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Putting the boom back in Palmer Lake’s Fourth of July ‘Hooked on Palmer Lake’ fireworks fundraiser June 4

Glow Run draws hundreds in support of Fireworks Spectacular By Avalon A. Manly

By Charlie Searle Contributing Writer

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With the return of the water to Palmer Lake, folks now want to put the boom back in Palmer Lake’s Fourth of July celebration, restoring “the best small-town fireworks show in America” after a four-year absence. And they are raising money to make it happen. Next stop on the fireworks-funding mission is “Hooked on Palmer Lake,” a celebration featuring those magic ingredients music and food, set to follow the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby on June 4. “We’re excited about bringing back the biggest and most anticipated event of the year around here,” says Denise Goss of Palmer Lake, one of the driving forces behind the effort to bring back the boom over the lake. “And these fundraising events are proving how much the town and the area want the fireworks back. They’re a lot of fun for the community, too.” Both the Hooked on Palmer Lake on June 4, Photos courtesy of Studio Grey© as well as the July 4 celebration, will feature the Over 600 registered runners and walkers attended the Glow Run last month See Fireworks on Page 8 in Palmer Lake.

Palmer Lake is on its way to an explosive Fourth of July celebration. The traditional Independence Day fireworks haven’t been shot off in Palmer Lake for a few years now. The combination of a diminishing water table and increasing fire risks meant the displays would have brought more danger to the area than they were worth. But now, thanks in large part to local volunteer movement Awake the Lake, Palmer Lake is filled again and the fire hazards are low. In February, the group began meeting to brainstorm ways to jumpstart the beloved local fireworks display. They’ve been accepting donations online and in stores throughout the Tri-Lakes region, and planned a few big-ticket fundraisers to ensure they had the money needed to buy fireworks and hire private security for the event. Last month’s Palmer Lake Glow Run was one of the fundraisers and it raised over $15,000, said organizer Jennifer Coopman. See Glow Run on Page 8

Home sweet Walmart parking lot Rangers take care of unfinished business Sex offender’s use of Monument planning commissioner. Hold off Valor Christian to win girls state soccer title She first brought it up at planning lot as ‘home’ raises questions By Avalon A. Manly avalonmanly@yourpeaknews.com

For years, retail giant Walmart has made the parking lots at thousands of its stores nationwide free to RVers and car campers for overnight stays. The parking lot of the Monument Walmart store on Jackson Creek Parkway is no different. It has allowed travelers to open awnings, grill out and stay for a few days at a time. That practice is under scrutiny now, however, after officials discovered last September that a registered sex offender, Michael Paul Knight, listed his address as 16218 Jackson Creek Parkway . . . the parking lot of the Monument Walmart where he was living. It doesn’t matter that a few months later Knight had moved to Pueblo, according to his registered address in December. The idea that ex-convicts and sex offenders might be living in any retail parking lot has caught the attention of Michelle Glover, a Monument

commission meetings last fall. Then, at a March meeting of the Board of Trustees, Glover raised worries about people, in general, living long-term out of recreational vehicles at Walmart. Glover didn’t want to talk further about the issue after the meeting. But she did say she may bring it back to the Board of Trustees for consideration. It’s a nuanced issue that requires balancing the town’s desire for tourism with the peace of mind of locals that the free campers aren’t ex-cons. About 80 percent of Walmarts in the country allow free, overnight RV or car camping in their parking lots. The company has no overarching corporate rule regarding the practice, and the founding Walton family is alleged to support it. In order for a Walmart to ban overnight stays, either the manager of the store or local officials must put rules in place that ensure travelers See Walmart on Page 6

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COMMERCE CITY – The black-clad “Rowdy Rangers” – otherwise known as the Lewis-Palmer High School student cheering section – counted down the final seconds as their team erupted in joy at their 1-0 victory over Valor Christian in the Class 4A state championship game. The May 25 win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park improved the Rangers’ record to 19-1 and marked the program’s first state title since 1996. “We really stepped up our game,” said L-P senior goalkeeper Haley Arsenault. “We really wanted this championship.” The victory avenged last year’s gutwrenching loss to Cheyenne Mountain in the championship game. It was a loss that left many feeling like the team had some unfinished business coming into this season. The Rangers lost that game on penalty kicks to the three-time defending Wed 1

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state champs and Pikes Peak Athletic Conference rivals. This year, L-P was the No. 1 seed in 32-team playoff bracket. The Rangers were also the No. 1 ranked team in the state most of the season and the prohibitive favorite to win the championship. Still, they knew they had to prove they were the best team in the end. And they faced a gritty Valor Christian (16-4) squad they knew was dangerous despite its ranking as the seventh seed. The Rangers wasted little time establishing their dominance over VC. Junior Annica Fletemeyer scored the game’s lone goal in the 18th minute when she blasted a shot past Valor sophomore goalkeeper Alexandra Daws. Bri Alger, the Rangers’ top scorer, was credited with her team-best 12th assist of the season. Alger, who scored a team-high 29 goals this season, was moved from her normal forward position to midfield early in the match to help neutralize See Rangers on Page 12

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Ex-sheriff Maketa, two key aides indicted by grand jury From staff and AP reports

A grand jury indicted former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa on felony charges including extortion, official misconduct, witness tampering, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Also named in the 11-page indictment, announced May 25, is his former undersheriff Paula Presley, as well as Juan San Agustin, former commander of investigations. Maketa and Presley face nine counts each. San Agustin faces one count of second-degree kidnapping and one count of false imprisonment. Arrest warrants were issued for the three. Bond was set at $10,000 apiece. The indictment was announced by 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler, who served as a special prosecutor in the case. An investigation into Maketa was conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. “These charges are Class 4 felonies,” said Mark Hurlbert, the assistant district attorney in Brauchler’s office who prosecuted the case. “Class 4 felonies carry anywhere from two to six years in prison.” Current El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder declined to answer questions about the indictment at the media briefing, but said his deputies never wavered during the difficult investigation. “No one is above the law,” Elder told reporters. “Not even me.” Maketa came under investigation by state and federal officials after three of his commanders accused him in 2014 of having sex with three women in the office, including Presley, and unfairly promoting them to top-paying jobs. The commanders, Mitchel Lincoln, Robert King and Rodney Gehrett, accused Maketa of sexual impropriety, discrimination, removing oversight of the annual budget and creating a hostile work environment. Sheriff’s office employees also accused Maketa of mismanaging funds. “The public should remember that an indictment is merely a list of allegations and that our criminal justice system only works if we presume those indicted innocent of those allegations at this stage of the proceedings,” Brauchler said in a statement. The indictment accused Maketa and Presley of abusing their power by taking punitive action against employees and

