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McClelland acquitted: verdict reverses 2011 conviction

Monument Academy, D-38 disagree about 1999 funding

By Avalon A. Manly

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Leadville resident Logan McClelland, who shot a mechanic to death in the parking lot of Big O Tires in Monument in 2010, was absolved of any wrongdoing last week, when a jury determined he acted reasonably in self-defense. An El Paso County jury acquitted McClelland of manslaughter at retrial, overturning his 2011 conviction. It came after McClelland served several years in prison and was paroled in the killing of Big O mechanic Bradley Blehm. On Thursday, following three days of deliberation and a week of testimony, the jury unanimously ruled McClelland, now 24, was justified to use deadly force against the 50-year-old Blehm. The shooting occurred during a confrontation between Blehm, who was on foot, and McClelland’s father, who was driving in a truck in which his son was a passenger. The elder McClelland had complained to a Big O manager about the behavior of Blehm and the mechanic was sent home. Authorities said Blehm, who was drunk, approached the truck and began verbally abusing McClelland’s father through the window and making threats of violence. Public defender Jenny Cox had argued to jurors that McClelland, who was 18 at the time of the incident, acted “reasonably” when he took his father’s gun, got out of the truck and fired seven shots into Blehm after what was described as a violent struggle through the truck window. McClelland was convicted of reckless manslaughter at his 2011 trial. He was sentenced to six years in prison and had been paroled when the Colorado Court of Appeals last year reversed the judgement in the case, setting up the retrial. McClelland could not have received See McClelland on Page 3

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By Avalon A. Manly

Monument Academy is celebrating its 20th anniversary as one of the oldest and most successful public charter schools in Colorado, boasting 950 students in grades kindergarten through 8. And it could be marking the end of its relationship with its authorizing district, Lewis-Palmer School District 38, because of a dispute over distribution of a 1999 property tax mill levy override. For months, the two sides have been negotiating a new five-year operating contract but they said they have reached an impasse over the tax distribution issue. The dispute erupted at the D-38 School Board meeting on March 16. In 1999, voters approved a mill levy override to provide more tax money to schools in D-38, which are financed through a combination of property

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taxes, state and federal funds and perpupil allocations. The wording of the original ballot did not explicitly exclude Monument Academy from a share of the money raised by the override. But it has not received a share of revenue.

It was common, at the time, for charter schools to be excluded from mill levy override funding, as they tended to not have the longevity of public schools. And Monument Academy was in its infancy, only three See Monument on Page 11

Getting past the ‘yuck’ factor Monument explores recycling wastewater into drinking water By Bill Vogrin

During the five-month debate over Monument water rates, town staff frequently cited the need to develop new sources of water as one of the reasons for steep increases. Water isn’t cheap and it’s getting more expensive for the town’s nine wells to pump it from the depths of the Denver Basin aquifer. New housing and businesses are fueling demand for more water. Drilling a new well would cost about $1.5 million. But with the aquifer dropping, it would be a questionable investment. Then there’s the option of buying surface water rights, which is even more expensive. In 2011, the Woodmoor Water and Sanitation Board voted to pay $30 million to buy 3,300 acres of the JV Ranch near Fountain for its water rights. To pay for it, the district imposed POSTAL ADDRESS


Don Griffin, executive director of Monument Academy, thinks it’s clear that the charter should receive a share of the 1999 MLO funds going forward. /Photo by Avalon A Manly for The Tribune

a $45 monthly fee on its 8,741 customers. Still to be solved is the issue of delivery. It will need to build a 44mile pipeline and treatment facility – a long and expensive project as Colorado Springs has learned with its Southern Delivery System from Pueblo Reservoir. It could be 10 years before it happens. A frequent option mentioned by Monument staff during the rate debate is a $12 million water recycling plant. Town water consultant Will Koger, of Forsgren and Associates in Denver, is deep into a six-month study of ways the town might reuse water rather than simply discharging treated sewage into Monument Creek, as it currently does at a rate of about 200,000 gallons a day. “Right now, Monument isn’t taking full advantage of the water it pumps from the Denver Basin aquifer,” Koger said. “We’re evaluating ways to perhaps double that usage.” Unlike surface water, which must be returned – minus consumption – to the lake or river from which it origiWed 23

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Methadone lawsuit settlement signed; town’s share $350,000 By Bill Vogrin

Although the town is awaiting the final, signed copies of the settlement between Monument and Colonial Management Group of Orlando, Fla., the pricetag to put an end to the fight over a methadone clinic/dispensary downtown is now known. The town’s share of the settlement is $350,000 with the rest of the $800,000 or so being paid by the town’s insurance company. Town Manager Chris Lowe said last week the town paid its share out of operating funds, for now. He said all departments will work to reduce spending to achieve savings equal to the settlement. The total was roughly equivalent to the amount of cash the town had in reserve funds.

Lowe said there will be no programs slashed or employees laid off to pay for the settlement. “We’ll pay for it by tightening our belts all year across all departments,” Lowe said. “We moved cash from savings and wrote the check. Now we’ll try to save money we had budgeted to make up for it. Hopefully we’ll be able to replenish that savings account.” Lowe said the negotiations with Colonial were difficult but he said it was worth it to “end the nightmare” and put the issue behind Monument. In the give-and-take over the lawsuit, Lowe said there was one demand the town refused to back off. “Colonial Management will never be allowed to open a business anywhere within the town boundaries,” Lowe said emphatically. “Ever. That’s one condition of the settlement agreement we’d never negotiate.”

Calendar Two Worlds One perform Friday, March 25 What: Multi-instrumentalists Aryeh Frankfurter and Lisa Lynne are the featured act at Black Rose Acoustic Society. They perform traditional and original music on a variety of instruments including Celtic harps. When: 7 p.m., Friday, March 25 Where: Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road Cost: $10 general public, $5 members/students Info:

Blood Drive – Saturday, March 26 What: Blood Drive Where: Monument Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. March 26 Info: Call Bonfils Appointment Center, 800-365-0006 ext. 2, or visit

Long Ears Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26 What: Western Museum of Mining and Industry hosts an Easter egg hunt and activities including cookie decorating, story time, crafts, plus a chance to learn about chicks and rabbits, with cake and lemonade. When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, March 26 Where: Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Boulevard, Colorado Springs Cost: $10 non-members; $5 members, Children must be accompanied by an adult Info: RSVP required at 488-0880 or email

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The Bonfils Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 26, at the Monument Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, said Liz Lambert, spokeswoman for the center.

