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FYI/Happenings Letter of Reform from Denver Sheriff We're very grateful for the resources and support of the City Council as we work to reform the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD). We've reached our goal of hiring 200 new deputies this year with our most recent class numbering 52. We're on track to have 100% of all deputies, hired prior to 2016, certified in crisis intervention training by the end of the year. All staff will complete in-service training and we will be fully implementing our new use of force policy by the first of the year. Please see the attached letter from Sheriff Firman for more detail. USE OF FORCE DSD’s new use of force policy emphasizes the need for deputies to de-escalate situations as an alternative to using force, when reasonably possible. That is, the policy describes what deputies should do, in a potential use of force situation, not just what they can do legally. While force is sometimes necessary in a custodial setting, excessive force is never justified and DSD takes accusations of excessive or unwarranted force very seriously. We are finishing up our use of force in-service training and are on track to fully implement the new policy by the first of the year. This new use of force policy, along with a revised disciplinary matrix and revamped Internal Affairs procedure manual are all significant portions of reform recommendations scheduled to be completed by the first of the year. MENTAL HEALTH Approximately 25% of DSD’s inmate population is receiving services from mental health professionals and/ or taking psychotropic medication. All inmates are screened for mental illness. Denver Health psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners and psych nurses provide extensive mental health services to inmates in Denver’s jails. In addition, DSD’s Transition Unit at the County Jail provides intense wraparound services to mentally ill inmates. Our new use of force policy emphasizes the need for deputies to deescalate situations as an alternative to using force. All DSD deputies are now required to go through de-escalation Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). We are on track to have 100% of our Deputies hired prior to 2016 certified in CIT by the end of 2016. All Deputies hired during 2016 will go through the certification in 2017 before the end of their probation. We will continue training in de-escalation and mental health awareness in 2017 through the use of Mental Health First Aid as a refresher to CIT. INMATE POPULATION As you know, we have had a challenging year as it relates to managing a high inmate population. Inmate

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population numbers vary greatly for a variety of different reasons. Denver has experienced a significant growth in population, and we’ve seen an increase in felony arrests as a result. While the Denver Sheriff Department can’t control who is arrested and brought into our custody, I believe that we play a significant role in providing data to stakeholders help understand who is incustody and why they are in custody. This is critical as we engage with others to ensure that only thosethat absolutely need to be incarcerated remain in custody. To divert those who don't need to remain incarcerated away from jail, the Denver Sheriff Department is working collaboratively with the courtsand other city agencies for find alternatives for people facing less serious charges, and people battlingdrug addiction. The DSD has worked with Denver County Court to increase the use of personal recognizance bonds forpeople charged with low level offenses who don’t have a history on missing court dates. The DSD nolonger holds persons for other jurisdictions for any longer than needed, and does not hold people on civil immigration matters on behalf of ICE. The department is also working to expand jail diversion programs, such as Sheriff Home Detention, which monitors people serving sentences at home, and the new MAT program, which starts drug addicted inmates on methadone in jail and then releases them to treatment. Denver is also home to initiatives such as Sobriety Court, Drug Court, Recovery Court, the SMART Pre- Trials Demonstration Initiative, which are all designed to divert people from jail. With these programs, the courts have helped us avoid critical overcrowding and we continue to work toward expanding theirimpact. For those who need to be incarcerated, we want to provide quality programming to reduce recidivism including the RISE (Recovery In a Secure Environment), the Alternative Sentencing Program, the Life Skills Program, GED courses and even GED testing – provided at DSD’s new computer lab. The Denver Sheriff Department is in the process of completing the build out of a new women’s housing area in the County Jail which will not only add beds for female inmates, but will be state of the art as it relates to gender specific and trauma informed treatment. STAFFING Along with a new use of force policy and training in de-escalation, staffing has been one of the mostcritical areas of focus for the Denver Sheriff Department this past year. We have worked hard to substantially increase the number of deputies working the floors, cutting down on officer fatigue. Earlier this year some 80 recruits – the biggest class in DSD’s history –

