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Editor’s Letter

Smeagol, the Mountain Pug

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I have a pug. Actually, I have two pugs and a non-pug rescue dog, but this is about Smeagol. Smeagol is my nearly-eightyear-old little black pug. I got him back when my then-boyfriend (now husband) insisted on buying a motorcycle.

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“Fine,” I said. “You get your motorcycle and I’ll get a dog so I’ll have a companion once you kill yourself on your motorcycle.”

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And that’s how Smeagol entered my life. When Smeagol was just 12 weeks old, I decided that he and I would climb our first 14er together. We set out for Colorado’s tallest summit, Mt. Elbert; me with a backpack to accommodate him when he got tired and Smeagol loaded up with just his adorable little five pound self.

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He had a blast. He easily covered twice the distance I did running back and forth. He didn’t even utilize the backpack I had brought to carry him in until the home stretch. We had such a great time together climbing that 14er that we did another. And then another. And another and another until I lost count. I estimate that Smeagol has climbed 18 of Colorado’s 14,000+ foot mountains. (The number would be even higher if his owner hadn’t been pregnant over the past two summers.)

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Without fail, Smeagol elicits comments on every 14er. No one can believe that that little dog has the endurance to reach the top. While on his way up, he inspires every one he passes. “If that little pug can do it, I can too!” is something that we hear quite a bit. I love hiking with Smeagol – the trek is always better when he’s around, and his enthusiasm motivates me to keep going when I’m tired.

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If you have a pet, I’m sure you can relate to my dedication to my little guy. Smeagol is the reason that this issue has—pun fully intended—gone to the dogs.

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Departments 8

Good Times


Around Town


Hops & Vine


Home Matters

20 Hot Spot 24

Hometown Hero


Sold Properties


Lifestyle Calendar


Parting Thoughts

16 Pet Playgrounds

Unleash your animal side at Boulder County dog parks

18 Beyond Nine Lives

Pet therapy centers prove that rehab isn’t just for humans

24 Flying High

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Good Times

Cyclists 4 Jamestown Fundraiser More than 1,000 cyclists and residents supported Cyclists 4 Jamestown’s fundraising event where $120,000 was raised for the Rebuild Jamestown Fund. This “ride to” festival of fun, food and music was put together by a group of volunteers from the local cycling community. Photos by Karli Gronholm.

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Around Town • Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms. • Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people. • Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring. Contact local groups to see how you can get involved in Boulder County.

Music & Sound “Discovery Days” at WOW Children’s Museum

Christmas Tree Recycling Christmas Tree Recycling is available throughout Boulder County beginning right after Christmas and into the month of January. There are several locations, including: • City of Superior at the Yard Waste Recycling Plant located next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Honeycreek Lane. December 26th through the end of January. • City of Lafayette at the Service Center. Monday through Friday from December 26th through February 15th between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Weekend drop-off dates are Saturday, January 4th and Sunday, January 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • City of Longmont locations include Roosevelt Park, Garden Acres Baseball Park, Kanemoto Park, Centennial Park and the Waste Diversion Center (closed Sundays). Tree Recycling at these locations runs from December 26 - January 12. The Waste Diversion Center, located at 140 Martin Street, will also offer wrapping paper recycling from December 25th - January 6th. Paper can be dropped off at the Center in a specially designated bin.

January is National Mentoring Month Created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people. NMM celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to: 10 Boulder County Lifestyle | January 2014

The World of Wonder Children’s Museum in Lafayette focuses on a new theme every month for their “Discovery Days” program. Music and Sound will be featured throughout the month of January. Bring your children in and allow them to discover their inner scientist! The museum offers informal hands-on science sessions where kids can make a craft to keep. Activities are open for exploration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and are included with museum admission. Many of their art room and Story Time activities will also reflect their theme. WOW children’s museum is geared toward children 15 months to 11 years old.

