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The Last Hand

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Decades of Neglect

Forest fires are just beginning

The only good thing about these reoccurring fires is that we’re roasting a huge number of beetles that have been destroying our forests leading to destroyed mountain homes. It is a sad event for all of us living in Colo- By Bob Sweeney rado to see our forests devastated by beetles and a government and leadership doing almost nothing to protect our forestlands. Instead of using bomber planes to put out fires, we should have been spraying our forests with a chemical formula that would have killed the bugs and left the trees standing. We are now going to spend millions to fight fires that will grow in numbers as the forests become more infested with dead, infested timbers.

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The lack of interest in protecting our forestlands is almost a criminal offense in land and forestry management—mismanagement! It would seem that some research, could and should, have been ongoing decades ago to stop this beetle invasion that will eventually leave our mountains almost bare of our existing forestlands. A simple lightning strike can now ignite thousands of acres of dead timber to a raging inferno that will destroy far more homes and cost millions to fight in a losing battle with Mother Nature. Just a dreadful situation and our legislature and federal governments just ignore the dangers. Marijuana and marriage vows seem far more important than protecting our precious forestlands. We can worry about global warming from coalfired power plants while we light up the mountains with massive wild fires that destroy wildlife and pollute the skies. As we enjoy our Colorado mountains this July Fourth week, let us vow to be better stewards of all lands in future decades. Let music reign instead of fireworks.

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Win on e of T W o Lexus i s Cs . ®

AugusT 31 Lexus: 8:00pm $ 1,000: 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm and 10:00pm

sepTember 1 Lexus: 10:00pm $ 1,000 hourly from 6:00pm to 9:00pm 100x entries July 7 and 26. 25x entries every Tuesday.

Receive one free swipe per day and earn additional entries for every 20 unadjusted points now through September 1, 2013. Activate entries beginning at 4:00pm.

1-800-THE-ISLE • www.theisleblackhawk.com © 2013 Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Lexus and its respective logos, emblems, slogans and vehicle model names and body designs are trademarks and/or service marks of Lexus, its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensors. Actual color and features of car may vary from image shown. Stevinson Lexus of Frederick gave the Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk permission to use the Stevinson Lexus of Frederick logo and name as well as permission to use Lexus IS C. Earn Lexus entries beginning July 7, 2013. Free swipes are not eligible for 25X and 100X entries. Must be 21 or older. Promotions subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please visit the player’s club or cashier services for details. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-522-4700.


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The greatest (public health) enemy – stop smoking now

July sizzles with Colorado gaming town events By Rosemary Fetter

Summer means special fun for visitors to Colorado gaming towns. Check out the following events scheduled for July.

opted for $5 a duck or a QuackPak of six for $25. The Grand Prize in the Peak to Creek Duck Race is $1,000 for the adopter of the (numbered) duck floating in first.

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Independence Day Celebration

July 4. The Boom Town Band will play in the gazebo at Stroehle Square on the corner of Black Hawk St. and Main St., from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. A 30-40 minute fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m. on July Fourth. The fireworks display will be visible from most locations throughout the city, and visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy the show.

Peak to Creek Duck Race

Aug. 3, 2 p.m., North Clear Creek alongside the Mardi Gras Casino, sponsored by Peak to Peak Rotary Club. The Peak to Creek Race begins at 2 p.m., with the Sponsors Race following it. Ducks can be ad-

‘Once Upon a Time in the West Art Show’

Through – July 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Cripple Creek Cripple Creek Heritage Center 9283 South Highway 67. Featuring Western art, including Native American, Cowboy, and Wildlife pieces. Call 877-858-4653 or 719-689-3315.

Independence Day Celebration

July 4, noon – 9 p.m. Since 1900, the Cripple Creek Fourth of July Celebration has been recognized as one of the best displays of Colorado fireworks anywhere. Beer garden, vendors offering BBQ, kettle corn, roasted nuts, face painting, and live entertainment. Fireworks kick off at approximately 9:30 p.m. Free event.

Ariana struggled with depression and attempted suicide many times throughout her high school years. She has worked hard to find happiness, but smoking eventually became her greatest enemy. “I did not survive depression and suicide attempts so I could die from lung cancer. I had to stop smoking,” she said. Ariana has overcome many difficult life challenges, and she has also quit smoking. Her story is part of a campaign entitled “My Greatest Enemy” being used by the Gilpin County Tobacco Education Program to highlight the harms and addiction of cigarette smoking and tobacco and the stories of those who fight back and win life’s battles. Many fight and survive depression, cancer, drug abuse and much more only to find themselves facing what may be an even greater enemy - tobacco addiction. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from illegal drug use, alcohol use, HIV, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined in the United States. In addition, people who smoke double their risk for a stroke and are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. The good news is there are more effective meth-

ods and resources to help people quit than before, and by using proven approaches, people can nearly double their chances of quitting for good. According to National Jewish Health, 1.3 million people across our nation successfully quit smoking every year. “This campaign is about hope and encouraging people to get the support they may need to take on this battle that could save their life,” says Donna Viverette, Tobacco Prevention Initiative coordinator. “In addition to the Colorado QuitLine, which offers free help for people who want to quit, there are new online and community-based resources to support people through the quitting process. We hope these ads remind everyone that quitting tobacco is the best thing they can do for their health and that they don’t have to fight the battle alone.” The data show that tobacco use continues to contribute to the leading causes of death and disability in the region. Despite adult smoking rates declining, 14 percent of adults smoke, and the number of youth becoming daily smokers continues to rise. • Colorado Quitline - 1-(800) QUIT NOW - free phone coaching over multiple sessions to help you quit. • Become an Ex – www.BecomeAnEx.org – Features support and information including an interactive quit plan. • To request a poster and other supporting material, call 303-275-7565.

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Going Green

Colorado’s mountain people go green with creativity Colorado’s mountain people have been going green for many years by using their creativity. Recently on a trip along I-70 from Denver to Vail, my husband and I stopped at Georgetown’s hydroelectric station, which is the second oldest operating fully functioning hydroelectric facility in Colorado. These creative Georgetown people have been going green since 1900 by creating hydroelectric power with mountain streams running downhill from the Guanella Pass area. This Georgetown hydroelectric plant, located on the east end of Sixth Street on the former site of the What Cheer Mill, was originally constructed by the United Light and Power Generation Company. In the early 1900s, the plant supplied electricity to Georgetown,

Silver Plume, Idaho Springs, Black Hawk, Central City, and electrified mines in the area. The plant continues to generate electricity and is now owned and operated by Xcel Energy. The water used to drive the water wheels comes from the Georgetown reservoir located approximately a mile up the canyon. The 700-foot vertical fall produces 275 pounds persquare-inch of water pressure on the water wheels. Inside the plant is the Georgetown Energy Museum where visitors can see 100-year-old equipment, generators, and early electrical appliances. It is open daily during the months of June-September from 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Saturdays, and from noon to 4 pm on Sundays. There is no admission charge.

Vail area

In the Vail area, we saw recycled old skis cleverly fashioned into colorful rocking chairs and benches that were placed in front of exclusive Vail shops and local business in nearby mountain towns. While staying at Vail Cascade Resort, I interviewed executive chef Todd Bemis in their classy Atwater on Gore Creek restaurant. Bemis told us of the many green things the restaurant and the hotel are now doing, like using eco-friendly glass mugs instead of Styrofoam cups for coffee and organic tea in guest rooms. When I asked him about buying food locally, he emphasized that their theme is authentic Colorado cuisine, and he tries to buy food locally whenever possible. For example, he reports that in the summer, the restaurant buys Colorado peaches and local artisan cheeses. Farm-to-table food is fresher and tastier, and it helps the environment by saving trans-

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portation costs. He pointed out that it’s just not possible however to buy locally fresh asparagus and many greens and vegetables in the mountains in the cold winter season. For example, the restaurant can only get hothouse tomatoes for a few months. Instead Bemis creatively uses vegetables like kale and spinach to satisfy the tastes of the hotel’s savvy international guests “It’s a real challenge,” he said. The Atwater restaurant serves Colorado beef, lamb and trout, and the restaurant and bars offer Vail’s largest selection of craft beers, Be-

SENIOR July DITCH DAY 24th, 2013 11am - 5pm

You are invited to join other seniors for a fun day in the cool mountains of Black Hawk at Mardi Gras Casino! Our day trip will be a fun filled afternoon. • Free Air Conditioned Bus Ride • $10 Food Credit @ Mardi Gras Casino • Free Gifts (quantity limited) • Free 30 minute presentation on how to simplify the transition towards carefree senior living • UNLIMITED FUN!