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What: Western Museum of Mining & Industry invites anyone who wants to watch the Thunderbirds flyover of Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy during graduation ceremonies When: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2 Where: Western Museum of Mining & Industry grounds, 225 North Gate Blvd.( at Interstate 25 exit 156) Cost: $5 vehicle fee Info: Call 488-0880 or visit wmmi.org

Art reception - Friday, June 3 What: Opening reception for the 51st annual PLAG Fine Art Exhibition and 4-of-a-Kind Exhibition, which both run until June 25. When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 3 Where: Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Highway 105, Palmer Lake Prices: Gallery is free Info: Call 481-0475 or visit trilakesarts.org

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Fishing Derby – June 4 What: Tri-Lakes Lions Club hosts the Palmer Lake Kids Fishing Derby for elementary and middle school-aged anglers When: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 4. Where: Palmer Lake Info: Entry fee is a donation of a non-perishable food item for Tri-Lakes Cares. A limited number of rods and reels will be loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis. Kids may bring fishing bait (salmon eggs and worms) or corn is provided.

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contractors. The indictment also alleged that Maketa, Presley and Agustin encouraged a domestic violence victim to recant her story — and then arrested her — to protect the deputy who attacked her. Additional charges of witness tampering, kidnapping and false imprisonment allege that Maketa talked to the woman, who was a civilian employee working for Correctional Healthcare Companies at the El Paso county jail, after her boyfriend, a deputy, had been arrested and fired for beating her. Maketa told the woman, whose was not identified, “that she needed to come into the sheriff’s office and do another interview and

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tell investigators that she instigated the incident in order to allow (the deputy) to get his job back.” When the woman recanted her original statement, she told deputies she was doing son orders of the sheriff, the indictment said. The woman was unlawfully arrested and spent more than 24 hours in custody before bonding out. The case was later dismissed. According to the indictment, the detectives did not feel they had probable cause to arrest the woman, but did so under orders from superiors. The indictment states that Maketa and Presley then threatened to end the county’s contract with the health company unless a certain employee was fired. The employee had refused to run

Presley’s anticipated election campaign to become sheriff. The other charges allege that Presley retaliated against deputies who angered her by placing them on a county list of officers whose credibility had come into question. In June 2014, during the height of the controversy, he sent a video apology to his staff in which he talked about being “embarrassed and humbled.” “I engaged in inappropriate behavior in the past,” he said in the video. “When confronted about that behavior, I denied it, thereby compounding the problem by not being candid.” El Paso County commissioners eventually voted unanimously to demand his resignation and residents launched a recall effort against Maketa.

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U.S. News & World releases online tool Trustees again wrestle for exploring high school performance with price of water Hope for big turnout at forum

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Want to know how your high school rates in a variety of performance categories? Or how it compares to other schools around the district, state and even in the U.S.? Then you want to check out a website created by U.S. News & World Report. The newsmagazine has consolidated a massive volume of information that constitutes this year’s record of high school performance across the nation, and released it for public use. Go to its website, usnews.com/education. There, users can select any high school and see an impressive collection of statistics including an overview of the school, a breakdown of its student body, a graphic showing its overall performance on standardized tests and more. It offers details including a school’s performance on: subject proficiency compared to state and district levels; student score distribution across levels; scores broken down across demographics like student disadvantage or disability; and college readiness levels. Some area schools were high in this year’s national rankings: Palmer Ridge High School ranked 21st in Colorado, with Lewis-Palmer High School following at 22nd. Discovery Canyon Campus, in Academy School District 20, ranked 31st in the state – that district’s charter, The Classical Academy, hit 10th in Colorado and number 368 nationally.

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Top graphic subject proficiency for Discovery Canyon Campus. Botton graphic subject proficiency for Palmer Ridge High School.

District 38 schedules public hearing on waiver request For The Tribune

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 has scheduled a public hearing at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, on its request for a waiver from the assessment portion of the School Readi-

ness Act. The hearing will be at D-38 administrative headquarters at 146 Jefferson St., Monument. The district believes that the state requirement is burdensome

and includes extensive recording of behavioral observations. The assessments are a duplication of the district’s standard based report cards. For more information, call 719-481-9546.

Armed with new data and spreadsheets, the Monument town staff is prepping for another round of tough questioning when the community gathers at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 9, to discuss water rates. It’s a conversation that started last August, continued through the fall, carried over through the Christmas holidays and into the new year as some blanched at the idea of their rates quadrupling overnight. The debate didn’t even end when the Board of Trustees narrowly approved the new rates in March, causing them to jump from $8.80 a month to $31 a month, which includes 1,000 gallons of water. The rates apply to about 900 west-side homeowners and about 130 businesses. East-side Monument residents are served by other water districts. Water became a major focus of the campaigns for four open seats on the Board of Trustees by the four “Accountability Slate” candidates. They promised, if elected, to immediately roll back the rates until they could further study the issue. Their effort failed, however, when they didn’t have the five votes required to pass an emergency ordinance by the seven-member board. Frustrated, Trustee Greg Coopman strongly urged his colleagues to convene another town meeting to allow residents to ask questions of town staff and make sure the huge increase was justified. Town Manager Chris Lowe said his staff will bring the latest data on 2015 consumption, revenue and See Water on Page 8

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The Monument Board of Trustees has scheduled a public forum to discuss the new water rates enacted in March. The forum will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 9, at the Monument Town Hall, 645 Beacon Lite Road.

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Affordable housing offers working people a place to call home At public meetings and on social media, debate is percolating about the idea of developers building affordable housing in Monument. We’ve reported on the issue in recent months, describing the lack of affordable homes and rental units for the elderly, working families and young couples. But I gotta tell you, I’ve been disturbed by many of the comments I’ve heard and read from people who oppose the efforts to accommodate folks who can’t afford the inflated real estate prices and rents in the region. Do you know who some of these people are? They are teachers in our schools who can’t live here. They are police officers and firefighters who commute to work in our community. How many studies do I need to cite about the value of having law enforcement officers who live in the communities where they work? They are the clerks at the grocery stores and the waitresses in your favorite restaurant. They are the young families who are so attractive to businesses and employers in search of a skilled, motivated workforce. I’ve heard some commenters sneer arrogantly at efforts to build affordable housing near Interstate 25 along Jackson Creek Parkway. I’ve seen and heard ugly remarks that “we don’t need those kinds of people” in our community. And callous statements that if people can’t afford to live here, then let them go somewhere else. Others spout off defiantly about how everyone should work and save and pay for a home the way they did it.

