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Edibles What every parent should know

3rd Annual “Oh What Fun.”


Mark your calendars

Real Estate Report

Why hire a trainer?

Glowing Skin Care for the holidays September / October 2014 | Riva Reader


From the Editor

Roz Birkelo

Campaign 2014 is on many people’s minds. In my enthusiasm to get a Riva Reader out giving you important information about the candidates and ballot questions, I lost my mail-in ballot! Good thing I know where to go and vote early! I hope you find the information helpful while you ponder who you will vote for this Tuesday, November 4, 2014. I also decided to do an article on marijuana. I have some friends who were telling me about edibles and I admit, it has me somewhat worried, mainly because it looks like, well food or candy, and is probably not as scary to try for our youth. But it is dangerous so I thought I’d enlighten you on what I’ve learned. You’ll also notice some articles from our repeat contributors, like Catherine Zoe of Zoe skin care. She has some great tips for holiday skin care, as well as a new article from Genesee Mountain and Fitness about why you should hire a trainer. Finally, Linda McFarlin of Mount Vernon Country Club is sharing some news to get you ready for the holidays. Be sure to volunteer if you have time for the annual parties. The HOA is looking for some help, and they are announcing the third annual “Oh What Fun!” event to be held January 24, 2015. Be sure to RSVP early as this is a popular event for our neighborhood and sure to be fun again this year!

Warm regards,

Roz is on the FHMD. She has a Bachelor in Arts and Art Education with an emphasis on Graphic Design. She is currently working as a Engineering Technologist / Analyst for Samuel Gary & Associates, Inc. in downtown Denver.


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hoa president’s message real estate report

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acc reminder


Party help


bible study


Oh What Fun!


neighbor to neighbor


Candidates 2014




Voting Locations


State Ballot Questions


What about Judges?


What’s an Edible?


Candidate Q&A beginning on page 16-39


Glowing Skin for the Holidays


Why hire a Professional Trainer?


Holidays at Mt. Vernon

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President’s Message by Joy Lawrance

Hope you’re having a MOST wonderful fall season – probably one of the most beautiful in recent history! The Denver Post masthead used to read: “’Tis a privilege to live in Colorado!” And indeed it is. And even more of a privilege to live in Riva Chase!

Joy Lawrance President, Riva Chase HOA

One thing that we on the board notice is that very few homeowners come to our board meetings, so I’d like to extend a personal invitation. Our next scheduled meeting is not until Jan. 21, but a reminder will be posted prior to that. We meet at 4 p.m. – and realize that some may not be able to attend at that hour. We HAVE had meetings in the evenings….but those were not well-attended either, so we’ve stayed with our 4 p.m. time. We are usually done between 5 – 5:30 – so we don’t interfere with dinner hour. We enjoy seeing fellow residents at the meetings, and your input is always of value to us. You are most welcome to suggest a topic for the agenda and be assured that we will take any topics under discussion that we determine are of benefit to the community. Don’t forget our upcoming events – Guard House decorating on Nov. 29 is always fun. Gary Sohrweid has some new design in mind for this year – he’s so creative, and it’s fun to see his visions take shape. Then there’s our “Oh What Fun” winter dinner at Mt. Vernon Country Club on Jan. 24, 2015. Watch for notices to get your reservation in!! You don’t want to miss this evening of food and fun!

Joy Lawrance

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Request for Party Help! As you all know, we have TWO major events during the year that bring our community together for fun and food. One is Clean-Up Day in June….the other is the Chili Cook-Off in September. So far, there have been about three - four people doing the bulk of the work for these events (two of whom are on the board!!) – and they would appreciate some assistance. The best solution would be to have one coordinator for each event, who would then gather a small committee to help get the event organized. But here’s the best part…..the systems are already in place….time-tables, lists of supplies, lists for food and beverage, etc…..there is no guess work involved! No need to re-invent the wheel!

For Clean-Up Day: (June) Contact the local BBQ company (one used the last couple of years) for food and delivery. Arrange for beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks) and coolers Arrange for miscellaneous food items (chips, cookies) Set up and clean up.

For Chili Cook-Off: (September) Contact Fire District to arrange for them to be in attendance for judging, and bringing some equipment, like a fire truck! Arrange for beverages (as above) Arrange for miscellaneous food items to accompany chili (supplied by homeowners who want to enter the contest) Set up and clean up. If you can do ONE of these events, that would be super!! Please email me, or call! I look forward to hearing from YOU!! Joy Lawrance 303-526-9043


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What Third Annual

Jan. 24 is the date – Mt. Vernon Country Club is the place for our annual “welcome to the new year dinner”! We hope you will join us for this festive evening – past dinners have been greatly enjoyed by everyone. A few changes for this year: Homeowners will pay $20/person for the first two household members. Additional guests (visitors, parents, other household members) will pay $40/person. When you get the invite (via email) – you can sign up, and pay via credit card. Seating WILL be limited due to room size, so please sign up as early as possible! Your Evite will have detailed information, so be on the lookout for it!

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Campaign 2014 - November State & District 2 candidates

Candidates are listed in order by incumbent first, then alphabetical by last name. Amendments are listed in order by identifying number.