Tobacco smoke hurts us all. Even if you don’t smoke, you can still be exposed and harmed by secondhand smoke in your home, at work, and in outdoor areas. Learn more about why secondhand smoke is so dangerous and what you can do to protect yourself and those you care about. Visit www.tobaccofreegilpin.com or call 303-275-7565.

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mis said. The hotel offers a monthly educational series showcasing a different brew master so patrons can learn about Colorado’s craft beer industry, Vail Cascade Resort is one of many Destination Hotels & Resorts that has established a “Destination Earth” program dedicated to lessen the carbon footprint on our changing natural environment. As a result, the hotel gives guests the option of not getting fresh towels every day, utilizing recycled paper note pads, water saving devices, energy efficient CFL, and energysaving heating and cooling systems.

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Humor

A columnist and her rabbit

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I’ve also supported my son as like to think that the only thing standing between me he “pet sat” a half dozen hermit and fame and fortune as a crabs, an assortment of dogs, writer is my cat allergy. It’s and a chinchilla. Of all of these not true, but I still like to think creatures, the hermit crabs it. 
 were the quietest and most inA writer with a cat is almost dependent, but that’s all I can a cliché. Search the Internet for say for them. 
 “author with cat,” and you will And now, my family has find a multitude of successful welcomed yet another creature writers who are/were devoted into the zoo that is our home: cat lovers: Stephen King, Syl- By Dorothy Rosby A rabbit. And I love her! 
 drosby@rushmore.com via Plath, Ernest Hemingway, My family had a few rabJoyce Carol Oates, Truman bits when I was growing up, but Capote, and on and on. I’m not sure why they came to an unfortunate end on our cats appeal to writers. Maybe because dinner table. I went hungry those days. they’re quiet; they don’t distract their And that’s all I’m going to say about that. 
 writer from his or her work. Or maybe This rabbit will only be with us for a because they’re independent; they don’t month while her owner is away. Her name demand a lot of attention. Or maybe be- is Chateau—the rabbit’s, not the owner’s. cause they’re . . . cats; they teach writers While it is a lovely name, it doesn’t roll to handle rejection. 
 off the tongue for any us. “Here Chateau, Whatever it is, it’s better for me if I here Chateau!” See what I mean. So we don’t have one. So in lieu of a cat, I’ve al- mainly call her Rabbit. We’re not worlowed four fish, two hamsters, and, most ried about confusing her. It’s not like she recently, a canary into our home. None of comes either way.  them have said so, but I think they all apRabbit is adorable! She’s the color preciate the fact that we don’t have a cat.
 scheme of a little donkey; dark with tan

nose, belly, and hooves. I mean feet. I even called her Donkey for a few days after she arrived, but she didn’t come to that either. 
 Of all the critters we’ve shared our home with, Rabbit comes closest to being the “writer’s cat” I can never have, except that her ears are longer and she can’t meow or jump up on my keyboard. She’s housetrained – except when she’s not—so she spends her days lounging in our office. Her feelings toward us range from affectionate to neutral to downright disdainful. And she’s quiet and prone to hairballs. 
 If you’re thinking a writer’s rabbit ought to have a more literary name than “Rabbit,” you should check out author

John Updike – not that his character Harry ‘Rabbit’ Angstrom was our inspiration for temporarily naming Rabbit. Clearly, we had no inspiration at all; witness the fact that we’re calling a rabbit, “Rabbit.” 
 My son, who had just finished reading Of Mice in Men shortly before Rabbit arrived, called her Lennie a few times. But if you’ve ever read Of Mice and Men, you know that might not be the most appropriate name either. 
 Whatever we call her, I’m going to miss Rabbit terribly when she goes. I definitely see the benefits of a writer’s rabbit for those of us who can’t have cats. She doesn’t make me sneeze or break out in hives. She doesn’t purr when I pet her, but she doesn’t hiss either. And maybe most importantly, she shows no interest whatsoever in our canary.

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earn. From noon – 5 p.m. 10 lucky guests win $1,000, from 5 – 8 p.m. four lucky guests win $2,500 and at 9 p.m. one lucky guest wins $5,000.

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July 2 and 3: Daily from noon – 9 p.m., 20 guests will win a Saratoga Casino T-shirt and a voucher for a free buffet. Plus, at 9 p.m. one guest each night will win a trip to beautiful Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and a unique Colorado vacation.

Suit up and Win

Receive a punch card for the first suited blackjack you win. Your card will be punched for every different blackjack suit won thru Aug. 31. Cash in your punch card on 8 suited blackjacks for $10, 12 suited blackjacks for $25, or 16 suited blackjacks for $70.

Draw 4 fives to win the cash prize

Blackjack thru July 31: • 4 fives all the same suit- prize pool starts at $500 and increases $50 per day • 4 fives different suits- prize pool starts at $100 and increases $25 per day • 4 fives any way- prize pool starts at $25 and increases $5 per day

July Fourth Rooftop Blow Out and BBQ

Thursday, July 4: Join the best party in Black Hawk on the Saratoga Casino Rooftop; still the best view in town for the City of Black Hawk’s fireworks display. Enjoy $1 hamburgers and hotdogs and $1-$2 drink specials. Food and drinks- cash sales only. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

July Fourth Blowout Buck Hot Seat

Thursday, July 4: Six guests will win $500 from 2 – 9 p.m. and one lucky guest wins $1,000 at 10:30 p.m.

$25,000 Stairway to Riches Grand Prize

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Saturday, July 13, 20 & 27: Five lucky guests will win $500 from 6 – 10 p.m. and one very lucky guest will win $1,000 at 11 p.m. All Key rewards members receive one free entry; earn an additional entry for every 100 base points earned for the week. The deadline to register is 10:30 p.m.. Platinum players receive 5 bonus entries and Diamond players receive 10 bonus entries.

Greet your neighbor Hot Seat

grand prize drawing. Then, on Saturday, Aug. 3 the winning will begin at noon with a big winner of $5,000 at 10 p.m. Plus, earn 10X entries on Saturdays. All key rewards members receive one free entry; earn additional entries for every 100 base points earned from July 7-Aug. 3. Platinum players receive 5 bonus entries and Diamond players receive 10 bonus entries.

Food Specials

The Garden Buffet: Play and Dine every Wednesday in July. Earn 100 base points for a free buffet voucher in the Garden Buffet. Your buffet voucher is good for one week with no point reductions.

Fridays: Eight lucky winners will receive $300 cash while playing their favorite loose slot machine or table game at Saratoga Casino Black Hawk. Plus, the person sitting to the left and tight right of the winner also wins $100.

Saratoga 50+ Club

Monday and Tuesday: Guests 50 or better receive 4X points on slots, 3X points on video poker and a $5.99 buffet at the NEW Garden Buffet.

Play & Dine

Wednesdays: Earn 100 base points for a free buffet. Free buffet vouchers are valid for one week and guest may earn a maximum of two vouchers per day.

Hat Giveaway

Sunday, July 7 & 21: Earn 100 base points to receive a Saratoga Casino Black Hawk hat. Pick up your hat from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., or while supplies lasts.

T-shirt Giveaway

Sunday, July 14 & 28: Earn 100 base points to receive a Saratoga Casino Black Hawk Tshirt. Pick up your T-shirt from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., or while supplies lasts.

$15,000 Sunny Money Grand Prize

Drawing Earn entries from July 7-Aug. 3 into the

Paradise 50 Plus

All guests age 50 or better can join the Paradise 50 Plus club on Sundays and Mondays. You will receive 3X points on all slots, 2X points on video poker, a free ice cream and a Free Calypso’s Buffet after earning five unadjusted points. For complete details, please visit the player’s club.

Bus Fare Refund

$1,100 Big Money Slot Tournament

Thursday, July 11, 18 & 25: Earn 50 base points and register from 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. The tournament play begins at 1 p.m. The top 7 places win cash and Diamond members play for free. Top prize $500.

in the Fantastic 40 Plus club on Thursdays. Guests will receive 4X points on their favorite slots, 2X points on video poker, a free buffet after earning five unadjusted points or earn 50 unadjusted points and receive $40 to Farraddays, and free soft serve ice cream. For complete details, please visit the player’s club.

www.theisleblackhawk.com Win One Of Two Lexus IS C’S

Do you ride the bus to Black Hawk? The Isle will refund your bus fare up to $20. Simply earn 35 unadjusted points on your player’s card and present your return bus ticket to the player’s club or cashier services. Table games and poker players will receive their bus fare back with four hours of consecutive play.