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Kind of a “Monument: Love It or Leave It” mentality. Others fear affordable housing and what it means for the community. To them, the term is synonymous with gangs, drugs, crime and blight. Some comments read like people using code words to mask racist attitudes. I really hope I’m wrong about that idea. Here’s what all these pronouncements ignore: we aren’t all born into the same circumstances and we don’t all enjoy the same advantages in life. Some are born into poverty. They go to lousy schools. Get poor nutrition. Lack positive role models. That doesn’t make them bad people. But if they aren’t able to break the cycle of poverty, or they are not offered a hand up, they are doomed to repeat it. I agree with those who believe it’s far better to help everyone achieve the American Dream of homeownership and become contributing members of society. I admire the Habitat for Humanity folks who teach the value of saving and working to buy a home and require the investment of “sweat equity” before turning over the keys of a new home to a deserving family. Over the years, I’ve written a lot of

stories about folks who are beneficiaries of affordable housing. These people often have compelling stories. So I called Andy Petersen, development director for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity in Colorado Springs, to get his thoughts about the importance of affordable housing. He cited studies and statistics and anecdotal information that all proves the value of helping people buy homes. “We know that if we help people break their cycle of poverty and improve their lives and the lives of their families, there are significant benefits to the community,” Petersen said. “When they get into affordable, permanent housing, families experience less sickness, less family conflict, they are more likely to attend church, be involved in their children’s schools, less likely to abuse alcohol and other substances.” These all sound like good things to me. But it gets better. Petersen said when folks get permanent homes, their children get better grades, are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college, have fewer teenage pregnancies and are less likely to require public assistance. In fact, he said the savings to taxpayers is in the tens of thousands of dollars per homeowner. “We’re dealing with people on state and local aid programs,” Petersen said. “This is an opportunity to get them off public assistance through homeownership. And children of Habitat families are 60 percent more likely to grow up and purchase a house for themselves 10 years after leaving their

parents’ home. “It really impacts families in incredible ways.” Petersen said Habitat is looking for opportunities to come into the Monument area and build homes. He said Habitat counts many donors and volunteers from Monument and the Tri-Lakes region. “Young working families can’t afford to purchase a place in the Monument area,” he said. “We’d love to come to the area and build a community.” But past attempts to build here have met with resistance, he said. It’s an image issue. He said people need to change how they view affordable housing and erase the idea of the crime-ridden, high-rise, inner-city tenement buildings of the past. Affordable housing doesn’t equate to a rathole and a radiator, as some describe it. Today, affordable housing is serving middle-class families often known as the working poor. Then there’s the elderly who find themselves squeezed out of communities like ours when their fixed incomes don’t keep up with the cost of living. Do we really want Monument to become another Aspen where only the affluent can afford to live? Eventually, those working poor are going to find jobs closer to home and they will quit their commute. It will cost more and more to attract others to replace them. And those costs will trickle down in a nasty cycle. Personally, I prefer to help strengthen families, to give a hand to those willing to work, to help transform the less fortunate from people on public assistance into pillars of the community through a little generosity.

40 Years Ago Tri-Lakes Tribune June 3, 1976 Slave Chokers: Ed Sullivan has created slave chokers. “It is the in thing for a guy and gal to wear slave chokers that declare their eternal devotion to each other.” They match except that the girls are a highly polished metal ring that holds porcelain bisque beads and charms of good fortune. The man’s is of goatskin lace. Sullivan states that the chokers tell a story. He has called his creations: “Moods in Jewelry.” Water Supply: Al Rozman of Bosworth Sullivan will address the Town Council June 7 and present a study of the town’s future requirements for water and methods of financing new water supplies. Also on the agenda is a reading of the new subdivision ordinance. The ordinance is being recommended by the Planning Commission spells out details of rules and regulations for sub dividing land within city limits. Worker Unhurt: Lonnie Warner was unhurt when the battery of a large diesel truck he was working on at Monument Concrete exploded last Friday. Woodmoor developer: Steven N. Arnold, chairman of Woodmoor Organization, announced that his firm will train a skilled sales force to seek buyers for exclusive residential area near Monument. He also plans on extending underground utility lines STAFF Office: 153 Washington Street, Suite 106 Monument, CO 80132 Phone: 719-686-6448

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into undeveloped areas and improve roads so that El Paso County will accept and maintain them. Charity Sale: A rummage sale will be held at the home of Mrs. Dorothy Swift, 4th and Washington, to benefit the crisis closet. The Crisis Closet provides for needy people in the Tri-Lakes area. Kindergarten Picnic: Parents and children were invited to a picnic at Palmer Lake Elementary School. This was the last meeting of Story Hour for the incoming class. Carter to Perform: On Thursday at 10-10:30 a.m., at the Palmer Lake Library, guitarist Nancy Carter will tell stories and sing for the children. Fabric Sale: 10 percent off zippers, new t-shirt knits and polyester knits at Raggedy Ann Fabrics. 99 Cent Tire Removal: Monument Travel Center will remove snow tires and mount regular tires for 99 cents. State inspection sticker “5” is now due. Cemetery Clean Up: Kiwanis Club participated in cleanup day, May 29 to make the Monument Cemetery neat and trim for Memorial Day. Outdoor Education: A $2,500 federal grant was received by Lewis-Palmer Middle School to develop a pioneer Outdoor Education Program for 7th graders. The program was designed and directed by Jim Connally, chairman of the Science Department. Seventh graders spend three days at Monument Environmental Center studying nature and environment. The program was well received by the students. Compiled by Linda Case Reporter AVALON MANLY avalonmanly@yourpeaknews.com

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1965 flood, tornados can’t stop Tri-Lakes independent streak In the Tri-Lakes area, citizens have a reputation to uphold for pulling off a grand Independence Day celebration every year. But the last weeks in June and the first weeks of July in 1965 were particularly challenging as area residents dug out, mopped up and began rebuilding in the wake of devastating floods, tornado and mud slides. “Washouts strand hundreds,” “Flood Claims Three Lives Locally,” and “Tornado Tears through Tiny Palmer Lake,” read the headlines in Palmer Lake – Monument News at the time. “Wednesday, June 16, 1965, when a tornado hit Palmer Lake, letting loose a torrential rain following a day-long rain. Waters accumulated from the run-off down through East Plum Creek and West Plum Creek, various gulches, converging at the south entrance Castle Rock, washed out all the bridges enroute,” according to the News. “Flooded Plum Creek emptied into the Platte and continued washing out bridges, buildings down through Denver.” The event was labeled the “greatest calamity in Colorado history” and the floodwaters rolled on through Nebraska and Kansas. President Johnson honored Gov. John Love’s request to

