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Monument to get $13.5 million senior living center By Dave Betzler firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethesda Senior Living Communities plans to build a $13.5 million, stateof-the-art senior living center along Beacon Lite Road, providing area residents a long-sought option for remaining close to home in their later years, the company announced last week. The facility will be built on a vacant, 3.16-acre parcel at Lincoln Avenue and Beacon Lite Road, south of 2nd Street. Bethesda bought the land for $690,000 in September, according to the El Paso County Assessor’s office. Larry Smith, president of Bethesda Senior Living Communities, said ground will be broken in May with construction expected to take about 18 months. Grand opening tentatively is planned for fall 2017. The project will consist of independent living, assisted-living and memory care within 60 studio, 1- and 2-bed-
To learn more: Bethesda Senior Living Communities will host a community meeting for Tri-Lakes area residents at 6:30 p.m. on April 11 at corporate offices, 15475 Gleneagle Drive. Larry Smith, Bethesda president, will share details of the Monument project and answer questions. For additional information on Bethesda Gardens Monument, contact Angela Green, vice president of sales and marketing at 481-0100, ext 130. room apartments. According to Smith, the new facility has an expanded design footprint, and will provide excellent amenities, as well as having wider hallways, larger windows, and added landscaping. “I’m so excited about this project,” said Smith, a 25-year Bethesda executive, long-time Woodmoor resident and member of the Tri-Lakes Fire District Board.
“I don’t view my work as a job,” Smith said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to serve area seniors and the community. And building this Monument facility reflects our corporate philosophy of enriching lives through service.” The center is a response to demand for services in the face of a rapidly aging population in El Paso County. A 2015 study showed El Paso County has the fastest growing population of peo-
ple 55 and older in the U.S. Demographic research showed 72,000 county residents are 65 or older. The total is expected to nearly triple by 2040, soaring to 200,000. In the Tri-Lakes area, there are 4,016 residents 65 or older, with half of those in Monument. Among those 55 and older, there are See Senior Center on Page 7
Community turns out for Coffee with a Cop Trustees Bornstein, Tooley want to build on first terms By Evan Musick evanmusick.yourpeak email@example.com
Police from Monument, Palmer Lake and El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies descended on a Monument-area coffee shop on Feb. 11 but they were not chasing any bad guys. Instead, they were meeting with good guys. And gals. Anyone, in fact, who wanted to meet with area law enforcement for a friendly chat. It was part of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department new Coffee with a Cop community outreach program and it drew a crowd to Wesley Owen’s Coffee and Café. Topics ranged from security concerns, to personal history, to more serious topics including rehab facilities. Bruce and Carol Baker spoke with Monument Officer Amanda Molnar about how to implement security at a local church. Baker didn’t want to give too many details about the church, simply saying it was in the area. He believed that having security at the church was a good idea. “Don’t want to be a sitting target,” he said. The couple also had the chance to listen to Molnar as she recalled the experience of issuing her first ticket. She said she tries to be fair.
Bornstein Deputy Yaritza Trevino talks with members of the Tri-Lakes community. /Photo by Evan Musick
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“I treat all people with respect,” said Molnar. Standing confidently at a small table, Deputy Michelle Reed opened up what looked like a bulky, military-grade laptop. She explained to a small group how dispatch procedures worked. She showed how dispatches on the top of the screen had been assigned to agents while those on the bottom of the screen were not. “If you’re a real go getter, you self-assign,” she said. Not all of the conversations were as lighthearted. Keith and Beth Lonnquist came
The feeling they had more to give prompted Trustees Jeff Bornstein and Becki Tooley to seek re-election to four-year terms on the Monument Board of Trustees. They join colleague John Howe and five newcomers vying for four open seats in the April 5 election. Another incumbent, Jeff Smith, chose not to run. In separate interviews, Bornstein and Tooley each mentioned that it took time to adjust to the unpaid office of trustee. Now that they’ve settled in, each feels their experience will help them serve even more effectively in a second term. “It took a couple years to figure out the job,” Bornstein said. “There’s a lot to learn as to what we
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to the meeting with a printed sheet of complaints regarding Monument rehab facility located in their neighborhood. They explained that while they believe it is good that help is being provided to people, it is becoming a problem to the neighbors. Trespassing, excess traffic, littering, arguing and other events are just some of the issues the Lonnquists have raised. Beth Lonnquist said that those in the rehab facility are “leaving sober, and coming back drunk.” “In our little world, it’s an explo
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Calendar Visions of Light Exhibit Opening Friday, March 4
What: Opening reception for 7th Annual Visions of Light photo exhibit When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday March 4 Where: Tri-Lake Center for the Arts, 304 Highway 105, Palmer Lake Info: Call 481-0475 or visit trilakesarts.org/ events
Air Force Academy cadets, from left, Cadet 3rd Class Thomas Heckman, Cadet 3rd Class Audra Garrigan, Cadet 2nd Class Eric Albers and Cadet 2nd Class Krista Kelly, coordinated in the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive for Tri-Lakes Cares. /Courtesy photo
Souper Bowl scores big for local food pantry For The Tribune
As millions of Americans were watching the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl, a team of Air Force Academy cadets were helping Tri-Lakes Cares beat hunger. Cadet 3rd Class Thomas Heckman, Cadet 3rd Class Audra Garrigan, Cadet 2nd Class Eric Albers and Cadet 2nd Class Krista Kelly coordinated TLC’s participation in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a nationwide movement to take advantage of the excitement generated
by the NFL football championship and use it to fill food banks in cities across America. Their efforts scored big for TLC, the Monument-based nonprofit organization that tries to improve the lives of area needy by offering emergency relief programs and self-sufficiency classes. TLC collected 1,042 pounds of food from a storefront food drive at Safeway and collected $638 in cash donations. The agency also took in 367 pounds of food from You Give Goods online food drive.
Monument Academy Live Auction Saturday, March 5 What: Green4Green live auction fundraiser When: 5-9 p.m., Saturday, March 5 Where: Monument Academy, 1150 Village Ridge Point, Monument Cost: VIP tickets $50; general admission $30 Info: Auction includes private concert by Miguel Dakota, motorcycle, spa and golf packages and more. Contact: Lance Goraczkowski, 720-346-5138
Palmer Lake Elementary Library fundraiser – Wednesday, March 9
What: Silent auction and dinner When: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 Where: The Depot Restaurant, 11 Primrose St., Palmer Lake Info: Restaurant to donate 50 percent of each bill to buy bookshelves and furniture for library. Contact school at 488-4760 for more details.