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There’s finally hope for commuters forced to take detours around a closed section of Black Forest Road at Kettle Creek. Crews from Pate Construction Co. were to begin road repairs this week with plans to reopen the road in July. The road was closed last October after damaging spring rains caused flooding that led old culverts to become clogged. Floodwater eroded the ground around the culverts, leaving the road in danger of collapse. Pate, which is based in Pueblo West, was awarded the $1.1 million contract for repairs March 8. “We are still looking at July 1st for having the road back open,” said Andre

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Ski pass prices climbing into epic, rarefied territory Ski season is nearly over and, sadly, I never made it to the slopes. Truth is I haven’t skied much at all the past few years. Having three kids who got into other sports, plus the demands of a family-owned business, didn’t leave much time for heading to the high country to ski. Oh, we made it to Breckenridge or Winter Park a few times in recent years. But usually when we had a rare spare weekend, either the snow was too poor or I was. Now I fear that, despite my deep love of skiing, my days flying down the mountain with the wind in my, er, hair, are over for good. I just saw that Vail Resorts announced the cost of its 2016-17 Epic Pass and the price is an epic $809! I don’t think I’m getting old but the price about floored me. So I grabbed the Yellow Pages to look up the number for those lunatics at Vail so I could call and complain that the price was


so darn high. And to ask if I could get a senior discount. The Epic Pass is promoted as offering unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado and resorts from Park City to Lake Tahoe to Australia. Heck, you can even use it to ski in Michigan and Wisconsin. Don’t want that much skiing? For the bargain price of $609 you can get the Epic 7 Day Pass. And if you are really cheap, like me, you could opt

for the Summit Value Pass, which offers unlimited skiing at Keystone and A-Basin, plus limited access to Breck, for $509. Content to cruise at Keystone and A-Basin? Maybe the $299 pass, with blackouts, is your best option. But I just can’t get over the sticker shock of a ski pass that exceeds $800. Heck, I remember when I came out from Kansas in the early 1980s, pulled on bibs in the parking lot, stomped up to the window in my rented boots and paid $20 at Winter Park. Stayed a week. Skied to exhaustion. Had a blast. So I went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and used its CPI Inflation Calculator to see what that $20 lift ticket should be worth now. It said $57.50. I agree. I think it would be completely fair to pay $60 a day to ski. But I guess I’m forgetting my Economics 101 class (It was 40 years ago,

after all) and the whole thing about supply and demand and the impact on price and how something is worth what people will pay for it. Then I read in the Denver Post that Vail sells more than 350,000 Epic Passes every year. That’s like $280 million or so, right? And sales of the Epic Pass grew $37.1 million in 2015 over the previous season, for a 22 percent spike, the Post reported. That’s a significant chunk of Vail’s $365 million in earnings and $1.4 billion total revenue. So, I guess you could argue they ought to be charging even more. It doesn’t matter that I can’t justify paying $800 for the Cadillac of ski passes (Make that the Bugatti of ski passes). Plenty of people can and do. I’m guessing we’ll see $20 daily lift tickets return when I have a full head of hair again! Maybe I should take up a different winter sport. Curling, anyone?

Original Ute Pass did not follow the path of today’s highway A discussion about the true location of Ute Pass pops up now and then. There is a sign in Divide that says, Summit, Ute Pass. When it was put in, several raised the question of it’s accuracy. The fact that the road from Manitou to Cascade is often called Ute Pass is not at all accurate. It was not until the Colorado Midland Railroad surveyed the area for their tracks that Ute Pass was identified as a location. That was in 1883. The old survey shows a location quite different from the one we drive. At its lowest point, the road started in Manitou Springs near the junc-


tion of Manitou and Ruxton avenues, known as “the Loop.” It went up Ruxton to where the cog railway’s big parking lot is located. In the years before the cog was built, there was a grand hotel here. The Indians went north through the

hills. They came to French Creek and down to Fountain Creek just below present day Cascade. The trail then followed Fountain Creek. In 1913, this part of the trail was rededicated by Utes from the southern Colorado tribes. From Cascade through Green Mountain Falls, the Indian trail followed Fountain Creek to Junction House, near present day Walmart. The trail branched here north to Manitou Park, and west to Divide. The Midland could not get up Bluebird Hill, and neither did the Indian Ute Pass trail. It swung up the valley just east, going west through the valley

40 Years Ago Tri-Lakes Tribune March 25, 1976 Stars of Tomorrow: Three brothers from Black Forest won first place in the Kiwanis Division IV “Stars of Tomorrow.” The brothers are Dan, Gary and Greg Roth. They are all students at Air Academy High. They will enter the Rocky Mountain District competition on Channel 9 television in Denver April 2-3. The boys are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Roth. Pinewood Farm: Woodmoor Stables received a facelift and will now be called Pinewind Farm. New owners are Huskinson-Underwood Enterprises. An indoor arena will be constructed for year-round riding and showing. Walgreens Franchise: Paul J. Frey announced that the Village Drug, 2nd and Washington in Monument, will become a Walgreens agency. Grand opening will kick off with a Walgreens Saving Spree (buy two and save). There will be door prizes, balloons and additional savings. Grand opening is March 25-April 3. Recreation coordinator: El Paso County Park and Recreation has selected Marcia Hanning as regional coordinator for District 38. Look for recreational activities posted in the Tri-Lakes Tribune, at the Post

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that is just south of Edlowe (or Woodland West). For there it went more or less to Divide, which is actually short for Hayden Divide, who was also on the original survey of Yellowstone National Park. From there, the trail was not really known as Ute Pass anymore as it followed present day Twin Rock Road to Florissant, where there existed what is commonly called an Indian fort. There are a couple stories about how the Ute’s used this fort, but I prefer the one that it helped guard from the plains Indians from coming west over Ute Pass.