Erie Police Department Awards Ceremony The Erie Police Department held its annual awards ceremony on November 21, 2013. This ceremony recognized the important work of its sworn officers and civilian employees. It was combined with the promotions of three new corporals and a detective. Medals, Award Certificates, Unit Citations and Letters of Commendation were awarded to highlight extraordinary acts within the Police Department during 2013. Erie Police Chief Marc Vasquez said that the annual awards ceremony is a way to recognize the “talent, dedication and professionalism of the men and women of the Erie Police Department who perform a multitude of tasks on a daily basis to help keep Erie safe.” The Police Department would also like to thank the community of Erie for their support in continuing to keep Erie safe.

Chocolate Lovers’ Fling The 33rd Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, held Saturday, February 8, 2014, is certain to be a memorable evening as Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) celebrates its 35th year in serving Boulder & Broomfield Counties. The festive event, 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Omni Interlocken Hotel & Resort in Broomfield, includes unlimited gourmet chocolate from the finest chocolatiers in the region and some of the best craft beer around. Saunter through the silent auction, sip an endless glass of champagne and enjoy a delicious dinner in a casually elegant atmosphere before the live auction and dancing begins.

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CSArt Colorado 2014 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Denver Botanic Gardens are pleased to present the second season of CSArt Colorado! Through a share-based membership, CSArt Colorado is continuing to connect local artists with art-lovers. For 2014, curators from BMoCA and DBG have selected a talented new batch of local artists. CSArt shareholders will receive a total of 10 original artworks from 10 Colorado-based artists at art distribution events throughout 2014. At these exciting events, shareholders will have the opportunity to meet the artists and mingle with fellow art-lovers before heading home with artworks for their collection.   Don’t miss out on your opportunity to own a collection of locally-made, original artwork from this season’s talented group of artists! 

The new program will provide 25-30 emerging and transformational leaders from across sectors with a broad understanding of Boulder County’s economic, civic and cultural drivers. 
Much of the program’s curriculum will focus on building networks and tangible tools for local leadership roles. Leadership Fellows Boulder County will start in March of 2014. Monthly meetings will take place throughout Boulder County and will feature dialogues with current leaders from the business, civic, nonprofit and cultural sectors. Tuition is $1,200 for the year-long networking and leadership development facilitation.

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Hops & Vine

Inspirational Ales from the Front Range Brewing Company Words and Photos Megan Macaluso


iving the dream never tasted so good. Chris Dutton and Will Boggs once “wandered the deserts of Corporate America,” as Boggs likes to say, but broke out to create some incredible brew and a superb place to enjoy it. Front Range Brewing Company laid claim in Lafayette with their exceptional beer and relaxing space.

destination that offers unique food and drink, music, farmers’ markets and a beautiful outdoor patio. After major renovations, including the construction of their rustic beetle kill pine bar, hand-built by Boggs, Dutton and Boggs’s brother, they opened their doors in July of 2013, delivering a fresh, vibrant beer unlike anything on the market.

Setting Out

Dutton and Boggs worked together for 13 years at a local software company. When Boggs took over as manager and implemented a four-day work week, Dutton spent his new free day in the kitchen experimenting with recipes and uncovering a talent for cooking. Dutton’s initial dream was to open a BBQ restaurant, but after dusting off a home

brew kit that had been sitting in his basement for five years, he switched gears. As it turns out, Dutton discovered that he had a surprising gift for making great beer. Armed with a business plan and a small business loan, Dutton and Boggs bravely left the safety of their corporate lives and embarked on a new beer frontier. Jax Merchantile had recently purchased the dilapidated retail space on South Boulder Road where they would make shop. Despite the tumbleweeds, the boys saw potential in the location and put down stakes. It was a smart gamble. In the last year, the area has become a bustling and charming 12 Boulder County Lifestyle | January 2014