Win one of two Lexus IS C’s on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in the Freedom on the Move Giveaway. Receive one free entry daily and additional for every 20 unadjusted points earned. Play each Tuesday to receive 25X entries and 100X entries on July 7 and 26.

Player’s Club

$30,000 Punch For Prizes

Play 30 unadjusted points on your IsleOne club card Sundays through Wednesdays between 8am and 10pm and stay the night on us. Check with the Player’s Club or Cashier Services once you have earned your points to receive your hotel offer. This offer is valid only on the day the points are earned and is based on availability, blackout days may apply...

Fridays, July 12, 19 and 26 from 5:15 to 10 p.m. drawing winners will have the opportunity to punch the big board three times and win up to $500. Receive one free swipe and additional with each set of 10 unadjusted points earned on promotion days.

Entertainment

Enjoy live entertainment on the bar stage Saturdays from 8 p.m. – midnight and Sundays from 3 – 7 p.m. July 6-7: Ronnie Raygun and the Big 80’s (80’s) July 13-14: Stereo Clone (Rock) July 20-21: Jake Holliday & Moneyshot (Country) July 27-28: Counterfeit Music Co. (Today’s Hits, Variety)

Fantastic 40+

All guests age 40 or better can participate

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All new members of the IsleOne Player’s Club will find a Gateway to Winning with their new membership. Begin earning cash and comps the very same day you sign up.

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Table Games

The Isle has all your favorite table games including blackjack, craps with 10 times odds and roulette. Also available at the Isle, Three Card Poker, Bonus 6, Buffalo Blackjack, Double Deck Blackjack and 21+3. Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em and Let-It-Ride are all linked to one progressive jackpot that as of June 17 is $52,831. Three Card Poker has its own progressive jackpot and is at $7,279. And now exclusively at the Isle you can play “CrapsFree Craps” with 10 times odds. Continued on page 9 July 2 - 15, 2013


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“All In” in the Poker Room

New Player’s Receive $50 - New poker players earn $10 per hour up to a max of $50 for five consecutive hours played. Play must be in a live poker game. $1,500 Crazy Cash Giveaway – Earn one entry for each hour of play in a live action seated poker game now through July 28. Drawings will take place on July 27 and 28. $100 will be awarded randomly between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. and one lucky winner will win $250 between 11 p.m. and midnight. Bad Beat – The Isle has the easiest bad beat to win in Black Hawk. The Bad Beat Jackpot Pool as of June 17 was $125,460. That means Aces full of 10’s through Kings beaten would pay over $12,500 or 10% of the total jackpot pool. With 3 Aces on the board still qualifying, this is the easiest way to win a bad beat around. Quad 2’s through 7’s beaten would pay more than $62,700 or 50% and Quad 8’s or better beaten would pay over $94,000 or 75%. For complete rules, please contact the Poker Room at 303-998-7905. “Get Paid to Play” Poker Coupons – Don’t miss out on valuable “Get Paid to Play” coupon offers by signing up today for our weekly Poker Emails and monthly Mail offers exclusively for Poker Players. Visit the Poker Room for details and to get signed up. Free Food – The Isle provides free food for poker players seated in a live cash game or tournament including: Hot & Fresh pizza, hot dogs, brats, 2 varieties of soup, nacho’s & cheese, chili, as well as vanilla, strawberry or chocolate milkshakes made to order. Early Bird Special – Poker players earn $10 per hour up to a max of $30, daily from 6 – 10 a.m. Available to anyone seated in a live action poker game. 6 Hours of Omaha Gets You $40 – Earn $5 per hour of rated play up to $20 for the first four hours. Then earn $10 per hour of rated play after the first four hours, up to two hours or $20. Five Hours Play Gets You $25 – Now through July 30, anyone playing in a LIVE action $1 - $3 or $2 - $10 Texas Hold’em poker game can earn $5 per hour, up to a $25 maximum. Limit one payout per 24-hour period. Tournaments – Monday through FriJuly 2 - 15, 2013

day, there will be two tournaments each day in July at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.. Every Thursday is Omaha Day at the Isle with 2 weekly Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Tournaments to choose from. For complete information, please contact the Poker room at 303-9987905.

Tradewinds

Tradewinds at the Isle has a new menu that features what we believe to be the best hamburgers in Black Hawk. Whether you try the classics, a green chili and chipotle, the black & blue or mushroom and Swiss burger you will not be disappointed. Tradewinds even offers a mouthwatering cheeseburger burrito. So the next time you are hungry for a great burger, visit Tradewinds at the Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk

Pet friendly hotel

The Isle Hotel has Pet Friendly rooms available for a small fee. Furry friends less than 50 pounds can enjoy a stay at the Isle with you. Pet friendly rooms will offer your pet use of a doggie bed, food and water bowls, and a fenced doggie area. Disposable litter boxes will be available for feline guests. For reservations in a pet friendly room please call 303-998-7777. Rooms are subject to availability.

www.thegoldengatescasino.com Bourbon Street Café and Buffet

Join us at Bourbon Street Café & Buffet for delicious food and great service. Enjoy our buffet every day, featuring Seafood Feast Fridays and Champagne Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Order from our expansive Café menu any day of the week.

Sept. 2, noon – 5 p.m. for five more drawings. Receive one entry for every 10 base points or half hour of tracked table or live poker play. Receive 25X entries on penny machines all day every Tuesday. Visit each Tuesday in July and August and receive up to 100X entries on penny machines each month. Receive 25X entries every Friday and Saturday on slots from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cruisin through the Summer

Is a cruise just what the doctor ordered this summer? There are two ways you can set sail. First, by earning base points now through Aug. 18 and be one of the top 15-point finishers to win. Or, be a lucky drawing winner. One cruise will be awarded every Sunday at 7 p.m. now through Aug. 18. Receive one entry for every 50 base points or half hour of tracked table or live poker play. Multiply your chances to win and receive 10X entries on penny games every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Grand Opening Block Party

Join us Saturday, Aug. 3 for our Grand Opening Block Party. We are showing off our all-new front entrance, Bourbon Street Café and Buffet, 200+ slot machines and updated poker room. The day is full of fun with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Black Hawk City Mayor David D. Spellman and General Manager Scott Nelson. Hang with us for live entertainment along with Budweiser and delicious outdoor barbecue with $1 burgers, brats and beers.

Stars and Swipes Kiosk

Join us each Wednesday in July for our $80,000 Stars and Swipes Giveaway. Take a swipe at any of our promotional kiosks and WIN QuickPlay or other prizes. You could score up to $10 in food comps on your first swipe with no points required. Earn 200 base points for a second swipe and the chance to win up to $100 in QuickPlay.

Boom Town 2013

Join us at sunset on the Fourth of July for the best views of the largest fireworks display in Colorado. Plus, bonus drawing for the Wild Weekends $20,000 Hot Seats from Noon-Midnight. Come win you share of Z-Play.

10X Points Early Play

Earn 10X points on all slot machines. Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday starting July 4, 8 a.m. – noon. Promotion excludes video poker

2X Points Everyday

You can really rack up points at Bullwhackers. Earn 2X points on all slot and video poker machines all day long starting July 3-31.

Play and Pump

Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 8 a.m. – midnight. Earn points and receive your choice of Z-Play or gas from the Bullwhackers Shell Station on HWY 119.

Play and Ride

Get bus reimbursement any time, any day. Just present your round-trip ticket to guest services and receive $22 in free Z-Play. Yours with just 100 base points earned. May redeem once per day.

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Million Dollar Summer

We’re opening with a bang this July and August with our Million Dollar Summer. One hundred winners will have a chance to win up to $1 million. We will hold five drawings every Friday and Saturday July 5 through Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 7 – 11 p.m. Join us Labor Day, Monday,

4 – 10 p.m. and every Sunday from 2 – 8 p.m. and bonus drawing on July 4 from noonmidnight. One random hot seat winner will be chosen every half hour to win $100 in Z-Play. Every hot seat winner will be entered into the final cash drawings. On Sunday, July 28, hot seat drawings will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. and the final drawings will begin at 6 p.m. for you chance to win up to $500 cash.

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Win Instantly every Friday & Saturday from

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Must be 21. Visit the Guest Services Center for more details. Lucky Bull Club member will receive the higher point multiplier in the event of an overlapping point multiplier promotion. All participants are eligible for only one point multiplier per day. Lucky Bull Club Points and Comps expire after 90 days of play inactivity. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-522-4700. PAGE 9


Central City Nuggets www.famousbonanza.com 2X Mondays Earn 2X points all day on all machines.