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Office and the Mine Shopping Center. World hunger fasters: Congressman William L. Armstrong discussed problems of world hunger with 40 “fasters” at the 30-hour fast March 12-14. The fast was sponsored by the Church at Woodmoor. Costa Rican adventures: The Brennaman family of Palmer Lake will tell of their experiences with the Church World Service in Costa Rica at The Church at Woodmoor, 5 p.m., Sunday, March 28. They worked with Alfalit International, which teaches people to read through Christian literature. Chaplain Promoted: Chaplain and Mrs. James W. Chapman entertained over 125 family and friends at a party celebrating his promotion to full colonel. Chaplain Chapman has been reassigned to Misawa Air Base, Japan. Quilt gift: Monument Homemakers Club will display a quilt, Saturday, March 27, at L and L Supers. Proceeds will be used to keep the Rescue Unit supplied with soft goods. This is the project Homemakers has selected for this year. Thank You: Goldie Simpson wishes to thank all who sent cards, flowers and phone calls during her stay at Community Hospital in Colorado Springs.

Monument Academy can only blame itself for field To the Editor, Your (story) about Monument Academy (March 2 “Monument Academy to raise funds for athletics field”) ignores the fact that the school was built on an unsuitable and too small lot. Because it could be built without review by the county, it has completely insufficient parking. The noise from the school is a serious intrusion on the people that live near the rear playground. The snide commentary about Preble’s Meadow Jumping mouse is not appreciated; they knew it was protected habitat before they bought the land. Chris Pollard

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Gifts from the ‘Yoda’ of community journalism A number of years ago, in late December of 2000 to be precise, longtime newspaper publisher J. Tom Graham sent me a package with collection of giant postcards from the old Sanborn Souvenir Co. of Denver. Sanborn was a publisher of books and postcards of the American West from 1920 to 1976, but mostly of Colorado and Wyoming. They first produced real photo postcards carrying the Sanborn name. They later went on to produce tinted halftone postcards and eventually photochromes. J. Tom, my good friend and mentor, told me he had bought them at yard sale in Pasadena, Texas, if I remember correctly. I was publisher of the Courier at the time, and he said he thought I could possibly get some use out of them. He was chief operating officer of the 60plus newspaper group we were owned by then. J. Tom was a charming character, that had written for the Stars & Stripes while in the service during Korea. He also had worked for Rupert Murdoch in the Australian Outback, written the popular book “Quaint, We Ain’t,” ran papers of almost every size, and even made a living for a short while as a stand-up comedian. I still, to this day, relish telling J. Tom Graham stories of my own, and ones that he told me over time. The old newspaper editor, publisher and self-described sweep-out boy, lost a long battle with cancer in October and I was thinking of him when I ran across these. For about 15 years, I wrote a monthly column for the trade magazine “Newspapers and Technology.” J. Tom Graham always encouraged that practice and even helped me get a few speaking gigs in Boston and California. I wrote the following column about him when he retired from A.S.P. Westward in 2005, and as mentioned earlier, I have more than a few memories, as well as the generous image keepsakes that call to mind his wisdom for the ages. Photographer Harold Sanborn amassed thousands of images showcasing scenes in Colorado, Wyoming, and other Western states, starting about 1920. His son Bill took over the business from the 1950s until 1976. The postcards were created in the tradition of William Henry Jackson, frontier and train travel photographer who created the tradition, and carried it on for more than half a century beginning with the U.S.G.S. survey in the 1870s for Ferdinand V. Hayden, M.D., and on through his work with the Detroit Publishing Company well into the next century. J. Tom appreciated my appreciation of such efforts and gifted me with following prints many years ago. The images are only representative of the many benefits and other gifts I realized from my opportunity of knowing and listening to such fine newspaper man. The following column first appeared in Newspapers & Technology in February 2006.

Advice for the ages An old friend, mentor and survivor of nearly five decades in the community newspaper business, J. Tom Graham, retired at the end of 2005. Graham is the former chief operating officer of ASP Westward LP, the company that signs my paycheck. But I can’t resist repeating a few “J.Tomisms” from my sounding board of nearly 10 years.


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No. 2 on Graham’s “12 tactics for surviving the community newspaper business” was “The Old Man Hanks’ Find-Something” tactic. The Abilene, Texas, founder of the Hart-Hanks Group had two inviolate rules, wrote Graham. “The first was this: All male employees had to wear hats. “Forget that rule. “The second, however, withstands the decades: ‘For every person who comes in the building to give the (Abilene) Reporter-News a story or a tip, the result must be a story in the newspaper.’ “He was adamant,” Graham said. “If an editor could not use what the reader brought in, he had better find something. Every visitor could [then] point to the newspaper and say: ‘That little story was the result of my visit to the paper.’”

Redefine relationship Today, we need to redefine what an actual reader’s visit is because not too many people have time to come down to the paper anymore. But they will e-mail information to us, and give us phone calls, and draw us aside at the chamber mixer. The rule still holds in principle even if it needs adaptation. A newspaper must engage in some type of conversation within the community to survive in today’s world of blogs, instant feeds and explosion of information. The art of conversation requires an exchange. As a paper, we have to listen well, write it down correctly and present it attractively. Almost more important, we must provide an easy feedback loop to know how we are doing and how we must change and adapt to current conditions. Design elements of your paper and its accompanying website should encourage this feedback. To fuel participation, papers should end columns and stories with the writer’s e-mail address. E-mail and web addresses should be institutionalized in page headers. Surveys asking readers for their opinion about how the paper is doing should be frequent and easy to respond to. We need to make it easy for anyone to get involved in this newspapering thing.