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Front Range brews are delightful. Dutton spends so much time and energy crafting and perfecting his creations; the beers they offer are always surprising and unique. “Ichabod’s Revenge Punkin Ale,” the fall offering, took him 17 straight hours of work to create. Starting at midnight, he roasted and smashed the locally grown pumpkins himself, and the outcome was well worth the effort. Fans of the beer are hoping for a repeat next year. The duo also knows how to throw beer drinkers for a loop. Winning a bronze medal at the recent Colorado All Beer Festival, the IPA, “Trhopical Illusion,” is fruity, jammy and light. They masterfully created an IPA with citrus tones that goes down easy. If you’re a wine drinker, you must try their ‘gateway beer,’ the “Colorado Sunset” Kolsch. It’s crisp and refreshing and might even take the place of your Pinot Grigio. If you’re up for an adventure, order the “Rumrunner” Coffee Quad. It’s blended with coffee and aged in a 30-year-old Caribbean dark rum barrel. This isn’t a beer for the weak, and it’s daringly tasty. Local Love

Front Range Brewing actively integrates local vendors, restaurants and talent into their concept, which means great choices in music and food to go along with their great beer. Their brew often includes ingredients

from local farmers, and they offer a wonderful wine from Blue Mountain Vineyards out of Berthoud. Local food is a specialty, as they offer a variety of delectable selections from the surrounding eateries. Chicken wings, truffle grilled cheese sandwiches, tamales and German chocolate brownies just scratch the surface of the many food options. Since the acoustics are so good at Front Range, local talent is frequently on tap. They welcome a plethora of talent, even recently giving local opera singers a try, and Tuesday open mic nights are especially popular. Vision

Dutton and Boggs set out on a great adventure, with the support and help of their wives and children, to make great beer and work with their community. They’ve succeeded beautifully by following Dutton’s taste buds and Boggs’s business savvy. “I brew what I like,” says Dutton. Luckily for us, he’s got great taste.



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Home Matters

Living with Style Even with Pets! Words Liz Finkelstein | Photos Daniel O’Connor


ike many Boulder County residents, much of my life is dedicated to my dogs. I have special wood steps allowing them access to my (and their) bed, my shower was specifically designed to accommodate a detachable head (for bathing) and the car seems to remain filled with hair and Mt. Sanitas dust no matter how often it’s cleaned. However, one place that I won’t allow to go to the dogs is the inside of my home. Living with dogs and all that entails (shedding, toys, food bowls, beds) does not preclude your ability to still live with style. The following details how to keep the style integrity of your home intact despite your four-legged children. TOYS

Like children’s toys, doggy playtime accoutrements need their own containers, and unfortunately, many dog toy bins are eyesores. The solution is to take something created for humans and use it for dogs. In that vein, West Elm makes fabulous woven and braided baskets in a variety of styles designed to hold newspapers, throw pillows, logs and (you now know) dog toys. If your pup is a scratcher or destroyer, Design Within Reach makes a stainless steel wire basket (originally used by fishermen and farmers) that won’t be nearly as tempting to their mouth and paws. Another great idea is repurposing a wooden wine crate. If you’re willing to go the extra mile, Etsy or Ebay lists vintage ones. Just make sure to pick a good year.

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Designing for canines (and their people) has become a huge industry, with the quality and variety of dog beds serving as its ambassador. And while we know that dogs don’t give a lick where they sleep, we should care about how it looks. With options ranging from Le Corbusier-inspired sofas to specially-ordered chaises, I’m simply suggesting the popular and reliable donut bed in a chic (and always machine washable) neutral color or animal print, available at most pet boutiques. For some extra panache, go with the shag. SUSTENANCE

Like everything else in the canine retail world, dog food and water bowls have become increasingly stylish, personalized and fabulous. From simple ceramic to modern metal, breed-specific, name-specific, cute or kitsch, from the most detailed to the least, styles range from gothic to neo-classical, mid-century to mod. Even the most basic white painted ceramic bowls designating ‘FOOD’ and ‘WATER’ are light years more stylish than the standard (and unsightly) stainless steel bowls that never seem clean. 14 Boulder County Lifestyle | January 2014

