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Tweeds Fine Furnishings Moose Is Loose Fest in 17th Year “Comes Home”

For more than a decade, “THE MOOSE IS LOOSE” campaign has been a very successful TWEEDS Fine Furnishings annual tradition in Woodland Park, Colorado, a wonderful small town with views of Pikes Peak. The event goes to a new level – The Moose is “Coming Home Sales Event”. The dates have been announced for the 17th annual Moose Is Loose campaign – February 1126, 2017 in Woodland Park, Colorado. The campaign, started by TWEEDS Fine Furnishings in Woodland Park to drive business for the community, was opened up to all local business owners in 2009. “We launch the campaign each year with many local businesses participating, and it has always been successful,” said one of the organizers. Traditionally February is the slowest time of the year for local businesses, according to local economic development officials. “Discounts and specials are key to this campaign,” said Mike Perini, a campaign representative. “The public will see heavily discounted products and services, giveaways, two for one offers or one-day only deals during the 2017 FEST.” Campaign representatives have been making recommendations to business owners needing assistance. “We conduct sessions with business owners to help individual participants determine a sales strategy tailored to their specific needs.” This year the campaign moves to a new level,

i.e. a “Coming Home” format for community wide elements to encourage participation and support. “Meandering America has been great for the Moose,” Perini said. “However, nothing is more important than Friends, Family and Friends and he can’t wait to see them again.” Moose sightings have become a local favorite pastime and this year many will wait with anticipation for our newest Fest experience –”Moose Sighting (Selfie) Safari”. Photos with the Moose or Moose-related items that are uploaded on the Moose Facebook page will be entered into a drawing for a great prize. For Family, Friends and Fans, below is the Saturday schedule for 2017. Welcome Home, Moose! The Moose is Coming Home. See His Grand Entrance! WHEN: Saturday, February 11th, 9:30am WHERE: TWEEDS Fine Furnishings Meet in the parking lot at 240 E US Highway 24 in Woodland Park WHY: Save up to 75% Off at TWEEDS! Sweet Treats, Deals & Giveaways and then shop throughout Woodland Park for more offers, specials and drawings. Get your first Moose Pass Sticker Plus pick up instructions to begin the Moose Sighting (Selfie) Safari! HOW: Join the excitement by arriving early for festivities.

The Moose in front of Tweeds Fine Furnishings. Photo By Perini & Associates

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Asset Based Community Development

Asset Based Community Development is a strategy I learned while working for a local nonprofit in Woodland Park. As I study this more, I realize that this is exactly what the innovators are doing regarding the Small Business Revolution. I would like to highlight how exactly this revolution is positively developing the tiny mountain town we know and love as Woodland Park. This guide points out all the ways to build capacity within the community.

Neighborhood Needs vs Community Assets Unemployment business Gangs parks Broken families places of worship Child abuse income and youth Lead poisoning hospitals Welfare cultural groups Dropouts community colleges Crime elderly Graffiti artists Mental Disability Slum Housing book clubs Illiteracy libraries Truancy schools

Get to know your neighbors – create skills inventories. It appears that we are addressing our needs by finding people in the community who

can be an asset to the people of Woodland Park. It appears that all communities have some issues on the right, but definitely not all of the commodities on the left. If you were reading above perhaps you were reminded of all the things we have in Woodland Park; Woodland Park has all of these things! Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a powerful approach that seeks to uncover and use the strengths within communities as a means for sustainable development Individuals Associations – connect groups with similar interests Institutions – look for space, buying power, expertise, employment opportunities and assets Land Exchange Capacity building – set of act that expand effectiveness of organizations Ability to do more with less Internal programs and strategies By focusing on internal programs and strategies, it enables Woodland Park to do more with less. Quality over quantity in numbers. I am proud of the Small Business Revolution and the people who are fighting to keep it local. All the props in the world! Keep it local! By Alyssa Baker