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Jared Polis George Leing Kim McGahey Linda Shoemaker Kevin J. Grantham Alec Garnett Owen Perkins Jon Roberts

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Mark Udall Cory Gardner

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John Hickenlooper Bob Beauprez Scott Gessler Mike Kopp Tom Tancredo

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Amanda Campbell Joe Neguse Wayne W. Williams

Secretary of State Secretary of State Secretary of State

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American Constitution Party Democratic Party Republican Party

Walker Stapleton Betsy Markey

Treasurer Treasurer

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Cynthia Coffman Don Quick

Attorney General Attorney General

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Voting Locations / Drop off Open October 14 - November 4, 2014

BALLOT DROP OFF ONLY Monday - Friday during regular business hours Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Election Day - Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Courts/Admin Bldg 100 Jefferson County Pkwy Golden City Hall 911 10th St.

24-HOUR DROP BOX Drive up: Golden: Jefferson Co. Courts/Admin Bldg 100 Jefferson County Pkwy Jefferson County Campus 3600 Illinois St.

VOTER SERVICE & POLLING CENTER Golden Elections Division 3500 Illinois St., Ste. 1100 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

ELECTION DAY ONLY - Nov. 4, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Golden First Baptist Church 1805 Washington Ave


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State Ballot Questions Statewide ballot questions: Amendment 67 This measure proposes to amend the state constitution to “specify that the terms ‘person’ and ‘child’ in the Colorado Criminal Code and the state wrongful death statutes include unborn human beings.” according to the official state ballot information booklet. Supporters say the amendment protects pregnant women and unborn children by making it a crime to kill or harm a child in the womb. The measure would mean that unborn children would be afforded the same legal status as adults. If voters approve, the measure may also “establish the legal foundation to protect the unborn by ending the practice of abortion in Colorado.” Opponents say the measure is “unnecessary and unclear” and that there are already protections in place for pregnant women who are physically harmed. Because there is no legal or medical definition of “unborn human being,” opponents fear that the law could apply at the earliest stages of pregnancy. That could mean that if women terminate a pregnancy, at any stage, they would face criminal liability.

City and Cripple Creek. When these mountain towns’ economies take a hit, so does the state, through decreased gaming revenues that support state and local services. The measure also does not give local voters a say in whether casino gambling should be allowed in their communities.

Proposition 104 If passed, this measure would “require that local school boards or their representatives negotiate collective bargaining agreements in open meetings,” the blue book states. Those who support the measure believe it would provide the public with greater oversight regarding the goings-on at their schools. The measure would create greater transparency in government, allowing the public to have a better understanding of the collective bargaining process. Opponents say employment contracts issues would be difficult to deal with publicly and those discussions can sometimes lead to sensitive employment issues that are best left for an elected school board to handle.

Amendment 68

Proposition 105

This measure would allow casino gambling at horse racing tracks in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties. The new gambling tax revenue would provide additional funding for K-12 schools.

This measure would require foods that are genetically modified or produced with genetic engineering to be labeled as such.

Supporters say the measure provides funding for schools without raising taxes and the gaming revenue could provide up to $114.5 million annually to school districts and charter schools, beginning in 2016. Proponents also say the measure would create new jobs at the gaming establishments.

Supporters of the measure say Coloradans deserve to know what’s in the food they eat. They also say that it is a good thing when consumers can make their own informed decisions on what they feed their families. Right now, labels are already required to indicate nutritional values and the presence of allergens, so, supporters say, why not label a GMO as such?

Opponents say the measure would hurt economies of the existing gambling towns of Black Hawk, Central

Opponents say the measure would result in higher food costs for farmers and manufacturers, meaning


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retail stores would pass along those costs to the consumer. The measure would be a burden for small businesses and farmers markets as well. Opponents are also concerned that consumers would misconstrue the labeling to mean the food is not safe, even though there is no scientific evidence that indicates genetically engineered foods are unsafe.

What about Judges? To retain or not to retain... Like most states, Colorado has a “Merit Selection” plan of choosing judges. Under the Merit Selection plan, voters would be able to pull a lever to “retain” or “do not retain” judges during the general elections. Judges don’t “run” against anyone; their names are on the ballot individually. Here’s how the system works: No one becomes a state judge in Colorado without being thoroughly screened by a cross section of people in their community who can evaluate experience, temperament and knowledge. When there is a judicial vacancy, interested attorneys may apply for the position. Their names and applications are sent to a nominating commission in their district. The commission is composed of four laypeople and three attorneys with no more than four members in one political party. Members of the commission are chosen by the Governor, Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. The commission sends two or three recommendations to the Governor and, after interviews and investigation, he appoints one of the nominees to fill the vacancy. Judges in Colorado come from all kinds of backgrounds, including the district attorney’s office and the public defender’s office.

the voters, County Court judges are up for retention every four years, District Court judges are up every six years, Court of Appeals judges every eight years and Supreme Court judges every ten years. To help voters in their decision of whether to retain or not retain a judge, evaluations, by law, are done periodically. These are then publicized. Evaluations of judges are done by The State Commission on Judicial Performance, which is composed of six non-lawyers and four lawyers. Members of the commission are appointed by the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, the Governor, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. Each judicial district has a local judicial performance commission, which is appointed in the same manner. The evaluations give voters something to go on, and the process also gives feedback to judges so they can continually make improvements. Excerpt from:

Once chosen, a judge serves a provisional term of two years and then his or her name is on the next general election ballot. After that first time before September / October 2014 | Riva Reader