graduated from the training academy. Since then another class of 66 has graduated the academy and a class of 52 is currently being trained. In total this year, we have hired just over 200 new deputies, seven civilians and six security specialists. Following feedback about perceived favoritism and as part of the reform process, we have introduced a ranks of sergeant and captain, ensuring the process is transparent and impartial. Testing is conducted by an outside organization and concentrates on leadership skills, rather than memorization of departmental policy. We have also developed and implemented a new “certification” program for newly promoted sergeants which gives them the training and tools they need to be successful. This is in addition to two weeks of leadership training they get at the academy. OPERATIONS AND SECURITY In January, I announced a major restructure of the Department which is now organized around two divisions, Operations and Administration, reflecting the two main functions of the department, headed by Chief Paul Oliva (Operations) and Chief Connie Coyle (Administration.) As part of the restructure, the DSD created a new Inmate Management Unit which oversees policy and procedure regarding inmate grievances, inmate programming and inmate classification. Classification of inmates has been centralized to cover both jails with gang affiliation now factored in. DSD has created the new position of chief of staff and hired Andrea Albo, who served at the City’s Department of Human Services as the Deputy Executive Director of Assistance, providing leadership to the Department’s Division Directors, managing 600 staff and multiple programs and budgets. The DSD has actively moved to civilianize positions which were staffed by deputies including positions in the records unit, accreditation, fleet management and investigators in Internal Affairs. The DSD increased its K9 unit from three to six dogs, purchasing three new drug detection dogs. The dogs – two Malinois and one German Shepherd -- recently arrived from Europe and are also being trained to detect cell phones. The dogs are part of a security crackdown, new contraband signage and the appointment of a dedicated security captain. The DSD changed rounds tracking devices at DDC, training officers on the new technology and updated policy. To prevent erroneous releases, the DSD now has auditors working in records unit and the number of deputy signatures required has gone from two to three, before an inmate can be released. WELLNESS AND EARLY OUTREACH The DSD hired a new wellness coordinator tasked with designing, promoting and implementing well-

ness programs for staff which will cover diet, fitness, understanding correctional fatigue, emotional and financial wellbeing. The wellness coordinator has promoted staff wellbeing by presenting to all deputies at in-service training and providing them with information about services, conducting rounds of the DSD facilities, offering personal training and diet plans, administering fitness tests, arranging for social workers and physical therapists to attend DSD facilities, and encouraging staff to take part in well programs through their health insurers. TECHNOLOGY Modernizing the DSD’s computer systems, improving the collection and analysis of data, will make the DSD more efficient and allow for evidencebased decision-making. A new Data Science Unit has been established and will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data on jail trends. Telestaff, an electronic rostering system already being used by DPD and DFD, was implemented this year and replaces the old paper-based system. The new system has freed up sergeants from having to constantly be looking for people to fill posts, allowing them to spend more time on the floor. PowerDMS, a computerized document management system that catalogs DSD’s policies and procedures, is now operational and promotes greater accountability among staff. Every time a policy is written or updated, staff are electronically prompted to sign off that they have read and understood the policy change. A request for proposals has been distributed for a new jail management system. This system will be used to book and track inmates, which will help manage the inmate population and do a better job of collecting data. REFORM UPDATES We’ve received feedback from community groups about how we can better provide updates regarding our progress on specific reform items. Currently, reform recommendations are posted on the Mayor’s website. We are in the process of developing additional information to post which will help the public better understand where we are in implementing all the reform recommendations. We hope to have this ready for publication just after the New Year. Thank you again for all of your support throughout this process. We’ve gotten a lot of critical work completed this year and have laid the necessary groundwork to continue moving in a positive directionin 2017. Kind Regards Sheriff Patrick Firman

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FYI/Happenings RTD FREE Rides on New Year's Eve with Buses, Light Rail, Accessa-Ride and SkyRide For the eighth year in a row, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is partnering with Coors Light and Coors Distributing Company to offer free rides on New Year’s Eve on all regularlyscheduled bus and rail service, as well as Access-a-Ride and SkyRide services. Free service will run from 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. Passengers have more options this year because of the opening of the Flatiron Flyer service along U.S. 36, the University of Colorado A Line to East Denver and the B Line to Westminster. “We’re excited to partner with Coors Light once again to offer safe rides to local residents on New Year’s Eve,” said David Genova, General Manager and CEO of RTD. “We want to remind the community to ring in the New Year safely and take advantage of Coors Light Free Rides." Service will operate on a weekday schedule on New Year's Eve and a Sunday/holiday schedule on New Year's Day. Passengers should check both the late night weekday schedule and the early morning Sunday/holiday schedule for trips after midnight on New Year's Eve. Service hours will not be extended. Due to expected high passenger volumes, riders should plan accordingly for the evening. Due to downtown New Year's Eve fireworks displays, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be limited Free MallRide

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service on the 16th Street Mall, and no service on the D, F and H light rail lines between the Theatre District/Convention Center and 18th & California/Stout stations. RTD has offered this free fare service to discourage drinking and driving and keeping our roadways safe for more than 25 years. This is the eighth year in a row that RTD has partnered with Coors Light, Coors Distributing Company and the Colorado State Patrol to promote a safe New Year’s Eve. For fare and schedule information, visit www.rtd-denver.com or call RTD Customer Care at 303-299-6000 or TDD 303-299-6089 from 6 a.m.–6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. RTD’s mission is to provide safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible and cost-effective bus and rail services across the eight-county district. The public transit agency fulfills over 100 million passenger trips annually and is creating a larger, better and more accessible system through innovation, public-private partnerships and transitoriented communities. For more information, visit www. rtd-denver.com.