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Small Business Revolution

Did Woodland Park Make the Final Cut? The Strategic Planning Committee for the Woodland Park Small Business Revolution held their last PRE-FINAL meeting and campaign drive on Tuesday, February 7th at the City Building in Woodland Park. In attendance were Mayor Neil Levy, Councilman Val Carr and members of the group tasked with making Woodland Park and the world aware, educated and ready to VOTE on February 9-16 if Woodland Park makes the final cut. Woodland Park was chosen out of 14,000 cities who all submitted 500 word essays depicting why their small towns deserved to win a half million-dollar revitalization grant made possible by the Deluxe Corporation “Small Business Revolution” Program. The hearts of 21 Woodland Park community members won a place in the top 8 small towns chosen to compete. Over the next three months, the Deluxe Corporation and their film crews visited, interviewed and filmed the eight qualifying towns local, small businesses and city officials. Locally, The Strategic Planning Committee formed by Main Street Coordinator Darlene Jensen quickly formed and launched a massive campaign designed to educate and inspire community members to be ready to VOTE if Woodland Park made a second cut to be announced at 5AM Thursday,

February 9th. The eight communities competing is to be cut to five and a popular vote to be held February 9-16 will determine the winner which will be announced on February 22nd on National television morning shows as well as the Wall Street Journal. Television crews will be present at all 5 qualifying towns to film the “live” reactions from each of the five communities. Woodland Park’s Small Business Revolution Announcement Gathering will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. An 8-part television series will be made of the winning town’s revitalization process and aired in major markets. Woodland Park has network commercial advertising, local advertising and billboard advertising in place to broadcast news of its qualification for final round of competition. It will take over 10,000 votes per day to place Woodland Park in the winning. Everyone is encouraged to vote daily for the seven-day voting period. Contest rules permit you to vote on each device you have and on multiple browsers. The Woodland Park Public Library is set to help community members vote on their 31 computers. The Main Street Website will have live links for voting or you may vote directly at By Michelle Perkins

Q: Why should you never breakup with a goalie? A: Because he’s a keeper. Boy: Do you have a date for Valentine’s Day? Girl: Yes, February 14th. Q: What did one boat say to the other? A: “Are you up for a little row-mance?” Q: What did the guy with the broken leg say to his nurse? A: “I’ve got a crutch on you.” source: Reader’s Digest

Girl: “I can’t be your valentine for medical reasons.” Boy: “Really?” Girl: “Yeah, you make me sick!”

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Just as the exciting field of neuroscience can image and measure brain activity in humans, so they are doing the same thing with our canine companions. Yes, when you see a calm dog to whom just about everything is irrelevant, with the exception of his owner petting his back and perhaps the treat bag, he is meditating. The similarities in how a canine brain functions compared to the human brain is quite amazing. That does not mean that your dog actually experiences guilt like you do. It may be hard to convince you of this when you see your dog cower, look away and dip his tail. But the complexities of emotions and properties of self-awareness are not present in dogs and dogs do not experience “guilt” as we do. (Rather, this is a state of either one or all of the following: Confusion, heightened submissiveness or fear.) However, your voice and your tone of voice activate parts of the brain in your dog in the same way your own brain is activated when you hear a voice of someone else. So, there are differences along with grand similarities. And, one of these similarities is that dogs who meditate are calmer, smarter, more obedient and healthier than dogs who don’t. The key? The key is providing places, opportunities and quality time for your dog to be still, calm and in-touch. Just as humans spend more and more time in overdrive, so dogs can easily grow to be highwired, restless and aggressive when their need to “meditate” is not met. Sadly, if our own need to do this is not met, we will surely not meet that need in our four-legged friends. So, as of now, we have looked at two types of “thought therapy” or meditation. ITT (Intentional Thought Therapy) and FTT (Free Thought Therapy). As we conclude this three part introduction into thought therapy, let me do so with a couple of exercises that you can use to invoke the benefits offered and available to you…and your dog. If the title of this series intrigued you, please know that while dogs, in the right setting, meditate without an understanding or intention like ours, they nonetheless naturally experience changes in parts of the brain that benefit overall physical and emotional health, especially in calm and quiet settings. When your dog is calm, unaffected by most of the activity around him