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declare a disaster area and crews from Lowry Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and elsewhere, offered rescue and support with helicopters, buses and housing. Additional helicopters were requested by Maj. Gen. Joe C. Moffitt, adjutant general for Colorado, from nearby states. Two women were pulled out from under the rubble of their collapsed houses by Palmer Lake Residents and a crew from the Air Force Academy after Monument Creek washed away the foundations. Over 120 4-H club members stranded at Pinecrest, with 25 adult leaders, were finally ferried across a swollen stream a day later and transferred to a shelter at churches in Colorado Springs. The historic Little Log Church survived high winds, but Rev. Russell Jones lost most of his roof in the adjoining structure. Palmer Lake Post-

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A wall of water came out of the canyon at the top of High Street and roared through tiny Palmer Lake after the tornado did its damage.

master Reda Bradley reported that it blew out windows and ripped the door from the building. Army and Air Force generators were brought in to provide electricity. Mountain States Telephone strung six lines in for emergency service to rescue crews and the 7th Engineer Battalion from Fort Carson brought in

water purification equipment. Soldiers and engineers from Fort Carson were able to preserve Monument Lake dam by stacking hundreds of sandbags at a low point there. By the July 1 edition of the local paper, water was still flowing in Palmer Lake streets but “it’s drying up and things are looking better.” Grading crews from the academy continued to help in the cleanup. But area residents didn’t let recent events pull them away from a proper observance of the nation’s birthday. “The Monument Lake Resort will be the setting for the Palmer Lake – Monument Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display,” read the paper’s local announcement. The festival featured a barbecue and was sponsored by the following organizations: Cities of Monument and Palmer Lake, the Monument-Palmer Lake Kiwanis Club, the Monument Lake Resort and the Texaco Service Station. “Everyone is invited to enjoy the barbecue and to be thrilled by the biggest and best display of fireworks ever presented in this area,” according to an optimistic dispatch in the same Meanwhile, news outlets reported ongoing flood and tornado cleanup efforts. Florence Hafer, 62, and Betty Schreiper, 50, were trapped, neck-deep in swirling water for 90 minutes, under kitchen appliances and cabinets when streams swept away the foundation of their home.

Our region’s history is deeply intertwined with the railroads Most of you know that trains and our railroad history are my favorite subject. We have a few new people in the area, and I have been asked about the early days. It was a lot different than today. The first railroad in the area was Gen. William Jackson Palmer’s Denver & Rio Grande, which he founded in 1871 along with Colorado Springs. At that time, it was a narrow, threefoot gauge track, meaning the distance between the rails was three feet. The locomotives and cars were tiny by today’s standards. Locomotives were about the size of today’s minivans! Passenger cars only carried 20

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or so people. It took most of a day to travel between Denver and Colorado Springs. The tracks stopped there, until the line south was ready a year later. The Santa Fe was the area’s second railroad, arriving in 1878 with standard-gauge locomotives and cars. To use the D&RG’s track, the

Santa Fe folks had to add a third rail, widening them to the standard gauge 4-feet-8½-inches apart, like today’s track. In 1887, the Santa Fe built its own tracks from Pueblo to Denver. At Monument, the two railroads ran on either side of town. At Palmer Lake, their tracks ran on opposite sides of the lake. By that time, train equipment had become much larger. And as time went by, the sizes grew even more and the time of a trip became shorter. During World War I, the railroads changed their operations in order to speed traffic. Generally the Santa Fe was used for every northbound train

and the D&RG was used for southbound traffic. After World War II, the size and number of passenger trains declined. In 1966, the last passenger train stopped at Palmer Lake. The town’s two main stations were gone and a little station just north of the lake was closed. The last passenger train passed through in 1971. In 1974, just a single set of tracks remained between Palmer Lake and Security. Then, in 1975, we started seeing coal trains rumble through with more and more regularity. There have been rumors ever since that the railroads would put back in a second track, but it has not happened.

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Briefs Citizens College offers behind- sessions with county elected officials and staff. the-scenes look at county For The Tribune

El Paso County residents are invited to take a “behind-the-scenes” look at county government during Citizens College on June 11 and 18. Enrollees will go to jail, as they tour the Criminal Justice Center, observe where autopsies are performed on a tour of the Coroner’s Office, climb into the Office of Emergency Management’s Hazmat trucks and the Sheriff’s Wildland fire trucks, and see exactly how the Clerk and Recorder counts and processes your ballot at the Citizens Service Center. Participants will also learn about the services they receive from El Paso County in an interactive classroomstyle, accelerated-education environment. The hands-on experiences will be punctuated by multi-media presentations and lively question-and-answer

Citizens College is presented by the El Paso County Citizen Outreach Group with assistance from the Council of Neighbors and Organizations. Citizens College topics include: County Government 101, Child and Adult Protection and Economic Assistance Programs, Criminal Prosecution and Investigation, Public Health and Safety, Road and Bridge Operations and Maintenance, Land Use and Zoning, Veterans Services, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Services, Property Tax Assessments and Collections and County Budget and Finance. “You’ll be able to get ‘up close and personal’ with elected officials, department directors and have a chance to see behind the scenes operations,” said Commissioner Sallie Clark. “This is a great opportunity to learn why county government matters.” For more information about El

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with terms limited to two consecutive terms. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of each month at various county facilities. Locations are posted with agendas in the lobby of Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs. The volunteer application is located at www.elpasoco.com and can be accessed by clicking on the “Volunteer Boards” link. Applicants are asked to reference the board and position they wish to represent and include a mailing address and daytime phone number. Send completed applications and letter of interest and/or résumés to: Board of County Commissioners, attn: Jessica McMullen, El Paso County executive administrative assistant, 200 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903. For further information, email McMullen at JessicaMcMullen@elpasoco.com or call 719-520-6555. Applications are due by June 3.