$5.4 Million Grants for Two New Community Pilot Programs The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board named Denver Parks and Recreation as part of two $2.7M Inspire Initiative Grants to get kids and families in Denver’s Westwood, Montbello and Northeast Park Hill neighborhoods out-

help diverse youth experience potential careers in the outdoors. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (including portions of Denver, Commerce City and Aurora). The GoWild Northeast Metro Coalition will serve communities surrounding the refuge and will include increasing access to and opportunities at the refuge. Many physical barriers like highways and railroad tracks separate the refuge from those neighborhoods, which have high poverty rates and face transportation and language barriers. The coalition will also provide programs that will encourage local youth and families get outdoors more often. Both entities will implement their plans over the next three years to enhance parks and nature, improve access to existing outdoor parks, and bolster outdoor youth programming and environmental education. For more information, visit www. denvergov.org/parksandrecreation

doors and into nature. In partnership with Denver Parks and Recreation, Denver’s Westwood Neighborhood and the GoWild Northeast Metro Coalition (which includes portions of Denver, Commerce City and Aurora) were each selected from more than 30 communities initially competing for the awards to receive grants to further refine projects and develop specific plans and programs. “At Denver Parks and Recreation, one of our highest priorities is providing young people, especially underserved youth, the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities,” said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “Thanks to the generous financial support provided by GOCO, we plan to enhance these areas and encourage our youth to develop a lifelong connection with nature and the outdoors.” Denver’s Westwood Neighborhood: Denver Parks and Recreation and a coalition of partners in Westwood are working together on a one of Denver’s most impoverished neighborhoods. They will focus on upgrading public outdoor areas and the creation of a “My Outdoor Colorado” youth programming curriculum. My Outdoor Colorado (MOC) is a coalition of governmental and non-profit partners committed to serving and connecting Westwood youth and families to the outdoors through strategic partnerships that provide access to high-quality outdoor places in the community and throughout the front range, nature education, recreation and skill-building opportunities and

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Fish N Beer Restaurant Opens in RiNo by Lorenzo Gibson The opening of Fish N Beer restaurant in RiNo at 3510 Larimer Street offers seafood lovers an exciting menu of daily fresh wood grilled fish and oyster raw bar specials not previously available in the neighborhood. Their Fish N More menu offers a sampling of seafood-based starters, salads, fish (grilled, roasted, or sautéed), shellfish, baskets, sandwiches, and sides. Also on the menu are several Not Fish meat and vegetarian choices. "All of our menu selections are purposely very reasonably priced", says owner Kevin Morrison. "We seek underutilized fresh and saltwater fish (now featuring Arctic char, Greek stone bass, Chesapeake blowfish) and select east and west coast oysters", adds Morrison. The fish and oyster selections are creatively treated for our special oak wood grilling to bring forth their full flavors. House-made dressings, sauces, and butters further enhance the tastes. "Definitely, grilling is the key to our great flavors", states Aniedra Nichols, chef/partner. The menu and raw bar selections will be changed seasonally and according to availability. Check with us regularly to learn what's being featured. From the bar, a wide variety of Colorado and non-local beers, crafted cocktails and wines are available - and pair well with the menu choices. Fish N Beer is open daily at 4 pm for dinner. Happy Hours are all-day Monday from 4-10 pm and Tuesdays Sundays 4-6 pm with special prices for food and drinks. Stop by and experience the energy and electric atmosphere of Fish N Beer in its comfortable and stylishly modern renovated space. The open oak wood grill is the focus of the room around which are a variety of seating options - tables, bar seats, and standing rail. When warm weather returns, the back patio will also be open. Fish N Beer is a great new addition to the dining scene in RiNo. This area of the neighborhood along Larimer Street is becoming a "food haven"

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with new places joining several existing dining places - all within walking distance of each other. Come and see us! Fish N Beer is open Mon-Sat 4-10 pm and Sun 4-9 pm. Contact us at 303 248-3497 or www.fishnbeerdenver. com