and yet aware, he is meditating. He is exercising thought therapy. He is increasing in emotional, physical and mental health. Try these remedial exercises while you’re enjoying a natural setting; a park, hiking trail, quiet backyard etc. And, perhaps consider taking your pup with you. Over time you will see how your pet picks up on your own energy and meditative skills. If you study these techniques you will notice that they vary in focused intention. We will look at four thought therapy techniques that move from high intention (ITT) down to a lower and less intense FTT. We will begin with a therapy that intends to improve our physical health. First, we will consider how we can influence our immediate physical health through ITT. Secondly we’ll look at “pebbles”. Thirdly, we will learn how a technique called “taking pictures” can bring us to a calm, healthy state and slowly open the door to a FTT state of mind and being. ” Lastly, we will use “progressive relaxation”. Using ITT to Affect Health For this exercise we will focus our intention on pain in our leg. For the sake of time and space here, let’s say we are sure it is a pain caused by “muscles that won’t relax”. It is very helpful in harnessing the power of our brains to understand as much as we can about our own body. While we can’t go into my “short course” on the nine systems of the body, we could easily go online or down to the library and find some information on how the muscles work. We might gather a mental picture of the muscle body and the muscle fibers that make up that muscle (imagine an extension cord and the inside of an extension cord). Then we might see in our mind’s eye how the muscle connects to a bone via a tendon. When we have invested a little time in learning-at a very elementary degree-how a muscle works, we then have the tool to begin ITT. Begin with simple breathing. It works well to just breathe normally for a minute or two and then start counting to yourself as you breathe in. One, two, three, four, five, six, at a comfortable place. Stop momentarily and then breathe out at the exact same pace and count. Next, gradually extend the time you breathe in and out. There is NOT a goal. Do not try to see how long you can hold your breathe or make this anything more

than a gentle, easy technique. As you move into a comfortable pattern of breathing, begin to turn your mind toward your muscular system. To the degree which you understand it, start breathing (and picturing in your mind) things like: “My body is breathing in the healthy functioning of my muscular system”, “the tendons, muscles and ligaments in my body are repairing themselves”. “My body is sending all the necessary resources to the affected area”. Muscle fibers are contracting and relaxing like they are supposed to and like they used to do”. Use these or similar affirmations when breathing in. However, when breathing out, change your intention to thoughts like: “I am breathing out pain, inflammation, disease, illness.” So then, one full slow and intentional sequence may be something such as: “I am breathing in healthy muscular function and relaxed muscle fibers. I am breathing out stress, pain and muscular dysfunction.” Time the words and thought to match the rate of breathing. It will become easy and natural in no time. Create several complete thoughts of your own for using this technique and practice it for 10-20 minutes. Pebbles Secondly, let’s look at pebbles. In fact, reach down at a creek, or along a trail and pick up three small rocks or pebbles. Choose small ones that you can put in your pocket and hold easily in your hand. Find a place to comfortably sit and relax. Begin by feeling each pebble, one at a time, over and over again. The idea here is to name each pebble. Use adjectives and descriptive phrases, and give the pebbles names like, “kindness”, “mindful of the words I speak” or “a genuine listener”. These are things that you are speaking into your own heart, mind and life. Now, begin to get so familiar with the shape and texture of each pebble, quietly calling each one by name and allowing that presence to be more real in your life, even to the point where, if you are walking along and put your hand in your pocket you can identify “kindness” while consequently, your mind affirms that you are becoming that! Taking Pictures Thirdly, let’s look at Taking Pictures. For this exercise you will NOT need a camera. Again, when you are comfortable and preferably in a natural