As economy surges, Glenn predicts TABOR overrun, urges jobs training
and defended the action. He said years of neglecting county infrastructure was exposed by the 2013 Black Forest fire that burned 14,000 acres, killed two and destroyed 488 homes. “We’ve had fire and floods and our infrastructure is breaking down,” he said. His presentation included a list of transportation projects recently completed, underway or contemplated. It included the construction of pedestrian lanes on Gleneagle Drive to begin this spring. The Highway 105 corridor between I-25 and Highway 83 was another project mentioned. The first phase of construction is to begin on Lake Woodmoor Drive in 2017. Also noted was design work and evaluation underway for $3.9 million in improvements to Monument Hill Road, a 2.4-mile stretch from Lake Woodmoor to County Line Road. Improvements also are contemplated or underway on and around Northgate Boulevard to drainage including Struthers Drive as well as a roundabout to be installed at Struthers and Gleneagle Drive. Also mentioned was a $4.3 million project on 2.2 miles of Beacon Lite Road from Highway 105 to County Line Road to include paving, widening and drainage. Funding is expected to become available later this year or next. Finally, Glenn encouraged county residents to report any road issues including potholes, signs and signals, drainage, dead animals or other issues by calling the county at 520-6460 or emailing dotweb@ elpasoco.com
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The area economy is so improved and tax revenues are coming in so strong that El Paso County may have to refund money to taxpayers or seek permission to keep the overflow, Commissioner Darryl Glenn told a business group. Speaking to the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce at its annual State of the Chamber luncheon Feb. 24, Glenn said Darryl Glenn if tax revenues grow too fast, provisions of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR, could be triggered requiring refunds. “Our economy had been struggling but now I’m seeing improvement,” Glenn said. “The economy is turning around. We’ll be facing TABOR refunds because we’re taking in more than we’re allowed. We’re going to have to ask you if we can keep this money or do we have to give it back.” Glenn said rising property values are part of the reason for the surge in tax revenue. And they are being driven up by booming demand for houses in the wake of the great recession. But he wouldn’t recommend doing anything to slow the growth. He doesn’t believe that’s a proper role of the government to artificially slow growth. “This is a great place to live,” he said. “Property val-
ues are going to continue to rise.” Glenn, who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, covered a variety of other topics in his speech. He showed a slide that ranked El Paso County taxes, per citizen, as the lowest among a group of 10 including Boulder, Weld, Douglas, Jefferson, Larimer, Adams, Arapahoe, Pueblo and Mesa. He strongly urged business leaders to diversify the area’s economy, which is dominated by the Army, with Fort Carson, and the Air Force, with various bases and the Air Force Academy. “Our No. 1 employer is the military,” Glenn said. “If we were to take a hit from the military, there would be a huge impact on our economy. We need to diversify.” He urged private/public partnerships to train the workforce for manufacturing jobs so the area can lure different types of employers. “We need manufacturing jobs but we struggle because we don’t have a globally competitive workforce,” he said. “We need schools teaching trades.” Glenn said he expects the popular Santa Fe Trail to reopen this spring or summer. A seven-mile stretch through the academy was clsoed in May 2015 due to a security threat. He said the trail will be reopened with great security features including cameras and patrols. Also, recent flooding damaged the trail in 39 places over 2.4 miles. Repairs, including seven culvert and concrete creek crossings and costing $480,000, must be made. Glenn noted the closing of Black Forest Road due to erosion of culverts carrying Kettle Creek under it
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Monument staff goes back to drawing board over water rates No Methadone By Bill Vogrin firstname.lastname@example.org
A town hall meeting to brainstorm alternatives to a proposal to increase water rates by 50 percent for 1,000 westside Monument homes and businesses attracted barely a dozen people last week. The meeting was designed to give affected residents and business owners a chance to meet with Town Manager Chris Lowe, his staff and consultants to examine the numbers in depth and discuss other options. The Board of Trustees has been struggling with the water rate increase since staff first came forward with the proposal in October. Lowe argues steep increases are necessary to restore solvency to the water enterprise fund, which has required annual subsidies from the town general fund for 10 years. To date, the subsidies total $433,000. Lowe said the town hasn’t raised water rates since 1996, causing the system to fall far behind the actual cost of providing water, operating and maintaining nine wells, four treatment plants and a storage tank. Many residents are upset because the majority of Monument’s 6,400 or so people get their water from other sources. In essence, they have been paying extra for their neighbors’ water and want the subsidies to end immediately. The Feb. 22 meeting was organized by Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Kaiser. Besides Lowe, the meeting featured public works director Thomas Tharnish and water consultant Will Koger, Steve Marks, who owns the Monument Pla-
za shopping center and laundromat, A.B. Tellez, owner of Rosie’s Diner, and Greg Coopman, a senior citizen activist as well as the former No Methadone in Monument leader and a candidate for the Board of Trustees in the April 5 election. “I think you are being tremendously unfair to businesses,” Marks told Lowe, adding that Monument rates need to stay competitive with surrounding water districts in Woodmoor and Donala. “I understand we need an increase. But it should be in line with other entities.” They quizzed Lowe at length about the need for such a steep increase. Lowe explained, as he has in the past, the proposed base rate is designed to cover basic operating expenses so subsidies can be stopped, provide cash to repay the past transfers, start building an emergency reserve fund of $500,000 and generate money for a $12.2 million water recycling system. “Our losses per year are $40,000 to $45,000,” Lowe said. “We have to put a stop to that.” And he said the emergency reserve fund should actually be closer to $900,000 for the town’s $2 million water utility, but he had compromised at $500,000 to hold down rates. Reimbursing past subsidies is a priority of the Board of Trustees, he said. Kaiser added many east-side residents are “screaming” and they are “mad as hornets” over the subsidies. And developing a new source of water can’t be put off because of the town’s explosive growth. “We’ve got to do significant capital projects,” Lowe said. “We can’t do it if we can’t show lenders our rate struc-
ture will allow us to repay the financing.” Under Lowe’s plan, people using 3,000 gallons of water or less a month would pay a flat monthly rate of $40. Customers using 3,001-6,000 gallons a month would pay an extra $6 per 1,000 gallons. Those using 6,00112,000 would pay an additional $9 per 1,000 gallons over 6,000. Those using 12,001-24,000 gallons a month would pay $11 per 1,000 gallons over 12,000. Those using 24,000 gallons and more would pay a $12.25 surcharge per 1,000 gallons above the threshold. Those rates would climb 8 percent in 2017 and each subsequent year until 2021. Lowe said the $40 base rate is only expected to cover about 32 percent of the water system’s needs. The other 68 percent is expected to be generated by people using far more than 3,000 gallons a month. But he promised to study proposals by the business owners and the public, crunch all the numbers and see if a lower rate is possible. He said the results of the new staff research would be posted online at the town website, townofmonument.org. One suggestion was to scrap the $40 monthly rate and simply charge per gallon. Another was a simple surcharge, such as $5 or $10 a month to stop the subsidies. Still others suggested spreading out the rate increase over a longer period. Marks and Tellez asked Lowe to soften the impact on businesses. The Board of Trustees is expected to vote on new rates at its March 7 meeting.
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The No Methadone in Monument nonprofit group has scheduled a community meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10, in the gym at the St. Peter Catholic School, 124 First St., in Monument. Tom Allen, leader of the group, said he and an attorney will give an update on the legal battle with Colonial Management Group of Orlando, Fla., which is trying to open a facility in downtown Monument to dispense methadone to people addicted to heroin and opiatebased painkillers. The group raised about $39,000 from area residents to oppose Colonial, which leased a building and sought zoning approval to open across the street from Limbach Park and near the school and church. At the town meeting, Allen said he and the group’s attorney will give an overall review and accounting of fundraising and the group’s current financial status. They will review the status of the lawsuit Colonial filed against the town when zoning was denied and the No Methadone group intervened. And the meeting will end with a discussion of the group’s future. Allen recently said he intended to dissolve the group because a district court judge is expected to make a significant ruling that will decide whether the case moves forward.