What’s an Edible? Something every parent should know... CALL7 Investigators purchased three different edibles at a local dispensary -- snicker doodle cookies, chocolate “dixie” rolls, and some gummy candies. They were each placed on a plate next to a child-safe treat that looked similar to the edible. The cookies remained in their individual wrappers, but the gummies were removed from the childresistant bottle that came from the dispensary. The chocolate “dixie” rolls that resemble Tootsie rolls remained on their foil wrapper, but the wrapper was opened in order for the child to see the product. When asked to choose between the Tootsie roll or the dixie roll, one boy immediately chose the marijuana candy. “That makes me really, really nervous” said his mother. Each of the children, ages 4 to 9, identified a marijuana treat to be safe for kids at least once during the experiment. They couldn’t comprehend how something that looked so familiar could be just for grown-ups. Even after being told multiple times one boy even asked, “are those really no-no-no’s? ... Are the other ones really still no-no-no?” To read the entire article and see the video, go here:

Edible—Short for marijuana edible: Any edible product that contains THC. Some of the most common edibles include brownies, cookies, space cake, and firecrackers. Although it varies from person to person, edibles tend to result in a much more intense and longer-lasting high than smoking. After consuming an edible, it generally takes 45-60 minutes 14

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(sometimes longer, again, it depends upon the individual) for one to start feeling the effects.

I know people who smoke pot. I have friends who smoke pot. I have extended family members who smoke pot. I have nothing against you smoking pot. But I don’t want my children smoking pot. And what’s more terrifying is that they can partake in this socially without even knowing they are, thanks to THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. THC changes behavior by binding — fitting together like a lock and key — to receptors on nerve cells, which then respond with a change in activity. Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception. There are also cannabinoid receptors on nerves in other parts of the body. THC relieves pain, but it doesn’t bind to the same receptors in the brain as opioids such as heroin, morphine and other drugs derived from the poppy plant. THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria. It also interferes with how information is processed in the hippocampus, which is part of the brain responsible for forming new memories. THC can induce hallucinations, change thinking and cause delusions. On average, the effects last about two hours, and kick in 10 to 30 minutes after ingestion. Psychomotor impairment may continue after the perceived high has stopped, however. These effects of marijuana make it a popular drug. In fact, it is considered one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in the world. But these effects also concern mental health advocates. THC can trigger a relapse in schizophrenic symptoms, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Edibles give users a different kind of high than the one they get from smoking marijuana, largely because the pot is absorbed through the stomach instead of the lungs. The effects are slower to arrive, generally last longer and can be more intense because people unwittingly eat more than they intend to. On the other hand, people who smoke pot get high quickly, allowing them to better regulate how stoned they’re getting. “When you’re smoking, you reach a certain level of highness ... and forget to keep smoking,” says Denver forensic psychologist Max Wachtel, who counsels youth offenders. “It’s in our nature to accidentally overuse edibles.” Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY 4:17 p.m. EDT May 8, 2014 | Marijuana ‘edibles’ pack a wallop

As a parent of two teenagers, one in college, Edibles are terrifying. They can be taken innocently without their knowledge. They are less intimidating to take because they taste good. And what harm could one gummy bear do? Experts say the amount of marijuana in edibles can vary widely, and in some cases, the levels are so high people report extreme paranoia and anxiety bordering on psychotic behavior. “You can feel like you’re dying,” says Genifer Murray of CannLabs, a Colorado-approved marijuana potency testing lab. Murray says inexperienced users easily can overdose on marijuana edibles because the effects take longer to kick in than smoking. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY 4:17 p.m. EDT May 8, 2014 | Marijuana ‘edibles’ pack a wallop

If you haven’t talked to your children about Edibles, regardless of their age, do so. The potential for danger is real. September / October 2014 | Riva Reader


Race for Governor The Incumbent: John Hickenlooper Party: Democrat Occupation: Governor Contact information: have had a devastating impact on our economy. That compromise included the creation of a bipartisan task force.

Do you support the death penalty and what are your reasons behind that conviction? I am opposed to the death penalty. After studying this issue in detail, I think the facts are pretty clear that the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime, nor is it cost-effective. My conscience compels me to the conclusion that the State of Colorado should not be in the business of taking human lives. Background: Hickenlooper was an exploration geologist in the oil and gas industry before opening 16 successful brewpubs and microbreweries in Colorado. He served as mayor of Denver from 2003-11.

What is a key policy improvement that you would like to see through over the next four years? Colorado has gone from 40th to fourth in the nation for job creation and we’ve created 210,000 new jobs since January 2011, but we have more work to do. I will continue promoting bottomup economic development so every community feels economic improvement. I am dedicated to finding creative ways to get the long-term unemployed back to work.

How would you handle an issue like hydraulic fracturing, one where there are so many competing interests? We negotiated a compromise with the oil and gas industry and the conservation community that removed harmful proposals from the 2014 ballot that would have put thousands of jobs at risk and would 16

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Job growth continues on an upward trajectory in Colorado and unemployment continues to drop. Is the state on the right economic track? Yes. Colorado is proud of our economic progress improving from 40th to fourth in the nation for job creation and creating 210,000 news jobs (190,000 of which are in the private sector).

Last year, the Legislature approved $500 million in new funding for K-12 education. After years of budget cuts, is the state’s education system finally on the right track? Colorado’s continued economic success relies on a strong public education system that fosters home-grown talent. Thanks to smart budgeting and tough choices in our first term, we have increased K-12 education funding by $400 million and higher education funding by $100 million. We continue to champion accountability and effectiveness that has made Colorado a national model.

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The Challenger: Bob Beauprez Party: Republican Occupation: Buffalo rancher; banker Contact information:

Do you support the death penalty and what are your reasons behind that conviction? I do support capital punishment in rare cases for extreme crimes, and following the strict application of due process. The death penalty is provided as an option under the Colorado Constitution for the most heinous of crimes, and as governor I will respect the process of law and the difficult decision of the jury.