setting, blink a few times slowly. Each time you blink, imagine you are a camera and blinking is like the lens operating on a camera. So, then choose something fairly close that grabs your attention. Let’s pretend it is a bush next to another bush. Open the lens and notice as much detail about the two bushes. How they touch, or how one blocks your view of the other a little. Perhaps how the color of the bark changes or how the leaves are almost gone. Keep the camera lens open for a minute or so and then close it. Now, with eyes closed, re-create that picture in your mind. Try to bring it to colorful life. How well do you remember it from just moments ago. To intensify your thought try looking down at your nose with your eyes closed. In other words, without opening your eyes move your eyes slowly into the position you would use to look at your own nose and while doing so, re-create that picture. Don’t struggle! After 15-30 seconds, open your eyes and take another picture. Notice how well you remembered it the first time and then do it again, adding more detail such as; the tree several yards behind the bushes, the grass and rock that are off to the left, the way the sun is hitting the snow covered ground to the right etc. When finished, after 5 or 10 pictures, sit still and allow the final picture in your mind to slowly fade and let your mind go wherever it may. Progressive Relaxation Lastly, “Progressive Relaxation” is a long used tool to free the mind and body of stress and hyper functioning. Simply lie on your back (if physically able) and close your eyes while you begin to see your big toe on your right foot. Imagine that toe and truly SEE IT and then begin to feel it relax. Now move to the other big toe. Moving back and forth do the same with each toe. Continue on and start moving up. Spend time at the ankles, the calf muscles, the knee, thighs, hips, and keep going eventually ending with the eyes, ears, top of head etc. This whole process should take no less than 10 minutes and preferably 20 minutes. You may choose to go back down. If I can offer any help, please feel free to contact me through or email at Good luck to you, and your dog! By Brent McClun

Colorado News Colorado Graduation Rates Reach Highest Marks since 2010 State Dropout Rates Also Improve

DENVER --Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education show a marked increase in the statewide graduation rate with 78.9 percent of the students in the Class of 2016 graduating within four years of entering ninth grade, the highest four-year rate since 2010 when there was a change in how the rate was reported. The 2015-16 four-year graduation rate is 1.6 percentage points higher than in 2014-15, when the four-year rate was 77.3 percent. In total, the Class of 2016 had 2,040 more graduates than the Class of 2015. The rate has increased 6.5 percentage points since 2010. Extended year rates for students taking five, six and seven years to graduate also show improvement. “The news is encouraging for the state and shows the continued dedicated commitment of students, parents, teachers and school staff,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “It is motivating that we are moving in the right direction as we all strive to have students graduate prepared for life after high school, whether that is in college or careers.” Dropout rate improves The state’s 2015-16 dropout rate shows an improvement of 0.2 percentage points over the 2014-15 rate, according to today’s data release. The 2015-16 dropout rate is 2.3 percent; the 2014-15 rate was 2.5 percent. Colorado’s public schools saw 584 fewer students drop out in

2015-16 than in the 2014-15 school year. For more information, visit the dropout statistics website. Graduation Rates by Ethnicity and Race The state’s graduation gap between minority students and white students continues to narrow for the Class of 2016. The current graduation gap is 12.5 percent, which narrowed by 0.4 percentage points from the previous year. This represents the sixth consecutive year the racial graduation gap narrowed since 2010. In addition, more minority students are graduating within four years. The four-year graduation rate for minority students is 71.9 percent, an increase of 1.7 percentage points from last year. The table below provides a breakdown of the four-year graduation rate by ethnicity for the Class of 2016. 2015-16 Statewide Four-Year Graduation Rates by Ethnicity and Race American Indian 62.0%, 313 graduates Asian 86.0%, 1,754 graduates Black 71.8%, 2,301 graduates Hispanic 69.9%, 13,787 graduates Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 74.4%, 125 graduates Two or more race 79.1%, 1,627 graduates White 84.4%, 29,935 graduates Graduation Rates by Gender Additionally the statewide, four-year graduation rate for females was 82.7 percent (25,562

graduates) and the male graduation rate was 75.3 percent (24,280 graduates). Updates to the Reporting Procedure In the 2015-16 school year, CDE automated the process districts use to remove duplicate records, which improved the accuracy of graduation and completion rates. For more information, visit the CDE’s graduation rate website. Completion Rate The completion rate is determined by combining all graduates with those who receive a certificate, a designation of high school completion, or a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). In April 2016, CDE began accepting two additional HSED exams in addition to the traditional GED exam: HiSet and TASC. The Class of 2016 had a completion rate of 80.3 percent, reflecting the accomplishment of 868 students who finished their high school education in addition to those that received a traditional diploma. Giving Students More Time Colorado has been persistent in keeping students in high school who fall short of graduation requirements or are participating in their high school’s post-secondary program to earn college credit. Students can remain enrolled beyond their fourth year of high school to graduate in five, six years or seven years after entering high school. A total of 53.4 percent (6,656) of the students in the Class of 2016 who did not complete