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Unleash your animal side at Boulder County dog parks Words Amber Giauque Callender | Photos James Moro


s one of the healthiest states in the nation, residents of Colorado are serious about our access to recreation. And around Boulder County, Fido has his pick of playgrounds, too. Dog parks and trails offer a safe and welcoming space for pooches and their people to socialize and exercise; often without the constraint of a leash. Dog parks are increasingly popular as a space for canines to learn and practice manners and to burn off extra energy after a long day home alone. Dogs can investigate new smells, fetch their favorite toys and enjoy our majestic outdoor space with their favorite humans.   Before heading out to the parks or trails, owners—er, guardians—should become familiar with the area’s rules. It’s also wise to consider your pet’s temperament and any special needs; i.e. don’t take your skittish Chihuahua to a park without small and large dog separation. Be sure to always bring along your favorite clean-up tools, and if there is access to water, check water quality before allowing your dog to swim or drink. If the park or trail is off-leash, leash laws will apply before you enter and as you exit. Now and then, parks have to close in order to give grasses time to rejuvenate, so check the park status if your commute is a long one. Happy romping!

City of Boulder Dog Parks East Boulder Dog Park

5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder Find this fenced, off-leash dog park as part of the East Boulder Community Park, just south of the tennis courts. The park welcomes both large and small dogs, and there’s limited access to a small lake. Some dogs will be able to swim to and climb a concrete barrier in the lake.

poles. Outside of the poles, leash laws are enforced. For history buffs, Dr. Howard Heuston is a former Mayor of Boulder.

Foothills Dog Park

800 Cherry Street, Boulder This off-leash dog park is part of the Foothills Community Park. Within the fenced two acres, there are separate areas for small and large dogs. Howard Heuston Dog Park

3200 34th Street, Boulder This off-leash portion of the larger Howard Heuston Park has no fence, so owners are expected to have voice and sight control over their dogs. The designated area for off-leash is marked by yellow 16 Boulder County Lifestyle | January 2014

Valmont Dog Park

5275 Valmont Road, Boulder Find this off-leash dog park within the larger Valmont City Park. Large dogs can roam in a three-acre area, with a separate and smaller area for small dogs. A water spigot is available seasonally. Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

Dogs are welcome on the vast majority of the 150 miles of trails on Open Space and Mountain Park land. Leash regulations vary by trail

and can change seasonally, so bring your leash. Any off-leash dogs must be under voice and sight control.

Longmont Dog Parks

Louisville Dog Parks Louisville Community Park

955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville Find the off-leash area in the southeast corner of Community Park.

Blue Skies Park

1520 Mountain, Longmont Don’t miss the enclosed off-leash area within the 11 acres of the larger, aviation-themed park. Longmont Dog Park #1

21st and Francis, Longmont This off-leash area is fenced and has some shade. Note that neighborhood parking is discouraged, so plan to park in adjacent lots. Longmont Dog Park #2

Airport and St. Vrain Road, Longmont Shade can also be found at this off-leash park, where separate areas are provided for large and small dogs. Rough and Ready Park

21st and Alpine, Longmont Find a fenced, off-leash dog area inside of this popular nine-acre park named for the historic Rough and Ready Ditch.

Davidson Mesa Open Space

McCaslin Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Louisville Dogs can roam off-leash in this beautiful open space area.

Lafayette Dog Park Great Bark Dog Park

597 N. 119th Street, Lafayette Find off-leash fun, including a 1/3-mile looping trail, shade, an area for small or timid dogs and even logs for jumping and climbing.

Superior Dog Park Autrey Park Dog Park

Rock Creek Parkway and Honey Creek Lane Find the off-leash dog area in this expansive, multi-use park. Humans can relax on benches and under gazebos in this beloved park for dogs of all sizes.