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aren’t camping out. So while the Walmart at North Academy and Highway 83 in Colorado Springs allows overnight RV or car camping, the Walmart on 8th Street in Colorado Springs and another in Woodland Park do not. About 200 Walmarts across the U.S. don’t allow their parking lots to serve as campsites, and usually they have very specific reasons for doing so, like noise levels, the “eyesore” of RVs in residential neighborhoods, or the potential for messes left behind by campers. Sometimes, a city passes an ordinance disallowing the practice. In Woodland Park, for example, an ordinance prohibits overnight camping town-wide in commercial parking lots, including at the area Walmart. Even before ground was broken for that store, it was clear the parking lot wouldn’t double as a free campsite. But in 2007, Monument’s Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to allow overnight RV camping in business parking lots. Trustees voted down ordinances prohibiting these activities out of concerns that the regulations

would curtail local property rights. Most RV or car campers adhere to generally accepted rules of camping etiquette: come late, leave early, stay reasonably quiet, and clean up after yourself. The revelation about the sex offender prompted Glover, an attorney, to research the board’s 2007 decision to allow parking lot camping. Now, her research complete, Glover said she may bring the issue forward again this month. She wants the trustees to consider banning camping in any retail parking lot in the town, or to designate spots for expressly that purpose, rather than allowing entire lots to be open for camping. Charles Crowson, senior manager of national media relations with the Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., said this is the first time he has ever heard of a sex offender calling a Walmart lot home. “We like to leave (the decisions regarding overnight camping) to the discretion of local managers,” he said, “because our managers are our eyes and ears.” But, Crowson said, if residents became concerned

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about the camping policies of their local Walmart, they are welcome to – and often do – take the issue to their local elected officials. It’s important to note that Knight was not breaking any law by listing Walmart as his home address. “If sex offenders register as transients and he’s staying in the Walmart parking lot, he would use that as his address,”

said Jackie Kirby, spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s legal to do so if he is transient. It gives us an area to find him in, if he is transient.” Often sex offenders find it difficult to rent or buy a home because rules prohibit them from living near schools or child daycares. And simply because he was on the registry doesn’t mean he’s a danger to

children or even violent. “You can be a registered sex offender for a myriad of reasons,” Kirby said, noting it “would depend on what the charges are.” She also said Knight isn’t the first to list a commercial property as a home address. “I don’t know if it’s common, but it’s not uncommon to list a retail place and not a home,” she said.

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expenditures of the Water Enterprise Fund, which handles the operations of the water utility. In fact, he planned to post it on the town website and Facebook page last week to give people a chance to study the numbers. “We’ll have the latest information available,” Lowe said. “A lot of revenue that was projected didn’t come in and a lot of expenses didn’t occur.” Though a lot of numbers will change, the basic assumptions that drove the rate increase remain, he said. Coopman was hopeful for a better turnout June 9 than occurred at previous board meetings and town hall discussions. By now, he said, water customers will have seen the impact of the new rates on their water bills and he believes it will attract a big crowd. Coopman said he’s been studying the numbers

and believes he can figure a way to lower rates while still achieving the goals set out by the staff. “We want to stop the losses of the Water Enterprise Fund and make it solvent,” Coopman said. “We want to build a $500,000 reserve fund. Repay subsidies from the General Fund. And fund nine critical, highpriority projects that need to be done. The total for them is about $1.7 million. “I believe these goals can be obtained through significantly less revenue than the current water rates generate.” Among the revelations Coopman has uncovered is a staggering loss in recent years by the water enterprise. “We overspent $4.4 million over the past 10 years,” Coopman said. “We must get our water enterprise fund solvent.” And he has been shocked to learn the town only has a projected water supply of about 11 years, if no

new wells are drilled or water rights purchased or a recycling plant built, as has been proposed for $12 million. He also has many questions about a 1 percent sales tax voters passed in 1989 for water projects and how those funds were used in subsequent years. In fact, Coopman said he can make a persuasive argument the town does not need to reimburse subsidies from the General Fund to keep the water enterprise solvent because his research found the town has been dipping into those sales tax revenues for years to pay for non-water projects. In the end, Coopman said it’s possible the board will conclude the new rates are justified and nothing will be changed. “All I know for sure is that we have a crisis,” Coopman said. “We are running out of water. We are spending more than we are taking in. And we have to fix it.”

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Calendar Monument, Black Forest, Gleneagle, Palmer Lake June 2 Police support Former police officer James Fitzgerald presents “Support Your Local Police and Keep Them Independent” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Library 21, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs. Doors open at 6 p.m. Fitzgerald will explain the efforts to turn local police into national police. Liberty First, a Colorado Springs based liberty group, hosts the event. Fitzgerald spent eight years as a plain-clothes detective on the tough streets of Newark, N.J. He is national director of field activities for the John Birch Society. Contact David L. Kelly at david@libertasprimoris.org or call 719-2374598. June 3 Opening reception The 51st annual PLAG Fine Art Exhibition and 4-of-a-Kind Exhibition is open from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. Both exhibitions from May 31 to June 25. Call 719-481-0475 or go to www.TriLakesArts.org June 3-5 Gems, minerals, more The Pikes Peak Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Shows has more than 40 dealers with gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, petrified wood, healing crystals and more. A kids’ area is set up where children can learn about gems and minerals. Several custom jewelers and gem cutters will have finished items available, or visitors can talk to them about custom designs. The show is open from Friday, June 3, to Sunday, June 5, at the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs. Cost is $5 for adults. Children 12 and younger admitted free. Parking is free. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Go to www. csms-web.org or contact Kim Packham at 719-3609665 or runningboar@hotmail.com

June 4 Fishing derby Tri-Lakes Lions Club plans the Palmer Lake Kid’s Fishing Derby for elementary and middle school-aged anglers from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4. Entry to the Fishing Derby is a donation of a non-perishable food item for Tri-Lakes Cares. A limited number of rods and reels will be loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis. Kids may bring fishing bait (salmon eggs and worms) or corn is provided. June 4 Summer music The first program in First Christian Church’s Hot Summer Nights: Music on the Labyrinth series is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., Colorado Springs. Local favorite Joe Uveges, singer and acoustic guitarist, will perform. A free will offering will be taken. June 10 Concerts Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts presents concerts by Ronny Cox at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10; The Accidentals at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24; Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23. For tickets and information, call 719-481-0475 or go to www.TriLakesArts.org. June 10 Courthouse history Discover the story of the 1903 El Paso County Courthouse’s architect A.J. Smith and construct your own historic building from 2-4 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs. Program for families with children ages 5-12. RSVP at cspm.org or call 719385-5990. Through June 12 Musical The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center presents “9 to 5: The Musical” from Thursday, May 19, to Monday, June 12, at 30 W. Dale St. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct

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Surviving a political crisis with the Nepalis KATHMANDU, Nepal – A few weeks prior to my arrival in October, a tense, political drama began to unfold on Nepal’s southern border with India. I was oblivious to the powerplay, arriving filled with idyllic enthusiasm about my visit here. I was focused mainly on beginning my humanitarian adventure. I knew only superficial details about the developing confrontation. Because I had no real informed perspective about its underlying causes, I couldn’t imagine the costly and tragic crisis to come. The official public explanation for the conflict blames Nepal’s adoption in mid-2015 of a new constitution. Ethnic Madhesis groups in the border region, heavily influenced by India, felt they weren’t given fair representation in the new system. Public protests erupted and a blockade was set-up at Birgunj, across from the Indian border town of Raxaul. More than 40 protesters were killed and many others injured, including riot police officers, during the violent clashes. The blockade cut off the main entry point for trucks carrying fuel, medicine and other critical supplies, creating severe shortages and hardships for Nepal, still reeling from two devastat-

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ing and deadly earthquakes, just six months prior. Nepal became paralyzed. Schools closed as supplies ran out and classrooms couldn’t be heated. Rebuilding projects stalled. Tens of thousands of quake victims had to endure a bitterly cold winter in flimsy, temporary shelters. Then the country’s treasured forests and greenland assets became imperiled as people turned to chopping branches and trees, for use as cooking fuel and warmth. Young children and elderly endured greater sickness and died in greaterthan-usual numbers in remote villages and rural areas. It was bleak. One of the mainstays of Nepal’s economy, the tourism industry, ground down to a standstill. Foreigner visitors, trekkers and adventure seekers stopped coming. Businesses and shops shut their doors. My friends and I spent the winter dressed in multiple layers of sweaters and ski clothes, both indoors and out. There was no heat. I did enjoy nights talking over a courtyard campfire with our flat’s security guard. I would trade him energy sweets and trekking bars for fireside time and entertaining stories. Travel was minimal and

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Village children warm themselves, during blockade crisis, by a wood fueled fire in the Nuwakot District. Jan ‘ 16

expensive. If one could find gas for their hired scooter, motorcycle or car, the prices were astronomical. Imagine paying $20 per gallon for gas. Many black marketers were arrested for taking advantage of the situation. We ate a lot of peanut butter, cooked simple meals on small, portable convection stoves, burned candles during the long power outages and

drank lots of tea and coffee. And despite the discomforts I endured, I felt humbled and somewhat privileged to feel a solidarity, if only in small proportion, to experience and endure that tough time, alongside my gracious Nepali hosts. The blockade officially ended in February. Some say that the standoff will have more damaging, longterm consequences than the earthquakes.

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A Nepali policeman steps in to restore order, as bus operators argue and scuffle at a petrol station. Tour buses line up along street for petrol rations; Nov ‘15 (As the crisis unfolded, buses, taxis, autos and motorcyclists waited in long lines and for many hours daily for petrol.

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Typical hastily built shelter in Rasuwa District, where villagers spent harsh winter with temperatures falling below zero, without cooking fuel and only a woodfired stove or fire for warmth. Firewood became scarce as local forests became depleted or covered with snow.

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Musician/film star Ronny Cox coming in TLCA on June 10 Cox last played in Tri-Lakes in 2011 By Danny Summers dannysummers@yourpeaknews.com

Ronny Cox is famous for many things over a long career as a singer-songwriter, musician and actor. Among them is his iconic performance of “Dueling Banjos” during the hit 1972 hit film “Deliverance.” But if you attend his show June 10 at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, don’t expect him to play that song as part of his set. “That’s not me playing the guitar on the soundtrack,” Cox told the Tribune last week during a telephone conversa-

tion from his home in Los Angeles. “In the film, I play the guitar and I matched the song, note for note. But they used someone else for the soundtrack. “Nobody, at the time, thought it was going to be a huge hit. Looking back, I wish I would have played on the soundtrack. It probably cost me a million dollars.” Cox, 77, has been consistently active in the music world and Hollywood for over 40 years. He has appeared in more than 125 films. Cox made his film debut in Deliverance, which was nominated for three Academy Awards including best picture (The Godfather won the award). He was teamed with famed actors Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty. Cox also appeared in blockbuster

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films like Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall, Taps, Bound For Glory and The Onion Field. But Cox’s first love is music. It began in the 1950s when he was in high school in New Mexico. “I was a musician before I was an actor,” Cox said. “I formed the band “Ron’s Rock Outs” and I put myself through college playing music. “I love acting, but I don’t love it as much as music.” Cox graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1963 with a double major in theater and speech correction. Cox last played the TLCA in 2011. His band includes a piano/accordion players and a person on the fiddle. “Ronny loves people and he loves relating to people,” said Michael Maddox, TLCA’s executive director. “When he played here in 2011 he met each person when we opened the doors at 6 p.m. and talked to them about movies and TV shows and music and signed autographs. In all my years as a promoter I never had any artist do that. “Before he took the stage and said a word or played one note he already had the audience in the palm of his hand.” Cox is a storyteller. His music is eclectic, a woven tapestry of songs and stories with an overall arc that eventually comes together and tells something about the human condition. “The last time we played in Palmer Lake we had a wonderful time,” Cox said. “I try to make my show as intimate as I possibly can and the audience in Palmer Lake really responded

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Ronny Cox has been a musician for most of his life. He will be playing at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts on June 10.

well. “Music to me is like dialogue and when you have someone to play off of it makes it that much of a better experience for everyone. I like the houselights on because I like to look out and see the effect I have.” Advance tickets for Cox’s show are $18 for TLCA members, $22 for nonmembers. Day of show tickets are $20 for TLCA members, $24 for non-members. For tickets, call 719-481-0475 or go to www.trilakesarts.org. The TLCA is located at 304 Highway 105.

Ronny Cox, far right, will play his special style of music at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts on June 10. He starred in the 1972 film “Deliverance. Pictured here are his fellow lead actors from that film, left to right, Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty.

