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‘Accountability’ slate takes aim at Board of Trustees Four candidates vow to communicate, reflect voters’ priorities

Forum features candidates for Board of Trustees

By Bill Vogrin

At a pivotal Board of Adjustment hearing last Aug. 17, Jeff Bornstein and Shea Medlicott sat side-by-side on the five-member board, which would decide whether a proposed methadone clinic/dispensary would open in downtown Monument. In a front-row seat in the audience sat Greg Coopman, leader of the No Methadone in Monument movement that had dragged the issue before the board for a ruling on the methadone facility’s zoning. Led by Bornstein, as chairman, the Board of Adjustment unanimously voted to overturn the zoning, barring the methadone facility from opening and drawing a roaring standing ovation from the packed hearing room. Now Bornstein, Coopman and Medlicott are together again, and joined by political newcomer Don Wilson, in a bid to win election to Monument’s Board of Trustees and take control over the seven-member board. Bornstein is the only incumbent on



the slate. He is seeking re-election to a second four-year term. The others are first-time candidates. They are seeking election over the other four candidates in the race: incumbents John Howe and Becki Tooley and newcomers Kevin Sorenson and Tim Allen. If elected, the slate members vow to “restore accountability” to the board and Town Hall, starting with the ongoing appeal of the methadone zoning decision. They promise to apply accountability and communication to the process of imposing new water rates and in the rewriting of the critical town comprehensive plan, which will govern growth for the coming decade. They promise to end what they describe as the elitist, authoritarian gov-



erning style of Mayor Rafael Dominguez and the current board. Instead, they say they will employ a more collaborative approach, reaching out to the community, seeking opinions and more freely sharing information. “It’s time to have a board that works for you,” Bornstein said, sounding one of the slate’s common themes. “You’re going to hear the word ‘accountability’ a lot from the four of us. If people ask questions, they deserve an answer.” Bornstein said he has the greatest respect for the current board. But he decided to join the “accountability” slate after meeting with the other candidates and deciding they had a common mission. “We are in sync,” Bornstein said. “We have the same vision. We want

The public is invited to come meet the eight people running for four open seats on the Monument Board of Trustees in the April 5 mail-ballot election. The candidates are scheduled to appear at a public forum at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in the Lewis-Palmer School District administrative building, 146 Jefferson St. The building is known as Big Red. The forum, planned to last two hours, is sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

the board representing the people. I’m hearing a lot of frustration among residents. There’s no communication. We have to change the culture.” Bornstein said his action should not be viewed as “a slam” on the existing board. “They are all good people,” he said. “But the board is very complacent. It is not willing to fight. I understand it. It takes a lot of energy out of you. But I have no desire to sit on the board for another four years like the past four.” Bornstein has separated himself See Board on Page 6

Gleneagle homeowners poised to accept gift of 90 acres Developer only wants 45 acres for homesites By Bill Vogrin

When a developer recently announced plans to build 56 homes on the former 135-acre Gleneagle Golf Course, he also offered neighbors a gift. Developer Scott Gratrix, of G&S Development Inc., told a public meeting of about 200 people that he planned to give 90 acres to the surrounding homeowners association to be preserved as open space. Gratrix said he only needs about 45 acres for the homesites he is developing. And he has no intention of owning and maintaining the remaining land. In fact, Gratrix said he’d already held preliminary conversations with the HOA that governs 649 homes surrounding the abandoned golf course – the Gleneagle Civic Association. Some in the audience were upset at the idea. They don’t want to pay taxes on the land or higher HOA dues to maintain the vast swaths of former fairways, tees, greens and ponds. Still others in the crowd, including residents of the nearby Eagle Villas townhomes, were angry. They weren’t consulted, offered the land nor would they have a voice in what happens to the property. Three days after the Feb. 17 community meeting, the HOA sent a letter to its membership explaining the choice facing residents. The board of the HOA seems poised to accept the property and increase the $45 annual dues its residents pay for mowing, weed-

ing, maintaining the ponds and paying for any trails, picnic facilities, playgrounds, benches, band shelter or other improvement neighbors might want. “The subject of development of the former Gleneagle golf course has been on every board of directors meeting for at least the past 1½ years,” the HOA board said in an unsigned “open letter” to its members, dated Feb. 22. “All of us … want us as an HOA to control our own destiny as a community. The only way to do that is to accept the gift of property that the developer has of-



fered.” A deadline to make a decision looms and likely will be discussed at a March 10 monthly meeting of the Gleneagle Civic Association board. “The commitment to accept the property must be made and an agreement with the developer signed as a legal document not later than mid-March,” the HOA said in its letter. The HOA said it does not need to seek voter approval from the neighborhood to accept the gift. To soothe concerns about the cost involved with the gift, the HOA said it intends to extend covenants to the new houses being planned. That means new homeowners will have to submit all plans to the HOA architectural control committee for approval and pay fees of $127 per application. The new homes also will generate more in annual dues. But Gleneagle residents will have to vote to extend covenants over the new homes and the open space. And the HOA said it intends to start increasing its annual dues by 5 percent per year, the maximum allowed without a vote, to cover costs. The board also explained why it voted in January to support the 56-home development, citing the opportunity to obtain the 90 acres and prevent it from ever being developed in the future. “It has always been the objective to minimize community impacts and maximize the open space and this action met both objectives,” the board said in the letter. No decisions have been made about any improveSee Gleneagle on Page 6

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Calendar Candidate Forum – March 9

What: Candidates for Board of Trustees square off in forum hosted by Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 Where: Lewis-Palmer School District administration building known as Big Red, 146 Jefferson St., Monument Info: Free, two-hour forum

By Avalon A. Manly

Drew Keegan shaved his head last week. It wasn’t a fashion statement. It was a message of support. Drew is one of more than 100 middle schoolers at Discovery Canyon who shaved their heads last week and raised more than $10,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity which works to promote promising research into cures and treatments for childhood cancers. Each March, volunteers around the country host St. Baldrick’s Day events at which participants raise money by shaving their heads in exchange for donations to the foundation.