Stephen Day Park

1340 Deerwood, Longmont Visitors can find an off-leash dog exercise area amidst a host of exciting park amenities, including a water spray ground for the humans. Union Reservoir

0461 WCR 26, Longmont Fido is welcome to play in the water and to enjoy the “Dog Beach.”

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Rehab isn’t just for humans Words Ellen Nordberg


uman Coloradans make an aggressive effort after New Year’s to get healthy: joining health clubs, initiating diets, quitting smoking and finally doing something about that old nagging knee injury. But what about their pets? Increasing numbers of pet rehab centers are cropping up in Colorado to help owners manage their pets’ injuries, health issues, weight and life expectancy. Why now? Pets have become family members, and many owners will spare no expense to help their dogs or cats live longer or have less pain. Many fit owners want their pets to keep up on walks and hikes. Plus, they see the benefits that personal training and physical therapy offer in their own lives. “Of course you’d do therapy for a human,” says Tammy Wolfe, PT, DPT and owner of the K9 Body Shop in Arvada. “Why wouldn’t you do it for your pet?”

“We would not think to have a surgery performed without the discussion of rehabilitation after the procedure. The field of animal rehabilitation is growing exponentially because pet owners are seeing their pets as part of their lives and would like them to have as high a quality of life for as long as possible.” Within this new field lies a wide range of modalities designed to help animals gain strength and flexibility, lose weight and improve joint mobilization, among other benefits. Water therapies are among the most popular amongst therapists and pets. Dogs and cats run or walk on underwater treadmills to aid recovery from surgery or strengthen joints. Many facilities also have larger pools which offer recreational open swim time. “Water is great exercise,” says Wolfe. “Labs and Goldens are the number one and number three most popular breeds, and they love the water. Plus, its good cardio, good endurance and it’s excellent for the joints. Swimming is one of the healthiest exercises for people, so it makes sense that it’s good for dogs.” Walking or trotting on an underwater treadmill can help strengthen muscles around the joints while minimizing pain. Practitioners often put life jackets on the animals and hold onto them while in the tank. The pets can do intervals or endurance work without stressing the joints. Plus, treadmill work strengthens all four extremities as opposed to the front leg emphasis of swimming. Alternative pet therapy

Your furriest family member

Dr. Kristyn Richardson, DVM, CCRT and co-owner of Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group (CRCG) in Broomfield and Longmont, attributes this growing trend to pets’ increasingly integral role in families. “As we become more bonded with our animal companions, the search for high-quality care similar to our own is increasing,” she says. 18 Boulder County Lifestyle | January 2014

Many physical therapy treatments are similar to those used for humans, according to Susie Finley, MPT, and owner of Back on Track Canine Rehab in Boulder. “Canine rehab can help with a variety of issues: sprains and strains, joint surgeries, neurological problems after spinal cord injuries, stroke, amputations, weight loss and year round fitness - just like rehab helps people,” Finley says. “We provide thorough evaluations for

each dog to determine the main problems and plan individual programs for each case. We emphasize owner education so they can help their dog at home with massage, stretching and exercises as needed.” In recent years, therapies that have been considered alternative even for humans have gained popularity. Some practices offer massage, acupuncture or Feldenkrais exercises. Many others recommend nutrition solutions, including herbs and supplements. “People are active here in Colorado,” says Wolfe. “And they want their dogs to be active with them. It’s important to them to keep their dogs healthy, so they seek alternatives like acupuncture or nutrition.” More time with Fido

While rehab therapy can help animals recover and improve their health, many times it can even prolong their lives. “Often by the time people get to me, it’s a last resort,” says Dr. Shawna McCall, DVM, CVA, CCRP, and founder of the Utah Pet Rehab and Acupuncture Center. “But often we’ll be able to get six months more out of their pet, so we are able to extend the time they have with their loved ones.” While dogs have been the primary recipients of pet rehab, cat treatments are gaining ground. “Cat care does lag behind dogs,” says Lori Beuerle, Principal and Founder of CRCG. “But it’s growing. We’ve had cats swim in our endless pool, and stroke victim kitties where the water has helped them move their limbs again. Even just manual therapies can help cats regain better function.” Owners who have seen improvement describe their dogs bounding around like puppies again, having fun during therapy and leaping excitedly out of the car when they pull into the rehab facility parking lot. Finley has many client success stories to share. “One Husky had a spinal cord stroke and was paralyzed in the rear legs,” she says. “After rehab, he was able to go hiking with his family again and even climbed a fourteener. We had an elite herding dog who had three hip surgeries and after rehab was able to return to herding.”

