last year and is looking to play in the outfield this year. Juniors Alyssa Geist, Haley Smith and Celyn Whitt are also returning. The Legacy softball team has a number of goals this year, but their No. 1 aspiration is to bring the championship trophy back to their home turf. “I think our goal is always to get back to state,” Gaffin said. “It will be a rough start, but I’ll get them back into shape by October. I have an excellent coaching staff, so I think I can get them going.”
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Softball Teams At a glance
Coach: Gary Mares (3rd season). Last year’s record: 12-10 overall, 6-5 league. Returning players: Jasmine Wessel, C, JR; Taylor Smith, P, JR; Kayla Hepp, 1B, SR; Devin Bushner, OF, SO; Kaitlyn Barrett, OF, SR; Kayla Anthony, 1B/DH, JR; Kelly Fodness, OF, SR. Outlook: This year we look forward to the challenge of replacing five seniors, three of which were All-Conference players and two as captains, and our number 1-4 hitters. Positions to fill are shortstop, second base, third base and center field. Some positions may come from incoming freshman class. Open competition will create opportunities for playing time. Goal is to repeat as Regional Qualifiers (program has not qualified for postseason play since the early 2000’s), and the sting of being one out away of the State Tournament (having lost nine innings).
Legacy High School
Coach: Dawn Gaffin (14th year). Last year’s record: 19-3-2. Returning players: Aspen Eubanks, 2B/SS, SR; Kylie Barnard, 3B/1B, SR; Haley Smith, P/1B, JR; Celyn Whitt, DH, JR; Maddie Ertle, UT SR; Alyssa Geist, OF/C, JR. Outlook: As always, the Front Range League will host a very competitive league with 1/3 of our league represented in the 2012 state tournament. Horizon, Fossil Ridge, Mountain Range, and Fort Collins will be some of Legacy’s toughest league competitors this year. Legacy softball will work to be in the top 3 in our league again this year with aspirations to participate in their 11th consecutive State Tournament.
Mountain Range High School
Coach: Dane Craig (7th year). Last year’s record: 13-9. Returning players: Harley Huser, SS, SR; Kayla Staab, 1B, SR; Desire Visser, 2B, SR; Celeste “Goose” Martinez, RF, SR; Valerie Ortega, C, SO; Riley Craig, 3B, SO; Hunter Huser, P, FR. Outlook: The Mustangs look to challenge for the Front Range title in 2013 with seven returning seniors and a strong starting line-up both offensively and
defensively. With returning all-conference players like Harley, Riley, and Valerie, and senior leadership from Kayla, as well as a fireball pitcher in Hunter coming in to the program, 2013 looks to be the Mustangs year to get in the Colorado softball map.
Skyview High School
Coach: Patrick Bahl (1st year). Last year’s record: 2-8 league, 8-10 overall. Returning players: Keyanna Varner, P, SO; Mercy Aguilar, 2B/3B, JR; Naya Montoya, 2B, JR; Alexis Fernandez, P/CF, SO; Salena Aguiniga, 1B, JR; Christine Gudenkauf, LF, JR; Biry Gonzales, SS, JR; Calrisa Hale, C, SO; Haily Kruger, RF, SO. Outlook: This year the Skyview softball team contains some young, very talented girls. I expect them to be competitive in our league (Colorado 7). We have a large number of returning starters and with the talents of both the new and returning girls; I plan on a very successful season.
Standley Lake High School
Coach: Carrie Ott (11th year). Last year’s record: 11-11-1 overall, 3-5 in league. Returning players: Melissa Heronema, 3B, SR; RiAnna May, CF, SR; Nicole Garcia, OF/2B, SR; Rhiannon Parry, P/ UT, SR; Madison Schmidt, SS, JR; Samii Garcia, 1B/OF, JR; Ana Clouse, OF, JR; Rebecca Couture, P/UT, SO; Rachel Couture, C, SO. Outlook: I have high expectations for our team this year. Seven of our nine returning players were starters last year and bring with them talent, experience, and dedication. We have all of the potential to be a dominating team this season. Our goal is be the Jeffco 5A champions and to win state.
Thornton High School
Coach: Scott Gibson (8th year). Last year’s record: 3-16. Returning players: Janae Montoya, JR; Alycia Ibarra, SO; Danielle Martinez, JR; Tamika Spruell, SR; Lexi Vosparris, SR; Alicia Romo, SO. Outlook: Our goals are to be at least .500; to win as many as we lose. We want our girls to improve and to make it to the playoffs.