Background: A successful business leader, buffalo rancher, dairy farmer, and hometown banker, Bob Beauprez built Colorado businesses and created hundreds of jobs, helping hundreds of small businesses pursue their American Dream.

What is a key policy improvement that you would like to see through over the next four years?

Job growth continues on an upward trajectory in Colorado and unemployment continues to drop. Is the state on the right economic track? Colorado has slipped to middle of the pack economically, and is performing worse in many ways than our neighboring states. Some areas of the state — such as Grand Junction, Pueblo and Colorado Springs — experienced decreased or stagnant GDP in 2013. As governor, I will work to remove government as an anchor on the economy, and restore opportunity to ALL of Colorado.

A comprehensive audit of state government to identify and eliminate unnecessary regulation, and minimize bureaucratic roadblocks.

Last year, the Legislature approved $500 million in new funding for K-12 education. After years of budget cuts, is the state’s education system finally on the right track?

How would you handle an issue like hydraulic fracturing, one where there are so many competing interests?

Funding is only part of the equation, and we are not maximizing our existing K-12 funding — i.e. school trust lands, and return of federal tax dollars. In the meantime, the current governor has allowed federal bureaucrats to impose a one-size-fits-all standard that reduces opportunity in education. As governor, I will improve the quality of education by returning control to local boards and ending Common Core.

Policy should be based on science, and part of a governor’s job is to make a decision that is in the best interests of the state and its citizens. Conversation is important, but we need to be focused on finding a solution and then getting on with implementing that solution.

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Senate The Incumbent: Mark Udall Party: Democrat Occupation: U.S. Senator Contact information: Our immigration system is broken. I voted for a comprehensive immigration reform bill supported by business, labor, immigration and agriculture groups, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support. I have also championed the DREAM Act so that children who have known no other home than America can earn a path to citizenship.

Why should women voters support your candidacy over your opponent’s?

Why do you suppose so many people are fed up with Washington politics and how is your presence going to make a difference in people’s minds? I have a long record of reaching across the aisle for commonsense policies that cut red tape and reduce our deficits. I wrote a balanced budget amendment, worked with Republicans to end earmarks, and continue to look for opportunities where we can work together.

Is the Affordable Care Act a good law? What changes, if any, need to be made to improve the nation’s health care system? I enrolled in the Colorado exchange and know the law isn’t perfect, but we can’t go back to a time when insurance companies could jack up rates, cut coverage, and drop people who got sick. I’ve led efforts to make the ACA work for Colorado and keep moving forward.

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I trust women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. I will protect access to birth control, preventive care, and abortion. I also helped to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and support the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure equal pay for equal work.

Do you support President Obama’s response to ISIS-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East? Why or why not? As a member of the Armed Services and Intelligence committees, keeping Americans safe will always be my number one priority. That’s why I strongly support targeting these terrorists with airstrikes along with efforts to arm and train Arab and other fighters in the region to attack ISIL on the ground.

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The Challenger: Cory Gardner Party: Republican Occupation: U.S. Rep. for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District Contact information: www. pre-existing conditions, tax relief, and bolstering state high-risk pools.

What are your policy positions on immigration reform? I firmly believe our immigration system is broken and badly in need of reform. That process should begin with border security measures and a guest worker program. We cannot have a secure border in this country without a functional guest worker program.

Why should women voters support your candidacy over your opponent’s? Why do you suppose so many people are fed up with Washington politics and how is your presence going to make a difference in people’s minds? Washington is full of bitter partisans and gridlock. Coloradans deserve a senator who places solutions above all. That solutions-oriented approach is what I learned growing up on the Eastern Plains, where my family has lived for five generations and run a farm implement dealership for a century. We need a senator with a positive vision for Colorado and someone who believes that a brighter horizon is always within reach.

Is the Affordable Care Act a good law? What changes, if any, need to be made to improve the nation’s health care system?

Women in this country have been hurt by the policies of President Obama and Sen. Udall. They are facing higher taxes, losing their doctors and insurance plans as a result of Obamacare, and have suffered most in the economic downturn. I will fight for Colorado’s women and greater opportunities, including improving access to oral contraceptives and strengthening education.

Do you support President Obama’s response to ISIS-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East? Why or why not? I support the President’s response, but I strongly oppose the failed foreign policy that led us to this point.

No one is arguing that we should return to the old system. But Sen. Udall sold Obamacare on a string of lies. We must replace Obamacare with reforms that actually increase the quality and reduce the cost of care. I support commonsense solutions that allow for the interstate purchase of insurance, coverage of September / October 2014 | Riva Reader


Glowing Skin for the Holidays

by Catherine Zoe

Zoe Skin Care & Boutique Conveniently located in the Genesee Town Center. Recently voted The Best Of The Best in Waxing in Golden.

