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Impasse broken Gleneagle neighborhood comes D-38 and Monument together for fight against cancer Academy sign new deal District will donate administrative services over 10-year agreement

Residents of Latrobe Drive gathered to host Texas 4000 bicyclists

By Bill Vogrin

By Danny Summers

After months of contentious negotiations over funding, the Lewis-Palmer School District and the Monument Academy have reached a tentative agreement on a new 10-year operating agreement that includes huge savings on administrative services for the 20-year-old charter school. The agreement, announced at a June 16 school board meeting, was surprising in its length – twice as long as typical charter school operating agreements – and because the two sides had been locked at a negotiating impasse for months. Though talks never broke down, the sides seemed far apart over the issue of how much financial support the district provides the tuition-free academy, which relies on a combination of student fees, fundraising, and state and federal grants. Schools are financed through a combination of property taxes, state and federal funds and per-pupil allocations. Academy officials were demanding that D-38 give it a share of a mill levy override voters passed in 1999, which gave the district additional $4 million a year in property tax revenue. The academy was left out, as was common at the time for charter schools, and recently decided its exclusion was unfair. Officials said they wouldn’t sign a new agreement with D-38 unless they received their fair share. It was a significant amount being demanded by

For a short time last week, Latrobe Drive in Gleneagle resembled a pit stop on the Tour de France. Actually, it was a respite for 25 bicyclists from Texas on a crosscountry ride to raise awareness of cancer and money to fight it. And it turned into quite the unique community gathering. Dozens of neighbors gathered at the home of Larry and Mary Obenauf to welcome the “Texas 4000 for Cancer” bicycle group that stopped for the night in the Tri-Lakes area. At the Obenaufs’ home, the cyclists refueled with a hearty meal, did some laundry – even relaxed in a hot tub – before beginning the next leg of their trip that will take them to Alaska. “We just want to show these kids how much we appreciate what they’re doing,” Mary Obenauf said. “They are sacrificing part of their lives to do something special in the fight against cancer.” This was the second con-

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Texas 4000 for Cancer bicyclists stopped in the Tri-Lakes area June 15-16. Four TriLakes area host families put the 25 riders up the night. The host families, neighbors and riders had a joyous time.

secutive year that the Obenaufs opened their home to the recent University of Texas graduates who have taken on the challenge of bicycling from Austin to Anchorage to help in the fight to defeat cancer. Awaiting the riders in Gleneagle was a fancy pot luck meal – along with a tasty cake – put on by host families in the area who felt it was much better to give than receive. “This is our first year hosting the riders,” said Duane Gritzmaker, who lives across the street from the Obenaufs with his wife, Bar-

bara. “Mary is such a great neighbor. When she asked us if we’d like to put up some riders we said ‘Of course we would.’ Kids this age are so invigorating. It’s just so much fun to do this.” The riders began arriving at Latrobe Drive around 5:30 p.m. They biked up from Pueblo, where they had spent the previous night at Westminster Presbyterian Church. On their way to Gleneagle, they stopped off in Garden of the Gods to take in the unique and breathtaking scenery. See Texas 4000 on Page 14

Important races for Senate, Congress, county highlight primary election ballot By Tribune staff

The June 28 primary election features several spirited races including the Republican race for the nomination to the U.S. Senate. That contest pits El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha, combat veteran and ex-state representative Jon Keyser, businessman and former Aurora councilman Ryan Frazier and business owner and ex-Colorado State University athletic director Jack Graham. The winner will face incumbent U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, in the November general election. Another GOP primary battle features U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a five-term incumbent, against newcomer and surprise District Assembly winner Calandra Vargas in the race for the 5th District seat in Congress. Another race of interest to readers is for the 3rd District seat on the El Paso County Commission, which represents the western portion of the county

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including Ute Pass and Palmer Lake. The newcomers, Karen Cullen and Stan VanderWerf, are challenging to replace longtime Commissioner Sallie Clark, who is leaving due to term limits. Here is a brief look at each of the candidates with links to learn more:

Ryan L. Frazier, 38, of Aurora, small business owner, Navy veteran and intelligence officer, co-founder High Point Academy public charter school, two-term Aurora city councilman. Goals: Simplifying taxes, helping small businesses, increase energy production on public lands, defeating ISIS. See Guide on Page 9

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Calendar Concert in the Park – Wednesday, June 22 What: Buddy Whittington & the Atomic Fireballs play a free concert in Limbach Park When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 22 Where: Limbach Park, 2nd and Front Street, Monument Info:

Movie Night – Thursday, June 23

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Members of the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club and Monument Hill Foundation pose with Lewis­Palmer High School scholarship winners: Back Row, from left, Barrie Town, Kathy Strom, LPHS teacher Greg Long, Jack Fry, Ted Bauman and Barbara Broshous. Front row, from left, students Grace Lee, Dominique Chouloute, and Laura Olson.

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Three Lewis-Palmer High School students got more than bacon and eggs with their breakfasts . . . they were awarded scholarships from the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club and Monument Hill Foundation to help with their career goals. Two students, Dominique Chouloute and Grace Lee, each received $2,500 Career Starter Scholarships. Chouloute plans to attend Johnson Wales University in Denver to begin a career in criminal justice and become a lawyer. Lee will attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to pursue a career in zoology

and animal sciences. The club awarded a $2,000 Pikes Peak Community College scholarship to Laura Olson, who will attend PPCC to begin course work for a career in hospital radiology. These three students were also recognized at an awards ceremony at LewisPalmer High School on May 17, 2016. The Monument Hill Foundation is the granting arm of the Monument Hill Kiwanis Club. The $7,000 in scholarships is just a small part of the $50,000 given out annually to the community organizations through the granting program of the club.

Monument defends prairie dog removal citing health concerns By Bill Vogrin

In response to growing criticism from animal welfare activists in Monument and groups statewide, town officials last week defended their decision to exterminate colonies of prairie dogs along the Santa Fe Trail and other areas. Thomas Tharnish, public works director, issued a statement last Friday restating the reasons for hiring a pest control company to bait prairie dog burrows with poison and eliminate the rodents. Prairie dogs colonies were surfacing in several parts of town, including along the Santa Fe Trail near the baseball diamonds recently leased by the town from Lewis-Palmer School District 38. In fact, Tharnish said the prairie dogs were undermining the diamonds. “They are making holes on the playing fields that our young ones use for playing baseball, creating an immediate safety concern,” he said. Tharnish said the town consulted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the issue and learned prairie dogs pose a threat by spreading disease-infected ticks and fleas. And their burrows attract rattlesnakes and collect water, creating breeding grounds for mosquitos. “Tick bites can transmit diseases such as tularemia, illnesses ranging from mild to life-threatening,” Tharnish wrote. “Plague bacteria are most often transmitted by the bite of an infected flea.” Of course, the ticks and fleas are easily transferred to dogs and cats, he said, raising the spectre of bringing plagueinfected fleas into someone’s home. “While these are some of the cuter

What: Free screening of Jurassic Park When: Activities begin at 7 p.m., Movie begins at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23 Where: At the Monument Marketplace Clocktower on Jackson Creek Parkway, between Walmart and Home Depot, Monument Info: movie-nights

Water Movie – Thursday, June 23 What: Free screening of The Great Divide: History of Water in the West When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23 Where: Palmer Ridge High School auditorium, 19255 Frontage Road, Monument Info: Sponsored by towns of Monument, Palmer Lake, Woodmoor Water & Sanitation District, Tri-View Metro District, Donala Water & Sanitation District