high school in the spring are still enrolled and have the opportunity to graduate or complete in 5, 6 or 7 years from entering high school. Tools to Understand the Numbers CDE has created a number of interactive tools and maps to better illustrate how the graduation and dropout rates look across the state. Statewide Four-Year Graduation Rates Class of 2016 78.9%, 49,824 graduates Class of 2015 77.3%, 47,784 graduates Class of 2014 77.3%, 47,486 graduates Statewide Five-Year Graduation Rates Class of 2015 83.3%, 52,242 graduates Class of 2014 81.7%, 51,822 graduates Class of 2013 81.2%, 51,565 graduates Statewide Six-Year Graduation Rates Class of 2014 84.3%, 53,027 graduates Class of 2013 82.5%, 52,565 graduates Class of 2012 81.2%, 52,377 graduates Source: Colorado Department Of Education


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The Moose On The Loose

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Gifts. Décor. Local Manufacturers and Artisans. WHEN: Saturday, February 18th, 10am - 4pm WHERE: TWEEDS Fine Furnishings 240 E US Highway 24, Woodland Park WHY: Incredible Savings, Unique Specials, Offers & More. Show your Patriotism: Buy USA first! Show your Love: Post Moose Sighting Selfies!* HOW: Visit Tweeds to see All-American displays and venture around town to find The Moose. For a schedule of events go to http://www. *Post Selfies at http:// Moose Sighting (Selfie) Safari. How many Moose can you find?! WHEN: Saturday, February 25th, begins at 10am WHERE: Downtown, Woodland Park. Checkin at Tweeds for instructions. WHY: Moose sighting excitement, contests and giveaways, plus a chance to win Moose Bucks to spend at Tweeds. Get a collectible button when you check-in! AND: Wear your Moose apparel for ‘likes’ from other Moose fans, friends, and family. HOW: Take selfies with a moose* and post as you stop and shop at local businesses. *The Moose Mascot, moose themed merchandise, displays, art, and more The Moose is Loose Fest integrates many activities and highlights of our town, bringing delight to those who participate. Adventurers are excited to explore the community through the Moose Tracks Pass, eager to drop off their entries for a chance to win the $500 shopping spree. Kids enjoy the coloring and essay contests, bringing our youngest community members into the festivities. All details can be found in the beautifully designed Fest Event Guide being distributed to more than 10,000 people and available for pick up at TWEEDS (240 E US Hwy 24, Woodland Park, CO 80863) and local participating businesses. Businesses participating in 2017: Alpine Firearms Aspen Groove Creations Brenda’s Boutique CPC Media

Keeping Woodland Park Beautiful Carmen, A Tapas Grill & Bar Charis Bible College Cottages to Castles Edgewood Inn The Cowhand Foxworth – Galbraith Friends of Mueller State Park Gold Hill Wine and Liquor Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce Hot Heads Studios Kitchen Connection Parvati Salon Peggy’s Photo Booth The Picket Fence Pikes Peak Polaris Pikes Peak Regional Hospital PPRH Foundation Gift Shop Shining Mountain Golf Course Snippets and Scraps Floral & Design Starbucks Studio West Aveda Swiss Chalet S.Y.S. Auction and Sales Tweeds Fine Furnishings Tweeds Holiday Home Tour The UPS Store Ute Pass Brewing Co Ute Pass Symphony Guild The Warehouse of Woodland Park Williams Log Cabin Furniture Winter Farmers Market Woodland Country Lodge Woodland Designs Woodland Hardware & Home Woodland Park Pawn & Loan Your Neighborhood Realty Sponsors for 2017: Park State Bank & Trust Pikes Peak Regional Hospital A special Facebook page has been set up to track the Moose during the campaign. View at: TweedsMoose Moose is Loose Coming Home website for details, disclaimers and selfie safari instructions: For more information, please contact: Mike Perini at 719-651-5943. Source: perini & associates