99¢ Breakfast on Tuesdays and Fridays

Enjoy the Gambler’s Special Tuesday and Friday mornings at Millie’s Restaurant for just 99¢. Just show your Miner’s Club card to receive this offer. Dine in only*

3X Points on Penny Machines

drawings from 8 p.m. – midnight, building to a $250 drawing at midnight. Ask your dealer for details.

Enjoy the Gambler’s Special Tuesday and Friday mornings at Millie’s Restaurant for just 99¢. Just show your Miner’s Club card to receive this offer. Dine in only*

Bonanza Baseball

3X Points on Penny Machines

Join us every Friday from 8 p.m. – midnight for cash drawings and good old-fashioned fun at the Bonanza Ballpark. Over $2,000 in cash prizes every Friday.

Join us on your Birthday Come celebrate your birthday and receive 500 free points. Players over 55 years of age will receive 800 free points.

New Players

Every Tuesday earn triple points on all penny machines. Come check out some of our new games.

Earn just 250 points on your first trip and receive a $10 meal voucher to either Millie’s or Stella’s restaurants.

Slot Tournament Wednesdays

The Parlour

FREE Slot Tournament every Wednesday at The Famous Bonanza. Come play between 1 – 5 p.m. Pays the top 8 scores.

Double points on Video Poker

Thursdays enjoy 2X Points on all video poker machines.

Blackjack Bonanza

Every Friday night come play in The Parlour for cash

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99¢ Breakfast on Tuesdays and Fridays

Every Tuesday earn triple points on all penny machines. Come check out some of our new games.

Saratoga Casino celebrates grand opening in Black Hawk

Double points on Video Poker

Thursdays enjoy 2X Points on all video poker machines.

Join us on your Birthday

Come celebrate your birthday with the Famous Bonanza and Easy Street Casinos and receive 500 free points. Players over 55 years of age will receive 800 free points.

New Players

We’ve moved. Join us on the lower level of The Famous Bonanza Casino where we offer 2 Deck pitch blackjack, roulette and 3-card poker. $5 minimum to $50 maximum on 2 Deck pitch Blackjack and $3 minimum and all shoe games.

2X Mondays Earn 2X points all day on all machines.

Earn just 250 points on your first trip and receive a $10 meal voucher to either Millie’s or Stella’s restaurants.

Fun for Kids

Bring your children to the lower level of the casino to enjoy a wide variety of arcade games for our younger than 21 guests. *For complete details on any of our promotions see the Miner’s Club.

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Saratoga ownership, board members and management gather for the grand opening festivities June 27.

Photo by Victoria Howlett with Captured By Victoria Studios

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ers, and the chance to win up to $5,000 in the final GUARANTEED WINNER drawing, July 7 at 7 p.m.

Fusion Frenzy

Central-city.cnty.com July 4th patriotic ribbon giveaway

Earn a Patriotic Ribbon for just 25 base points on July 4. This red, white, and blue ribbon pin is our free holiday gift to you when you earn just 25 base points that day. Enjoy Bingo that day as well, and join us in the evening for a fireworks viewing from our parking garage.

Lucky 7 Anniversary Progressive

Win up to $1,500 July 5 and 6, or up to $5,000 on July 7. Enjoy $100 progressive drawings every half hour from 7-11 p.m. Friday, July 5 and from 1-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. Saturday, July 6. If the drawn winner is not present, the prize rolls to the next drawing. A $700 prize will be added to the progressive for the guaranteed winner drawings Friday at 11 p.m. and Sat. at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. ALL ENTRIES go in the giant barrel for the 7th Anniversary Progressive Party, July 7, as our starting $100 prize adds Seven $700 progressive prizes every hour from 1 – 7 p.m. It will be a huge celebration with party favors and appetiz-

July 2 - 15, 2013

Win a 2013 Ford Fusion, plus up to $500 weekends July 12 through August. Earn weekly entries for cash drawings for just 150 base points each starting Monday, July 8. Fridays and Saturdays from 4-11 p.m. WIN drawings to spin the wheel for instant cash prizes from $150 to $300. Win $500 at 11 p.m. • Sunday, Sept. 1 – Wheel drawings from 4-10 p.m., $500 at 11 p.m. • Labor Day, Sept. 2 - Wheel drawings from 4-9 p.m., Grand Prize drawing at 10 p.m. All entries go in the giant barrel for the Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2 Grand Prize drawing for a brand new 2013 Ford Fusion courtesy of Lakewood Fordland. Five winners will try keys to see if they’ve won one of four $500 first prizes, or the Ford Fusion Grand Prize.

3X Entries Wednesdays

Get 3X entries every Wednesday starting July 10 for Fusion Frenzy cash up to $300 Fridays and Saturdays or a 2013 Ford Fusion on Labor Day, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m.

Stills in the Hills – Colorado Distillers Tasting, July 13

Century Casino is the best place to enjoy the

Central City Nuggets full roster of Central City events. Park in our free covered parking, cross over our covered walkway into our welcoming casino floor, and a short walk through our slots and table games takes you right to where the action is, Main Street. July 13, Stills in the Hills - Colorado Distillers Tasting, featuring Grammy Award winner Dave Alvin and The Guilty One’s, Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys and Ethyl and The Regulars. Distillers tasting is a ticketed event, noon-6 p.m.

$100 Hot Seat Tuesday

Join us on Tuesdays from noon – 9 p.m. for $100 Hot Seat drawings every half-hour. Anyone can win, just play with your Century Casino Player’s Card.

BINGO –Thursday Bingo

Enjoy FREE Bingo every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a $100 PRIZE for each game. Players with a Player’s Card can pick up their Bingo card at the Player’s Club one hour before each game.

Sunday Cash Blast

Enjoy $200 drawings every half hour, 2 – 6 p.m. Every player with a Century Casino Player’s Card can get one entry to the drawing per drawing day, additional entries are available to

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players who receive our mailer. We’ll pick a $200 cash winner every half hour.

New Members

Guests who sign up at our Player‘s Club for a free club card will get a free spin, where they could win up to $1,500. New Members also receive $10 in Insta-Comp after earning 250 base points on their account on the day of signup.

Senior Celebration

Guests aged 50 or better receive 2X points on play ALL DAY from 8am to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, plus 50% off purchases (up to $25 in one day) at the Retro Deli or Mid City Grill. Please note that 50% food discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount, and including the $7.99 prime rib special.

Birthdays

Guests with a birthday coupon from our mailer redeem it at the Player’s Club for a gift of a single bonus of 10X their age in points. All guests can come in on the day of their birthday and get 2X points plus a free T-Shirt. Guests who come in on the day of their 21st birthday receive the 2X points and the T-Shirt, plus $10 in comp added to their account, plus a $5 chip to use at the tables.

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Central City

Central City

the Federal Highway Administration and travels throughout the country during the Big Bad Mike, the leader of the Wild Bunch.

Lou Bunch Day a crazy celebration O By Linda Jones

nly Central City would celebrate a madam and all things relating to a house of ill repute. For more than 35 years, the mountain town has dedicated the third Saturday of every June to the town’s last madam. The brass bed races on Main Street, the costume contests, the dance routines, the food, band and music all lift up those Soiled Doves of yore to the delight of the crowds that annually attend because a good time is guaranteed. Beginning at noon on June 15 this year, the Sporting House Girls of Central City wowed the crowds on Main Street with their choreographed dance routines. A parade of all the bed race teams and everyone wearing a Victorian, Sportin’ House, Madam or Dandy Dan costume preceded the Brass Bed Races, run by teams of three: two men and one woman. The stopwatch begins when one male team member touches the nightshirt on the bed to put it on over his cos-

Dizzy Dee dressed as Madam Lou Bunch

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Central City Opera Team races down Main Street.

tume. That man then pushes the other man and the woman down Main Street on the bed, not an easy feat – those old wheels don’t go in a straight line and a few spectators had to demonstrate some quick jumps out of the way. After circling the barrel in front of Dostal Alley, the pusher stops the bed and the men exchange the nightshirt. Then the hard part begins; the man who was treated to the ride down has to push the second man and the woman back up Main

Street to the finish line. The winning Bed Race Team this year was Johnny Z’s, which took home the large trophy and bragging rights. Second place was earned by the Famous Bonanza and third place by Golden Mardi Gras. The Best Costume trophy was earned by the “miners” of Famous Bonanza. The Worst Time in Bed award went to the Tommyknockers Brewery team from Idaho Springs for having the slowest time. The total age of the three members of each team is added up and the Oldest Farts in Bed award went to the Bull Durham team for their 116 total years. With only 69 years total, the Central City Opera team took the Maiden Voyage award. Those of us cheering at the finish line were concerned that the young opera company uphillpusher was going to expire before he reached the finish line. Maybe all opera singers aren’t blessed with large lungs? The costume awards were announced at the Miners and Madams Ball on Saturday evening in the VIP Room of the Century Casino. The Madam of the Year contest was won by Emerald Fire. Feathers Galore took Second Place and Dizzy Dee earned third. Sportin’

Colleen Stewart and her gorgeous peacock jacket Photos by Linda Jones

Wild Bunch Mayor Ron Engels and Honorary Madam Shirley Voorhees,

‘shoot up’Central City

The Wild Bunch: Bill Cavanaugh, Chuck Roberts, Ralph Barnhardt, Mile Keeler and Gary Huffman

With two already down in Dominoes, Sweet Annie & Chuck, Ranger Ralph gets shot and goes down himself.