Concert – Friday, June 24 What: The genre-bending, multi-instrumental trio dubbed breakout artists The Accidentals perform When: 7 p.m. Friday, June 24 Where: Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Highway 105, Palmer Lake Prices: Advance tickets are $15 for members/$18 non-members; $17 & $20 day-of show Info: Call 481-0475 or visit

Woodmoor Garage Sale Friday-Saturday, June 24-25 What: Woodmoor Community Garage Sale featuring upward of 130 homes When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday-Saturday, June 24-25 Where: Throughout Woodmoor Maps: Visit after June 15

Bluegrass Festival – Saturday, June 25

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pests we encounter, unfortunately that does not make them any less of a threat or a hazard to our community,” Tharnish said. “It is our responsibility to protect the health and welfare of our citizens to the best of our ability. So we have addressed this public health concern to the best of our ability and continue to do so.” Tharnish was responding, in part, to attacks from WildLands Defense, a group dedicated to protecting prairie dogs. The group has launched an effort on social media to pressure Monument to end its actions against the rodent. WildLands Defense expanded its attacks by requesting all records related to Monument’s prairie dog extermination including details on the type of poison being used, the dosage, dates of bait application and other information. In particular, the group asked if Monument had surveyed for burrowing owl in the areas it was killing prairie dogs and if it was retrieving the carcasses of the animals it killed.

What: Pickin’ on the Divide Bluegrass Festival/ Competition When: Competition 9 a.m.-noon followed by concerts noon-5 p.m. Where: Church at Woodmoor, 18125 Furrow Road, Monument Cost: $10 adults, children free Info: Visit

Climb for Courage – Saturday, June 25 What: 2nd annual Climb for Courage stair climb race fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Tackle 2,700 stairs and then enjoy a free family festival post climb. When: 9 a.m.­1 p.m., Saturday, June 25 Where: Falcon Stadium, Stadium Blvd. Cost: $35 adults, $20 youth Info: Visit www.childrenscoloradofoundation. org/climbforcourage or call Barbara Frank, 719­ 266­3021.

Concert in Park – Wednesday, June 29 What: Hammerstadt plays a free concert in Limbach Park When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 29 Where: Limbach Park, 2nd and Front Street, Monument Info:

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Fireworks show to return to Palmer Lake fourth of July celebration By Audrey Jensen

For the first time in five years, Palmer Lake will get to enjoy a 20-minute display of loud-popping, sparkling lights in the dark sky on the Fourth of July. On June 10, Jennifer Coopman and the Palmer Lake Fireworks Committee won approval for a special event permit from the Palmer Lake Board of Trustees, setting the stage for a return of the traditional Independence Day fireworks display. Coopman, director of the committee, said that obtaining a special event permit was the last hurdle they needed to jump for fireworks to return. “It’s great, we’re bringing back a tradition, everyone went to the Monument parade, then the street fair, there

are bands in Limbach Park, and then Palmer Lake to watch fireworks,” Coopman said. The only reason to cancel at this point would be a high fire danger, Coopman said. Enough money was donated, close to their original $25,000 goal, she said. But the committee is still taking donations. Any extra cash will be saved for next year’s firework show. Cathy Green, Palmer Lake town administrator, said that because the fire and police department saw no issue with lighting fireworks, the town board was comfortable giving the permit to the fireworks enthusiasts. “Over time and especially over the past month, the committee has really come to the table and met with the fire and police (departments) and done everything that both fire and police asked

of them to make it a safe event,” said Green. Green said there remain concerns about traffic, how big the crowd will be and Colorado’s vulnerability to fires. Adding to the uncertainty is the face Coopman and her group are new to the fireworks display business “The committee that used to put it together dismantled,” Green said. “Those people aren’t there anymore, it’s a new thing even for the committee.” Green remembered a time when Palmer Lake was so crowded she had to watch the fireworks display from Highway 105. The committee plans to hire at least 60 security guards, according to Green. If this year is successful, Green said she does not see any issues with the

committee returning for another firework show over Palmer Lake. “I think that everybody in Palmer Lake loves them,” said Green. “It looks like most people in Palmer Lake built a deck or balcony on their house that has a perfect view of the fireworks. It’s something they’ve done for a long time, I’m glad to see it come back as it’s safe.” Coopman said people can still donate to and throughout different businesses in Monument and Palmer Lake such as the Wells Fargo Bank. Donations are made to the Palmer Lake Fireworks Committee. “We have a small committee of people who live in community and work in the community; we wanted fireworks back, some of us remember it when were kids,” Coopman said.

Grants to improve health in Tri-Lakes region approved By Tribune staff

Tri-Lakes Cares, the Monument-based nonprofit that operates a food bank for area needy and offers emergency relief programs and self-sufficiency classes to the poor in northern El Paso County, is one of 40 agencies to win grants from the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. The foundation’s Board of Trustees recently approved $2.5 million in grants to organizations serving El Paso and Teller counties. Tri-Lakes Cares was awarded a grant in the category of providing “Access to Care for Those in Greatest Need. “We were awarded the full amount of our request: $18,375,” said Kim Whisenhunt, operations manager at Tri-Lakes Cares. “It will be used to support our medical program.” Among its programs, TLC, as it’s known, sponsors a Neighborhood Nurse Center and CATCH Clinic, which gives greater access to health care for those in need. TLC was founded in 1984 and serves the needy in Monument, Palmer Lake, Woodmoor, sections of Black Forest, Gleneagle and the Air Force Academy. It provides family stabilization housing, utility, medical, clothing and food assistance to families and seniors. It also collects and distributes school supplies to children and extra food to families in seasonal programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas, including offering gifts to children. The foundation plans to distribute about $8 million in grants over the next three years. The grants will go to groups dedicated to expanding access to health care, reducing a workforce shortage in primary and psychiatric care, preventing suicide and to improving healthy eating and active living. The grants are an outgrowth of the August 2012 decision by Colorado Springs voters to lease Memorial Hospital to the University of Colorado Health System. “This is a significant initial milestone for the Colorado Springs Health Foundation and our community,” said B.J. Scott, chairwoman of the foundation board. “We are privileged to invest in so many excellent organizations that do the hard work

of improving health every day, and we look forward to the impact that they will make using these funds.” Here is a list of the agencies awarded grants and the categories: Access to Care for Those in Greatest Need: Amblicab American Diabetes Association Ascending to Health Respite Care Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation Centro de la Familia Colorado Health Network, Inc. dba Colorado AIDS Project

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Don’t simply toss out that primary election ballot . . . Vote! It’s finally summer and there’s so much to do outside and with the kids and vacation and all. I get it. Or, maybe work’s a drag. You have a lot on your plate, and you are exhausted when you get home. I get that, too. Mail piles up and sorting through the junk and the bills and all takes too much energy. I’ve heard it all. But none of those excuses are reason to skip voting in the June 28 primary. I know it’s not a general election and you are only interested in the main event: Clinton vs. Trump. But you are doing yourself a huge disservice, same for your neighbors and friends, if you don’t speak up now by spending a few minutes to cast that ballot. As most of us know, many elections are decided in the primary because one party or the other is so dominant that the opposition doesn’t stand a chance come the Nov. 8 general election. Take the race for El Paso County