“Of course you’d do therapy for a human. Why wouldn’t you do it for your pet?” Whether owners have brought their pets in for injuries, health or just fitness related issues, they continue to see results, and the field continues to grow. “Living in the mountains means a very active lifestyle, and pets are often participating in their human’s sports and interests,” says Richardson. “Animal rehabilitation helps pets prepare and condition for this life, recover from injury to continue to play with their owners and grow old with a high level of function.”

Money talks (and barks)

While often pet insurance will cover rehab therapy if prescribed by a vet, the bottom line is that the treatments are expensive. “The cost of pet insurance is rising, along with the cost of care,” says Wolfe. “But I think most people are willing to spend more money on their dog than in previous times.” January 2014 | Boulder County Lifestyle 19

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Street Food A food truck lays down roots at Comida Words Allyson Reedy


really like tacos. Whether they’re authentic lengua and barbacoa sold out of trucks on Denver’s Federal Blvd. or fish tacos made by my gringo husband out of our kitchen, it doesn’t matter to me. So long as it’s wrapped up in a little round shell (I prefer corn but won’t balk at flour), I’m a happy girl. The Boulder County taco joint with a whole lot of recent buzz is Comida in the Prospect neighborhood of Longmont. Comida began as a big pink truck named Tina (yes, Tina). Tina began roaming the streets of Boulder in 2010, dishing out Mexican street food in the form of tacos, gorditas and quesadillas. The truck was so popular that owner Rayme Rossello opened up the first brick and mortar shop in Prospect in early 2012. The reason Comida has been in the news so much lately is that a second storefront Comida recently launched – this time in Denver’s new food-centric establishment, The Source.


The original Comida in Prospect is cheerful and clean in its décor. The focal point is the bar, reminiscent of a library because of its tequila and liquor collection housed in giant bookshelves and accessed by a library ladder. There are a few cozy tables snuck in alongside the bar with more in the main dining room, complete with a charming “Taco” sign. Most everyone inside—customers and staff—are smiling, which certainly contributes to the cheerful vibe. The wait staff seems like they actually want to be there, and they’re forthcoming with their recommendations. They’ve tested everything on the menu and they’re usually right, so don’t be shy about asking for favorites. Drinks

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ing inventive cocktails that go above and beyond your average Mexican restaurant. Sure, they’ve got the requisite margaritas, but when was the last time you had a watermelon jalapeño or a pineapple habanero margarita? If you haven’t, you should. (Although be forewarned – these can be very spicy! They infuse their tequilas with the peppers, meaning spice level can vary from batch to batch. If you’re a wimp on the spice scale, it’s best to skip the fiery margs). Besides their menu of traditional and not-so-traditional margaritas, they have a good selection of cocktails, including twists on mojitos, cosmos and piña coladas. They also have local and Mexican beers, wine and pours of far more spirits than you could responsibly try.

Just like Tina, Comida the restaurant serves Mexican street food made with fresh ingredients. Because the food was meant to be eaten on the go, you won’t find heavy enchilada plates or combo platters with rice and beans here. The menu is a la carte, which makes it more fun because of the variety of food you can try. If you’re there for happy hour (3-6 p.m. nightly), you have your choice of antojitos (“snacks”) for $4. The chips and guac are good and garlicky, while the stuffed jalapeños aren’t so much stuffed as topped with mashed potatoes, cheese and bacon (a truly excellent combination). The tacos are $3 each ($2.50 for the griddled tacos) and run the gamut from carnitas to fish to chorizo. The carnitas taco—served with sweet potato mash and pineapple habanero salsa—and the chorizo taco—with garlic, red onions, salsa verde and crema—are my favorites. Perhaps the best thing on Comida’s menu is an item unique to the brick and mortar


location – the tortas ($10 each), specifically the sirloin situation torta. The slow-cooked beef, roasted onions, pickled veggies and queso fundido are all packed nicely into a crusty Mexican roll. It’s a good blend of savory and slightly tart, but, like most of Comida’s menu, isn’t what you normally think of when you think ‘Mexican restaurant.’ If you’re looking for tortillas smothered in green chile and cheese and served with a side of refried beans, Comida probably isn’t your place. But if you like tacos—authentic or otherwise—you’ll want to hunt down Tina the pink truck or hit up Prospect.