SOL Mexican Cocina in Cherry Creek Offers New Winter Menu

SOL Mexican Cocina Executive Chef Deborah Schneider introduces new winter dishes to her widely celebrated menu of Baja-inspired cuisine. The new menu features the season’s freshest ingredients highlighted in Chef Deborah’s bold, modern interpretations of traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine. The menu stands out from other Mexican menus due to her use of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains and sustainable proteins packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Denver is getting to know her style of scratch cooking, rather than utilizing packaged, processed ingredients – an approach to Mexican cuisine that accommodates a variety of dietary restrictions, including vegan, vegetarian and wheat-free lifestyles. “My philosophy is simple in that great flavor comes from great fresh ingredients, so we start with the best quality and build from there,” says Chef Deborah, who oversees the kitchens at four SOL Cocina locations in the country, as well as two locations for its sister concept, solita Tacos & Margaritas. “Our new Winter Menu presents the season’s best ingredients in bold and satisfying dishes, many of which come from my own cookbooks.”

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 Shrimp Taquitos – a popular Mexican street food, also made by home cooks. Buttery shrimp and Mexican cheeses are rolled up in corn tortillas

and fried until golden and crisp. Served with lettuce, guacamole and pico de gallo, and drizzled with Chipotle Sauce and green onions. These are a great starter guests to share – try dipping them into guacamole or our warm goat cheese! Crab Stuffed Deep Fried Avocado – a whole avocado is split, peeled and pitted, then stuffed with Baja blue crab meat spicy sambal sauce and fresh lime juice and re-assembled. The avocado is rolled in crisp panko crumbs and quickly fried to make a light, crisp shell, then served on shredded lettuce and a ring of Mango Habanero Sauce with a drizzle of spicy mayo, tamarind sauce, and a few cocoa nibs for crunch! At the table, the ‘egg’ is cut in half to present to the customer, who can then mix everything together to make a guacamole or enjoy as is. Spanish Grilled Octopus – tender octopus grilled and thinly sliced, served on fingerling potatoes sauteed with garlic, chorizo, smoked Spanish paprika, white wine and green olives. This presentation is called ala gallega for the region in Spain where is it popular!

 Cocktel Campechana – a very typical and traditional combination of cooked seafood: Mexican shrimp, fresh scallops, baby calamari rings & tentacles, and grilled octopus in a chilled broth of tomato, fresh lime, hot sauce, pico de gallo and cucumber, topped with diced avocado. Guests may add a shucked raw oyster or two to make a Vuelve ala Vida (literally, “Return to Life”) or add a shot of tequila! Best enjoyed with a an ice-cold beer or margarita.

 Corn & Poblano Soup – a very simple soup of just sweet corn, roasted poblano and anaheim chiles cooked with a small amount of onion and garlic, and a bit of rice to thicken. The soup is pureed, then topped with a swirl of Mexican crema, a few toasted pepitas and a tiny sprinkle of guajillo chile. Can be made vegan without the crema garnish.

 Lobster & Shrimp Enchiladas, Golden Tomatillo Sauce, Crema, Mole – SOL’s latest iteration of Enchiladas features a combination of large shrimp and Baja spiny lobster meat sauteed with butter, white wine and heavy cream. The unique salsa is a beautiful golden color – it is made with preserved yellow tomatoes, yellow bell peppers and tomatillos, and topped with the golden salsa, a bit of melted Mexican cheese and a quick drizzle of our Mole Negro.

 Filet Entrée on Fingerling Potatoes, Rajas and Cream – an 8-OZ filet of top choice Angus filet seasoned with olive oil salt & garlic, grilled then served atop a sautee of tender fingerling potatoes with roasted poblano chile rajas, onion, garlic, heavy cream, herbs, Mexican cheese and a dash of white wine.

 Toffee Date Cake with Piloncillo Butterscotch & Walnuts – a moist, wonderful miniature bundt cake flavored with chopped dates, brown sugar,

orange zest and vanilla. Served warm, filled with Butterscotch Sauce, and topped with vanilla ice cream, more candied walnuts, and sugared orange peel. Why is this Mexican? Because Baja California is home to the largest date plantations in Mexico!

 — We’re sustainable - Chef Deborah is also committed to using only sustainable fish, bought locally whenever possible.
 — We’re accommodating - SOL’s menu features many items that are or can be modified to be vegan, vegetarian and/or wheat-free.
 — SOL’s bar menu revolves around the same philosophy our kitchen follows with a commitment to the freshest ingredients to ensure the best tasting, most flavorful cocktails, and SOL’s Farmers Market Margaritas, which change monthly, focus on the purity of fresh ingredients, including fresh juices, fruits, herbs and vegetables. 
 — Margarita mixes are made inhouse with fresh citrus juices and sugar, and contain no HFCS, preservatives or coloring. Fresh fruit-based margaritas are often sweetened with agave and utilize tequilas that are organically produced.

