Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 146, Issue 42
September 20, 2012
A Colorado Community Media Publication
Businesses asked to AddONE Countywide campaign encourages new employment By Glenn Wallace
An estimated 8,400 people crowded into Lions Park in Golden Sept. 13 for a campaign event with President Barack Obama. Photo by Andy Carpenean
Golden day for Obama President holds rally in Jefferson County By Glenn Wallace
gwallace@ourcoloradonews. com President Barack Obama became the first sitting president since Ulysses S. Grant to visit Golden, when he spoke to a crowd of thousands in Lions Park Sept. 13. “This is just too pretty. I just don’t know how you get any work done around here,” Obama said to begin his speech in the creek-side park.
The president said Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan had given him a welcoming hug, and told him about the long gap between presidential visits. “Well, I’m glad to put down my marker here,” Obama said. In his eight campaign trip to Colorado this year, the President repeated many of the talking points he made a week earlier at the Democratic Convention, but added a condemnation of the killing of U.S. diplomats in Libya,
President Barrack Obama smiles as he shakes hands Sept. 13 with supporters at Lions Park in Golden. Photo by Andy Carpenean POSTAL ADDRESS
saying, “We are going to bring those who attacked us to justice.” Obama criticized his Republican challenger for not offering any new economic advice beyond tax cuts for wealthy Americans. “We have been there, we’ve tried that. It didn’t work and we’re not going back,” Obama said. The President talked in support of his “Obamacare” healthcare reform legislation, and his work to develop new and renewable energy for the country. Two of the biggest cheers the President received, was when he made mention of the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, and his administrative directive to not deport young immigrants who match the criteria proposed in the DREAM Act. Golden resident Terry Baum said that she decided to attend the rally since her place of employment, the nearby Golden Community Center, was closed as part of park security. “And I live a mile away, and I love Obama,” Baum said. Baum said she and her husband arrived at the park around 6:30 a.m. and found about 100 people already in line. By 8:30 a.m. when event organizers started letting spectators and media file in, the line had grown, stretching down 10th Street, and north along Washington Avenue for several blocks. Tickets were free to the event, with Golden Fire esti-
mated the crowds at around 8,400 people. There were reports of a few hundred ticket holders being turned away. Two 16-year-old Wheat Ridge High School students, Flynn Monahan and Mary Mink made it into the audience, and gave the speech thumbs-up. “Hell of a Civics lesson,” Monahan said. “I’ve seen this stuff on TV, but seeing it in person you get more of a feel … for the crowd, and for him.” “This is preparing us to vote in a couple of years,” said Mink. The park grounds were soggy from rain the day before. Those with trouble walking, or disabilities, were given places to sit on the dry and solid space under a nearby park shelter, where Obama campaign volunteer Kim Rasmussen helped set up chairs. “I signed up because I feel we’re headed in a good direction and I don’t want to see that destroyed,” said Rasmussen. The Ken Caryl resident said he was glad to hear Obama was speaking in Jefferson County. “This being a swing state, this is a good area for him to focus on,” said Rasmussen. The Mitt Romney campaign was not leaving the state uncontested. The Republican candidate held his own Jefferson County rally a month earlier. Thursday, Romney’s son Josh Romney held community gatherings in Denver and Boulder, as well as a lunchtime gathering just down the road from the Golden rally.
One new job may not turn around a county’s economy, but if a fraction of businesses countywide all hired one new employee, the ripple effect through the area’s economy could be tremendous. That is the premise of a new Jefferson County campaign called AddONE and launched last week. With the support of area chambers of commerce, city governments and the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, the campaign is aimed at businesses big and small. The mission of AddONE is to encourage new hiring through publicizing countywide resources for employers, including Jeffco’s job training incentives, and the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit. “So my encouragement for you today is to just add one … or two, or three, or four, or five or six,” County Commissioner Donald Rosier said, speaking at the AddONE campaign kickoff event last week. Economic Development Corporation CEO and former county commissioner Kevin McCasky described AddONE as a “making our own way” method of local stimulus — adding jobs to stimulate the local economy, which can lead to more hiring. “We just need to share all the business-friendly attributes in this county,” McCasky said. The Human Services Department has never been busier, director Lynn Johnson said. She noted that the counties unemployment rates are at 7.8 percent. She said many are skilled professionals who simply cannot find work and end up straining public safety-net programs. Every individual who is put back to work, however, would be generating tax revenue instead of using resources. Those paychecks would be spent at local businesses as well, helping the countywide economy. “Think about the domino effect of AddONE,” Johnson said. AddONE campaigners are hoping for a lot of dominoes to fall. They advertise that if 5 percent of county businesses take up the challenge, 1,000 people would be put back to work. The economic impact of that shift in employment would exceed $100 million, according to the campaign. “My goal would be to knock the county’s unemployment number down by half, in a year,” McCasky said. The Golden-based laboratory-testing supply company ERA quickly took up the challenge, announcing the creation of two positions. For more information, to track the number of businesses accepting the AddONE challenge, and for tips and resources for making new hires, go to www.addone.org.