2016 MVEA BOARD NOMINATIONS Now Open!
Mountain View Electric Association, Inc.’s (MVEA) 75th Annual Meeting is being held on June 2, 2016, at Falcon High School in Falcon. At this meeting two directors will be elected to MVEA’s Board of Directors from the following districts:
District 3: Elbert and surrounding areas to include a portion of the Black Forest (Incumbent Errol Hertneky)
District 5: Ellicott, Fountain, Falcon and surrounding areas (Incumbent Bud Paddock)
The procedure for Director Elections & Member Voting is available on MVEA’s website at www.mvea.coop/community/annual-meeting. If you are interested in being a candidate, please contact a member of the nominating committee, see committee members below. A candidate must be a MVEA member and reside in the district where there is a vacancy. For additional candidate requirements: visit www. mvea.coop/community/annual-meeting, click on “By-laws,” and go to “Article III, Section 2.” Before applying, please contact either MVEA office at 719-775-2861 or 719-495-2283 to verify your district.
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A member may also petition for nomination. Petitions and procedures are available at the Limon Headquarters, 1655 5th St., Limon; or at the Falcon Operations Center, 11140 E. Woodmen Rd, Falcon, or online at www.mvea.coop/community/annual-meeting. Petitions must be signed by 15 members of MVEA and returned to either MVEA office by 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2016. A candidate questionnaire must be completed for either nomination by the committee or nomination by petition. This questionnaire can be found on MVEA’s website or you may pick one up at either office. If you have questions, please contact a member of the nominating committee. Candidate questionnaires must be received by the nominating committee by 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016 for the committee’s consideration. If you are petitioning for nomination, the candidate application must be submitted to either MVEA office with your petition no later than 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2016. Nominating Committee District 3 Earnest Mikita 18298 County Rd 81 Calhan, CO 80808 719-347-2509
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Water rate increase a complicated fairness issue for trustees How often did your parents tell you life isn’t fair? It was true then and it’s true now. And about 1,000 residential and business customers of Monument’s water utility are about to be reminded as they face steep rate increases that were totally avoidable. They will be paying for the sins of previous town staff and trustees, going back 20 years, who either were incompetent or afraid of making difficult decisions. Water rates should have climbed gradually over the last 20 years, a few percentage points at a time, as the cost of drilling, pumping, purifying, testing, storing and delivering water rose. But Monument’s leaders didn’t do their jobs. Rather than raise rates, they simply dipped into the town general fund to keep the water enterprise solvent. Raising rates is never popular. And during years of growth, there was extra cash in the general fund. It was easier to simply shift funds to the water enterprise and worry about the problem later. Well, the deficits have grown and grown. A decade of transfers from the general fund total $433,000. There are many other things the town could do with that money and the current Board of Trustees and Town Manager Chris Lowe have rightly decided it’s
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time to correct the mistakes of their predecessors. Why not just keep shifting money from the general fund, you ask? It’s all public money, right? That’s true. And that might be OK if everyone in Monument was served by the same water utility. Unfortunately, the town utility only serves westside residents. Most Monument residents are customers of other water districts. And they don’t like the idea of their taxes being used to subsidize their neighbors’ water bills. They’d rather see their money used to build parks or trails or spraygrounds or something that would benefit the entire community. One thing that puzzles me is the lack of public outcry among the 1,000 or so customers who will be paying double or more for their water. Only a handful of people and business owners have bothered to appear before the Board of Trustees to voice their concerns. Are they OK with the proposed
rates? Do they need assistance such as an income-based rate? Do they want their rate increases spread out over a longer period of time to soften the impact? Do they care? There’s still a few days before the trustees vote on March 7. If you have concerns or ideas, you need to speak up now. Call, write or visit the Town Hall or your trustees and tell them what you think. Lowe has invited calls and visits. Emails are probably easiest. You can reach Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org. And here’s a list of emails for the
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Pikes Peak National Cemetery brings veterans closer to home “I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance.” – James A. Autry I thought about James Autry’s quote recently, taking some measure of solace in the dignity of my father’s burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver a little more than two years ago. The willingness of American veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. That simple message, and an update briefing on the Pikes Peak National Cemetery progress and challenges was delivered by Victor Fernandez one recent Saturday to Monument Hill Kiwanis. Local veterans universally supported the idea of national cemetery closer to home. “This committee has been the focal point of the Veterans of Southern Colorado for establishment of a National Cemetery to serve our Veterans since May 1999. We have worked with the local, state, and federal elected officials over these past 16 years to seek Veteran’s Administration approval and construction of this National Cemetery. As such, we are proud to submit our recommendation to name our cemetery. We submit: Pikes Peak National Cemetery,” wrote Fernandez, a retired Army colonel and committee chair to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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The name immediately identifies the location of the cemetery site, says Fernandez, and really the only logical choice. “Pikes Peak is visible upon entering the state from Kansas, and from most cities and towns in southeastern Colorado. Pikes Peak is known as ‘America’s Mountain,’ and as the location upon which the words to ‘America the Beautiful’ were written by Katharine Lee Bates in 1913 when she first saw the ‘purple mountain majesties and amber waves of grain’ from the top of the 14,100 foot high Pikes Peak.” In June 2013, the Veterans Administration selected a 374-acre site on the south side of Drennan Road, a mile east of Marksheffel Road, and purchased the site in early 2014. A Parker firm architect and engineering firm released preliminary master design plans in December and Fernandez says “after much pushing from the cemetery committee, the VA erected on the site to I.D. as the future
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Frequent forest fires led to construction of popular area road A hundred years ago, one of the area’s most popular mountain roads often was barely passable. In fact, it was little more than a horse trail. In the 1920s, the Forest Service started upgrading it. Access was needed because, on part of it, they had problems with numerous forest fires. And, at the time, converting mountain trails into roads usable by cars was being done all over the west. The idea of extending it into Colorado Springs was even proposed. This road project was the idea of Pikes Peak district chief, Everard Keithley, who lived in Manitou Springs. His area of responsibility covered what is now the Pike National
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Forest, though in the 1920s, it was not quite as large as it is today. He took on the project of improving the old trail, starting in Woodland Park and working north toward Denver. Once that was about finished, he started working on a couple branches off that road.
One was down into Palmer Lake through one of the problem areas. Mount Herman Road was soon good enough for automobiles. A couple other mountain trails were also improved. In the early 1930s, Keithley started on a new road from Garden of the Gods up the Front Range to the road from Woodland Park. There was even some discussion about taking it to Queen’s Canyon, up behind Glen Eyrie, General Palmer’s old estate. After several protests were raised, this idea went away. Once the main road was finished, it was commonly called the “Keithley Road.” But the official name was the Rampart Range Road. It was generally
closed in the winter, due to problems with snow and wind. This was still a caution as late as the 1970s. A few years ago, I talked about the numerous Balanced Rocks there are in this area. At last count there are four in addition to the one in the Garden of the Gods. One is up near Palmer Lake, but I was unable to locate it. In fact, one of the trails from Rampart Range Road is Balanced Rock Road. I found early pictures of the Mount Herman Road, and there indeed sits the mysterious Balanced Rock. A big nose-like rock, now hidden in the trees on the back side of Mount Herman.