SOL’s menu changes seasonally to reflect the freshest ingredients available. Chef Deborah's menu features dishes made entirely from scratch, daily and is reflective of her philosophy that sustainable ingredients present the tastiest offerings. SOL Mexican Cocina is located in Cherry Creek North at the corner of 2nd Ave. and Columbine St. at 200 Columbine Street. For more information or to make a reservation visit www. solcocina.com or call (303) 953-2208. Connect with SOL Cocina on Facebook at SOLCocinaCherryCreek, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter. visit www.solcocina.com or call (303) 9532208.

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Arts LoDown The Reality of Rhinoceropolis Recently we – the staff and board of the RiNo Art District – watched the eviction of individuals from Rhinoceropolis unfold on social media and mainstream press alongside the rest of you. We did not know it was happening. We did not see it coming. Rhinoceropolis opened in RiNo in 2005 and has defied the odds by existing as an all-ages DIY venue that has been welcoming artists and hosting performances at 3553 Brighton Blvd. It’s been the heart of the underground scene in Denver, introducing new bands and artists to the scene. It has been viewed as more than just a performance venue, but also a place for new, young artists to experiment and grow their talent. The building’s landlord has long supported the venue by providing affordable rent, creating a safe, up-to-code space, and allowing Rhinoceropolis to continue doing its thing.

We have learned that the eviction was a directive of the Deputy Chief of Police, likely a knee-jerk response to the tragedy at Ghost Ship that occurred earlier this week. While we support any effort to ensure that people are safe and protected in such spaces, we feel this rash move to evict people on a cold winter evening without reaching out to us, or other partners, to identify a solution or strategy, was a misstep. In the last 24 hours, we have been actively engaged in a conversation about how to right this situation. By all accounts, it appears that Rhinoceropolis will be able to continue as a music venue, but not as a home. We respect both the zoning code and the rights of the property owner on that particular matter. But this event brings to the fore a bigger conversation about the need for affordable, flexible creative space within the City of Denver, and RiNo, for artists. Rather quietly, the RiNo Art District, Business Improvement District and General Improvement District have

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been working on a number of initiatives to this end, even as we recognize the changing, challenging dynamics happening here. It’s time to be louder. It’s time to be bolder. So, here’s what happens next. We are committed to working with Rhinoceropolis, the property owner, the Denver Fire Department, the Denver Police Department and the City of Denver to reopen Rhinoceropolis as a music venue as soon as possible. We will be relooking at zoning of former industrial buildings in our neighborhood, such as the one Rhinoceropolis calls home, to identify how we can make amendments to allow for utilizing these affordable spaces as live/ work places for our artist community in a safe way. With urgency, we will be continuing our conversation with the City about the importance of artist-run spaces and what we all can do to help ensure they continue to exist, in a safe, but affordable way so that our artists can live and create in our urban core. Shutting things down is not a solution. Working together, creatively, to address safety issues while allowing creative uses… IS. We must start giving artists their fair dues. They should be supported and celebrated as culture makers and shapers. Cultural institutions like Rhinoceropolis must have a home here in Denver if we want to truly be a firstclass city with a creative soul. Sincerely, Jamie Licko, President RiNo Art District, jamie@rinoartdistrict.org, 303.345.8285

Something’s always brewing at Blue Moon, and now the artfully crafted brewer is championing the power of creativity to improve communities with #SomethingsBrewingRiNo. Through the new initiative, Blue Moon is partnering with the River North Art District (RiNo) to help provide a creatively crafted makeover to the unlit and unsightly 38th Street underpass. Muralist Pat Milbery, artist Knomad and volunteers, including Blue Moon employees and RiNo community members, picked up their paintbrushes and come together on Dec. 3 to create a mural reflective of the vibrant RiNo community. “The RiNo Art District is now our home,” said Blue Moon founder and brewmaster Keith Villa. “We want to do our part to embrace and cultivate