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Martin rides off into the sunset after L-P victory Rangers’ head soccer coach calls it quits after 14 years

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It’s been quite a journey the past four years for Joe Martin. Last Wednesday, Martin directed his Lewis-Palmer High School girls’ soccer team to the 4A state championship, followed by his retirement as head coach. It was a decision he announced three weeks ago. You might be surprised to know Martin almost didn’t get the chance to retire. In fact, he narrowly escaped being fired. In April 2013, there was no talk of state titles. The talk at L-P was only nasty gossip and innuendo as Martin found himself at the center of an ugly dispute with some parents and players who engaged in a campaign to get him fired. They didn’t prevail. Martin weathered the storm and moved on. He forgave and forgot. And his example is something we can all learn from. “I don’t like to think about it,” Martin told me on May 25, following his team’s 1-0 victory over Valor Christian in the championship game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. “That’s all in the past. These girls and their hard work are what we should be celebrating today.” As much as this championship is a tribute to the hard work of the L-P

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players, it also is a tribute to the character and positive influence of Martin and former L-P athletic director Russ McKinstry. It was, after all, McKinstry who did not give into the demands of players and parents and kept Martin in charge. McKinstry sort of sidestepped the issue by naming assistant coach Ryan Parsons head of game operations, while Martin was appointed program director. It wasn’t elegant or ideal. But they made it work. The program has been better off for it. Fast forward to last week when junior Annica Fletemeyer’s goal in the 18th minute – off an assist by fellow junior Bri Alger – led to the Rangers winning the program’s first state championship in 20 years. Imagine just how satisfying it must feel for Martin, who reveled in the moment. “I am so proud of the girls,” he said after the title game. “These girls set the goals and achieved those goals. They really worked hard.” Martin had nothing to say about the past, staying true to his position in

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Lewis-Palmer players and coaches celebrate after winning the Class 4A girls’ soccer championship May 25 at Dicks’ Sporting Good Stadium. Head coach Joe Martin is far right.

2013 when he refused to publicly call out the players and parents for their conduct. He was only interested in forgiving the girls and the parents and moving forward as co-head coach and director of the program. I marvel at the job he’s done, given the circumstances. Heck, despite the chaos in 2013, he guided the Rangers to the playoffs, where they lost in the first round. The next spring, they advanced to the quarterfinals. Last year, they faced Cheyenne Mountain in the state title game, losing on penalty kicks after two

40-minute halves and two 15-minute overtime periods. Now they are state champs and Parsons will be head of the program moving forward. “This program has a very bright future with Ryan in charge,” Martin said. “The goal next year will be to win another championship.” Martin still plans on hanging around the team on occasion. “I’m still going to come out and yell at Ryan from the stands,” Martin said with a smile. Enjoy your retirement, Coach Martin. You’ve earned it.

Moviel tabbed to take over Palmer Ridge baseball program By Danny Summers dannysummers@yourpeaknews.com

Greg Moviel, a former Vanderbilt University pitcher who spent a couple of seasons with the Seattle Mariners organization, was hired as the new baseball coach at Palmer Ridge High School on May 25. Moviel, 31, takes over a Bears’ team that went 13-7 this spring and advanced to the Class 4A district tournament. “We had a good pool of candidates and Greg stood out for us,” said Palmer Ridge athletic director Jimmy Porter. “With his background in pitching and his experience, he knows what a program should look like.” Moviel inherits a team that experienced an unexpected coaching change early in the season. Steve Whiting was fired as head coach for violating District 38 and Colorado High School Activities Association policy after the team returned from a trip to Arizona in March. Peter Gordon, a teacher at the school and assistant football coach, took over the program on an interim basis and guided the team to a third-place finish in

the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. “Greg is about character and teaching life lesson to kids,” Porter said. Moviel, a left-hander, played three seasons at Vanderbilt from 2004-06. Used mostly in relief, he compiled a 1-0 in record in 15 collegiate games. Moviel was selected by Seattle in the 26th round of the 2006 amateur draft and spent two seasons with the organization. He reached as high as low Single-A Clinton of the Midwest League in 2009, posting a 2-3 record with 4.58 ERA in 30 relief appearances. Moviel got into coaching following his playing career and spent four years at a prep school in Virginia and the last two years in Austin, Texas, as a lead instructor of University of Texas camps. Moviel has ties to the Tri-Lakes area. His motherin-law, Chris Gobrecht, is the head women’s basketball coach at the Air Force Academy. Gobrecht’s daughter, Madeline, played basketball for her when she was the head coach at Yale. Courtesy photo

Greg Moviel, a former pitcher at Vanderbilt University who later played professionally for the Seattle Mariners organizaiton, was recently hired as the new baseball coach at Palmer Ridge High School.

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the potent Eagles offensive attack. Valor had just two official shots on Arsenault the entire game. The Eagles averaged 3 ½ goals per contest on the season. With about 10 minutes remaining in the game, L-P junior defender and co-captain Karly Sandoval stopped a shot, blocking it with the side of her head, to prevent a tying goal. Unfortunately, she had to leave the field and did not return. However, she joined her teammates in hoisting the championship trophy after the game. “I wanted to celebrate with them because we really worked hard,” Sandoval said. The Rangers’ road to this year’s championship game officially began on Feb. 29 with the first orga-

nized team practices. Sandoval said the team’s goals included going undefeated and winning a state championship. She’s already thinking how nice it would be to repeat in 2017. But she wants to embrace what the team accomplished this season. “Right now it’s all about the moment,” Sandoval said. “We don’t want to get too cocky. We want to stay humble and enjoy this because it doesn’t come often.” The only blemish on the Rangers’ record this spring was a 1-0 loss to The Classical Academy on March 12. It was L-P’s second game of the season and TCA’s first. TCA scored just two minutes into that match and made it stand up. “The girls learned from that loss and put it

behind them and moved on,” said L-P co-head coach Ryan Parsons, who will take over the program next season after the retirement of Joe Martin. L-P graduates seven seniors from this year’s squad, but only three starters, all of whom will play in college – Sarah Lyons (Colorado College), Brenna Oakey (Adams State) and Jenny Allenspach (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs). The bulk of the Rangers’ stars this season were juniors. L-P dominated in the playoffs, posting five consecutive shutouts, while outscoring the opposition 11-0. In fact, the Rangers were an own goal away from pitching 11 straight shutouts.


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Tillotson is Gatorade’s Colorado baseball player of the year L-P senior was surprised with award during May 24 ceremony By Danny Summers dannysummers@yourpeaknews.com

Four days after graduating from Lewis-Palmer High School, Paul Tillotson was named the Gatorade Colorado baseball player of the year on May 24. “This is the most prestigious award I’ve ever received,” Tillotson said. Tillotson, a right-hander, went 8-1 with a 1.02 ERA and 86 strikeouts this season while leading the Rangers to their third consecutive postseason appearance. He walked just 17 batters while allowing a total of eight earned runs in 55 innings. Tillotson, who played right field when he was not pitching, hit .562 with four home runs and a teambest 40 RBIs in helping to lead the Rangers to the Class 4A district second round. Tilloton’s father, also Paul, was notified by Gatorade officials on May 23 that his son won the award. He quickly assembled many of Paul’s teammates, coaches and L-P faculty and staff to gather at the school. L-P coach Brett Lester helped arrange the event.