Winter weather and holiday stress can take a toll on your skin. Zoe Skin Care & Boutique can help get you ready for the holidays with a multitude of fabulous treatments, incredible products and helpful hints. The change of seasons can always be a bit of stress on the skin, along with cooler weather and change in our routines. This may be a great time to reevaluate your skin care regime and ad more hydration in you products. And as you all know your skin is your largest organ and anything going in to the body will show in your complexion. At least, increase your water intake and possibly add a humidifier, particularly in the bedroom at night. Get rid of the “old” skin from the warmer months by exfoliation. This can be accomplished in a number of ways at home and at the spa. Make sure you’re using a scrub at least three times a week. Facials once a month, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning and peels are a rapid way to slough off unwanted dull skin cells revealing brighter , healthier glowing skin. Repair damage done by the summer sun with peels. There are a wide variety of all natural, organic and chemical peels. You can be as aggressive or conservative as you wish. Most peels are followed by a nourishing serum to provide added protection from further stress. During the month of November all peels will be ½ price at Zoe Skin Care & Boutique so you can look your best and most radiant for all of the


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holiday activities ahead. Always apply a sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Don’t forget to reapply if you’re going to be in the sun all day. For added protection use mineral make-up that also contains a sunscreen, such as Jane Iredale The Skin Care Makeup. We have a large selection of Jane Iredale products perfect for that gorgeous holiday glow such as Champaign Silk Eye Gloss, Snow Berry Pure Gloss Lip Gloss and Rose Dawn Bronzer. Your skin will also benefit from a relaxing massage. The health benefits extend beyond simply soothing aches and pains. It increases blood flow, which plumps slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage and adds vitality to a dull complexion. Other benefits include boosting immunity, soothing anxiety and improving sleep. Take some time out for yourself during this busy time so that you can be more productive and avoid unneeded stress. We will be “Giving Thanks” to our loyal customers on Friday, November 14 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with an Open House. We would love to see you and share some incredible offers for holiday shoppers. Black Friday Prices, Specials, Raffles, Food, Drinks and Fun. We look forward to seeing you there. 25958 Genesee Trail Road, Suite C Golden, CO 80401


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Attorney General Cynthia Coffman

Party: Republican citizens a place to report suspected crimes by public officials and government employees, and guarantee the AG’s office will prosecute the bad actors. Finally, I will fight crimes against kids and the elderly, work to reduce domestic violence and human trafficking, and be a strong voice for crime victims.

Do you agree with John Suthers’ handling of recent court battles surrounding gay marriage?

Background: Cynthia Coffman has served as second-in-command of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office for 9 1/2 years. She has practiced law for 23 years.

Why does it matter who is the next attorney general? Someone experienced must defend state law and stand up to the federal government. I’ve worked for the Colorado Legislature, a state department, the governor, and now the attorney general. I understand how state government works and know what to do when it doesn’t.

What distinguishes you from your opponent? I am a staunch proponent of the rule of law. My opposition already has said he’ll pick and choose which parts of the constitution to defend. He’s told us he’ll violate the oath of office before he’s ever sworn in.

What are some policy improvements that you will bring to this office? I’ll expand public outreach on consumer and public safety issues by creating an office of community initiatives. The focus will be keeping kids safe at school, protecting individual privacy, preventing identity theft, and educating consumers. I will give 22

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I do. The AG is required to enforce laws passed by the people and elected representatives. That’s what General Suthers has done in defending the definition of marriage in our state constitution. The voters passed the marriage amendment in 2006, and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to say it is unconstitutional.

Is it the job of the attorney general to defend all state laws, regardless of how she feels about them? It is, unless the highest court with jurisdiction has said that law is unconstitutional or violates existing legal precedent.

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John Quick

Party: Democrat out of the courtroom.

Do you agree with John Suthers’ handling of recent court battles surrounding gay marriage? No. I agree with the 27 courts in a row — including court decisions here in Colorado — that recently ruled that these bans violate the Equal Protection Clause of the constitution.

Background: Quick served two terms as the District Attorney for Adams and Broomfield counties. He served as Attorney General Ken Salazar’s Chief Deputy. Don grew up in Jefferson County and lives in Westminster with wife Kerrie and two sons.

Why does it matter who is the next attorney general?

Is it the job of the attorney general to defend all state laws, regardless of how she feels about them? Yes, personal opinions don’t matter. I am the only candidate that has stood up in court for the last 26 years and defended Colorado laws. However, we also take an oath to follow the Constitution. When a law targets a group to deny a fundamental right, it is unconstitutional, and I will not defend it. A 2003 unanimous decision of Colorado’s Supreme Court established that rule of law.

The AG is responsible for decisions that directly affect the people of Colorado, such as: locking up violent and repeat criminals, defending a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, and protecting the people and natural resources of our beautiful state.

What distinguishes you from your opponent? I am not a political appointee. I have been a prosecutor for the past 26 years, taking on public corruption and locking up violent criminals. I base my decisions on the facts and the law, not politics.

What are some policy improvements that you will bring to this office? I will create a public corruption prosecution unit, lead a statewide effort to improve services to victims of sexual assaults, implement a task force to protect veterans, and work to keep kids in the classroom and September / October 2014 | Riva Reader


“Why Hire a Personal Trainer?” -Dana Inman

November 2014 Personal trainers are no longer for the rich and famous! There are many reasons why you NEED a personal trainer. Here are the top 3 reasons: 1) Safety, Instruction and Efficiency: Safety is probably the biggest reason why you need a personal trainer especially if you are new to the gym. A personal trainer can properly show you how to operate gym equipment as well as teach you HOW to perform exercises correctly so you don’t hurt yourself. Correct FORM is EVERYTHING! Your personal trainer will correct your posture and technique so you can get the most out of your workouts! 2) Accountability and Motivation: When you have gone to the trouble to make an appointment with a personal trainer, you are more likely to stick to the exercise plan. Personal trainers will hold you accountable, unlike working out alone where you can easily not show up at all. Personal trainers will motivate you even when you do not feel like working outthen prove to you it was so worth it! 3) Personalized Workouts with Individualized Goals: The same formula does not work for all of us! Your personal trainer will develop the most effective program for YOU, based on your overall fitness level and personal goals. Your personal goals may include: sports-specific training, injury 24

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rehabilitation, weight-loss, flexibility, strength, competition, focusing on special health concerns, or even an ego boost! Here, at Genesee Mountain Fitness, our highly qualified personal trainers can help you achieve the above. We even have personal trainers for Pilates!