K.W.P.B. Has Big Plans in 2017

It’s the beginning of a new year and numerous community groups are assessing their goals for 2017, evaluating what worked and what didn’t and determining how to change their worlds in less time, with less money, but with extraordinary and stunning impact. The synergy of a group must be where enthusiasm is sustained and the Keep Woodland Park Beautiful committee meeting was no exception to plans big and small for 2017. The annual Spring Clean Up held each year in May is increasing in participation resulting in greater productivity with families, groups and businesses partaking in the morning clean-up efforts and the grand appreciation luncheon provided by Keep Woodland Park Beautiful. Early awareness encourages churches, civic groups and business groups to organize their forces and stand ready with coffee, gloves and picker-uppers in hand. KWPB continues to recognize individual yards with exceptional efforts made to beautify their neighborhoods as well

as area businesses who create inviting spaces for Woodland Park locals and visitors. Last years “Thank You’s” included generous discount coupons from Foxworth-Galbraith and this year additionally including a coupon from The Garden Store, celebrating its first year of business in Woodland Park. Community Awareness of Litter Prevention, Recycling and Bear Awareness regenerates through the community schools and public events and a growing participation of Woodland Park’s youth continues through The Teen Center and the Youth Ambassador programs in the middle and high schools supporting the goals of Keep Woodland Park Beautiful. The very effective Adopt-A-Spot and Adopt-A-Garden programs have enlarged to include new spaces, enhancing the community appeal and livability. Sponsors will be highlighted for their community service as those programs continue to expand the region.

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News of Woodland Park is always seeking editorial from our local community. This includes both written news articles about local events or opinions, as well as Photography! We decided to sit this week out to invite all of our community to submit a local Photo of the Week. Perhaps you got out and took some awesome fall color shots, or are getting ready to take those winter wonderland photos. Whatever the case, News of Woodland Park would love to see what you have to offer! Please email our Editor in Chief, Trevor “Terror” Phipps:

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Keep Woodland Park Beautiful is expanding as well and welcomes new members at any time of the year. You are

encouraged to visit their public meetings held at 6pm the first Monday of each month at City Hall. By Michelle Perkins

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Penrose-St. Francis Provides Healthcare Across Teller County

with her three dogs on the weekends. Penrose Primary Care at Cripple Creek, operated by Centura Health, merged with the school-based health center, which is now known as the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic. Linda accepts scheduled primary care patients and acute care walk ins. The Cripple CreekVictor Mountain Health Clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Penrose-St. Francis continues to operate Penrose Mountain Urgent Care, located at 41 State Highway 67, in Woodland Park. In case of an emergency, please dial 911 or visit the Urgent Care facility in Woodland Park. For more information, please call the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic at (719)689-9230. About Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Mountain life above the clouds has many challenges, but finding excellent healthcare should not be one of them. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is committed to meet the needs and demands of all Cripple Creek and Teller County residents, further strengthening ties to the community through its partnership with Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic. Family Nurse Practitioner Linda Hewett, MSN, FNP-C, has nearly two decades of experience in pediatrics, women’s health, geriatrics and management of complex chronic illnesses. A resident of Teller County for 25 years, Linda’s philosophy of care for her patients combines healingoriented medicine that embraces the whole person. Sports physicals, preventive care, chronic disease management, treatment for minor illnesses, well-child visits, screenings and nutrition counseling are among the services Linda offers at Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Clinic. Linda loves rural mountain living and the opportunities of close personal ties that come with living and working in the same community. She studies Integrative Medicine in her spare time to learn new ways to promote health and loves to hike

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility offering a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services. Penrose-St. Francis was named one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” nine years in a row, 20082016, by Healthgrades, the only recipient in southern Colorado. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health. Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, senior living communities, health neighborhoods, home care and hospice services, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. For more information about Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, visit Source: Andrea Sinclair Communications Specialist Penrose-St. Francis Health Services 719-571-2102 Phone 719-761-9390 Cell