Methadone Town Meeting – March 10

What: The No Methadone in Monument nonprofit group hosts town meeting When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10 Where: The gym at the St. Peter Catholic School, 124 First St., in Monument. Info: Tom Allen, leader of the group, 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 opiate-based painkillers.

Singer/Songwriters perform – Friday, March 11 What: Bettman and Halpin are the featured act at Black Rose Acoustic Society. Stephanie Bettman is a singer, songwriter and fiddler. Luke Halpin is a master of the guitar and mandolin, plus fiddle and banjo. When: 7 p.m., Friday, March 11 Where: Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road Cost: $10 general public, $5 members/students Info:

In Loving Memory Shirley Ann Allen Shirley Ann Allen passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ February 26, 2016, in Colorado Springs after a brief illness. She was born to the late Hershel L. Cooper and Esther N. (Haynes) Cooper in Del Norte, Colorado, on November 28, 1941. Shirley was treasured by her family and friends, and she will be dearly missed. Shirley is survived by the love of her life, Edgar G. Allen of Palmer Lake. They were married October 27, 1977. She is also survived by her children Timothy J. Eckert of Palmer Lake; Donald H. Eckert (Sara) of Los Osos, California; Robert Daniel Eckert of Vista, California; Judi L. Grado (Robert) of Palmer Lake; and Michelle D. Buczkowski (Joseph) of Monument. Shirley is survived by ten grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Shirley’s grandchildren through Dan Eckert are Cody D. Eckert, Jacob C. Eckert, and Austin J. Eckert. Her grandchildren through Don are Jeffrey C. Eckert and Kai M. Eckert. Her grandchildren through Judi are Darion M. Ives, Derek C. Ives, Anthony R. Grado (Sarah), Sarah E. Grado-Williams (Eric). Her grandchildren through Michelle are David A. Buczkowski, Bianca N. Buczkowski, and Brendan P. Buczkowski. Shirley’s two

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great-grandchildren are Thomas A. Grado and Levi A. Williams. She is also survived by her brother, David H. Cooper of Palmer Lake, and many cousins, nephews, and nieces. Shirley grew up on the West Side of Colorado Springs, and she lived the last 37 years with Ed in Palmer Lake. She was passionate about helping others, especially kids. She showed her love for children by bearing 4, adopting 1, fostering 37, and babysitting hundreds. Some of her other passions included teaching Sunday school at Monument Hill Church for over 20 years, studying the Bible and history, and writing poetry. She and Ed enjoyed spending their time together in the outdoors, raising horses, and traveling the country in their little motor home, discovering history and investigating genealogy. Her faith and family values will live on in the countless people to whom she opened her heart and home. Memorial services will be Friday, March 11, 2016, at Noon at Trinity Lutheran Church, 17750 Knollwood Dr., Monument, CO 80132. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Campus Crusade for Christ to benefit Ryan & Monica Reeves or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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New water rate plan lowers base; critic calls it ‘absurd’ By Bill Vogrin

A plan to increase the cost of water for 1,000 west-side Monument homes and businesses has been modified to reduce the base rate but it still includes steep increases over the next six years. Instead of a $40 base rate for people using 3,000 gallons a month, Town Manager Chris Lowe on Monday was to propose to the Board of Trustees a $31 monthly base rate, which incliudes 1,000 gallons of water. Instead of following up the first year with annual 8 percent rate increases through 2021, Lowe’s new proposal had rates climbing 9.5 percent each of the next six years. By 2021, the base rate for residential customers would be $48.80 a month. Under the plan, the average monthly bill during the winter would jump from $33.75 currently to about $55. That is based on an average of 5,000 gallons of water used a month. By 2021, that average winter bill would be $86.60. During the summer months, when water use typically is much heavier, the average bill would jump from $88.66 currently to $137 in 2016. That is based on an average of 14,000 gallons used per month. By 2021, the average monthly summer bill would be $215.71. Customers using 1,001-6,000 gallons a month would pay an extra $6 per 1,000 gallons. Those using 6,001-12,000 would pay an additional $9 per 1,000 gallons over 6,000. Anyone using 12,001-24,000 gallons a month would pay $11 per 1,000 gallons over 12,000. Those using 24,000



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Motor home fire causes scare on ‘red flag’ afternoon By Bill Vogrin

There was a brief scare last week as a motor home caught fire and burned, sending a plume of black smoke over the north side of Monument amid “red flag” warnings due to high winds and dangerously dry conditions. Crews from the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District and the Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department quickly converged and contained the fire on Tuesday, March 1, in a field on North Washington Street. At the end of the gravel road, past the junk yards, they found the burn-

ing 1995 Rexhall Industries Aerbus. The vehicle was a complete loss, said Tri-Lakes Fire Chief Chris Truty. “No one was inside and no one was injured,” Truty said. The owner of the motor home, who declined to give his name, said he had just bought the vehicle for $10,000 and taken delivery the previous day. “I started it up to move it into the storage yard,” he said. “I smelled smoke. And it was on fire before I knew it.” Smoke and flames from the fire could be seen from across Interstate 25 and it attracted several people to watch the blaze extinguished.

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gallons and more would pay a $12.25 surcharge per 1,000 gallons above the threshold. In a letter to the board, Thomas Tharnish, public works director, defended the revised rates. He noted increases are especially steep because rates have not been significantly adjusted since 1996. Worse, the town’s water enterprise fund has not been solvent in 10 years, requiring subsidies totalling $433,000 from the general fund. A majority of the Board of Trustees has made it a priority to repay the subsidies, as well as to raise the price of water to cover the costs of providing water, operating and maintaining nine wells, four treatment plants and a storage tank. In fact, repayment of the subsidies is being demanded by many residents, who 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. Further, Tharnish said the new rates needed to account for the need to establish a new source of water, envisioned in a $12.2 million water recycling plant. “The proposal before you tonight is a result of countless hours of meetings and feedback taken from citizens and the business community,” Tharnish said in remarks prepared for Monday night’s meeting. “We addressed the concerns of the lower-income or lower-consumption