the creative thinking seen throughout the district. Creativity can improve and inspire communities, and we are excited to partner with RiNo to further promote this movement.” In the next few months, a geometric lighting piece will be added as the final touch on the underpass mural. The installation is designed to add beauty to the area and increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists traveling across the dark underpass, which serves as a connector for the east and west side of the district. In addition to the mural and lighting installation, Blue Moon is launching a local social media charity campaign. Every time legal drinking age fans use hastags #SomethingsBrewingRiNo, #over21 and #donation with a post expressing how creativity improves their community, Blue Moon will donate $1 to a future RiNo Arts District community project. “It’s a privilege to work with artistic talent and dedicated volunteers who understand our unique community,” said RiNo co-founder Tracy Weil. “The underpass is a sore spot in our district and creates a harmful disconnect both visually and economically, so we thank our partner Blue Moon for supporting this vital project.” About Blue Moon Brewing Company Blue Moon Brewing Company takes pride in the quality and creativity of its beers and embraces the process it takes to get there. Our founder and head brewmaster, Keith Villa, dreamt up Blue Moon Belgian White while spending time living and learning in Belgium. Years later, we still pull inspiration from the people and places around us. Since our first creative twist in 1995 in Denver, we have continued to have fun experimenting and trying out new styles for our fans to enjoy. That’s why at Blue Moon Brewing Company, something’s always brewing. More information is available at www. BlueMoonBrewingCompany.com. About River North Arts District The River Art District is ‘where art is made.’ We are home to active studios, galleries and creative spaces featuring disciplines ranging from traditional to modern. We celebrate creativity and innovation, with emerging and established artists creating art, architecture and design in a district brought to life through the repurposing of a former industrial hub. The RiNo Art District is the Registered Neighborhood Organization for the area.

Havu Gallery Presents The Connected Edge William Havu Gallery presents THE CONNECTED EDGE, an exhibition featuring three regional abstract painters: Clay Johnson, Jeff Kahm and Aaron Karp. Also featured will be glass artist,

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Clay Johnson, A Cold Trail, acrylic on panel, 40” x 60” Tom Philabaum. Jeff Kahm, Plains Cree, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1990 to study painting and photography and soon after was awarded a painting scholarship to attend the Kansas City Art Institute and earning a BFA in 1994. He continued graduate studies at the University of Alberta earning an MFA in painting in 1997. In 2002, Jeff returned to New Mexico, a land that he has grown to love and where he now calls home. He became a permanent resident in 2003 and soon began teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts as a visiting faculty member. Today he is an associate professor

at IAIA where he teaches studio art courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. His recent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2012) and at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2013) highlighted his most recent work – a striking series of small works on paper and panels and an impressive collection of large scale paintings on canvas – work he describes as ‘rooted in Indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics’. His work continues to reach a wider audience through various invitational and group shows nationally and internationally.

has painted full time, has exhibited his work extensively, and has received recognition through a number of awards, grants, and artist-in-residencies. Arizona glass artist Tom Philabaum studied with Harvey K. Littleton at the University of Wisconsin, earning his MA in glass and ceramics in 1973. He built his own studio soon after in Arizona, where he continues to create through glassblowing, casting, slumping/ fusing, and dalle de verre. Philabaum has explored many techniques and created many series of works during his 40-year career in the glass studio, while also maintaining a gallery exhibiting the works of hundreds of his colleagues through the years. He has been a trustee on several boards, founded a school, and contributed to his community through glass arts education and support of nonprofit efforts. More information can be found at www.williamhavugallery.com

Clay Johnson was born and raised in Durham, NC, where he studied art and art history at Duke University, receiving a B.A. degree in 1985. He then worked for several years as assistant to painter Robert Natkin in Connecticut and New York City. He began exhibiting paintings in 1998, mostly in New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC. After several years of painting and exhibiting, followed by a hiatus of sorts, he has recently returned to painting and his work can be seen at Elins Eagles- Smith Gallery in San Francisco and William Havu Gallery in Denver. Clay currently lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming. Aaron Karp is a practicing artist of more than 40 years. Originally from New York, he has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since 1979 where he worked as an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of New Mexico until 1984. For the thirty years since leaving the University he

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BARKHAPPY’S HOLIDAY PARTY TO BENEFIT MAXFUND DEC 18TH! Grab your dogs and throw on your holiay sweaters for our Howliday Party and Photo day! Raffle prizes, pictures and fun for all, this is the best dog party HOWLiday ball!! All to benefit MaxFund Animal Shelter! We'll have giveaways, free goody bags and treats for pups, plus professional pet photos! If you or your dog wear ugly sweaters you get extra raffle tickets! Join us Sunday, December 18th from 2-4pm at: Woof In Boots Doggy Daycare 719 W 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80204 Early bird tickets are $12 per person, once sold out tickets will be $15 general admission All tickets include over $60 worth of freebies!