Park State Bank Offers Scholarship To Local Students Do you know a local high school student that is attending college next year? If so the Park State Bank has received an opportunity to offer a scholarship to local students. The Scholarship is announced as the 2017 IBC Scholarship Competition and is sponsored by Colorado’s Independent Community Banks and the Independent Bankers of Colorado. All local students who may be eligible are urged to apply. “Background The Independent Bankers of Colorado (IBC) will award at least two (2) $1,000 one-year scholarships, to be applied towards the cost of tuition, fees and books at a public or private university or college, junior or community college or vocation/trade school. Awardees will be announced the week of April 25, 2017 in conjunction with 2017 Money Smart Week. This is a statewide scholarship contest.” - Perini & Associates The scholarship application outlines all of the requirements to apply for this special scholarship. “The Independent Bankers of Colorado (IBC) will award at least two (2) $1,000 one-year scholarships, to be applied towards the cost of tuition, fees and books at a public or private university or college, junior or community college or vocation/trade school. Awardees will be announced the week of April 25, 2017 in conjunction with 2017 Money Smart Week. Payment will be made directly to the school following enrollment and after classes have begun. This is a statewide scholarship contest. Eligibility Students must be a full-time high school senior attending high school. Student must have applied to and will attend a Colorado or contiguous state, public or private university or college, junior or community college or vocational/ trade school after high school graduation. The student or his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) may not be an employee of the Independent Bankers of Colorado. In addition, due to the far reaching possible ramifications of Amendment 41, Ethics in Government, that amended Colo-

rado’s Constitution, if the student or his/ her parent(s) work for any city, state or county office, you may not be eligible for this scholarship contest. Before applying, please consult with your trusted advisor on this issue. Requirements A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Student must attend a Colorado or contiguous state, public or private university or college, junior or community college or vocational/trade school after high school graduation. Either the student or parent(s)/ guardian(s) have a banking relationship at an IBC member bank or branch for at least six months. To find out if your bank is an IBC member call 303/832-2000. Please note the following financial institutions are not members of the IBC: All credit unions, Wells Fargo, Chase, KeyBank, USBank, and Vectra. Application must be complete, typed and signed by a bank representative. Student must answer the essay question. Deadline for submission to your bank is Friday, March 17, 2017. Selection of Scholarship Recipients The IBC’s independent committee will review all applications from IBC member banks and select at least two $1,000 scholarship winners. Winners will be announced the week of April 24, 2017. The scholarships will not be based on financial need but on the quality of the application, references and essay response. Awards will be presented at the IBC’s Annual Convention on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. Along with the completed application, the student must also submit: 1. Official school transcript with SAT or ACT test scores (or both). 2. Three (3) letters of recommendation. One of which must be from a school counselor or teacher and one personal reference. 3. Verification of acceptance to a public or private university or college, junior or community college or vocational/trade school (if available).” Remember when going to college every penny helps, apply today! By Trevor Phipps

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percent of the total statewide enrollment. In 2015-16 the percentage of students in the 15 largest school districts was 67.5 percent of the total statewide enrollment. The greatest growth in enrollment is in urban-suburban districts, which are districts in cities and suburbs outside of the Denver Metro region. Those districts compromise the areas in and around Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley and Pueblo, which grew by 3,513 students or by 1.4 percent, while districts in outlying towns saw growth of 2.3 percent, an increase of 1,626 students. Denver Metro area schools grew by 459 students for an increase of 0.1 percent from the 2015-16 school year. On the other end of the size spectrum, 132 of Colorado’s 185 districts and BOCES (excluding detention centers) each have an enrollment of fewer than 2,000 students. These 132 agencies currently enroll 65,485 students, 7.2 percent of the total number of students in the state. Of these, 111 enroll fewer than 1,000 students. These 111 local education agencies enroll 4.2 percent of the total number of students in the state. Race and Ethnicity Data The greatest percentage growth (7 percent) in race/ethnicity groups is in students classified as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The pupil count for this group increased from 2,077 in 2015 to 2223 in 2016. The largest count change is in students identified as Hispanic and Latino; their count increased from 300,107 in 2015 to 303,573 in 2016, a 3,466 (1.2 percent) increase. Students