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Remember the Alamo, get to the forum, meet the candidates, and vote Remember the Alamo! Or, more appropriately, Remember the Methadone Furor and get to Wednesday night’s candidate forum, meet the eight people running for the Monument Board of Trustees in the April 5 election and decide in which direction you want the next board to take the town. The choice couldn’t be more clear. It was only a few months ago that Monument was a hot mess over plans to open a methadone clinic/dispensary across from Limbach Park. Remember the frustration so many of you felt last summer when the methadone issue exploded? I know I was impressed, as a newcomer to town, when hundreds of residents crammed themselves into stuffy meeting rooms for hours to debate the very future of Monument. There was incredible passion on display as folks denounced the plan to open a methadone facility amid family homes, the park and near schools and churches. They rightly feared that a facility, operating seven days a week to sup-


ply methadone to people addicted to heroin and opioid-based painkillers would degrade the historic downtown and attract drug dealers and other criminals, threatening the area’s quality of life. Over and over people dug into their wallets and gave thousands of dollars to hire an attorney to fight the facility. They feared the Board of Trustees would not stand up and fight for the community’s wishes. Board meetings became standingroom-only affairs packed with emotional people harshly criticizing the board for refusing to act out of fear the town would be sued. Well, now is the time for all those people to make their wishes known

again. The April 5 election gives voters in Monument a clear choice forward. Four of the eight people running for four open seats have made it clear they want to take control of the board and change its culture and direction. Incumbent Jeff Bornstein has joined with anti-methadone leader Greg Coopman, activist Shea Medlicott and political novice Don Wilson to demand change. They describe themselves as the “accountability” slate and they want voters to vote them into office together so they can turn things upside down. It’s a little like what Donald Trump is doing to the Republican Party, with-

out all the trash talking and insults. Actually, the accountability slate has engaged in a tiny bit of smash mouth politics directed at Mayor Rafael Dominguez and his style of leadership. But no one has called anyone else a loser, choke artist, liar or con man. Yet. Maybe it will happen Wednesday night at Big Red, the Lewis-Palmer School District administrative building where candidates will meet the public at 6 p.m. in the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce-sponsored forum. Besides the accountability slate, you’ll meet the other candidates, incumbents John Howe and Becki Tooley and newcomers Kevin Sorenson and Tim Allen. Maybe you prefer their positions on methadone and water rates and growth and planning. You won’t know if you don’t go! Whatever it takes, whatever side you are on, get there and get engaged. The future of Monument depends on people like you exercising your right to vote. And you need to be informed of your choices before you do vote. Then, Remember the Alamo!

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 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.

As lawmakers ponder school finance, local district begins budget planning Each spring, our district finance office begins developing the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. For more than seven years, it has been our annual commitment to inform Academy District 20 staff members about all budget considerations and their effects on compensation decisions. I feel it’s also important to let our community know about the budget challenges we face and our commitment to being responsible stewards of public fund. There are many competing interests for revenue at the state level. Statewide, superintendents continue to push for reducing the negative factor and making the education budget a priority after years of drastic cuts. However, it’s not likely full restoration will occur this year. We are disappointed that the governor’s proposal before the Legislature seeks only a $115 million increase


to K-12 education. If that is the final figure, it would mean a $97 per pupil increase in our district – slightly more than $2 million. The cost of giving a 1 percent salary increase to the Academy District 20 staff is about $1.7 million. Colorado legislators will wait for the March revenue forecast before they will begin to focus on the School Finance Act. We will continue to monitor education funding discussions at the state level. Until the School Finance Act is final, it’s difficult to put real numbers to our preliminary budget.

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statutes, and city park and school fee/ land dedication ordinances. The GCNC also heard presentations from Learning Services, Transportation, Technology, Security, Facilities Management and programs such as the Home School Academy and New Opportunities Program. The GCNC has also started hearing from school committees. All elementary school committees and the Academy Calvert K-8 online school have presented their capital needs. The GCNC will continue to hear from school site committees for the next several meetings as middle schools and high schools begin to present their capital needs requests. Mark Hatchell is the superintendent of schools in Academy District 20. He writes a monthly column for The Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @ markhatchell. Like Academy District 20 on Facebook.

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From hoof, to hook, packed on ice, shipped on railcars In the fall, cattle ranchers around Monument would drive their herds off the range and into town to ship them on the railroads to markets in Denver and beyond. The Denver and Rio Grande arrived in 1872 and the Santa Fe in 1892, and both railroads had stockyards in town. Many ranchers had their cattle on government range all summer, and a fair amount of time and effort was involved in checking brands and other busy events of the fall drives. Several days before cattle were driven in, rail companies would line up cattle cars on the sidings, and almost everyone would ship the same day. A switch engine would move cars around as the cattle were loaded, and preservation of local meat stocks were also a part of the process. Several hundred head of cattle, men on well trained horses, local butchers, barkeeps, and ice contractors, and railroad employees had a busy few days. When automatic blocks became available in the 1940s, the process that went on at the two depots in Monument, Pring Station, Greenland, Palmer Lake and Husted all changed. For several years afterward, northbound trains all ran on the old Santa Fe tracks and southbound ran on the D&RG. Santa Fe tracks were eventually torn out in the late fall of 1974. But in the early days, Monument was a meat-eating, beef-producing, package-it-up-and-keep-it cool kind of town. “Chas. Allis had a butcher shop on


the corner of Second and Washington Streets in the 1890s,” noted Lucille Lavelett. “George Betz and John Boling operated a meat market and delivered meat by wagon for several years. “There was Paul’s Meat Market operated by Paul Close and Paul Valentine. When meat was delivered by wagon, the back of the wagon was closed in, with hooks to hang the meat on, a meat block and scales. In the summer time, large tubs were filled with ice to keep the meat cold.” That is where the local ice business came in. Fred Lewis’ wife, Myrtle McKee Lewis, was a teacher in the Lewis Consolidated School (and namesake for Lewis-Palmer District 38). She was the brother-in-law of W.E. Doyle, and went to work for him at the ice company in 1910. Doyle and a partner, Thomas Hanks, had leased what is now known as Monument Lake (then State Reservoir) and built the original ice house. Doyle bought out Hanks in 1909 and improved the operation with new ice houses and a chain-operated conveyor system powered by a steam

Some of the early main meat market men of Monument appear in this photo including George Betz, Charlie Schubarth and Chas. Allis./Photo Courtesy Lecretia Vaile Museum

engine from an old threshing machine leased from Charlie Schubarth. Doyle continued to operate up until the early 1940s. “A spur railroad track was put in to load ice directly into the railroad cars,” wrote Lavelett. “Harvesting at that time was done by man and horses. Power conveying the ice up in houses by horses. “Ice harvest began in the middle of December and the cakes of ice were 24-inches thick after being planed. Twenty-thousand to 30,000 tons were harvested. Four-thousand tons were stored in the houses and the balance shipped to Pueblo and Denver.”