Meet Owners, Tami and Lisa

-Mention this article and receive 10% off any personal training package! -New Members: 1 week FREE! Resources:

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From the ACC: A reminder from the ACC concerning the more frequent complaints received by the Committee. Please observe the following: Trash Containers: • Trash must not be put out prior to Wednesday mornings. Trash pickup is between 7:00am and 5:00pm. • Trash containers must not be left at the roadside for more than twelve hours on trash day. • Trash containers must be covered to prevent contents being scattered through the community by animals, birds and wind. • Trash containers must be kept in a concealed area. Dumpsters: • Dumpsters and other storage containers (PODs), needed for repairs/construction, must have prior ACC approval.

Pets: • Jefferson County requires that dogs must be kept on a leash whenever they are off of owner’s property. • No more than two (2) dogs and/or two (2) cats can be maintained as pets on any lot or homeowner’s property. • As dogs are walked through the community, litter bags should accompany the owner in order to clean up after their pets. Cars: • Cars are not allowed to be parked on the street at night. Only one car is allowed to be parked on the driveway of a home overnight. The ACC appreciates the cooperation of homeowners to comply and abide by the standards as set forth in the Riva Chase Covenants and ACC Rules and Regulations.

for the ACC: Ann Nutt

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Secretary of State


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Candidate Information from:

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Treasurer Candidates


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Candidate Information from:

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Fact or Fiction? Does the real estate market decline over the holidays? This question has been debated throughout the years. Certainly there is statistical data proving there is not as much general real estate activity during the Holiday months. However, what many people don’t realize is that there are still real buyers looking for homes. And they are very motivated. Here’s why We all understand how difficult it is to keep your beautiful home in showing condition. Consequently, many sellers don’t want to prepare their home

by Pam Bent

for showings over the Holidays, and take it off the market. This in turn lowers the already-low inventory of homes available, further increasing the odds of getting viable showings for active sellers. And, buyers are still facing job relocation and life changes during the holiday season. Remember, it only takes ONE motivated buyer to purchase your home. With the increased exposure, that one extra showing could deliver the offer you’re looking for!

Sales Statistics – Foothill Communities Homes/Townhomes Sold




5 45 13 3

10 75 17 8

4 68 11 4*

304 108 152 145

222 80 113 170

100 48 63 271*

$775K $584K $616K $914K

$741K $583K $511K $1,093K

$667K $546K $491K $922K

Riva Chase Genesee Lookout Mountain Spring Ranch

Average Days on Market Riva Chase Genesee Lookout Mountain Spring Ranch

Average Net Price (All Sales) Riva Chase Genesee Lookout Mountain Spring Ranch

*One home sold at $1.78 mil. On market 721 days. Compiled by Pam Bent using data taken from Metrolist, Inc.® Denver, CO. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

If you currently have your home listed, this is not a solicitation for your listing.


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FOR SALE Listed By

Beds Baths

Finished SqFt $/SqFt

DOM* Built

List Date


5 5

7486 $183.68

342 1983


22886 Solitude Ln Evergreen Real Estate


4 6

5841 $162.64

7 1995


22108 Red Hawk Fuller Sotheby’s


4 4

4069 $169.33

93 1996



List Price

Beds Baths

Finished SqFt $/SqFt

DOM* Built

List Date

22021 Chippewa Lane


5 5

4539 $184.40

15 2010


849 Eastwood Dr. Re/Max 100

List Price

22108 Red Hawk, $689,000

849 Eastwood Dr., $1,375,000

If you’d be interested in listing your home to take advantage of this Holiday opportunity, I would be glad to provide you with a complimentary market analysis to see what your home here in beautiful Riva Chase may be worth in today’s extremely active market. You might be surprised! For myself and many of my colleagues, the final quarter is the busiest time of the year! HAPPY HOLIDAY TO ALL!!! Pam

22886 Solitude Ln, $950,000

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State Senate District 16


No Swimming, Boating or Wading in the Ponds Long standing District policy prohibits swimming, wading or boating at our community’s three ponds. Why? • Water is NOT Clean – Giardia, Bacteria, etc. • Ponds are Deep – No Lifeguard Protection Catch and Release Fishing is Okay with a District Issued Permit.



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Let’s All Have a Safe Summer!

Jeffco County Sheriff

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Jeffco County Commissioner


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Jeffco County Assessor

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Experienced Professional Painting Professional House Painters for Discerning Homeowners We’re Tall Pines Painting, a professional house painting company that specializes in interior painting, exterior painting, and other services for discerning homeowners from Evergreen, to Denver, to Arvada. Since 2005, Tall Pines Painting has been a good fit for homeowners who are looking for meticulous house painters who treat a house with care. Our homeowners have high standards. They value our attention to detail, our use of premium materials, and the respect that our professional painters show for their homes and yards.

Tall Pines Painting Promise We Will: • • • • •

Treat your home like it’s our own Communicate with you every step of the way Stick to a schedule Help you find the perfect color Deliver the best painting results for your home

Our team focuses on providing a worry-free experience and consistently high quality.

We’re proud to have earned:

20% off Interior Painting

• A+ rating with Denver BBB 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 • Angie’s List Super Service Award • Denver BBB Gold Star Award • Many great reviews from our customers.

Hurry, discount applies to the first 5 customers, so call today! 720-210-7643 For the discount to apply, work must be scheduled during the month of November or December.