Making things difficult How hard is it now to fill out a wedding, birth, death, engagement and anniversary announcement in your paper? How difficult is it to place a

Pikes Peak in the 1930s from Sanborn Souvenirs. Sanborn was a publisher of books and postcards of the American West from 1920 to 1976, but mostly of Colorado and Wyoming. Garden of the Gods from a Sanborn postcard from 1920s. Harold Sanborn amassed thousands of images showcasing scenes in Colorado, Wyoming, and other Western states, starting about 1920. His son Bill took over the business from the 1950s until 1976.

classified for a garage sale next week, or to make sure everyone knows there is a scout meeting? Can you do all of that at 2 a.m. when you bolt upright from a sound sleep because you forgot to take care of it during the day? Can you easily take care of it in your underwear? Can you let those guys at city hall know how you feel about the new sign regulations? If you can’t, maybe your paper is a little one-sided in its conversation skills. And yes, there is a proper way to manage this flow of information. J. Tom Graham’s Rule No. 6: “Keep the In-Baskets Empty” tactic goes as follows: “Brock, the world’s most disorganized editor, would swear on the Bible he knew everything in the three-foot pile climbing out of his in-basket. But, quite mysteriously, stories kept getting lost. When the third obit disappeared into his teetering piles, Brock took his journalism degree and became a clerk

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Hats in the newsroom “One veteran deskman described newspapering as an ‘organizing contest,’ and he wasn’t far off the mark,” Graham wrote. “The walls may be stacked and the drawers may be overflowing in a newspaper, but the copy flow system must be meticulously maintained with the in-baskets cleaned all the way down to the wire and not treated as pending files or ‘maybe tomorrow’ stacks. “The community newspaper version of ‘wire services’ is input from the community. The best way to build input is to get the stories in the newspaper every time, without fail.” We need to keep that advice in mind. The way this business is changing so quickly, failure to adapt could mean that newspapers will go the same way as hats in the newsroom.

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Brofft also introduced Drew Francis at last week’s meeting. Francis will be replacing Chuck Stovall as principal of Kilmer Elementary. His hiring was also unanimously approved.

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 superintendent Karen Brofft introduced Rick Frampton at last week’s school board meeting. Frampton will be D38’s new director of exceptional student services. His hiring was unanimously approved./Photos by Avalon Manly

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Himalayan adventure about helping people, changing the world 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

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NUWAKOT DISTRICT, Nepal – The Langtang National Park-Gosainkunda high-altitude adventure trek pushed my own physical boundaries far past what I ever thought I could do. It’s an accomplishment that fulfilled my desire to experience life on the edge and to fully engage it. The unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas overwhelmed my senses and the conquest (which included a few heart-pounding edgy instances) produced a deep satisfaction. Sharing the journey with gutsy, good company seared the moments into my heart among the best of my life’s dream-come-true-memories. But my trip is more than just a personal adventure. I traveled here with Five14nepal, which combines trekking adventures with humanitarian projects in Nepal’s most vulnerable communities. It’s work is focused on those devastated by a violent earthquake last April that killed 8,000, injured 21,000, triggered avalanches on Mount Everest, destroyed entire villages and left hundreds of thousands homeless. On the fifth day of our trek, we descended, at night, into the original Five14 partner village, in the Nuwakot District.

Taking a break at camp, in Nuwakot./Courtesy Photo

The partnership with the villages of Nuwakot began with a simple helping visit by a group of adventure tourists who had hiked into “land of the Red Panda.” Their desire was to experience the magic of the densely forested green peaks, and hoped to catch of glimpse of the elusive panda. In the process, they forged lasting friendships by bringing much needed help via several impromptu medical clinics in area villages. But there are ongoing problems in Nepal beyond rebuilding from the earthquake. There is also a darker history of its underworld sex industry, slave labor and human trafficking. Women and children in the mountain villages are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Volunteer education and development projects create empowering, sustainable, income options to see improved lives and futures. On our first night in the village, we had a traditional Dal Bhat dinner and conversation, with the chief and his wife, on the dirt floor of their humble home. The warm hospitality of the Nepalis is disarming. Only the hardest of souls could not immediately love them. Village men set up our campsite and treated us with full-sized, luxurious mattresses, uncommon for camping. We retired to our tents physically spent but glowing with inspiration from our trek and the welcoming meal. The next morning, we tried to loosen our sore legs, splashed water on our faces, and went to work on demolition of the village’s community and training center, built just four years prior. It had been irreparably damaged by the quake and aftershocks that destroyed the whole village. We were joined in the labor by the chief and a very enthusiastic young villager. Honestly, I took a lot of breaks

Demolition of the community center./Courtesy Photo

that first day. I could barely walk. But dust flew, timbers and rocks were removed by hand, and after three days, the center had been leveled. Before we left the village, we were adorned and blessed, by the chief’s wife, with khata scarves to wish us well on our journey. During our four-hour hike out down the mountain, we were refreshed by a wilderness rain shower. It was fitting. I felt baptised into the broadened perspective of the fulfillment created by giving and contributing. Our efforts were followed up by volunteer teams who retraced our steps in the succeeding months. As of the end of February, there are now 20 new structures in various stages of completion including new homes, home-stay businesses, a school, medical facility, and the new community center. We’re living the philosophy: “Adventure is about much more than an adrenaline-rush, it’s about changing the world.” Jay Heinlein is a lifelong writer, a publishing professional for over 25 years and principal of Heinlein Publishing Services. Reach him at

Sponsor an aspen tree as a memorial to a loved one A sculpture in the roundabout at the intersection of Baptist Road and Old Denver Highway has been approved by the El Paso County Commission. Tri-Lakes Views has been chosen to approve and commission the art for the site. The concept approved for this site is called “Aspen Grove.” It was designed and will be created by artist Reven-Marie Swanson, who described her inspiration and concept. “Aspen Grove will bring to life the interaction of light, wind and color,” Swanson said. “It highlights one of our cherished species of trees. The intent is to draw upon the powerful images provided by the backdrop of Pikes Peak, Rampart Range and rolling grassland. “The location will be transformed from a typical road improvement to a place to observe the natural world. The small habitat might encourage a tiny sanctuary to local plants, insects and birds.” The installation in the roundabout will feature four groupings of three arched ‘”trees,” standing 20 feet tall. They will be illuminated at night. The cost of this installation will be


paid for by tax-deductible contributions from local organizations and individuals. El Paso County will install the trees and provide the insurance and maintenance of the site. A kiosk or monument, still to be determined, will be added to the Santa Fe Trail trailhead to provide the history of the road and to acknowledge the donors to this project. Donors will also be listed each year on the Art Site Maps, which are distributed throughout the region as well as the permanent listing on the website for Tri-Lakes Views, www. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible for both businesses and individuals. Sponsoring a tree in “Aspen Grove” demonstrates support for the community. It can also serve a different

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Churches prepare for Easter festivities By Evan Musick

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Easter is a special time that marks the end of winter and the dawn of spring. Families gather and play games, hide candy for the kids, and observe the holiday’s religious meaning. In fact, Easter is the biggest day of the year for church attendance, followed by Christmas and Mother’s Day, according to a 2012 survey by LifeWay Research, a Southern Baptist research center. Here’s a brief list of what some Tri-Lakes area churches are doing to celebrate the religious holiday.