Saturdays’ a bang up day for this rootin’ tootin group of modern day outlaws By Linda Jones

The Dostal Alley bedrace team

House Girl was won by Cockeyed Lil, with Spanky Lou’ce winning Second Place and Porsche Hot Rod winning Third Place. Sheriff Woody won Dandy Dan of the Year. John won Second and Col-

The Soiled Doves dancers perform for the crowd at Lou Bunch Day in Central City.

onel Backup, Third. Two shows were presented during Lou Bunch Day by the Gilpin County Wild Bunch, a group of local actors, who wear authentic early-West costumes and carry – and

shoot - vintage firearms (loaded with blanks). The Wild Bunch will present five shows on Main Street, every hour from noon through 4 p.m., each Saturday through Aug. 17.

The “miners” team of the Famous Bonanza, which won second place in the bed races and Best Costume trophy, and the winning Johnny Z’s team behind them.

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very hour every Saturday afternoon this summer, shots ring out over Main Street in Central City and people gather to watch the action. The Wild Bunch presents Old West gunfights beginning at noon and continuing through 4 p.m. until Aug. 17. Their skits are clever, their costumes authentic, and the crowds are growing every week - black powder and gunshots demand attention. The Central City Business Improvement District recognizes the publicity value of these performers and sponsors the group, paying for their gunpowder, brass, primers, grease and caps. The five men in the troupe all own their antique firearms and make their own black powder bullets every week in preparation for the next Saturday’s shows. The process takes hours because every one of the five gunfighters shoots 30 to 40 bullets every Saturday afternoon. Leader Mike Keeler said, “We empty every gun every Saturday.” The men’s guns are all vintage firearms: one is an 1858 Navy model; another, an 1851 Navy model and the others are Colt 45s. Julie James shoots a 12-gauge shotgun in addition to a Colt 45, and Sweet Annie, Anne Lueddes, carries a vintage purse-size derringer. The gunfighters include two “bad guys,” Big Bad Mike Keeler and Cheating Chuck Roberts, “Ranger” Ralph Barnhardt, “Town Drunk” Gary Huffman and “Deputy”

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Bill Cavanaugh. The noon show is the Shotgun Wedding. Next is Drunk & Disorderly, followed by The Poker Game. The 3 p.m. show is one of the two new skits, Dominoes, where six of the seven actors, including the two women, lie dead in the street and second-story windows; only Deputy Bill survives the carnage. The last show is called The Shootout. Because of numerous requests, Gilpin History has purchased T-shirts for the Wild Bunch to sell. The tees have the gunslingers pictured on them and are autographed by all the men; they’re available during their shows in Dostal Alley at $10 each. When the men aren’t shooting and raising a ruckus in Central City, they’re lawabiding model citizens working a wide variety of jobs. Julie James has worked as a lifeguard for Gilpin County Recreation since 2008. Anne Lueddes is an accountant for

work week. Mike Keeler is regional sales manager for a high tech electronic cable harness and assemblies company. Gary Huffman is a retired railroader while Chuck Roberts works for a construction company and also owns his own business making boots, men’s leather coats and vintage military uniforms. Ralph Barnhardt is retired; his last position was managing a NAPA Auto Store in Florida. Bill Cavanaugh is a quality assurance inspector for a medical device company, giving the final OK on all the company’s cardiac-related devices. The group wants to extend a public thank you to the business-people of Central City who support them so well, and particularly to Mayor Ron Engels, who has even appeared in a show, and Police Chief Terry Krelle, who is also a strong supporter.

Six members of the Wild Bunch: Bill Cavanaugh, Julie James, Ralph Barnhardt, Chuck Roberts, Anne Lueddes and Mike Keeler

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Central City

Central City Opera hosts 3rd Annual Central City Days

Bacon, Beer, Bourbon & Blues Central City summer events set to sizzle

Central City is pulling out all the on a short walking tour down Central City’ s cobblestone stops for its summer event schedule, * Tickets: $20 pre-sale or $25 day-of-event streets en route to a mock wedding reception. Staged in with Colorado distillery and beer fesCentral City Opera will host its third annual Central the Governor’s Parlor of the 1872 Teller House guests will tivals, a bacon tasting and tour, chili enjoy an array of sentimental sweets and wedCity Days taking place in Central City on July 6 and cook off and an ‘80s festival, and live ding cakes, wine, champagne and local craft July 14 as part of its 2013 Festival. A celebramusic Saturdays all summer. beers, along with live operatic accompation of the historic summer home of Central An ideal way to cool off during the niment before heading out to the Opera City Opera, the event is inspired by this hot summer months, all events will Gardens for a surprise ending. year’s regional premiere of Ned Rorem’s take place on Central City’s historic Guests on July 6 may purchase a contemporary opera Our Town, based 1880’s Main Street.  Designed for a discount package that includes a ticket on the Thornton Wilder play. Central City New Orleans Bourbon-street feel, to that evening’s opening night perforDays moves across the streets of Central guests will be allowed to bring cockmance of Our Town at the historic Central City and the landscape of the vintage Ameritails and drinks in and out of the caCity Opera House, The opera begins at 8 p.m., can story, progressing from a “country fair” party sinos and into the street all summer to a mock wedding reception in the Teller House’ s opu- a half hour after the Central City Days party concludes.  PLAYCENTRALCITY.COM festival Saturdays.  Guests on July 14 may purchase a discount package lent Governor’s Parlor. The party and the experience conHere is a taste of Central City exclude with surprise drama in the Opera House Gardens.    that includes a ticket to that afternoon’s 2:30 p.m. matinee citement this summer. The progressive party begins on both days at 5:30 p.m. performance of Our Town at the historic Central City Opera with a “country fair style” party on the scenic grounds of the House with the Central City Days party commencing immeJuly 13 – Stills in the Hills – Gilpin County Historical Museum, and will feature live music diately following at 5:30 p.m. Colorado Distillers Tasting Tickets are $75 for the Central City Days Progressive by Denver folk band I’m with Her and local rock jamband the This event features Dave Alvin Psychodillos, signature beer by Central City brewpub, Dostal Party and Our Town performance, or $40 for the Central and The Guilty One›s, Big Sandy and Alley, delectable “fair” food, and thirst-quenching waters City Days Progressive Party only. Visit www.centralcityhis Fly Rite Boys and Ethyl and The opera.org/ccdays or call the Box Office at 303-292-6700 ain or shine. tasting. Festival grounds (Main Street) all-ages. andNo teas. exchanges/refunds. Must be 21+ for distillers Regulars.  The event takes place noon Following the “fair,” the party progresses as Gilpin for tickets or more information. Central City Opera sub– 7 p.m., with unlimited distilled County Historical Society guides ( and, on July 14 only, scribers can add two Central City Days passes to their spirits tasting (more than 10 conspecial guest guide Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel) lead guests subscription for just $75. firmed distilleries featuring more than 50 spirits), entertainment, and food and merchandise booths. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 onsite. Tickets are available at all King Soopers and http://ticketswest.rdln. com/.     

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July 20 – Central City goes Back to the Future: ‘80s Festival

Performing live will be The Raygunomics, Jewel and the Rough, and Tres Equis (ZZ Top tribute show). The event takes place from 3 – 11 p.m., with awards given to the best ‘80s outfit, best ‘80s hair, with entertainment, food and merchandise booths. This event is free to the public.  

Aug. 3 – Blues, Brews and BBQ

Come listen to Shemekia Copeland, David Booker and his large blues band and Dave Booker combo.  The event takes place noon – 7 p.m. This event is free to the public, with entertainment, barbecue, merchandise booths and select craft brewed beers.  