Commissioner in the District 3 where Sallie Clark is leaving due to term limits. I’d think folks in Palmer Lake and the western edge of the county would want a voice in who will be her successor. And, let’s face it, the next commissioner is likely to be chosen June 28 because it will be a cold day in youknow-where when a Democrat claims that seat. Of course, it’s technically possible, given that the district includes Manitou Springs, Ute Pass and Colorado Springs’ Westside neighborhood. But don’t hold your breath because it also includes Peregrine, Mountain

Shadows, Rockrimmon, Holland Park, Skyway and the Broadmoor neighborhoods. Not exactly Bernie Sanders country. How about the race for the 5th District seat in Congress? It features two contested primaries. On the Democratic side, two Army vets are squaring off: a medically retired combat vet and a veteran working in information technology who is a transgender woman. Then there’s the GOP field, where a political newcomer is putting up a significant challenge to U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, the five-term incumbent. Finally, perhaps the most interesting race is in the Republican battle for the U.S. Senate nomination. Five candidates are struggling to gain name recognition and separate themselves from the pack for the right to take on U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat who is unopposed in the primary. The Senate and Congressional

races, alone, are reason to pick up a ballot. Those are seriously important positions and we shouldn’t let a small minority of voters make those decisions. Frankly, it amazes me when voters are too lazy or disinterested to vote. It’s especially amazing because the vast majority, it seems, complain about their government. But then they can’t muster the energy to slice open an envelope, sharpen a No. 2 pencil, fill in a few ovals and drop the ballot in the mailbox? In this edition of The Tribune, we’ve included a snapshot of each candidate in the biggest races. More important, we’ve included websites, Facebook and Twitter links and email addresses for each candidate. Next time you are online, take a break from flaming (fill in the blank Hillary, Donald) and look up these candidates. Learn a little about them, who they are, where they stand. Then do yourself, and all of us, a favor and vote!

Florissant boomed before it burned and a bucket brigade saved it Some of you may know that Florissant is the oldest community in Teller County. And it was even part of El Paso County before Teller was carved out in 1899. Florissant was started in 1870 when James Castello and his family moved there from Fairplay. They settled on the road from Colorado City to Leadville, built a home and started a trading post. Soon they were joined by a blacksmith and his family and other homesteaders. As with other towns of the era, there was a major fire that nearly destroyed the town. Unlike others, this one came after the prime time of the town. The Colorado Midland railroad


came through in 1887 and lasted until 1920. During this time there were no major fires, even though the smoke from the steam engines was a constant threat. A garage and two houses were burned to the ground one April night in 1937. The fire started in the Vinkley Garage, which also housed the Floris-

sant Land and Development Co. It sat on the corner of the old Midland railroad, now U.S. Highway 24, and the town’s main street. The cause was believed to be gasoline stored in the building. There was a report of an explosion preceding the fire. Winds spread the fire to the two houses. There was a hydrant in front of the restaurant and general store, but there was no fire hose. So a steady line of two dozen buckets was used to spread the water. Within 45 minutes, the fire had burned itself out. The bucket brigade saved other neighboring buildings, and the rest of the town. There was enough time for the oc-

cupants of the two houses to save some of their valuables and furniture. There was not believed to be any insurance on any of the buildings. During Florissant’s peak in the 1890s, after the discovery of gold at Cripple Creek, the town had a population of nearly 1,000. But after the railroad was built from Divide, the population of Florissant dropped to about 300. The 1920 census gave the population at just less than 200. The town grew again starting in the 1950s. Many of the buildings from a century ago, and older, still survive thanks to not having many severe fires. That’ll warm you up!

40 Years Ago Tri-Lakes Tribune June 24, 1976 Hikers targeted: Rick Heschke reported that 4050 hikers were about 25 yards south of the large opening in Elephant Rock on June 16 when he heard three shots ring out. The hikers continued and another shot was heard. Heschke saw dirt flying from the rock above his head. A suspect yelled: “You kids get off the Elephant. That’s my property.” El Paso County Sheriff’s Department charged John Everett Green of Palmer Lake with menacing. Steak thief: Customers of Woodmoor Inn restaurant had a choice of meat Monday, as long as it was hamburger. A discriminating burglar with an eye for the finer foods managed to sneak into the kitchen, break into a freezer and make off with $250 worth of steaks and other prime cuts of beef. The thief shunned the more hamburger. Sewage delay: A three-week work stoppage at

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just east of I-25. Clinic dedication: The public is invited to enjoy free refreshments as the new Rampart Clinic is dedicated Sunday, June 27. The clinic is one-third of a mile east of Monument. The building is on the south side of Highway 105 and is yellow, trimmed in brown. Ballots circulated: Colorado voters may decide 17 measures in November if all the initiative ballots now being circulated are turned in with 63,040 valid signatures by July 2. One will create a state sweepstakes lottery. Another would make it harder to build a nuclear power plant in Colorado. Two petitions still circulating would repeal the state sales tax on food. Car repairs: Summer car care specials: Front-end alignment, $9.88 for most American cars. Air conditioning service, check freon, belt tension, cooling temperature, $7.50. Woodmoor Chevron, Route 105 & Woodmoor Drive. Complied by Linda Case Follow us online Follow us on Facebook @Tri-Lakes-Tribune

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Whiskey and water: Can’t fight over either without history One of the universal truths of living in the West is the idea that “whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over.” An important distinction that needs to be noted is that you can’t make whiskey without a lot of water. And some folks won’t drink it without ice. Also, you can’t fight over water without history. Sam Hackett was described in Marion Savage Sabin’s 1957 book, “Palmer Lake: A Historical Narrative,” as a young Scotch-Irishman looking for a way to get up in the world. “There was a very odd thing about Sam Hackett, ” wrote Sabin. “His was an unmistakably Irish physiognomy and his rich, deep brogue matched his face — yet there was little or nothing of Irish in his inner makeup. The genial gift of gab had been left entirely out of his composition; he was taciturn and cautious, like a Scotchman. His humor — few guessed he had any — was the sly, self-contained sort and his habitual aspect was dour. He was frugal and a confirmed woman-hater. Yet he was never a mean man and stories are told of his generosity to visitors and harvest hands in later years.” Hackett worked, ate and slept at the railroad section house managed by Camillus Weiss. Among his early duties there was pumping water from Palmer Lake for the engines. Because of his general standoffishness and other reasons related to economics, he eventually decided to reside elsewhere. “He went some distance away to the west of the railroad, nearer the mountains, and made himself a dug-out. It was just a hole in the ground, a low mound set in a hillside. The entrance which faced south, was held up by logs; and a few pine planks hewn in the woods, chipped out by himself and secured overhead in his cave, kept the roof from falling in…” according to Sabin. At the time of her writing in the 1950s, the ruin of that abode could still be seen on the very edge of the field to west of the Little Log Church. In order to augment the amount of water available in Palmer Lake to use to fill the 12 or so daily train engines that required water to push over the hump, Weiss, as the section boss for railroad, asked Hackett to dig a ditch. The ditch diverted water from Monument Creek by use of a small dam and reservoir and solved the water problem for the railroad at the time. “On Dec. 29, 1882, Samuel Hackett filed, in the Office of Clerk and Recorder of El Paso County, an affidavit