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Legacy’s Chen ready for senior year Lightning’s top golfer looking to end career on high note By Scott Stocker
firstname.lastname@example.org There’s little doubt that Legacy’s Eric Chen is eager for the 2013 golf season to get under way. After all, he once again will be in the running to win the Class 5A state golf championship. Chen, the only Legacy player in the field over the Rolling Hills Golf Course at state last fall, carded a two-day total of 146. While a great score, it fell one short of champion Kyler Dunkie, of Douglas County, who shot 145 on the Golden course, and was also a tie with Spencer Painton, of Regis. “It was a disappointment, sure,” Chen said during his pre-season interview. “It should be a better season as I feel so much better. I’ve had a pretty good summer, and I’m more confident in my game. The key is always to try to improve. Pressure? Not really. “Golf is a funny sport, and you just want to go out and play your best at the various courses and not worry so much about the competition,” Chen said. “After all, a lot of us are on different holes, and you don’t always know what the other players are doing. Strange things can happen out there, we all know that.” Chen carded another second-place finish this summer at the Rocky Mountain Invitational over the Kennedy Golf Course in Denver. This time the competition was from players throughout the Midwest. “My irons have been consistent, and I
just want to keep a good mental attitude,” Chen said. “As a team, we probably need more practice, but I think we’re going to play well this season.” Those, too, are the thoughts of Legacy coach Bobby Ortega. And, perhaps in his 13th season at the helm for the Lightning, Ortega will see an individual champion prevail, as well as a fine team season. This year’s 5A state tournament will be played Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Common Ground Golf Course in Aurora. “Eric has high expectations in what he can accomplish,” Ortega said. “He’s just got that great attitude, works hard and is full of determination. He had a couple of back-to-back bogies in his final round, but he’s not going to let that bother him. He is not one to get down on himself. He’s just very competitive and evenkeeled.” Ortega welcomed nearly 30 players to open practice, and he’s high on what he feels the Lightning can accomplish this season. “I think we can have a solid season,” Ortega said. “We’ve got some fine players back and a huge freshman class to get started with. Spencer Roberts, a senior, juniors Trevor Glenn and Zach Moritz, and sophomore Mitchell Gore are youngsters willing to work hard. We’ve got high expectations.” Regis won the 5A title last fall with a 446 total. The Raiders were followed by Ralston Valley (454) and Cherry Creek (464). Pueblo Centennial’s Jacob Allenback was the 4A winner while medalist honors in 3A went to Kent Denver’s Ben Moore. Moore, by the way, prevented teammate Ethan Freeman from winning his third consecutive title. Kent Denver also bested Holy Family to win the 3A team championship, 446-472.
Legacy golfer Li Chen, returns for his junior year hoping to improve on his second place finish at the Class 5A Golf Tournament last year. Photo by Pam Wagner
Golf Teams At a glance Holy Family High School
Coach: Will Wilson (8th year). Returning players: Joey Bartoletti, Sr.; Matthew Collier, Jr.; Patrick Heneghan, Sr.; Jack Marty, So.; Connor Stanley, Sr.; Tyler Simiens, Sr.; Joe Woeste, Sr. Outlook: The Tigers have 12 returning players overall and have the ability to make a run for the league and state titles. They know they have to overcome Kent Denver which has won every league title since 2001. Bartoletti and Connor Stanley are returning from last year’s state qualifying team and Matthew Collier was also honorable mention all-league. Heneghan is coming off an injury, but should be ready. Wilson feels there are four, perhaps five, players who can make the all-league team and get the Tigers back to state.
Northglenn, Thornton, The Academy
Coach: Joe Wallin (16th year). Returning players: Chris Stuckman, Sr.; Lewis Vadeen, Jr.; Pedro Martinez, Sr.; Nick Vadeen, So. Outlook: Wallin felt he could have about 20 players from the three schools on the squad this season. The majority are from Northglenn, but he hopes the numbers from Thornton and The Academy will pick up. Stuckman and Lewis Vadeen were state qualifiers last season and he hopes their play and leadership will continue to help the team grow. Martinez has been on the bubble of being a state qualifier and this could be his year. A large number of sophomores, with Nick Vadeen a leader, and freshmen should help the building process for a season of success.
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Standley Lake High School
Coach: Ron Zwemke (5th year). Returning players: Steve Finch, Jr.; Andrew Hewitt, Jr.; Matt Leeper, Sr.; Jeremy Minnick, Jr.; Caleb Ott, Sr.; Austin Rosenthal, So.; Nick Villano, Jr. Outlook: There appears to be a good outlook behind the four returning lettermen Leeper, Minnick, Ott and Villano. Good things are also expected from Hewitt and Rosenthal. Leeper was the leading scorer last season for the Gators and Zwemke is high on his prospects this time around. Zwemke feels that Ott has one of the best swings on the team and has yet to reach his potential. Villano should be more than ready for the coming season has he played in about twenty tournaments over the summer. He has been shooting consistently in the 70s. Zwemke also feels that Finch is ready to complete at a higher level.