16910 South Golden Rd. Golden, CO 80403 36

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Phone: 720-210-7643 | Fax: 303-421-4299 Email:

RC Bible Study The Riva Chase Bible Study group enjoyed a kick off brunch hosted by Nikki Patrick in early September.

If you have any questions/comments, please contact Colleen Brisben ( or 303.993.7040).

We are just beginning our yearlong study in the book of Acts, so it’s not too late to join us: Thursday mornings @ 9:15.

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County Clerk & Recorder

District Contacts District Board Roz Birkelo



Harold Lacy



Ted Laves



Tom Napp



Roy Roux




District Manager

District Management Christina Shea


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Candidate Information from:

Three-way race for regent by Crystal Anderson:

Three candidates are running for the University of Colorado Board of Regents District 2. The district, which encompasses 10 counties, includes cities such as Boulder, Fort Collins, Broomfield and Arvada. “I want CU to be more affordable for in-state students and more accountable to the people of Colorado,” said Linda Shoemaker, the democratic candidate for the seat. The candidates, Kim McGahey (R) Linda Shoemaker (D), and Daniel Ong (L) said they are looking to focus several things including making CU more affordable, a top education institution and being accountable to Colorado residents. “I promote value and affordability for students; specifically, part-time students should not be discriminated against in tuition and fees, since they are ineligible for financial aid,” Ong said. A nine-member board, the regents are responsible for managing the supervision and control of the funds to and appropriations of the university. If elected, the regent would serve a six-year term on the board. “The University of Colorado needs Regents like me who will focus on classroom excellence and budgetary efficiency in order to give our students the best possible academic outcomes while controlling the taxpayers’ expense,” McGahey said.

Kim McGahey Married 31 years; two sons - Bachelor’s degree in political science, Mount Union College, 1976

Linda Shoemaker B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1969 – J.D. from the University of Denver Law School in 1982

Daniel Ong Studied electrical engineering, engineering physics, applied math, physics, electronics technology

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Hello Riva Chase Neighbors! still dates available for your special event with office colleagues or family friends. Our beautiful newly renovated decor and spectacular views are sure to impress your guests. The club’s event managers are happy to customize details for small or large events. Our chef will customize hors d’oeurvres to fit any taste. We offer gluten free, vegetarian and low fat options. Full meals or appetizers can also be prepared “to go”. Please contact our Events and Catering Department, 303.526.3104 to schedule your celebration, or place your order. Visit our website, for photos and information. All the best, Linda McFarlin, Director of Marketing and Membership It is time to think about the upcoming holidays and begin making your wish list. One of your wishes might be a membership with Mount Vernon Country Club. In November and December, the club offers their annual membership deal with a savings of $390! Social dues are free until October, 2015. The regular rate is $130 per quarter, and with this deal, you receive three free quarters dues. Pool, Tennis and Platform Tennis are additional fees. Please contact Linda, 303.526.3135, Linda@, or Beth, 303.526.3102, Beth@ to schedule your tour today. The club is your neighborhood gathering place. Become a member and enjoy a plentiful Thanksgiving buffet, Santa’s visit, Holiday Tea and hay rides, carolers and live bands on New Year’s Eve. Would you love to have a holiday party, but do not want to cook and clean at your home? There are 40

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Neighbor to Neighbor Contractor Recommendations Recommendations will remain in the RR for two issues.


For kitchen or any other cabinetry, I had tremendous success with Pete Dumanovsky (303) 669-3940. His attention to detail was unparalleled, he did the work himself (not just managing a team), he works very hard, and his rate is reasonable. John Carpenter

Plumbing, Heating, Electrical

Comes highly recommended by Joy Lawrance. She can’t say enough good things about their service and their rates. Applewood, Ryan Ziehr | 303-328-3000


Greetings: My name is Gary Sohrweid and we live here at 730 Summerwood Drive. We just had a carpeted staircase converted into an oak staircase with black walnut inlay on the landing. The work is beautiful and of high quality. Two of my neighbors, also have had their floors refinished and new floors installed. We all have used ROONEY HARDWOOD FLOORS. We all endorse this Company whole heartedly and we all are Riva Chase property owners. Ph: 303-907-8604 Gary Sohrweid

General Contractors

Mile High Contractors | Contact MerriLou Flake 303.883.3866 They completely remodeled my master bathroom and did a great job. Quality workmanship, competitive prices, and great customer service. They are General Contractors and can perform all types of work at your home. Highly recommended. Brenda Shuler


We would like to recommend Caribou Contracting for your home remodel projects. We needed a lot of work done on the wood trim on our windows and framing around some doors all around our home and Josh, the owner of Caribou Contracting, did a great job replacing or fixing on the rotted/ broken wood trim and framing. Josh was a pleasure to work with - he was very responsive and reliable and got the job done when he promised. He took great pride in his workmanship and did a remarkable job. His company does all sorts of remodeling projects -- installation of basic trim to full additions and reconfigurations. Over the years his company has done a lot of kitchen and bath remodels and general home improvement, and they mainly work within a 20 mile radius of Golden. You can reach Josh at 800-452-0899 and his website is Patrick Green & Mashenka Lundberg

Tile Work / Remodel

My husband and I recently had our master bathroom remodeled and had extensive tile work done. We are very pleased with the work done by Al Thibodeaux with New Creations In Tile & Stone out of Evergreen. He was very meticulous and worked hard to exceed our expectations on our floor and shower of our bathroom. We will definitely be using him again for future tile work. Maureen and Erich Kirsch New Creations In Tile & Stone Al Thibodeaux | Cell: 303-704-6716 | Office: 720-287-0236