Aug. 10 – Chili Cook-off and Heritage Festival

From Austin, Texas, The Derailers and The Bellfuries will bring you to your feet during the festival.  This

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event takes place from noon – 7 p.m., with a public and commercial chili cook-off. Cook off entry is $15 per entry for chili, free tastings for spectators, official judges and including a people’s choice award, with cash prizes for winners. Chili categories include both a red and green chili. This event is free to the public.  

Aug. 17 – Tender Belly presents the Central City Bacon Tour

Music acts include Chris Daniels and The Kings and Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Blues Band featuring Erica Brown. The event takes place from noon to 7 p.m., with unlimited Tender Belly bacon tastings, chefinspired bacon-themed appetizers (with admission), entertainment, food and merchandise booths. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 onsite. Tickets are available at all King Soopers and http://ticketswest.rdln. com/.  

Aug. 24 – Great Central City Beer Fest

The Beer Fest will feature The Young Dubliners, Marty Jones Band and Jewel and the Rough.  The event takes place from noon to 7 p.m., and inluces Colorado craft brewery beer samplings, entertainment, food and merchandise booths. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on-site. Tickets are available at all King Soopers and http://ticketswest.rdln.com/.  

Sept. 14 – Mexican Independence Day

Manuel Molina Combo International, El Mariachi International and Grupo Son 3 Mexican Cumbias will be entertaining all during the celebration. The event takes place noon to 7 p.m., and includes entertainment and dancing, Hispanic foods and merchandise booths. This event is free to the public.  

Sept. 21 – Oktoberfest

featuring The Tom Allen Grengs Polka band and Jim Ehrlich and the Polkamates. This event is from Noon to 7 pm, with Bavarian entertainment German foods and merchandise booths. This event is free to the public. More information on the events can be found at www.centralcity.us or on Facebook at www.facebook. com/centralcitycolorado. July 2 - 15, 2013


Garry won $1,517 playing a Blazing 7s machine at Century Casino in Central City.

Glen won $2,038 playing a $1 Brazil machine at Century Casino in Central City.

Ron won $6,488 playing video poker at Fitzgeralds Casino, which is now Saratoga.

Donald won $7,200 playing a $1 12 Times Pay machine at Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk.

John won $4,500 playing a $1 Triple Zesty Hot Peppers machine a at Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk.

Brandin won $10,000 as a drawing winner at Mardi Gras Casino.

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Casino•Guide Casino

Games

Slots

Ameristar - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

Black Hawk Station

Lodging

Food

Parking

Contact

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B, D, SD, Starbucks

free valet and self parking

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VP

120

No

SD,SB

city lot

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Bull Durham

VP

188

No

SB

city lot

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Bullwhackers 9am-1am all week

VP

400

No

SD

free valet and self parking

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Canyon - 24/7 Fri/Sat

BJ, C, R, VP

415

No

SD, SB

free valet and self parking

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Saratoga - 24/7 Fri/Sat

BJ, C, R, VP

585

No

SD, B

free covered valet

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Gilpin - 24/7

BJ, C, R, P, VP

460

No

SD

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Golden Gates - 24/7

BJ, P, C, VP

280

No

D

free valet and covered self parking

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Golden Gulch

VP

140

No

V

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303-582-5600/thegoldengatescasino.com

Golden Mardi Gras - 24/7

BJ, C, R, VP

680

No

SD,SB,D

free valet and covered self parking

303-582-5600/goldenmardigras.com

Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk - 24/7 BJ, C, P, R, VP

1308

238

B,D,SD

free valet and self parking

1-800-The-Isle/theisleblackhawk.com

Lady Luck - 24/7

BJ, P,C, R, VP

500

164

SD,SB

free covered valet and self parking

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Lodge - 24/7

BJ, C, R, P, VP

975

50

B, D, SD, SB

free valet parking

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Red Dolly

VP

149

No

SD

free self parking

303-582-1100/reddollycasino.net

Riviera - 24/7

BJ, C, R, VP

766

No

B

free valet and self parking

303-582-1000/rivierablackhawk.com

Sasquatch

No

70

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D

No

720-880-1616

Wildcard

VP

220

No

D

city lot

303-582-3412/thewildcardsaloon.com

Century Casino - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

520

26

SD,D

free covered self parking

303-582-5050/cnty.com

Crystal Palace

VP

101

No

D

free city lot

720-253-1669

Doc Holliday

VP

178

No

SD

free city lot

303-582-1400/dochollidaycasino.net

Dostal Alley - 24/7

VP

64

No

SD

free self parking

303-582-1610/dostalalley.net

Easy Street

VP

205

No

SD

free self parking

303-582-5914/famousbonanza.com

Famous Bonanza

BJ, P, R, VP

244

No

SD , D

free self parking

303-582-5914/famousbonanza.com

Johnny Z’s - 24/7

BJ, C, R, VP

367

No

SD, D

free covered parking

303-582-5623/johnnyzscasino.com

Reserve Casino Hotel - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

700

119

SD, D, B, SB, V

free valet and self parking

1-800-924-6646/reservecasinohotel.com

The Brass Ass - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

250

No

SD

free covered self parking

800-635-LUCK/triplecrowncasino.com

Bronco & Buffalo Billy’s - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

750

23

SD

free self parking

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Century Casino - 24/7

BJ, R,

448

18

SD

free self parking

719-689-0333/cripple-creek.cnty.com

Colorado Grande - 24/7

BJ, R, VP

211

5

SD, SB

free self parking

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Double Eagle & Gold Creek - 24/7

BJ, P ,C, R, VP

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158

SD, SB

free valet and covered self parking

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Johnny Nolon’s - 24/7

VP

255

No

SD

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J.P. McGill’s - 24/7 Fri/Sat

VP

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SD

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Midnight Rose - 24/7

P, VP

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SD, B

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Wildwood Casino- 24/7

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Food Key

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When and why to play the progressive slots

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Gaming

Money and betting considerations You’re an ambitious, serious player. You’re a winner and you want to know how to maximize your profits from the game and your question is: How much money should I bring to the table and play on any one bet for the biggest gains? I’ll answer this question both for the casinos in Colorado (where you have the $100 bet limit) and for most other casinos around the nation and world, where you often bet almost anything (although even the very wealthy often need permission to make bets above a certain size, that size varying per the “comfort zone” of each casino and the player’s track record as either a winner or loser - losers, in other words, tending to get more green lights on the highest bet amounts). Let’s talk about Colorado first. It’s a shame the state’ politicians have yet to raise the bet limit, but there it is and you butt up against it very quickly - a fact that (as I have shown you in earlier columns) actually creates more losers than winners (in spite of the intent of the law), due to the frustration it provides to those who seek higher profits. Ambitious players in Colorado are often tempted to do what many slots players do when confronted with the prospect of measly gains: they want to play the maximum on every hand, thinking that will maximize their gains. So they bring a few thousand to the table and plop $100 in the betting spot round after round thinking they’re maxing out their gains. But they’re wrong. To win the max at blackjack involves many things but one principal is vitally important: you have to vary your bets so you: 1) have a maximum amount down when your methods (such as my Precision Betting Method) and indicators tell you you’re most likely to win in the next round and, 2) have a minimum amount down when the same methods and indicators warn you that you’re most likely to lose in the next round. Lowering your bet when the cards are bad lowers your exposure to losses. In fact, I think every good book on blackjack -