But the ice business was risky, subject not only changing times, but forces of weather including wind, changing climate, water — not to mention transportation and refrigeration technology modes. Still, for a time, the floor of the butcher shop always had about three inches of clean sawdust, changed every week, to keep the ice cold and absorb any spills. And every store, hotel, restaurant and some homes had their own ice house. As a result, Monument was a “meat and potatoes” kind of place. But for the potatoes, that is a different story.

40 Years Ago Tri-Lakes Tribune March 11, 1976 Felt Pals: Each child who attends story hour at the library will receive a felt figure named for them. As they come to storytime sessions, they will add another part-eye, ear, arm or leg until the pal is completed. Story times are on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Children will also sing favorite children’s songs. Children and Poisons Don’t Mix: Children under 5 years account for 77.4 percent of persons who are poisoned each year. “Two year olds lead the pack.” Keep household products, medicines and garden chemicals out of reach of children, locked up and out of sight. Cheerleaders Wins Trophy: An “excellent” trophy

was received by the cheerleading squad in the Colorado Spirit Contest. A “superior” trophy was received by the Pom Pon group. Bicentennial Flag: Mrs. Hartzell’s 2nd grade class made links for the Bicentennial flag. Free Color Portrait: A free 8 x 10 color portrait is a free appreciation gift from the Tribune to subscribers. Lenton brunch: On March 7 at 9:30 a.m. a Lenton Brunch was held at the Woodmoor Inn. It was sponsored by the worship committee of The Church at Woodmoor. Mrs. Gigi Cook, Director of Adult Religious Education for Christian Life Services of Colorado Springs, was speaker. Lent should be a time of joy and self-inspection and climaxes with the festival of Easter commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Funding approved: The Centennial-Bicentennial Commission approved funding for 11 CentennialBicentennial projects in the Pikes Peak region with grants totaling $60,798. Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce was awarded $1,000 for the Woodland Park Centennial Pavilion in the city park. The park will be used for band concerts, plays and other cultural activities. Vows Exchanged: Wedding vows were exchanged by Jan Marie Mansbridge and Robert Walter Christiansen at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the home of the brides’ aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Jares. A buffet dinner was served after the ceremony. The couple will live in Denver, where they are both employed. Compiled by Linda Case

Graduation rates rise statewide, area schools among best By Avalon A. Manly

The Times-Call reports a Longmont-based pilot, 76-year-old Daniel Murray, died March 2 when his antique plane crashed east of Palmer Lake. The newspaper quoted an airport official who said Murray was flying his 1928-vintage biplane to an antique airplane fly-in when it crashed in high winds and burned. A passenger in the plane has not been identified. Photo by Avalon Manly / The Tribune

In 2015, 95.7 percent of high school seniors in Lewis-Palmer School District 38 graduated on time, putting the district far above the statewide average. Academy School District 20 also was well ahead of the average with 90.2 percent of its seniors graduating on time. A report from the Colorado Department of Education shows the class of 2015’s overall on-time graduation rate was 77.3 percent, matching last year’s rate and down a few points from 2013. Graduating “on-time” is when students earn a high school diploma within four years of completing 8th grade.

Dropout rates across the state fell, slightly, for the eighth year in a row, to 2.4 percent (representing 11,114 dropouts) from 2.5 percent the year before. In D-38, the dropout rate was just 0.3 percent while District 20’s dropout rate was slightly higher at 0.5 percent. “In terms of our overall grad rate,” said Lori Benton, D38’s director of assessment and gifted education, “we have terrific students and supportive families that form a terrific partnership with our teachers and staff throughout their educational tenure. “This is why the grad rate is so high! Great kids, amazing teachers, invested community.”

the plan. Senior citizen advocate Greg Coopman, who was invited by Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Kaiser to participate in a town meeting on the issue, harshly denounced the new plan as “absurd.” “This proposal is more costly than the first,” said Coopman, who is run-

ning for the Board of Trustees in the April 5 election. “And they are deceptive in trying to make it look more affordable.” The Board of Trustees was expected to vote on the new rate proposal at the March 7 meeting.

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customer by ensuring that those who use less than 1,000 gallons per month will not pay for that consumption and will only be responsible for the lowered base rate,” Tharnish said. “In order to accomplish our six-year goals, we can-

not lower the base rate any more than what is presented.” The new rates include a reduced base rate for business customers, splitting the earlier proposed increase over a two-year period. Critics wasted no time attacking

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ments in the open space, once the HOA takes ownership. And the future of the ponds is being debated, as well. The HOA said the upper pond near the old clubhouse was offered to the adjacent townhome complex which “seems to regard it as their-own private pond.” However, the townhome owners declined to take ownership of the pond or even contribute to its maintenance.