St. Peter Catholic Church 55 Jefferson Street St. Peter Catholic Church, south of downtown Monument at 55 Jefferson Street, will be having special services beginning Thursday, March 24. That evening at 7 p.m, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper will take place at the church followed by a procession and adoration will take place in Jaeger hall, across the alley, until 10 p.m. On Friday, Stations of the Cross will begin at 3 p.m, with Passion of the Lord beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, reconciliation will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Easter Vigil is at 8 p.m. Finally, on Easter Sunday, the church will hold mass in both the main church and Jaeger Hall at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There will be no mass that evening.

Monument Hill Church 18725 Monument Hill Rd, Monument #18 Monument Hill Church will celebrate Easter beginning on Good Friday. The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last until 7:30 p.m. An all ages Sunday school will be held at 9:15 a.m. Snacks and fellowship will lead up to the service from 10-10:30 a.m. Resurrection Sunday service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Tom Clemmons invited the public to attend. He also said an Easter Egg hunt will be held right after the service on church grounds. Extra chairs and an overflow will be available in the case the church gets too crowded. “All are welcome, all for God’s glory and our joy in Christ,” said Clemmons. Mountain Community Mennonite Church. 643 CO-105, Palmer Lake Mountain Community Mennonite Church will be welcoming people at 9:15 a.m. for coffee and an opportunity to get together. At 9:30 a.m. the Celebration of Flowers will take place. Congregation members will exchange flowers, and bring them up to the cross. “It is a good way to reconnect with friends and family in the community,” said Pastor Paul Johnson. “Our message is really one of renewal and God of the living, not God of the dead,” said Johnson.

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The Church at Woodmoor 18125 Furrow Road, Monument The Church at Woodmoor will be celebrating Holy Week, which began Sunday. On Thursday, the congregation remembers the Passover meal in a Maundy Thursday observation. The meal will begin that night, but is reservation only. After the dinner, a service, which is open, will be at 6 p.m. Six readings of six different people who interacted with Jesus will be read, imagining how they interacted with him. The program is called “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Encounters.” “It’s not the stars of the Bible this time,” said Pastor Ellen Fenter. “These are the people we read about behind the scenes,” she said. On Friday, the church will observe the Service of Darkness in which adornments are taken off the walls and everything is draped in black. The congregation then quietly leaves the church, and goes home to consider how Jesus felt in the tomb. On Sunday, the congregation will re-enter the church to find the room to be bright and joyful, with all the darkness removed. Sunrise service begins at 6:45 a.m. Traditional services will also be held at 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. After the 6:45 and 8:15 service, coffee and fellowship will follow.

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in water that once was considered wastewater. It’s often called the “yuck” factor of the “toilet to tap” process. But Koger points out that most surface water is someone else’s wastewater. And that argument has been persuasive in a growing number of cities nationwide that have implemented similar water recycling systems, either in full-scale operations or as tests. The list includes California communities such as Orange County and San Diego, Phoenix, Ariz., Wichita Falls, Texas and cities across Florida. “Everybody lives downstream of somebody else,” he said. “Almost everybody has wastewater in their drinking supply, unless you live on top of the mountain.” There are two processes for recycling water supplies: Indirect Potable Reuse and Direct Potable Reuse. The basic difference is simple. The indirect process involves elaborate treatment and purification of wastewater before it is mixed with surface water in a lake or stream or pumped back into an aquifer. Filtering the water through an “environmental buffer” seems to make the idea a little less distasteful to consumers. The direct process involves the same treatment and purification process. But no lake, river or aquifer is used to filter it. The treated water is pumped right back into the town intake facility and redistributed to consumers.

“We will not be going to the Direct Potable Reuse system,” said Chris Lowe, town manager. “If we proceed, we’ll use the indirect process with its environmental barriers and natural processes that will clarify the water and assist in the treatment process.” Lowe said there are several reasons for avoiding direct potable reuse, including the need for around-the-clock monitoring of treatment plants so systems can be immediately shut down in the event of an equipment failure that could jeopardize the water supply. But he is committed to pursuing indirect recycling as the most logical way to expand the town’s water supply and save money. “When we were looking at capital projects on the horizon, the one that stood out as a complete no-brainer is the water reuse idea,” Lowe said. “We know we’ll get a return on the investment. It will pay for itself. “We can use that water ad infinitum. It has a good return for the town. It’s expensive, but it will pay off in the long run.” Koger said the price of the project includes everything needed to pump wastewater to a new treatment facility then pump it in new pipelines upstream for discharge into Monument Lake where it would mix with lake water before being pulled back into the drinking water supply. There are several benefits, he said. The more water the town recycles, the less it has to pump from its wells, sav-

Under tentative plans, Monument is studying a $12 million project that would purify wastewater, pump it from a new treatment plant back into Monument Lake, seen here, where it would be mixed with surface water, then withdrawn, treated again and put back into the drinking water supply. /Tribune file photo by Rob Carrigan

ing money. Plus, the system will help keep Monument Lake full, by returning some flow upstream. That will help ease the impact on the lake when required diversions are made to Woodmoor. Koger said he expects to complete his report for the town this summer.

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years old. In fact, many charter schools put their own property tax increase requests on ballots, apart from their authorizing districts. D-38 and the academy have operated for more than 16 years on the understanding that the charter school was not entitled to any percentage of the 1999 tax increase. Then in 2011, the district and the charter school signed a contract which guarantees the academy will share in any future mill levy override approved by voters. But in August, when the academy entered renegotiations with D-38 to renew its charter agreement, it demanded a share of future earnings from the 1999 override. “We believed that maybe there had been a misrepresentation, maybe not intentionally,” said Don Griffin, academy executive director. “Maybe (D-38) believed the urban legend that we were excluded. But it looked like there was some kind of error.” There is a significant amount of money at stake. The 1999 funds are distributed to D-38 public schools based on the percentage of students served in each school. The tuition-free Monument Academy serves just over 15 percent of the district’s approximate 6,350 students. It would stand to gain about $600,000 per year, since the 1999 tax increase gener-

ates about $4 million a year. Griffin and the academy board examined copies of the original ballot from 1999 and found that no language expressly excluded the charter school from the funds. So in the new charter agreement, the academy asked for “what is fair,” he said. “They refused to do that, and the board felt that they needed to inform our parents what had happened,” Griffin said. So the academy sent a letter home with its students urging parents to attend last week’s school board meeting. “The impact of this unjust distribution is seen greatest in our ability to fairly compensate our teachers, who are paid on average approximately 30 percent less than other District 38 teachers,” the letter said. “Most of our parents assumed we were getting our fair share,” Griffin said. “And that wasn’t the case.” During the public comments sections of last week’s D-38 school board meetings, parents made their displeasure clear and demanded the academy receive future override funds. But their arguments did not appear to persuade the majority of the D-38 board. “Three times, members of both (boards) agreed with terms that did not include override funding,” board member John Magerko said, referring to separate mill levy override proposals from the academy in 2004, 2006 and