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Hometown Hero

A Little Girl’s Dreams Take Flight Words Megan Macaluso | Photos Eric James


he capability and determination of the young spirit soared to new heights, as seven-year-old Keira Johnson took to the skies November 10th to set a world record in her very own Kitfox Aircraft. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield hosted its favorite little flyer and her father, Brannan, as they made history in the world of flight. Keira, a high-energy and bright young lady from Superior, has joined her father in his favorite activity. Brannan has been flying by himself since he was 14, having grown up around planes with his own father, who frequently flew in airshows. “I would describe her as a girl who enjoys trying new things,” says her mom, Monica Johnson. “Very energetic, funny, and maybe her interests are a little more what boys would like.” Having flown with her father since birth, Keira developed a strong desire to fly herself about a year and a half ago. Her parents, who regularly advocate and nurture Keira’s interests and talents, helped her grow her wings by purchasing a Kitfox Aircraft she lovingly named Watermelon because of its green body and red nose spotted with black seeds. Keira, Brannan and Watermelon frequent Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport for “Daddy Dates” to breakfast, or just to zip around whenever they can, flying in a pattern and often doing as many as 30 touch-and-go’s per session. Since the Johnsons are so seasoned at this pattern, the airport suggested that they could raise money flying for a cause, having seen it done in other cities. The Johnsons thought this was a great idea, and they decided to not only raise the money but to attempt a Guinness World Record while they were at it. Brannan gave his young daughter the responsibility of choosing a charity, and she elected to raise money for her school, Eldorado K-8

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in Superior. More specifically, the money will be used to improve the technology/equipment department. On a bright and beautiful November day, Keira, with her trusty Watermelon and co-pilot dad, took off from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport with an eager crowd and the local press standing by to watch the little girl take off and land as many times as possible in two hours. In 120 minutes, Keira broke the Guinness World Record by taking off and landing an impressive 96 times. She’s already planning on breaking this record again next year. Even more impressive is what those landings meant to the Eldorado School. Keira received donations from more than 50 sponsors, including local Channel 7 and many friends and family members. The donations ranged from $.25 to $5 per landing, and in total, Keira raised a remarkable $11,298. That number continues to grow as the event generates more and more interest. Since the event, Keira is understandably thought of as a local rock star amongst her fellow classmates, but notoriety was not her goal. “She is a very humble girl,” says her mom. “She is proud of what she accomplished but gets shy when she is given any attention.” Her family, school and community couldn’t be more proud of Keira and what she has already accomplished. This young lady is a testament to what can be achieved with focus, joy and the support of those who love us most. While being interviewed after the flight for Channel 7, Keira was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. She enthusiastically answered, “When I grow up, I want to be a fighter pilot!” This little flyer, who captured the hearts of her Boulder County community, certainly has the ambition to achieve her dreams, and we can’t wait to see what comes next. Keep your eyes up, and look for the little girl in her Watermelon soaring over the Rocky Mountains.









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January January 3 Lego Play & Lego Challenge Lafayette Public Library

Creative LEGO play for preschoolers, ages 3-6 years, begins at 10:30 a.m. Older children, ages 6-12 years, can participate in the library’s LEGO challenge beginning at 3:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

January 4 & 5 Altitude Adjustment Race Longmont

Cyclocross racers from across the Front Range and around the country converge on Sandstone Ranch Park in Longmont for the Altitude Adjustment Cross Race. All ages and abilities are welcome for skill sharpening before the Nationals. Food and drinks will be on-site each evening featuring Oskar Blues, The Bone Wagon, The Tasty Weasel and CHUBurger.