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from the other six on big issues, starting with his work on the Board of Adjustment and then, immediately after, leading the the Board of Trustees to enact a six-month moratorium on new clinics. He also has been outspoken in his criticism of proposed steep new water rates and the town staff that allowed the rates to get so far behind actual costs. “I’ve been trying to get a breakdown on the water base rates,” Bornstein said, noting recent testy exchanges he’s had during board meetings with town staff. “But getting information is impossible.” He likened the water rates debate to the methadone issue last summer when he said residents were unable to get straight answers from town staff about how the facility was able to quietly get zoning approval. “There have been people on town staff aware of this water issue for years,” he said. “Now, all of a sudden it’s a 9-11. It’s an emergency and it has to be fixed immediately. I’m frustrated and I think residents are frustrated.” Bornstein feels so strongly he felt he had to join the other three candidates at the risk of angering his board colleagues. “It’s a rough one,” he said. “But I’ve talked to John Howe and he understands why I’m doing this. We’re going to remain friends, whatever happens. “But if we don’t do this, we’re going to see at least two years more of what we’ve seen out of the board. I want to get some things done for town. So I’m aligning myself with some sharp guys who aren’t afraid to ask questions and demand answers. That’s not happening now.” That’s certainly true of Coopman and Medlicott, who have shown a willingness to stand up to Dominguez and the board and risk their wrath. Coopman became a regular speaker before the board during the height of the methadone controversy last summer. Often his speeches triggered angry exchanges with board members as he passionately demanded action to block the methadone facility despite insistence from Dominguez and other board members the town risked being sued. And Medlicott, in discussing his candidacy for the board, recently called out Dominguez for his authoritative, top-down, ‘doas-we-say’ style of governing. “It’s a ‘sit down and shut up’ mentality and it’s offensive,” Medlicott said. “I find it to be a personal affront to my Libertarian ideals. That is a horrible place to govern from.” Those words drew an equally harsh response from Dominguez, who said Medlicott lacked the “backbone” to criticize him faceto-face. Medlicott said the mayor also reached out to him privately to relay his anger. But neither candidate is backing down from their

So the Gleneagle Civic Association said if it ends up owning the pond, it will “be maintained to our standards, not theirs” and it will be primarily for use by GCA residents. The future of a lower pond near Huntington Beach Drive is in doubt. It would cost $2,000 to refill with water and upwards of $500 a year to aerate and maintain. The HOA is considering simply filling it with dirt.

Ballots to be mailed soon for April 5 election

Ballots for Monument’s Board of Trustees election will be mailed to active, registered voters beginning March 14 and no later than March 21. Completed ballots, whether mailed or handdelivered, must be received in the Town Clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on April 5. 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. Ballots can be turned in to the ballot box inside Town Hall. Do not 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.

bleak assessments of the current board and town staff. “We need a board that really represents the residents of the community,” Coopman said. “We need real communication, honesty, action and, most important, a board that leads the paid staff of the town rather than a board that is directed by the paid staff.” Coopman said his frustrations with the board are shared by people in Monument he talks to in his campaigning. “I ask people: ‘Do you feel you have been represented well because I don’t, which is why I am running.’ I get a phenomenal response,” he said. Don Wilson said he signed on with the other three after many conversations convinced him they shared a vision and determination to change things. Wilson already called for the town to delay the water rate increase, labeling it “extreme.” And he was unhappy with the way the current board talks to the community. “One my personal big issues is the lack of communication,” Wilson said. “And I’m not for the methadone clinic in any fashion.” He said he wants to make sure town zoning laws are rewritten to ensure Monument is never again surprised by a businessthat could endanger the quality of life.









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Christian homeschooling program gives parents options, support By Avalon A. Manly

When Lori Morrissey’s daughters went to school, she missed them. She didn’t like squeezing their family life in around all their time apart. Then, when the public school her older daughter attended struggled to serve her special needs, Morrissey decided to try homeschooling. She made it work for a few years on her own before she realized there might be a better way. Last year, she founded the Monument Classical Conversations community in Monument to provide a Christian support network to other parents like herself. Classical Conversations is a worldwide homeschooling supplemental program that supports parents “through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families,� according to its website, classicalconversations. com. There are more than 81,000 students enrolled worldwide. It provides curriculum in three stages: grammar, when students memorize a great volume of facts (called “Foundations� in the program); dialectic, when students sort and question facts (“Essentials�); and rhetoric, when the now-teenagers synthesize and apply learning (“Challenge�). Morrissey said the program changed the way she thinks about homeschooling. “(Homeschooling) can be very lonely and challenging,� she said. “But here, we can share and pray for each other.� Parents and students meet weekly at the Northland Community Church in Monument to go over the coming week’s curriculum. Paid tutors – who are also parents with children in the program – then model the week’s lessons for parents or guardians to re-enact with their students. And the church has rooms for the “messy stuff� that parents might be intimidated by or unable to accommodate at home, said Morrissey – things like science experiments and art projects.

There are about 75 students enrolled in Monument’s Classical Conversations program serving students from kindergarten through 10th grade. It is adding a new grade each year. The curriculum covers history, science, English, Latin, geography and math, all through a classical lens. “It’s all comprehensive,� Morrissey said. Parents submit accreditation paperwork when their students are in high school, and many students get to move on to public school or higher education with some college credits already in their back pocket. Ashley Wiersma, whose five-yearold daughter is in the Foundations program. Wiersma is a product of the public school system, and her mom was a public school teacher. She didn’t want to be “a homeschool mom,� but when some friends enrolled their children in Classical Conversations, she couldn’t ignore how their eight-year-old had a new passion for history, or how they thrived academically. After lots of research, she and her husband decided to enroll their thenfour-year-old daughter in the Foundations program. And it’s been great. They can travel – even and up to a month at a time – to expose their daughter to things she wouldn’t otherwise get to experience, without her missing any school. She isn’t missing out on any of the socialization or experiences that Wiersma worried might be lacking in a homeschool program. And she’s learning. “I was a great student,� Wiersma said, “but I don’t remember learning any of what my daughter is learning, especially at age 5. ...She’s starting to understand things at 5 that I’m just starting to understand at 43.� Parents or guardians interested in enrolling their students in Monument’s Classical Conversations program need to download and fill out the online application. New applicants are being considered as of March 1. Tuition is $550 per year for students in the Foundations and Essentials programs, and $1,300 per year for Challenge students.