Letters to the Editor Urges oversight of D-38 school board and ties to unions To the Editor, At last month’s Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board meeting, observers watched a local Democrat activist heap unqualified praise on D-38’s board and criticize dissenting voices. He argued that, contrary to complaints about spending and deceit, the incumbents’ November 2015 re-election proves the community trusts this board. He conveniently omitted that 75 percent of the community rejected D-38’s MLO in 2013. Or that the re-elected slate, whose campaign was managed by the same person who has worked board campaigns since
Pomarico in 2007, secretly received $11,000 from the teachers’ union. President Pfoff flatly denied that he is union-backed on his Facebook campaign page, yet the Colorado Secretary of State’s required campaign finance reporting of contributions clearly says otherwise. Despite the advantages of incumbency, $11,000 in glossy mailers, and covert support from the union machine, two of D-38’s incumbent slate received fewer than 55 percent support and one of them lost. Only one-third of our teachers belong to the union, but sadly, the union continues to control the district through its board majority. The D-38 union president, who lives outside the district, praised the large pay-raise the board recently gave the superintendent – even amidst dire warnings about a supposed “fiscal tsunami” in state funding cuts coming in the near fu-
ture. On what planet does labor celebrate large payraises for management? Before the superintendent’s contract vote, the agenda listed a one-year renewal; when it came time to vote, that one year became a three-year extension. As is regularly apparent to meeting observers, Director Sampayo was not in on the secret. She urged the board to balance fiscal responsibility with the need to pay the superintendent’s increased salary. Please attend or watch the D-38 school board meetings online. You’ll see that many of the people who “trust this board” should not be trusted themselves. Traci Burnett Monument
Two Tri-Lakes organizations get Walmart boost By Norma Engelberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Walmart handed out almost half a million philanthropic dollars to central and southeast Colorado nonprofit organizations at its annual Community Celebration on Feb. 19 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Two recipients call the TriLakes area home: Tri-Lakes YMCA and Tri-Lakes Cares.
Younglife: The new basketball court for Young Life events at the YMCA. /Photo by Evan Musick
Tri Lakes YMCA to help youth in new partnership with Young Life By Evan Musick email@example.com
Top: Jerrell Sarminto, left, representing the Tri-Lakes YMCA, which received an award of $5,050 from Monument Walmart Store Manager Mike Blackmon and Community Involvement Coordinator Michelle Xedis. Sarminto said the YMCA will use the funding to give a free membership to every seventh-grader in LewisPalmer School District 38. Bottom: The Tri-Lakes Cares’ medical program received a $25,000 boost from the Walmart State Giving Program. Local stores can give as much as $10,000 to local charities but the big bucks come from the state program. Pictured from left is Monument Walmart Store Manager Mike Blackmon, Tri-Lakes Cares Executive Director Haley Chapin and board member Joe Dague / Photos by Norma Engelberg/The Tribune
In an effort to keep the youth of Tri-Lakes area safe and healthy, the YMCA and Young Life have joined forces, creating a new space for teens to come and hang out. The 5,000-square-foot expansion of the YMCA, under construction since May, will be home to the Young Life Teen Center and host sports and after-school programs. Young Life is a Colorado Springs-based Christian ministry that focuses on young people. Jeremy VanHaitsma, area director for North Colorado Springs and Monument Young Life, said he was excited about its partnership with the YMCA. “Partnership is incredible,” he said. “Excited for greater impact in our community.” VanHaitsma said that he feels there is not much in the area for
If you go The Young Life Teen Center grand opening will be celebrated at 2 p.m., March 5, at the Tri-Lakes YMCA. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by an open house from 2:30-6 p.m.
youth to do, noting the closing of Pinz Bowling Center. “We’re hoping to be able to have an after-school program,” said VanHaitsma. It would be a joint event hosted by both the YMCA and Young Life. Middle school and high school students would be welcome from 2:30 p.m to 6 p.m. At 6 p.m, Young Life would take over the space, hosting its Younglife events for high schoolers and Wyldlife events for middle schoolers. Once a month, events are also in the works and will be held weekend nights. The space is meant to be a
“home away from home…come do your homework, hangout, play,” said VanHaitsma He also said a patio with a fire pit is in future plans. Heather Steinman, executive director Tri Lakes YMCA, said she is excited for the impact the partnership will have in the Tri-Lakes area. “This provides them an alternative to risky behavior,” she said. The new center has a kitchen, a gymnasium, stage and office space for the Young Life staff. Steinman said the aim is to nurture a lifelong love of health and wellness, along with developing leadership skills and spiritual well-being. “We want them to be able to access that for a long and healthy life,” she said regarding the YMCA’s mission of health spirit, mind and body. For more information on Young Life, visit its webpage at tri-lakes. younglife.org.
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Witness to murder not testifying at retrial It took years to convince the courts his trauma was real By Avalon A. Manly firstname.lastname@example.org
Six years ago, Michael Logan saw a man shot to death in a Monument parking lot. It’s not something easily forgotten. In fact, in the years following the deadly June 2010 confrontation outside Big O Tires, Michael Logan has been haunted by what he saw, said his wife, Laura Logan. He took medication to help him cope and he can’t sleep, she said. The stress exacerbated a heart condition, and within months of the trial, he was on the operating table for open-heart surgery. The couple even moved to Arizona to escape the memories of that killing. So when the man convicted in the shooting recently won a new trial from the Colorado Court of Appeals, Michael Logan’s nightmare returned. Fourth Judicial District Attorney prosecutors were trying to force him to testify again. “He’s reliving the whole shooting again,” Laura said. “It’s a nightmare, nonstop.” Here’s what happened: On Aug. 9, 2010, at the Big O Tires in Monument, employee Bradley Blehm and customer Tom McClelland got into a fatal confrontation. McClelland and his sons, Logan, then 18, and Luke, 15, were at the store getting a flat repaired when they reported to the store manager that Blehm was swearing in the garage bay. The manager ordered Blehm to go home. El Paso County Sheriff’s Office detectives later said Blehm had been drinking that morning – his blood alcohol level was at .275. As the McClellands were in their truck preparing to leave, they encountered Blehm, who was waiting for
them at the edge of the parking lot, authorities said. Blehm, 50, confronted Tom McClelland through the window, reaching into the cab of the truck and threatening to kill him, even knocking off his glasses, according to reports. Logan McClelland told investigators he grabbed his father’s .45-caliber gun as Blehm was trying to open the truck’s door. Logan McClelland got out of the truck and opened fire, shooting Blehm seven times, striking him in the chin, chest, shoulder, arm, hand and twice in the back, authorities said. Blehm died on the scene as officers rushed to the parking lot from the police station fewer than 100 yards away. Witness Michael Logan saw the whole thing unfold from where he stood in the Big O Tires parking lot. And he testified at Logan McClelland’s three-week trial in June 2011, helping to convict him of reckless manslaughter. Logan McClelland was acquitted of first-degree murder. For the manslaughter conviction, Logan McClelland was sentenced to six years in prison. But last year, on appeal, Logan McClelland won a new trial due to errors at the first trial. “The whole trial – I think it was fumbled from the beginning,” Michael Logan said. “It was a slam dunk.” But with a retrial looming, it is scheduled for March 7, the Logans started to get calls from prosecutors telling Michael he needed to testify. The Logans were upset because they had filed paperwork with the courts seeking to be excused from testifying due to Michael’s fragile medical state and the ongoing negative impact the shooting and testifying had on him. They assumed he’d been excused. He was not. In October, when Michael Logan failed to appear at a court date for which he had been subpoenaed, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. The Logans managed to get it removed by promising Michael would appear at a new court date this month.