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Golden Transcript 11
September 20, 2012
PRESIDENTIAL PRESENTS After attending a political rally on Sept. 13, President Barack Obama did not leave the city of Golden empty-handed. Local businesses came together to provide a welcome basket for the first sitting president to stop inside Golden’s city limits in 140 years. The Welcome to Golden Gift Basket included these locally made products: • A six-pack of Colorado Native beer from AC Golden Brewing Company, brewed with 100-percent Colorado ingredients; • KONG dog toys for the Obama Family dog, a Portuguese water dog named Bo
• A Colorado hoodie and cap from premier mountainbike manufacturers Yeti Cycles • Climbing cord and carabiner from the American Mountaineering Museum and Bent Gate Mountaineering
• The book “Parenting Kids to Become the People Employers Really Want & America Desperately Needs,” from Golden-based parenting experts Love and Logic.
• Hard hat and “Genius Juice” from the Colorado School of Mines
• Two Spyderco Native5 fluted titanium knives, engraved for the president and first lady
• A Golden Ticket from the Visit Golden organization, good for a cash prize or discount for shopping in downtown Golden
• Hat, shirt and golf balls from Fossil Trace Golf Club
Jefferson County English teacher Lisa Cillessen embraces President Barack Obama Sept. 13 after introducing him during an event at Lions Park in Golden. Photo by Andy Carpenean
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firstname.lastname@example.org A couple of local people helped welcome President Barack Obama as he took the podium in Golden last week, including U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, a former Colorado congressman. It was Standley Lake High School English teacher Lisa Cillessen who was given the official honor of introducing the president, however. The mother of three is expecting her fourth child in December and is currently on maternity leave. She spoke briefly with Colorado Community Media about her favorite books, her Republican husband, and what it was like to meet Obama. CCM: So you’re a teacher at Standley Lake High School. How long have you taught, and which grades? Cillessen: I’ve taught six full years, and this would have been my seventh. I teach 10th and 11th grade. CCM: What is your favorite book or play to teach? Cillessen: “To Kill a Mockingbird” is probably my favorite, tied with Dante’s “Inferno.” CCM: Education could be a big topic in the remainder of this presidential election because of the Chicago teacher strikes. What’s your take on that situation? Cillessen: Probably because I’m out of the classroom and not eating lunch with teachers every day, I really haven’t followed it too close. But just in general, I think until school districts start demanding more community responsibility, and until teachers stick up for themselves, instead of taking all the flogging, things won’t get better. CCM: In your introduction, you said that your husband, a registered Republican, voted for Obama in 2008, and
would vote for him again. What was the definitive thing that convinced him to make that choice? Cillessen: The last year that George Walker Bush was president, particularly, there were several things. I think he was particularly disenchanted with the wars. My husband still has very core Republican values, but he feels that Obama just has tremendous character, and is a tremendous leader. CCM: How did the introduction come about? What was your response when you heard? Cillessen: Saturday, somebody from the Chicago camp called and said Obama was coming, and he wanted to highlight some personal stories. She and I talked for a while, and she took my info, and I thought that was it. But the next day she called me back and just asked if I’d like to do the introduction. I said, “Oh my gosh, are you serious?” I said it was one of the greatest things to happen to me, besides having kids and getting married. CCM: How did meeting Obama in person compare to what you see on TV or in the papers? What was he like? Cillessen: Well, I’m very pro-Obama and always really liked him as a leader, but I was really ready to have it feel a bit unnatural, as it can with politicians. But even with the Arab world protests blowing up right now, he really made it feel like meeting me was an important part of his day. I didn’t feel rushed or hurried with him. He seemed very genuine. It really was an amazing experience. CCM: Obama joked about having to switch to a zone defense with three kids, and not knowing what to do about a fourth. What’s your game plan? Cillessen: All hands on deck! Fortunately our three older children are older and able to help. We’ll just really approach this as a team.