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identified as two or more races increased by 1,995 students, an increase of 5.8 percent over the number of students identified as two or more races in 2015. Fast-Growing Districts Of the districts with greater than 100 students, the Charter School Institute had the largest number of student gains in 2016, adding 1,352 students, which is a 9 percent increase from 2015. Part of the reason the Charter School Institute saw a large increase in 2016 was the addition of four more schools since 2015. Denver Public Schools saw the second largest growth this year with an increase of 897 students, representing a 1 percent increase. Las Animas School District had the largest percentage increase in 2016 with an increase of 120 percent or 642 more students. The majority of that increase is due to two new online schools opening in the district, including AIM Global that had 533 students enrolled for the student October count. There were 20 school districts that saw an increase of 100 students or more in the

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State adds about 5,900 students in 2016-17 school year DENVER -- The Colorado Department of Education announced today the statewide preschool through 12th-grade pupil count for the 2016-17 school year increased by 5,907 over the previous year, bringing the total enrollment to 905,019 public school students. This number represents the total number of students served. This change represents an increase of 0.7 percent, lower than the 1.1 percent growth rate in the 2014-15 school year and lower than the median and mean (average) growth rate of 1.3 percent in the past 20 years. Student population growth is the smallest student increase since 2003 and smallest percentage increase since 1989. But Colorado has not seen a decrease in pupil enrollment since 1988. The largest 15 districts and their current student enrollments are: Denver Public Schools (91,132) Jeffco Public Schools (86,347) Douglas County School District (67,470) Cherry Creek Schools (54,815) Aurora Public Schools (41,797) Adams 12 Five Star Schools (38,818) St. Vrain Valley School District (32,171) Boulder Valley School District (31,189) Poudre School District (29,682) Colorado Springs District 11 (27,911) Academy School District 20 (25,591) Mesa County Valley District 51 (22,105) Greeley-Evans School District 6 (21,950) Falcon School District 49 (20,834) Pueblo City Schools (17,299) These 15 school districts, with a total enrollment of 609,111, represent 67.3 ,




2016-17 school year. Seventeen school districts saw an increase in their student population of 5 percent or more, which is down from 35 districts with a 5 percent or greater increase in the 2015-16 school year. District Decreases Adams 12 Five Star Schools had the largest drop in student enrollment from 39,287 in 2015 to 38,818 in 2016, a decrease of 469 students or 1.2 percent. A total of 77 local education agencies saw enrollment decreases in 2016 totaling 3,699 students. Online Enrollment The 2016-17 enrollment totals include 19,581 students registered in online educational programs. This is 2.2 percent of all students. The online enrollment for 2016 is a 5 percent increase from the 2015 online enrollment count of 18,664. The 2016 enrollment reflects a 21 percent increase over the past five years and 114 percent increase over the past 10 years. Source: Colorado Department Of Education

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It’s Official: Woodland Park Has Gone Mad

Mad with sorted characters planning an eccentric dinner gathering in just a few days! If you must be mad and you must be sorted, at least involve food, am I right? Here’s what my super sleuthing has found…the DL on what I’ve gathered so far: It’s all happening at The Stratford Castle on Highway 67, just past the Shining Mountain Golf Course on your right heading out of town. Used to be a church, IMPACT, I believe. From what I’ve heard, people are assembling on Friday, February 24th from 5:30-9:30PM. You can’t just show up either…you have to have some sort of invitation which you can get while they last at: Kids can come, too…W H A T ? That’s what I heard… They “offer” to keep your kids birth through 5th grade while you are there and kids older are encouraged to come to the gathering….dubious, suspicious, dodgy… Keep your eyes peeled in the few next weeks to THE NEWS OF WOODLAND PARK for any other clues I can uncover as a disquieted and concerned citizen of our By Michelle Perkins peaceful little town of course! See Back Page for Ad


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