But he just wasn’t up to it, his wife said. The subpoena and the ensuing confrontation opened old wounds. “We came to Arizona to start over,” she said. “Now, all this has brought it all back up again. (Prosecutors) kept calling, asking questions, interrogating him on the phone. How fair is this to our family?” They are particularly upset with deputy prosecutor Amy Finch, whom they accused of harassing Michael Logan to testify. Finch said it’s critical for eyewitnesses to tell a jury what they saw. “We subpoena witnesses that we think have something to add to the case and we think will be important,” she said. But the prosecutor’s office also recognizes violent events are sometimes too much for the witnesses, said Jeff Lindsey, chief deputy district attorney. He said Michael Logan’s reaction and trauma are not uncommon. The condition is described as “secondary victims.” He cited the witnesses to the recent Planned Parenthood and Halloween shootings in Colorado Springs as other examples. “They’re not the ones shot or injured,” he said, “but they can suffer a significant amount of trauma from seeing a terrible crime committed right in front of them.” Finally convinced Michael Logan was, indeed, suffering, prosecutors released him from the subpoena that would have required him to testify this month. Laura hopes they can get back to their lives now, and really start to move on. “Finally, after all this time,” Laura said, who fought hard to protect her husband from further trauma. “I’m not willing to give up my husband.” “I’m hanging in there,” Michael said. “I did what I thought was right, testifying in the first trial. I’m relieved.” Check The Tribune over the next few weeks for trial updates.
Scott Hamilton featured speaker at 7K’s Jump Zone Camp By Danny Summers email@example.com
The way Scott Hamilton sees it, figure skating is at crossroads. “You see where it was, you see kind of what’s been going on for years, and there is a shift,” Hamilton said. “Right now it’s Olympic skating, and what happens in between isn’t noticed as much as it used to be.” The former Olympic Gold medalist was at the Colorado Sports Center in Monument on Feb. 27 helping out with the 7K International Skating Academy Jump Zone Camp. Hamilton was the featured speaker at the camp. He was here to support his friend Kori Aide, owner, founder and artistic director for 7K. “Seeing what Kori’s accomplished, seeing her passions, seeing how she’s kind of ahead of the rest of the industry in understanding how to best prepare athletes, you want to support that and get behind that and learn,” said Hamilton, who is married and lives in the
Former Olympic Gold medal-winning men’s figure skater Scott Hamilton, right, with 7K International Skating Academy founder and technical director Kori Aide./Photo by Danny Summers
Nashville area with his wife, Tracie, and their two children. “I’m kind of old school in many ways, and there’s a new energy that we need to be tapping into, and I think Kori does that far better than anybody else. “What Kori is building here is the complete skater. She’s bringing kids here who have gaps in their skating, and filling those gaps so they can reach the peak of their potential.” Aide, who trains Jason Brown – the
2015 U.S. Men’s National champion and 2014 Sochi Olympics Gold medalist – called on Hamilton to speak with the young figure skaters on a variety of subjects, as well as give a motivational speech. “I’m fortunate enough to have become friends with Scott, and he and I think very much alike in regard to wanting athletes in our sport to leave the sport unbroken,” Aide said. “We actually started our dialogue (a couple of years ago) at the Olympics about coming together and creating a voice for the athletes in our sport. And that doesn’t come down to breaking people in order to make champions.” The campers also got instruction from 7K’s Rohene Ward, who won “Choreographer of the Year” at the 2015 PSA conference in Bloomington, Minnesota. He choreographed the opening ceremonies at the 2016 U.S. Championships. “We’re trying to educate the kids and educate the coaches,” Ward said. ” Aide held her first Jump Zone in
2015. Hamilton was not able to attend that event in person. But he did join the group via a Skype session. Hamilton trained in Denver, back in the day. He considered the famed Broadmoor Skating Club an arch rival. “It was a love-hate relationship,” Hamilton said with a smile. The legendary skater had high praise for the Colorado Sports Center in Monument and the opportunity it offers elite skaters. “Monument (is now) the capital of everything (ice skating),” Hamilton said. “Just trying to stay conscious here at 7,000 feet is a challenge. If you can train for the Olympics here you’re probably going to do pretty well.” Hamilton is one of the most famous American figure skaters in the history of the sport. He won four consecutive U.S and World Championships (198184), and a gold medal at the 1984 Sarajevo (then in Yugoslavia) Games. Hamilton is founder and coach of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, based in Antioch, Tenn.
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9,952 in the Tri-Lakes area, including 5,354 in Monument. But there are no senior living centers, forcing area residents to relocate to Colorado Springs, Castle Rock or Denver as they age and need more help in their daily lives. Besides benefiting area residents, the facility will boost the Monument economy. Smith said the facility is expected to employ 40-50 full and parttime staff, headed by a health services director, certified and non-certified employees and additional nurses. Full occupancy is projected within 24 months of the fall 2017 opening. The announcement was praised by Monument Mayor Rafael Dominguez, who has made it a priority to persuade investors and developers to build senior facilities in town. “I’ve long thought that our com-
munity can do more, and I’m looking forward to working with Bethesda and any future prospective senior living projects to aid in maximizing services and facilities for our seniors,” Dominguez said. Smith thanked the Bethesda Gardens Monument project partners, St. Louis-based Lantz-Biggio Architects LLC and Compass Bank, calling them “a great financial partner.” Bethesda currently operates 19 senior living communities on 16 campuses, across six states. The Monument facility will complement Bethesda’s existing Colorado Springs locations at Broadmoor Court and ViewPointe in the Rockrimmon neighborhood, and add to their portfolio of established facilities in Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Loveland, and Thornton.
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Headed for adventure and helping … but, first a bus ride Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns about Palmer Lake resident Jay Heinlein’s work and adventures in Nepal. Photos and Story by Jay Heinlein Guest columnist
KATHMANDU, Nepal – Lonely Planet describes Kathmandu as “a pupil-dilating experience, a riot of sights, sounds and smells that can quickly lead to sensory overload.” That might be understated. The assault on the senses was immediate upon my arrival in Nepal on Oct. 2, 2015. I traveled more than 30 hours to get here and I quickly learned the Far East is more than just another world away. From the very first moment, there was an in-yourface awareness that I was “not in Kansas anymore.” In spite of the rather intense first impressions, and mind-numbing jetlag, I was eager to explore and discover this new world. I was even more anxious to get started with my old college buddies and their work in Nepal, especially on earthquake-recovery projects, that were already underway. But I didn’t expect that I would get my wish in such a hurry ... it came at me like a Texas flash flood! On Oct 8, just six days after arriving, I was on an inexpensive “locals” commuter bus headed for Dunche, Nepal, along with two new friends Mike and Omar, who had also just arrived from Colorado. Dunche is in the Bagmati Zone, one of the hardesthit areas by the earthquakes just six months earlier. And what a bus trip it was! Let’s just say the Nepalis “make good use of space.” That smokebillowing, rickety bucket of bolts was bursting at the rivets, including triple-seating, three to four deep in the aisles. And it carried a full load of humans and livestock on the roof!