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Trekking in the Himalayas and village restoration Editor’s note: This is another in a series of columns about Palmer Lake resident Jay Heinlein’s work and adventures in Nepal. By Jay Heinlein Guest Columnist

DUNCHE, Nepal – Less than a week after arriving in Nepal (and still fighting jetlag), I was on my way to my first trekking adventure. Going on a “trek,” is one of the primary objectives of adventure tourists, coming to Nepal. After arriving in Dunche via a harrowing seven hour bus ride, we laid out our backpacks and gear at our lodging place, then went for stroll. Everywhere I looked, I saw stark reminders of a violent shaking in the region, just six months prior. Unsightly piles of rubble replaced once-proud buildings, teeming with activity. Steel rebar, grotesquely bent and tangled, jutted from broken bricks and concrete. Trucks bearing the logos of relief organizations rumbled down the dusty roads of Dunche. And there was a flurry of rebuilding activity happening in every direction. The feeling of loss was tangible. The feeling of hope, created by all the restoration activity, was encouraging.

Houses and heritage structures lie in ruins in Dunche and the Rasuwa District.


As we strolled the village, an angelic little girl ran out of her damaged home to greet us. She struck a pose and welcomed us with the traditional Nepali greeting: “Namaste . . . I bow in honor and respect to the divine light in you.” My heart melted. It is overwhelming to experience the warmth of the Nepalese people and their giggling children. By Western standards, they have little. But they are so generous and welcom- Little girl in pink… ing. I was moved beyond “Namaste” … I bow in honor words. and respect to the divine light in you — at Dunche, I made the trip with Five14nepal, which com- Rasuwa bines trekking adventures with humanitarian projects in Nepal’s most vulnerable communities. Right away, I joined a group for an eight-day trek on foot. We hiked and climbed, covering about 30 miles on foot and reaching well over 15,000 feet. The ascent was both excruciating and euphoric. The physical feat was a personal best for me. Staying in tea-houses along the way was a highlight. It was like going back in time. We gathered around wood-burning stoves with other foreigners, drank tea, warmed our bones and shared tales. We enjoyed one solar-heated shower in eight days. We descended in the dark, into the partner village in the Nuwakot District. One man, passing us in the night blackness, shouted loudly at us in Nepali, as we went down the treacherous path. I thought he was angry about something. Turned out he was actually ecstatic and weeping for joy. We were the first foreigners to come visit as “tourists” in five months since the earthquake. The only other outside visits to their remote mountain village were rescue and relief efforts. Despite being shaky, exhausted and spent, I knew in that moment, we were in the right place, at the

The breathtaking view of Mount Langtang in the National Park.

Below:The view at the top! The trek was hard, really hard! The views were overwhelmingly beautiful and moving. The accomplished feeling at the end, indescribable!

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Time to turn the page and focus on spring sports Golf and tennis underway; remaining sports start play March 10 By Danny Summers

There are still a few days remaining in the prep winter sports season, but spring sports are in full swing and that is good news for Tri-Lakes area high school athletes. They thrive this time of the year. On Feb. 29, spring sports teams began practicing. Girls golf and tennis teams were able to begin play on March 3. Everyone else is allowed to have their first contests March 10. Tri-Lakes area spring teams enjoyed monumental success in 2015. The Lewis-Palmer girls’ soccer team posted a 17-2-1 record advanced to the Class 4A finals, losing to perennial statepower Cheyenne Mountain on penalty kicks. The Rangers return most of their team, led by junior Bri Alger (teamleading 24 goals, 9 assists), and seniors Sarah Lyons (14 goals, 5 assists), and goalkeeper Haley Arsenault (just seven goals allowed). The Classical Academy girls’ soccer team dominated the 4A Metro League in its first season after moving up from 3A. The Titans return a plethora of stars, including junior Hannah Burgo (20 goals, 15 assists), seniors Mikayla Murphy (14, 9) and Catalina Hernandez (9, 11), and sophomore Alison Smith (12, 12). The Titans play the toughest non-


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league schedule of any team in the area. They open at Air Academy on March 10, followed by matches against Lewis-Palmer, Cheyenne Mountain and Palmer Ridge. TCA swept those teams in 2015. L-P’s baseball team went 22-4 and advanced to the 4A state championship game last spring. The Rangers return one of the best players in the state in senior Paul Tillotson. The right-hander has already committed to the University of Nebraska and he could be a high-round selection in June’s amateur draft. Tillotson was 8-1 with a 1.62 ERA to go along with school-record 145 strikeouts in 78 innings. He walked just 22. He was the best hitter on the team, posting a .446 batting average to go along with six home runs and 32 RBIs. Brett Lester takes over as the head coach of the Rangers, replacing Tom McCabe, who was fired in June. TCA also has a new baseball coach in Bart Jennings, who takes over Matt Tisthammer. Jennings in TCA’s third coach in three seasons. The Palmer Ridge boys’ track team is the two-time defending 4A state

Lewis-Palmer senior Paul Tillotson delivers a pitch during a game against Palmer Ridge last season. Tillotson has signed with the University of Nebraska. //Photo by Danny Summers / The Tribune

champion. The Bears are led by Indiana-bound sprinter Caleb Ojennes. He won the 200 meters and 400 meters state title last season, and finished third in the 100. Ojennes ran anchor on the Bears state-winning 4x400 relay team. Also back on the 4x400 relay team is senior Bailey Rosenstrauch and junior Brandon Pappas. Also back for the Bears is senior Kyle Rex, who won the state pole vault title last season with a leap of 15 feet. Rex began his career at Lewis-Palmer. The Classical Academy anchored by senior Alex Miller, who finished second in the 300 hurdles last season and ninth in the 110 hurdles.

TCA girls are led by senior Andrea Willis, who was the girls’ 4A state pole vault champ (12-6). Palmer Ridge’s Kellsey Sample had a splendid sophomore season on the links, finishing tied for 13th at the 4A state golf tournament. She fired an 81 and 85 at River Valley Ranch in Loveland. Discovery Canyon’s tennis team will be led by senior Gabriella Hesse, who hopes to build upon her success. Last season she won a first-round state match in No. 1 singles. Other spring sports to watch for are boys and girls lacrosse, and boys swimming.