describing his ditch and claiming water rights for domestic, mechanical and irrigation purposes,” wrote Lloyd McFarling in footnotes to Sabin’s book in December of 1956. “He said the ditch was constructed about the year 1872. Two other ditches were also important in establishing water rights, which were later acquired by the Town of Palmer Lake. One was the Anchor Ditch, dug in 1867, and the other was the Monument Ditch, dug in 1868 and enlarged in 1875. These ditches were downstream from the Hackett Ditch. Their headgates were within the limits of the town as established at the time of incorporation in 1889,” wrote McFarling. In time, Hackett eventually left the employ of the railroad, purchased Weiss’ property and turned to raising potatoes. His prowess at that activity helped create an industry — and a dominant one at that — in this area for several years and earned him the title “the potato king.” He became very prosperous. Much of his success in the potato farming business, however, was heavily reliant on his ability to irrigate. His irrigation, of course, relied mostly on the Hackett Ditch. Water was also on the minds of the founders of Monument. “The citizens of Monument were very concerned about water for their community,” wrote Lucille Lavelett in “Through the Years at Monument, Colorado.” “For several years, each family had dug a well in their back yard with hand-drawn buckets to bring the water to the top. In the early 1880s, the citizens had civic progress and created a bonded debt. It was small at first, but it grew and was cared for, extended and kept alive for 20 years until the interest payments exceeded the principal more than 50 percent,” she wrote. “Old records show a ditch was being promoted by a stock company in 1874 to bring water into Monument for irrigation. News reports were that the ditch was partly dug in 1875. Apparently it was abandoned within a few years,” Lavelett said. But in September of 1881, the

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Monument Town Council took another run at it by calling a special election for issuing bonds to bring water into town. By November, the council passed a resolution issuing $2,500 worth bonds dating Jan. 2, 1882, and by March, George Newbrough was awarded a contract for construction of a ditch for $1,650 and soon other contracts were made for installing a flume in the upper end of the ditch, and for building bridges. “On March 27, 1884, Charles D. Ford and Henry Limbach were appointed to make a plan and have the ditch recorded. On May 22, 1885, a plat and statement of the priority of the Monument ditch was recorded in book 60, pages 35 and 36. The ditch ran in an easterly direction from a point on Monument Creek about two miles northwest of Monument and within the present limits of Palmer Lake, to a reservoir in the southwest quarter of Section 11, then turned southwest to another reservoir in the northwest quarter of Section 14,” Lavelett wrote. By 1892, according to photographs recorded, water began flowing through the pipes for the first time from Monument Reservoir. Ed Limbach, (Henry’s oldest son) was described as the engineer of that project. Of course, there were many other important water events in the next 100 years, or so, but following are some highlights. Monument Lake Dam was authorized by an act of the General Assembly of the state of Colorado approved April 16, 1891, for the purposes of flood control and irrigation. It was one of three built by the state of Colorado in 1893. Since that time, one dam has been taken over by a water district, one

has been breached and one remains in disrepair (Monument). April 7, 1899, the Legislature adopted an enactment under the provisions of which the Board of County Commissioners of any county in which a state reservoir was situated were charged with the duty of controlling and maintaining the same without expense to the state and providing for the storage of water as contemplated by the statute authorizing its construction and also for its distribution under the direction of the water commissioners for the district in which the reservoir may be situated. El Paso County government was given an unfunded mandate to control and maintain the dam. On June 7, 1937, the Colorado State Legislature authorized the governor to execute a deed of conveyance to the Board of Trustees of the Town of Monument of all the interest of the State of Colorado in and to the land under the reservoir. The Act authorizes and directs only the conveyance of the right, title and interest of the state in the land and makes no reference of any kind to the dam structure itself or the right to store water in the reservoir. Flash forward to the turn of the next century. Betty Konarski, Chair of the Monument Lake Preservation Committee at the time, describes what happened then, and the process to save the lake. “I got involved in 1999 when the State Engineer notified the Town of Monument that it was going to ‘poke a hole in the dam’ because it was leaking and the Town would have to pay the approximately $2 billion to do it,” she said.“Once we decided to save the lake, I began digging into the history, See Whiskey on Page 7

If death is inevitable, why are so many of us unprepared? “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin. This fatalistic and sardonic idiom ties the inevitability of death to the burden of taxes. And dutifully, each year, most of us prepare for the certainty of taxes. However, few of us prepare for the certainty of death. Within the past eight months, I’ve had the misfortune of observing the deaths of both my sisters. Worse, their end-of-life wishes were ignored and they suffered needlessly. Whether by a crippling disease, a sudden heart attack or stroke or through an accident, we all die. When we prepare for our own death in advance, we are able to relieve the decision-making burden on those whom we love. Even better, we can create the opportunity for a peace-filled end of life, as opposed to a painful one artificially extended by drugs, tubes, needles, blood tests, X-rays, heart monitors

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and well-intentioned medical professionals poking and prodding in a harshly lit, sterile hospital room until death-do-you-finally-part. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, on its website, urges everyone to communicate their end-of-life wishes. Talking to your loved ones, healthcare providers and friends is an important step in making your wishes known. These conversations will relieve them of the need to guess what you would want done, should you ever face a healthcare or medical crisis. The National Council for Palliative Care offers a booklet “Planning for

your future care.” They say that it’s never too early to have those conversations. Think about what your wishes and preferences are for your care. Do y ou want heroic, life-extending treatment? Or do you prefer a palliative care approach that focuses on k eeping you comfortable in your final days? Where do you want to be cared for, if need be? Is it in your home or a specific assisted-living or skilled-care facility? It is imperative to have an advance directive or living will that lets healthcare providers know your wishes. Appoint a trusted family member or friend to have a lasting power of attorney to make decisions for you, should you be unable to express them yourself. If you want to have control of your care at the end of your life, it is important to educate yourself about what needs to be done to ensure your wishes are followed. On the website, there is an extensive checklist for planning your death. And finally, from yours truly, you need to read Dr. Atul Gawande’s New York Time No. 1 Bestselling book, “Being Mortal – Medicine and What Matters in the End.” Dr. Gawande is an accomplished author, surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and professor at Harvard Medical School. Book critic Katherine Boo called Being Mortal: “A deeply affecting, urgently important book – one not just about dying and the limits of medicine, but about living to the last with autonomy, dignity and joy.” I found the book profound and a must-read for anyone who expects they will, someday, die. Cord Prettyman is a certified Master Personal Trainer and owner of Absolute Workout Fitness and Post-Rehab Studio in Woodland Park. Reach him at 687-7437, at or at

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UCHealth to expand Memorial Hospital North campus For The Tribune

Northern El Paso County residents will have more access to high-quality, advanced medical care thanks to an $85 million expansion planned at Memorial Hospital North. Tri-Lakes area residents will have access to an array of new, advanced services upon completion of the project – which will include a four-story addition that will primarily house women’s and oncology services. Plans also call for expanding the Emergency Department, adding two operating rooms and increasing inpatient beds to 108 with additional room to grow in the future. Groundbreaking is planned for the fall at the hospital, located at 4050 Briargate Parkway. In the past two years, inpatient admissions have increased 43 percent at Memorial Hospital North, and the number of outpatient visits has nearly quadrupled as the hospital has added medical services on the campus. “Memorial Hospital has been a leader in health care in the Pikes Peak region for more than 100 years, and this expansion ensures we will be able to continue to address current and future health needs of the community,” said George Hayes, CEO of Memorial Hospital. “As the population is growing, so

too is the demand for expert care in northern El Paso County and southern Douglas County. We are pleased to be able to offer residents access to advanced care, close to home.” The design of the new inpatient addition will complement plans by Children’s Hospital Colorado to build a full-service pediatric hospital on the Memorial Hospital North campus. The proximity of the hospitals will ensure the community has access to the very best adult and pediatric care on the same health campus. Both the Memorial and Children’s projects are expected to be completed in 2018. The expansion plans come on the heels of other significant improvements within the last year at Memorial Hospital North. Cardiac services were expanded via a new, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac clinic. And oncology services grew with the addition of a radiation oncology treatment center and chemotherapy infusion. The medical center also was designated as a Level III trauma center. “The new services, treatments and investments at Memorial are exciting, but just as important are the improvements in patient experience, quality and safety,” said Dr. Jose Melendez, Memorial Hospital’s chief medical officer. “It’s obvious the community recognizes these improvements because