Bottom photo: A plate of Dal Bhat, a Nepali menu staple. / Photo courtesy Chadwick Meyer, destination:Nepal
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The development company I have connected with, Five14Nepal, combines “off the beaten path” adventure tours with development projects in Nepal’s most vulnerable communities. They should simply send everyone on the bus ride I took. Haunting Eastern tunes playing on a scratchy radio loudspeaker couldn’t distract from the bold stench of sweaty people packed tight on the teethjarring ride over washed-out, barely-passable mountain roads. I couldn’t stop thinking how close we all were to imminent death, from a long, careening plunge over cliffs at the edge of the road. It was an experience like none other. The torture and terror lasted for seven hours, including emergency stops for a flat and a battery fire. I was giddy jubilant when it was finally over. Travel tip, if you’re not on a tight budget, I would strongly suggest hiring a four-wheel drive vehicle. But, props to those bus drivers. They should be counted among the most steely-nerved, skillful daredevil wheel-turners in the world, up there with bush pilots. And I did thoroughly enjoy the Dal Bhat lunch stop. I savored it like a last meal. The bus trip was over, but our journey was just beginning. Next, came our first stark encounter with the earthquakes’ devastating destruction and the contrasting heart-melting, joyful resilience of the people of Nepal. I will cover that in my next column, along with an
Top:The narrow road to Dunche, Nepal, was a frightening ride along steep cliffs. Dunche is in the Bagmati Zone, one of the hardest-hit areas by the earthquakes just six months earlier. /Image courtesy of Erika Karmazsin, Trek Earth Below: The bus stopped in Rasuwa District. /Photo by Jay Heinlein / The Tribune
adventure-filled trek in the Himalayas to 15,000-plus feet. More important, I will introduce you to the villagers I met and tell you about the work of our team from Five14Nepal in helping rebuild in Nuwakot, which was completely leveled by the quakes. Jay Heinlein is a lifelong writer, a publishing professional for over 25 years and principal of Heinlein Publishing Services. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Area couple honored by Parks Advisory Board for years of support By Avalon A. Manly email@example.com
Bob and Elly Hostetler have long been supporters of the parks that they love. When Bob began backpacking the Grand Canyon, they joined the Grand Canyon Association, which works to preserve and maintain the canyon. He’s now on the board. One of their favorite playgrounds, Bob said, is Rocky Mountain National Park, so the Hostetlers also support the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, which works to preserve those spaces. So it makes sense they wanted to help the local park they love: Fox Run Park. And they’ve made such an impact that, last month, the El Paso County Parks Advisory Board honored the Hostetlers for their years of support for Fox Run Park. The “Partners in the Park” program was created by the Advisory Board in 2009, after the financial strain of the recession began to set in. It was an attempt to get local businesses and corporations
to help support and make sustainable local public spaces. Shortly after the program’s inception, Bob called the board. “I said: ‘Well, we’re not a business, but would you take support from individuals?’ And it didn’t take her very long to say ‘Sure!’ “As a result, Elly and I have been supporting Fox Run Park (with an annual gift).” Fox Run Park is really close to home for the Hostetlers – just a quick drive around the corner away. They’ve lived in Bent Tree for 22 years, and Fox Run Park is one of their regular haunts. They walk the park’s trails regularly, to relax, for exercise, to explore, to share the spaces they love most – like the perimeter trails in the heart of the park and the lakes in the center – with their kids and grandkids. “We just think that we need to preserve the lands . . . for future generations and make them available for current generations.
“Getting out into the park, into ‘wilderness’ – I say the word with quote marks around it, because it’s hard to say Fox Run is out-and-out wilderness – to get any of us out into the wilderness . . . these days, is really important. “The county park staff has done a wonderful job – on a quite meager budget – of keeping that park in great shape. We just applaud them; if we can give them a little extra money to come up with supplies, we’re happy to do that.” Bob’s and Elly’s contributions are recognized by a plaque inside the park. For a newbie who wants to explore the park, Bob thinks you should just start in the middle. “I would just go to the heart of the park, where the road cuts across somewhat above and north of the lake, hike around the lake, but then take off north up a trail, and just enjoy the relative solitude up north in the area that’s just full of trees and full of trails. Look for the bent Ute Prayer Trees, many of which you can see from the trail.”
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can do and what we cannot.” Tooley echoed his thoughts about the process of adapting to elected office. “It was a steep learning curve,” said Tooley, who had served on the town planning commission before winning a seat on the seven-member board in 2012. Both said they initially ran for office out of a desire to give something back to their adopted hometown. “I came here in 1999,” said Bornstein, who has two children he raised here. “A few years ago, I felt the need to get involved. To give something back.” Ditto for Tooley, who moved here with her family in 2001 and decided to seek office as an example to her three children. “As they got older, I started to realize they learn by example,” she said. “I wanted them to see that involvement is a key. I want them to be active and involved and participate. So I decided to get involved.” Both are proud of the work they’ve done, to date. “My most important accomplishment has been the opportunity to represent the residents of the community in both simple and difficult issues,” Bornstein said. “I take the position very seriously and I’m proud that our community has faith in me to represent their desires without any interruptions.” He pointed specifically to his role last summer when he took center stage as chairman of the fivemember Board of Adjustment as it considered the zoning appeal of a group opposed to a methadone clinic/dispensary that tried to open in downtown Monument. Before several hundred townspeople and area media on Aug. 17, Bornstein presided as the board listened to 3½ hours of emotional testimony on the zoning issue before voting 5-0 to overturn the zoning. Then he led the Board of Trustees to enact a sixmonth moratorium on new clinics, blocking another
If you’re not registered to vote, you can pick up a form from Town Hall, visit its website, or register in person at the County Clerk and Records office in Colorado Springs. To register, you must prove you’ve lived in Colorado for at least 22 days prior to the election. You can register right up to election day. Registered voters will receive a ballot by mail at the address on file with the town. Ballots will be mailed no later than March 21, and can be turned into the ballot box inside Town Hall. Don’t use the white box outside. It is for county, state and national elections, only. Town Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day for voters to drop off their ballots. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 481-2954. And mark March 9 on your calendar. The TriLakes Chamber of Commerce is planning a candidate forum at the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 administrative building, also known as Big Red. attempt to open the methadone facility to give the town time to rewrite its zoning codes. “I’m proud of my position on the methadone clinic, the Board of Adjustment and the moratorium,” Bornstein said. Planning for Monument’s future is a top goal for him in a second term. “Revising our comprehensive plan is so important,” Bornstein said. “Every successful business has a vision or a mission statement. And it changes weekly sometimes. “Our’s hasn’t changed in years. In a comprehensive plan, you close your eyes and ask where do you see Monument in 20 years. Without a comprehensive plan, it’s hard to guide the town in the right direction. We need to update it so we aren’t always just being reactive to things.” He also rates as a top priority solving the town’s
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water issues including setting new rates and deciding whether to build a recycling plant and, if so, how to pay for it. “We can’t put it off anymore,” Bornstein said. Tooley also values planning. “Smart growth doesn’t have to be an oxymoron,” she said. And she, too, believes water is a major issue facing the town. It pains her that water rates were ignored for 20 years and a steep increase is needed. “Water rates have to go up,” she said, reiterating her theme of encouraging the public to speak up and offer ideas. “We’re trying to be as inclusive as possible and we are trying to make it as least-painful as possible.” The increase is necessary, she said, not only to bring rates up to current costs of providing water but to also plan for the future of the town’s water supply. “We need to be aggressive in finding new water and going for reusage,” she said. “Water is our No. 1 concern as far as how we stay viable.” She also wants to continue her work of improving the quality of life in Monument with better parks, trails, open space and community activities. And she wants the community involved in those decisions. “I believe for any community, but especially in a small community, that it’s important for us to reach out there and be inclusive,” she said. Unlike Bornstein’s high-profile work, Tooley is more low-key and she prefers it that way. “You won’t see me making a lot of speeches,” Tooley said. “I like to be behind the scenes and let others shine.” But that doesn’t mean she isn’t busy. “I like to find ways to get people involved,” she said. “I look at our role on the board as being advocates for the town. I encourage people to come and give their ideas. We’re their ambassadors.”