“I went down to the baseball field to throw the ball around and coach Lester came out and asked me to come inside for something,” Tillotson said. “When I got inside there were all these people and I was really surprised, for sure.” Tillotson is now a finalist for the national Gatorade player of the year award. If selected, he would join former L-P volleyball standout Alexa Smith (2014) as the only athletes from the school to ever be named Gatorade’s national players of the year in their respective sports. Former L-P basketball standout Josh Scott was the 2012 Gatorade Colorado player of the year. Tillotson, who has signed with the University of Nebraska, had a 3.46 weighted GPA. He has volunteered on behalf of Children’s Hospital Colorado in recent years – along with many of his teammates – and also participated in a food drive to benefit residents that were displaced by the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012. Tillotson is expected to be a high-round selection in next week’s amateur baseball draft. Tillotson said he hopes to get drafted in the top five rounds, although he’s undecided if he would play pro ball immediately. “Either way, I have great opportunity with college,” he said.

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Lewis-Palmer right-hander Paul Tillotson was named the Gatorade Colorado baseball player of the year last week.

Track coach leaving Palmer Ridge for job at Niwot By Danny Summers dannysummers@yourpeaknews.com

Building a state champion track program didn’t outweigh the call of home, family and friends so Kelly Christensen has resigned as coach of the Palmer Ridge High School boys and girls track and cross country programs. Christensen announced May 23 he was leaving for Niwot High. “I lived in the Loveland and Fort Collins area for eight years and I have a lot of family and support there,” said Courtesy Photo Christensen, who worked as a coun- Kelly Christensen, the head cross country selor at Palmer Ridge and will do the and track coach at Palmer Ridge, is leaving same at Niwot. “I’ve enjoyed my time at the school to become the new cross country Palmer Ridge, but I am happy to be go- and assistant track coach at Niwot. ing to Niwot.” (Western State), Brandon Oswald (ColChristensen was Palmer Ridge’s head orado Mesa) and Audrey Furst (Westboys and girls track coach the past two ern State). seasons, leading the boys to a Class 4A “We’ve had a lot of great athletes and championship in 2015, and a runner- to see the laundry list of kids moving up finish in 2016. He was an assistant onto the next level is pretty imprescoach for the 2014 boys’ team that won sive,” said Christensen, who was a star the state title under Josh Trahan. runner for Western State. Christensen was the Bears’ head Christensen will also be an assistant cross country coach in 2014 and 2015, with Niwot’s track teams in the spring, leading the boys to the state title in the specializing in distance. The Coufall of 2014 and a runner-up finish last gars girls’ teams won back-to-back 4A fall. He was an assistant cross country championships in 2014 and 2015. coach at Palmer Ridge in 2013. Prior to coaching at Palmer Ridge, Christensen was an assistant at Thompson Valley, where he helped In 2004, voters approved the the girls’ track team win a Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority 4A championship in 2012. Christensen said he to fund transportation improvements has been contacted many in our community. times by other schools The PPRTA collected $790 million from about their coaching openings, but didn’t con2005–2015 to spend on PPRTA sider leaving until Niwot projects and programs. athletic director Chase McBride inquired. Learn how your tax dollars have been “I always found it easy to say no to the other schools, spent on road, bridge, transit, bicycle, and but sometimes opportunimaintenance projects to ty knocks and you take it.” move our region forward. Christensen said. Under Christensen’s direction, Palmer Ridge has had numerous athletes sign scholarships to comat www.PPRTA.com pete at the college level. This year’s class inor by contacting: cludes Caleb Ojennes (Indiana), Hannah Capek pprta@ppacg.org (Alabama), Kyle Rex (Uni15 S. 7th St.; versity of Colorado at Colorado Springs), Rylee Reis 719-471-7080 x138 (UCCS), Megan Harvey

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Kellsey Sample, 10th, sister Ashlee, 18th, at state golf tournament By Danny Summers dannysummers@yourpeaknews.com

Kellsey Sample’s goal this golf season was to improve upon her previous showings at the state tournament. The Palmer Ridge junior did exactly that last week when she finished tied for 10th – up three spots from 2015 – at the Class 4A event that was held at the Pueblo Country Club. “I felt pretty good about my game the first day,” Sample said. “I was expecting to play a lot better (the second day) and hit more greens. I had five pars in a row on the back nine, but bogeyed three of my last four holes, so that was a little disappointing.” Sample fired a 19-over par 163 (8281) in the two-day tournament. She has improved her showing at the state tournament since her freshman year when she was 30th. Next year she hopes to challenge for the state title. This year’s winner was Silver Creek freshman Erin Sargent, who shot rounds of 75 and 74. “I need to make sure my approach shots and anything outside of the greens are on,” Sample said. “This summer I will work really hard on all my irons and my hybrids.” Sample was joined at the state tournament by her younger sister Ashlee,

a freshman who finished tied for 18th with a score of 171 (88-83). “I was struggling with the greens and putting was difficult,” Ashlee said. “I was also struggling with my drives. It seemed like (my approach shots) were always 160 yards out.” Ashlee added that the experience of playing in the state tournament will help her in future events. “I learned from the first-place winner,” Ashlee said. “She was a freshman like me and was under a lot of pressure and she earned it.” The Sample sisters plan to play in several junior golf events this summer. Two other Tri-Lakes area athletes competed in the state tournament. The Classical Academy freshman Kenzie Fontana finished tied for 43rd out of the 85-player field with a 190 (95-95). Discovery Canyon’s Shannon Bocquet was tied for 59th at 199 (97-102). “In my five years as coach at TCA, Kenzie had the best showing of any golfer from our school at state,” said TCA coach Bob Gravelle. “I think she has a great future ahead of her.” Fontana’s father, Mike, owns World Golf in Colorado Springs. She pulled double duty this spring, playing attacker for the Rampart girls’ lacrosse team. TCA does not field a lacrosse team.

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Palmer Ridge junior Kellsey Sample lines up a putt during last week’s state golf tournament. Sample finished tied for 10th.

Palmer Ridge freshman Ashlee Sample hits a drive during last week’s Class 4A state golf tournament in Pueblo.

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