2007. None passed. Griffin said D-38 has not provided any legal proof that the 1999 tax was meant to exclude the academy; only those later ballots, some meeting minutes from 1999 and the word of board members at that time. Board president Mark Pfoff believes that to share the 1999 tax proceeds going forward would be tantamount to a betrayal of the voters who passed it in the first place. He called the academy’s request “completely inappropriate” and described the proposal as “stealing money from one school to give to another.” “Voters put a vote of confidence in how that money is spent,” he said. “Let the voters decide.” Board member Sarah Sampayo agreed with many parents in the crowd, saying the wording of the 1999 ballot issue described it as a “district-wide” tax increase, therefore it should include the academy. Board member Matt Clawson noted that, should the academy and D-38 fail

to reach an agreement – which seems likely, given board member statements at last week’s meeting – then litigation might be the next step. “Hopefully we can reach a solution not unconscionable to either party,” he said. Griffin and the academy board are prepared to let a judge decide. “The (academy) board made it clear that they feel like they’re on the right side of this question (and will take) whatever avenues available to them,” he said, be those avenues litigation, the application of public pressure, or an appeal to the state board of education. The D-38 school board is scheduled to present the academy with a contract renewal offer on April 21. It will not include funding from the 1999 tax. The MA board has said they will not agree to a contract that does not include provisions for the 1999 MLO funds. If no agreement can be reached, it is possible the academy will sever its charter relationship with D-38 and seek a new hosting district.

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March Madness at the high school level One thing I have learned over a lifetime of watching, playing and covering sports is that the most talented teams don’t always win. And there are bound to be surprises along the road to a championship. That was true this season in high school boys basketball. Lewis-Palmer, in my opinion, was the best all-around team in all of Class 4A. The Rangers had four three-year starters and were ranked No. 1 in the state much of the season. They were the No. 1 overall seed in the 32-team playoff bracket, giving them home court advantage until the semifinals. L-P’s only regular season loss came in Week 2, a 63-59 setback at Pueblo South on Dec. 3. L-P responded by winning 23 consecutive games heading into its quarterfinals matchup against Vista Ridge, a team it had defeated twice during the season during Pikes Peak Athletic Conference play and 10 consecutive times since the schools began squaring off in 2010-11. But in a shocker, Vista Ridge upset the Rangers, 52-47, on March 5, to move onto its first Final Four in school history. Six days later, Vista Ridge lost to Pueblo West, 65-54, in the Final Four. Pueblo West won the state championship on March 12 with a relatively easy 70-51 victory over Valor Christian. I saw Pueblo West play this season. The Indians were a very good team. Much like L-P, they were fundamentally sound and consistent. They lost just three games all season. So how would L-P have done against Pueblo West? Consider this. Pueblo West had a 25-3 record, including 9-1 in the


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South Central League. Pueblo West’s only league loss was to Pueblo South, 59-57, on Feb. 3. Sixteen days later, Pueblo West beat Pueblo South by 10 points. “4A was very balanced this year,” said L-P coach Bill Benton, who was at the University of Colorado’s Coors Events Center for the Final Four. “You look at our third game against Vista Ridge and we had our worst shooting night all season. A week later, Vista Ridge didn’t look particularly sharp against Pueblo West.” By not winning the state title, or even advancing to the semifinals – which it had six of the previous seven seasons – L-P’s season ended with a thud. But Benton doesn’t believe this team should be remembered for not finishing the job. “This was a special group,” said Benton, who was an assistant coach on L-P’s 2012 and 2013 state title teams. “For our guys to go through what they went through, I am so proud of them. To not have that shot to play for a championship is the hardest thing. That leaves the biggest hole. “It hurts right now, but in a couple of months it will sink how well they played this year.” Former Discovery Canyon coach

Lewis-Palmer had a 23-game winning streak until its loss to Vista Ridge on March 5 in the state quarterfinals. Vista Ridge lost to Pueblo West six days later in the semifinals, Pueblo West went on to win the state championship./Photo courtesy of Nan Strasburger

John Paul Geniesse went head-tohead with L-P many times over the years. In fact, Geniesse-coached teams have played the eventual state champion in four of the past five seasons, including this season when his Woodland Park Panthers lost to Pueblo West by 33 points in December. While at Discovery Canyon, Geniesse’s teams lost four times to L-P in 2012 and 2013 when the Rangers won back-to-back state titles. Last season, his first at Woodland Park, Geniesse’s squad lost a scrimmage to eventual state champion Air Academy. “There’s no doubt there are some talented teams in southern Colorado,” Geniesse said. “When you’re in the

playoffs, it’s as much about matchups as it is about talent. You might get a team you don’t matchup with very well, and if you’re not on your game, you will have a tough time.” I am already looking ahead to next basketball season. Lewis-Palmer graduated all five its starters, so the spotlight will be on players like juniors Billy Cook, Angelo Battistelli, Thomas McNabb, Andrew Fredell, Eli Burkett, Thomas McNabb and Drew Blomberg, and freshman Joel Scott (the last of the five Scott brothers). Will that group of Rangers make it all the way to Boulder? We will find out in about a year. Until then, enjoy the offseason.