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Monument Academy to raise funds for athletics field By Danny Summers firstname.lastname@example.org
In hopes of raising money for an all-weather, turf field, the Monument Academy is hosting a fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. on March 5. The event is called the Green 4Green Tailgate Kickoff Party. Childcare will be provided. There will be food stations, music and fun. Tickets are $50 for VIP admission, or $35 for general admission. You can purchase tickets online at universe.com/magreen4greentailgatekickoff. The charter school, which opened in 1996, needs $125,000 to cover an existing grass and dirt field with artificial turf, according to Monument Academy PTO president Lance Goraczkowski. “Once we raise $75,000, we can start work on the construction project,” he said. “It will be a 25-year turf, so it should last for generations of kids.” The field should be in place by the end of summer, according to Goraczkowski. The new carpet will not be a fullsized football or soccer field, however. That’s because the school is limited with where and how much room it has to build. The dreaded Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse has claimed vast parts of the land behind the school. The cute little creature is considered an endangered species and is protected in Colorado. “We may not have a full-size field, but at least our teams will be able to practice on a quality field, instead of what we have now,” Goraczkowski said. “They won’t have to worry about the mud and the water and the dirt and the grime.” A full-size field, according to Goraczkowski, could cost upwards of $1 million. Since 1996, Monument Academy has been educating Tri-Lakes area students with high academic standards and expectations. The school’s test scores have remained high, even though as a charter school it operates on less funding than other public
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schools. Monument Academy has 950 students in its building, located at 1150 Village Point. It offers a variety of organized athletic programs that include football, cross country, boys and girls track, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, girls soccer and cheerleading. The school has a full-sized gymnasium, which is perfect for indoor sports. The outdoor sports have to find facilities in the area to host games. Monument Academy is part of the Central Colorado Athletic League, which includes Atlas Preparatory School, Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, Calhan Middle School, Colorado Springs Christian School, Colorado Springs Charter Academy, Colorado Springs School, Ellicott Middle School, James Irwin Charter Middle School, Manitou Springs Middle School, Peyton Middle School, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy, Thomas MacLaren School and The Vanguard School. About a decade ago, Monument Academy offered grades kindergarten through 12. It played boys and girls varsity basketball as a member of the Colorado High School Activities Association. “We decided to go back to what we were doing the very best: K-8,” said Courtney Mitchell, academy spokeswoman. The school has no immediate plans to bring back high school grades, or to move to a new building. So having the fundraiser for the new athletic field is a pretty big priority. The fundraiser will feature both live and silent auctions. There will also be a raffle drawing of a 2008 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle. Silent auction items include a
Monument Academy football teams will have an all-weather turf field to practice on when play begins in August. The charter school is hosting a fundraiser March 5. /Photo courtesy of Monument Academy
private concert with Miguel Dakota, a Lewis-Palmer High School alumnus and former finalist on the television show “America’s Got Talent.” Dakota was at Monument Academy on Feb. 18 helping the school attain its goal of a new turf field. The school’s choir performed and he greeted the students and staff and autographed a guitar and some CDs. Those articles will be auctioned off at the fundraiser. “It’s cool to be able to use music and the things that have happened to me in my life, to help other people, especially when it’s where I grew up in Monument,” Dakota said told the staff and students. Another item will allow the winner to run the town of Monument for a day. The winner will start the day at the mayor’s office with Rafael Dominguez, before heading over the meet with Police Chief
Jake Shirk and then over to Big Red to spend time with District 38 superintendent Karen Brofft. There’s also a Porsche Race Car Experience; an ice skating session with a Olympic Gold Medalist Jason Brown who trains at the Colorado Sports Center in Monument; and a Moen kitchen upgrade. I encourage you to help Monument Academy with its fundraising effort if you are able. The money will be going to a great cause that will enrich the lives of young people.
The Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse is a protected species in Colorado. There are many Preble mice on the land behind Monument Academy, which is preventing the school from building a regulation football and soccer field. /Courtesy photo
Woodmoor man organized floorball event at OTC Anders Buvarp is a native of Sweden By Danny Summers email@example.com
As a youth in Sweden in the 1970s, Anders Buvarp began playing floorball, a type of floor hockey with five field players and a goalkeeper on each side. The sport quickly gained popularity and today is the second-most popular sport in Sweden behind ice hockey. “All you need are a couple of sneakers, a stick, a whiffle ball and a gym,” Buvarp said. “You can get everything you need for under one hundred dollars.” Floorball spread throughout the Scandinavian countries, Europe and parts of Asia, and eventually worked its way to the U.S. and Colorado Springs, now the home to USA Floorball. And USA Floorball is home to Buvarp, who moved to the Tri-Lakes area in 2004 from the Silicon Valley in northern California, where he had been working in software. His passion for floorball increased and soon he was working for the USA Floorball and playing in leagues all
over the state. Recently, Buvard helped organize the 2016 World Floorball Championship Qualifier, which was held at the Olympic Training Center on Feb. 12-14. “Floorball continues to grow in popularity here in the states,” Buvarp said. “Hockey programs have started to use floorball as an important off-ice training tool. “It’s a great sport because it’s easy to learn, fun to play and the games are very fast-paced. A bunch of guys can come together and have a great time for a couple of hours.” Last weekend’s qualifier involved teams from the U.S., Canada and Jamaica. They were competing for two spots at the World Floorball Championships in Riga, Latvia, later this year. Buvarp started planning for the qualifier last summer. “Everything started revving up the last two to three months,” he said. “It’s been crazy.” In conjunction with the qualifier, Floorball Colorado also organized the inaugural edition of the Rocky Mountain Floorball Cup. Athletes from all over the U.S. competed.
Woodmoor resident Anders Buvarp, in red jersey, is the organizer of the World Floorball Championship Qualifiers that was held Feb. 12-14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Buvarp, a native of Sweden, has been involved with the sport for decades./Photo courtesy of Anders Buvarp
There are no floorball leagues in the Tri-Lakes area, but Buvarp said several Colorado Springs high school hockey programs are beginning to incorporate
floorball into their off-season training programs. For more information on floorball go to www.usafloorball.org.