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First and always, stay within your budget. Your blackjack funds should be from your discretionary account. Second, never be the high roller at the table. Sure, if you have $100,000 to put on every hand, like Tiger By Richard Harvey Woods, you can easily make a million dollars or more employing a cutting edge method like even the faulty old school ones that mine. But you’re also much more promote ineffective methods such likely to face casino countermeaas basic strategy and traditional sures, thus making your likelihood card counting - warn you that flat of winning that much lower. betting (betting the same amount I always prefer to stay under the each round) is a great way to hurt your chances of winning anything radar. If you’re not the high roller, you won’t raise a red flag with the worthwhile. So in Colorado, you should bet pit bosses, floor managers or dealthe table minimum - or close to it ers, and you’ll be less likely to face - when the cards are bad, and you trouble or get barred. (That means should put down much more when your minimum bet will vary per loyour methods and indicators tell cation, depending on the table ofyou you’re most likely to win in the ferings and how much players tend next round. (Use my Precision Bet- to bet at each casino.) Bring 20 to 40 times your ting Method to know exactly how much you should put down; it’s planned minimum bet, whatever based upon your odds of winning that is - and that should vary per in the next round, and it notches up casino depending on your confiin multiples of your minimum bet.) dence level (among other things I would suggest you set your as I mentioned above). If you’re faminimum bet - at casinos you miliar with a casino and win there trust (at which you’ve done well more than not, you should play at a before) - at about $25 or $30 (ex- higher minimum bet level than you cept when your indicators raise red would at a casino that’s unfamiliar flags about the cards coming in the to you or is one where your results next round; then lower your bet to are not so great, where you should the table minimum). It’s rare that probably bet the table minimum your indicators would tell you to do until and unless your confidence much more than triple your mini- level goes up. mum bet going forward, so that alBut these are just a few conlows you to switch to a maximum siderations. Blackjack’s a beauti$100 when it’s wisely called for. ful game because it’s so complex That is, of course, if all of this is and so much goes into winning. within your budget and you’re playThat’s nice because it means the ing with money that’s not needed more time and effort you devote to for the house payment. Now, outside of Colorado, how studying and mastering the game, do you know how much to bring to the more you can win. Richard Harvey is a nationalthe table and bet? ly-acclaimed blackjack strategies innovator, expert player, blackjack coach and bestselling author of Blackjack The SMART Way, Cutting Edge Blackjack, NEW Ways To Win MORE at Blackjack and Richard Harvey’s Blackjack PowerPrep Session. Blackjack questions? Send them to rharvey@ blackjackthesmartway. com. For more info see http://www.black jacktoday.com.

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Massachusetts The road to the West to Wyoming

Ames Free Library by H.H. Richardson

room of the Ames Company when he immiDue to the way our grated from Ireland at 16 years of age. country grew, tales of Oliver Ames & Company, later O. Ames the West often stem from tales of the East. & Sons, produced 60 percent of the shovels I recently visited in this country in the 1800s. They did well North Easton, Mass., because they maintained a high standard of the home of my famquality. Starting with shovels used at Bunily for generations. ker Hill in 1774, the Ames provided shovels Our roots in that town used for macadam roads, canals, the War of go back to 1803. I was 1812, railroads, the Civil War (at Lincoln’s there to attend an request),the gold rushes of Alaska, AustraAmes family yearly lia, and, of course California. In California, dinner, and, as usual when I visit there, I Ames shovels were used as legal tender by learned more about the family. This time I the 49ers. realized how much the family has done for The success of the business created the town of North Easton since Oliver Ames surplus funds that needed investing outestablished himself there in 1803. side of the company. Much of those funds The shovel facfound their way tory that Oliver into the western started provided railroads, partly gainful work for at the request of hundreds of men President Linand supported coln. many families But, I started out to tell about from the beginwhat the Ames ning of Oliver’s there family had done business until the family for North Easton. sold their share In the town cenBust of Oliver Ames, Jr., 1807-1877, by Augustus of the business ter is the gracious Saint-Gaudens in the Ames Free Library. in the late 1950s. Ames Free LiMany of the workers in the 19th century brary, designed in 1877 by architect Henry were immigrants to this country, especially Hobson Richardson. Oliver Ames Jr., who from Ireland and Sweden. had been president of the Union Pacific These new cultures became a part of the Railroad left it to the town in his will. When fabric of the town. When the company sold the need for more library space arose, one in the 1950s, the new owner was Bernard P. thought was to build a second library. InMcDonough who had worked in the forge stead they extended the building to the back in such a way that the beautiful facade is not compromised. I am entranced by the vaulted wooden ceiling in the main room. Oliver Jr. also left money for a Unitarian Church, which has recently been restored to its original beauty. The LaFarge stained glass windows sparkle with beautiful life in the sunlight. Various Ames homes and buildings have been purchased or donated to the town and have been maintained to house community functions: governmental, political, educational and social. One fine example is the Frederick Lothrop Ames estate, which was purchased as a location for Stonehill College. The mansion looks out over the pleasant campus. The Ames family is grateful to have their family archives stored there. North Easton is touched with the talents of some of the most gifted architectural artists of the late 1800s. Henry Hobson Richardson designed not only the library, but also the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, the Old Colony Railroad Station (home of the Easton Historical Society), the Ames Gate John La Farge stained glass window in Unity Church of North Easton Lodge and the F.L. Ames Gardener’s CotPAGE 20

tage. These five buildings comprise the H.H. Richardson Historic District of North Easton. Working with Richardson on the above were Orlando Whitney Norcross of Norcross Brothers, the first general contractors in the country, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a foremost sculptor of the time, who often embellished Richardson’s buildings. Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape designer of New York Central Park, created public landscape for the town and for private estates. The most recent and controversial project has involved the old shovel factory. Some potential developers just wanted to tear it down. It is an enormous campus with numerous long, narrow stone buildings, each for different stages of building shovel blades and handles, etc.. Once it was all run by waterpower. The final decision was to turn the buildings into housing units. Because of the placement of windows and

doors (the spaces must remain the same for the sake of historic preservation) and the narrowness of the buildings, the configuration of the apartments has been a creative challenge. Most will be offered at market rate, the remainder for affordable housing. A sign-up list is growing and I understand that the Ames name shows up on it. As promised, this story actually does find its way to the West. It involves the main focus of my research, which centers on a windy hill between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyo., at the 60-foot tall Ames Monument. I will be telling you much more about the monument and why it came to be in coming months. For now, it was the collaboration of these artists from the East bringing their talents West: designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, built by Orlando Whitney Norcross through his superintendent A.L. Sutherland, and decorated by Augusts SaintGaudens. Frederick Law Olmsted visited and pronounced it the monument most suited to it’s environment.

The Ames Shovel Factory

It takes skill to make rocks like these that appear in the arch random at the entry of the Ames Gate Lodge. It was designed by Henry H. Richardson.

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Trail’s End

ThePearl of Cripple Creek

The Old Homestead House Museum

It’s been said that Myers Avenue was the liveliest street in the West. The popular tune, There’ll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight, was first heard on Myers Avenue in Cripple Creek, the world’s Greatest Gold Camp. And it fit! For Myers Avenue was one of the largest and rowdiest streets of ill repute in all of the mining camps in the West; the site of a legendary Red Light District. Parlor houses were big business in Cripple Creek, as in any mining camp. Businesses on Myers Avenue operated 24 hours a day with freespending miners who were out for a good time. Pearl DeVere and her Old Homestead parlor house filled that need. Pearl arrived in Cripple Creek from Denver in 1893. A woman described as beautiful, and strong in stature, it is a pity no photograph exists of Pearl DeVere. Pearl was one of those ladies the “good” women of Cripple Creek didn’t mention. Children were forbidden to walk near Myers Avenue, where Pearl ran her “gentlemen’s entertainment” establishment. At age 31, Pearl had a head for business, and made a very lucrative living from the beginning. Her ladies were encouraged to wear fine clothing and were paid well enough to afford it. The common women of

Cripple Creek shuddered at these women who dared to shop on Bennett Avenue. Pearl was seen daily, riding her fancy single-seated phaeton, complete with red painted wheels, and led by a beautiful team of black horses. On horseback, she would wear a different elegant dress everyday, riding sidesaddle, her derby hat cocked to one side, as she smiled brightly at people who stared. She was full of fun, and had a kind heart. She generously gave to the charity causes in town, monetarily, for she knew her presence wasn’t welcomed at the various functions. In April 1896, following a horrific fire that devastated most of the town, Pearl rebuilt her house of ill repute in brick. The Old Homestead parlor house soon became known throughout the West. The new parlor house was quite extravagant, at least by Cripple Creek standards. Town gossip swirled at the expense Pearl spent to make her house the finest in Colorado. Lavish decorations from imported European furniture to lace curtains and velvet draperies, adorned nearly every rooms. Large fireplaces as well as coal stoves, heated the house on cold Cripple Creek nights. Crystal gaslights, as well as electric chandeliers, kept the house in good light

After the fires of 1896, Pearl rebuilt her “Homestead” this time in brick.

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The elegant parlor of the Old Homestead.

during parties for the rich clientele. Running water was a luxury, which improved the cleanliness of the establishment, not to mention the hygiene of the women. Hand-painted French wallpaper, at a cost of $134 a roll, gleamed throughout, and the finest handmade hardwood tables graced the parlor and entertainment rooms. There was a telephone and even an intercom system. The tongues wagged in Cripple Creek; electricity and two bathrooms, when decent family folk had coal lamps and outhouses. Pearl’s new establishment drew a rich clientele, where references were required of the guests. Pearl became legendary, and the Old Homestead House would become a Colorado legend. The oldest brothel museum in the country, it was established in 1958. The Old Homestead House Museum retains the rich Victorian decor of Pearl’s efforts over a century ago. Touring this historical brothel is not only a step back in time, but an intricate look at the life of the “working girls” of a 19th century mining town. Unlike most museums with displayed artifacts in glass cases, the Old Homestead House Museum is just that; a house museum. Stepping into the parlor, where the girls greeted their guests, the room retains the original hand-painted French wallpaper, as well as the original diamond dust mirror, and a nice inclusion of alcohol lamps.