Horizon High School
Coach: Tom White (1st year). Returning players: Bennett Kingsley, Sr.; Tony Salazar, Sr.; Casey Carr, Sr.; Skylar Lunder, Sr.; John Stutzman, So. Outlook: This is White’s first year with the boys team and he and assistant Austin Madison welcomed 18 players, six of whom are freshman. The four seniors will certainly lead the way for the Hawks. The coach is not sure how things are going to go since it’s his first season. But he feels this is a team with a lot of heart, potential and determination. As such, he’s very optimistic, as are the players. The four seniors are the heart of the team and he feels that Stutzman has shown a lot of early promise.
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Runners hungry for good finish Thornton cross country boys looking for better ending than previous year By Scott Stocker
email@example.com Thornton’s Sean Paiz and Joshua Joseph will be seeking a much better finish to the 2013 cross-country season than they experienced last year, as will coach Jason O’Shea. Thornton went into the Class 5A state meet with expectations of a least a top-five finish. But when the action was complete over the Norris-Penrose Event Center course, the Trojans had to settle for 10th place. Paiz, a senior, finished a disappointing 25th with a much slower time than his season best, running 17-minutes, :20.5 seconds. Joseph, a junior, was 31st, running :17:28.8. “Last year at state we didn’t strike as a team,” said Paiz, Thornton’s captain. “We just broke under the pressure. It’s going to be a lot different this year. We’ve worked hard to get back into shape, and we’ve got four back from our state team, and a fifth who qualified but didn’t compete at state. We only lost two seniors, and we do have some injuries to overcome. We’re working hard to get back in shape.” Paiz was the No. 1 runner for Thornton last year, a move up from his sophomore season that he said was huge. “It was a big change for me,” Paiz said. “I had to lead, and that jump in the lineup was something to look forward to. I feel very confident in my ability, and I think as a team, we are going to be alright. It certainly ended up being a learning experience for all of us. Overall, I think we have a great group of guys, and we know what to do. Now, just do it.” Joseph is also looking for much better re-
sults all the way around. “At state, it appeared we were ready, but as it turned out, not ready,” he said. “We went into state like it was any other meet, but that’s not state. We just didn’t do what we were expected to do. I think we have a good opportunity this season to be one of the best teams. “Last year was my first time in a state situation, and I guess I really didn’t know how to prepare,” Joseph sai. “This year I’ll be ready to push all the way. The key is to be more than just ready. This year I want to get right with myself and do what has to be done.” Those certainly are the thoughts of O’Shea. “We’ve got five of our top seven boys from the team back, and they’ve put in a lot of work this summer,” O’Shea said. “We look to be a lot better than last year. State was a disappointment for us. We took third at the Nike in Arizona recently, and that’s a blessing. “But last year, a couple of the kids just didn’t do as well as we expected,” O’Shea said. “We hope to do a lot better at the big meets this season as we have depth and we have experience. We have a lot of juniors and seniors to give ourselves good competition. I think we should make state again, this time putting in a better performance.” Mountain Vista won the boys championship with a score of 103 points last season. The individual champion in 5A was Denver East’s Ashi Geberkiedane (16:21.7). His younger brother, Cerake, finished third (16:38.1). Jose Garcia, a junior, finished 29th for Thornton with a time of 17:23.3. Junior Jake Keithley finished a disappointing 145th (19:01.5). Roger Rodriquez-Perez had also qualified for state with the Trojans, but missed the meet. The 2013 state championships is scheduled for Oct. 26 over the Norris Penrose Events Center course in Colorado Springs. All classification, boys and girls, will be determined on this date. Capsules continues on Page 20
One of the many top cross country runners to compete for Thornton High School this fall is junior-to-be Joshua Jospeh. Photo by Pam Wagner
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Cross Country Teams At a glance
Holy Family High School
Coach: David Good (16th year). Returning runners: Mark Bowles, Sr.; Aaron Hillman, Sr.; Erich Hixson, Sr.; Joe Marcia, Sr.; Dillon Roddy, Sr.; Tristan Smith, Sr. Outlook: The Tigers are loaded with seniors as all six who participated in last year’s state meet return after an 11th-place finish. In fact, they are the only team from last year’s meet that will have its full team of state qualifiers returning. And, after watching the girls win the state title last season, they feel this could be their year.
Horizon High School
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Coach: Chris Smith (7th year). Returning runners: Dylan Andrew, Sr.; Lucas Droste, Sr.; Tristan Hasch, Sr.; Matt Kowalsky, Sr.; Paul Williams, Sr. Outlook: Only two runners with state experience return: Matt Kowalsky and Joe Stamos. Stamos, by the way, is a newcomer for the Mustangs as he transferred from Horizon and had qualified for state while with the Hawks. Smith welcomed more than 25 prospects and feels he has a talented bunch. Kowalsky’s twin sister, Rowan, should be a standout on the girl’s side.