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record numbers of patients are now choosing Memorial Hospital for their care.” Memorial Hospital North opened in 2007 as a small, community hospital. It has since matured into a full-service hospital. UCHealth has spent more than $130 million in capital improvements, investments and additional services for

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patients at Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North since October 2012, when the hospitals became part of UCHealth through a longterm lease agreement. These investments include remodeled, private patient rooms, six new primary care locations and the addition of advanced imaging equipment, among many other enhancements.

Event to raise money for new Children’s Hospital Colorado By Audrey Jensen

Being named an ambassador for Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation is one of 14-year-old Zoe Grisez’s many accomplishments. Grisez, who is a sophomore at Discovery Canyon Campus with a 4.125 GPA, has undergone over 15 surgeries to date, due to her condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and scoliosis. So she is a logical choice toexplain the need to build a Children’s Hospital Colorado in the area. And it’s why she was chosen, along with another Children’s patient, Jackson Ziwak, to encourage participants in this week’s 2nd annual Climb for Courage fundraiser. The event, which consists of a 2,700-stair race, is 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, June 25, at the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium. Money raised for Climb for Courage will go to the construction of the anticipated Children’s Hospital on the campus of UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital North on Briargate Parkway. It is set to complete in 2018. Zoe’s mom, Lorraine Grisez, explained why a local Children’s Hospital is so important to her daughter Her eight specialists are located at the Denver Children’s Hospital, so the family must regularly commute to Denver when Zoe undergoes surgery or needs to see a specialist. Lorraine said that the family uses Colorado Springs hospitals to handle small emergencies, but her daughter’s needs are too extensive for the hospitals in Colorado Springs to handle.

Zoe added the when she is sick on the drive to Denver, the drive was really hard on her. “With the appointment here, it would be life changing for families like ours,” Zoe said. “Having a hospital down here is going to be really helpful, because if I have a surgery here, the drive to it and home won’t be as long. “Even just a normal day, if i do a long day full of appointment I’ll be able to get home earlier.” Her mom explained that it will be good not to worry how she will drive her daughter to Denver, especially when she needs to bring all the necessary equipment. Until Zoe was 12 years old, doctors performed surgery every six months or so to replace metal rods in her spine as she grew in order to keep her back straight and to prevent her lungs from collapsing. “There is no comparison at Children’s Hospital, when you have a child with a specific diagnosis and needs, it’s comforting when I don’t have to explain everything,” Lorraine said. Mother and daughter are looking forward to a short ride home after surgeries in the future as well, since they need to visit her specialists every one to three months. “For same-day surgeries, it’ll be easier, we won’t have to leave the house as early,” Zoe said. “Going home the same day, I’ll be able to sleep. That will be useful for when we have a day meeting with a specialist, it’s way easier not worrying about Denver traffic.” And Lorraine said it doesn’t matter Zoe will outgrow Children’s in a few years.

“We’ll always kind of have to depend on specialists at Children’s Hospital,” she said. Sonya Harris, director of events and corporate programs at Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, said that for patients like Grisez and Ziwak, a Children’s Hospital located in Colorado Springs is a big deal for their families. “All those families that had to drive so far…are saying now it’s going to make such a difference in their lives,” Harris said. “They don’t have to drive all the way to Denver, specialists will see them here.” The Climb for Courage is a way families across the region can help make the hospital a reality. Last year, 350 people participated in the race and it raised $150,000 from fundraising and sponsors. By last week, twice as many people had registered and more sponsors are donating than last year, Harris said. To compete in the race, adults 18 and older have to meet a $50 minimum requirement and under 18 years have a $25 minimum. Those interested in racing can register at the Colorado Running Company in the University Village on Friday, June 24 or online until midnight on June 22 at childrenscoloradofoundation. org. Participants also can register in person the day of the race. Zoe and Ziwak will hand out awards and encourage participants. “I felt really excited to be able to talk to people and explain what an awesome hospital it is and tell all doctors, nurses and specialists how thankful I am,” Zoe Grisez said.

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Now is your chance to empty your garage or basement of old electronics, paint, household chemicals and batteries. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, the El Paso County Environment Division is hosting “Clean Sweep,� a household hazardous waste disposal opportunity in the equestrian parking lot of Black Forest Regional Park on Milam Road, just north of the intersection with Shoup Road. The event is free and open to residents of El Paso and Teller counties. The following items will be accepted: Electronics: Televisions and computer monitors, but limited to only three total per vehicle. Computers, printers, fax machines, laptops, notebooks, ultra-books, net books, electronic tablets, DVD players, VCRs, radios, stereos, video game consoles, video display devices with viewing screens

greater than 4� diagonally Paint and paint-related products (stains, strippers, thinners, varnishes, etc.) Household chemicals (aerosols, ammonia, bleach, cleaners, lamp oil, etc.) Lawn & garden chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, poisons, plant food, etc.) Automotive chemicals (motor oil, antifreeze, brake & transmission fluids, waxes, bug/tar/vinyl/chrome/engine cleaners, etc.) All types of batteries – lead-acid vehicle batteries and all types of household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, watch & hearing aid batteries) Not Accepted: Business waste Containers larger than 5-gallons, fluorescent bulbs & tubes, lab-grade chemicals, mattresses, medicines, tires, trash or recyclables, and unlabeled or leaking containers. For additional information, call El Paso County at 520-7871.

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Long story short, it would appear that Monument never owned the water in the lake (even in the 1800s when ice was cut and sold along the front range or when it leased fishing rights to a sportsman group) and still doesn’t until the state engineer issue is settled,� says Konarski. “Monument had not annexed land under the lake until a few years ago when we had a drought and were afraid of bears being hunted as they came down to drink endangering people who lived next to the lake. Then the Town annexed the land and posted it for no hunting. The Town still doesn’t own the deed to the dam (see Dam Story about legislation). The Town has now been in water court for 16 years to get the right to store its own water behind the dam (we pay an annual evaporative loss fee to Colorado Springs Utilities for their allowing us to hold primarily their water behind the dam so as to have a lake).�



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the academy, which offers kindergarten through 8th grades and serves about 950 students, or 15 percent of D-38’s approximate 6,350 students. The academy stood to gain about $600,000 per year. Instead of getting a share of the tax revenue, the academy ultimately settled for huge savings in administrative expenses previously charged by the district, under the tentative agreement. If formally approved and signed, the academy will receive more than $425,000 in additional funds and services for the first year, and more than $300,000 in additional funds and services in subsequent years. Also, the D-38 Board agreed to waive the “Authorizer Administration Fee,” a first for any charter school in Colorado. In exchange, the academy agreed to waive any future claim to the mill levy proceeds. The academy sought the revenue because it has been unable to convince voters to approve its own mill levy requests. And because it wants to offer high school education to its families, but it needs new income to make that happen. But the D-38 school board was adamant the original ballot initiative excluded the academy. Changing the distribution formula would be a betrayal of the 1999 voters and their goodwill, School Board President Mark Pfoff said several times. Academy parents came to school board meetings to plead the school’s case. In fact, prior to the announcement of the deal, an academy parent. Lauralee Hitzler, implored the board to redistribute the revenue “ethically” to include the academy. Though the new agreement doesn’t give the academy the tax revenue it sought, it does offer big savings, said Karen Brofft, D-38 superintendent. “It’s a compromise on both sides,” Brofft said after the board voted 5-0 to approve the new contract. “We are saving them administrative overhead costs. The result is more funding for them. “Both sides worked hard to come to an agreement for the benefit of the kids.” Don Griffin, executive director of the academy,

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said his team strongly considered suing to access the mill levy money. “Our intent all along was for charter school students to be treated fairly,” Griffin said Friday. “We believe we had a good case.” But lawsuits are never without risks and expense. And D-38’s creative approach to the funding issue was persuasive. “We weighed all that,” Griffin said. “We saw this as one way to reach an outcome that was fair.” Griffin said the academy wanted a contract that reflected its value to D-38. “Most charter schools do not represent 15 percent of an entire school district’s population,” he said, noting that the academy further adds value to the district due to the strong performance of its students on standardized testing. “Our students also score extremely well on assessments and 85-95 percent of our students end up in their high schools,” he said. “We’re fairly well-run and financially stable, as well. I think that makes us an asset to the district.” How long the academy continues to feed Palmer Ridge and Lewis-Palmer high schools is in question because Griffin said adding a high school is a priority among academy parents and staff. “We made it clear that a high school is something our parents are very interested in, whether a traditional high school or another type of program,” he said. “Our parents choose to come here, it’s because they like the education, our curriculum, our environment. And many are desirous to see that continue through the high school years.” In other action June 16, the D-38 board approved its general fund operating budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. It calls for $40 million in spending on its students and 360 teachers plus 20 or so administrators at eight schools. The budget projects an increase of 68 students to the district’s total student population of more than 6,000 at nine schools, and anticipates spending $111 more per student next year, setting the funding level is $7,051, or 10 percent above

base funding levels. It projects the property tax mill levy at 46.251, about .5 percent lower than the 2016 level of 46.507 mills. That means a homeowner with a home valued at $350,000 in 2017 will pay $1,288 for school district property taxes, as compared to $1,295 in 2016. The budget includes modest pay increases for teachers, ranging from 1.4 percent to 2.9 percent depending on an individual teacher’s experience level. The district said it was absorbing cost increases for health insurance, which is put at 6 percent, as well as PERA increase for all staff members. When those costs are added, the total compensation increase for teachers is 3.4 percent. Palmer Ridge High School teacher Tom Patrick said the board needed to do more to improve teacher pay, noting that starting salaries of $33,780 were among the lowest in the region. And he said the raises for teachers represented only $500 to $1,200 a year and did not offset inflation or make up for previous wage freezes teachers endured in previous years. Brofft said it may be time for D-38 to re-examine its pay structure, as two board members suggested, and perhaps give everyone, teachers and administrators alike, flat pay raises. “For more experienced teachers, our pay rate ranks first in the Pikes Peak region,” Brofft said. “But we’re behind when it comes to new teachers. The range of our salary schedule is an issue we might need to examine.” The board also again agreed to ask the state Board of Education to waive a school readiness assessment given to kindergarten students. Concerns about the privacy of student data and an over-abundance of standardized testing prompted the original request in January. The waiver request was denied by the state board at its April 13 meeting. It’s unclear when the state board might reconsider the district request, meaning the district likely will live with the standardized tests one more year, at least.

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Info:; FrazierForColorado; @ryanlfrazier on Twitter; email Darryl Glenn, 50, Colorado Springs, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, two-term Colorado Springs city councilman, two-term El Paso County Commission member, attorney. Goals: Modernize military, securing U.S. borders, achieve energy independence, tax reform, fiscal control to reduce federal debt, eliminate the threat from radical Islamic terrorists. Info:;; @DarrylGlenn2016 on Twitter; email Jack Graham, 63, Fort Collins, insurance executive who founded company to serve small businesses in regions prone to catastrophes, served as athletic director at Colorado State University. Goals: Rebuild military and intelligence capabilities, defeating ISIS, balancing federal budget and reducing $19 trillion federal debt, reduce taxes on corporations and individuals, repeal and replace Obamacare. Info:; GrahamForUSSenate; @JackGraham2016 on Twitter; email Jon Keyser, 34, Morrison, Air Force intelligence officer, combat veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan, former state representative, major in Air Force Reserve. Goals: Strong national security, reducing national debt, controlling spending, repeal Obamacare, stopping Iran nuclear agreement, secure U.S. borders, slash bureaucracies, keep terrorists in Guantanamo Bay. Info:; Colo rado; @Jon_Keyser on Twitter; email info@jonkeyser. com.

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Doug Lamborn, 62, Colorado Springs, attorney, U.S. Congress 5th District Representative, 2007-present; Colorado General Assembly State Representative, 1995-98; State Senator, 1998-07. Goals: Strengthen national defense, rein in spending to reduce federal debt and budget deficit, defeat ISIS and terrorism, reform the Veterans Administration to improve health care for veterans. Info:; facebook com/LambornForCongress; @RepDLamborn on Twiter; email not available Calandra Vargas, 32, Black Forest, graduate of Lewis-Palmer High School, graduate of Oral Roberts University with a master’s degree in Global Politics/Mid-East studies; legislative aide in Colorado General Assembly. Goals: Establish a flat income tax system and abolishing the IRS, reduce the regulatory and tax burden on small businesses, balance the federal budget, modernize the military, national security and cybersecurity, reduce the national debt. Info: Calandra For; /Calandra-Vargas-for-US-Congress-26036330097291 4; @CalandraforCD5 on Twitter; email

U.S. Congress 5th District Democratic Primary Donald E. Martinez, 37, Widefield, medically retired Army combat veteran. Goals: Reform the Veterans Administration health care system, national security, cyber security, pledges to serve just one two-year term. Info:;; kf5gxq on Twitter; email Misty Plowright, 33, Colorado Springs, Army veteran, works in information technology industry Goals: Bring honesty and integrity back to Con-

gress, be a voice for the marginalized, create jobs as technology and automation create unemployment, invest in alternative energy sources to combat climate change, elevate issues of military veterans. Info:; ForCongress; @Misty4Congress on Twitter; email info

El Paso County Commissioner District 3 Karen Cullen, 53, Manitou Springs, business owner in IT industry, owns bed & breakfast, president of Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce and Office of Economic Development Goals: Public safety including disaster response, emergency management, disaster preparedness, recovery, jobs and economy, transportation including road and bridge improvements, promoting small business, supporting veterans and the military. Info:; -Karen-Cullen-Commissioner-District-3-989188501 143088; @karensuecullen on Twitter; email info@ Stan VanderWerf, 55, Colorado Springs, retired as Air Force colonel after 27 years service, owns two companies in aerospace defense industry Goals: Grow the economy, provide public safety, improve infrastructure via road/bridge repair, address vagrancy and homeless population, prepare for disasters, improve transportation system.; StanForCommissionerD3; email The June 28 primary election is by mail ballot only. Voters must be affiliated either with the Democratic or Republican parties. Ballots were mailed June 6-20. Unaffiliated voters may affiliate by visiting the county Clerk and Recorder’s Office through election day. To learn more, go to