Sample sisters lead Palmer Ridge golf team By Danny Summers

Palmer Ridge junior Kellsey Sample established herself among the elite high school golfers in the state last spring when she finished 13th at the Class 4A tournament at River Valley Ranch Club in Carbondale. This spring, Sample is planning for a top 5 finish – even winning – at this year’s event, which takes place in May at the Pueblo Country Club. “If I focus and always keep my mental game positive, then I can do it,” Kellsey said with confidence. “I definitely have the skill to do it. I just need to have the mental part of it.” So you might think Kellsey is the clear leader of the Bears’ team. But there’s a teammate who may challenge her supremacy: her sister, Ashlee, a freshman. “Ashlee is well ahead of where Kellsey was as a freshman,” said Palmer Ridge coach Gary Long. “And Kellsey qualified for state as a freshman.” Ashlee shot in the high 70s at a couple of junior golf tournaments last summer and fall. “She can beat me on any given day,” Kellsey said of her sister. “We go back and forth. We’re pretty even.” This might have the makings of a nasty sibling rivalry. But Kellsey and Ashlee are best friends. Separated by 21 months, they began playing golf about five years ago at the urging of their father, Robert. They started their careers by taking lessons at Pappy’s in Colorado Springs. Before

Ashlee Sample, left, and her older sister Kellsey are the top golfers for Palmer Ridge. Kellsey, a junior, is a two-time state qualifier. She finished 13th last year’s Class 4A state tournament. / Photo by Danny Summers

long they were smacking balls around courses all over town, and playing in junior golf events. “Dedication to the sport makes you a good golfer,” Kellsey said. “You also have to be able to get through a bad hole and forget about it.” Kellsey is the anchor of the Palmer Ridge program, which uses the Country Club of Woodmoor as its home course. She was one of just three players on the team her freshman year. That number increased to 10 last season. This spring, 12 girls are out.

Palmer Ridge’s first tournament is April 5 at Pine Creek Golf Club, hosted by Liberty. “I’m so excited to be part of this team,” Ashlee said. “I hope to just be consistent with my shots. I’m looking forward to honing in my game.” Kellsey has been on an upward trajectory since her freshman year, when she finished a respectable 36th out of 83 golfers at the state tournament. She fired a two-day total of 183. Last spring, Kellsey advanced to the state tournament by shooting a 6-over

par 77 at the Country Club of Colorado. She was second at the regional behind Cheyenne Mountain senior Kylee Sullivan (71). Sullivan went on to finish second in the state and is now playing collegiately for the Division I Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Kellsey shot a two-day total of 166 (81-85) at the state tournament. Her Day 1 round included a 10 on the par 5 second. She recovered by scoring two birdies and nine pars. “I can’t have the trouble holes,” said Kellsey, who once fired a 74 at Patty Jewett during a Pikes Peak Junior Golf tournament. “I need to stay consistent. “I’m strong off the tee, but my approach shots can use a little work. My putting has gotten a lot better this year, but chipping has always been tough for me.” Kellsey was a member of the school’s basketball team until January of this year. She decided to hang up her high tops early to concentrate on the golf season. “I would have to start the (golf) season in March because I took off like five months for basketball,” Kellsey said. “I said this is my year, my junior year. I have to start looking at colleges and I need to focus on golf.” Kellsey plans to upload her golf videos on web sites and contact college coaches. She has had conversations with several Division 1 colleges. Perhaps the Sample sisters will play college golf together in a few years. For now, let’s look for them to make par this season at courses around Colorado.

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L-P boys’ lacrosse team long on talent By Danny Summers

It’s rare when a high school sports team has one athlete that goes onto play at the top collegiate level. The Lewis-Palmer boys’ lacrosse team has three Division 1-bound players on this year’s team. And that number could swell. Gage Johnson, a senior midfielder, has verbally committed to the Air Force Academy, as has junior goalie Ian Mullins. The third commit is sophomore defender Kevin Eells, who is headed to Delaware after graduation in 2018. “I’ve been playing with the (Air Force) coaching staff for two years and I’m very comfortable with them,” Johnson said. “It’s not very often you get to say you went to the United States Air Force Academy. Especially when you’re getting a $450,000 education for free. “And the integrity and respect that you gain, and the life lessons that you gain, is incomparable to other schools.” Though a defender, Johnson finished fourth on the team in scoring last season with 13 goals. Mullins, whose father, Dan, is L-P’s head coach, is looking forward to training as a pilot or going into special operations when he gets to the Academy. “I’ve always wanted to be in the Air Force, even if I couldn’t play lacrosse,” Mullins said. “They want me and I thought I would give it a go. And I’ve always wanted to serve my country.”

The Lewis-Palmer boys’ lacrosse team is led by three players who have committed to Division I colleges. Left to right, senior Gage Johnson (Air Force Academy), sophomore Kevin Eells (Delaware) and junior Ian Mullins (Air Force Academy)./ Photo by Danny Summers

Eells decided on Delaware for a variety reasons. “I’ve been out to the campus,” Eells said. “I love the coaching staff and the program they have going there, and I think they’re going to be really successful in the next couple of years. “It has an awesome science program, which intrigues me, and I’m going there with a couple of friends from Denver.”

The Rangers opened their season March 11 with an 8-7 loss to rival Cheyenne Mountain in a non-league match at Don Breese Stadium. A few inches separated the Rangers from overtime when Andrew Manney’s shot with 17 seconds remaining hit off the crossbar. “That was tough,” said Lewis-Palmer coach Dan Mullins. “We were so close.” Manney, a sophomore, had two goals against Cheyenne Mountain, as

did junior A.J. Barnes. The defeat, through difficult to swallow, showed that the Rangers are vastly improved this season. A year ago, Cheyenne Mountain handed Lewis-Palmer a 7-0 setback in the opener. “I think everyone was almost too excited for our first game,” Ian Mullins said. “Most of these kids have never played varsity before. The intensity and speed of the game is a lot different. I think some kids got a little bit of stage fright.” The Rangers finished the season with a 7-8 record. The last time the program had a winning season was 2008. “My first goal this year was to beat Cheyenne Mountain,” Johnson said. “That didn’t happen. But it comes down to building off this and moving forward. “We haven’t made the playoffs for a couple of years and I want to make the playoffs. I think we can do that. I want to go out with a bang with a couple playoff wins.” Dan Mullins not only is a skilled lacrosse coach, he understands the commitment that goes along with playing at the collegiate level. He was a defensive tackle for the Air Force football team, back in the day. He graduated in 1990 and began a long career as a pilot. Mullins’ father, Moon Mullins, was an all-American lacrosse player at West Point, and later had a distinguished career as an Air Force brigadier general F-4 pilot.