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Skyview High School
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Mountain Range High School
Coach: Mike Ryan (1st year). Returning runners: Zach Gallegos, Sr.; Luke Pohpil, Jr.; Brandon Sundahl, Sr. Outlook: The Hawks hope to surprise a lot of teams this year as Ryan has a great turnout with more than 40 boys and girls reporting. They only had one state qualifier last season in senior Joe Stamos, but he has transferred to Mountain Range. It was a good summer of practice, and one thing that should help give the team a lift is the experienced brother-sister combination of Brandon and Melanie Sundahl.
Coach: Ben Hershelman (5th year). Returning runners: Austin Fisher, Sr.; Zeke Trujillo, So. Outlook: The Jaguars placed sixth in the region last season and have only lost two seniors. Fisher placed 15th at state last season, and Bershelman feels this could be a banner year for his top incoming senior, certainly a top 10 finish. Trujillo broke the school freshman record last season, and
it certainly appears he is coming on as a serious threat for the Jags.
Horizon High School
Coach: Mike Ryan (1st year). Returning runners: Lizzi Atwood; Lauren Knight, Jr.; Megan Mooney, So.; Gabby Penaflor; Kaley Stutzman, Sr.; Melanie Sundahl, So. Outlook: “We’ve had a great turnout, about 40 to 50 boys and girls expected. It was a good summer of practice, and I think the kids are ready to go.”
Jefferson Academy High School
Coach: Ben Hershelman (5th year). Returning runners: Mariah Archuletta, So.; Fiona Cavanaugh, Jr.; Marisa Chapman, Jr.; Heidi Wendt, Jr .Outlook: The girls were 11th in state last season, and Hershelman feels they are definitely a top-10 contending team. They had a fine summer and appear ready to go. Wendt, strong in the No. 3 slot for much of the year, and Cavanaugh, holding down the No. 5 spot should be the leaders.
Mountain Range High School
Coach: Sarah Rebick (1st year). Returning runners: Maggie Castillo, Sr.; Rowan Kowalsky, Sr.; Rebekah McCabe, So; Jesse McKenna, Jr.; Maddie Obernesser, Jr. Outlook: Senior talent behind Castillo and Kowalsky should help lead the way for the Mustangs. Kowalsky, the twin sister of boys standout Matt Kowalsky, holds the school record and should break it this season.
Coaches: Robert Thompson (3rd year), Von Miller (1st year). Returning runners: Derek Bo, Jr.; Jason Dinh, Sr.; Adam Nelson, Jr.; Ryan Roche, Jr.; Luke Thompson, Sr. Outlook: There are a lot of new faces with the boys this season, but the coaches see a lot of talent on the field with a turnout of 20 players. They will be looking for the returning players to be more ready to get into action, and from early indications this will be a much stronger group than in the previous seasons.
Coach: Alisa Hansen (3rd year). Returning runners: Issac Martinez, Sr.; Sam Piltz, Sr. Outlook: There is a lot up in the air for the Wolverines. Only two lettermen return, and according to Hansen there is a lot of team building that has to be accomplished. The team only had five players when she came on board two years ago, but she expects to have anywhere from 15 to 20 this season.
Northglenn High School
Coaches: Robert Thompson (3rd year), Von Miller (1st year). Returning runners: Cristal Cordova, Sr.; Cassie Vargas, Sr. Outlook: The Norse girls are small on numbers, but Thompson and Miller think it is a group with a lot of heart. They feel the focus will be more on their individual efforts and their individual scoring.
Skyview High School
Coach: Alisa Hansen (3rd year). Returning runners: Ryleigh Foster, Jr.; Shaely Northway, So.; Crystal Perez, So. Outlook: Hansen feels the Wolverines have some upand-coming runners as the program has grown over the past two seasons. Still, she says, there is a lot of building to do. She only had five in her first year, but expects a combination of 15-20 girls and boys this time around.
Thornton High School
Coach: Jason O’Shea (3rd year). Returning runners: Katheryn Lundstrom, Sr.; Nyssa Mora, So.; Kasha Strong, Sr. Outlook: O’Shea only has seven girls on the team to start the season, short on depth, to be sure. But he’s pleased with the leaders in the group. And, it would be special if these young ladies can reach state as in the 38-year history of the team; they’ve never been to state. Lundstrom is with the team for her third season and the coach feels she is a top-15 runner. Strong and Mora are coming into their own and the coach has high hopes for freshman Kendra Welch.
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