Palmer Ridge High School basketball players and coaches pose for a picture with Special Olympics basketball players on March 5. Palmer Ridge worked a camp as part of a community service project./Photo courtesy of Ilanit Bennaim

Special Olympians get instruction Stunning end to the Rangers’ season from Palmer Ridge basketball players

Sam Strasburger, No. 22, and teammate Joe DeCoud go up for a rebound during Lewis-Palmer’s 52-47 quarterfinals loss to Vista Ridge on March 5./Photo Courtesy Nan Strasburger

Vista Ridge defense frustrates top-rated L-P By Danny Summers

When the final buzzer sounded in the Lewis-Palmer High School gymnasium on March 5, it not only signaled the end of the season for the Rangers’ boys’ basketball team, but the end of an era for five seniors. Jonathan Scott, Sam Strasburger, Kyle Owens, Joe DeCoud and Charlie Hovasse had played hundreds of games together since they first met up in middle school as eighth graders. They celebrated the school’s back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013, and strived to add another Gold Ball to the school’s already jammed trophy case. But Vista Ridge frustrated L-P with a

zone defense and poor outside shooting doomed the Rangers as they fell 5247 in the Class 4A quarterfinals. The defeat clearly shocked the five seniors, who found it difficult to accept and say goodbye. “I don’t get to play with my best friends anymore,” said DeCoud, as his eyes welled up with tears. “I’ve gone through the ups and downs with those guys, and it stinks that I don’t get to play with them another week and try to get what we all wanted. “We all said this was going to be our year. But this just stinks that it’s over.” Lewis-Palmer (24-2) was the No. 1 overall seed in the 4A tournament and was heavily favored heading into the Great Eight matchup before a home crowd of close to 2,000. They were riding 23-game winning streak, and were See Rangers on Page 10

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Turns out the special story of the Palmer Ridge High School boys basketball team and its manager Yariv Bennaim wasn’t quite over when he took the court in the closing minutes of the “Senior Night” game Feb. 17 and scored a couple buckets. The story continued on March 5 when Noah McLain and several of his Bears basketball teammates gathered in the Woodmen Valley Chapel gymnasium to offer instruction and support to Special Olympics youth and adult basketball players. “We want to give them the opportunity that we get at school,” said McLain, who served as one of Palmer Ridge’s captains this season. “We want to come here and help them get better at bas-

ketball and help them do the things they want to do. We just try to make this fun and interact with them” The event was a community service project for Palmer Ridge and the Special Olympics program was chosen, in large part, because of the relationship the team has with Bennaim, who, besides serving four years as a Palmer Ridge team manager and statistician also is a Special Olympian. “Since Yariv has been part of our program, we like to work with Special Olympics,” said Palmer Ridge head coach Nik Mayer, who helped coordinate the event with Yariv’s mother, Ilanit. “He gives so much to us, so we want to give back to him. And it helps our guys to see how blessed they are.” Palmer Ridge players and coaches offered instruction on dribbling, shootSee Olympians on Page 11

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winners of 40 of 44 games over two seasons. In addition, L-P had won 19 consecutive home games dating to Jan. 7, 2015. And the Rangers was 10-0 against Vista Ridge, including two wins this season during Pikes Peak Athletic Conference play The Rangers had roared through their first two playoff games, scoring 91 and 77 points, respectively. But Vista Ridge didn’t let the Rangers dictate the pace of the latest matchup. The Wolves used a zone defense to force the Rangers to shoot from the outside. And many of those shots didn’t fall. Still, L-P seemed in control as a Scott 3-pointer (he had a team-high 13 points) with 7:25 remaining in the third quarter gave the Rangers a 28-22 lead. But Vista Ridge went on an 8-0 run. Lewis-Palmer answered and took a 32-30 lead on an Owens layup with 4:52 remaining in the quarter. Then the Rangers’ offense went cold as Vista Ridge went on a 26-6 run. Strasburger (7 points) scored a layup with 2:33 remaining in the third. Those would be the last points L-P would score for nearly eight minutes as the Wolves built a 48-34 lead. Rangers’ junior Eli Burkett ended the drought when he came off the bench to drain a 3-pointer at the 2:51 mark of the fourth. “This is heartbreaking,” said Hovasse, who scored the Rangers’ first nine points to begin the game and ended with 12. “I love playing with these guys. This is the most fun I’ve ever had.” Hovasse added that he will be rooting for Vista Ridge to win the state championship. “I believe they can do it. They are so physical and so strong as a team.” Scott’s said he also will be rooting for Vista Ridge this weekend, but his teammates were first and foremost on his mind. “This group is an amazing group to play with and the fact it’s over is really hard,” Scott said. “A lot of us are going to try and play in college, but it’s not going to be the same because we won’t be together. This is just so tough.” Scott, Strasburger, DeCoud and Owens actually started playing on club teams as early as fifth grade. “What this group accomplished is not diminished by this game,” said Lewis-Palmer coach Bill Benton. “To get to the round of eight with a bullseye on their back is quite an accomplishment. They are a great example of what it means to be a Ranger.” Looking at this year’s varsity roster, it looks like Lewis-Palmer will be senior heavy again next season as six juniors are expected to return. The only underclassmen on this year’s squad was Joel Scott, a freshman, and the last of the five Scott brothers.

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Steven Leonard baseball Colorado Rockies Leonard, a Palmer Ridge High School graduate, is in his first spring training camp with the Colorado Rockies organization. He was selected by the Rockies in the 23rd round of last June’s amateur draft out of Campbell College. He played for the short-season low Single-W Boise Hawks of the Northwest League, batting .250 with one home run and 11 RBIs. He is listed as a catcher. Ali Meyer basketball Colorado Christian Meyer, a 2014 Palmer Ridge High School graduate and Monument resident, was recently named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball second team. Meyer, a 6-foot1 center, averaged 9.5 points 8.6 rebounds for the Cougars this season. She helped the team to a first-round upset victory over Black Hills State in the RMAC tournament on Feb. 29. Kate Louthan basketball Colorado Christian Louthan, a Monument resident and Air Academy High School graduate, was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball second team. Louthan, a guard, leads the team in scoring 14.2 points per game. She is also the team leader in steals (50) and assists per game (3.6).