The entertainment room contains an original turn of the century gaming table from the Johnny Nolan Saloon, Cripple Creek’s most popular establishment of its kind. Also on display in the room is a wonderful étagère, the oldest piece in the museum, dating to the early 1700s. A diamondetched mirror hangs over the fireplace. The unique oatmeal wallpaper in this room is also original. Many artifacts in the house museum were gifts to Pearl in an effort to rebuild her “house” following the fire, or gifts to the working girls from admiring patrons. One such gift is the crystal chandelier in the entertainment room, a gift to Lola Livingston, one of the popular girls. In the dining room, a hand-blown glass chandelier hangs from the ceiling, which was a gift to Pearl. A silver tea service is also on display in the dining room, a gift to Hazel Vernon, who became the madam of the house following Pearl’s sad death, and Cripple Creek’s longest reigning madam. Upstairs, a long hallway includes the five rooms once occupied by the working girls. If the paying guest had not made a selection in the lower parlor room, a viewing room was available for further selection (through a window) just to the left of the upper landing. Artifacts in these rooms include beds made of pine, walnut, chestnut, and a spool bed with wooden slats supporting the mattress by ropes attached to the spooled knobs on the frame. Additional furnishings

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This elegant Victorian lamp is one of the many features of the museum.

Photos courtesy of Homestead House Museum

include full-length mirrors with tiger wood frames, and hand-painted silk screens. Artifacts of a personal nature include chamber pots covered with delicate crochet, a wooden commode and covered cuspidors for the tobacco-chewing patron. Corset bags used to protect the delicate whalebone of the female garment are on display, as well as a wonderful and rare example of a handcarved walnut corset chair. The room at the end of the hall is known as Pearl’s room, as this is the room where she tragically died on June 5, 1897. The coroner ruled the death as an “accidental overdose of morphine.” Pearl had given a lavish party the previous evening. Upon retiring, still restless, she took a dose of the morphine to sleep. Still dressed in her exquisite $800 Paris-made pink chiffon ball gown, Pearl eventually fell to sleep. Sometime later, one of her girls checked on her. Finding Pearl breathing heavily and unable to wake her, local Dr. Hereford was summoned and did all he could, but the morphine had taken effect. Pearl died at the young age of 36. She was buried in the local cemetery wearing the Paris pink chiffon gown she had died in. Today, the Old Homestead Museum carries on with the spirit of Pearl. In April, after years of fundraising, the museum is now privately owned. PAGE 21


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Horoscopes CANCER - (June 22 - July 22) The New Moon on the 8th helps to bring about personal changes to your immediate surroundings. Think about new beginnings for yourself, possibly even a make over. This is also a time for learning and gaining new experiences. The spiritual dimension of your life grows as well. Lucky Numbers: 4, 6, 9, 14, 31, 45

SCORPIO - (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Your physical activity level and all around energy level is high; with enough feelings of strength and vitality to go along with it. Avoid unnecessary risks especially in athletics or strenuous work. Your self-confidence is high, but take care in gambling or financial ventures with out advice. Lucky Numbers: 3, 9, 15, 19, 20, 30

PISCES (Feb 20 - March 20) Get ready for your creative juices to flow like never before. Now is the time to take on those projects you have been holding back on, only because you didn’t have the confidence to know you could do it. This is a good time to invest in real estate, time to put down roots. You can handle the truth. Lucky Numbers: 12, 16, 19, 22, 28, 41

LEO - (July 23 – Aug 22) You are busy working behind the scenes, ready to greet the world with the new you. Spiritual help is assisting you. Angels are by your side. Tackle one issue at a time. Don’t allow the tumbling of challenges to get the best of you. The Full Moon on the 22nd highlights your goals and dreams. Time to manifest. Lucky Numbers: 8, 10, 14, 18, 21, 33

SAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) These are exuberant days and energy is running high. This is an opportune time to start a physical fitness routine and follow through until you are in the habit. Direct your energies anywhere you choose and the process will flow with positive results. Your timing is right on. Time to impress. Lucky Numbers: 22, 25, 28, 31, 32, 55

ARIES - (March 21 - April 20) Deeper thoughts come to the surface. Things you haven’t thought about in quite some time emerge. You may become more generous and tolerant to the world around you. Do not commit yourself to projects you possibly cannot complete. Keep your limitations within reason. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 7, 17, 25, 26

VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) Set aside some time to think about your goals and expectations in life. Look at what has been working for you and what has not. Move away from unproductive situations. Talk over your problems with friends and you will find it especially helpful in reaching an objective viewpoint. Lucky Numbers: 7, 8, 9, 14, 36, 45

CAPRICORN - (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) Tension or difficulty in relationships may be an issue now. It will take some sacrifices to work things out, but all is possible. You may be feeling your individual freedom to express yourself is being harnessed. These constricting feelings will pass. Make adjustments where necessary. Just Breathe. Lucky Numbers: 1, 8, 10, 14, 23, 44

TAURUS - (April 21 - May 21) A revelation occurs that what you are getting back in relationships is what you are putting out. As you separate yourself from the illusions, your awareness becomes stronger. Inadequacies may be imagined. The Full Moon this month highlights your career. You may find yourself spending a lot of time on the job. Lucky Numbers: 11, 13, 25, 30, 37, 38

LIBRA - (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) Social activity increases for groups and with friends. You may be feeling especially friendly and cordial and the same is shown to you. Planning a party? Know is a good time. All love relationships in your life are affectionate or at least problems resolved without difficulty. Lucky Numbers: 1, 11, 12, 27, 39, 40

AQUARIUS - (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) Sweeping away old and outworn structures that have built up has been an ongoing theme. Know that there is a powerful force that lies within yourself and you alone are the key. Look for the Full Moon on the 22nd to bring your Aquarian energy to a point of resolving one particular issue. Lucky Numbers: 9, 13, 17, 23, 27, 39

GEMINI - (May 22 - June 21) Your thoughts may drift continually back to events that happened in the past, and you may wonder why you can’t keep your focus on today. There just may be a link to help you solve a problem you are dealing with. The Full Moon on the 22nd brings about more travel for fun and relaxation. Lucky Numbers: 10, 12, 15, 25, 34, 40

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ZONE 6 11747 W KEN CARYL AVE LITTLETON

12350 W 64TH AVE ARVADA 15200 W 64TH AVE ARVADA 8055 SHERIDAN BLVD ARVADA ZONE 2 500 E BROMLEY LANE BRIGHTON

1927 S WADSWORTH BLVD LAKEWOOD 12043 W ALAMEDA PKWY LAKEWOOD 6760 S PIERCE ST LITTLETON 9800 W BELLEVIEW AVE LITTLETON

6110 FIRESTONE BLVD FIRESTONE

1545 S KIPLING ST LAKEWOOD

15051 E 104TH AVE COMMERCE CITY

1173 BERGEN PARK EVERGREEN

8126 S WADSWORTH BLVD LITTLETON

8673 S QUEBEC ST HIGHLANDS RANCH

25637 CONIFER RD CONIFER

7901 S BROADWAY LITTLETON

7984 W ALAMEDA AVE LAKEWOOD

ZONE 10 750 E 104TH AVE THORNTON

ZONE 7 2205 WILDCAT RESERVE PKWY HIGHLANDS RANCH

9983 WADSWORTH BLVD BROOMFIELD

9551 S UNIVERSITY BLVD HIGHLANDS RANCH

10351 FEDERAL BLVD WESTMINSTER

5050 E ARAPAHOE RD CENTENNIAL

3801 E 120TH AVE THORNTON

7575 S UNIVERSITY BLVD CENTENNIAL

12167 SHERIDAN BLVD BROOMFIELD

8200 S HOLLY ST CENTENNIAL

1150 HIGHWAY 287 BROOMFIELD

101 ENGLEWOOD PKWY ENGLEWOOD

13700 COLORADO BLVD THORNTON

100 W LITTLETON BLVD LITTLETON

2355 W 136TH AVE BROOMFIELD

4000 RED CEDAR DR HIGHLANDS RANCH

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