This one is a must! In home massage. Jamie gives one of the best massages I have had and she brings her salon quality table with. Amazingly reasonable for this kind of service too. Jamie Schadel (303) 732-4223 / (303) 618-8691 Kay Talley


For any type of local moving (e.g. A Piece of Large Furniture). I had a good deal of success with Hediger Moving. The owner, Steven Hediger lives on Lookout Mountain, and he and his assistant did a careful job with a very large and heavy piece of furniture for me. His number is (303) 526-9105. John Carpenter


I can’t recommend John highly enough – he has done two of our homes, a rental property and many friend’s homes. He is not the least expensive but they do what they say and are top notch. John Williams | Ph: 303-864-9247 | Cell: 720-849-3921 Roy Roux


I’d like to add the name of our roofer of 17 years to the list of contractors used by a HOA. His name is Kent Eckhardt, company name: CRAFTECH Roofing, Inc. Cell: 720-313-0046. Ann Nutt

House Keeping

Lucinda Griffin is very thorough and reliable. She cleans a few homes here in Riva Chase. Phone # - 303-487-6136. Cell: 720-841-3863 Joy Lawrence

Carpet & Upholstery

Academy Services Corp. 303-279-7214. We have been using their services for over 20 years and have always been happy with their services. In addition to carpet and upholstery care, they also clean wood floors, stone floors, grout, and power wash decks and garage floors. Please give them a try! Karen Carson


I would recommend RCM Lawn and Landscape (303-232-5755), owned by Robert McCullough, who just did our yard. With Winston out of commission, it was he who mowed our lawn. Ann Nutt

Window Cleaning

We just had our windows cleaned last week by a new company and are very happy with their work. The name of the company is Restoration Window Cleaning, the owner is Shawn Sibert and his number is 303-917-5274. Gary & Karen Carson


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Who Ya Gonna Call? HOA Covenant Rules, Permissions & Enforcement Property grading and drainage Community Forum Cleanup Day & Spring Picnic Holiday Decorations Autumn Chili Cook-off / Fundraiser "Oh What Fun" Annual Dinner Annual Garage Sale Water and Sewer Tap Fee and Irrigation Permit Water Bill Water and Sewer Problems Roads and Signs Borders along Forest Hills and Eastwood Utility Easements Drainage Ditches Gate House, Front Signs & Gates Clickers Trails and Open Space Ponds Gazebo and Play Area Snow Plowing Public Landscaping Web Sites Riva Reader



Comments See covenants received with home purchase or go to this link to download them from the Riva Chase Website.

x x

Any change that affects road stability or community drainage

x x x x x x



x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

See District Rules and Regulations See District Rules and Regulations Only up to beginning of service lines See title documents Can be purchased through the HOA, but falls under FHMD

There are two different websites. One for the HOA & one for FHMD. The Riva Reader is provided as long as a volunteer is willing to take time to do it. It provides information for both the HOA and FHMD.

Chili Cook-off Everyone, The annual chili cookoff was a tremendous success! We had Brian Zoril and his firefighters out for the event, and raised about $375.00 in donations to the local fire department. The following were the winners of the chili cookoff (We had seven entrants this year): Barbara Oakley (1st Place) Chris Hudson (2nd Place) Jacque Burden (3rd Place) Take care, John

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Classified My name is Brock Schram, I am 9 years old, and I would love to watch your pets (with some help from my parents) when you’re not able to watch them. I will do a very good job to keep your pets safe and healthy. Contact Brock Schram at: 303-918-7425

HOME SERVICES Lawn work | Snow Shoveling Two ‘Local’ Boys Ages 10 and 8 • Lawn work - picking up pine cones, raking needles/leaves • Light snow shoveling walkways • Pet sitting - walking dogs, feeding pets • House sitting - water plants indoor/outdoor, checking on house Bryan and Adam Shuler 303-526-0817

Classified Ads are free for our residents. Please Email your ad to rivareader@ Ads can include services or items for sale. For classified, please contact To add your name to our mailing list, please contact the Riva Reader at

Please register your phone with CodeRed in Jefferson County to receive timely alerts and emergency information.


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Credits EDITORIAL Managing Editor Creative Director Roz Birkelo

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Pam Bent Roz Birkelo Colleen Brisben John Carpenter Dana Inman Joy Lawrance Linda McFarlin Ann Nutt Catherine Zoe Plant

If you have an article you’d like to write for our Riva Reader, please submit your article by Emailing To purchase ad space, the rates below apply to the digital output of the Riva Reader which will remain online indefinitely. Prices are per publication. Business Card $25 1/4 page $50 — 1/2 page $75 Full page $100 For information on advertising, please Email

We’d love to hear from you! Send us comments, questions, or letters to the editor or submissions for consideration. Email to: Roz Birkelo (303) 506-713

If you haven’t registered for Riva Chase’s new website, you are missing out on valuable information! Please go here to register: then verify your email address and log on. Click the “Secure Site” tab for things like our Neighborhood Directory and Neighborhood Pictures. Contact Karen Buelter if you have any questions or comments regarding the website. |

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Riva Chase is the best of all worlds.

You can easily access all that the greater Denver area has to offer. Yet still enjoy all the natural beauty, wildlife and tranquility found only in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Live at Riva Chase. And make your dreams come true.

Exit #256, I-70 - south access Road heading West, on Genesee Ridge, and south on Forest Hills Drive. |


Photo Courtesy of Roz Birkelo

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