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Tri-Lakes area sewing shops bring new quilting craze to region By Halle Thornton

It’s not uncommon for members of a quilting club to collaborate on a project. But two area sewing shops are taking collaboration to a new level as they bring an international quilting craze to the Tri-Lakes region. Sew Motion - Fabrics, Notions and More, a new quilt shop at 862 Highway 105 in Palmer Lake, and Frankie’s Fabric Shoppe at 252 Front St. in Monument, are hosting the “Row by Row Experience” this summer. Row by Row is a quilting event that began in 2011 and now spans North America and Europe. Participating quilt shops make 9x36 portions of a quilt. Then Row by Row entrants try to collect at least eight pieces from different shops to form an entire quilt. Of course, that requires visiting multiple shops to collect the pieces. Then the contestants must sew the pieces together and the first one to complete a quilt and bring it into a participating shop wins a prize. For example, if you use Sew Motions’ portion of the quilt, you can win a gift certificate to the shop. “Ladies go crazy about the event,” said Sheila Schaffer, owner of Sew Motion. More than 60 shops in Colorado are participating in the event this year, according to the Row by Row website. Last year, just 30 Colorado shops participated and none in the region. “Sew Motion is all geared up and

ready to go,” said Schaffer. This year will be the first year that Tri-Lakes area quilt shops will be involved. Schafer is hoping the Row by Row event gives a boost to her business, which opened just eight months ago. She said the store is expecting anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people to visit between now and Labor Day, when the event ends. Schaffer explained that the reason the event is held in the summer is because it encourages people to travel around the country in search for quilt pieces. Frankie’s owner Erin Mihelic also is very excited to be a part of the event for the first time. “Our customers have told us a lot about it,” said Mihelic, adding that she personally designed her store’s row and she is eager to see what people think of it. “We are very excited about it, and have heard up to 500 people could come in,” said Mihelic. Mihelic put their stores participation in the event on social media and has received great feedback. To join and learn where you can find participating shops, visit Row and click the “Start Here!” tab. There you will see each state listed along with shops in Canada. You can also get information on European shops in the project. In addition, each state has its own Facebook page. Visit CORowbyRowExperience to learn more about which stores in Colorado

will be participating in the event. According to its website, Row by Row Experience began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York. In 2012, the event grew to include 62 shops. Pennsylvania joined the fad in 2013, doubling the number of shops in the two states. The quilting craze exploded in 2014. Row by Row counted more than 1,250 participating quilt shops in 34 states and Ontario. It more than doubled again in 2015 with 2,655 shops across the U.S. and Canada. This year it is in all 50 states Although the quilt shops are organized by area, quilters have no borders. They are encouraged to collect patterns and add rows to their quilts from all over the world. To learn more about Sew Motion, email or call 481-1565. For Frankie’s Fabric, email eriin@ or call 418-3614.

Photo Courtesy of Sheila Schaffer The 2016 Row By Row Experience theme is “Home Sweet Home.” Sheila Schaffer titled the Sew Motion row “Palmer Lake, CO.” Photo courtesy of Erin Mihelic Erin Mihelic, owner of Frankie’s Fabric Shoppe in Monument, personally designed the fabric row her shop entered in the Row by Row Experience project.


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New sculptures grace our region! By Nancy Bonig

The installation of new sculptures is the big story in the arts scene in June. New pieces, chosen by ARTSites, were welded to their pedestals in several locations Thursday, June 16, where they will be on display for the public’s enjoyment for a year. These locations are at the sculpture park adjacent to the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 administration building, at the Santa Fe Trailhead on 3rd street, at the Monument Town Hall and in Palmer Lake. Some of the artists were introduced at the Bliss Studio and Gallery during the Thursday evening Art Hop in Downtown Monument. One of the sculptures, “He Loves Me Not,” was created by local artist Irmgard Knoth. Immy, as she is fondly known, was in attendance, as was the young woman, Melissa Woodward, who was in the model for the sculpture 18 years ago. Melissa recalled the experience of standing for a long time, not an easy task for a 6-year-old child, while Immy carefully sculpted the clay for the bronze mold. Since posing for the sculpture, Melissa graduated from Lewis-Palmer High School, went to college and still lives in the area. She was very excited to see her likeness in the sculpture park. Another sculpture of interest was “Mirrored Growth,” the latest piece to grace the Santa Fe Trail head at 3rd Street. Created by local artistic blacksmith, Jodie Bliss, it is welded with inserts of colored glass. It catches the light all day long and is the latest piece installed by Jodie in the month of June. Two other enormous sculptures by Bliss were positioned at the entrance to University Village Colorado, the shopping complex on North Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. You can find them at the south entrance to the shopping center, near Lowe’s. Jodie likes to work big and has recently started to add colored glass, both in sheet form and blown by herself at a furnace in Lakewood, to her eye-catching sculptures. Jodie has been a busy blacksmith. Enjoy the new work chosen to enhance our beautiful surroundings. ARTsites is sponsored by TriLakes Views, a non-profit community organization. A map to all the sculptures will be available on their website, Also showing: Bella Art and Frame - through June 29, Sara Richardson’s paintings 183 Washington St., Monument,, 719-487-7691

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Happy birthday, Hill Climb

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb turns 100 By Danny Summers

Race day, June 26, is almost here and I can’t wait. This year marks the 100th anniversary – but just the 94th running – of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It is the second-oldest motorsports race in America behind the famed Indianapolis 500, which began in 1911. The Hill Climb is one of the more unique events in the world. Perhaps that is why drivers come from around the globe to race up “America’s Mountain” while negotiating 156 turns beginning at 9,390 feet above sea level at the start line and ending at the 14,115foot summit of Pikes Peak. During its 100-year history, “The Race to the Clouds” has featured such iconic drivers as Al and Bobby Unser, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears and Parnelli Jones. They took on the mountain back in the days when a dirt and rock track made the 12.42 mile trek from Mile Marker 7 to the summit the most


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daring adventure of anyone’s lifetime. Of course, now it’s paved to the top. But it’s still a pretty daring race. I talked with Bobby Unser a few years ago, after the final 2½ miles of the Pikes Peak Highway were paved prior to the 2012 race. He was complimentary of the scorching times today’s drivers are putting up, but in his opinion, the race has lost the grit, and a lot of the danger, of the old days. I would never argue with Bobby Unser, who was born in Colorado Springs and is part of the famed Unser family that began racing in the Hill Climb in the 1920s. Unser, at 82, has forgotten more about racing than I will ever know.

Bobby Unser was born in Colorado Springs and is the most famous member of the legendary Unser racing family. He won 13 overall Pikes Peak International Hill Climb championships and set nine time records in the process.

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Glen Shultz in his winning Stutz special in 1928. He won the race with a time of 17 minutes, 41.6 seconds. He also won in 1926 and 1927.