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Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 146, Issue 43
September 27, 2012
A Colorado Community Media Publication
City balances campaign stop
dressed for the ball
Some expenses expected to be reimbursed By Glenn Wallace
gwallace@ourcoloradonews. com The call came in on Sunday night — the president of the United States would be making a campaign stop in Golden Thursday morning Sept. 13. That meant outdoor space for a rally of more than 8,000 would have to be prepared, along with road closures, crowd control and law enforcement security to go with it. Four years ago, then presidential candidate Barack Obama made a campaign stop at the Colorado School of Mines, but Golden Police Captain Daryl Hollingsworth said the difference between the two visits was hard to even compare. “The first time, he just had a few Secret Service guys following him. This time, I couldn’t even count the number of guys with him, nor would they tell us how many there were,” Hollingsworth said. By all accounts, the entire visit went smoothly, to the credit of the city staff of Golden. But what does it take for a small municipality to handle a visit from the leader of the most powerful nation in the world? About $8,900, it turns out. City spokesperson Karlyn Tilley said “it was a scramble to try to make it work,” but that key staff members worked around the clock to ensure planning for the event was completed in time. The president was asked to pay the Lions Park rental fee, as well as an additional fee to compensate the city for having to close the Golden Community Center for a day. The POTUS was also charged an additional rush fee, for the quick turn-around time on the park rental. “We will review impacts to other parts of the organization, and compare them to similar events, as well as seeking information from merchants on economic benefits, and calculating the benefit of international exposure,” Tilley said, adding that she anticipated the city would ask for additional expense reimbursement in the near future
once all departments, including the parks and recreation department and public works department finished their calculations. Most city staff had the option of taking that Thursday off, due to the crowds and closed streets. The city’s volunteer firefighters and the police force were called in to help work crowd control and security. Capt. Hollingsworth said the department scheduled Thursday as their “all on” day, minimizing the amount of overtime for the department. “Our job was to provide security for the perimeter,” Hollingsworth said. Joining Golden police department on security were officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado School of Mines Police and the Denver Police Department. Hollingsworth said the “very professional” Secret Service handled the details of the president’s security. “One of the Secret Service agents mentioned that it was the first time that they’d had to work with a large mountain in the backdrop,” Hollingsworth said. Out of that security concern, Lookout Mountain Road was closed during the rally. Hollingsworth echoed confusion over one part of these political rally visits that has been heard across the country: Why doesn’t the Secret Service refund any law enforcement costs? “I’m told it’s something they just don’t do,” Hollingsworth said. A spokesperson for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the county does not typically receive any reimbursement for the expense of protecting dignitaries, including events like the Mitt Romney rally held last month. Tilley said the president’s visit was just the latest event that Golden has had. “Politics aside, the city of Golden was honored to be able to host a sitting president of the United States and give Golden the opportunity to shine in the national spotlight.”
Dina Drennan of the Colorado School of Mines women’s rugby team passes the ball while wearing a tutu during a match Saturday. The club team wore dresses and the such to add a little humor for the first match at home. Photo by Andy Carpenean
Foundation prepares for race By Glenn Wallace
firstname.lastname@example.org Get ready to gallop Golden. That is the message that the Golden Schools Foundation wants to get out, as the group prepares for the seventh annual Golden Gallop race/run, Sunday, Oct. 7. “We’d like it to become the premier fall running event, like the Bolder Boulder is in the spring,” Greg Poulos, Golden Schools Foundation chair, said. The Golden race has quite a bit of growth to do to reach that size, but Poulos said organizers are hoping for 2,000 participants this year. To increase the race’s appeal, organizers moved the race route off bike trails, and down into the heart of Golden. Participants will start directly under the “Howdy” arch, run a 5.280 mile route (a nod to the mile-high altitude) that tours part of the Colorado School of Mines campus. “For the finish, you blast down the hill, under the arch, and the
Golden Gallup committee members Beth Vermeulen, Heather Schneider, Mary Ceynowa and race director Paul Carlson pose at Parfet Park Wednesday, Sept. 19. Photo by Andy Carpenean finish is right over the river,” Poulos said. “It’s the only race where you can run through downtown Golden,” Race Director Paul Carlson said. “It’s a challenging race.” Registration for the race costs $45, but for those fleet of foot there is always the chance of earning some prize money for the effort: Cash ($200 for first place) to the first three finishers, both male and female, in each of the five different age groups. All paid entries will also be eligible to win an
iPhone5 with a two-year contract. There will be plenty of fun for families as well, Poulos and Carlson say. Parfet Park will feature children’s races around Clear Creek, a fire truck with firefighters offering free child car seat safety checks, shelter animals on display, a bounce house and free Gallop participant photos. All proceeds from the event will help fund the Golden Schools Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving education at area schools.
“They’re all volunteers, just trying to encourage excellence at the schools,” Poulos said. Poulos said that anyone interested in learning more, signing up for the race, or wanting to help out by volunteering, can find more information at the website, www.goldenschoolsfoundation.org/ golden_gallop.