January 8 – 12 Cyclocross National Championships Boulder

Whether you’re competing in the 2014 Cyclocross Nationals or just visiting as a spectator, join riders and fans from across the country for daytime activities and nightly festivities. The five-day Championship takes place in Boulder’s beautiful 40-acre Valmont Bike Park.

January 11 Quaker Oatmeal Festival & 5k Lafayette

The 18th Annual Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival is a popular family event focusing on living a healthy lifestyle. This unique festival includes an oatmeal breakfast, 5K walk/run and Health Fair.

January 11 Wood Carving Workshop Longmont

Learn to carve wood with Joseph Sikora, a wood carving artist whose work is featured in Carve! Selected Works from the Champion Cottonwood. The museum will supply the materials; all you have to bring is your imagination! Ages 14 and older, $30. Advance registration required, register at the Longmont Museum or online.

January 11 Boulder Phil’s Three B’s Macky Auditorium

The brilliant Rachel Barton Pine joins the Boulder Phil for Berg’s masterful Violin Concerto. Short works by Bach and Mahler precede the concerto, and we conclude with another piece imbued with the spirit, and the music, of Bach—Brahms’ towering Symphony No. 4. It’s Three B’s with a twist.

January 11 Taste of Wellness Fair Longmont

Longmont Recreation Services brings a variety of alternative wellness practitioners together. Featured wellness options vary from month to month, with Massage, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Energy Work, Readings and more available for 15-minute sessions for only $5 each. St Vrain Memorial Building.

January 16 The Mysteries of Saturn’s Rings Boulder

Saturn’s rings have puzzled astronomers since Galileo discovered them in 1610. Each ring orbits at a different speed, and they are made up of particles ranging in size from a dust speck to a mountain. Dr. Larry Esposito from NASA’s Cassini mission reveals how Saturn’s rings formed, how they maintain orbit and why they exist.

January 17 The Jeff Brinkman Band Chautauqua Community House

Every once in a while there is a musician who emerges with a genuine and honest approach to their craft and whose music accurately depicts that unadulterated simplicity. An Iowa transplant who found the Colorado music scene to his liking, Jeff Brinkman has quickly gained notoriety regionally.

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y best friend can drive me bonkers talking in circles around me, but when my dog goes crazy at the front window when a poodle walks by, I’m unfazed. My ex would leave me livid when he showed up at the door 30 minutes late for dinner, yet my cat could throw up repeatedly and I’d patiently clean it up. Where’s the disconnect?  Do we love our pets more than the people in our lives? Of course not. I’m convinced the incredible love we feel for our dogs, cats, horses and, in fact, all of our pets, comes from the knowing that we won’t have them in our life forever.  It’s a very limited time that our paths are actually joined together –if we’re lucky a dog can live to be 14, a cat maybe 20 and because of this, every single day, every moment, is a gift. They eat our shoes, mess up our homes and monopolize our time when we’re pulled in other directions, yet we love them anyway and instantly forgive them despite their many imperfections. So why are there different rules between species? There’s no doubt our pets love us unconditionally, while family and friends often play human games with love–they seem to love us when we’re good, and in turn we

love them when we deem their treatment of us kind. Yet what if today we decided to love the people in our life the way we love our pets? What if we remembered that one day they too will no longer be here with us? Perhaps we could keep in mind that everything that drives us nuts about them will one day be a distant memory, and we might even find ourselves longing to hear them talk circles around us one last time, or experience ourselves opening the door to their tardy face once again, no matter how late they arrive. Yes, I’m pretty sure that’s the way to do it.  Listen to your parent’s lecture as if it is the last one you’ll ever hear from them in this lifetime, clean up your partner’s dishes as though it’s the last dish they will eat from and when family arguments ensue, remember that one day you will miss the sound of their voices. The secret to love? Let’s treat them all like dogs.

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