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L-P and TCA lead talented Tri-Lakes area girls’ soccer teams By Danny Summers

When The Classical Academy squared off with Lewis-Palmer High on March 12, it was not just another soccer game. It was two of the state’s premier teams battling in an early season matchup and maybe a preview of what’s to come at playoff time. TCA defeated the Rangers, 1-0, on an Alison Smith goal less than two minutes into the non-league match. Sophomore goalie Raeann Queener made five saves for TCA. It marked the second consecutive year TCA got the better of L-P. The Titans won last year’s match 2-1. TCA and L-P are perennial powers. TCA played in four Class 3A state championship games in five season from 2010 through 2014, winning it all in 2011. The Titans made a smooth transition to 4A in 2015, going 15-0 in the regular season and earning a No. 2 overall seed in the 32-team playoff bracket. Injuries caught up with the Titans, however, and they bowed out in the second round with a 2-0 loss to No. 18 Standley Lake. Lewis-Palmer, meanwhile, recovered from its season-opening loss to TCA last year, and went on to play rival Cheyenne Mountain in the state title game, losing on penalty kicks at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. As it turned out, L-P’s loss last season to TCA was the Rangers only setback until the championship game. L-P entered the state finals with 17 wins and one scoreless tie against Cheyenne Mountain during Pikes Peak Athletic Conference action. “We’re trying to keep humble and work on things we need to work on from last year, and focusing on our game and improving,” said L-P senior midfielder Sarah Lyons, who has signed with Division 1 Colorado College. Bri Alger, a left-footed forward, is L-P’s top scorer and most skilled player. She led the team in goals (24) and assists (9) as a sophomore, and scored two goals in L-P’s season-opener this year, a 4-0 victory over Silver Creek. “We need to start off strong and keep building up,” Alger said. “This was a good game for us to lose because we’ll figure out what we need to work on and hopefully beat them later in the season.” TCA’s back row neutralized Alger by pushing the ball to her right side. Both L-P and TCA should make the playoffs again

The Classical Academy girls’ soccer team has not allowed a goal in six quarters to begin this season. Leading the way, from left to right, are senior Emily Mueller, sophomore Karlee Hendricks, and seniors Aleesa Muir and Anna Thompson. Mueller, Muir and Thompson are captains. /Photos by Danny Summers

Lewis-Palmer returns 17 of 22 players from last year’s team that was Class 4A state runner-ups. Leading the charge, from left to right, are senior Sarah Lyons, junior defender Karly Sandoval, and junior Bri Alger. Lyons has signed with Colorado College and Alger has committed to Washington State. Both schools are Division 1 programs.

this season. They might even meet in the postseason. And if they do, bet on another tight game like the one played earlier this month. How good is soccer in our neck of the woods? L-P was ranked No. 2 in the preseason soccer poll by Cheyenne Mountain was No. 1 and TCA came in at No. 6, while Air Academy was 10th. Discovery Canyon and Palmer Ridge were 12th and 15th, respectively. L-P’s schedule includes the likes Palmer Ridge, DCC, Air Academy and Cheyenne Mountain. The teams that qualify for the postseason from the PPAC are battle-tested. “It helps that we’re playing in a tough league,” said L-P co-head coach Joe Martin. “Each game is tough competition, so your kids are playing at the top of their game.” L-P returns 17 of 22 players from last year’s state roster. Included in that group are senior midfielders

Jenny Allenspach (who is signed with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) and Brenna Oakey (who is headed to Adams State on a scholarship). TCA plays in the Metro League, a much weaker conference, with schools like Mesa Ridge, Canon City and Woodland Park. Those teams are skilled, but they certainly are not in the same level as most of the PPAC’s power squads. Titans’ long-time coach Blake Galvin does his best to prepare his team for the postseason by playing a grueling non-league schedule. TCA opened its season at Air Academy on March 10 with a 0-0 double overtime tie. When the Titans return from spring break they Cheyenne Mountain and Palmer Ridge. “There’s not anyone up to par in our league, so it’s good to have these tough preseason games,” said TCA senior defender Anna Thompson. The playoffs are scheduled to begin the first week in May.

Faces to Follow Bobby Burling soccer, Colorado Rapids Burling, a Lewis-Palmer alum, is a starting defender for Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids. The Rapids opened their season March 6 at San Jose with a 1-0 loss. Burling, 31 re-signed with the Rapids in January. He has been in the MLS since 2007. He was named the Rapids’ Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.



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Nicole Montgomery track University of Kansas Montgomery, a 2015 LewisPalmer graduate, recently completed her indoor track season for the Jayhawks. She had four first-place finishes in 400 and 600 meter races. She also had two second-place finishes in a pair of 4x400 relay events. She ran a college-best 200 time of 24.84 seconds, and 54.43 in the 400. Montgomery is majoring in sports management.

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Faces to Follow Ty Barkell, baseball, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Barkell, a 2011 Palmer Ridge graduate, is in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization after signing a free agent contract last October. Barkell was a first baseman for Division II University of South Carolina Aiken, but was passed over in last June’s amateur draft. The Angels signed Barkell as a pitcher. He throws 94 mph. Barkell was a superstar at Palmer Ridge, batting .553 his senior season with 13 home runs, 15 doubles and 52 RBIs. He was 8-0 as a pitcher with 75 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings. He led the Bears to a 23-3 record and an appearance in the Class 4A state semifinals.


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


Matt Hansen baseball Kansas Wesleyan Hansen, a 2015 Palmer Ridge graduate, is listed on the junior varsity baseball roster at Kansas Wesleyan (Salina) University. Hansen a pitcher/infielder, batted .260 for the Bears last season. He is majoring in business



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Ben Stinson baseball Colorado Mines Stinson, a 2015 Lewis-Palmer graduate, is on the Colorado Mines baseball team. He is listed as an infielder. He has not appeared in a game this season. Stinson batted .383 for the Rangers last spring with 10 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. He helped Lewis-Palmer to a 22-4 record as the Rangers were the Class 4A state runner-ups.

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