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At the top of many holiday wish lists is an adoption of a real living manatee. So those wondering how to get smiles of appreciation this festive season need only give a gift adoption of an endangered manatee from Save the Manatee Club. It costs an affordable $25 to AdoptA-Manatee® from the Club. Funds help to improve the lives of manatees and to protect aquatic habitat. The package includes an adoption certificate, photo and biography of a real Florida manatee, a membership handbook filled with photos, facts, and information, as well as official newsletters throughout the year with updates on the adoptive manatees. New members who adopt at the $35 level will also receive Save the Manatee Club’s 2017 full-color wall calendar. Shipping is free within the United States. All the manatees up for adoption can be viewed on the Club’s website at savethemanatee. org/adoptees. Dona Chilcoat from Colorado adopted Ginger last year for her granddaughter who lives with her parents in Iowa. “Gwyn is fascinated by manatees, so adopting one as a gift was a logical choice,” said Dona, adding, “And manatees are lovely, somewhat mysterious creatures that

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FYI/ Happenings Denver Continues South Broadway Bikeway Study Approximately four months after installing a pilot two-way protected bikeway along South Broadway to study safety and operational impacts, Denver Public Works has elected to keep the bikeway in place through the end of 2017 to continue its evaluation work and study ways to move more people along the corridor. Throughout the study process, Denver Public Works has worked collaboratively with the community and adjacent business owners along the bikeway, which runs from Bayaud to Virginia Avenue, on adjustments and improvements that could be made. In October, Denver Public Works made adjustments to provide more on-street parking spaces and loading zones. Preliminary data gathered the past few months on how the Broadway bikeway is operating shows that: · People are now riding bikes in the bikeway. There has been a 30% reduction in sidewalk-riding and a 28% reduction of bikes in the transit lane.

· People in cars and buses are still using Broadway to reach their destinations, utilizing three travel lanes instead of four. · 62% of people responding to city’s online survey said they liked the Broadway bikeway. · “I feel safer” was the #1 survey response from people walking and biking in the study area. · 350 community members attended bikeway events in 2016. Over the next 12 months, Denver Public Works will continue to receive input from the public, perform monthly door-to-door outreach along the corridor and participate in Broadway Merchant Association meetings. Next steps include more data collection, with a report-out scheduled for February 2017. Project goals for the Broadway bikeway study remain the same: 1. Everyone arriving to their destinations safely 2. Continued collaboration with the community and businesses 3.Providing new mobility options for everyone. The public can learn more about the bikeway study and information gathered the past few months and provide feedback at www.denvermovesbroadway.com.

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ANTICIPATING 2017 By Steve Blank, Managing Broker Liv Sotheby’s International Realty in Writer Square

Predicting the housing market for 2017 is going to provide some darn good dinnertime conversations across the country. We have just elected the least predictable President in US history. There has never been so many diverse and emotional opinion surrounding the economic landscape of the future. There are questions relating to Immigration, tax reform, the Supreme Court, our Political Parties structure, the stock market, and of course everything related to all the above. That being said, this article is primarily focused on what we might expect from the real estate market both nationally and locally. The good news is that the economic wheels of motion had already left the station way before the election. After reviewing a variety of economic forecasts and related political opinions, it is apparently apparent that history should now, only be considered

just that…history. There were no experts predicting a Trump victory, people refrained from investing in the stock market prior to the election (not anticipating record high indexes), and we still don’t know if and when a big ole shiny new fence will be constructed on the Mexican border. A wise economist once said that “The only thing constant, is change”. So apply a little flexibility to the following real estate overviews, and the outlook for 2017 will become slightly more clear than mud. - Inventory Levels -The simple laws of supply and demand dictate that when Demand is high (for housing) and available homes for sale (inventory) is relatively low, prices (values) will be strong and will continue to rise. Inventory levels in most major metropolitan cities have dwindled and are at lower than normal levels. Most experts are confident that a new or fresh supply of available homes for sale, both existing and new construction, will not improve very much over the next few years. Both inventory levels and home affordability typically improve as you drive farther away from the more urban epicenter. The selection of available homes likely increase in suburban and rural areas, while values provide

more bang for your budget. The trade-off is that you may put a lot more miles on your car and values (or equity) will probably not rise as quickly.