But today’s drivers are just as daring, in my opinion, as Unser and his running mates. The current group is racing up the mountain in million-dollar machines that go faster than ever. Some drivers top 150 mph through the Picnic Grounds. And everybody knows, speed kills. Last year alone, six drivers reached the top in under 10 minutes. That was unheard of in Unser’s day, whose time of 11:09.220 in his Audi Sport Quatro E2 won the 1986 event. Three years later, Robby Unser made it to the top in 10:48.340. Then along came Monster, as in Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima. The iconic Japanese driver became an overnight Hill Climb sensation, and fan favorite, winning the first of his eight King of the Hill championships in 1993. Then in 2011, with the final stretch of the highway still unpaved, Monster became the first driver in race history to eclipse the 10-minute barrier (9:51.278). Monster’s rock-star status grew to iconic proportions. He will be back to race again this year, at the age of 66. In 2012, with the road fully paved and glistening from the glare of the hot summer sun, France’s Sebastien Loeb

reached the summit in 8:13.878. His time blew minds. Nobody has even broken nine minutes. This year’s field is limited to 101 drivers and riders (66 cars and 35 motorcycles) in honor of the 100th anniversary. A normal field has about 135 drivers and riders. Despite the continued influx of foreign drivers – they are coming from a dozen countries this year – there is a still a local flavor. Among the locals are Woodland Park’s Clint Vahsholtz (Open Wheel) and his son Codie (750cc motorcycle). Their father Leonard, winner of 18 Hill Climbs, is their crew chief. The Vahsholtz’s have won 41 combined class titles, the most in Hill Climb history. Also from Woodland Park are the husband-and-wife team of Dave and Lorie Wood, who compete in Open Wheel. Monument’s Christopher Lennon, winner of last year’s Vintage car class in his 1973 Porsche, is back for another run up the highway. Also competing in the Vintage class is Cascade’s Ralph Murdock in his 1970 Chevrolet Camaro. Dozens of other competitors are from the Colorado Springs area. See you race day.

Josh Scott waits for NBA to call Will hoops star be second elite area athlete snubbed by a pro league? By Danny Summers

As the NBA Draft looms Thursday, there are many folks around Monument, Boulder, and other parts of Colorado wondering if Josh Scott’s name will be called during the lavish ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York. Scott, a 6-foot-10 power forward who starred for Lewis-Palmer High School and the University of Colorado, hopes to be in the mix among the 60 players selected in the two rounds of the draft. But after watching former L-P baseball star Paul Tillotson go undrafted by Major League Baseball recently, everyone knows these drafts are unpredictable. And even if Scott is not chosen, there are those in his corner who believe he has the tools to be a topnotch professional player. “Josh can play in the NBA,” said Mike Rohn, CU’s assistant head coach during Scott’s four years in Boulder. “Absolutely. Without a doubt. “He’s a power guy. A legitimate player with major production value. He proved that in college in one of the best conferences in the country. And that will translate to the NBA.”

Rohn is convinced even if NBA scouts are so doubtful they didn’t even invite him to last month’s NBA Combine. Rohn calls that snub an “embarrassment.” He believes Scott belonged with the 70 or so players chosen to work out in front of the NBA general managers and front office executives. “Josh might not be as young as some of the guys in the draft, but he has proven tools and can help and NBA team right away,” said Rohn, who was the CU coach primarily responsible for helping to develop Scott’s game. Rohn is well aware of the knocks against Scott. Critics say Scott lacks athleticism and can’t shoot beyond the 3-point arc. They also suspect he is too small to be an NBA center and can’t leap well enough to be a power forward. Rohn doesn’t buy any of it, especially considering Scott was named all-Pac 12 first team. “He can score from 17 and 18 feet as well as any 6-10 kid in the country,” Rohn said. “Very few 6-10 NBA guys have the all-around skills that Josh has. He’s not just a 6-10 shot blocker who never shoots the ball. “Kevin Love, for example, is a better 6-10 shooter than Josh. But Josh can score in in more ways than Kevin Love. Josh can move with the ball. He can post. He can move all around the court. He’s versatile.” Rohn said he has seen Scott improve this spring See Scott on Page 14

Photo courtesy of University of Colorado Athletics Josh Scott was a four-year starter for the Colorado Buffaloes.

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“We’re taken aback by the generosity of the host families,” said Texas 4000 rider Alex Lawrence, who will attend medical school in Houston this fall. “Everybody is just so nice and so welcoming.” Teammate Kristan Schiele was part of a group of seven riders who rode up Pikes Peak Highway in what they called the “Pikes Peak Challenge” on June 16. She was impressed by the hospitality and the scenery. “This is my first time to Colorado and it’s so pretty here,” she said. It took riders five hours to reach the summit of Pikes Peak. Lawrence is the public relations representative for the group. She and her comrades have spent the last 18 months training – some as far back as their sophomore year at UT. They

have spent thousands of hours preparing and raising funds for this trip. They logged about 2,000 training miles. Their bikes were donated to them by a shop in Austin. The riders began in Austin on May 31 and are scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Aug. 9. The riders typically go 70 to 100 miles per day. Once the riders get to Anchorage, they will fly home to begin their careers or attend graduate school. “For a lot of us, the best part of our journey is interacting with our hosts and finding out what their journeys are,” Lawrence said. Each member of the Texas 4000 has a link to cancer through family members who have either died or defeated the terrible disease. The four Tri-Lakes host families that took them in also have ties to cancer.

Faces to Follow Noah Sathre baseball Ventura Community College Sathre, a 2016 Lewis-Palmer High Scholl graduate, recently agreed to play baseball for Ventura (California) Community College. Sathre batted .403 for the Rangers this season with a team-leading 13 stolen bases to go along with 25 runs. He helped the team to the Class 4A District playoffs. He also played in the 55th Annual Southern Colora-

do Al-Star Game on Memorial Day at Security Service Field. Nathan Swartzendruber running Monument Swartzendruber had the best finish of any Monument runner in last month’s 10K Bolder Boulder. The 31-year-old was 10th in his division out of 422 runners with a time of 37 minutes 50.13 seconds. He placed 233rd overall among 20,748 males. He averaged a 6:05 miles pace.

“We want these kids to show up and have a night just like they were at their own homes,” said Jodi Cyphers, who is a thyroid cancer survivor. “They help themselves to whatever they want and

it’s super easy.” If you would like to get involved as a host family in 2017 or contribute to the Texas 4000 call 737-300-2318 or email

Photos by Danny Summers

Gleneagle residents on Latrobe Drive put on a huge potluck for members of the Texas 4000 for Cancer bicyclists who stopped in the Tri-Lakes area June 15-16. Four Tri-Lakes area host families put the 25 riders up the night. The host families, neighbors and riders had a joyous time.

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while working out between Boulder and Las Vegas. Rohn, like Scott’s agent Adam Pensack, might be a slightly biased – for different reasons – when it comes to evaluating Scott. But there is no denying Scott’s success rate. In high school, he won a state championship at L-P and led the Rangers to three Final Fours in three seasons. He played for Discovery Canyon as a freshman. At CU, Scott was a four-year starter and a huge reason why the Buffaloes advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times. Scott is not projected to be selected in the draft by any of the online mock


draft experts. Of course, anything can happen come draft day. “I think he’s in the 40 to 45 range,” Rohn said. “But if he’s not taken, I think he will have a very good chance to sign a free agent contract. “I think he can be a really good NBA player for a long time.” While Scott might not be on mock draft lists, he certainly is on the radar of several NBA teams. He has worked out for at least nine NBA clubs, including the Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers. If Scott is not drafted or sign with an NBA team as a free agent, he still plans to play in the NBA summer league. If he remains unsigned by the fall, he will likely try to play overseas.

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