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No. 1 seed Lewis-Palmer moves on to Elite Eight Rangers have won 23 consecutive basketball games By Danny Summers firstname.lastname@example.org
For the seventh time in eight seasons, the Lewis-Palmer High School boys’ basketball team is playing in the Elite Eight. The Rangers host Class 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference rival Vista Ridge at 7 p.m., March 5. Lewis-Palmer defeated Vista Ridge both times they met this season, 39-36 and 79-69. The Rangers reached the Elite Eight with easy playoff victories last week by steamrolling Steamboat Springs, 91-41, and easily beating Evergreen, 77-56, to improve to 24-1. “If we didn’t play well and we slacked off, we might have gotten knocked off,” said Lewis-Palmer senior Jonathan Scott, who leads the Rangers in scoring with 18 points per game. “In playoff time, anyone can come out and play well and beat anyone.” Lewis-Palmer is the No. 1 seed in the 4A tournament and is riding a 23-game winning streak. The Rangers’ loss came to Pueblo South on Dec 3 in the second game of the season. To say the Rangers are on a roll is an understatement. They are as complete a team as any the school has produced
The Lewis-Palmer boys’ basketball team has won 23 consecutive games and is playing in the Elite Eight for the seventh time in eight seasons./Photo courtesy of Nan Strasburger
during its impressive run, which began in 2008-09 when they lost in the Final Four. Lewis-Palmer is averaging 71 points per game this season. They have been held to under 60 points just five times. Defensively, Lewis-Palmer is allowing opponents just 51 points per contest. “We play four full quarters as a team and everyone can play on our team,” Scott said. “We have to come out and play hard and play Lewis-Palmer defense and play like ourselves every game, every night, every second of the game.”
Lewis-Palmer senior Sam Strasburger led the team in scoring in each of the first two playoff games with 24 and 22 points, respectively. “We’re a very deep team,” Strasburger said. “We can play 1 through 12. Every guy on this team can play. There’s no drop-off when we sub.” Vista Ridge, 19-6, is led by Hunter Maldonado, a junior 6-foot-6 forward who averages 21.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He had 16 and 27 points, respectively, in the two games against Lewis-Palmer this season. Vista Ridge is 11-2 over its last 13 games, with its losses coming to Lewis-
Palmer and Sand Creek. Strasburger conceded it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype of looking ahead to a Final Four game March 11 at the University of Colorado’s Coors Events Center. “You have to remember that if we don’t (beat Vista Ridge) we don’t play at Boulder,” he said. “We have to take it one step at a time and all of our focus is on (Vista Ridge).” Senior forward Charlie Hovasse is second on the Rangers in scoring with 13 points per game. “We just love playing with each other,” Hovasse said. “We will do whatever it takes to win the game. We’re very selfless. If one guy’s hitting, we get him the ball. If another guy’s not hitting he does things to help the team.” If Lewis-Palmer defeats Vista Ridge, it would play the winner between Pueblo West (22-3) vs. Denver South (19-6) March 11. The state championship game takes place the following day. “Our most important game is (Vista Ridge),” said Lewis-Palmer coach Bill Benton. “Vista Ridge is a very good basketball team. They are very dangerous. They are very well coached. There’s almost a disadvantage having beat them twice. But we have to stay mentally focused and treat it as if we haven’t played them.”
Rangers’ hockey season ends in first round of playoffs By Danny Summers email@example.com
Lewis-Palmer hockey’s season came to an end Feb. 26 in Hamilton with a 3-2 overtime loss to Steamboat Springs in the first round of the state playoffs. The Rangers (13-6-1) led 1-0 in the first period on a Christian Perry goal. Steamboat tied the score up late in the period. Then senior Tanner Colson put the Rangers back up 2-1 in the second. The score remained that way until 1:35 to go in the third when Steamboat tied things up to force overtime. Lewis-Palmer was outshot 21-6 in the third period and 6-0 in overtime. “They put a lot of pressure on us and we were hanging on for life the last seven minutes of the third period and in overtime,” Jordan said. “It seemed like the puck was in our zone the whole time. We couldn’t even get the puck out of our zone in overtime.” Steamboat lost to Regis Jesuit, 8-0, in the quarterfinals on Feb. 27. L-P brings back the bulk of its team next season. The Rangers graduate just six seniors. There are 35 kids in the program this season between varsity and
junior varsity. “The future looks really bright,” Jordan said. L-P played a quality schedule this season including all four of the teams in the Frozen Four: Regis, Monarch, Ralston Valley and Mountain Vista. Of course, all four defeated L-P. “I’m pleased with how we did this year,” Jordan said. “I think next year we can be a top 4 team in the state.” Perry led the Rangers in scoring with 48 points (25 goals, 23 assists). Senior Nick Roscoe had 15 goals and 22 assists. Also with outstanding seasons on the offensive end were Joseph Duca (6 goals, 7 assists), Nick Pavlik (9, 9) and Connor Dockins (6, 7) Jordan has been the head coach for three seasons. He took over for Steve Fillo, who directed the Rangers to a pair of state championships and four consecutive Frozen Fours in six seasons. Lewis-Palmer was able to put together a JV team this year in large part because of player interest, and an off-season fundraiser that brought in $18,000.
Lewis-Palmer senior Cam Brummond set the Rangers’ career assist record this season. /Courtesy photo
It costs each player about $650 to play high school hockey at Lewis-Palmer, plus their own equipment. The cost is much cheaper than high-level club hockey, which runs upwards of $10,000 per year.
“We need to get new varsity uniforms next year, and with the money we have in our account we will be able to do that,” Jordan said. “This year’s varsity uniforms will be handed down to JV.
Colorado Rampage U-10 team wins Presidents Cup Tourney By Danny Summers firstname.lastname@example.org
The Presidents Day holiday was a whole lot more than a long weekend for the Colorado Rampage under-10 team. It was a championship weekend as the team won the Squirt B Championship of the Presidents Cup Hockey Tournament at the Colorado Sports Center in Monument. The Colorado Rampage, which is based out of the Sports Center, had five teams in the tournament, which featured more than 50 games at the Sports The Colorado Rampage under-10 team won the Squirt B division during the Presidents Day Hockey Tournament last month. The Rampage is based out of the Colorado Sports Center in Monument. Five Rampage teams played in the tournament as the Sports Center hosted more than 50 of the 200 games./ Photo Courtesy of Colorado Rampage
Center. “It feels awesome,” said Rampage forward Trey Hinton. “We came out ready to play.” Grant Taylor scored two goals in the championships game, a 3-0 victory over the Houston Wild. On Feb. 20, the Sports Center was one of 300 host sites across the nation for “Hockey Day in America.” The Sports Center hosted 151 new skaters, ages 4 to 9. According to statistics released by USA Hockey, that was the most kids of any venue in the U.S. “With that many kids, it’s kind of like herding cats,” joked Al Pedersen, a former Boston Bruins defenseman who runs the youth and adult hockey programs at the Sports Center. “The most important thing is that it was an opportunity for kids to get skates on.” The Sports Center provided skates and equipment free for those who attended the camp.
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