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Sold Price Analysis for October Years 2015 vs 2016

Sold data gathered per MLS RES and COND databases Year Nov. 2015 Nov. 2016 % change

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$418,887 $444,760 +6%

$348 $360 +3%

44 63 +43%

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Innovative Real Estate Group's Newest Manager Heidi Marshall Innovative Real Estate Group, one of metro Denver’s fastest growing real estate companies, has named Heidi Marshall its new Managing Broker at the company’s Denver office. A Colorado native, Marshall joined Innovative Real Estate Group in 2014 as an agent coach, trainer, and mentor. As Managing Broker, she will provide support and training for new and established Broker Associates while guiding Innovative Real Estate Group’s Denver office to a high profile presence and leading position among all metro Denver real estate companies. “We are very excited about Heidi taking the reins as our Managing Broker in Denver,” said Scott Nordby, President of Innovative Real Estate Group. “Her successful background in real estate and customer service, coupled with her strong character and people skills, blend perfectly with our company’s culture. We look forward to her leadership as she guides our Denver office to the upper echelon of all real estate brokerages in the metro area.” Born in Boulder and raised in Berthoud, Marshall earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 1999. She started her real estate career in 2001 as an onsite sales representative for new home builders and has held positions in sales, marketing, and as a closing coordinator. Marshall garnered the Rookie of the Year award from the North Metro Denver Realtor Association (now the Denver Metro Association of Realtors - DMAR) in 2009. Marshall offers real estate agents accredited continuing education courses through the Colorado Real Estate Commission and is dedicated to training and support for brokers at any stage of their career. She joined Innovative Real Estate Group because of the company’s culture and focus on service, marketing skills, education, and agent support. Marshall is a member of DMAR and holds the Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification. For more information, contact Heidi Marshall at 303-601-7016 or via email at HeidiMarshall@IREGroup.com.

The Colorado Division of Real Estate at the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) warns Colorado consumers to beware of a national cyberscam currently taking place that steals money directly from home buyers and sellers. The Division continues to receive information about this cyber scam in which cybercriminals hack the email accounts of real estate brokers, title companies, and consumers who are in the process of buying or selling a home. In other instances, they create alternative email accounts with just minor changes to the name of the email account, which typically goes unnoticed by the recipient of the email. “Unfortunately the costs to Colorado consumers can be in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars with just one successful scam,” stated Marcia Waters, Director of the Division of Real Estate. “Unless you pay very close attention, everything may look right -- the email signature, address and the website. But, by the time homebuyers realize something is wrong, the money is already gone and in an untraceable bank account, leaving them at the closing table with no money and eliminating their ability to purchase the home.” This past February, a Colorado seller lost over $80,000 from the sale of their property to one of these scams. How do the scams work? Often the computer hackers monitor email exchanges between the parties of a real estate transaction and gain specific information, such as the buyer and seller names, subject property address and file numbers. As the closing date approaches and arrangements are made to wire the money to the closing company, or wire the proceeds from the sale of the house to the sellers, the scammer will send a last-minute email from a hijacked account or similar looking email address updating the wiring instructions to request the money be transferred into a fraudulent bank account. Verbally contact your broker: Prior to wiring any money, you should always verbally contact your real estate broker to confirm that the wiring information is accurate. Do not email financial information: Emails and texts are not secure methods to transmit financial information. Don’t click on links: Don’t use links in emails to get to websites. Instead, search and find the company and directly link to their website from your search. Report any fraudulent activity to the Federal Bureau of Investigations through its Internet Crime Complaint Center. Visit www.dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-8947855/toll free 1-800-886-7675.

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WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN BUY? Own your life. Immerse yourself in the arts, lifestyle, culture and energy of one of Denver’s most exciting urban areas. S*Park’s location at 26th and Lawrence is at the edge of Denver’s RiNo district, in the Curtis Park neighborhood. Walk to area restaurants, brewpubs, coffee houses, art galleries and more—or jump on the Light Rail and you’re minutes from LoDo. Own a home at S*Park starting under $300k. These modern townhomes and studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condos are in the Curtis Park neighborhood, at the edge of Denver’s RiNo district. You won’t find many homes here in this price range, let alone sustainable ones; S*Park includes features like solar power, a shared greenhouse for the community, and we even put all parking underground to create space for an extensive private, central park.

AMENITIES Owning a home in the S*Park community includes unique perks: • Homes surround a unique, private central park • State-of-the-art greenhouse • High-quality, modern finishes • Contemporary unit layouts with bright natural light • Underground parking • Professionally managed Home Owners Association (HOA) • Sustainable design featuring solar panels and exterior brick reclaimed from Denver buildings • Downtown Denver views

HISTORY AND VISION The name S*Park comes from the site’s history as Sustainability Park, which has become the ethos for the project. This inspired our vision for this development, celebrating the spirit of urban community and farming with S*Park’s extensive private park area, modern greenhouse, as well as how we handled parking. It is rare to have a neighborhood where there are no alleys or cars driving between homes. We accomplished this by putting all the parking underground to create an outdoor living space for residents; homes surround the centralized park where residents can relax and hang out with neighbors.

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