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Public Notices


WHEREAS, on March 29, 2004 a certain Deed of Trust was executed by James H. O’Dell and Theresa O’Dell as Grantors in favor of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. as Grantee and the Public Trustee of El Paso, Colorado as Trustee, and was recorded at Reception Number 204053888 on April 5, 2004 in the office of the clerk and recorder of the County of El Paso, Colorado; and WHEREAS, the Deed of Trust was insured by the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (the Secretary) pursuant to the National Housing Act for the purpose of providing a single family housing; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest of the Deed of Trust is now owned by the Secretary, pursuant to an assignment recorded on December 5, 2011 at Reception Number 211119794 in the office of the Clerk and recorder of the County of El Paso, Colorado. WHEREAS, a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of the Deed of Trust in that Paragraph 9 (a) (i) has been violated; and WHEREAS, the entire amount delinquent as of February 12, 2016 is $190,137.32; and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Deed of Trust to be immediately due and payable; NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, 12 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR part 27, subpart B, and by the Secretary’s designation of me as Foreclosure Commissioner, recorded on February 16, 2016 at Reception No. 216015261, notice is hereby given that on March 30, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. local time, all real and person property at or used in connection with the following described premises (“Property”) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: LOT 16 IN BLOCK 2 IN PALMER PARK SUBDIVISION NO. 3, FILING NO. 6, COUNTY OF EL PASO, STATE OF COLORADO. Commonly known as: 3640 Agate Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 The sale will be held at 3640 Agate Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development will bid the lesser amount of the loan balance or the appraised value obtained by the Secretary prior to sale. There will be no proration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before closing, his prorate share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making their bids, all bidders except the Secretary must submit a deposit totaling 10% of the Secretary’s bid in the form of a certified check or cashier’s check made out to the Secretary of HUD. A deposit need not be accompany each oral bid. If the successful bid is oral, a deposit of 10% of the Secretary’s bid must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within 30 days of the sale or at such other time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier’s check. If the Secretary is the highest bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveying fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery date of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extension will be for 15­day increments for a fee of $500.00, paid in advance. The extension fee shall be in the form of certified or cashier’s check made payable to the Secretary of HUD. If the high bidder closes the sale prior to the expiration of any extension period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder may be required to forfeit the cash deposit, or at the election of the foreclosure commissioner after consultation with the HUD representative, will be liable to HUD for any costs incurred as a result of such failure. The Commissioner may, at the direction of the HUD representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder for an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accordance with the terms of the sale as provided herein, HUD does not guarantee that the property will be vacant. The scheduled foreclosure sale shall be cancelled or adjourned if it is established, by documented written application of the mortgagor to the Foreclosure Commissioner no less than three (3) days before the date of sale, or otherwise, that the default or defaults upon which the foreclosure is based did not exist at the time of service of this notice of default and foreclosure sale, or all amounts due under the mortgage agreement are tendered to the Foreclosure Commissioner, in the form of a certified cashier’s check payable to the Secretary of HUD, before the public auction of the property is completed. The amount that must be paid if the mortgage is to be reinstated prior to the scheduled sale is $190,137.32 as of February 12, 2016,​plus all other amounts that would be due under the mortgage agreement if payments under the deed of trust had not been accelerated, advertising costs and postage expenses incurred in giving notice, mileage by the most reasonable road distance for posting notices and for the Foreclosure Commissioner’s attendance at the sale, reasonable and customary costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessary out of pocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure prior to reinstatement. Tender of payment by certified or cashier’s check or application for cancellation of the foreclosure sale shall be submitted to the address of the Foreclosure Commissioner provided below. Dated: February 19, 2016

_s/ Deanne R. Stodden_____________ Foreclosure Commissioner Deanne R. Stodden #33214 999 18​th​ Street, Suite S­1500 Denver, CO 80202 (303) 861­8888


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Palmer Lake Sanitation District of El Paso County, Colorado, that at the close of business on the sixty-third day before the election, there were not more candidates for director than offices to be filled including candidates filing affidavits of intent to be write-in candidates; therefore, the regular election to be held on May 3, 2016, is hereby canceled pursuant to Section 1-13.5-513(6), C.R.S. The following candidates are hereby declared elected: Mark Bruce elected to a 2-year term (2016-2018) Patricia Smith_________ elected to a 2-year term (2016-2018) Eddie Kinney _________ elected to a 2-year term (2016-2018) Dated this 1st day of March, 2016. PALMER LAKE SANITATION DISTRICT /s/ Becky Orcutt Designated Election Official 519_0309*1


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ing and passing, among other skills. “This is a good thing to do, it’s nice to help, and it’s fun,” said Palmer Ridge sophomore Nick Boldvich said. “It’s great to see their passion for basketball, like we have. This is their escape. It’s nice to have that in common.” The last part of the camp involved a game. The Sharks defeated Rams in a close, and very friendly contest. “I scored 19 points,” said Yariv Bennaim, the Sharks’ main attraction. “I also had a 3-point basket.” Palmer Ridge players who worked the camp ranged from varsity to C squad members. The list also included Nathan Kugler, Zach Hester and Chase Perconti, Braeden Mukpik, Jaden Sparks, Jacob Barteld and Chance Foster. Among the goals of Palmer Ridge’s basketball program is to develop students into great players, but more importantly quality leaders and men of character. “Today they showed not only how great they all are as Palmer Ridge athletes, but they have shown that they all are quality leaders and men of character on and off the court,” Ilanit Bennaim said. “Their service today showed character and compassion to people who are unique. “The Special Olympics appreciates them stepping

up and helping show that people who are unique should still be afforded respect, integrity and inclusion.” Dan Bathje’s daughter, Emily, was among the Special Olympians who benefited from the instruction of the Palmer Ridge players and coaches. “The thing about Special Olympics kids is that they are so pure and innocent,” Dan Bathje said. “They love the attention, and it’s great when guys like this come out and not only pay attention to them, but teach them some skills.” Woodmen Valley has been instrumental in helping to serve the needs of the Special Olympics basketball players. The church donates its gym free of charge each Saturday during the season. The Special Olympics motto is: “Through the power of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.” The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate. For more information on Special Olympics Colorado go to:

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