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Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 146, Issue 48
November 1, 2012
A Colorado Community Media Publication
Retooled Ford smooth so far Early feedback positive for three-lane design By Glenn Wallace
Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan wave to supporters Oct. 23 concluding a rally at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Campaign supporters New Mexico governor Susana Martinez and country music artist Rodney Atkins applaud. Photos by Andy Carpenean
Romney, Ryan rally support Republican candidates gather at Red Rocks By Sara Van Cleve
email@example.com More than 10,000 people packed Red Rocks Amphitheatre Oct. 23 to welcome presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney back to Jefferson County the day after the third and final presidential debate. Romney visited the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden on Aug. 3. “I’m not happy with what’s happened in the last four years, and I think Romney can make a difference in the next eight,” said Art Foss of Westminster, a member of the Reagan Club of Colorado and a Romney supporter. The former Massachusetts governor brought an entourage of supporters including his vice presidential running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Colorado Rockies infielder Todd Helton, singers Rodney Atkins and Kid Rock, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, Jefferson County Commissioner John Odom, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado and several other state leaders. Several speakers expressed support for Romney and reminded the crowd that Colorado could be the deciding factor this election. When Ryan took the stage thousands cheered. He referred to the final presidential debate and said Romney showed the country for a third time that he is ready to be a great president. “What we witnessed is a man with a vision, a man with bold ideas, a man with solutions. What we also witnessed is a president who is out of ideas,” Ryan said. “We witnessed a president who really has no record to run on, what we witnessed is a president who is simply
London Tucker of Littleton yells while clapping bangers together during a rally Oct. 23 for presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan at Red Rocks Amphitheater. offering more of the same, and you know what, Colorado, we can’t afford four more years like these last four years.” He noted that Colorado is one of several swing states considered key to the results of the election due to the Electoral College. “This election we’re not just picking the next president for the next four years, we’re picking the direction and the course of our country for a generation. This is that kind of an election,” he said. As several registered Democrats held signs on stage that said “Democrats for Romney,” Romney called for the crowd to reach out to voters of all parties to participate in the election. “We need you to reach across the neighborhood to Democrats, and Independents as well, to make sure they know and they understand that this is the year to vote for real change if you want real recovery,” Romney said. “The
Here’s the skinny on the skinnier Ford Street: The three-lane format seems to work. The stretch of the street between 10th and 14th street had previously been two lanes in both directions. Starting in midSeptember the city began a scheduled $90,000 resurfacing project. When the city restriped the street, they painted one lane both ways, with a central turn lane. The extra space was used to create wider turning radius space, and dedicated bicycle lanes. Golden Public Works Director Dan Hartman said so far the reality of narrowing Ford Street has matched what the traffic model software had calculated, that decreasing lanes would not increase congestion. “It will get better, but it’s very encouraging that we’re not seeing a big problem out there today,” Hartman said, explaining that the stop lights along Ford had not yet been reprogrammed to reflect the lane changes. When the street narrowing was announced, members of the Downtown Business Association of Golden were skeptical of the benefits and concerned that traffic backups would result. “In general it seems to be OK,” association chairman Roger Tapia said last week. “It just takes some time, but people will get used to it, because that’s just the way it is.” Tapia said he takes his son to Golden High School most mornings, and his only major gripe with the lane changes is the lack of warning signs about only one lane of Ford continuing north, past the 14th intersection. “There’s no warning and people are trying to get over at the last second,”
A vehicle drives by a bike lane sign at the intersection of 14th and Ford streets in Golden Tuesday. Photo by Andy Carpenean
Tapia said. There had been concerns that traffic and tour buses from the Coors Tour parking lot, between 13th and 14th might have an issue with the new lane configuration. A spokesperson for MillerCoors declined to comment, saying the company was still evaluating the change. John Boyle, owner of the Golden Mill Country Store at 1012 Ford, was also concerned about the reduction of lanes. “But personally, it did me a favor by giving us a (left) turn lane. That’s helped immensely with customers and our delivery trucks,” Boyle said. Traffic does back up along the street on occasion, according to Boyle, and he still wants to see what happens on Ford when Washington Avenue is closed for a special event, but that so far he could not complain. Hartman said the city would conduct a traffic study once the traffic signals are recalibrated. The results of the traffic study and public input will then be presented to the City Council in a few months, to determine whether to keep the new lane configuration.
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Liesl Hetzel takes a big step down from the Denver Rio Grande caboose during the Colorado Railroad Museum’s Halloween event Sunday. Photo by Andy Carpenean